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"Hi! You're going to call off your rigorous investigation. You're going to publicly state that there is no underground group. Or we are going to take your balls. Look. The people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. [pause] Do not fuck with us."
Tyler Durden, Fight Club

When a malicious group is investigated and busted, a member brags about how the group is everywhere. The group member will further claim that their movement is growing, and will rule supreme someday, leaving the heroes concerned that there will be more trouble in the future.

The most common associations are with right-wing militia movements, which became a trope of their own following the militia scare in the media after the Oklahoma City bombing.

Note also that the same claim may be made by the heroes when they are the resistance to a despotic regime. Naturally, the message is inverted this way.

Contrast Red Scare and Yellow Peril. The Syndicate is very fond of this line, as is The Conspiracy and the Alien Invasion. People involved with the Masquerade generally don't brag about it (unless it's between members), but might make an exception if they're dying anyway. You Cannot Kill An Idea is the version of this trope that is used by freedom fighters instead of terrorists.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Reasonably early on in 20th Century Boys, Kenji learns that the cult lead by mysterious Big Bad Friend has members in high places, making his fight against them harder.
  • Baki the Grappler, possibly inspired by Fight Club, pulls a similar stunt after a guy in a fighting club gets killed. The waiter, the police, the owner of the amusement park, all of them are part of the club.
  • In Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, it's shown that the world-ending madness of Ultimate Despair got as powerful as it did due to extremely potent mind control affecting anyone who catches a glimpse of it. Among these ranks are members of the Future Foundation attempting to sabotage it from the inside; this includes the hospitable teacher Chisa Yukizome. The trope has gotten so prevalent by the time of Side: Future that Munakata is willing to kill anyone who even shows signs of being part of the group.
  • Shown rather than said, but the Dollars in Durarara!! definitely count. When Mikado Ryugame is in a tense stand-off with Namie Yagiri, she threatens him and claims to be powerful enough to squash him like a bug. He replies that if she won't listen to reason, he'll rely on numbers. He pushes a button on his cellphone, and suddenly the cell phones of everybody in the vicinity start ringing. The look of horror on the faces of Namie and her bodyguards is priceless as the formerly faceless masses are all revealed to be members of the enigmatic Dollars, including several important characters.
  • Early in Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki and Ryoko tell Kyon that their fellow interfaces have long infiltrated the school, and that many of them are like Ryoko. Later, Koizumi tells Kyon that other members from the Organization are everywhere, and are in high places, like the president of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council.

    Comic Books 
  • A version appears in Batman Inc. when Bruce Wayne explains that criminals will never have to wonder where Batman is... because Batman is everywhere. This is as a group of Bat-bots foil an attack by some criminals on the locale where he's making the announcement to a reporter. (He knew that the attack was coming.)
  • Marvel Universe:
    • More than once, the Skrulls have used this with the idea there are scores of them disguised around Earth and ready to attack. The best example would be Secret Invasion.
    • This is the schtick of the Scourge of the Underworld. Initially appearing to be one lone Master of Disguise who just always seemed to be in the right place at the right time (like when a supervillain randomly lurches into a cab after getting his jet shot down), it eventually turns out that there's a whole bunch of them, watching over each other in case one gets caught.
    • At the end of New Avengers (2015), the Maker claims his organization, W.H.I.S.P.E.R., will continue on without him, and their "true" plan boggles even his mind. Given W.H.I.S.P.E.R. had just been nuked into oblivion it looked like he was just spewing hot air... until Wasp (2023).
  • Preacher:
    • The Grail has been secretly running the world for centuries and responsible for scores of wars and other events as part of their plan for ultimate control. This includes how their agents are pretty much ingrained in the upper levels of power.
    • Starr calls the President of the United States, demanding he drop a nuke in the desert, threatening his family.
      Starr: Yes, of course I know your daughter has agents around her at all times. Who do you think is going to be doing the shooting?
    • This is played with later, when Starr orders all Grail agents to be used in a grand final attack on Jesse. He's stunned when barely twenty men show up. An aide informs him that many of their deep cover agents like being in positions of wealth and power and aren't ready to give that up to follow Starr's frankly insane plans.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: When they reemerge on the galactic stage during the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event, Crimson Dawn quickly establish that they have moles in seemingly every other crime syndicate in existence, and even the Empire and the Rebellion.

