->'''Sheldon''': Consider this unlikely, but very plausible scenario: A young woman alone in the big city, her ridiculous dream of becoming an actress lies shattered about her.\\
'''Penny''': Hey, wait a minute!\\
'''Howard''': Hang on, let's see where he's going.\\
'''Sheldon''': Then it hits her-- how is she going to survive? She has no prospects, no marketable skills. And then one day, she meets a group of geniuses, and their friend Howard.\\
'''Howard''': Hey, I--\\
'''Penny''': Hang on, let's see where he's going.
-->-- ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''

Bob makes a comment in the presence of Alice. Much later on, Alice makes the same comment in a different situation, often giving it an unexpected meaning in the new context.

'''There are four common situations where this is used:'''
* If Bob's original line was meant maliciously, Alice's IronicEcho will be twice as cruel, as she throws the attack back in his face.
* If Bob was trying to convince Alice of a way of thinking, Alice will quote it to signify that she now agrees with the idea. This [[PerspectiveReversal sometimes]] happens after Bob himself has [[BrokenPedestal abandoned the idea]] (or has shown he [[StrawHypocrite never believed in it in the first place]]).
* Bob's line was meant to be something positive or inspirational, but when Alice parrots it back the {{subtext}} makes it seem much darker and/or cynical than Bob meant it to be. The {{inver|tedTrope}}se is also common.
* A once-cheery line gets repeated after all the good and hope that it once represented has disappeared. For example, Bob might say that he and Alice will always be friends. After Bob's StartOfDarkness has turned him against her, Alice may reminisce on the past, using Bob's initial words. This one is particularly common in musicals, where an entire song can be ironically repeated. (See DarkReprise.)

However, this will also crop up with lines that were first made idly, innocently, and perhaps not even directed at Alice; in those cases the echo will simply be unexpected, and can be used for humor, shock value, or anything in between.

Compare FlashbackToCatchphrase, ExactWords, {{Bookends}}, and DialogueReversal. Subtrope of MeaningfulEcho. IronicEchoCut is when the echo comes immediately and the second speaker has ''not'' heard the first. Can be a form of HypocriticalHumor or a BrickJoke. Doing this [[RecycledInSPACE as a SONG]] is often a DarkReprise. May often result from a PerspectiveReversal. If the original use was innocent and amusing but the echo is bitter or shocking, this may result in a FunnyAneurysmMoment.
* IronicEcho/AnimeAndManga
* [[IronicEcho/AnimatedFilms Films - Animated]]
* [[IronicEcho/LiveActionFilms Films - Live Action]]
* IronicEcho/{{Literature}}
* IronicEcho/LiveActionTV
* IronicEcho/{{Theater}}
* IronicEcho/VideoGames
* IronicEcho/WebComics
* IronicEcho/WesternAnimation


* One 1980's PSA for wearing seatbelts had a woman who talked about how she hated wearing seatbelts, saying that they would wrinkle her dress if it was tightened. Cut to a shot of the same woman, now paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Her care taker then says, "Oh, your dress is being wrinkled, let me tighten your belt."

* Creator/AlanMoore uses this one a lot, but never more than in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
** A good example: advertisements for Ozymandias' training system promise "bodies beyond your wildest imagining". [[spoiler: When Ozymandias commits his attack on New York, the advertisements are liberally scattered around amidst the piles of corpses.]]
* The phrase "I believe in Harvey Dent" is repeated several times over the course of ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'', a Franchise/{{Batman}} graphic novel. First, to display genuine trust in the man and his ability to clean up the city. Then, to assure his innocence in the case of the Holiday murders. Then, to emphasize the point that there's still good in the villainous Two-Face. And finally, by his wife Gilda as part of a dramatic plot twist on the very last page.
** From the same mini-series, after the murder of Johnny Viti by the Holiday Killer, Harvey Dent crassly says, "Two shots to the head. You ask me, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy." [[spoiler:After his transformation into Two-Face, he kills Viti's uncle, Carmine Falcone and repeats the statement.]]
* When Molly Hayes of ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' says to "[[BuffySpeak put the thing in the thing]]" to find out what it does, it's just her childness. Not much later, the Runaways really need overdrive, and ''Victor'' tells Chase to "Put the thing in the thing." And yes, this was after [[Creator/JossWhedon the master of Buffy Speak]] started writing.
* In the "That Yellow Bastard" story in ''ComicBook/SinCity'', there are two instances of this:
** When Hartigan punches out his partner Bob, he thinks "Hell of a way to end a partnership... Hell of a way to start my retirement." When Bob double-crosses him, he thinks "Hell of a way to start my retirement... Hell of a way to end a partnership."
** After being shot in his efforts to protect Nancy, Hartigan thinks "An old man dies, a young girl lives. Fair trade." Before blowing his brains out, he thinks "An old man dies, a young woman lives. Fair trade."
