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So it looks like the villain has the hero on the ropes. The villain has just unleashed his superweapon - No One Could Survive That!, surely!

But wait! The hero's just fine! In fact, that just gave him more confidence. Grinning, he says something like "Now it's my turn!" and proceeds to unleash an even more powerful attack and save the day. Might cue a "Why Won't You Die?" from the villain. May be said with bloodthirsty glee or visceral hatred.

Can also be performed by villains against a group of Redshirts or in response to a Worf Barrage, with the retaliation being a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.

Essentially, this is Heroic Second Wind minus You Can Barely Stand.

See: Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...


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    Comic Books 
  • V for Vendetta. Not nearly as blatant as the movie version, nor does he say "Now it's my turn". He does, however, give a monologue after being shot.
  • Deadshot's short-lived ongoing mini-series:
    Deadshot: "You've got one shot. Make it count."
    BLAM (mook shoots and misses)
    Deadshot: "That didn't count."
  • Uncanny X-Men:
    • Actually said by Wolverine at the ending of Uncanny X-Men #132.
    • Kitty Pryde gets an homage to this - same panel, same line - during Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, after the Hellfire Club take down the rest of the team leaving her to go up against them on her own.
  • Marv gets several of these in Sin City due to being Made of Iron. Dwight also got one after being shot in the face in A Dame To Kill For and again in Big Fat Kill when he is blown into a tar pit.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, Taskmaster says this after Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and Spider-Woman beat the crap out of him, while showing he's no worse for wear (because, instead of just having photographic memory and reflexes, he has the actual power of adapting to his opponents' powers and strength levels).

    Fan Works 
  • This trope's used romantically in this fanfic of the live-action Disney version of The Three Musketeers. Beware: slash and historical inaccurateness.
  • At the climax of With Strings Attached, Paul is hit with a massive inferno attack that disintegrates a table he's holding. And he says: “Do that again! That felt lovely!” Though he doesn't unleash a retaliatory attack on anyone, since he's an Actual Pacifist.
  • Discord posits this trope (or a loose variant of it) as a question in Chronicles of Harmony's End:
    Discord: "Fun as this is, don't you think it's my turn? Isn't that how this works, we go back and forth..."
  • Finishing the Fight includes flashbacks to the Flood/Forerunner War. The final battle is largely going in the Flood's/Mendicant's favor, and then the Halos fire killing the crews and leaving Mendicant helpless.
    Offensive Bias: My turn, brother.

  • River in Serenity says just that before charging on an army worth of Reavers and killing them all. Of course, she didn't take a huge attack or something, only all her True Companions are incapacitated at that point. Her intent is a little different than most examples, however; in context, she means that it's her turn to protect her brother, when he's spent most of the series so far taking care of her.
  • This type of thing shows up in James Bond films all the time.
    • In Dr. No, one of the bad guys is sent to kill Bond, but Bond makes it look like he's lying in bed asleep, and the assassin shoots the bed six times before Bond reveals himself. The bad guy drops his gun, and Bond politely interrogates him as he lowers his guard momentarily to light a cigarette. The bad guy quickly picks his gun back up and attempts to shoot Bond. Just watch the scene for yourself to see Bond's sheer awesomeness.
    • A wordless variant occurs in Goldfinger, courtesy of Oddjob. When Bond's attacks don't affect him, Oddjob shoots him a smug look before going on the attack.
    • In The Spy Who Loved Me, Stromberg tries to sneak attack Bond with a gun that fires an explosive projectile under his table aimed at Bond's groin. Bond dodges the shot, then says, "You've shot your bolt, Stromberg. Now it's my turn!" and shoots Stromberg in the balls.
    • Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights
      You've had your eight, now I'll have my eighty.
  • Hellboy during his fight with the demon dogs in the first movie, says this, where upon he knocks the thing around by its tongue.
  • The final battle of the first Blade movie inverts this. Blade has just sliced the Big Bad'a arm off and then sliced his body in half. The villain regenerates within seconds and utters the quote before moving at lightning speed and unleashing a world of hurt on Blade.
  • The Monkey King in The Forbidden Kingdom says this just seconds after his revival.
  • In V for Vendetta, V plays this straight by absorbing a colossal amount of automatic gunfire in his final battle, with the aid of some heavy armor. He then kicks butt while the goons attempt to reload, before struggling back to the Tube station with his mortal injuries.
  • In the beginning of Van Helsing, as the title character is struggling in his fight to bring down Mr. Hyde, he shoots Hyde through the gut with a grapple, and attempts to pull the monster off Notre Dame. Hyde regains his balance, grabs the wire, and yells "My turn!" Then he dies from a serious case of Too Dumb to Live.
  • Morgana le Fey in The Sorcerer's Apprentice after she dodges some plasma bolts thrown by the main character.
  • Iron Man: Tony Stark does this with his first suit. After tanking everything the terrorists could throw at him, he says "My turn" and unleashes his new arsenal.
  • In The Principal, Victor Duncan seems to be beating Rick Latimer during their final fistfight, till Rick catches one of Victor's punches in his hand and says, "My turn."
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: After being manhandled by Apocalypse for much of the movie, Xavier engages him in a psychic duel and says this, "You're in my house now!" Then Apocalypse regains the upperhand, making it his turn. Then Xavier basically says that it is Jean's turn and she unleashes the Phoenix Force which vaporizes Apocalypse.

