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"Who are you?
Who, who, who, who
I really wanna know..."
The Who, "Who Are You"

The Hero has burst into the scene, has saved the girl, and is holding the villain at sword/gun-point. The villain (or maybe some other bystander), bewildered, demands "Who are you?" The hero usually responds with a Badass Boast, although a big monologue is not necessary. Sufficiently awesome heroes can get away with just their name, which is especially effective if it's the first time the audience is hearing it, or the first time the character has referred to himself by that name. A common subversion is when the boast is interrupted. If the hero's actions are especially amazing, the villain may demand, "What Are You?" instead.

Precision F-Strike is sometimes employed when asking the question. Can also overlap with Who Dares?.

The Unknown Rival can expect to hear this many, many times.

Not to be confused with the ridiculously awesome song and album by The Who, or with the Korean Drama Who Are You?


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  • A Snickers candy bar featured a football player who had just had his bell rung on a play. In a variation on How Many Fingers?:
    Coach: Who am I?
    Player: You're the coach.
    Coach: Who are you?
    Player: (beat, then in deep voice) I'm Batman.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bleach, after Renji arrives in the nick of time to protect Rose from Mask de Masculine's attack, the latter asks him who he is. Renji responds by appealing to Mask's wrestler gimmick, aware that he thinks himself a "hero".
    Mask de Masculine: Turning aside my Star Flash... Who are you?!
    Renji: A villain.
  • In Full Metal Panic! when a Mook asks Sosuke who he is, he replies in a cool voice: "I'm the garbage man." This is a reference to his being assigned school garbage collection duty.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The resident Action Mom, Izumi, gives this response:
      Izumi: Normally, I'd say "just a housewife", but today, I feel like showing off: I'm an alchemist.
    • Her normal (utterly terrifying) response to 'what are you' was "a housewife." And it's true. She's Happily Married to a strong, silent-type meat butcher and is great with the local kids (though horrifyingly abusive toward her students)... and everything else in the series that isn't an Eldritch Abomination finds reason to fear her.
    • Tragically, she never will be an Action Mom. Or any other kind of mom. Except potentially adoptive, but she doesn't seem interested in that.
  • In Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos, any villain to receive a lecture by Rom Stoll will often demand to know who the hell Rom is, to which his reply would invariable be "YOU DON'T DESERVE TO KNOW MY NAME!" before Rom began kicking ass. This also extends to anyone in Super Robot Wars that got a lecture from Rom... even an Angel.
  • In the opening of Rurouni Kenshin Trust and Betrayal OVA, a mysterious swordsman saves Kenshin from being killed by bandits. Just before being killed, the last bandit asks the stranger who he is. The swordsman (who is later revealed to be Hiko Seijūrō), replies "You won't live long enough to remember my name."
  • Sailor Moon villains were fond of this one. The hero who got this the most was Tuxedo Mask.
  • Inverted or... something in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The hot-blooded heroes were rarely actually asked, but often answered their opponents preemptively and at great length, always ending with the series' Catchphrase / Arc Words, "JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE!?"

    Comic Books 
  • The first issue of All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder included this memetic exchange (which, for better or for worse, effectively set the tone for the series as a whole):
    Dick Grayson, Age 12: Who the hell are you anyway, giving out orders like this?
    Batman: What are you, dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I'm the Goddamn Batman.
  • In Supergirl story arc Red Daughter of Krypton, Kara Zor-El stops an out-of-control Red Lantern who is about to fry an innocent woman's mind.
    Supergirl: That's enough!
    Sheko: Who are you?
    Supergirl: My name is Kara. I am a Red Lantern, just like you.
    Sheko: ... Red... Lantern...?

