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* 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?
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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 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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* OnceAnEpisode in ''Literature/VickyTheViking'', Vicky and his crew of Vikings will be stuck in some terrible dilemma. Vicky will rub his nose for a bit, then inspiration for the resolution will strike.

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* OnceAnEpisode OncePerEpisode in ''Literature/VickyTheViking'', Vicky and his crew of Vikings will be stuck in some terrible dilemma. Vicky will rub his nose for a bit, then inspiration for the resolution will strike.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Ash Ketchum has one of these in pretty much every Gym battle to turn it around (granted, his epiphanies don't [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands always]] [[AssPull make]] the [[YouFailPhysicsForever most]] [[BellisariosMaxim sense]]). If you see him panicking because his opponent is pulling some kind of unbeatable schtick, then snap his head up with a thousand-yard stare and say "wait, that's it!", chances are someone's about to get their ass beat.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Ash Ketchum has one of these in pretty much every Gym battle to turn it around (granted, his epiphanies don't [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands always]] [[AssPull make]] the [[YouFailPhysicsForever [[ArtisticLicensePhysics most]] [[BellisariosMaxim sense]]). If you see him panicking because his opponent is pulling some kind of unbeatable schtick, then snap his head up with a thousand-yard stare and say "wait, that's it!", chances are someone's about to get their ass beat.



* Happens twice in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', within the same scene. When trying to decipher a code [[spoiler:from Scar's brother's notes, the group takes a break to reassemble Al who is in pieces, like a puzzle. May rips the bindings of the notes and with Scar and Marcoh's help reassemble it to see the nationwide transmutation circle (which Ed and Al figured out beforehand). When trying to think there was a silver lining in this, Yoki sneezes and causes the papers to shift. They're annoyed that the papers have been 'flipped over', and Al comes to his realization that the papers needed to be turned over to see the other half of the hidden message: a ''second'' transmutation circle [[ChekhovsGun which can be used to reverse the effects of the first.]]]]

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* Happens twice in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', within the same scene. When trying to decipher a code [[spoiler:from Scar's brother's notes, the group takes a break to reassemble Al who is in pieces, like a puzzle. May rips the bindings of the notes and with Scar and Marcoh's help reassemble it to see the nationwide transmutation circle (which Ed and Al figured out beforehand). When trying to think there was a silver lining in this, Yoki sneezes and causes the papers to shift. They're annoyed that the papers have been 'flipped over', and Al comes to his realization that the papers needed to be turned over to see the other half of the hidden message: a ''second'' transmutation circle [[ChekhovsGun which can be used to reverse the effects of the first.]]]]first]]]].



-->'''Bruce Wayne:'' Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible...

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-->'''Bruce Wayne:'' Wayne:''' Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible...



-->'''Bruce:''' ''[[EurekaMoment A BAT!]]''

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-->'''Bruce:''' ''[[EurekaMoment A BAT!]]''''A BAT!''



* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'': Kong (the DumbMuscle school bully, nothing less) remembered several things: the incident of Peter Parker with the weird spider in Oscorp, that Pete suddenly became a great basketball player, that he broke Flash's hand, that Spider-Man debuted at the wrestling club shortly after the gang visited it, that Spider-Man showed up to save the school when the Green Goblin began to attack it... and Kong suddenly realized it: Peter Parker is Spider-Man!
* In one issue of ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'', [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] and ComicBook/IronMan have literally minutes to defuse a bomb left by Doctor Octopus that would destroy New York City, while the rest of the Fantastic Four and Comicbook/TheAvengers look on. Johnny Storm suggests that Spider-Man could come up with a "fallback plan", prompting Spider-Man to point at a clock reading nearly 2 am, saying "There's no time for me to come up with a fallback... fall back... THAT'S IT!" He then syncs the bomb's electronic timer with its main OS system's internal clock. Turns out it was the first Sunday in November, meaning the end of Daylight Savings Time, when people set their clocks back an hour or "Fall back". By syncing the bomb's timer, Spider-Man was able to extend the countdown by an hour, giving the FF and the Avengers enough time to take the bombs out to sea to explode harmlessly.

