->''If he's not your man, and he's not our man, whose man is he?''
-->-- '''Will Turner''', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''

The audience is informed of some fact X, which is both shocking and important. There's a bomb in the briefcase, or Alice is TheMole, or whatever. This is often communicated via a character who has just realized X, and says it out loud (thus informing the audience); perhaps he realizes X while [[ExplainExplainOhCrap explaining the situation to someone else]]. Another alternative is to use a fact-revealing Main/{{Flashback}}. In any case, the audience very suddenly realizes X. Less than five seconds later, before anyone has a chance for a meaningful reaction (such as disarming the bomb), X becomes incredibly relevant. The bomb goes off, or Alice shoots Bob, or whatever.

The purpose of this trope is to allow something shocking to happen without confusing the audience. If Bob flips a lightswitch and suddenly his whole house explodes, the audience might be left wondering what happened. If the writers want to avoid that feeling, they employ this trope. Thus, Carol figures it out beforehand and says something like "Alice put a bomb in Bob's house!", or perhaps we're shown a Main/{{Flashback}} of Alice planting the bomb. In either case, the audience is informed and confusion is avoided. Of course, if we're informed about the bomb several minutes before the event, it won't be as shocking, and in Bob's case it leaves the writers with the trouble of explaining how Bob knew about the bomb, but didn't manage to do anything about it before it went off. Thus, we're informed of the truth, and the truth becomes relevant soon afterwards.

Alternately, it's an easy way of setting up and dealing with an ExactWords twist quickly.

Technically, this trope should only apply when the audience (not just a character) learns something new. If the audience already knows what's up and it's only the characters who suddenly realize something, that's a [[InternalReveal different trope.]] Also, if the bomb goes off and the audience is only told after the fact that Bob had it all figured out five seconds previously, that doesn't count either.

It's perfectly fine if there are hints about X scattered around the story, just so long as the audience is not intended to really get it until a critical moment, just before X causes something drastic.

Frequently, the only thing a character has time for in this situation is to go "OhCrap," [[ExplainExplainOhCrap sometimes as a revelation]]. Can be related to [[CueTheRain sudden awful weather]], and often involves [[RockBottom things getting worse]]. Compare ImminentDangerClue.

'''Spoilers ahead.'''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': In the pilot, the three main characters are wondering if titans will ever break through the walls to the city again. Armin says, "Just because it hasn't happened in 100 years, doesn't mean it won't happen today," and in mere seconds the air calms, all background noises cease, a flash of lightning sends a shockwave over the city, and standing outside the wall is a titan taller than they've ever seen. It kicks through the wall, and all hell promptly breaks loose.
* In one of the ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' novels, "End of the Circle," the planet Haydon IV turns into a [[TransformingMecha Giant]] [[HumongousMecha robot.]] On its hands are two massive tuning-fork like prongs. The Sentinal Alliance decides to attack the planet-bot and seems to be doing well, but the planet isn't taking much damage due to pin-point barrier systems and anti-air batteries. It seems normal, except for power buildup in the prongs. Suddenly, Exedore realizes that the two technologies (transformation and pin-point barriers) were both used in the original SDF-1, and that the tuning forks are near-exact copies of the ship's WaveMotionGun. He starts to call out a warning, but the guns fire, nearly destroying the fleet flagship utterly.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During the ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' story-arc "Earth to Earth", Swamp Thing attacks Gotham City, whose police are holding his wife on "crimes against nature". When one character mentions that, as a city, there's not a lot of plant matter for Swamp Thing to manipulate, Franchise/{{Batman}} mentions the Gotham Botanical Gardens, which include all kinds of plants. As Batman lists off a few examples, a low *THOOM* *THOOM* *THOOM* sound is heard in the background. Just as Batman finishes his list of examples with the word "Redwoods...", we see a 200-foot tall Swamp Thing made of intertwined redwood trunks approaching the city's center.

* [[Fanfic/TheDarkLordsOfNerima "Hey, guys, what's a gas main?"]] Said by a monster, leading to Ranma realizing that not only is the fake altar packed with about ''four times as much explosives as they need'' due to PoorCommunicationKills, the whole shebang is right next to said gas main. Cue OhCrap.
