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    Anime and Manga 
"He said your Quirk was shock absorption, not nullification! That means there's a limit to what you can take, right?!"
All Might, My Hero Academia

[Beerus, having promised to destroy Earth if Goku can't defeat him, fires an energy blast at Earth after Goku loses...and destroys only a single small rock]
Whis: Well look at that, Lord Beerus. You destroyed Earth like you said you would...just not very much of it.

"How's that? I self-deprecatingly admit I haven't read them, but subtly give the impression that I've read 40%. But I've actually read zero! Zero fits in the expression 'I haven't even read half!' It's a trick you play with words!"
Sawako Machida, Miss Bernard Said

    Comedy 

"I think we take for granted the fact that we have to wear clothes. You see signs on restaurants that say 'No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service'. They don't even mention pants. A guy could walk in there just wearing a shirt and shoes! 'Whew, warm out today. Oh well, gotta play by the rules. Table for one by the window, please. Non-smoking. Smoking disgusts me.'"
— Comedian Roman Danylo
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    Comic Books 
"I gave my word I would not come for the girl — Your death, however, is something that is long overdue, Superman."

Rhialla: There's no need for threats, Lobo. Besides, Section Nine of your contract forbids you from killing your employer, remember? And we both know you always honor a contract.
Lobo: Contract says nothing about maiming you.

    Fan Works 
- I'd rather die you dirty robot! One of the soldiers shouted.
- Johnson! Yelled Alexandre. Shut up !
Without saying anything, XANA turned to its Krabs and one of them shot down the soldier.
- His wish was granted.

Jacob: Hey, Elspeth. Does that look like lunch to you? [points at a restaurant]
Elspeth: That looks like a building to me, but it probably contains something that looks like lunch.

Asuka: She promised I would feel that way again soon.
Daniel: And have we kept our promises so far?
Asuka: ...Yes. So what are you going to do, hit me with that "echo" again? That would satisfy the letter of your promise.

With a cheeky grin, Ghost Junko explained, "You said, and I quote 'get Kyosuke to call you Juzo...kun!' I didn't hear no honorific at the end of your name zombie boy! So...you both lose and I win the bet!"

Brainiac said, "It is finished. Darkseid is defeated."
Kral noted that Brainiac did not say "destroyed."

"HANK!" Jean roared.
Hank gave her an innocent look. "You said to find something that would eat the glue."
Jean vowed she was going to murder Hank McCoy. "Something that won't hurt Joe in the process."
Hank gave her an exasperated expression. "Well you Ms. Grey, should have been more specific"

She'd thought of this already, and the answer was disturbing but obvious. There was a card trick where you insisted that you could hand back any card after it was reshuffled into the deck. You just handed the whole deck back.

Nemoto: Who will you be going for next?
Mastermind/Izuku: It doesn’t matter much at this point. Your quirk doesn’t help you in combat and both Setsuno and Sakaki are functionally quirkless right now. I’ll beat you all easily.

"I'm sorry for asking this," Perry said, "but I distinctly remember you telling me that you were the last of your kind when you gave me that interview way back then. So either that boy there is a whole lot younger than he looks, or you lied to me."
"Oh, I never lied to you, Perry," she assured him, smiling now. "If I may refresh your memory, my exact words were 'I am the last daughter of Krypton'. I never said anything about sons."
He stopped, thinking back to that day, then groaned. He really should have noticed that very specific wording.

    Film—Animation 
Buzz #2: What's happening?
Mr. Potato Head: Oh, it's-it's horrible! They're-They're torturing him!
Rex: [gasp] What are we gonna do, Buzz?
Buzz #2: Use your head.
[cut to everyone using Rex as a battering ram, charging at the grate]
Rex: BUT I DON'T WANNA USE MY HEAD!

Nick: I didn't falsely advertise anything.
Judy: You told that mouse the pawpsicle sticks were redwood!
Nick: That's right. [Takes the cherry pawpsicle stick out of his mouth and hands it to her] Red. Wood. With a space in the middle. Wood that is red.

King: I FORBID YOU TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP DOWN THESE STAIRS!!!
[Beat]
Prince: Okay. [jumps out window]

Shrek: Stiltskin! We had a deal! You agreed to free all ogres!
Rumpelstiltskin: Oh yeah. But Fiona isn't all ogre...is she?

Hopper: I swear, if I hadn't promised Mother on her deathbed that I wouldn't kill you, I'D KILL YOU!
Molt: And believe me, no one appreciates that more than I do.
Hopper: Shut up! I don't want to hear another word out of you while we're on this island. Do you understand me?
Molt: [Beat]
Hopper: I SAID DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?
Molt: Well, how can I answer? You said I couldn't say another word!

    Film—Live-Action 
Fletcher: You promised me those men would be decently treated!
US Senator: They were decently treated. They were decently fed, decently clothed, and then they were decently shot. Those men are common outlaws, nothing more.

Marian: Oh, Robin, promise me you won't go!
Robin: Very well. I promise you won't go.

Skroob:Tell them to comb the desert, do you hear me? Comb the desert!
[Cut to the Spaceballs using oversized combs on desert sand]
Col. Sandurz: Sir... are we being too literal?
Dark Helmet: No, you fool. We were told to "comb the desert" so we're combing it!

