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"I'm going to the crime scene to see what I can find out. You guys research the Polgara demon; I want to know where it is. When I find it, I am going to make him pay for taking that kid's life. I'll make him die in ways he can't even imagine. [pauses; looks down at her clothes] That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my 'yummy sushi' pajamas."

When a character tries to be dramatic and fails miserably. Similar to Narm, but in a Failed Attempt at Drama, though the character is trying to be dramatic, the humor is intentional on the writer's part.

See also Invoked Trope, when a character actively tries to make tropes appear in "real" life. But since it's a failed attempt, it will often be met with a Surprisingly Realistic Outcome or a Lampshade Hanging.

Compare Bathos and Anti-Climax. See Failed Dramatic Exit when this trope overlaps with The Exit Is That Way. Contrast with The Comically Serious for when a character hilariously succeeds in staying dramatic during an otherwise lighthearted or comedic scene. May take the form of Inner Thoughts, Outsider Puzzlement. See also Negated Moment of Awesome, which may be used more dramatically, and Failed Attempt at Scaring, where Horror falls flat.


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  • One GEICO commercial involves a pair of commercials within the commercial. One is an underplayed take where the Gecko casually notices he has a flat tire after reeling off the usual GEICO spiel. The other seeks to deliberately invoke Narm, with the Gecko screaming into the air as if the flat is literally the end of the world.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Lagoon. Usually involving someone getting Killed Mid-Sentence by Revy, including a Neo-Nazi who's making a Badass Boast about how awesome his custom-made Hand Cannon is, and Lotton the Wizard while making his In the Name of the Moon speech.note 
  • A Running Gag in Food Wars! is Takumi Aldini trying to act as The Rival of a typical shonen manga with protagonist Soma Yukihira, only to either get ignored, interrupted (often by his own brother Isami) or otherwise get his moment spoiled by something else. One example being when he tries a We Will Meet Again with Soma, only to end up sitting next to him on the bus less than a minute later.
  • Kafka Hibino from Kaiju No. 8 can't catch a break in this department. While he's the protagonist and has enough power to annihilate minor monsters in a single blow in his Kaiju form, his status as Butt-Monkey and the 'comic relief' of his squad end up deflating most of his awesome moments shortly after they occur, even in Kaiju form.
    Kafka: [having just one-hit-killed a Kaiju] If you're able to resurrect, let's see you try to come back from that.
    [remains of Kaiju begin wriggling]
  • Nanbaka:
    • Gokuu interviews the new blood in Building 13 to get tragic, grizzled backstories for how they ended up getting caught. When the prisoners tell him their decidedly anticlimactic reasons, he's visibly bummed out. According to some later evidence, he's absolutely right.
    • Another chapter has him try looking around Nanba to show how dark and serious the place has become, only to find everything as wacky as it usually is. Again he gets bummed out, but just like last time, the end of the chapter proves him right.
  • In Naruto, after Pain declares that he is a god and that Jiraiya is nothing compared to him, Jiraiya counters by summoning one of his giant toads, perching on it, and giving a Badass Boast about himself. In the middle of his speech, the toad moves, causing him to fall on his ass. Pain mocks him and Jiraiya complains to the toad for ruining his speech.
  • At one point in Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Setsuna attempts to intimidate Chao during the School Festival. The latter is quick to point out that it's hard to be intimidated by someone wearing a bunny costume.
  • Lampshaded in Pokémon: The Series, after Ash tells the Yas Gym Leader why he won't be fighting with them and walks away...
    Ash: [walking away, to himself] That was dramatic... [immediately slips on ketchup, out loud] THAT WAS PATHETIC!
  • In an episode of ×××HOLiC, the Ame-warashi yells and interrupts a fight from out of nowhere, causing everyone to freeze, and she gently floats from the sky with a parasol in a dignified manner. Everyone quietly watches and doesn't comment when the parasol gets caught on a tree branch, making her flail about, drop like a stone, and fall on her face.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Mako Tsunami makes his dramatic introductory speech when Yugi and his friends show up at his camp. Said speech comes with a dramatic tidal wave behind him—which crashes on top of him and knocks him down. He gets up to try the speech again—and Tea starts giggling at the octopus on his head.

    Comic Books 
  • Annihilation: Conquest: As they plan to infiltrate and destroy the Phalanx Babel Spire, Peter Quill gives a dramatic speech to his team about whether they're a bunch of badasses ready to storm the place. Then we see everyone staring blankly at him.
    Peter Quill: Thought not...
  • New Avengers: The Knights of the Infinite, a band of Kree-Skrull hybrids, abduct Hulkling to see whether he's their prophesied Chosen One. One of them puts Teddy in front of a pillar of fire and tells him an item of great wealth lies within, but Only the Chosen May Wield. He's not even halfway through the speech before an utterly bored Teddy returns.
    Hulkling: Found this. Looks like a sword. Can I go now?
  • In Superman Smashes the Klan, when a Grand Wizard Klansman threatens Lois, Perry White, and Inspector Henderson with a sword that he claims has been in use for generations, Lois cuts that boast down with an observation that a sword with such a storied past should be worth more than $2.79, which is visible on a sales tag still attached to it. As the prisoners yuck it up, the Klansman completely loses it in the face of such mockery.
  • Tintin: In Flight 714, the Big Bad threatens to crush Tintin "like this spider!" Said spider repeatedly avoids his boot.
  • The Transformers (IDW):
    • In a flashback, a pre-Optimus Prime Orion Pax's police station is invaded by some Senate goons. Orion grabs an antique rifle off the wall, aims it at the goons, delivers a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner, and pulls the trigger. Click. Orion has to ignobly retreat to cover while he thinks of a Plan B.
    • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: In Lost Light #9, when a group of thugs tell Velocity, "This is where you stand aside," she replies, "This is where you make me," and pulls a gun on them... which is immediately shot out of her hand.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts: In one comic strip, it shows Lucy threatening to make a dramatic exit, saying she's going to run away and join a roller derby. But as Linus points out, she'll find that rather difficult to do... with ICE skates.

