This time it sure looks like it's over: the heroes have been captured by the Big Bad, who is gloating and enumerating the ways he's going to kill them. But wait! Someone (or something) suddenly shows up, a defector reveals himself or the heroes put their plan into action, giving them the chance they need to escape and leaving the foe staring at them as they run off while delivering a final taunt: "So long, sucker!"
Subversions may or may not ensue, depending on whether the character performing the So Long Suckers is a hero or a villain (it's way more likely in the latter case).
For when this trope backfires, see Crossing the Burnt Bridge.
- In the Enterprise Parody Fic "Farce Contact", linguist Hoshi Sato causes a diplomatic incident when she translates "I grip your tentacle in farewell" as "So long suckers".
- ALIEN!!! The Emergency Homophobic Hologram gives this trope as he orders the ship's computer to download him electronically into the Escape Pod, leaving the crew trapped on board the Nostromo which is about to self-destruct. The computer, in a Heroic BSoD because it's going to be blown up with the ship, flat-out refuses to comply.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: "Gentlemen, this is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow." Hilariously, the only time he's allowed to say the whole thing, he gets caught.
- In the second Scooby Doo movie, a prisoner is shown in flashback delivering this line as he escapes from jail... only to fall to his death from the roof. Only he's Not Quite Dead...
Prisoner: So long, suckers! [escape-wings begin to fail] HELP ME, SUCKEEEEEEEEEEERS!!!
- A textbook example occurs at the end of The Rocketeer, complete with one-liner and swift ironic death. "I'll miss Hollywood."
- Narmful example in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, as Scorpion teleports out with a cry of "Suuckeers!"
- Troy, one of the minor antagonists in The Goonies, uses this phrase when he sends Brand flying off the road at high speed.
- Subverted in The Incredibles. After being defeated, Syndrome gets to his airborne jet and gloats about how he is sure to escape and will return to claim Mr. Incredible's son someday. Mr. Incredible takes this opportunity to throw a car at him, which results in his death.
- In Bananas, Woody Allen's character Fielding Mellish says this and gets knocked out a moment later.
- Some years earlier, in Casino Royale (1967), he's at a Latin American firing squad - his last cigarette is a concussion bomb he throws at the shooters. He climbs the wall chuckling "So long, suckers!" - and lands on the other side in another country, in front of a firing squad for another guy.
- In Yellow Submarine, as the submarine travels through the Sea of Monsters, at one point, it narrowly escapes being swallowed by a vacuum monster, after which George says this phrase to the monster.
- When Lotso leaves Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of Andy's toys to die in the incinerator at the end of Toy Story 3, he tells them, "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?", in this tone of voice.
- Turned into an Overly Long Gag in Despicable Me, when Gru's Minion successfully snags the shrink-ray but repeatedly fails to get out the way he came, thanks to this trope.
- Pre-teen juvenile delinquent Audrey (played by Jodie Foster) says this word-for-word after being liberated from jail in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
- Bing Bong says this in Inside Out when trying to run from Joy who was chasing him after throwing a green memory sphere as a diversion. It fails because he bumps into a cart of memories.
- The last lines of Problem Child 3: Junior in Love by Junior.
- In the H.I.V.E. Series, at least some of the protagonists do this at least once per book except in the first and seventh.
- In the Discworld novel Maskerade, Greebo (in his human form) taunts an angry mob from the back of a moving carriage. Unfortunately, since he's too busy taunting to steer, the carriage hits a curb and he ends up falling off.
- Averted in the Animorphs novel Back To Before: while making an otherwise-classic fire-escape exit up a building side, Marco and Rachel realize stopping to taunt their pursuers would be a Bad Idea and keep climbing. (Good thing, too, that's about when the Dracons came out...)
