When some critical event is due to happen, it usually happens all of a sudden and this moment is accompanied by camera focusing and music effects. But think of a scene where we can see the event going on for some time. No OminousLatinChanting, no triumphant music, just some sort of silent background process, which an attentive viewer can notice some seconds earlier than his attention will be drawn to it forcefully by some means.

The similar FunnyBackgroundEvent and AnnoyingBackgroundEvent are used less for plot development and more for comedy.

See also DramaticIrony and ChekhovsGag. It can also overlap with the "[[HeWasRightThereAllAlong There All Along]]" version of NothingIsScarier.



* Used to disturbing effect in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8syQeFtBKc Evan]]," a PSA uploaded by Sandy Hook Promise. We see various scenes of the title character interacting with a mystery girl through messages written on a library desk, and others where he's wondering who she could be. They finally meet, begin talking...and suddenly, another kid enters the school auditorium and loudly cocks a gun, leading to mass panic. The PSA then goes back and shows that the shooter was in every previous scene, with various warning signs that this could happen, leaving the message that such individuals are often overlooked until it's too late.

* In ''Anime/{{Paprika}}'', it's entirely possible to miss [[spoiler:Osanai's bloody hand moving across the glass]] in the background of a mostly still shot of Dr. Chiba and Shima.
* Before the sudden and gruesome death of [[spoiler:[[GeneralRipper General Regius]]]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', we actually see the killer moving closer to the victim in the background with each shot of the room they're in. But since [[spoiler:she was [[MasterOfDisguise disguised]] as a LivingProp]], it's quite easy for the audience's mind to ignore it the first time around.
* In the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' anime, during the episode "Live Alive", we can see Haruhi and Yuki with their musical instruments walking through the background, foreshadowing their unexpected involvement in the [[FakeBand ENOZ]] concert. Earlier on, the two uninjured ENOZ members can briefly be seen running past in the foreground while the main characters are talking. And, even earlier on, all four members of ENOZ can be seen arguing with the student council representative in the background, as shown up close in the flashback later in the episode.
* In ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', while Al, Heinkel, Marcoh and Yoki's car breaks down in Central, you can see [[spoiler:Fuhrer Bradley]] walking in the background.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a rather [[BrokenBase divisive]] example. The [[BackFromTheDead death and return]] of [[spoiler:Nunnally vi Britannia]] was seen as an AssPull by some segments of the fandom. Others, however, pointed out some of these in the death episode, particularly [[spoiler:the presence of a second, identical transport plane in the hangar]]. Additionally, [[spoiler:Rollo is sent to retrieve Nunnally, while Sayoko rescues the captive Kallen, gets her to her mecha, and ''still'' manages to find Nunnally first. This doesn't make sense unless Rollo found the wrong plane and assumed Nunnally was in it without actually bothering to check.]]
** During [[spoiler: Zero's rescue of the Black Knights near the beginning of Season 2,]] Villetta can be seen sighing in relief at it going down successfully.
* In the background of episode 6 of ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', Nanako leaves a television show playing while the conversation with Yu and Dojima is going on. The words are fully intelligible, and it's very obviously reminiscent of [[spoiler:Naoto's show on the Midnight Channel,]] much later on.
-->'''Mr. Experiment:''' Thanks for tuning in, all you curious kiddos! With the body of an adult and the heart of a child, lovely whiskers and gentlemanly ways, I'm Mr. Experiment! [...] In this corner let's try to solve mysteries found in your everyday lives!
* In episode 17 of ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', while Yang Wen-li and his staff are having a discussion in the central command centre of the newly-captured Iserlohn Fortress, crews of technicians can be seen in the background dismantling the ornate Imperial decorations and replacing them with plain Alliance-themed fixtures.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' does this in Chapter 42/episode 31, with the revelation that [[spoiler: Reiner and Bertholdt are the Armored Titan and the Colossal Titan, respectively]]. Absolutely nothing in the scene or tone suggests this conversation happening off to the side is important, until what's being said sinks in. Instead, all the attention is focused on the other characters discussing their next move, with the layout suggesting this is the important part to follow.
** In chapter 72, while Armin is talking about how he wants to see the world outside the walls, several panels show that Levi is also listening in on the conversation. This doesn't seem like anything important until several chapters later when Levi remembers the conversation, and Armin's resolve to see the walls convinces him to [[spoiler: save Armin's life instead of Erwin's]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', during the Chuunin Exam arc, when Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura create a password for identifying themselves we see a piece of bamboo sticking from the ground near them, the next shot, the stick is gone. Which turned out to be the villain Orochimaru in disguise eavesdropping.
* In Episode 11 of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirls'', [[spoiler:"D"]] is visible in the background of at least one shot before they show up for real.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', multiple instances with the same character: Ken Murata gets ScaryShinyGlasses whenever he's plotting or hiding something, whether or not the camera is focused on him. It's often used to foreshadow that whatever is about to happen is actually all according to a plan, which the other characters may or may not be entirely aware of.
* In ''Side:Despair'' Episode 9 of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', you can see Izuru [[http://imgur.com/a/vaIOh continuing]] [[http://imgur.com/a/PLFZD to]] [[http://imgur.com/a/qw45E stare]] at Chiaki after Junko and later Chisa interrupt them. This is one of the hints at his piqued interest in her, which is vital to [[spoiler:his motivations for turning on Junko.]]
* As much as he's a walking FunnyBackgroundEvent, Chuchu from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is usually part of these during the series as well. It's a good idea to keep an eye on him for hints on how Anthy is really feeling.

* Art/SistineChapel:
** While Roselli's ''Last Supper'' shows the titular dinner in the foreground, the fresco also shows Christ's prayer, arrest, and crucifixion through the windows in the background, which are important to understand why the next of the Stories of Jesus depicts ''The Resurrection of Christ''.
** The foreground of Botticelli's ''The Temptation of Christ'' doesn't actually contain the temptations of Christ, which are relegated to three different spots in the background. Instead, the foreground contains a leper healed by Jesus talking to a Jewish priest, perhaps to represent the continuity between Mosaic Law and Jesus's teachings.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There's [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ06/DisplayOQ06.html?page=27 a scene]] in #6 of the original ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' series where Cutter is telling the Wolfriders he's made an important decision. This goes on over three panels, and in the background of these panels his lifemate Leetah and his best friend Skywise are apparently conspiring behind his back.
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'', the Wasp surprises people on two separate occasions. Both times, you can see her in the background of the panel before she pops up.
* In one issue of ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', Legion leader Cosmic Boy is having a talk with the President of the United Planets over a viewscreen. In the panel backgrounds, you might not even notice an electronic pad on the President's desk quietly floating up and away--the only visible sign that Legionnaire Invisible Kid is making off with some damning information while Cosmic Boy provides a distraction.
* The strange-looking redheaded man carrying the "End is Nigh" sign in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. [[spoiler:Later revealed to be Rorschach without his mask.]]
** In Watchmen no 5, ''"Fearful Symmetry"'', at page 6, panel 3, Rorschach mentions that if Moloch wants to send him a message, he could do it by ''"leaving him a note at the trash can in front of the Gunga diner, between the 40th and the 7th."'' At page 12 panel 9, and again at page 17, page 8, we see a character checking out that trash can. That means that the reader could have figured out Rorschach's identity before TheReveal at the end of the issue. The DramaticIrony is that Bernie give us this monologue:
-->''"You never know, never know what awaits you. Everything we see is the surface.'' '''There is a lot of garbage that we donít even notice.''' ''Until itís too late."''
* In the beginning of the "Half a Life" arc of ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', almost a full issue before the {{reveal}}, Brian Selker (PrivateDetective) is following Renee Montoya to a restaurant called "Maloney's", taking intrusive pictures for a lawsuit that is about to be leveled against her. Being a long-distance shot in a comic book, with hand-drawn lettering instead of typed, there is not a lot of detail to be made out about the restaurant, and the name almost seems to be drawn as an afterthought: Maloney's Bar & ''Girl''. It is not a typo, it is a ''[[GayBarReveal revelation]]'', and if you missed it you need to wait until the end of the issue to get the full story.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'' while the Decepticons are smashing up everything in New York, the reader might notice that in the background Thundercracker doesn't look particularly happy about what's going on. [[spoiler: Sure enough in the finale of the story Thundercracker betrays the Decepticons and ends up saving the day]].
