Alice and Bob are having a private discussion about their friend Carol. Or, at least, it would be private if Carol weren't standing right there, in plain view, and making no attempt to hide her presence. Even if she protests ("what am I, chopped liver?"), they don't care — they just ignore her and continue on. They don't even wait until she leaves the room!
Can play out near-identically to Right Behind Me, with the key difference being that Alice and Bob are fully aware of Carol's presence the entire time (or, if they're not, then they really should be). They're merely speaking of her as if she wasn't present. Might also result in a Right in Front of Me moment, depending on the status of the person being ignored. Either way, it's clear that the people making the remarks just don't care that the targetof theirconversation is right there with them.
If this happens to The Hero, they may be wondering Dude, Where's My Respect? Compare You Know I'm Black, Right? Contrast Right in Front of Me, in which Alice and/or Bob don't know that the other person in the room is Carol.
If Alice and Bob know that Carol is here but don't figure out she is concerned by their commentary, this is an Oblivious Mockery.
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Minami-ke's Touma gets this a lot from her older brothers. The three brothers will regularly hold family meetings between them regarding Touma's behavior, or what to do about a birthday gift or Christmas present, all while Touma is sitting not five feet away from them seemingly ignoring them.
L: Oh, Matsuda's acting stupid again. Light: Well that's his specialty. Matsuda: I can hear you, ya'know.
Unlike most examples, Matsuda is actually in another room, watching via surveillance (but he had contacted them moments ago), so it's somewhat natural that they'd forget about him for a moment. Also, this is arguably the kind of thing L would do deliberately.
In episode 4 of Pani Poni Dash!!, the girls discuss ways you could slip cheat sheets into a test, while the teacher giving that test is right there in the room constantly reminding them of her presence.
In the very first episode of Gundam 00, Graham and Billy are observing the Enact mobile suit's first public demonstration. When Billy makes an offhand comment that the Enact is just a cheap knockoff of the Flag with a different exterior design, the pilot loudly objects.
Patrick: Hey you! I heard that! (comes out of the cockpit) What did you just say? Huh?! Come on! Graham:(amused) At least it has a good sound system.
In Daily Lives of High School Boys there's a scene in which Mitsuo walks into a room in which his friends are telling embarrassing stories about him. They notice his arrival, pause for a second, and then continue laughing at him as if he isn't there.
This happens quite a lot in Fruits Basket, usually with parents talking openly about how unsatisfied they are with their children, while said children are standing right there. Tohru's grandfather later discusses with Kyo how wrong it is to do something like that, because children can tell just as well as adults can if something rude or insulting is being said about them. (Said discussion arises after it was revealed that Tohru's paternal relatives gathered at her father's funeral to gossip and call her mother an adulterous harlot who likely had Tohru out of wedlock, all while Tohru was right there, listening). Another notable instance is when Akito's father dies, and her mother is informed that Akito is now the head of the family. Ren furiously tells a maid Akito (who she refers to as "that") was "a toy" used by her father for amusement. While Akito is not a foot away, kneeling next to her father's corpse. Ouch.
Happens in the Bleach fanfiction ''The Hell Butterfly Effect', where during Ichigo's meeting with the 13 Squads, Byakuya is telling Rukia to marry Ichigo. What follows may be the most awesome duologue example of this trope:
Byakuya: *talking to Rukia* It is for the honor of the Kuchiki household, Rukia. Make sure the boy is aware of the large dowry that you have. Common people can be easily swayed by monetary gain. Ichigo: I'm less then five feet away from you. Byakuya: *turns to Ichigo with an indifferent look on his face* Very good. I see that you are able to judge distance.
There's a scene in Star WarsEpisode I: The Phantom Menace where Obi-Wan is trying to dissuade Qui-Gon from training the young Anakin Skywalker, repeating the Jedi Council's premonition that "the boy is dangerous". It's a shame that they're walking right past Anakin as he's arguing this.
In the film Catch Twenty Two, the doctor has a habit of putting his name on a certain pilots flight roster but not actually going along, so he can continue to get flight pay without the danger. It backfires horribly when the plane crashes and it's immediately noticed the Doctor was a passenger, as per the flight roster. The Doctor, standing right there watching the plane crash, protests and points out he's standing right in front of them, but the other characters immediately begin ignoring him and lamenting his death.
