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[gets mauled by giant living statue and thrown into a giant pillar]
El Dorado Warrior: ... Heh! I'm okay!
[gets stepped on by giant living statue]
El Dorado Warrior: [muffled] I'm still okay!

A character is subjected to something which is clearly, obviously, incontrovertibly and usually quite messily fatal, or at the very least extremely painful.

There's a moment's pause for comic effect...

And from the wreckage emerges a muffled "I'm OK.", sometimes accompanied by a thumbs-up. This trope is always Played for Laughs, and exists as a product of Rule of Funny.

Compare/Contrast They're Okay, in which another character notes that the injured party isn't dead and in a usually serious situation.

See also Non Sequitur, *Thud* for another common outcome of this scenario. Not to be confused with I'm O.K, a video game. Compare and contrast Obviously Not Fine where they say the line, but everyone can see it's not true.

Here is a compilation with a lot of examples.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • After the Yellow Flag explodes for the first time Black Lagoon, Dutch calls out for his teammates to make sure they're still alive. Revy and Rock have already checked in, and after calling for Benny, Benny runs up through the doorframe to safety with a "miraculously, I'm alive!"
  • Done in Fairy Tail, during the Oracion Seis/Nirvana arc when Lyon sacrifices himself to defeat racer, only to reappear a few episodes later, perfectly fine.
    Lyon: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
  • Lampshaded wonderfully in the CP9 arc of One Piece. After the entire crew gets smashed through a wall by a runaway train, Luffy laughs off the danger. The rest of the crew, buried in rubble, say "Don't be stupid... we're not rubber like you... there's no way we're... ABSOLUTELY FINE!" they burst out of the rubble at the last bit, with little more than superficial bruising.
  • Dia in Pokémon Adventures occasionally crashes into something as a Running Gag. He then appears with Pokeballs in his eyes while saying "everything is fine". This is played for drama when he has his Disney Death.
  • In the Act 1 Cold Open of Sailor Moon Crystal, this is subverted, after The Klutz Usagi's extended Pratfall Staircase Tumble down her household stairs and an Off Screen Crash.
    Usagi's Mother: Are you alright?
    Usagi: [yelling offscreen] I'm not alright! [enters rubbing rear] Ouuuuuch.

    Films — Animation 
  • Toy Story: Woody after a toolbox falls on him.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: After Ralph accidentally brings a piece of the ceiling down on Felix at the anniversary party for Fix-It Felix Jr., Felix keels over into his "death animation". Fortunately since they're still in the right game Felix immediately respawns and cheerfully says "I'm okay, I'm okay!"

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Waking the Witch, Savannah does this when she's been poisoned and the villain is forcing her to summon her angel mother.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In one episode of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard hits his head while getting something from under the table at a restaurant.
    Leonard: Yeah, I'm okay. Hey, did you spill ketchup?
    Penny: No.
    Leonard: I'm not okay!
  • In the Eureka episode "Welcome Back Carter", Sheriff Andy's car is suddenly crushed flat with him in it. "I'm OK" comes complete with thumbs up.
  • Father Ted has Mrs. Doyle, who'd fallen down the stairs and been crippled earlier in the episode, fall down again (with a chorus of "OHHOLYMARYMOTHEROFGOD" to the thumps), get up and pronounce, "I'm cured!".
  • Rachel does one of these on Friends in a first-season episode when she falls off her balcony—she ends up swinging by her ankle from the Christmas lights that she was taking down.
  • This is Captain Man's catchphrase in Henry Danger. He is Nigh Invulnerable but can still feel pain.
  • MythBusters:
    • This trope is probably the major reason that Tory Belleci's infamous bike accident is considered an Amusing Injury and one of the funniest moments on the show.
    • Adam also tends to do this, saying (often, even adding an "Ouch..." occasionally) "...I'm okay."
    • They once blew out their crash dummy Buster in a controlled explosion to cause decompression in an airplane. Just as Adam and Jamie said they might have finally killed off their crash dummy, someone among the crew exploring the wreckage cried out "BUSTER MADE IT!", in a rare spot of real-life perfect timing.
  • In The Red Green Show, Bill doesn't say (or at least isn't heard saying) "I'm OK", but he always gives a thumbs-up at the end of the segment to indicate that yes, he survived again.
  • Frequently used by Raven Symone in the series That's So Raven. In one episode, however, after sustaining an injury from a skating accident, she says "I am not okay!"


    Tabletop Games 
  • In Scion, the Charisma Knack "Never Say Die" which lets you give your allies Willpower points equal to the damage you took by invoking this trope.

