->''I'm going to the crime scene to see what I can find out. You guys research the Polgara demon; I want to know where it is. When I find it, I am going to make him pay for taking that kid's life. I'll make him die in ways he can't even imagine. ''[[{{Beat}} (pauses; looks down at her clothes)]]'' That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my "yummy sushi" pajamas.''
->-- ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

When a character tries to be dramatic and fails miserably. Often overlaps with TheExitIsThatWay. Similar to {{Narm}}, but in a FailedAttemptAtDrama the humor is intentional on the writer's part, and the character is trying to be dramatic on purpose.

See also InvokedTrope, when a character actively tries to make tropes appear in "[[ThisIsReality real]]" life. But since it's a ''failed'' attempt, it will often be met with RealityEnsues or a LampshadeHanging.


* One Advertising/{{GEICO}} commercial involves a pair of [[ShowWithinAShow commercials within the commercial]]. One is an underplayed take where the Gecko casually notices he has a flat tire after reeling off the usual GEICO spiel. The other seeks to deliberately invoke {{Narm}}, with the Gecko [[SkywardScream screaming into the air]] as if the flat is literally the end of the world.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Lampshaded in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', after Ash tells the Yas Gym Leader why he won't be fighting with them and walks away...
-->'''Ash:''' (''walking away, to himself'') That was dramatic... (''immediately slips on ketchup, out loud'') THAT WAS PATHETIC!
* In an episode of ''Manga/XxxHolic'', the Ame-warashi yells and interrupts a fight from out of nowhere, causing everyone to freeze, and she gently floats from the sky with a parasol in a dignified manner. Everyone quietly watches, and doesn't comment when the parasol gets caught on a tree branch, making her freak out, drop like a stone and fall on her face.
* At one point in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Setsuna attempts to intimidate Chao during the SchoolFestival. The latter is quick to point out that it's hard to be intimidated by someone wearing a bunny costume.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Usually involving someone getting ShotMidSentence by ActionGirl Revy, including a Neo-Nazi who's making a BadassBoast about how awesome his custom-made HandCannon is, and Lotton the Wizard while making his InTheNameOfTheMoon speech.

* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip, it shows Lucy threatening to make a dramatic exit, saying she's going to run away, and join a roller derby. But as Linus points out, she'll find that rather difficult to do... with ICE skates.
* ''ComicBooks/{{Tintin}}''. In "Flight 714", the BigBad threatens to crush Tintin "like this spider!" Said spider repeatedly avoids his boot.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is one explanation for the weird failed slouching that Draco does in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''.
* In one chapter of FanFic/TheTwilightChild, Rarity and Sweetie Belle quickly get into an argument, which ends with Sweetie Belle trying to storm out of the room, complete with dramatic door slam. Unfortunately her tail gets stuck.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** Shown when Shifu tries to give Po the Dragon Scroll. Clearly, Shifu imagined it as a deep, respectful, reverent moment. He clearly did NOT imagine it with an overeager fanboy who couldn't even get the scroll open.
--->'''Po:''' [[BlatantLies I loosened it.]]
** This trope is a RunningGag with Po ''because'' he's an AscendedFanboy. Po knows just how a kung fu hero should act, but often runs headlong into RealityEnsues. The most hilarious example is during the climax of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', when Po stands on the top of a building wearing a [[BadassCape long, flowing cape]], and attempts to deliver a BadassBoast to [[BigBad Lord Shen]]. Unfortunately since he's so far away, Shen can't hear a word he's saying and neither can anyone else.
* In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', after being told to go wash, Grumpy crossly storms out on the Princess, but walks straight into a door.
* In ''Film/SharkTale'', when he arrives to "defeat" Lenny, Oscar poses dramatically on a building with a spangled cape billowing behind him... the cape then blows over his head, [[CapeSnag he gets tangled up in it]] and is forced to remove it.
