The song version of this trope: "We'll Meet Again Again"
The standard phrase when the villain finds that he has been defeated by the heroes and there is no point in staying around with the immediate Evil Plan foiled.
In effect, the villain shows a Determinator streak and threatens the heroes that he will return to fight them again, and he is sure that he will defeat them next time.
If the villain is in a more poetic mood, they might say their parting words with, "He who fights and runs away/Lives to fight another day." Other variants include: "I'm not finished with you," "This isn't over," "You think you've won!" and "You haven't seen the last of me!" In anime and other Japanese media, the common phrase of the defeated is "Remember me/us!".
Oftentimes, the heroes will respond confidently, "We'll be waiting!" (He obviously has never heard of Villain Decay.)
Also the standard exit of the Enigmatic Minion during his 'I am not here to fight you today' appearances.
- Bleach anime:
- In episode #141, as the Arrancar are drawn back to Hueco Mundo they tell their Soul Reaper opponents that they will meet (and fight) again. Except Luppi; oh poor Luppi...
- In episode 319, after the Big Bad Kageroza Inaba is defeated and is about to retreat to Soul Society, he tells Ichigo that they will meet again.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has a rare heroic example: At the end of Chapter 59, Yue swears revenge on the dragon under the Library, mainly because he drooled on her.
- Naruto: In a rather bizarre inversion, Hanzo tells Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru to "come back to fight me again", after he won the battle. They're among the few people Hanzo considered to be Worthy Opponents, along with the Samurai Mifune. Except that he doesn't live to fight the rematch. He does, however, get a rematch with Mifune... after being raised as a zombie.
- A heroic example occurs twice in One Piece. The first time, Jimbei tells Luffy that they will meet again on Fishman Island. The second time is when he said he will be back to join the crew.
- Happens to the manager of the illegal casino from the second part of Kaiji. After the casino loses lots of money as the result of Kaiji's actions, he is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a underground labour camp; as he is being taken away Kaiji yells him to make his way out and come back to challenge him; his response: "Isn't it obvious that I will!? You better prepare yourself until then!".
- Pokémon: Team Rocket occasionally says something to this effect when they're blasting off again. Considering, outside of the Black and White series, they usually pop up Once per Episode...
- Digimon: Myotismon does this a lot. Ken decides to back off after revealing himself.
- In Soul Eater, Anti-Hero and Ninja Sid goes up against Anti-Villain Samurai Mifune. When the heroes are ordered to retreat, Sid tells Mifune that he has no more reason to fight him, but warns him that if he lets him go Sid might come for him and Back Stab him some day. Mifune's only reply is "Sounds fun. Go."
- A rather terrifying example from Berserk (which is scary enough by itself): every single time Guts drives the Beast out of his mind, the Beast makes it clear that it will return sooner rather than later.
- Parodied in Shokugeki no Soma following a cooking duel between Soma and Takumi. Takumi says this, then moments later they're sitting next to each other on the bus. Much to Takumi's embarrassment.
Soma: Hey, we meet again.Takumi: [visibly blushing] Shut up! Don't talk to me!
- Sword Art Online: During the climax of the Alicization arc, PoH attempts this, declaring that even if Kirito does kill him in UW, he'll just keep showing up in front of Kirito over and over again until he finally manages to slit Kirito and Asuna's throats and rip their hearts out in real life. Unfortunately for PoH, Kirito has no intention of letting him walk away after such a threat and subjects him to a Fate Worse than Death by trapping him in a tree and leaving him to rot in Underworld, declaring that he's never logging out.
- In the first dub of Sailor Moon, Morga says "I shall return!" after being hit by Moon Tiara Action. Of course, this never happens, considering that shes a Monster of the Week and that Moon Tiara Action has a Reduced to Dust effect.
- In episode 47 of Happy Heroes, a space pirate says "You haven't seen the last of me!" after his initial fight with Happy S. He does indeed reappear later in the episode for a rematch.
- In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Wolffy's Catch-Phrase is "I'll be back!" or some variation of it, which he says every time he loses to the goats. Sure enough, he keeps coming back every time to make another attempt to eat the goats.
- Firesign Theater's The Further Adventures of Nick Danger (from How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All?) has a scene where Nick assaults Rocky Roccoco:
Rocky: (groan; retreating) You haven't seen the last of me, Danger!
Nick: No, but the first of you turns my stomach!
- Tales of the Jedi After the spirit of Sith Lord Freedon Nadd gives Jedi Knight Exar Kun a pair of Sith scrolls, he says he'll meet Kun on Korriban.
- In Batman of Arkham, an Elseworlds one-shot where Bruce Wayne runs Arkham to treat the criminals he turns in as Batman during the turn of the century, Jonathan Crane vows that he will return after Bruce realizes his corrupt intentions and kicks him out of the asylum.
