T-Rex: Wow! The plants are nice and the birds are singing and the sun is almost down from the top of the sky. What a beautiful day!
Sometimes serious, but often a comedy trope. When faced with something, most or all cast members in the scene panic
. Related to Crowd Panic
, except it's not about the Living Prop
characters. Expect The Stoic
or Only Sane Man
to get everyone to shut up for long enough to deal with the problem.
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Anime and Manga
- In Code Geass, Lelouch gives an Oh, Crap moment to the whole world (that includes some 90% of the cast, too) in the end.
- Of all people, Nina gives one to dozens of people when she shows up with the Ganymede, packing what is essentially a home-built nuke. The nuke is not actually operational but no one knows that at the time, resulting in Lloyd Asplund's shrill "IKENAI !!" when he sees the Ganymede and remembers just what Nina was working on. The second part of this particular Mass Oh Crap comes in the second season when a fully working version goes off... and vaporizes a spherical chunk of real estate into thin air. Then to hammer it in even further, the next one has a blast radius measured in the tens of kilometers. And what allows Lelouch to pull his aforementioned global Oh, Crap moment is getting control over an entire arsenal of these things. So yes, when it comes to Mass Oh Craps, Code Geass delivers.
- Dragon Ball does this a lot. When Goku or his opponent powers up, Krillin and anyone watching will get really scared. Just like with the Big Eater thing, they never, ever get used to seeing this done, and stand gape-mouthed throughout the entire scene. Jeez, Krillin, at least make yourself useful and bring the guy some Gatorade!
- Dead serious one in End of Evangelion when Instrumentality starts. Repeated in Rebuild of Evangelion under slightly different circumstances.
- Bleach likes this trope:
- Aizen's reality-bending, Xanatos-piling shenanigans cause this several times. Chapter 364 and 376 are this trope for all the Shinigami. And again in Chapter 392 where it turned out that the person Hitsugaya stabbed was not Aizen, but Hinamori.
- Yhwach's Combat Pragmatist tactics in the Thousand Year Blood War Arc do this to Soul Society twice in quick succession. First, in Chapter 490, Yhwach's herald announces the invasion of Soul Society in 5 days...then Yhwach begins the attack a few hours later. Second, in Chapter 546, Yhwach gets around his inability to leave his own realm for more than a short time...by transporting Seireitei INTO his own realm.
- In Chapter 577, nearly everyone in Soul Society, Shinigami and their enemies the Vandenreich alike, do this when Gremmy Thoumeaux summons a giant meteor to crash down on them. Fortunately, Kenpachi destroys it in time.
- A Running Gag in One Piece is the normal folks' responses to the Straw Hats' over-the-top antics.
(After Zoro has just cut a train car in two
Y'know, if you guys are gonna keep doing stuff like that, you should tell us first! Luffy:
You heard me say "cut this," right? Lulu:
I didn't think he COULD!!
- That, along with the faces the Straw Hats (minus Robin) themselves make when ever they're surprised by something, as seen in the page image above.
- The fact that Robin never has such expressions is a running gag within a running gag, no matter how insane the situation is. Even if the utterly fearless Luffy and Zoro have Oh, Crap expressions, Robin will always be completely unfazed.
- Of course, these are a few exceptions. Most notably, when the Straw Hat Crew see these towering silhouettes standing in the fog (Of course, it's just a weather effect from being up in Skypeia, but the crew doesn't know that). There's a chilling silence where everyone looks like they're about ready to wet themselves, including Robin. Even a massive gorilla man they were fighting a minute ago looked like he was about ready to freak the hell out.
- Robin now has a few, and they are hilarious.
- At Marineford when Luffy unconsciously uses his Haoushoku Haki, knocking many Mooks out in the process, this is the reaction of every marine who has even an inkling of what he just did.
- Even earlier, when Whitebeard realized who Luffy is and why he's here, he says the younger captain won't live through this battle. Luffy promptly tells "Whitebeard" Edward Newgate to shut up, because that's not for him to decide. The entire planet's military force proceeds to Oh Crap en masse.
- When Blackbeard steals Whitebeard's Devil Fruit Powers, the entire world goes Oh, Crap.
- The grand finale of Death Note, where team leader Light is outed as the mass murderer Kira that the team have been hunting. Their reaction is mostly this strong because Light's reaction to Near's accusations is to take an Evil Laugh and make it quite thoroughly his own.
