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Ironic Echo: Live-Action Films
aka: Films Live Action

  • Forrest Gump:
    • Bubba's mother being served lunch by a white lady, using the exact same shot as the Imagine Spot of Bubba's mother's ancestors doing the same thing for their white employers. "…and so they shot him" is sort of one as well, considering the famous people Forrest has met (does the man have a death god following him?).
    • A less straightforward example is when Forrest's mother had to sleep with the principal just to allow Forrest to have a regular school environment instead of a special needs environment. During the mom and the principal's … "pleasure time", The Principal is faintly heard panting from outside. When the Principal afterwards asks Forrest whether he says anything at all, Forrest's response is to mime said panting (without realizing what it meant).
  • In Searching for Bobby Fischer, Jonathan beats an experienced player at chess and says "Trick or treat" (maybe a reference to Jonathan's own age?). When Josh beats Jonathan at the championship, Josh repeats the phrase.
  • Little Sweetheart: Thelma gives one to Elizabeth just before she opens fire, when Elizabeth tries to stop her by saying they're friends. As Elizabeth yelled at her that they're not friends earlier, after Thelma threatened her with the gun, Elizabeth really should have seen that coming.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Olaf arrives to save the Baudelaire orphans from being eaten from the Lachrymose Leeches. The phrase he uses to welcome the orphans is the same as the one he uses in their first meeting.
    Count Olaf: Hello, hello, hello. I missed you guys.
  • Pulp Fiction: In the 3rd scene of the movie, Marcellus Wallace is convincing Butch to throw his boxing match and says this:
    Marcellus Wallace: The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride fuckin' with you
    • And then later, when Butch has Marcellus on the ground, punching him in the face repeatedly after not throwing the fight, says this to him:
    Butch: You feel that sting, big boy, huh? That's pride FUCKIN' with you!!
  • Lampshaded in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams' line Sorry, I have to go see about a girl. is later used by Matt Damon and Robin Williams reply is "Son of a bitch, stole my line."
  • 300 goes the malicious route. "This will not be over quickly..." is used by Theron against Gorgo, then reversed by her when she gives him his comeuppance.
  • Miss Congeniality uses the second situation. "It is not a beauty pageant. It is a scholarship program!"
    • Also, before her transformation, Sandra Bullock's character Gracie answers a question with "Yeah." Candice Bergen's character Kathy Morningside (the director of the pageant) corrects her, saying "Yes." At the end of the movie, when Gracie is pushing Morningside in the car, the ex-pageant winner says "Yeah, yeah." Gracie corrects her, echoing "Yes" before shutting the door in the shocked woman's face.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as in the book, Professor Umbridge forces Harry to copy lines using a magic pen that etches the words "I must not tell lies" into the back of his hand. He proves how well he learned his lesson when, under attack by enraged centaurs, Umbridge begs him to tell them she means them no harm. "Sorry, Professor. I must not tell lies."
    • And in Deathly Hallows he does it to her again when she's trying to force a muggle-born witch to confess to stealing her wand from someone else. As it happens, neither of these instances occurred in the books; they were added to the movies as a bit of cruel irony.
  • A similar phrase was used in the stage musical Annie. When the FBI takes Miss Hannigan away, she pleads to have Annie witness to how good she treated her and the other orphans. Annie responds with the one thing Miss Hannigan always taught her: "Never tell a lie."
  • In Prince of Persia Sheik Amar and Dastan's brief discussion regarding Seso and his amazing knife throwing abilities. The first time was played for laughs, the second... not so much.
    Sheik Amar: Have I told you about the Ngbaka?
    Prince Dastan: Yes, you have.
  • Played with in the film adaptation of The Secret Garden; when Mary's name is called at the station in London, the children start singing the nursery rhyme "Mary Mary Quite Contrary". Later on in the film, Dickon starts singing it and Mary remarks that the children used to sing it at her on the boat from India. She then happily sings the rest of the song with Dickon.
  • A rather subtle version of this is employed in Back to the Future. Throughout the movie, various characters are constantly advising or admonishing Marty to "use your head." In the climax of the film when the DeLorean stalls, it only starts again when Marty thumps his head onto the steering wheel.
  • In Little Giants, the two coaches (brothers; the all-American versus the geek) put up their businesses (the geek's gas station versus the jock's car dealership) on the outcome of the game between them. At halftime, with the jock's team up, he taunts, "You'll always have a job at the full-service pumps." At the end of the game, the geek's team wins, and the jock wants out. After teasing him for a second, the geek retorts, "You'll always have a job at (my new car dealership)!"
  • In She's All That, when Taylor dumps Zack for Brock, she says "You didn't think I'd leave for college still dating you, did you? Oh, you did? That's sweet." Later, when Brock dumps her, he uses almost the exact same line.
  • At the beginning of Legally Blonde, Warner dumps college girlfriend Elle, saying "If I'm gonna be a senator by the time I'm thirty, I've gotta stop dicking around." At the end of the movie, when Elle is a promising law student and Warner tries to win her back, she replies, "If I'm going to be a partner in a law firm by the time I'm thirty, I need a boyfriend who isn't a total bonehead."
  • A Christmas Story has a recurring line: "You'll shoot your eye out." At the end of the movie, Ralphie shoots off his new BB gun, the BB ricochets and grazes his cheek just below his eye. His first thought: "OH MY GOD, I SHOT MY EYE OUT!". In the moments that follow, he steps on and breaks his glasses, which is effectively the same thing.
  • Shaun of the Dead plays this into the ground, including (but not limited to):
    • "You've got red on you."
    • "I'm sorry." "You haven't got anything to be sorry about..." "No. I'm sorry."
      • "I'll stop doing 'em when you stop laughing." "I'm not laughing."
    • "He's not my Dad."
    • "It's on random!"
    • "Big Al says so."
    • "Dogs can look up!"
    • "Oh, leave 'im alone!"
