Created By: thewriter on February 19, 2013 Last Edited By: thewriter on August 18, 2013

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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  • February 19, 2013
    CaveCat
    Sounds like a Stock Phrase.
  • February 19, 2013
    Khantalas
    Isn't this just an in-universe version of I Knew It?
  • February 20, 2013
    Stratadrake
  • February 21, 2013
    NESBoy
    How about lengthing it into The Character Called It?

    • 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!
  • February 21, 2013
    Stratadrake
  • February 21, 2013
    MaxWest
    This happens with some of Prunella's predictions on Arthur. One example is the episode "Mac Frensky" when Prunella makes up a prediction off the top of her head about Muffy and Francine getting caught in their plot to frame the Brain for stealing so that Francine could win student of the month. Her prediction turns out to be true on a technicality.
  • February 21, 2013
    Oof
    Khantalas, it is an in-universe I Knew It. The problem is that I Knew It is not about the characters in a work, it's about the fans of a work.
  • February 22, 2013
    sgamer82
    • This was a little-known trait of the line of Gaius in the Codex Alera. Gaius Septimus was especially prone to it. He would casually say things that would end up coming true much later on. One of his right hand men even kept regular notes on everything he said in case it could be relevant later.
    • Ronald Weasley in Harry Potter was often utilized this way. His snarky comments would often prove more accurate than anyone would have guessed at the time.
      • A minor example Played For Laughs in Prisoner of Azkaban is when he suggests as a joke that what Hermione would see when facing a creature that turns into your greatest fear is a piece of homework that got only nine out of ten. He's almost correct, as it turned out to be Professor MacGonagall telling her she'd failed everything.
  • February 23, 2013
    SharleeD
    • Rick on The Young Ones made highly-sarcastic predictions occasionally, which would come true moments later (e.g. snarkily speculating that a lorry full of money and food would come crashing through the front window). Rick himself never claimed credit for his predictions afterwards, but Mike was impressed by this uncanny knack of his housemate's.
  • February 24, 2013
    robinjohnson
    It's a common gag in historical series for characters to make offhanded predictions about future technology or society, which can be either true or wildly inaccurate. Do we have that as a separate trope, or are the accurate predictions worth mentioning in this one?
  • February 24, 2013
    robinjohnson
    • Marty McFly's defiant "History is gonna change" at the beginning of Back To The Future, before he (or the audience) is introduced to the time machine.
  • August 17, 2013
    MrRuano
    • Dragon Ball Abridged: At the beginning of the second season while everyone's recovering, Mr. Popo tells Krillin, "This season, you." Cue near the end of the season, where Krillin is the last person Frieza kills. At the end of said episode, it cuts to Popo, who exclaims, "Called it!"
  • August 17, 2013
    paycheckgurl
  • August 18, 2013
    TonyG
    Can overlap with Strange Minds Think Alike.

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