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Whenever the hero really starts beating the snot out of the bad guys, he'll start dedicating each strike either for a particular action the villain has done, or for someone special to the hero that the villain has killed or threatened. It will often culminate to the "final blow" being dedicated to what's really important overall - or not.
Anime & Manga
- In Slam Dunk, during a fight between a vicious gang and the basketball team, Sakuragi does this to the biggest guy who punched almost everyone there. He dedicates a furious punch for every one of his hurt teammates, but when it's his turn to "avenge" Rukawa, his main rival, he only gives a little pinch, to follow up with a punch for one of the bench. Everyone looks at the scene amazed, but, naturally, Rukawa is not very amused.
- In the final episode of Seto no Hanayome, Nagasumi unleashes a barrage of punches - naturally, he dedicates each one to San.
- In The Prince of Tennis, lead character Ryoma Echizen goes through this dialogue in a tennis match against then-antagonist Jin Akutsu. Even though it is tennis, to be fair, the first payback is a drive volley at point-blank range.
- When Goku begins beating the hell out of Nappa in Dragonball Z, each blow is dedicated to one of the heroes that Nappa has killed.
- Don't forget about Trunks shouting "THIS IS FOR GOHAN!" to Android 18 before completely destroying her when he returns to his timeline after taking several levels in badass during the Cell saga.
- In Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure, Hermes' revenge against her sister's murderer goes into this.
"This kick was for Gloria. And this one is also for Gloria. And the next one is also for Gloria. And the next one. And the one after that. And the next one, and next one... They're ALL for Gloria!"
- In One Piece, Nami strikes Nezumi with her staff, saying that it was for shooting Nojiko and wrecking Bellemere's mikan trees. In some abridged version, Luffy dedicates punches to Italian ice cream and Cheerios.
- In Naruto, when Choji uses his Deadly Upgrade, he effortlessly knocks Jirobo aside, saying it's for eating his last potato chip. He then steps on the downed Jirobo's hand, saying that it is for calling him worthless and fat, and then delivers a lethal punch to him for having insulted his best friend, Shikamaru.
- In the Baccano! light novel Drugs and Dominoes, Luck Gandor beats the hell out of Gustavo with a chair, announcing as he does that each blow is for a Gandor business or employee attacked by the Runorata under Gustavo's command. One of the more amusing items on the list was actually his own head, which one Runorata-hired druggie had sliced off some time before...Er, he got better.
Ladd: Oh, Dune, you poor faceless bastard!
- Detroit Metal City: Krauser II gives this speech as he humps death metal legend Jack III Dark on stage, randomly dedicating the last one to Kuririn...
- Pretty much the same thing happened in Gintama, only more randomly. Kagura kicks a turtle alien at the beach, shouting, "Stand up! That was for Krillin! Next is..." She gets interrupted before she can go on.
- Fist of the North Star plays this straight when Kenshiro kills Jagi: he uses a finishing move which consists of four blows dedicated to each person whose life was ruined by Jagi (including a young boy who lost his little brother). There's a more symbolic version later when Kenshiro begins using the abilities of fallen allies against their killers.
- A couple of Ranma One Half examples:
- The shishihokodan arc, centered around a ki-attack that gets more powerful the more depressed one is, has a number of scuffling sessions between Ranma and Ryoga, particularly when Ranma first tumbles on to its secret and they try to out-mope one another -- for a while they seem evenly matched, but Ryoga soon takes the upper hand, as his litany of misery starts to take on a personal element of long-held resentment. "This is because I always lose to you! [blast] This is because you stole my girlfriend! [blast] This is because you make fun of me for having no sense of direction! [blast]"
- Not too much later Ranma himself got to do it to his father Genma, who believed his son had finally surpassed him in skill -- the most significant aspect of this being (to Genma) an end to the days in which he could beat up his weaker child and eat all of their food himself, as apparently happened on a regular basis during Ranma's formative years (...and beyond). Ranma reassures him that he holds no grudge, and he certainly wouldn't think to take advantage of the situation... and of course we immediately cut to the sparring lot: "And this is for the rice bowl! This is for the pastrami!" [etc.]
- In Transformers Victory, the Beastforce does this collectively to Star Saber, for whom they blame Deathcobra's death (even though he was actually killed by Hellbat, who blamed Holi and Clipper).
- In Afro Samurai, The Rival, Kuma/Jinnosuke yells out characters who died as a direct result of their meeting our Anti-Hero. Only 3 of these characters were named previously, so we're apparently expected to know who Chiro and Zenkichi are.
- Given their past, they were probably members of the dojo who died in the same fight that maimed Jinnosuke.
- Yami Yugi does this with cards. in one of his many moments of luck and heroic resolve, he draws a six card combo where each card represents a friend lost to the Big Bad Cousin Oliver of the arc. Since there were more than 6 people lost, non-main characters were grouped with whichever main character they were closest to.
- As seen in the quote above, Yusuke Urameshi pulls this one in the Dark Tournament arc against Dr. Ichigaki. He delivers a pounding and a Shout-Out for each person Ichigaki had hurt or done wrong, including the three martial arts students he had enslaved, their master who he had given a terrible sickness, Kuwabara who had suffered grave injuries in trying to save the students from their enslavement, and then of course, he wraps it up with the quote at the top of the page, along with the fiercest blow.
- Played with in Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian chapter 2, where every strike is dedicated to the same person, Himeko.
