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In a situation, some people will be talking about another character in a conversation, and then the specifically said character appears from out of nowhere with or without a word, reactions consist of shock, surprise, and a lot of screaming.

It could happen when they say "I wish so-and-so were here" or something along those lines, and they show up, invoking Big Damn Heroes. Other times, the character shows up when they are having an awkward conversation about them, which may or may not invoke Acting Unnatural. If the character shows up when they were thought to be dead it might invoke Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You, and something similar might happen when they were thought to be in any other way "gone."


In some cases, the character was missing and the others were about to look for them and they appeared on the scene, unfazed. The character may or may not say something along the lines of "Someone say my name?"

Compare Inadvertent Entrance Cue, Speak of the Devil and Right Behind Me.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In One Piece, at one point Big Mom wonders where her general Charlotte Cracker is... just before he crashes into her palace, having been launched halfway across her kingdom, courtesy of Luffy's Megaton Punch.
  • Seconds after Shirogane of Ayakashi Triangle describes Garaku taking after his creator by liking cats, Garaku pops up in the (second floor) window, celebrating that he finally found Shirogane.

    Comic Books 
  • In Tintin and the Picaros, Captain Haddock is saying to Professor Calculus that Tintin was wise not to come along with them to the Gilded Cage they're being held at:
    Calculus: I can see our hosts have a true sense of hospitality. That's what I just said to him... And he entirely agrees with me.
    Haddock: WHO agrees with you? And about WHAT?!
    Calculus: Exactly, and what's more, he'll tell you so himself!
    Tintin: Buenos dias, Captain!
  • Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #20. A conversation is held about how uneasy Supergirl makes everyone. Unfortunately, Supergirl has superhearing. Dream Boy attempts to warn everyone else but is ignored for long enough that this overlaps with Right Behind Me.
  • The Ultimates
    • Pym and the Wasp are talking about the Ultimates and... ring! Incoming text message from Tony Stark!
    • Black Widow is saying that they can't count on Thor's help, that he's insane and a delusional schizophrenic... "Oh, ye of little faith". In this case, a justified example, since they were actively going to find Thor to help, until Black Widow realized what kind of help he would be providing.

    Fan Works 
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku is wound up a week before the U.A. Entrance Exam after learning that Alexis Luthor learned his Secret Identity as Kal-El and hung that knowledge over his head. He's so worried that he isn't sure if a pep talk from All Might would cheer him up. As if to test that theory, All Might comes running up the road to see him.
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged combines this with Tempting Fate as Alucard answers Anderson's dare by sailing his ruined ship up the Thames.
    Integra: Seras, report... and e-explain.
    Seras: Base is secure. Everyone's dead. Ate Pip; full-fledged vampire now.
    Anderson: And you're going to die a full-fledged vampire. It's a shame your blood sugar-daddy won't be here to see it!
    (cue Ready to Die)
  • In Harry Potter and the Summer of Change Fred and George try to guess the identity of Harry's mystery girlfriend.
    Fred and George, alternately: Cho? Susan Bones? Alicia? Hermione? Luna?
    Luna: Yes, did someone call? Did I miss something? Oh, hello Harry.

    Films — Animation 

  • Keeper of the Lost Cities: In Nightfall, Physic arrives at Choralmere just as Mai is asking about her.
    "How long do you think it'll be before your Physician arrives?" Mai whispered.
    A knock rang through the house in answer.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Happens in The Brittas Empire episode "The Elephant's Child". Whilst trying to assist Julie through her childbirth in the leisure centre, Helen states that she wishes Gordon were there now. Cue Gordon entering the room planning to make a citizen's arrest (they had broken into the centre in the dead of night).
  • Happens multiple times in Buffy the Vampire Slayer about various characters, usually when one is having problems, though sometimes the other characters don't take the hint.
  • The Ferals has Rattus borrow a heap of money from "Big Bad Bruce" and when Modigliana mentions he has no way of paying the money back, Modi name drops the trope name when the ground shakes due to Big Bruce's arrival.
  • In the pilot episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, Travis and Malcolm are in Shuttlepod 1, which is parked near a trading complex, and trying to locate the rest of their away team. As there's a rather nasty storm that's interfering with their ability to scan for human bio-signs, Malcolm tells Travis to scan for Vulcan bio-signs. He's just about to start when T'Pol (the resident Vulcan) starts pounding on the pod's hatch.
    Travis: I found her!
  • A recurring gag on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; on one occasion, when Dobie describes Zelda Gilroy's actions as "lowdown, disgusting, and despicable", Dobie's slovenly beatnik best friend Maynard G. Krebs appears and says "You rang?" as if Dobie were describing Maynard's appearance.

  • Lampshaded in The Most Happy Fella, when Rosabella is singing that she loves Tony:
    Cleo: Don't tell me, kid, tell him. Tell him exactly how. And like they say in a musical comedy— [dramatic chord] —here he comes now!
  • William Shakespeare did it frequently and lampshaded it more than once. According to Elizabethan drama convention, this is to make clear to the audience that yes, the characters on stage has noticed the newcomer.

    Video Games 
  • Lampshaded in Tales of Lagoona 2: Peril at Poseidon Park when Theo the park handyman announces that local merchant Darby Finn is going to be stopping by later, only to have him appear immediately.
    Theo: Scary timing!
    Darby: I've been hiding in the bushes for an hour. I love a good entrance.
  • In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Ma Mole expresses her concern about her missing children, Dyna and Mite. Pa Mole reassures her that they're fine, and that he has a feeling they'll be "dropping in" soon...cue Mario, Dyna, and Mite literally dropping in through the roof in a runaway mine cart.

    Web Comics 
  • Played for Laughs in Gunnerkrigg Court. Andrew makes things around himself "more orderly": if he tosses a bunch of cards without looking, they land in a neat and sorted deck. Add to that his girlfriend's teleportation powers and he began to announce her imminent arrival by pointing with hands and saying "BAM!". Due to those order-inducing powers, his guess as to when and where she appears "just happens" to be accurate — every time.

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "A Pal For Gary", as SpongeBob is about to go to bed, he quips he can sleep peacefully now that Gary has a new friend (the blowfish Puffy Fluffy, who is extremely hostile toward other pets which he ignored) to keep him company so he's not lonely. Cue Gary barging right into the room and waking him up, leading him to scold him and accuse him of not being nice to his "friend" (when it's actually the other way around), and take him back downstairs.
    • A non-human example occurs in "Can You Spare a Dime?" as SpongeBob is angered at Mr. Krabs for all of Squidward's constant needs. At one point, he shakes him violently and yells, "And you're not gonna hire him back all because of a stupid dime?!" Immediately after he says this, the first dime (actually a giant stone wheel) falls right out of Mr. Krabs' pocket, revealing he had it the whole time, and he rehires Squidward.


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Inside Out

"I wish Joy was here!" (THWAP) There she is.

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