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Film - Animated
- In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, the Joker delivers a death threat to a foe's apartment via phone, while a remote-controlled plane bombs said apartment to smithereens. The telephone used for the threat is intact enough for the Joker to deliver the following gem although Batman happens to be there and divert the plane:Joker: (over the phone) Hello? Hello, operator? I believe my party's been... Disconnected! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
- In the 3D Horton Hears a Who!, Horton is being pursued by Vlad the Vulture, and in one scene escapes by sending Vlad off on a Tree Buchet, quipping, "This is where I get off," as he does. Later lampshaded when he remarks that he usually doesn't think of those until sometime later.
- In Igor, Dr. Schadenfreude is investigating the recently-deceased Glickenstein's castle:Jaclyn: Glickenstein invented life?
Schadenfreude: I don't think he had a hand in it. (camera pans to Glickenstein's dismembered arm on the floor)
- A non-fatal example from Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit, after Victor stabs a pitchfork through Lady Tottington's Anime Hair that leaves her stuck to a wall:Victor: Hm. I always liked your hair pinned back.
- Mulan; during the final battle, Mushu flash-fries Shan Yu's falcon with a blast of fire breath:Mushu: Now that's what I call some Mongolian barbecue!
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: After curb-stomping Scorpion with Toon Physics, Spider-Ham delivers one in response to him calling Ham a "silly cartoon"Spider-Ham: Ohh, did THAT feel like a cartoon? [blows a raspberry]
Film - Live-Action
- The Trope Namer is the James Bond series of movies, which have used almost every conceivable variation of the trope. In fact, most of the examples in the trope's description have been used at some point in a Bond film. The vast majority of the time, it's Bond himself throwing out a one-liner after dispatching an enemy, although other characters can get in on the action.
- From Dr. No:
- In From Russia with Love, Karim Bey enlists Bond's help in sniping a man through a painting, specifically a hole in the subject's mouth. When he succeeds, Bond quips:Bond: She should have kept her mouth shut.
- From Goldfinger:
- Bond kills someone by means of an Electrified Bathtub:Bond: Shocking. Positively shocking.
- Oddjob dispatches of a reluctant investor by shooting him in a car and sending the car to the crusher. Bond only encounters a steel cube, to which he says:Bond: He had a pressing engagement.
- Bond finally dispatches Oddjob by electrocuting him and has this exchange with Felix:Felix: You okay, James? Where's your butler friend?
Bond: Oh, he blew a fuse.
- Bond finally dispatches Goldfinger when he's sucked out of a plane:Pussy Galore: Where is Goldfinger?
Bond: Playing his golden harp.
- Bond kills someone by means of an Electrified Bathtub:
- From Thunderball:
- Bond shoots a mook with a harpoon:Bond: I think he got the point.
- Bad girl Fiona gets shot by friendly fire in a dance club, and Bond sits her down at a table and nonchalantly asks:Bond: Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead.
- Bond shoots a mook with a harpoon:
- In You Only Live Twice, the British Hong Kong policeman discovers Bond "dead" in his bed in the opening sequence and has this to say:Policeman: Well, at least he died on the job. He'd have wanted it this way.
- After Tanaka arranges Bond's pursuers to be dropped into the ocean by a helicopter:Tanaka: How's that for Japanese efficiency?
Bond: Just a drop in the ocean.
- After the Giant Mook falls in a piranha pool, Bond goes "Bon appetit!"
- After Tanaka arranges Bond's pursuers to be dropped into the ocean by a helicopter:
- In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a mook falls prey to a snowplow, and his blood and guts start flying everywhere.Bond: He had lots of guts!
Tracy: [ Eye Take ]
- In Diamonds Are Forever, the main quip-master is in fact not Bond, but Those Two Guys Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd:
- They drop a scorpion down someone's neck and explain his absence by saying he was "bitten by the bug."
- They dispatch a guy by blowing up a helicopter:Mr. Kidd: If God had wanted man to fly...
Mr. Wint: He would have given him wings, Mr. Kidd.
- Other henchmen try their hand, but they're not nearly as good, as shown when they kill Shady Tree:Bert Saxby: We didn't get the real diamonds, so we need Tree... alive!
Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd: That's most annoying...
- While on Saxby, after he tries to kill his supposed boss Willard Whyte but is gunned down instead, Whyte responds with: "Bert Saxby? Tell him he's fired!"
- From Live and Let Die:
- After Kananga blows up from a gas pellet shoved in his mouth:Solitaire: Where's Kananga?
Bond: He always did have an inflated opinion of himself.