    Fan Works 
  • Arc Corp:
    • Ozpin reveals to Blake that Faunus are anomalies in Chapter 18. Since he says this right in the middle of explaining why he refuses to help an endangered Jaune, something that Blake cares about far more than anything else at that moment, she tells him point-blank she couldn't give a crap about his Hannibal Lecture. It's rendered moot even further several chapters later when Jaune reveals that Ozpin's declaration was an exaggeration: Faunus are descended from an anomalous being, but aren't anomalies themselves.
    • When trying to take Blake to task about leaving the White Fang, Sienna Khan asks Jaune what he thinks about his employee being a former terrorist. Unfortunately for her, he already knows and doesn't care, so his resultant shrug totally knocks the wind out of her sails, much to Blake's delight.
      Sienna looked as surprised as Blake felt amused. She'd obviously expected Jaune not to know, and any normal business would have problems with a terrorist on the roster. For once, ARC Corp's oddities were working in her favour.
  • Boldores And Boomsticks: Gladion announces his presence to Yang, Blake, and Casey with a dramatic speech about how easily he'll crush them and how doomed they are. They stare for a second before laughing at him for being an edgy tryhard.
  • Cutie Mark Crusaders 10k: Discord bursts out of the Chaos pit in The Lost loudly declaring that he's finally won against It/They and rattles off several impressive-sounding titles for himself. His boasting peters out as he notices the Mane Six aren't cheering him on because he looks exactly the same as he did before jumping into the Chaos pit.
  • A Green Dragon's Hoard: Izuku dramatically kicks off the head of the Zero Pointer and pulls off an impressive Three-Point Landing... then promptly starts rubbing his legs while complaining about how hard that is on the knees.
  • Legendarily Popular:
    • At the end of the Shamouti Island events, Lugia appears, warning, "Chosen One, there is a great... danger...?" only to find his normally recalcitrant Legendary Birds just bickering over dango, and when he tries to explain the Prophecy to Ash, his son Silver interrupts him to greet his childhood friend.
      Lugia: Oh sod this. Is there any of that dango left?
    • Ho-Oh sees Tracey Sketchitt looking at him, poses artistically... and gets clobbered out of the air by a high-speed blimp.
    • Zacian formally greets Cameron's Hydreigon, stating her wish for a worthy battle, but all Hydreigon can concentrate on is asking how she can talk so clearly with a sword in her mouth. Zacian is not amused.
      Zacian: And not a word about how I'm ignoring gravity. It is not the same thing as gravitas.
  • In Ordinary Girl, when Dylan scolds Jesse for being in possession of an iPod, he tries pointing to a poster saying as much to emphasize his point, only to accidentally point to a "Don't Eat the Mold" poster.
  • Rise of the Minisukas: When Rei and "Prankster" meet before Operation Yashima and Rei swears vengeance, the Minisuka attempts a dramatic getaway in a miniature hang glider that ends with her being caught by a gust of wind and tossed at Rei's feet, who just stares as Prankster collects herself and glides off... again incorrectly.
  • In the original timeline of To Undo It All, Bazz-B performs a Decapitation Presentation and gives a dramatic speech about the shinigami hiding their arrancar allies in the world of the living. Unfortunately, the arrancar in question, Roka Paramia, is someone neither Ichigo nor Isshin has ever met before. Once all three realize that she's completely unrelated to the war, they just awkwardly stare at the severed head.
  • The Twilight Child: In one chapter, Rarity and Sweetie Belle quickly get into an argument, which ends with Sweetie Belle trying to storm out of the room, complete with dramatic door slam. Unfortunately, her tail gets stuck.
  • In Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier, the Princess boasts to Prince Achmed of how Aladdin once faced "the galloping hordes". Since the Djinn just made it up, Achmed merely stares in confusion, having no idea what she's talking about.
  • Voyages of the Wild Sea Horse: On Loguetown, Ranma and his nascent pirate crew are confronted by Captain Kiyoshi Chaser, who attempts to give a dramatic speech whilst flamboyantly tossing aside her armored coat to unleash her full Super-Speed. Unfortunately, Kiyoshi looks the spitting image of Kasumi Tendo, so instead of impressing them, they are instead scandalized by the sight of her typically Grand Line-sized bosom being restrained only by a small bikini.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Amazing Maurice: After ridding the first village of rats, Keith attempts to look cool by casually twirling his flute and tossing it in the air. However, he completely botches the catch and drops it, and, in trying to grab it, his cowl falls off, completely destroying his air of mystery.
  • Finding Nemo: During Nemo's initiation, the announcement of Nemo's test suffers from poor timing.
    Bloat: If you are able to swim through... the RING... of FIRE!
    [nothing happens]
    Bloat: [from the side of his mouth] Turn on the ring of fire! The ring of fire!
    [Jacques turns on the volcano]
  • In The Incredibles, when Syndrome first catches Mr. Incredible with his finger-mounted paralyzer beams, he gets a bit too enthusiastic and ends up throwing Bob into the distance while dramatically gesturing;
    Syndrome: I am Syndrome! Your nemesis- (Throws Bob) Oh, brilliant.
  • In Incredibles 2, when Violet finds out that Agent Dicker accidentally erased her sorta-boyfriend Tony's memories of her, she throws an Emo Teen tantrum and tries to renounce supers and destroy her suit in their garbage disposal. Problem is, Edna's suits are basically indestructible, so it just sort of spins around making funny noises until she takes it out and tries to bite it apart before throwing it against the wall.
    Dash: Is she having "adolescence"?
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Shown when Shifu tries to give Po the Dragon Scroll in the first movie. Clearly, Shifu imagined it as a deep, respectful, reverent moment. He clearly did not imagine it with an overeager fanboy who couldn't even get the scroll open.
    • This trope is a Running Gag with Po because he's an Ascended Fanboy. Po knows just how a kung fu hero should act, but often runs headlong into Surprisingly Realistic Outcomes. The most hilarious example is during the climax of Kung Fu Panda 2, when Po stands on the top of a building wearing a long, flowing cape, and attempts to deliver a Badass Boast to Lord Shen. Unfortunately, since he's so far away, Shen can't hear a word he's saying and neither can anyone else. Shortly afterwards, Po tries to hurl his hat at a chain, believing that with his kung-fu skills, he can turn the hat into a Deadly Disc. It doesn't work.
    • Shen himself has moments of this. He is seen practicing his villainous monologue for when he finally meets Po, only to have the panda interrupt the actual speech with a very casual "Hey, how's it goin'?"
    • See also:
      Shen: Call in the wolves! I want them ready to move! The Year of the Peacock begins now!
      Wolf Boss: Right now? Cuz' it's the middle of the year, so you'd only get, like, half of a Year of the Peacock.
      Shen: [death glare]
  • In The Lorax, the title character is in the Once-ler's room to deliver a dramatic warning. He does this and attempts to open the door and walk out... only to be unable to reach the door handle because he's too short. The Once-ler helps him, and the Lorax tries warning him again.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks:
    • Adagio Dazzle regularly indulges in some dramatic evil gloating... only to have Sonata Dusk ruin it about every time by spouting something stupid.
      Adagio: This is it, girls, the moment we've been waiting for...
      Sonata: [excited] Lunch?!
      Adagio: [groans] The chance to get our true Equestrian magic back.
      Sonata: Oh, right.

      Adagio: [mock surprise] Oh, no! No-one's mingling! It's like... there's some kind of underlying tension that could bubble to the surface at any minute.
      Sonata: It's the fruit punch, isn't it? I knew I used too much grape juice!
      Adagio: It isn't the fruit punch, it's us!
    • Twilight and friends' first attempt at invoking the Magic of Friendship is a drawn-out example. Even the music is on it, rising dramatically as they lock hands together and Twilight exclaims "Friendship is magic!"... and then puttering out as nothing happens, and everybody looks at them like they're crazy.
    • The film demonstrates that Trixie's human counterpart is just as bad as her pony self at making dramatic exits, twice attempting to do a Smoke Out and both times being spotted by Pinkie Pie after she runs away.
      Pinkie Pie: She's gone! ...Oh wait, there she is.
    The second time, she even slips and falls behind the bleachers.
  • In Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Puss in Boots has Perrito dig up his outfit from his makeshift grave, and his attempt to dramatically reveal himself to Purrito turns awkward when he realizes his sword is still missing after losing it earlier in the film:
    Perrito: If this Puss in Boots is such a big deal, maybe we shouldn't be desecrating his grave.
    Puss in Boots: No, I don't think he would mind, because he... [dresses up, then poses dramatically] me!
    [Puss realizes his hand is empty as the triumphant music falters.]
    Perrito: [staring at his empty hand] Oh. O-Okay.
    Puss in Boots: Oh, yeah. Uh... [awkwardly stabbing the air] Normally, I have a sword. It's like a whole thing, you know?
  • In Rango, the title character forms a posse to investigate the theft of the town's water supply and has them ride off dramatically. When Spoons brings up the question of where they're supposed to be riding, Rango realizes he doesn't know and ends up sheepishly leading his posse back into town.
  • In The Sea Beast, Jacob declares that his monster-hunting days are over and smashes his spear over his knee, but he fails to break it. He tries a few more times before finally giving up and saying "Well, you get the idea". He pulls the same gesture off successfully during the climax, albeit with a prop spear.
  • In Shark Tale, when he arrives to "defeat" Lenny, Oscar poses dramatically on a building with a spangled cape billowing behind him... the cape then blows over his head, he gets tangled up in it and is forced to remove it.
  • In Sleeping Beauty, after Aurora and Philip share their first dance. Aurora starts running back to the fairies' house after remembering that they forbade her from talking to strangers. When Philip asks when they can meet again, she screams, "Oh, never!", then changes her response to, "Well, maybe someday", and finally, "This evening!"
  • In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, after being told to go wash, Grumpy crossly storms out on the Princess but walks straight into a door.
    Snow White: Oh dear, did you hurt yourself?
    Grumpy: Bah! [blows a raspberry at her, then storms into the bathroom to wash]

