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A basic humor formula that goes like this:

Alice: Bob must be [description].
Bob: [immediately says or does something contrary to that description]

Different from Ironic Echo Cut in that it doesn't involve an echo. A subset of Hypocritical Humor and, much like it, depends on a Contrived Coincidence. Sometimes, there isn't even a cut involved.

Can be Played for Drama, if the cut is to a sufficiently somber scene.

The inverse of this is I Resemble That Remark!.

Compare Gilligan Cut, Anti Climax Cut, Ironic Juxtaposition, Cutaway Gag, Hilarious in Flashback. Contrast Answer Cut.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Darker Than Black, when Mao is captured by Evening Primrose, he assures his fellow prisoner that his partner, being a Contractor, would certainly not be foolish enough to attempt to rescue him. Hei is doing just that.
  • In the medieval arc of Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Mikami and co. hide from Dr. Chaos' remote-controlled airplane's machine-gun fire. Except for the princess, who just stays there saying, "Dr. Chaos would not shoot at them". Cut to the doc smacking his control and screaming "Where the hell are you pointing at?!". And then the princess ducks for cover.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • The fourth Sound Stage of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers has the following:
      Mariel: Oh that reminds me, how's Subaru?
      Genya: She's as happy as she can ever be at Mobile Six.
      Ginga: I'm sure she's having the time of her life with her friends and comrades.
      (cut to Subaru and her fellow Strikers moaning in pain after a session of Training from Hell)
    • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid, after Otto and Deed had just seen Micaiah slice a bus in four with an ordinary katana, they discuss how she'll likely be a difficult opponent for her majesty, Vivio. However, they also believe that Vivio could still beat her since Vivio has completed her training against slashing weapons and besides...
      Otto: Sacred Heart is also working hard!
      (cut to Sacred Heart playing around with Asteon)
  • Happens in Planetes when Cheng-Shun assures a friend that Hachimaki is a lot more subdued now than he was the last time they met. Guess who comes running past them playing space-ninja at that very moment?
  • Episode 3 of season 2 of The World God Only Knows has a visit from Elsie's fellow demon/classmate Haqua (The scene's pretty much identical in the original manga, by the way):
    Haqua: The age of barbarism has ended. We demons are rational, intelligent creatures!
    (cut to Elsie fangirling over fire engines)
  • Ash, feeling confident, once bragged about how awesome his Pokémon are. Max, however, shows the audience how Ash's team are not exactly looking impressive at the time being, each one sporting a Balloon Belly and content to sleep lazily.
  • Episode 7 of RahXephon:
    (the TERRA staff witness Ayato walking through a portal)
    Megumi: What's going on?
    Kim: I don't know. Maybe Dr. Kisaragi would know.
    Megumi: Yeah, it seems like he knows everything.
    (cut to the other side of the portal, where Itsuki Kisaragi is observing the RahXephon)
    Itsuki: Honestly, how does all this work?
  • During Azusa's introduction in the K-On! manga:
    Azusa: I heard the recording of the live performance at last year's school festival. The guitarist was so awesome! I really admire her!! The level of this school's Light Music Club must be really high, right?
    (next panel shows Yui practicing in the club room)
    Yui: How do I play a C chord again?
  • Bleach: Upon hearing Kisuke Urahara was once captain of the 12th division, Ichigo Kurosaki expresses surprise and awe that Urahara is such a great man, after all. The scene immediately cuts to an anime-only shot of Urahara suffering constipation in the bathroom while cursing Tessai's medicine.
  • In Bokurano, a non-humorous example happens during Kako's battle, while he's running away from the enemy, which will result in the world's destruction if the time runs out. Moji realizes that someone has to somehow convince Kako that he has to fight, but considering that the pilots die after they win, he concludes that "No one can...". The next panel then shows Kirie, who proceeds to try to snap Kako out of it by making a snarky remark that Kako "sure (is) a fast runner."

    Comic Books 
  • Atomic Robo: The Free Comic Book Day 2010 issue is about tracking down believed-extinct terror birds. Naturally, one attacks them.
    Robo: This'll do it. [punches terror bird]
    ten seconds later
    Robo: [running away] Punching only makes them angrier!
    Lang: These are the least extinct birds ever!

    Comic Strips 
  • During a Calvin and Hobbes story arc in which the family returns from a trip to discover that their house was robbed, Dad says this must "really be scary for a little kid like Calvin." In the next panel, Calvin is grinning excitedly and saying to Hobbes, "Gosh, I can't wait to tell everyone at school how our house got robbed!"
    • Another time, Calvin complains about having to go to bed and says that he would rather stay up and do "something fun, whatever Mom and Dad get to do!" The next panel shows that Mom and Dad have fallen asleep on the couch.
  • Garfield:
    • One strip shows Jon speaking to the readers about the good qualities of cats, while Garfield is acting the opposite way in the background.
    • This Christmas strip:
      Garfield: [typing on the computer] Santa, bring lots of presents to my house. I will have cookies.
      Jon: Ha! You can't bribe Santa!
      [cut to Santa looking at his computer, obviously mesmerized by Garfield's bribe]
      Santa: Ooooooooo, cookies.

    Fan Works 
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Cortana insists that "I doubt someone would make that up" only to check sensors and confirm that, in fact, the claim made had in fact been fabricated.
  • In The Xenophile's Guide to Equestria, after Twilight writes to Celestia about the possible relationship building between Rainbow Dash and Lero and the betting pool Applejack has started on them, Celestia ends her response with, "This is a delicate situation, which I am sure you and your friends shall handle with same tact and sensitivity that I and my sister would surely display." Immediately afterwards, Twilight gets a letter from Luna, who asks to bet ten bits on successful consummation within a month.
  • The Twilight Child: After hearing from Spike about a lopsided duel that Trixie was in, Twilight Sparkle remarks that she's glad nopony in her family is that crazy. The scene immediately cuts to Cadence stealing Shining Armor's helmet and teasing him about it.
  • The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor: One of the Goa'uld System Lords remarks on the mysterious attacker's cunning in how he chooses to raid their planets. The story immediately cuts to Naruto asking Akitsu to pick a number between one and fifty in order to pick his next target.
    • Many chapters (and roughly six hundred years in-universe), Daniel Jackson ponders how to make sure Jack O'Neil doesn't offend "two people who took their dignity very seriously". The very next scene is said people and Akitsu having a water gun fight with guns that shoot ice cream (which they then lick off each other).
  • Five Score, Divided by Four: "She must know exactly how this is possible."
    Tess: This is... impossible.
  • Wrong Mask ends chapter one with Adrien remarking that Marinette doesn't seem like "the sneaking-around type". Chapter two opens with this:
    For the third time in six days, Marinette was sneaking out of her bedroom to see a boy.
  • In Finding Goku, after Chi-Chi has died (and Goku having passed away some years beforehand), Goten is comforted by the thought that they are together in Other World. This immediately cuts to Baba informing Chi-Chi that Goku's trapped in Hell.
  • The Western Sky - Series 2:
    • Andy and Sally find themselves in Fable I and are eating lunch in the pub in Bowerstone when trouble starts.
    Andy: I bet no one else is having problems like this.
    [cut to Harry and Prue facing a large crowd of Stormtroopers in LEGO Star Wars]
    • A frightened fifth year coming into her Whitelighter powers early blocks the Hogwarts hospital wing with an impenetrable shield.
    Sally: I don't envy [Hermione] - dealing with a human time bomb....
    Harry: I'm sure she'll figure it out. Smartest witch, remember?
    [cut to near the hospital wing]
    Viktor: That has to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard.
  • A Very Potter Musical is fond of these when it comes to Snape.
    Dumbledore: There's no way that Severus Snape is, was, or ever shall be a servant of Voldemort.
    [cut to Snape]
    Snape: All hail Voldemort!
  • Lampshaded in Saint Seiya Abridged:
    Shun: (facing Gemini saint) Let's Hope Seiyar and Shiryu don't meet the same difficulties.
    (cut to Seiyar and Shiryu facing another Gemini Saint)
    Seiyar: I have the awkward feeling that someone just said something in total opposition with our current situation.
  • This is a regular thing in Code MENT, usually in the form of Character A commenting on character B being smart — cut to character B doing something stupid.
  • In the very first episode of Mirai Nikki The Abridged Series has Yuki watching an episode of School Days.
    Yuki: Wow, that girl sure is crazy and scary! It's a good thing nobody like that exists in real life!
    [cut to Yuno Gasai, who later becomes his homicidally-obsessive girlfriend]
    Yuno: I just traveled to a parallel universe and killed myself in order to take my own place! And I did it all for the sake of love.
    Yuki: Yup. Nobody like that exists at all.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has Roshi trying to figure out what insidious plot Cell is doing.
    Cell: [working on his arena] How did all these squares make a circle?! I just— No. No. It's fine. It doesn't bother me. It doesn't bother me... It bothers me. It bothers me a lot! AND THAT ONE'S STILL GREEN!