- A huge one in the Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid finale. As Sousuke unleashes the full power of the Lambda Driver and blows away Gates, his teammates are like holy crap.
- A smaller one is also in the first season finale. After defeating Gauron one last time, The Stoic Sousuke uses the opportunity of parting words to pull off a Precision F-Strike. Cue to everyone gasping loudly. Justified in that he never, ever swears — not even by accident — so him calling someone an S.O.B. is quite a shock for others.
- In Digimon, split screens of the whole cast staring in horror is pretty much standard procedure whenever last week's Finishing Move proves to be this week's Worf Barrage. Typically, one character after another is added to the split screen with a rapidfire choom-choom-choom sound effect until all are shown.
- The manga Little House with an Orange Roof has one of these after Shoutaro and Natchi realize they both got conned into buying the same house.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX when Judai's eyes turn gold after Mad King Brron 'killed' his friends in front of him and he begins to be as brutal as you can be in a card game, everyone watching the duel but Judai.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds: Everyone in Neo Domino City when Aporia is formed, summons his Machine Emperor and starts pelting them with lightning. Then when they think it's all over, the sky cracks, and the Ark Cradle appears, on a collision course with the city.
- Fullmetal Alchemist had a couple of these, but the most memorable would be when the Briggs troops subdue and capture 90% of Central Headquarters, and everyone starts celebrating. All of a sudden:
- A more humorous one in the 2003 anime version where Edward hides in a crowd while duking it out with Mustang, not that it stops Mustang from unleashing a huge fireball at Ed and everyone else in range.
- Pokémon gives us one through Facing Fear With Eyes Wide Open. note
- Toriko tops them all with a global Oh, Crap. Zebra getting released from jail made... the entire human world crap itself. A fortune teller told his Crystal Ball the word 'Zebra' and the ball wisely broke itself. The global economy nearly crashed. Predicted damages would be in the quadrillions of yen. A few small countries disappeared. This is just from the rumor that he would be released. To put it into perspective, Zebra was sent to jail for eating over two dozen species into extinction. An appetite like that would make any food-themed world panic.
- The news of the Four Beasts' awakening causes a panic that dwarfs the upheaval caused by Zebra's release. The entire population of the Human World retreats to the center of the Human World, leaving the borders completely deserted. Wholly justified, since the Four Beasts are horrifically powerful denizens of the Gourmet World that prey exclusively on humans.
- Fairy Tail: Played for Laughs with Erza's first appearance.
- Then later, everyone after Acnologia's arrival on Tenrou Island.
- And again when Tartaros and the Dragon Slayers hear him headed their way.
- And, once more, when Ezra steps forward in the Pandemonium game. In a dungeon of 100 monsters, where each person is expected to challenge five or so, she challenges all 100, including an unbeatable monster.
- Only Natsu and Grey are not doing this. They're LAUGHING!
- Oh Crap doesn't begin to describe the looks of shock on everyones' faces when the Eclipse Gate finally opens and a Dragon emerges. Followed by more Dragons.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is very fond of the spit-screen version of this trope. Especially noticeable when ZAFT fires the GENESIS for the first time; pretty much the whole cast goes slack-jawed at the massacre.
- Happens in Naruto, when the real Uchiha Madara shows up and starts dropping asteroids on people.
- Happens again later, when he frees himself from the Edo Tensei contract thus making himself, for all practical purposes, immortal and invincible, and shattering the last hope they had of getting rid of him.
- In the Axis Powers Hetalia movie, the characters do this when they find out that England had put his home-made scones into the gift bags they gave the invading aliens.
- Hellsing gives this treatment to various characters but the most telling instances are when Warren SS vampires tremble in fear of Seras and when two entire armies attack Alucard "lest something dreadful happen."
- Dessler of Space Battleship Yamato causes this three times, starting with the second season: the first time he merely needs to reveal he's still alive to cause the bridge crew of the Yamato to go from cheerfulness at their latest victory over the White Comet Empire to terrified horror; the second time the Yamato is about to start the final battle against the White Comet when Dessler shows up and starts teleporting starfighters before the ship, with the crew remembering with horror about the last time this happened; in the third season, by which time he had decided to ally with Earth, Dessler is informed that the warship causing trouble to some of his newest subordinates is the Yamato, and his barely restrained rage at discovering how they had attacked a ship they had been specifically ordered to not attack causes this.