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* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'': ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': Kong (the DumbMuscle school bully, nothing less) remembered several things: the incident of Peter Parker with the weird spider in Oscorp, that Pete suddenly became a great basketball player, that he broke Flash's hand, that Spider-Man debuted at the wrestling club shortly after the gang visited it, that Spider-Man showed up to save the school when the Green Goblin began to attack it... and Kong suddenly realized it: Peter Parker is Spider-Man!
* In one issue of ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'', [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] and ComicBook/IronMan have literally minutes to defuse a bomb left by Doctor Octopus ComicBook/DoctorOctopus that would destroy New York City, while the rest of the Fantastic Four and Comicbook/TheAvengers look on. Johnny Storm suggests that Spider-Man could come up with a "fallback plan", prompting Spider-Man to point at a clock reading nearly 2 am, saying "There's no time for me to come up with a fallback... fall back... THAT'S IT!" He then syncs the bomb's electronic timer with its main OS system's internal clock. Turns out it was the first Sunday in November, meaning the end of Daylight Savings Time, when people set their clocks back an hour or "Fall back". By syncing the bomb's timer, Spider-Man was able to extend the countdown by an hour, giving the FF and the Avengers enough time [[RelocatingTheExplosion to take the bombs out to sea to explode harmlessly.harmlessly]].



* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' Princess Atta thanks Flik for saving her sister Dot from the sparrow, stating it was very brave, adding that even the genuinely terrifying ''Hopper'' is terrified of birds. Which gives Flik the ingenious idea of building a bird decoy to scare off Hopper.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': Princess Atta thanks Flik for saving her sister Dot from the sparrow, stating it was very brave, adding that even the genuinely terrifying ''Hopper'' is terrified of birds. Which gives Flik the ingenious idea of building a bird decoy to scare off Hopper.



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike, realizing that in getting the BigBad arrested they've gotten the factory closed, put hundreds of monsters out of work and made the energy crisis worse, tries to downgrade the events by saying, "But hey! At least we got a few laughs, right?" This causes Sully to make the connection that [[spoiler:the energy produced by a child's laughter is ten times more powerful than the energy produced by their screams.]]

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike, realizing that in getting the BigBad arrested they've gotten the factory closed, put hundreds of monsters out of work and made the energy crisis worse, tries to downgrade the events by saying, "But hey! At least we got a few laughs, right?" This causes Sully to make the connection that [[spoiler:the energy produced by a child's laughter is ten times more powerful than the energy produced by their screams.]]screams]].



* ''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.]]

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* ''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.]]Scroll]].



** When Nick and Judy look at the traffic cam footage to find where Manchas was taken, the appearance of the timber wolves makes her realize his and Mr. Otterton's phrase "Night Howlers" was in reference to them. [[spoiler:[[RedHerring Subverted]] when it turns out they're actually flowers which can cause the apparent savage regression symptoms even in prey species, although the scene where she discovers this is ''also'' a EurekaMoment.]]

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** When Nick and Judy look at the traffic cam footage to find where Manchas was taken, the appearance of the timber wolves makes her realize his and Mr. Otterton's phrase "Night Howlers" was in reference to them. [[spoiler:[[RedHerring Subverted]] when it turns out they're actually flowers which can cause the apparent savage regression symptoms even in prey species, although the scene where she discovers this is ''also'' a EurekaMoment.an example.]]



-->'''Judy:''' Night Howlers aren't wolves... they're [[spoiler:''flowers''. The flowers are making the predators go savage!]] That's it! ''That's what I've been missing!''

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-->'''Judy:''' Night Howlers aren't wolves... they're [[spoiler:''flowers''. The flowers are making the predators go savage!]] savage]]! That's it! ''That's what I've been missing!''



* 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.

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* 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''.
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''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.



** 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.]]

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** 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.]]ages]].



* ''Film/{{Evolution}}'' has some {{egregious}} examples:

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* ''Film/{{Evolution}}'' has some {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples:



* DoubleSubverted 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.

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* DoubleSubverted 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.



** 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!"

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** 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.]] Toontown]]. He runs back in and shouts, "That's it! That's the connection!"



* 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]].]]

