- Girl Genius: "Oh, and I saw the Baron a bit when I was on Castle Wulfenbach. But I had to run away when everybody found out I was a Heterodyne."
- "I believe the ignorant call them slaver wasps."
- "Yes...But I vas starting to like her."
- Or probably the earliest,
- "I am sorry, mistress...I...I cannot." Spoken by Castle Heterodyne, letting the heroine just how screwed the situation is.
- And the most recent: "SCREEE! GROWR! SSSSSS! SSSSSS!" the reaction of a revenant detecting creature to exposure to Gilgamesh Wulfenbach.
- And following that: "She didn't have to. You were infected before you even met her."
- "Two and a half years."
- "Martellus... There is no empire." We knew there was some upheaval during the two-and-a-half-year timeskip, such as the fall of Mechanicsburg, but nothing could have prepared us for the complete destruction of the Wulfenbachs' empire. Ladies and gentlemen, things have just gotten real.
- "The girl is still dangerous, and my son is still too much of a fool to see it." The wham part? It came from the mouth of Gilgamesh Wulfenbach.
- MegaTokyo: "If I sleep with you, will you go away?"
- Kid Radd: "No no no, Crystal has left the building... YOU'RE TALKING TO THE SEER."
Sheena: (to Radd) "Besides, if you'd died, how could I arrest you?"
: "The Mods have already won. By now
, Reset has fallen."
- City of Reality: "Take me back. Now."
- The Space Between: "Come inside. People might think you're an actual hobo."
- Sluggy Freelance:
Riff: "Torg, it was me."
- "It was about that time Aylee announced she was dying."
- When Torg finds out someone can play with fire with appropriate background colors. Note: in the forum if you curse the computer turns the curse word into the word "poop"
- "But you can be at peace, for we are your people, Aylee. You are finally home."
- And then in 4U City Red:
Riff: How long have I been here?
Rammer: About seven years.
- Gunnerkrigg Court:
Muut: The day Surma died...none of us came to take her.
Annie: I had to do it myself.
Reynardine: You are the reason Surma died!
Coyote: Don't tell me no one has told the girl she isn't exactly human!
Antimony: ... Father?
- One day, Zimmy.
: The reason I love humans so! The reason Ysengrin seethes
with anger! My secret... is this... I. DO NOT. EXIST! note
Jones: And to answer your previous question... I do not know what I am.
Headmaster Llanwellyn: Andrew Smith, the Court has decided that you shall be the next medium.
Coyote: Up until now, grumpy old Ysengrin has been our measly medium. But in light of recent events, I have just now decided to retire him from his role! Fire head girl! I want you to be my new medium to the court! An honorary citizen of the forest!
- "I am the seed bismuth."note
- Mort: "I know you can do it Annie! And to help you practice... I want you to take me into the ether."
- The Order of the Stick has quite a few:
Horace: How long do you think you've been here? In the afterlife?
Roy: I dunno, 12 hours? Maybe 14? Why?
Horace: Roy... you've been dead for three and a half months.
Tarquin: We've gone through dozens of different names by now...The Dutchy of Terror, the Barren Baronies...
First Prisoner: The Quietus Federation...
Second Prisoner: The Unprincipled Principalities...
: Speaking of names, we haven't properly introduced ourselves. I'm Geoff, and this is my brother-in-law, Ian
Second Prisoner: They used to call me "Red", but three years of malnutrition will do a number on your hair color.
You're right, of course. About me. I have
let you have your way, time and again, because stopping you would have disrupted the delicate balance between Xykon and myself. But now... right now... not stopping you will upset that balance even more. Seize her.note
- #870: "Perhaps I SHOULD make more children." note
- #876: "What sort of man would help someone he just met develop a means to shield a group of people from himself? At least, without sneaking in a back door, just in case?" note
- #895: "I'm going to destroy it." note
- #896: "Now." note
- #930: "General Tarquin! We Meet Again!" note
- #936: "I'm not a twin anymore. And you're not the real villain. Don't worry. You'll live." note
- #946 "It all goes smoothly. I have convinced the dwarf's allies to accept me as the dwarf himself- -despite having slipped up on his ridiculous accent a few times." note
- Start Of Darkness has quite a few of these. For example: "Huh. First you blast your brother, then you lie to me about it, now this. Did they have a big sale down at the Testicle Store or something?" note
- Out There gives us this (little spoileriffic). After Miriam and Clayton have been bantering, and the former has made it perfectly clear that that's not going to happen, and the latter has been accepting of that: "Anyway, don't you think any of these losers wouldn't flock to see you [work as a stripper]? Hell, I'm sure I would." The kiss afterward serves the same general purpose.
