Wham Line: Video Games

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  • The Ace Attorney series has several:
    • From the first game in the middle of a funny conversation between Maya and a parrot, owned by a crazy old man, we get this bombshell:
    Maya: Polly! Polly! Have we forgotten something?
    Polly: *Squawk* "Don't forget DL-6!" *squawk*
    • And later:
    Edgeworth: "Maybe it was I who killed my father!"
    • From the fifth case, Rise From The Ashes. An in universe example as it caused such an uproar that the trial had to be suspended for a day.
    Lana: Drastic crimes require drastic measures...That's just the way it is. We did what we had to...in order for him to get the verdict he deserved. Even if it involved "forging" evidence.
    • A minor example in the second case, which serves as the first indication we get that Phoenix and Edgeworth knew each other before that trial.
      Phoenix: Edgeworth... you've changed.
    • From Justice for All:
    "How do you do, Mr. Lawyer? I'm Matt Engarde."
    • Edgeworth also gives us this gem showing exactly how his character has developed, which hits pretty hard even with no context whatsoever (for the record, the context is threatening to reveal a witness' mental illness, who is in turn begging him not to:
    "If you're going to say you would 'choose death', then that is of no concern to me."
    • From Trials & Tribulations:
    Sister Bikini: I see. So I've been wrong all this time. Mystic Morgan had three daughters, not two.
    Phoenix: Whaaa!? Th-Three?
    Sister Bikini: Yes. Iris, her twin sister and Mystic Pearl.
    Lamiroir: That voice I heard, talking to Mr. LeTouse...when I heard the gunshots fired. It was him! It was Mr. Daryan!
    • In the last case of Apollo Justice
    Brushel: "Thalassa Has Another Child Besides Trucy", end quote.
    • From Ace Attorney Investigations, we have a wham laugh, when Shih-Nah laughs in the exact same highly-distinctive manner as Calisto Yew, sparking instant recognition from Edgeworth and Kay.
    • A bit later:
    • From Investigations 2:
    Mikagami: The defendant...Bansai Ichiyanagi! I accuse you!
    Blackquill: "Upon thorough analysis, the fingerprints were found to belong to Athena Cykes." So says the report.
    • Later in that game:
    Edgeworth: The man you see there before you... Bobby Fulbright............ is already long dead.
    • And before that, in the same game, when this line is repeated once you know that whoever lowered the escape ladder is a double murderer and international spy.
    Aura Blackquill: So I lowered the ladder like the detective leading the investigation told me to.
  • Age of Empires II. In the final cutscene of the Barbarossa campaign:
    Narrator: And what of Henry the Lion? With Barbarossa gone, there was nothing stopping him from returning to the Holy Roman Empire. But I am an old man now. What harm can I possibly do?
    • During the Joan of Arc Campaign, the first part of the mission in which you attack Paris involves you going to meet up with the King's reinforcements. When you reach your destination, two poor-quality units come out and greet you with this line, which indicates that the King has betrayed Joan.
    Militia: We are all the king could afford to send.
  • ALLTYNEX Second drops one during the ending sequence, which reveals that the name of the protagonist is Guehala Dennis, the developer of the Phoenix in the game's chronological successor, RefleX.
  • Analogue: A Hate Story:
    • Though it occurs only about 15% into the story, it still dramatically changes everything about *Hyun-ae, the AI that's been assisting you. Additionally, it's the superuser password that you haven't been able to figure out up until this point.
      Pale Bride: "My name is Hyun-ae!"
  • Armored Core:
    Thermidor: "Prepare your souls. These cowardly ideals, they will cause the downfall of humanity!"
    Wynne D. Fanchon: "Humanity? I don't see humanity anywhere, Otsdarva."
  • Assassin's Creed I:
    Altaďr: Speak sense, Templar, or not at all!
    Robert: Nine men he sent you to kill, yes...the nine who guarded the treasure’s secret?
    Altaďr: What of it?
    Robert: It wasn't nine who found the treasure, Assassin. Not nine, but ten.
    Altaďr: A tenth? None may live who carry the secret. Give me his name.
    Robert: Oh, but you know him well...and I doubt very much you'd take his life...as willingly as you’ve taken mine.
    Altaďr: Who?
    Robert: It is your master: Al Mualim.
  • Assassin's Creed 2:
    Minerva: (to Ezio): "The rest is up to you... Desmond."
    Ezio: "What? Who is Desmond? I don't understand... Please, wait! I have so many questions!"
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood:
    The Animus: Compiling subsystems. Infrastructure. Tendons. Heart. Voice.
    Desmond: ...Subject 16?
    Subject 16: Yes...Subject 17.
    Desmond: You're dead...I saw your blood!
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations:
    Tutorial: Use the gun to shoot Abbas.
    • In The Lost Archive DLC...
    Vidic: We're counting on you, Lucy. You have served the Templar Order well.
  • Assassins Creed III:
    Haytham Kenway: You are a Templar. May the Father of Understanding guide us.
    Desmond: Wait...what.
  • Baldur's Gate:'
    Gorion's Letter: But you should know this: I am not your biological father. That title lies with the deity known as Bhaal.
  • Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings And The Lost Ocean has one that turns the entire game up to that point on its head:
  • Baten Kaitos Origins gives us this bombshell:
    Pieda: Well, how about Malpercio, then?
    • Later, the major Wham Episode can be summed up with three separate lines:
    Milly: Father! Make them stop!
    Sorcerers: Marno ar [...], accursed one...thy life must end!note 
    Sagi: Guillo?!
    • Later, we get one that sets up the final major reveal:
    Verus: Hee heh hah hah hah! Sagi, you've betrayed my hopes time and again, but I'm happy to say you've finally come through for me.
  • Battlefield 3: "Solomon's one of ours."
  • Beyond: Two Souls: At the end of "The Mission".
    News Announcer: ...and the international community had just announced its recognition of the election of the new president Gemaal Sheik Charrief ... and now, sources report that he and all his government were assassinated in what appears to be an unclaimed attack.
  • Billy Vs SNAKEMAN: "You can do it, can't you? You can Loop."
    • Also, from before Cerebus Syndrome set in: "The power of a Reaper lies in...their Pants.", followed by "NO PANTS DAY."
  • BioShock series:
    Atlas: It's time to end this little masquerade. There ain't no Atlas, kid. Never was. Fella in my line of work takes on a variety of aliases. Hell, once I was even a Chinaman for six months. But, you've been a sport, so I guess I owe you a little honesty. The name's Frank Fontaine.
    Sofia Lamb: ...But there is one detail of your mutual bond she failed to account for. Your body was designed to lapse into a coma when her heart ceases to beat. Eleanor..forgive me.
    • This from the "Minerva's Den" DLC.
    The Thinker: Mainframe reactivated. Confirming user's identity: genetic identity confirmed. Alpha series: Subject Sigma. Former identity: Charles Milton Porter.
  • From BioShock Infinite:

    Preacher: And what name shall you take, my son?
    Alternate Elizabeth 1: He's Zachary Comstock.
    Alternate Elizabeth 2: He's Booker DeWitt.
    Booker: No...I'm both.
  • Breath of Fire: "Ha! That was so easy! Here they are, Jade!"
    • And from Breath of Fire III: "I am a Guardian. The number beneath my name represents how many dragons I have killed.
  • Borderlands 2
    Handsome Jack: I think it's time to let you in on that little secret. Angel's working for me.
    Angel: It isn't enough to steal the Vault Key. You have to destroy Jack's catalyst. You have to destroy ...me.
    • And that one is immediately followed by:
    Handsome Jack: You stay the hell way from my daughter!
  • Bulletstorm:
    Ishi: "God...is...dead."
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops. Two of them:
    Hudson: Reznov's been dead for five years, he died in the escape from Vorkuta!
    Mason: You tried to make me kill my president!
    Dragovich: Tried?
    • There's also a third one from "Rebirth":
    Hudson: Viktor Reznov did not kill Friederich Steiner. Hudson saw what happened.
    • Following this is a line that qualifies not so much for the content, but for the fact that the player is hearing it for the second time, and someone else is saying it this time:
      Mason: My name is Viktor! Reznov! And I will have! My! Revenge!
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts:
    Rourke: You would've made a good Ghost... too bad they're not gonna be around. And you're gonna help me destroy them.
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow:
    Soma:"I am...Dracula."
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: "EU SUNT DRACUL!"
  • Child of Light:
    • Norah's betrayal:
    Norah: I am sorry, Aurora. We are not together.
    • It's revealed that the ogre who kidnapped Gen's parents ate them.
    • Then, the one from the Confessions that reveals that the subplot therein takes place in the future
    (I looked that one up online)
  • Chrono Cross: An example where it's not the line itself, but who says it that causes a huge impact
    Serge: Yes...I'm fine...
  • Chrono Trigger
    Magus: No, you fools! I only summoned him!
    • Later:
    Janus: The black wind howls. One among you will shortly perish.
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Sun.
    McNeal: Where's the spaceship? The one that Kane stole?
    Vega: He didn't steal it. He built it.
  • The player's commander in Cyber-Lip says "The Earth is ours" after defeating the titular supercomputer...Then he grins evilly and his eyes glow in red, implying that he is an android and the Earth has already been taken over by them.
  • Dangan Ronpa: "Sakura Oogami is the mole!" But what really clinches it? The suspect doesn't deny it.
    • And two from the second trial, firstly concerning the identity of Genocider Syo "It's...Fukawa Touko" and secondly, a secret about the victim "She is a man!".
    • "This school life of mutual killings is being completely broadcasted live on TV all over Japan!"
  • Super Dangan Ronpa 2
    • During the Chapter 5 trial, Nanami starts acting strangely, ending with this:
      Nanami: "But...there’s nothing they could have done...since even if they had wanted to confess...they couldn’t have...Because they weren't made that way. So...I want you guys to try and guess. (...) The Future Foundation spy, the traitor hidden amongst us...who do you think it is?"
    • During Chapter 6:
      Naegi: The real bad guys...are you guys.
    • Chapter 6 also has two in rapid succession.
    Enoshima: Izuru Kamukura... lives. Right, Hinata-kun!?
    Hinata: (thinking) ...what? (speaking) Wh-what? What do you mean?
    Enoshima: I mean... you're Izuru Kamukura.
  • The Darkness has one from the titular entity itself:
    Learn that you are my puppet. Now watch this!
    • If the sequel has one, it's in the end.
    I love you, Jackie Estacado. No matter what happens, I always will. I'm so sorry.
  • Deadly Premonition: "When the time comes and you have to make that decision, make the right one. OK, Zach?"
    • They even have that last part in letters about five times as big as the rest of the subtitles in the game, just in case you didn't see it.
  • Dead Rising in Overtime.
    Isabela: You...You must have gotten yourself infected somehow.
    • In Dead Rising 3, Chuck Greene has located Annie, who is really his daughter, Katey, after the years of running away from him, blaming herself of turning into a crime lord for her sake.
    Chuck: Katey Ann Greene, where have you been?
  • Dead Space 2:
    The Marker: Thank you, Isaac. Now...time to die.
  • Deus Ex:
    Paul Denton: You can relax, JC. I told the troops to stand down. That's right, I'm working for the NSF.
    Megan Reed: Jaron, is that you? (As Jensen enters the room, unseen to Megan, intent on rescuing her from said Jaron.)
  • Dm C Devil May Cry
    Vergil: The path is clear for us to rule.
  • "Peaceful days are over. Let's Survive." The last thing that the protagonist and his friends read before demons are summoned right before their eyes, and possibly the most iconic lines in the game.
  • Diablo II: "You haven't failed, old man. You've done exactly as you were meant to do. However, I am not the archangel Tyrael."
  • Diablo III:
    Adria: Dear Leah...Deckard always suspected...your true father...was Diablo himself!
  • Digital Devil Saga has two within the same arc:
    Varin Omega: I am Colonel! Colonel Beck!
    Argilla: No way! We...died?!
    • Also:
      Lupa: Have you ever seen a child here in the Junkyard?
  • Disgaea 2:
    Rozalin: Wait! I really can't tell you!!
    Etna: Sure you can. You just don't want to.
    Rozalin: ...No, you don't understand. The reason I cannot tell you is...I-I don't know where my father is! I have never even met him before!!
  • In Dissidia 012, you unlock the Confession of The Creator scenario (Scenario 000) after completing Treachery of the Gods (Scenario 012) and Light to All (Scenario 013). Those latter two are numbered after the "cycle" of war in which it takes place. As per the story of the original game, the heroes break the cycle and go home after the 13th cycle. In Confessions of the Creator, which doesn't seem to take place anywhere in the ordinary story, the Mured Moogle (Cid of the Lufaine) tells you his story as you make your final approach to Chaos. In it, he casually mentions that in the 13th cycle, everyone on Cosmos's side, including the goddess herself, died and were purified. You may write this off as perhaps a misnumbering. Maybe there was a 0th cycle or something. And then he talks about an 18th cycle.
  • From the DonPachi series:
    "That was a good fight. You should be commended...Psych! You're dead meat!! Enemies you've been fighting against, supposedly 'Mechanized Aliens', were actually. our (sic) guys, the missing battlefleet you learned about in the academy. You were killing our guys without knowing it! But I planned that all along! And your death...would be a nice finishing touch to my whole scheme. My special forces are the best of the best and they will be welcoming you with fierce fier (sic) power. See You in Hell!"
    • In DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu, Colonel Longhena has two versions of the "welcome to 2nd loop" speech, depending on which version of the 2nd loop you unlock. Either way, he declares his intent to "build a new order"...
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age: Origins: "Sound...the retreat!"
    • Dragon Age II:
      • At the end of the quest "Alone": "You said you never wanted those markings, but that's not true! You wanted them; competed for them!"
      • In Merrill's quest "A New Path", she notices that the Pride Demon who taught her Blood Magic is not present at Pride's End, and suggests that something must have happened to it. Keeper Marethari, now possessed by the demon, arrives and says "I happened."
      • In the Legacy DLC, when you finally confront the ancient darkspawn Corypheus, he utters a couple:
        "Whoever you be, you owe fealty to any magister of Tevinter."
        "The light. The golden light. You [Dumat] offered... the power of the gods themselves. But it was black... corrupt." [...] "It was supposed to be golden!"
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • "Well, Shit":
      Bianca: Red lyrium... it has the Blight. Do you know what that means?
      Varric: What, that two dangerous things combine to make something super-awful?
      Bianca: Lyrium is alive-or something like it. The Blight can't infect minerals. Only animals.
      • "What Pride Has Wrought":
        Abelas: The Tevinters never destroyed Arlathan. We warred upon ourselves.
      • Shortly after the climax of "What Pride Has Wrought," encountering Flemeth in the Fade:
        Morrigan: ...you are Mythal.
      • In The Stinger:
        Flemeth: You should not have given your orb to Corypheus, Dread Wolf.
        (cue image of Solas walking up behind her)
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, at the end of the quest where you have to negotiate a truce between the Stormcloaks and Imperials, Delphine walks up to you (if you haven't talked to her yet) and says this:
    Delphine: Oh, and one more thing. We know about Paarthurnax.
  • Etrian Odyssey. All this time you thought you were in a medieval world of sorts. Then comes the fifth Stratum, named Lost Shinjuku. And yes, it's referring to Shinjuku, Japan.
  • Fahrenheit: "A Mayan sacrifice. That's what it was."
    • Also in the chapter, "Where is Jade?".
    "The truth is, you are dead, Lucas."
  • A fairly amusing one that can be delivered by the Courier at the Wild Card ending of Fallout: New Vegas:
    Courier: I see. Yes Man, throw General Oliver off the dam.
  • Fate/EXTRA:
    Shinji Matou: "I'm only eight years old!"
  • Fate/stay night has several. Due to the nature of the narration, some hit the reader more than the characters, and vice-versa.
    Archer: Trace, On.note 
  • FEAR: Paxton Fettel's words "You and I were born from the same mother."
    • Technically, it's not spoken, but toward the very end of the game, the camera pans down to show the name on the Origin project folder: Alma Wade. That one word changes the context of about 90% of the entire game.
    • After the credits, the very last words in the game. "There is some good news, however. The first prototype was a complete success." Spoken by Genevieve Aristide, the president of Armacham.
  • In the endgame of Final Fantasy I, the Warriors of Light journey to the world of 2000 years in the past, to confront the demon Chaos. They descend deep into the then-pristine Chaos Shrine...and encounter a disturbingly familiar face:
    Garland: Do you remember me? I was once known as a knight of Cornelia.
  • Final Fantasy IV looks like it sets one up when Cecil and company travel to the moon and meet FuSoYa, when he reveals that his brother, KluYa, was Cecil's father. But that's just to set up the real Wham Line - Golbez: "My father? His name was...KluYa".
    • Also earlier on, when Kain approaches Cecil in Fabul. The wording varies based on the translation, but the effect is the same.
    Cecil: You'll fight, then?
    Kain: Of course. That's the very reason I've come. But, Cecil...The one I'll fight is you!
  • Final Fantasy VI:
    Gestahl: "Kefka, stop it! If you revive those statues, you'll destroy the very world we've conquered!"
    Kefka: "Shut up!!"
    (Battle Swirl)
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    Gave Black Materia to Sephiroth.
    • And Later:
    Sephiroth/Jenova: "...because you are a puppet."
  • Final Fantasy IX has two, both from Garland:
    • "Twelve years ago, I lost one of my most prized Genomes. I created him and sent him to Gaia to disrupt the cycle of souls there. You are that Genome."
    • "I constructed the Genomes to be vessels for the souls of Terra when they awaken. But 24 years ago, I gave life to a Genome that was very much like you. His will was too strong to make him into a proper vessel, and I even considered discarding him. But then I thought that I should put his strength to use. I sent that Genome as my servant, to disrupt the cycle of souls on Gaia. The one I sent to Gaia might also be called your brother...and his name is Kuja."
  • Final Fantasy X has a few:
    Tidus: "If guardians do their job well, summoners will be safe!" (Silence) "Right?" "RIGHT?"
    Rikku: "Yunie will die, you know? ...You know, don't you?!"
    Rikku: (Moments after the previous line) "The pilgrimages have to stop!"
    Auron: There's something you should know.
    Tidus: I know. It's about you, right?
    Auron: I am also an unsent.
    • And earlier:
    Auron: I felt something of Jecht there in that shell...couldn't you? You must have felt him when you came into contact with Sin.
    • And this one from Mika, where he reveals that much like Auron, he's an unsent, and obstructs the party's efforts to send Seymour:
    Mika: "Send the dead...hmm? You would have to send me too."
  • Final Fantasy XII has many, many examples. The first comes in the prologue:
    Reks: Captain...why? Our king...what have you done?
    Balthier: He made airships...weapons... He even made me a judge.
    Ashe: You were a judge?
    Balthier: Part of a past I'd rather forget. It didn't last long. I ran. I left the judges, and him... Cidolfus Demen Bunansa, Draklor Laboratories' very own Doctor Cid. That's when he lost his heart to nethicite, lost himself. And I suppose that's when I lost my father.
    • Also these, provided you didn't read the instruction manual, which lists all the characters:
    Judge Ghis: This is hardly the courtesy due the late Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca.
    Gabranth: You have grown very thin, Basch.
  • Final Fantasy XIII has a whopper at the end of Chapter 9:
    Primarch Galenth Dysley: Why don't you leave, Jihl? Or rather...take your leave? Humans have no place here.
    • Followed by:
    Primarch Galenth Dysley: I am fal'Cie. My name is Barthandelus, voice of the Sanctum, and Lord-Sovereign of the Cocoon fal'Cie.
    • Earlier we get two in one:
    Oerba Yun Fang: I'm from Gran Pulse. The world below you all hate so much. My partner and I had turned to crystal there and gone to sleep. The reason Cocoon's in such an uproar is the same reason you're here now. Vanille and I woke up.
  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War:
    • Chapter 3: Lionheart Eldigan
    Manfroy: (to Deirdre) Prepare for your rebirth. Once we erase all your memories, we shall introduce you to your new husband.
    • Chapter 5: Doors of Destiny
    Arvis: I hereby sentence you to death for your acts of treason. No visits to the King today, Sigurd.
  • Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword: "The ice dragon there...The beast slaughtered by your hand...That is Ninian. The girl you loved."
    Sonia Reed: Once you've killed the Prince, kill Nino too.
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn: This line in the Endgame after destroying Lekain's Blood Pact and discovering he had a second Pact.
    Sanaki: Oh...I'll hang on to this. I promised to return this to its proper owner, Raven King Naesala.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening:
    "Marth"/ Lucina: [To Chrom] Father! No!
  • In what is probably a record, Five Nights at Freddy's 2 scored two Wham Lines in its trailer:
    the thought to be dead Phone Guy: "Hello? Hellooooo? Well, if you're hearing this, then chances are you've made a very poor career choice."
    • And then this:
    • In the story itself:
    "11-12-1987" written on the player character's check, indicating that this is a Stealth Prequel.
    • Also:
    Phone Guy: Hello hello? Uh... what on earth are you doing there? Uh... Didn’t you get the memo? Uh... The place is closed down, at least for a while. Someone used one of the suits. We had a spare in the back, a yellow one, the one used in... Now none of them are acting right. Listen, j-just finish your shift. It’s safer than trying to leave in the middle of the night. Uh... We have one more event scheduled for tomorrow: a birthday. You’ll be on day shift. Wear your uniform. Stay close to the animatronics and make sure they don’t hurt anyone, okay? Uh, for now just make it through the night. Uh, when the place eventually opens again, I’ll probably take the night shift myself. Okay, good night and good luck.
  • Freelancer:
    "Bounty Hunters, cease fire! These two are under the protection of the Lane Hackers!
    • When Colonel Kress reveals who he is working for:
    Colonel Kress: The Order.
  • Ghost Trick: At the end of Chapter 14, after a number of revelations, Sissel sums up the result of it all:
    Sissel: Who. Am. I? I'm even further from knowing than when I started.
    • The ending offers up a whammy, right after the very last puzzle in the game.
    Yomiel: Well...it looks like HIS fate just changed in a big way.
    Sissel: Whose?
    Yomiel: That kitten's, of course. Sissel's.
  • Gradius V — Stage 2 starts off as a brief space segment, but then:
    Vic Viper's computer: "Warning: There is a space-time anomaly forming. Two objects have emerged. Ship identification code cannot be processed for the large craft. The other is Vic Viper T-301."
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    "At least someone in your chickenshit organization knows how to do business, isn't that right, Lance?"
    "Niko Bellic? A gift from Dimitri Rascalov."
