"And you know what Hell is, folks...it's Andy Gibb, singing 'Shadow Dancing' for
eons and eons, and you have to wear orange plaid bell bottoms, and sit next to the Bay City Rollers—'How you guys doing?' 'This is gonna SUCK!'"
This trope refers to situations when the character realizes he's screwed, but groans instead of gasping. Inevitably followed by the lucky character just lowering their head and bulling through the punishment (or bending over and taking it, if they're really screwed
). If they come out on top, the result is nearly always a Moment Of Awesome
, but this trope specifically refers to the "Oh, great" reaction before the pain begins. Operates on the same principle as understatement
. Bystanders may offer commentary
. If they make it through, they may shout "I'm Okay
!" at the end, even if they're obviously not.
A variation of Oh, Crap
and Casual Danger Dialog
. Sometimes leads into a Bolivian Army Ending
. The Deadpan Snarker
's equivalent of the Obi-Wan Moment
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- An M&M commercial had Red demonstrating a new variety or feature by putting his partner Yellow inside a blender. Right before he switches the blender on, Yellow mutters in a low, resigned voice, "This is gonna hurt, isn't it, Red?"
- One for pretzel M&Ms has Orange complaining about having a large pretzel put inside him. Cue said pretzel appearing on screen saying, "I'm not too thrilled about this, either." The commercial ends with the pretzel cracking his knuckles and saying, "All right, let's get this over with."
Anime & Manga
- Sidoh the Shinigami in Death Note. Poor guy lost his notebook, and to retrieve it...
Sidoh: So I guess I have to go to... the human world.
Armonia Justin: Yep, that's right. Have fun.
Sidoh: ...Well that sucks.
- YuYu Hakusho
- From the Dark Tournament semifinals in Bui from Team Toguro is fighting Kirenja. Kirenja unsheathes a BFS, and makes a comment about Bui deserving an extra-large sized defeat. Cue Bui summoning an axe into his hand, one so large and heavy that it makes Bui's feet crater the arena.
Kirenja: Oh, damn.
- Yusuke actually says "This is gonna suck." in episode 35 of the dub. They're about to face three Mind Controlled humans trained in energy techniques he's not capable of seeing yet. So not only is he up against opponents really capable of hurting him, but because they're humans, he has to pull his punches to prevent hurting them too badly.
- In the fourth episode of Mnemosyne, Rin grapples Android Ruon and throws herself out of a flying airplane. What she probably didn't count on is that they are flying straight into the plane's turbine. But her reaction? "This may be too much even for me..."
- Hellsing: Jan Valentine, when he bursts in on the Round Table conference to find Integra and the other members calmly facing him with anti-vampire weaponry.
- The Secret of Twilight Gemini: This effectively sums up Fujiko's reaction to being left alone at Sadachiyo's mercy; particularly when he announces that the "fun's" about to start.
- Rally utters this when pinned down by gunfire on a warehouse catwalk in the first episode of Gunsmith Cats:
Rally: This sucks.
- Rally says, "This sucks." exactly one per episode in the three-episode OVA. In episode two, she learns that Casanova Wannabe Bill Collins actually has a brain and has been tracking her movements. In episode three, she's stuck in the rain and her feet are getting cold.
- In the English dub of Digimon Tamers, Impmon tries to take on a Deva all by himself, and gets his ass handed to him. The Deva throws him away, and Impmon shouts "THIS IS GONNA HUUUUUURT!" just before hitting the pavement.
- That same line is used in the 4Kids dub of One Piece during Luffy's second fight with Crocodile... by Crocodile, right before Luffy sends him flying into a smallish stone building and knocking it down.
- Used by Zoro after Mr. 1 hits him with a coup de grâce, seriously injuring him and making the stone pillar supporting a stone bridge behind him slowly begin to crumble, bringing the whole thing crashing down on him.
Zoro: (thinking) I've had bad luck with stones today.
- Also in the FUNimation dub during the Skypiea arc, when Chopper has to remove their ship's ignited mast to protect the boat.
- Also used in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX during Jaden and Aster's duel with Serena and her clone, right before an attack hits them.
- Often said in some form or another by Kyon in the Haruhi Suzumiya series. He can reliably begin any given story wondering when Haruhi will burst into the clubroom with some new insane scheme that he will undeniably have to suffer through just to keep her happy.
- Often done briefly in CLANNAD, where Tomoya and Sunohara will get a second to realize their imminent demise after provoking Kyou in some fashion. See the fake-love-letter prank from After Story episode 23, the reaction to Kyou as a magical girl in the clubroom, and brief facial expressions shown when they realize she's coming at them with a flying kick or throwing a dictionary at them.
- Naruto has a moment when the Ten-Tails fires a city-destroying blast at the headquarters of the Shinobi Alliance. The attack takes long enough to arrive the people there know what's coming and have time to go down swinging.
- In Girls und Panzer, while Hana is introducing her friends to her mother Yuri, Yukari casually mentions that they're doing tankery together, not knowing Yuri does not approve. Hana's expression is initially one of unpleasant surprise, then she's overwhelmed with dread as she realizes she can no longer hide her participation in tankery.
- Sailor Moon has a few in the first season:
- When Usagi is trapped in a tennis ball by a Youma when trying to save Naru's sister, she utters "this sucks" as she's getting bounced around.
- Same for Rei later on in the season when she's bedridden by a cold. She coughs after proclaiming "this sucks".
- In the SuperS season, Sailor Moon, Sailor Jupiter and Sailor ChibiMoon realize that using electricity to break a metal chain wasn't the best idea. Harmless Electrocution ensues.
- Goku from Dragon Ball Z has a version of this trope as he realizes that the only way to match Vegeta who greatly outclass him is to use a Kaioken X3. He was explicitly told by King Kai to never go past a double since his body couldn't handle it and could explode. Having no choice, Goku embrace himself for the pain.
- Vegeta has a similar reaction after he volunteer to fight Kid Buu while Goku charged up to his max power. Goku needs one minute.
Vegeta: One minute in this type of fight is an eternity.
- He has another one after Fat Buu is taken down by Kid Buu and he has to act as a distraction again while Goku charge the Spirit Bomb.
- And Kid Buu have this moment as Goku prepared to push the Spirit Bomb to kill him. This is noticeable since every villain in Z either Rage Quit or screamed in disbelief upon their defeat.
- During Batman: No Man's Land, The Joker was killing random construction workers during the rebuilding phase, trying to get Batman's attention. Just as he was about to cut some woman's nose up with a pair of scissors, a shadow falls over him. Joker proclaims "Darling, there you are! I was beginning to think you didn't love me... Anymore...?" He turns and sees not Batman, but Bane. "Oh, this is gonna suck..."
- Anytime a brawler says something involving learning more about how to fight.
- Happens to Kyle Rayner (often internally) in Green Lantern:
Kyle: This is going to hurt.
[smashes through a bus]
- Empowered, just after slipping from over ten stories:
Emp: This sucks. *WHUDD*
- Invoked by The Captain in Nextwave, just before punching though a nuclear reactor.
The Captain: This is going to sting.
- In Power Girl #5, PG actually says "Oh, Crap", but her face is expressing this line instead◊.
- Phoney Bone in Bone when he has to go work at the tavern for Lucius, especially after the disastrous Cow Race. Phoney also bets Lucius that he can run the bar better than Lucius, and if he wins, he gets relieved of his debt. If, however, he turns out to be wrong, he has to work for Lucius for the rest of his life. Realizing almost immediately that this was a not-too-stellar idea (the townsfolk hate him, and won't patronize the bar at all while he's in charge), his reaction is "... groan I'm dead."
- Also when he finds out Grandma Ben is Queen of the Valley - "My life is gonna suck, isn't it?"
- An issue of Justice League of America has the league facing down a new alien menace. Batman has a plan, but it is rather dangerous for The Flash (it involves him riding a missile). When Flash shows up, Batman starts to explain the plan, while putting a companionable hand on Flash's arm. "He's touching me. Batman is touching me... I'm gonna die, aren't I?"
- Basile in Léonard le Génie can often see the pain coming in advance. For example, when the aeroplane he is testing fails, he yells something like "I'm gonna break every bone in my bodyyyyyyyyyyy!!!" as he crashes down.
- In Dream of a Lifetime, Donald Duck entered Scrooge's dreams and, through them, reviewed several aspects of Scrooge's life. When he found himself at a ship, he was relieved until he realized it was the Titanic. "Oh, brother" really fits the problem.
