- In the episode "With a Little Yelp From My Friends" of Selfie, Henry has tried being coworker Larry's friend to both prove to Eliza workplace friendships aren't that hard, and because Larry's having a tough time with his wife. However, by episode's end...
Henry: Look I know I made it seem like I was friends with Larry, when the truth of the matter is I can't spend 24 hours with that guy. And what he did to that drifter was wrong!
Eliza: What did he do to the drifter?
Henry: And the only reason that I agreed to wear three breakaway suits *tears suit (his second such action that day) off* to the office today is that I thought it would help me get rid of Larry. *Larry walks in*, who I have learned is the most annoying person on planet Earth.
Eliza: Hi Larry.
- Invoked in Happy Endings, episode 18, Season 2 'Party of Six' by Max.
Max: You know who would love this place? That barely legal junkbox that Dave brought to Penny's birthday last year. You know the one with the tramp stamp, and the tongue ring and the bad hat and she's right behind me isn't she?
Jane: (Confused) Nooo.
Max: Oh that's cause she's over there. *points*
- On Red Dwarf, Rimmer unleashes a stream of fat jokes targeted at Captain Hollister, with Lister as the one trying to stop him: "A man whose family crest consists of two cream buns and a profiterole! A man whose idea of a light snack is... he's standing Right Behind Me, isn't he?"
- Done once again in "Back to Earth", where, once again, Rimmer is unleashing a verbal assault on the new female crewmember Katerina Bartikovsky. The task of warning him that she's standing right behind him now falls to Kryten, who ends up complimenting Bartikovsky's breasts to make his point.
- In The Thin Blue Line episode "Fly on the Wall", the precinct is being filmed for a documentary on what usually happens at police stations. Inspector Fowler isn't keen on this at all, and thinking that he isn't being recorded, expresses to his officers what he really feels about the crew being there, not realizing in the middle of his rambling they've come up behind him, despite subtle hints from his fellow officers.
- Seventh Heaven: The family hears about Matt's and Mary's "uncanny impersonation of your grandparents" and ask them to put on the same performance they did for Lucy's boyfriend. They go a little too far before Matt realizes, "They're... standing right behind us, aren't they?"
- This must be a favorite sitcom trope, because this is almost exactly what happens in an episode of The Cosby Show, in which Elvin mimics Cliff, to Rudy and Vanessa's delight. He kicks the act into high gear and is having so much fun that he doesn't notice the now-horrified looks on the girls' faces, only to finally turn around and see a thoroughly unamused Cliff standing there.
- Subverted in Veronica Mars: The title character is asked about the hated Celeste Kane, and sarcastically describes her as a paragon of humanity. Meanwhile Kane has appeared right behind her.
- In the Ally McBeal episode "Girls Night Out", Richard Fish almost tells Mark that Cindy (who Mark is interested in) is really a man, and instead says she's a virgin. Mark asks Richard if they were in the law firm's unisex bathroom having the same conversation, what would happen? Richard hangs a lampshade by saying he would turn around and Cindy would be standing there. Mark says, "Flush flush." Richard turns around to see a shocked and angry Cindy staring at him.
- This happens damn near Once an Episode in Ally, usually in the unisex.
- One time, Ally and Georgia think Billy is in one of the stalls, so they start loudly proclaiming what a great lover he is. Billy walks up behind them in the middle of it, having just entered the room. Turns out it was John Cage in the stall.
- In NCIS, Gibbs, as a retired US Marine sniper, is trained to do this sort of thing, only with the aim of killing people. Tony is usually the one who gets snuck up on, but it has happened to almost everyone in the main cast at least once — this trope, along with the Dope Slap that follows most of the time, is one of the show's most prominent Running Gags. Once an Episode may be pushing it, but there are still too many examples to list; here are a few:
- In the episode, "Stakeout", Abby has the "He's right behind me, isn't he?" reaction after making a comment about Gibbs's lack of technical savvy. Gibbs is not, in fact, behind her... but does a Stealth Hi/Bye at the end of the scene and may have overheard her comments anyhow.
- Eventually they lampshade it with a Christmas episode:
Abby: What do you get the guy who has nothing and wants nothing?
