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"They think you might be a cook. But you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a sneaky, overreaching, little... [gasps as he spots Remy] RAT!"
Skinner, Ratatouille

A humorous device used when a character is talking to another, but suddenly sees something which causes him or her to have a sudden and loud change of subject. However, astonishingly, what the distracted character actually shouts could well be what they had been about to say, due to double meanings of words or just plain old coincidence.

A variant of this is when the conversation after the change of subject is not what the speaker had been about to say, or the interrupter is another person, but the two parts still make perfect sense as a sentence when pieced together.

Compare Two Scenes, One Dialogue and Twisted Echo Cut. See also Last-Second Word Swap, where this is (usually) deliberately invoked by the speaker to avoid saying something for whatever reason.


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  • A commercial in New Zealand some years back featured someone constantly switching TV channels, and all of the dialogue we actually hear on each channel logically joined up with the dialogue in the next. It went something like this:
    (Soap opera:) "Oh, Roger, I just want to feel your—"
    (Cooking show:) "—nice fluffy dumplings, and we'll just pop them into—"
    (Soccer match:) "—the opposition goalmouth! That's a brilliant shot from midfield! Played—"
    (News broadcast:) "—by the wife of a Cabinet minister, who party sources described as—"
    (Play School-style kids' show:) "—an old bag!"
    (Nature documentary:) "—with six legs and a huge proboscis."
  • A visual and unintentional example due to unfortunate sign placement, where an anti-smoking ad on a bus inadvertently encourages children to quit school.
  • Movie marquees can be prone to this when the advertisers don't pay attention to what two or three movie titles may read as when put together. For example, "Erin Brockovich Screwed My Dog Skip"!
  • There used to be a commercial selling some CDs of songs from the 1980s where the snippit of "Goody Two Shoes" by Adam and the Ants cut off after the line "What do you do?" and was directly followed by the chorus of "Come On, Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
  • An eBay advertisement once involved satisfied customers explaining what they used eBay for, edited together in this manner.
    "You can buy or sell almost anything on eBay. We sell tartan—"
    "—drawers. They're cheaper on eBay, so we had enough money left over—"
    "—for a brand new car! Found it on eBay! Of course, now my wife thinks I'll be attracting—"
    "—girls, show them your new mp3 players! I found them on eBay which I was looking for a birthday present for—"
    "—this rubber chicken came from eBay, and Benji loves it!"
  • In this ad for fantasy sports app FanDuel, a guy is trying to tell his friend about FanDuel's newly expanded options while the friend ignores him in favor of watching a basketball game. In the basketball game, two players named John Moreways and Sammy Win make a gamewinning play. The friend jumps up, screaming "Moreways to Win!" The guy then lampshades the appropriateness to the outburst by saying "That's what I'm telling you."

    Anime & Manga 
  • One Piece has this happen mid-word. In the movie Karakuri-jō no Mecha Kyohei, the villain Ratchet greets the heroes with "Konbanwa" ("Good evening"), only for Luffy to pop up and startle him, causing him to go "Wah!" in surprise. However, this ends up finishing the word anyway, so he says "Konban-WA!" with the last syllable being both a shout of surprise and the actual last syllable of the word he was saying.

    Comic Books 
  • Due to the panel layout in comic books, the variant is very easy to pull off. For example, a British comic had each panel a different channel, as per the Advertising example above, leading to exchanges such as:
    Superhero: I will save them! With my nerves of steel, muscles of iron—
    Chef: —and a knob of butter—
    Policeman: —it looks like we got here just in time for a—
    Superhero: —Jimmy down the liftshaft?
  • MAD did an "ultimate rhyming advertisement" by overlapping real advertising slogans:
    Treat your cat to... Miller Lite...
    Chlorox bleach... gets dentures bright...
    Turtle Wax... stops jock itch fast...
    Tootsie Rolls... are built to last...
    Cutty Sark... protects your car...
    Levis... give you lower tar...
    Banish grey with... roll on Ban...
    Keds... now in a six ounce can...
    Chevy's got... a lighter smoke...
    Cleaner people bathe with... Coke...
    Schlitz... for those who watch their weight...
    And Ex-Lax... makes the going great
  • Advertisement placement can sometimes do this as well. A memorable one is in Peter David's Captain Marvel run, when Entropy first appears. He appears off-panel, speaking to Captain Marvel, when the reader turns the page, it's a full page advertisement for Stuart Little.
  • U.S. Acres:
    • Roy while drinking hot chocolate.
      Roy: Boy, there's nothing better than a good cup of... HOT chocolate.
    • Roy's debut.
      Orson: (reading from a book) And the big, ugly monster crept up on its unsuspecting prey and said...
      Roy: Hi there.
      Orson: Arrrgh!
  • Wacky Raceland: "Well, the house might've won, but that poor bastard on the wheel sure lost his... Dick? You all right?"
  • Les Nombrils: Jenny is falling asleep in front of her favorite soap opera. The plot is eerily similar to her current situation with her friends, and if she keeps day-dreaming half-asleep, she just might figure out how to set things right... Until her sister changes the channel.
    Dream!Jenny: By the way, how had we fixed this problem already?
    Dream!Vicky: You don't remember? Come on, Jenny, it was memorable! Without your action that day, we wouldn't be friends anymore!
    Dream!Vicky: Yes, remember, you-
    Jenny, later: I had a prophetic dream. We'll never be friends with Vicky again.
  • The 54th issue of All-Star Squadron (a tie-in to Crisis on Infinite Earths) begins with several of the heroes' dialogue or thoughts being interrupted by the next panel showing another one of them saying or thinking a statement that fits well with the previous character's interrupted sentence.
    Amazing Man: (thinking) Funny kind of a chill in the Harlem air tonight— Like something was about to happen besides these red skies that popped up all of a sudden! Couldn't say what, but I guess it's not going to be Will Everett, Amazing Man, stumbling onto—
    Superman: (thinking) —The Monster Society of Evil! Looney name...not that it stopped that crew from staging a jailbreak right under my nose. No sign of them in Metropolis, though. Maybe the others are getting better luck in New York, or the Shining Knight over in—
    Shining Knight: (thinking) —Philadelphia! 'Tis fitting that the Seven Soldiers of Victory have 'stablished our meeting-place in the city of brotherly love. Mayhap one of my compeers doth possess some clue as to the hiding-place of—
    Hawkgirl: —Mr. Mind's little barbershop quartet. But why'd you insist I set you down, Sandy?
    Sandy the Golden Boy: Hey, you're great, Hawkgirl— But d'you think Sandman's partner wants to be carted around like a baby?
    Hawkgirl: Okay, so you swing around on your wirepoon and I'll—
    Dr. Occult: —Fly higher, Robotman? A little altitude might give my magic talisman a better shot at locating the Monster Society.
    Robotman: Or the Justice Society, Dr. Occult...or any of the other All-Stars who've—
    Guardian: (thinking) —Vanished into thin air! But somebody besides the Guardian is gonna have to scour the Hinterlands tonight. Patrolman Jim Harper's got his hands full just keeping the lid on Suicide Slum. This isn't a—
    Hourman: (thinking) —Game, old buddy! Just a blasted game—keep remembering that!