    Fan Works 
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero has this exchange just after Kyon arrivies to save Tsuruya and her bodyguard from a dozen Yakuza:
    Yakuza Mook: You've bought yourself ten seconds, and a one-way ticket to a world of hurt, kid. Who the hell do you think you are?
    Kyon: Today, I'm a defender of justice, and that girl's guardian. Cliche though it may sound... from this point on if you want to get to her, or him, you go through me.
  • In chapter 29 of Superman fanfic Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, Katherine saves a woman from a rapist, and her rescuee asks who she is.
    Katherine: I will take you to a place of safety, to a police station. Give them this thing he was going to use on you. Tell them about him. If you don’t, he’ll only do this again when he recovers. Do you understand? Give me your word you’ll do this.
    Woman: I’ll, I’ll do it. Who are you? Are you an angel?
    Katherine: No.
    Woman: Then who are you?
    Katherine: Supergirl. Call me Supergirl.
  • From A Growing Affection:
    Ninja Reaper: It is over, ninja. Give me your name, that I may remember it.
    Naruto: My name is Naruto Uzumaki. And there's no way I'm going to die here. I'm going to be the next Hokage.
  • In Purple Days, Joff stops in the middle of a walk when the canon incident of a peasant throwing some dung at him happens. Instead of what everyone thinks will happen, Joff just walks to the smallfolk who did it and talks to him for a while, hearing how bad things are getting at Flea Bottom and giving him a coin to get some food. Then he stands and bellows out that it's the duty of the king to help the smallfolk when he's gotten them embroiled in war, so he's opening some of the Red Keep's stores to alleviate the famine, and likewise guilts the High Septon into doing the same with the larders of the Great Sept. An awed Tyrion, used to the madness of canon Joffrey, gapes at his nephew and asks the question. Joff calmly tells him he's Joffrey and no one else.

