Wham Shot

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It Was His Sled (no, really, it was).

A Wham Episode radically alters a Story Arc. A Wham Line is a line that radically alters a scene. A Wham Shot is the purely visual version.

An unexpected move, or even a change of expression on one of the characters, can be all that's needed to alter a scene completely. It can actually be any event that doesn't need any characters commenting it for the viewer to realise an important twist is happening. In literature or any other written narratives, the Wham Line and the Wham Shot can be the same thing. In visual media however, the Wham Line tends to be a line of dialogue. The Wham Shot is anything else that can happen to alter a scene and is visible to the viewer or reader. Like its verbal or written cousin, the Wham Shot can be part of a Wham Episode or of The Reveal. It also has to be completely unexpected.

Different from Reveal Shot as it doesn't necessarily involve moving the camera to show the surprising element, but overlapping between the two tropes can be quite frequent.

Possible special cases: Revealing Hug, Traitor Shot, Reaction Shot, The Stinger, The Gut Punch, and/or the last frame of a Staggered Zoom.

Warning: unmarked spoilers below


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

  • Attack on Titan:
    • The panels where the Rogue Titan attacks another Titan over an immobile human and takes a boxing stance, indicating intelligence. Both are impossible as far as humanity's knowledge goes, as the expressions on the observers' faces show.
    • The final shot of the first season reveals a Titan encased inside the wall, raising a huge number of questions and suggesting that the Wall Cult, who preach that the walls were created by miracle and should not be tampered with, are not as delusional as they'd seemed.
  • Bleach:
    • Yoruichi is a black cat that talks in an extremely masculine way. When finally consents to show his true form to Ichigo, he transforms... into a woman. Lampshaded in-universe, Yoruichi actually gets a huge kick out of setting up people to think she's male before revealing the truth.
    • When Aizen is revealed to be alive to his loyal lieutenant and the audience at the same time, an overwhelmed Hinamori hugs him and bursts into tears. Aizen gently apologies for having caused her so much pain and thnaks her for being such a reliable lieutenant... before ending his speech with the word "goodbye" and the sight of him stabbing her through the chest... revealing him to be the Big Bad.
    • Ichigo thrashes Byakuya, finally winning Rukia's freedom and leaving both himself and Byakuya exhausted and badly injured. When Aizen captures Rukia and the call to all the captains goes out, Ichigo, Renji and Komamura are defeated and Aizen orders Gin to stab Rukia. Gin does so... but the person he stabs is Byakuya, who - despite his injuries and exhaustion - was still fast enough to intervene in an act that is the complete opposite of his previous support for Rukia's execution.
    • When Kon is almost killed by the Grand Fisher, who thinks he's really Ichigo, Kon is rescued... by Isshin, who is wearing a Shinigami uniform, sporting a zanpakutou and clearly capable of seeing ghosts.
    • Kenpachi kills Nnoitra and the usual post-battle banter kicks off between Kenpachi and Ichigo, and it looks like Ichigo and his group will now be leaving Hueco Mundo and leaving the Shinigami behind to clean up. The banter is promptly interrupted by Starrk appearing out of nowhere, kidnapping Orihime and vanishing again before Kenpachi and Ichigo can even react.
    • Flashbacks reveal that, 20 years before the start of the story, Aizen was experimenting on a very special hollowfication that was using a Shinigami's soul as a base. The hollow is revealed when it ambushes Isshin... and looks identical to the strange hollow form Ichigo took when fighting Ulquiorra.
  • In Death Note, this is how Light's father and the police inspector working on the Kira case are revealed to be the same person to the viewer.
  • Limit uses these in abundance to emphasize a Big Reveal. We get one in volume 5 when it's revealed that Hinata was the "murderer hiding in our midst", even though it was foreshadowed WAY early on. We also get another one in volume one right after the bus crash when Konno opens her phone and we see the pile of dead bodies behind her.
  • At the beginning of the eighth chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, Sho launches an attack on his opponent's monster. When the smoke clears, it is revealed that his opponent is Judai. Shortly thereafter, it is revealed how they were forced to duel each other.
  • In the 33rd episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Shun and Sora begin their duel. The announce announced that the field chosen for them is none other than Future Metropolis Heartland, which is based off of Shun's now-destroyed hometown and confirms that the XYZ Dimension is definitely linked to Zexal.
  • The Stinger of episode 10 of the animated adaptation of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, where Rikka, who always wears a yellow contact lens on her right eye and put an eyepatch over it as part of her "Evil Eye" gimmick, takes off her eyepatch to reveal... a perfectly-normal blue eye.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The photo showing a much younger Pinako with Hoheneim looking identical to his present self.
    • In the 2003 anime, we have Envy's true face...he looks just like Hoenheim, and turns out to have been made from Hoenheim's biological son hundreds of years ago.
    • In both, the reveal of what's really under Fuhrer King Bradley's eyepatch; an ouroborus tattoo. He's a homunculus.
  • Kill la Kill: When Nui Harime pulls out the scissor blade that matches Ryuko's, meaning she's the one who killed Ryuko's father.
  • Naruto:
    • We finally see the unidentified corpse that scared the Masked Man into working with Kabuto: it's the real Uchiha Madara.
    • In the Search for Tsunade arc, there are shots of Sasuke frantically racing to get to Naruto before Itachi, who's hunting for the Nine-Tailed Fox inside Naruto, can do so. Sasuke reaches a door, seemingly that of the inn room where Naruto is staying, and knocks, while Naruto, hearing a knock on his door, gets up to answer it. The next pages show that Sasuke found the wrong room, and Naruto opens his door to see Itachi and Kisame, who have tracked him down.
    • The last page of Chapter 698 shows that Naruto and Sasuke blew each other's arm off with their final attacks.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • When Raditz first appears, it's established that he's searching for someone named Kakarot. The very last shot of his introductory appearance in both the anime and manga shows what Kakarot looks like, revealing him to be Goku when he was a baby.
    • An awesome one occurs late in the Buu Saga where Enma-Daioh is distressed how Buu is killing everyone on Earth and decides to bring out one of the more powerful souls he kept on standby just in case things started getting too out of hand. Cue the currently dead Vegeta walking up with a smirk on his face and ready to kick some ass.
    • Another comes from the Android Saga when Bulma faxes over a picture a farmer took of one of their vehicles he found out on his property. It's Trunks' time machine only far older and covered in moss, meaning someone else came back in time with it.
  • The epic pan out at the end of the first episode of Now and Then, Here and There as Shu hangs from the bottom of the Hellywood, showing the immense, desolate scope of the blasted alien world he's tumbled into and how tiny and insignificant he is there. Any thoughts of this being a standard shonen adventure are gone.
  • One Piece:
    • Oda loves this, and would mark such moments with the onomatopoeia Don! or Dodon! on-panel. The sheer amount of such moments may lessen the impact for some, but that doesn't stop them from being revelatory, awesome, tearjerking, heartwarming, or anything in-between.
    • Chapter 731 has one at the very end: After Luffy sees a certain mysterious man and has an epic Jaw Drop, he is later seen crying. When Zoro tries to snap him out of it and asks why he's crying, Luffy answers that he always thought that person was dead. We then get a shot of three sake cups at Ace and Whitebeard's graves, very strongly implying (if not indirectly confirming) that said person is Sabo.
    • In Sanji's backstory, he, trapped on an island with Zeff, is led to believe that Zeff has taken the majority of the food. Out of food and literally starving to death, he plans on trying to steal Zeff's stash, and cuts open the bag he thinks contains the food. Treasure then spills out, revealing that Zeff gave all the food to Sanji, and Sanji notices Zeff's missing leg, and realizes the sacrifices Zeff had made for him.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion:
    • When Homura confronts Sayaka, she realizes Sayaka shouldn't exist, and asks her who she is. Sayaka insists that she's exactly who Homura thinks she is. Cue the sky darkening and Oktavia von Seckendorff appearing in the puddle they're standing on...
    • Later on in the movie, just as the real Madoka appears to take Homura to heaven there is a very quick shot of the latter with Hidden Eyes and a Psychotic Smirk. It is a very fast and unsettling piece of foreshadowing that something is about to go horribly wrong. Then Homura grabs Madoka's hands...
    • The original series has one that takes repeat viewing after episode 10 to see: Homura's pained expression as Kyubey reach Madoka in the very first episode.
    • Much earlier in the series, there was the shot of Mami's decapitated body hanging from Charlotte's mouth.
  • Toward the end of Pokémon Origins, very few fans were surprised to see Red's Charizard Mega Evolve, as it was hinted at even in the initial trailer. However, everyone was caught completely off guard when the aforementioned Mega Evolution took place... and a completely different version of Mega Charizard appeared. This was immediately followed by the announcement that Charizard was, in fact, getting two Mega Evolutions.
  • In Saki Shinohayu -dawn of age-, Mafuka, an Idol Singer, saves Hayari from a man who is trying to harm her for calling him out on his behavior, then shows her the same trick with a mahjong tile that the woman Hayari met in the hospital showed her. Hayari then realizes that the Idol Singer she initially found somewhat annoying and the woman she admired are the same person, presumably eventually leading her to become the kind of mahjong player she is in the present story.
  • School Rumble episode 10 had Harima declaring his love for Tenma, but it was Eri by mistake.
  • Your Lie in April has few of them:
    • Kaori collapsing at the end of episode 4.
    • Kaori in the hospital AGAIN at the end of episode 13.
    • Episode 15 has the first few moments where Kaori's limbs give out again when she's walking around her house while reading sheet music. She falls on her head and opens a wound but doesn't notice it until she sees blood on her hands and sheet music and then she passes out. And then there's the last two minutes where she's walking around in the hospital and she falls and suddenly loses feeling in her legs.
    • In Episode 20 the black cat that's been around the whole series gets fatally run over and all the audience and Kousei sees is the cat lying lifelessly in a pool of its own blood.
    • Episode 22. Kaori disappearing in front of Kousei during his performance, symbolizing her death.
  • In chapter 66-3 of Rosario + Vampire, the Headmaster removes his cloak for the first time to show he's completely covered in holy locks.
  • Fairy Tail: Chapter 444. We finally see who Emperor Spriggan, the ruler of the Alvarez Empire and the apparent Arc Villain is. We then echo Markarov's reaction when it's revealed that "Emperor Spriggan" is really Zeref.
  • From the Evillious Chronicles franchise, the PV for Moonlit Bear reveals that the apples that Eve was carrying the entire time were crying babies, which she'd stolen from their mother.
  • In the first five minutes of Digimon Adventure tri., we see Hikari trying to wake Taichi from bed only to watch as it cuts to the main four protagonists of Digimon Adventure 02 being struck down by Alphamon.
    • Determination ends with Leomon getting killed (again) by Meicuumon and Maki smiling at the sudden Face–Heel Turn. It opens with the Village of Beginnings note  being leveled, and after a fight between Leomon and Ogremon, we see The Digimon Kaiser.
  • In episode 5 of Bakemonogatari, Senjougahara points to Hachikuji while delivering the Wham Line, "That child is invisible to me." To drive the point home, the scene cuts to a birds-eye view, showing that she's actually pointing nowhere near Hachikuji.

