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22nd Jun '17 12:52:09 PM Jgamer
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* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': [[spoiler: Lewis is surrounded on all sides in the middle of a BadFuture brought about by an invention his future self will create. He complains to himself, "Why did I invent that stupid hat!?" which gives him the idea to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by [[PuffOfLogic swearing to never create the evil hat]].]]
12th Jun '17 3:39:29 PM KtommyRessurected
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': "Love will thaw? Love, of course. Love!"

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': "Love will thaw? Love, of Love. Of course. Love!"
11th Jun '17 11:30:11 AM nombretomado
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* According to ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Albert Einstein has conceived his famous mass/energy equivalence formula (you know, E=mc^2) while watching Wakko writing "Acme" backwards (his "a" looked like a "2"). In a similar episode, the Warners were cleaning [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] chimney (badly, of course) and humming an obnoxious tune that went a little something like "Hm hm hm hmmmmmmmm". As they're leaving, ol' Ludwig finally has the inspiration for his Fifth Symphony. The next house on the Warners' route is "that Van Gogh grouch again", and Wakko picks a sunflower to help cheer him up.

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* According to ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Albert Einstein has conceived his famous mass/energy equivalence formula (you know, E=mc^2) while watching Wakko writing "Acme" backwards (his "a" looked like a "2"). In a similar episode, the Warners were cleaning [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] chimney (badly, of course) and humming an obnoxious tune that went a little something like "Hm hm hm hmmmmmmmm". As they're leaving, ol' Ludwig finally has the inspiration for his Fifth Symphony. The next house on the Warners' route is "that Van Gogh grouch again", and Wakko picks a sunflower to help cheer him up.
6th Jun '17 10:12:47 PM KtommyRessurected
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* ''Disney/Frozen'': "Love will thaw? Love, of course. Love!"

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* ''Disney/Frozen'': ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': "Love will thaw? Love, of course. Love!"
6th Jun '17 10:10:24 PM KtommyRessurected
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* ''Disney/Frozen'': "Love will thaw? Love, of course. Love!"
6th Jun '17 7:17:06 PM nombretomado
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* In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" in the WhateleyUniverse, Phase has a Eureka Moment in the middle of the final battle of the story. It nearly turns into a BrickJoke when we don't get to hear the deduction until well into the next novel, as the attack used by the Necromancer tells Phase [[spoiler: that there is a link between the Necromancer and Hekate, another of their Big Bads.]]

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* In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Phase has a Eureka Moment in the middle of the final battle of the story. It nearly turns into a BrickJoke when we don't get to hear the deduction until well into the next novel, as the attack used by the Necromancer tells Phase [[spoiler: that there is a link between the Necromancer and Hekate, another of their Big Bads.]]
6th Jun '17 10:45:36 AM lalalei2001
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'', Rand not disposing of his trash properly inspires Athena to dress the band up as garbage workers to bypass Geela's fleet.
2nd Jun '17 6:05:18 PM cybertoy0
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** In "The Trial" Steven has been brought to the Gem Homeworld to be put on trial for [[spoiler: Rose shattering Pink Diamond]]. While trying to prepare his case, the Zircon defense attorney is exasperated to learn that Steven doesn't really remember what happened way back when- and realizes that the reason he's being put on trial at all is because the official story has glaring contradictions.
-->'''Defense Zircon:''' ...You don't know how it happened. I get it. There's a reason why they want you to explain how you did it. It's because it ''doesn't make sense.''
1st Jun '17 12:26:08 PM Linda58
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** Ned has one in "A Golden Crown" when he realizes the truth Jon Arryn died for.

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** Ned has one in "A Golden Crown" when he realizes the truth Jon Arryn died for. The differences in medium (tv series vs. book) is nicely shown in this case. In the books, we saw his mental process as he realized the truth. Here, his facial expressions show viewers he's realized something, but he can't talk about it in front of his children.
27th May '17 9:53:58 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', when Rapunzel and Flynn are trapped in a dark cave filling rapidly with water and need light to see by, this exchange occurs:
-->'''Flynn''': My real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. I figured someone should know.
-->'''Rapunzel''': I have magic hair that glows when I sing -- I HAVE MAGIC HAIR THAT GLOWS WHEN I SING!
** "I'm the missing princess...."
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** Ralph realizes who Vanellope really is when [[spoiler:he sees the ''Sugar Rush'' video game and ''discovers her picture on the console'']].
** Vanellope gets her own when she sees Ralph hammering away at a [[spoiler:seemingly]] indestructible Jawbreaker. [[spoiler:The second she mentions it's indestructible, Ralph splits it in half, and Vanellope's eyes light up.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Buzz is trying to figure out who stole Woody with only a VanityLicensePlate to go by; LZTYBRN. The other toys are dismissive of this, and Mr. Potato Head just says, "Let's leave Buzz to his toys." This makes Buzz realize that the kidnapper is the Al from Al's Toy Barn, especially when they make Etch-a-sketch do a composite of the suspect in a chicken suit (which he found out when he picked up a feather that came out of Al's trunk Buzz was chasing his car earlier)..
* "Jack's Obsession" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' leads up to an Eureka Moment, with Jack even shouting "EUREKA!!!"
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': "...Set it off... now? Yes! That's it! We'll set the trap off ''now!''"
** Ratigan (angry): "Oh, I can just see that insufferable grin on his smug face... (smiling) yes... I can just see it..."

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* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansIIPatchsLondonAdventure'' Patch is [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath blue screening]] after his BrokenPedestal for Thunderbolt when Rapunzel and Flynn are one of his siblings references an episode of Thunderbolt's show where Thunderbolt escaped a cage like the ones they're trapped in in, misidentifying the number. Patch dully corrects them before realizing that he can use his memories of the show to get out of his cage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Tintin is about ready to call it quits after the bad guys get away and Captain Haddock gives him
a dark cave filling rapidly "YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre" speech about not letting failure get to him. It's this speech that gives Tintin an idea about how they can catch up with water and the bad guys.
-->'''Tintin:''' You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.\\
'''Haddock:''' Failed. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don't you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don't you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you
need light to see by, this exchange occurs:
-->'''Flynn''': My real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. I figured someone should know.
-->'''Rapunzel''': I have magic hair that glows when I sing -- I HAVE MAGIC HAIR THAT GLOWS WHEN I SING!
** "I'm the missing princess...."
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** Ralph realizes who Vanellope really is when [[spoiler:he sees the ''Sugar Rush'' video game
know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.]]\\
'''Tintin:''' What did you say earlier?\\
'''Haddock:''' You hit a wall, you push through it.\\
'''Tintin:''' No, something about sending a signal... ''(has an epiphany
and ''discovers her picture reacts with a clap)'' Of course! Captain, I sent a message on the console'']].
** Vanellope gets her own when she sees Ralph hammering away at
Karaboudjan! I know what frequency they're on!
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': "Crazy old Maurice, always good for
a [[spoiler:seemingly]] indestructible Jawbreaker. [[spoiler:The second she mentions it's indestructible, Ralph splits it in half, and Vanellope's eyes light up.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Buzz is trying to figure out who stole Woody with only a VanityLicensePlate to go by; LZTYBRN. The other toys are dismissive of this, and Mr. Potato Head just says, "Let's leave Buzz to his toys." This makes Buzz realize that the kidnapper is the Al from Al's Toy Barn, especially when they make Etch-a-sketch do a composite of the suspect in a chicken suit (which he found out when he picked up a feather that came out of Al's trunk Buzz was chasing his car earlier)..
* "Jack's Obsession" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' leads up to an Eureka Moment, with Jack even shouting "EUREKA!!!"
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': "...Set it off... now? Yes! That's it! We'll set the trap off ''now!''"
** Ratigan (angry): "Oh, I can just see that insufferable grin on his smug face... (smiling) yes... I can just see it...
laugh."



* In ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'', just when Pinocchio and Gepetto think they'll never escape Monstro the whale, Gepetto says that they should forget it and start a fire to cook some fish. This gives Pinocchio the idea to start a fire that will make Monstro sneeze them out.

