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->''"And I say, bounce a graviton particle beam off the main deflector dish–\\
That's the way we do things lad, we're making shit up as we wish;\\
The Klingons and the Romulans?\\
They pose no threat to us,\\
'Cause if we find we're in a bind,\\
We're totally screwed, but nevermind,\\
We'll pull something out of our behinds!\\
We just make some shit up!"''
-->-- '''Music/{{Voltaire}}''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwhAq3F8NCE "The USS Make Shit Up"]]

An Ass Pull is a moment when the writers pull something out of thin air in a less-than-graceful narrative development, violating the LawOfConservationOfDetail by dropping a {{plot}}-critical detail in the middle, or near the end of their narrative without {{Foreshadowing}} or dropping a ChekhovsGun earlier on.

In cases where a character suddenly gets a new skill [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands without explanation]], it's usually explained away as a ChekhovsClassroom or ChekhovsSkill, except the audience never saw the character attending the lecture in question, or any prior examples of him or her using, or even training that skill.

An Ass Pull used to resolve an unwinnable situation for the protagonists is a DeusExMachina. An Ass Pull used in the same way for the villains is a DiabolusExMachina. An Ass Pull doesn't necessarily have to resolve or derail a situation, though--many times, an Ass Pull is just used without any greater {{plot}} implication and PlayedForLaughs. Alternatively, they could come up so as to prevent your characters using a MundaneSolution and shortening your 20 minute episode into 20 seconds. Please limit examples on this page to ones that don't fit in either of the other two.

The term is also used to describe something that the ''characters'' [[IndyPloy make up on the spot]]. See ShockingSwerve and WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants. Given certain examples, WingPull could fit into this as well. Sometimes called [[JustForPun Sulu's Foil]], since it's the opposite of ChekhovsGun. In UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, it's called "grand piano in the bushes". Pulling a useful object out of seemingly nowhere is related to {{Hammerspace}}.

'''As this {{trope}} frequently concerns {{plot}} twists, there are unmarked spoilers below.'''

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] [[StubbornMule donkeys that pull carts]]. Also, as much as it sounds like it, it is not the opposite of AssShove (when a character ''literally'' pulls an object out of someone's rear, or the opposite).



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Literature/{{Another}}'' creates an asspull in its anime, and manga, adaptation. The revelation of [[spoiler:Ms Mikami and Kouichi's Aunt Reiko being the same person]]. Unlike the implications that this person is the dead one of that year, this had absolutely nothing even hinting at it. It comes out of left field, and is only revealed in the final episode of the anime and on the last page of the penultimate chapter of the manga. Every character already knew that [[spoiler:Ms Reiko Mikami was related to Kouichi]], but not one person so much as makes any mention of this. And given the nuances of class 3-3's curse, you would think such a thing '''would''' be dropped early on. The original novel handled the revelation much more gracefully.
* The ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' manga when [[spoiler:Eren turns out to be the 'Coordinate', a shifter capable of unconsciously commanding titans]] for some. An idea {{foreshadow|ing}}ed by name only once by [[spoiler:Reiner and Bertolt]] only a few chapters beforehand. Happens again, in [[spoiler: Chapter 66, where the serum that falls out of Rod Reiss's bag is labeled "armor" so that Eren can tear into it and magically be able to seal Wall Maria later]].
* In ''Anime/{{Blassreiter}}'''s FinalBattle, a fatally wounded [[spoiler:Joseph]] finds himself in a strange pocket dimension with the spirits of [[spoiler:Gerd and Hermann]], who take over his body to fend off Xargin until he bounces back. May be an unexplained Amalgam ability, as Elea uses this later for the series' CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Fans tend to call this "[[FanNickname Plotkai]]". Provided it's actually true and not a lie he made up to mess with Ichigo, Aizen's claims toward [[spoiler:having been manipulating Ichigo's entire life]] might qualify. Other examples include Yammy being [[spoiler: the Zeroth Espada]], Hitsugaya's bleeding and talking ice clone during his fight with Harribel, Ulquiorra having a second resurrection (which goes against the basic concept of resurrections), Ichigo's ultimate defeat of Ulquiorra, Sasakibe [[spoiler: knowing how to use Bankai (which was only stated posthumously and long after he was effortlessly beaten by a bare-handed Ichigo)]], and one Sternritter [[spoiler: having an identical twin appear out of nowhere]]. Two different characters independently received the power-up of [[spoiler: being dead]], thereby making them immune to an enemy's power. [[spoiler:The final BigBad is killed thanks to an arrow made of silver that allegedly clogs the heart of people he purges, even though several victims were StrippedToTheBone or actually survived while simply having their powers weakened.]]
* Many readers of ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' cried Ass Pull over the [[spoiler: NotBloodRelated revelation]] near the manga's end.
* ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'':
** The {{cliffhanger}} in which Maria is locked up in a train car with a ''time bomb'' ticking down. In the next episode, [[spoiler:she is saved from the wreckage by Yunyun]]. It's unclear how any of that happened and how [[spoiler:Maria managed to survive her gunshot wound afterward, even though Yunyun had been carrying her around for hours]].
** Alphard [[spoiler:surviving her fall of several meters]] also has some of this. Sure, the woman is strong, but that is just ridiculous.
* After Nagito was PutOnABus in ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', he ended up [[TheBusCameBack returning in Episode 8 of Side: Despair]] knowing everything about Junko and Izuru despite being isolated in an oasis for the past three episodes.
** [[spoiler:Kirigiri's survival. Not only does it completely contradict everything we were told about the NG Code poison, not only is the only evidence of foreshadowing a nondescript pill bottle (when ''nothing'' previously suggested the poison even ''had'' a cure), but it completely undermines the supposedly happy ending due to Makoto having everything handed to him and Munataka basically losing everything.]]
* A character example in ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''. Despite how long Toto Sakigami, who had previously mysteriously disappeared before the series began, sticks around before [[spoiler:the other characters figure out he's another one of [[BigBad Hagire Rinichiro's]] GrandTheftMe victims]], it isn't until Chapter 42 that we meet the first significant character from [[spoiler:the original]] Toto's backstory: his MoralityPet, Mitsuzaki Yosuga. They were apparently so close that she outright stated she was in love with him, and they had more or less adopted each other as surrogate siblings. Okay, fair enough, even someone as universally feared as Mockingbird can have friends; though, this does [[FridgeLogic beg the question]], if she cared about him ''that'' much, where was she when Mockingbird first returned more than twenty chapters ago, had a party thrown especially for him which appeared to have been attended by every Deadman ''except'' her, publicly ''[[CurbStompBattle annihilated]]'' no less than three Forgeries on the first ever open-to-the-public Carnival Corpse which was streamed on the internet, and then strutted about G Block like he owned the place for several chapters after? You'd think she'd have been all over her 'onii-chan' reappearing all of a sudden, but nope, she doesn't make a single appearance, not even as a ChekhovsGunman, until the Return to DW arc. Talk about a gaping PlotHole.
* In ''Manga/DeadTube'' [[spoiler:Mizuno]] seemed to have gotten mangled just as horribly as all the other [[spoiler:Film Research Club]] members, even showing beforehand she didn’t think nothing of Machiya, labeling him as trash like all other traitors did, with that it seemed she died with them; come a few chapters later she is revealed to be alive, recovering at the hospital with no visible scars, Machiya decided to spare her to be of use for him later, [[spoiler:Mizuno]] is filled with gratitude and treats Machiya nicely like she did when it is all an act except it is for real this time around.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Near and Mello's appearance. Neither of them were explained well before a six year TimeSkip after which they step up as Light's new opponents. [[spoiler: Wammy House comes across as this too, as a house filled with orphans who are raised to become L's successors and that they are notified of L's death by a system that informs them of his death if he doesn't press a button every few days.]]
** The big revelation in the finale that [[spoiler: Near had the real Death Note switched with a fake and that neither Light nor Mikami noticed this]], which ultimately is the final step to bring Kira down.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'':
** The first movie (the one that was remade to make up the 3rd part of the movie released over at the states). Kokomon has evolved to Cherubimon, a powerful Mega level Digimon that's essentially invincible, and this is during a time when the main cast is still stuck with only their Armor levels not even having access to their natural Adult stages. So, what happens? ''Out of nowhere'', Angemon and Angewomon (who herself, being an Ultimate-level, should be inaccessible for a whole other reason) evolve to their Mega levels despite losing the ability to evolve past their Adult (a.k.a Champion) stage. However, it gets worse. Do the two holy Mega-levels destroy Cherubimon? No. Instead, they use their energies to summon two Digimental to evolve Terriermon and V-mon, one of which only exists specifically because it was created by the Four Holy Beasts. It isn't explained why they can do that, either. Sure, it's a NonSerialMovie, but absolutely none of this was explained very adequately in the movie itself, which hadn't been half-bad until this happened.
** The [[spoiler:Christmas episode's twist -- Sora and Matt's sudden dating]] -- was viewed by some in this light. Unless you're watching the original where you can see slight foreshadowing as early as Adventure.
** The revelation of [=MaloMyotismon=] as the final BigBad, considering he'd died ''twice'' the previous season; he became part of another villain who was subsequently killed, and he was killed a fourth time during an in-canon game.
** The explanation of why the older [=DigiDestined=] can no longer digivolve to Ultimate or Mega. Essentially, they gave up their crests (which were already destroyed) to create a barrier to protect the Digital World (which neither worked nor was ever shown or brought up again). The writers caught on that this was a pretty silly plot point and changed the reason why they gave up their crests: they had to awaken the Digital World's gods (the Sovereigns). This too is an ass pull because 1) the Sovereigns were almost immediately resealed and 2) the only things the Sovereigns (actually, just Azulongmon, we never see the others) actually do is fix the Destiny Stones (which would not have broken if their Digimon could go Mega at will again) and give the older Digimon the ability to reach Ultimate and Mega again (which, again, wouldn't have been a problem if they had their crests).
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' has Togemon's Needle Spray attack suddenly being omnidirectional that ended up destroying a helicopter in the crossfire. There is absolutely no reason or logic as to why her attack even became multidirectional in the first place considering that in all other scenes, Togemon can simply aim a specific target just fine such as Alphamon and Imperialdramon. It's as if the reason it suddenly change into all directions is to simply heighten the drama of public opinions regarding the Digimons.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and the whole "Namek blows up in five minutes" thing was later revealed in other material to be an ass pull on Frieza's part. His attack was meant to be an out-and-out PlanetKiller, but panicked as he feared that the explosion would be too much for him to survive and held back.[[note]]The only other time he's shown to use the attack in question was to destroy the planet Vegeta in flashback, which it did instantly. In that case he was in orbit, rather than being inside the blast radius of his own attack.[[/note]] Caught with egg on his face, Frieza threw out the five minutes number to save face.
** ''Manga/DragonBall'' has this in places overall whether written by [[Creator/AkiraToriyama Toriyama]] or not, due to the series' nature of being written as it went along, in particular with various WorfEffect moments. Possibly the most stark example is when Piccolo Daimao hits Goku so hard his heart stops, only for it to restart in the next Chapter with no given reason so the story can continue.
** The {{Non Serial Movie}}s loved to give Goku new techniques or powers without explanation, likely because giving Goku a canonical powerup might make them fit in even less. Particularly obvious ones included Goku developing a completely unexplained transformation in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZLordSlug Lord Slug]]'' (meant to be Super Saiyan, but wholly inconsistent with the real thing), Goku and Vegeta somehow managing to give the infinitely more powerful Big Geti Star a PhlebotinumOverload in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZTheReturnOfCooler Return of Cooler]]'', Goku absorbing a Spirit Bomb to get stronger in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZSuperAndroid13 Super Android 13]]'', Goku having everyone channel their power into him to OneHitKill the villain in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan]]'', Gogeta having an unexplained "stardust" power to purify the BigBad in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn Fusion Reborn]]'', and Goku gaining the Super Dragon Fist out of nowhere to OneHitKill the vastly more powerful Hirudegarn in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZWrathOfTheDragon Wrath of the Dragon]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Doubt}}'' has the revelation on who the [[TheManBehindTheMan mastermind]] is. It's [[spoiler:Rei]], a character that was shown to be [[FakingTheDead dead]] much earlier on. The only reason to explain how this character is alive, despite the corpse being on full display for more than a page is, they simply faked it [[spoiler:and Rei used her hypnotizing abilities to fool everyone]]. Aside from coming out of nowhere and being badly written, said character's motive comes across as a [[StrawNihilist Nietzsche Wannabe]], but ultimately fails. A disappointing revelation, when the story had been going well beforehand and [[spoiler:Mitsuki]] being the villain was done well.
** ''Manga/{{Judge}}'', by the same author, is even worse. The culprit? [[spoiler: Hiroyuki, the main character]]. Not only is there only a single, extremely subtle, clue towards this, but the vast majority of the manga contradicts it (most blatantly [[spoiler: any time we see Hiro's thoughts, which outright bring things up that logically never happened]]) and the motive is [[InsaneTrollLogic utterly nonsensical]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'', a series rather infamous for this, has a few:
** The ex-balls, which grant people the ability to [[spoiler:use magic while in Edolas]]. Not only are they first mentioned when it's absolutely necessary that Natsu and Wendy get them, but Lucy conveniently forgot that she'd been given one already.
** The Sirius Island arc introduced us to Zancrow, a {{Hellfire}} Godslayer dark mage who starts kicking Natsu's ass. There is no way for Natsu to beat him, as he can't eat Zancrow's fire, so [[spoiler:he shuts his own magic off, and that makes him able to eat the hellfire with no problem at all, and beat Zancrow in two seconds]]. And no one told him how to do it. Even the narrator within the anime stated "Somehow, Natsu defeated God Slayer Zancrow".
** In the same arc, [[spoiler:Natsu absorbing Laxus's Thunder Dragon power, which was only hinted at previously with a comment about how he once ate Laxus's lightning, and before that, Laxus being able to match, though not overpower, an opponent that curb-stomped [[BigGood Makarov]]]].
** Also in the same arc is Erza's victory over [[GreenThumb Azuma]]. The latter uses his strongest attack, Terra Clamare, which blows up all the magic in the island in her face, seemingly defeating her. At that point, Jellal, miles away in an AntiMagic jail cell, ''somehow'' realizes that Erza is in a losing battle and ''somehow'' Erza is able to hear his words of encouragement, getting her back into the fight. Eventually Azuma uses Terra Clamare again... but instead of inflicting massive damage like before, the attack, which is now powered by magic drained from the Fairy Tail mages on the island, is converted into ThePowerOfFriendship and allows Erza to beat the much less injured Azuma in one strike.
** In a similar vein to the above, Natsu eating Etherion is one of the best examples of ass pull[=/=]DeusExMachina in the series. While ''somewhat'' justified by the fact that Etherion also consisted of flame magic, both Jellal and even Erza basically expected him to die of magic poisoning, not gain a SuperMode.
** After spending one day in the Celestial Spirit World, which meant three months in the human world, the protagonists have no way to train themselves for the Grand Magic Games. Then appears Ultear that knows a spell which helps them power-up. Till then there was never a mention of such kind of magic. If not for that they would have been curbstomped in the games.
** [[spoiler:Erza's victory in the Grand Magic Games. She goes up against [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Kagura]] and [[SmugSuper Minerva]] at the same time before Minerva leaves the two to fight each other. Erza is actually getting curb-stomped by Kagura, and when she [[SurvivorGuilt takes the blame for the death of Simon, Kagura's brother]], Kagura unsheathes her sword Archenemy with enough force to destroy much of the city... but Erza easily deflects the sword with her own. When a flashback shows that Erza and Kagura were from the same village and the former saved the latter from slavery, Kagura becomes unable to continue fighting, giving Minerva the opportunity to stab her from behind. Minerva proceeds to further beat up Erza until she whips out a never-before-seen armor described in story as basically screwing the laws of magic, and one-shots Minerva. Again, Minerva was barely injured while Erza was not only covered in blood from head to toe but also had a shattered foot.]]
** [[spoiler: In the Tartaros Arc, Mard Geer castes the curse Alegria that imprisons everybody inside Tartaros' base, except himself and the Nine Demon Gates. Even his own troops are caught. Then we find out that Lucy somehow managed to escape. It is never explained how did Lucy, of all people, managed to evade being caught, especially since she previously was clearly suffering the same fate as the rest.]]
