Budd: You're telling me she cut her way through eighty-eight bodyguards before she got to O-Ren?
Bill: Nah, there weren't really eighty-eight of them. They just called themselves "The Crazy 88".
Budd: How come?
Bill: I don't know, I guess they thought it sounded cool.
"...Saito, the resident sniper, gets more time to shine because he's a sniper and only has one eye, and snipers with only one eye are cool."
Simmons: Wait a second, so you build an entire chamber capable of holographic simulations instead of building the car itself? That doesn't seem very efficient to me.
Sarge: Simmons, sometimes you just gotta go for style points...hoo-ahh
— Red vs. Blue: Relocated
"Always remember, Elan: it doesn't matter if you win or lose, as long as you look really cool doing it!"
"Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks 'Ooo-hoo!- this could be a little more sonic!'?"
— Jack, Doctor Who
"I see you out there. You're wondering if you should buy Prototype. You're on the fence. 'Should I buy it? I don't know!' I can help you with that. In Prototype, you can do a karate kick on a helicopter. WHAT THE FUCK ELSE DO YOU WANT?!"
"I guess I'd hoped that by shifting the technology to escalators, the awesomeness might somehow - you know... ...break science."
— T-Rex, Dinosaur Comics
"We don't know exactly how this works, and the artist probably didn't either, but it sure does look cool!"
"This is the culmination of cars, track, electric motors and gravity all wrapped into one giant ball of sheer what-the-fuckery. We've examined the photos and we've even watched this commercial for the thing and still have no idea what's going on. It is awesome, however, so we really couldn't care less how it works."
"Two things. First, Ron Wizard is my City of Heroes character, and he's a Bad Ass. Second, top right, that's an ent with a helicopter head."
''The Cool Stuff Theory of Literature is as follows: All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what's cool. And that works all the way from the external trappings to the level of metaphor, subtext, and the way one uses words. In other words, I happen not to think that full-plate armor and great big honking greatswords are cool. I don't like 'em. I like cloaks and rapiers. So I write stories with a lot of cloaks and rapiers in 'em, 'cause that's cool. Guys who like military hardware, who think advanced military hardware is cool, are not gonna jump all over my books, because they have other ideas about what's cool.
The novel should be understood as a structure built to accommodate the greatest possible amount of cool stuff.
— Steven Brust
"But to remain historically accurate, I would have to leave out an important question that I felt needed to addressed, which is, 'What if Jesus had known kung fu?'"
"That would be Abe Lincoln with a chainsaw fighting a wooly mammoth. Sorry for the small panel."
GM: Wait, you're going to backstab him with a ballista?
GM: With a f***ing siege weapon?
GM: Ok, there's gotta be a rule against this. (Checking rulebook). Well... there's nothing against it in the rules. (Sighs) I can't believe I'm doing this. (Rolls a critical hit). Well, that's 264 points of damage. You splatter Hunk all over the common room. The patrons shriek in horror and run out of the inn, occasionally slipping on blood and entrails. You're now alone in a room that looks like a vat of beef stroganoff exploded in it.
Barbarian: (Wipes remains of Hunk from face)...Cool!
— The Gamers
"But it's tough to really care about questions like, "Why did that happen?" or even "What's going on?" when you're constantly interrupted by 'Oh my goodness! Giant robots! Wheeee!'"
— Peter Suderman, reviewing the 2007 film adaptation of Transformers
Graydon: And then they're on the roof!
Clifford: Why are they on the roof?
"Plus he went into battle with a shield that also doubled as a flamethrower, and this is a point that I can't possibly emphasize enough."
Candace: Okay, that doesn't even make any sense.
Truck Driver: It doesn't have to, I've got a monster truck!
— Phineas and Ferb, "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World"
"One of the major canons of construction for RPG rules is: Always err on the side of awesome. Therefore, applying this, the Laser Jellyfish can definitely fly up out of the water."
— The Wyzard, RPGnet
"Now, I'm no expert on this or, indeed, anything except dick analogies, but I do know that modern military jets are very fucking fast things. By the time you see one it's already over there, so combat in such a thing would usually amount to pressing a button and watching something half a mile behind you burst into flames, and that's not just idle fact, it's cold-hard speculation. But Real Life makes not for entertainment, so for this game we're all just going to dogfight in jets like it's nineteen-forty-fucking-five, okay?"
"You walked out of the room. The laws of physics stopped, the laws of awesome tripled."
— How I Met Your Mother episode "Blitzgiving"
In writing a screenplay for a movie, be sure to include plenty of action.
WRONG: To be, or not to be.
RIGHT: LOOK OUT! GIANT RADIOACTIVE SQUIRRELS!
— Dave Barry, "Grammar: De Letter of De Law"
"We reject physics in the name of awesome!"
— Thread name for a homebrew class on the Giant in the Playground forums. It kinda sums up the entire idea.
GG: OMIGAWD T-REXES OMIGAWD CAN I HAVE YOUR AUTOGRAPHS?
Fiifii: Of course!
(Fiifii autographs a picture of herself she carries around.)
Fiifii: Here you go!
GG: HOLY SHIT THANK YOU!
(GG hugs Fiifii and takes the autograph, then begins dancing around)
GG: THIS IS THE MOST AWESO-...wait.
GG: Waaaaaaaait. My girlfriend is a human shark. I have a robotic hand that can shoot laz0rs. Why the hell am I so impressed by people fighting dinosaurs?
Asagi: ...Dude, they have a spaceship that can turn into a semitruck. That's still pretty kickass, in my opinion.
AI: My people worked themselves into extinction converting our planet into a space vessel!
Zim: Why would you do all that?
AI: Because it's cool.
— Invader Zim, "Battle of the Planets"
"While it will feel ridiculous...it will look awesome."
— J. J. Abrams on the set of Star Trek
"I- Wha- .... You know what? Screw it. That was awesome."
"I don't know what's going on there but it's awesome."
— Shea Moon, The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer
Lucy: The definition of feasible seems to be a moving target here.
Danae: My idea is cool, and cool trumps all other words.
Rarity: Do you not like the shape?
Rainbow Dash: The shape's fine, just make the whole thing... y'know... cooler! It needs to be about... 20% cooler.
"Oh. How stupid of me. That was the sound of chainsaw nunchuks."
— Dr. McNinja, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
"The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really cool and laid-back valley in the lower Ramtops, have a passing-out test for a novice. He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo, my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear? And the correct answer is: Hey, whatever I select."
Walter: Anti-gravity osmium bullets. Shoot the Observers with this and watch them float away like balloons.
Peter: If we shoot 'em, they're dead. Why do we what them to float away?
Walter: Because it's cool!
"I believe everything that sounds cool enough."
Oh yeah! Oh yeah!
It's a goddamn dinosaur laser fight!
In space! With sharks!
My body carries an electric charge of over 10 million volts! Why? WHO CARES, IT LOOKS COOL!
"To me, this is about as close to perfection as a music video can get. I mean, God. This is unbelievable. Why is he suddenly singing? What is he even doing there? Suddenly, none of that really matters. We are just sunken into the kickass amounts of awesomeness this whole scene displays."
— The Nostalgia Critic, referring to the Smooth Criminal scene in Moonwalker.