"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."
Sidoh: So I guess I have to go to... the human world. Armonia Justin: Yep, that's right. Have fun. Sidoh: ...Well that sucks.
From the Dark Tournament semifinals in YuYu Hakusho, 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..."
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.
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.
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?"
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.
Nodwick. His 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..."
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.
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.
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.
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? Mello: Light? Near: Light.
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 thisright before the convertible Mr. Incredible himself tosses at him knocks him into the Turbine Blender of his Manta plane.
Batty in FernGully gets one of these when Hexxus tries to crush him and Zack with falling debris.
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".
The live action movie remake of 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.
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!"
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."
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.
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...
Also, in the second film of the series, 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 a This Is Gonna Suck moment.
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.
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."
Scott: Oh man, this is gonna suck! Neil: Suck! [cuts to them at the party] Scott: Oh man, this sucks! Neil: 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.
Tony: Guys, I'm bringing the party to you. Natasha: I... I don't see how that's a party.
Loki again, at the end of the movie as he's finally crawling out of the hole the Hulk smashed him into and turns to see the full team behind him, looking very, very angry. His face basically screams this trope as he asks for thatdrink...
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 the novel Blade of Tyshalle, by Matthew Woodring Stover. The main character, Hari, is a paraplegic - and at the moment, he is trapped in a burning building thanks to an assassination attempt. His 200-lb. companion has been knocked unconscious and must be dragged along, the air is full of dust and smoke (making it hard to breathe), his wheelchair is unavailable, and he has to bypass several stories of staircase anyways before he can find an exit. "This, thought Hari, is gonna suck." Don't worry, he gets them both out alive.
Standard reaction for the characters of the Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts books whenever a Chaos superheavy tank, daemon, or similar threat shows up.
In Chris Wraight's Battle of the Fang, the Space Wolf called Blackwing ejects from his heavily damaged scout ship seconds before it blows up. Drifting away from the blast, he soon finds himself in the path of one particularly large piece of fast-flying debris. He has just enough time for three thoughts, the last of which is "This is really going to hurt.". Cue plasma drive shaft smashing into armored Space Marine at a couple hundred mph.
Harry and Ron in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when they get busted by Snape and are threatened with expulsion for flying Arthur Weasley's car to Hogwarts. They get off with a warning only because Professor McGonagall is in charge of deciding their punishments, not Snape.
Legacy of the Aldenata: In A Hymn Before Battle, an ACS troopernote actually named in a later novel as Baen'sDesignated Victim, Joe Buckley comments, just before getting his hand blown off by a grenade he had planted as part of an effort to escape from a collapsed building, "This is gonna hurt".
In the Honor Harrington novels, someone typically says something along these lines in most of the battles. One specific example, from In Enemy Hands:
"Damn," Alistair McKeon said almost mildly.
The Dresden Files: If Harry Dresden can see his beatdown coming, he'll usually say something like this.
The first chapter of The Black Gryphon ends with Skandranon Rashkae taking a crossbow bolt through the wing and going into an uncontrolled crash landing (Something he apparently did many times during his long military career according to the later books). The absolute last sentence of the chapter is "Oh, sketi, this is going to hurt."
Doctor Who, "The Beast Below": Right before The Doctor and Amy are going to be vomited up by a giant space whale
The Doctor: [Adjusts bow tie] Right then! This isn't going to be big on dignity.
What really sells the moment is that while Amy looks appropriately horrified, he has a couldn't-be-happier grin going on.
Witness any pro wrestler who finds himself standing across the ring from The Giant. Their body language says it all.
Hornswoggle (a 3'10" leprechaun) started crying when he saw he had to go up against the 7'2" Great Khali.
Tommy Dreamer had one of these moments after being told he had 30 seconds to make it to the ring for his match. He just barely manages to beat the clock, celebrates that... then turns around to see his opponent, the 6'9" 487-lb. Big Daddy V. Dreamer's expression at that moment says it all.
In season seven of 24, Jack has to escape from an FBI building by driving a car out of the third story of the parking garage. Right before doing so, the normally deadly serious Jack quips: "This is gonna hurt."
Crow T. Robot says this phrase during the opening credits for the movie Monster A-Go Go after trying (and failing) to maintain a positive attitude.
Also, during Space Mutiny, as the hero is running away from a wrecked space craft screaming, "It's gonna blow!":
Tom: If the first ten minutes are any indication this movie's gonna blow!
Considering the movies they have to watch, it's a wonder this trope isn't used more.
