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People realizing the problem mid-explanation in western animation TV shows.

  • Similar to the movie, one episode of the Animated Adaptation of Ace Ventura has the eponymous hero having a disgusted reaction upon realizing the reason Last of Their Kind animals were being stolen, with a rare tarantula next on the list:
    Ace: Someone is using last of their kind animals to make a one-of-a-kind six course gourmet meal! (With realization) Oh, gross! That means somebody is going to actually eat a creepy-crawling hairy red-kneed tarantula?! Bleech!
  • American Dad!:
    • In the Halloween Episode, Stan is trying to make his haunted house better than his neighbors by displaying live serial killers in glass cases.
      Roger: Stan, don't worry I've fixed everything...I let the prisoners out!
      Stan: You what?!
      Roger: Yeah, Francine was right. A shark's not intimidating behind glass, but when you're in the ocean with it-
      Claus: But Roger, they're going to kill us all!
      Francine: AND CHOP OFF MY HEAD!
      Roger: Scary, right?... ahh, I never think things through.
    • In another episode, Stan's on a fishing trip, and says he's glad to be out of the house, because it's the first anniversary of a huge fight he had with Francine. When asked what the fight was about, he says he forgot their anniversary. His co-worker is about to point this out to him, but Bullock stops him. A few seconds later, Stan screams when he realizes what he's done, and Bullock smiles and says, "There it is!"
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    • In "A Jones for a Smith", Stan is smoking what he thinks is cold medicine, but Roger tells him it's crack. Stan claims it isn't, explaining how he bought it from a bum in front of a soup kitchen...making him realize it is crack.
    • In "Rubberneckers", Stan crashes his car while rubbernecking, but since he doesn't want to admit it to Francine, he claims that he swerved to miss a dog, which he also puts on his insurance claim. However, the insurance agent investigates and finds evidence that Stan was girl-watching, but tells Stan that he'll drop the case if he doesn't find anything in the inspection of his car. Stan breathes a sigh of relief, stating that the only evidence of his rubbernecking is some pictures he took with his phone, which he hasn't seen since the accident since his phone's in his car. Cue reaction.
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    • In "The Devil Wears a Lapel Pin", Hayley plots to have Jeff burn Stan's photo album of CIA calendar pages in revenge for him not appreciating her for anything. However, when Stan commends her for her hard work in helping him take the pictures, she is so touched that she has an Imagine Spot where she sings in a big production number about how she finally feels appreciated.
      Hayley: My Dad and I have had rough patches / That's why Jeff's upstairs with a book of matchesOH SHIT!
  • This is how Archer figures out the CIA was using the ISIS team to do their dirty work in the season finale of Archer Vice.
    CIA Agent Holly: Calderon needed weapons to fight the rebels, but he didn't have money to buy weapons, he only had cocaine, but Iran was like "No way, cash only," so...
    Archer and Lana: (simultaneously) IRAN?!
    Holly: Ooh, sorry! Iraq. Wait, no, Iran. Doesn't matter who. Anyway, to buy the weapons, we needed to...monetize the cocaine.
    Lana: (realizing what that means) (gasp) Oh my God.
    Archer: Join the club. We've been trying to monetize cocaine for, like... I mean, you even came to the house, where we... We've been selling cocaine for the CIA so they could buy arms from Iran?!
    • Earlier in the season 2 episode "Jeu Monegasque", Archer, Ray, and Lana sneak into the hotel casino's vault to retrieve their stolen 401(k), only to find the guards already tied up. Archer initially sees this as a good thing, since they forgot to bring the ropes, until Lana asks this simple question:
      Lana: Archer, why would somebody tie up the guards!?
      Archer: Duh, so they could rob the...oh shit.
  • In the Arthur episode "Locked in the Library", Arthur and Francine get locked in the library when it closes (They were both in a previous argument and were not paying attention to the clock). After a failed attempt to escape through the window, Arthur remembers something important...
    Arthur: I just realized something.
    Francine: What?
    Arthur: Today's Saturday, which means... the library will be closed until...
    Both: MONDAY!!! AAAAHHHH!!!! [echoes]
  • In the episode "Claude Returns" from Atomic Puppet, we get this moment while Joey and AP are talking about the latter's clone and Mookie.
