* Trilogies ''love'' doing this, usually at the end of the middle chapter. [[TwoPartTrilogy To the extent that there's an entire trope for it.]]
** ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' ends with Doc Brown and the [=DeLorean=] being struck by lightning and being warped to who-knows-when. This leaves Marty stuck in the past, and the past Doc Brown is his only hope of finding the other Doc and getting [[TitleDrop back to the future]]. And then he gets a piece of mail...
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Rachel is killed. Later Harvey goes off the deep end and becomes Two-Face, Batman ends up killing him, and takes the blame for all of his crimes to ensure that Harvey Dents reputation isn't destroyed and all the criminals he prosecuted stay in prison.
** ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' ends with Neo's [[MindScrew meeting]] with The Architect, sealing mankind's fate by choosing to save Trinity, and somehow demonstrating his powers in the real world. Oh and Smith is in the real world too. The entire second half of Revolutions contains much more wham however.
** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' ends with the death of Jack Sparrow, and the reappearance of Barbossa, who turns out to be NotQuiteDead.
** In a case where the most shocking episode is the last (carried over by a TrilogyCreep) ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', shows that John Connor [[YouCantFightFate failed to prevent]] [[ApocalypseHow Judgment Day]] [[StableTimeLoop from happening]], and that the Terminator sent to save him was the one who's going to kill him in the future.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Superman crosses paths with Batman and ComicBook/WonderWoman in a live-action movie, for the first time in any of those characters' histories. Everyone expected that, but they probably ''didn't'' expect Batman to find [[spoiler: a detailed Metahuman research log in Lex Luthor's personal archives]], containing [[spoiler: video footage of ComicBook/TheFlash, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and ComicBook/{{Cyborg}}]]. They probably also didn't expect Batman to have a vision of a possible future showing [[spoiler: Superman leading the armies of Darkseid to conquer the world]]. And they ''definitely'' didn't expect [[spoiler: Superman dying in battle with Doomsday, and Batman and Wonder Woman vowing to assemble the Justice League in the final scene to honor his memory]].
* How can you tell a ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fan hasn't seen ''Film/{{Serenity}}?'' [[spoiler: They smile at Wash's "I am a leaf on the wind" line from the trailer, not knowing what comes after his final, victorious statement.]]
** The whole film goes from wham moment to wham moment... it even ''opens'' with a wham moment: ''Simon'' is the one who did the physical infiltration and rescue of the academy to get his sister out? Suddenly, everything we know about him from the series has been turned on its head (but it does give us a new insight into the episode "Ariel"). Then we learn the [[spoiler: government made the Reavers]]. Then [[spoiler: Book dies and]] the Operative kills anyone who's ever sheltered the crew just in case Mal decides to go into hiding with any of them. Then Mal turns ''Serenity'' [[spoiler: to a Reaver ship, even putting several bodies of friends they'd once known onto the ship to add to the vision]]. Then the above mentioned wham moment kicks in.
* Marvel's ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' is this for the entire Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: [[spoiler: The rest of the universe now knows that Earth is not as defenseless as they once assumed, with Thanos now wanting to "court Death" by challenging Earth's mightiest heroes somewhere down the line.]]
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' was hyped as [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore a game changer]], and they ''weren't wrong''. Aside from the [[ItWasHisSled spoiler everyone could see coming]] ([[spoiler:that the Winter Soldier was Steve's best friend Bucky, for those who managed to avoid Wiki/ThisVeryWiki and other places]]), we find out that [[spoiler:SHIELD has been infiltrated and controlled by HYDRA from its very inception, and Cap, Black Widow and Falcon dissolve the organization with the help of Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Agent 13, while Fury fakes his death and goes underground to take down HYDRA. Meanwhile, Baron von Strucker has ComicBook/ScarletWitch and ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} captive, and is studying [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Loki's scepter...]]]]
** ''Film/AllHailTheKing'' reveals that [[spoiler:contrary to what ''Film/IronMan3'' told us, there ''is'' a Mandarin, and he is ''not'' happy with what Slattery and Killian have done to his name.]]
