->'''Harold''': I guess you're right. But at least things can't get any worse.
->'''George''': Aaaaugh! You did it ''again''! Now when you turn the page, something even ''worse'' is going to happen! You've gotta learn to keep your mouth shut at the end of these books!
-->-- '''''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'''''[[labelnote:explanation]]Said on realising they would go to prison for the rest of their lives for [[ItMakesSenseInContext a crime their parallel universe doppelgangers committed.]] Immediately followed by the revived Professor [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Pippy P.]] [[UnfortunateNames Poopypants]] bursting in with a giant robotic pair of trousers that shoots a freezing ray over George and Harold.[[/labelnote]]

Stock response to many an egregious [[StockPhrases Stock Phrase]], especially WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong. Essentially LampshadeHanging by the GenreSavvy of TemptingFate. Simply put: One should never say that it can't get any worse, because sooner or later, it will. Usually preceded by frantic, ignored pleas of, "Don't say it, don't say it, don't say it... You Just HAD To Say It, didn't you?!"

Occasionally said by the speaker to themselves, after the fact.

Common variants include:
* I/You ''had'' to ask!
* I/You had to open my/your big mouth! (This particular variant has an Anime VisualPun involving pulling the big-mouth's mouth wider.)
* ''Why'' did you say that? (generally not used by original speaker)
* Sorry I asked. (original speaker only)

It can also be a response to something said in spite of someone else requesting LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain.

Contrast IAlwaysWantedToSayThat. See also NeverHeardThatOneBefore, TemptingFate. Often said by an exasperated ally in response to YouAndWhatArmy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Nagi and Ayumu have fallen into a ruinous basement, and Hinagiku and Hayate have followed them in for rescue. While they're leaving, Hinagiku thinks out loud that the ruins haven't been repaired and might fall apart. *rumble*
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In Whiskey Peak, Zoro says this to Vivi when she reveals Crocodile's identity to them…right after saying that if they found out, they would be in great danger, and she wasn't going to tell them.
** In Dressrosa, Bartolomeo is hoping that Luffy shows up soon, mentioning that there are things even they can't hold off. Then he invokes this trope when one such thing comes rushing towards him: Admiral Fujitora.

[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/DuckTales'': At the end of "The Littlest Gizmoduck", Fenton picks up a piece of the makeshift Gizmosuit the nephews and Webby made and asks who's going to wear it for an upcoming school event. The last panel shows Webby putting the Gizmosuit on Fenton, who laments, "When will I learn to keep my big beak shut?"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7644894/24/Blood-Quill-Consequences Blood Quill Consequences]]'' several of the students are complaining about the substitute Potions teacher.
-->'''Draco:''' Well I hope Snape will wake up of course but it really doesn't matter, no one can be worse than Pugglepoint.\\
'''Hermione:''' Oh good lord never say that! Don't you know what happens when you say that something or someone couldn't be worse?\\
'''Snape:''' [[DeadpanSnarker It...]] [[HesBack becomes...]] [[SadistTeacher worse.]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4238196/11/Harry-Potter-and-the-Marauders-of-the-Mind Harry Potter and the Marauders of the Mind]]'' Barty Crouch Jr. escapes Azkaban - ''again'' - and Draco and Narcissa Malfoy are promptly taken into Ministry custody as suspects. Narcissa tells Draco to make the best of things.
-->'''Draco:''' There is no way this whole situation could get any worse!\\
[Guards let in Harry and an invisibility-cloaked Hermione]\\
'''Draco:''' Sometimes, I should really learn when to keep my mouth shut.\\
'''Narcissa:''' I've been trying to tell you that for years, darling.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11191235/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Prince-of-Slytherin Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin]]'':
** Harry casts a glass-shattering curse which he mistook for a variation on the Sonorous charm, producing a loud wail which breaks all nearby windows.
'''Neville:''' Great. And now, Harry's deaf! Can this get any worse?\\
[An angry Argus Filch enters the room]\\
'''Blaise:''' You just had to say that, didn't you.
** Mrs. Weasley starts arguing with Gilderoy Lockhart about the potential expense of thirty-five of his books[[note]]Seven books times five children currently attending Hogwarts.[[/note]] during his book signing.
-->'''Ginny:''' That's it. Mom is going to be dragged out of Flourish & Blotts by the aurors. I cannot imagine how this day could get more embarrassing.\\
'''Blaise:''' '''Never''' say things like that! I swear, I keep telling people not to tempt the gods of irony, but they don't listen!
** This is actually a recurring theme for this fic. Blaise seems to believe quite strongly that there is an actual force of magical irony that punishes wizards and witches who speak aloud statements that tempt fate.
* In ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'', when Shinji and Asuka test their brand-new TransformingMecha, Asuka complains about winning too easily. Shinji mutters that she's just tempted fate.
-->'''Asuka:''' I just wanted my new debut battle to be a bit more flashy than hopping around Berlin on one leg or getting pile-drivered headfirst into the dirt by Israfel. This was too easy.\\
'''Shinji:''' Oh, now you’ve done it. Next time it will be Godzilla because you said that. I know how these movies work.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11898648/9/Harry-Potter-and-the-Rune-Stone-Path Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path]]'':
-->'''Tracey:''' Can this day get any weirder?\\
'''Harry:''' Trust me you don't want to ask that. It's better not to tempt the universe.
* ''[[http://ficwad.com/story/200126 Emerald Flight Book One: Union]]'':
-->'''Martha Kent:''' Jonathan, do you think Kara’s okay?\\
'''Jonathan Kent:''' Martha, don’t worry, what’s the worst that can happen?\\
'''Martha Kent:''' I hate that question. Nothing good comes out of it.