* Used by Comicbook/DoctorStrange in ''WorldWarHulk''. Doc confronts Hulk and makes a little speech, then goes SuperMode and says "Strange Smash", a nod to Hulk's famous line "Hulk Smash".
* Kind of an extended one for Human Flame. When he asked Libra to kill the ComicBook/MartianManhunter in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', he didn't do anything except take a picture of the deed on his mobile phone. Later, when the heroes caught up with him and trapped him in a CardboardPrison forged from his own stupidity, Franchise/GreenLantern's final act before shutting the door is to create a mobile phone using his GreenLanternRing specifically to take a picture.
** Similarly, while the first issue of ''Final Crisis'' has said character (a horrible degenerate) saying "This is what happens to anyone who ***s with the Human Flame" while Martian Manhunter (a straight-up hero) burns, it ends with Nix Uotan (the 'Judge of All Evil' and a straight-up hero) saying "No-one ***s with the Judge of All Evil" while Mandrakk (a horrible degenerate) burns.
* Used in ''so'' many ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' comics by Bill Amend, it isn't funny... and yet it is.
** The same thing is used a lot in ''ComicStrip/{{Buckles}}'' by David Gilbert.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' Dream has a flashback of his last meeting with Destruction, during which he gave somebody DisproportionateRetribution. Destruction [[WhatTheHellHero asked if that was absolutely necessary]] to which Dream responded by asking if he tells Destruction how to do his job. Later, Dream asks Delirium if the DisproportionateRetribution she gave a policeman was necessary and gets the same answer.
* In one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin remarks that whatever his mom is making, he won't eat it. In order to convince Calvin to eat it, she claims that it's "boiled monkey brains", when it was actually stuffed peppers. However, she forgot to let the dad in on the trick, which led to it backfiring by causing the dad to react with disgust when he heard Calvin remarking that they were "boiled monkey brains" and state that whatever the dish was, he wasn't going to eat it, to the mom's exasperation.
* In ComicBook/NewMutants, an opponent forces ActionGirl Dani Moonstar to look at her before breaking her arm. Later on, said ActionGirl ambushes her tormentor and echoes her words. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Look at me. Good girl."]] Cue OhCrap.
* One ''Cthulhu Tales'' comic had this with two shots of the same people in the same positions. Image 1: they're arranged around a living room holding an intervention for the protagonist's drinking. Image 2: they're wearing cult robes and waiting for the {{demon|icPossession}} that was being kept {{sealed|EvilInACan}} ''in'' the protagonist by said drinking.
* A truly dark version appears in the narrative of a story from ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Tales of the Slayers]]''. In a small village during the {{Dark Age|Europe}}s, a young, devoutly Christian girl discovers she is this generation's Slayer. Reluctant at first, she fulfills her duties as the Slayer, saying, "God is good, and God is kind." After the town's priest, jealous of her heroism, declares her a witch and rallies the town against her, leading to her being [[BurnTheWitch burned alive]], her Watcher took his revenge by opening the city gates, allowing a horde of vampires to enter and massacre the entire town. His last words were, "For God is good and God is kind, but God's not welcome here!"
* In ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Alexander Luthor dismisses Lex Luthor as an idiot, proclaiming himself as the smarter Luthor. In the end of the series, Alex is begging for mercy before [[BoomHeadshot getting his head ventilated]] by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Lex, watching it all, tells him one last thing: "Now who's stupid?"
* "Possession implies intent" is the phrase that heralds the downfall of Becca at the start of ''ComicBook/AllGhoulsSchool'', and [[spoiler:Elle]] at the end, although the circumstances (and even the meaning of the word 'possession') are radically different.
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} gives Zander Rice an epic one in ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost''. Throughout the miniseries, Rice constantly berates and abuses Laura as RevengeByProxy against {{Wolverine}} for killing his father while escaping the Weapon X project. His go-to insult is treating Laura as if she isn't even human, calling her an animal right to her face. When her mother finally has enough and sets her loose ''against'' the Facility, rather than killing Rice cleanly she puts up her claws and ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats the shit out of him]]''. As she walks out of the room where Rice lies dying, she looks over her shoulder and tells him off with one word: "Animal." Laura wasn't just carrying out her final mission, she came for ''payback''.
* In the ''DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip ''The Widow's Curse'', the female members of the Sycorax clan from "The Christmas Invasion" seek revenge on humanity for the deaths of their menfolk, having seen a recording of exactly what happened, including the Doctor killing the Sycorax leader (in self-defence) with the words "No second chances. I'm that sort of a man." When the Doctor pleads with them to give humanity another chance, their leader Haxen retorts "No second chances. We're ''that'' sort of a clan."
* ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' and Dark Annisia were once slaves forced into GladiatorGames. Todo, the trainer, constantly sexually harassed them while saying stuff like, "Tell Todo you love him!" Years later, Sonja runs into Todo again and kills him while quipping, "Tell Sonja you love her!"
