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"But how could they be jamming us if they don't know... that we're coming? [*Beat*] Break off the attack! The shield is still up!"
Lando Calrissian, Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi

Bob has the situation under control, and is explaining it to his partner, Alice. While he initially thought everything was fine and going to plan, it's only once he stops to think about it and hears himself say it aloud that he realizes how much trouble he and Alice are really in.

Essentially, a case of in-universe Fridge Logic (or Fridge Horror) catching up to the characters, can be Played for Laughs or drama. Can be triggered by the listening party's Let Me Get This Straight... putting a new perspective on Bob's explanation.

The Oh, Crap! can also be simply that there really is No Time to Explain. Some situations go further with this, having the feared event happen directly after it's realized, which is a case of Five-Second Foreshadowing.

The Placebo Eureka Moment is an inverse, in which the act of explaining leads to a solution rather just than a realization that there's a problem. Not to be confused with I Can Explain or Not Helping Your Case.


Compare Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh..., You Answered Your Own Question, Delayed "Oh, Crap!" (when the character doesn't realize how screwed they are until after they're done explaining) and I Never Said It Was Poison (when the realization is that there's something previously told by another character that doesn't fit the facts or make them fit all of a sudden).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Attack on Titan, Falco does this in an internal monologue. After introducing Reiner to Eren Yeager, who'd claimed to be Reiner's old friend, Falco realizes that if Reiner had met his "friend" more than four years ago, it was probably while he was infiltrating the island of Paradis, meaning that the person in question is actually an enemy.
  • In Bokurano, after winning his battle and dying, Kanji wonders which of the three remaining pilots will be next. He rules out Kana (since Ushiro had forbidden her from playing the game), but then rules out Ushiro (who'd recently admitted that he wasn't in the contract), as well as Machi (knowing that she's Koyemshi's accomplice). Kanji then wonders who it could be, and is horrified when he realizes that it's actually Kana, who'd signed up after Kokopelli's battle.
  • In City Hunter, after Ryo's aerophobia is discovered, Kaori wonders aloud how Ryo could have been aerophobic and is about to rebuff Ryo's claim that he never got on a plane in his life by reminding him of an airplane flight he took when he was young, only to stop herself short upon remembering that said flight ended in a plane crash.
  • Digimon Tamers has Cheerful Child Suzie Wong trying to make friends with a rather looming Rabbit digimon. Looking over at her, Henry and Takato wonder if they should be worried. Takato digresses into talking about the Devas they have left to fight, one of which is the Rabbit Deva. Cue reaction.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge:
    • Near the end of the film, when Cooler has been shot into space by Goku, he notices the sun and contemplates blowing it up and letting the Earth freeze to death... before he realizes that Goku's shooting him into the sun:
      Cooler: It's the star from this planet's solar system. Maybe I'll blow that up instead and let them all freeze to death in darkness. Wait a minute... I'm heading right for it!!
    • As he's frying in the sun, he's ranting at Goku and wondering why he wasn't destroyed with the rest of the Saiyans when Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta, and then flashes back to the day Frieza did so; during that time, Cooler saw Goku's space pod escaping the explosion, but refused to intervene, partially because he had his own schedule and refused to fall behind to cover Frieza's own mistake, and partially because Goku was just a baby at the time, so he dismissed him as any immediate threat. With that, Cooler realizes that Goku was the very Saiyan he let escape, and suffers a Villainous Breakdown:
      Cooler: I don't believe it! I could have killed him! I let him go! I let him go!
  • In the ending of Fate/Zero, the Grail dives into Kiritsugu's mind to determine what kind of person he is, and extrapolates his greatest wish from this. During this moment of introspection and self-analysis, it starts to dawn on Kiritsugu that his thinking was flawed all along and that following his ideal to its ultimate end is going to result in the extinction of humanity.
  • In chapter 17 of Boarding School Juliet, Romeo realizes too late that his cool plan to invade the Cat Dorm was also, objectively, kind of stupid:
    Juliet: You came all this way...just for thatnote ?
    Juliet: You got everyone involved...and got yourself hurt again for that...?
    Romeo: Err...
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, as the students of Mahora set up to deal with Chao's impending invasion in an hour, Setsuna starts thinking out loud:
    Setsuna: So, Chamo, what if Chao sees what we're up to out here and abandons her plans?
    Chamo: Then we celebrate. The festival event will be a major bust, though...
    Setsuna: Supposing she delayed her plans?
    Chamo: No way. It takes time to set up a spell like that, and the magical energy needs to be used at its exact peak. She could delay an hour, tops.
    Setsuna: Then what about moving up her plans to trip us up?
    Chamo: Erk. [long pause] That's a possibility...
    [the invasion force starts appearing, over an hour early]
  • Red River (1995) had a subplot of a woman claiming to be Ishtar in a remote town, and Yuri worried that this fake Ishtar's attitude and actions would harm Kail's reputation. Yuri gets imprisoned when she confronts her and claimed to be the real Ishtar, but was freed by the civilians working in the quarry because they had come to adore her. When Kail arrives at the quarry to pick up his Ishtar, everyone is confused why he's there. Kail asks them if they actually know what Ishtar looks like, and they begin to cite the rumors: A woman with hair of jet, and loved by everyone that meets her because... and they become quiet, realizing they are describing Yuri.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, there's a scene where Knuckles and Tails find out that Metal Sonic showed up at Sonic's home and trashed the place. Once they get the news, they're at first relieved that nobody was home at the time, but:
  • Stardust Crusaders has Enya attempt to murder the Joestar group in a hotel in a foggy town. Her first mistake was accidentally calling Jotaro by his name. Jotaro claims not he or anyone else told Enya his name, which blows her cover as an enemy Stand user. Enya tries to explain that she learned his name from the hotel guest book, only to see that instead of "Jotaro", he wrote his name as "Qtaro" on purpose.
  • Sword Art Online:
    • Kirito and Sinon are deliberating how Death Gun can kill a player's real-world body, when Kirito stumbles upon a theory. Death Gun isn't a single person, but rather it's a collaboration between at least 2 people: one person who control's Death Gun's avatar in Gun Gale Online, and another person who breaks into the homes of people who Death Gun wants to kill and then syncronizes their actions with the livestream of the game so that they die of a lethal injection when Death Gun shoots them. To Sinon's horror, this means that since Death Gun tried to kill her earlier, someone has broken into her house and is ready to kill her at any time.
    • Sinon and Gabriel duel each other toward the end of the Alicization arc, using their guns from Gun Gale Online. Sinon counts the bullets they've fired, and after running out of bullets realizes, to her horror, that Gabriel has two shots left.
    • In the second volume of the light novel for SAO: Progressive, Kirito, in a duel with Morte (someone who's trying to get him to abandon his current quest for unknown reasons, and so challenges him to a duel), gets hit with an attack that leaves him just over half health, and wonders why Morte didn't take off the small amount left and win. At that point, it dawns on him that if he takes a strong enough attack, he won't just lose the duel, but also die (both in the game AND real life).
      Kirito: [narrating] If Morte had left me with just a bit of health on purpose...He was not hoping to win this duel and force me to leave my quest for another day. He was planning, here and kill me. There is no explanation for this part. Who are these people?
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, following Jack's interrupted duel with Yusei, while reviewing the footage of Yusei's last move before the Crimson Dragon blacked out New Domino, Lazar points out that if that hadn't happened, Yusei's move would've defeated him. Jack denies this until:
    Jack: I still had 900 Life Points after my combo, and his Meteor Stream was only going to take away [*Beat*] all of them.
  • When Toriko throws a massive beast at the glass dome covering the IGO's Biotope 1 battle arena, Mansam assures Komatsu that the dome is so tough that it could block a missile attack. He then remembers that the dome was already damaged when Toriko broke into the arena...and that the beast is flying right at it.
    Mansam: The shield's made of reinforced acrylic plating 2.5 meters thick! It'd deflect a rocket! (Worried) ...Wait. (Looks at the hole Toriko made earlier) Uh-oh.
  • In Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kaguya develops a "ritual" of touching her left cheek with her right hand to calm herself, then meets up with Shirogane, who asks her why she's been avoiding him. But then he grabs her by the wrist to prevent her from running away, distressing her.
    Kaguya: Once I activate my ritual, I'll be unstoppable! Just gotta touch my left cheek with my right hand. The same hand... he's holding.

    Board Games 
  • In Chess, one of the methods for dealing with a speculative sacrifice by an opponent is known as the show me method. If you can't see the point of the sacrifice, or even if you do see the point but don't think it will be all that effective, the recommended course of action is to accept it and continue playing natural moves, daring the opponent to show you their idea. Sometimes this works and the sacrifice fails. When it succeeds, however, you end up with this trope.

  • Ron White has a bit where he mocks homophobia and explains that "We're all gay, it's just to what extent are you gay."
    [My friend] said, "Man, that's bullshit! I ain't gay at all!"
    I said, "Yes you are, and I can prove it."
    He said, "Fine. Prove it."
    I said, "Well, you like porn, don'tcha?"
    He said, "Of course I like porn!"
    I said, "Well, do you only watch scenes with two women together?"
    He said, "Naw, I'll watch a man and a woman makin' love."
    I said, "Then I guess you prefer it if the guy has a tiny, half-flaccid penis, right?"
    He said, "Naw man, I like big, hard, throbbin' co-" (extended Jaw Drop) "...I did not know that about myself."
  • Josh Wolf's son explains to him how "the cloud" works. For Context, said son sent someone a picture of his dick.
    "Okay, Dad: You take a picture on your phone, and it goes to the iPad."
    I'm like, "What else?"
    "Mom takes a picture on her phone, and it goes to the iPad."
    I'm like, "What else?"
    "I take a picture on my phone, and oh no."

    Comic Books 
  • Played for laughs in the Garth Ennis-written Adventures of the Rifle Brigade. Captured by the Nazis, Lieutenant Cecil asks Captain Darcy just what the mission was in the first place. Darcy is confused as Cecil was the one who called to set it up. It turns out Cecil had called to say "it's on," meaning a stag party for a friend but Darcy misunderstood.
    Darcy: I say... so when I phoned back to tell you it was all arranged and the Berlin Express left at seven, you assumed an op had come up and we'd have to skip the party. Which means...
    Cecil: Yes, sir. We've gone a commando raid by mistake.
  • Batman '66: Professor Overbeck while explaining why he doesn't think his brain regulator "could have been used to make a whole group of people... hysterical".
    Professor Overbeck: One would have to connect it to a broadcast antenna like the kind I use for transmitting long dis... GOTT IN HIMMEL! Mein antenna is gone!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In issue 247 of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), after yet another building in New Mobotropolis collapses due to something interfering with the nanites, Cream, after finding the Tails Doll, chews it out over its tendency to disappear... and in mid-sentence, recalls that its previous disappearances have corresponded with the other instances of buildings unexpectedly going unstable, and deduces that the doll itself is responsible. Her expression when this dawns on her says it all.
      Cream: Bad dolly! I'm trying to take care of you and find your owner, and you keep disappearing! ...Like at the Forget-Me-Knots concert. And this is just like what happened at the civic center...
    • A perfect example can be found in issue 8 of Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW), where after breaking through one of Dr. Eggman's bases and taking out some straggler robots, Sonic and Silver get some less than favorable info from one of the computers.
      Silver: It's almost like Neo Metal Sonic isn't hiding what he's doing any - OH, CRAP!
  • New Avengers (2015): Monica Rappaccini and Andrew Forson, former leaders of AIM, crash the funeral of Roberto Da Costa, using a specialized time-bubble. Forson notes that the only way to shield one's self from the time-bubble's effects would be in some sort of specially pre-prepared equipment which his scanners couldn't pick up, like if, say, they were hidden behind adamantium shielding... such as the adamantium in Da Costa's coffin. Surprise! It's a trap.
  • Planetary: In the penultimate issue, before departing from a parlay he invited them to in the desert, Snow claims that he's about to kill Dowling and Suskind. The two villains note that for all of his bravado, Snow has only ever known one thing that they didn't know themselves. Then they remember what that one thing is, namely the location of an alien spaceship hidden beneath Earth's surface. Snow has just tricked them into standing on top of that ship and has it blast off, killing them.
  • The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye: While making their way through what they believe to be the future Lost Light, Skids and company come across Minimus Ambus' body and the Magnus Armor. Skids notes that the former had his hand cut off to prevent him from using his emergency teleport while the latter has been destroyed by a fusion cannon, aka Megatron's Weapon of Choice. Megatron's attempts to defend himself end up steering him right into this trope.
    Megatron: Whoever killed Magnus knew about the teleport in his hand. I didn't even know there was a "Minimus Ambus" until...until...Until you just told me.

    Comic Strips 
  • Inverted in The Boondocks, Riley, having repainted several street signs to carry the names of rappers he likes, is approached by Cindy, who's also interested in doing so. Riley, however, is laying low due to the police looking for the culprit, and starts to warn Cindy that if she follows suit, she'll get caught- at which point he gets the idea to have her take the fall for his misdeeds.
  • As Calvin and Hobbes indicates, Bill Watterson loves this trope.
    • One storyline had C&H pushing the family car out of the garage so they could use the structure as a clubhouse, only to discover that the driveway is on an incline, which sends the vehicle careening into a ditch across the street. After they run away, Calvin's mother notices the situation, and begins to wonder aloud:
      Calvin's Mom: And how on Earth did they go in straight backward? To do that, the car would have had to come...right...out...of...OUR DRIVEWAY!
    • In another arc, the family goes to the zoo, and Calvin gets lost when he starts following a woman who looks like his mom. As his parents try to figure out where he's gone, Calvin's dad hits upon an idea—"Maybe Calvin's at the tiger pit, since he likes tigers so much." After walking a bit, he laughs to himself: "Ha ha, maybe Calvin's in the tiger pit, since he likes tigers so much." He then realizes that that's a perfectly plausible scenario and breaks into a run.
    • In one of the Transmrogrifier arcs, Calvin believes that he's been permanently transformed into an owl. He's delighted when Hobbes points out that this means he'll get to miss school the next day. Upon waking up, Calvin's mother points out that he's not an owl, and Calvin shouts with joy that he go to school.
    • In one Sunday comic, a leaf pile comes to life and tries to eat Calvin. Calvin fights back with a rake, and resolves to spread the leaves across the yard so the pile can't eat anyone else. The last panel is of Calvin's mom and dad talking.
      Mom: I thought you said you were going to rake the yard today.
      Dad: I did rake the yard. I spent all afternoo- WHERE'S CALVIN?!
  • In one Garfield strip, Jon demands to know what Garfield did with Mrs. Feeny's dog, along with a bunch of stamps, a box, and some twine...before pausing in shock as his mind begins to connect the dots.
    Garfield: Take your time...It'll come to you.
  • In MAD, there are a few.
    • In the parody of The Godfather, when "Vino Minestrone" is warned that he's endangering himself by refusing to go into the drug trade.
      Vino Minestrone: Could I be harmed by that cute Italian fish peddler? By those sweet Italian kids, playing Hop-Scotch? By those nice Italian button men in their big black car... barreling down on me at 80 miles an hour? OH-OH!!
    • Subverted in "Ecch-Men"
      Judo-Lee: If they register me with the Federal Mutant Agency, I'll be taken away! That means I'll never see Mom and Dad again! Hey, cool!
    • In the parody of The Shining, Jack, talking with his predecessor as caretaker, has an example of this.
      Egbert Grisly: They TOLD me that I would rot in Hell!
      Wack Torrents: Well, I'm glad you learned your less— Wait a minute!! You mean THIS place is HELL?!?
  • In one The Wizard of Id strip, the Wiz declares that he's achieved military supremacy by creating the most explosive substance in existence. Upon realizing what he just said, he immediately screamed "CALL IN THE BOMB SQUAD!".