* In Chapter 39 of ''FanFic/ThisBites'', after Spandam tempts fate one time too many, with an apoplectic Sengoku on the Transponder Snail that Kaku is holding.
-->'''Kaku''': A-Ah, Fleet Admiral? Before you proceed to rip my superior a new one… executive permission to speak freely?
-->'''Sengoku''': '''''Make it fast.'''''
-->'''Kaku''': Thank you, sir. ''(gives Spandam a flat look)'' You ''had'' to say it, you absolute ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' idiot.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10727911/15/Black-Sky Black Sky]]'':
-->'''Dorea:''' [Hermione]'s much less of a trial than Draco, certainly.\\
'''Tracy:''' I don't see how anyone could be worse than Draco, Rhea.\\
'''Daphne:''' Trey, no tempting fate.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10181533/7/Reinforced-Magic Reinforced Magic]]'' Harry and Reinforce watch Draco Malfoy challenge Ron Weasley to a wizard's duel.
-->'''Harry:''' ''~Well, Reinforce, what do you think? Both of them are pure bloods, it's likely that they both have received prior training, even if just by being around magic all their lives. I'd like to see how things turn out.~''\\
'''Reinforce:''' ''~You mean that your curiosity is getting the better of you, don't you? You do have something of an adventurous spirit, as buried as it is, so I already know you plan to go yourself. It will be interesting I suppose, so sure, why not? What could it hurt?~''\\
'''Harry:''' ''~You're tempting fate, Rein, that's never a good thing.~''
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness':
** In Act III chapter 42, after all of the chaos that just occurred with Kuyou's attack, along with the revelation that Hokuto was EvilAllAlong and that he's gotten his hands on Felucia's SoulJar and used to to extort her into being his minion, the gang has just discovered that Fairy Tale is not only still active, but coming to Yokai Academy, and that Akua and Kahlua, who had previously visited the school to tell the gang that Fairy Tale was destroyed, were actually in league with the organization all along.
-->'''Kurumu''': [[SarcasmMode Great, this day just keeps getting better and better.]]\\
'''Gin''': Any chance it could get worse?\\
(''sounds of CrowdPanic come from outside as Fairy Tale approaches the school'')\\
'''Dark''': You just ''had'' to open your mouth.
** In Act IV chapter 32, after none of their attacks manage to phase Alucard, Razico openly ponders how it could get any worse. At that, Alucard [[MookMaker spawns]] a bunch on mini-Alucards to help in his rampage.
-->'''Akua''': You just ''had'' to say something, Razico.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3675569/7/Dead-Trouble Dead Trouble]]'':
-->'''Franchise/HarryPotter:''' Anyway, that has to have got rid of them now, there's no way that they could follow us.\\
'''Bury:''' You had to say that, didn't you? I would have thought that if anyone would know better by now...
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8637030/3/The-Potter-Twins-and-the-Sorcerer-s-Stone The Potter Twins and the Sorceror's Stone]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' At least things can't get much worse.\\
'''Chrys:''' You are not allowed to say that, whenever you do all hell breaks loose.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12205182/1/Angel-s-Place Angel's Place]]'' Harry is ambivalent about attending Hogwarts.
-->'''Harry:''' I think I want to go. I mean, I can come home if I don't like it, right?\\
'''Emmeline:''' In a heartbeat.\\
'''Harry:''' Then let's do it. What's the worst that can happen?\\
'''Emmeline:''' Oh Merlin, haven't you learnt by now to never say that?
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12164757/1/The-Fifth-House The Fifth House]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' As much as I'll miss playing Quidditch this year, it'll be nice to be able to enjoy the school as a spectator instead of as a contestant. I'm looking forward to cheering on the Hogwarts champion; maybe make a friend or two with kids from the other schools. If I can get through this year without somebody trying to kill me, I'll count my blessings and consider it a year finally gone well.\\
'''Hermione:''' You know you just jinxed yourself, right?

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'':
--> (After a very narrow escape in a tiny rowboat, with a horse that just ate all their provisions)
-->'''Miguel''': Tulio, look on the positive side, at least things can't get--
--> (Thunder sounds and it starts raining heavily)
-->'''Tulio''': Excuse me, were you, were you going to say WORSE?
-->'''Miguel''': ... No.
-->'''Tulio''': No?
-->'''Miguel''': Nope.
-->'''Tulio''': You sure?
-->'''Miguel''': Absolutely, I revise that whole thing...
* From the 8th ''WesternAnimation/{{The Land Before Time}}'' movie when the gang is lost in thick snow
-->'''Littlefoot''': '[[TemptingFate How could this get any worse?]]\\
(cut to the gang struggling through a blizzard)\\
'''Cera''': You just ''HAD'' to ask, didn't you?!

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred''
--> "What are you laughing at?"\\
"You...you just had to say it didn't you?"\\
"Say what?"\\
"We fight in the shade!"
* A silent one in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'':
--> '''Frederick:''' What a filthy job!\\
'''Igor:''' Could be worse.\\
'''Frederick:''' How?\\
'''Igor:''' Could be raining!\\
[[ThunderEqualsDownpour Lighting crashes and rain begins to pour.]] Frederick slowly turns to ''stare'' at Igor...
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', during the climax:
-->'''Thor:''' [[IsThatTheBestYouCanDo IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN DO?]]\\
'''Ultron:''' ''(summons a small army of Ultron Sentries)''\\
'''Steve:''' You had to ask.
