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Kat: Now say something witty to the Enigmarons and finish the mission!
Any line of dialogue which demonstrates remarkable wit and composure for someone in that particular situation. Whereas a normal person would freak out upon finding (for example) a pack of dogs mauling a dead lawyer, the main character gives a wry smirk and says, "Well, I always said the legal profession was going to the dogs," thereby proving that they're Just That Cool.
Variations and Sub-tropes:
- Bond One-Liner
Just after killing someone.
- Facing the Bullets One-Liner
Facing down death.
- Incoming Ham
When a character enters the scene.
- One-Liner Echo
When it is reinforced by immediate repetition by others (non-immediate repetition by the same character elevates it to a Catch Phrase).
- One-Liner, Name. One-Liner.
When it is addressed to a character and then repeated by the original speaker.
- Parting From Consciousness Words
Immediately before passing out.
- Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner
Just before a fight.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner
Delivered just before the killing blow; in other words, used to end fights.
- Quip to Black
Used to segue into a commercial break.
- Schiff One-Liner
Used to end an episode in a rather dark way.
- Wham! Line
- Why Can't You Say Good Night?
Delivered after Slipping a Mickey but before the victim departs from consciousness.