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->''"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and [[EarthShatteringKaboom were suddenly silenced]]. I fear something terrible has happened."''
-->-- '''Obi-Wan Kenobi''', ''Franchise/StarWars: Episode IV -- Film/ANewHope''

Often used in stories featuring cosmic villainy. In the immediate aftermath of a noteworthy event, there will be a brief (usually no more than three panels) cut-away to an easily recognizable character from the same fictional universe. The character will then remark that his super-powers or AppliedPhlebotinum sensors indicate an event of great significance has taken place, although he does not know what that event might be.

Note that the sense itself is referenced on the SpiderSense page. This trope here is the use of that sense (or [[PsychicPowers something that works just like it]]) to know that something has just happened instead of knowing something is about to happen.

Compare TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne (a character who can sense another character's PowerLevel), {{Seers}}, GutFeeling, and SneezeCut.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Various anime series have a RunningGag based on a Japanese superstition: someone will say something about someone else, and then the scene will [[SneezeCut cut to that someone else sneezing]]; it's often followed by "someone must be talking about me".
* The meisters of ''Manga/SoulEater'' are born with the ability of "soul perception", an adaptation that is supposed to make hunting easier. It varies from being able to tell where someone is, who someone is, being able to tell when someone is lying (Joe Buttataki), up to being able to find any specific person on earth (Maka). Normally in a fight, these people can tell if the group is being followed, if there is a traitor in their midst, etc. Doesn't really work on witches, who have adapted to get around this.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[{{Padding}} has quite a few scenes]] of the [[OvershadowedByAwesome second-tier characters]] [[SupernaturalMartialArts sensing the energy]] of the heroes or villains powering up or launching their most powerful attack. As the {{Power Level}}s ramp up, these scenes start occurring with characters on other ''planets'' or even in ''the afterlife''. Then the SequelSeries ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' amps it up by introducing the concept of Godly Ki, which mortals can't even sense.
** ''Super'' also reveals that [[PhysicalGod Beerus]], a God of Destruction, and his attendant Whis have the ability to sense KillingIntent, no matter how good they are at hiding it. This ability is unique to the Gods of Destruction and their attendants. [[spoiler:It's how they discover Zamasu is intending to murder his teacher Gowasu, something Gowasu, Goku, and the Supreme Kai of Universe 7 were unable to detect.]]
** Later on in ''Super'' the heroes get to meet people from other universes, and are surprised to discover that they can't sense those peoples' Ki due to the differences between the natures of their worlds. The sole exception to this is Universe 6, which can be seen as justified since it and Universe 7 are "brothers".
* In the ending of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew,'' ''everyone'' is suddenly able to sense something is wrong with Ichigo. Turns out [[spoiler: Ichigo has just given her own life so Masaya and the Earth can survive and for everyone else to revive too.]]
* At one point in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', Noel and Coco suddenly sense that Lucia and the others are facing down Michel all the way in ''Antarctica''. What's more, their powers seem to reach that far to help out, even though it depends on their singing voices -- we've heard of carrying, but this is ridiculous.
* In ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', the Dragons (the people involved in determining the outcome of the Apocalypse) can innately sense when a kekkai has been raised or broken... which is tantamount to knowing that a battle is going down.
* In the penultimate episode of the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the title heroine is able to sense when [[spoiler:Sailor Mercury]] dies; she bears witness to the other deaths but this one she wasn't present for.
** In the manga, Diana shivers when [[spoiler:Mistress 9 rips out Chibiusa's crystal, essentially leaving her dying.]] Later, Hotaru apparently senses when [[spoiler:Galaxia has come to attack Pluto, prompting her to teleport to Pluto's side to help (though sadly, it doesn't do any good).]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** In one early chapter, Kunō has a vivid daydream of giving "The pig-tailed girl" ([[GenderBender a.k.a. Ranma in female form]]) a very passionate kiss. Cue cut to Ranma shuddering violently, and responding to Akane's question of what's wrong with, "Dunno, just a sudden chill."
** Similarly, in the late manga, both Akane and Ranma feel a sudden sense of something being wrong when [[VillainOfTheWeek Lime of the Musk Dynasty]] throttles Ryōga to the brink of death.
** This may possibly be the explanation for how Akane heard Ranma's declaration of love (which is equally implied to have been merely thought, rather then spoken) in the final chapter.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', those who possess a Geass Code or are in the Sword of Akasha can sense others with Geass powers.
* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' series has Newtypes who do this with special senses. it's mainly the main characters and main villains who do it though.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', during one of the last episodes, Kira inexplicably senses that [[CharClone Rau Le Creuset]] is attempting to destroy the [[CoolShip Archangel]] and heads off to save his friends. Muu and Rau had used this ability to sense each other multiple times throughout the series, but Kira had not demonstrated such an ability before. The ability is never really given an explanation. [[spoiler: Although, in the case of Muu and Rau, it may be due to the fact that they're related.]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', it seems that Hohenheim (as well as all of the Xingese characters who can feel chi) are able to feel shifts in alchemy around Father, much like a [[StarWars "disturbance in the Force"]]. [[spoiler: like when he temporarily turns off all the alchemy in central]]
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', during the final part of the Magic World arc, ''everyone'' with any magical skill sensed [[spoiler:Negi turn demonic]] from every range possible.