- After killing Kananga's right-claw man Tee Hee by snipping the wires controlling his artificial arm and dumping him out the train compartment's window, Bond frees Solitaire from her fold-up bed and answers her "what are you doing?" question thusly:Bond: (dumps the mech. arm out the window) Just being disarming, darling.
- After Kananga blows up from a gas pellet shoved in his mouth:
- From The Man with the Golden Gun:
- In A View to a Kill, Max Zorin gets in on the action when he throws a guy out of a zeppelin:Zorin: So, does anyone else want to drop out?
- From The Living Daylights:
- Necros is hanging out the back of a plane to Bond's shoe, when Bond slashes his shoelaces and sends him plummeting to his death:Bond: He got the boot.
- Bond dispatches Brad Whitaker by blowing up a statue of Wellington and crushing him against a diorama of the Battle of Waterloo, just so he could say:Bond: He met his Waterloo.
- Necros is hanging out the back of a plane to Bond's shoe, when Bond slashes his shoelaces and sends him plummeting to his death:
- From Licence to Kill:
- The Big Bad starts getting into this when he has Felix Leiter lowered Shark Pool, and a shark bites his leg off (which also happens in the novel of Live and Let Die, where the villain claims to have "more good lines like this"):Bond (reading the paper attached to Leiter's body): He disagreed with something that ate him.
- Averted when he dispatches Dario to a gruesome death in a cocaine grinder and finds himself hanging precariously over it. The Bond Girl Pam Bouvier shows up to save him and asks if he's all right; that said, the grinder is indeed a "bloody machine" now...
- The Big Bad starts getting into this when he has Felix Leiter lowered Shark Pool, and a shark bites his leg off (which also happens in the novel of Live and Let Die, where the villain claims to have "more good lines like this"):
- From GoldenEye:
- After killing Xenia Onatopp, specialist in Murderous Thighs, Bond has this to say:Bond: She always did enjoy a good squeeze.
- Q demonstrates a grenade disguised as a pen by blowing up a test dummy and seems to anticipate this problem:
- After killing Xenia Onatopp, specialist in Murderous Thighs, Bond has this to say:
- From Tomorrow Never Dies:
- Bond dispatches a mook by tossing him into a printing press:Bond: They'll print anything these days.
- Bond ejects a pilot from the rear seat of a fighter plane directly into the path of another fighter jet, and he quips, "Backseat driver!" But it comes back to bite him when Bond has to be a literal backseat driver in a later car chase.
- Bond dispatches a mook by tossing him into a printing press:
- From The World Is Not Enough:
- Bond kills Davidov to steal his identity and tosses the body in a dumpster. When another unsuspecting goon asks him where the henchman is:Bond: He was buried with work.
- Bond accidentally delivers one prematurely when he sends a fan-powered snowmobile off a cliff in Azerbaijan: "See you back at the lodge." But the snowmobile deploys a parachute, allowing it to recover and circle around to attack him again. Bond seems most annoyed that his quip was ruined.
- One of the series' most famous comes when Bond dispatches former lover Elektra King, who taunts him by saying he couldn't bring himself to shoot a former lover:Elektra: You Wouldn't Shoot Me. You'd miss me.
Bond: [shoots Elektra] I never miss.
- Bond kills Davidov to steal his identity and tosses the body in a dumpster. When another unsuspecting goon asks him where the henchman is:
- In Die Another Day, almost everyone besides Bond seems to be doing it:
- Jinx does it twice when she kills Frost by stabbing her in the chest with a knife stuck through a book (appropriately enough, The Art of War). First, Frost taunts her:
- Then Bond comes in and sees her, and Jinx has another quip:
- Jinx: I think I broke her heart.
- Bond gets the tables turned on him when the Big Bad hits him in the stomach:Graves: How's that for a punchline?
- From Casino Royale (2006):
- In the very first sequence, Dryden tries to distract Bond by giving him advice on his first kill:
- Bond sits back down at the poker table after barely surviving a poisoning attempt:Bond: That last hand almost killed me.
- Quantum of Solace got meta:Bond: Tell her Slate was a dead end.
Agent: (to M) Slate was a dead end.
M: Dammit, he killed him!
- From Skyfall:
- Bond feeds a henchman to a pair of Komodo dragons and quips about the "circle of life".
- Bond knifes Silva and quips "Last rat standing", calling back to their first conversation.
- Bond blows up his old home (and all the mooks inside it) and manages to give a one-liner to a house:Bond: I always hated this place.
- In Bond parody In Like Flint, Flint knocks a mook onto a Conveyor Belt o' Doom that sends the unlucky bastard into a white-hot document disintegrator, and his boss, after watching him go up in flames, quips to the men beside him, "Let's pay our respects."