- Things go From Bad to Worse so frequently in Negation that "BOHICA" (Bend Over, Here It Comes Again) used in this sense became Obregon Kaine's Catch Phrase.
- In issue 40 of The Simpsons, Krusty the Klown is taping a show at the family's house. A stick of dynamite is lobbed through a window by Fat Tony's goons, and Homer tries to solve the problem by putting a vase over the stick and sitting on it. Krusty just shuts his eyes and plugs his ears, thinking, "Oh, this won't be pretty. But I gotta admit, it's already better than that sketch was ever gonna be."
- In the story "The Jimmy Cage" from the Conduit saga, Jimmy Olsen says this almost word for word while in a multifaceted deathtrap waiting to be crushed. Played with in that saying this causes him to have an epiphany which allows Superman to break him out.
- During the Union Jack miniseries, Jack-O-Lantern is desperately trying to flee from Uni, who's chasing him in a flying car. He sees a wall up ahead, and tries to convince the other Jack that they'll both be killed unless Union Jack backs off. The other Jack declares that he'd gladly crash his car if it takes out Lantern. Cue Lantern giving almost the exact words.
"Oh, this is just gonna suck..."
- The Falcon + Bucky Cap=
Falcon: I'm not going to like this plan, am I?
- As seen in the page image, this occurs sometimes in Spy vs. Spy when the losing spy realizes he's come out on the wrong end of the duo's latest confrontation.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Jeice's reaction when he figures out that Vegeta is now strong enough to beat him is a somewhat calm "Oh. Well, I'm right f*cked aren't I?"
- The version of Hellsing Ultimate Abridged done by Team Four Star has Jan Valentine doing this. In his attempt to kill Integra and the rest of the council, he survives all of his ghouls being wiped out, getting shot at with an anti-tank rifle, and Battle Butler Walter ripping his arm off just to reach the boardroom where Integra and the council are meeting. He breaks open the door... to find all 12 member facing the doorway, guns ready. Surprisingly, instead of launching into one of Cluster F Bombs, he takes it calmly.
- Both Kakyoin and DIO do this, but DIO deserves special mention.
"Why can't I move? Wh... why can't I- No, no, (sees Jotaro
walking out the fire) nononoNONO! MOTHERF**KER!!! (Jotaro
stops in front of him) NO! NO! NO! NO! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! Okay, okay, okay, calm down, Dio. Calm down. Calm down, Dio...calm down. Okay...okay. If I, Dio, don't move, then he won't realize that I, Dio, am not in front of-"
(Star Platinum smashes Dio's leg)
Dio: OH MY GOD!
- Miki, Ryoko, and Asuza think this in Ponies One Half when Tsukiko decides to confront Queen Cosmos. They're right.
- This is Chirp's reaction to Twilight's plan for hiding him in Silent Knight.
- When confronted with an Ax-Crazy Fluttershy with a chainsaw in SHED.MOV, Spike only says "Well, we're fucked."
- From the end of chapter 76note of Paper Mario X 2, shortly after the Bigger Bad has taken over Peach's body and brainwashed Zelda and Amy:
Link: Any last words?
Mario: ...We just might actually be screwed.
- In the Transformers fanfic A Child Shall Lead Them, one of the Sweeps mutters "oh frag, this is gonna hurt" when Galvatron's troops realize that they've just pissed off the Dinobots.
- In Voldemort Goes Back To School this is "Evan's" reaction when he fails to escape on Harry's broom and is about to become acquainted with the ground.
- In the Crossover fic Naruto McDowell, this is Danzo's reaction upon hearing that Evangeline has adopted the titular troublemaker.
Evangeline: ...Your name is Naruto McDowell, my adopted son.
Danzo: ...We're doomed.
- In Getting Back on Your Hooves, Trixie, while working for Fluttershy, gets frustrated waiting for the animal she's feeding to come out and get its meal. She sticks her head in the den to get its attention. She has this reaction upon realizing too late it was a skunk den and she's about to get sprayed right in the face.
- In the Pony POV Series Shining Armor Arc, Shining Armor has this reaction when he discovers a regiment of the 18th Pegasus Legion are going to be in Zebrawa at the same time as the Pegasus Guard and the Wonderbolts. Why? Because the 18th hates the Wonderbolts while the Pegasus Guard are generally Wonderbolts fans, meaning a flame war is essentially inevitable.
- In the Death Note fic Constant Temptation there is a moment where Mello, Matt, and Near find themselves in a position where they have to confess to spying on L and Light's bedroom activities:
Near: Are we sure we want to do this?
Mello: It's not like you to have doubts.
Near: I don't usually face such definite trouble.
Matt: That is the one thing we can guarantee will happen. We still in agreement over who to confess to?
- Hobbes puts it best in one episode of Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
"Well, this should be nothing short of a disaster."
- In Chapter 62 of Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons, Blackjack uses the override program EC-1101 to remotely shut down the Core's Wave Motion Gun array. The required password appears on her computer screen: Thisisgonnahurt.
- The Infinite Loops sometimes provoke this reaction from Loopers, usually when certain characters are replaced by certain other characters.
- In the Shadow of Gods: When some mercenaries realise that they're under attack from Commander Abigail Shepard, one of them speaks for the entire group when he says "We're fucked."
- The Games We Play: In "Search and Rescue", Ozpin's response when Jaune tells him about the Pandora Shell opening is "Oh. Oh no." From someone as usually composed as him, it's equivalent to a full-fledged Oh, Crap.
Films — Animation
- The Incredibles: Prior to catching a train — literally — in the first section of the movie, Mr. Incredible winces appropriately. And near the end of the same movie, Syndrome also gets a moment of this right before the convertible Mr. Incredible himself tosses at him knocks him into the Turbine Blender of his Manta plane.
- Batty in FernGully: The Last Rainforest gets one of these when Hexxus tries to crush him and Zack with falling debris.
Batty: Ohhhh...this is gonna hurrrt...
- In Toy Story 3, when Andy's toys are first sent to the daycare, they get in place on the floor for the toddlers to find them. Buzz notices, with a sense of trepidation, that the more veteran toys are scurrying to find a hiding place. The door bursts open, and Rex is thrown to the side. Cue Buzz quickly flipping his helmet up just before a kid snatches him up.
- In Over the Hedge, the Verminator, just before he and Gladys and Vincent are zapped by the Depelter Turbo: "Prepare for a lot of stinging!"
- In A Bug's Life, when Hopper shows up, Heimlich whimpers "I think I'm going to wet myself".
- In Atlantis The Lost Empire, after the attack by the leviathan has left the expedition trapped under the ocean with a huge destruction of equipment, great loss of supplies, and many (off-screen) deaths, Rourke notes that their survival as well as any chance of finding Atlantis "rests with [Milo] and that little book".
- She says it again when the Big Bad threatens to leave everyone not on his side behind in the dying Atlantis.
- Finding Nemo
- Dory's expression when she sees the submarine begin to tip.
- Marlin's reaction to realizing the hypnotic light he and Dory find it the deep chasm is from a ferocious-looking anglerfish: "Good feeling's gone..."
- Monsters, Inc.: The first time George comes in contact with artifacts from the human world, he's understandably terrified. The second time, he seems much more resigned than scared when the CDA forcefully tackles him:
George: Oh dear.
- The Emperor's New Groove and its famous Inevitable Waterfall scene:
Don't tell me — we're about to go over a huge waterfall. Pacha:
Sharp rocks at the bottom? Pacha:
Most likely. Kuzco:
...Bring it on
. [They go over the falls]
- Simba in The Lion King after he gets busted (and rescued) by his dad in the elephant graveyard. However, it soon turns into a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming between the two.
- In Anastasia, before the final confrontation between Anastasia and Rasputin, Rasputin's pet bat Bartok abandons his master, saying, "This will only end in tears."
- In the straight to video Batman: Under the Red Hood:
- When Jason sees the bomb is a few seconds away from exploding.
- The Joker is kidnapped and tied up by the Red Hood:
The Joker: [laughing] Okay, so... what's the plan? Slumber party? Charades? A little truth or dare? Yes! I start with dare!
(The Red Hood pulls out a crowbar very menacingly.)
The Joker: [alarmed] Well, maybe I'll just go with truth...
- Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers: Pete reacts to Mickey, Donald and Goofy preparing to kick his fat ass in this way. Twice.
- The Polar Express:
The Conductor: Well, considering that we have lost communication with the engineer, and are standing totally exposed on the front of the locomotive, and the train seems to be accelerating, uncontrollably, not to mention that we are headed to Glacier Gulch, which just happens to be the steepest downhill grade in the world, I suggest we all hold on... TIGHTLY!