     Comics  
  • Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters showcases, not only did Godzilla survive a nuclear blast, he now has an Atomic Ray to boot.
  • Judgement Day: An astronaut was deciding whether a planet of robots was fit for membership in The Federation. He judged against them because the orange robots discriminated against the blue robots. In the final panel, he took off his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.
  • Ex Machina tells the story of Mitchell Hundred, superhero turned Mayor of New York City. In the first issue, the world looks identical to ours despite Hundred's presence...until the last panel which shows one of the Twin Towers still standing and Hundred lamenting that he couldn't save both.
  • The Authority: The relationship between Apollo and The Midnighter is finally made explicit right before the finale of the first arc - Midnighter is desperately trying to prevent Apollo from heading out on a potentially fatal mission. The WHAM moment is not the dialogue, but the action that accompanies it - Midnighter putting his hand to Apollo's face, confirming that they are lovers.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: The Shadowplay arc, where a bunch of Autobots flash back to Optimus Prime (then Orion Pax) saving thousands of innocents from a bomb planted by the corrupt senator, and investigate a lab designed for mutilation and Mind Rape with the help of several empowered bots, an unnamed non-corrupt senator, Ratchet, Chromedome (then Tumbler), and Roller. They save the day, with Optimus bringing down the bad guys, removing the bomb, and the non-corrupt Senator being taken away by the enforcers so Roller won't be killed. In the present, the purpose of the story, to bring a patient out of a coma, fails, but he's awakened by other means. Orion meets his predecessor Zeta and we see the senator was taken away to the lab, lobotomized and given a new body with an all-too-familiar cyclops head. One worker says his name is Shockwave. The arc is really his Start of Decepticon Allegiance, even named after the procedure that turned him this way.
  • This is of course nowadays a Late-Arrival Spoiler thanks to Pop-Cultural Osmosis, but The Reveal that Spider-Man villain Green Goblin was Norman Osborn, a prominent member of Spidey's supporting cast, was infamously shocking at the time.
  • The final page of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #6, revealing the identity and form of the new Nightmare Moon.
    Shadowfright: Now the Elements of Harmony will be destroyed and Ponyville will be defenseless! Meet our new Queen... Nightmare Rarity!
  • At the end of the arc, "The Return of Barry Allen", the last page shows that the biography "The Life Story of the Flash," which was written sometime in the future, turns out to be have written by Wally's Aunt Iris - a character that had, at the time, been dead for over a decade.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, when Zuko asks the Mother of Faces how to find his mother, she shows him Ursa's face and then changes it to Noriko's, signifying that Ursa changed her name and lost her memories.
  • During the Onslaught story arc, Onslaught rips the Gem Of Cytorrak out of Juggernaut's armor. Onslaught says that he's been waiting for this moment "his whole life"... and a shot of the person within the Onslaught armor reveals him to be Charles Xavier.
  • Infinite Crisis #3 has one when the real (Earth-1) Lex Luthor destroys the holographic projectors that are disguising his imposter, revealing that person to be Alexander Luthor of Earth-3.
  • Judging it by the first few chapters, one might think that Alan Moore's From Hell is a generic historical conspiracy thriller about the Jack the Ripper murders...until the two shots late in the book, where we see through Gull's eyes as he glimpses a television set through a window and a steel-and-glass skyscraper in the middle of London, suddenly making it clear that his detailed mystical theories might be more than just theories.
  • Speaking of Alan Moore, issue 4 of the first volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen features one on the very last page. Might count as something of a Genius Bonus - Professor Moriarty's physical appearance isn't quite as ingrained in pop-culture as that of his Arch-Nemesis Sherlock Holmes, but it's a still dead ringer for Sidney Paget's original illustrations of him, and the Wham Line "It's James. Call me James" just cements it.
  • The final page of Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special. We see the inner circle of the Sinestro Corps for the first time, and it's a who's who of DC's worst Crisis Crossover villains. The biggest wham of all is that, despite the name, Sinestro is not the leader of the Corps. It's the Anti-Monitor, back after twenty years.
  • Circles: When Doug breaks up with Linda, she cries and drops her wedding book on the floor and the next shot reveals a tested positive pregnancy test next to the book.
  • Thunderbolts: The last page of the first issue of this comic about a new group of never before seen heroes reveals: they are really the Masters Of Evil!