* ''Film/Tremors5Bloodlines'': When Burt is locked up in a cage and left for dead in the bush, he actually chides ''himself'' for asking if it's over yet when a hungry friend appears.
-->'''Burt:''' Oh, no, no, no! Cue the freaking lion!
* In ''Film/JuanOfTheDead'', the protagonist and his team of for-pay zombie killers gets backed into a room by a swarm of undead, and the resident idiot asks "How could this be worse?!", which of course causes the lights to go out. Juan launches into a profane example of this trope.

* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', the Lord of the Unfleshed says that they will probably eat the captive Space Marines, whatever they say. Vaanes demands to know why they are bothering with dragging them to the lair if so, the Lord of the Unfleshed says that the weak of the Tribe need to eat, and another prisoner observes that he had to ask.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Newsflesh}} Deadline]]'', Shaun runs down a list of their current problems, then [[TemptingFate he just]] ''[[TemptingFate has]]'' [[TemptingFate to say]]:
-->'''Shaun''': Okay, people, can anyone come up with a way to make this day any worse?
-->Cue outbreak sirens going off and Mahir calling to tell his colleagues they have no way out.
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': Ryoka just had to say it, when her party was leaving a dungeon that is infested with undeads, "Come on. We are nearly out. Just a bit longer and we can all rest." Once they exit the dungeon [[spoiler: Gazi appears and tries to abduct Erin and Ryoka]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Played with in the last episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
-->'''[[TheDragon Hamilton]]''': Their strength flows through my veins. My blood is filled with their ancient power.
-->'''Angel''': Can you pick out the one word there you probably shouldn't have said? ''(Angel vamps out and drinks Hamilton's blood)''
* ''Series/{{Becker}}'': The title character thought he had a Christmas miracle when the package he meant to deliver ended up being delivered, despite him being stuck in traffic and dealing with a hitchhiker. Turns out the package was ''Becker's'' gift; the hitchhiker stole it. The package had already been delivered by Becker's secretary. However, Becker is actually happy about all of this, because he "always thought Christmas sucks," and can now prove it. After walking out, a diner patron delivers the line "You had to tell him."
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Spiral", Dawn says "At least things can't get any crazier. Right?" followed immediately by an arrow puncturing the wall of the mobile home they're riding in, the beginning of a siege.. Buffy replies, "You realize this is your fault, right?"
** A similar event occurred in Season 2's episode "School Hard"
-->'''Xander''': As long as nothing really bad happens between now and then, you'll be fine.
-->'''Buffy''': Are you crazy? What did you say that for? Now something bad is gonna happen!
-->'''Xander''': Whadaya mean? Nothing's gonna happen.
-->'''Willow''': Not until some dummy says, "as long as nothing bad happens."
-->'''Buffy''': It's the ultimate jinx!
-->'''Willow''': What were you thinking? Or were you even thinking at all?
* Being a GenreSavvy show with many references to pop-culture, this inevitably turns up on ''Chuck''. Many times, Sarah or another character will make a comment on how a situation can't get any worse, only for Chuck or Morgan to call them out on it.
--> '''Sarah:''' So there's a stolen Intersect out there somewhere.
--> '''Casey:''' Guess we're not retired after all.
--> '''Sarah:''' Well, it doesn't change the plan. It just means we have one last mission.
--> '''Morgan:''' What?!
--> '''Chuck:''' Nooooooo!
--> '''Casey:''' My God, Walker.
--> '''Sarah:''' What?
--> '''Chuck:''' Things never turn out well when you say "one last mission!"
--> '''Sarah:''' Is this because of some stupid movie?
--> '''Chuck & Morgan:''' YES.
--> '''Casey:''' You never say "one last mission."
--> '''Chuck:''' Never!
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', [[TemptingFate fate is tempted]]:
-->'''Carter''': Bottom line, if Reverend Harper is responsible, we're in for a lot more.
-->'''Henry''': Yeah, like, uh, plague of locusts, or firey hail, or... total darkness.
-->''All the lights go out''
-->'''Carter''': You ''had'' to say it.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' series uses this as RunningGag, every time main character gets into trouble.
-->'''Max:''' Don't tell me [something that is obvious that is happening]
-->'''99:''' Max! [saying that something]
-->'''Max:''' ''I told you not to tell me''
-->'''99 (usually as a response, doesn't happen always):''' Sorry Max, I keep forgetting that.
* ''Series/ICarly'': In ''iStake Out'', Spencer meets his old camp bully again and Freddie asks why Stu is nicknamed 'Spanky'. Spanky [[CaptainObvious shows Freddie why,]] and Spencer sarcastically thanks Freddie for asking while being spanked in the butt with his own umbrella by Spanky.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In "This Place Is Death," the left-behinders need to get to the Orchid to stop flashing through time. Upon arriving at the station, Juliet remarks, "Thank God! What are the odds that we would end up in the same time as this thing?" They immediately flash to a much earlier time. Sawyer replies, "You just had to say something!"\\
A variation occurs an episode or two later, when our heroes are paddling in a canoe while being pursued by people shooting at them. The situation looks grim, but then the sky starts to flash. Sawyer turns to the sky and shouts "Thank you God!", only to find that they've flashed in the middle of a tropical storm, still in their canoe. Cue Sawyer shouting at God "I TAKE THAT BACK!"
* One episode of ''Series/{{TheMentalist}}'' has Lisbon invoking this trope in response to an offhand remark from Rigsby at a crime scene.
-->'''Rigsby''': Well, maybe we'll get lucky. Catch a dunk. We're due an easy one.\\
'''Lisbon''': Ugh, you shouldn't have said that.\\
'''Rigsby''': Said what?\\
'''Lisbon: "We're due an easy one." Now we're jinxed.
