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It is almost an official duty of an Action Hero to deliver sardonic one-liners. And what better time to produce one than just before the execution of the other official duty - kicking ass?
Common variations on this trope include:
- A form of comic subversion in which the one-liner is stupid or silly. This has the potential to stall or confuse the opponent.
- A form of comic subversion in which the outcome of the intended ass-kicking fizzles, negating the one-liner or at least failing to justify it.
- A Catch Phrase or Battle Cry that may have started as a one-liner, or may work as one to some degree.
Examples of Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner are listed on these subpages:
- Anime and Manga
- Comic Books
- Fan Works
- Live-Action TV
- Oral Tradition
- Professional Wrestling
- Video Games
- Web Animation
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation