- MAG ISA — The demon gets an OH CRAP moment after realizing that he'll soon get his ass kicked after being driven out from the boy.
- In Gone with the Blastwave, the Sniper Guy and the Flamethrower Guy have finally made it back to a camp of the Red Army and are taken to the commander for debriefing, together with the squad that found them.
So why didn't you become a group leader? West:
Don't know. They basically just asked my kill count. Sniper:
Your kill count? [beat] Oh. My. God!
- Rocky and Ivy think they've beaten the Pig Farmers, until...
Rocky: "HA! HAHAAAA...oh."
- In Heritage, the mysterious Jack is understandably surprised when the otherwise ordinary hero Frate suddenly gains super angel powers in the middle of a fight.
Jack: I was going to report back if you turned out to be more than meets the eye, but n— UURGH! HOLY S#* @, YOU GOT FAST ALL OF A SUDDEN!
- The Order of the Stick
- Girl Genius: These Wulfenbach soldiers, when it turns out the locals fully support Agatha.
- Also the Wulfenbach soldiers in this strip.
- And Agatha's dingbots in this one.
- Amusingly invoked here. Sometimes the Princess isn't the one in 'danger'.
- And here:
: Jenka, vy for is Füst
Jenka: He vot?
- Doctor Galliard Prunestoggle, master of (runs into a little army of grinning Jägers and their boss in the old spiky "armor") ...nothing important, really.
- In this comic when General Gkika sees Wolfenback enter Mechanicburg holding a cross between a portable big red button and a pokeball.
- You could make a drinking game for all these moments in Schlock Mercenary.
Ennesby: Low-yield kinetic strike to the fore dorsal turret ... Hull-breach above the wardroom!
Kevyn: Wait, dorsal turret access is right up there. We're in the wardroom.
- Diva'ratrika's face in the last panel of this strip of Drowtales. And then a couple pages later when she realizes just how deep the treachery extends into her own family.
- Rikashar also has a Freak Out after Ariel beats the crap out of him when he tries to abduct her and make her his wife with his reaction following here, and the last panel of the same page is more of an "Aw, shit" after he sees who's caught up with him.
- Yet another from the same comic happens in the seventh panel of this chibi-page, which parodies events from that same chapter.
- Last Res0rt's Slick invokes it upon finding out that apparently his team is so far behind the others, Cypress has already written them off.
- Goblins: CLOSE THE WEST GATE!
- Later, Thaco gets one when Goblinslayer illuminates the darkened sewer, negating Thaco's single advantage, (his ability to see in the dark) resulting in a straight up fight between the two adversaries that Thaco cannot possibly win.
- In the same fight, Goblinslayer also gets this, when Thaco remembers he is a Monk and can snatch arrows, making Goblinslayer's ranged attacks useless.
- Saves a Fox's entire self-image was that people are not bound by their destiny. When the fated day came when a fox got stuck in her home village's food supply, she snapped its neck in order to spite her fate, and saved the tail as a memento. That's not the Prophecy Twist resulting in her Oh Crap! moment... Dies Horribly informs her that the symptoms she described the fox having was that of Sunset fever, something that causes animals to become delirious before dying a horrible, painful, and silent death. Saves A Fox gave it a Mercy Kill before it could suffer the worst effects of it. The look on her face that not only is her entire self-image a lie, but her friend whose name reflecting his destiny is "Dies Horribly" is not able to escape his fate either tells us she's heading right into Heroic BSOD territory.
- The Psionic Minmax alt was supremely confident until he realized Kin announcing his intent to kill everyone in the Maze of Many had united all of the survivors against him.
- In the webcomic Narbonic, Dave's normal state of being becomes one big Oh Crap moment.
- In Agents of the Realm, Jordan reacts like this when she realizes that Norah's with her in the movie room.
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures has its share of Oh Crap moments, particularly in the latest arc. One of the better ones has to be Regina's, starting on page 973. Of course, this being DMFA, it's the page's punchline.
Regina: (thinking) Should be easy. I nearly pulped him last time we fought. I mean, it's been what, six years? What could he have learned in that time?
* K-shnk! K-shnk!*
Dan: I learned to hear thoughts. Among other things.
Regina: (thinking) OK. New plan. Piddle self. Run.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
- King Radical, when he hears about Dr. McNinja's new motorcycle.
- It's very subtle, but the last panel of this page is an excellent example.
- Gordito gets a big one in the second-to-last panel when he realizes his Badass Mustache is useless against the principal... and he's going to have to shave it.
- In Earthsong, Willow has one when she's walking through the woods at night ... something tugs on her cloak ... and she looks up, right into the teeth of a hungry vampire.
- Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has its share of these moments, as Conrad demonstrates.
