Sometimes, someone says something that is completely out of character for them. It may be agreeing with another character who is usually either [[TheDitz prone to dumb ideas]] or of an opposite mindset. Or maybe someone is disagreeing to another's point of view when the other person is so obviously wrong/making the wrong arguments. In other cases, someone is in a position that is so unique that if the phrase were to be taken out of context, it would stick out like a sore thumb. Either way, this phrase is used to highlight the oddness of one person saying it.

Another common phrasing is: "I never thought I'd say this, but..." and "As much as I hate to say this, ...". Very similar to ARareSentence. Inverse of IAlwaysWantedToSayThat. Similar is, "I can't believe I'm agreeing with X", where X is the TheDitz and the person saying it is often the OnlySaneMan, in which case it would be DumbassHasAPoint.

For added irony, this may precede the FlashbackToCatchphrase.

Not to be confused with CantBelieveISaidThat.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Said word for word in Chapter 551 of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
--> '''Naruto:''' I can't believe I'm saying this, but thanks for the save, [[spoiler:Itachi.]]
* In the last episode of ''Anime/BinanKoukouChikyuuBoueibuLOVE'', during the [[WhamEpisode first revelation]] of the episode, the main characters all shot "What did you say!?" and En points out that he never thought he'd ever say that in his life. Throughout the episode, they say it two more times, and it's always lampshaded.
--> '''All:''' What did you say!?
--> '''En:''' I never thought I'd say "What did you say!?" in my life, but this is seriously a "What did you say!?" moment.
--> Later...
--> '''All:''' What did you say!?
--> '''En:''' Okay, that's already the second "What did you say!?" of my life.
--> Later...
--> '''En:''' Oh fine, I'll say it as many times as you want!
--> '''All:''' What did you say!?
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' became hyper-intelligent during one miniseries. Everyone who knew him was shocked by this, because his normal state is hyper-'''''un'''''intelligent. When the witches Arba and Dakarba saw him reason out a solution to a problem, Arba exclaimed, "Groo, you are brilliant!" and then thought, "There is a sentence I never thought I would say."
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* From ''Fanfic/GameTheory'':
--> '''Fate:''' I never thought I'd say this, [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha]], but I think you should have used more firepower when you shot it the first time.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10142174/7/Sword-of-Slytherin Sword of Slytherin]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' I guess your biggest challenge is going to be working with ''me'', then?\\
'''Draco:''' You know what, Potter? I didn't think I'd ever say this, but - I don't think even that will be hard.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}!'': Upon realizing that he needs to get Twitchy to relay an urgent message to the police, the Wolf also realizes he needs to give Twitchy coffee:
-->'''Wolf W. Wolf:''' I can't believe I'm saying this but... [[CaffeineBulletTime drink up.]]\\
''[Gives Twitchy a coffee mug]'' \\
'''Wolf W. Wolf:''' We may want... to stand back. ''[Twitchy sips the coffee; seconds later, his eyes bulge and he starts shaking wildly like he's high]''\\
'''Twitchy:''' YEE-HOO-HOO-HOO!!! WA-HOOOOO!!! CAFFEINE!!! YEAH, BABY!!! WHOOOOOOAAAAA!!!! \\
'''Wolf W. Wolf:''' Go get 'em, boy. ''[The Wolf plucks the mug out of the air; Twitchy bounces off several trees like a pinball, laughing maniacally, and then speeds away over the hill, so fast that he leaves a long trail of dust behind him]'' \\
[''a sonic boom is heard''] \\
'''Wolf W. Wolf:''' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone What... have I done?]] \\
'''Granny Puckett:''' Now the rest is up to us. \\
'''Kirk:''' ''[sniffs]'' Can I have coffee?
* In ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'', after finding himself in agreement with the Russian tiger Vitaly, Skipper comments:
-->"I never thought I'd say this on American soil, but the Russky's right!"
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* At the end of ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', Miranda says to Andy: "I never thought I'd say this, Andrea, but... [[NotSoDifferent I see a great deal of myself in you]]." (funnily enough, Miranda means it as a CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming, whereas Andy [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame perceives this as a sign]] that she'd crossed the MoralEventHorizon).
* One of the newscasters in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' says at the end that he never expected to say "RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain" on the air. This is most likely a shoutout to a LampshadeHanging made by a newscaster in the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead''.