     Film - Animated  
  • In Up, such a shot reveals that Carl's house is now in the middle of a construction area.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, when Ralph sees Vanellope's picture on the side of the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet, which therefore shows that she's meant to be in the game, causing him to suspect something's up.
  • The shot in ParaNorman that reveals that the witch is just a scared little girl, who looks uncannily like Norman.
  • In Monsters, Inc., we have this moment accompanying Waternoose's Wham Line.
    Mike: Um, sir...that's not her door.
    Waternoose: I know, I know...
    (Suddenly, Randall appears next to the door, opening it with a maniacal grin)
    Waternoose: It's yours.
  • Monsters University has a shot that reveals the door that Mike found and opened to the human world doesn't have one child, but an entire summer camp.
  • In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, SpongeBob and Patrick are drying out in a gift shop on the surface and they believe that they didn't reach Shell City and failed their mission... until Patrick notices a sign above them reading "Shell City: Marine Gifts and Sundries". Yep, they did make it.
  • Mulan's musical number "A Girl Worth Fighting For" abruptly ends mid-lyrics when the soldiers arrive at a village razed by the Huns.

     Film - Live Action  
  • In Vertigo when Judy flashes back to pretending to be Madeleine to help fake her suicide.
  • In Iron Man 3, as the movie nears its climax, the camera briefly cuts to Tony's wrecked home; a hidden underground room was shrouded in complete darkness, until more than a dozen arc reactors start lighting up the place.
  • The end of Remember Me: after the main character waits in his father's office, a teacher writes the date on the board: September 11, 2001. Then - to show just how relevant that date is - it zooms out of the office, which is revealed to be in the Twin Towers.
  • From The Prestige, when we finally get to see that the mysterious Lord Caldlow is actually Angier, who appeared to die at the start of the film.
  • In Big Game, Moore and Oskari turning in surprise and the camera moving to reveal dead fish, dead bodies and finally, the tail of Air Force One, which turns out to be submerged in the lake the duo has fallen into.
  • The Stinger to The Avengers gives us the final shot of Thanos, the Mad Titan turning toward the camera... and smiling.
  • Oblivion (2013): When Jack and Julia crash-land in a supposedly radioactive area. they spy a second plane land on the ground, and watch as the pilot gets out from a distance. It's another Jack.
  • Final Destination 5: The ending has this for a wham shot. After they're convinced that they're off Death's list, Molly and Sam head off on an airplane to France, where everything is pretty normal... until Sam looks over and sees two people getting thrown off the plane. Didn't get that? Turns out the people getting thrown out were Alex Browning and Carter Horton, the duo who are some of the survivors to the Flight 180 Disaster, the very same disaster seen in the first movie. Yeah, this just became a prequel.
  • In the film version of Gone Girl we get the shot of Amy driving a car with a determined look on her face. That in it of itself might not seem like much, but the caption reveals that this takes place on the day of Amy's disappearance. And then it hits you: Amy staged her disappearance.
  • In We Need to Talk About Kevin, when Eva comes home after witnessing Kevin turn himself in, she opens the curtain covering the patio (just like in the film's opening scene) and discovers the true reason why Franklin wasn't answering her calls all evening: Franklin and Celia were both killed by Kevin's arrows BEFORE his massacre at the school.
  • The Dark Knight: Batman arrives at the address Joker gave him to save Rachel. He bursts through the door to find not Rachel, but Harvey.
  • After Tommy drops Jason into the tractor harrows in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, a closeup on the corpse reveals that the killer wasn't Jason after all, but someone else.
  • The ending of Basic Instinct: Catherine is seen reaching under the bed during the final scene with Nick, but when she brings up her hand, it's empty. The final shot pans down to show an icepick under the bed, implying Catherine is the real killer.
  • Toward the end of Thor: The Dark World, as Thor leaves the throne room, Odin is revealed to be Loki in disguise.
  • In X-Men: The Last Stand, Cyclops and Jean Grey reunite in one scene, resulting in a Big Damn Kiss shot, which starts to focus on Jean Grey as her expression becomes emotionless while her eyes turn black and her skin gets paler, giving the strong implication that she's not exactly herself and that Cyclops is dead meat.
  • During the big duel at the funhouse in The Man with the Golden Gun, Scaramanga goes near the statue of Bond where he finished off the last person out to get him. Then there's a shot from behind the statue, and its fingers that he shot off before have somehow come back....
  • During the climax of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, we see Judge Doom get run over by a steamroller...and survive, revealing himself to be a Toon.
  • Ghost Ship: The close-up of the mysterious instigator of the Antonia Graza massacre after he kills Francesca, revealing the demon to be the supposedly meek and heroic Ferriman, who originally led the protagonists to the ship.
  • In The Monster Squad, after bonding with Scary German Guy, one of the kids remarks upon leaving that he knows a lot about monsters. Scary German Guy agrees and shuts the door after them, revealing numbers tattooed onto his arm. Especially jarring considering this was a kid's film!
  • In 2001: A Space Odyssey, when the scene of Dave and Frank discussing HAL's possible unreliability shifts to closeups of their mouths intercut with HAL's fisheye lens, indicating that HAL is reading their lips.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service there's the closeup of Arthur's neck, revealing a scar across it that indicates he's had a chip implanted just like all the other politicians in the film. This reveals that Arthur has joined forces with Valentine and the Kingsmen have been compromised.
  • Vantage Point. Agent Taylor is seen on camera dressed as a cop.
  • Jurassic Park:
    • The Brachiosaurus, the very first dinosaur we see in all her glory in the park and the moment that drives home the fact that this film is about freaking dinosaurs being brought back to life.
    • Later, the escape of the Tyrannosaurus rex, which is where things finally get real.
    • And later still, when Ellie is ambushed by a raptor after turning the park's power back on, she's seemingly found by the chief engineer, Ray Arnold...only to discover that it's actually his severed arm, signalling that the raptors killed him.
    • And perhaps most famously of all, from the climax: The heroes are cornered by raptors and miles away from any help...a raptor prepares to lunge at them and finish them off, all seems lost...and then the freaking Tyrannosaurus rex comes back and kills the Big One and her minion.
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park:
    • The little girl from the opening meeting a Compsognathus—the first sign that something here isn't right...
  • Jurassic Park III:
    • The Spinosaurus snapping a T. rex's neck—bear in mind, the T. rexes are the most infamously powerful dinosaurs in the franchise. The fact that the Spinosaurus can kill one with little effort shows that it's a truly formidable enemy.
    • Grant getting a better look at the interior of the seemingly abandoned animal enclosure the group sought refuge in—it's a giant aviary. Which can only mean that not only can whatever is in there fly, but it must be absolutely massive. This is quickly followed by another Wham Shot of a Pteranodon approaching Eric Kirby Slender Man-style from the fog in the Aviary, before snatching him up for lunch.
  • Jurassic World:
    • When Owen and his Raptor Squad finally catch up to the Indominus rex, she suddenly starts communicating with the raptors... leading all four of said raptors to give their former alpha a Death Glare.
    • After Claire convinces Lowery to help her open one of the paddocks at the climax, we get the ominous yet triumphant return of the original Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • In Terminator Genisys, John Connor is shot dead by "Pops", who even bleeds... But then the blood turns to Nanomachines, revealing he's now a robot.

