El Dorado Warrior
: *gets mauled by giant living statue and thrown into a giant pillar* "... Heh! I'm okay!"
*gets stepped on by giant living statue*
A character is subjected to something which is clearly, obviously, incontrovertibly and usually quite messily fatal, or at the very least extremely painful.
There's a moment's pause for comic effect
And from the wreckage emerges a muffled "I'm OK.", sometimes accompanied by a thumbs-up. This trope is always Played for Laughs
, and exists as a product of Rule of Funny
Compare/Contrast He's Okay
, in which another character notes that the injured party isn't dead, and in a usually serious situation.
See also Non Sequitur Thud
for another common outcome of this scenario. Not to be confused with I'm O.K
, a video game.
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Anime & Manga
- Lampshaded wonderfully in the CP9 arc of One Piece. After the entire crew gets smashed through a wall by a runaway train, Luffy laughs off the danger. The rest of the crew, buried in rubble, say "Don't be stupid... we're not rubber like you... there's no way we're... ABSOLUTELY FINE!" they burst out of the rubble at the last bit, with little more than superficial bruising.
- After the Yellow Flag explodes for the first time Black Lagoon, Dutch calls out for his teammates to make sure they're still alive. Revy and Rock have already checked in, and after calling for Benny, Benny runs up through the doorframe to safety with a "miraculously, I'm alive!"
- Done in Fairy Tail, during the Oracion Seis/Nirvana arc when Lyon sacrifices himself to defeat racer, only to reappear a few episodes later, perfectly fine.
"Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."
- In the Act 1 Cold Open of Sailor Moon Crystal, this is subverted, after The Klutz Usagi's extended Pratfall Staircase Tumble down her household stairs and an Off Screen Crash.
Usagi's Mother: Are you alright?
Usagi: *yelling offscreen* I'm not alright! *Enters rubbing rear.* Ouuuuuch.
Films — Animation
- A Bug's Life. While Flik's idea to ride dandelion fluff across the chasm seems brilliant, he slams directly into a rock afterward. But he's still quick to inform us: "I'm... OK!"
- In Monsters vs. Aliens B.O.B is repeatedly stepped on by the huge rampaging robot.
B.O.B: I got him you guys, I got him! *stomp* Don't worry, I'm wearing him down! *stomp* Hot dogs! Ha! *stomp*
- Double-subverted in The Road to El Dorado when Tzekel-Kan's giant stone jaguar storms the palace:
(after being thrown around in the air, bitten repeatedly, paw-smacked, and landing on the ground hard)
Guard: (checks for bruises) I'M OKAY! *Stomp!* (muffled voice under paw) I'm still okay!
- How to Train Your Dragon - Fishlegs (after falling off a Gronckle):"I'm okay!" (Gronckle falls on him) "Less okay!"
- Toy Story - Woody after a toolbox falls on him.
- The Emperor's New Groove - Kronk after falling off the throne platform trying to catch a snack.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Inspector Clouseau vaults over a banister, falls down some stairs, and announces "That felt good."
- Death Proof. After a tense car chase that had Zoe Bell frantically holding onto the hood of the car, it ends with the cars skidding off the road and one of the protagonists opening fire on their attacker. She gets back in her car as he drives away, and sits there with her friend, shaking, clearly agitated by the whole experience. Zoe is nowhere to be seen for about 15 seconds, until she pops up in front, waves, and quickly says "I'm okay!"
- It's a Wonderful Life: Uncle Billy drunkenly walks off screen, then we hear a crash. "I'm all right... I'm all right!" Said crash was an accident and they Threw It In.
- Played for laughs in a TMNT trailer
- Dracula: Dead and Loving It: Dracula falls down a flight of stairs, then tosses off an "I'm fine!" A moment later, you can see his shadow limping up the stairs behind him.
- In the opening sequence of Hot Shots!, a fighter pilot slips while trying to repair his craft at cruising altitute and gets racked by the tailfin at several hundred miles per hour. In a helium voice he informs his co pilot, "I'm okay!"
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Concorde collapses after taking an arrow in the chest, but interrupts Lancelot's eulogy of him by saying "I'm not quite dead, sir."
- In Waking the Witch, Savannah does this when she's been poisoned and the villain is forcing her to summon her angel mother.
- Played for laughs in Crash Twinsanity, where Cortex is knocked into a (seemingly bottomless pit) and shouts "I'm okay! The spikes broke my fall..."
- In the Tokimeki Memorial series, Miyuki Kotobuki is the master of this. No matter if the Ferris-wheel makes an unexpected brutal stop that makes her hit the cabin's floor hard, or if she's run over by trucks, or if she nearly passed out from training at Dance Dance Revolution for a whole day, continually, without eating or drinking (and getting her feet very grazed in the process ; all of this to regain the trust of her partner who was angry at her lack of focus and left her), she'll always tell, in a dazed voice and swirly eyes : "Daijoubi-, daijoubi-" (a Miyuki-version of "daijoubu", "I'm okay").
- One of Eugene's dying quotes in Whacked is "I'm okay!", although he then thinks to himself, "This sucks.".
- Coming home to Elena in Pandora's Tower when her Baleful Polymorph is still in the early stages will make her hurriedly tell Aeron to be careful not to slip in the purple ooze she's leaking on the floor, or not to come too close to her in case he gets messy himself. An example of this not being played for laughs; some variations on the scene are even quite heart-wrenching as she's obviously on the verge of freaking out completely, but still manages to be more worried over Aeron putting himself in harm's way for her sake.
- In Scion the Charisma Knack "Never Say Die" which let's you give your allies Willpower points equal to the damage you took by invoking this trope.
- Done in this video at around the 0:51 mark.