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney:
    • In Cinderella, the Grand Duke sarcastically describes the king's hopes for the ball ("Suddenly he stops! He looks up! Alone, there she stands!") plays out perfectly as the Prince first sees Cinderella.
    • A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie have several examples:
      • When the families meet at the campground, Pete tells Max that PJ must be loafing around in the RV. Cut to PJ buffing the floors and dusting the trophies while singing and dancing.
      • A variation with an inanimate object being described—Pete tells Goofy that the extension cord to the RV is tiny and unnoticeable before ordering PJ to bring it in. PJ enters the room carrying an enormous pile of tubes so heavy he visibly strains under their weight.
      • After Bradley dismisses PJ and Bobby, Max defends them by calling them "serious athletes." Immediately afterward Bobby is shown putting spoons and straws all over his body while PJ acts self-conscious and gives him a mortified look. However, in this case, Max is actually right and the behaviors only appeared to be contrary to the description.
    • Frozen:
      • The film starts off with Anna and Elsa's parents closing the gates of their castle and never coming out due to Elsa's abilities to conjure ice and snow. When they finally prepare to open up again years later, we hear a couple of townspeople discussing how beautiful and elegant the princesses must be. Cuts to Anna fast asleep, with fantastically bad bedhead, snoring, drooling on the pillow, with a lock of hair in her mouth.
      • While Anna is singing "For the First Time in Forever" she bumps into Hans's horse right after a line about nothing standing in her way.
    • Pocahontas:
      Ben: ... while we're out here in the freezing cold, Governer Ratcliffe sits there up in his tent, happy as a clown!
      Cut to Ratcliffe panicking over not finding the gold he was looking for.
      Governor Ratcliffe: I'm doomed!
    • Aladdin:
      Aladdin: Someday, things are going to change. I'll be rich, live in a palace, and won't have any problems at all.
      Cut to the inside of the palace.
      Prince Achmed: I've never been so insulted!
    • Robin Hood
    Maid Marian: I've been away so long. What if he's forgotten all about me?
    (fade to Robin wistfully thinking about her)
  • In the beginning of Asterix and the Vikings, the narrator describes Asterix's village as a place where its Gauls share mutual respect, harmony, and admiration. Cut to the villagers having one of their frequent fish-fights. (Of course, since this is Asterix, this pretty much is the Gauls sharing mutual respect, harmony, and admiration.)
  • Near the beginning of Chicken Run, after her husband voices his suspicions that the chickens are up to something, Mrs. Tweedy has this to say:
    Mrs. Tweedy: They're chickens, you dolt! Apart from you, they're the most stupid creatures on this planet. They don't plot, they don't scheme, and they are not organized!
    (Cut to Ginger banging a gavel, trying to bring a rowdy meeting to order)
  • In Madagascar when Alex and the others find that Marty had left the zoo for the "wide open spaces" of Connecticut.
    Alex: He's probably out there lost and cold...confused. Poor guy.
    (cut to Marty calmly strutting down the NYC sidewalks to the tune of "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees)
  • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Mr. Mackey believes that he has gotten his students off of their swearing habits, which they acquired from watching the movie Asses of Fire.
    Mr. Mackey: You can take the rest of the afternoon off for personal reflection, m'kay? Find your own constructive way to better yourself, m'kay?
    (cut to the kids at the movie theater watching the movie again)
  • Near the beginning of Monsters, Inc., as Mr. Waternoose gives some scaring trainees a pep talk.
    Waternoose: I need scarers who are confident, tenacious, tough, intimidating. I need scarers like... like... James P. Sullivan.
    [cut to Sulley fast asleep in bed]
  • At the beginning of the Monsters University companion short Party Central, the Oozma Kappa brothers are disappointed that nobody's come to their party.
    Squishy: This is gonna be the worst night of our lives.
    [Mike and Sulley burst in]
    Mike: This is gonna be the best night of our lives!
  • Near the beginning of The Incredibles, during the newsreel detailing the Super Registration Act and how supers are forced into civilian identities.
    Narrator: Where are they now? They are living among us. Average citizens, average heroes, quietly and anonymously continuing to make the world a better place.
    [15 years later; cut to Mr. Incredible stamping "DENIED" on a customer's insurance claim]
  • At the beginning of Cars 3:
    Lightning: Okay, let's see what you've got!
    Bobby: Woohoo!!
    [Jackson Storm appears, overtakes the other racers, and wins the race]
  • Early on in My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), a pony comments on how Twilight must be super chill... only for us to see her having one of her famous freak-out moments.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed:
    Daphne: They must be running around, helpless and terrified.
    [cue Scooby and Shaggy coming down the elevator, happy and satisfied]
  • In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gandalf describes Radagast the Brown as a great wizard, the watcher and protector of the forest. Slam cut to Radagast, a doddering old man covered in bird poop and dirt.
  • In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Dr. Jones attempts to bluff his Nazi captors:
    Indy: Brody's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again. With any luck, he's got the Grail already.
    [cut to a crowded marketplace in the Middle East, Marcus Brody wearing bright suit and white hat, sticking out like a sore thumb]
    Brody: Uh, does anyone here speak English? Or even ancient Greek?
    • Later, when the Nazis aren't around and Jones is in a more candid mood, he says that Brody "once got lost in his own museum".
  • Description and reality clash at least twice in Die Hard:
    • When the villains crash the Christmas party and shoot in the air, John comments he can only hope Agyle heard the shots from the garage and is contacting Police. Cut to Agyle in his limo, listening to loud music and chatting to some girl on the phone.
    • A Black Humor scene later when the psychologist predicts on TV that the hostages are currently going through stage where "a strange sort of trust and bond develops" between them and the terrorists, and the scene cuts to the office building where the villains drag Ellis' body out and the hostages are heard wailing in the background.
  • The movie Stuart Little 2:
    Stuart: Don't worry about Snowbell, he wouldn't hurt a fly.
    [cut to Snowbell catching a fly]
    Snowbell: [burps] Oh, those flies really repeat on ya.
  • In The Fifth Element:
    President Lindberg: Is that your idea of a discreet operation?
    General Munro: Don't worry sir, I know my man. He'll calm things down.
    [cut to Korben Dallas as he shoots a dozen Mangalores]
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective:
    Melissa: Is Ace in trouble?
    Emilio: Don't worry. If there's one thing I know, it's that there's nothing Ace can't handle.
    [cut to Ace sobbing while being held at gunpoint]
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: Justice's friend asks why Jay was kissing her hand.
    Justice: Maybe he just has manners!
    [cut to Jay outside the store, screaming at a random girl]
  • In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Kirk gets wrongfully imprisoned in a Klingon mining colony. Spock, on the Enterprise, tells the crew, "If I know the Captain, he is well into planning his escape." Cut to Kirk brawling with a huge alien while the other prisoners cheer them on.
    • Although, given the way that Kirk often falls backwards into crisis resolutions through random serendipity, this kind of thing may be exactly what Spock meant. Spock does have a wry sense of humor, and Kirk's avenue of escape does open up as a result of this fight.
  • Jurassic Park: Tempting Fate by saying "We'll be all right as long as they can't open doors". Cut to a raptor doing so, with some difficulty.
  • In Lethal Weapon 2. Murtaugh is trapped on his toilet with a bomb underneath set to explode if he gets up. His partner Riggs goes to call the bomb squad:
    Murtaugh: Riggs! Let's try to keep this quiet, okay?
    Riggs: Hey sure! [zips his lips] Trust me.
    [cut to complete chaos outside his house with sirens wailing, lots of policemen, firemen, medics, and a crowd of onlookers]
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hermione is nagging Harry to find a date to take to Professor Slughorn's Christmas party.
    Harry: I'll just ask someone I like. Someone cool.
    [cut to shot of Luna "Loony" Lovegood, Hogwart's resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander, in a sparkly silver dress which looks like a Christmas tree, waiting for Harry in the hallway]
    Luna: I've never been to this part of the castle! At least while awake. I sleepwalk you see. That's why I wear shoes to bed.
  • Casino. Ace Rothstein, the Las Vegas casino manager for the Chicago mob, loses his gaming license. The head of the mob talks to a middleman about telling Ace to lay low and keep quiet about the situation. Cut to Ace Rothstein hosting his own glitzy late night talk show in the casino and challenging the gaming commissioner to a debate on it.
  • Occurs in Hot Rod. While Rod is unconscious, one of his friends comments that he must be having a profound out-of-body experience. Cut to Rod, dressed in white and in a white, cloudy place...where he witnesses a fight between a giant taco and giant grilled cheese sandwich.
  • From Scotland, PA:
    Pat McBeth: You know, the most important thing is that we carry on [Duncan's] legacy. You know, keep his name alive!
    [cut to construction workers tearing the "Duncan's" off the front of the restaurant while Joe and Pat McBeth look on, smiling]
  • Hellboy:
    Tom Manning: Let me tell you - let me tell you something about the Bureau of...
    Television Host: Paranormal Research and Defense.
    Tom Manning: ...of Paranormal Research and Defense: there is no such thing.
    [cut to establishing shot of BPRD headquarters]
  • A Hard Day's Night - Ringo ducks out of the theatre just before show time to have some fun on his own. The band manager dreads his cutting loose on "wine, women and loose living" once he gets a taste of it. Cut to Ringo in a dreary little pub trying to eat a stale sandwich that's threatening to poke him in the eye.
  • In Enchanted, when asked about Edward's stepmother, Giselle says this.
    "I've never met Edward's stepmother but I've heard she's lovely."
    [cut to Narissa entering the human world, all dark and ominous]
  • In Midnight in Paris, Inez's parents wonder what Gil, their daughter's fiancé, really does when he takes late-night walks through the streets of Paris. Since Inez has gone dancing with friends, her father comments that they know he isn't dancing. Cut to Gil dancing the Charleston in 1920s Paris.
  • Played for drama in District 9:
    Piet Smit: You know Wikus. He never was very strong.
    [cut to Wikus fighting off his captors and breaking free]
  • The Santa Clause: Scott and his son have pulled into a Denny's to eat.
    Charlie: I don't want to eat here.
    Scott: What are you talking about, everybody loves Denny's, it's an American institution!
    [cut to the restaurant is packed with a party of Japanese business men.]
  • Roger & Me: A pretty depressing one. Roger Smith, who the film criticizes for laying off 30,000 General Motors employees and devastating the town of Flint, Michigan, gives a speech on Christmas Eve on how the holiday brings out the generosity and warmth in everyone. We cut back and forth between this speech and a bunch of families being evicted from their homes on Christmas.
  • A variation in Vera Drake: one scene ends with one of Vera's patients saying that "men don't understand anything." Cut to Susan getting a legal abortion by lying to her psychiatrist, after she was coached on what to say by her male physician.
  • In the movie version of Lost in Space, a news reporter asks Professor John Robinson how his children feel about the upcoming family space mission. He replies with a smile, "They couldn't be more excited." Cut to Penny, angrily protesting, "This mission sucks!"
  • In Back to the Future Part II, after Doc and Marty arrive in 1955, Doc gives some money to Marty to get some 50s clothes as a disguise, instructing him to get "something inconspicuous" as he leaves. The next scene shows Marty sporting an obvious Blues Brothers-esque hat and sunglasses combo with a leather jacket.
  • In Five Weeks in a Balloon Professor Fergusson says that he's heard that reporter Donald O'Shea is a "pleasant, inoffensive young lad". Cut to Zanzibar, where he's causing havoc freeing a slave.
  • Me, Myself & Irene:
    Jamaal: He may have advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage, but he is a very gentle person!!!
    [cut to Hank headbanging to The Dwarves' "Motherfucker"]
  • in Goosebumps, Zach tells the class that they have to buy Stine time to write, but not to worry because he's a very fast writer. Cut to Stine, punching up the story on a typewriter...
    Stine: The night was cold... ... No, cold was the night...
  • Played for Visual Pun in The Man from Hong Kong. The Australian detectives keep asking where the title character has got to, and decide he must be doing something innocuous. "I guess he's having lunch" (Cut to the hero fighting in a restaurant). "I guess he's hanging around somewhere." (Cut to the hero flying a hang glider into the Big Bad's lair).
  • From Iron Man:
    Obadiah Stane: You know, the best thing about Tony is also the worst thing: he's always working.
    [cut to Tony throwing dice at a Craps table]
    Tony Stark: Work it!