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', Johnny G refers to Hit-Girl as "just a girl in a Halloween costume." When Hit-Girl [[BadassBoast alludes to their horrible deaths in the very near future]] over the intercom, Johnny asks her to identify herself. Her reply: "Just a girl in a Halloween costume."

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': When she was thirteen Asuka used to mock Misato and Kaji's relationship, calling them "two depressed grown-ups licking each other's wounds". In chapter 16 her nineteen self remembers her words and bitterly realizes that sentence describes her and Shinji now.
-->''‘You're just two depressed grown-ups licking each other's wounds.’ Her own ancient mockery of Misato’s erratic relationship with Kaji echoed harshly in her mind.''
* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:
** ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'':
*** [[TheDragon General Esteem]] says "titles are important" [[InsistentTerminology so much]] that it's practically his CatchPhrase -- considering the [[{{Narcissist}} character]], it's probably so he can constantly remind people that he's both a knight and a General. When they confront each other during the [[StormingTheCastle Battle of Canterlot]], Twilight throws this line back in his face, pointing out that [[spoiler: while he may be a General, she's a ''Master'' General]].
*** Another example with the same characters: when Esteem thinks that the villains have won, he gives Twilight a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech deriding her efforts and telling her that all she'll be remembered for is her failure. Shortly after, while Twilight is [[spoiler: giving him a KarmicDeath]], she gives him a similar speech, telling him that all ''he'll'' be remembered for is his treachery.
*** [[spoiler: After Celestia is BroughtDownToNormal, she refuses to answer to Terra's mocking nickname "Sunshine". After she regains her power, her reaction to Terra's stunned stuttering of her name is to smugly state, "Call me Sunshine".]]
*** When Terra is [[spoiler: depowered and imprisoned by the Mane Six]], she tells Fluttershy that she does cruel things because "It's what I do. It's who I am." Shortly after, Fluttershy performs an act of kindness for Terra and when asked why, she replies with the same line.
** The story [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/143497/1/groomed-to-perfection/chapter-1-like-teacher-like-student Groomed To Perfection]] by Rainbow Bob has Discord implying that [[WifeHusbandry Celestia raised Twilight to be her mate in addition to her equal.]] Celestia states that she couldn't be any prouder of Twilight, or love her any more than she already does, which gets thrown back in her face shortly thereafter, with the implication that Discord himself had raised '''Celestia''' to be his own mate.
---> '''Discord:''' “I couldn’t be prouder of you, or love you anymore than I already do.”
** "[[FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless I believe you had some good words of wisdom for this kind of situation. How did they go again? Oh yes, I remember:]] ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 You have a lot to think about]]''."
* In ''Fanfic/TheGhostMap'', SherlockHolmes and [[BigBad Colonel Moran]] face off in Camden House, [[ContinuityNod where Holmes trapped Moran some time ago.]] Now it's the other way around - Holmes acknowledges the irony.
* From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Calvin:''' Don't worry, Dad! [[MiseryBuildsCharacter Being in jail builds character!]]
* From "The Flynns Move To Springfield", [[AlphaBitch Lisa]] frames [[TheDragon Allison]] for the actions ''she'' committed. When Allison reacts with shock, shouting "I trusted you!", her reply is "You can't trust anyone these days." Later, when Lisa is screaming at Isabella that she was the cause of all the misfortune that had happened in the story so far, Allison appears, revealing everything Lisa said has been recorded. Her reaction:
-->'''Lisa:''' I trusted you!\\
'''Allison:''' You can't trust anyone these days.
* In ''FanFic/{{Alex}}'', [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Marceline]] asks her opponent, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Alex]], of why is she doing all the plotting against her, her reply is her song, "I'm Just Your Problem".
* In ''Substitute Shinigami School: First Semester'' Tatsuki, Ishida, Sado and Orihime had their powers sealed by the Gotei 13 but go to Urahara to bypass the seals. Ichigo finds out and is not pleased. They tell him "It's not his business so he doesn't have to worry." Ichigo then goes [[StrawManHasAPoint and lists flaws (enough to get them killed) with the plan while they say he's being a hypocrite.]] This leaves them a little speechless. He leaves saying "...But you know what? It's not my business so I shouldn't worry."
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse'', a couple of Discord's lines from canon get put into a new context here.
** "A weighty choice is yours to make, the right selection or a big mistake", this time said by [[spoiler: Discord to himself when having to choose between letting [[BigBad Nightmare Phobia]] kill Fluttershy and risking Fluttercruel's life to save her.]]
** "Make sense? Oh what fun is there in making sense?" Twice, first when [[spoiler: Fluttercruel says it to scare Fluttershy out of her nightmare]], the context making it a TearJerker, and second when [[spoiler: Discord realizes he's a Bearer of the Elements of Loyalty and Laughter during the FinalBattle]].
* Back in the original ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[BadFuture Dark World]] Rarity/Rarigreed, well after her [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]], manages to turn her thousand-year CatchPhrase of "[[{{Greed}} MINE!]]" into a PreMortemOneLiner, when she says it right before [[spoiler: ripping out [[PsychopathicManChild Fluttercruel's]] Element of Chaos, which kills her]].