* In the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' Monroe story in which he goes to China on an exchange program, while some sweatshop owners are pretending to be his host family, you can see his actual host family holding up a sign and calling out to him in the background.
* In the splash page in the first issue of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'', there's a sneaky changeling right next to Time Turner.
** Also, in both issues there appears to be a mysterious brown stallion observing the Mane Six, even appearing where he couldn't possibly have gotten to normally. [[spoiler:In the crowd of freed ponies in issue 1, when the Mane 6 leave the caves in issue 2, when Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy are about to fall in the oubliette in issue 3, and when Celestia and Spike join the Mane 6 after Chrysalis is defeated in issue 4.]]
* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', it pays to look to the sky. [[spoiler:There's some observer watching over most impactful moments, their face formed from the clouds.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Occurs in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures''. There are several holes scattered around the area Simba, Nala and Haiba are walking through in ''The Prince and the Frog''. This foreshadows the sinister Camp Kazi in ''Dig It''.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', during the "Charity" episode, there are several minor scenes involving Zoe walking around with a child from the village named Katie, whose parents were killed in a raid, and whom Zoe became attached to out of a sense of maternal protectiveness. [[spoiler: Katie's full name is Kathryn Wade, and she's an "Inducer" psychic who escaped from the Academy, and can apparently control emotions and perceptions in people around her - and is apparently behind everything that happened in that arc of the story.]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', the four and the Hunter find themselves on a ledge overlooking a 500-foot-wide canyon that they have to get across. Paul and John get into an inane argument about whether or not Paul should jump across and thus break the ledge, while behind them, the Hunter calmly sets up a series of magic stepping squares across the canyon.

* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the whale approaches Marlin and Dory slowly from behind before it swallows them whole.
** A similar instance happens earlier with the swarm of jellyfish. Marlin and Dory don't notice the jellies swimming towards them until they've been surrounded.
* A subtle version can be seen in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. While Oogie Boogie is taunting Sally and SantaClaus, if you look behind him, you can see Jack Skellington sneaking into the lair all spider-like.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', Fred accidentally drops all the band's instruments in the Sea of Monsters. It's not mentioned (beyond all four Beatles playing [[AirGuitar imaginary instruments]] for "Nowhere Man") until they arrive in Pepperland and have to find new ones.
* In the Disney film ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', the wicked Yzma attempts to poison Kuzco over dinner. The poison is supposed to kill him, and her assistant puts it in every glass at the table. In order to dispose of her drink, Yzma tosses the liquid into the plant beside the table. Just before the poison, which is actually extract of llama, kicks in, we can briefly see that the plant in the background has changed into the shape of a llama.
* When the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' breaks into Bean's cider cellar, [[YouDirtyRat Rat]] can be seen in the background for a full minute before he makes his presence known.

[[folder:Film--Live Action]]
* In ''Film/TheLearningTree'', Newt is lying on his stomach on the ground, idly regarding an anthill, when the dark clouds above suddenly form a funnel cloud far away. A tornado then whips through the area.
* In ''Film/{{Signs}}'' we first see the shadowy figure of an alien on the roof while Mel Gibson assures his daughter nothing's there; however you only notice it's there when it moves at the end of the scene.
* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', when Neo flies to rescue Morpheus and The Keymaker from an explosion, we can see Neo coming from some distance away, before he grabs the two and corresponding music plays.
* In the film ''Film/TheMist'', the man standing on the watch handles his evening meal; the camera shows him and the view out of window which he must guard. We can see a bug silently flying from afar seconds before it actually smashes in the glass and sets everyone (including the viewers) on alert, as we realize that, instead of a normal-sized bug a few inches away, it's a bug the size of a hubcap halfway across the parking lot.
* In ''Film/BlackSwan'', right before Nina starts having a breakdown, she's walking through the apartment. [[JumpScare Keep an eye on the pictures on the wall.]]
* In ''Film/{{Pulse}}'', the main characters ride in a car and are busy talking. The viewer follows their dialogue and is quite startled when another car smashes into the characters' one, although we could see the second car coming for a while.
* In ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' a car drives up close and blares its horn before proceeding to drive them off the road. Also used when a truck approaches from Trish's blind side as she's watching the road [[spoiler: and subverted, as it's the wrong truck]]. To say nothing of what the audience gets a glimpse of, when Darry stops to tie his shoe with the flashlight under his arm, so its beam [[spoiler: tilts up and reveals that the ceiling (!) is covered with corpses]].
* ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'': Early in the film, Dr Morbius introduces the characters the great machine's power gauge, explaining that each dial indicates exponentially more power being put out; there are more dials on the machine than can be seen in frame, suggesting the machine can output trillions of petawatts. Later in the film, after the monster attacks, the film cuts back to the lab where Morbius has been sleeping, and in the background ''every'' dial on the gauge is lit up. The gauge slowly trickles down to zero as Morbius gathers his senses and explains the nightmare he just had, which sounds eerily similar to the monster attack.
* In ''Film/TheForgotten'', when Telly and Ash are driving, you can see [[HumanoidAbomination A Friendly Man's]] car rapidly approaching them from the side.
* In Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: Return Of The King'' Shelob approaches Frodo silently, with no music. The entire scene is played for as much "LookBehindYou!" dramatic irony as possible.
** In ''Fellowship of the Ring'' you see the giant eagle behind Saruman right before Gandalf jumps from the tower of Orthanc.
* In ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'', after Ernest has pushed Madeline off the stairs and is on the phone, Madeline can be seen standing up in the background. As she approaches the foreground, the audiences slowly realizes that Madeline's head is on backwards.
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'',
** Agent J and Agent K are sitting, [[ContemplateOurNavels contemplating their navels]] and covered in alien goo, when in the background out of focus something stirs... and then lunges for J! Only to be obliterated by a chick with a really big gun.
** At the beginning of the movie, we see a ramshackle house with a starry sky above, and hear a husband and wife fighting. Unless you know what you're looking for, by the time you notice that one of the stars is moving and getting brighter, it's already been moving for some time.
* All of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', a film that does not stop to make sure you know what's going on. Particularly [[spoiler:the end, where something crashes into the water in the background. Many people missed this, including everyone living in the movie's world, apparently. With the possible exception of the FBI guys who are presumably now watching the tape.]]
* In the airport at the beginning of ''Film/RedEye'', Creator/CillianMurphy's creepy villain is first introduced this way, standing quietly in line behind Rachel [=MacAdams=] for a good amount of time.
* The Japanese horror film ''Film/ChakushinAri'' (remade as ''Film/OneMissedCall'') had an example of this. The main girl and her love interest are in the ghost child's former apartment, in broad daylight, searching for clues about the child's death...[[spoiler: and the girl suddenly reacts in horror to the sight of the ghost's hand and face crawling slowly out of the kitchen cupboard behind her head]]. They are visible in the scene for a good few seconds before attention is drawn to them.
* In Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/TheBirds'' there's a scene where Tippi Hedren's character is sitting outside a school, and behind her we see one or two crows flying down to perch, and then a few more, and a few more, until one of them ''finally'' catches her eye and she turns to see hundreds of them perching on the playground climbing frame...
* In the movie ''Film/DontLookNow'', the main character is convinced that his daughter (who drowns in the opening) is alive and wandering around the town he is staying in. During the movie's events, background noise coming from nearby radios and televisions warn civilians about a serial killer terrorizing the town. When the man finally corners the apparition of his daughter, [[spoiler:it turns out to have been the serial killer - an elderly midget - in disguise the whole time]].
* ''Film/JuOn'':
** The original film has a particularly unsettling scene in which the female lead is slowly exploring the haunted house. The camera turns with her to a foyer and stairs leading up. And if you aren't paying very careful attention, you probably won't notice anything unusual until the little boy's head peeking out from halfway up the stairs ''leans out of sight.''
** A classic scene from both the Japanese and American remake ''Film/TheGrudge'' is the lead in an elevator travelling up, with aforementioned little boy staring at her from the second floor. And the third floor. And the fourth floor. And the fifth floor...
* Like [[Film/{{Juon}} the movies it's ripping off]], ''Film/JuRei'' is fond of sometimes having ghosts appear silently in the background with no obvious attention drawn to them.
* Michael Myers just sort of appearing all over the place in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''. Ditto the remake. Myers is seen several times out of focus just standing around.
