Bond One-Liner

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When the hero has just killed someone, often in a gruesome manner, they do a Bond One-Liner.

The classic Bond One-Liner is typically a bad pun or Obligatory Joke on the manner in which the victim was dispatched. It may be a sign that the character has sociopathic tendencies. Very much borders on Crosses the Line Twice; overusing can cause the speaker to cross the Moral Event Horizon.

Alternately this may happen when the hero is discussing the victim with a third character often with the third character wondering why the victim is not present.

The Trope Namer is James Bond, who does this in every single one of his films.[1] Ditto Arnold Schwarzenegger action movies, but Bond's have more pun.

Examples of James Bond's One-Liners - the one-liner links to the work:

Other One-Liners that might have been said other people:

Alternately, a Bond One-Liner can be a snarky response to the now-dead enemy's attempted Pre-Mortem One-Liner, or an Ironic Echo of something they said to the hero earlier.

Note that while William Peterson's one liners on CSI, David Caruso's one liners on the Miami sister show and Jerry Orbach's on Law and Order are often similar in content, they fail the test for this trope, as Grissom and Briscoe were never the killers, only snarkers. In general, see Quip to Black for cheesy one-liners right before a cut.

Also, when said before killing, it's a Pre-Mortem One-Liner (which, for the record, James Bond says just as often). If the character is making smartass quips about their own impending death then it's a Gallows Humour version of a Facing the Bullets One-Liner.

As a Death Trope, Spoilers ahead may be unmarked. Beware.

Examples of Bond One-Liners include:

Anime and Manga

  • In the first English dub of Dragon Ball Z, Frieza, on surviving the Spirit Bomb, killed Krillin by making him explode before snidely commenting "Pop goes the weasel".
    • Krillin himself gets a hilarious one when he defeats Chiaotzu in the World Martial Arts Tournament. He broke the latter's concentration by asking him math questions, including "What's 9 - 1?". After Chiaotzu lost, Krillin coolly said "the eight".

Comic Books

  • In Dirty Pair: A Plague of Angels, Kei and Yuri reveal that their employer, the 3WA, included a "Combat Quips" course teaching this trope along with the rest of their training.
  • The final issue of The Ultimates vol 3 gives us the worst Bond One-Liner imaginable. After a robot calls the Wasp "the mother" (It Makes Sense in Context), Ant-Man, her ex-husband, destroys it and shouts "If she's the mother...I'm the mother-fucker!" Do Not Want!
  • In Watchmen Rorschach kills a mook trying to arc weld his way into Rorschachs cell by standing on the bed and smashing his toilet with his foot so that the water would reach the poorly insulated arc welder and shock the guy. In The Film of the Book this was changed to him smashing the mooks head into the toilet and then shocking him, but the follow up line was the same.

Rorschach: Hrm. Never used toilet to dispose of sewage before. Obvious really.

    • Also from this same issue, after Rorscach has just finished using a restroom to drown Big Figure:

"There. Did what had to be done. Can leave now."
Silk Spectre: You're sure? After all, we don't want to go diving headfirst into things!
Rorschach: Hrm. Good advice. Sure there are many who'd agree with you.

  • The formula for a Midnighter line seems to be taking a well known saying and substituting the word "me."

Midnighter: It's not the fall that kills you. It's me.
Midnighter: Look both ways before you cross me.
Midnighter: Live by the sword, die by me.
Midnighter: People shouldn't be afraid of their governments. They should be afraid of me.

  • Greyshirt once fought a man suspected of beating his wife at the newspaper presses where he worked. Long story short, the guy falls into the machine, with hundreds of papers being covered in his blood. When asked for comment, Greyshirt said "I guess now we know what's black and white and red all over."

Fan Works

"When is a door not a door?"
"Please. The shakedown was Frank's idea. Keep the money. Please. I need a doctor..."
"When is a door not a door?"
"I don't...please..."
(after killing him) "When it is a ajar, It is a joke. I'm a real hoot."
The man does not laugh. He lacks a mouth. But his brains are everywhere.

  • Invoked by name in chapter 47 of the Teraverse story Hermione Granger and the Swiss Tournament. Hermione (on assignment as a temporary 007) finds herself making one. This annoys her considerably, since upon taking the assignment she promised to both herself and M she would most definitely not be doing anything stereotypically Bond-like, explicitly including Bond One-Liners. Her support team, however, is thrilled:

Ugh. Her scouts had heard her too. She tried, "Can we pretend I didn't say that?"
"Are you daft? Do you know how many of us have ever heard a Bond really say a Bond one-liner?"
"I'm gonna be dining out on that for years!"


  • Used in Igor by Dr. Schadenfreude when investigating the recently-deceased Glickenstein's castle.

Jaclyn: Glickenstein invented life?
Schadenfreude: I don't think he had a hand in it.
Camera pans to Glickenstein's dismembered arm on the floor

  • In the 3D Horton Hears a Who!, Horton is being pursued by Vlad the Vulture, and in one scene escapes by sending Vlad off on a Tree Buchet, quipping, "This is where I get off," as he does. This is then hung with a lampshade when he remarks that he usually doesn't think of those until sometime later.
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm has Joker delivering a death threat to a foe's apartment via phone... At the same time as a remote-controlled plane bombed said apartment to smithereens. Unfortunately Batman was in said apartment to sneak around and managed to divert the plane with a Batarang, but it would have been a straight example for the intended recipient. The telephone used for the threat is intact enough for the Joker to deliver the following gem:

Joker: *Over the phone* Hello? Hello, operator? I believe my party's been... Disconnected! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

  • Of course, the James Bond movies have used every variation of these, but one of the most memorable is in The World Is Not Enough. The villain Bond is dispatching is a former lover, and she tries to convince him not to do it with "You Wouldn't Shoot Me. You'd miss me". Bond's ice-cold reply after shooting her? "I never miss".
    • Most of the ones listed on the lead happened on the series. The hearse one is the very first of the series, in Dr. No; the bathtub is in Goldfinger and the harpoon, in Thunderball; "He had a lot of guts" happens as a mook falls in a snowblower in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; and the "throwing someone to a shark" happens in Licence to Kill (though it also happened in one of Ian Fleming's novels, where the villain claims to have 'More good lines like this'. )
    • The other candidate for very first in Dr. No happens as Bond drives a man who just used a Cyanide Pill, and stops at the governor's palace: "Sergeant, make sure he doesn't get away".
    • In From Russia with Love, Kerim Bey snipes a man who is trying to escape a building, with a picture of Marliyn Monroe, thorugh a secret passage where the mouth is. When Kerim shoots him Bond (holding the rifle in place) says 'She should've kept her mouth shut'
    • In Goldfinger, after Goldfinger gets sucked out of a plane, Bond tells Galore that he is "playing his golden harp".
    • Thunderball, as bad girl Fiona is shot by friendly fire in a dance club, Bond sits her down at a table, cheerfully saying "Do you mind if she sits this one out? She's just dead."
    • In Tomorrow Never Dies, after dispatching a Mook by tossing him into a printing press, Bond says "They'll print anything these days."
      • He ejects a pilot from the rear seat of a fighter plane directly into a solid object. "Back-seat driver!"
    • Casino Royale gets it in during the opening sequence when Dryden, trying to distract Bond, assures him that while the first kill is always difficult the second will be... Well, he was about to say "easier" when he gets a bullet in the head. Bond informs the corpse "Yes, considerably."
      • Bond has another about his near-death by poisoning when he comments "That last hand almost killed me." while sitting back down at the poker table.
    • Quantum of Solace got meta:

Bond: "Tell her Slate was a dead end."
Agent: "Slate was a dead end."
M: "Damn it, he killed him!"