* Elie pulls this in ''Anime/RaveMaster'' at the end of Sieg's fight, though it's mainly just to tease that one of the manga's "[[MrFanservice best liked]]" characters may have died.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the shinigami have the ability to sense when someone else is fighting, doing badly in a fight, or about to die, by "feeling" their Reiatsu (or spiritual pressure, if you want). Often said shinigami are a good couple of miles away from the fight (or whatever else may be happening), and more often than not, in a position where they can't really go and help out.
* In the manhwa ''Manhwa/{{Yureka}}'', Ah-Dol down right says the Trope's name in the Demon King Quest arc. At least in the translation anyway...
* Nyarko from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' claims that her IdiotHair functions as a Malign Deity Radar (a ShoutOut to ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro''); [[DeadpanSnarker Mahiro]] thinks that it only works when she wants it to.
* In ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'', Anpanman himself has super hearing as one of his superpowers, allowing him to hear calls of distress or his name being called from wherever he happens to be.
* It happened in Episode 23 of ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'' Where rock lee in the body of naruto uses the Transformation technique to turn into Sakura and does a "Monroe Jutsu", Cut to the real sakura who is far away felt discomfort as if someone is making fun of her.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', the Eight Kings of the Gourmet World have maintained their dominance for centuries thanks to their [[SpiderSense ability to sense any potential threats]]. [[spoiler:When Toriko wakes up after his battle with Starjun]], the Eight Kings [[OhCrap immediately realize they are in danger]].
* In an extra chapter of ''Manga/StrawberryShakeSweet'', Ran drinks alcohol for the first time, unleashing her inner ButchLesbian. Ryou, the VisualKei pop star, is half a city away when this happens:
-->'''Ryou:''' I sense a new comrade. A [[YuriGenre yuri]] nova was just born.
* In ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'', MysteriousWaif [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ruru/Lulu]] can sense Flame Power, an ability used to great effect as both a substitute for MissionControl and, since in this world, Flame is both a {{Ki}} analogue and AppliedPhlebotinum, to double as TheEmpath.
* The eponymous warriors in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' can sense yoki, the demonic energy that also powers them, at a distance--though some can do so much better than others. However, when [[spoiler:Teresa of the Faint Smile is reborn]], ''every single'' Claymore across the land feels it.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', when Ran watches Shinichi run off at the amusement park, she has a premonition that she'll never see him again. Given that this is when he's turned into Conan, that's not entirely inaccurate (she does see him, but has no idea who he is).
* In ''Anime/ConcreteRevolutioChoujinGensou'', the RobotGirl Earth-chan can detect whenever someone is crying out for help from the bottom of their heart, allowing her to immediately come to the rescue.
* ''[[Anime/ProjectAko Project A-ko]]'': In ''Uncivil Wars'', A-ko pauses in the middle of her fight with Liza when she hears B-ko call her name telepathically... at the exact moment she's [[spoiler: [[OurHeroIsDead shot and killed]]]] by Gail.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the MarvelUniverse:
** ComicBook/SpiderMan is the serial perpetrator of this trope. Whenever something cosmic goes down, his Spider-Sense goes haywire.
** ComicBook/DoctorStrange is a similar barometer for Big Events in the magical world.
** Uatu the Watcher shows up and stands around ominously whenever the writers feel the need to add cosmic weight to an event. Used by genre-savvy villain Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet mini-series to identify the start of hostilities. He knows it's about to go down because the Watcher has appeared in space by his temple.
*** This may well be why Marvel did away with Uatu in the [[ComicBook/OriginalSin Original Sin crossover]] in 2014. Virtually everyone in the Marvel universe knew that Uatu's presence was a bellwether for Important Cosmic Stuff.
** Single-issue example: ''Wisdom'' #5 comes at it from both ends, with the fairy and the alien both sensing a "change in the worlds".
** In the original [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] story, when Jean initially goes crazy in Central Park and easily whups the X-Men, about three or four panels show the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and the Silver Surfer reacting to the massive outpouring of bad energy.
** Something very similar was caused purposely by the Silver Surfer in the early stages of Atlantis Attacks. And an even more similar stance happened in the mid-1970s Avengers story that featured [[spoiler:Michael Korvak slaughtering Starhawk.]]
* In Franchise/TheDCU:
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ceasing to laugh has been used as a sign that something ''really'' bad is happening.
** And ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger will always be drawn to the scene of any universe-altering calamity.
* Parodied in the underground comic ''ComicBook/{{Normalman}}''.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' occasionally has Destiny turning the pages of his book and looking troubled. One of these, in issue 5, is the first time we ever see Destiny (in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', at any rate).
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger''. Future-Gina-from-the-past uses a technique that prompts this reaction from a HUGE number of people. Said technique, using the force of time itself? Millennium Pimp Slap! (She uses it to smack her bitch up!)
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''
** In ''Hellboy: Seed of Destruction'', when Rasputin begins waking the Ogdru Jahad, the action briefly cuts to a group of aliens from another dimension who exclaim that "It's moving! Its ReadingsAreOffTheScale!"