** A little earlier, during the fight with [[TheStarscream the Valeyard]], he shoots down Derpy's [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight attempt to reach the Doctor]] by saying "I'm the Valeyard, the Doctor's out, and he's not coming back". Later, when he's [[VillainsWantMercy begging]] her not to [[spoiler: [[BewareTheNiceOnes beat him to death]] in an attempt to regenerate him back into the Doctor]] by saying she wouldn't hurt a friend, she points out that she's ''the Doctor's'' friend and "You're the Valeyard, the Doctor's out, [[spoiler: but he'll be back soon]]".
* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': When Trixie is setting up [[BigBad Checker Monarch]] for her EngineeredPublicConfession, she takes the time to recreate the one chess match she ever beat her at when they were fillies, just so she can throw Checker's catch phrase of "Checkmate" back in her face.
* In ''VideoGame/HetaOni'' Italy tells America to learn to smile more naturally. This is repeated back to him later in the game.
* Happens in the space of three minutes in ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', during Naruto and Suigetsu's baseball game. Suigetsu throws the ball at Naruto's head and Naruto narrowly ducks aside to avoid it; Suigetsu gives an insincere apology and says "my aim must've been bad." Moments later, Naruto hits Suigetsu's next pitch back at him and [[GroinAttack into his balls]], then gives an insincere apology and says "my aim must've been bad."
* In ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja'', an old enemy of Kakashi's who Kakashi mutilated in battle during the last war but didn't get to finish off tells him "It's not smart to leave unfinished business" [[spoiler:after capturing him and Naruto]]. 2 chapters [[spoiler:featuring torture and an attempted framing and execution]] later, Kakashi throws those words back at him right before [[spoiler:[[PreMortemOneLiner cutting his throat]]]].
* In ''Fanfic/OpeningDangerousGates'', when Xiphias Gladius attempts to kill Lucy, he says he will give her a peaceful death, "Am I not kind?" A few minutes later, Harribel uses this line on him while kicking his ass and promising to give him a quick death.
* In ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'', [[spoiler:Beast Boy, after being revealed, throws Terra's line, "Things change... the person you want me to be is no more." back in her face]].
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act IV'': In chapter 25, after his EvilPlan has exposed Tsukune and co. as monsters to the humans and said humans are instantly wary and scared of them, Hokuto outright tells Moka that this proves that his [[StrawNihilist nihilism]] is justified, stating that human/monster co-existence is a fool's dream and that "each side will kill the other without ever trying to reason with it." By the very next chapter, however, Tsukune and co. have successfully managed to win the humans' trust, and Moka is quick to throw Hokuto's own words back at him with a smirk on her face:
-->'''Moka''': So, "each side will kill the other without ever trying to reason with it," huh?
* In the ''Captain America: The Winter Soldier'' fanfic ''Fanfic/OutOfTheDeadLand'', the WhamLine "Who the hell is [[spoiler:Bucky]]?" from the original film is repeated almost verbatim during the climax just before a familiar IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight ensues...except that the speaker and recipient of that line are in a [[SwappedRoles complete reversal of their canon roles]] here.
-->"Who the hell is [[spoiler:Steve]]?"
-->[[spoiler:Bucky]] stared at him. ''No'', he thought, flat denial. It couldn't be. Not [[spoiler:Steve]].
* ''SecondWind'': In [[Manga/OnePiece canon]], Zoro sternly encourages Luffy after his fight with Usopp in the Water 7 arc, saying, "If you falter, who can we rely on?" At the end of Chapter 10, Luffy repeats the line, paraphrased, back to him, after they make another hard decision.
* Used ''twice'' in the supercrossover fanfic "''Fanfic/TheTerminatorsArmyOfLegend''". In ''Volume VII'', the archangel [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Messorem]] says this to his son, [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Deitus]], [[spoiler: shortly before casting him down to Hell following Deitus' betrayal]]: "''I am not your father, and you are not my son''." Later, during the final fight against the immortal Deitus and [[spoiler: Alex]], who's the reincarnation of Messorem, Deitus' son is ordered by his father to kill [[spoiler: Alex]]. When he refuses, Deitus echoes this line to his son, shortly before beating him as punishment. Later in that same fight, Messorem says it ''again'' to the newly mortal Deitus [[spoiler: shortly before reaping his soul]].
** Also used to great effect between ''Volume V'' and the sidestory ''Requiem''. Before [[spoiler: Zack Dawson's]] final fight against Alex, he prophecies the monster Alex will become if he doesn't go off the path he's currently on in life...come ''Requiem'', [[spoiler: Alex's son, also named Zack,]] is given the ''same'' speech by his father, [[spoiler: having fulfilled Zack's prophecy,]] shortly before their final battle [[spoiler: in which Alex is slain.]]
* As a call back to Anakin's declaration that [[Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIIRevengeOfTheSith from his point of view the Jedi are evil]], in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3167157/1/Vader-s-diary Vader's Diary]]'', Darth Vader has a HeelRealization and states that from his point of view the Sith are evil.
