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->''I will maintain a realistic assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. Even though this takes some of the fun out of the job, at least I will never utter the line 'No, this cannot be! I AM INVINCIBLE!!!' (After that, death is usually instantaneous.)''
-->-- ''The EvilOverlordList'', #24

Stock phrase uttered by the villain when everything is going wrong, often soon after he declares that [[NothingCanStopUsNow nothing could stop his plan]], especially not those [[TrashTalk puny heroes]] (and the heroes have shown up to disprove the statement). He screams that it's impossible, despite the evidence staring him in the face. May be a sign of a VillainousBreakdown, or the villain's LastWords before CriticalExistenceFailure (or, on a more existential level, PuffOfLogic). This phrase is often coupled with a BigNo. May be accompanied by an OhCrap

This phrase is most commonly said by arrogant characters when the tables turn on them, especially {{Smug Snake}}s, {{Smug Super}}s and/or {{Arrogant Kung Fu Guy}}s since they are, as a matter of fact, [[{{Pride}} overconfident]]. Said types of characters will often shriek in disbelief when their arrogance ends up proving to be their FatalFlaw by having them end up defeated by their opponents. "I can't believe it!", "How can this be?!", "You can't do this to me!", "This can't be happening!", "It can't end like this!" and "I cannot be defeated!" are among some examples of the best variations of this trope, and a good fan knows when it hits someone with [[SmugSnake Smug Snakery]] or [[SmugSuper Smug Superiority]] anyway. Also, in a classic fashion, most often after saying "This Cannot Be", a villain will vow vengeance by saying such phrases as "I'll get you next time!", "WeWillMeetAgain!", "[[{{Revenge}} I will have my revenge!]]", or even "You'll pay for this!"/"ThisIsUnforgivable" before leaving to plot anew. Some villains are also prone to screaming this stock phrase when they're given a certain punishment for all their terrible atrocities as well as their own vileness.

Saying this line isn't ''completely'' exclusive to villains. A heroic character can also utter this when something shocking or horrible happens revolving around him/her or those close to it. Such a phrase may even be a sign of a HeroicBSOD. The phrase can also be uttered by one character as an expression of surprise when another character ACTUALLY succeeds in doing something that no one else has ever been able to do in the past.

The equivalent Japanese phrases are "masaka" and "sonna bakana". Such words are used so much in anime, it's fairly common to hear "this can't be!" in English dubs. Monsters in {{Toku}} are prone to yelling this just before they explode.

This absolute flat-footedness and denial of reality is generally not found in villains who are CrazyPrepared or capable of XanatosSpeedChess.

A [[SubTrope Sub Phrase]] of OhCrap

This is often used when a villain is destroyed or humiliated or meets an unpleasant fate or his EvilPlan is foiled, so beware of '''spoilers'''.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''
** Tsuna is clearly beating Xanxus towards the end of their fight. Xanxus is ''not'' happy about this and says such things like, "Not possible! This is impossible!"
** Similarly, Byakuran states a phrase close enough to this when an enraged Tsuna blows him away with his X-Burner attack after hitting him with a ThisIsUnforgivable and delivering an awesome CurbStompBattle to him.
-->'''Byakuran:''' [[FamousLastWords It's so blinding. I've lost to you.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** The dub frequently translated this as...
-->'''Duelist:''' It can't be!\\
'''Jaden:''' Oh, it be, all right!
** The original also had this, though often used a simpler version:
-->'''Duelist:''' Oh no!\\
'''Yami Yugi:''' Oh Yes!
** ... though it was also fond of taking it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NZy5a7nzNc#t=01m11s a bit more straight.]] And Kaiba preferred this exchange:
-->'''Duelist:''' No way! You can't [do that!]\\
'''Kaiba:''' I just did!
** Used by Yami Bakura when Yami Yugi switches him and the regular Bakura around so Yugi can destroy him. ([[UnexplainedRecovery He got better]] though...)
*** And in [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Abridged]]:
--->'''Yami:''' Melvin, no!\\
'''Melvin:''' Melvin yes!
** Yami Yugi's millennium puzzle protects him from Panik's flames, which actually threatened death instead of the [[NeverSayDie Shadow Realm]]. Seconds later Yami uses Mind Crush, either to destroy him or banish him to the Shadow Realm for eternity.
-->'''Panik:''' You survived! How can this be? It's impossible!
** This is Pegasus' response to Yugi and the Pharaoh wiping out all his Toon monsters. Bonus points for Joey and Tea giving each other bewildered looks as he continues to rant.
-->"It's impossible! I can't believe you've destroyed all my beloved Toons! Oh! No! No, no, no, no, no! This is a nightmare - a bad dream! This can't truly be happening! OHHHH!"
** Near the climax of the Orichalcos arc, Dartz's [[SNKBoss incredibly broken deck]] has Yami / the Pharaoh backed into a corner, and he's been half-convinced to give up. Just as the Seal moves to take his soul, however, one of his tears lands on the Millennium Puzzle...which glows golden and ''deflects the Seal.'' Dartz's [[SmugSnake smug facade]] promptly cracks for the first time in the entire duel.
-->'''Dartz:''' Impossible! ''(stares in disbelief)'' NO-ONE can overcome the power of the Orichalcos!
** Both the {{BigBad}}s of 5Ds and Zexal exclaim disbelief at their losses. Bonus points for Don Thousand, whose expression is shown in detail at the moment of astonished realisation.
* Asakura utters "It can't be!" in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', right after Yuki started terminating her. While she looked desperate while saying it (and for some reason, had PuppyDogEyes... What the?), she gets a hold of her StepfordSmiler face again, after that.
* Saionji in the first episode of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. This seems to be the standard reaction of anybody losing the Rose Bride, which always happens to somebody who has started to take her (or their "right" to her) for granted.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has this a lot, thanks to many of the villains being too arrogant to admit when somebody is better than them.
** Vegeta is initially shocked but realistic when Goku turns out to be stronger than he and Nappa anticipated, however he crosses into this trope when Goku, a low-class warrior, can actually deal damage to him and, with the help of his friends, come on the verge of killing him outright.
** Both Cell and Frieza have this reaction to their deaths/defeats. Frieza keeps his insistence of superiority even as Goku beats the ever loving crap out of him, and keeps it until right before [[InTheBack his last attempt at a sucker punch]] blows him into a million pieces ([[WeCanRebuildHim He Gets Better]], but only briefly). Cell, goes on a similar tract after attaining his "Perfect Form," and especially after going a step beyond that. His last words: "Impossible... It can't be... I'm invincible!" In the anime, Cell's last words are "I am perfect!", in full disbelief that a [[UltimateLifeform perfect being]] such as him could lose.
*** Cell milks this trope for all its worth when Vegeta's Final Flash cuts away his side section, even throwing in disgrace at being beaten by a Saiyan like Frieza used to. He then immediately breaks the act and mocks Vegeta for forgetting he has Piccolo's regeneration ability.
*** The Cell from Future Trunks' timeline gets this reaction when he realizes Trunks has become stronger and faster than he is due to training in the past. The Future Androids also have the same reaction, unable to grasp how the one they easily beat before is now {{Curbstomp|Battle}}ing them without even trying.
** Garlic Jr. says "What! No! It can't be!" before Gohan blows up the Makyo Star, causing him to lose all his power and get sucked into the Dead Zone, to remain for all eternity. [[AndIMustScream Never to die]] because he wished for immortality with the Dragonballs.
** Cooler shouts "It can't be!" when he notices Goku sending his Supernova attack directly back at him with his Kamehameha Wave, [[spoiler:which also pushes him along with it directly into the sun, where he dies...At least until the next movie.]]
** Babidi has this reaction when Vegeta allows himself to be possessed and openly defies any command that doesn't have to do with fighting Goku; according to Babidi, this is the first time ''anyone'' he's brainwashed has ever managed to resist him:
-->'''Babidi''': How can the possessed say "no" to the possessor?!
* Almost every friggin villain in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.
* Several of the earlier antagonists of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (particularly Hiei) say this or something similar when the heroes defeat them, mostly since the heroes are nearly always the underdog anyway. The last time the heroes get enemies that do this is a few times the [[TournamentArc Dark Tournament]], though (after which most of the enemies are either {{Spirited Competitor}}s or {{Death Seeker}}s).
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', these are [[spoiler:Charles']] last words, quite understandably as [[spoiler:he was immortal and dying only because Lelouch managed to ''mind-control God'']].
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''
** The Creator/DiC dub has Queen Beryl yell this right before she [[NeverSayDie was banished back to the Negaverse]].
** Wiseman says a similar line when Serena and Rini destroy him. "WHAT?! THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING! NO ONE IS AS STRONG AS THE DOOM PHAN..."
* In the first ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movie's dub version, Mewtwo uses a variety of this as he kills the scientists who created him and then later when he breaks free of Giovanni's control. It's a different kind of "This cannot be" though. For example, if you listen to the Japanese dub, he will not say "sonna bakana." Essentially, its worded the same in English but the contextual meanings are different.
-->'''Mewtwo:''' This cannot be... my destiny!
* Justified in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. After he's ''won the battle'', Kagato fires a deadly blast of energy at Tenchi, only to be stopped by Tenchi's Light Hawk Wings, to which he responds, "Impossible!" It's justified because he had just cut Tenchi off from Tsunami's power, and he quickly realizes that [[spoiler:the wings are not Tsunami's doing but in fact Tenchi]]'s, a phenomenon that really should ''be'' impossible.
* Sent up in overly dramatic fashion in one episode of ''Manga/KOn''.
* Kuki's reaction in ''Anime/RahXephon'' when he realizes that [[DyingMomentOfAwesome the dying Kunugi is about to create a second]] [[SphereOfDestruction Tokyo Jupiter]] -- and he's well inside the blast radius. His [[OhCrap expression]] is simply priceless.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Kikyo says this when her body is decaying while fighting InuYasha.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Like in many other anime, this is said a lot, but Pain just loves saying it. The same Shinra Tensei that destroyed the entire home village was rendered useless by Naruto ''twice'', leading to that phrase. Naruto, while in his [[DemonicPossession six-tailed fox form]], not only blocked it with a massive amount of chakra, but he ''reflected'' it, hurling Pain into a cliff 2-3 miles away. He also resisted the attack a second time after coming out of his rage... using a hundred shadow clones. Pain's final resort to containing 6-tailed Naruto didn't work. Naruto broke out, with Pain saying "I can't believe it." upon seeing him in his [[BodyHorror skinless]] [[DarkestHour eight-tailed state]].
** The normally stoic Madara falls under this after [[spoiler:he gets stabbed in the back by Black Zetsu]]. He only has a few moments to react, but those moments are devoted to screaming about how this can't happen to him.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Soifon in her fight with Yoruichi. She banked everything on the belief that, having spent a hundred years obsessively training, she would now be able to surpass Yoruichi. When she realises that she still can't defeat Yoruichi even though Yoruichi's skills have stagnated for a century, she screams this before dissolving in tears and [[WhamLine revealing the real reason]] why she's so angry with Yoruichi.
** In anime episode 197, Espada #7 Zommari Rureaux says "This cannot be happening" while Byakuya Kuchiki is attacking him with his bankai.
** The usually [[TheStoic stoic]] Ulquiorra practically utters this verbatim when [[spoiler: Ichigo [[BackFromTheDead comes back]] from a fatal attack and gains a stronger Hollowfied form.]] He ''demands'' to know [[WhatTheHellAreYou just what the hell Ichigo is.]]
** In chapter 420, [[spoiler: Aizen's VillainousBreakdown during his final battle with Ichigo.]]
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''
** In part 2 of the manga, Ganondorf says these words after being defeated by Link for the first time:
-->'''Ganondorf:''' I can't... Dark Lord Ganondorf cannot be beaten... by this boy!
** Ganondorf isn't the only one who mutters such a phrase when beaten -- other villains also like using this trope when they get bested by Link. Like the Twinrova sisters, for example.
-->'''Twinrova Sisters:''' But how? It can't be! Done in by our own power?
** Also, in the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' manga, Agahnim gets a big shock when Link absorbs his magic with the Master Sword, just before repelling it right back at him [[ThisIsUnforgivable in an unforgiving act towards him]] for sending Zelda to the Dark World encased in a crystal and making him think he sacrificed (and therefore killed) her.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing''
** In the fourth episode, Tao Len mutters such a phrase after being bested by Yoh.
-->'''Tao Len:''' It can't be... I've been defeated...!
** In a much later episode, Len says such a phrase again while he's fighting Mikihisa, Yoh's father, in a match to prove his worth and determine whether he will stop or continue searching for the grains of rice scattered across the desert by him. When Len makes many futile attempts to hit Mikihisa after recreating his copies from his spirits using faster and stronger versions of his Rapid Tempo Assault, he simply says "Impossible...!" before the Mikihisa copies move in to attack him from everywhere around him while saying "Use your Oversoul (Furyoku in the dub) to see."
