"Hi! You're going to call off your rigorous investigation. You're going to publicly state that there is no underground group. Or we are going to take your balls. Look. The people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. [pause] Do not fuck with us."
When a malicious group is investigated and busted, a member brags how the group is everywhere. The group member will further claim that their movement is growing, and will rule supreme someday, leaving the heroes concerned that there will be more trouble in the future.
The most common associations are with right-wing militia movements, which became a trope of their own
following the militia scare
in the media after the Oklahoma City bombing.
Note also that the same claim may be made by the heroes when they are the resistance to a despotic regime. Naturally, the message is inverted this way.
Contrast Red Scare
and Yellow Peril
. The Syndicate
is very fond of this line, as is The Conspiracy
. People involved with the Masquerade
generally don't brag about it, but might make an exception if they're dying anyway.
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- Guyver. The Zoanoids are everywhere.
Agito: "You probably thought Chronos was simply a secret organization, but we are very public. Classmates, politicians, ambassadors. It is an international community all linked through the clandestine operations of the Chronos Corporation. A simple matter like the attack on the school is easily covered with key positions in the media, and the police are controlled by us. We're everywhere. We're everyone. The Earth is now within our grasp... a possession of Chronos."
- Grappler Baki, possibly inspired by Fight Club, pulls a similar stunt after a guy in a fighting club got killed. The waiter, the police, the owner of the amusement park, all of them are part of the club.
- Reasonably early on in 20th Century Boys, Kenji learns that the cult lead by mysterious Big Bad Friend has members in high places, making his fight against them harder.
- Early in Suzumiya Haruhi, Yuki and Ryoko tells Kyon that her fellow interfaces have long infiltrated the school, and that many of them are like Ryoko. Later, Koizumi tells Kyon that other members from the Organization are everywhere, and are in high places, like the president of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council.
- Shown rather than said, but The Dollars in Durarara!! definitely count. One of the Crowning Moments of Awesome comes when Mikado Ryugame is in a tense stand-off with Namie Yagiri. She threatens him, and claims to be powerful enough to squash him like a bug, and he replies that if she won't listen to reason, he'll rely on numbers. He pushes a button on his cellphone, and suddenly the cell phones of everybody in the vicinity start ringing. The look of horror on the faces of Namie and her bodyguards is priceless as the formerly faceless masses are all revealed to be members of the enigmatic Dollars, including several important characters.
- A version appears in Batman, Inc when Bruce Wayne explains that criminals will never have to wonder where Batman is... because Batman is everywhere. This is as a group of Bat-bots foil an attack by some criminals on the locale where he's making the announcement to a reporter. (He knew the attack was coming).
- Fight Club provides the page quote. Especially noteworthy because it's delivered to the man charged with taking the underground movement down at his own reception.
- The Night Slasher's speech at the end of Cobra follows this trope to the letter, but it's more of a crazed final rant than a accurate estimate of his following.
- Quantum of Solace has this exchange:
Bond: Are you going to tell us who you work for?
Mr. White: The first thing you should know about us is that we have people everywhere. [Turns to M's bodyguard] Am I right? [The bodyguard opens fire on M and Bond]
M: When someone says "We've got people everywhere", you expect it to be hyperbole! Lots of people say that. Florists use that expression. It doesn't mean that they've got somebody working for them inside the bloody room!
- In the trailers at least, the Big Bad of Eagle Eye claimed this. It turns out it's both true and false. The Big Bad is a supercomputer that really is everywhere; at least everywhere with a networked computer. The "We" part isn't technically true; it has assumed itself to be "We the people" from the Constitution. It does more or less have people everywhere though, since it threatens anybody it wants to into doing exactly what it says to do.
- At the end of Infiltrator, a neo-Nazi attempts to assassinate Oliver Platt's character, Yaron Svoray, and boasts to Svoray that "I am one of millions." Svoray has a great response though: "So am I."