*** [[spoiler: In the anime, Laxus appears to save Gajeel from Tempester, even though he had absorbed a great quantity of Magical Barrier Particles, which is fatal even in small quantity. He never explains how did he managed to supress it.]]
*** [[spoiler: In the same arc Erza beating Kyouka makes no sense whatsoever. After the demon gets in her OneWingedAngel form, Erza becomes nothing more but a punching bag, with all of her five senses robbed. And yet Erza manages to fight properly without her five senses and beat Kyouka. The only thing that makes up for this is that Erza completely collapses afterwards and it's up to Minerva to finish the job of killing the demon. To be fair, though, Erza's false eye could qualify as a proper explanation for how Erza was able to beat Kyouka, and if the series were to tell us that, the scene would have been more believable.]]
*** [[spoiler: In the same Arc, Mard Geer was only defeated thanks to this. After he casted a powerful UnholyNuke created solely to kill an immortal like Zeref, Gray somehow knows how to cancel the spell, even though a)He just became a Devil Slayer like thirty minutes before and b)It was never explained if Devil Slayers were immune to curses. Dragon Slayers don´t seem to be be immune to dragons' attacks so why are Devil Slayers immune to curses? And Natsu unleashes Dragon Force, something that can't be done without consuming a strong source of magic unless the user is a Third Generation Dragon Slayer, and Natsu is a First Generation Dragon Slayer (while it's hinted this might have had something to do with Igneel leaving his body, it's never truly explained). Again, the only thing that makes this less glaring is the fact neither of these were enough to actually beat Mard Geer (Natsu's Dragon Force just knocked him around and made him extra pissed) and it took Gray shooting him while he was busy trying to kill the utterly spent Natsu that to finally bring him down.]]
** [[spoiler: Doranbolt was a Fairy Tail spy from the beginning. Not only does this come out of nowhere, it makes no sense. How could he be a spy for Fairy Tail if he erased his own memories? He wouldn't even know to report to Makarov. Doranbolt lampshades how weird and confusing it all is. Word of God admits that it was a plot point that had been considered a long time ago and was nearly scrapped, thus leading to the lack of foreshadowing.]]
* In the second season of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', we see [[spoiler:the atoning professor Jean Colbert]] die in a fight, and Saito and Louise holding each other while mourning his death -- a touching scene for many a fan. Then in the third season, [[spoiler:lo and behold, he lives! Turns out one of the witches of the academy ''cast a fake death spell on him'' for no apparent valid reason]]. At least ''part'' of the spoiler is less absurd than the rest; the spell in question was cast using water magic by a fairly high-level mage adept in its use. Water magic in this series is associated with healing and grants a degree of control over the body, as demonstrated early in the second season with the Ring of Andvari and [[spoiler:Zombie Wales]]. The execution still leaves something to be desired, though.
* Think of an ass pull as a giant, snowcapped mountain for a second. ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' took a ''sled'' and rode that mountain from start to finish. Fortunately, the series runs on RuleOfCool and can abuse this however the hell it wants.
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'''s movie had one with the Miracle Lights. While most of the other ''Anime/PrettyCure'' movies had these minor MacGuffin show up either in movie or during the movie's introduction, their appearance here is extremely jarring, especially since, by that time, they had the Heartcatch Mirage item, thus no real need for it. It's also jarring because the series was much more down to earth than its predecessors or successors.
* ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure [=JoJo=]'s Bizarre Adventure]]'':
** Jotaro, [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3's]] protagonist has a few instances of this.
*** When fighting Strenght, Jotaro and his Stand are pinned against the wall, preventing him from punching things as he always does. How does he gets out of this ? By extending his Stand's finger, an ability he never had before.
*** In the fight against [[CarFu Wheel of Fortune,]] he is set on fire, collapses to the ground and dies. As it turns out, he actually managed to dig a hole under the ground and hide there while leaving his coat behind to burn up. Nevermind that he is [[https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OMV9aoeFv0k/U62lYoOkAHI/AAAAAAAAAy8/wn-A-A5q5uw/w550-h306-no/jojo2.gif clearly seen]] wearing the coat while screaming in agony just a few seconds earlier.
*** In the battle against [[BigBad DIO,]] whose Stand ability is to [[spoiler:stop time]], it suddenly turns out that Jotaro's Stand, Star Platinum can do the same. No previous indication of this was ever shown.
** In [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Polnareff's]] fight against [[EvilWeapon Anubis,]] he kills its first wielder by launching the blade of his sword at him, an ability he hasn't even been implied to have before. Even more egregiously, the ability never shows up again, even when it could have [[spoiler:saved Iggy's life as Polnareff couldn't move at the time and [[TheDragon Vanilla Ice]] was a few feet away kicking Iggy to death.]]
** Kakyoin's and Polnareff's fight against [[{{Synchronization}} The Lovers]] involves shrinking their [[FightingSpirit Stands]] down to enter Joseph's body and fight Lovers there. Aside from this one instance, the only Stands that are capable of shrinking are the ones who explicitly have this as their ability.
** Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5]] survives an instantly lethal flesh-eating virus by using [[CreatingLife his ability]] to create a snake that is immune to the virus because it was created near the virus' origin point and then injecting its venom into his bloodstream to act as a vaccine. ArtisticLicenseBiology is in full play here, not to mention that he had done this while succumbing to the extremely painful effects of the virus that can kill a man in seconds.
** In another instance, Giorno sticks a brooch on the BigBad, [[spoiler:Diavolo]], that can track his movements because it has some living cells in it that he can sense. When [[spoiler:Diavolo]] is about to deliver a killing blow to [[spoiler:Trish,]] he is suddenly [[spoiler: sucked into the brooch.]] As it turns out, [[spoiler: Giorno hid some of the cells of Coco Jumbo, a Stand-using turtle that is BiggerOnTheInside, in the brooch, and used it to turn the entire brooch into a clone of Coco Jumbo, complete with its Stand]]. How he sensed that [[spoiler:Diavolo was about to kill one of his TrueCompanions]], or how he managed to [[spoiler:''reproduce the exact copy of a Stand ability from scratch'']], is never explained.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'':
** Shigure Kosaka uses actual telekinesis as her ultimate technique, though limited to control her opponents weaponry. The series has never even hinted that supernatural abilities of the sort are possible, and being a long runner where everything is somewhat rooted in reality, it's ridiculous to see it now.
** Kenichi defeating Sho had heavy indications of this. Kenichi was still very tired and injured from a 3vs2 fight for the first day of the tournament, then Training from hell from the Elder on the second day. Sho was clearly overpowering and outspeeding Kenichi for the entire fight, and only landed a few hits, while Sho somehow failed to deal multiple deathblows. Only Sho using [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Roar as One,]] which grants power, but makes the body and mind fall apart allowed Kenichi to land his own finishing move. Keep in mind Sho was fresh at 100%, while Kenichi was ''really'' banged up. Sure, he's always been Made of iron, but he does have limits.
* Occurs in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' during Ryuko's fight with [[spoiler:the Elite Four]], where Senketsu is spontaneously revealed to be able to [[ShapeshifterWeapon transform itself]] into several different forms, including a [[spoiler:''rocket'']]. While it is established that wearers of Ultima Uniforms can transform into a stronger form, the fact that Ryuko's able to change into several specific forms, each of which are perfectly tailored to defeat whomever she is currently facing, is not established or foreshadowed at any point earlier in the series. Senketsu tries to justify this by saying that it's perfectly evident that a 100% Life Fiber outfit would be able to do anything a 30% Life Fiber Ultima Uniform can, but better.
* Many fans of ''Anime/{{Kiznaiver}}'' saw [[spoiler: Nico's crush on Tenga and Tenga's crush on Chidori]] as this. There was little to almost no hinting, and what little foreshadowing was there could be interpreted in many ways due to how vague they were. Most of Nico's moments with [[spoiler: Tenga]] could be simply viewed as she being happy with their newly formed friendship and only were seen like that through ShippingGoggles.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' tends to use {{Unspoken Plan Guarantee}}s combined with the characters' established skills instead of ass pulls, but Lupin discusses this trope at one point when he and his gang of merry men get surrounded.
--> '''Fujiko:''' "I don't suppose you've got a ''backup'' Backup Plan."
--> '''Lupin:''' "Yeah, just turn around while I pull it out of ''the usual place''!"
* Despite their importance later on, Newtypes are this in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. They aren't mentioned, or even hinted at, until more than halfway through the series.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'': A RoaringRampageOfRevenge deathmatch between CainAndAbel childhood friends Kira and Athrun ended when Athrun, his Gundam out of power, grappled Kira's and used his SelfDestructMechanism in a last-ditch attempt to kill him. How did he survive? A blast door sealed off the cockpit, meaning Kira was badly hurt but not dead, and he was [[AllThereInTheManual discovered by]] [[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Lowe Guele]] [[AllThereInTheManual who got him medical attention]]. And yet when Kira's friends examine the ruined Strike Gundam, the cockpit is a melted ruin thanks to the heat of the blast. [[FridgeLogic So how did he survive?]]
* {{Shipping}}-wise, there's the rushed ending of ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'', that forced the writing staff to do an ass pull ([[spoiler:PairTheSpares]]). And they did it in a somewhat believable manner, never mind it being somewhat contrived.
* In the latter half of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', Leina is supposedly killed by a falling Mobile Suit. She [[UnexplainedRecovery inexplicably returns]] near the end of the series, having been rescued by Sayla Mass from the original ''Gundam'' series. How this is possible actually explained, with Sayla's cameo being FanService more than anything.
* Another comes with the Axis Shock from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''. It comes out of nowhere at the very end and miraculously stops a giant meteor from crashing into the earth.
* An example from the ''Gundam'' franchise comes at the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', where [[spoiler:Nina, [[TheHero Kou's]] {{love interest|s}}, suddenly pulls a {{face heel turn}} and decides to help [[TheRival Gato]] in his {{colony drop}} mission, revealing [[NewOldFlame she used to date him sometime in the past]]]]. Not only all of it had zero foreshadowing, previous events ''outright contradict it'', specially when [[spoiler:Gato steals the GP-02 with Nina standing right there, not recognizing him]], and at no moment afterwards there's any indication that [[spoiler:she had any familiarity with him]] until the twist. A possible explanation for this out-universe is that the OVA suffered a director switch midway through, and the new one really wanted to pull that twist, no matter how negatively foreshadowed it was.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fans have a [[FanNickname nickname]] for this: Plot no Jutsu.
** '''[[http://sractheninja.deviantart.com/art/Naruto-Deidara-Lives-63271750 The Great Snake Escape.]]''' Following Sasuke's fight with [[MadBomber Deidara]], Deidara used a gigantic self-destruction technique. Sasuke survived the resulting city-sized explosion by summoning and mind-controlling a massive snake to shield him, when he was explicitly described as being nearly out of chakra just a few panels before. Any one of those techniques would have required a vast amount of chakra, never mind both. Sasuke managed to do all this in the time it took for the explosion to reach him. After it had already started. Just a few feet from him.
** Sasuke has many asspulls attached to him, ranging from random allies suddenly gaining healing powers, to random hawk summons. The author is {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing this practice when it comes to Sasuke's [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new moves]]. Even know-it-all [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan Obito]] is left wondering when he had time to acquire the summoning contract.
** The [[DishingOutDirt Gaara]] vs. [[BareFistedMonk Lee]] fight; Gaara managed to get away from Lee's Initial Lotus by creating a stupidly perfect sand replica of himself, pulling a Replacement Jutsu with it, and burying himself in the ground A.) while rather high in midair, B.) while he was getting the crap beat out of him, C.) in the time it took the person hitting him to wince for a second.
** So, the author wants to show the Five Kages fight against [[spoiler: the real Uchiha Madara (resurrected via Edo Tensei)]], but has a small problem: he has to get them together at the same spot to face the enemy. The Kazekage and the Tsuchikage are already on the battlefield, but the Hokage and the Raikage are at the military headquarters, while the Mizukage is on another battlefield far away. No worries, the Raikage's secretary suddenly has a teleportation jutsu handy, which the Raikage and Hokage use, while the Mizukage's group suddenly has Minato's three bodyguards, whom Minato had conveniently taught ''his'' teleportation jutsu. Neither of these was ever mentioned before.
** Itachi Uchiha suddenly uses Izanami. Izanami is only useful against Izanagi users and Kabuto or those like him, whom the user happened to be fighting at that moment. The fact that Izanami was (in-universe) created solely for a very specialized purpose (countering the extremely rare Izanagi) yet turned out to also be the perfect counter to a completely different threat seals the deal.
** Madara Uchiha's abilities usually fall under this. Pulling out very large meteors out of deep space, summoning Susanoo '''without eyes''', extracting a 9 Bijuu in mere minutes, despite the fact that previously was necessary 9 members of the Akatsuki and 3 days to extract at least one, using Kamui as the Ten-Tailed beast container despite the original wielder being incapable of doing such a thing. He is also able to terminate the contract with Edo Tensei, despite the fact that even the original creator this jutsu does not know how to do it. [[SerialEscalation And the list goes on...]]
** Everything about Kaguya is a concentrated storm of these for some people. Her very first mention and backstory retcons chakra from being the inherent life force in all living things to a type of energy stolen from a magic tree by Kaguya, which was passed down to all living people afterward. [[spoiler:In fact, some people think that her entire fight against Naruto and Sasuke should fit into this trope, given how unexplained and random things were. A notable example is the apparent appearance of Rin's spirit during the fight, who proceeded to seemly assist Obito and Kakashi in pulling a save against Kaguya's ash-killing bones, saving Naruto and Sasuke and subsequent ability of the eyes Obito to transfer his soul and chakra Kakashi which fully manifests a Susanoo [[InstantExpert in its stabilised perfect form in the first try]]. Her relationship to Black Zetsu also retcons him from being a creation of Madara Uchiha to being an entity that has been working under her orders for the past few hundred or thousand years, which includes tricking the Uchihas into turning evil and pretty much everything else that's ever gone wrong in the Naruto universe.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands presents new abilities and powers as needed]] for many of its characters.
** The Straw Hat Pirates are almost never seen training or developing their abilities, but WordOfGod said that Devil Fruits never get stronger or change over time, their users just get more creative with how to apply them. Even so, the Straw Hats are rarely seen experimenting with their abilities, and there's several of them that don't have Devil Fruit powers at all. The major exception is "Haki," which was foreshadowed several times but not named; when it finally got an explanation, it didn't feel like an ass pull.
** It fell victim to it in the anime's Ice Hunter filler arc. The BigBad has the ability to generate and control absurd amounts of heat, which allows him to take casual lava baths and by manipulating the heat in that lava, create ''lava tsunamis''. Due to this immense heat Luffy couldn't touch him without getting severely burned, which, given [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer Luffy's fighting style]], makes him unstoppable. In the final moments of the fight the big bad tries to ram right into Luffy, who grabs him with his bare hands, shouts a few times, and throws him across the battlefield, ultimately suffering a few minor burns from the ordeal.
** In the manga, Pell grabbed a time bomb that Crocodile was going to use to blow up the city and flew it into the sky with five seconds left. The speed and lift he would've needed to escape this alive would be well past ''supersonic''. No explanation is given for how he survived that; he just did. Pell surviving was one of the many reasons that "nobody dies in ''One Piece''" was a meme among anime fans for so long.
** Blackbeard having the ability to absorb a second Devil Fruit was this. It had been established that no one can have two devil fruit abilities, yet he somehow absorbs the Gura Gura no Mi from Whitebeard's corpse, and it's stated that the reason he can survive two abilities is because Blackbeard himself has an abnormal body. How is not explained.
** In the 4kids dub, immediately after Luffy refuses to take Robin's Eternal Pose to Arabasta[[note]]originally it was to Naninomai Island[[/note]], Vivi speaks up and says she happens to have one, enabling them to bypass the Little Garden arc, making the entire decision pointless. What makes this and the other examples especially jarring is how One Piece is actually famous for its immaculate consistency which is even more impressive considering its 17-year run.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The "Thunder Armour" seen during the Mossdeep Gym battle is an oft-cited example of glorious stupidity. Pikachu uses a electric attack that gets reflected back to itself and Swellow, which somehow becomes some sort of ''armour.'' Essentially granting the user(s) ''invincibility'' out of nowhere, without being used again '''at all''' in the rest of the series? What makes you scratch your head, though, is how [[AllLovingHero Ash]] came up with the idea in the first place, and how Pikachu knew what he wanted without even ''being told''. Pikachu just randomly aims at a nearby cloud in the sky after being told to use the attack, like he read Ash's mind or something. More importantly, how does his Swellow not get harmed at all? It's a Flying type, which is ''weak'' to Electric Type attacks.