    Fan Works 
  • A Man of Iron: In the second book, A Crack of Thunder, Fury explains to Tony's group the full extent of the Council's influence, stating that they have at least one agent in every castle, city, town and village in both Westeros and Essos, each of whom is encouraged to then build up their own independent network of informants. This enables them to keep tabs on and influence virtually everything of importance.
  • The Pirate's Soldier: During the battle in the second repository, Kagato reveals that not only his faction has spies within the Juraian Empire, but also a few on Planet Earth, meaning that he's been aware of Heero's existence for quite a while.
  • In the Infinity Crisis spin-off Salvation Run, Talos and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aid Team Arrow in fighting some Skrulls who infiltrated Earth-1. As he dies, their leader Paibok tells Talos "you're too late. Do you think this is the only reality we're in?" Talos tells Phil Coulson it was actually standard procedure for a Skrull agent to make it sound like there were scores of Skrulls on a world when there were none and let the populace's own paranoia tear them apart for the Skrulls to invade. Sadly, tie-in stories reveal that Paibok wasn't bluffing and that Skrulls have, in fact, been secretly infiltrating other realities.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • No explicit brag, but this is the implied threat of the Real Animal League in Blooded. The dossier that the group prepared on each of their targets contains a disturbing amount of personal information, including a copy of Liv's ultrasound, indicating that she is pregnant: a fact that only she knew. She had not even told the father yet.
  • The main plot of Captain America: The Winter Soldier centers around the revelation that from the moment of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s inception, Hydra had infiltrated the organization, and now at least half of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Hydra, along with several highly placed people, including Senator Stern from Iron Man 2. S.H.I.E.L.D. is so heavily compromised that Captain America decides to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to take down Hydra. Unfortunately, The Stinger shows that while S.H.I.E.L.D. is effectively part of Hydra, it is not all of Hydra.
  • The Night Slasher's speech at the end of Cobra follows this trope to the letter, but it's more of a crazed final rant than an accurate estimate of his following.
  • In the trailers at least, the Big Bad of Eagle Eye claims this. It's both true and false. The Big Bad is a supercomputer that really is everywhere; at least, everywhere with a networked computer. The "We" part isn't technically true; it has assumed itself to be "We the people" from the Constitution. It does more or less have people everywhere though, since it threatens anybody it wants to into doing exactly what it says to do.
  • Fight Club provides the page quote. Especially noteworthy because it's delivered to the man charged with taking the underground movement down at his own reception.
  • End of Days: The leader of the Satanic cult contacted by Satan claims that "Our acts go unnoticed, unquestioned. We're everywhere." Jericho gets a nasty surprise when his Friend on the Force turns out to be one of them. Whether they're all Satanic cultists or simply people who Satan can control because they are evil is not entirely clear — he's seen deterring a policeman from stopping him because he knows that the policeman is a pedophile. Towards the end of the movie, Satan apparently influences a crowd to attack Jericho en masse.
  • Forced Vengeance: Josh goes on the run in Hong Kong but keeps getting attacked out of nowhere by various Triad goons, providing an excuse for many martial arts scenes. He finally finds a place to hide only to get called on the phone there by the Big Bad.
    Ramandi: By now, you know that my network is inescapable.
  • At the end of Infiltrator, a neo-Nazi attempts to assassinate Oliver Platt's character, Yaron Svoray, and boasts to Svoray that "I am one of millions". Svoray has a great response, though: "So am I."
  • The pod people in any version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers randomly land in a given area, and by the time someone figures out what's happening, they have assumed positions of authority at nearly every level, from street bums to cab drivers, police officers, doctors, phone operators, civic officials, everywhere. Of course, the pods in authority are able to get more people converted, so their numbers just keep growing, and growing, and growing...
  • James Bond:
    • In Live and Let Die, Dr. Kananga leads a massive network in New York City, New Orleans, and the fictional island of San Monique, with operatives watching Bond's movements everywhere.
    • Quantum of Solace:
      • Mr. White gets captured by Bond in light of Vesper Lynd's death, and is interrogated by Bond and M for information:
        Mr. White: [laughing] You really don't know anything about us. It's so amusing because... we are on the other side thinking "Oh, the MI6, the CIA, they're looking over our shoulders, they're listening to our conversations", and the truth is you don't even know we exist.
        M: Well, we do now, Mr. White, and we're quick learners.
        Mr. White: Oh, really? Well, then, the first thing you should know about us... [Beat] is that we have people everywhere. [turns to Craig Mitchell, M's bodyguard] Am I right? [Craig promptly kills the other MI6 agent in the room and opens fire on M and Bond]
      • M is furious about this:
        M: When someone says "We've got people everywhere", you expect it to be hyperbole! Lots of people say that. Florists use that expression. It doesn't mean that they've got somebody working for them inside the bloody room!
    • In Spectre, Mr. White's "We have people everywhere" line ironically forces him to hide from his bosses in SPECTRE after he became increasingly disgruntled in the direction Quantum and SPECTRE were heading towards, namely into human trafficking and sexual slavery.
  • The Matrix: Agents are able to be everywhere by taking control of any muggles any time they wish, which makes them nigh impossible to escape and forces the Heroes into the ethical grey area of having to murder people before they are possessed. The first movie includes a training simulation where Neo is distracted by a woman in a red dress only to turn around and discover an agent has since materialized in front of him, to teach Neo to beware that an Agent can be anywhere at any time.

