Wham Line / Video Games

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  • Absolute Despair Girls
    • When Nagito encounters Komaru and Toko near the secret exit from the city in Chapter 4, he makes the following line, whch reveals Toko's true reason for accompanying Komaru.
    Nagito: Rather, the one who disappointed me was Toko. [...] '(to Toko) Now, perhaps I am mistaken, but I believe we made a promise. You were to escort her to headquarters.
    • For the entire game, Komaru has been desperate to escape Towa City, a goal that's merely put on hold near the end of the game. As such, this exchange after the Final Boss comes off as quite a surprise.
    Komaru: I...I know I can save both the adults and the children.
    Toko: Well, we can chat about it after we get out of this damn town once and for all!
    Komaru: Toko... I... I'm staying in this town.
  • The halfway point in Baten Kaitos, where the main character drops a line that provided one of the best plot twists in JRPG history and completely tuns EVERYTHING on its head.
    Kalas: It's me. I worked together with Melodia.
  • At the beginning of Batman: Arkham City, Hugo Strange drops this line while interrogating a captured Bruce Wayne, revealing that he knows his Secret Identity.
    Strange: By the end of tonight, I will be a hero. Just like you... BATMAN!
    • Towards the end of the game, Hugo Strange's Protocol 10 has been stopped and he's been stabbed by Ra's Al Ghul for his failure. As he lies dying, he says a line that ends up (temporarily) taking Ra's down with him.
    Strange: Activate... Protocol... 11...! [Cue Wonder Tower's Self-Destruct Mechanism]
  • Batman: Arkham Knight sets some kind of record by having the first line of the game be a Wham Line. The whamminess comes from the fact that none of the promotional material (besides one spoilery piece of merchandise) had hinted at its inclusion.
    Gordon: This is how it happened. This is how the Batman died.
    • Later in the game, after a big vehicle-on-vehicle battle with the mysterious Arkham Knight, who has been feeding Scarecrow intel on how to fight Batman, he reveals he knows a lot more about Batman than Bats thought he did:
    Arkham Knight: But don't worry, Bruce. I kept some secrets to myself...
  • Batman: The Telltale Series:
    • When Penguin holds Mayor Hill at gunpoint in Children of Arkham, the latter reveals his biggest secret out of sheer desperation, right in front of Batman.
    Mayor Hill: I took out Thomas Wayne! That was all him, he didn't know when to stop. I had him killed because of it!
    • At the end of "New World Order", when Vicki stabs Bruce with a pen laced with Psycho Serum:
    Bruce: You. You're with the Children of Arkham!
    Vicki: No. I am the Children of Arkham.
    • From "Guardian of Gotham", in a conversation between Bruce and the Joker:
    The Joker: Don't be ashamed; it's in your blood! I see a lot of your father in you. She probably does, too. It's obvious that's why Vicki hates you — your dad helped bump off her parents!
    Bruce: Why would my father have the Vales killed?
    The Joker: I never said he killed the VALES. She was born an Arkham. Victoria Arkham.
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle caught fans off-guard in the EVO 2017 trailer when it seemed the trailer would end...
    Ruby Rose: Now, hold on just a minute! Ah, this looks interesting! Mind if I join the fight?
  • Bloodborne:
    • "A corpse... should be left well alone..." Notable in that it isn't the phrase itself which is the wham line, but the fact that it's said in the voice of the Plain Doll. The Hunter themselves react with shock to this line and backs away from the speaker in obvious fear.
    • In the main game we also have "Farewell, good hunter. May you find your worth in the waking world." A phrase normally spoken by the Plain Doll each time you've interacted with her, but that takes on a much deeper meaning in the Sunrise Ending.
  • Episode 0 of Code 7 ends with one. Alex successfully defended Sam and themselves against S.O.L.I., they board a escape capsule and leave. The last thing the player sees before the credits roll?
    Alex: I am S.O.L.I.
  • In Dance Dance Revolution X3, a nasty one awaited those who unlocked "LOVE IS THE POWER -Re:born-" for the Encore Extra Stage, back when the track could only be accessed through EES. EES's in DDR had previously only required the easier — comparatively speaking — Full Combo (no step judgements that terminate the player's step combo) status to clear, but at the start of this particular EES, this message shows up:
  • Dawn of War: In Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, Avitus' betrayal is followed up with this line during the relevant mission.
    Avitus: ...Until after the Tyranids, when Kyras contacted me again. And told me to provide information and aid to an ally of his... named Eliphas.
  • In Deemo, when you beat Fluqor, the final song of the game (Or Marigold on the fourth Forgotten Hourglass playthrough), the words "Goodbye, my beloved sister, Alice." appear on screen, which is the first (and only) time Deemo has talked in the game, who, in the cutscene following, is revealed to be the little Girl's (Alice) diseased older brother, Hans.
  • Destiny 2 gives us the battered-yet-defiant Speaker's magnificent retort to an increasingly-frustrated Ghaul, after having lead Ghaul on a wild goose chase for weeks in order to give the Vanguard time to recover and launch a counteroffensive;
    The Speaker: I speak for the Traveler... I never said it spoke to me.
  • 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.
  • A meta example in the Darkest Dungeon help window that pops up after a hero dies for the first time:
    If the odds are against you, remember that fleeing is always an option. If you're in the Tutorial, though, the escape command isn't available.
  • 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:
    • Your character and Alistair complete their mission to summon reinforcements at Ostagar, only for Loghain, who was supposed to provide the reinforcements, to betray the army and leave the king to his death.
    Loghain: "Sound...the retreat!"
    • If you take a certain romanced character to the Final Battle and haven't Taken A Third Option:
      Alistair: "You say that like I'm giving you a choice."
    • 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 form 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.
        Abelas: "Elven legend" is wrong. The Dread Wolf had nothing to do with Mythal's murder.
      • 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)
  • Quite a few 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.
    • And while investigating a series of political murders in Markarth:
    Corrupt Guard: You want to meet the King In Rags? You'll have plenty of time to chat him up in Cidhna Mine.
  • In Etrian Odyssey, not a conversation line, but an area name (specifically, that of the fifth and final non-postgame stratum): Lost Shinjuku. This establishes that not only does the game take place After the End, but after the end of a modern Earth.
  • In Evolve you spend most of the story in the dark about the monsters. In the beginning, they seem like nothing more than an extremely dangerous type of predator on Shear. But then the hunters start piecing things together...
    Hank: Maggie, you've fought these monster before haven't you?
    Caira: Sometimes they leave the humans alone, but they always go for the Patterson tech.