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* 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]]:
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killers]]. What's more, [[spoiler:the shop clerk who triggered the Eureka Moment is one of the killers herself. [[INeverSaidItWasPoison Oops]].]]Oops]]]].



* ''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.]]

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* ''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.]]Tony]].



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* 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/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.]]submission]].



* In the end of ''Film/SpaceJam'', Michael Jordan questioning the Monstars as to why they still put up with Swackhammer makes them realize that they had the ability to do away with their abusive boss.



* 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.]]

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* 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.]] pawn]].



* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams'': While Literature/BernieRhodenbarr is talking with a friend, she mentions the ''Cat Who...'' series, when his cat suddenly launches into strange behavior and Bernie solves the crime. [[spoiler: Subverted, in that he'd already solved the crime, but didn't care about revealing the result. When the cat acted, as if on cue, he decided to play along.]]

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams'': While Literature/BernieRhodenbarr is talking with a friend, she mentions the ''Cat Who...'' series, when his cat suddenly launches into strange behavior and Bernie solves the crime. [[spoiler: Subverted, in that he'd already solved the crime, but didn't care about revealing the result. When the cat acted, as if on cue, he decided to play along.]]



** Lampshaded in that "eureka" is a Ephebian word meaning "Bring me a towel". And in fact, we learn this is a regular occurence for Ephebian philosophers, to the point that nearby stores keep a large supply of soap, towels and bath salts.

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** Lampshaded in that "eureka" is a Ephebian word meaning "Bring me a towel". And in fact, we learn this is a regular occurence occurrence for Ephebian philosophers, to the point that nearby stores keep a large supply of soap, towels and bath salts.



* In ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Heroes Die]]'', Toa-Sytell has one when he [[spoiler: reads the Monastic records on Caine and realises that he's an Aktir.]]
* In ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', Genevieve and Charles are struggling with their investigation into Jack the Ripper's murders. Genevieve wishes aloud that Dr. Seward were with them, as he treated all the victims and could have told them what they had in common. As soon as she says this, Charles realises something; [[spoiler: They had Seward in common. ''Jack'' Seward.]]

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* In ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Heroes Die]]'', Toa-Sytell has one when he [[spoiler: reads the Monastic records on Caine and realises that he's an Aktir.]]
Aktir]].
* In ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', Genevieve and Charles are struggling with their investigation into Jack the Ripper's murders. Genevieve wishes aloud that Dr. Seward were with them, as he treated all the victims and could have told them what they had in common. As soon as she says this, Charles realises something; [[spoiler: They had Seward in common. ''Jack'' Seward.]]Seward]].



* In Creator/AstridLindgren's ''Emil of Lönneberga'' books, there is a part where a man buys an unshod horse. All attempts to shoe it fail due to the horse kicking, and one man remarks that the buyer was cheated -- at home, they tried to shoe it twenty times. Angry, the trader says anyone can have the horse for free, but when Emil takes him up on the offer, says he'll need to get him shod first. However, the horse's reaction reminded Emil (a five years old) of his family's servant, and he realized that [[spoiler:[[AccidentalTickleTorture the horse was merely ''ticklish'']]. So, he manages by holding the horse's hoofs, which have no nerves by definition.]] The trader tries to back out of the deal, but the crowd forces him to keep his word.

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* In Creator/AstridLindgren's ''Emil of Lönneberga'' books, there is a part where a man buys an unshod horse. All attempts to shoe it fail due to the horse kicking, and one man remarks that the buyer was cheated -- at home, they tried to shoe it twenty times. Angry, the trader says anyone can have the horse for free, but when Emil takes him up on the offer, says he'll need to get him shod first. However, the horse's reaction reminded Emil (a five years old) of his family's servant, and he realized that [[spoiler:[[AccidentalTickleTorture the horse was merely ''ticklish'']]. So, he manages by holding the horse's hoofs, which have no nerves by definition.]] definition]]. The trader tries to back out of the deal, but the crowd forces him to keep his word.



