Now It's My Turn
So it looks like the villain has the hero on the ropes. The villain has just unleashed his superweapon - No One Could Survive That, surely! But wait! The hero's just fine! In fact, that just gave him more confidence. Grinning, he says something like "Now it's my turn!" and proceeds to unleash an even more powerful attack and save the day. Might cue a "Why Won't You Die?" from the villain. Can also be performed by villains against a group of Redshirts or in response to a Worf Barrage, with the retaliation being a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Essentially, this is Heroic Second Wind minus You Can Barely Stand. See: Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...
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Anime and Manga
- In Kill la Kill, when Ryuko fights Sanageyama the second time, her attacks do nothing. Sanageyama spouts out this phrase before beating Ryuko senseless with his kendo stick to show Ryuko how many levels he's taken in badass.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Nanoha said this during her last battle with Fate after she survived Fate's Photon Lancer Phalanx Shift then responded with Divine Buster. Then she immediately followed that up with a bind and the even bigger Starlight Breaker. Yeah, Nanoha doesn't play very fair. She loves to do this in general, letting the enemy hit her with their best attack, then befriending the fail outta them with a blast that'd make the Wave Motion Gun envious.
- Ash Ketchum from Pokémon used the phrase a lot. (Being based on a turn-based game and all...)
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Joey was the most prolific user of this. (It helps that they're playing a turn-based card game...)
- Black Cat's Train used this against a villain, after deflecting the villain's bullets with his custom-made gun, along with one of the freakiest insane faces.
- Alucard from Hellsing does this all the time, letting enemies apparently kill him before regenerating. Cue beatdown.
- This is basically what happens when Unit 01 goes berserk.
- Naruto: Sasuke Uchiha pulls this during the Chunin Exam Arc after effortlessly, instantaneously dodging Zaku's attack. His turning toward Zaku after knocking him some 20 feet all but says it. The look on Zaku and Dosu's faces confirm it.
- In Dragon Ball: In one corner: The entire Royal Military, in the other corner: Cell standing atop a plateau. The Royal military unleash everything they have, creating an enormous Smoke Shield. After pretty much demolishing the plateau through sheer firepower, the command is given to cease fire. After the smoke clears, Cell is unharmed, still floating where he was standing before the plateau got blown apart. As the Royal Military stands there in disbelief, some uttering 'but No One Could Survive That', Cell gives the following line before blowing the entire military up in a single blast:
Cell: "Judging by your silence I'd say it's my turn now."
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: At the end of the first Compilation Movie, the four Generals combine their battleships and unleash a Macross Missile Massacre on the heroes... only for Simon to reveal that he blocked the attack with Gurren Lagann's Deflector Shield. He then proceeds to retaliate with a Giga Drill Break laced with a Combined Energy Attack from his teammates, shredding the battleship with ease.
- V for Vendetta. Not nearly as blatant as the movie version, nor does he say "Now it's my turn". He does, however, give a monologue after being shot.
short-lived ongoingmini-series:Deadshot: "You've got one shot. Make it count."BLAM (mook shoots and misses)Deadshot: "That didn't count."
- Uncanny X-Men:
- Actually said by Wolverine at the ending of Uncanny X-Men #132◊. That line and the issue that follows are widely considered a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Logan.
- Kitty Pryde gets an homage to this - same panel, same line - during Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, after the Hellfire Club take down the rest of the team leaving her to go up against them on her own.
- Marv gets several of these in Sin City due to being Made of Iron. Dwight also got one after being shot in the face in A Dame To Kill For and again in Big Fat Kill when he is blown into a tar pit.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Taskmaster says this after Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and Spider-Woman beat the crap out of him, while showing he's no worse for wear (because, instead of just having photographic memory and reflexes, he has the actual power of adapting to his opponents' powers and strength levels).
- This trope's used romantically in this fanfic of the live-action Disney version of The Three Musketeers. Beware: slash and historical inaccurateness.
- At the climax of With Strings Attached, Paul is hit with a massive inferno attack that disintegrates a table he's holding. And he says: “Do that again! That felt lovely!” Though he doesn't unleash a retaliatory attack on anyone, since he's an Actual Pacifist.