  • Inverted quite neatly in the Honor Harrington book The Short Victorious War, when a pair of Peep battlecruiser squadrons accidentally runs into a Mantie dreadnought. First we see the watch officer on the dreadnought (a communications officer and a self-proclaimed tactical ignoramus) order his ship to swing around to port simply because the starboard sidewall came up first, and then we cut to the flag deck of the battlecruiser squadron:
    Admiral Pierre swallowed a groan as the dreadnought snapped around and her sidewall swatted his broadsides contemptuously aside. He'd never seen a ship that size maneuver so rapidly and confidently. She'd taken barely ten seconds to bring her sidewalls up and get around—her captain must have the instincts and reactions of a cat!
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, Jaume muses with relief that no matter what's hapenning in the Empire, at least Melodía is safely out of danger in neighboring Ovda - just before the book cuts to Melodía fighting desperately for her life in Imperial lands of Providence.
  • In Ptolemy's Gate from The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bartimaeus reminisces about his meeting with Kitty Jones in the previous installment. He expresses some fondness for her, even though she had no love for djinn.
    "Whatever she was doing, I hoped she was keeping out of trouble." ... Chapter 4: Kitty - The demon saw Kitty the moment she moved. A wide mouth opened in the featureless head; double rows of teeth descended from above and rose from the lining of the jaw...
  • In The Martian by Andy Weir, two of the Mission Control types wonder how traumatized the main character has been by being stranded alone on Mars, and what he's thinking at the moment. It turns out that he's thinking:
    How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The A-Team episode "Deadly Manuevers", after Murdock is kidnapped and tied up next to Face, the two are discussing what happened to them and Face remarks, "I don't know how they think they're gonna get B.A. The man is indestructible." The next shot shows B.A., obviously in severe pain, having to let Hannibal help him out of the van.
  • In "The Shershow Redemption" episode of Happy Endings, Penny is upset that her safety, Shershow (who is depicted as a pretty big screw-up) is getting married, but she tries to cover it.
    Penny: Come on, Max, I was never gonna marry that guy. And anybody who would must be busted in la fache.
    [Shershow enters with his beautiful fiancée]
    Dave: More like awesome in la fache.
    Brad: Damn.
  • Doctor Who:
  • A promoter turns the club from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia into a hot night spot, but they quickly find out that it's because he secretly promoted it as a gay bar. Dee goes to chew him out, saying that the guys are not happy with the change.
    Charlie and Dennis: Look at all this money!!! Wooo!!
  • Torchwood got one of these, too. In "Everything Changes":
    Jack Harkness: All alien technology stays on the base. No one's allowed to take anything outside.
    (cut to Tosh in her apartment, having taken something alien home in her purse)
    (cut to Ianto, who has something alien in his cabinet in the shower)
    (cut to Suzie, who also took something home in her purse)
  • In Heroes, Ando insists that Hiro will never leave his side. He turns to look at Hiro for support, only to find he's walked off. Hilariously, when it cuts to Hiro, the movie playing in the background provides a cymbal crash.
  • Similarly on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip:
    Matt: Where the hell did you go?
    Danny: Sorry about that...
    Matt: I said "He's never not been there for me", then there was a follow-spot on a basket of dinner rolls!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Used in "School Hard": Spike asks about the Slayer, "Is she tough?" And then it cuts to Buffy brushing her hair, saying "Ow. Ow."
    • In "Ted", Buffy comes home to find (awkwardly) that her mom has a serious boyfriend. She insists she's fine with it — cut to her whaling on a vampire with enough violent fury to creep out Giles.
    • In "Bad Eggs", Buffy and Angel decide to team up to hunt the Gorch brothers, a duo of evil vampires.
    Xander: Yeah, I see a lot of hunting getting done in that scenario.
    Buffy: Please. Like Angel and I are slaves to passion. Grow up!
    (cut to Angel and Buffy passionately making out instead of hunting vampires)
    Buffy: Hanging out in that crypt all day, you just know he's doing something nasty.
    (cut to Spike and Harmony playing 20 Questions)
  • Angel
    • In "Waiting in the Wings". When Cordelia and Fred are shopping for dresses to go to the ballet, Cordelia makes a sarcastic comment to the effect of, "Oh, right. Angel's gonna spend the whole day worrying about his outfit." Cut to Angel worrying about his tux, which baby Connor had just spit up on.
    • From "I Will Remember You": After Angel temporarily becomes human, Doyle mentions that Angel is now immune to the "perfect happiness" curse (implying he and Buffy can now have sex without repercussions) and says sarcastically that they're eating tea and crackers. Cut to Buffy and Angel enjoying some tea and crackers. Then subverted after talking for less than a minute, they practically leap into each others' arms.
    • Angel is explaining to Connor how, despite having supernatural entities on the payroll, Wolfram & Hart is still a boring law firm. Cue Spike getting punched through the doors, swearing bloody murder.
  • In iCarly, after Freddie gives up his 6 month cruise to Missy to keep her from trying to split Carly and Sam up and keep Carly for herself, Freddie is somewhat disappointed that Missy gets to go on the cruise. Carly mentions that Missy used to be seasick as a child but likely got over that. Cut to the boat, where Missy is puking and miserable, obviously seasick.
  • Friends: In the episode where Heckles dies, Monica and Rachel feel touched when they are named in his will. Cut to his apartment, which is a dump with a bunch of tacky items, which Monica proceeds to complain about and claim it was his final revenge.
  • Done in the Top Gear race across London during the middle of rush hour. Not quite the same, as it's not referring to a specific person, but entertaining anyway
    Jeremy Clarkson: (in a boat on the Thames, leisurely cruising) This has to be the most stress free and relaxing Monday morning rush-hour commute since the dawn of time.
    (cut to the helmet camera of Richard Hammond, who is dodging traffic on a pedal bike)
    Richard: Oh no, not another set of sodding lights... Ah, bloody hell!
    • On another episode, the Parkour one, after driving through Liverpool (and getting a bit lost, needing to ask for directions, getting stuck behind lights), he arrives at the Liver Building, seemingly beating his opponents in a race, commenting on there being "No sign of baggy shorts or camo pants"; cue to his opponents, Parkour runners, on top of the Liver Building, one just staring out over the city, the other doing a railing handstand.
    • In a similar challenge, Jeremy competes to with a climber to reach the top of a mountain and return to the base first. Driving back down, he confidently asserts that there's no way the climber can return from to the foot of the mountain before him. Meanwhile, the climber reaches a cliff and BASE jumps from it.
    • While showing how rally cross was cheaper than golf:
      Jeremy's Description: James was kindly asking the other racers to be nice to me.
      James: Don't be nice to him...just muller 'im.
  • Fraggle Rock:
    "Fraggles are graceful creatures—"
    (a Fraggle immediately falls into shot)
  • Firefly
    • In "The Message", Zoë explains how things work on the battlefield to a new recruit:
    Zoë: First rule of battle, little one, don't ever let them know where you are.
    (cue Mal coming in, guns blazing and screaming)
    Mal: I'm right here! I'm right here! You want some of me? Take it! Come on!
    Zoë: 'Course, there are other schools of thought.
    • In "Bushwacked", the crew are being interrogated separately. When asked why she is deflecting questions about her marriage to Wash, Zoe is stone-faced.
    Zoe: Don't see how it's any of your business, is all. We're very private people.
    (cut to Wash's interrogation)
    Wash: Her legs. I'll definitely have to say it was her legs. You can write that down!
  • On The Office (US), In "PDA", Holly has a talking head in which she describes Michael as basically exuding sex, all the while a montage plays of Michael being anything but sexy, culminating in a shot of him slouched in a chair with his face and bits of his suit smeared with Cheese Puff dust.
  • Scrubs:
    • In one episode, Dr Cox's long-suffering psychiatrist is amazed that he has actually made a positive decision that could benefit his career, on JD's advice.
      Psychiatrist: If there is anyone in that hellhole who can actually make you listen, then keep them close, because that person is a genius.
      (cut to JD in the elevator)
      JD: Everybody was kung-fu fighting, hah!
    • In the Musical Episode:
      Elliot: Okay, we have to tell them.
      Carla: They're so close, maybe they'll help each other through it.
      Elliot: Oh come on, Carla. They're guys. They're not going to get all touchy-feely.
      (cue the overwrought love song "Guy Love")
    • Another example on the same theme as above:
      Carla: (To Turk) You're such a guy. You can't even begin to understand anything this deep on any kind of real emotional level.
      J.D.: (Comes up to Turk and Carla) Hey, Turk. I'm really sorry about the whole poster thing. It was racially insensitive of me. I should've been more aware of your feelings before I went ahead and spoke for you.
      Turk: It's OK. Your intentions were good, and there's never been an issue of race between us. Since the day I met you, you've been nothing but a friend to me.
      J.D.: I love you, man. (He leaves)
      Turk: (To Carla) We've got some things to work out, but we'll get there ... we'll get there.
  • Castle features a few of these:
    Castle: She's got cruel eyes. I bet she enjoyed watching Wilder suffer.
    (cut to the suspect, crying like a baby and babbling hysterically)
  • In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "The Titans":
    Thea: She may appear sweet, but who knows what destructive powers she may possess?
    (cut to Gabrielle fruitlessly trying to break a nut with her fist)
  • Corner Gas: Used constantly. Most of the time, they don't even bother with the cut.
    • "Tax Man":
      Brent: I can't just turn over my father. There's a bond between father and son that's strong and sacred.
      (Oscar storms in)
      Oscar: Hey! Idiot! You left the lid on the dumpster up last night! Crows have scattered garbage all over the place out there and I'll be damned if I'm gonna clean it. It'll be you out there on your hands and knees scrapin' up crow crap!
      Brent: I'll tell you whatever you need to know.
    • "Cousin Carl":
      Mrs. Jensen: With him, the customer was always number one. Oscar always treated people with great respect.