Films — Live-Action
- George of the Jungle features George — who incidentally thinks that hitting the tree at the end of the swing is proper vine-swinging technique — attempting to psych himself up for the epic distance he has to travel at the film's climax. "This biggest swing in jungle history. Will hurt very much... But George have to do it." The swing is so long that he builds up enough velocity to actually knock a George-shaped section of bark off the other side of the tree. Ow.
George: ...George don't feel so good.
- Every Star Wars movie, and a lot of Expanded Universe works as well, include the phrase "I've got a bad feeling about this".
- In Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan is fighting Jango and dropkicks him off the platform... only to realize that he is actually tied to the guy. "Oh, not good!"
- The Empire Strikes Back has Han Solo say something similar when he's trying to outrace the Empire:
Han: I think we're in trouble.
(C-3PO explains why)
Han: We're in trouble!
- Return of the Jedi contains an extended sequence when Luke and Han are being ferried out to the Sarlacc pit for execution:
Han: Together again.
Luke: Wouldn't miss it.
Han: How are we doing?
Luke: Same as always.
Han: That bad, huh?
- Die Hard: as John McClane always improvises, and usually with something that'll get him killed if it fails, he's always spurring this kind of phrase.
- "Oh, John, what the fuck are you doing?" (in the first film, just before he jumps off the roof with nothing but a fire hose tied around his waist to hold him up)
- "Ah John, what the fuck are you doing out on the wing of this plane?" (second, trying to stop a plane from taking off)
- "This is a bad idea!" (third, about to jump on a subway train from the sidewalk; fourth, about to throw a car into a helicopter)
- The Lord of the Rings:
Boromir: They have a cave troll.
- In the Extended Edition of The Two Towers, Boromir has this reaction upon learning that Denethor has come to congratulate them for retaking Osgiliath.
- Théoden's expression immediately before being bowled over by the Witch-King screams this trope.
- As does Gandalf's when a large number of trolls burst through one of the gates in Gondor in The Return of the King. Made particularly amusing by the fact that he'd just been giving the Gondorian soldiers a pep talk to the effect of "Whatever comes through that door, we'll take it down!"
- Armageddon had Bruce Willis lamenting his decision to stay behind on the asteroid to manually throw the switch on the bomb that will split the asteroid in two, saying "This was a smart idea". Armageddon has one of these every five minutes, and then doubles up after they actually get into space.
- Ghostbusters: "I like this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it!" Earlier, there's the moment when Walter Peck orders the containment grid shut off. After Peter and Egon fail to convince him what a terrible idea that is, they're seen edging around the police and toward the staircase, getting ready to run like hell.
- Ghostbusters II: After Vigo uses his breath weapon, Peter gives us this deadpan delivery, "Oh, darn it. Ohh... darn it."
- Baby's Day Out: "Ha-ha, ha-ha... the kid's in the gorilla cage."
- Batman Begins has one of these for Ra's al Ghul when he realizes that Batman isn't going to save him. His reaction has this expression written all over it.
- If Hellboy says "Oh, Crap", it's one of these moments.
- A better example might be during the climax of the first movie, in which Hellboy is about to be swallowed by the monster he's been fighting, right after setting his grenade belt to blow: "Oh, this is gonna hurt."
- What makes Hellboy the master of this is that he pulls one off AFTER he beats the monster: "I'm gonna be sore in the morning..."
- In Days Of Thunder, during one race where Cole is heading in for a pit stop, he has to swerve to avoid another car that suddenly pulls out in front of him. This causes him to spin out and, upon realizing he's about to hit the pit wall head-on at what is, by pit stop standards, a fairly high speed, Cole says, "Uh-oh, this is gonna hurt."
- In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Epps has called for air support during a heavy firefight.
Epps: [to Lennox] I hope these F-16s got good aim.
Lennox: Yeah, why is that?
Epps: I told them to hit the orange smoke.
[orange smoke drifts into the shot, surrounding them]
Lennox: You mean that orange smoke?
Epps: It wasn't my best toss, okay?
Beat as both characters are silent, and the page title line can practically be seen going through both their minds.
- Epps gets another one earlier, when he sees the various Decepticons coming at their group of soldiers and Autobots:
"We're 'bout to get our asses kicked!"
- This from Lennox in the first film during the Mission City battle:
[Hears helicopter and turns around in time to see Blackout landing on top of a building]
Lennox: Oh, we're so dead.
- Will Smith's Catch Phrase ("Aww hell naw!") is this.
- Serenity gives us this exchange early on.
Wash: Well, if she can't get me some extra flow from the engines to offset the burn-through, this landing is going to get pretty interesting.
Mal: Define "interesting."
Wash: [completely deadpan] "Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die"?
Mal: [pulls down intercom speaker] This is the Captain speaking. We're having a little problem with our entry sequence, so we may experience some turbulence, and then... explode.
[just after that on a different part of the ship]
Jayne: Are we gonna explode? I don't wanna explode.
- That scene is mostly a joke about Star Trek: TOS, in which Spock would say that something was about to get 'interesting'. Then various other characters would 'define' it...
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
"Oh... not good."
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Jack Sparrow utters the word "bugger" at least three times. The first time is an Oh, Crap moment; the second time, it's used when Jack is dangling from his leg by a rope attached to a bamboo pole stuck between two high clifftops- just before the pole gives way - and it's one of these moments.
- Hannibal. After being handcuffed to Clarice Starling, Hannibal Lecter holds a hatchet above her wrist (after she refuses to give him the key) and says, "You know, this is really going to hurt." He then cuts off his own hand. (Averted in the book.)
- In National Lampoon's Animal House, when the gang enters the black night club, and everyone inside is instantly silent (including the band), Otter leans forward and says, calmly, "We are going to die."
- Captain Nesmith of Galaxy Quest gets one of these after realizing that "Gorignac" was not the multi-eyed pig-like monster that he was managing to outsmart, but rather the 40 foot high rock monster that was forming behind him.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol; at the start of the Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come sequence;
- Jason X features one female protagonist being sucked out into space through a tiny jagged hole. She laments, just before losing her grip, "This sucks on so many levels!"
- Notting Hill; Hugh Grant's character is climbing over a fence in a most inept manner; he exclaims "Ohh, this is going to be very unpleasant." He then bangs his shin and swears wholeheartedly.'
- In Cannibal The Musical, the juvenile character Humphrey uses the exact phrase before crossing the Green River.
- In Iron Man 2, when Tony and Rhodey/War Machine are enjoying their victory over the Hammer drones, Ivan Vanko arrives wearing his own suit of armor. Rhodey's response? "Oh, this ain't gonna be good..."
- In The Abyss, as Lindsey Brigman is preparing to intentionally drown herself to enable an escape from a flooding mini-sub, she comments, "This was maybe not such a good idea..."
- In Next (2007), Frank Cadillac (Nicolas Cage) can see a bit into the future. Right before he gets punched in the face, he mumbles "Incoming."
- In We Were Soldiers, Sergeant Major Plumley lays it out for the surrounding younger (and many wounded) troops as their HQ is about to be overrun by the NVA:
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: On the way to Julie's party, Scott and Neil complain about how much the party's gonna suck.
Scott: Oh man, this is gonna suck!
[cuts to them at the party]
Scott: Oh man, this sucks!
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows features an extended battle on a train, culminating with one Mook accidentally dropping a grenade without a pin into a bag full of grenades. The poor bastard has enough time to look up at his mate and wince.
- Said word for word in the Jackass movies when the guys are confronted with stunts that even they know are going to terrify the lights out of them.
- Actually lampshaded by Bam in Jackass Number Two, before performing one of the stunts:
Bam: Here we are at some random-ass ranch... and this is The Brand... And it's gonna suck...
- Averted in The Perfect Storm, When the boat is sinking, and the water is rising where the crew members are trapped, the one fisherman's last words are "This is going to be really hard on my kids."
- In Cloverfield, Hud muses aloud that they could enter Beth's tilted and half-collapsed apartment building through the adjacent building it's leaning on, only to start babbling that it's a very bad idea when Rob opts to do just that.
- In The Avengers movie, Loki has this reaction after being captured and realizing he's about to get a visit from Thor.
- In Thor, Loki has apparently just managed to talk the Jotun's into allowing them all to leave alive. Then one very large Jotun pushes Thor too far...
- In Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Freddy Benson's face as Lawrence Jamieson prepares to run at him and smack his legs from across the room. He states this trope name without speaking a word.