  • Animorphs:
    • This trope is the very premise of the series, with the main characters fighting an Alien Invasion of Puppeteer Parasites. A major world leader is even mentioned to be one of these "controllers". It's not revealed who, but it's either the president of the U.S.A., the leader of China, the president of Russia, or the leader of a handful of other large powers. It is later revealed that the U.S. president is not a controller, at least.
    • Interestingly, the main characters also convince their enemies that this is the case with them as well (their powers are ideal for infiltration, sabotage and subterfuge).
  • Area 51: The Airlia have agents placed in governments throughout the worlds (such as within the CIA) to influence events favorably or gain intelligence. Many attempts to stop them are thwarted this way, and this has been the case long into the past (they are mentioned as being inside the Inquisition, Nazi Party, etc.). It helps that they have hybrid agents who can pass for humans and control the minds of others.
  • Kenzie and Gennaro Series: In the book Moonlight Mile, Private Detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro discover that the case they're looking into is connected to The Mafiya, who have taken note of their involvement and who they are. The detectives try to limit who the Russians can use as a Friendly Target by having their young daughter leave Boston and go down to Savannah to visit family, guarded by Patrick's friend Bubba, a highly lethal and very ruthless retired Marine turned black market operator. Yefim, The Dragon for that section of the Russian Mob, seems more amused than anything else by their efforts when he tells them how little good the move will do, because not only does he know about the whole plan, they can get to people just as easily in Savannah as in Boston.
    Yefim: You don't think we watch you? You don't think we have friends in Savannah? We have friends everywhere, guy. And yeah, you got that big crazy Polack protecting your little girl so we lose a couple of guys taking them out. But that's okay — we get more guys.
  • In The Lottery in Babylon by Jorge Luis Borges, the Company is continually trying to introduce chaos at Babylon, and everyone knows that they have infiltrated all the city. Given the Company's goal, it is a true Nebulous Evil Organisation — not only could anyone be working for them, those who aren't working for them are Properly Paranoid about being manipulated into being their Unwitting Pawns.
  • Victoria: This is the whole point of the "leaderless resistance" that John Rumford organizes early in the revolution, with the Christian Marines as its solid core. Not only the organized members but also countless associates and copycats are encouraged to act on their own, where the system least expects it. By the time secession draws nigh, the Christian Marines have infiltrated the whole police and military apparatus so deeply that they can sabotage the entire state police in a matter of days — and when Governor Fullarbottom tries to hit back, he finds himself handed over to Rumford's men by his own bodyguard.
  • We Are Everywhere is the title of a 2003 collection of essays about the global justice movement (better known, including by many of the participants as the "anti-globalization" movement). The title is occasionally referenced by the people in the book, some of which note the irony of calling your movement "anti-globalization" and having "We Are Everywhere" as your motto.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Andor features a heroic version of this, in form the early La Résistance against The Empire. Years before the Rebel Alliance is officially founded, the people that would form it are simply individuals with anti-Empire politics and acts of insurrection are committed by scattered, isolated rebel cells. As the manifesto states, however, while the Rebel Alliance as a coordinated organization does not yet exist, resistance against the Empire is everywhere:
    "Random acts of insurrection are occurring constantly throughout the Galaxy. There are whole armies, battalions that have no idea that they've already enlisted in the cause. Remember that the frontier of the Rebellion is everywhere, and even the smallest act of insurrection pushes our lines forward."
  • Babylon 5:
    • In "Chrysalis", Garibaldi getting shot in the back while trying to arrest a terrorist is a veiled example.
    • When Garibaldi interrogates The Mole who shot him in "Revelations", he is met with arrogant self-assurance: "There's a new order coming back home, Garibaldi. You can either be part of it, or you can be stepped on. A winner or a loser. I'm with the side that's gonna win." The prisoner's confidence is borne out when friends in high places arrange his disappearance on his way back to Earth for trial.
    • In "Comes the Inquisitor", Sebastian, a human agent of the Vorlons, says this on their behalf. Captain Sheridan is quite surprised to find a human working for the Vorlons, since as far as he knows, the only Vorlon interaction with humanity has been to send a single ambassador to the Babylon 5 space station. Imagine his shock when Sebastian confirms that not only have the Vorlons been to Earth, but they abducted him from it... more than three and a half centuries earlier.
      Sebastian: Yes, the Vorlons have been to Earth. The Vorlons have been everywhere. The Vorlons are.
    • The slogan "We're everywhere... for your convenience" in the Psi Corps commercial carries a definite overtone of this.
  • A satisfying subversion (as well as a rare case of this trope being defied) occurs in the CSI: Miami episode "Pirated", when the white supremacist militia leader threatens how his movement is everywhere and growing. The detectives, particularly Delko, respond that they are investigating every connection he has (as would normally happen nowadays when a suspected terrorist group is detected) and expect a wave of arrests of his cronies in short order, which we see happening in a flurry of images as the police swoop in to bust the terrorists. The militia leader is left stunned to hear that his organization is being smashed so quickly.
