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27th Jul '17 9:29:15 AM Prfnoff
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* Lampshaded by [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0134.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' strip.

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* Lampshaded by [[http://adventurers.in [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150906195105/http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0134.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' strip. A mysterious hooded NPC warns that "'It' is about to rise, and the 'Time' is upon us." Ardam asks him if he could possibly be more vague.
17th Jun '17 12:19:10 AM Sharlee
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* Spoofed and Lampshaded in A. Lee Martinez's ''The Last Adventure Of Constance Verity'', when perennial WeirdnessMagnet/adventuress Connie grouses about how prophecies ''never'' just state things outright. When Tia suggests that prophets speak that way to maintain a "sense of mystery", Connie points out that the future is '''already''' mysterious, so if prophets genuinely valued mystery they'd simply stop saying ''anything'' about it.
7th Jun '17 8:33:01 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', Fiver's descriptions of his prophetic visions take this form: "I know now… a terrible thing is coming." … "something ''very bad is about to'' happen...! ''It's all around us!"'' and later, "There's a ''bad'' danger coming--" "--It's not good!" (it indeed proves to be [[SugarApocalypse very bad]]). This makes sense, as Fiver is not only a ''rabbit'', but a little kid, and the [[ConstructedLanguage rabbit language]] that [[TranslationConvention all the dialogue is being translated from]] almost certainly has no words to even remotely describe [[spoiler:the warren being filled with poison gas]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', Fiver's descriptions of his prophetic visions take this form: "I know now… a terrible thing is coming." … "something ''very bad is about to'' happen...! ''It's all around us!"'' and later, "There's a ''bad'' danger coming--" "--It's not good!" (it indeed proves to be [[SugarApocalypse very bad]]). This makes sense, as Fiver is not only a ''rabbit'', but a little kid, and the [[ConstructedLanguage rabbit language]] that [[TranslationConvention all the dialogue is being translated from]] almost certainly has no words to even remotely describe [[spoiler:the warren being filled with poison gas]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', Fiver's descriptions of his prophetic visions take this form: "I know now… a terrible thing is coming." … "something ''very bad is about to'' happen...! ''It's all around us!"'' and later, "There's a ''bad'' danger coming--" "--It's not good!" (it indeed proves to be [[SugarApocalypse very bad]]). This makes sense, as Fiver is not only a ''rabbit'', but a little kid, and the [[ConstructedLanguage rabbit language]] that [[TranslationConvention all the dialogue is being translated from]] almost certainly has no words to even remotely describe [[spoiler:the warren being filled with poison gas]].



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* Occurs at various points throughout ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films.
** "Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumors grew of a shadow in the east... whispers of a nameless fear." "Smoke [[RollYourRs rrises]] from the mountain of Doom. The hour grows late..." "The stars are veiled. Something stirs in the east... a sleepless malice. The eye of the Enemy is ''moving!"'' Granted it can be excused, as due to the current times ''everyone'' knows what's being talked about.
** In trailers for ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', the narrator says that "Darkness is coming...", presumably alluding to The Battle of Five Armies and, of course, Sauron and the One Ring.

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* Occurs at various points throughout ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films.
** "Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumors grew of a shadow
''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''. Dave Bowman arrives and tells everyone they've got to get their butts in the east... whispers of a nameless fear." "Smoke [[RollYourRs rrises]] from the mountain of Doom. The hour grows late..." "The stars are veiled. Something stirs in the east... a sleepless malice. The eye of the Enemy is ''moving!"'' Granted it can be excused, as due to the current times ''everyone'' knows gear and leave within 2 days. ''Everyone'' asks what's being talked about.
** In trailers
going to happen, and all Dave bothers saying is "Something wonderful". Perhaps "[[spoiler:The monolith is going to transform Jupiter into a sun]]" would be too hard for ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', the narrator says that "Darkness is coming...", presumably alluding folks to The Battle of Five Armies and, of course, Sauron and the One Ring.understand.



* ''The Living Wake'' centers around the protagonist's "vague and grave disease".
* The omnipresent thread of the looming {{Nothing|IsScarier}} in the first half of ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** The Jedi council deals with this in the three prequels. "Dark, his future is..." as Yoda describes it - but evidently not so dark as to interfere.
** In every film there's a least one person who has "…a bad feeling about this."
** Even the subtitle of ''Episode I'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', suggests this (it's clear to someone familiar with the original trilogy but otherwise it's played straight).



* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''. Dave Bowman arrives and tells everyone they've got to get their butts in gear and leave within 2 days. ''Everyone'' asks what's going to happen, and all Dave bothers saying is "Something wonderful". Perhaps "[[spoiler:The monolith is going to transform Jupiter into a sun]]" would be too hard for folks to understand.
* Bert in ''Film/MaryPoppins''. "Wind's in the east. Mist coming in. Like something is brewing, about to begin. Can't put my finger on what lies in store. But I feel what's to happen, has all happened before."
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** The disguised alien who James Edwards chases down at the beginning delivers several panicky warnings that "your world is gonna end" and "he's coming!"
--->'''Edwards:''' Yeah, and when he gets here I'll arrest his ass, too.
** Apparently this is something MIB has to handle on a regular basis.
--->'''Edwards:''' He said the world was gonna end.\\
'''K:''' ''[without a blink]'' Did he say when?

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* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''. Dave Bowman arrives and tells everyone they've got to get their butts in gear and leave within 2 days. ''Everyone'' asks The trailer for ''Film/FantasticFour2015'' went this route.
-->'''Victor:''' You don't know anything about
what's going to happen, and all Dave bothers saying is "Something wonderful". Perhaps "[[spoiler:The monolith is going to transform Jupiter into a sun]]" would be too hard for folks to understand.
* Bert in ''Film/MaryPoppins''. "Wind's in the east. Mist coming in. Like something is brewing, about to begin. Can't put my finger on what lies in store. But I feel what's to happen, has all happened before."
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** The disguised alien who James Edwards chases down at the beginning delivers several panicky warnings that "your world is gonna end" and "he's coming!"
--->'''Edwards:''' Yeah, and when he gets here I'll arrest his ass, too.
** Apparently this is something MIB has to handle on a regular basis.
--->'''Edwards:''' He said the world was gonna end.
coming.\\
'''K:''' ''[without a blink]'' Did he say when?'''Reed:''' What ''is'' coming?\\
'''Victor:''' Doom!



* The trailer for ''Film/FantasticFour2015'' went this route.
-->'''Victor:''' You don't know anything about what's coming.\\
'''Reed:''' What ''is'' coming?\\
'''Victor:''' Doom!