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* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': "...Set it off... now? Yes! That's it! We'll set the trap off ''now!''"
** Ratigan (angry): "Oh, I can just see that insufferable grin on his smug face... (smiling) yes... I can just see it..."
* In ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' As Agent Kent Mansley leaves the Hughes after borrowing their phone he remarks about Hogarth's name which leads him to...
-->'''Kent Mansley''': "Hogarth?" That's an embarrassing name. They might as well have called him "Zeppo" or something. What kinda sick person would name their kid "Hogar...? (stops and looks over to Hogarth's smashed B-B gun which Kent found at the power station. It reads part of Hogarth's name: Hog- Hug) "Hog Hug?" HOG HUG? '''''HOGARTH HUGHES!!!''''' (''screeches his car to a stop'')
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Po has one of these after learning [[spoiler: the secret ingredient to his father's secret ingredient soup. There is no secret ingredient. It's this knowledge that allows him to understand the wisdom of the Dragon Scroll]].
** Shifu has an earlier one; Tai Lung is coming, and Po has proven to be completely inept at learning martial arts. He then sees Po perform athletic feats in order to get some ComfortFood, and realizes that he can use this fact to train him.
--->'''Po:''' ''(Up in the ceiling, doing a perfect split to hold himself up while eating cookies)'' No, this? …This is
just when Pinocchio and Gepetto think they'll never escape Monstro the whale, Gepetto says that they should forget it and start a fire to cook some fish. This gives Pinocchio the idea to start a fire that will make Monstro sneeze them out.an...accident.\\
'''Shifu:''' [[MeaningfulEcho …There are no accidents.]]



* "Jack's Obsession" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' leads up to an Eureka Moment, with Jack even shouting "EUREKA!!!"



* In ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'': When Oscar decides to [[spoiler:save Angie from the mob]], Lenny lets it slip to Sykes that Oscar is a phony. Sykes is horrified to discover this (earlier in the movie, Sykes joyfully told Lino, the head shark, to shut up), and begs Oscar to say he is a real Sharkslayer. Oscar admits he isn't, then realizes that the sharks don't know he's a fraud and gets the idea to keep his charade long enough to rescue Angie.
-->'''Sykes:''' Tell me you didn't make the whole thing up! T-T-Tell me that's not Lenny! Tell me you're a real Sharkslayer! PLEASE!
-->'''Oscar:''' I'm sorry, Sykes, I'm not. ...But the sharks don't know that.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'': When Oscar decides to [[spoiler:save Angie from ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'', just when Pinocchio and Gepetto think they'll never escape Monstro the mob]], Lenny lets it slip to Sykes whale, Gepetto says that Oscar is a phony. Sykes is horrified to discover this (earlier in the movie, Sykes joyfully told Lino, the head shark, to shut up), they should forget it and begs Oscar start a fire to say he is a real Sharkslayer. Oscar admits he isn't, then realizes that the sharks don't know he's a fraud and gets cook some fish. This gives Pinocchio the idea to keep his charade long enough to rescue Angie.
-->'''Sykes:''' Tell me you didn't
start a fire that will make the whole thing up! T-T-Tell me that's not Lenny! Tell me you're a real Sharkslayer! PLEASE!
-->'''Oscar:''' I'm sorry, Sykes, I'm not. ...But the sharks don't know that.
Monstro sneeze them out.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'': When Oscar decides to [[spoiler:save Angie from the mob]], Lenny lets it slip to Sykes that Oscar is a phony. Sykes is horrified to discover this (earlier in the movie, Sykes joyfully told Lino, the head shark, to shut up), and begs Oscar to say he is a real Sharkslayer. Oscar admits he isn't, then realizes that the sharks don't know he's a fraud and gets the idea to keep his charade long enough to rescue Angie.
-->'''Sykes:''' Tell me you didn't make the whole thing up! T-T-Tell me that's not Lenny! Tell me you're a real Sharkslayer! PLEASE!\\
'''Oscar:''' I'm sorry, Sykes, I'm not. ...But the sharks don't know that.



* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': "Crazy old Maurice, always good for a laugh."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' As Agent Kent Mansley leaves the Hughes after borrowing their phone he remarks about Hogarth's name which leads him to...
-->'''Kent Mansley''': "Hogarth?" That's an embarrassing name. They might as well have called him "Zeppo" or something. What kinda sick person would name their kid "Hogar...? (stops and looks over to Hogarth's smashed B-B gun which Kent found at the power station. It reads part of Hogarth's name: Hog- Hug) "Hog Hug?" HOG HUG? '''''HOGARTH HUGHES!!!''''' (''screeches his car to a stop'')
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Po has one of these after learning [[spoiler: the secret ingredient to his father's secret ingredient soup. There is no secret ingredient. It's this knowledge that allows him to understand the wisdom of the Dragon Scroll]].
** Shifu has an earlier one; Tai Lung is coming, and Po has proven to be completely inept at learning martial arts. He then sees Po perform athletic feats in order to get some ComfortFood, and realizes that he can use this fact to train him.
--->'''Po:''' ''(Up in the ceiling, doing a perfect split to hold himself up while eating cookies)'' No, this? …This is just an...accident.\\
'''Shifu:''' [[MeaningfulEcho …There are no accidents.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Tintin is about ready to call it quits after the bad guys get away and Captain Haddock gives him a "YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre" speech about not letting failure get to him. It's this speech that gives Tintin an idea about how they can catch up with the bad guys.
-->'''Tintin:''' You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.
-->'''Haddock:''' Failed. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don't you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don't you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.]]
-->'''Tintin:''' What did you say earlier?
-->'''Haddock:''' You hit a wall, you push through it.
-->'''Tintin:''' No, something about sending a signal...(has an epiphany and reacts with a clap) Of course! Captain, I sent a message on the Karaboudjan! I know what frequency they're on!

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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': "Crazy old Maurice, always good for In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', when Rapunzel and Flynn are trapped in a laugh.dark cave filling rapidly with water and need light to see by, this exchange occurs:
-->'''Flynn''': My real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. I figured someone should know.\\
'''Rapunzel''': I have magic hair that glows when I sing -- I HAVE MAGIC HAIR THAT GLOWS WHEN I SING!
** "I'm the missing princess....
"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' As Agent Kent Mansley leaves ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Buzz is trying to figure out who stole Woody with only a VanityLicensePlate to go by; LZTYBRN. The other toys are dismissive of this, and Mr. Potato Head just says, "Let's leave Buzz to his toys." This makes Buzz realize that the Hughes after borrowing their phone kidnapper is the Al from Al's Toy Barn, especially when they make Etch-a-sketch do a composite of the suspect in a chicken suit (which he remarks about Hogarth's name which leads him to...
-->'''Kent Mansley''': "Hogarth?" That's an embarrassing name. They might as well have called him "Zeppo" or something. What kinda sick person would name their kid "Hogar...? (stops and looks over to Hogarth's smashed B-B gun which Kent
found at the power station. It reads part out when he picked up a feather that came out of Hogarth's name: Hog- Hug) "Hog Hug?" HOG HUG? '''''HOGARTH HUGHES!!!''''' (''screeches Al's trunk Buzz was chasing his car to a stop'')
earlier).
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Po has one of these after learning [[spoiler: the secret ingredient to his father's secret ingredient soup. There is no secret ingredient. It's this knowledge that allows him to understand the wisdom of the Dragon Scroll]].
In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** Shifu has an earlier one; Tai Lung is coming, and Po has proven to be completely inept at learning martial arts. He then sees Po perform athletic feats in order to get some ComfortFood, and Ralph realizes that he can use this fact to train him.
--->'''Po:''' ''(Up in
who Vanellope really is when [[spoiler:he sees the ceiling, doing a perfect split to hold himself up while eating cookies)'' No, this? …This is just an...accident.\\
'''Shifu:''' [[MeaningfulEcho …There are no accidents.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Tintin is about ready to call it quits after the bad guys get away
''Sugar Rush'' video game and Captain Haddock gives him a "YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre" speech about not letting failure get to him. It's this speech that gives Tintin an idea about how they can catch up with the bad guys.
-->'''Tintin:''' You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.
-->'''Haddock:''' Failed. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don't you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don't you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.]]
-->'''Tintin:''' What did you say earlier?
-->'''Haddock:''' You hit a wall, you push through it.
-->'''Tintin:''' No, something about sending a signal...(has an epiphany and reacts with a clap) Of course! Captain, I sent a message
''discovers her picture on the Karaboudjan! I know what frequency they're on!console'']].
** Vanellope gets her own when she sees Ralph hammering away at a [[spoiler:seemingly]] indestructible Jawbreaker. [[spoiler:The second she mentions it's indestructible, Ralph splits it in half, and Vanellope's eyes light up.]]



* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansIIPatchsLondonAdventure'' Patch is [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath blue screening]] after his BrokenPedestal for Thunderbolt when one of his siblings references an episode of Thunderbolt's show where Thunderbolt escaped a cage like the ones they're trapped in, misidentifying the number. Patch dully corrects them before realizing that he can use his memories of the show to get out of his cage.