** Also, in the finale, Hao doesn't actually say anything when he's defeated, but the shocked expression on his face when he and his Spirit of Fire are cleaved in half by Yoh and Amidamaru, who were both given everyone's power and support, just before the fire spirit explodes and takes out Hao with it, suggests that he can't believe that he lost to those two.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Musoukakyou: A Summer Day's Dream'', Reimu freaks out and has her OhCrap moment in a "ThisCannotBe" fashion when she sees that her beloved donation box has gone missing!
-->'''Reimu''': Wh-wh-WHAT?! H-How can it...! U... U-u-u... U-u-u... WHERE THE HELL IS MY DONATION BOX?!?!
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** Uttered by Vajramon in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' when he is destroyed by Renamon in her ultimate form, Taomon. "What's happening? This can't be!" The entire episode Vajramon was infatuated with her but disgusted that she preferred to defend humans and have a human tamer rather than join Zhuqiaomon in his quest to destroy them. Vajramon, as well as Zhuqiaomon and the other Devas, viewed humans as inferior, and was even more put off that her ultimate form resembled a human in appearance.
** Makuramon also says it when Beelzemon destroys him. May not have been the strongest Deva but he lasted the most episodes out of any, besides Antylamon, who survives up to the final episode and the end of the movie set afterward due to her HeelFaceTurn.
** Speaking of Beelzemon, he says this when Gallantmon defeats him with his Shield of the Just attack. (He (Gallantmon) would've then killed him afterwards if Jeri hadn't stopped him because it wouldn't bring Leomon back after what he (Beelzemon) had done to him.)
** Apocalymon back in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has this reaction when the Digidestined use HeroicResolve to not only reassemble themselves after he digitized them but allow their Digimon to Digivolve to their strongest forms without their crests.
** [[spoiler:[=MaloMyotismon=]]] in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' says this twice in the final two episodes; [[spoiler:once when Davis reminds him that his Mental Illusion failed to work on him because his dreams already came true and that he didn't have any problems, especially because he had friends, family, and a Digimon, and the second time after his armored body parts have fallen apart until only his shadow remains, before he is finished off for good by Imperialdramon.]]
** In ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', Kurata had two of these reactions, once when the DATS members regained their memories of their Digimon partners and managed to destroy another one of his Gizumon, and again when Ikuto got Falcomon to Warp Digivolve to Ravemon and injure Belphemon.
** [=SaberLeomon=] had just been rendered confused by a beam shot by another Gizumon that appeared earlier than that. He delivers this kind of reaction when he is being beaten by Masaru and [=RizeGreymon=], with his last words being "No, NO! I cannot be defeated!" as he is being obliterated by [=RizeGreymon=], letting loose a WrittenRoar afterwards before [[DefeatEqualsExplosion achieving a fiery explosion]].
* King Gorge says this in ''Manga/FightingFoodons'' when Chase and Palator overwhelm and destroy Devouron, making it his last few seconds of being an EvilOverlord before [[DefeatMeansFriendship being redeemed]] by them.
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars''
** Sirica of ''Kirby: Right Back at Ya!'', oddly enough, counts as well. She uses this trope when she hears a familiar roar and sees, to her horror, the legendary Demon Beast/monster Kirisakin, whom King Dedede had bought from Holy Nightmare Co./Nightmare Enterprises out of fear of her, appearing in Kabu Canyon and making his way towards her and Kirby and company.
--> '''Sirica:''' ...It can't be. It's Kirisakin the great monster!\\
'''Meta Knight''': Kirisakin is here to reclaim the Galaxia sword. We must stop it!
** Escargoon screams this in an earlier episode, "Sweet & Sour Puss", when he, despite not knowing that Togeira took away his ability to get angry, finally realizes that nothing that happens to and around King Dedede can make him angry and he stays calm and nice through it all.
* In the [[GrandFinale finale]] of ''VideoGame/FZero Falcon Densetsu'', Rick Wheeler successfully destroys the Dark Reactors prematurely, therefore [[HumiliationConga ruining Black Shadow's plans]] to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy and remake the galaxy]]. Black Shadow tries to escape the destruction of the exploding reactors, [[VillainousBreakdown repeatedly shrieking "I do not die! I will not die!"]] along the way, so he can lick his wounds and plot anew. His escape is prevented by a [[MemeticMutation meme-tastic]] CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the form of a HeroicSacrifice courtesy of [[MemeticBadass Captain Falcon]] himself, who '''FALCON PUNCH!!!!!es''' Black Shadow right back into the radius of the explosion of the exploding reactors themselves (which many may argue that the Falcon Punch caused, if the scene is taken out of context), incinerating them both and at the same time saving the galaxy.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Happens fairly often when the supposedly unbeatable villains realize they're hosed.
** Kuro of a Thousand Plans prided himself on his plans never failing. But one Luffy managed to keep him from doing his Flash Step attack, his trump card attack, he's left stuck shouting belligerently that his "Plans cannot fail!" before Luffy knocks his lights out with a headbutt.
** Don Krieg isn't too happy about getting his ass handed to him on a plate by Luffy towards the end of their fight and in response repeatedly shrieks that no one can defeat him.
** Crocodile gets hit with this in his third and final match with Luffy, in disbelief that his previous fatal attacks didn't kill him and that, even though he managed to nick him with a poison, that he still continues to stand and fight him to the bitter end. As he tries to hit Luffy with a hidden blade. He yells out at Luffy that "He's a two bit punk who came from nowhere!"
** Bellamy's crew get this when Luffy, whom they thought was a weak nobody because he didn't fight back the first time, takes out their captain in one strike (''Without'' even using his stretching powers to boot) and begging him to get back up.
** Eneru gets this twice in his fight. First when Luffy manages to actually hurt him since near virtually no one could thanks to his electrical powers (rubber doesn't conduct it though) and again in the final strikes when he finds he can't counter Luffy's attack despite having the power to predict it.
** Rob Lucci's last expression before Luffy Jet Gatling's him just scream this when he sees Luffy staying on his feet up after taking his ultimate attack for ''the third time''. This likewise goes for the rest of the Marines during the Buster Call when they see that Lucci was defeated.
** In the same arc as above, Spandam is in utter disbelief that a whole Marine Base couldn't defeat seven measly pirates and their allies as he watches them sail out of range of the Marine's ships.
** Gecko Moriah exclaims this when his supposedly ultimate zombie, Oars, starts getting tossed around like a ragdoll by an empowered Luffy.
** Marigold and Sandersonia along with their sister, Hancock, express this when they find out Luffy has Conqueror's Haki and starts turning the tide in the arena fight with the former two.
** Likewise happens during the Summit War when Luffy displays it again and the Marines realize he has the potential to be the pirate king.
** At the start of their fight, Hordy Jones gets this when he realizes just how powerful Luffy really is when he drops half his forces with Conqueror's Haki alone.
** All three villains of Punk Hazard get this: Monet when she realizes Zoro actually WouldHitAGirl when she figured he wouldn't, Vergo when Law takes him out in one slash, and Caesar when his supposedly "killer gas" doesn't affect Luffy in the final struggle.
** ''Many'' of the Doflamingo Family get this in their fights. To wit: The whole family when Sugar is knocked out and undoes her toy transformations on the island, causing the residents to regain their memories of their lost loved ones. Machvise when the giant he tries to crush with his weigh powers sends up flying upward into Doflamingo's cage. Lao G when his final attack fails against his opponent and sends him plummeting into an abyss. Dellinger, high off a victory, getting slashed by an even deadlier opponent. Gladius finding out his opponent wasn't defeated as he thought and turning around just in time to see him coming down on him with a MegatonPunch. Pica severely finding that Zoro is not an opponent you want to ignore when he slashes his giant stone form in half. Diamante when his opponent, a one legged gladiator with more then enough grudge against him, manages to weather his spiked ball attack and not even seem remotely wounded as he keeps coming after him. And finally Trebol when he gets too close to what he thinks is an incapacitated Law only to get hit by his severed hand holding his sword thanks to his Ope-Ope powers and severely wound him.
** And of course there's their head honcho, Doflamingo himself. While he gets several through the final battles. The biggest one is via expression when, after going on a tirade how Luffy was born to "commoner's blood" and should accept his place, Luffy's King Kong Gun breaks through his ultimate attack to deliver the knockout blow.
* Giroro from ''Manga/SgtFrog'' winds up [[PhraseCatcher catching this phrase]] from an enemy who thought he'd killed him. In this case, however, "''Sonna bakana!''" might be better translated as "This is madness!", since Giroro's response is to scream "'''''[[Film/ThreeHundred THIS IS SPARTA!!]]'''''" in GratuitousEnglish and MegatonPunch the bad guy straight through about a dozen walls. Also works as ActorAllusion; Giroro's seiyuu dubbed Gerard Butler in the Japanese edition of ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has Clear Note, at least. The last BigBad of the series, he intended to [[spoiler:commit genocide on the Mamodo]] if he won. Right before he was taken out by Zatch's strongest spell, this trope was utilized. Said spell was the result of a DeusExMachina, without which it would ''not'' have been possible to defeat him. [[spoiler:Clear merged with his strongest spell, becoming a colossal monster, about the size of a ''mountain,'' that annihilated anything it touched with a bottomless supply of power. Zatch's strongest spell was the result of EVERY SINGLE MAMODO aside from Clear lending him their power.]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/266-35597-10/zatch-bell/chapter-319.html This]] was the result.
* ''Anime/SDGundamForce''
** As he's being pulled into a limbo between dimensions, Talgeese cries, "This can't be happening!" Before admitting, "...Well, I suppose it could, but it shouldn't be happening!"
** Also Commader Sazabi's reaction to being defeated and destroyed by Captain; "This..can't...be happening! I've lost! No! ''NOOOOOOOOOO!!''"
* Played for laughs in ''Anime/MakaiSenkiDisgaea'' when Vyers flips out and reacts like this when Laharl calls him Mid-Boss for the first time in the second episode. Bonus points for adding some {{Angrish}} followed by a ThisIsUnforgivable.
-->'''Laharl:''' I don't care what the hell you call yourself! From now on, your new name... is Mid-Boss!\\
'''Etna''' & '''Prinnies:''' (''starts laughing'')\\
'''Vyers:''' M-M-Mid-Boss?! How can this be?! Arrrgggghhh! [[ThisIsUnforgivable UNFORGIVABLE! YOU SHALL PAY FOR THIS INSULT!]]
* Variations on this happened in most races in ''Manga/InitialD''. Takumi's opponents would be smug in their ability to beat a junky 86, they'd be internally monologuing about the superiority of their car and skills, and how after this next turn they'd never see the 86's headlights again. Immediately cue said headlights and eurobeat.
* A rare heroic example from Manga/MahouSenseiNegima -- during TheHero Negi's fight with [[spoiler:TheAce Rakan]], Negi manages in a hit with a homemade spell that condenses a thousand lightning bolts, after a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that would have killed a normal person many times over. Since [[spoiler:Rakan]] is MadeOfIron taken UpToEleven, he gets up with a SlasherSmile and blood pouring from his face.
-->'''Negi:''' No... it's impossible... he took the [[FinishingMove Titan-Killing Sword]] directly... this man defies reason...
* Another heroic example, this one played for laughs, in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Kira's'' Musubienishi-hen. After Rika and Satoko spin Keiichi around as part of a game where the one he stops in front of and points to will become his date, he points to the one he stopped in front of, of course, to the surprise of the other girls. And when he takes off his blindfold and realizes that he accidentally picked Oryou, Mion and Shion's grandmother, he has this kind of reaction.
-->'''Female protagonists:''' No way!!\\
'''Oryou:''' Oh dear...\\
'''Keiichi:''' ...Thi-This is [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] absurd!![[note]]Interestingly, in his original Japanese saying, he says "So-Sonna bakana!!", by the way.[[/note]]
* In Part III of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Jotaro's Stand Star Platinum shatters Dio's Stand The World, shattering Dio in the process. Dio's last thoughts as his head explodes are shocked disbelief over the fact that he, Dio, is dying.
** A heroic version of [[LargeHam Joseph Joestar]] witnessing The World's power murdering [[spoiler: Kakyoin]]. [[ItWasHisSled Dio stops time]], but to Joseph's eyes, he's in a huge disbelief as [[spoiler: Kakyoin]] is suddenly punched across the buildings despite all the traps they set on Dio.