* A lot of the humor in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' comes from background events to which the heroes are initially oblivious. The most startling example comes from the scenes where Shaun and Ed enter and exit The Winchester. When they enter, there is a couple making out by a phone booth. When Shaun and Ed leave, the couple is still there. Shaun and Ed make a note of this and go on their way, not noticing how one is being devoured. Another oft-noted example contains an element of IronicEcho - in two scenes, Shaun walks to his local supermarket, buys something, and walks back home. The first time, everything's normal. The second time, the street is trashed, and there's a lot of blood and dead bodies - [[ZombieApocalypse some walking about]] - around the place. Shaun's equally oblivious both times.
* In ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'', one girl sees there's nothing there and says she must be going crazy, just as we see the shadow of an axe rising up behind her.
* A double example in ''Film/TheDescent''. Before the crash, you can see both the other car approaching and that their own car is drifting over the white line into the wrong lane.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', a meteorite falls to earth while Peter and Mary Jane are macking on a giant web hammock.
* The film ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' has [[TearJerker a really heartbreaking one]] where the [[spoiler: car that kills Laroche's family starts coming toward the screen seconds before impact, making you jump before it even happens.]]
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' has Otto spying in through the window on Archie and Wanda before entering the house. This doubles as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* In ''Film/DarknessFalls'', the evil Tooth Fairy pulls this trick when the good guys have made it to the top of the lighthouse. Everything seems okay to ''them'', but after a moment we can see the monster out the window, drifting closer...
* In the beginning of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', a man is pretending to be Allan Quatermain, while halfway through the conversation we can see Sean Connery, the real Quatermain, sitting in shadows just to his left. Eventually he turns around and tells the impostor to toddle off.
--> '''Nigel:''' ''(cheerfully)'' Toddling.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', [[spoiler: Two-Face]] (or at least his hand) can be seen grabbing Maroni's passenger as Maroni gets in the car, before [[spoiler: Two-Face gets in and kills his driver.]]
* In the Creator/DarioArgento film ''Film/DeepRed'', when the main characters enters the psychic's apartment after her murder, the murderer's face can briefly be seen in a mirror as he passes. He spends the rest of the movie trying to remember what he's seen, and doesn't put it together until the very end; nowadays, an alert viewer with a DVD and a pause button can figure it out immediately.
* During the infamous rape scene in ''Film/{{Irreversible}}'', a figure in silhouette is seen entering the far end of the tunnel while the attack is still in progress. Rather than come to any kind of aid, the figure simply watches for a few moments and then departs, allowing the attack to come to its brutal conclusion.
* Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox) of ''Film/TrickRTreat'' is one of the few horror movie characters to try to get out of his house when he knows that there's an intruder trying to kill him; in this case, CreepyChild Sam. Unfortunately for him, by the time he gets to the door, his hands are all cut up, and the door is covered in locks because he's a shut-in. So as he's trying to open all the latches with his cut-up hands while panicking... Sam comes [[CeilingCling crawling along the ceiling.]]
* In Oliver Stone's ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', Hephaistion's death scene: Alexander speaks with him, then goes to a window and makes a speech about his future conquests and their growing old together...meanwhile, in the background, very much out of focus, Hephaistion dies.
* In the Creator/StanWinston directed horror film ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}'' there's a moment when a character walks across the room and we just see the titular monster walking past the window behind her.
* Happens a lot in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. Mr Bobinsky is often doing stuff in the background before the titular character notices him, as well as Wybie and the cat in the beginning. At one point, while Coraline's fighting yellow flowers, a bunch of bigger, blue flowers creep in from behind her. (It's very noticeable, though, because of the sounds and the very next scene is from the flowers' "point of view" crawling to her.)
* The film ''Film/TheStrangers'' did this once. One of the killers just walked right into the house, a few feet behind the main character, with absolutely no fanfare. You might not actually notice him at first, and he leaves shortly after entering. When you ''do'' notice him, it can be quite [[NothingIsScarier unsettling]].
* In ''Film/BoilerRoom'', during the scene when Seth and Abby are talking in the car, you see the FBI agents pull up and start walking over (to arrest Seth) in the background quite a while before it actually happens.
* In ''Film/{{Insidious}}'', Renai walks right by [[spoiler: the demonic boy in her new house]] on her way to the kitchen less than a minute before he actually appears.
** What makes this even scarier is not only is his presence not accompanied with a scare chord or acknowledgement in anyway, but that he is hardly in the background at all, literally right to the side of her. But because most audience members will focus on Renai, and not her surroundings, it goes easily missed. How many times have they been walking past ghosts/demons and simply not noticing?
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', in a scene where Doc and Marty are outside talking, a man on a bicycle passes by in the background. In the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII sequel]], we learn that this is Doc from the future - though this is more of an unintentional EarlyBirdCameo by way of coincidence: the sequels weren't planned at the time of the first one, and the movies aren't in a StableTimeLoop besides.
*** ''Starlog'' magazine once ran an article based on something viewers noticed in one early scene. Just as Marty arrives at the mall, and before he is first sent to the past (and Doc Brown is supposedly shot dead), in the background, out of frame, something or someone can be seen passing in front of a light. The article postulated that this may be Marty from an alternate timeline arriving.
** When Marty is in the cafe in the '50s, George [=McFly=] is there all the time, mostly concealed by his newspaper, before he's finally revealed to be sitting next to Marty.
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marty is fretting about not knowing where Biff is while we can hear in the background [[spoiler:his future mother being assaulted by Biff as in ''Part I'']]. It gets louder until Marty hears it.
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', when Marty and Doc are at the train stop looking at the map of the train and the ravine, Clara is in the background, waiting to be picked up by Doc.
* In ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets'', when Melvin and Simon return from Maryland, an attentive viewer will notice that [[spoiler: Melvin does not go through his lock routine when he closes the door]]. Melvin doesn't realize this until a couple of scenes later and it counts as his EurekaMoment, realizing he's changed for good.
* In a 'blink and you'll miss it' moment at the end of ''Film/{{Thor}}'', during the final fight between the two brothers, the two are thrown from the sphere at the base of the Bifröst and one tumbles over the edge of the bridge. Look carefully and you'll see that, just beyond him, he's ''actually'' tumbling further and what's dangling over the edge is an illusion.
* During the quidditch match in the first ''Film/HarryPotter'' film, when Hermione looks at Snape and sees him muttering an incantation you can see Quirrell nearby doing the exact same thing.
* In the 1973 film of ''Film/JesusChristSuperstar'', during the song of Simon Zealotes, Roman soldiers can be seen gathering in larger numbers observing the commotion, and more meaningfully, Judas is in the background visibly disturbed by the events, forcibly walking off in the background during the next song, "Poor Jerusalem".
* In the first scene of ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'', two mob hitmen are discussing violent criminals and eye removal, all while someone in the shot's background is walking towards them. Eventually, it becomes more apparent that the figure is heading towards them. Cue the Jack of Diamonds shooting them both in the back of the head.
* In the first scene of ''Film/PulpFiction'', when Pumpkin and Honey Bunny are discussing the merits of robbing liquor stores or restaurants, Vincent can be briefly seen heading for the bathroom, and Jules can be overheard in the background (listen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Ys-jOyA5U here]] starting at 3:06).
* In ''Film/ReservoirDogs.'', [[spoiler: after Mr. Pink sneaks off with the diamonds, the viewer is left to expect that he managed to get away scott-free. If you listen closer though, you can hear him getting caught by the cops off screen.]]
* In ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', while Perry is talking about journalism and Superman, Clark is listening to Luthor's message and looking for a window to duck out of.
* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', in the scene where [[spoiler:the Borg use the Enterprise to fire on the Phoenix,]] Data can be seen in the background advancing toward the [[MacGuffin warp core coolant tanks]]. Moments later, [[spoiler:when the queen discovers that Data set the torpedos to miss the Phoenix, he breaks it.]]
* In ''Film/TheKarateKid'' we see the bullies gathering outside the dinner where Daniel and his mother are having a conversation, then leaving as they plan their next prank against Daniel.
* At the beginning of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', we see Batman silently gliding down in the background to take on two unsuspecting robbers.
* Since there is no sound in space and the musical score does not make a big deal out of the action sequences, all of the space debris attacks in ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' are experienced in a purely visual manner.