    Joey: So what other tech does Mookie have to help Claude become a more convincing Captain Atomic?
    AP: Eh, don't worry about that. I hid all the good stuff in the Invisi-shed. And you can't get in there unless you have my-
    Joey: Voice?
    AP: Oh boy!
  • Batman: The Animated Series: In "Beware the Gray Ghost", a Mad Bomber is terrorizing Gotham with incidents based on the show The Gray Ghost, and all signs point to Simon Trent, the actor who played the title character on TV. While try to defend himself to Batman, Trent realizes that the toy collector he recently sold his old merchandise to is probably the culprit.
    Batman: Your prints are on this car. You have the only copy of the show. The mad bomber followed the show step by step.
    Simon Trent: But I'm not the mad bomber, Batman! I'm not! I sold my Gray Ghost cars months ago to pay for my... No! It can't be him!
  • BoJack Horseman:
    • In "Love And/Or Marriage", Diane is invited via text message to a party being thrown by one of her clients. At one point, one his friends mentions a girlfriend of his whose name is also Diane, leading her to come up with a joke scenario that turns out to be real.
      Diane: Hey, wouldn't it be funny if you tried to text "cool, sexy Diane", but then, instead you texted regular, boring Diane by mistake, and then I showed up, and you were like "Who's this chick?", and then, all night, I'd be hanging out with you, like, thinking I was one of the gang, but actually, it was just a big mistake because you meant to text—Oh shit, that's exactly what happened.
    • In "Free Churro", BoJack gives a eulogy at his mother Beatrice's funeral. Throughout his speech, he brings up the moment she died, in which she looked at him and said with her dying breath, "I see you", believing it to be a sign that, despite her being a bitter, abusive bitch, she did had a smidgen of love for him. But toward the end, he mentions one little tidbit that completely changes his perspective of that moment.
      BoJack: I'm not gonna stand up here and pretend I ever understood how to please that woman, even though so much of my life has been wasted in vain attempts to figure it out. But I keep going back to that moment in the ICU when she looked at me and... (realization) "I see you". I... C... U... (beat) Jesus Christ! We were in the Intensive Care Unit! She was just reading a sign! My mom died, and all I got was this free churro.
  • Carmen Sandiego: In part two of the pilot/Origins Episode, Carmen bumps into Mime Bomb while trying to carry out a plan to escape V.I.L.E. island. She's able brush off the conversation and walk away, reassuring Player (who's been listening in via her phone) that he's harmless, only to realize mid-explanation that he's the leadership's spy among the student body.
    Carmen: It's okay, he's just this creepy mime who watches everything on the island... and everyone. Because he's a spy and a snitch!
  • In the Classic Disney Short "African Diary", Goofy is on safari and spots something in the tall grass.
    Narrator: It's only a tick-bird, who always makes his home on the back of the black rhinoceros... [gasp] black rhinoceros!
  • In Danger Mouse episode "The Day of the Suds", after Danger Mouse defeats Greenback's army of dish washer robots, Greenback realizes too late that his You Have Failed Me punishment was too widespread:
    Greenback: Stiletto!
    Stiletto: Si, Barone?
    Greenback: Destroy them all!
    Stiletto: Si, Barone! [pushes the command into the controls] Si! Si! Si! [beat] Hey, Barone?
    Greenback: Well?
    Stiletto: Destroy them all?
    Greenback: All!
    Stiletto: [Referring to the dish washer they're standing on] Including this one?
    Greenback: Yes! Includ- [with realization] No! Wait! [Kaboom!] AAAAAHHHHH!
  • In Donkey Kong Country:
    • As part of a Zany Scheme, DK flies around in Funky's bi-plane.
      DK: Hey, it's Dixie's pet crab! Aw, isn't cute, eatin' through all those funny-lookin' wire- This is definitely a bad thing. Ahh! The plane is out of control!!
    • From "Bug-A-Boogie" when DK informs Klump and Krusha there could be a bog monster lurking around:
      Krusha: What's a bog monster?
      Klump: Oh, it's a big, ugly, hairy beast that eats... anything in... sight. [gasp]
    • In the beginning of "From Zero to Hero", Krusha steals the Crystal Coconut out from Cranky's nose. However, he doesn't have it when he gets to K. Rool's lair. His Kritters remind Krusha that after Cranky's, they went to a swamp and met "That very cute lizard"...