- In Baccano! 1935-B - Dr. Feelgreed, the Daily Days collectively loses its shit upon the discovery that Claire Stanfield has started working for Huey Laforet.
- Hajime No Ippo: Date starts talking behind Takamura's back, while Sendo, Mashiba and his sister, Okita and Saeki agree. Only to find out that Takamura was in the same bar the whole time. It goes as well as you'd expect.
- Rosario + Vampire Capu2: In Episode 8, this is Kurumu, Mizore, and Yukari's understandable reaction when Tsukune unleashes Inner Moka to put a stop to their fight; Inner Moka proceeds to T.K.O. all three of them with a single kick.
- In Girls und Panzer, this is the reaction achieved (both by the characters and the audience) when the Maus makes its appearance.
- In Cerebus: Church & State, Cerebus has become (a very cranky) pope. His every word is therefore divinely true. At one point, a bunch of his followers are cheering him as he walks into his HQ. Cerebus interrupts them with, "ANYONE WHO MOVES BEFORE MOST HOLY COMES BACK OUT WILL SPEND ETERNITY SIPPING LAVA THROUGH AN IRON STRAW!" The next panel is a hundred frozen followers, and a hundred separate "Oh crap" thought bubbles.
- Issue 224 of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog: the last few panels are everyone in New Mobotropolis staring in fear up at the rebuilt Death Egg.
- In Death Of The Family, this reaction is shared by pretty much every one in Gotham when The Joker comes back, including the villains: Penguin, Poison Ivy and even Harley aren't exactly overjoyed to see him back.
- Early in Ed Brubaker's Daredevil run, everyone in Ryker's, even a guard and an inmate having a savage brawl, dropped what they were doing when they heard the news: "Bullseye has come to Ryker's."
- Often in Astérix, the pirates are getting set to take a vessel—uh-oh, guess who are on board!
- The Society tries using replicas of The Simurgh to psyche out Leviathan, as well as gauge his reactions and senses. While the success of that experiment is debatable, it caused a panicked retreat among the Protectorate force.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami: The general reaction of the forces of good to Ami's victory over the avatar. Later, their reaction to her consuming a Lesser Aspect of Crowned Death.
- In An Entry With A Bang!, the marauding pirates get this reaction when they find out that Earth has nukes and isn't afraid of using them.
- The Pony POV Series has a very good one in the Dark World arc, when Rancor literally stabs Discord In the Back. The action grinds to a stop as every character freezes in shock at the unexpected twist, and everyone realizes that this changes everything — even the Nameless Passenger realizes that its well-scripted plans have been ruined now.
- Later in the same arc, there's another when everyone discovers that Pinkie's been Secretly Dying since her Element of Rage was shattered. Even Odyne!Cruelty freezes up in shock.
- The Great Alicorn Hunt: The Mane Six have all ascended into Alicorns, and two Galas (one for the adults of the upper crust, one for their kids) are being held after their official coronation. During the Junior Gala, the four members of the CMC (and their newest friend, Fluttershy's little brother Breezy Shy) inform a group of colts and fillies from Manehatten, who are also attending and have a history with Babs Seed, that they're kin to the new princesses. Pennyworth and his goons don't believe them, leading to a big fight with the CMC and Breezy. Later, as the bullies are in the infirmary, they're plotting their revenge... and have this reaction when they realize the CMC were telling the truth, courtesy of an angry Princess Applejack showing up, having overheard everything they'd been saying.
- Sonic X: Dark Chaos: Everyone - including Maledict himself - has one of these in Episode 75 when Dark Tails steals the Chaos Emeralds and becomes a god.
- Escape From The Hokage's Hat: A large squad of over 50 Iwa ninja bump into Tsunade's group (Tsunade, Naruto, Hinata, Shizune and Hana) and engage them in a fight (read: surprise attack). While frustrated at how the group is somewhat surviving the attack, many find themselves constantly switching from sheer abject rage to deep terror when they start noticing that there is a blond 13 year old boy in the group. Who is skilled at Taijutsu. Moves incredibly quick. And knows how to use the Rasengan. Just like Konoha's Yellow Flash.