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* ''The Living Wake'' centers around the protagonist's "vague and grave disease".
* Occurs at various points throughout ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films.
** "Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumors grew of a shadow in the east... whispers of a nameless fear." "Smoke [[RollYourRs rrises]] from the mountain of Doom.
The trailer for ''Film/FantasticFour2015'' went this route.
-->'''Victor:''' You don't know anything about
hour grows late..." "The stars are veiled. Something stirs in the east... a sleepless malice. The eye of the Enemy is ''moving!"'' Granted it can be excused, as due to the current times ''everyone'' knows what's coming.being talked about.
** In trailers for ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', the narrator says that "Darkness is coming...", presumably alluding to The Battle of Five Armies and, of course, Sauron and the One Ring.
* Bert in ''Film/MaryPoppins''. "Wind's in the east. Mist coming in. Like something is brewing, about to begin. Can't put my finger on what lies in store. But I feel what's to happen, has all happened before."
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** The disguised alien who James Edwards chases down at the beginning delivers several panicky warnings that "your world is gonna end" and "he's coming!"
--->'''Edwards:''' Yeah, and when he gets here I'll arrest his ass, too.
** Apparently this is something MIB has to handle on a regular basis.
--->'''Edwards:''' He said the world was gonna end.
\\
'''Reed:''' What ''is'' coming?\\
'''Victor:''' Doom!
'''K:''' ''[without a blink]'' Did he say when?
* The omnipresent thread of the looming {{Nothing|IsScarier}} in the first half of ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Jedi council deals with this in the three prequels. "Dark, his future is..." as Yoda describes it -- but evidently not so dark as to interfere.
** In every film there's a least one person who has "…a bad feeling about this."
** Even the subtitle of ''Episode I'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', suggests this (it's clear to someone familiar with the original trilogy but otherwise it's played straight).



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* "AStormIsComing" in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' - the storm is mostly [[{{Foreshadowing}} metaphorical]].



* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** The ArcWords: "The sun approaches the horizon. The Everstorm comes. The True Desolation. The Night of Sorrows." Interestingly, while the first seems metaphorical, [[spoiler:the Everstorm comes in the climax of ''Words of Radiance'']] and the Desolations are real events that are much worse. One starts to wonder how terrible the Night of Sorrows will prove...
** Then there are the Death Rattles, prophetic whispers sometimes uttered by the dying. They describe many of the events of the books weeks or even months before they happen, but use such obscure terminology it's nearly impossible to puzzle them out even after the fact. Notable that the ArcWords were a Death Rattle, and bits and pieces of them show up all the time.
* "AStormIsComing" in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' - the storm is mostly [[{{Foreshadowing}} metaphorical]].
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'': Luke felt the coming of the man who doesn't exist. Not kidding.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' -- the [[WaifProphet prophetic rabbit]] Fiver foresees disaster for the warren but is unable to [[YouHaveToBelieveMe coherently explain it]]. The canny Chief Rabbit does not entirely dismiss the possibility, but he decides that whatever the disaster might be, it will be safer to wait it out. It turns out to be a calamity beyond the ability of rabbits to describe.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** The ArcWords: "The sun approaches
{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' spinoffs, notably ''Belgarath the horizon. The Everstorm comes. The True Desolation. The Night Sorcerer'', which outright states that all prophets are madmen. Unfortunately, not all madmen are prophets, so many books of Sorrows." Interestingly, while the first seems metaphorical, [[spoiler:the Everstorm comes alleged ''prophecy'' are just plain nonsense -- fortunately, as an immortal, Belgarath has enough time to sort it out.
* Parodied in ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', where Goodgulf tries to warn Dildo with a series of portentous statements, going from "Evil Ones are afoot
in the climax of ''Words of Radiance'']] and lands" to "There is a dog in the Desolations are real events that are much worse. One starts to wonder how terrible the Night of Sorrows will prove...
** Then there are the Death Rattles, prophetic whispers sometimes uttered by the dying. They describe many of the events of the books weeks or even months before they happen, but use such obscure terminology it's nearly impossible to puzzle them out even after the fact. Notable that the ArcWords were a Death Rattle, and bits and pieces of them show up all the time.
* "AStormIsComing" in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' - the storm is mostly [[{{Foreshadowing}} metaphorical]].
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'': Luke felt the coming of the man who doesn't exist. Not kidding.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' -- the [[WaifProphet prophetic rabbit]] Fiver foresees disaster for the warren but is unable to [[YouHaveToBelieveMe coherently explain it]]. The canny Chief Rabbit does not entirely dismiss the possibility, but he decides that whatever the disaster might be, it will be safer to wait it out. It turns out to be a calamity beyond the ability of rabbits to describe.
manger."



* Parodied in ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', where Goodgulf tries to warn Dildo with a series of portentous statements, going from "Evil Ones are afoot in the lands" to "There is a dog in the manger."
* Justified in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''- vague statements and misdirection are a way of preventing time paradoxes. For example, the Gatekeeper's extremely vague message about dark magic in ''Proven Guilty'' is actually the start of a convoluted GambitRoulette to get around the fact that if he told the rest of the White Council about [[spoiler:the impending vampire attack]], they'd evacuate and [[spoiler:the attack]] wouldn't happen, so he couldn't have foreseen it. It also serves to set up events so that [[spoiler:Molly isn't executed as a warlock]].

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* Parodied ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' is ''named'' after this trope. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], in ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', where Goodgulf tries to warn Dildo with a that while the only description of the Forces of Evil given in the prophecy is "When the dark comes rising," and that's it, the rest of the prophecy lists out, quite succinctly, the forces of ''Good'' that shall be mustered against it. The series is then a step-by-step process of portentous statements, going from "Evil Ones are afoot attaining the PlotCoupons listed in the lands" to "There is a dog in prophecy, and bringing together the manger."
Six who shall turn the darkness back.
* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'':
-->The only really positive aspect of the situation was that at least the nation was at peace. Yet at that very same moment, across the dark, brooding waters of the Atlantic, there was growing concern. "My God, look at those waters!" people were saying. "They're ''brooding''!" Clearly this did not bode well for the next chapter...
* The first ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' book includes a scene where the prophet bats outline the main plot of the trilogy, but in a way that's not much practical help to anyone.
* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': In a bit about the various timekeeping methods on the Disc, this comes up:
--> The calendar of the Theocracy of Muntab counts ''down'', not up. No-one knows why, but it might not be a good idea to hang around and find out.
* Justified in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''- ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' -- vague statements and misdirection are a way of preventing time paradoxes. For example, the Gatekeeper's extremely vague message about dark magic in ''Proven Guilty'' is actually the start of a convoluted GambitRoulette to get around the fact that if he told the rest of the White Council about [[spoiler:the impending vampire attack]], they'd evacuate and [[spoiler:the attack]] wouldn't happen, so he couldn't have foreseen it. It also serves to set up events so that [[spoiler:Molly isn't executed as a warlock]].



