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"When you kill your enemy, you wanna look straight in his eyes so he knows that you're the one who beat him to death! It also gives you a chance to deal out some really zippy one-liners. Like, 'I hope you brought your wallet, 'cause the rent in Hell gets paid in advance!' Or my personal favorite, 'You just got Sarged!'"
Sarge, Red vs. Blue
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What's better than killing your most hated enemy? Sending them into the afterlife with your voice in their ears and the knowledge of your badassery in their head, that's what.

Another common staple of the Action Hero, this finishing quote need not be a One-Liner, but the longer your little speech goes, the more likely the bad guy will find some way to evade your intended killing blow or worse, make you Talk to the Fist. Consequently, Genre Savvy heroes are advised to just Kill Him Already! and save the pithy quotes for immediately afterwards. Of course, sometimes (as in the Heroes and Matrix examples) it seems that a Pre-Mortem One-Liner somehow paralyzes your enemy while you deliver it, or maybe they're just courteous.

The monstrous equivalent is less articulate. Not to be confused with a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner, which is used at the beginning of a fight; these quotes are used to end the fight. Also related but different is a one-liner delivered when escaping from battle.

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Give My Regards in the Next World and See You in Hell are subtropes. Compare Bond One-Liner (aka Post-Mortem One-Liner) which is a humorous aside for the audience. If the victim is the one speaking, it's Defiant to the End.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball:
  • Bleach:
    • After Avirama berates Kira for not fighting like a warrior should and Kira traps him with his sword underneath his neck, ready to decapitate him:
      Kira: A warrior does not beg for his life.
    • Mayuri Kurotsuchi, after incapacitating Szayel Aporro Granz with the superhuman drug and a sword to the chest, not quite piercing his heart.
      Kurotsuchi: Alright, then. Enjoy the next hundred years.
    • Much later, in the Thousand Year Blood War Arc, Yamamoto gives us this one:
      Yamamoto: [while being attacked by his deceased comrade's Bankai, which was stolen by a Quincy Chojiro... You must be so humiliated... Chojiro... I feel your anger... The bankai you honed... IS ABSOLUTELY NOT THIS WEAK!!! (He then incinerates said Quincy down to the bone at point blank range.)
    • A little after that, the new Big Bad Yhwach turns the tables on Old Man Yama:
      Yhwach: Farewell, Shigekuni Yamamoto.
  • Fist of the North Star:
  • Death Note: Light Yagami likes using these.
    • "I win, Near." Unfortunately for Light, about five seconds after said one liner is delivered, we discover that Near is one step ahead of the game and has set events in motion to counteract Light's grand plan. The Pre-Mortem One-Liner instead becomes a confession.
    • "Good bye (Name of the victim)" several times, "Good bye Lind L. Taylor" "Good bye Raye Pember" "Good Bye, Naomi Misora" probably to gloat in the fact that he can kill them because he knows their names.
    • "Why do you keep looking at your watch?" "Oh that? That's because I'm Kira."
  • Hellsing
    • Alucard when he kills Luke Valentine: "I'm a dog? Then you're dog food."
    • Seras gets an excellent one as she's grinding Zorin's head against a wall after Zorin had mind raped Seras.
      Seras: How does it feel having somebody fuck with your head?! How does it feel, you BITCH?!
    • In Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, Seras has this line in the same scene:
      Seras: Say my name, you Nazi bitch! I said SAY MY FUCKING NAME! SAY IT! [death growl] SAY IT!!!
    • In Hellsing Ultimate Abridged Walter gives one to the would-be betrayers of the Round Table.
      "Who wants daddy's belt?" [slaughters the mutineers] "Now, think about what you've done."
  • Guts from Berserk to Father Mozgus: "When you meet your god, tell him to LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!!!"
  • Kiyomaro was fond of using "Checkmate" for awhile in Zatch Bell!.
  • Aya gets a number of these in Weiß Kreuz. Particularly notable examples:
    "I am neither the devil nor Death. I am just a murderer," just before killing Wunder X.
    "Don't look. It's the death of a man whose life is not worth living," to Kaori just before Ken unloads a shotgun into the villain's mouth in the OAV.
  • When manga artist Rohan Kishibe defeats Cheap Trick in part 4 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by tricking it into getting dragged off to the afterlife. Before it goes, he uses his stand, Heaven's Gate, to open Cheap Trick like a book and write in a command. "I don't know if there is a Heaven or a Hell. But just in case, I will write... GO TO HELL!"
    • In part 3, after Polnareff realizes that Vanilla Ice is a vampire, he taunts Ice into approaching an open window and says "Now go to Hell, asshole." Then he manifests Silver Chariot to shove him into the sunlight.
  • In the manga of Fullmetal Alchemist, straddling the line between this and Bond One-Liner (being said after the killing blow but before actual death) is Major-General Armstrong's "You are among the weak who will become the foundation of this country," as she pushes General Raven into a wet concrete floor after stabbing him. Not only is it a pun, it echoes The Social Darwinist speech Raven had just been giving her.
    • Ed's defeat of the two brothers in Lab 5 fits this. Specifically, his line just before blasting their Animated Armor body in half using Scar's signature trick:
      Edward: "I just remembered this guy I don't like."
    • In the first anime, Roy gets one before killing King Bradley, who has been revealed as a homunculus.
      Mustang: "I don't know how long you've lived, Fuhrer, or how many times you've cheated death, but not anymore." *sets Bradley/Pride on fire* "It's the end of the line."
  • Code Geass gives us Luciano Bradley who ask his victims "Whats the one thing you value the most? That's right — your life," right before tearing them apart with his robot's energy drill. Later Kallen Stadtfeld uses the exact same line before killing Luciano with an even nastier weapon.
    Kallen: What do you value most, Vampire of Britannia? That's right, your own pitiful life!
    Bradley: You think an Eleven can threaten me!?
    Kallen: Send a postcard.
  • Medabots' Metabee ends his fights like this every time his Medaforce is activated in the dub.
  • At the end of the first episode of the Read or Die OVA, Nancy uses one of these just before she applies an anchor to Otto Lilienthal's glider, sending him spiraling to his death on the Statue of Liberty. "Thanks for flying the friendly skies."
  • Macross Frontier at the end of Episode 24: "Be scattered to the ends of the galaxy." Delivered by Brera Sterne just before he blows a meter-wide hole in Alto's fighter, which explodes shortly afterward.
  • Naruto
    • Shikamaru to Hidan: "Right now, the god you should be worried about isn't your stupid Jashin or anyone else; it's me... because I'm the one who's about to pass judgment."
    • Kakashi to Zabuza: "But to have a dream you need to have a future. You don't."
    • Yamato to Fudo, in an otherwise forgettable filler arc: "Now your Earth Style will become part of the Leaf Village's soil." (buries Fudo alive with the roots of a giant tree)
  • RahXephon: "A god that man can perceive is no god!"
  • Black Lagoon has a number of these, given it's a 26-episode love letter to 80ies Hollywood action. Revy vs the neo-nazi captain is a good example.
    Revy: Say hi to the Führer for me, would ya? *BANG*
  • Ninja Scroll: Genma, BURN IN YOUR GOLDEN HELL!!
  • In episode 21 of the gag spin-off series The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, Ms. Mori the maid delivers the following line while in the air, just before drop kicking (and deliberately missing) Tsuruya:
    Mori: I'll respect your strength and give you a piece of advice: there's always somebody above you!
  • Elfen Lied: "You know who isn't human? You know who isn't human? PEOPLE LIKE YOU!"
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation has one by Nepgear (Purple Sister) when she defeats Arfoire in Episode 5:
    Purple Sister (Nepgear): Disappear!
  • Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory has this gem of a speech, right before an entire Earth Federation Fleet gets their asses nuked to Kingdom Come:
    Anavel Gato: "For the rebirth of the ideals of Zeon... For the success of Operation Stardust! SOLOMON! I HAVE RETURNED!!!"
  • Sailor Moon saw the perfect opportunity to destroy the Youma Castor and Pollux when the two demons started bickering amongst themselves. She also saw the perfect opportunity to tell them, "We'll show you some real teamwork!"
  • Gintama had this memorable line by Gintoki before he defeated Oboro in the Courtesan of a Nation Arc and then used again by Takasugi before killing Sada Sada.
    Say hello to Sensei for me.
  • Muska's "Goodbye! Enjoy the ride!" quip in the Disney dub of Castle in the Sky before dropping the soldiers to their deaths.
  • Unexpectedly, one character from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet has this moment.
    Big Bad: Striker: [Chamber] you are clearly malfunctioning. You must reformat and reboot. This is your final warning.
    Chamber: Response to final warning: Go to hell, tin can!
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki before he defeats Jason:
    • In the sequel, Tokyo Ghoul :re, Matsumae before she brings down a chainsaw quinque on Kijima's head:
    Matsumae: Fanculo!Translation 
    • Later on, during the Rushima arc, when Marude confronts Yoshitoki Washuu over the latter secretly being a ghoul at gunpoint:
    Marude: They're just words from an old friend, you know. I don't like using them myself. But this is.. Just my intuition.
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    Comic Books 
  • In Earth X, we get this exchange:
    Red Skull: I am God!
    Captain America: Then I'm Nietzsche.
  • In Star Wars Darth Vader to a Darth Maul clone, after Vader stabbed himself to get to Maul.
    Maul: What could you hate enough to destroy me?
    Vader: Myself.
  • Daredevil: Bullseye before killing a group of mooks with a handful of screws:
    Bullseye: Screw you!
  • In The Punisher MAX story arc, "Long Cold Dark", Frank comes up with a suitable reply to Barracuda's endless chatter:
    Frank: Shut the FUCK up. [Empties an AK-47 into his head]
    • Earlier than that the story arc, Up Is Down and Black is White, gives us an even better example. When Frank Castle is fired upon by a pair of hoodlums who are aiming their guns sideways and each one of their shots misses him by a mile. Frank uses this opportunity to dispose of them with shots to the head. He then calmly walks up to the last remaining gangster and tells them this.
      Frank: "They put the sights on the top for a reason". [Bang]
  • Scud the Disposable Assassin:
    • Scud pulls off one before he wastes Voo Doo Ben for the first time:
      Scud: Hey Ben, MERRY GOD DAMN CHRISTMAS.
    • And again when he's got a gun stuck in Nathan Twist's mouth:
  • Subverted and played straight at the same time in a Star Wars: Clone Wars comic. Adi Gallia, member of the Jedi Council, is dueling General Grievous and her attempted pre-mortem one liner is countered by his actual pre-mortem one liner:
    Gallia: You'd better hope they gave you deflector shields.
    Grievous: No. Just extra arms. [crushes her throat with aforementioned arms]
  • In 52, Dr. Magnus gives us one epic one liner before unloading his gun into Chang Tzu: "You shouldn't have taken away my meds. I told you I do CRAZY things without my meds."
  • From Iron Man: Extremis:
    Tony Stark: You people wanted Stark Micromunitions? Have some. [cue finger missile massacre]
  • Excalibur #80:
    recording of Stryfe to his android ex-minion Zero: Congratulations. You're human. For the next eight seconds. [base's self-destruct sequence activates]
  • From Infinity:
    Lockjaw: Woof.
  • In Uncanny X-Men #150 Storm gave one to Magneto as she came across him holding Kitty Pryde’s body.
    Storm: (as she gathers her storm power to fry him) If you have a deity, butcher, pray to it.
  • Played with in All-Star Superman, where Superman says the following before deactivating Solaris with a punch.
    Solaris: "Mercy."
    Superman: "You'll live."
  • In Monsters Unleashed, Kei Kawade gives one to the Leviathon Queen before having Smasher cleave her in half.
    Kei: Sorry, Leviathon Mother, I'm cutting your trip to Earth short!

    Fan Works 
  • Ace Combat: Wings Of Unity Has these gems, courtesy of Derpy Hooves, Sunburst, and Flare Star:
  • Brother On Board: Being armed with a rifle, Sabo often averts the 'nobody dies in One Piece' rule. Two notable examples thus far:
    • In Chapter 17, after Sabo ruins Nezumi's plan of robbing Nami's gold at Arlong's instruction...
      Nezumi: You... you'll pay for this! I'll place a bounty on your head! A big one! You'll regret the day you crossed me, pirate!
      Sabo: Oh yeah? Well, there's just one problem with that, chief. You have to be alive to place that hit.
      (KER-CHOW!)
    • Then in Chapter 34, he does Scar proud with the absolutely chilling one-liner he gives to Wapol: "Long... live... the king."
  • Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA: Sharon Carter gives one to Winter Soldier Josef before shooting him in the head. Additionally, she gives this while Josef is pinning her down and is about to give the killing blow.
    Sharon: (managing to draw her gun) Can... your serum... beat this? (delivers headshot) Didn't think so.
  • Divine Blood: Eija Satomi to Hecate's ghost after realizing Hecate just killed Persephone.
    Eija: Do you wish to drown in blood?! Well, I can do that for you!
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Vegeta killing Zarbon. Probably the only time that "No Homo" has ever sounded badass.
  • A Hero:
    Dalek Sec: I COME FROM A PLACE WHERE GODS ROAM A-MONGST THE STARS, WHERE THERE ARE BEINGS THAT COULD E-RASE ALL OF RE-AL-ITY WITH BUT A ME-RE THOUGHT, THAT COULD BEND TI-ME TO THEIR WILL AND FREE YOU FROM HAVING EVER BEING BORN!! YET, NO MAT-TER HOW PO-WER-FUL THEY ARE, THEY ALL FEAR THE SAME THING.
    Kyubey: You?
    Dalek Sec: NOT ME. A WO-RD; IT IS A WO-RD THAT CAU-SES SUCH FE-AR, THAT E-VEN THE LORDS OF TI-ME ARE SENT TO THEIR KNE-ES.
    Kyubey: And what word is that?
    Dalek Sec: EX-TER-MINATE!!! *blasts Kyubey*
  • The Almanac Chronicles: Lorraine says "Party's over, Biff" before shooting him.
  • Bringing Me To Life: in chapter 20, Max's just beat up a would be mugger, see Pre-Asskicking One-Liner.
    Max: I never said I'd...tell...you, bitch.
  • James Bond gets a drop on the Winter Soldier in Child of the Storm, and being, well, James Bond, he naturally tries for one of these. However, the moment he pauses for a witty one-liner, the Soldier just shoots him.
    Harry: Bored now.
  • In Old West, Rattlesnake Jake gives this line to Benjamin Hares before injecting venom into him.
    Jake: Burn, asshole.
    • In the climax, Jake makes another example before he fills with bullets the Big Bad who has just shot Sheriff Rango.
    Jake: My turn.
  • The Pony POV Series has several examples:
    • Dark World!Derpy gives one before finishing off her No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of the Valeyard by imploding his rib-cage.
    Derpy: Sorry, I'm the Doctor's friend. You're the Valeyard, the Doctor is out, but he'll be back in soon.
    • Dark World!Rarity has a nice one right before she tears out Fluttercruel's Element of Chaos and kills her.
    Dark World!Rarity: MINE!