- Discord posits this trope (or a loose variant of it) as a question in Chronicles of Harmony's End:
—Discord: "Fun as this is, don't you think it's my turn? Isn't that how this works, we go back and forth..."
- River in Serenity says just that before charging on an army worth of Reavers and killing them all. Of course, she didn't take a huge attack or something, only all her True Companions are incapacitated at that point. Her intent is a little different than most examples, however; in context, she means that it's her turn to protect her brother, when he's spent most of the series so far taking care of her.
- This type of thing shows up in James Bond films all the time.
- A wordless variant occurs in Goldfinger, courtesy of Oddjob. When Bond's attacks don't affect him, Oddjob shoots him a smug look before going on the attack.
- Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights
You've had your eight, now I'll have my eighty.
- In Dr. No, one of the bad guys is sent to kill Bond, but Bond makes it look like he's lying in bed asleep, and the assassin shoots the bed six times before Bond reveals himself. The bad guy drops his gun, and Bond politely interrogates him as he lowers his guard momentarily to light a cigarette. The bad guy quickly picks his gun back up and attempts to shoot Bond. Just watch the scene for yourself to see Bond's sheer awesomeness.
- Hellboy during his fight with the demon dogs in the first movie, says this, where upon he knocks the thing around by its tongue.
- The final battle of the first Blade movie inverts this. Blade has just sliced the Big Bad'a arm off and then sliced his body in half. The villain regenerates within seconds and utters the quote before moving at lightning speed and unleashing a world of hurt on Blade.
- The Monkey King in The Forbidden Kingdom says this just seconds after his revival.
- In V for Vendetta, V plays this straight by absorbing a colossal amount of automatic gunfire in his final battle, with the aid of some heavy armor. He then kicks butt while the goons attempt to reload, before struggling back to the Tube station with his mortal injuries.
- In the beginning of Van Helsing, as the title character is struggling in his fight to bring down Mr. Hyde, he shoots Hyde through the gut with a grapple, and attempts to pull the monster off Notre Dame. Hyde regains his balance, grabs the wire, and yells "My turn!" Then he dies from a serious case of Too Dumb to Live.
- Morgana le Fey in The Sorcerer's Apprentice after she dodges some plasma bolts thrown by the main character.
- Tony Stark does this with his first suit in Iron Man - minus the "now" and "it's". Granted, he doesn't exactly come out unscathed, but he still manages to kick some serious terrorist ass before bailing.
- In The Principal, Victor Duncan seems to be beating Rick Latimer during their final fistfight, till Rick catches one of Victor's punches in his hand and says, "My turn."
- Used to dramatic effect in Perry Rhodan to establish the Time Police as the threat it is in its arc once it stops hiding behind agents: a single Dolan no sells the weapons fire of an entire Terran fleet while its pilot purposefully waits for the realization to sink in. Only then does he actually start to shoot back.
- The Odyssey: In the final confrontation between Odysseus and the suitors, a group of the suitors, led by Agelaus, throw volleys of spears at Odysseus and his three allies. The suitors' entire first salvo misses cleanly; Odysseus, spurred by this, basically says, "Our turn, boys!" and the four of them throw spears back, killing one suitor each. This makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
Live Action TV
- Subverted in Dark Angel episode "Fuhgeddaboudit". After Max beats up Alec/X5-494 for a while, Alec/X5-494 says "My turn now, bitch." Max then distracts him, kicks him in the groin and takes him out. Read the full conversation.
- Variation occurs in Red Dwarf episode "Terrorform" when Lister, Kryten, and the Cat unload their bazookoids (Blasters designed for mining asteroids) at Rimmer's personified Self-Loathing. When the dust clears, it merely asks "Is it my turn now?" in a bored tone.
- Used by Clark Kent in the Smallville episode "Combat", before unleashing a hellacious beating on the superpowered killer, Titan.