    • A non-verbal example; the two scenes in which Shaun walks from his house to the shop, which are filmed exactly the same. The first time, pre-Zombie Apocalypse, everything's normal. The second time, post-Zombie Apocalypse, the street is trashed and the living dead are wandering around. Shaun's equally oblivious to what's going on both times.
    • When Shaun is lamenting in the pub after breaking up with Liz, all of Ed's statements about what to do are the entire rest of the movie.
  • The last half-hour of Hot Fuzz runs on 50% Crowning Moment Of Awesome, 50% Ironic Echoes.
  • The World's End:
    • The pub names all echo the events of the film: they bump into Sam, Oliver's sister (The Old Familiar), Gary is banned forever at the Famous Cock, Andy discovers Gary's lie and the whole gang get cross with him while they fight with the robot teenagers (The Cross Hands), they decide to stick to Gary's plan of continuing the crawl to avoid suspicion (The Good Companion), discover that not all of the townspeople are robots (The Trusty Servant), they bump into Sam again and fight the twins (Two-Headed Dog), get seduced by robot schoolgirls (The Mermaid), then they discover the Network's plan (The Beehive). Gary then decides to continue the crawl by himself (The King's Head), Steven punches through The Hole in the Wall, and human technology is destroyed at The World's End.
    • The flashbacks of their first stab at the Golden Mile are redone, almost shot for shot.
    • Gary and The Network quote Primal Scream word for word at the film's climax, just as it was stated during the film's intro.
    "We wanna be free, to do what we wanna do!"
    • A few lines crop up in different contexts, like "you're never wrong" and "selective memory"
    • At the end of the original attempt at the Golden Mile, Gary sat in a field & watched the the dawning of a new day with Andrew & Steven, knowing would ever be the same as it was when they were at school. After the second attempt, the three of them are joined by Sam & wind up in the same field, watching the destruction of Newton Haven & the dawn of a new age for mankind.
  • In Batman Begins, both Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox get Ironic Echoes in as they reveal to Earle they've taken over Wayne Enterprises.
    • "Mind your surroundings."
    • "Don't be afraid."
    • "Finders Keepers"
    • "It's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you."
  • A Knight's Tale has the villain repeatedly taunting the hero with the words "You have been weighed. You have been measured. You have been found wanting." Much later, after the villain gets his comeuppance, the hero's sidekicks repeat the phrase back to the villain.
    • There's also a line uttered by one of the sidekicks early on; "God love you, William." "I know, I know. No-one else will." Later, it makes for a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming as said sidekick repeats the first sentence, and finishes it with "And so do I."
  • In Snakes on a Plane, the phrase, "Do what I say, and you'll live," is used twice. The first time, it is spoken by Samuel L. Jackson's character, advising a witness who is in mortal danger. The second time comes at the end, by the witness himself, advising Jackson on how to really enjoy life.
  • Being There: "I understand." (Movie version only.)
  • Shaft: Vic tells Shaft to "Close it yourself, shitty!" referring to the door of his apartment, echoing (non-ironically) the woman Shaft has just slept with. In the final scene, Shaft echoes the line, this time referring to "closing the case."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • "By your leave, Mr. Norrington!"
    • Subverted by Barbossa.
    Barbossa: (after Elizabeth tells him to leave) I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request.
    • Later in the movie, when he sends Ragetti to request that she join Barbossa for dinner.
    Elizabeth: You may tell your Captain that I am disinclined to acquiesce to his request.
    Ragetti: He said you'd say that.
    • There's also this gem...
    Elizabeth: (after failing to convince to the other pirates to go back with her for Jack) Bloody Pirates.
    • A little later on...
    Ragetti: (seeing the Black Pearl sailing off) Is it supposed to be doing that?
    Pintel: They're stealing our ship!
    Ragetti: Bloody Pirates.
    • "They're more like guidelines anyway!"
    • How about this one?
    Norrington: You are without doubt the worst pirate I've ever heard of.
    • Later still...
    Groves: He must be the best pirate I've ever seen!
    Norrington: So it would seem.
    • From the third film, Elizabeth uses the line 'It was my burden to bear' to justify not telling Will about feeding Jack to the kraken. Will uses the same line when it's revealed he led Sao Feng to the Pearl.
    • Barbosa claims the Brethren Court should rely on "the sweat of our brows, and the strength of our backs" when he wants to rely on Calypso to save them. After her betrayal, Elizabeth uses the same words to rally both Barbosa and the pirates to fight on their own.
    • Several times, the phrase 'it's just good business' is used to justify characters betraying one another. The final use is by Cutler Beckett, when he realises he's going to die after the crew of the Dutchman turn on him and accepts his fate.
    • "The Dutchman must have a captain."
    • One is even twisted into a Brick Joke when Pintel asks "Why is all but the rum gone?" , only to be told by Gibbs that the rum was gone.
    • Another one worth mentioning is Mr. Mercer's introductory line, "Evening, Guv'nor." A common British colloquialism, when uttered with a Deadpan Snarker, stoic pride, that masks a Slasher Smile, is made even more ironic at the fact that he just caught Governor Swann attempting to flee Port Royal in the middle of the night.
    • "Parley?"
    • When they first meet, Jack cuts a deal that Elizabeth finds underhanded and horrifying, especially as how it works to her personal detriment. She protests, to receive only:
    Jack: "PIRATE!"
    • In At World's End, Elizabeth cuts a deal that Jack doesn't approve of. He protests.
    Elizabeth: "KING!"
  • A hilarious example of this is in The Karate Kid Part II, the Jerk Jock of a martial arts teacher's saying is, "Mercy is for the weak. We do not train to be merciful here. A man who faces you is the enemy. Enemies deserve no mercy." which he drills into his students with full force. In the sequel he gets pissed off at the fact that his number one pupil lost to Mr. Miyagi's student who he thinks is a joke. So he takes it out on his pupils after he lost and starts to almost kill one of them until Mr. Miyagi tells him to stop. He doesn't listen and tries to take out Mr. Miyagi. He also ends up with shattered hands full of glass and on his knees — Mr. Miyagi didn't even touch him, it was all his own doing. While he's crying out in pain and begging for mercy, Mr. Miyagi in a dangerous voice repeats the line while holding the jerk's head in his hands: "Mercy is for the weak. We do not train to be merciful here. A man who face you he is enemy. Enemy deserve no mercy."