    "Let me just ask you something, alright, something I've been thinking about. Up in North Yankton, exactly who was buried in your place?"

  • Half-Life is relatively straightforward with a team of scientists accidentally opening a rift to another dimension that leads to an alien invasion of Earth. Except for the mysterious man with the suitcase who shows up all over the game, sometimes unlocking doors for Gordon Freeman and sometimes blocking his way, until revealing at the end that everything turned out just as his "employers" intended, and then puts him into suspended animation until he needs him again. In Half-Life 2 he sets Gordon Freeman loose and manipulates things in the background again, hinting that there had been several parties that were interested in securing his services. The real whammer comes near the end of Episode Two when he implants a message into the mind of the daughter of the scientist who led the experiment that resulted in the alien invasion.
    G-Man: "When you see your...father...relay these words: Prepare for unforeseen consequences."
    • Which gets an even bigger punch as you have to be a huge fan of the first game that was released 12 years earlier since "Unforeseen Consequences" is the name of the level immediately after the experiment goes wrong and aliens invade through the dimensional rift.
    • ** Shortly before that while speaking into Gordon Freeman's mind, he is shown sitting on the computer of the security guard who first mentioned that on the day of the experiment the computer system of the facility was going crazy, but "seemed back to normal", revealing that he wasn't just opportunistic in using the dimensional rift for the goals of his employers, but actually created it on purpose.
      • Immediately after the above line is delivered, the aforementioned scientist tells Gordon that he was told to "prepare for unforeseen consequences" right before the experiment began.
      Eli: You know who I'm talking about. Our mutual friend.
      • This is the first time someone has acknowledged the existence of the G-Man. Eli also tells Gordon that the G-Man brought the crystal used in the experiment to Black Mesa in the first place, confirming the earlier hints that he was responsible for the disaster.
  • Halo has a couple:
    Cortana: You don't know what this thing does, do you? Halo doesn't kill Flood, it kills their food. Humans, Covenant, whatever - we're all equally edible!
  • In Halo 2:
    343 Guilty Spark: Failsafe protocol: In the event of unexpected shutdown, the entire system will move to standby status. All platforms are now ready for remote activation.
    Commander Keyes: Remote activation? ...Where would someone go to activate the other rings?
    343 Guilty Spark: Why, The Ark, of course.
    Arbiter: And where, Oracle, is that?
    • Before that:
    Arbiter: When the Prophets learn of this, they'll take your head!
    Tarturus: When they learn? Fool, they ordered me to do it.
    • From Halo 3:
    Master Chief: That's… our galaxy. We're beyond the rim.
    Mendichant Bias: I SEE YOU, RECLAIMER.
    343 Guilty Spark: You are the child of my makers. Inheritor of all they left behind! You are Forerunner! But this ring… IS MINE!
    Cortana: I was put into service over eight years ago… AI's deteriorate after seven.
    Ur-Didact: Time was your ally, human. But now it has abandoned you. The Forerunners… have returned.
    Librarian: The Didact is here. The Didact is gone...It is said the Master Builder executed you on the San'Shyuum quarantine planet. You are now all I have. You are now all we have.
    • Then:
    The Captive: We meet again, young one. I am the last of those who gave you breath and shape and form, millions of years ago. I am the last of those your kind rose up against and ruthlessly destroyed. I am the last Precursor. And our answer is at hand.
    • Primordium had one near the end as well:
    Guilty Spark: Some say [the Librarian] is dead, that she died on Earth. But this is demonstrably untrue...And after a hundred thousand years of exploration and study...I know where to find her.
  • In Hatoful Boyfriend, there's "I wonder why he lied about going straight home...?"
  • Heavy Rain: "Don't forget about me...Scottie."
  • In Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, if the player starts the infamous Conquest End, Nepgear gets to say this one line that tells us what kind of an ending it will be:
    Nepgear: What if we gathered all of the nations' shares into one big share?
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia V has the following:
    Peashy: Bwaaah! What's going on? I'm all tiny now!
    Vert: Hmhmhmm. While you were all having your silly argument, this happened...
    Nepgear: Vert is my big sister now. I am Vert's loyal little sister.
  • I Miss the Sunrise:
    Willis: [Typelog] must have traced back the sabotage of the Mind/Matter Interface project to our agent on the inside.
    • Later, there is a wham word: In Ivoronus' final scene, you get a piece of paper with their name on it. It's "PRIME", the name that #1213 gave to their most beloved creation.
  • inFAMOUS:
    Cole: What do you want me to tell Moya?
    John: Who's Moya?
    • Later, there's another one:
      Cole: Yet the thing that drove him forward...Kessler's sole link to the past, was a picture from his wedding day...
      when he married Trish, with Zeke as his best man...
      • Actually, before that was Kessler's last words; "Trish, I love you. Forgive me."
  • inFAMOUS 2 delivers a surprise one from the Big Bad:
    The Beast: Humanity is dead. Help me save what I can.
  • Jade Empire: "Your abilities have grown immensely. But it also does my heart good to see that you have remembered the basics of what I taught. Even the flaws."
    • Early on in the game, after the attack on Two Rivers by the Lotus Assassins, Sagacious Zu will say "I...I was one" immediately after talking about them (the context varies based on your dialogue choice).
    • At the end of the Aishi the Mournful Blade quest, the old man who gave you the quest will introduce himself as Aishi's father. Aishi said her father was dead, so this reveals him to be a lingering spirit.
  • From Jak II: Renegade:
    Metal Head leader: Don't you recognize him? The boy is you, Jak.
  • Katawa Shoujo has a few, often accompanied by the music stopping.
    • In Emi's route
    Hisao's Narration: "Emi's there, yes. But she's in a wheelchair"
    • Hisao finds a bottle in the shed, and the label tells him why Emi brought him there.
    "Personal lubricant - lemon flavored."
    • In Hanako's route, this exchange between Hisao and Lilly not only takes the scene into a completely different direction (especially in that it forces Hisao to re-evaluate how he sees Hanako), but takes it into a completely direction than the equivalent scene in Lilly's route.
    Lilly: There is another person, though, that has been a subject of worry for me as of late.
    Hisao: Oh?
    Lilly: That person is you, Hisao.
    • In Lilly's route.
    Akira: When our folks told me that when we were at their place, though, they also gave Lilly a summons to rejoin them in Inverness.
    • In Shizune's route
    • Later in Shizune's route
    Misha: "I know you like her, Hicchan. I mean that I like Shicchan in the same way. I want her to be my girlfriend."
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Medusa has been defeated. The world is at peace, the 8-bit credits are rolling, and Pit and Palutena are sharing a good laugh. And then...
    Hades: "Now wait just a second."
    • Then in Chapter 18:
    Pit: (to Magnus) It feels like just yesterday we were fighting together.
    Magnus: Yesterday? Try three years, buddy!
    Then: How's this for starters? You've become the enemy of mankind!
  • A couple in Killer7.
    • Sunset, pretty much right off the bat after the opening, gives a scene that cultimates in this:
    Spencer: "Mr. President? This is Spencer speaking, sir. 200 pulsars have been fired towards Japan."
    • Why did Ulmeyda ask the assassins to find him?
    Ulmeyda: "I...I...I want you to kill me. If I catch Heaven Smile, you gotta kill me! I heard you're the only one who can kill them!"
    • In Smile, Part 1, we get this:
    Mills: "...OK. 30 years ago, you and Harman -" Mills proceeds to get shot multiple times before the line can be finished.
  • Killzone has one that has surprisingly little impact on the plot, when Templar and co. finally rescue Colonel Hakha after spending about half the game in pursuit of that goal.
    • And a little later...