Voice of the Bug: Place... projectile weapon... on the ground.
Edgar: You can have my gun [cocks it] when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
Bug: Your proposal is acceptable.

Batman: Let her go.
The Joker: Very poor choice of words. *drops Rachel Dawes out of a window*

Margalo: Don't hurt him, Falcon!
Falcon: I won't hurt him. THE SIDEWALK WILL!

"I hired Yondu to deliver them to me. It broke the Ravager code, but I compensated him generously and, to ease his conscience, promised I’d never hurt them. Which was true, they never felt a thing..."

Bumblebee: I'll never talk.
Blitzwing: Is that right? Then let's make it official. [rips out Bumblebee's voice box]

Clouseau: Does your dog bite?
Innkeeper: No.
[Clouseau tries to pet the dog, which snaps at him]
Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite!
Innkeeper: That is not my dog.

"Your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing."

"Don't dare impugn me honor, boy! I agreed she go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where."

    Literature 
"Titania has already laid down the law. We've obeyed it. Not our fault if what she decreed was not what she wanted."

"Remember your promise? Remember the exact words? You vow to put your clan above everything else you want? Your mother, father, mate, kits, and leader! From that one promise, I could take everything precious to you!"
Mapleshade, Warrior Cats

"The Emperor wants the thaumaturge alive; everyone else can die," Berne said simply.
This particular instruction had been carefully planned; he had to be able to say truthfully to Ma'elKoth that he didn't order a massacre.

Wit: What of you, Prince Renarin? Your father wishes me to leave you alone. If you can speak and yet say nothing ridiculous, I will leave you alone for the rest of the week.
[beat]
Renarin: Nothing ridiculous.

What harm was one more day? He turned away from the rapidly-dissolving exit and crunched up the drive to 220.
One more night of that pinball smile.
Just one.
He couldn't leave them on Christmas Eve.
But of course, in Bedford Falls, it was always Christmas Eve...
Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

"An Aes Sedai never lies, but the truth she speaks may not be the truth you think you hear."
Tam al'Thor, The Wheel of Time
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    Live-Action TV 
Lawyer: Can you describe your job?
Veronica: Yes.
Lawyer: How would you describe your job?
Veronica: Cleverly.

Donna: You're kidding. Don't tell me the TARDIS is gone.
The Doctor: Okay.
Donna: Where is it, then?
The Doctor: ...you told me not to tell you.
Donna: Oi, don't get clever in Latin!
Doctor Who, "The Fires of Pompeii"

    Theatre 
And be these juggling fiends no more believed,
That palter with us in a double sense,
That keep the word of promise to our ear,
And break it to our hope.
Macbeth, Macbeth

    Video Games 
Olgierd: O'Dimm. What do you want?
O'Dimm: What do you mean, "what?" Your soul.
Olgierd: You forget. The pact states you can only take it once you've fulfilled three wishes and-
O'Dimm: -and we stand together on the Moon. ...Well, what do you know.... [makes a gesture at the ground, and the dirt blows away to reveal a moon mosaic]
Olgierd: What? No. We... had a pact. The moon is there. [points to the sky] THERE! Not... here....
O'Dimm: I gave you what you wished for. Here, on the moon, our contract you fulfill.
Olgierd: You... whoreson. You cheated me!
O'Dimm: I never cheat.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone expansion

Manuel Noriega: The slums are a warzone. I must be allowed to protect myself. Give me a weapon.
Hudson: Give him what he wants, Mason. That's an order. Hudson out.
Mason: Dammit. *takes out his sidearm, removes the magazine and chambered round, and offers it to Noriega*
Noriega: What are you doing?
Mason: You asked for a weapon. You didn't say anything about ammo.

"It's time for my special attack. Are you ready? Here goes nothing." [Beat] "Yep. That's right. It's literally nothing."
Sans, Undertale

Papyrus: SANS! PLEASE PICK UP YOUR SOCK!
Sans: ok.
Papyrus: DON'T PUT IT BACK DOWN! MOVE IT!
Sans: ok.
Papyrus: YOU MOVED IT TWO INCHES! MOVE IT TO YOUR ROOM!
Sans: ok.
Papyrus: AND DON'T BRING IT BACK!
Sans: ok.
Papyrus: IT'S STILL HERE!
Sans: didn't you just say not to bring it back to my room?
Papyrus: FORGET IT!

The Judge: ...Um, wh-who are you?
Godot: I am Godot. Legendary prosecutor. I've never lost a case.
Maya Fey: Ah! He's the one that Detective Atmey was talking about...
The Judge: Yes, your reputation precedes you. What kind of cases have you dealt with so far?
Godot: Ha...! None.
The Judge: What did you say...?
Godot: I've never prosecuted a case before.
The Judge: N-Never? But you said you've never lost before.
Godot: ...Exactly. I've never lost. I've never won before either.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations, "Episode 2: The Stolen Turnabout"

Darkseid: Brainiac is no more. Tremble before the power of...
Superman: [surprisingly shocked] Darkseid!
Darkseid: Greetings, Superman.
Batman: You tricked Brainiac into freeing you from your extra-dimensional prison.
Darkseid: I promised him he would unleash power beyond imagining. I fulfilled our bargain. To the letter.
Zatanna: Yeah, and he was also promised great knowledge.
Darkseid: And I delivered. What higher lesson is there than this: Never trust Darkseid.

