- Of course, the James Bond movies have used every variation of these, but one of the most memorable is in The World Is Not Enough. Elektra King is a former lover, and she tries to convince him not to do it with "You Wouldn't Shoot Me. You'd miss me". Bond's ice-cold reply after shooting her? "I never miss".
- In The Living Daylights Bond slashes his shoelaces when the villain is hanging onto his foot out of the back of a plane, sending him plummeting to his death. "He got the boot." Later, Bond detonates an explosive charge, collapsing a statue of Wellington onto the guy and crushing him against a diorama of the Battle of Waterloo, just so he could say "he met his Waterloo".
- Bond villains are not above giving their own lines, most notably hitmen Mister Wint and Mister Kidd in Diamonds Are Forever. After dropping a scorpion down someone's neck they explain his absence by saying he's been "bitten by the bug!" and after blowing up a helicopter utter the proverb "If God had wanted man to fly..."; "He would have given him wings, Mr Kidd." They also give the occasional Pre-Mortem One-Liner during their repeated attempts to kill Bond.
- OR, when they've just killed Shady Tree, another henchman says "we didn't get the real diamonds, so we need Tree... alive!". They reply, completely deadpan, "that's most annoying..."
- Also in Diamonds, when the same henchman is killed by Whyte's bodyguards during an assassination attempt later on in the film, when Whyte finds out who the stiff was that nearly offed him he gets what may be the funniest line in the whole movie: "Bert Saxby!? Tell him he's fired!"
- Max Zorin gets both in A View to a Kill when naming Thrown from the Zeppelin.
- Bond is directly parodied in this Rob and Elliot comic : ''It has to be the most depressing thing in the world for James Bond to just shoot a Guy.''
- Oddly enough, in Die Another Day, the Bond One Liner goes to Jinx, who, when Bond enters to find Frost dead, due to a stab wound in the sternum, she states "I think I broke her heart."
- Golden Eye stuck a lampshade on it:
[Q has just demonstrated a grenade disguised as a pen by blowing up a test dummy]
Q: Don't say it!
Bond: The writing's on the wall?
(Chuckling) Along with the rest of him.
- After killing Xenia Onatopp, Bond mutters, "She always did enjoy a good squeeze."
- Lampshaded again by Alec:
Alec Trevalyan: What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?
- A rather interesting example, in Licence to Kill, James has just sent a bad-guy to his gruesome, messy death in a crushing machine, one he is currently hanging over. When the movie's Bond Girl Pam Bouvier shows up to save him, she asks if he is alright. His response? "Switch the bloody machine off!" It's unique since—given context of the scene—it's almost surely unintended on Bond's part.
- Goldfinger has a henchman dispatch a reluctant investor by first shooting him in the backseat of a car, then driving said car into a junkyard where it is crushed into a steel cube. "He had a pressing engagement."
- Every movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it, except possibly Junior. For example, "Consider that a divorce" after putting a bullet through the head of Sharon Stone (when she says, "You wouldn't kill me, I'm your wife," while grabbing a gun and preparing to shoot him) in Total Recall (1990).
- One of the expansion packs for Red Alert included Tesla Troopers who made oneliners in a Arnie-style Austrian accent. "Shocking."
- Commando: "Let off some steam, Bennett", "I let him go", "Don't disturb my friend, he's dead tired", (when Arnold's old commander shows up too late with the cavalry) "Leave anything for us?"..."Just Bodies."
- Eraser has him shoot a rampaging alligator (don't ask) and utter the immortal line "You're luggage!" as he shoots it. At the end of the same movie, he parks the limo containing the celebrating Corrupt Corporate Executives on a set of train tracks just as the train is coming. When he gets back to his allies, he tells them "They caught a train."
- In Predator he puts a big ol' knife into a terrorist and tells him to "Stick around!"
- In True Lies, after getting into a fist fight with a henchman in a restroom, he places his head in a urinal and gives the guy a swirly while telling him to "Cool off."
- The Running Man alone could provide a career's worth of these. "First he was Sub Zero, now he's just plain Zero!" * cuts a man in half* "He had to split!" * after defeating Fireball with his own methods* "What a hothead!" * After sending the Big Bad through a soda sign* "Well that hit the spot!"
- Frequently spoofed on Late Night With Conan O'Brien: the fake Arnold will describe ludicrous scenarios and his "witty" one-liners, such as claiming he beat up an earthquake and then said "Let's get ready to not rumble."
