If you’re a healthy, red-blooded male, you have some kind of a hero fantasy. Admit it, you’ve pictured yourself saving the day by kicking ass and taking names. Perhaps not something as grandiose as Mark Wahlberg‘s dream of single-handedly changing the course of history, but you’re a muscular badass taking care of business.
Whatever your unique hero fantasy, we know there is a common thread that unites them all: before that finishing move, you always drop the perfect line. You look your enemy right in the eye and say, “Superman? More like Blooper-man.”…or “Never underestimate a man in Crocs”. Then BOOM, you pull the trigger or deliver that roundhouse kick.
If your hero fantasy lacks such a line, well, then your hero fantasy sucks balls and you’re boring. To help you, we’ve collected the 11 most-awesome examples of finishing lines from action movie history.
11. T-800 Terminator – ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’
“Hasta la vista, baby.”
Since most people didn’t know what this meant initially, Arnold Schwarzenegger showed us that a solid finishing line isn’t just about the content. You need to have the right cadence and delivery as well.
10. John McClane – The Die Hard Series
“Yippie-ki-yay, mother f***er.”
Bruce Willis utters the perfect catchphrase for the ultimate urban cowboy.
9. Tony Montana – ‘Scarface’
“Say hello to my little friend!”
Get it? Because it’s not little! Al Pacino has an effing M16 assault rifle with a M203 grenade launcher.
8. “Dirty” Harry Callahan – ‘Dirty Harry’
“But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”
Don’t let Clint Eastwood‘s off-the-charts street grittiness fool you. He can artfully put somebody away and engage in a little mind-bending psychological warfare in the process.
7. President James Marshall – ‘Air Force One’
“Get off my plane.”
Vintage Harrison Ford. Unfortunately, this one’s not going to be applicable unless you are…well…on a plane … or a territorial geometrical shape.
6. Marion “Cobra” Cobretti – ‘Cobra’
“You’re the disease, and I’m the cure.”
Great line, but what happens afterward is a little mind-boggling. Why does Sylvester Stallone throw the knife into the guy’s chest, advise him to “drop it” and THEN shoot him? So many steps! When someone says, “Die!”, then proceeds to point multiple firearms in your direction, it’s probably smart to just go for YOUR firearm and buzz first. Just saying.
5. Martin Brody – ‘Jaws’
“Smile, you son of a…”
The beauty of this is one is that…you don’t actually hear Roy Scheider finish the line. We assume he says, “You son of a bitch,” but we’ll never know because the sound cuts away to fully capture the sonic magnitude of the shark’s total body explosion.
4. Russell Casse – ‘Independence Day’
“Hello, boys! I’m back!”
Randy Quaid might have been the unlikely hero in this movie, but he sure knew exactly what to say.
3. Eric Brooks/Blade – ‘Blade’
“Some motherf***ers are always trying to ice-skate uphill.”
What a universally relevant observation! Everyone gets so sick of those motherf***ers who are always trying to skate uphill! Wesley Snipes definitely gets points for creativity.
2. John Nada – ‘They Live’
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
1. Matt Hunter – ‘Invasion U.S.A.’
Yes…it’s time. Time for you to get absolutely annihilated by Chuck Norris‘s rocket launcher at close range and then disintegrate in one of the worst ’80s explosions of all time!