- In D.Gray-man General Cross shoots the level 4 Akuma a lot and tells it he fired one bullet for every one of his allies it killed, and the rest were for ruining his coat.
- In the Mazinkaiser movie Deathmatch!! Great General of Darkness, Kouji delivers one to the titular General, punctuating each strike with the titular mech's Kaiser Knuckle before finishing it (and him) off with a point-blank Turbo Smasher Punch.
- Even though he doesn't say it himself, when Masaru has Kurata at his mercy, his friends tell him to deal the killing blow for all Digimon that Kurata has killed. Masaru and ShineGreymon Burst Mode are happy to oblige.
- Done Awesomely and Humorously with Blade from NEEDLESS.
- In episode 28 of Fairy Tail "Fairy Law", Natsu beats up Gajeel (who was coated with Scales of the Iron Dragon, no less) with a Blazing Fire Dragon Fist, dedicating the blows to Levy, Jet, Droy, Nab, Macao, Master Makarov, Erza…and Lucy. And for destroying the Fairy Tail guild.
- Invoked by Yusuke in Yu Yu Hakusho as he is fighting a horribly mutated, demonic doctor, the final words seen in the above page quote.
- In X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, Boom-Boom, having used a Friending Network to research a villain who'd humiliated her, gets a rematch and starts dedicating the Non-Fatal Explosions she uses to knock the villain around: (BOOM)"This is for tricking me with a crappy superpower!" (Boom) "This is for being dumb enough to put damaging personal information on a website!" (BOOM)"And this is for having more inter-friends than me!"
- Global Frequency #10: The Frenchman, after tearing off the Psycho for Hire's arm at the shoulder, beating him to death with it, and stuffing it into his mouth: "And that's for stealing my girlfriend's book on biofeedback."
- During the GLA miniseries, Squirrel Girl reminds her squirrel army "that this" is for her squirrel sidekick, Monkey Joe, as they incapacitate the villain Machete. A bit of a subversion, as Machete had absolutely nothing to do with Monkey Joe's death, and the next panel has the ghost of Monkey Joe saying "Not like it's going to bring me back or anything."
- Deadpool did this quite often...Usually for something utterly unrelated to the target of his attacks. Shouting "And this is for the Valdez!" while attacking Roxxon (NOT Exxon, the actual owners of the Valdez), for example.
Deadpool (in Germany): This is for NORMANDY! And this is for... Uhm... For... Bridgitte Nielsen!
Dude in headlock: But she's not Ger-AAARGH!
- A Moment of Awesome during Walt Simonson's Thor run (a run that seemed to accumulate Crowning Moments of Awesome) had Odin, Thor and Loki join forces against Surtur as the fire-demon attacked Asgard with the intent to bring about Ragnarok.
Odin: For Asgard!
Thor: For Midgard!
Loki: For Myself!
- In Fables, Pinocchio uses this when he's tearing into The Blue Fairy. He relates every single instance he almost had sex, as it's kind of hard to score when you're stuck with the body of a 7-9 year old boy. This Troper can easily see why he's so teed off...
- As Rose Almond prepares to shoot Adam Susan in V for Vendetta, her mental monologue runs along these lines: "Yes, because my husband gave his life up working for you, and you don't even recognize me. Yes, because I had a life and a husband but you didn't care. Yes, because you played games with our lives, and they didn't matter to you, but they were all that we had. Yes. Yes."
- Hilarious non-violent example happens in a Mafalda strip. Mafalda is a girl who hates soup with a reverence (to the point that she uses it as a curse). The following exchange happens:
Mafalda: Who thinks of making soup in summer? No one! Only you think to make soup in summer!
Mother: Am I original or not?
Mafalda (thinking): This one for giving arguments to the enemy. * gulp* This one for not knowing what to answer. * gulp* This one for...
- Beasts of Burden when Orphan attacks the frog creature.
- Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man, during the 'Back in Black' timeframe: Betty Brant rescues Flash and Peter from Arrow by repeatedly blasting her with a shotgun. She underlines each shot with one of these, ending with "And this is for making me afraid of toilets!"
- ... and this is for my acorns.
- Gen 13: in one story arc Caitlin Fairchild became the only person on Earth unaffected by an insipid song that possessed mind-controlling qualities. Finally as she faced off against the creator of this mind-controlling song, she declared war against all bad music(in her opinion); "This is for Creed's 'With Arms Wide Open'! This is for the entire Oasis catalog! And this is for that 'Sunscreen' speech song! I mean, what's that all about?"
- In one issue of Transformers Generation 2, after Red Alert and Mirage are killed in battle, the surviving Autobots invoke them as they're kicking Cybertronian butt.
Film - Animated
- In Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, (the final film in the Aladdin trilogy), bandits storm the castle and disrupt Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding. The heroes do the best they can to defeat the interlopers, however, and Princess Jasmine gets in one dandy sucker punch on one of them, announcing coldly, "That was for ruining my wedding."
- In How to Train Your Dragon, Astrid does this to Hiccup.
Astrid: * PUNCH* That's for kidnapping me! * Kiss* And that's for everything else.
- She does this a few times, punching him ("That's for (something bad)!") and then kissing him, first on the cheek, then quickly on the mouth, then, at the end ("That's for scaring me!"), she kisses him slowly on the mouth, and doesn't say the rest.