* In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', after Aurora and Philip share their first dance. Aurora starts running back to the fairies' house after remembering that they forbade her from talking to strangers. When Philip asks when they can meet again, she screams, "Oh, never!", then changes her response to, "Well, maybe someday", and finally, "This evening!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'', the title character is in the Once-ler's room to deliver a dramatic warning. He does this and attempts to open the door and walk out... only to be unable to reach the door handle. The Once-ler helps him, and the Lorax tries warning him again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', the title character forms a posse to investigate the theft of the town's water supply, and has them ride off dramatically. When Spoons brings up the question of to where they're supposed to be riding, Rango realizes he doesn't know and ends up sheepishly leading his posse back into town.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Near the end of ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'', Gil's grandma uses a metaphor to describe parenthood as a rollercoaster in an attempt to convince him and his wife Karen not to get an abortion, then leaves to wait for them in the car. Karen says "As far as I'm concerned, your grandmother is brilliant." Gil looks out the window and says "Yeah, if she's so brilliant why is she sitting in our neighbor's car?"
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Roger Rabbit's angsty reaction to Eddie going to call the cops fails, as he [[TheExitIsThatWay walks into the closet]]. When Eddie opens the closet door, Roger cuffs himself to him, so maybe he planned it all along. (Or not. Hard to tell with Toons.)
* ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', when the replacement goalie makes a dramatic entrance and walks into the goal post... of the opposing team.
* Jason's speech about how [[spoiler:Robert]] won't kill them in ''Film/MysteryTeam'' leads to him getting shot.
* ''Film/TheAvengers'':
** Loki attempts to interrupt a WorldOfCardboardSpeech with a dramatic one-liner and a [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing]]... only for [[spoiler:his staff to bounce off the Arc Reactor in Tony's chest]].
--->'''Loki:''' ...That usually works.
** Loki's on the receiving end of this towards the end when he begins a very dramatic and vainglorious speech about how all-powerful he is. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the person he tries delivering it to is the Hulk, who just picks him up before he's even started and [[MetronomicManMashing smacks him around the room like a rag-doll.]]]]
* At the end of ''Film/RunFatboyRun'', [[spoiler:Whit]] attempts to throw the television out of his hotel window in anger after seeing [[spoiler: Dennis finish the marathon on it and everybody cheering for him]], but is unable to get it off the wall and has to settle for just turning it off.
* The Creator/StanleyKubrick adaptation of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' opens with Professor Humbert walking into Claire Quilty's BigFancyHouse to kill him in revenge for taking Lolita away from him. Humbert hands Quilty a written statement on why he's doing this, but Quilty is drunk and mocks the entire business.
* In ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'', Lady Sylvia Marsh gives a dramatic speech to Kevin about why he must not be afraid to die in the name of the snake god Dionin... only to be interrupted mid-sentence by the doorbell.
-->'''Lady Sylvia Marsh:''' Oh shit.
* Noburo Mori in ''Film/TheWolverine''.
-->'''Logan:''' You're gonna talk tough, standing there in your red underwear?
* A RunningGag in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', starting when Quill introduces himself as the notorious outlaw Star Lord, only to find no-one knows who he is, and ending with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when [[spoiler:Quill interrupts the BigBad's EvilGloating by challenging him to a dance-off.]]

* ''Literature/TheBookThief''. Angry at the mayor's wife, Liesel throws a ball of paper at their house. Naturally, the paper bounces off the door, down the steps and comes rolling back to her.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] epic arrival at the apprentice fair is ruined by a [[MindYourStep spot of ice.]]
--->'''Death:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Bugger. ]]

** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', when the Silver Horde arrive at Dunmanifestin, Cohen strikes a dramatic pose and declaims "Behold, the citadels of the gods!" Then Caleb replies "Yes, well, we can see it. Is there something wrong with your back?" and the bard asks if he can replace "citadels" with "temples" in the saga because it has a better rhythm.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', Lord Rust attempts to make a dramatic exit after the Ins-and-Outs refuse his offer. Unfortunately, the rest of his delegation don't have the proper dramatic timing.
** And in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Pucci attempts to make a sweeping entrance to the Royal Bank after Moist introduces his new dollar bills, but Moist internally notes that sweeping entrances like hers take planning.
** And then there's the series-spanning RunningGag wherein Lord Vetinari will instruct someone, "Look out the window and tell me what you see," only to have problems, such as someone who [[ComicallyMissingThePoint comically misses the point]] ("a dog watching a man take a leak in an alley"), or uncooperative weather ("Fog.")
* Subverted in TrickyBusiness in that there was no attempt to cause drama, when the heroine picks up her kid at daycare, is insulted by a particularly stupid soccer mom, and storms out. Then she returns five seconds later to pick up her shoes, and goes out again, in complete silence.