- Three in one fight in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by none other than the original.(shoots a mook in the face after the mook murders his impersonator) "Wrong Quatermain!"
(smashes a mook in the face with a whiskey bottle, then glances at the label) "Wicked waste."
(impales a mook on a mounted rhino horn, then a Union Jack flag hanging over it falls down and drapes over him) "Rule, Britannia."
- Almost every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie has him doing a one-liner of this kind. It's probably easier to list the ones where he doesn't do this: Conan the Barbarian (1982) (which he takes kinda seriously), The Terminator (because he barely has any lines), and Junior (which revels in him Playing Against Type). But here goes anyway:
- From Total Recall (1990):
Quaid: See you at the party, Richter!
- Quaid dispatches Richter with a Literal Disarming and throws him an Ironic Echo as he falls off the elevator:
- Quaid confronts his wife, who tries to distract him while she tries to kill him:
- From Commando:
Matrix: Let off some steam, Bennett.
- Matrix impales Bennett with a pipe against a boiler, which starts leaking steam through the pipe:
Matrix: I let him go.
- Matrix drops Sully off a cliff and then is asked what he did to him:
Matrix: Thank you. And do me a favor: Don't disturb my friend. He's dead tired.
- Matrix kills the guy next to him on a plane and dresses him as if he's asleep, going out of his way to tell the flight attendant:
Kirby: Leave anything for us?
- General Kirby arrives at the base, but Matrix has already dealt with everybody:
Matrix: Just bodies.
- From Eraser:
Kruger: You're luggage.
- Kruger shoots an escaped alligator who attacks him:
Kruger: They caught a train.
- At the end, Kruger parks the Corrupt Corporate Executives' limo on a set of train tracks, and a train blasts right through it:
- In Predator, Dutch impales a man by throwing a machete at him:Dutch: Stick around!
- In True Lies, Harry dispatches a mook by smashing his head into a urinal and giving him a swirly:Harry: Cool off.
- The Running Man seems to be designed for this:
Richards: He had to split.
- Richards cuts Buzzsaw in half:
Richards: What a hothead.
- Richards dispatches Fireball by throwing a road flare at him:
Richards: He was a pain in the neck.
- Richards strangles Sub-Zero:
Richards: Here's Sub-Zero, now plain zero!
- Richards later announces Sub-Zero's fate to the audience:
Richards: Don't forget to send me a copy.
- Richards signs a contract on a man's back, only to stab him instead:
Richards: Well, that hit the spot.
- Richards sends Killian crashing into a soda billboard:
- Last Action Hero, being a parody of your typical action movie with Arnold playing himself (or rather an action hero played by him), naturally turns the Bond One-Liner into an art form:
Slater: Iced that guy... to cone a phrase.
- Slater shoots a bad guy who was chasing him in an ice cream truck:
Benedict: Hello! I have just shot somebody and I did it on purpose!
- Benedict gets in on the action when he enters the real world and realizes how easy it is to kill people there:
- In Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
T-800: He'll live.
- Arnold has to fudge it a bit because the T-800 had sworn not to kill, so he gives the one-liner after knee-capping a guard:
John Connor: Is it dead?
- When the T-800 finally dispatches the T-1000, John Connor tries to confirm the termination via this exchange:
- In The 6th Day, Adam knocks out Drucker and his clone so that they land on top of each other:Adam: When I said you should screw yourself, I didn't mean for you to take it literally.
- In The Last Stand, Owens introduces himself:
- He even does it in Jingle All the Way, although he's not nearly as badass and uses it on a reindeer he just punched out:Howard: You started it.
- Sometimes Arnold will hand off the honor to one of his co-stars, typically in his comedies:
O'Hara: You're not so tough without your car, are you?
- In Kindergarten Cop, it's Kimble's partner O'Hara who gets the honor when she extracts revenge on Crisp's mother, who tried to run her over with her car:
Vincent: Now there's a guy with a lot on his mind.
- In Twins, it's Danny DeVito's character Vincent who gets the line, after the villain winds up buried under a continuous pile of chains:
- Arnold even did it in Real Life — when he was running for governor of California in 2003, someone threw an egg at him. He nonchalantly takes his jacket off and responds:Arnold: Well, this guy owes me bacon now.
- From Total Recall (1990):
- In The Magnificent Seven, Britt is challenged to a Duel to the Death by a Sore Loser gunslinger who can't believe his gun lost a speed contest to Britt's throwing knife. Britt kills him with the knife before the guy can even grab his gun:Britt: You lost.
