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The final line of chapter 11 of .
"Do it?" Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Did you seriously think I'd explain my masterstroke if there was the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome?
I did it thirty-five minutes ago.
Also while Nite Owl and Rorschach are looking through Ozymandias' office for clues about who might be targeting heroes, having been unable to speak with Ozymandias themselves.
Nite Owl: Rorschach, I think we're in bad trouble. The person behind this, the person we're up against... I think it's Adrian.
Comedian: "Jesus Christ Sally, can't a guy talk to his, y'know, his old friend's daughter?" The wham line comes when the listener realizes the reason for the stutter is because he didn't intend to say "old friend" at all.
A bit less dramatic, but there is a part in Under The Hood where Hollis is talking about reading as a kid, and mentions Action Comics Superman, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. He then says "Of course, all of these old characters are gone and forgotten now."
#91: "Rothstein is 100 Bullets dead. The connection is cut. No more attaches, no more revenge, no more hundred bullets. Graves' game is over."
: "Something fell..." The second time this line is spoken, you experience the Cerebus author's schizoid break. Wham.
: One percent.
Transmetropolitan : Thaal Sinestro of Korugar. Destiny awaits.
Blackest Night : I'm the Fourth Man.
Planetary : "No more mutants."
House of M : "No more Phoenix."
Avengers vs. X-Men
The Punisher in Wolverine X-Men 138: The Hellfire Club defeats the X-men, and Wolverine gets mass-increased until he crashes through the floor and winds up deep underground. He rises from the sewer, livid, and utters the line that changes him from secondary character into cult figure...
The Amazing #248, "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man." Spider-Man "You see, Tim has leukemia and the doctors give him only a few weeks to live."
Another Spider-Man example with a huge impact on the entire mythos and which comes as a revelation not just to the readers, but to the protagonist as well, from The Amazing #257:
Spider-Man Mary Jane: You don't have to make up another one of your phony excuses, Peter! Not now—! I know the truth! The real truth!
Peter: What are you talking about?
Mary Jane: I've known your secret for years! Up until now, I've always thought I could cope with it if I ever had to experience it firsthand — but I can't! I can't! I just can't cope with the fact that Peter Parker is secretly Spider-Man!
And then, of course, there's the two words that, if avoided, could have saved a storyline: "Do it.".
From The Amazing #698: "No... Spider-Man I'm Peter Parker."
From Superior Spider-Man #19: "Gentlemen, I give you
Alchemax. Long may she stand." : "I am Holiday."
Batman The Long Halloween Also, "You both know, don't you? There were two Holiday Killers."
X-Men Young Avengers/Runaways Civil War: I want you to die.
A few from the :
Chick Tracts The Letter: "Mildred... didn't you hear? Saturday night Frances and Paul's car skidded in the rain and they hit a tree. John's still alive but Frances died instantly."
Baby Talk: "She's not there. Thelma took her to the clinic. They left an hour ago."
The Trial: "When Annie told me I should ask Jesus into my heart, I did!"
has two in book 5:
Scott Pilgrim Knives: He cheated on us, Ramona. Both of us.
Good job. Great. You actually made me think that you were a decent person. But you're just another
waiting to happen, aren't you?
In book 6, when Scott talks to Kim about the past, and she reveals that he's only been a hero in his own mind, and is in fact a huge asshole:
Kim: Simon? The guy from high school? You beat the crap out of him and said we should date. He was 5 feet tall and didn't stand a chance.
Preacher "Herr Starr? Your time is up, Herr Starr."
: "They're all jokes."
Batman and Robin #12 : "He's going to have to kill her."
The Sandman "I've quit."
"Take my hand."
"I have to kill my son."
War of the : "Thaal Sinestro of Korugar. You have the ability to overcome great fear. You have been chosen. Welcome to the Green Lantern Corps."
Green Lanterns : "Hal Jordan will become the greatest Black Lantern."
Green Lantern #12 : "Frank Rock died in 1945."
Suicide Squad This one's especially painful. It was supposed to kick off a new story arc, but the series was cancelled prematurely, which caused it to be the last line in the series.
: "What did Flashpoint I do? Oh, Barry. My idol. My inspiration. That's the beauty of all this madness. I didn't do anything. Not a thing. You see, it turns out... You're the villain today."
Marvel 2099: "Thor is dead. I know. I was there."
