"When you kill your enemy, you wanna look in his eyes so he knows you're the one who beat 'im to death!... It also gives you the chance to give off some really zippy one-liners. Like, 'I hope you brought your wallet, because the rent in hell gets paid in advance!' Or my personal favorite, 'You just got Sarged!'"
What's better than killing your most hated enemy? Sending them into the afterlife with your voice in their ears and the knowledge of your badassery
in their head, that's what.
This finishing quote need not be a One-Liner
, but the longer your little speech goes
, the more likely the bad guy will find some way to evade your intended killing blow or worse, make you Talk to the Fist
. Consequently, Genre Savvy
heroes are advised to just Kill Him Already
and save the pithy quotes for immediately afterwards
. Of course, sometimes (as in the Heroes
examples) it seems that a Pre-Mortem One-Liner
somehow paralyzes your enemy while you deliver it, or maybe they're just courteous.
The monstrous equivalent
is less articulate. Not to be confused with a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner
, which is used at the beginning of a fight; these quotes are used to end
the fight. Also related but different is a one-liner delivered when escaping from battle
Give My Regards in the Next World
and See You in Hell
are subtropes. Compare Bond One-Liner
(aka Post-Mortem One-Liner) which is a humorous aside for the audience
. If the victim is the one speaking, it's Defiant to the End
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Anime and Manga
- Many characters from Dragon Ball Z are fond of these, particularly Vegeta. Although after 70% of them, it turns out the target is OK after all.
- Future Trunks gets two in particular where the subject is destroyed just after the One-Liner.
- "This is for Gohan!!" note
- "The nightmare is over, Cell! DIE!"
- In Bleach, after Avirama berates Kira for not fighting like a warrior should and Kira traps him with his sword underneath his neck, ready to decapitate him:
Kira: "A warrior does not beg for his life."
- Mayuri Kurotsuchi, after incapacitating Szayel Aporro Granz with the superhuman drug and a sword to the chest, not quite piercing his heart.
- Fist of the North Star: "You Are Already Dead."
- Death Note's Light Yagami: "I win, Near." Unfortunately for Light, about five seconds after said one liner is delivered, we discover that Near is one step ahead of the game and has set events in motion to counteract Light's grand plan. The Pre-Mortem One-Liner instead becomes a confession.
- That's only his last one, he actually uses "Good bye (Name of the victim)" several times, "Good bye Lind L. Taylor" "Good bye Raye Pember" "Good Bye, Naomi Misora" probably to gloat in the fact that he can kill them because he knows their names.
- "Why do you keep looking at your watch?" "Oh that? That's because I'm Kira."
- Hellsing's Alucard when he kills Luke Valentine: "I'm a dog? Then you're dog food."
- Guts from Berserk: "When you meet your god, tell him to LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!!!"
- Kiyomaro was fond of using "Checkmate" for awhile in Konjiki No Gash Bell.
- Aya gets a number of these in Weiss Kreuz. Particularly notable examples:
"I am neither the devil nor Death. I am just a murderer," just before killing Wunder X
"Don't look. It's the death of a man whose life is not worth living," to Kaori
just before Ken unloads a shotgun into the villain's mouth in the OAV.
- When manga artist Rohan Kishibe defeats Cheap Trick in part four of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by tricking it into getting dragged off to the afterlife. Before it goes, he uses his stand, Heaven's Gate, to open Cheap Trick like a book and write in a command. "I don't know if there is a Heaven or a Hell. But just in case, I will write... GO TO HELL!"
- In the manga of Fullmetal Alchemist, straddling the line between this and Bond One-Liner (being said after the killing blow but before actual death) is Major-General Armstrong's "You are among the weak who will become the foundation of this country," as she pushes General Raven into a wet concrete floor after stabbing him. Not only is it a pun, it echoes The Social Darwinist speech Raven had just been giving her.
- Ed's defeat of the two brothers in Lab 5 fits this. Specifically, his line just before blasting their Animated Armor body in half using Scar's signature trick:
Edward: "I just remembered this guy I don't like."
- In the first anime, Roy gets one before killing King Bradley, who has been revealed as a homunculus.
Mustang: "I don't know how long you've lived, Fuhrer, or how many times you've cheated death, but not anymore." *sets Bradley/Pride on fire* "It's the end of the line."
- Code Geass gives us Luciano Bradley who ask his victims "Whats the one thing you value the most? That's right — your life," right before tearing them apart with his robot's energy drill. LaterKallen Stadtfeld uses the exact same line before killing Luciano with an even nastier weapon.
Kallen: "What do you value most, Vampire of Britannia? That's right, your own pitiful life!"
Bradley: "You think an Eleven can threaten me!?"
- Medabots' Metabee ends his fights like this every time his Medaforce is activated in the dub.
- At the end of the first episode of the Read or Die OVA, Nancy uses one of these just before she applies an anchor to Otto Lilienthal's glider, sending him spiraling to his death on the Statue of Liberty. "Thanks for flying the friendly skies."
- Macross Frontier at the end of Episode 24: "Be scattered to the ends of the galaxy." Delivered by Brera Sterne just before he blows a meter-wide hole in Alto's fighter, which explodes shortly afterward.
- Shikamaru of Naruto to Hidan: "Right now, the god you should be worried about isn't your stupid Jashin or anyone else; it's me... because I'm the one who's about to pass judgement."
- "A god that man can perceive is no god! *BLAM*
- "Clench your teeth strongest... because this punch from the weakest is gonna hurt a little!"
- Black Lagoon has a number of these, given it's a 26-episode love letter to 80ies Hollywood action. Revy vs the neo-nazi captain is a good example.
Revy: Say hi to the Führer for me, would ya? *BANG*
- Ninja Scroll: Genma, BURN IN YOUR GOLDEN HELL!!
- In episode 21 of the gag spin-off series The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, Ms. Mori the maid delivers the following line while in the air, just before drop kicking (and deliberately missing) Tsuruya:
Mori: I'll respect your strength and give you a piece of advice: there's always somebody above you!
- "You know who isn't human? You know who isn't human? PEOPLE LIKE YOU!"
- Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory has this gem of a speech, right before an entire Earth Federation Fleet gets their asses nuked to Kingdom Come:
- Sailor Moon saw the perfect opportunity to destroy the Youma Castor and Pollux when the two demons started bickering amongst themselves. She also saw the perfect opportunity to tell them, "We'll show you some real teamwork!"
- Gintama had this memorable line by Gintoki before he defeated Oboro in the Courtesan of a Nation Arc and then used again by Takasugi before killing Sada Sada
Say hello to Sensei for me.
- Muska's "Goodbye! Enjoy the ride!" quip in the Disney dub of Castle in the Sky before dropping the soldiers to their deaths.
- In Earth X, we get this exchange:
Red Skull: I am God!
- In Star Wars Darth Vader to a Darth Maul clone, after Vader stabbed himself to get to Maul.
Maul: What could you hate enough to destroy me?
- Bullseye before killing a group of mooks with a handful of screws:
- The Dark Knight Returns: A variation, where the winner of the climactic fight dies, after delivering his last line: "I want you to remember the one man who beat you."