    • In The Living Daylights Bond slashes his shoelaces when the villain is hanging onto his foot out of the back of a plane, sending him plummeting to his death. "He got the boot." Later, Bond detonates an explosive charge, collapsing a statue of Wellington onto the guy and crushing him against a diorama of the Battle of Waterloo, just so he could say "he met his Waterloo".
    • Bond villains are not above giving their own lines, most notably hitmen Mister Wint and Mister Kidd in Diamonds Are Forever. After dropping a scorpion down someone's neck they explain his absence by saying he's been "bitten by the bug!" and after blowing up a helicopter utter the proverb "If God had wanted man to fly..."; "Would have given him wings, Mr Kidd." They also give the occasional Pre-Mortem One-Liner during their repeated attempts to kill Bond.
      • OR, when they've just killed Shady Tree, another henchman says "we didn't get the money, we need Shady alive!". They reply, completely deadpan, "That's most annoying."
      • Max Zorin gets both in A View to a Kill when naming Thrown From the Zeppelin.
    • Bond is directly parodied in this Rob and Elliot comic : It has to be the most depressing thing in the world for James Bond to just shoot a Guy.
    • Oddly enough, in Die Another Day, the Bond One-Liner goes to Jinx, who, when Bond enters to find Frost dead, due to a stab wound in the sternum, states "I think I broke her heart."
      • She gets two, actually: "I can read your every move!" [gets a knife (already run through a thin book) in chest] "Read this! Bitch!" Style points since the book was The Art of War.
      • Of all other Bond Girls, Goodnight from The Man with the Golden Gun manages to get one: "I knocked him out cold," about an engineer she had knocked into a tank of liquid helium.
      • Also in this very movie, Bond gets hit in the stomach and the Bad Guy quips: "How's that for a punchline?"
    • GoldenEye stuck a lampshade on it:

[Q has just demonstrated a grenade disguised as a pen by blowing up a test dummy]
Q: Don't say it!
Bond: The writing's on the wall?
Q:(Chuckling) Along with the rest of him.

      • After killing Xenia Onatopp, Bond mutters, "She always did enjoy a good squeeze."
      • Lampshaded again by Alec:

Alec Trevalyan: What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?

    • A rather interesting example, in Licence to Kill, James has just sent a bad-guy to his gruesome, messy death in a crushing machine, one he is currently hanging over. When the movie's Bond Girl Pam Bouvier shows up to save him, she asks if he is alright. His response? "Switch the bloody machine off!" It's unique since—given context of the scene—it's almost surely unintended on Bond's part.
    • Goldfinger has a henchman dispatch a reluctant investor by first shooting him in the backseat of a car, then driving said car into a junkyard where it is crushed into a steel cube. "He had a pressing engagement."
  • Every movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it, except possibly Junior. For example, "Consider that a divorce" after putting a bullet through the head of Sharon Stone (when she says, "You wouldn't kill me, I'm your wife," while grabbing a knife and preparing to stab him) in Total Recall.
    • One of the expansion packs for Red Alert included Tesla Troopers who made oneliners in a Arnie-style Austrian accent. "Shocking."
    • Oh, come on. "Let off some steam, Bennet", anyone? Corny and phallic.
      • Pound for pound, Commando takes the cake: "Remember how I said I'd kill you last?...I lied." (After dropping Sully off a cliff) "I had to let him go." "Don't disturb my friend, he's dead tired." "I eat Green Berets for breakfast, and right now I'm very hungry." (Arnold's old commander shows up too late with the cavalry) "Leave anything for us?" "Just Bodies."
        • It should be noted that the film's writer, Joseph Loeb III, would later go by the name of Jeph Loeb, and is, in fact, the writer of the awful Ultimates III one-liner mentioned above.
    • Eraser has him shoot a rampaging alligator (don't ask) and utter the immortal line "You're luggage!" as he shoots it.
    • Also in Eraser, he parks the limo containing the celebrating Corrupt Corporate Executives on a set of train tracks just as the train is coming. When he gets back to his allies, he tells them "They caught a train."
    • In Predator he puts a big ol' knife into a terrorist and tells him to "Stick around!"
    • In True Lies, after getting into a fist fight with a Giant Mook in a restroom, he places his head in a urinal and flushes, telling him to "Cool off."
    • The Running Man alone could provide a career's worth of these. "First he was Sub Zero, now he's just plain Zero!" * cuts a man in half* "He had to split!" * after defeating Fireball with his own methods* "Need a light?" * After sending the Big Bad through a soda sign* "Well that hit the spot!"
    • Frequently spoofed on Late Night With Conan O Brien: the fake Arnold will describe ludicrous scenarios and his "witty" one-liners, such as claiming he beat up an earthquake and then said "Let's get ready to not rumble."
      • In another such encounter, Arnie describes a plot where he conquers the world with an army of clones, before stating, "Then I will take the cigar from my mouth, turn to the camera and say... IT'S CLONELY AT THE TOP."
        • Or another time when Arnold wants to travel to the future to defeat Chinabots and Mexiborgs (long story), he turns to the camera and says, "Now THAT'S a blast from the past!"
      • A Real Life incident when Arnold was hit with an egg gave us, "Well this guy owes me bacon now." The parody has the Bond One Liner where he describes "defeating" the egg with his rock-hard muscles and saying, "The yolk's on you!"
    • No mention Last Action Hero? (After shooting a bad guy that was chasing him with an Ice Cream Truck, Arnold said, "Iced that guy. To cone a phrase".
      • Last Action Hero parodied Bond One Liners into an art form. "Silent but deadly!"
      • "Hello? I've just shot somebody! I did it on purpose!"
    • "SEE YOU AT THE PARTY RICHTER!!!!"" * Tosses severed arms off lift*
    • Notably averted in the Conan the Barbarian movie: no one-liners whatsoever.
    • Subverted byJingle All the Way when he knocks out a reindeer. "You started it." I- is that it?
    • These two videos contain most of Arnie's puns, plus dozens of other gems. "No more complaining, no more 'Mr. Kimball, I need to go to the bathroom', nothing. THERE IS NO BATHROOM!"
  • Parodied in Rush Hour, when Carter tells the man who had mockingly told him prior to "wipe yourself off, you're bleeding" the same when said villain is killed, this time saying "Wipe yourself off dead."
  • Parodied in the Austin Powers films, where Austin uses one of these after another until told to stop. He usually even admits he went a little too far when so admonished.
  • A bit of Lampshade Hanging takes place in Hot Fuzz during the following exchange:

Danny Butterman: How's Lurch?
Nicholas Angel: He's in the freezer.
Danny Butterman: Did you say "Cool off"?
Nicholas Angel: Er, no, I didn't say anything actually.
Danny Butterman: Shame.
Nicholas Angel: There was a bit you missed earlier, when I distracted him with a cuddly monkey, and I said, "Playtime's over" and I hit him with the Peace Lily.
Danny Butterman: You're off the fucking chain!