* Invoked in the Parental advice book title [[BrattyTeenageDaughter "Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager"]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Josh attempts to overturn the table and storm out angrily. Unfortunately, he can't lift the table, leaving the others staring at him.
-->'''Liz:''' Well, help him, nerds! And lift with your legs!
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'':
** When they have an argument and Josh trips on his way out of the room. "I may have tripped, but that does not diminish the impact of this exit!"
** The scene is referenced again in a later episode when a [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs crappy TV show]] is made about Drake and Josh {{Expies}} Drew and Jerry. Drake and Josh watch a scene of the ''Drew and Jerry Show'', and in it the Jerry character says "I may have stumbled, but that does not lessen the significance of this departure!" This prompts Josh to wonder why they made Jerry such a dork, only to realize the reason and hang his head in shame.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** When Frasier tells Roz that Bulldog only wants her to produce his show to get her into bed. Her sprained ankle and crutches cause her dramatic exit to be painfully slow, and it only gets worse when she reaches the door, tells him that she is out of his life for good, and realizes she has to turn back and get her purse.
** Also when Frasier made a big dramatic speech to his building's board about how they're all a bunch of petty tyrants, and as he leaves, his briefcase opens and spills his papers onto the floor, forcing him to pick them up and ruining his dramatic exit.
** Also after Daphne has an argument with Martin and Frasier about something. She tells them off and storms off to her room, but as Frasier points out to Martin, "That would have been very effective--if her room were on that side of the apartment." Followed by a mortified Daphne slowly slinking her way back across the hallway to her room, refusing to make eye contact with them.
** Another that occurs off-screen with Niles storming out of Maris' mansion after an argument, and his failed attempt to close the massive front doors.
--->'''Niles:''' ...it was that fourteenth-century Bavarian cathedral door, so I had to get two of the servants to help me slam it. But what it lacked in spontaneity, it made up for in resonance!!
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
-->'''Arthur:''' I'm going to go talk to my father right now!\\
'''Merlin:''' I really don't think that's a good idea, Sire.\\
'''Arthur:''' Why not!?\\
'''Merlin:''' You're not wearing any trousers.\\
'''Arthur:''' .... oh.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': When Michael wants to tell Andy about Dwight and Angela just as he is leaving for New York to make it dramatic, but the distance between the front door and his car forces him to stall for time. "I do not have much time... car's all the way over there... to tell you what I have to tell you. And just bear in mind when I say... say these things, that... are bad things... that you hear... in your ears... this is something that I, if I were you, that I wouldn't want to hear..."
* In ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' Cory attempts the dramatic exit, but ends up going through the wrong door and into a closet. He saves it by saying "And I'm taking back my sweater!"
* The guys from the Spanish Inquisition on ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' are trying to be as threatening as they can to scare the people they encounter, but due to their incredible stupidity are just funny.
* Used in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' when J.D. tries to come up with a clever insult before the elevator closes. He ends up with, "Hey Dr Cox. Why don't you just... you're the kinda guy that... aaw."
* In the ''Series/ICarly'' episode "[=iSaw=] Him First", Carly and Sam get obsessed with Shane, a member of Freddie's A.V. club, and the obsession caused them to have an argument, but when Sam broke the straw on the camel's back by mentioning Carly wearing a support bra, Carly, [[ACupAngst fed up]], leaves. Two seconds later, she comes back in because it's ''her'' apartment room.
* Used in ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' after George's mom gets arrested for helping with a robbery thirty years ago. Because George wouldn't say anything to exonerate her, as she is taken away by the police she shouts "I never want to see you again!" George responds by saying "But how are you going to get bail?" She stops, comes back in (with the police officer still holding on to her) and says "I'll see you one last time!"
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** The wind keeps Gob from throwing a letter into the ocean.
--->'''Narrator:''' Gob had not mailed the letter, but in an act of defiance, dramatically hurled it into the sea. This proved a more difficult dramatic gesture than he anticipated.
** Similarly, during the time G.O.B. becomes the company president, he tries to fire Michael and call security on him, but can't figure out how to use the phone and has to be directed by Michael.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** Ainsley Hayes makes a strong argument in a political debate between White House co-workers, then asks, "Can I have that last cupcake?" Sam points out her mistake later.