- Inverted in Knightfall Descends. When the titular villain swears to tear Gotham apart after bailing herself out, Batgirl replies they'll meet again soon.
- Soviet dictator supervillain Comrade K in the classic Iron Man comics got to use this occasionally.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
- Inner Demons: When Scootaloo's forces are defeated by the protagonists in Ponyville, she retreats, but not before swearing revenge.
- Queen of All Oni: When the Shadow Hand is forced to retreat from the temple of the Three Shades, both Hak Foo and Jade threaten to return and defeat the sages/destroy the temple, respectfully.
- Jewel of Darkness: Slade threatens the Titans with this at the end of the Jump City Arc when carrying Midnight to safety.
- Unlike canon, Mad Mod escapes his first confrontation with the Titans, leaving behind a message for Robin promising to return.
- A Future of Friendship, a History of Hate: Ruinate promises the Mane Six this at the end of Episode 2 as he flees. The heralds tend to make comments like this when defeated.
- Feather Duster vows revenge at the end of the events described in both "Dear Applebloom" and "Dear Scootaloo", and even being vaporized by a point-blank sonic rainboom doesn't keep him from trying to follow through.
- Lord Shen swears this to his former loved ones in The Vow when he's banished from Gongmen City for mass murdering a village of pandas.
- God Slaying Blade Works: Due to a Let's You and Him Fight situation, Shirou defends himself against Perseus and kills him. Before he dies, Perseus says not to worry. As he is a god, he'll eventually come back to life, give or take several years or centuries. Once he comes back, he's looking forward to a friendly rematch.
- The Flash Sentry Chronicles: After Spitfire expels Lightning Dust from the Wonderbolts Academy, Lightning vows she'll have revenge on Rainbow one day.
Lightning Dust: I'll get you back for this Rainbow Dash. One day...one day, you'll pay.
- In The Incredibles, after his kidnapping of Jack-Jack is foiled, Syndrome stops to shout, "This isn't the end of it! I will get your son eventually! I'll get your son!" This is a mistake: it prompts Mr. Incredible to end it right there by throwing his car at Syndrome's plane.
- Toy Story 2. Emperor Zurg says it to Buzz Lightyear.
- At the end of An American Tail, after the Big Bad has been knocked onto a ship for Hong Kong, he vows, "Someday, Gussie Mausheimer! Someday! And you too, Mousekewitz! all of you! I hate mice!"
- In The Adventures of Tintin, the pirate Red Rackham curses Sir Francis Haddock as he sinks with the blown-up Unicorn declaring, "We will meet again, Haddock! In another time! In another life!" The Big Bad of the movie turns out to be Rackham's descendant, just as Captain Haddock is to Sir Francis (it's implied reincarnation is involved).
- Robin Hood: Men in Tights: Parodied/subverted: the leader of a band of henchmen calls out "You've not seen the last of us!" as he prepares to retreat. Robin fires multiple arrows with a single shot and pins him to a tree. Pinned Mook: "You've seen the last of us!"
- In Gladiator, Maximus promises Commodus that he will have his vengeance, "in this life or the next."
- The Green Goblin actually yells out "We'll meet again, Spider-Man!" after their first battle in the Spider-Man movie. Considering how straight-faced the movie is otherwise, hearing such a corny line thrown in was really weird. Considering what the Green Goblin's usually like...
- The Matrix series
- The Matrix Reloaded: After the Merovingian dismisses Neo, Neo tells him "This isn't over."
- The Architect inverts the trope. Neo tells him "If I were you, I would hope we don't meet again", to which he replies "We won't".
- The Matrix Revolutions: After Neo defeats Agent Smith (in Bane's body), Smith tells him "It's not over."
- Tank Girl: After Tank Girl drops a bucket of water on Kesslee, he tells her "It's not over."
- Legend (1985): After Jack blows Darkness away with sunlight, Darkness says "You think you've won."
- The Great Race. "He who fights and runs away/Lives to fight another day.": Baron Von Stuppe to The Great Leslie after being defeated in a sword fight. Made even better by Von Stuppe completely bungling his escape plan a few seconds later.
- Odd heroic usage in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Just before the good terminator blows up the Terminatrix with his own power cell, he tells John Connor, "We will meet again." The twist, in this case, is that the Terminator sent back in time is the one that succeeds in killing John in the future.
- "I'LL BE BACK!!"note
- Averted in of all things, James Bond, where villains don't live long enough to say that, and Blofeld, his only recurring nemesis never gets the chance to say this.
- Parodied in the Made-for-TV Movie Men in White: as the villain gets sucked out of the airlock into deep space, his last words are "See you next episode!"
- In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, Woah, a one boobed woman who appears out of nowhere to instruct The Chosen One, ends her appearance by saying that they'll "meet many more times...in the sequel!"