- In Starslip, Vanderbeam, understandably, has this on his face for four panels in a row after the Anthelerix relocate every known celestial body and planet to another part of the Milky Way.
- Jacob Deegan gets this little moment. Also an occurance of Precision F-Strike.
- Captain SNES has a nice one from Gades when the protagonist, Alex, launches his side of a very, very short Beam-O-War match, which didn't last very long (and neither did Gades). Alex's beam was much bigger.
- If Ed had had a face in this strip of MegaTokyo, it would have had this expression.
- Erfworld: Charlie has the distinction of getting one offscreen during this exchange with Parson over the Eyebooks, after just getting Parson to use one of the calculations he owed Charlie to assess whether it was worth giving up the rest of the calculations in exchange for information from Parson.
That was clever though, right? Parson:
Sure. Determining the decision not to spend all the calculations. Cost: one calculation. Charlie: :) Parson:
Teaching me that my bracer can make sophisticated predictions about the future? Priceless. Charlie: ... :(
- Later on, pretty much all of Gobwin Knob (especially Stanley and Wanda, who had been unshakable beforehand) get this when Faq's Turnamancer linked with Charlie manage to force them to end their turn.
- In 8-Bit Theater... well they happen a lot. But the best may come here, when the ultimate Jerkass discovers he's finally bitten off more than he can chew.
- This classic, when Black Mage sees Muffin:
Black Mage: Teeth... like daggers... eyes... also like daggers...
Fighter: How does that work?
Fighter: You're on fire today!
Black Mage: Scales noticeably dagger-like...
- Each character gets at least one, but Black Mage, as the resident Chew Toy gets the most of them. It doesn't help him that his face is EASILY the best suited for these expressions.
- The universe itself goes Oh Crap! when Black Mage becomes the ruler of Hell.
- A minor one in El Goonish Shive: Nanase uses her fairy doll to contact Ellen, and tries to wake her up by tickling her nose with her tail. Her reaction when she realises she's about to get messily sneezed on is hilarious.
- There's a slightly more major one here. More of an awkward "oh crap" than a dangerous one, but just as expressive...
- Another awkward example is Elliot's reaction to Noah bringing up his parents' death.
- Justin here, when George reveals that he knows that Elliot is Cheerleadra, if he's wrong on a few minor details.
- And the two-panel realization which used this trope to the letter.
- In Slightly Damned, the latest villain to cross the heroes' path gets a short one when Kieri slices his bow in half.
- In VG Cats, Aeris finds out the hard way that Coach is controlled by a completely different type of bot...
- Ctrl+Alt+Del. The look on 1's face here just says it all.
- The girls in Questionable Content have this moment when the Vesp Avenger's scooter turns into an attack robot.
Faye: All right! We're well and truly fucked.
Martin: And not the fun, slightly sticky kind of fucked!
Martin: YOU try being funny when your life is flashing before your eyes!
- More recently, in strip 1689, Faye's expression in the last panel. She realized that Marigold knew about her and Angus being interested in each other.
- Mieville the cat's reaction to Hannalore's attempt at a smile. Odds are that most people would react the same way the cat did.
- In Fake News Rumble, Jon gets one in his fight with a possesed Colbert. Seen here.
- From Casey and Andy: "This has 'bad day' written all over it."
- Sluggy Freelance (sorted by chapter or story or theme as appropriate):
Valerie: "I told you to stay out of my business, you bitch! Once you're an immortal I will take great lengths to see you suffer in ways impossible for a mortal to understand. Don't think Sam can protect you, he is far too weak!
Zoë (thinking): Wow! Vampire PMS!
Valerie: "We can read thoughts, you know."
Zoë (thinking): Oh crap!
Valerie: "That is an understatement."
- "Mecha Easter Bunny" is practically built on a long sequence of these.
- Bun-bun when he torches the Mecha Easter Bunny and finds that he's only revealed an unharmed, heavily armed robot.
- When Bun-bun pulls a bazooka on the Mecha Easter Bunny and right at its face, it tries to frantically scramble backwards, and its "internal robot view feed" also shows the text ">OH CRAP!!!!"
- Mind you, a bazooka shot to the face barely scratches the MEB, leaving Bun-bun to have another "oh crap" moment.
- Santa Claus when he realises the MEB, which he built, is about to kill innocent people. "Ho-ho-holy $#!%!"
- Santa again when Bun-bun manages to destroy the MEB, and Santa knows he'll be coming after him next. "Ho-oh crap."
- Finally, Bun-bun when he thinks he's decapitated Santa and it turns out it's a dummy full of explosives just about to go off.
- In "Dangerous Days Ahead": When Hereti-Corp troops led by Mr. Killum disable Riff's robot with an EMP, only to find that inside is actually Oasis, a One Woman Army brainwashed to kill all Hereti-Corp personnel on sight. (Killum: "Oh shi*...")