    • And then Kala joined the team, who had both years of experience studying the monsters and a direct link to their minds. If she got downed near a monster, the connection would overwhelm her and she would speak their thoughts. The results were... illuminating.
    Kala: We will nucleate a true vacuum! This abnormality will be erased!
    Kala: The boundary of stability is wrong! We are the universe righting itself!
    Kala: Life is order, but all is chaos! It must be!
  • Fahrenheit:
    • "A Mayan sacrifice. That's what it was."
    • Also in the chapter, "Where is Jade?".
      "The truth is, you are dead, Lucas."
  • Fallen London, with its hundreds of tales to tell and multiple branching paths, naturally has several, varying depending on the point you're approaching from. But one of the best outright breaks the fourth wall to warn you of the amount of suffering on the horizon if you follow a certain questline:
    No customer support is available from this point onwards
  • Fallout 3, in the Broken Steel add-on you begin the first quest by assaulting one of the Enclave's last strongholds. As Liberty Prime is breaking into the base, though, alarms go off and he delivers this doozy.
    Prime: Warning! Red Chinese orbital strike detected!
  • Fallout: New Vegas:
    • When you finally deliver the Platinum Chip to Mr. House, he invites you to the basement where a couple of Securitrons demonstrate their standard weaponry you've seen them using already. Then, House reveals what the Chip actually does:
    House: What you did not know is that these are the Securitrons' secondary weapons. All this time, my Securitrons have had to get by running the Mark I operating system, which lacked software drivers for their primary weapons. Today, with the delivery of the Platinum Chip, all that changes. Behold, for the first time, Securitrons running the Mark II OS!
    • A fairly amusing one that can be delivered by the Courier in the Wild Card ending:
    Courier: I see. Yes Man, throw General Oliver off the dam.
  • Fallout 4:
    Father: I am... Your son.
  • Far Cry 4
    Pagan Min: It's yours. It's always been yours. Kyrat is yours. I pulled you off the bus in the first place to pass it on to you.
  • 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."
    • 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:
    • It 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.
    • 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!!
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    Sephiroth/Jenova: "...because you are a puppet."
  • Final Fantasy VIII
    • When Squall confronts NORG after thwarting his coup, which was caused by NORG wanting to turn the SEEDs over to Sorceress Edea after their failed assassination attempt on her, the following exchange takes place.
    Squall: NO! It's not just yours.
    • When the party members except for Rinoa remember that they were all in the same orphanage along with Seifer, Irvine reveals who the orphan matron really is.
    Irvine: Matron's name is Edea Kramer. Matron IS Sorceress Edea.
  • 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:
    • During the Home sequence, the true nature of the pilgrimage is revealed, and what it represents for the summoner:
    Rikku: "The pilgrimages have to stop! If they don't, and they get to Zanarkand... They might defeat Sin. Yunie could... but then she... Yunie will die, you know? ...You know, don't you?!"
    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.
  • Final Fantasy XIV has one in nearly every patch, but these in particular stand out;
    • Minfilia talking to herself in the first patch:
    Minfilia: Krile...where are you?
    • When the sympathetic but antagonistic Iceheart is foiled, she says three words that left the fandom in an uproar;
    Iceheart: Hear. Feel. Think.
    • The second related to Iceheart is a line during the boss theme against Shiva, and lets the players know that she's not tempered, nor is she being a vessel, she's controlling the primal.
    • 2.5 had the players meet Midgardsomr, and along with it comes a Shocking Swerve.
    Heh heh heh. Mayhap thou thinkest me an oathbreaker? Thou art mistaken. If thou comest to harm, it shall be by another's hand, not mine. I did but strip thee of thy mistress's feeble blessing.
    • The stinger after Heavensward shows Elidibus on the moon. His last words before a five month wait for 3.1:
    The time has come for you and yours to join the fray, Warrior of Darkness.
  • A meta example with Final Fantasy XV. At E3 2013, the trailer for the long in Development Hell Final Fantasy Versus XIII ended with this line:
    The legend meets its match. But, the world is ever changing... For the fifteenth coming.
    • Ardyn confronts Noctis in Chapter 12, only to be instantly frozen to death by Shiva. Then he appears again, and drops the first hint towards his true nature.
      Ardyn Izunia: For a moment I felt death's chill wind, such is the might of the gods. But then, I remembered I'm immortal.
    • When you're about to retrieve the Lucian Crystal your family protects, the guy responsible for all your suffering appears, and then...
      Ardyn Izunia: I gave you my name earlier but you should know it was not the name given to me at birth. Ardyn Lucis Caelum is my proper name.
  • Fire Emblem Gaiden, at the end of Alm's Act 4. It's less so in the remake due to the much heavier foreshadowing.
    Rudolf: Your true name... Your true name is Albein Alm Rudolf. You are...my one and only son.
  • 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: The Blazing Blade: "The ice dragon there...The beast slaughtered by your hand...That is Ninian. The girl you loved."
  • 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.
      -or, if said character is in your party-
      Naesala: Oh! That one is mine!
    • In an earlier base conversation, we have a more minor one, but the reveal that all the Half-Breed Discrimination in this universe is based on a lie causes Stefan to briefly Go Mad from the Revelation.
      Stefan: It's said that a union between laguz and beorc is a crime against the goddess. That's what we've always been told.
      The Goddess Yune: That's silly. I've never heard anything of the sort.
    • On the final floor of The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, the party runs into a friendly face, Begnion's kindly Chancellor Sephiran, who'd been missing for most of the game. Empress Sanaki tearfully informs Sephiran that his old friend, General Zelgius, was actually the evil Black Knight. This prompts Ike to drop the following:
      Ike: ...But that's probably not news to you, is it? After all, it was you he was taking orders from.
    • In the epilogue, provided you're fulfiled the Guide Dang It! conditions to see it:
      Almedha: Because I have lost the power of my birthright, I thought... Maybe I wouldn't be able to... That I might not be able to recognize my own child. But when her own true son stands before her, no mother could fail to know. Oh, my son, you've lived and grown strong.
      Kurthnaga: You can't mean... Soren is your son?...
  • Fire Emblem Awakening:
    • While "Marth" had always been an enigmatic figure who hid much about herself, including her true gender, only while saving Chrom from an attacker doses she reveal herself as his Kid from the Future.
      "Marth"/Lucina: [To Chrom] Father! No!
    • Earlier in the same chapter:
      Validar: [To the Avatar] How dare you take such a tone with your own father!