** Another ''Hellboy'' story has a {{flashback}} to Hellboy, aged 2, being persuaded to eat a pancake for the first time. Cut to Hell, where a bunch of high-ranking demons react with horror. "He has eaten the pancake." "Truly this ''is'' our darkest hour." (It's never explained just why eating a pancake is so significant. WordOfGod is that the scene isn't entirely {{canon}}ical, and is just supposed to be funny.) It actually is explained (though a little FridgeBrilliance might help) since the eating of the pancake makes Hellboy too happy with leaving Earth as it is to fulfill his destiny and destroy everything. Of course, the fact of the matter is, the whole thing just falls under RuleOfFunny anyway.
* In the ''Emerald Fallout'' arc of ''Guy Gardner: Warrior'' (which preceded ''Emerald Twilight'' in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''), Guy receives a vision of Oa's destruction, and of Hal Jordan killing Sinestro, after his yellow power ring began to malfunction.
* Happens very frequently in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. Savah and Suntop pretty much embody the trope, Dewshine had her moment when Scouter and Tyleet Recognized, and Pike knew when [[spoiler:Skot died]].
* In ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri,'' Scanner had clairsentience, though he initially thought it was super senses until the psychic aspect became known.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' comic, Daryl decides to throw out Zoe and Hammie's Whistling Monkey Cowboy Band video cassettes because they have lost interest in them. Or, not entirely--when dropped in the bin, Zoe rushes to Hammie's bed in the middle of the night and says "I sense a disturbance in the force."
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''. Jeremy has just [[CreditCardPlot received a credit card]]; meanwhile, in another room of the house, his father suddenly remarks : "[[StarWars I sense a disturbance in the Force]]".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Gravemoss' first major spell with the Darkhold, in Paris, draws this reaction from most of the psychically/mystically sensitive people around the world, to varying degrees based on proximity - Wanda Maximoff's on the other side of the planet and her hands glow red. Harry Dresden is practically right above Gravemoss (who's in the catacombs under Paris, the charmingly named 'City of the Dead') and has a full on seizure.
** Dumbledore mentions that Jean Grey's first power manifestation at the age of ''six'' was sensed by most every person with trained psychic senses on the planet.
** [[spoiler: Harry being resurrected by the Phoenix]] has a similar effect, though it's directly compared to Gravemoss' spell as more of a whisper than a shout, but one that carries a very long way.
** In ''Ghosts of the Past'', [[spoiler: Harry and Maddie's]] psychic brawl gives ''everyone'' some degree of PsychicNosebleed, and the more powerful the psychic/mage, the worse they're affected.
* A throwaway joke in the ''Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' when Danny's "Father Sense" is tingling after Jack caused a citywide blackout.
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', all of the heroes feel it when [[spoiler: Jade [[BrainwashedAndCrazy transforms Viper into Hebi]]]]. Uncle and Tohru get the willies, as per canon whenever they sensed something evil and magical in nature, but even the others all feel a sudden pall of despair.
* ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'': When the demon chi fragments are awakened, all the actual demons feel it as waves of chi radiate out from them.
* ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'': When [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures Jade]] first arrives in [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} Meridian]] from the Shadowrealm, it is sensed by more experienced magic users like Arkhanta's ancient Heart Yua and ex-Guardians Nerissa and Yan Lin as a disturbance in the magical Veil surrounding Meridian. The Oracle Himerish senses Jade's arrival in the form of a headache followed by [[TheProphecy an ancient vision]] of one of his predecessors.
* In ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'', [=TuMok=] of Mars uses the power of the Farce (the natural incompetence found in any organization) to get out of their cell. But it stops working when the BigBad's HypercompetentSidekick is about to arrive on the scene. "I sense a disturbance in the Farce. It is called Efficiency."

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' has Master Shifu sensing [[spoiler:Po being shot by Lord Shen's cannon.]] Also at the end, [[spoiler:Po's biological father]] senses [[spoiler:his son]] is alive and well.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In one scene from ''Film/BabylonAD'', kooky [[PsychicPowers Precog]] and the film's resident MacGuffin Aurora declares, "They're all dead." A split-second later, a television screen displays a news report on how the peaceful church of women she comes from was blown up by a missile.
** Not quite -- the news report is playing on a multi-screen TV, and other character just brings up the report to full screen after she reacts to it. She does have the ability to take in and process vast amounts of information though, so the effect is the same. Earlier in the movie she knows a bomb is going to go off in the marketplace before it happens.
* In the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' series, Immortals can sense the nearby presence of others of their kind.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
** In the Creator/PeterJackson version of ''Return of the King'', immediately after [[spoiler:Frodo puts on the Ring and the Eye turns to Mount Doom]], the movie cuts to Gandalf. His expression is one of utter despair; it isn't clear whether he knows exactly what's happened, but he obviously knows how bad it is. He knows that Frodo has fallen to the Ring and alerted Sauron of his presence.
*** He may have sensed it through his possession of Narya (one of the Three Noldor Rings, of which The One Ring would be Master if Sauron got his hand on the latter).
** And the scene in ''The Two Towers'' in which Legolas is commenting that "something stirs in the East," just before Pippin tries to use the Palantír and draws Sauron's attention to Edoras
* Seen in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-featured movie ''Film/PumaMan''. The main character will often grab his forehead when he "senses danger." Just what you want in a superhero -- when he senses danger, he gets a headache. Not to mention he only manages to do so once or twice out of the several times he's attacked.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Naturally, Obi-Wan Kenobi's famous line in ''Film/ANewHope'' after the destruction of Alderaan, quoted at the top of the page.