    Literature 

  • Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive):
    • Despite being text only, the book still manages one at the climax.
      "Kaladin!" Syl's voice. "Stretch forth thy hand!" She zipped around him, suddenly visible as a ribbon of light.
      "I can't..." Kaladin said, drained.
      "Stretch forth thy hand!"
      He reached out a trembling hand. Moash hesitated.
      Wind blew in the opening in the wall, and Syl's ribbon of light became mist, a form she often took. Silver mist, which grew larger, coalesced before Kaladin, extending into his hand.
      Glowing, brilliant, a Shardblade emerged from the mist, vivid blue light shining from swirling patterns along its length.
    • There's another after the climax.
      The air in front of him blurred, as if heated in a ring near the ground. A streak of light spun about the ring, forming a wall five or six feet high. It faded immediately—really, it was just an afterimage, as if something glowing had spun in the circle very quickly.
      In the center of it appeared Jasnah Kholin, standing tall.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone provides another written one when Harry reaches the chamber where the Mirror of Erised is kept.
    "There was already someone there—but it wasn't Snape. It wasn't even Voldemort.
    It was Quirrel."

     Live Action TV  
  • Community
  • On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this is how we see that her mother died.
    • In the season 10 comics, Andrew steals the Vampyr book and everyone thinks he'll resurrect Warren. But the end shot of the issue reveals he intends to resurrect Tara. Willow talks him out of it in the next issue.
    • Issue 11 has Buffy and Spike's Big Damn Kiss. Finally.
  • On The West Wing after the shooting the camera follows Toby around the scene, and all of a sudden comes across Josh, who has been shot and has a massive bloody chest wound.
    • In that same episode, Secret Service agent Ron Butterfield finding the President's gunshot wound.
  • On Twin Peaks, one of these shows us that Bob is possessing Leland Palmer. Actually, pretty any time we see Bob comes off as one of these, as he's so strange looking and was used so sparingly.
  • Breaking Bad:
    • At the end of Season 4, a wham shot reveals that Walter White had Lillies of the Valley growing in his back yard, more or less proving that he was the one who poisoned Brock, albeit non-lethally, and that he's been playing Gus and Jesse for the entire stretch of the finale.
      Bryan Cranston: The final shot of the season, is more of a revelation really, of who this man has become, and the lengths that he'll go to, to get whatever he wants.
    • Earlier in that episode, there is a wham shot preceded by a wham sound: Gus is about to kill Hector Salamanca, but Hector starts tapping his dinger, which isn't dinging properly. It is revealed that he let Walter strap his bomb on the bottom of Hector's wheelchair and Hector suicide-bombs Gus and his henchman Tyrus to get revenge on Gus for wiping out his family.
    • At the end of Gliding Over All Hank goes to Walt's bathroom and happens to pick up his copy of Leaves Of Grass...and finds a dedication to "W.W." from "G.B." One flashback later, and Hank finally discovers Walt's secret.
    • Near the end of Confessions has the look on Jesse's face when he realizes that Huell lifted his weed off of him. We see him finally come to the conclusion that Walt had him do the same thing with the ricin and that Walt was the one who poisoned Brock.
    • The penultimate episode of the series, Granite State has Walt call the DEA to give himself up and settle down to have a last drink before being captured, only to see his former Grey Matter business partners talking on television about him. The police raid the bar he called from, the final shot being his still full glass left alone on the counter.
  • The shot of the scorched remains of Earth in Battlestar Galactica (2003).
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the episode "Partners in Crime", Donna leaves a message with a bystander on her way to join the Doctor. Then the bystander turns to face the camera... and it's Rose.
    • One that's shown up a few times is the revelation that the interior of some innocent-looking structure is actually a TARDIS — such as when Vicki and Steven find their way into the Monk's TARDIS in "The Time Meddler", or when the Doctor bursts into the upstairs flat in "The Lodger". For that matter, the first time that Barbara crosses the threshold of the Doctor's TARDIS in "An Unearthly Child". "The Time Meddler"'s example was, of course, a double-whammy, as it revealed that there actually are other TARDISes in existence.
    • The viewer is given absolutely no clue why Madame de Pompadour is being targeted throughout the entirety of "The Girl in the Fireplace"... until the final shot, when the camera pulls out to reveal that the name of the derelict ship is the S.S. Madame de Pompadour.
    • In "Asylum of the Daleks" this was used when the Doctor discovers Oswin is a Dalek.
    • From "The Name of the Doctor":
      Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor.
    • From "Vincent and the Doctor" comes a particularly harrowing one: after meeting Vincent van Gogh and facing down the nightmarish monster haunting his final days, showing him the TARDIS, and revealing his future legacy, the Doctor and Amy excitedly return to a present day art exhibit they saw at the start of the episode. They're horrified to see that not a single new piece of art has appeared. For all their efforts, Vincent still killed himself.
    • This is how the Twelfth Doctor is revealed in the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor".
    • It was spoiled in the trailer and somewhat predictable in the episode, but the double-doors closing to show windows that look like Cybermen eyes was still a great wham shot in "Dark Water".
    • One of the biggest wham shots in the entire series is in the final scene of the last episode of "The Tenth Planet", when the Doctor regenerates for the very first time. The episode itself is missing, but luckily, the regeneration footage itself survives.
    • A rather stunningly well-delivered one occurs in "Utopia", when Martha notices Professor Yana's pocket watch.
    • After the Doctor fails to rescue a little girl, she wanders out into the streets. A nearby homeless man asks if she's all right, and she says she's dying, but it'll be okay. She then regenerates, just as the Doctor and Master had.
    • Although spoilered by the BBC promotional material, the closing shot of the globe-enclosed Citadel of Gallifrey in "Heaven Sent" still packs a wallop.
  • The last scene of the pilot episode of Perception reveals that Natalie is another of Daniel's hallucinations.
  • The climax of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy's "Power of Pink" has Pink Ranger Kendrix Morgan go into a dangerous series of forcefields to destroy an Artifact of Doom that would destroy the Rangers space colony. She succeeds but gets caught up in a massive explosion. Minutes later her fellow Rangers (and the audience) see her ghost.
  • In the Power Rangers Zeo episode "A Golden Homecoming" we finally see a clear shot of the person Tommy personally handpicked to be the second Gold Ranger, revealing that it's Jason, the original leader of the Rangers.
  • 24:
    • In the third season, the viewer sees someone helping out the Mexican drug cartel for the first few episodes. Then the operative leaves his office and steps into CTU, revealing that he is also The Mole (or so the viewers thought at the time).
    • Similarly played in Season 5, Episode 16, where Dragon Christopher Henderson is talking to his accomplice on the phone which in turn is revealed to be the President of the United States.
    • Heartbreakingly done at the end of the first season where Jack runs into the room his wife his been tied up in only to discover the bullet wound in her chest as he attempts to rouse her.
    • Late in Day 8, Jack and Renee are racing against the clock to save President Hassan from terrorists who are broadcasting a live feed of their "trial" of Hassan before they execute him. They burst in just in time and kill the terrorists. Jack then spots one of the video feeds showing that the terrorists are still alive and unharmed, revealing that it's not a live broadcast but a recording, and that Hassan has already been killed.
  • Pretty Little Liars:
    • The season two finale reveals that the gum wrapper that A was using as a bookmark is the same brand that Mona was chewing earlier.
    • In the season three finale, it's revealed that the mysterious "Red Coat" is Alison.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The Wham moment in Episode 1 isn't Jaime's "The things I do for love," but the fact that he pushes Bran out the window right after saying it.
