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
Films — Animation
- A Bugs 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 Emperors 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."
- Done magnificently in 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!"
- Its 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!"
- 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.
- Exaggerated in Phineas and Ferb. Phineas is in a NASCAR-like race and as a result of random destruction to the arena, most of the other cars go flying. They end up stacked artistically, some upside down. Then all the drivers popped out and simultaneously shout, "We're okay!"
- Also in "Wizard of Odd," when Suzie (playing the Wicked Witch of the East) repeatedly states that she's alive, even with the house right on top of her; everybody else ignoring her. Word Of God even commented in an interview that Disney will let them do all sorts of over-the-top slapstick as long as they use this trope.
- During the song "Extra-Ordinary" from the episode "Great Balls of Water", Candace mentions the interesting activities "underwater taxidermy, shopping for a suitcase". During the second of these, a shot is seen of Candace walking past with an alligator suitcase - the alligator looks exactly like it would in real life, except it has a handle, and its tail is holding a sign saying "I'm Okay!"
- "Just in case anyone is wondering what happened to old Doofenshmirtz, I'm okay!" (crash) "Okay, obviously not now."
- Played for laughs in Ruby Gloom, whenever the adventurous Iris crashes into something offscreen ("I'm good!") or when Misery gets struck by lightning ("Ow.")
- This was Eugene's catchphrase in Hey Arnold!.
- A played with example in Danny Phantom. Every time one of Valerie's ghost hunting weapons accidentally goes off, her father hears it and calls her name, prompting her to call back "I'm okay!"
- In the TV series of Men in Black, one episode was set in a dream world where everything went the way that Jay liked. Part of this was Agent Kay being ultra incompetent: he would regularly be run over by some alien device run amok, and shout (from a distance) "I'm OK!" subverted when Kay crawls into sight — as nothing but a skeleton — and shouts, "I'm OK!" [looks down at himself] "Whoa, what happened here?"
- A variation in Storm Hawks. A bunch of Blizzarians are playing around on snowmobiles, racing through ice caves. One of them decides to do a stunt by racing up the wall, leaping off, and grabbing a stalactite. As he and the other Blizzarians cheer, he lets go with his hands to do twin rocker signs, which causes him to slide off and plummet to the ground. There's a beat, then we see him lift his hand in another rocker sign, cheering. The other Blizzarians cheer along with him, while the Storm Hawks don't show much enthusiasm at all this.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, after a character is dropped in a Shark Pool: "I'm okay...kinda."
- Transformers Animated: Lugnut says this in one episode after Megatron interrupts his Punch Of Kill Everything to prevent him from destroying the Constructicons (then the Constructobots).