->"''I don't like him. I don't have any evidence, but like you humans say, I feel it in my gut.''"
-->-- '''Garrus Vakarian''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''

One thing you can count on in virtually any genre of fiction is that the heroes will have an uncanny sense of intuition, often bordering on [[SpiderSense being psychic]]. If a main character says something and justifies it as being a hunch, gut feeling, or an "I just know", then about 90% of the time he will turn out to be right. There are certain exceptions such as if a character says about another "I got a sudden feeling we might not see each other again", then the chances are only about 50-50 of the main character being right, and if he is wrong it is still guaranteed to be a while (unless this trope is purposely subverted). Gut feeling can be broken down into three categories:

'''Judge of character.'''

The main character is an infallible judge of character: his gut feeling about a person, not necessarily based on more than a couple minutes of interaction, is by far the most accurate measurement available of how good or evil that person is. For example: If a person has an "honest face," we can probably trust them. Perhaps writers think this is a subtler way to [[DesignatedVillain quickly point out who the bad guys are]].

Often the main character isn't aware of this, it's just that the villain conveniently turns out to be someone they were uneasy about all along. Sometimes, though, characters are willing to risk a lot on that gut feeling; when this happens they're usually right. This is also common trait of the MarySue; they're perfect, so anyone who they don't like has to be the [[DesignatedVillain bad guy]].

Compare EvilDetectingDog. Contrast the HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.

'''Reading the villain's mind.'''

Another well-established piece of heroic gut feeling is that the hero can read the villain's mind. Or close enough. If the hero has a gut feeling about where the villain is hiding, (or the bank robber's getaway method, or where the terrorists have hidden the bomb, or where the arms dealers are meeting, or where the killer hid the body, etc), you can safely disregard any and all evidence to the contrary because the hero will inevitably be proved right.

For example, it won't matter if the police have a gang's written plans, recorded phone calls, and the like saying they're going to rob Bank A, if the lead character/detective has a gut feeling they'll rob Bank B it will all turn out to be an elaborate fake-out, or the gang knew they were BeingWatched and recorded and were speaking in code. Particularly common in summer action movies and film noir. (In fact, regardless of a detective's condition, including being constantly drunk, paranoid, insane, and otherwise idiotic, his gut feeling will be his redeeming factor. Usually the only exception is if the crooks are the main characters, in which case the detective's Gut Feeling will be known about and used to their advantage).

Compare: IJustKnew

''' He's okay, I can feel it.'''

If major characters are separated and/or there's a question about one of them surviving or succeeding in their task, but one character says calmly, "I know he's okay, I can feel it," then you can all but guarantee that this character will in fact be okay, despite the character not having anything to base this on. Common in cheesy movies of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and still found from time-to-time in Adventure and Action movies, as well as manga and anime, where such is often attributed to ThePowerOfFriendship or ThePowerOfLove.

'''Gut Feeling Related Tropes'''
* BeingWatched
* TheEmpath
* GlamourFailure
* PsychicPowers
* SpiderSense
* TheProfiler


'''(Judge of Character)'''

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is often used in manga and anime on {{Worthy Opponent}}s, particularly those whose opposition is caused by a misunderstanding, and those who will be making a HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Anime/DragonballZ'', while having numerous straight examples of this trope, has subverted it at least once. Before a tournament arc, all the heroes are uneasy about a short blue guy. That short blue guy was (one of the) the Supreme Kais and just about the only good guy there besides the main characters. They'd completely missed the real enemies there. In this example, the characters were basing their assumptions based on how strong the others were. The Supreme Kai was far stronger than the villains, who turned out to be disposable mooks anyway.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'', episode 2: Haruka tells Yukino that she ''doesn't'' trust Mai, and tries to convince her skeptic friend that Mai's arrival by ferry is somehow connected to the weirdness in their school. [[spoiler:It turns out Haruka's suspicion is well-founded, as Mai's [=HiME=] abilities kick in later that night while [[AndYourLittleDogToo defending Takumi from an Orphan]].]]
* L and Near in ''Manga/DeathNote'' both have this, and Light as well, to a lesser extent. L is immediately able to narrow down all suspects to one (the right one) within his first chat with the suspect. Near literally looks at a television screen and figures out that the man on the screen is his main suspect, even though he says nothing incriminating. (The manga explained the latter conclusion much better.)
* Runge from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is purportedly able to reconstruct a crime scene based on the emotions and other similarly nebulous traces of human presence he senses in it.
* Tsuna from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has the "vongola hyper-intuition" which gives him various insights over the course of the show about everybody's character; including both knowing which current villians are really good and will defect, and being able to tell [[spoiler:when his guardians are either not themselves or have been replaced by the first-generation guardians he is so good at this that even when HIS first generation guardian attempts to block his intuition it doesn't work.]]

* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', with Luke and Vader, since they can both sense things through the Force.
* Joe Cabot in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' correctly picks out TheMole in the gang of crooks he recruited, based on his gut. When Mr. White objects Joe just says, "You don't need proof when you've got instinct!"
* In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', Gandalf not only knows that Frodo is fine, he expects Aragorn to know it as well: "What does your heart tell you?"
* Jason Bourne in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' has this is spades. In the first film he moves almost completely by gut feeling. Justified in that he is an amnesiac and is mostly unaware of what he knows and must rely on his gut. In the second film his gut feeling helps him identify an assassin just by the car he's driving and his overall look. In the third film he guides a man through a crowded train station crawling with CIA agents who want to capture/kill him, avoiding the cameras and knowing just when to move and when to stay put.
* In ''Film/DraftDay'', the Browns general manager Sonny Weaver has a lot of doubts whether he should draft Bo Callahan or not. Callahan is a very talented quarterback, but he has some personality issues. His co-worker and girlfriend Ali tells him not to listen to other people, but to do on what he thinks is the best. Sonny Weaver also tells the GM from the Jaguars literally that [[spoiler: he didn't draft Callahan because of a gut feeling.]]
* In ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'', Daavar predicts that Vijay will go far in life based on his infuriated reaction to having the money he was paid for [[ShoeShineMister shining shoes]] thrown on the ground and demanding that it be put in his hand instead. He's proven right 20 or so years later, when he unknowingly recruits Vijay and he turns out to be a great asset.

