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Wham Line: Comic Books

  • The final line of chapter 11 of Watchmen.
    Veidt: "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.
    • And:
    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 Action Comics as a kid, and mentions Superman, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. He then says "Of course, all of these old characters are gone and forgotten now."
  • 100 Bullets #91: "Rothstein is dead. The connection is cut. No more attaches, no more revenge, no more hundred bullets. Graves' game is over."
  • Cerebus: "Something fell..." The second time this line is spoken, you experience the author's schizoid break. Wham.
  • Transmetropolitan: One percent.
  • Blackest Night: Thaal Sinestro of Korugar. Destiny awaits.
  • Planetary: I'm the Fourth Man.
  • House of M: "No more mutants."
  • Avengers vs. X-Men: "No more Phoenix."
  • The Punisher
  • Wolverine in 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 Spider-Man #248, "The Kid Who Collects 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 Spider-Man #257:
      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 Spider-Man #698: "No... I'm Peter Parker."
    • From Superior Spider-Man #19: "Gentlemen, I give you Alchemax. Long may she stand."
  • Batman The Long Halloween: "I am Holiday."
    • Also, "You both know, don't you? There were two Holiday Killers."
  • X-Men #300
    Fabian Cortez: "How could I possibly lose the points for Magnus's death, unless…?" (eyes widen) "NOOO!"
  • 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!"
  • Scott Pilgrim has two in book 5:
    Knives: He cheated on us, Ramona. Both of us.
    • And later:
    Ramona: (to Scott) Good job. Great. You actually made me think that you were a decent person. But you're just another evil ex 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: Mom?
    • "Herr Starr? Your time is up, Herr Starr."
  • Batman and Robin #12: "They're all jokes."
  • The Sandman: "He's going to have to kill her."
    • "I've quit."
    • "Take my hand."
    • "I have to kill my son."
  • War of the Green Lanterns: "Thaal Sinestro of Korugar. You have the ability to overcome great fear. You have been chosen. Welcome to the Green Lantern Corps."
    • Green Lantern #12: "Hal Jordan will become the greatest Black Lantern."
  • Suicide Squad: "Frank Rock died in 1945."
    • 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.
  • Flashpoint: "What did 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."
    • "You're Thomas Wayne."
  • Marvel 2099: "Thor is dead. I know. I was there."
  • Incredible Hulk #600: "The Good Doctor is out. The Bad Doctor is in."
  • 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."
    Ultron: "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:
    Norman: He had not turned his back at us. He stands in the sky... faith rewarded. (vision of screaming Superman, which changes Norman's mood and reaction) ... dear God. The threat of Armageddon hasn't ended. It's just begun...
  • Swamp Thing: "He isn't Alec Holland. He never will be Alec Holland. He never was Alec Holland."
  • Excalibur #80:
    recording of Stryfe, as his base's self-destruct activates: Congratulations. You're human. For the next eight seconds.
  • My Little Pony Micro Series: 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 Genre Savvy readers who can tell where the story is heading from early on.
  • Aquaman: "In a fit of rage, seeking revenge, Aquaman killed Black Manta's father".
  • BIONICLE issue 15: "You are not the first Toa".
  • As the run that pretty much reshaped the X-Men's canon, Grant Morrison's New X-Men naturally has a few.
    • Issue #115:
    • Issue #129:
    Fantomex: "And it's Weapon Ten, not X."
    • Issue #146:
    • Issue #152:
    Beast: "...call me SUBLIME."
  • Secret Avengers has one by the end of the fifth issue.
    • Issue #5
    Forson: I never thought I'd live to see the day.
    • Issue #13
    : Mockingbird's dead. And so are you.
  • Y: The Last Man: There's quite a number of them.
    Yorick: The reason why I'm the last man on earth... is monkey shit?
    • 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!
    If I'm right we may have sent all the emerald energy into the Special Zone.. what I'm trying to say is that Super Sonic may still be alive in there!
  • From 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.
  • Wolverine Vol. 2 issue #75: "SCHLUNK!" The sound of bone claws tearing through Wolverine's skin.
  • Anya's Ghost:
    Dima: "We're looking for a murder by a person named Emily Reilly, right?"
  • 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?
    Matt Murdock: Absolutely. My name is Daredevil.

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