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Musereader on Mar 8th 2011 at 12:34:11 PM
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Musereader on Aug 2nd 2011 at 7:02:17 AM
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A dialogue trope Up For Grabs Bob has done or said something out of character, and Alice as a close friend or relative says "Who are you and what have you done with Bob?" which is then followed up by some kind of explaination.

I saw this on No Ordinary Family (N.O Sidekick) where JJ is complaining about being too intelligent and Daphne responds with this quote. I've heard it in Friends and Life Unexpected before but I think i've seen it in more than that

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Mar 8th 2011 at 5:59:02 PM

In Ever After, the king says this to his son (who he considers a drifting do-nothing) once he storms in during the morning and declares he wants to found a free university.

Here we go:

Henry: Mother, Father, I want to build a University, with the largest library on the continent, where anyone can study, no matter their station!
King Francis: All right... Who are you... and what have you done with my son?
Henry: [laughs] Oh, and I want to invite the gypsies to the ball!

Mar 8th 2011 at 6:30:04 PM

They actually lampshade this in one episode of scrubs, not sure on the EXACT details.

Mar 8th 2011 at 8:44:46 PM

  • Done in Xena when Xena wants to do something she previously expressed disdain for. The Irony was Gabrielle said it, and she was actually the one taken over by an evil spirit.
  • Garfield once said he wasn't hungry, and John said this. Garfield then said he was joking.

Compare Something They Would Never Say.

Mar 8th 2011 at 9:45:06 PM

More specifically, Something They Would Never Say usually occurs when "Bob" actually isn't Bob. This Stock Phrase is simply a reaction to something OOC.

Mar 9th 2011 at 2:16:14 AM

IMDb Search Quotes for "Who are you and what have you done with".


Harry Potter: First we've got to find a place to practice where Umbridge won't find out. [snip]
Ginny Weasley: Harry, what happens if Umbridge does find out?
Hermione Granger: Who cares? I mean, it's sort of exciting, isn't it, breaking the rules.
Ron Weasley: Who are you, and what have you done with Hermione Granger?

Live Action TV

Dean Winchester: I just don't wanna leave this town until I know the kid's ok.
Sam Winchester: Who are you? And what have you done with my brother?
Dean Winchester: Shut up.
  • NCIS episode "Worst Nightmare"
Abby Sciuto: [To Gibbs] Who are you? And what have you done with my Gibbs who doesn't like interns?
Kimball Cho: You always say something when O'Laughlin calls.
Wayne Rigsby: There's nothing to say. I'm over it.
Kimball Cho: Who are you and what have you done with Wayne Rigsby?
[Jack is watching a game at a bar]
Danielle Melnick: So who's winning? The Christians, or the lions?
Jack McCoy: Who are you, and what have you done with Danielle Melnick?
Eddie: I just did the laundry and I'm on my way out to wash the car and cut the grass.
Carl: Who are you and what have you done with our son?
Harriette: Who cares? Let's keep this one!
  • Siskel and Ebert
Roger Ebert: You know, I'm giving this one a marginal thumbs-up...
Richard Roeper: Who are you, and what have you done with Roger Ebert?

Western Animation

Raphael: I just want to apologize for earlier.
Leonardo: Okay, who are you and what have you done with our brother Raphael?

Mar 9th 2011 at 2:58:44 AM

In Penny Arcade, Tycho once asks Gabe this question verbatim. Turns out that it is a bloodthirsty alien impersonator.

We are Broodax. We are born in flesh.

Mar 9th 2011 at 4:49:09 AM

  • In the Red Dwarf episode Krytie TV, Rimmer attempts to veto another character's idea of using a camera in the women's showers on the grounds that it's 'voyeuristic, exploitative and immature'. Holly quickly asks, 'Who are you, and what have you done with our Rimmer?' He clarifies by saying that he's all in favour, but going along with it could ruin his and another character's plans.

Mar 9th 2011 at 4:54:03 AM

Fairly Odd Parents: Happened when Vicky turned nice, I think.

Mar 9th 2011 at 5:52:43 AM

Compare/Contrast Not Himself, in which Bob really is controlled/replaced by an imposter of some sort which is causing him to act out-of-character.

Could this be extended to include stuff like "Bob is (doing something Bob doesn't normally do)? What kind of messed-up Alternate Universe have I entered?"

...Okay, I can't think of any fictitious examples of that right now but I know I say it a lot...

Mar 9th 2011 at 8:18:37 AM

Hmm, could be a full trope upgrade, since it's already on the OtherStockPhrases page, but has a lot of good examples.