** Pretty much EVERY film in the MCU, especially Phase 2 and beyond, can be considered this in one way or another:
*** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': [[spoiler:The Tesseract and the Aether are two of the six Infinity Stones. Also, Loki is impersonating Odin and has stolen the throne. Sayeth what?!]].
*** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': [[spoiler:The origin of the Infinity Stones is shown, and the Power Stone, a.k.a. The Orb, makes its debut]].
*** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': [[spoiler:The true Mind Stone is removed from Loki's Scepter, and is used to create (indirectly) Ultron and (directly) Vision, even taking the place of his usual Solar Gem from the comics. Thor, and by extent the rest of the Avengers, learn about the existence of the Infinity Stones. Oh, and the original Avengers team breaks up, with a new team (consisting of Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, and Vision) taking their place.]]
*** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': [[spoiler: The majority of the Avengers are now fugitives from the law, Steve and Tony's friendship is irrevocably damaged, Bucky goes back into the ice until his brainwashing can be undone, Rhodey is possibly permanently paralyzed without an exosuit, and for the first time ever, the BigBad [[TheBadGuyWins achieves his goals]] (in this case, tearing the Avengers apart).]]
*** This movie was such a WhamEpisode that the events of the film go on to directly shape the narrative of '''four''' following movies.
*** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': [[spoiler: Odin dies, Mjolnir is destroyed, Banner may be permanently transformed into the Hulk, Thor learns how to use his lightning power without his hammer, Loki appears to have a genuine HeelFaceTurn, and Asgard is destroyed, leaving Thor the king of a refugee race.]]
*** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': [[spoiler:This film is wham incarnate. The film starts out with Loki and Heimdall dying, act 2 ends with Gamora dying, and the film ends with literally half of the main characters disintegrating into ash. How's that for a wham movie?]]
* Each of the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movies ends with one, but ''Film/SawIII'' definitely gets the prize for the death of Jigsaw.
* Two in the film adaptation of ''Film/SpaceBattleshipYamato'':
** First, when the ''Yamato'' warps to the other side of Iskandar, they realize it and Gamilon, the homeworld of their alien adversaries, are one and the same.
** Then, after returning to Earth, a lone remaining Gamilon vessel appears and cripples the ''Yamato'' before preparing a final attack on Earth.
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie. The Vulcan homeworld is utterly annihilated, along with all but about 10,000 inhabitants.
* Being a {{prequel}}, the wham is kind of dulled since [[ForegoneConclusion we all knew it was coming]], but ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]''. Anakin turning to TheDarkSide, [[TheFederation The Republic]] giving way to TheEmpire, the Jedi Order all but wiped out and the few survivors forced into hiding, Padme dead... and basically, an all-around DownerEnding.
** Creator/GeorgeLucas is known for making his movies very family friendly, and both ''Episode I'' and ''II'' have serious moments but are relatively light. ''Episode III'' features Anakin [[MoralEventHorizon slaughtering Jedi "younglings" heartlessly]], which is so vicious that it probably caught everyone off guard.
** ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' is most famous for LukeIAmYourFather and a potential TropeCodifier, but even still in this movie the only victory the heroes have was ''escaping'' by the skin of their teeth.
** Following in the tradition of middle chapters of a three-part story being wham-tastic is ''Film/TheLastJedi.'' [[spoiler: Luke [[RefusalOfTheCall wants nothing to do with Rey]] Kylo Ren turned to the dark side in part because Luke considered killing him, the First Order decimates the Resistance until only a few are left. Kylo kills Snoke unceremoniously and becomes the Supreme Leader himself. Rey learns that her parents were junk traders who sold her for beer, and died in an unmarked grave. Luke uses the Force to project himself across the galaxy to face off against Kylo, but the effort is too much for him, and he dies saving the Resistance.]]
* The concept is dramatized in the [[ShowWithinAShow soap opera within]] the movie ''Film/{{Tootsie}}'', where the (female) character played by Dustin Hoffman reveals that she is a man, thus completely changing the continuity and forcing the fans to reevaluate earlier episodes.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'': Not only does [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime betray the Autobots by striking a deal with the Decepticons, and Dylan Gould, Carly's boss, is revealed to be working with them]], but also [[spoiler:Cybertron is presumably annihilated by the end, making Earth their only remaining home]].
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