Ducky: (as Gibbs appears behind Abby) A pair of squeaky shoes.
- Lampshaded before that in the second season ("Caught On Tape"). Tony mentions the "creepy way Gibbs used to sneak up on us", when Kate objects to the "used to" part, Tony says he can smell the Bengay on Gibbs' sore knee from a mile away. Cue Gibbs leaning out from behind him.
Tony: Knee feeling better, boss?
- From the same episode, Kate and Abby know Tony is there and make their conversation sound as suggestive and focused on his wildest dreams as humanly possible, only to reveal they're talking about Kate's new dog. Named "Toni".
- During a citywide blackout in the season 7 episode "Power Down", Tony starts joking about how Gibbs will feel perfectly comfortable during the crisis:
You don't need electricity to use hand tools and drink Bourbon. (pause as McGee and Ziva, who are trapped in an elevator and can't see Tony at all, exchange knowing looks) McGee:
He's standing right behind you, isn't he? (cut to Tony with Gibbs behind him) Tony
Yes, he is.
- In the episode "Bounce", Tony temporarily takes over Gibbs' role, and McGee starts complaining about him to Ziva:
McGee: He walks around with that peacock strut, and that smirk. It's like...heh, he's behind me, isn't he?
McGee: Good timing. How long were you standing back there?
Tony: About two minutes.
- In one episode, Abby gets so fed up with Gibbs' stealth that she placed bubble wrap on the floor at the entrance to her laboratory so that the noise would alert her when someone enters. Gibbs did not like her idea, so he soon ordered her to get rid of it.
- Altered in several instances in Season Three of Boston Legal. Although technically a case of Right in Front of Me, Denny Crane isn't really aware that his (usually until then) girlfriend Bethany is standing between him and the person he's actually talking to because she's a dwarf.
- Used in Boy Meets World where Cory does not like Shawn's new girlfriend, Jennifer (played by future T-X Kristanna Loken).
Cory: May I speak freely?
Shawn: I don't think that's wise.
Cory: Well, maybe I'm just not wise, but I think Jennifer — or should I say Zathrak the Undead, is a stuck-up, manipulative, cold-blooded... oh, she's right behind me anticipating my head meat, isn't she?
Jennifer: Hello, Cory.
Cory: All hail Zathrak!
- It was actually done on multiple occasions one of the earliest examples was in "The Beard". This gets heavy Lampshade Hanging in Girl Meets World when Cory does it with both Maya and Shawn. With the latter, he has no reason to believe that he's behind him (other than he's talking about him) as Shawn paid a surprise visit and doesn't even live in the same city.
- Used hilariously in Black Books, when Bernard thinks they've seen the last of the thuggish gangster he and Manny are meant to be teaching how to read for an upcoming book reading.
Bernard: And that drongo, Danny! (Danny enters the bookshop quietly, Manny notices) As if you could ever teach a thug like that!
Manny: Bernard, shut up.
Bernard: Gus, I admit, was genuine underworld, because he has to get on a stepladder to pee, but that huge gunk...
Fran: (has also noticed Danny) Bernard, Bernard...
Bernard: I wish I could see him again, y'know, because I'd have him, like that...
Danny: Feel a bit woozy. Always get a bit dizzy before the screams.
- This happened a few times in Sports Night. One example involved Casey complaining about Dana to Isaac. It was a bit of a variation, though, in that the bystander typically just smirked and enjoyed the show, rather than trying to warn him of the person behind him.
- Happens on The Golden Girls as Rose is poking fun at Dorothy, making specific mention of how she'd have to "stand on a chair to tell it all to her face." Dorothy, who had been listening for a good while but had gone unnoticed, grabs a chair and audibly sets it between herself and the still oblivious Rose, finally getting the latter's attention:
- Happens on The Office as Jim is doing an impersonation of Stanley, only for Stanley to appear out of the bathroom and sniff, "I do NOT think that is funny." (Once he leaves, Jim and Pam simultaneously say "I do NOT think that is funny!" in their best Stanley voices.)