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Frodo chooses to trust Aragorn at their first meeting based largely on a gut feeling. That and his logic that if Aragorn was an agent of the Enemy, he would make more effort ''not'' to look so dark and threatening. "An enemy would look fairer and feel fouler".
** Also in ''The Lord of the Rings'': Gandalf is such an incredible judge of character that he actually knows that the ending [[spoiler:will be Gollum's doing]], "for good or ill." (And he has to know, deep down that it's [[spoiler:for good,]] or he would advise Frodo differently.
** And in the backstory, Galadriel is the only Elf in Eregion who thinks there's something fishy about this Annatar fellow. [[spoiler: he's actually Sauron.]]
* ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belagarath the Sorcerer]]'', prequel to the Belgariad: everyone who interacts with Zedar feels vaguely uneasy, making his FaceHeelTurn little surprise to the reader (If there was any surprise left, since it's a prequel).
* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotter'': [[spoiler:Harry distrusts Snape from the moment he meets him]], and his opinion never changes. At the end of ''Half-Blood Prince'', he is apparently proved right, but then finds out in Deathly Hallows that his Gut Feeling was entirely wrong, even though [[spoiler:Snape hated Harry with a vengeance and had actively worked to ensure that Harry hated him just as much.]] Harry tends to be an intuitive and perceptive person, but he's also very emotional, and his feelings cloud his judgement - which leads to him mistaking his personal dislike of characters like Malfoy and Snape for evidence that they're up to something (which they may or may not be).
** Mocked by Snape in the film of ''Half Blood Prince'', when Harry accuses Malfoy of nearly killing another student.
-->'''[=McGonagall=]''': That is a very serious accusation, Potter. Do you have any evidence?
-->'''Harry''': I just know.
-->'''Snape''': (extremely sarcastic) You just... know? How wonderful it must be, to be the Chosen One, to have gifts that lesser people can only ''dream'' of possessing.
* ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'': Kahlan decided that the men who objected to her taking command of their forces, who had previously been fighting a hopeless battle against the Imperial Order, intended to side with them and ordered all but one of them killed. Surprise, the survivor admitted they did intend to go up to the enemy army and try to join up.
* Invoked in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' when Angua attributes knowing that an explosion had been caused by a dragon blowing itself up to women's intuition. In fact it's because she's a werewolf and talked to a dog who was at the scene, but decided "Because a little dog told me" was a worse explanation.
** In the previous scene, Vimes figures out a major plot-point on this, and is later proven correct. Mind you, this is par for the course for Vimes, who gets at least one of these every book, and is pretty much always correct.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', Lloyd's first reaction to hearing [[BigBad Randall Flagg]] wandering around in the prison looking for survivors is to hide under his bunk and hope that he'll go away. Since Lloyd is also dying of starvation in his cell, he quickly reveals himself and begs Flagg for help when Flagg pretends to get ready to leave.
* Herald Talia in the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series is TheEmpath, but the Queen's most trusted advisor makes her profoundly uneasy because she cannot sense anything from him. He turns out to be a traitor of the highest order, though tragically he isn't found out before he gets Talia's close friend (his own ''nephew'') killed.
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Naomi Misora meets up with an "unprivate detective" named Rue Ryuzaki. She feels like something is "off" about Rue, but she can't quite figure out ''what'' other than that he seems to be something of a CloudCuckoolander. Because of this, she doesn't ''like'' Rue, but [[TeethClenchedTeamwork agrees to work with him and humor him to solve the case]]. It turns out that [[spoiler: she was right to think poorly of Rue, because ''he'' is actually the SerialKiller they've been looking for, Beyond Birthday.]] This makes her grabbing of the IdiotBall [[spoiler: and resulting death]] in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' series proper all the more jarring.
* Inspector Alan Grant, Creator/JosephineTey's main detective character, is said to have an infallible gut instinct of the judge-of-character type. It's a major plot point in ''Literature/TheDaughterOfTime'', probably the most famous of the Grant novels, where the whole thing kicks off when he sees a portrait of somebody famous without at first knowing who it is, and gets an instinctive impression that's entirely at odds with the public knowledge of the person.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Ultimate Computer", Kirk has an uncomfortable feeling about the titular machine before it goes haywire, but he wonders if it's just because he's jealous. It isn't.
* [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data]], of all people, in the Next Generation episode "Data's Day"; though, being Data, he doesn't recognise his uneasiness as a gut feeling and wishes he could have gut feelings to back up the information he has on the Enterprise's passenger.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harmon Rabb has an uncanny ability to judge whether a defendant is innocent or not before any evidence admissible in court is provided.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Special Agent Gibbs' gut instincts are legendary. Give him two minutes with a perp in the interrogation room and he'll either beat a confession out of him or walk calmly out of the room and say "it wasn't him." It's been played to the point where the possibility of his gut feeling being wrong caused a serious mental conflict with himself and an even more serious conflict for Abbey, his groupie down in forensics.
** Be fair. He doesn't ''beat'' it out of them. He doesn't have to. [[DeathGlare He's Gibbs.]]
* Jack O'Neill in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Every. Single. Episode. His instincts are infallible. However NOBODY on the show, including Jack himself, ever seems to have recognized it!