* Justified in ''Literature/GoodOmens'', which features ''The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch''. The Author managed to foresee centuries worth of events, including [[BurntheWitch her own death]] ([[TakingYouWithMe for which she planned accordingly]]), the apocalypse [[spoiler: [[AntiAntiChrist or lack thereof]], and the world that came after.]] The problem is that she saw things well beyond her time, and described them in ways that could rarely be deciphered until after they came to pass. How could one describe the Kennedy assassination in a time when Dallas didn't exist? She also cared more about things effecting her descendents more than general history; she didn't mention Dallas, but the warning about a falling brick on the same date was clearly understood.
* The story of Literature/HarryPotter's life. He's given nibbles that there's something terrifying on the horizon - and as a matter of fact a very clear prophecy was given about him… that he isn't told about for five books. There's also the centaurs…"Mars is bright", indeed. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Hagrid, who doesn't have a lot of patience for cryptic centaur speech.
* Mocked by Angela the herbalist in ''Eldest'', the second book of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' in making a DoomyDoomsOfDoom prediction. "Mmm....she's doomed! You're doomed!! They're all doomed! Notice I didn't specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very WISE of me."
* ''Literature/KittyNorville'': In "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" Odysseus Grant keeps giving Kitty vague warnings to stay away from the Band of Tiamat. When she asks for specifics, Grant tells her [[YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou she wouldn't believe him if he told her]]. Kitty responds, "I'm a freaking werewolf! Try me!"
* Lampshaded and made fun of by [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Zawisza Czarny of Garbów]] in Andrzej Sapkowski's ''Literature/{{Narrenturm}}''.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': In the novels ''Literature/{{Thrawn}}'' and ''[[Literature/AftermathEmpiresEnd Empire's End]]'', a threat in the Unknown Regions of space is alluded to by several characters. We never learn what it is, but it spooked [[BigBad Palpatine]] and also was serious enough that [[TheChessmaster Thrawn]] felt the need to go looking for allies to combat it. It's implied to be the BigBad of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Supreme Leader Snoke, but there's no telling for sure at the moment.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'': Luke felt the coming of the man who doesn't exist. Not kidding.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** The ArcWords: "The sun approaches the horizon. The Everstorm comes. The True Desolation. The Night of Sorrows." Interestingly, while the first seems metaphorical, [[spoiler:the Everstorm comes in the climax of ''Words of Radiance'']], and the Desolations are real events that are much worse. One starts to wonder how terrible the Night of Sorrows will prove...
** Then there are the Death Rattles, prophetic whispers sometimes uttered by the dying. They describe many of the events of the books weeks or even months before they happen, but use such obscure terminology it's nearly impossible to puzzle them out even after the fact. Notable that the ArcWords were a Death Rattle, and bits and pieces of them show up all the time.
* Explained in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' as a limitation of prophecy and a language barrier of sorts: first of all, there are a lot of variables that the prophet isn't let in on. Secondly, prophets have a very hard time describing the phenomenon to anyone without the gift of prophecy - it would be at least as hard as explaining colors to a person born blind. Adding to the excitement, some prophecies are false, a prophet rarely has a sense of time or place regarding when or where their prophecy will occur, and a prophet rarely has context for a prophecy - he might witness cheering at an execution, and get the wrong impression because he doesn't know that the person being executed was a mass-murderer.



* The story of Literature/HarryPotter's life. He's given nibbles that there's something terrifying on the horizon - and as a matter of fact a very clear prophecy was given about him… that he isn't told about for five books. There's also the centaurs…"Mars is bright", indeed. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Hagrid, who doesn't have a lot of patience for cryptic centaur speech.
* Mocked by Angela the herbalist in ''Eldest'', the second book of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' in making a DoomyDoomsOfDoom prediction. "Mmm....she's doomed! You're doomed!! They're all doomed! Notice I didn't specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very WISE of me."
* Explained in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' as a limitation of prophecy and a language barrier of sorts: first of all, there are a lot of variables that the prophet isn't let in on. Secondly, prophets have a very hard time describing the phenomenon to anyone without the gift of prophecy - it would be at least as hard as explaining colors to a person born blind. Adding to the excitement, some prophecies are false, a prophet rarely has a sense of time or place regarding when or where their prophecy will occur, and a prophet rarely has context for a prophecy - he might witness cheering at an execution, and get the wrong impression because he doesn't know that the person being executed was a mass-murderer.
* Justified in ''Literature/GoodOmens'', which features ''The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch''. The Author managed to foresee centuries worth of events, including [[BurntheWitch her own death]] ([[TakingYouWithMe for which she planned accordingly]]), the apocalypse [[spoiler: [[AntiAntiChrist or lack thereof]], and the world that came after.]] The problem is that she saw things well beyond her time, and described them in ways that could rarely be deciphered until after they came to pass. How could one describe the Kennedy assassination in a time when Dallas didn't exist? She also cared more about things effecting her descendents more than general history; she didn't mention Dallas, but the warning about a falling brick on the same date was clearly understood.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' spinoffs, notably ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'', which outright states that all prophets are madmen. Unfortunately, not all madmen are prophets, so many books of alleged ''prophecy'' are just plain nonsense -- fortunately, as an immortal, Belgarath has enough time to sort it out.
* The first ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' book includes a scene where the prophet bats outline the main plot of the trilogy, but in a way that's not much practical help to anyone.
* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'':
-->The only really positive aspect of the situation was that at least the nation was at peace. Yet at that very same moment, across the dark, brooding waters of the Atlantic, there was growing concern. "My God, look at those waters!" people were saying. "They're ''brooding''!" Clearly this did not bode well for the next chapter...
* ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' is ''named'' after this trope. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], in that while the only description of the Forces of Evil given in the prophecy is "When the dark comes rising," and that's it, the rest of the prophecy lists out, quite succinctly, the forces of ''Good'' that shall be mustered against it. The series is then a step-by-step process of attaining the PlotCoupons listed in the prophecy, and bringing together the Six who shall turn the darkness back.
* ''Literature/KittyNorville'': In "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" Odysseus Grant keeps giving Kitty vague warnings to stay away from the Band of Tiamat. When she asks for specifics, Grant tells her [[YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou she wouldn't believe him if he told her]]. Kitty responds, "I'm a freaking werewolf! Try me!"