      Krusha: Yeah, right, and-and then I handed her the Coconut...
      K. Rool: You handed her the Coconut?
      Krusha: Eh... Uh-oh. I didn't get it back. Back in a jiffy. (Leaves)
      K. Rool: The brains...of a NEWT!!!
    • In "A Thin Line Between Love and Ape", upon learning that Bluster asked the Crystal Coconut for the formula for a Love Potion, Donkey Kong is left wondering why he'd want such a thing...until he remembers that Bluster has eyes on his girl, Candy.
      Donkey Kong: What would Bluster want with potion?! (Charges out of Cranky's treehouse out for blood) BLUSTER!!!
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk:
    • Occurs in "The Eel Effect" as Hiccup and Fishlegs spot something while scouting Eel Island (which, as its name suggests, is home to thousands of poisonous eels) for Toothless:
      Fishlegs: That's a Typhoomerang mark!
      Hiccup: The only dragon that eats eels!
      Fishlegs: Yes, that makes sense... it's the perfect habitat for them, really... I bet there's tons of wild Typhoomerangs around here! [Hiccup stares blankly at him for the 3 seconds it takes for the implications to sink in] And that's bad. Really bad...
    • Also occurs in the second season finale: Hiccup, imprisoned by Dagur the Deranged, sends a message to the other dragon riders, telling them they need to lure the Whispering Death dragon that is threatening Berk to Outcast Island. Fishlegs suggests using dragon-root, which acts like catnip to dragons, to attract the Whispering Death.
      Snotlout: Just one problem; all our dragons go nuts when they go anywhere near it!
      Fishlegs: If you recall, not all the dragons are affected by the dragon-root. For example, as a boulder-class dragon, Meatlug is... [the others stare at him]... and I've said too much.
  • Dragon Tales: In the episode "Small Time", Emmy and Max are shrunken by Shrinking Violets (as in, literal violets that shrink anything when in bloom) just before the dragons arrive. The dragons are confused about only finding the kids' backpacks right by the flowerbeds. They realize what happened when Wheezie finds Emmy's kickball that also shrunk.
    Cassie: It's kinda funny Emmy and Max aren't here yet. They always come when we call for them.
    Ord: That's weird. You wouldn't think they'd only send her backpack. (holds up Emmy's backpack)
    Zak: Huh? How come Emmy's backpack is here?
    Wheezie: And Emmy isn't?
    Cassie: Where'd you find that, Ord?
    Ord: Right beside these flowers.
    Cassie: Careful, Ord. Those are shrinking violets. When they bloom, they shrink anything they touch!
    Ord: [pulling his finger away] Oh!
    Wheezie: Hey, what's this? [picks up the shrunken kickball] I found a marble that looks like a dragon ball.
    Cassie: Say, that looks just like Emmy's kickball. It must've shrunk. [gasps] What if Max and Emmy touched the Shrinking Violets?
    Zak: Well, then they'd shrink down to teeny, tiny... OH, NO! They shrunk!
  • DuckTales (1987):
    Mrs. Beakley: Oh, boys. A pink slip isn't a gift. It means I'm fired. FIRED?!
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In the first episode, Scrooge has this reaction when the kids react with fear after he angrily strikes a cursed gong.
    Scrooge: Oh, what're you gaping at? The curse is only activated if you ring the gong three times and—and—and you already hit it two times, didn't you?
    • Near the end of the season, where the theme in general includes some of the full implications of their adventuring lifestyle, the kids keep Scrooge distracted (long story) by acting uncharacteristically afraid; as Webby and Huey cite the surrounding dangers that supposedly have them spooked, Louie realizes what they're saying and looks genuinely scared.
  • A nice slow burn in the old Tex Avery cartoon The Early Worm Gets The Bird, when the little blackbird realizes who he's talking to:
    Blackbird: But there's one thing us early birds gotta watch out for 'round here... the fox!
    Fox: The fox?
    Blackbird: Yeah, my mammy done told me that he eats little birds! She says he's 'bout this tall... (motions with his arm) He, he's tall as you is! (the fox grins at the audience) And she said he's got great big green eyes... er, just like you all! And a pointed nose... (begins to get nervous) ... like yours... and, and long, sharp teeth... (peels back the fox's lip to reveal sharp fangs) ... jus' like... jus' like... (the fox grins evilly) ...uh-oh...