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Pete and Myka were chosen for the team based on their inverse personalities. Myka bases her work on cold, calculating facts and logic. Pete, however, goes by feelings and intuition. This is shown in his distrust of [[spoiler: HG Wells]]
* Brennan from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' comments on FBI partner Booth's frequent use of his gut, as opposed to her "facts and logic" method. Booth's skill as an agent come from his judge of character and even some uses of number 3.
* Horatio Caine in ''Series/CSIMiami''. In fact, one wonders why the Miami-Dade police department even needs crime scene investigators, given the guilty party always turns out to be the person H doesn't like.
* Zoe also uses this in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds," when she points out (rather angrily) to Wash that Saffron is "trouble".
** Of course, her gut feeling was rather ''wrong'' in "Out of Gas," when she tells Mal that something about Wash bothered her. Later she marries him. Oh, and somewhere in between those he shaves his mustache, presumably.
*** No, she was absolutely right. The ''mustache'' was wrong.
* Several people use this as a basis for their treatment of Baltar in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', most notably Laura Roslin but also Adama and Tigh. All three judge him to be shifty, eccentric and irritating at best and their gut feelings are that he cannot be trusted. All of which is perfectly true. Roslin actually describes using her gut feeling when Baltar is accused of aiding the Cylon attack, [[spoiler: which he did do, just not as intentionally or personally as he was being framed as doing]], although her feeling is only partially correct in that she believes him to be the kind of man who would[[spoiler: intentionally sell out his people before it was a life or death decision for him, when in fact he was just a dupe]].
** A major problem that their gut feelings frequently result in is they underestimate Baltar, as while he is cowardly, shifty and untrustworthy as they believe, they begin to forget he ''is'' also a genius when it comes to securing an advantage for himself, always reinventing himself and gaining new popularity at their expense, a measure of power coming along with that, such that even outright hating him, they have no choice but to work with him.
* The only two occasions that [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] took a seemingly-irrational dislike to someone, that person later turned out to be evil and nonhuman - Ted was a robot serial killer, while Kathy was a demon trying to steal Buffy's soul.
** She also veers into "villain mind-reading" and "he's okay, I just know it", as there's constantly things she simply couldn't know - but does. This may or may not be related to her Slayer abilities, as Faith all but literally reads minds.
** Buffy trusts Spike so much she has the vampire's RestrainingBolt removed. Earlier Giles is talking about how his instinct warned him of a Bringer sneaking up behind him with an axe.
-->'''Giles:''' Why on Earth did you make that decision? ''(regarding Spike)''\\
'''Buffy:''' Guess it was instinct, like you were talking about.\\
'''Giles:''' I made that up! I knew the Bringer was there because his shoes squeaked!
* Used to show {{double standard}}s in one murder mystery (unfortunately I've forgotten which one) where a female detective's opinion was derided as "women's intuition" by her male superior, who a few sentences later was talking about how his "copper's instinct" was telling him who the real killer was.
* Garibaldi from ''Series/BabylonFive'' has frequently commented on his reliance on gut feelings, and has displayed the judge of character variation on several occasions.
* Betty, from ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' had a lightbulb that went off in her stomach whenever she looked at someone. This lightbulb would immediately tell her what kind of person they were, although the types they were sorted into were or seemed frivolous, such as: Mouth-breather people or talks-on-airplane people.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'', Scryers (male and female alike) can, on top of a buttload of other advantages, automatically tell if another character is a Hero, Villain, or Scoundrel just by looking at them. That's just one of the reasons why most ''7th Sea'' {{Game Master}}s don't usually allow the Sophia's Daughters in their games...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Issei]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. He's right about Saber, the main heroine, being a good person, even though he only just met her. He's right about Rin not being what she appears and he's right about Shinji not being a good person. On the other hand, he's wrong about Rin being ''evil'' (she's not), the man he considers to be a brother is an [[SadistTeacher amoral teacher]], and he thinks Caster is a good person. [[spoiler:She kills him in one Bad End.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', a prequel set in the 60s, the player's character stops the FemmeFatale from shooting an adversary for no particular reason (WordOfGod suggests a naive crush - ). Later it turns out that adversary is both TheMole in the organization of the BigBad and a very significant character in the timeline of the entire series.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', Wrex once did a job for [[BigBad Saren]] along with a bunch of other mercenaries. However, the first time he actually saw Saren, he got a feeling that there was something ''very'' wrong with the whole situation, and fled before receiving any payment[[note]]It was a pretty hefty sum, too[[/note]]. Turns out his hunch was right; all of the other mercs turned up dead within a week after the job was finished.
* [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has good instincts and his "hunches" tend to be spot on. In the first game, he suspected that [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ingram Prisken]]]] was a traitor; turns out he was right. Not only that, he correctly guessed the traitor [[HiddenAgendaVillain had an agenda seperate]] from the [[HumanAliens Aerogaters]]. For the sequel, he suspected [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lamia Loveless]] was TheMole within minutes of meeting her, and correctly guessed she was working for a third-party.