In The Hammer, Robert bitches out his coach for offering main character Jerry (an overweight, 40-year-old white guy who's in the room) a chance to compete for a shot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team. Jerry tries to point out "You know, I'm right here. I heard everything you just said."
This happens in Collateral when Vincent, the hitman antagonist, forces the lead character Max to go visit his mother in the hospital like he does every night just to keep up appearances and not appear suspicious when he's being held hostage for the night.
Max: Don't talk to me like I'm not right here! Max's mother: What's he saying? Vincent: He says he's right here, in the room. Max's mother: Why yes, you are!
In the short film Blinky, the protagonist's mother threatens to order the titular robot to cook and clean him if he makes another mess, while the robot is suffering from a Logic Bomb-generating Heroic BSOD. It turns out that, despite his freakout, Blinky was still hearing things and thus receiving orders. So the next time the protagonist made a mess..., well, some interesting food was served.
Aunt Marge from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, regarding Harry's mother and Harry himself, at the dinner table: "If there's something wrong with the bitch, there's something wrong with the pup." It's mentioned in the second chapter of the first book that the Dursleys often talk about Harry as if he's not in the room even though he is. (These are the Dursleys we're talking about. It's likely intentional.)
Once, during a blizzard in New York, David Letterman did a weeklong running gag wherein Norm MacDonald was the final guest of the evening, but he said at the end of the night "Norm MacDonald was going to be here but he was snowed in," with the gag being that MacDonald was in the Green room. On the fourth day MacDonald ran out on stage and said "Hey I'm right here!" but Letterman pretended he didn't see/hear him.
Arrested Development did this several times as a running gag with Buster where people would be saying some pretty harsh things about him while the camera slowly panned out to show that he's right there. And it was absolutely hilarious every time.
In the US The Office Employee Transfer, Cornell grad Andy asks Dwight if he thinks he can get into Cornell. Dwight replies, "If someone who can barely outsell Phyllis can get in, I think I can manage." Phyllis is, of course, right beside them.
In another episode, Andy is eager to go on a business trip with Michael because "the old ball and chain has been more chain than ball." Fiancee Angela angrily points out that she's right there.
On the first season of Heroes, Nathan gives a campaign speech where he's calling his brother Peter mentally disturbed and suicidal, knowing damned well he's right there in the crowd and they make eye contact. Naturally, Peter gives him a nasty punch in the face in the parking garage after the event and stalks off into the rain.
Happens to Special Agent Michelle Lee while McGee and Abbey chat about her relative "hotness" level on NCIS (Shalom, Season 4).
House does this in the third season finale while talking to Chase.
House: Foreman's not as easy as Cameron, but of course, who is? Cameron: I'm in the room.
In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Buffy vs. Dracula", Buffy stakes Dracula, who disintegrates. Everyone leaves. Mist swirls around and Dracula re-forms. Standing just offscreen, Buffy stakes him again.
Buffy: You think I don't watch your movies? You always come back. Dracula disintegrates. Mist swirls and coalesces. Buffy:I'm Standing Right Here. Mist dissipates.
Joss Whedon and his staff really like this, and play it both for comedy and drama.
Xander: Hard for me to hear? Buffy, you wanna kill Anya! Buffy: I don't want to. Xander: Then don't! This isn't new ground for us. When our friends go all crazy and start killing people, we help them. Willow: Sitting right here...! Xander: I'm sorry. But it's true.
Groo: You are truly a goddess. Cordelia: Well, demonness, anyway. Sure beats horns and a tail. Lorne: (offended) Hey. I'm Standing Right Here.
Gossip Girl has an episode where Blair equates Chuck sleeping with Vanessa (or, as Blair puts it, "the dregs of DUMBO") to she herself sleeping with Chuck's evil uncle. With Vanessa standing right next to them.
Jack: If she's telling the truth our lives are perfect! Eric: Well she's not. She's testing us, just stick with the plan. Rachel: Stop! Stop planning, and oh stop acting like I can't hear you!