* Played with in ''Film/{{Pi}}''. Mathematician Max consults with his mentor Sol about a numerical sequence he's trying to solve. Sol tells him the story about Archimedes (see below). Which leads to this exchange:
-->'''SOL''': So what's the lesson?\\
'''MAX''': That an answer will come.\\
'''SOL''': No, it's the wife! You have to relax!
* In ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'', Ace gets his Eureka Moment when his dog lies across the forehead of a picture of Miami Dolphins kicker Ray Finkle... and the way the dog's hair falls gives him his epiphany... and his [[DudeLooksLikeALady entire week's]] [[BrainBleach food consumption]]...
* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', Vicki Vale is already beginning suspect something about Bruce Wayne, but the penny finally drops about [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} who he is really is]] when she discovers [[DeathByOriginStory his parents were murdered]].
--> '''Knox''': What do you suppose something like that does to a kid?
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'': Nash develops his theory out of his friends' fighting over a girl. THE NASH EQUILIBRIUM DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!!
** [[Webcomic/{{XKCD}} Dammit, Feynman!]]
** There's a more serious case later in the movie: [[spoiler:Nash realizes he hallucinates when he realizes in all the years he's seen them, the little girl never ages]].



* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'':
** Ryan, mulling over how Capt. Ramius could manage to get the rest of his crew off the sub as part of his plan to defect.
--->"We don't have to figure out how to get the crew off the sub. He's already done that, he would have had to. All we gotta do is figure out what he's gonna do. So how's he gonna get the crew off the sub? They have to want to get off. How do you get a crew to want to get off a submarine? How do you get a crew to want to get off a ''nuclear'' sub...."
** And earlier, during the briefing for Jeffrey Pelt, Ryan realizes Ramius' motivations, quietly muttering [[PrecisionFStrike "You son of a bitch...."]], before repeating it loud enough for everyone to hear, prompting Pelt to say [[DeadpanSnarker "You wish to add something to our discussion, Dr. Ryan?"]].
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'': "Let me guess. A stick?"
-->'''[[PluckyMiddie Midshipman Blakeny]]:''' "It's a rare phasmid, sir... It's an insect that disguises itself as a stick in order to confuse its predators."
-->'''[[TheCaptain Captain Jack]]:''' (later) A nautical phasmid, Doctor... I intend to take a greater interest in the bounty of nature from now on. I had no idea that a study of nature could advance the art of naval warfare! Now to pull this predator in close and spring our trap.
* The entire plot of ''Film/NationalTreasure'' hinged on the protagonist's ability to solve puzzles and uncover secrets in this manner. Granted, the hint was invariably directly related to the solution ("Pass and Stow" was written on an ad for the Liberty Bell, the correct time was drawn on a famous picture of the building it was stored in, etc), far more so than typically for this trope.
** The BigBad also had a few of these, such as his realization that the reason why the word "Silence" is capitalized in a coded message is because it's a name (Ben Franklin's pen name) or when they arrive to the Liberty Bell exhibit only to realize that he's supposed to look where the bell was originally located not where it was moved 100 years later.
* ''Film/IRobot'' features several effective examples of this trope including... "...the right man for the job...?" "...follow the bread crumbs..." "...I think my father wanted me to kill you..." etc,etc.

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* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'':
** Ryan, mulling over how Capt. Ramius could manage to get
In ''Film/BloodWork'', the rest of his crew off the sub as part of his plan to defect.
--->"We don't have to figure out how to get the crew off the sub. He's already done that, he would have had to. All we gotta do is figure out what he's gonna do. So how's he gonna get the crew off the sub? They have to want to get off. How do you get a crew to want to get off a submarine? How do you get a crew to want to get off a ''nuclear'' sub...."
** And earlier, during the briefing for Jeffrey Pelt, Ryan
detective realizes Ramius' motivations, quietly muttering [[PrecisionFStrike "You son of a bitch...."]], before repeating it loud enough for everyone to hear, prompting Pelt to say [[DeadpanSnarker "You wish to add something to our discussion, Dr. Ryan?"]].
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'': "Let me guess. A stick?"
-->'''[[PluckyMiddie Midshipman Blakeny]]:''' "It's a rare phasmid, sir... It's an insect that disguises itself as a stick in order to confuse its predators."
-->'''[[TheCaptain Captain Jack]]:''' (later) A nautical phasmid, Doctor... I intend to take a greater interest in
the bounty of nature from now on. I had no idea that a study of nature could advance the art of naval warfare! Now to pull this predator in close and spring our trap.
* The entire plot of ''Film/NationalTreasure'' hinged on the protagonist's ability to solve puzzles and uncover secrets in this manner. Granted, the hint was invariably directly related to the solution ("Pass and Stow" was written on an ad for the Liberty Bell, the correct time was drawn on a famous picture
meaning of the building it was stored in, etc), far more so than typically [[CriminalMindGames Code Killer's message]] ("903 472 568") looking at a check he wrote for this trope.
** The BigBad also had a few of these, such as
his realization neighbor, Jasper "Buddy" No one, after someone else has pointed out that the reason why the word "Silence" is capitalized in a coded message is because doesn't contain a 1.
* In ''Film/TheCannonballRun'', J.J. and Victor debate what to drive in the race while driving around in a boat. They get into an accident and are taken to the hospital in an ambulance. J.J. asks the doctor how long
it's a name (Ben Franklin's pen name) or when they arrive going to take them to get to the Liberty Bell exhibit only to realize hospital. The doctor explains that he's supposed to look where the bell was originally located not where it was moved 100 years later.
* ''Film/IRobot'' features several effective examples of this trope including... "...
ambulance can easily slip through traffic due to being an emergency vehicle. Guess what they end up driving in the right man for the job...?" "...follow the bread crumbs..." "...I think my father wanted me to kill you..." etc,etc.race.



* An unexpected source: in ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'', a scientist works out the flaw of a recent attempt to neutralize Godzilla via AppliedPhlebotinum by seeing dry ice hauled about for emergency refrigeration in the wake of the unthwarted monster attack.
* ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'': "Oh, if only they heard the way that psycho really talks." Fortunately someone in the sound room heard him and set up the EngineeredPublicConfession that doomed "that psycho."
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', a scientist's father tells him to dress get up off the floor so he doesn't catch a cold, which gives him the idea to disrupt the aliens' force fields by uploading a virus into the mothership's computers in a reference to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. This scene is parodied in the "Cancelled" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. However, this parody is itself not an example of Eureka Moment, but of BatDeduction.
* In ''Film/InsideMan,'' a chance comment a rookie cop makes to Denzel Washington's character allows him to figure out how exactly the hostage takers were able to stay ten steps ahead of the police.
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'': Nash develops his theory out of his friends' fighting over a girl. THE NASH EQUILIBRIUM DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!!
** [[Webcomic/{{XKCD}} Dammit, Feynman!]]
** There's a more serious case later in the movie: [[spoiler:Nash realizes he hallucinates when he realizes in all the years he's seen them, the little girl never ages]].
* After two weeks of poring over a cartouche in the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie, Daniel Jackson finally figures out that the symbols aren't hieroglyphs, but star constellations when he sees a picture of Orion on a guard's newspaper and recognizes the shape as one of the symbols.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Pi}}''. Mathematician Max consults with his mentor Sol about a numerical sequence he's trying to solve. Sol tells him the story about Archimedes (see below). Which leads to this exchange:
-->'''SOL''': So what's the lesson?\\
'''MAX''': That an answer will come.\\
'''SOL''': No, it's the wife! You have to relax!
* In ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'', Ace gets his Eureka Moment when his dog lies across the forehead of a picture of Miami Dolphins kicker Ray Finkle...and the way the dog's hair falls gives him his epiphany...and his [[DudeLooksLikeALady entire week's]] [[BrainBleach food consumption]]...

to:

* An unexpected source: in ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'', a scientist works out the flaw of a recent attempt to neutralize Godzilla via AppliedPhlebotinum by seeing dry ice hauled about for emergency refrigeration in the wake of the unthwarted monster attack.
* ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'': "Oh, if only they heard the way that psycho really talks." Fortunately someone in the sound room heard him and set up the EngineeredPublicConfession that doomed "that psycho."
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', a scientist's father tells him to dress get up off the floor so he doesn't catch a cold, which gives him the idea to disrupt the aliens' force fields by uploading a virus into the mothership's computers in a reference to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. This scene is parodied in the "Cancelled" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. However, this parody is itself not an example of Eureka Moment, but of BatDeduction.
* In ''Film/InsideMan,'' a chance comment a rookie cop makes to Denzel Washington's character allows him to figure out how exactly the hostage takers were able to stay ten steps ahead of the police.
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'': Nash develops his theory out of his friends' fighting over a girl. THE NASH EQUILIBRIUM DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!!
** [[Webcomic/{{XKCD}} Dammit, Feynman!]]
** There's a more serious case later in the movie: [[spoiler:Nash realizes he hallucinates when he realizes in all the years he's seen them, the little girl never ages]].
* After two weeks of poring over a cartouche in the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie, Daniel Jackson finally figures out that the symbols aren't hieroglyphs, but star constellations when he sees a picture of Orion on a guard's newspaper and recognizes the shape as
''Film/{{Dogma}}'' has one of these near the symbols.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Pi}}''. Mathematician Max consults with his mentor Sol about a numerical sequence he's
end; Jay tells Bethany (while trying to solve. Sol tells him get it on, because the story world's about Archimedes (see below). Which leads to this exchange:
-->'''SOL''': So what's
end) about a boardwalk he once took a girl to on a date. Bethany, after learning that the lesson?\\
'''MAX''': That an answer will come.\\
'''SOL''': No, it's the wife! You have to relax!
* In ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'', Ace gets his Eureka Moment when his dog lies across the forehead
boardwalk has Skeeball, realizes that "John Doe Jersey," of whom her minister was sermonizing about earlier, is God, trapped in a picture of Miami Dolphins kicker Ray Finkle...and the way the dog's hair falls gives him his epiphany...and his [[DudeLooksLikeALady entire week's]] [[BrainBleach food consumption]]...comatose mortal body.
** Hey, Jay was a prophet (or is that profit?), after all.