- In "Holiday Wars":
Father Time: Overlord Bun-bun has arrived on the wings of the Groundhog's Shadow, and now faces the one who stole the Deus Egg. The Year 2003 himself!
2003: "I have done everything I can to thwart you peacefully, Bun-bun, but I've trained half my life for this fight. You came for the egg, I'll leave with your head!"
Bun-bun's multi-part switchblade scythe of doom: KA-CLIKITY CLICK KLAK
Father Time: 2003 is even now soiling himself...
2003: "Would you quit narrating this?"
- "That Which Redeems":
- oooo-This is gonna hurt.
- At a meeting of the demons where Psyk tries to talk about the Canada situation but Lord Horribus isn't paying attention, Psyk snaps to him about how he's obsessed with finding Torg. The strip ends with Psyk and all the other demons present staring with the realisation of his having gone too far. (The next one starts with the same picture: "Still going 'oops!'")
- "Mospinispinosp" is a demon consisting of a snakey humanoid female body (Mosp) with two small talkative snakes (Isp and Osp) for "hair". At one point, Isp and Osp wait for Mosp to apparently be asleep and confide to another demon that she's been helping mortals and betraying the demons. They certainly have an "oh crap" moment when they realise the "demon" was just a sock puppet on Mosp's tail, and when they see the diagram of what she's going to do to them now (which is to make "earrings" to clip their mouths shut).
- Later Isp and Osp again when they think Mosp has killed their Demon Lord — and even more so when they find out she failed. "Holy demon-crap!"
- "A Time for Healing": Jane, an intelligent zombie who's giving Gwynn a "The Reason You Suck" Speech while preparing to eat her brain and mocking her claims of a Tome of Eldritch Lore that gives her magical powers — when she pushes her Berserk Button and finds out that that's what activates said powers, and they're way out of her league. Her face is not shown at the Oh Crap moment; it's instead indicated effectively by her surgical saw winding down.
- "4U City Red - Another Year in the Life of a Villain": An ordinary, non-talking frog (usual line: "CROAK.") is caught in a building after a somewhat literal-minded One Woman Army has been ordered to kill everyone in it.
- A Running Gag where Dr. Schlock thinks he's just got out of trouble and then Riff appears and sticks a laser cannon to his head.
- Returns various times in Ménage à 3:
- When Paulus, a wealthy Roman citizen, decides that he's tired of being a bachelor, he has one of his servants put up a personal ad in the Forum. It gets rather more of a response than he expected.
- Digger: "Meep."
- In Exterminatus Now, a random paranoid tries to temporarily ingratiate himself in the protagonists so he can hide from "government spooks". The main characters proceed to inform him that those people are likely just foreign businessmen, while revealing enough information to make the guy realize they are government spooks.
- And here's the reaction of the original team members when Rogue horribly insults Lothar.
- In Two Evil Scientists, a robotic clone of Dr. Wily uses Evil Energy to revive Bass at the insistence of his daughter Cream. It works, and he has a few moments to enjoy his success until he realizes he brought Bass back to life, and he Came Back Wrong.
- In Homestuck, Eridan's reaction to his victim Kanaya coming back as a glowing super powerful Rainbow Drinker (the Troll version of a vampire) that just snapped his wand leaving him unarmed while she revs up her chainsaw is priceless.
- Even better and even more cathartic? Bec Noir's reaction to seeing PM arrive in the troll's session, wearing the White Queen's ring and looking pissed. Off.
- Two from two different characters, one after another. The first is when Rose realizes that it's not a memory when the Draconian Dignitary is in Dave's room with her. The next is when Dave remembers that he's not in his room. He's still asleep on Derse.
- Aradia's reaction to seeing Sollux is as cheerful as you'd expect from two friends (or more) meeting up for the first time in real life... right until she realises he's Brainwashed and Crazy.
- A three-way version occurs when Jake and Jane stumble into Derse right before it starts falling apart and Dirk comes across them. All three of them proceed to freak out.
- Though stoic, the music and editing made it clear that Davesprite got one of these when Jack was prototyped for the fourth time in the middle of their fight.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, Kat and Annie get a pretty good one when faced with a giant crab at the start of third year.
- This exchange from Drive;
Fernando: Captain, no! An asteroid field is certain death! Open space is bad enough...we can't intentionally fly into debris!
Skitter: Wait—why not? Just turn on your doo-dads or shields or whatever.
Nosh: What shields?
Skitter: Don't you have some kinda...energy bubble that can...I dunno...push aside material or somethin'?...Like a snow-plow?
Skitter: Or some kinda... reinforced hull thingy... that can survive impacts at speeds of...?
Skitter: I'ma skip a step and launch my escape pod now
- Let's Destroy The Shagohod!
