What Is This, X?
Zoolander: What is this, a center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read... if they can't even fit inside the building?
Mugatu: Derek, this is just a small...
Zoolander: I don't wanna hear your excuses! The building has to be at least... three times bigger than this!This Stock Phrase is usually said in exasperation or annoyance to highlight an unlikely, unusual, nonsensical, or out of character moment. It is most often said by the Plucky Comic Relief or the Deadpan Snarker. The related phrase "Who are you, and what have you done with X?" is used when a character is Not Himself. It may or may not be Leaning on the Fourth Wall. Not to be confused with the outraged "WHAT IS THIS!?!?" usually expresed by medieval heroes or the biggest of bads - very often followed by a resounding Oh Crap!. A close relative of If I Wanted X, I Would Y. Needs a Better Description
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- In the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball, in one episode, when Bulma gets surprised that she has to wear a Playboy Bunny costume: "What is this, Easter?!"
- The Streamline dub of The Castle of Cagliostro gives us the following when Jodo's assassins open up the door to Lupin and Jigen's rented cabin:
Lupin: Hey, what is this, a tour group from hell?
- The film Holiday Inn makes use of it:
Dance Extra: What is this, a daisy chain?Ted Hanover: Sorry, we're just looking for the back of a girl we don't know...
- The Black Ranger uses it in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Adam: What is this, pick on the Frog day?
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has two examples:
- As the group makes its way through a variety of optical illusion-based corridors to get to the Chocolate Room, Mr. Salt asks "What is this, Wonka, some kind of funhouse?" Mr. Wonka replies, "Why, having fun?"
- During the creepy boat ride, Violet asks "What is this, a freak-out!?"
- From Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties, after Garfield is served a Carlyle Log:
Garfield: What is this, Fear Factor?
- A variation in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, when Eddie tries to pay for a Red Car ride with a check:
Conductor: What do I look like, a bank?
- The Aquabats! Super Show!, episode "ManAnt!", after Jimmy the Robot fires a buttermint at the MC Bat Commander:
ManAnt: What is this, a kindergarten snack break?
- In the CSI episode, "Sheltered", Morgan discovers a secret bunker in the middle of a desert:
Morgan: What is this, Lost?
- On MythBusters, just before a test regarding alkali metals in a water-filled bathtub:
- In Supermarioglitchy4s Super Mario 64 Bloopers, Mario is cursed to wear Brown Note clothes that send Bowser bounding about. His response?
"What is Bowser, a ball?"
- In one "Bullseye" page of Entertainment Weekly Issue #1248 (March 1, 2013): "Downton Abbey adds to its body count. What is this, a Saw movie?"
- This exchange in Time Crisis 4:
Evan: What is this? A picnic?Giorgio: At least it won't be boring.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd
AVGN: They're like zombies! What is this, "Rocky: The Undead Edition"? You are really one sick fuck, you know that?
- In "Game Glitches", the Nerd is distracted by the Glitch Gremlin messing up Rocky Balboa (Bug-Eyed Balboa) and Spider Rico (Spider Rico with no jaw) on the Rocky PS2 game:
- In the Pong episode:
AVGN: You get 4 different kinds of Pong, like...
[The TV screen shows two walls with small holes replacing the paddles]
AVGN: ...what the hell is this, Reverse Pong? Okay...
[The TV screen shows one regular paddle at the left and an extra long paddle at the right]
AVGN: Oh, now what's this? Asshole Pong? That's not fair!
- From Occupy Richie Rich:
- In one episode of FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, Ruff does this when he sees Chet pasting an underwater wallpaper on the studio wall:
Ruff: Chet, an under-the-sea motif? What is this, "FETCH! with Ruff Rumblefish"? Come on!
- Family Guy gives us this example:
Pearl: *spits* What is this, spit soup!?Brian: Tomato bisque.Pearl: *spits* What is this, snot soup!?Brian: It's tomato bisque.Pearl: *spits* What is this, diarrhea soup!?Brian: Look, I'm not going to make you anything else, so just eat it, OK?
- Danger Mouse and Penfold are captured by an alien craft in "Close Encounters Of The Absurd Kind," and DM thinks it's Greenback's craft. He also thinks the alien leader Dr. Zok is Greenback in disguise. As he's being assimilated in front of Dr. Zok's class:
DM: What is this, the Greenback Supporters Club outing?
- Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines episode "Sappy Birthday" when Muttley and Zilly remain where they are after Dastardly's attack command:
Dastardly: What are you two waiting for? Engraved invitations?
- "What is this? Communist Russia?" is Daffy Duck's standard response whenever he is asked for an innocuous piece of information in The Looney Tunes Show.