    Film — Animation 
  • Hoodwinked!! has a variant in the form of Red Puckett's reaction to seeing the Wolf impersonating Granny:
    Red Puckett: What? Who are you?
    The Wolf: I'm your grandma.
    Red Puckett: Your face looks really weird, granny.
    The Wolf: I've been sick, I... uh... [puts his hands over his chest]
    Red Puckett: Your mouth doesn't move when you talk.
  • Said by Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda when Po interrupts him while he's choking the life out of Master Shifu when he doesn't divulge the location of the Dragon Scroll.
    Tai Lung: Who are you?
    Po: Buddy, I... am the Dragon Warrior! [bows over, panting over from climbing the stairs]
    Tai Lung: [incredulous] You? [laughs] He's a panda! You're a panda! What are you gonna do, big guy? Sit on me?
    Po: Don't tempt me.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3: This is all a stunned Kai can say when Po becomes a true master of chi, turning the tide back against Kai, just as Kai was about to absorb him.
  • Rafiki does this with Simba in The Lion King in a non-evil variation.
    Simba: Creepy little monkey. Who are you?
    Rafiki: The question is, who are you?
    Simba: I thought I knew. Now, I'm not so sure.
  • Mulan: Mushu heads over to the fireworks area during the final battle, and is asked by the guards there, "Who are you?" He responds, "Your worst nightmare," and they flee.
    • Before then, during the scene where he and Cri-kee write a letter and give it to Chi-Fu to try to get Mulan and the rest of the warriors out of camp by disguising themselves as a messenger and using it as a puppet while riding on a panda. Chi-Fu becames rather skeptical of the strange soldier and his unusual-looking black-and-white bamboo-eating "steed."
      Mushu: Urgent news from the general. [beat] What's the matter? Never seen a black-and-white before?
      Chi-Fu: Who... are... you?
      Mushu: Excuse me? I think the question is who are you?! [smacks Chi-Fu in the face with the puppet's hand] We're in a war, man! There's no time for stupid questions! I should have your hat for this, snatch it right off your head! But I'm feeling gracious today so... carry on before I report you.
  • Yellow Submarine: When the Beatles confront the Boob, who hands them separate calling cards:
    John: And who in Billy Shears are you?
    Boob: Who? Ah... who indeed am I. [hands out cards to each of the boys, who reads them out loud]
    John: Jeremy?
    Paul: Hilary?
    George: "Boob"??
    Ringo: [on his card which reads "Ph.D."] "Fffffud."
    All four together: Who???
    Boob: Eminent physicist, polyglot classscist, prize-winning botanist, hard biting satirist, talented pianist... good dentist, too.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Assignment (1997): Annibal Ramirez is a Doppelgänger of terrorist Carlos the Jackal, who is naturally surprised when he finally encounters his imposter.
    Carlos: Who are you?
    Annibal: I'm you, motherfucker.
  • Both Batman (1989) and Batman Begins feature the classic Batman introduction:
    Crook: What are you?!
    Batman: I'm Batman.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon features perhaps one of the lengthiest and floweriest examples of this trope:
    Monk: Who are you?
    Jen Yu: [while menacingly unsheathing her sword] You want to know who I am? I am... I am the Invincible Sword Goddess, armed with the Green Destiny that knows no equal! Be you Li or Southern Crane, bow your head and ask for mercy! I am the dragon from the desert! Who comes from nowhere and leaves no trace! Today I fly over Eu-Mei. Tomorrow... I topple Mount Wudan!
  • A villain version in The Dark Knight Rises. The CIA agent actually knows who Bane is, but doesn't know he's the hooded Play-Along Prisoner in front of him.
    CIA agent: Who are you?
    Bane: It doesn't matter who we are. What matters is our plan.
  • Deadpool 2 when Deadpool regains his healing factor and begins fighting and begins beating Cable with a pole.
    Cable: Who are you?
    Deadpool: I'm Batman!
  • Major gets asked this several times in Ghost in the Shell (2017). The question is more relevant than she thinks.
  • Played for laughs in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Peter Quill is captured taking the Infinity Stone in the opening scene by Korath the Pursuer, who demands to know who he is. Peter dramatically identifies himself as Star-Lord, but rather than impressed, Korath and his men are just confused, much to Peter's exasperation.
    Korath the Pursuer: Who are you?
    Peter Quill: There's one other name you might know me by... Star-Lord.
    Korath: ...Who?
    Peter: Star-Lord, man. Legendary Outlaw.
    [Korath and his mooks shrug helplessly]
    Peter: ... Guys?
  • From Hook while Peter Pan is swordfighting a pirate mook:
    Pirate: Hang on now, ain't you—
    Pan: Peter Pan.
    Pirate: AHHHHHHHHHH! [jumps out the window]
  • Jumper: Overlapping with What the Hell Are You?, Mark exclaims this word-for-word after witnessing David's jumping abilities, when David confronts Mark for (without knowing or caring what he was doing) spilling to the Paladins who came asking Mark about David.
  • Kick-Ass has this a couple times. First when Kick-Ass saves the guy outside the store, and the guy with the camera phone says it:
    Bystander: Dude, who are you?
    Dave: I'm Kick-Ass.
  • Lawrence of Arabia uses this far too many times to count. Once even before the film transitions into the extended flashback that makes up the vast majority of it.
  • Heavily parodied in 1977 French movie Vous n'aurez pas l'Alsace et la Lorraine. Our hero the White Knight introduces himself with a hammy song number, and he seems to be compelled to sing it every time someone asks who he is (or "Who do you think you are?"). Including when infiltrating the King's castle and hiding from a guard patrol in the bedroom of a damsel; just after he begs her to keep silent, she asks "Who the Hell are you?" Cue the LOUD song with accompanying music alerting the guards.