- Used dramatically and with serious repercussions in the third season premiere of Dexter. Debra, who's aiming for the rank of detective sergeant on a big-name case, reveals that the victim, the brother of an ADA and a friend of Lt. LaGuerta's, was a drug addict... just as the ADA and LaGuerta enter behind her. She gets pulled from the case.
- Both subverted and played straight in one episode of iCarly: when Mr. Howard rants about how Principal Franklin is a "weak, spineless fool," Principal Franklin is nowhere in sight... But Mr. Howard's rant IS being broadcast, live, on the most popular webshow in America. Later, after declaring that he doesn't care what Principal Franklin thinks, the Principal is truly right behind him, and to add insult to injury, he was watching the show and heard the first rant.
- Another episode had Carly's old (and very possessive) best friend boasting to Sam that she was trying to get her out of the picture and have Carly for herself. Guess who was right behind her and promptly called the friendship off.
- Done in this clip of The Daily Show when Jon Stewart gets a little cocky about being allowed to hang out with "real" news people.
Jon Stewart: (silly voice) My name's Sam Donaldson and I have a Website! I'm in the Internets!
Peter Jennings: (makes frantic "cut" gestures, pointing over Jon's shoulder)
- In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Paternity", in a tangentially related murder case, it comes out that the father of the boy who discovered his nanny's body is not his biological father. Elliot and Olivia engage in a rather loud argument about whether or not they have the right to inform him as they enter the main hallway. Guess who's sitting on a bench behind them?
- In Friends, Chandler complains about the bracelet Joey got him, calling it the "Woman Repeller", the "eyesore from the Liberace house of crap" and the "reject from the Mr. T collection", and says: "I pity the fool who puts on my jewelry, I do, I do!". Joey is right behind him.
- Subverted in a Halloween episode. When a few of the gang are discussing who can win in an arm wrestle, Phoebe comes up. Joey claims that Phoebe has this incredible strength, gets worried, and asks if she's right behind him. Monica looks behind him, sees Phoebe on the other side of the crowded room, and tells him he's in the clear.
- In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Col. Klink calls General Burkhalter a "nasty old tub of lard" and says that he had been deliberately avoiding him/ignoring his calls, only to find that he's right behind him. Burkhalter then cancels Klink's leave, saying "I really am a nasty old tub of lard."
- House: The title character uses this on occasion to indirectly tell someone something nobody wants him to tell them. In the season 7 premier, he initiates an argument with Cuddy regarding his interest in having a boy donate a piece of his lung to his sister knowing fully that he'll overhear it and offer to give up his lung.
- Angel. Cordelia and Wesley are explaining the Angel/Buffy relationship to Fred via Bad Bad Acting.
Wes (as Angel): Kiss me!
Cordelia (as Buffy): Bite me!
Angel (entering): Why don't you both bite me.
- In one early episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xander reads the paper while complaining about Buffy's obsession with Angel, giving the expected "who cares about that vampire freak" line. Angel is right behind him, and Xander turns, completely unflinching, to Angel, says hello and continues his rant.
- A similar subversion in the second episode of Fawlty Towers, when Sybill is complaining about O'Reilly the builder:
Sybil: He's shoddy, he doesn't care, he's a liar, he's incompetent, he's lazy, he's nothing but a half-witted, thick Irish joke!
Basil: Oh, hello, O'Reilly, we were just talking about you. And then we started talking about this other Irish builder we used to know. God, he was awful...
Sybil: No, Mr O'Reilly, I was talking about you.
- The West Wing enjoys this trope (and variations thereof).
- Power Rangers Mystic Force has this in "Inner Strength". Green Ranger Xander, a rather proud fellow, has this when Daggeron, mentor Udonna's old friend, becomes the rangers' teacher. Xander interprets him as a difficult taskmaster, and he rants to the other rangers:
Xander: Guys, you have to agree. Daggeron's got to go. (Daggeron approaches) And I know what it is. He's singled me out 'cause of my good looks. He's probably just jealous 'cause he can't get a date of his own. (The other rangers start warning him) He's overbearing. He's petty. He's standing right behind me. Isn't he?