- Chicken Run has a slight variation when Rocky the rooster returns to the chickens after leaving. Ginger first slaps him, saying 'That was for leaving', then follows up by going to Almost Kiss him, finishing 'And this is for coming back...'
Film - Live Action
- Played with (along with many other action tropes) in Last Action Hero. Jack Slater does the whole And This Is For routine, except "This is for blowing up my ex-wife's house!" is followed by a gentle slap on the hand. However, when he gets to the part regarding his daughter's black eye, he attempts to hurl the culprit through a wall.
- During the prom scene in 10 Things I Hate About You, Bianca does this to Joey ("That's for making my date bleed! That's for my sister! And that's... for me.")
- In Batman Forever, Robin's reaction upon finding Two-Face and expressing what comes very close to Unstoppable Rage over his family being murdered: (punch, knocking away Two-Face's gun) "That was for my mother!" (punch) "My father!" (punch) "My brother! AND THIS IS FOR ME!" (knocks him backwards and towards a cliff)
- Parodied in Not Another Teen Movie. (* Punch* "That's for taking Jamie to the prom!" * Punch* "That's for hurting Jamie at Preston's party!" * Punch* "That's for...being really weird!" * Punch* "...I don't know what that was for.")
- Anastasia includes another example, ending with "And this is for you. Da svidaniya!"
- Spoofed in Woody Allen's movie Gag Dub, Whats Up Tiger Lily?
- A more subtle version appears in Goldeneye as Bond faces off with movie villain and former friend Alec Trevelyan. Earlier in the film Alec had referenced a small tradition they shared during a dangerous mission: "For England, James?" "For England, Alec." As Alec is about to die, he says again, "For England, James?" Bond responds, "No. For me."
- Ironically, early in the film, M warns Bond against employing this trope when she sends him on a mission where he is sure to cross paths with the man who presumably murdered Trevelyan in the film's prologue. "Avenging Alec Trevelyan will not bring him back."
- Appears (doubled, in fact) even earlier in Octopussy:
Mishka: And this (prepares to throw knife at Bond)... for my brother! (charges towards Bond, who opens the door behind him)
James Bond: (Throws his own knife and impales him) And that's for 009!
- Samwise Gamgee, the normally non-threatening gardener in The Lord of the Rings, even did this, dedicating Orc kills as he scaled a tower to rescue Frodo: "This is for Mr. Frodo! (stab) And this is for the Shire! (slice) And this is for my old Gaffer!" (thrust)
- At the end of Blade Runner, Roy Batty snaps two of Deckard's fingers, dedicating each to one of Deckard's kills.
- In Hook the title villain, in an effort to turn Peter Pan's son, Jack, against Pan, has the boy do this while smashing clocks for things like not letting him blow bubbles in his chocolate milk. (At least at first. They get more serious later on.)
- In The Fugitive, Dr. Richard Kimble asks "Why Helen?", while beating up Dr. Charles Nichols, the man who engineered his wife's death.
- In Dunston Checks In, as Robert Grant sends Lord Rutledge sliding across a table at the end of their fight, he says "And this is for tying up my son!"
- The adaptation of The Spirit: To demonstrate just how dangerous his latest chemical formula can be even if the temperature if off by "one or two degrees," The Octopus squirts some into a cat's (Muffin) dish, which upon consumption causes it to dissolve, save for it's eyeballs. Once breaking free, The Spirit begins to punch him across the room: "This is for Sand! * PUNCH* This is for me! * PUNCH* And this is for MUFFIN!!" * SUPER KICK*
- The Rifftrax for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets featured the angry Whomping Willow.
Mike (as Willow): This is for letting a million Japanese beetles get under me.
- A hilarious example from the film Mannequin: 'Switcher - this one's for my Mama!'
- Commentary on The Mummy Returns reveals that Ardeth originally had the line "That was for Horus!" (his falcon) after killing Lock-Nah, who had just shot the little falcon. Sadly, it was deleted because of fear that moronic viewers wouldn't have been paying attention to the one previous time he says the falcon's name.
- It still shows up in the novelization.
- In The Godfather Part II, Vito's father was murdered by a Sicilian mafia boss, Don Ciccio, when Vito was a child. He escaped to the U.S., became an influental crime boss there, and eventually returned to Sicily to meet Don Ciccio.
Don Ciccio: What was your father's name?
Vito: Antonio Andolini.
Don Ciccio: You'll have to speak up. I can't hear you
Vito: My father's name was Antonio Andolini... and this is for you! (stabs him)
- In Spy Hard, two bad guys start beating up a No Celebrities Were Harmed stand-in for Macaulay Culkin:
- In Back to the Future Part II, when Biff realises Marty stole the sports Almanac off him.
Biff: What the hell? You steal my stuff? (kicks Marty in the groin). And this one's for my car! (kicks him again.)
- This trope is in two Steven Segal movies:
- Hard to Kill -- Mason Storm kills one assassin with a pool stick to the neck. Then he says this:
Mason: That's for my wife. Fuck you and die.
- On Deadly Ground -- Forrest Taft shoots Michael Jennings down into oil in favor of Masu:
Forrest: I'd shoot you, but I don't wanna dirty my bullets...
Masu: Dirty one for me, Forrest.
[shoots down Michael Jennings, who falls into oil]
Masu: That was for my father.
- John Q -- Has one scene involving a guy attempting to take down John Q while his girlfriend instead, mace sprays 'him' and not John Q, in addition to kicking him down, even in the groin.