- In The Wheel of Time book Towers of Midnight, when Mat escapes the land of the 'finns using the weapon they had given him. "Looks like the game can be won after all...Tell the foxes I'm mighty pleased with this key they gave me. Also, you can all go rot in a flaming pit of fire and ashes, you unwashed lumps on a pig's backside. Have a grand bloody day."
- In The Programmed Man (1968), The Empire was tracking one of a rebellion's top agents. But when they captured him, although he was supposedly able to teleport across even interplanetary or interstellar distances, they discovered he was actually a brainwashed Imperial agent, specifically, the man they'd thought was coordinating the pursuit. Meaning the real rebel agent was aboard their warship, accessing their most critical secrets. When confronted, he laughed and confirmed his identity — and the Imperials remembered his power ... just as he demonstrated it by getting away.
- In Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Trent pulls off a good one when he introduces the Dino atvs to the team, rigging one that the Black Ranger rides, and then escaping in his own, while saying "Later, Suckers!"
- Doctor Who. Given the sucker-waving Arch-Enemy of the Doctor, this was bound to come up some time. At the end of "Asylum of the Daleks" gives a final taunt to the Parliament of the Daleks before ducking into the TARDIS.
The Doctor: You know, you guys should really have seen this coming. Thing about me and teleports: I've got a really good aim. Pinpoint accurate in fact. Or, to put it another way: Suckers!'
Clara: You really are thick, aren't you? The Doctor is back on Gallifrey. Took him four-and-half-billion years to get here. What do you think he's going to do now? VWORP VWORP Why, he's stealing a TARDIS and running away. Bye!
- Clara pulls this on the Time Lords in "Hell Bent."
- Reverend Bizarre used this exact trope name as the title of their final album.
- Odysseus and the Cyclops: As Odysseus is escaping the now-blind Polyphemus, he yells that his name is "No one". When the other cyclopses come to help, Polyphemus tells them "No one has blinded me!". So they think he got drunk and put his eye out somehow.
- The Final Boss fight in Half-Life 2 is an extended version of this trope. Gordon Freeman must chase the fleeing Wallace Breen as he rides a Dark Energy-fueled teleporter to the top of the Citadel; the final portion features Breen gloating rather extensively while Freeman tears apart the device bit by bit using stray balls of Dark Energy. "When the singularity collapses, I will be far away from here - in another universe, as a matter of fact. You on the other hand will be destroyed in every way it is possible to be destroyed, and even in some, which are essentially impossible!" Boy, is he surprised when you blow his ride apart.
- Portal has a... musical version of this, to say the least.
- After a while in X-COM: UFO Defense, the aliens do this to your Interceptors with irritating regularity.
- Metal Gear Solid 4 has a particularly humorous moment of this where Liquid Ocelot childishly mocks Snake as he flees to his command ship.
- At the end of Silent Scope, the Big Bad escapes by boat, but pauses well out to sea to shout some taunts at the hero... unfortunately for him, the hero has One Bullet Left. Of course, a shot like that is one in a million...
- In Final Fantasy X, if you use the Flee command with Tidus to run from a battle, he'll spout a quick one-liner while the party escapes.
- In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Dr. Nefarious pulls this in the final boss fight. He falls to the ground begging for mercy, and Ratchet falls for it believing he's given up, as Dr. Nefarious quickly escapes shouting "Suckers!", much to Ratchet's irritation.
- Homestar Runner says this word for word after tricking himself into eating a pinecone. It Makes Sense in Context. See the Strong Bad e-mail secret recipes.
- In Episode 4 of Dr. Havoc's Diary, we have Brock Mason shouting "Adios, fuckos!" before leaving Havoc's lair.
- In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Goku offers to let Vegeta go if he's sorry.
Vegeta: I'm sorry. Yep. Totally sorry. I just feel terrible. [...] Yes, I'm very, very, very sorry.... [ship door closes] that you're all still alive! [flies away] SUCKERS!! HAHAHAUCH ow ow, it hurts to laugh.
- This The Order of the Stick strip.