- In The Punisher MAX story are, "Long Cold Dark", Frank comes up with a suitable reply to Barracuda's endless chatter:
- Scud The Disposable Assassin pulls off one before he wastes Voo Doo Ben for the first time:
"Hey Ben, MERRY GOD DAMN CHRISTMAS."
- And again when he's got a gun stuck in Nathan Twist's mouth:
- Subverted and played straight at the same time in a Star Wars: Clone Wars comic. Adi Gallia, member of the Jedi Council member, is dueling General Grievous and her attempted pre-mortem one liner is countered by his actual pre-mortem one liner:
Gallia: You'd better hope they gave you deflector shields.
Grievous: No. Just extra arms. (Crushes her throat with aforementioned arms)
- In 52, Dr. Magnus gives us one epic one liner before unloading his gun into Chang Tzu: "You shouldn't have taken away my meds. I told you I do CRAZY things without my meds."
- From Iron Man: Extremis:
Tony Stark: You people wanted Stark Micromunitions? Have some. *Cue finger missile massacre*
- Excalibur #80:
recording of Stryfe to his android ex-minion Zero
: Congratulations. You're human. For the next eight seconds.
[base's self-destruct sequence activates]
- Divine Blood Eija Satomi to Hecate's ghost after realizing Hecate just killed Persephone.
- One in The Tainted Grimoire.
''' Dread Raven: I'm going to turn you into ashes.
- A Hero:
Dalek Sec: I COME FROM A PLACE WHERE GODS ROAM A-MONGST THE STARS, WHERE THERE ARE BEINGS THAT COULD E-RASE ALL OF RE-AL-ITY WITH BUT A ME-RE THOUGHT, THAT COULD BEND TI-ME TO THEIR WILL AND FREE YOU FROM HAVING EVER BEING BORN!! YET, NO MAT-TER HOW PO-WER-FUL THEY ARE, THEY ALL FEAR THE SAME THING.
Dalek Sec: NOT ME. A WO-RD; IT IS A WO-RD THAT CAU-SES SUCH FE-AR, THAT E-VEN THE LORDS OF TI-ME ARE SENT TO THEIR KNE-ES.
Kyubey: And what word is that?
Dalek Sec: EX-TER-MINATE!!! *blasts Kyubey*
- The Pony POV Series has several examples:
- Dark World!Rarity has a nice one right before she tears out Fluttercruel's Element of Chaos and kills her.
Nightmare Purgatory: Now, look forward to Hell.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 has the infamous "GARBAGE DAY!"
- Full Contact: "Then masturbate in Hell!"
- Dirty Harry has his famous speech, which is actually an offer for his enemy to surrender. The second time he gives it, at the end of the film, is very much in keeping with this trope, as Harry Callahan is in no mood to let Scorpio live after all he's done:
Harry: I know what you're thinking, punk. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, I've forgotten myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?!
"Go ahead. Make my day."
"You're out of bullets. And you know what that means. You're shit outta luck."
- The Rookie gives us another Clint Eastwood example:
"There must be a hundred reasons why I shouldn't blow you away. Right now I can't think of one."
- The Terminator series.
- Paul Kersey of the Death Wish series had some good ones.
- From Death Wish II:
Paul Kersey: [notices that the punk has a cross] Do you believe in Jesus?
Punk: Yes, I do.
Paul Kersey: Well, you're gonna meet him.
- From Death Wish IV:
Rapist: Who the fuck are you?!
Paul Kersey: Death.
- From Death Wish V:
Tommy O'Shea: Listen...whatever you want...whatever you need...
Paul Kersey: I don't need anything. But you...need a bath.
[shoves Tommy into a pool full of acid]
- Scarface: "Say hello to my little friend!"
- The Die Hard series:
- The Matrix: Trinity: "Dodge This."
- Also Tank in the same movie: "Believe it or not, you piece of shit, you're still gonna burn!"
- Pulp Fiction: Ezekiel 25:17 (sorta).
- Jaws: "Smile, you son of a bitch!"
- The Mummy Returns: "Go to hell, and take your friends with you!"
- Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has: "Now you can rule... in Hell!".
- In the movie Heist:
Bergman (Danny DeVito): Don't you want to hear my last words?
Joe (Gene Hackman): I just did.
- While on the subject of Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven averts the trope when Eastwood delivers the Coup de Grâce to Hackman's character:
I'll See You in Hell
, William Munny. Munny:
Yeah. (Shoots Little Bill in the face)
- A bit anticlimactic, but blowing someone's head off is a fairly snappy retort all its own.
- The preceding exchange should also qualify.
Little Bill: I don't deserve this. To die like this. I was building a house...
Munny: Deserve's got nothing to do with it.
- Return of the King: "No man can kill me!" "I am no man."
- It's slightly different in the book.
No living man can hinder me!
But no living man am I. You look upon a woman.
- Star Trek: First Contact:
- The new Star Trek:
Kirk: I got your gun.
- The Thing (1982). You can't really give him points for eloquence, but MacReady's One-Liner before blowing up the title monster is memorable enough:
MacReady: "Yeah, fuck you too!"
- The Dolph Lundgren movie, I Come in Peace (aka Dark Angel) was an entire movie built around the somewhat obvious Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
- Even James Bond did this instead of his traditional post-death quips Pierce Brosnan in particular:
- In Dr. No Bond tells Professor Dent: "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."
- In Moonraker before airlocking Drax, Bond says "Take a giant step for mankind."
- In GoldenEye when Trevelyan asks: "For England, James?", Bond replies: "No, for me".
- In Tomorrow Never Dies Bond tells the media mogul villain: "You forgot the first rule of mass media, Elliot! GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!".
- Earlier, to an Torture Technician sent to kill him: "Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job!" "Me too."
- In The World Is Not Enough Bond tells Renard (given some time earlier he revealed that he killed his partner/lover, Elektra): "She is waiting for you!"
- Gustav Graves from Die Another Day tells Bond: "Time to face destiny." After he is sucked by the opened door of the airplane and is hanging from it, Bond replies: "Time to face gravity."
- In Diamonds Are Forever Ambiguously Gay (though confirmed in the book, only hinted at in the movie) hitmen Mister Wint and Mister Kidd come up with a few during their repeated attempts to kill James Bond. For example, when they try to burn him alive:
: Very... moving. Charles Kidd
, Mr. Wint. [Wint and Kidd begin to leave Slumber, Inc. as the casket in which they had sealed James Bond inches closer to the retort] Alber Wint
: A glowing tribute
, Mr. Kidd.
- Coming across Bond a second time, right before taking him to what they this time assume to be his final resting place in an unfinished pipeline, they quote the proverb "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again." For their third and final attempt, there is of course the unforgettable Bombe Surprise.
- In Licence to Kill, after seeing that Krest's goons had killed Sharkey, Bond flips, grabs a spear gun and shouts "Compliments of Sharkey!" before spearing one of said goons, destroying their drug stash and stealing a plane carrying several million dollars intended for Franz Sanchez.
- Sanchez himself has one after two of the tanker trucks are destroyed.
- In The Man with the Golden Gun, when Hai Fat says that Bond's presence in Bangkok has become a problem, Scaramanga, right before killing Hai Fat with the Golden Gun, replies "That's no problem."
