Mic Drop

"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."
The Nostalgia Critic, on the T-Rex from Jurassic Park.

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. Since this is a showy, arrogant gesture, comedy is frequently wrought by having self-effacing or rule-conscious characters do it. 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 the stock phrase, "<Name> out" or "Peace out".

Can also be parodied by NOT cutting out the sound while doing this, creating horrible sounding noise.

Examples:

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    Film 
  • In Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny JB knocks the mic stand over after the D's first "concert" (a one-song amatuer/open mic night). The audience is not impressed.
  • Bane does this in The Dark Knight Rises after giving his big speech to Gotham at the football stadium, tossing the microphone on the dead body of Dr. Pavel, whom he's just murdered.
  • Faith does this after finishing a song in Strange Days.
  • One of the trailers for Minions has Bob (the youngest of the three) do it after delivering a speech to the crowd.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • The actual Barack Obama did this on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at the end of a "Slow Jam the News" segment. Well, he didn't so much drop the mic as awkwardly set it down.
  • 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.
  • Comic Relief. Peter Dinklage does this at the end of his Red Nose Day song "I'm Still Going Strong" (about how his character on Game of Thrones hasn't been killed off yet).
  • Bobby Moynihan from Saturday Night Live seems to love this trope. In a recurring sketch where a number of eccentric characters come up to speak during a wedding/funeral/etc., he's played a character who exists for no other reason than to manically scream "WHAAAAAAAAAAT?!" and drop the mic. More recently, his character Riblet, who appears on Weekend Update to antagonize Michael Che by trying to one-up him as a news anchor, will typically finish his appearance with one of these.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • In Divekick, this is Kick's win pose.
  • Beowulf from Skullgirls has an attack where he hits the opponent with a microphone, and if the player holds the button, he'll drop the mic, causing it to hit overhead and give him some crowd hype to work with.

    Web Video 
  • In his review of Jurassic Park, The Nostalgia Critic, while gushing over the T-Rex's awesomeness, says it should have done a mic drop at the end. He does one at the end of the review for the hell of it.
  • On Escapist Magazine's show Jimquisition, the titular host Jim Sterling did it twice. Once after a rant on a topic he found especially worth his wrath (episode "Free-to-wait"), and another time to make fun of himself like usual — the mic was both plugged in and turned on, so it didn't so much drop as just swing back and forth hitting the podium.
  • In Epic Rap Battles of History, Elvis Presley does this in "Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presley".
    Elvis: Later weirdo, Elvis is leaving the building!
  • Forms a gag in Anime Abandon: Bennett says that a character has essentially just done the equivalent of the following:
    Drops a mic.
    Holds out his other hand, holding two mics.
    Drops them.
    Pulls out a sack, filled with mics, and starts spilling them out onto the ground.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Snips and Snails do this after their incredibly bad rap in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks, without cutting out the audio, resulting in a ton of feedback. Principal Celestia even remarks "please do not drop the microphones", despite being under the villain's mind control at the time.
  • 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).
  • Steven Universe: In "We Need to Talk", during Greg's jam session with the Gems, Pearl showboats through a Fusion Dance with Rose Quartz, then finishes Greg's song with a mic drop. Afterwards, she tells him that his relationship with Rose won't last, since he's only human. Greg takes it as a challenge, and pulls a mic drop of his own in response... then immediately picks it back up.
    Greg: Ah, jeez, what am I doing? These things are expensive.

    Real Life 
  • 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.