- Parodied in this Killroy And Tina.
- When Lance finally encounters Blake in Gold Coin Comics, they duel. After Blake loses, he flees after not explaining anything about his presence there.
- Dr. Shlock in Sluggy Freelance tries to pull an escape after a long storyline of failed escapes, using a smoke bomb to disappear in a literal puff of smoke.
Dr. Schlock: I hate long goodbyes, so see-you-never you deadweights!
- In the animated series, Carmen Sandiego would do this Once an Episode whenever the protagonists solved her heist and where so very close to catching her. See you next crime!
- Massive subversion in The Simpsons episode "Viva Ned Flanders". Drederick Tatem, several goons and miscellaneous Vegas types attempt to circle in on Homer and Ned to lay the smack down on them for deserting their Vegas-married wives. Homer and Ned then jump into a convertible, used as a prize at their casino. Homer just has time to say "So long, suck—-" before they all catch up, which results in him and Flanders getting a massive beating from the assorted ensemble. Hilarity Ensues.
- Said again by Homer in a later episode, who follows it with "Eat my dust, suckers!" An annoyed Marge then says "Stop calling everyone suckers!"
- Simarly subverted in another episode where Bart trolls a parent teacher group by showing them a slide of his butt, tries to escape after yelling "so long suckers!"... and is left dangling when the cord breaks.
- A combination subversion and straight-play happens in The Simpsons Movie, when Homer escapes from the mob. He yells "So long, Losers!" and salutes the mob and proceeds to jump into the sand box as he flips them off.
- Happens in every episode of M.A.S.K. — even if the bad guys' team was on the brink of defeat, the Big Bad was always able to transform his helicopter into a jet and escape.
- In the Futurama episode "Future Stock", "80's Guy" becomes the new CEO of of Planet Express. Farnsworth, as he quits, gives him his "business plan". 80's Guy points out that "this isn't a business plan; it's an escape plan!" And before you know it, Farnsworth is making his escape while shouting the trope name verbatim.
Bender: Well, I'm rich. (crumples up paper to the floor and begins walking out) Goodbye, losers, whom I've always hated!
- In "Fear of a Bot Planet", Fry, Leela and Bender escape from human-hating robots on the winch of the Planet Express ship. Fry shouts the line; the robots stand on each others shoulders, and almost reach the winch. Fry says: "Uh, hello, suckers!
- Used in another episode where Bender is given a letter telling him he's to attend a will-reading from his rich, dead uncle.
- Done almost word-for-word in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. As the townspeople prepare to evacuate the Mayor rides up and declares "I have an important announcement...see y'ah, suckers!" and jumps onto the first boat...Which he proceeds to eat.
- On Family Guy one Cutaway Gag shows Quagmire doing this when he thinks he's the one getting the Spin-Off.
- In the The Fairly OddParents! episode, "Baby Face"; Timmy meets an adult who was left behind 60 years ago by his parents and since then, he's trying to escape, saying this phrase word-by-word. He always gets caught until a wall gets broke and he finally escapes.
- In the Bugs Bunny cartoon Hare Lift, bank-robber Yosemite Sam shoots this line to Bugs as he bails out of their crashing plane with the only remaining parachute. Unfortunately for Sam, he lands right in an open-top police car filled with angry officers.
- Another old Warners cartoon had a mouse whose tail is in a mousetrap pleading for his life to the cat, so the mouse spins the tale of The Lion And The Mouse. Touched by the story, the cat releases the mouse who gives a very sincere (maybe too sincere) "Thank you!" Just as the mouse is about to run back into his hole, he says "Sucker!" to the cat.
- Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: In "Vacation Trip Trap," Dastardly has his two-week furlough approved. As he bolts out the door with his grip he bids a caustic farewell to the rest of Vulture Squadron:
Dastardly: So long, suckers! The pigeon is all yours!
- Totally Spies!: We have Mandy and "Later, losers!".