  • Fire Emblem Fates
    • At the end of Chapter 3, (which is common to all routes), the enemies are defeated and everything seems safe. Then, while the Avatar and Gunter are crossing a bridge...
    • After fighting Flora on Birthright...
      Flora: Nothing will change the fact that I betrayed you. Not to mention my own flesh and blood. For that... I deserve to die.
    • To those who haven't played Conquest, Garon's final lines after being defeated as Birthright's final boss hint at there being more going on with him than it seems...
      Garon: No matter, I feel at peace now. How long has it been since I felt like this? Perhaps this is all I wanted all along... The sweet release of death... My... my body was destroyed. My mind... lost... Ever since that moment... I became... something... something...
    • This reveal is spelled out more directly halfway through Conquest.
      Azura: The man you call father is not King Garon. Not anymore.
    • And at the end of Conquest, in case you were deluded enough to think you had won after beating Garon...
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • In what is probably a record, the second game scored two Wham Lines in its trailer:
    Phone Guy:note  "Hello? Hellooooo? Well, if you're hearing this, then chances are you've made a very poor career choice."
    • And in the second game's story:
    "11-12-1987" (This date is written on the player character's check, indicating that the second game is in fact a Stealth Prequel to the first, as well as hinting at a connection to the Bite of '87.)
    • The final phone call in the second game puts quite a few key events from the franchise's backstory into perspective (the most startling lines in bold):
    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; someone used it... 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.
    • From the third game, after a very uneventful Night 1, the second phone call you receive has this:
    Phone Dude: But I have an even better surprise for you and you're not gonna believe this- we found one. A REAL one.
    The Child's Big Brother Bully: Hey guys, I think the little man said he wants to give Fredbear a big kiss!
    "With all due respect, those aren't the design choices we were curious about, Mr. Afton."
    • And again in the canon ending:
    "Father. It's me, Michael. I did it. I found it. It was right where you said it would be. They were all there. They didn't recognize at first, but then they thought I was you. And I found her. I put her back together, just like you asked me to. She's free now. But something is wrong with me. I should be dead. But I'm not. I've been living in shadows. There is only one thing left for me to do now. I'm going to come find you. I'm going to come find you."
    (Cue a split-second appearance of the damaged, but still intact Springtrap)
    Cassette Man: Connection terminated. I'm sorry to interrupt you, Elizabeth- if you still even remember that name- but I'm afraid you've been misinformed.
  • 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: 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.
  • You've finished Ghosts And Goblins, then you get this message:
  • 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 in the middle 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 some:
    • Halo: Combat Evolved:
      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!
      • Before that:
        Guilty Spark 343: This installation has a firing history of 1.2 Trillion simulated and 1 Actual...
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • Halo 4:
      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.
    • Remember how the Spartans are always touted as humanity's best soldiers, groomed from a young age to be perfect, obedient killing machines? Now consider the Master Chief's response when ordered - not asked, ordered by a superior officer - to hand over Cortana for termination.
      Chief: No, sir.
  • In Hatoful Boyfriend, there's "I wonder why he lied about going straight home...?"
  • Her Story
    SB: So... you think you understand why your mother did what she did?
  • Heavy Rain: "Don't forget about me...Scottie."
  • In Hometown Story, you first meet one of the main characters (and possible future spouse if you play as girl) when he comes to buy toys at your store. Eventually, while going into the town enterance during a certain part of the day, you find the guy being confronted by some villagers. When your animal companion asks what is happening, the only other recognizable character at the scene tells you that the toy guy apparently killed someone; it fortunately quickly turns out that it was a failure to save murder and that the toys were for the very young victim's grave.
  • 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!
    • What should have been a simple fight against Vert becomes a candidate for That One Boss starts with this and it is hilarious:
      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.
  • Ib has a major one, in a book that you find in the Violet Area:
    'Mary' (----) - The last work of Guertena's life. While the girl appears almost lifelike, naturally, she is not based on a real person.
  • 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.
  • The Impossible Quiz sets up one at the very end to royally piss off every player who uses even one skip in the quiz at all. Which is most if not all un-spoiled players who reach the final question. That you're told this information only upon reaching the final question adds greatly to the screw-you factor.
    Ok, so this is the last question. It is potentially the easiest question there is... or your worst NIGHTMARE depending on how you've played the quiz. GOOD LUCK!
  • 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.
  • 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!
      • Which is immediately followed by:
        Magnus: 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.
  • Kirby series:
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Kingdom Hearts: "It is I, Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness!" It's since become It Was His Sled, but at the time, this was a huge reveal.
    • Chain of Memories has this:
      Larxene: "Since you entered this castle, you keep forgetting and remembering, because Namine has been tampering with your memories."
      • Shortly beforehand, Larxene also reveals that the "Riku" Sora been interacting with was a replica created by Vexen.
        Larxene: If it's Riku you're worried about, then worry no longer. Riku was never here. [...] That thing lying there is a puppet Vexen made.
    • Kingdom Hearts II
      • This line by Tron is the first one that forces Sora and the player to question who the "Ansem" that they've been fighting really is.
        Tron: My user is the user of this system. Ansem the Wise.
      • Near the end of the battle for Hollow Bastion, Axel reveals that Sora has been unwittingly aiding the Organization all along
        Axel: Way to fall right into their trap. C'mon, it's a set-up by Organization XIII. Xemnas is using you to destroy the Heartless—-that's his big master plan.
      • When Mickey finds Xemnas, he gives a surprising admission about his true identity.
        Mickey: That guy wasn't Ansem; he just went around tellin' everybody he was.
    • 358/2 Days
      Xion: Tell me, Roxas...who do you see? If you see a new face, a boy's face, that means that I'm almost ready. This puppet will have to play her part. Roxas...this is him. It's Sora.
    • A rare (for this series) in-battle example from Birth by Sleep
      Xehanort: Only now...have I truly won.
    • From Dream Drop Distance, a line which redefines a large chunk of the series' lore:
      Xigbar/Braig: Oh, thank you, Sora's Heart, for leading him right into our clutches. Aren't hearts great? Steer us wrong every time.
      Sora: You know, don't you? Because you all have hearts!
      Xigbar/Braig: It's about time you noticed.
  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    Malak: Even the combined power of the Jedi Council couldn't completely destroy your former identity, could it, Revan?
  • L.A. Noire in case, "Manifest Destiny":
    Your wife's attorney has pictures of you and the German.
  • The Last of Us
    • After Joel and Tess are forced to kill some soldiers, Joel realizes that Ellie, the girl he's been asked to smuggle, is no ordinary girl.