    Fan Works 
  • Kingdom Hearts Ψ: The Seeker of Darkness: the fic Adjustments has a scene where Kairi vents to Roxas about her frustration with the lack of progress in her relationship with Riku and Sora, despite the latter being something of a Covert Pervert.
    Kairi: But… if he is interested, then is he just shy? He never seems to instigate anything, except by accident.
    Roxas: I have a theory about that, Kairi, but you’re not going to like it.
    Kairi: (frowning) Go on.
    Roxas: Sora doesn’t like to disappoint people, right?
    Kairi: Right?
    Roxas: So he tends to do what he thinks people are expecting of him, right?
    Kairi: …Sometimes.
    Roxas: Mmm. And you and Riku go to extenuating lengths to ensure that he never hears swearwords. Even though he’s sixteen and lives in a port town, and you, at least, swear like a sailor.
    Kairi: The fuck are you talking about?
    Roxas: Exactly. So, why don’t you let him hear swearwords again?
    Kairi: Because he’s an adorable, innocent little angel, and Riku and I agreed a long time ago that we’d do our best to preserve that innocence for as long… as… possible… oh. Fuck me, we’ve been making him feel like he can’t express that sort of interest in front of us, haven’t we.
    Roxas: I don’t know for sure, but that’d be my guess. Have you guys even talked about what your interests are yet? Things you want to try, that sort of thing?
    Kairi: No, because…
    Roxas: Because?
    Kairi: Because… we didn’t want to make Sora uncomfortable.
    Roxas: Did he say that sort of thing made him uncomfortable, or did you guys just assume it would without asking him?
    Kairi: Fuck.
    Roxas: Thought so.
    Kairi: Well, I guess if I’m frustrated, I’ve got no one to blame but myself.
  • This trope is how Shinji realized his mother tampered with his mind in Alpha and Omega. When Shinji starts rambling about all the different signs that the Asari were genetically modified, Aria asks how he could possibly know all that. Shinji's in the middle of explaining how he has a doctorate in evolutionary biology and three PhDs when he remembers that he never finished high school.
  • During the Battle of Fairy Tail arc in Alternate Tail Series, Natsu asks Lily about the strength of the petrified Fairy Tail girls. It's when Natsu starts asking about which girl is Erza (after remembering that Erza took on a Jupiter cannon) that Lily finds out Natsu is trying to melt the stone off Erza.
  • In Avatar: Song of Ice and Fire, Catelyn is wondering how Jon could be a firebender when the only firebenders in all of Westeros were Targaryens.
    Ned: Tell me, Catelyn, who are-or were- the firebenders of Westeros?
    Catelyn: Queen Rhaella and Prince Rhaegar. Both are gone.
    Ned: Correct. So if Jon is a firebender...
    Catelyn:... He could be born out of either of them. (Catelyn thinks for a moment) Queen Rhaella died in Childbirth.
    Ned: It is true, but the child she gave birth to fled to Essos with Prince Viserys, and they have yet to be found by Robert. Besides, the kid was born after the war, not during it.
    Catelyn: That leaves only Prince Rhaegar, and Jon has the Stark loo-oh. (Catelyn takes a sharp breath at the realization) Jon is your nephew.
  • When Naruto first meets the Kyuubi in Blood and Venom and finds out that the Bijuu was sealed by the Yondaime instead of killed like he had been told, Naruto tries to figure out who or what the Kyuubi was sealed into.
    Naruto: But if he couldn't seal you into a pot or something like that, an' he couldn't seal you into a person, then where are we?
    Kyuubi: An adult. An adult couldn't hold me because their chakra system is of a set size, so that would mean...?
    Naruto: Yondaime-sama would have to...He'd have to find someone who had a chakra system without a set size...So he had to use someone who wasn't an adult, someone really...really young, and you attacked on my birthday...
    (Naruto's eyes widen comically at the realization)
    Kyuubi: Yes brat, the Yondaime sealed me into you; we are currently in your mind and your body is unconscious.
    (After taking a moment to process the information)
    Naruto: AAAAAAAAaaaaaahahhhhhhhhhh!
  • In the The Legend of Korra fanfic Book 5: Legends, Mako does this in his head, and has to spell it out for Tahno when they realize the man they're looking for may be nearby.
    Mako: Don’t you get it? If you want to hide a gem you hide it in a treasure trove. If you want to hide a tree you hide it in the forest.
    Tahno: Mako, what're you talking about?
    Mako: So, where would you hide a masked man?
    [his accompanying, sweeping gesture of the plaza answered the question neatly for Tahno, who adopted a similar expression of dawning realization as he saw all the masked revelers drifting to and fro]
    Tahno: Oh no...
  • From Calvin and Hobbes Get XTREME!:
    Calvin: This is my grueling competition. A little sun... cool water... my best friend... a monster shark... a scared sea gull... Wait a minute. A MONSTER SHARK!
  • In Don't Look, Misato hears Shinji's story of how he first met the Slender Man who murdered several of his classmates. Shinji explains how despite Slender Man's entreaties, Shinji wouldn't look at him, knowing he'd die if he did; all he could do was go completely still in the hopes he'd leave. As Shinji goes on to tell her what happened at school today, he trails off. Misato thinks he just needs a moment and notes that he isn't shaking any more; then she realizes he's not moving at all, which means Slender Man is nearby.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Episode 12: Vegeta is fully healed and fresh off removing the liver from one of his colleagues when Cui tries to cut him off; Cui points out that Frieza and his men are en route to Namek to grab their Dragon Balls thanks to Vegeta's intel. Vegeta argues that Frieza couldn't have known because his transmitter was off the entire time, and then he remembers that he wasn't alone.
    • Episode 18 has Vegeta realize that the Dragon Ball he left underwater has gone missing, and tries to look for it for a short time. He then remembered that Gohan was flying away from that site with a strange "watch", which was in reality his team's radar for hunting down Dragon Balls.
      Ghost Nappa: He took the Dragon Ball...
      cut to Gohan and Krillin; Vegeta is still screaming
      Gohan: Krillin, do you... hear that...?
      Krillin: I feel that.
    • Episode 38 has Dr. Gero gradually growing more and more desperate to kill Goku and his friends, only for his situation to get progressively worse, with this bit of inner monologue:
      Dr. Gero: All right, made a miscalculation... a couple miscalculations. Lost an android, and a hand... And I think my brain case is loose. But there's no way they could follow me and none of them know where to find my lab—
      takes shelter under a rock and he sees Piccolo, Tien, and Krillin fly by.
      Dr. Gero: That's funny... they're all flying right toward my— Oh, find me in the alps! No, there's no way they could have secured the location of my secret lab. Unless they know a scientist, like Wheelo or Frapp. Or any of the Brief—
      remembers shooting down Bulma's plane earlier.
      Dr. Gero: SHIT!!!
    • Vegeta and Bulma both have this moment when they realize just who the lilac-haired youth Trunks happened to be.
      Vegeta: HA! That's a girl's name!
      Krillin: Wait, isn't that the name of your kid?
      Vegeta: Are you telling me that this wannabe Super Saiyan from the future is my so-(*realization*)-oooooooooooo...

