"You talkin' to me?
You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?
Then who the hell else are you talking... you talking to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the fuck
do you think you're talking to? Oh yeah? OK."
A character has just gotten a new gun and checks himself out in the mirror. What does he do? Nine times out of ten, he starts talking to his reflection
, quoting Robert De Niro
's famous monologue from Taxi Driver
. He doesn't even need a real gun - if he just wants to feel Badass
there's always the trusty Finger Gun
Of course, when De Niro did it, it was 10 times cooler. He also had a retractable handgun strapped to his forearm, which none of the imitators seem to have. Neither one of these defects seems to stop writers from inserting this scene at every opportunity. It doesn't matter what the character's background or psychological profile is: It seems that all TV characters, once given a gun, will immediately start to fantasize about verbally harassing people.
For some reason, everyone seems to remember the line as "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Well I don't see anyone else here...
In some cases, the characters may literally be talking to you
. In this case, it's Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Anime and Manga
- Sin City: "For a while, we just get the feel of each other back. Good as ever. I tell her about Goldie and what we have to do."
Films — Animated
- In Balto III, Balto and his friends encounter a moose who keeps saying "Are you talkin' to me?" before attacking them. When another moose arrives and challenges the first one, the first moose still asks "Are you talkin' to me?" This makes the other moose say "Yeah, I'm talkn' to you!"
- This happened, sans gun, in The Lion King: Pumbaa launches into the first half of the speech after a hyena calls him a pig, then ends it with the line, "They call me ''Mister Pig!''"
- One of the personas adopted by the Genie in Aladdin. "Are you talkin' to me? Did you rub my lamp?"
Films — Live-Action
- The Ankh Morpork Watch in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels has the motto "Fabricati Diem, Pvnc", which is very bad Latin for "Make My Day, Punk". In-story, Fred Colon claims that it translates as "To Protect and Serve". The full motto is in fact "Fabricati Diem, Pvncti Agvnt Celeriter," but has been rendered partially unreadable over time. This supposedly means "Make the Day, the Moments Pass Quickly."
- Later in the same novel, Vimes channels Eastwood while using a swamp dragon as a weapon "This is Lord Mountjoy Quickfang Winterforth IV, the hottest dragon in the city! It can blow your head clean off!"
- One of the commercials for WrestleMania 21 had several wrestlers trying to do the line. At the very end, Batista pulls it off perfectly. A week afterwards, he said it in response to a rant by Triple H, further proving his Genre Savvy gimmick as well as being an obvious reference to said commercial.
- In Kim Newman's spoof Gothic melodrama Mildew Manor, a Regency ingénue, admiring herself in the mirror, murmers "are you addressing yourself to my person? ... you must be, for no one else is present ... fie! and la!"
- Happens, of all places, in Sonic Colors, when Dr. Eggman pulls this on one of his minions.
Cubot: (in gangster voice) You talkin' to me?
Eggman: (annoyed) Yes, I'm talking to you. There's no one else here, so I must be talking to you!
- In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan, Guybrush can choose this quote after he and Morgan are asked, "What say you, digested SCUMM™?"
- The entire point for the existence of Bobby the Pigeon in the Goodfeathers segments of Animaniacs was to spoof this. The Goodfeathers were a complete parody of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci from Goodfellas. Bobby's homage to Robert De Niro would naturally include this.
- Rugrats parodies this. While the babies are loose in a movie theater, they see a screen with a person doing this...except instead of a gun, he's holding a banana.
Chuckie: No, I was talking to Tommy. (whispers to Tommy) Let's try another.
- The Simpsons, of course, has an instance of this. Moe gets a gun, and does in fact have the retractable sleeve holster. When asking his reflection who he's talkin' to, however, the gun pops out and smashes the mirror.
Moe: Well, that was an antique. CRAP!
- Hey Arnold!!, "Mugged", has Arnold doing it after getting some karate lessons. Spoofed somewhat when Arnold's Grandpa, who was in the next room, replied "No, I wasn't saying anything."
- Mr. Garrison does it in the South Park episode "Weight Gain 4000" while buying a gun to kill Kathie Lee Gifford.
- In the Leap Frog educational release, A Tad of Christmas Cheer, Tad tells his fairy godbug Edison that he's cuckoo and Parker asks him "Are you talkin' to me? Well, I don't see nobody else, so you must be talkin' to me." He says that he's talking to Edison and at that point, Edison reveals that nobody else can see him. "That's probably not good," deadpans Tad.
- Big Daddy did it at the beginning of The Fairly OddParents episode "Big Wanda". He kept asking the question during his sleep.
- The old Nick show KaBlam!! had a little shout out in the pilot near the end of the episode depicting a sheep in a taxi promptly saying "You talkin' to me?"
- Before Taxi Driver, people made do with Romeo and Juliet, where Abraham and Sampson go through a similar speech, 'Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?' 'No, but I do bite my thumb, sir.' People were still quoting this in the 19th century. See www.sheilaomalley.com/archives/009499.html for an example at the Monroe White House, where the British minister Sir Charles Vaughan saw the French minister Count de Serurier, directly across from him, bite his thumb every time Vaughan made a remark. "Do you bite your thumb at me, Sir?" Vaughan finally challenged. "I do," was the Frenchman's reply - just like people quoting Taxi Driver nowadays, to be macho.
- Ludacris's "Slap" contains a Mid Vid Skit which pays tribute to the iconic Taxi Driver scene.
- Used in a UK advert for the search engine Bing by a woman seemingly suffering from information overload.
- New York City's Museum of the Moving Image once had a series of interactive exhibits to demonstrate different technological tricks of the movie trade. One of the exhibits was on dialogue looping, which let visitors record their own voice in on an existing film clip. ...Guess which clip.