- In another such encounter, Arnie describes a plot where he conquers the world with an army of clones, before stating, "Then I will take the cigar from my mouth, turn to the camera and say... IT'S CLONELY AT THE TOP."
- Or another time when Arnold wants to travel to the future to defeat Chinabots and Mexiborgs (long story), he turns to the camera and says, "Now THAT'S a blast from the past!"
- A Real Life incident when Arnold was hit with an egg gave us, "Well this guy owes me bacon now." The parody has the Bond One Liner where he describes "defeating" the egg with his rock-hard muscles and saying, "The yolk's on you!"
- Last Action Hero: After shooting a bad guy that was chasing him with an Ice Cream Truck, Arnold said, "Iced that guy. To cone a phrase".
- Last Action Hero parodied Bond One Liners into an art form. "Silent but deadly!"
- "Hello? I've just shot somebody! I did it on purpose!"
- "SEE YOU AT THE PARTY RICHTER!!!!"" * Tosses severed arms off lift*
- Notably averted in the Conan the Barbarian (1982) movie: no one-liners whatsoever, and The Terminator, since Arnold had very few lines in that movie.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day does give us a non-lethal variant; after kneecapping a guard: "He'll live." Justified because he had sworn not to kill, and John had to know that the poor guy would live to tell about that.
- Subverted by Jingle All the Way when he knocks out a reindeer. "You started it."
- This caused internet reviewer The Nostalgia Critic, who found this line underwhelming, to jokingly make up his own phrases for that scenario: "Hasta La Vista Rudolph", "No more reindeer games", and "I'll be buck".
- Kindergarten Cop: It's actually Arnold's partner who utters this line: "You're not so tough without your car, are ya?"
- Particularly in Arnold's comedies, if it isn't Arnold delivering a one-liner, it's a co-star. Consider Twins, where Arnold and Danny DeVito deal with a cold-blooded murderer/thief by dumping about a ton of chains on him. Once the chains finally finish piling up, DeVito looks in mild shock before delivering, "Now there's a guy with a lot on his mind."
- Parodied in Rush Hour, when Carter tells the man who had mockingly told him prior to "wipe yourself off, you're bleeding" the same when said villain is killed, this time saying "Wipe yourself off man...you dead."
- Parodied in the Austin Powers films, where Austin uses one of these after another until told to stop. He usually even admits he went a little too far when so admonished.
- A bit of Lampshade Hanging takes place in Hot Fuzz during the following exchange:
Danny Butterman: How's Lurch?
Nicholas Angel: He's in the freezer.
Danny Butterman: Did you say "Cool off"?
Nicholas Angel: Er, no, I didn't say anything actually.
Danny Butterman: Shame.
Nicholas Angel: There was a bit you missed earlier, when I distracted him with a cuddly monkey, and I said, "Playtime's over" and I hit him with the Peace Lily.
Danny Butterman: You're off the fucking chain!
- The movie Speed has Jack battling Howard Payne on top of a speeding subway train. Payne has the advantage, battering Jack around and strangling him while talking about winning because he's "smarter". Payne then pushes his head upwards as a low-hanging light comes up, cleaving Payne's head right off. He then utters the line "Yeah? Well I'm taller!". Later, after rejoining his companion who asks where Payne is, Jack simply replies "He lost his head."
- In Universal Soldier, Dolph Lundgren's character gets shoved into a wood-chipper at the end of the climactic battle. When Van Damme's character is asked where he is, he simply shrugs and says: "Around."
- Shoot 'em Up is filled with Smith, the main character, muttering about things he hates—guys over 40 with ponytails ("It doesn't make you look younger"), drivers who don't obey road rules ("Is it really so important that you get where you're going that much faster?"), and so on. The main bad guy, meanwhile, is clearly someone who feels empowered by his weapon, but is notably timid without it or when it's useless (such as when speaking with his wife)—even as he denies, as a supporting villain obliquely alleges, that he's a "pussy with a gun". At the end of the film, after Smith kills the man who's dogged him all the way through the movie, he reveals the thing he hates most: A pussy with a gun.
- Smith offers the following advice to a mook after impaling him through the mouth with a carrot: "Eat your vegetables."
- After shooting a gun with a thumbprint scanner with a hand that he cut off from a dead mook: "That's what I call a hand job."
- Surprisingly enough, the 2008 Speed Racer film contains THE GREATEST ONE LINER IN ALL OF FICTION.