* The midseason finale of the final season of ''Series/BreakingBad'' ends with [[spoiler: Hank realising his brother-in-law Walt was Heisenberg all along.]]
** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny On a toilet]].
* Series/{{Castle}} is beginning to show an aptitude for {{Eureka Moment}}s, usually inspired by his daughter. In a reversal, he gave one to his daughter in one episode.
** Castle and Beckett will often have these moments simultaneously (or near simultaneously) in order to demonstrate how they click (in [[{{UST}} more ways than one]]). For one example, Beckett was writing something on TheBigBoard when she suddenly had a brainwave... and Castle at the exact same time ran in from the elevator, having obviously had the exact same brainwave.

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* The midseason finale of the final season of ''Series/BreakingBad'' ends with [[spoiler: Hank realising his brother-in-law Walt was Heisenberg all along.]]
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along]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny On a toilet]].
* Series/{{Castle}} is beginning to show an aptitude for {{Eureka Moment}}s, Eureka Moments, usually inspired by his daughter. In a reversal, he gave one to his daughter in one episode.
** Castle and Beckett will often have these moments simultaneously (or near simultaneously) in order to demonstrate how they click (in [[{{UST}} [[UnresolvedSexualTension more ways than one]]). For one example, Beckett was writing something on TheBigBoard when she suddenly had a brainwave... and Castle at the exact same time ran in from the elevator, having obviously had the exact same brainwave.



* In the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Compulsion", Gideon has a friendly conversation with a student who broke up with his girlfriend for another guy. The student says that his ex told him [[spoiler: he would suffer the wrath of God]], leading to the conclusion that the episode's unsub is [[spoiler: religiously motivated]].

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
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In the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Compulsion", Gideon has a friendly conversation with a student who broke up with his girlfriend for another guy. The student says that his ex told him [[spoiler: he would suffer the wrath of God]], leading to the conclusion that the episode's unsub is [[spoiler: religiously motivated]].



* This is also a OnceAnEpisode occurrence on the 1975-6 ''Series/ElleryQueen'' TV series. In the final act Ellery will be in some mundane activity, usually with his police Inspector father, say "Of course!" and [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to ask the audience if they've solved the mystery.
* [[UnfazedEveryman Sheriff Carter]] solves problems with literal ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' Moments, followed by saving the town with an ItsUpToYou sequence. (Especially ironic since he's the supposedly only normal person in a town full of geniuses.) Sometimes, however, the Eureka Moment moments come from the geniuses after the sheriff suggests a {{Muggle}} solution.

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* This is also a OnceAnEpisode OncePerEpisode occurrence on the 1975-6 ''Series/ElleryQueen'' TV series. In the final act Ellery will be in some mundane activity, usually with his police Inspector father, say "Of course!" and [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to ask the audience if they've solved the mystery.
* [[UnfazedEveryman Sheriff Carter]] solves problems with literal ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' Moments, followed by saving the town with an ItsUpToYou sequence. (Especially ironic since he's the supposedly only normal person in a town full of geniuses.) Sometimes, however, the Eureka Moment moments come from the geniuses after the sheriff suggests a {{Muggle}} {{Muggle|s}} solution.



* A common occurrence with William Murdoch in ''Series/MurdochMysteries''. {{Lampshaded}} in "Convalescence" when Crabtree is standing for Murdoch as acting detective. Having reached a seeming dead end in the case, Crabtree starts staring TheBigBoard. When Higgins asks he what he is doing, Crabtree says that whenever this happens to Murdoch, he stares at the board and everything suddenly falls into place. He then adds that it is not as easy as Murdoch makes it look and all he is getting is a headache.

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* A common occurrence with William Murdoch in ''Series/MurdochMysteries''. {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Convalescence" when Crabtree is standing for Murdoch as acting detective. Having reached a seeming dead end in the case, Crabtree starts staring TheBigBoard. When Higgins asks he what he is doing, Crabtree says that whenever this happens to Murdoch, he stares at the board and everything suddenly falls into place. He then adds that it is not as easy as Murdoch makes it look and all he is getting is a headache.



* In the ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' episode "Five of a Kind", T.J.'s watching video footage of the Rangers' last fight against the PsychoRangers (who the Rangers have struggled badly against up to this point, as each Psycho copies their individual fighting style) when the color disappears from the video. The monochrome footage gives him the idea to disguise the entire team in the same color uniform, so the Psychos won't know who is who.