** Although he doesn't say anything, Yoda is visibly weakened and suffering as he feels the Jedi forces being gunned down in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** In both ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Yoda also reacts to pivotal moments in Anakin's descent towards the Dark Side when he gives in to his anger.
** Also in ''Franchise/StarWars'', the protagonists' -- Force-sensitive and non -- tendency to "have a bad feeling about this".
** The ''lack'' of this feeling indicates to Leia that Luke is still alive after the Death Star II explodes.
** It was also inverted in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' when Han Solo has a funny feeling that he's not going to see the ''Millennium Falcon'' again -- but the ship goes on to survive (narrowly, and more due to test audience results than anything else) the destruction of the Death Star.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', [[spoiler: Leia feels Han's death through the Force, after he is killed by their own son]].
** Used again, in ''Film/TheLastJedi'', as [[spoiler: both Rey and Leia sense Luke merging with the Force after using an AstralProjection to buy time for the Resistance to escape from Crait aboard the Millennium Falcon]].

* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': Jimmy the Hand has what he calls his "bump of trouble" whenever something big is going down, or while in the presence of magic.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, this of course happens quite often with Jedi and non-Jedi alike.
** One of the more notable occurrences is in the novel ''Literature/TheLastCommand'', where Grand Admiral Thrawn ''thinks'' something is wrong with his race of secret death commandos, but can't for the life of him figure out what. [[spoiler:They've turned against the Empire, and one of their number [[BodyguardBetrayal assassinates him]] in the end.]]
** Any time an inhabited planet is destroyed, it creates a "wound in the Force" which is instantly sensed by any Force-Sensitives, trained or not. In ''Literature/DeathStar'', mildly Sensitive WarriorPoet Nova Stihl wakes up screaming as [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Despayre]] is used to test the Death Star out, in the narration saying that it was as if he'd heard a million people cry out, all at once, as they were killed. Later he passes out with a PsychicNosebleed when Alderaan is destroyed. Untrained [[Literature/GalaxyOfFear Tash Arranda]] felt it and immediately knew her family was dead. In the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'' a star is forced to go supernova, taking out Carida, and in ''I, Jedi'' Corran, while recovering, thinks that "disturbance" is far too mild a term.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels, [[Literature/CiaphasCain Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM's]] palms have a tendency to tingle or itch whenever he's about to head into some new "bowel-clenching terror." Apparently, this is his subconscious telling him, "I know something you don't, and you're better off this way."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Harry's link to Voldemort's mind allows him to determine what Voldemort is feeling during times of high emotion, anger, happiness, etc. However, since Voldemort is usually far away and the visions are not always clear, this ability is often useless, with only a few exceptions. On one occasion, it is even ''worse'' than useless when Voldemort plants a fake vision in Harry's mind to lure him into a trap.
** This is also subverted when it comes to the Horcruxes. Dumbledore guesses (correctly) that Voldemort cannot tell when a Horcrux is destroyed, although Voldemort tries to assure himself (after starting to catch on to the heroes' efforts) that surely he would magically sense if they succeeded in destroying any of his {{Soul Jar}}s. Dumbledore's theory is that Voldy has sundered his soul so much that he can't detect any further trauma to it. This ends up being crucial later [[spoiler: as it means he doesn't realize he accidentally turned Harry into a Horcrux when he tried to kill him]].
* In the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures novel ''Millennial Rites'', the transformation of half of London into a LowFantasy CosmicHorrorStory setting is detected by [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} a blond haired man in a dirty trenchcoat]] in a Dublin pub and [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange a thoughtful man levitating in a voluminous blue cloak]] in a New York brownstone.
* Inverted in K.H. Metzger's ''Skye Sparkler'', where the title superheroine has a "trouble sense" that tells her when (and approximately where) something bad is about to happen.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''
** This composes almost an entire ''book''. One character does something epic and earth-shaking, and the next book is mostly composed of reaction shots of people all over the world sensing it.
** Later, several channelers get an Obi-Wan Kenobi-style horrified reaction to a "balescream" when TheChosenOne uses his [[OverNineThousand +9001]] AmplifierArtifact to [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique balefire]] things out of existence in exactly the same way that nearly destroyed the universe during the last war.
** [[TheGambler Mat]] has a constant sensation of "dice rolling in his head" which stops at appropriately important moments, but he has no idea what to expect. On one occasion the dice stop when he walks into a room, and he flips out and wonders if one of the [[EvilSorcerer Forsaken]] is going to burst from the fireplace or something. Made hilarious on a second read when you know that [[spoiler:1. the dice stopped because one of the women in the room is his future wife, and 2. Incidentally, one of the other women in the room ''is'' one of the Forsaken]].
* The One Ring and the Palantírs in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' give their owners some knowledge of the thoughts and actions of the [[BigBad Dark Lord Sauron]], at the cost of being at risk of being detected themselves. Sauron himself can see the entire world with his Eye, but only one place at once, and he must know where to look.
* ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'': Alanna of Trebond sometimes felt her nose itch when magic was occurring nearby. Just before the only time her Goddess appeared to her in person, she had an outright sneezing fit.