** Fans are still sore on how Pikachu, an infant Pokémon still on his early days of adventuring, could knockout Rhydon, an adult-rank Ground/Rock beast with a single Thundershock '''through his natural electricity grounding'''. Ash claiming that Rhydon's horn conducted the shock through his immunities pretty much sealed this trope. Especially a couple of years later when ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' introduced Pokémon Abilites. Specifically, it gave Rhydon the Lightningrod ability, which attracts Electric-attacks to itself and nulls them '''through its own horn'''. So how to explain that again, Ash...?
** The most logic-defying example yet may be with the introduction of [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute a second Mewtwo]] in ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened''. Creating another Mewtwo should be impossible, given Mew's extreme rarity and the original Mewtwo [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup destroying all knowledge of its creation]], yet a group of scientists never seen before (or since) manage to find Mew DNA offscreen, get the idea to create Mewtwo, and manage to engineer their Mewtwo's DNA to create [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals a physically identical specimen]], ''all with no indication that they even know there's a Mewtwo in existence already''. And no explanation for why they even bothered to create Mewtwo is ever given. Even worse is that during the ''Diamond & Pearl'' series (a mere five years prior), [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pikachu_the_Movie_Memorial it was outright said there was only one Mewtwo in the world]].
** ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' Infamously, when Ash dies, the tears of Pikachu and the large crowd of Pokemon surrounding him float towards him and somehow bring him back to life. This is technically slightly {{Foreshadowed}}, but the idea is still so nonsensical and cheap it's still wildly considered a AssPull, especially since the concept is never shown again in the series.
*** The dub of the movie is also known for shoehorning a "fighting is wrong" moral. Into Pokemon. Where the entire premise and point is fighting.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' had [[NonActionGuy Ruby]] reveal out of the blue at the end of his arc that he's had [[spoiler:Celebi]] on hand the entire time. Careful digging through the dialogue earlier on can find tiny hints that lead to it, but it still largely feels this way.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': While her motives are {{foreshadow|ing}}ed, [[spoiler: Homura taking Madoka's powers]] gets no hint of how she knew it would work, or even being possible.
* ''Ral & Grad'': The very final battle ends with Ral exploiting a quality of Shadows that was never mentioned before, contradicts almost all of what we were previously told, requires several WallOfText word balloons to explain, and apparently exists solely to facilitate a BittersweetEnding.
* Though ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' did a good job distracting the viewers from noticing/caring about it, the big scene at the end of Rebuild 2.22, where Shinji defeats Zeruel [[spoiler:NOT by going berserk, as what happened in the original TV series, but rather, through a new process that hasn't yet been identified]], demonstrates several new abilities in the [=EVAs=] never before hinted at.
* The last episode of the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' anime's first season has this [[spoiler:in the form of the Bless Blade]], a weapon that is neither seen or heard of until the exact moment that it is needed [[spoiler:and whose power rivals that of the Sword of Light and is the only thing capable of hurting the Clone Rezo]].
* Many find [[GeckoEnding the end]] of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime to be this. [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination The Kishin Asura]] was wounded by Maka because, ''while unconscious,'' she attacked Asura with her newly-awakened weapon powers until Asura caught on and forced her back into consciousness.]] To top it off, one minute later, [[spoiler:she uses one punch and kills the Kishin in one hit]].
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''. Every time someone's about to die (or Megatron gets pissed) there's that cyber key/force chip shaped pulse of light and... shit happens. It's questionable that [[spoiler: the BigBad dies to an AmplifierArtifact pulled out of nowhere]].
* ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' does this a ''lot'' in quite a few of its murder "mysteries." The worst offender is quite possibly the King of Swords arc. Oh no, the evil doctor Muraki has been killed! Who could possibly be the culprit of all the continuing murders then? Why, it's actually [[spoiler: [[IllGirl Tsubaki]], who had actually been taking a never-before-mentioned, fantasy drug that made her develop a split personality. And Muraki isn't actually dead -- all along, he actually had the ability to survive deadly poisons from taking poison since an early age, which was also never mentioned before! So in the end, he still was the culprit]]. Why didn't anyone think of this? It should've been so obvious.
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Elsie, the deuteragonist, is revealed to be an [[spoiler:AmnesiacGod and the ultimate weapon of Old Hell with almost no foreshadowing or explanation. She proceeds to DeusExMachina the entire plot involving Hell out of existence and use her RealityWarper powers to rewrite the universe so that she really is Keima's biological sister]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and its subsequent series combines this with TheMagicPokerEquation. The protagonists frequently get just the right combination of cards with the right effects to get them out of their predicament and win the duel. Especially when it's the card they just drew when their turn rolls around. It gets increasingly egregious if said situational card proceeds to never be used by the same character in subsequent duels.
** The Duelist Kingdom arc may fall into this trope more often than usual largely owing to the game's rules not being properly defined yet and cards having undefined or inconsistent effects.
** Noah manages to draw and play a series of cards that illustrate the creation of the world and the development of civilization, all in the right order.
** The duel with Dartz, where Dartz has managed to summon a monster with [[spoiler:infinite attack power]]. Yugi's counter? [[spoiler:Infinite feedback loop of two monsters powering each other up ''ad infinitum'' until THEY have infinite attack power, too.]]
*** And then attacking with a 3rd monster in order to ''[[MoreThanInfinite exceed infinity]]''[[note]]The monster actually just had an effect that prevented destruction in battle and it was said so in the Japanese version - the dub version went for something more theatrical and nonsensical [[/note]] .
** The first time Yugi played Capsule Monsters with Mokuba in the manga. How did Yugi know that the random monster he put off to the side could use that one move that would finish off all of Mokuba's monsters in one turn? How were we supposed to know that it even had that move to begin with?
** Most of the episodes tend to come down to this. Dan Green refers to it as the "Pull-it-out-of-my-butt card".
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
** Yuki Judai. His E-Hero deck revolves around combining the monsters of said archetype via the [[FusionDance Polymerization]] card. As you can imagine, this results in Judai pulling a never before mentioned fusion monster out of nowhere every time he’s in a pinch. The trend continues with the Neo Spacians and E-Hero Neos; to the point he even gets to fuse the latter with ''other people’s monsters''. And that’s without mentioning the loads and loads of situational spell and trap cards, which are normally so specific for a certain situation, that including them in one's deck would normally be foolish. One of the worst offenders is Jun Manjoume's card, "Ojama Ride", which discards "Ojama" monsters to special summon Machine-type "Union" monsters. "Ojama" and "Union" monsters have nothing in common, so this card would probably be useless to anyone except Manjoume, whose Deck happens to use both types of monsters.
** Contrary to what most fans say, Ryou did not manage to draw all three of his Cyber Dragons ''and'' Power Bond in his opening hand in every single one of his duels prior to becoming Hell Kaiser. (He just did so in ''most'' of them.) In fact, in the SeasonFinale of season one, Judai held a SmartBall for a change in their exhibition match, and insisted on Ryou making the first move, knowing that Ryou couldn't special summon a Cyber Dragon unless his opponent had a monster in play, and couldn't use Power Bond because he couldn't attack on the first turn. (If he did, he'd take the backlash damage and lose, because his OTK would be impossible.) Nevertheless, Ryou was ''still'' able to summon Cyber End Dragon safely on that turn.
** Amnael, one of the Seven Stars and a villain [[AntiVillain (well, sort of)]] in season one. The dub left the significance out, but in the two-part duel against Judai, he was able to draw cards from his deck in ''precisely'' the right order to make it a demonstration of the classic Alchemic Process, summoning seven monsters representing the metals used to transmute and refine gold, in the correct order, and Spell Cards representing four of the seven main stages in transmutation, also in the correct order, thirty cards in all (assuming a standard-size, forty-card deck) drawn in the right order, all of them leading up to the summoning of his Helios monsters which represent the true goal of alchemy, divine ascension. Even though he lost, Judai's final move -- where he drew Miracle Fusion -- was a lot more believable. (At least he would use that card in future episodes.)
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Lotten, the primary antagonist of the Crashtown arc, was another villain with ridiculous drawing skills. His strategy was to use a monster called Gatling Ogre which could inflict 800 points of damage to a foe for each set Spell and Trap he sent to the Graveyard. It seemed that he ''never'' failed to draw this card and five cards that weren't monsters on his opening hand, enabling him to win without his opponent even having a turn. This was taken UpToEleven in the finale of the arc, when he dueled Yusei and Kiryu simultaneously, and insisted on starting with a ten-card opening hand due to the two-on-one fight. Despite the fact that he started with a fourth of his deck as a hand, it still consisted of Gatling Ogre and not even one other monster. (Fortunately for the good guys, if Lotten's opponent somehow survived the initial onslaught, Lotten's luck would suddenly turn terrible.)
* The Zexal Weapons in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' can be seen as this, as they get Yuma Tsukumo out of whatever jam he's in. [[spoiler:Justified as the cards themselves don't actually exist until Yuma and Astral create them through Shining Draw or Dark Draw.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has Pendulum Summoning; it's even explored InUniverse. After the first match he used the ability, everyone is in awe over Yuya's seemingly amazing new Summoning skill. However, when his second match ends with him being unable to use it and is flattened by Yuzu, everyone becomes convinced that he's nothing but a cheater. However, Reiji becomes determined on figuring out how it works so he can mass produce it.
** How many times has Shun begun with three Vanishing Lanius in his opening hand?
** Smile World is a really mediocre card, giving every monster a 100 ATK boost for each monster on the field. To make Smile World have a proper impact on the outcome of the Duel, several convoluted combinations of card effects have been used.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS'' has Skills for duelists in Speed Duels. Playmaker's Skill is most illustrative of the trope, allowing him to, while his LP is 1000 or less, randomly gain access to a card in the Data Storm. What can be found in the Data Storm? Anything goes, especially if it can allow Playmaker to stage a comeback.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/AvengersDisassembled'' and ''ComicBook/HouseOfM.'' The Comicbook/ScarletWitch spontaneously becomes [[PhysicalGod omnipotent]] with no explanation. On a scale where she can annihilate the entire ''omniverse'' without really trying. Marvel attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow explanation in ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', where it was established that Scarlet Witch had been [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by an elemental entity called the Life Force. Her subsequent [[AxCrazy killing spree]] was then stated to have been due to ComicBook/DoctorDoom's manipulations.
* During Creator/WarrenEllis' brief ''[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' run from the 90's, the title character was depowered as part of a BroughtDownToBadass plot. When Creator/PeterDavid wanted to have Thor fight the Hulk in his ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' run, he realized Thor would need to be at full strength. To that end, he wrote a scene where Thor banged Mjolnir on the ground while reminiscing about the good old days, which somehow magically restored his powers. The closest thing to an explanation given was "Even a god may believe in miracles," which still isn't much of an answer.
* Creator/JuddWinick's first issue of ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'' introduces us to ComicBook/BlackLightning's daughter Anissa, who ends up becoming the heroine Thunder. [[RememberTheNewGuy His 20-something year old daughter whom had never been seen or mentioned in any prior series featuring Black Lightning, despite his wife being a fairly prominent figure in many stories]]. Creator/GeoffJohns then took this even further in his [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] run by introducing us to ''another'' previously-unseen daughter, Jennifer. Jennifer had been foreshadowed in the BadFuture story ComicBook/KingdomCome; this still qualifies as an ass pull by virtue of Black Lightning having no references to children just a short time before this, and his age in [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]] comics previously being about Batman's age at the oldest. [[ComicBookTime He'd have already had to father these women by the time of his introduction.]]
* ComicBook/TheBeano: In one of the modern issues, Dennis the Menace's strip has some great examples of arsepulls. First Walter and his friends get struck by lightning and possessed by Viking ghosts, then it turns out there's an unexploded missile at the bottom of the lake, along with a WWII submarine. Then the editor rightfully asks why it's there in the first place, breaking the 4th wall. The writer's excuse? There's a "secret tunnel" connecting it to the sea, and the Germans were stupid enough to go into it during the Second World War.
** This is probably inspired by the TV ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Castle De'Ath", which also inspired the ''Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD'' story "Dark Moon Rise, Hell Hound Kill" -- and was in its own turn inspired by a Tommy Hambledon short story by "Manning Coles" -- which was later rewritten to change the U-boat full of escaped Nazis to a Russian sub full of spies...
* ComicBook/TheCloneSaga from ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', where back in 1975, an exact clone of Franchise/SpiderMan appears, and at the end of that one issue, seemingly dies. Except he didn't die, showed up again in an issue some 20 years later, and mentioned out of absolutely nowhere that ''he'' was the original the whole time and that the Peter Parker the comics had been following for the past two decades was really the clone. Fans were so angry at this revelation that they essentially just said that the clone was lying and was created by the Green Goblin, who died in 1972, [[VoodooShark but to pull this off]], was also actually alive the whole time.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' describes this {{trope}} as the source of his company's documented process:
-->''...and our documented process was pulled out of someone's lower torso.''
** A more [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar radaresque]] version from Dogbert:
--->''Next week, a doctor with a flashlight shows us where sales predictions come from.''
** [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/2013-10-21/ And again.]]
* ComicBook/DouweDabbert actually makes this trope integral to the story: he has a magical knapsack which provides him with everything he needs in cases of emergency.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' has a famous one in its main {{canon}}: when Blue Mountain collapses, all of the Gliders die, and for... some never explained reason, their spirits can't find the afterlife yet. Rayek, whose powers were previously canonically limited to hypnosis and lifting things, absorbs the spirits into his own body and decides to go on a quest to accompany them to the Palace (where elf spirits generally go when they die). Clearbrook and Treestump decide to accompany him on his quest... although even they don't seem to be quite sure why.
* Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}'s victory over a Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica team in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' can only be described as a complete and total ass pull. Sure, the team of heroes he fought didn't include Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, or Franchise/WonderWoman (two of whom would barely notice Deathstroke if he attacked them, and the third, Batman, would be ready for him if he did), but it ''did'' include Franchise/TheFlash and Franchise/GreenLantern, neither of whom was portrayed as actually ''knowing how their own frigging powers worked'' during the fight. It was, in fact, embarrassing. For the writer.
* ''ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers:'' During the ''Time Runs Out'' arc, the Cabal are stranded on another Earth as it's about to be blown up, with no possible means of survival... and then a completely unprecedented double incursion happens, allowing them to escape to the other Earth with no-one in the regular universe the wiser. Exactly why there's two incursions happening simultaneously is not explained, and the Cabal are never shown pondering why it might have happened.
* The Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica once went up against Despero (an alien with vast mental powers, at the time recently powered-up to be almost as strong and invulnerable as Franchise/{{Superman}}) with a mostly C-List team. How to beat him? With an innate Martian power that the ComicBook/MartianManhunter had never before mentioned that he had, because using it was so stressful that any given Martian can only do it [[ItOnlyWorksOnce once]] in their life. Despite that, it was still a fairly well-received story. Another weird power of his was the ability to see through the flow of time. This somehow resulted in him being immune to the powers of an opponent who completely rewrote reality. Pulling never before seen powers out of his ass is the ComicBook/MartianManhunter's shtick. And then getting lit on fire the next time said power would have been useful.
* Appears a lot throughout the ''Comicbook/SilentHill'' comics written by Scott Ciencin. Way too many to list as the situations that called for the sphincter-tugging is due to {{Voodoo Shark}}s put in by the author everywhere in the comics, but one fact bears mentioning: Lauren getting the magic book she needed to fight the whole story's BigBad, which is coincidentally made out of [[KryptoniteFactor something he is specifically weak to]], by ''buying it from E-bay''. (This one's actually one of the (slightly) more excusable ones, though. She tells her friends (the friends [[SociopathicHero she's planning on turning into]] CannonFodder) that she got it on eBay, but it's probably a lie, covering for a more disturbing answer.)
* Silver Age Franchise/{{Superman}} stories were notorious for coming up with convenient new powers for the main character all the time. For example super-ventriloquism. It was inverted when they simply dropped one power used regularly in the Golden Age, the ability to change his face and hair to look exactly like someone else. Would this be an Ass-Shove?