      Piccolo: Oh, by the way, that kid's your son. No harm telling you now; damage already done.
      Bulma: Oh wow! He grows up to be a cutie, and... *realization* Oh my god, I solicited my son for sex.
  • In the third story of the Facing the Future Series, Danny and Sam have this moment when Tucker offhandedly comments that it seems like the ghosts are trying to play Relationship Sabotage, which they are.
  • Fallen King has this played for drama and tears. After narrowly escaping death, Joey suddenly remembers his promise to Serenity and how she'll now be blind forever.
    The world, my friends, my family...
    Joey's eyes shot open as reality slapped him in the face.
    "Serenity," he whispered.
  • First Try Series Kiri nin, Mizuko Sanbashi and Kampachi are investigating the aftermath of an ambush where they trace the source of Jinchuriki. They try to figure which Jinchuriki it was and deduce that the people ambushed and the source of the energy had to be someone from Konoha. They initially believe that Konoha doesn't have a Jinchuriki, Mizuko realizes which Jinchuriki was there when he explains which villages do have Jinchuriki and figures out that Konoha has the Kyuubi by process of elimination.
  • A Game Comes to Equestria: Right in the middle of an explanation of Pinkie Sense, we get this exchange:
    Pinkie Pie: Well, my tail's all a-twitchy witchy, my knees do ache a bit, and my left ear's all wobbly and shaky.
    Wishing Star: And that means...?
    Pinkie Pie: That means we're about to get ambushed!... Uh-oh. That's not GOOD. We're about to get AMBUSHED!
  • In The Hell-er-Nator: Chaos Machine Xander and Cordelia are explaining to Rory (Xander's uncle) that anyone who bought their costume from Ethan's Costume Emporium became their costume and that some won't/didn't change back, including Larry Blaisdell (who is now a Terminator hunting Cordelia), when Xander suddenly remembers that Harmony bought a Terminator costume as well.
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged:
    • Zorin loses the last of her composure at the sight of Seras tearing through her troops and demands to know why she was never informed of Seras' powers, and why nobody did proper reconnaissance on the girl. This trope only kicks in after asking that last bit, as she remembered that gathering recon on the Hellsing Organization's headquarters was why the Major sent her there in the first place, and the overconfident Blood Knight Zorin had ignored those orders and charged in blindly instead.
    • In the second episode, Jan Valentine tortured a Hellsing employee and forced the poor man to read an incredibly crude and violent rape threat to his boss Integra. At the very end of said threat comes the part where Jan sets the guy up to read about how Jan is about to kill him, after which Jan will shoot him. The unfortunate employee realizes what is about to happen at the last second and has a moment of panicked horror before Jan kills him.
      Hellsing Employee: [still reading the statement/threat Jan wrote out for him] Now pardon me while I blow this faggot ginger's brains o- OHGODNO!!! [Jan shoots him]
  • Leave for Mendeleiev: After a long and frustrating ordeal, Marinette vents to Tikki about Nino's atrocious behavior while working on the movie, having to deal with Chloé all day, and how long it took for Chat Noir to show up to the fight... before remembering that Horrificator sealed them all into the school, and that there was no signs of Chat using Cataclysm to break in... meaning that he's likely one of Mme Bustier's students. Tikki tells her not to pursue that line of thought any further, as she's not supposed to know her partner's Secret Identity; however, the damage is already done.
  • In Chapter 50 of Lelouch of the Wings of Rebellion, While Milly explains her infiltration plan for getting past the guards of the Palace The Black Knights, made up of of five females one male and a cat, are infiltrating:
    Milly: Most males, and especially soldiers, are the hot-blooded type. They see a pretty girl, and some of those higher brain functions shut down, while more primitive parts take over. They'll be eager to please her. If they see six pretty girls... then we're home free.
    Lelouch: There are only five of you... [*Beat*] No, you can't be serious!
    Milly: [cackling] Time to take one for the team, Zero!
  • In chapter 9 of Like Grains Of Sand In The Hourglass, Harry Potter complains that his headache feels like someone is trying to break into his mind. Dora, who is expecting Voldemort to do just that, muses how Legilimency is supposed to require eye contact and how weird it is that Voldemort can still try Legilimency on Harry even though they're nowhere near each other. And then Dora realizes that that means Harry and Voldemort are somehow connected in a way that bypasses the need for eye contact, which can't be good no matter what way they're connected.
  • An amnesiac Cordelia in Memory spends a couple minutes trying to figure out what about Devon is bugging her despite being the only familiar face around. It's not until she notes how he doesn't look his age that it hits her that he looks exactly as she remember despite her missing five years of memory, thus realizing he's a vampire.
  • A comedic example occurs in Minimum Requirement when Hizashi accidentally discovers Naruto's parentage.
    Hizashi: "Hey there little fella. You look an awful lot like Kushina. In fact, I think you are Kushina's. Did you know I could've been your father if my marriage hadn't been arranged since childhood and Kushina hadn't been so in love with...with... Holy Crap!"
  • Occurs in Majority Rule when Tony explains to the rest of the Avengers that, by human standards, Thor's age would come out to be about seventeen.
    Tony: There's a bigger issue. Namely that Thor isn't the only Asgardian we deal with.
    Bruce: Well, but Odin is definitely an adult, and—
    [and then he stopped, as he and everyone else at the table remembered Thor's brother; Thor's homicidal suicidal megalomaniacal little brother.]''
  • Mercy, an Avatar: The Last Airbender fic by The-Lost-Samurai, shows this after Zuko Curb-Stomps his father and has him at his mercy, and the Fire Lord demands to know why he's sparing him.
    Ozai: Why spare me? Why choose mercy?
    Zuko: Mercy? I'll answer your question for another. Why did you spare me when I was thirteen? I was weak then, wasn't I?
    Ozai: That wasn't mercy! I just wanted you to suffer, to live with your fail— [pales in understanding]
  • Discord of all creatures, gets one in Misunderstandings. Throughout the story, the human protagonist Peter has been absorbing the magic around him and channeling it to Earth, only now a sabotage of Twlight's experiments has cut off that connection. Discord starts out explaining how it happened in his strange way — he pulls off one of his horns to symbolize the connection — but starts to get very nervous when he realizes the magic building up in the broken conduit will eventually cause Peter to explode.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Izuku is busy taking down notes in Peter Port's class when he's suddenly called out. He looks around and notices how everyone seems annoyed or disturbed as they throw glances his way, remembering that people only really looked at him like that when he was busy mumbling. Then it hits him that he has been mumbling for several minutes.
    You blink a few times as you look at Port, before your eyes glance around at your fellow students. You see that they're all staring at you with really weirded out expressions... well, except Kacchan. The guy looked like he was about to bust a blood vessel from pure rage and annoyance. Huh, that's funny... usually people and Kacchan only looked at you like this whenever you... you... Oh crap.
  • A case where someone else panics comes up in Once More With Feeling when Genesis tests Cloud's knowledge by asking how to beat the Midgar Zolom. After Cloud's explanation, Genesis is very worried to realize Cloud described how to beat a Midgar Zolom. It gets worse when Cloud tells him about Master Tonberries, which get stronger the more Tonberries you've slain.
  • The Self-Insert in Overlord grumbles to himself about how annoying Summer Rose and her big silver eyes are becoming when he remembers both that 1) Silver Eyed Warriors are supposed to be near mythical warriors capable of killing Grimm with a look, 2) Everyone he's met from Summer's village has silver eyes.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act III chapter 46, after dismissing the possibility that Akua and Kahlua are Fairy Tale agents, Kou proceeds to explain to the headmaster that the Chrono Displacement spell that Fairy Tale stole from the Shuzen estate was stored in a secret archive that only Issa and his daughters knew about. As soon as those words are out of his mouth, Kou realizes that the only way Fairy Tale could possibly have known about the archive, let alone the spell, is if Akua and Kahlua were working for them.
    • Throughout Act IV, after receiving a glimpse into an Alternate Timeline, Tsukune and the others expect Hokuto and his Co-Dragons, Jovian and Jacqueline, to pull off a full-scale attack on Yokai Academy to capture Moka as part of his plan to resurrect Alucard, and prepare accordingly. When that day comes, however, they're caught completely unprepared when a Brainwashed and Crazy Felucia shows up alone, several hours ahead of schedule. While trying to work out why it's happening differently, they suddenly remember that unlike their current timeline, Luna was not present at the academy during the Alternate Timeline, something they never considered before then; thus, Hokuto isn't launching an all-out attack on the school.
    • In Act VI chapter 13, Kyouko insists that Talon can't be evil because he's targeting those who were part of Fairy Tale... and then remembers that since Dark, Akua, and Kahlua are ex-Fairy Tale agents themselves, they're on Talon's hit list too.
  • Royalty-free Rerun: Akira in the previous timeline has this when he realizes that while Kasumi isn't selfish, Kasumi and Sumire are different people.
Seeing her like this... He couldn't take it. He tried his best to convince her that this was all a farce, but she still went along with it. Even after all that talk about her own family and the state of her sister's life, she still...? Didn't she want her back? Was that not the issue?
The only other option was... No, he'd said that to catch Maruki off guard, not for a second did he think those were her true feelings. She wasn't selfish, she was the total opposite. She was unwavering in her passion. She was overflowing with confidence, believing she would get out of her slump. She was selfless to a fault, and never once did she ask anything too strenous a task out of anyone. Even when they practiced together, she always made sure he was following along, smiling and encouraging all the while. That's just how she was. Kasumi was-
It dawned on him then. He knows Kasumi. Those were Kasumi's traits. Sumire isn't her. He knows what Kasumi would've picked, but Sumire... He's never met her before.
  • Sight When Ichigo is explaining how his ability to see zanpakutou works, he tells Shinji that he couldn't feel Shinji's zanpakutou, Sakanade when he first met Shinji. Only to realize since Sakanade was Hollowified, it means that Shinji would have had to lock away his own zanpakutou spirit.
  • One of the Slytherin prefects in Sort the Dragon correctly guesses that the new zero tolerance policy towards bullying is because of Harry Potter as nothing happened the previous year to instigate it and he's the only first year important enough to warrant such measures. However, she can't understand why Potter would need such protection given that she couldn't even look him in the eyes when she tried to lecture him on the train. It isn't until Snape declares it a pity she didn't follow her train of thought to the final station that she realizes what's actually going on. The rules aren't in place to protect Harry Potter, but to protect everyone else from him.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged:
    • In Episode 6, Kirito decides to test whether an alleged murder weapon is indeed capable of harming a player in a city-wide safe zone, before Asuna stops him.
      Asuna: Jesus Christ, what the hell are you doing?!
      Kirito: Well, clearly I'm stabbing myself with this sword to see if it kills me - oh god, what am I doing?
    • In Episode 7, Kirito tests Lisbeth's masterwork sword by hitting - and smashing - it against the edge of his current one. He then demands that she make him a new one, even better than her career's triumph, to live up to the 'Lisbeth Quality Guarantee'.
      Lisbeth: Grrr... Fine! You want the best sword in the game? I'll forge the best damn sword you've ever seen! I'll just need you to gather a certain ultra-rare metal for me.
      Kirito: Alright, just tell me where to find it. I'll make a milk run.
      Lisbeth: Oh, don't think it'll be that easy. It's hidden in the mountains of Floor 55 guarded by a Lv. 99 Elite Dragon!
      Kirito: Ooh, scary.
      Lisbeth: And good luck even finding it, because the metal won't even spawn unless you're partied with a master... black... smith. Oh, no.
    • In Episode 8, Kirito is questioning why the sandwich Asuna gave him tastes "like you dipped a dog turd in Cool Ranch," despite her having cooked an amazing meal for him just the night before.
      Asuna: My Cooking skill is maxed out, you idiot, I could have actually done that and you'd still call it the best meal you'd ever... had...
      Kirito: What? What is it?
      Asuna: Don't you see, Kirito? It's the [Ragout] Rabbit! An S-Class ingredient prepared by someone with the highest possible skill? It's literally the tastiest thing you could ever eat, real or otherwise. What food could possibly compare after that?
      Kirito: My god... we Flowers for Algernon'd our taste buds?!
    • Then later in that episode, Kirito actually triggers his own Trauma Button ("[this isn't] your fault," Sachi's last words to him) when he sees a group of other players getting wiped out by a boss monster.
      Kirito: Whatever happens to them, it's not our... DAMMIT!
    • In Episode 14, Sugou is gloating about the NerveGear's full potential to a captive Asuna.
      Sugou: For instance, the NerveGear was actually able to scan in your real-life abilities, and assign your base stats accordingly, allowing one to rise up from their former self into a hero, a legend.
      Asuna: Yeah, I was trapped in that world for two years. Ya really think I didn't know all that?
      Sugou: Well, I just think it's fascinating, is all. Increase your Strength stat, and even a child could wield the mightiest weapons. Increase Dexterity, and you could move with the grace of a world-class gymnast. Increase Charisma...
      Asuna: Yeah, yeah, it would let you... ohhhh. Oh no...
      Sugou: By Jove, I think she's got it!
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: In chapter 27, Hisako finally snaps at the lack of progress the Hamato family has made at stopping Krang, and embarks on a crusade to take him down herself no matter what, leading to her forming an alliance with the Newtralizer and planning to steal a Humongous Mecha to use against Krang. The alliance falls apart when the Newtralizer reveals his plans for the mech:
    Newtralizer: See that? With that mech, we can level this entire stinking city!
    Hisako Yeah... wait, what? What do you mean we can level it?
    Newtralizer: Exactly what I said. New York City is infested with Krang's ilk. The only way to be sure we destroy them all is to burn it all to the ground.
    Hisako: You can't do that! There are thousands, millions of people living in the city! What's the point of stopping Krang if everyone's dead?!
    Newtralizer: What do I care? I'm not people.
    Hisako: This isn't what we agreed on! I signed on with you to take down Krang, not butcher an entire city full of innocents!
    Newtralizer: It is what you agreed on, Oracle. We destroy Krang at any cost.
    Hisako: No! There has to be a line, K'Vathrak! Otherwise, we're no better than... him... [recalls that Leo said exactly that to her, only for Hisako to throw him across the room and blow him off] Ugh... [Face Palms] I'm a fucking idiot.
  • This Bites!:
    • Vice Admiral Jonathan has a civil, friendly even, conversation with Cross about why the latter is terrible at chess. There are too many rules and no matter what you do, it has to follow those rules but sometimes, Cross just wants to flip the board. This and the accompanying explosion let Jonathan know that Cross just metaphorically flipped the board on their little game.
    • When Cross sees Miss Friday in Water 7, Lassoo asks where Mr. 13 was, with Soundbite agreeing, calling him a water rat in the process. Halfway through the insult, he and Cross remember they are currently on a canal street and realize where Mr. 13 will be coming from.
    • Cross remembers what exactly Nidhogg is as he explains it to the crew and realizes what Moria is doing. Nidhogg is the dragon at the end of the world and Moria is going One-Winged Angel.
    • Through the discussion about how survival of the fittest is an Enforced Trope on Merveille (Dr. Indigo injected his strength-boosting toxins into the wildlife, animals beat other animals, consume their bodies and the toxins inside them and grow even stronger), Luffy, Boss, and Cross and his partners realize why the beasts are following them: the animals have been driving them into the paths of the alpha beasts (which they inevitably beat), the ones who had consumed enough toxin to stand strong alone until now, and as such have invited the other animals to feed on their corpses and grow even stronger in a very short amount of time. And since these animals have been trained to believe that eating the strong will make them stronger, they've already set their eyes on their final targets, those that have established themselves as the strongest on the archipelago. Guess who that is?
    • Yet another one for Strong World: through their discussion, Cross and Vivi figure out exactly why Shiki has a village filled with inhabitants living on his floating archipelago: super-weapon test targets.
    • On the subject of Keimi still being the target of the Macro Pirates, and Hachi having enough help at his restaurant to hold them off, Cross wonders what the Macros and Duval could be planning to grab Keimi, and deduces that they would follow and wait until she was vulnerable... like if she's on the deck of their ship.
    • Marguerite is busy lambasting Luffy's idiocy in attempting to assassinate Boa Hancock, especially given how he always recklessly fights his enemies head-on, only to realize that his fighting style precludes him from attempting to assassinate someone. The realization that she was mistakenly persecuting one of their possible allies, one of the nicest people in the world, for assassinating her leader gives her a full "My God, What Have I Done?" Heroic BSoD.
    • After watching Buggy Tempting Fate in the worst possible way, Chief Guard Saldeath remarks to Smoker that none of their forces are close enough to get to Buggy and the others fast enough to give karmic retribution, nor is anyone among them other than Magellan and Hancock who have the power to deliver said retribution, leading to the conclusion that a third force is going to react to Buggy's cry. Cue the Caribou Pirates and the World Pirates invading Impel Down at Level 3.
    • After receiving the report that Luffy disappeared all of a sudden from Level 5, Magellan asks about other prisoners that also "disappeared" (Ivankov, Inazuma, and Bentham specifically). This makes him realize that those disappeared are still in the prison somewhere and a massive jailbreak is going to take place.
  • those hardest to love need it most: After learning about how Midoriya was mistreated at Aldera Junior High for being Quirkless, Aizawa takes him out of class for a private discussion. As he's trying to explain to him the importance of learning how to trust others, especially the staff at U.A., he idly refers to him by his usual nickname of 'Problem Child', only to freeze as he abruptly realizes how that sounds to somebody who's used to teachers dismissing and belittling him.
    Aizawa: Midoriya... do you think I call you Problem Child because I hate you?
    Silence. That was answer enough.
  • When things start going awry and become deadly in A Twelve Step Program to Omnipotence, Self-Insert Michael McCole tries to figure out where things went wrong because he knows self insert stories are simple wish fulfillment where you get to hang out with your favorite heroes/villains, bang hot heroines/villainesses, and make your enemies fear you. In the middle of his rambling, he remembers that he deliberately avoided that cliche in his hopes to become omnipotent, therefore such things won't happen.
  • In Where Talent Goes To Die, Mizuhara recalls seeing Sakuragi stop by the laundry room before the first body discovery announcement. After a moment, he realizes, based on what's been discussed, that Sakuragi had been checking out the laundry room, hoping to wash the blood off his clothes.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Cinder throws Jaune into the ocean arena to get him out of the way. A few minutes later, Weiss notices that Jaune still hasn't come up, and asks if he can swim. Cinder finds that question ridiculous; of course he can't swim, he lived his entire life hundreds of miles away from any water. Then she realizes this means Jaune is drowning, and jumps in to save him.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Aristocats: In his overconfidence, Edgar reveals to Frou Frou the horse that he's the catnapper because he made the headlines in the newspaper and is gloating how the police won't find a single clue to implicate him — only to realize that he left his hat, umbrella, motorcycle sidecar, and the cats' basket back at the countryside, and rushes out to retrieve them before the police can.
    Edgar: Oh, they won't find a clue to implicate me. Not one single clue. Why, I'll eat my hat if they—... MY HAT! MY UMBRELLA! Oh, gracious! I've got to get those things back tonight!
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Earlier in the film, Milo comments how the Shepherd’s Journal mentions something called "The Heart of Atlantis", but it abruptly cuts off. He muses that it’s "almost like there’s a missing page". Then, after Milo and Kida discover the truth about the Heart of Atlantis…
    Kida: Then, where is it now?
    Milo: I don’t know. I don’t—you think something this important would’ve been in the Journal, but—! Unless… the missing page.
  • Inverted in The Black Cauldron, when the Horned King is destroyed by the titular cauldron, leading to this line from his abused minion, Creeper:
    Creeper: (Gasp) Oh no! H-how horrible! Poor sire! (Sniff) H-he's gone! (His eyes pop open in realization that he's now free of his Bad Boss forever, causing him to grin) He's gone! Ha! He's gone! (Laughing heartily as he runs off) He's gone!
  • Finding Nemo has a scene where Peach wakes up to find that the tank has been cleaned overnight by a new filter system, foiling the gang's plan to escape.
    Peach: The sun is shining, the tank is clean, and we are getting out of— [gasp] The tank is clean. THE TANK IS CLEAN!!!
  • In Help! I'm a Fish, Fly tricks Joe into drinking more of the fish potion antidote that increases brain power by asking him several questions... when he asks Joe what happens if a fish drinks too much of it, Joe replies, "It becomes human!" And then...
    Fly: Can humans breathe underwater?
    Joe: Of course no— [drowns]
  • Hercules:
    • Pain and Panic experience this when they work out that the warrior who beat Nessus the centaur is the same baby they failed to kill years ago (a fact they hid from Hades). The "Oh crap" is because Hades figured it out before them.
      Pain: Wait a minute, wasn't Hercules the name of that kid we were supposed to...
      Pain & Panic: OH, MY GODS!
      Hades: [grabs the imps by the throats] So you "Took care of him", huh? "Dead as a doornail." Weren't those your exact words?!
    • Meg, having fallen in love with Hercules, refuses to work for Hades any longer... which, unfortunately, convinces Hades that she is Herc's weakness.
      Hades: Meg, listen. Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of your freedom, fluttering away, forever!
      Meg: I don't care! I'm not gonna help you hurt him!
      Hades: [sighs] I can't believe you're getting all worked up over some... guy.
      Meg: This one is different. He's honest, and sweet...
      Hades: [rolling his eyes] Please...
      Meg: ...he would never do anything to hurt me...
      Hades: He's a guy!
      Meg: [smugly] Besides, O Oneness, you can't beat him. He has no weaknesses! He's gonna—
      [turns and sees Hades smirking at her]
      Hades: I think... he does, Meg. I truly think... he does.
  • In Brave, Merida has this moment when she and her mother (who has been transformed into a bear) stumble across the ruins of an old castle. When Merida finds the ruins of the throne room, she sees a stone tablet depicting four brothers, one split off from the rest. Remembering the story of the four princes that her mother had told her, Merida comes to the terrifying conclusion that not only is the legend true, but the spell that transformed her mother has happened before, and the eldest prince from the legend is none other than Mor’du, the monstrous bear from the beginning of the movie. And to make matters worse, he’s standing right behind her.
    Merida: The spell… it's happened before. “Strength of ten men”… “Fate be changed”… Changed his fate. Oh, no! The prince became... (turns around, seeing a very monstrous but familiar face) Mor'du!
  • Incredibles 2: In the aftermath of baby Jack-Jack's superpowered fight with the raccoon, Bob breaks it up, only to realise that Jack-Jack has superpowers (this was established in the previous movie, but the other Parrs didn't see Jack-Jack's powers at the time on account of the latter being too far away). Bob is initially elated, only for the realization that his already hard job as a House Husband is about to get ten times harder to slowly set in...
    Bob: You. Have. POWERS! YEAH, BABY!! And there's not a scratch on you! Did you go right through the locked door? Are those your powers? Haha! Who can multiply like rabbits and go right through any... solid...
    Jack-Jack: [Fires off a bunch of his powers at once.]
    Bob: ...oh my God!
  • Played for laughs in The LEGO Movie, when Emmett tries to argue that President Business can't be a villain.
    Emmett: But he's such a good guy. And Octan... they make good stuff: music, dairy products, coffee, TV shows, surveillance systems, all history books, voting machines... wait a minute.
  • Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms sees the Lin Kuei Grandmaster come to the horrific realization that he was the Unwitting Pawn of an Omnicidal Maniac upon talking about said Maniac.
    Shinnok: What? You thought I had you chasing some bauble?
    Grandmaster: But... if it is put together —
    Shinnok: The One Being will come back — and destroy all of existence?
    Grandmaster: Yes. It is said that mad god Shinnok has searched... (realization strikes) You're Shinnok!
  • During the heist scene in Over the Hedge, the coffee maker turns on and we get this exchange:
    Verne: What is that?
    RJ: That is what gets humans up in the morning.
    [three seconds later, they turn to the surveillance camera to see the upstairs bed is empty]
  • Pinocchio:
    • When Honest John and the Coachman are negotiating their trade, Honest John has this to say.
      Coachman: ...and I takes them to Pleasure Island!
      Honest John: (pleasantly) Ahh, Pleasure Island... (eyes bulge) Pleasure Island?! But, the law!
    • Later on, when Jiminy discovers that the boys on Pleasure Island end up turning into donkeys.
      Jiminy: Boys? So that's what... PINOCCHIO!!!
    • Then later, during the final act, when Jiminy reads the Blue Fairy's message that Geppetto was Swallowed Whole by Monstro the Whale.
      Pinocchio: Swallowed by a whale?!
      Jiminy: (oblivious) Yeah, uh huh... (with realization) A WHALE?!
  • Pocahontas: Ben and Lon, Those Two Guys, find John Smith with Pocahontas and Grandmother Willow, who trips them with her root:
    Ben: Watch your feet, ya big oaf!
    Lon: It wasn’t me, it was the tree!
    Ben: Oh, of course! The tree just felt like lifting its roots, and-- (Ben stops in mid-sentence when he and Lon turn around to catch Willow lowering her root) Let’s get outta here!
    • Come to think of it, Ben downplays this trope by using sarcasm.
  • Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July: After Winterbolt is defeated and his magic is no more, Rudolph realizes that everything powered by him is now useless... including the amulets that kept Frosty and his snow-family from melting in the summer heat!
    Rudolph: Hey, wait a minute!
    Lilly: What is it, Blinky?
    Rudolph: If all his powers are gone, that means those amulets are no good either. [gasp] FROSTY! CRYSTAL!
  • Inverted in The Secret Life of Pets. After Duke knocks over a vase, Max panics, thinking that Katie will flip out, then pauses as though he's realized she might blame him for it. Instead, he realizes she's more likely to blame Duke, and promptly sets about knocking over everything in sight while Duke frantically tries to stop him.
  • At the climax of Treasure Planet, Robot Buddy B.E.N. gets his memory back... just in time to recall that Captain Flint's hoard of treasure is booby-trapped.
    B.E.N.: It's all flooding back! All my memories! Right up until Flint pulled my memory circuit so I could never tell anybody about his booby trap! [distant explosion] Speaking of which...