    • Everyone, even his loyal pupil believes he's going to finish the guy off. But at the last second instead of striking he honks the guy's nose and the guy passes out anyway.
      • The nose honk itself is also an echo, as Daniel does the same thing to Chozen at the end of the movie.
    • There is also the scene where Uncle disowns Chozen for not helping Daniel save the teenage girl during the hurricane. "Now too you, I am dead." Later when Uncle tries to talk Chozen out of his duel to the death with Daniel, Chozen reminds Uncle of what he said. "I don't hear you, Uncle. I'm dead to you, remember?"
  • In Changing Lanes, Ben Affleck's character pulls a Type 2 of sorts near the end — following the advice, but in a way which the advice-giver didn't intend.
  • In The Machinist, Trever first says "I know who you are!" repeatedly and angrily when he thinks he has worked out the identity of Ivan, and then later in a terrified tone when he actually has worked out Ivan's identity ( a sort-of personification of his guilt).
  • X-Men
    • In X-Men, Professor X asks Magneto "Why do you come here?", referring to the Mutant Registration Act hearings; Magneto replies “Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answer?” The roles are reversed at the end when Magneto is in prison and Charles comes to visit him.
    • In X2: X-Men United, Magneto sarcastically comments: "Wolverine, whoever goes into the dam needs to be able to operate the spillway mechanism. What do you intend to do? Scratch it with your claws?" Later on, that's exactly what he does (well, a bit more than scratch) to save all the protagonists from being drowned by the flood approaching down the spillway — smash a fist full of claw into the mechanism.
    • And in the third: "best defense is a good offense", as well as Wolverine throwing Magneto's us vs. them rhetoric right back in his face when he gets hit with the mutant cure.
    • X-Men: First Class:

      "First, I'm going to count to three. Then, you're/I'm going to move the coin."

      "Mutant and proud."

      "Just following orders."
    • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine's initial attempts to recruit Charles to help him ends with Charles recognizing Logan and telling him to "fuck off.".
  • In The American President, current US president Andrew Shepard makes fun of his rival running for office's catchphrase a few times throughout the film, which is "My name is Bob Rumpsen and I'm running for President!" At the film's climax, in a Crowning Moment Of Awesome, President Shepard makes a moving speech condemning Rumpsen and all his tactics, ending with the following twist: "My name is Andrew Shepard and I am the President."
  • Fairly early in The Deaths of Ian Stone, the title character's girlfriend recites to him, "Cross my heart and hope to die/Stick a needle in your eye." (It's a children's rhyme, in case you don't know, often accompanying children's promises.) He has in fact crossed her heart, inasmuch as they were apparently lovers of some sort before he developed a sense of ethics. She can't kill him, but is more than capable of putting him through enough torment for him to "hope to die." And when the first half of that rhyme is repeated? She really does stick a needle in his eye.
  • In the 1952 version of Moulin Rouge!, Jane Avril excitedly bids farewell to Toulouse-Lautrec in the first scene with the line, "There's the most divine creature waiting for me..." She says this again to say goodbye to him at the end, when he lies dying and hallucinates that the Moulin's dancers have returned.
  • Happens in Fist of the North Star. At the start of the film Kenshiro, not wanting to fight his former friend and love rival Shin, says that "The North Star and the Southern Cross should never fight", only for Shin to respond "That is true... but there is no North Star" just before almost killing Ken. At the end the film the roles are reversed, with Ken simply saying Southern Cross in place of North Star. Oddly enough, by that part it seems like Shin may be serious and honestly repenting what he's done, yet Ken goes on beating him to death.
  • In the Sex and the City movie, Steve admits that he cheated on Miranda and they fight, with him trying desperately to apologize and saying it was a one-time lapse of judgment, etc., while she says that now she can't trust him ever again. Near the end of the movie, Miranda admits that her slip of the tongue might have cost Carrie her marriage and Carrie winds up using almost the exact same lines as Miranda did to chew her out for it.
  • What Dreams May Come: Christopher tends to say the phrase, "Sometimes when you win, you lose," to somebody close to him when circumstances don't work out how they should (such as when he and his wife Annie decide to part ways after their children's deaths). However, after he has successfully travelled to Hell, located Annie, and redeemed her by not abandoning her in her time of need as he did in life, she walks up to him with a smile on her face and echoes, "Sometimes, when you lose... You win."
  • Grand Hotel (1932): "Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens."
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance has Lee Geum-ja being told, "Stop crying, bitch, it brings bad luck." by another inmate upon her incarceration. Geum-ja repeats this back to the same inmate, who was dying of kidney failure, when she gives her one of her kidneys.
  • Yentl has two: "Nothing's impossible!", first uttered to the titular character by her study partner Avigdor after he asks her/him to marry his ex-fiancée, later uttered by her when Avigdor almost leaves town after she refuses the favor. The other is "God will understand. I'm not so sure about the neighbors," first said by Yentl's father when asked why he is closing the windows if God will understand that his teaching her Talmudic law, which was forbidden to women at the time, is not with ill intent. It is said again by her to Avigdor's ex-fiancée (now her legal wife) in the same context.
  • In The Truman Show, every morning Truman greets his neighbor with the phrase "Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!" He says the same thing before walking out the door in the sky dome at the end of the movie and entering the real world for the first time.
  • Strictly Ballroom has "a life lived in fear" bounced around several times between Fran and Scott, with a final game-changing echo from Doug.
  • In the original film The Crow Albrect confronts Eric, saying "you move and you're dead". Based on his current situation, Eric's reply is "I'm dead and I move".
    • In The Crow: City of Angels, Ashe Corven does this with several of the targets of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "You're wasting your breath, Angelito! Nobody's up there listening!" "Nothing personal, sport." and for the Big Bad himself, "Pain is my power."