Pops has just downed a ninja, in runs mom and Trixie
Trixie: Oh my god, was that a ninja?
Pops More like a non-ja. Terrible what passes for a ninja these days.
- The Untouchables: Eliot Ness throws Frank Nitti off a rooftop and onto a car; a few minutes later:
George Stone: Where is Nitti?
Ness: He's in the car.
- American Gangster: after basically executing a rival who had demanded 20% of Frank's business, he takes his money and puts a few bills in a jar next to the dead body.
"There you go. Twenty percent."
- Steven Seagal in Above the Law while covering a half dozen or so Mooks.
Mook: I don't think you can drop us all, bad ass.
BLAM! Mook falls from a bullet to the chest.
Seagal: You're right. But I'll get an 'A' for effort.
- Brother Gilbert gets off a few Bible-based examples in Dragonheart.
(Brother Gilbert shoots a bad guy with an arrow.)
Brother Gilbert: Pride goes before a fall.
(Brother Gilbert shoots another bad guy...in the ass.)
Brother Gilbert: Turn the other cheek, brother. (smiles)
- Played with in Lethal Weapon 2 when Murtaugh is attacked by an assassin in his home. The fight rolls into the garage where Roger picks up (you guessed it) a nail gun. However, after slaying the assassin, he averts the trope by remaining silent. Then another assassin shows up who is similarly dispatched. He then subverts the aversion with "Nailed'em both."
- This exchange at the end of the same film:
[Murtaugh gets shot at by the South African Big Bad
Big Bad, wielding credentials and gun: Diplomatic Immunity!
[Murtaugh takes aim and shoots him dead]
- There are a few of them appearing in TMNT, eventually leading to this conversation after a character has taken a fall:
Michaelangelo: Looks more like fall. Get it?
Leonardo: Mikey, remember our talk?
- Also, in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Michaelangelo and Donatello have just crushed a Foot Ninja between their shells, and Michaelangelo tries to come up with a good one-liner afterwards:
Michaelangelo: Donnie, looks like this one's suffering from shell shock.
Donatello: Too derivative.
Michaelangelo: Boy, I guess we can really shell it out.
Donatello: Too cliché.
Michaelangelo: Well, it was a shell of a good hit!
Donatello: I like it!
- Hudson Hawk has a few of these as well. The butler gives the Corrupt Cop his "cut" via blades in his sleeves. Later, Hawk decapitates said butler and remarks "Guess you won't be going to that hat convention, Alfred!"
- Hellboy, after killing the first Sammael with the third rail of the New York Subway System: "I'm fireproof. [lights a cigar with his still-burning hand] You're not."
- Completely averted in Cobra, at the end of the film. Stallone's character, Cobretti has just impaled the Night Slasher on a hook that eventually carries him into a furnace where the villain burns to death. Considering all the crap this guy has put Cobretti through by this point, it's quite surprising to find that he says absolutely nothing, just watches in silence.
- Parodied in (what else?) Dogma. Bartleby and Loki are intimidating a board of directors, and one of them reaches for the phone to contact security. Loki hurls a switchblade that impales the phone:
Loki: (heavily) All lines ... are currently down.
Bartleby: Will you please cut that out—
Loki: Oh, come on! That was great!
- There is also a parody of the Indiana Jones one-liner mentioned elsewhere on this page. Spoken by Silent Bob of all people.
- Transformers (2007)
Jazz: You want a piece of me, Megatron?! You want a piece?!
- Optimus Prime gets one in during Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In the grand finale, after thoroughly wrecking The Fallen and dropping his corpse to the ground, he quips "I rise...you fall." Not really much of a pun on the way he dispatched The Fallen, but rather a pun on the name "The Fallen".
- Sideswipe brags awesomely with "Damn, I'm good." after dispatching Sideways in the first scene of Revenge of the Fallen.
- "Decepticon punk."
- Star Wars Episode V gives us this one from Darth Vader after choking the subordinate who loses the Millennium Falcon.
"Apology accepted, Captain Needa."
- A non-lethal example occurs in the movie Chocolat. Josephine, after hitting her abusive husband in the head with a frying pan, utters:
Who says I can't use a skillet?
- Applesauce, bitch!
- The final scene of the action movie The Last Boy Scout has the two leads discussing future use of Bond One Liners.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day: After finally killing the T-1000, the T-800 is walking towards John and Sara, and says "I need a vacation!"