- A lengthy time-travel arc in Narbonic is turned on its head with a single innocuous line. Everything Dave tries fails in some way, and he comes to the conclusion that You Can't Fight Fate. Then he says that he needs a cigarette, and is asked "Since when do you smoke?" The sudden realization that he no longer feels a craving for a cigarette—that, in fact, he feels like he's never smoked before—gives him the confidence to try to prevent what he knows is coming.
- And in its final month, courtesy of a young time-traveller: "And I think, in the end, you and Mom can find some kind of happiness." The character being spoken to didn't even realize the bomb that had just been dropped until a few seconds later — you can almost hear the Record Needle Scratch.
- Mortifer: "That's... Well, that's impossible...There was only one demon with that name, and he died off hundreds of years ago."
- "The new leader of the black market, Vlademyre Hynner."
- "We have a demon of our own."
- "That's when I started to realize something. This entire business had to be crushed, and all its people have to pay for what they've done."
- "Yes, he worked at Sintec, but your research lacked greatly. Sintec doubles as a mercenary company, the idea of the "exterminator" company was simply a cover for the real thing. Joey had taken over the presidency after the unfortunate accident of the former president."
- Haru-Sari: "Come on, Cygnet, this isn't even your room!"
- Ménage à 3: (NSFW)
- Penny and Aggie
- Which much later led to...
Penny: "You wanna... pretend a little more for a minute?"
- Questionable Content: "Marten, do you like me?" As Faye herself put it, "like interrupting an intricate waltz with a sledgehammer to the knee."
- Also, much later, "...Well. I guess that's it, then," turning a pretty standard Dora/Marten arc into a Wham Episode.
- El Goonish Shive: "It was real. The monster was a golem created by one who must be found. The girl is a good Samaritan who can fly. What was seen is what was."
- Before that, near the end of Sister II:
Pandora Chaos Raven: Very well. You want to make a difference? You want a world you can freely participate in? I will give it to you.
- One from magic algea-eater whale-thing:
For one, those watches of yours wouldn't work anywhere else in the world.
- In the appropriately titled "End of an Era":
Sarah: I think I want to be "just friends" with Elliot.
- A seemingly background character makes herself relevant, along with a long forgotten detail:
Charlotte: I also figured you two (Ellen and Nanase) were a good choice because I graduated from Moperville South last year and I have a doll with Nanase's face on it.
- Diane has a few of these in Family Tree.
If you must know, I was born ten minutes before midnight. (This is relevant because Susan, whose resemblance to Diane has been pointed out, was born ten minutes after midnight, on New Year's Day. Average birth time between twins is seventeen minutes. And Diane is adopted.)
Did... Did they look like that before?
Can you fix this with your magic, Nanase?
- At the End of Family Tree:
Jerry: So yeah! I saved Susan's long-lost sister and the busty chick who's also part of the debt!
Diane:...This is from my sister.
- General Protection Fault
Nicole: "Admittedly, calling someone an attempted murderer is harsh, but tell me, Mr. Terrell, what were you doing before you were hired by GPF Software?"
- Later on, not so much because of the secret discussed but because Nick is aware of it.
Nick: "So now that that’s done and over with, can we talk about our time traveling son from the alternate future?"
- When Fooker goes to his ex-girlfriend Sharon to apologize.
Sharon: Dex and I will be staying at his folks' place for a while.
Dexter: Yeah, they can still hardly believe it...I’ve finally got a girlfriend.
- While Trudy and Yoshi are discussing Ki, and Trudy is hesitant to go see her.