** Even though Sam does pretty much the exact same thing when Bartlet smacks down a conservative radio-show host. A [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]] for Bartlet. For Sam... not so much.
** Ainsley seems to do a few of these. There's the time in her job interview when she's arguing a point with Leo [=McGarry=] when she suddenly stands up. The intent is to show that she is rising to demonstrate her passion for the point she's trying to make. Leo thinks she's trying to leave.
* On ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', when Dorothy finds out her boyfriend is married, she tries to storm out of the hotel room, except;
-->'''Dorothy:''' Oh God, I'm storming out into the bathroom!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** On the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters"]], the main character and his LoveInterest fall victim to this, and it has disastrous consequences.
** This also occurs in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]]: Donna says she's going home, so the Doctor starts dishing out a farewell speech... only to realize she's merely going for a visit.
** Something to this effect occurs in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], where the Doctor tries to get Amy to remember the pre-TimeCrash universe, only to realize by the stuff in her office that she already does.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of The Doctor]] the Tenth Doctor is chasing a shapeshifter, and think's he's found it, and begins threatening it... only he's talking to a harmless little rabbit. He bravely tries to recover.
-->'''Doctor:''' Just, you know, giving you a general... heads up.
* In ''Series/BlackBooks'', Fran and Bernard have a fight. Fran storms out of the bookshop, coldly informing Bernard that she doesn't think they should see each other for a while. She then immediately reenters, announces "I forgot my bag!" in an embarrassed sing-song tone and flounces out again once she's picked it up.
* In the ''Series/That70sShow'' episode "The Third Wheel", Eric and Hyde both storm out of a bowling alley after a fight, then return to take off their bowling shoes.
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One with the Jellyfish", Phoebe meets her real mother, and gets mad at her, because she never tried to contact her. She shouts "I don't ever want to see you again!", and storms out, than returns for her purse, covering her eyes with her hand.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', the title character is listening to loud music in his office when Vogler walks in to [[TyrantTakesTheHelm introduce himself]]. After a tense discussion, House turns on the speakers again... which start playing a Jewish folk song. House turns it off and says, "That wasn't as dramatic as I had hoped."
* Sophie does this in an episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' when she takes over doing the mission briefings from Nate. She ends the briefing on a dramatic note and then ends up walking away... right into the closet.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Willow, trying to be angry and assertive, has to tell Buffy "I'm storming off... doesn't really work if you come with me." as she walks off in a huff.
** In the episode "Gone", the Trio attempt to make a dramatic escape from Buffy [[SmokeOut under the cover of a smoke bomb]], but they can't get the door open in time, and the smoke clears to reveal them still fiddling with it before they finally manage to get out. It happens again in "Seeing Red" -- after Buffy has defeated Warren and Andrew, the former escapes using a JetPack. Andrew reveals that he has a jet pack as well, and tells Buffy that it's not over, and they will meet again...before jetting into an overhanging roof and knocking himself unconscious.
** In "A New Man", Ethan Rayne spends a few moments doing the usual vaguely ominous speech to an empty room after Giles leaves... only for Giles to ''hear him'' as he leaves and come back.
--->'''Ethan:''' In fact, Ripper, old mate, I'd say something rather interesting is about to ha--\\
'''Giles:''' (''re-enters the room'') Is someone--\\
'''Ethan:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Oh, bugger, I thought you'd gone.]]
** Spike resolves to find a way to remove his inhibitor chip, and promises himself that when he does, he'll "make Buffy's neck my chalice". Immediately after he falls into an open grave (Buffy does the same while arguing with Angel in another episode).
** Spike has a similar scene on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when his rant is cut off because he's walked under a hole in the roof and the sunlight has set his hair on fire.
** And again, when he attempts to deliver a threatening monologue to an unsuspecting Buffy in "Wild at Heart", only to be tasered and dragged off by the Initiative, mid-speech.
** When the earthquake stops, and the Master, in mid-rant, asides, "Whaddaya think? 5.1?"
** "Prophecy Girl": "When he wakes up, tell him... I dunno. Think of something cool. Tell him I said it."
** Oz insists on a moment of silence after the school blows up. Everyone gets annoyed and leaves. "... And we're done."
** In "Older And Far Away", Halfrek tries to teleport away dramatically (twice) but her own spell keeps her in the house.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', one of Niska's men delivers a BadassBoast in which he [[ThreatBackfire threatens to kill the entire Serenity crew]]. Mal simply kicks him into the engine, which turns him into pulp.