- Played with in Love And Death, after young Boris meets Death. And, of course, they do meet again in the end, dancing away as the credits roll.
Boris: What happens after we die? Is there a Hell? Is there a God? Do we live again? All right, lemme ask one key question. Are there girls?
Death: You're an interesting young man. We'll meet again.
Boris: ... don't bother.
Death: It's no bother.
- In A Christmas Story, when Ralphie (in his imagination) shoots the bad guys, and Black Bart is escaping, Bart says, "I'll be back." Ralphie replies, "I'll be waitin'"
- At the end of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron and Starscream retreat, with Megatron vowing "This isn't over..."
- Happens again with Transformers: Age of Extinction with Galvatron, though with the above example it isn't the first time he's done it. He says, "We shall meet again, Prime, for I am reborn..."
- The ending of Dr. Strangelove is a montage of nuclear bomb explosions while Vera Lynn sings her famous rendition of "We'll Meet Again', implying the two cold war superpowers are destined to trade blows ever after.
- The Country Bears: "THIS IS NOT OVAH ...BEARS!!!"
- The Wizard of Oz: "I'll get you, my pretty...And your little dog, too!"
- In The Mummy (1999), Imhotep corners the heroes, and is taking Evie away to be sacrificed. Before the Big Bad can leave, Rick O'Connell looks right into the Big Bad's eyes and says, "I'll be seeing you again." with all the menace and hatred and promise the man can muster. Imhotep, who doesn't understand a word (the man's an ancient Egyptian who doesn't speak English) get's the message anyway, but he's so assured of his near invincibility that he only reacts with mild amusement. Turns out, underestimating O'Connell was a huge mistake.
- In the British detective story The House in Nightmare Park (1973), the villain screams "I'm not finished! I'll be back!" when carried away in a prison coach.
- When the Big Bad says this in Machete Kills he means it literally, as he has the ability to see the future.
- Averted in Wild Geese II. An IRA terrorist says this to RSM Murphy, who responds by killing him in an And This Is for... moment.
- The '60s film series of Fu Manchu (produced by Harry Alan Towers and starring Christopher Lee) would always end with Fu Manchu saying "The world shall hear from me again".
- Heroic example in The Running Man, where Ben Richards tells Damon Killian, the host of the titular show, that "I'll be back." Killian smugly replies back "only in a re-run" before sending him and his buddies off. Sure enough, Ben comes back at the end alive, and he has a present for Killian...
- Wild Geese II. Former-RSM James Murphy is used to train the mercenary team in how to act like soldiers for a prisoner rescue. One of the team is IRA terrorist Hourigan — the two men take an instant dislike to each other, and at the end of their training Hourigan threatens to look Murphy up after the mission is over. Murphy promptly shoots him in the kneecaps, then in the head.
- Septimus Heap: When Alther drove DomDaniel out of the Wizard Tower in the backstory DomDaniel said that he would return with the seventh son of a seventh son.
- Tale of the Troika: At the end of the second edition of the novel, Vunyukov makes classical "We will meet again!" speech, delivered in his usual bureaucratic manner.
- A different take in The Laundry Files. The Eldritch Abomination encountered by H.P. Lovecraft in the series short-story "Equoid" threatened this; it's implied that not only the creature can reincarnate, but the protagonist is the reincarnation of Lovecraft.
- Subverted in The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World when the mad time-traveling villain says this to our hero Slippery Jim diGriz, only thanks to the Stable Time Loop plot, they've already done all the meeting and fighting they're ever going to do — the villain just goes back in time and sets in motion the events of the novel.
- In Stephen King's novella "The Body" (Different Seasons), Chris backs Ace Merrill and his gang off with a pistol, forcing them all to leave without taking Ray Brower. But Ace promises in no uncertain terms that, later, Chris, Gordie, Teddy and Vern are going to get the crap beaten out of them. It's a threat the gang makes good on.
- Turns out to be Tempting Fate in the Angel episode "The Girl in Question". Angelus discovers his Arch-Nemesis the Immortal has slept with his girlfriend and shouts, "This isn't over yet, Immortal! This'll never be over!" And indeed he and Spike keep getting stymied and cuckolded by the Immortal right up to the present day.
- Jim Keats sings "We'll Meet Again" (the sentimental British song from World War II) to Gene at the end of the final episode of Ashes to Ashes.
- In the season finale of Blackadder II, "Chains", Prince Ludwig the Indestructible is stabbed and exposed by Blackadder, but doesn't leave before talking with Queenie, revealing that he was "the tall and attractive German schtablelad" that held her favorite pony in her youth and, finally, swearing revenge when called "Short Greasy Spot-Spot". He is presumed dead, but turns out to really be indestructible and still manages to slay the entire cast in the end. So this doesn't always fail.