  • During the climax of Return to Oz the Nome King gives Dorothy a chance to rescue the Scarecrow by taking part in a potentially lethal game, and offers the sofa-bodied Gump the chance to take the first turn:
    The Nome King: Why doesn't the sofa go first?
    (after the Gump loses...)
    The Nome King: Next... Pumpkinhead!
    • Later, when Dorothy starts winning...
    The Nome King: STOP!!!
    Dorothy: But we haven't finished guessing yet! You promised that if we guessed correctly—
    The Nome King: I'M TIRED OF GAMES. I'M TIRED OF ALL OF YOU! WHY DOESN'T THE SOFA GO... FIRST?
    (he reaches down and tears the Gump's body off, consuming it whole)
    The Nome King: NEXT... PUMPKINHEAD!
  • In The Ghost and the Darkness, Remmington says to Patterson. "You've just been hit. The getting up is up to you." Patterson later repeats it back to Remmington.
  • Run Fatboy Run: Hank Azaria's character is piloting an R/C boat. When his girlfriend's son asks if he can try, he says, "No, but you can watch me do it." At the end, when Azaria is in the hospital, the kid adjusts the bed until he is nearly crushed. "Can I control the bed?" "No, but you can watch me do it."
  • Trick 'r Treat: Steven Wilkins wishes Mr. Kreeg a Happy Halloween, and the only answer he gets is "Screw you!" Later, Steven sees Kreeg through the window, banging on the glass and calling for help (it's not until the end of the movie that we find out why he needed it). Steven is uninterested in helping him. "Screw you."
  • "A chance for Captain Faramir of Gondor to show his character." in The Film of the Book of The Two Towers would have been a direct quote from the book. It becomes an Ironic Echo because the movie completely reverses Faramir's motivations in this scene. In the book, he overcomes the lure of the Ring and sends Frodo and Sam on their way; in the movie he succumbs temporarily and tries to take them to Minas Tirith.
    • Also in The Two Towers, Théoden makes a comment that they (the ones at Helm's Deep) are alone. At the end, when all seems lost, Éomer shows up with reinforcements, saying that Théoden isn't alone.
  • In the 2009 Star Trek, McCoy says to Kirk at their introduction, "I may throw up on you", referring to his air sickness. Later, when he injects Kirk with a vaccine that makes him nauseous, Kirk repeats this line back.
    Decker: Moving into that cloud, at this time, is an unwarranted gamble.
    Kirk: How do you define unwarranted?
    • And then later, after Ilia has been zapped by the probe:
    Decker: This is how I define unwarranted!
    • In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country this occurs with Spock and Valeris in which she is questioning his "lies" as Vulcans cannot lie. Spock continually states things that are untrue and gives justifications such as "I eggagerated" or "An error". At the end of the film she has betrayed themand he questions her lie to which she responds "A choice."
  • In Blue Thunder, Big Bad Colonel Cochrane's Catch Phrase is "Catch ya later", which he uses to annoy The Hero, Frank Murphy. At the end of their climactic helicopter duel, Murphy says the line back to the (now violently deceased) Cochrane as a Bond One-Liner.
  • In Key Largo, Rocco spends most of the movie armed and dangerous, threatening to shoot the hostages on the slightest whim, taunting Frank as a coward for surviving the war. When the hurricane starts turning Rocco into a quivering mass, Frank taunts back: "You don't like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don't you? If it doesn't stop, shoot it!"
  • In Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle, the title characters have an encounter with racist white hoodlums who harass an Indian shopkeeper with "Thank you, come again!" Toward the end of the movie, they encounter the same characters. Harold, who has been taking crap for the entire movie, finally snaps and boldly steals their truck. As they're driving away, Kumar victoriously taunts the outraged hoodlums with this same line.
  • In Empire Records, Warren is being dragged out of Empire Records kicking and screaming after being arrested for shoplifting, when Lucas delivers a parting shot. "Take care of yourself, Warren. Don't let the Man get you down." At the end of the movie, Warren returns to the store and scares everyone by pretending to shoot up the place. Though the gun is real, the bullets aren't. As the situation gets resolved, Warren finds himself in the employees' good graces after dropping the whole macho routine, to the point of even being given a job there. When the cops arrive to deal with Warren, Lucas again says, "Take care of yourself. Don't let the Man get you down." The irony is that Lucas is clearly mocking Warren when he says that the first time, but he sincerely means it when he says it the second time.
  • In Spider-Man, Peter is ripped off by his wrestling promoter, and when he protests that he needs the money the promoter sneers back, "I missed the part where that's my problem." Then, as Peter's leaving, the promoter is robbed, and Peter lets the robber slip past him. The promoter is outraged and demands to know why Peter didn't stop him from getting away with the promoter's money. Peter's response? "I missed the part where that's my problem." This chance to have an ironic echo backfires big-time for Peter when the robber he let get away ends up shooting his uncle. Well, the partner of the robber he let get away ends up shooting his uncle.
  • Demolition Man: "Is it cold in here, or is it just me?"
  • The Running Man. Killian is involved in multiple examples.
    • When Killian first meets the captive Richards he says "Hello, cutie-pie. One of us is in deep trouble." When Richards escapes and confronts Killian, he repeats the line back to him.
    • Killian talks about last year's winners: "there they are, and at this very moment they're basking in the beautiful Maui sun, their debt to society paid in full", while doctored video of them doing just that played. When the transmission is hijacked, the line is repeated, showing their real fate: dead and decayed in the game arena.
    • Killian tells his bodyguard Sven to eject Captain Freedom. When Sven doesn't immediately act, Killian says "What's the matter, steroids make you deaf? GET HIM OUT!". Later on, when Killian expects Sven to save him from Richards, Sven says "Well, I guess I've got to score some steroids" and walks away, leaving him to Richards' mercy.
  • The Princess Bride:
    Buttercup: Promise to return him to his ship!
    Humperdinck: I swear it will be done.