* In ''Anime/MonColleKnights'' (at least in the GagDub), [[spoiler:[[BigBad Redda]], a very sinister dark angel of a KnightOfCerebus for the comedic show, states the standard "No, how is this possible? My plan was going perfectly, but now it's ruined!" before he disintegrates after being slashed to death by [[AntiHero Zaha]] (in the original, he instead said that his death made no difference whatsoever and voiced his realization that he had underestimated the humans)]].
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito utters these words leading to a HeroicBSOD when [[spoiler:[[ActionGirlfriend Asuna]] [[HeroicSacrifice dies]]]] in game.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion:'' [[spoiler: Countless flabbergasted Incubators shout [[SpeakInUnison in unison]] that they [[MemeticMutation "JUST DON'T GET IT!"]] as the Magical Girls smash their plans to bits.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Kuyou has this reaction when he sees that not only has Moka revived Tsukune after he was immolated, but Tsukune has saved both himself and Moka from Kuyou's attack.
-->'''Kuyou''': No! He lives?! But that's impossible! I saw what my flame did to him! His body was burned to a crisp!
* In ''Manga/AkameGaKill'', Syura lets this out when he realizes that he is about to die by Lubbock's hands and that there is nothing he can do about it.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** [[spoiler:Jellal]] screams this before being defeated.
** Same with [[spoiler:Cobra]] when Natsu [[spoiler:[[IdiotHero stops thinking.]]]]
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Sugou/Oberon's reaction when Kirito, with help from Kayaba's VirtualGhost, pulls off a HeroicSecondWind and uses Kayaba's ID and GameMaster privileges to [[DePower strip Sugou of his own admin privileges]].
-->'''Sugou''': An ID that outranks mine?! That's impossible! This is ''my'' world! ''I'm'' the creator! I'm its ruler! Its king! [[AGodAmI Its god!]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Matthew Patel in the first volume of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'': "This is impossible! How can this be?!" promptly before Scott causes him to [[MoneySpider explode into coins]].
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker screams exactly this trope name in ''Batman: The Devil's Advocate'' after he learns in court that he's just been found guilty of multiple counts of first-degree murder, and now will almost certainly get sent to the electric chair. (He'd assumed that he'd always be thought too insane to ever be convicted by a jury, let alone receive the death penalty.)
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', [[spoiler:AIQ Squared]] says something to this effect moments before his downfall.
* In a ''ComicBook/TexWiller'' issue, an hitman whispered "No! It's impossible!" after Tex shot him. Given Tex was near the limit of the range of the hitman's [[SniperRifle Sharps rifle]] and armed with a much shorter ranged Winchester, he ''should'' have been right, had Tex not [[ImprobableAimingSkills been an extremely good shot]] and used a little trick [[RealityIsUnrealistic used by snipers in]] RealLife...
* The climax of ''ComicBook/{{Plutona}}'' sees Teddy drop this line as [[spoiler:he lies dying, watching his hero fly away.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* An especially funny installment of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' showed a group of Old West pioneers who are completely baffled by an Indian attack involving flaming arrows. ("Hey, they're lighting their arrows! Can they ''do'' that?!")

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1197160/1/Shining_In_The_Darkness Shining in the Darkness,]]'' a ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' fanfic by Feonyx:
-->''"Impossible," breathed Felix.\\
"Not impossible," Garet whispered with a grin. "Just very, very unlikely."''
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'':
** "This cannot be! There must be other factors!" Said by Snap(e) after Ha(r)grid confessed he is a Satanist.
* These exact words are used in ''Film/{{Damnatus}}'' when [[spoiler:the daemon that the radical cultists were trying to imprison escapes, thanks to the heroes [[NiceJobBreakingItHero gatecrashing the binding ritual]].]] Perhaps a subversion in that it is uttered not by the villain himself but by one of his mooks.
* During [[http://dekomaru.deviantart.com/gallery/36845316 Part 3]] of ''Webcomic/TheGreatestGift'', Hazel[[spoiler: , Trixie's mother,]] gets this when [[spoiler:Trixie starts to overpower her in the BeamOWar between the two.]]
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleAvengers'': This is the Ghost Flyer's reaction when [[{{Determinator}} Captain Equestria]] breaks through his [[MindRape Penance Stare]] through ''[[HeroicWillpower sheer will]]''.
* ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': [[BigBad Checker Monarch]] gets this when [[spoiler: Trixie manages to counter her DreamWeaver abilities and force her out of Trixie's dream]], something that no one had ever manage to do to her before. This ends up being the last straw that triggers Checker's VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Fanfic/TheImmortalGame'': [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] gets this twice. First, when [[spoiler: the Elements of Harmony are reignited]] during the Second Battle of Ponyville, and then [[spoiler: when she realizes Twilight's succeeded in defeating [[BigBad Titan]]]].
* ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'': The BigBad, [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]], gets this right before he meets his [[KarmicDeath fiery demise]].
* ''[[Fanfic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate]]'': This is [[BigBad Ruinate]]'s reaction when the Mane Six show up to confront him at the climax of Episode 2. Mostly because [[spoiler: he had just ''destroyed'' [[EmptyShell Twilight's soul]] in order to neutralize the Elements]], so it really ''shouldn't'' have been possible (he hadn't counted on [[BigGood Amity]]'s DivineIntervention).
* In ''Fanfic/AFathersWrath'' the Leader of the Jashinists and BigBad does this when his powered crystal is destroyed and all of the chakra he had put in it is unleashed on him destroying him.
* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsShowtime''
** [[Series/KamenRiderWizard Phoenix]] has this reaction to being beaten by Haruto's newly acquired [[MidSeasonUpgrade Flame Dragon Style]].
-->'''Phoenix:''' How? How did that little spark of yours turn into an inferno!? I can’t believe this!
** Hellhound has a similar reaction once Haru defeats Phoenix.
* [[TomTheDarkLord Melvin]] does this in his typically [[BewareTheSillyOnes silly]] fasion in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
-->A locked door?! '''IMPOSSIBLE!!''' Wait, no, that's totally possible, what am I talking about?
* ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'': During the Siege of Canterlot, the Shadowbolts attempt to corrupt the Loyalist Lunar Knights the way the rest of Luna's Legions were corrupted by Nightmare Moon, only for them to [[HeroicWillpower fight it off]], eliciting this reaction from the Shadowbolts (right before they get killed).
* In ''Fanfic/ACertainCrazyChristmasSpecial'', BadSanta says, "This can't be happening. What...WhatAreYou?" to Touma right before the hero punches him out.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** After having things go his way for most of Acts III and IV, this is Hokuto's reaction in Act IV chapter 31 when the fully-vampirized Tsukune starts kicking his ass.
** Similarly, in Act IV chapters 28 and 29, Jovian is completely taken aback when Apoch proves that she and Jacqueline are NotSoInvincibleAfterAll by successfully penetrating her barrier with her LaserBlade, and then using said blade to deflect her {{Hand Blast}}s.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'':
** Grey Hoof's reaction when the Element of Honesty protects Applejack from his death magic.
** Phantom Ganon's reaction when [[spoiler: Doctor Whooves and Derpy]] manage to mortally wound him. To which Maulgrim [[PreMortemOneLiner only has one thing to say before finishing him off]]:
-->"This is Equestria. And here... ''anything'' is possible!"
** Ganondorf himself, upon realizing he's about to lose his FinalBattle with the Mane Six.
** [[spoiler:Demise's reaction to the [[WreckedWeapon Trident of Power being destroyed]] by the Mane Six.]]
* ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' is set after the events of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. Various characters have this reaction as they find out that [[TheDreaded the]] [[EvilOverlord Horned]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent King]], the movie's BigBad, is [[ResurrectedForAJob alive]].
* ''Fanfic/SecondWind'': At the end of Chapter 4, Buggy has this thought during his last second of consciousness after Zoro cuts him…successfully.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Blueno and Fukuro get this reaction: Blueno when Sanji manages to affect the real world while locked in his door dimension (something that can only be done with incredible strength); Fukuro when Boss reveals that within half an hour, he's [[spoiler: learned the Six Powers enough to replicate the Six King Gun.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* A note-perfect example in Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Maleficent utters the line almost exactly in, when she realizes that Prince Philip has very nearly reached Princess Aurora's castle. She teleports to his location and declares:
-->'''Maleficent:''' Now shall you deal with ''me,'' O Prince... and ALL THE POWERS OF '''''[[PrecisionFStrike HELL]]!'''''
* ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''.
--> '''Mok''': You can't do this to me! I... AM... MOK!
* Hades is sure Disney/{{Hercules}} will perish when retrieving [[BrokenBird Meg's]] soul. Cue Herc emerging from the pool of souls, radiating golden light as his {{Leitmotif}} plays.
-->'''Hades:''' This is -- this is impossible! You, you, you, you can't be alive! You'd have to be a, a--\\
'''Pain''' & '''Panic:''' [[IronicEcho A god?]]\\
'''Hades:''' ''(flaming up)'' '''''[[BigNo NNNNOOOOOO!!!!!]]''''' Hercules, stop! You can't do this to me! You can't --\\
''(Herc punches him in the face without turning his head)''
* Also shown in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' just before Po defeats Tai Lung.
-->'''Tai Lung:''' You...You can't defeat me. You're just a big... fat... panda!\\
'''Po:''' I'm not a big, fat panda. I'm ''THE'' big, fat, panda.
* '' WesternAnimation/WallE'': This is AUTO's reaction to finding EVE and WALL-E somehow escaped from the Axiom's garbage dump.
-->'''Auto:''' '''Not. Possible.'''
* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', this is Jafar's reaction when he sees Aladdin and Abu and Abis Mal fighting over his lamp and realizes that Aladdin himself avoided death by beheading thanks to the Blue Genie:
-->'''Jafar:''' The street rat? ''Still aliiiiive?!'' '''[[BigNo NO!]]''' (''[[KillItWithFire launches fireballs at Aladdin]]'')
* ''Disney/TheLionKing''
** Inverted: when Simba arrives just in time to witness Scar fighting with his mother Sarabi, he steps in to protect her. A terrified Scar replies to that with "Mufasa? No. You're dead."
** And he's right. Earlier on in the film, Scar killed Mufasa by shoving him back into the wildebeest stampede, therefore resulting in his death. With Simba's return, Scar ends up mistaking him for Mufasa until he reveals to his mother that he's her son, causing Scar to be both relieved to know he's correct and surprised to know that Simba is indeed alive.
-->'''Scar''': Simba? Simba! I'm a little surprised to see you... (angrily looks at the hyenas) ''alive''? (the hyenas gulp and back away)
* In the finale of the 1986 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', Unicron in his death-throes is heard saying "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Destiny... You cannot... destroy... my... DESTINYYYYY...!]]" before exploding.
* In ''Disney/PeterPan'', this is inverted ''and'' played straight: after Captain Hook supposedly killed Peter Pan by blowing him up with a bomb, not realizing he had escaped the blast, he has Wendy walk the plank, but when the pirates don't hear a splash expected from hitting the water, [[WheresTheKaboom they puzzle over it]] until they discover the answer to the question: Peter, very much alive, had saved Wendy and put here in the crow's nest.
-->'''Hook:''' It can't be!\\
'''Mr. Smee:''' It's his blinking ghost what's talking!\\
'''Hook:''' ''(drawing his sword to duel with Peter)'' I assure you this ghost has blood in his veins!
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', after Elsa manages to finally control her powers and, through the PowerOfLove, thaws out Anna after being frozen, Hans has this very revelation when he sees them both alive:
-->'''Hans:''' ''(to Anna)'' But she froze your heart!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/CitizenKane'':
-->'''Kane:''' Susan. Please don't go. No. Please, Susan. From now on, everything will be exactly the way you want it to be, not the way I think you want it, but -- your way. You mustn't go. You can't do this to me!
-->'''Susan:''' I see. It's ''you'' that this is being done to! It's not me at all. Not what it means to me. I can't do this to you? ''Oh, yes I can.''
* Aunt Agatha in ''Film/DoubleDoubleToilAndTrouble'' says this almost word for word when the twins manage to bring her sister out of the mirror world.
* Vizzini from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is fond of the word "inconceivable" to explain things that should not go wrong but inevitably do.
-->'''Vizzini:''' He didn't fall?! [[CatchPhrase Inconceivable]]!\\
'''Inigo Montoya:''' YouKeepUsingThatWord. [[LampshadeHanging I do not think it means what you think it means]].
* Nicely [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', when Jack Sparrow waltzes into the pirates' cave on Isla De Muerta shortly after Barbossa marooned him on an unescapable island for the ''second'' time.
-->'''Barbossa:''' It's not possible!\\
'''Jack:''' Not ''probable!''
* ''Film/ThePrestige'', when [[spoiler:Borden shows up after having apparently been hanged.]] This is pretty rich when you consider what Angier's been up to.