- In much the same vein, the Astérix adaptation Astérix and Obélix Take On Caesar has Centurion Caius Bonus, whose actor, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, was clearly chosen based on his ability to make faces that say "today is not going to be much fun", which get pulled out in every scene when he and Obélix interact, typically by means of Obélix punching him.
- The porn director Dave Lodoski specialises in fetish films featuring women drowning in quicksand; in every film the victim's last words are invariably, "This sucks SOOOOOO bad!"
- A bit of a meta-example, during the filming of Life of Brian, they engaged in a bit of Enforced Method Acting, telling the extras playing guards that they would be fired if they started laughing. Cue the filming of the infamous Bigus Dickus scene. Near the end, one of the surviving guards was singled out, and you can just see this phrase run through his mind as it was happening.
- In Black Hawk Down, Colonel McKnight has more than a bad gut feeling about the mission.
McKnight: No Spectre gunships, daylight instead of night, late afternoon when they're all fucked up on Khat, only part of the city Aidid can mount a serious counter-attack on short notice... What's not to like?
- In Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, Big Bird is adopted into a family of dodos. Of course, while they turn out to be a loving family, they happen to be ditzes that waste all their time hunting for worms, have no idea on how to use lawmmowers, prefer to pretend to be themselves, and reject friendships with non-birds. Big Bird even knew that this would not be a walk in the park.
Big Bird: "Big Dodo!?"
- This sums up Dr. Light's feelings in the first half of the song "Here Comes The Arm" from The Protomen's The Father of Death.
- The Sarah McLachlan song "Hold On" has a line "Hold on, hold on to yourself, this is gonna hurt like hell". It's referring to emotional pain rather than physical, but the message is the same.
- In the same vein as Sarah McLachlan above, Nikki Sixx released a book accompanied by his band Sixx:A.M.'s album, both titled "This is Gonna Hurt". Both the book and the album revolves heavily around things that most people consider taboo, or outright find painful to even think or talk about. It's not about physical pain, though the cover-art to the album depicts a heart that's been pierced by a couple of black spikes...
- Beth Orton's Breakup Song "This One's Gonna Bruise".
- A standard reaction to a certain group of circumstances in Warhammer 40,000. A partial list is as follows:
- Something really, really big comes on from reserves/teleports in.
- A Baneblade or Titan opens fire.
- An Ork mob charges.
- And then there's the flip from triumph when you finally kill that one unit and mentally pan out to see that the entire rest of the opposing army is within assault distance next turn.
- The blast attack doesn't scatter. Or does, if it's your Vindicator and not the other guy's.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, this would be anytime the DM asks you to make a save...with your weakest save. Examples include Fortitude involving some form of expensive-to-cure poison or disease, Reflex a lovely pit of spikes...and Will is you losing your mind.
- Anytime the Barbarian starts to rage. Doubly so if he's a Frenzied Berserker.
- A monster casually walks up to you. Assume the worst.
- You feel an unholy chill fall over the room.
- If you see the Dungeon Master smiling...or in certain cases, chuckling. There are plenty of cases where that will chill you.
- If he opens up to the D section of the Monster Manual. Demon, Devil, Dragon, even Dinosaur if you're low to midlevel...
- Or, if you're the DM, the players going Off the Rails. Off to extensive plot rewriting you go!
- All tabletop horror games can and will mess with your characters in the worst way. Embracing the horrors just makes it suck less... temporarily.
- Warhammer: Battle is just as bad as 40000 when given some of the war machines. Like one of the spells from the Lore of Zeetch list that whose strength is equal to 2d6. Since the max characteristic test is 10, if the strength rolled is a 11 or 12 it will instant kill a whole unit, no saves allowed. A Tzeetchen sorcerer killed a unit of 400 points of orks, plus standard bearer and general, in one move. It wasn't pretty.
- Any fight against a Yozi or Deathlord in Exalted. Among gaming groups with notably low opinions of the 2e system, any fight at all will attract this kind of reaction, but Yozis and Deathlords are kind of the gold standard.
- In Philip Barry's play Holiday, Linda reacts this way to discovering that she has fallen in love with her sister's fiancé.
Linda: I love the boy, Neddy.
Ned: I thought so. — Hell, isn't it?
Linda: I guess it will be.
- Worms. When a worm is about to get royally fucked by a weapon, they'll nervously say something like, "Oh dear!"
- Kazooie from Banjo-Tooie lampshades this:
- Banjo, when flying with Kazooie and she's just about to nosedive at something.
- This is the Player's reaction to a possible certain death in Fallout 2. If your character critically fails a skill check in the Enclave base, he has a possibility of "successfully" setting off the timer for a nuke... for 5 seconds.
- In Fallout 3, you (the player) get a line that amounts to this during the quest, "Wasteland Survival Guide." For the second chapter, Moira mentions she wants to study how to treat and survive gruesome injuries. The option to inquire about this part of the quest reads something like "I'm going to hate myself for asking this, but what did you want me to do about studying injuries?"
- In Mass Effect 2, Tali introduces Shepard to Quarian Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib-Qwib, quietly mentioning "Don't ask about the name." Of course, Shepard can then immediately ask them about the name. Tali's response is a Face Palm and "Ohhh, here we go..."
- In Mass Effect 3, Cerberus mooks have been known to utter their disappointment with their lack of effectiveness against Shepard.
- Shepard gets a moment of this near the end, when they hear that Harbinger is on the way down, having decided that direct intervention is necessary.
- Shepard gets so many of these that eventually his/her default reaction to things getting worse is a resigned "of course they are".
- Guitar Hero III. Through the Fire and Flames. "Good luck."
- Rock Band 2 has a similar message when you qualify for the "Endless Setlist 2", also known as "Eighty-four freakin' songs in a row."
- With Rock Band 2, it's two fold: there's an achievement/trophy you can get for doing it. Only one problem, and that is that it's called "Bladder of Steel" for a reason: to get it, you have to do the entire setlist...IN ONE SITTING, WITHOUT PAUSING!
- Every boss in Radiant Silvergun (except for the Stage 1 boss) is preceded by a warning screen with three pieces of cryptic advice. For the Stage 6 boss, the three tips are "Be praying," "Be praying," and "Be praying."
- In Mortal Kombat Deception, if knocked from the roof of the Sky Temple, Havik screams the trope's name before going splat on the ground. In Mortal Kombat Armageddon, Taven does it.
- In Stronghold Crusader, order any low-level soldier to attack the enemy Lord, or any unit not on horseback to walk a long way, or a powerful soldier to dig the moat and you'll usually get a response on these lines.
Monk: Pray for us!
Pikeman: It's gonna be a bloodbath.
Engineer: I'm not afraid to die.
Swordsman: Damn, this armor is heavy...
Digger: I don't even have a shirt on!
Monk: (Resigned sigh) This will be a long haul...
- During the boss fight with Dalton on the Blackbird in Chrono Trigger, after enough time has passed and he's taken enough damage, Dalton tries to summon the Golem Boss. Thing is, the Golem Boss ran away earlier, so all Dalton's done is open the equivalent of a black hole. Dalton's expression switches from Oh, Crap to him cursing himself out as the portal sucks him in.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Spidey comes across a path of flaming destruction left by the Rhino and comments "Oh, this hurts already." And then later, when you finally catch up to Rhino:
Spider-Man: Hey, is that your horn or are you just happy to see —
[Rhino turns around and sizes him up.]
Spider-Man: ...I am so scared right now, I forgot my lame joke.
- Comedic example in Fate/stay night, During one route, HF possibly, Taiga starts worrying that Shirou might try something on Saber... at which point Saber casually notes 'Hey, if he really wants to, I guess I'm okay with that. Not a problem.' At which point Shirou freezes, because he knows Taiga is now going to beat the crap out of him. Couple seconds of silence and... Yea, you're really not helping the situation at all, Saber.
- The hardest difficulty setting in Doom is Nightmare!, featuring faster monsters that respawn shortly after being killed, and most cheat codes disabled. The only advantage you have is that enemies that drop ammo drop more than normal. When selecting it, the game asks "Are you sure? This skill level isn't even remotely fair."
- id Software's next game, Quake, tells you this without any words: the difficulty and episode are chosen by a small hub level. The entrance to the Hard difficulty is past a cracked bridge over a pool of lava (yes, it's possible to fall in and die before choosing the difficulty level), with some thrashing people nailed to the walls nearby. And the entrance to Nightmare difficulty is deliberately hidden: First, you have to pass through the Hard hallway to the Episode Select room, go to the Episode 4 room, and jumpin the pool of water. If you want to play episode 4, you just drop down, and beneath the water is a non-water place. There is a rail positioned so that if you move in a certain direction while under water, you'll land on the rail instead of on the ground beneath, and the rail leads to the Nightmare difficulty portal.
