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A common trope in tension-inducing scenes is the classic Axe Before Entering, where a character breaks down a door with a weapon, usually an axe, in order to get to the victim cowering behind. Then came its Trope Codifier, The Shining, known for one of its most iconic scenes where a crazed Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, hacks apart the bathroom door with an axe, behind which his wife hides.

The Shining came out in 1980, but the trope's roots are Older Than They Think. The scene itself is a Shout-Out to one from the 1921 silent film The Phantom Carriage, where the main character does the same to get at his family, while Jack's catchphrase (which wasn't even in the script) is actually one to Ed McMahon, the announcer of television Long Runner The Tonight Show who would introduce host Johnny Carson with a very drawn-out "Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" since the very first episode in 1962. While the catchphrase was very famous in television history at the time, it wasn't until The Shining that the public conscience forever associated it with the Ax-Crazy Jack Torrance, followed by many future works referencing or spoofing his famous scene to the point of becoming a Stock Parody in its own right.

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Most homages consist of a character reenacting the scene by breaking down a door, wall, or some other barrier, or/after which they peek from behind the door or hole, and say Jack Torrance's iconic line or some variation of "Here's <Proper Noun> —y/ie!", usually with a Slasher Smile.

Here is a compilation with a lot of examples.


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    Advertising 
  • A commercial for Mountain Dew Zero Sugar not only replicates the famous line and shot, but also other parts of The Shining as well.

    Anime & Manga 
"Oh, Polnareff, here comes Alessi!"
  • Princess Resurrection: Chapter 48 somewhat does this. A house similar to Hime's suddenly appears and the protagonists venture inside. It looks similar save for a photo of people at a party raising their glasses, among which is Hime's sister. Sawawa, Hiro's older sister, suddenly appears, apparently mind controlled, and attacks the group with an ax forcing them to flee and lock themselves into a room. As they try to make sense of things during the brief respite, Sawawa hacks her way into the room. She peers through the hole she made but doesn't say the line.
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    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Finding Nemo: When Bruce the Great White Shark goes into a feeding frenzy and chases after Dory and Marlin, Dory and Marlin find themselves seemingly trapped within a locked off corridor in the submarine wreck. Shortly after they do find an escape, Bruce nearly breaks through the metal door, saying, "Here's Brucie!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Child's Play: During the climax of Seed of Chucky, Chucky hacks through the door of Jennifer Tilly's hospital room, smirks for a few seconds, then says, "I can't think of a thing to say!"
  • It: Chapter Two: When Pennywise traps Beverly in a flooding bathroom stall, he shifts through various disguises to further torment her, eventually turning into a young Henry Bowers and shouting the iconic line.
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little: Lori's being attacked on the other side of a locked door, so Wallace grabs a conveniently placed croquet mallet and busts a hole through the door. Since Wallace is also an overacting goober who thinks this entire scenario is just a game, he makes sure to shout "Heeeeere's Johnny!" as soon as the hole is big enough to look through.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Comic Relief spoof horror movie in 1989 had a comedy-hating critic threatened by horror versions of various comedy acts, including Karl Howman hacking down his door as his Brush Strokes character while saying "Here's Jacko!" Closely followed by Howard Lew Lewis adding "An' here's Elmo too!"
  • Community: Pierce helps Shirley prepare for a presentation in front of her marketing class, giving her several ideas of how to sell her product. Part of her presentation includes her pulling her hair back from her forehead and stating, "Heeeere's brownies!"
  • In the Jessie episode "The Whining", when Jessie catches the kids skipping their curfew at a party, she bashes her head through the door and yells, "Heeeeeeere's Jessie!"
  • One MythBusters episode had an intro, filmed as a Silent Movie, in which an Ax-Crazy Jamie is hunting down Tory, and included a "Here's Jamie!"
  • When Jack rehearses for a televised cooking demonstration in Three's Company, Larry jumps up at the first opportunity and says "And now, hereeeee's Jacky!", adding I Always Wanted to Say That.
  • Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps: In "When Janet Killed Johnny", Johnny sneaks up on Janet and scares with the classic line.

    Theatre 
  • Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier: The Genie Speaks in Shout-Outs and this is his first line, so Ja'far (who doesn't know what movies are) thinks his name is Johnny and introduces him as such. Then the Genie says "I'm Turboman!", and Ja'far corrects himself. Then the Genie says "I'm Batman." and Ja'far gives up.

