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One of the Stock Phrases most often used in a Dom Com when a kid acts up. A milder version of You Are Grounded. Often followed with "to think about what you've done."

This actually isn't much of a punishment, since many kids' rooms have all their toys and games inside. The trope is often subverted when parents realize this. The punishment probably hails from a time when a child's bedroom didn't have luxuries like computers, TVs, games consoles, toys and other things, but has been passed down from parent to child for so long it's become standard discipline. Of course, a lot of it depends on the child's personality. This is naturally much more of a punishment for the child who really likes playing outside or with other people, as opposed to one who'd rather just sit and read a book, or make up stories in their imagination anyway.

Truth in Television; lots of people can recall having heard this spoken to them when they were children.



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  • One 1990s Crayola commercial for a "cool room" sweepstakes had a kid sent to his, unbeknownst to him that it's chock full of brand new toys. The next time his parents send him off, he cheers.
  • One of the Fritos commercials Jay Leno made before he took over the Tonight Show had him talk to parents about kids misbehaving. "Don't send them to their room," he tells parents. "They got everything in there. Send them to your room! There's nothing going on in there!"

  • In Bill Cosby's famous stand-up act, he messes up the simple task of fixing breakfast for his kids. "And my wife sent me to my room... which is where I wanted to go in the first place."
  • Denis Leary inverts this: "We [the parents] go to their rooms' when they're grounded."

    Comic Books 
  • In Robin after Ariana dressed in lingerie and propositioned Tim, who turned her down, and her uncle saw her thus dressed and tried to kill Tim while chasing him out of the house Tim arrives home to have his father yell at him about what a disappointment he is and send him to his room, angrily cutting off any attempts on Tim's part to explain what actually happened.

    Comic Strips 
  • In a strip of The Boondocks, after asking Huey what the vaguely worded Viagra commercials were advertising:
    Granddad: Go to your room!
    Huey: I'm in my room.
  • The Family Circus had a subversion where Mommy wants to punish Jeffy with this and realizes that is where his toys are and so says, "Jeffy, go to your room; on second thought, go to my room!"
  • Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes often gets sent to his room by his parents when his wild antics go way too far.

    Fan Works 
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero Kyon is getting grounded again after her mother learned he dangled another student out of a third-floor window (It Makes Sense in Context), telling him he's destroying his future. Then comes Tsuruya's father to thank him for his acts and promises him a position in his corporation after he finishes his education. After he leaves the following exchange happens:
    Kyon: Anyway, you were reminding me that I don't have a future?
    Kyon's mother: Go to your room! You're still grounded from attending your club!
  • In Stars from Home this makes an appearance. Usually, it is Xavier's way to make a student take time to calm down and collect themselves. Since Xavier has figured out that punishments like grounding and being sent to your room don't have the same impact on someone who wants to be at home and enjoys reading, when he's actually trying to punish Scott he tacks on, "And no reading."

    Films — Animation 
  • When the family is having a dispute over dinner in Inside Out, Riley's dad tells Riley to go to her room.
  • Used in Lilo & Stitch with Lilo and her guardian older sister Nani:
    Lilo: I'M ALREADY IN MY ROOM! [slams door]

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Parodied in Hudson Hawk while the title character is facing off with Diabolical Mastermind Darwin Mayflower:
    Hudson: I want to be treated like an adult.
    Darwin: That's fair. Now go to your room.
    [Alfred the Butler applies a Vulcan Neck Pinch to Hudson and knocks him out]
  • Subverted in The Ring by Rachel yelling this while freaking out over discovering Noah's corpse and realizing that they didn't stop the Curse at all, and doesn't want her son, Aiden, to watch her violent and tearful breakdown over the Cursed Video.