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    Video Games 
  • Played for laughs in Crash Twinsanity, where Cortex is knocked into a (seemingly bottomless) pit and shouts "I'm okay! The spikes broke my fall..."
  • EDI says this verbatim in the Citadel DLC of Mass Effect 3. Her mobile platform suddenly short-circuits and essentially falls unconscious only to then pop back up saying that she's okay. Since one of her eyes is askew, Shepard and Joker aren't convinced.
  • Coming home to Elena in Pandora's Tower when her Forced Transformation is still in the early stages will make her hurriedly tell Aeron to be careful not to slip in the purple ooze she's leaking on the floor, or not to come too close to her in case he gets messy himself. An example of this not being played for laughs; some variations on the scene are even quite heart-wrenching as she's obviously on the verge of freaking out completely, but still manages to be more worried over Aeron putting himself in harm's way for her sake.
  • One of Eugene's dying quotes in Whacked! is "I'm okay!", although he then thinks to himself, "This sucks".

    Visual Novels 
  • In the Tokimeki Memorial series, Miyuki Kotobuki is the master of this. No matter if the Ferris-wheel makes an unexpected brutal stop that makes her hit the cabin's floor hard, or if she's run over by trucks, or if she nearly passed out from training at DanceDanceRevolution for a whole day, continually, without eating or drinking (and getting her feet very grazed in the process; all of this to regain the trust of her partner who was angry at her lack of focus and left her), she'll always say, in a dazed voice and swirly eyes: "Daijoubi-, daijoubi-" (a Miyuki-version of "daijoubu", "I'm okay").

    Web Animation 
  • DC Super Hero Girls: In "Fall into Super Hero High", from Killer Frost accidentally covering the ground in ice, Starfire and Star Sapphire slip and go into a Slippery Skid. Then, from offscreen, one of them says "I'm okay!"
  • A staple of Garry's Mod animations involving the Scout.
    Scout: That didn't hurt!
  • In the Homestar Runner short "Strongest Man in the World" (a remake of The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest), Señor Havin'-A-Little-Trouble gets crushed under a pile of grapes, but afterwards waves his arm and calls out "I still alive!" This is a callback to the Strong Bad Email "kids' book", which had Strong Bad vandalizing the children's book version and writing "This blue guy died," on Señor's page.
  • Lampshaded on Mighty Magiswords with multiple characters saying "Signs of life" after something painful happening.
  • Red vs. Blue, Season 5:
    Caboose: [some time after "donating" blood to an alien child] I'm okay! I'm okay!
    [Caboose collapses to the ground]
    Caboose: I'm not okay!
  • A non-verbal example in Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive: after leaping out of his car to deflect a bomb directed at Sonic, Knuckles tumbles onto the road before getting back in his car. Afterwards, he gives Sonic a thumbs up and a confident grin while his face is missing a tooth and sporting some welts.

  • Sleepless Domain: In the first chapter, Sally attempts to take out a large monster with her fire powers, which it proceeds to No-Sell before ramming Sally into a wall. Sally promptly gives her teammates a thumbs-up, to show that she isn't too badly hurt.

    Web Videos 
  • Double Subverted in Auralnauts Star Wars, after Duke falls down a pit in Cloud City, to his Uncle Anakin's horror:
    Duke: Hey! Uncle Anakin!
    Anakin: Duke?!
    Duke: I'm okay! I can't believe it!
    Anakin: No way! You're alive?!
    [a trap door opens underneath Duke; he falls through with an echoing scream]
    Anakin: DUUUUUUKE! ...DUUU-
    Duke: Hey!
    Anakin: Duke?!
    Duke: I'm still okay!
    Anakin: [relieved laughter] Jesus Christ! You're a maniac, Duke!
  • In JonTron's review of the NES Star Wars games, he takes part in the battle of Hoth before his ship is shot, proclaiming he's fine... moments until his ship blows up and suddenly pops back with a lightsaber.
  • Super Power Beat Down: In "Batman vs. Deadpool", to demonstrate his Healing Factor, Deadpool fires a bullet in his own brain and goes down. A few seconds later, he raises an arm while saying "I'm alright, I'm alright, gimme a second..."
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: During the Duelist Kingdom arc, there's a flashback to the scene where Kaiba jumps out of a several-meter-high window to escape Pegasus's goons. While they remark that there's no way he could've survived such a high fall, he announces that he's fine... but they refuse to believe him.
    Goon 1: There's no way he could survive a fall like that!
    Kaiba: [from far below] Actually, I seem to be okay.
    Goon 2: Nope, he's definitely dead.
    Kaiba: You guys are idiots!
    Goon 1: At least we're not dead, like you!