* In the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition "X-Men 1.5"]] extended cut of ''Film/XMen1'' (released to home video just prior to the theatrical debut of ''Film/X2XMenUnited''), when the energy pulse from Magento's device washes over Jean Grey, it affects her (and only her) noticeably. This hints at the PowerIncontinence she develops in the sequel.
* In ''Film/FieldOfDreams'', Ray Kinsella and Terrance Mann travel all the way to the town of Chisholm, Minnesota to find former ballplayer Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, only to discover that he had died more than a decade previously in 1972. Exasperated, Ray goes out for a walk in downtown Chisholm [[spoiler: and an elderly Dr. Graham walks right past him before Ray realizes he's stepped back in time to 1972.]]
* In ''Film/OceansEleven'', after the first scene of Rusty playing cards with the "teen beat cover boys" he goes out and gets a drink at the bar. As he sits there drinking, Danny Ocean can be seen walking in the crowd behind him to go sit down at the card tale and wait for him to get back.
* In ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', just before the famous "You're gonna need a bigger boat." line, while Brody is dropping bait food in the water, you can distinguish the shark just below the surface. However, since on first viewing it is more likely to be focused on Brody, it's probable the audience has jumped just as much as him when it emerges.
* In ''Film/GrudgeMatch'', when Stallone's character is driving and talking to his girlfriend, as he goes through an intersection we see a car on the cross street. [[spoiler:The car hits his from the side while he is in mid-sentence.]]
* In ''Film/ShowdownInSeattle", as two World Trade Organization trade representatives are strolling down a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} street, being trailed by an interviewer, as they offer a RoseTintedNarrative about the WTO proceedings, [[ItMakesSenseInContext a busload of police in full riot gear]] pass the corner behind them.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', as the human characters enter the [=InGen=] compound, a Velociraptor can be spotted stalking them in the far background.
** In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', while Gray and Zach wander into the ''Ankylosaurus'' grounds, they (and the audience) don't realize the ''I.Rex'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcGgnj4_UEw slowly approaching them from behind]]. Upon subsequent viewings, it becomes terrifying how close the ''I.Rex'' was able to blend into the environment and sneak up upon the boys and the ''Ankylosaurus'' herd without them realizing it before it was too late.
---> '''Gray''': We shouldn't be here you know, there's five dinosaurs!
---> '''Zach''': Aren't you supposed to be a genius or something? ''(counts off the Ankylosauruses)'' There's one, two, three, four.
---> ''(One of the grazing Ankylosauruses suddenly has an "OhCrap!" face while Gray points to the reflection on the Gyrosphere)''
---> '''Gray''': ''(appropriately frightened)'' [[NothingIsScarier Five.]]
* In ''Film/VanishingOnSeventhStreet'', Luke is wandering through the abandoned streets when a plane suddenly crashes behind him. It's shockingly loud after the silence, but one can see the plane nosediving for several seconds beforehand.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has a lot of these foreshadowing what happens to [[spoiler:Bucky Barnes in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier the sequel]]]], even not counting the overt plot buildup:
** [[spoiler:During the confrontation between Captain America and the Red Skull on the way out of the HYDRA base where he was being held prisoner, Bucky is staring in anger/horror not at the Skull but at [[MadScientist Zola]].]]
*** [[spoiler:His facial injuries from there on out are in the shape of the [[ElectricTorture electrical mind-erasing plates]] from ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]]''.]]
** [[spoiler:After he completely fails to catch Peggy's attention at a bar with the SuperSoldier-ified Steve:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Bucky:''' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment I'm invisible. I'm turning into you. It's like a horrible dream]].]]
** [[spoiler:A Meaningful Foreground Event that just seems like part of the OnPatrolMontage: the conspicuously long moment he spends with his crosshairs on Steve's head before moving them to shoot a {{Mook}}.]]
* In the film of ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss'', as Blake explains that the bottom two salesmen will lose their jobs at the end of the month, the chalkboard behind him tells the audience what the characters realize about that stipulation immediately: Roma has such an insurmountable lead on the leaderboard that the other three recognize they'll be fighting for just one spot. That's probably also why Blake went on with his "pep talk" despite Roma not being there.
* TheFilmOfTheBook of J.G. Ballard's Film/HighRise depicts the slow but sure decline of the title building, in the form of ever-increasing rubbish piles and the building's infrastructure falling apart bit-by-bit.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' has this is PlayedForLaughs in the opening credits which feature Baby Groot cheerfully dancing to "Mr. Blue Sky" while the other Guardians battle an inter-dimensional monster in the background. The battle finally moves front and center after the monster throws Drax into the speaker system, angering Baby Groot.
* In the 2016 film ''Dark Night'', based on the 2012 [[RippedFromTheHeadlines Aurora shootings]], the suspected perpetrator is trying on various face masks while an [[Radio/AlexJones InfoWars]] video podcast can be seen streaming in the mirror.
* At several points in ''Film/ItFollows'', if you look very closely in the background various individuals seem to be walking with great determination towards the main characters without them noticing. [[spoiler: They are implied to be the titular "It".]]
* ''Film/BlackPanther'': During the prologue with N'Jobu in 1992 Oakland, the television in the background is broadcasting the Rodney King riots, making his desire to use advanced Wakandan technology to help oppressed minorities [[VillainHasAPoint even more poignant.]]

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' bandits are the reason why Jerin meets Odelia, and they are always there as a danger to be dealt with by the women. [[spoiler: When Jerin is kidnapped, it turns out that the mastermind behind it was the same as with the other crimes, and it is all part of one big plan.]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/WhiteNight'', when Harry and Elaine are heading for Thomas' boat at the marina, there's mention of a boat with a particularly bad engine belching smoke. It gets passed off. [[spoiler: The boat in question is carrying Madrigal Raith, a White Court vampire with a grudge against Thomas and Harry, and his ghoul hit squad. The boat then attacks Thomas' ship a chapter later.]]
** In ''Turn Coat'' several characters are described as having ink on their fingers and the clerk is often described in the background insistently and obsessively collecting people's signatures for menial things. This seemed insignificant until the end when [[spoiler: the clerk was found out to be a traitor and the ink contained alchemical substances used for psychological attacks.]]
** In ''Cold Days'', Murphy, Harry and Thomas are in a standoff with seven Sidhe. Harry is injured and on the ground, so isn't participating in the parley. The situation changes, and he's the only one who notices. What happens next is equal parts NightmareFuel, CrowningMomentOfAwesome and CrowningMomentOfFunny.
--> '''Harry:''' Hey, [[spoiler: weren't there seven of you guys a minute ago?]]
* In the first book of Diane Duane's ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, ''So You Want To Be a Wizard,'' has Nita waking up rather disappointed after she's [[JumpedAtTheCall taken the Wizard's Oath]] and nothing is different. Except a careful reader will notice that now 'Sun' is capitalized, even if not at the front of a sentence...
* These show up occasionally in the [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]] series. Sometimes a person (or persons) slipping into the scene is slipped into a paragraph. A paragraph or two later, someone notices that he (or they) are carrying ''knives''. It's a Gray Man attack.
* In ''Literature/PurpleHibiscus'' the main character's father is head of a newspaper that repeatedly refuses to censor its stories so the government looks better. It's very much out of focus until the main editor is [[spoiler: violently killed by a parcel bomb]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', during Skitter's first bank robbery, Tattletale is described as wandering off to the bank manager's office, ostensibly to use the computer systems there to monitor the response of the authorities and the security cameras. She's even able to give the Undersiders some warning when the Wards are scrambled. We find out later that she [[spoiler:used the opportunity to skim from the robbery's tank and bank assets for her own personal funds. This is one of the instances used to build a financial power base to rival Coil's.]]
* Invoked in-universe in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. In his first appearance, the Ellimist freezes time (saving the Animorphs' lives) and then makes a deliberate point to appear to them with a drop-shaft behind him. The drop-shaft also has a woman going up in it, showing them a way to escape. Later he shows them a BadFuture, and when they get to downtown only one building is still standing, and it now has a glass dome. [[spoiler:Its the location of the Kandrona]]. Both of these double as a form of LoopholeAbuse. He is bound by restrictions and rules, which include not interfering. In these cases he's simply providing them with subtle clues, but they have to recognize them and deduce what he's trying to tell them.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', the characters are sitting around in the student center having a comedic conversation while Cory gets in a fight with his teacher in the patio outside. The event is brought to the foreground when Cory shoves the teacher through the doorway.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** "The Body" is noted for its complete absence of any incidental music. This is used for great effect when Dawn goes into the morgue [[spoiler:to look at her mother's dead body]] and a vampire silently rises in the background.