Ludwig: [utterly dismayed] No! [getting up and walking to the door in a rage] No! No! No! ... You vill all of you, regret the day that y'ever mocked my complexion! I shall return and wreak my rewengue! [Evil Laugh]
Blackadder: No you won't, you'll die and be buried! [throws knife]
Blackadder: Strange man.
- Blake's 7.
- Space Commander Travis would say this every time he failed to kill Blake in Season A.
- In "Powerplay", Cally and Vila encounter Servalan while they are all refugees on a hospital ship. Servalan tells them that while she has other priorities at the moment, she's going to make a point of hunting them down in future. Then Servalan discovers the so-called hospital ship is involved in Organ Theft. She bribes the crew to release her, but makes a point of visiting our heroes to let them know they won't be meeting again (they get rescued Just in Time, of course).
- Averted in "Terminal" when Servalan tells our heroes (after stranding them on a Death World) that they won't be meeting again. This turns out to be Tempting Fate as she's killed shortly afterwards — if the series hadn't been unexpectedly renewed another season requiring Servalan to be brought Back from the Dead, she'd have been telling the truth.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Subverted in "Bad Eggs". after an inconclusive skirmish with Buffy, a pair of dimwitted cowboy-vampires threaten her with "This isn't over!" Later in the episode, one of them gets sucked down by a giant underground tentacle-monster, which Buffy then cold-bloodedly hacks to death with a pickaxe. Witnessing all this, the survivor says: "All right. It's over!" and flees.
- Although, in point of fact, they do meet again after that. That time Buffy kills his new vampiric wife, and he runs off again after a muttered, "Later". Maybe he'll be back in the comics.
- He is, in "Chaos Bleeds". This time he yells "We're not done, traitor!" at Spike as he's pulled back into an alternate dimension.
- The trope is lampshaded in "Band Candy" when Trick shouts, "You and me, girl! There's hard times ahead!" before fleeing. Buffy gripes, "They never just leave. Always gotta say somethin'."
- Glory delivers a 'This isn't over' to Buffy and Willow in "Tough Love". Somewhat unusually, she actually follows through at the end of the same episode.
- Played for laughs in "Seeing Red". Andrew attempts to give a speech like this before escaping via Jet Pack. It was pretty painful to watch even before he flew into an overhanging roof and knocked himself out.
- Charmed has Zankou who initially appears to be a minor/one-shot character and then ends up becoming a major threat later on in the season.
- Doctor Who:
Supreme Dalek: You will never defeat us, Doctor! We will return!New Paradigm Daleks: WE WILL RETURN!
- In "Androids of Tara", the defeated villain, Count Grendell, leaps off the battlements while warning "Next time, I shall not be so lenient!"
- The Meddling Monk's last words on the show: "I'll get you for this, Doctor! I'll get you one day!" Over forty years later, he doesn't seem to have got round to it yet (except in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe). The Time War probably put a crimp in his plans.
- In "Revelation of the Daleks", as Davros is taken away by the Daleks, he swears that the Doctor hasn't heard the last of him. The Doctor, unruffled, replies that he'll be waiting.
- "Victory of the Daleks" ends with the Doctor's greatest enemies successfully restoring their species and escaping. It proves the line is actually badass if you say it when you're winning.
- The Master never stays away for too long particularly in the classic series. In fact he's the villain in every third or fourth Fifth Doctor story.
- Subverted in Firefly when an enemy vows to face the captain of the Serenity again and kill him, complete with over-the-top threats in The Last Thing You Ever See mode. At this, the pragmatic captain immediately kicks him into an engine intake. Schplercht.
- The next of Niska's Mooks they bring up is a little more compliant, to say the least.
- Unfortunately, the guy who got blended by a jet engine was just The Dragon to a more soft-spoken but equally sadistic mobster who does not easily forget an offense. In a later episode he kidnaps and tortures Mal and Wash.
- This is subverted repeatedly on Firefly, with Mal summarily dispatching characters that spend the episode seemingly being built up to be potentially recurring villains. However, this was only because the show only lasted a single season, and Word of God is that some of those characters were intended to survive and return for revenge on the crew.
- One of them does in fact re-appear as a villain in a Firefly comic, only to be killed again, this time for good. (Mal shoots him twice, just to be certain.)
- The series finale of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys has Ares trying to play this trope straight, but Hercules and Iolaus use several villain exit lines in a mocking tone, after which Ares decides to leave without a word.
- Kamen Rider villains do it on occasion, but Kamen Rider Ex-Aid subverts it on one occasion to horrifying effect with an episode told from the perspective of one of its major villains whose Karma Houdini Warranty has just expired. Following a Curb-Stomp Battle with the hero, he attempts to invoke this trope and teleport away, only to discover the hero is now faster at teleporting than he is, and not in a forgiving mood for the murders the villain committed while claiming he was just giving losers the bad endings they deserved:
"There is no next time. You have to get the ending you deserve."