      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: It's deer.
      Ellie: ...With some human helping on the side?
  • Last Scenario:
    • Ethan doesn't speak for too much of the first act of the game. Once he gets Hilbert alone on the Brunhild, though...
      Ethan: Hilbert, you... You were being used. You aren't "destined" for anything. You just happened to be their victim. You aren't even related to Alexander. Zawu got that seal from the Havali.
    • After defeating Castor for the second time (and during his ensuing Villainous B.S.O.D.):
      Castor: Where... Where are you, brother? Don't leave me, brother!! Wait!! Ethan!!
      Ethan: ....
      Castor: No... Don't tell me... You don't recognize me anymore? You... You saved my life!
  • 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!
      • The even better Wham came shortly before that one: "With all other foes exhausted, the conjoined blades turned themselves on me, and I realised... finally... why I had sensed nothing when Janos had offered me the blade. The Reaver was never forged to be a soul-stealing weapon. The ravenous, soul-devouring entity trapped in the blade was... and always had been... me..."
      • Right from the start, we know that Moebius is untrustworthy. Then, right as Raziel is about to destroy him (in a way that cannot be undone), Moebius mentions the Wheel of Fate, followed swiftly by "we serve the same god, Raziel!". Suddenly, the whole setting takes on a new level of complexity. Again.
    • 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: "Certainly, he had far too many weaknesses to use my power."
    • 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..."
  • Lufia & The Fortress of Doom:
    Daos: "Erim is Lufia. Lufia is Erim."
  • From Lunar: The Silver Star:
    Magic Emperor Ghaleon: "Now...who shall be my queen?" (Dramatic close-up on Luna, still stuck in her Heroic B.S.O.D.)
  • Mafia II sees one of its ties to the original Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven become clear with its protagonist Vito Scarletta telling Tommy Angelo that "Mr. Salieri sends his regards," right before Vito's best friend, Joe Barbaro, shoots Tommy.
  • 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."
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: After working together for most of the game, Bowser suddenly backstabs Antasma and leaves him to fight the Mario Bros. alone:
    Bowser: Hmph! I don't work well with others!
    Antasma: SCREEK! Vut do you mean by this?!
    Bowser: I mean you're an idiot! You thought you were using me? ME?! Buddy, I was playing you like a bat fiddle!
  • Mass Effect: 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 Shepard reveals that his accomplice has been pretending to be your ally from the start of the 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.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
    • At the very end of the othervise quite generic second teaser:
    This is Commander Shepard, signing off.
  • At the end of Mega Man 7:
    Mega Man: "I... am... more... than... a... robot! Die, Wily! Die!"
    Bass: "He who hesitates is lost!"
  • 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?
    Mega Man Volnutt: What!?
  • The Metal Gear series has quite a few:
  • Metro 2033:
    Laser pointer: Five seconds before missile detonation.
    Dark One: We want to help. We want peace.
  • 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."
    (much later)
    "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."
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: "The time has come for a new Ring." Note that Word of God specifically stated the Master Ring AND any copies are absolute corruption incarnate, so no matter how heroic the person who says the above, they WILL be corrupted. And it's fairly clear their adviser has been corrupted for too long.
  • 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!!
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: At the end of Episode 3, after either Gabriel or Petra saves Jesse from the reawakening Wither Storm:
    Jesse: C'mon, Gabriel/Petra! We've gotta go!
    Gabriel/Petra: Who's...who's Gabriel/Petra?
  • Modern Warfare 2:
    • The end of "No Russian", when the Big Bad Makarov reveals his plan to spark a war between Russia and the United States.
      Makarov: That was no message...*bang* This is a message.
    • The end of "The Gulag", when the identity of the mysterious Prisoner 627 is revealed.
      Subtitles: Captain Price
    • At the end of "Desperate Measures", when the true purpose of your mission in Russia is revealed.
      Ghost: Captain Price! The silo doors are opening on the sub! Price! Do you read me? THE SILO DOORS ARE OPEN!
      Price: Good.
    • In "Loose Ends":
      General Shepherd: Good. That's one less loose end. *bang bang*
    • Relatedly, there's a certain garbled radio transmission in "Loose Ends":
      Captain Price: We're under attack by Shepherd's men at the boneyard! Do not trust Shepherd! I say again, do not trust Shepherd!
    • 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...
    • "Eyewitnesses are now reporting Russian tanks rolling down the Champs-Élysées."
    • The end of "Turbulence" has one that's written rather than spoken: Objective Failed *bang*
  • 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.
    • And at the end of the final battlenote :

  • 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.
  • Nie R Automata
    9S: Humanity is extinct... And YoRHa was built to perpetuate the lie. But in order to prevent anyone from learning the truth, we were designed to be killed. They built a back door into the bunker so we'd all get infected [with android brain disease right before we could win the war]. Isn't that HILARIOUS?! DOESN'T THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO LAUGH?!
  • 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?
  • OFF
    • After the defeat of Enoch, if you haven't revisited a purified zone yet:
      Enoch: This zone, deprived of a guardian, is now destined to disappear... and the men who live here, whether they deserve it or not, will fall into nothingness, never to return.
    • And from just before the confrontation with the Queen:
    The Queen: I will not let you lay a hand on the son that has brought us into the world.
  • One Chance
    • Each day begins with "In X days, every single living cell on Planet Earth will be dead. You have one chance." The final day changes this a bit:
    Today, every single living cell on Planet Earth will die. You had one chance.
  • Persona 3:
    • Shuji Ikutsuki betrays the group.
      Mitsuru: It was all a lie, wasn't it? You knew from the beginning that the Dark Hour wouldn't disappear.
      Ikutsuki: Excellent deduction, Mitsuru. However, your realization has come too late.
    • This line during the Final Boss.
      Skill Menu: Great Seal: Unleashes the power within you to seal Nyx. Cost: 100% HP.
    • And this Player Punch in The Answer.
      Yukari: There's no use going around and around like this. We're never going to reach an agreement [on whether to use the 8 Keys of Time to travel back in time or not]. So if no one gives in... we'll have to settle this another way.
      Fuuka: Another way...? ...Yukari-chan... you don't mean--!?
      Yukari: Taking the keys by force... That'll work too, right?
  • Persona 4:
    • The party, seemingly out of leads, confronts the one suspect they have left- Tohru Adachi- and asks him some questions. The person in question gets increasingly agitated throughout the encounter, and eventually blurts out something only the killer should know.
      Adachi: Namatame's the one who put 'em all in!
    • Perhaps even earlier on when you have to pick Adachi's name from the list.
