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Fun fact: "Hello" (or "hullo") used to also be an expression of surprise or questioning (as in "Hullo, what's this?") until around the turn of the 20th century when it became the standard expression for answering the telephone. It was popularized by Thomas Edison, though its current spelling is attested since 1826. note  (This would have been the rather nautical "Ahoy-hoy!" if Graham Bell had his way. Mr. Burns would approve.) From there it went on to become the catch-all greeting it is today. In French, "Bonjour"note , "Salut"note  & "Allo"note . In Japan, they say "Konnichiwa" or (on the phone) "Moshi moshi" (which has an incredibly similar quirky origin story). However, lots of countries do include some variant of "Hello" or "Allo" even if only for answering the phone. Interestingly, the German "Hallo" is still also used to express surprise or disbelief, but it's probably more likely in Austria than in Germany. The standard Spanish greeting, "Hola" (which comes from French via Old German, so it shares an origin with the English word "Hello") is also used to express surprise or disbelief (usually with a tinge of exasperation) when formulated as a question ("¿Hola?") and, finally, in the United Kingdom "hello" is still used to express surprise (often in a variation on the phrasing "ooh, hello") alongside being a (progressively more formal) greeting.

Related tropes include Crash-Into Hello, Hello, Sailor!, Stealth Hi/Bye, *Click* Hello, *Twang* Hello, Attack Hello, Incoming Ham, Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, and numerous others. Trope Namer is Real Life. Obviously. note 

Contrast Goodbye.


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  • "HELLO THERE! I am Doctor Rabbit!"
  • Hello, ladies. Look at me, now back to your monitor, now back to me, now back to your monitor. Sadly, I'm not on your monitor. Look down, back up. I'm on a webpage. note 
    The man your man could smell like.

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  • Inverted by Superman foe Bizarro, who is the reverse Superman, and thus does everything backwards, greeting Superman with a hearty "Goodbye, Superman" and usually leaving with a "Hello".


  • In Slaughterhouse-Five, the standard greeting among Tralfamdorians, who see all of time at once and as unchangeable, is "Goodbye. Hello. Goodbye. Hello."
  • Another example from weird science fiction: In Philip K. Dick's Counter-Clock World, time is running backwards, so people say "Goodbye" when they meet and "Hello" when they part. This becomes sad and poignant when the protagonist gets a call from his wife, telling him she's leaving him. She ends the conversation by saying "Hello."
  • The Lord of the Rings: The standard Orcish greeting is "Ashdautas Vrasubatlat" — "Someday I will kill you", the usual reply is "Nar Udautas" — "Not today".

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Three Stooges would answer the phone as if they were a barbershop quartet.
  • "Hello, Newman." "Hellooooo... Jerry."
    • On a certain episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Voice", the titular character mocks his girlfriend's nighttime stomach gurgling with a loud, booming voice, bellowing "HELLOOOOO... la la laaaa."
  • According to Look Around You's "Maths" episode, the numeral 3 equals "hello" in the "language of numbers." Also, on the show's periodic table, "Hello" (atomic symbol "Hi") can be found in place of selenium.
  • In Doctor Who, after the Doctor recently regenerates into his eleventh incarnation, he drives away invading Atraxi with the following words in "The Eleventh Hour", after they discover that his previous incarnations are responsible for the defeat of hundreds of past Earth invaders.
    • In the series finale, he starts out a Badass Boast/Rousing Speech with, "HELLO, STONEHENGE!"
    • River Song habitually greets the Doctor with "Hello, Sweetie!". Occasionally, he gets to say it to her.
  • The Glee episode "Hell-O" covers this trope quite well. It even features several of the songs listed below and a reference to the origin of the term as described above.
    • It also parodied the standard "hello" greeting used on the phone:
    Will: For example, what do you guys say when you pick up the phone?
    Mercedes: "What up?"
    Artie: "Who 'dis be?"
  • In an episode of Modern Family Cameron says that unlike his partner Mitchell who had to convince his parents that he was gay, his mother knew he was the minute he came out of the womb saying "He-lllllllooooo!"
  • Allo, Allo, zis is Nighthawk...
  • Tommy Cockles's catchphrase on The Fast Show. Unfortunate when he was cast as 'Third Nazi' (a "role I made my own incidentally") in a wartime propaganda film: First Nazi: "Sieg heil!" Second Nazi: "Sieg heil!" Third Nazi: "Hello there!"
  • Arrested Development had Annyong. Which becomes even funnier when in the last episode we learn his real name is Hel-loh.
  • Top Gear: Only James May could make this one word the funniest thing ever. Especially when addressing a pretty woman in front of his co-presenters. note 
  • They covered the origin story of the word in one episode of QI, in which Stephen Fry was mocked for still using it in the surprised sense of "Hello, what's this?"
    Alan: Stephen, what was the last thing that made you go "Hello?"
    Stephen: It was a genital wart.
  • "Hello, Dexter Morgan."
  • Rimmer in Red Dwarf has a ... complex theory about how aliens might say this.
    (referring to Lister and the Cat and their broken feet) 'It hurts like HELL, right? And it's beLOW the knees. They did it twice—TO. And (the recently completed) jigsaw must mean "you". "Hello to you"!'
  • The final challenge of the 21st season of the U.S. version of The Amazing Race was for the racers to identify the phrases for hello and goodbye used by the Pit Stop greeters at each country they visited. They all took a long time because this was the one thing they didn't pay attention to.
  • Every short from Drunk History begins with the narrator visibly gathering their alcohol-addled wits, focusing on the camera and intoning, "Hello."
  • On The Nanny, C.C. Babcock usually greets people with "Hello, hello..." whenever she enters a scene.
  • A running gag on Laverne & Shirley was when somebody (usually Laverne) would say something about something dumb or disgusting, Lenny and Squiggy would barge in and Squiggy always yelled "Hello!"
  • Star Trek: Voyager gave us this with a duplicated Kathryn Janeway on a duplicated Voyager invaded by Vidiians and about to self-destruct.
    Janeway: Hello. I am Captain Kathryn Janeway. Welcome to the bridge.