- In the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, When Rita Repulsa was defeated, She would exclaim:
"I'll be back! You haven't seen the last of Rita Repuls-AH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!"
- She would eventually make good on that, unlike many.
- Her brother once used the "He who fights and runs away..." line. Goldar has been known to swear revenge upon folding.
- Chaotica, after his final defeat in the holoprogram in Star Trek: Voyager. He warns "You have not seen the last of Chaotica." Chaotica does appear briefly in a future episode.
- On That '70s Show, Fez's crazy girlfriend Caroline declares this when Donna pretends to be interested in him to get her to stop stalking him. She would indeed return in the final season.
- In The Sarah Jane Adventures Miss Wormwood promises this somewhat randomly in the pilot episode. At the end of the second season she reappears, having upped her ambition from "ensure the Bane breed on Earth" to "conquer the galaxy" and needs to sucker Sarah Jane into helping her.
- In Thunderbirds, the Hood is frequently heard to utter a variation on "International Rescue haven't seen the last of me!" after his latest plan ends in an explosion.
- Altered Carbon. A hitman tells Kovacs he won't underestimate him a second time, moments before he's killed. Turns out that he routinely copies himself into a second body as a precaution, so it's not an idle threat.
- Snoopy's Christmas by the Royal Guardsmen concludes with Snoopy and the Red Baron exchanging holidays toasts to each other then flying off, each knowing they will cross paths again soon to do battle.
- In the Bible (specifically the Gospel of Luke) Satan leaves the temptation of Jesus in the desert "until the opportune time," which turns out to be when he could arrange a crucifixion.
- In fact, the Jesus miniseries from 1999 included him saying this trope word for word at this point.
- While wrestling for USWA, Terry Funk was frequently absent for fairly long stretches due to his All Japan commitments. When one of these happened during a high profile feud with Jerry Lawler, his absence was excused by an eye injury, with video packages vowing that Funk would get his revenge on Lawler after he recovered. These were a flop, because, as it turned out, everyone was happy Lawler had so decisively "defeated" Funk and didn't want to see him get revenge.
- Xavier managed to pull this off on Low Ki through pure body language after he lost the Impact Championship Wrestling Heavyweight title back to Ki in a ladder match and was on his way out while the rest of the roster celebrated with Low Ki. Ironically that would be the end of their ICW series but not the end of their feud, not by a long shot.
- After Madison Eagles lost the SHIMMER Singles title on volume 44, she was absent on volume 45 but left behind a video assuring everyone she'd be coming back.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Dragonlance module DL12 Dragons of Faith. Kitiara says this to the heroes just before she leaves at the end of the module.
- When a fiend (devil, demon, or other evil outsider) is killed in the mortal world, they aren't truly destroyed, but instead respawn on their home plane and are banished from the material world for 99 years. They'll often make this threat in their death throes, and will make good on it, either against the heroes or their offspring.
- Don José tells Carmen this in the opera Carmen.
- In Sherlock Holmes, when Holmes has put handcuffs on Moriarty, whom the butler is about to drag him off to the police, Moriarty tauntingly suggests to Holmes that this might not be the end. "Are you quite sure the police will be able to hold me?" he says. When Holmes replies, smiling slightly, that he is sure of nothing, Moriarty slyly tells him that he has heard Holmes is planning to take "a little trip on the Continent" with Watson and will meet him there.
- In the Universal Studios Singapore version of Revenge of the Mummy, when Imhotep is trapped once again in a sarcophagus, he assures the riders that he will return once again, reminding them that, "Death is only the beginning!".
- Mardek RPG: Baron Von Doomkill swore he would return after being killed. An undefined but very long time later he is pulled from the antilife to animate Legion, along with Deena, Bostolm and Miserable Old Martin. Much to his frustration, the magic that summoned him binds him to the control of Mereador, so he doesn't get to even try to reconquer the world, despite being in Mardek's party while he gathers three of the six crystals.
- Super Mario 64: Played with very interestingly. In the game's earlier fights with Bowser, you see Bowser saying Mario will pay for this... later. In these cases, it seems so distant; however, by the time of each next fight with Bowser, it tends to feel like it happened a lot quicker than it seemed like it would at the end of each previous fight.
- Sonic Adventure: Dr. Robotnik sort-of does this, albeit in the middle of the three stories he does it in.
- Sonic Adventure 2, after the first battle against Eggman as Tails.
Eggman: This time, I'll let you go, but the next time we meet, you won't be so lucky!
- The Legend of Zelda
Ganondorf: "Curse you, Zelda! Curse you, sages! Curse you, [name]! Someday, when this seal is broken — that is when I will exterminate your descendants! As long as the Triforce of Power is in my hand..."