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bananas: Fielding Mellish meets a political activist and makes a date with her. As he drives home he rehearses later conversation, finishing with "I think the greatest crimes are those against human dignity." and steps out into an open manhole.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • SHAZAM!: Before their final confrontation, Shazam and Sivana face off at a distance while hovering over the city. Sivana starts delivering a supervillain rant... but Shazam can't hear one word of his "big evil-guy speech" because he's too far away and there's too much background noise.
    • Birds of Prey: Helena Bertinelli is trying to be a dramatic revenge killer, and while she's got the killing part down, she's having a lot more trouble with the dramatic part. At one point she asks a man a dramatic question after she's shot him in the throat, in another she awkwardly barges in on a Mêlée à Trois and then meekly tries to leave. It's to the point that no one even knows she's supposed to be "the Huntress" (calling her "the Crossbow Killer" instead) because every time she tells anyone her name, she is interrupted or the person she told dies soon anyway. She successfully gives her name once, and even then she let the dramatic pause drag out way too long.
  • Combined with the Comically Small Bribe to good effect in Game Night. Ryan and Sarah have to get a clue for the interactive murder-mystery game they're playing from one of the employees of the agency, who is reluctant to give it to them. Ryan tries bribing her...but it turns out he only has $17, so he tries to compensate for the paltry sum by dramatically sliding each bill across the desk, with the speed at which he passes it over getting slower to match the drop in each bill's value. It gets to the point where Sarah and the employee are exasperatedly watching him inch over a dollar bill at an agonisingly slow pace that Sarah explodes and has to explain to him that it's the pathetic sum of money that's the problem, not the speed at which it is being offered.
  • An In-Universe example in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the very beginning, when Dudley taunts Harry about his dead mother (a change from the taunt about Cedric from the book), he snaps a little and threatens his cousin with his wand... Dudley's gang, not knowing a thing about magic or wands, just laugh at this 'pathetic' display. Dudley however knows, enough to smartly (for once) not make another move.
  • It's a Wonderful Life: After an awkward conversation with Mary Hatch, a frustrated George Bailey storms off in a huff...only to return when he realizes he's forgotten his hat. This oddly leads to even more drama as George and Mary share an intense moment followed by a kiss.
  • Santino in John Wick: Chapter 2 calls John and attempts to make a grandiose speech/threat only for John to hang up without a word.
  • In The Lair of the White Worm, Lady Sylvia Marsh gives a dramatic speech to Kevin about why he must not be afraid to die in the name of the snake god Dionin... only to be interrupted mid-sentence by the doorbell.
    Lady Sylvia Marsh: Oh shit.
  • The Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Lolita opens with Professor Humbert walking into Claire Quilty's Big Fancy House to kill him in revenge for taking Lolita away from him. Humbert hands Quilty a written statement on why he's doing this, but Quilty is drunk and mocks the entire business.
  • Love in the Villa: Charlie leaves Julie with a threatening "I wouldn't be so sure about that"... only for the door to catch on his way out.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux wins the favor of Immortan Joe and reveals to him that he knows how to get inside Furiosa's War Rig. Joe hands Nux his own revolver and sends him aboard the Rig to finish the job. Epic music rises as Nux begins his run towards the cab... and his chain catches on the ladder, snatching him back to fall off the rig.
    Immortan Joe: Mediocre.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers:
      • Loki responds to Tony's speech with a dramatic one-liner and a brainwashing... only for his staff to bounce off the Arc Reactor in Tony's chest.
        Loki: ...This usually works.
        Tony: Well, performance issues... Not uncommon. One out of five?
      • Loki's on the receiving end of this towards the end, when he begins a very dramatic and vainglorious speech about how all-powerful he is. Unfortunately, the person he tries delivering it to is the Hulk, who just picks him up mid-rant and smacks him around the room like a rag-doll.
    • Iron Man 3:
      • A captive Tony knows that his Mark 42 suit is on the way, and tries to set it up for a dramatic entrance... but doesn't time it right the first time. Or the second.
      • In the final battle against Killian and his goons, Tony summons the Mark 42 again and dramatic music swells as it flies in, only for it to hit a railing and fall to pieces.
        Tony: [sigh] Whatever.
    • A Running Gag in Guardians of the Galaxy:
    • The gag continues in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
      • With gems such as High Priestess Ayesha's Big Entrance being spoiled by a carpet snag, a thug's threatening demeanor being spoiled by his chosen alias of "Taserface", and the sudden appearance, mid-climactic battle, of Pac-Man.
      • In the midst of the final battle, the camera goes into the standard Marvel Hero Shot, with the main heroes clustered together in bold poses. As the music swells, a chunk of space-fighter debris comes from off-screen and bowls Mantis over.
        Drax: [immediately after the debris hits] Mantis, look out!
    • Thor: Ragnarok makes this a Running Gag right from the start.
      • In the prologue, Surtur tries to make a big speech about how destroying Asgard is his destiny, but the chain Thor's dangling from keeps spinning him face away from Surtur, making him wait until Thor spins back around.
      • Shortly afterward, Thor tries to make a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner to Surtur while breaking free from his restraints by summoning Mjölnir to him, but times it wrong and has to wait a few seconds for the hammer to get there.
      • When Valkyrie first appears, she starts to do The Slow Walk down the ramp of her ship... and then falls over, right off the side of the ramp and into the trash, due to being heavily drunk.
      • Hela makes a dramatic speech to the warriors of Asgard, complete with dramatic music swelling, only for Hogun the Grim to undercut her, emphasized by cutting to a wide shot of Hela to show she's standing so far away from them they can barely hear her.
        Hela: "Whoever I am"?! Did you listen to a word I just said?!
      • Thor throws a heavy ball to bust open the window to the Hulk's suite so he can leave and escape while telling Valkyrie that he's going to head back to Asgard to fight Hela despite the impossible odds "Because that's what heroes do." Only for the ball to rebound from the thick glass, hit Thor in the face mid-sentence, and knock him flat on his ass. Undeterred, he just gets up and finishes the sentence, then busts the window with his body instead.
      • In the climax of the film, Bruce leaps off the Grandmaster's ship to take down Fenris as the Hulk... except he doesn't transform and lands face-first on the Bifrost, which probably would have been fatal if he didn't finally transform a few seconds later.note 
    • Avengers: Endgame: Toward the end of the climactic battle, Thanos reclaims the Infinity Gauntlet, declares "I am inevitable.", and snaps his fingers, causing... a tiny metallic click. He then discovers that Iron Man has the Infinity Stones.
    • Spider-Man: No Way Home:
      • Dr. Strange botches a cool flying entrance when he slips over snow on the landing.
      • The MCU Spider-Man tries to boast that he has more credentials than the Raimi-verse and Webb-verse Spider-Men because he was a member of The Avengers. His boast falls flat because The Avengers don't exist in the other two Spider-Men's universes, so they have no idea what he is talking about and then assume from the name that it's a band.
  • In Max, Adolf Hitler attends a narm-filled puppet show about the contamination of the Aryan bloodline. As the Jewish puppet humps the Aryan puppet while Jewish caricatures gleefully dance around them, the audience roars with laughter. Only Hitler takes the show seriously, angrily shushing the people around him.
  • Jason's speech about how Robert won't kill them in Mystery Team leads to him getting shot.
  • In Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Lancelot interrupts a performance of Camelot starring Hugh Jackman and Alice Eve. After Lancelot realizes it's fake and causes chaos, Jackman attempts to threaten him by doing the Wolverine pose. Except since Lancelot is a museum exhibit having just come to life that night, he has no idea what that pose means.
    Hugh Jackman: Listen, mate, you don't wanna fight me, all right? If we go, I will break you. [does Wolverine pose] COME ON! [snarls]
    Lancelot: What is that? What are you doing?
    Alice Eve: He's doing his Wolverine thing. It's better with the claws and no shirt.
  • Near the end of Parenthood, Gil's grandma uses a metaphor to describe parenthood as a rollercoaster in an attempt to convince him and his wife Karen not to get an abortion, then leaves to wait for them in the car. Karen says "As far as I'm concerned, your grandmother is brilliant." Gil looks out the window and says "Yeah if she's so brilliant why is she sitting in our neighbor's car?"
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu:
    • Lucy introduces herself in a bombastic way suitable to noir films, standing on a stairwell with a bright light behind her and implying she knows a lot about what's going on. Except Tim is weirded out because the bright light makes it hard to see her and he has no idea what she's talking about — he hasn't even heard a hint about conspiracies yet. In the end, her act falls apart when she admits that rather than a seasoned reporter, she's an intern who writes meaningless fluff pieces like "Top 10 Cutest Pokémon".
      Lucy: Newsflash, they're all cute! Such a waste of time.
    • Lucy again when she meets Tim in the bar. She sits in a booth adjacent to him, tells him to act natural, and then tries to pass him a folder without looking. She drops it, they bonk heads, and she finally just sits with him normally.
  • At the end of Run Fatboy Run, Whit attempts to throw the television out of his hotel window in anger after seeing Dennis finish the marathon on it and everybody cheering for him, but is unable to get it off the wall and has to settle for just turning it off.
  • Shaolin Soccer, when the replacement goalie makes a dramatic entrance and walks into the goal post... of the opposing team.
  • Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has quite a few moments where this happens, what with him being The Comically Serious against the excitable child Sonic and the over-the-top villain Eggman. The most prominent moment happens after the climax, where he dramatically states Super Sonic is no longer the hedgehog the Wachowskis once knew, to which Sonic uses his reality-warping powers to summon... a chili dog. He tries offering one to Knuckles, but it lands on his face instead. Completely deadpan, Knuckles retracts his previous statement; Sonic is still exactly the same hedgehog he was before.
  • A running gag in Spider-Man 3 is the broken door to Peter's crummy apartment, which has a frustrating tendency to not open, and kills at least one attempt from Mary Jane at a dramatic exit.
  • In Sweet Home Alabama, Jake kicks Melanie out of his house after an argument and slams the door closed to make a statement. The door has a window, but every time he tries to close the shade, it pops back up, before he just rips the whole thing down in a fit of comedic rage.
  • Subverted in Tricky Business in that there was no attempt to cause drama when the heroine picks up her kid at daycare, is insulted by a particularly stupid soccer mom, and storms out. Then she returns five seconds later to pick up her shoes and goes out again, in complete silence.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Roger Rabbit's angsty reaction to Eddie going to call the cops fails, as he walks into the closet. When Eddie opens the closet door, Roger cuffs himself to him, so maybe he planned it all along.
  • Noburo Mori in The Wolverine.
    Logan: You're gonna talk tough, standing there in your red underwear?