    Humperdinck: (quiet aside to Count Rugen) Once we're out of sight, take him back to Florin and throw him in the Pit of Despair.
    Count Rugen: I swear it will be done.
  • From the first Bring It On, after a terrible routine at Regionals, Torrence's boyfriend tries to cheer her up by telling her "You're a great cheerleader, Tor, and you're cute as hell. But maybe you're not "captain" material." Later, after Torrence found out he cheated on her, she calmly told him "You're a great cheerleader, Aaron, and you're cute as hell. But maybe you're not "boyfriend" material."
  • In the beginning of Enchanted, Robert asks Giselle if "[this is] a habit of [hers], falling off things?" She replies "Well, there's usually someone there to catch me." Later, when positions are reversed, she asks him the same question, to which he replies "Only when you're there to catch me."
  • In Duplicity, when the head of Equikrom's espionage unit is telling his boss about the history of Ronny Patiz, he mentions that Ronny made some kind of lotion. The boss asks if it was a cream or a lotion. Toward the end of the film, when Ray and Claire are selling Ronny's formula for a hair-growth shampoo to the Swiss, they are told, "This formula is nothing but a common skin cream. Sorry, a lotion."
  • In The Philadelphia Story, Dexter tells Tracy:
    Dexter: The fact is you'll never be a first-class human being or a first-class woman, until you've learned to have some regard for human frailty.
    • Later, Tracy unwittingly echoes the line to Mike.
    Tracy: The truth is you'll never, you can't be, a first-rate writer or a first-rate human being, until you've learned to have some small regard for human frai--
    • Also, Tracy says the following when talking about class politics:
    Tracy: Upper and lower my eye; I'll take the lower, thanks.
    • Ironically, Dexter uses the same expression when defending the upper classes to George.
    George: You and your whole rotten class!
    Dexter: Oh class my eye!
  • In GoldenEye, Alec Trevelyan, during his last mission with James Bond, declared "For England!" before being seemingly killed. Later, when he revealed himself as the villain Janus, he muttered "For England" after knocking Bond unconscious. At the end of their final fight, when Bond has Trevelyan at his mercy, Trevelyan says, "For England, James?" Bond answers, "No. For me," before letting Trevelyan plunge to his death.
    • Also, Xenia Onatopp tries to do this to Bond with another line that's repeated twice. When they first meet during a card game in Monte Carlo, she tells him "The pleasure is all mine." Later, after she's established herself as The Dragon and tries to kill Bond, he has a fight scene with her and makes her take him to Janus. Bond asks if she had a nice evening, and she replies, "Well, once again the pleasure was all yours". The line comes a third time later in the movie when she attacks him again, and says "This time, Mr. Bond, the pleasure will be all mine." However, this being a James Bond movie, he gives her a Karmic Death.
  • In Iron Man 2, Justin Hammer tells Ivan Vanko to not get too attached to things in reference to his bird. Vanko soon offers Hammer the same advice in reference to Hammer's drones.
    • At the beginning of the first film, Tony proudly proclaims that "the day weapons are no longer needed to keep the peace, I'll start making bricks and beans for baby hospitals". Later, when Tony has his epiphany, Obadiah Stane makes a similar remark, illustrating what Tony could have been if hadn't seen what his weapons were being used for.
  • Real Genius: Chris convinces Mitch to get revenge on Kent by telling him "It's a moral imperative." Later, Mitch tells him the same thing when convincing him to pass Hathaway's test.
  • In Trainspotting, Renton's "choose life" speech sarcastically lists all of the 'benefits' of sobriety, only to end with him questioning why he needs it when he's got heroin. At the end having cheated his mates and stolen thousands of pounds from them, he once again lists the same benefits of sobriety, but this time is fully sincere about living that life.
  • In Bad Influence Rob Lowe's character says, "You make a very funny face when you come" to James Spader's character while watching the videotape he made of Spader having sex, much to the latter's horror. Later in the film, Spader turns this around by saying, "Has anyone ever told you you make a very funny face when you come?" while holding a knife to Lowe's throat. It's something of a CMoA and a Take That for the character as well.
  • Hammed up in Fallen, as first and last line of the film: I'm going to tell you about the time I NEARLY died.
  • In Ever After, when Jacqueline (the nicer of the two stepsisters) tries to give her mother a reality check by reminding her that "it's only a ball," Rodmilla replies coldly, "and you're only going for the food." Later in the film, when Rodmilla and Marguerite are receiving their comeuppance, Jacqueline finally gets some of her own back for all of her mother's belittling:
    Rodmilla: Jacqueline, dear. I'd hate to think that you had anything to do with this?
    Jacqueline: Of course not, mother. I'm only here for the food!
  • The Russian film Adventures of Masha and Vitja has a scene where the kids find a house with a woman claiming to be a good witch who "likes boys and girls very much". She invites them to have a nap in her house and when she believes they are asleep, it is revealed she is a Wicked Witch when she starts explaining how she will cook the kids because "I like boys and girls very much" For a kid-oriented film, that's terrifying.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Destro's minion Doctor Mindbender tells research subjects "This will only hurt a little. What comes next, more so" before injecting them with Destro's nanomites. At the climax of the film Cobra Commander says the same to Destro when injecting him with a new strain of nanomites.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes:
    Evelyn: Hey! I was waiting for that spot!
    Girl #1: Face it, lady, we're younger and faster!
    Evelyn: *rear-ends the other car six times*
    Girl #1: What are you doing?
    Girl #2: Are you crazy?
    Evelyn: Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.
  • In The Monster Squad, bullies routinely pick on Horace by calling him 'Fat Kid', to which he ineffectually protests that "My name is Horace!" Then, after he's blown away the Creature From The Black Lagoon with a shotgun in front of those same bullies, who are cowering in fear behind a window:
    Bully: Hey, Fat Kid! Good job!