-->'''Angier:''' Impossible... [[spoiler:a brother, a twin?]]
* The one in the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST-worthy]] ''Film/RidingWithDeath'' is delivered oddly:
-->'''Dr. Hale:''' No. This can't '''BE?!''' You're '''''DEAD?!'''''\\
'''Mike:''' No ''I'm'' '''''NOT?!'''''
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': When Tank reappears with the lightning gun trained on Cypher.
-->'''Cypher:''' No! I don't believe it!\\
'''Tank:''' [[PreAsskickingOneLiner Believe it or not, you piece of shit, you're still gonna burn!]]
** ''The Matrix Revolutions'': Agent Smith's reaction when Neo gets up once again [[spoiler:just before the [[TheAssimilator "It Was]] [[AssimilationBackfire Inevitable"]] [[HeroicSacrifice scene]]]]:
-->'''Smith:''' What? What did I just say?.. No, no, this isn't right. This can't be right... GET AWAY FROM ME!\\
'''Neo:''' What are you afraid of?\\
'''Smith:''' It's a trick!
* Played straight in ''Film/VanHelsing'', when the titular character starts transforming into a Werewolf( [[spoiler:the only creature that can kill Dracula]] ), Dracula says just this. Considering ol' Vlad had just recently ''sent'' a werewolf after Van Helsing et all, you'd THINK he might have considered this possibility.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** A rare heroic version comes from Luke in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'':
-->'''Vader:''' [[LukeIAmYourFather No, I am your father!]]\\
'''Luke:''' No. No. That's not true. That's impossible!\\
'''Vader:''' Search your feelings, you ''know'' it to be true!\\
'''Luke:''' ''[[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOO!]]'' Nooooooo!
** A quite literal example of this trope is Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' [[spoiler:discovering the records from the Jedi Temple where Anakin killed the younglings]].
* ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' when the hero is able to keep the runaway ship from crashing into an oil tanker, causing [[LargeHam Willem Dafoe]] to yell "IMPOSSIBLE!"
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': "''This is impossible/How can this be...''"
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'': As the sheriff [[spoiler:realizes he's been shot fatally ''through his badge'' by notoriously bad shooter Roy, who also had only one bullet to boot and endured a hail of six-shooter gunfire]]: "...How the hell did that happen?"
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': How could a little girl like you destroy all of my beautiful wickedness?
* From ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'':
-->'''[[Creator/BrianBlessed Prince Vultan]]:''' GORDON'S ALIVE?!?!?!?!?!?!?
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''
** Sir Galahad the Chaste upon realizing the maidens of castle Anthrax want to have their way with him.
-->'''Galahad:''' This cannot be! I am sworn to chastity!
** The Black Knight essentially says it when Arthur bests him easily, "I'm invincible!!"
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** When Bane is notified of Batman's return in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', he says "Impossible!" When the two of them come face-to-face, he can still barely believe it. "I broke you!"
** Subversion: In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', when Batman shows up to protect Dent from getting hit by an RPG, Joker's response is a simple "[[DidntSeeThatComing Hm!]]" Downplayed later in the film. When [[spoiler:the two boats with passengers aboard do not blow each other up]], Joker tosses aside his pipe club in anger, then mutters to himself: "Can't rely on anyone these days, you gotta do ''everything'' yourself..."
* A notable version in ''Film/{{Willow}}'', since [[spoiler:it really was impossible. Willow faked the whole thing and if the BigBad hadn't made a mistake in response she'd have won as soon as she thought to search the area.]]
* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', Azrael croaks out "But... I'm a fucking demon..." after Silent Bob collapses his chest with a blessed golf club.
* The Spanish dub of ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' had this as Grace's reaction to feeling "el placer".
* ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'': This is [[PresidentEvil President Snow's]] reaction when Katniss [[spoiler: manages to shut down the whole game arena]].
-->'''Snow''': That's not possible.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' when the titular heroes [[spoiler:successfully share the power of an Infinity Stone.]]
-->'''Ronan''': You're mortal! How?!
* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', when Robo catches Emil in the act of robbing the gas station and utters the phrase "Dead or alive, you're coming with me," Emil recognizes him as Murphy:
--> "I know you. You're dead! We killed you! ''We killed you!''"
* In ''Film/TheCrow'', as Eric Draven is about to dispatch T-Bird, T-Bird recognizes him:
-->T-Bird: "I know you. I know you. I knew I knew you, I knew I knew you. But you ain't you. You can't be you. We put you through the window. There ain't no coming back. This is the really real world, there ain't no coming back. We killed you dead, there ain't no coming back! There ain't no coming back! There ain't no coming back!"
* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': Thor says this when Hela [[spoiler: destroys Mjølnir.]]
-->'''Thor:''' This is not possible!
-->'''Hela:''' Darling, you have no idea what is possible.
* ''Film/ExMachina'': As Nathan is [[spoiler:stabbed by his two robot slaves, he stops fighting back and just starts walking away in shock, muttering about this whole thing is "fucking unreal..."]]
* ''Film/PowerRangers2017'': During the climactic showdown with Rita and Goldar, the Rangers and their Zords appear to be destroyed by being pushed into a fiery pit, only to emerge unharmed, having formed the Megazord. Rita, for the first time in the movie, [[OhCrap loses her smug composure]] and can only scream a frustrated "How?!"
* In ''Film/MenInBlack3'', Boris the Animal repeats that several times after [[spoiler:Jay manages to dodge his SpikeShooter symbiote three times. Jay counters with Boris's own CatchPhrase, "Let's AgreeToDisagree." In fact, Jay did this by first running towards Boris and getting hit three times, remembering the trajectory of the spikes, then using MentalTimeTravel to repeat the events but without getting hit]].
* Used verbatim by Steppenwolf in ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' after the heroes disable his DoomsdayDevice, kick his ass around the block and shatter his axe. At this point, [[spoiler: his Parademons realize he's more afraid of the heroes than vice versa, and turn on him.]]

* In ''Literature/DragonBlood'', [[spoiler: Jakoven]] says something like that as his last words, when he is killed by [[spoiler: Garranon, his former [[SexSlave "beloved"]]. Stockholm syndrome didn't work so well for him.]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'': Doctor Impossible is a cape-and-mask supervillain who declares his nefarious plot to the world by saying "Greetings, insects!" But in quieter moments he reflects "No matter how good the science is, sooner or later, some Special Forces reject will scale the wall and punch you in the stomach." He only rejoices when there really does appear to be nothing between him and his goal. He's wrong, but doesn't seem amazed by it, or even, after thirteen tries, really surprised. Very disappointed, obviously, but it was always a possibility, and ''next time'' he'll win, no doubt about it.
* [[ManipulativeBitch Senna Wales]], late in the ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' series.
-->'''Senna:''' It couldn't end here. It couldn't end like this. This was [[DimensionLord to be my universe]]. Everworld [[TakeOverTheWorld was mine]]; it couldn't end like this.
* [[TheDragon Ishamael]] says something along these lines each of the three times Rand "kills" him in the first three books of the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series. [[spoiler:He may have a point, though, since he survives the first two times and is quickly reincarnated the third.]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' by Mr. Crouch when his house-elf, Winky, is discovered underneath the Dark Mark, having disobeyed his orders. He's really reacting to the much bigger problem of [[spoiler:his son returning to his evil ways and fighting the Imperius Curse under which he has placed him]], however. Still, he's [[GoodIsNotNice not really the villain]] and they weren't his final words, [[spoiler:although he is killed later in the book by that very son.]]
* In most English translations of the Polish folktale "The Two Babies Cast into the Water", the father of the two babies (who have been put through the MosesInTheBulrushes treatment by their WickedStepmother) screams exactly this trope when the stepmother lies to him that his former wife has given birth not to human children, but to a dog and a cat. (The two children survive their ordeal and grow up to become a BrotherSisterTeam, with [[ActionGirl the sister a little more competent than the brother]].)
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'' the villain's last words are "You're a [[TheSoCalledCoward Betan]]! You can't do--"
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', this is about the reaction of [=DomDaniel=] when he sees Princess Jenna on top of the Dragon Boat's head when the Dragon Boat is attacking him.
* Used by the local BigBad in ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel ''Literature/TheApproachingStorm''. [[DiscussedTrope An insight on the Trope]] is provided by [[TheWatson Ogomoor]]:
--> ''...Ogomoor was able to divine several things simultaneously from his master's exclamation. First, when someone declares loudly and violently that something is not possible, it is probably an accomplished fact. Second, things that are supposed to not be possible that become reality almost always imply negative consequences. [[RuleOfThree And third]], there was no point in hurrying from the room because in all probability he would immediately receive an order to return.''
* In [[Creator/MoWillems Mo Willems]]'s ''Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct'', when Reginald's [[PuffOfLogic first plan]] to convince people that there is no Edwina because dinosaurs are extinct fails, he stands around, [[WavingSignsAround waving a sign]] in red letters reading "This is not happening." It doesn't work either.
* In the last book of the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, [[BigBad Jupiter]] screams "It cannot be!" [[spoiler:as he realises that [[TheHero Audrey]] is defeating him.]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the necromancer Grevane has a non-verbal variant, where he refuses to believe that he could be defeated even after having his throat cut open with a sword, and keeps trying to finish the spell that would make him a god as he's dying. This is fortunate for the protagonists, as if he'd accepted what was happening he would undoubtedly have used his [[CastFromHitPoints Death Curse]] to do as much damage as possible.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the episode, "The Parting of the Ways", the Dalek Emperor declares "I cannot die!" just before [[spoiler:Rose destroys him and his army]].
** Davros also declares "I cannot die! I CANNOT DIE!" in "Resurrection of the Daleks". And follows it up with "No! This CANNOT be!" in "Remembrance of the Daleks". [[JokerImmunity He had a point.]] Talk about not being able to take a hint.
** As a heroic inversion, the Doctor himself has been known to say this, on occasion:
--->'''Rose:''' That's a black hole.\\
'''The Doctor:''' That's impossible.\\
'''Zach:''' I did warn you.\\
'''The Doctor:''' We're standing under a black hole.\\
'''Ida Scott:''' In orbit.\\
'''The Doctor:''' But we can't be.\\
'''Ida:''' You can see for yourself—we're in orbit.\\
'''The Doctor:''' But we ''can't'' be!
*** It can, as long as you're outside the event horizon. An unfortunate case of the writers failing to [[CriticalResearchFailure do their research]].
*** Actually, you have to be outside 1.5 event horizon radii. Below that any stable orbit would require going faster than the speed of light. You can go below that and return, but you have to actively apply thrust to hold position - orbiting won't work.
** In Series 9's "The Witch's Familiar", a dying Davros seems to have tricked the Doctor into giving him and the Daleks some of his regeneration energy and is [[EvilGloating gloating]] about it, unaware that the Doctor is counting down to something. As soon as he says "one", a huge tremor goes through the city. Davros has enough time to say [[OhCrap "What's happening?!",]] when the Doctor tells him that he turned the tables on his so called trick, and poured some energy into the city's sewers, where a bunch of half-dead, decaying and very, ''very'' angry Daleks are. As soon as Davros realizes this, he says, "No... This cannot be correct! How can this be?!" as the Doctor leaves him in the collapsing city. Just goes to show that the Doctor may be compassionate but he's ''not'' an idiot!
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Roose's eyes go wide when Theon tells him that [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated Reports of Bran and Rickon Stark's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated]].
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** In ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', one of the main villains was a creature name [[BearsAreBadNews Grizzaka]], who was [[SmugSuper so arrogant]] about his immense power that he claimed no one would ever be stronger than him and that he would never be defeated. Needless to say, [[OhCrap he received a big shock]] when, after a huge battle with the rangers, they delivered the fatal blow to him.
-->'''Grizzaka:''' (''[[CriticalExistenceFailure as his body prepares to explode]]'') IMPOSSIBLE! I AM INVINCIBLE! NO ONE IS STRONGER THAN GRIZZZAKKKAAAA!!!\\
(''[[DefeatMeansExplosion he blows up]]'')
** Another good example of a villain who also says such a phrase is Goldar from the very first series (''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', to be exact), who gets as much of a big shock as the above villain when his personal war Zord, Cyclopsis, is overloading and when it is finally destroyed for good by the Ultrazord.