    • In the season 3 episode "The Rains of Castamere", it's the shot of Catelyn pulling back Roose's sleeve to reveal chainmail that clues the audience into Roose being a traitor, and therefore the whole wedding being a trap. Then the knives come out.
    • Season 4's "Oathkeeper" showed what do the Others did to Craster's sons. They got turned to White Walkers by The Night's King.
  • In Haven, it is prophesied that a man with a circular maze tattoo on his arm will kill Duke Crocker. The second season finale ends with Duke looking on in horror as Nathan Wuornos sports the tattoo and threatens him with a gun.
  • Hannibal:
    • As if the season finale wasn't already a Wham Episode ( short version: Will Graham is framed for Hannibal Lecter's murders), the final scene shows Will in what will become Hannibal Lecter's jail cell.
    • In the season 2 episode Takiawase, Beverly Katz discovers Hannibal's hidden basement, and whatever he has stored down there. She turns on the lights to get a better look, revealing Hannibal standing mere feet behind her, and ensuring to the viewers that Beverly is guaranteed to not get out of this alive.
  • The first appearance of the Super Sentai army, preparing to fight off the Zangyack invasion, at the beginning of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
    • In episode 40, the Gokaigers were sent to the past in order to supposedly claim a Grand Power. The episode ends but they didn't get a new power; however, a quick cut shows the temple they protected while in the past is home to something: the magic jar containing Ninjaman.
  • Merlin:
    • A Wham Shot takes place when Arthur notices Guinevere and Lancelot exchanging a Held Gaze and Holding Hands.
    • The final episode ended with a shot of a an aged Merlin walking down a road as a truck whizzes past, revealing that he's immortal and is still waiting for Arthur in the 21st century.
  • Lost:
    • At the end of the season 4 finale, Jack has opened the coffin of "Jeremy Bentham," though we can't see inside of it yet. Then the camera pans over so we can see who "Jeremy Bentham" really is... and it's Locke!
    • Another one earlier in the season: One of the people on the boat is Michael
    • In the season 3 finale, there was Kate appearing at the end of Jack's flashbacks showing that it's actually a flashforward taking place after they get off the island.
    • At the end of the fourth episode, Locke in a wheelchair at the end of his last flashback. All previous flashbacks throughout it had him behind a desk or in bed.
  • How I Met Your Mother
    • The titular mother appearing for the very first time in the season 8 finale "Something New".
    • In "Vesuvius", after The Mother said that "What mother is going to miss her daughter’s wedding?", Ted gave a sorrowful reaction to it, suggesting that the she is dying.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • The last walker coming out of the barn in "Pretty Much Dead Already" turns out to be their lost Tagalong Kid Sophia.
      • Shane and Randall reanimating without getting bitten or scratched by other walkers in the same episode.
    • The reappearance of The Governor in "Interment" means that things will get chaotic again.
  • Once Upon a Time: The urn full of magic that even Rumple felt was too dangerous to use tips over. Blue liquid pours out over the ritual sigil left on the floor, taking humanoid shape...and Queen Elsa shoots a blast of frost from her fingertips before walking out.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation has the famous shot in "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1" where the rescue crew aboard the Borg Ship finally locates the captive Picard. And then he turns to face them, revealing the Borg implants on his face...
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "In Purgatory's Shadow," Worf and Garak are captured by the Dominion and taken to an internment camp where they're locked up with General Martok and several others. At one point, Martok learns that a friend of his is being released from solitary confinement...and that friend is revealed to be Doctor Bashir, revealing that the one aboard DS9 is a Changeling.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: In the "Unimatrix Zero" two-part episode, several Borg Drones have created a mental world where they can live as individuals free from the Collective's control. At one point one of the children is playing in the woods with his friend, and he crawls through some bushes... until he looks up and sees the Borg Queen standing in front of him.
  • In the first part of a two-parter episode of Touched by an Angel, we see a woman, played by Delta Burke, who was a part of a family of traveling gospel singers and is being counseled by a therapist about the memory of a bus accident that killed several of her family members three years earlier. Throughout the episode, she keeps blocking out the point before the accident and is seen talking to her young son, who we see throughout the hour. At the end of the episode, however, we see that her son also died in the accident, she lost her memory in the accident and that given her lack of accepting the events and her delusions of him, she has been in a mental institution ever since.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • In the episode "Turn, Turn, Turn", the signal is finally decrypted and it's not good news: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, INTO THE LIGHT: HYDRA
    • In the same episode, Coulson's face changing right after Garrett says something only Coulson knew: "...the same machine she used on that bitch in the flower dress."
    • Used in the episode "Shadows" when it turns out Simmons isn't really there and Fitz is talking to himself.
  • Person of Interest: The season 3 finale show SWAT raiding the library.
  • Stargate Atlantis: After the successful destruction of the Asuran homeworld in "Be All My Sins Remembered" by the Tau'ri-Wraith-Traveller alliance, the last shot of the episode reveals the apparently still alive Elizabeth Weir clad in villain gear and commanding a Replicator ship.
  • On ER, when Neela goes to visit Ray in another hospital (he was hit by a truck several episodes prior). When she first sees him, his face is bruised and scratched, but he seems okay otherwise. . .until his room door is opened wider and his nurse picks him up, revealing that both of his legs have been amputated.
  • On Fringe, the existence of the alternate universe is confirmed when the camera draws back from an office window where the last scene of Season 1 takes place, and keeps drawing back to show that it's an office in the World Trade Center, which wasn't destroyed in that reality.
  • Friends
    • Season 1: Ross exits his plane with a new girlfriend.
    • Season 2: Janice is the woman Chandler has been speaking on the phone with.
    • Season 4: Chandler and Monica are in bed together.
    • Season 5: Ross and Rachel exit a Vegas quickie marriage chapel.
    • Season 7: The camera pans to a pregnant Rachel.
  • Melrose Place:
    • At the end of the second-season episode "Psycho-Therapy", it seems Michael has accepted that he and Sydney belong together after all. The camera goes outside the beach house.... revealing Kimberly standing outside, glaring in the window. She didn't die after all.
    • Another wham in the next episode, "The Bitch Is Back." After making passionate love with Michael, Kimberly goes into the bathroom and pulls off her wig, showing us her badly-chopped hair and a long, ugly scar along the side of her head.
  • The Man in the High Castle: At the end of episode 9, Juliana and Frank see one of the films, where they're shocked to see an alternate reality counterpart of Frank being executed by Joe Blake, who's shown as part of a Nazi death squad. The viewer was already made aware that he's a Nazi agent, but it's a shock to the characters.
  • Criminal Minds likes these, as there's often a dramatic change between what's going on in the unsub's head and what's really going on. For example, in "Reflections of Desire" he walks out of his house with his mother to adoring fans...only the "fans" are the FBI come to arrest him and his mother is long dead. (The episode is a Whole Plot Reference to Psycho).

     Machinima  
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • In the final episode of Season 10, the context of the last forty episodes is turned on its head when the Director finally removes his Scary Shiny Glasses to reveal his eyes are the same color as Carolina's.
    • In the final episode of Season 12, The Stinger where Control a.k.a. Malcom Hargrove demands to know whether a package he wanted was delivered to him. The computer screen then shows the Meta's helmet.