    • In the commentary, Simon Pegg admits that Jessica Stevenson (who co-wrote and co-starred in their sitcom Spaced) later came to him after seeing the movie herself and told him he should have used the pun, after Lurch falls into the frozen-pea-filled freezer, "Rest in peas."
    • Lampshade hung again after the heroes have watched the villain manage to escape after all their efforts...only to crash his car into a tree less than 100 yards away, thanks to judicious use of swan.

Nicholas Angel: I feel like I should say something smart.
Danny Butterman: You don't have to say anything at all.

  • The movie Speed has Keanu Reeves' character battling Dennis Hopper's Big Bad on top of a speeding subway train. Hopper has the advantage, battering Reeves around and strangling him while talking about winning because he's "smarter". Reeves then pushes his head upwards as a low-hanging light comes up, cleaving the villain's head right off. He then utters the line "Yeah? Well I'm taller!". Later, after rejoining his companion who asks where the villain is, he simply replies "He lost his head."
  • In Universal Soldier, Dolph Lundgren's character gets shoved into a wood-chipper at the end of the climactic battle. When Van Damme's character is asked where he is, he simply shrugs and says: "Around."
  • Shoot Em Up is filled with Smith, the main character, muttering about things he hates—guys over 40 with ponytails ("It doesn't make you look younger"), drivers who don't obey road rules ("Is it really so important that you get where you're going that much faster?"), and so on. The main bad guy, meanwhile, is clearly someone who feels empowered by his weapon, but is notably timid without it or when it's useless (such as when speaking with his wife)--even as he denies, as a supporting villain obliquely alleges, that he's a "pussy with a gun". At the end of the film, after Smith kills the man who's dogged him all the way through the movie, he reveals the thing he hates most: A pussy with a gun.
    • Smith offers the following advice to a mook after impaling him through the mouth with a carrot: "Eat your vegetables."
    • After shooting a gun with a thumbprint scanner with a hand that he cut off from a dead mook: "That's what I call a hand job."
  • Surprisingly enough, the 2008 Speed Racer film contains THE GREATEST ONE LINER IN ALL OF FICTION.

Pops has just downed a ninja, in runs mom and Trixie
Trixie: Oh my god, was that a ninja?
Pops More like a non-ja.

George Stone: Where is Nitti?
Ness: He's in the car.

  • American Gangster: after basically executing a rival who had demanded 20% of Frank's business, he takes his money and puts a few bills in a jar next to the dead body.

"There you go. Twenty percent."

  • Steven Seagal in Above the Law while covering a half dozen or so Mooks.

Mook: I don't think you can drop us all, bad ass.
BLAM! Mook falls from a bullet to the chest.
Seagal: You're right. But I'll get an 'A' for effort.

  • Brother Gilbert gets off a few Bible-based examples in Dragonheart.
  • Played with in Lethal Weapon 2 when Murtaugh is attacked by an assassin in his home. The fight rolls into the garage where Roger picks up (you guessed it) a nail gun. However, after slaying the assassin, he averts the trope by remaining silent. Then another assassin shows up who is similarly dispatched. He then subverts the aversion with, "Nailed you both."
    • You can't very well mention Lethal Weapon 2 and not refer to this immortal exchange:

Murtaugh gets shot at by the South African Big Bad.
Big Bad, wielding credentials and gun: Diplomatic Immunity!
Murtaugh takes aim and shoots him dead
Murtaugh: It's just been revoked.

April: Winters?
Michaelangelo: Looks more like fall. Get it?
Leonardo: Mikey, remember our talk?

  • Hudson Hawk has a few of these as well. The butler gives the Corrupt Cop his "cut" via blades in his sleeves. Later, Hawk decapitates said butler and remarks "Guess you won't be going to that hat convention, Alfred!"
  • Hellboy, after killing the first Sammael with the third rail of the New York Subway System: "I'm fireproof. [lights a cigar with his still-burning hand] You're not."
  • Completely averted in Cobra, at the end of the film. Stallone's character, Cobretti has just impaled the Night Slasher on a hook that eventually carries him into a furnace where the villain burns to death. Considering all the crap this guy has put Cobretti through by this point, it's quite surprising to find that he says absolutely nothing, just watches in silence.
  • Parodied in (what else?) Dogma. Bartleby and Loki are intimidating a board of directors, and one of them reaches for the phone to contact security. Loki hurls a switchblade that impales the phone:

Loki: (heavily) All lines ... are currently down.
Bartleby: Will you please cut that out--
Loki: Oh, come on! That was great!

    • There is also a parody of the Indiana Jones one-liner mentioned elsewhere on this page. Spoken by Silent Bob of all people.
  • Transformers (2007)

Jazz: You want a piece of me, Megatron?! You want a piece?!
Megatron: No. (tears Jazz in half) I want two!

    • Optimus Prime gets one in during Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In the grand finale, after thoroughly wrecking The Fallen and dropping his corpse to the ground, he quips "I fall." Not really much of a pun on the way he dispatched The Fallen, but rather a pun on the name "The Fallen".
    • Sideswipe brags awesomely with "Damn, I'm good." after dispatching Sideways in the first scene of Revenge of the Fallen.
    • "Decepticon punk."
  • Star Wars Episode V gives us this one from Darth Vader after choking the subordinate who loses the Millennium Falcon.

"Apology accepted, Captain Needa."

  • A non-lethal example occurs in the movie Chocolat. Josephine, after hitting her abusive husband in the head with a frying pan, utters:

Who says I can't use a skillet?

  • Applesauce, bitch!
  • The final scene of the action movie The Last Boy Scout has the two leads discussing future use of Bond One Liners.
  • Terminator 2: After finally killing the T-1000, the T-800 is walking towards John and Sara, and says "I need a vacation!"
  • Toxie is one of the all time masters of the bon mote:

After shoving an old lady into a washing machine:(bad Asian accent)Hohoho, no ticky, no washy!
Before pulverizing The Dragon's head in part 4:What's inside your head? Let's find out, shall we?
Before punching the Big Bad in the stomach and pulling out his entrails(first movie): You fat slob. Let's see if you've got any guts.
After rolling a Mook into a ball:After a long day of crime fighting, I like to play a little basketball.

Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun.

  • Alex noted the Big Bad former Angel Madison Lee "is so fired" after dying amid flames in the second Charlie's Angels movie.
  • We can't forget about Undefeatable, can we? "We'll keep an Eye Scream out for you, Stingray." "Yeah, see ya!"
  • Indiana Jones gets one in The Last Crusade. While his father is being accosted by a Nazi officer, Indy tosses the officer through a window while disguised as a porter, then explains himself to the shocked passengers with:

"No ticket!"