  • In the Ever After High episode "Just Sweet", a relieved Dexter comments that he's finally asked Raven out... only to realize that he just asked Raven out, and has no idea how to handle their first date.
  • In Family Guy:
  • Futurama, "A Clone of My Own", with Prof. Farnsworth's clone, Cubert:
    Fry: Nothing is impossible! You'd know that if you really took after the professor, like I do.
    Cubert: You're his uncle, dummy. He takes after you.
    Fry: Uh, wha?
    Cubert: Wait a second. That means I also take after you! AAAH!
  • In "Boomer's Blanky" from Kate & Mim-Mim, said blanky gets lost because of Tach's invention which makes things float through the air. Mim-Mim eventually finds it, but neither he nor Boomer recognize it for what it is because it's been washed and it's normally stinky. So Mim-Mim lets it go, back on its "magical journey through the sky." Eventually, Gobble, who had washed it, catches up with Mim-Mim, who talks about how he found that particular blanket and eventually released it.
    Gobble: You let Boomer's blanky go?
    Mim-Mim: [proudly] Yep, I let Boomer's blanky go. ...Eee! Wait! I let Boomer's blanky go!
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Clean Slate", Dr. Drakken starts describing how he drove all the soldiers off the military train he and Shego just boarded by activating an overload alarm... and then reveals/realizes that he caused an actual engine overload rather than a false alarm.
  • In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Canned Feud", Sylvester realizes that his owners have left on vacation and accidentally locked him in the house.
    Sylvester: They forgot to put out the cat! Ha, ha, ha! [beat] The cat?! I'm the cat!
  • Another Sylvester example: in the cartoon "Muzzle Tough", Sylvester tries to get past a guard dog by disguising himself as a sexy female dog, only to get scooped up by a dogcatcher before he can get anywhere with it. As the catchers drive off, Sylvester yells as them from the back of the truck:
    Sylvester: Sufferin' succotash! Let me outta here! I'm not a dog! (pulls off mask) I'm a cat! K-A-T! I'm a... (realizes he's locked in the back of a truck full of angry dogs)
    • New Looney Tunes: In one episode, Daffy is acting crazy in a hospital's parking lot, causing orderly Porky to tell him to leave. Daffy obliges, leaving the parking lot and going inside.
      Porky: Well, t-t-that takes care of that. He won't bother anyone now that he's l-l-left the parking lot and g-g-gone into the hospital. (gasp) GONE INTO THE HOSPITAL?!
  • In Moral Orel, in one episode Orel popularizes a song from the point of Judas called "I Hate You Jesus". It becomes a hit in town, and soon everybody starts singing it in church. Orel is at first pleased with its success, but then this trope comes into play as he says, "Wow, everybody sure hates Jesus! Whoops."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Discord decides he's not going to go through with the ponies' attempts to turn him good. Why should he? He's free at last, and the only things that can really stop him, the six Elements of Harmony, aren't working due to Fluttershy (one of the six Element bearers) giving her word that she will not imprison Discord again as a show of trust. Discord breaks this trust, saying he doesn't care if Fluttershy stops being his friend. Why should he care? She was only the first real friend he's ever had...
    • In "Honest Apple", Rarity decides to teach Applejack a lesson after the latter drives off some contestants in a fashion contest with a display of Brutal Honesty. She invites Applejack to talk with Strawberry Sunrise, a pony who hates apples and proceeds to flippantly bad-mouth them in front of Applejack. AJ explains why Sunrise's opinion made her so mad, realizing in the process that she was too hard on the fashion designers.
      Applejack: That's fine if she don't like 'em, but if she knew how hard we worked to make our apples perfect, maybe she wouldn't be so mean about— Ohhh... oh boy.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh:
    • "No Rabbit's a Fortress": When Rabbit is finally fed up with his friends messing up his garden, he builds an enormous fortress around it, complete with booby traps and harshly orders his friends to never bother him again. Unfortunately, he soon realizes that he has trapped himself inside the fortress!
      Rabbit: Now for a little peace and quiet... and gardening. Hmm, where did I leave my shovel? Oh, yes, it's right outside THE DOOR?! [screams and panics] THE DOOR! I FORGOT TO MAKE A DOOR! I can't get out! I'm trapped! DOOMED!