- Played with in Toy Story, when Woody led Sid's toys to revolt against him;
"From now on, you must take good care of your toys, because if you don't, we'll find out, Sid! We toys can see EVERYTHING! [speaking and moving] So play nice!"
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The main plot centers around the revelation that from the moment of SHIELD's inception, Hydra had infiltrated the organization, and now at least half of SHIELD was Hydra, along with several highly-placed people, including Senator Stern from Iron Man 2. SHIELD was so heavily compromised that Captain America decided to take down SHIELD in order to take down Hydra.
- The anti globalization song well we are everywhere
- According to Mojo Nixon, "Elvis is everywhere, man! Elvis is everywhere!"
- The NWO in WCW. At their height of popularity, one of the "good guys" from WCW was giving in and joining the NWO on a weekly basis. They took over the company and anyone not in the NWO or fighting against the NWO rarely got any TV time. They took this trope so far that it actually helped destroy the company in real life as people stopped watching when it became clear the NWO was all but invincible and any illusion of competition was shattered.
- Ring of Honor used this trope as part of its "Project 161" storyline, in a fashion fairly similar to the Fight Club example. Posts on the official ROH message board, the occasional hack, interruptions in DVDs with the 161 logo as well as the lowering of the harness to hang Jay Briscoe at the Age of the Fall's debut leads one to believe that message board members, a computer programmer, someone who worked on the DVDs in the final stage and someone dealing with the running of the show were all involved.
- Allysin Kay makes this boast on a lead up to a Shine event after Radiant Rain retired and Ivelisse Vélez was booted out of Valkyrie as punishment for causing it. Officially, Valkyrie has never had more than five members at any given time. They have accidentally revealed ties to a sixth but have continually denied any connection to "Sweet" Saraya.
- In Warhammer 40,000, the Inquisition (who are humanity's Designated Heroes) and the Alpha Legion (for whom it's a long story), both tend to make this claim, and they're more than likely telling the truth. The Deceiver and its agents would also have grounds to say this truthfully, if they deigned to talk to anyone at all outside of their cover identities.
- And thanks to the warp Demons are literally everywhere.
- Also, although they can't really make claim of it, Tyranids use Genestealers to infest the population of a target world, slowly infiltrating important positions. They literately have people everywhere.
- Likewise with devotees of the assorted horrors in Cthulhu Tech.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The vampire mooks like to taunt Buffy about how she is one, they are many. It's possible to stake them mid-rant for the humour.
- "We are formless. We are the very discipline Americans invoke so often." — Patriot Colonel, Metal Gear Solid 2.
- Mass Effect has Cerberus, the shadowy pro-human organisation with apparently bottomless funds and influence at every level of the Alliance. Rogue operatives tend not to live long, especially if they get picked up by the Alliance.
- The Shadow Broker, too, judging from the data available on the consoles.
- In Deus Ex:
Icarus: I am right behind you, Mr. Denton. Soon, I will be ahead of you, beside you - I will be a part of everything in your world.
- In Prototype 2, Alex makes such a claim.
- Pokémon Black and White, Ghetsis gets Clay to release the captured Team Plasma members by effectively warning him of this.
- This is unfortunately, a Truth in Television, as we can see with this newspaper.
- A real-life (well, as real as the internet community can be considered) example is Anonymous, their mantra being: "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us." Anonymous's influence has most recently been seen in their protest attacks against the Church of Scientology.
- Anonymous has actually used that quote from Fight Club in some of their copypasta. Well, the bits about "we cook your food etc. DO NOT FUCK WITH US", anyway.
- Scientology actually falls under this as well. The members have a tendency to take jobs that would allow them to spy on any enemies of the cult. One notable example being the IRS.
- In late July 2010, the Tea Party tried to use Anonymous' slogan for their own ends. Anonymous responded...rather sharply.
- Russian partisan girl Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, caught by Nazis and cruelly tortured before execution, said from under the gallows:
- Ted Bundy apparently once stated, "We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere! And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow!"
- This is a popular saying among anarchists, as put to music by David Rovics.