* In Chapter Ten of ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars'', Connie runs off to the pool to get a lifeguard. Who else do we know who got a brief job as a lifeguard? [[spoiler:it's Wendy Corduroy.]]
** In Chapter Twenty-Three, [[spoiler:Wendy]] [[TemptingFate half-heartedly jokes]] to Connie about there being a [[spoiler:secret room in the library]]. Guess what happens several minutes later?
* ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'': Hughes meets Gabby at the train station for Ed's departure and thinks she looks familiar. [[spoiler:He then immediately realizes that Gabby shares her looks with her sister, Olivier Armstrong.]]
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', when Baelish shows up for his trial by combat, Jon Arryn seems oddly gleeful to see him wearing the heaviest armor the former could find. A minute later, the reason becomes obvious: [[spoiler:so he will drop to the depths of the Blackwater and drown.]]
* ''Fanfic/BecomingTheMaskTrollhunters'': While sparring with Draal for the first time, Jim takes several hits and becomes somewhat disoriented. He wonders why the arena is so brightly lit - not due to his head injury making it look brighter, but because, as a later line of narration reveals, [[spoiler:he's having a flashback to his time in the Darklands.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'': After Ludmilla drinks a vial containing a potion that will turn her into what she is inside, she drops it on the ground and a rat slurps up some remaining drops, which turns it into a rat/dragon hybrid.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'': When Imelda prepares to give Miguel her blessing to send him home, the marigold petal she uses emits a faint glow. When the same occurs with Ernesto de la Cruz, the petal he uses does not glow; [[spoiler: this is but moments before the big reveal that hes a fraud and not related with Miguel.]]
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': A tiny unicorn figurine, last seen during the "I've Got A Dream" musical number performed by the ruffians at the Snuggly Duckling tavern, appears just before the same ruffians show up to rescue Eugene.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' had Kari calling Mrs. Incredible about how the replacement sitter had shown up to take care of little Jack-Jack. "I didn't order a replacement sitter!"
* At the very beginning of the ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Triton and Sebastian are looking forward to the concert. Sebastian comments to the king that Ariel has the most beautful voice but, once the king's out of earshot the crab mutters to himself "if only she'd show up for rehearsals once in a while." And what do you know, shortly afterwards, Ariel's revealed to be absent, to everyone's shock, and Triton's fury.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'': [[spoiler:After Nick is shot with a PsychoSerum that causes those injected with it to "go savage", he doesn't shift into a more feral appearance, unlike the serum's previous victims. Sure enough, he turns out to be faking it just a minute or so later.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/DeathProof'': When Pam realizes that Stuntman Mike isn't actually going to give her a ride home, there's a super close up of her eyes. One second before Stuntman Mike hits the gas and speeds off... With Pam locked in the passenger side.
* ''The Godfather'' trilogy:
** ''Film/TheGodfather'': Michael realizes [[ExternalCombustion something's fishy about the car]], and quickly tries to warn his Sicilian wife about it, but shortly thereafter she starts the car and it explodes.
** ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'': Michael realizes that the drapes are open a second before his room is hit with a hail of gunfire from outside, giving him ''just'' enough time to dive for cover.
* ''Film/TheHangover'': Some viewers may notice that the clothes 'Doug' is wearing during the exchange are not the clothes he was wearing last time we saw him.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' When the trio realizes they have to play their way across a giant chessboard, they take their positions on the board before Hermione nervously asks an appropriate question:
-->'''Hermione:''' This isn't going to be like... ''real'' wizard's chess, is it?\\
''(Ron sacrifices a pawn to an opposing pawn to test it; said pawn ends up shattered)''\\
'''Ron:''' Yes Hermione, I think this is going to be ''exactly'' like wizard's chess.
* ''Film/NinjaAssassin'': Raizo has been captured and taken to the secret ninja temple, but secretly he has a GPS tracking device in his gut, alerting the good guys to the temple's location. The ninjas discover the device, and right after that the temple is attacked.
* ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'': The bad guy stands in front of the machine that shows the future, but only sees his own back, as he is futilely trying to get away from the exploding machine. Soon afterwards he realizes that this means the machine will explode, and futilely tries to get away from it.