    Horace: My name... is Horace. [Dramatic Gun Cock]
  • We Were Soldiers, and Sgt. Savage's greeting to Sergeant Major Plumley: "It's a beautiful morning, Sergeant Major!" (It's met with a less than friendly response.) Towards the end of the film, after Sergeant Savage has Spent the last day and night pinned down behind enemy lines struggling to keep the men in his platoon alive, Sergeant Major Plumley looks at him and says "It's a beautiful morning, Sergeant Savage."
  • Early in Equilibrium, Partridge (who feels emotion, which is illegal and chemically suppressed in the future) quotes William Yeats to Preston (who's about to kill him), including the line "Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams". At the end after Preston himself starts feeling emotion, and kills all the guards protecting DuPont, the Big Bad DuPont who is also feeling but is exploiting the law for his own benefit tells him "Be careful, Preston, you're treading on my dreams". It doesn't seem to make sense, considering DuPont didn't hear Partridge use the quote, but he likely would have read any paperwork that Preston filled out, including the quote. The Ironic Echo was likely a last-ditch attempt to throw Preston off and gain an upper hand in their duel. It fails.
  • In Ushpizin, there is "Like that?" "Only like that." Said first when the main character is telling his wife that he only wants to be with her. Later, when she tells him that she's leaving so that he can find a wife who will give him children.
  • Max Keeble's Big Move does three variations: First is when Principal Jindrake tells Keeble that he "excourages" horseplay and slacking off. Keeble later uses that exact word when realizing that the manner he decided to take care of the bullies was not the right way to do so. The second is where Keeble tells Jindrake that his suspicions of Jindrake being a criminal were actually "ground-full" and then telling him to look it up when he protested the word. Jindrake did the same thing earlier in the film with the Excourage part. The third and last part is between Jenna and Megan: During their first meeting, Jenna explains to Megan that Megan is actually sitting in her seat, complete with "Can't You Read the Sign?" on the chair, and then telling her to "shoo-shoo!" Megan then tells Jenna those exact same words when Max explains that he's seeing someone (Megan) when refusing Jenna's invitation.
  • The Specialist: In the beginning of the film taking place in 1984, Ned says this to Ray during their CIA mission:
    Ned: Here's a tip: No fail-safe.
    • Fast forward to 1994, Ray says the same exact thing to Ned near the end of the movie when Ned steps on a bomb causing the booby-trapped warehouse to blow up.
    Ray: Here's a tip: No fail-safe.
    Ned: Pressure pads?
  • Total Recall (1990): After Douglas Quaid is captured by Cohagaan and is forced have his brain altered, he reminds the lead scientist to tell Quaid there's a party later. Richter, then ask the scientist if he'll remember his past after the operation. The scientist says no, which leads Richter to punch Quaid in the mouth - saying "See you at the Party". Quaid escapes and later fights Richter in an elevator. Quaid gets the upper-hand and as Richter falls off the elevator armless, Quaid repeats the same line, "See you at the party, Richter!"
  • In The Devils Advocate: While John Milton gives Kevin a job interview, Kevin asks John if they're negotiating? He answers, "Always". Later when John Milton, now revealed to be Satan, tries to convince Kevin to join his side, Kevin starts asking questions. John ask Kevin if they're negotiating? Kevin answers, "Always."
  • In Striking Distance, Jimmy Detillo says this to Nick Detillo after killing him when it's revealed that Jimmy is wearing a bulletproof vest:
    Jimmy Detillo: Who's the best cop now, huh? Who's the best cop now?
    • And said again by Tom Hardy before shocking him in the mouth with his tazer gun in the river:
    Tom Hardy: Who's the best cop now?
  • Enemy of the State: when Brill first meets Dean, he says "You're either incredibly smart or incredibly stupid" as he doesn't know why he's being followed by NSA agents. He repeats that phrase when Dean tells the agents that he has hidden the tape they're searching for somewhere else... when they don't have such a tape. (Dean is aiming for an Enemy Mine situation there)
  • I Could Never Be Your Woman: Rosie (Michelle Pfeiffer) comes across her daughter, Izzie (Saoirse Ronan), playing a video game. Izzie reveals it's her crush's favorite game, and she's trying to get good at it, so she'll have something in common with him. Rosie says, "Sounds like a firm basis for a relationship." Later on, Rosie's much younger date arrives at their house, and while looking around, discovers a bottle of medication, and that he takes the same kind. Izzie repeats "Sounds like a firm basis for a relationship."
  • While not a straight example, in the 80's classic Road House, in one scene, Corrupt Hick Brad Wesley has his goons destroy a car dealers lot as punishment for the dealer thinking about standing up to him and reminds him "This is my town. Don't you forget it." Near the end of the movie, after Dalton assaults Wesley's compound, Wesley is shot by several denizens who's property he destroyed; Frank Tilghman, the owner of the Double Deuce bar then says "This is our town. Don't you forget it," before firing the shot that kills him.
  • Inception has Saito asking Cobb, who's dubious about the inception attempt, "Do you want to take a leap of faith, or become an old man filled with regret, waiting to die alone?" When Cobb has to describe limbo to Saito he says that he'll be lost so long that he'll become an old man. Saito: "Filled with regret." Cobb: "Waiting to die alone."
  • In Dr. Dolittle 2, Dolittle tries to get an endangered bear to mate in order to save a forest. The Corrupt Corporate Executive tells him that won't happen so he makes an offer noting this way he can save face, won't have to admit he was wrong, and won't look like a fool. When Dolittle gets the animals to unite against him, he proposes they set up a meeting as it's the only way to save face, he won't have to admit he was wrong, and he'll get out of the situation without looking like an idiot.
  • Training Day: "You wanna go to jail, or do you wanna go home?"
  • "Someone stole that man's face" from Mystery Team. Originally said to convey disgust at an image by one character; later said to describe what the characters did to the Big Bad. Played very much for laughs.