* In an old issue of ''Comicbook/{{Superman}} Family'', Comicbook/{{Lois|Lane}} decides to help out two Russian ballet dancers who want to defect while they're in Metropolis to perform ''Theatre/SwanLake''. In order to save the male lead, she [[MuggedForDisguise ties up and gags the actress playing Odette and steals her costume]]. Despite being ''a reporter'', Lois is able to keep up the charade and hold her own alongside highly-trained professionals, which she chalks up to having had "years of ballet lessons" when she was a kid.
* Per WordOfGod, Creator/PeterDavid wrote himself into a corner in an issue of ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' where Rick Jones is trapped on a crashing Skrull ship with no way to escape, so after the ship crashes he shows up parachuting down to safety. He explains that he always carries a hidden parachute '''just in case''' he is ever trapped on a crashing Skrull ship and needs to escape. Bruce doesn't buy it. "Why not? I needed to, didn't I?" This one scene changed the entire character of Rick Jones from a hanger-on to Batman-level CrazyPrepared with MediumAwareness.

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* In the [[NestedStory story within a story]] in "FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed", the ending to the fic's version of the Hearts and Hooves Day legend certainly qualifies as this, when near the end, [[spoiler:a giant ponyeating dragon suddenly descends upon high and burns every pony alive in the kingdom]]. But it's [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] though.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9208758/15/The-Blue-Heaven-s-Feel The Blue Heaven's Feel]]'', [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the Fate-verse]] apparently has real, powerful deities -- one of whom conveniently [[TookALevelInBadass empowers]] the protagonist [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow at a critical moment]]. Admittedly, this scene was foreshadowed, but there's still no explanation as to why or how gods exist in that universe -- or why nobody knows about them, given how obviously willing they are to interfere in human lives.
* In Chapter 8 of ''FanFic/ForbidenFruitTheTempationOfEdwardCullen'', Tiaa gets out her previously unmentioned samurai sword (she often has it with her!!!) but never gets a chance to use it. Unfortunately, it can be said without exaggeration this is the very least of the fic's problems.
* ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' has too many examples to include a complete list, but perhaps the best one is when L tests the Death Note on Light's mom, then takes out a [[DeathIsCheap Life Note]] to revive her. The story gets weirder from there.
* Many examples in ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''. At one point the characters need to find Draco (whom Voldemort has bondage, whatever that means). To solve this, Vampire "has an idea" and teleports them into Voldemort's lair. Enoby whines endlessly about stuff much easier to solve than this, like [[OneTrueThreesome choosing between Draco and Vampire.]]
* Here's a short list of examples from ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'':
** Lightning suddenly being able to summon the Uniforce because he remembers to believe, right when Titan is going to kill him.
** [[spoiler: Brain turns out to have a spaceship in his backyard, which the others use to escape the exploding Unicornicopia.]]
** [[spoiler: Celesto and Celestia fusing and turning into the Great Celestial Ruler, who destroys Titan.]]
** [[spoiler: The MLP and Starfleet ponies being able to reconstruct a planet through the power of belief]]
** [[spoiler: Lightning is the last of a race of creatures known as Enticorns, which, as [[WordOfGod the author confirms]], is partially based off of [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyans]]]].
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', there are a few.
** In The Evil Gods Part I, Jerry somehow realizes in the middle of his first fight with [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]] that Percy placed [[TheMole a traitor]] inside his group. A later chapter reveals that God told him there was a traitor the night before Percy attacked, but didn't say who it was.
** The [[RetCon retconning]] of Michael's death at the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotter Battle with the Witches]]''. The POV character, who is assumed to be Michael, [[TakingYouWithMe kills Dumbledore at the cost of his own life]], but the next chapter reveals that it wasn't Michael.
** In ''The Titans Strike Back'', when the Prayer Warriors' weapons and prayers fail to defeat Lola, Draco prays for God (never mind that Lola had the ability to make that impossible with her [[BlowYouAway wind powers]]) to turn his sword into a holy vacuum cleaner, which sucks her up and kills her.
* Fanfic/RealityChecksNyxverse:
** ''Nyx's Family'', the infamous Chapter 11, whereas it is revealed that, during the founding of Equestria, Luna and Celestia used a magic mirror to request the advice of several HUMAN economists ([[AuthorFilibuster all right-wing or libertarian economists mind you; a footnote mentions that she found the left-wing economists completely useless]]) in order to create an economic system for Equestria. Up to this point in the narrative there was absolutely no indication that the Alicorns nor any other Equestrians were even aware of the existence of humans, let alone in contact with them, and definitely no reason given why they should value human knowledge or seek out human advice.
** In another example from ''Nyx's Family'', Bright Eyes saves Nyx from a bunch of Diamond Dogs by [[spoiler:turning invisible to scare them]]. It was never mentioned before that crystal ponies had this ability. One mild mitigating factor is that its main function was to turn the scene into a ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* ''FanFic/SoullessShell'': This fic appears to be merely a poorly-written ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' TransplantedCharacterFic until Chapter Three, whereupon we abruptly and without warning come upon the line "then he shot a beam from his paw which the rat teleported away from". (For those unfamiliar, Redwall is a medieval fantasy about talking animals, and has a definite lack of magical laser beams.)
* ''Fanfic/TeenageJinchurikiShinobi'': Himeko's true, TRUE form, Empress Isis, who pops out of nowhere to defeat Kira. There was no explanation for this whatsoever, especially since Kira was a demon god.
* Spartianfox's self-insert character in his Videogame Rescues series has this as a stated power. His great uncle (who introduced him to the series' Multiverse and gave him his supertech portal armband) told him that his powers include "any weapon, item, and powerup from a video game." Effectively, his power is "pull whatever I need right now out of nowhere." The series is still fairly well-written and the author has gone on to write and publish original works.
* Can be found in many ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' fanfictions, such as when numbers of kills are provided at the end of a fight. Unless there's a home version of the Slitherine Studios battle simulator available, there's no way the "kills" represent one thousand actual simulated battles (especially if the author admits they chose the winner based on a vote, or just their own personal opinion). Also occurs when a chosen character lacks a weapon that fits into one of the short range/mid range/long range/special weapons categories. The solution? Make something up! The categories MUST be adhered to, even though the actual show was never so strict as to only deal with that set of criteria.
* The Locking Ladle of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' always seems to conveniently show in fanfiction where its application would prove useful in the storyline, for better or worse, no matter where its current location in canon is. Besides that, there are a million other ways of locking a Jusenkyo curse in fanon by now. Locking rings, water treated by the Locking Ladle which is no longer in it, special potions...
* The GainaxEnding of ''[[Fanfic/DantesNightAtFreddys Dante's Night at Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo]]'' is rife with this: [[spoiler: The revelation that Dante and his daughter Evie were sent back in time by a third party is never foreshadowed, the battle damage that the old animatronics suffered that appears to be a carry over from the previous story turns out to be the result of a ContrivedCoincidence regarding Dante's twin brother and they return to modern day because BillAndTed of all people just happen to bump into them]]. The author openly admitted he wanted to take the story in a more absurd, farcical direction, so it was intentional, but whether it was any funnier for it is up to the reader.
* The ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' TrollFic "Canada Goes Bonkers" includes this literal as well as figurative example:
-->germany jumped up from his chair and shouted "YOU'LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE!" he reached in2 his pants and pulled out teh machine gun he always kept lodged up in his buttocks in case he ever needed a machine gun.

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* Played for laughs with ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' where Yzma and Kronk fall off a cliff during the race back to the palace and still manage to beat Kuzco and Pacha. Even Yzma and Kronk wonder how they pulled it off for a moment before going back to business.
* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'' reveals that [[spoiler: Twilight doesn't even need the other five elements to be present to tap into their power. Seems like the power of the bond Twilight shared with the human versions of her friends (and she's known these humans... what, like two days???) was sufficient to not only allow Twilight to reclaim the powers of the Element of Magic but also summon the powers of the other five elements... which has no basis in the show's actual canon. Sort of but not really justified by the complete lack of any explanation on how the Elements actually work in the show anyway, and {{handwave}}d by a line about how the Elements might work differently in different universes]].
* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}: Mask of Light'': [[spoiler: TheHero fuses with the BigBad, the fusion is crushed by a gate, and according to the original script and storyboards, the former just walks out of the dust intact. For the sake of added drama, the movie has him simply disappear save for his mask. Thus, the others have to perform a ritual, recite the Three Virtues they live by, place the mask on the Three Virtues symbol conveniently carved into the floor of the villain's balcony, which somehow re-materializes his body. No explanation is offered as to how this worked, how anyone knew it would work, and why they never use this "ritual" any other time]].

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* ''Series/{{Batman}}'':
** Deliberately played for laughs in the Creator/AdamWest series and ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'', the latter of which has the following:
-->''Batman has an exploding shark biting his leg''
-->'''Batman:''' [[CrazyPrepared Robin! Hand me the Shark-Repellent Bat Spray!]]
** Most of the movie does this. Again, [[RuleOfFunny in the name of comedy]]. The crowning example comes when Batman and Robin are magnetically trapped aboard a buoy, unable to move as a missile hurtles towards them. Smash cut to our heroes driving away in a boat, as Batman [[{{Bathos}} somberly reflects]] on the [[DeusExMachina random intelligent porpoise that]] [[HeroicSacrifice swam in front of the missile to save them.]]
** Of course BatDeduction is made of this.
* Before ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn Part II]]'' was released, the promotional materials and marketing hyped up an epic final battle that was shown in nearly every trailer and TV spot. When the film was released, the final battle [[spoiler: turned out to be one of Alice's visions]].
* In the porn/cop film ''Busty Cops'' a group of police detectives are trying to discover who the murderer is. After some encounters, the group head back to base and a talking llama tells them who did it...
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'':
** Creator/JohnCarpenter himself admits that while writing ''Film/HalloweenII1981'', the idea of Laurie being Michael Myers' sister came to him "at 2:00 in the morning in front of a typewriter with a six pack of beer."
** Also, the Man In Black from ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers''. WordOfGod claims that they didn't even know who he should be before the sixth film was made.
** The ridiculous {{Retcon}} in ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' used to justify [[spoiler: bringing Michael back. At the end of ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'', Laurie decapitated Michael. ''Resurrection'' then retcons this to have it be that the ambulance driver dressed up as Michael, and that's who she killed]]. Yes, really.
* In ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'', Duncan suddenly acquires super speed to be in equal match against the Guardian. They never said he could do it or how he was trained to do it, he just ''does''.
* The sudden appearance of Frankenstein's Monster and Count Dracula (with his wife) near the end of ''Film/HouseOfTheWolfMan'' come off as this. The Monster's presence isn't that much of a stretch, as a member of the Frankenstein family is the owner of eponymous house, but Dracula? With no foreshadowing whatsoever, he appears in the doorway and is invited in.
* ''In The Woods'', a truly crazy DTV-horror film. The plot for most of the movie has to do with the discovery of an ancient skull reviving a demon who commits murders that the discoverer gets blamed for. The latter half of the film turns wildly incoherent as plot turns start getting introduced out of nowhere; including a second monster to whom the first is a ''dog'', and a historical setup that depicts [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja swordfights]] between [[ArtisticLicenseGeography northern Michigan]] [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Native Americans]].
* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (aka ''Die Hard 4.0'') appears to do one, when at one point the only method of transport available to John [=McClane=] is a helicopter. While starting the chopper up, [=McClane=], a New York cop who barely ever does anything extracurricular except drink, reveals he 'took some lessons' once and flies himself and his companion away. It wasn't even a Chekhov's Skill mentioned before this point. It turns out that this scene existed to patch up a previous inconsistency: In ''Film/DieHard2'', [=McClane=] was afraid of flying, but didn't have any issue riding a helicopter in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''. [=McClane=] having taken some flying lessons was a way to make the two previous films consistent.
* In ''Film/StreetKings'', in his darkest hour, Keanu pulls a [[spoiler: handcuff key]] from his ass. OK, it was [[spoiler: hidden in a special pocket under a seam in his jeans]], but considering that it was never even alluded to earlier, the trope applies.
* The ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies angered comic book fans with some ass-pulled powers, particularly the ability to turn back time by making the Earth rotate backwards as the DeusExMachina ending of ''Film/{{Superman}}'', and the universally reviled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI1UVDOuMqE "cellophane S"]] and memory-wipe kiss from the theatrical ''Film/SupermanII''.
** The memory-wipe kiss did appear in the comics first, although it was just as much an ass pull there, too. Heck, the Silver Age Superman comics were the undisputed champion of ass pull superpowers, come to think of it.
** Some view the reverse-rotating earth as a botched visual effect -- meant to indicate that Superman isn't altering the Earth but instead traveling through time and (from his perspective) the Earth is rotating in reverse.
** ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' has the infamous "Rebuild-the-Great-Wall-of-China Vision". [[note]]And why didn't he just use his superspeed?[[/note]]
* Subverted in ''Film/KillBill'' when the Bride is buried alive. She is helpless, stuck in a coffin, and buried under several feet of dirt. She also has no allies. How is the protagonist going to get out of this one? Well, she just so happens to know a martial art punch to apply concentrate force with little momentum. The subversion is that instead of being a throw-away line used as a quick and cheap excuse to explain how she knew this technique, the movie spends a good portion of time explaining how she came to know this technique, which also comes into play later when she finally "kills Bill". It's basically an inverted ChekhovsSkill.

* In ''{{Literature/Animorphs}} #19: The Departure'', Cassie makes a deal with a Controller: it will leave its host and go back to life as a helpless Yeerk slug if Cassie [[ShapeshifterModeLock traps herself in morph]] as a helpless caterpillar. Cassie does so, and it seems she's now stuck as an insect for life. But wait! It turns out the caterpillar's metamorphosis into a butterfly reset the morphing clock, allowing Cassie to become human again. Hooray for sudden non-foreshadowed loopholes.
* The fifth ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novel, ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', has an apparent one with TheReveal of [[spoiler: a second surviving Targaryen, Aegon,]] whose only prior foreshadowing was a [[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Prophecies/Entry/1813 very difficult-to-understand prophecy]] from the second book about [[spoiler: a cloth dragon]]. Fan forums are usually alive with theories about [[spoiler: secret Targaryens]], and a few correctly predicted the development based on the aforesaid prophecy, but even to some dedicated fans this one came from that place where the sun don't shine.
** However, considering the [[UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses inspiration]] for the series, the prospect of [[spoiler: legit dark-horse claimants, spurious pretenders, royal bastards, or others coming out of the woodwork to claim the throne]] is not an ass pull so much as RealityIsUnrealistic since this used to happen all the time in destabilized countries. Heck, [[DarkHorseVictory it still happens]], albeit with a decided lack of royalty in most cases.
*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambert_Simnel Lambert Simnel]] appeared right after the War of the Roses, was educated so well by a priest-turned-kingmaker that everybody said he would've been one of the wisest rulers ever, was paraded around by Yorkists as one of the lost "princes in the tower", and landed on the shores of England at the head of a mercenary army. So, this ass pull is firmly TruthInTelevision.
** There's also still a debate even in-universe about whether [[spoiler: "Aegon"]] actually ''is'' who people claim or whether [[spoiler: he's actually an imposter descended from the Blackfyre cadet branch, perhaps through Illyrio and his late wife given Illyrio's abiding affection for both characters, Illyrio's pointed remarks about the extinction of the "male line" of Blackfyres, and the support of the Golden Company despite generations spent fighting ''against'' the Targaryens on behalf of the Blackfyres]]. So the real ass pull could be an in-universe one trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes.
* Even Creator/StephenKing admits that [[spoiler: Patrick Danville erasing [[BigBad the Crimson King]]]] in ''Literature/TheDarkTower'' was a bit of an ass pull. To put that in perspective, Patrick was a character who was only abruptly introduced in the final volume, was only vaguely alluded to twice in the book before he appeared, wasn't given a backstory or any explanation as to how he ended up where he was, and [[spoiler:he joined the party almost right before the end, solely to serve as a plot device for two occasions]].
* [[FairPlayWhodunnit Ronald Knox's Decalogue]] was a reaction to the ass pulls pervading the mystery genre. The commandments address the most prevalent of the time, i.e. presenting last-minute characters as culprits, inventing Phlebotinum weapons, adding hidden doors that wouldn't plausibly be designed and serve no function other than to obfuscate closed rooms.