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* In the ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' episode "Five of a Kind", T.J.'s watching video footage of the Rangers' last fight against the PsychoRangers ThePsychoRangers (who the Rangers have struggled badly against up to this point, as each Psycho copies their individual fighting style) when the color disappears from the video. The monochrome footage gives him the idea to disguise the entire team in the same color uniform, so the Psychos won't know who is who.



* Shawn Spencer in ''Series/{{Psych}}'' frequently has major {{Eureka Moment}}s very early in the episode. Usually he's figured out the particularly far-fetched explanation very early (such as figuring out that a victim had been bitten by a T-Rex... don't ask), but the whole episode then revolves around him and Gus trying to find the evidence to prove the outlandish theory correct. Reverse Detective Work, maybe?

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* Shawn Spencer in ''Series/{{Psych}}'' frequently has major {{Eureka Moment}}s Eureka Moments very early in the episode. Usually he's figured out the particularly far-fetched explanation very early (such as figuring out that a victim had been bitten by a T-Rex... don't ask), but the whole episode then revolves around him and Gus trying to find the evidence to prove the outlandish theory correct. Reverse Detective Work, maybe?



** A memorable example; in the third season episode "The Sign of Three", during a long, rambling (and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming surprisingly touching]]) [[spoiler: best man's toast at John Watson's wedding]], he mentioned a case that he was not yet able to solve, highlighting how John had helped save the life of the intended murder victim, an Army officer. At the end of the speech, when he called for a toast for "John Hamish Watson", he realized that [[spoiler:a woman involved in another case knew John's EmbarrassingMiddleName and that he was getting married]], and followed that thread to uncover [[spoiler:that one of the guests at the wedding, John's old army commander, was a target for the same attempted killer.]] He decides to tell John about it, and than Sherlock, John and Mary solve the case together, and John's old Army commander doesn't get killed.

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** A memorable example; in the third season episode "The Sign of Three", during a long, rambling (and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming surprisingly touching]]) [[spoiler: best man's toast at John Watson's wedding]], he mentioned a case that he was not yet able to solve, highlighting how John had helped save the life of the intended murder victim, an Army officer. At the end of the speech, when he called for a toast for "John Hamish Watson", he realized that [[spoiler:a woman involved in another case knew John's EmbarrassingMiddleName and that he was getting married]], and followed that thread to uncover [[spoiler:that one of the guests at the wedding, John's old army commander, was a target for the same attempted killer.]] killer]]. He decides to tell John about it, and than Sherlock, John and Mary solve the case together, and John's old Army commander doesn't get killed.



** In one ending, [[spoiler: Junpei looks at Snake's dead body, whilst searching the Shower room for Clover, and notices his left arm's bone: the real Snake's left arm was in fact prosthetic. Snake is thus still alive, and Junpei slowly realizes who did it. In another route, Clover makes the connection.]]
** Heck, the entire plot is based on the idea that [[spoiler:a person being in danger and having enough of these moments can trigger morphogenic fields, essentially allowing telepathy. Junpei gets possibly the best one, so Akane can contact him.]]

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** In one ending, [[spoiler: Junpei looks at Snake's dead body, whilst searching the Shower room for Clover, and notices his left arm's bone: the real Snake's left arm was in fact prosthetic. Snake is thus still alive, and Junpei slowly realizes who did it. In another route, Clover makes the connection.]]
connection]].
** Heck, the entire plot is based on the idea that [[spoiler:a person being in danger and having enough of these moments can trigger morphogenic fields, essentially allowing telepathy. Junpei gets possibly the best one, so Akane can contact him.]]him]].



* A meta example for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': MasahiroSakurai gets swarmed with dozens of requests for characters to join the roster, and naturally, not everyone can make the cut. His solution to this? Let the players add who they want with [[VirtualPaperDoll Mii Fighters]], complete with a variety of in-game costumes, three fighting styles to choose from, and twelve special attacks for each fighting style!