** Also in "After Life", when Xander is on the phone to Willow and Anya after the [[spoiler:Buffy impostor attacks them]], and just out of focus, we see [[spoiler:Anya walking back into the room, possessed]].
** In "Conversations with Dead People," Dawn is alone in the house, and strange things are happening. As she tries to figure out what's happening, the camera suddenly shifts angle, and we see [[spoiler:her mother's body]] in the background. Cue ScareChord as she suddenly realizes what's behind her, and turns to see [[spoiler:[[NothingIsScarier nothing.]]]]
** In the episode "Him," Principal Woods is oblivious to Buffy carefully taking aim at him with a missile launcher as Spike interrupts her and then Buffy starts chasing him, cartoony-like back and forth. Finally, Woods looks up and see no one around, and shrugs it off.
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode The Psychology of Letting Go, Abed has a SUBPLOT play out in the background of other characters' stories - he meets and bonds with a pregnant girl, gets in a fight with her boyfriend, and delivers the baby. This is then {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a later season 2 episode - when Shirley goes into labor, everyone is surprised to learn that Abed has experience with the situation.
** In "Cooperative Calligraphy", you can very briefly see [[spoiler:Annie's Boobs picking the pen up off the table]] just as Troy says [[ItMakesSenseInContext "I want to lick it!"]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]], a videoscreen behind the Doctor briefly shows Rose mouthing his name. None of the characters notice. This is foreshadowing for the next episode.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]]: the first person to get infected by the Flood does so in the background of the shot with his back to us, with lots of jerking and writhing, so that we know something is wrong and are yelling for the character in the foreground to get out of there.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], while the Doctor is talking to the Vashta Nerada, Other Dave says "We should go now, Doctor!" repeatedly. It turns out that he has been eaten, and the words are just his communication device ghosting.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]], you can notice Amy occasionally slipping numbers into her dialog. It's so fast you'll have trouble noticing it, and you might not even pick up that she's counting down. [[spoiler: Eventually the Doctor notices, and realises that it means the Weeping Angels are possessing her ForTheEvulz]].
** SpinOff series ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' continues this -- in the episode "Captain Jack Harkness", a "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums Vote Saxon]]" poster is seen on the dance hall door.
* In ''Series/{{ER}}'', when Doctor Pratt was seeing off a patient up on the roof, there were two faint lights behind him. Then, when Pratt turned around, we see that the two lights collided. A commercial plane and a private jet had crashed.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** in "Safe", while Simon and Kaylee are arguing in the general store, River can be observed in the background wandering away, setting up the rest of the episode.
** In the episode "Objects in Space", while (almost) everyone's asleep, Serenity is boarded by a bounty hunter looking for River. The hunter's ship could actually be seen in the background in the previous episode, although its significance wasn't immediately apparent.
* During the first season of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' viewers began noticing that the same bald man appeared in the background of at least one scene in every episode. Of course, the significance of this was made clear as the series went on as the man became an official recurring character. As a publicity stunt during ''Fringe's'' first season the same actor appeared in character in a crowd shot during an actual live NFL football broadcast.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In the episode "The Lion and the Rose", there is a brief scene where Olenna Tyrell speaks with Sansa Stark during the wedding between Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. [[spoiler: In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, Olenna plucks one of the seven crystals from Sansa's necklace. Those crystals contain a deadly poison, and we see Joffrey put down his goblet within arm's reach of Olenna. Guess who ends up dying of poison at the end of the episode? For bonus points, a later shot of Sansa shows only six crystals on her necklace.]]
** When Joffrey decides to behead Ned Stark regardless of his mother and fiancee's requests and the advice of his council members the only person smiling is Littlefinger.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostwatch}}'', the evil poltergeist "Pipes" can be seen several times at the back of a room, etc., meaning you could either jump or not notice it at all.
* An episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' titled "The Case of the Libertine Belle" is a LockedRoomMystery set in a hotel, with Blanche's boss Kendall Nesbitt as an (apparent) victim and Blanche herself as the prime suspect. At one point, Blanche gives Kendall the key to her room; as he does, sharp-eyed viewers can notice Posey [=McGlynn=], Blanche's rival and the real "murderer," slipping a steak knife into her purse and exiting without anyone seeing her. When Dorothy gives TheSummation at the end of the episode, the scene replays and shows this more clearly.
* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' ([[WhamEpisode Wham]]) episode "Bad News", numbers starting at 50 and counting down can be seen strewn about random locations throughout the entire episode. When the "countdown" finally hits zero, [[spoiler:[[MoodWhiplash Marshall learns]] [[TearJerker his father's just died]].]]
** In "Drumroll Please", behind Ted first seeing and falling in love with Victoria, you can see Marshall first tasting and falling in love with the best cake of his life; a comparison that comes up later in the episode.
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' episode 13, you can briefly see a man in a red shirt making the MonsterOfTheWeek obey a crosswalk sign. In the very next episode we learn that the man is Kyosuke Jinnai, former [[TokusouSentaiCarranger Carranger]] leader Red Racer and the focus of that particular episode.
* In the [[Recap/KamenRiderDoubleE1E2TheWSearch first episode of]] ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', during Shotaro's phone conversation with Phillip, the Magma Dopant can be seen for a brief few seconds before Shotaro could bat an eye at it.
* The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode The Other 48 Days opens with a beach scene. Several dots appear in the blue sky, which slowly get bigger and reveal themselves as the tail and other pieces of Oceanic Flight 815 hurtling towards the island.
* ''Series/MadMen'' did this well with JFK's assassination as two men are in an office having a conversation with the TV on with very low volume. The report becomes a special report, but neither pay attention as they are busy in their conversation.
* In the second-to-last episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', "As Time Goes By", a nameless chopper pilot, previously reported as MIA, requisitions a fan belt from Klinger, who sends him to the Motor Pool. He dismisses his lateness as engine trouble and his radio silence as malfunctioning equipment. Near the end, a patient, wounded by sniper fire, reveals the pilot was evacuating him when they came under fire, damaging the fan belt and radio, forcing the pilot to land to allow the engine to cool off. The chopper could only fly two hundred yards before overheating, so the pilot walked two hundred yards to scout for a safe landing zone, then returned to the chopper to fly to the clearing, at which point the engine overheated and he was forced to land and repeat until it was too dark to fly and he had to wait until morning. At the end, Hawkeye suggests they include the broken fan belt in their time capsule as a memento of the pilot's heroism, noting that nobody paid him any attention when he was there and that his actions deserve to be remembered in the future.
* In ''Series/TheMiddleman'' there is a scene where the focus is on the Middleman speaking to his MissionControl, who is telling him that the MonsterOfTheWeek MUST be captured alive. In the background, the Middleman's sidekick is shown finding, fighting, and ultimately killing the fish. Really more of a FunnyBackgroundEvent, but plot-relevant.
* ''Series/TheNanny'' did it once ([[FunnyBackgroundEvent combining with the humorous cousin]]): when Fran describes to Mr. Sheffield the reactions of children being disappointed by their parents, C.C. is on the patio acting out these symptoms on Niles. Then [[LampshadeHanging commented on]] by Fran "And that concludes today's audio-visual demonstration."
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "The Broca Divide", you can see one of [[TheVirus the Touched]] in the forest behind Daniel and Teal'c as they tend to the body of a woman. They actually attack a couple of minutes later.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has one that almost becomes a ChekhovsGun when the musical score turns ominous seemingly for no reason when Picard orders a fairly routine operation. This becomes meaningful later when it is revealed that [[spoiler:the order Picard gave is what prevented life from arising on any planet in the Alpha Quadrant, summarily wiping out every living thing seen in Star Trek up until that point.]]
* In the second season finale of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', during the confrontation between Weaver and the Connors in her office, one can see [[spoiler: the explosive HK drone that's about to crash into the building]] out the window a few moments before it becomes very relevant.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' has several of these in the first season, which are all pointed out to the audience in the finale where we learn that [[spoiler:Renee' is the killer]] and get to see his background reactions every time the murders were brought up in his presence. They were subtle but very telling.
