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- Used in the Light Novel of Full Metal Panic!!
- Used in Pokémon 2000 by Misty to Melody after Melody lectures Ash about running after the three treasures during a storm.
- Shows up twice in Nyotai-ka: first when a Dogged Nice Guy who never gets the girl becomes an internet G.I.R.L. to make other men experience his frustration and again when an angry goddess turns him into a real girl to teach him the grass isn't any greener on the female side of the fence where too much unwanted attention is the norm.
Film — Animated
- In Wreck-It Ralph, Felix complains to Ralph about being "rejected and treated like a criminal", and Ralph replies that now he knows what Ralph's life is like.
Film — Live-Action
- In Bruce Almighty, when title character Bruce (Jim Carrey) is in danger of losing his girlfriend, despite having been gifted with near-omnipotent powers, laments to God (played by Morgan Freeman), "How do you make someone love you without affecting free will?" God replies, "Welcome to my world, son."
- Played for laughs in Enchanted.
Giselle: No one hasn't been nice to me.
Robert: Well, welcome to New York.
Giselle: Thank you.
- From Looney Tunes: Back in Action during the car chase.
Kate: Dynamite? Who has dynamite?
Daffy: Welcome to my world.
- Not an exact quote, but still the same sentiment, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
Henry: Those people are trying to kill us!
Indiana: I know, Dad!
Henry: It's a new experience for me.
Indiana: Happens to me all the time.
- In Remember the Titans, Coaches Boone and Yoast were discussing a brick thrown through Boone's window by racists while Yoast's daughter was visiting Boone's, and Yoast suggested that Boone not antagonize his harassers.
Coach Yoast: This is about setting a good example for our boys and the community.
Coach Boone: I don't scratch my head 'til it itches, and I don't dance until I hear some music, I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is.
Coach Yoast: You want to carry your sinful pride to your grave, that's your business, but when your sins endanger my little girl, it becomes mine.
Coach Boone: My sins? You think my sins had something to do with what happened last night? I'm sorry about what happened to your daughter, I really am, but maybe you've got a small taste of what my girl has gone through.
Coach Boone: Welcome to my life, Yoast.
- In Thud! Vimes manages to work out that the Vampire he was sort of but not really forced to employ was a spy for Rhys Rhysson, Low King of the Dwarves in a time of almost sort of war. After utilising this to his advantage and noting that this means that no one will ever be able to tell him who he can and can't employ again he muses if this is how Lord Vetinari feels all the time.
- Moist von Lipwig has a similar feeling near the end of Going Postal, after successfully manipulating his enemies.
- This is Martya Koudelka's tart response when Miles wonders why genes should trump competence in A Civil Campaign. As a girl Martya's essentially property under Barayaran law, though in actual practice things tend to be a bit more enlightened than that:
Martya: "If you're looking for sympathy, Miles, you've come to the wrong store."
- The main male protagonists and female protagonists in The Wheel of Time have these with each other rather frequently.
- Animorphs: When the group have to deal with a rogue Animorph out for their blood, they find themselves becoming paranoid about every innocuous animal they come in contact with, from the birds in the sky to the roaches in their houses, worrying that it could be this dangerous shapeshifter ready to pounce the moment their guard is down. Rachel comments that "I'm starting to see why Visser Three hates us so much."
- Doctor Who:
- A character from the Alternate Universe tells the Doctor "This is our world, not yours. And you're going to listen for once," humbling the normally hubristic Doctor.
- In another episode, Rose has been given superpowers from the Time Vortex. She tells the Doctor that she can see the past, present, and future. The Doctor replies: "That's what I see! All the time! And doesn't it drive you mad?"
- A variation in another episode, The End Of The World, it's Rose's first travel with the Doctor. After she almost gets killed, the Doctor asks "You've seen how dangerous my world can be".
- Rory actually used the trope name in 'The Rebel Flesh.' Apparently referring to his multiple deaths thus far.
- In Stargate SG-1, Carter says this to O'Neill after he is treated to her father's unique brand of humour-in-the-face-of-death. More amusing is that this comment could apply to her relationship with her father or to her relationship with O'Neill himself, who is well known for his sometimes irritating humour.
- In Scrubs, when Cox is forced to sack a junior cafeteria employee, Kelso tells him, "Welcome to my world. And now try going home to my wife."
- A variant is used in an episode of Bones. Cam is annoyed at having to deal with the rest of the team squabbling immaturely, and wonders aloud if this is how kindergarten teachers feel all the time.
- Done in an episode of Monk where Captain Stottlemeyer's wife was badly injured in a car accident and he was afraid she would die. Monk tells him, "What you're feeling right now, that fear? That's how I feel all the time."
- Lois & Clark: In "Soul Mates", it's revealed that, in at least two past lives, Clark also had a dual identity. When the Tempus from one of them learned of this, he was shocked that he let a mask deceive him. Lois told him to join the club.