* When [[ApocalypseMaiden Senna]] of ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' throws open the gateway she instantly feels all [[OurGodsAreDifferent the gods of Everworld]], as well as [[TheChessmaster Merlin]] and the nameless force between the worlds, turn around and notice her.
* ''Literature/TimeScout'''s Ianira Cassondra's clairvoyant trances are powerful enough that she can ''almost'' see the face of a blandly bland MasterOfDisguise.
* In the Polish book series ''Opowieść Piasków'' (eng. Story of the sands) by Krzysztof Piskorski, descendents of the gods can [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne sense each other's presence and power level]], and are affected by whatever happens to their godly parents. [[spoiler: When most of these gods are killed, their descendants all over the world wake up screaming. Some of them go mad or even die from the pain.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', practitioners and Others are sensitive to the function of the universe. Events that realign large numbers of people or disrupt these workings attract attention. When [[spoiler: the protagonist is magically made into an {{Unperson}}]], the effects are felt across all of Toronto.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor, and in fact all Time Lords, have the gift of being able to sense the timelines. Though this is only vaguely defined, the Doctor is shown to have instinctive knowledge of when time is fixed or in flux, and has been shown to have an almost physical reaction to time being subverted. For example, Captain Jack, as a fixed point in time, makes the Doctor extremely uncomfortable, even to look at him, until after they spend a year in captivity by the Master, and in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]], after his whole [[AGodAmI Time Lord Victorious]] speech, he sees flashes of the timeline changing.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' season 2 had that moment where both Daisy and Mary both sense the men they love, William and Matthew, are in danger when they get injured fighting in World War One.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Thanks to the neurochip Scorpius implanted in Crichton's brain (and the neural clone that developed from it), Scorpius can sense [[spoiler:when Crichton is reconstituted after being crystallized in "The Peacekeeper Wars"]] and where he is. Crichton is not amused.
* Arthur seems to have this in BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' but he muffles it with his [[GenreBlind Genre Blindness]]. He says in the pilot that "There's something about you, Merlin. I can't quite put my finger on it." and then promptly forgets it completely. After rescuing a druid boy in ''The Beginning of the End'', he learns the boy's name: [[spoiler:Mordred]]. He seems uneasy and worried, but this never comes up again. In that case it's justified, since he has yet to see him again.
** Merlin's ability to sense magic can be seen as this. Queen Mab later teaches him how to expand on it to find his way out of an enchanted forest.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'''s The Todd has one of these for, er, well:
-->''(in the doctor's lounge, Carla and Elliot kiss)''\\
''(meanwhile, in the cafeteria...)''\\
'''The Todd:''' Something wonderful is happening.\\
''(Later in the doctor's lounge)''\\
'''Turk:''' And for the love of God, honey, no more girl-on-girl kissing demonstrations.\\
''(cut to the cafeteria)''\\
'''The Todd:''' Something horrible has happened.
* Spock in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has an Obi-Wan moment nine years before the TropeNamer in "The Immunity Syndrome", where he senses the shock and terror of 400 Vulcan crewmen [[spoiler:who were eaten by a giant amoeba]]. But then again, Vulcans are usually somewhat telepathic if the plot demands it.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Tears of the Prophets," [[TheCaptain Sisko]] senses when the Prophets are attacked and the wormhole collapses.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Time and Again", an industrial disaster wipes out an entire planetary civilization. Kes sleeps through the shockwave as it strikes Voyager, but [[CatapultNightmare sits up in bed]] as she telepathically senses the massive death toll.
* In ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' when Charlie's girlfriend talks to Alan about how her large breasts are causing her back pains, Alan suggests that she gets breast reduction surgery. As soon as he says that, the scene is switched to upstairs, where Charlie immediately awakens and sits up, realizing that something is wrong.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** In "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron Children of Auron]]", resident telepath Cally senses the mass death from the SyntheticPlague that's wiping out her people and goes catatonic. In the same episode Servalan uses the Auron cloning facility to create children in her own image. However when TheDragon fools her into destroying the facility with OrbitalBombardment (telling her the embryos have been switched), she senses their deaths immediately, and murders TheDragon in revenge.
** Unfortunately it becomes NightmareFail when Cally first lays eyes on [[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E10Ultraworld Ultraworld]] and covers her face in horror as she experiences a hallucination of... a disco glitter ball?

* Invoked by one of the voice clips in ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
-->'''Troi:''' "I'm sensing a lit Extra Ball."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Mayfair's ''DC Heroes'' game actually includes a specific superpower, "Awareness", which is essentially a distillation of this effect.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has the concept of Disturbance -- since angels and demons aren't supposed to be on Earth, it causes a supernatural "noise" whenever they break something, hurt something or kill something that belongs to the physical world. This Disturbance can be heard by other celestials and "aware" humans, who can try to track the noise down to its source. Likewise, using Essence, Songs, and several kinds of Attunement (various supernatural powers) also sets off a Disturbance. And if several of these events happen nearby in time and space, it creates a series of ever-louder "echoes." Big battles with lots of property damage can be heard by a celestial in the next county.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' all mages possess an "Unseen Sense" that allows them to realise when any supernatural power is used in their presence (with the possible exception of powers that are supposed to conceal). ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' has the Awareness ability that does the same thing (Alertness is for noticing normal things like someone sneaking up on you).