* ''Literature/{{Dragonrider}}'' is a big offender. One example of the author's lazy style features a character meeting a fellow magical ("fabulous") creature far away from home and well beyond the book's halfway point. Any potential language barrier is then sidestepped as she addresses this creature "in the magical language that all fabulous creatures understand".
* ''Literature/FiftyShadesFreed'' had Jack Hyde in jail and Christian reveals that the mastermind behind Jack's actions, including the one who paid bail for him several times, is Linc. Who is Linc? Elena Lincoln's ex-husband, who was mentioned once or twice over the entire course of the series, but never played a big role. Linc supposedly did this as punishment towards Christian, who had been having an affair with Elena between the age of 15 and 22. Yet this comes across as insane and stupid, because their affair ended six years ago, Linc was never mentioned to actually have a grudge against Christian before and there was simply no reason for him to wait all these years, just to try to give some payback to Christian. A poor attempt by [=EL=] James to tie up a loose end, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot when other, previously established characters could have been the mastermind]].
* When the kids develop all kinds of new powers in ''Literature/TheFinalWarning'', there's no proper explanation for why they've got ''those'' kinds of powers in particular, or for why they all got the new powers at roughly the same time even though they're of different ages.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** The Deathly Hallows from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. While the Horcrux plot showed Harry he could stop Voldemort from reviving again and again, it didn't help his chances in fighting the man in person. Cue the Deathly Hallows. Apparently Dumbledore had a complex history involving Grindelwald, his friend-turned-dark wizard, and the Elder Wand, one of the Hallows and an unstoppable weapon whose nature [[spoiler:turns the final duel with Voldemort in Harry's favour]]. The story of the Hallows is a fairy-tale familiar to all wizards (well, those not [[MuggleFosterParents raised by muggles]], anyway), but nothing about is told it until halfway through the last book. That [[spoiler:Harry's cloak and Marvolo's ring (now a Horcrux) are Hallows as well]] practically impossible to foresee, though the former ''does'' get a ''very'' slight hinting in previous books, similar to Dumbledore's complex history.
** Fiendfyre. Harry's faced with a Horcrux and no way to destroy it? Well, guess what? There's a Dark Magic spell (never so much as even implied before) that can destroy Horcruxes, and it's designed such that the dumbest student in Hogwarts can cast (albeit not control) it!
** Ron enters the Chamber of Secrets by learning to speak Parseltongue. Only not really because he was just imitating the sound of it. And the Chamber figures "eh, close enough" and lets him in anyway. This is despite Harry, a true Parselmouth, being unable to speak it unless he's speaking to an actual snake or convinces himself that he is. An earlier plot point of the same book even relies on Harry speaking Parseltongue without realizing he is. The only possible foreshadowing of being able to learn Parseltongue would be Dumbledore understanding a Parseltongue conversation in the previous book, though that detail is easy to miss.
** Side-Along Apparition is notorious for being one of those ideas that appears when the author needs it to solve a problem, gleefully ignoring all the ''other'' problems it could have solved beforehand had it existed.
** Harry's entire tragic backstory was kick-started when his parents chose a wrong person as a confidant to entrust their location to, a requirement for a spell used to conceal their home from Voldemort. It made a certain logical and poetic sense that the confidant would need to remain outside the effective area of the spell, since it's a common convention that magic requires some kind of sacrifice or tangible obligation. Then, in book 7, another character casually mentions being the confidant for their own concealment spell, thus prompting the question why couldn't Harry's parent's do the same thing.
** One reason why ''Cursed Child'' is seen as a ContestedSequel by many is the fact that [[spoiler: Voldemort had a daughter - despite his goal of immortality essentially eliminating any need for an "Heir", never once showing any kind of romantic or sexual interest in ''anyone'', and that Bellatrix was killed on-screen, somehow having become pregnant in a TimeSkip]].
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' often has characters get powerups with no explanation. For two examples, Kiba is revealed to have a second Sacred Gear in Volume 10 (a person can only be born with one Sacred Gear, and while it's possible to implant artificial Sacred Gears, this isn't used as the explanation) and Issei gets an ability to ignore all defences to allow him to hit Risevim (which is hand-waved as being a power once possessed by Draig).
* Parodied in Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
** In [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1 the first book]] alone, the characters often escape danger in wildly improbable ways such as [[spoiler:being unintentionally picked up by the Heart of Gold]] and [[spoiler:avoiding death by missile due to the missiles being transformed into a sperm whale and a bowl of petunias by the Improbability Drive]]. Many of the other books also contain plot elements that come from out of what can only be described as left field perceived by Hunter S. Thompson, oftentimes accompanied by the book pointing out just how improbable they are. This is much more blatant by ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'': [[spoiler:Arthur Dent's daughter]] is named Random, and her behavior, which plays heavily into the conclusion is random.
** Douglas Adams talked about his need to manage this sort of thing in the books carefully -- that even within a comedic work with absurdist and parodic elements, he couldn't get away with random ass-pulls if he wanted people to be at all invested in the drama. He described it as not being able to pull the 'in a single bound he was free' card -- if something incredibly unlikely or unexpected happens to resolve a situation, it must itself have enough weight and consequence within the story to justify it.
* The ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' features a big 'un in the shape of [[spoiler: magical elf twins, never previously mentioned, who cure]] Eragon's achey back scar, allowing him to fight properly again. They turn up once more in the fourth book [[spoiler:and make it so Dwarfs and Urgals can become Riders as well, thus solving all racism forever]].
* Several in ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'', due to having a RandomEventsPlot. Two especially egregious ones show up during the final battle: Thrix [[spoiler: being able to MindMeld, thus also being able to re-activate Beauty and Delicious' lycanthropic abilities]], and Kalix [[spoiler: being immune to the mind-affecting power of the Begraver Knife because she's "too crazy"]].
* In Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Something from the Literature/{{Nightside}}'', [[spoiler:Joanna is an ArtificialHuman sent to trick the main character into entering an evil house]]. We find this out [[spoiler:while the main character is in the house. Joanna fades into the wall and is never seen again]]. More or less everything in the sixth book comes out of one posterior or another.
* ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'': [[spoiler: Solara.]] Even though Halla is supposed to be everything that was and everything that will ever be, no, apparently [[spoiler: some cosmic soul energy repository... Thing also exists apart from it and yet also a part of it, and another piece of that can become dark and evil]]. None of this was foreshadowed anywhere, and directly contradicts the whole everything that was and will ever be shtick.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** The BigBad vamps Victoria, James, and Laurent were not mentioned at all until the very end of ''Twilight'', thanks to 90% of the book being about how perfect Edward supposedly is. The movie rectifies this mistake and has them shown earlier.
** The role of the Volturi in enforcing the rules of vampire society was similarly introduced [[http://reasoningwithvampires.tumblr.com/post/8940166823 out of the blue]] in ''New Moon''.
** In ''Breaking Dawn'', Bella immediately jumps to the conclusion that she is pregnant after her period is late by mentioning that she ''never'' had a late period in her entire life. This comes out of nowhere as her period was never mentioned her and this being a [=YA=] Novel, and about vampires who mention that Bella's blood smells especially appetizing, it usually would be something mentioned, even off-hand. As it is, it's a detail about her that comes out of nowhere with no actual evidence backing it up and dropped to put focus back on the [[HalfHumanHybrid human-vampire baby]] growing inside of her.
** Also in ''Breaking Dawn'', just when it seems the Cullens will have to face the consequences of allying with werewolves, mortal enemies of vampires, Jake and his tribe are suddenly revealed to be a group of shapeshifters whose powers are completely unrelated to those of ''real'' werewolves (or "Children of the Moon" as the book calls them). This comes despite them being regarded as werewolves by the narrative for the whole of the series.
* About halfway through ''Literature/TheWiseMansFear,'' the protagonist and his team have finally finished a difficult mission fraught with setbacks. On their way back to town... they stumble onto the indescribably beautiful Felurian, who then seduces the protagonist and carries him off to Fae. His time there takes a full sixty pages.
* At one point in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Dante uses a cord around his waist, never described before, to lower himself and Creator/{{Virgil}} into a section of Hell. Scholarly opinion is still divided as to whether this cord was badly established or was a result of Dante wearing a Franciscan habit.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In the episode ''Guise Will Be Guise'', Wesley is kidnapped at gunpoint from the office in front of Cordelia. With no clues to the abductor's identity, she decides to try to look at LAPD mugshots to see if she can identify the man. After awhile of searching through mugshots, she gets bored and decides to randomly read a celebrity gossip-rag and happens to come across a picture of the man, who it turns out is a bodyguard to a celebrity. You can tell the writer was on a deadline, or just didn't care to come up with something better.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** In the PostScriptSeason, there are suddenly two sisters with an Ultimate Power that is supposed to be even stronger than the Charmed Ones, after seven seasons hyping up the Power of Three.
** In season six, they eventually determine that Chris is a good guy, Piper and Leo's KidFromTheFuture, and that [[spoiler:Wyatt]] causes the BadFuture. Try squaring that with ''anything'' he had done up until this point in the series, and it's quite clear they had another idea/were making this up as they went along.
** The introduction of the Magic School in season six sort of negates the very ''premise'' of the show: the sisters discover their powers in their twenties because their grandmother bound them to protect the girls from the warlock Nicholas. What's the best way to protect the girls: keep them completely in the dark about their powers, legacy and the threats they'll have to face, or let them be taken care of by experienced witches and even ''Elders'' in a place where evil can't even enter and they'll be able to take their skills to the next level?
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': Perhaps the ultimate television ass pull is the infamous reappearance of Bobby Ewing in the shower.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** So many episodes end with the villains being foiled by some brand-new, never-before-seen [[AppliedPhlebotinum trick of time, space, the TARDIS, or the Doctor's sonic screwdriver]] that it's difficult to keep count.
** The First Doctor didn't have a sonic screwdriver but he was able to use the ring he wore to fix the TARDIS's sabotaged lock. His explanation was that the ring had "certain properties" and he didn't want to discuss it any further.
** It may sound incredible, but the now core concept of ''[[TheNthDoctor regeneration]]'' was itself an Ass Pull. Creator/WilliamHartnell was getting too ill to play The Doctor, but they didn't want to end the show -- so Hartnell himself [[RealLifeWritesThePlot came up with the idea]] that Time Lords could regenerate into a new body.
** The Doctor managing to disrupt the Daleks' power supply in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks "The Power of the Daleks"]].
** The [[MakeMeWannaShout glass-shattering scream]] that Gallifreyans are capable of, which resolved a cliffhanger in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E5ThePowerOfKroll "The Power of Kroll"]] but was never mentioned before and will probably never be used again.
** The Doctor's previously unmentioned 'respiratory bypass system' which saves him from strangulation in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars"]] [[note]]At least it was established for the next dozen times it saved the day[[/note]].
** Undoing Peri's death off-screen. Actress Nicola Bryant didn't even ''know'' about this until years later, to boot!
** Then there's Captain Jack Harkness' performance in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf "Bad Wolf"]]. While completely naked he reaches behind himself and produces a small laser gun. This is immediately lampshaded when he is asked where he got it from. While the act in itself is an AssShove, it also qualifies as Ass Pull as there was no indication that he had it prior to using it. It was a scene played for laughs though.
** The Gallifreyan mind meld in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]]. Has there really never been a suitable reason to use it at any time in the previous 27 seasons?
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] features some of the biggest Ass Pulls in the history of the show. Suddenly the Doctor is able to send enough regeneration energy into a severed hand to conveniently grow a half-human Doctor when a human touches it. And when the human touching it is electrocuted she suddenly gets Time Lord intelligence, [[DeusExMachina just in time]] to stop the Daleks destroying the Universe.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], the Doctor is forced to wipe Donna's memories, saying that if she ever remembers him, her head will be incinerated. A year and a half later in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], she ''does'' remember him -- only then the Doctor says he added a "defense mechanism" which knocks out her and everyone in the vicinity. This comes very handy in incapacitating an enemy ''that the Doctor could not possibly have foreseen,'' though this can be handwaved by the fact that it could very well have been set up for any general enemy.
** The concept of Time Lords undergoing GenderSwap at regeneration had literally never been so much as hinted at in the 48 years prior to the 2011 episodes "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]", when it was tossed into a script as a joke, one that was later taken seriously, much to the chagrin or delight of fans.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]] resolves the plotline from the previous episode of Amy and Rory's daughter been kidnapped by explaining that she somehow made it to Leadworth from New York and became their never seen before best friend, Mels. Unfortunately, it also establishes something of a timeline issue since she was in NYC in the late 1960s but grew up with them as Mels decades later. The intervening years are never mentioned or explained.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E3RobotOfSherwood "Robot of Sherwood"]]:
*** Clara's sudden and previously unrevealed knowledge of [=TaeKwonDo=], though a downplayed trope since it has no effect on the plot.
*** Although the spoon has relevance to the swordfight, it does seem to appear out of nowhere in the TARDIS. The Doctor is discussing Robin Hood, he's flipping through a book, he turns away from Clara, we hear a "CHING" sound effect and suddenly there's a big spoon in his hand, covered with either icing or cream, which the Doctor proceeds to lick. Clara doesn't even seem to notice. And the spoon immediately appears to ''vanish'' when the Doctor starts hunting for the Polaroid. (And it should be noted there is no indication of a table or anything else holding the source of the cream/icing either.) If the Doctor hadn't later needed the spoon for the swordfight, this would have met most of the criteria for a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]], the moon creature lays a second egg right after it's born, without any sign given before that it could, neatly sidestepping any problems destroying the moon would cause and proving Clara was right.
** Creator/StevenMoffat has been accused of this trope with regards to retroactively establishing both River Song and Clara Oswald as bisexual in Series 9, despite neither character displaying any tendencies in this direction previously. Possibly justified as an attempt at future-proofing the canonical romance between the Doctor and the two women in anticipation of the Doctor undergoing a GenderSwap at some point.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has several, often lumped under the general category of "because of the Speed Force." One case that averts abuse of the Speed Force is the solution to the problem in season 2's Christmas episode, where The Trickster has randomly distributed bombs in Christmas presents to children around the city. They have no way of finding all the bombs in time, so Harry and Cisco come up with a solution to throw one of the bombs through the dimensional breach and this will cause the other bombs to be magnetically attracted to the first and suck them all through the same breach. Somehow involving magnetism.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Inverted in the episode "iSpace Out", where Carly is suddenly revealed to be aggressively claustrophobic, and breaks the window of a training space station module to escape, despite multiple occasions earlier where Carly is perfectly normal in spaces that are half that size or less. The inversion is that the ass pull isn't used to ''resolve'' the {{plot}}, but in fact to ''fail'' the {{plot}} and bring about an end to the episode. This was done because the writers knew that having ''Series/ICarly'' [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]] would be seen as a JumpingTheShark moment and therefore had to find a way to stop it.
** Played straight with Sam liking Freddie in "iOMG". It's an ass pull because of the desire to create a ShockingSwerve season ending CliffHanger ending. In "iOMG" Sam liking Freddie just happens. There's no previous episode arc or foreshadowing or explanation to the audience that Sam likes Freddie. The focus is on protecting a cliff-hanger ending where Sam only reveals she likes Freddie right at the end of the episode, leaving Freddie's response as the cliffhanger. Having any indication that it's Sam and Freddie would kill the swerve. They also use Brad as a RedHerring. In fact, the characters on the show itself make reference to how suddenly and strange it is, as they only mention that Sam's behaviour only started when Brad showed back up, which was only for that episode. Sam was showing signs of liking Freddie before it would kill the plot of the episode and spoil the dramatic ending. Later on in the short arc the reason is revealed to have been an incident that was never shown and took place entirely off screen, with no reference as to when it happened.
* ''Life with Boys'': Tess begins dating her wrestling rival Bobby and Allie, who was dating Bobby prior is not okay with it at first but then is, feels left out. Tess sets time aside to spend with Allie when Bobby gets sick, but ends up pretending to be sick to get out of it so she can go to a playoffs game. It turns out Bobby pretended to be sick so he could go to the game too. Tess breaks up with him for lying, but then realizes the hypocrisy when Allie catches her lying and decides since Allie forgave her, she can forgive him too. Cue Bobby getting another girl's number immediately at the end of the episode and the break up is permanent. That one asspull makes the whole arc an asspull in itself.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Everything regarding the Man in Black[=/=]Smoke Monster during the final season:
*** His conflict with Jacob, which had the added bonus of replacing the much hyped conflict between Ben Linus and Charles Widmore.