Yoshi: Just as well, I guess. She’s too wrapped up in her loser boyfriend. He’ll be back any minute now...
- Looking for Group: "He's not dead."
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures :
: "Destania must be so proud to have such a wonderful and kind incubus
like you for a son!"
- When Abel reads Jyrras's mind, some time later:
- Or on a much more ominous note.
(looking up Abel): "Father: Aniz Siar (Cubi) / Born: Unknown / Status: Deceased (1964 Dekith) / [Killed by Quintinga Ti'fona]."
: "It is hard enough knowing two of my friends will die."
: "We weren't trying to attack folks! We're trying to track down and kill the Cubi that murdered Merlitz Meshaiko."
- Starfighter: "Gentlemen, this is a time sensitive matter. Therefore I shall be brief. We are losing this war."
- Girly: Courtesy of Otra.
Otra: It was all a lie
- Something Positive: "...But I'm not drunk now, Jason."
- Kevin & Kell
Kevin: (to the rabbit that saved Kell when she went to look for his parents) Thanks, Dad.
Dorothy: Is that another request for an arranged marriage with Coney?
Kevin: Yes, Mom...an archaic, backward tradition!
Dorothy: I know, it's too bad the one I set up for you in infancy didn't work out.
- After the intruder identifies himself as a political operative for Kevin's Rabbit Council opponent.
Kevin: But I’m not up for re-election for years!
Intruder: Check that. You’re facing a recall.
Papa Kindle: But if neither of us is the killer, then who is?
Danielle: I'd say there's a 100% chance it's me, Daddy
- One of the earliest Wham Lines that is now approaching It Was His Sled territory:
Nigel: When do you think they'll catch on that we birds run the world?
- Dominic Deegan had one: "David Johann, the King of Callan"
- The beginning of a disturbing relationship.
So you plan to keep me inebriated to make me the perfect boyfriend? I hate to say. It's been done. And it didn't end well.
- World peace at the ultimate price.
Robin: Before what? Before I get the stink of worldwide hero all over the place?
Roz: No, before...
- At the end of a fairly typical filler week, we see Mike and Amber at Comic-Con:
Amber: Since when are you helpful?
Mike: Since being "helpful" means sending people to go wait in four-hour lines for stuff that's likely to sell out just as they reach the booth.
Amber: Wow. I'm marrying the devil.
Mike: Hasbro's making this way too easy for me.
(the comic appears to be over, then suddenly, one extra panel at the very bottom...)
Mike: Wait, what?
Leslie: Bull. Are you telling me your vomitfest was just for show?
- The end of the speech where the (alternate-universe) Head Alien explains the universe Leslie sent herself to and why the portal she came through closed after her:
"Imagine a universe in which nothing important ever
changes. The easiest solutions fix every problem. Status Quo Is God
. The world is just a laugh factory. Every conversation ends on a joke. A living nightmare, yes? And one which, due to the rules of the game, prevents anyone from leaving.
That would be resolution. Escape. You're stuck here, same as me. You. Me. And an intact Drama Tag.
- Where an alternate universe Pamela is revealed to have more to her.
- The realization that a brash customer may be more than meets the eye:
Human!UC: "I am Ultra Car!"
Ethan: ...I'm turning in my two week's notice.
- Times Like This:
- It wasn't revealed - to the reader OR in-universe - that Maggie was actually a time-transplant from 14th-century Oireland until a discussion was taking place on how to mend her relationship with Rodney that Cassie accidentally (and indirectly) scuttled.
Fortunately we didn't end up in a relationship, but Rodney and Maggie aren't together anymore. They never even fell in love in the first place! Bethany:
And about Maggie... Do we tell her about this? Cassie:
The more I think about it, the more I believe that's a bad idea. If we tell her that she and Rodney were meant to be together... even if they were supposed to be together... she'd think we were setting her up, effectively making Rodney very unappealing to her. And that would really
fuck things up. Bethany: But we got HER from another time.
