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The DCU:

  • From the ads for the final issue of A Death in the Family, a direct Take That! to those who thought DC wouldn't violate Status Quo Is God: "Robin is dead, murdered by the Joker."
  • Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood: "Isn't it obvious? Your mother and I were conceiving you, Helena Rosa. Now put that crossbow down before you accidentally murder your father."
    • To explain, Helena Rosa Bertinelli became the murderous vigilante Huntress to answer the cry for blood of her murdered family. Suddenly she, and we, are discovering that she is not a Bertinelli at all, but a Cassamento, and that her father is very much alive. We then go on to learn that her father is the one who arranged the murder of her family, with the intent of sparing her mother, not her. The very man she has spent her adult life trying to identify and kill is her father.
  • Watchmen:
    • The final line of chapter 11. Nite Owl and Rorschach have confronted Ozymandias and are prepared to stop his evil plan, only to find out, the hard way, that Ozymandias was prepared first:
      Veidt: "Do it?" Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Did you seriously think I'd explain my masterstroke if there was the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago.
    • Also while Nite Owl and Rorschach are looking through Ozymandias' office for clues about who might be targeting heroes, having been unable to speak with Ozymandias themselves.
      Nite Owl: Rorschach, I think we're in bad trouble. The person behind this, the person we're up against... I think it's Adrian.
    • And:
      Comedian: "Jesus Christ Sally, can't a guy talk to his, y'know, his old friend's daughter?"
      • The wham comes when the listener realizes the reason for the stutter is because he didn't intend to say "old friend" at all.
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    • A bit less dramatic, but there is a part in Under The Hood where Hollis is talking about reading Action Comics as a kid, and mentions Superman, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. He then says "Of course, all of these old characters are gone and forgotten now."
  • Doomsday Clock:
    • Clark Kent telling Lois Lane he's been having nightmares...and he never had nightmares.
    • Mime and Marionette deciding to find out who this Joker person is.
    • Lex Luthor in response to Lois questioning him about the Supermen Theory:
      Lex: You see, I've learned the person who's created these metahumans for the government is themself a metahuman. I don't know their name, but I do know one thing about them. At some point in time...They were a member of the Justice League.
    • Batman to Dr. Manhattan in issue #7: "I know who you are."
    • Doctor Manhattan reacts to a statement by Rorschach, "Cancer? [looks over at Ozymandias, looks back] Adrian does not have cancer."
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    • "Everything ends." Cue The DCU being reset.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Blackest Night: "Thaal Sinestro of Korugar. Destiny awaits".
    • War of the Green Lanterns: "Thaal Sinestro of Korugar. You have the ability to overcome great fear. You have been chosen. Welcome to the Green Lantern Corps."
    • Green Lantern #12: "Hal Jordan will become the greatest Black Lantern."
    • "KEEP IT AWAY FROM ME!!!". Not for the words themselves, but who says them; Larfleeze after his ring is briefly pulled off, only to fly back to him.
  • Infinite Crisis: At the end of issue 1 the identity of the shadowy figures watching over the DCU is revealed:
    Earth-Two Superman: "Now this...This looks like a job for Superman!"
  • The Sandman: From the Seasons of Mist arc: when Morpheus enters hell to free Nada from imprisonment, he sends warning to Lucifer - Lucifer being the one whom Morpheus utterly humiliated in a previous arc, and has sworn vengeance on him. Upon hearing this news, Lucifer gathers the hordes of hell and the souls of the damned and makes what appears to be a This Means War!! declaration, promising that it will be a day that Morpheus and everybody else will never forget. When Dream eventually arrives, Hell is totally empty, besides Lucifer himself. Dream demands that Lucifer explain what's going on.
    Lucifer: Isn't it obvious, dream king? I've quit.
  • Suicide Squad: "Frank Rock died in 1945."
    • This one's especially painful. It was supposed to kick off a new story arc, but the series was cancelled prematurely, which caused it to be the last line in the series.
  • Secret Six: "It's Aramaic. It translates to: Get Out Of Hell Free."
  • Aquaman: "In a fit of rage, seeking revenge, Aquaman killed Black Manta's father."
  • Flashpoint:
    • "What did I do? Oh, Barry. My idol. My inspiration. That's the beauty of all this madness. I didn't do anything. Not a thing. You see, it turns out... You're the villain today."
    • "You're Thomas Wayne."
  • Batman The Long Halloween: "I am Holiday."
    • Also, "You both know, don't you? There were two Holiday Killers."
  • Batman: Dark Victory: "What if the message isn't None Of You are Safe? What if it's Nine of you are safe?"
  • The Dark Knight Strikes Again:
    Batman: [to the New Joker] So... it's you. I changed the abort code the night I fired you... Dick Grayson.
  • Batman and Robin #12: "They're all jokes."
  • Gotham Academy Second Semester #7:
    Kyle: Olive, none of us have even met Amy yet. We couldn't even tell you what she looked like.
  • Identity Crisis #6:
    Zatanna: NAMTAB POTS!
  • Superman:
  • Wonder Woman:
    • In the New 52 version of Wonder Woman: BOOM.
    • Wonder Woman (Rebirth): Diana wraps her own Lasso of Truth around her wrist and asks herself a question; trying to figure out why the Amazons and Olympians don't seem to remember things:
      You are many to many. Peace-maker and war-fighter. Supplicant, aspirant, penitent. The true friend and the boon companion, the trusted soul and the truth-speaker...
      ...And you have been deceived.
  • Justice League #50 (New 52):
    Batman: It said there were three.
    Green Lantern: Three? Three Jokers?
  • DC Rebirth:
    Wally West: We're being watched.
  • From the pages of Swamp Thing:
    • After several years of fighting to become human again, Swampy's been shot in the head, and dissected by another plant-based super, the Floronic Man, who puzzles over how all Swamp's internal organs are too crude to work. Eventually, he figures out the secret of how botanist Alec Holland became Swamp Thing:
      The Floronic Man: "He isn't Alec Holland. He never will be Alec Holland. He never was Alec Holland."
    • From the same story:
      The Floronic Man: "He should have let me finish. He should have listened. Then I'd have been able to explain the most important thing of all to him. I'd have been able to explain that you can't kill a vegetable by shooting it through the head."
  • Amazons Attack has possibly the weirdest example on these pages in the final panels.
    Athena: Hmm, perhaps you're right. Perhaps "Justice" isn't the right word. But you have to admit... GOODNESS has certainly triumphed!