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played for Laughs in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, when Ace deduces that Ray Finkle is now Lois Einhorn, who he was attracted to:
    Ace: Finkle is Einhorn... Einhorn is Finkle... Einhorn is a man! [*Beat*] Oh, my God! Einhorn is a man?!
    [cue montage of Ace vomiting his entire stomach's contents into the toilet, burning his clothes, and then scrubbing himself down in the shower while sobbing]
  • Late in Apollo 13, after the astronauts have (with great difficulty) brought their damaged spacecraft around the moon and have detached the command module for reentry, they are able to make a visual inspection of the damaged service module and report what they see. At first this seems to be of only historical interest, since they've already discarded the service module and it no longer matters how much damage it took... until they realize the damage might not have been limited to the service module.
    Jim Lovell: Houston, we're getting our first look at the service module now. One whole side of the spacecraft is missing. Right by the high gain antenna, a whole panel is blown out. Right up... right up to our heat shield.
  • Aquaman (2018): Mera has a moment when she tries to explain to her father, King Nereus, that the surfacer attack was a False Flag Operation, and surely they weren't gullible enough to fall for it...? No, they weren't, they just thought a war with the surface was inevitable, and if Orm was willing to organize one and set himself up to take the political backlash, they lose nothing by playing along.
  • Back to the Future Part II: When Doc figures out he and Marty can just pick up Jennifer at hers and Marty's future home, Marty is happy at the prospect of meeting his future self but Doc starts explaining why it mustn't happen until he, by doing so, figures out there's a high probability Jennifer will meet her future self.
  • In Bedazzled (2000), when Elliot wishes to be a famous writer to impress Alison, they arrive at his apartment to find a man waiting in his bed. Elliot tries to convince Alison he's not gay by describing his personality... only for the things he's saying to make him realize that in this life, he is gay!
  • In Danger: Diabolik, having received word that Diabolik survived, Inspector Ginko receives what his sergeant believes to be Diabolik's death certificate but he knows is actually Ralph Valmont's death certificate. He then connects Valmont's cause of death to Diabolik's next big hit, based on what he knew about the emerald necklace that Diabolik had stolen.
    Ginko: Sergeant... this is our friend Valmont's certificate. Cause of death: eleven machine gun shots.
    [close-up on Ginko's eyes as he realizes the meaning of this]
    Voiceover: Eleven emeralds... eleven bullets...
    [Ginko suddenly gets up]
    Ginko: To the morgue!
  • Played for Laughs in Deadpool (2016). When Wade tells Weasel about his newly-active mutation and reveals his consequent visage, Weasel remarks that he needs "a suit and a nickname". On account of the ludicrously overpowered healing factor, Weasel suggests "Mr. Neverdie"... and then remembers that he had put a rather high wager on Wade's death in the merc-bar dead pool.
    Weasel: Ah, shit.
  • The short version: In Death Note, it was split. Light doing the explaining and Ryuk doing the Oh, Crap! reaction.
    • The long version: Ryuk wonders why Light was ignoring him. When Light in the convenience store explained to Ryuk that the former has a feeling that he's been watched via CCTV which means no Apples for Ryuk, it took a few seconds for the Shinigami to realize what Light meant and reacted in sorrow.
      Ryuk: Nooooooooo!!!
  • Demolition Man features a scene where John Spartan discusses with his two partners and the police chief what Simon Phoenix's next move would be. Spartan insists that it will be to get a gun, which the police chief insists is ridiculous — the only guns in San Angeles are in a museum...
  • In Die Hard, after John McClane tells Sgt. Powell to tell his wife that he loves her in case he doesn't make it out, Powell tries to reassure him that he'll survive. John says that "that's up to the man upstairs"... and remembers Hans Gruber's visit to the roof of Nakatomi Plaza earlier in the film, at which point he realizes that Hans was up to something funny. Sure enough, when he gets there, he finds that Hans is planning to blow up the roof with all of the hostages on it, along with the helicopters coming to rescue them.
  • After escaping from the Jones’s suite in Don't Bother to Knock Jed tells Lyn about his night, saying that when he left Bunny was safe in bed. It then dawns on him that Bunny was in the wrong bed and wasn’t moving (because she was bound and gagged.)
  • Dr. Strangelove:
    • The bomber has a chance to make it through! General Buck Turgidson explains that if the pilot's really good, they can fly "on the deck", below Soviet radar. Meanwhile (due to a malfunction, not strategy) the bomber in question is doing exactly that.
      Major Kong: Well, boys, we got three engines out, we got more holes in us than a horse trader's mule, the radio is gone and we're leaking fuel and if we was flying any lower why we'd need sleigh bells on this thing... but we got one little budge on them Rooskies. At this height why they might harpoon us but they dang sure ain't gonna spot us on no radar screen!
    • Early on, Group Captain Mandrake realizes there is no imminent Russian attack, and goes to tell General Ripper to call off his bombing mission. When Ripper challenges him on the facts, Mandrake counters:
      Mandrake: Well, I'm afraid I'm still not with you, sir, because, I mean, if a Russian attack was not in progress, then your use of Plan R — in fact, your order to the entire Wing... oh. ...I would say, sir, that there were something dreadfully wrong somewhere.
    • And near the end, after it's been outlined that if a single nuke lands on the Russians it's World War III, and the end of humanity, General Turgidson is asked if the remaining bomber has a chance at reaching its target and dropping its nuclear payload on it. Turgidson, having praised both crew and plane effusively, starts out with a cheerful "HELL YEAH!" until he visibly deflates, realizing they're doomed.
  • In Final Destination, Alex, believing he’s next to die, is holed up in a cabin to protect himself when he sees a newspaper article about Christa and Blake, the two girls who asked him to trade seats with them on the plane. This gives him a "Eureka!" Moment that leads into this as it makes him realize that he never traded seats with them like in his premonition, which means that he’s not the one who’s next on Death’s list... Clear is.
    Alex: I never moved. Christa asked me to change, but I never moved. I would have been up next to Tod. Fuck! Why didn't I remember that? I never moved, Clear's seat was in front of mine. She's next.
  • In Godzilla (2014), when the MONARCH team discovers that the two Mutos have been communicating with each other, Serizawa explains that the female Muto's egg is currently located at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository — which is not only filled with radioactive waste (which the Mutos feed on), but also happens be located right outside Las Vegas.
  • The Guard: Gerry realizes the full influence of the drug operation when he points out that bribing, blackmailing, or killing him wouldn't matter under ordinary circumstances.
    Gerry: What's the point in paying me off? You'll have to pay off every other guard on the West Coast.
    Sheehy is silent, and smiles a little.
    Gerry: The lot of them?
    Sheehy: Enough as makes no odds.
  • In Herbie Rides Again, Mrs. Steinmetz and Willoughby trick Alonzo Hawk's wrecker into knocking down Hawk's own house. (In reality, Hawk had ordered his wrecker to knock down their firehouse). Alonzo's retorts?
    Wrecker: Sorry to disturb you at this time of night Mr. Hawk, but a guy at my job can't afford to make mistakes!
    Hawk: What are you talking about?
    Wrecker: That address you gave me on the phone...?
    Hawk: What about it?
    Wrecker: "343 Oleander Heights." Are you sure that's the right address?
    Hawk: Of course I'm sure, you idiot! I know it as well as I know my own address! [hangs up] Wait a minute... IT IS MY OWN ADDRESS!!
    [Hilarity Ensues]
  • Averted in Hero. The emperor calmly explains that Nameless is clearly lying about the earlier assassinations, and therefore must be there to kill him. When Nameless asks how long he's known, he replies that he figured it out while they were talking, too late to stop Nameless from getting close enough to kill him. He never shows any emotion at the fact that he's moments away from death.
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has an example where it's one character talking to himself that leads him to a conclusion.
    Radagast: I don't understand why it's not working! It's not as if... it's witchcraft. (Beat) Oh, but it is.
  • Inverted in Home Alone and its sequel, where Kevin starts out shocked when he's separated from his family before realizing that he can now do whatever he wants.
  • In Spike Lee's Inside Man, Denzel Washington's character is talking about how they plan to retake the bank, only to realize the bank robbers are wiretaping them, and know about the impending swat team raid, which he then tries to stop, unsuccessfully.
  • In Machete, Booth's guards go through this when Machete infiltrates their boss's mansion by posing as a menial gardener. They let him through without any real check, then question why they weren't more thorough because he could be anybody, then realize their stupidity.
    Guard: Did you ever notice how you let a Mexican into your home just because he's got gardening tools? I mean, no questions asked, you just let him right in. He could have, y'know, a chainsaw or a machete...
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers: After a battle on the helicarrier that leads to Agent Coulson's death, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark discuss Loki's next move in the following exchange:
      Tony: He crossed a line. He made this personal.
      Steve: That's not the point...
      Tony: No, that is the point. That's Loki's point. He hit all of us right at where we live. Why?
      Steve: To tear us apart.
      Tony: Yeah, divide and conquer's... great... but, he knows he has to take us out for him to win, right? That's what he wants! He wants to beat us; he wants to be seen doing it. He wants an audience.
      Steve: Right. I caught his act in Stuttgart.
      Tony: Yeah, that's just previews, though. This is opening night! And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva, he wants flowers, he wants parades, he wants a monument built to the sky with his name plastered...
      [*Beat*; Steve raises his eyebrows pointedly at Tony's choice of description]
      Tony: Son of a bitch. [He realizes Loki will use his own Stark Tower for summoning the Chitauri]
    • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agent Sitwell, after some High-Altitude Interrogation, reveals the plan to give HYDRA control of Project Insight, and use it to kill anyone who might potentially oppose them. Then he realizes he'll probably be one of the first ones they kill with it, and pulls an Enemy Mine.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, as the Avengers are laying low at Barton's farm and discussing Ultron, Tony and Banner focus on how he keeps building humanoid forms even though, as a sentient AI, it's a rather impractical choice. From this they deduce that he's trying to prove himself superior to them, then Banner realizes they haven't heard from Dr. Helen Cho for a while.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, this is how Team Cap realizes that someone inside the UN framed Bucky for the bombing in Vienna. They're talking about everything that doesn't add up about the incriminating photo (since as the Winter Soldier, he went fifty years without ever being photographed in the field), and (correctly) conclude that it was faked with the goal of setting off a worldwide manhunt:
      Sharon: ...But that still doesn't guarantee that [whoever framed him] would get him, it guarantees that we would.
      [dramatic zoom in on supposedly the psychologist Dr. Broussard, actually Baron Zemo]
    • In Ant-Man and the Wasp, when Hank Pym’s lab has been stolen, he goes to his old colleague Bill Foster, who suggests using a defractor to track down the lab. However, since the newer suits don’t have defractors, but the old ones did, Scott reveals that he didn’t destroy Hank’s old suit, and hid it in a trophy that Cassie had given him. When Scott calls Luis to find the trophy, only to reveal that its not there, Scott realizes that Cassie had taken it to show and tell when he told her not to.
      Scott: You got to be kidding me. I put it right up there after Cassie and I... (*Beat*) Show and tell.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a variation with the Trojan Rabbit, as King Arthur and his knights — including Bedevere, Lancelot and Galahad — watch the large wooden rabbit they've constructed be towed into the French castle from a distance:
    King Arthur: What happens next?
    Sir Bedevere: Well, now, uh, Lancelot, Galahad, and I wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the rabbit, taking the French by surprise — not only by surprise, but totally unarmed!
    King Arthur: ... Who leaps out?
    Sir Bedevere: Uh, Lancelot, Galahad, and I. Uh, leap out of the rabbit, uh, and uh...
    [Sir Bedevere looks around and realizes that he forgot to explain the part where they are supposed to climb INTO the rabbit, and said named people are not actually in the rabbit; everyone begins to Face Palm]
    Sir Bedevere: Um, l-look, if we built this large wooden badger... [gets dope-slapped]
  • The Mummy (2017): When the tomb of the titular character is discovered, Nick and Chris are sent in to check it with Jenny accompanying them for a historian's perspective. As they enter the burial chamber Jenny begins recording her observations, including what seems to be wrong with a lot of them: the guardian statues are facing inward rather than outward, there are no provisions for the journey to the afterlife, there are channels for liquid mercury to guard against evil spirits. After a few of these she stops, and says that this room layout wasn't designed to keep something safe. It was designed to keep something trapped.
  • Towards the end of Now You See Me, Thaddeus Bradley mulls over how the Horsemen are still a step ahead of him and realizes that Dylan Rhodes, who he's talking to, is the fifth Horseman.
  • In Panic in the Streets, Captain Warren says that even if the dead man did have the plague, the man who shot him hadn't been within 10 feet of him. Dr. Reed then asks him how the body ended up on the riverbank. Warren starts that somebody could have carried it there, and stops suddenly with an Oh, Crap! look on his face.
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Grover recognizes one of the statues at the Garden Gnome Emporium:
    Grover: Check this out... he looks just like my Uncle Ferdinand. [notices a mole on the statue's forehead] That's crazy. Got the mole in the same place. [*Beat*] Nah, that's not my Uncle Ferdinand, 'cause my Uncle Ferdinand was killed by... [Oh, Crap! face] Medusa.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Sao Feng's men take a spy captive when negotiations with Elizabeth and Barbossa become tense, resulting in this exchange.
    Sao Feng: Drop your weapons, or I kill your man!
    Barbossa: [shares a confused glance with Elizabeth, then shrugs] Kill him, he's not our man.
    Will: Wait, if he's not with you, and he's not with us... who is he with?
    [a dozen EITC soldiers kick down the doors and open fire]
  • The Predator gives us this gem: "...the dumbest motherfucker I've ever met. Ha ha. I mean, a Ranger sniper tripping a wire sensors? He's gotta be... Creating a diversion!" Cue a Ranger sniper.
  • In The Producers, Franz Liebkind isn't sure if he's using a quick fuse or a slow fuse for the dynamite to blow up the theater, so he decides to check by cutting it and then lighting it. Seeing the speed the fuse was burning, he bragged to Max and Leo that his suspicions were right and it was the quick fuse...before realizing the implications:
    Franz: Ze kvick fuse!?! (theater blows up)
  • From Quick Change:
    Lt. Jameson: Chief, The Peruvian Connection. The Subway Psycho? The people are gonna remember what you've done. What's so memorable about a clown stealing a million dollars?
    (Rotzinger gives him a look.)
    Lt. Jameson: Jesus, we gotta get this guy!
  • In Real Genius, the gang are celebrating finally getting their laser working right. Eccentric genius Lazlo comes up and, while asking questions about how they did it, gets the group to realize what they just created: A beam of power hotter than the sun which is so strong it can only be used for fifteen seconds tops. That limits the applications it can be used for but makes it perfect for "the express purpose for which it was designed."
    Lazlo: Look at the facts. Very high powered. Portable. Limited firing time, unlimited range. All you's need is a tracking system and a, a large spinning mirror and you can vaporize a human target from space.
    (during his talk, Chris has stopped chewing his food and his grin slowly fades. By the time Lazlo is done, the rest of the group are sharing looks of stunned understanding at how they've been tricked into creating a military weapon.)
  • In Scrooged, Frank is led by the Ghost of Christmas Future to a private funeral ceremony. At first, he's convinced that his brother James was the deceased. But then James shows up with a minister, and Frank is initially overjoyed... until he slowly realizes that he is the one about to be burned.
    Frank: Oh, no. James... my brother... he's dead. Why did this have to happen? Well, when I get back, I'll... [he brightens up as James walks up to the coffin with a minister] THERE HE IS! JAMES! [he realizes something's not right] ...Who's in there?
  • From Serenity, after they see the destruction of Haven:
    Jayne: How come they ain't waitin'? They know'd we was comin', how come they only sent one?
    Zoe: ...they didn't know we'd come here. Get on the Cortex. Wave the Sanchez brothers, Li Shen — anyone who's ever sheltered us after a heist. Tell them to get out. Get out now!
  • In Short Circuit, Number Five makes the connection between death and disassembly after crushing a grasshopper, immediately realising he must abscond lest NOVA find and destroy (kill) him.
  • In Small Soldiers, the designers of the Commando Elite get a call from the main character claiming that the toys have caused major damage to his house. The more mercenary of the two not only doesn't believe him but is even planning on suing because the toys weren't released yet...
    Irwin: What if this kid's telling the truth? We can't have toys out on the market that may be dangerous.
    Larry: [lackadaisical] How can they be dangerous? Everything on them is standard. The design is standard, the materials are standard... the mechanicals are standard. Even the... [sudden Oh, Crap! face] Oh.
    Irwin: What's "Oh"?
    Larry: What?
    Irwin: You just said "Oh".
    Larry: No, I said "Oh!"
    Irwin: You mean "Oh" like, "That's interesting" or "Oh" like, "We're screwed"?
    Larry: No. I mean, "Hey! Whoa! Oh!". Look, forget the "Oh". I'm gonna head over to legal and get the ball rolling on the countersuit. I—
    Irwin: The chips! That's the "Oh"!
  • Inverted at the end of Space Jam, after Swackhammer begins chewing the Monstars out for losing the basketball game:
    Jordan: Why're you taking it from this guy?
    Bupkis: Because he's bigger.
    Pound: He's bigger?!
    Bang: Bigger than we used to be...
    [the Monstars immediately turn on Swackhammer, who panics]
  • Star Trek:
    • An example of this coming way too late in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: Klingon Commander Kruge sends his men to take control of the USS Enterprise after the ship's crew surrenders, but Kirk slips in a little surprise for the boarding party just before letting the Klingons take control.
      Torg: My lord, the ship appears to be deserted.
      Kruge: How can that be? They're hiding!
      Torg: Yes, sir. The ship appears to be run by computer. It is the only thing that is speaking.
      Kruge: Speaking? Let me hear it.
      [Torg holds the communicator over the computer, which is counting down. Kruge (who unlike his men can speak English) soon realizes it's the ship's Self-Destruct Mechanism]
      Kruge: GET OUT!!!! GET OUT OF THERE!! GET OUT!
      [The Enterprise explodes, killing all of the Klingons aboard]
    • In Star Trek: First Contact, Picard finds out that the Enterprise is experiencing environmental difficulties that started on deck 16 before spreading to the rest of the ship.
      Picard: Mister Hawk, before we lost internal sensors, what were the exact environmental conditions in main engineering?
      Hawk: Atmospheric pressure was 2 kilopascals above normal, 92% humidity, 39.1 degrees Celsius...
      Picard: 39.1 degrees Celsius... Like a Borg ship. They knew their ship was doomed, our shields were down and somehow they transported over here without being detected. They'll assimilate the Enterprise, and then... Earth.
    • In Star Trek: Nemesis, after negotiations with Praetor Shinzon of the Romulan Empire have gone south, the Enterprise is warping back to Federation space to join a Starfleet battle group. While en route, they enter an area called the Bazen Rift, which causes them to lose contact with Starfleet.
      Data: The rift will interfere with all long-range communica—[Oh, Crap! face]
      Picard: [hits combadge] Commander Riker, evasive maneuvers!
      [the Enterprise shudders as Shinzon opens fire]
    • Star Trek Into Darkness: Kirk has something bothering him, and Admiral Marcus asks him to speak up. Kirk points out that the normal response to an incident such as Harrison's terrorist attack is to gather all the available captains and first officers in a single room. Like the one they are in now. And then he looks out the window and a light descends...
  • Star Wars:
    • A New Hope has Luke Skywalker realizing that the Empire, who slaughtered a group of Jawas that had captured and sold R2-D2 and C-3PO, the two robots the Imperials are after because of the Death Star plans they're also after, are now after his family.
      Luke: If they traced the robots here, they may have learned who they sold them to and that would lead them back... home!
    • Return of the Jedi provides the page quote, from the beginning of the assault on the second Death Star, when Lando Calrissian realizes that the Empire has lured the Rebellion into a trap.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: When they discover that the Shredder plans to turn Tokka and Rahzar loose in Central Park unless the Turtles agree to fight them again, Donnie asks, "How are they gonna avoid all those people?" It's only after he says this that he realizes that Tokka and Rahzar aren't going to avoid the people.
  • In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Mr. Conductor and Junior get a shared one when they realize Lady is integral to helping them get their gold dust back.
    Mr. Conductor: Lady! That engine's name is Lady! She's part of the clue to the source
    Junior: [simultaneously with Mr. C in realization] of the Gold Dust!
    [Both scream in fear]
  • In Wes Craven's New Nightmare, shortly after Julie's death and Dylan escapes from the hospital to get away from Freddy, Heather is desperately searching the hospital for him. When Dr. Heffner tells her that Dylan had been sedated, she explains that Dylan is prone to sleepwalking, and is perfectly capable of getting out of the hospital, only to realize that he had probably done just that.
    Heather Langenkamp: [Dylan] doesn't have to be awake to be on his feet!
    Dr. Heffner: What?
    Heather Langenkamp: He sleepwalks, you idiot! He's fully capable of walking out of this hospital! (*Beat*) ...Oh, shit!