  • The Book Thief. Angry at the mayor's wife, Liesel throws a ball of paper at their house. Naturally, the paper bounces off the door, down the steps, and comes rolling back to her.
  • Chrysalis (RinoZ): Since the ants lack understanding of drama or sarcasm, they frequently can't appreciate Anthony's wit.
    "Anyone else think our guests look thirsty?" I ask nobody in particular. "Let's give them a drink."
    A moment of silence.
    "Should we release the acid?" comes a hesitant scent from behind the ceiling above me.
    "Yes. That's what I meant when I said give them a drink. I don't mean for them to actually drink the acid, but rather insinuating... never mind. Just tip it out."
  • Discworld:
    • In The Light Fantastic, Galder Weatherwax is put out when he suggests the wizards perform the Rite of Ashk-Ente, and rather than the wizards reacting with horror and shock, they just go "yeah, good idea." Then Death himself ruins the moment when summoned, since summoning the personification of death is a teeny bit underwhelming when he shows up holding a cocktail.
      Death: I was at a party.
    • In Mort, Death's epic arrival at the apprentice fair is ruined by a spot of ice.
      Death: Bugger.
    • In The Last Hero, when the Silver Horde arrive at Dunmanifestin, Cohen strikes a dramatic pose and declaims "Behold, the citadels of the gods!" Then Caleb replies "Yes, well, we can see it. Is there something wrong with your back?" and the bard asks if he can replace "citadels" with "temples" in the saga because it has a better rhythm.
    • In Monstrous Regiment, Lord Rust attempts to make a dramatic exit after the Ins-and-Outs refuse his offer. Unfortunately, the rest of his delegation doesn't have the proper dramatic timing.
    • In Equal Rites, Granny Weatherwax's dramatic entrance to the Unseen University great hall is ruined when the door bounces back and hits her in the knee.
    • Guards! Guards!: The Supreme Grand Master of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night and his attempts to conduct their affairs with proper ceremony run into a snag when one overblown request is met with a casual "yup".
    • In Making Money, Pucci attempts to make a sweeping entrance to the Royal Bank after Moist introduces his new dollar bills, but Moist internally notes that sweeping entrances like hers take planning.
    • The series-spanning Running Gag wherein Lord Vetinari will instruct someone, "Look out the window and tell me what you see," only to have problems, such as someone who comically misses the point ("a dog watching a man take a leak in an alley"), or uncooperative weather ("Fog.")
    • In Hogfather Ridcully points dramatically upwards as he declares "To the laundry!" The dramatic effect of this is already questionable, but it gets worse when the other wizards first remind him the laundry is in the cellars, and then worry if Mrs Whitlow will make a fuss about them being there. (They eventually remember she's on holiday, at which point Ridcully says "We certainly don't take orders from any kind of housekeeper" and tries the "To the laundry!" line again.)
    • In The Last Continent, Ponder Stibbons suddenly realises what's wrong with Mono Island and exclaims "There's only one of everything!" He thinks it's the sort of line that should be met with a shocked pause as everyone takes in the implications. followed by comments like "Good lord, he's right!" Instead the wizards have no idea what he's talking about.
  • Happens a lot in The Dresden Files.
    • Ghost Story has a flashback detailing a teenaged Harry sticking up a gas station. The narration from present-day Harry makes sure to deflate as much drama out of the moment as possible, such as noting that the paper bag he'd stuffed over his hand so he could pretend that he had a gun when performing force magic actually had mayonnaise on the inside, which constantly distracted and grossed him out.
    • Speaking of Ghost Story, He-Who-Walks-Behind is initially quite terrifying and acting quite grandstanding when assaulting a teenaged Harry, but even he, an Eldritch Abomination older than written tongue, can only give a baffled Flat "What" when Harry responds to his "The Reason You Suck" Speech by quoting Pee-Wee Herman.
  • Invoked in the Parental advice book title Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: When Hermione verifies Nicolas Flamel's work in alchemy, she dramatically whispers to Harry and Ron that Flamel made the Philospher's Stone. The two react with confusion, as neither of them have heard of the Stone before. The narration even notes that "this didn't have quite the effect she'd expected."
      Hermione: Nicolas Flamel is the only known maker of the Philosopher's Stone!
      Harry and Ron: The what?
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Professor Trelawney having predicted Harry's death during Dinivation, the third year Gryffindors are very subdued during Transfiguration and barely react when McGonagall turns into a cat and back. Once the prediction of death is mentioned to her, McGonagall defuses the claim by explaining that Trelawney has predicted a student's death every year she's been teaching at the school and none of them have perished yet.
  • Sakaishi's The Holy Knight's Dark Road has the character Sain, who cannot believe that wearing black clothing is not enough to intimidate people. It doesn't help that he's twelve.
  • King City: Duke Fallon's menacing threats to Wade not to mess with his business only for Wade to tell him he spilled some ice cream on his suit in the process and Duke to instantly get distracted and lament about how expensive the suit is.
  • In one of the Sword of Truth books, Nicci, Death's Mistress and an obscenely powerful and deadly sorceress, makes a pronunciation that the end of the world may well be upon them all. The narration notes that she's a little undercut by the fact she's wearing a pink, frilly nightgown.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 30 Rock:
    • Josh attempts to overturn the table and storm out angrily. Unfortunately, he can't lift the table, leaving the others staring at him.
      Liz: Well, help him, nerds! And lift with your legs!
    • Kenneth's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Donnie lives on this trope. For example, he attempts a dramatic Chair Reveal but turns too hard and bangs into the furniture.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun:
    Dick: Fine! We can tell when we're not wanted!
    [he storms out of the room, but the rest of the family doesn't move; after a beat, Dick runs back in]
    Dick: We're not wanted.
    Harry: Oh!
    [the rest of the family follows Dick out of the room]
  • Arrested Development:
    • The wind keeps Gob from throwing a letter into the ocean.
      Narrator: Gob had not mailed the letter, but in an act of defiance, dramatically hurled it into the sea. This proved a more difficult dramatic gesture than he anticipated.
    • Similarly, during the time Gob becomes the company president, he tries to fire Michael and call security on him, but can't figure out how to use the phone and has to be directed by Michael.
    • Later, prosecuting attorney Wayne Jarvis tries to inform Michael that Gob has been arrested in Iraq by turning on the TV, clearly hoping for a Coincidental Broadcast. Said coincidence fails to materialize, and Wayne and Michael has to wait through 20 minutes of unrelated news before the story of Gob's arrest finally comes on.
  • Arrow:
    • Felicity Smoak is hauled in for questioning after Detective Quentin Lance discovers she's been helping the Hood. On being ushered into the interrogation room, Felicity refuses to take a seat, only to meekly sit down when Quentin shuts the door loudly.
    • When Nyssa of the League of Assassins turns up to kidnap Thea Queen, Roy Harper does a fancy flip off the roof of a car to defend her, only to instantly go down from a tranquilizer dart. Though Thea admits to being impressed afterwards.
    • Flashback scenes show that Oliver Queen's initial attempts at being a badass archer were less than impressive—he repeatedly misses when firing arrows, fails to break the glass in his first Super Window Jump, and falls off a roof and gets tangled up in wires while Roof Hopping.
  • In Black Books, Fran and Bernard have a fight. Fran storms out of the bookshop, coldly informing Bernard that she doesn't think they should see each other for a while. She then immediately reenters, announces "I forgot my bag!" in an embarrassed sing-song tone, and flounces out again once she's picked it up.
  • In an episode of Boston Legal, Alan Shore and Denny Crane are arguing in a hotel room in New Orleans and Denny decides to go back to Boston and starts packing angrily.
    Alan Shore: Denny...
    Denny Crane: Don't try to stop me, Alan!
    Alan Shore: I don't want to stop's just that those are my things you're packing.
  • In Boy Meets World Cory attempts the dramatic exit but ends up going through the wrong door and into a closet. He saves it by saying "And I'm taking back my sweater!"
  • Breaking Bad:
    • "Problem Dog" sees Walt set his car on fire and do an Unflinching Walk away... except the car takes too long to explode, forcing Walt to sit on the ground after reaching a safe distance and wait for the kaboom.
    • Much more dramatically, later in the series, in "Granite State," Walt tries to intimidate Saul Goodman into helping him plot revenge on the Neo-Nazis for stealing his money and murdering his brother-in-law Hank Schrader. While walking up to Saul, Walt devolves into a coughing fit, and Saul steps out of Walt's life for good soon afterwards to go on the run.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • In the pilot episode, Santiago is taunting Peralta for being stuck on desk duty, since it will probably cause him to lose a bet the two have made.
      Santiago: Have fun with your files.
      Peralta: Yeah, you know what, I will have fun with my files. Have fun with your FACE!
      [Peralta tries to slam the door, which flies open again]
      Peralta: Slam! That was a slam!
    • In "Stakeout", Amy and Gina react poorly to the way they are depicted in a children's story that Terry has written for his daughters. Terry finally gets fed up with them and yells at them over how silly they're being. Unfortunately, they're in an elevator and Terry doesn't hit the button for the floor he wants until after he's finished, meaning that — as Gina lampshades — instead of being able to storm off impressively the second the doors open, he instead has to hang around with them in awkward silence until they reach his floor.