- When you mouse over the difficulty levels in Civilization IV, you will usually see a short description of exactly how many bonuses the computer gets... but not on Deity, the hardest level. That simply reads "Mwuhahaha! Good luck, sucker!", which is the equivalent of "The AI have enough bonuses to crush you in the Ancient Era."
- Left 4 Dead:
- Nearly every obstacle in Captain Claw.
"This looks challengiiiing."
"This will take some careful strategy."
"Man, this will be tough!
"What a death trap!"
"What in the world..?"
"Phew, that was close."
- In the opening video of Rise of Legends, the Vinci general starts to duck out of the way of the Alin golem's blow before the clockwork men show up.
- Thief: Deadly Shadows had Garrett lamenting his task:
Garrett: Let me see if I got this right. You want me to find Gamall's lair, find out what she wants your treasures for, kill her, and find and destroy this 'Final Glyph'. Anything else?'''
- There's always Marcus Fenix's near Catch Phrase in Gears of War: "Ah, shit."
- His response when he gets stuck with a Torque Bow bolt: "Damn." (Though it's his tone of voice that really sells it)
- In Mushihime Sama and its sequel, Mushihime-sama Futari, selecting the "Ultra" difficulty level will bring up a warning screen asking if you're "ready to be murdered every second." Selecting yes will continue on with the mode (and your doom), while selecting no bumps you back to the difficulty select.
- Similarly, in Ferrari F355 Challenge, if you select manual transmission (which has no assist features and uses the stick shift and clutch instead of the paddles to shift), the game warns you if you really want to use it. Selecting no not only returns you to the transmission select, but manual transmission becomes unavailable.
- In God Hand, if you pick Hard Mode when starting a new file, Gene quips "Wow, you've got quite a pair to pick that."
- In Jedi Knight, there's a bit where you need to go across an extremely wide and deep chasm. The only way to do it is to ride a periodic air current that has been annoying you for the last ten minutes of the level. Cue a "you've got to be kidding me" reaction from Kyle.
- Sam's reaction to a wave of about a bazillion explosive kamikaze zombies rushing towards him. "Uh-oh."
- Anyone who looks at the Japanese Box art of Demons Souls will know exactly what to expect from the game, as it shows a player character after having been killed. There are only two states for a player in this game: dead and one second away from something killing you. Direct quote from a preview presented by Atlus: "We get off on your tears."
- Players are able to leave messages to other players in this game so that they will not be taken completely by surprise by whatever it is that will kill them in the next thirty seconds. Whenever you see a message that says "Beware the Strong Demon ahead", you know that the next few minutes are really gonna suck.
- The Tutorial Level...
- And there's also level 5-2, a level so difficult that even the level designer has difficulty beating it. One gaming magazine actually named the level designer for 5-2 one of the ten most evil video game villains of all time.
- Then there's the sequel. When the Tag Line is "Prepare to Die", you know you're in for a challenge. Particularly when you run into a large cluster of "Tough enemy ahead" and "Imminent tears" messages.
- World of Warcraft gives us this at the end of the Lich King fight (for reference, Frostmourne has just been shattered, leaving the Lich King helpless to do anything but stand there and get the shit kicked out of him by the players that he had so effortlessly trounced and gloated to only moments ago):
Lich King: Now I stand, the lion before the lambs... and they do not fear. They cannot fear.
- Another World of Warcraft example: You're exploring somewhere, and you didn't check out the map in Thottbot or a guide first. You're not at level cap or anywhere near it. You've been questing or just came out of a dungeon, your equipment's all red, and if you're especially unlucky, maybe you're running from overleveled mobs or trying to sneak around camping players. And what's this ahead, a town? You pop on stealth or your mount and run for it - only to realize it belongs to the opposite faction and You Are Already Dead. Southshore is especially good for this for low-level (20-35) Horde players.
- This used to be a frequent occurrence for alliance players exploring Redridge, a level 15-20 area, as they followed that path leading to the area north of it... and were greeted by a pack of level 50 imps in the Burning Steppes.
- And of course, there was the ever popular Welcome Bear for new Undead players, or the still present hazard of wandering too close to Scarlet Monastery.
- Kingdom of Loathing:
Rather unexpectedly, dark stormclouds roll in from the north, blotting out the sun. There is a sudden crash of thunder
, and you hear, somewhere close by, a bestial howling that sends shivers down your spine. Adrenaline pumping, you try to pinpoint the source of the noise. You hear it again, closer this time, and this time... in stereo? Your stomach turns to ice — could it be...?
Lightning strikes, momentarily blinding you, and then... there he is, towering over you, the ravenous, two-headed
monstrosity Argarggagarg, the Dire Hellseal!
If murderous beasts like Gorgolok can be said to have lieutenants, then Argarggagarg
is it; they say he was the only seal ever to challenge Gorgolok's authority as alpha male and survive the ensuing battle.
His black hide is scarred from the dozens — hundreds! — of attempts made to destroy him by your northern kinsmen, none of whom came back alive. Here and there an ancient broken spear juts out of Argargaggarg's hide as testament to his indomitability. Two pairs of hellishly glowing red eyes
glare at you; two horribly-fanged maws drool.
This is probably gonna suck bigtime.
- In the City Elf origin in Dragon Age: Origins, two guards think that "Hey, she's got no weapon, and he's just a pansy elf.", then said pansy elf tosses you a sword. The guards go Oh, Crap, because you're about to kick their asses.
- Final Fantasy IX has one of the best non-vocal moments ever. Just two (glowing) eyes conveys Black Waltz's realisation that lightning magic+wooden airship=loss of control+mid-air explosion. You get a single shot of his eyes just as he works this out. It's BRILLIANT.
- The boss fight with Chaos at the end of Dissidia: Final Fantasy has the player epitomizing this trope. Particularly once you get a load of his stats, equipment augmenting said stats, and then realizing that you fight him more than once. And, if you thought Chaos was bad, wait 'til you get a load of Feral Chaos in the prequel. Go ahead; tell that moogle from the tutorial that you've mastered the game.
- BlazBlue: Online play against a skillful Iron Tager player. Especially when the Meteor Move comes...
- Metal Gear Solid 2 - Raiden's reaction to being trapped in a room with one exit by an invincible madwoman with a Wave-Motion Tuning Fork that can blast through solid steel who has just vowed to kill him - "Oh, crap."
- In the Team Fortress 2 short "Meet the Sandvich", the Soldier's reaction to The Heavy getting the sandvich.
- In StarCraft II, during the mission 'The Dig', Jimmy reacts like this when he realizes the Tal'darim are sending Phase Prisms at him.
Raynor: Air units nothing - those're transports! Quick, get the laser drill to knock them out of the sky!
- There is another one from the Adjutant during the final mission that only counts as this if you have ample personnel and security to deal with it. If you don't, it's the other trope.
Warning: seismic disturbance detected. Nydus worm inbound.
"Class 12 Psionic Life-form detected. The Queen of Blades has returned"
- Gus the Gremlin from Epic Mickey, when He, Mickey, and Oswald take the Moonliner to attack the Shadow Blot.
- In Dead Space 2 when going through the Ishumura this happens
Ellie: There looks like a huge necromorph infestation in the Medical Bay. Luckly you won't have to travel through it.
PA: Unexpected Obstruction ahead. Emergency stop initiated. Welcome to: The Medical Bay.
- In Prototype, if Alex Mercer charges an attack near a Marine, there's a whole catalogue of sound bites for that Marine to say ï¿½ every one a variation.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon's Campaign mode. When the mission parameters include the phrase "re-launch in standby MS", you know that even under the best circumstances the suit you start off in is going to be destroyed. Missions labeled "Very Hard" garner a similar reaction, as that difficulty level is usually reserved for meeting up with named characters from the anime, who you simply cannot defeat unless the plot calls for it.
- This trope is name-dropped in Ghost Recon: Future Soldier as a sandstorm hits during a mission in Africa by one of the Ghosts.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2: During the introductory, Lightning manages to stop Caius from summoning the "husk of the wondering comet" once. Then, after two battles, he does it again (albeit successfully because Lightning was busy talking to Noel). Her facial expression when she summons Odin to stop Caius once again is this trope;
Lightning: Not this again...
- In Heavy Rain, Norman's face says it all if he tries to save Shaun, but Scott finds him, he fails to fend him off and Scott prepares to shoot him.