Aunt Agatha from Jeeves and Wooster has a habit of listing Bertie's faults to others while he's standing there. If he attempts to interject she normally silences him with an offhanded "Oh, be quiet, Bertie"
Boston Legal had a running gag in where Denny Crane would talk about (and not notice the presence of) the 4 ft tall lawyer Bethany Horowitz
In the Doctor Who episode Hide, the Doctor explains what wonderful people empaths are, how compassionate they are, and wanders off talking about how hard it is to be an empath and what a strain it puts on your relationship with everyone else. His companion prompts him to shut up as the empath who he was talking about seems close to tears.
Several of the elevator conversations consist of Wrex asking various squadmates who would win in a fight between Shepard and themselves. Shepard is, naturally, standing right in front of them, but doesn't say a word.
Another one of these happens in the sequel, if you bring Tali along to Mordin's personal mission.
Shepard (riling up a sick krogan): You? I said a badass, not a sick scout whining like a quarian with a tummy-ache! Tali: I'm standing right here!
Actually happens twice to Tali. The other one is in the engine room, during one of the non-interactive conversations between the Engineers Gabby and Kenneth.
Kenneth: So, Gabby, what d'you think of our new quarian boss? Gabby: Hush! She's right over there! Kenneth: Ah, she can't hear us with her head in that bucket. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful bucket; the whole suit is lovely, quite snug in all the right places. Tali: You know I can hear you. Gabby: Ha.
Another one appears in the 3rd game if you brought Javik to Thessia.
In the first game, if you decide to kill the Rachni with Garrus and Wrex in your squad. Garrus protests, saying that genocide is unacceptable, and mentions the krogan committing genocide before remembering that Wrex, a krogan, is there, prompting Wrex to make his own remarks about the genophage.
Garrus: We can't exterminate them. Not without the Council's approval. Genocide is one of the reasons we fought the krogan- ah...
Wrex: You want to learn about genocide, Vakarian? I'll take you to a krogan obstetrician's office.
Shows up in another BioWare RPG as well, Dragon Age: Origins. If the player character romances Morrigan and then puts Alistair and Leliana in the party, they strike up a conversation about what the hell he sees in her. Leliana points out that he's standing about five feet away... which Alistair brushes off with, "Look, he's not even paying attention." Another time, if Zevran is romancing the Warden, Alistair will ask Zevran what his intentions towards the Warden are, and Zevran will point out the Warden is in proximity. And then there's this:
Ohgren: So, you and the Grey Warden, huh? Morrigan: I hope you're not referring to Alistair. Oghren: Him? Does he even like girls? Morrigan: (amused) I believe the matter is still up for debate. Alistair: I'm right here, you know.
Also happens when you cure Arl Eamon, and the discussion about the Ferelden throne begins, Teagan mentioning Alistair as an option. If you pick the "Alistair, are you serious!?" type of a reply to that, Alistair will protest that he's standing right there.
If you import a male Human Noble to the expansion pack, when you meet Nathaniel's sister, she comments on how she found a husband on her own, rather than marrying 'that stuck up Cousland lad father wanted to set me up with.' The replies are all variations on 'I'm standing not two feet in from of you with a flaming sword of death, you realize.' You do get an apology from her though.
This happens a lot in party banter in the sequel. Most seriously, Sebastian can try to persuade Fenris of the merits of turning in Anders and Merrill to the Templars while one of them is standing right behind them and Hawke (who might well be a rogue mage themselves) is standing right in front of them.
Alyx: I guess you proved you can handle yourself out there. Eli: There's nothing Gordon can't handle... with the possible exception of you. Alyx: Dad, please... (Eli makes a mocking sound) (Gordon is standing less than five meters from them the whole time)
In the Neverwinter Nights 2 module Dark Waters, a male PC who is pursuing a relationship with Heather can cause one of these that doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. While trying to recover more of her implanted memories of being Kendra (who was in love with Conley (whose memories were implanted into the PC)), you come across a memory of Kendra cheating on Conley with Sheridan, whose memories were implanted into your other friend Daniel. The exchange immediately following it consists of the player reassuring Heather that he trusts she won't cheat on him, culminating in a discussion of all of Daniel's faults that would make him an unsuitable partner, while he is standing nearby. He complains about it.