Big Boss: OK, whatever! Time for...
Volgin: VOLGIN TIME!
- Only partial, but still same effect, previously on the same comic:
Big Boss: Time to head to Grozny Grad?
The End: Yeah, how about 'no'.
Big Boss: Crap!
- Sees a unique use in this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: A man says he wants a photo of himself etched to his tombstone that looks like him when he died (as in not younger), and then gets stampeded by a herd of cows while driving, leading to his "oh crap" face being immortalised.
- Housepets!: Although somewhat more subtle than many Oh Crap! faces, Sgt Ralph and Kevin get them when they see a stupendously large water balloon falling towards them in a water balloon war with the neighborhood cats.
- In Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger, the Rangers are Oops Boys — because that's the final words on many a black box.
- In Dubious Company, Sakura gets a nice one when she realizes she's in a Type 3 love triangle and interrupted Tiren's Anguished Declaration of Love by giving Walter Valentine's Day chocolate.
- Freefall: "I hate you, Sam. I hate you more than any woman's ever hated a cephalopod."
- In Romantically Apocalyptic, even an alien-controlled skeleton manages a decent "oh crap" face when he realizes that Mr. Snippy wasn't aiming for him. Then, in the very next strip, Mr. Snippy gets one of his own when, minutes later, the alien bursts out of the building.
- Tenko from So... You're a Cartoonist? has one here when he realizes Curmudgeonly Carl will be reviewing his portfolio.
- Brooke "Aphrodite" Lennox in Rival Angels decides that it would be a good idea to issue an open challenge to anybody brave enough to take her on. As you can see, she so wishes she could take it back a few panels later.
- Prescilla's face (last panel - spoilers ahoy!) when she realizes that she should have kept her big fat mouth shut on Season 9 of Survivor: Fan Characters.
- In Rusty and Co.
- When Presti accidentally bursts into Don Polpo's dining room.
- Presti again, when she sees the Magic Missile built by the Tentacallis.
- In Bob and George,
- In Sandra and Woo, Ralph, the bully, says this when he encounters Cloud while trying to beat up a student.
- Too many to count over the course of Commander Kitty, but the G-Rated version itself is said when CK accidentally blows up a Triple-I Space Station.
- The Fox Sister: When the Kumiho runs into Soot Bull.
- Suzie and Lily , the recently-introduced vampire girls (and FBI agents) in Wapsi Square, have practically become a pair of walking Oh-Crap moments.
- Shortpacked! features an immensely satisfying one - Head Alien II has been kicking the heroes around while giving them a Hannibal Lecture, but just as he tries to crush Leslie to death, Robin arrives.
- Sarine and Jon go through so much together in Errant Story that it's all but inevitable that they'll share at least one such moment, and sure enough, they do.
- Sydney of Grrl Power gets one, when testing her powers with Maxima.
Sydney: What am I supposed to do.
Maxima: Just survive.
Sydney: Okay. Wait, WHAT?
- Dragon Ball Multiverse:
- U16 Piccolo gets one when he realizes that Vegetto is injured... which has never happened before.
- Jeice gets a BIG one when it's announced that he has to fight Frieza. Yes, that Frieza. Needless to say, he immediately gives up.
- U13 Vegeta looks more than shocked when Dr. Raichi summons an army of SAIYANS after the former easily disposes of the Ghost Warriors Frieza and Cooler.
- In Zeus' Godly Goodtime, Kratos has a horrified expression on his face when he sees that Zeus has taken the group to Nintendo Land for a day out.
- This trope is often used in Heart Core nearly everytime that someone manages to piss off Ame, mostly during fights. But of course, as you can see in the image above, she's not immune to this trope herself whenever the enemy pulls out a card of their own.
- Rob Ten Pas' Bomango comics tend to feature a number of these, given the combination of instability and amazing strength of the title character. But the last panel of this strip has Gogo herself giving the look, and with good reason. Andy joins in as well as he witnesses what the girls have unleashed...
- In the Campaign Comic Knights of Buena Vista, the GM gets a second look at Elsa's character sheet, and is horrified at the level of Min-Maxing Adriana did to her, especially considering what happened the last time.
- In GuildedAge, Harky has an impressive one when he realizes Byron is The Berserker, making a quick turnaround from mocking the heroes trying to fight him to shouting for someone to get him out of the pit and shoot Byron down.
- In Consolers, Atari has one right before she gets buried under tons of unsold games (most of them E.T) and consoles.
- Scandinavia and the World:
- In World in Trouble USA, England and China have this over North and South Korea fighting, and Denmark has it over snow.
- In Uninvited Guest Denmark has it when he realizes there is someone unknown in the house.
- In Godslave, Edith has this reaction when she realizes that a priceless jar she has just performed Desperate Object Catch for is about to break after all.