->''"If he's not with you, and he's not with us... who's he with?"''
-->-- '''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.

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]].

'''Spoilers ahead.'''


[[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.


[[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.


[[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.
* ''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.]]


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* ''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!"
* 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.
* ''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/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.
* ''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.
* In the first ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' [[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.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* 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.
* 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).
* ''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.]]


[[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]]
%%* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' tended to reveal its season-long villains in this manner.
* In one ''Series/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.
* 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 he can plug in her vacuum cleaner. Frost makes it halfway down the hall before he realises that the cleaning lady had inadvertedly 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]].


[[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.
* In the 2010 ReBoot of ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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.
* 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.


[[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*


[[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...]]''
* 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. To name a few, in "Not What He Seems", among the MenInBlack'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 was 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.]]