      Oscar: (to Brent) Hey jackass, stop talking to this old wingnut and pump my gas!
  • In The Rockford Files episode "Dirty Money Black Light", Angel Martin is in jail due to being caught with some of the titular dirty money. Jim assures Beth that Angel won't say anything without a lawyer present. Cut to Angel attempting to pin various crimes on Jim and his dad.
  • The editors for The Amazing Race especially love this. Their favorite tends to be showing a team who thinks they're way ahead gloating about their position, only to cut to another team that's currently beating them.
    • Season 1, Episode 5:
      Joe & Bill: [Kevin & Drew] must have gotten lost.
      (cut to Kevin & Drew dancing it up at the Pit Stop oasis)
    • Season 10, Episode 8:
      Tyler: (at the Fast Forward) No team is going to finish a Detour and a Roadblock ahead of us.
      Rob: We're going to be so far ahead.
      (cut to Dustin finishing the Roadblock, her and Kandice about to take first place on that leg)
  • The Man From UNCLE, "The Bat Cave Affair":
    Clemency McGill: That was a right fine movie. Do you like spy movies, Mr. Solo? Napoleon?
    Napoleon Solo: I'll tell you, they're all right if you like light entertainment. I just think they're... pretty far-fetched.
    (cut to Illya Kuryakin tied up in a cage, being attacked by vampire bats)
  • The Lost Girl episode "Bloodlines", after Trick, Kenzi, and Dyson determine that Bo's been kidnapped by Aife.
    Trick: If Aife has Bo in her grasp, there's no telling what hell she's putting her through.
    (cut to Bo waking up in an opulent bedroom with three buff shirtless guys at her beck and call)
  • Used as a running gag in Scrapheap Challenge:
    Host: Time for a little precision engineering...
    (cut to a contestant smashing the crap out of something with a very large hammer)
  • Game of Thrones:
    Bran Stark: Dragons are all dead. Been dead for centuries.
    (cut to a very not-dead baby dragon)
    • In "The Night Lands", Cersei justifies not sending more men to the Wall on the basis that she's sure the members of the Night's Watch can ably defend the realm. Cut to Watch member Dolorous Edd amusing the others with fart jokes.
    • In "Mhysa", Tyrion warns that every enemy they kill creates two more. Cut to Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark just before they hack down some new Lannister allies.
      • Bran tells a story of how the gods punish those who violate Sacred Hospitality; cut to Lord Walder Frey Evil Gloating about The Red Wedding, the most notorious violation of said principle in recent memorynote .
    • In "The House of Black and White", Tyrion is annoyed by the need to keep a low profile because of being wanted for murder, which is hard to do because he immediately stands out as a dwarf.
    Tyrion: How many dwarfs are there in the world? Is Cersei going to kill them all?
    (cut to Cersei examining the severed head of a dwarf, brought by bounty hunters who try to pass him as Tyrion)
    Cersei: Not him. Are you trying to deceive your queen?
  • In M*A*S*H, after being informed that Hawkeye and Margaret are stuck behind enemy lines in the midst of heavy shelling, BJ, Radar, and Potter are extremely distressed about what's happening to them.
    BJ: They must be going through hell out there!
    (cut to Hawkeye and Margaret passionately making out in a hut while bombs rumble in the distance)'
  • From Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sisko suspects that a ship was blown up by the Romulan Empire. Garak suggests he confront them directly, but Sisko remarks bitterly than he doesn't expect the notoriously secretive and untrustworthy Romulans to be forthcoming.
    Romulan: Yes, we destroyed the Flaxian's ship.
  • From Muppets Tonight:
    Clifford: When Heather Locklear agreed to guest star here on Muppets Tonight, she said she wanted to do something cultured and sophisticated. This is what we came up with. (cue Stylistic Suck B-Movie parody)
  • The Canadian Made-for-TV Movie Net Worth has a lawyer defend the new NHL players association to the press by saying that they have reasonable requests "so we expect a reasonable response." Cut to the Detroit Red Wings general manager storming into the dressing room throwing things and screaming to his players about how they betrayed him.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    Lily: How come Marshall isn't doing anything crazy?
    (cut to Marshall and Barney in the midst of an Escalating War with a guy across the street)
    Marshall: So all we need is one large shipping box, and one hundred white mice!
  • On Married... with Children Bud dates Alpha Bitch Heather McCoy, who put his underwear on the flagpole in sixth grade. He plans to get his revenge only to be humiliated again. Kelly tells him she took care of the situation as she talked to Heather in the hall and they worked things out like ladies. Cut to Heather Bound and Gagged next to a sign reading "Don't mess with a Bundy".
  • In the Frasier Whole Episode Flash Back "Crock Tales", in a scene set shortly after Niles and Daphne's Relationship Upgrade, Niles alludes to the fact he and Daphne have been "a bit distracted" and then says "If Daphne knew I was speaking so indiscreetly, she'd be mortified." Cut to Daphne describing the sex in detail to Roz.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Mirror, Mirror," Kirk, Bones, Scotty, and Uhura are transported into the Mirror Universe. Kirk briefly wonders what sort of horrors their mirror selves are doing on their Enterprise, only to cut to the prime universe where Spock is throwing the violent group into the brig.
  • In the Full House episode "Joey Gets Tough", Joey feels bad about having to punish D.J. the previous night, but Danny tells him that he had to do it and that she can't be mad at him forever. D.J. then walks in and greets everyone cheerfully except for Joey, who she speaks to with a stern "Hello, Joseph".
  • Played for Drama in an episode of Babylon 5 where Sheridan mentions how he believes that Londo is back on Centauri Prime celebrating and partying over his coronation as Emperor. Cut to Londo sitting on his throne, contemplating quietly, and utterly alone.
  • Adam Adamant Lives!: Adam refers to Georgina as a 'poor, frail, defenceless girl.' Immediate cut to Georgina smashing a teapot over her captor's head and making her escape.
  • In the Game Shakers episode "You Bet Your Bunny", while the Game Shakers fret over losing Bunny in a bet to Todd, Triple G tries to cheer them up by saying that he might be enjoying himself. The scene then cuts to Todd treating a miserable Bunny like his personal slave.
  • Several times on Arrested Development:
    • Tne episode "The One Where Michael Leaves", sees Michael quitting his job as the CEO of the family company and trying to skip town. However, circumstances forces Michael to come back, and he finds out that while he was away, his mother has made his incompetent brother, Gob, the new CEO and given him unlimited access the company check book:
      Michael: Well, I better get over there before he brings the whole company down.
      Lindsay: It's only been three hours. How much damage could he really do?
      (cut to Gob ordering a construction worker to punch holes in the walls of his office with sledgehammer so he can play pool)
      Narrator: In three hours, Gob had done $45,000 in damage.
    • The episode "The Cabin Show" has Michael trying to prove that his father George Sr. has landed his twin brother Oscar in prison by performing a Twin Switch and get his uncle released from prison. (Oscar has even made a website,, to insist on his case.) Later, he realizes that this task is taking him away from spending time with George Michael and decides to take a break for a while.
      Michael: I'm sure Oscar can stay in prison another day.
      Narrator: Not according to his latest post on
      (cut the website where the latest post literally says "I can't stay in prison another day!")
  • The study group from Community tries to play their way through a video game in the episode "Digital Estate Planning". They visit a village and split up. Britta investigates a crooked painting in one house and adjusts it to find a hidden passageway. She explains that women don't hack and slash their way because they're one with life. We then cut to the blacksmith's shop where Annie and Shirley are trying to hide the body of the blacksmith they accidentally killed.
  • The Parks and Recreation episode "The Stakeout" has Leslie and Tom stake out a community garden where someone has been planting marijuana. Meanwhile, Ron has suffered a terrible hernia. It's immobilized him so severely, the motion sensor controlled lights in his office turn off while he's sitting at his desk. During the stakeout, Tom gets arrested for loitering and Leslie goes to the police station to get him out. She angrily insists that she and Tom are working on official business for the Parks and Recreation department and if they don't release Tom, Ron's going to come running down to the station himself. Cut to Ron sitting at his desk in the dark.
  • 24
    • In "3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M." from Day 1 of 24, Jack chews Nina out upon her arriving back at CTU when he had meant for her to stay with Teri and Kim at the safe house to make them feel safe. She assures him, "They are safe, Jack. I settled them in. Paulson and Breeher are taking good care of them and the extra security team is in place." As she's speaking this, the show's trademark splitscreen shows them in a car fleeing for their lives, followed by a slam cut to this scene.
    • Similarly, in "10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M." from Day 2, Kim Bauer and her charge, the young Megan, are arriving at CTU after being told to do so by Tony Almeida. "Where are we?" asks Megan to Kim, who assures her, "Don't worry, we're safe here." Splitscreen cut to the counter on the Time Bomb currently in place at CTU, which is set to go off in about eight minutes.
  • The Andy Griffith Show introduces the character of Helen Crump this way. Andy and Barney are talking about how, based on Opie's description of his new teacher, she sounds like one of those bitter old crones they used to have. Cut to school to reveal that she...isn't.
  • A frequent occurrence in Little Lunch. One example:
    Tamara: [to camera] I don't act like I own the monkey bars. I don't know why anyone would say that.
    Tamara: [to Melanie] Get. Off. My. Monkey. Bars.
  • In the NCIS: New Orleans episode "Shadow Unit", LaSalle and Percy are on their way to question a SEAL team regarding a case that NCIS is investigating. On the way, LaSalle warns Percy that SEALs don't trust outsiders and she's not likely to get them to open up. Cut to Percy hitting it off with an officer who happily tells her what she needs to know.
  • Selling Hitler. The conman who forged the Hitler diaries is panicking because the eminent historian Hugh Trevor-Roper has been called in to authenticate them. He babbles on about how Trevor-Roper was an intelligence officer during WW 2 and interrogated all the top Nazis. "They say he's quite ferocious!" Cut to Trevor-Roper as a doddering old academic.

