"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 gets a few.
Sheena: (to Radd) "Besides, if you'd died, how could I arrest you?"
Sheena: "The Mods have already won. By now, Reset has fallen."
Coyote: The reason I love humans so! The reason Ysengrin seethes with anger! My secret... is this... I. DO NOT. EXIST!note The chapter had, up until that point, seemed a light-hearted interlude with Coyote, before taking a sudden turn into a discussion of key setting metaphysics and speculation of the motivations of major characters and forces (ultimately escalating into Ysengrim inexplicably attacking Annie).
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 Subverted: He's not. Coyote proves that HARD.
Mort: "I know you can do it Annie! And to help you practice... I want you to take me into the ether."
From #498: note Roy had been expecting someone to resurrect him immediately after the battle of Azure City.
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.
Black Dragon: "...Now I will kill your children."note This is the black dragon mother's plan for revenge, after V disintegrated her only son. This is particularly shocking to the audience because V was known to be married, but hadn't even hinted at having children.
Strip #758 is somewhat unique in that several people deliver the Wham. note This reveals that one of the prisoners is Haley's father, and that Elan's father Tarquin was behind his imprisonment.
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...
First prisoner: 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.
#870: "Perhaps I SHOULD make more children." note Malack reveals that he's really a vampire.
#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 Malack (again) reveals that he built a back door into the Mass Death Ward spell he helped Durkon develop, allowing him to bypass it at will.
#895: "I'm going to destroy it." note Roy plans the destroy the Gate, instead of risking Xykon taking it.
#896: "Now." note One of the Three Fiends calls in their possession of V's soul.
#930: General Tarquin! We Meet Again! note Julio Scoundrél showing up in the nick of time, and in the process revealing he's met Tarquin before
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 Xykon, who was always assumed to be powerful but stupid, reveals that he knew all along about Redcloak's brother Right-Eye plotting against him, and resolved it by manipulating Redcloak into killing his own brother for Xykon's sake.
#936: "I'm not a twin anymore. And you're not the real villain. Don't worry. You'll live." note Elan, of all people, as he refuses to help Tarquin and watches him fall off the ship.
#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 The revelation that "Vampire Durkon" is not Durkon at all, but the High Priest of Hel
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!"
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!
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 and intact Drama Tag."
Where an alternate universe Pamela is revealed to have more to her.
It wasn't revealed - to the reader OR in-universe - that Maggie was actually a time-transplant from 14th-century Oirelanduntil a discussion was taking place on how to mend her relationship with Rodney that Cassie accidentally (and indirectly) scuttled.
Cassie: 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.)
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...
Natasha: 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;
Ceyla: 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: Yes. Ceyla: 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: Yes. Ceyla: 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: Yes.
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:
Sam: 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!
In a later comic, Princess Pi tries to order a Shamrock Shake from a drive-thru without a car, proclaiming that as princess of the land and the last Egyptian on Earth, the workers at the restaurant should overlook her forgetting to bring a vehicle. After she still gets denied the shake, this conversation occurs:
Bottle Blonde: Besides, what you said wasn't entirely true! Princess Pi: You KNOW I'm not lying! You've been to my pyramid! Bottle Blonde: I meant about the last Egyptian thing! You HAVE a living relative!
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.
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.)
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)