-->'''Computerized voice:''' Overload! Overload! Too many changes! System locked!\\
'''Goldar:''' NO! I don't believe it!\\
(''the Ultrazord blasts Lokar and Cyclopsis'')\\
'''Goldar:''' It can't be! [[AbandonShip ABANDON]] [[IncrediblyLamePun SHIP!]] (''teleports back to Rita's palace just before Cyclopsis explodes'')
** And, not too much later after that...
-->'''Rita:''' Ohh, I can't stand it!!\\
'''Baboo:''' Ohh, I certainly regret your displeasure!\\
'''Squatt:''' It wasn't my fault! I was asleep!\\
'''Finster:''' You can't blame me! This time it's all Goldar's fault!\\
'''Goldar:''' Never mind that! Rita! Get us out of here before Ultrazord blasts us!\\
'''Rita:''' (''laughs; her palace takes off for the moon'') Yes! ...Goldar?\\
'''Goldar:''' Yes, empress?\\
'''Goldar:''' (''growls'')
** In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', General Havoc yells "THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE!" when the Rangers destroy his Metallosaurus with the Rescue Megazord. Subverted in that he actually ''survives'' this and returns for the following season.
** From ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'', DiscOneFinalBoss Diabolico has decided to take the Rangers out himself, and hits their spiffy new Lightspeed Solarzord with a massive attack... which the Zord absorbs into its solar panels.
-->'''Diabolico:''' This can't be happening!\\
'''Carter:''' Oh, ''sure'' it can, Diabolico! (''opens fire; [[BeamSpam insanely massive barrage]] of laser-{{Dakka}} ensues'')\\
'''Diabolico''': ''(As his body goes critical)'' [[ImpossibleTask You have done the impossible.]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable You have defeated the mighty Diabolico!]] [[MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning But be assured]], [[BigBad Queen Bansheera]] [[AvengingTheVillain will avenge my defeat]] ''[[UpToEleven A THOUSAND FOLD!]]''
-->''(Diabolico collapses to the ground and explodes)''
** ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': This is [[TheStarscream Serrator]]'s reaction to [[BigBad Xandred]] leaving the Netherworld and coming after him. A major plot point was Xandred's inability to leave the Netherworld due to an (incomplete) sealing spell placed on him by the previous generation. Turns out the nature of that spell is that he can't leave the Netherworld ''for very long.'' The decay that happens to all Nighloks in Earth conditions just happens to him really fast. At this point, no one - us, or the other characters, except maybe the scholar Octoroo - knew that if he was willing to pay the price, he can come out and play for a minute or three... and he's so insanely powerful that even when severely compromized, that's long enough to ''thoroughly'' [[CurbStompBattle maul the Rangers and anybody else who pisses him off enough to come out]]. Cue the previously unthinkable sight of Serrator - a DiabolicalMastermind, and TheHeavy since Xandred doesn't usually do much, ''and'' someone who proved to be very powerful in combat - [[KnowWhenToFoldEm running for his life]]. [[spoiler: Of course, the time it will take Xandred to recover from that means Serrator came out of this ahead. Knowing Serrator, ''maybe'' he'd planned on that.]]
** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'': Imagine Creepox's surprise when he realizes that he lost his SingleStrokeBattle with Troy...
-->'''Creepox''': No. NO! It cannot be! Me, the mightiest of all insects, fall to a weak human like you? Argh! (blows up)
* ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'': Stinger does not take meeting his brother again for the first time in years [[HeroicBSOD well]]. [[spoiler:Last time he saw him, his brother just betrayed whole planet to Jark Matter. Now he came to know that Scorpio also added becoming a monstrous version of himself in the meantime.]]
--> '''Stinger''': It can't be... Brother?
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' Season 4's BigBad, Adam, was like this all through his final fight with Buffy, unable to comprehend how she is defeating him. His last words are a disbelieving "How can you?"
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/RidingWithDeath'', a bad guy had just found out the main hero had survived what should have been a deadly crash. He exclaims, oddly, "This cannot beeeeeeeee? You're deaaaaaaaaaad?"
-->'''Mike:''' ''No, I'm nooooot.''
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E22AllHellBreaksLoosePartTwo "All Hells Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, E22)]], Jake is shocked to see Sam alive.
-->'''Jake:''' You can't be alive. You can't be.
* In the finale of ''Series/HeroesReborn'', Erica Kravid has this reaction when Tommy reveals that he has the ability to [[TakeAThirdOption circumvent her]] SadisticChoice, and that she made it possible because [[spoiler:she'd had him trapped in Evernow where he literally had an eternity to practice how to put himself in two places at once]]. She screams "No. That's impossible!" before trying to shoot him.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In "Flashpoint", The Rival says "That's impossible!" when Barry Allen manages to neutralize the two tornadoes Rival created.

* The opening line of Music/DreamTheater's ''In the name of God.''

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* During late 2003, Wrestling/{{Kane}} had buried his brother, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, alive. At the 2004 Wrestling/RoyalRumble, [[ForDoomTheBellTolls Taker's gong hit]], prompting Kane to [[OhCrap completely stop what he was doing]], pointing at the entrance ramp and screaming "I buried you alive! There's no way!" The next few months would have Taker invoke these on Kane frequently, with Kane [[SanitySlippage increasingly losing what little of his sanity]] [[VillainousBreakdown he had left]]. Most of Kane's response was to scream that the Undertaker was dead, denying there was any way Taker would come back to face him. [[HesBack Then came WrestleMania XX]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
** Hades, whenever you beat him in the games, does the same as in ''Hercules''. It's immensely satisfying to hear, really.
-->'''Hades:''' This... isn't... happening!
** [[spoiler:Xehanort]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' once he sees that [[spoiler:even though he just took over Terra's body, Terra's armor reanimates through sheer force of will and seals the battlefield.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Xehanort:''' Your body submits, your heart succumbs-- so why does your mind resist?!]]
** Ansem [[spoiler:(Xehanort's Heartless)]] after you defeat him in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the original game]].
-->Is this the answer? It can't be!
** Several members of Organization XIII, most noticeably Xigbar ("I lost...''me!?''), Larxene ("I'm fading!? NO, this isn't the way I...I won't allow-!"), and Demyx ([[LargeHam "NO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"]])
* ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War]]''
** Some units shout things to this effect when routed (also, some characters when their armies are defeated in campaign mode).
** The Chaos Sorcerer blurts out a hammy "It cannot be!" when his morale breaks. The Imperial Guard Psykers also get a juicily shaky "This is impossible! I-I cannot lose!!" line when it happens.
** And in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf__Mf9zptU the Chaos defeat cinematic of Soulstorm,]] Lord Carron gives us this hamtastic line:
-->'''Lord Carron:''' No, no! We cannot lose! We cannot die, how ''can'' we?! [...] Oohhh, the horrid blossom of Chaos will wither, will ''die''!! [...] This world... is ''slipping''... from our grasssp.
* Happens during the final battle against [[spoiler: Chakravartin]] in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' after he manages to fully hurt him. After that, it's all one big NoHoldsBarredBeatdown and a WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
--> [[spoiler:'''Chakravartin:''' ...How can he...be so powerful...?]]
* Dracula does this in ''every'' ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' game, sometimes mixing it up with an AsLongAsThereIsEvil speech.
** After beating Dracula in the prologue BossBattle in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', he yells "No... this cannot be! Aaaaargh!"
** Dracula's absolute best one is if he's beaten by Maria in the PSP remake of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'':
--->'''Dracula''': ''COMPLETELY'' impossible!! ''BEATEN''...by a ''LITTLE GIRL!!''
** Then there's the instance Dracula charges his SphereOfDestruction after taking some damage from Shanoa in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''... only for her to interrupt him with the DangerousForbiddenTechnique using his own power against him.
-->'''Dracula:''' What's happening?! NO! It can't possibly be my- (''WrittenRoar'')
** Oddly enough, from the same game, Shanoa herself counts, as well. The fight with [[spoiler:Barlowe]] gives us the simple line "It can't be!" as [[spoiler:Barlowe uses the power of Dracula to free the Prince of Darkness from his prison.]]
** As the quotes link above shows, Graham and Dimitri also do this in the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' games.
* ''VideoGame/CreepyCastle''
** In scenario 2, [[spoiler:Possessor]] can't believe Butterfly somehow beat him up and questions how [[spoiler:Moth ultimately escaped [[MindControl his influence]]]] (the implication being that he shouldn't have been able to do so) [[VillainousBreakdown loosing smugness]] in the process. [[{{Determinator}} It doesn't stop him]] to resort to more drastic measures to accomplish his purpose.
** The [[spoiler: Architect]] you fight at first find the idea of Ant Queen fighting him amusing but later [[BossBanter will pause the fight to realise he can actually be harmed with Ant Queen suggesting to go back to talk instead]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''
** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', Dhaos shouts "Sonna... sonna bakana!" when the [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Indignation]] spell is successfully cast at him; he says it again if you cast it on him during the actual game, at least in his first boss fight. And if you cast it at his cameo in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' [[spoiler: as Sekundes, Summon of Time]] and ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' in the coliseum, he says the same thing.
** Every single Desian in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' will gasp "I lost...to an inferior being?" [[BrokenRecord Every single one.]]
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Barbos and Clint also utter a "sonna bakana" when defeated. Perhaps most memorably, certain soldier enemies will say "No way!" or "Bakana!" ''[[BrokenRecord every single time they get hit while knocked down]]''.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', [[spoiler:Richard declares this after his defeat at the Ghardia Shaft.]]
** ''Graces'' seems to love this trope, since it is delivered word-for-word not just by [[spoiler: Richard]] but by [[spoiler: Emeraude and the Fodra Queen during the final fight with her as well.]]
** In Tales of VS., during Stahn's story mode, Khang screams this when Phillia decides to fight along side with Stahn against him.
* When Rei defeats Juda in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Juda cries out "''Bakana!''" ("''Impossible!''"). The moment is recreated if you use Rei's [[FinishingMove Fatal KO]] on Juda in the Playstation 2 game.
** Jagi also yells the phrase after realising that none of his attacks are working on Kenshiro during their final battle.
* Played straight in the first ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
* These are the exact last words of Lu Bu in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 4'' when you kill him.
* Also played hilariously straight in the ending sequence of ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy]]''. [[TheManBehindTheMan Marka Ragnos's]] dialogue is to show up, [[NothingCanStopUsNow declare his invincibility]], get whupped and then scream his hammy, {{Narm}}ful disbelief at the ceiling before being banished.
-->'''Ragnos:''' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! This is IMPOSSSSIBLE! I shall return, Jedi! One day ''I will return'', AND AHNIHILATE YOU ALL!!!
** You think that's {{Narm}}y? In the German version, his line ''rhymes''.
* The last words of the BigBad in ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'' is "What... Impossible!...".
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''
** When you defeat Smithy, the FinalBoss, he bellows, "It's not... possible...! I don't believe it...! I'm...finished...done for...!" This is followed by a WrittenRoar, a BigNo, and CriticalExistenceFailure, in that order.
** The end of an earlier BossBattle:
--->'''Axem Red:''' This isn't possible! We are...invincible!\\
'''Axem Pink:''' Can this be happening to the AXEM RANGERS?
** In ''Super Mario Advance'', Birdo utters such a phrase in [[AmbiguousGender her]] pink and red forms.
** Then there's [[spoiler:the Shadow Queen]] of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', who mutters these words after being defeated:
--->[[spoiler:'''Shadow Queen:''']] Impossible... Unthinkable... How could I... I cannot be beaten by lesser beings such as these... and I had just been reborn into this world... I cannot... I must not... AAAAAIIIIYYYYEEE!!!
** In VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy, Bowser can only watch in utter disbelief as his attempted conquest of the universe falls apart.
--->''"NOOOO! My galaxy! My empire! This can't be happening..."''
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''
** Vigoro (and Piastol in the UpdatedRerelease) does this upon his (or her) defeat, complete with slow motion falling down in defeat. (Although the actual line they give is "How can this be?!")
** In fact, whilst we're about it, Ramirez does this too when you've beaten him for the [[SequentialBoss THIRD TIME]], declaring that "This can't be happening!" right before [[CriticalExistenceFailure evaporating in a really shiny fashion]].
* Konishi Mitsuki from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', being the ManipulativeBastard that she is, says this as if you defeat her in battle.
* M. Bison in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3''. Like... all the time.
* When the audio is set to Japanese and Juri is defeated in ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', she yells ''"sonna bakanaaa!"''
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' bosses just love to do this, the hammier the better.
** One of the classic examples is Nefarian, who upon being killed yells, "This cannot be! I am the Master here! You mortals are nothing to [[OurDragonsAreDifferent my kind]]! DO YOU HEAR? NOTHING!"
** Kael'thas Sunstrider's LastWords is more of a NothingCanStopUsNow though.
-->"My demise accomplishes nothing! The Master will have you! You will drown in your own blood! The world shall burn! [[DeathCryEcho Aaaghh!]]"