  • A variation occurs in Animorphs #16: The Warning:
    Tobias: Wait. You're saying I'm in a toilet bowl. And someone sat down. But then... oh, man.
  • A rather charming one in The Belgariad when Jeebers, an elderly personal tutor of her little Imperial Highness Ce'Nedra, explains to the heroes that the emperor has the utmost trust in him. Which is exactly why "the princess knocked on his door deep at night, revealing to him that he got tasked to help her to disguise herself, then sneak her out of the palace without anyone else noticing, and to then escort her (alone) across half the country" a time when people are murdering each other in the streets due to all sorts of politics. Which is when he notices in sheer horror that the emperor had nothing to do with it and that this was all rebellious little Ce'Nedra's idea. Poor guy.
  • The Canaris Fragments by Walter Winward takes place during the Nuremberg trials of 1945. The main characters have discovered that a group of SS men plans to liberate the prisoners and have had the courthouse surrounded by security, but then they start discussing why a group of SS men would go through so much trouble and realize that Kaltenbrenner, the only high-ranking SS member among the defendants is not at the courthouse, but at a hospital at the other end of the city.
  • Discworld:
    • Jingo:
    • In Feet of Clay, there are two major plot threads that the Watch are investigating. The first is a set of murders connected to the city's golem population (golems here being mostly magical beasts of burden). The second is repeated arsenic poisoning of Lord Vetinari. Vimes, Angua and Cheery discuss these at a late stage of the novel, and it becomes apparent that it's surprising they actually managed to track arsenic in any meaningful way. It gets used all over the city for all kinds of things - rat poisons, paints...
      Vimes: I'm surprised people aren't dropping dead of it all the time.
      Cheery: Oh, most people use golems, sir-
    • In Interesting Times, Rincewind learns that the revolution was spurred by the contents of a book titled What I Did On My Holidays, and finds a spot to read it himself. He finds it just describes things he finds rather mundane, like sausages made from "genuine pig product", and is completely unimpressed, but realizes that the book was written by his old traveling companion from The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, Twoflower the tourist, and he went above and beyond painting Rincewind as a great hero and magus. Once again putting Rincewind in the hotseat, just like old times.
    Ha! Mister What-I-Did-On-My-Holidays should try coming to Ankh-Morpork next time, and see how much he liked one of old...Dibbler's sausages...full of genuine...pig product...
  • In the Honor Harrington novel At All Costs, there's an internal version when Admiral Chin wonders about the strange maneuvers of the Manticoran force that just hypered in behind her. Over the course of several paragraphs of narration, it dawns on her exactly which formation she is looking at... and what they're armed with.
    But if Third Fleet was what they'd just finished destroying, then these people had to be Eighth Fleet, which meant Honor Harrington. And Harrington didn't do things that didn't make sense. So what—?
    Her eyes opened wide in horror.
    "General signal all units!" she shouted, spinning towards her com section. "Hyper out immediately! Repeat, hyper out—"
    But it had taken Genevieve Chin two minutes too long to realize what was happening.
  • In Mission: Levity: "But how can there be gravity? The planet is too far away and there's nothing else there but that... ship..."
  • Jeeves and Wooster: Bertie's friend Gussie talks about how he's been writing down insults about his prospective father-in-law and Roderick Spode in a notebook which he misplaced.
    Gussie: Have you ever heard Sir Watkyn Bassett dealing with a bowl of soup? It's not unlike the Scottish express going through a tunnel. Have you ever seen Spode eat asparagus?
    Bertie: No.
    Gussie: Revolting. It alters one's whole conception of Man as Nature's last word.
    Bertie: Those were two of the things you wrote in the book?
    Gussie: I gave them about half a page. They were just trivial, surface faults. The bulk of my researches went much deeper.
    Bertie: I see. You spread yourself?
    Gussie: Very much so.
    Bertie: And it was all bright, snappy stuff?
    Gussie: Every word of it.
    Gussie: Reads it?
    Bertie: Well, he's just as likely to find the book as anyone, isn't he?
    Gussie: I never thought of that!
    Bertie: Start now.
  • Ravelling Wrath:
    Rinn: That couldn’t be right, could it? She wasn’t afraid, it was just a reaction, like when I’d first summoned a Blood Blade. She knew I wouldn’t actually hurt her, right? I was just blowing off steam! And besides, she had looked way more scared when the Blood Blade thing happened! And then she’d gotten back under control right away, because she knew it was just me and I wouldn’t hurt her! Obviously! So obviously, THIS time, maybe I did some stuff I shouldn’t have, and she got scared, but then I started backing off, and then she was… still acting scared… because… that meant…
    I had made her afraid of me.
  • In Wizard's First Rule, first book of the Sword of Truth series, Zedd invokes this on a mob that's coming to burn him for being a witch. Zedd asks them why, exactly, they want to burn him, and they say it's because of his horrible magic powers. Zedd asks them to elaborate and be more specific. As they list all the different ways that they think Zedd can throw magical wrath around, the crowd slowly realizes that attacking someone who can shoot fire out of his fingertips might not be the brightest idea after all.
  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms: One Good Knight: Andie has this reaction when she realizes she's just explained why her mother would want to rig the Human Sacrifice lottery to get rid of Andie.
  • In Timeline, one character is trying to convince the others that it is possible to travel to the past via a wormhole. Another character points out that it is impossible for a physical body to safely go through one. The first character retorts that the same can be said about a fax machine. The second character launches into trying to explain that the fax machine first has to convert the scanned data into a "stream of electrons", before realizing that the first character is talking about the same for the wormhole with a big "Oh shit!".
  • Warhammer 40,000: A comedic version in the Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand. Cain is discussing Mauve Shirt "Jinxie" Penlan with the command staff when her reputation comes up, and...
    Cain: "But she's not nearly as accident prone as she's supposed to be. I'll grant you she fell down an ambull tunnel once, and there was that incident with the frag grenade and the latrine trench, but things tend to work out for her. The orks on Kastafore were as surprised as she was when the floor in the factory collapsed, and we'd have walked right into that hrud ambush on Skweki if she hadn't triggered the mine by chucking an empty food tin away..."
    My brain finally caught up to what I was saying and I trailed off rather lamely. "Well, you know how soldiers exaggerate these things."
    • In the Horus Heresy novel Unremembered Empire, when Curze is on the loose in the Temple of Hera, the entire forces at nearby Residence sets out to hunt him down. One of the members of the strike force, Gantula, wonders aloud whether Curze is a predator, using a wolf as his example. Then this happens:
      Gantula: [...] So, while the herdsmen are occupied, guarding the herd, the wolf turns to where they are not - the larder, the granary, the stables, the bird cages... (beat) (Gantula stops and turns back, running to the Residence)