    Fan Works 
  • Anger Management: Lincoln says, "No one can spoil my fun, not even—-" and then Clyde sees Lynn and says, "Lynn!"
  • Chain Reaction, a sketch-like Sailor Moon fic, in which the setting is the time guardian Sailor Pluto deciding to take peeks at her friends' lives on Earth in a TV channel-surfing style.
  • In the parody Giggles Bags the Borg, one of the gallant WW1 airmen is suffering the runs (thanks to the castor oil lubricant used in the aircraft engine) while searching for a notorious German air ace.
    "Well now's not the time to take a SHIT!" yelled Belsworth, as a blue Fokker D.VII swooped out of the sun like a deadly hawk.
  • In the EarthBound (1994) fanfic The Pride Of Twoson, Paula's mother is in the middle of reading a book to a preschool class just as her daughter comes in to visit them:
"The – big – blue – bear – was – Paula?”
  • Seraphina's Tea Quest: Seraphina is explaining to the fairies that she needs to make her next jump into a new universe, when Saffron runs by, yelling for them to jump over a hedge to hide from the Big Bad.
  • In Silent Trio 2: Harry and the Hufflepuff Harry, Hermione and Sally sneak into a classroom for a private conversation, not knowing that it contains the Mirror of Erised.
    Sally: Any exciting Harry tales to tell?
    Hermione: Well, there was the time that Harry got in trouble for drawing a smiley face all over...
    Harry: My parents?
  • In Silent Trio 6: The Coming Storm Hermione goes to give Harry a message from Ginny but gets distracted by his choice of reading material.
    Hermione: I am supposed to give you a... marriage law?
    Harry: Okay. Give me a marriage law.
  • In Dahlia Evans & the Broken Bridge Dahlia starts to politely greet the person knocking on her compartment door before realizing it's Draco Malfoy, who she had an unpleasant exchange with in Flourish and Blotts.
    Dahlia: Can I help— you!
  • In Harry Potter and the Well Intentioned Friends Ron and Ginny, annoyed by Harry's distant attitude, storm into his bedroom at Grimmauld Place.
    Ron: Harry, it's time for you to... PUT SOME BLOODY CLOTHES ON!
  • Like Grains of Sand in the Hourglass:
    Hermione: Dora wait! I don't know how to get there via the tube; we need to drive so we need to meet up with my - Mum! Dad!
  • The Western Sky - Series 2:
    • Sally is singing Christmas carols when Remus and her mother unexpectedly show up.
      Harry: We get our mum?
    • Dawn visits the New Watcher's Council.
      Dawn: We're here to see... GILES!
  • In Harry Potter and the Quantum Leap Harry has a confrontation with Minister Fudge.
    Harry: You know, I've been pretty lax about enforcing the social niceties, but that ends now. From now on, you will refer to me as-
    Madame Bones: Lord Potter?
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Lily Hermione has a premonition while chatting with Ginny.
    Hermione: We should— GET DOWN!
  • Universe Falls: In "Lion and Waddles", Steven starts listing all the naturally-pink animals he can think off when Mabel wishes she had a cool pet like Lion.
    Steven: I think Lion's one of a kind... but there are plenty of other pink animals out there that would make neat pets. Like... flamingos, and, um... well, I'm sure there are tons of pink fish, and...
    Mabel: (sees the "Win a Pig" booth) PIGS!
  • Harry Potter and the Bonds of Time:
    Ron: Ravenclaw or Gryffindor? [Hermione]'s a smart girl, definitely, but there was that incident with Neville, of course - definitely the makings of a -
    Sorting Hat: GRYFFINDOR!
  • In A Load of Bulk, a fanfiction of The Loud House, Lana says, "I'm huge! I'm ripped! I'm—" and is interrupted by Lola saying her name.
  • In It Gets Worse, when Jack Slash arrives to Brockton Bay, he entertains himself with switching radio stations - and gets a very disturbing message.
    " Brockton Bay..."
    "...Jack Slash, of the Slaughterhouse Nine..."
    "'re gonna..."
    "...die here!"
    (Jack turns off the radio, asks the others if they heard that, and turns it back on)
    "—don't say you weren't warned. Next on our list of 'Most Despised Men in America', we have—"
  • When Hope Goes Against Vengeance: Sierra ends a story saying it doesn't matter because... cue Mirabel interrupting saying that Camilo won't wake up.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Princess and the Frog:
    • Naveen has just landed in a swamp, and he is explaining to Tiana about why he is penniless although a prince.
      Naveen: My parents are fabulously wealthy, but they cut me off for being a [sees a leech attached to his elbow] LEECH!
    • Also, a few moments later:
      Naveen: I made that promise to a beautiful princess, not a cranky wait— why are those logs moving?
  • The Simpsons Movie:
    • "What kind of father wouldn't care about... A PIG WEARING A HAT!"
  • Monsters, Inc.:
    • Mike is talking about his date with Celia:
      Mike: I tell you, that face of hers, it just makes my heart go—[turns and comes face to face with Roz] YIKES!
    • When Mike starts to panic when he realizes that he forgot to hand in his paperwork to Roz.
      Mike: Oh no, my scare reports! I left them on my desk! If I'm not at the restaurant in five minutes, they're gonna give our table away! What am I gonna tell—!? [sees Celia right next to him] Schmoopsie-Poo.
    • Mike is wooing Celia over dinner:
      Mike: "Just the other day, someone asked me who is the most beautiful girl in all of Monstropolis, and I said—" [Mike notices Sulley peeking through the window] "Sulley?"
    • Then a bit later, as Boo's presence is exposed:
      Celia: Michael, what's going on?
      Mike: Celia, please try to understand. I have to... [Boo escapes from the bag] DO SOMETHING!!!!
  • The Iron Giant: Hogarth's prayer includes several examples of this, but he keeps finding ways to fit his sudden shouts into his prayer.
    Hogarth: (sitting at the dinner table, he looks over his mom's shoulder and sees the giant's hand in the kitchen) OH MY GOD! Uhh, Oh my God... We, uh, thank you for the food that Mom has put in front of us and — (sees the hand about to tip something over) STOP! ...Uh, uh- the devil! From doing bad things. And uh — (sees the hand moving again) GET OUT OF HERE! Uh...Satan? GO! GO... So we may live in peace. Amen.
  • In Balto II: Wolf Quest, Balto is reluctant to give his and Jenna's puppies up for adoption. He discusses his feelings with her while said puppies and Boris the snow goose are playing in the background.
    Jenna: Each one of our children have their own lives to live. It's our job to love them, and then...
    Boris: [being chewed on by the puppies] LET GO!!!
  • Shrek:
    • When Shrek and Donkey enter the Dragon's Keep to rescue Fiona. Shrek finds the tallest tower rather easily (mainly due to the fact that it's the only room with the lights on).
      Shrek: Well, at least we know where the princess is. But where's the—
      Donkey: DRAGON!!!
    • After Fiona fights off the Merry Men, Shrek and Donkey are astounded, asking her how she learned kung-fu.
      Fiona: When one lives alone, one has to know these things in case there's... there's an arrow in your butt!
      Shrek: What? [looks to see that indeed, there is an arrow sticking out of his backside] Oh, will you look at that.
  • In Shrek the Third, one happens at the mascot contest when Shrek barges in.
  • Ratatouille provides the page quote with Skinner threatening Linguini until the former spots Remy.
  • In the first Futurama movie:
    Al Gore: Here's to four years of clean air, clean government, and amazing new technologies such as— [Bender appears] Robot!
  • A visual example in Despicable Me when the girls sneak their drawing of Gru sitting on the toilet in with his plan of stealing the moon which he was presenting to the manager of the Bank of Evil (Formerly Lehman Brothers).
  • ParaNorman has one during the argument between Norman and Courtney in the car:
    Courtney: Oh, I understand. I understand that this is all getting completely out-of— [zombie punches in through the roof] HAND!
  • In Chicken Run, when Ginger falls down a chute in the pie-making machine:
    Rocky: I'll be down before you can say... [looks up] ...mixed vegetables?! [gets knocked down the chute by a rain of veggies]
  • In Shark Tale: one of the jellies finally gets the Whale Wash slogan correct just as he spots Don Lino chasing Oscar headed straight towards them.
    Ernie: Whale Wash! You get a Whale of a wash and the price...OH, MY GOSH!
    Bernie: Alright! You got it right!
  • In Brother Bear, Kenai, disappointed that he got a bear totem, tells Sitka why the animal doesn't represent "love".
    Kenai: I mean, a bear doesn't love anyone. They don't think. They don't feel. I mean, they're...(sees the salmon basket robbed) They're thieves!
  • In Zootopia, just after Chief Bogo gets caught using a ridiculous Gazelle-App that superimposes a photo of the user atop one of her dancers and the Singer chiming in with praise at the performance, he's informed that Judy's found all of the missing animals, leaving him in Stunned Silence.
    Gazelle App: Wow, I'm impressed!
  • Cinderella: This happens as Jaq complains of how the stepsisters always run Cinderella ragged.
    Jaq: Every time she has a minute, that's the time that they begin it! "Cinderelly! Cinderelly!"
    Stepsisters: [offscreen] CINDERELLA!!!
    [Jaq slams the door in annoyance]
  • Tarzan:
    Tantor's Mother: For the last time, honey, there are no piranhas in...
    Other Elephant: MY BUTT!!!
  • The Lion King: Combined with Curse Cut Short when Timon tries to shove Pumbaa's sizeable rear through a narrow gap.
    Timon Geez, why do I always have to save your— [sees a hungry lion bearing down on them] AAAAAAAHHH!!!
  • Toy Story 4: When Woody, after reuniting with Bo Peep, tells her that the old gang is still together while Buzz is approaching them from behind.
    Bo: What about Rex?
    Woody: Yeah, yeah. Rex, Bullseye, Slinky, the Potato Heads...
    Bo: Buzz?
    Woody: Yeah, yeah, Buzz too. I can't wait to see his face when he hears that I've found...
    Buzz: Bo Peep?!
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers: When Mickey tries cheering up his friends after they're mocked by Captain Pete for wanting to be Musketeers, just as Pete gets the idea to use them in his plot against Princess Minnie.
    Mickey: Just imagine, guys. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday, Captain Pete's gonna march in here and say...
    Pete: (bursts in) Congratulations, boys!
    Mickey: Huh?!
    Pete: You've passed the test! I've been watching you three, and I'll tell you what! You guys have got what it takes to be Musketeers!
  • A Christmas Carol (2009): Near the end, when Scrooge arrives at his nephew Fred's Christmas party just as he's playing game of charades with Scrooge as the punchline.
    Woman: I know what it is Fred! I know!
    Fred: What?
    Woman: It's your—
    (Scrooge opens the door; everyone looks)
    Fred: (astonished) Uncle Scrooge?