** Gets a call back later in the scene; upon hearing that Jane is causing trouble, Lisbon yells at Rigsby "See what you did!"

* This happens on ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' whenever the group are trying to convince themselves that things are under control, then Simon instils paranoia in them all by detailing the worst case scenario with [[TheEeyore gloomy relish]]:
-->'''Alisha:''' We would've been arrested by now if they'd found the bodies...
-->'''Simon:''' (quietly) Maybe they're waiting until we're all together.
-->'''Nathan:''' ''Now WHY would you say something like that?!''
* On ''Series/MythBusters'', the Build Team is working on a rig to crash a boat into a channel marker. Grant gives a quick status report to the camera:
-->'''Grant:''' The prep for the boat myth is going great so far. [[TemptingFate I just hope that the weather holds out.]]
-->''[[[GilliganCut cut to the rain falling]]]''
-->'''[[TheNarrator Rob Lee]]:''' You just had to mention the weather, didn't you?
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' has "Shane's Karma Part 1", where four of the rangers are celebrating a birthday at the beach and the SixthRanger, their TechnoWizard, tells them that the only one absent, the red ranger, is likely to be in trouble.
-->'''Tori''': Birthday or not, I think we better get back.
-->'''Dustin''': Yeah, let's get outta here before some [[{{Mooks}} Kelzaks]] show up.
-->'''Blake''': Aw, you had to say it, didn't ya?
-->''(Blake points to another part of the beach where Kelzaks are shuffling by)''
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' seems particularly fond of TemptingFate. One notable instance in "It's a Mad Mad Mackerel", which has Yellow Ranger Kira as an intern for a boss who's proving himself to be a BitchInSheepsClothing:
-->''(Kira is picking all of the green [=MnM=]'s out of a jar per her new boss's orders)''
-->'''Kira''': This job couldn't get any worse.
-->''([[TheDragon Elsa]] and six [[{{Mooks}} Tyrannodrones]] warp in from an [[PortalNetwork Invisiportal]]; Kira looks up and gasps)''
-->'''Kira''': Now, why did I have to say that?
** Then we have the team-up between Ninja Storm and Dino Thunder ("Thunder Storm", from the second half): Hunter, Blake, and Cam are forced to go spelunking in the Abyss of Evil to reclaim their morphers before they join the fight against [[BigBadDuumvirate Lothor and Mesogog]]. They find one easily:
-->'''Cam''': The Samurai Amulet!
-->'''Hunter''': I can't believe there's no one guarding it.
-->''([[KingMook Zurgane]], two EliteMooks, and several Kelzaks appear out of nowhere)''
-->'''Blake''': You had to say it, right?
-->''(Hunter shrugs regretfully)''
** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has this in "It's Hammer Time". The Rangers, with two [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]] in their possession, had just finished fighting off a monster from one of the [[BigBad Big Bads]], Kamdor:
-->'''Tyzonn''': That was exhausting.
-->'''Rose''': Let's get moving before someone else comes looking for these relics.
-->''(Will detects someone coming with his super senses)''
-->'''Will''': ''(coldly)'' Had to say somethin', didn't you?
** It also does this in "Once A Ranger Part II", when Red Ranger Mack is searching for a MacGuffin in a forest:
-->'''Mack''': This isn't so bad.
-->''(falls down a couple of stories through a loose patch of ground, landing on a rough patch of forest floor)''
-->'''Mack''': ''(wincing)'' Next time, Mack, just keep your mouth shut.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'', during a tempest-wracked sea-voyage.
--> '''Vorenus''' We'll be fine. A very good offering was made to Triton before we set off.
--> '''Pullo''' If Triton can't keep me drier than this he can suck my cock!
--> (The ship's mast cracks and an even bigger wave slams into the characters)
--> '''Vorenus''' When will you learn to keep your big mouth SHUT?
* Series/{{Seinfeld}}'s Kramer has trouble keeping secrets. When George dates a lady that looks like Jerry, Kramer is the first one who pipes up about it. He, of course, gets scolded.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''. Context omitted so as not to spoil anyone.
--> '''Vala:''' What? We're already trapped in here. How much worse can it get?
--> *bad thing happens*
--> '''Daniel:''' How about that much?
--> '''Vala:''' I knew it was a mistake the moment I said it. The moment.
** Inverted in this hilarious gem from "Enemies"
--> '''Jacob:''' We're not gonna make it!
--> [they make it]
--> '''Jack:''' Excuse me. I distinctly remember someone saying "We're not gonna make it!" I think we made it.
--> '''Jacob:''' I'm sorry, I overreacted. At the time, it looked very much like we weren't going to make it.
--> '''Jack:''' Yes, well, next time maybe you'll just wait and see.
--> '''Jacob:''' And blow the last chance I might ever have to be right?
--> [Beat]
--> '''Jack:''' What?
--> '''Sam:''' Welcome to ''my'' life.
* In a season 5 episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean and Bobby are locked in a closet with a group of zombies outside.
-->'''Dean''': They can't pick a lock.
-->''[a hanger is pushed into the lock and begins twisting, working the lock open]''
-->'''Bobby''': ''[DeathGlare]'' Don't you '''''ever''''' get tired of being wrong?
* Used in ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'' thanks to Richard Hammond becoming smart.
--> '''Clarkson:''' ...after all, ''how hard can it be?''
--> '''Hammond:''' Don't say that!
* A slight variation can be found in ''Series/VicReevesBigNightOut'' thanks to his CatchPhrase "You just wouldn't let it lie, would you?!"
* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', the Season 2 episode "Buried" features the team, joined by Regent Benedict Valda (Creator/MarkSheppard), is staring down a DeathCourse filled with saw blades slashing across the floor. Pete says "[[TemptingFate At least it can't get any worse.]]" The floor predictably starts spewing flame. Valda turns to him and simply says, "Thanks for that."
** In Season 5, Steve and Pete have this when the only way to neutralize an artifact is for a nerdy guy to win a fight against a knight, with said knight being an apparition from the artifact.
-->'''Steve''': All you have to do is beat this last card. How bad can it be?
-->''(Enter apparition, a menacing knight with a helmet from which black fog is flowing out, and a skull-shaped mask hiding all of his face except for a pair of GlowingEyesOfDoom, [[RedEyesTakeWarning red, no less]].)''
-->'''Pete''': Eh, you had to ask.
* ''Series/{{QI}}'' sometimes has cases of this where a panellist has just fallen into a particularly forseeable forfeit trap. A few times, the inverse has happened, where one panellist is begging for the other panellists ''not'' to give a particular answer...and [[ContractualGenreBlindness Alan]] gives it anyway.
* In an early episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the away team is beaming down to investigate a force field holding their ship. Data tells Riker, with the rest of the team listening, that the force field with complicate things. Geordi, apparently, would rather ''not'' have to think about it.
-->'''Data''': With this power drain, we may have trouble communicating with the Enterprise, sir.\\
'''Riker''': Understood. Anything else?\\
'''Data''': Due to this force field, there is presently no way to beam us back, sir.\\
'''Geordi''': Oh, you had to ask...

* Inverted for the most part in the ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' episode "The Pirate Plumbers". Right when [[{{Pirate}} Cap'n Lardbutt]] is about to cut Mario and Luigi's butts off because they weren't telling him what they were doing in the sewers, Ben (who you may know as [=Nintendofan997=]'s roommate from "Two Great Friends!") appears out of nowhere and tells them they were here to find his pet squid named Mr. Squidge. Lardbutt mistakes it for a legendary squid monster and therefore welcomes the trio aboard.
-->'''Mario''': BEN! You little sh*t! You've doomed us all!\\
'''Ben''': ''(holds a chainsaw, aiming at Mario)'' I'M RAPE YOU!!

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one of the ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comic strip's rare strings of positive continuity, Garfield, Odie and Jon are on a camping trip which has been plagued with calamities.
-->'''Jon:''' This camping trip's been a total disaster. The wind blew our food everywhere, the ants ate my cherry pie...
-->'''Garfield:''' No, Jon! Don't say it!
-->'''Jon:''' [[RockBottom What else could go wrong?]]
-->(It promptly starts raining.)
-->'''Garfield:''' You said it!
** Or of course this alternative version:
-->'''Garfield:''' He's gonna say it!
-->'''Jon:''' *looks left*
-->'''Garfield:''' It wouldn't be Jon if he didn't say it!
-->'''Jon:''' *looks right*
-->'''Garfield:''' 3..2..1..
-->'''Jon:''' *looks left* What a long train.
-->'''Garfield:''' I knew it!
** Or [[http://garfield.com/comic/2014-02-16 this one]]:
-->Jon: Well, there's a blizzard outside...
-->Garfield: Don't say it.
-->Jon: We're snowed in...
-->Garfield: Don't say it.
-->Jon: The cable tv has gone out...
-->Garfield: Don't say it.
-->Jon: And we're out of hot chocolate.
-->Garfield: Don't say it.
-->Jon: What else can go wrong? [lights go out]
-->Garfield: You said it.
* The episode of ''ComicStrip/RupertBear'' when Rupert, his mother, and Pong Ping end up on the Mountain of Many Perils:
-->'''Ladybug:''' The Guardian [of the Mountain] will set many traps to catch you.
-->'''Rupert:''' What kind of traps?
-->''(An earthquake starts and rocks rain down on the group.)''
-->'''Pong Ping:''' Rupert, why must you ask such a question?!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'': [[SouthernFriedPrivate Haggard]] says: "Oh yeah? YouAndWhatArmy?" in response to a demand to surrender their weapons - those giving the demands being from ''the US Army he just defected from''. He apparently [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat always wanted to say that]] because it [[RuleOfCool sounds cool]]. Cue the ''rest'' of the US Army arriving.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Used in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', when the Master Chief and a squad of marines board a Covenant ship. As they arrive in the ship's cargo bay:
-->'''Cortana''': No covenant defenses detected.
-->'''Marine A''': What? There's no Covenant here? Looks like maybe nobody's home.
-->*''Doors all around the bay unlock and waves of alien troops pour in, starting with [[DemonicSpiders cloaked Elites with Swords]]''*
-->'''Marine B''': Contact! LOTS OF CONTACT!
-->'''Marine C''': No Covenant. You ''had'' to open your mouth!
** Also at the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'': Sergeant Johnson spends the first cutscene lauding the new Orbital Defence Grid:
-->'''Johnson''': The Cairo is just one of 300 geo-sync platforms. That MAC gun can put a round clean through a Covenant Capital Ship. With co-ordinated fire from the Athens and the Malta, nothin's gettin' past this battle cluster in one piece.
** Cue the appearance of a Covenant fleet, who board the ODG stations and promptly blow up the Athens and the Malta with bombs, allowing a huge Covenant assault carrier to pass straight through the killzone and land on Earth.
* From [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Link: The Faces of Evil]]
-->'''Link''': Gee, It sure is BORING around here!
-->'''King''': Mah Boi! This peace is what all true warriors strive for!
