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  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Earth Kingdom Soldier: You're clearly outnumbered!
    • Iroh: That's true, but you are clearly outmatched!
    • Pakku gets a pretty excellent one before fighting Katara: "If you want to learn waterbending so badly, STUDY CLOSELY!!"
    • Katara: Trust me, Zuko, it's not gonna be much of a match.
    • Aang: No. It's not over.
    • Iroh: Did I ever tell you how I got the nickname Dragon of the West?
    • "They're mine!"
    • King Bumi: Taking back my city!!
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    • Just before their final duel:
      Azula: I'm sorry it has to end this way, brother.
      Zuko: No you're not.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Korra, in the first episode confronts a gang of three thugs. Surprised by the fact that anyone has the nerves or stupidity to challenge them, the confrontation leads to this exchange:
      Thugs: Who do you think you are?
      Korra: Why don't you come and find out?
    • From Amon before he easily defeats Tarrlok:
      Amon: It is time for you to be Equalized.
    • In the Season 2 Origins Episode "Beginnings", Wan says this just after Vaatu mocks him and declares that no human can beat him:
      Haven't you heard the legends? I'm not a regular human anymore! (unleashes Firebending)
      • And again when he becomes the Avatar, and his first act is curbstompping an Eldritch abonimation:
        We are bonded forever!
    • Tenzin gets a great one before his fight with Zaheer in Season 3:
      Zaheer: Unfortunately, you don't have a choice.
      Tenzin: Yes, I do. (blasts Zaheer, Ming-Hua and Ghazan across the courtyard with one move)
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  • In Total Drama, by the end of the fight between Izzy and Chef in "Hide and Be Sneaky":
    Izzy: Bye bye! (kicks Chef)
  • Ben from Ben 10 loves to spout these before turning alien and leaping into action. They tend to be incredibly cheesy, but give him a break, he's a kid.
  • Played with in the The Simpsons several times.
    • The episode "Lisa the Beauty Queen" begins with one, courtesy of Principal Skinner, as he is confronted by a lawyer representing Disney threatening to sue him for tag-lining the Springfield Elementary School Carnival as 'The Happiest Place on Earth':
      Lawyer: Principal Skinner, 'The Happiest Place on Earth' is a registered Disneyland copyright.
      Skinner: Well, gentlemen, it's just a small school carnival.
      Lawyer: And it's heading for a great big lawsuit. You made a big mistake, Skinner.
      Skinner: (chuckles) Well, so did you. You got an ex-Green Beret mad.
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    • In the episode "Simple Simpson" when Homer becomes Pie Man. After a series of heroic exploits and delivering multiple pastry-based one-liners just before subduing his various victims, he eventually just uses, "I have run out of pie-related puns!"
    • In the episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land", while fighting out-of-control animatronic Itchy and Scratchy robots with cameras, Bart says in Schwarzenegger-esque voice "Hey mouse... say cheese." followed quickly by "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero." It's played with even further when moments later, Homer emerges from a pile of defeated robots, saying "Die, bad robots, die!... With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero."
    • In a Halloween episode, Homer has to think of a witty remark to say before he assassinates Kent Brockman... but when he thinks of it, he realizes that there's nobody around and so he doesn't have to say it.
    • In The Debateful Eight short, Jeb Bush of all people delivers one to Donald Trump before performing a Groin Attack on him.
      Bush: Wanna see something my mother suggested?
      Trump: Go ahead.
      (cue Groin Attack)
  • Clone High: "More tea, Wesley?"
    • "Bah! Chamomile!"
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magicnote :
    • Rainbow Dash, when she's about to start rounding out the parasprites in "Swarm of the Century":
      "Time to take out the adorable trash."
    • "A Dog and Pony Show":
      • When one of the Diamond Dogs tries to put a bridle on Applejack, she quips "If you can take this bull by the horns, you better be ready for a ride!" before starting to buck him off.
      • "A Dog and Pony Show" also gives us the precursor to a verbal ass-kicking:
        Rarity: "I am not whining. I am complaining. Do you want to hear whining?"
    • In "The Return of Harmony", Twilight Sparkle gives one just before she and the mane cast defeat Discord with the Elements Of Harmony. Probably one of the most badass ways of invoking The Power of Friendship ever.
      Twilight Sparkle: "All right, ladies. Let's show him what friendship can really do!"
    • In "It's About Time," when Twilight prepares to kick the ass of Cerberus. Yes, that Cerberus. The moment is ruined by Fluttershy, but it's still pretty awesome.
      Twilight Sparkle: "Hey, Cerberus! You look like you could use some obedience training. Magic obedience training."
    • In "Dragon Quest," the gang of adolescent dragons make the mistake of provoking Rarity's Mama Bear tendencies. Ultimately subverted - the ponies end up retreating - but still, wow.