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* The story of Literature/HarryPotter's life. He's given nibbles that there's something terrifying on ZigZaggingTrope in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' -- the horizon - and as a matter of fact a very clear prophecy was given about him… that he isn't told about for five books. There's also the centaurs…"Mars is bright", indeed. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Hagrid, who doesn't have a lot of patience for cryptic centaur speech.
* Mocked by Angela the herbalist in ''Eldest'', the second book of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' in making a DoomyDoomsOfDoom prediction. "Mmm....she's doomed! You're doomed!! They're all doomed! Notice I didn't specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very WISE of me."
* Explained in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' as a limitation of prophecy and a language barrier of sorts: first of all, there are a lot of variables that the prophet isn't let in on. Secondly, prophets have a very hard time describing the phenomenon to anyone without the gift of prophecy - it would be at least as hard as explaining colors to a person born blind. Adding to the excitement, some prophecies are false, a prophet rarely has a sense of time or place regarding when or where their prophecy will occur, and a prophet rarely has context for a prophecy - he might witness cheering at an execution, and get the wrong impression because he doesn't know that the person being executed was a mass-murderer.
* Justified in ''Literature/GoodOmens'', which features ''The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch''. The Author managed to foresee centuries worth of events, including [[BurntheWitch her own death]] ([[TakingYouWithMe for which she planned accordingly]]), the apocalypse [[spoiler: [[AntiAntiChrist or lack thereof]], and the world that came after.]] The problem is that she saw things well beyond her time, and described them in ways that could rarely be deciphered until after they came to pass. How could one describe the Kennedy assassination in a time when Dallas didn't exist? She also cared more about things effecting her descendents more than general history; she didn't mention Dallas, but the warning about a falling brick on the same date was clearly understood.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' spinoffs, notably ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'', which outright states that all prophets are madmen. Unfortunately, not all madmen are prophets, so many books of alleged ''prophecy'' are just plain nonsense -- fortunately, as an immortal, Belgarath has enough time to sort it out.
* The first ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' book includes a scene where the prophet bats outline the main plot of the trilogy, but in a way that's not much practical help to anyone.
* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'':
-->The only really positive aspect of the situation was that at least the nation was at peace. Yet at that very same moment, across the dark, brooding waters of the Atlantic, there was growing concern. "My God, look at those waters!" people were saying. "They're ''brooding''!" Clearly this did not bode well
[[WaifProphet prophetic rabbit]] Fiver foresees disaster for the next chapter...
* ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising''
warren but is ''named'' after this trope. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], in unable to [[YouHaveToBelieveMe coherently explain it]]. The canny Chief Rabbit does not entirely dismiss the possibility, but he decides that while whatever the only description of disaster might be, it will be safer to wait it out. It turns out to be a calamity beyond the Forces ability of Evil given in the prophecy is "When the dark comes rising," and that's it, the rest of the prophecy lists out, quite succinctly, the forces of ''Good'' that shall be mustered against it. The series is then a step-by-step process of attaining the PlotCoupons listed in the prophecy, and bringing together the Six who shall turn the darkness back.
* ''Literature/KittyNorville'': In "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" Odysseus Grant keeps giving Kitty vague warnings
rabbits to stay away from the Band of Tiamat. When she asks for specifics, Grant tells her [[YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou she wouldn't believe him if he told her]]. Kitty responds, "I'm a freaking werewolf! Try me!"describe.



* {{Literature/Discworld}}: In a bit about the various timekeeping methods on the Disc, this comes up:
--> The calendar of the Theocracy of Muntab counts ''down'', not up. No-one knows why, but it might not be a good idea to hang around and find out.
* Lampshaded and made fun of by [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Zawisza Czarny of Garbów]] in Andrzej Sapkowski's ''Literature/{{Narrenturm}}''.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novels ''Literature/{{Thrawn}}'' and ''[[Literature/AftermathEmpiresEnd Empire's End]]'', a threat in the Unknown Regions of space is alluded to by several characters. We never learn what it is, but it spooked [[BigBad Palpatine]] and also was serious enough that [[TheChessmaster Thrawn]] felt the need to go looking for allies to combat it. It's implied to be the BigBad of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Supreme Leader Snoke, but there's no telling for sure at the moment.



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-->'''Leet Brannis:''' Leviathan is coming.
-->'''Peggy Carter:''' Who?
-->'''Leet Brannis:''' They'll tell you themselves soon enough. [[CrapsackWorld You're not going to like the future; such as it is.]]
* In ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' the soothsayer tells Jason that he is the subject of a prophecy and vague destiny and doom and fate and other stuff is in his future. He's also TheChosenOne, although she doesn't tell Jason that or what exactly he is chosen ''for''. Specifics are rather thin on the ground.

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-->'''Leet Brannis:''' Leviathan is coming.
-->'''Peggy
coming.\\
'''Peggy
Carter:''' Who?
-->'''Leet
Who?\\
'''Leet
Brannis:''' They'll tell you themselves soon enough. [[CrapsackWorld You're not going to like the future; such as it is.]]
* In ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'', the soothsayer tells Jason that he is the subject of a prophecy and vague destiny and doom and fate and other stuff is in his future. He's also TheChosenOne, although she doesn't tell Jason that or what exactly he is chosen ''for''. Specifics are rather thin on the ground.



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* Lampshaded by [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0134.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' strip.
* Generally averted in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''. All seers are as specific and detailed about their visions as possible. Dominic himself is somewhat dismissive of this trope, quipping that a seer who resorts to this is "disguising his ignorance with cliché mysticism". That said, the comic doesn't completely avoid this trope, using once in a while for some tension.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=749 there's trouble coming, I just know it.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'' [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib078.html Dark forces are rising.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', the great prophet's last prophecy is "the earth is in trouble!" Several A-rank heroes lampshade the utter uselessness of this prophecy.
* In [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/11/23 this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', an impending hell[[note]][[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/03/20 Scarytown, probably.]][[/note]] of a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' session incites deathly chills.
* What may be the final years-long mega StoryArc in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' started with hints that the
Web Comics]]of Fate has an enormous tangle of some sort and is due to break soon, indicating some kind of cataclysmic events in the world, which it reflects. It's since been revealed that this apparently refers to [[spoiler: events, seen to be taking place in the future in several parallel dimensions, where almost everything on the surface of the Earth is sent to other random dimensions, also potentially leading to a collapse of the whole dimension from such abuse of portal technology]]. However, the exact form of the events taking place in the here and now is still unknown.



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* Lampshaded by [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0134.html this]] Adventurers! strip.
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'' [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib078.html Dark forces are rising.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=749 there's trouble coming, I just know it.]]
* In [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/11/23 this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', an impending hell[[note]][[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/03/20 Scarytown, probably.]][[/note]] of a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' session incites deathly chills.
* What may be the final years-long mega StoryArc in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' started with hints that the Web of Fate has an enormous tangle of some sort and is due to break soon, indicating some kind of cataclysmic events in the world, which it reflects. It's since been revealed that this apparently refers to [[spoiler: events, seen to be taking place in the future in several parallel dimensions, where almost everything on the surface of the Earth is sent to other random dimensions, also potentially leading to a collapse of the whole dimension from such abuse of portal technology]]. However, the exact form of the events taking place in the here and now is still unknown.
* Generally averted in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''. All seers are as specific and detailed about their visions as possible. Dominic himself is somewhat dismissive of this trope, quipping that a seer who resorts to this is "disguising his ignorance with cliche mysticism". That said, the comic doesn't completely avoid this trope, using once in a while for some tension.
* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', the great prophet's last prophecy is "the earth is in trouble!" Several A-rank heroes lampshade the utter uselessness of this prophecy.