  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians Nico is sent to his room by his father, Hades.
  • In Franklin's Bad Day, Franklin is sent to his room after refusing to pick his wet winter gear off of the floor.
  • This was frequent for Harry Potter throughout most of his childhood, though it was actually more "Go to your cupboard," since the Dursleys never even let him stay in a proper room until after the Hogwarts letters started arriving.
    Mr. Dursley: Go — cupboard — stay — No meals.
  • In Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone-Cold Age, Lucy and Andys' Dad tells Andy to go to his room after Lucy and Andy get into an argument and Andy breaks her necklace. Andy says the joke's on him because he can't go to his room because they live in a cave, at which point, the Dad tells him to go sit in his spot in the cave.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Mrs. Dubcek catches Harry "painting something awful on the side of the house," which he claims is "a post-impressionist urban mural." Dick responds, "Well, I promise you, Mrs. Dubcek, Harry will not go unpunished. He will sit in his room and think about what he did while you repaint your house!"
  • Doctor Who: In "The Doctor Dances", the Doctor tries to escape the gas mask zombies by ordering them to go to their room. It works. Turns out the person controlling them is a four-year-old boy.
    The Doctor: I'm really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words!
    • It leads to an Oh, Crap! moment while they're investigating said four-year-old boy.
      The Doctor: I told it to go to its room... This is its room!
  • Friends: In an early episode, Joey's dad is staying with him, and his affair is revealed, so Joey makes them stay with him anyway to keep them from sleeping together. When his dad protests, Joey yells to him "Go to my room!"
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Tywin Lannister, being very much the Dragon-in-Chief, orders King Joffrey to bed after Joffrey implies that Tywin is a coward. Tyrion notes this with amusement.
    • Ned does this when Arya misbehaves in "Lord Snow".
  • In Married... with Children, after Bud fails an exam because (unbeknownst to Al) his hot new neighbor April keeps sneaking in through his bedroom window to have sex with him:
    Bud: Dad, you can punish me however you like, but whatever you do, please don't send me to my room.
    Al: Bud, go to your room.
    Bud: You're a hard but fair man. [rushes upstairs, grinning]
  • Not so much a parody, but Uther does give Morgana a version of it in Merlin: "You will go to your chambers!"
  • One episode of The Odd Couple has Oscar yelling this at Felix after losing his patience with him. Felix replies that he doesn't have to take this and that he's going to his room.
  • Person of Interest. In "SNAFU", the Machine has a glitch and keeps sending Team Machine to stop potential murderers who are Not So Dire. Reese barges into one house waving a gun, only to find the perpetrator is a frightened boy who called in a bomb threat to get out of a maths test.
    Reese: How old are you, 14? Get the hell back to school.
    Kid: School's closed. The bomb threat.
    Reese: Well, then you're suspended. Go to your room!
  • This exchange from Family Ties:
    Steven: Up to your rooms, now.
    Alex: Uh, Dad, I think I'm a little old to be sent to my room.
    Steven: You're also too old to be whining in the car the whole way back.
    Alex: [whining] I wasn't whining...
  • Occurs in an episode of Power Rangers S.P.D., during a scene where Mora ticks off Emperor Gruumm.
    Gruumm: Mora, go to your room!
    Mora: But this is my room!
    Gruumm: Then go to my room!
    Mora: But you told me never to go in your room...
    Gruumm: GO!
  • Star Trek:
    • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "By Any Other Name", the Big Bad of the episode, Rojan, orders one of his subordinates to confine himself to his quarters after he throws a drug-induced tantrum.
    • In fact, "confined to quarters" is a fairly common punishment on Star Trek shows, seen on every version of the show except the animated series. It seemed to be a general purpose punishment employed basically to keep Status Quo Is God, as opposed to something more major like a stripping of rank or placing someone in the brig. In a couple of cases, though, it was for other reasons, such as security during an emergency.
  • The Vampire Diaries has an example of this when Damon sends Jeremy to his room in season 4.
  • One sketch in The Whitest Kids U' Know features a kid on the first day of homeschooling. His mother (the teacher) runs into some problem when she has to give him detention, and so must tell the kid which room is detention hall (she doesn't want to send him to his room, as that would be too little like school). Her first try is the washing room, which falls down she has to wash clothes. Then she suggests the garage, followed by outside (both of which fails because the kids mention things he could do there). Finally, she just gives up and tells him to go to his room, which quite obviously is what he wanted all along.

