Wham Episode / Web Original

  • lonelygirl15 contains plenty of these, but some of the most surprising examples include On The Run, What the F* @k???, 5:00PM, My Fatal Mistake, KIDNAPPED! and Bloodlines: Part 4.
  • KateModern: Precious Blood, in which Lauren is abducted, the team discover a top secret Order base, the killer is (at last!) revealed to be Terry, Steve's faith is tested to breaking point, Steve and Charlie kiss, Gavin leaves for Manchester and the Watcher dies.
  • Survival of the Fittest has had several:
  • Season 2, Episode 7 "Tempest" of The Leet World. Leeroy is kicked off the show, the box from Noonian is revealed to be a Red Herring planted by the Producer, and a video message from Leeroy reveals that the Noonian scientists have all been killed, and that the Producer has been dead for five years.
  • In the Whateley Universe novel "Christmas Elves", at the end of chapter 2, team sweetheart Jade Sinclair (The Chick) is stabbed through the heart while Fey is unable to stop it. Since this is a comic book world, she gets better. But then the cute kid of the team goes psycho and murders dozens of Mooks to rescue herself and Fey. And it's hilarious.
  • AH.com: The Series: the first season ending episodes "Of Ships and Captains" and "Once More Into the Breech", which suddenly showed the very serious back-story that led, years in the past, to the current largely comedic rambling adventures of the battered old ship and crew — and then those events return to haunt them...
  • Episode Nine of There Will Be Brawl. Zelda stabbed Link and left him for dead, Bowser sacrificed himself so Luigi can escape his castle, and Red was killed in an explosion.
    • Oh, and apparently Ganondorf was the one who actually kidnapped Peach, and is leading the Game and Watches, who themselves are really monsters from the beginning of time.
    • Before that, Episode Seven was very whammy as well: Link didn't sanction the raid on Dedede, Red got arrested too, Kirby knows who the butcher is and ESCAPES FROM HIS CELL, Mario took on the whole police force, the other characters are finally aware of Zelda/Sheik's dual identity, and Captain Falcon incinerates Isaac and Saki with a Falcon Punch, Big Damn Heroes fashion. Your jaw was on the floor, admit it.
    • And then there's the series finale. Holy Shit Quotient doesn't even BEGIN to describe it.
  • The end of the current chapter of the Union series. Up until this point, the main characters have been fighting a grey war, until at the end of their current assignment they discover they will either directly or indirectly commit Xenocide.
  • In The Slender Man Mythos:
    • Marble Hornets has a lot of these, considering that each entry is either a Wham Episode or a Breather Episode. The following examples listed are only a fraction of the full amount.
    • Entry #25: Jay's apartment is burnt down, forcing him to go on the run.
    • Entry #26: Alex is alive and still stalked by The Operator.
    • Entry #49: Alex kills a man and leaves his body for The Operator.
    • Entry #61: We witness how Tim becomes his Masky persona.
    • Entry #80: Jay is shot by Alex and is finally taken by the Operator. Tim is too late to save him, and fails to catch Hoody. Tim is now all alone.
    • Entry #86: The rather bloody Final Battle between Tim and Alex, ending with Tim winning after stabbing Alex in the neck, allowing the Operator to come and take his body.
    • Seeking Truth: Inside the Labyrinth Zeke encounters the Slender Man and Lizzie is killed
    • Tribe Twelve: "HELLOTHERE" and "COMECLOSER" Videos from the Observer, Nature Trail Visit Noah encounters the Slender Man and blacks out for a week., November 11th We see who the Observer truly is, and Mary Asher Phone Call Milo's mom reveals she's been stalked too, and that Milo's body went missing.
    • Everyman HYBRID has "Healthy Eating" The HYBRID crew encounters the real Slender Man after realizing it isn't their friend Daniel in the fake suit, Joke's Over The crew realizes they're not being pranked and abandon the fitness aspect, One step forward, two steps back The Rake attacks Evan and murders Alex's dog, and The property Dr. Corenthal is still alive.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall has had a few:
    • "Tandy Computer Wiz Kids: Fit To Win #1": Linksano is leaving, not because of a previously teased Mechakara, but because multiverse conqueror Lord Vyce is coming, and after playing him up reveals that he's headed this way. Then Linkara disappears in a flash of light and isn't heared from for AN ENTIRE MONTH.
