"Miss Murray... Forgive me, but is it the opium or can you see that as well?"
You've come across something so bizarre and inexplicable, you're not even sure it's real. The solution? Ask the guy standing next to you, "You can see that, right?" Usually the bystander confirms what you are seeing, be it a monster or a rip in space-time. Variations include, "Is anybody else seeing this?" and, "Did you hear that?"
Distinct from Pinch Me
in that it usually is very real.
A second type of this trope is where the bystander says: "No, I don't see [exact description of event] and if you know what's good for you, neither do you."
Compare Weirdness Censor
. See also By the Eyes of the Blind
, to which this is usually said in response. Also see You Can See Me?
and I See Them Too
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- In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath's Wedding", Smurfette's Invisible to Normals horse friend Blue Eyes shows up as one of the wedding guests, and Brainy (who in the cartoon series writes Smurfette's friend off as being imaginary) asks Empath if he's seeing the same horse with wings that talks as he is, and Empath confirms that he is seeing it as well.
- Narnia book and film, numerous times with Aslan apparently playing hide and seek with the characters to gauge their level of commitment.
Lucy: You saw him too, didn't you?
- In The Light Fantastic:
Shaman: You didn't just see two men go through upside down on a broomstick, shouting and screaming at each other, did you?
Boy: Certainly not.
Shaman: Thank goodness for that. Neither did I.
- This exchange in Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe:
[The bird] turned its heavy eyes on Zaphod and clicked its beak in a desultory fashion.
"Go away." said Zaphod.
"OK" muttered the bird morosely and flapped off into the dust again.
Zaphod watched its departure in bewilderment.
"Did that bird just talk to me?" he asked Marvin nervously. He was quite prepared to believe the alternative explanation, that he was in fact hallucinating.
"Yes," confirmed Marvin.
- In the Left Behind book The Remnant, Mac McCullum sees the Archangel Michael beckoning him to come down to the river near a water dam in India. He asks his companions Abdullah Smith and Albie if they also see him, and Abdullah says it's probably a "cowboy marriage" (he meant "mirage").
Live Action TV
- Happens with Dr. Spaceman, the resident Back-Alley Doctor of 30 Rock with Tracy's son. "Am I the only one who sees a little black kid sitting in the corner?"
- Just Shoot Me!, "Dog Day Afternooon":
Dennis: Is that a dog?
Nina: Oh, thank God! You see it, too.
- In Class Act, Joanna Lumley's character is driving a forklift toward a religious group meeting. Detective Inspector Latham asks a constable what the hell that is, the constable describes the scene quite succinctly and Latham replies, "I am so glad you can see it, too."
- In the pilot of LOST, Claire asks "Did anyone else just see that?" after seeing several trees ripped up by the monster. There are over 40 people around her and only one responds.
- Later in the series, Hurley is frequently visited by ghosts of the dead people that only he can see. One of them turns out to be not so dead after all...
Locke: I assure you, I'm very much alive.
Hurley: Hey, Nurse, am I talking to a dude in a wheelchair right now?
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 - When Mr. B Natural materializes in a music store and starts yelping his/her spiel, Buzz wails "Mom, Dad, tell me you heard that!"
- Community 2011 Christmas Episode. When the protagonists walk into their study room, they see a guy sitting at a piano. Chevy Chase's character asks the other characters if they see him too, and they all nod "yes".
- Lost in Space episode "Wild Adventure". When Dr. Smith sees a green alien woman floating around in space outside the Jupiter 2, he asks the Robot "You see her, don't you?" The Robot did not see her. She was real, just not in sight at that point
- In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf", Sharona thinks she's losing her mind after she starts seeing a bloodied man with a screwdriver in his ear and knife in his chest, only for him to vanish without any evidence he was ever there when she goes to get help from Monk. The first couple times he only appears when Sharona is alone, but eventually he shows up while she's in the middle of a talk with her writing teacher. Sharona asks the teacher if she can see him, but she says she can't. She actually does, she's just in on it due to a murder scheme.
