One-Liner, Name... One-Liner
You love scrapbooking. Cameron:
Do I, Mitchell? Do I? [exits] Mitchell
: No, stop. Don't do the double-question-thing to prove a point. I hate it when people do that.
Have you ever noticed how sometimes, a character emphasises a dramatic line by ending it with the addressee's name, and repeating the line?
I sure have, Tropey. I suuure have.
Often used as a dramatic bookend before the credits or commercial break, or a cliffhanger ending. A variant common enough to get its own trope is "I don't know, Billy... I just don't know.
Not to be confused with One-Liner Echo
, where a different
character repeats the line. Compare Call Back
, where a line is echoed much later — this is when the line is echoed straight away. See also The Name Is Bond, James Bond
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Advertising, Troper, Advertising
- Enterprise Car Rentals has a narrator that does this at the end of their commercials. The driver of a car says something along the lines of "I can get used to this." The narrator replies, "Indeed you can, business person. Indeed you can."
Comics, Troper, Comics
- Empowered used this for The Reveal of Ninjette's real name: "You're welcome, Kozue Kaburagi!... you're welcome."
Films, Troper, Animated Films
Films, Troper, Live Action Films
Farmer Hoggett: That'll do, pig... that'll do.
- Pulp Fiction: "Zed's dead, baby... Zed's dead."
- Forrest Gump: "Run, Forrest, run!"
- Chinatown: "Forget it, Jake. Forget it."
- Star Wars did it: "Run, Luke, run!"
- Rambo: "It's over, Johnny. It's over!"
- Old School: "Y-You're crazy, man! You're crazy!" Something of a Memetic Mutation with someone's name substituted for "man".
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Brand uses this in The Goonies.
- Aliens: "Game Over, man! Game Over!"
- William Petersen's "impossibly corny final line" in The Skulls, "delivered so overearnestly it would make his perpetually sunglassed CSI counterpart David Caruso blush";
"Well done, son... Well done."
- Raiders of the Lost Ark:
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: "I am, George. I am."
- Children of the Corn (1984):
Resurrected!Isaac: He wants you too, Malachi. He wants you too.
- Contact: "Small moves, Ellie. Small moves."
Literature, Troper, Literature
- Gaunt's Ghosts: "Sure as sure, Tanith. Sure as sure."
- The Outsiders: "Stay gold, Ponyboy... Stay gold..."
- "The Adventure of the Lost World", a Sherlock Holmes parody in which Holmes disguises himself as a one-legged man, much to Watson's confusion:
"Ah, Watson", said Holmes in a voice of immensely pleased conceit, "you have been making the assumption all the time that I had two legs to begin with."
"But Holmes", I protested. "I have seen you run, and jump!"
"Have you, Watson? Have you really?"
- In one essay, David Sedaris says that in his family it was considered "queer" to do this.
- "Yet we may, Mr. Frodo. We may."
- Adaptations of Emma tend to include the phrase "It was badly done, Emma. Badly done." In the original book, it's just "It was badly done, indeed!"
Live-Action TV, Troper, Live-Action TV
- The Wire: Final line of Season 1.
Omar: It all in the game, yo. It all in the game.
- Horatio on CSI: Miami, one of the many ways he likes to ham up his dialogue.
- Lampshaded in an episode of Modern Family:
Mitchell: You love scrapbooking.
Cameron: Do I, Mitchell? Do I? (exits)
Mitchell: No, stop. Don't do the double question thing to prove a point. I hate it when people do that.
Cameron: (holding baby Lily around the door, in a falsetto) Do you, Mitchell? Do you?
Luke: When I want Dad to leave me alone, I just say "Do you. dad? Do you?" He gets real quiet and then I can walk away.
- Grey's Anatomy, Season 6, Episode 16. Dr. Webber tells Dr. Shepherd, "I had to pee in a cup today, Derek. I had to pee in a cup."
- Star Trek: The Original Series:
McCoy: I could've saved her! Do you know what you just did?
Spock: He knows, Doctor. He knows.
- Used to convey scheming on Three's Company. A friend of Jack's (who really wants to take over Jack's restaurant) has set Jack up for humiliation in front of his boss. When Jack says he can't wait for what he thinks is a party, evil friend says, "Neither can I, Jack. Neither can I."
- Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, the Chrimbus Special: "I think it was, Doc. I think it was."
- Horatio Hornblower: The characters seem to use it all the time.
- Jack Simpson has a rather weak one when he accepts one lieutenant's invitation to drink and a game of cards.
Jack Simpson: Gladly, sir, gladly.