*** His nature and FreudianExcuse.
*** Plus [[spoiler:his getting {{Mode Lock}}ed as John Locke. We never learn why, or how Ilana knows this. Basically, it was just an excuse to keep Terry O'Quinn on the show in the final season]].
*** The claim that the Man in Black can't leave the island unless he kills all the candidates. This is never really explained properly. It's essentially a HandWave so that the character can do evil things, and thus give the audience a reason to root against him. For that matter, how was Jacob keeping him on the island?
** In season 4, Hurley gets the ability to talk to ghosts out of nowhere, which is never explained. Even weirder, this is the same season that introduces a new character who can ''also'' talk to ghosts, so what was wrong with using him for these scenes?
* In ''Series/LawAndOrder'', Serena Southerlyn's SuddenlySexuality. "Is this because I'm a lesbian?" WordOfGod is that he wanted people talking about it at the water cooler the next day, making it a ShockingSwerve.
* ''Series/TheLostRoom'': The business about the Law of Conservation of Objects comes out of nowhere in the last five minutes of the series and is crucial to the resolution of the main plot.
* In ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine'', Christine's brother Matthew is a nanny for her son Ritchie during Season 1. Then he enters medical school, drops out later that season and then is suddenly a therapist seeing patients. He even says that he "glad he's a doctor" now, indicating that he has somehow obtained a Ph.D. in psychology over the course of a semester.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** The franchise is limited by the stock footage available from the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, meaning many of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts Of Doom]] and {{Plot Coupon}}s introduced during its run can teeter vicariously between being simply {{Deus Ex Machina}}s to full out MerchandiseDriven ass pulls DependingOnTheWriter. Some examples are worse than others. In the second season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' the show wanted to change its stock footage from using ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' to ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''; however, in the show it simply explains that the Rangers need to start using the ''Power of Thunder!'' \\
What is the Power of Thunder? Never really explained. Where did it come from? Never asked. If it's always been available, why not use it sooner? Never brought up. The transition seriously gets a single short exchange of dialogue and [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain is never questioned again]].
** The "transition" (term used ''very'' loosely) between ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' and ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. And before that, the "Sword of Light" needed to transfer powers to another person back in Season 2 of ''Mighty Morphin'''. Never mentioned again, and later power transfers just have the original Ranger giving their power coin/morpher to the new Ranger.
* After spoilers for TheReveal were supposedly leaked on Reddit, the writers of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' wrote in an ending for the series that angered many fans, making a long-running villain a character that had been around for half a season and garnering accusations of transphobia. The reveal shown could have been what was always planned, but many fans speculate that this trope was invoked as a result of the spoiler leak.
* Though this is more of an in-universe example than a proper ass pull, ''Series/{{Psych}}'' employs this when Shawn, desperate for an explanation, claims that a man was killed by a T. Rex. Then it turns out he was a paleontologist and, on dying, fell on a skeleton. Even Shawn is surprised by this.
* The fourth season of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' has a whopper in the season finale. The season spends a good deal of time focusing on an Assistant US Attorney who spends the bulk of the season building a big RICO case against the Sons that eventually sees two of their members flip (albeit one of them under duress) and one of them go to prison. The aforementioned Attorney and his people are all set to move on a gun deal the Sons are planning and they're sure to at least make some arrests. Suddenly, the Cartel guys introduced early in the season drive up, reveal that they are in fact CIA agents and tell them to close down the investigation because the CIA is using the club to take down bigger fish. This plot twist (alongside the Irish's sudden refusal to deal with anybody but Clay) not only crushes the RICO investigation but prevents Jax from killing Clay, Jax from being able to leave Charming, saves Bobby from going to prison, allows Juice's disloyalty to stay a secret from everyone in the club and leaves Jax forced to do the CIA's bidding with the threat of them letting the RICO investigation go through should Jax turn on them.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' needed a "dramatic" way to get Atlantis involved in the battle with the Super-Hive, so Zelenka pulled "ass drive" out of [=McKay=]'s wormhole.
** Every previous season finale ended on a big cliffhanger. It was obvious that the cliffhanger this time was going to be a Wraith ship in orbit of a defenseless earth; but when they found out they were [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]], they had to wrap the plot up in-episode. A little bit of ass pulling seemed like the better alternative...
** The whole "moving the control chair to Area 51" bit also seems like an ass pull, simply to put the chair (and the research facility with it) in a position to be blown up before it can be used to fight the Super-Hive. The reason given for moving it doesn't make sense at any possible level, either. The (real-life) treaty banning militarization of Antarctica certainly would not apply to an artifact predating humanity itself, and the IOA (which was founded for the explicit purpose of preventing America from monopolizing alien technology) would never have insisted that the chair be moved ''to America''; as international territory, Antarctica would've been the ''perfect'' place for it from their perspective. Not that it would've done much good, given how [[SarcasmMode well]] Atlantis's own drones do against the enemy ship.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'' referenced this trope in "Redemption, Part 2":
---> '''O'Neill:''' ''(to Carter)'' Well, you do have a talent for pulling solutions out of your butt. ''({{beat}})'' [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Head!]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Spock's "internal eyelid" in "Operation -- Annihilate!" Never mentioned before. Never mentioned again, right up until a single episode in the final season of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
** Similarly, in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Gen]]'' episode "Ethics", Worf is injured seriously enough to be paralyzed. He asks Riker to kill him before finally submitting to experimental surgery. [[spoiler: The surgery fails and Worf is declared dead.]] Then, in the words of [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Worf Memory Alpha]], "Due to the redundancies of Klingon physiology, where every organ in the Klingon body has a backup organ that activates whenever damage occurs to the first, his internal backups were initiated and Worf woke up." And everyone watching sat up and said, "...the ''hell??''" These "redundancies" were never remotely alluded to before and, though they were discussed in a random ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode, this theoretically extremely important and useful feature of Klingon biology is plot-relevant exactly once, in "Ethics"--incidentally making mincemeat of the episode-titling moral considerations of euthanasia, experimental medicine, etc.
*** Particulary glaring due the fact that the Klingon's [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] of being a ProudWarriorRace who value combat above all else. Seems like this would come up fairly often with them.
** In-Universe:
*** For an example of the "Character Made It Up On The Spot", in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'' episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" Kirk pulls some Corbomite out of his ass, calling it a material that can reflect the attackers' destructive potential back on them and everything else in a large area and then some. It was entirely a bluff to get Balok to back down. It worked so well, he pulls it out again for some Romulans in "The Deadly Years". Then they actually ''made'' a Corbomite Reflector -- it's the special equipment of TheFederation capital ships in ''VideoGame/StarTrekArmada''. It was simply named after Kirk's bluff and that games don't count in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{canon}}. Notably, Harlan Band tries the exact same maneuver (in a bit of a ShoutOut) against the Spung in an episode of ''Series/SpaceCases''. It doesn't work, apparently because the Spung warlord is played by Creator/GeorgeTakei.
*** Kirk is clearly the master of this maneuver, as in "A Piece of the Action," he generates the card game Fizzbin from the orifice mentioned in the trope's name, [[CalvinBall complete with nigh-indescribable rules]] (thus doubling as a BavarianFireDrill). Suffice it to say, you don't want two jacks and a king on a Tuesday night. Kirk's mastery of this extends as far as confusing people long enough to get a good grip on the table that's going to be upended. Fizzbinn was later mentioned as a game in Quark's (in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').
** This trope is so endemic to Star Trek that musician [[Music/{{Voltaire}} Aurelio Voltaire]] made a song that's ''entirely'' about [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade]] on it, the end of which is the page's quote.
* ''Series/ThankGodYoureHere'' is a sketch/game show where various comedians are brought into different sets with different plots and as different characters. They aren't told what they're going to be doing or who they're supposed to be -- though costumes can occasionally give them hints -- and they are required to play the role they're given as best they can. It's like ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', but without the explanations.
* Towards the end of Season 2 of ''Series/VampireDiaries'' Bonnie's magic has become this, with her coming up with incredibly convenient spells for numerous bad situations the characters have found themselves in.
** In the final season (revolving around psychic powers), Bonnie states that her Grams once told her she is psychic. This only raises the question of why the latest BigBad tries to mentor her rather than simply eliminating a potential threat.
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'':
** It was decided only towards the end of the first season that [[spoiler:Nina would be the series's major [[TheMole mole]],]] despite it [[PlotHole contradicting some of her actions as seen earlier in the season]].
** Also, in the final season, the reveal that [[spoiler:Dana Walsh is a mole]]. Not only does it come out of nowhere, but [[spoiler:suddenly the way she dealt with her criminal ex-boyfriend in the season's first half makes no sense, as with her new characterization she clearly would have just killed him]].
** Alan Wilson comes out of nowhere and is revealed to be the true mastermind behind Day 7 and Day 5 events.
* The reveal that [[spoiler:Dan Humphrey, with some help from Jenny]] is ''Series/GossipGirl'' comes out of the left field and makes no sense at all unless you disregard pretty much every Gossip Girl blast from the first five seasons. Given the way the show was written, this would have happened no matter who they revealed it to be.

* The events of the Toys/{{BIONICLE}} story serials are [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants deliberately made up on the spot with the least amount of planning]]. The only thing the writer plans ahead is to make sure every chapter ends with a cliffhanger.
* In ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'' when Breeze Rider [[spoiler:swipes the sceptre]]. It was never explained or foreshadowed outside of a ChekhovsGun moment.
* Website/GoAnimate "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos will pull out all the stops to make sure a character gets grounded and humiliated. Recently, many video makers have taken to the term "[=GoAnimate=] Logic" to explain how anyone can do anything and how everything gets put back to normal.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Every ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' DungeonMaster ever will occasionally resort to this to keep things moving. If necessary to end the game after going OffTheRails, they may employ the "[[RocksFallEveryoneDies nuclear option]]".
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** The game has several advantages that let the ''players'' do this, including Gizmos, which allows you to pull out a small item out of nowhere, as long as it is something your character would have, and Wild Talent, which lets you perform an untrained skill, and learn it permanently with an enhancement.
** Several supplements have expanded on these rules to specifically model this trope, and explain the rationale for it in drama/action/comedy. GURPS also includes psionics rules, including powers similar to this that allow a precognitive character to retcon a [[CrazyPrepared counter to a situation they would have foreseen]], so long as it doesn't contradict events that have already happened. So a character who is captured and hauled before the BigBad could have a derringer on them... but ''only'' if they haven't actually been searched "on camera".
* The meta-plot of ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' RPG's second and third edition may be considered full of ass pulls with killing off main [=NPCs=] and gods, as the authors simply interpreted the outcomes of official [=L5R=] CCG tournaments instead of coming up with something more coherent themselves. Way less than graceful. Made even sadder by the fact they've been doing it with the game's metaplot since day one. Some are great twists, others... not so much.
* In ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', you can spend hero points to pull stuff out of thin air. For example, your superhero Hypervolt might spend a hero point to pull some some smoke grenades from his utility belt, to pick up that Improved Grapple feat when you really ''need'' to grab the enemy, or even buy an Alternate Power feat for his electrical control and turn out to be able to create an aura of lightning around himself. There's also the Gadget power, which functions like the Device power (you have a piece of super-powered equipment, whether it's a magic sword or PoweredArmor) except that you can actively switch out the function of the Gadget on the fly for whatever you currently need, up to the power level of the Gadget. So you could take a laser pistol, turn it into a jetpack if you needed to fly, or an extendible ladder, or a cloaking device, it's really limited to how many power points you spent on your Gadget.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantCityBlues'' indie system has a special stat named Preparedness. Specifically called for to make convenient ass pulls for ''players'' in an assumption that the ''character'' had thought it out beforehand.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'', another title by Steve Jackson Games, also features Gizmos, which can be set to be whatever you need at a specific time. In practice, this usually means [[AnvilOnHead anvils]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s ''Eye of Terror'' campaign involved an ass pull from Games Workshop. Namely, the Eldar came in just behind the guard and marines yet ended up losing Eldrad and all the Blackstone Fortresses -- i.e., the sort of result that might be expected from coming in ''last.'' And the loss of Eldrad [[CanonDiscontinuity may or may not have]] happened, as Games Workshop took down the .PDF with the results from their site, and materials published after the Eye of Terror campaign speak of Eldrad as alive. He is still included as a fieldable character in the Eldar codex published afterward.
** The main result also became this, as GW had to reconcile the forces of Evil coming first in the normal game but being utterly smashed in the specialist games (specifically Battlefleet Gothic). Eventually it was decided that the baddies managed to take half of Cadia, but are now cut off in a Stalingrad-style pocket due to the Imperium smashing their spaceborne assets.
** The Eye of Terror campaign wound up with the Imperium getting really screwed over. Not just with Cadia being overrun by Chaos though. The Orks campaign was supposed to be stopping the Tau from increasing their empire, and allegedly the Ork fanbase was pissed at this, so they co-ordinated and focused all their efforts on a system called Thracian Primus (which appeared in {{Literature/Eisenhorn}}), which has a Forge World on it; long story short, the Orks essentially smashed it to bits in what they called "The Green Kroosade", and renamed the world Mo'Dakka. As a result the Tau expanded unopposed. Furthermore, the Eldar and Dark Eldar managed to [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] the Thousand Sons, locking them out of the webway and preventing them ever reaching the Black Library, and supposedly Commorragh got sealed off into a pocket universe for good. Games Workshop then decided to retcon the whole thing to right before the campaign started for whatever reason out there. The forces of Disorder being a lot more organised certainly helped their cause.
** The resolution of the Storm of Chaos in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy was similarly filled with randomness and has [[CanonDiscontinuity also been mostly ignored since]]. In fact, the entire Storm of Chaos campaign appears to have been completely reset, as all the army book timelines printed since then, if they even mention the forces of Chaos, merely end on an ominous note about how the forces of Chaos are massing under Archaon's banner and will soon sweep southwards. With the obvious exception of Archaon himself, most of the other Storm of Chaos characters have been completely erased from the setting (poor Valten)
* This is a common thing in the aftermath of any Games Workshop campaign, as technically speaking the in-setting outcome is supposed to be based on the results of the real-world games. This is a noble goal, but incredibly hard to accomplish without completely changing the setting. Games Workshop do not really want to change the setting, but this won't stop them from promising that the latest campaign will "have large-scale effects on the world." This causes problems when, for example, The Storm of Chaos mentioned above was won (by quite a margin) by the forces of evil. Rather than trying to work that into the setting, strongly crippling at least one major faction (the Empire was in ruins by the end) and having to rewrite every army book to represent the new plot, they just decided that the Storm of Chaos was an alternate reality and continued as if nothing happened.
* On the contrary, one of the main struggles with the Storm of Chaos campaign was that the forces of evil were doing so poorly. A week into the campaign several of the Chaos armies were stalled, forcing the Creator/GamesWorkshop writing staff to find a work-around lest their summer-long campaign fail to get out the gate. The climactic battle planned at Middenheim was scrapped, with the campaign instead concluding in a nonsensical battle where the orc horde (which was previously a bit player) suddenly defeats Archaon, then let him go for... reasons. Likewise, the forces of order were rewarded by having the Skaven assassinate Valten.
* All the End of Times campaign is full of these.

* The song School for Monsters in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' has Trekkie Monster donate $10 million to fund Kate's monster school. There's literally no foreshadowing that Trekkie would have this kind of money and this moment solely exists [[DeusExMachina so that Kate's dreams can come true]], [[BrokenAesop contradicting the main point of the musical]]. [[FridgeLogic Why he's still living in a crappy apartment is anyone's guess.]] Also a CriticalResearchFailure, as porn is not actually a stable investment at all in America during the show's run, as free sites like Pornhub have driven most pornographic production companies to near bankruptcy.
* ''Threatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DJaNbD6R2s This]] rendition of the Major-General's Song contains a literal example.
-->Where did they come from? Oh! There you are my dear. Put those in some [[color:blue:water]], will you? ...and then wash your hands.
* The "grand piano in the bushes" mentioned in the description is a Russian idiom that comes from a Soviet-era theatric parody of the period's documentaries tendency for fake improvisation. In it, the interviewer is asking the exemplary worker walking in a park on his day off how he likes to spend his free time.