- Power Rangers Jungle Fury has this, exceptionally depressingly, in "Maryl and the Monkeys". White (Rhino) Ranger Dominic is trying to convince a genetic engineer with trust issues (whom he has a crush on) to tell him about her latest formula, which had been stolen by Camille. When he catches the other rangers spying on him, and Blue Ranger Theo asks why he's the only one who can do it, the geneticist comes up behind him just as he starts saying that it was because she liked him, boasting about how she was putty in his hands. He realizes it, and that's the end of any hope of trust between them.
- Power Rangers RPM has this in "Three's a Crowd". After an unsuccessful test attempt of merging their three Megazords into a bigger Megazord, Green Ranger Ziggy makes no attempt to disguise his exasperation.
Ziggy: I mean, look, it's hard enough trying to control those giant, lumbering Megazords, let alone making them all transform into an even gianter Megazord…I mean, seriously, this time, I think Dr. K has lost it. (enter Dr. K) I mean, she throws together all this crazy technology and then expects that we can make it all just…come…together…she's standing right behind me, isn't she?
- In an episode of Rescue Me:
Lou: There's only one Tommy Gavin and I don't think any of us wanna be him.
Tommy: (walking up) What?
Lou: I don't think any of us wanna be him, and by him I mean you.
Tommy: You're not even gonna try to—
- In the Mission: Impossible episode "The Train", a dying prime minister does not realize that his designated successor means to become a tyrant. Our heroes take the prime minister, his successor and the successor's aide on a simulated train ride, and simulate a crash. The successor and his aide are informed that the prime minister had burned to death, and the successor takes the oath of office and orders his aide to start the Reign of Terror. That's when our heroes strike the set and Oh, Crap, he's Not Quite Dead. The successor is ordered to resign.
- The Middleman, obviously, puts its own spin on it.
I'm using you for kindling. Puppet!Vlad Tepes:
I have a few friends standing behind you who might disagree. Wendy:
That might have worked in 1459, but today's woman is a little more savvy
... You created vampire puppet minions and they're all standing behind me, aren't they? Puppet!Vlad Tepes:
- A hilarious example in the first episode of Titus:
Titus: ... and I made more last year than you did any year of your life, what do you think about that?
Dad: (pops beer, alerting everyone to his presence) I think without me pushing you, you never would've made it.
- This is played with in Tomica Hero Rescue Fire
Tatsuya: What a surprise, Tsubasa is really nice towards kids!
Yuuma: Tsubasa? That's different from the image he gives off.
Qsuke: If you gossip about him he'll appear...
- Played straight, for laughs, in an episode of Space: Above and Beyond, where the Wildcards discuss what they'll all do after the war is over, and speculate on their squadron commander, who has been a Marine since birth.
Lt. Paul Wang: Can you imagine if he was anything else? Like a plumber?
Wang: (imitating Lt. Col. McQueen) Okay, listen up. This one's in the kitchen. I'm here to fix your faucet, so check your six. I'm gonna replace the strainer part, and I'm gonna replace the washer. It's gonna be a real knife fight. Now I'm gonna utilize a monkey wrench and perhaps even a plunger. And when I'm done, you'll have water.
Wang: It'll be hot, and it'll be cold. And one more thing.
(Wang flips table)
Wang: It's okay to be scared. (realizes McQueen is standing behind him) Sir, sir, it... It's the greatest form of flattery. Sir.
- A M*A*S*H episode has Radar telling Colonel Blake that Frank Burns wants to see him.
Blake: Well, tell him I'm not in!
Radar: Yes, sir. (starts to walk out of Blake's office; Burns walks in while Blake's back is turned) Sir?
Blake: (his back turned to the door, as he pours himself a drink) Frank Burns has to be the biggest horse's patoot on this post.
Burns: You think so?
- M*A*S*H was very fond of these. At one point, Frank yells at Radar that he can't play tricks on him because (paraphrased), "I'm not that old moron you work for." Later in the same episode, he tells his suspicious wife that Major Houlihan is nothing but a "war horse" and an "army mule"... while she's listening on the other phone.
- Houlihan runs into it herself later on. Waiting for Col. Potter in his office, she is pacing anxiously.
