"Where's your kid now, sheriff?"
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
open/close all folders
- 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 by saying sarcastically, "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- On the Internet, this phrase has become a meme
- 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.
- 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.