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Okay, this is the second time an offhand comment has caused a Light Bulb Moment for Kirk in one conversation.

Quan Chi: Shao Kahn's victory is nearly complete. Soon, he will arrive in Earthrealm.
Raiden: No! The Elder Gods will not allow it!
Quan Chi: The Elder Gods are toothless. Your world is near destruction, yet they do not act.
Raiden: They must! Only through Mortal Kombat may Shao Kahn merge the realms, lest he face the judgement of the Elder Gods... [beat] Lest he face the judgement of the Elder Gods! He must win!
Quan Chi: It is you who face judgement, Raiden.
Raiden: Thank you, Quan Chi. I now know what must be done. [teleports away]

"Are you telling me that all of the swords were being made with these Words of Making?"
[Yis-fidri nods]
"Chukku's stones! [...] I think I am finally seeing to the heart of our enemy's plan, and I am very much afraid that the monk is right - there may be nothing for our doing after all!"
Binabik, To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn)

Or perhaps it's really not as deep
As I've been led to think
Am I trying much too hard?
Of course! I've been too close to see
The answer's right in front of me
Right in front of me
The Nightmare Before Christmas, "Jack's Obsession"

Square: Well let's look at the facts, shall we? You said something fairly innocuous that happened to give me a brilliant idea. In order to inflate your hopes and dreams before crushing them, I called you a genius. The truth however, is that I was the one who had the idea, whereas you were just some blathering idiot.
Rectangle: Square! You're back!
Square: So remember, when someone says "you're a genius," what they really mean is, "I'm a genius."
Circle vs. Square

"The Superfriends solved crimes in two ways: asking their computer to do it, or stumbling onto the solution by saying something stupid. For example, Marvin might say, "They've kidnapped Aquaman! We're in a real pickle now!" Which would cause Batman to say, "That's it! Now I remember that they're keeping Aquaman at the Gotham Pickle Factory!" Idioms are half the Super Friends' detective work."

"...I just gave you the answer, didn't I?"

"Permission to run off dramatically mid-sentence?"
Tip Wilkin, Skin Horse

Weiss: Sheep hunting? There really is no task too immodest for you.
Nier: It's a lot harder than it sounds, Weiss... these little bastards are fast.
Weiss: So smite them with magic!
Nier: Aw, crap!
Weiss: What is it? Shades?!
Nier: You're right. I SHOULD use magic!
Weiss: (Beat) Might I make another suggestion?
Nier: What?
Weiss: Stop yelling like a madman every time you come to a realization.

I hate the “[tortured wordplay]????? You’re a GENIUS!” trope, but I used it anyway.
David Willis, in The Rant for this It's Walky! strip

"We can't stop it! The only thing hard enough to penetrate it is... itself..."
Mr. Incredible, The Incredibles

(Buzz is entering the Vanity Licence Plate code "LZTYBRN" into Mr. Spell)
Mr. Spell: Lazy Toy Brain... Lousy Try Brian...
Rex: What are you doing, Buzz?
Buzz: There's some sort of message encoded on that vehicles ID tag.
Mr. Spell: Liz Try Bran...
Potato Head: It's just a license plate. It's just a jumble of letters.
Hamm: Yeah, and there are about 3.5 million registered cars in the tri-county area alone.
Mr. Spell: Lou's Thigh Burn...
Potato Head: Oh, this can't help. Let's leave Buzz to play with his toys.
Buzz: Toy... Toy... Toy! HOLD ON! (types in letters)
Mr. Spell: Al's Toy Barn.
Everyone: Al's Toy Barn?
Buzz: (looks at a feather that fell from the suspect's trunk) Etch, draw that man in a chicken suit!
(Etch draws a composite sketch of the suspect in the suit, revealing him to be Al from the commercials; everyone gasps)
Buzz: That's our guy.
Hamm: I knew there was something I didn't like about that chicken!

Elsa: You sacrificed yourself for me?
Anna: I love you.
Olaf: *gasps* An act of true love can heal a frozen heart!
Elsa: Love will course! Love!

Gideon: Well now there's a $4 word, Mr. H. My family always just called them night howlers.
Judy: I'm sorry. What did you say?
Stu: Oh, Gid's talking about those flowers, Judy. I use them to keep bugs off the produce. But I don't like the little ones going near them on account of your Uncle Terry.
Bonnie: Yeah, Terry ate one whole when we were kids and went completely nuts.
Stu: He bit the dickens out of your mother.
Judy: A bunny can go savage.
Bonnie: Savage? Well, that's a strong word. But it did hurt like the devil.
Stu: Well, there's a sizable divot in your arm. I'd call that savage.
Judy: Night howlers aren't wolves. They're flowers. The flowers are making the predators go savage. That's it! That's what I've been missing!


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