    • Nightmare Purgatory (the one who became Nightmare Paradox) gives one to Discord in the first cycle just before impaling him and burning him to death with Hellfire.
    Nightmare Purgatory: Now, look forward to Hell.
  • One in The Tainted Grimoire.
    Dread Raven: I'm going to turn you into ashes.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series' coverage of Season Zero (the original form of the Yu-Gi-Oh anime), Yami Yugi knocks a lighter out of the hand of the man holding up the burger joint so that it balances on the man's hand - as he pours his drink.
    Yami: That's Russian vodka you're pouring all over yourself. If you were to shoot me, the lighter would fall from your hand and you'd be cooked to a crisp. It'd probably be the closest this restaurant would get to offering 100% beef.
  • Sergeant Corris gets two in the Warhammer 40,000 fan-film Damnatus:
    As he knocks out an enemy mook - "I can't see you any more."
    And upon coming face to face with the film's supposed Big Bad - "In the name of the damned Inquisition, I hereby adjourn this meeting!"
  • When the man who tried to murder the pregnant Johanna Smith-Rhodes is hanged for multiple crimes, the very last thing he sees before the hangman's noose goes on is the woman he tried to murder. she says nothing. She merely lifts her infant daughter into the air and holds his eyes for those last few seconds. Now go to Discworld fics Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Strandpiel by A.A. Pessimal.

    Film — Animated 
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs:
    • Just before Flint uses the kill code on the FLDSMDFR, he says, "Sorry, old friend, kitchen's closed." Sort of wasted when it's revealed that he didn't have the right code.
    • However, he got another one when he seals up the machine's exhaust with a coating of spray-on shoes, recalling his father's advice — "When it rains, put on a coat!"
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: A particularly badass version is used:
    Jack to Oogie Boogie: "How dare you treat my friends so shamefully!"
  • WALL•E: "AUTO, you are... relieved... of... duty!"
  • The Lion King: "Long live the king!" Later Scar tries to have a second with "I killed Mufasa", but this gives Simba the Heroic Second Wind necessary to turn the tables.
    • In the sequel, Simba tells Zira to let it go but she says that she will never let it go. She attacks Simba but Kiara fights back to protect him. On a cliff, she tries to help Zira, but she decides to fall into a river and let go of a cliff like Simba told her to.
  • Bartok the Magnificent: "See ya next fall!"
  • In Atlantis: The Lost Empire:
    Helga: You promised me a percentage!
    Rourke: Next time, get it in writing. (kicks her off the zeppelin) Nothing personal!
  • In Rise of the Guardians, delivered by Pitch Black to The Sandman just as he has shot him:
    Pitch: I'd say "sweet dreams," but there aren't any left.
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: When the Joker has Terry pinned and tells him to "Laugh it up now, you miserable little punk!", Terry responds with this before electrocuting the chip that holds his consciousness in Tim Drake's body.
    Terry/Batman: Ha. Ha.
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood
    Joker: May I have some water?
  • Rango: After the corrupt mayor of Dirt has been tipped into a position where he's vulnerable, Rango kicks him over to Rattlesnake Jake — who the mayor had previously attempted to kill himself — and Jake proceeds to turn what the mayor had said to him before trying to shoot him right on its head before dragging him off:
    Rattlesnake Jake: What was that you said? "Pretty soon, no-one will believe you even existed."
  • The Transformers: The Movie:
    • First Megatron, to Ironhide trying to stop him.
      Megatron: Such heroic nonsense.
    • Then Galvatron to Starscream, right before giving him "the hint".
      Galvatron Here's a hint!
  • Wizards:
    Avatar: I'm glad you changed your last name, you son of a bitch.

    Literature 
  • Johannes Cabal Johannes is a pithy man who usually only employs lethal force, or no violence at all. As a result he tends to have several of these. When stranded in a pocket dimension with no sense of time that has turned the other inhabitants into dull automatons who repeat actions over and over, Cabal takes a croquette bat from one, ostensibly to help take a shot. "Tricky shot." He says-before bludgeoning the man dead in one swing (it doesn't take).
    • In Johannes Cabal and the Fear Institute Johannes and a man are staring over a cliff edge, which , Cabal says, two things at the bottom. When asked what they are, he says the remains of the former occupant, then he pushes the other man and says "And very shortly...you." (it also doesn't take).
  • Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus:
    • Percy gets an awesome one in on Polybotes.
      Percy: "I’d like you to meet my friend Terminus. He’s a god." *thunk*
    • Frank has a good one on Alcyoneus
      Frank: "Welcome to Canada, idiot."
  • The Wheel of Time
    Mat: "I've come to give you your gift back, Mordeth. I consider our debt paid in full."
  • In Michael Crichton's Timeline, the douchey Big Bad's attempt to mock the hero turns back against him. He had been telling the hero he would have to 'watch his death happen,' but when the hero finds a way to burn him alive before exploding him into pieces, he charmingly repeats the Badman's douchey line 'Watch it happen,' which sounds infinitely more badass in our hero's mouth.
  • In an otherwise thoroughly disposable trash novel in a series I think was called The Wingman:
    Wounded, Half-Dead Adversary: Am I going to die?
    Wingman: Yes.
    WHDA: How can you be sure?
    Wingman: Because I'm going to pull this trigger.
    BLAM!
  • In a Spelljammer novel The Maelstrom's Eye happened when a half-kender who "studied art of some kind" in "some place called Kozakura" decided she's a Combat Pragmatist after all. So she picked up a double-barrelled scro harpoon-bombard and walked to the thing's previous owner, about twice her height.
    Gaeadrelle Goldring: My sensei is going to hate me for this. Sayonara.
  • In the Alex Rider book Crocodile Tears, Desmond McCain, the villain, is about to shoot Alex, and says "You're going on a short journey to Hell." Alex has, in fact, just sent a barrel of petrol with an armed explosive device rolling towards him, and just before it explodes, killing him instantly, he replies to this with "Let me know what that's like."
  • The Dresden Files:
    Duchess Adrianna: Cattle. You are c-cattle.
    Harry Dresden: Moo.
    • Although if his first shot had succeeded beforehand his phrase would have been "Bitch, Come get some." Which would have also worked well.
  • Outcast of Redwall: "You have lived like a coward, now die like a soldier, sah!"
  • In Stephen King's Wolves of the Calla, a character tells the legend of Lady Oriza, who, before killing Gray Dick, who killed her father, tells him this: "May your first day in hell last ten thousand years, and may it be the shortest."
  • In the novel version of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, before Darth Vader kills Gunray:
    Gunray: "Please! He said... we'd be left in peace!"
    Vader: "The transmission was garbled. He said you'd be left in pieces."
    • The entire scene is filled with these and Bond One-Liners, from the moment Vader enters the room:
    SAN HILL: "On the behalf of the leadership of the Confederation of Independent Systems, let me be the first to ..."
    VADER: "Very well. You will be the first." (Seals the doors.)
  • Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, in Cain's Last Stand: "Commissar Donal sends his regards."
    • Which in some way also counts as Pre-Asskicking One-Liner.
    • From The Traitor's Hand: "Impersonating an Inquisitor is a capital offence."explanation 
  • Bored of the Rings: "...and this is your gall bladder, right above your chitlins!"
  • A classic example from the Honor Harrington series in Ashes of Victory:
    Oscar Saint-Just: So now what? A big show trial before the execution? Proof of my 'crimes' for the Proles and the newsies?
    Thomas Theisman: No. I think we've had enough of those sorts of trials. Good-bye, Citizen Chairman.
    • Shadow of Freedom raises the stakes with this conversation between Sir Aivars Terekhov and Brigadier Yucel:
    Terekhov: I can’t say it’s been a pleasure speaking to you, Brigadier. Educational, yes, in a disgusting sort of way, but not a pleasure. In fact, I’m just as happy we won’t be speaking again.