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     Video Games  
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: After the clash with Master Xehanort, Aqua takes Ventus' comatose body back to the Land of Departure, and then uses Eraqus' Keyblade to rearrange the world in order to ensure that nobody but her will ever be able to find him. And as she's leaving the world, the scene zooms out to reveal that the rearranged Land of Departure is a familiar location: Castle Oblivion.
  • In the fan game Story of the Blanks, based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the viewer (and Applebloom) gets quite the Wham Shot when they look into the fireplace and discover the charred remains of a pony skeleton. This is one of the first clues (but definitely the most jarring) that Sunny Town is not at all the bright, friendly town that it seems.
  • Until Dawn has the psycho removing his mask. Whose face is revealed? Josh, who was previously seen sliced in half by a sawblade.
  • Midna's tear cracking the Mirror of Twilight at the end of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It may have been briefly foreshadowed during the game, but not long before she does it, she says "As long as that mirror's around, we could meet again."
  • In the post-credits scene in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Zobek finds Gabriel, who has become a vampire and calls himself Dracula, hiding in a church. The two of them have a very brief fight which ends with Gabriel being flung through a stained glass window... and landing in the middle of a street in a modern day city.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • As the Alliance and Horde forces march into battle in the Jade Forest, Lorewalker Cho completes his restoration project. He then reacts in horror as the finished third image shows a Sha rising, signifying that the Alliance and Horde's war will empower the Sha, which feed on negative emotions.
    • In the Alliance version of the ending for Mists of Pandaria, after Garrosh's defeat, Varian walks up to the Horde leaders and demands to speak with their Warchief. The crowd parts and reveals Vol'jin, rather than Thrall.
  • In the Japanese version of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, due to censorship, every cyborg in the game bleeds white blood, with one exception: Samuel Rodrigues, who is shown bleeding red blood, revealing that the character in question barely has any cybernetic enhancements. In the international release, every character has red blood, so Parrot Exposition is used to reveal this.
  • Spec Ops: The Line: The shot of Lugo hanging from a noose surrounded by the lynch mob in Chapter 13 and the real Konrad's dead body in Chapter 15.
  • Halo 4 the third level named "Forerunner", Master Chief activates a satellite to contact the Infinity, but he unwittingly ends up freeing the Didact, a living Forerunner.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona:
    • In Persona 3, after defeating The Hanged Man, the party returns to the dorm to celebrate the fact that the Dark Hour is gone for good. But when the usual Dark Hour intro animation play the following night, you know you're in for a Wham Episode...
    • During the battle with the Killer in Persona 4, he receives the same critical hit cut-in the party normally has, revealing he has a Persona.
  • At the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the time gates are closing, the paradox is resolved, Hope's Cocoon is ascending, and Noel, Serah, and Mog are safe...and then you see Etro's Gate shining in Serah's eyes.
  • Super Dangan Ronpa 2: At the end of Chapter Five, Hinata is left in a state of shock that lasts a whole day due to the outcome of the chapter's trial. The next day, he comes out of his cottage, and is greeted by Nanami, who died in the previous trial. And then the world gets seriously weird...
  • The image of a lifeless Earth in Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius after it's been bombarded into oblivion by the Shivans.
  • After a boss-fight in Dead Rising 3 Nick's friend Diego brings him into a museum that is used to explain the plot of the first 2 games, and points to an exhibit of a zombie that caused an outbreak in 2007. Diego points out one minor detail in the picture, which the game zooms in on. The zombie has a tattoo... in the same place and manner of Nick, the main character.
  • In Mega Man X8, Axl's ending sees him being rendered comatose after a Last Breath Bullet from Lumine. As he was carried back to Earth, a fragment of what Lumine attacked him with is seen in his forehead crystal, shining ominously. Unfortunately, nothing ever came out of it; the next chronological game, Mega Man X: Command Mission, never alluded to the event, and the series is currently defunct.
  • In Jak 3: Wastelander, the cutscene "The Strange Gets Stranger" has a Precursor statue opening, revealing that the Precursors are ottsels. The characters present react accordingly.
  • At the end of the first FEAR game, the camera pans down from the image of Alma's second birth to show her medical file, which lists her name as "Alma Wade." That one shot changes the context of 90% of the previous game.
  • At the end of Act 1 of Broken Age, the camera shows Vella lying on the beach after defeating Mog Chothra, only for Shay to stumble out of the monster, revealing that his "spaceship" was Mog Chothra all along.
  • In the second generation of Phantasy Star III, you have to take a spaceship to one of the two moons orbiting your world (whichever moon you travel to depends on your hero in this generation). When you take off in the spaceship, you find out that you're not living on a planet, but that the game takes place on a Generation Ship.
  • In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the intro shot of the battle with Wally at the end of Victory Road lingers on his new pendant... with a Key Stone in it. Yep, Wally can now use Mega Evolution too!
  • Killer7 gets one at the end of the Alter-Ego chapter. The first two chapters have set up Kun Lan and the mystery of the Heaven's Smiles as very important, but then for the next three chapters they kind of take a back-seat as the Smiths deal with stuff like a crazy cult leader, another assassin, and team of super-sentai parodies. The very last shot at the end of the chapter is Kun Lan over a red screen, reaching for the camera, to remind you he's still around, and warn you that the next chapter is all about him and the Smiles again.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, Chrom is attacked by an assassin, but the mysterious woman identifying herself as Marth leaps in and blocks the blow. This isn't the Wham Shot, though. It comes just after she calls Chrom "father". She offers to reveal her identity to him, and we see the Brand of the Exalt in her left eye. The exact same location as Chrom's baby daughter, Lucina.
  • Life Is Strange has two. One at the end of Episode 3 where we see Chloe in a wheelchair, and one at the end of Episode 4, with the reveal of Mr. Jefferson as the true Big Bad.
  • In Chrono Trigger, after Crono is disintegrated by Lavos, you need to rearrange your party. It's the same screen that you've been using the entire game, but Crono is gone, and you can put anyone in the top slot. It's a pretty shocking moment of comprehension.
  • The end of Stage 1 of Time Crisis 4 shows the dog tag of the defeated Marcus Black, who is revealed to be a U.S. military officer...and so are the rest of the terrorists that Rush, Giorgio, and Evan have been fighting. Needless to say, Rush is pissed off.
    • In the fifth game, after defeating Keith Martin, he opens up the briefcase and reveals who the real traitor responsible for the events of the game is. Luke and Marc lean in to look at the data, looking shocked. Then Keith looks up and fires off two bullets at Luke and Marc. In Bullet Time, the bullets are shown whizzing past them, squarely striking the two knives flying towards Luke and Marc and sending them skittering harmlessly to the ground. The camera then pans to Robert, revealing him to be the Big Bad.
  • Modern Warfare 2
    • The missions "Of Their Own Accord" and "Whiskey Hotel" have a one-two punch. The former starts out in a darkened bunker being pounded by enemy fire, with—for once—none of the standard green text telling the player where the mission takes place. Then the player exits the bunker and sees the US Capitol in flames, and the text helpfully informs you that you're in Washington, DC in the midst of a Russian invasion. Then the latter manages to top that, when you reach the rendezvous point Whiskey Hotel and realize that it isn't really a hotel: it's the White House, which is being swarmed by Russian troops. note 
    • "Second Sun" abruptly switches to the POV of a nameless astronaut aboard the International Space Station right after Captain Price hijacks a Russian nuclear submarine and launches a warhead in the previous level. Everything seems pretty tranquil up in space...until you notice the warhead heading towards you. You can only watch helplessly as it detonates in the atmosphere, and the lights on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States start to blink out.
  • Hometown Story:
    • When you first meet the detective that eventually moves into town, the mayor happens to have a watch with a quite unusal shape missing. The detective fails spectacularly to help, then decides to give up, and pulls a watch out of his coat to check the time. The watch happens to be the missing one, that the detective found on the ground on his way to the village.
    • The town has a sentient scarecrow who constantly talks about how he's stuck in the same spot. If you give him the broom he requests, he jump out of enthusiasm, revealing that the part of him that looks like a thick pole buried in the groud actually works more like a foot. The fact that he's more mobile than he claims to be becomes important later.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: In the first episode, Jesse finds a book documenting the legend of the Order and reads an extract from it. As s/he reads, we get a flashback that seems to be the same as the opening cinematic... except that this time the Round Table Shot continues past Soren and lands on Ivor, revealing that he was once part of the Order.
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot: During the final battle against Star Dream, it fuses with the Access Arc (Haltman Co.'s spaceship) and flies up into the sky with it, starting the fight's second phase. After you do enough damage to the Access Ark, its exterior begins to shatter, revealing Galactic Nova's face. ACCESS ARK WAS A CLONE OF GALACTIC NOVA THE WHOLE TIME. And now that Star Dream's fused with it, it's at full power...