* ''Film/FrenchKiss''
-->'''Kate:''' You know, I never thought I'd be the kind of woman to say this, but it's true. All men are bastards.
* ''HalfBaked''
-->'''Thurgood Jenkins:''' You know uh, I never thought I'd say this to anybody, but you two smoke entirely too much reefer.
* ''Film/HighFidelity''
-->'''Barry:''' I never thought I'd say this, but can I go work now?
* ''Film/TheManhattanProject''
-->'''Paul Stephens:''' I never thought I'd say this to anybody, but I got to go get the atomic bomb out of the car.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''
-->'''Captain Jack Sparrow:''' I agree with -- and I cannot believe the words are coming out of me mouth -- [[spoiler: Captain Swann]]. We must fight...[[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat to run away]].
* Towards the end of ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}'', as [=McCoy=] is speaking to the Katra-less Spock:
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' I'm gonna tell you something that I... never thought I'd ever hear myself say. But it seems I've... missed you. And I don't know if I could stand to lose you again.
* ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Bo and Luke Duke unwittingly get some African-Americans mad at them and, before they have a chance to harm the Dukes, a police car showed up. One of the Dukes said he never thought he'd say that when he commented how glad he was at seeing cops.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', The Gatekeeper in ''Summer Knight'' can't believe he's saying "What the Council doesn't know won't hurt it".
** Also from ''Turn Coat'':
--->'''Dresden:''' I can't believe I'm about to say this. So think ''real careful'' about where this is coming from. Have you people ever considered ''[[PoorCommunicationKills talking]]'' when you've got a problem?
* In ''[[Discworld/TheFifthElephant The Fifth Elephant]]'', Lord Vetinari: "I swore I'd never say this, but send for Sergeant Colon. Promotion, alas, awaits."
* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Nyx, the Goddess of Night, is trying to find some annoying heroes:
--->'''Nyx:''' Somebody give me some light!
--->'''Nyx:''' [[LampshadeHanging Gah! I can't believe I said that!]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', Season 2, Episode 18, Alex is trying to save Penny's birthday (which is being sabotaged by a fighting Jane and Brad, a starving Max, and the presence of Dave-her ex-fiance's-ex girlfriend as their waitress), so despite not liking the other girl, she tries to mend some fences.
-->'''Alex:''' Brad, you go fix things with your wife. Just go I cannot believe I'm going to do this, but I am gonna go and smooth things over with Jackie.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** From the episode "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater":
-->'''Chuck:''' I can't believe I'm saying this, but I have to go back to Stanford.
** Later in "Chuck Versus the Dream Job" by Casey when Chuck tells General Beckman that Operation Bartowski is their best team.
-->'''Casey:''' ''(to himself)'' I can't believe I'm going to say this. ''(aloud)'' Chuck's right.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Kate suggests illegally hacking a government database, and is promptly amazed that she would say that.
* ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey''
-->'''Helen Cooper:''' I can't believe I'm saying this, Dave, but while I'm away you'll be in charge of ethics.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' episode "Mr. Wilson's Opus"
-->'''Tim Taylor:''' I can't believe I'm even saying this, but you're taking all the fun out of Shakespeare.
* ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' (American) episode "Weight Loss"
-->'''Jim:''' I can't believe I'm saying this, but Michael is actually killing it with Holly.
* ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' episode "What Now?"
-->'''Harry:''' I never thought I'd say this, but... You're a mate.
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''
-->'''Wanda:''' I thought I'd never say this, but Larry is right.
* Episode 4 of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Underwater Menace''.
-->'''Jamie [=McCrimmon=]:''' You know I never thought I'd say this, but well it's great.
* Used in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Rimmerworld" in conjunction with TakeMeToYourLeader.
** And in "Holoship", when Rimmer realises he's just paraphrased a line from a sappy movie he was mocking earlier.
--->'''Rimmer:''' Oh, and, sir, you're wrong. We won't be apart, we just won't be together. ({{Beat}}.) I ''cannot'' believe I just said that.
** And in "Tikka To Ride", when Rimmer explains why it's not a good idea to mess up the [[TimeyWimeyBall timeline further and risk dying at the hands of their future selves ''again'']] just so Lister can restock the curry supplies.