  • In Great Britain, Hello! is a vacuous and copiously illustrated celebrity lifestyle magazine inviting we poor, mediocre and unattractive mortals to have a glimpse into the homes and lifestyles of the rich and attractive and worship their wealth and wondrousness. Amusingly, it went through a period where every happily married celebrity couple it interviewed were so content with their lives and so in love, that they ended up in a financial meltdown or a messy public divorce within a few months of being featured.


  • The ever-popular "Hello, World!" program, often considered a newbie's introduction to serious scripting.
  • Virgin Mobile cell phones, whenever you turn them on, print to the screen, 'Hello' in a style appropriate to the phone before showing the Virgin Mobile logo, from the same font as they have on their website on higher-end Android phones, to Impact-Bold all-caps display on their low-end Kyocera Jax model. When the LG Aloha starts up, it doesn't say HELLO; it says ALOHA.
  • Some CD and DVD players display "Hello" or "hEllO" on their displays when powered on.
  • Motorola's slogan, which even plays during cellphone boot-ups, is "Hello Moto!"

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  • Catchphrase of Clyde Gilmour, late host of the CBC classical radio show Gilmour's Albums - a warm, avuncular "Hello!" at the beginning of each broadcast. A parody show portrayed him singing The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye."

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • George Carlin had an entire routine where he examined the myriad of ways there are to greet someone, verbally deconstructing many of them while listing off his favorites. He ended the routine with all different kinds of ways to say "goodbye."
    Carlin: Hello, hi, howdy, hey, how do you do, how you doing, how's it going, what's going on, what's new, what do you think, what do you hear, what do you say, what do you feel, what's shaking, what's happening, que pasa, what's up, what's going down, what it is? Well, we got all kinds of ways to say "hello!"

  • The title song of Hello, Dolly! (obviously).
  • In Bells Are Ringing, Ella starts introducing New York City Subway riders to each other, and the Crowd Song "Hello, Hello There" ensues.
  • Averted in Shakespeare's Hamlet, where the first line of the play could have been "Hello?" but instead was "Who's there?"
  • "Please Hello" from Pacific Overtures.
  • In The Book of Mormon, the opening song titled "Hello", presents the main theme of peaceful Missionaries that use by-the-book introductions.
  • One of the songs from Franklin's Big Adventure, a stage show based on the Franklin books and animated series is titled "Hello" and is about the museum guide, Carbunkel, wanting Franklin's class to give her a big happy "hello" in response whenever she says hello.