Houlihan: Oh, where is that old coot!
Potter: [walking in] Coot's here.
- From the Doctor Who episode "Flesh and Stone":
If he's dead back there, I'll never forgive myself. And if he's alive, I'll never forgive him
. And Doctor, you're standing Right Behind Me
, aren't you? The Doctor:
Yeah. River Song: (turns around to see the Doctor grinning smugly at her)
I hate you.
- The Closer likes this, though without the actual line. In one episode, Provenza is mimicking/mocking Brenda's accent and crime scene handling techniques, only for her to speak up, from behind him, with her infamous "Thank yew" Catch Phrase (and an Oh, Crap expression on his face). Played with in a later episode, Brenda storms into the room, ranting and demanding that the rest of the team tell her where Flynn and Provenza are; in the middle of the rant, they walk in behind her, and the others clue her in by motioning for her to turn around (since they can't get a word in edgewise). Played with as the people who are Right Behind Me are the ones in for the embarrassment.
- Supernatural has one in the episode "The Third Man" when they're praying for Castiel to turn up.
Sam: "Like I said...the son of a bitch doesn't answer...[Castiel appears] He's right behind me, isn't he?"
- Not played for laughs in "The Man Who Would Be King". Sam & Bobby suspect Castiel of working in secret with demon Crowley; while they're arguing over this possibility with Dean, Castiel is shown to be standing behind them. As it turns out, he's invisible to everyone in the room. Later Cas turns up to save them from some demons sent by Crowley, and the boys apologise for doubting him. Castiel pretends to be hurt that they didn't just ask about their suspicions but says he'll forgive them, making a joke that inadvertently reveals he was listening in on their earlier conversation.
- Danger: UXB. Lieutenant Ash delivers a defused bomb to Dr Gillespie and his daughter Susan, who are building a Heath Robinson contraption in their backyard for steaming explosives out of unexploded German bombs. Ash later reports to his superiors on the phone, deriding the device as completely impractical and describing Gillespie as the proverbial Mad Scientist who even has a Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter — said daughter has just entered the room behind him.
- In one episode of Sherlock, John takes his date, Sarah, to a Chinese circus that Sherlock recommended, only to become furious when Sherlock invites himself along to continue investigating a case. One scene has them arguing in a hallway while Sarah is off somewhere else.
John: Has it not occured to you that I might have other things on my mind?
Sherlock: *exasperated* Like what?
John: *pulls an epic "are you serious" face* You are kidding, right? You're showing up while I'm....
John: *loudly* WHILE I'M TRYING TO GET OFF WITH SARAH! *Sarah walks up behind him at this exact moment and he tries to play it off* Heeyyyy....
- Played for Drama in His Last Vow when Mary accidentally reveals herself in front of John, who she though was a dummy.
- On the "Eggsit Strategy" episode of The King of Queens, this trope is satirized. Carrie is talking to her coworkers about her boss, Mr. Kaplan, in an unflattering way. When her coworkers have blank looks on their faces, she is worried that her boss is standing right behind her, but he isn't.
- In the That '70s Show episode "Hyde's Christmas Rager", Eric drunkenly mocks Red: "I'm Red! I don't like parties... 'cause I'm a big, bald, party pooper!" He then turns around, sees Red behind him, and makes matters even worse by throwing up on his shoes.
- In Becker, when John is being chewed out again by Reggie and Linda for not immediately telling them about Craig two-timing them and being married. A rant ensues:
Becker: Look, let... let's get something straight. In the future, I don't want to know anything. If either of you have any secrets I don't want to know. If either of you think they have something that I might like to know, I don't want to know. In fact, if anything happens to anybody anyplace, anytime, please don't tell me 'cause as I may have mentioned, I don't want to know! You know whose fault this is, you know when you come right down to it, it's Margaret that big-mouth busybody, you know she just... she's the one who told me to get involved with this in the first place. You know, she's really brave when she's pushing other people around but when it's her turn to tell you guys something where the hell is she?
Margaret: Right behind you.
Becker: ...Now that I would have liked to have known.