** Actually, awareness is just a TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness ability in general, it's what mortal investigators who are mystically inclined or trained in an occult tradition use. It's not (or not necessarily) supernatural in itself, just this trope played ''extremely'' straight in the form of an instinct for incoming plot.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Psykers can sense when a Tyranid swarm is invading their world... by going insane and dying. Untrained ones can also sense Chaos by becoming demonically possessed.
* In White Wolf's ''Vampire'' games (both ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Masquerade]]'' and ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Requiem]]''), elder vampires tend to become sedentary... so when they move, it tends to be a big deal. From the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' sourcebook ''Chicago'':
-->''Elders rarely move to Chicago, because elders rarely move, because Kindred who move rarely survive to become elders. Thus, when one shows up, people notice. It's not just the Harpies, not just the courtiers, not just the hooked-up Invictus Ventrue political hacks. Any Kindred who talks to any other Kindred is likely to hear rumors, no matter how half-baked, or illogical. No matter how faded the truth may be from cycling through [[GossipEvolution Chinese Whispers]], every Kindred with even the faintest fear of his own kind will hear: '''something big is coming.'''\\
An elder can sneak into Chicago and conceal her person, but she can only mitigate her impact, not hide it.''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* From ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', Chaos units has this quote:
--> '''It's as if a thousand mouths cry out in pain!'''
* ''Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy'' spoofs the Jedi's fondness for this trope:
-->'''Luke Skywalker:''' I sense a disturbance in the Force.\\
'''Kyle Katarn:''' You always sense a disturbance in the Force, but yeah, I sense it too.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Atton has a habit of saying "I have a bad feeling about this", which is eventually picked up on by the player character:
-->'''Exile:''' Would you stop ''saying'' that?
** Then the ''game itself'' suggests that you should listen out for when he says it -- "it's advised that you save your game". The in-game explanation for this is that Atton is a bit of a rogue, and as such he has sense for when bad things are about to happen around him. That and [[spoiler:he's one of several force-sensitive companions of the Exile.]]
** The first game ''averts'' it when [[spoiler: you're captured by the Leviathan, and Saul tells you about the Sith attacking Dantooine]]. Bastila points out that it's a sign that the Dark Side presence in the area is much stronger than she initially thought.
* Takes the form of hearing mysterious voices in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. These voices convey all sorts of information: what seals have just capitulated, what genocidal atrocities are taking place, whenever a person in a pact is in danger. Y'know, [[PlotCoupon things of that nature]].
* Unlike the other two Ancients in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', Xel'lotath knew exactly what happened when [[spoiler: her [[EliteMook Guardian]] colonies were blown up.]] Justified, considering [[PhysicalGod what]] [[GodofEvil she]] ''[[CosmicHorror is]]''...
* This is the entire point of the Grey Wardens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' as it is nearly impossible for Darkspawn to get the drop on them since they know exactly when a Darkspawn is approaching and from where. Unfortunately, it works the other way around too.
-->"My Warden senses are tingling!"
* Shine Hausen of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. This RebelliousPrincess is known for being the strongest user of this trope her family's ever produced, the reason why the [[LaResistance Divine Crusaders]] captured and used her in one their HumongousMecha. When the sequel rolls along, Shine gets to pilot her own custom unit and her powers are used as means to invoke a CombinationAttack with [[ElegantGothicLolita Latooni]] [[LittleMissBadass Subota]].
** Actually, there are several characters who exhibit this trope. Many of the characters from the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha series]] (such as Ryusei, Bullet, Aya, and Kusuha) are [[PsychicPowers Psychodrivers]], and are usually shown to getting "Bad Vibes" whenever something "untoward" is amiss. Radha Byraban also displays this trope, though it's due to her heightened sense of awareness rather then actual TK powers.
** BadassNormal Kyosuke Nanbu tends to show this trope as well, but this is credited to his sharp instincts rather than any sort of mystic power.
* Spoofed in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', when the Voodoo lady's powers sense that a small voice shrieked in terror and was suddenly silenced, when Wally was kidnapped.
* Ninian and Nils in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe''. [[spoiler: Nils upgrades to {{Seer}} when Hannah the witch is PutOnABus.]].
* Subverted and ultimately parodied in ''VideoGame/ThimbleweedPark''. The first characters the main characters will meet are [[ItMakesSenseInContext two women dressed as pigeons]] who tell the player in almost every bit of dialogue that "the signals are very strong tonight." If pressed on the matter, they admit they're just screwing with you.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''. When [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2001/kk1006.html Bruno told Corrie]] that [[spoiler:Ralph Dewclaw]] is her father, [[spoiler:Ralph]] sensed "a great disturbance in the Force".
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' plays with this: when long-time friends Aubrey and Jason get together, the comic cuts to Pee Jee saying the original Star Wars line. Davan, however, mistakes her ominous pronouncement as being aimed at his cooking.
* Used straight in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' when [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1125 Meimi felt]] that "[[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1123 something]] [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1124 very sad]]" had happened to Miho. [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1248 And, she's back.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' fits pretty well here too, even if the examples are somewhat... ridiculous on occasion.
** By Belkar. Yes, [[PsychoForHire that]] [[BloodKnight Belkar.]] See [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0418.html here]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0478.html here]]. The second one is the more serious example.