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* Near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Dreamscaperers", [[TheDreaded Bill Cipher]] tells the Pines Twins (and Soos) that "A darkness approaches... a day will come in the future when everything you care about will change. Until then, I'll be watching you! '''I'LL BE WATCHING YOU...'''"

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
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Near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Dreamscaperers", [[TheDreaded Bill Cipher]] tells the Pines Twins (and Soos) that "A darkness approaches... a day will come in the future when everything you care about will change. Until then, I'll be watching you! '''I'LL BE WATCHING YOU...'''"



* The second half of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' had the {{Arc Word}}s "Nibiru is coming". Nibiru isn't really a person but rather an event [[spoiler:that will enable the most evil creature in the ''Scooby Doo'' franchise to rise]].



* The second half of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' had the {{Arc Word}}s "Nibiru is coming". Nibiru isn't really a person but rather an event [[spoiler:that will enable the most evil creature in the ''Scooby Doo'' franchise to rise]].



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* The second half of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' had the {{Arc Word}}s "Nibiru is coming". Nibiru isn't really a person but rather an event [[spoiler:that will enable the most evil creature in the ''Scooby Doo'' franchise to rise]].
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* "Bad Moon Rising": "Hope you have got your things together / Hope you are quite prepared to die. / Looks like we're in for nasty weather / One eye is taken for an eye"
** While the original is pretty upbeat, Rasputina did a pretty ominous-sounding cover version.
* In the lyrics of both "7 Days to the Wolves" by Music/{{Nightwish}} and "The Howling" by Music/WithinTemptation, time is running out and some wolves/howling things are coming, and… that's about it. Similarly, in "End of All Hope" by Nightwish, this is the end of all hope, because... [[WordSaladLyrics well]], it's the end of all hope. And in Within Temptation's "Stand My Ground", "it" is totally coming and she's going to stand her ground against it; and in "Forsaken", the day has come and there's no time any more, and they are forsaken.

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* "Bad Moon Rising": "Hope you have got your things together / Hope you are quite prepared to die. / Looks like we're in for nasty weather / One eye is taken for an eye"
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eye". While the original is pretty upbeat, Rasputina did a pretty ominous-sounding cover version.
* Music/{{Nightwish}}:
**
In the lyrics of both "7 Days to the Wolves" by Music/{{Nightwish}} and "The Howling" by Music/WithinTemptation, time is running out and some wolves/howling things are coming, and… that's about it. Similarly, in it.
** In
"End of All Hope" by Nightwish, Hope", this is the end of all hope, because... [[WordSaladLyrics well]], it's the end of all hope. And in Within Temptation's
* Music/WithinTemptation:
** In "The Howling", the protagonist is running from wolves (or possibly something metaphorically resembling wolves) for reasons unspecified and time is apparently running out.
** In
"Stand My Ground", "it" is totally coming and she's going to stand her ground against it; and in it.
** In
"Forsaken", the day has come and there's no time any more, and they are forsaken.forsaken.
** In "Our Solemn Hour", the protagonist wishes for God to save her from some terrible, awful thing that is starting to occur but what exactly is going to happen isn't mentioned.
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:Reiner and Bertolt]] after revealing themselves make vague references to a force that lies beyond the walls also "their hometown", and repeatedly state that "there's no future inside the walls". [[spoiler:Uri Reiss]] also made similar statements.

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:Reiner and Bertolt]] after revealing themselves make vague references to a force that lies beyond the walls also "their hometown", and repeatedly state that "there's no future inside the walls". [[spoiler:Uri Reiss]] also made similar statements. It turns out what they refer to in TheReveal is [[spoiler:the Kingdom of Marley who are among living proof that humanity is thriving outside the walls and they plan to conquer for their resources along with the Coordinate.]]
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' spinoffs, notably ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'', which outright states that all prophets are madmen. Unfortunately, not all madmen are prophets, so many books of alleged ''prophecy'' are just plain nonsense - fortunately, as an immortal, Belgarath has enough time to sort it out.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' spinoffs, notably ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'', which outright states that all prophets are madmen. Unfortunately, not all madmen are prophets, so many books of alleged ''prophecy'' are just plain nonsense - -- fortunately, as an immortal, Belgarath has enough time to sort it out.



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* In the [[MadeForTVMovie miniseries]] version of ''Literature/TheStand'', Mother [[MagicalNegro Abagail]] helpfully informs the heroes: ''"The Beast is loose in the fields of Bethlehem. The rats are in the corn!"'' She also says "AStormIsComing. ''[[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed His]]'' storm!" And "the rats are his."
** Both quote Creator/{{Yeats}}: "What rough Beast, its hour come round at last, slouches [[FauxSymbolism Bethlehem]]'' to be born?"

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* In the [[MadeForTVMovie miniseries]] version first episode of ''Literature/TheStand'', Mother [[MagicalNegro Abagail]] helpfully informs ''Series/AgentCarter'', the heroes: ''"The Beast is loose in NebulousEvilOrganisation for the fields of Bethlehem. The rats are series is introduced in suitably ominous terms.
-->'''Leet Brannis:''' Leviathan is coming.
-->'''Peggy Carter:''' Who?
-->'''Leet Brannis:''' They'll tell you themselves soon enough. [[CrapsackWorld You're not going to like
the corn!"'' She future; such as it is.]]
* In ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' the soothsayer tells Jason that he is the subject of a prophecy and vague destiny and doom and fate and other stuff is in his future. He's
also says "AStormIsComing. ''[[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed His]]'' storm!" TheChosenOne, although she doesn't tell Jason that or what exactly he is chosen ''for''. Specifics are rather thin on the ground.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Much of the fanfare around the First Evil -- ''"From beneath you, it devours."''
** Dawn was anticipated three times in a DreamSequence: Faith talking about "Little Miss Muffet", and with Faith saying "Little sis is coming" and Buffy responding [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo "I know."]]
And "the rats are his."
once with Tara saying "be back before Dawn." Note, the first of these was at the end of Season 3. Dawn came around in Season 5. Joss plans way too far ahead.
** Both quote Creator/{{Yeats}}: "What rough Beast, its hour come round at last, slouches [[FauxSymbolism Bethlehem]]'' The Beast's arrival in season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is foreseen in vague implications of fire and blood. Before that, in season 3, the Nyazian scrolls contain vague forebodings about Angel's child, the return of Holtz, and the imminent destruction of mankind. Angel's crew and Wolfram and Hart repeatedly misinterpret the prophecies to be born?"their chagrin.
* The second episode of ''Series/DinosaurPlanet'' revolves around a catastrophic volcanic eruption threatening the lives of the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Elkhorn Range. The dinosaurs being animals, they don't properly process what's about to happen, only being plagued by the telltale signs of the approaching disaster like violent explosions of gas and the smoking mountain. It's not until the pyroclastic flow from the eruption wipes out half of the region that the dinosaurs finally recognize that whatever is coming is a threat. [[spoiler: By then, it's too late, and the entire cast is wiped out.]]



