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- Happens in ElfQuest (TOQ #16) when the mysterious muffled figure helping Leetah to heal the dying Cutter turns out to be Rayek, whom she thought had died years before (and had what seemed like evidence to prove it).
- Appears in Batman: Gotham Adventures #1. The Riddler is in his hideout working on a device.
Riddler: Where is my Phillips head screwdriver? (a gloved hand gives him the screwdriver from offscreen) Oh, thank you! (a question mark appears over his head, then he's yanked out of the panel by Batman)
Films — Live-Action
- The archaeologist in The Fifth Element: "Thank you, Aziz!"
- A ghost story: A man wakes up in the middle of the night and wishes for light to comfort himself. He reaches for the matches and gets handed a lit one. No one is visible.
- In Discworld, the first book has a bartender committing insurance fraud by burning the bar down. He is handed a match by Death, and the resulting explosion kills him.
- Doctor Who: The Doctor has a rather ridiculous example of this: In "The Pandorica Opens", it takes him minutes to realize he is telling Rory to be quiet and let him think, when Rory was utterly erased from space and time a few episodes ago. He actually exits the scene without noticing, leaving Rory nonplussed, before striding back in with a look of deep confusion to poke Rory in the chest. Of course, considering the nature of the Eleventh Doctor, it was entirely in character.
- In Episode 6 of Umineko: When They Cry this happens when Siesta 410 receives ammo from Gaap
- This happens a lot in the cartoon, especially when Scooby and Shaggy decide to cook or just fool around after splitting up. The monster/ghost makes an appearance handing them something or offering a suggestion before they see it and run for their lives.
- It also happened to Velma when she was in a college lab testing a mummy's bandages to find out if they were really ancient and the mummy handed her a test tube with the right chemical in it. (In retrospect, it's also kind of a clue that the mummy is one of the professors.)
- The Powerpuff Girls:
- In episode "Not So Awesome Blossom", Blossom thanks Buttercup for the kudos for saving the day in the episode while they nosh at a Hot Dog on a Skewer restaurant. Blossom then kvetches that her hot dog has no ketchup (a call back to an earlier scene where a customer rails on her for no ketchup).
- Also, in "Burglar Alarmed", a burglar is stealing from the kitchen while Bubbles goes downstairs for a glass of milk. The exchange happens when she thanks the burglar for the milk and he says "Don't mention it" in return.