    Video Games 
  • Halo Wars has the Arbiter (no, not that Arbiter) mopping the floor with resident Sergeant Rock John Forge.
    Arbiter: Like the rest of your race, weak and undisciplined.
    (cut to Spartan Red Team kicking Elite Honor Guard ass in a way reminiscent of 300)
  • At the end of the Netherbattle DLC in Disgaea 4, the gang learns that Artina is still on collection duty. Artina assures them that this time the money won't go to waste. After all, what's Flonne going to do, use it to build another giant robot? Cut to Flonne planning to do exactly that.
  • A trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, has a voiceover reading Thomas Wayne's will. In it, he pleads with a young Bruce to use his inheritance to help Gotham, and not to waste it all on "fast cars, outrageous clothes, and the pursuit of a destructive lifestyle". Of course, at the same time, we're treated to shots of the Batmobile (fast cars), the adult Bruce putting on his Batsuit (outrageous clothes), and beating the crap out of Mooks while Two-Face shoots grenades at him (destructive lifestyle). Hey, at least he's helping Gotham. File this one under Take a Third Option, maybe?
  • In the anime prologue of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Alhbi tells Maya that Princess Rayfa is a very nice person. The camera instantly changes to Rayfa condemning an innocent woman of a crime with her Divination Séance.
    Defendant: But I know I didn't do it!
    Rayfa: How dare you! Are you saying that my insights contain an untruth? You insolent criminal!
  • Overwatch: In the animated short "Honor and Glory", Reinhardt, in his early years in Overwatch, apparently wasn't the best in his team.
    Balderich: Reinhardt! Get back to your team!
    Reinhardt: They're just slowing me down! Besides, they're fine.
    (Cut to two soldiers cowering behind a wall, gunfire whizzing above their heads)
    Soldier: Where is Reinhardt!?