    Hakha: :"It can't be... the computer under Helghast control. It's General Adams' personal computer."
    • And one of the final lines of Killzone 2.
    ISA soldier: "Helghast ships!"
    • And the last lines of Killzone 3...
    Jammer: "Guys, I'm not reading any comms traffic."
    Jammer: "I mean nothing, man. The entire planet is silent."

  • Kirby Super Star, in the Milky Way Wishes subgame:
    Nova: READY. ->
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    Malak: Even the combined power of the Jedi Council couldn't completely destroy your former identity, could it, Revan?
    • From the sequel:
    Kreia: Know that there was once a Darth Traya. And that she cast aside that role, was exiled, and found a new purpose. But there must always be a Darth Traya, one that holds the knowledge of betrayal. Who has been betrayed in their heart, and will betray in turn.
  • L.A. Noire in case, "Manifest Destiny":
    Your wife's attorney has pictures of you and the German.
  • The Last of Us
    Joel: Why the hell are we smuggling an infected girl?
    • After Ellie and David fight off a group of infected:
    David:: A few weeks back I ah...sent a group of men out to a nearby town to look for food. Only a few came back. They said that the others have been slaughtered by a crazy man. And get this, he was a crazy man traveling with a little girl.
    • and a bit later, once Ellie finds out the truth about David's village.
    David: I know you're hungry, you've been out for quite some time.
    Ellie: What is it?
    David: Its deer.
  • Legacy of Kain
    • Blood Omen: He is the last! [Moebius points at Kain and swords are drawn.] Destroy him!
    • Soul Reaver: The blade is vanquished. So it unfolds...and we are a step closer to our destinies.
    • Soul Reaver 2: My god...the Hylden...we walked right into their trap. Raziel! Janos must stay dead!
    • Defiance: The Soul Reaver, pure of all corruption...this is what it is for. This is what I am for. The two become one...both Soul Reavers...together...and the Scion of Balance is healed...And I am not your enemy...not your destroyer...I am, as before, your right hand...your sword.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: "A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role has just ended..."
    • Ocarina of Time: "Thou must never suffer that man, who placed this death curse on me and sapped my power. Because of that curse, my end is nigh..."
      • Later, after Link returns to the Temple of Time and opens the way to the Sacred Realm:
      Ganondorf: Geh heh heh! Excellent work! As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm...Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!
    • Link's Awakening: "If the Wind Fish wakes up, everything on this island will be gone forever! And I do mean...EVERYTHING!"
    • The Wind Waker: "But the hero never came..."
  • From Lunar: Silver Star Story:
    Magic Emperor Ghaleon: "Now...who shall be my queen?" (Dramatic close-up on Luna, still stuck in her Heroic BSOD)
  • Make It Good: Context dependent: He hands back the letter opener. "On this; no good, Inspector. The only fingerprints we got were yours - you must have handled it without gloves on. However, the blood is the deceased alright." when the player has used gloves while handling it.
  • Manhunt 2: "Everything's gonna be alright, honey."
  • Mass Effect 1: There is a realm of existence so far beyond your own you cannot even imagine it. I am beyond your comprehension. I am Sovereign.
    • The very next line also acts as one:
    Shepard: "Sovereign isn't just some Reaper ship Saren found. It's an actual Reaper!"
    • As well as every single word that Sovereign says, which forever altered any ideas anyone had about the story of the games, cementing Sovereign's status as a Walking Spoiler:
    Sovereign: "The cycle cannot be broken. The pattern has repeated itself more times than you can fathom. Organic civilizations rise, evolve, and at the apex of their glory, they are extinguished. The Protheans were not the first. They did not create the Citadel. They did not forge the mass relays. They merely found them. The legacy of my kind."
  • Mass Effect 2
    EDI: Only one race is known to have this genetic structure: the Protheans.
    • Later:
    Geth: Shepard-Commander.
    • Proving it's never too late for a curveball:
    EDI: Shepard...If My Calculations Are Correct, the super-structure...is a Reaper.
    Shepard: Not just any Reaper. A human Reaper.
    • On Miranda's loyalty mission, you overhear radio reports of Enyala's Eclipse Forces, sent to retrieve Oriana for her and Miranda's father, describing where Oriana's escort, Niket, is, until finally...
    Enyala: Niket has reached the terminal. He'll switch the family over to our transport.
  • Mass Effect 3
    Admiral Hackett: Nothing's happening. The crucible's not firing.
    • The double whammy from a miner near the beginning of the Leviathan DLC:
    Miner: What's a Reaper?
    Shepard: ...what year do you think it is?
    Miner: 2176.
    Shepard: 2176 was 10 years ago.
    • From the "Citadel" DLC:
    Clone: What do you think, Staff Analyst Brooks? Will the Alliance stop us?
    Brooks: I wouldn't know. I don't actually work for them.
  • The ending of Mega Man X3: "Dr. Light's plan for him will finally be revealed. Unknown to X, his destiny has already been decided. To save mankind, he must destroy Zero."
    Sigma: "But, something is not right. I...don't quite understand...Why did Zero...He is...last...of the doctor's creations..."
  • The Reveal at the end of Mega Man Zero 3:
    Dr. Weil: "Hehehehehe! Excellent, Zero! Your power is extraordinary, for a fake."
    • Perhaps not quite as shocking, but there's this exchange from the first MMZ, leading right into the final segment of the game:
    Zero: "You...You're the one who gave the Z-Saber to me..."
  • Near the end of the first Mega Man Legends game:
    Mega Man Juno: Have we met before? Oh, please forgive me. You are a purifier model, assigned to the direct command of Mother. As I recall, you were designated Mega Man Trigger. Please forgive me, I did not recognize you in your current configuration.
    • And then from the sequel, we have this:
    Mega Man Volnutt: The keys!
    Yuna: Now this is a problem. She plans on executing the Carbon Reinitialization Program!
    Mega Man Volnutt: Carbon Reinitialization Program?
    Yuna: Basically, every human alive will be deleted, wiped out, and the Ancients will be restored!
    Mega Man Volnutt: What!?
  • The Metal Gear series has quite a few:
    Terminal: PAL code number three confirmed. PAL code entry complete. Detonation code activated.
    • There's one near the end of the game, revealing Miller's true identity:
    Colonel: Snake! You've been talking to...
    Master Miller: Me... dear brother!
    Ocelot: Yes. [...] Yes. [...] Thank you, Mister President.
    Snake: Change sides? I don't recall ever saying I was on yours.
    Otacon: They're already dead, all twelve of them.
    Snake: What? When did it happen?
    Otacon: Well...a hundred years ago.
    Raiden: "The bit about my sword - that "means of justice" stuff? I guess I needed something to keep "the Ripper" in check when I was knee-deep in bodies."
    Monsoon: "You..."
    Raiden: "But you - all this - is a wake-up call to what I really believe."
    Raiden: "I'm saying that Jack is back!"
    • There's also a pretty memorable one in the final boss fight.
    Senator Armstrong: "Nanomachines, son!"
  • Metroid Fusion: "Samus, this is your last mission. Go to the Operations Room and adjust the station's orbit path to intercept SR388. Then return to your ship and escape. Move quickly, and stay alive. That's an order! Any objections, Lady?"
    • The SA-X generally causes a lot of these:
    "I have learned the identity of our mystery saboteur...Samus, it's an X mimicking you. ...The SA-X is mimicking you at full power."
    "You know that the X reproduce by asexual division. Because of this mechanism, there are now no fewer than 10 SA-X aboard the station."