    Yucel: Good. Now get the fuck out of here before I change my mind and decide to shoot a couple of dozen of them to hurry you on your way!
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has several:
    • In A Game of Thrones Ned Stark recalls when he fought and killed Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy. It somewhat downplayed by the fact that Ned doesn't mean it as a boast or a taunt, but a sad and foreboding rumination on how even more men are about to die in battle:
      Ser Arthur Dayne: And now it begins. (unsheathes his sword)
      Ned Stark: (with sadness in his voice) No. Now it ends.
    • A particularly dark one that later becomes a plot point from Roose Bolton before he slays Robb Stark.
      Roose: Jaime Lannister sends his regards.
    • Ser Gregor Clegane, before he crushes Oberyn Martell's skull.
      Gregor: Elia of Dorne. I killed her screaming whelp. Then I raped her. Then I smashed her fucking head in. Like this.
    • Littlefinger to Lysa. He tells her he has only ever loved one woman, and Lysa believes he means her and lowers her guard. Then Littlefinger adds a little addendum:
    Littlefinger: Only Cat.
  • In Sidhe-Devil, Rudi Bergmonk catches the man most responsible for him being forced to kill his eldest brother. The guy tries to surrender. Rudi, a crook who's working with Doc Sidhe only in order to avenge his brother, replies, "You've mistaken me for one of the good [guys]." Bang.
  • A slight subversion in Eoin Colfer's The Wish List, considering both people involved are already dead. Meg Finn has earned her final reward and is on the fast track up the tunnel towards Heaven, but the dog/human hybrid spirit of Belch Brennan attempts to drag her in the opposite direction, prompting (according to Saint Peter afterwards) the first instance of violence in the tunnel, accompanied by this:
    Belch, you can go to Hell! (kick to the face)
  • From the Old Icelandic Saga of Grettir the Strong: Thorfinn had made a botched attempt on Thorgeir's life and left his axe behind. Years later, cue the following exchange:
    “Here I bring you your axe!”, said Thorgeir. Then he struck at Thorfinn's neck and cut off his head.
  • Warrior Cats: One notable example is Firestar's final line before killing Tigerstar's spirit in The Last Hope:
    Firestar: You lived like a rogue. You can die like a rogue!''
  • In Hogfather, Death gets in one when taking down the Auditors:
    And now there remains only one final question. Have you been naughty...or nice? Ho, ho, ho.
  • In the Repairman Jack book Fatal Error, Jack gets ambushed and held at knife point by some guys who describe how they're going to torture him to death. Earlier in the scene, he tells them that if you're in a fair fight it means you didn't prepare enough. When he breaks free and pulls a gun out, he says, "You didn't prepare enough" before shooting them. This is especially awesome because Jack doesn't usually do one-liners, being a pragmatic fighter.
  • From The Bible (Judges 3:20-23): "Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, 'I have a message from God for you.' As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly."
  • From Mickey Spillane's I, The Jury, the hero detective Mike Hammer has just shot the villain: "The roar of the .45 shook the room. Charlotte staggered back a step. Her eyes were a symphony of incredulity, an unbelieving witness to truth. Slowly, she looked down at the ugly swelling in her naked belly where the bullet went in. "How could you?" she gasped. I had only a moment before talking to a corpse, but I got it in. "It was easy," I said.
  • From Tales of Dunk and Egg by George R.R. Martin: "I told you. I'm better with a sword"
  • Spoofed at one point in the Skulduggery Pleasant series:
    Vaurien Scapegrace: Valkyrie Cain, welcome to death.
    Valkyrie Cain: That is such a stupid thing to say.
  • "See you in Hades, fuckwit!"- Lucifer Niggerbastard, Chapter 12 (The Vagina Ass Of Lucifer Niggerbastard)
    • Because of an empty cartridge, Lucifer does not actually kill Turnus.
  • Uttered by one Walking Spoiler to another in Black Legion right before gutting him with a chainsword:
  • A pretty awesome one comes from one of the A Song of Ice and Fire prequels, The Princess and the Queen. Hugh Hammer had betrayed the side he was fighting for in a war, and then tried to set himself up as a king because he figured that he could do anything due to being a Dragon Rider. He became so hated that Jon Roxton, a member of the side Hugh had defected to before attempting to name himself king, decided to kill him. Just as a battle was starting to break out and there was chaos all around, (and Hammer was far away from his dragon) Roxton walked up to Hammer, and we get this exchange:
    Jon Roxton: Lord Hammer, my condolences.
    Hugh Hammer: For what?
    Jon Roxton: You died in the battle. [cuts Hugh near in half with his sword]
  • In the Sherlock Holmes story "The Solitary Cyclist," Carruthers tries to avert the scheme he'd hatched with Jack Woodley to gain the inheritance of a young woman named Violet Smith by marrying her to Woodley. Carruthers, Holmes, and Watson arrive just after the ceremony is finished.note 
    Woodley: You're too late. She's my wife!
    Carruthers: No, she's your widow. [BANG.]
  • Journey to Chaos: At the close of Dengel and Eric's duel at the climax, Dengel says "I would advise you to remember that for your next life but you are not going to have one." When Eric springs his trap and turns the tables, he says one in return as part of his "World of Cardboard" Speech.
  • Adolin Kholin gets a very satisfying one at the end of Words of Radiance in The Stormlight Archive when he muders Sadeas, the man who has repeatedly tried to politically undermine and nurder his father even with the end of the world arriving.
    Adolin: My father thinks I'm a better man than he is. Unfortunately for you, he's wrong.
  • In the Red Dwarf novel, Better Than Life, Talkie Toaster uses his signature line "Hey pal, you want some toast?" right before taking down a giant polymorph monster with a pair of super heated ashtrays.
  • Horror novel Boring Girls has one that's simultaneously this, a Title Drop, and an Ironic Echo as Rachel strikes down Balthazar, reminding him of his earlier quip.
    Rachel: I thought you were sick of boring girls.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 24 season three, "No, you don't," as Jack kills Nina.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: In "The Good Samaritan", Robbie Reyes, aka Ghost Rider, burns up Lucy Bauer immediately following this conversation:
    Lucy Bauer: You're just like your uncle. You have the same fire.
    Robbie Reyes: No. Mine's worse.
  • Alphas: Stanton Parish works his Chessmaster mojo on a hapless guard, and finishes him off thus:
    "That was the lesson. The lesson is: follow orders." ::stab::
  • In the grand finale of Angel, Angel's opponent hands him the perfect straight line for him to not only triumph, but to spin a CMoA-caliber Pre-Mortem One-Liner off of:
    Hamilton: Let me say this as clearly as I can: you can not beat me. I am a part of them; the Wolf, Ram, and Hart. Their strength flows through my veins! My blood is filled with their ancient power!
    Angel: Can you pick out the one word there you probably shouldn't have said? (proceeds to vamp out, drink his blood and hand him his ass)
  • Arrow gets an awesome one when fighting The Count.
    [jabs the Count with his own syringe]
    Oliver: Enjoy the fruits of your labor. [injects him]
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Willow before flaying Warren Mears alive: "Bored now."
      • That phrase, previously uttered a couple of times - in less dramatic circumstances - by a vampire (and thus explicitly evil) version of Willow from an alternate timeline, is a signal of how far "our" Willow has gone to the Dark Side.
    • Buffy herself was so well known for offing baddies with one-liners that they lampooned it several times - examples include "Anne", where Xander and Willow fail in making good puns: "I've always been amazed with how Buffy fought, but in a way, I feel like we took her punning for granted", and in "Bargaining", by having the BuffyBot screw up pun attempts.