- In the 1941 stage in Time Gal, there's a Time Stop option that has Reika stay on a plane that's about to collide with the side of a ship. The face she makes before collision◊ screams this.
- Can happen often in War Thunder when lone-wolf players realize that the fighter they're chasing is part of a squad...
- To clarify, the tactic often involves the pursuie telling his buddy "I've got this guy on my tail", which is followed immediately by him turning towards his nearest friend, and that friend turning towards him. The idea is to force the other player to break off his pursuit, but it's a nice bonus if you if you shoot him down in the first pass.
- Even if you're playing alone, this reaction come to mind the moment you point your plane towards a fur-ball where there's far more enemies then friends.
- You're in a bomber, down to one engine, three of your gunners are dead, you have little to no aileron control, but you did just manage crash-land relatively intact at your base and are awaiting repair and rearming...and then you look up and see an enemy bomber orbiting the base.
- Examining Tz-Tok Jad, the boss of the Fight Caves in the game RuneScape yields simply, "This is going to hurt..."
- Near the end of this promo for Wildstar. Twice.
- Due to the kind of game it is, Neverwinter Nights 2 has a crapton of moments like these, but the best line of them in this regard certainly goes to Sand:
(As black smoke rises from the ground, sapping everyone's strength) "This would be the "impending" part of "our impending doom""
- Season 2 of The Walking Dead has Clementine mention this trope verbatim when she's about to stitch up her own arm. With all the painful screaming intact. Telltale Games included a juicebox so that both Clem and the player can have a breather because this scene was so gritty and painful to watch.
- Later in season 2, Clementine needs to clean a wound and change a bandage on another survivor's face. Depending on dialogue choices, she can be honest about how's it going to feel.
Clementine: So... this is going to hurt like hell.
- The ZX Spectrum underground motorbike game Wheelie named its final two levels "Nightmare Park" and "ABANDON ALL HOPE!".
- The Pokémon ability Anticipation essentially functions like this; when faced with a Pokémon that knows either an instant knockout move or an attack that it is weak to, the user will sense it and shudder.
- Borderlands 2: The title card for the very first boss, Knuckledragger: "This is gonna hurt."
- Saints Row IV has the Boss's commentary during the series' traditional Fraud missions, which involve Wreaking Havok on yourself to put the virtual world's physics engine through its paces. Since this requires you to bounce off cars, crash into walls, and get flung high into the air, the Boss reacts with a general sense of resignation.
Female Voice 1: Oh, fuck me...
- Charlie The Unicorn has taken to this as he grows increasingly used to his surroundings. If anything, it's pushed him even further toward Woobie territory.
- Red vs. Blue:
- Agent Washington has this reaction in the Reconstruction arc when Caboose, rather than throwing a grenade over a wall that they're using for cover, throws the grenade at it, where it sticks. There's a beat as he stares at it, then says "That... was the worst throw ever. Of all time".
- Church gets the ultimate one in Season 3 of Blood Gulch Chronicles right before the bomb he's carrying blows up him, most of the other characters, and a chunk of Halo.
Church: What? Oh, son of a—
- And earlier there is this exchange between Wyoming and some no name character (AKA Phil (sp?)):
Wyoming: Looks like today is your lucky day.
Guard: Really? Great.
Wyoming: Yes, I don't have time to torture you, so I'm just going to kill you instead.
Guard: What?! Aw, this sucks! *BANG*
- Reconstruction also has this gem towards the end, when Grif is asked what the situation is:
Grif: Fucked up, we're all about to die, Simmons is a nerd, you know, the usual.
- Revelation gets its turn in the penultimate episode when the Reds, Tucker and Caboose come flying in to aid Church using a Pelican.
Sarge: You do know how to land this vehicle, don't you?
Grif: Sure, that just means stop flying, right?
Sarge: Brace for impact!
Tucker: Oh shit! This is gonna suck!
- In the first episode of Season 9, South is infiltrating a base when an enemy grunt hits the alarm.
South: About to get loud...
- Leeroy Jenkins Video: "Oh my god, he just ran in."
- Nodwick. Nodwick's job description is "professional Chew Toy", and he tends to react to incoming and unavoidable pain like this. Especially the time he ended up plunging out of a gradual Anti-Magic field, while wearing a collection of magical artifacts who were only being kept stable by said Anti-Magic field. His only thoughts prior to being utterly atomized was "this might sting a little..."
- Used word for word by the captain in this Angels 2200 strip.
- You know this is going through Higgs' mind in the last panel of this Girl Genius strip.
- Not really. He's not called The Unstoppable Higgs for nothing.
- Higgs—and almost everyone else—gets one here as someone gets his sparkiness on.
- Agatha's party gets a collective one here.
- Yanagisawa-oyabin in this strip.
- Casey and Andy: "This is 'not' going to suck."
- Subverted on The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, by the eponymous character on this page. He gets a Crowning Moment of Awesome off it and the following page. The Alt Text provides absolutely no comfort anyway.
- Gregory, of Dominic Deegan fame, has a moment, just after he has his powers forcibly removed by a demon and he's about to get blasted. But remember: never take your eyes off the interceptor.
- 8-Bit Theater:
- Not said, but you just know that [[ Red Mage]] is thinking this in the last two panels of this comic.
- The sprites used in the webcomic leave little room for Oh, Crap expressions (with the exception of Black mage), so this is actually the most common response to danger.
- Last Res0rt has a particularly memorable full-page reaction from Jigsaw when Veled's teleported right behind her, waiting for Jigsaw to make the first (and presumably her only) move.
- Sluggy Freelance:
Captain Blacksoul: Should have seen that coming.
- Earthsong: In order for Tristram to get Willow out safely, he has made a plan that involves him fighting the first hero who comes out, or misleading the first villain who does. Then comes Nanashi. This is inches away from an Oh, Crap, but Tristram is actually more confident than he's been in a while.
Tristram: Anyone but her.
- One Something Positive strip discusses the apparent bad luck with which Davan's family seems to be plagued. The account of one ancestor who died while working in a lumber mill when one of the saw blades slipped its moorings and went hurtling towards him simply shows the ancestor noticing his impending demise and thinking, "I do believe this will sting."
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!— When Bob and Jerry notice that the world-destroying bomb they've been fighting over has just started ticking:
Bob: (in tiny little letters) Oh gosh... That's not good...
Jerry Smithson, you know any good mineshafts?
- When Ansem Retort finds itself suddenly competing with another, more viewer-friendly reality show, Zexion delivers the line that sums it up:
Zexion: What is so important that-oh. Oh. Fuck.
- Megaman, in Bob and George, is taken over by an evil virus, beaten up, nearly trampled to death, his blaster arm explodes, is forced to shove what's left of his arm into another robots intake tubes, catches on fire, suffers full-body 6th degree burns, has his three remaining limbs turned completely to ash, and finally glances his behind him and realizes "*sigh* This is gonna hurt."
- Then after his miraculous survival, was cornered by Dr. Wily and mentions how if he "still had a lower body I'd be pissing himself about now."
- In The Adventures of Shan Shan, when learning Shan Shan is being recruited to help save the universal balance, Backpack's reaction is "We're all gonna die!"
- The Doctor in Ensign Sue Must Die just before getting shot by the brainwashed Spock.
- In Erstwhile's "All Fur", the king wishes to marry his daughter. Everyone else is appropriately horrified, but he's the king. So the princess sets him to several Impossible Tasks...but he then performs. This trope is her face in the last panel.
The wedding shall be tomorrow!
- Lazarus gets this twice in Underling. Once, when he finds out he's in Ganesha's temple, and the second when he comes from a fight with sabre-toothed tigers...right into a group of wolves.
- Penny Arcade has it in the form of Gabe's reaction to a new addition to their zombie-fighting group in the "Armadeaddon" story. His prediction is right on the money.
- In Drowtales, this is clearly what's going through Kio'nel's head when he has to report to Sarv'swati that the Penal Colony he was in charge of was attacked and the slaves escaped. He's not wrong, either, and when a second messenger arrives to say that the entirely colony was overrun after Kio'nel left to make his report she promptly kills him for his failure.
- Since the whole point of Partially Clips is that all comics consists of three copies of the same clipart image, there's no way to do a Reaction Shot or Oh, Crap expression if a character realizes he or she is screwed. Which leaves variations, often to hilarious effect. For example: "I kin still feel me arse, but it's already kicked, ain't it?"
- Sam in Modern Day Treasure Seekers has this reaction twice: once to having to jump out a window to escape her kidnapper, and once to realizing she has no choice but to walk through icy water to move forward.