  • Buffyverse:
    • "Prophecy Girl":
      • "When he wakes up, tell him... I dunno. Think of something cool. Tell him I said it."
      • When the earthquake stops, the Master, in mid-rant, asks the Anointed One in an aside, "Whaddaya think? 5.1?"
    • In "Graduation Day Part 2", Oz insists on a moment of silence after the school blows up. Everyone eventually gets up and leaves. "... And we're done."
    • From "Doppelgangland", Willow, trying to be angry and assertive, has to tell Buffy "I'm storming off...doesn't really work if you come with me." as she walks off in a huff.
    • In "Out of My Mind", Spike resolves to find a way to remove his inhibitor chip, and promises himself that when he does, he'll "make Buffy's neck my chalice". Immediately after he falls into an open grave. (Buffy does the same while arguing with Angel in "Some Assembly Required").
      • Spike has a similar scene in Angel episode "In the Dark" when his rant is cut off because he's walked under a hole in the roof and the sunlight has set his hair on fire.
      • And again, when he attempts to deliver a threatening monologue to an unsuspecting Buffy in "Wild at Heart", only to be tasered and dragged off by the Initiative, mid-speech.
    • In "Gone", the Trio attempt to make a dramatic escape from Buffy under the cover of a smoke bomb, but they can't get the door open in time, and the smoke clears to reveal them still fiddling with it before they finally manage to get out. It happens again in "Seeing Red" — after Buffy has defeated Warren and Andrew, the former escapes using a Jet Pack. Andrew reveals that he has a jet pack as well and tells Buffy that it's not over, and they will meet again...before jetting into an overhanging roof and knocking himself unconscious.
    • In "A New Man", Ethan Rayne spends a few moments doing the usual vaguely ominous speech to an empty room after Giles leaves... only for Giles to hear him as he leaves and come back.
      Ethan: In fact, Ripper, old mate, I'd say something rather interesting is about to ha—
      Giles: [re-enters the room] Is someone—
      Ethan: Oh, bugger, I thought you'd gone.
    • In "Older And Far Away", Halfrek tries to teleport away dramatically (twice) but her own spell keeps her in the house.
    • In "Lessons", Buffy is telling Dawn how dangerous the vampire burrowing out of his grave is, when the vampire interrupts to ask for their help as he's stuck.
    • In the pilot episode of Angel, Doyle tries to come to Cordelia's aid by dramatically driving Angel's car through the gates leading to a mansion. The attempt fails as the car simply crashes into them and stops due to the gates being too tough.
    • In "Unleashed", Spike launches into a story about the time he had an epic battle against a werewolf, only for Fred to inform that Angel killed one effortlessly with a pen.
  • Crownies has a scene where Richard angrily confronts the tenant he has been trying to evict. The moment is a little diluted by his riding off on a bicycle a moment later.
  • In Dexter's season 5 premiere, Dexter tells the tragic news of Rita's death to her children while wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Love & Monsters": The main character and his Love Interest fall victim to this when they attempt to storm out because Ursula forgets her phone, so they go back for it... with disastrous consequences.
    • "The Sontaran Stratagem": Donna says she's going home, so the Doctor starts dishing out a farewell speech... only to realize she's merely going for a visit.
    • "The Poison Sky": The Doctor gives Donna her own TARDIS key, proclaiming it "Quite a big moment, really." Donna suggests they celebrate after dealing with the Deadly Gas.
    • "The Lodger": The Doctor hears Craig's friend Shawn say "annihilate" and immediately launches into a dramatic "Oncoming Storm" speech about how no one is getting annihilated while he's around... only to realize that he was talking about football and that "annihilate" was figurative.
    • "The Wedding of River Song": Something to this effect occurs when the Doctor tries to get Amy to remember the pre-Time Crash universe, only to realize by the stuff in her office that she already does.
    • "The Day of the Doctor": The Tenth Doctor is chasing a shapeshifter, thinks he's found it, and begins threatening it... only he's talking to a harmless little rabbit. He bravely tries to recover.
      The Doctor: Just a general... warning...
    • "The Woman Who Fell to Earth": After an epic forging montage, the Doctor proudly shows off her new sonic screwdriver, activating it... only for it to fuse out the moment she activates it. It works fine after that, though.
      The Doctor: ...Should be fine.
  • Drake & Josh:
    • When they have an argument and Josh trips on his way out of the room. "I may have tripped, but that does not diminish the impact of this exit!"
    • The scene is referenced again in a later episode when a crappy TV show is made about Drake and Josh expies Drew and Jerry. Drake and Josh watch a scene of the Drew and Jerry Show, and in it, the Jerry character says "I may have stumbled, but that does not lessen the significance of this departure!" This prompts Josh to wonder why they made Jerry such a dork, only to realize the reason and hang his head in shame.
  • In the Firefly episode "The Train Job", one of Niska's henchmen delivers a Badass Boast in which he promises to hunt Mal down and kill him, no matter how far he runs. Mal simply kicks him into the engine intake, which turns him into pulp.
    • Also invoked later on in "War Stories", when Niska tries to give Zoe a Sadistic Choice: he has Mal and Wash captive, and agrees to let one go while the other will continue to be tortured. He starts to make a dramatic speech about how she must make an impossible decision, and Zoe interrupts him by immediately picking her husband. Subverted, in that Niska is angry about having his moment ruined, and takes it out on Mal by slicing his ear off.
  • Frasier:
    • When Frasier tells Roz that Bulldog only wants her to produce his show to get her into bed. Her sprained ankle and crutches cause her dramatic exit to be painfully slow, and it only gets worse when she reaches the door, tells him that she is out of his life for good, and realizes she has to turn back and get her purse.
    • Also when Frasier made a big dramatic speech to his building's board about how they're all a bunch of petty tyrants, and as he leaves, his briefcase opens and spills his papers onto the floor, forcing him to pick them up and ruining his dramatic exit.
    • Also after Daphne has an argument with Martin and Frasier about something. She tells them off and storms off to her room, but as Frasier points out to Martin, "That would have been very effective — if her room were on that side of the apartment." Followed by a mortified Daphne slowly slinking her way back across the hallway to her room, refusing to make eye contact with them.
    • Another that occurs off-screen with Niles storming out of Maris' mansion after an argument, and his failed attempt to close the massive front doors.
      Niles: was that fourteenth-century Bavarian cathedral door, so I had to get two of the servants to help me slam it. But what it lacked in spontaneity, it made up for in resonance!
    • In a first season episode, Lilith shows up having found a note Frasier left for her a year ago asking to get back together. When Frasier explains that he no longer feels that way Lilith attempts to excuse herself so she can leave with dignity but the straps of her purse get caught in the door. She has to sheepishly ring the doorbell to free it.
  • In the Friends episode "The One with the Jellyfish", Phoebe meets her real mother and gets mad at her, because she never tried to contact her. She shouts "I don't ever want to see you again!", and storms out, then returns for her purse, covering her eyes with her hand.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In "Baelor", Tyrion Lannister's Rousing Speech works fine until the mountain clans charge over him, knocking him unconscious and trampling him into the mud.
      Bronn: You're a shit warrior.
    • Theon Greyjoy's Rousing Speech in "Valar Morghulis" is also well received. Then his men knock him unconscious in the middle of a battle cry and hand Theon over to the enemy.
  • Used in The George Lopez Show after George's mom gets arrested for helping with a robbery thirty years ago. Because George wouldn't say anything to exonerate her, as she is taken away by the police she shouts "I never want to see you again!" George responds by saying "But how are you going to get bail?" She stops, comes back in (with the police officer still holding on to her), and says "I'll see you one last time!"
  • In Get Smart, Siegfried once gave an impassioned speech about the importance of killing his rival Max Smart and ended it by slamming his fist into a glass of water. When Siegfried repositions the glass and continues his speech, he finds himself slamming his other fist into the same glass.
  • Rachel Berry's multiple attempts to storm out of the Glee club often fall into this, including when she was in a wheelchair and she tried to storm out, only to wheel herself into the doorframe.
  • The Golden Girls:
    • When Dorothy finds out her boyfriend is married, she tries to storm out of the hotel room, except;
      Dorothy: Oh God, I'm storming out into the bathroom!
    • In an earlier episode, Blanche has to break up with her boyfriend, and after doing so, she turns to leave, then remembers they're on his private jet.
  • In Halt and Catch Fire, Gordon has one of his tantrums and tries to dramatically slam the door to his office. The hydraulic door closer slows the door so that it shuts with a disappointing "pfffft".
  • In an episode of House, the title character is listening to loud music in his office when Vogler walks in to introduce himself. After a tense discussion, House turns on the speakers again... which start playing a Jewish folk song. House turns it off and says, "That wasn't as dramatic as I had hoped."
  • From How I Met Your Mother:
    • One of Barney's coworkers quits spectacularly while his boss is chewing him out during a meeting, shouts to everyone that he just made a load of money in the stock market and doesn't need this job anymore, and then gets up on the conference table yelling "Here's what I think of this stupid company!" and attempts to pee on it... but has a shy bladder and can't get the stream going. His meek "Could everyone turn away for a minute?" and everyone's polite acquiescence makes it even lamer.
    • Robin goes on a bender and wakes up in a strange hotel room. When she asks where they are, Barney angrily responds that he'll show her where they are and dramatically flings open the curtains. This reveals nothing because the view is blocked by another building.
      Barney: That was supposed to be a dramatic view of the Toronto skyli — you're in Toronto!
  • iCarly:
    • In the episode "iSaw Him First", Carly and Sam get obsessed with Shane, a member of Freddie's A.V. club, and the obsession caused them to have an argument, but when Sam broke the straw on the camel's back by mentioning Carly wearing a support bra, Carly, fed up, leaves. Two seconds later, she comes back in because it's her apartment room.
    • In "iRue the Day" the gang have trouble with their webcasts and the perpetrator appears on a video monitor wearing a skull mask. He goes into a brief spiel of how they will fear him only for his mother to call him down and expose his identity as recurring nuisance Nevel Papperman.
  • In I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson, Brian finishes off his spirited defense of his hat choices by slamming his hand on the table, but accidentally hits his water bottle and spills it all over his laptop.
  • Just Shoot Me!: After Maya delivers a speech to Jack about how he ignored her (again) in favor of people who just suck up to him for favors, she storms out of his office...or would, if Jack's door-opener gizmo hadn't gone haywire and locked them both in.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Taiga usually tries his best to maintain a bad guy reputation with, besides other things, with dramatic villainous speeches and one-liners. While valiant, his efforts are usually ruined by Nico piping in with some moments killers, e.g. the time he had an ominous monologue about Emu in a dark room of his base before Nico comes in and flicks on the lights.
    • Kamen Rider Zi-O: Woz is about to go on another grandiose boast and dramatic reading from his book of future events. Then Tsukasa reaches over and slams the book shut, cutting him off.
  • The King of Queens:
    • Averted and lampshaded when Carrie angrily storms out of her office and the elevator arrives as soon as she presses the button rather than leaving her standing around waiting.
      Carrie: Boy, am I glad that came fast.
    • Speaking of elevators, there's also a scene in the episode "Strike Too" where Doug and Carrie have an argument over whether or not Doug's union strike is having a negative effect on him. Doug angrily walks into the elevator behind them and press the button to go down; however, the elevator does not go down immediately. To make matters worse, when the elevator is finally about to close, another man presses the button to get in. Doug is left staring at Carrie, who is trying her best not to laugh.
    • In the episode "Strike Out", after Doug and Deacon find out that their union met their demands and the strike is ending, they tell Arthur, who then accuses their union of selling them out. Deacon tells Arthur that they got an 8% pay increase. Arthur then replies with this:
      Arthur: So, it's all about the money then — the filthy luke! Well, fine, here! [throws money on the street] Here's some blood-money for ya! Ya want some more? Here, here's some more! Crawl for it! Go ahead — CRAWL FOR IT! [Beat] Actually, I need that back...
  • Sophie does this in an episode of Leverage when she takes over doing the mission briefings from Nate. She ends the briefing on a dramatic note and then ends up walking away... right into the closet.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: In "Stressed Western", the Legends try putting their hands together in a circle for a Team Hand-Stack. However, their timing is all off, so they never actually all have their hands in the circle at the same time.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: During her time in Numenor, Galadriel tries to pursue Miriel to give her a small army to fight the Orcs in the Southlands. Seeing that she cannot convince Miriel, Galadriel disrespect her and demands to speak with the true ruler of Numenor, Miriel's father. Seeing Galadriel's self-righteousness, Miriel asks her with who's authority is Galadriel speaking to the queen herself in such manner. Galadriel's answer "there is a tempest in me!" looks at first to be this Badass Boast line during her dramatic clash with Queen Miriel, only for next shot to show Galadriel being in the dungeons for sedition. Halbrand makes fun of her for her failed attempt at intimidating Miriel.
  • Mako Mermaids: An H₂O Adventure: After turning themselves into humans and some Clothesline Stealing, Nixie, Lyla, and Sirena stare at the city in mismatched clothing. Nixie comments on how the human world is full of chaos and danger, and tells the other two to follow her lead. She takes one step on her new legs and falls flat on her face.
  • Merlin:
    Arthur: I'm going to go talk to my father right now!
    Merlin: I really don't think that's a good idea, Sire.
    Arthur: Why not!?
    Merlin: You're not wearing any trousers.
    Arthur: ...Oh.
  • Mimpi Metropolitan: When Melani rejects his love confession, Alexi gets down on his knee and declares he will not leave until Melani changes her mind. Melani nonchalantly says she doesn't care and goes back to her room, complete with the dramatic music suddenly becoming comedic.
  • The guys from the Spanish Inquisition on Monty Python's Flying Circus are trying to be as threatening as they can to scare the people they encounter, but due to their incredible stupidity are just funny.
  • The Office:
    • When Michael wants to tell Andy about Dwight and Angela just as he is leaving for New York to make it dramatic, but the distance between the front door and his car forces him to stall for time. "I do not have much time... car's all the way over there... to tell you what I have to tell you. And just bear in mind when I say... say these things, that... are bad things... that you hear... in your ears... this is something that I, if I were you, that I wouldn't want to hear..."
    • Andy, having been fired by his hated boss Robert California, engineers a buyout from David Wallace where he would get his job back and Robert would be ousted. To set up the reveal for this coup, he first pretends to be down and out and desperate, dressing in shabby clothes, reeking of alcohol, and begging for work. When he finally turns around and reveals his triumph, however, it completely falls flat because everyone just thinks he's drunkenly hallucinating, and when the truth is finally confirmed, everyone's too concerned with their own jobs to care about Andy. (Robert, meanwhile, negotiates a generous severance package and it's implied that he's leaving on a sex tour of Europe.)
  • Used in Scrubs when J.D. tries to come up with a clever insult before the elevator closes. He ends up with, "Hey Dr. Cox. Why don't you just... you're the kinda guy that... aaw."
  • Silicon Valley:
    • Richard delivers a stinging ultimatum to his boss while leaning forward against his desk for emphasis. It's a pretty awesome power move, but unfortunately the paper he's leaning his hands on slides out from under him, making Richard bang his face on the desk.
      Gilfoyle: That was pretty badass, Richard... until it wasn't.
    • During a moment of frustration, Richard punches the wall. Or tries to at least; somehow he manages to miss. In the same episode, Gavin Belson tries to dramatic exit but then nearly buckles over in pain because he pulled something during his triathlon, and has to be helped limping out of the building.
  • In the That '70s Show episode "The Third Wheel", Eric and Hyde both storm out of a bowling alley after a fight, then return to take off their bowling shoes.
  • Ultraman Z has this as a staple of its comedy:
    • In Episode 1, as Z is not familiar with Earth languages, his attempt to come of as serious when telling Haruki the latter is already dead and must bond with him to fight falls flat due to messing up Japanese Honorifics and his Verbal Tic of adding "Ultra-" to nouns. He sheepishly admits to Haruki that "Earthese" is hard.
    • In Episode 11, Haruki loudly introduces STORAGE's newest Humongous Mecha, King Joe STORAGE Custom, and gushes about its specifications and functions, only for Captain Hebikura to interrupt him by asking why he's saying things that everyone already knew.
    • At the end of Episode 16, Alien Barossa II ominously descends from the sky to the tune of "Night on Bald Mountain", only to break his back upon landing at the beginning of the next episode.
    • In the finale, Z attempts to dramatically fly away as usual after defeating the final kaiju, but runs out of energy mid-flight and falls to the ground.
  • The West Wing:
    • Ainsley Hayes makes a strong argument in a political debate between White House co-workers, then asks, "Can I have that last cupcake?" Sam points out her mistake later.
    • Even though Sam does pretty much the exact same thing when Bartlet smacks down a conservative radio-show host. Awesome for Bartlet. For Sam... not so much.
    • Ainsley seems to do a few of these. There's the time in her job interview when she's arguing a point with Leo McGarry when she suddenly stands up. The intent is to show that she is rising to demonstrate her passion for the point she's trying to make. Leo thinks she's trying to leave.
  • An episode of Will & Grace has Jack storm out of their apartment only to have his suitcase caught on the door.
    Jack: Do you mind, I'm trying to be dramatic.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: Usually used by Alex Russo, attempting to storm out. In the special The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, Alex prepares to battle her Evil Twin and goes to remove her jacket... and it gets stuck. Evil Alex and Dominic stare at her in disbelief until she manages to remove it.