- This gem from Live and Let Die, when an agent is watching a jazz funeral:
Agent: Who's funeral is it?
Assassin: Yours! *stabs agent*
- Andy has one near the end of the first Child's Play, which doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for him.
Chucky: "Andy, no! We're friends to the end, remember?"
Andy: "This IS the end, friend!"
- ''Fight Club: "Tyler... My eyes are open."
- "Give my regard to King Tut, asshole." — Colonel O'Neil(l) of Stargate the movie, just before pushing the button to induce a version of Tele-Frag against Anubis (Ra's first warrior).
- Air Force One, "Get off my plane!"
- The Untouchables:
Frank Nitti: I said your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig. Now you think about that when I beat the rap.
Eliot Ness (pushing Nitti off the roof): Did he sound anything like that?
- True Lies: "You're fired", just as Arnie fires a missile on his Marine Harrier fighter, from which a terrorist who attempted to blow up Miami is hanging, sending it through a building and into a terrorist helicopter. After a prolonged fight on the Harrier.
- Nicolas Cage in a similar situation in The Rock (though firing at the enemy): "Well, I only bring it up because, uh, it's you. You're the Rocket Man."
- He also does one while "force-feeding" Deadly Gas to a mook: "Eat that, you fuck!"
- Hmm, while we're at it, here are a few more Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy gems:
- SCHKROO EWE!! (Screw YOU!!) Literally doing this to a villain with a power drill in the original Total Recall (1990).
- Knock Knock!! After bursting throught a door into a room full of soon-to-be-dead soldiers in Predator.
- Need a lift? (Throwing a guard off a ledge) and How about a light before incinerating Fireball in The Running Man.
- "No sequel for you." in Last Action Hero.
- Lampshaded once he gets to the real world. "You've seen those movies where they say 'Make my day' or 'I'm your worst nightmare'? Well, listen to this one. Rubber baby buggy bumpers!"
- "Let off some steam, Bennett." From Commando. After Arnie impales the Dragon-in-Chief with a broken pipe, which cuts into a steam vent and causes steam to shoot out of the whole in his body. Yeah.
Matrix: Remember when I said that I'd kill you last?
Sully: Yeah! Yeah, you did say that!
- The Princess Bride:
Inigo Montoya: Offer me money.
The Six-Fingered Man: Yes!
Inigo Montoya: Power, too, promise me that.
The Six-Fingered Man: All that I have and more. Please...
Inigo Montoya: Offer me anything I ask for.
The Six-Fingered Man: Anything you want...
Inigo Montoya: I want my father back, you son of a bitch!
- The Beast Of War (1988). The Soviet tank crew leave Koverchenko tied to a rock for the Afghan rebels after he threatens to report them. As one of them places a grenade with the pin out under Koverchenko's head he says: "If you want anything, just nod."
- In Hot Fuzz...well, let's just let the main characters explain it.
Danny Butterman: How's Lurch?
Nicholas Angel: He's in the freezer.
Danny: Did you say "cool off"?
Nicholas: No, I didn't say anything actually.
Nicholas: There was a bit earlier that you missed when I distracted him with the cuddly monkey, then I said "playtime's over," and I hit him with the peace lily.
Danny: (pumps shotgun) You're off the fuckin' chain!
- According to Word of God, the pun "rest in peas" didn't even occur to them until a friend mentioned it after the first screening.
- What about the scene with the kid shoplifting biscuits? Inspector Butterman tells Nicholas that he'll get his "just desserts." Of course, it's only revealed to be a Pre-mortem One Liner late in the movie, when Nicholas finds the boy's body buried with the rest of the NWA's victims. Then again, most of Skinner's comments prior to the nasty "accidents" that make up the first two thirds of the film might well apply.
- "It's not your village any more!"
- In I, Robot Detective Spooner's last exchange to V.I.K.I. is like this:
V.I.K.I.: You are making a mistake. My logic is undeniable.
Detective Spooner: You have so got to die. He then injects nanites into V.I.K.I, killing her.
- In Iron Man 1 Tony Stark tries this several times. The first, after being hit (in a primitive Iron Man suit) with a lot of bullets, he hisses, "My Turn!" and proceeds to cause lots of explosions in a munitions dump.
- Later with an improved version of the suit, he punches through a wall to get at one of the terrorists who had imprisoned him, pulls him through the wall, and drops him in front of the villagers saying, "He's all yours."
- This one from the end of Blade: "Some motherfuckers are always tryin' to iceskate uphill."
- Or the line from Blade II "You obviously do not know who you are fucking with!"
- Optimus Prime: "Give me your face!" (would qualify if he hadn't meant it literally...) "I rise, you fall!" kinda counts, as The Fallen is dying as Optimus says it.
- Another literal example: "You want a piece of me, Megatron?! You want a piece?!" "NO! I want TWO!"
- In Dark of the Moon Optimus has a literal and simple one with Shockwave ("You die!") and two others in succession:
Besides, who would you be without me, Prime?
Optimus Prime: Time to find out. (closes face mask and kills him)
- Sam also has one in Dark of the Moon:
Dylan: The kid who saved the world. You think you're a hero? YOU THINK YOU'RE A HERO?
Sam: No, I'm just a messenger.
- Transformers: The Movie: "Such heroic nonsense."
- "Megatron, is that you?" "Here's a hint!"
- Evil Dead 2: "I'll swallow your soul!" "Swallow this."
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU!
- Kill Bill: Volume 2:
Elle Driver: That's right. I killed your master. And now I'm gonna kill you too, with your own sword, no less, which in the very immediate future, will become... my sword.
The Bride: Bitch. You don't have a future.
- The Casper film:
Dibs: I've got the power! I've got the treasure!
Carrigan: And you have a flight to catch!
[Carrigan flings Dibs out the window]
- An indirect albeit amazingly badass example can be found at the end of Batman Begins, when Batman leaves Ra's Al Ghul stranded on a train that's about to crash and explode:
Batman: I won't kill you... but I don't have to save you.
- There's also one (though the person on the receiving end survives) from Scarecrow when he sets Batman on fire.
: Oh, having trouble? Take a seat. Have a drink. You look like a man who takes himself too seriously. You want my opinion? You need to lighten up.
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian:
- Sergeant Corris gets two in the Warhammer 40,000 fan-film Damnatus:
As he knocks out an enemy mook - "I can't see you any more."
And upon coming face to face with the film's supposed Big Bad
- "In the name of the damned Inquisition, I hereby adjourn this meeting!"
- Tank Girl. Both Tank Girl and Jet Girl.
- After dropping a bucket of water on Kesslee's head and shorting him out:
Tank Girl: Have I hurt you yet?
- As Jet Girl points a gun at her sexual harasser Sergeant Small:
Sergeant Small: Fuck Me!
Jet Girl: How many times do I have to tell you? I don't want to! [shoots him]
- In Independence Day, Russell K flies up to one of the alien ships and screams: "In the words of my generation: UP YOURS!!!!!!!" then collides with the aliens' death weapon and destroys the entire ship
Russell: HELLO BOYS! I'M BACK!
- The 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland:
Alice: Off with your head!