- In Lethal Weapon 2 Martin Riggs says the names of all his friends and loved ones killed by the South Africans as he empties his Beretta into a mook.
- A much nicer version appears in Raiders of the Lost Ark:
Marion: (kisses Sallah's cheek) That is for Fayah...(kisses his other cheek)...that is for your children...and this is for you. (kisses his lips)
- Free Willy 2, Jesse's younger half-brother Elvis befriends Willy's little brother Littlespot. None of the whales are actually harmed, just endangered for a while but Elvis still gets in a "And that's for Littlespot!" as he kicks a bad guy into the water.
- Wild Geese II. Ex-Regimental Sergeant Major James Murphy is used to train the group in how to act like soldiers for a prisoner rescue. One of the group is IRA terrorist Hourigan, who repeatedly taunts Murphy; at the end of the training Murphy shoots Hourigan in the kneecaps, telling him it's for some British soldiers he'd killed in an ambush. "But this one Hourigan, this one's for me." (shoots him in the head)
- In the Remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Clancy Brown's character declares "This is for my son!" as he throws a molotov cocktail into the gas-soaked warehouse Freddy Kreuger is hiding in.
- The Avengers: Tony rattles off a list of the people Loki made the mistake of crossing, ending with this:
- The absolute king of this: In R.A. Salvatore's second published Drizzt novel, Bruenor the dwarf king-in-exile accomplishes his life dream of finding his ancestral home, which his clan was run out of when he was barely old enough to remember. When he finds it, he discovers it's still inhabited and operated by an evil dwarven sub-race. Using the axe and armor he inherited from the discovered remains of his father and grandfather (they died fighting heroically, of course), Bruenor examines the place. He runs into a group of the new inhabitants, and becomes so over-wrought during the skirmish he dedicates each axe strong to his ancestors, beginning with: "For me father! For me father's father!" Later he's heard saying, "For me father's father's father's father's--". Lampshaded when the narrator says Bruenor's ancestral line was "long indeed. The gray dwarves never had a chance."
- An odd combination with the McCloud Speech in the Doctor Who Virgin New Adventures novel Infinite Requiem. When one of the characters realises the full extent of the Doctor's manipulative plan, she knocks him to the ground, saying "This is for using me!" Then she kisses him, saying "And this is for saving our lives."
- CS Lewis's A Horse and His Boy when Aslan wounds Aravis in order to make her know the pain inflicted on her stepmother's slave. The slave was whipped due to Aravis' actions, and Aravis earlier stated that she didn't care what happened to the slave.
- Shouted (mentally) by the enraged Companion Gwena (a magic spirit horse) while trampling one of Valdemar's most brutal enemies to death in Mercedes Lackey's Mage Winds trilogy.
- In Paul Robinson's Instrument of God, Andrea 528, researching her criminal case, gets into an argument in the law library with a rapist who's researching his case. They trade insults, and then it rises to a fight. She more or less beats the tar out of him, with her first punch a bit of retribution for the woman he raped, when she says, "This is for Ann!" before clocking him one so hard he drops to the floor.
- At the very beginning of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Wraith Squadron, Myn Donos loses his command, Talon Squadron, to Admiral Trigit's various plans. His almost-girlfriend Falynn dies during the final battle. Needless to say, Revenge Ensues. And then Trigit (while losing badly) decides to bail from his Star Destroyer in a fighter. Donos shoots him down with two missiles. One for Falynn, two for Talon.
- A psychological example in the Revenge of the Sith novelization, where Anakin unleashes his various childhood demons while fighting Count Dooku, followed up by projecting the atrocities he's suffered during the war against Dooku.
When Count Dooku flies at him, blade flashing, Watto's fist cracks out from Anakin's childhood to knock the Sith Lord tumbling back. When with all the power that the dark side can draw from throughout the universe, Dooku hurls a jagged fragment of the durasteel table, Shmi Skywalker's gentle murmur I knew you would come for me, smashes it aside.
In three seconds, d'Artagnan had given him three strokes of the sword, saying at each stroke:
"One for Athos, one for Porthos, one for Aramis!"
At the third stroke, the gentleman fell in a heap.
D'Artagnan thought he was dead, or at least unconscious, and went up to him to take the order; but just as he reached out to search him, the wounded man, who had not let go of his sword, thrust the point into his chest, saying:
"And one for you!"
"And one for me! Saving the best for last!" d'Artagnan cried, furious, and pinned him to the ground with a fourth stroke through the stomach.
- Occurs straight in Redwall, when Matthias kills Asmodeus Poisonteeth, but instead of the character yelling it, the narration does it for him:
He struck for Redwall!
He struck for Methuselah!
[...and so on until...]
He struck until his paws ached and the sword fell from them!
- "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!" This only when Inigo says it as he actively beats up Count Rugen, not when he says it earlier in the book.
- In the book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, all but one of the title character's friends are murdered by a wizard who cannot be killed or basically every wizard in the world will descend upon the killer and destroy not only him, but everyone he's ever known. So when Locke finally catches him he can't kill him and instead cuts off his fingers, saying "This is for Nazca. That's Calo. Galdo, too." etc. Then, when he runs out of friends, he just says "those are for me and Jean." And then he cuts out the guy's tongue, too.
- He later does an extended version for just his fellow Gentleman Bastards as he repeatedly stabs the Gray King, who hired said wizard, saying a name after each stab and calling the owner his brother and friend. In Bug's case, his birth name is given for the first (and last) time and he is also called Locke's apprentice.