    Radio & Podcasts 
  • The Men from the Ministry: When testing the new armored van for the Ministry, Mr. Lennox-Brown tries to sound serious:
    Lennox-Brown: Lennox-Brown to base. Lennox-Brown to base. Van travelling eastwards. All systems roger. How do you read me?
    Sir Gregory: Like an extremely boring book. Cut out all that "roger"-nonsense.
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: After all the action brought by solving the mystery of the week, Johny reports to the lieutenant (whom he's attracted to) while bleeding profusely. In his narration, he admits wanting to "impress her with [his] All-American toughness" by not fainting in front of her. The lieutenant then proceeds to catch him before he wilts to the floor.

  • This is one explanation for the weird failed slouching that Draco does in A Very Potter Musical. According to the actress, Malfoy tries to look cool when he enters a scene but fails miserably and just slides to the ground.

    Video Games 
  • At one point in Breath of Fire III, you are asked by a mutant to flip a switch on a conveyor belt to send it into boiling lava to destroy it. You can instead flip another switch to send it towards the opposite direction, prompting the mutant to deliver the death line he prepared before realizing: "Hey! Wrong way!"
  • Occurs twice in succession in The Darkness for some Bathos. The corrupt Chief of Police gets a power drill ready to drill into Jackie's head for some Cold-Blooded Torture, complete with the one-liner "There may be some discomfort"... and the drill comes unplugged. The Chief walks over, plugs it back in a little closer, and tries again. The second attempt works, as the drill messes Jackie's face up to hell and back, but then the drill jams. This prompts the frustrated chief to yell "Chinese piece of SHIT!" and throw the drill away, leaving his henchmen to try and keep Jackie intimidated while he fiddles with the broken drill.
  • Deltarune has many examples involving Spamton:
    • Upon finishing the normal Spamton NEO fight:
      • If you dropped his HP to 0, he attempts to power himself up to EX form only to blow up;
      • If you tried to cut his wires, he celebrates the party helping him cut his strings, before just flopping helplessly onto the ground. This one cumulates fun, fear, and sadness.
    • After that, he has to be held up with vines even in his normal form and resigns himself to his fate, turning himself into an item in support to the heroes as if he's dying… but if your inventory is full, the music stops and a flabbergasted Spamton storms off as a little item sparkle.
      YOU FILLED YOUR [Inventorium] WITH [Half-Pr1ce Sallamy] JUST TO KEEP ME OUT!?
      WHAT! THE! [F...ifty Percent Off]!?
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake:
    • Heidegger confronts the heroes via a hologram and boasts that his new robot, Airbuster, will be the instrument of their destruction. Suddenly, one of his men informs him that Airbuster is still under construction and is only 60% done. He complains that his awesome moment was ruined, especially since they are on TV.
    • Since they are on TV, Barret attempts to address the people of Midgar about Shinra's crimes. Tifa and Cloud point out that Shinra would obviously cut the audio.
    • In the "Intermission" DLC, Yuffie does this a lot. In her first scene, she gives an introductory speech to Avalanche, only to find no one there, then she falls off her perch. When she does find them, she gives the same speech, causing them to stare at her awkwardly. When she reveals her identity to some Shinra grunts, she starts coughing from her own smoke bomb and falls off her perch.
  • A slightly more serious example: Malcolm in Full Throttle concludes his recorded will with a long rant both calling out his former business partner and a heartfelt apology to his estranged daughter:
    Malcolm: He was wrong. I was wrong. I should have stood by her. I hope, Maureen, that you forgive me, and that you take over Corley Motors and run it however you see fit! ... all right, that's enough! How do I turn this damn thing off?
  • Mass Effect:
    • Mass Effect 2:
      • A krogan who has the drop on Shepard starts a rant about how he's defeated Shepard and his clan will rule Tuchanka. If the player takes a Renegade interrupt that pops up during the speech, Shepard fires a single shot from his/her sidearm, which then causes him to mock Shepard for missing and proving how incompetent and overrated s/he is. He fails to notice the now-leaking gas line Shepard was aiming at until Shepard helpfully points it out just before it explodes. One of his guards does notice it and starts backing up.
      • Renegade prompts allow this to happen a few other times. In another noticeable instance during Miranda's loyalty mission, a group of mercenaries who have Shepard, Miranda, and the third member of the group at gunpoint and their leader will go on at length about how he's giving them chance to walk away before he's forced to hurt them. Hit the prompt in the middle of the speech and Shepard effortlessly takes him out and Miranda shoots the cable of a cargo crate overhead which lands and causes an explosion dispatching the majority of the mercs. There's a closeup on the face of one of the survivors, a salarian, and his expression clearly shows he's thinking "What the fuck just happened?!"
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda: During Liam's loyalty mission, the villain of the piece keeps trying to make dramatic proclamations. Depending on the player's choice, Ryder and Liam don't even notice because they're so busy yelling at one another until he gets fed up and tries to space them.
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: The scene where Guybrush dugs up the grave of Largo's grandfather to steal "something of the dead" for a voodoo doll is accompanied by dramatic music and a sudden thunderstorm. Guybrush triumphantly lifts the late Marco LaGrande's leg bone into the air... and then his pants fall down.
  • In the opening cutscene of Nox, the Big Bad Hecubah is casting an ominous-sounding ritual to summon one of the pieces of the Staff of Oblivion when a draft suddenly causes the candles used in the ritual to go out, forcing Hecubah to relight them and momentarily derailing her train of thought.
  • When a Kangaskhan Mega Evolves in Pokémon X and Y, the baby is facing its mom instead of its opponent. The mother quickly turns it around before making the post-Mega Evolution pose.
  • Ratchet & Clank:
    • The Thug Leader in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando often engages in this, usually coupled with Metaphorgotten:
      Thug Leader: If I catch you again, I'll grind you into so many pieces that... uh... well there's going to be a lot of them! I can tell you that!
    • In the same game, at Maktar Resort the Disc-One Final Boss sends Ratchet a transmission showing that they have Clank in captivity on Endako. The thief threatens Ratchet that if he doesn't return to his own galaxy they'll do to Ratchet what they're about to do to Clank and hits a green button, but nothing happens (mostly because Clank's too short for the torture device to actually hurt him). The thief awkwardly hits the red button next to it and electrifies Clank, knocking him out cold.
    • Recurring villain Dr. Nefarious has an unfortunate glitch in his system that leads him to occasionally freeze up and start broadcasting soap opera reruns. At one time, this occurs just as he is about to press the Big Red Button that will send Ratchet and Clank to their deaths, forcing the duo to sit around awkwardly listening to terrible dialogue ("You're just a lonely man, Lance, boarding the lonely train on its way to lonely town.") until an embarrassed mook finally activates the death trap himself.
  • Yakuza: In the intro to his boss fight, Goro Majima corners Kazuma Kiryu in the batting cages and starts a dramatic speech about their coming duel... right up until a pitching machine lobs a baseball into Majima's face. He takes it in stride and laughs it off until he notices one of his men isn't laughing.
    Majima: "This is the part where ya LAUGH!" [attacks the underling with a bat] "LAUGH IT UP, DUMBASS!"

    Web Animation 
  • In Bad Days, Batman tries all the time to be dark and broody... only to have Robin ruin it every time by being so upbeat and colorful.
  • Epithet Erased:
    • When Mera manages to defeat Sylvie in his "giant Scottish minotaur" form, she tries to say something dramatic and clever, but can only manage, "Something something, bull in a china shop! That's a pretty bad one liner, but no one's around to hear it! So it doesn't matter!"
    • In episode 5, after calling out Arnold and Bugsy for being Jerkasses and quitting the Banzai Blasters, Giovanni tells them that this is where he'd storm off...except that his ride isn't due for a couple of hours, so he's going to the bar instead. And that's on the higher end of Giovanni's competence; during the Museum arc, he managed such feats as "kicking a pot plant to show off and hurting his foot" and "spinning around so fast that his Dramatic Cape smacks him in the face".
  • In Red vs. Blue season 10, episode 6, Church attempts to leave dramatically after Carolina discovers he and Tucker are spying on her and Wash. Turns out it doesn't work so well when you don't actually have a body but are instead an AI attached to someone else's armor.
    Church: Hey, Tucker, I, uh, need you to leave. I can't actually do it on my own.

  • In Castoff, magi gems have multiple uses, including communication. Unfortunately, Rori is not a trained mage and has no idea how to do that. Hence:
    Rori: By the magic of the goddess, uh... I wanna talk to Marina! Communication spell, go! [her companions try to suppress their giggles and nothing else happens]
  • Cucumber Quest: Upon giving Cucumber the Dream Sword, a weapon designed to stand toe-to-toe with the Nightmare Knight's power, King Kelp informs him that it can't be used until he gets it signed by the princesses of each of the seven kingdoms. After hearing this, the king's daughter, Princess Nautilus, holds the Dream Sword above her head as she declares she will perform the GREATEST DUTY as a princess of her kingdom by signing the blade... only to realize that she doesn't have a marker, immediately defusing the mood as her father and Cucumber search for one.
  • Celine of Demon Street attempts cloak and dagger... Only for her little sister to ruin it.
  • In Digger, when Digger is trying to get directions from trader Samuel.
    Samuel: Maps? There are no maps. I go by dark ways, unclean ways. If such a map existed, it would be beyond price. Nameless cults would battle in the low places of the earth for such a prize. Dreamers would starve themselves in endless visions seeking its location. Such a map would have to be drawn on the skin of a black he-goat, in virgin's blood, with a brush made of dragon's eyelashes. The cartographer would go mad, and it would profane the hands that touched it.
    Digger: I can get you a pencil and the margins of "101 Goat Diseases".
  • Doctor Who Regenerated, when the (freshly regenerated) Doctor introduces himself to Daisy. He's wearing Daisy's brother's clothes, because she's just took him in after he's fainted (due to regeneration going wrong).
    The Doctor: I am the Doctor. (Beat) I'm... usually wearing something a bit better when I say that.
  • Eerie Cuties: Melissa wants to leave Ash in a huff after slapping him, but it's a miss.
    Melissa: That was your closet. But I'm still mad!
  • Hedge of El Goonish Shive gets plenty of dramatic moments ruined — usually by passing owls. This makes him the Master of the Anti-Climactic Moment.
  • Girl Genius: Gilgamesh Wulfenbach crashes into the bridge of Castle Wulbenbach while fighting an enemy clank, crushes it, and coolly tries to address his father. He then trips over a tiny stray part of said clank. His father then announces that Gil shall be taking his place while he's gone.
  • Grrl Power: Jabberwokky introducing herself; she tries to make a badass entrance by challenging Math to a duel, only for her foot to slip on some broken glass and she falls on her ass.
  • Homestuck:
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Spacefaring supercriminal Fructose Riboflavin is prone to this, trying to act like a terrifying villain only to quickly get deflated by others present.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • In "The Future Is Forged in the Fires of Today", after a lengthy Forging Scene, Roy is handed his reforged ancestral sword, good as new, and he takes the opportunity to solemnly renew his oath of destroying Xykon. But then he drops it while yelling in pain because the sword is still damn hot.
    • An Azure City officer is dramatically stating that he and his men might die today, but with HONOR... only to be vomited upon by an airsick Roy.
    • When Haley and Belkar are preparing to leave the ruins of Azure City, Belkar attempts to hype this up to his newly adopted cat, Mr. Scruffy:
      Belkar: Come on, Mr. Scruffy, time to leave this blue cesspool and hit the open road. It's just you and me now, halfling and cat. Two stone-cold killers cutting a bloody swath across a world of soft squishy targets. What do you say to that?
      [Mr. Scruffy turns to Belkar, raises a hind leg, and licks himself]
      Mr. Scruffy: Meow?
      Belkar: Huh. Well, I was hoping for something more like "Hell yeah, let's find some bitches and get this party started!" but I guess we can work our way up to that.
    • Minrah has a tendency to be overly Literal-Minded with her own lines, leading directly to this repeatedly.
      Minrah: Oh, Brother Sandstone! Save me a seat in Valhalla, for I will avenge you! Before I need the seat, obviously! The seat is for later! I guess my point is, I'll eventually need the seat after some other unrelated battle, and I'd appreciate it if it was still available when I got there, in return for me doing the avenging thing for you now!
      Elan: And you were worried she wouldn't fit in.
  • Paranatural: This is like a second language in Mayview. The actual moments of dramatic spectacle are usually built up to with a string of cack-handed failures.
    • Mr Spender is particularly prone to this. Whether it's jumping off a roof dramatically and hurting his ankle, delivering cool one-liners that lead directly into doomed plans, or launching into monologues that nobody can hear because he's looking away from them, Mr Spender's attempts to be impressive fail 95% of the time...but then there's the remaining 5%.
    • Ed is vulnerable to it, too.
    • The Student Council's plan to deal with Jeff, who has gone berserk and gained super-strength, during chapter 5 involves meticulous planning and Serge doing a front-flip... at which point, instead of using it as wind-up, he lands and does a normal throw. Max even yells at him for the waste of build-up.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: After snapping at Emil during a scavenging trip, Lalli decides to leave the store while pushing a wheelbarrow that has been sitting there for ninety years with his almost non-existent muscle mass and turns out to be too weak to move it.
  • Lord Katarakis of Starslip is one of the grand masters of this trope. His first appearance had him point a bunch of guns at the Fuseli, prompting Vanderbeam to sheepishly ask if they were "flower guns". His answer? "Only some of them."
  • Switcheroo AU: When Pearl transitions back to her evil look in "Gem Rotation", she explains that she rotated her gem and that it's super deep. Since her gem is symmetrical vertically and horizontally, Steven completely misses it.
  • Wilde Life: Eliza has Oscar assist her with helping a ghost pass on into the afterlife. When he realizes that she could have done it herself, but wanted Oscar to experience it — the implication being that he's ultimately supposed to help Friendly Ghost (and Love Interest) Sylvia pass on as well — he storms off into the dusk. Unfortunately, Eliza had arrived together with him by car, which makes for an awkward drive back home.
  • In a strip from xkcd, a character attempts to escape from his implied girlfriend, who has just told him "We need to talk." He throws a smoke bomb, but it is only strong enough to make her cough and set off the smoke alarm. Despite this, he still tries to get the window open, but it is stuck. The woman shakes her head in disappointment and leaves. The Alt Text makes it funnier: "I just wanted to talk about your poor smoke-bomb techniques."