** In 'The Beast Below', an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', there is a creature that everyone refers to only as...[[TitleDrop The Beast Below]].
** Practically all of the ArcWords of the revival of ''Doctor Who'' count as a vague threat - "Bad Wolf" (though that turned out to be a good thing), "You have something on your back", "He will knock four times", "The song is ending", "Darkness is coming", "The Pandorica Will Open", "Silence Will Fall", "Tick-Tock, goes the clock".
** "The Fires of Pompeii" is chock-full of this in [[IceCreamKoan even more bizarre form]] than usual, because the characters are ancient Romans being influenced by an alternative timeline to develop psychic powers which they naturally attribute to the gods and accordingly couch in all kinds of MeaninglessMeaningfulWords. Which is why it's nice when the Doctor eventually gets sick of it.

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** In 'The Beast Below', an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', there is a creature that everyone refers to only as...[[TitleDrop The Beast Below]].
** Practically all of the ArcWords of the revival of ''Doctor Who'' new series count as a vague threat - -- "Bad Wolf" (though that turned out to be a good thing), "You have something on your back", "He will knock four times", "The song is ending", "Darkness is coming", "The Pandorica Will Open", "Silence Will Fall", "Tick-Tock, goes the clock".
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii" Pompeii"]] is chock-full of this in [[IceCreamKoan an even more bizarre form]] than usual, because the characters are ancient Romans being influenced by an alternative timeline to develop psychic powers which they naturally attribute to the gods gods, and accordingly couch in all kinds of MeaninglessMeaningfulWords. Which is why it's nice when the Doctor eventually gets sick of it.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]], there is a creature that everyone refers to only as... [[TitleDrop the Beast Below]].



** The General tries to do this in "Hell Bent" with regard to the Hybrid (a fabled super-warrior, supposedly half-Time Lord, half-Dalek), a creature of prophecies that had been haunting the Doctor throughout Series 9. The Doctor, the one person who knows the truth about it, is having none of it.
--->'''General:''' Legends say--\\
'''Doctor:''' Nope.\\
'''General:''' ...some prophecies suggest--\\
'''Doctor:''' No.\\
'''General:''' ...many prophecies--\\
'''Doctor:''' ''No''.\\
'''General:''' ...''all'' Matrix prophecies ''concur'' that the Hybrid will bring ruin to Gallifrey.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Much of the fanfare around the First Evil - ''"From beneath you, it devours."''
** Dawn was anticipated three times in a DreamSequence: Faith talking about "Little Miss Muffet," and with Faith saying "Little sis is coming" and Buffy responding [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo "I know."]] And once with Tara saying "be back before Dawn." Note, the first of these was at the end of Season 3. Dawn came around in Season 5. Joss plans way too far ahead.
* The Beast's arrival in season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is foreseen in vague implications of fire and blood. Before that, in season 3, the Nyazian scrolls contain vague forebodings about Angel's child, the return of Holtz, and the imminent destruction of mankind. Angel's crew and Wolfram and Hart repeatedly misinterpret the prophecies to their chagrin.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** The Abaddon gets a few of these in the first series.
** ''"The twenty-first century is when everything changes."'' Repeated every few episodes, and in the opening narration.
** From "Children of Earth"; "WE...ARE...COMING!"
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' adored this trope. Just about every season finale/season premiere (and quite a few regular episodes) would end with someone saying something along these lines. At least once, it was actually lampshaded--the psychic who advised Claire about her baby warned her that blurriness is a very bad sign in a premonition.

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** The General tries to do this in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent" Bent"]] with regard to the Hybrid (a fabled super-warrior, supposedly half-Time Lord, half-Dalek), a creature of prophecies that had been haunting the Doctor throughout Series 9. The Doctor, the one person who knows the truth about it, is having none of it.
--->'''General:''' --->'''The General:''' Legends say--\\
'''Doctor:''' '''The Doctor:''' Nope.\\
'''General:''' ...'''The General:''' ...some prophecies suggest--\\
'''Doctor:''' '''The Doctor:''' No.\\
'''General:''' ...'''The General:''' ...many prophecies--\\
'''Doctor:''' '''The Doctor:''' ''No''.\\
'''General:''' ...'''The General:''' ...''all'' Matrix prophecies ''concur'' that the Hybrid will bring ruin to Gallifrey.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Much
Played dead straight in the 2011-12 season finale of ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. After the main action of the fanfare around episode is wrapped up, one of the First Evil - ''"From beneath you, it devours."''
** Dawn was anticipated three
Observers appears to say to the hero "They are coming," and the season ends.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', early on several characters have visions of a mysterious woman who looks [[IdenticalStranger identical to Team Gaim's Mai]] and gives vague warnings about how dark
times in a DreamSequence: Faith talking about "Little Miss Muffet," are coming and with Faith saying "Little sis is coming" that they can achieve their heart's desire if they have the strength to persevere. [[spoiler:And then late in the series, we find out that this woman actually ''is'' Mai, who after gaining god-like power from the "Golden Fruit" used TimeTravel to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong try and Buffy responding [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo "I know."]] prevent all the terrible things that have happened]]. And once with Tara saying "be back before Dawn." Note, she wasn't vague on purpose, either; because she didn't have full control over her powers, her direct warnings like "Do NOT put on [[TransformationTrinket that belt]]!" were warped into the cryptic messages we saw [[OnceMoreWithClarity the first of these was at the end of Season 3. Dawn came around in Season 5. Joss plans way too far ahead.
* The Beast's arrival in season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is foreseen in vague implications of fire and blood. Before that, in season 3, the Nyazian scrolls contain vague forebodings about Angel's child, the return of Holtz, and the imminent destruction of mankind. Angel's crew and Wolfram and Hart repeatedly misinterpret the prophecies to their chagrin.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** The Abaddon gets a few of these in the first series.
** ''"The twenty-first century is when everything changes."'' Repeated every few episodes, and in the opening narration.
** From "Children of Earth"; "WE...ARE...COMING!"
time around]].]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' adored this trope. Just about every season finale/season premiere (and quite a few regular episodes) would end with someone saying something along these lines. At least once, it was actually lampshaded--the lampshaded -- the psychic who advised Claire about her baby warned her that blurriness is a very bad sign in a premonition.



* Played dead straight in the 2011-12 season finale of ''Series/{{Fringe}}.'' After the main action of the episode is wrapped up, one of the Observers appears to say to the hero "They are coming." and the season ends.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Franchise/TrainMan''. The main character often says "IT IS COMING...!" on his message-boards.
* In ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' the soothsayer tells Jason that he is the subject of a prophecy and vague destiny and doom and fate and other stuff is in his future. He's also TheChosenOne, although she doesn't tell Jason that or what exactly he is chosen ''for''. Specifics are rather thin on the ground.