    • "Groundpiglet Day": Rabbit becomes convinced that it's Groundhog Day, due to his calendar pages blowing away, and hires Piglet to be a groundhog. Due to his hat covering his face, Piglet can't see his shadow, so Rabbit assumes that it's springtime, only for snow to fall. After Rabbit chews Piglet out for making a wrong prediction, he finally discovers the missing pages and has a Jerkass Realization.
      Rabbit: It's only November! It's nowhere near Groundhog Day! Hmm, Piglet wasn't quite as wrong as I'd thought. (beat) Piglet? Oh my! I'd better apologize to him!
  • Pinky and the Brain:
    • In "Brinky", Pinky's genetic material accidentally gets introduced into Brain's cloning experiment, essentially resulting in their having a child together.
      Pinky: I'm a mommy, I'm a mommy!
      Brain: Pinky, that's absurd! You are nothing of the kind. Its chromosomal makeup just happens to include both of our genetic building blo— AAAH!! ...Oh my Lord, you are its mommy.
    • Another instance occurs in "Tokyo Grows":
      Pinky: [taps Brain on the the shoulder] Um, excuse me, Brain.
      Brain: Go away now, Pinky! Can't you see I'm fighting with Pinky?!
      Pinky: Narf! [starts to turn away, then stops] Oh, no, wait, how can you be fighting me over there, when I'm standing over here?
      Brain: It's a very simple principle, Pinky. It's because-(Turns around to see a visibly fuming Gollyzilla inches from his face, then his expression immediately switches to Oh, Crap!) That is the real Gollyzilla.
    • In "Leave It To Beavers", an experiment of Brain's gives Pinky the ability to communicate with beavers by pushing a remote control. With this skill, they get a bunch of beavers to build a dam to flood a city, which the beavers incorporate shiny things into. Unfortunately, this causes Brain's plan to hit a snag:
      Brain: Pinky, where is the remote?
      Pinky: I don't know Brain. Poit. You had it last.
      Brain: Well, I left it right here!
      Pinky: Did you check under the sofa cushions?
      Brain: We're outside! There is no sofa!
      Pinky: Well, there you are then. What does it look like, Brain?
      Brain: You know, it's remote! It's sort of black and shiny and -(Beat) Oh, no. [The beavers] put it in the dam!
  • The Real Ghostbusters:
    • The episode "A Ghost Grows In Brooklyn" includes this conversation as the four guys are climbing a wall, following the roots of a giant, monstrous, destructive plant back to its source:
      Egon: Do you think there might be some significance in the fact that the giant plant is a geranium, just like the one I gave Janine?
      Ray: Pure coincidence, Egon — there must be a million geraniums in this city.
      Egon: Right... besides, if it was the same plant, then the center of the whole thing would be...
      [they've now reached the top of the wall and can see where they are]
      All: Janine's apartment!
    • In "The Halloween Door", when a hoard of demons escape from the Netherworld and terrorize New York in celebration, Winston realizes they may want a few other friends join the fun:
      Winston: Wait a minute. If all these things have come through and they're partying and getting together like we've seen, then wouldn't they like to break out all their buddies?
      Ray: The containment system!
      Egon: Janine!
      (Cut to the firehouse which is under siege)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: In "Road Apples", Ren is annoyed that everyone in the RV is asleep and keeping him awake with their snoring. Then this happens...
    Ren: Grrrrr. Everyone's asleep except me. [beat] Wait, if everyone's asleep...THEN WHO'S DRIVING THE RV!?!?!?
  • Rick and Morty: In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", Zeep Xanflorp has this when he hears about Kyle's Teenyverse.
    Kyle: Oh no, they're not slaves. They work for each other.
    Xanflorp: That just sounds like slavery with ex... tra.. steps... Wait a minute, did you create my universe?! Is my universe a Miniverse?!
    • And then, a few moments later, Kyle has a disturbing realization for himself.
