"Look, I know why you choose to have your little, ahem, group therapy sessions in broad daylight."
This is a variety of Stock Phrase
where characters say something like "your little [x]"
where [x] is their little description
of whatever they're referring to.
Alternatively, the speaker's little use of this phrase can replace the word "your" with a word like his, her, their, etc. and/or replace "little" with a similar enough synonym.
Sometimes this can be used to indicate that such characters are Deadpan Snarkers
, Smug Snakes
, or both, especially if they use it frequently.
See also And Your Little Dog Too
. Insignificant Little Blue Planet
is a subtrope, at least on the cosmic level.
... and here are your little examples:
Your little two-hour slide-shows
Your little commercial breakers
Your little dust collectors
- The page quote comes from the Heath Ledger version of The Joker from The Dark Knight, saying it to Gotham's organized crime community. Dismissive diminuitives come up frequently with this version of Joker.
- At the party, when Joker held Rachel at gunpoint and Batman told Joker to drop the gun:
Joker: Oh sure, you just take off your little mask and show us all who you really are, hmm?
Joker: Does Harvey know about you and his little bunny?
- Or when Joker shows up at Harvey's hospital bed and compares the local police to the local organized crime community:
Joker: They're schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds.
- Or later in that same conversation:
Joker: I just took your little plan and I turned it on itself.
- In Star Wars: Return of the Jedi:
It was I
who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the shield generator. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band.
- Hopper from A Bugs Life uses three of these in the same conversation.
Hopper: You think it's over? All your little stunt did was buy them time! I'll get more grasshoppers and be back next season, but you won't.
A goldfinch shows up.
- Closer: used semi-flirtatiously, semi-patronizingly:
Alice: Look at your little eyes.
Dan: I can't see my little eyes.
- Lean on Me has Joe Clark use this.
Mrs. Elliott: I would love to stay and chat, Mr. Clark, but I've a concert in New York in two weeks and I would like to be prepared.
Joe Clark: What?
Mrs. Elliott: Prepare. You do know what prepare means, don't you? It means ready, capable and up to your job.
Joe Clark: What concert, Mrs. Elliott?
Mrs. Elliott: The one at Lincoln Center. We do one every year.
Joe Clark: Until now. As of this moment, your little concert is cancelled.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- The Wizard of Oz:
- The Warriors:
Cyrus: We have been unable to see the truth, because we have been fighting for ten square feet of ground. Our turf. Our little piece of turf. That's crap, brothers.
Your little time-wasters
- In Mogworld, Mr. Wonderful often calls the group "my little [x]" with x being a word or phrase vaguely apppropriate for the situation. Lampshaded within the story, so he switches it up with "my tiny [x]," "my diminutive [x]" and so forth.
Your little melodramas
Kerrigan: (to DuGalle) You see at this point, I'm pretty much the Queen Bitch of the Universe, and not all of your little soldiers or space ships will stand in my way again.
- In Death: Eve in Vengeance In Death says in response to a ridiculous supposition at a media conference, "They belong in tiny rooms where they can be discussed by tiny minds."
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Dracula: What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk, HAVE AT YOU!
Your little moving doodles
- Elphaba from Wicked not only gets the "Little dog" line but describes Dorothy as "That wretched little farm girl" and tells Glinda to get the truth into "Your blissful little blonde brain".