    On m'appelle le Chevalier Blanc
    Je vais et je vole au secours d'innocents
    Dans la campagne résonne la poudre
    Je vais et je vole plus vif que la foudre!
  • At the beginning of the first Naked Gun movie after beating up the various Arab leaders, Idi Amin and Mikhail Gorbachev:
    "I'm Lieutenant Frank Drebin, Police Squad. and don't ever let me catch you guys in America." (Drebin then falls out the window)
  • Major Grom: Plague Doctor. At the end of the Action Prologue during which our hero has caught a gang of armoured car robbers single-handed, their leader gives this this trope. Smash cut to a MAJOR GROM title card, then back to the robber complaining that Grom didn't say anything. He asks again: "Who are you, motherfucker?!" only to get a punch in the face and the full Title Sequence.
  • The Name of the Rose. Novice monk Adso is seduced by a beautiful nameless peasant girl.
    Adso: (narrating) Who was she? Who was this creature that rose like the dawn, was as bewitching as the moon, radiant as the sun? Terrible as an army poised for battle.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has this, aimed at Will Turner. It features a mild subversion, with Jack trying very hard to keep Will from answering, since it will derail his plans.
    Barbossa: Who are you?
    Jack: Nobody! He's nobody! Distant cousin of my aunt's nephew, twice removed. Wonderful singing voice, though. Eunuch.
  • The Princess Bride:
    Inigo: Who are you?
    Man in Black: No-one of consequence.
    Inigo: I must know.
    Man in Black: Get used to disappointment.
    Inigo: [shrugs] Okay.
  • From Rambo III:
    Zaysen: Who are you?
    Rambo: Your worst nightmare.
  • From Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.:
    Mook: Who are you?
    Kabukiman: *Aside Glance* I'm Kabukiman.
  • Shoot 'Em Up. Mr Smith replies, "I'm a British nanny, and I'm dangerous."
  • V for Vendetta: V's Establishing Character Moment involves lampshading the Fridge Logic in play:
    Evey: Who are you?
    V: Who? "Who" is merely a form following the function of "what," and what I am is a man in a mask.
    Evey: I can see that.
    V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation, I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
  • In the film version of The Witches of Eastwick:
    Alexandra: Who are you?
    Daryl Van Horne: Just your average horny little devil.
  • The Wizard of Oz has this:
    Oz I am Oz. The great and powerful. Who are you?
    Dorothy: I'm Dorothy, the small and meek.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Andor: When Luthen Rael reveals that he knows about Cassian Andor's Dark and Troubled Past, and that Preox-Morlana are hunting him down for killing two of their security officers, Cassian responds by drawing a blaster on him.
    Cassian: Who-are-you?
    Luthen: That's the wrong question. The question is "How much time do we have to get out of here?"
  • Altered Carbon:
    • When Super-Soldier-turned-criminal Takeshi Kovacs proceeds to Wake Up Fighting after being uploaded into a new body, a technician tries to look up his record only to find most of it is Classified Information, causing him to exclaim, "Who the hell is this guy?"
    • Detective Ortega has the same reaction when fighting the Big Bad, who has also locked off their own past. When asked "Who are you?", she just replies, "Nobody."
    • In Season 2, Kovacs initially thinks that Quellcrist Falconer is an imposter using a cloned sleeve and shouts, "Who are you?!" as he's fighting her. It's later revealed that the real Quellcrist 'heard' the question and 'woke up' at that point; Kovacs finally realises it is her when she pulls a Signature Move during their fight.
  • Angel:
    • In Season One when he was still something of a Comedic Hero, Wesley nevertheless comes up with a good response to this trope.
      Wesley: Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, rogue demon hunter. And I’m here to fight you, Sir, to the death... preferably yours.
    • In "Soul Purpose" Spike saves a couple from vampires.
      Woman: Wait. Who are you?
      Spike: [without turning to face them, hangs his head, then softly] I'm The Hero.
  • Arrow:
    • A variation in "City of Heroes". Roy Harper's response to the Canary coming out of nowhere to save his ass is, "Where the hell did you come from?" It turns out to be a very important question, but she leaves without answering. In "Crucible", Oliver Queen asks the question straight and the Canary warns him that his life won't be the same if she unmasks, which she does to reveal herself as his ex-girlfriend Sara Lance whom we supposedly saw drown in the pilot episode.
    • A Mirakuru soldier is attacking Thea Queen when the Dark Archer does a Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind. The Mirakuru soldier yanks the arrow from his body and turns to confront his attacker.
      Mirakuru Soldier: Who are you? (arrow in his hand explodes)
      (The Dark Archer does Dramatic Unmask)
      Malcolm Merlyn: I'm her father.
    • In "Left Behind", morale is down in Team Arrow so when a criminal demands of Arsenal "Who the hell are you?" he doesn't even bother to answer. However later in the episode when Laurel Lance decides to take up the mantle of the Black Canary, she gives the Pre Ass Kicking One Liner expected of a masked vigilante.
      Criminal: Who the hell are you?
      Black Canary: I'm the justice you can't run from.
    • In the Elseworlds crossover our heroes give this response on encountering Batwoman. They conclude that she's...not Batman.
