Predicting In Passing
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A character makes a casual prediction and later the prediction comes true. If the character witnesses their prediction coming true they are likely to boast, "Called it!" If the prediction is done to prove that they know someone well, then that's Improbably Predictable. Closely related to a brick joke.

  • In an episode of Community the study group is surprising Abed with a that's theme is an homage to Pulp Fiction}}. Annie remarks that it was going to merit at least five "cools" from Abed. Later on when he sees their costumes, Abed does precisely that.
    • Subverted twice in an earlier episode. Professor Slater wants to make out with Jeff in front of a window. Jeff says no because the minute they do the blinds would fly open and the the rest of the gang would be standing there gawking at them. Slater convinces Jeff to kiss her and then floats when the blinds don't open. Turns out however that the blinds across from them had been open the whole time and the study group was there gawking at them kiss.
  • In the episode "Bart's Comet" from The Simpsons, with the eponymous comet about to strike Springfield, and the only bridge out of town destroyed in a failed attempt to stop the comet, Homer says it's no big deal. "It'll burn up in our atmosphere, and what's ever left will be no bigger than a chihuahua's head. [And if I'm wrong], may we all be horribly crushed from above somehow." In the end, the comet does indeed burn up, and the kids realise this was exactly what Homer predicted.
    Homer: I know, kids. I'm scared too!

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