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A common Stock Phrase, most often by a villain, to express upon entering the area of the target. Often accompanied by the destruction of a barrier, commonly a door, with an object such as an ax. Occasionally found as a bad guy's Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner.

Born from Ed McMahon's Catch Phrase “Here’s Johnny” on The Tonight Show, it was made popular and haunting when in the film The Shining by Jack Nicholson. Since then, it had made its way into popular culture as a trope of all its own, with different names and/or words replacing Johnny.

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Examples of Here’s “X” include:

Fan Works[edit | hide]

Film[edit | hide]

  • The Shining: This phase was made famous in the scene where Jack Torrance takes an axe to the door in order to track down Wendy.

Live-Action TV[edit | hide]

Music[edit | hide]

  • "Here's Johnny" by "Weird Al" Yankovic on his 1986 album Polka Party!, a parody of "Who's Johnny" by El DeBarge which references the McMahon catch phrase.
  • There's also "Here's Johnny", a 1995 song by Dutch pop group Hocus Pocus which incorporates a sample of Jack Nicholson's line from The Shining.

Oral Tradition, Myths and Legends[edit | hide]

Video Games[edit | hide]

  • One of the fatalities done by Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat X, as he rips his victim from the waist, stating "Here's Johnny".

Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • In the fourth Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode, "The Shining", Homer chases his family and spokes a version of this phase. First, with the standard, next with David Letterman… only to be greeted by Abe. Third time, Homer was successful on finding the rest of the family.
    • In "Blazed and Confused", after Mr. Jack Lassen punches the chalkboard, leading to Mrs. Hover's classmates, Milhouse pokes through and says "Heeere's...Millie!"
  • In the episode "Doug Inc./Doug's Nightmare on Jumbo Street" of Doug, Doug's dog, Porkchop, does a version of this.

Other Media[edit | hide]