-->'''Link''': I just wonder what Ganon's up to!
-->'''Gwonam''': Your majesty! Ganon and his minions have seized the island of Koridai!
* VideoGame/MassEffect2, during the "Lair of the Shadow Broker" DLC:
-->'''Liara''': The drones are disorganized. They'd be much more effective if they worked together.
-->'''Shepard''': Please don't give the mercs ideas.
-->''After fighting off another wave of enemies''
-->'''Liara''': The next wave looks like a big one.
-->'''Shepard''': You just ''had'' to give them tactical advice!
* From the opening cutscene of the PC version of ''VideoGame/TheFairlyOddparentsBreakinDaRules'':
-->'''Cosmo''': ''[to Timmy]'' At least your parents aren't going away for the weekend and leaving your evil babysitter Vicky in charge!\\
'''Vicky''': [[IronicEchoCut Surprise, twerp! Your parents are going away for the weekend and left me in charge!]]\\
'''Wanda''': You gotta stop saying things like that!\\
'''Cosmo''': It is my gift; it is my curse!
* VideoGame/PerfectDark:
-->'''Joanna''': Here goes. I just hope dataDyne haven’t done anything to prevent this…
-->'''Dr. Caroll''': [[AC:Virus detected]]
-->'''Joanna''': Me and my big mouth!
* In ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'' a lightning bolt nearly strikes the carriage Embric's fiancee is riding in during a heavy rainstorm.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060714 here]]:
-->'''Oggie:''' Vot - ''dose'' tings? Dey don't look like much.
-->'''Maxim:''' Oh, now hyu iz just ''asking'' for it.
** And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110223 here]] as well:
-->'''Zola:''' Another annoyance courtesy of that meddling ''Barry''.
-->'''Lucrezia:''' urk! He's here?
-->'''Zola:''' No, ''no''. He made it to keep her from breaking through. But ''he's'' been missing for years. ''He's no threat--''
--> (two-panel significant pause)
-->'''Lucrezia:''' Do you ''want'' him to show up?!
* Every time Rob from ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' utters a bad pun.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' uses variants of this line a ''lot''. Most of the officer's corps of Tagon's Toughs are smart and do not appreciate "[[TemptingFate taunting Murphy]]", in some cases even cutting off people before they can say it.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', some old guy sees Tsukiko getting her ass kicked by a Chlorine Elemental, and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0458.html brags]] to Nale about how smart he was to stay in jail instead of taking Hinjo's deal to defend the city for a reduced sentence, and how much safer it is inside. In the very next panel, Tsukiko casts Shout, which breaks off a sizable chunk of the building, crushing him.
-->'''Nale:''' Well, now, really, what did you expect after a line like that?
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'': From his review of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', when the opening theme starts with the first few bars of the Mario theme:
-->'''Critic:''' Well at least they have the original video game music. I mean, it's not like they'll try to modernize it with like some retarded rap or something.
-->''(rap starts)''
-->'''Critic:''' You know, I gotta learn to keep my fucking mouth shut.
* {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}}: It's particularly funny coming from a guy who's famous for being a LargeHam with NoIndoorVoice. [[http://youtu.be/HCSwYhd9yto?t=5m22s During his Pikmin 2 LP]], in his exploration of the [[ThatOneLevel Submerged Castle]], he tentatively mentions that the thing he's afraid of hasn't been set off yet. Not two seconds later, the thing he's mentioning, the Waterwraith, drops in, and...
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Season 1 Episode 13: Human Peer Bonding:
-->'''Church:''' The way I see it: The Reds have absolutely no idea of how many Freelancers out here. So all I need from the two of you is to run around in the middle of the canyon wearing black armor while I sneak in the back of the base.
-->'''Tucker:''' Sounds good! But Church... where the hell are we gonna get two suits of black armor? ''(Church and Tucker look at the nearby teleporter.)'' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh, fuckberries!]]
* ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'', ''Create.swf Adventures'' has the narrator try it:
--> '''[[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=csa01marisa0297 Page 0297:]]''' Yeah, not like it's one of those [[BossInMookClothing super-powered end-of-stage fairies with a ton of hitpoints]] and [[BulletHell danmaku]] that puts some [[LimitBreak spell cards]] to shame.
--> '''[[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=csa01marisa0298 Page 0298:]]''' Oh why do [[SecondPersonNarration you]] even say anything.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', Florence, caught in a hurricane and bleeding following an extended dunk in near-freezing water, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00348.htm explicitly thinks that she could ask what else could go wrong]], but knows better.
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?249 Randy is thinking what else could go wrong while stuck in the well, but then it starts to snow.]]
* There's a magical girl in ''Webcomic/ToPreventWorldPeace'' who uses [[http://worldpeace.emilymarthasorensen.com/worldpeace281.html bad luck cliches]] to attack people. You really don't want her to say "Things can't get worse."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** We get this gem:
--->'''Vision:''' That was of minimal difficulty.\\
'''Hawkeye:''' Did you just say that was easy? You never say it was easy! Ever!\\
'''Vision:''' Why?\\
(''mind-controlled Thor appears'')\\
'''Hawkeye''': ''That's why.''
** And in a later episode...
--->'''Hawkeye:''' We took one of them down easy enough.\\
'''Vision:''' As I recall, you once told me "Never to say how easy something is."
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', from episode 1-13, "Dark Designs":
-->'''Rattrap''': Oh, man. What else have we got to look forward to?\\
''(A missile drops down nearby, the force of it throwing Cheetor up against the cliff and then onto the ground.)''\\
'''Cheetor''': ''(struggling up)'' Agh. You had to ask, didn't you?
