Reg: Mr. Wentworth just told me to come in here and say that there was trouble at the mill, that's all - I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition!
Cardinal Ximenez [bursting in] NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!On some shows with a Drop-In Character or a Wacky Guy, the drop-in's appearance is sometimes immediately presaged by an ironic or insulting comment born from another context entirely but which could be applied to them. In Horror works, the character may appear in answer to an ominous remark or question. In comedies, the character's appearance may be immediately preceded by a gleeful "DID SOMEBODY SAY [word]?!" Often features Walk-In Chime-In. Compare Speak of the Devil, And Here He Comes Now. Sometimes results in an Answer Cut. The inverse of Phrase Catcher. Contrast Incoming Ham. See also Nothing Can Stop Us Now! and Gilligan Cut. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace can be an example of this trope, but is specific enough to warrant its own page.
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- ... Team Rocket.
- In Bride of Frankenstein Elizabeth describes a vision of an evil apparition which will entangle Henry, and says she sees it drawing nearer — nearer — and is immediately answered by the evil Dr. Praetorius knocking at the door.
- In Dracula's Daughter, just when Dr. Jeffrey Garth asks the question, "What could have made those two small puncture marks over the jugular vein?", a maid announces: "Countess Zalenska!"
- Played with in a scene from Batman Returns. Batman crashes through a window into the top floor of a dark, abandoned building to rescue the Ice Princess, who's been tied to a chair and muzzled with a cloth by the Penguin's goons. He quickly frees her, informing her that he's been framed for her kidnapping. The Ice Princess's response? "No problem. I'll just tell the police that I was kidnapped by an ugly bird-man with fish breath." Immediately afterward, someone announces: "Did somebody say 'fish'?" and a familiar figure drops from the rafters. Is it the Penguin? No, it's another notorious criminal who dresses in the manner of another animal well known for eating fish...
- In The Princess and the Frog, Ray tells Naveen and Tiana they're going the wrong way to get to Mama Odie's place.
Ray: What kinda chuckle-head told you to go this-a-way?Louis: (emerging from the bushes) I found a stick!
- In The Devil-Doll, Paul Lavonde, having escaped from prison, is stalking the three people who successfully framed him for their crimes. "I keep wondering which one of us he's going to look up next", says Emil, followed instantly by the door opening to reveal Levonde Disguised in Drag as "Madame Mandelip", calling on Emil.
- Double subverted in Birdman. After Riggan injures Ralph and tells Jake to find a new actor, Jake replies: "What, you think the ideal actor is just gonna knock on that door and take the part?!" [knock on the door]. It's only Lesley's face. Then she informs Riggan and Jake that Mike is available after all.
- Jack Reacher. The District Attorney is wondering how they will find this Jack Reacher guy who operates completely off the grid, with no paper trail they can follow, when his secretary informs him there's a Jack Reacher who wants to speak to him.
Live Action TV
- Our Miss Brooks: In the episode "Stuffed Gopher", Miss Brooks asks Walter Denton the fatal question "Who could be so stupid?". Into the cafeteria walks Stretch Snodgrass.
- Laverne and Shirley is a famous example; Lenny and Squiggy would never enter the girls' apartment without such a "cue" being uttered first.
Lenny and Squiggy: Hello!
- The Golden Girls often employed this gag when Stan visited. For instance, in "Mother Load," Rose goes to answer the door, expecting a visit from a co-worker for whom she must conduct a roast. She tells the others, "Be on the lookout for any quirks or oddities." She opens the door; it's Stan. In another episode, Dorothy discusses balancing her checkbook, saying, "I can't think of anything I hate more." When she opens to door to find Stan, she says, "I spoke too soon." Later, when Rose finally agrees to talk to her boss about the stress that's causing her neck and shoulders to tense up, Dorothy says, "Good for you, *doorbell* cause there's nothing worse than a pain in the neck." She opens the door, it's Stan, she promptly says "I must be psychic."
- The "Spanish Inquisition" sketch in Monty Python's Flying Circus is another example of this.
- Whenever someone utters the phrase "I wasn't expecting some sort of Spanish Inquisition," they barge in and the leader yells, "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
- Subverted at one point: the phrase is uttered, and all characters present turn their attention to the door, but no one enters. Made doubly funny by the fact that the Inquisition in question was shown rushing through London to get there and say their line before the episode ends while the credits roll on-screen. They make it just in time to get their catch phrase cut off by the end card: "Nobody expects the Spa- oh, bugger!"
- Done a couple of times with managing agent Bebe on Frasier:
Daphne: Well, I've done enough clothes shopping for your father. I'm pretty good at pretending to like things, no matter how horrifying I find them. (opens door) Bebe, how nice to see you.
- The aforementioned use in Laverne and Shirley is parodied. Dr. Kelso tries to scare people into getting a full body scan to make money. When Dr. Cox asks who would be stupid enough to get the scan, Harvey Corman, a recurring character who is a massive hypochondriac pops up behind him and says "Hello, Laverne."