Fairly easy to imagine that this should happen in many games, when the only thing that averts the trope is the game's (or writer's) inability to account for who's around at a given time. For instance, in Baldur's Gate 2, Phaere wants you (while your party is disguised as drow) to "make an example" of a gnomish patrol. If you have Aerie (or Keldorn) in your party, she will immediately protest that a murderous act like that is wrong. Thank you, Aerie, I had no idea... and saying something like that in front of the daughter of a drow matriarch would be suicide if she actually paid attention.
The Simpsons Hit And Run - Bart complaining that if he doesn't get the new Bonestorm game, he'll be as uncool as Milhouse. To Milhouse's face.
Soren: I believe this will be a good opportunity. We will almost certainly have need of this man's talents. He is a dubious character at best, but at least we know his motives: everything begins and ends with gold. He'll be easy to control. Ike: Soren, he's standing right there. Soren: I don't think he minds.
In Final Fantasy XIII-2, characters, even Serah and Noel, often talk about Mog as if he isn't right there. Some of them don't know that he's real, but Serah and Noel know better.
Michelle: Uh-oh. These teeth are too small. I think we got the wrong shark. Shodan: Elizabeth might take issue with that since this is the shark that was trying to eat her. Michelle: Yeah, but the cops said that the teeth-marks on Monk were bigger than this. Shodan: True. But the cops are also stupid, and think Der Trihs faked that attack somehow. Policeman: I'm standing right here. Shodan: Oh, good. That means you heard me.
Shows up later when Captain Tagon and his father are discussing the woman who used to own the ship they're on.
Karl: Make her a sergeant. Tagon: Are you kidding me? Dad, she's a complete unknown! Murtagh: I'm right here. Karl: She's not UNS intel, and she's not trying to steal the ship back. Tagon: How can you possibly know that? Murtagh: Listening to every word, boys. Karl: I'm old, and I'm smart about a few things. I've got her pegged as a knight errant, a ronin. She's a sullied paladin questing for redemption. Murtagh: Gentlemen, I'm standing between you.
Pierrot: And that King, what a disgusting and thick piece of work he was. Krep: Makes me vomit in my mouth just thinking of him. King: You know, I'm sitting right here. Krep:Hey! Does it look like we're talking to you?
In the I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC video The Dark Knight vs. The Avengers, the Avengers keep telling Batman things like his movie rebooting after only three films will be pathetic and both sides paint it like their movies are the only blockbuster coming out of Marvel or DC over the summer. All in front of poor Spider-Man whom is having that exact same thing happen to him. And after he shouts "Come on guys, I'm standing right here!" they continue to ignore his presence and the fact his film is coming out. Poor Spidey.
Chuggaaconroy has been known to take potshots at ProtonJon's sluggish and erratic update schedule in his own videos, and turns out to be completely unafraid to do it during their The Runaway Guys recordings.
Chuggaa: On to our fourth project in the time it's taken Jon to upload five videos!
Rainbow: Uh, guys, we need to find a nice way of telling Rarity these dresses look like ass. Rarity: You know I can hear you, right? Rainbow: Nevermind, guys, I think she already heard me say that the dresses look like ass.
Twilight: Wow, everybody really hates Rainbow Dash, don't they? Rarity: Yeah, we hate her more than we hate that stupid cow, Twilight Sparkle. Twilight: But, I'm Twilight Sparkle! Rarity: I know.
Skwisgaar: Just let me record it. Each take gets worse. He's slowly learning how to un-play the guitar. Toki: I can hear that, the talk-back mike is on. Skwisgaar: Pickle, please let me know when the talk-back mike is on so Mr. Sensitives doesn't go to cry-baby's house for vacation. Toki: I can stills hear you. Skwisgaar: So what do you want, a be-able-to-hear-things award? Toki: Eh, not really. Doesn't sound like a greats aware, to be honest.
