"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. 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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
Pulls out a sack, filled with mics, and starts spilling them out onto the ground.
- 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).
- 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.