    Films — Live Action 
  • A variant involving inflection in the 1970 film Airport. A local family settles down to dinner and the father is saying grace when a plane goes over the house, making an enormous racket...
    Father: For this food, for our many blessings, and for Your bounteous goodness, we give thanks to Thee in the name of... [airplane noises and table rattling] Jesus Christ!
  • Blazing Saddles:
    • The preacher is commencing his sermon when a bundle of dynamite is thrown through the window:
      Preacher: We will now read from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and... Duck!
    • Also:
      Chairman: As chairman of the welcoming committee, it is my privilege to extend a laurel, and hardy handshake to our new..... [sees Bart] nigger.
  • Doctor in Love: As a lecturing doctor talks about old hairy monsters, Sir Lancelot (on the run from the police) comes bursting through the screen behind him.
  • Garfield 2. Lord Dargis has got rid of Prince (the cat), when Garfield, who looks exactly like Prince, settled in castle. This moment is priceless. Lord Dargis walks with his investor (charming young woman).
    Lord Dargis: [I am taken] myself by you. Oh, don't mind me. I'm just an incorrigible old... [sees Garfield] cat?
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur and the knights call Brother Maynard up to translate an Aramaic inscription on the wall of the cave. He says it's the last words of Joseph of Arimathea, who hid the grail in "Castle Aarrgh." While the other knights are saying it out loud to guess what it means, the serial Malaproper Sir Bedevere lets out an "Oooooooh!" They correct him on his pronunciation, before realizing he's screaming at the terrible beast approaching him.
    Brother Maynard: It's the legendary Black Beast of AAAAARRRGGGHHH! [falls of cliff, gets devoured by Beast]
  • In Pitch Perfect this occurs with the Riff Off and is in fact the point in that the various groups have to continuously interrupt each other by matching lyrics. The main segment features "Songs About Sex" and amusingly features Jessie cutting off Stacie's "I'll Make Love to You" with "Feels Like the First Time" opening with the lyrics "And I guess that's just the woman in you that brings out the man in me." Becca picks up with an awesome rendition of "No Diggity" though actually fails this trope and therefore loses as she goes from "It" to "It's."
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:
    Scott: I don't think that anything will get in the way of how I— [sees Envy] shit!
  • Shaun of the Dead:
    • In another TV-channel version, while Shaun is channel-surfing, he switches on the news to find they're talking about the zombie plague...and promptly changes the channel. But the chunks of speech from the various channels all continue the sentence from the previous channel (even when switching to and from non-news channels, like a football broadcast and nature documentary).
      Krishnan Guru-Murthy Though no one official is prepared to comment, religious groups are calling it Judgement Day. There's...
      (changes to VH1, playing "Panic" by The Smiths)
      Morrissey (singing): ...panic on the streets of London...
      (changes to ITV News)
      News Reporter: an increasing number of reports of...
      (changes to soccer commentary)
      Commentator 2: ...serious attacks on...
      (changes to Channel5 News)
      News Reporter: ...people, who are literally being...
      (changes to nature documentary, which features a gazelle being eaten by leopards)
      Documentary Narrator: ...eaten alive.
      (changes to Sky News)
      Jeremy Thompson: The witness reports are sketchy. One unifying detail seems to be that the attackers in many instances appear to be...
      (changes to T4)
      Vernon Kay: ...dead excited to have with us here a sensational chart topping...
    • Plus an example similar to the Mad Magazine entry above, as well as Ed interrupting a quasi-lover's quarrel with appropriate annoyed grunts.
      Liz: It’d just be nice if we could—
      Ed: [playing game in background] Fuck!
      Liz: —spend a bit of time together—
      Ed: Bollocks!
      Liz: —just you and me.
      Ed: Cock it!
  • In Shirley Valentine, Shirley walks on tavern owner Costas trying to seduce a tourist with the same lines he used on Shirley earlier.
    Costas: You afraid that I will make fuck to you. But I only ask you to come on boat. Different thing. Boat is boat. Fuck is... [sees Shirley] ...fuck.
  • Spaceballs:
  • Happens in Mr. Magoo while the title character is trying to cook a chicken via TV instructions, but thanks to a channel change winds up following an aerobics instructor instead. A few minutes later and another incident leads to him following a wood worker.
  • Happens twice in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as a running gag, when referring to Dr. Evil's rocket that looks like a giant—
    • —Dick! Hey, Dick! did you know that they did it in Goldmember, too? Y'know, about the satellite that looked like a pair of giant—
    • —Ta-tas for now! The Osbournes appear to lampshade, stating the filmmakers already did this before with a rocket that looks like some guy's—
    • —Johnson! Move on to the next example!
  • Terminator Genisys. While Kyle Reese trying to get his head around Time-Travel Tense Trouble after being told John Connor is his son. "That's the man our son be...Jesus!" On top of the confusion of time travel being funny, John Connor is an analog of Jesus Christ, prophesied savior of humankind.
  • The prosecutor in What's Up, Doc?: "And I can prove that he is in unauthorized possession of secret government..." [opens the mistakenly swapped briefcase] ... "underwear."
  • In The Inspector General Georgi sings a "gypsy drinking song" which includes an unintended flaming sword dance. At the end of the dance the sword comes in contact with his hair, which starts smoldering as he continues the song.
    And so we drink
    To everyone we admire.
    To the girl who sets your heart aglow and sets your heart on... FIRE!
  • Megaforce. Two members of the eponymous force are doing a quiz just before parachuting into enemy territory. The last question is the name of a famous Native American chief. The other shouts the answer as they leap out of the plane. "GERONIMO!"
  • Water (1985). A White-Dwarf Starlet is filming an advertisement on the island of Cascara. "We're not here on any picnic. We're on this godforsaken wind-swept island because we need to SHIT!"—(starts shouting at crew for messing up his take). A selling point of Cascara's mineral water is that it has laxative properties, because a combination of urban stress and junk food is "clogging up the bowels of America".
  • The Matrix. Cypher shoots his comrades and is about to pull the plug on Neo. But before he does, he demands that Trinity tell him if she truly believes that Neo is The Chosen One. Trinity says yes. Cypher shouts "No, I don't believe it!"... because Tank is still alive and pointing a very large gun at him.
    Tank: Believe it or not, you piece of shit. You're still gonna burn! (fires)
  • Screamers. Jessica walks into the middle of a Mexican Standoff between Alliance and NEB soldiers.
    Jessica: Stray bullets are bad for the inventory. It's worth a lot more when it ain't all shot to— (sees half the troops in the standoff are from the enemy) ...shit.
  • Predator 2. Harrigan removes the unconscious Predator's helmet to reveal its alien features, and starts to repeat Dutch's line from the first movie, "You are one ugly—." Just before he delivers the final word, the Predator wakes up and grabs Harrigan by the throat, snarling "Motherfucker!"
  • When Lurcio is telling the audience what happened after Ludicrus Sextus' last orgy in Up Pompeii:
    Lurcio: Do you know? Clearing up after the last one, I came across a couple, left over from the orgy before. You'll never guess what the woman was saying to the man...
    Man: Come on, hurry up! I got others waitin'!
    Lurcio: 'Ow did you know? (Beat) Oh, I see, yes, sorry.