  • In the Schwarzenegger movie Raw Deal, Kaminsky was forced to resign from the FBI after beating the shit out of a guy who had murdered a little girl. The district attorney's words to Kaminsky were "Resign or be prosecuted." Near the end of the movie, after Kaminsky has taken out the mob boss villain and his men, he finds the district attorney, who it turns out was on the boss's payroll. Kaminsky leaves behind a pistol, telling him to "resign or be prosecuted." As Kaminsky leaves, a single gunshot is heard as the attorney chooses to "resign."
  • "Good morning, Mr. Phelps."
  • In The Ten Commandments, Pharaoh says "So let it be written, so let it be done" when enacting his divine will. After the tenth plague, where his son was killed along with all the first born of Egypt, Pharaoh finally tells Moses to take his people and leave. As Moses walks away, he says "So let it be written...".
  • In I Spit on Your Grave, Jennifer has taken revenge on all but one of her rapists, who begs for mercy as she closes in for the kill. Jennifer responds with the line that he gave her during their assault on her — "Suck it, bitch!"
  • In The Smurfs, Gargamel constantly asks his cat Azrael, "Are you dead?", when something befalls him. Near the end of the movie, Azrael meows out this question mockingly at his master when Gargamel is hit by a bus.
  • In The Matrix trilogy, Agent Smith always uses "It is inevitable" or variations of the phrase. Later, when Neo surrenders to Smith in order to effectively defeat him (long story short, Neo has to merge with Smith to eliminate him while connected to the source), Neo says "You were right, Smith. You were right all along. It was inevitable."
    • Something the Oracle said to Neo:
    "You became the one because you chose to."
    • In Revolutions after Smith's "Why Mr. Anderson" speech
    Smith: "...why, Mr. Anderson, do you persist?!"
    Neo: "Because I choose to."
  • RENT: "I'll cover you" shows up twice. The first time, it's part of a Love Duet and an extended metaphor about a pair of lovers looking out for each other. The second time, it's part of a eulogy.
  • In the Kamen Rider Double movie Begins Night, Shotaro calls Phillipe "Akuma" (Devil) for his involvement in the creation of Gaia Memories. A little while later, when the two are trapped in the building together and need to team up to escape, Phillipe asks Shotaro, "Akuma to ainori suru yuuki, aru ka na?" (Do you have the courage to ride with the Devil?)
  • In The Shawshank Redemption, the warden talks to Andy about his bible, telling him that "salvation lies within." At the end of the movie, Andy leaves the warden the bible (which is shown to have concealed the rock hammer Andy used to dig his escape tunnel) with a note saying that the warden was right, salvation lay within.
  • Early in Wall Street, Gordon advises against getting emotional about stock. Later in the movie, Bud repeats this back to Gordon.
  • In The Social Network, the first scene has a woman accuse Mark of being an asshole. The movie ends with another woman reassuring Mark he isn't an asshole but he's trying hard to be.
  • In Collateral, Vincent tells Max an anecdote about how a man once got on the ATM in LA and died, with nobody noticing the corpse traveling around the city until much later. At the end of the film, as the same situation is happening to him, Vincent notes the irony similarity of his own fate just before he dies, and wonders whether anyone will notice.note 
  • Early on in The Breakfast Club, Andrew shouts at Bender, "You don't even count. You could disappear forever, and it wouldn't make any difference. You might as well not even exist at this school." Later on when they start opening up to each other, Bender says "What do you care what I think, anyway? I don't even count ... right? I could disappear forever and it wouldn't make any difference. I might as well not even exist at this school, remember?"
  • A few examples in The Avengers
    • When Loki first appears, Fury tries to defuse the situation by saying "We have no quarrel with your people": Loki responds "An ant has no quarrel with a boot." When Loki is captive on the Helicarrier, Fury says that one button is all it will take to jettison the cell, Loki included, and remarks (pointing at Loki) "Ant..." (points at button) "...Boot."
    • Tony sarcastically remarking that Coulson's first name is "Agent", then later, "His name was Phil." Bonus points for it being said both times in the same room, on different days.
    • A more serious one: while ferrying Captain Rogers to the Helicarrier, Agent Coulson says that "Maybe people need 'old-fashioned'" in response to Captain America's traditional suit, but clearly referring to the ideals Captain America represents. Later, at the team's darkest moment, Fury suggests that believing in heroes might be "an old-fashioned notion."
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While hunting Mr. Hyde, Quatermain saves Sawyer from being injured by falling masonry and tells him "Eyes open, boy. I can't protect you all the time". Near the end Sawyer protects Quatermain from Moriarty's attack and repeats the line back to him.
  • In I Can't Think Straight, the newly outed Leyla tries to convince Tala (the woman whom she's been having an affair with) to leave her fiance and come out as well so they can be together. Noticing Tala's reluctance, Leyla asks if Tala is in love with her fiance. Tala responds with; "There are things I love about him." Later on in the film, after meeting Leyla's new girlfriend, the now single Tala asks Leyla if she loves said new girlfriend. Leyla's response? "There are things I love about her."
  • In Diamonds Are Forever after Shady Tree gets James Bond out of the retort to question him about the fake diamonds that he and Felix Leiter had loaded into Peter Franks' body, Bond proceeds to leave the funeral parlor as he tells him and Morton Slumber, "My condolences, gentlemen!" All the ingredients of a Bond One-Liner except a fatality are present in those three words.
  • A variant in the Korean horror film White: The Melody of the Curse. While Eun-joo is still a member of the Pink Dolls, the other members mock her for being a former backup dancer. Cut to after she thinks she's safe and is a famous solo idol and they're trying to get back into the scene after recovering from her injuries. They come to talk to her about maybe getting back together. And Eun-joo tells them...that she could find them spots as her backup dancers if they'd like.
  • The Dark Knight Rises: After Bane delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Batman and proceeds to imprison him, he tells him "When it is done, and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die." Later, during the film's climax, Batman is returning the favor while trying to find out where Bane's hidden the detonator for his nuke:
    WHEN YOU TELL ME WHERE THE TRIGGER IS... then you have my permission to die!