- From Rush Hour:
- In the first movie, Carter is attacked by a villain who tells him, "wipe yourself off, you're bleeding." When Carter kills the guy later in the movie:Carter: Wipe yourself off, man. You're dead.
- In the second movie, when Ricky Tan falls several stories and lands on a taxi:Carter: That's okay. We'll just say he tried to catch a cab.
- Or, as it was rendered in the Hilarious Outtakes:Carter: Damn! He ain't gonna be in Rush Hour 3!
- In the first movie, Carter is attacked by a villain who tells him, "wipe yourself off, you're bleeding." When Carter kills the guy later in the movie:
- Austin Powers, being a James Bond parody, naturally has Austin throwing off one-liners. But Austin not only uses lame puns, he uses one after the other in quick succession, until he's told to stop and admits he sometimes goes a little too far.
- Hot Fuzz, being a spoof of the buddy cop movie, would lampshade movie-cops' tendency to do this:
- Nicholas dispatches of Lurch in a supermarket freezer, and Danny laments a lost opportunity:Danny: How's Lurch?
Nicholas: He's in the freezer.
Danny: Did you say, "Cool off!"?
Nicholas: Er, no, I didn't say anything, actually.
Nicholas: There was a bit earlier on that you missed when I distracted him with the cuddly monkey. And then I said, "Playtime's over!", then I hit him with the peace lily.
Danny: You're off the fucking chain! (cocks shotgun)
- At the end, when the heroes watch the villain escape in his car but crash into a tree less than 100 yards away thanks to judicious use of swan, they let another opportunity pass:Nicholas: I feel like I should say something smart.
Danny: You don't have to say anything at all.
- As a meta-example, Simon Pegg admits in the DVD Commentary that his Spaced co-star Jessica Stevenson pointed out an even cooler one-liner that he could have used in the scene where Nicholas dispatches Lurch: "Rest in peas."
- Nicholas dispatches of Lurch in a supermarket freezer, and Danny laments a lost opportunity:
- Ghostbusters has a non-lethal variant (kinda, he was dead to begin with) when the eponymous Ghostbusters capture the ghost and announce their prowess to the public:Venkman: We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!
- In Speed, Jack and Payne are fighting a Traintop Battle and Payne brags that he will win because he's "smarter". He then stands up and gets decapitated by a low-hanging light:
- Jack: Yeah? Well, I'm taller!
- Or, as he later tells his companion when asked where Payne is:Jack: He lost his head.
- In Universal Soldier, Devereaux dispatches of Scott by shoving him into a wood chipper. When asked where Scott is, Devereaux replies:Devereaux: Around.
- Shoot 'em Up, which revolves almost entirely around gun battles, has its fair share of Bond One-Liners; in fact, one can say that two-thirds of Smith's lines are of this variety, as he mutters about things he doesn't like.
- Smith impales a mook through the mouth with a carrot and offers the following advice:Smith: Eat your vegetables.
- Smith uses a a mook's hand he cut off to fire a gun with a thumbprint scanner:Smith: That's what I call a hand job.
- Smith finally gets the drop on the villain and reveals to him what he hates the most:Smith: A pussy with a gun.
- Smith impales a mook through the mouth with a carrot and offers the following advice:
- In Speed Racer, when Pops takes down a ninja:Trixie: Oh my God, was that a ninja?
Pops: More like a non-ja. Terrible what passes for a ninja these days.
- In The Untouchables, after Eliot Ness throws Frank Nitti off a rooftop and onto a car:George Stone: Where is Nitti?
Ness: He's in the car.
- In American Gangster, after Frank basically executes a rival who had demanded 20% of his business, he takes his money and puts a few bills in a jar next to the dead body.Frank: There you go. Twenty percent.
- Steven Seagal, in true Action Hero fashion.Mook: I don't think you can drop us all, badass.
Toscani: (shoots him) You're right. But I'll get an A for effort.
Storm: That's for my wife. Fuck you and die.Hatcher: I hope they weren't triplets."
- In Hard to Kill, Storm stabs the villain with a broken pool cue and isn't particularly subtle:
Ryback: Keep the faith, Strannix.
- In Under Siege, after Ryback kills Strannix:
- In Dragonheart, Brother Gilbert gets off a few Bible-based quips:
Brother Gilbert: Pride goes before a fall.
- Brother Gilbert shoots a bad guy with an arrow:
Brother Gilbert: Turn the other cheek, brother.
- Brother Gilbert shoots a bad guy in the ass:
- From the Lethal Weapon series:
Murtaugh: Nailed 'em both.