- The Patriot: "My sons were better men". (stabs bad guy in the throat with bayonet)
- Inception: "Paradox."
- Equilibrium: "I pay it gladly."
- "Harry Potter... the boy who lived... come to die."
- Subverted Trope: Harry had to get a taste of death in order to remove the piece of Voldemort's soul stuck in him. Relieved of that piece, he's able to come back and finally finish business.
- Also, earlier: "You've been a good and faithful servant, Severus, but only I can live forever."
- The Professional: "This... is from... Mathilda."
- Taken : "It was just business, Nothing Personal!" "It was all personal to me." * BANG*
- "I believe you...but it's not enough to save you."
- Pan's Labyrinth : "No. He won't even know your name."
- May not sound like much, but it is probably the cruelest thing that you could possibly say to the man, considering his obsession with passing on his family legacy. Considering him, it doubles as Mercedes's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Friday the 13th (2009) (2009 Remake): "Jason! Say hi to mommy...IN HELL!"
- Kevin Bacon's parting quip to the last Graboid in Tremors: "Can you fly, you sucker?!"
- Skyline: "Vaya con dios, you son of a bitch!"
- Wild Wild West. Jim West before killing a guy with knives in place of hands.
Jim West: No more Mr. Knife Guy.
- The Crow: "Victims...aren't we all?"
- "Is that gasoline I smell?"
- Averted. Gideon survives.
- T-Bird gives one to himself that is rather fitting, as it was from Shelly's book that he took on the night he and his colleagues murdered her: "Abashed the devil stood, and felt how awful goodness was."
- The 1991 biker film Stone Cold:
"Chains" Cooper:This reminds me of my father's last words: "Don't son, that gun is loaded!"
- RoboCop (1987): RoboCop accuses the Big Bad, but explains to the Old Man that he can't act against an OCP officer. They both get one when the Old Man spots the loophole:
The Old Man: "Dick, you're fired!"
RoboCop: "Thank you."
- Star Wars: A New Hope: Han Solo to Greedo, "Yeah, I bet you have." (and Han shoots first)
- Hidalgo, before Frank drops one of the mooks into his own sand trap:
- In Dredd: "You have been judged. The sentence is death."
- The Running Man: Stalker Buzzsaw is about to cut Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in half with his chainsaw and says, "I love this saw. It's a part of me. Now I'm gonna make it part of you. Richards turns the chainsaw back on him and before lifting it in between his legs to cut him half, says "That's okay. Keep it."
- The Devil's Advocate has versions of this, notably several pages worth by John Milton as his demons pursue Eddie Barzoon (although the speech is not for the benefit of Barzoon). Also, Kevin Lomax's simple statement of "Free will", before launching his kamikaze ploy.
- Unknown: "I didn't forget everything. I remember how to kill you, asshole."
- How can we forget Freddy Krueger?
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: "You once were a ve-gone, but now you will begone. "
- Later on, we get: "You are blowing up.....RIGHT NOW!"
- Saw: "Game over."
Brick Top: Pete, talk to me!
If you want your friend to hear you, you'll have to talk a lot louder than that. [Boom, Headshot
- Paul: A comedic variant. One of the guys in pursuit of the titular alien, a God-botherer of the first degree, yells out to another pursuer that he's on a mission from God. Said Agent gives us this gem: "Tell him you failed!" Boom, Headshot. Either to mess with the audience, or because some form of Laser-Guided Karma is involved, the shooter goes over a cliff shortly afterwards, while the shootee survives because his bible stopped the bullet.
- Con Air has "You're not getting near my daughter. Buckle up!" and "Cy..." "...onara!"
- Hollow Man: "Go to Hell" (just as she drops him into an... inferno)
- Innerspace: "Well buddy, this is how I spell relief!"
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (movie and Arcade Game): "MOLA RAM! Prepare to meet Kali - in HELL!" (though Ram doesn't die, right away, unlike his mooks)
- Grosse Pointe Blank — "Popcorn!"
- Battleship: Cora gets one in as an alien footsoldier standing on the deck of a ship finds himself standing directly in the line of fire of one of the turreted guns.
- A veteran manages to one-up her later.
Let's pump some lead into these mother-FIRE!
- P2: "Merry Christmas, Thomas.
- Thor has an attempt followed by one that works.
: It's said you can still hear and see what transpires around you. I hope it's true, so that you may know your death came at the hand of Laufey. [Loki strikes him down from behind] Loki
: And YOUR death came by the son of Odin!
- Subverted in Home Alone 2, in which Harry puts a gun at Kevin's head and is about to pull the trigger and do him in once and for all (just before the pigeon lady saves Kevin by distracting the crooks by dousing them with birdseed and letting the pigeons do the rest):
Harry: I never made it to the sixth grade, kid. And it doesn't look like you're gonna, either.
- Considering the gun was covered in varnish, he wouldn't have been successful in shooting him anyway, as proven when he tries to shoot the pigeon lady.
- The 1984 vigilante film Savage Streets has a fairly awesome one from Linda Blair's tough-girl character Brenda, who has gone vigilante on a street gang who has raped one of her friends and murdered another. The recipient of this line has just threatened to rape her and then cut her into little pieces:
Brenda: Sounds nice and kinky to me. Too bad you're not double-jointed.
Brenda: 'Cause if you were, you'd be able to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye! [launches a crossbow bolt into Fargo's neck]
- Iron Man 3 has one when Tony is about to kill the Mandarin. Subverted due to Killian surviving the initial blast.
Tony: JARVIS, do me a favour and blow the Mark 42.
- Man of Steel: "A good death is its own reward." Faora says the phrase to Hardy with this intention, but Superman stops her. Later Hardy says it to her while bringing both down.
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: Ghost Rider tells Roarke "Go home!" right before literally throwing him into Hell.
- The Wolverine:
Logan: You brought me back to say goodbye. SAYONARA! [tosses Yashida off a cliff after destroying his life support armor]
Yashida: Mariko. It's me, your grandfather.
Mariko: I buried my grandfather. [stabs him in the throat]
- The Heat: "You just gave me a ring, motherfucker!"
- Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus:
- Percy gets an awesome one in on Polybotes.
Percy: "I’d like you to meet my friend Terminus. He’s a god." *thunk*
- Frank also has a good one on Alcyoneus
Frank: "Welcome to Canada, idiot."
- In Michael Crichton's Timeline, the douchey Big Bad's attempt to mock the hero turns back against him. He had been telling the hero he would have to 'watch his death happen,' but when the hero finds a way to burn him alive before exploding him into pieces, he charmingly repeats the Badman's douchey line 'Watch it happen,' which sounds infinitely more badass in our hero's mouth.
- In an otherwise thoroughly disposable trash novel in a series I think was called The Wingman:
Wounded, Half-Dead Adversary: Am I going to die?
WHDA: How can you be sure?
Wingman: Because I'm going to pull this trigger.
- In Hamlet: "Follow my mother," as Hamlet kills Claudius. Damn that was cathartic.
- In some versions when the above line is cut, the PMOL duty falls to the equally cathartic "The point envenomed too? Then venom, TO THY WORK!"