  • In Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, there's actually a song called "Go, Go Go To Your Room," which is all about the various times that Fancy Nancy's little sister JoJo was sent to her room for crazy stuff she's done like trying to use her father's shaving cream to make snow or drawing a tattoo on one of Nancy's dolls with permanent marker. The latest incident is throwing a tantrum because of not getting a necklace that she wanted. The song has a brief reprise later in the play after JoJo removes a branch from the family Christmas tree and decorates it as a mini-tree of her own, however, this time she actually doesn't get sent to her room because her family finds it creative and they even end it up planting it to make it look like more of a tree.

    Video Games 
  • Parodied in Sam & Max: Freelance Police: "Chariots of the Dogs", when, after Sam and Max cause a catastrophic temporal anomaly, the spaceship's computer AI orders them to go back to the spaceship "To think about what you've done."
  • Parodied in Mass Effect 2, if Anderson has been made the human leader/represenative of the Council. Udina, his assistant, will walk in and berate him for what he perceives as a mistake, at which point Anderson will tell him that he is in charge, and to "Go to your office, and think about that for a while."
  • This is Strago's order to Relm in Final Fantasy VI after she calls Shadow's dog Interceptor a "cute doggy" and Shadow replies that "he bites." Relm's response? "I will not! What a fussy old man!"
  • In Them's Fightin' Herds, Oleander is punished this way by the Order of the Horn for delving into Black Magic.
  • Parodied in Samurai Warriors 2, where Tokugawa Ieyasu of all people is told to do this by Nene in her dream stage.

    Web Comics 
  • In Katamari, the King of All Cosmos starts to send the Prince to his room after he breaks a lamp. However, he rethinks this and sends him to Earth instead.