  • So you played through Mighty Milky Way, guided the adorable Super-Deformed Green-Skinned Space Babe protagonist through various Nintendo Hard galaxies, and finally beat the Eye Beam emitting Cyborg Tyrannosaurus rex of a boss five times, only to stare in confusion at the end of the last level which doesn't have the usual black hole as the end goal. What just happened? Then the final screen comes up with the following text, accompanied by a clickable button that says "What have I Done!?":
    Congratulations! You helped Luna accomplish her ultimate mission: Destroy Earth!!
  • Modern Warfare 2:
    Ghost: "Captain Price! The silo doors are opening on the sub! Price! Do you read me? THE SILO DOORS ARE OPEN!"
    Price: "Good."
    • Additionally:
    Makarov: "That was no message...*bang* This is a message."
    • Later:
    General Shepherd: "Good. That's one less loose end." *bang bang*
    • Modern Warfare 3 has one during "Blood Brothers."
    Makarov: "Yuri, my friend. You never should have come here."
    Soap: You need to know...Makarov...knows...Yuri...
  • Mother 3:
    • Late into Chapter 1:
      Bronson: ...It's where I found the Drago Fang. It was...in your...It was pierced through your wife's heart...
    • And also near the end of the game:
      Flint: That...that masked man? He's Claus. Lucas...he's your brother...Claus.

  • Neverwinter Nights:
    Desther: No, Lady Aribeth, I have the cure.
    • Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark:
    Mephistopheles: I shall *not* do as you desire, great Valsharess.
  • NieR
    Emil: "So then humans...I mean, the true humans...they're extinct?"
    Weiss: "No. They still live on. You know them as Shades."
  • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors:
    • Unfortunately, you're wrong. Actually, I'm Santa. This was in one of the previews, no less, but it does not mean what you may think it means.
    • From the Safe Ending: "No. You misunderstand. You haven't lost. I...have lost."
    • "The answer to that is easy. He knew because I knew." And the line itself is only part of the wham - it's said by the narration.
  • Ōkamiden has one when you finally confront the Big Bad:
    Akuro: And so we meet again, Child of the Sun...Or should I say, Mutt?
  • Persona 4: "Namatame's the one who put 'em all in!"
    • Perhaps even earlier on when you have to pick Adachi's name from the list.
      Shadow Naoto: But a name doesn’t change the truth, it doesn’t let you cross the barrier between the sexes. How could you become an ideal man, when you were never male to begin with...?
  • Planescape: Torment: Don't trust the skull.
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time and Darkness
    Dusknoir: This is goodbye...or is it?
    • Also,
      Grovyle: Celebi, you remember...The last time...when I traveled back in time to prevent the planet's paralysis, I wasn't alone.
      • Also, this line heard at the end of the game:
      Darkrai: "Naturally. That very accident was caused by...none other than myself..."
    • And in the special episode "In the Future of Darkness" in Sky:
      Dusknoir: In the end, you have lost! You've lost because...you trusted me!
      Grovyle: No...I don't believe that...(Dusknoir gets suspicious) I...I wasn't wrong...I...I still...trust you...
      Dusknoir: Do my ears deceive me?!
    • This line at the end of the main game credits
    "Dialga" This is my gift. Please accept it! Cue the revival of the player's Pokemon.
  • Pokemon Red And Blue has one after you defeat Lance. It Was His Sled is in effect now, but it still counts given that at the time, the player expects Lance to be the Final Boss.
    Lance: I still can’t believe my dragons lost to you, Player! You’re now the Pokémon League champion! ...Or, you would have been, but you have one more challenge ahead. You have to face another trainer! His name is… Your Rival! He beat the Elite Four before you. He is the real Pokémon League champion!
  • From Pokemon Gold And Silver and the remakes as you talk to the mysterious trainer at the top of Mt. Silver:
    Trainer: ..............
    PKMN Trainer Red would like to battle!
  • Pokemon Black And White has one about halfway through the game, with the wham furthered by how it's implied to be casually delivered:
    N: "First, I must tell you...I am the king of Team Plasma."
  • From Pokémon X and Y: "In reality, those stones that line Route 10 are the graves of Pokémon."
    Allow me to spell it out for you! It's so Team Flare - and only Team Flare - can survive!
    • And then from AZ's story.
    There was a man and a Pokémon. He loved that Pokémon very much. A war began. The man’s beloved Pokémon took part in the war. Several years passed. He was given a tiny box.
    • Before the final battle against Team Flare's leader.
    I, too, shall use the Mega Ring and Mega Stone that you researched during your travels."
  • Portal 2:
    • Even before that, Wheatley's laugh turning into an Evil Laugh lets you know that things have officially gone south.
    • "PART 5! BOOBY TRAP THE STALEMATE BUTTON!" Yes, this came right after the trap was activated, but you'll probably be too shocked to realize what happened when the line is said.
    • The Perpetual Testing Initiative we have one given after the "Computer!Cave" "arc" that completely turns the notion of "Cave Prime" on its head:
      Cave Prime: Whoa! Chariots chariots. For some reason, some of the audio was bleeding through in this universe. Don't know if you were catching the subtext there, but that computer Cave is crazy. So: Greg was right. As of now, we are cancelling the genetic lifeform disk operating system initiative.
    • From Portal, notable is that this was not in the original game and was patched in as part of an Alternate Reality Game add-on more than two years after release.
    Robot: Thank you for assuming the party escort submission position!
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Professor Layton to Inspector Chelmey: No inspector, it has quite a bit to do with you. If there is any criminal element involved in this case...then it is you sir! The finger-pointing that goes along with it has since been repeated in every game.
    • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Celeste reveals herself as a temporarily time-shifted Claire by saying "You've taken good awfully good care of that hat I gave you", and also, in the line before, addressing Layton by his first name rather than "Professor".
    • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, when the professor is faced with the masked gentleman: It pains me to see you like this, Randall.
    • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, during a flashback with a younger Professor Layton: "But Hershel, I want to stay with you!" To better explain this, Hershel is Layton's older brother who would eventually become Descole.
  • Prototype:
    Alex: Who are you? Who sent you?
    Cross: You should pick your friends more carefully, Mercer.
    • Later on:
      Alex: I'm not human. The revelation...it freed me. It killed me. I'm not human. *uneasy chuckle* Alex is just the role I play. Part of me was relieved...and part of me died. Just another disguise, right? So ingrained...so real...even I believe it.
    • And also from Director McMullen
      "Alex Mercer died. He died threatening to release the most deadly virus in history on the people of New York."
  • Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army:
    Voice in Akarana Corridor: The Ambassador has launched the ICBMs!
  • RayStorm pulls one in the ending, in the 13-ship mode's stinger:
    "Earth and Secilia have vanished. Likewise, those that developed the "RAY" technology and all evidence of its existence have been wiped away. No record of R-GRAY craft was found, and no R-GRAY craft has ever returned."
  • In The Reconstruction, everything looks like it'll be fine and the world will be saved, but this banks on the fact that the third Watcher hasn't messed anything up. But that's okay, you're still on schedule and know where he is...or do you?
    "Third Watcher? You mean Donz? I thought he went down with you guys, Ma!"
  • Resident Evil 5:
    Wesker: I would expect you to be happier to see us.
    Chris: Us?
  • Second Sight:
    Hanson: You can't change the past!
    Vattic: You're wrong, Hanson. This isn't the past! Its the present!
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
    • While you may have puzzled it out already due to the presence of Schizo Tech, it's only once you get to the bottom of the Sky Pillar that it's confirmed the game takes place not in Medieval times, but After the End:
    Abbot Hugo: It seems you've safely reached the Unclean Ones' country... Tokyo.
    Ashura-kai scientist: Is this all the brains you got today?
    • In Blasted Tokyo, you discover the man you just helped may well be a significant figure from the backstory:
    Jonathan: If that were to happen, you would be King Akira of the Eatern Kingdom of-
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories: "I know you're not Harry Mason!"