  • Anne of Green Gables uses the "not what they had been about to say" version when Matthew first drives Anne to Green Gables. She is pretty much talking non-stop, and gets to: "...and Mrs. Spencer says...(sees an incredibly beautiful spread of apple trees in bloom) Oh, Mr. Cuthbert! Oh, Mr. Cuthbert! Oh, Mr. Cuthbert!" The narrator even lampshades the trope by pointing out: "This is not what Mrs. Spencer had said."
  • Dave Barry had an article that consisted of nothing but this. It's written in first person as Dave is scanning the radio looking for a good song, and as the stations switch between Insane Proprietor ads, strange Bible readings, and even stranger political ads, the transitions are almost seamless.
  • In an article by Erma Bombeck, where Erma writes about how her husband keeps switching the channels on the TV without asking:
    I'm sitting there watching Dallas, and just when Sue Ellen says, “Miss Ellie, I've got to sort things out. I thought for a few days I'd go to...,” a 90-pound walrus flashes on the screen and Bill Conrad's voice says, “...the Bering Sea with thousands of other bulls to mate.”
  • The Famous Five: In the early books, Anne has a habit of giving away secrets to the grown-ups, and the others then interrupt her. When she says "It's a...", somebody else chips in with "It's a wonderful afternoon for a walk". This is played with in Five on a Treasure Island, just after a storm has thrown up a shipwreck from the bottom of the sea, and the children do not want the adults to know about this yet:
    Anne: The storm was grand. It threw up... (is kicked by Julian and Dick)
    Aunt Fanny: What did the storm throw up, dear?
    Anne: It threw up the most enormous waves. (Looks defiantly at the others)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird has this with the gossip at a ladies' missionary circle meeting: "Yes sir, Mrs. Perkins, that J. Grimes Everett is a martyred saint, he... needed to get married so they ran... to the beauty parlor every Saturday afternoon... soon as the sun goes down. He goes to bed with the... chickens, a crate full of sick chickens, Fred says that’s what started it all. Fred says...”
  • Star Wars: Kenobi: Kallie is reading off a slip of paper when she happens to spot Ben out the window of the Calwells' van.
    Kallie: To Annie: This certificate good for— Ben!
  • Happens twice in Transformers: Shattered Glass prose stories:
    • In "Dungeons & Dinobots" prose story, after Sideswipe and Cliffjumper managed to decipher the hieroglyphs, they made out a word and just when they found out its meaning...
      Cliffjumper: So, it’s warning us not to leave?
      Sideswipe: No, I think it’s telling us to-
      Omega Terminus: GET OUT.
    • In "Transhuman" prose story, Blackrock makes a speech during the ceremony before the evil Autobots appear for a raid.
      R.J. Blackrock: Using cutting edge technology, we can convert 95% of the potential fuel energy of raw crude oil into usable energy by creating hydrogen fuel cells. And once these fuel cells become standard, any energy source we find can be used to produce them, permanently freeing us from-
      Goldbug: Human filth!