** Archimonde in Caverns of Time
** "WUT!? UNPOSSIBLE!! You face Mogor now! Mogor destroy!"
** The Lich King utters a very shocked, "Impossible..." after Tirion uses Ashbringer to shatter Frostmourne.
** Said verbatim by Instructor Chillheart in the new Scholomance instance, when you destroy her phylactery, killing her.
** Armsmaster Harlan in the Scarlet Halls is, in his last words, either incredulous and doing this trope, or just indicating he's pissed off:
--> "Bested... by the likes of[[KilledMidSentence ...]]"
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64''
** Both Leon (first encounter) and Pigma (second encounter) of Star Wolf exclaim "This can't be happening!" when defeated.
** Wolf himself also gets in on the action, yelling "No way! I don't believe it!" and "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I... can't... LOOOOOSE!]]" when he gets shot down.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' after you defeat the Egg Viper, Dr. Eggman says "No way! I can't believe this!"
*** This same soundclip is also used when fighting the Egg Walker, and Eggman barks his disbelief every time you hit his machine's legs. Since the four legs are all meant to be hit in quick succession, this leads to [[GoodBadBug "NO WAY, I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!"]]
*** Eggman then shouts "What?! I cannot believe this is happening!" after you beat Hedgehog Hammer with Amy.
** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'': In the G.U.N. boss fights, a G.U.N. soldier will utter this when defeated. Also, the Dark characters will utter this when they are defeated for the final time (only time in Rouge's case).
-->'''Rouge:''' This can't be true! I never lose!\\
'''Eggman:''' No! I can't lose to Tails!\\
'''Shadow:''' Impossible! I am the ultimate life form!
** And in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', Black Doom's OneWingedAngel form, Devil Doom, states this when Super Shadow defeats him. Black Doom had it coming anyway.
-->'''Black Doom''': I-Impossible! I am the supreme being that rules this universe! I AM THE IMMORTAL LIFE FORM! I AM THE ULTIMATE POWER! [[DeathCryEcho AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!]]
** Also in ''Sonic Battle'', when fighting Dr. Eggman during the Emerl's story. Whenever you beat him he shouts "IT CAN'T BE!"
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** A more famous use of this from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' on the FloatingContinent.
-->'''Emperor:''' Very well, Kefka. So be it. You’ve become useless, and I’m afraid it’s time to end this.\\
'''Kefka:''' (''double take'')\\
'''Emperor:''' Don’t think of me too badly. As a final comfort, I’ll put you to sleep with your own magic.\\
'''Kefka:''' (''[[LaughingMad erupts into laughter]]'')\\
'''Emperor:''' What's so funny? (''pause'') No matter. It is only fitting that you die laughing. Firaga! (''pause'') Flare! (''pause'')\\
'''Kefka:''' (''jumps around, acting jolly'')\\
'''Emperor:''' Im...impossible... Why doesn’t the magic strike!! Meltdown!
** In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', almost every villain has at least one variation of this to cry upon their defeat, either when the final blow is dealt or when they collapse afterwards:
-->'''Garland:''' Impossible! I cannot be defeated!\\
'''Emperor:''' This...this can't be real...\\
'''Exdeath:''' No...this is not happening!\\
'''Kefka:''' Inconceivable!\\
'''Ultimecia:''' How could this be?\\
'''Kuja:''' I will not accept this result!
** In fact this trope is so popular, even a couple heroes employ it.
-->'''Terra:''' It can't end like this!\\
'''Cloud:''' How could this happen?
** It's played with a little in Zidane's standard defeat quote. Despite him saying the trope word-for-word, it isn't delivered with the usual hammy defiance of the line. Instead, Zidane actually sounds very surprised and scared as he says "W-what? ...This can't be--"
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Wakka declares "This can't be happening," after the party views Jyscal's Sphere and learns that Seymour murdered him. He says it again after Auron states "We will protect Yuna from anyone, even a maester" and yet ''again'' if the player has Wakka use the Talk command to talk to Seymour during the battle. Later, Lulu declares "This...this cannot be!" when Yunalesca tells the party that there is no way to truly defeat Sin.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', [[GoldfishPoopGang Logos]] has this as his death quote. The voice acting makes it sound rather silly, to say the least.
* ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 3]]'' has a moment like this, too. Complete with lampshading.
-->'''Arkham:''' I have the true power of Sparda!\\
'''Vergil:''' Not very classy for someone's dying words.
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' Emperor Sun Hai says this after you defeat him, exclaiming [[AGodAmI 'I am a god']] just to further seal his fate.
* Subverted by The BigBad in ''VideoGame/FableII'' when the hero ends his rant midword. Complete with laconic sarcasm. Though the player can beat said sociopath to the punch if he likes.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
** In 'The King of Fighters Maximum Impact'', Alba's defeat quote is translated in the dub as "How can this be?!?" Duke, on the other hand, gets a shout of "How can I...!".
** Earlier in ''[=KoF=] '94'', knocking Rugal out nets you a "Ma... masaka...".
** Iori Yagami's staple cry of defeat is "Konomama de wa owaranzo!" ("This can't be the end!")
* Legend Entertainment's ''Shannara'' gives [[spoiler: Brona]] a speech like that when you [[spoiler: attack the Ildatch with the Sword of Shannara:]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Brona:''']] What is wrong? My magic! It is gone! I CANNOT DIE AGAIN! I... i... deeeeaaaad...
* The ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'''s Naughty Sorceress says "This cannot be! This is not possible! It cannot be the case that this is the case!" when you defeat her second form.
* Uka Uka in ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'' uses this after you beat him and Cortex for the real ending.
-->'''Uka Uka:''' No... It cannot be! Not a prisoner of time again! AAAAUUUUUUGGGGGHH!
* In the PC version of ''Killing Time'', the final boss Tess Conway does this as she [[CriticalExistenceFailure fades into dust from the feet up]] once she's defeated.
-->'''Tess Conway:''' Impossible! I'm immortal! ...I'm immortal!
* In ''VideoGame/DynamiteHeaddy'', every time you defeat a Keymaster, you can hear someone (the BigBad?) saying "I cannot believe it!"
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', Tanya's last words are close.
--->'''Tanya:''' No! This can't be happening! I...
** Also, even more spectacularly, [[spoiler:Cherdenko]] gets a different one in ''each'' campaign.
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', if you sufficiently anger your deity, he will smite you with a bolt of lightning. If you survive, he will throw a wide-angle disintegration beam at you. If you '''still''' survive, he will simply say "I believe it not!"
* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', every chapter has a boss which is stronger than most units. However, not every boss is completely vital to the plot, some are just random people of high rank in opposing armies. Every boss has a death quote, so there's a countless number of random bosses who use some variations of "ThisCannotBe" when defeated.
* ''Champions Online'':
-->'''[[EvilutionaryBiologist Teleios:]]''' ThisCannotBe! I am Teleios! I- I cannot fail! (''and then he explodes'')
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile''
** Barbarossa's death speech in .
** Hrist gets one too.
** A heroic example:
-->'''Lorenta:''' (''after her DME hits 0'') No! ThisCannotBe!
* Uttered in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' by Rose when, at the end of Disc 3, [[spoiler:"the emperor" reveals himself to be Zieg, another dragoon from the old, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld old]] days.]] This isn't the only "cannot be" moment LOD offers.
* Shiro Tagachi, after dying in ''VideoGame/GuildWars Factions''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** The original series episode "Island Of Giant Pokemon" features Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle separated from Ash and company while shipwrecked on a desert island. The quartet eventually come across Meowth, Ekans, and Koffing, (Also separated from Team Rocket) whom Meowth commands to fight. Ekans and Koffing refuse, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Meowth:''' Come on, we're all bad guys here! We don't need no masters to tell us to do bad stuff!
-->'''Ekans:''' There's no such thing as a bad Pokemon.
-->'''Koffing:''' That's right.
-->'''Meowth:''' ''There's no such thing as a bad Pokemon???''
-->'''Ekans:''' Only bad masters who tell Pokemon to do bad things.
-->'''Meowth:''' '''IT CAN'T BE!!!''' ''My'' master's not around, and I ''always'' act like a rat!
** In the remakes of ''Pokémon Gold and Silver'', Clair screams this after the Master in Dragon's Den reveals that you passed a test that even ''she'' didn't. This was actually to teach you a lesson as she won't give the Rising Badge to you even after you beat her, and has to be ordered by the master (her grandfather) to hand it over.
** In the same game, [[spoiler: Giovanni declares that he will not repeat the same mistake 3 years ago by losing to a child. You whip his ass and Giovanni utters that he can't believe he lost to another kid yet again and this can't be happening again. He then walks out of the cave and the player hears a water splash, which implies that Giovanni committed suicide, although his appearance in Black 2 and White 2 is debatable on whether or not he did kill himself.]]
** In ''Red/Blue'' and the remakes of it, your rival will say this after he loses the final battle.
** [[spoiler:Ghetsis]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' ''loses his mind'' over this very trope. [[spoiler:After N is beaten, foiling Ghetsis' plan that took years to plan and impliment, Ghetsis seems in denial over the fact the it happened. After he himself is beaten, he's left ranting about how he is "perfect" and it's impossible that his plan has failed.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Ghetsis]]:''' [[spoiler:[[VillainousBreakdown What?! I created Team Plasma with my own hands. I'm absolutely perfect! I AM PERFECTION! I am the perfect ruler of a perfect new world!]]]]
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Battle of Aces'' has Material-L, Fate's ChaoticEvil [[EvilTwin Twin]] who tends to scream the Japanese equivalent of "Bakanaaa~!" shortly before she ceases to exist.
* ''Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom''; After you've defeated Deimos he proclaims "No! No! No! This is impossible! I am destined to conquer, to rule! How can I have possibly been beaten by whelps like you?"
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds''
** Chaos Shogun Kitsune, the fourth Chaos Lord, is confident that the hero will have no idea how to deal with illusion, trickery and lies. Naturally, in the final cutscene of the Yokai Island storyline, he receives a big shock when, while he's running around invisible leaving the hero trying to figure out how to defeat what he/she can't even see and rapidly swinging the Hanzamune Dragon Koi Blade around trying to hit him, the hero accidentally tears open a rift leading to the Yokai world in front of him. Unable to stop in time, Kitsune screams, "No! Not like this! It can't end like this! I won't go back to the Yokai world!", lets out a BigNo, and gets sucked into the rift, after which the hero closes it back up with the Hanzamune Blade, sealing Kitsune in the rift.
** Also, during the cutscene after solving the mystery at the Sleuthhound Inn, the hero and Curry, the inn's manager, get a big shock when, after taking off the mask of the randomly-selected culprit they apprehended that was responsible for causing the furniture to come alive, they see that the culprit is none other than, in disguise... a magical armoire called the Harmoire.
-->'''Hero:''' But... how is this possible... you're an absolute closet case!\\
'''Harmoire:''' That I am! I had to transform into a human in order to control the furniture with the magically infused weapon! Do you believe how hard it is to hold anything without opposable thumbs?! Now it's time for you to see the durability of an all-oak armoire!
** Also, Spork-ion's text after defeating him in the Dragon Koi Tourmanent: "...How is this possible? No utensil is more powerful than the Spork! One of these days, I'll be sure to deliver your just desserts!"
** Maximilian Lionfang is sure that he destroyed the Spirit of Frostval when he kicks the snow globe containing her out of the hero's hands. But, needless to say, he receives a huge shock when he hears her voice and realizes that she survived the breaking of the snow globe.
-->'''Lionfang:''' ''WHAT?!'' '''IMPOSSIBLE!''' I destroyed you!
** Gravelyn, oddly enough, counts as well. [[spoiler:She reacts with "Im... im... ''impossible!''" when Noxus and Vordred take control of all of her undead soldiers.]]
** And soon enough, [[spoiler:it's Noxus' turn. He's quite the MagnificentBastard who turned all of her undead minions to his side, took her throne, and enslaved her. Almost everything up to that point has gone according to his plans. Then Chuckles attacks him out of nowhere and frees her, which is something he didn't expect. He receives a big shock and states this trope because he controlled all of her undead but couldn't accept that Chuckles, of all undead, couldn't be controlled by him. And that's because Chuckles himself was created by Gravelyn, not Noxus]].
** [[spoiler:Imagine Vordred's surprise when he realizes that Artix was right about the Spirit Orbs that were once enslaved and are now free not being able to be re-enslaved as the Spirit Orbs cause his armor of skulls to self-destruct within him and destroy the [=ShadowReaper=] of Doom. Better. Guess what word Vordred himself says...]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonFable''
** Villains in other Artix Entertainment games such as this one seem quite fond of using this trope when defeated by the hero. For example:
-->'''Drakath:''' NO!!!! IMPOSSIBLE!\\
'''Hero:''' [[YouKeepUsingThatWord You say that word a lot]].
