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->''"Let's dance... and by dance, I mean let's try to kill each other!"''
-->-- '''Wade Wilson/Deadpool''', ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}''

A StockPhrase most often heard right before an action scene and used as a PreAsskickingOneLiner. The Hero comes across a random BigBad, or one of his {{mooks}}. When the Hero announces his intention to fight/kill said Bad Guy, he might laugh a little sadistically before a reply of "Let's Dance". Sometimes this is accompanied by a cracking of knuckles, or even of the victim's ''{{neck|Snap}}''.

Compare BringIt. DanceBattler also takes this literally.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' -- Madara Uchiha does this a lot.
-->"Let's have another dance, shall we?"
-->"Seems you have a few dance moves left."
-->"How could you have danced this long?"
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell 2: Innocence''. Batou easily shoots his way through a roomful of Yakuza thugs without difficulty. Then a Yakuza cyborg lurches into the room, wielding a huge arm-claw. Batou just smiles and starts to maneuver around him. "Bring it on, Crab. You ain't too bright if you want to dance with me."
* Amagi Hitsugi of ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade'' has used this line in a duel as a PreAsskickingOneLiner.
-->'''Hitsugi''': "Now then... Hoshikawa-san... Let us dance!"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Xadhoom's catchphrase in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''. Also with variations. A particularly satisfying one was, after a particularly bad day, she asked the Evronian responsible for it what you do in a ballroom, and ''disintegrated him'' when he said "You dance?".

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Julius, owner of the ''ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows'' animal sanctuary, when he prepares to catch his nemesis, Khan the giant catfish: "Let's dance, Khan."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheMagicOfTorchwood'': Jack Harkness to Bellatrix Lestrange.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Predator 2}}''. When police officer Jerry Lambert confronts the title creature in the subway car, his last words are "Let's dance!"
* Antonio Banderas in ''Film/{{Desperado}}''.
-->(neck crack) "Let's play."
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Just before the Marines fight the xenomorphs for the first time:
-->'''Vasquez:''' "Let's rock!" (opens fire with machine gun)
* ''Film/MortalKombat'' had this as Johnny Cage's PreAsskickingOneLiner, which he delivers twice. Once is to a bunch of mooks he's fighting for what turns out to be a film shoot. The other is to Goro as he's ThrowingDownTheGauntlet, just before delivering the mother of all {{Groin Attack}}s to the four-armed powerhouse.
* In ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', Cowboy says "Let's Dance" just before deploying his squad to search for a sniper they know is in the area.
* In ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', Ron Burgundy himself uses this phrase right before a fight:
-->'''Ron Burgundy:''' Let's dance, dickweed.\\
'''Wes Mantooth:''' You wanna dance, Burgundy? (''whips out a knife'') I wanna polka.
* Happens in ''Film/RoleModels'':
-->'''Danny:''' God dammit, Ronnie!\\
'''Ronnie Shields:''' What? Because I'm black you think I did it?\\
'''Danny:''' No, because you did it is why I think you did it. Let me tell you something, I'll hit you. I will hit a child. I've never done that before, but I will punch you in the face.\\
'''Ronnie Shields:''' Let's dance, Ben Affleck!
* In ''Film/VanWilder'', one of the antagonists challenges the titular slacker with "Let's Dance", only to have Wilder respond with "[[Franchise/StarTrek It's a good day to die.]]"
* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', bomb squad technician Charlie Veiss says this to a bomb he's attempting to defuse:
-->"Six booby traps, four dead ends, "and a Partridge in a pear tree." Okay, honey. Let's dance."
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. Colonel Kilgore "turning on the music" as his helicopters are about to attack.
-->"Eagle Thrust, put on psy war op. Make it loud. This is a Romeo Foxtrot. Shall we dance?"
* William to Adhemar in ''Film/AKnightsTale'', just before a tournament:
--> "Let's dance, you and I."
* Used in ''[[{{Film/Deadpool2016}} Deadpool]]''. He then explains that by that he means "Let's try to kill each other."
* ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017''. Yakuza thugs handcuff Major to a stripper pole in a private room of their nightclub and have fun zapping her with a StaticStunGun. One of the goons suggests she "dance" and they have a little fun. But as Major points out, [[PreAsskickingOneLiner she's not built for dancing]].

* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' book ''The Dragon Reborn'' a small group of battle-ready [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Aiel]] taunt a [[EyelessFace Myrddraal]] with the phrase "Dance with me, Eyeless." The Aiel use the term 'dance' as a metaphor for fighting; they will often say 'dance the spears.'
* Creator/JohnRingo's ''A Hymn Before Battle'':
-->"This is what I promise, nothing more. We are going to stick this operation up the Posleen's ass, sideways. I guaran-fuckin'-tee that. I don't guarantee that any of us will be around to see it. That is not part of the bargain," he hissed.\\
"So, to do that, we are going to get up on our damn feet and go out and dance with the devil. We may lead, or we may follow. But we are gonna do the damn dance, am I understood?" he whispered.\\
"Yes, sir."\\
"God dammit, quit sounding off like a bunch of fuckin' hairdressers!" he shouted.\\
"What are we gonna do?"\\
"Fight?" "Get our asses kicked?" "Kick some butt?"\\
"We're gonna dance, sir," said Wiznowski, disconnecting from the power system.\\
"We are gonna dance. Now, what are we gonna do?"\\
"We're gonna dance, sir."\\
"Dammit . . ."\\
"WE'RE GONNA DANCE, SIR!" they sounded off.\\
* The Audubon Ballroom from the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series uses "Shall we dance?" as a BattleCry, just before proceeding to kick slaver ass.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' Al Bundy's version was "Let's rock."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Lampshaded in "Fool for Love" for a typical Spuffy FoeYay moment. Spike is telling Buffy how he killed two previous Slayers.
--->'''Spike:''' The first was all business but the second, she had a touch of your style. She was cunning, resourceful... oh, did I mention? Hot. I could have danced all night with that one.\\
'''Buffy:''' You think we're dancing?\\
'''Spike:''' That's all we've ever done.
** Sure enough when we see a flashback of Spike fighting that particular Slayer in "Lies My Parents Told Me":
--->'''Spike:''' I spent a long time trying to track you down. Don't want the dance to end so soon, do you, Nikki? The music's just starting, isn't it?
* Invoked as episode titles in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Season 1's "Duet", and Season 6's "Waltz". Both are character pieces in which two adversaries spar verbally.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. In "Q Who", the all-powerful alien trickster hurls the Enterprise into Borg space to see how [[HumansAreSuperior Humanity]] deals with an OutsideContextProblem.
-->'''Riker:''' ''Why?''\\
'''Q:''' "Why?" Why, to give you a taste of your future. A preview of things to come. ''Con permiso, Capitan.'' The hall is rented, the orchestra engaged. It's now time to see if you can dance.