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* A meta example for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': MasahiroSakurai Creator/MasahiroSakurai gets swarmed with dozens of requests for characters to join the roster, and naturally, not everyone can make the cut. His solution to this? Let the players add who they want with [[VirtualPaperDoll Mii Fighters]], complete with a variety of in-game costumes, three fighting styles to choose from, and twelve special attacks for each fighting style!



* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', this happens to Sigma whenever he's in a tight situation and he suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, gains the knowledge to overcome it. There's also a few moments where Sigma accuses a character of being the one who planted the bombs due to suddenly knowing who it was for no apparent reason. Turns out [[spoiler:whenever he has one of these moments, he's remembering something that he found out through "mind-jumping", where he jumps into the body of alternative timeline versions of himself. It's stated in game that one of the things needed for accessing the morphogenetic field is danger, hence why it typically only happens when he's in a tight spot. Sigma himself also doesn't remember his mind-jumping: From his perspective he IS just suddenly knowing information he can't know. In order to play through these moments, the player them-self has to have gone through one of the paths where the information ''is'' revealed through one way or another, before going back and having Sigma remember that information in the path where it ''isn't''.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', this happens to Sigma whenever he's in a tight situation and he suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, gains the knowledge to overcome it. There's also a few moments where Sigma accuses a character of being the one who planted the bombs due to suddenly knowing who it was for no apparent reason. Turns out [[spoiler:whenever he has one of these moments, he's remembering something that he found out through "mind-jumping", where he jumps into the body of alternative timeline versions of himself. It's stated in game that one of the things needed for accessing the morphogenetic field is danger, hence why it typically only happens when he's in a tight spot. Sigma himself also doesn't remember his mind-jumping: From his perspective he IS just suddenly knowing information he can't know. In order to play through these moments, the player them-self has to have gone through one of the paths where the information ''is'' revealed through one way or another, before going back and having Sigma remember that information in the path where it ''isn't''.]]''isn't'']].



* Revolver Ocelot experiences one in ''[[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=111 this]]'' ''[[TheLastDaysofFoxhound Last Days of Foxhound]]'' strip. Of course, he is [[spoiler: just [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]] in order to be able to manipulate Solidus later.]]

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* Revolver Ocelot experiences one in ''[[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=111 this]]'' ''[[TheLastDaysofFoxhound ''[[WebComic/TheLastDaysofFoxhound Last Days of Foxhound]]'' strip. Of course, he is [[spoiler: just [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]] in order to be able to manipulate Solidus later.]]later]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Funeral for a Fiend":
-->'''Millhouse''': My feet are killing me.
-->'''Lisa''': Feet... killing... We have to save Bart!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the episode "Funeral for a Fiend":
-->'''Millhouse''': --->'''Millhouse''': My feet are killing me.
-->'''Lisa''':
me.\\
'''Lisa''':
Feet... killing... We have to save Bart!



** When the family is trying to figure out a way to keep Apu from being deported, Abe mentions he could try living in a balloon. Lisa exclaims "That's it!", leading Bart to declare that she's as dumb as him. She explains that she connects him being a grandfather with grandfather clause, with his statement being irrelevant.

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** When the family is trying to figure out a way to keep Apu from being deported, Abe mentions he could try living in a balloon. Lisa exclaims "That's it!", leading Bart to declare that she's as dumb as him. She explains that she connects him Abe being a grandfather with grandfather clause, with his statement being irrelevant.



* 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 [[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").
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"2"). In a similar episode, the Warners were cleaning [[LudwigVanBeethoven [[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.



* AlternateCharacterInterpretation of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' says that Pinky has one of these every time Brain asks him "AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering?", but since Pinky's thought processes are rather [[CloudCuckoolander unique]], neither the audience nor the Brain can figure out what Pinky's talking about.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' says that Pinky has one of these every time Brain asks him "AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering?", "AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering", but since Pinky's thought processes are rather [[CloudCuckoolander unique]], neither the audience nor the Brain can figure out what Pinky's talking about.



* Sent up in a RunningGag on the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cancelled". The astronomer investigating Cartman's satellite dish implant draws several correct conclusions after increasingly absurd free association sessions based on conversations with Chef.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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Sent up in a RunningGag on in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cancelled". The astronomer investigating Cartman's satellite dish implant draws several correct conclusions after increasingly absurd free association sessions based on conversations with Chef.