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': "But how could they be jamming us if they don't know th- ...that we're coming." In this case, they get enough warning to avoid ''immediate'' destruction by colliding with the Death Star's shield, but shortly after, we see evidence aplenty that the Imperials ''did indeed'' know the Rebels were coming, and had [[LuredIntoATrap lured them into a trap]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'': When Dr. Soran checks on his sun-killer missile after Picard messes with it, the viewscreen says that the missile's locking clamps are still engaged. Soran gets an OhCrap look on his face as he and the audience realize that something bad is going to happen when the missile tries to launch. Then the missile explodes, killing him.
** ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'': The Enterprise is being stalked by a cloaked ship, so it's hoping to rendezvous with the fleet for protection. On the way, they enter an area of space where long-range communications don't work. Data and Picard realize that this would be a perfect place for the stalker ship to attack them. After that thought, they get attacked.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Kirk notes that in the event of an attack, protocol dictates that all available senior Starfleet officers should [[BatmanGambit gather for a special briefing]] [[OhCrap in this very room]]. Cue second attack.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': While looking at a rectangular object in a prisoner's gut, which suddenly rings; "Is that a... phone?" Yes, it is. Attached to a bomb.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': A random {{Mook}} in a steam house had been identified as not belonging there, and threatened under the assumption he was allies with Turner and Barbossa. Not two seconds after Will's line, Cutler Beckett's men break in and start firing.
* ''Film/RichieRich'', the movie: Richard uses his smell detector to sneak a few of his gifts on their plane...then it sniffs out "trinitrotoluene." He brings that gift to the cockpit, where his wife figures out it's TNT...he opens the package. "My God, Regina, it's a bomb!" He does manage to get it out of the plane in that one second, so the resulting Kaboom! plants them in the ocean instead of killing them.
* ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'': "Now why would anybody soak a rope in kerosene?" (Though if one was paying attention to the HardWorkMontage of Kevin's preparations, one might have spotted this one before....)
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'': "Well now look here, if it wasn't you and if it wasn't you..."
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'':
-->'''The Operative''': [to Mal] You are fooling yourself, Captain. Nothing here is what it seems. You are not the plucky hero, the Alliance is not an evil empire, and this is not the grand arena.
-->'''Inara Serra''': And that's not incense.
-->[He turns to look: the incense stick burns away - rather like a fuse - and FLASHES in an explosion of light and sound]
** That could have been FridgeBrilliance, since a flashbang would be most effective if he was looking at it. She may be trying to get him to do just that.
* ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory'': Atreyu sees a number of murals that show various events that have already happened to him. He then sees a mural showing a growling wolf in some rubble, which he definitely hasn't encountered. He then hears some growling, spins around and sees the wolf.
* ''Film/TheGreenMile'': The botched execution scene. People who are executed by electric chair are supposed to have a wet sponge placed on their head so they are killed quickly. Paul and the other men notice that the sponge is dry, but by then it's too late to stop it, and Eduard Delacroix proceeds to die a truly CruelAndUnusualDeath.
* In ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'', [[spoiler:Mrs. Voorhees]] is introduced a handful of seconds before being revealed to be the killer.
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', the Tesseract is acting up. Hawkeye suggests that someone out there (i.e. not on Earth) may be trying to open a doorway to Earth. Several seconds later, a portal opens and Loki arrives.
* At the end of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', when Iron Man arrives [[spoiler:at the old Winter Soldier complex to help Steve and Bucky fight the other five Soldiers]], one of them asks him how many heat signatures he's picking up; he says "...One." [[spoiler:The next shot is of the Soldiers still in their cryo chairs and wiring... with bullet holes in their foreheads. Zemo never intended to use them for anything except as bait so he could show Tony [[CartesianKarma that one security tape]].]]