    • "Silent Hill:Dead/Alive #'s 5 and 6": The Magic Gun is actually an ultra powerful weapon created in a nightmarish ritual using th e soul of an innocent girl. Said girl narrowly saves Linkara from committing suicide by speaking to him allowing him to win. And then to top it off we see Lord Vyce in full view for the first time and learn he's brought in a specialist... Linksano.
    • "Spider-Man: Planet of the Symbiotes" reveals the true identity of The Entity. It's MissingNo using the image of 90's Kid
    • The "Youngblood #4/Star Trek III" double feature reveals the intruder wasn't Mechakara, it was Lord Vyce.
  • The Spoony Experiment (AT4W's sister series of sorts): Let's Play Final Fantasy X part 3. Black Lantern Spoony is intent on taking the show back and is bringing back the one person that can help him do just that, or to put it more accurately: TIDUS OF ZANARKAND, RISE!.
    • Also, the finale of his Ultima retrospective. It started off light and cheery, but as the series became more and more unloyal to his childhood fandom, (the series that introduced him to RPGs and videogames in general) The end of the Ultima IX review betrayed his childhood to the point where he tosses the box into a wall offscreen, went on a long open rant about how the series had fallen, and he looked and sounded like he had literally been broken.
    • During the finale of his review for Final Fantasy XIII, he knows full well someone from the game is gonna fight him. It ends up being Snow, who proceeds to beat Spoony bloody before Spoony can get the upper hand on him and rip his throat out. No wisecracks or remarks were made after the fight.
  • The The Nostalgia Chick has Kirk VS Picard, which includes a legitimately unexpected twist: they actually had the balls ovaries to kill off BFF Nella! (Though it looks like she will be coming back — as a quasi-demonic intergalactic force of evil, no less).
  • While less epic and more personal, The Nostalgia Critic's ending of his My Pet Monster review made it this. The realization of just how pathetic his life has been hits him like a ton of bricks and sends him into depression. The following episode turns him into an Iron Woobie who finally gets his happy ending. Just once.
    • Another episode plays it for laughs when, after Angry Joe shows up and reveals that the next review will be of Man of Steel, the Critic lampshades that now they don't have a cliffhanger, only for Mr. Zebub to run in:
    'Mr. Zebub: I'm pregnant
  • An unexpected one occurred during Chapter III of The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness: Oh, look, a Quirky Miniboss Squad made up of cloned versions of the heroes. They'll probably just be thwarted by the end of this Chapter and then everyone will forget all abou- Wait, did one of them just kill Nico? Well, didn't see that coming. I guess these guys aren't so harmless after al- Wait, now everyone else is dead too? Son of a-!
  • Michael's past is revealed in Vampire Quest, dear god give that man a hug. Came right after hearing our entire country was screwed too.
  • Ben Drowned had a massive one for "The Truth.rth" where BEN managed to be let out into the Internet, free to do whatever he pleases. How did he get out? All the viewers accidentally allowed him into their computers.
  • In New Prime, we have New Prime 4. The gate of lost gates leads to The White Void, revealing that it is in the same universe as The Last Scene, it's revealed that Dutch was Killed Off for Real by The Phantom, Daniels was Ferris' brother, Ferris meets Valavingee, and Bob was revealed to be The Phantom in disguise, as he takes the medicines from Ferris. Talk about Cerebus Syndrome.
  • Agents Of Cracked's aptly titled The Plot Twistingest Finale in the History of Final Episodes. Ready? Okay. *deep breath* Spoilers abound: Michael is the Chief's son. Cracked was created entirely to keep Michael busy and hidden, because if the other Chiefs found out there was a "retarded demi-god" running around, they would kill him. T-Bone was a security robot, but he turned on the Chief and leaked Michael's existence to the others. Broked is staffed entirely by doubles of the Cracked team (the Chief invented cloning), including B-Tone, who has been reprogrammed to kill Dan and Michael. There's a secret code on Cracked.com that reveals the secrets of the universe to anyone who reads every single word on the site and buys certain items of Cracked merchandise. Michael has been subconsciously weaving the code into all of his articles. Also, as of the last thirty seconds, he and Dan are a couple.
