Dated humor trope. Simply put, a rather innocent member of a usually monstrous species walks into the room. Everyone screams, points, and shouts "Monster!" Said character, not realizing that they are
the monster, goes "Where?! Where?!" while looking around for it. These days if it's used at all in serious works, the monster is more likely to be snarking.
Related to Answers to the Name of God
, Tomato in the Mirror
, and Duck!
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Anime and Manga
- Brook, the living skeleton in One Piece, does this if he is described as a ghost.
- Done non-humorously by the awakened Ophelia in Claymore.
- In the famous "Laughing Fish" story in Batman #475, Joker (and 3 armed thugs) walk into a patent office. The first reaction of the clerk is "Good Lord!" To which the Joker responds "Where?" and looks behind him. Then he realizes it was a figure of speech and asks the clerk if he said it because he loves him. Word of God says that, in the case of Englehart and Rogers' version of the Joker, he's really that crazy.
- In Fun With Flying, an X-Men: Evolution fanfic, Principal Kelly moans that he's trapped in China with a gargantuan idiot. Said idiot, Fred Dukes of the Brotherhood, promptly looks around in confusion.
- A variant in A Stranger Among the Voices: While trying to get help for Jessica (the human who just saved her from a chimera and been injured in the process), Dinky overhears Lily starting a panic among the town about the "Foal-Hunter" (a supposed monster who she and others had seen in a travelling sideshow). This just increases her fear for Jessica's safety, until Starlight has to explain to her that Jessica is the "Foal-Hunter".
- In An American Tail and its sequels, Tiger, the cat who doesn't eat red meat, often was surprised by mice's reaction to him. "Cat!" "Where!?....oh, right."
- In The Emperor's New Groove, when Pacha finds Cuzco, who has been turned into a llama (but doesn't yet realize this), he thinks he's a normal llama, until Cuzco says, "No touchy":
AHHHH! Demon llama! Cuzco:
Demon llama?! Where?! [looks around and finds himself face-to-face with Pacha's llama Misty]
AHHHHH! Misty: AHHHHH!
- Long before Roberto Benigni acted his way to an Oscar in Life Is Beautiful, he was an unwitting rape suspect in Le Monstre, and one scene featured him doing the "Where? Where?" as people were trying to run away from the rapist.
- Played with from time to time in The Three Stooges shorts; whenever someone would refer to the three as 'gentlemen' all three of them would turn around and say "Who came in?"
- In The Jungle Book 2, after screams of "Wild animal!" at Baloo, Baloo goes "Wild animal?!? Where?!?"
- The Sesame Street book The Monster at the End of This Book has this as its basic premise.
- Done even less humorously by The Outsider, as part of the Tomato in the Mirror.
- It's said that the wizards of the Discworld series would do this if someone were to mention an orangutan in the library; they'd ask the Librarian (an orangutan) if he'd seen it.
- The main character of Never Never, after walking into a restaurant and freaking out the patrons....starts sniffing his underarms, as if trying to figure out the problem. The tension eases considerably.
Live Action TV
- Played with/parodied in Monty Python's Flying Circus:
: Allow me to introduce myself, I am Inspector Tiger. All
: Tiger!? Inspector Tiger
: Where?! Where?!
- They then repeat the gag with Inspector Lookout, Chief Constable Fire, and Assistant Chief Constable Theresamanbehindyer. Naturally, Theresamanbehindyer doesn't fall for it.
- A similar case in "The Cycling Tour" when Mr. Pither is arrested by the Russian Military. As he's being led to a firing squad we hear his narration.
Pither: I started to perceive a line of gentlemen with rifles. They were looking in my direction. I looked around, but could not see the target.
- From Morecambe and Wise:
Des O'Connor: Gentlemen...
- There was an episode of The Munsters where the family was worried about Herman going for late-night walks in the park because of monster sightings there. Nobody in the family ever realized that the monster everyone else was reporting was Herman.
- Played with in Calvin and Hobbes, where Calvin yells "Look! A tiger!" and Hobbes is startled, crying out, "A tiger?" before realising Hobbes himself is the tiger.
- Another strip has Calvin play a joke on Hobbes by warning him that a big, ugly, fuzzy, caterpillar (Hobbes' tail) is about to chomp on his bottom.
- Turned on its head in Legacy of Kain: Defiance:
Vampire Hunter #1: Monster!
Vampire Hunter #2: Where?!
- Fallout 3 has a rather hilarious example: one of the standard "enemy spotted" responses by NPCs is "Over here!", followed by "Where?!" a few seconds later. If there's no one around, said NPC will respond to him/herself!
Paladin: Over here!... where?
- Hydreigon of Pokémon fame is well known for being doom and destruction incarnate, demolishing and devouring anything in it's way. The Hydreigon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is… nothing like that, being polite, well-spoken, and a tiny bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
Partner: So this is THE Hydreigon?! The violent monster that devours all with it's three heads and that no one can stop?!
Hydreigon: Eek! Where?! That's really scary!
- In The Suburban Jungle Yin (a panda) calls a psychic hotline, and the seer screams at her to get out because there's a tiger in the house. Yin calmly (albeit with aching ears) informs the hysterical woman that Tiffany is her roommate.
- This Wondermark strip, except there's an even worse monster.