- Toxic Avenger: Toxie is one of the all time masters of the bon mote:
After shoving an old lady into a washing machine:(bad Asian accent)Hohoho, no ticky, no washy!
Before pulverizing The Dragon
's head in part 4:What's inside your head? Let's find out, shall we?
Before punching the Big Bad
in the stomach and pulling out his entrails(first movie): You fat slob. Let's see if you've got any guts.
After rolling a Mook
into a ball:After a long day of crime fighting, I like to play a little basketball.
- How can we forget Freddy Krueger?
- Ash Williams is good at these, as eveident in Army of Darkness:
"Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun."
- Alex noted the Big Bad former Angel Madison Lee "is so fired" after dying amid flames in the second Charlie's Angels movie.
- We can't forget about Undefeatable, can we? "We'll keep an eye out for you, Stingray." "Yeah, see ya!"
- Indiana Jones gets one in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While his father is being accosted by a Nazi officer, Indy tosses the officer through a window while disguised as a porter, then explains himself to the shocked passengers with:
Indy: No ticket!
- This is followed by a Funny Moment when all the passengers suddenly start rushing to show their tickets...
- This is parodied in the film Dogma, after Silent Bob throws the bad guys out of the moving train.
- And Indy's father Henry Sr., appropriately played by Sean Connery, gets one after taking down a Nazi fighter plane using his umbrella:
Henry: I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne: "Let my armies be the rocks and the trees, and the birds in the sky."
- Another one-liner from the same movie:
- The Long Kiss Goodnight, also an Ironic Echo:
Sam [after killing an intruder]: Chefs do that.
- The film of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, derided as it often unfairly is, pulled off this undeniable zinger:
Grueller: "Now, I'm a god!"
Pike: (stakes Grueller from behind) "And now, you're a coat-rack."
- The Fifth Element: "Anyone else want to negotiate?"
- A villainous variant occurs in the movie-within-a-movie in Home Alone, after a gangster guns someone down who'd been asking for his owed money.
"Keep the change, ya filthy animal."
- In the sequel (on Home Alone 2), it's "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal! *more shots* And a Happy New Year!"
- In Under Siege, after killing Strannix, Ryback tells him to "keep the faith".
- In another Steven Seagal film, Hard to Kill, Seagal's character stabs the villain in the chest with a broken pool cue, after which he says "that was for my wife. Fuck you and die."
- From the 1992 movie Kuffs after one of the two heroes shoots a mook in front of his companions. With a shotgun.
Mook: Twelve gauge pump, boys. They only got three shots. They can't get us all! *pulls out his gun*
Ted shoots him with a shotgun
George: Well, now we know he can add and he can subtract, so...who wants to be next, here?
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl a line where noone died, but it still worked hilariously.
Pirate: Say Good-bye!
* shops sign swings down and knocks pirate out*
- Man on Fire: Creasy does Bond proud multiple times, especially with this indirect example:
Elderly Man (In Spanish)
: In the church, they say to forgive...
- Right before he blows up a corrupt cop: "I wish you had more time."
- In Bowfinger Eddie Murphy's character is an action star going through a script that would have him say, "I enjoyed meeting you, Cliff," after throwing a guy off of a cliff. Of course he doesn't like the line because he feels its too cerebral and the audience won't get it.
- Played for Drama in Saving Private Ryan. American GIs gun down German conscripts on Omaha beach. One of the Americans jokingly asks the other what they had been saying as they held their hands up to surrender. The other replies, " 'Look! I washed for supper!'"
- Inverted in The Princess Bride. Westley goes through three men and the only one he doesn't have a one liner for is the one he kills.
- Seen in The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. Theron, goddess of light, is trapped in the high priest's staff. When they finally realize this, it's up to Daphne to break the staff, she hurls her weapon, and shouts at the priest, The light of Theron be upon you! This is the traditional greeting among her followers, but as the staff breaks and the light bursts forth, it overcomes the high priest.
- Better than a lot of Schwarzenegger's lines.
- Judge Dredd. After wiping out a room full of gang members single-handed, Dredd approaches the last guy alive, citing the various crimes he's committed over the course of the action sequence while listing the years the guy's going to get. He ends it with "killing of a Street Judge". The following then occurs.
Criminal: Let me guess. Life! (tries to shoot Dredd, Dredd kills him)
Dredd: Death... Court's adjourned.