    • Buffy herself Lampshaded her tendency to do it in "Helpless" - "If I was at full Slayer power, I'd be punning right about now."
    • During the first season finale, the Master engages in some Evil Gloating when he thinks he's won, and Buffy responds with this trope.
      The Master: Where are your jibes now? Will you laugh when my Hell is on earth?
      Buffy: You're that amped about Hell? (grabs the Master by the neck) Go there. (throws him down onto a broken table leg to stake him)
    • Raidon gives one to Buffy, but Satsu gives him one right back when she saves Buffy.
  • Chuck has Roark saying "Hmm, real Shotgun Wedding," just before shooting Chuck at his sister's wedding, then immediately lampshading it by adding, "Just think, that terrible pun is the last thing you'll ever hear."
  • Occurs in Community episode "Modern Warfare" when ambushing the Chess Club:
    Jeff: Checkmate, bitches!
  • The Victim of the Week gets one in the Criminal Minds episode "Open Season". Two brothers who have been hunting and killing people in Idaho National Forest their whole lives kidnap an unprepared girl off the side of the road in another state, then release her, telling her they're going to 'have a little fun' before letting her run so they could track her down. By the end, she has stabbed one brother so he dies of his wounds, and she attacks and stabs the other, with the BAU finishing him. As the second man lays dying, she sits next to him and stares into his face.
    Bobbi: How's it feel, you son of a bitch? Looks like I had all the fun. [the killer dies]
  • Dexter likes to do this with his victims. One in particular when he kills Miguel at the end of season three:
    Miguel: You little freak! You think I'm done with you? You think this ends here?! IT DOESN'T!
    Dexter: It does for you.
  • Doctor Who has a number of examples:
    • "Tooth and Claw": Queen Victoria faces the leader of the monks who attempted to sic a werewolf on her. They are at a standstill, and he is about to finish his job of assassinating her. As she pulls a small gun from her purse:
      Queen Victoria: There have been many attempts on my life over the years, I learned to come prepared.
      Father Angelo: You don't have it in yourself to kill me, woman.
      Queen Victoria: The correct form of address is "Your Majesty"! [shoots him dead with one shot]
    • "Rise of the Cybermen": Evil Cripple John Lumic has this to say to a scientist with ethical concerns over his latest project, who's thinking of going to the UN for approval:
      Lumic: And how will you do that from beyond the grave?! [Cyberman electrocutes the scientist]
    • "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky": The Doctor says that Sontarans see themselves as superior warriors because the weak spot on the back of their neck means they must always face their enemies. Later, as UNIT is retaking the ATMOS factory from, the commanding officer spots one of the Sontaran leaders, approaches him from behind, and:
      Colonel Mace: You will face me, sir!
      [Sontaran turns in surprise and immediately gets gunned down while facing him]
    • "The Big Bang": When a Dalek assumes River won't actually shoot it, since she's the Doctor's companion: "I'm River Song. [click] Check your records again." Cue a Dalek begging for mercy.
    • "The Wedding of River Song": This is echoed by Amy, with Madame Kovarian assuming that Amy will save her from a horrible death (her magic eyepatch thing is hanging loose and carrying painfully lethal dosages of electricity), despite how much Amy hates her (because of the absolutely brutal Trauma Conga Line she subjected Amy too, and what she did to Amy's daughter), because she wouldn't want to disappoint him. Amy agrees that that is very true, the Doctor is very dear to her, and she wouldn't want to disappoint him. She also notes something else. The Doctor's not there. Then, having reattached the eyepiece, she comes up with a example of this trope: "River Song didn't get it all from you. Sweetie." After that, she coldly strolls off, making off-hand date plans with a recently remembered Rory (who is not quite up to speed), while Madame Kovarian dies screaming.
    • In "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", Eleven does an uncharacteristically sadistic one on the particularly repellent Space Pirate Solomon, while forcing him into a remote-controlled spacecraft that will be used as a target for some missiles:
      The Doctor: See them shine? See how valuable they are? And they're all yours. Enjoy your bounty.
    • Arc Villain Missy has one that she uses for everyone she kills — and she kills enough people that it doubles as a catch phrase. "Say something nice."
    • "Rosa": Just before he sends the villain into the distant past with his own temporal displacement weapon, Ryan quips that since Krasko clearly likes the past so much, he should just live there.
    • "Arachnids in the UK": "How's this for fire and fury?!"
  • The Exorcist features two back-to-back in the first season finale, as Father Simon prepares to shoot Pope Sebastian, only for Marcus to come up behind him and stab him in the neck:
    Simon: The Morning Star sends his regards.
    Marcus: And I send mine.
  • Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, Aeryn to Akhna: *indicates the newborn she's holding* "It's a boy, in case you were wondering."
  • Firefly:
    • "...darn."
    • "Heart of Gold":
      Petaline: Ranse, this is Jonah. Say hi to daddy, Jonah.
      [pulls out Nandi's favorite gun and shoots Rance Burgess point-blank in the forehead]
      Petaline: Say goodbye to your daddy, Jonah.
  • The Flash (2014): In "Paradox", when The Rival gets the better of Barry and prepares to impale him, he quips, "Time to look for a new rival." Fortunately, Vibe saves him at the last second.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • "Home":
      Ramsay Bolton: I prefer being an only child. (throws his stepmother and newborn stepbrother to his dogs)
    • Roose Bolton: "The Lannisters send their regards."
    • Gregor isn't usually the most charismatic of folk, but he does manage to deflect Oberyn's My Name Is Inigo Montoya moment.
      Oberyn: Have they told you who I am?
      Gregor: Some dead man! [swings at Oberyn's head]
    • When Sandor finds some of the men who murdered Septon Ray, he splits the last one's nutsack with an axe, then begins interrogating him. The man screams, "Fuck you!" Sandor replies, "Really? 'Fuck you?' That's your last words?" The man then stutters, "Cunt!" Sandor replies, "You're shit at dying, you know that?" before hacking the man's skull in two.
    • Danaerys after the other khal have laughingly rejected the idea that she would be a better leader for all the Dothraki and the implication that they should serve her.
      I don't expect you to serve. I expect you to die. [lights building on fire, to which she's immune]
  • In Heroes, Thompson tries one while doing a *Click* Hello... but Noah Bennet (AKA Horn-Rimmed Glasses) does it on him instead.
    Thompson: What am I thinking now, Parkman?
    HRG: Your last thought. [shoots Thompson]
    • Sylar gets a good one while killing Ted, after flipping over the security van transporting him.
      Ted: I'm hurt!
      Sylar: Let me help you with that. * slices off the top of his head*
    • Noah does one to Sylar (though he ends up resurrecting): "Poor Gabriel. You always wanted to be special. Look at you now. You're nobody."
  • Highlander:
    Kronos: You still don't understand, do you MacLeod? I am the end of time!
    Duncan: You're history.
  • An episode of Human Target:
    Mook: [as Winston points a gun at him] You hold your gun like a cop. From what I understand, cops don't go around shooting people.
    [Winston shoots the mook several times]
    Winston: I'm retired.
  • iCarly: Attempted by Spencer when he surprises Sam by hiding inside her locker. Sam slams the locker shut in his face, and he lampshades the trope:
    Spencer: (annoyed at himself) I've gotta quit saying witty things before I blow.
    • Later played straight by Sam by conniving with a delivery man to distract Spencer.
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger has Captain Marvelous deliver one to Emperor Akudos as the villain suffers a major breakdown.
    Marvelous: You can whine about it to your son in the afterlife!
  • The titular character of Merlin to Nimwueh: "You shouldn't have killed my friend."