All the "alternate timeline" stuff might make sense to her! Cassie:
I say we just try to fix this back in '91 and hope everything plays out the original way. Matt:
Uhhh, wait... What was that about Maggie being from another time???
- Cassie's father broke up a fight between her and her mother over Cassie's sexual behavior with "...all that rage and stress isn't doing your mother any good, what with her cancer and all!" Before that, nobody but the dad knew of his wife's ailment, and they had agreed to wait until after Cassie's birthday to break the bad news. Oopsie.
- Cassie and Chad were discussing their awkward social lives while teenagers. Then Chad asked when Cassie finally lost her virginity. Her response: "Thirteen." (A Break the Cutie flashback then ensued.)
- Survivor: Fan Characters:
Hope: Did she cry?
Baxter: Huh? Who?
Hope: Bessie Bell. When you stabbed her in the back.
"Guys, Manya did lie. Wrecker didn't have the idol."
Jeff Probst: "Chrii is playing the Hidden Immunity Idol. All votes for Chrii do not count. I'll read the votes."
"You see, there is one other tool I have. It's a mini voice recorder that Brenton and Madison accidentally made removable from my body. And I gave it to Barbie."
Bonnie "Oh My God...fucking over that c*** over like that. Fucking incredible."
- Fans!: "There is more than one being in the universe who desires souls. I am not Satan. I am that I am."
- Electric Wonderland ended its sixth story by having NJ try to call police to arrest Aerynn Arlia. The cop he talked to, Natasha Wing, refused to believe NJ's report, because she never encountered Aerynn in all her years of crimefighting. It sounds like a foolish reason not to take any action, until...
I've also studied the physics code for the Internet
and over half the powers you told me are impossible. IM. POSSIBLE.
- Later, Trawn and NJ discover that the government's magic-seeking equipment never detects Aerynn's brand of magic. NJ then asked if this meant they can't find anyone who practices the powers as Aerynn, so she answered, "No one has my powers, Nate!" He subsequently demanded to know exactly how powerful she is. She admitted, "I don't know...Because there are a lot of things I'm afraid to try!" This sounds especially surprising after she spent nearly all of the previous comics performing actions possible only through Rule of Funny.
- Dissonance: The setting is an entirely ordinary (but fictional) university. The main characters have discovered an unusual, undocumented kind of animal, they've named "Pandora". They've discovered she has a number of unusual traits; she can stand on two legs, her mane glows in the dark, and she cares for injured rodents, despite resembling a cat. A reporter hears about it;
So, Sarah. Your pre-print on the scientific journals stated your discovery of Pandora could reshape the current view of the history of evolution, do you really think she is that important of a discovery? Sarah:
Yes. Beat Ceyla:
There is an online movement claiming your videos and your discovery are a hoax, do you believe the scientific community can look past these allegations? Sarah:
Many fans of Pandora are concerned for her safety in this school, can you reassure our viewers that no harm will come to her in the name of science? Sarah:
That was "good", but maybe you could elaborate a little more? I feel like I could get a livelier interview out of Pandora. *to Pandora* What do you think, cutie? Would you like your own interview? Pandora:
- Princess Pi once featured two in the same conversation, which kick off the long-awaited explanation of how Pi became the Last of Her Kind:
What do you even have to cry about? You're rich! I only get a $75000 allowance! You don't even take advantage of it! You wear the same earrings ALL THE TIME! That's so LAME! Princess Pi:
They're stuck to my face. Sam:
What? Huh? Princess Pi:
The day I found out I was indestructible was the day I got my ears pierced. It took them three hours to manage to make a hole big enough, and once these were in, I couldn't remove them. That was when I was five. It was my mother, Queen Isosceles, who took me there. (She points at a nearby statue) Princess Pi:
That statue over there? That's her...But now she's dead! My mother was killed in the war!
- Too Much Information:
- Ansem Retort:
- Rice Boy: Not so much the line itself, as who's saying it and who they're saying it to:
Rice Boy: You have traveled long and far - you have reached the iron tower - you have changed form... thrice.
- Starslip gives us the line that arguably started the Myth Arc:
Albatroxi Leader: Mr. Vanderbeam, I don't understand... our people had no truce. We've been at war for two years.