  • Eminem's "Stan":
    I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick.
    Some dude was drunk and drove his car over a bridge,
    and had his girlfriend in the trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid,
    and in the car they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to.
    Come to think about, his name was... it was you.
  • In Jon Lajoie's "WTF Collective", MC Uses Time Machines Irresponsibly does this:
    Then I traveled in time to the night I was conceived
    I met up with my parents and we hung out all night
    Come to think of it, they didn't have any alone time...
  • In the last verse of Mitch Benn's "Ed Sheeran is Everywhere", he complains that he was doing the guitar-and-looper thing first, and then starts to worry that maybe that's where Sheeran got the idea.

  • In the Rifftrax short "Reading: Who Needs It", a high school basketball coach and a teacher are discussing the fact that one of his players can't read:
    Coach: If he can't read, how'd he get through school?
    Kevin: That would mean we absolutely su... Oh.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Team America: World Police: Kim Jong-Il's translator, while interpreting for Kim during an arms deal, takes a moment to think about what he's translating. Unfortunately for him, the realization is the second-last thing to ever go through his head.
    Kim Jong-Il: [vaguely Korean-sounding gibberish]
    Translator: He asks what part of the deal you did not understand. He says that perhaps his translator did not make it clear to you. He says he should... f-fire his... translator?
  • The Muppet Show:
    • In the Nancy Walker episode, Sam the Eagle gives an editorial about nudity, claiming that everyone is going around naked under their clothes. He then goes on to add that dogs and cats are also naked under their fur, and that birds too, under their feathers... And at this point, Sam stops, covers himself and runs off the stage.
    • Before the opening credits of the episode featuring Harry Belafonte, said guest star has a word with Scooter:
      Scooter: Say, is everything all right?
      Harry: Oh, yeah, everything's OK. Except I haven't done the show yet and somebody started to put me down.
      Scooter: No! What do you mean?
      Harry: Just now I heard somebody outside my door say, 'Don't go inside that dressing room. Crazy Harry's in there.'
      Scooter: They didn't mean you. You see, Crazy Harry's a...CRAZY HARRY?!
  • In "The Best Thanksgiving Ever" from Bear in the Big Blue House, following the pageant, Bear and the others smell something burning.
    Bear: Yeah, it is a burning smell.
    Ojo: Probably just the food.
    Treelo: Oh, yeah.
    Everyone: (big gasp) The food!


  • In Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues, Daigo creates a monster that he then plans to send after two kids who accidentally come across the scene. His girlfriend, Melissa, tries to explain to him how it's actually better if the kids get away, because then they'd go alert their older brother (which is what the two want, since said brother is one of the superpowered kids they're hunting down). However, during her explanation, she looks over and realises that the monster has broken free of its restraint and is hurtling towards the children.

  • Fagin's song in Oliver!, "Reviewing the Situation", is this trope in musical form. Having realized that the life of a criminal, with all its "trials and tribulations", might not be the best thing for him, and he muses over possible alternatives: getting married, living in society, getting an honest job. Each time, though, he comes to the realization halfway through that the "solution" he's describing would not be an improvement, leading him to conclude:
    Fagin: I think I'd better think it out again.
  • Deianira has shades of this in The Trachiniae as she talks to the chorus about the "strange sight" that is the bubbling, disintegrating piece of cloth she used to smear a love potion onto a shirt she just gave her husband.
  • In the Bill C. Davis play Mass Appeal, the young deacon, Mark, has been questioned about his sexuality after defending two seminarians suspected of being gay. He has decided to be honest and admit the fact that he has had same-sex relations as well as opposite-sex relations. Following the interview, he recounts the conversation to his mentor.
    Mark: He said, "Thank you for being so honest. Good day." Thank you for being so honest. Good d — (moment of realization) I'm in trouble, aren't I?
  • Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World features this trope in musical form courtesy of "Stars and the Moon." One of the show's four Singers (none of whom are named) reflects on her life and how, when she was young, she met two men who offered her immaterial treasures like love, truth, strength, summer rains, and the titular stars and the moon. But the singer wanted tangible wealth instead—"And I thought, you know...I'd rather have a yacht." She eventually met a young, rich man who promised her all of the luxuries she'd ever wanted and more—cars, houses, jewels, parties, furs—and happily married him, only to wake up one morning, look around, and realize that she'd given up on true happiness in the name of material possessions: "And I thought—My God...I'll never have the moon..."
  • "When Words Fail," a song from Shrek: The Musical, plays this trope for laughs. The titular ogre has realized his feelings for Fiona and tries to prepare a declaration of love. First, he imagines offering her a flower as a symbol of his dedication, only to completely lose the metaphor and comment "Oh, MAN, I'm in trouble." Shrek then tries again by comparing the imaginary Fiona to the moon, as it's "big and bright"—and promptly realizes that he just called her "big." This leads to Verbal Backspace as he tries to make up for it ("And by 'big' I don't mean 'chubby!' Obviously you're not fat!") and starts talking about his own weight problems and his genetic predisposition to—and there's the metaphor lost again. It becomes a sweet moment, though, when Shrek realizes that even if he does fail to express what he's feeling, Fiona will still understand the love behind his words.