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: In the episode "Stranded", after getting stranded in Jimmy's hovercar in the middle of the ocean, Carl, Sheen, and Libby attempt to signal for help from a passing ocean liner. Mistaking a button for a flare gun, they accidentally launch a torpedo at the ship, blowing it up. Cue the mass "We're okay!!" from the passengers.
  • Played with twice in The Amazing World of Gumball, where an injured person is talkative enough to convey that they are alive, but still very much injured:
    • In "The Allergy", when Mr. Small attempts to cure Darwin's constant sneezing using holistic medicine involving plugging two crystals in Darwin's nose. Darwin sneezes and accidentally knocks Rocky out of a tree, causing Rocky to declare "I'm not okay!"
    • "The Copycats" ends with the Wattersons' doppelgangers running a burning truck full of gasoline off a bridge. Gumball shouts to them offscreen to see if they survived:
      Gumball: Uh, you guys good?
      Chi Chi: No!
      Gumball: Eh, good enough.
  • In Bob's Burgers, the phrase is Tina Belcher's catchphrase: she says it almost every time she falls over or gets hurt.
  • A played-with example in Danny Phantom. Every time one of Valerie's ghost hunting weapons accidentally goes off, her father hears it and calls her name, prompting her to call back "I'm okay!"
  • Dave the Barbarian plays with this when two separate cottages are crushed by a rampaging monster. It can't be seen what happens to the occupants, but they both call out:
    First Peasant: I'm still alive!
    Second Peasant: I'm not...
  • Futurama: At the end of "War is the H-Word", it cuts to the credits as Bender deliberately sets off a bomb in his chest. We hear an explosion, followed by Bender shouting "I'm okay!"
  • This was Eugene's catchphrase in Hey Arnold!, said from offscreen whenever he experienced some sort of horrible accident.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, after a character is dropped in a Shark Pool: "I'm okay...kinda."
  • Stitch has a minor catchphrase in Lilo & Stitch: The Series after he gets hurt, "I'm OK! I'm fluffy!" Sometimes it crosses over with his famous illeism, replacing "I'm" with his name.
  • In Megas XLR, when the Glorft have Coop trapped, a buncha of drivers show to challenge the Glorft, only to get swung aside in a second, with one of the drivers stating they're all right.
  • In Men in Black: The Series, one episode was set in a dream world where everything went the way that Jay liked. Part of this was Agent Kay being ultra incompetent: he would regularly be run over by some alien device run amok, and shout (from a distance) "I'm OK!" subverted when Kay crawls into sight — as nothing but a skeleton — and shouts, "I'm OK!" [looks down at himself] "Whoa, what happened here?"
  • The creators of Phineas and Ferb commented in an interview that Disney will let them do all sorts of over-the-top slapstick as long as the victim vocally confirms their survival:
    • Exaggerated in "The Fast and the Phineas", Phineas is in a NASCAR-like race and as a result of random destruction to the arena, most of the other cars go flying. They end up stacked artistically, some upside down. Then all the drivers popped out and simultaneously shout, "We're okay!"
    • In "Wizard of Odd", Suzie (playing the Wicked Witch of the East) repeatedly states that she's alive, even with the house right on top of her; everybody else ignores her.
    • "Great Balls of Water":
      • During the song "Extra-Ordinary", Candace mentions the interesting activities "underwater taxidermy, shopping for a suitcase". During the second of these, a shot is seen of Candace walking past with an alligator suitcase — the alligator looks exactly like it would in real life, except it has a handle, and its tail is holding a sign saying "I'm Okay!"
      • In the same episode, a man falls to the ground from his upside-down house on the top of Loop-De-Loop Street and hits the ground with a loud crash, afterwards saying in a nonchalant tone: "I'm okay! Happens all the time!"
    • "Just in case anyone is wondering what happened to old Doofenshmirtz, I'm okay!" (crash) "Okay, obviously not now."
  • Played for laughs in Ruby Gloom, whenever the adventurous Iris crashes into something offscreen ("I'm good!") or when Misery gets struck by lightning ("Ow.")
  • Sofia the First has Prince Jin say this when he twice falls flat on his back due to his costume of heavy armour.
  • A variation in Storm Hawks. A bunch of Blizzarians are playing around on snowmobiles, racing through ice caves. One of them decides to do a stunt by racing up the wall, leaping off, and grabbing a stalactite. As he and the other Blizzarians cheer, he lets go with his hands to do twin rocker signs, which causes him to slide off and plummet to the ground. There's a beat, then we see him lift his hand in another rocker sign, cheering. The other Blizzarians cheer along with him, while the Storm Hawks don't show much enthusiasm at all this.
  • Time Squad subverts this in an episode involving the Wright brothers. In the end, when they unveil their latest invention; a plane powered by rockets, Orville (who spent the entire episode being the Butt-Monkey of all their failures) explodes in midair and crashes to the ground we get this:
    [emerging from the flaming wreck]
    Orville: I'm alright!
    [flaming wreck explodes again]
    Orville: Okay... NOW I'M HURT [Beat] YES, DEFINITELY HURT!
  • Transformers: Animated: Lugnut says this in one episode after Megatron interrupts his Punch of Kill Everything to prevent him from destroying the Constructicons (then the Constructobots).
  • Work It Out Wombats!: In "Secret Tunnels," Zeke trips inside the tunnels, then affirms that he's okay.

    Real Life 
  • Jackie Chan's bonus reels often feature this, as he messes up one of his stunts and then jumps back up to indicate he's not (too badly) hurt. Humorously lampshaded in the Rush Hour outtake reel:
    Crew: Is he okay? Is Jackie okay?
    Jackie Chan: [jumps up] Jackie always OK!
    [laughter among the crew]


Keep going, keep going.

We're okay!

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