  • NCIS has a version: at the end of an episode (Mind Games), Gibbs says "Enjoy Hell" to an unrepentant Serial Killer whose execution is imminent.
    • "You have thirty seconds to live, Salim." *chuckle* (Truth or Consequences)
    • Mike Franks to arms dealer Arkady Kobach in "Faking It":
      Arkady: You think you're the first person to point a gun at me?
      Franks: No, but I will be the last. *bang*
    • Tony DiNozzo to terrorist leader Daniel Budd in "Stop the Bleeding":
      Tony: You're not a Bond villain, Daniel. You're a fraud, and frauds don't get to speechify like Bond villains. (beat) They do get to die like them. *bang*
  • Helena from Orphan Black gets a very fitting one when the niece of a local gangster unwittingly pushes her Berserk Button. Precedes an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
    Pouchy's niece: We know where you live. We know where Oscar and Gemma go to school.
    Helena: Did you threaten babies? [pushes Donnie out of the warehouse and locks herself in with the gang] You should not threaten babies.
  • Discussed in The Orville's pilot. At the climax, Ed and Kelly trick the Krill captain into testing a time-accelerator device he'd just stolen from a human lab, except they glued a redwood seed to the emitter. Ed remarks, "Happy Arbor Day" right before a redwood tree grows to its full height in seconds and tears the Krill ship in half. The others then start critiquing the line and Kelly suggests, "You got wood." (The audience seemed to prefer the former, though.)
  • In the epilogue of the Person of Interest episode "The Devil's Share" The Don Carl Elias appears in Dirty Cop Simmons' hospital room. Simmons killed Detective Carter in the previous episode and Elias is here to exact vengeance because he liked her.
    Simmons: You really think you're gonna be the one to kill me?
    Elias: No, no, my friend is going to kill you. (Elias' right-hand Anthony Marconi comes out of the shadows with a garrote.) I'm just going to watch.
    • In "Asylum", Control is attempting to root out Samaritan moles within her organization, and spends most of the episode interrogating their handler. At the end, she finds out what exactly they're planning, prompting a New Era Speech from the captive agent:
      "Shelly": ...Samaritan will build a new world, a better world.
      Control: Too bad you won't live to see it. (double tap)
    • In "Deus Ex Machina", once Vigilance has served its purpose, Greer kills Collier, combining this with an Ironic Echo of their invocation of The American Revolution:
      Greer: To quote Benjamin Franklin, "Three may keep a secret, as long as two of them are dead."
  • Power Rangers:
  • Pushing Daisies: "I can hold my breath for a long time."
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sarah Jane Smith gets in a nice one in "The Eternity Trap" when Erasmus Darkening seemingly avoids her trap for him:
    Darkening: I'm disappointed, Miss Smith.
    Sarah Jane: Well, I do hate to disappoint. [springs the real trap]
  • Sherlock has one. "Oh, do your research. I'm not a hero. I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Merry Christmas!" *bang*
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Janeway's line to Anorax as she puts Voyager on a collision course with his timeship.
    Janeway: Time's...up.
    • Then there's this:
      Janeway: Must be something you assimilated.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when simulated Garak is confronted with a pair of Jem'Hadar while trying to escape with Bashir and Sisko:
    Garak: Don't you know how this goes? First, I pretend to be their friend—and then I shoot you.
  • Wynonna Earp eventually takes to telling revenants to "Make your peace" before she shoots them between the eyes and sends them back to Hell.
  • Jacqueline in the first episode of Young Blades after Mazarin's guard kills her father:
    Jacqueline: You sent a good man to Heaven — now you go to Hell!

    Podcasts 

    Theatre 
  • Jekyll and Hyde:
    "Bad news from God, Teddy."
    • Most of Hyde's victims get this treatment, including "General, I'm happy to inform you that you have been relieved from your duties... All of them!", and "You shouldn't wear your diamonds out on the street; you never know who you might encounter!", and all of them happen during short breaks in which the music gets softer in a big musical number.
  • William Shakespeare's works:
    • In Richard II, the titular monarch gets a rare moment of badassery when dispatching one of his own assassins:
      Richard: Go thou and fill another room in Hell.
    • In Hamlet, when Hamlet learns that his blade is poisoned, he finally turns it on his Evil Uncle Claudius.
      Hamlet: Then, venom, to thy work! [stabs him]
  • In Puccini's opera Tosca, the titular character has sold herself to Scarpia in exchange for her lover Mario's life. Scarpia signs the papers for Mario's release and pulls Tosca in for the promised price. But before he can start anything, Tosca pulls out her previously stored knife and sticks him right in the chest, defiantly shouting "Questo è il bacio di Tosca!" (This is Tosca's kiss!) and as he dies on the floor she tauntingly asks him if is blood is choking him.

    Theme Parks 
  • At Universal Studios:
    • In The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad, before the title character kills Miseria by setting her on fire, he says, "Sorceress...you're fired!"
    • Subverted in the Jaws ride, the skipper says, "Eat THIS!" while firing at the shark while it's getting electrocuted, but it's soon after revealed that the shark survived this, albeit briefly.
    • EVAC in Transformers: The Ride says, "He wants the Allspark? He can have it!" before killing Megatron with the Allspark.

    Web Animation 
  • From the Grand Finale of Broken Saints:
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • Parodied in episode 33, when Church pulls off a string of these at O'Malley while Tex mutters in the background - "You're a real headache-" "What?" "-and I've got a gun full of aspirin." "That was terrible!" "It's time to split, -" "Now that's just embarrassing." "-personality..."
    • One of the bonus videos, called "Sargeisms", is entirely dedicated to Sarge giving off large quantities of Bond and Pre-Mortem One-Liners.
    • From Church's string of one-liners: "I've got half a mind to kill you— and the other half agrees."
    • Subverted in episode 3 of Revelation. Sarge aims his gun and begins to deliver his one-liner, only to fire before he's finished the sentence. The target ends up surviving as well.
      Sarge: Agent Wash, you just got- (explosion) Aw, damn it! I messed up my one-liner!
    • Sarge does eventually get one out when Grif and Simmons help him take down the Meta by using a jeep to drag him off a cliff. Doubles as a Brick Joke.
      Sarge: Hey Meta, settle a bet. Does that thing kinda look like a big cat to ya?
    • At the end of the Chorus Trilogy, when the Blood Gulch Crew has Felix pinned down and unable to redirect his shield:
      Tucker: Hey, Felix! Catch. (tosses a grenade at Felix's feet)

    Web Comics 
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: This quote at the end of a two page scene where the Doctor educates and demonstrates proper one-liner delivery:
    "A properly-executed pre-mortem One-Liner is vital to our health. It intimidates our enemies, pumps us up, and most importantly, that little satisfaction from some quick wit goes a long way in keeping us from buckling under the stress of it all."
    • Further parodied when Gordito tries to put this advice into practice and starts giving one liners with every kill.
    • It even gets used as a Brick Joke at the end of "Punch Dracula": Gordito says nothing when he shoots the Ghost Wizard, but that's because he's saving the one-liner for much later. The Alt Text even lampshades this.
    • An alternate-universe Chuck Goodrich has a good one in this panel
  • In Concerned, Gordon Frohman almost succeeds in sneakily killing Gordon Freeman, if not for his inability to come up with one of these.
  • Curse Quest Mogarth, says "Good night, little bear" before he kills the ulvorn trio.
  • Parodied in 8-Bit Theater, where the Light Warriors are attempting to come up with a pre-mortem one-liner. Black Mage says one so bad that it kills the very enemy he was attempting to taunt.
    "Astos? Mo' like, yo' ass is toast!"