- Captain Pellew likes this "speech pattern", and it is even more popular in Fan Fiction for his character. He delivers a memorable repeated one liner, lampshading his Improbable Aiming Skills when he shoots Midshipman Jack Simpson.
Master Bowles: [enthusiastically] Exceptionally fine shot, sir! If I may say so.
Captain Pellew: You may, Mr Bowles. You may.
- When Horatio returns to the "Indy" after his successful capture of Papillon and saving them from French corvettes, Pellew welcomes him with this:
Captain Pellew: Timely, Mr Hornblower, timely.
- In "Mutiny", Mr Bush seems unable NOT to mention Mr Wellard in front of the captain. Even though every time he says his name, Sawyer remembers Wellard is his new whipping boy.
Captain Sawyer: I am obliged to you, Mr Bush... Much obliged.
- Run, Joe, Run was a live action drama on NBC's Saturday morning line-up in the 1970s. It was about a German Shepherd falsely accused of an attack, so he takes it on the lam for thirteen episodes.
- Run, Buddy, Run was a CBS comedy of the 1960s about a man on the lam after running afoul of the mob.
- In How I Met Your Mother, Barney does this so frequently that the other characters see it coming a mile away.
Barney:...and call him I will, Ted.
Ted (stage-whispering to Robin): He's going to say it again really slowly.
- In a Saturday Night Live skit, a group try to give their friend (Darrell Hammond) a surprise party in his apartment, and wind up finding more about him than they wanted to know. As they're leaving one of the friends (Tim Meadows) says, "We saw the letter to Urkel, man, we saw the letter to Urkel."
Music, Troper, Music
- "Burn, Baby, Burn!" and "Burn Bitch Burn".
- "Go, Johnny, go!"
- "Die Motherfucker Die" by Dope.
- "Gone Daddy Gone" by Violent Femmes.
- "Run, Joey, Run" by David Geddes
- "Run, Boy, Run" by Woodland
- "Run, Baby, Run" by Sheryl Crow takes it to extremes; "Run, baby, run, baby, run, baby, run, baby, run..."
Radio, Troper, Radio
Theater, Troper, Theater
- Carousel: "Give it to 'em good, Carrie, give it to 'em good!"
- Echoed in the second act: "Tell it to her good, Julie, tell it to her good!"
- 1776: "Not well John, not at all well."
Video Games, Troper, Video Games
Web Comics, Troper, Web Comics
Web Original, Troper, Web Original
Western Animation, Troper, Western Animation
- Family Guy:
Peter: (to Meg)
That'll do, pig... that'll do.
- Also in the trailer for Passion of the Christ 2, Chris Tucker: "You crazy, Jesus! You crazy!"
- A cross-dressed Stewie to Brian: "I feel right, Brian. I feel right."
- The Simpsons got in on the act with Groundskeeper Willie's "That'll do, snake... that'll do."
- Drawn Together ("That will do, bitch. That will do")
- In Invader Zim: "Dumb like a moose, Dib. Dumb like a moose!"
Dib: Reign of terror, Gaz! Reign of terror!
- At the end of the American Dad! episode "Dope & Faith":
Brett, you're a Satanist! I could only be friends with you if you believed in... Brett:
Believed in what? [beat] Stan:
Whatever you want, pal. Whatever you want.
- Earlier than that, at the end of the episode 'Lincoln Lovers,' where Stan hugs his son Steve:
Steve: ...This doesn't make me gay, does it, dad?
Stan: Only if you get a boner, son. Only if you get a boner.
- Sealab 2021 might count in the early "Predator" episode (after Stormy suggests that he and [white] Debbie may have to repopulate the species together):
Debbie: That's disgusting!
Stormy: Is it, Debbie? (long beat)... Is it?
- The Ren & Stimpy Show: "There, there, Ren... there, there."
- Skipper from The Penguins of Madagascar likes to do this often.
- Clone High: "Stupid, Joan. Reeeeeal stupid."
- On Archer, when Krieger remembers his pig-boy.
That'll do, Pigly... that'll do.
- At the end of Adventure Time, "Web Weirdos":
Jake: Circle of life, Finn. Circle of life.
- The Mr. Men Show: Mr. Small has this as one of his catchphrases. The Phrase Catcher is always Mr. Nosy, whom Mr. Small refers to as "Nose" when he uses it.
Mr. Nosy: I can't believe he's not going to stay for the free breakfast pastries.
Mr. Small: Some people are a mystery, Nose. Some people are a mystery.
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers:
Monterey Jack: You bet it is, boyos! You bet it is!
- Regular Show:
"Yes dude! Yes!"
That's all there is, Tropey. That's all there is.