23rd Oct: It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here
Okay, this is the second time an offhand comment has caused a Light Bulb Moment for Kirk in one conversation.
"Are you telling me that all of the swords were being made with these Words of Making?"
"Chukku's stones! [...] I think I am finally seeing to the heart of our enemy's plan, and I am very much afraid that the monk is right - there may be nothing for our doing after all!"
— Binabik, To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn)
Or perhaps it's really not as deep
As I've been led to think
Am I trying much too hard?
Of course! I've been too close to see
The answer's right in front of me
Right in front of me
— The Nightmare Before Christmas, "Jack's Obsession"
Square: "Well let's look at the facts, shall we? You said something fairly innocuous that happened to give me a brilliant idea. In order to inflate your hopes and dreams before crushing them, I called you a genius. The truth however, is that I was the one who had the idea, whereas you were just some blathering idiot."
Rectangle: "Square! You're back!"
Square: "So remember, when someone says "you're a genius," what they really mean is, "I'm a genius.""
"The Super Friends solved crimes in two ways: asking their computer to do it, or stumbling onto the solution by saying something stupid. For example, Marvin might say, "They've kidnapped Aquaman! We're in a real pickle now!" Which would cause Batman to say, "That's it! Now I remember that they're keeping Aquaman at the Gotham Pickle Factory!" Idioms are half the Super Friends' detective work."
"Permission to run off dramatically mid-sentence?"
— Tip Wilkin, Skin Horse
Weiss: "Sheep hunting? There really is no task too immodest for you."
Nier: "It's a lot harder than it sounds, Weiss... these little bastards are fast."
Weiss: "So smite them with magic!"
Nier: "Aw, crap!"
Weiss: "What is it? Shades?!"
Nier: "You're right. I SHOULD use magic!"
Weiss: (Beat) "Might I make another suggestion?"
Weiss: "Stop yelling like a madman every time you come to a realization."
I hate the “[tortured wordplay]????? You’re a GENIUS!” trope, but I used it anyway.