->''"I think it can be pretty interesting how a single line in a story, even one that's seven words, can dramatically alter the perception of everything that just happened."''
-->-- '''Creator/AndrewHussie''', via his former [[http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40585720/Combined_Formspring_Web_Aug-28-2011.htm#mspadventures154147870025488514 Formspring]]

While a WhamEpisode is an episode that radically alters the StoryArc, a Wham Line is a line of dialogue that radically alters a scene.

A scene is headed in one direction, then the line is uttered. Afterwards, the scene is going somewhere very, very different. For it to be effective the audience must not see it coming -- not just not knowing the exact information, but not expecting any kind of surprising, or even ''significant'', line there at all. If there was background music playing beforehand, [[RecordNeedleScratch expect it to abruptly come to a stop]] after the line is said.

This is strictly an audience trope. For a milder in-universe version, see DroppingTheBombshell. Often overlaps with ArmorPiercingQuestion, where the line causes a character to seriously rethink their position.

When something seen by the viewer or reader of visual media radically alters a scene, it's a WhamShot.

Tends to come in the form of a {{Reveal}}. Can fit into a WhamEpisode.
By the very nature of the trope, '''spoilers ahead.''' If we marked them all, the subpages would be 60% white space.

'''Note''': ''This is not just a line that happens during a WhamEpisode. The line itself has to radically change the plot in itself. If there is {{Foreshadowing}}, the line is the result of events or conversations that are clearly shown on screen, or it's a ForegoneConclusion, then '''it is not a Wham Line'''. The line itself has to be '''completely unexpected'''.'' ''Also note that a wham line isn't always a bad thing.''
%% NOTE: This does ''not'' mean any line emblematic of a "wham" moment, but a line that is
%% ''itself'' one -- as in, up until that line, things are going in one direction, then after
%% it, they're going somewhere very, very different. This also bears repeating: The change in
%% direction has to be ''completely unexpected''. Please remember that before adding examples.

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