  • One of the sets of Arc Words on Babylon 5, along with "What Do You Want?" and "Why Are You Here?" In contrast to its typical usage, giving your name or title is highlighted as being the wrong answer to the question.
  • Burn Notice, the episode "Center of the Storm".
    The Client: Who are you?
    Michael Westen: I'm Michael Westen, and I'm here to save you people.
    Hitman: WHO ARE YOU?!
    Michael Westen: [sigh] I'm Michael Westen, and I'm here to save these people.
  • The premise of Dark Matter (2015) is the protagonists waking up on a spacecraft with no idea of who they are or how they got there. Naturally this trope comes up.
    Three: (pointing Guns Akimbo) WHO ARE YOU?!
    One and Two: (in unison) I don't know.
    Two: Who are you?
    Three: I've got no idea.
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor is another frequent recipient. How he replies depends on his personality at the time.
  • Kamen Rider Decade gets this question a lot (usually preceded with a rude pronoun) when he finishes his Kirk Summation. The correct answer is, "Just a passing-through Kamen Rider. Remember that!"
  • Happens on Leverage with Damian Moreau in season 3 after the heroes spent the entire third season taking him down. He has no idea who any of them are except Eliot.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Daredevil (2015). In the pilot episode, this is Karen Page's response when Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson show up out of the blue to represent her after she's framed for murder:
      Karen Page: Who the hell are you guys?
      Matt: I'm Matt. He's Foggy. [Foggy smiles and nods]
      Karen: Who sent you?
      Matt: No one sent us.
      • And later when a masked man in black appears out of nowhere to save her from a hitman, Karen can only gasp out an incredulous "Who... what the hell?!"
      • Matt's reaction in Season 3 when he encounters a man dressed in his Daredevil outfit committing murders on Wilson Fisk's behalf.
      Matt: Who are you?
    • The Defenders (2017):
      • Happens twice to Matt Murdock in the course of "Mean Right Hook": At the beginning of the episode, right after an artificial earthquake, Matt roofhops over from his apartment, still wearing suit and tie, and beats up some teenage looters as well as an overzealous store owner trying to shoot them with a shotgun. As Matt is catching his breath, one of the thieves utters a bewildered "Who are you?" before Matt walks away.
        At the end of the episode, thanks to outsourced case work that Matt has received from Foggy, he finds himself walking into a police interrogation room to provide impromptu legal counsel to Jessica Jones (2015) as she's being questioned by Detective Misty Knight.
        Matt Murdock: Jessica Jones, stop talking. Hi. This is over.
        Jessica Jones: Who the hell are you?
        Matt Murdock: My name is Matthew Murdock. I'm your attorney.
      • Also from "Mean Right Hook", Luke Cage (2016) and Danny Rand say this to each other as Luke interrupts Danny's attempt to rough up Cole for information.
      • At the end of the Hallway Fight in "Worst Behavior", Danny Rand gives a bewildered "Who are you people?" to the other superheroes as they're escaping Midland Circle in the elevator. As they haven't yet joined together to become The Defenders, no-one replies with a Title Drop.
      • At the Royal Dragon, Alexandra implicitly asks Luke who he is when Luke notes a contradiction between her words and the Hand's methods. Luke is smart enough to see where she's going.
        Alexandra: I'm sorry, I don't believe we've been properly introduced.
        Luke Cage: Let's keep it that way.
    • Played for Laughs in The Punisher (2017).
      Amy: Who are you people?
      Frank Castle and Agent Madani: Shut up.
  • Yelled by Bill O'Reilly to Stephen Colbert during his interview in The O Reilly Factor.
  • Person of Interest
    • When asked this question John Reese muses that he really needs to think up an answer to give people, although his usual response is some variation on "a concerned third party". Played seriously in a later episode when he replies, "I find it hard to answer that, even to myself." And in "Trojan Horse" he's being shot at when asked this question, so he replies, "Right now? An easy target."
    • In "RAM", we see Reese's predecessor on the job saving a Damsel in Distress, and he smoothly answers, "Protector of the innocent. Heard you could use some protecting", before talking her into Rescue Sex, showing he's more arrogant and less moral than Reese.
    • Harold Finch is the inventor of The Machine, for which he charged the US government a nominal fee.
      Barnett: Who are you?
      Finch: Who am I? I'm just like you, Mr. Barnett. A man who sold the world. Only I charged them $1.
  • The Professionals
    • From "Private Madness, Public Danger"
      Susan Fenton: Who are you?
      Bodie: Well, let's say that I'm the not-very-bad Samaritan.
    • In "Blind Run", Bodie does a Flashed-Badge Hijack of a canal boat to rescue Doyle and the others. The woman who owns it is not happy.
      Phillipa: Who are you?!
      Bodie: Well, if I had a bugle, I'd be the Seventh Cavalry.
      • When he first helps himself to her boat she asks, "What are you?" As they're on a 'deniable' mission he replies, "I'm nothing—I don't exist."
  • Star Trek: The Original Series. In "Wink of an Eye", Captain Kirk knows an unseen force has abducted a Red Shirt and is sabotaging his ship. All of a sudden, he sees a beautiful woman on the Enterprise bridge who wasn't there a moment ago. When Kirk demands an explanation for her presence, she grabs him in a passionate clinch.
    Kirk: (pushing her away) Who are you?
    Deela: Deela. The enemy.
  • Torchwood: Rex Matheson asks, "Who the hell are you people?!" before Gwen shoots down a hostile helicopter. Gwen nonchalantly answers, "Torchwood."