Dexters Laboratory had a field day with this in "Mock 5", their Affectionate Parody of Speed Racer. Since DeeDee is fulfilling the roles of both Spritle and Racer X, Dad talks about how he hasn't seen DeeDee since that terrible racing accident...as she sits there at the breakfast table, desperately trying (and failing) to get his attention. At the end of the episode, he finally "finds" her:
Dad: DeeDee! Oh, DeeDee, where have you been all these years?! DeeDee: Right behind you! Dad: Oh, you know I never look back there! Ha ha!
Futurama has an example in "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", where Bender is dissing the replacement bureaucrat Morgan Proctor, then everyone else goes quiet.
Bender: Uh-oh, she's right behind me, isn't she? Morgan: No, I'm in front of you.
Clone High: After Abe wins a drag race by following the advice of his friend Joan, he looks wistfully up to the sky and says:
Abe: Thank you Joan... wherever you are. Joan: I'm right here. (pan to show she's right next to him) Abe: So you are, Joan. So you are.
In The Simpsons, Principal Skinner tells Homer about his cold feet at Moe's Tavern and makes Homer promise not to tell anyone else ("Don't worry, your secret's safe with me"). Next, we see Homer's face as he exclaims, "Marge, guess what? Skinner wants to bail on his wedding!" But when the camera pulls out, we see that Homer is still in the bar, sitting right next to Skinner in the same configuration as before, presumably just seconds after being told the secret. "Homer, you're still talking to me," says Skinner, to which Homer replies, "Oh man, is this awkward."
Principal Skinner: I'm sentencing you [Nelson] to one week of the lowest, most degrading work known to man - janitorial work. Groundskeeper Willie: (hurt) Ah, geez. I'm standing right here, sir. Principal Skinner: Ah, yes. Uh ... Take a good look at him, Nelson, 'cause that's where you're headed.
Skinner's Sense of Snow: While Homer and Flanders were trying to drive to school to rescue the kids, Flanders once believed they ran over something. Homer said he hoped it was Flanders.
In one The Fairly Oddparents episode, Crocker goes on a long rant about how he can use Timmy's grade as an excuse to invite himself over and search the house for fairy godparents.
Timmy (sitting two feet away): Hello, I'm right here! I can hear every word you're saying! Crocker: Then I don't need to repeat myself! I'll be over at six.
Shredder: Oh, how I've longed for an ally such as this! So unlike the snivelling idiots that I've been forced to suffer! Krang: I'm right here. I CAN HEAR YOU!
Xiaolin Showdown: Omi ends up in a Showdown with a Cyclops, who would already be several times his size even if Omi hadn't been shrunk due to a mishap with the Shen-Gong-Wu. When the other monks mention just how bad the odds are, the tiny Omi has to remind them that he's right next to them.
Peter: Hey, between you and me, I hear Joe's got a little free time these days. I hear he hasn't touched Bonnie in months. Joe: Peter, you just whispered that to me. Peter: Wait, here he comes.
On Archer, Lana tells Mallory that Barry is a douchebag. Then Barry points out that he's sitting right next to her. He doesn't seem too bothered, though.
Phineas And Ferb, "I Was a Middle-Aged Robot": When Major Monogram tells Perry that there's a more important mission than thwarting Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Doofenshmirtz (who was in the middle of a rant when Monogram interrupted) is understandably affronted.
Young Justice: After Captain Marvel's secret is revealed to the Justice League, they have to debate whether he can stay.
Red Tornado: He does possess an adult body and the wisdom of Solomon. Aquaman: Wisdom does not equal maturity. Captain Marvel: Hey, I'm sitting right here!
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), whilst the Turtles are trying to get some information out of Snake, Raphael says some barbed things regarding Michelangelo's appearence.
Raphael: [...] Now, you could turn out handsome like me, or you might end up distugusting and deformed – like Mikey here. Michelangelo: Hey! * A minute or so later* Leonardo: Oh, that worked pretty good. Raphael: Of course it did, would you wanna look like Mikey? Michelangelo:I'm right here.
The Spectacular Spider Man: The Green Goblin crashes Tombstone's party, threatening to expose him. Spider-Man comes in and assumes that he's Tombstone's new goon. Tombstone corrects him that he isn't, but Spidey can still pretend that he is. All while ignoring the Goblin.
Green Goblin: Hello I'm in the room! Really you both are just rude.