- In a Spelljammer novel The Maelstrom's Eye happened when a half-kender who "studied art of some kind" in "some place called Kozakura" decided she's a Combat Pragmatist after all. So she picked up a double-barrelled scro harpoon-bombard and walked to the thing's previous owner, about twice her height.
- In the Alex Rider book Crocodile Tears, Desmond McCain, the villain, is about to shoot Alex, and says "You're going on a short journey to Hell." Alex has, in fact, just sent a barrel of petrol with an armed explosive device rolling towards him, and just before it explodes, killing him instantly, he replies to this with "Let me know what that's like."
- Dresden Files:
Duchess Adrianna: Cattle. You are c-cattle.
Harry Dresden: Moo.
- Although if his first shot had succeeded beforehand his phrase would have been "Bitch, Come get some." Which would have also worked well.
- Outcast of Redwall: "You have lived like a coward, now die like a soldier, sah!"
- In Stephen King's Wolves of the Calla, a character tells the legend of Lady Oriza, who, before killing Gray Dick, who killed her father, tells him this: "May your first day in hell last ten thousand years, and may it be the shortest."
- In the novel version of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, before Darth Vader kills Gunray:
Gunray: "Please! He said... we'd be left in peace!"
Vader: "The transmission was garbled. He said you'd be left in pieces."
- The entire scene is filled with these and Bond One Liners, from the moment Vader enters the room:
SAN HILL: "On the behalf of the leadership of the Confederation of Independent Systems, let me be the first to ..."
VADER: "Very well. You will be the first." (Seals the doors.)
- Ciaphas Cain, Cain's Last Stand: "Commissar Donal sends his regards."
- Which in some way also counts as Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
- From Traitor's Hand: "Impersonating an Inquisitor is a capital offence."
- Bored of the Rings: "...and this is your gall bladder, right above your chitlins!"
- A classic example from the Honor Harrington series in Ashes of Victory:
Oscar Saint-Just: So now what? A big show trial before the execution? Proof of my 'crimes' for the Proles and the newsies?
Thomas Theisman: No. I think we've had enough of those sorts of trials. Good-bye, Citizen Chairman.
- Shadow of Freedom raises the stakes with this conversation between Sir Aivars Terekhov and Brigadier Yucel:
- A Storm of Swords has several:
- A particularly dark one that later becomes a plot point from Roose Bolton before he slays Robb Stark.
Roose: Jaime Lannister sends his regards.
- Ser Gregor Clegane, before he crushes Oberyn Martell's skull.
Gregor: Elia of Dorne. I killed her screaming whelp. Then I raped her. Then I smashed her fucking head in. Like this.
Littlefinger: Only Cat.
- In Sidhe-Devil, Rudi Bergmonk catches the man most responsible for him being forced to kill his eldest brother. The guy tries to surrender. Rudi, a crook who's working with Doc Sidhe only in order to avenge his brother, replies, "You've mistaken me for one of the good [guys]." Bang.
- A slight subversion in Eoin Colfer's The Wish List, considering both people involved are already dead. Meg Finn has earned her final reward and is on the fast track up the tunnel towards Heaven, but the dog/human hybrid spirit of Belch Brennan attempts to drag her in the opposite direction, prompting (according to Saint Peter afterwards) the first instance of violence in the tunnel, accompanied by this:
Belch, you can go to Hell! (kick to the face)
- From the Old Icelandic Saga of Grettir the Strong: Thorfinn had made a botched attempt on Thorgeir's life and left his axe behind. Years later, cue the following exchange:
“Here I bring you your axe!”, said Thorgeir. Then he struck at Thorfinn's neck and cut off his head.
- Warrior Cats: One notable example is Firestar's final line before killing Tigerstar's spirit in The Last Hope:
Firestar: You lived like a rogue. You can die like a rogue!''
- In Hogfather, Death gets in one when taking down the Auditors:
And now there remains only one final question. Have you been naughty...or nice? Ho, ho, ho.
- In the Repairman Jack book Fatal Error, Jack gets ambushed and held at knife point by some guys who describe how they're going to torture him to death. Earlier in the scene, he tells them that if you're in a fair fight it means you didn't prepare enough. When he breaks free and pulls a gun out, he says, "You didn't prepare enough" before shooting them. This is especially awesome because Jack doesn't usually do one-liners, being a pragmatic fighter.
- From The Bible (Judges 3:20-23): "Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, 'I have a message from God for you.' As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly."
- From Mickey Spillane's I, The Jury, the hero detective Mike Hammer has just shot the villain: "The roar of the .45 shook the room. Charlotte staggered back a step. Her eyes were a symphony of incredulity, an unbelieving witness to truth. Slowly, she looked down at the ugly swelling in her naked belly where the bullet went in. "How could you?" she gasped. I had only a moment before talking to a corpse, but I got it in. "It was easy," I said.
Live Action TV
- In Heroes, Thompson tries one while doing a Click Hello... but Noah Bennet (AKA Horn-Rimmed Glasses) does it on him instead.
HRG: "Your last thought." [shoots Thompson]
- iCarly: Attempted by Spencer when he surprises Sam by hiding inside her locker. Sam slams the locker shut in his face, and he lampshades the trope:
Spencer: (annoyed at himself) I've gotta quit saying witty things before I blow.
- 24 season three, "No, you don't," as Jack kills Nina.
- Chuck has Roark saying "Hmm, real Shotgun Wedding," just before shooting Chuck at his sister's wedding, then immediately lampshading it by adding, "Just think, that terrible pun is the last thing you'll ever hear."
- NCIS has a version: at the end of an episode (Mind Games), Gibbs says "Enjoy Hell" to an unrepentant Serial Killer whose execution is imminent.
- "You have thirty seconds to live, Salim." *chuckle* (Truth or Consequences)
- The titular character of Merlin to Nimwueh: "You shouldn't have killed my friend."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Willow before flaying Warren Mears alive: "Bored now."
- That phrase, previously uttered a couple of times - in less dramatic circumstances - by a vampire (and thus explicitly evil) version of Willow from an alternate timeline, is a signal of how far "our" Willow has gone to the Dark Side.
- Buffy herself was so well known for offing baddies with one-liners that they lampooned it several times - examples include "Anne", where Xander and Willow fail in making good puns: "I've always been amazed with how Buffy fought, but in a way, I feel like we took her punning for granted", and in "Bargaining", by having the BuffyBot screw up pun attempts.
- Buffy herself Lampshaded her tendency to do it in "Helpless" - "If I was at full Slayer power, I'd be punning right about now."
- "I can hold my breath for a long time."
- In the grand finale of Angel, Angel's opponent hands him the perfect straight line for him to not only triumph, but to spin a CMoA-caliber Pre-Mortem One-Liner off of:
Hamilton: Let me say this as clearly as I can: you can not beat me. I am a part of them; the Wolf, Ram, and Hart. Their strength flows through my veins! My blood is filled with their ancient power!
Angel: Can you pick out the one word there you probably shouldn't have said? (proceeds to vamp out and hand him his ass)
- In the episode Heart of Gold:
Petaline: Ranse, this is Jonah. Say hi to daddy, Jonah.
(takes a gun from Mal and shoots Rance Burgess point-blank in the forehead)
Petaline:Say goodbye to daddy, Jonah.
- Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, Aeryn to Akhna: *indicates the newborn she's holding* "It's a boy, in case you were wondering."
- I'm River Song. *click* Check your records again. *Cue a Dalek begging for mercy*
- So like I was saying, Feel this!
- Cold Case loved this trope.
- Dexter likes to do this with his victims. One in particular when he kills Miguel at the end of season three:
You little freak! You think I'm done with you? You think this ends here?! IT DOESN'T!
Dexter: It does for you.
- An episode of Human Target:
A mook, to Winston, as Winston points a gun at him: "You hold your gun like a cop. From what I understand, cops don't go around shooting people."
Winston shoots the mook several times
Winston: "I'm retired."
- Occurs in Community episode Modern Warfare when ambushing the Chess Club:
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Rita tries her hand at this during the arc where Kimberly is transitioned out of the show to be replaced by Kat, but it's subverted because Kimberly doesn't die, she just suffers a concussion.
Rita: This'll ruin Kimberly's chances of being in the Pan-Global Games.
- Sarah Jane Smith gets in a nice one in "The Eternity Trap" when Erasmus Darkening seemingly avoids her trap for him:
Darkening: I'm disappointed, Miss Smith.
Sarah Jane: Well, I do hate to disappoint. (Springs the real trap)
- Jacqueline in the first episode of Young Blades after Mazarin's guard kills her father:
Jacqueline: You sent a good man to Heaven — now you go to Hell!
- Alphas: Stanton Parish works his Bad Ass Chessmaster mojo on a hapless guard, and finishes him off thus:
"That was the lesson. The lesson is: follow orders." ::stab::
- The Victim of the Week gets one in the Criminal Minds episode "Open Season". Two brothers who have been hunting and killing people in Idaho National Forest their whole lives kidnap an unprepared girl off the side of the road in another state, then release her, telling her they're going to 'have a little fun' before letting her run so they could track her down. By the end, she has stabbed one brother so he dies of his wounds, and she attacks and stabs the other, with the BAU finishing him. As the second man lays dying, she sits next to him and stares into his face.
Bobbi: How's it feel, you son of a bitch? Looks like I had all the fun. <the killer dies>
- Arrow gets an awesome one when fighting The Count.
Oliver: Enjoy the fruits of your labor. <Injects him.>
- Star Trek: Voyager: Janeway's line to Anorax as she puts Voyager on a collision course with his timeship.
- Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger has Captain Marvelous deliver one to Emperor Akudos as the villain suffers a major breakdown.
Marvelous: You can whine about it to your son in the afterlife!
- Jekyll and Hyde: "Bad news from God, Teddy."
- Most of Hyde's victims get this treatment, including "General, I'm happy to inform you that you have been relieved from your duties... All of them!", and "You shouldn't wear your diamonds out on the street; you never know who you might encounter!", and all of them happen during short breaks in which the music gets softer in a big musical number.
- Even Shakespeare employs this in Richard II when the titular monarch fights off his own assassins, dispatching one with the line "Go thou and fill another room in hell."
- In Neverwinter Nights 2 Mask of the Betrayer, you get to say one ironically to the former god of death, Myrkul, just before you destroy him for good.
Myrkul: ...In all you do, you glorify me, spirit-eater... you stoke the embers of my soul.
PC: And now, I will snuff those embers out. Farewell, Myrkul.
- There's at least one example in Deus Ex. After using Gunther's killphrase and setting off a bomb inside him, JC finishes the conversation with a sarcastic "Sticks and stones..."
- Killing Floor's Patriarch's "One in the pipe!" commonly ends with rocket launcher-induced death of at least one squad member
- Warcraft III, as Arthas prepares to run Terenas through with his sword:
Terenas: What is this? What are you doing, my son?
Arthas: Succeeding you... father.
- World of Warcraft: Subverted in the Lich King fight, when he has taken the time to make this very long speech that all of the players he killed with his Sealed Badass in a Can would stay dead. Sadly, he forgot to kill one NPC, which turns his Evil Plan into a free kill.
- Mass Effect:
- Mass Effect 1 has one (probably more, knowing Shepard) in Bring Down the Sky; after doing something morally questionable to catch a bad guy, the bad guy asks Shepard "Who's the real terrorist?" to which Shepard replies, "You. But you're dead." BLAM!
- Thanks to the interrupt system, the second game features even more opportunities to do this. Like telling a ranting krogan "You talk too much" before shooting at the tank of flammable gas he's unwittingly standing over.
- The one which was used to show off the interrupt system was the one where Shepard interrogates the Eclipse merc about Thane's location. Near the top of a large skyscraper. In front of a large glass window.
Mercenary: I've got nothing more to say to you!
Shepard: How about 'goodbye'?
- Samara from Mass Effect 2: "Find peace in the embrace of the Goddess." Cue Neck Snap.
- From Incursion:
Collector Drone: You are insignificant.
Aria T'loak: Maybe...
(Aria shoves a grenade into the Drone's mouth)
Aria: But you're dead!
(Aria biotic uppercuts the Drone into a Praetorian. Cue explosion)
- Miranda does one (along with Killed Mid-Sentence) right at the beginning of ME2: when you reach the shuttles, Wilson opens the door... finding himself face to face with Miranda. A scowl immediately appears on her face as he goes "Miranda! But you were—". *BLAM* "Dead?".
- Tales of Symphonia : Kratos' most famous line, mostly for its punctuation: "Feel the pain (*stabs the villain*) of those inferior beings (*stabs*) as you burn in Hell."
- In general, finishing any boss in the Tales Series with a Hi-Ougi/Mystic Arte can feel very much like doing this.
- No More Heroes is full of these. "It's open mic night in Hell, old man."
- The most ironic of all has to be the one after Bad Girl's fight, she refuses to lose, so she starts beating Travis up with her bat with his sword through her chest. The last thing Travis says before she dies is "I give up, you win!"
- Gig from Soul Nomad & the World Eaters uses this trope a lot. Mainly because he's an insane psychopath who enjoys watching people suffer.
- Halo 3, in the Arbiter's Moment of Awesome;
Truth: "I! Am! Truth! The voice of the Covenant!"
Arbiter: "And so, you must be silenced."
- Army Of Two, when entering overkill mode during play:
"Welcome to the Tyson Rios show!"
- And again, just before killing Richard Dalton:
Salem: "Survey says?"
Rios: "You're dead."
- From the 40th Day, the two have several post mortem-one liners, but special mention goes to Salem:
"TAKE A SEAT!"
- Lulu does this in Final Fantasy X before casting elemental spells if they're one-shot kills.
- The Death spell has the delightful "Nice knowing you."
- Everybody except Kimahri has a premortem comment. Similarly, Tidus may deliver a one-liner when using Flee.
- At the start of a battle in Final Fantasy X-2 (and occasionally before casting spells or using similar special abilities), the girls toss one-liners between themselves, which are context-sensitive depending on the enemy. Clearly the spirit of Woolsey had a hand in them, because there's Shout-Out after Shout Out.
- And at the end, you get some good ones too, including a Marx Brothers reference:
Yuna: Duck soup!
Paine: Duck what?!
