When a character does something awesome and the villain praises them with a single word
Needs More Examples, Needs Related TropesThe villain stands atop his throne and sends his legion of minions against the hero. The hero leaps forward, cuts away a few of them, then unleashes a super-attack to blast the entire group away. The villain simply mutters "impressive" or some similar word, such as "interesting" or "well done". Smirking or smiling are optional. Likely to only be one or two words. This type of scene serves to underscore how powerful both hero and villain are. The hero Took A Level In Badass, did something awesome, and has earned praise from the villain. Particularly effective if the villain has looked down on them as weak or is The Stoic. However, the villain's simple response establishes that they really aren't impressed, the hero has only barely attained their notice by this epic action. See Deadpan Snarker, a character type that may use this trope. Compare Hannibal Lecture or The Reason You Suck Speech, which this trope may turn into if the villain turns his words of praise into a speech about how the hero is still too weak to stop them.