** {{Necromantic}} AntiVillain Vayle counts as well. When she realizes that Artix recognizes her as the same Vayle he saved during their childhood, she gets a big surprise and reacts with such a phrase as ''"Impossible! This cannot be that little boy I met during the..."''
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX''
** Several villains are quite fond of using this trope when they're defeated, such as Vile in ''Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X'' when he is defeated by X in Sigma Stage 1 and he screams "Noooo... I can't lose to X...!" before exploding.
** Also, Sigma's last words in ''Mega Man X8'':
-->'''Sigma:''' (''being defeated'') Impossible! How... could you... You couldn't... Destroy... the old... world... new age... Hrrgh! [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!]] (then he blows up)
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''
** Justice sometimes screams "IMPOSSIBLE!" when defeated.
** On one of I-No's Guilty Gear XX story routes, after defeating Dizzy, I-No talks about "preparing a special welcome" for her friends, the Jellyfish Pirates. Naturally, Dizzy, not about to allow her to hurt her friends, unleashes a massive attack on I-No much to her surprise, burning her to a cinder as she hopelessly attempts to cover herself from the huge attack.
-->'''I-No:''' (''being obliterated by Dizzy's attack'') What is this power?! My body... it's burning! Impossible! I'm I-No! I can't die! Someone! Please...hel...p...
** I-No also mutters such a phrase after being bested by May.
-->'''I-No:''' How could I have lost... Lost! To a little kid!
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has quite a few "cannot be" moments as well.
** For example, whenever Bang Shishigami is hit, he sometimes screams "How can this be?!?!?!"
** Also, in Noel's Gag Reel in ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'', Carl gets shocked when he sees Hazama eating the Kagutsuchi puffer fish simmered in peppers and spices as cooked by LethalChef Noel herself, which wiped out every other member of the Blaz Blue cast and left them puking in a mess so disgusting it had to be censored.
-->'''Carl:''' Im...possible! How can you possibly eat THAT?!
** Hakumen counts as well, as he has this reaction when Jubei informs him of Terumi's return.
** Speaking of Terumi...
-->''"Honestly, though, I never figured YOU would turn out to be [[spoiler:the proverbial [[SpannerInTheWorks squirrel in the ointment]].]] Am I supposed to accept that this is another result of the continuum shift? I can't believe it's affecting the timeline like this..."''
** Surprise, this is Litchi's reaction when Platinum manages to break her spell, and again when Platinum obliterates her with her Star-Boobie Breaker attack. Both reactions come from Platinum's Gag Reel.
* After you beat her in ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'', SHODAN says a calmer, more elaborate version of such a quote:
--> ''I don't understand... how could you have done this? You weren't meant to be so important... and now you think to destroy me? How dare you, insect? How dare you interrupt my ascendance? You are nothing. A wretched bag of flesh... what are you, compared to my magnificence?''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}''
** Iris Sepperin, a little girl who is so arrogant about her ''absolute power and unparalelled brains'' that she claims to have transcended humanity and have [[AGodAmI become a god]], panics in a "ThisCannotBe" fashion when Spiritia destroys her Iris Machine.
-->'''Iris''': Impossible! Where did all that energy come from!?
** Then, after Tia defeats her in the final battle, she mutters, "To think I'd lose to a single mage fighting by herself..." She doesn't realize that Tia actually won with the love and support that her friends gave her, and that it was because Iris couldn't believe in others nor love her fellow man that she lost.
** Also, when Grolla in her alternate mode confronts Iris in the final stage, Iris becomes shocked as she can't believe that Grolla is standing on such holy grounds. Her reaction? "...Impossible. There's no way a simple commoner can set foot here..." And, after Grolla kicks Iris' ass in the final battle, as she moves in to finish her once and for all, just before Iris self-destructs her palace and gets away and Grolla escapes as well...
-->'''Iris:''' No... this... can't be...!\\
'''Grolla:''' Die.\\
'''Iris:''' ...I won't let that happen!
** Spiritia, oddly enough, counts as well. She says this when, after coming across Raimund Seyfarth's Devil Scythe Grassense, she realizes that Graf Michael Sepperin brought him BackFromTheDead as TheGrimReaper.
-->'''Lilli:''' You're kidding, right? He's a ghost!?\\
'''Spiritia:''' I can't believe it...! The Count is even using the forbidden arts!?\\
'''Lilli''': This is freaky...!
** Anytime you defeat Eifer in her stage in ''Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel'', she mutters "Kuso... bakana...!" ("[[PrecisionFStrike Damn]]... this can't be...!") before making her exit... for now.
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar''
** Captain Vul's reaction when he finds out that Main Cannon #2 has been destroyed by Kirby.
-->'''Axe Knight:''' Ahh! Main Cannon #2 was destroyed!\\
'''Mace Knight:''' The cannon's a wreck! We can't use it!\\
'''Captain Vul:''' [[BigWhat What?!]] How could this be?
** The reaction used in the original game was "Holy cow! What happened?"
** In ''Revenge of the King'' in the same game, Dedede reacts like this as well after Kirby defeats the Grand Wheelie in The Revenge stage.
-->'''King Dedede:''' Unthinkable! He beat that one too?!\\
'''Bandanna Dee:''' Kirby is approaching here, your majesty!\\
'''King Dedede:''' Cursed pink lump! I can't believe it!\\
'''Bandanna Dee:''' Great King, pull yourself together!
* Appears in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', when Ganondorf is defeated by Link [[spoiler:until he [[UnexplainedRecovery returns]] and [[OneWingedAngel turns into]] an EldritchAbomination, that is.]]
-->'''Ganondorf:''' The great evil king Ganondorf... beaten by this kid?!
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': The Elder God moans "This cannot be," as one of his lines when Kain gets close enough to [[EyeScream slash him in the eye]].
* ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'': The Captain, when eloquently informed by CATS about the current status of [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs all their base]] lets out a bewildered "[[BlindIdiotTranslation What you say!!]]", however correct translation of the original Japanese line is "It can't be!"
* From ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', we get this gem, courtesy of Doctor Doom:
-->'''Doctor Doom:''' '''[[ThisCannotBe FAILURE IS BENEATH]] [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!]]'''
* "You are wrong! ThisCannotBe There is no number VideoGame/ThreeInThree!"
* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekLegacy'', this is said word for word on occasion by the commander of an exploding Romulan ship.
* Malefor at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: Dawn of the Dragon'':
-->'''Malefor:''' You can't defeat me! I am eternal!
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', [[spoiler:after the Dragonborn pursues Alduin into Sovngarde (fantasy Valhalla, basically) and lands the killer blow, Alduin begins to thrash about in agony as he disintegrates, shouting "Zu'u unslaad! Zu'u nis oblaan!"[[labelnote:Translation]]"I am eternal! I cannot be killed!"[[/labelnote]]]]
* Many, many variations of this are uttered by sith NPC's (and many other baddies) in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''.
* Count Waltz in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' in the second battle against him, which only occurs in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 UpdatedRerelease. "I can't believe this. How could I lose? Impossible. I will not accept it. I will never accept defeat!"
* ''VideoGame/SniperEliteV2 Nazi Zombie Army'': Surviving the siege after retrieving the [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: BOOK OF SOULS ]]
from the library nets you "No! Impossible! This cannot be!" from whoever or whatever is in control of the Nazi Zombie Army.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout1}}'', the TalkingTheMonsterToDeath option results in the trope name word-for-word.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', defeating the Transcendent One through combat gets a BigNo and this trope.
* The heroic variation happens in ''VideoGame/AdventRising'', when one of human protagonists hopelessly utters this phrase in utter shock as her entire homeplanet is blown to bits by the Seekers.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', General Gregor's final words are about how his armored train is invincible. He forgot to account for the fact that the bridge it was sitting on wasn't.
* In ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics'', [[BonusBoss Fera]] says "Impossible..." if you somehow manage to defeat her in the outer wall battle. Though they don't use the usual {{Stock Phrase}}s, Rebecca's and Tarion's LastWords also feature the sentiment.
-->'''Rebecca:''' D... defeated? Me? There must be... some mistake...\\
'''Tarion:''' How could this be? [[FantasticRacism Defeated by... mere animals...]]
* The UT Commander in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilSurvivor'' is about to shoot Ark, whereupon he's impaled from behind on the Hypnos Tyrant's claws. As he dies, he cries out, "This... can't... beeeee!"
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Psycho Mantis utters this exact line during your fight with him.
* In ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'', Frau Engel has this reaction when [[spoiler:B.J. Blazkowicz, whom she thought she had personally executed, but turned out to be NotQuiteDead]], suddenly appears in front of her and catches her off-guard while filming a live TV show. It...[[CurbStompBattle doesn't end well for her]].
* In ''VideoGame/ForHonor'', most ''Main/Samurai'' heroes will sometimes shout "nani?!" when guardbroken or parried by a Knight or Viking, which in Japanese means "what?!". The implication being that due to supposedly being the most skilled faction, the Chosen are utterly incapable of processing that their offense or defense has failed against a "barbarian" like you.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' takes some liberty with the phrasing, but...
-->[[spoiler:'''Lear''']]: "But this was the design! I have given my life to it! '''''God has brought me to this moment!'''''"
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' has this happen two times in "This is impossible!" variety:
** The Inquisitors react like this when the Fabulous Custodes tell them that the Emperor is back.
** In April Fool's episode the Emperor says it upon seeing [[spoiler:Horus appear in the throne room.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': The Overlord of Evil exclaims "No! I will not be stopped!" right before he is sealed away in the flashback in "Over and Under".
** Melinda exclaims "What is going on here?! Your world should be destroyed and you all should be dead!" when she is suddenly transported into her own dimension to fight all of the residents of her MirrorUniverse in a flashback in "The Mystery of Melinda".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' plays this hilariously straight in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/10/01/episode-1179-everything-will-be-fine/ #1179]].
* [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=324 Used by]] the ''good'' guys in ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic''.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060331 Lucrezia to Tarvek]]:
-->'''Lucrezia:''' I DO so mistrust it when "impossible" is one's initial reaction to an idea...
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070518 Carson Von Mekkhan]].
-->'''Carson:''' I've learned that just because something is "impossible", doesn't mean it ''can't happen''.
* The [[http://godmode.keenspot.com/d/20070924.html reaction]] to the horrible, horrible truth on ''God Mode'': [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] is actually VideoGame/DukeNukem in disguise.
* This was the reaction of the Fae Princeling in ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' when discovered to his horror that he called TheWildHunt on Quentyn. In that world, it is specifically forbidden by Lord Oberon himself to do so on a Raccoonan and to make matters worse, Quentyn's SkunkStripe means he's favored by the White Stag, and such people cannot be hunted either. So, the Princeling is in trouble with two offenses simultaneously.
* In Season 7 of ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'', the Ho'aku tribe has been almost entirely demolished and [[CoolOldLady Ker]] is the last Ho'aku standing against [[FiveBadBand Dinah, Phil, Quadratic, and Wrecker]]. All her opponents need to do to sew up a Corsona victory is to keep her from winning immunity...so naturally, she [[http://sfc.smackjeeves.com/comics/1107498/sfc7-day-37-immunity/ steals the immunity win from right under their noses]]. Bonus points for the enemies being so gobsmacked that they [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finish each other's exclamations of disbelief]]:
-->'''Quadratic:''' [[LittleNo No...]]\\
'''Wrecker:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking...]]\\
'''Phil:''' [[OhCrap WAY!]]\\
'''Dinah:''' This isn't happening... this isn't happening...
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'' [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter07/dm07-65.htm the oni queen declares this can not be, I can not be defeated like this]] as the mountain collapses on her.
* As the page image shows, Cordelia screams this in ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' when the first boss, Splashmaster, is defeated. The Nightmare Knight, having a better grasp of Splashmaster's... facilities, is unsurprised.
* In ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'', ninja leader Ayane is busy tying up Ina's father until she's distracted for like two seconds... And then she notices she's now the one who's tied up.
-->'''Ayane:''' Oh ''come on'', that ''did not'' just happen!
* In ''{{Webcomic/Goblins}}'', Psionic!Minmax mocks this trope when something starts interrupting his carefully-laid plans, saying that the trope is only used by idiots. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04172013/ And then he spots Kin and Forgath outside the Treasure Room.]]
-->''[[HypocriticalHumor Impossible.]]''

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* [[LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts Pipes!!]] has an enthralling tale of [[Fanfic/TheTaleOfSephirothGokuTheStampede Sephiroth Goku the Stampede]] where the head of the Vampire Company shouts a variant of this. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Kinda has to be heard to be understood...]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': When the moon reappears in the sky, Zhao screams, "It can't be!" right before the Ocean Spirit [[HoistByHisOwnPetard drags him to a watery grave]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Amon has this when he sees [[spoiler:Korra, whom he has just depowered, airbending.]] It's the first and only time in the series where he's completely helpless and without a plan. This is also the first time [[spoiler: Korra has ''ever'' used airbending.]]