Mike: So - our first plot point involves knitting socks.note It Makes Sense in Context, as much as any movie Mike and the bots are subjected to makes sense, but they have no way of knowing this. I think we're in for quite a ride, guys!
Mal has this reaction in "The Train Job", when he realizes that he has just revealed himself and Zoe to be former Independence Soldiers to a bar full of patriotic Alliance patrons.
Zoe has a sort of retroactive one later, after they've been chased out of the bar and are standing by the edge of a cliff while still being confronted by dozens of angry brawlers.
Mal: Whoa! There's just an acre of you fellas, ain't there? [to Zoe] This is why we lost, you know. Superior numbers. Zoe: Thanks for the reenactment, sir.
Dead Like Me: Georgia Lass's famous last words when she realizes she's about to be killed by a flying, flaming toilet seat:
Georgia: Aw, shi- [BOOM]
Seinfeld: Kramer testing out his new "bladder" experiment for oil tankers (essentially, large rubber containers to store oil in to prevent oil spills) by pushing a duffel bag-sized bladder out of his apartment window. George and Jerry, watching from their own window, tried and failed to get a bystander, Jerry's girlfriend, on the street below to move out of the way. Jerry states, "This is gonna be a shame," right before the bladder lands on the woman and breaks, ruining Kramer's prototype and covering the woman in crude oil.
Stargate SG-1 ("Prometheus Unbound"): During the fight scene between Daniel and Vala on Prometheus, she pulls out a Zat gun (a stun gun) and points it at him. Knowing exactly how much getting hit by a Zat shot sucks, he just says "Oh, crap".
Lt. Col. John Sheppard: "Operation This-Will-Likely-End-Badly is go."
Farscape ("Crackers Don't Matter"). On realizing their survival depends solely on John Crichton's zany scheme, Aeryn states flatly: "We are all going to die." Then again, she says that any time the crew's survival depends on one of John's schemes.
In "Season of Death," D'Argo tries to hold off a Scarran warrior with his pocket knife. On the first strike, the blade breaks against the Scarran's hide, and D'Argo has just enough time to grumble "Frell," before getting hammered to the ground.
Scorpius, while facing down a heavily-armed bounty hunter and realizing that the rifle Crichton gave him is empty, gives an irritated mutter of "Thank you, John."
Considering that the crew of Moya survives on Xanatos Speed Chess or just plain luck, this tends to be the reaction of any sane person in any situation they come across (so you can count out Stark... and John on a bad day...). Just pick a season finale. Any finale.
There was a series of episode titles prefixed with "We're So Screwed Trilogy".
In the Red Dwarf episode "Parallel Universe", when Holly screws up the countdown, Rimmer says, bemusedly, "We're going to die..."
In the later episode Pete, Part Two, faced with a T-Rex, Cat, with a voice that suggests he's soiling himself, says, "We are all... going to die!"
In Criminal Minds when Prentiss realizes, as part of the investigation in "52 Pickup", that she's going to have to allow herself to be the target of an incredibly cheesy pick up artist in order to study his technique: "Oh, this is really gonna suck."
Billy Flynn was also quite resigned to his fate when Morgan finally got to him at the end of "The Longest Night".
In the pilot episode of Leverage, Parker says this exact phrase right before forcing herself to vomit in order to get the doctor's attention.
In the final season of LOST, when Frank Lapidus realizes he's about to get brained by a huge metal submarine door with the full force of the ocean on the other side: "Aw, hell."
Vampire Willow's last words, as she reappears into the Wishverse only to be pushed onto a broken plank: "Oh fu-."
Angelus and Drusilla have this look when facing down Buffy armed with a rocket launcher. They unfreeze from their terror just in time to dive out of the way.
Grey's Anatomy: Meredith Grey says exactly this when she realizes that Owen's trauma certification exercise involves treating two dozen mangled dummies strewn across the parking lot, in the rain. She's right.
Frequently invoked on Mythbusters, verbatim in one case when Tory figures he has been "volunteered" by Grant and Kari to be the experimental guinea pig.
Said word-for-word by Audrey Parker and Nathan Wuornos in Haven when a swarm of Reality Warper butterflies enter their truck.
At the end of an episode of Scrubs, Elliot grabs J.D. (who at the time was in love with her) to come with her to meet her boyfriend who was coming home in a few minutes. J.D.'s voice over says "Oh, this is gonna suck".
A few contestants on Wipeout2008 have said this verbatim before attempting an obsticle.
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.