    Web Original 
  • The Tourettes Guy did this to his son in one video.
    Danny: Aw, fuck you! You're grounded!
    Son: What for?
    Danny: 'Cause you don't think the garbage disposal sounds like Chewbacca taking a shit, that's why! Now go to your room!
  • A frequent trope in GoAnimate videos, wherein certain videos often end with misbehaving cartoon kids and teens being sent to their rooms, often for ridiculously long times or the most trivial of reasons.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Used frequently ("Bart Vs. Thanksgiving", "Bart the Daredevil", "Bart Gets an Elephant", "Homer Vs. the Eighteenth Amendment", etc.) with an interesting inversion in "Lisa the Vegetarian":
      Lisa: If you'll excuse me, I'm going to my room.
      Homer: That's it, go to your room!
    • There's also used to end an argument about Stampy the Elephant.
      Lisa: All of you are missing the point: it's wrong to have such an animal in captivity!
      Homer: Go to your room.
    • Subverted in another episode, which has Homer sending Bart to his room, before he realizes he shouldn't send Bart there as punishment seeing how of his toys are in there. He instead tells him to go into the garage. A few moments later Bart passes by the window on a lawnmower with several police cars chasing him.
    • Kirk Van Houten says this to his son Milhouse after trying to translate a writing on the wall that he wrote on (Trab Pu Kcip) in "Brother from the Same Planet":
      Kirk: What did we tell you about writing on the walls? Go to your room!
  • Early episodes of Family Guy had a Running Gag where Peter would send Chris to his room (said in a very bored tone of voice) for some minor reason.
    • Made funnier by the fact that there is an "Evil Monkey" in Chris's closet. This becomes a bit of a running gag, the series even going to far as to explain why the monkey is evil.
    • Lois herself has done this. When she had to home school the kids, Chris tried to pass a note to Meg saying "I think Mrs. Griffin's hot". Lois immediately tells him to go to his room in the same bored tone Peter uses.
  • Used in an episode of Dexter's Laboratory ("The Old Switcharooms"), with the twist that Dexter and Dee Dee were sent to each other's rooms in order to learn respect for other peoples' property. Dexter fears that Dee Dee is trashing his secret lab like she usually does, and makes a stealth suit to investigate. It turns out that Dee Dee hadn't done anything, and when she and Dad see how badly Dexter savaged her room (in the process of making the suit), he gets sent to the doghouse... while the dog runs wild through the lab, wrecking it.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Headband", Sokka snaps this at Aang after pretending to be his dad when Aang suggests throwing a dance party for the kids at the Fire Nation school.
  • Rugrats: After Angelica destroys her dad's study and fax machine, Drew finally actually tells her "You're gonna stay in your room and think about what you've done!" He then goes downstairs musing, "Well, I did it. I actually did it! I disciplined Angelica."
  • The main theme of an entire episode of Arthur, "Go to Your Room, D.W.!", which was also adapted as a book. D.W. is sent to her room after she pinches Baby Kate. The trope is played perfectly straight as D.W. considering it a horrid punishment, moping about being treated like a slave and trying to slip out of her room approximately every few seconds, getting sent back each time. For added entertainment, D.W.'s room also happens to be Kate's room - that's where she has her crib. So when Mom needs a break she ends up sending Kate to the room too, asking D.W. to look after her sister. This results in D.W.'s muttering about being asked to babysit the enemy, but also leads to the happy resolution of the story.
  • In King of the Hill, this is the standard punishment Hank gives to Bobby. When the Souphanousinphones move in next door, Hank finds nothing in common with his Laotian neighbor, until the two get angry at their kids and scream "go to your room" at the same time, and they realize they're Not So Different.
  • Happens in the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Little Muriel", where Muriel is de-aged into a bratty three-year-old. After Courage finally has enough, he shouts, "That does it! Go to your room!" (made even funnier that the farmhouse is completely in shambles from the tornado that caused all this) which makes Muriel cry, "I don't wanna go to my room!" and throw a temper tantrum. Courage immediately feels guilty about this and tries to calm her down.
  • When WordGirl is "mega-grounded," she gets sent to her room, but in a subversion of the usual way of the trope, it's been stripped of her favorite toys, games, or anything else that would make it not a punishment.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • This is said by Ludo to Buff Frog in the episode "Mewnipendence Day" after the latter is sabotaged by Toffee into failing a seemingly idiot-proof plan to steal Star's Magic Wand.
    • In "Puddle Defender", after a squabble between Queen Moon and Buff Frog, they come to the conclusion that both are parents and care for their kids — and thus Buff Frog changes his mind about letting Star escape behind Moon's back. Caught in the act of trying to sneak away, Star is then sent to her room — by both Queen Moon and Buff Frog.
  • South Park: Cartman is sent to his room near the end of "Coon 2: Hindsight" after being grounded by Liane for beating up his friends and treating them unfairly.
  • A railway variant in Thomas the Tank Engine; Sir Topham Hatt would often send engines to their sheds whenever they misbehaved and/or caused confusion and delay. Some examples include in the beginning of "Troublesome Trucks / Foolish Freight Cars" where James had been in the sheds after making a leak on one of his coaches, and in "Trouble in the Shed" when Gordon, Henry, and James were shut up in the sheds for a couple of days for their harassment of Edward and their vehement protests that "tender engines don't shunt".
  • In the DuckTales (2017) episode "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck", we're told that Scrooge rebuilt the eponymous castle for his parents after he became rich. So when, during a blazing row with his father, he's told to go to his room, his response is "I never lived here!" Fergus retorts that he can pick the one that's furthest away and go there.


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Steven Universe

White Diamond is NOT happy.

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