Where Is Your X Now?

"Where's your kid now, sheriff?"
Lotso, Toy Story 3

A Stock Phrase said by the villain when he has a character at his mercy, "Where Is Your X Now?" Usually done in an attempt to crush said character's spirit. Whether or not this works depends on the amount of cynicism of the work in question.

In less cynical stories, X in question will ultimately show up and save the day note . It could come in the form of Divine Intervention, or a Big Damn Heroes moment. The point is the villain is proven wrong, and the character's faith in X was rewarded by rescue.

In more cynical works, the villain is ultimately proven correct. The character believes X is coming to save them in their Darkest Hour. They wait, and wait for X to come rescue them. Nothing will break their spirit. Suddenly, out of nowhere, X has arrived for them... But wait! No... It's just the villain playing a cruel joke on them. The truth is X isn't coming. The character is completely alone. The villain may even call them out on this, telling them that their belief in X has made them stupid.

Perhaps the most recognizable use of this trope is the phrase, "Where Is Your God Now?"

So tell me, my little troper, where are your examples now?

...um, right here.

Examples:

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    Film 
  • Used by Lotso in Toy Story 3. After Buzz and Woody help to save Lotso from being incinerated, he then returns the favor by not only refusing to turn off the incinerator, but by then taunting Woody with the page quote
    • Used by Sid in the original film when "playing" with Woody.
  • Throughout Pitch Black, devout Muslim Imam insists that God will provide for them. So when a sudden rain begins extinguishing the torches they've been using to keep the photosensitive alien locusts at bay, decidedly nihilistic career criminal Riddick mockingly asks him, "Where the hell's your God now?" This leads to an ironic inversion a few scenes later, when Riddick goes scouting ahead, returning with halogen lights and a clear path to a shuttle that can take them off the planet, Imam triumphantly retorts, "There is my God now, Mr. Riddick."
    • Although these things are all but impossible to track accurately, some hold this instance as the codifier for this phrase's current memetic popularity.
  • Forrest Gump - Forrest's shrimping business isn't going so well, not even after intense prayer. Lieutenant Dan proceeds to mock him, at which point Hurricane Camille makes landfall.

    Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Who Are You?", vampires take over a church despite their traditional fear of religious iconography, and announce they're going to start killing the congregation and see who turns up to save them. Faith does.

    Literature 
  • Possibly the original use of this phrase: the audience member at the premiere of the now long-forgotten play Douglas who liked it so much that he yelled out "Where's your Willie Shakespeare noo?"
  • In the third book of The Ruby Red Trilogy, Emerald Green, Alcott asks Gwen where the Kurucs who are supposed to protect her are now. She realizes that they're probably still in the basement and won't come to her resuce any time soon.

    Music 
  • Stephen Lynch's song "Craig" (about Jesus' hard-partying Jerk Jock brother Craig Christ) squeezes this into the last verse:
    And if the lord will allow
    You got to ask yourself how
    And who and why and when and where is your messiah now?

    Mythology & Religion 
  • The Bible
    • When Elijah competes with the priests of Baal over whose god can light their sacrifice, he makes fun of the other priests using lines similar to this trope. Some of the Psalms have this kind of line being said by Israel's enemies to the people of Israel about their God.
    • King Sennnacherib of Assyria does this to King Hezekiah when he threatens to destroy Judah, saying "where are the gods" of the nations that he had conquered and suggesting that Hezekiah's God will not save him. It doesn't work well for the Assyrian king when, after King Hezekiah prays to God, he finds that 185,000 of his troops are all dead.
    • From Psalm 42:1-3:
    As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”
    • And from Psalm 79:10.
    Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let there be known among the nations in our sight the avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
    • From Psalm 115:1-2.
    Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?”
    • And from Joel 2:17:
    Let the priests, who minister to the Lord,
    Weep between the porch and the altar;
    Let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord,
    And do not give Your heritage to reproach,
    That the nations should rule over them.
    Why should they say among the peoples,
    ‘Where is their God?’”

    Web Original 
  • On the Internet, this phrase has become a meme

     Fan Fiction 
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic "Fallen Angel", after Robert has been captured by an (absolutely crazy) woman, she is stupid enough to upset his friend. A definite example of Big Damn Heroes on Katherine's part.
    Muriel: Who's going to rescue you now, Mr Avery? Where's the infamous Miss Riddle when you need her?
    Robert: Right behind you.
  • In The Prayer Warriors, Percy Jackson asks "Where are your false gods now?" to some Dirty Communists in "Threat of Satanic Commonism," after attacking and killing one of them.

    Video Games 
  • If Dark Pit beats Pit (and only Pit) in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, he will utter "Where's your goddess now?".
  • Shao Kahn, in the beginning to Mortal Kombat 9, as he beats Raiden around like a ragdoll.
    Shao Kahn: Where are the Elder Gods, Raiden?

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Dilbert note , the group creates a fictional employee by the name of Todd, to keep an empty cubicle, by saying it belonged to Todd. Soon Todd's reputation begins to grow. As the group are enjoy the empty cubicle, the power suddenly goes out as Catbert appears:
    Catbert: I understand you've been praising, Todd.
    Alice: You could say that.
    Catbert: His personnel folder is curiously empty, no photo, no work history. Hmm, very, very suspicious.
    Wally: Uh, Todd, works in mysterious ways.
    Catbert: He won't work at all if his file doesn't turn up soon. You see... I don't believe in, Todd.
    Wally: You take that back!
    Catbert: There is no, Todd. Todd, only exists, in your minds...
    Wally tries to attack Catbert, but is taken down by his trolls.
    Catbert: Where's your Todd now, hmm? Mauahahaha!
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    "Where's you Painted Lady now?"

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