    • This is followed by a Crowning Moment of Funny when all the passengers suddenly start rushing to show their tickets...
    • This is parodied in the film Dogma, after Silent Bob throws the bad guys out of the moving train.
      • Ironically, this line was Silent Bob's only line in the movie.
      • No it's not—when Rufus says he can get get "him" (meaning Jay) into Heaven, Bob takes it to mean him (or both of them) and says "thanks"
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight, also an Ironic Echo:

Sam [after killing an intruder]: Chefs do that.

Grueller: "Now, I'm a god!"
Pike: (stakes Grueller from behind) "And now, you're a coat-rack."

"Keep the change, ya filthy animal."

  • In Under Siege, after killing Strannix, Ryback tells him to "keep the faith".
  • In another Steven Seagal film, Hard to Kill, Seagal's character stabs the villain in the chest with a broken pool cue, after which he says "that was for my wife. Fuck you and die."
  • From the 1992 movie Kuffs after one of the two heros shoots a mook in front of his companions. With a shotgun.

Mook: Twelve gauge pump, boys. They only got three shots. They can't get us all! *pulls out his gun*
Ted shoots him with a shotgun
George: Well, now we know he can add and he can subtract, so...who wants to be next, here?

  • In Pirates of the Caribbean a random pirate is about to kill Will: "Say goodbye!!" Something causes a shop sign to swing down and knock the pirate into the shop window, killing him. Will: "Goodbye."
  • Man on Fire: Creasy does Bond proud multiple times, especially with this indirect example:

Elderly Man (In Spanish): In the church, they say to forgive...
Creasy (Interrupting in English): Forgiveness is between them and God. I'm just here to arrange the meeting

  • In Bowfinger Eddie Murphy's character is an action star going through a script that would have him say, "I enjoyed meeting you, Cliff," after throwing a guy off of a cliff. Of course he doesn't like the line because he feels its too cerebral and the audience won't get it.
  • Played for Drama in Saving Private Ryan. American GIs gun down German conscripts on Omaha beach. One of the Americans jokingly asks the other what they had been saying as they held their hands up to surrender. The other replies, " 'Look! I washed for supper!' "
  • Inverted in The Princess Bride. Wesley goes through three men and the only one he doesn't have a one liner for is the one he kills.
  • Seen in Gamers: Dorkness Rising. Theron, godess of light, is trapped in the high priest's staff. When they finally realize this, it's up to Daphne to break the staff, she hurls her weapon, and shouts at the priest, The light of Theron be upon you! This is the traditional greeting among her followers, but as the staff breaks and the light bursts forth, it overcomes the high priest.
    • Better than a lot of Schwarzenegger's lines.
  • Judge Dredd. After wiping out a room full of gang members single-handed, Dredd approaches the last guy alive, citing the various crimes he's committed over the course of the action sequence while listing the years the guy's going to get. He ends it with "killing of a Street Judge". The following then occurs.

Criminal: Let me guess. Life! (tries to shoot Dredd, Dredd kills him)
Dredd: Death... Court's adjourned.

Dale: "Sorry, Ted. You've been served."

    • Also a Brick Joke as Dale would say that to everyone he delivered subpoenas to, which was the whole reason Dale ended up outside Ted's house in the first place.

Matheson: (after killing Budlofsky who wanted to go eat dinner instead of killing Saul) I knew you was going soft. Dinner's gonna be cold tonight, asshole!

  • John McClane has a few: "Thanks for the advice, pal. " (in reply to "Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don't hesitate."), , Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!, and "Damn hamster!"
    • Hans says in the first: "I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life." (which was actually a Throw It In)
  • In The Rock, after shooting a rocket at a mook ("Well, I only bring it up because, uh, it's you. You're the Rocket Man."): "How do you like how that shit works?"
  • Just how long has this trope been around? In In Old Arizona, one of the Best Picture nominees for 1929, the Cisco Kid has this to say after arranging for his cheating mistress to be killed:

Cisco Kid: Her flirtin' days are over...and she's ready to settle down.

Tuco: "When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk."


  • Subverted/parodied in two of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. In The Fifth Elephant, Samuel Vimes mutters "The hell with it" after killing the villain in self-defense, because if he had been able to joke about killing someone, then it would have been too much like murder. In a later novel, Going Postal, the narration indicates that if protagonist Moist von Lipwig had been "a hero," he would have thrown off a one-liner after tricking a monster into a gruesome death, but "since he wasn't a hero, he threw up."
    • During the above statement where Vimes remarked about the distastefulness of the Bond one-liner, he did think of a few possible lines, and rejected them.
    • Sorta played straight in Guards! Guards! After the Watch corner the villain, Captain Vimes orders Carrot to "throw the book at him". Carrot, who has trouble with metaphors, literally throws his copy of The Laws and Ordinances of the Cities of Ankh and Morpork at the villain, causing him to stumble backwards over a ledge and fall to his death. Sergeant Colon remarks "What a way to go. Killed by a wossname, a metaphor," which Nobby Nobbs follows up with "Looks more like it was the ground."
  • Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain novels are replete with these, some witty, some silly, all hilarious.
    • Appears most frequently in the third book with current villains' battle cries: "Blood for the Blood God!" "Fine, he can have yours!"
      • Pity that that only serves the Blood God...
      • "Blood for the Blood God!" "Harriers for the cup!"
  • In the very first Animorphs book, Visser Three kills Elfangor by morphing into a monster and eating him.

Visser Three: <Nothing like a good Antarean Bogg morph for.. taking a bite out of your enemies.>

  • Painfully subverted in the seventh book of Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts.
  • If this Star Wars example doesn't count, it comes seriously close. In Luke Skywalker's fight with Lumiya, when she slips and falls, he grabs her arm. After saying "I'd never let you fall" he cuts her head off. Awesome!
  • Parodied in Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones, when Alcatraz unleashes a Hurricane of Puns using the word soul after tricking the Villain of the Week into taking a book in the Library of Alexandria - which constitutes a contract to allow the Library's curators to claim your soul. All right, so it's not technically killing, but that's part of the joke.
  • In John Dies at the End, John gets several (of varying quality) after he "introduces" some wig-monsters to a folding chair.
    • "Have a seat, bitch!"
    • "You've been sentenced to get the chair, motherfucker!"
    • "You wants the committee, asshole, then you best meet with the chair!"
    • "Anybody else want to donate blood to chair-ity?"
    • "There's some dessert! With a chair-y on top!"
  • Stationery Voyagers has Cindy announce the death of an Aviatet as he's thrown by an angel onto a burning high school parking lot this way:

"Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey's in the oven!"

  • In the novelization for Revenge of the Sith, the newly fallen Darth Vader uses several of these while killing the Separatist leaders. For example, when one cries, "We surrender! Please -- you're a Jedi!", he responds "You fought a war to destroy the Jedi. (Stab) Congratulations on your success."
  • Averted in Black Dogs. After their first fight, Sadrao says "well, that was invigorating!". And the protagonist, Lyra, instead of some witty remark, just throws up.
  • Summer Rowe the genius engineer in Lacuna wants a gun like all the rest of the crew so she can deliver an XKCD-inspired line.