* {{Lampshaded}} in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "That Darn Katz!":

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "That Darn Katz!":
12th Nov '16 11:43:36 PM Chabal2
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** Lampshaded in that "eureka" is a Ephebian word meaning "Bring me a towel".

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** Lampshaded in that "eureka" is a Ephebian word meaning "Bring me a towel". And in fact, we learn this is a regular occurence for Ephebian philosophers, to the point that nearby stores keep a large supply of soap, towels and bath salts.
12th Nov '16 11:40:42 PM Chabal2
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* A staple on ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', where DCI Barnaby regularly receives the inspiration for solving the murder case from unrelated conversations, often in chats with his wife about whatever happens to be their personal side story (preparations for a county fair, etc.) in the episode.

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* A staple on ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', where DCI Barnaby regularly receives the inspiration for solving the murder case from unrelated conversations, often in chats with his wife about whatever happens to be their personal side story (preparations for a county fair, talking with a real estate agent, etc.) in the episode. In one case, he was at his daughter's big play, when the moment came from one of the actor's lines. Cully goes onstage just in time to see her dad running towards the exit, knowing exactly what's happening.
5th Nov '16 12:49:27 PM Morgenthaler
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** This even shows up in his ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' work, though those get more promptly revealed to the reader: in ''[[OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'', a random comment by Luke triggers a flashback for Mara, in which she recognizes a major inconsistency in some of their companions' back story.

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** This even shows up in his ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' work, though those get more promptly revealed to the reader: in ''[[OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'', ''Literature/SurvivorsQuest'', a random comment by Luke triggers a flashback for Mara, in which she recognizes a major inconsistency in some of their companions' back story.
2nd Nov '16 2:19:10 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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-->'''Judy:''' Night Howlers aren't wolves... they're [[spoiler:''flowers''. The flowers are making the predators go savage!]] That's it! ''That's what I've been missing!''
26th Oct '16 1:12:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', Sansa supplies her father with one [[spoiler: when she says that Joffrey (who she has a mad crush on, [[TheCaligula the poor girl]]) is nothing like his father, [[BoisterousBruiser Robert]]. This finally makes Eddard realize that ''none'' of Cersei's children take after Robert -- though all of Robert's bastards do -- and the kids are most likely the product of incest between Cersei and her brother, Jaime]].

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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Sansa supplies her father with one [[spoiler: when she says that Joffrey (who she has a mad crush on, [[TheCaligula the poor girl]]) is nothing like his father, [[BoisterousBruiser Robert]]. This finally makes Eddard realize that ''none'' of Cersei's children take after Robert -- though all of Robert's bastards do -- and the kids are most likely the product of incest between Cersei and her brother, Jaime]].
4th Oct '16 10:06:34 PM Omeganian
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* In Creator/AstridLindgren's ''Emil of Lönneberga'' books, there is a part where a man buys an unshod horse. All attempts to shoe it fail due to the horse kicking, and one man remarks that the buyer was cheated -- at home, they tried to shoe it twenty times. Angry, the trader says anyone can have the horse for free, but when Emil takes him up on the offer, says he'll need to get him shod first. However, the horse's reaction reminded Emil (a five years old) of his family's servant, and he realized that [[spoiler:the horse was merely ''ticklish''. So, he manages by holding the horse's hoofs, which have no nerves by definition.]] The trader tries to back out of the deal, but the crowd forces him to keep his word.

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* In Creator/AstridLindgren's ''Emil of Lönneberga'' books, there is a part where a man buys an unshod horse. All attempts to shoe it fail due to the horse kicking, and one man remarks that the buyer was cheated -- at home, they tried to shoe it twenty times. Angry, the trader says anyone can have the horse for free, but when Emil takes him up on the offer, says he'll need to get him shod first. However, the horse's reaction reminded Emil (a five years old) of his family's servant, and he realized that [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:[[AccidentalTickleTorture the horse was merely ''ticklish''.''ticklish'']]. So, he manages by holding the horse's hoofs, which have no nerves by definition.]] The trader tries to back out of the deal, but the crowd forces him to keep his word.
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