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Boring conversation anyway. LUKE, WE'RE GONNA HAVE COMPANY!
Han Solo, Star Wars: A New Hope
Hey, Dr Jones! No time for love, we've got company!

A prime contender for the single most-used phrase in action scenes across the board. Traditionally prevalent in movies/TV, as it looks even dumber written down than it does spoken; however, video games have embraced the phrase with aplomb.

The phrase refers to the arrival on the scene of parties antagonistic to the speaker. While probably originally spoken mainly by protagonists, the phrase can now be equally expected to be heard by villains when the hero shows up on the scene. Originally, this trope would have been a wry indicator of the speaker's aloof nature: while the phrase would be suited to friendly gatherings, describing the arrival of a cadre of heavily-armed miscreants in the tone of a gadabout planning the evening's socializing is a good way to come off as unflappable and suave.

Or it would have been, if it had not become hijacked as the default thing that all people must say whenever anyone shows up with a mind to give them some gyp.


A brief compilation of many of these instances can be found here.

Variations include "we have company" and occasionally even "company's coming"; however not only is the key device of referring to one's antagonists as "company" widespread, it's overwhelmingly conveyed in this exact phrasing.

Examples of We've Got Company include:


Film

  • The quotes given above, comparatively early examples.
  • Both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight make sure to cement their reputation as impeccably-written masterpieces of the action genre by having a criminal say this at some point. Because criminals are a superstitious, cowardly, ineloquent lot.
  • Octopussy, carrying on the Moore-era Bond's tradition of having all the clunkiest lines.
    • Lampshaded when the driver answers, "That's okay, this is a company car."
  • Terminator 2. Well, at least it precedes a pretty cool exchange.
  • Is it a line in Tron? Friend, it's even a track on the OST!
  • Obviously it's in Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
  • In the Riff Trax of the second The Lord of the Rings movie, Frodo at one point says, "We are not alone." Mike Nelson responds, "Please. It's pronounced 'We've got company.'"
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Roger and Eddy get into a chase, which prompts Roger to spout out the Trope.


Live Action TV

  • Buck Rogers in The 25th Century: "Stop breathing, we've got company!" Not only a witty twist on an established classic, but arguably justifiable in the sense that Buck Rogers IS a fairly aloof kind of cat. And all back in 1979!
  • Invoked by name in Community's zombie episode:

  Abed: I hate to be the "We've Got Company" guy, but...


Video Games

  • Characters in Resident Evil tend to use the phrase, for instance in Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles.
  • In the first Halo game as you descend towards the map room the Covenant brings down all sorts of hell to stop you, the Marines' response: "We've got company, let's set the table."
  • Kingdom Hearts has this quote when Sora and Co. first enter the Castle That Never Was.

  Goofy: Be careful! I think we got company!

  • Invoked in Star Fox 64, where in Bolse, a satellite orbiting Venom (the Big Bad's stronghold), there's a huge energy field, that when deactivated, launches the enemy fighters defending Bolse. This prompts Falco to yell "Looks like we've got company".

Western Animation


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