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[[caption-width-right:332:The TropeMaker.]]

It's late at night, and the characters are eating in a diner. That just happens to be on a street corner of a city. That looks [[ArtImitatesArt EXACTLY like that one painting...]]

The scene has been composed as a specific reference to a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper, ''Nighthawks'', showing a couple of people in a diner at night and illustrating their loneliness and despair. So famous is this exact setup that most people throughout the industrialized world will immediately recognize it, whether or not they know the name of the original painting. A similar one is "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" where a bunch of washed up (and possibly dead) movie stars are having coffee or a bite to eat at a seedy-looking diner.

Is a subtrope of ArtImitatesArt.

Compare PietaPlagiarism and TheScream.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' (and its AnimatedAdaptation) contains a panel which imitates the painting, featuring Lt. Gordon and Essin eating in a diner after their shift ends. In a later, daytime shot, it's even revealed that the diner is named "Hopper's".
* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider and his assistants hang out in a diner based on Hopper's painting. It's ''called'' "Hopper's", just to drive it home.
* Parodied in the first issue of ''ComicBook/TheTick''.
* The cover of ''[[ComicBook/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]]'' #29, the introduction of Guy's bar Warriors, is a Nighthawks parody with Guy as the bartender, Franchise/{{Superman}} sitting on his own, and Lobo hitting on the [[AntiHeroSubstitute then]] WonderWoman, Artemis.
* Matt Fraction's 2012 ''Comicbook/TheDefenders'' run ended with a nod to "Nighthawks," with Comicbook/DoctorStrange and a girl he'd wronged sitting in a diner reconciling their differences.
** It should be noted that one of the Defenders ''is'' named Nighthawk.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': EvilGenius P.J. Maybe does the shout-out pose when he's waiting in a diner after he's changed his face again to win over the heart of a nonagenarian billionaire lady.
* ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' features one, where Phil Sheldon and a colleague are eating at night, and chatting about the Human Torch, [[spoiler: who is also sitting right next to them.]]
* Unsurprisingly, ''ComicBook/CommonGrounds'' - a comic about a coffee shop frequented by heroes and villains - did a Nighthawks homage for the cover of one issue.
* ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes'': Fanny and Inspecteur Sapperdeboere sat in this restaurant in the album "Blond en BlauW" ("Blonde and Blue").
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One of the ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' collections is titled ''Nighthogs'' in an obvious reference. The cover is a ShoutOut to the painting as well.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' SundayStrip has this in its first panel, with Woodstock and three other birds. See page 75 of ''Around the World in 45 Years''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'', two characters visit a similar-looking diner.
* ''Film/HardCandy'' features a scene on a "Nighthawks Diner", where a character purchases a T-shirt with ''Nighthawks'' printed on it.
* In the sequel to ''NightAtTheMuseum'', it is one of the paintings that come to life.
* According to TheOtherWiki, this painting inspired the "future noir" look of ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* Creator/DarioArgento recreated the set in his film ''Film/DeepRed''.
* Recreated as a set for a FilmWithinAFilm in WimWenders' movie ''The End of Violence''
* ''Film/DarkCity'' is heavily influenced by this trope: nearly every shot has some resonance with the Trope-Making painting, to the extent that even interior shots are defined by small pools of light against an overwhelmingly dark background. Thematically, the film echoes the painting too; the sense of isolation from others and stark artificiality isn't just a visual gimmick, but a core component of the central drama.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''Literature/TheBlackEcho'', Harry Bosch's girlfriend, FBI agent Eleanor Wish, has a framed print of ''Nighthawks''. They commisserate on how they've found each other, two loners together, with Eleanor even calling the two of them "a couple of nighthawks." When Bosch meets her again after several years apart in ''Trunk Music'', she still has the ''Nighthawks'' print, and Bosch wonders, after years of separation between them, if he is actually the man alone in the painting.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' homaged the painting in an episode appropriately titled "Nighthawks".
* ''Series/That70sShow'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this with Kitty and Red in a diner, in the roles of the woman in the red dress and the suit-clad man sitting next to her. Kitty remarks on how everything feels so familiar.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' once used the shot as a promo for the show.
* Creator/TurnerClassicMovies includes as one of the stock clips they use to introduce programs a little live-action shot staged to look exactly like "Nighthawks".
* Promotional posters for the second season of ''Series/FreshOffTheBoat'' inserts the family into famous American artworks, [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3973704960/tt3551096 including Nighthawks.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/TomWaits' album ''Music/NighthawksAtTheDiner'' is an homage.
* The cover of Music/OrchestralManoeuvresInTheDark's album ''Music/{{Crush}}'' is done is in a Hopper-esque style and shows the corner on which the diner is situated, but from a different angle.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* You can buy a decorative painting in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' that closely resembles it.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'', this is the opening shot of [[PrehensileHair Filia's]] story mode.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', this is one of many famous paintings you can walk through in the non-combat adventure "Louvre It or Leave It".
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20131212/ This]] ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' comic.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' has an example [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2122072/nighthawks/ here.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has parodied the shot several times, most notably in the episode "Old Money", with Grampa, and in "Homer vs. the 18th Amendment", featuring Officers Eddie and Lou.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' where all the art in a museum comes to life, [[MonaLisaSmile Mona Lisa]] and [[ThinkerPose The Thinker]] go on a date in this painting.
** In another, a bar that Courage goes to in a shady part of town is also a reference.
* In the 90s, Creator/CartoonNetwork aired a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3la82bYtcPg commercial]] that took place here. ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' tells about his brief love affair with Velma from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', with WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs sitting on the other side of the bar and [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] as the bartender. The bumper [[BookEnds begins and ends]] on this shot.
* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' sing-along video "The End of Silliness?" takes place in an ice cream parlor modeled after this painting. The actual recreation of the painting can be seen in the title shot.
* The early CG short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JtzFRwqIXM "Night Magic"]] took place in this diner, and the opening shot matches the painting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic'' the painting is briefly used as a background for a scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' parodies this shot in the episode "Hypno-Puppy Luv" where Heffer and Filburt [[DrowningMySorrows drown their sorrows]] in [[FrothyMugsOfWater soda]] after Rocko disappears.
* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Gaz, Taster of Pork" has one when Dib ponders how he will reverse the curse he put on Gaz.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' does this during a scene involving General Specific in a cafe.
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