: "The Good Doctor is out. The Bad Doctor is in."
Incredible Hulk #600 Animal Man #15: " I can see you!"
The last page of Ex Machina #1: "If I were a real hero, I would've been in time to stop the first plane."
X-Men's Messiah Complex is practically built on this.
Lady Deathstrike: "Come to me, children. Come to Deathstrike."
Wolverine: "Negative. The Marauders don't have the baby. One of our side has her. An X-Man took her from Cooperstown."
Cyclops: "Charles, you trained me, Let me do my job."
Also from Cyclops: "Assemble X-Force."
Future Mutant: "Yeah. You'll live. Leastways...until something else kills you." Full page showing Cable shot and Bishop aiming at the mutant baby.
Mystique: "I've always been good with children."
Rockslide: "We deserve a piece of the ac—...tion? I take it back."
Oh god, Runaways.
Alex: "I just have to do one thing first."
Karolina: "What's that?"
Alex: "Tell you how sorry I am. Really."
Xavin: "Chase... ran away. I believe he had a disagreement with Nico about what to do with Gert's body."
"Astounding. I anticipated your defeat of Doom, yet i was 99% certain you would be unable to damage him badly enough to uncover that he was merely one of my androids.
Truly, you are my greatest creation."
The Dark Knight Strikes Again
Batman: [to the New Joker] So... it's you. I changed the abort code the night I fired you... Dick Grayson.
Spider-Men Mysterio: MYSTERIO AVATAR ACTIVATED. Ultimate Mysterio: Mysterio avatar activated.
In the Everything Burns crossover between The Mighty Thor and Journey into Mystery
Surtur's Herald: Leah of Hel knows his (Loki's) character better than her own.
Kingdom Come : "He isn't Alec Holland. He never will be Alec Holland. He never was Alec Holland."
Swamp Thing #80:
Excalibur : Interestingly it wasn't "I'm Jade Singer" but rather Twilight's response of "I know." The story provides a neat twist on the typical "bitter old celebrity who has gone into seclusion" plot and plays with the My Little Pony Micro Series Genre Savvy readers who can tell where the story is heading from early on.
: "In a fit of rage, seeking revenge, Aquaman killed Aquaman Black Manta's father".
issue 15: "You are not the first Toa".
BIONICLE As the run that pretty much reshaped the 's canon, X-Men Grant Morrison's naturally has a few.
Fantomex: "And it's Weapon Ten, not X."
has one by the end of the fifth issue.
Secret Avengers Forson: I never thought I'd live to see the day.
: Mockingbird's dead. And so are you.
: There's quite a number of them.
Y: The Last Man The aftermath of what happened in Hong Kong.
Dr. Mann: We repaired what we could but I'm afraid motherhood isn't an option anymore.
Book 10, Whys And Wherefores are full of them, with the most notable one...
Yorick, the 17th: He escaped...
Sonic the Comic Issue #82 has this line from the Kintobor computer;
Kintobor computer: Amy, I'm picking up really wacky readings from the Star Post!
Hunger Galactus/Gah Lak Tus fusion:: Galactus... HUNGERS!
From Paperinik New Adventures:
Evronian Scientist:"The Emperor will keep his promise! You can count on it Doctor Xari!"
Knights of the Old Republic:
Elbee: "That was not the Mandalorian that broke my hand."
When Rohlan Dyre returned from picking up the unconscious Demagol, his weight was 17 kilos lower. And has not been seen taking off his helmet during the following 37 issues.
In The New 52 version of : WonderWoman BOOM.
Vol. 2 issue #75: "SCHLUNK!" The sound of Wolverine bone claws tearing through Wolverine's skin.
Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog Nicole: "Stop it?"
Eggman: "Fix it?"
Both: "It's too late!"
*world blows up*
Daredevil Kirsten McDuffie:
Will you state your name for the record?
My name is Daredevil
: Throughout the Shadowplay arc, there's been an unnamed Senator helping Orion Pax. At the end of the storyline, he's arrested by the corrupt senate and taken to Transformers: More than Meets the Eye The Institute. Two guards are talking about what's being done to him, and then we get this.
Guard: What's his name?
Guard 2: Senator Shockwave.
Issue 16: "That was a bad fall. Need a hand?" - Pharma.
Minimus Ambus: I was born Minimus Ambus. I am Minimus Ambus. But you all know me - you've always known me - as Ultra Magnus.