  • The third year of The Questport Chronicles begins with the titular village celebrating the defeat of the previous year's Big Bad. Then, without warning, a jealous sorcerer destroys the village.
  • Yogscast Minecraft Series
    • In episode 34 of Shadow of Israphel, we realize the group only has three days and seven hours before the entire planet is suffocated in sand.
    • The next episode is little better with us finding out that Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane were very nearly correct in their joking assumption that they shouldn't accept milk from a suspiciously cheery barkeeper, who went on to become an important, more developed character in the series... and who was about to kill himself when they met. He would've killed them too out of paranoia if he hadn't decided to risk them not being possessed by the ultimate evil.
    • And the episode after that deals yet another Wham:
    Knight Peculier tried to swim in lava.
    • The Yogscast's Yog Labs series as well, with the episodes Soul Absorber and Clone Lab. The series started out as a clever way to show off mods, but quickly escalated until the story took over. In these two episodes, two Yog Labs employees rebel, which ends up with Simon's master clone—essentially his ticket to respawning—dead. Without it, if he dies, he's dead permanently. In order to keep his respawning ability, Simon takes his place, even though Lewis tells him he'll lose all his memories. After a surprisingly touching goodbye, Simon is frozen in the cloning vat, and Lewis walks away...and we zoom in on a robot back in a corner with the sign "Nothing Lives Forever" on it. Holy. Shit.
  • The NES Godzilla Creepypasta has Trance part 2. Up until that point, there's been nothing more than a few graphical glitches, a few replaced bosses, and some levels have been replaced. Here, Red/the Hell beast starts showing his true colors.
  • In Marriland's Pokémon Emerald Nuzlocke, episode 15, "In Shock and Awe!", his starter, Waffles the Combusken, is killed against Wattson, from a critical hit against his Magneton no less. Devin defined losing his starter as the defining changing point of the series, in comparison to other Nuzlockes where the players still have their starters intact very late in the game.
  • The story "'Verse Chorus" in Fine Structure introduced us to the Imprisoning God, who 1) won't let Mitch leave the universe, 2) regularly changes the laws of physics, and 3) kills Mike, Seph, and a plane full of people.
  • Part 8 of TGWTG's To Boldly Flee is a big one, with many Wham filled moments, but two stand above all the others in it. When tHE Nostalgia Critic enters the Plot Hole and finds out that he's just a character, talking to Doug Walker himself. And Critic's final fate, to becoming one with the Plot Hole to save his friends and the world.
  • The Season 6 finale of Red Panda Adventures, There Will Be Rain Tonight. Most of the Red Panda's agents are missing behind Nazi lines, most of the Home Team is killed, and the Red Panda and Doc Rocket's plane explodes in flight.
  • Noob
    • This is reason the "cover different periods of time" rule gets broken for Season 3, the first half of the third novel and comics seven and following.
    • Omega Zell's transfer from Noob to Justice, Gaea's Face Heel turn and Arthéon reaching his Rage Breaking Point were all shown onscreen in Season 4 of the webseries while the fourth novel starts about a week after the last of these happens and repearing the damage is already underway.
    • The novels all take place around one of these for the Non-Player Character part of the story. Three facts had however held true despite this: Lys and Ark'hen are powerless due to their strength being drained when the Stone of Ages exploded, all neogicians are magic-incapable and the Empire needs the magic from the Sources to keep most of its technology working. All three of these status quo stop holding over the course of the fourth novel.
    • The first episode of Season 5 reveals the Online Alias of the other players from Spectre's old Coalition roster besides Amaras: Ash and Tenshirock.
    • The three last of Season 5 each have their own Wham moment: Tenshirock turns out to be Judge Dead's estranged father who wants to make up with him. He also turns out to be the one who made Spectre stop playing when they were teammates, because the reason for which Spectre is that good is also a threat on his player's health. Finally, Fantöm turns out to have intended to make Amaras win their battle with Spectre all along to make up for the trouble he went through while he was cheated without knowing it.