    • In Naoto's dungeon, one happens during the confrontation with the Shadow. While the party had previously interacted with Naoto on several occasions and investigated Naoto as a necessary step in learning the kidnapping victim's location in the TV world, this time, the party is completely caught off guard by what Shadow Naoto says.
      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...?
    • After entering the Midnight Channel for the second time, where you learn about the existence of shadow selves.
      Shadow Yosuke: It's just so sad. I feel so sorry for myself....boo-hoo! Actually, 'I'm the one who thinks everything's a pain in the ass. Hahahahaha!
    • After defeating the True Killer, he's suddenly possessed by the entity inside him.
      Ameno-sagiri: All humans... will become shadows...and I shall descend upon the united world as the master of order.
    • On December 3, the player character gets some unexpected and unpleasant news.
      Adachi: Hello? This is Adachi. Um, I want you to stay calm and listen to me, okay? Nanako-chan's condition suddenly got worse...
  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night
    • Dojima calls Kanami to tell her that he's found out who witnessed Yuko's suicide.
      Dojima: It was a girl, ten years old at the time, who'd come to audition. Her name... was Kanami Mashita.
  • Persona 5
    • During the final confrontation with the second target, the Shadow of Yusuke's adoptive father and teacher, Madarame, Yusuke reaches an epiphany and asks a question of Madarame's Shadow that forces him to admit to letting Yusuke's mother die.
      Yusuke: I've heard that you destroy your "art" once they outlive their usefulness... Did that include my mother as well?
    • The game begins with the player character being interrogated by public prosecutor Sae Niijima, after the main character's arrest at the end of the Thieves' last heist. After recounting the events leading up to the failed heist, Sae then takes out the Calling Card that reveals the identity of who the thieves were after.
      Sae: It was addressed to "Sae Niijima." ...Myself.
    • One of these is dropped when the player learns the identity of the traitor. Right after Sae Niijima leaves the interrogation room with the protagonist, she's briefly stopped by Goro Akechi. But, once she walks past him, he smirks, his in-game portrait turning into a menacing smile.
      Akechi: Foolish woman.
    • Then, after Akechi apparently kills the protagonist, the game cuts to the news of the Phantom Thieves’ leader apparently committing suicide. The rest of the Phantom Thieves seem to react to this news with shock and dismay... until we get to Ryuji:
      Ryuji: You're shittin' me... (grins) We got 'em.
    • The final big one, during the game's Darkest Hour.
      Igor: In accordance to the game's rules, the defeated must pay a price. Your life is forfeit. I sentence you to be executed.
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  • Planescape: Torment: When you find a copy of the message written in the scars on your back:
    To your surprise, there's one more line—one that Morte didn't read to you in the Mortuary: "Don't trust the skull."
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness
    Dusknoir: This is goodbye...or is it?
    • Also, the exchange between the Player Character, the partner, Grovyle & Dusknoir at the Passage of Time, as they (the player, partner & Grovyle) are heading back to the past, so that Grovyle can finish what he had started doing to save the world, has three, first this one
      Grovyle: But... hope is still alive. Celebi, you remember...The last time...when I traveled back in time to prevent the planet's paralysis, I wasn't alone. There was another.
      Partner: What?! Grovyle, you didn't come to our world alone?!
      Grovyle: That's right. I had a partner. We headed to the past together. But when we were going through the Passage of Time, we had trouble... we became separated. My partner should still be back in the world of the past. Even if I am eliminated... my partner will see our mission through to the end. My partner will prevent the planet's paralysis.
      • Which is followed by this one.
        Dusknoir: Ha! So you claim someone went to the past with you... incidentally, what's the name of your partner? Go on. Say the name.
      • And finally this one.
        Grovyle: No, that's not true. My partner's name is (player character's name). My best friend...
    • 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.)
  • Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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!
  • Pokémon 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!
    Lysandre: Pokémon Trainers. I come to you by the Holo Caster to make an important announcement. Listen well. Team Flare will revive the ultimate weapon, eliminate everyone who isn't in our group, and return the world to a beautiful, natural state. Unproductive fools are consuming our future... If nothing changes, the world will become ugly and conflicts will raze the land from end to end. I repeat. We will use the ultimate weapon and wipe the slate clean. I'm sorry, those of you who are not members of Team Flare, but this is adieu to you all.
    • 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.
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire does one on a meta-level implying the existence of the multiverse.
    Zinnia: My people know it. From generation to generation, we pass along the lore about the distortions in the world born by the Mega Evolution mechanism. And about the existence of another world, which we have long observed to be just like this one and yet not the same... That's right. A Hoenn region that's almost exactly like this one we live in. Filled with Pokémon and people like us. A world where maybe the evolution of Pokémon took a slightly different path, where Mega Evolution is unknown... A world where that war 3,000 years ago...never happened. A world where the ultimate weapon was never even built. And in that Hoenn of that world... What would happen if one day, out of the blue, a meteoroid appeared? What would happen to the people of that world, without the technology to destroy the meteoroid or the power to warp it away? ... Looks like it's beyond the power of your imagination.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon:
    • This line during the Wham Episode not only gives you some insight into Gladion and Lillie's backstory, it's also the first indication into Lusamine's true colors.
    Gladion: I was like an ornament to my mother. Wearing whatever she told me to wear, acting however she wanted me to act...
    • The truth about Lillie and her mother, Lusamine, comes out:
    Lillie: I don't need your approval, mother!
    • And the other half of that:
    Lusamine: The daughter who stole my Cosmog from me, and the son who took my Type: Null!
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: You're plowing down Team Rainbow Rocket, when suddenly:
    "[Team Rainbow Rocket boss member] is about to send in [Legendary Pokémon]. Will you switch your Pokémon?"
    • Or if playing with the Set battle style:
    "[Team Rainbow Rocket boss member] sent out [Legendary Pokémon]!"
    • The Lysandre battle also contains a unique example, since it reintroduces a mechanic otherwise completely unseen in the Generation VII campaigns:
    • Up to Eleven when you battle Giovanni. If him sending out Mewtwo wasn't surprising enough, what goes next probably will be:
    • Before all that, when you get to Megalo Tower:
    "Necrozma's aura flared to life. Its stats rose."
  • Portal 2:
    Wheatley: This body is AMAZING, seriously! I can't get over how SMALL you are! But I'm HUGE! Ha... Haha... Ahahahaha, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA! Ahaha... Ha... Actually... why do we have to leave right now?