    Rarity: Fighting's not really my thing, I'm more into fashion, but I'll rip you to pieces if you touch one scale on his cute little head!"
  • Transformers:
    • "One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall." So nice, they used it twice. Also, and more to the point, "Megatron must be stopped."
    • Surely the true one-liner is in this exchange:
      Megatron: Why throw away your life so recklessly?
      Optimus: That's a question you should ask yourself, Megatron.
    • At the end of The Movie, Rodimus Prime gets two in the same scene.
      Rodimus Prime: (After wrestling the MacGuffin from The Dragon) This is the end of the road, Galvatron. (Throws him through a wall)
      Rodimus Prime: (As he activates the Deus ex Machina MacGuffin) Now... light our darkest hour!
    • Almost everybody gets one of these.
      Frenzy: First we crack the shell, then we crack the nuts inside!
      Wreck-Gar: You check in, but you don't check out.
      Grimlock: Me Grimlock want to munch metal.
    • Bulkhead is the current reigning king of one-liners. He spouts one in every episode so far.
  • Kim Possible
  • Teen Titans
    • This is Robin's job. It gets a bit ridiculous at times.
    • Starfire gets one in one of the first episodes.
      Starfire: I am sorry to disappoint you, but I am stronger than I look. (WHAM)
    • Raven and Beast Boy have them during their Berserk Button moments,
      Raven: Don't come any closer.
      Beast Boy: I am not a man, I AM AN ANIMAL!!!
    • Red X is more prone to nonlethal Bond One-Liners, but he gets one of these in a single word when he takes out nine supervillains in under fifty seconds.
      Gizmo: Whose side are you on, Barf Brain?!
      Red X: Mine!
  • Earthworm Jim:
    • "Eat dirt, everything in the vicinity!" (And about a billion variations thereof). Brilliant when you think of it. He's an earthworm and his kind generally tends to eat, well...
    • Parodied in the episode where Peter gets to become the hero. Peter's heroic catchphrase is "I go bang-bang now!" As Jim points out, it... needs work.
  • Stripperella. "Look out crime. I'm gonna to take a bite out of you. But... not in a way you're gonna find... pleasurable."
  • Darkwing Duck:
  • DuckTales (2017):
  • Danny Phantom has the title character spout a few of these. Unfortunately it doesn't run in the family: Jazz's one-liners are terrible. Except for when she's saving Danny for once, and it's combined with a Don't Say Such Stupid Things and a Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Jazz: Excuse me. I don't know this kid, but I hope it's okay if he gets a second opinion.
  • Metalocalypse: "That's my bread and butter you're fucking with." If anyone utters that, you know, RUN!
  • Robot Chicken: "GO F#%* YOURSELF!"
  • King of the Hill:
    • "That's my purse! I don't know you!" (kicks person in the balls). Seriously, you can't tell me you wouldn't get caught off guard by some fat kid yelling "That's my purse!" then yelling "I don't know you!" before kicking your nuts into your throat is a great way to finish it.
    • Also, from the episode where Bobby and Joseph become professional panhandlers.
      Bum: What're you gonna do, tell my mommy?
      Hank: No, I'm going to kick your ass up one side of the street and down the other.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: A mix-up involving cereal-prize decoder rings leaves Deedee being threatened by the Pony Puffs, and Dexter having to team up with Action Hank to save her. As Hank bursts through the wall with his team to save Dee-Dee from being dunked in scalding-hot oatmeal, he delivers that classic line:
    Hank: Breakfast is no longer being served! Prepare to get brunched — in the face!
  • From Stunt Dawgs:
    Needham: It's T. T. Kaaaaaaaay B.!
    Others: Time to kiiiiiiiick butt!
    • The only thing villains hate to hear more than that one is the one that means you're well and truly screwed:
      Needham: It's P.B.T.!
      Others: Pay-back time!
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
    • Scooby says the Text-Book definition of a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner in episode 10.
      Scooby Doo: Bad Dog. Time to heel.
    • He followed it up with something even more bad ass, especially given his utterly cold delivery.
      Scooby Doo: Play Dead.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • What you just did made me angry!
    • Next stop: way down the lane!
    • Numbuh 4: "Then what are you waiting for, princess? Let's dance!".
    • It even gets subverted in an episode where Numbuh 5 is about to rid the tree house of lice by setting off some cheese-based explosives. Right before she does so, Numbuh 2 comes running in claiming, "You have to say something cool first!"
      Numbuh 2: Something like, "Say cheese, punk", or maybe, "Cheese'd to meet you"! Oh! Wait wait wait!, "Cheese—" (Numbuh 5 sets off the explosives.)
  • Justice League Unlimited: "What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am.
    • Earlier in the series, Doomsday drops in on Superman trying to stop a volcano from erupting. How does he introduce himself? "Superman, I've come to kill you. Is this a bad time?"
