If there’s one thing more important for a movie action hero than coming up with a witty remark directly before killing someone, it’s coming up with a witty remark directly after killing someone. After all, as Eli Wallach said it in The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: “When you have to shoot, shoot! Don’t talk!” And that’s just one of the memorable quotes included in “100 Greatest One-Liners: After The Kill,” a new supercut from Burger Friction. This video comes hot on the heels of the group’s previous supercut, which focused on the greatest pre-murder one-liners. Burger Friction has transitioned, one might say, from the appetizer to the dessert. Extending the metaphor, the main course is the murder itself. The truly great stars know how to savor their kills like connoisseurs. It’s a trait, interestingly enough, that unites both heroes and villains. In this selfsame supercut, for instance, one finds clips from Die Hard in which both Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman spout clever post-murder witticisms.
Willis is one of the patron saints of this supercut, turning up time and again, and not always as John McClane. Also frequently seen is Sean Connery, who established the precedent early on in the James Bond franchise. Subsequent Bonds, including Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, also put in multiple appearances here. But the absolute, undisputed king of coldblooded one-liners has to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. The musclebound Austrian positively dominates with video with such classic comebacks as “Consider that a divorce!” (from Total Recall) and “You’re luggage!” (from Eraser) and many more. If the post-kill one-liner is an art form, then Schwarzenegger is its Picasso.