    Kyle: So [Rick] made a universe, and [Xanflorp] is from that universe....and that guy made a universe....and that's the universe where I was born...where my father died...where I couldn't make time for his funeral because I was working on my universe...[Proceeds to get back into the only means of transportation out of the Teenyverse and smashes it into the side of a cliff]
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: In the 'Jet Fuel Formula' arc, when Rocky and Bullwinkle go over an icy ledge due to a Sneeze of Doom, Boris is delighted that the two are Buried Alive. However, during his impromptu chorus of 'Taps', he realizes that he and Natasha have a reason to save them:
    Boris: (Singing) So, fare-well, and good-bye, down you go, in the snow, you must die, with the moo-se ber-ry bush—Mmph-Mooseberry bush!
    Natasha: That doesn't rhyme.
    Boris: Natasha, they still have the bush!
    Natasha: You mean...?
    Boris: Yes! We must save them!
    Natasha: Again?!
  • Rugrats:
    • From "Grandpa Moves Out":
      Didi: Say, didn't those kids speeding by on the electric scooter look just like Tommy and Angelica?
      Drew: Yeah, they sure did.
      Didi, Stu, Drew, and Lou: TOMMY AND ANGELICA?!
    • From "No More Cookies":
      Tommy: Hey, Chuckie, where'd Angelica say she was going?
      Chuckie: To check on the babies.
      Tommy: Oh, okay.
      Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil: We are the babies!
    • From "Turtle Recall":
      Chas: Of all the places to leave an empty stroller! Some people just... [beat] Empty? Stroller? Stu! Where are the kids?!
    • A delayed-reaction example takes place in "Passover". It takes place during an Imagine Spot where the babies are all characters from the famous Moses and the Ten Plagues story. Angelica plays the hard-hearted Pharaoh in this retelling, and interestingly she's still her child self, rather than an adult. Of course she refuses to let Moses' people go even after most of the plagues, so eventually God gets to the last one, killing off the "firstborn" of every Egyptian. Angelica laughs it off at first...and then she asks her father who the firstborn of her family is. Her father explains that since Angelica is an only child, the firstborn would be her! Her father doesn't know about the coming plague, but the implications certainly sink in for Angelica, whose reaction is this trope.
    • From "Carwash":
      Chas: [To carwash attendant] So you see, if you had a frequent washer program, you could always make it up in volume. Take my van over there, full of kids. [Gasp] My van?! Full of kids?!
  • The Simpsons:
    • One scene in "Homer Loves Flanders" has Homer asking why he's such a loser. Bart replies, "Your father was a loser, and his father, and his father — it's genetic, man!" [beat] "D'oh!"
    • In "Team Homer", the rain turns the students' gray school uniforms into bright rainbows.
      Principal Skinner: I don't understand; I bought them the same place I buy Mother's dresses — Oh dear God, Mother's in the park!
    • Plus, in "I'm Goin' to Praiseland", Ned finds out that the citizens that were having "visions" were actually the effects of a gas leak in his Christian amusement park. Homer tells Ned to ignore it because his park spreads a positive message of equality. Then comes this...
      Homer: Rich laughing with poor, bullies breaking bread with nerds, orphans lighting candles over a leaking gas line—LIGHTING CANDLES?!?!?
    • Inverted in the "Treehouse of Horror XIII" episode, "The Island of Dr. Hibbert," when Homer is trying to argue against Dr. Hibbert's insane experiments:
      Homer: All you can do is eat, and sleep, and mate! And roll around in your own filth! And mate, and eat—where do I sign up?
    • In "All About Lisa", Krusty's lawyer warns him that his new assistant Lisa will try to sabotage his career to make it big. Then he gets a call from Mr. Teeny...
      Krusty: If there was a rehearsal for the network, I would have been told by my—(gasp) assistant!
    • In "See Homer Run", Mayor Quimby gloats to the townspeople when they criticize him for all his fiascoes.
      Quimby: Read the charter people: I cannot be removed from office, except by a simple recall election. And—(beat) Er, uh, disregard that last part!
    • In "I Am Furious Yellow", Bart sets up an elaborate prank for Homer to get him angry and provide new ideas for his Angry Dad webtoon. However, when he finds out that the ".com bubble" burst and the animation company goes bankrupt, he comes to this conclusion:
      Bart: Yeah, but at least now that my show's cancelled, I don't need material, so there's no need to lure my dad into the trap I set for him. [gasp] THE TRAP!
    • In "Brick Like Me", Homer wants to remain in a LEGO-made dream world where nothing ever changes, but he then realizes the downsides outnumber the upsides.