  • Any time Bugs Bunny is forced to utter the phrase "Of course you realize this means war!" is essentially this trope at work. What comes may not be an asskicking by normal standards...but he makes sure you feel for what you've done.
  • Droopy cartoons: You know what? That makes me mad!
  • The Tick: "SPOOOOOOON!!"
  • From American Dad!, when the Chocodile bumps against Stan while walking away:
    Stan: Hey Chocodile! Watch where you're going!
    Chocodile: (Turns about and smirks) Oh HELL no. (Lunges at him)
  • Texas keeps trying these in Motorcity, in an attempt to emulate action heroes from the movies he's been watching. Most of them are hilariously lame.
  • In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy uses one to intimidate Linus into memorizing all his lines. Bonus points for the number of open digits in Lucy's hand shrinking in sync with the one-liner in question.
    Lucy: I'll give you five good reasons: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE.
    Linus: Those are good reasons.
  • From a very little known show called King, delivered by Gus, the West Highland White Terrier
    Gus: It's Terrier Time!
  • In Family Guy, right before Stewie crashes an Al Qaeda video shoot and gives them a beating:
    Stewie: Good day to your sir, and now prepare to die!
  • Subverted 9 times out of 10 in Archer.
    Archer: ''Dammit, I had something for this..."
  • From the Batman 75th Anniversary short featuring Batman Beyond:
    Terry McGinnus: Seven against two. Pretty bad odds.
    Bruce Wayne: (Snapping on an utility belt. Punches a fist into his hand) For them.
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker:
    • While fighting on a high-speed hovercraft flying high in the city, Bonk has Terry by the throat. Terry, while struggling, sees behind himself (where the hovercraft is flying) and he tries to warn his opponent of a "flgpkl".
    Bonk: "What did you say?"
    Batman: "Flag... pole!" -KLONK!-
    • And later in the movie...
    Joker: "C'mon, McGinnis! Laugh it up now, you miserable little punk! LAUGH!"
    (Terry gasps)
    Joker: "I can't hear you!"
    Terry: "Ha. Ha." (electrocutes Joker with his own joy buzzer)
  • From Futurama:
    Clamps: This is none of your concern, Slick.
    Zoidberg: My name isn't Slick. It's Zoidberg. JOHN F@#$%&G ZOIDBERG!
    • And:
      Clamps: It's like an all you can kill lobster fest!
      Zoidberg: I'm afraid that offer was for a limited time only.
    • From an earlier episode...
    Fry: I'm here to kick your ass!
    Big Brain: Foolish human. Our race has evolved beyond the need for asses!
  • In Justice League, "Only a Dream" Martian Manhunter delivers Superman's boast for him. Subverted in that the attack ultimately didn't take.
    Dr. Destiny: You're good, but I'm better.
    Martian Manhunter: That's why I brought a friend.
    Camera cuts to show Superman rocketing in with an outstretched fist.
  • Gravity Falls: "Alright, you undead jerks. You ready to die twice?"
  • Popeye: "Dat's all I kin stands, I can't stands NO MORE!!!
  • Steven Universe: After Peridot escapes by revealing her ability to Wall Run,
    Steven: Aw, no fair! I can't do that!
    Pearl: (Taking aim with her spear) Neither can she!
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Eugene's idol The Abdicator has an about lame one whenever he's about to take out the bad guys.
      The Abdicator: It's time to take you... out to lunch!
  • Parodied in the "Let's Get Serious" episode of Teen Titans Go!. During a part where the team is saying stereotypical superhero one-liners after becoming Darker and Edgier, Starfire says "I am saying the one-liners like a real hero!"
  • Ultimate Spiderman has an example of this. After Otto Octavius has reclaimed the technology Hydra stole from him, He turns Arnim Zola back on so he can gloat in front of him about having done this.. Spiderman finishes off the villains and before shutting off Arnim Zola says "FAIL Hydra". Extra awesome is sprinkled in when you realize it's a re-purposed opposite of Zola's Catchphrase.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) has quite a few. One notable example comes from Leonardo when the Shredder tries to deceive him into joining him. The answer he gives to a large group of Foot Clan Ninja:
    Leonardo: Tell your boss the answer is "no", and he can have his sword back. [tosses away Shredder's ceremonial sword] Let's dance.
    • That same episode, when Shredder appears, he delivers one of his own.
    Shredder: Those who are not with me are against me! And I crush anyone who stands against me!
  • Space Ghost is notoriously bad at these in Space Ghost Coast to Coast. One example from "Baffler Meal" (aimed towards a prototype Master Shake.)
    Space Ghost: You need to chill out, and shut your lid, cup! Or else it'll be time to shake it up! (Beat) And the drinks are on me. (Beat) 'Cause I'm... tired of milkin' this shake. (Beat) And there's no... free refills this time. (Beat) Excuse me, ma'am, but the machine seems to be out of ice, and... I just purchased this.


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