    • Near the end, Cybil has said it: "But Harry Mason was killed in a car crash 18 years ago!"
    • And subsequently: "The term is 'complicated grief.' but it's simple, isn't it?"
    • Vincent's line from Silent Hill 3 had scarier implications than the rest of the game combined;
      "Monsters? They looked like monsters to you?"
    • In Silent Hill 2, this line literally changes the entire story:
    James Sunderland: Mary is dead. I killed her.
  • Sin and Punishment: Star Successor: note 
    Kachi: Long ago, I wasn't called Kachi. I was known as...Achi.
  • Sly 2: Band Of Thieves:
    Jean Bison: I ain't like you boy, I ain't stew-pid. When y'all were unconscious me and my boys paid a visit to your hideout and found all them Clockwerk Parts. Lucky thing, too; Arpeggio was willing to plunk down a King's ransom for the whole lot. I even threw in the Talons.
    • And one of the last lines in the game...
    Bentley: Pick me up! I can't walk!
  • Sonic Heroes: "All life form data... successfully copied."
    • And at the end of Team Chaotix's story:
    Vector: Doctor Eggman, I presume.
  • Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, in the Demon Path:
  • Soul Sacrifice:
    My name is Geoffery Librom.
  • Both Space Channel 5 games have this at one point.
    • Space Channel 5
    "There's something wrong with the TV!"
    • Space Channel 5 Part 2
  • Spec Ops: The Line:
    • This line from a one of the hundreds of enemy soldiers killed by you using White Phosphorous
    Soldier: Why?
    Walker: You brought this on yourselves.
    Soldier: We were...helping...
    Konrad: "It seems the reports of my... survival... have been greatly exaggerated."
    Konrad: Oh, I assure you, it is.
    • Basically every line that follows the above is a Wham Line in some way. Notably, a rare case of fourth-wall breaking in a completely non-humorous way, as well as completely summing up the message of the story...
    Konrad: The truth, Walker, is that you're here because you wanted to feel like something you're not: A hero.
    • Walker's call for evacuation if you choose to shoot Konrad:
    Walker: This is Captain Martin Walker, requesting immediate evacuation of Dubai. Survivors:... one too many.
    • From the closet thing the game has to a Bad Ending:
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction gives us Grim telling Sam that his daughter is alive. His reaction nicely mirrors our own.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: "What you need is here. Come to me."
    • Also, in the true ending: "There was a mistake. Your mission was to kill yourself."
    • An earlier one that sets up the revelation from the true ending:
      • Doc: "Strelok, hey come on, man, wake up. That's better. You had me worried there for a second. What the Hell, man, you lose your memory or something?"
  • Star Fox 64: "Don't ever give up, my son."
  • Starcraft:
    Arcturus Mengsk:"Belay that order. We're moving out."
    The Overmind: "Arise, my daughter. Arise...Kerrigan."
    Tassadar: "I come to tell you of this creature's...courage."
    Arcturus Mengsk: "You have your orders, Mister Findlay. Carry them out."
  • Star Trek Online
    • Some earlier ones:
    Look upon us, and tremble.
    My real name is Alexander.
    Do not catch our attention again.
  • Super Mario Galaxy, The seventh chapter of the storybook
    "I want to go home! I want to go back to my house by the hill! I want to see my mother!" The girl was shouting now, her face wet with tears. "But I know she's not there! I knew all along that she wasn't out there in the sky! Because...because..."
  • Syphon Filter
    "There is no universal vaccine."
    "How long has Rhoemer been working for you, Markinson?"
  • System Shock 2:
    The Polito form is dead, insect.
    • Alternatively,
  • Tales of Monkey Island:
  • Tales of Symphonia: "My daughter? Don't make me laugh. When I came down to play the role of guardian angel, you inferior beings just started calling me her father on your own."
    • Fine, I will tell you my name. I am Yggdrasill, leader of Cruxis...and the Desians!
    • "Mithos Yggdrasill, his older sister Martel, and their companions Kratos and Yuan."
    • "Kratos, if you value your son's life at all, do as we say."
      • Shortly before that line, he also asks Lloyd if that is the correct way to act when he's about to meet his father.
    • Mithos: "Wow, that was an amazingly corny speech. Congratulations."
    • This exchange.
    Remiel: Lord Kratos, have pity on me. Please...lend me your aid.
    Kratos: Have you forgotten, Remiel? I was once of the inferior race...a human. Does the ultimate being seek help from that which he despises the most?
    Richter: (to Emil) This arte, this timing. So indeed...you are Ratatosk!
  • Tales of the Abyss:
    Jade: That's what I would say if I was an emperor, with a country and people to look after. As your friend...I feel compelled to stop you.[...] I'm sorry.
    • Sometime before that, as the party is discussing Asch's mad plan to die in order to remove the miasma from the world, and the party is trying to think of an alternative, they ask Jade, who knows the situation better than anyone:
      Jade: ...The only alternative I can think of is even crueler.
    • There's also always this reveal, if you haven't figured it out already due to the massive amounts of Foreshadowing:
      Asch: That's right. You're a mere replica. A second-rate copy of me!
    • In Akzeriuth, Tear reunites with the party and shares some disturbing news.
    Tear: Van is... planning to destroy Akzeriuth!
    • As war rages between Kimlasca and Malkuth, Natalia tries to assert her authority to stop the fighting, hoping that now that she's turned up alive, Kimlasca will no longer want to fight. But then Mohs decides to interfere.
    Mohs: Wait. There is no need to obey the orders of a false princess.
    • After the second fight with Sync, his mask comes off.
    Ion: Just as I thought. You are also a replica of the Fon Master.
    Guy: Wait! What do you mean "also"?!
    Ion: I'm Fon Master Ion's seventh replica— the final one.
  • Tales of Vesperia: Although what's said isn't quite so important as the voice that says it.
    Raven/Captain Schwann: I suppose there's no fooling the nose of a dog.
  • Tales of Xillia:
    Milla: It can't be...they broke right through it...So I was mistaken all along. And that means that the Lance was never a weapon at all!
  • Tales of Xillia 2
    Victor: I'm this Elle's father.
  • Tenchu 2
    Tatsumaru: Who is Tatsumaru? I am Seiryu the Blue Dragon, one of the Four Lords of the Burning Dawn!
  • Thief: The Dark Project
    "Victoria, are you ready to give Mr. Garrett his compensation?"
    • Thief II: The Metal Age: In "Life of the Party", one of your objectives in the Mechanist Tower is to investigate a series of prerecorded messages that Karras has left behind for his guests in order to see if you can find out anything useful about his work. In addition to the ones scattered about the tower, there is one final prerecorded message you can find in his office, which is empty, locked up and closely guarded— you play it, and what's the first thing you hear?
      Karras: Greetings, Garrett.
  • TIE Fighter:
    Admiral Harkov: "Enough of this charade; Gamma 1 is the Emperor's stool pigeon! Gamma 2 and 3 destroy Gamma 1 now!"
    Admiral Zaarin's forces are attacking Imperial Star Destroyer Garrett! The treachery is worse than we imagined; the Emperor is in danger."
  • From To the Moon, when Neil and Eva are finally able to go deeper into Johnny's memories, Eva notices something in his room...
    Eva: Johnny slept on a bunk bed...
  • Tomodachi Life will periodically throw this potential breakup opportunity out of nowhere with the only prior indication being the orange "social problem" icon that is also used for other problems (e.g. wanting to befriend another Mii):
    Mii: "Things aren't going so great between me and <sweetheart or spouse>..."