- Ganondorf has a speech like this at the end of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time:
- In Age of Mythology, Kemos vows that "your head will hang on my mast, Atlantean!" just before he flees the first time you defeat him.
- He says almost the exact same thing, in almost the exact same situation the second time, after which he tries escaping the same way he did the first time and ends up with his head smashed out on the rocks after you defeat him the second time.
- Wesker promises this to Chris when the two are forcibly separated by an explosion at the climax of Resident Evil Code: Veronica X, and then, Large Ham that he is, lets loose an Evil Laugh that echoes through the self-destructing base.
- In World of Warcraft the Lich King gets a version of this at the Wrathgate encounter. Faced with the combined forces of the Horde and Alliance, Arthas himself walks out, kills Saurfang the Younger, sucks out his soul and looks ready to take on the entire army facing him... when Grand Apothecary Putress unleashes the new Forsaken Plague, slaughtering undead and mortals alike. Weakened but far from defeated, Arthas falls to his knees and retreats back inside with a gasping "This... Isn't... Over!"
- Several expansions make extensive use of this trope during their storylines. You encounter the Arc Villain, possibly with a fight, and when you are gaining the upper hand, your character gets stunned for a conveniently-long time, the villain utters a variation of this trope and leaves; rinse and repeat until the storyline finale, where you finally kill the villain. Dargrul the Underking and God-King Skovald in Legion is a particular offender, encountering him several times in Highmountain and Stormheim, respectively, until defeating them in dungeons.
- This trope happens so often in the game than the times it is not played straight stand out. The final third of the Argus storyline in Legion has you fight Talgath, one of the few high-ranked commanders left of the Burning Legion. After defeating him, he tries to stop you and your allies from dealing the killing blow and leave. Key word being tries, as Velen kills him - right when Talgath was quoting this trope, no less.
- In the Dynasty Warriors series, defeating an opponent with a unique character model (or in some games, any with a name) will usually result in that character saying one of these before retreating.
- tri-Ace Gabriel Celeste/Celesta, a recurring Bonus Boss, will say some variation of "Well done, heroes. I'm sure We Will Meet Again in another time and place. Farewell!" when he is beaten. His difficulty varies between Nintendo Hard and Anticlimax Boss with each game.
- Subverted at the end of Sam & Max Season 2. The Soda Poppers have just finished one of these when the Bermuda Triangle appears above them and pours lava on them, which kills them off for real.
- Inverted in MOTHER 3; after your last battle with Fassad, he explicitly states that you will not meet again.
- In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Death says this to Alucard at the end of their confrontation at the castle entrance. Indeed they do, but only if you unlock the second half of the game by freeing Richter from his Brainwashed and Crazy state.
- After the second fight with her and her gang in Eternal Sonata, Dolce warns you that you haven't seen the last her and her gang. Indeed, there's another optional battle with them just a bit later in the game and yet another one if you're playing the game on Encore Mode.
- Played with in the Final Fantasy VII prequel Crisis Core, when pre-insanity Sephiroth kindly reassures an anxious Zack that they will meet again soon. They do meet again... and head off to Nibelheim.
- In Darksiders and its sequel, the demon Samael says this to War and Death after their business is concluded in each game.
- Inverted with one of the Spy's revenge-kill quotes in Team Fortress 2.
Spy: This will be the last time you see me...
- In the "Captain Scarlett" DLC of Borderlands 2, Captain Scarlett says this after you kill Roscoe and she teleports away.
- One of the more chilling parts of the Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 base game Soviet ending. Yuri is still very much alive after you thought him dead, and makes his intent to return very clear. All he has do is find a suitable body to reupload his mind into.
- A rare heroic example in The Matrix: Path of Neo
Witch: We'll meet again, some day, Neo.
- In Crystalis, General Kelbesque says after you defeat him the first time:
"Don't think you've seen even a fraction of my power. Next time you see me, it will be your last!"
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King has Oogie Boogie swear revenge against Jack Skellington in the ending cutscene.
- Pony Island: If the player performs poorly during the final escape sequence, Satan lets them go, but not before vowing to catch them next time.
- Parodied on Homestar Runner: "Next episode, Blue Laser! Next episode!"
- In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, Karamazov tells Kitten that after his defeat at Custodes' hands, just before his Villain: "Exit, Stage Left!".
- DSBT InsaniT: Killer Monster warns Koden to watch his back before going back to his fiery realm in 'The Camping Webisode'.
- Stephanie tells the group they haven't seen the last of her in 'Store Story'. Alex even brings up how Killer Monster said the same thing.
- Psycho Man, as part of his Villainous Breakdown, says this in 'VRcade'.
- Dreamscape: Before Kaila leaves the group, she warns Keela that she wont always have her friends around to protect her.
- The Dreamland Chronicles "You're just delaying the inevitable, fools!"