Mar 9th 2011 at 9:30:38 AM

In Im A Marvel And Im ADC, parodying Harry Potter:

Batgirl (as Hermione): It's rather exciting isn't it, breaking the rules?
Deadpool (as Ron): Who are you and what have you done with Hermione?
Batgirl: giggle
Deadpool: (Whips out a gun) I said, Who are you and what have you done with Hermione?!

Mar 10th 2011 at 6:33:47 AM

I know this was done in a Garfield strip once.

Mar 10th 2011 at 11:06:11 AM

  • In one episode of Scrubs, Elliot is trying to say something clever, but all her zingers are such well-known Stock Phrases that everyone chouruses them with her. Turk tells them to lay off because it's not her fault she doesn't watch as much TV as they do.
    Elliot: Thank you. Of course, now I have to ask...
    Everyone: "Who are you and what have you done with Turk?"
  • From Order Of The Stick:
    Haley: The money isn't important.
    'Belkar: What have you done with the real Haley, and can I have her stuff?
    Haley: I'm serious, Belkar.
    Belkar: So am I, she has some good stuff.

Mar 10th 2011 at 11:14:58 AM

^^ I mentioned which one earlier.

Mar 10th 2011 at 1:31:05 PM

I mainly remember that Scrubs scene because immediately after that exchange, Elliot literally shrieks, "STOP FINISHING MY AWESOME JOKES!"

Mar 10th 2011 at 1:54:59 PM

When this is said to Garland by D'rizzle after a sudden bought of competance on the former's part, Garland misses the joke.

D'rizzel: I'd ask who you are and what you've done with the real Garland, but I like this one better.
Garland: Fear not, it is really I, your beloved leader.

Jul 31st 2011 at 10:02:32 AM

  • Babylon Five: In the episode "The Geometry of Shadows", when Garibaldi's been off work after being shot:
    Welch: Me and the rest of the guys were wondering, when are you going to come back on duty? Look, we bought a cake, all right? Been sitting there for two days now.
    Garibaldi: Are you kidding me? You passed up a cake for two days? What's the deal? What have you done with the real Lou Welch, huh?

Aug 1st 2011 at 5:00:42 AM

This'll need a new title, since there seems to be a crackdown on tropes with dialogue for a name. Maybe Sarcastic Imposter Accusation or Acting Out Of Character Compliment.

Aug 1st 2011 at 6:46:19 AM

Seconding Sarcastic Imposter Accusation, as it perfectly describes the trope.

Also, the name needs to be changed as soon as possible or Fast Eddie may discard it when he sees it.

Aug 1st 2011 at 11:28:00 AM

Inverted in this strip of Calvin And Hobbes: the well-behaved child in the first three panels isn't Calvin, it's his good duplicate. But Calvin's mother thinks he's just suffered a sudden change of personality. (The ontological status of the duplicate is, of course, the same as Hobbes's, so depending which perspective you prefer, it might be a straight example.)

Aug 1st 2011 at 11:35:38 AM

^^^ The problem is this IS about the dialog.

Aug 1st 2011 at 4:24:26 PM

Subversion in Episode 10 of Kampfer Abridged:

SHIZUKU: "All right. Who are you and what did you do with the real Natsuru? I like it. Get those hands where I can feel 'em..."

Also, crackdown-on-tropes-named-with-dialogue or not, I have to second the original title. "Sarcastic Imposter Accusation" is good, but it's not self-demonstrating the way "Who Are You And What Have You Done With Bob" is. I mean, the trope is a line of dialogue. What are they going to do next, change "You Killed My Father" into "Fratricide Accusation"?

Aug 1st 2011 at 5:14:58 PM

Actually it would be "Patricide Accusation" (Fratricide means killing your brother) although I think that group of words only applies to killing your own relatives anyway...but that's besides the point.

I'm not sure what the reasoning is behind it, but it seems if it's launched with a dialogue based title it'll get sent straight to the repair shop to be retitled, if not deleted immediatly. Also Stock Phrases are also getting similar treatment.

Aug 1st 2011 at 5:46:25 PM

I dont see what the big deal is, personally..

Aug 1st 2011 at 6:02:10 PM

Extensive experience has shown that if a trope is named with a stock quote, people link the quote, not the trope. It's just too easy--they see the name and think, "oh, I remember when so-and-so said that" and don't bother to consider whether the example actually fits what's described. And all the examples become, essentially, X Just X, which makes cleanup difficult, if not impossible, since there's no context to tell if the example fits or not.

Aug 2nd 2011 at 7:02:17 AM

We are no longer taking pages fore phrases.