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->''"This is [[TheNineties the '90s]]. You don't just go around punching people. [[LampshadeHanging You have to say something cool first]]."''
-->-- '''Joe Hallenbeck''', ''Film/TheLastBoyScout''

It is almost an official duty of an ActionHero to deliver sardonic one-liners. And what better time to produce one than just before the execution of the other official duty -- kicking ass?

'''Common variations on this trope include:'''
* A form of comic subversion in which the one-liner is stupid or silly. This has the potential to stall or confuse the opponent.
* A form of comic subversion in which the outcome of the intended ass-kicking fizzles, negating the one-liner or at least failing to justify it.
* A CatchPhrase or BattleCry that may have started as a one-liner, or may work as one to some degree.

ChewBubblegum is a particularly popular example. See also BadassBoast, BadassCreed, InTheNameOfTheMoon, and MyNameIsInigoMontoya. Contrast PreMortemOneLiner, which is often used to ''end'' a fight.

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!!Examples:

[[index]]
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Anime And Manga}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Comics}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Fan Fiction}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Animated Films}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Live-Action Films}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Literature}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Live-Action TV}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Music}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Video Games}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Web Animation}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Web Comics}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Web Original}}
* PreAssKickingOneLiner/{{Western Animation}}
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CMPunk, [[OneOfUs a true comic fan]], has been using the Thing's catchphrase "It's clobberin' time!" throughout his career. Right as he comes through the curtain, he stops on the stage and delivers the line right before his match. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dhl8mlKToTY]]
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}: "YOU'RE NEXT!!!" Enough said.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible: "[[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%203:12-30;&version=31; I have a message for you from the Lord]]."
** "[[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2017:45-50;&version=31; ... and He will give all of you into our hands.]]"
*** This one is really more of a Pre Ass Kicking Speech.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] action scenes often use Pre-Asskicking One-Liners -- like ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and ''Theatre/HenryIVPart1''.
** Macbeth: "Lay on, Macduff, and damn'd be him who first cries, 'Hold! Enough!'"
*** Macduff gets his own, with "Turn, hell-hound, turn!"
** Henry V, "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"
** Several from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'':
--->'''Tybalt:''' What, drawn and talk of peace?! I hate the word. As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!\\
'''Mercutio:''' Come sir, your ''passado''.\\
'''Romeo:''' This shall determine that.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': BENJAMIN BARKER!
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has Nidhiki's line to Tuyet:
-->'''Nidhiki''': Hi, dear. I'm home.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Pretty much every fight sequence in the first Season of ''RoseGunsDays'' is preceeded by a witty line, almost to the point of parody. This pattern pretty much disapears from Season 2 on, though.
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