'''(Reading the villain's mind.)'''

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Happens in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' with [[spoiler: Rorschach's mask-killer theory]].

* In the cop movie ''Film/{{Heat}}'', Vincent Hanna and Neill [=McCauley=] have a bit of this towards each other. [=McCauley=], the crook, stops in the middle of a heist because he can sense that Hanna is watching him. Later, Hanna's investigation team is following [=McCauley=]'s crooks as they seem to be casing a job. Everyone on the team is puzzled, as there seems to be nothing there worth stealing, until after a few seconds Hanna reads [=McCauley=]'s mind and figures out that what [=McCauley=] and company have actually done is lure the police into exposing their surveillance team.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''. Although it could be considered playing to the trope as the crooks are the main characters, the main detective's obsession with one of those crooks leads him to completely miss the true DiabolicalMastermind (who is responsible for killing off the rest of his FiveManBand of crooks), until it's too late.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', when Pitch is about to make his move against the Guardians, [[BadassSanta Nicholas St. North]] warns his fellow Guardians, "He's up to something. I can feel it, in my belly!"

* ''Literature/HarryPotter''. thanks to Harry's mental connection to Voldy, he literally ''can'' read the villain's mind. So this is played straight all through ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''. He can roughly chart what Voldemort is doing by his gut feelings. However, in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', [[spoiler:his firm belief that the Death Eaters captured Sirius turns out to have been planted by Voldemort himself, resulting in Sirius getting KilledOffForReal]]. [[HesJustHiding Unless you ask the fangirls]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Jack Bauer.
* ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'': Jack Frost.
* As a former spy, Michael Weston from ''Series/BurnNotice'' has a very well developed sense of intuition that he uses constantly and frequently needs to depend on in life and death situations. In an early episode, he senses that a target is attempting to BluffTheImpostor, (with Michael being the impostor) and instinctively responds in just the perfect way. He later admits to [[TheLancer Sam]] that it was pure luck that he was right about the bluff and gave an answer that didn't blow his cover. However, [[XanatosSpeedChess improvisation]] is also a great skill of Michael's. Notably, later in the show's run he faces a nearly identical BluffTheImpostor situation and gets the answer wrong, and then immediately makes up a story that satisfies the person who was questioning him.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Ray often acts on his hunches, which he has based on his having grown up in Chicago and spent years working as a cop. Fraser gets a hunch of his own about midway through the miniseries. [[spoiler: His hunch was wrong, and he and Ray almost get killed for it.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Machinima/WaterHuman'' correctly guesses the identity, and the goals, of the Spy who tried to impersonate the Large Beetle. Not because the spy looked nothing like the Beetle, but because Water-Human just made a lucky random guess.
** Later on, the Large Beetle, upon realizing that Water-Human is in a city, somehow correctly deduces the entire plot so far, even though he had no idea what was going on since episode one.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Raven's psychic flash when Terra returns leads to instant (accurate) distrust, but the reclusive loner disliking someone doesn't raise any alarms.
** Interestingly, in the [[Comicbook/TeenTitans original comics]] Raven never trusted Terra, but felt she should wait for evidence before doing anything about it. Considering that she was an actual empath, and Terra was a vicious psychotic, you'd have thought just standing next to her would have been enough.

'''(He's okay, I can feel it.)'''