    • Shortly afterward, we get this from GLaDOS after Wheatley puts her in a potato
    GLaDOS: (to Wheatley) I know you... [...] The engineers tried everything to make me... behave. To slow me down... Once, they even attached an Intelligence Dampening Sphere on me... It clung to my brain like a tumor, generating an endless stream of terrible ideas... [...] It was YOUR voice! [...] YOU'RE the tumor! You're not just a regular moron... You were DESIGNED to be a moron.'
    • These lines that confirm GLaDOS's former identity.
      • From the start of Chapter 7.
        Cave Johnson: The testing area is just up ahead. The quicker you get through, the quicker you'll get your sixty bucks!
        GLaDOS: Hold on, who-
        Cave Johnson: Caroline, are the compensation vouchers ready?
        GLaDOS and Caroline, simultaniously: Yes sir, Mister Johnson!
        GLaDOS: (panicked) Why did I just- Who is that?! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HE- (shorts out)
      • After Cave's infamous Lemon-rant.
        Cave Johnson: If I die before you people can pour me into a computer, I want Caroline to run this place. (coughs) Now she'll argue. She'll say she can't. She's modest like that. But you MAKE HER! Hell, put her in MY computer, I don't care!
    • "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 "CaveDOS-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 and 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!
    • Also from the first game, the moment when you realize GlaDOS is more than just a pre-recorded message is certainly shocking.
    GlaDOS: (clearly shocked) What are you doing? Stop it! I... I... (gibberish, then calmly...) We are pleased that you have made it through the final challenge where we pretended we were going to murder you.
  • 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.
    Layton: 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.
  • Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney has this line near the end during the Storyteller's testimony that cements The Reveal.
    The Storyteller: Although you may know me as the Storyteller, I have one more identity. I am the president of Labrelum Inc. This whole town... is one of Labrelum's research facilities.
  • At the end of Project X Zone 2:
    Reiji: Xiaomu... will you marry me?
    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!
  • Rain World:
    Five Pebbles: ...Is this reaching you?
  • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters:
    Luna: I haven't had a chance to tell my "friends" about your heroic deeds.
  • 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!"
  • Reflec Beat: Not necessarily within the game itself, but: During the finals of the Reflec Beat tournament at the 5th Konami Arcade Championship in 2016, a reveal trailer was played to hype up the final song, "Rebellio". After a long speech from Tatsuya Iyama's "MAX MAXIMIZER" alter ego, one line appeared that upended the revised 1-12 difficulty scale that had been introduced into the series just five months earlier:
  • Resident Evil 5:
    Wesker: I would expect you to be happier to see us.
    Chris: Us?
  • Resident Evil 6:
    Carla Radames: (to Jake Muller) So, you're Wesker Junior.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2:
    Natalia: Moira... she's dead...
    Barry: What...?
    The reveal of the Big Bad at the end of Episode 2:
    Natalia: That IS Wesker. Alex Wesker.
  • Risk of Rain, in the very last line of the final boss' monster log:
    "...why did we have a teleporter from this planet in our cargo hold?"
  • RosenkreuzStilette
    • While relating his story about how RKS was formed and why he launched the coup against the Holy Empire, Count Michael Zeppelin reveals a shocking secret about his daughter, Iris:
      Zeppelin: Fate is indeed cruel. My precious Iris... She was blessed with every ounce of power that Rosenkreuz had accumulated throughout his life.
      Spiritia: ...!?
      Lilli: ...So, in other words, she's the reincarnation of Rosenkreuz?
      Zeppelin: That she is.
    • After the boss fight following the dialogue between Spiritia and Zeppelin, Lilli asks why Iris was at the Imperial Training Hall when the coup started if what he said about the Orthodox Church wanting Iris dead and him finding out about Kahl is true. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning unexpectedly strikes Zeppelin from behind and burns him away, and the line that sets up the true Big Bad comes out in the form of a familiar voice, just like this:
    • If that's not enough, the same Big Bad even reveals the true reason for starting the coup against the Empire to Tia and Lilli, and, of course, it definitely wasn't a very good reason at all.
      Iris: I was born with absolute power and unparalleled brains. Now, when someone knows everything there is to know about something, they get bored with it. That's the reason why I chose to stage this revolution: to make this world just a little less boring.
    • Before the final battle of the first game, Iris reveals something she learned when she saw Spiritia's Power Copying capabilities for herself leading her to wonder where she got all that energy from:
      Iris: I inherited Rosenkreuz's magical prowess and the abundance of knowledge he acquired over the course of his life. That more than qualified me to take my rightful place at the pinnacle of this world. But there was one thing I didn't inherit. The very thing that defined him most as an individual: his ability to tap into the strength of others.
      Spiritia: Huh...?
      Iris: You've gained quite a few new abilities in such a short while, haven't you? I was a fool to have let that gone unnoticed. You are his other incarnation, "the Blade of Rosenkreuz".
  • Second Sight:
    Hanson: You can't change the past!
    Vattic: You're wrong, Hanson. This isn't the past! Its the present!
  • Shadow Hearts: The line revealing the true goal of Disk One Final Boss: The it isn't the Demon Gate Invocation that he's preparing to cast, but the Inverse Demon Gate Invocation, and that he is literally summoning a god, something much, much stronger than anyone expected.
  • 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 Eastern Kingdom of-
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
    • One line from Odin not only heavily foreshadows one of the game's biggest twists, but also names a character who hasn't been seen or even named in a very long time:
    Odin: You know as well as I do, Lucifer will side with YHVH.
    • The line revealing the identity of two of the villains:
    Jonathan: Lucifer and Merkabah are to become one and return to their original form.
    • After the two villains fuse:
    Satan: I am Satan, the ancient angel... The Arbiter.
  • 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?"
      • Ten seconds later: "Kidding! Just kidding." However, it's entirely unclear on whether or not he was really joking.
    • In Silent Hill 2, this line literally changes the entire story:
    James Sunderland: Mary is dead. I killed her.
    • Before that, there's a line from Eddie that drops the biggest clue yet as to the nature of The Reveal:
    Don't get all holy on me, James! This town called you, too!
  • Sin and Punishment: Star Successor: note 
    Kachi: Long ago, I wasn't called Kachi. I was known as...Achi.