* From the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "The Long Lost Crown Affair", with DM and Penfold in an ancient South American temple and DM is fighting off an alligator:
-->'''Penfold:''' (''groan'') We could've had a day in Brighton!\\
'''DM:''' Penfold...I don't wish to know that!
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'': (after The Big Three have reversed Grodd's master plan)
--->'''Superman:''' Is everything okay?\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' Well, I'm sort of missing Flash's ObligatoryJoke about Grodd having made a monkey out of us.\\
'''Superman:''' ''Just'' couldn't let it go unsaid.\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' Obligatory!
** ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', "The Main Man, Part II".
--->'''Preserver:''' Return to your enclosure immediately.\\
'''Lobo:''' Who's gonna make me?\\
''(The Preserver transforms into [[OneWingedAngel his true, monstrous form]].)''\\
'''Lobo:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck I'm gonna have to stop sayin' that...]]
* From the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Sir Ed-A-Lot"
-->'''Eddy:''' Next thing you know she's gonna want a throne.\\
''(Scene transition to later, with Sarah sitting on a makeshift throne)''\\
'''Eddy:''' ''(raises glass)'' A toast, to my big mouth!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->'''Chris''': Dad, I tried to go to school, but some guy won't let me.\\
'''Peter''': Oh yeah? [[YouAndWhatArmy Him and what army]]?\\
'''Chris''': The US Army.\\
Pan to a shot of soldiers, tanks, etc. crowded around the Petorian border.\\
'''Peter''': Oh, that's a good army...
* Classic ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' example:
-->'''Freakazoid''': Well, if it isn't...\\
'''Children''': NO!!\\
'''Freakazoid''': What? I was just gonna say...\\
'''Children''': NO!!\\
'''Dr. Hanker''': Don't say it!\\
'''Freakazoid''': Don't say what?\\
'''Steff''': Don't [[SayMyName say his name]]!\\
'''Freakazoid''': You mean "Don't say JustForFun/CandleJack"?\\
(GilliganCut to Freakazoid tied up with the others)\\
'''Steff''': Freakazoid, why did you say his name!?\\
'''Freakazoid''': 'Cause I-I wanted to do one of those funny things, like on -- you ever watch F Troop? -- where Agarn says "There's no way I'm wearin' a dress! Absolutely not! No dress!" And O'Rourke's like, "Yeah, you're wearing that dress! You're gonna wear that dress!" And they wipe *blblblb* and Agarn's wearin' a dress!\\
''(Quick cut to a clip from F Troop of Agarn in a dress, shouting "Yoo-hoo! Look out, fellas! Look who's here for you!")''\\
'''JustForFun/CandleJack''': Oh, I love that bit!
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' arrives to save a hostage from Professor Dementor, who says the evil scheme is costing him more in equipment than than the ransom would make "with the robot helicopters and henchmen and nano-{{jetpack}}s!"
-->'''Ron:''' Nano-Jetpacks?\\
[[[VillainExitStageLeft Dementor flies away]]].\\
'''Kim:''' You just had to say it, didn't you?
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' had this example in episode seven, "The World is My Circus", where the whole team has been turned into MixAndMatchCritters:
--> '''Lexi Bunny:''' Well, look on the bright side. It can't get any worse than this.\\
''(giant monster shows up out of nowhere and grabs everybody)''\\
'''Ace Bunny:''' You had to say it, didn't ya?
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Robinson Crusoe Jr." has Porky Pig showing the audience a certificate saying that the ship was unsinkable. He then asks: "I wonder if that goes for hurricanes..." Immediately, a hurricane hits, sinks the ship, and strands him on a deserted island. Afterwards, Porky angrily muses: "I had to open my b-b-b-b-big mouth!"
** In ''Riff Raffy Daffy'', homeless vagrant Daffy Duck is shivering in the cold: "Coldest night in 64 years...no place to sleep...all I need now is for it to start snowin'." He's instantaneously buried in powder, prompting the comment, "I had to open my big beak!"
** Bugs gets himself into predicaments like this just as often. In ''Rabbit Punch'', he heckles boxing champion Battling [=McGook=], who throws him into the boxing stadium. After landing in the corner of the ring, Bugs says to himself, "Me and my big mouth."
** And then of course Foghorn Leghorn just has to comment on things, invariably making them worse; in "Crockett Doodle-Doo" he dismisses Egghead's attempt at producing a thunderstorm: "Some storm. Where's the thunder and lightning?" KA-BLAMM!!! "I had ta ask, '''''I just HAD TA ask!'''''"
* Happens often in ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' as the impetus to a crazy field trip, and Arnold is typically the one to invoke this trope.
** Notable example: in the episode "The Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad", Wanda says "Just look at it!" regarding the eyesore of a log near her house. Minutes later, the class has shrunk to the size of bugs and taking a VERY close look at the log.
** Another one in "The Magic School Bus Gets Ants In Its Pants", when the bus is [[ItMakesSenseInContext shrunken into an oversized]] [[strike:Oreo]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext Mallowblaster and being carried towards an anthill by ants:]]
-->'''Keesha''': I've been thinking: I want more drama, more excitement!\\
''(the entire bus lurches and shakes, knocking everyone off-balance)''\\
'''Arnold''': I wish you hadn't said that.
** In "The Magic School Bus Flexes Its Muscles", Ralphie manages to make a robot in an attempt to help with school chores, but it doesn't respond well to commands and causes trouble when he orders it to clean the bus without realizing it, thinking he didn't tell it the command yet.