     Visual Novel 
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies we have Athena surrounded by five black Psyche-Locks. Keep in mind that the only other person in the series to have those was beyond redemption.
  • Virtue's Last Reward has this in spades. Primarily due to each separate timeline having difference the player wouldn't be expecting. The first time it happens in most routes is when you enter the AB Room, and find a dead body. This in itself creates it's own wham shot in the other set of routes, when you enter the room expecting the body to be there but it's completely empty.
    • Entering the Room 2 of the Crew Quarters and finding either Alice's body., Luna's body, or in some routes [Alice and Luna's body.
    • In Clover's route, entering the Infirmary, and finding Tenmyouji, Alice, Luna, Clover, Phi, and Dio all dead in a bloody pile.
    • In Luna's route, when Luna appears outside the AB room despite seemingly being dead.
    • Alice's route, when the AB game results show that Alice's vote was "betray", despite her seemingly having not even voted.
    • When the results of Tenmyouji and Alice's first AB round votes are shown on your second run-through of their respective games, and their votes have changed between the timelines.
    • K's route ending, where Sigma pulls of K's mask revealing K's face to be Sigma's face.
    • Sigma's reflection in the water, revealing that he's actually got an old man's body.
    • In Luna's route, when you access the GAULEM database and Luna's picture comes up, revealing that she's a robot.
    • In Sigma's route, when Sigma looks down at his hand and sees it's bleeding white blood.
    • Tenmyouji's photo being shown to be a photo of Akane Kurashiki.
    • K taking off his suit in Phi's route revealing that it's Akane Kurashiki inside.

     Web Comics  
  • Homestuck has a separate folder just for Wham Shots on its Reactions page.
  • The Order of the Stick:
  • In Secret Of Mana Theater, during the fight with the Spiky Tiger, Faun draws the sword she claimed Elinee had stolen, revealing that she had stolen it and was manipulating him into helping her rescue Dyluck. The significance of doing so is not lost on Seth, and he becomes quite upset.
  • Narbonic: in the last comic of the arc "Professor Madblood and the Everlasting Ices of the North", Dave looks at a holographic projection of a quote from "Alice in Wonderland", and his glasses clear because he has just Gone Mad From The Revelation that he is really a mad scientist and Helen has been experimenting on him for the entire run of the comic.
  • Housepets!:
    • "Hand to Hand" (Nov. 13, 2013): Jata, the VERY MUSCULAR crown Prince of Feraga, has just laid waste to his own arranged wedding, knocked his forced-bride-to-be into the pool, and is currently beating the stuffing out of his own bodyguards (who have turned on him because of his insensitivity to the feelings of his own bride) with no sign of stopping until Uncle Deadeye, the mute bodyguard seen in two previous strips, stops Jata's fist from connecting with the back of Miles' head, SMILING as he does it! We then cut away while someone in the audience says "Wow, I didn't know cats could bend like THAT."
    • End of Year Eight (June 3rd, 2016): Keene Milton is revealed to still be alive, but regains consciousness inside his limo, which has apparently been driven off a pier, is rapidly sinking, and his chauffeur has gone AWOL.
  • In The Dragon Doctors, Chapter 21 sees Elka and Greg walk into the demons' headquarters and see Shelinda the Cyber-Shaman (whom most would have assumed was dead centuries earlier) hooked up to a hideous array of machines.
  • In Agents of the Realm, the second-to-last page of chapter 3 reveals that not only Jordan already works as an agent, but she also cooperates with The Dragon, Ruby.
  • In Erfworld, the final panel of Book 3 Page 117, shows Parson in Charlescomm livelry!

     Web Original  
  • The Rise Of The Mushroom Kingdom flash series starts when Mario is killed by a Bullet Bill, causing Luigi to go after Bowser to avenge his brother's death. At the end of part two, Luigi visits Mario's grave, a Bullet Bill just misses him, and Wart is revealed to be the true culprit. Unfortunately, enough viewers couldn't put the pieces together that the frustrated creator had to put up a message explaining what was going on.
  • In Noob, one of the characters attacks a enemy player that seems to be present near his group just by chance, only to have his guild master (that he hadn't seen in weeks) block his sword.
  • To Boldly Flee:
    Nostalgia Critic: Well, I might as well check my email.
    (he opens his laptop and looks at the open Word document)
    TO BOLDLY FLEE
    By Doug and Rob Walker
  • At the end of the Christmas 2013 episode, The Angry Video Game Nerd finds a good Spider-man game... that has LJN's logo on it.
  • Part 6 of Polo Quest has two in the same update. First we see what Penn looks like without her contacts, (accompanied with a noticeable shift in narration style), then we see her through the eyes of everyone else, discovering the database's title for her: "biological reincarnation of the Sapphire Emperor".
  • Nan Quest has a bunch.
  • X-Ray and Vav: At the end of "Coal & Order," the man in the mental asylum, whom our heroes must go to for help, turns around – it's the Mad King.
  • Todd in the Shadows is all set to watch the movie that One-Hit Wonderland subject "St. Elmo's Fire" originates from...then he sees who the director is.
  • There she is!!: The end of step 3, where a rock gets thrown through Nabi's window (setting up both the plot and tone of the next step).
  • Vinesauce Tomodachi Life has a view:
    • Early in episode 47, Vinny casually browses through the apartments as usual — and then comes upon HOTDOG, an islander who was removed 25 episode prior.
    • The long-awaited 50th episode begins with the news, as usual. Except the newscaster is someone we've never seen before (later revealed to be Dana Scully). Then it cuts to the islanders' thoughts, and the first one up is Fox Mulder, who had ''also never been seen before. Following him is Wario, who was assimilated and assumed dead in the previous episode.
    • Episode 54 sees Vinny choose one of two islanders to be removed by having them fight in Super Smash Bros.. Once it's over, he (obviously) returns to the character select screen. And then moves Player 1's cursor over Pit, revealing that Vlinny (the winner) isn't out of the frying pan yet.
  • Everyman HYBRID, when it starts, is a fitness series where the Slender Man keeps appearing in the background. All that changes in Episode 6 - Healthy Eating, in which the ruse is revealed. They see the actor that plays Slender Man behaving strangely through a window, and seek him out, only to find he's not playing Slender Man. And then, they hear something behind them and turn around.
  • From ''Homestar Runner", Marzipan's Answering Machine 17.2, on April Fool's Day 2016, manages to have MULTIPLE Wham Lines, as well as Three Wham Shots!
    • First off, This cartoon is is the longest that the Brothers Chaps have ever made, clocking in at 31 minutes, nine seconds!
    • We finally figure out what happened to Marzipan's Answering Machine. It's bloated from 7+ years of backlogged messages!
    • Strong Bad's Easy Cheese prank call through his telephone backfires when Marzipan's answering machine overloads and self-destructs from the previously-mentioned 7-plus-year message backlog, and when Marzipan walks into the scene, she reveals that she set the whole thing up years ago to prank Strong Bad back!