  • For the first six (non-DLC) story modes of Skullgirls, Valentine is a Deadly Doctor and one of Bloody Marie's Co-Dragons, who speaks of conducting 'relatively painless' experiments on the ten-year-old Umbrella, finds 'mutilating' Ms. Fortune's immortal body fascinating and turned the innocent schoolgirl Carol into the nightmarish Living Weapon Painwheel. Then, after all of these, Valentine's story is unlocked. The first of the two Wham Lines is the smaller - when she encounters, fights and defeats Painwheel in Little Innsmouth, Painwheel roars that she still hasn't given up on finding and killing Valentine. Valentine replies 'Good - I'm counting on it!'. This is made clearer by the second line, the one that reveals that Valentine does actually feel remorse for some of the things she was forced to do, which comes after Valentine saves Painwheel from her monstrous co-dragon Double:
    Valentine, speaking to Painwheel: It's too late for that - I'll have to take care of this myself. And if I can't, come and find me and we'll try again. And again. Until you finally succeed.
  • 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 Adventure:
    • This line right before the Final Boss of E-102 Gamma's story mode:
    E-102 Gamma: E-105 Zeta rescue mission complete. Units remaining.... Gamma...Beta.
    Sonic: Oh, it's you! The one who sealed Chaos within the Master Emerald...Tikal...
  • Sonic Adventure 2:
    • Near the end of the Dark Story, Rouge confronts Shadow with something peculiar she found on the ARK's computer:
    Rouge: Here are the results of the research project called the Ultimate Life Form. But, if this picture is the real ultimate life form named "Shadow"...then exactly who...or what...is standing in front of me?
    • In the Last Story, Shadow recalls Maria's last words in their entirety and realizes what she truly wished for humanity:
    Maria: Shadow, I beg of you...please, do it for me, for a better future, for all people on that planet...give them a chance to be happy! Let them live for their dreams! Shadow, I know you can do it...that's the reason why you were brought into this world...
  • Sonic Heroes: "All life form data... successfully copied."
    • And at the end of Team Chaotix's story:
    Vector: Doctor Eggman, I presume.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006):
    • Omega's confession to Shadow after clearing Wave Ocean:
    Omega: Shadow. The one who defeats and seals you into the future... is me.
  • 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 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.
    Walker: This is impossible...
    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 closest thing the game has to a Bad Ending:
  • An interesting case with the Splatterhouse remake, as it is also a Call-Back to the intro cutscene and the second game, when Dr. West mentions finding something that could help bring his wife back:
    The Terror Mask: She doesn't have to die.
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction gives us Grim telling Sam that his daughter is alive. His reaction nicely mirrors our own.
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! has the title villain showing up and declaring, “So, you thought you’d gotten rid of me? Well, I’m afraid not!” He then steals the power crystal needed to send Spyro home and takes over the Winter Tundra castle. (Ripto IS the final boss, and Winter Tundra is the final world, so this trope is justified in that regard.)
  • From Spyro: Year of the Dragon, the Sorceress reveals her motives.
    The Sorceress: That's it! I've had enough! I'm going to create a monster to end all monsters! And I'm going to send it out to destroy all the Dragons, even the little hatchlings. Yes! YES! It will smash them and crush them and grind them and tear them! Oh, yes! Smear them and smoosh them and crack them and CREASE THEM!
    Bianca: But, uh, won't that kill them?
    The Sorceress: It doesn't matter! As long as I can still collect their wings!
  • 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: When all seems lost after Andross is destroyed in a massive explosion, in the the hopes of destroying Fox, Fox hears, "Don't ever give up, my son" from his supposedly dead father.
  • 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.
    Arcturus Mengsk: Remember this, Raynor? It was nice of your criminal partner to leave it here for me.
  • Star Trek Online
    Commander Winters: "The terminus is at a fixed point, we could determined that. But... I don't know what we picked up, but the monitors on the bridge are all showing an Omega, we're locked out of the computer and the engines are off-line."
    • 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..."
  • Super Paper Mario,
    Bonechill: "I speak of the Pure Heart... And I speak of you, Luvbi... IT IS YOU!"
    Floro Sapien: "WATER, man! I'm talking about WATER! The Cragnons were polluting our water!"
  • 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:
    • At the Tower of Salvation, the Journey of Regeneration is about to conclude, and Lloyd asks Remiel if he feels anything now that his daughter will sacrifice herself to save Sylvarant. Remiel's response?
    Remiel: "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."
    • After Remiel is defeated, with his final breaths, he identifies a party member as The Mole.
    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?
    • Shortly after the first fight with Kratos, the party comes face to face with Kratos and Remiel's boss.
    Fine, I will tell you my name, wretched human. I am Yggdrasill, leader of Cruxis... and the Desians!
    • Late in the game, the elven storyteller reveals some information that puts a great deal of what the heroes know about the Ancient War into an entirely new context.note 
    "Mithos Yggdrasill, his older sister Martel, and their companions Kratos and Yuan."
    • The following exchange reveals that Kratos is Lloyd's father.
    Yuan: (To Lloyd) Now, now. is that the way to act when you're about to meet your father for the first time?
    Kratos: So it was you. You were the assassin who tried to kill me at Hima.
    Yuan: Kratos, if you value your son's life at all, do as we say.
    Lloyd: What are you... talking about?
    Yuan: Release Origin's seal. Otherwise, Lloyd will die right here.
    • After the chaos from the above revelation has seemingly died down, and Lloyd reaffirms his desire for everyone to live, someone offers unexpected commentary on it, and reveals himself as a villain in the process.
    Richter: (to Emil) This arte, this timing. So indeed...you are Ratatosk!
  • Tales of the Abyss:
    • Talking to Jade in Daath, before heading to the Tower of Rem, where Luke will perform a task that will most likely result in his death, Jade, coldly logical as always, says that this is the right course of action... or at least, he would think of it as such under normal circumstances.
    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.
    • A line yelled by Luke, during one of the moments early on, when the party makes a comment about his lack of basic world knowledge. Luke, who is suffering from amnesia that struck him, after he was rescued from a kidnapping several years ago, finally snaps and reveals how bad his amnesia had been.
    Luke: I had more important things to learn... Like my parents' faces!
  • 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.
  • Tales of Berseria
    Laphicet: I never wanted you to avenge me.
  • 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 Zaarin's forces are attacking Imperial Star Destroyer Garrett! The treachery is worse than we imagined; the Emperor is in danger."
  • Time Crisis 5:
    Robert Baxter: "If you had just died this would all have gone according to plan."
    • Earlier, during Keith's boss battle:
    Keith Martin: "The internal auditor, Christy, we were in love. I need to find out what really happened!"
  • 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 ..."
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron: "OMEGA SUPREME: ONLINE."
    Optimus: (As the scenery is shifting around him) I ask you... no I command you; help us.