- Final Fantasy XI has Odin and his Zantetsuken speech, complete with Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe with a side of pork.
Odin: Mine obsidian blade shall split atwain the threads of thy future, whilst its crimson fuller shalt channel the lifeblood of thy past. Now wail as thy soul is strewn across the plains of Valhalla!
- In every Devil May Cry game (except for Devil May Cry 2) the Big Bad would always be finished off by the main character saying "Jackpot", though the line in question is only optional in the fourth game.
- Although DMC 2 has this piece of awesome.
- The Gears of War series is full of these, especially in the second, where if you land a shot with a Torque Bow, your character will comment on their opponent's imminent demise.
- Sometimes the victim will give an Oh Crap instead.
- Seether drops a simple, "Goodbye!" on a hapless Hellcat pilot in Wing Commander IV before dispatching him with his fission cannons.
- Tales of Vesperia's Yuri Lowell does this to a few people, notably Alexei and Zagi.
- God of War's considerably more badass Kratos does these as well, but his best so far?
Ares: "I was trying to make you a great warrior!"
Kratos: "You succeeded."
- Resident Evil features them on occasion.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: "Go back whence you came! Trouble the soul of my mother no more!"
- Evry playable character in Fire Emblem Awakening, besides downloadable ones, have one before landing a critical or when activating the skill.
Frederick: Pick a god and pray!
- At the end of Soul Reaver 2, Raziel to Serafan Warrior Raziel: "I renounce you."
- "Regenerate this."
- In Halo: Reach, a truly outstanding moment of badassitude- Emile, after manning the mass driver, and giving the Covies hell, has a Phantom drop two Zealots over. What does he do? Well, he manages to shotgun one of them in the face, before being impaled by the others' Energy Sword. Undeterred, he stabs the other Elite in the neck with his signature, pulling off this epic line:
Emile: "I'm ready! How 'bout you?!"
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: Cesare Borgia says this as Ezio has cornered him on the tower in Viana and grabbed him by the throat: "I will lead mankind to a new world! You cannot kill me! No man can murder me!" Ezio coldly responds "Then I leave you to the hands of Fate." before throwing him off the tower.
- Altaïr was little more than a murdering bundle of one-liners, but his best was directed at Majd Addin.
Majd: And what is that?
Altaïr: Here, let me show you... (stabs Majd in the neck)
- Mech Warrior 4: Black Knight: Eric McClair (the protagonist) versus Casey Nolan.
Nolan: "What do you say, buddy? Punch out now, and I'll give you a job... scrubbing toilets!"
McClair: "Thanks... I'll pass."
- Portal 2: I already fixed it! And you are not coming back!
- During the fight, if you let Rick the Adventure Sphere talk long enough, he will eventually ask if you have a "Cool Line" prepared for when you kill Wheatley. After some unsuccessful attempts to think one up himself, he will try to invoke one by asking Chell to get Wheatley to say "You two have been a thorn in my side for long enough!", reminding you to do so as he is plugged in. Once all three cores are plugged in and the final part of the fight starts up, Wheatley's dialogue will have now changed slightly to include Rick's setup line verbatim. Rick then delivers his "Cool Line". It's... a little underwhelming.
- Regina in the first Dino Crisis to the T. Rex: "End of the line for you, handsome... You're extinct!"
- Probably one of the most epic uses of this trope ever in Metroid: Other M, added into the climax of Super Metroid in a manner that shows the fury Mother Brain unleashed by killing the baby Metroid in front of Samus.
Samus: Mother...Time to go! (Fires Omega Beam)
- Shiki Tohno from Tsukihime:
Shiki: You're not scared, are you? The path called death is something you're familiar with. If there's a difference now, it's only one thing - this time, you can't come back.
- Two of the three endings to the Mystery Island Quest in Kingdom of Loathing have Bond One-Liners. The third, and hardest to get (a few small mistakes, and it can become impossible to get) instead have this trope: the player character points out that even with all the shouted accusations, thunder, rain, etc, The Big Wisniewski and The Man have forgotten one little thing in their dramatic final battle: "Explosions. Giant explosions in slow motion.". Said missing element is quickly introduced by the player, courtesy of a pirate flaregun.
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine has this little exchange:
Grimskull: I ain't finished with you yet, Space Marine!
Titus: But I am finished with you, Ork.
- Roger to the endodroid in Space Quest 6: "Frosta la keister, baby!" Of course, since not only the line but the whole subplot is a Shout-Out to Terminator 2, the endodroid, like the T-1000, can recover from being frozen and shattered.
- Scorched Earth has an option for talking tanks, which can have them delivering these just before firing. The lines are stored in a text file, so you can easily go and add your own.
- Combine that with Pre-Asskicking One-Liner, because it's done twice in Brain Dead 13:
- Lollipop Chainsaw: When Juliet is about to finish off Josey, who has video game-based powers.
Juliet: Looks like you ran out of coins.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising: Though it doesn't work as intended, Hades gets points for still getting a pretty cool line out of it after Pit's finally pissed him off for real.
Hades: You know what, Pitty-Pat? You're looking mighty tasty! Down the HAAAAAAATCH!!
- From Arc the Lad, the final words of the title hero, Arc of Touvil, delivered to the Dark One himself, when Arc gives his life to reseal him.
Arc: Drink from the cup of my pain and anger!
- The line is especially potent, because in the course of this game the 'Named NPC Death Count' gets into staggering numbers (including one PC), AND the Big Bad just tore the world a new one before you reseal him.
- Tomb Raider has a few, notably at the end of TRIII, when Willard is telling Lara his plans.
Lara: Your perception of good timing is... bad.
- Unfortunately, she fails to kill him at the time, as he throws a table at her.
- Planescape: Torment features several of these between the Big Bad and people it ends up killing throughout the game.
Big Bad: DOES HE REALLY *MATTER* TO YOU? Annah:
He matters more to me... Than life. Big Bad: THEN... *DIE*.
- Star Trek Online gives either Reman character Obisek or the Romulan Player Character captain this line, depending on who you play as, towards Hakeev
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: This quote at the end of a two page scene where the Doctor educates and demonstrates proper one-liner delivery:
"A properly-executed pre-mortem One-Liner is vital to our health. It intimidates our enemies, pumps us up, and most importantly, that little satisfaction from some quick wit goes a long way in keeping us from buckling under the stress of it all."
- Further parodied when Gordito tries to put this advice into practice and starts giving one liners with every kill.
- It even gets used as a Brick Joke at the end of "Punch Dracula": Gordito says nothing when he shoots the Ghost Wizard, but that's because he' saving the one-liner for much later. The Alt Text even lampshades this.
- An alternate-universe Chuck Goodrich has a good one in this panel
- In Concerned, Gordon Frohman almost succeeds in sneakily killing Gordon Freeman, if not for his inability to come up with one of these.
- Parodied in 8-Bit Theater, where the Light Warriors are attempting to come up with a pre-mortem one-liner. Black Mage says one so bad that it kills the very enemy he was attempting to taunt.
"Astos? Mo' like, yo' ass is toast!"
"I think 'ass toes' is very appropriate. Because, you see, we're going to kick your ass, and that will put our toes in close proximity to..."