    • Red Mage is worse:
    "I think 'ass toes' is very appropriate. Because, you see, we're going to kick your ass, and that will put our toes in close proximity to..."
    • So is Fighter:
    "We will fight to the death! (It will be your death)"
  • Zola of Girl Genius, when pulling her ass from the Death Trap of "the Other" delivers one for each of the two remaining conscious people in the underground lab she thinks she's leaving to their deaths:
    Zola: Later, Tarvek. Oh, well, maybe not. 'Bye, auntie! I'll tell your other selves "hello" from you!
  • Used in this questionably existent strip of Questionable Content.
  • Problem Sleuth kills the Eldritch Abomination Fluthlu by using Trusty Knives to cut the power to a portal through which Fluthlu peeks in, thus causing a Portal Cut, but not before this gem:
    "Hate to cut and run..."
    Hate to chop all of your heads off with this sword. Real sorry about that. My bad.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Belkar to a goblin mook:
      I got a riddle for you. What's green and black, squeals like a pig, and has two pieces of steel where its lungs used to be?
      *stab*
      You.
    • Unnamed cleric to Old Blind Pete (encouraged by Belkar):
      Maybe we ought to start calling you... Brainy Pete.
    • Lampshaded when Haley is about to kill Bozzok. She gives a rather boring one liner ("End of the road for you"), but Belkar interferes:
      Belkar: WAIT!
      Haley: Ugh, what?
      Belkar: Don't you think you should make some kickass one liner before you finish him off? You know, Arnie style?
      Haley: Oh yeah, right. I forgot.
    • Elan delivers one to Kubota after the latter killed Therkla, though Kubota surrenders before Elan can actually kill him: "You were her captain... now you're going down with her ship."
    • Redcloak gives the Resistance one of these, right before he wipes them out completely.
    • In strip #906, Nale gets one by nonchalantly commenting on the weather. It must be seen to be understood.
      Nale: Beautiful day, don't you think? Not a cloud in the sky.
    • Tarquin, just like his sons, gets one: "As you wish, son."
  • Rusty and Co., when Prestige Perkins shot a Badger into the mouth of V'innie:
    Buon Appetito.
  • Zokusho Comics: After killing a room full of mafia henchmen and standing in front of his former boss, Serge gets an excellent one.
    Giovanni: "Last words... I have a few if you're willing to listen to them."
    Serge: "I think I just did."
  • Crimson Dark, Chapter 01: Page 22. Kari takes control of the Niobe's guns as the enemy closes in. Doubles as The Triple.
    Kari: Sorry, guys, but this is what happens when you destroy my ship, kill my friends, come after my rescuers, and fly level while in formation.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: Gast Carcolh to Frieza: "He who lives by the sword... will perish by the sword!"
  • In El Goonish Shive, just before Magus kills Sirleck, the killer points out their own suspicious behavior from earlier — specifically, gratuitously not noticing the victim's suspicious behavior. "Should've been a red flag."

    Web Original 
  • A rather dark one is given by David in This Is War when he puts the barrel of his gun into the mouth of a vampire younger than him, and says "Your fault" before pulling the trigger.
  • Shadowhunter Peril has this awesome exchange between Umbra Darkholme, an Ascended Demon, and Azazel, an evil Voluntary Shapeshifter. Umbra even turned Azazel's One-Liner around.
    Azazel: You're old. Washed up. Your power is MINE.
    Umbra: I don't think so. [puts Azazel in a Neck Lift] I'm a Greater Demon. Absorbing me won't kill me. But, you're just an Eidolon. Granted a powerful one, but not a Greater Demon. Not a Greater Demon at all. [proceeds to begin drainig Azazel of his life force] Your overconfidence is your undoing. [drops Azazel, who falls into a Crucified Villain Shot and turns into dust; Umbra walks away without a word]
  • Tallis of Dragon Age: Redemption, after interrogating a killer in chapter 1:
    Tallis: Your god here's called Andraste, right?
    Killer: The brave and beautiful.
    Tallis: Sounds like we'd get along... Say hello for me. [knife through the neck]
  • From Ninja the Mission Force, before Gordon strangles the boombox ninja with cassette tape note : "I hope you're into death metal."
  • Subverted in Rooster Teeth's "Let's Play Minecraft". One episode had Jack spotting Gavin walking along in the dark and decides to ambush him. As he does, he cries out "Surprise, motherfucker!". He, then, proceeds to fall into a hole right in front of him, prompting him to say "Oh, goddammit, I fell!"
  • In Worm: One passes when a hero has a villain at gunpoint.
    Calvert/Coil: You're not a killer.
    Taylor/Skitter: No... but I suppose, in a roundabout way, you made me into one.
  • From Taralynn's web-story Magical Girl Policy, we have Robert recently transformed into the newest magical girl cheerleader Spirit Guard Serenity, show off her gamer background as she gets ready to use a magical girl-style attack on the now helpless mannequin-monster, Day LaMode: "Good game. Well played."
  • Subverted in Entry #86 of Marble Hornets:
    Alex: Everyone is dead! Sarah, Seth, Jessica, Amy, Brian, Jay, and now you!
    (Alex strangles Tim, Tim ends up stabbing Alex in the side of the neck)
    Tim: You missed someone.
  • Smashbits Animations's If Undertale Was Realistic:
    • "GO BACK TO GOAT SIMULATOR!"
    • "So you're turning on me too. Great, I guess I'm having fish for dinner!"
    • "You made a great snail, Sans, now it's time to make a great corpse."
  • Matt, the DM of Critical Role, always identifies the killing blow of a fight with the phrase "How do you want to do this?" This leaves it open for the players to come up with all kinds of great one-liners:
    • Scanlan decapitates King Murghol after failing to enchant him into doing a headstand:
    ' Rimefang: You...can't!
    Zahra: Yes I fucking can!
    • Slightly post-mortem, but one of the most beloved ones, against Clarota:
    Percy: Some people have no sense of fucking honour!
    • And another good Percy one, when he goes a little Ax-Crazy in Episode 25:
    Percy: Your soul is now forfeit! Die, die, DIE!
    • Kerrek gets in three words - simple, blunt, and tearjerkingly earnest - as he slays Raishan at last, bringing an end to the unquantifiable damage she's done to Vox Machina:
    Kerrek: No. No further.
    • Eternally the master of this, Percy finally gets one in on Delilah Briarwood seconds before painting the walls with her brains in Episode 102:
    Percy: Delilah! Even if we all die here...it was fucking worth it.
    • In Season 2, Caleb cinches a moment of glory with a fantastic one of these as he burns monstrous Hero Killer Lorenzo alive:
    Caleb: You shouldn't have killed my cat.
  • In the RiffTrax of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, when the Enterprise launches its homing torpedo, Bill cracks out "Now is the winter of kick your ass, made glorious summer by my foot."
  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: Say it with me: "Abracafuckyou!"
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged:
    • Polneraff gives one to Vanilla Ice after Ice bisects Iggy and kicks him away.
    Polneraff: Vanilla Ice! You're about to be...Under Pressure.
    Vanilla Ice: Man, that didn't make a lick of sense-OHMYGOD!
    • Dio Brando gives one to Kakyoin upon using The World.
    Dio: I think I'll end your life with class. (The World punches through Kakyoin's side) Guess your kung-fu couldn't help you now!

    Western Animation 
  • Awesomely, awesomely subverted in Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys. The villainous Rhesus-2 (voiced by Malcolm McDowell) has our heroes cornered. He says, "This is the moment where I say something clever, then kill you." (Beat) "Sorry. Nothing clever comes to mind." (Rhesus fires his blaster into the camera; cut to commercial).
  • Kung Fu Panda: "Skadoosh."
  • Used frequently in The Batman.