    Live-Action TV 
  • Victorious: In one episode Tori and Jade sing a song (called Take A Hint) about getting unwanted attention from guys
    Jade: I Don't wanna be a priss/ Im just tryna be polite/ but it always seems to bite me in the...
    Tori: ASk me for my number/ yeah you put me on the spot...
  • Venezuelan Sketch Show Cheverisimo had a lot of sketches in that vein. The most famous of those was one where a pair talked about third person and their naïveté (or about some naive act they committed themselves), and when they were to say "because I/you/he/she/them are such a..." they were always interrupted by a bag salesman crying "Bolsa!". (In Venezuela, "bolsa", besides his "bag" meaning, is also an euphemism for "idiot" or "naively dumb").
    • A similar sketch has people discussing someone's hotness and what they intended to do with that person, when they were interrupted by a machete-bearing country salesman crying "¡Machete!", who was covering his groin. ("Darle machete" is a somewhat rude way of saying Intercourse with You).
  • Often inverted hilariously on the "Whose Line" sketch of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a game where performers have to perform a skit and, at various times, pull out some lines previously written by the audience and use them as if they were what they had been about to say. Much of the humour in this game involves totally storyline-inappropriate lines being pulled out, and the performers trying to segue them in with the rest of the performance. For example, Ryan Stiles had to say he was dressed as a French Maid during Davy Crockett's last stand at the Alamo due to one of the pre-written lines.
    • Every so often, the line given will actually fit the scene, which in some ways is just as funny as when the line is massively out of place. For example, in a scene where the premise is a pastiche of Chris's departure from Vietnam in Miss Saigon, Colin is given the line "There's a bun in my oven."
  • The entire "Understanding Barman" sketch from A Bit of Fry and Laurie is based on this, with Stephen Fry (as the titular barman) interrupting Hugh Laurie's complaining about his wife to offer him various drinks, snacks or other things, with the offers sounding like he's finishing Hugh's sentences.
    Hugh: Alright, so other men have bigger-
    Stephen: (offering Hugh a couple of) Plums?
    Hugh: -salaries and better prospects, and other men can boast a healthier-looking-
    Stephen: (offering Hugh a bar stool) Stool?
    Hugh: -lifestyle. (sits down)
  • Monk:
    • "Mr. Monk and the Miracle", features this in a scene where Monk and Natalie find Randy at the police station. It works because Randy has his back to them when the scene begins:
      Natalie Teeger: Maybe the Captain saw something... [Randy turns around, revealing that he has grown a mustache] ...unusual. What is that?
      Lt. Randall Disher: What?
      Natalie Teeger: On your face! On your lip!
      Adrian Monk: It looks a little bit like a mustache.
      Lt. Randall Disher: Well, I'm in charge. It comes with the job. [Monk and Natalie continue to stare at him, dumbstruck] Okay, you're making me a little uncomfortable.
      Natalie Teeger: You're making me a little uncomfortable!
    • This is also the case in one scene in "Mr. Monk and the Bully", in season 7:
      [Monk and Natalie are following Marilyn's movements]
      Adrian Monk: God, I can't wait to see his face!
      Natalie Teeger: Mr. Monk... [sees Monk pull out a very old camera] ...what is that? Is that your camera? Where did you get that?
      Adrian Monk: It's a birthday gift.
      Natalie Teeger: From who? Thomas Edison?
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • In the second episode of Season 5, Amy Farrah Fowler is playing the harp and singing "The Girl From Ipanema" when Sheldon pays her a visit.
      Amy: "When she walks, she's like a samba that swings so cool and sways so gentle that when she passes, each one she passes goes..."
      Sheldon: [knock, knock, knock] Amy? [knock, knock, knock] Amy? [knock, knock, knock] Amy?
    • Another episode in Season 5 has Penny invoking this trope when Sheldon knocks on her door in his usual manner:
      Sheldon: [knock, knock, knock]...
      Penny: WHO DO WE LOVE?
      Sheldon: ...Penny?
    • Sheldon explains to Penny why he doesn't like the idea of having sex:
      Sheldon: Based on living next to you for four years, it's loud, noisy, and involves unnecessary appeals to a deity.
      Penny: [exasperated] Oh, God.
      Sheldon: Yes, exactly!
  • The Mastermind sketch by The Two Ronnies where the contestant answers the question before last.
    Magnus: What is the difference between a donkey and an ass?
    Charlie: One's a trade union leader and the other's a member of the cabinet.
    Magnus: Complete the following quotation: "To be, or not to be..."
    Charlie: They're both the same.
    Magnus: What is Bernard Manning famous for?
    Charlie: That is the question.
    Magnus: Who is the present Archbishop of Canterbury?
    Charlie: He is a fat man who tells blue jokes.
    Magnus: What do people kneel on in church?
    Charlie: The Right Reverend Robert Runcie.
  • Frasier: "No one's going to sell me on anything. Those exercises only help people who lack self-awareness. I, for one, am...[winces in pain] God Almighty!" (Niles responds with "Well, no wonder you're stressed; you've got a whole universe to run!")
    • Another episode has Frasier suddenly interrupt himself by shouting "JESUS!" Why? Because Niles had just walked in dressed as Jesus (he had a part in a Christmas show) and Frasier was currently pretending to be Jewish in order to placate his new girlfriend's overbearing mother.
  • An episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had Geoffrey get a new girlfriend. As they're talking, he leans in, and says...
    Geoffrey: Let's talk about—
    Will: [appearing from around the corner with a walk-man in hand and singing aloud] —Sex, bay-bee! Let's talk about you an' me! Let's talk about all the good things and the bad thi— Oh, hey G!
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • From "The Dark Age":
      Jenny: And the first thing we're gonna do today is... [Buffy suddenly shows up] Buffy!
      Xander: Huh? Did I fall asleep already?
    • The Scoobies are unaware that Ben shares a body with Glory:
      Tara: Let's just call She Who Cannot Be Named another name. Let's call her—
      Buffy: [seeing a familiar face] Ben!
  • Charles in Charge: In the first episode, Mrs. Pembroke is hurrying to her job while Mr. Pembroke is trying to give Charles some advice on bringing a date over to the house:
    Mr. Pembroke: The last thing you want to hear is...
    Mrs. Pembroke: Honey, I'm late.
  • Diff'rent Strokes: Mr. Drummond is trying to get rid of an unwelcome guest.
    Drummond: I'll have you thrown out on your—
    Guest: [interrupts] But—
    Drummond: Exactly!
  • In Cheers, a local tour guide has been passing the bar off as a historic place so that he can warm up and drink during walking tours. Meanwhile, the bathroom is out of order and Carla is trying to fix it because they can't get ahold of a plumber.
    Tour Guide: This is where Paul Revere said—
    Carla: Line up, the can's fixed!
  • Studio C's "Channel Surfing" is one long run of this trope involving a soap opera, a cooking show, a press conference, and a workout show.
  • Played with in the final episode of The Young Ones. Rick shouts, "Look out, Cliff!" as they're about to crash into a giant billboard of Cliff Richard. They then drive over an actual cliff while trying to avoid it.
  • A notorious sexposition scene in Game of Thrones involves Littlefinger venting over how his childhood crush Catelyn married the brave and noble Ned Stark, while at the same time instructing two whores on how to fake an orgasm.
    Littlefinger: She loves him I'm afraid. And why shouldn't she? He's just sooo... (girls climax) Good. Now get cleaned up, you're working tonight.
    • In the seventh season, Heroic Bastard Jon Snow tells Tyrion Lannister that he's "not a Stark." Right on cue, Drogon the dragon - symbolic of House Targaryen and Jon's true father, Prince Rhaegar - swoops past dramatically.
  • Blake's 7. In the Hilarious Outtakes for "Warlord".
    Avon: You know what that makes us? (prop gun fails to fire) Useless!
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:
    • In "The Punishment Room", we get a montage of Midge doing standup comedy routines in three different venues, cutting back and forth between the different performances in such a way as to form cohesive sentences.
    • In season 2 episode 5, Midge has a moment of this when in the midst of a performance at the Concord club in the Catskills, she spots her father in the audience and suffers stage fright, since her father is just finding out about her secret night life as a stand-up comedian. After several moments of stammering, she pulls it together to continue her performance.
      Midge: The first time I ever let a boy go Christopher Columbus on my nether-regions, it was in the Catskills. And this boy, he was my [spots her father] papa. [freezes up like a deer in the headlights]
  • Farscape. In "Revenging Angel", John Crichton is having a cartoon fantasy while he's in a coma. When his Love Interest starts appearing as various Ms. Fanservice characters, he asks her to do Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. To his horror she morphs into Nancy Reagan instead.
    Nancy Reagan: Johnny, just say—
    Crichton: No!
  • Done in American Gods (2017) twice:
    • In the Season 1 episode "Come to Jesus", when Ostara explains to her party guests about the importance of Easter.
      Ostara: I think it's important for us all to remember what this day is really truly about, which is...
      [Ostara sees Mr. Wednesday]
      Ostara: [annoyed] ...for Christ's sake.
    • Another instance happens in the Season 2 episode "The Beguiling Man", during Laura and Mad Sweeney's car ride.
      Mad Sweeney: Where I'm from, it's the greatest sin. To betray your sworn true love is the crime of a coward...
      Laura: [in unison] Cow.
      [a cow suddenly appears in front of them, forcing Sweeney to quickly swerve]

  • In The Adventure Zone: Amnesty, Mama warns Aubrey and Ned that no one else can be allowed near the portal. Moments later, Duck walks out of the damn thing.
  • The Magnus Archives plays this for a moment of pitch-dark laughs amidst the horror in a highly spoileriffic exchange at the end of the second season.
    Martin: So you really think the Institute is, what, haunted?
    Tim: I used to. Now I think it’s worse.
    Martin: Worse how?
    [Door bursts open and a horrific-looking Not!Sasha chasing Jon charges past them]

    Puppet Shows 
  • In Dinosaurs episode "And the Winner Is..." as Earl and the guys watch a newscast on the upcoming election for Chief Elder;
    Howard Handupme: Within minutes of the Chief Elder's death, one candidate had stepped forward to nominate himself for the post; 42-year-old B.P. Richfield of the Wesayso Corporation, who had this to say...
    Richfield: (From his office) Get in here, you chunks of filth!!
    Roy: He's gonna need a better slogan than that.
    Richfield: (From office) Now!
  • In The Muppet Movie, Piggy asks Kermit to whisper sweet nothings in her ear:
    Kermit: Um... motorcycle cop.
    Piggy: "Motorcycle cop" is a sweet nothing?
    Kermit: A motorcycle cop is chasing us!