** Also invoked when Niska tries to give Zoe an impossible choice by telling her to choose to save either Mal or Wash. She immediately chooses Wash, interrupting Niska's attempt at an evil monologue.
* An episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' has Jack storm out of their apartment only to have his suitcase caught on the door.
-->'''Jack:''' Do you mind, I'm trying to be dramatic.
* ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'':
** Averted and lampshaded when Carrie angrily storms out of her office and the elevator arrives as soon as she presses the button rather than leaving her standing around waiting.
--->'''Carrie:''' Boy, am I glad that came fast.
** Speaking of elevators, there's also a scene in the episode "Strike Too" where Doug and Carrie have an argument over whether or not Doug's union strike is having a negative effect on him. Doug angrily walks into the elevator behind them and press the button to go down; however, the elevator does not go down immediately. To make matters worse, when the elevator is finally about to close, another man presses the button to get in. Doug is left staring at Carrie, who is trying her best not to laugh.
** In the episode "Strike Out", after Doug and Deacon find out that their union met their demands and the strike is ending, they tell Arthur, who then accuses their union of selling them out. Deacon tells Arthur that they got an 8% pay increase. Arthur then replies with this:
--->'''Arthur:''' So, it's all about the money then -- the filthy luke! Well, fine, here! (''throws money on the street'') Here's some blood-money for ya! Ya want some more? Here, here's some more! Crawl for it! Go ahead -- CRAWL FOR IT! (''{{beat}}'') [[FunnyMoments Actually, I need that back...]]
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Usually used by Alex Russo, attempting to storm out.
* Rachel Berry's multiple attempts to storm out of the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' club often fall into this, including when [[ItMakesSenseInContext she was in a wheelchair and she tried to storm out, only to wheel herself into the doorframe.]]
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
-->'''Dick:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyoOCRVbAjE&t=1m31s Fine! We can tell when we're not wanted!]]\\
(''he storms out of the room, but the rest of the family doesn't move; after a beat, Dick runs back in'')\\
'''Dick:''' We're not wanted.\\
'''Harry:''' Oh!\\
(''the rest of the family follows Dick out of the room'')
* ''Series/{{Crownies}}'' has a scene where Richard angrily confronts the tennant he has been trying to evict. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome is a little diluted by his riding off on a bicycle a moment later.
* In an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', one of Barney's coworkers quits spectacularly while his boss is chewing him out during a meeting, shouts to everyone that he just made a load of money in the stock market and doesn't need this job anymore, and then gets up on the conference table yelling "Here's what I think of this stupid company!" and attempts to pee on it...but has a shy bladder and can't get the stream going. His meek "Could everyone turn away for a minute?" and everyone's polite acquiescence makes it even lamer.
* In an episode of ''Series/BostonLegal'', Alan Shore and Denny Crane are arguing in a hotel room in New Orleans and Denny decides to go back to Boston and starts packing angrily.
-->'''Alan Shore:''' Denny...\\
'''Denny Crane:''' Don't try to stop me, Alan!\\
'''Alan Shore:''' I don't want to stop you...it's just that those are my things you're packing.
* In ''Series/{{Dexter}}'''s season 5 premiere, Dexter tells the tragic news of [[spoiler:Rita's death to her children]] while wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
* In ''Series/GetSmart'', Siegfried once gave an impassioned speech about the importance of killing his rival Max Smart, and ended it by slamming his fist into a glass of water.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A slightly more serious example: [[spoiler:Malcolm]] in ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'' concludes his recorded will with a long rant both calling out his former business partner and a heartfelt apology to [[spoiler:his estranged daughter]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Malcolm]]:''' He was wrong. ''I'' was wrong. I should have stood by her. I hope, Maureen, that you forgive me, and that you take over Corley Motors and run it however you see fit! [[IsThisThingStillOn ... all right, that's enough! How do I turn this damn thing off?]]
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank''
** The Thug Leader in ''Ratchet & Clank 2'' often engages in this, usually coupled with {{Metaphorgotten}}:
--->'''Thug Leader:''' If I catch you again, I'll grind you into so many pieces that... uh... well there's going to be a ''lot'' of them! I can tell you that!