King Jovox: My Jovia died on an attempt on her life, intended to stop our research. It was a shuttle explosion, after an art gala aboard the Fuseli.
- Not A Villain:
Bandit: I could never like somebody who killed her own mother.
Danni: I'm useless in Reality. A "costly liability", as they put it. They want to replace me with several imported Outsiders. My parents have practically killed themselves to keep that decision at bay. I've been trying to make money, make friends, make anything that'll show I have worth. But it's been pointless. The Game was my last option. They'd have given me more time for that. Ha. I just have the end of Reality's day now. And I'm going to spend it dancing.
You stupid child. You're the one who needs memories repaired. Ozma
is gone! Our princess is dead, and it's all your fault!
You can change things! You are a writer
Warrick: Selva. I know you can hear me.
Renge: That is most definitely NOT a Dorothy.
- Cucumber Quest
Chardonnay: We just need to make sure every hero is clear on this stuff, y'know?
- Housepets! gets its occasions.
Grape: After all, when I hang out with the guys I don't have to hide my femininity.
Joel: I was kidnapped by my own pets once.
Grape: Isn't it because you have a crush on me?
Tarot (to King): Sorry, I don't date humans.
King: Bailey, will you marry me?
Fido: I AM IN LOVE WITH SABRINA D'ANGELO! (Not exactly one for the readers, but mostly in-universe for the cast of the comic.)
Bailey: TAKE ME INSTEAD!
Joel: I don't believe you, but I don't think there's much else I can do to prepare you, so...
Cerberus: THEN COME. HEAVEN AWAITS.
Pete: HEY IS THIS WHERE ALL THE LOSERS AT?!
Spirit Dragon:Pete, You don't need to talk with the big voice.
Pete:See? You're ALWAYS the spoilsport.
Spirit Dragon: I AM NOT!
Joel(Now permanently King): I was... I was right.
Bailey: You did it, King! It's over!
Gaius: Who told you about my nightmares?
- xkcd — From the Time animation:
Beanie People Leader: The sea will fill not in years but in DAYS.
- Skin Horse
"Whatever you do, don't trust Project Skin Horse."
- Kiwi Blitz
Celeste: ...I never did like you much. She's talking to Cho, who has just accused her of being a spy for ALTER.
Paul: Anna, help me! (This is the first indication that anyone other than Susan or Anna could see the spirit form of the sister who is not controlling the body. It comes as enough of a shock to Susan to cause her to kill Paul for keeping the secret in the first place.)
- ErrantStory: Ian's descent into The Madness Place gets a helpful kickstart from Riley.
Riley: Ian... Ian, something bad happened a little while after you left and... gah... I don't know how to tell you this... I mean, honestly, we had kinda hoped you weren't coming back... and all that stuff about finding a way to heal Evelyn was just an excuse to run away from everything back home... it would have been easier...
Ian: Riley, calm down... what are you talking about?
Riley: Well, see, your mom—
Ian: I could give a fuck about that crazy bitch, what happened to Lyn?!
Riley: No, that's what I'm trying to tell you, she... she's... ...
(screams from Riley, Leah and Meji as Ian launches himself like a ballistic missile)
- In Bob and George, "Everything You Know is Wrong"
Bob: Oh, I bet you think you're so damn clever, don't you, George.
- Monster Pulse
: I DON'T WANT TO SEE! (Right before she delivers a Mercy Kill
to her ghost-infected coworker)
- Able freaked out during that scene, and chapter 8 reveals why...
Able: (After killing a finger-based monster, causing the hand of the girl it belonged to to bleed) That's what happens when a monster dies. The body acts like it really did lose the part.
Julie: You... have you killed a monster before?
Violet: There is no need to explain what is already known. (Violet reveals that she knows what Able did, despite him never telling her and was actually about to confess)
- During the goodnight scene in Modest Medusa. Morseso for Charles than the audience, since he never met Modest's family:
Charles: What are you afraid of?
Modest: Vampires. And pirates. And my dad
Dr. Zarei: You just trapped us all inside Mayview.