  • Interlude 26 of Worm reveals that Scion, the most powerful parahuman in the setting, is actually the avatar of an alien entity. And after listening to a "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Jack Slash, he pulls a Face–Heel Turn and obliterates Great Britain. And concludes that he likes the feeling.
  • Welcome to Night Vale:
    • In Episode 19, we finally get to see Desert Bluffs... in all its horrifying, viscera-covered glory.
    • Episode 25, a year after the first, details the invasion by the ancient civilisation below the bowling alley, Carlos' near death at their hands, and Carlos and Cecil finally getting together.
    • And then in Episode 32, Old Woman Josie's angel friends disappear, the Man in the Tan Jacket is given several possible names... and StrexCorp moves into Night Vale, buying the radio station.
    • In Episode 33, Cecil discovers a set of cassette tapes he made from when he was fifteen and shares them with the audience. Teenager!Cecil rambles about his family, the state of the town and his internship at Night Vale Community Radio. Except Adult!Cecil doesn't remember making the tapes. Nor does he remember anything about interning at NVCR, whatever it was that was following him at the time, or even having a brother. This episode also includes the first reference to Cecil's last name, something the fandom had previously assumed he shared with his voice actor.
    • Episode 36, Missing, revolves around Tamika Flynn's sudden disappearance and StrexCorp's attempt to hunt her down and capture her. Cecil may or may not have severed all ties with Strex after they threatened to shut down his show and is hiding on the roof of the Night Vale Community Radio Station, urging his listeners to revolt. Since this is likely the lead in to the live episode airing sometime in December, this is sort of a given.
  • You purchasing the "One Mind" upgrade in Cookie Clicker. Before that, everything's played as Black Comedy at worst. From that moment on, as the tooltip helpfully tells you, it's all downhill.
  • Tokyo Magic Star: Episode 5. The villains come from Hell itself, and the girls aren't just warriors, but blood sacrifices as well.
  • Episode 5 of TOME. The first season finale could count as this as well. These episodes firmly acknowledge that The Forbidden Power, which had previously been a valuable asset to Alpha, is a VERY big bad.
  • Out With Dad:
    • The season 3 finale is primarily The Musical, until the very end, where Vanessa runs away.
  • The Season 1 finale of University Ever After ends with Rapunzel being kidnapped.
  • The upcoming Duckyworth's Thoughts review for the film Eight Crazy Nights is this, as this is one of the only films he considers worse than The Wild, a film he considers So Bad, It's Horrible in it of itself.
  • Episode 42 of The Music Video Show confirms that Laine is losing his mind. And it's not Played for Laughs.
    • Episode 49 has Dylan admitted that he is the Devil. And Fluttershy is not real.
    • Episode 50 has Dylan telling Laine that he killed his parents in a fit of rage. and in the last scene, Dylan takes away Pinkie.
  • No one believed that Eli from Deagle Nation was actually going to go to Israel or that Operation Tupacalypse was going to happen. Then Eli uploaded a video of him walking around Tell Aviv.
  • From Vinny's streams of Tomodachi Life:
    • Episode 28 sees an attempt to add an Isaac Mii to the game go horribly awry, as he crashes the game - and since Vinny didn't save, everything he did that day was lost. It was explained away as a dimensional split, and Isaac was swiftly characterized as a Reality Warper (shaping the overarching story in a more cosmic horror bent).
    • Episode 37 has Two-Faced unexpectedly accepting Donkey Kong's Love Confession, despite having a long and steady relationship with Walrus (who Vinny loathed for that very reason). The ensuing montage showing them gradually growing apart gets to Vinny, and he silently gives Walrus a sausage to cheer him up, then gives him a new apartment (his old one being a jail cell). This was the turning point in the fans' characterizations of Two-Faced as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing (though her name was already a clue).
    • Episode 47 has HOTDOG returning off-camera after being deleted (replacing the unexpectedly-deleted Skeleorita, who was jokingly proclaimed as Ret Gone), with absolutely no comment from Vinny about this. Then the newly-appointed Captain Jahn, upon being complimented for his photographic skills, comments "I could rule the world with this kind of talent!" Naturally, Vinny assumes that they now aim to Take Over the World.