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue:
    Simmons: Any minute the blues are going to come over that hill yelling, "Charge!!!"
    Church: RETREAT!!!
  • In The Most Popular Girls in School, Episode 50:
    Mr. McNeely: And lastly, uh, Shay, where are your parents [for the Parent-Teacher Conference]?
    Shay: Oh, well, um, um, my mom couldn't make it.
    Brittnay: Ha!
    Shay: She had a big business meeting.
    Jayna: [Jayna is shown sleeping, snoring, then momentarily wakes up] Squeezits!

    Web Comics 
  • The Order of the Stick does this often. Understandable, given that the surprises that come with warfare lead to a lot of splitting up and improv, and the characters' thought patterns vary so widely that the plan is going to go off the rails sooner or later.
    • One of the earliest examples features three in a row as Roy speculates about the upcoming battle and the fate of a kidnapped ally.
    • There's a triple example at the end of the first major Story Arc, as Elan lists the group's (as far as they know at the time) victories.
    • There's this one, where the evil-opposites team has just learned about the protagonists' new quest.
      Nale: The knowledge that the fate of the entire multiverse hinges on their every action must be a terrible burden, haunting them constantly.
      [cut to...]
      Durkon: Who's up fer Parcheesi?
    • Along those same lines, there's this one.
      Roy: Xykon cares for nothing but your complete and total—
      [cut to...]
      Xykon: YAHTZEE! Yes!
      [cut back]
      Roy: —destruction.
    • When Tarquin kills Nale, he walks away saying that anyone who's ever known Nale would at least entertain the idea of killing him. The next panel shows Sabine, who watched her boyfriend get killed, pissed as all Hell.
  • Darths & Droids:
    • This strip. The author even mentions this page in The Rant.
    • Also this one and the one that follows. Let it be known that Yoda (or "Darth Sain") is far more of a Cloudcuckoolander at this point of the comic than he is in the movie.
  • Subverted with a lampshade in this Irregular Webcomic! strip; the author references this page in the footnote which says: Herein subverted.
  • Used for a throw-away gag in Schlock Mercenary:
    Cop: That Evvi-bot is a miracle of modern science, Griz. Holographic imaging, multi-band spectroscopy, five nines of non-destructive observation, and at the end of five minutes it can hand you a verdict.
    Evvi-bot: Attempted suicide! ...Oh, wait... The victim is dead. Lemme think about this one.
    • Of course, a bit of a subversion in that technically "attempted suicide" is fairly accurate.
    • Inverted, somewhat adorably, here:
    He escaped into the river and he looks like a giant turd. Waste-water is a logical place to look. Besides, he's a criminal. Dark places for dark souls.
    [Their target is sitting under a tree in a park, with a little girl buying a balloon in the background.]
  • xkcd: The female character tries to talk the male one out of challenging Nathan Fillion to an electric skateboard race because he's Captain Reynolds:
    Megan: He has his own life to live, and I'm sure the last thing he wants to do is indulge a fan by playing Mal for him.
    ''(cut to Nathan standing in front of a mirror wearing Mal's coat)
    Nathan: Name's Captain Reynolds, ma'am. Ahem. Name's Captain Reynolds, ma'am.
  • Subverted with a healthy helping of Lampshade Hanging in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures. Alexsi is being reassured that Dan can do a good job of showing off the Lost Lake Inn in her absence. Cut to Dan (disguised as Alexsi)...doing a good job of showing off the Lost Lake Inn in Alexsi's absence.
    Critic: I must say, this place is very charming!
    Dan (as Alexsi): What did you expect? Comedic irony?
    • Played straight again, when Mab and Pyroduck were sent to get a cake:
    Wildy: You don't think they're going to the moon?
    Jyrras: Of course not. There are no bakeries on the moon.
    Mab: Stardate... today! We have learned that there are no bakeries on the moon!
  • Subverted in a different fashion in Dominic Deegan. Suyan imagines that Donovan is being welcomed by whatever orcs found him with open arms. Cut to just outside the cave where Donovan is being held, where Donovan is screaming for mercy. Then cut to inside the cave, where a completely unharmed Donovan is faking it while his interrogator is telling him to pretend to scream for mercy.
  • Erfworld: Here, Parson goads Ansom into striking before he's ready by claiming that his (imbecilic) overlord Stanley is superior to Ansom's royal status (a sensitive issue with Ansom) due to Stanley's possession of a divine artifact. Cut to Stanley chocking a subordinate in frustration.
  • Gigantic example of this trope appears in The Wotch, here, where Jason explains all the reasons why the others' scheme will not work, only to be immediately proved wrong on all counts. "Okay, so I suck."
  • This episode of Everyday Heroes, where both characters speed towards each other thinking "As long as I don't run into any trouble..." ("Did anyone else just hear a crash?")
  • Freefall: Florence looks at the Asimov.
    • Done again much later, with Florence concluding that she has to assume very dedicated and experienced programmers are helping with Gardener in the Dark...while the final touches on automating its release are being done by a pissed-off intern, who is fired immediately after finishing. Perhaps fortunately, Mr Kornada is not a man who knows how to get the best from his workers.
  • This El Goonish Shive: Squirrel genius works in mysterious ways (particularly while mopping)
    A plan that hinges on grace passing for Elliot is doomed. She's far too bubbly and upbeat.
    Grace: I hate everything. [She's reading a book titled 1,001 Depressing Historical Facts''.]
  • This strip of Snowflakes.
    Every day outside this orphanage is a day of warm sunny bliss, where every day your new parents hug you and kiss you and tell you how great you are.
    Two hundred miles south...
    [A girl drags a plow through a field.]
    Farmer: PLOW FASTER!
  • This is one of the more common forms of humor in Wapsi Square. This strip is a good example.
  • In Tales of the Questor, Quentyn uses an "arcane racconan art" to gather intelligence on the dragon.
  • For a webcomic built entirely around this trope, see Basic Instructions.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: Malachite tries a plan to lure the Sailor Scouts in, but Brainwashed Tuxedo Mask says they are not idiots. The following panel proves Brainwashed Tuxedo Mask wrong.
  • In one Electric Wonderland comic, Trawn invites Natasha to visit the Home Base of her newspaper staff. She says the other members must be "humming along", but unbeknownst to her, they're engaging in a recreational battle.
  • Dangerously Chloe has this when the resident Cassandra is rationalizing her Cassandra Truth.
  • Skin Horse:
    • Pedantic talking dog Sweetheart invokes the trope (and TV Tropes) by name in the 2014-10-11 strip, which does also illustrate it.
    • And again, when Tip says that other humans might still be unaffected by the suddenly-nationwide Weirdness Censor "but they'd have to be exceptional. Cut to Jonah Yu in his Tinfoil Hat, and with a jar stuck on each hand because "I, uh, had trouble with some mayonnaise."
  • In Orbit, Earth finally get out of his funk at being stuck in the solar system and commenting that "The universe isn't that great." cuts straight to Comet racing through the galaxy, exclaiming how great it is.
  • This page of Girl Genius ends with Anevka saying that even if Tarvek does know about the slaver engine that works on Sparks, he's not just going to hand it to the Other. The next page opens with him doing exactly that.