- Transcendent Humanity: When a Turian fleet sends a suppression fleet to Sol, they expect to find a young race that's only just entered space. Instead they find a fleet numbering in the tens of thousands waiting for them.
Films — Animated
- A fairly funny yet serious one from A Bug's Life happens after Flick sees a feather on the ground. Flick stares for a second, has his personal Oh, Crap moment, and runs off screaming. The other bugs watch him go, and the bird lands right behind them, chirps, and the circus bugs all run after Flick, screaming as well.
- In Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Eris makes a rather dramatic entrance, which left nearly everyone (particularly the Council) freaking out, and stunned for several minutes after her departure.
- Played for Drama in Mulan, where the soldiers' happy-go-lucky song "A Girl Worth Fighting For" is brutally ended mid-verse by the sight of a destroyed village. Cue horrified reactions and non-comical Jaw Drops from everyone present.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Wheel of Time, the tenth book, Crossroads of Twilight could be essentially summed up as 800+ pages of every channeler on the planet going through an epic freak out. Granted, it's because they're sensing enough of the One Power to "crack the world like an egg," and they don't know whether it's being used by the good guys or the bad guys. Though, eventually, several characters get tired of freaking out, and basically state that if the beacon of power was going to destroy the world, it would have done so already.
- In the Left Behind book Glorious Appearing, during the 'sheep and goats' judgement, this is the reactions of the unsaved and those who had taken the Mark of the Beast when Jesus condemns them to the Lake of Fire for not caring for "the least of My brethren", referring to Israel. Basically saying that if you're not a friend to Israel and the Jews during the Tribulation, you're going to Hell.
Jesus Christ: Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger, and you did not take Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. You will go away into everlasting punishment.
- Prince Caspian, Aslan's roar:
"Aslan, who seemed larger than before, lifted his head, shook his mane, and roared. The sound, deep and throbbing at first like an organ beginning on a low note, rose and became louder, and then far louder again, till the earth and air were shaking with it. It rose up from that hill and floated across all Narnia. Down in Miraz’s camp men woke, stared palely in one another’s faces, and grasped their weapons. Down below that in the Great River, now at its coldest hour, the heads and shoulders of the nymphs, and the great weedy-bearded head of the river-god, rose from the water. Beyond it, in every field and wood, the alert ears of rabbits rose from their holes, the sleepy heads of birds came out from under wings, owls hooted, vixens barked, hedgehogs grunted, the trees stirred. In towns and villages mothers pressed babies close to their breasts, staring with wild eyes, dogs whimpered, and men leaped up groping for lights. Far away on the northern frontier the mountain giants peered from the dark gateways of their castles."
- Another in The Last Battle, when every thinking being in the world sees Aslan standing in a doorway. This is one of the most heavy-handed of the Christian images in the whole series, as Aslan is literally separating good from evil, with good going past him through the door to Heaven, and evil...not going through the door. Most approaching the door are completely terrified of him. When some looked, their expressions changed to fear and hatred (p.144, Macmillan edition, 1988) and they passed away into the shadow. Some of the others (the ones who did not pass into the shadow) were very frightened, but not all.
- In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the sailors react this way when they realize the implications of landing on the island where dreams come true. (It sounds like an absolutely fantastic place... until you remember that Nightmares are also dreams.)
There was about half a minute’s silence
and then, with a great clatter of armor, the whole crew were tumbling down the main hatch as quick as they could and flinging themselves on the oars to row as they had never rowed before...
- The famous "silent scene" in The Government Inspector (or The Inspector General) by Nikolai Gogol is an epic, several minute long Mass "Oh, Crap!" moment, described in great detail.
- This trope was the result of the original Leeroy Jenkins' charge into the Upper Blackrock Spire Rookery in World of Warcraft. It's also the reaction of the entire raid when a main tank dies unexpectedly or the boss hits his enrage timer. A smaller version happens during dungeon groups composed mostly of DPS (e.g. three rogues and a priest or shaman) with no main tank when the healer/heal tank dies.
- Wild ARMs 1 had the Quarter Knights pull this off when Mother tells them about her true objectives. It was even worse in the remake.
- Final Fantasy VI has this when a message is brought to the Elder of Narshe about the Empire attack. Everyone present (the Elder, his men and all the player characters so far) take on their shocked face.