    Video Games 
  • Pretty much anytime the lawyer in Ace Attorney points out a contradiction that puts their client into deeper hot water is bound to turn into this. Bonus points if it requires the prosecutor to explain why this is a problem for them. One particularly significant example occurs in Case 5-5: Phoenix Wright has managed to figure out where the vital evidence they need is, but when the accused asks to see this evidence, he realizes it was blown up by the courtroom bombing earlier, which is why the bombing happened in the first place.
  • At one point in BioShock Infinite, the airship Booker and Elizabeth intend to use to escape Columbia gets commandeered by the Vox Populi, who will only return it if Booker manages to contact a local gunsmith to arm their revolution. Seems simple enough... until Booker has to explain the deal out loud to Elizabeth (not helped by how at the moment, she's in a sour mood and leaving him dangling on a slippery rope above a mighty abyss):
    Elizabeth: You can get us out of here?
    Booker: Yes! I just... (realizing the burden) need to supply enough weapons to arm an entire uprising.
  • Borderlands 2:
    • Early on, Robot Buddy Claptrap has his eye stolen by a bullymong (a four-armed yeti-like monster) named Knuckle Dragger. Luckily, Claptrap can receive transmissions from the eye when near it.
      Claptrap: My eye just switched back on! I see a tough-looking minion, and an incredibly handsome robot! Which means that whoever has my eye… (starts quivering in fear) …is very close…
      (Cue boss fight with Knuckle Dragger)
    • The Mr. Torgue DLC has a sidequest where Torgue realizes that the beer in the local pub has been contaminated and sends you to kill everyone in the bar to prevent them from getting poisoned by the beer. It takes him until after you complete the quest for him to realize what he just did.
  • In DC Universe Online one early game mission has the player aiding Batman in figuring out some of the Riddler's clues while dealing with the Joker's goons. After they get to the second riddle - "The Joker is king, but slave to a tool - he thinks he's master, but he is a fool. When his toxin is in play, you'll know tomorrow what you should know today" - both Batman and Oracle realizing the Joker is working with someone for making his new Joker Toxin, but they're playing him behind his back. At the third location where the last riddle should be, the player is attacked by J 1 N 1 robots. Batman recognizes the robots as resembling the hero Red Tornado and begins to mention their creator when it dawns on him what the riddle means: The Joker is working with Dr. T.O. Morrow. You can just hear the eye rolling as Batman resigningly congratulating the Riddler for that one.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, you can meet an Outlaw Couple who think that an antique submachine gun makes them dangerous enough to go on a crime spree through the Strip. If the Courier sarcastically says it's the most brilliant plan they have ever heard, the Bonny of the duo starts gloating about how they've got it all worked out, gradually noticing all the holes in the plan until she realizes they have no idea what they're doing and hands the gun over to you.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a spoilery one between boss fights. Academia, 400 AF: Serah and Noel discover a "Proto fal'Cie" in charge of the city, and Caius tells them they learned a 'forbidden history' two hundred years prior, so they go time-hopping to find out what it was. Augusta Tower, 200 AF: Serah and Noel discover that the AI responsible for creating the Proto fal'Cie was the Proto fal'Cie. After a short boss fight, Noel and Serah realize that the digital space within the AI mainframe is a temporal crossroads, borne of a paradox distortion. The AI knew they're trying to solve paradoxes, so it sent them here in an effort to have them killed and protect the distortion that resulted in its creation. Abruptly, Serah realizes that the temporal crossroads means it can reconstruct itself... and cue round two.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has CJ experience this during the Wham Episode The Green Sabre. He meets with Cesar to check out something he heard about instead of meeting up with Sweet for the Ballas showdown. The two see a pair of Balla gangbangers, Big Smoke, and Ryder as they open up the garage. Inside the garage is a green sabre, which is the same car that was used in a drive by that killed CJ's mother. Once CJ sees Tenpenny and Pulaski, he can only quietly express shock at the betrayal. CJ thanks Caesar for showing him the setup and plans to tell Sweet about the whole thing, only to realize that Sweet and his crew are now walking into a trap set by the Ballas.
  • Played for Laughs in Guilty Gear Xrd where Ky starts to explain the lineage of his wife, Dizzy, only for him to realize to his growing horror that he and Sol are now in-laws.
    • Leo Whitefang's announcer voice pack also features him doing this if he's selected as a fighter.
  • In one bad ending of Heart of the Woods, Morgan sees the fairies swarming around Madison, calling her their queen, and realizes that since Geladura is now dead, Madison must stay and serve as the replacement queen forever.
  • In Chapter 1 of Mortal Kombat 11, Jade delivers a report about Earthrealmers seizing the Bone Temple while Raiden is dicing up Liu Kang and Kitana's demonic hordes. Kitana barely gets a few words out of her mouth before they all realize why nobody's reinforcing him:
    Liu Kang: He's the distraction!
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance has a particularly well-done example late in the game, courtesy of Donald, Goofy, and Yen Sid. Thanks to Lea, they've already reasoned that Xehanort has known what they were going to do by sending Sora and Riku back in time to the day the Destiny Islands were taken by darkness. However, in order to interfere, Xehanort would need to have been at the Destiny Islands that day; Yen Sid is convinced that that level of foresight is beyond Xehanort. When Goofy proposes that he might have done the same time-traveling Sora and Riku did, Yen Sid clarifies that it is Mental Time Travel - he would still need a body at the destination, because not even Xehanort can transport his body across time. Mickey abruptly panics on remembering who the villain was during Kingdom Hearts: Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness. Xehanort's Heartless, who did not have a body of his own.
    Yen Sid: No! It cannot be! Could he be that cunning? Possess that kind of foresight?
  • Odd inversion from Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning where Agarth starts off angry then calms down as the facts hit (He just saw you Screw Destiny and use it as a weapon). It helps that the destiny you just screwed happened to be the one that would have resulted in his messy death not two minutes prior to the conversation.
    Agarth: What are you!? DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'VE DONE!? Do you know how many lives will remain untouched by his death!? How many children won't be born!? (calming down) How many people... he won't kill...
  • Kingdom of Loathing's "Heavy Rains" special challenge path replaces most of its usual bosses with a watery imitation. Luckily, there's absolutely no way that would ever work on the Icy Peak!
    "I mean, it's freezing up here! A water-based giant winged yeti would have to be... made of... oh, crap."
    A huge winged yeti that appears to be sculpted out of ice emerges from the mist, takes off into the air, and swoops toward you.
  • The Lab's minigame "Slingshot" features a Personality Core named the Calibration Core. It explains that its only function is to be calibrated, which is (*cough*ostensibly*cough*) what you've been doing to the cores. After needlessly elaborating on this point for a while, we get to this dialog:
    Once the Calibration Core has been calibrated, the Calibration Core will have no purpose. Calibration of the Calibration Core may result in an existential crisis for the Calibration Core. [pause] Once calibrated, the Calibration Core will descend into a deep, deep, deep, deep, deep depression.note 
  • Mass Effect: When the issue of what to do with the last rachni queen comes up, Garrus argues against wiping them out, because the thorny issue of genocide is why the salarians uplifted the krogan... to wipe out the rachni. For extra points, Garrus still says this if Wrex, a krogan, is the other person in the party.
    Wrex: You wanna see genocide, I'll show you a krogan obstetrician's office.
  • Mordin Solus' introduction and Establishing Character Moment in Mass Effect 2 begins with Mordin performing a Sherlock Scan on the newly-arrived Commander Shepard and their team, while verbalizing his inner monologue; assuming the player doesn't interrupt him, he determines that the characters aren't from the area, too well-armed to be refugees, too informally-dressed to be any of the local mercenaries, and that they aren't there to wipe out the Vorcha or to investigate The Plague's usefulness as a bioweapon. Eventually, he decides that they must be looking for someone important, someone with secrets... and then realizes that they're almost certainly looking for him. A minute later he does it again when Shepard explains that they were sent by a privately-funded human group to recruit Mordin. Immediately, Mordin starts sorting through a long list of possible candidates for the aforementioned group. After disregarding the Alliance, the Spectres, the Terra Firma Party, he finally realizes (with some shock) that the most likely candidate is Cerberus, a terrorist group with human-supremacist leanings. Thanks to Solus' manner of thinking through problems by verbally monologuing his thought process, he tends to dip into this trope a lot whenever the conclusion is something particularly nasty.
  • In Mass Effect 3, if Shepard chooses not to tell anyone that the salarian STG sabotaged the genophage cure years ago and Shepard was informed of this in advance, and then tries to dissuade Mordin/Padok from going up the Shroud tower, Mordin will wonder why, since Shepard doesn't seem concerned for his safety. So is Shepard convinced Mordin might discover something? Well then it must be sabotage, but whose?...Ah. In Padok's case, he'll wonder why Shepard would abandon their goal after having come so far...unless there's something up there they don't want Padok to discover. The temperature malfunction wasn't an accident; Shepard knew about this!
  • Metal Gear Solid: After taking down Liquid's Hind D, Snake asks Otacon to fix the seemingly broken elevator he needs to proceed; as it turns out, the elevator starts working on its own shortly afterwards, and when Snake gets on it, the weight limit warning goes off. As the elevator goes down, Snake gets a Codec call from Otacon, who reveals that he had gone back to his lab to retrieve one of the remaining stealth camo prototypes for Snake, only to discover that all four prototypes are missing. He goes on to say that it seems that someone was intentionally holding the elevator Snake is currently in, and that the weight limit warning went off for him as well; as Otacon explains, he only weighs 135 pounds, whereas the elevator weight limit is 650 pounds. Snake realizes that it would take at least five people to go over that limit... and then they both realize that Snake isn't alone in the elevator.
    Otacon: Look out, Snake! The guys who stole my stealth prototypes are in there with you!
  • One of the lunchtime events in Monster Prom has you drink Veras' scotch and then act as if it was poisoned to scare off Miranda. When Miranda faints, Vera exclaims that she should poison her scotch more often. Only at this point does she realize that you're probably not faking the symptoms.
  • In Psychonauts, after a training session gone awry in Sasha's mind, Raz asks him what would happen if one were to block off all of a mind's censor outlets, which needless to say he'd just done.
    Sasha: Well, there would be a buildup of censor energy within that would, ah, eventually... Run, Razputin. Very fast.
  • At the end of Quantum Conundrum, Prof. Quadwrangle finally recalls what he was doing before he got trapped in the pocket dimension. Unfortunately, he remembers too late that turning on the Uber-IDS — like he just told you to — was what started this mess in the first place, and you end up causing a nearly-catastrophic dimensional instability as the Uber-IDS, overloaded by all the spilled Science Juice throughout the lab, causes the whole world to shift through the light, heavy, slow-mo, and anti-gravity dimensions, which Quadwrangle will have to fix.
  • Sonic Colors has Eggman using the PA system to inform the owner of a "white hovercar shaped like an egg" that their car has been broken into. He only realizes that it's HIS car that's been vandalized partway through repeating the message, and reacts accordingly.
  • Star Control II: The Slylandro purchase a probe from the Melnorme, which would explore the galaxy, replicate itself periodically, and report back once it finds something interesting. However, in the midst of an in-depth discussion of said probes with the player, they realize that, due to an attempt to get the probes to replicate faster (by changing the priority of replication to 999, the highest setting on the dial), they have inadvertently caused their probes to attempt to procure raw materials for replication from ANYTHING they encounter, with a special priority on alien ships. This has effectively transformed their peaceful exploration fleet into a Horde of Alien Locusts.
  • Starcraft: "It's a zergling, Lester. A smaller type of zerg. But one of them wouldn't be out this far unless... OH SHIT!"
  • In Sunrider Liberation Day, Kayto notices something off about the enemy fleet’s tactics during the Battle of Cera and wonders why the PACT fleet is closing in to engage with the Alliance ships (who have the decisive advantage at close range, due to their battleships mounting powerful kinetic weapons) instead of hunkering down and blasting them from long range with lasers (as Alliance ships traditionally don’t have the Deflector Shields needed to negate incoming laser fire). When Ava explains that the Alliance has brought in specialized shield cruisers to cover their entire fleet, Kayto suddenly realizes what the enemy is planning:
    Kayto: But if all our shields are generated by cruisers, a fleet of smaller craft can… Relay a message to the Alliance fleet. Prepare for Anti-ryder combat.
    Ava: Sir?
    Kayto: Do it now. (…) Form a defensive line in front of the shield cruisers! The prototypes intend to sacrifice all their ryders to take them out!
  • Undertale:
    • If you take the Genocide Path, Flowey (who tries to drive you to do Genocide no matter what, for spoilery reasons) will warm up to you, and eventually he'll tell you his backstory, and talk about how he and the player aren't so different, since the player will kill everyone in their way, with absolutely no exceptions. Mid-gloat, he'll realize that he's not an exception either, and your final encounter is Flowey pleading fruitlessly for his life.
    • In a much lighter example, Alphys is all too eager to answer a question about "Mew Mew Kissy Cutie" during Mettaton's quiz show, despite the fact that you were supposed to answer. She realizes it partway through her answer, and smiles sheepishly as Mettaton catches on that she's been helping you answer correctly throughout the quiz.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Geralt and Vesemir discuss how fussy Yennefer has become. She even threw out the bed from the guest room, which was a nice bed. Triss loved that bed.... Then they realize that the bed she threw out is the same bed Geralt spent the better part of a year having sex with Triss, Yennefer's best friend, in, and wisely shut up.

    Web Animation 
  • Camp Camp:
    • In episode "Anti Social Network", Neil creates chatbots so the other campers can leave him alone. When he realizes that the chatbots are becoming smarter, he worries that a Turned On Their Masters scenario is occurring and gathers the chatbots with Max's help, then remember they forgot one;
      Neil: It's almost as if each device was trying to play to its owner's personality in order to get them to do something.
      Max: Well, I guess it's a good thing we got 'em all. Can you imagine if someone impressionable and naive enough to believe everything they heard from a chatbot had—
      Neil and Max: OH MY GOD, NIKKI!
      [Nikki's maniacal laughter is heard]
    • Earlier, in "Romeo & Juliet 2: Love Resurrected", Camp Campbell puts on a Fan Sequel to Romeo and Juliet with Neil as Romeo and Nikki as Juliet. However, Tabii decides to take Nikki out of commission so she can take her place as Juliet and kiss Neil, leading to this exchange...
      Tabii: [offscreen] Wow Nikki, you're, like, such a good actor.
      Nikki: Oh thank you ominous, offscreen voice-wait a minute. [gets ambushed by Tabii and her friends]
  • Dr. Havoc's Diary: In "Captain Dr. Havoc":
    Brock: [the submarine is leaking] Oh, shit, Havoc. I think your boat has a hole.
    Dr. Havoc: How is that possible? (*Beat*) Brock, how did you get on my submarine?
    Brock: Oh, I just-I took a welding gun, and I popped a hole in the side, and then I— Ah, shit. Yep. I figured it out. I did it.
  • In the EVE Online Machinima Clear Skies 2, we get this little exchange between two characters in an escape pod wondering why their captain is trying to ram a Titan.
    Burke: I think he's going for the hydrazine tanks behind the engine.
    Fodder: But that stuff's stable!
    Burke: Not when the warp core goes up near i— oh my word!
    Fodder: How big a bang's that gonna make?
    Burke: How fast does this pod go?
  • In one episode of Puffin Forest, a group of players are on the second floor of a church about to set off a bunch of bombs they set on the lower floor of the church to kill some enemies when one of the players realizes that something isn't right with the plan but isn't quite sure what it is. Another player starts explaining the plan again before realizing they are still in the building they are about to blow up and shouts "RUN!" They all jump out the windows to escape the building and break their legs just as the bombs go off.