** Reoccurring villain Dr. Nefarious has an unfortunate glitch in his system that leads him to occasionally freeze up and start broadcasting [[SoapWithinAShow soap opera reruns]]. At one time, this occurs just as he is about to press the BigRedButton that will send Ratchet and Clank to their deaths, forcing the duo to sit around awkwardly listening to terrible dialogue ("You're just a lonely man, Lance, boarding the lonely train on it's way to lonely town.") until and embarrassed mook finally activates the death trap himself.
* At one point in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', you are asked by a mutant to flip a switch on a conveyor belt to send it into boiling lava to destroy it. You can instead flip another switch to send it towards the opposite direction, prompting the mutant to deliver the death line he prepared before realizing: "Hey! Wrong way!"
* When a Kangaskhan Mega Evolves in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', the baby is facing its mom instead of its opponent. The mother quickly turns it around before making the post-Mega Evolution pose.
* In the opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}'', the BigBad Hecubah is casting an ominous-sounding ritual to summon [[PlotCoupon one of the pieces of the Staff of Oblivion]] when a draft suddenly causes the candles used in the ritual to go out, forcing Hecubah to relight them and momentarily derailing her train of thought.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' season 10, episode 6, Church attempts to leave dramatically after Carolina discovers he and Tucker are spying on her and Wash. Turns out it doesn't work so well when you [[spoiler:don't actually have a body, but are instead an AI attached to someone else's armor]].
-->'''Church:''' Hey, Tucker, I, uh, need you to leave. I can't actually do it on my own.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://xkcd.com/486/ a strip from]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', a character attempts to escape from his implied girlfriend, who has just told him "We need to talk." He [[SmokeOut throws a smoke bomb]], but it is only strong enough to make her cough and set off the smoke alarm. Despite this, he still tries to get the window open, but it is stuck. The woman shakes her head in disappointment and leaves. The AltText makes it funnier: "I just wanted to talk about your poor smoke-bomb techniques."
* Hedge of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' gets plenty of dramatic moments ruined -- usually by passing owls. This makes him the [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-05-23 Master of the]] [[AntiClimax Anti-Climactic Moment]].
* Lord Katarakis of ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' is one of the grand masters of this trope. His first appearance had him point a bunch of guns at the ''Fuseli'', prompting Vanderbeam to sheepishly ask if they were "flower guns". His answer? "''Only '''some''' of them.''"
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'': Spacefaring supercriminal Fructose Riboflavin is [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091205.html prone to this.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002301 I SAID]]... [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002302 PUT THE BUNNY]]... [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002303 BACK IN]]... [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002304 THE BOX!!!!!]]
** Later on, [[spoiler:Jadesprite]]'s sorrowful speech is undercut by her [[VerbalTic woofing]]. Even Jade can't help but laugh.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0298.html "The Future Is Forged in the Fires of Today"]], after a lengthy ForgingScene, Roy is handled his reforged ancestral sword, good as new, and he takes the opportunity to solemnly renew his oath of destroying Xykon. But then he drops it while yelling in pain, because the sword is still damn hot.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0430.html An Azure City officer]] is dramatically stating that he and his men might die today, but with HONOR... only to be vomited upon by an airsick Roy.
* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'': Melissa wants to leave Ash in a huff after slapping him, [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/i_do_not_need_your_favors but it's a miss.]]
-->'''Melissa:''' [[TheExitIsThatWay That was your closet.]] But I'm still mad!
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Gilgamesh Wulfenbach crashes into the bridge of Castle Wulbenbach while fighting an enemy clank, crushes it, and coolly tries to address his father. He then trips over a tiny stray part of said clank. His father then announces that Gil shall be taking his place while he's gone.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Stan shouts "I'm the one who made the decisions that kept this family on track for twenty years. I deserve a little respect!" and storms off into the pantry by mistake.
** In "Iced, Iced Babies", Roger is angry at the Smiths for not taking him seriously and tells them he's "more than just a clown", right before slipping on a discarded magazine, hitting the wall, spilling all the silverware, pulling on the tablecloth and having the food fall onto him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Mr. Burns announces that the church's revenues have increased 1073% and that he intends to keep it all for himself and [[SmokeOut throws a smoke bomb on the ground]]. When the smoke clears he is still fumbling with the door handle, so he just gives up and throws the money to the church council.