- Defied (and lampshaded) in this Order of the Stick comic:
Trigak: You may have won this round, Order of the Stick but we swear our revenge on you! When you least expect— [Belkar kills him]
Haley: Belkar! [...] He was obviously supposed to be a recurring villain! I mean, he had a name! And he was in the middle of swearing to get us and our little dog, too. It was pretty obvious he was going to come back.
- Sircea tries this in The Young Protectors while opening a portal to escape the heroes, though it's undermined a bit by a well-aimed fireball unceremoniously punting her through the portal.
"You think you've won — but you are children and when I return, I'll AAH!"
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: At the end of "Simian Says", Mizaru vows to gwt revenge on Ben and his team later. However, this proves to be a Tempting Fate as he was devoured by a Root Shark in less than a second after.
- Jonny Quest
- Inspector Gadget ends most episodes with Dr. Claw proclaiming that he will get even with Gadget eventually. The same line is also (and iconically) part of the end credits proper.
"I'll get you next time, Gadget ... next time!"
- What all the villains in Kim Possible say when defeated.
- Dr. Drakken's version of this trope is shouting, "You think you're all that, Kim Possible, but you're not!" while in full retreat. Sometimes, he inverts it with "We won't meet again!" after springing a Death Trap. Of course, Kim always escapes.
- Drakken is particularly emphatic about it after his defeat in "So the Drama", which at the time was intended as the Grand Finale:
Drakken: This is not over! Oh, this can't be over!
Ron: Deal with it, dude. It's over.
- Also subverted in Super Friends in the episodes "Rub Three Times for Disaster" when the arrogant villain taunts the superheroes with the "He who fights..." couplet before making his escape. However, Wonder Woman immediately ropes the villain and hauls him back while saying, "He who fights the Super Friends is always captured in the end." (Except the Legion of Doom, that is.)
- Taurus Bulba in Darkwing Duck after returning from the first episodes got beaten, then flew off with a "I will be back". It didn't happen on TV, but eventually did in the comic books.
- Vlad from Danny Phantom parodies this in his first appearance, which ends with him letting Danny go because he's threatening to reveal his identity, by acting over dramatic about it.
- A heroic version is used when Wulf makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save Danny and send Walker back to the Ghost Zone, they would meet again. Played much straighter when Walker says the same thing.
- Aku said this to Samurai Jack all the time. He even lampshaded it once. "We all know what's gonna happen. You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away, and probably say something like, 'I'll be back, Samurai!'"
- Barbados Slim in Futurama: Bender's Big Score subverts it. When Hermes gets his body fixed, his wife Labarbara finally dumps Barbados and returns to Hermes. Barbados's final line is, "You haven't seen the last of Barbados Slim. Now goodbye forever!"
- Also counts as Leaning on the Fourth Wall as it was unknown at that point if the series would continue past the other three movies, and the writers weren't going to waste any of them on another Barbados/Hermes sub-plot.
- In The Super Mario Bros Super Show!, Bowser had his own catchphrase as a version of this - "He who koops and runs away lives to koop another day!" In other words, he left to reKOOPerate.
- The Russian cartoon Nu, Pogodi!! has it in the title.
- The Powerpuff Girls. At the end of one episode Him told the girls "But I assure you, I'll be baaaaack!''
- The Herculoids. At the end of "Return of Sta-Lak", the title villain says "And don't ever forget that I will be back!"
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the absolutely terrifying One-Scene Wonder Eldritch Abomination Koh the Face Stealer says this word for word. He is indeed seen again, but only as a flashback.
- After Alfred destroys Dolf's fascist coup in Alfred J. Kwak, Dolf and his associates are forced to flee. Just before he does that, he shows up at Alfred's door, and warns him that he may have won this time, but that one day he'll come back and be powerful again.
- At the end of The Venture Bros. episode "What Colour Is Your Cleansuit?", St. Cloud delivers a comically straight-faced version to Billy Quizboy:
You win this time, but mark my words, and mark them well: I will get you, Quizboy.
- Played with in The Simpsons episode "Brother from Another Series" where Sideshow Bob is arrested for a crime he didn't commit and Cecil, the real culprit, leans across and says to him: "Tell them they'll live to regret this." Bob screams it out the window, only to realise he's just incriminated himself.
- Also, in the episode "The Great Louse Detective". Sideshow Bob states this before vanishing away: "We shall meet again, old friend. But now I must steal away into the night!"
- Used in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, when after the titular hero defeated his Evil Twin Captain Pollution, the villain vowed to return before dispersing. At first, this seems like a subversion as the evil rings that summoned him were destroyed in the end, but it was then double subverted as toxic chemicals revived him without the use of the rings.
- Used in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go, when Skeleton King must retreat due to the rising sun:
Skeleton King: This is only the beginning. I'll return more powerful than ever!