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Particularly in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', but continuing into Digimon Adventure 02, Hikari has this ability for both 1 and 3 (definitely 1, and I think I remember an instance of 3). This is Justified with her crest of light, which supposedly gives her extra good v. evil-related abilities that are vaguely alluded to throughout 02 without ever actually explained. Convenient, right?

* The following conversation from the third ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' movie: "How do we know Frodo is still alive?" "What does your heart tell you?"
* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': Leia is completely calm at seeing the explosion of the Death Star, despite knowing that Luke was on it. When Han tries to reassure her that Luke made it off the Death Star, she nonchalantly says "I know he did, I can feel it". (May be a case of MySignificanceSenseIsTingling, despite the fact that Leia doesn't have any Force training.) And of course, whenever someone has a bad feeling about this, they're right.
** The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] has more than once called it "[[TwinTelepathy that semimystical twin thing]]".
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' movie ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. When Zoe, the second-in-command is asked if she thinks their captain succeeded in carrying out the goal of their near suicide mission, Zoe confidently replies that she knows he did. The next scene begins with the captain, not only not having done so but getting knocked flat on his face by the NecessarilyEvil WorthyOpponent who is preventing him from doing so. However he eventually wins the fight and proves Zoe right.

* Subverted in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series, where one character's wife is believed to have died when a plane crashed into the ocean, but he has a gut feeling she's alive. He investigates the wreckage... and finds her body.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Halfway through the second season of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Sheppard insists that Ford is still alive despite being caught in a NoOneCouldSurviveThat situation, and not escaping with him. Apparently subverted in that Ford is never heard from again, and Sheppard has reason to engage in wishful thinking, as he has obvious issues stemming from his poor (for TheHero) track record in saving comrades.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'' the entire first season, Rose calmly asserts to the other survivors that her husband Bernard was alive and that she can feel it despite Bernard being in the tail section that separated during the crash. Early in season two she is proven correct.

* Subverted at the end of Theatre/KingLear [[JustForFun/ZerothLawOfTropeExamples by William Shakespeare]], with [[spoiler: Lear's death scene with Cordelia]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Carth Onasi insists in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' that Revan is not dead: "I feel like I would know!" By this point, of course, Carth has demonstrated a degree of prescience on several occasions (his Wookieepedia entry questions whether or not he's Force Sensitive), so he's not pulling this particular gut feeling out of nowhere.
** Carth appears to have an extremely well-honed [=BS=] detector. Part of it is borderline paranoia after being betrayed so horribly, but even when he's over most of those issues, he will frequently point out that something is very wrong with the whole setup, the Jedi, and your PlayerCharacter. ''And he turns out dead right on all fronts.'' In the comic story, his instincts about Zayne Carrick also turn out to be right, despite the bounty on Zayne's head.
* In VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim, at the onset of the quest to find Thorald Gray-Mane, the quest giver, Thorald's mother, displays this heavily when told her son is dead. So does Thorald's brother when you talk to him.


* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan emphatically insisted that Haley "is NOT dead," even though he had no proof and three months' worth of attempts to magically contact her or see what had happened to her had all been unsuccessful. Despite nearly everyone else having given up hope, it turns out he was right.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'': Tanya still believes Fievel is alive and somewhere out there... and even sings a song to that effect.
* Subverted in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with Sherry Robins (or whatever the Mary Poppins-clone's name was). At the end, as she's flying off with her umbrella, Homer tells the kids that he has a feeling they'll be seeing her again real soon. Meanwhile, in the background behind him, we see Sherry get sucked into a jet engine and ripped to shreds.