    Video Games 
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift: In Hazama's "Help Me, Prof. Kokonoe!" section, when he enters Kokonoe's lab, he announces it by shouting "Heeeeeeere's Terumi!"
  • Fate/Grand Order does it during the horror-themed Chaldea Thriller Night summer event, where Columbus breaks through a door with his beard.
  • One part of LEGO City Undercover has Chase going undercover at the fire department as Pete Peterson. During training, his instructor has him chop down a door with the provided ax. After he does so, the instructor says "Here's Petey!"
  • One of Johnny Cage's fatalities in Mortal Kombat X is precisely a homage to this scene, ripping a wide hole in his opponent's chest with his bare hands, then peeking through it and saying Jack's iconic line.
  • In the Roblox game Mansion, Zach Nolan uses an axe to tear down the door to the room where his dinner guests are hiding while yelling "HERE'S ZACHY!!!"
  • The What If? mode for Spider-Man has Scorpion saying "Here's Johnny!" after he breaks down a door and jumps through it.

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends: In the episode Aw Shucks!, Lumpy the moose tries to get a crow out of his house, and the crow eventually seeks refuge in his bathroom. Cue Lumpy (with ax in hand) breaking through the door, complete with a Simlish "Heeerrrreee's Lumpy!", pictured above.

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    Web Videos 
  • In H.Bomberguy's Climate Change Denial video, after Ben Shapiro suggests people affected by rising sea levels can just sell their homes and move, a frustrated Hbomb smashes through the set wall Here's-Johnny-style with an axe to yell at him.
    H.Bomberguy: Just one small problem... SELL THEIR HOUSES TO WHO, BEN?! FUCKING AQUAMAN?!
  • Honest Trailers: The Honest Trailer for The Shining points out how many times the famous "Here's Johnny!" scene has been copied and parodied already, to the point it's not even scary anymore.
  • Man at Arms: The Keyblade episode concludes with blacksmith Tony Swatton breaking through a door with the newly forged weapon and yelling "HERE'S TONY!"
  • The Nostalgia Critic: During his review of the miniseries adaptation of the source material, he gets increasingly bored before finally snapping and trying to kill Rachel. Fortunately, his only weapon is a rubber mallet, so after an embarrassingly futile attempt to break down the door between them, he gives up and asks for Rachel to let him in.

    Western Animation 
  • Fairly OddParents: In "Homewrecker", there's a scene of Vicky cutting a hole through a door with an axe and saying "Here's Vicky!"
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum: In "Digital Pet Cemetary", Yo asks the boys to take care of her digital cat Scampers. After he is accidently killed and resurrected as a zombie (several times), he starts attacking the three. When they try hiding in a room, Scampers breaks through, peers in, and says "Here's Scampers!" Of note is that this line is subtitled since his voice is only electronic meowing.
  • Johnny Bravo:
    • In one episode, the titular character quotes the line verbatim when entering a bar.
    • In another, a talking bear emerges from the bushes while shouting "Here's Johnny". This confuses Johnny, who points out that his name is Johnny.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In "Tuckered Out", at one point Jenny busts through a door, upon which Tuck says "Here's Jenny!",
  • In the Samurai Jack episode, Aku's Fairy Tales, Aku retells the story of The Three Little Pigs, replacing the Big Bad Wolf with Jack. Jack uses his sword to slice through the door and says, "Here's Jacky!"
  • Parodied several times in The Simpsons.
    • In the episode Treehouse of Horror V, which had one of these in "The Shinning":
      [Homer chops through a door with an axe]
      Homer: Heeeere's Johnny! [the camera pulls back to reveal an empty room] D'oh!
      [Homer chops through a second door]
      Homer: Daaaaavid Letterman! [the camera pulls back to reveal Grandpa standing at the door]
      Abe: Hi David, I'm Grampa!
      Homer: D'oh!
      [Homer chops through a third door]
      Homer: [holding a ticking stopwatch] I'm Mike Wallace, I'm Morley Safer, and I'm Ed Bradley. All this and Andy Rooney tonight on 60 Minutes!
      Family: Aaaaah! [they get up and start running]
    • In "Mypods and Boomsticks", Homer has a dream in which he's flying on a magic carpet, and has a lamp that contains the Genie from Aladdin. Like in said movie, he does a series of impersonations, including a Jack Nicholson impersonation where he shouts "Here's Genie!".
    • "Blazed and Confused": When Jack Lassen sees the insult Bart wrote on the chalkboard, he punches the board hard enough to knock a hole in the wall between his class and Lisa's. Afterwards, Millhouse peeks through the hole and shouts "Here's Millie!"

 
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