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Who Dares?
Who dares put an image on this page?

"You dare bring light to my lair?! You must die!"

Standard villain or otherwise ominous being Stock Phrases. Said in a booming deep voice, the villain rhetorically asks Who Dares whatever action the hero has done; be it defy them, attack them, talk to them, look at them, etc. Expect them to start referring to themselves in the third person, and giving themselves important sounding adjectives.

Possibly has something to do with the odd word-order (you don't say "How do you dare?") making the phrase sound like Antiquated Linguistics, always the domain of the overimportant egotist.

Proper heroic form, incidentally, is to stand tall and reply "I dare!"

"How dare you!" is a common variant used by heroes and villains alike, the former usually in response to the villain Kicking The Dog.

Any villain using this will usually give a "This Cannot Be!" variant upon defeat.

Examples:

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    Comics 
  • Pictured above: Eternity, having been summoned by Hercules during the Chaos War (long story)
  • Of course Doctor Doom plays this every chance he gets.
  • From Legion of 3 Worlds #2, when Mordru is angry at Superbratman-Prime's appearance:
    Mordru: Who dares disturb Mordru?
    Superboy-Prime: Who dares question my dare?
    Mordru: What?
  • In The Sandman, Desire starts in on Dream for banishing Nada to hell, earning a cold "You...dare..." from Dream. Desire's totally unimpressed.
  • In one of the Avengers Heroic Age comics where the Avengers are battling Apocalypse, Iron Man traps him in a forcefield. Cue the following exchange
    Apocalypse: Who dares!?
    Iron Man: I dares.

    Fan Fic 

    Film 
  • The Cave of Wonders in Aladdin: "Who disturbs my slumber?"
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982).
    King Osric: What daring! What outrageousness! What insolence! What arrogance! ... I salute you.
  • In the movie adaptation of Hogfather, Death's Crowning Moment Of Awesome against the Auditors.
    "Yes, there ARE rules. And you BROKE them! How dare you! HOW DARE YOU!
  • In Labyrinth, when Sarah tries to enter the Goblin City, the gate slams in her face...and each wing of the gate has half of a golem, which grabs a huge axe and starts swinging it back and forth while repeatedly booming "WHOOOOO GOES?!...WHOOOOO GOES?!"
  • Dracula's first line in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires after he is woken from his slumber:
    "Who dares to disturb the sanctity of Dracula?"
  • In more a homage to this trope than anything, at the start of the climax of Megamind, as the titular character finally realises it's worth risking everything to correct his mistakes, the former Supervillain announces his presence in the most dramatic, villain-esque way possible...
    (as thousands of his worker drones come together to form a giant holographic version of his head)
    YOU DARE CHALLENGE MEGAMIND?
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas has an (anti)heroic example. During the final confrontation with Oogie, Jack bellows "How DARE you treat my friends so shamefully!?" in the most righteously indignant way possible.
  • The Wizard of Oz, where Oz is bluffing at how awesome he is, using special effects to make people not pay attention to The Man Behind the Curtain.
  • In Yellow Submarine, the head Blue Meanie asks Who Dares bring music back into Pepperland. The Dragon, Max, first answers, "Rimski Korsikov?"; this gets him blasted and stomped. He next suggests "Guy Lombardo?"
  • In the Power Puff Girls movie, Mojo states "You dare challenge me!?". He actually manages to make it sound intimidating.
  • The third The Lord of the Rings movie has the King of the Dead say this when Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli first enter his chamber.
    Dead King: Who enters my domain?
    Aragorn: One who would have your allegiance.
    Dead King: The Dead do not suffer the Living to pass.
    Aragorn: You will suffer me! seeing as he (Aragorn) is the direct descendant and heir of the guy who made them into ghosts and all
  • In Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, when Eris shows up at the end, after her Big Entrance, she immediately starts in on Sinbad, opening with a very loud "HOW DARE YOU?!" Due to the fact that Eris is about fifty feet tall at the moment and she's a Physical God, this is played dead serious, and Sinbad himself is understandably nervous.
  • A heroic example from Masters of the Universe
    Man-At-Arms: You dare threaten her (the Sorceress) life?!?
    Skeletor: I DARE ANYTHING! I am SKELETOR!
  • The Russian film "Two arrows - a stone age detective story" ends with a rather poignant "who dares?!" when the clan reader realizes his political assassination tactics have caught up with him.

    Literature 
  • Voldemort, twice, in the last Harry Potter novel, when Harry calls him by his real name ("Riddle") during the Final Battle. It's always met with the same derisive response:
    Voldemort: You dare-
    Harry: Yes, I dare.
  • The other wizard named Harry is even more impudent and his enemies on occasion even more narmy. Nicodemus, the White King, the Erlking, the Winter Lady Maeve, the Black Court Wizard Mavra and others have found that there are very few lines that Harry wont cross.
  • The Troperrific Doctor Impossible shouts this repeatedly in Soon I Will Be Invincible, especially during the climax.
  • From Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the coincidentally named He Man (Pronounced something like 'Huh Mahn') shouts 'I am He Man, the devil who shoots across the sky. Who dare fight with me?' when he appears. He is immediately cut down by a random minor character.
  • Lucy, now fully undead, calls this out in some versions of Dracula after the heroes stop her just as she is about to feed on a child.
  • Played fairly straight in one Star Wars novel, where Mara Jade strolls into the lair of the Big Bad to save the main character in a Big Damn Heroes moment:
    Big Bad: Who DARES?
    • In the Hand of Thrawn duology, the booming automated voice whenever someone enters Thrawn's personal cloning chamber:
    "Who dares disturb the sleep of the Syndic Mitth'raw'nuruodo?!"