Chiro: And we'll be waiting.
- Birdman episode "Mentor, the Mind Taker". As the title villain escapes he tells Birdman "I'll be back, Birdman, to match minds and power with you again!"
- Space Ghost. In "The Web" Black Widow uses that exact phrase to Space Ghost after he defeats her champion and she has to flee.
- Done quite a few times by Dr. Wily to Mega Man, usually along the lines of "You haven't seen the last of me, Mega Man! I'll be back!"
- In the SWAT Kats episode "The Origin of Dr. Viper", the titular villain promises "You haven't seen the last of Dr. Viper!" as he escapes at the end.
- At the end of "Festival of the Fillies" from the 2003 incarnation of Strawberry Shortcake, the horse-napping villain Licorice Whip swears "You haven't seen the last of me!" The promise could be said to be fulfilled in the GBA game from the series Ice Cream Riding Camp, in which he is a character.
- When the titular "Train Bandits" from Sheriff Callie's Wild West force Callie to rescue her friends rather than go after them, she warns them that "You haven't seen the last of me!" She makes good on her promise towards the end of the story, capturing them.
- Big Bad Bill Cipher does it a few times in Gravity Falls . Highlights include singing the love song "We'll Meet Again" in the series finale to FORD. And if you reverse some of his final lines as Stan punches him, he shouts out "A-X-O-L-O-T-L MY TIME HAS COME TO BURN. I INVOKE THE ANCIENT POWER THAT I MAY RETURN." Which he may have done in the post series ARG Cipher Hunt
- The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat had the Elf swear vengeance against Felix at the end of "Superfelix".
- Both episodes of Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa featuring Skull Duggery end with Skull Duggery vowing to get even with the C.O.W.-Boys after they defeat him.
- Miraculous Ladybug's Big Bad, Hawk Moth, will do this Once per Episode, swearing revenge on the titular Ladybug and Cat Noir.
- Olaf from Kaeloo frequently says this to whoever foils his plans to Take Over the World.
- Even though the Funbusters didn't appear in any other episodes, one of them makes such a statement at the end of the Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon episode "Batteries Not Included".
Mr. Killjoy: You haven't heard the last of us!
- At the end of the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Julie AmiYumi", the Japanese rock duo's former bandmate Julie, who wasn't seen or acknowledged in any of the previous episodes, promises to get even with Ami and Yumi.
- The Real Ghostbusters:
Ghostmaster: You win this time, but you haven't seen the last of me! I'll be back! I'll be back!
- The episode "Short Stuff" ends with the Ghostmaster swearing vengeance against the Ghostbusters after they've captured all three of the ghosts he sent to capture them.
The Player: You've won this time, Ghostbusters, but some time, we'll play again.
- The Slimer! short "The Dirty Half-Dozen" ends with Goolem and Zugg being frozen and sent back to the South Pole. Both ghosts promise to get even with Slimer the next time they return to New York.
- "Slimer Streak" ends with the Player promising that he'll return to have his revenge against the Ghostbusters. Unlike the Ghostmaster, Goolem, and Zugg, he never made good on his promise.
- The Megas XLR episode "S-Force S.O.S." ends with Zarrik swearing that he won't stay in jail for long.
Zarrik: Oh, I'll be back, you inconsequential fools!
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy TV Movie Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure humorously had Numbuh 3 make a threat as if she were a villain vowing revenge after Grim gets his job as Grim Reaper back.
Numbuh 3: I'll get you for this, Grim, if it's the last thing I do!
- Halloween Is Grinch Night: After Euchariah distracts the Grinch long enough for the "sour-sweet wind" to die down, the Grinch is forced to give up his plans to terrorize Whoville, and he trudges back to his lair. On his way up the mountain, the Grinch says to himself "That wind will be coming back someday. I'll be coming back someday..." and lets out an Evil Laugh.
- The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo had Nekara promise that she'd get even with Vincent Van Ghoul right before she's sucked back into the Chest of Demons in the episode "A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You".
- Real Life example/subversion: Asculf, was the last Norse king of Dublin. When the Normans invaded his city he fled with much of the population, only to return with a big army of Vikings. After a savage fight he was defeated and the Normans, in an uncharacteristically merciful move, decided to just exile him. Asculf promptly proclaimed he would be back again with a bigger army and recapture his city so they ended up beheading him on the spot.
- "I shall return" General MacArthur on the US evacuation from the Philippines in World War II. His words when the US retook the islands: "I have returned". The US government and military actually wanted it changed to "We have returned" before the landings, but MacArthur refused to draw the attention away from himself. The return it the Philippines was itself controversial, with some arguing that they could have been bypassed entirely and that MacArthur insisted on retaking them purely for personal aggrandizement, while others argue that even if the latter part is true we really did owe it to our Philippine allies to liberate them as soon as possible.