"We will fight to the death! (It will be your death)"
- Used in this questionably existent strip of Questionable Content.
- Problem Sleuth kills the Eldritch Abomination Fluthlu by using Trusty Knives to cut the power to a portal through which Fluthlu peeks in, thus causing a Portal Cut, but not before this gem:
"Hate to cut and run..."
Hate to chop all of your heads off with this sword. Real sorry about that. My bad.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Belkar to a goblin mook:
I got a riddle for you. What's green and black, squeals like a pig, and has two pieces of steel where its lungs used to be?
- Unnamed cleric to Old Blind Pete (encouraged by Belkar):
Maybe we ought to call you... Brainy Pete.
- Lampshaded when Haley is about to kill Bozzok. She gives a rather boring one liner ("End of the road for you"), but Belkar interferes:
Haley: Ugh, what?
Belkar: Don't you think you should make some kickass one liner before you finish him off? You know, Arnie style?
Haley: Oh yeah, right. I forgot.
- Rusty and Co., when Prestige Perkins shot a Badger into the mouth of V'innie:
- Zokusho Comics: After killing a room full of mafia henchmen and standing in front of his former boss, Serge get's an excellent one.
Giovanni: "Last words... I have a few if you're willing to listen to them."
Serge: "I think I just did."
- Shadowhunter Peril has this awesome exchange between Umbra Darkholme, an Ascended Demon, and Azazel, an evil Voluntary Shapeshifter. Umbra even turned Azazel's One-Liner around.
Azazel: You're old. Washed up. Your power is MINE.
: I don't think so. *puts Azazel in a Neck Lift
* I'm a Greater Demon. Absorbing me won't kill me. But, you're just an Eidolon. Granted a powerful one, but not a Greater Demon. Not a Greater Demon at all. *proceeds to begin drainig Azazel of his life force* Your overconfidence is your undoing. *drops Azazel, who falls into a Crucified Villain Shot
and turns into dust* *Umbra walks away without a word*
- Tallis (Felicia Day) of Dragon Age: Redemption, after interrogating a killer in chapter 1:theate
Tallis: Your god here's called Andraste, right?
Killer: The brave and beautiful.
Tallis: Sounds like we'd get along... Say hello for me. <knife through the neck>
- From Ninja The Mission Force, before Gordon strangles the boombox ninja with cassette tape note : "I hope you're into death metal."
- Subverted hilariously in Rooster Teeth's "Let's Play Minecraft". One episode had Jack spotting Gavin walking along in the dark and decides to ambush him. As he does, he cries out "Surprise, motherfucker!". He, then, proceeds to fall into a hole right in front of him, prompting him to say "Oh, goddammit, I fell!"
- Awesomely, awesomely subverted in Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys. The villainous Rhesus-2 (voiced by Malcolm McDowell) has our heroes cornered. He says, "This is the moment where I say something clever, then kill you." (Beat) "Sorry. Nothing clever comes to mind." (Rhesus fires his blaster into the camera; cut to commercial).
- Kung Fu Panda: "Skadoosh."
- Used frequently in The Batman.
: (after feeding Mayor Adam West spicy chili and putting a hose full of gasoline in his mouth)
Now remember, chili gives you gas!
Dracula: "I am the Prince of Darkness!"
: "Rise and shine. (activates a solar-machine)"
- The true Pre-Mortem One-Liner comes just after he activates the solar machine as Dracula realizes how he got the solar machine.
Dracula: "You are... Bruce Wayne!"
Batman: "And The Batman. And you're dust". (Cue bat-silhouette with the cape, then a final drop kick.)
- From Batman Beyond, when Mr Freeze was revived, he went on a rampage, and killed the doctor who revived and later betrayed him, using an Ironic Echo of her own words.
Mr. Freeze: Remember: There may be some momentary discomfort.
- Used right before Kim Possible kicked Shego into an Electric Transmission Tower from a 20 store building in The Movie:
Kim: Do you know what I really hate?
Shego: That your... date melted?
Kim: Nah... you!
- Disney's Doug pokes fun at this with the movie-within-a-show Target Man. The lines are particularly cheesy. "Don't lose your head over it. <blam> Oops. Guess you did." "Breaking up is hard to do. <Blam>" "Make a wish. <Blam>"
- In The Simpsons episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land", before Bart dispatches a robotic mascot with a camera flash he says: "Hey mouse... Say Cheese!"
- He immediately lampshades this by saying "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero..."
- And is further parodied later when Homer, doing his own fair shake of robot-mascot-slaying, yells "Die, bad robots! Die!... and then chuckles and says "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero." Everyone ignores him.
- In fact Bart cuts him off before Homer finishes.
- In "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie", Bart is impersonating a Bond villain while melting a plastic 007 action figure in the microwave: "Stick around, Mr. Bond. Things are really starting... to cook."
- When Mel Gibson did his remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and goes on a shooting rampage: All those in favor, say die!
- Homer delivers some one-liners while taking down some zombified historical figures. These include, "Eat Lead Einstein" and "Show's Over Shakespeare".
- Being a thinly-disguised version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rainier "McBain" Wolfcastle uses these.
- The best was from an episode where Wolfcastle played a CIA agent posing as a nerd for some reason or another. After getting taunted by some jocks, he quips "The geek shall inherit the earth!"...and throws one of them through the other.
- McBain bursts out of an ice-sculpture of Venus DiMilo: Ice to see you!
- SWAT Kats; a minor villain announces "I'm outta here!", prompting Razor to level a bazooka at him from about ten feet away. "You said it." Bang. Did it get mentioned that SWAT Kats was completely kickass for a 90s kid's show?
- Scooby frikin' Doo gets one in episode 10 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. And it is awesome.
- In the Family Guy episode "The Big Bang Theory", Stewie fights his half-brother, Bertram:
Stewie:: Hey, Bertram! What's your favorite kind of bottled water? Mine's Arrowhead! (shoots him in the head with a crossbow)
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold being the kind of show it is. Has a lot of these.
Hey boys! Stop me if you've heard THIS ONE before! *Fires his gun while doing an Evil Laugh
- Archer: It's a Running Gag that eponymous hero and James Bond expy Archer is terrible at these. He usually winds up pausing and saying, "Wait ... damn. I had something for this." On one occasion when he was stumped he went with "Eat grenade, stupids!"
- He has a great one at the end of "The Placebo Effect".
- Parodied in Codename: Kids Next Door in Operation LICE. Numbah Five is just moments away to pressing the (nacho) cheese purge button (which is the poison to the lice) as a giant mother lice was eating her ponytail. All of the sudden, Numbah Two comes in, all battered and covered by baby lice, screaming:
Numbah 2: STOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!
Numbah 5 & Lice Monster: Huh?
: You gotta say something cool
first! Like: Say cheese, bub!
Or Cheez to meet you!
(Numbah 5 reaches over to press the button) Waitwaitwait! How about this one? Cheese! (BOOM!)
- Even better, Numbah 5 and the monster actually share a "What is wrong with this guy?" look before she pushes the button. wh
- Ashely from Sector Z says "This is going to be delightful!" before her and her friends/team fight the zombified Sector V.
- Journey to Saturn has "bund eller resten i håret" Translation .