- Played with in Lethal Weapon 2, when Murtaugh is attacked in his home by an assassin and dispatches him with a nail gun — but he doesn't say anything. Then another assassin shows up, Murtaugh dispatches him similarly, and then he quips:
Big Bad: (wielding his credentials) Diplomatic immunity!
- At the end of Lethal Weapon 2, when the Big Bad is shooting at him:
Murtaugh: (shoots him in the head) It's just been revoked.
Travis: Now we have a relationship we can build on!
- In Lethal Weapon 3, Big Bad Travis deals with a mook who failed him by shoving him into a cement pool in a building foundation:
Murtaugh: Hey Riggs, cop killers!
- Also in Lethal Weapon 3, when Riggs turns Travis' "cop-killer" bullets against him:
Riggs: (shoots Travis) Ex-cop killers!
- Of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Michelangelo is most likely to use this, to the occasional dismay of his teammates.
- In TMNT, when a character takes a fall:April: Winters?
Michelangelo: Looks more like fall. Get it?
Leonardo: Mikey, remember our talk?
- In the first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Michelangelo and Donatello crush a Foot Ninja between their shells, and Michelangelo tries to come up with a good one-liner:Michelangelo: Donnie, looks like this one's suffering from shell shock.
Donatello: Too derivative.
Michelangelo: Boy, I guess we can really shell it out.
Donatello: Too cliché.
Michelangelo: Well, it was a shell of a good hit!
Donatello: ...I like it!
- In TMNT, when a character takes a fall:
- In Hudson Hawk:Alfred: So much for his cut.
Eddie: You won't be attending that hat convention in July!
- When Eddie decapitates Alfred later in the film:
- Hellboy (2004), after killing the first Sammael in the New York Subway with the electrified third rail:Hellboy: I'm fireproof. (lights a cigar with his still-burning hand) You're not.
- Dogma naturally parodied the phenomenon.
- Bartleby and Loki are intimidating a group of Corrupt Corporate Executives, and one of them reaches for the phone to call security. Loki impales the phone with a switchblade:Loki: (heavily) All lines... are currently down.
Bartleby: Will you please cut that out
Loki: Oh, come on! That was great!
- The normally Silent Bob gets one in as a parody of a similar scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when he throws the angels off the train:Silent Bob: No ticket!
- Bartleby and Loki are intimidating a group of Corrupt Corporate Executives, and one of them reaches for the phone to call security. Loki impales the phone with a switchblade:
- In the Transformers film series:
- Several in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
Sideswipe: Damn, I'm good!
- Sideswipe dispatches of Sideways in a single stroke and can't help but revel in his awesomeness:
Optimus Prime: Piece of tin!
- Optimus Prime splits the head of a Decepticon and can't help but share his disgust:
Optimus Prime: I rise... you fall.
- At the end, when Optimus Prime thoroughly wrecks the Fallen and drops his corpse to the ground:
- In Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bumblebee destroys a man-made Transformer:Bumblebee: I hate cheap knockoffs!
- Several in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
- Star Wars:
- In A New Hope, Han shoots Greedo in the Bad-Guy Bar and tosses a line at the bartender as he leaves:Han: Sorry about the mess.
- In The Empire Strikes Back, Captain Needa tries to own up to Darth Vader about the Millennium Falcon getting away from him. Vader reacts by choking him to death with the Force:Vader: Apology accepted, Captain Needa.
- In Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan shoots General Grievous and feels the need to comment about having to use a gun (in a Call-Forward to his description of lightsabers):Obi-Wan: So uncivilized.
- In Rogue One, Vader offers a non-lethal one to Orson Krennic as he briefly strangles him:Vader: Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director.
- In A New Hope, Han shoots Greedo in the Bad-Guy Bar and tosses a line at the bartender as he leaves:
- Chocolat has a non-lethal variation when Josephine, after hitting her abusive husband in the head with a frying pan, utters:Josephine: Who says I can't use a skillet?
- The final scene of the action movie The Last Boy Scout has the two leads discussing future use of Bond One Liners.
- In The Toxic Avenger, Toxie likes doing this sort of thing, although he specializes more in the Pre-Mortem One-Liner
- A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger loves to do this.
- In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, after shooting a girl with heroin needles:Freddy: What a rush!
- In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, after killing a nerd through a video game:Freddy: I beat my high score! Hahahahahaha!
- In A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, after killing a comic book nerd by turning himself into a comic book superhero version of himself:Freddy: Told ya, comic books was bad for ya!
- But in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Alice gets the last laugh on Freddy:Alice: Rest in hell.