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Variant: The Rock would often act uninterested when being addressed by someone he viewed as inconsequential (which was pretty much everybody), waiting until they were finished before asking them, "Who in the blue hell are you?", then interrupting them after a couple of syllables with, "IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!"

    Video Games 
  • Star Fox 64:
    Attack Carrier Captain: Who are you guys?!
    Fox: We're Star Fox!
    Attack Carrier Captain: YOU'LL NEVER DEFEAT ANDROSS!!!!!!
  • The end of Duke Nukem 3D (LA Meltdown), the defeated boss asks, "Who the hell are you?"
  • From the Privateer intro:
    Space Pirate: Who are you that flies so good? Are you insane?!
    Grayson Burrows:: No, it's just got a load of cargo in the back, and a load of bills to pay at home.
    Pirate: And I the same! You shouldn't kill me just for attacking you!
    Burrows: I don't mind that you tried to kill me, but protecting myself against your kind gets to be expensive, and I'm on a budget! [missile to the pirate's face]
  • Final Fantasy XII features one when the heroes finally do battle with the Big Bad: Vayne asks who Ashe is, an angel of vengeance or of mercy. Ashe replies that she comes as herself, and nothing more.
  • In Sakura Wars (2019):
    • Clarissa "Claris" Snowflake asks "Wein ass et!?"note  in shock after she encounters Seijuro Kamiyama for the first time.
    • A non-villainous example occurs at the end of chapter 1. Xiaolong Yang asks "Who the hell are you!?" after Kamiyama arrives in his Mugen to thwart the former's Curb-Stomp Battle on Sakura Amamiya.