* A case of this and InterfaceSpoiler. ''Film/KongSkullIsland'''s closing credits spoil TheStinger by crediting Creator/{{Toho}} as the owners of Godzilla, [[spoiler:Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah]], who show up in said stinger.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', during the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry sees and hears [[TheDragon Bellatrix]] [[AxeCrazy Lestrange]] laughing at [[MamaBear Molly Weasley]], the same exact laugh that his godfather Sirius Black used just prior to Bellatrix cursing him under his outstretched arm and sending him careening into the Veil. At that point, after Bellatrix had been [[RelativeButton torturing Molly]] for Fred's death, that laugh kinda makes it a ForegoneConclusion what will eventually happen.
* [[spoiler:Ax's death]] in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' happens like this. He and his ship are exploring a seemingly abandoned ship, when someone notices white hairs on the ground. Then says wait, not white but transparent. He then yells for his ship to raise shields just as the supposedly abandoned ship opens fire (the colorless hairs would be from polar bears, which meant the Yeerks were still nearby).
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': The music at the wedding of King Robb's uncle (made hastily to patch over the rift caused by him breaking his own betrothal) is played rather badly. [[InstrumentOfMurder There's a reason for that.]]
* ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'': when Nikita and Robin are investigating Sawa, a rat - likely a spy of the local [[TheBeastmaster Beastmaster]] - suddenly jumps out and squeaks in alarm, which is all the warning the two get before they're attacked a moment later.
* ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'': Cheris realizes that the supposedly-friendly fleet is here to destroy her ships just in time to start giving orders to her people, but too late for this to save any of them.

* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E21DeadlyManuevers Deadly Manuevers]]". As a doctor is examining B.A., who is in a state of near-collapse from the spiked milk, Hannibal notices a gold watch on his wrist. He immediately forces the doctor to put his hands up, realizing that he saw that same gold watch on the milkman's wrist.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jojen sees a vision of Karl's dead body burning. Five seconds later, the attack that results in just that begins.
** The Mountain stops Tommen from attending Cersei's trial. [[spoiler:It is soon revealed that the whole Sept is rigged to blow. Which happens not long after.]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Death Wish," A member of the Q continuum wishes to die ("Quinn," for ease's sake). After screwing up and vanishing every male on Voyager, and pressed by Captain Janeway, he begins to speak to himself, "Humans... humans... [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Who would have more recent experience with humans?"]] Cue Q himself. [[note]]Creator/JohnDeLancie version.[[/note]]
%%* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' tended to reveal its season-long villains in this manner.
* In one ''Series/BurnNotice'' episode, Michael gets a phone call from Sam that another character was killed by a bomb attached to his front door, one second before he opens the door to his own house (which is also rigged to explode). This gives him just enough time to jump off his stairway (his front door is a dozen or so feet off the ground and he needs to climb a metal stairway to get there) and away from the explosion. He doesn't escape completely unscathed though; some of the fire manages to sing him, and he would have died impacting with the concrete ground if he hadn't hit his car first, which still had the effect of knocking him out and leaving him clearly disoriented and barely able to stand and walk without Sam's help when he wakes up. Fiona herself observes the damage later and notes that if Michael had opened the door any wider he'd be in bitty pieces regardless.
* In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' the FBI discover who TheMole is (viewers know this beforehand) a few seconds before [[spoiler:she]] sets off a bomb in the office to cover up exactly this revelation (at least long enough to get a head start escaping)
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' premiere, Nate, Hardison, Eliot, and Parker realize that their employer tricked them into meeting in an abandoned warehouse without paying them (''by'' not paying them)... roughly twelve seconds before the building explodes. At least it was enough time to get far enough to not ''die'' in the blast.
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when Cordelia gets a prophetic vision of impending danger mere seconds before a group of demons show up. She shouts: "That was helpful!" before the fight commences.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' (Tick, Tick, Tick) involves hunting down a killer obsessed with Nikki Heat (and Beckett, because he thinks they're literally the same person). They catch him with time to spare and Beckett goes home. Castle continues looking over evidence because something bothers him and realizes the man they thought was responsible was being set up and rushes to warn her. A few seconds later, her apartment explodes. (In this case, the warning was enough time for her to take measures to protect herself from the blast.)