-->'''Ralphie''': Sorry, Miss Frizzle, I didn't tell him to do it!"\\
'''Dorothy Ann''': Yes, you did, Ralphie! He heard you say you wanted him to "clean the bus".\\
''(The Ralphie-Bot hears the command and approaches the kids, grabbing a mop, with Arnold still holding onto it, pulling him yelling along with it)''\\
'''Dorothy Ann''': Me and my big mouth.
* Any given episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Look Before You Sleep": Twilight Sparkle has a by the book example, fitting of her character.
-->'''Twilight:''' I hope you're happy, the both of you. You've ruined my very first SlumberParty: the makeovers, the s'mores, Truth or Dare, the pillow fight! I mean, [[TemptingFate is there anything]] '''''[[TemptingFate else]]''''' [[TemptingFate that could possibly go wrong?!]]\\
(Lightning strikes a nearby tree, threatening to collapse it on her house)\\
'''Twilight:''' Sorry I asked."
** The season 3 finale has Twilight sing about what a perfect day it is before everything goes to crap.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Reboot}}'' Season 3 Episode 15:
-->'''Matrix:''' That's that. What's next?\\
'''''(Multiple tears appear behind the Mouse and the Web Surfer.)'''''\\
'''Mouse:''' I think we're about to find out, sugar!
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', Chuckie has a habit of giving his friends ideas, which he ends up getting involved.
-->"When am I ever gonna learn to keep my big mouth shut?"
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** In "Mine Your Own Business", Shaggy says the "you had to ask" variant to Fred, and in another episode, after asking how they were going to get the villain to the trap, he rhetorically questions, "Oh, why don't I just keep quiet?"
** The "big mouth" variant happened twice in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo:''
*** In the episode "Large Dragon At Large", while the girls are hiding and watching Fred trying to help Shaggy and Scooby who are being threatened by the eponymous dragon, Velma says it's too bad they don't have a damsel in distress because dragons like such damsels. Daphne immediately pushes her out of their safe hiding place. Not much later, Velma, waving her hand at the dragon, mutters to herself: "I had to open my big mouth".
*** In the episode "Fright House of a Lighthouse", Shaggy states with relief that he doesn't see the [[MonsteroftheWeek Creepy Keeper]] around - only to hear said Keeper clear his throat ([[spoiler:or rather HER throat, as the villain turned out to be female]]). Shaggy then screams: "I had to open my big mouth!".
*** The regular version happens in "Wrestle Maniacs" when Freddy, Shaggy, and Scooby are looking for clues. They're distracted when they see [[ItMakesSenseInContext Daphne and Velma acting like genuine female wrestlers]] on a nearby monitor, only to see the Monster of the Week shove the image aside to show his face.
--->'''Shaggy''': Hey, it's Titanic Twist! Good thing it's just on the monitor, eh, Scoob?\\
''(Shaggy chuckles and reaches out to touch the screen, but touches the monster's actual forehead)''\\
'''Shaggy''': ''(weakly)'' I had to say it. ''(runs away screaming)''
*** Inversion: "The Ghostly Creep From The Deep" (1972 episode with the Harlem Globetrotters) has the Trotters and the gang spending the night in a deserted mansion in a swamp. Meadowlark calls for a volunteer to stand the first watch.
--->'''Meadowlark:''' Whoever wants to volunteer, say "me." Curly...will ''you'' take the first watch?\\
'''Curly:''' Me???\\
'''Meadowlark:''' I'm proud of you Curly. You said "me." So you stand the watch.\\
'''Curly:''' (''to us'') Sometimes I wish Meadowlark would learn to keep my big mouth shut!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E02RelicsOfTheOldRepublic "Relics of the Old Republic"]]:
-->'''Hera:''' ''[talking to Kanan over a comlink]'' I'm still working on the repairs, but there's no sign of the Empire. ''[a Star Destroyer drops out of hyperspace]'' Just had to say that.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "''[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E38TheTest The Test]]''" features an exchange between Steven and Pearl where Steven learns that his first mission was rigged, and both Garnet and Amethyst are quick to point out Pearl's flubs.
--> '''Pearl''': (...) Besides, that Spire was in much worse shape than we thought. It should've been even easier...\\
'''Steven''': [[EpicFail I FAILED AN EASY TEST?!]]\\
'''Amethyst''': [[SarcasmMode Nice one]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** "Forces of Nature":
-->''(after the Titans have seemingly defeated a giant flame golem)''\\
'''Beast Boy''': Is he out?\\
''(The golem emerges from the smoke, roaring)''\\
'''Raven''': You ''had'' to ask.
** "The End, Part 1":
-->'''Slade''': I'm taking the girl.\\
'''Beast Boy''': YouAndWhatArmy\\
''[An endless expanse of Trigon's demonic monsters appear.]''\\
'''Beast Boy''': <[[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl high-pitched shriek]]>\\
'''Cyborg''': You just had to ask, didn't ya'?
** Beast Boy does this ''again'' in "Kole", despite normally being the GenreSavvy one. After an explosion almost causes the ice beneath the team's feet to give way, he promptly tempts fate...and it starts shaking ominously. ''Raven'' calls him out on it this time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In the Season 4 finale "Owari," Raph pulls one off after the group has effortlessly defeated a squad of [[MechaMooks Footbots]]:
-->'''Mikey''': These things are a slice of cake and a piece of pie! Mmm... so hungry.\\
'''Raph''': Yeah! At this rate, we've got no problemo!\\
[''cue the [[EliteMooks Elite Footbots]]'']\\
'''Donnie''': [[LampshadeHanging One of us]] ''[[LampshadeHanging had]]'' [[LampshadeHanging to say something, didn't they?]]