    Web Original 
  • Used in episode four of Kickassia:
    The Cinema Snob: Look, I'll have a talk with the Critic, see if any of this is true.
    Paw: What if he suspects us going behind his back?
    The Cinema Snob: He won't suspect us. I'll put it very delicately.
    ''(cut to him and the Critic)
    The Cinema Snob: Everybody thinks you're nuts.
  • In Awkward., Lester verbally sets the scene for his first encounter with dream girl Steph by explaining he was reading "a very intellectual book". Cut to him reading The Legend of Zelda manga in the computer lab.
  • We're Alive: From Chapter 3:
    Saul: Whatever, Michael would have done the same thing.
    Angel: Well he's not here now. He's probably back at the Tower surrounded by ladies.
    (cut to Michael and the other Tower residents besieged by zombies)
    Michael: Shoot that bitch in the face!
  • Todd in the Shadows: While going over his "10 Best Hit Songs Of 2011" he warns that the following music video has been marked as inducing seizures:
    Todd: What kind of asshole makes a video that gives people seizures?
    Kanye West: Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you and imma let finish...
    Todd: Of course.
  • To Boldly Flee:
    Obscurus Lupa: Be discreet.
    Todd in the Shadows: Don't worry, they'll never see me coming.
    [cut to]
  • Used for drama in Demo Reel, as a scared, dying, abandoned Donnie tells the camera Rebecca and Tacoma must have been the only ones worried about him when he was missing. Cut to the two of them drinking, flirting and having the best time.
  • Outside Xbox: Jane, in one Show of the Week episode, claims to have been "succeeding" at Dead Space 3.
    Cue montage of Isaac Clarke being killed messily
    Jane: Succeeding like a winner.