* In ''Film/RealGenius'', Knight's frustration at his sabotaged laser failing leads him to a freezer, where he realizes "It must be frozen..." and invents an entirely new and better laser using a frozen core.
* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', Tom Cruise briefly halts a brainstorming session with the rest of the defense team to look for his lucky baseball bat, which Demi Moore has innocently placed in the closet. Staring into the closet prompts a Eureka Moment that reveals an important fact about the case--the murder victim's clothes were hanging in his closet; if he had really been due to transfer to another post the next morning--as his CO has claimed--his things would have been packed, and his closet empty. Prompting the line "he really does think better with that bat."
* In ''Film/WarGames'', during the tense final scene, when Falkin tries to access Joshua with his password and finds it's been taken out, David asks what they're going to do. Falkin says "I don't know. Do you?", then for some reason, Jennifer says "I told you not to play games with that thing". So, David thinks for a moment, then says "It's games. GAMES!", and proceeds to play games with Joshua.
* In ''Film/BloodWork'', the detective realizes the meaning of the [[CriminalMindGames Code Killer's message]] ("903 472 568") looking at a check he wrote for his neighbor, Jasper "Buddy" No one, after someone else has pointed out that the message doesn't contain a 1.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** The title characters have been racking their brains trying to figure out where the "Galaxy" is. Their only hint is that they were told it's "on Orion's Belt" by a dying alien[[note]]this confuses the Agents because they think the alien is referencing the constellation Orion, but that "belt" has no galaxies on it[[/note]]. When Agent J sees Frank barking at a cat on the street, he realizes the alien meant ''collar'': the alien had owned a cat named Orion, and the "Galaxy" is a trinket the size of a marble attached to its collar. (This is foreshadowed when the prince is eating with his countryman right before Edgar attacks, and uses words that aren't ''quite'' the right English terms.)
** And it happens again later on, when the MIB are trying to figure out where the Bug might get a ship, and Jay spots the mural of the World's Fair, where they'd stashed a pair of flying saucers decades before and passed it off as an avante garde art installation.
* DoubleSubversion in ''Film/MenInBlackII'', where Agent J starts to decode a ridiculously complicated chain of arrows in a pizza shop which leads him nowhere, because he missed a much more obvious clue at the first arrow. However, the free-association links he found do turn out to be quite close to the actual plot.
* Based on the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' saga, the Chinese movie ''Film/RedCliff'' has BoisterousBruiser Zhang Fei, not known for his tactical genius, but still unwittingly blurting out vital insights more than once. Towards the end of the movie, his comment on the enemy battle fleet ("those ships could give us more firewood than we'll use in our lifetime") leads to Zhou Yu's plan to set the entire fleet on fire.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'':
** As Eddie Valiant leaves a movie theater, a newsreel tells the news of how Maroon Cartoons was sold to [[spoiler:Cloverleaf Industries, the same company that bought the Red Car trolley line and bid for ownership of Toontown]]. He runs back in and shouts, "That's it! That's the connection!"
** He has another one following [[spoiler: Doom's comment to the weasels about "dying laughing."]]
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' has one of these near the end; Jay tells Bethany (while trying to get it on, because the world's about to end) about a boardwalk he once took a girl to on a date. Bethany, after learning that the boardwalk has Skeeball, realizes that "John Doe Jersey," of whom her minister was sermonizing about earlier, is God, trapped in a comatose mortal body.
** Hey, Jay was a prophet (or is that profit?), after all.
* ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' has one character hiding clues in math problems. L figures out the solution when accidentally given a clue.
* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'': Clint Eastwood's character figures out the meaning of a word with seven letters after a chance remark by a character played by Joshua Malina.
* ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus''. After having sex the two {{Hot Scientist}}s realize pheromones are the key. To capturing the monsters, that is.
* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', the author figured out how to kill off the main character after seeing someone drop an apple. She mentions she'd never be able to explain the connection. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes sense when you see it.]]
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. The title character is given a staff and told to "Follow Rana. The staff will lead you to Totenkopf".
-->'''Polly:''' Have you looked at this? There's markings on it, like a ruler. And there's a moon and a star.
-->'''Joe:''' "And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by." A star. He wasn't talking about a place, he was talking about a star! Rana is a star! Ancient sailors used to navigate by using the night sky. They could determine their position by the moon and the stars. The Vikings were known to create maps for certain stars, latitude tables that required a key to decipher them. The key was called Jacob's staff. This has to be the key!
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', Nicholas Angel's suspicions are stumped by the question of how one person could be in multiple places at once. When he and Danny Butterman go visit the convenience shop, the conversation that takes place between Danny and the clerk causes Nicholas to suspect [[spoiler: multiple killers]]. What's more, [[spoiler:the shop clerk who triggered the Eureka Moment is one of the killers herself. [[INeverSaidItWasPoison Oops]]]].
* ''Film/MajorLeague'': The Indians' manager is about to send hopelessly wild pitcher Ricky Vaughn to the minor leagues. During their conversation, the manager off-handedly mentions another pitcher who went down to the minors and had a successful career and points at his photograph. Vaughn squints in the pitcher's direction, and the manager suddenly realizes all his problems are related to poor vision.
* In ''Film/{{K-9}}'' Dooley is growing frustrated with a case he's working. His girlfriend Tracy told him that he needed to relax, and the answer would come to him. Not much later, things are getting romantic between the two, when lo and behold, Dooley has an epiphany and must rush out the door with his four-legged sidekick.
* William has one in ''Film/TheNameOfTheRose'' book considering the secret of the library. Adso remembers how Salvatore said "tertius equi", which is CanisLatinicus for "The third of horse" (when he meant "the third horse"). William concludes: "the first and the seventh of the four" really means [[spoiler:"the first and the seventh of the ''word'' four", and "four" is "quattuor" in Latin, so you have to push the letters Q and O!]]
** They had a minor one earlier, when Adson dreamed a story similar to the "Coena Cypriani", a kind of Literature/TheBible parody. Which helps William to remember that there was a book in the library consisting of four texts, one of them a comment for the Coena Cypriani, another one the book they're looking for.
* ''Film/IronMan2'' : [[spoiler:While trying to perfect the arc reactor, Tony suddenly finds inspiration in his father's miniature model of the first Stark Expo. Of course, his dad did that quite on purpose during the video he left behind for Tony]].
-->'''Howard Stark:''' [[spoiler:This is the key to the future, Tony.]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to the City of the Future]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to the Unisphere]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to a ''prototype arc reactor'']]
** [[spoiler:It seems that they did some research on the missing element. The element in question (118) does exist as "Ununoctium" though it is radioactive and only lasts for a very short time before decaying. It can only be synthesized with the help of a particle accelerator.]]
* Happens to Tony again in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', when he realizes that [[spoiler: Loki is using Stark Tower to launch the alien invasion]].
-->'''Tony Stark''': He knows he has to take us out to win, right? That's what he wants. He wants to beat us, he wants to be seen doing it. He wants an audience.\\
'''Steve Rogers''': Right. [[NewEraSpeech I caught his act in Stuttgart.]]\\
'''Tony Stark''': Yeah. That's just previews, this is... this is opening night. And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva. He wants flowers, he wants parades, [[NotSoDifferent he wants a monument built to the skies with his name plastered...]] [[ExplainExplainOhCrap Son of a bitch.]]