Rowe: Because, you know, XKCD. They had this comic where they rated ‘potential action movie one liners’ from most-probable to least-probable, and when we find the Demons I’m dying to pull out my gun and just go... ‘Bangarang, motherfucker.’ Like, from Peter Pan, the original novel. … seriously, that’d be so awesome.

    • (later))

Rowe: (puts the rifle against the Toralii's chest) Bangarang, motherfucker.

  • Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz uses this all the time:
    • Dropping a snowmobile on Dr Grief in Point Blanc, "It looks like I sleighed him."
    • In Crocodile Tears, Desmond gets one after killing Bulman and putting his cadaver into a bulldozer: "It looks like Bulman got what every journalist dreams of - a scoop."
      • Also, Nick Diamond from the Diamond Brothers Mysteries does this quite a lot.
  • The Dresden Files "For my next trick, anvils!" - said after redirecting an entropy curse onto a vampire causing said vampire to be hit by a frozen turkey that fell out of a plane.
  • Tamora Pierce's Lioness Rampant has one when after Alanna kills Alex she asks "Is this what it means to be best?"
  • Averted in Mystery Team; Duncan seems more stunned about killing someone than anything, and Charlie's only quip is:

I hope those were baby teeth.

  • In A Storm of Swords, Tyrion Lannister gets one after slaying his father, who sits on the privy.

The oft repeated jape about his father was just another lie. Lord Tywin did not, in the end, shit gold.

  • In Artemis Fowl Mafia metal man "Loafers" keeps a notebook filled with these corresponding to the occupation of the target that he killed, including such gems as: "I'm just doing this because I knead the dough!" (After killing a baker, naturally)
  • The villain of Mary Stewart's This Rough Magic is getting away, and a girl whose brother he nearly killed shouts that she wishes she could eat his heart. Then the boat he's escaping in blows up. The one person not surprised by the explosion, her fiance, tells her, "You wanted to eat his heart. I have cooked it for you."


  • The magazine Slate features the results of a contest for reader-submitted Bond One Liners.
    • The winner of that contest was "Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, pissant."

Live-Action TV

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer both used and subverted this trope, as Buffy would nearly always have a Bond One Liner after (or just before) killing a baddie, but occasionally she would be mocked for using a stupid-sounding one, or the vampire would interrupt her while she was saying one.
    • Brought to the attention of the audience, when Willow tries to do a One-Liner in the first episode of season three ("Anne"), and when it doesn't work out, she explains that Buffy always says something clever, and she thinks it throws the bad guys off their guard.
    • Also parodied in "The Zeppo", when Xander tries to pull off a Buffy-style one-liner.

Xander: You know, you gotta learn that if you're gonna play with fire then you'll have to be... (bad guy runs away) ... HEY! I wasn't finished!

    • Tara gets one, but she doesn't go for humor.

Tara: Nobody messes with my girl.

    • Near the end of the two-part series premiere, in a dark nightclub, about to be killed by a vampire, Buffy shouts out "But there's one thing you forgot about... SUNRISE!" and throws a microphone stand through a nearby closed window. As the vampire cringes in anticipation of his death, she explains "...It's in a couple hours, moron" and beheads the vampire. How fun.
    • In the Season 1 ender, Buffy knocks Giles out to keep him from facing death in her place - she then tells Ms. Calendar: "When he comes to, tell him...I don't know, think of something cool and tell him I said it."
    • The show even goes so far as to imply that this is one of her Chosen One powers: when she (temporarily) loses her abilities in "Helpless," she remarks to a recently-defeated foe "If I were at full Slayer strength, I'd probably be punning about now."
      • It's more likely that she was just too exhausted to pun after having to fight as a baseline human.
      • Although this just might be considered a pun in itself...
    • On the show, one liners are apparently the trickiest part of programming a life-like Robot Girl. Willow's attempt to (re)program the Buffy-bot to mimic the real slayer's style fails miserably, resulting in lines of gibberish after a successful slay.

That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, Bingo!

    • Averted in the following episode when the real Buffy knocks down the demon biker's leader in an apparent She's Back moment...and then says nothing at all.
    • Subverted slightly in the series finale, after Buffy kills Caleb by splitting him in two with her new scythe. When Angel asks her where he is, she replies "He had to split", immediately after which she almost bursts out into laughter.
    • Also subverted for The Worf Effect when Buffy first fights Glory, who delivers her own Bond One Liners while Buffy is punching her in the face.
  • Played with in an episode of Angel, where Wesley, after impaling a demon which constantly laughs says, "Who's laughing now? ... Well, you. But I still win."
  • In Lost: Fake Locke (who just murdered two people as the smoke monster): "Sorry you had to see me like that"
  • Used and mocked simultaneously by the Fourth Doctor on Doctor Who: "I suppose you could say the yolk's on him, if you were the sort of person who said that sort of thing, which fortunately I'm not."
    • Unfortunately, the Sixth Doctor became that kind of person when, after witnessing two orderlies fall into a horrible certain death in an acid bath (owing to circumstances that the Doctor, if not directly, was at least partially responsible for), he murmurs "Forgive me if I don't join you." with a bit of a smirk on his face.
    • In "The Two Doctors", he killed a cannibal followed it by quipping "Your just desserts" over his food-obsessed opponent's corpse. He later told his companions that the villain had been "moth-balled".
    • In "Day of the Moon", After slaughtering a roomful of Silents River gets asked what kind of doctor is she.

River: Archaeology. Love a tomb.

  • Parodied in an episode of She Spies, where D.D. and Shayne spend several minutes trying to guess what one-liner Cassie will use after dealing with the villain of the week.
  • Dollhouse's Ms. De Witt, with British accent and deadpan delivery, was begging for one of these. She finally gets one in "Getting Closer", after Boyd shoots several of Rossum's men in De Witt's office. Her only comment? "I think we can both agree that that carpet is finally done for."
  • Subverted in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Danger! Death Ray, which has the bots continuously chiding the Bond-esque hero of the movie for an inability to come up with any but the lamest of Bond One Liners (when he remembers to say anything at all).

[[[Mook]] dives to his death from hotel window.]
Bart Fargo: That's too bad.
Crow: Oh, COME ON! What about "He really fell for me"?! "His hopes are crushed"?!

