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1->''“I had just been born. What did you expect of me?”''˛->''“Enormity,” the black-haired prince replied. “You were small, but far-famed. We were in Oldtown at your birth, and all the city talked of was the monster that had been born to the King’s Hand, and what such an omen might foretell for the realm.”''˛->''“Famine, plague, and war, no doubt.” Tyrion gave a sour smile. “It’s always famine, plague, and war. Oh, and winter, and the long night that never ends.”''˛-->-- '''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'''˛˛The writing on the wall. A mystical phenomenon that tells of a dire future for those who witness it.˛˛Specific types of portents include:˛˛[[index]]˛* BadMoonRising: A celestial event foretells doom.˛* CometOfDoom: The arrival of a comet as a bad omen.˛* DeadMansHand: A poker hand with two black Aces and two black Eights means death.˛* DreamingOfThingsToCome: When nightmares are soon to come true.˛* TheEndIsNigh: Those doomsayers and signholders know what they're talking about.˛* FlyingDutchman: Just seeing the TropeNamer was a portent to an unlucky crew. Even worse if the GhostShip tried to hail them.˛* ForDoomTheBellTolls: A church bell foretells death.˛* ForebodingFleeingFlock: Animals in large numbers are fleeing something ominous.˛* {{Hellhound}}: The Portent variety spelled death or grave misfortune for whomever saw them.˛* OminousFog: Something is coming, but no one will be able to see it.˛* OurBansheesAreLouder: The anguished wail of a banshee is a portent of death.˛* RedSkyTakeWarning: Evil clouds foretell doom.˛* AStormIsComing: does the rain.˛* TheStarsAreGoingOut: The stars blinking out foretells the end of the world.˛* SignsOfTheEndTimes: The portents point to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.˛* TarotTroubles: The Tower, Hanged Man, and Death cards are used for this purpose in fiction. In reality, physical death is not indicated by any individual card but rather an interaction between the combination of cards pulled and the question asked.˛* VaguenessIsComing: The MadOracle is speaking in riddles, again, and these [[{{seers}} visions]] and [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dreams]] won't make sense until its too late.˛[[/index]]˛˛Compare with {{Foreshadowing}}, the out-of-universe equivalent. Compare with MagpiesAsPortents, which can involve both negative and positive outcomes.˛˛Only place examples here that do not belong on one of the subtropes.˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Art]]˛* ''Art/CartaMarina'':˛** According to the commentary, the appearance of the Great Norwegian Serpent ("200 feet long and over 20 feet thick") is a bad omen that betokens a sudden change of rule in Norway, or else an imminent war.˛** Mermen coming near ships is a sign of imminent danger, and may presage the sinking of the ship.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* At the end of the ''Judge Anderson'' storyline "Postcards from the Edge", Anderson has a vision of the eagle of ComicBook/{{ju|dge Dredd}}stice being attacked by the pterodactl of death, and being saved by a Franchise/{{bat|man}}. This foretold the {{crossover}} story ''ComicBook/DieLaughing'', which ultimately came out three years later, and involved Batman helping save Mega-City One from the Dark Judges.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in Saulderon's ''So We're A Couple''. During the History of Remnant class, [[OriginalCharacter OC]] Ty is giving an oratory report on his family's history and Professor Oobleck asks if the Faunus revolutionaries ever attacked Ty's homeland during the Revolution. [[BlatantLies Ty answers no, it was very likely the war ended before the Faunus could orchestrate an invasion.]] In truth, Ty did find a single entry of a war that is, according to canon, supposedly the most brutal in over eighty years: ''"The Faunus set foot on the Coast in search of retribution for the sins of Humanity's past; they were met by the fangs of theirs."'' It's an incredibly brief message in a book that's filled with ''thousands of years'' worth of recorded family history, but [[NothingIsScarier it shook Ty up]] to the point where he went around Beacon avoiding the shadows for a week.˛* ''Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall'' features the eponymous writing in dozens of unknown languages inside an AncientTomb, which AdventurerArchaeologist [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] [[WrongGenreSavvy dismisses]] as a curse on anyone who would disturb the sanctity of the tomb, meant to scare away superstitious tomb robbers.˛--> "'This is the tomb of the great and terrible So-and-So! Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair! Whosoever steals the treasure will face the gods' curse, and the sky will fall on their heads, et cetera'."˛** Daring Do is absolutely correct - there is no curse on the place. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for her, when the writing is eventually deciphered, it turns out to be a warning about the [[FridgeHorror true nature]] of the building. It's a ''nuclear waste storage facility''.]]˛--> [[spoiler: This is not a place of honor. No great deed is commemorated here. Nothing of value is here.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animation]]˛* In ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'', the sightings of dragons fighting is taken to be a sign that the balance of the world is greatly upset, perhaps irreparably.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* In ''Film/TheLoveParade,'' Count Alfred says that seeing a cross-eyed person is bad luck for him. On the morning of his wedding, everyone he sees (including the portrait on one of his medals) is cross-eyed.˛* In ''Film/PracticalMagic'', the chirping of the [[MeaningfulName deathwatch beetle]] foretells the death of a loved one.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* ''I Heard The Owl Call My Name'', in which the protagonist is subjected to the named portent of death.˛* In the first few chapters of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', the end of the Han dynasty is seen in some very bad portents (a horrible plague among one of those things), kicking of the chain of events that leads to decades of war.˛* Any time Stormwings start to flock in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'', at least after ''Literature/TheImmortals''. Since they feed on fear and live to desecrate war dead, you can bet that trouble's a-comin'.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* A particularly cliched example used in Filipino soaps: when a character is about to die in a scene, there is a quick cut to his (or a close friend's) house showing a [[DramaticShattering glass falling and breaking]][[note]] whether by someone accidentally dropping it, or just plain inexplicably[[/note]], and all his friends or relatives present reacting in shock to it. It then either cuts back to show whether he died, or was just badly hurt, or, an authority calls up to bring the bad news.˛* Spoofed in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', as you'd expect.˛-->'''Prince George:''' Ah Blackadder. It has been a wild afternoon full of strange omens. I dreamt that a large eagle circled the room three times and then got into bed with me and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking took all the blankets]]. And then I saw that it wasn't an eagle at all but a large black snake. And also Duncan's horses did turn up and eat each other. As usual.˛* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', we find that certain ghosts can be death omens and groups of Reapers appear before disasters. In addition, demonic signs (crop failures, storms, and cattle mutilations) are often apparent before the forces of Hell act and there are many signs associated with the Apocalypse including the rising of the 4 Horsemen. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Myth & Religion]]˛* In [[Literature/TheBible the book of Daniel]], supernatural writing foretells the demise of the Babylonian Empire. It is the origin of the phrase "the writing on the wall."˛** The phrase written, ''Mene, mene, tekel, u-Pharsin'' and its translations "numbered, numbered, weighed, and divided" (figuratively) and "You have been judged and found wanting [by God/the Persians (unwittingly acting for God)]" are also used.˛* ''Literature/HalfsSaga'': Sailing homeward after marrying Hringja, daughter of King Hreidar of Zealand, Hjorleif observes a giant rising out of the sea who chants a prophecy that predicts the death of Hringja, Hreidar, and Hjorleif's own imprisonment.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Roleplay]]˛* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Mirielle's superpower allows her to visualise people's relationships as strings. This also includes their relationship with the thing that will kill them, represented by a black string. When two students start dying in the school, Mirielle is able to tell by the way that it affects their strings.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theatre]]˛* In ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' Calphurnia urges Caesar not to go to the Senate because of the various omens she's either witnessed or heard about from reliable sources. Caesar pooh-poohs it and goes anyway.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* By ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', Richard the Rooster has gone from being another hallucination to this, and perhaps the GrimReaper, too. If he appears to a character who didn't appear in the previous game, it's as good as a spoiler: they're not going to survive.˛[[/folder]]˛˛----


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