->''"If he's not with you, and he's not with us... who's he with?"''
-->'''Will Turner''', ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End''

The audience is informed of some fact X, which is both shocking and important. There's a bomb in the briefcase, or Fran 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 Fran shoots Alice, or whatever.

The purpose of this trope is to allow something shocking to happen without confusing the audience. If Alice flips a lightswitch and suddenly her whole house explodes, the audience might be left wondering what happened. If the writers want to avoid that feeling, they employ this trope. Thus, Bob figures it out beforehand and says something like "Carol put a bomb in Alice's house!", or perhaps we're shown a Main/{{Flashback}} of Carol 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.

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." Can be related to [[CueTheRain sudden awful weather]], and often involves [[RockBottom things getting worse]].

'''Spoilers ahead.'''
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & 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.

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[[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, 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.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* [[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.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''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.
* ''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.
** ''The Godfather Part II'': 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.
* ''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.
* ''{{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.
* ''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.
* ''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 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.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'' provides the page quote. A random {{Mook}} in a steam house had been identified as not belonging in the steam house, 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.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': A tiny unicorn figurine appears just before the 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!"
* ''HomeAlone 2'': "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....)
* ''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]
* ''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.
* In the first ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' [[spoiler: Mrs. Voorhees]] is introduced a handful of seconds before being revealed to be the killer.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In one of the ''{{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.
* 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 {{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).


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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* 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]]JohnDeLancie version.[[/note]]
* ''VeronicaMars'' tended to reveal its season-long villains in this manner.
* In one ''BurnNotice'' episode, Michael is told 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 away from the explosion.
* The reimagined ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' made frequent use of this trope. While promising a long, epic story arc that had been planned in advance, the creators later admitted that [[ChrisCarterEffect they were making things up as they went along]]. After the series ran out of original series shows to reprise, they began resorting to this trope to retroactively establish foreshadowing so that a twist would ''feel'' like a major reveal rather than an AssPull.
* In ''TorchwoodMiracleDay'' the FBI discover who TheMole is (GenreSavvy viewers might know this beforehand) a few seconds before a bomb goes off in the office.
* In the {{Leverage}} premiere, Nate, Hardison, Eliot, and Parker realize that their employer tricked them into meeting in an abandoned warehouse without paying them... roughly twelve seconds before the building explodes.
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when Cordelia gets a vision of impending danger mere seconds before a group of demons show up. She groans: "that was helpful!" before the fight commences.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The flashback approach is taken with TheReveal in the first ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Right before Darth Malak drops the Revan bomb, the game replays every single bit of foreshadowing that had happened earlier in the game.
* 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 ''DawnOfWar 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.
* In the 2010 ReBoot of ''MedalOfHonor'', 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]]*'''
* Similar to the ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' example above, ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' uses this for TheReveal: 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.
* 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.


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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''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*

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[[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|s Big Picture Show}}'' [[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...]]''
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