Part of an old routine by Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald. He thinks that death during skydiving due to parachute failure would suck, because after a couple of minutes you'd get tired of screaming. Then what? "Oh, God, this is gonna hurt... how did I let those jerks talk me into this?!" [shakes fist at the sky]
Christopher Titus has a story about falling into a bonfire, and being conscious while the doctor treats him. Couldn't feel it though... at the time.
"This is gonna hurt tomorrow, huh?"
Namely, getting anesthetized and having his crispy palms be scraped with the equivalent of a pumice stone. The sound alone is enough.
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 D&D, 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...
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 Fantasy 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.
In BIONICLE, Lewa finds himself surrounded and held at spearpoint by a group of angry Agori:
Lewa: Oh. It's going to be this kind of day.
Worms. When a worm is about to get royally fucked by a weapon, they'll nervously say something like, "Oh dear!"
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 3, Cerberus mooks have been known to utter their disappointment with their lack of effectiveness against Shepard.
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."
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 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 Is Gonna Suck 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!"
The reaction of both the characters and the players in nytime anything happens to draw the Horde, though the ones that fit the trope most are the Hold the Line sections where you have to make a metric asston of noise to advance.
The music when a Tank pops up. The term "oh shit" tends to be endlessly repeated in between reloads.
Bill has this reaction in Left 4 Dead's intro after a car alarm goes off.
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 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."
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.
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.
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 glowingred 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 This Is Gonna Suck 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.
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. Isaac: Crap.
In Prototype, if Alex Mercer charges an attack near a Marine, there's a whole catalogue of sound bites for that Marine to say – every one a variation on This Is Gonna Suck.
StarCraft II has a warning 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"
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.
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.
Examining Tz-Tok Jad, the boss of the Fight Caves in the game RuneScape yields simply, "This is going to hurt..."
And earlier, when Bun-bun challenges him into a supposed duel but simply uses it as an excuse to set him a trap wherein he's knocked down off the edge of the ship to what might be assumed would be certain death.
"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 moreconfident 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."
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 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.
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.
Agent Washington has this reaction in the Reconstruction arc of Red vs. Blue 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!
Atop the Fourth Wall: When reviewing Extreme Super Christmas Special #1 Linkara says that a character named Troll is a member of Youngblood and silently raises his gun to his head.
He also had this reaction with Bimbos in Time, after getting a taste of the book's "comedy":
"I'm only on page four. This comic is forty-eight pages long. Expect a lot of crying in this episode."
"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.
After he announces his 2011 January "celebration" as "sequel month", his face slowly melts into an expression of horror.
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.
"This is the guy that says this is okay, and this (Jar-Jar Binks) is okay,and yet this is the project he is personally ashamed of. ...I'll say it again: okay, okay, personally ashamed of. ...There are not enough toilets in the world to contain the amount of shit-spewing fear I am feeling right now."
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."
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.
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."
Similarly, 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."
Quimby gets his own: "I bet I'll get blamed for this."note It was his fault.
Said verbatim in the "Super Fun Time" episode of South Park. 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 thisSupernews 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.
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."
TotalDramaIsland in the new season it is reveled [Mike has a fifth evil personality.] meaning there is gonna be a Bigger Bad in "TDI: All Stars".
Pacha: Uh-oh. Kuzco: Don't tell me — we're about to go over a huge waterfall. Pacha: Yep. Kuzco: Sharp rocks at the bottom? Pacha: Most likely. Kuzco: ...Bring it on. BOOYAAAAHAHAHAHA!
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.
ReBootaffectionately 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!"
In the Justice League 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 sounnecessary."
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."
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. Rhinox: Yup.
The episode before that had The Chew Toy Waspinator dragged into yet another misadventure. While ever the complainer, this time he invokes the trope:
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:
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...
Also, when Black Mask sees Red Hood training a rocket launcher on him.
Family Guy: After Peter gets booted off the Patriots Football time and transferred to the London Silly Nannies. After he see what kind of team they are his expression as follows
Peter: Aw, Crap.
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!!!
One "Treehouse of Horror" special of The Simpsons 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!"
Gary the Rat manages to summarize his predicament in the opening to every episode with a single word: "... Shit."
In Ben 10 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".
PsyCrow: You're gonna hit me really hard now, aren'tcha? Jim: Yep.
Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible has a variation of this trope line when he sees something that could very well do the duo in (but, to him, looks freaking awesome), saying, "That would be so cool if..." followed usually by "it wasn't going to hurt us."
There are variations of it, with the most obvious change being in the So The Drama movie, when Ron comes face to face with the full size Diablo for the first time, possibly in response to the movie being the would've been series finale.
Ron: That would be so cool if it wasn't the last thing we were ever gonna see.
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.)