  • A city slicker is out hunting in the country. He shoots a duck, which lands in front of a barn. The farmer claims that since the duck landed on his land, it is therefore his property. After some arguing, the farmer suggests that they settle things "country style": they take turns kicking each other in the crotch until one of them gives up the duck. The farmer goes first, and kicks the hunter so hard it's a half-hour before he can so much as stand. Finally getting his wind, the hunter says, "now it's my turn". The farmer smiles and says, "Never mind, you can have the duck."

  • Used to dramatic effect in Perry Rhodan to establish the Time Police as the threat it is in its arc once it stops hiding behind agents: a single Dolan no sells the weapons fire of an entire Terran fleet while its pilot purposefully waits for the realization to sink in. Only then does he actually start to shoot back.
  • The Odyssey: In the final confrontation between Odysseus and the suitors, a group of the suitors, led by Agelaus, throw volleys of spears at Odysseus and his three allies. The suitors' entire first salvo misses cleanly; Odysseus, spurred by this, basically says, "Our turn, boys!" and the four of them throw spears back, killing one suitor each. This makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Subverted in Dark Angel episode "Fuhgeddaboudit". After Max beats up Alec/X5-494 for a while, Alec/X5-494 says "My turn now, bitch." Max then distracts him, kicks him in the groin and takes him out. Read the full conversation.
  • Variation occurs in Red Dwarf episode "Terrorform" when Lister, Kryten, and the Cat unload their bazookoids (Blasters designed for mining asteroids) at Rimmer's personified Self-Loathing. When the dust clears, it merely asks "Is it my turn now?" in a bored tone.
  • Used by Clark Kent in the Smallville episode "Combat", before unleashing a hellacious beating on the superpowered killer, Titan.
  • Used by Theokoles in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand when Spartacus and Crixus are dueling a tag-team against Theokoles, the Shadow of Death (who is totally undefeated). They enter the ring with Crixus announcing "Capua! Shall we begin?" and the two work as a well-oiled machine, fighting as one, to bring the giant down. They turn to the crowd, who chant their names, and then silently fall back into their seats. A medium-wide shot shows the giant getting back-up, and as they turn to watch him, announcing "Capua! Shall I Begin?".

    Role-Playing Games 
  • In Dino Attack RPG, when confronting the Darkitect, Pterisa dodged his bolts of Maelstrom energy and then followed up by firing one of her own lightning bolts back at him. She even said, "My turn," just before she did so. The Darkitect then got a villainous variation of this trope and, in his fury, successfully struck back at Pterisa.