* In ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', [[spoiler: the villain uses the phrase "No more", making the Doctor flinch.]]
* Several examples in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'':
** "Do not ask questions you don't really want to hear the answer to." Gendo told this to his son. Several months later, Shinji remembers his words when Gendo asked him a question he ''definitely'' didn't want to hear the answer to.
** "Cry when you feel sad. Laugh when you're happy..." Asuka originally told this to [[spoiler:Aki]] as a lesson about not hiding your feelings. After [[spoiler:Shinji is absorbed by Unit 01,]] she tells herself this since she can't show her feelings. Due to the anachronic nature of the story, we actually hear the echo before the original line.
--->'''Asuka:''' Who am I to ask for a promise that I can't keep myself?
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': When several thugs captured her, Emma pleads: "Please – please, don't! Not my face! I'll do anything, please just let me go!" Later on, when she’s about to kill Yan, the gang member says those exact words.

* Music/TheWho song "The Kids Are Alright" from ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'' -- the two sentences in the bridge completely change the meaning of the (otherwise identical) first and second verses.
* There's a Music/BarenakedLadies song called "The Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel". The line "you're the last thing on my mind" goes from meaning "I'm not thinking about you" at the beginning of the song to meaning "I die thinking about you" when it's repeated at the end.
* In the Music/TimMcGraw song "Don't Take The Girl", the line "Please, don't take the girl" that ends each verse changes meaning over the course of the song.
* "Major Tom (Coming Home.)" The part you know [[IsntItIronic from that]] [[RepurposedPopSong car commercial]]: "4, 3, 2, 1, Earth below us, drifting, falling, floating weightless, calling, coming home..." Well, [[spoiler:it means one thing on the way up when everything's fine. It means something a little different on the way ''down'' when the thrusters aren't working.]]
* "According to You" by Orianthi. The first few stanzas begin with "according to you", before changing to "according to him" in the chorus. And nearing the end of the story, it changes to "according to me".
* In a very twisted way in Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Stan". On the Slim Shady LP's song "My Name Is" one of the most famous lines is "I just drank a fifth of Vodka you dare me to drive" so in Stan, Stan quotes this when he drives on a rainy night with his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk on a tape to Eminem "Hey Slim I just drank a fifth of Vodka you dare me to drive"
* Music/HarryChapin's "Cat's in the Cradle". The chorus includes "[[WhenYouComingHomeDad When ya comin' home, Dad]] / I don't know when, but we'll get together then," but the son nevertheless desires to be like his father. At the end, while reflecting that his now-grown son is too busy to spend time with him, the narrator muses "he'd grown up just like me" - the last two repetitions replace "dad" with "son".
* ''Still healing'' by Uprise uses this. The first half of the song is lamenting the fact that the singer is "still healing" from some childhood trauma. The second half uses the same line - with the context changed to highlight that he is, in fact, healing, while the offender will always be miserable.
* The chorus of the Mark Wills song "Wish You Were Here" describes a postcard which has the word "Heaven" on the front. The postcard's message has a completely different tone when sung after the first verse (where the postcard's writer is boarding a plane) and after the second (where he [[spoiler:dies when the plane crashes]]):
-->Wish you were here, wish you could see this place\\
Wish you were near, I wish I could touch your face\\
The weather's nice, it's paradise\\
It's summertime all year and there's some folks we know\\
They say, "Hello." I miss you so, wish you were here.
* Act 1 of Music/GreenDay's ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'' opens with "Know Your Enemy," in which the protagonist rails against the establishment and encourages others to do likewise; Act 2 ends with Gloria realizing that her life's been ruined:
-->You're a victim of your symptom\\
You are your own worst enemy\\
'''[[WhamLine Know your enemy.]]'''
* The chorus of Material Issue's [[MurderBallad "Trouble"]] is built around the plea "I ain't lookin' for trouble" and the reply "Trouble's come lookin' for you". After the first verse, the exchange of words is between a shopkeeper and the young thug who robs and/or murders him. After the second, it's between the thug and the vigilante who hunts him down and murders him (and who's also the song's narrator). After the final verse, [[spoiler:it's between the vigilante/narrator and [[{{Deconstruction}} the executioner.]]]]
* ''Ghosts and Spirits'', a CD of songs based on Creator/CSLewis' TheGreatDivorce, has a song ("Bleeding Charity") that's an ironic echo. First, a ghost protests, "Can't you see that I'm only human?" and can't be expected to be perfect (as he thinks is necessary to enter Heaven), and refuses to accept any "bleeding charity"; in the second verse, a spirit explains he is not perfect either - "Can't you see that I'm only human?" and begs him to accept the [[Literature/TheBible Bleeding Charity]].