- In Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii, when on her flight to Hawaii, Natalie sees Monk on the plane, on Dioxynl, and initially doesn't believe it because she knows Monk would never get on a plane, much less sit in an odd-numbered row seat on an airplane. She has to ask the girl sitting next to her if she's dreaming or not.
- In the Jim Henson TV special Hey, Cinderella!, King Goshposh has this reaction when he sees Cinderella's coach pull up to his party. Please note that in this version, the Fairy Godmother doesn't have access to mice to turn into horses, but she DOES have Kermit The Frog and a Muppet monster called Splurge, who refuse to be turned into anything...
King Goshposh: Aha, I see the guests are beginning to arrive..huh!? Good heavens! Featherstone? Is that coach being pulled by a purple, shaggy monster? And is that a frog driving?
Featherstone: I'm afraid it is, sire.
King Goshposh: Thank heavens. I thought I was seein' things!
- The Christmas song "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
- In a fan-favorite segment of Phil Hendrie's mock-talkshow, "guest" Jeff Dowder explains how California brush fires really get started. It's because in hot weather, jackrabbits build up a static charge that ignites the dry underbrush. When pressed further, Dowder stated that he and a friend both observed rabbits running around, followed by this flame trail...during a peyote trip.
- One Gahan Wilson cartoon depicts a man lying on a psychiatrist's couch, glaring up at a glowing dragon-thing floating overhead. The psychiatrist says "Well, first of all, let me assure you that that is not a hallucination."
- From Neverwinter Nights 2
Khelgar Ironfist: Just to make sure my eyes aren’t lying to me – a huge suit of armor did smash through here, attack the githyanki – and us – then we drove it back to the portal?
Neeshka: No… no, that’s about right.
Khelgar Ironfist: Good. Because if my drinking is catching up with me, I’m stopping right now.
- This is the common reaction of players in an MMORPG when a spectacular and until then unknown glitch derails a boss fight into a monumental Epic Fail.
- In F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate, while you're escorting Gavin Morrison'', you're treated to a hallucination where Fettel rambles a little about his history with Alma and she's shown brutalizing a number of scientists in her usual way. As soon as perspective returns to the real world...
Morrison: [unnerved] Tell me you saw that.
- Charlie The Unicorn 2:
Charlie: ...Who is that? No, no really. You guys see it right? I gotta be honest, I'm getting creeped out here, somebody say something.
- Ruby Quest: "Tom says that if you saw a huge door lined with teeth leading into some sort of horrible abyss then yes, he saw the same thing."
- In this case, it wasn't simply that the sight itself was so bizarre—at that point, a common player theory was that Ruby was insane and therefore an Unreliable Narrator; hence, whenever she saw something bizarre, they needed to ask Tom for confirmation.
- Played for Laughs in Red vs. Blue, when Caboose confirms that Washington and Church can see the A.I. Delta while they are in the middle of a conversation with it.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd uses "You can hear that right?" in his review of Plumbers Don't Wear Ties.
Nerd: Are there dogs applauding? I'm not imagining that am I?
- X-Men: Evolution: Kitty makes the X-jet fly though a mountain.
Pilot 1: Did you see that?
Pilot 2: No, and neither did you.
- The Penguins of Madagascar:
"Am I seeing a robot penguin playing checkers with a frog?"
"I see it too, Skipper."
"More rack-time, boys."
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
Plastic Man: Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Because I'm seeing gorillas with harpoon guns, riding pterodactyls, stealing a boat.
- Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Time Trap". When the Klingon battlecruiser disappears Kirk says "Mr. Spock, did you see what I think I just saw?"
- This exchange from Static Shock after seeing a limousine being chased by a guy in a purple suit and keeping up with it
Virgil: Did you see that?
Richie: Depends. What did you see?