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* In ''Film/RealGenius'', Knight's frustration at his sabotaged laser failing leads him to a freezer, where he realizes "It must be frozen...''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'': "Oh, if only they heard the way that psycho really talks." Fortunately someone in the sound room heard him and invents an entirely new and better laser using a frozen core.
set up the EngineeredPublicConfession that doomed "that psycho".
* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', Tom Cruise briefly halts a brainstorming session with the rest of the defense team to look for his lucky baseball bat, which Demi Moore has innocently placed in the closet. Staring into the closet prompts a Eureka Moment that reveals an important fact about the case--the case -- the murder victim's clothes were hanging in his closet; if he had really been due to transfer to another post the next morning--as morning -- as his CO has claimed--his claimed -- his things would have been packed, and his closet empty. Prompting the line "he really does think better with that bat."
* In ''Film/WarGames'', during the tense final scene, when Falkin tries to access Joshua with his password and finds it's been taken out, David asks what they're going to do. Falkin says "I don't know. Do you?", then for some reason, Jennifer says "I told you not to play games with that thing". So, David thinks for a moment, then says "It's games. GAMES!", and proceeds to play games with Joshua.
* In ''Film/BloodWork'', the detective realizes the meaning of the [[CriminalMindGames Code Killer's message]] ("903 472 568") looking at a check he wrote for his neighbor, Jasper "Buddy" No one, after someone else has pointed out that the message doesn't contain a 1.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** The title characters have been racking their brains trying to figure out where the "Galaxy" is. Their only hint is that they were told it's "on Orion's Belt" by a dying alien[[note]]this confuses the Agents because they think the alien is referencing the constellation Orion, but that "belt" has no galaxies on it[[/note]]. When Agent J sees Frank barking at a cat on the street, he realizes the alien meant ''collar'': the alien had owned a cat named Orion, and the "Galaxy" is a trinket the size of a marble attached to its collar. (This is foreshadowed when the prince is eating with his countryman right before Edgar attacks, and uses words that aren't ''quite'' the right English terms.)
** And it happens again later on, when the MIB are trying to figure out where the Bug might get a ship, and Jay spots the mural of the World's Fair, where they'd stashed a pair of flying saucers decades before and passed it off as an avante garde art installation.
* DoubleSubversion in ''Film/MenInBlackII'', where Agent J starts to decode a ridiculously complicated chain of arrows in a pizza shop which leads him nowhere, because he missed a much more obvious clue at the first arrow. However, the free-association links he found do turn out to be quite close to the actual plot.
* Based on the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' saga, the Chinese movie ''Film/RedCliff'' has BoisterousBruiser Zhang Fei, not known for his tactical genius, but still unwittingly blurting out vital insights more than once. Towards
At the end of ''Film/TheFugitive'' U.S. Marshall Gerad is having doubts as to whether Dr. Richard Kimble is guilty of killing his wife and has doubts about [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Charles Nichols]] and one armed man former cop [[TheDragon Sikes]]]]. So he has his deputies check the movie, his comment on the enemy battle fleet ("those ships could give us more firewood than we'll use in our lifetime") leads to Zhou Yu's plan to set the entire fleet on fire.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'':
** As Eddie Valiant leaves a movie theater, a newsreel tells the news of how Maroon Cartoons was sold to [[spoiler:Cloverleaf Industries, the same company that bought the Red Car trolley line and bid
phone records for ownership of Toontown]]. He runs back in and shouts, "That's it! That's the connection!"
** He has another one following
a connection but nothing comes up. Then a deputy [[spoiler: Doom's comment to the weasels about "dying laughing."]]
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' has one of these near the end; Jay tells Bethany (while trying to get it on, because the world's about to end) about a boardwalk he once took a girl to on a date. Bethany, after learning
notices that a call was made to Sikes from Kimble's car phone right around the boardwalk has Skeeball, realizes that "John Doe Jersey," of whom her minister was sermonizing about earlier, is God, trapped in a comatose mortal body.
** Hey, Jay was a prophet (or is that profit?), after all.
* ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' has one character hiding clues in math problems. L figures out the solution when accidentally given a clue.
* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'': Clint Eastwood's character figures out the meaning of a word with seven letters after a chance remark by a character played by Joshua Malina.
* ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus''. After having sex the two {{Hot Scientist}}s realize pheromones are the key. To capturing the monsters, that is.
* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', the author figured out how to kill off the main character after seeing someone drop an apple. She mentions she'd never be able to explain the connection. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes sense when you see it.]]
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. The title character is given a staff and told to "Follow Rana. The staff will lead you to Totenkopf".
-->'''Polly:''' Have you looked at this? There's markings on it, like a ruler. And there's a moon and a star.
-->'''Joe:''' "And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by." A star. He wasn't talking about a place, he was talking about a star! Rana is a star! Ancient sailors used to navigate by using the night sky. They could determine their position by the moon and the stars. The Vikings were known to create maps for certain stars, latitude tables that required a key to decipher them. The key was called Jacob's staff. This has to be the key!
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', Nicholas Angel's suspicions are stumped by the question of how one person could be in multiple places at once. When he and Danny Butterman go visit the convenience shop, the conversation that takes place between Danny and the clerk causes Nicholas to suspect [[spoiler: multiple killers]]. What's more, [[spoiler:the shop clerk who triggered the Eureka Moment is one of the killers herself. [[INeverSaidItWasPoison Oops]]]].
* ''Film/MajorLeague'': The Indians' manager is about to send hopelessly wild pitcher Ricky Vaughn to the minor leagues. During their conversation, the manager off-handedly mentions another pitcher who went down to the minors and had a successful career and points at his photograph. Vaughn squints in the pitcher's direction, and the manager suddenly realizes all his problems are related to poor vision.
* In ''Film/{{K-9}}'' Dooley is growing frustrated with a case he's working. His girlfriend Tracy told him that he needed to relax, and the answer would come to him. Not much later, things are getting romantic between the two, when lo and behold, Dooley has an epiphany and must rush out the door with his four-legged sidekick.
* William has one in ''Film/TheNameOfTheRose'' book considering the secret of the library. Adso remembers how Salvatore said "tertius equi", which is CanisLatinicus for "The third of horse" (when he meant "the third horse"). William concludes: "the first and the seventh of the four" really means [[spoiler:"the first and the seventh of the ''word'' four", and "four" is "quattuor" in Latin, so you have to push the letters Q and O!]]
** They had a minor one earlier, when Adson dreamed a story similar to the "Coena Cypriani", a kind of Literature/TheBible parody. Which helps William to remember that there was a book in the library consisting of four texts, one of them a comment for the Coena Cypriani, another one the book they're looking for.
* ''Film/IronMan2'' : [[spoiler:While trying to perfect the arc reactor, Tony suddenly finds inspiration in his father's miniature model of the first Stark Expo. Of course, his dad did that quite on purpose during the video he left behind for Tony]].
-->'''Howard Stark:''' [[spoiler:This is the key to the future, Tony.]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to the City of the Future]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to the Unisphere]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to a ''prototype arc reactor'']]
** [[spoiler:It seems that they did some research on the missing element. The element in question (118) does exist as "Ununoctium" though it is radioactive and only lasts for a very short
time before decaying. It can only be synthesized with Nichols was driving to give Kimble his keys back, and around the help of a particle accelerator.]]
* Happens to Tony again in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', when he realizes that [[spoiler: Loki is using Stark Tower to launch the alien invasion]].
-->'''Tony Stark''': He knows he has to take us out to win, right? That's what he wants. He wants to beat us, he wants to be seen doing it. He wants an audience.\\
'''Steve Rogers''': Right. [[NewEraSpeech I caught his act in Stuttgart.]]\\
'''Tony Stark''': Yeah. That's just previews, this is... this is opening night. And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva. He wants flowers, he wants parades, [[NotSoDifferent he wants a monument built to the skies with his name plastered...]] [[ExplainExplainOhCrap Son of a bitch.
time Sikes killed Kimble's wife.]]



* In ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'', Ben [=McKenna=] follows the lead of spy Louis Bernard's dying words, "Ambrose Chappell", to search for the kidnappers of Ben's son. Ben visits a taxidermy shop owned by a man named Ambrose Chappell, only to learn that Mr. Chappell has no association with the criminals. As Ben's wife, Jo, waits anxiously for him to return to their hotel room, one of her friends, Val, asks her the name of the person Ben's searching for. Val mistakenly calls him "Church", so after Jo corrects him with the word, "Chappell", she pauses, then exclaims, "It's not a man, it's a place! It's Ambrose ''Chapel!''" Jo's friends proceed to help her find the address of this chapel in the phone directory, before she leaves them to search there.
* Crossed with OhCrap; In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lois tells Clark that they gave her a MindProbe and learned all her secrets. Clark replies that Zod was inside his head as well... then he connects the dots and realizes ''[[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs they know where he lives]], probably enforced by him cocking his head slightly like he was listening.''
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'' David conceives his "let's pretend to be a family" plan after seeing a police officer helping out a family in a RV.
* In ''Film/TheCannonballRun'', J.J. and Victor debate what to drive in the race while driving around in a boat. They get into an accident and are taken to the hospital in an ambulance. J.J. asks the doctor how long it's going to take them to get to the hospital. The doctor explains that the ambulance can easily slip through traffic due to being an emergency vehicle. Guess what they end up driving in the race.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar is starting to feel overwhelmed by the knowledge that he has to fight two witches armed with very real magic that he doesn't have, and the only thing behind him is an army of craftsmen. While tucking in the China Girl at bed time, he tells her about UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison, and that he could use his knowledge of natural science to create wonders [[spoiler: and realizes that he can use his own knowledge of special effects and theatrics to basically bluff the witches into submission]].