---> '''Cat:''' You know I'd rather wear sideways-pressed flares and a clip-on polyester tie than agree with goalpost-head, but this time, he's right.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Dear Doctor"
-->'''Captain Archer:''' I never thought I'd say this, but I'm beginning to understand how the Vulcans must have felt.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'' episode "My Boyfriend's Jackson and There's Gonna Be Trouble"
-->'''Robbie Stewart:''' I never thought I'd have to say this to any of my kids, but why didn't you break up with your sister, Jackson?
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episode "The Magician's Nephew"
-->'''Cully Barnaby:''' Now, Dad, I never thought I'd have to say this: "Put your teeth in!"
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' episode "First Down"
-->'''Brad Bellick:''' I never thought I'd say this, Scofield, but I thank God for the day you walked into Fox River.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
-->'''Jerry:''' Kramer, I never thought I'd say this, but that's not a bad idea.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "What You Leave Behind"
-->'''Admiral Ross''': I never thought I'd say this, but thank God for the Cardassians.
* ''Series/{{That 70s Show}}''
** Episode "Let's Spend the Night Together"
--->'''Jackie:''' I never thought I'd say this to someone wearing cashmere, but I don't think we can be friends.
** Episode "Who Wants It More?"
--->'''Red:''' I never thought I'd say this. I'm glad you're my friend.
--->'''Bob:''' Red, I never thought I'd say this, you smell nice.
* ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'' (British) episode "Training"
-->'''Tim:''' I never thought I'd say this, but I'd actually like to hear more from Gareth.
** This is moments after Gareth has revealed that he has a lesbian {{Twincest}} fantasy.
* From ''Series/SpicksAndSpecks'':
-->'''Adam:''' "I never thought I'd say this, [[DumbassHasAPoint but listen to Hamish, he's right!]]"
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': When SG-1 is given the time-traveling Puddle Jumper for a mission:
-->'''Hammond''': Okay, people. Let me remind you. This mission is recon only. Do not engage the enemy. I'm allowing the use of this ship because of the obvious tactical advantage it provides you. Under no circumstances is it to be used to travel through time. (beat) Never in my life did I imagine ever giving that order.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frontline}}'', Sam says this before telling Emma to page Mike. This is the punchline of a running gag with Mike reminding everyone of his pager number, oblivious to the fact that no one wants it.
* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Mash}}'', Klinger says this when [[spoiler:he announces he's staying in Korea to marry Soon Lee and help her track down her refugee family.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', when it seemed Prince Gasket was finally about to destroy the rangers, Lord Zedd was GenreSavvy enough to understand it would prevent him from ever having a chance to take over the world, so he decided to help them but commented on how he never thought he'd say that (and was ever reluctant before saying). Rita even fainted from hearing Zedd saying that.
* On ''Series/{{QI}}'', one correction ends up being like this.
--> '''StephenFry:''' The language of the Flowerpot Men is actually called Oddle-poddle. "Flobbadob" means "flowerpot" in Oddle-poddle. I cannot believe I just said that.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' - ByTheBookCop Sam Tyler and his OldFashionedCopper boss Gene Hunt have this memorable reversal of roles when discussing how to get information out of a suspect
-->'''Sam Tyler''': We pull him in, we put the squeeze on him. Why is that so hard for you to agree to?
-->'''Gene Hunt''': Because I am policing in the full glare of the public bloody eye, and the Chief Super is taking a personal interest and we also have no flipping evidence! And I can't believe I just said that!
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'' were once arguing about who was the best superhero: Skunkator or Mothman. Roger Rockmore agreed with Kel and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded the trope]] by admitting how odd the idea of him agreeing with Kel sounded.
* ''Series/TheSlammer'': After the Governor gets EasyAmnesia following a blow on the head, Gimbert suggests jogging his memory. Mr Burgess's response is "Good idea, lad. I can't believe I just said that".
* From the ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode "Listening to Fear":
-->'''Xander:''' I still don't get why we had to come here to get info about a killer snot monster.
-->'''Giles:''' Because it's a killer snot monster from outer space. ...I did not say that.
** Xander: "I can't wait to see Cordelia. [horrified realization] I can't believe I can't wait to see Cordelia."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', from "World War III":
-->'''Doctor''': Mickey... and I may choke before finishing this sentence... I need you.
* One of the [[LaResistance Polish partisans]] in the German WorldWarII MiniSeries ''[[Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter]]'' says to Viktor:
--> "I never thought I'd say this to a German; "Farewell, and have a good life.""
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''- When [[{{Tomboy}} Patricia]] was asked to check the cellar in the [[TheMovie Touchstone Of Ra:]]
--> "Not in this dress!...Did I really just say that?"