* At the beginning of "A Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody From ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''" by Pig With The Face Of A Boy, the "man who arranges the blocks" muses that "The Tsar puts gold on his bread" when noting the unfairness of the old regime. At the end, having gone through [[RedOctober revolution]], JosefStalin, WorldWarII, the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Space Race]] and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Berlin Wall]], the same worker bitterly notes that while he has more than enough gold, he's reduced to standing in line for the chance to get a loaf of bread.
* Music/{{Tool}}'s song "Prison Sex" changes "I'm breathing so I guess I'm still alive" to "You're breathing so I guess you're still alive" when the song's subject, a rape victim himself, commits rape.
* Music/{{Sublime}}'s ''Date Rape'' is a story about a woman being bought a couple of drinks, before being offered a ride and raped in a car. [[spoiler: She then proceeds to take him to court, he gets a 25 year sentence and raped by an inmate.]]
* In the song "Rocky" (most famously recorded by Dickey Lee), the subject's wife expresses uncertainty on her ability to do certain things (fall in love, have a child, then die). "Rocky, I've never ____ before, don't know if I can do it…" In the final verse, now that she's dead, he swears that he sometimes he can hear her saying "Rocky, you know you've been alone before / You know that you can do it…"
* Music/ImagineDragons' "Pantomime" makes four usages of the phrase, "It's just a matter of, 'Oh, don't touch me. Don't you, don't you touch me no more.'", the last of which replaces the second "don't you" with, "dare". The singer uses it twice during the first verse, when hesitating to take an ex-girlfriend back in, especially as her friends try to help him rebound. It appears two more times in the second verse, which details how the singer and the ex broke up (she left him for a rich and handsome man), and why she started pursuing him again (the rich and handsome man keeps brushing her aside in favor of making more money).
* The Music/BlueOysterCult and Music/PattiSmith's ''Revenge of Vera Gemini'' is built around the ironic echo; Patti Smith's lines, coming in slightly behind Eric Bloom's, are sardonic echos that subtly twist the meaning.
* In Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' ''1979,'' from ''Music/MellonCollieAndTheInfiniteSadness'' the chorus changes to imply that the narrator realizes they aren't alone, not wanting to grow up.
-->''And I don't even care, to shake these zipper blues.''
-->''And we don't even care, to shake these zipper blues.''
* French singer Jacques Brel's song ''Les Bourgeois''. The first two verses is about how he and his friends used to mock the establishment when they were young, singing a song about how they were ''chochons'' (pigs) and ''cons'' (idiots), the last verse is about how they now when they are old and wealthy themselves are trying to get the police to arrest some young people who has been singing the exact same song about ''them''.
* Early in the Danish rap epic ''Østkyst Hustlers - Verdens Længste Rap'' the protagonists, Jazzy and Bossy, are talking about their schooldays together. Bossy grumbles about a time where he got beaten up by five angry guys and Jazzy didn't help him, but Jazzy points out that "...it was better it was only your balls that got busted." Much later, when Jazzy is getting monkey-stomped after insulting a local crime boss, Bossy wonders if he should help him, but decides that Jazzy would probably say that "..it was better it was only his balls that got busted."

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* From the epic ''Waltharius'', retelling Germanic heroic legend: When Hagen suggests to king Gunther/Gunnar to accept Walther's gift of 100 golden rings (instead of taking all his treasure), Gunther mocks him: "You are truly a son of your father Aldrian. He would talk a lot so he wouldn't have to fight." After Walther has killed the other eleven knights of the king, Gunther tries to make Hagen fight again. But Hagen says: "I am truly a son of my father Aldrian. He would talk a lot so he wouldn't have to fight."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'', Carmen tells Winslow that trying to fly over and over is the definition of insane because he keeps expecting different results. Winslow calls the mental health center because she keeps telling him the same thing and expecting different results; he thinks she's gone cuckoo.

* In the ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' episode "The Beautiful Game", the Professor appoints Thomas as England captain for the Underworld Cup, in the belief that he'll rise to the challenge and prove himself, much to {{Satan}}'s disbelief. The Professor says "I'd hate to be as cynical as you, you know. Always seeing the worst aspects of people." Then Satan appoints his BumblingSidekick Scumspawn as referee, and the Professor accuses him of deliberately trying to turn the tournament into a disaster. "I'd hate to be as cynical as you, Prof. Always seeing the worst in devils."

* The question "How long, can you tread water?" from Creator/BillCosby's "Noah" trilogy. First said at the end of the second skit, "Noah: And the Neighbor", by an amused Noah to his next-door neighbor who wants a hint as to why Noah's building an ark. {{God}} asks Noah the same question in the third skit after the latter starts complaining about the task he's been given, but he keeps right on complaining, justifiably so.
** And in the first skit, Noah's initial reply to most of what God tells him is a sarcastic, "''Right!''" Then towards the end, he asks God how he's going to destroy the world:
-->'''God''': I'm gonna make it rain for a thousand days and drown 'em right out.
-->'''Noah''': ''Right!'' Listen to this, you'll save water: Let it rain for forty days and forty nights, and wait for the sewers to back up.