Marvel Universe

Star Wars (Various Publishers):

  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    Elbee: "That was not the Mandalorian that broke my hand."
    • When Rohlan Dyre returned from picking up the unconscious Demagol, his weight was 17 kilos lower. And has not been seen taking off his helmet during the following 37 issues.
  • Dark Times: In "A Spark Remains", Beyghor Sahdett convinces the group to try and assassinate Darth Vader. Dass Jennir eventually agrees and brings Kai Hudorra in:
    Hudorra: You know he's lying, don't you, Jennir?
    Dass: Yes. I've known for some time. But I also know his reputation with a lightsaber. I knew I couldn't take him myself.
  • Star Wars: Darth Vader
    Darth Vader: Did you bring me anything of value, bounty hunter?
    Boba Fett: Not much. Just his name. Skywalker.


  • A few from the Chick Tracts:
    • "The Letter" involves Mildred having a nightmare in which her best friend Frances goes to hell and blames her for not telling her about Christ. Mildred calls about Frances and gets the following news.
    "Mildred... didn't you hear? Saturday night Frances and Paul's car skidded in the rain and they hit a tree. John's still alive but Frances died instantly."
    "She's not there. Thelma took her to the clinic. They left an hour ago."
    • "The Trial" involves a girl named Annie being sued for witnessing to her friend. Finally, the friend gets to testify, and with one remark, derails the prosecution's case.
    "When Annie told me I should ask Jesus into my heart, I did!"
  • Albedo: Erma Felna EDF: The Distant Finale published between the first and second arcs also includes an epilogue featuring Dr. Kalahahaii running away from the EDF after the ILR stole the info regarding her discoveries of the human ship from her brain using a Talent spy and now the EDF tries to silence her. The Enchawah family, the owners of Enchawah Corp. on the other hand, not only they try to help her, but also managed to translate the book found in the human spaceship:
    Lida Enchawah: Finally, we have a reasonable translation of the book you found. It appears to be some kind of fantastic fiction. You might want to read it: Frankenstein.
  • Towards the end of The Sculptor, Death (in human form) meets David's girlfriend, Meg. They both discuss an old theater she went to as a child before she goes out. After she leaves, David finally beats Death at chess. While he celebrates, Death drops the following linesExplanation (Spoilers) :
    Death: I've never been to that theater, David.
    David: What?
    Death: I have an appointment with her in ten minutes at Fifty-Third and Ninth.
  • Astrid Mueller of Clean Room plays one against the Surgeon in-universe.
    Astrid: We have a cloudbuster.
    • Later, after pieces of Astrid's knowledge are demonstrated to drive her own followers to suicide, the audience gets a glimpse of Astrid's in-case-of-death message to her right hand aide.
    Astrid: Hell is real and the devil is coming.
  • Clem Hetherington: After the race, we get this from Kilburn that reveals he murdered Clem's and Digory's parents.
Kilburn: I thought that if I showed you, you'd see it the way I do. That with your parents out of the way, you'd see. I thought three years would do it.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • Double Duck is a series with Donald Duck as a secret agent. Then, when Daisy has discovered his secret, Donald, knowing she's about to be hit by a Laser-Guided Amnesia, drops this bombshell:
      "I am also Paperinik.
    • A Letter from Home: "It''s not here...not even the Guidebook knows the correct rank order of the original nine Templars!" For perhaps the first time in history, the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook was not able to provide a vital clue.
  • Hellboy In Hell: In Hell, a strange spirit explains to Hellboy that Satan has been sleeping in Pandemonium, alone and unguarded, for two thousand years. He tries to tempt Hellboy to murder him in his sleep, even handing him a knife. Hellboy refuses, and in a flash the scene changes and the plot rolls on. But later, in a conversation with a former slave demon, Hellboy realises that there is a mysterious gap in his memory of the previous scene:
    Slave Demon: It was their dream to escape this place, not ours. We want only Pandemonium. We were slaves there. We did the work. Shouldn't we have the reward?
    Hellboy: Grapes of Wrath, baby. Just look out for that guy in the basement.
    Slave Demon: Haven't you heard? Someone went down there and cut his throat.
    Hellboy: The what?
  • Archie Comics (2015) #22 ends with Betty saying (after surviving a car crash):
    Betty: "Why can't I feel my legs?"
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link in the storyline "The Price" becomes corrupted by the Triforce of Power.
    "You've become Ganon!"


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