  • A skit on The Now Show series 53 episode 6, about the TV audience channel surfing from the proposed Brexit debate:
    Theresa May: This deal is the only deal on the table. But let me remind you that...
    Declan Donnelly: ...also on the table is this kangaroo's penis, which you have to chew and swallow to win a meal for camp of delicious...
    Theresa May: ...chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef under a US trade deal. This is why I would appeal to MPs of all parties to...
    David Attenborough: ...wake up from their long hibernation, where they have slumbered blissfully, unaware of the dangers of...
    Jeremy Corbyn: ...making this country worse off, which nobody voted for. Not that we support another vote, because we have already voted. But not for this, although I support this — if it weren't this, but something different. What do you say to that?
    Bruno Toniolli: I say that was some magnificent spinning there. You were all over the place! With the fancy footwork, turning this way and that, you were a blur! I don't know what to think; I'm pretty sure you don't either!
    Theresa May: With this deal, I can promise that by 2021, Britain will have...
    The Doctor: ...arrived back in the 1950s.
  • This is a common gag in The Men from the Ministry:
    Mildred: I just saw Permanent Undersecretary in the passage. Any minute now he'll charge in here and say-
    Sir Gregory: (charges to the office) Now then Lennox-Brown!

  • Noises Off: At one point, a character quietly moving about backstage inadvertently shouts, "OH MY GOD!"... precisely on cue.
  • "Sounds While Selling" from the musical She Loves Me has chatter about cosmetics humorously mangled by interruptions.
    First Customer: I would like an eyebrow—
    Second Customer: Under my—
    Third Customer: Chin—
    First Customer: There's an idea—
    Kodaly: Madam, I am filled with—
    Georg: Very soft—
    Sipos: Soap—
  • Jenufa has Kostelnička thinking of her daughter's plight, and then:
    Kostelnička (to herself): What now? Who'll save her?..
    The door opens slightly.
    Laca: That's me, aunt.
  • This is the basic idea behind a very old boy scout skit, called the radio skit. (Not clever with the names.) It involves a scout pretending to fiddle with the radio dial, and it devolves into a standard comedy sketch. Can be found many places online, each with their own twist.
  • Hamilton: In the following line, the word subject to Curse Cut Short is a swear word that, when used as a verb, can be slang for "having sex with":
    James Reynolds' letter to Hamilton: See, that was my wife you decided to-
    Hamilton: FUUU-

    Video Games 
  • Deltarune: In the intro, your attempt to create a "vessel" is "discarded" by a mysterious narrator, who informs you "Your name is..." It then cuts to Toriel shouting "Kris!" as she wakes up the actual Player Character.
  • This can happen in any games where characters have specific lines for certain actions and one action is interrupted by another. This gave birth to the "Release the bogus!" meme from the Wii Punch-Out!! - Super Macho Man says "Release the beast!" when using his special move, and "Bogus!" if you counter or dodge his attack, so interrupting his special move with a counter at the right time results in "Release the- Bogus!"
  • In the mobile game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, if the Professor gets hit in the middle of doing a critical hit, he ends up saying "Good news, everyone! I'm in terrible pain!"
  • Used as a bit of very subtle Foreshadowing in Kingdom Hearts II. After the game's intro cinematic, two hooded figures whom we later find out are Xemnas and Roxas, the latter being the Nobody of Sora, the protagonist are talking.
    Xemnas: I've been to see him. He looks a lot like you.
    Roxas: Who are you?
    Xemnas: I'm what's left. Or... maybe I'm all there ever was.
    Roxas: I meant your name.
    Xemnas: My name is of no importance. What about you? Do you remember your true name?
    Roxas: My true name is...
    (fade into a flashback of the first game)
    Kairi: Sora?
  • Murder by Numbers (2020) has this exchange between Honor Mizrahi and her mother, when talking about the latter's obsession with talkshow host Dick Stanford:
    Sharon: You know how I feel about modern television. All style, no substance!
    Honor: What about Dick Stanford? He works in TV and you're his biggest fan.
    Sharon: That's completely different! He's got style. He's got flair. He's got...
    Honor: A huge stick up his—
    Sharon: Class! That's what sets Dick Stanford apart from the rest.

  • Girl Genius
    • This scene. And yes, if she were there, that was what she'd say, most likely.
      Tarvek: If the mistress were here, she'd say
    • Also here:
      Agatha: I mean, I can't just say "Appear before me, all-powerful creature", and expect —
      Higgs: Tea?
      Agatha: Oh! Yes, thank you.
      (Behind them, Tarvek, who is trying to stop Agatha finding out the truth about Higgs, looks like he's having a heart attack)
  • Paranatural: In chapter 5, Isaac spots Isabel and Ed sprinting through the hall and starts to reprimand them, but Isabel grabs him as they pass, prompting an interesting combination of words as he exclaims in surprise:
    Isaac: Uhh, you guys know running in the halls is frowned upon by— JESUS
  • xkcd: In "Interruption", the podcast that Randall is listening to is interrupted by his GPS, which has a very similar voice to the podcaster.