* In the ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'' episode "Benefit of the Doubt", a number of mysterious deaths in a hospital has Frost stumped, and to make matters worse, [[spoiler:his latest assistant]] is now in critical condition in the very same hospital. After a visit to [[spoiler:his]] bedside, Frost is leaving just as the audience get a very clear shot of a cleaning lady unplugging an electric cord, so she can plug in her vacuum cleaner. Frost makes it halfway down the hall before he realises that the cleaning lady had inadvertently unplugged the medical ventilator. A faulty alarm sensor meant that the alarm wasn't triggered when it was unplugged.
* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Murdoch in Toyland", Murdoch and Inspector Brackenreid descend the stairs of a church basement and Brackenreid comments, "It's like a tomb down here." Seconds later, Murdoch turns on a light and they find [[spoiler:a headless corpse]].
* In ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', the titular ship is on its way to Starbase 1, the last remaining safe haven for Federation ships. A few seconds before they drop of out of warp, Saru's threat ganglia come out, indicating mortal danger. They drop out of warp and see that the starbase is now in Klingon hands, who have slaughtered the 80,000+ people on it.
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "The Real Deal", Zeke, who joined the team from 2080 has scrounged up the stuff for Fitz and Simmons's wedding. He mentions to Deathlok that he chose the ring he got for Jemma because it reminded him of one his mother had, which belonged to his grandmother. Cut to the US military testing a DNA sample they got from when Zeke was jailed to figure out who this guy is, and discovering that he's related to them both.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Early 2015 when Jay had set up a camera to promote the Briscoes' Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH {{Tag|Team}} title defense against Team Ambition. He was explaining why he wasn't impressed with either Davey or O'Reilly's "rational thinking", stating his brother, who was off camera sure as hell wasn't, before nearly shitting himself when a gunshot from Mark shattered a beer bottle behind him, followed by Mark's apologies that he thought Jay was done with it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The flashback approach is taken with TheReveal in the first ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Right before Darth Malak drops the Revan bomb, the game replays every single bit of foreshadowing that had happened earlier in the game.
* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', after the city mission, Kat declares that the Covenant are beginning glassing procedures. Another Spartan asks, "How close?" Cue massive explosion from the surface bombardment.
* In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0m28yz6kmg trailer (around 1:50)]] for the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' game ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War 2]]'', a SpaceMarine strikes down an [[OurElvesAreDifferent Eldar]] with his [[ChainsawGood chainsword,]] proclaiming "This planet is ours, witch!" "No," she gasps, pointing towards the heavens, "This planet... is theirs." Enter the Tyranid horde, as the SpaceMarine turns to meet a massive 'Nid bug right behind him.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard Vanguard]]'', after being asked 'What's the holdup Corporal?', Corporal Garrett responds by saying how the area ahead of them is 'perfect sniper country'. Exactly three seconds later, a soldier (who thinks that area is empty) is killed by a sniper.
-->'''Soldier:''' ''[[FamousLastWords What are you talking about? They're retreating, there's no one out there!]]'' '''*[[PinkMist BANG]]* URRRRRGGGGGHHHHH'''
** In [[VideoGame/MedalOfHonor2010 the 2010 reboot]], this happens to Sergeant Peterson's Ranger team as they are about to kick in the door to clear a house, only to hear a mobile phone ring inside. Bonus points as the ''player'' knows what this sound means, having seen the same trick in the game's prologue mission, but the ''characters'' have no clue what is about to happen.
-->'''Tech Sergeant Ybarra:''' ''...a mobile phone?'' '''*[[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb BOOM]]*'''
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' uses this for TheReveal, much like ''[=KotOR=]'' above: Andrew Ryan reveals that the phrase "would you kindly" acts as a command phrase for the player, forcing him to obey. The player immediately sees a flashback montage of several scenes in which Atlas had used the phrase, which if the player noticed at all simply sounded like a VerbalTic.
* Before the violence begins in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', Jeremiah Fink refers to a woman working at the Raffle and Fair as "the prettiest young white girl in all of Columbia". The fact that he mentioned her being white subtly foreshadows the city's jingoistic racism, which is made evident when the raffle prize is revealed: you get to [[spoiler:have the first throw at the stoning of an interracial couple]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Talia fatally stabs the Joker. Batman then muses on a number of odd events and various bits of Mook Chatter that have happened over the course of the game, and realizes there were ''two'' Jokers. Talia is then shot in the back by the real one seconds later, and the one she stabbed is revealed to be the still alive Clayface. If the players were paying ''very'' close attention, they have guessed this as well.
* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', just after Alternis has been beaten, you get the usual display of the group in the new Job outfits, in this case the Dark Knight. Ringabel's Dark Knight armor is identical to what Alternis had been wearing. In the cutscene immediately thereafter, his helm splits open, revealing that he has Ringabel's face. Even before that, both Alternis and Ringabel had the same pre-battle jumping animation before drawing their weapon.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has this in its prologue. The ''Normandy'' is in a part of space where a few ships have gone missing. Thinking geth, they pick up a ship moving in behind them, which they dismiss because the Normandy's stealth systems are engaged, and thus they can't be detected unless someone looks out a window (which the geth won't, because they think windows are a structural weakness). Then the ship turns to an intercept trajectory. Right as Pressley is saying that the geth don't have the technology to pick up the Normandy, Joker realizes...
-->'''Joker''': [[OhCrap It's not the geth!]] ''(cue the ''Normandy'' getting utterly wrecked in two shots)''
* There are a few hints leading up to TheReveal in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' that [[spoiler:Haytham is a Templar]], but there is a big one just before at the mention of "order and purpose" during [[spoiler:Charles Lee's initiation]]. Astute players have just enough time to think "Wait, what?" before the WhamLine hits.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', the boss of Drybake Stadium requires a baseball bat to massively damage him, as you fight him in a baseball field. Also, the battle intro says "Play Ball". Where this trope comes into play is that the top floor is the ''only'' floor with a sports motif- the five floors preceding it, meanwhile, have no sports stadium theme whatsoever.
* In the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' games, a OneWomanWail plays in the background whenever a corpse is discovered. In ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', the absence of that when [[spoiler:Kokichi]]'s corpse shows up ([[spoiler:the first time, anyway]]) is a tell that he isn't actually dead.
* In ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'', the leader of the last ace squadron you fight on the Knight path makes a call to a Wizard 5, but you can only see four planes in their introductory cinematic. Then, very shortly into the fight, another four planes in the squadron - stealth planes - pop up seemingly out of nowhere to ambush you while you're distracted.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', in the True Pacifist ending, you've spared everyone in the game, everyone is together, everyone is happy, when suddenly...
-->'''Alphys''': How did you know to call everybody?
-->'''Papyrus''': Let's just say... [[spoiler:a tiny flower helped me]].
-->'''Alphys''': [[spoiler:A tiny... flower?]]
** Cue [[spoiler:Flowey]] showing up, [[spoiler:everyone right where he wanted them]], ready to [[spoiler:absorb everyone's [=SOULs=]]].
* Halfway through one level of ''VideoGame/Gamer2'', the player witnesses a setpiece zombie munching on a policewoman's corpse. Almost immediately after this, the game's first police enemies start appearing.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Exiern}}'', the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything know-it-all book]] tells Ctyx that The Fractured are planning to perform a ritual. Two strips later, Tiffany and Teresa enter a room where said ritual is being performed with three sacrificial men, [[BigDamnHeroes just in time to save the day]].
* One of the twists of ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' is a person turning out to be in a crate of food supplies for the main characters. In the panel preceding this reveal, the team's mage, who can see spirits of both living and dead and has an AmbiguousDisorder, is standing next to the crate, staring at it and growling a little, while another member of the the team is starting to open it. The only other in-story warning of the crate person showing up eventually was the aforementioned mage seeing him in a dream.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'': "Hey, everyone! I found the source of the ticking; it's a pipe bomb!" [[TooDumbToLive "Yay!"]] '''[[EarthShatteringKaboom BOOM]]'''
* Having started recording before determining who gets what starter in ''LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV'' Group Nuzlocke of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed/LeafGreen]]'', Steeler comments that the Random Number God will probably determine that Holms ends up with Squirtle when he's the only one not interested in running him. Sure enough...