** In one episode two characters are talking in the foreground. In the background, a hanging corpse is visible through a doorway for several minutes before the characters draw attention to it.
* From ''Series/UltraSeven'': In the episode "Escape from Area X" [[TheHero Dan]] is seen covering his ears while an Ultra Garrison staff officer is explaining the concept of [[PhantomZone virtual space]] to [[TheCaptain Kiriyama]]. This may look like a blooper, but the MonsterOfTheWeek hiding in that virtual space emits an ear-piercing ring that bothers and eventually harms humans, but it can and does stun a HumanAlien like Dan. It seemed like Dan's hearing could pick up the sound no matter how faint. Cue [[HellIsThatNoise the ear-piercing ring]] coming out of the radio a few seconds later.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' has an InUniverse example. Shortly after [[spoiler: Lynn Echolls]] supposedly commits suicide, a group of kids reveal they were shooting an amateur action film nearby at the time. Veronica and Logan watch the film and see in the background of one shot [[spoiler: someone diving from the bridge into the water.]]
* In the season 2 premiere of ''Series/TheWestWing'', Josh is waiting for a plane when several Secret Service agents enter the frame around him, one-by-one. It takes a bit before the audience notices, but Josh doesn't until the President enters from offscreen.
* In the mini-series ''Series/{{Whitechapel}}'' the camera would often linger on a red-headed nurse who worked in the hospital that the investigators keep visiting. She ends up being [[spoiler:the Ripper's last victim]].

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' consists of lots of strings of this. Almost everything big that happens was alluded to earlier, was a failed action that got upgraded, or a summon that a player has been charging for a very long time. The vast majority of these are drowned out almost entirely by the swarm of player actions and entity attacks up until they take the forefront.

* A few little things in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'':
** If you look closely in "The Reynolds Pamphlet", you can see someone give a pamphlet to a disappointed-looking Phillip.
** In some performances, after Angelica and Laurens finish walking down the aisle in "Helpless" and separate to make way for the bride and groom, the two share a significant look, referencing Angelica's soon to be overt and Laurens's subtextual feelings for Hamilton.
** Angelica stays onstage after "The Schuyler Sisters", and watches the events of "Farmer Refuted" from the upper level.
* During "The Crying Scene" in ''Theatre/MurderBallad, Tom can be seen pushing the Narrator aside in order to get at Sara. This hints towards [[spoiler:the nature of their relationship: the Narrator is the girlfriend Tom is neglecting for his affair with Sara.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', the first time you see a Little Sister Annex (the metal things built into the walls where Little Sisters come out of), there's ''one staring at you for a few moments''. The object isn't a visual focal-point for the player, and quite a distance away from you when it happens, so many players miss it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has a few of these these.
** Multiple times throughout the scene where the Lungfish is attempting to fish for Lili and Raz.
*** Which doubles as a FunnyBackgroundEvent, due to some of the things it uses to try and lure them in.
** While ascending the insane asylum, it's easy not to notice the sobs or the flashes of a girl's image. (Unless you have subtitles on...) [[spoiler: It's Sheegor, trying to warn Raz off.]]
** Throughout the Meat Circus level, one might notice a strange blue apparition appearing randomly to scare the crap out of players. [[spoiler: Raz's father is trying to break into Raz's mind to save him.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' - During the {{cutscene}} for the 'Wu Zi Mu' mission, a man in a black jacket and green jeans is sitting casually on a car in the background. That man is Claude, the player character of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', who is Catalina's new boyfriend in the next mission and who gives CJ his car garage in San Fierro.
** Towards the end of the story of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'', just as Tony and Luis complete the exchange between Gracie and the diamonds with Niko and Packie, a car is seen approaching from behind the latter two. This turns out to be Ray Bulgarin coming to claim the diamonds himself, as shown in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''
* Most of the G-Man's appearances in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. The first is even before all the trouble starts - He appears on a tram on another track in Black Mesa Inbound.
** In Nova Prospekt In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', if one watches [[spoiler:Mossman during the Eli Teleport]] scene, one can see them entering in new coordinates behind Alyx's back.
** The Combine Advisors can be seen in monitors throughout ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode One''.
** When first arriving in the trainyard early on in ''Episode Two'' a Combine Hunter appears on top one of the buildings before quickly running away. Another then appears in the back of a building after switching on a light before running away.
* When [[TheCakeIsALie Princess Peach's birthday cake]] is first seen in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', you may notice for a second that the "decorations" are actually the hair/headgear of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Koopalings]].
* In ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', upon arriving at the Kill Master's domain, there's a difficult to see event occurring just above the default camera position (and above the focal points of the scene): [[spoiler: Razor Girls, who will not be introduced for a couple of missions, are peering through the holes in the rock building to see if Ophelia is going to be okay.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'' there are several instances early in the game where you get visions of being watched. If you look in the right direction at the right moment, you may catch glimpses of your watchers on the rooftops, hinting at what's waiting for you later in the game. Also, if you look through certain windows in the starting area, you can see various disturbing sights, such as corpses being dragged away.
* A number of suspense scenes from ''VideoGame/TheLostCrown'' have small yet creepy details in the background, like the face of an Ager brother looking on when [[spoiler: Nigel is attacked by flies in the Nightmare Room]].
* A lot of plot points in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games tend to be foreshadowed in NPC dialogue or [[MindProbe thoughts]], browsing through bookshelves in random houses, or the like.
* In ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'', when Jennifer first goes up to the Old Mansion (first part of the intro), take a gander up at the roof region; most players miss it, but the airship's billowing form can be briefly (like 1 to 2 seconds) seen as a dark shadow overhead while a cloud passes in front.
** Another scene that this happens is in the first half of the ''April'' chapter. You are given the task to find a [[MyNewGiftIsLame beautiful butterfly]] in the background; after rescuing Brown, when you're doing 'Find' commands with him you will sometimes notice [[CreepyChild the little boy]] from the opening occasionally running by if you have Jennifer facing the camera. This sometimes serves as a reminder that the game's creepy as sin.
** Several moments before the terrible PlayerPunch with [[spoiler: Brown]] occurs, Wendy is visible in a window outside near the coffin (after the cut scene) if you rotate your camera around while walking in the orphanage.
* During an early cutscene ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', a man falls from the sky and destroys a car across the street from where Travis and Sylvia are sitting, without even getting a notice or mention in their conversation. What at first seemed like a random incident turns out to be [[spoiler: the final boss' insta-kill.]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': While Sora and co. are talking with Leon in Ansem's secret lab, [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]] can be seen crawling around in the background a couple of times. When Stitch does get noticed, he lands on the computer and indirectly causes Sora, Donald, and Goofy to get sucked into it and arrested by the MCP.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' uses this ''five'' times in row during the opening. When the player first starts walking through into the city they can see Black Mask, one of the villains, getting forced into a corner by some guards. Shortly after while standing in line they see a prisoner that looks an awful lot like Deadshot standing in line and hear him say that Bruce Wayne is "on his list". Shortly after that as the player walks towards the gates they just barely see Azrael standing on the top of a nearby building. Soon after you get the batsuit you can encounter a group of doctors, one of whom has been disfigured and is wearing bandages that make him look just like Hush. Finally during one of Joker's messages you can just barely hear someone that sounds oddly similar to the Joker coughing and whispering in the background. [[spoiler: Turns out later that the "Joker" you've been interacting with is actually Clayface in disguise.]]
* At the end of the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII: Legacy'' DLC, before Hawke strikes the final blow on [[spoiler: Corypheus]], we see his eyes turn briefly black and Janeka or Larius stagger in the background. It's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Corypheus]] is now possessing them, since they adopt a large SlasherSmile as they leave
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': On the Derelict Reaper, if you look closely when you first enter the room with the Dragon's Teeth, you can see Legion walking along the upper catwalk, several minutes before he finally makes his dramatic entrance.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', during the summer holiday Hiyoko decides to go for a run, and several backgrounds proceed to pass by. [[spoiler:One of them consists of the ruins of several skyscrapers, hinting that things [[SurpriseCreepy aren't quite as cheerful as they first seem]].]] Also, during Yuuya's route you can find him chatting briefly with the janitor, who has a role more fully revealed in BBL.