- Final Fantasy XIII has an excellent instance of this, with looks of abject horror from the entire party when Primarch Galenth Dysley reveals his true form as the fal'Cie Barthandelus.
- In the final mission of Mass Effect 3, Hammer Task Force is preparing to storm the Conduit, when Harbinger lands on the far side. The entire force panics, and makes a desperate charge. It almost works.
- Earlier on Mars, all of the Cerberus troops had this reaction upon realising who the Alliance had sent.
: Holy shit! It's SHEPARD!
- The Reapers actually appear to do a double-take upon noticing the utterly enormous fleet pouring through the Mass Relay, hellbent on retaking Earth and the Citadel from their control. How big is the fleet? Potentially, it's All of Them. All the turians, all the krogans, all the quarians, all the geth, etc.
- From the tie-in Twitter feeds, the Reapers are implied to be having a collective Mass "Oh, Crap!" upon realising that none of their forces during the invasion of Earth have managed to confirm the whereabouts of "Hostile Target Shepard". Because that means Shepard is still out there!
- From Mass Effect 2, the entire team at Project Arrival when Shepard breaks through the sedatives and wakes up, and s/he is PISSED! Cue Curb-Stomp Battle.
- In I Miss the Sunrise, this is the crew's reaction to encountering a jamming pulse for the first time. Which is a pretty justified response, considering that it disables the safeguards that make Nonlethal Warfare nonlethal.
- Anytime Lu Bu appears in the Dynasty Warriors games, expect every Mook and even some generals to react this way.
- In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, you can induce this in a bunch of kidnappers if you imported a character from the original game by pointing out that you are the Hero of Ferelden. Some of them apparently jump off a cliff rather then face you.
- A musical version of this can be seen in this Cyanide and Happiness short.
- This was the general reaction to Gilgamesh Wulfenbach of Girl Genius one-shotting a heavy war machine with a bolt of lightning. It wasn't a harbinger of doom for most of the characters who had their reactions depicted, but it certainly caused a city-wide double take and hanging jaw.
- The Order of the Stick: In one of the strips (warning: spoilers!) we have the resistance scouting party's reaction when they return to base and find that not only have the villains overrun it, but Redcloak himself is there.
- Another example: The remaining members of the Order, having just been through a lot are at a door a the end of a hallway when Xykon opens it from the other side.
- Inverted in DM of the Rings. When a massive troll attacks the group, they gleefully rush to finally kill something besides orcs.
- In 8-Bit Theater, the entire universe goes Oh, Crap when Black Mage becomes the ruler of Hell.
- Whateley Universe story Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy, when Elite League finds out just how horrific their simulation battle is going to be, and just how badly boned they all are.
Gunnery Sergeant Bardue
: Okay Elite League, welcome to a little simulation that I like to call DARK TENNYO
! entire team
: Oh fuck.
- In Worm, this is the reaction to the realization that the Slaughterhouse Nine have arrived in the city by any teams that have found out before they announce their presence. Aftewards, it is the reaction of the rest of the city.
- In Rooster Teeth's "Let's Play Minecraft" episode one, we get this. Gavin, who had been playing the PC version of Minecraft before they went to the 360 version, disappeared to make a bucket and get some lava. He returns to find the house the others built... and dumps the lava on top of it. At that point, we have this reaction:
Others: [FREAK OUT].
- In Counter Monkey Spoony describes this reaction from the party when they realize that the person they just threw a bottle of acid into the face of is not, as they thought, an evil cultist, but their current employer: Tempus Thales, the brutal, unkillable avatar of a war god. At their next session they're feeling optimistic that he'll get over it if they just stay out of his way, only to encounter this again when he reveals his hideously burned face to the city and declares a ten thousand gold bounty on the party member who threw the acid.
- During the Total Drama "Celebrity Manhunt" special, Courtney loses control of DJ's bus which is headed towards a cliff. The camera then cuts to everyone in the bus either making Oh, Crap faces or screaming in terror. Except Izzy and DJ's mama that is.
- The Boondocks: The reaction to Bushido Brown's death.
- In the penultimate Justice League Unlimited episode "Alive!", the look of triumph on Luthor's face becomes one of sheer horror shared by the rest of the Legion of Doom when they realize that they resurrected Darkseid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0kO0Jfy5NQ
- Parodied in The Simpsons with Troy McClure's DNA video:
Troy: Hi, I'm Troy McClure!
