"The irrationalities involved in Odysseus' being put ashore in The Odyssey would be manifestly intolerable if a second-rate poet had composed them, but as it is [Homer] conceals the absurdity with other good qualities, and makes it a source of pleasure."
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.
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
Matt: This is aversion therapy. The thing you like causes you pain- therefore, you don't like it anymore.
Gordo: What are the wires for?
Matt: Well, the wires are for absolutely nothing. They just look really cool.
"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 guess I'd hoped that by shifting the technology to escalators, the awesomeness might somehow - you know... ...break science."
— T-Rex, Dinosaur Comics
"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."
"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
Graydon: And then they're on the roof!
Clifford: Why are they on the roof?
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
"You walked out of the room. The laws of physics stopped, the laws of awesome tripled."
— How I Met Your Mother, "Blitzgiving"
"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"
"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!
"While it will feel ridiculous...it will look awesome."
— J. J. Abrams on the set of Star Trek
Bruce turns to a window, and sees the Bat-signal. What a miracle of engineering that thing is. Whatever building Bruce is in, he always, always, always has a perfect view of it.
"This is another film written and directed by Jackie himself. Maybe you can blame the following two sentences on the chunks of his brain that fell out during his Project A skull injury, but here goes: In Who Am I? Jackie Chan plays a character named both "Jackie Chan" and "Who Am I?" He loses his memory after special forces attack a meteor, and he joins an African tribe and a rally car race before stopping an international space weapon smuggling operation staffed entirely by kickboxers. So crumple up that screenplay you're working on, awesome 8-year-olds. Jackie Chan already made it."
"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?!"
"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... 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?"
"The pitch for this movie must have been interesting. 'Okay, we have Vinnie Jones killing people with a gigantic meat tenderizer! Why? Who gives a sh*t! Weíll work that out as we go along.'"
—Miles Antwiler on The Midnight Meat Train
"Between the jump kick, smoking jacket, mood lighting created by glowing skulls, interesting shelving and that oil painting, this might be the greatest number of my favorite things to ever appear on a movie screen at once. Wait, Batman never ate pizza on-screen, did he?"
So now the director has shown these two images, of Muslim and Hindu origin respectively, it's likely that he's establishing the core belief system of the film as being derived from the quasi-Orientalist teachings of early New Age philosophy contemporary to this time. Or it just looks 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."
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"
Riker:Why did we abandon our posts on the bridge to come down here and fight these guys? Shouldn't we have a security detail?
Worf: Because the audience expects main characters to be involved in every scene.
Riker: And why are we the first ones to arrive, even though the Remans came in through the bottom of the ship and we had to come from the bridge at the top of the ship?
Worf: How the hell should I know? Maybe most of the crew is on vacation. And why are the lights so fucking dark?
Riker: Dim red light makes everything look more foreboding.
Worf: But didn't they say that the Remans see really well in the dark and can't stand bright lights? Why don't we crank up the lights to fullbright and blind 'em?
Riker: Shut up and just try to look dramatic.
"I think we need to take a moment and simply say that Batman is fighting dudes on T-Rexes while flying on a giant bat. Despite whatever confusion surrounds this moment, this is possibly the best two-page spread in comics history."
Chris: I am honesty not even sure how I feel about this guy. On the one hand, this is quite possibly the stupidest way they couldíve done a live-action Deadshot, as a crazy steampunk cowboy with a Cable scar over his eye and magic bullets that turn into little missiles when he fires them. But on the other hand, itís so ridiculously over the top that I canít help but kinda love it. This is what Deadshot wouldíve been if heíd shown up in last summerís terrible Jonah Hex movie.
David: That first scene, where he fires a bullet into Cat Grantís tailpipe? That was kind of awesome in how dumb it was.
—Smallvillains on Smallville ("Shield")
''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
"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."
"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
"...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."
"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.
"I- Wha- .... You know what? Screw it. That was awesome."
...who is Gertrude Yorkes?
Well, sheís a purple haired owner of a psychic Deinonychus, daughter of two time-traveling supervillains, and a future leader of the Avengers. If that isnít enough to sell you on her, I donít know what to tell you.
"We don't know exactly how this works, and the artist probably didn't either, but it sure does look cool!"