- The X-Files, same sentiment expressed differently: In "Humbug", circumstances force Scully to offer a completely outlandish explanation of an event if she's to report accurately, and she's met with disbelief. Mulder comments "Now you know how I feel".
- Used a few times in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When Buffy and Cordelia (who has been mistaken for Faith) are hunted in Slayerfest '98, Buufy uses this line.
- Also played straight at the end of season 4, when Buffy presents a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the head of the Initiative. She tells them that this is her world and they are the intruders, not the other way around.
- Used a few times in MythBusters whenever a member of the Build Team other than Tory has to undergo suffering of some kind to test a myth.
- Played for Laughs on The West Wing; in the second-season episode "The Drop-In", President Bartlet is swearing in ambassadors to the U.S., and being the know-it-all is, he reminds the Swedish ambassador the Swedes are descended from the barbarians that sacked Rome. When Leo greets the ambassador after he's been sworn in, he asks the ambassador, "Is he still holding you responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire?" The ambassador chuckles and says yes, to which Leo replies, "Welcome to my world."
- In the final case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations, you spend some time playing as Edgeworth while Phoenix recovers from a minor injury (which is to say that he fell through a burning bridge and plummeted 40 feet into a river known for it's ridiculously strong current, in the dead of winter, because that's a minor injury to him). One of the first pieces of evidence you can find is an apparent murder weapon, with both the victim's blood and the defendant's fingerprints on it. A flabbergasted Edgeworth asks himself if this is what Phoenix feels like all the time, and how it can't be very good for his health.
- Fable III combines this with Leaning on the Fourth Wall when Walter asks the Hero if they ever feel like someone is playing games with them, and the hero responds "All the time."
- In the Homestar Runner cartoon Doomy Tales of the Macabre, Bubs's head is decapitated. Onion Bubs, An onion with Bubs's face on it, says this in a creepy voice and laughs.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Episode 18:
Gohan: With this powerup, I'm now as strong as you were when we fought on Earth!
Vegeta: Congratulations - you're still weaker than the last three guys I killed.
Gohan: Wow. I now know what it's like to feel like Krillin.
Krillin: Sucks, doesn't it?
- The Order of the Stick has used this gag several times.
- When Elan repeatedly fails to grasp that Miko may have the title of "samurai", but does not have points in any Samurai class, Roy describes the experience as like being outside his own life looking in.
- When the other five Order members repeatedly rebuff Vaarsuvius' attempts to explain the nature of Blackwing the Raven, including his presence throughout many earlier plotlines which the others somehow did not notice, Blackwing says that now that V knows his pain, the healing can begin.
- In Girl Genius, when Gilgamesh Wulfenbach comes to the realization that he and his father are not so different after all.
- Ash, the Gender Bender protagonist of Misfile frequently gets this from his/her best friend Emily whenever she comes up against a Double Standard or is forced to confront some discomforting or disconcerting aspect of girlhood. But unlike a lot of other examples Emily is usually sympathetic about it.
- Kevin & Kell: Rudy sees similarities between NSA eavesdropping and having a fennec girlfriend.
- In Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time, Monique acts as a substitute for Ron while he is in Norway. Kim says this to Monique during a battle after Monique is shocked when one of Duff Killigan's golfballs explodes.
- When Drakken interrogates a kidnapped scientist in another episode, she tells him "You make no sense to me." Shego replies "Welcome to my life."
- One of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episodes has Bart and Lisa playing potential victims in a parody of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Lisa: Bart! Don't you realize what this means? The next time we fall asleep, we could die!
Grampa Simpson: Ehh, welcome to my world!
- Nicely done in the Batman Beyond pilot when Bruce invokes the trope after hiring Terry to be his assistant. Terry's mother thinks it's welcoming Terry to the world of big business and all that Bruce Wayne represents. Terry and Bruce (and the viewer) both know it holds more meaning than that.
- Kell-El says those exact same words upon introducing the Legion of Super-Heroes to his war-torn future at the beginning of Season 2 in the Animated Series.
- Candace in Phineas and Ferb typically says this whenever somebody loses their vehicle conveniently filled with evidence of Phineas and Ferb's big ideas or is flabbergasted about what happened to them.
- In one episode of As Told by Ginger, Carl develops a fear of an escaped naked mole rat. Hoodsie rebuffs him for it, but once he realizes that it could pop up from anywhere underground, he begins to get worried too, causing Carl to proudly say "Welcome to my nightmare!"
- Danny Phantom:
Sam: Uh, I save your butt, and you're giving me grief?Danny: Welcome to my world, remember?
- In "Memory Blank", Sam saves Danny from a ghost attack, but Danny then mentions that she was the cause of it in the first place.
- In "Double Cross My Heart", when Sam is hanging out with a new student, a ghost appears, much to the boy's shock, and Sam sheepishly says "Welcome to Amity Park!"