* Alarm proceeds to go off as every single worker in the room retreats into a sealed room*
- Hip, Hop and King Koopa have one in Super Mario World just before a giant Piranha Plant swallows them whole.
- On Moral Orel the main Running Gag is that some adult in Moralton will give Orel a piece of advice which he'll misinterpret, leading to him doing extremely bad things while trying to do good. When Reverend Putty finally realizes this root cause of so much havoc, he addresses the whole town, telling them, "The next person that inadvertently sends Orel Puppington down the wrong path could be responsible for damning all our souls". Everyone in town gulps simultaneously.
- Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem has one in song:
Pickles: Oh my god! Our old manager!
Skwisgaar: Oh mys gods! My old guitar teacher!
Nathan: Oh my god! Our old groupies!
Murderface: Oh my god! A douchebag nightmare!
- Legends Of Chima: the tribes' response to finding that Mt. Cavora has suddenly stopped flowing after they push back the Bat tribe swarm that was circling around it.
- A Real Life version literally resulted in NORAD having its Emergency Broadcast System privileges revoked. The EBS, originally designed to warn of nuclear attack, would have NORAD or the White House send out a weekly test. On 20 February 1971, a NORAD staffer accidentally loaded the tape instead for an Emergency Action Notification. An Emergency Action Notification was the EBS's own Mass "Oh, Crap!" It's The End of the World as We Know It warning (thus being an example of this trope in and of itself). The only expected reason that an EAN would be issued would involve either nuclear weapons, alien attack, or something else that would count as Apocalypse How.
- In one hilarious case, a bunch of Somali pirates were sailing in the night then they spotted a big ship, they thought a big ship would mean big ransom, so they opened fire hoping to intimidate them to surrender. But they soon realized what they fired on was the USS Nicholas, a U.S. Navy guided-missile frigate. You can guess how they reacted when they soon realized, via a burst from the Nicholas' .50-caliber deck gun, what they were really up against.
- Pop Quizzes - damn them.
- Getting a test to realize that none of the questions were covered in class.
- Also giant chapter tests that the teacher took the pain to inform the class about the night before.
- In 2006, Australia had finally qualified for the soccer World Cup after years of just failing to make it. Then, when the draw was made, most of the nation did this when we were drawn in the same group as Brazil. (On the other hand, the coach and team themselves said they were looking forward to the challenge. In the end, the score in Brazil vs Australia was only 2-0, which is a damn good result to have, even for a loss against the five-time world champion, and Australia made it into the second round.)
- Repeated for the 2014 World Cup. Australia were drawn in a group with Spain (current champions and probably the best team in the world at the moment), the Netherlands (2010 runners-up, still very strong) and Chile, who are also a very strong side. "Oh crap" indeed. This time Australia weren't so lucky; they lost to all three.
- The destruction of NASA's Space Shuttle Orbiters in 1986 and 2003 certainly qualified as heart-stopping moments for Mission Control. Viewers of NASA TV and C-SPAN were able to witness the blank stares of grim realization in Mission Control as communications are lost and reports of debris over Texas are relayed during Columbia's destruction. The flight director's heartbreaking words, "Lock the doors," are procedural to ensure that no one enters or leaves in such a crisis as data backup for an investigation immediately began.
- The first Orbiter built, the test vehicle Enterprise (yes, named after that one), was not originally designed for space flight. Enterprise was designed internally by superstructure as "OV-101," Rather than an overly costly refit of her for operational use, NASA decided that a structurally-identical frame used for early tests would be fitted for flight instead: "STA-099." This became "OV-099," otherwise known as Challenger. Imagine the Mass Oh Crap and fandom-mourning moments that the Star Trek community would have doubly-suffered, on top of the general sadness of the tragedy, were it Enterprise that was destroyed that day.
- Christa McAuliffe was NASA's second choice after figuring out it would be impossible to fit the costume of their original, Caroll Spinney in character as Big Bird.
- Another serious example: When a major disaster gets broadcasted, and especially when we see the disaster unfold as is.
- From American politics, the Whigs in 1841 and Republicans in 1901 had one when their Presidents (William Henry Harrison and William McKinley) died and their respective Vice Presidents (John Tyler and Theodore Roosevelt) succeeded them—men neither party wanted at all as President.