"I speak for the Traveler. I never said it spoke to me."
The Speaker, Destiny 2

"'It is possible.' The falsehood begins there. It is possible that something would prevent this old power from calling in its IOUs. But Fires would not be so eager to sell this debt on unless it were afraid. 'The debts are very old': another falsehood through truth. Age, in the Neath, does not mean toothlessness. Something that has refused to die for millennia can be a serious threat.
And then
'as long as you do not encourage my workers...' Another hole, large enough to pass a GHR engine through. Furnace's daily life is an encouragement to unionise. Simply by existing, she sends a message."
Possibilities storylet, Fallen London

    Webcomics 
"[Coyote] may never lie, but he also does not tell the truth!"

    Web Original 
Dave Lang: Listen, you paid us $25,000 to put you in the game. We put you in the game. You never specified anything else...
Alex Jebailey: Well, I did say "Keits, I need to be able to win my own tournaments," and I don't know if that's going to happen or not.
Adam "Keits" Heart: You specifically said, "Make me a badass." So I made you bad and I made you ass.
The Divekick eSports Hour, episode 2

12. Self-appointed prophets who deliver elliptically-worded warnings will be politely asked to phrase their utterances in plainer terms. If said prophet refuses the request, a five-year-old child will be asked to explain the meaning of the prophecy.
The list Things I Will Do If I Ever Become A Hero

Smith: Simon, Simon, spell... spell "innocent" backwards, Simon.
Simon Lane: Erm, I-N-N-O-C-E-N-T B-A-C-K-W-A-R-D-S.
Smith: He's not taking it seriously, he's not taking it seriously!
Ross: Murder him!

Krillin: Little Green, wish our friend Piccolo back to life, and then with our next wish, bring him to Namek.
Piccolo: Hold on a minute, don't do that! That is a terrible i—(is resurrected and brought to Namek)—dea!
[Piccolo's can be heard screaming in the distance.]
Dende: He is on Namek.
Gohan: Wait, where is he?
Dende: On Namek.
Piccolo: (in the distance) You dumbass!
Krillin: Why didn't it bring him here?
Dende: You must be specific.

"Yeah, thanks for specifying on EARTH, Yamcha! You asshole!"

There exists an algorithm which transforms names and can be reversed losslessly. (Yes, yes, you can do it if your algorithm returns the input. You get a gold star.)
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    Western Animation 

Dylan: There were no other smells at the crime scene.
Diesel: Apart from the rubbery one.
Dylan: The WHAT!?
Diesel: There was a rubbery smell!
Dylan: What!? Why didn't you tell me!?
Diesel: You asked who was there, the night of the crime, not what!

Timmy: [having just been reverted to his normal height] Hey, what gives?
Wanda: Well, you just wanted to play until you got the money for your V-Cube, remember?
Timmy: You gotta make me freakishly huge again! Tonight's the big game!
Cosmo: Uh, Timmy, we can't. Remember? [turns his head into Timmy's] "I wish I was freakishly huge and talented at basketball. Ow. At least until I make enough money for a new V-Cube, then I never want to be this freakishly huge again."
Timmy: I have got to be less specific with these wishes.
The Fairly OddParents, "Odd Ball"

Zog: The delegation from Bentwood arrives any moment. Take off those common clothes and come down looking like a princess!
Bean: As you wish, Father. [gleefully strips off her shirt and walks out of the throne room topless]

Ah, Starscream. How fitting to have you by my side as I finally take my revenge on the one responsible for my fifty stellar cycles of helplessness and humiliation. (points his gun at Optimus Prime, then punches Starscream through the chest)
Megatron, Transformers Animated

    Real Life 
"I gave a reply that wasn't untrue but was clearly misleading. I apologise."
— British politician Simon Hughes

"It depends on what the meaning of the word is is."

"People should really avoid relying on semantics in this game. If I say, 'I thought you said we were good to the end.' And you justify it by saying, 'I said final four, not the end.' That’s as damaging as lying. Actually, it might be better just to say, 'I Lied.'"
Survivor columnist Gordon Holmes

The plaintiff’s claims regarding the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sign are premised on his interpretation that the sign is an unconditional and unlimited warranty of satisfaction to the customer, as determined solely by the customer, without regard to the facts or to any notion of reasonableness. The plaintiff confirmed at trial that in his view, if a customer brings in an item of clothing to be dry cleaned, and the dry cleaner remembers the item, and the customer then claims that the item is not his when the dry cleaner presents it back to the customer after it has been cleaned, the cleaner must pay the customer whatever the customer claims the item is worth if there is a "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sign in the store, even if the dry cleaner knows the customer is mistaken or lying.
Nothing in the law supports that position.
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for Pearson v. Chung

Tell the truth and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.
Sir Henry Wotton, 17th century diplomat


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