  • Darths & Droids:
    • This happens to Annie when she finally tells Jim that she'd lost her job and in that same frame of time realizes it wasn't his fault entirely.
    • Much later on, during the attack on the second Peace Moon, the Rebels come to an important realization: The Peace Moon is fueled by the Lost Orb, a source of unlimited power. And since it's fueled by a source of unlimited power, they'd never have a reason not to have their shield up at all times.
      Admiral Ackbar: My god! It's not a trap! We're just prats!
  • In 8-Bit Theater, the Light Warriors are sailing on a ship they got from Bikke when a discussion on sea monsters attacking them ensues. Red Mage points out that such encounters are so common, most seafarers keep their ships ready...only to realize that maybe Bikke neglected to keep his ship ship-shape as he did with his own crew.
    Black Mage: Well, I'm sure we have nothing to worry about. Bikke seemed the responsible sort. I mean, he only fed his faithful, loyal, beloved pirate crew Cheetos for three months because it was cheaper than real food. And since that led directly to their deaths, he was then able to keep all the money Garland paid for his full crew to kill us. Money that would've undoubtedly gone toward the upkeep of this boat had he not insisted upon giving it to us. Why does this sound like something Thief would do?
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • A hilarious version with female Tedd and too reasonable Susan.
    • And another, slightly more dramatic one with Elliot: "I care deeply about her and I want her always to be a part of my life! I don't want to hurt her! She's like a sister to me!" ... When talking about his then-girlfriend, Sarah.
    • Later, Grace is sure that if Justin has a magic mark, he must know about it.
      Grace: How could he miss a small flame-shaped mark colored slightly different from the rest of his skin on a spot high up on his back where he'd need a mirror and probably have to make a deliberate effort to dammit
  • It's more of an Explain Explain Oh My moment, but... Freefall has one somewhat like this. Florence is having a conversation with her friend Niomi about Uplifted Animals like Florence that segues into a discussion on terraforming.
    Niomi: As for Pfouts, that's a mirror world. Life there uses right-handed amino acids, Earth life uses left-handed. Our toughest viruses wouldn't survive there. To colonize Pfouts you'd have to redesign humans from the atomic level... Sheesh! It'd be faster and cheaper to engineer one of the local critters up to human... [beat] Isaac Asimov on a bicycle!
    Florence: Most things make sense when you look at them right. It's just sometimes you have to look really, really cock-eyed.
  • In Gene Catlow, Gene Catlow and CatsWhisker are discussing the First Animen, who are hostile to them. CW wonders how beings so ancient who have been in psychic contact with so many minds remained sane— and Gene realizes that they didn't.
  • Girl Genius:
  • In A Modest Destiny the Big Bad, after being pestered by the Hive that he needs to make a blood sacrifice now or the ritual will fail, he stabs one of them to death. When the ritual is still failing, the other members explain that as an undead he was barely a quarter alive.
    The Black Knight: So what you are saying is that I need to kill three more just like him, right?
    Hive #2: Correct.
    Hive #3: ...Um...
    Hive #4: ...Nuts.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • In "They've Had Time to Train, Too", Haley and the Azurite Resistance are running a stealth raid on a granary in Hobgoblin-occupied Azure City. Haley's already dispatched most of the hobgoblin guards and all they need to do to take the granary undetected is to finish off the wizard leading them, when the wizard fires off...
      Haley: "Dancing Lights"? That's like a 0th-level spell! Geez, what kind of low-level, lame-ass spellcaster are you? You've got one chance before I perforate you, and you choose... Dancing... Lights...
      [wizard points upward; Haley looks up at the bright red signal alerting hobgoblin forces all over the city of their position]
    • In "The Comics Must Flow", Belkar is chugging spice in the middle of the desert. Seeing his eyes change color, Haley insists he read the warning label to avoid getting sick.
      Belkar: No, it doesn't say anything about eye color change. Just a disclaimer that the distributor is not liable for any gruesome violent deaths resulting from consuming this product in an open desert. So, see? It's perfectly safe for— ...Ah, crap.
      [cue giant sandworm bursting from sand]
    • In "Collect Call", when Roy and Belkar get arrested for not having proper entry papers, Durkon contacts them with Sending. After three sending discussions, Roy tells Durkon to find the others, saying that he hopes Durkon has enough sending spells. Durkon Sends again, telling Roy not to worry as he had prepared four sending spells... before he realizes that he just used them all up.
      Belkar: [to Roy] I don't know what just happened, but I feel a sudden urge to help you come up with 25 synonyms for "buffoon".
    • In "Rising Suspicion", when the Order is walking around a bunch of fresh corpses that have been killed by vampires, Belkar comments that he hopes they don't turn into more vampires, but Roy tells him that it won't be a problem as a person doesn't become a vampire until three days after they died and he had broken the staff that had the spell to speed up the process. It's then that Haley realizes that Vampire Durkon's time spent researching the protection from daylight spell wouldn't make sense if he was going to be invading a subterranean city and that he had actually been learning the spell to speed up a vampire's rise.
      Haley: I'm just saying, if I knew my Evil Doom Plan might hinge on me invading a subterranean country, I might not worry too much... about the sun.
  • Pixie and Brutus: In one strip, Pixie tells Brutus that he found a movie on television about a character she thinks is named "Freddy Cougar". Half-asleep, Brutus reflexively corrects it to "Freddy Krueger". In the next panel, Brutus snaps wide awake as it sinks in that Pixie's innocence is about to be ruined by the horror film and he immediately headbutts the television.
  • In this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic, a woman claims she has invented a time machine and went back twenty minutes, where she saw a a huge flash of energy and then an empty void. She concludes that reality came into existence twenty minutes ago. Someone takes a look at the footage and tells her that she's wrong. The machine was set to look forwards in time instead of backwards.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • Kevyn learns that there is a right time and a wrong time to invoke this on someone here. The time to explain by feeding someone clues and letting them work out the enemy's plan themselves is not when you are in the enemy's territory and they know you're there.
    • During the Under New Management arc, Kevyn and Tagon discuss their current mission; being blackmailed by Xinchub into hunting down Kevyn's sister Breya. If they don't, Xinchub will have the Toughs arrested for a number of crimes. When Kevyn remains unhappy, Tagon asks who Xinchub will send after Breya once the Toughs are imprisoned. Kevyn responds, "I don't know... Some unimaginative, trigger-happy rear admiral, I guess." (Beat) "Oh, crap. I can't believe I just now figured that out."
  • In this Something*Positive strip, Peejee puts in a bid on a nice looking house and is bragging to Davan that she'll likely get it for cheap because 1) the owners had severely reduced their asking price over the last year and 2) five previous bidders had backed out at the last second... then realizes those are actually some pretty serious red flags that she'd glossed over.
  • xkcd: "How did the pole vaulters get up to our balcony?"
  • Questionable Content:
    • In "Delayed Entendre Recognition", Faye is justifying her claim that she's descended from Civil War pirates by saying her grandmother said their ancestors were "boarded by Yankee seamen all the time". As she says it, she realises that that's not what she meant.
    • Two strips later, she tells Marten about telling Angus about her father's suicide. When Marten is surprised that she just told him, she replies "Well, yeah. I mean, I couldn't be all cryptic about it, that would be a really shitty ... thing ... to do ... to ... someone ..."
    • In BRTOM, when Beeptrice questions whether Roko's attempts to find leverage against someone she's got a meeting with are appropriate for an AI rights volunteer:
      Roko: Oh, what, like being an agent of the state conditioned me to treat any potential conflict as a cops versus robbers situation instead of two adults trying to come to an agreement, and I'm deflecting my anxiety over this meeting by regressing to that mindset?
      Roko: Well, shit. I thought I was being sarcastic.
      Beeps: You get the Big Realizer of the Month award! I'll fetch your commemorative plaque.
    • In "Self-Revelation", on Dora's first date with Jim, she tells him why she broke up with Marten, and how the relationship seemed to bring out her anxieties, concluding "I probably shouldn't be dating anybody right now. [*Beat*] Shit."
  • Terror Island: In this strip, several characters are attempting to banish a demon. They gather everything they need except toothpaste when the demon traps them in a force field, leading to this.
    Liln: Okay, this isn't too bad. We just need to call Sid and Stephen, and have them get the the grocery store.note 
    First Folio: We're doomed!
  • In Leftover Soup, Cheryl and Carol are discussing the ethics of being a parent while also being in a polyamorous relationship, when...
    Cheryl: You don't think finding out about Mommy and Daddy's other lovers is gonna mess a kid up?
    Carol: Well, how do you feel about Miguel?
    Cheryl: Uncle Meegs? That's different. He's just Mom and Dad's friend, nothing weird or polyamorous about that. He just moved in with us for a while to help out with child care after Carl was born. (beat) ...our little brother Carl, who has black hair and brown eyes and evidently my entire life is an elaborate web of deception.
    Carol: (nervously) Omission! An elaborate web of omission!
  • Paranatural: Chapter 5 sees a game of dodgeball—sorry, "hitball"—go awry when Jeff gets (sort of) possessed by a spirit named Hijack. Eventually the only people still on the field are Max, Johnny, Hijack!Jeff, and an unnamed student who taped several balls to her body to shield herself. Max then promptly...gets the unnamed student out. Hijack thinks about why he did that at first, but then it dawns on him.
    Hijack!Jeff: Why'd he hit her? That's just...every last ball ON MY SIDE!
  • #8 of Hobbits And Hole Dwellers has a rather twitchy Ted excuse himself for five minutes. When he comes back, he asks Bailey to tell him about her character. Bailey responds by asking which character of hers he means.
    Ted: What do you mean, which one? You only had that wizard five minutes ago- wait.

    Web Original 
  • The Tabletop episode on Chez Geek has this happen to Storm when he plays the card Guy on the Couch. Wil asks him to explain the card, which leads to thisnote :
    Storm: Guy on the Couch gives you Slack +1. You can play him at any time without rolling, but starting on the next player's turn, he'll go away if... oh, I'm an idiot.

    Web Videos 
  • Alison does this in the season finale of Brains as she realizes the identity of the murderer: Professor Sherman.
  • This happens to The Nostalgia Critic at the end of his review of A Simple Wish, where he rants about Mara Wilson's bad movies only to realize, as he describes what she looks like now, that she's currently watching him. She then proceeds to respond to his dissing of her movies from when she was a little girl by showing clips from some of the Critic's home movies from his own childhood.
    Critic: But I'm sorry, I'm just not a fan of her movies! I mean, it's like everything Mara Wilson touched back then just turned to crap. I mean, look at her. [pulls up video of a modern-day Mara, looking visibly displeased] With her couch, her modern-day haircut, her twenty-five-ish-year-old body, her vengeful eyes that seem to be looking directly at me right noweeesh!
    Mara: Hello, Critic.
    NC: Wait. Like inanimate toys, or living toys, like the ones we've been seeing?
    (Cut back to the first scene with the Nutcracker)
    Nutcracker: All dolls are alive.
    NC: Okay, I guess that's supposed to mean they're all alive...[freezes in place, realizing what this means] You're not.
    (We're again shown the scene of the Rat King speaking to the Nutcracker, Tinker and Sticks)
    Rat King: You ever wonder what happens to a doll's soul when it burns?
    NC: (shakes head) You're seriously not. (The people of the kingdom, paired as parent and child, are brought to the Rat King's palace/smoke factory to the big pile of inanimate toys before them. The rat soldiers take the toys away from the children to toss them to the pile) Oh, yeah. You thought this was just gonna be simple bad guy Nazi imagery like in Indiana Jones or old Looney Tunes cartoons? But no. People being rounded up, children crying, and the sky filled with smoke from factories burning piles of what they just made clear are living individuals. All of this is actually happening.
  • The Rap Critic's list of the top nine worst lyrics of 2016 has him wrapping up by putting the entirety of B.o.B.'s "Flatline" at #1. His discussion of the song's failings culminates in a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech at conspiracy theorists, accusing them of poisoning the discourse such that actual problems with government and corporate corruption and malfeasance can't be discussed rationally without being lumped in with raving lunatics. He then realizes that the proliferation of phony conspiracy theories to misdirect truth-seekers would be just what the people in power would want. This causes him to (sarcastically) go into raving Conspiracy Theorist mode himself.
    Rap Critic: In fact, if I didn't know any better, I'd think that... oh my God. These conspiracy nuts are a plant by evil corporations! They're there to make any actual criticism of the effects of their tyranny look crazy! Oh my God, it's the perfect plan! To keep your mind occupied by fantasy that tells you that you're powerless, and misdirect people out there who want to be socially aware with gobbledygook about the Earth being flat! Because, y'know, that's what's ruining society! Listen to me, people! All you flat-earthers and 9/11 truthers out there, stop focusing your energy on this bulls**t! Remove the wool from over your eyes and realize that you should be using your energy to protest actual corrupt stuff like, like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, or pushing for better police training! Stop talking about the weather machines or pizza parties or whatever bulls**t you're actually thinking about! That's just what the Illumi-Nazis or the Build-a-Bear Corporation want you to think! Open your eyes, sheeple!!! I'm the Rap Critic, and... be aware, my friends. [takes off cap to reveal a Tinfoil Hat] Be very aware.
  • During their video on SCP – Containment Breach, IGP and IcyCaress were camping outside the door to a small, three-door connector, waiting for "Peanuts" (the infamous SCP-173) on the other side to leave, reassuring each other that 173 cannot open doors. A few moments later, IGP goes through the door and the following exchange occurs:
    Icy: Are you sure you're alright?
    IGP: Yeah, I don't have the blink meter, that means he's gone. He's gone!
    Icy: Great! That means... wait, that means he can open doors.
    IGP: He's... Oh god, he can.
  • StacheBros: In "The Day Super Mario Died", Boo believes that Mario is dead after hearing such news from Luigi, but she tries to show him the bright side of being dead by helping him pull pranks on the Mushroom Kingdom. After their pranking, though, Mario is still bummed about believing he's dead:
    Boo: Aw, c'mon, we went through this! Being dead's great! So what if a condor bit your head off?
    Mario: Yeah, I know, it's bad- [record needle scratch] What? Condor?
    Boo: Yeah, and that forest shark ate the rest of you!
    Mario: What? No, I got pushed off a cliff by Luigi.
    Boo: What, that stupid hill? You couldn't have... oh, no.
    Mario: What?
    Boo: Luigi made it all up. Which means... you're alive! And that means...
    Mario: All those pranks were...
    Both: Oh, no!
  • This happens twice to Todd in the Shadows during his review of One Direction's "Best Song Ever", as his criticisms fall flat and he starts to realize that he actually likes the song.
  • Unraveled:
    • Brian spends more than ten minutes discussing the vital traits that his new music genre will require to thrive in the wastelands of the Fallout series, he suddenly realises that he's spent all that time reinventing Ska.
    • At the end of his video on Bowser's military organisation, Brian fills in some of the odds-and-ends characters:
    "[These characters] didn't really fit in the military structure, they don't act like military. The Koopa Troopas from Super Mario 64, they don't even antagonise you, they go about their business unless you go out of your way to attack them. So, again, they don't even feel like military. They act more like civilians, to be honest."
    (long pause)
    "Oh my God, they're civilians."
    • Throughout his video on when Mario can retire, all of Brian's projections have come to the conclusion that Mario can't retire until he's almost 90. At the end of the video, Brian tries one last time, using his own financial information, only to get the same result. Brian protests this conclusion, pointing out that if Mario can never retire, then he can never retire, at which point what he just said hits him, and the video ends with Brian out drinking.
  • At the end of the Big Picture episode "Familiar Things", about how Stranger Things uses nostalgia for The '80s as one of its main hooks, Bob notes how many of the Amblin Entertainment works that the show is hearkening back to were themselves nostalgic for The '40s and The '50s, when their own creators grew up, and how that nostalgia has come full circle. He then starts thinking of how it might come full circle again once the young fans of Stranger Things themselves become adults.
    "I can't help but wonder, knowing that Stranger Things does indeed have a young fanbase that doesn't actually have firsthand memories of its various references, what it'll look like when the series inspires its own nostalgia in a generation's time. Nostalgia for the 2010s' nostalgia of the '80s, which was nostalgia for the '40s and '50s? Well, at least my job's not going anywhere... oh dear God."
  • Decker Shado ended up doing this when commenting on the title of the version of Gamera vs. Gyaos he's reviewing with That Long-Haired Creepy Guy. As when commenting on it, he criticizes the latter titular monster's name being spelled as "Gaes" and is immediately horrified. Creepy, an LGBT man, quickly gives out a Death Glare.
  • At the end of Atop the Fourth Wall's review of Sensational Spider-Man #0, Linkara mentions that some viewers believed that he was almost done with The Clone Saga before mentioning he's been skipping around stories before he lifted up the massive seven volume omnibus collection covering it and tells them that that doesn't even include the original saga, the Ultimate Clone Saga, the mini-series revision and others. This means he'd never run out of the Clone Saga. A split second later, his face drops and he shouts "DAMMIT!"
  • During Tear Of Grace's playthough of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, after Brett's newest Captain defeats an enemy one in combat, several other enemy Captains flee the scene. Brett reads off the name of one of said Captains and stops mid-sentence when he realizes that his Implacable Man Nemesis Pigug the Shadow has come Back from the Dead yet again.
    Brett: Pigug the Shadow escape- [*Beat* as Brett remembers who that is] Pigug... Shadow... Escaped...

    Real Life 
  • Rubber Duck Debugging is a case of trying to forcefully invoke this trope in real life with a Companion Cube.
  • Socratic dialogues consist of constantly asking further explanation from another person who proposes a certain theory, until said person reaches a point where their argument falls apart, thus highlighting the hidden weaknesses in their theory. Socrates himself concluded that no one really knows anything, since the technique always tripped them up eventually. Indeed, even the most comprehensively thought-out argument or idea will eventually reach a point that the speaker simply cannot explain it any further.


"Oh my god, it's crack."

Stan has been smoking what he thinks is cold medicine. Roger tells him otherwise.

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