--> '''Worker''': Oh, I like to play on a violin. Matter of fact, I randomly took a violin with me. I'll play you Oginsky's "Polonaise" on it. *pulls out the violin and plays*\\
'''Interviewer''': Bravo! Exceptional! You've got a real talent!\\
'''Worker''': Yeah!... And I also play the piano. Look, there's a grand piano standing randomly in the bushes. I'll play you Oginsky's "Polonaise" on it.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'': Killing the final boss causes the floating island to fall. However, killing the TrueFinalBoss causes the island to ''stop'' falling. Sloppily handwaved with something vague about "[[VoodooShark negative energy]]". And those three brief sentences are ''all'' the information the game gives you on this matter, in stark contrast to the nicely fleshed-out backstory of the Final Boss and the TrueFinalBoss themselves.
* Half the plot-relevant elements of ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' are ass pulls, mostly owing to how the [[VideoGame game]] was initially intended to be much longer than it actually wound up being, and [[CosmicDeadline the developers were simultaneously given less and less time to finish the game]]. These include [[spoiler:the BigBad being a Mayan oracle, the homeless banding together to observe people in silence, an artificial intelligence born from the Internet revealing itself as a secondary antagonist, the Indigo Child, and the true origin of Lucas' newfound superhuman strength]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'': A seemingly WellIntentionedExtremist, King Travant of Thracia, [[spoiler:murders TheHero Sigurd's sister Ethlyn and her husband Quan, the rulers of the Manster District, and he kidnaps their infant daughter Altenna and raises her as his own]]. While his acts are heinous and he clearly is working against Sigurd, what we do know is that he also seeks to improve the welfare of his country. The midquel, ''Thracia 776'' (where Quan and Ethlun's son Leif is the main character), reveals that [[spoiler:the [[{{Cult}} Loptyr Sect]] manipulated Travant into killing Quan and Ethlyn]]. It comes off as kind of cheap.
* While ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is no stranger to KudzuPlot twists, ''3D: Dream Drop Distance'' is especially infamous among the fandom for having one {{Infodump}} {{Retcon}} after another during its VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. [[spoiler:Turns out everything since the first game was AllAccordingToPlan for the BigBad via never-before-seen TimeTravel magic, and the X-Blade-forging method from ''Birth by Sleep'' was actually incorrect this whole time. The only {{Foreshadowing}} the former even remotely had was a wordless BonusBoss who just happened to wield a few time-based attacks -- and in another game altogether (the aforementioned ''[=BbS=]''), no less -- while the latter literally comes out of nowhere just to set things up for ''III''.]]
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' has Phelps [[spoiler: cheating on his wife with the junkie Elsa]]. While the story does try to foreshadow the event by having Phelps see the person at the club a few times, there's absolutely no build up leading to the event and there's not even any hints at a possible [[spoiler: troubled marriage]]. Said event advances the plot further and kickstarts Phelps's snooping around into a big conspiracy, but none of it would have happened if it wasn't for that event that got Phelps publicly ousted.
* This can be applied to the ending of ''[[VideoGame/LegendaryTheBox Legendary]]'', wherein [[spoiler: Deckard's Signet is revealed out of entirely nowhere to be the blueprint for the construction of another Pandora's Box]].
* ''VideoGame/LEGOIsland 2'' brings us the constructopedia. It's a book that supposedly holds the island together, and if a page is torn, the building assigned to it falls apart. It's not mentioned anywhere in any of the other two games in the series, nor is any hint of its existence made until the Brickster needs it. It's just a simple PlotDevice that was pulled out of thin air so they could give the Brickster a reason to pull the entire island apart in one fell swoop. It's even more glaring if you played the first game, where the Brickster actually goes to the trouble of tearing the buildings apart individually.
* In ''Videogame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:the Synthesis ending. Throughout the entire game, the player is repeatedly told by opposing factions that the only options in dealing with the Reapers are to either destroy or subjugate the Reapers, but the last three minutes of the game suddenly declares that there's a third "preferred" option; Synthesis, which was only previously mentioned in the original game by Saren, and treated as a monstrosity that has seen him become a mere puppet of Sovereign; furthermore, Synthesis is depicted as making organics and synthetics into techno-organics, rather than Saren's use of cybernetic implants, and somehow accomplishes the task of making everyone into hybrids by simply shooting a green beam throughout the galaxy, which apparently changes the fabric of life by, according to the Catalyst, modifying all "synthetic" thought processes and turning every single organic being into cyborgs]]. Note that the Synthesis ending is not alluded to or available if you have a low enough effective military strength.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' was supposed to be the GrandFinale for the X series and things would pick back up in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. But ExecutiveMeddling caused ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'' to continue the X series into a PostScriptSeason. Zero was thought to have died in ''X5'', but he can be encountered during ''X6'' in perfect shape. He claims to have hid himself to heal himself, but no solid reason is given how he did this. He just shows up.
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'': You are just a tiny little cherub whose only powers are NotQuiteFlight and the ability to possess people. The final boss? [[spoiler:Satan himself.]] Surely you stand no chance? Gee, guess what, right before the final encounter it's revealed that your possession ability somehow also can generate magical projectiles that specifically hurt this final boss.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', the ending where [[spoiler: Quan Chi reveals that Shao Kahn sold him the souls of fallen Earthrealm warriors makes very little sense when you consider that it was never shown that such a deal was made and that Kahn should have no jurisdiction over souls that aren't his. It's just a plot device that the writers pulled out of their rectums without even explaining it. Also considering that the Netherrealm has been described as only being able to accept evil or tainted souls. A rule that was VERY CONVENIENTLY ignored here in order for this to work]].
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'':
** The [[{{Retcon}} retconning]] of the Prince's personality counts as this. The stark contrast between his snarky but loveable ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime Sands of Time]]'' personality and his DarkerAndEdgier ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin Warrior Within]]'' personality is resolved by having the latter becoming a sinister voice in the Prince's head, fuelled by his exposure to the Sands of Time, a symptom which had never been so much as hinted at in the previous. On the other hand, [[TropesAreNotBad this new characterization was so well-written that most fans didn't complain.]]
** After defeating the Vizir, [[spoiler:Kaileena suddenly comes back as a ghost and conveniently destroys the dagger and the sands of time]]. This is odd because [[spoiler: Kaileena didn't come back as a ghost when she was killed in the previous game]] and the game provides no explaination of why she couldn't do it before the Vizir's death.
* In the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016 2016 reimagining of Ratchet & Clank]] (both the video game and the movie its a tie-in to), [[spoiler:Drek succeeds in destroying the planet Novalis with the Deplanetizer weapon. This sends Ratchet into a HeroicBSOD and he retreats back to Veldin in doubt about whether he's cut out to be a hero, blaming himself for Novalis' destruction by the fact that he failed to sabotage the Deplanetizer. Clank eventually talks him back into rejoining the fight, mainly by highlighting the fact that the entire population of Novalis was managed to be successfully evacuated before its destruction. No, this fact was not brought up or foreshadowed before this little reveal.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', the concept of the Chaos Emeralds having both positive and negative energy isn't brought up until just before the final battle of the game, and it wasn't even foreshadowed before that. It just serves as a [[EleventhHourSuperpower convenient way]] of letting Sonic become Super Sonic and get the edge over Perfect Chaos.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', [[spoiler:Sonic uses Chaos Control, a move he had never used or learned to use before, to survive being blown up in the space pod he was trapped in by Eggman.]]
* In ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', [[spoiler:Fox's old foe, Andross, was thrown in as the final boss very late in development, and appears to [[HijackedByGanon hijack the games plot]] without any real buildup or foreshadowing--it doesn't even explain how he survived the final battle in VideoGame/StarFox64. Making this hasty addition more obvious is that hacking into game reveals that an entire fight sequence between the Fox character and the main villain of the game, General Scales had been programmed, complete with dialogue already recorded]].
* Played for laughs in ''Videogame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', in which [[spoiler:Princess Kenny betrays the group at the end]]. Creator/MorganFreeman then shows up out of nowhere to explain the character's intricate backstory that was never foreshadowed in any way and only makes sense within the context of the LARP that the boys are playing in.
** [[VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole The sequel]] also plays this trope for laughs by giving you the option to [[PurelyAestheticGender play as a girl]]. Since it's meant to be the same character, somehow ''nobody'' noticed the New Kid was actually a girl during the entirety of ''Stick of Truth'', [[EpicFail not even her own parents]]! It's later revealed that [[spoiler:your parents were lying about your identity to protect you from the government]]. Played straight in the end, where [[spoiler:Mitch Conner dies in a fight with his mother after learning his own tragic backstory of how his mom fucked his dad]]. Keep in mind that [[spoiler:Mitch Conner and his mother is just Cartman doing handpuppets]].
* ''Videogame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'': When you are about to fight the final boss, Tabuu, in the Subspace Emissary story mode, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog (who is not even a Nintendo character) appears out of nowhere and smashes his wings, significantly weakening him. The surprise effect was somewhat lost due to [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil announcements that he would be in the game prior to the release of this game]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': The revelation that [[spoiler: Anise Tatlin]] has been the mole in your party. Essentially, this character was portrayed as teasing, but not suspicious in any way, until the halfway point of the game. At this point, the character is suddenly 'absent' during short intervals, so they can 'write letter reports' and then act highly suspicious when someone mentions the letters and stutters around, stating that, yes, the letter has been sent, no problem. Said character also looks around suspiciously, before doing an exaggerated, theatrical fall, unlocking new areas and [[LargeHam acting shocked]]. It's so bad that one of the party members calls the character out on their behavior. And yet, the player is supposed to figure that this has been going on for the entire game.
* ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'': [[spoiler: Monomachus' resurrection comes out of nowhere but a cryptic line from the dragons at his death a few stages previous, the mechanics of which are unexplained in the slightest except the dragons saved him when humans couldn't have]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The "twist" of M'uru allowing himself to be captured and drained by the Blood Elves would have been far more effective if everything in the game hadn't pointed in the opposite direction (M'uru making active attempts at escaping, the Blood Elves becoming increasingly violent and arrogant about their stolen abilities, etc). One of the Blood Elf leaders, Lady Liadrin, pulling a complete 180 in terms of personality in the space of three seconds didn't help the plot development seem any less of an ass pull. Not that it makes it much less silly, but some people were expecting that exact plot twist from the day blood elf paladins were announced. There are forum discussions and fanfics theorising it well before the actual events occurred in-[[VideoGame game]].
** The original lore of the Blood Knights was an ass pull as well. The light (power from faith), suddenly being able to be siphoned like gasoline [[DeusExMachina from the recently created Naaru]]. It's so bad that the above change could be considered an AuthorsSavingThrow, meaning the explanation is "this stunt worked because said Naaru was letting it work." And when M'uru is kidnapped, somehow they still manage to stay Blood Knights, and new player character paladins can still be created.
** Likewise, the whole notion of the Blue Dragonflight suddenly turning hostile and thus providing a convenient source of killable mobs in the Northrend expansion is a shameless ass pull. In the preceding Outland expansion said Blue Dragonflight actually helps you defeat the FinalBoss...
** Kairozdormu. A Bronze Dragon NPC introduced in patch 5.4.0, who leads an investigation on the mysterious properties of the Timeless Isle and mainly functions as one of the main quest NPC's on the island. Despite this character not having any lore or backstory to speak of prior to his introduction, he somehow has the power create portals that lead to other dimensions, and is strong enough to [[spoiler: kill Soridormu, the prime consort of Nozdormu]]. Then right after taking Garrosh to an alternate dimension and kickstarting the events of Warlords of Draenor, he is promptly stabbed in the back and dies. He essentially only existed as a plot excuse for [[spoiler: the creation of the Infinite Dragonflight]] and the Warlords of Draenor expansion.
* After ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' came under criticism for having Daisy Fitzroy abruptly [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jump off the slippery slope]] and attempt to murder a child to establish that she was NotSoDifferent from [[BigBad Comstock]], the ''Burial At Sea'' DLC included an obvious AuthorsSavingThrow where it's revealed [[spoiler: she was secretly working with the Luteces the entire time and engineered the situation to force Elizabeth to kill her, and had no intention of actually harming the child]]. Problem is, despite being obvious in intention, this reveal comes out of nowhere with absolutely no foreshadowing whatsoever, has little impact on the plot of ''Burial At Sea'' or the original game, and undermines Elizabeth's CharacterDevelopment by taking agency away from her decision [[spoiler: to kill Fitzroy]]. As a result, many fans -- even ones who felt Fitzroy had been mishandled in the original game -- viewed the twist as nonsensical and detrimental to the game as a whole.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', Bonds route. [[spoiler:So you've decided to oppose Dagda's plan. Naturally, Dagda, being the one who gave you a second chance at life, decides to sweep your life under your feet as punishment. How does Danu maintain your PlotArmor? Why, create a clone of Dagda with the same powers but far more subservient to her! Even if she ''did'' absorb the powers of a fellow god who can [[MotherOfAThousandYoung create masses of new life]], what she does is extremely unethical if not ''abusive and hypocritical'' and sounds more like a quick-fix solution than a more natural-flowing effort to rein her son in while keeping the beloved hero alive.]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' manages this when Butterfly conjures a SIXTY-FOOT INFERNO OF FIRE... for a freakin' [[SeriousBusiness spanking contest]]. With no explanation except that the comic started taking the "Fantasy" part of being a "BDSM Fantasy Comic" literally, and a hasty explanation a few strips later.
** Sixx defeats said column of fire with a "submissive shield," drawing from the same hasty explanation. What's worse, as Sixx is a dominant by trade, she somehow drew the power to do it from her submissives, one of whom had no idea what was happening at all.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2013/06/01/questions-answered/ Zenith's "resurrection" and subsequent takeover of CK's ship is explained as the result of her having installed a virus on the ship beforehand.]] Which would have required her to predict in advance that she would 1. be disabled at some point in the near future and 2. plugged back into the ''same'' ship afterwards. Considering that Zenith fell for a transparent ploy to dupe her into leading CK's crew back to her base of operations ''and'' her master plan was doomed from the start due to a comically obvious oversight, the notion of her having such an elaborate contingency plan seriously strains willing suspension of disbelief.
* [[Webcomic/DummComics Skadi]] has one that doubles as a literal ass pull, [[spoiler:on the last page of the ChooseYourOwnAdventure arc]].
* The ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' comic "The New Adventures of the Nettropolis Narvel" contains the most unpredictable ending that Peter Paltridge could think of for a love story, [[spoiler: using SchrodingersButterfly to subvert a TrumanShowPlot]]. In order to keep it a surprise, he kept foreshadowing to a minimum.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** A certain cool dude was assumed dead some time ago, but later turned up alive with little explanation. It's unclear why [[spoiler: Davesprite's missing wing and yellow blood weren't seen at the scene of his presumed death]]. However, an earlier event could be interpreted as foreshadowing of his survival. [[spoiler:Jade sees through her spectaGoggles that there are 13 Daves in the incipisphere, including Davesprite. But when one (other than Davesprite) dies, the count goes down to 12.]]
** Dirk's Auto-Responder pulls a minor one, although it references the trope by name. "The algorithms are guaranteed to be 96% indistinguishable from DS's native neurological responses, based on some statistical analysis I basically just pulled out of my ass right now."
** Act 6 has Brain Ghost Dirk appearing out of nowhere, which makes sense since Jake's hope powers have amplified him into existence, and then [[spoiler:he tears Aranea's soul from her body; a power not previously established (though his power set can be inferred by the name of his mythological role, being one of the few that have been explained outside of Fanon), and by a borderline-CreatorsPet character as well]]. It's later revealed during Caliborn's masterpiece that [[spoiler:this is what Dirk needs to do beforehand so he can destroy the soul]], which justifies it somewhat, and many characters who have ascended to the god tiers display sudden and immense increases in competence involving their powers shortly after ascension without any prior knowledge or practice.
** The Rings of [[PowerOfTheVoid Void]] and Life seem to be asspulls. Before Act 6 there were minimal references to them despite playing a more and more significant role. They are then revealed to have abilities unlike the previous rings seen in the comic, like being used by players (it's a hard rule that the "regular" rings only transform Prospitians or Dersites) and the ability to be transported to and from Dream Bubbles. They seem to directly parallel Life and Void players Jane and Roxy. When one goes missing, the other is miraculously discovered.
