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Move Along, Nothing to See Here

The standard line used by police officers or The Men in Black keeping people away from something interesting.

It's usually a case of Blatant Lies and often used in Suspiciously Specific Denials.

Compare I Was Never Here.


Examples:

Film
  • Used by the Men In Black to uphold their Masquerade. Thanks to the neurolizer, the people believe it.
  • Parodied in The Naked Gun, where Frank Drebin tries to do this in front of an exploding fireworks factory.
    • Also parodied earlier in the film - a police officer tries to direct a tiny (read: two people) crowd away from a pier like this. It's not working. Made all the funnier because he says "There's nothing to see here. Move along. Keep moving." all the time.
  • Uttered by Porky Pig at the end of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? as the original form of his catch phrase, "Th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!"
  • Invoked in Finding Nemo by the stingray teacher to keep the fish away from a fight brewing between Nemo and his Overprotective Dad Marlin.
  • Star Wars The Jedi Mind Trick convincing a Stormtrooper to tell Obi-Wan and Luke to believe "These are not the droids you're looking for".
  • Iron Man 1: One way to look at Tony Stark's reaction to when Pepper Potts first sees him with the Iron Man suit.
    Tony: Let's face it, this is not the worst thing you've caught me doing.
    Pepper: Are those bullet holes?
  • Children of Men. Works more effectively when the police officer has an Angry Guard Dog snapping at your heels.

Literature
  • Guards! Guards!: Used by Sergeant Colon when a dragon is attacking the city. He follows it up with "Haven't you got homes to go to?", which even he realises isn't as rhetorical as he'd like.
  • In Death: Peabody says this in Vengeance In Death, and then says to Eve, "I Always Wanted to Say That".

Live-Action TV
  • One of the catch phrases of the MST3K guys, often with a put-on Irish accent.
    • Subverted in one episode where they did "Alright, gather 'round, folks, show's just startin'..."
  • Used in The 10th Kingdom when the rich elf dies.
    • Made more amusing by the exact wording used:
    Sheriff: Move Along, Nothing to See Here... just a dead elf, wings ain't flapping anymore...
  • Used by the Judoon in The Sarah Jane Adventures. A rhino-man with a Death Ray has arrested a Grand-Theft-Me-expert reptile-man, while Gray Goo swarms the building. Nobody's fooled.
  • Used in Community by Security Guard Chang as he ropes off a "crime" scene (a yam was squashed). Jeff comments that it's the first time that sentence has actually been true.

Music
  • Used as part of the bridge to John Linnell's song "South Carolina":
    Move around, folks
    Push her back there
    Move along, show's over folks
    Let him breathe, step lively
    Move around, folks
    Push her back there
    Move along, show's over folks
    Let him breathe, step lively
  • Used as part of the chorus to the Radiohead song "Gagging Order":
    Move along, there's nothing left to see
    Just a body, pouring down the street

    Move along, there's nothing left to see
    Just a body, nothing left to see

Newspaper Comics
  • Done in a Far Side cartoon by a zebra trying to get its herd away from a lion kill of another zebra.
  • During a small story segment, Dilbert has this. Dilbert is assigned to a "fun and valuable" project, and takes Dogbert's advice to crush the opposition. He was one of the guys.

New Media
  • Used on the Recent Changes page of This Wiki when the database isn't working.
  • Used on slashdot when a posting's comment page hasn't been generated yet.

Tabletop Games
  • A gritty version used by the Texas Rangers in the Tabletop Games Deadlands: "Show me where you didn't see Aunt Millie climb up outta her grave. I got some carvin' to do."

Video Games

Web Comics
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court when Jack Hyland running from monitors jumps out of a window it's "Nothing to see here, kids.. Go back to your educations!" Owwkay, it's a first-floor window, but still.
  • In Spinnerette, the Werewolf of London, Ontario has his own unique version of this.
    London: Move along, nothing to see here! Well, okay, there is, but catch it on YouTube later!

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Western Animation
  • Police Chief Clancy Wiggum in The Simpsons, as seen in the page quote.
    • Also, in "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment," a parade float honoring Irish police is escorted by several of them, all saying things along the lines of this trope.
  • This was Officer Barbrady's Catch Phrase in the early seasons of South Park: "Move along, people. Nothing to see here. Go home, you looky-loos." He was even saying it during the Apocalypse in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
    • In the episode where a Human Popsicle was found and taken to Maphesto's laboratory, Officer Barbrady was using his Catch Phrase until someone asked him about said Human Popsicle. Officer Barbrady then admitted there was something to see and stepped aside for the others to see.
  • Parodied in an episode of The Cleveland Show, in which the police dig up an inflatable doll belonging to one of Cleveland's friends: "It's a sex doll. I repeat, it's a sex doll. Something to see here folks, something to see here."
  • Invoked by Nebby K. Nezzer and Mr. Lunt as "Fish" and "Chips" in the VeggieTales Affectionate Parody Sheerluck Holmes. Counts as their Catch Phrase—it's just about all they say in the show! (Nebby K. says "Move along!" and Mr. Lunt adds, "Nuh-zing to zee here!")
  • Parodied in American Dad!, when the Smith family goes to a CIA fair, one of the booths has a banner that says this trope.

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