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* In ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'', Ben [=McKenna=] follows An unexpected source: in ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'', a scientist works out the lead flaw of spy Louis Bernard's dying words, "Ambrose Chappell", a recent attempt to search neutralize Godzilla via AppliedPhlebotinum by seeing dry ice hauled about for emergency refrigeration in the kidnappers of Ben's son. Ben visits a taxidermy shop owned by a man named Ambrose Chappell, only to learn that Mr. Chappell has no association with the criminals. As Ben's wife, Jo, waits anxiously for him to return to their hotel room, one of her friends, Val, asks her the name wake of the person Ben's searching for. Val mistakenly calls him "Church", so after Jo corrects him with the word, "Chappell", she pauses, then exclaims, "It's not a man, it's a place! It's Ambrose ''Chapel!''" Jo's friends proceed to help her find the address of this chapel in the phone directory, before she leaves them to search there.
* Crossed with OhCrap; In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lois tells Clark that they gave her a MindProbe and learned all her secrets. Clark replies that Zod was inside his head as well... then he connects the dots and realizes ''[[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs they know where he lives]], probably enforced by him cocking his head slightly like he was listening.''
unthwarted monster attack.
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'' David conceives his "let's pretend to be a family" plan after seeing a police officer helping out a family in a RV.
* In ''Film/TheCannonballRun'', J.J.
''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry and Victor debate Ron are unable to get through the barrier at King's Cross to get on the Hogwarts Express, and are wondering what to drive in do. At a loss, Harry suggests they just go back and wait by the race while driving around in a boat. They get into an accident and are taken to car, which gives Ron the hospital in an ambulance. J.J. asks the doctor how long it's going idea to take them use his dad's flying car to get to the hospital. The doctor explains Hogwarts.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'': A villainous example from Sharpay, when she gets an idea to make it so
that Gabriela can't make it to the ambulance can easily slip through traffic due to being an emergency vehicle. Guess what they end up driving in auditions.
-->'''Sharpay:''' Okay, so
the race.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar is starting to feel overwhelmed by the knowledge that he has to fight two witches armed with very real magic that he doesn't have,
decathlon and the only thing behind him is an army of craftsmen. While tucking in basketball game are on Monday, and the China Girl at bed time, he tells her about UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison, and that he could use his knowledge auditions are on Friday. Too bad, all of natural science to create wonders [[spoiler: and realizes that he can use his own knowledge of special effects and theatrics to basically bluff these events weren't happening all on the witches into submission]].same day...'''at the same time''.



-->'''Shadow''': Seesaw? Seesaw! Chance, you're a genius!
-->'''Chance''': [[CallingMeALogarithm I am not!]]...What's a genius?
-->'''Shadow''': Never mind.
* In ''Film/TellNoOne'', Alexandre has received a mysterious e-mail from [[spoiler: someone claiming to be his dead wife, Margot]], who's left him a username and password to answer another e-mail that's being sent later. Alexandre can't access the account no matter how he tries, much to his frustration. That night, he's out walking the dog when he hears "[[Music/{{U2}} With or Without You]]" playing, and realizes what the username and password are really *supposed* to be, allowing him to go to an Internet cafe and access the account.
* In ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', Nick hits upon his strategy for the congressional hearing while watching Bobby eat apple pie covered with cheese.

to:

-->'''Shadow''': Seesaw? Seesaw! Chance, you're a genius!
-->'''Chance''':
genius!\\
'''Chance''':
[[CallingMeALogarithm I am not!]]...not!]]... What's a genius?
-->'''Shadow''':
genius?\\
'''Shadow''':
Never mind.
* In ''Film/TellNoOne'', Alexandre has received a mysterious e-mail from ''Film/HotFuzz'', Nicholas Angel's suspicions are stumped by the question of how one person could be in multiple places at once. When he and Danny Butterman go visit the convenience shop, the conversation that takes place between Danny and the clerk causes Nicholas to suspect [[spoiler: someone claiming multiple killers]]. What's more, [[spoiler:the shop clerk who triggered the Eureka Moment is one of the killers herself. [[INeverSaidItWasPoison Oops]]]].
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'':
** Ryan, mulling over how Capt. Ramius could manage
to be get the rest of his dead wife, Margot]], who's left him a username and password to answer another e-mail that's being sent later. Alexandre can't access crew off the account no matter sub as part of his plan to defect.
--->"We don't have to figure out
how to get the crew off the sub. He's already done that, he tries, much to his frustration. That night, would have had to. All we gotta do is figure out what he's out walking gonna do. So how's he gonna get the dog when he hears "[[Music/{{U2}} With or Without You]]" playing, and crew off the sub? They have to want to get off. How do you get a crew to want to get off a submarine? How do you get a crew to want to get off a ''nuclear'' sub...."
** And earlier, during the briefing for Jeffrey Pelt, Ryan
realizes what the username and password are really *supposed* Ramius' motivations, quietly muttering [[PrecisionFStrike "You son of a bitch...."]], before repeating it loud enough for everyone to be, allowing hear, prompting Pelt to say [[DeadpanSnarker "You wish to add something to our discussion, Dr. Ryan?"]].
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', a scientist's father tells
him to go to an Internet cafe and access dress get up off the account.
floor so he doesn't catch a cold, which gives him the idea to disrupt the aliens' force fields by uploading a virus into the mothership's computers in a reference to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. This scene is parodied in the "Cancelled" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. However, this parody is itself not an example of Eureka Moment, but of BatDeduction.
* In ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', Nick hits upon his strategy for ''Film/InsideMan'', a chance comment a rookie cop makes to Denzel Washington's character allows him to figure out how exactly the congressional hearing while watching Bobby eat apple pie covered with cheese.hostage takers were able to stay ten steps ahead of the police.



* In ''Film/{{Philomena}}'', Martin realizes that Michael was aware of -- and took pride in -- his Irish ancestry.
* In The Spy Who Came In From the Cold the burnt-out British spy Leamas is seconds away from successfully competing an assignment to destroy an enemy agent, when stupid mistakes by his service in London destroys the entire plot, allowing the enemy agent to escape. You look into his face and you realize [[spoiler: that the entire plan was about saving that agent who has come over to the British and killing the man who suspects him. Leamas was just a pawn]].
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'': A villainous example from Sharpay, when she gets an idea to make it so that Gabriela can't make it to the auditions.
-->'''Sharpay:''' Okay, so the decathlon and and the basketball game are on Monday, and the auditions are on Friday. Too bad, all of these events weren't happening all on the same day...'''at the same time''.
* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', Vicki Vale is already beginning suspect something about Bruce Wayne, but the penny finally drops about [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} who he is really is]] when she discovers [[DeathByOriginStory his parents were murdered]].
--> '''Knox''': What do you suppose something like that does to a kid?
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry and Ron are unable to get through the barrier at King's Cross to get on the Hogwarts Express, and are wondering what to do. At a loss, Harry suggests they just go back and wait by the car, which gives Ron the idea to use his dad's flying car to get to Hogwarts.

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* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'': Clint Eastwood's character figures out the meaning of a word with seven letters after a chance remark by a character played by Joshua Malina.
* ''Film/IRobot'' features several effective examples of this trope including... "...the right man for the job...?" "...follow the bread crumbs..." "...I think my father wanted me to kill you..." etc, etc.
* In ''Film/{{Philomena}}'', Martin realizes ''Film/{{K-9}}'' Dooley is growing frustrated with a case he's working. His girlfriend Tracy told him that Michael was aware of -- and took pride in -- his Irish ancestry.
* In The Spy Who Came In From the Cold the burnt-out British spy Leamas is seconds away from successfully competing an assignment
he needed to destroy an enemy agent, when stupid mistakes by his service in London destroys the entire plot, allowing the enemy agent to escape. You look into his face and you realize [[spoiler: that the entire plan was about saving that agent who has come over to the British and killing the man who suspects him. Leamas was just a pawn]].
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'': A villainous example from Sharpay, when she gets an idea to make it so that Gabriela can't make it to the auditions.
-->'''Sharpay:''' Okay, so the decathlon and
relax, and the basketball game answer would come to him. Not much later, things are on Monday, and getting romantic between the auditions are on Friday. Too bad, all of these events weren't happening all on the same day...'''at the same time''.
* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', Vicki Vale is already beginning suspect something about Bruce Wayne, but the penny finally drops about [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} who he is really is]]
two, when she discovers [[DeathByOriginStory lo and behold, Dooley has an epiphany and must rush out the door with his parents were murdered]].
--> '''Knox''': What do you suppose something like that does to a kid?
four-legged sidekick.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry and Ron are unable to get through ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' has one character hiding clues in math problems. L figures out the barrier at King's Cross to get on the Hogwarts Express, and are wondering what to do. At solution when accidentally given a loss, Harry suggests they just go back and wait by the car, which gives Ron the idea to use his dad's flying car to get to Hogwarts.clue.