- In another episode this is subverted Margaret starts saying things about Becker while he's sitting behind her. He starts to say something, but without even turning around she says she knows he's behind her.
- Heartbeat. One of the policeman is doing an impersonation of humorless Sergeant Blaketon just as he enters the room. Fortunately the imitation is of him saying "Never believe a word that Claude Greengrass says". Needless to say Blaketon approves this sensible policy.
- In Castle, Ryan and Castle are talking about a suspect, who apparently had special relationships with many women in a hospital but wasn't sleeping with any of them.
Castle: No, makes no sense. (Beckett walks up) Why spend all that time listening to women and buying them things if you're not gonna try and sleep with them? (notices Beckett) Beckett's here.
- This happens several times on Yes Dear, where an adult says something unflattering about his/her son or nephew, only to turn around and realize said relative is behind the adult and taking in the whole statement all along.
- An episode of California Dreams has Tiffany talking about Matt's breakup to Jenny without realizing Matt is standing behind her despite Jenny's subtle hints. By the time Tiffany becomes aware after Jenny makes an obvious hint, it's already too late and Jenny isn't happy: "What did you think I was doing — scratch my neck?"
- It happens on Hannah Montana as well, notably when a female school bully is terrorizing Miley in the lunch room, who is venting about it to Lilly.
- Married... with Children: As Al was telling Griff he's skipping work to help Kelly, Gary was entering the shop. Trying to warn Al, Griff said her (yes, that Gary is a woman) name. Not understanding, Al told Griff not to fear the boss and ranted until he saw her.
Al Please, don't fire me.
- It happens a lot in El Chavo del ocho and El Chapulín Colorado. The person being insulted usually taps the person's shoulder, and he answers by telling him "Hold on" without even turning around. At least, not turning around until the third time, at which point he realizes the mistake.
- It happens in the awesome Saturday Night Live sketch Hamm and Buble. The episode's host and musical guest, Jon Hamm and Michael Buble, respectively were opening a restaurant called "Hamm and Buble", with Buble as a performer. As soon as Hamm stepped away, a frightened Buble promptly revealed that Hamm was in fact holding him prisoner and forcing him into the endeavor, begging viewers to call the police, then whispering, "I have a feeling he's standing Right Behind Me" (which he was, in fact). He does this all to the tune of his classic "I Haven't Met You Yet".
- A variation from an episode of Blackadder the Third: Blackadder has finally had enough of the Prince's stupidity and leaves (with a parting insult for Baldrick). After he walks out Baldrick mutters "Goodbye, you pasty-faced, big-nosed, rubber-necked bastard." He slowly looks up just as Blackadder re-enters the room, having been in earshot the whole time.
- What really sells this is the Studio Audience; they laugh a bit at Baldrick's insult, then absolutely bust up laughing as Baldrick looks up.
- Lampshaded in Home and Away. Liam talks about how he's having trouble adjusting to coming home to "a crazy Dolly Parton wannabe". After seeing Bianca's reaction, he asks if Irene is behind him. She is.
- On Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Tyler frustratedly insults a bully who was picking on him and Nicole, to Nicole. Fortunately, they got bailed out fairly quickly afterwards.
- In Dirk Gently, Dirk explains to Macduff the fractured relationship he has with his cleaner.
Dirk: It's like a horror movie for OCD sufferers, with Elaina as the vampric witch of the piece.
(Macduff attempts to indicate behind Dirk with his eyebrows}
Dirk: ... But she's got a heart of gold really. Salt of the earth. Lovely woman.
- This exchange in the Criminal Minds episode "The Bittersweet Science".
Garcia: (via webcam) Okay, Rossi, out with it. Is Hotch dating anyone?
Rossi: (leans in to the webcam) I. Don't. Know
Reid: You know, statistically, widowed men start dating much faster than females, but Hotch is refuting the data. It's been two years and 19 days.
Garcia: Venus has aligned with Mars, which means love is in the air and maybe we will have weekends off.
Morgan: (sees Hotch and clears throat to warn Garcia)
Garcia: What? Is he standing there? He's standing there, isn't he?
Hotch: Hello, Garcia.