- In the second book, Locke takes this entirely literally, offering the archon of Tal Verrar to his enemies to be tortured, as a "death-offering" for the life of Ezri, who died (indirectly) as the result of the archon's scheming.
- He later does an extended version for just his fellow Gentleman Bastards as he repeatedly stabs the Gray King, who hired said wizard, saying a name after each stab and calling the owner his brother and friend. In Bug's case, his birth name is given for the first (and last) time and he is also called Locke's apprentice.
- White Star, a book about an ex-marine who was a sniper during the Vietnam war forced back into sniping when one of the people he didn't kill comes back, delivers one at the end of the book. Earlier the sniper was tricked into killing his nanny/childminder/cook, and it plagues him throughout the book. At the very end he is shot through the forearm, hand, and leg, as well as burned all over and blown up with a makeshift nail bomb. He finally catches the enemy sniper, shoots him in every place the sniper got him, then walks away, declaring 'our accounts are closed.' Then he walks back, puts his gun on the bad guy's forehead, and tells him 'but (her) account is still owing.' and blows him away. Also a case of eye for an eye.
- At the very end of The Aeneid, Turnus, defeated by Aeneas, begs for mercy. Aeneas is about to let him live but then sees that he is wearing a sword-belt he took from Aeneas's friend Pallas, whom he killed earlier. Aeneas gets angry, says (roughly), "This is for Pallas!" and kills him. This makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
- Used in the The Dresden Files novel Turncoat, though with magic instead of fists since Harry is a wizard. He delivers a powerful magical blow to the Skinwalker, recanting the names of everyone he cares about that the beast has hurt (magic is fueled by emotion). Unfortunately, it's little more than a bloody nose, and leaves him utterly exhausted.
- Invoked and arguably subverted in Diana Wynne Jones' Cart and Cwidder, when mild, dreamy Moril finally loses his temper and attacks the enemy with his Magic Music. He strikes chords for his friend's hanged brother, for his murdered father, for his imprisoned brother and the coming war--and at the end of it all he's closed up the pass the enemy was coming through, with them inside. Later, though, he acknowledges that he really did it because his beloved horse had just been killed.
- At the end of the second book in The Hollows, Rachel does this to Piscary. The first blow is for sending Algaliarept to kill her, the second for raping Ivy, and the third for killing her father.
- Toward the end of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls Emily with a 'y' says this when she stabs Doctor Stockhill for the girls who couldn't be there followed immediately by Sir Edward for the rats.
- In the Dale Brown novel Wings of Fire, Chris Wohl says this is for the two men he lost and Wendy McLanahan when he Vigilante Executes Pavel Kazakov.
- In Assassin's Creed: Renaissance, Ezio stabs Francesco de'Pazzi multiple times, invoking the names of his dead family members and Giuliano de'Medici.
- In the novelization of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sam stabs Starscream in the eye with a grapple gun and screams, "That's for Mirage, you son of a bitch!" after Starscream ruthlessly kills Mirage. Then he adds, "And for trying to crush my girlfriend!"
- The In Death series. Eve has one after the fact, with the knockout being for the victim.
- The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, when Locke takes revenge on the Grey King:
"Calo Sanza, my brother and my friend! Galdo Sanza, my brother and my friend! ... Bug. His real name was Bertilion Gadek. My apprentice. My brother. And my friend."
Live Action TV
- Subverted in Sledge Hammer!: When the title character throws in one more punch than he dedicates, and when asked who that was for, he says, "that one was gratuitous."
- A slightly modified version in Eureka: Jo Lupo does this to Callister Raynes. * Kiss* That was for coming back..." * punch* "And that was for leaving."
- In the Dark Angel episode "Fuhgeddaboudit" Max beats up Alec while listing everything he has done to annoy her all season. She finishes with, "and this is for whatever stupid thing you do next!"
- Shortly after Babylon 5 secedes from Earth, a sleeper cell of Nightwatch agents kidnaps Delenn and a visiting Minbari captain, and one of them wounds Delenn while escaping. When Sheridan catches up to the perp and pounds the crap out of him, he vents his rage: "No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch! No more hostages! No more lies! Not on my station! Not on my watch! NO MORE!"
- A better Babylon 5 example comes from the first season episode "Born to the Purple," when Londo is beating up Travis. "This is for Adira!" *Punches Travis to the floor.* "And this is for me!" *Kicks him when he's down.*
- An early episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer involving frat boys had Xander, having earlier been punished for crashing their party, get some revenge while shouting things like, "And this is for the wig! And the makeup! And the dress!"
- In a wickedly cheesy Supernatural moment, just after they've killed the Big Bad, Dean crouches down by the corpse and says "That was for our Mom, you son of a bitch."
- In the Lost third season finale, Sawyer shoots Tom, saying, "That's for taking the kid off the raft," a Call Back to the first season finale when the Others kidnapped Walt.
- One episode of Deep Space Nine centers around Worf doing a major mission and dedicating it to Jadzia, so she may properly enter Sto-Vo-kor.
- "That was for Lakarian City." Awesome moment.
- Done on Gossip Girl, when Nate's dad is leaving the country, Nate starts to go, then turns around and punches his father, saying "That was for Mom."