    Web Original 
  • Played straight in this Smosh episode.
    Interviewer: Why don't you tell me a little bit about why you'd like to be a substitute teacher?
    Ian: Well, I really, really love... BALLS!
  • The aforementioned Mr. Magoo example was mocked by The Nostalgia Critic in his review of the movie.
    Critic: Yeah! How long until he switches to the porno channel?
    Cooking Show Host: Next, I want you to—
    [channel changes]
    Porn Star: —Put your big long cock inside me.
    Critic!Magoo: Well, okay, if it insists! [humps the chicken; a "BA-CAW!" sound is heard]
  • This Studio C sketch.
    • "There's nothing more attractive to the ladies than- a chocolate sculpture of Winston Churchill covered in- dirty money!"
    • “Now take a whisk and really beat— your arthritic grandmother.”
    • "That's rich! Especially coming from the man who was raised by—" "Feral monkeys which contracted hepatitis."
    • “Now we’re ready to put this in the oven, along with - *taxpayer’s dollars*”
    • "All I ever wanted was THE FLEXIBILITY OF A RUSSIAN GYMNAST."
  • Game Grumps:
    • Invoked in the Pokemon episodes. Jon named the trainer "Fuck, I..." because that's funny. Arin reasons that they must be hideous to elicit such a reaction and it slips out whenever they come close enough to someone that the NPC gets a proper look at Fuck I (and periodically become overcome with revulsion midsentence).
      "Now then-Ffffuck, I..."
    • Happens twice in the third episode of Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril. For Context, Arin is trying and failing to kill a plant boss, getting progressively more frustrated each time. Dan suggests that Arin try improvising stories in order to help him focus. He does so, and these stories often get interrupted at the end due to Arin dying.
      Arin: I knew a guy named Jesus! I said "Hey, isn't your name supposed to be pronounced hay-zoos?" And he said "no, my mom is very religious!" And I said "Wouldn't that have prevented you from having the name Jesus?" And he said- (Arin dies) "FUCK!"
      Arin: (sounding defeated) Register now at your local supermarket for the rewards card. It will save you ten percent on- (Arin dies) FUCKING GODDAMN BULLSHIT, FUCK!
  • GrayStillPlays has this happen twice when commenting on this custom stage in Grand Theft Auto 5, first when he got distracted by something randomly collapsing in the background, and second when doing a difficult ramp stunt.
    "I love how there's all these arrows, but the board creator made them made sure so that none of them make any sense. Their sole purpose is to make you realize that this board's beginning and end is—what the hell was that?"note 
    "You may say to yourself, 'Gray... oh thank god there's a boost here—THAT DIDN'T DO ANYTHING BUT KILL ME!'"note 
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged:
  • Done in CollegeHumor's video "Stop Saying "It Ruined My Childhood"".
    Sarah: Why are they destroying...
    Old Man: The whole village. Burnt to the ground. ... After all these years I'm still haunted by the image of...
    Sarah: Fucking Smurfs 3.
  • Dragonball Z Abridged
    • Piccolo commenting on Vegeta's pink shirt:
      Piccolo: Yeah, it's the kind of shirt that really screams— [senses Freeza approaching and gasps] HE'S COMING!
    • Another moment occurs in Plan to Eradicate Christmas, after Vegeta hits Santa Claus dead-on with a ki-blast, only to find out he didn't even scratch him in the slightest:
  • While PewDiePie is playing "Night Shift", he raps nonsensically along with music playing from a radio about being stuck, only to get startled by a shadowy figure; but he finishes his rhyme relatively nonplussed, with a near-proper rhyme to boot!
    Pewdiepie: I feel like I'm motherfuckin' stuck,
    In this duck.
    It makes me wanna quack,
    Like (sees shadowy figure) *gasps* WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!
  • In Sword Art Online Abridged, the Moonlit Black Cats guild - which consists of three players and three NPCs the guild leader "recruited" by starting but never finishing their quests, and who keep repeating their few lines of dialogue - gets into trouble with some "shady characters" when said leader swears he can duplicate their rare items, only to learn that exploit got patched out.
    Kirito: So then why don't you just give back their item?
    Keita: Heh, well, here's the thing, I kinda sold it, and now...
    Larry: The bandits are coming!
    Keita: Precisely!
  • One of the skits in Scott The Woz has Scott looking up the price of the Mad Catz Mojo to order one online and review it, when his phone rings:
    Scott: (picks up phone) Y'ello?
    Questiony Max: Hey, Scott! Your old pal Questiony Max here. (Scott sees the Mojo's price) Who is our lord and savior?
    Scott: JESUS CHRIST!
  • StacheBros:
    • In "The Curse of Toadsworth Mansion", when Mario assassinates the King in Wario's body:
      The King: Next! You'll be in charge of-
      Mario: Kicking your ass! [swings his hammer and knocks Wario's head off]
    • In "Night Of The Living Goomba", when Mario and Luigi are exploring the underground tunnels:
      Mario: I'm not gonna lie, I'm a bit spooked right now.
      Luigi: Mario, you think this is scary? This is a walk in a park, a bundle of joy, A PILE OF DEAD GOOMBAS! [cut to reveal Goomba corpses piled up] AAAAAH!!!
  • In "Lalas Go To Target: Nunya, Pita, Smarty", Smarty is singing "We Found Nunya in a Hopeless Place", when just before she sings "hopeless place, she sees their destination outside the car window and shouts "TARGET!".