-->'''God''': (as sarcastic as Noah's been) ''Right!''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' features an extremely well-deserved one in the prologue to the Followers of Set clanbook. At the start of this particular story, Maria Kenyon is a meth-addicted SexSlave working for [[SmugSnake "Doc" Hayes]], who provides her with her daily fix in exchange for an increasingly disgusting series of sex acts, and always begins each session with "Want your medicine, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]?" However, by the end of the story, Maria has been Embraced into the Followers of Set, and as a graduation present, she's been given her own ghoul - none other than Doc Hayes himself; finding herself with full authority over her former boss, and [[HourglassPlot knowing that Hayes is now just as hopelessly addicted to vampire blood as she was to meth]], Maria has only one thing to say to her terrified slave: ''"[[KickTheSonOfABitch Want your medicine?]]"''


[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Early on in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', Kamimura encounters a silly young egg farmer named Masayuki, who tells him a story about his father, in which Masayuki's father pointed at a chicken's butt and told his son that two things come out of there: eggs and poop. The lesson Masayuki took from it, and passed on to Kamimura, was that both good and bad things come from the inside. This lesson turns out to be a central message in the series, and Kamimura's [[spoiler:final words before his HeroicSacrifice]] repeat this sentiment, now with a much more poignant resonance.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles'', Doc gives the following reason for not wanting to be associated with Grif in Episode 23: "Sorry, man, but it's pretty obvious that you're really unpopular, and if I'm gonna make any progress around here at all I can't really be directly associated with you. I'm sure you understand." In Episode 25, when the Blues hand Doc off to the Reds as part of a deal, the Reds abandon Doc, and Doc looks to Grif for help. Grif says, "Sorry, it's pretty clear that you're not very popular around here, and if I'm gonna make any progress at all, I can't be directly associated with you. I'm sure you understand."
* In the Machinima/TeamServiceAnnouncement ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cm2iFmASBc Class Balance]]'', all the BLU Snipers mutter "It's like Christmas morning"... as does the RED Spy, because a team of nothing but Snipers [[CripplingOverspecialization is his dream come true]].
** The [=BLUs=] in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bmK9K5wPyQ Unlockable Weapons]]'' express joy in their new weapons... even as just before they turn out to be a bad choice.
-->'''Soldier''': (''is cornered, out of rockets, and [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter his shotgun]] was replaced with [[StatusBuff a bugle]]'') I've got a good feeling about this!
* Pyrrha Nikos from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has "[[ApologizesALot I'm sorry]]" as her catchphrase, normally because of how polite she is. It stops being cute in episode 8 of season 3 when, in a moment of emotional turmoil, she ends up sending Jaune (the boy she has a massive crush on) flying into a pillar with her magnetism powers. And then there's the season finale where [[spoiler: it's the last thing she ever says to him as she sends him off to safety before she is killed in battle against Cinder (right after she confessed her feelings).]]
** Halfway through Volume 3, Yang Xiaolong is framed by the villains and publicly disgraced. No one outside of her close friends believes her side of the story- Even her uncle Qrow thinks she's being crazy. He then tells her to get over it, as "Sometimes bad things just happen." [[spoiler: At the end of the volume, after Beacon is overrun by Grimm, several friends are dead, Yang's arm has been cut off by Adam Taurus of the White Fang, and her partner Blake has run off, she repeats her uncle's words to Ruby as a clear sign that she's hit the HeroicBSOD.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* From ''LetsPlay/MinecraftTheExCommunicatedSeries'', [[{{Jerkass}} Nova]] booted [[OnlySaneMan Seamus]] off the edge of a cliff to go get a werewolf, saying "What's that down there?" Later, Seamus shows he's NotSoAboveItAll when he uses a superpunch to boot Nova off the edge, saying in a very cynical tone "What's that down there?" Link [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkjGp04zZaU#t=6m35s here.]]
* In a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2EHpf1TBvU Katers17 YouTube Video]], this happens at the halfway point, when the main character is told not to wear the dress.
* In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', in a scene that's an homage to [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]], Blood Boy says "Why so serious?" as part of his intimidating speech to Matthew Wittany. [[spoiler:He then attacks Matt, viciously beating him with his gun, as well as killing Matt's friend, Corbin. The tides eventually turn, though, and Matt gets out his own gun and shoots Blood Boy with it. What does he say while shooting? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Why so serious?"]]]]
* In the ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' episode "Handcuffed", when [[spoiler:captive villain Lucy is dying]], Jonas tells her, "No you stupid bitch, no! You don't get to die! It's not that easy!" After the GrandFinale, "The Ascension", [[spoiler:Lucy uploads a video showing that she is still alive, the description for which is "It's not that easy, Jonas."]]
* In the third book of ''Literature/ShadowOfTheTemplar'', Jeremy finally loses patience with a bedridden and uber-bitching Simon and tells him to stick it because he's the only friend Simon has apart from his teammates. Simon replies that Jeremy [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend isn't his friend]], "just this guy." Later on, when [[spoiler:Simon tries to stop Jeremy from leaving in the fourth book, Jeremy says coldly that Simon's "just this guy" to him]].