    Web Video 
  • Joueur du Grenier: Played for Laughs in the Robin Hood special, when Robin is attacking a merchant's convoy:
    Robin [emerging from hiding]: Greetings, I am Robin Hood! Hand over all your riches!
    Merchant: Who are you?
    [awkward five seconds]
    Robin [in exactly the same tone as earlier]: Robin Hood!
Then the guards start laughing, as the convoy was a trap set by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

    Western Animation 
  • Zuko of Avatar: The Last Airbender gets such a scene after he defeats a group of thugs in his Day in the Limelight:
    Gao: Who... who are you?
    Zuko: My name is Zuko! Son of Ursa and Fire Lord Ozai! Prince of the Fire Nation and heir to the throne!
  • Daffy Duck demands this of the unseen animator at the end of Duck Amuck.
  • Evil Lawyer Goodwill gets clocked by a chair by someone he had threatened earlier at the end of 1938's The Case Of The Stuttering Pig.
    Porky and family: Who did that?
    Unseen Man: Me!
    Goodwill: Who are you?
    Unseen Man: I'm da guy in the third row... ya big sourpuss!
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Whatever Happened to Billy Whatshisname?", Billy asks this question to Bobby, the kid who’s trying to steal his life and identity when he gives Billy an ultimatum; leave town by sunrise, or he’ll get rid of him himself.
    Billy: Who are you? Why are you doing this?!
    Bobby: If I told you, I’d have to destroy you!
    Billy: But weren’t you going to destroy me anyway?
    Bobby: Well, yeah, but… I… NOW YOU’VE ONLY GOT ‘TIL MORNING!
  • Megatron meets Optimus Prime this way in the time-travel episode "War Dawn" from The Transformers.
    Optimus: You've caused enough destruction for one day, Megatron!
    Megatron: I haven't even started.
    [Megatron blasts Prime, but it glances off his armor]
    Megatron: You! Who are you?!
    Optimus: Your worst nightmare!
    [Prime starts blowing away Megatron's army, single-handedly turning the tide]
  • In Superman: The Animated Series, Superman asks this to Darkseid when the latter banishes his son Kalibak back to Apokolips. Darkseid blasts Superman with his Omega Beams, forcing him to kneel, and answers "That is who I am."
  • Said by Marco in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, after he witnesses Star's magical abilities.
    Marco: Who are you?
    Star: I'm a magical princess from another dimension. [creates a rainbow that quickly bursts into flames]
  • The Ruff & Reddy Show: The "Treasure of Skipper Kipper" story arc has our heroes tracing calls for help to a shack on an island:
    Skipper Kipper: Who are you?
    Reddy: We're Ruff 'n' Reddy, all-around good guys. Who are you?
    Skipper Kipper: I'm Skipper Kipper, all-around sailor, and this is my parrot Squawky Talky.
    Reddy: Yeah, I know. More squawky than talky!
  • At the start of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Satan's Waitin'," Yosemite Sam winds up facing the Devil himself who asks him "Well, who the hell are you?"
  • Trollhunters: When Claire, Jim's girlfriend, gets possessed and starts floating around.
    Jim: Who are you?
    Morgana: I am MORGANA!
    Jim: Who?
    Morgana: ...Morgana. Baba Yaga? The Sorceress Queen? Ugh, the Pale Lady!
    Jim: Sorry, not ringing a bell.
  • Young Justice (2010). When Green Arrow brings his "niece" Artemis into their group, Kid Flash gives this trope.
    Kid Flash: Like you know anything about the [League of] Shadows. (Artemis smirks) Who ARE you?!

    Real Life 
  • WABC-TV Consumer Reporter Nina Pineda was asked this when she tried to get back money owed to a swindled customer. Her reply was "Channel 7!" This was included in a commercial for her, with Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" as the soundtrack.


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Leslie In Trouble

Leslie Willis gets captured by Slade Wilson, Amanda Waller, and the General, who proceed to violently interrogate her with an electro-shock collar.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (3 votes)

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Main / ElectricTorture

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