      • The off-camera changes take a much darker turn in the next episode, where the Jahns begin their invasion by mysteriously deleting three islanders and replacing them with their own kind. However, the fact that Lolly (the only girl removed) was replaced by a female Jehn implies that they're being transformed into Jahns. Not only that, but Vinny himself seems to be affected by their mind control!
      • Episode 49 continues this, with at least nine more islanders being assimilated, and one of those (Wii Fit Trainer) being deleted by Vinny is a fit of mind-control-induced rage onscreen. Also, Vinny does many more odd things while under mind control, including changing the island name's pronunciation to "Jahnland Island", making cryptic comments, and nearly deleting his save file. Don't worry, everything's resolved in-between 49 and 50, for the most part.
  • By the time The Jenkinsverse reaches its fifteenth chapter, a main character has already been brutally killed and another shot in the lower back. Just to drive home the point that the gloves really are off, however, Chapter 15 ends with the city of San Diego being on the receiving end of a teleporting antimatter bomb, and Episode 19 ends with innocent 14-year-old colonist Sara Tisdale being shot and killed while her friends watch helplessly
  • Many in Critical Role. Matt likes to keep us on our toes:
    • Episode 3, Strange Bedfellows: The group meets and allies with a mindflayer.
    • Episode 7, The Throne Room: Tiberius and Lady Kima are turned to stone, Grog is abducted by Queen Ulara, and the rest of Vox Machina are trapped in a room slowly filling with magma.
    • Episode 10, K'varn Revealed: A case of Exactly What It Says on the Tin, in that K'varn is revealed to be a Beholder.
    • Episode 16, Enter Vasselheim: Also a Tear Jerker - Pike leaves the group indefinitely, due to Ashley Johnson's departure to New York
    • Episode 17, Hubris: The group is going to be forcibly split into two teams in order to hunt dangerous beasts - and it's the first time the twins have been apart in their entire lives. After the show itself, the four Guest Star Party Members are announced.
    • Episode 24, The Feast: Percy goes into greater detail about his backstory, the group has dinner with the Briarwoods, and Vax is caught trying to sneak into the Briarwoods' bedroom. And so begins what could only be called a Wham Arc, as evidenced by the fact that nearly every episode in it so far qualifies for this trope.
    • Episode 25, Crimson Diplomacy: Percy goes Ax-Crazy, torturing a carriage driver and slaughtering an assailant while screaming "Your soul is forfeit!". The Briarwoods escape - but not before taunting Percy with an invitation to come see his family. Also, Vax nearly dies, and reveals with his last thoughts that he may have feelings for Keyleth.
    • Episode 26, Consequences and Cows: The group is thrown off the Council of Tal'Dorei.
    • Episode 27, The Path to Whitestone: Seeker Assum reveals that sovereign Uriel has been charmed by the Briarwoods. Percy agrees to go with the group to Whitestone - but might be doing so at the behest of the smoky entity from his dreams.
    • Episode 29, Whispers: Percy manages to find and kill one of the people on the List, Sir Stonefell, but as he does, he completely transforms into the smoke entity from his dreams.
    • Episode 30: Percy reveals that the entity in his dream asked him to actually collect the souls of those on the List. Later on, he also learns that his sister Cassandra is still alive.
    • Episode 39: In the last 20 minutes of the Episode, Sovereign Uriel steps down as the ruler of Emon...and then no less than four ancient dragons attack, including a massive red dragon who lays claim to the town. Vox Machina narrowly escapes. And as a cherry on top, Gilmore and all the other council members were at the meeting, and it is unknown if any of them survived.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared:
    • The fourth episode mostly goes like a normal episode, until the Gainax Ending in which Red Guy crosses over the fourth wall and his head explodes. Unlike previous instalments, there's no implication that the weirdness was all in the puppets' heads.
    • The fifth episode tops it. Yellow Guy and Duck Guy have grown more aware of their surroundings, the Teachers aren't even trying to hide their creepiness this time, Duck Guy finally cracks and desperately tries to escape only to be killed and eaten alive, leaving Yellow Guy as the only one left, and to top it all off it's implied at the credits that the mysterious phone calls being sent throughout the episode were sent by Red Guy, who is still alive and now outside of their reality.

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