* Music/{{Skyclad}} expects to
--> Take your partners for our [[TitleDrop civil war dance]]
* Music/DavidBowie has an song and an album titled this way: ''Music/LetsDance''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [=Seraphim01=]/Serah from ''VideoGame/SilhouetteMirage'' says this when her health is reduces to about two-thirds.
* Shinobu Jacobs, the perky ninja assassin sidekick to Travis Touchdown says a few variations of this in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2''.
* A variation appears in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' saga, with a PsychoForHire calling for music before starting a fight. Geralt himself uses the same phrase in the game.
* Dimitri in ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' says "Let's Dance!" right before the boss battle after Sly insults his taste in clothing.
* This is one of Raphael's opening lines in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur 2]]''.
* [[spoiler:Tieger to a zombified Grissom]] as a YouShallNotPass, in the ending of ''VideoGame/VagrantStory''.
-->"And now the slowest dance begins, [[spoiler:partner]]. 'Tis a fine tomb we shall share."
* This is Mileena's intro quote in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
* The ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' characters [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Elena]] and [[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Eagle]] use the "Shall we dance?" variant.
* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' has Orz who speak StarfishLanguage even ''after'' the UniversalTranslator, talk about battles as...
--> Nnnnnggggaaaahhhhh!!!!!! It is *dancing*!!!!
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'', before the boss fight with Melfice.
-->'''Melfice:''' Dance with me, brother.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
** Said by Silly Hawke to the Arishok when he/she accepts a duel with him.
** Also one of Varric's lines during the ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' [[ShoutOut portion]] of his Act 2 companion quest.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', James Vega challenges Shepard to a sparring match the first time they talk on-board the Normandy. "Think you can dance and talk at the same time?"
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'':
** One of Nero's taunt is to extend his ([[RedRightHand demonic]]) hand in a gentlemanly manner and ask "Shall we dance?". Said hand is also used for [[GrievousHarmWithABody tossing enemies around like ragdolls]], by the way.
** Dante, in the meantime, prefers "Let's rock!"
* In the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', the titular character shouts "Let's dance, boys!" before blasting apart angels.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', said to Ragna by Hazama before a fight. He even seems to put on a faux southern drawl just to be extra hammy.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has Brayko using a variation of this prior to his battle.
-->''"You came for a fight, you got one, buddy. [[Music/DavidBowie Put on your red shoes, let's dance...]]"''
* This is a favored line of Sam Rodrigues in ''Videogame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''. [[spoiler:Raiden says this to Senator Armstrong while also wielding Sam's sword.]]
* Xigbar in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' uses a one-sided version, [[CallingYourAttacks calling out "Let's see how you dance!"]] when he's about to perform his DesperationAttack. He stays stationary (and invincible) the whole time, but [[ThatOneAttack he makes you put on the moves]] by firing a storm of bullets at you from all angles.
* The signature [[PreAssKickingOneLiner battle entry quote]] of nearly every character in ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'', tweaked for each school's philosophy:
-->'''Hanzo Academy:''' ''I'll show you a dance cloaked in shadow!''
-->'''Homura Crimson Squad:''' ''I sacrifice myself to the will of our dance!''
-->'''Hebijo Academy:''' ''I dance for the honor of evil!''
-->'''Kagura Festival Executives:''' ''Dance in the festival of midsummer!''
-->'''Gessen Death Cram School:''' ''[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Sink into the dreams of sleeping souls!]]''
* ''VideoGate/GuiltyGear'': "Heaven or Hell? Duel 1! Let's ROCK!"

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' got this among other corny lines in the [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1591 Ninja Theatre]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''
-->'''Terry [=McGinnis=]:''' ''Let's dance, bozo.''
* Another instance in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}: When Lobo takes on the entire WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague (sans Superman and Batman) in "Hereafter".
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': As Skipper prepares to fight [[RodentsOfUnusualSize the Rat King]], he says, "Let's dance. I'll lead."
* One of the Spammers from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender's Big Score]]'' says, "You've got no code, no porn, and you're ugly. Let's dance!" just before evicting our heroes as they've taken all their stuff.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa'', Alex has to fight another lion as part of a rite of passage. When the other lion says, "Let's dance," Alex takes it literally and does a dance routine out of ''Theatre/WestSideStory''. He gets clobbered.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' gives us this right before Jake's final battle with the Huntsclan.
-->'''The Huntsman:''' Before I wish for your annihilation, AnyLastWords\\
'''Jake:''' Well, considering [[HighSchoolDance the occasion]], I have just two: Let's dance!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has Spidey deliver this line before his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind with the [[TheSymbiote Venom Symbiote]]:
-->'''Spider-Man:''' Now, ''mudstain''--shall we dance?

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Todd Beamer, on the ill-fated flight 93. "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let%27s_roll Let's roll]]."
->[[Music/DavidBowie Put on your red shoes and dance the blues!]]