    Video Games 
  • Portal: "Hello, and again, welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center."
    • The turrets are also adorably polite, even while trying to murder you: "Hello? Is anyone there? There you are. I don't hate you."
    • "Oh, Hey! You're the lady from the test! Hi!" Both times, GLaDOS wasn't happy.
    • " Hello!" "....Hello?"
    • "Don't believe me? Here. I'll put you on: heloooooo! THAT'S YOU! THAT'S HOW DUMB YOU SOUND!"
    • In the second game as well, Wheatley pulls this right after GLaDOS reactivates.
  • In Paladins, one of the voice messages you can send to others in your team is "Hi!" (the keys VVGH), with some champions varying on how they say it. Most will just say "Hi!" or "Hello", but Koga asks for booze, and Strix syas that he can see you.
  • In Rome: Total War, the content of your general's pre-battle speech is influenced by his reputation. Most of the speeches of Roman generals are strings of loud, gung-ho rallying cries. However, if your general is known as a tedious public speaker, there's a chance you will be treated to an almost inaudibly soft-spoken speech that goes something like this:
    Hello. We are gathered here today to do battle. Regrettable, isn't it? I didn't want to be here myself, but my grandmother told me that I better make a good show out of it. So here it goes.
  • The Imperial Guard Ogryn in Dawn of War will sometimes say "Hull-lo!" when clicking on them, rather than the myriad permutations of "Yes sir!" that the normal Guardsmen use.
  • In The Walking Dead
    Lee: "Hello".
    Stranger: (Pointing a gun at Lee while Clementine is locked in a room nearby) "Okay, th—this is civil."
  • This is one of Balloon Boy's three lines of dialogue. The other two being the similar "Hi!" and a long string of laughter.
  • In Smite, one of the voice messages you can send to others is "Hi!", with some Gods varying how they say it. For some reason, Ymir's "Hi!" becomes somewhat memetic.
  • Flowey from Undertale likes to greet people with a friendly "Howdy" even when he's done with pretending to be a nice guy. This is a trait he takes from his father, Asgore. In contrast, the Fallen Child introduces themself with a formal "Greetings", like their adoptive mother Toriel does.
  • Overwatch has a dedicated "Hello!" button for each and every hero, including villains such as Widowmaker and Reaper, the former speaking French, the latter saying variants of "Hey".
  • The first of Clippy's five default lines in Progressbar 95 is "Hello!" It's his only line in Progressbar Defender.
  • In Super Mario 64, Mario's head will say "Hello!" to the player when he first appears on the title screen.


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    Real Life 
  • Real Life Aversion: there are actually people out there who shun the word "Hello" because of the "Hell" part, and say "Heaveno" instead. Some alternative alternatives:
  • Pun: Hell-low. Used in the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit, to represent moral decadance. "How low" is substituted in in some verses.
  • A number of languages have special greetings just for the phone:
    • The original English phone greeting (suggested by Alexander Graham Bell himself) was "Ahoy" or "Ahoy hoy." Sadly, most people don't use it.
      • Amusingly, "Ahoy" is the Czech "Hello" (maybe because of the popularity of the little mole?)
    • In Italy, people say "Pronto!" ("Ready!") at the telephone.
    • Mexicans say "Bueno", which was used in the early years of phone to signal that the connection was good.
    • The rest of Spanish-speaking Latin America says "Aló", except in Argentina where it's instead said "Buenos Días/Tardes/Noches", or alternativatelly, "¿Qué contás?" (What can you tell?).
    • And in Spain, if the speaker doesn't know who's on the other line, they often say "Díme" or "Dígame" literally "tell me" or "say it to me."
    • The Japanese use "moshi moshi" only for telephones or catching somebody's attention.
    • The Chinese say "Wéi?" ("喂?") on the phone. The pronunciation may differ for non-Mandarin Chinese speakers.
    • While in Poland "Halo" is an acceptable way of answering a phone, "Słucham" (meaning "I listen") is much more common.
    • German speakers sometimes say "Tag!", which translates to "day". The reason for this is that it's short for "Guten Tag!" which means "Good day!". "Hello" is sometimes used by Germans to mean "Duh!" (semantically equivalent to knocking on someone's head and saying "Is there anybody in here?").
  • Live in Scotland? The typical greeting to someone you consider a best friend might be "Awrite bawbag?!" note 
  • Tiger Woods famously said this in his first official press conference as a professional golfer on August 28, 1996.
    Tiger Woods: I guess, "Hello, World."
  • Sports commentator Jim Nantz traditionally begins broadcasts by saying, "Hello, friends." It's also his opening catchphrase on many versions of the videogame Golden Tee, which he provides commentary for.