  • In CSI: NY's "Green Piece," an eco-terrorist group's leader is arrested for a fatal bombing. He brags to Mac that he has plenty of members out there who will continue to get their message out as long as people keep selfishly destroying the planet. Mac turns it on him, saying he has plenty of people working for him, too - good people who will hunt them down for as long as it takes to put them all away.
  • Elementary:
    • A thinly disguised version of Anonymous, a Hacker Collective called Everyone, is a recurring group of characters. The episode in which they first appear is named "We Are Everyone".
    • In the episode "Command: Delete", Sherlock reluctantly turns to his NSA contact for help taking down Reichenbach's vigilante group. At the end of the episode, he asks if the agent was always working for Reichenbach, or if Sherlock himself inadvertently got them together.
  • The Following has Carroll's cult (the titular following), which is made up of completely ordinary people from all walks of life, meaning anyone could be part of it. A captured cult member gives a speech about it (including paraphrasing the trope name) in episode 8 before taking a Cyanide Pill sown into his thumb. Hardy and Mike are largely unimpressed with his speech, pointing out that he's paraphrasing Ted Bundy (see below) — quite badly, too.
  • Helix: During the season finale Time Skip, Alan is seen torturing a member of the group of immortals controlling the Ilaria Corporation, who says that Alan can't win, because "Ilaria is everywhere".
  • Law & Order:
    • In the episode "Charm City", a white supremacist convicted of planting a poison gas bomb on a subway car angrily hisses that "My country is growing, yours is shrinking!" as the credits roll.
    • In another episode, an ADA actually uses this ploy against a defendant who is paranoid about a Happyology-istic cult.
  • In Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, there is often a variant in which a pedophile reminds Our Hero that pedophiles are everywhere, particularly on the internet. The episodes "Chat Room" and "Pandora" use this technique.
  • Law & Order: UK features a Neo-Nazi suspected of killing a Jewish man with a letter bomb make a speech like this to which DS Ronnie Brooks gives a truly great response:
    "Let us know when you're coming, and we'll bung on a cup of tea for you."
  • In the MacGyver (1985) episode "The Ten Percent Solution", MacGyver uncovers a massive Neo-Nazi conspiracy that has infiltrated a sizeable portion of America.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Tying in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Hydra had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. almost to the highest levels, to the point that Coulson and his team don't know who to trust. Even one of their own, Ward, turns out to be The Mole.
    • Daredevil (2015): In season 1, Wilson Fisk has numerous cops on his payroll, to the point that Brett Mahoney is the only cop that Nelson & Murdock know at the 15th Precinct to not be crooked. In season 3, it's shown he has the FBI in his pocket as well. He can even tap into security cameras all over the city to spy on his enemies and allies from house arrest without anyone being none the wiser.
    • Jessica Jones (2015): Kilgrave can command anyone to do anything he orders them to do for a twelve-hour period. In other words, he can make anyone his Manchurian Agent with a few words, essentially allowing him to be anywhere he wants at any time. This is milked for all the Paranoia Fuel that it's worth, with Jessica constantly being on the defensive around friends, potential clients, and total strangers on the off chance that any one of them could be controlled by Kilgrave at any moment.
    • Iron Fist (2017): The Hand has managed to worm their way into nearly every part of New York's infrastructure — hospitals, the NYPD, the mayor's office and even Rand Enterprises. With the latter, they have been with them for years ever since Harold Meachum pledged himself to them. And as Danny finds out, not even his girlfriend's dojo is safe since Colleen is with them (until she sees Bakuto's true colors) and training new members and operatives for the Hand.
    • Moon Knight (2022): After narrowly escaping Arthur Harrow's cult in the Alps, Steven tries to have a normal day at work. Unfortunately, he finds that not only is Arthur in his museum, but the security guards and even some of the visitors are also in on the cult.
  • Sleepy Hollow: One of the Hessians claims this while being interrogated by Abbie, Jenny, and Ichabod. He adds that even he doesn't know how many of them there are.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: A variation in the same vein as this trope occurs in "The Adversary" when a defeated changeling who has been sneaking around the ship trying to sabotage it tells Odo that the Changelings are everywhere. Subverted in "Paradise Lost" when a Changeling informs Captain Sisko that there are only four Changelings operating on Earth, and that they find the Federation's fear of being infiltrated more effective than actually doing it.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Conspiracy" features a paranoid captain warning Picard of "strange happenings" with Starfleet Command. It turns out to be caused by a race of Puppeteer Parasites that have already infiltrated every level of Starfleet's upper echelons and is spreading out through the most prominent captains to be able to spread even further. Picard and Riker end up blasting what looks like a Hive Queen, spend the last five minutes of the show wondering how bad things have become... and then the entire situation is never brought up again.
  • Trying to keep this from happening — and then dealing with it when it does get out of hand — drives most of the plot for Threshold, in which the aliens seek to conquer Earth by mutating us into them.
  • In Torchwood: Miracle Day, the shadowy Ancient Conspiracy apparently behind the Miracle claim that "we are everywhere, we are always". Considering that they constantly thwart the heroes' plans, usually with suicide bombers, it shows that their reach is worldwide. Hell, one of their people is working directly for a senior CIA official and kills him with a bomb when he's onto her. What's amazing is that they've managed to grow from three groups of street thugs to this in under a century.