- Mr. Bean. Bean is watching television, and although we can't see what's on we can hear machine-gun fire and someone shouting between bursts: "This is for my brother...this is for my sister...this is for my father...(etc)" Bean turns it off in disgust.
- In the Taxi episode "Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish?", Funny Foreigner Latka meets Simka, a woman from the same country as him; when he tries to break the ice by telling jokes about the "Mountain People" (a clan to which she belongs, unbeknownst to him), she responds by slapping him repeatedly for her mother, father, grandfather, etc. (Latka: "I hope you have a small family...")
- During the American Roadtrip episode of Top Gear, the following occurs when the three presenters are trying to get each other killed via painting offensive slogans on each other's cars while driving through Alabama:
Hammond: [painting Clarkson's car] Revenge for all those height gags. Every time he's called me "Hamster."
Clarkson: [painting May's car] This is for every time you've been late and lost.
May: [defending his work to a genuinely dismayed Hammond and Clarkson] All the times you drove into the back of my Cadillac.
- In Power Rangers SPD Commander Cruger does a form of this when he's fighting the criminal who supposedly killed his wife.
- Used for comedy in Blackadder Back and Forth, where the modern Blackadder punches out William Shakespeare, saying it's for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next 400 years, for all the suffering Shakespeare's work is going to put them through. Then he adds a kick for Kenneth Branagh's four-hour version of Hamlet. When Blackadder returns to 1999, he learns that this attack made Shakespeare stop writing, which was a contributing factor to France ruling over modern England.
- In Eastenders, Den Watts tricks Phil Mitchell into helping him pull off a robbery. He ends up leaving Phil to be arrested by the police as revenge for Phil punching his daughter, having his son beaten up and Phil forbidding his ex-wife Lisa Fowler from having contact with their baby.
Den: [sneering at Phil from the roof after trapping him] This is for Sharon. [proceeds to throw a gun in with him to further frame Phil for armed robbery] And that's for Dennis. Oh yeah, and I got you a little something from Lisa! [empties the bag of the money the pair of them had originally planned to steal all around Phil]
- In the fifth season finale of Dexter, Lumen stabs Jordan Chase, saying "this is for all the women you've hurt".
- Jordan Chase was responsible for the gang-rape, torture, and murder of at least a dozen women. He was also responsible for Lumen's own rape and torture.
- Braca (The Dragon) to the series Big Bad Scorpius in Season 4 of Farscape. One shot. One line: 'This is for all the times I had to say yes.' The real killer is that he's on Scorpius' side when he does it. The other Big Bad giving him the order just didn't realise it at the time.
- Battlestar Galactica Classic (original series). In the pilot Apollo says "This one's for Zac!" as he blasts a Cylon fighter.
- Twenty Four had one right before Jack killed Christopher Henderson:
Jack: You are responsible for the deaths of David Palmer, Tony Almeida, and Michelle Dessler. They were friends of mine.
Henderson: That's the way it works.
- Gemma Butler on Ringer gets two:
- When she finds out that her husband Henry is cheating on her with Siobhan, and slaps Bridget (who's pretending to be Siobhan - long and very twisty story).
Gemma: That's for sleeping with my husband, you whore!
- And when she gets the drop on the man who's kidnapped her on Siobhan's orders and eventually tries to murder her, but messes up the job.
- The last pre-chorus in Payback by Slayer:
You've got a fucking catheter in your brain/Pissing your common sense away/This is for the mindfuck/This is for the hell of it/This is for me...
- Prince does it in Lady Cab Driver, except he replaces fighting with sounds of (what else?) sex.
- In the country Coward of the County, Tommy, a coward sheriff, hears that the Gatlin boys attacked and "take turns on (his girl) Becky." Even though his dad told him not to fight unless absolutely necessary, Tommy goes to the bar where the men are at the time and confronts them in a good ol' fistfight. He could be heard saying "'This one's for Becky,' as he saw the last one fall."
- In Peanuts, an early set of strips showed Linus dealing with his frustrations by throwing rocks into a vacant lot.
This is for hot summer nights! And this is for cold winter mornings! And this is for lies and broken promises! (turns to Charlie Brown standing nearby) Do you have any requests?
- During the climactic battle of the Transformers fic Screaming Blue Murder, Starscream finally gets his shot at Fatigue, the tractor-mech who beat him most of the way to death while he was drugged back in chapter five or so, and calls out, "this is for Warp," while destroying one eye, because the drugrunners Fatigue fronts for messed with Skywarp pretty badly, "and for Sepp," on the other, meaning Forceps, the OC surgeon who picked Screamer up off the street and rebuilt him against all common sense, and who Fatigue left paralyzed, and then finishes with the traditional, "and for me."
Takanuva:For Takua, for Lesovikk, and for all the Toa and Matoran whose lives you have ruined, I strike. *Gets blasted through the wall.*
- In Star Wars: Republic Commando, Scorch, after shooting a group of droids, says, "And that was for Delta 32! ... or was that Delta 23?..."
- While not used in the game itself, a walkthrough for Quest for Glory V features too great a parody to pass up: The hero's showdown with The Assassin is described as involving a series of punches, stabs, and high-fives where appropriate for the various people he's killed.
- The Player Character in Postal 2 often shouts "And one for..." after killing someone.
And one for your mother!
And one for the pope!
And one for Bobo the space monkey!
And one because I have ammo left!
And one just because I can!