    Live Action TV 
  • Every Go'auld in Stargate SG-1 play this straight; naturally O'Neil mocks them for it every chance he gets. Eventually, by the episode Zero Hour it becomes:
    Ba'al: You dare mock me?
    O'Neill: Ba'al, come on! You should know. Of course I dare mock you.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Innocence. The Judge, an invincible demon summoned to destroy the world, asks this when Buffy shoots him with a crossbow. What follows is the Crowning Moment Of Awesome that all others in the series is measured by.
  • And in the spin-off Angel when Angelus gets annoyed at how the Beastmaster is booming away in his head.
    BEASTMASTER: YOU WOULD DARE TO DEFY ME?
    ANGELUS: Defy who? A big scary voice? Whoa! Hey, I got one of those, too. You wanna hear it? (cups his hands over his mouth) You can kiss my vampire ass!
    • Spike's response to evil ghost Pavayne asking "You dare?" is a laconic "Quite a bit, mate."

    Music 
  • In Devin Townsend's concept album Ziltoid the Omniscient, the Sixth Dimensional Planet Smasher makes his entrance growling "Who dares awaken the Planet Smasher?"
  • The Nox Arcana song "Hall Of The Witch Queen" opens with dramatic thunder and a shout of "WHO DARES INTRUDE UPON MY DARK DOMAIN?!"

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    Web Comics 
  • A Penny Arcade strip had a book containing the lines:
    A voice was heard to say, "Who dares disturb the Crypt Of The Immortal Space Bitches?" "I am Grimm Shado," said Grimm Shado, his triple wand claws extending. "And I am here to take it to the limit."
    • Fuck yes.
  • The Order of the Stick
    Xyklon the Consequential: Who dares to disturb Xyklon the Consequential?!
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court Ysengrin demands this of Renardine after seeing him in his wolf form. After Renardine's response is to mock Ysengrin's appearance, then his superpowers, the Alt Text mentions "The answer is yes".
  • Played for Laughs in Blip, when Liz insults Hester awake.
    Liz: You leave me no choice. Hey Hermione!
    Hester: (Suddenly awake) WHO DARES?!

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    Western Animation 
  • A Robot Chicken sketch had George W. Bush discover he was a Jedi. He then used his lightsaber to vandalize the Lincoln Memorial only for it to rise from the ground and reveal a hibernating Abe Lincoln underneath...
    Lincoln: Who dares disturb my slumber?
    Bush: Well who dares question my...daring...of his dare?...jerk?
  • Aku of Samurai Jack is particularly good at this, playing it utterly straight in his first confrontation with Jack...only to subvert the trope much later on when he's visited by a group of gangsters that don't merit the full Who Dares speech.
  • Rocko's Modern Life had a very large hippo-woman whose Running Gag was berating Rocko the Accidental Pervert with "HOW DARE YOU", delivered in a creepy fashion.
  • In Legacy, series finale of Superman: The Animated Series, Superman and Darkseid have finally come to blows in the climax of the series. As Darkseid mercilessly devastates Superman with the Omega Beam, Superman manages to get close enough to finally lay hands on his foe. However, unlike many of the entries on this page, Darkseid really is that powerful, and regards Superman's blows more with confusion than anything before he grabs Supermans fist, crushing his hand as Darkseid drags the Man of Steel to his knees.
    Darkseid: You DARE strike me?
  • Darkseid gets into it in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse as well, when Batman blackmails him.
    Darksaid: You dare?!? You DARE?!? *Swats Batman into a wall*
  • Memorably parodied in the Justice League Unlimited episode This Little Piggy:
    Circe (After taking two tables to the face): Insolent trickster! You dare to strike—! (*chair*) You dare to stri—! (*another table*) You dare to strike—! (*tablecloth*) QUIT IT! (stares) Oh no. (*piano*)
  • Not villain-ish, but a few episodes of The Backyardigans invoke this trope. A good example, in High Tea:
    Grumpy Emperor Austin: WHO DARES RING MY DOORBELL?!
    Tasha: It's me, Tasha.
    Tyrone: And me, Tyrone.
    Uniqua: And Uniqua.
    Pablo: And Pablo.
  • My Little Pony
    • In the G3 movie Twinkle Wish Adventure, when the ponies approach the dragon's cave, they are greeted with a booming, "Who dares disturb the dragon?" However, when Pinkie Pie states their names and business, the voice instantly changes to a friendly tone and welcomes them in.
    • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Dragonshy", this is said to the dragon, signifying Fluttershy's shift from The Load to Beware the Nice Ones.
  • In a 'What If?' future episode of Ben 10, Kevin thought it would be funny to attack Ben's son mid-battle. Big mistake.
    Ben: [mashing Kevin into the ground, having morphed into Way Big] HOW DARE YOU?!
    Dr. Animo: Who dares?
    Brainstorm: That isn't the way to tell a joke, miscreant. First, I say "knock, knock", then you say "who dares?"
  • From Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor: "Who fouls the air with notes so sour, and dares to challenge Sindbad's power?"
  • This is the Flying Dutchman's main Catchphrase in Sponge Bob Square Pants: "Who dares disturb the Flying Dutchman?!"

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