- In another episode, Turk says to Carla that he wants their next child to be a boy, because as things are, he's surrounded by girls. "There's you, Izzy, Elliot..." Carla asks "Who else?", and then J.D. enters the room. Carla finds this highly amusing.
- In The Muppet Show, there was a character named Crazy Harry who would drop in and blow stuff up whenever someone mentioned anything explosive-related. ("Wow, that act was really dynamite!" "Did someone say 'dynamite'?!" *KABOOM!*)
- The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis used a gag similar to Laverne and Shirley: whenever another character (typically an adult one) would mention something filthy or disgusting, Maynard G. Krebs would instantly pop up with a trademark "You rang?"
- In Will and Grace, the arrival of Beverley Leslie was often preceded by such a comment. A specific example is when Jack and Karen were deciding on dessert, and Jack said that he wanted something "small with lady fingers." They often lampshaded it themselves, such as when Will and Grace are considering moving.
Will: Do you know what the worst part of living here is?
(Jack barges in.)
Will: I swear I wasn't gonna say that.
- Used in a Parks and Recreation episode in which Ann was inviting people over for her Halloween party:
Ann: The people in this room now are the people I invited, plus Leslie and Donna, so don't tell anybody.
April: Who's not invited then?
Tom: (entering the room) Hey, what's going on, cupcake?! Excited about the party tonight?
Ann: Oh. Oh, you're coming. I was just about to tell you.
Tom: Jerry already told me. Can't wait to see how tiny your costume is.
- In the Community episode "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design", Britta declines Troy and Abed's invitation to their blanket fort, then sarcastically asks, "Who wants to hang out in a blanket fort with grown men in tiny Underoos?" Right on cue, Dean Pelton appears.
Jeff: Not much could ruin today.Dean Pelton: Hello, Jeffrey!Jeff: Crap, I forgot saying that summons him.
Jeff: Aw, man! End of days? Could anything suck harder than this?Dean Pelton: Helloooooo!
- From the episode "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps":
Shirley: That's a suicide mission!Chang: Did someone say crazy PERSOOOOOON?!Everyone: No.Chang: Well, I heard it.
- A non-Dean example: from "Celebrity Pharmacology 212":
- On Family Matters, it was never a good idea to loudly state: "It sure is quiet and peaceful around here!" Doing so would inevitably herald a high-pitched, nasal "HI-DEE-HO, WINSLOWS!" from Steve Urkel.
- Boy Meets World did this many times with Shawn:
Mrs. Matthews: Now guys, be careful tonight, you know New Years Eve brings out all the crazies.Shawn: Come on everybody, let's get crazy!
- Used as a Rule of Three Running Gag in one episode. Alan and Amy are up in the middle of the night and Alan says that they should go to bed because "only creeps and weirdos are up now". Eric then walks in the door. Eric then says the exact same thing and Shawn walks in the door. Then Shawn says it and Mr. Feeny walks in the door.
- Happens frequently with Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show:
- Mocked in a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Conan O'Brien as "Moleculo", a superhero who is unable to keep his identity a secret because, whenever he hears his name mentioned, even if out of costume, he loudly bellows: "THE MO-LEC-U-LAR MANNNN!" He finally gives up and moves to Mexico - only to constantly repeat his mistake. In Spanish.
- Also in the the "We're not porn stars Anymore" skits. The third ex-porn star will walk in and ask "Did somebody say [pun relating to the item being sold]" - only its subverted because the cue is never said, and eventually the main girls just have the third one do their schtick regardless.
- In Part 1 of the Doctor Who serial "The Curse of Peladon," the Peladonian high priest relates an ancient legend to the visiting delegates. The moment he comes to the part about a prophecy that a stranger will arrive to bring peril to the planet, the Doctor walks through the door.
- The Nanny loves this trope. It's commonly used to not-so-subtly insult a character. For example, in "The Nanny Napper", when Fran brings home a baby:
Fran: Niles, do we have any old nipples around the house?(door opens and C.C. walks in)C.C.: Hello, hello!
- It wasn't insulting, but in the pilot episode of Friends, Ross is lamenting his marriage ending. When the others try to tell him to enjoy being single, as soon as he says, "I don't want to be single, I want to be married," Rachel barges into the coffee shop, wearing a wedding dress. Chandler lampshades it, saying "and I just want a million dollars," while staring at the door.
- On Sesame Street there was a sketch in which saying anything that rhymes with "air" would summon a marching band led by Guy Smiley, who would shout "DID SOMEBODY SAY 'AIR'?" and launch into another verse of his musical spiel about air.
- From the Cougar Town episode "What Are You Doin' In My Life?"
Jules: Laurie, we all have our embarrassing family members.Bobby (entering) Hello! (beat) That wasn't a coincidence. I was outside waiting for an entrance line.