  • The anti-globalization song, well, "We Are Everywhere".
  • According to Mojo Nixon, "Elvis is everywhere, man! Elvis is everywhere!"

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Allysin Kay made the boast after Ivelisse Vélez was booted out of Valkyrie as punishment for causing Radiant Rain's retirement and Velez was beat over the head by Serena Deeb, who proved to be The Mole in SHINE Wrestling. Officially, Valkyrie never had more than five members at any given time prior to SoCal Val's merger. They had accidentally revealed ties to a sixth but have continually denied connection to "Sweet" Saraya, even after said merger. Kay herself missed that Tessa Blanchard was a Valkyrie member.
  • The nWo in WCW. At their height of popularity, one of the "good guys" from WCW was giving in and joining the nWo on a weekly basis. They took over the company and anyone not in the nWo or fighting against the nWo rarely got any TV time. They took this trope so far that it actually helped destroy the company in real life as people stopped watching when it became clear the nWo was all but invincible and any illusion of competition was shattered.
  • Ring of Honor used this trope as part of its "Project 161" storyline, in a fashion fairly similar to the Fight Club example. Posts on the official ROH message board, the occasional hack, interruptions in DVDs with the 161 logo as well as the lowering of the harness to hang Jay Briscoe at the Age of the Fall's debut leads one to believe that message board members, a computer programmer, someone who worked on the DVDs in the final stage and someone dealing with the running of the show were all involved.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The devotees of the assorted horrors in CthulhuTech are everywhere, even being the majority of employees of one of the biggest Mega-Corporations in the setting. The reason why the New Earth Government Intelligence apparatus goes to the extremes it does in order to sniff out infiltrators is because it must.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Inquisition (who are humanity's unfettered "heroes") and the Alpha Legion (for whom it's a long story) both tend to make this claim, and they're more than likely telling the truth. The Deceiver and its agents would also have grounds to say this truthfully, if they deigned to talk to anyone at all outside of their cover identities.
    • Thanks to the warp, Demons are literally everywhere.
    • Also, although they can't really make claim of it, Tyranids use Genestealers to infest the population of a target world, slowly infiltrating important positions. They literally have people everywhere.