- In Dredd, as a villain looks about to kill the title character, he says "Wait." After Evil Gloating about how the mighty Judge Dredd on the face of death is asking for mercy, Anderson riddles the guy with bullets. "Wait for her to kill you."
- Happens twice in Pineapple Express.
Dale: "Sorry, Ted. You've been served."
- Also a Brick Joke as Dale would say that to everyone he delivered subpoenas to, which was the whole reason Dale ended up outside Ted's house in the first place.
Matheson: (after killing Budlofsky who wanted to go eat dinner instead of killing Saul) I knew you was going soft. Dinner's gonna be cold tonight, asshole!
- Die Hard: John Mc Clane has a few: "Thanks for the advice, pal. " (in reply to "Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don't hesitate."), Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!, and "Damn hamster!"
- Hans says in the first: "I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life." (which was actually a Throw It In)
- In The Rock, after shooting a rocket at a nasty rogue Marine, ("Well, I only bring it up because, uh, it's you. You're the Rocket Man."): "How do you like how that shit works?"
- Just how long has this trope been around? In In Old Arizona, one of the Best Picture nominees for 1929, the Cisco Kid has this to say after arranging for his cheating mistress to be killed:
Cisco Kid: Her flirtin' days are over...and she's ready to settle down.
- The Good The Bad And The Ugly:
Tuco: "When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk."
- In The Golden Compass, Ragnar Sturlusson is beating up Iorek Byrnison, taunting him with, "Is that all, worthless cub!?" Iorek suddenly punches his lower jaw off and bites his throat, quipping, "Yes, that is all!"
- Selina Kyle gets one in The Dark Knight Rises after dispatching Bane as he tries to kill Batman, who still refuses to grab a gun even after threatening to kill him for endangering Gotham: "About that whole "no guns" thing... I'm not sure I feel as strongly about it as you do."
- In Mortal Kombat, Liu Kang delivers a devastating combo attack on Shang Tsung, knocking him into a spiked pit intended for Liu himself. As Shang dies, Liu utters out one thing:
- "Puny god."
- "You should have stayed in school." "You shouldn't have left."
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, Colonel Philips kills a Hydra soldier while he's in the middle of Hydra's Catch Phrase.
Hydra soldier: Cut off one head, and two more sh... [gets shot]
.Colonel Philips: Let's go find two more.
- Another from Red Skull, after a hapless mook tells him that they "fought to the last man".
- Tony says a couple of these in Iron Man 3. By far his best is after a fight with a man who walked away from a portable hand-repulsor shot to the face. Not making the same mistake, Tony blasts him with the one on the chest of his Mk 42 suit, breaking a hole in the wall behind his heart.
Tony: Walk away from that, you son of a bitch.
- In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, after getting Blackout run over, Ghost Rider says, "Roadkill."
- Pitch Black:
- (Riddick throws someone to the monsters in the dark) "One rule: Stay in the light."
- (Riddick disembowels an alien) "Did not know what he was fucking with."
- The Chronicles of Riddick:
(Riddick is about to abandon a Bounty Hunter
in frigid wilderness): "Biggest mistake: Empty Gun Rack."
- Rush (2013): A reporter had rudely asked Niki Lauda if his wife "could possibly still love you with how you look now." Lauda's rival James Hunt tracked the reporter down later, delivered a No Holds Barred Beat Down, and then spat, "Now go home to your wife and ask her how you look."
- TRON: Legacy: "Have a nice swim."
- In Stargate Continuum Ba'al drops a nice one when Apophis is brought in to be executed and, Defiant to the End, gives his executioner a thorough tongue-lashing.
Ba'al: That's actually rather good, isn't it? (draws his sword) Did you plan to say that when you walked in? (slices off the top of Apophis' head) Or was it just off the top of your head?
- In Kick-Ass 2, when Hit Girl kills Mother Russia by stabbing her all over her body with glass shards, she says in Russian, "I thought a cunt like you could handle all those little pricks."
- From Captain America: The Winter Soldier, after SHIELD breaches a room with hostages and takes out the guard:
Jasper Sitwell: I told you SHIELD doesn't negotiate.
- Undefeatable: A double-barreled one after Stingray's Eye Scream:
— Cynthia Rothrock: Keep an eye out for ya, Stingray.
— John Miller: Yeah, see ya.
- Invoked and defied in Kingsman: The Secret Service. As Valentine is dying from his wound, he expresses his disgust at having to listen to a lame death-related pun. But Eggsy spares him that.
Valentine: That's perfect.