- The Order of the Stick gets a memorable one when the team's airship is getting repeatedly hammered by lightning, despite having a lightning rod. They quickly realize that the lightning is divine in nature.
Roy: We're probably not in Western skies anymore. We were on pace to cross over half an hour ago.
Bandana: Which was right when the storm started. Which means that this storm isn't Adad's work. It's Thor's.
(everyone glares at Vampire!Durkon)
Durkon's vampiric spirit: Crap.
- Protectors of the Plot Continuum: This is a common reaction from PPC agents, whether on getting a particularly tough/irritating mission, witnessing Really Bad Stuff happening, or watching events in the fics they tackle.
- In Tasakeru Book II, Faun is trapped in a high tower with a very angry would-be suitor whom she has just rejected. The suitor states his intent to have her be his mate anyway. So Faun digs into her "boom belt" and tosses a couple grenades at him... When the smoke clears from the explosion, not only is he not hurt, but his clothing isn't even singed. It's likely the trope name went through Faun's mind shortly afterward.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd: Nintendo Power episode, James was reading about Back to the Future Game for the NES and saw LJN written in there. James looks at the camera and says, "Wow, they knew it was bad".
- Atop the Fourth Wall:
- The Nostalgia Critic:
- This was his reaction to the first three sentences uttered in Batman & Robin.
- He used the words themselves on realizing Masters of the Universe mostly takes place in New Jersey.
Critic: So He-Man is going to use his intergalactic weaponry and medieval-style fighting moves... in the suburbs of New Jersey? (sob) This is gonna suck, isn't it?
- Subverted in his Follow That Bird review. He starts out thinking the movie is going to blow but he quickly descends into increasingly higher-pitched fanboy squee and has to get Chester A. Bum to finish the review for him.
- Happens in his Captain Planet review, right as Captain Planet is about to give his speech about AIDS.
Critic: This is gonna be painful.
- It's a general rule that you can usually tell how bad the movie he's reviewing is by his behavior in the opening. This ranges from banging his head on his desk to forget the movie (A Kid in King Arthur's Court), bursting into tears in the middle of his opening Catch Phrase (Tank Girl), holding his face in his hands (The Garbage Pail Kids Movie), laughing uncontrollably (Cool as Ice), and trying to run away from the review (The Star Wars Holiday Special).
- For The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. "I'm not gonna lie, it's gonna hurt."
- The Super Mario Bros. movie? "Ohhhh my God, this movie's gonna blow."
- After he announces his 2011 January "celebration" as "sequel month", his face slowly melts into an expression of horror.
- In Mr. Magoo: "Wow, the first second - literally the first second - of this film annoys me. Nah, there's only 5,492 to go!"
- At the beginning of Home on the Range: "Let's get this over with."
- He spends the opening to The Master of Disguise with his face pressed to his desk, pointing into the air to bring up quotes from other reviewers — including Mike Nelson — regarding how horrendous the film was.
- When preparing to review The Star Wars Holiday Special, he talks about how George Lucas wishes he could track down and smash every copy of the film in existence.
- The Nostalgia Chick also says this when she's made to do Bratz: "This is going to hurt me a lot more than it hurts you."
- Bad Movie Beatdown: Film Brain's reaction to the knowledge that On Deadly Ground not only starred, but was directed by, Steven Seagal was "This is gonna hurt, isn't it?"
- When Noah Antwiler sits down in front of the camera for an episode of wrestlewrestle and all he can say is "This is gonna suck" you know TNA Impact was really really bad this week.
- In Suburban Knights, Phelous says this as a reaction to the final battle with Malachite.
- This image (of a tornado). Yes, it is.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog:
Doctor Horrible: That's not a good sound...
- In the Two Best Friends Play Portal 2 video:
Pat: Okay, let's do this, let's get this over with. Come on.
Matt: This is gonna be fun, right?
Pat: Okay, yeah yeah, the game is awesome. But you're...an idiot.
- Chuggaaconroy: "Nothing left to do but purify every single last one of them before we can move on." (beat) "God help me."
- ProtonJon: "Okay, what do we have here? We have — A HUNDRED SECONDS?! Oh, mother fuck, this is not gonna be good!"
- From the ending of the pilot of The Annoying Orange:
Orange: Hey Pear!
Pear: Oh god.
- TV Trash:
- When Linkara, host of History of Power Rangers, finishes he review of Power Rangers Mystic Force, he makes it clear that this is his reaction of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.
- This is Paul Twister's reaction to being captured by someone who has every reason to clap him in irons, and instead being recruited by her to go loot a dragon's lair.
Paul (narrating): Wow. When she showed up, I thought I'd just gone out of the frying pan and into the fire. Now I was out of the fire and... I don't even know what I was into now, but this was going to seriously suck.
- Stuart Ashen: Whenever Stuart reviews a product he doesn't like (such as Poundland food, which he fears eating), a POP Station, or other knockoff products, he'll invoke this trope.
- Dazzling Addar: In the Tiny video,
At this point, I don't even care anymore [about taking damage]. I just, I wanna get to the Tag Barrel, get to Snide's, and get the fuck out. Vicas:
And be done with Angry Aztec until we get to the Kong who can't jump.note Dazzling Addar:
I bet that's great
in a sand level
. Just not being able to jump over itnote
. Dazzling Addar:
) Why did I do this? This was a mistake.
- Invoked a number of times with Retsupurae, especially with slowbeef and Diabetus. For example, a Crappy Pasta reading of a Mario creepypasta has slowbeef asking who Reznor was as he was the main villain of the story. When Diabetus tells him that they're the rhinos on the merry-go-rounds, slowbeef goes silent before he utters "Oh, god. Ohhhh, my god" in shock.
- The Music Video Show:
- The debut episode: "St Anger by Metallica. God have mercy on our souls."
- Has his face buried in his hands when he has to look at "Hollaback Girl" in episode 18.
- The beginning of episode 24. Full stop.
- The first 20 seconds of episode 40. The video? Lil Wayne's Prom Queen.
- The Amazing World of Gumball does this in 'The Dress' when Anais hears Gumball's idiotic plan and remarks; "This plan reeks of failure."
- The Simpsons:
- Chief Wiggum, upon realizing his tie is caught in Apu's hot dog roller, simply comments "Oh boy, this is going to get worse before it gets better."
- When France launched a nuke at Springfield in a Halloween episode, the camera follows the path of the bomb... directly into Comic Book Guy's stomach. After walking down the street complaining about a comic book, he looks toward the whistle and simply says "Oh, I have wasted my life." Mayor Quimby gets his own: "I bet I'll get blamed for this."note .
- One "Treehouse of Horror" special has Homer repeatedly bouncing from his current time to the prehistoric era, and was told about the butterfly effect and its dangerous effects on the timeline. Even minor infractions such as accidentally killing one insect or animal lead to disaster...but when Homer sneezes and inadvertently causes the extinction of the dinosaurs, all Homer can forlornly get out is, "Thiiiiiiis is gonna cost me..." At another point in the same episode, Homer is trying desperately to avoid touching anything, seemingly succeeds and sits down in relief... on top of a lungfish. "Oh I wish, I wish, I hadn't killed that fish!"
- Used various times in Pinky and the Brain, usually by Brain, since Pinky is too oblivious to note the impending suck.
Brain: This was... unanticipated.
- South Park
- Said verbatim in the "Super Fun Time" episode. This was in response to what was actually looking to be a boring and stupid field trip.
- Also, in "Scott Tenorman Must Die", the boys are going to see Men In Black II. Cartman says "This movie better not suck ass." Kyle responds "It will."
- In "Butt Out", which mocks Anti-Smoking groups. During the Butt-Out assembly, Kyle eventually turns to Stan and says exactly what the trope says.
- In a Supernews clip, President George W. Bush has to announce the latest plan for the Iraq War after a succession of failed plans... and he whines during the practice run about just how much This Is Gonna Suck.
- Carl in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he opens his front door and finds himself staring down an army of Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future robots. The last intelligible thing he says is, "You have got to be freaking kidding me."
- In the second Sinister Six episode of The Spectacular Spiderman our freaking Spectacular, Amazing, or sometimes adjectiveless hero jumps on a frozen part of the sea luring his enemy, Rhino after him. Rhino jumps on the ice.. And realizes what he's just done, as the ice breaks beneath him he looks at Spidey and says: "...I hate you. So much." and he sinks straight through it.
- In Jackie Chan Adventures, Jackie has this as a Catch Phrase.
Jackie: Bad day, bad day, BAD DAY.