  • In Tomorrow Never Dies, James Bond walks into his hotel room to find an assassin standing over the body of Paris Carver. He tells Bond that the news will report that the victim's body and that of an unidentified man were found in a hotel room. The assassin was right, as later a news report tells us exactly that - he just made a fatal error as to the identity of the unidentified man.
  • In National Treasure, Agent Sadusky tells Ben twice, "Someone's got to go to prison, Ben." The first time is during an interrogation concerning the theft of the Declaration of Independence; the second time, someone does go to prison... after Ben leads Sadusky to the someone in question.
  • In A Christmas Carol The Musical, Grace Smythe first sings "God Bless Us, Everyone" at her mother's funeral procession, then again (in the same tone) during the Christmas Yet to Come graveyard scene along with the other townspeople, in rejoicing over Scrooge's death.
  • Les Miserables (2012) has a visual Ironic Echo. During "Stars", there's a significant and striking high-angle shot of Javert's feet as he walks along the edge of a building. It's supposed to make him seem confident and dominant. The exact same shot is repeated just before he commits suicide.
  • Home Alone also has a visual Ironic Echo. Several times when Old Man Marley, the Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold, appears to Kevin, it begins by showing only his heavy boots complete with scary music. The first few times it`s supposed to convey Kevin`s fear of him. The final time he arrives to save Kevin and it's the burglars who are supposed to be afraid.
  • There are two in Pitch Black.
    • Imam offers to pray with Riddick, but Riddick explains that he has nothing but loathing for God. Iman says that even though the circumstances are grim, He is with them nonetheless. Later, when it starts raining which will make the flares protecting them from the aliens go out, Riddick cynically remarks "So where the hell's your God now?" And even later, when Riddick goes back with Fry to save Jack and Imam, Iman states "There is my God, Mr. Riddick."
    • The scenes at the skiff. Riddick tries to convince Carolyn to abandon Imam and Jack. Once she forces him to go back for them and they've returned to the skiff, it's Imam and Jack who quietly urge Carolyn to leave the fallen-behind Riddick.
  • In Dogma, when the demon Azrael has everyone cornered, Silent Bob is the only one willing to confront him. Confident in his abilities, he blows off everyone's worries with "Please, I'm a fucking demon!" When Silent Bob caves in his chest with the golf club, Azrael's Famous Last Words were "But... I'm a fucking demon..."
  • Jack the Giant Slayer: "There's something behind me, isn't there?"
  • Oblivion (2013) : Between Mission Control and Victoria, Jack's partner.
    Mission Control: Are you an effective team?
    Victoria: We are an effective team.
    (When Victoria betrays Jack)
    Mission Control: Are you still an effective team?
    Victoria: We are not an effective team.
  • In the 1989 film The Fabulous Baker Boys, real life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges play the titular brothers, talented pianists whose lounge act is past its prime. One bar owner they're trying to get gig from says simply "we'll call you." They decide to add a singer, Michelle Pfeiffer, and that turns their fortunes around. The same bar owner now comes to them asking if they can play his joint. They tell him "We'll call you."
  • In Man of Steel, with no other options but unwilling to give up, Colonel Hardy tries to use a knife against Faora. Impressed, Faora draws her own knife and says, "A good death is its own reward." Later, Hardy says this line back to her, right before he crashes his plane into General Zod's ship and activates the Phantom Zone portal.
  • There's a single red shoe in the wreckage of Tokyo in Pacific Rim. It turns out to be Mako's. The next time we see a single distinctive shoe, it's one of Hannibal Chau's gold-plated wing tips in the wreckage of Hong Kong. The Stinger reveals Hannibal survived and is quite pissed off at having lost one of his fancy shoes.
  • In Tim Burton's film version of Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett tells Todd that "life is for the alive" when trying to get him to stop obsessing over his actually not-quite-dead wife and instead think about the possibility of their future together. Later, Todd sings the line back at Lovett before killing her by throwing her into an oven. Interestingly, this trope isn't in effect in the stage musical where only the later occurrence of the line happens; the earlier exchange was added for the film.
  • In An Innocent Man hardened prisoner Virgil rhetorically asks titular innocent man James, who's been sent to prison due to being framed by two dirty cops "How often does a con get justice?" when he tells him of his desire to clear his name. He repeats the line triumphantly at the end when the dirty cops arrive in the prison for their crimes.
  • In The Call, 911 Operator Jordan (Halle Berry) is twice told by the Big Bad "It's already done." when she begs him on the phone not to torture and kill the victim he just took the phone away from. At the end of the movie, Jordan and his latest kidnap victim Casey (Abigail Breslin) duct tape him to a chair in his Secret Underground Torture Dungeon When he begs them not to leave him there to die, Jordan says "It's already done" just before she slams the door on him.
  • Early on in Taxi Driver, Travis amusingly tells Betsy he wants to get a sign that says he's going to get "organizized." When we finally do see the sign on his wall after Betsy has dumped him, and after he's well on his way to descending into madness, suffice to say the joke is...a lot less funny.
  • The film adaptation of ''Divergent has Jeanine explain to Tris why Divergents must be eliminated. Durng this explanation, she says "I must admit, there is a certain beauty to your resistance." After using Jeanine's own brainwashing drug to force Jeanine to shut down her scheme, Tris returns the line to her.
  • Queen of the Damned. During a conversation Lestat and Marius have midway through the film, Lestat notes that vampires don't settle old scores, they harbor them. Later in the movie Akasha tells Lestat that she has to settle an old score before confronting the other Ancients.
  • Ghostbusters: When Ray, Egon, and Peter try to catch the Librarian Ghost, Ray's plan consists of sneaking up on her and yelling "Get her!", which of course fails since they don't have the proton packs yet. Much later, when the Ghostbustes confront Gozer, Peter says, "Go get her, Ray!"
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie, Tom Servo reveals he has an Interocitor and when Mike blows it off at first, Tom replies "Doesn't everybody?" When their attempt to use it to escape fails and Dr. Forrester appears on the screen, he says "Auntie Em! Auntie Em! Surprise! Like who doesn't have an Interocitor?"

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