    Homer: 'Cause in a toy town, everything stays shiny and wonderful, just the way I want it. You'll always be my little girl, Maggie will always be my giant baby. Bart will never move out of the house. [starts losing steam] I'll work for Mr. Burns forever. Marge and I will never grow old together and live like fat cats on Social Security. Good Lord! I'll never experience the ultimate reward for a life well-lived: the gentle slumber of death.
    • In "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace", Homer has spent the better part of the episode trying (and failing) to invent things to make a name for himself. He finally comes up with putting extra legs on a chair to keep it from falling over, and talks to his Thomas Edison poster to celebrate.
    Homer: See, just a regular chair. But I attached a couple of extra legs to the back! Kinda like the ones on the back of your- AWWW, DAMN IT!
  • Brainy Smurf in The Smurfs episode "The Sky Is Smurfing", who tries to remain calm while explaining the current situation of Mount St. Smurf erupting before he has the Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
    • In the Sonic Sat AM episode "Sonic Conversion," the Freedom Fighters finally manage to make a working de-roboticizer, and use it to revert Bunnie back to normal. Seeing this, Sonic retrieves his Uncle Chuck from Robotropolis and subjects him to the process. Later, it turns out that the effects are only temporary when Bunnie's arm and legs revert back to robot form. Sally makes an attempt to comfort her and reassure her they'll restore her back to normal again in due time... only to realize that if the deroboticization on Bunnie was only temporary, then Uncle Chuck will soon revert back as well.
    Sally: It's okay, Bunnie. We'll get you back to normal again. Listen, all we have to do— Oh, no!
    Bunnie: What?
    Sally: Uncle Chuck!
    • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Sonic Breakout", Robotnik builds a giant prison complex and imprisons a cartoonist who made fun of him, and later on, Sonic. When Sonic gets out of his Tailor-Made Prison, Robotnik is with the cartoonist when alarm sounds.
      Robotnik: [to cartoonist] Hmm? You haven't escaped. I would have noticed that. [beat] THE HEDGEHOG!
    • In one episode of Sonic Underground, Robotnik creates a potion that gives its taker super-speed, which allows his minions, Sleet and Dingo to catch Sonic. Later, Robotnik sees Sleet's feet expand to the point where he can't move.
      Robotnik: Hmm, it must be a side effect of the Sonic Tonic. Aah, what a waste of a good invention. Now he's useless! I wonder if the same thing's happened to— Dingo's guarding Sonic!
    • In a different episode of the same series, Sonia and Bartleby are talking about something strange that a robot was doing, making them want to talk more about Dr. Robotnik.
      Sonia: What did I say? Chili, shampoo, massage, hm... [gasp] Oh no! "Cramped, dirty secret rebel base!" I can't believe I said that!
  • Spirit: Riding Free:
    • ”Lucky and the Impatient Patient”:
    Abigail: (To Lucky) Remember the time you told me to stand up for myself? It was so empowering. Until I did it to my parents, and then I got grounded. Oh, or the time my boots got wet and you told me it was faster to dry them in the oven, and it was. Until I forgot them and they caught on fire, and then I got grounded.
    Pru: Aren’t you grounded now?
    Abigail: Eep!
    • ”Lucky and the Role Reversal”:
    Lucky: Typical Aunt Cora! Can you believe her? “You don’t want to be late, Lucky. Brush your hair, Lucky. Don’t forget your homework, Lucky.”
    Pru: Hey, where is your homework?
    (Lucky suddenly realizes she literally forgot her homework and rushes back home for it)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • From "Hall Monitor", after Mrs. Puff scolds SpongeBob when his antics destroy half the city:
      Policeman: You know this guy?
      Mrs. Puff: Of course I do. I'm the one who gave him the uniform in the first place. He's my responsibility! [beat] Uh-oh.
    • In the episode "Just One Bite", Squidward has one when he breaks into the Krusty Krab to steal a Krabby Patty and triggers the burglar alarm.note 
      Squidward: This is our burglar alarm? A bucket of water? [opens the door causing the bucket to spill] That was too easy. [sniffs] Hey, this isn't water, this is... gas! [match drops]
    • In "Free Samples", after Plankton wrecks the Krabby Patty's credibility by giving out nasty counterfeits, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs try to win back the customers by giving away free Krabby Patties, much to Mr. Krabs displeasure. However, nobody wants one, which relieves Mr. Krabs...until he realizes that if nobody wants Krabby Patties even when they're free, then the Krusty Krab is truly ruined.