    • In Secret Agent Super Dragon, another lame spy film on MST, Joel explains how all spies have to go through a training regiment that includes a class on "Post-kill puns".
    • And again in Agent for H.A.R.M., which features probably the wussiest Bond clone ever who fails to make a single quip throughout the entire movie, a fact which Mike and the Bots are quick to admonish him for (along with his generally being boring and smarmy).
  • Both a Quip to Black and a Bond One-Liner, Horatio Caine of CSI: Miami is told he is a dead man. He promptly kills the man who said that and replies "Join the club." Cue the theme music. (YEAAAAAAHHHH!)
  • Occasionally used in the 60s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., usually delivered by Napoleon Solo after he has dispatched a THRUSH Mook. Given when the series aired and its premise, very possibly a deliberate Homage to James Bond.
    • Ian Fleming , who created Bond, did concept work for the show.
  • A rather dark example from the second season finale of V-2009 "Now that's how you kill your mother."
  • A variant from Flashpoint's first-season episode "Planets Aligned". The bad guy has a six-shot revolver, and has spent five, each shot causing the two SRU members chasing him to count it off: "That's three..." Two SRU members are trying to get him to stand down. In desperation, the gunman turns the revolver on himself.

"That's six."

  • Played with in The Middleman, after Wendy sneaks up behind a villain and injects him with tranquilizer:

Middleman: Like a Bengal elephant.
Wendy: The one who does the takedown gets to say the catchphrase.
Middleman: Oh. I'm sorry. Be my guest.
Wendy: Swift justice. (blows on tranquilizer gun)
Middleman: Swift justice? Really?
Wendy (defensively): It was in my delivery!
Middleman: Ah.

  • In Farscape, Aeryn probably has the best one. Minutes after she gave birth to a baby whom was basically a MacGuffin for the villains, she shoots the commander of said villains (a commander who subjected her to no small amount of pain in efforts to discover the identity of the baby's father) squarely in the head and deadpans "It's a boy. In case you were wondering." Do. Not. Fuck. With Mama Bearyn.
  • One of this sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus is The Bishop (spoofing The Saint), whose protagonist is a bishop (yes, with the crook and big hat and everything) whose attempts to thwart Mafia-type murders of the clergy always end in Bond One Liners.
    • Another sketch features Atilla the Hun (John Cleese) as a dad in a typical cheesy sitcom, giving his delighted kids a present - a severed head. "I want you to get a-head!"
  • In Heroes, after his twisted game of Russian Roulette, Claire smashes a chair over puppetmaster Doyle's head and tersely says "Show's over."
  • Garak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine loved these. After snidely berating then gunning down an old rival Cardassian, he quips "A pity. I rather liked him."
    • Garak, after being introduced to Dr Bashir's very James Bond-like Holosuite adventure games, found himself wishing he'd been in that kind of intelligence service. Perhaps that's what gave him the idea to add the Bond One-Liner to his repertoire.
  • In one episode of Hogan's Heroes, the Heroes have blown up a fuel truck. Hogan makes a comment, addressed to Klink, to the effect that the driver should have put up a "No Smoking" sign.
  • In this That Mitchell and Webb Look sketch (at about 1:38) the two are discussing why they don't want to risk James Bond showing up - because he threw a guy who insulted him out the window onto a fence railing.

Mitchell: Everyone's in shock, except for James, who strolls over to the window, glances down, and says "What a piercing bore"
Webb: "A piercing bore"? There's no such expression!
Mitchell: Well, right next to the railing was a rock crusher. It's pretty clear he'd wanted to say "what a crushing bore" but missed and was making the best of a bad job...

    • A later episode reveals that Agent Suave's one-liners are provided courtesy of a couple of third-rate comedy writers in a van outside the mission location, who in turn get them from a big book called 1001 Super-Spy Quips. Unfortunately, this backfires on them when it's discovered they're also providing this service for the villain.
  • In Community episode "Epidemiology" Troy gets out a few based on the costume of the person he just hit, before running out of ideas.

Troy (directed at Annie dressed as Little Red Riding Hood): "Hey Annie what nice fists you have....IN YOUR FACE!"

  • Marcus Cole, upon beating the snot out of every single patron in a bar because he wants answers:

Bugger. Now I have to wait for one of them to wake up.

  • Conan O'Brien has a lot of fun with Arnold Schwarzenegger's tendency to do this. Once, when asked what The Schwarzenator would say if he killed someone with a knife at a wedding (part of the US citizenship exam), he stated "Ay Nhau Prounhaunz You Man...Ahnd Naif!"


"Dr Sarge says take 2 barrels of this Shotgun and call me when you're dead!"
"Or my personal favorite 'You just got Sarged!'"

    • Which is taken up again in Episode 3 of Revelation where Sarge and Grif is kicking Wash's ass and just about to shoot with his Shotgun against some exploding barrels saying You just got...) and flubbs it up by shooting before he is finished. He lampshades this with Goddammit I messed up my one-liner.
    • A less humorous example occurs in Reconstruction. Washington takes Delta's advice that South Dakota no longer "hamper their progress" and points a gun at her. She starts to say "What are you going to do, shoot-" after which Wash says, "Yes. Good suggestion."


  • After gunning down Michael Young History, who was bragging that he was the "Coolest mothafucka in the world," his killer remarks:

"Ain't too cool now, is you, nigga?"

  • In the very old ballad "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight", Lady Isabel elopes with a knight and when they come to the seashore he boasts that he's drowned six king's daughters here "And thou the seventh shall be". But Lady Isabel tricks him and shoves him off the cliff herself, and depending on the version, says one of two things: "Six king's daughters hast thou drowned here,/Go keep them company." or "...and the seventh has drowned thee."


  • Also parodied in one of the "Party Planner" sketches on BBC Radio 4's That Mitchell and Webb Sound (and on the TV adaptation). When the two characters are trying to decide whether or not to invite James Bond to a party, one recounts an event from a previous party at which Bond threw somebody out of a window for saying that his cigarette case was "gay". The victim landed on a railing spike and was paralysed.

Webb: Everyone's in shock, apart from James, who strolls over to the window, looks down and says: "What a piercing bore."
Mitchell: "Piercing bore"? There's no such expression!
Webb: Well, the railing was next to a crusher. It was pretty clear that he'd meant to say "crushing bore", but had missed, and was making the best of a bad job.

Religion and Mythology

  • Judges 15:16- Then Samson said, "With a ass's jawbone I have made asses of them. With a ass's jawbone I have killed a thousand men." Even more awesome when you substitute "ass" for "donkey."
    • One possible translation made to preserve the pun is something like "With the jawbone of an ass, I have heaped them in a mass."
    • In the original Hebrew, the word for "donkey" sounds like the word for "heap" making a better pun.


  • In LEGO's Bionicle, Teridax eats/absorbs Nidhiki in order to gain more power for his fight with the Toa Metru. Apparently Nidhiki did not go down easily, because Teridax would later describe the event with, "I lost because I disagreed with something I ate."

Video Games

  • Ford Cruller gets his Crowning Moment of Awesome in Psychonauts when he turns the Big Bad's main weapon (super-strength sneezing powder that makes the victim literally sneeze their brains out) on him in the climax. The one liner? Geshundheit. However, said villain survived.
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain:

Moebius: Aye, you have seen my plans, vampire, as I've seen your destiny; The future says you die.
Kain: But I am dead...
(Chops off Moebius's head)
Kain: As are you.