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* Played dead straight In the [[MadeForTVMovie miniseries]] version of ''Literature/TheStand'', Mother [[MagicalNegro Abagail]] helpfully informs the heroes: ''"The Beast is loose in the 2011-12 season finale fields of ''Series/{{Fringe}}.'' After Bethlehem. The rats are in the main action of the episode is wrapped up, one of the Observers appears to say to the hero "They are coming." and the season ends.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Franchise/TrainMan''. The main character often
corn!"'' She also says "IT IS COMING...!" on his message-boards.
* In ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' the soothsayer tells Jason that he is the subject of a prophecy and vague destiny and doom and fate and other stuff is in his future. He's also TheChosenOne, although she doesn't tell Jason that or what exactly he is chosen ''for''. Specifics
"AStormIsComing. ''[[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed His]]'' storm!" And "the rats are rather thin on the ground.his."
** Both quote Creator/{{Yeats}}: "What rough Beast, its hour come round at last, slouches [[FauxSymbolism Bethlehem]]'' to be born?"



* In the first episode of ''Series/AgentCarter'', the NebulousEvilOrganisation for the series is introduced in suitably ominous terms.
-->'''Leet Brannis:''' Leviathan is coming.
-->'''Peggy Carter:''' Who?
-->'''Leet Brannis:''' They'll tell you themselves soon enough. [[CrapsackWorld You're not going to like the future; such as it is.]]
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', early on several characters have visions of a mysterious woman who looks [[IdenticalStranger identical to Team Gaim's Mai]] and gives vague warnings about how dark times are coming and that they can achieve their heart's desire if they have the strength to persevere. [[spoiler:And then late in the series, we find out that this woman actually ''is'' Mai, who after gaining god-like power from the "Golden Fruit" used TimeTravel to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong try and prevent all the terrible things that have happened]]. And she wasn't vague on purpose, either; because she didn't have full control over her powers, her direct warnings like "Do NOT put on [[TransformationTrinket that belt]]!" were warped into the cryptic messages we saw [[OnceMoreWithClarity the first time around]].]]

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* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** The Abaddon gets a few of these in
the first episode of ''Series/AgentCarter'', the NebulousEvilOrganisation for the series series.
** ''"The twenty-first century
is introduced in suitably ominous terms.
-->'''Leet Brannis:''' Leviathan is coming.
-->'''Peggy Carter:''' Who?
-->'''Leet Brannis:''' They'll tell you themselves soon enough. [[CrapsackWorld You're not going to like the future; such as it is.]]
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', early on several characters have visions of a mysterious woman who looks [[IdenticalStranger identical to Team Gaim's Mai]]
when everything changes."'' Repeated every few episodes, and gives vague warnings about how dark times are coming and that they can achieve their heart's desire if they have the strength to persevere. [[spoiler:And then late in the series, we find out that this woman actually ''is'' Mai, who after gaining god-like power from the "Golden Fruit" used TimeTravel to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong try and prevent all the terrible things that have happened]]. And she wasn't vague opening narration.
** From "Children of Earth"; "WE...ARE...COMING!"
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Franchise/TrainMan''. The main character often says "IT IS COMING...!"
on purpose, either; because she didn't have full control over her powers, her direct warnings like "Do NOT put on [[TransformationTrinket that belt]]!" were warped into the cryptic messages we saw [[OnceMoreWithClarity the first time around]].]]his message-boards.



* The second episode of ''Series/DinosaurPlanet'' revolves around a catastrophic volcanic eruption threatening the lives of the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Elkhorn Range. The dinosaurs being animals, they don't properly process what's about to happen, only being plagued by the telltale signs of the approaching disaster like violent explosions of gas and the smoking mountain. It's not until the pyroclastic flow from the eruption wipes out half of the region that the dinosaurs finally recognize that whatever is coming is a threat. [[spoiler: By then, it's too late, and the entire cast is wiped out.]]



* Near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Dreamscaperers", [[TheDreaded Bill Cipher]] tells the Pines Twins (and Soos) that "A darkness approaches... a day will come in the future when everything you care about will change. Until then, I'll be watching you! '''I'LL BE WATCHING YOU...'''"
** And in a flashback from "A Tale of Two Stans", Stanford's assistant Fiddleford makes this rambling after poking his head into the interdimensional portal.
-->"When Gravity Falls and Earth become sky, fear the beast with just one eye."



* In the season 3 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Celestia is signing papers in her throne room when a guard rushes in to inform her "''It'' has returned", causing her to drop everything. "It" turns out to refer to [[VanishingVillage the Crystal Empire]].



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': At the beginning of [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero Hour"]], [[spoiler:Kallus]], aka [[ReverseMole Fulcrum]], is only able to send the rebels a brief message about what the Empire's about to do due to his transmission being blocked partway through.
-->"This is Fulcrum. Thrawn knows abou--"
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** At the end of "Ocean Gem", Garnet and Pearl muse about what the future will bring after [[spoiler:Lapis Lazuli manages to leave Earth.]]
** In "Catch and Release", [[spoiler: the Crystal Gems capture Peridot, who cryptically rambles about the Cluster, a dangerous experiment done by the Homeworld that could spell the end of Earth if it "awakens".]]



* In the season 3 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Celestia is signing papers in her throne room when a guard rushes in to inform her "''It'' has returned", causing her to drop everything. "It" turns out to refer to [[VanishingVillage the Crystal Empire]].
* Near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Dreamscaperers", [[TheDreaded Bill Cipher]] tells the Pines Twins (and Soos) that "A darkness approaches... a day will come in the future when everything you care about will change. Until then, I'll be watching you! '''I'LL BE WATCHING YOU...'''"
** And in a flashback from "A Tale of Two Stans", Stanford's assistant Fiddleford makes this rambling after poking his head into the interdimensional portal.
-->"When Gravity Falls and Earth become sky, fear the beast with just one eye."
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** At the end of "Ocean Gem", Garnet and Pearl muse about what the future will bring after [[spoiler:Lapis Lazuli manages to leave Earth.]]
** In "Catch and Release", [[spoiler: the Crystal Gems capture Peridot, who cryptically rambles about the Cluster, a dangerous experiment done by the Homeworld that could spell the end of Earth if it "awakens".]]


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* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novels ''Literature/{{Thrawn}}'' and ''[[Literature/AftermathEmpiresEnd Empire's End]]'', a threat in the Unknown Regions of space is alluded to by several characters. We never learn what it is, but it spooked [[BigBad Palpatine]] and also was serious enough that [[TheChessmaster Thrawn]] felt the need to go looking for allies to combat it. It's implied to be the BigBad of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Supreme Leader Snoke, but there's no telling for sure at the moment.