    Video Games 
  • Mass Effect has Cerberus, the shadowy pro-human organisation with apparently bottomless funds and influence at every level of the Alliance. Rogue operatives tend not to live long, especially if they get picked up by the Alliance.
  • At the end of Metal Gear Solid 4, with the Patriots seemingly all dead and their A.I. system destroyed, Drebin tells Otacon that he believes the world is not truly free from the influence of the Patriots. To prove this, he writes the name of Meryl's unit (Rat Patrol 01) in the sand and makes the letters rearrange into PATR10T. It's actually a bit of odd Fridge Logic in that the letters don't actually form an anagram at all unless patrol is shortened to "PT" as Drebin does. PT isn't an accepted shortening of the world "patrol". Also, the fact that a Patriot-sponsored unit like Rat Patrol 01 would hide the name of the organization doesn't prove Drebin's point that the Patriots are still controlling things.
  • Pokémon Black and White: Ghetsis gets Clay to release the captured Team Plasma members by effectively warning him of this.
  • This is the intent of EXALT in XCOM: Enemy Unknown: their agents are generally depicted wearing body armor over casual clothing, with masks obscuring their faces, implying that they clocked out of work, picked up their gear, and started their subversive activities. Since they can attack anywhere in the world, there's definitely some merit to the idea of them being everywhere. Actions against the organization require you mirror their tactics, deploying your own agents in civilian clothes to make it appear that XCOM is everywhere.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the shape-shifting Skrulls are working on taking over Earth. By the time of "Infiltration", everything is starting to come to a head.
    Hawkeye: Who else? Who else is a Skrull?
    Skrull: We are everywhere. You will see.
  • The Batman: The Everywhere Man drops the trope name in his self-titled episode, at the same time as all his copies all over the building.
  • In one episode of Kid vs. Kat, an evil alien hamster warns Kat before making his getaway that his kind are everywhere.
  • The Legend of Korra: Zaheer may be defeated, but he reminds everyone that the Red Lotus revolution has only begun, before Bolin shuts him up. However, the heroes can't deny what he said was true, knowing that the Red Lotus are everywhere in the world. The worst part is, there's no way of knowing where they are and when they'll come up again.
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, Homer is watching a movie in which a biker, when arrested, says "You can put me away, but you'll never defeat the Cobras!" Homer later says this exact line to Chief Wiggum, despite the fact that his gang has a different name.
  • South Park: The main subplot of "Asspen" is the adults of South Park being swindled with an offer for a free stay in a five-star Aspen resort if they go to a time shares exposition. After multiple attempts to leave the exposition that go literally nowhere (even getting on a trolley to go up the mountain just dumps them in another room with the same people at the very top), they get angry, say that they don't want the time shares, and call the police because they feel that this insistence is an abuse. It turns out that the Aspen chief of police is part of the time shares company personnel... as is the governor... and the judge... and the President of the United States. One of the time shares men then simply says that there's no way that the adults are going to be let go until the exposition is over, and to sit down. They comply, and in the final scene they say that they've purchased the shares (under some undetermined additional threatening).

    Real Life 
  • Pretty much every terrorist group (i.e., al-Qaeda and ISIS) have used this.
  • This is unfortunately, a Truth in Television, as we can see with this newspaper.
  • A real-life (well, as real as the internet community can be considered) example is Anonymous, their mantra being: "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us." Anonymous's influence has been seen in many places such as their protest attacks against the Church of Scientology.
    • Anonymous has used the quote from Fight Club in some of their copypasta. Well, the bits about "we cook your food etc. DO NOT FUCK WITH US", anyway.
    • In late July 2010, the Tea Party tried to use Anonymous' slogan for their own ends. Anonymous responded...rather sharply.
  • Scientology falls under this as well. The members have a tendency to take jobs that would allow them to spy on any enemies of the cult. One notable example being the IRS.
  • Russian partisan girl Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, caught by Nazis and cruelly tortured before execution, said from under the gallows:
    There are millions of Russians. You cannot hang us all.
  • Ted Bundy apparently once stated, "We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere! And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow!"
  • This is a popular saying among anarchists, as put to music by David Rovics.
  • The Stasi had one officer per every 166 citizens of East Germany. And that is only counting the official, full-time employees - if the so-called "inofficial employees" are taken into account, that number rises to about one officer per every 7 citizens by some estimates.


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