  • In the season 2 finale of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Marco's father Rafael has one of these reactions when Marco tells him that things have gotten weird between him and Star.
    Rafael Diaz: What could be weird? Two teenagers sharing a home. One boy, one girl. [beat] Oh. Oh, no.
  • Steven Universe:
    • A variation on this trope appears in "The Trial". Attorney gem Blue Zircon has a Eureka Moment regarding the death of Pink Diamond and launches into a Spotting the Thread monologue, culminating in accusing the most likely suspects: the Diamonds, who are presiding over the trial. In this case, the Oh, Crap! is not because of the implications of the explanation itself, but rather due to the realization that she just accused her supreme leaders of regicide and fratricide to their faces.
      Blue Zircon: Uhh, disregard that last statement, I might have gotten carried away!
    • "Now We're Only Falling Apart": Sapphire, angered by the revelation that Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond, fights with Ruby, believing their relationship was all a lie, and runs away. After Steven and Pearl find her and tell her the story of how "Rose" came to be and how Pearl and Garnet's choices led her to fall in love with the Earth and form the Crystal Gems, she calms down and begins to feel guilty for how she treated Ruby.
      Sapphire: That's just how I felt when I came here with– [gasp] Ruby! Oh no! We have to get back right away!
    • "Reunited": After Ruby and Sapphire's wedding, at the reception, Steven is talking with Garnet when he starts crying, which he assumes to be Tears of Joy. Then he realizes that they're uncontrollable, which means that Blue Diamond is nearby ... and then Blue and Yellow Diamond's spaceships appear.
  • In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Monkey Fun", Dr. Hamilton theorizes that the bacteria that just attacked him and his team grew because of exposure to a strange gas and then Earth's atmosphere. Then he remembers that Titano had the same exposure, and he and Superman both have a moment of this.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003):
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • In the episode, "Duck in the Water", Sir Topham Hatt demands an explanation on what happened when Percy and Oliver bump into James and Rocky, who were in the process of lifting Duck out of a flooded track. Rocky takes the blame for accidentally knocking over a signal, until James sticks up for him:
      James: It was nobody's fault, it was an accident! I was in a hurry to go, and Rocky wasn't ready, so... so... [beat] Oh. Actually, Sir, I suppose it was my fault. I didn't give Rocky time to secure his crane arm properly. That's why he was swinging about.
    • In the special, "The Great Race", this exchange occurs between Victor and Kevin when the latter brings the former Gordon's safety valve after Gordon leaves Sodor to compete in the Great Railway Show:
      Kevin: I have a question!
      Victor: What's so important that you have to keep interrupting?
      Kevin: Uh, what, what's this?
      Victor: That's Gordon's safety valve mechanism.
      Kevin: Yes, that's what I thought it was.
      Victor: Gordon's safety valve? But that means Gordon hasn't been reassembled properly! I told him to wait for his safety check! If Gordon's safety valve isn't working properly, he could overheat, especially at high speeds!
  • In The Trap Door episode "Not Very Nice", Berk ends up down the Trap Door and finds himself in a very odd cave...
    Berk: Yech! There's that horrible smell again! Hang on, there's sommit funny about this place. The walls are slimy, and that green thing looks like a tongue, and them things over there look like teeth... Ohhh, globbits! I'm inside the mouth of some horrible thing!
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: In "The Belly of the Weblum", Keith worries that Allura hates him now that she knows he has Galra blood within him, and Hunk tries to reassure him.
    Hunk: Allura doesn't hate you. You just need to give her time to accept the fact that you're a Galra, the race that destroyed her entire planet and all of her people. (beat) Yeah, she might hate you a little bit.
  • In an episode of Xiaolin Showdown, a Face-Heel-Turned Raimundo is chasing some of our heroes around in a forest. This is what our heroes wanted, however, as a diversionary tactic so an attack on Wuya's palace could succeed. Eventually, Raimundo realizes that the chase is taking much longer than it should.
    Raimundo: What's wrong with you guys, why don't you just fly away?! It's like you're not even trying to get away... because you're NOT! Quick, back to the palace!


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