* At the end of ''Film/TheFugitive'' U.S. Marshall Gerad is having doubts as to whether Dr. Richard Kimble is guilty of killing his wife and has doubts about [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Charles Nichols]] and one armed man former cop [[TheDragon Sikes]]]]. So he has his deputies check the phone records for a connection but nothing comes up. Then a deputy [[spoiler: notices that a call was made to Sikes from Kimble's car phone right around the time Nichols was driving to give Kimble his keys back, and around the time Sikes killed Kimble's wife.]]

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* At ''Film/MajorLeague'': The Indians' manager is about to send hopelessly wild pitcher Ricky Vaughn to the minor leagues. During their conversation, the manager off-handedly mentions another pitcher who went down to the minors and had a successful career and points at his photograph. Vaughn squints in the pitcher's direction, and the manager suddenly realizes all his problems are related to poor vision.
* Crossed with OhCrap; In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lois tells Clark that they gave her a MindProbe and learned all her secrets. Clark replies that Zod was inside his head as well... then he connects the dots and realizes ''[[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs they know where he lives]], probably enforced by him cocking his head slightly like he was listening.''
* In ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'', Ben [=McKenna=] follows the lead of spy Louis Bernard's dying words, "Ambrose Chappell", to search for the kidnappers of Ben's son. Ben visits a taxidermy shop owned by a man named Ambrose Chappell, only to learn that Mr. Chappell has no association with the criminals. As Ben's wife, Jo, waits anxiously for him to return to their hotel room, one of her friends, Val, asks her the name of the person Ben's searching for. Val mistakenly calls him "Church", so after Jo corrects him with the word, "Chappell", she pauses, then exclaims, "It's not a man, it's a place! It's Ambrose ''Chapel!''" Jo's friends proceed to help her find the address of this chapel in the phone directory, before she leaves them to search there.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/IronMan2'' : [[spoiler:While trying to perfect the arc reactor, Tony suddenly finds inspiration in his father's miniature model of the first Stark Expo. Of course, his dad did that quite on purpose during the video he left behind for Tony]].
--->'''Howard Stark:''' [[spoiler:This is the key to the future, Tony.]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to the City of the Future]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to the Unisphere]]\\
[[spoiler:Camera cut to a ''prototype arc reactor'']]
**( [[spoiler:It seems that they did some research on the missing element. The element in question (118) does exist as "Ununoctium" though it is radioactive and only lasts for a very short time before decaying. It can only be synthesized with the help of a particle accelerator.]]
*( Happens to Tony again in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', when he realizes that [[spoiler: Loki is using Stark Tower to launch the alien invasion]].
--->'''Tony Stark''': He knows he has to take us out to win, right? That's what he wants. He wants to beat us, he wants to be seen doing it. He wants an audience.\\
'''Steve Rogers''': Right. [[NewEraSpeech I caught his act in Stuttgart.]]\\
'''Tony Stark''': Yeah. That's just previews, this is... this is opening night. And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva. He wants flowers, he wants parades, [[NotSoDifferent he wants a monument built to the skies with his name plastered...]] [[ExplainExplainOhCrap Son of a bitch.]]
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'': "Let me guess. A stick?"
-->'''[[PluckyMiddie Midshipman Blakeny]]:''' It's a rare phasmid, sir... It's an insect that disguises itself as a stick in order to confuse its predators.\\
'''[[TheCaptain Captain Jack]]:''' (later) A nautical phasmid, Doctor... I intend to take a greater interest in the bounty of nature from now on. I had no idea that a study of nature could advance the art of naval warfare! Now to pull this predator in close and spring our trap.
* ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus''. After having sex the two {{Hot Scientist}}s realize pheromones are the key. To capturing the monsters, that is.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** The title characters have been racking their brains trying to figure out where the "Galaxy" is. Their only hint is that they were told it's "on Orion's Belt" by a dying alien[[note]]this confuses the Agents because they think the alien is referencing the constellation Orion, but that "belt" has no galaxies on it[[/note]]. When Agent J sees Frank barking at a cat on the street, he realizes the alien meant ''collar'': the alien had owned a cat named Orion, and the "Galaxy" is a trinket the size of a marble attached to its collar. (This is foreshadowed when the prince is eating with his countryman right before Edgar attacks, and uses words that aren't ''quite'' the right English terms.)
** And it happens again later on, when the MIB are trying to figure out where the Bug might get a ship, and Jay spots the mural of the World's Fair, where they'd stashed a pair of flying saucers decades before and passed it off as an avant garde art installation.
* DoubleSubversion in ''Film/MenInBlackII'', where Agent J starts to decode a ridiculously complicated chain of arrows in a pizza shop which leads him nowhere, because he missed a much more obvious clue at the first arrow. However, the free-association links he found do turn out to be quite close to the actual plot.
* William has one in ''Film/TheNameOfTheRose'' book considering the secret of the library. Adso remembers how Salvatore said "tertius equi", which is CanisLatinicus for "The third of horse" (when he meant "the third horse"). William concludes: "the first and the seventh of the four" really means [[spoiler:"the first and the seventh of the ''word'' four", and "four" is "quattuor" in Latin, so you have to push the letters Q and O!]]
** They had a minor one earlier, when Adson dreamed a story similar to the "Coena Cypriani", a kind of Literature/TheBible parody. Which helps William to remember that there was a book in the library consisting of four texts, one of them a comment for the Coena Cypriani, another one the book they're looking for.
* The entire plot of ''Film/NationalTreasure'' hinged on the protagonist's ability to solve puzzles and uncover secrets in this manner. Granted, the hint was invariably directly related to the solution ("Pass and Stow" was written on an ad for the Liberty Bell, the correct time was drawn on a famous picture of the building it was stored in, etc), far more so than typically for this trope.
** The BigBad also had a few of these, such as his realization that the reason why the word "Silence" is capitalized in a coded message is because it's a name (Ben Franklin's pen name) or when they arrive to the Liberty Bell exhibit only to realize that he's supposed to look where the bell was originally located not where it was moved 100 years later.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar is starting to feel overwhelmed by the knowledge that he has to fight two witches armed with very real magic that he doesn't have, and the only thing behind him is an army of craftsmen. While tucking in the China Girl at bed time, he tells her about UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison, and that he could use his knowledge of natural science to create wonders [[spoiler: and realizes that he can use his own knowledge of special effects and theatrics to basically bluff the witches into submission]].
* In ''Film/{{Philomena}}'', Martin realizes that Michael was aware of -- and took pride in -- his Irish ancestry.
* In ''Film/RealGenius'', Knight's frustration at his sabotaged laser failing leads him to a freezer, where he realizes "It must be frozen..." and invents an entirely new and better laser using a frozen core.
* Based on the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' saga, the Chinese movie ''Film/RedCliff'' has BoisterousBruiser Zhang Fei, not known for his tactical genius, but still unwittingly blurting out vital insights more than once. Towards
the end of ''Film/TheFugitive'' U.S. Marshall Gerad is having doubts as to whether Dr. Richard Kimble is guilty of killing the movie, his wife comment on the enemy battle fleet ("those ships could give us more firewood than we'll use in our lifetime") leads to Zhou Yu's plan to set the entire fleet on fire.
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. The title character is given a staff
and has doubts told to "Follow Rana. The staff will lead you to Totenkopf".
-->'''Polly:''' Have you looked at this? There's markings on it, like a ruler. And there's a moon and a star.\\
'''Joe:''' "And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by." A star. He wasn't talking
about [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Charles Nichols]] a place, he was talking about a star! Rana is a star! Ancient sailors used to navigate by using the night sky. They could determine their position by the moon and one armed man former cop [[TheDragon Sikes]]]]. So he the stars. The Vikings were known to create maps for certain stars, latitude tables that required a key to decipher them. The key was called Jacob's staff. This has to be the key!
* In ''Film/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold'', the burnt-out British spy Leamas is seconds away from successfully competing an assignment to destroy an enemy agent, when stupid mistakes by
his deputies check service in London destroys the phone records for a connection but nothing comes up. Then a deputy entire plot, allowing the enemy agent to escape. You look into his face and you realize [[spoiler: notices that a call the entire plan was made about saving that agent who has come over to Sikes the British and killing the man who suspects him. Leamas was just a pawn]].
* After two weeks of poring over a cartouche in the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie, Daniel Jackson finally figures out that the symbols aren't hieroglyphs, but star constellations when he sees a picture of Orion on a guard's newspaper and recognizes the shape as one of the symbols.
* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', the author figured out how to kill off the main character after seeing someone drop an apple. She mentions she'd never be able to explain the connection. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes sense when you see it.]]
* In ''Film/TellNoOne'', Alexandre has received a mysterious e-mail
from Kimble's car phone right around [[spoiler: someone claiming to be his dead wife, Margot]], who's left him a username and password to answer another e-mail that's being sent later. Alexandre can't access the time Nichols account no matter how he tries, much to his frustration. That night, he's out walking the dog when he hears "[[Music/{{U2}} With or Without You]]" playing, and realizes what the username and password are really *supposed* to be, allowing him to go to an Internet cafe and access the account.
* In ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', Nick hits upon his strategy for the congressional hearing while watching Bobby eat apple pie covered with cheese.
* In ''Film/WarGames'', during the tense final scene, when Falkin tries to access Joshua with his password and finds it's been taken out, David asks what they're going to do. Falkin says "I don't know. Do you?", then for some reason, Jennifer says "I told you not to play games with that thing". So, David thinks for a moment, then says "It's games. GAMES!", and proceeds to play games with Joshua.
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'' David conceives his "let's pretend to be a family" plan after seeing a police officer helping out a family in a RV.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'':
** As Eddie Valiant leaves a movie theater, a newsreel tells the news of how Maroon Cartoons
was driving sold to give Kimble his keys back, [[spoiler:Cloverleaf Industries, the same company that bought the Red Car trolley line and around bid for ownership of Toontown]]. He runs back in and shouts, "That's it! That's the time Sikes killed Kimble's wife.connection!"
** He has another one following [[spoiler: Doom's comment to the weasels about "dying laughing".
]]