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* In the first season finale of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', Rick's group is being allowed to escape the self-destructing CDC by Dr. Jenner. Rick tells Jenner that he's grateful he's letting them escape and live, but Jenner cryptically warns him, "the day will come when you won't be." Jenner is accurately predicting the hardships that the group will face out in the apocalypse, but the Season 7 premiere, named after Jenner's quote, strongly implies that the day [[BigBad Negan]] arrived was the day Jenner inadvertently warned Rick about all those years ago. Even before the Season 7 premiere, hints foreshadowing Negan's arrival came off as this, such as the presence of the Saviors mentioning their unseen boss with reverence in early Season 6, making us wonder just who they're talking about. In the mid-season premiere of Season 6, a Savior tells the characters that they must submit to Negan, but at the time, we don't know who he is or what he's talking about.
* The ending of ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' depicts the Cretaceous extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. In their final moments, the dinosaurs of Montana are all seen pausing and looking up at the sky, sensing ''something'' approaching. The kid-friendly ''Prehistoric Planet'' version also emphasizes that the dinosaurs don't know what's coming, even if they can sense something.
* The second episode of ''Series/DinosaurPlanet'' revolves around a catastrophic volcanic eruption threatening the lives of the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Elkhorn Range. The dinosaurs being animals, they don't properly process what's about to happen, only being plagued by the telltale signs of the approaching disaster like violent explosions of gas and the smoking mountain. It's not until the pyroclastic flow from the eruption wipes out half of the region that the dinosaurs finally recognize that whatever is coming is a threat. [[spoiler: By then, it's too late, and the entire cast is wiped out.]]
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* ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiary'': While trying to sort Ginny into her house, the Sorting Hat detected Tom Riddle's presence, but only warned, "There is something alien in this brain of yours, my girl...take heed...". Ginny, of course, didn't understand the problem.
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So the plot of your standard fantasy or adventure story needs to keep referencing the story arc or continuing plot, and the heroes need to know there's some sort of threat and it's big, and dangerous, and evil. Not a problem, unless you can't let the heroes, or the audience, know what that threat actually is.

Hence we get [[MadOracle visions]] and [[InfallibleBabble prophecies]] and bits of [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness vagueness]] like "[[MadeOfEvil Evil]] is coming", "[[YouKnowTheOne The darkness]] will arrive" or possibly "TheEndIsNigh", or some such. The audience is reminded of a coming villain or threat but is never really given a clue what it might be. It could occur once or in [[OncePerEpisode every episode]]. Omens, like strange animals, strange behavior or peculiar weather can also work.

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So the plot of your standard fantasy or adventure story needs to keep referencing the story arc or continuing plot, and the heroes need to know there's some sort of threat and it's big, and dangerous, and evil. Not a problem, unless you can't let the heroes, or the audience, know what that threat actually is.is specifically.

Hence we get [[MadOracle crazy visions]] and [[InfallibleBabble nonsense prophecies]] and bits of [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness vagueness]] like shadowy groups talking of vagueness]]. They typically consist of "[[MadeOfEvil Evil]] is coming", "[[YouKnowTheOne The darkness]] "The darkness will arrive" or possibly "TheEndIsNigh", or some such. The audience is reminded of a coming villain or threat but is never really given a clue what it might be. It could occur once or in [[OncePerEpisode every episode]]. Omens, like strange animals, strange behavior or peculiar weather can also work.



Goes beyond {{Foreshadowing}}. See also CrypticConversation and OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness. Often YouWillKnowWhatToDo. Even if the audience doesn't.

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Goes beyond {{Foreshadowing}}. See also CrypticConversation and OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness. Often YouWillKnowWhatToDo. Even if the audience doesn't.\n



* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The Skull Knight makes his first appearance [[spoiler: after Guts defeats Griffith and leaves the Band of the Hawk]] and tells Guts that from that moment up until [[spoiler: the Eclipse]] in one year, he and his friends have begun walking toward their doom. Though he does not give any more detail about what [[spoiler: the Eclipse]] actually does or signifies, he doesn't hesitate to tell Guts that when it does go down, horrible things will happen, saying that [[AStormIsComing a storm of death will come and consume the Band of the Hawk]] [[spoiler: which is quite literal when the Eclipse actually does happen -- and the chapter where it all starts going down is even called "Storm of Death."]] A year later, [[spoiler: when Griffith reaches his DespairEventHorizon and activates his [[ChekhovsGun Crimson Behelit]] and the Eclipse finally happens]], all Guts could think was that he and his comrades were in terrible danger.

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The Skull Knight makes his first appearance [[spoiler: after Guts defeats Griffith and leaves the Band of the Hawk]] and tells Guts that from that moment up until [[spoiler: the Eclipse]] in one year, he and his friends have begun walking toward their doom. Though he does not give any more detail about what [[spoiler: the Eclipse]] actually does or signifies, he doesn't hesitate to tell Guts that when it does go down, horrible things will happen, saying that [[AStormIsComing a storm of death will come and consume the Band of the Hawk]] [[spoiler: which is quite literal when the Eclipse actually does happen -- and the chapter where it all starts going down is even called "Storm of Death."]] A year later, [[spoiler: when Griffith reaches his DespairEventHorizon and activates his [[ChekhovsGun Crimson Behelit]] and the Eclipse finally happens]], all Guts could think was that he and his comrades were in terrible danger.



* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' gives this as an ability to the Saint Church's knight, Knight Carim, allowing her to write vague poems that apparently predict the future. She can only write them once a year, as well. Lampshaded within the show, with the TSAB's higher-ups [[CassandraTruth refusing to believe her prophecies due to vagueness.]] The most major instance of this is when she prophesies the "Ship of Law guarding the land" being destroyed. When [[spoiler:Section Six and the Ground Forces]] are subsequently destroyed, they thought that this was what the prophecy meant (and what the heroes were trying to prevent). [[spoiler:Until the ancient warship of the Belkans, a Lost Logia, is reconstructed by Jail Scaglietti. The prophecy was pointing to Section Six successfully destroying it.]]

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' gives this as an ability to the Saint Church's knight, Knight Carim, allowing her to write vague poems that apparently predict the future. She can only write them once a year, as well. Lampshaded It's lampshaded within the show, with the TSAB's higher-ups [[CassandraTruth refusing to believe her prophecies due to vagueness.]] The most major instance of this is when she prophesies the "Ship of Law guarding the land" being destroyed. When [[spoiler:Section Six and the Ground Forces]] are subsequently destroyed, they thought that this was what the prophecy meant (and what the heroes were trying to prevent). [[spoiler:Until the ancient warship of the Belkans, a Lost Logia, is reconstructed by Jail Scaglietti. The prophecy was pointing to Section Six successfully destroying it.]]
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