    The Joker: (after feeding Mayor Adam West spicy chili and putting a hose full of gasoline in his mouth) Now remember, chili gives you gas!
    Dracula: "I am the Prince of Darkness!"
    Batman: "Rise and shine. (activates a solar-machine)"
    • The true Pre-Mortem One-Liner comes just after he activates the solar machine as Dracula realizes how he got the solar machine.
    Dracula: "You are... Bruce Wayne!"
    Batman: "And The Batman. And you're dust". (Cue bat-silhouette with the cape, then a final drop kick.)
  • From Batman Beyond, when Mr Freeze was revived, he went on a rampage, and killed the doctor who revived and later betrayed him, using an Ironic Echo of her own words.
    Mr. Freeze: Remember: There may be some momentary discomfort.
  • South Park After Stan, Kyle and Kenny have weakened the ganker in "Make Love, Not Warcraft", Cartman's character's left foot stomps into view as the ganker falls to his hands and knees. Before smashing the ganker's head with his dwarf hammer, he sends him on his way with gamer talk.
    Cartman "Looks like you're about to get pwned."
  • Kim Possible: Used right before Kim kicks Shego off the roof of Drakken's latest evil lair, Bueno Nacho World HQ, into the radio tower transmitting the signal for his army of transforming mecha in So the Drama:
    Kim: Do you know what I really hate?
    Shego: That your... date melted? [takes fighting stance]
    Kim: Nah... you!
  • Disney's Doug pokes fun at this with the movie-within-a-show Target Man. The lines are particularly cheesy. "Don't lose your head over it. <blam> Oops. Guess you did." "Breaking up is hard to do. <Blam>" "Make a wish. <Blam>"
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Itchy & Scratchy Land", before Bart dispatches a robotic mascot with a camera flash he says: "Hey mouse... Say Cheese!" He immediately lampshades this by saying "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero..."
      • And is further parodied later when Homer, doing his own fair shake of robot-mascot-slaying, yells "Die, bad robots! Die!..." and then chuckles and says "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero." Everyone ignores him.
      • In fact Bart cuts him off before Homer finishes.
    • In "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie", Bart is impersonating a Bond villain while melting a plastic 007 action figure in the microwave: "Stick around, Mr. Bond. Things are really starting... to cook."
    • In "Beyond Blunderdome", when Mel Gibson did his remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and goes on a shooting rampage: All those in favor, say die!
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror III" story "Dial Z for Zombie", Homer delivers some one-liners while taking down some zombified historical figures. These include, "Eat Lead, Einstein" and "Show's Over, Shakespeare".
    • Being a thinly-disguised version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rainier "McBain" Wolfcastle uses these.
      • The best was from the episode "The Bart Wants What It Wants", where Wolfcastle played a CIA agent posing as a nerd for some reason or another. After getting taunted by some jocks, he quips "The geek shall inherit the earth!"...and throws one of them through the other.
      • In "Last Exit To Springfield", McBain bursts out of an ice-sculpture of Venus DiMilo: Ice to see you! This was before Batman & Robin too.
      • In "The Heartbroke Kid", Rainer goes to a fat camp, and one exercise is throwing ice cream into a garbage can.
      Rainier: Here's the scoop: Your Haagen days are over! (throws scoop into garbage) I'm baskin' in your pain as I'm robbin' you of life! (throws scoop into garbage)
    • Double subverted in the Treehouse of Horror XXVI: when Sideshow Bob shoots Bart Simpson in the chest with a Harpoon Gun, and Bart tells him in a weak voice that he has made some stupid mistake:
    Bob: Not this time. [yanks the projectile from Bart's chest]
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror IX" story "Hell Toupée", Homer gets possessed by Snake, whose hair he'd picked up in his transplant, and goes after all the people who'd squealed on him. When he confronts Apu, Apu says "Snake? But, you're dead!", to which Snake!Homer says "I know you are, but what am I?" before murdering him.
  • SWAT Kats; a minor villain announces "I'm outta here!", prompting Razor to level a bazooka at him from about ten feet away. "You said it." Bang. Did it get mentioned that SWAT Kats was completely kickass for a 90s kid's show?
  • Scooby frikin' Doo gets one in episode 10 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. And it is awesome.
    Scooby (after running over the Fright Hound with a forklift): "Play dead."
  • In the Family Guy episode "The Big Bang Theory", Stewie fights his half-brother, Bertram:
    Stewie:: Hey, Bertram! What's your favorite kind of bottled water? Mine's Arrowhead! (shoots him in the head with a crossbow)
    • In "Emission Impossible", a shrunken Stewie chases a housefly:
      Stewie:: I'm afraid you're in a no-fly zone.
    • In "Chitty Chitty Death Bang", just after a cult leader has shown up at Stewie's birthday party looking for Meg:
      Cult Leader: What the hell is this?!
      Stewie: It's a boy!
    • I choke myself every day, you bastard.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold being the kind of show it is. Has a lot of these.
    The Joker: Hey boys! Stop me if you've heard THIS ONE before! *Fires his gun while doing an Evil Laugh*
  • Archer: It's a Running Gag that eponymous hero and James Bond expy Archer is terrible at these. He usually winds up pausing and saying, "Wait ... damn. I had something for this." On one occasion when he was stumped he went with "Eat grenade, stupids!"
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Parodied in "Operation: L.I.C.E.". Numbuh Five is just moments away to pressing the (nacho) cheese purge button (which is the poison to the lice) as a giant mother lice is eating her ponytail. All of the sudden, Numbuh Two comes in, all battered and covered by baby lice, screaming:
      Numbuh Two: STOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!
      Numbuh Five & Lice Monster: Huh?
      Numbuh Two: You gotta say something cool first! Like: Say cheese, bub! Or Cheez to meet you! [Numbuh Five reaches over to press the button] Waitwaitwait! How about this one? Cheese! (BOOM!)
    • Ashely from Sector Z says "This is going to be delightful!" before her and her friends/team fight the zombified Sector V.
  • Journey to Saturn has "bund eller resten i håret" Translation .
  • Rick and Morty:
    • One episode has Jerry delivering both Pre-Mortem and Bond One-Liners to a mutant praying mantis, neither of which had anything to do with the mutation.
      Mutant: You're not Morty.
      Jerry: [brandishing a crowbar] No, I'm Mr. Crowbar, and this is my friend, who is also a crowbar!
      Mutant: That's... stupid.
      Jerry: [after killing the mutant] Yeah, well look where being smart got you.
    • Earlier in the show, Poncho had a good one when he used a gas explosion to kill a giant pathogen:
      Poncho: [holding a lit match] Hey, gonorrhea, how's THIS for a burning sensation?!?
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender Subverted in the Grand Finale, when the Avatar makes it very clear it intends to kill Ozai, but Aang stops what would have been the last attack before it hits Ozai. Even with the subversion, it is pretty awesome.
    Avatar: Fire Lord Ozai! You and your forefathers have devastated the balance of this world! And now, you shall pay the ultimate price!
  • The Legend of Korra: Zaheer gets an amazing one just before he murders the Earth Queen.
    Earth Queen Hou-Ting: You wouldn't dare attack a queen!
    Zaheer: Maybe I forgot to mention something to you. I don't believe in queens.
  • In The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Victor, about to shoot the Were-Rabbit with a golden bullet shaped like a root vegetable: "Eat carat, bunny boy." Fortunately, it was subverted.
  • Steven Universe: In the Season 3 opener "Super Watermelon Island," Alexandrite delivers one of these to the unstable fusion Malachite as she prepares to shoot her with an arrow.
    Alexandrite: [after lining up the shot]' You two should spend some time apart.

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