- A sniper in the Call of Duty 2 Soviet campaign invokes this by saying "This one's for my * family member* " as he is shooting Nazis, and goes through his family, before ending with "and this one's for my dog! HOW YOU LIKE IT?!" and laughing maniacally. Then he gets blown up by a tank.
- Modern Warfare 2: A villainous example is where Makarov mutters "For Zakhaev." before taking on the FSB after the airport massacre.
- Modern Warfare 3: Two times, by Captain Price. "This is for the boys in Hereford", said when he kills Waraabe, and quoted above, "This is for Soap", before he and Yuri storm the hotel where Makarov is hiding.
- Used in Trauma Center for a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Used in Super Street Fighter 4 by Guile during his rival fight against M. Bison.
- In Fire Emblem, Sain's quote before the final battle is "This is for all the lovely ladies I've yet to meet!"
- A variation appears in the first Kingdom Hearts; randomly during the Olympus Colosseum rounds, after a victory Donald Duck would declare "For Daisy!"
- Blood Rayne 2 - While killing Kagan "This is for my mother! (Stab) This is for my city! (Stab) And this is for my angry little misspent life! (decapitation) You rat sucking son of a bitch!
- Lilarcor from Baldurs Gate II will occasionally segue into one of these during combat:
Lilarcor: ...And this one's for grandma, who said I'd never amount to anything more than a butter knife!
- A rare villainous example existed in Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater. After Snake ends up getting caught by Volgin (who wasn't easily fooled by Snake disguising himself as Raikov, because he "knew the Major far better than anyone else, as well as The Boss unmasking Snake, Volgin gives him a huge beatdown (remarked as one of the more horrifying elements of the game) in order to "make [Snake] pay for hurting Ivan." It's not the last time this sort of thing happens, either. Equip the Raikov mask, punch or shoot Volgin when he lets his guard down, and then he'll charge at you in a fury and shout "HOW DARE YOU!! You will pay for what you did to Ivan!"
- One ending of Alpha Protocol customizes this depending on who the villain killed--for instance, two different love interests can be mentioned depending on their current vital signs.
- Sometimes, before unleashing an Overdrive, Auron from Final Fantasy X will cry out, "This is for the fallen!"
- Done right at the end of Gears of War 3 As Marcus stabs the Queen with Dom's knife growling; "Feel that? That's from Dom, and everybody else you killed, you bitch!"
- A less personal one is the COG rallying call "For the Fallen" in multilayer.
- Only discussed by Morgan in Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan, while talking in her sleep: "THIS is for JUGBENDER!"
- Before that, in Chapter 1, Guybrush raises his Cutlass of Kaflu and says, "This is for the monkeys, LeChuck!" before his Pox-infected hand goes out of control, making him unable to kill the human LeChuck.
- In Destroy All Humans!: Path of the Furon, Crypto does this as he punches Saxon during the end of the final mission in Shen Long:
"This is for the Master! And because I don't like you! And for you BOGUS. SATIN. JAMMIES!"
- In Saints Row the Third, the Boss, if the Female 1 voice is chosen, will give one when planting each explosive during the final mission of the serious ending.
- In Mass Effect 3, Shepard does this after impaling Kai Leng on the omni-blade, on behalf of either Thane, Miranda, or Major Kirrahe, depending on which of them Leng killed earlier. There's even a version for both Thane *and* Miranda.
- In Eternal Darkness, every character you've played thus far--with the exception of the first, who becomes the Final Boss--appears in the last battle. Every single person who has suffered and/or died and/or worse gets their chance to strike back at Pious Augustus.
- Mijuu of Juathuur here.
- In Exterminatus Now #303, Lothar Hex, Psycho for Hire, tests out his new robotic limbs... on his teammates. Panel by panel, it goes...
Lothar: That's for cutting my limbs off! (punches Rouge in the gut)
Lothar: That's for kicking me in the head! (knees Rogue in the jaw)
Lothar: That's for pushing me down the stairs! (punches Eastwood in the face)
Lothar: That's so you don't feel left out! (kicks Syrus in the crotch)
- In Questionable Content, Momo's first act with her new chassis is to take revenge on Pintsize.
Momo: THIS is for all the times you tried to look under my skirt!
- G.I. Joe: The Movie had Sergeant Slaughter doing this while repeatedly body-slamming Nemesis Enforcer: "This is for Gung-Ho, Alpine, and Bazooka!" (slam) "This is for Falcon!" (punch) "This is for me!" (elbow) "This is for Duke!" (punch) "AND THIS IS FOR THE U.S. OF A.!!!" (body slam)
- Gladiator Draega does this to Mongul in the Justice League episode "War World." "This is for my people!" (punch) "This is for my humiliation!" (punch) "And this is for justice!" (PUNCH)
- Made sublimely Narmy by the actor's weird pronunciation: "And this is for JOSS-TISS!"
- Subverted in The Simpsons: A WWI soldier pulls the pin on a hand grenade, starts calling out the names of all the other soldiers in his company that the grenade is for, and becomes so wrapped up in the speech that he forgets to throw it before it goes off.
"This one's for you, Kaiser Bill. Special delivery from Uncle Sam and all the boys in D company. Yeah... Johnny, Harris, Brooklyn Bob. And Reggie. Yeah, even Reggie. He ain't so stuck up once you get to know hi-" *KABOOM!*
- "That's for taking credit for other people's work!"
- Played for Laughs in "Maggie Makes Three"; when Homer quits his job at the power plant, he proceeds to literally do whatever he wants to Mr. Burns. Upon leaving, he remarks: "That's for employing me for eight years!"