** One event that shows up on many routes is Hiyoko finding a student's lost ID card and returning it to a member of the faculty she trusts. On Dr. Shuu's route, it's obvious that she's helping him hide the evidence of his... experimentation. [[spoiler: In the paid version, she can recognize it as belonging to Anghel if she's on his route.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', early on in the Terrace of Endless Spring, you can see Tsulong fighting with the Sha of Fear off in the distance while you fight the trash and the Protectors of the Endless. After the Protectors are defeated, Tsulong gets corrupted and you face him as the second boss.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Wily's Castle]] stage will have the [[BlobMonster Yellow Devil]] appear on the roof of the castle in the background before disassembling himself and sending his chunks to the main platform to regenerate.
* In one of the later, [[spoiler: Wheatley controlled]] levels in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', you can briefly spot Atlas and P-Body from the Co-Op campaign fleeing through the wreckage, but only if you're looking in the right place and have keen eyes.
* There are a few points in the Lonesome Road DLC for ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' where, with binoculars, the player can spot Ulysses watching the player's progress through The Divide.
* In the New Eden level of ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', shortly before arriving at the New Eden Mall, you can see [[spoiler: Pope and Ropeburn's assassin]] running across the rooftops across the street in the same direction. You later chase them through the mall, where you finally get a good look at them. The fact that [[spoiler: the assassin uses some basic runner moves and appears somewhat feminine]] can hint towards [[spoiler: her true identity as Celeste]].
** This is furthered in the Pirandello-Kruger level. While finding out exactly what Project Icarus is, Faith finds [[spoiler: profiles of all the known runners and their handlers, listed as targets for the pursuit cops]]. While your attention ''is'' on the screens, perceptive players might notice that [[spoiler: all of Celeste's information beyond her name is marked "Classified", while everyone else's information is either filled in or marked as unknown.]]
** Also in the [[spoiler: runner profiles, Merc's profile lists the location of his hideout, as Celeste is one of his runners]]. This is slight foreshadowing to [[spoiler: his death after a police raid on his hideout after Faith brings Kate there]].
* At the very beginning of ''Videogame/{{Crysis}}'', during the [=HALO=] jump, you can actually see the Ceph mech flying in the distance close to the edge of the screen before closing the distance in a split second and colliding with the player character.
* During one of the motorcycle levels in ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootNSaneTrilogy'', at one point you can see a bird collide with one of the road signs. [[spoiler: It's a PlayerNudge towards the Alien road sign, which serves as the entrance to the secret level, Hot Coco.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'': The opening of "Freaking Out" [[spoiler:has Arthur's detached demon arm slithering around and escaping the cave]] behind Shiromori.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Episode 12, while Jaune is confessing to Pyrrha about [[spoiler:having faked his way into Beacon]], one can briefly see [[JerkJock Cardin]] [[HateSink Winchester]] leaning out of a window below them, listening to everything he says.
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'': The scene where Raimi's coworker is killed has the killer visible in the shadows of the background the entire time until he decides to commit the act.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Centurion can be seen listening on Chaos-related conversations quite conspicuously before [[spoiler:the season finale reveals him to be Rogal Dorn.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''BloodandSmoke'', a murder suspect is shown [[http://bloodandsmokecomic.cf/comic/chapter-2-pg-3/ wearing and casually taking off a pair of gloves]] only for Carson to spot them in a trashcan [[http://bloodandsmokecomic.cf/comic/chapter-2-pg-6 a few pages later]]. [[spoiler: These gloves end up proving that the [[http://bloodandsmokecomic.cf/comic/chapter-2-pg-16 suspect in question was the killer]]]].
* This trope is the only reason [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0764.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' page isn't filler. Elan tells Haley that he just found she was right about [[DevilInPlainSight his father]]. [[spoiler:Until it became [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0870.html foreshadowing]] for Malack's method of having children.]]
* In [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive/2005/12/03 this]] ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' comic, Fooker gets a call from his brother that turns out to be much more meaningful than he lets on.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Shodun, a previously introduced character [[spoiler:and a member of the BigBad Nidraa'chal]], [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7979 appears briefly in the foreground of a scene]], and then later [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7983 shows up out of focus]] through several pages before [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7993 coming into the foreground again]], where she [[spoiler:blasts Sandaur out a window]].
* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': The [[FantasticFoxes Kumiho]] is shown in human form, presumably nursing her shoulder [[spoiler:which was hurt in a fight with Soot Bull]]. Her shadow on the wall behind her shows her fox form, licking said shoulder.
* In Chapter 5 of ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', while Kili and Greg are wandering through their linked {{Mental World}}s, [[spoiler:[[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-5-page-12 readers can catch a couple glimpses of the Crax in the background]]]] before [[spoiler:[[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-5-page-16 he finally shows up in person]]]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** While [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-06-18 Rick and Rhea discuss drinking in moderation]], a pair of party guests are visible in the background and one of them [[GenderBender gradually transforms into a girl]] without anyone noticing. Also, an attentive reader would note that the other person in the background was seen in an [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-06-10 earlier strip]] as a guy. Dan hints at all this in the commentary by insisting that there is nothing else to comment on after he comments on the events in the foreground.
** In panels four and five of [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1775 this comic,]] there is a girl visible in the background who seems to be looking at Elliot and Tedd. She isn't drawn with a lot of detail, but because of her distinctive hairstyle, she is easily recognized as a background character who had been [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1727 crushing on Elliot.]] Anyway, she is there in the background because she is about to [[spoiler:approach Elliot as he is [[GenderBender transforming]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1776 see everything.]]]]
** In the "So a Date at the Mall" arc, Mr. Tensaided is briefly visible geeking out over something in the background as [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2058 Elliot and Ashley linger in front of the book store.]] He later becomes much more important when he [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2085 calls Elliot]] to let him know that there's a strange creature a the mall.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': A very perceptive viewer might spot that among the prisoners that the Toughs have rescued from the Buuthandi, there's an Ob'enn [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-07-05 in panel 2]]. This becomes rather more significant [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-10-20 nearly 4 months later]] when it becomes apparent that [[spoiler: Petey has been engineered such that he has to take orders from biological Ob'enns with suitable military rank]].
* In one ''Webcomic/PVPOnline'' strip, Cole watches Francis via webcam as he stands in line for ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III'' (around the time Episode II was released), worrying about him and hoping he will be alright. In the second to last panel, before Brent reassures Cole, you can see Francis walking in, the first indication that he put a robotic double in his place.
* ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest''
** During the second interlude, Cucumber is futzing around with his wand in the background while the Dream Oracle addresses the group. He's confirming that his wand can indeed equip the Disaster Stones (which he'd done by mistake earlier), an ability he puts to good use in Chapter 3.
** While Cucumber, Almond, and Carrot are trussed up by the Guardener, Cabbage sneaks around behind the Guardner to nab the artifact they'd been searching for (which he plants in Almond's bag).
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Take a look at what's in [[http://www.bogleech.com/awfulhospital/marrowsolution.png the corner where the worm corpses used to be]]. [[spoiler: It's a horribly mangled corpse of an alternate Fern.]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In the Norway segment of the DistantPrologue, one of the discussion subjects among the friends on which the segement focuses is the fact that the only land road in and out fo their village is broken because of an ongoing storm. That isolation most likely contributed to that village surviving TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and still being around ninety years AfterTheEnd.
* [[http://askfriskandcompany.tumblr.com/post/137866192097/if-you-like-what-we-do-consider-supporting-us-on This]] page from ''Webcomic/AskFriskAndCompany'' features two examples of this trope. The first, more minor example is when Monster Kid [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls out the askers,]] Toriel can be seen trying (and failing) to heal Sans, who is revealed shortly thereafter to [[spoiler: [[FakingTheDead be faking his own death.]]]] The other, more notable, example happens at the same time, as Flowey gradually realizes what is happening over the course of three panels. Look at the first of those three panels. He appears to be genuinely upset, something that shouldn't be able to happen, [[TheSoulless due to his lack of a SOUL.]] [[spoiler: The next arc reveals that he regained part of his SOUL shortly before the aformentioned page.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Final Fantasy III Trilogy'', while the heroes are answering the bridge troll's questions, you can briefly see Kefka pull Celes offscreen and then replace her after taking her likeness.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', in Season 2, Church and Tucker are having a conversation, and someone in blue armor just runs by in Blue Base. In Season 3, it's revealed to be [[spoiler:Church from the future (or "past") trying to fix everything that went wrong in the past two seasons. [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast Didn't work well.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Until Season 8, where it is revealed that the whole time travel loop he went through (aside from the idea of making copies of himself) was just a sample of ColdBloodedTorture ForTheEvulz by Gamma. So it was probably just Caboose after all.]]