- In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, after shooting a girl with heroin needles:
- Evil Dead protagonist Ash Williams is good at these.
- In Evil Dead 2, he does this to his own hand, which he cuts off when it becomes possessed and replaces with a chainsaw:Ash: Groovy.
- In Army of Darkness, after Good Ash fires a shotgun up Evil Ash's nose:Good Ash: Good? Bad? I'm the guy with the gun.
- Or, as the Director's Cut has it:Good Ash: I ain't that good.
- In Evil Dead 2, he does this to his own hand, which he cuts off when it becomes possessed and replaces with a chainsaw:
- In Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Alex dispatches the Big Bad, former Angel Madison Lee, in a sea of flames:
- Alex: She is so fired.
- In Undefeatable, two characters get in on the same action when Stingray suffers an Eye Scream:
- Kristy: We'll keep an eye out for you, Stingray.
Nick: Yeah, see ya!
- In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
- Indy's dad Henry Sr. (appropriately played by Sean Connery, the original James Bond) takes down a Nazi fighter plane by startling a bunch of birds with his umbrella:Henry: I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne: "Let my armies be the rocks and the trees, and the birds in the sky."
- Indy and his dad are trying to escape by zeppelin when a Nazi officer starts questioning the passengers. Indy, disguised as a conductor asking for tickets, tosses him out the window, then suddenly has to explain himself to the shocked passengers:Indy: No ticket. (Passengers frantically start waving their tickets at Indy)
- Donovan drinks from the fake Grail and instantly ages into a skeletal corpse:Grail Knight: He chose... poorly.
- Indy's dad Henry Sr. (appropriately played by Sean Connery, the original James Bond) takes down a Nazi fighter plane by startling a bunch of birds with his umbrella:
- In The Long Kiss Goodnight, Sam kills an intruder and gets a chance to do an Ironic Echo as well:Sam: Chefs do that.
- The film of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, derided as it often is, still pulled off this zinger:Grueller: Now, I'm a god!
Pike: (stakes Grueller from behind) And now, you're a coat-rack.
- In The Fifth Element, Dallas' idea of negotiating with the Mangalores is to shoot their leader:Dallas: Anyone else want to negotiate?
- In the Home Alone series, these quips are used by the gangster villain of the 1930s-era movie-within-a-movie Angels with Filthy Souls.
- In the first film, someone demands money from the gangster, and the gangster runs him down:Gangster: Keep the change, ya filthy animal!
- In the second film, we see the sequel Angels with Even Filthier Souls, which apparently also has a Christmas theme:Gangster: Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal! (more gunshots) And a Happy New Year!
- In the first film, someone demands money from the gangster, and the gangster runs him down:
- In Kuffs, after a mook gets shot in front of his companions:Mook: Twelve-gauge pump, boys. They only got three shots. They can't get us all! (pulls out his gun, Ted shoots him first)
George: Well, now we know he can add and he can subtract, so... who wants to be next, here?
- A non-lethal variant from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, when Will is fighting another pirate:Pirate: Say goodbye!
(Shop sign falls on the pirate and knocks him out)
- Discussed in Bowfinger: Kit Ramsay is an action movie star going through a film script where his character throws a guy off a cliff and says, "I enjoyed meeting you, Cliff." Kit thinks the line is too cerebral for his audience.
- In Saving Private Ryan, American GIs gun down surrendering conscripts on Omaha Beach begging for mercynote . One GI jokingly asks what they might be saying, and another goes:GI: Look! I washed for supper!
- Judge Dredd is fond of this trope:
- In Judge Dredd, Dredd mows down a room full of gangsters but leaves a sole survivor, whom he taunts while listing his own crimes during the action sequence and the various penalties that go with them, ending with "killing of a Street Judge":Gangster: Let me guess. Life! (tries to shoot Dredd, Dredd kills him first)
Dredd: Death. Court's adjourned.
- In Dredd:
Mook: Choke on it, Dredd!
- While in a close-quanters grapple with a mook:
Dredd: (pistol-whips the mook) Choke on that.
Dredd: Wait for her to kill you.
- When the Big Bad looks to have Dredd on the ropes, Dredd tells him to wait. He starts his Evil Gloating about how Dredd is asking for mercy, then Anderson shows up and riddles him with bullets:
- In Judge Dredd, Dredd mows down a room full of gangsters but leaves a sole survivor, whom he taunts while listing his own crimes during the action sequence and the various penalties that go with them, ending with "killing of a Street Judge":
- In Pineapple Express:
- Budlofsky doesn't want to go with Matheson to kill Saul; he just wants to go home and have dinner with his wife. An annoyed Matheson kills Budlofsky instead:Matheson: I knew you was going soft. Dinner's gonna be cold tonight, asshole!