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---> '''Girl''': So, did it work? Did she quit smoking? Because I've tried everything. The patch, pills...
---> '''Reid''': You should try hypnosis. They've had great results with... hmm. [Gets up and walks away.]
---> '''Girl''': Hey, wait, you won, like, two thousand dollars on this machine!
---> '''Reid''': (distracted) Keep it.
---> '''Morgan''': You do realize that you just gave two thousand dollars to a hooker, right? What were you talking about, anyway?
---> '''Reid''': How to quit smoking.

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---> '''Girl''': --->'''Girl''': So, did it work? Did she quit smoking? Because I've tried everything. The patch, pills...
--->
pills...\\
'''Reid''': You should try hypnosis. They've had great results with... hmm. [Gets up and walks away.]
--->
]\\
'''Girl''': Hey, wait, you won, like, two thousand dollars on this machine!
--->
machine!\\
'''Reid''': (distracted) Keep it.
--->
it.\\
'''Morgan''': You do realize that you just gave two thousand dollars to a hooker, right? What were you talking about, anyway?
--->
anyway?\\
'''Reid''': How to quit smoking.



** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]'' makes fun of the word itself: the Doctor claims that it translates from Greek as "This bath is too hot."
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'', in Karabraxos' vault, the Doctor figures out who the Architect is. As befits his LargeHam style, he strikes a nearby gong just to accentuate the moment.
--> '''Doctor''': I ''hate'' the Architect.

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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang "The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]'' Weng-Chiang"]] makes fun of the word itself: the Doctor claims that it translates from Greek as "This bath is too hot."
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]], in Karabraxos' vault, the Doctor figures out who the Architect is. As befits his LargeHam style, he strikes a nearby gong just to accentuate the moment.
--> '''Doctor''': -->'''The Doctor:''' I ''hate'' the Architect.Architect.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid at the End of the World"]]: The Doctor is just about to [[spoiler:confess his blindness to Bill]] when it dawns on him how to figure out which lab the Monks are watching.



* This was one of ''Series/FTroop'''s many RunningGags. There would be an impossible situation, such as O'Rourke's annoying Irish father visiting the fort, and overstaying his welcome. Corporal Agarn would make a comment like "He'll never leave unless the Little People show up and convince him to go back to Ireland." Someone else, realizing this was a great idea, would say "Agarn, I don't know why they say you're so dumb!" Moments later, Agarn, Wrangler Jane, and Cpt. Parmenter would be dressed as leprechauns and sneaking into the old man's bedroom. [[DelayedReaction Suddenly]], Agarn would say "[[CatchPhrase WHO says I'm dumb?"]]



-->'''Tim:''' But nobody could move at that speed!
-->'''Bill:''' Yeah, that's...inhuman!
-->'''Graeme:''' Yes...maybe that's exactly it!
-->'''Tim:''' Why, what do you mean?
-->'''Graeme:''' ...I dunno, I shall have to think.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': In "All Happy Families Are Alike", Bruce and Alfred tear Thomas Wayne's study apart looking for some clue as to what he had been secretly working on. After failing to find anything, Alfred attempts to persuade Bruce that he is on a wild good chase and remarks "There are none so blind...". This suddenly gives Bruce the inspiration for where he should be looking.

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-->'''Tim:''' But nobody could move at that speed!
-->'''Bill:'''
speed!\\
'''Bill:'''
Yeah, that's...inhuman!
-->'''Graeme:''' Yes...
that's... inhuman!\\
'''Graeme:''' Yes...
maybe that's exactly it!
-->'''Tim:'''
it!\\
'''Tim:'''
Why, what do you mean?
-->'''Graeme:''' ...
mean?\\
'''Graeme:''' ...
I dunno, I shall have to think.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': In "All Happy Families Are Alike", Bruce and Alfred tear Thomas Wayne's study apart looking for some clue as to what he had been secretly working on. After failing to find anything, Alfred attempts to persuade Bruce that he is on a wild good chase and remarks "There are none so blind...". " This suddenly gives Bruce the inspiration for where he should be looking.



* Happens often in ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' usually thanks to Amber.
---> '''Amber''': Don't try and confuse me with your fancy words.
---> '''Patricia''': It's in the dictionary, Amber, it isn't fancy.
---> '''Nina''': *Suddenly jumps up* Dictionary... of course! (The riddle was "where yesterday always follows tomorrow")
Or,
---> '''Fabian''': *Reading riddle* Inside the core of my enemies' pride is where the final relic hides...
---> '''Amber''': Core... core...
---> '''Patricia''': You sound just like Corbierre(Victor's stuffed raven), Amber. Coo... coo...
---> '''Nina''': Patricia, Amber! Geniuses...
---> '''Amber''': Thank you! Wait, why are we geniuses?[[labelnote:explanation]]Victor is their main enemy for this season and Corbierre is his "pride and joy"[[/labelnote]]

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* Happens often in ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', usually thanks to Amber.
---> '''Amber''': -->'''Amber''': Don't try and confuse me with your fancy words.
--->
words.\\
'''Patricia''': It's in the dictionary, Amber, it isn't fancy.
--->
fancy.\\
'''Nina''': *Suddenly jumps up* Dictionary... of course! (The riddle was "where yesterday always follows tomorrow")
tomorrow")\\
**
Or,
---> '''Fabian''': --->'''Fabian''': *Reading riddle* Inside the core of my enemies' pride is where the final relic hides...
--->
hides...\\
'''Amber''': Core... core...
--->
core...\\
'''Patricia''': You sound just like Corbierre(Victor's Corbierre ''(Victor's stuffed raven), raven)'', Amber. Coo... coo...
--->
coo...\\
'''Nina''': Patricia, Amber! Geniuses...
--->
Geniuses...\\
'''Amber''': Thank you! Wait, why are we geniuses?[[labelnote:explanation]]Victor is their main enemy for this season and Corbierre is his "pride and joy"[[/labelnote]]



-->'''Hawkeye''': A-ha! He whistles ''louder''...
-->'''All''': ...When he's ''bluffing''!

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-->'''Hawkeye''': A-ha! He whistles ''louder''...
-->'''All''': ...
''louder''...\\
'''All''': ...
When he's ''bluffing''!



* This was one of ''FTroop'''s many RunningGags. There would be an impossible situation, such as O'Rourke's annoying Irish father visiting the fort, and overstaying his welcome. Corporal Agarn would make a comment like "He'll never leave unless the Little People show up and convince him to go back to Ireland." Someone else, realizing this was a great idea, would say "Agarn, I don't know why they say you're so dumb!" Moments later, Agarn, Wrangler Jane, and Cpt. Parmenter would be dressed as leprechauns and sneaking into the old man's bedroom. [[DelayedReaction Suddenly]], Agarn would say "[[CatchPhrase WHO says I'm dumb?"]]
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