%%** The Rings of Void and Life are like this. There are no hints to their existences prior to Act 6 despite their increasing role in the story. They are able to be used by players, for some reason, while prototyping rings are only usable by carapacians, and the implied connections to the session are iffy. Specifically, and possibly, session without any prototyping = "void" session = a "void" ring that also has powers related to the [[PowerOfTheVoid Void aspect.]] The only indication that the other ring was a Life-related ring and not some other aspect or not just another void ring was some parallels between Life and Void players Jane and Roxy, specifically their browser/denizen icons looking similar. In addition, the Ring of Life at least has the ability to transport to and from [[EldritchLocation Dream Bubbles]] by way of dream projections by people holding the ring, which makes even less sense and is an ability shared by nothing seen in the comic before.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Parodied with Vaarsuvius's familiar Blackwing the raven, who actually is supposed to be there and visible all the time. Its popping in and out of existence makes fun of how familiars (and horses, or any living or bulky possessions) are often treated in D&D sessions: Only there when they are needed, never when it would be inconvenient or difficult to bring them along.
** A more serious ass pull showed up later, however. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0767.html The Potion of Glibness]], which Elan claims he bought while they were separated despite it never being mentioned before. At least he and Hinjo went to several island states giving him plenty of opportunity to buy it. This too is a parody of the tendency of gamers to squirrel away random potions and other single-use magic items that they promptly forget about, then somewhere down the line get into a situation where they suddenly remember that they have this thing that might actually be helpful.
* In early strips of ''WebComic/QuestionableContent,'' the relationship between humans and their Anthro [=PCs=] is clearly that of owner-and-possession. A few thousand strips later, the creator finally noticed that, if the Anthro [=PCs=] were really intelligent, this was ''slavery.'' Out of nowhere, it was made clear that the relationship is a non-binding "friendship" contract, and the term "owner" became offensive. This makes some of the early strips (where Pintsize appears to have no say in what is done to him or his chassis by Marten, Faye, or the government) kinda creepy.
* Parodied/invoked in ''WebComic/TerrorIsland'', which brings us "[[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/200.html Bartleby, Sid and Stephen's other roommate who only exists once every 100 strips]]", and always immediately resolves the plot, even [[spoiler:inexplicably resurrecting Aorist]]!
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/04/23/episode-1120-reading-material/ Writers have just been]] [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/04/30/episode-1123-endgame/ reading the book]]!
* ''Webcomic/CinemaSnobReviewsFrozen'' (a fan comic where ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' reviews ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'') discusses this in terms of Snob calling out how the film doesn't seem to have limits on Elsa's powers. When she says she didn't know what she's capable of, Snob says the script didn't know either.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Done in one episode where the family's new dog plays in the street and avoids being hit by a car, only for a hot air balloon piloted by pirate cats to land on top of the dog from nowhere. The accident sets up the plot.
** Another episode has Stan somehow escape (off-screen) from a gang of violent drug dealers with the help of his pet mouse.
-->''"Cheesers came back."''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a [[BrokenBase base-breaking]] example in the series finale, where [[spoiler: Aang, after struggling for some time over whether or not he should kill Firelord Ozai, is suddenly able to TakeAThirdOption and strip his bending from him using a previously unknown and largely unforeshadowed technique known as Energybending]]. WordOfGod from a post-series artbook states that they'd planned on this story development well before the show was even picked up by a kids network. It doesn't really negate that even though there's a lot of hints that Aang could find an option like this, it is a very sudden and last minute development.
* In the Book 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', during Korra's battle with a merged Unalaq and Vaatu (Dark Avatar), Jinora enters the battle with a glowing orb of light that inexplicably illuminates a blinding light onto Republic City and reveals Raava's light energy inside the Dark Avatar. Korra is able to extract the light from him and revive Raava. While it was shown that she went back to help Korra after Tenzin saved her in the Spirit World, how she got to Korra or what she even did, much less how she did it, isn't explained. Or even acknowledged. It was later {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and parodied in Book 4's RecapEpisode.
** The Harmonic Convergence somehow [[spoiler: able to bring back airbending without any explanation]] can count too.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** The resolution of Henrich's plotline, revealing [[spoiler: he was once a girl that got the GenderBender treatment thanks to a magic spell]] is largely believed to be this, since it was never truly foreshadowed outside the often cited NoodleIncident that was revealed to be the above incident. Since it aired in the last season, it's largely seen as a half-baked way to end Heinrich's plot before the series ended.
** [[spoiler: The Galactic KND is also seen as this, as well as the revelation that aging in the KND universe is an ''actual disease''.]]
** [[spoiler: Likewise, quite fans dismiss Chad's claim that he was GoodAllAlong and was actually continuing to help the KND (and Sector V in particular) while he was within the ranks of the Teen Ninjas, to be this. Considering the fact that ever since his FaceHeelTurn at the end of the 2nd season, all we ever see Chad do was help in attacking the KND, you can probably understand few people buying his sudden pleading of innocence]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' the Titanium Titan gets back in White Pantera's good graces by promising not to hurt his son El Tigre, even under the influence of Pantera's LieDetector boots. Just when it seems like he's really changed, he goes back to his old AxCrazy self. Turns out he was wearing "a truth-proof vest."
** There is a split-second moment that could have foreshadowed his deception, but again it goes by too fast for anyone too really notice.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', some of "Da Rules" seem to be made up on the spot to make sure Timmy can't just unwish his problems (all vocal wishes must be made in the voice of the godchild, no breakfast wishes after 10:30am, etc.). Most of Da Rules/the fairies' abilities do not apply to other episodes. Examples:
** The ''No wishing for true love or wishing to break it'' line? Apparently this does not count at the end of "Wishology."
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in one episode, "Movie Magic" (ironically enough, Timmy didn't want to use his fairies because he ''knew'' it was against the rules to use magic to win a competition):
--->'''Wanda''': True. But if you just ''happened'' to go where cool action stuff was happening...
--->'''Timmy''': (catching on) And I brought my film equipment with me and just ''happened'' to catch something on film...
--->'''Cosmo''': And if I just happen to [[CuttingTheKnot tear this page]] out of the rulebook that says we can't help you... ''[tears out page that reads "You can't help him."]''
** This has been happening frequently in the latest season, to the point it's gotten [[UpToEleven utterly ridiculous]]. One episode, for example, has Timmy unable to wish Sparky back into a dog because he's in love with being human, which somehow falls under "not being able to break true love".
* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', right ''after'' Stewie has cut open a camel's stomach and climbed inside to keep from freezing to death á la ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'':
--> '''Brian''': There's a Comfort Inn.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Terry being in an extended homosexual relationship. While the possibility of Terry being gay [[ChekhovsGag actually WAS foreshadowed more than once]], Terry being in a committed relationship at all counts as an ass pull because his relationship was implied to have started before the show, but he has seduced and had sex with various women in the first season.
* As an in-universe example, the plots of most of the movies in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' are held together with chewing gum and ass pulls.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', there is an evil mastermind who has analyzed every one of Gadget's gadgets and determined that the way to kill him is to lock him inside a furnace and turn it on. This initially appears to work, but then Gadget uses a new weapon never seen before (or after); a hand holding an aerosol can of freon comes out from the top of his hat and sprays the walls out of the room, putting the furnace out.
* Played for laughs ''repeatedly'' by the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', who can pull [[HyperspaceArsenal whatever they need to advance the plot at that point]] [[HammerSpace out from behind themselves]] at a moment's notice, leading some viewers to conclude it is actually being [[AssShove pulled from their ass]]. In ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', Creator/ChuckJones realized that Daffy was about to win so he had to make a GainaxEnding resolving into a RandomEventsPlot. [[TropesAreNotBad Critics agree that this was an awesome ending]].
* Even more played for laughs and taken on another level with ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' where plenty of things happen just because with the characters accepting them unquestionably. Like the Circus of Fear episode where it turns out that [[spoiler: Dr Fear is actually a common earthworm]] or many episodes where characters do stuff just to advance the plot without anything close to a in-universe justification.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' used ass pulls as a source of comedy, with the titular Megas often having buttons that are labeled as being pretty much activating the "save the day" function. Of course, it didn't always exactly pan out the way you expected.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E13DoPrincessesDreamOfMagicSheep "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sleep"]], [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters almost every background pony and main character]] gets involved in the central conflict of the story, with the distinct exception of [[BigGood Princess Celestia]], Luna's older sister and de facto ruler of Equestria. The story tries to HandWave it by saying that Luna doesn't even attempt to go to her for help because Celestia apparently has no power in the dream realm, but it comes off as a ''really'' half-assed way of [[DeusExitMachina keeping her from having any role in the story.]]
** This is often done in two-parter episodes in general, combined with the HandWave trope, to make sure that Celestia and Luna can't auto-win the situation with their awesome Allicorn powers.
** Apparently magic can do everything... except regrow a ruined mane, as "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou It Isn't The Mane Thing About You]]" demonstrates. This is [[FridgeLogic even more questionable]] since perfectly workable mustache-growing spells [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters have been shown]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel to be effective, twice]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Redakai}}'':
** The [[ArtifactOfDoom Cataclysm Stone]]. At first, they're afraid to touch it due to the potential of it exploding and causing a [[AfterTheEnd second Cataclysm]], but by the end of the episode they just freeze and shatter it without any foreshadowing or indication that it would work.
** Another episode where Maya is acting BrainwashedAndCrazy due to an evil-infusing attack used by the villains. Not only do the others figure out what's happening with no prior knowledge, they figure the way to fix it is to use the same evil-infusing technique that caused her to have her FaceHeelTurn in the first place (a technique named after the villain, no less...). Rather than the logical conclusion that an additional infusion of evil would just make things worse, thanks to their DesignatedHero status, Maya is cured.
** Actually rather common, now, usually having to do with Ky's "Inner Kairu".
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where Vader does the famous LukeIAmYourFather scene with Luke... and then makes every other major ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[TheReveal reveal]] to Luke, including that Leia is his sister, TheEmpire will be defeated by [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ewoks]], and several of the much maligned additions from the Prequel Trilogy. Luke is left increasingly bewildered and confused until he starts to think that Vader is ''trolling him'', and finally goes up to Vader, calmly tells him "[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Look, if you're not going to take this seriously... I'm out]]" and walks away.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Played for laughs when a busload of kids are stranded on an island and, after a ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' parody, the episode ends with the following narration by Creator/JamesEarlJones:
--->So the children learned how to function as a society, and eventually they were rescued by... oh, let's say Moe.
** Also lampshaded with Batman's 'carousel reversal spray'.
** Again PlayedForLaughs when Bart and Nelson take the roles of David and Goliath. Goliath is suddenly slain by Ralph's tombstone and the thrower was... Ralph!
---> '''Bart:''' Ralph! I thought you were dead!
---> '''Ralph:''' Nope.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had the ending to "Ass Burgers", where [[ResetButton the status quo is suddenly returned]], with [[DivorceIsTemporary Stan's parents getting back together]] and the dynamic between the boys getting restored.
* In many respects, ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' had much of this in Ninja Tribunal, such as an ''original'' Shredder.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' did it so often they started [[LampshadeHanging lampshading it]]:
-->'''Krang''': Here, take this. It's an [''improbably specialized device which coincidentally will exactly resolve the situation.'']\\
'''Shredder''': And this is something you just ''happened'' to have lying around?\\
'''Krang''': We've got to keep the story moving!
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985''
** There are so many ass pull moments that go in favor of the good guys, it is annoying. The Sword of Omens in particular seems to gain [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new powers every episode]]. [[LampshadeHanging As Mumm-Ra once said]], it's always used to "pull [Lion-O's] fat from the fire." Whenever the good guys are in a bind, it's always the Sword of Omens that saves the day.
** Apparently, Cheetara has untapped extreme power. All that one has to do is [[BerserkButton piss her off royally]]. Then she's capable of exuding brilliant rays of psychic energy that can disable a mobile fortress, knock the good guys out of a trance, and destroy machines. What?
** Even the BigBad Mumm-Ra has his own ass pull moments. There are moments in the show that Mumm-Ra seemed to be killed off for good, but he somehow comes back:
*** Fighting a Genie underground, causing a cave-in that traps them both.
*** Lion-O defeating Mumm-Ra in his final day of the Anointment Trials. It ''seemed'' permanent.
*** Mumm-Ra trying to open the Star of Thundera, which causes a massive explosion that Mumm-Ra seemed to be consumed by.
** Even when the Ancient Spirits of Evil get sick of Mumm-Ra's failings and give him an ultimatum to kill off the good guys or else he'll be banished from Third Earth. As expected, Mumm-Ra fails and gets exiled. What happens next? He ends up on New Thundera.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' the resolution of the SiblingTriangle between brothers Lion-O and Tygra and their mutual {{Love Interest|s}} Cheetara (Lion-O's [[PraetorianGuard bodyguard]]) struck some as resolved this way, with the victor receiving insufficient {{foreshadowing}}. And the revelation that [[spoiler:Pumyra was EvilAllAlong]] was regarded as an even bigger ass pull.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series, Chris is an in-universe master of this trope, constantly coming up with new rules and conditions to keep the ShowWithinAShow interesting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' Don pulls the classic "this was a non-elimination round if a major character happened to lose!" on more than one occasion, at least once ''twice in a row''. But even that pales in comparison to the [[spoiler:''double elimination'' in "Down and Outback," taking out [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Rock and Spud]] for coming in second-last right after they beat Chet and Lorenzo]].
* The way the plot involving the Orb resolves in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' [[spoiler:In a flashback where the Orb is introduced, Sandow appears to have killed Lloyd Venture to stop him from using the Orb. However -- and this isn't revealed until Phantom Limb gets his hands on the Orb a season later -- he didn't actually kill Lloyd, he just broke the Orb, preventing the doomsday device from being used.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'':
** There's a pretty good one near the end of season one. Cedric and his men have the Guardians (and a tag-along Matt) trapped on a snowy cliff and the only way out is if Will forks over the Heart of Candracar. What does she do? Suddenly creates copies of the Heart and make them try to find the real one (which none of them were). This was during the time Will was pulling BadassNormal duty and before Creator/GregWeisman stepped in and rewrote the rules to ''make sense''.
** The episode "N is for Narcissist" had one moment where the girls had to be transported away through a portal during a car wash but couldn't disappear unannounced or it would look like they were skipping out on their jobs. Blunk suddenly asks the girls to give him their shoes, and then wears them obscured from view so that only the shoes are visible, while throwing his voice to make it look as though the girls never left. Consequently, the whole group of girls are stuck barefoot on the other side of the portal, having been forced to shed their socks because they would get torn up without shoes...
* While not a big offender in terms of plot, ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' has an asspull in the fights between Wolverine and Sabretooth. Since a fight between two guys with healing factor and razor sharp weapons would be far too messy for a children's cartoon, their fights end up being relatively anti-climatic. The asspull comes in their first encounter when Sabretooth pulls a giant taser gun nearly half as big as he is out of his cloak, despite there being no bulk or any sign of it when you can peek into his cloak before--making it look like he actually pulled it out of his rear end.
* The ending of ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}: The Journey to One'' is an example only due to [[WrapItUp the writer having to cap off the story]] after the series got canned mid-production. Gali finds a prophecy that tells her how they will defeat Makuta, so she and the other Toa simply follow the instructions. Despite knowing said prophecy, Makuta doesn't try to stop her, [[spoiler: allowing Gali to convince her partners to sacrifice themselves to overpower him, revealing that the Toa have been the source of the elements all along -- even though previously, it was heavily implied that they needed special masks to access elemental powers, and that's not even getting into whatever the books have said about how the elements worked]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has been accused of this twice:
** At the end of the first season; [[spoiler: Star's family wand is destroyed thanks to [[MagnificentBastard Toffee]]'s manipulations. However, a magical pony appears out of nowhere and rebuilts it for Star with no explanation]].
** At the end of the ''Battle for Mewni'' TV movie; [[spoiler: Star apparently dies after Toffee manages to escape her wand and shatters it with her still inside. However, Star awakens in some sort of limbo with Glossaryck (who was killed earlier by a furious Ludo) and ''somehow'' manages to purify the universal magic Toffee corrupted, restore the wand, revive and awake her full potential to which she uses to pulverize Toffee with [[OneHitKill one blast]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PJMasks'': In the Season 2 episode "Wacky Floats", the PJ Masks suddenly have their new RobotBuddy [=PJRobot=], and all 3 of them got a new superpower. However, despite this being their debute episode, no explanation is given for either; the heroes treat them as if they already got them for some time.