    • Kain reverses this in Defiance, confronting Moebius after self-resurrecting sans his vampiric heart. Moebius tries to paralyze Kain, only to have his hand forcibly placed on Kain's chest. Kain follows with "I always was considered heartless."
  • Many boss battles in The House of the Dead III and 4:

James: (after defeating Temperance, a several-stories-tall obese zombie) "Temper this, buddy!"
Kate: (after defeating the same boss) "How do you like my no-fat, all-lead diet?"
Lisa: (after defeating the Sun, a tree-like creature) "I never was any good at gardening."
Lisa: (after beating Death, on the 2nd encounter) "When a lady says no, she means it!"
Kate: (after defeating The Star, who had challenged Kate and James to a "test of strength") "Looks like you're the one who failed the test!"

    • Even more so in House of the dead Overkill, Where everyone (including the narrator) do this all the time:

Agent G: (after killing a clown in the carnival) "Stop clowning around."

After blowing up the hippy camp via gas leak: You stare open-mouthed at the carnage that used to be the hippy camp, then remember you're obligated to make a witty remark. "Thanks, guys," you say, as you strut off the battlefield, "it's been a gas."
After blowing up the frat house: You stare blankly at the destruction around you, then realize you're obligated to make a witty remark. "Remember, kids," you say as you strut off the field, "idiots and explosives don't mix."

    • It is possible to both avert the lampshading and the trope itself in the third ending ( combining a flare-gun, 999 dead hippies and 999 dead frat orcs, defeating both sides). To replace it, there is a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, pointing out something both The Man and The Big Wisniewski have forgotten.
  • The video game Gun uses this in Hoodoo Brown's death.

Hoodoo Brown: I'M HOODOO BROWN!
Colton: You were.

  • In the original Metal Gear Solid, (meaning the PSX one), Snake uttered this after shooting down Liquid in his Hind:
  • upon seeing the flames shoot high*

Snake: That takes care of the cremation

Ionar(Lightning Elemental): "Shocking, I know."
XT-002 (a giant robot with the personality of a child): I guess it doesn't bend that way!...

  • Team Fortress 2: The characters will drop their own Bond One Liners, independent of the player's input. This often happens when you kill the same player three times without being killed by them in response, earning a "Domination".
    • The Demoman does this at the end of "Meet the Demoman," after blowing a bunch of BLU team mercenaries to bits with a massive sticky-bomb trap

Oh, they're gonna have to glue you back together - IN HELL

  • Parodied/lampshaded in the "Dashwood and Argyle" radio series in Fallout 3 after Argyle dispatches a traitorous Femme Fatale:

Dashwood: Good God Argyle, you ripped out her heart!
Argyle: I always knew this broad was heartless...get it boss? Heh-heh, heartless...
Dashwood: Your kung-fu skills are unparalleled old chum, but your comic delivery leaves something to be desired.

"Thumbs down, you son of a bitch."

  • In the original Command & Conquer, Seth is Nod's Second in Command, giving the player briefings for the first half of the Brotherhood's campaign. He eventually plans to betray Kane and the player; in a briefing where he's about to send the player into a hopeless attack on the Pentagon, he claims "You see, power shifts quickly in the Brotherhood". Seth is shot by Kane about thirty seconds after this; shoving the corpse aside, Kane says "Yes... power shifts more quickly than some people think".
    • Alternatively, ANYTHING said by the Commandos. "Real tough guy! Nice Faceplant! I've got a present for ya! Keep 'em commin!" etc, etc.
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando has Trandoshans (bipedal fat, green ugly lizard aliens) with flammable-gas-laden backpacks. Shoot one in the back, and the backpack will ignite, lifting the unfortunate Trandoshan ten feet up like a jetpack before exploding. Quirky teammate Scorch will comment on this with lines like "Woo! Fireworks!" or "Hey, I didn't know Trandoshan could fly!"
  • The original Resident Evil, with Chris's iconic line after killing Plant 42: "Looks like we got to the ROOT of the problem!"
  • City of Heroes: When fighting bosses, if they kill defeat you, many will say something witty.
  • No More Heroes: "It's open mic night in hell, old man. Sing all you want down there."
  • Dystopia: Players can use context-specific taunts after kills.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Renegade Commander Shepard gets rather a lot of these thanks to the interrupt system.

Eclipse Mercenary: I've got nothing else to say to you. My squ-
Shepard: [shoves him out the window of a skyscraper] ...How 'bout goodbye?
Shepard:[Electrifies mercenary with one of his tools] You're working too hard.
Shepard:[Faced with a krogan giving a long rambling speech] You talk too much. {{[[[Talk to the Fist]] shoots a gas line}}]

  • In SWAT 4, some of your squadmates have some one liners after finding a dead/incapacitated suspect along with normal chatter

*after killing a female robber at a convenience store* "Guess her Bonnie and Clyde days are over."
*after killing a gang member at the A-bomb nightclub* "I'm not much of a dancer, but neither is this one now."

  • The James Bond games are naturally full of these. One, in Double Agent, if you choose to push The Jackal off instead of shooting her to death, M calls asking what happened. Bond's response? "She's fallen for me."
  • In Splinter Cell Conviction, Sam Fisher will throw out one of these after a fight ends.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: Niko Bellic (after killing his job interviewer): "I guess I didn't get the job."
  • In Borderlands each character will automatically taunt any elite opponent or any opponent that dies to a critical hit after getting a kill

Mordecai: "So big, so angry, so dead."

*boss falls onto table saw after declaring "I'm twice the man you are!"* I saw what you did there.
*boss is killed by zombie in a bridal gown* You may now kiss the bride.

    • In Off the Record, Frank West delivers even more of these than Chuck did.

*Boss is crushed by a falling platform* "Sorry. I'm not into flat chicks."

  • JC Denton uses one in Deus Ex, after casually blowing up Gunther Herman with his killphrase "Laputan Machine".

JC: Sticks and stones...

(after blowing up a pipeline or other large structure) "Don't take it personally. It was a design problem. That's all."
(after blowing the hell out of a satellite broadcast facility and free-falling to the ground) "And that concludes our broadcast day."
(after completing any settlement by blowing stuff up or collecting pickups) "It's a tough job... But someone's gotta do it."
(blowing up a statue that the villain erected to himself) "Ouch! That's gonna hurt the big man's ego!"

  • Caleb, of Blood. However, he only gets specific when defeating bosses, otherwise they're usually generic comments on how much pain he's dishing out, or an Evil Laugh.

"You kids shouldn't play so rough... somebody's gonna start crying."

  • Everyone in the Unreal Tournament series excels at these: bots will automatically taunt after killing another character, and players can set it so they automatically taunt after a kill as well.
  • Gears of War:

(After scoring a headshot) Marcus: "Look ma, no face."

Rlaan[2] pilot: "I put your flesh back inside your bones!"
Pirate: Heh, if I'd know it was this easy, I'd have started killing years ago.
Merchant: Bet you weren't counting on someone who could fight back, were you!

  • At the beginning of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Joker escapes from custody by strangling a guard with his handcuffs:

Joker: The choke's on you!