- In Neighbours, Karl and Susan become laughing stocks after Karl admits to writing an erotic short story set a fictionalised version of Ramsay Street. When Susan asks him to retract his claim on it, he talks with Toadie, who notes that he just needs to find someone who would be willing to take credit for writing an erotic story. At that moment, Lou Carpenter enters in the background.
- In the Cory in the House crossover special with That's So Raven, Cory (who is in Washington DC) calls his sister Raven in San Francisco. Justified, as Raven's psychic abilities saw his phone call coming, so she deliberately headed to DC early to specifically invoke this trope.
Cory: (over the phone) Hey, Raven? How fast can you get to Washington DC?Raven: (entering the room) Is this fast enough for ya?
- In the Enemy at the Door episode "No Quarter Given", an islander who sent his wife and children to safety before the invasion but remained behind himself is discussing his deteriorating situation with Dr Martel, and remarks rhetorically, "I don't know why I chose to stay in this god-forsaken place." Enter his housekeeper, with whom he is in love.
- The BBC series Trevor's World of Sport used this in every episode, to presage the entry of Ralph Renton, one of their most irritating clients. Generally, a character would be talking about something unrelated, which would end in a string of unflattering adjectives, followed (without missing a beat) by the words "Hello, Ralph."
- A Very Potter Musical gives us this little exchange:
- The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) has this in the scene where Mary is about to give birth:
Mary: Uh-oh, it's coming!
Joseph: Now?! Holy sheet!
Shepherd: (Entering with a sheet) Yes, sir. Right here. (He covers Mary from the neck down with the sheet.)
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People:
Strong Sad: (in Strong Bad's memory) You'd have to be some type of idiot to take on Trogdor alone.Homestar Runner: (walking up) Hey, Strong Bad! Whatcha doin'?
- In Delicious 7: Emily's True Love the title character's best friend Francois tries to get her to go running off to Paris after receiving a love letter from an old boyfriend sixteen years after it was sent, enthusing about the romance of a Paris wedding. She points out that they'd be virtual strangers to one another after that length of time.
Emily: What kind of person would marry someone they barely know?
Her sister and a total stranger walk into the restaurant.
Angela: Guess what everyone? I'm getting married!
- Skin Horse has the variant "Something *silly* this way comes." It may be worth noting that the character speaking the line does not have thumbs.
- Cucumber Quest has a character challenge the local Evil Minion to a Limbo duel in its lair. Next comic has limbo competitors bursting through the lair's wall.
Limbo Group: Did someone sayyyyyyyyyyyy...LIMBO?!
- ... and in this strip, "May our souls find peace." A hole cut in the back wall with a chainsaw. "Did someone sayyyyyyyy PIZZA?!"
- Exterminatus Now, in which the characters are part of the Moebian Inquisition, subverts it in an early script ("We're not doing the Python bit. Maybe next time."), then plays it straight much, much later on in an awesome way—it's a much more badass line when it's accompanied by a Fast-Roping drop, gunships, and dozens of armed commandos.
- They DID say 'next time'!
- While attending a holiday party in Ink City, Twilight Sparkle jokingly thinks to herself her friend Pinkie Pie might've helped set it up. Needless to say, she's floored when Pinkie bounds through the door.
- In the webseries and novel versions of Noob, the guild's most memorable Guest Star Party Member ran by just after the guild's permanent members were discussing how badly they needed an extra player.
- The "Did somebody say X" version shows up twice in the Season 2 finale of Epic Rap Battles of History (Rasputin vs. Stalin) for Gorbachev's and Putin's respective entrances.
- Lenin: "...and stopped the greatest revolution since the birth of Marx!"
- Gorbachev: "Knock knock knock knock... did somebody say birthmarks?"
- Nobody expected the ambulance from Lodz!
- Zig-zagged, in the Strong Bad Email Fan Club, where Strong Sad discusses the possibility of Strong Bad attending a fan festival being held in his honor.
Strong Sad: "And there's a rumor going around that Stro Bro himself might show up to sign autographs!"(Strong Bad walks past the doorway in the background.)Strong Bad: "Yeah... I'm not comin'."
- In the second half of the Darkwing Duck episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck", Darkwing is locked in prison and laments how he messed up and has no one to ask for help. Then Launchpad breaks in.
- Lampshaded on Futurama in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV":
Fry: What kind of bozos would start a Bender protest group?(Professor Farnsworth and Hermes enter the room)Farnsworth: Good news, everyone! Hermes and I have started a Bender protest group!Zoidberg: That was uncanny.
- A 1995 episode of The Simpsons shows Bart watching TV and hearing that The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons is about to come on. "Oh, brother," Bart groans. "I smell another cheap cartoon crossover." Right on cue, Homer and Jay Sherman (from The Critic) walk through the front door.
- In Garfield and Friends, any time Garfield asks about stupid acts, either Odie or Jon would perform such an act. And subverted in one episode when Odie doesn't do the act Garfield suggests, lampshaded as even Odie not being so stupid.
Garfield: Six seasons, and he's never missed a cue.