    Video Games 
  • Super Punch-Out!!:
    • During the Nick Bruiser fight you get to hit him as much as you like for the first few seconds without retaliation. For each hit you land, his strength goes up. Once he starts moving, if you were foolish enough to fall for it, his fists play out this trope.
    • In the Wii version, during the Title Defense fight with Mr. Sandman, he poses with one arm down and groans "Dreamlannnnnnnnd" before his Big Apple Combo. If you try to punch him, he dodges, yells "My turn!" and delivers a very strong hook.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • This is Riku's specialty in the first game when you challenge him during the prologue. If you land too many combo hits on him without thinking, he'll rebound with a spring attack and take off a nice bit of your HP in the process. He even says "my turn!" before countering.
    • Makes a reappearance in 358/2 Days In the final boss fight against Riku. In this case it can happen any time, at random, and the only warning you get is a slightly different sound effect and a flash, before any further hit trips the counter. God help you if you habitually mash the buttons from trying to pull off long combos...
  • Mass Effect
    • After the Normandy is lost during the prologue of Mass Effect 2, a fully-upgraded Normandy SR-2 can avenge her fallen predecessor during the finale mission, by using the Thanix Cannon to take out the Collector vessel that destroyed her in just two shots, all while easily dodging their frantic attempts to return fire.
    Joker: How do you like that, you sons of bitches!
    Shepard: *Smirks* Get in close and finish them off...
    • Then there's Thessia in Mass Effect 3. After the brief battle with Kai Leng in the temple, in which you take down his shields, the cutscene shows Shepard unleashing a barrage of bullets at him that would have at least severely wounded any other enemy, but which he easily deflects with his biotics. His counterattack? Call his gunship: "Target the supports." The look on Shepard's face says it all.
  • God of War (PS4): Not long after the game begins, a tattooed stranger (later revealed to be one of the Norse gods, Baldur) shows up at Kratos and Atreus's house and tries to goad the Spartan into a fight. After Kratos knocks the stranger on his ass, he drags him to his feet before he utters "Fine. My turn." Then he sends Kratos flying over the roof of his house with a single punch.
  • Honkai Impact 3rd: Used by Murata Himeko against the Herrscher-possessed Kiana before unleashing her final, tragically fatal, assault. Much later used by Kiana herself, in Himeko's memory when fighting the Legion Herrscher.
    Himeko: "I guess you're done attacking. It's my turn now... I hope you don't mind, girl."
    Kiana: "Are you done? My turn now. I hope you're fine with that!"
  • In the opening scene of Freedom Planet, as Brevon invades Shuigiag, some soldiers open fire upon him, to no effect. Cue him uttering "My turn" and slaughtering them.

    Web Animation 
  • Used in Super Mario Bros. Z when Axem Red blasts Mecha Sonic with a giant laser, doing no damage.
  • During DEATH BATTLE!'s Goku VS Superman match, Goku tries the Solar Flare attack. Because it is solar energy, it powers Supes up instead of hurting him. Superman then Neck Lifts Goku and says, "My Turn." before shooting him in the face with his heat vision.
  • In RWBY, during Yang's rematch with Adam Taurus, he hits her with a deadly charged attack powered by his Semblance, but this time because of her mechanical right arm, she can nonchalantly block it. Later on he tries again and Yang performs a Barehanded Blade Block and then disarms him of Wilt, leaving him helpless. In fact this is generally Yang's calling card, as her Semblance is all about taking damage and then turning that force back on her opponent: the girl already possesses Super Strength naturally, her Semblance kicking in drives it up.

  • In the fight between Jimmy and Wolf in Weak Hero, Jimmy has a surprising turn-out when he's able to beat the higher-ranked Wolf into a bloody paste. Except then Wolf asks with a smile if he's done, declares it "his turn", and easily beats Jimmy into the tarmac.

    Western Animation 
  • This occurs in an episode of Static Shock when The Joker, Batman and Robin make an appearance. After the Joker is foiled and lying prone on the ground, he calls out for Batman to help, and shocks the hand offered him. Virgil kindly repays the favor with extreme prejudice, after saying, "That looks fun! Let me try..."
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter Dodgeball", Dexter is forced to participate in school gym class and therefore becomes the target of bullies in a match of dodgeball. After several days suffering abuse, he finally invents something to assist him in defeating them. Cut to a CMoA, when Dexter utters the phrase after not flinching when balls get thrown at him.
  • The Bloom/Icy battle at the end of the first season of Winx Club is basically a contest to see who can do this better.
  • The Young Justice episode Agendas features a fight between two Superman clones, Half-Human Hybrid Superboy and full Kryptonian Match. Unlike Superboy, Match has all of Superman's powers, including flight, heat vision and a greater degree of Super Strength. Superboy is tossed around like a ragdoll until he's forced to resort to a device given to him by Luthor, which temporarily suppresses his human side. Cue Superboy pulling off a Punch Catch and growling "My turn!"
  • Inverted: An Al Brodax Popeye cartoon has Popeye telling of his prehistoric ancestor, who in one scene is engaged in a fight with a prehistoric Brutus.
    Popeye: (after getting hit numerous times with Brutus' club) When does I gets a turn?
    Brutus: Not yet. I ain't tired yet!
  • In the penultimate episode of The Legend of Vox Machina, Delilah Briarwood unleashes a powerful necrotic spell against cleric Pike Trickfoot, who holds it off with her shield. Eventually, the shield breaks...and Pike snarls, "My turn!" and fires out a beam of holy energy that quickly overwhelms Delilah.