"All she needs is a mic drop. I swear, that's the only thing missing. She fucking owns everything that ever existed. She just needs a mic drop."
A character having just delivered an awesome speech or performance will emphasize just how awesome it was by purposefully toppling a microphone stand or dropping the microphone from shoulder level height just before leaving the stage. Expect a wide range of audience reaction, from Show Stopper
rapturous applause to Chirping Crickets
silence. This action is often, but not always accompanied, by using the stock phrase, "<Name> out."
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Live Action Television
- Community: Annie Edison finishing her eulogy for Star-Burns.
Annie: Edison out!
- Chang did it earlier in the show, admonishing Jeff for "taking advantage of the emotionally vulnerable".
- Parks and Recreation: Ben Wyatt (pictured) after condemning Denmark in the Model United Nations.
- 30 Rock: Liz Lemon at the end of her high school reunion.
Liz: Lemon out!
- Done by Peele (as Obama) on Key And Peele. A rapper in the street says "I'm the boss and the king!" Obama pulls up in his limo, takes the mic and says "I'm the leader of the Free World" and drops the mic.
- Maeby in Arrested Development s4e12, giving her presentation on Fakeblock to a room of investors.
- The Daily Show: Jessica Williams ended an epic rant about racism with a mic drop ... which she first had to pull out from behind her desk because she wasn't using it during said rant.
- A staple of pro wrestling which either ends a promo in dramatic fashion or more often a prelude to an asskicking. The mic itself being weaponized will also envoke this.
- King of the Hill: In the episode "Manger Baby Einstein" Luann grabs the microphone at the local kid's pizza joint and scolds her former puppet show fans. She ends her rant by dropping the mic.
- Done twice in Archer in the episode "The Wind Cries Mary". First when Archer is boasting about Lucas Troy and drops the control room mic, and again by Pam when she finds out no one (except Cyril) has filled out the Peer Review forms, despite the low employee numbers (even though there were 50 agents and a full office plus a receptionist in the pilot).
- President Barack Obama himself turned this trope into a Memetic Mutation when he did it onstage. Possibly in homage to the Key And Peele sketch.
- This is common for people to do after just doing some sort of musical performance, often rapping or rock/metal singing, or after some kind of angry speech. What makes it interesting is that they will always hold the mic up and out before dropping it, rather than just letting it go from holding it at their mouth. This is because it's a signal to the person running the mic's audio; when he or she sees the person holding the mic like that, he or she cuts the mic's audio so that it doesn't cause unbearable noise from the speakers when it hits the ground.