** In "Homer to the Max", Homer is teased because of a buffoonish TV character with his own name. He goes to the show's producers and begs them to "please leave my dignity!" His impassioned plea is undercut when he walks face first into a cactus on his way out. Later in the same episode, Homer's co-workers are watching him work in the hopes that he will do something stupid and entertaining. He looks back at them and says, "Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you gentlemen, but you seem to have me confused with a character in a fictional show." He then proceeds to knock over a fondue pot on the console and causes unspecified (but presumably very serious) problems in other cities' power plants. In a third scene in the same episode, Homer's friends at Moe's Bar mock him. He attempts to leave in a huff and flings his scarf over his shoulder -- it catches in a fan on the ceiling and whirls him around like a rag doll then flings him out the door.
** Fat Tony forces Marge to pull over and tries to reach in to pull out her car keys, only for Marge to have to instruct him how to do it.
** The episode where Lisa receives a vision of her future from a fortune-teller; the fortune-teller tries this with a smoke-bomb after Lisa objects to her vision, but when the smoke clears is left sitting there, a bit nonplussed, as if she actually expected to just disappear into thin air.
** Mr. Burns tries to storm out of the Simpson's home but isn't strong enough to toss the furniture, so Smithers does it for him. Homer tries to reason with Mr. Burns, who just tells him to "shut up and wreck something", so he does.
** In "Mother Simpson", Mr. Burns decides to attack the Simpson house with an ''army tank'', and plays a recording of ''[[http://youtu.be/7AlEvy0fJto "Ride of the Valkyries"]]''. The music goes for a second before it cuts to ''[[http://youtu.be/Sj_9CiNkkn4 "Waterloo"]]'' by ABBA, which Smithers admits to taping.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Brian was doing community service for an angry, reclusive old woman and when he can't take it any more he yells at her and tries to leave, but is hindered by her door and its many locks. After she helps him get the door open, he gives her a very unconvincing "And, you know... drop dead," and leaves.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama World Tour'', Gwen, Courtney, and Heather all argue on how to complete a challenge. They eventually give up and storm out... in the same direction. They then argue on who should have to storm out where.
* [[IdiotHero Sadlygrove]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' is a repeat offender. One of the most drawn-out example is certainly during the first Gobbowl arc, after the start of the second quarter-time. Grovy seizes the gobball to everyone's surprise and runs, along with a very uplifiting music, dramatic echo of Ruel's earlier psych-up speech and SplitScreenReaction of everybody else... and he scores! Except it is revealed after a few seconds of shocked silence that he scored against his team. Cue the public rolling in laughter, and his teammates barely preventing Ruel from strangling Sadlygrove.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** After she's revealed to have FeetOfClay in "Boast Busters", the Great and Powerful Trixie attempts to do a SmokeOut exit, but once the smoke clears we can see her running off.
** After Trixie's return and HeelFaceTurn in "Magic Duel", she departs in the same way, except she also trips and lands on her face.
** During the pageant in "Hearth's Warming Eve", Princess Platinum (Rarity) haughtily leaves a meeting between the three pony tribes, but the effect is somewhat ruined when she puts her crown on upside-down in her haste to leave.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' demonstrates that Trixie's [[AlternateSelf human counterpart]] is just as bad as her pony self at making dramatic exits, twice attempting to do a SmokeOut and both times being spotted by Pinkie Pie after she runs away.
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' She's gone! ...Oh wait, there she is.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', this goes along the lines of:
-->'''Tino:''' I've enough of you guys! I'm leaving. (''exits through front door'')\\
'''Tino:''' (''comes back in through door'') [[HouseAmnesia Okay, this is my house so you leave.]]
* From the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'':
-->'''Omi:''' And so, our grand quest begins. Follow me... '''''[[NoIndoorVoice TO VICTORY!!!!]]'''''\\
(''{{beat}} as the rest of the Xiaolin Dragons stare on'')\\
'''Omi:''' (''offscreen'') ...I have ''no'' idea where I'm going.
* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' begins with this;
-->"Thirty long years, and it's all led up to this...my greatest achievement! Probably should have worn pants."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Square Peg", Hank tries to show his disapproval with Peggy teaching a sex-ed class by ripping up Bobby's permission slip, which had been taped together after being ripped before in a previous scene. Unfortunately, the tape gets stuck on his fingers when he tries to throw it in the trash.