    Western Animation 
  • This appears to be the main source of humour in Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • After Aang and Toph are kidnapped by Xin Fu:
      Toph's Mother: (crying) Poor Toph — she must be so scared...
      (cut to...)
      Toph: You think you're so tough?! Why don't you come up here so I can smack that grin off your face?!
    • From the fourth episode when Zuko sees the erratic path the Gaang is taking to the North Pole:
      Zuko: He is clearly a master of evasive maneuvering.
      (cut to...)
      Sokka: (to Aang) You have no idea where you're going, do you?
  • Used multiple times in succession in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Pretty Poison".
    Pamela Isley: Shouldn't we wait for your friend?
    Harvey Dent: Bruce? Nah, he's always late. He probably got hung up on business.
    (cut to Batman hanging onto a helicopter full of escaped convicts)
    Pamela: I hear he's rich.
    Harvey: Yeah, Bruce runs around in a high-class crowd.
    (cut to Batman chasing a convict)
    Harvey: But he still manages to get his kicks.
    (cut to Batman kicking the criminal)
    Harvey: There's nothing we don't know about each other.
    (cut to Batman threatening the crook)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold has this during an argument about how well heroes treat their sidekicks.
    Aqualad: We're tired of being treated like second-class superheroes!
    Green Arrow: I think that's a bit of an exaggeration. I've always treated Speedy well!
    (flashback to Green Arrow and Speedy atop a pool filled with crocodiles)
    Green Arrow: Quick, retrieve my bow from that crocodile pit!
  • On Bob's Burgers Louise claims to the proprietor of Fig Jam that because he's chasing them and has left the shop unattended, it's probably being looted as they speak. Cut to a guy calling out to see if anyone's there, then leaving money on the counter and saying that he loves the store.
  • On Family Guy, Meg asks her mom how she got blueprints for the D'Amico house.
    Lois: Your mother has her ways. She has her ways.
    (flashback to office visit)
    Lois: Can I have the blueprints to the D'Amico house?
    Clerk: (handing them to her) Sure. Here you go.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
    Jimmy: Your dad's a reasonable guy. I'm sure he'll understand.
    (cut to Lucius)
    Samy: Seventeen, sir.
    Samy: Eighteen, sir.
  • Pinky and the Brain has Brain trying to prove he's really a mouse (with the excuse that he was turned into one in a freak lab experiment).
    Lawyer: In your experience with other mice, would you say that they are intelligent?
    (cut to Pinky, trying and utterly failing to control Brain's human suit, and making a mess in the process)
  • In the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Nature Pants", Spongebob gives up his life and friends to live with the jellyfish as part of nature. At one point, Spongebob stumbles upon a picnic set up by Sandy and Patrick in an attempt to convince him to come home. When Spongebob refuses:
    Patrick: I miss you! Sandy misses you! Even Squidward misses you!
    (Cut to Squidward in his house laughing and dancing to party music)
  • In The Problem Solverz episode "Zoo Cops":
    Horace: I've got the perfect plan.
    Lidget: I bet your plan isn't a master plan.
    Horace: Oh, it is. It uses one of the most cunning, stealthy Problem Solverz you'll ever meet.
    (cut to Alfe breaking items and a shelf loudly crashing to the floor)
    Alfe: Uhhh... this thing just, like, broke.
  • Raw Toonage had Cro-Magnum PI (a caveman Private Detective):
    "Just what I needed, another beautiful woman in my life. I did everything I could to get rid of her."
    (cut to the caveman getting her a chair, brushing his teeth, and getting his hair done)
  • The Simpsons:
    Marge: He's a complicated man.
    (Homer pokes his head out of a window and smashes a plate over it)
    Homer: Wrong!
    • In "Brother's Little Helper" when Bart runs away from home, Marge is panicking and says "He must be feeling so helpless and scared!" Cut to Bart driving a tank through the town, smashing everything in his path while gleefully singing the famous lyrics of "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac.
      • Marge is incensed that Principal Skinner wants to put Bart on an antipsychotic drug, saying that he's not "some hyperactive monster". They then look out the window to see Bart chanting in cheerleader garb.
    • This scene in "Bart's Comet":
    Homer: It's times like these I wish I were a religious man.
    Reverend Lovejoy: It's all over, people! We don't have a prayer!
    Bart: Don't you see what you've done! Sideshow Bob hasn't reformed, he's pure evil! Oh, if only you knew what he was thinking.
    (cut to Sideshow Bob in car)
    Bob: (thinking) I hope they still make that shampoo I like.
    • In "Marge vs. the Monorail", when Cobb says that he hopes the monorail has a good conductor, it cuts to Homer trying to open the monorail door with a wire hanger.
    • In "I Love Lisa", Lisa bemoans that in order to get tickets to a Krusty show, her parents would have to be a part of Springfield's cultural elite. Cue Homer walking in, brushing his teeth with a toothbrush he found in Flanders' trash.
    • In "Burns' Heir," Homer is forced to do the miserable job of industrial chimney sweep, but comforts himself by acknowledging that his bosses have to work even harder. Cut to Mr. Burns in a top hat, smoking a cigar and eating chips in a bubble bath.
  • South Park
    • "Make Love, Not Warcraft" has a scene where someone kills the boys' online characters in about ten seconds. Stan surmises that "Whoever he is, he must be one tough badass." Cut to an overweight nerd who obviously spends too much time at his computer.
    • "Casa Bonita":
  • From the Sushi Pack episode "But is it Art?":
    Ikura: Maguro, how'd you ever get that museum director to put up Tako's paintings?
    Maguro: We had a meeting of the minds.
    '(cut to Maguro in the director's office, brainwashing him)''
    Maguro: You will hang Tako's paintings. You will hang Tako's paintings.
    Director: I will hang Tako's paintings.
  • Happens a couple of times on Transformers Animated. For example:
    Megatron: No Autobot would be foolish enough to fire on their greatest weapon.
    (cut to Sentinel Prime in the Council chamber, bashing his desk with a fist)
    Sentinel Prime: I say we fire on Omega Supreme!
  • Visionaries had Ectar assuring the local residential committee that the soldiers of New Valoric are a well disciplined and non-rowdy bunch. Cue Witterquick crashing into the room and landing onto the meeting table.
  • The Rocko's Modern Life ad "How to Tell if Your Dog is Brainless" has Rocko try to defend Spunky with contrasting clips being shown similar to the Garfield example above.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Octi Evil" has the narrator commenting on a quiet evening at the Utonium household. This is followed by Blossom angrily shrieking "SHUT UP, BUTTERCUP!!!" as she and Buttercup lock horns with each other.
  • In Hercules episode "Hercules and the Parents Weekend", a monster captured some of the parents. Adonis' Dad said he was probably taking "swift and decisive" action. Cut to the next scene showing Adonis decided to have himself crowned the next King of Thrace.
  • Superman: The Animated Series
    • Leslie Willis states her disdain for Superman:
      Leslie: First, he's never around when you need him.
      (Superman arrives just in time to save a falling construction worker)
      Leslie: Second, everything's just so darned easy for him.
      (Superman grabs a falling crane, which judging from his reaction is heavy enough to strain even him)
      Leslie: And third, all he cares about is himself.
      (The crane breaks away, and Superman races to catch it before it falls on the people below.)
    • In "The Main Man", Professor Hamilton muses about the "great achievements" and "brilliant minds" to be found in civilizations on other worlds. Cut to Lobo in a seedy alien bar letting loose a loud belch.
  • In The Fairly OddParents! episode "A Mile in My Shoes", when Cosmo and Wanda apologize that their mandated trip to Fairy World means they won't be able to teleport Timmy to school, Timmy says that he'll be okay as long as his dad didn't do anything stupid to his car. Cut to Timmy finding his dad in the process of converting the car into a giant robot to compete with the Dinklebergs when they did the same thing.
  • Futurama:
    • In "A Fishful of Dollars", the newly-rich Fry buys an ancient can of anchovies because he wants to eat them, not realizing that the fish oils in the can are extremely rare and valuable in the future. Corrupt Corporate Executive Mom and her sons mistake him for a shrewd businessman who plans to hold the can for a handsome ransom.
    Walt: This Mr. Fry must be a mastermind of the highest order!
    (cut to Fry in his underwear, watching Sanford and Son in the dark)
    • In "My Three Suns", Fry is in trouble and needs Leela's help, but they had just gotten into a nasty fight beforehand. Amy says they should go to her since she's not the type that holds a grudge, before cutting to Leela beating on a punching bag with Fry's picture taped to it.
    • From "Love and Rocket":
    (The Planet Express ship is upset over Bender breaking up with it)
    Leela: Aw, calm down. I'm sure Bender is taking this just as hard as you are.
    (Cut to Bender happily singing while lying in a hammock.)
    Bender: Bender is great! Oh, Bender is great! Bender, Bender, Bender!
    • Possibly the best-known example of the series is Fry's dog Seymour, from "Jurassaic Bark":
    Fry: I'll never forget him, but he forgot me a long, long time ago.
    (cut to Seymour waiting for Fry for twelve years)
  • In the Rugrats episode "Runaway Angelica", Drew sends Angelica to her room for playing in his study and assumes that she's mature enough to handle her punishment.
    Drew: Well, I did it. I actually did it. I disciplined Angelica.
    Charlotte: I hope you weren't too hard on her.
    Drew: Oh, no. Our daughter's a fairly mature girl. I think she'll take it well.
    (cut to Angelica trashing her room)
  • In Gargoyles, Xanatos says "Pay a man enough, and he'll walk barefoot into Hell." Cut to a demolition crewman wearing huge robotic boots, walking through the not-at-all-hellish courtyard of Castle Wyvern.
  • In the first episode of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star is bestowed the Royal Magic Wand and the Queen tells her to use it responsibly.
    Star: Don't worry Mom, I can handle it.
    (cut to the kingdom up in flames)
    King and Queen: She can't handle it.
  • In "Best Ever Babysitter" on Dinosaur Train, Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon talk about how they're sure everything's fine with their kids because they all get along with the babysitter Kiera so well. Cut to the kids nearly overwhelming Kiera with their arguing about what activity they want to do.
  • In Drawn Together Captain Hero complains that all Xandir ever talks about is saving his girlfriend. Cut to three flashbacks featuring Xandir:
    "Hey, where are the paper towels?"
    "Oh no, I think my watch broke."
    "Grapes are fun!"
    • Another episode has the characters trapped inside a van, with some taking refuge inside Toot's dead body. Spanky mentions that it makes no sense to just bring chartacters back to life, which Ling-Ling agrees on... even though he died and was eaten earlier.
  • In "Return to Tender" on Care Bears & Cousins, the bears are talking about Wonderheart riding on the Cloud Clipper with the cousins. Tenderheart makes a comment about her possibly not being ready for all of the new sights she'll see. Quick cut to Wonderheart having the time of her life. Repeat three times as it becomes increasingly obvious that Tenderheart is really missing her, while Wonderheart is having a great time and clearly doesn't have any homesickness... yet.
  • Gravity Falls: In "Fixin' It With Soos", Soos says he's fixing a cuckoo clock Stan broke by accident. A flashback shows Stan whacking it with a baseball bat and saying things like "Stop making that noise!"; "I hate you!"; and "This is definitely not an accident!".
  • DuckTales (2017): The first episode has two such setups.
    • Near the beginning, in which Donald reluctantly leaves his nephews with his uncle Scrooge McDuck's mansion while he goes to a job interview, to their great elation.
    Donald: It's only a couple of hours.
    Dewey: A couple of hours with the most exciting duck in the world!
    (cut to Scrooge, long retired from adventuring, in the middle of a dull financial meeting)
    • And later, when the boys refuse to believe that their uncle used to be Scrooge's sidekick before their falling-out.
    Dewey: Uncle Donald has never done anything cool.
    Webby: What?! Donald Duck is one of the most daring adventurers of all time!
    (cut to Donald in a waiting room, preparing for his interview, before having a scuffle with an uncooperative stapler)
  • Looney Tunes: In the short The Bashful Buzzard, a mother buzzard ponders how her dopey son Killer is doing while he's out looking for food.
    Mama: I wonder where my darlin' little Killer is? Maybe he's a-bringing home a-something big, no?
    Killer: (singing) I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee...
  • Milo Murphy's Law:
    Cavendish: Just look at him over there, plotting our demise.
    (cut to Milo enjoying some fast food with his friend Zack and their respective dads)
    Milo: I sure love cheese fries!
    (cut back to Cavendish and Dakota)
    Cavendish: Oh, this is not over, Milo Murphy. Not by a longshot.
    (cut back to Milo)
  • House of Mouse: In the short "Pluto's Penthouse Sweet", after Mickey leaves Pluto home alone while goes out with Minnie, Donald and Daisy.
    Mickey: Gosh, I feel kinda bad leaving Pluto all alone.
    Minnie: Aw, he'll just wait on the porch. He won't miss us at all.
    (cut to a devastated Pluto throwing a hysterical fit)

     Real Life 
  • An unfunny example from a documentary on the Cold War, regarding the use of mercenaries by US-aligned factions in the conflict in Angola.
    Holden Roberto, FNLA President: Among the mercenaries were some very fine soldiers. Kalin for instance. I've seldom seen such a good soldier. He had phenomenal courage.
    *cut to John Stockwell, CIA Task Force*
    John Stockwell: He was a psychopath. A raving psychopath. And a couple of men near him were psychopaths.

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