* Guardian Baird of ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'' says something like this practically OnceAnEpisode, considering she's an AgentScully who was recently informed that magic is real.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2: Yuri's Revenge'': After the Soviet player saves an Allied base from Yuri's mind control in the London mission.
-->'''Special Agent Tanya Adams:''' I never thought I'd say this to a Commie, but... [[GrudgingThankYou thanks]].
* ''Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge''
-->'''Juliette the Cat:''' I never thought I'd say this, dog, but I'm glad you're okay.
* ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''
-->'''[[TheResenter Jenon]]:''' I hate to say it, but Nessiah is right.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'': Juanita, a female robot announcer for Dreadzone, says this almost word for word.
-->'''Juanita:''' Uhh... The mood is positively... electric, as the audience braces to find out if they will survive the next ten minutes... I can't believe I'm reading this!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars: {{Transformers}}'' episode "Crossing the Rubicon"
-->'''Ratrap:''' I never thought I'd say this, but I'm gonna miss her.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' episode "Bug Off"
-->'''Wheeler:''' [Linka has a cold] I never thought I'd say this, Linka, but what you got, I don't want.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/KaputAndZosky Kaput and Zosky: The Ultimate Obliterators]]'' episode "Me, Me, Me!"
-->'''Zosky:''' [Having escaped his enraged clones] I never thought I'd say this, but it feels good to get away from myself!
* ''[[SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants]]'' episode "Krab Borg/Rock-a-Bye Bivalve"
-->'''Squidward:''' I never thought I'd say this, but [=SpongeBob=], let's get that poop.
** Also in the episode 'Born Again Krabs':
-->'''Squidward:''' Mr. Krabs, I can't believe I'm saying this, but ''how'' could you trade Spongebob for '''62 cents?!'''
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' (examines coins) [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You think I could've gotten more?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Dangerous Curves":
-->'''Homer:''' I never thought I'd say this, but [mumbling to himself] stupid Flanders.
** Bart, when he becomes famous as "the I-Didn't-Do-It Boy" and the whole class is waiting for him to say his line:
--> '''Bart:''' I can't believe I'm saying this, but...shouldn't we be learning something?
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', in which Suga Mama's sister, Spice, comes to town and swindles people out of their money, she and Wizard Kelly try to get people to see the light, one of her lines is, "I can't believe I'm saying this, but everybody listen to the Wizard!"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Hell Comes to Quahog":
-->'''Peter:''' Meg, that was a wonderful thing you just did for me. I can't believe this is coming out of my mouth, but... I love y- ''(interrupted by a tank crashing into the building)''
** In "PTV", Lois says this when she admits Peter was right about the FCC.
-->'''Lois:''' I can't believe I'm saying this, but Peter, I think you were right.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' episode, "I, Fanbot", in which the titular duo's class will be rewarded with a bouncy house if everyone passes a test.
--> '''Fanboy''': I'm about to say two words I never thought I'd say... let's study!
* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'' episode "Raffle Ruckus," after Hair Bear has all the zoo animals secluded from the zoo prior to the superintendent's pending visit:
-->'''Peevly:''' Oh, I hate myself for doing this but...(''kisses Hair's hand'') You've got to help me get the animals back before the superintendent arrives!
* In the most recent version of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', Splinter has a moment of this.
-->'''Splinter''': You made a wise decision, [[TheDitz Michelangelo.]]
-->'''Turtles''': ''Huh?''
-->'''Splinter''': Yes, I never thought I'd hear myself say that, either.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': When Amon tried to intimidate Republic City into not holding the pro-bending tournament finals, Korra wanted the finals to be held despite Amon's threats. Chief Lin Bei Fong, despite how she usually feels about Korra, agreed with her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'': When two girls asked Reef out on a date, his refusal by claiming he was taken was this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': After Sylvester explains his plan for getting home in "Ridiculous Journey":
-->'''Tweety''': "You're a genius, puddy tat! Whoa! I can't believe I just said that!"
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Agent Washington is not very pleased by his first encounter with [[TheDitz Caboose]]
-->'''Washington''':I'm investigating a critical issue and you seem to be the only person with the knowledge and experience necessary to help me. ({{Beat}}) And I just realized how ridiculous that sounded once I said it out loud.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': "This goes way beyond leather pants, Téa, and I never thought I'd say that."
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