'''(Other Examples)'''

* Averted in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Han Solo says, "I've just got a feeling I might not see her again," as the Millennium Falcon flies off to do battle with the Death Star. He does.
** This led to an annoying persistent UrbanLegend saying that the "original script" had Lando actually dying at the end, but was changed because "test audiences" (which ''Star Wars'' movies never are screened for) disapproved. Thankfully, it's since been [[http://web.archive.org/web/20040904153521/http://www.starwars.com/episode-iv/feature/20000530/ debunked]].
*** The Rebels ''were'' about to walk (or fly) into a trap, however.
** Twisted a little in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''; when Anakin leaves his mother behind on Tatooine, she tries to convince him that they will meet again. They do, a film later, but only when she's dying.
* Barton Keyes in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'' can always detect a phony insurance claim by gut feeling, personified as a "little man" who lives in his stomach and ties knots in it when something is wrong with a claim. Subverted in that he apparently fails to get any bad feelings about the guy who actually committed the murder, and almost pins it on an innocent man instead.

* The concept is discussed in one story of the ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'' as something P8 "Pattie" Blue has learnt to respect, due to influence from the other races she works with:
-->Though she knew she'd be checking out other facilities, Pattie had a good feeling about this one. One thing she'd learned from softs was to trust intuition. More times than she cared to recall, one of her crewmates had said something along the lines of "I have a bad feeling about this," and the feeling had proved to be an accurate barometer of the situation. As she walked down the corridor, she fingered the pouch containing the datachip. Yes, I definitely have a good feeling about this.
* In ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'', another alien character, very LiteralMinded, tests the phenomenon by putting nanites in the food to monitor his crewmates' intestines.
* In ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations'', Agent Dulmur has one of these regarding a connection between a temporal anomaly from the previous year and the vortex phenomenon he's currently investigating. His senior partner Lucsly advises against "gut feelings", saying that everything their Department deals with is counter-intuitive anyway. Nonetheless, Lucsly doesn't entirely dismiss Dulmur's insight, but insists on waiting until he has supporting evidence.
* Finally, the concept is discussed in ''Literature/StarTrekCastNoShadow'', in which Elias Vaughn is frustrated when his superior dismisses gut feelings.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', Vin has remarkably good instincts. Elend notes that she will come up with seemingly random conclusions, based on nothing more than gut feeling... that will be absolutely right.
* It is discussed in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' that [[spoiler: Princeps Septimus]] would sometimes know things that he couldn't have, such as casually mentioning something that wouldn't happen for months and the even happening exactly as he said. Interestingly, it's also stated he apparently didn't realize it most of the time and his friends resorted to writing them down and showing it to him when it came true. [[spoiler: Tavi inherited a little bit of it, and Alera admits she may be unconsciously passing them information]].
* Happens a lot in ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles''.
* In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' Fred Colon warns Sam Vimes that he can "feel in his water" that there's something going on with the dwarfs. Vimes muses on how well "Fred Colon's Water" will hold up in court, but concludes that an old street-monster like Fred Colon (who, at that point, has walked a beat for ''well'' over three decades) has more than enough experience to make that call even with the very limited information he has, and if Colon believes there's reason to worry, there probably is.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A big part of ''Series/TheColbertReport'''s satire is making fun of politicians who make arguments that ''feel'' correct rather than basing them on fact. Colbert often states proudly that he "thinks with his gut" rather than let educated analysis get in the way.
* In ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' Banzo states that he knows the murderer in one episode is the one with the perfect alibi due to his gut instinct. Fujii responds that it's the stupidest thing he's ever said because there's no justification for it and because he's always wrong.

* From ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/agutfeeling/ "I find that when a body part starts making decisions, one must proceed with caution."]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Dave has "a really bad feeling about all this" before flying off to confront Aranea on LOFAF, and even tells the Mayor goodbye in case "I never see you again". Shortly later, he and most of his friends are killed in [S] Game Over. This might have been his Time powers sensing they were all in a doomed timeline, though.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': Scrooge has Launchpad fly him to Cat Island to investigate why his fishing fleet hasn't made contact for weeks, saying, "I have a funny feeling something weird has happened here." When they arrive and find the fishing boats abandoned but no fisherman, Launchpad echoes, "I have a funny feeling your funny feeling was right, Mr. Mc D."
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Your gut says he's evil, my gut says he's good/ Why not put our guts together and end this funky feud!]]''