* This LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002'' affectionately titles each part, starting with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9UXzqrTr7g "And they say this is hard..."]], however, after a long 63 part playthrough, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js4vRMO10_A he decides to change his mind.]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' has a number of echoed lines, but the two most prominent are likely:
** At one point idealist {{Love Interest|s}} Penny sings to Dr. Horrible/Billy, "keep your head up, Billy buddy", to try to cheer him up and get him to be more optimistic. Then later on Dr. Horrible repeats the line [[spoiler:to build up his courage to commit his first murder by killing the HeroAntagonist]].
** Then later on, while EvilGloating, Dr. Horrible sings triumphantly, "Then I win, then I get everything I ever", in anticipation of what he's expecting to be a victory. In the next song, after he's achieved the victory at the high cost [[spoiler:of Penny accidentally being killed]], the phrase "everything you ever..." is repeated as an eerie, almost mocking refrain.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic stepfording his way through his early morning routine in the ''Blue Brothers'' video game review is a darker version of the four years prior normal bit in his look at sports movies.
* TheRunawayGuys have this sometimes. One notable one is in their very first project, the classic ''MarioParty'' for Nintendo 64. Towards the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krC7HTp-H80&feature=player_detailpage#t=12m31s the first part of Luigi's Engine Room]], when Jon gets a Poison Mushroom, Chugga chimes in with this:
-->'''Chugga:''' Hey, Jon. Hey, Jon. [[VideoGame/KnyttStories Don't eat the mushroom]].\\
'''Jon:''' ...I hate your face.\\
''*Chugga laughs, NCS groans*''\\
'''NCS:''' Man, talk about perfect timing!\\
'''Chugga:''' [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I was saving that joke!]]\\
'''Jon:''' I like how you scripted jokes for-- to say--\\
'''Chugga:''' Well, I just thought of it on the plane!\\
'''Jon:''' You thought of it on the wa-- You ''literally'' have thought of this for ''days''! You've been waiting ''days'' to make a "Don't eat the mushroom" reference!\\
'''Chugga:''' Well, I guess I knew it would bug you! I knew it would bug you, that's why I did it.
** One turn later, LaserGuidedKarma strikes: Chugga gets a [[ScrappyMechanic Warp Block]] ("[[BigNo NOOOOOO!]]"), switches places with Jon ("[[RunningGag NOOOOOO!]]"), and also gets a poison mushroom ("[[RuleOfThree NOOOOOO!]]"). NCS bursts out laughing while, naturally, Jon remarks with a mocking tone, ''"HEY, CHUGGA! '''''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny DON'T EAT THE MUSHROOM!]]''''' I HEAR IT'S BAD FOR YOU!"''
* Happens a few times in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Skitter repeats Armsmaster's boast of the fight being over the minute they stepped into the room when she ambushes him at a PRT event.
** Done by Skitter again in a similar fashion towards [[spoiler:Alexandria]]. Curbstomping ensues.
** Done by Skitter again to herself when she figures out that [[spoiler:Dragon survived their fight]]. Skitter had always said "Fucking Tinkers" out of frustration as they send yet another weapon to harass the Undersiders. [[spoiler:This time it's out of relief, that Taylor hadn't killed her favorite surviving person to get at the resources she was guarding.]]
* In TheLastAngel, the phrase "Burn with me." seems to be rooted in the only transmission the Compact made to Humanity during the battle of Earth: "You. Will. burn."
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': In Episode 51, Vegeta asks Cell how can he be 'semi-perfect'? "Either you are perfect or you are ''not'' [[AwesomeEgo me]]". Come Episode 52, the now perfect Cell hands those words right back to Vegeta, before slamming him through a mountain.

* Music/JohnLennon was raised by his Aunt Mimi, who used to say, "The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it." Many years later, he had the phrase engraved on a silver plaque and gave it to her as a present.
* For years, fans of opposing teams (especially the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils) could and would taunt the New York Rangers and their fans with chants of "19-40!", referring to the last time the Rangers had won the Stanley Cup. Soon after the Rangers finally broke the Curse of 1940 in 1994 (the 53 season drought still stands as a record in hockey), one Ranger player does a mocking "19-40!" chant at a television camera as the team celebrated on the ice.
** Similar chants of "19-18!" broke out when the Yankees wished to taunt the Red Sox. After the World Series victory in 2004, Sox fans began to chant back with "2000!", which lasted until the Yankees next World Series win in 2009.
* Ed Balls MP gained Internet notoriety for accidentally posting a Tweet containing only his own name. It became an [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ed-balls Internet meme]], with people posting his name in various places on the anniversary of the original Tweet. When Balls lost his seat to the Conservatives in the 2015 election, it was the Conservatives' press office who posted the [[https://twitter.com/CCHQPress/status/596575303847256064 ironic echo]].