- Dale has a line that he likes to give when he delivers subpoenas, and he hangs out outside Ted's house to say the line to him. But when he finally gets to say it to Ted, it's Ted's mangled corpse instead:Dale: Sorry, Ted. You've been served.
- Budlofsky doesn't want to go with Matheson to kill Saul; he just wants to go home and have dinner with his wife. An annoyed Matheson kills Budlofsky instead:
- Die Hard's protagonist John McClane loves his Bond One-Liners. But a few villains get in on the action as well.
- In the first movie, John fights a mook and has this exchange:Mook: Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don't hesitate.
John: (shoots mook) Thanks for the advice, pal.
- Also in the first movie, Hans coolly brags about dispatching Takagi (a line famously improvised by Alan Rickman):Hans: I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask. Unfortunately, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way, so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.
- In Die Hard with a Vengeance, after John dispatches the enemy he goes "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!" In a previous scene, there's also him searches the ship and finds a mook. He thinks he's got the one-liner down, but Targo gets the drop on him:
- In Live Free or Die Hard, John wrecks a helicopter full of mooks by flinging a car at it. In the PG-13 version, he says this:John: I was out of bullets.
- But in the unrated version, he says this:John: Hundreds of thousands of people get killed by cars every year. That's just, like, four more.
- After a mook who had been beating John with Le Parkour is shredded by a fan system, "OHHHHOHOHO NOOO!"
- In the first movie, John fights a mook and has this exchange:
- In The Rock:
- In In Old Arizona — a Best Picture nominee in 1929 — the Cisco Kid arranges for his cheating mistress to be killed:Cisco Kid: Her flirtin' days are over... and she's ready to settle down.
- In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, a vengeful bounty hunter tracks down Tuco and catches him in his bathtub. He starts ranting about his revenge when Tuco shoots him with a gun he had hidden under the bubbles:Tuco: When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
- Unforgiven is a very, very dark and serious movie that basically takes a weedwacker to every Western trope you can think of. This doesn't stop Will Munny from dropping one of the best lines in cinema history after blowing away the saloon owner who made a window display out of Ned Logan."Little Bill" Daggett: Well, sir, you are a cowardly son of a bitch! You just shot an unarmed man!William Munny: Well he should've armed himself, if he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend.
- In The Golden Compass, Ragnar Sturlusson thinks he's got Iorek Byrnison on the ropes:Ragnar: Is that all, worthless cub?!
Iorek: (punches him out and bites his throat) Yes, that is all.
- In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane has Batman on the ropes, but Batman still won't shoot him despite the threat he presents. Selina Kyle has no such reservations:Selina: About that whole "no guns" thing... I'm not sure I feel as strongly about it as you do.
- In Mortal Kombat: The Movie, Liu Kang delivers a devastating combo attack on Shang Tsung, knocking him into a pit of spikes intended for Liu himself. As Shang Tsung dies, Liu Kang utters a famous line from the video game:Liu Kang: Flawless. Victory.
- This doubles as an Ironic Echo since Shang Tsung said it first upon seeing Sub-Zero kill a hopeless kombatant by freezing and hurling him onto Shang Tsung's throne platform.
- In The Avengers (2012), Loki confronts the Hulk and starts ranting about his superiority because he's a god. Hulk quickly shuts him up by smashing him repeatedly against the floor.Hulk: Puny god.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger:
- Colonel Philips kills a Hydra soldier while he's in the middle of reciting Hydra's catchphrase.Hydra soldier: Cut off one head, and two more sh-- (gets shot)
Col. Philips: Let's go find two more.
- Red Skull gets a poor report on the battle from a hapless mook, who tries to explain that they "fought to the last man":Red Skull: (shoots the mook) Evidently not.
- Colonel Philips kills a Hydra soldier while he's in the middle of reciting Hydra's catchphrase.
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, SHIELD breaches a room with hostages and takes out the guard:Jasper Sitwell: I told you SHIELD doesn't negotiate.
- In Iron Man 3, Tony encounters an enemy who no-sold a shot to the face from his portable hand-repulsor. This time, he aims for the chest and makes a hole through him:Tony: Walk away from that, you son of a bitch.
- When confronting Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, Thor gives an Ironic Echo of Thanos's taunt from the previous film's Hope Spot as he finishes off the Mad Titan:Thor: I went for the head.
- In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, after getting Blackout run over, Ghost Rider says, "Roadkill."