- Garcia even lampshades this a second time when she first meets Alex Blake
Blake: You must be Penelope.
- Frasier - "When There's Smoke, There's Fired" - Bulldog and KACL's new owner.
- Mad Men - The night after a party at the Drapers', Harry is talking to Stan about what he'd do to Megan - who walks up behind him as he gets more...descriptive.
Harry: I would've just stood up and grabbed her little French behind and pushed her through those cheap-post-four-walls.
Stan: Hi, Megan.
Harry: Very funny. God, what I would do to her...
- In the Sports Night episode "The Apology", Dan is supposed to be meeting with CSC executives, but he's decided to make them wait:
Casey: Go to your meeting.
Dan: I told you, I'm making them wait.
Casey: No, you're making them mad.
Dan: No, I am making them anxious.
Casey: (sees Isaac come into the room) I think you're just making them mad. I think Isaac specifically is mad.
Dan: No, Isaac's on my team. Isaac understands me. Isaac has a highly developed sense of right and wrong, and he is hip to my battle plan.
Casey: Dan, he's standing right behind you.
Dan: (turns around) How you doing? Casey and I were just talking about your highly developed sense of right and wrong, and I was just saying...
Isaac: Go sit your sorry ass down in that meeting.
Dan: On my way, sir.
- On an episode of ROY, Roy is doing an impersonation of the headmaster, unaware that the head has just stepped out the classroom behind him. He finally notices his friend's frantic stop gestures and finishes with "He's behind me, isn't he?".
- A non-funny version on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Phil blasts Will for revealing his humble beginnings to a newspaper, unaware that his increasingly hurt and angry mother is standing behind him until she finally blasts him for being ashamed of his upbringing. And a typical one in another episode when Phil is boasting about how he stands up to Vivian if and when she tries bossing him around, only to look downright terrified when she sharply speaks up. To make matters worse, this is the second time in the episode that this has happened, the first incident somehow failing to make him Genre Savvy.
- From an episode of Suits: Mike has just learned that Harvey is about to fire a senior accountant at a firm because he lied about his degree - exactly what Mike himself has also done.
Harvey: Relax. That's not going to happen to you.
Mike: But I would get fired if Jessica found out?
Jessica: Found out what?
- On ER, Doug and other staff members are hanging out in the lounge discussing Kerry Weaver, whom none of them can stand. Doug begins mocking and mimicking her, much to everyone else's delight. Suddenly he freezes and looks over their shoulders. They turn around to see a genuinely hurt Weaver standing there.
- On Revenge, Nolan's expressing mock sympathy to Emily about her (staged, which Nolan doesn't know) breakup with Aiden when Aiden comes up behind him and says hello.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which as a Joss Whedon production is naturally trope-ridden, features Agent Ward using this trope to the word: "Last time we saw this guy he was a homicidal maniac...he's standing right behind me, isn't he?"
- Rome. Cisero is paying his respects to Brutus and the fellow conspirators in the murder of Julius Caesar, but complains when he finds they've left Marc Antony alive. Cisero then decides he's got urgent business in the country and makes to leave, but not before saluting the "immortal liberators" from the tyrannic Caesar. Cisero then turns and bumps into Marc Antony who's just entered the room. Everyone enjoys his discomfiture.
- In an episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Missy taunts Mose by saying that she's cheated her way onto the honor roll for years and despite Mose's best attempts, she will never get caught. Unfortunately, the teachers were right behind her and they promptly throw her honor wall plaque into the trash.
- Double Subversion in the second episode of Scott & Bailey. Bailey complains about her boss Murray when Scott interrupts with "Hi boss!", followed by "Got ya" when Bailey sees Murray isn't there. Later on, Bailey complains further, knows better than to trust Scott's second "Hi boss!", and piles on with further insults, only to see Murray is there.
- Third Watch features this in the episode A Call for Help.
Kim(paramedic): What did we learn the first day of paramedic training? "Cops are all jerks."
Davis(cop): You guys all right?
Kim: Yeah. Yeah.
Davis: You sure? You're good?
Sully(cop): You know what they taught us the first day of cop school? "Take a look around before you insult somebody."