    Western Animation 
  • Bob's Burgers: In "Christmas in the Car", the Belchers get stuck in the snow on Christmas Eve after dodging a crazed driver in a candy-cane shaped truck. Linda tries to pass the time building a little Nativity set out of things she found in the glove box and singing Christmas carols... then she notices the truck is back.
    Linda: Siiiiiilent niiight, hooooooly... (sees the truck) crap!
  • In the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode "Conspiracy", Buzz was solving a crossword puzzle while enjoying his morning coffee, when one word he figures out comes in line with a SWAT team entering his house to arrest Buzz.
    Buzz: Let's see, a six letter word for "solidify by means of temperature decline." That would have to be....
    SWAT Officer: FREEZE!!
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "The Scorpion's Tale", Lisa is wandering through the desert reading a book about the dangerous wildlife, ending with (paraphrased)
      Lisa: But perhaps most dangerous of all is the [falls into a pit of] SCORPIONS!
    • In "Blood Feud", Homer tries to keep Mr. Burns from reading a nasty letter he wrote by watering the inside of the street mailbox with a hose in hopes the letter's ink will run. He asks Bart to give him a signal for when the mailman arrives.
      Bart: Dad, the mailman's here.
      Homer: That's a good one. Let's use that.
      Bart: No, I mean the mailman's here.
    • From "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken";
      Milhouse: [singing] Adults / They're always telling us to--
      Grampa: Shut your yaps!
      Jasper: Eh… we're all fed up with you whippersnaps.
      Old people of Springfield: We're tryin' to get some sleep here / It's almost six-fifteen / What's the matter with
      Adults of Springfield: Don't you treat us like
      Kids of Springfield: Can't you just lay off of us
      Old People: Sick of all of you
      Everyone: Kids… to… day!
  • Family Guy:
    • In one episode, a Wall Street trader is on the phone to his company relaying some important information about the state of the stock market and is hit on the head by a stray golf ball causing him to say: " be sure to buy lots of [blow to the head] Waffles! Tasty waffles with lots of syrup!" Cue a scene of Wall Street traders shouting "Waffles!" and then, oddly, Japanese traders going crazy screaming "Waffur!".
    • In "Excellence in Broadcasting", Brian becomes a Republican after reading one of Rush Limbaugh's books, and a Brick Joke of Limbaugh placing some bologna in his book for him to find results in half of this trope and half Take That!.
      Brian: I'm telling you, this book is full of— Hey, bologna!
  • Happened in Daria:
    Teacher: And then George Washington said [Jane walks in] young lady, you're tardy.
    Britney: Gee, he wasn't very focused, was he?
  • Extremely common in Archer by way of scene transitions.
  • One episode of Aladdin: The Series had a visiting prince trying to woo an uninterested Jasmine.
    Prince: Your hair is so soft. Soft like a [rat jumps out at him] RAT!
    Jasmine: [turning around] Soft like a rat?
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • Mandy's parents enjoy the time they have together without their daughter scaring the living daylights out of them. Unfortunately, she's just coming home from Billy's house.
      Mandy's Dad: I love you.
      Mandy's Mom: And I love— [sees Mandy outside from the window] MANDY!
      Mandy's Dad: You love Mandy?
      Mandy's Mom: No! She's here!
    • In the episode where Mandy and Mindy enter a beauty pageant:
      Principal Goodvibes: And here are our three impartial judges: General Skarr, Captain Green Gums, and Mindy's mom!
      Mindy's Mom: Hi, honey!
      Mindy: Hi, mommy!
      Grim: (grumbling) "Impartial", my big bony—
      Principal Goodvibes: BUT, before we begin, I'd like us all to think about why we're here.note 
  • From the end of the House of Mouse episode "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation", when Mickey and Minnie come back from the vacation to see the club burned to cinders.
    Minnie: And to think we almost missed it worrying about the... [gasp] THE CLUB!
  • The Roger Rabbit short Trail Mix-Up has this while Roger is preparing some chocolate mousse ("I didn't know they were in season.")
    Roger: There's Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and... Hey! Where's the Vitamin...?
    [Roger sees Baby Herman going near an overhead beehive]
    Roger: BEEEEEEEEE!!!
  • American Dad!: After Stan evicts everyone in the neighborhood (including his family) when they criticize him, he is content with being completely alone until his life is in danger.
    Stan: Ah, this is how life should be. No one to criticize me, no one to disagree, no one to— [starts choking on food] HELP ME!
  • Invoked in Batman: The Animated Series: The episode "Joker's Favor", The Joker has been harassing Charlie Collins, an ordinary guy who cut him off on the freeway two years prior, and eventually blackmails him into helping with the Joker's latest evil scheme. Finally, Collins gets fed up and threatens to blow them both up with a bomb, thus ruining the Joker's dream of a climactic showdown with Batman:
    The Joker: Look Charlie, you had a busy day. All this running around, all this excitement with... BATMAAAAAAAN!
  • Popeye: At the beginning of "Happy Birthdaze" a succession of sailors are reading letters from home.
    First Sailor: To save gas, Sis is ridin' around on her—
    Second Sailor: ...delicious chocolate pudding made with—
    Third Sailor: ...four bags of cement and—
    Popeye: ...just enough sugar to bake a cake for your birthday party. Don't forget to come. Love, Olive.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: In "Stimpy's Fan Club", Ren is writing an insulting letter, in Stimpy's name, to a fan who is a bed-wetter. As he writes it, Stimpy comes in to check up on him and is shocked by what he's writing.
    Ren: Dear Johnny...You make me sick! You probably wet the bed on purpose! I have written letters to everybody at your school warning them never to sleep over with you! Your friend...
    Stimpy: REN!
  • From the Christmas Episode of Goof Troop.
    Goofy: Christmas isn't in a tree or in a light bulb. It's in... a bear!
    Max: A bear?
    Goofy: No! A BEAR!!!
  • Occurs in the Mike, Lu & Og episode "A Learning Experience" when Old Queeks is given his turn to be the teacher and snaps at Lu for not sitting still.
    Queeks: When I was in school, I learned the most important lesson, and that lesson is— SIT STILL!
  • Invoked in Animaniacs by Dot during her "cute song":
    Dot: I'm cute!
    Yakko and Wakko: So what?!
    Dot: I'm never in vain!
    Yakko: She's becoming a pain in the...
    Dot: But, I'm also real nice...
  • In one Mickey Mouse cartoon, Mickey finds a magic lamp that obeys his every command. When Mickey has the lamp give Pluto a bath while he listens to the radio, things go awry when the radio breaks and continuously flips through various stations: a cooking show, a poker game, a boxing match, and fashion advice. The lamp assumes that the broadcasts are commands, leading it to do everything played on the radio. Unfortunately, it stops being humorous when the cooking show tells the lamp to place Pluto in gelatin before cutting him into thin slices. Fortunately for Pluto, he was just having a nightmare.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Dragonshy", Fluttershy is trying to warn the citizens of Ponyville about an ominous cloud of smoke headed for town.
      Fluttershy: Please, this is an emergency! I need everypony to...
      Twilight Sparkle: Listen up!
    • In "Horse Play", Twilight Sparkle is assuring everyone that the play will go well since they'll be helping Celestia.
      Twilight Sparkle: Well, she was a little nervous at first, but I told her not to worry. With us helping, it will all go smooth as—
      Rarity: Silk! I must find the silk! If Celestia's going to be in our play, we have to take everything up to the next level!
    • In "A Bird in The Hoof", Twilight and Fluttershy are looking for princess's pet bird, and when their friends ask them what they are doing:
      Fluttershy: I'm sorry, but we gotta find...
      Guard: Princess's pet bird!
    • And another time in "Ponyville Confidential".
      Rarity: Do you really think that writing nasty things and making everypony feel horrible is your destiny?
      Sweetie Belle: Well, when you put it that way-
      (scene cuts to Foal Free Press)
      Diamond Tiara: No! I won't let you quit!.
  • Such a gag occurs on Pinky and the Brain in the episode "Welcome to the Jungle".
    Snowball: Nice try, Brain, but I don't need your— (falls down a waterfall) Help!
  • The Backyardigans has this happen in the Race Around the World episode, during a song no less!
    Austin: When my toes get cold and I've had enough,
    I don't quit when the going gets tough!
    The snow kids shout...
    Pablo: Help!
  • Arthur: Occurs in "The Last of Mary Moo Cow" when Arthur and Buster are watching Dark Bunny:
    Announcer: In the raindrenched streets of Dark City where the sun never rises, only one person stands between crime and humanity...
    (D.W. changes the channel to The Mary Moo Cow Show)
    Mary Moo Cow: Mary Moo Cow!
  • Sabrina: The Animated Series: Occurs in "Board and Sorcery", when Harvey realizes he's turning into a snowman.
    Harvey: Gee, now my hands are sweaty. (takes his gloves off) Ahh, that's better. My hands are...are TWIGS!
  • The Bump in the Night episode "Dr. Coddle, M.D." had a gag where Squishington had a radio hooked up to him and started spouting out random phrases that weirdly managed to fit together in a sentence.
    Squishington: Hello, boys and girls. It is my great pleasure to give you...Indigestion! Cure...the news of the hour. Tornadoes devastate..this hilarious tune from France! Jerry Lewis...and Boris Yeltsin say...Elvis has left the building!
  • DuckTales (2017) has two in the pilot episode.
    • One at the beginning:
      Dewey: All right boys, we'll get to Cape Suzette and back before anyone realizes we're gone! So long Dorkburg, hello...(turns to see a very angry Donald Duck)...Uncle Donald? What-what's up?
    • And another at the end:
      Flintheart Glomgold: Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is with great pride that I, Flintheart Glomgold, present—
      Scrooge McDuck: The Jewel of Atlantis!
      Glomgold: WHAT?!
  • Gravity Falls: In "The Land Before Swine", after rescuing Mabel's pet pig Waddles from a pterodactyl, Stan is interrupted by the monster climbing back up after them.
    Mabel: Waddles! You saved him for me!
    Stan: Yeah, well, sometimes you just gotta... LOOK OUT!
  • The Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: A.F.L.O.A.T." had Numbuh One unintentionally interrupt Numbuh Three's reprimanding of Numbuh Four for trying to eat her Rainbow Monkey (Numbuh Four hallucinated that the Rainbow Monkey was a cheeseburger.
    Numbuh Three: Nobody's eating my Rainbow Monkey! You can just go eat a—
    Numbuh One: Great white asparagus!
    Numbuh Three: Well, that wasn't what I was thinking...
  • Rocko's Modern Life: In the special Static Cling, when Mr. Bighead says he's quitting the Fatheads reboot after finding out that his son Ralph has come out as a trans woman named Rachel, and Rocko tries to convince him not to.
    Mr. Bighead: I can't do it! I can't handle all of this... this-this-this...
    Heffer: Change? Hey, can anybody break a five?
  • Young Justice (2010). In "Homefront", all of the team except Artemis have been captured, with their captors Red Torpedo and Red Inferno counting down the time to their execution if Artemis doesn't surrender. Artemis contemplates just running away, but realises she can't abandon her Family of Choice.
    Artemis: It's all for one, and
    Red Torpedo: One minute!
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Krusty Love", Mr. Krabs gives an impassioned speech to SpongeBob about the importance of money, just before noticing Mrs. Puff and promptly falling head over heels.
    Mr. Krabs: Oh, nothing in all the seven seas could matter more! Not even that—(sees Mrs. Puff) ...Scrumptious, curvy cutie.
    SpongeBob: I see her, Mr. Krabs. A Krabby Patty with cheese, the classic.
    Mr. Krabs: Not the sandwich, boy! The curvy cutie holding the sandwich.
  • Seven Little Monsters: "Seven Monsters and a Baby" has Seven say something that unintentionally finishes Four's statement.
    Four: I promised to help with the laundry, and I promised to let Mom take a nap, but I did not promise to—
    Seven: To take care of a baby?
  • DC Super Hero Girls (2019): The short "#VanityInsanity" has Bumblebee say "There's nothing wrong with— Your hair!" after seeing Zatanna's hair get exposed to the concoction she was working on in chemistry class.

Alternative Title(s): Appropriate Interruption, Appropriate Conversation Interruption, Midsentence Subject Change, Sensical Non Sequitur


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Close enough, Pauline. Close enough.

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