* A particularly hilarious example occurs in the 4-player ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' race between LetsPlay/ProtonJon, LetsPlay/SuperJeenius, LetsPlay/PCULL44444, and LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun, when Patrick is having trouble with a shark in Terra Tubes:
-->'''Patrick:''' I was doing, I was doing alright and then the shark started killing me and then I dodged him and he's chasing me and it's making me sad, but I'm going through this thing quickly now... and he's gonna make me die on these spikes down here-- SHIT! *Achievement Unlocked! Called It: Narrated your own death*
* ''Creator/AchievementHunter'' released the video ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edvpnfvmEYU Cleaning Gavin's Desk]]''. Long story short, Jeremy did a [[EpicFail silly thing]] to Gavin's desk despite both of them being repeatedly told it wasn't a good idea. Michael's reaction after says it all.
--> '''Michael:''' Remember when I said [[spoiler:it was gonna break?]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A common running joke in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' was Coop forgetting he had a button, labeled as exactly what he needed at the moment. Another was Kiva warning him that what he or the bad guy was doing would cause something really destructive... and then Coop would trigger that event anyway not five minutes later.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ed Edd N Eddy|sBigPictureShow}}'' [[TheMovie movie]], we finally meet Eddy's elusive older brother. When we do, [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse he asks if anyone knows Eddy's there with him.]] ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown One minute later...]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra calls Tenzin, telling him to evacuate from the air temple to avoid an imminent attack. Tenzin responds, "Oh no... they're already here," shortly before the camera pans to an attack airship.
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Nose Mouth", when Cyborg, Beast Boy and Robin, who have been afflicted by Raven's magic for [[SerialEscalation increasingly petty reasons]], deduce that Starfire is the next target. Cue massive scream.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', with its reliance on the FreezeFrameBonus, ''loves'' this trope, often setting up {{Brick Joke}}s and {{Chekhovs Gun}}s in this manner.
** In "Not What He Seems", among TheMenInBlack's evidence against Stan is a report card, showing all A's except for a D in gym, which is deemed unlikely. [[spoiler:A hint that Stan is in fact impersonating his genius twin brother.]]
** In "Dipper and Mabel vs the Future", when Blendin' approaches Mabel, he's using his camouflage device properly, when in the past, he was klutzy with it. [[spoiler:A few moments later, it's revealed that Blendin' is possessed by Bill. Of course, audience members probably caught on earlier when Blendin' asked Mabel for the rift she was carrying]].
** Finally, in the GrandFinale, [[spoiler:Ford apparently agrees to let Bill into his mind. However, he and Stan have apparently swapped facial features, and "Stan" has six-fingered hands, a sign that this is another TwinSwitch.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In "The Test", Steven begs the Crystal Gems to make a challenge for him to go through. While he passes through Garnet's room, a wall of flame she set up starts and then retracts before he crosses it, giving viewers a few seconds to pick up that the tests were rigged to let him succeed before it becomes obvious to Steven.
** In "Keystone Motel", right before Sapphire and Ruby's argument about the events of the previous episode (''Cry For Help'') gets to the point where they de-fuse, Garnet gets twitchy and her hands start moving independently.
** In "Message Received", Steven locks Peridot in the cab of the barn's pickup truck because she was planning to contact [[BigBad Yellow Diamond]], who's the BigBad attempting to destroy Earth. While Steven and the Gems are discussing what to do with her, you can hear her mashing the truck's horn in the background trying to get out... until near the end of the conversation when she suddenly stops, tipping off the viewers (though not the protagonists) that she's found a way to escape. She escapes the barn in her giant robot ([[ChekhovsGun which she built a few episodes earlier]]) a few seconds later.
** In "Steven's Dream", Steven has a dream of giant palanquin, belonging to one of the Diamonds, so he and Greg go to Korea to find it. [[spoiler:When they do, they find Blue Diamond's palanquin, except it's in perfect condition, while the one Steven dreamed of was in disrepair. Just behind some bushes was Pink Diamond's palanquin... and Blue Diamond.]]
** In "Jungle Moon", the [[MusicalSpoiler music changes]] to make use of a certain variation of the Diamond Authority theme when [[spoiler:Stevonnie starts arguing with Yellow Diamond, hinting that they are actually dreaming as Pink Diamond.]]