     Western Animation  

  • Adventure Time:
    • In the episode "Too Old," Lemongrab walks on screen, now morbidly obese. Next to him, we see Lemongrab 2, whose legs have been destroyed so badly that he needs a machine to move around. He is also missing half of his head and looking severely emaciated.
    • At the end of "Lemonhope", the titular character is seen Walking the Earth in what is implied to be 1000 years in the future... through the futuristic ruins of the Candy Kingdom, implying that it will destroy itself just like the human world.
    • The end of "Evergreen" shows A Comet of Doom heading towards Ooo.
  • From Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the episode "Witches of the Mist," Mother Talzin is telling Savage Opress of his long lost brother, whom Savage must now seek out. In Talzin's crystal ball, we see an image of said brother's face: It's Darth Maul.
  • In the Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy Grand Finale movie, Edd is scolding Eddy's brother for beating up Eddy when we see from Edd's POV, an extreme close-up of Eddy's brother giving him an extremely terrifying Slasher Smile, revealing him as a sadistic sociopath and that there's no stopping him.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! episode "Who Do You Trust?" ends with the Skrull counterpart of Captain America telling his queen that he successfully planted paranoia and mistrust into some of the most powerful members. The Skrull queen comes out of the shadows, and reveals she has taken on the human identity of Mockingbird.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode "Return to New York Part 3" ends with the decapitated Shredder getting up and walking away, carrying his own head.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) Season 2 finale kicks off with April bringing Irma to the Lair after being chased by Foot-bots. She sees the turtles and begins to twitch. Her twitching quickly gains a mechanical quality. Then, her head rises up on a mechanical pole, her eyes start to glow read, and the rest of her body unfolds, revealing an oversized Kraang droid inside.
  • Futurama:
    • In the episode "Leela's Homeworld", Leela looks into the sky knowing her lost alien parents are out in space somewhere. The camera pans up towards the heavens, then quickly pans down into the sewer gutter to reveal Leela's parents, who are really mutants.
    • Bender's Big Score has one. After Lars's Heroic Sacrifice, Fry and Leela look at his corpse to reveal Fry's Bender tattoo, meaning he's Fry's time paradox duplicate.
    • "Fry and the Slurm Factory" shows the secret ingredient of Slurm: it comes from the ass of a giant worm queen.
      Fry: That's the secret ingredient of Slurm!?
      Leela: That's the only ingredient of Slurm!
    • "The Problem with Popplers" is this: if you leave these tasty snacks lying around too long, they wake up, smiling. They're larval Omicronians.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the season 2 Christmas Episode, we have the first appearance of the Windigos; they come right out of nowhere and are the first sign that there's more to the ponies' strife than just some bad weather.
    • In the season 3 finale "Magical Mystery Cure", Twilight emerges back in Ponyville after having a spell cast on her. She emerges with a pair of wings, marking her as an alicorn princess.
    • Season 5 has one in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", when all three of the Cutie Mark Crusaders begin a Transformation Sequence due to them finally getting their Cutie Marks.
    • Three in the season 6 premiere; first, baby Flurry Heart's massive wings, revealing that she's the first naturally born alicorn since Celestia and Luna. Second, her managing to blast a massive hole in several floors of the Crystal Palace just by sneezing. And lastly (and possibly the most shocking in the entire show), her crying so loud that she completely shatters the Crystal Heart, a powerful magic relic that protects the Crystal Empire.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series Grand Finale. Hal Jordan, on a hunch, goes over all the known uninhabited star systems and the systems that Aya destroyed. They overlay exactly.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Birthmark", Beast Boy wonders why the next day is so important to Raven. Cut to Slade rising from the ground saying the day has begun.
  • Justice League Unlimited episode "The Return". Seemingly about the return of the AMAZO android, but the ending sees the reappearance of Hawkgirl, last seen leaving the League after "Starcrossed".
  • "The Last Stand", the Grand Finale of The Legend of Korra, manages this in its final shot, with previously "merely" Heterosexual Life-Partners Korra and Asami turning to each other, Holding Hands and sharing a soft Held Gaze as they teleport off to a spirit world vacation, also retroactively coloring much of the previous two books as flat-out Homoerotic Subtext. It somewhat serves as this for the entirety of "children's" Western Animation, as well.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Oracle", Gumball, Darwin, and Anais discover that Banana Joe's mom's paintings can apparently predict the future...such as one showing Gumball naked in the mall surrounded by angry citizens. Okay, but the episode ends with Banana Barbara painting this last picture, showing the Watterson family running through a crumbling Elmore (or maybe the Void) with a dark shadow looming overhead, implying...well, something highly dramatic (a Drama Bomb Season Finale, perhaps...?) will likely happen later in the season at least.
  • The season finale for Star Wars Rebels, Fire Through the Galaxy, has two in very quick succession. First comes the reveal of Ahsoka Tano as the enigmatic Fulcrum (though this may be YMMV depending on how much credence you gave to fans who were able to ferret out the twist after Fulcrum's first vocal appearance). The second, and definitive Wham Shot comes when Grand Moff Tarkin reveals the "alternatives" to the now-deceased Inquisitor. Cue Agent Kallus having a quiet Oh Crap! moment as a very familiar black helmet comes into view...
  • Gravity Falls has quite a few. Here are some of the ones that affect the entire series:
    • At the end of Gideon Rises, Grunkle Stan goes into his secret room behind the Mystery Shack's vending machine. After reaching a desk surrounded by complicated machinery he pulls out a journal just like Dipper's, only the number on the hand is 1.
    • At the end of "Not What He Seems", after an entire episode questioning the motives behind Grunkle Stan's actions, and even his very identity as Stan Pines, the real Stanford Pines, Grunkle Stan's twin brother and author of the journals, exits the portal.
  • Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck has the final shot, after Daffy demands the animator show himself. The animator closes a door on Daffy, the camera zooms out, and...
    Bugs: Heh heh heh...ain't I a stinker?
  • Steven Universe: Jail Break: Two new characters, Ruby and Sapphire, meet and fuse into... Garnet?!?
    • "Catch and Release" opens with a cute scene of Steven getting ready for bed and saying good night to his stuffed animals. One of them is Peridot, who proceeds to kidnap him.
    • Steven clutching his gem at the end of an episode and saying "Human beings...", implying he is beginning to doubt his own humanity.
  • South Park: An episode about Stan's depression ends with him preparing to go out to play with his friends, then returning to his room, producing a hidden bottle of liquor from his drawer, and taking a shot before heading outside.

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