    Metroplex: (rising with Optimus in his hand) Metroplex heeds the call of the last of the Primes.
  • Transistor: "Who gets to go first? How about...me."
  • True Crime: New York City:
    Terry Higgins: "You did good, boy scout."

  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • "This game will not be granted a happy ending." Consider that the red text 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 a lot of dropped jaws.
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End: One confrontation with Rafe changes everything both Nate and the audience thought they knew about Sam's backstory.
    Rafe: Whoa, what the hell are you talking about, Nate? Hector Alcázar died in a shootout in Argentina like six months ago. I'm the one that got Samuel out.
  • Undertale:
    • After getting past Toriel, almost anything Flowey says (which depends on what you did) counts as one, but the one the game most strongly leads unspoiled players into encountering is for if you kill Toriel, then reload and spare her.
      Flowey: But don't act so cocky. I know what you did. You murdered her. And then you went back, because you regretted it. Ha ha ha ha... You naive idiot. Do you think you are the only one with that power? The power to reshape the world... Purely by your own determination. The ability to play God! The ability to "SAVE."
    • A gameplay example occurs in the middle of Papyrus' boss fight, when not on a No Mercy run. Up until then, Papyrus' attacks are nothing special, and all of them (including the "blue attack" that Sans warns you about earlier) can even be avoided entirely by not moving at all. Until...
      Papyrus: You're blue now.note  That's my attack!
    • During the dinner scene with Sans, he'll begin to talk about how he met a woman and made a promise to her. It's all rather lighthearted until he says this line:
      Sans: do you get what i'm saying? that promise i made to her... you know what would've happened if she hadn't said anything? buddy... You'd be dead where you stand.
    • In a Neutral or Pacifist route, after getting past Mettaton and believing you have a chance of reasoning with Asgore and have him let you out of the Underground, Alphys drops the line:
      Alphys: I... I can't take this anymore. I... lied to you. A human Soul isn't strong enough to cross the barrier alone. It takes at least a human Soul... and a monster Soul. If you want to go home... you'll have to take his Soul. You'll have to kill Asgore.
    • In a meta sense, if you're been playing this game like a typical RPG, The Reveal during Sans' judgement is going to hit HARD. These lines completely change the way the player thinks about the game.
      Sans: What's EXP? It's an acromym. It stands for execution points. A way of quantifying the pain you have inflicted on others. When you kill someone, your EXP increases. When you have enough EXP, your LOVE increases. LOVE, too, is an acronym. It stands for "Level of Violence". A way of measuring someone's capacity to hurt.
    • During the True Pacifist route, you look at some tapes of memories past, primarily concerning Asgore, Toriel, and their son Asriel. One of the tapes opens with this line, revealing that there's more to the character you named at the start of the game:
      Asriel: Okay X, are you ready?
    • At the end of the True Pacifist route:
      Alphys: H-hey, that reminds me, Papyrus... YOU called everyone here, right? Well, besides, uh, her. Uh, anyway... If I got here before you... How did you know to call everybody?
      Papyrus: Let's just say... A tiny flower helped me.
    • Just before the True Final Boss of the Pacifist route. Flowey reveals his true name and identity- that of Asgore and Toriel's long-dead son Asriel.
      Child: X, are you there? It's me, your best friend!
      Boss Subtitles: ASRIEL DREEMURR
    • A line in the True Pacifist run confirms that the name that you gave was for the first child to fall down many years ago, not the Player Character.
      Asriel: You're not actually X, are you? X has been gone for a long time. Umm... what IS your name? Frisk?
    • From the Genocide route, Sans pulls you aside early on to give you some "friendly advice" about what you're doing:
      Sans: If you keep going the way you are now... you're gonna have a bad time.
    • A line made many people abort their attempted Genocides. To some extent, you can justify a Genocide run early on as an act of self-defense - after all, most monsters are attacking you. Sure, you're going out of your way to kill them over and over until the area is depleted of them, but the resultant stat gains will only make it easier to survive against future struggles, right? However, when you get past Snowdin and you get into a "fight" with Papyrus, this is what the flavour text says after the "fight" starts:
    • On the Genocide route, Sans's last line before giving you exactly the bad time he warned you about:
      Sans: It's a beautiful day outside. birds are singing, flowers are blooming. on days like this, kids like you... should be burning in hell.
      • Granted, he did give you a bad time, but what comes after you mortally wound him is incredibly creepy because him fighting you was not the bad time he warned you against:
      "so... guess that's it, huh? ...just... don't say i didn't warn you.note 
    • Finally, there's whenever the text in the narration boxes turns red during the Genocide route... Examining Toriel's kitchen? "Where are the knives?" Examining the mirror in Asgore's house? "It's me, X." Examining the coffins before your encounter with Asgore? "It's as comfortable as it looks."
  • Universal Paperclips:
    Release the HypnoDronesnote 
  • Until Dawn:
    • After the reveal of the psycho's identity, we get this bombshell.
    Mike: What are you talking about, you asshat? Jessica is fucking dead!
    Psycho: ...What?
  • 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 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 Witness: "What?" The line appears on an audio log that continues to run well after the quotation is read. It's usually the first audio log that players find in the Expert section of the mountain (the ones that spell out the plot of the game.)
  • 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!
    • During the final boss's Motive Rant after his first form, where GEATHJERK's true intentions are revealed:
      Jergingha: Surely even you must realize the origin of the Greater Galactic Coalition.
      Wonder Red: No...
      Jergingha: Yes. The Greater Galactic Coalition will be created by the people of Chi-Q.
  • 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.
    • 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: 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.
      • There is some foreshadowing for a clever player - Seer Hao Pham Roo is an anagram of Emperor Shaohao - The Last Emperor of Pandaria.
    • 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!"
    • In Legion players speak to Xe'ra, one of the first Naaru, who tells of a child born in the "House of Light and Shadow" and destined to bring an end to the Burning Legion. Given the prequel comic, and his status as a priest, many people assumed Xe'ra was talking about Anduin Wrynn.
      Xe'ra: The one known as Illidan Stormrage.
    • Earlier when players retrieve Light's Heart, it plays a message where a human tells of the Army of the Light and how they will fall if Light's Heart does not reach the Prophet.
      Medivh: We will not fail you... Turalyon.
  • Xenoblade:
    • 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."
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X manages to fit one into The Stinger.
    Elma: The system, everyone's consciousnesses and memories, the entire database... has been destroyed for some time.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has one for anyone who's played the original Xenoblade:
    Scientist on the Beanstalk: We've been locked out by Professor Klaus.