- When Gazpacho looks up to see a city-sized ball of bubblegum, buildings and people falling out of the sky to crush him in Chowder, along with the trapped title character cheerfully shouting "hi Gazpacho", his surprised expression only lasts for a fraction of a second. After that, he reacts with a simple "I regret nothing" right before he gets hit.
- In The Venture Bros. episode "The Incredible Mr. Brisby", Doctor Venture, tied up in a sack, hears Brock Sampson, who's just been drugged, hit the floor, and responds by calmly saying, "Tttthhhat doesn't sound good."
- In another episode: "Oh crap, Myra's back."
- Futurama: That's what Bender says anytime something unpleasant is about to happen.
- "Fry and the Slurm Factory":
Bender: I can't see what's happening, are we boned?
Leela: Yeah, we're boned.
- This has developed to the point that it's become a Running Gag that Bender gives such a line long before there's any real danger.
Bender: ABANDON SHIP!
- Inverted in "Parasites Lost":
Professor Farnsworth: Anyhoo, your net-suits will allow you to experience Fry's worm infested bowels as if you were actually wriggling through them.
Dr. Zoidberg: (cheerfully) There's no part of that sentence I didn't like!
- Looney Tunes characters display this trope right before being pummeled.
- Wile E. Coyote, being mute, often holds up a sign saying "YIPE!" or something similar (like writing his will during a long drop) just as he's about to get hammered or take one of his very long falls. He even manages a completely wordless one when he simply holds up a tiny umbrella and winces while in the shadow of a falling boulder.
- Daffy Duck usually lets out a feeble cry of "Mother".
- This is practically the catchphrase of poor Doktor Frogg off of League of Super Evil.
- ReBoot affectionately parodies the Looney Tunes invocations in the episode "Between a Raccoon and a Hard Place." Just before getting steamrolled, Rocky the Rabid Raccoon says "This is gonna hurt!" As his squashed self rolls back into view on the steamroller wheel, it holds a sign reading "Told Ya!"
- Justice League
- In the episode "Hereafter", Batman is standing toe-to-toe with Kalibak, who taunts Batman by saying there's no way Batman can beat him. Bats simply replies "I'm not trying to beat you. I'm trying to stall you." When Kalibak asks what for, that's when Superman hovers in down behind him. Kalibak manages to say "Aww-" before getting smashed halfway down a city block and into a building.
- A similar thing happens when Gorilla Grodd realises his mental attacks have little to no effect on Superman... right before Supes flicks him into the air.
- In "Date Night" Black Canary is chasing Huntress and The Question on a motorcycle. When Question leaps his car off a giant ramp, Canary moves to follow; Green Arrow looks away and mutters, pained, "This is so unnecessary."
- In "The Once and Future Thing (Pt. 2)", one of the Jokerz (a gang from the Batman Beyond-era Gotham) gets deposited by a time-travelling supercriminal back in the prehistoric era for his betrayal. He gets ready to tangle with a Tyrannosaurus, declaring how he'd be running the place soon enough...when he sees the dino-killer asteroid coming into Earth's atmosphere. His response is nothing more than a dejected, "Ahh, phooey."
- In the Legion of Super Heroes cartoon, where they're in their spaceship:
Brainiac 5: This is going to hurt.
[The whole ship explodes]
- In Beast Wars, one of Rattrap's catchphrases is a resigned "We're all gonna die."
- While the usual response to that is an annoyed "Shut up Rattrap!" from everyone else, the final episode had the Ark being pulled up by the reactivated Nemesis into what looked like a gigantic bladed shredder:
Rattrap: We're all gonna die.
- The episode before that had The Chew Toy Waspinator dragged into yet another misadventure. While ever the complainer, this time he invokes the trope:
Waspinator: Waspinator feel much damage coming.
- In Ugly Americans, Randal says this in a drawn-out way when his father finds out he's been lying about being a zombie.
- One episode of Tom and Jerry, "The Dog House", has Tom and Jerry's usual chase sabotaging Spike's attempts to build his dream dog house. At one point, he gets desperate enough to put the house in a tree, only to have Tom come after said tree with an axe after Jerry climbs it. Spike looks grumpily as the tree falls down, unmoving from his place, and all he says is a deadpan "Timber."
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Batman gets one. Upon realizing that, not only is a character who can only combine two non-human animals going to try to combine three, he's going to combine them with Batman himself, his only response is:
Batman: [deadpan] Oh, no. [turns into a griffin.]
- Freakazoid!: The Lobe, surrounded by a vast arsenal of his own weapons on the verge of exploding, turns to the camera and deadpans: "It's the waiting around that kills me."
- Freakazoid had one of his own upon realizing he'd just accidentally reactivated a nuclear bomb.
Freakazoid: Allow me to be the first to say 'ouch.'
- In the middle seasons of Johnny Bravo, this was practically a Catch Phrase of Carl's as well as Johnny on occasion.
Carl: This won't end well.
- Family Guy:
- In one Darkwing Duck episode, Megavolt gets a particularly whiny "Aww, this is gonna hurt," after being thrown off a roof.
- Titan Maximum: Has it in the first episode when the caretaker of the Aviation Disaster Museum was about to be killed by a destroyed plane:
Caretaker: (looks up) Oh this is ironic as hell!!!
- In Megas XLR, this is Jamie's catch phrase.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Spike at Your Service", Rainbow Dash convinces Spike to build a huge tower of rocks for her to smash through, thinking he'll give up before he's finished. But finish it he does, and Rainbow Dash comes to a grim realization:
Bad news, he actually ended up building the whole rock tower. Good news... (beat
) I've got a rock tower to knock down...
- Gary the Rat manages to summarize his predicament in the opening to every episode with a single word: "... Shit."
- Ben 10:
- In episode "Negative 10 Part 2", when Acid Breath was tricked into attacking a hologram of the kids and realized it was a bomb, he simply says with a blank face before it explodes. '"I really hate those guys".
- An earlier episode, "Hunted", featured this with the bounty hunter Kraab. His cybernetic body disabled thanks to Grey Matter, he says this a few seconds before a water tower falls on him:
Kraab: I hate this planet.
- In the "Con of Wrath" episode of the sequel show Ben 10: Alien Force, the Vreedle brothers have this response just before getting thrown off a space station by Rath:
Octagon: This is gonna hurt, I suspect.
Rhomboid: (after the fact) Well, that didn't work out so good.
- One Robot Chicken sketch deals with Thelma & Louise, who are Not Quite Dead after they drive off the cliff. After talking themselves into a Hope Spot, they look up and spot a pack of wolves surrounding them.
Louise: ...oh, hell.
- PsyCrow does this a lot in Earthworm Jim:
PsyCrow: You're gonna hit me really hard now, aren'tcha?
- Kim Possible:
- In the Sofia the First episode "King For a Day," after James decides the answer to a snoring sleeping giant is fireworks loud enough to drown him out, Baileywick comments, "I have a bad feeling about this," and Sofia adds, "I have a worse one."
- Wakfu: Nox has such a moment during the fight against Grougaloragran in season 1 episode 17, just before the Dragon uses his Breath Weapon on him at point-blank... with enough power to wake up all the volcanoes of the island.
Nox: Ehehe... well, at least it won't hurt much. (closes eyes)
- One of the Navy SEALs involved in the Bin Laden raid described being in a helicopter crash with these exact words.
Scott Pelley: As the helicopter is going down what were you thinking?
Mark Owen: "This is going to suck," you know. "Hey, wow."
- Photographer Kerry Skarbakka has an entire Gallery of images of people (usually himself) falling off of things, specifically to bring out this reaction.
- General Auguste-Alexandre Ducrot of the French Army summed up their situation at Sedan in 1870: "Nous sommes dans un pot de chambre, et nous y serons emmerdés." (We're in the chamber pot, and we're about to be shat upon.)
- Robert-François Damiens, who attempted to assassinate King Louis XV of France, was sentenced to a gory execution even the king found too horrible. It involved torture with red hot pincers, molten lead, and having his limbs torn off with horses, and burning his still living torso at the stake. His last words were "La journée sera rude." ("The day will be hard.")
- Xander Mobus, the Announcer for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U was asked to sing the classic Pokemon anime theme song in his announcer voice. He did so, and preceded it with a triumphant, "THIS IS GOING TO SUCK!"
- You ever feel a canker sore or flu in its early stage, and know exactly how much hurt to expect during the next few days? Chances are everyone experienced this trope at one point.
- You've probably also expirienced this trope if you've ever heard the following:
Electronic Lady Voice: Please enjoy this Verizon ringback tone while your party is reached.