** Elan too, sometimes, as a result of his Genre Savviness.
-->'''Elan:''' ... Hey, did anyone else get that foreboding feeling just now?
* Donovan in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' can feel a bad review coming from miles away. [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-05-07 In a different country. Without any idea that his son is in a show.]] Granted, he ''is'' a bard by nature and trade, but still...
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/03/20/episode-397-portents/ Episode 397]] when [[spoiler: Black Mage becomes the ruler of Hell.]]
-->'''White Mage:''' Did you feel that?\\
'''Black Belt:''' What?\\
'''White Mage:''' A great disturbance in the Order. As if a million voices cried out to say, ''"Oh shit."''
* Mallory from ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'' is [[http://headtripcomics.comicgenesis.com/d/20100414.html sensitive to the Nerd-Force]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
** Greg feels this, up to becoming [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-13 rather jumpy]] from a shapeshifter's exercises without being in the same house.
** Also parodied ruthlessly. For example, when Elliot is turned into a girl. Cut to his girlfriend, Sarah:
-->'''Sarah:''' I sense a disturbance in my love life.
** It has also been confirmed that [[ChivalrousPervert Tedd]] has the ability to sense when something sexy-awesome has happened, or almost happened.
** The [[TheProfessorIsCryingAgain physics professor]] who starts crying whenever there is a [[PhysicsGoof disturbance in the laws of physics]].
** Good Tom's ability to [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2027 sense when a puppy is in danger.]] It's later revealed to be [[spoiler:[[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=494 from one of Pandora's magic marks.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' directly [[ShoutOut references]] the ''Franchise/StarWars'' quote above after Woo eats [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tweety]].
-->[[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/03/26/0045-the-dark-side-of-the-force/ "It was as if one voice had been silenced, and millions suddenly cried out in joy."]]
* Immediately after Captain Tagon got killed:
-->'''Obi-Wan:''' I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if thousands of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' readers emailed the author in anger, and their emails went unanswered. I fear something terrible has happened to a major character.
* Dora from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=386 this strip]].
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-11.html November can tell that there was something like death in a bed.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0274.html Norbert gets terrible feelings that come and go.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1873 Slick senses Monique's flirtation with another man]] and [[http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=760 Wasabi senses Monique's preparing for a concert.]]
* [[Webcomic/SequentialArt Art and Pip]] can both tell when the [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=552 comic store burns.]]
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Fern obtains this ability in the latter portion of the Inert Vessel story arc. If only the sensation had been something as ''pleasant'' as a ''tingle''...
--> '''Fern''': I... oh... ''ugh''...
--> '''Magatha''': You felt it, didn't you? A juicy surge of '''nausea.''' Only you will taste it. That is your compass.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' has Dabbler's ability to sense sexy-times by virtue of being [[HornyDevils a Succubus]]. [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/641 Sydney dubs it "Porno Sense"]] before blurting out that it must be the ''best'' sense when it tingles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' season 1 finale: When Zhao kidnaps the Moon Spirit, Aang and Yue (the Moon's backup SoulJar) clutch their foreheads in pain:
-->'''Yue:''' I feel faint.\\
'''Aang:''' I feel it, too. The Moon is in trouble.
** In the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendofKorra'': it's a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, but Tenzin's beard ''bristles'' in response to the electrical charge of Equalist weapons.
** The same thing happens to Daw's bald head in "Original Airbenders", when waves from the net about to snare him sends shivers up his head, alerting him of the attack.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'': One good thing about Ma-Ti's [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Heart power]] -- it apparently never turns off (as long as he has his ring), giving Ma-Ti a sort of permanent SpiderSense to know whenever something extremely bad was going down.
* Another spoof in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', episode "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E.": when the orbital ice scream storage of the KND is destroyed by Father's Death Star Cake, [[SweetTooth Numbuh Five]] falls to her knees and says it:
-->'''Abby:''' Something just happened. It's as if million of gallons of ice cream just... disappeared.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'':
** Spoofed when Chester gets in his teeth broken just after having his braces removed, miles away his dentist says "I sense a disturbance... in my wallet!"
** Also spoofed when Timmy is turned into a [[GenderBender girl]] and [[StalkerWithACrush hangs out]] with Trixie to find out the perfect birthday present to get her. The two get along so well, Trixie rips up a picture of Veronica, her best friend up to that point. A second later, at another part of the mall, Veronica screams in pain and clutches her chest.
* In an episode of ''The Fender Bender 500'', after Dick Dastardly declares himself, [[PhraseCatcher "smarter then the av-er-age cheat"]], in another part of the race, [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yogi]] realizes that "Dick is stealing his schtick."
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode [[Recap/FuturamaS4E8CrimesOfTheHot "Crimes of the Hot"]]. Just as Nixon sets in motion a plan to [[spoiler: permanently shut down all robots,]] Professor Farnsworth sullenly comments, "Oh, the Jedis are going to feel this one."
* A RunningGag on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is how Helga shouts Arnold's name whenever she gets in trouble because of him.
-->'''Arnold:''' Did you hear something?\\
'''Gerald:''' No.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': At the beginning of Season 3's main plot, it's implied a ''nightmare'' warned Uncle about Daolong Wong breaking into Section 13.