- Used by Theokoles in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand when Spartacus and Crixus are dueling a tag-team against Theokoles, the Shadow of Death (who is totally undefeated). They enter the ring with Crixus announcing "Capua! Shall we begin?" and the two work as a well-oiled machine, fighting as one, to bring the giant down. They turn to the crowd, who chant their names, and then silently fall back into their seats. A medium-wide shot shows the giant getting back-up, and as they turn to watch him, announcing "Capua! Shall I Begin?".
- In Dino Attack RPG, when confronting the Darkitect, Pterisa dodged his bolts of Maelstrom energy and then followed up by firing one of her own lightning bolts back at him. She even said, "My turn," just before she did so. The Darkitect then got a villainous variation of this trope and, in his fury, successfully struck back at Pterisa.
- Super Punch-Out!!:
- During the Nick Bruiser fight you get to hit him as much as you like for the first few seconds without retaliation. For each hit you land, his strength goes up. Once he starts moving, if you were foolish enough to fall for it, his fists play out this trope.
- In the Wii version, during the Title Defense fight with Mr. Sandman, he poses with one arm down and groans "Dreamlannnnnnnnd" before his Big Apple Combo. If you try to punch him, he dodges, yells "My turn!" and delivers a very strong hook.
- Kingdom Hearts:
- This is Riku's specialty in the first game when you challenge him during the prologue. If you land too many combo hits on him without thinking, he'll rebound with a spring attack and take off a nice bit of your HP in the process. He even says "my turn!" before countering.
- Makes a reappearance in 358/2 Days In the final boss fight against Riku. In this case it can happen any time, at random, and the only warning you get is a slightly different sound effect and a flash, before any further hit trips the counter. God help you if you habitually mash the buttons from trying to pull off long combos...
- After the Normandy is lost during the prologue of Mass Effect 2, a fully-upgraded Normandy SR-2 can avenge her fallen predecessor during the finale mission, by taking out the Collector vessel in just two shots, all while easily dodging their frantic attempts to return fire.
Joker: How do you like that, you sons of bitches!Shepard: *Smirks* Get in close and finish them off...
- Then there's Thessia in the third game. After the brief battle with Kai Leng in the temple, in which you take down his shields, the cutscene shows Shepard unleashing a barrage of bullets at him that would have at least severely wounded any other enemy, but which he easily deflects with his biotics. His counterattack? Call his gunship: "Target the supports." The look on Shepard's face says it all.
- Used in Super Mario Bros. Z when Axem Red blasts Mecha Sonic with a giant laser, doing no damage.
- During Death Battle's Goku VS Superman match, Goku tries the Solar Flare attack. Because it is solar energy, it powers Supes up instead of hurting him. Superman then Neck Lifts Goku and says, "My Turn." before shooting him in the face with his heat vision.
- This occurs in an episode of Static Shock when The Joker, Batman and Robin make an appearance. After the Joker is foiled and lying prone on the ground, he calls out for Batman to help, and shocks the hand offered him. Virgil kindly repays the favor with extreme prejudice, after saying, "That looks fun! Let me try..."
- In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter Dodgeball", Dexter is forced to participate in school gym class and therefore becomes the target of bullies in a match of dodgeball. After several days suffering abuse, he finally invents something to assist him in defeating them. Cut to a CMoA, when Dexter utters the phrase after not flinching when balls get thrown at him.
- The Bloom/Icy battle at the end of the first season of Winx Club is basically a contest to see who can do this better.
- The Young Justice episode Agendas features a fight between two Superman clones, Half-Human Hybrid Superboy and full Kryptonian Match. Unlike Superboy, Match has all of Superman's powers, including flight, heat vision and a greater degree of Super Strength. Superboy is tossed around like a ragdoll until he's forced to resort to a device given to him by Luthor, which temporarily suppresses his human side. Cue Superboy pulling off a Punch Catch and growling "My turn!"
- Inverted: An Al Brodax Popeye cartoon has Popeye telling of his prehistoric ancestor, who in one scene is engaged in a fight with a prehistoric Brutus.
Popeye: (after getting hit numerous times with Brutus' club) When does I gets a turn?Brutus: Not yet. I ain't tired yet!