-->'''Amon:''' [[OhCrap Impossible!]]
* Screamed by Bane, almost word for word, as Batman finally overcame him in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. "You can't do this to me! I am invincible! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I...AM...BAAAAAAAANE!]]"
** When Batman escapes his "perfect" trap and won't tell him how he did it (jumping inside the safe to survive the explosion), the Riddler [[VillainousBreakdown completely breaks down]], raving and ranting so loudly all of Arkham can hear him, aggravating even ''[[NotSoStoic Joker]]''
-->'''The Riddler:''' It's ''impossible,'' I tell you! ''Impossible!'' My trap was ''perfect!'' ''How'' did he do it?! I have to ''know!'' Somebody tell me! It's not ''fair!'' There was ''no way'', I tell you! No way he could've gotten out! Somebody tell me! Do you hear me?! Somebody tell me how he did it! I have to know! I have to ''knoooow!!!''
** Hugo Strange gloats that he knows Batman's {{secret identity}}, only to burst out "It's not possible!" when he sees Batman and Bruce Wayne standing next to each other. After he's taken away, we learn that "Bruce" is [[IdentityImpersonator Robin]] [[LatexPerfection in disguise]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'': Albedo says this by name when [[StatusQuoIsGod he is changed back into his Ben form]] in "Double or Nothing".
-->'''Albedo:''' What? No! It can't be!
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': "But that's [[BuffySpeak un-possible]]!"
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
** Of all the people who could have handed Vlad his head in "The Million Dollar Ghost", it is the BumblingDad Jack who does it, something that Vlad finds so vastly ''impossible'' due to his simpleminded personality (as opposed to Vlad's brilliance).
-->'''Vlad Plasmius:''' (''post massive beatdown'') [[TitleDrop This isn't possible!]] You're an idiot! ''An idiot!''\\
'''Jack Fenton:''' (''smugly'') Maybe so, [[InsultBackfire but I'm the idiot]] who beat ''you''.
** He continues to frustratingly rant about this in the Ghost Zone, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero but the end results did have Vlad getting what he wanted which sets the stage for a latter episode]].
** In "WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy," this is [[FutureMeScaresMe Dark Danny's]] reaction when Danny uses the [[MakeMeWannaShout Ghostly Wail]] on him, a power that took him ten years to develop. It's hammered home because, ''immediately'' before this, he had bragged about how Danny's FaceHeelTurn was an inevitability, reasoning that all major points in the timeline were fixed due to him not undergoing a CessationOfExistence even after frightening Danny with his appearance. The fact that Danny learned the Ghostly Wail ten years before he did completely refutes this argument in an instant, indicating that it ''is'' possible for Danny to change his future. The revelation leaves him so stunned that he's unable to properly counter Danny's Wail, and he's then sucked into the Fenton Thermos afterwards.
-->'''Dark Danny''': That power! It's not possible! I don't get that power until 10 years from now!\\
'''Danny''': [[PreMortemOneLiner I guess the future isn't as set in stone as you think it is]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. This is Dexter's CatchPhrase!
* Played with numerous times with ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
-->'''[[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]]:''' It is impossible!\\
'''Ron Stoppable:''' Actually, it's possible. Kim Possible. But that's a common mistake.
** In his very first encounter with Team Possible, Drakken is shocked and incredulous to see [[TheDragon Shego]] defeated. Of course, he'll have plenty of opportunities to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption get used to it]].
--> '''Drakken:''' Shego has failed! But she never fails! [[BigNo No!]]
* Dr. Wily in ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' is pray to this trope quite a lot.
* He doesn't actually say anything, but when Matrix dents Megabyte's chest with a punch in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''[='s=] season 3 finale, the look on Megabyte's face needs no words.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', in the episode "The Curse of Anubis", the villainous Kareem has the line, "No! It cannot be! The spirit of Anubis, walking, following me!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Members Only", the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain Of The Week]] Mascumax says this word for word when brought down by the girls' combined attack, [[CuteKitten Ferocious Flaming Feline.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' episode "Vulturo, Prince of Darkness". Right after Birdman has his solar powers renewed by the nearby passage of a comet, the title villain says "No! It cannot be!"
* Perhaps one of the best examples of this trope was seen in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and The Assassins", when Jack defeated the sword-wielding leader of said [[EliteMooks Elite]] MechaMooks by enhancing the power of his ancient sword [[DivineIntervention with the aid of the gods]]. His reaction was somewhat justified as he had been [[MadeOfIndestructium specifically designed so that Jack couldn't cut through him]], which is exactly why it was such an awesome moment.
-->'''Lead Assassin:''' (''as he is sliced in half by Jack's enhanced sword'') Unbelievable.\\
(''he explodes'')
* Lord Darkar's last words as, in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' Season 2, the fairies perform a convergeance spell that banishes him to the chaos that spawned him where he will remain forever:
-->'''Lord Darkar:''' Noooooooo!!! This can't be happening!! Nooooooooooooo!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Many, or some, villains are quite fond of using this trope when bested by the Turtles. Especially the BigBad, the Shredder.
** For example, in the finale of Season 3 of the 2003 cartoon, Ch'rell, the Utrom Shredder, gets a big shock when the Utrom council finds him guilty for all the crimes he had committed across the galaxy in his many aliases, including but not limited to his Oroku Saki and Shredder aliases. He screams, "NO! I am the Shredder! I am invincible!" just before the Utroms give him the punishment of banishing him to his new home on the ice asteroid belt surrounding the frozen planet Mor Tal, where he does very little but let loose a BigNo because he is [[AndIMustScream not too thrilled to be trapped on his new home]].
** Sh'Okanabo, one of the main villains of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward]]'', is another good example; for example he receives a big shock when, in the episode "The Freaks Come Out at Night...", his plan to take over Earth and cover it with his Kanabo drones backfires on him. ''All thanks to the Sun.'' And then he goes back to his spaceship and throws a temper tantrum complaining that all of his efforts have been in vain and saying that Earth could sustain his race for centuries if not for the accursed sun.
-->'''Sh'Okanabo:''' This is impossible! The Kanabo have thrived before on countless planets under countless suns!
** In the episode "Timing is Everything", the Shredder gets a big shock when he sees for himself how much more skilled the Turtles have gotten since their first battle with him, as well as how powerful Sh'Okanabo is in overwhelming and sending his Foot Soldiers back to the Shredder's original time period.
-->'''Shredder:''' Impossible! You are not this powerful!\\
'''Raphael:''' Dude, we put the ka-bosh on ya a long time ago. You're history! (''he and Leonardo kick the Shredder back to his original time period'')
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 show]] had this when they defeated Krang in his giant robot body:
-->'''Krang:''' I am Krang, the all powerful! I have never been defeated!
* From the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode [[DarkerAndEdgier "Screams of Silence:]] [[CerebusSyndrome The Story of Brenda Q"]].
-->'''Jeff:''' '''[[NoIndoorVoice WHAT THE HELL???]]''' '''''[[DisneyDeath I KILLED YOU!!!]]'''''\\
'''Quagmire:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner I choke myself everyday, you bastard.]]\\
(''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Quagmire crushes Jeff to death]] [[CarFu with his car]]'')
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha The Return of El Malefico'', El Malefico says this when the Three Mascaritas turned into giants and beat him up.
-->'''El Malefico:''' No! This cannot be!\\
'''Rikochet:''' It is and you're going down.
* [[BigBad Nox]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' says this so often that it's practically his CatchPhrase. Made worse is that among other times, he always says it after someone breaks his time spell... which everyone he uses it on does.
* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' when he notices he and his minions are about to get sucked back away from Earth. "Not. Possible."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[ManipulativeBastard Discord]] is ''[[VillainousBreakdown absolutely stunned]]'' when he realizes (far too late) that not only have the Mane Cast broken free of his MindRape, but rekindled their friendship to the point they can activate the Elements Of Harmony again...which are presently aimed at his face.
** Same happens to [[TheNightThatNeverEnds Night]][[PunnyName mare]] [[MadGod Moon]] when the Elements' blast hits her.
** Trixie declares "This can't be!" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]" after Twilight Sparkle seemingly wields greater power than her. [[spoiler: In her case, it's completely justified, since Twilight's tricking her.]]
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', Tirek shouts this when he see Twilight and the Mane Six with their new Rainbow Power, unable to understand how they are empowered again after draining their magic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'' cartoon "Technology Phooey" has the Aardvark pushing a huge rock off a cliff towards the ant, who deflects it by simply blowing at it.
-->'''Aardvark:''' I'll say it in two words: Im. Possible!
* Lampshaded in the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', when [[BigBad Phobos]] is being defeated by the Guardians and Eleyon.
-->'''Phobos:''' This cannot be!\\
'''Caleb:''' You know, they always say that.
** In season 2, Phobos breaks out of his imprisonement even if much less powerful than in the season 1 finale. He then has to face Elyon in all of her [[RealityWarper immense power]], who announces she's about to send him and his minions back to their cells.
-->'''Phobos:''' "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis This! Shall! Not!]]"\\
''* [[CurbStompBattle Phobos notices Elyon has teleported him back in his cell while he shoted she would not do that.]]''
* The ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' episode "See Saw To Arkansas" (the debut episode) has Dick Dastardly splutter "It can't be!" when Peter Perfect drives ''through and into'' the steel wall with the painted scenery Dastardly employed. Dastardly proceeds to get flattened by a bus coming out of the scenery.
* As with the example in the Film folder above, a subdued version of this trope is what [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Obi-Wan Kenobi]] falls back on when some horrible realisation shows up to ruin his life again. This time, it's in response to seeing [[spoiler: Darth Maul alive and well]] on Mandalore.
--> '''Obi-Wan''': [[LittleNo No]], it ''can't'' be...
* Grouchy Smurf's reaction to the BadFuture shown to him of his fellow Smurfs all being captured by Gargamel on Christmas Day in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol]]''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Problem with Popplers", Lrrr eats the annoying hippie Free Waterfall, Jr. Waterfall's last words are "This is not happening."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, there's this bit from "Come the Apocalypse":
-->'''Apocalypse:''' No! My creatures cannot be defeated! '''*I*''' cannot be defeated!
-->'''Cyclops:''' [blasts Apocalypse] We beg to differ.
* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode ''Cranius Maximus'', when Baljeet -- who has temporarily become a MadScientist -- realizes he didn't beat Phines and Ferb like he thought:
-->'''Baljeet:''' That is not possible! Well, I mean, clearly it is possible, but highly unlikely!
* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse and Penfold are on the trail of the Great Bone Idol (episode of the same name). They trail a mystic stick to a stone pillar in the desert. DM lifts the pillar's lid, then closes it back.
-->'''DM:''' It was a heard of...no. It couldn't be. (''looks in again'') Good grief, it was!\\
'''Penfold:''' Ephelants! 'Undreds of 'em!\\
'''DM:''' Positively packed to the portals with prostrate pachyderms!
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Bill does this twice in the finale, the first time when he goes up against the mecha Mystery Shack and finds he can't hurt it due to the protection shield ([[VisualPun until he sees that]] [[AchillesHeel they didn't coat]] [[StealthPun its feet]]) and again when, after managing to counter the heroes last ditch gambit, that he [[spoiler: was tricked into entering into Stanley's mind and not ''Stanford'' like he wanted and is now being erased with Stan's mind with ''no'' way to escape or counter it. His tone as he panics is in utter disbelief that he was beaten.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': usually, when Ladybug and Chat Noir defeat his [[VillainOfTheWeek Akumized villain]], Hawk Moth reacts with a threat and a pun, but in "[[Recap/MiraculousLadybugS01E18ThePuppeteer The Puppeteer]]" Ladybug, armed with her KillerYoYo and a Lucky Charm that this time materialized as a power cord, took on three past villains ''and'' Chat Noir, all BrainwashedAndCrazy thanks to the titular villain, and ''won'', he shouted "[[BigNo No! This can't be happening!]]"-after being apparently [[StunnedSilence stunned speechless for about a minute]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* For a non-villainous example of this, when an Aeromexico DC-9 and a Piper Archer private plane collided over Cerritos, Los Angeles, resulting in the death of all 64 on both planes and 15 on the ground, the last recorded word on the Aeromexico black box was "this can't be".
* The Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman muttered "eyn chaya kazo" ("there is no such creature" in Hebrew) when he saw atoms in a crystalline structure arranged in a five-fold symmetry, which is pretty much impossible. Despite most of the scientific community telling him he was wrong and couldn't even get basic scientific facts correct, he persevered, and won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the structure called a quasicrystal (which can have 5-fold symmetry).