  • Halo gets these for the player characters in Firefight mode, or for NPCs in Campaign and Firefight, sometimes preceded by a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
  • Lara Croft is full of these. Some notable examples:

Mook: For some people, like yourself, we get a special bonus!
Lara: I'm flattered.
Mook: I mean, I could even retire early from you!
Lara: Then you'd might like to mind.
Mook gets thrown off the rooftop from a swinging bell
Lara: Happy retirement.

Defeating The Space Kraken
Pit: Calimaried!
Palutena: What a sucker.
Defeating Phosphora
Pit: Did you see that thunder!
Phosphora: No, because you can't see thunder.
Defeating Cragalanche
Pit: In your rock face!
Viridi: That's your idea of a comeback?
Defeating Heart of Hades
Pit: Your heart wasn't even in it!
Pit: And I'm still just talking to myself...
Defeating The Space Kraken, again
Pit: That's right you tentafool!
Palutena: Tentafool? Nice one Pit.

Web Comics

Thief: I don't think he heard you, BM.
Black Mage: He got the message though.

Dig 'em: What was he?
Tony: Not much of a morning person, obviously.

  • Ciem 3 has Dolly Malestrom/The Earwig, after killing a band of pedophile gangsters, Kill Bill-style:

Dolly: "Nice gallbladder!"

  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Not a death, but the same principle: after Antimony destroys the Enigmarons' Death Ray, Kat insists (over Annie's protests) that the situation calls for a witty quote. The best that Annie can manage on such short notice is "I hope you like your... smashed... death ray!"
  • Zola of Girl Genius, when pulling her ass from the Death Trap of "the Other" [3] delivers one for each of the two she left behind:

Later, Tarvek. Oh, well, maybe not.
'bye, auntie! I'll tell your other [4] selves "hello" from you!

  • Invoked but then subverted in Order of the Stick Haley is about to kill someone using a magic bow that freezes people, but Belkar interrupts her and says she needs to deliver an "Arnie-style one-liner" first. She starts to make one, only for another character to interrupt for an entirely different reason.
  • After being struck with a medicine ball, El Chupacabre of Goodwill Heroes delivers a nice one, much to Jazz Man's dismay.

CHUPE "Have a taste of your own medicine... ball."

Ennesby: Wow. they're like popcorn.
Kathryn: (whips out a pistol and shoots them before they recover) Weak simile. These have to be popped twice.

You know, we totally feared you a second ago, and you go and ruin it by making a pun.

Web Original

Eddie: Original recipe or extra crispy?

    • Bobby Jacks also pulls one out after setting off an unintentional chain reaction of events leading to the death of Michael Anders.

Bobby: Rube Goldberg would be proud.

7. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."

  • Newt exemplifies this trope amazingly in "How Aliens Should Have Ended".
  • The titular character of the Reincarnation Fantasy web novel Tori Transmigrated lampshades this trope in her thoughts while standing over the unconscious body of the last of a small band of pirates she has just fought off, noting that she ought to have some "witty heroic quip" to say at this moment.

Western Animation

  • In the Looney Tunes short "The Unmentionables", a man tried to call the police from a phone booth while gang violence was going on, only to get cut in half by machine gun fire, with the operator quipping "I'm sorry, you've been disconnected."
  • The Simpsons:
    • Being a thinly-disguised version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rainier "McBain" Wolfcastle uses these.
      • Or the one where Wolfcastle popps out of an ice sculpture, shoots everybody at the table down, and then quips, "Ice to see you."[5]
      • Another McBain has the hero jumping onto a jet in mid-air, tearing open the cockpit and breaking the pilot's neck. Marge, upon watching, chuckles and says "Now that's what I call breakneck speed!" Bart immediately admonishes her, "Mom, a man just died."
      • After infiltrating a meeting of villains and killing every last one of them, he quips, "Meeting adjourned." A sexy woman shows up and he adds, "And now I am thinking of another meeting. In bed."
      • In a non-McBain movie, Wolfcastle plays a secret agent going undercover as a high school nerd. When hassled by a couple of jocks, he quips "The geek shall inherit the Earth," then picks one up and throws him through the other's chest.
      • McBain is being chewed out by his superior, who finally says "You're outta here McBain!" McBain then shoves him out the window. He falls several dozen stories, screaming the entire time before landing in a water fountain. "That makes two of us."
    • Also seen in a Radioactive Man comic when the titular superhero tosses a villain into the sun and asks, "Hot enough for you?"
    • Ranier Wolfcastle does this in real life. In the episode where his daughter gets a crush on Bart, Ranier says "Remember when I said I would eat you last? I lied." to a steak.
      • As he's scooping ice cream into a bin at a fat camp;

Wolfcastle: "Here's the scoop - your hoggin' days (Haagen Dazs) are over. I'm baskin' in your pain, as I'm robbin' you of life."

    • After killing the vengeful sapient scalp of an executed murderer, Chief Wiggum quips "That's what I call a bad hair day".
    • Lampshaded in the episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land": While the Simpson family is in Itchy and Scratchy Land the Itchy and Scratchy robots run amok and can only be killed by the flash of a camera. Bart delivers a one-liner and a Wolfcastle/Schwarzenegger spoof while Homer fails only seconds later.

Bart: (Austrian accent) "Hey mouse...say cheese." (snaps picture; an Itchy robot collapses) "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero." (the family snaps more photos and kills more robots; Homer emerges from a pile of robots)
Homer: "Die, bad robots, die!" (laughs) "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could--"
Bart: "Who would have thought that our visit to Itchy and Scratchy Land would turn out to be our best vacation ever?"

  • Archer, despite being spy fiction, regularly averts this, with the agents occasionally trying and failing to come up with a Bond One-Liner when the time comes. However, one-off character Conway Stern has a knack for them, much to the others' annoyance.

Lana: Sorry, Conway! You're... awww, wait, I had something for this...
Conway: Is it something like, "You don't get off the hook this easy?"
Lana: Damnit!
Archer: Yeah, he's good at those.

Chronos: Do you know what killed the dinosaurs? [...] Well, Chucko does.

Real Life

"For God and country—Geronimo,[6] Geronimo, Geronimo." After a pause, he added, "Geronimo E.K.I.A."[7]

  • Following his assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth jumped from Lincoln's stall onto the stage (where he twisted his leg) and declared "Sic semper tyrannis" to the audience before running off ("Thus always to tyrants", the Virginia state motto and a claimed statement of one of Julius Caesar's assassins). It's also said that he added: "I have done it, the South is avenged!"
  • When Molotov was in Berlin for a conference during the early stages of WWII, the RAF bombed the city centre so the Russians would know that Britain was still fighting. Quoth Churchill: "We were disappointed not to be invited to the proceedings, but decided to make sure we were not forgotten."
  1. The early films were done under the onus of the Hays Code, and used these quips to downplay the violence; later films simply carried on the tradition.
  2. i.e. arthropods, usually with gravitic weapons
  3. it's important
  4. see?
  5. This was strangely prophetic of Arnie's role in Batman & Robin...
  6. Geronimo was the mission codename for Bin Laden
  7. "enemy killed in action"