- During "Simpsons Tall Tales", Homer, as Paul Bunyan, says "This one's for that crippled little boy... that I crippled.".
- A villain example: In part 1 of the Darkwing Duck episode "Just Us Justice Ducks", the title character's evil twin Negaduck jumps on top of Darkwing's body with Punctuated Pounding, then leaves and comes back for more, simultaneously announcing his team-up with 4 other villains: "Oh, almost forgot... This is for MEGAVOLT! (jump) BUSHROOT! (jump) LIQUIDATOR! (jump) QUACKERJACK! (jump) And NEGADUCK... (jump) makes five: The Fearsome Five!!"
- Done in Family Guy episode "Don't Make Me Over," where, after Meg is tricked into having sex with Jimmy Fallon as part of the cold opening to SNL, Peter attacks Fallon during his monologue, but Peter attacks Jimmy Fallon for all those times Fallon has ever cracked up in his sketches, citing that only Carol Burnett has earned the right to do that, then Peter wonders where the guy who had sex with his daughter is.
- Spider-Man: The Animated Series: During the Hobgoblin's first two-parter, he puts Aunt May in the hospital while kidnapping Harry Osborn. Spider-Man later gets Hob to cripple his own glider via Deadly Dodging, and watches him crash into the river. "THAT was for Aunt May!"
- In The Spectacular Spider-Man, Spider-Man is seething over the fact that he was forced to publicly defend a Villain with Good Publicity from an attack by Super Villain the Green Goblin. In battle, he delivers a particularly violent kick to Green Goblin's face, adding "That's for making me protect Tombstone!"
- Done by Helsinki Man in The Secret Show episode which takes as its title his catchphrase: "And that's for Helsinki!".
- In the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Three Men and a Booby", Monty yells "This is for the Parmesan we left behind!" before launching a plunger at a cage with the mother booby.
- In Batman the Animated Series, Batman does this to master villain Thorne: (slams wrist) "That's for pulling a gun," (throws Thorne across the room) "and that's for the drugs," (Punches Thorne in the face) "And that's for anything I missed."
- Made incredibly badass because Bats sounds like he's only barely resisting the urge to tear Thorne limb from limb with his bare hands.
- In Superman: The Animated Series, in "Legacy", when Superman goes to settle with Darkseid after breaking free of his mindwashing, he does this.
Superman: (punch) That's for Dan Turpin.
Superman: The good man you murdered!
Darkseid: Had I known one human's death would pain you so, I would have killed more.
- A non-violent example comes in the Peanuts special Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: A heartbroken Linus - after seeing his beloved teacher Miss Othmar drive off with her boyfriend - stops to throw the chocolate candies he'd bought for her off a bridge, one by one: "This one is for love! This one is for Valentine's! This one is for romance! This one is for Elizabeth Barrett Browning!"
- Coop from Megas XLR. You do not mess with the Mega Slush.
- One episode of the Powerpuff Girls plays with this. They were tricked by a prank phone call into attacking Fuzzy Lumpkins. When we see him, he's just taking a bath.
Buttercup: (punching him) THIS is for anything you broke!
Blossom: (pulling his antennae) THIS is for anyone you hurt!
Bubbles: And THIS is for taking a BATH! (hits him with a banjo)
- In one episode of Codename: Kids Next Door, Kuki Sanban aka Numbah Three, does this as she goes on an Long List of all her dolls ruined by the monstrous lice they're fighting in the episode.
- This happens in Danny Phantom a lot.
- On the Gargoyles episode "The New Olympians", Taurus yells "This is for my father!" as he strikes Proteus.
- Done during an epic fight in the American Dad episode "Bullocks to Stan".
- A variation from the Veggie Tales DVD "Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving." When Nicholas returns home after years abroad, his old friend Octavius slaps him with a fish, telling him, "That's for not writing!" and then slaps him again, this time for not calling. They then share a tender reunion, and toward the end of their conversation, he slaps Nicholas one more time. "That's for not bringing me back a souvenir."
- Humorously subverted in a Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode while taking a jab at the Joker Immunity trope. After getting zapped and regenerated once, Zorak reveals he destroyed a toy collection, and Space Ghost proceeds to zap Zorak repeatedly for each one of the toys he ruined. Still mad, Space Ghost finally decides to give him "one to grow on," and Zorak doesn't reappear. Space Ghost spends the rest of the episode in remorse when in fact Zorak escaped off-stage in the chaos.
- In Dan Vs. "Traffic," Dan encounters Helicopter Hal, the radio traffic reporter, and punches him.
- Parodied on South Park. In "City on the Edge of Forever" Kenny McCormick kills death while yelling "and this one's for me" over and over.
- In Aladdin the animated series when Genie turns into a soldier and starts firing a machine gun in a random direction when he thinks he's under attack.
Genie: This is for Joe! And this is for Moe! And this is for BARTHOLOMEW!
- Occurred in Futurama while The Professor (in Bender's body) was in the middle of a Sword Fight with another robot. He calls out the name of a robot who had sacrificed herself moments earlier.
Professor: This is for Big Bertha! (lunges forward only to end up getting his sword stuck in a wall) That is not what I meant to give you for Big Bertha.
- ↑ (sadly, a few moments he has a second try and succeeds - but sadly for him Siobhan shoots him shortly afterwards)