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"'Welcome to the real world,' she said to me, condescendingly."
—John Meyer, No Such Thing
This quote is said to Character A who is trying to relate or suddenly realizes what Character B has to deal with from time after time.
A variant of this is "Does (Character B) feel like this all the time?", said after Character A behaved in a way they strongly associate with Character B.
- In Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time, Monique acts as a substitute for Ron while he is in Norway. Kim says this to Monique during a battle after Monique is shocked when one of Duff Killigan's golfballs explodes.
- When Drakken interrogates a kidnapped scientist in another episode, she tells him "You make no sense to me." Shego replies "Welcome to my life."
- In Wabbit, A Looney Tunes Productions episode, "Hiccups and Downs", when Bugs bunny got the hiccups and he kept saying, "You can't finish a...", but, he hiccups before he finishes and he said, "Sentence!", Porky replies, "Welcome to my world!"
- Doctor Who:
- A character from the Alternate Universe tells the Doctor "This is our world, not yours. And you're going to listen for once," humbling the normally hubristic Doctor.
- In another episode, Rose has been given superpowers from the Time Vortex. She tells the Doctor that she can see the past, present, and future. The Doctor replies: "That's what I see! All the time! And doesn't it drive you mad?"
- A variation in another episode, The End Of The World, it's Rose's first travel with the Doctor. After she almost gets killed, the Doctor asks "You've seen how dangerous my world can be".
- Rory actually used the trope name in 'The Rebel Flesh.' Apparently referring to his multiple deaths thus far.
- In the film Bruce Almighty, when title character Bruce (Jim Carrey) is in danger of losing his girlfriend, despite having been gifted with near-omnipotent powers, laments to God (played by Morgan Freeman), "How do you make someone love you without affecting free will?" God replies, "Welcome to my world, son."
- In Stargate SG-1, Carter says this to O'Neill after he is treated to her father's unique brand of humour-in-the-face-of-death. More amusing is that this comment could apply to her relationship with her father or to her relationship with O'Neill himself, who is well known for his sometimes irritating humour.
- One of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episodes has Bart and Lisa playing potential victims in a parody of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Lisa: Bart! Don't you realize what this means? The next time we fall asleep, we could die!
- In Scrubs, when Cox is forced to sack a junior cafeteria employee, Kelso tells him, "Welcome to my world. And now try going home to my wife."
- In Thud Vimes manages to work out that the Vampire he was sort of but not really forced to employ was a spy for Rhys Rhysson, Low King of the Dwarves in a time of almost sort of war. After utilising this to his advantage and noting that this means that no one will ever be able to tell him who he can and can't employ again he muses if this is how Lord Vetinari feels all the time.
- Moist von Lipwig has a similar feeling near the end of Going Postal, after successfully manipulating his enemies.
- Nicely done in the Batman Beyond pilot when Bruce invokes the trope after hiring Terry to be his assistant. Terry's mother thinks it's welcoming Terry to the world of big business and all that Bruce Wayne represents. Terry and Bruce (and the viewer) both know it holds more meaning than that.
- A variation is said by Roy in one Order of the Stick strip.
- And another in a more recent strip.
- Kell-Ell says those exact same words upon introducing the Legion of Super-Heroes to his war-torn future at the beginning of Season 2 in the Animated Series.
- Used in the Light Novel of Full Metal Panic!
- When Gilgamesh Wulfenbach comes to the realization that he and his father are not so different after all.
- In the Homestar Runner cartoon Doomy Tales of the Macabre, Bubs's head is decapitated. Onion Bubs, An onion with Bubs's face on it, says this in a creepy voice and laughs.
- A variant is used in an episode of Bones. Cam is annoyed at having to deal with the rest of the team squabbling immaturely, and wonders aloud if this is how kindergarten teachers feel all the time.
- Played for laughs in Enchanted.
Giselle: No one hasn't been nice to me.
- Done in an episode of Monk where Captain Stottlemeyer's wife was badly injured in a car accident and he was afraid she would die. Monk tells him, "What you're feeling right now, that fear? That's how I feel all the time."
- In Kyon: Big Damn Hero Kyon says this to Koizumi when both of them are going to interrogate a illegal photography ring member, after Koizumi comments he doesn't have any idea about what's happening.
- "A Welcome Burden" by Disturbed invites the audience into the Crapsack World that created the pissed-off man singing before you.
- Used in Pokémon 2000 by Misty to Melody after Melody lectures Ash about running after the three treasures during a storm.