- Riddick from The Chronicles of Riddick likes these:
- In Pitch Black, Riddick throws a mook to the monsters in the dark:Riddick: One rule: Stay in the light.
- Also in Pitch Black, Riddick disembowels an alien:Riddick: Did not know what he was fucking with.
- In The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick abandons a Bounty Hunter in the frigid wilderness:Riddick: Biggest mistake: Empty gun rack.
- In Pitch Black, Riddick throws a mook to the monsters in the dark:
- In Rush (2013), a reporter callously asks Niki Lauda after his accident if his wife could possibly love him now the way he looks now. Lauda's rival James Hunt tracks the reporter down and beats the crap out of him, then delivers this line:Hunt: Now go home to your wife and ask her how you look.
- In TRON: Legacy, Sam shoots a jet fighter into the water:Sam: Have a nice swim!
- In Stargate Continuum, Ba'al drops one when Apophis is brought in to be executed and, Defiant to the End, gives his executioner a thorough tongue-lashing.Ba'al: That's actually rather good, isn't it? (draws his sword) Did you plan to say that when you walked in? (slices off the top of Apophis' head) Or was it just off the top of your head?
- In Kick-Ass 2, Hit Girl kills Mother Russia by stabbing her all over her body with glass shards and tells her in Russian:Hit Girl: I thought a cunt like you could handle all those little pricks.
- Invoked and defied in Kingsman: The Secret Service. As Valentine is dying from his wound, he expresses his disgust at having to listen to a lame death-related pun. Eggsy tries to spare him that:Eggsy: This ain't that kind of movie, bruv.
- In Django Unchained, Django's first kill is topped off by a quip that doubles as an Ironic Echo.Django: I like the way you die, boy.
- R.O.T.O.R., being a cheesy sci-fi movie, doesn't pull this off as well as it could have — when the psychotic robot kills someone, his odd quip is:Robot: Justice delivered. C.O.D.note
- In Darkmans climax, Darkman is holding the villain Strack by one leg over the building's scaffolding:Strack: Go ahead, do it, do it, Westlake. But think of this: you let me die, and you become as bad as me -- worse! Haha, you cant. I know you too well. Dropping me, its not really an option for you. Its not something you could live with.
(Darkman closes his eyes, lets him go)
Darkman: Im learning to live with a lot of things.
- In Eve of Destruction, after Dr. Simmons and McQuade finally disable EVE right she detonates the nuke inside her:McQuade: Guess you finally found the fucking off-switch on her.
- In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the Sheriff of Nottingham kills Guy of Gisborne for failing him by stabbing him in the heart, and he calls back to his previous threat:Nottingham: Well, at least I didn't use a spoon.
- In Southland Tales, Officer Bart Bookman (Jon Lovitz Playing Against Type) has a couple when he shoots the neo-Marxists, first Dream:Bookman: Dream over.
Bookman: Flow my tears.
- And then Dion:
- Kung Fury has several, all of them incredibly cheesy:
- Batman Begins has a surprisingly cheesy one when Scarecrow sets Batman on fire:Scarecrow: You look like a man who takes himself too seriously. Do you want my opinion? You need to lighten up.
- In xXx, after Xander Cage takes out a cigarette-smoking Mook with a laser missile:Xander: I told him that cigarette would kill him one day!
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle has Eggsy commenting on Whiskey being thrown in the meat grinder with "Put Alpha Gel on that... dickhead."
- Done by proxy in My Favorite Martian. Lizzie uses some alien Applied Phlebotinum to turn into an alien monster and dispose of two Mooks beating up Ted, tossing one into a computer bank and eating another. Ted's reaction is priceless:Ted: (visibly nervous) ...Did you do something with your hair?Alien!Lizzie: Glad you noticed!
- In the original RoboCop, after Clarence Boddicker and his thugs kill Alex Murphy (would later go on to become the eponymous RoboCop), one of the thugs quotes Hamlet of all things:"Good night, sweet prince!"
- In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, during the Eggdicator scene, Willy Wonka gets to do this twice. After the Eggdicator drops Veruca down the chute with the actual bad eggs:Wonka: She was a bad egg.
Wonka: There's gonna be a lot of garbage today!
- And then her father dives right in after her to try to get her out:
- In Cloud Atlas, the Mexican woman gets her revenge on the assassin who shot her dog and threw her a racial slur:"And don't call me a fucking wetback!"
- In The Grand Budapest Hotel after one of Gustave's co-escapees takes out five guards only to be killed by the last one at the same time that he's killing him, Gustave opts to comment:Gustave: I guess we'll call that a draw.