* Crosses over with a FunnyBackgroundEvent in the first ''Tankmen'' cartoon. During one scene there's a gag in the background where we see a soldier get shot right after learning that he's about to have a son with his wife. It seems like just a minor one-off joke in the background. Over the course of the various ''Tankmen'' cartoons we learn who he was, how he joined the Tankmen, how he met Sgt. John Captain, his origins, some of his personality, and who killed him.
* This is the [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man's]] entire shtick, right up until he takes you. You ''[[InvisibleToNormals never]]'' notice him.
** ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' in particular milks this for all it's worth. Many times in the videos Slender Man is visible in the background standing statue stiff and staring at the viewer. And except for Entry #7, no one ever notices him.
*** There is also Entry #12, where the cast seems to notice him but not his [[HumanoidAbomination strange]] [[TheBlank features]].
*** Also, look very carefully at the window in Entry #19. [[spoiler:Masky peeks in for a couple of frames before coming into the room.]]
*** In the DVDCommentary, the creators joked that all of MH can be summed up as: "Agh! Look at the background!"
* In [[WebVideo/ACoupleofCuntsintheCountryside A Couple of Cunts in the Countryside]], the long-haired figure who provides a JumpScare in the intro to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBCyjaZHI-g horror]] episode actually appeared in the three previous videos, in the distance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39CxVF5w4wo at first]], before getting [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdbGgZsAqZA gradually]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM9csRUMylM closer]].
* In ''Film/NoobLaQueteLegendaire'', Ystos accompanies Omega Zell to a place where he has to HoldTheLine in a MultiMookMelee alone and won't get a second chance if he fails. Little after Omega Zell starts fighting, Ystos gets accosted by a player who knows him and they have a WhamLine-heavy conversation. Meanwhile, Omega Zell is still holding up in the fight.
* In ''Literature/AntlersColorado'', protagonist Austin's quickly glossed-over dream sequences usually contain massive amounts of foreshadowing, sometimes giving away plot points long before they happen. Of course, WordOfGod confirms that Austin's dreams are often premonitions, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise when they end up predicting later events.
* ''WebVideo/BreakingTrail'': An unintentional example, but during ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DPSC0P99iw Night of the Deadly Creatures]]'', during Coyote's explanation and handling of a blunthead snake, viewers could notice a somewhat blurry snake starting to coil up behind him without anyone else noticing. Only later after he's almost done do the cameramen (and a second later Coyote himself) notice the very upset and ''very dangerous'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bothrops_asper fer-de-lance]] snake already in position to bite him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' episode [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies ''Dude of the Living Dead'']], several minor characters are seen walking as, or being turned into zombies in the background.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', while Zuko is talking to [[spoiler: Jet]]. In the back, he can see Iroh heating his tea prompting [[spoiler: Jet to correctly believe they are firebenders.]]
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' introduces villains Amora the Enchantress and the Executioner. Before they make their official debut attacking the heroes, they're first seen several scenes earlier as just two civilians walking past the Avengers Mansion.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' pilot, Nibbler's shadow can be seen for a split second after Fry falls into the cryogenic chamber. You'll have to be looking for it to notice. In another episode, Nibbler's eye can also be seen sticking out of a trashcan in a flashback. As with the shadow example, it's only there for a split second and you have to pay close attention to see it.
* There's a few background events in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' that seem inconsequential if not ignored outright due to them being both a combination of this trope, LivingProp and "blink and you'll miss it" incidents but later on we see Blendin Blandin, a time anomaly corrector from the future who does appear in the episodes mentioned during the sequences we see in the credits of a later episode.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' episode "[[Recap/MiloMurphysLawS1E05TheDoctorZoneFiles The Doctor Zone Files]]," Sara leaves her movie tickets ([[CrazyPrepared and hazmat suit]]) on the hood of a car when she gets up to make her [[AnAesop big inspirational speech]]. It drives off while she's making it, and she (and the audience) only realize that a few minutes later.
** [[TimePolice Cavendish and Dakota]] also appear in the background of just about every episode, even before they became important.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' episode "Innocence" has Orel come into his teacher Miss Sculptham's classroom to ask for advice. She freaks out (because all the adults are avoiding him) and puts away her newspaper she was cutting out. The paper reads [[spoiler:"Rapist's Profile Emerges: He Doesn't Like Blondes"]] and less noticeably [[spoiler:"Victims Share Common Characteristics"]]. She's shown to still have this newspaper article the next episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has several in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]". [[spoiler:While Discord enchants several beavers in a subtle-yet-not-so-subtle way near the beginning of the episode, and they build a notably huge dam by the end of it, the beavers can be seen hauling logs and sending them downriver throughout the time between. They're easy to miss the first time with Discord being quite the scene-stealer.]]
** After her introduction in the season 5 opener, [[spoiler:Starlight Glimmer]] can be seen hidden in the background in several of the subsequent episodes (almost always in scenes where Twilight Sparkle is present), leading towards her return in the finale.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbStarWars,'' which is portrayed as a LowerDeckEpisode of ''Film/StarWarsANewHope''--none of the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' cast are on the Death Star bridge, so Alderaan's destruction happens outside of the window of a scene in Darthenshmirtz's office. (Right when he was checking his profits on his Alderaanian timeshare, too.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "[[Recap/StarVsTheForcesOfEvilS2E34CrystalClear Crystal Clear]]" pans across a CrystalPrison showing various (alleged) evildoers imprisoned by Rhombulus. It consists mostly of generic monstrous-looking creatures, but in the background is a single humanoid figure. [[spoiler:It's [[TheDreaded Eclipsa, the Queen of Darkness]], and she ends up playing a major part in season 3, especially the later half.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E06BloodSisters "Blood Sisters"]], at the beginning, Sabine, Ezra and Chopper are looking for a Rebel courier who arrived on board a passenger shuttle. While Sabine and Ezra are walking up to various disembarking passengers and saying the code phrase, a Gonk power droid can be seen sitting among the offloaded cargo. [[HiddenInPlainSight He's the courier.]]
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', not in terms of plot, but theme. After the kids are outed as mutants, there's an episode about whether mutants should be allowed to go to the same schools as 'normal' people. In the shot when they walk back into the school for the first time, there's a black kid in the background drinking from a water fountain; a clear nod to a rather less FantasticRacism.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Infiltrator", Miss Martian and Artemis are supposed to be guarding the perimeter, but start arguing over how Artemis embarrassed Superboy. While they are distracted, the [[ProfessionalKiller assassin Cheshire]] can be seen in the background, somersaulting over the fence and sneaking in behind them.
* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' have an auditory version of this. While characters are walking through the school halls, you can just hear the PA anouncement system asking so-and-so to please report to room 113 B. This foreshadows the reveal in the second season finale that [[spoiler:VP Victoria is routinely testing her brainwashing technology on the students at the school, and room 113 B is actually an elevator leading to the underground labs where the equipment is kept.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Due to change blindness, you can miss this happening right in front of you, even if you are told it is happening, unless you are told exactly what you are looking for. Visit the [[http://www.simonslab.com/ University of Illinois Visual Cognition Lab]] and try the seven "Gradual changes to scenes" videos. You know in advance that something is being added or taken away from a scene you are watching, but many (most?) people will miss most of them.
** There is also the Selective Attention Test video, in which two groups of people pass a basketball each back and forth, and half the audience is supposed to keep track of how many times one of the groups passed the ball. Most people fail to notice the guy in the gorilla suit walk in, thump his chest, and walk out partway through the video.
** A similar test had students who volunteered for a survey who were met by a receptionist and given a form to fill out. This receptionist dropped a pen, bent down behind the counter to pick it up and a completely different person stood up and continued the conversation. A large number of the participants didn't notice.
* This trope was how [[http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/purse-snatcher-thwarted-own-photobomb.html a purse snatcher got nabbed]].
* A Tampa reporter was filing a report about high gas prices when two cars had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4fP6AHQ_L4 a serious collision in the intersection right behind her]]. The anchorwoman deadpanned: "They must have been shocked by the gas prices."