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron: "OMEGA SUPREME: ONLINE."
  • Transistor: "Who gets to go first? How about...me."
  • True Crime: New York City:
    Terry Higgins: "You did good, boy scout."

  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni: This game will not be granted a happy ending. Consider that the red truth is the Language Of Truth.
    • In Alliance of the Golden Witch this is even used with what the character can't say when Battler tries to say that he is the son of Asumu (his mother) and can't, effectively proving that Asumu ISN'T his mother, causing alot of dropped jaws
  • 999's sequel, Virtue's Last Reward, has some as well: for example, Quark casually drops this bombshell in Tenmyouji's route. As a bonus, it's not a wham unless you've played certain other routes or the first game...but if you have, it makes things about ten times more complicated.
    Quark: (referring to a photo of young Akane from 999): "Oh, she was the old man's 'first love'."
    • Sigma himself delivers one in some of the routes:
    • Alice betraying you in her route.
    • In Quark's route, the old lady is found to have an ID card on her person. The name on the card is Kurashiki.
  • The Walking Dead
    • There are different ways the line can be delivered depending on your dialogue choices, but one way or another, Larry tells you at the end of episode 1 that he knows you're a convicted murderer.
    • From Episode 2:
    Ben: It's not the bite that does it! You come back no matter how you die.
    • The line that brings the Mid-Season Twist and Cliffhanger Ending of Episode 3. What's really disturbing about it is that it comes from Clementine's Walkie-Talkie, which you thought was broken.
    The Stranger: Can't wait for you to get to Savannah, Clementine. I've got your parents right here! And you be sure to find me, whether Lee wants you to or not.
    • From, Season 2 Episode 3, confirming that Carver did rape Rebecca, and is most likely the father of her baby.
    Carver: The fuck are you looking at, bitch? Don't act like you didn't love very second of it—
  • Warcraft 3.
    Mal'Ganis: You hear the voice of the Dark Lord. He whispers to you through the blade you wield. What does he say, young human? What does the Dark Lord of the Dead tell you now?
    Arthas: He tells me that the time for my vengeance has come.
    • And in case various trailers and the most recent mission or two hadn't already clued in just how deeply Arthas was being affected, there's this tidbit from the cinematic after the first campaign:
    King Menethil: What are you doing, my son?
    Arthas: Succeeding you, Father!
    • "The Dreadlords are the Lich king's jailors".
    • "This entire city must be purged."
  • When Tails Gets Bored has Tails doing various things out of boredom, but just before the true final stage Sonic reveals the real reason why he's bored:
    "Someone's messin' with your mind."
  • The Wonderful 101:
    • Towards the end of Operation 006:
      Luka: Take Me to Your Leader... for real... I wanna join you!
    • Earlier in Operation 006, Vorkken leaves a message, and Immorta translates it.
      Immorta: It's in Rhulloian. [...] The language of the comet Rhullo. The world that Vorkken... and I... call home.
    • During Vorkken's final boss fight:
      Vorkken: Now, Blunder-Red, witness my true power! Teio-Form, activate! *unleashes his own Unlimited Form*
    • And after the fight:
      Immorta: A space pirate? Really?! The people of Rhullo loved you! And now you're a miscreant! A malefactor! Another grub in the garbage pile! That, and you don't seem to know when you're beat, my dear brother!
  • The World Ends with You
    • For being a relatively minor character, Higashizawa gets a big one. "You're dead. Didn't you know?"
    • Joshua's got to have the best, though. "It was me, Neku. I'm Shibuya's Composer." And let's not forget Kitaniji's "Your points have been tallied, and the Player to be reborn decided. Congratulations...Shiki Misaki." and, slightly later on, "This time, you’re playing for...Shiki Misaki.".
    • The Another Day Secret Report, obtained by reading all of the previous ones, and defeating the Bonus Boss. By reading the others, you'd discovered the existence of a Fallen Angel who had aided Minamimoto, and learned that the writer of the Reports was Hanekoma, who is an Angel who is looking to find and stop the Fallen Angel. However, when you read the Another Day report, he says that there's a reason he doesn't want to meet up with the alternate version of himself: "You see, I am the Fallen Angel who taught Minamimoto how to refine Taboo Noise. Minamimoto owes his successful rebirth to the corrections I made to his flawed Taboo refinery sigil. I must hide in Pork City for fear that my alternate self in this world may report me on sight."
  • World of Warcraft: At the end of the quest Cleansing Drak'Tharon:
    The Lich King: "You have done well, Drakuru."
    "You trained them well, Fordring. You delivered the greatest fighting force this world has ever known...right into my hands — exactly as I intended."
    • And after the death of Arthas, when Bolvar Fordragon reappears on the Lich King's throne (he was last seen dying from dragonfire at the Wrathgate:
      The dragons' flame sealed my fate. The world of the living can no longer comfort me. Place the crown upon my head, Tirion. Forevermore - I will be the jailor of the damned.
      • Define reappears. He's visible in one of the portals you can go into while fighting Yogg, his voice is heard early in Icecrown Citadel, and his body is chained above the Frozen Throne all throughout your fight with the Lich King. All in all, that one had plenty of foreshadowing.
    • Also, at the Wrathgate itself:
    Grand Apothecary Putress: Death to the Scourge and death to the living!
    • Loken has one final line to add insult to injury after capturing Thorim
    As for your life, mortal. I will be generous. After all...why would I destroy my most useful servant? I waited for you for weeks inside that Hyldnir minenote .
    • Toward the end of the Creepy Crate quest for Hallow's Eve, on the Alliance side (a similar series of events occurs for the Horde version) you have the option of turning it over to Anson Hastings, or to Hudson Barnes for safekeeping. If you choose Barnes, he will tell you this.
    I know this will seem like betrayal, but Mr. Hastings has made an offer I simply cannot refuse. My apologies, (player).
    • Toward the end of Hour of Twilight, the Twilight Prophet reveals himself.
    Archbishop Benedictus: And now, Shaman, you will give the Dragon Soul to ME.
    • One comes up in Cataclysm's ending
    Alexstraza: But now we must see it...with mortal eyes.
    • In "Dagger in the Dark", this exchange takes the mission into an unexpected turn when Rak'gor tries to kill Vol'jin.
    Vol'jin: Da Saurok, 'dey not born - 'dey was created. Flesh shaped an' bent. Dis be the blackest of magics, mon!
    Rak'gor Bloodrazor': He knew you were a traitor! (stabs Vol'jin).
    Vol'jin': Garrosh playing god? Making monsters? Dis ain't what da Horde is about!
    Rak'gor Bloodrazor': He knew you were a traitor! (stabs Vol'jin).
    • In "Path of the Last Emperor, after you reach the top, the questgiver talks about himself.
    Seer Hao Pham Roo: I was going to teach you a lesson, but instead, it is you who have taught me. You see, when I was young...(voice gradually changes) when I was young...when I was young...I was EMPEROR.
    • One that applies only to the Alliance: after Garrosh's defeat, Varian demands to speak to the Horde's new Warchief. Orc grunts move out of Varian's line of sight to reveal:
    Vol'jin: "I speak for da Horde!"
  • Xenoblade has two within five minutes of each other.
    Egil: ( talking to someone we know to be called Zanza) I also desire that, Arglas.
    Dickson: (after shooting Shulk) You shouldn't have done that, little brat.
    • An NPC can potentially give one depending on whether or not you do her sidequest before the Wham Episode that is Prison Island:
    Desirée: "Do you remember my father at all? He used to swing a hammer above his head, all day, every day. He used to build and fix machines. He was really good at it, too. He ran his own place. 'Xord's Smithy,' he called it. But he died a year ago in the battle against the Mechon."