** In general, Uncle gets "the willies" whenever something evil and magical in nature is afoot. Later, this starts happening to Tohru as well.
* Taken to an extreme in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "The Balance", when after the underworld is taken over by Felix Faust, Dr. Fate and Zatanna go catatonic and have to be submitted to and strapped onto their beds in the medical ward. And Jason Blood/Etrigan ''half transforming''. Used as a catalyst to get Wonder Woman to [[EnemyMine help her less-than-favorite person]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E12PinkiePride "Pinkie Pride"]], Cheese Sandwich has a Cheesy Sense that lets him know when there's a party in need of a planner.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1"]], Discord is tasked with tracking down Tirek because he has the ability to sense the magical disruptions that come with Tirek draining a pony.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2"]]'', Discord visibly wobbles when he senses the imbalance caused by Cadance, Luna, and Celestia transferring their powers to Twilight, but tells no one.
--->'''Discord:''' That can't be right.\\
'''Tirek:''' What can't be right?\\
'''Discord:''' Nothing. Carry on!
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** "Whatcha Doin'" is Isabella's {{Catchphrase}}, and she's ''quite'' determined to keep it that way. In the ChristmasSpecial, when Candace says it to Jeremy over the phone, the show cuts to Isabella at her house, squinting and shifting her eyes suspiciously.
** Also, when Candace quickly stacked some cans so her mother would see what Phineas and Ferb built in that episode, Doofenshmirtz, who held a cup stacking record until then, felt it being broken.
** In "The Flying Fishmonger" Phineas and Ferb start creating a canyon for their Grandfather to jump over. Meanwhile at the mall, Candace calls Stacy with the strange feeling that ground was just broken in her backyard.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In an episode, Homer says that the Simpsons are going to Africa. Cut to a stereotypical African village, where several tribal men, including one in a large mask, sit around a fire.
--->'''Ngungo:''' (''shudders'') Evil is coming.\\
'''Man:''' What is it, Ngungo?\\
'''Ngungo:''' (''removes his mask and puts it on the man who spoke'') You are Ngungo now! (''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere runs away into the night]]'')
** In another episode, Homer invites a pair of carnies to come live at their house. Cut to Lisa and Marge:
--->'''Lisa:''' Why did you just shudder, Mom?\\
'''Marge:''' ''I don't know...''
** In another episode, Marge's sister Selma wants to adopt a Chinese infant. Being unmarried, she puts Homer's name on the form as her husband. Cut to Homer, eating in the cafeteria at work. He visibly cringes and declares:
--->'''Homer:''' I just felt a chill go through my very soul...\\
'''Lenny:''' Yeah, the sloppy joes will do that to ya.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. When he ate a nibble of and expressed his disgust for Gary's snailfood, the [=CEOs=] felt it. Considering he repeats the action several times (ItMakesSenseInContext), one wonders if they weren't passed out by the end of the episode.
** Also in the [=SpongeBob=] B.C. special, Patchy the Pirate and Potty the Parrot argue with each other on whether [=SpongeBob=] favors the ancient past or high tech future. We then cut to Krusty Krab where [=SpongeBob=] has a worried -out look on his face.
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' [=SpongeBob=]! What's wrong?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I don't know, Mr. Krabs, but I've got the strangest feeling that somewhere out there, a pirate and parrot are arguing about me. And the parrot is winning.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In the first episode, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion "Spark of Rebellion"]], street rat Ezra Bridger gets a weird feeling, that he can't explain, about a random guy with a ponytail in the street below (Ezra's on the roof of a building). This leads directly to him meeting the ''Ghost'' crew, when he interferes with the heist they're currently pulling. Of course, this being ''Star Wars'', it's the Force, and Kanan, who definitely noticed Ezra sensing him earlier, lets Ezra steal his Jedi holocron when he senses it later on to see if he can open it -- which he can.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', Junko reveals that he has a significance sense (specifically, a nasal allergy) specific to Murk Raiders... just in time for it to go off. At the end of the episode, when asked if he has any more allergies like this, he informs them that yes, he's got one for sky sharks. Then he sneezes.
* Perhaps subverted in the first episode of the original ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoon, when a couple of construction workers come upon a facility mangled by the Decepticon, and one of them says, "Somethin's wrong... real wrong." And then Ravage leaps out at them, chasing them away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', while the gang are playing football in the backyard, Brock immediately stops and without hearing or seeing anything, realizes that someone is in his car. He is right.
-->'''Shore Leave:''' Okay, that is a legitimate superpower.\\
'''Hank:''' I've seen him do that from another country away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' season 2 episode 24, when [[spoiler:a portal opens from Rushu's World and an army of Shushus swarms the Purple Claws Island]], [[PrecursorHeroes Master Goultard]] immediately feels it although he's in another part of the world.
* Over the two occasions when Jean Grey emerges as the Phoenix in ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], Comicbook/DoctorStrange, ComicBook/CaptainBritain, Uatu and Eternity can all be seen reacting to her one way or another.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'''s first episode, after Jack Spicer frees [[SealedEvilInACan Wuya from her puzzle box]], the scene cuts to the elder monks of the Xiaolin Temple.
-->'''Monk:''' Did you feel that?\\
'''Monk:''' It was if a great chill descended upon the land.