    Web Videos 
  • Joueur du Grenier: For "Des Jeux et du Métal !", the group Wet Fingers dramatically prepare for an epic Battle of the Bands against Fred and Seb, with apropos musical cue... except for the mic technician to take his sweet time setting up the microphone and doing some sound testing with it, bringing the moment to a screeching halt.
  • Super Power Beat Down: Happens to Deadpool, not too surprisingly. As he makes his entrance at the warehouse to fight Deathstroke, the iron curtain slowly rises up with ominous music... until it gets stuck at knee height, forcing Deadpool to crawl underneath.
    Deadpool: What? Come on!... seriously...

    Western Animation 
  • Æon Flux: Trevor Goodchild is arguing with a woman. He snaps, "Get out!", then remembers they're at HER place, and says, "I mean... I think that I'll leave now."
  • American Dad!:
    • Stan shouts "I'm the one who made the decisions that kept this family on track for twenty years. I deserve a little respect!" and storms off into the pantry by mistake.
    • In "Iced, Iced Babies", Roger is angry at the Smiths for not taking him seriously and tells them he's "more than just a clown", right before slipping on a discarded magazine, hitting the wall, spilling all the silverware, pulling on the tablecloth and having the food fall onto him.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • In Season 4's "Bob and Deliver", the company that provides school meals finds Home Economics substitute teacher Bob cutting into their business with his student-run restaurant. The company head gets Bob into his car and threatens him, then attempts to push him out. From the back seat of a cheap two-door car, which requires some jostling and front seat manipulation. And the car is sitting in the parking lot.
      [after Bob gets out of the car]
      Mr. Platt: Got you. Ha, ha!
      Bob: No, you didn't.
      Platt: Well, yes, I did. I pushed you out, and you're fired. So, double burn on you.
      Bob: I got out on my own.
      Platt: Well, then, uh... you're rehired. Get back in the car.
      Bob: No. I'm not falling for that.
      Platt: No, just... just sit down on the edge of the seat here.
      Bob: [walking away] No, I'm walking away now. Thank you.
    • In the season 10 Christmas Episode "Have Yourself a Maily Linda Christmas", there's a Running Gag of Mike the mail carrier making a one-liner... and then killing the moment by asking anyone nearby if he sounded badass.
  • In Bojack Horseman, Hollyhock tries to sneak in late, only for Bojack, who had been waiting for her all night, to dramatically turn on the light and reveal himself. Or that was the idea at least; the light bulb is dead and he has to go get a new one.
  • Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings: At the end, Professor Coldheart tries to make a grand exit while defiantly vowing We Will Meet Again... and almost immediately crashes his car.
  • Centaurworld: A minor running gag has an unnamed woman try to make a dramatic exit with her magic, only for Zulius to spot her fleeing a short distance away.
  • Central Park:
    • In Season 1 "Dog Spray Afternoon", when Bitsy tells Helen to leave the room so she and her lawyer can work on estate planning with Shampagne, Helen thinks Bitsy is putting Shampagne in her will so she makes a Throat-Slitting Gesture at Shampagne while the door closes, but Shampagne wasn't even paying attention to her.
    • In Season 1 "A Fish Called Snakehead", when Owen, Elwood, and Fran are ready to catch the snakehead in the lake, they do a Team Power Walk while carrying their fishing rod in slow motion while triumph music plays in the background. It gets cut short when Owen notices Elwood and Fran's fishing line somehow got tangled together and they try to untangle it while they're both panicking about seeing a snakehead.
  • In an episode of The Critic, Alice is upset over Jay paying attention to Jeremy Hawk's gorgeous sister, Olivia (forgetting her name when he tried to introduce them didn't help). When Alice storms off, Jay goes after her asking if they're friends or if they're more than that. She exclaims that they are employer and employee and that she would like to leave with her dignity. Right after she says that she walks into the men's restroom.
    Alice: Jay, is there a little man on the front of this door?
    Jay: Yes.
    Alice: Oh pooh!
  • In the Family Guy episode "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows", Brian was doing community service for an angry, reclusive old woman and when he can't take it anymore he yells at her and tries to leave, but is hindered by her front door and its many locks. After she helps him get the door open, he thanks her before giving her a very unconvincing "And, you know... drop dead," and leaves.
  • In the Futurama episode "Bend Her", Bender's friends help him get out his marriage to Calculon by enacting a soap-opera scenario that would cumulate in Bender's "death". Fry shows up as "Congo Jack" and attempts to impale "Coilette" with a spear, only to miss him and hit a flowerpot instead. After a Beat, Bender picks up the spear, places it where it's supposed to go, and continues the act.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • The season 2 premiere "Scary-oke" features this line:
      "Thirty long years, and it's all led up to this... my greatest achievement! ...Probably should have worn pants."
    • In "Weirdmageddon Part 2", Bill Cipher tries to send his Henchmaniacs out to Take Over the World, only for them to crash into a barrier around Gravity Falls.
      Bill: Alright boys, to the corners of the Earth! Set the world aflame with your weirdness! This dimension is OURS! Ah, global domination. I could get used to—[WHAM!] WHAT?!
  • Kid Cosmic: In "Kid Cosmic and the Big Win", the diner gets attacked by the Demon Dogs. Kid tries to play a cool song on the diner's jukebox to accompany the fight, but accidentally plays a goofy lighthearted song instead.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "Square Peg", Hank tries to show his disapproval of Peggy teaching a sex-ed class by ripping up Bobby's permission slip, which had been taped together after being ripped before in a previous scene. Unfortunately, the tape gets stuck on his fingers when he tries to throw it in the trash.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • After she's revealed to have Feet of Clay in "Boast Busters", the Great and Powerful Trixie attempts to do a Smoke Out exit, but once the smoke clears we can see her running off.
    • After Trixie's return and Heel–Face Turn in "Magic Duel", she departs in the same way, except she also trips and lands on her face.
    • During the pageant in "Hearth's Warming Eve", Princess Platinum (Rarity) haughtily leaves a meeting between the three pony tribes, but the effect is somewhat ruined when she puts her crown on upside-down in her haste to leave.
    • In "Marks for Effort", on cue from Twilight, Spike brings three honorary diplomas on a cushion in what is obviously meant to be a solemn moment... except he just trips and the scrolls roll at the hooves of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Spike then gets up, looking sheepish, while Twilight is embarrassed.
  • In Primal (2019), Spear tensely faces off against a group of bear-riding vikings. Their bears sniff the air restlessly, spooked by something unseen, a flock of birds fly away, titanic footsteps make tiny pebbles shake around them, and Fang leaps into view on a nearby rooftop, roaring ferociously. Then she falls through the roof.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Mr. Burns announces that the church's revenues have increased 1073% and that he intends to keep it all for himself and throws a smoke bomb on the ground. When the smoke clears he is still fumbling with the door handle, so he just gives up and throws the money to the church council.
    • In "Homer to the Max", Homer is teased because of a buffoonish TV character with his own name. He goes to the show's producers and begs them to "please leave my dignity!" His impassioned plea is undercut when he walks face-first into a cactus on his way out. Later in the same episode, Homer's co-workers are watching him work in the hopes that he will do something stupid and entertaining. He looks back at them and says, "Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you gentlemen, but you seem to have me confused with a character in a fictional show." He then proceeds to knock over a fondue pot on the console and causes unspecified (but presumably very serious) problems in other cities' power plants. In a third scene in the same episode, Homer's friends at Moe's Bar mock him. He attempts to leave in a huff and flings his scarf over his shoulder — it catches in a fan on the ceiling and whirls him around like a rag doll then flings him out the door.
    • In "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson", Fat Tony forces Marge to pull over and tries to reach in to pull out her car keys, only for Marge to have to instruct him how to do it.
    • In "Lisa's Wedding", where Lisa receives a vision of her future from a fortune-teller; the fortune-teller tries this with a smoke-bomb after Lisa objects to her vision, but when the smoke clears is left sitting there, a bit nonplussed, as if she actually expected to just disappear into thin air.
    • In "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish", Mr. Burns tries to storm out of the Simpson's home but isn't strong enough to toss the furniture, so Smithers does it for him. Homer tries to reason with Mr. Burns, who just tells him to "shut up and wreck something", so he does.
    • In "Mother Simpson", Mr. Burns decides to attack the Simpson house with an army tank, and plays a recording of "Ride of the Valkyries". The music goes for a second before it cuts to "Waterloo" by ABBA, which Smithers admits to taping over.
    • In "Last Exit to Springfield", after Burns returns Homer after abducting him to negotiate the employees' contract, he threatens to crush him, flies off in his helicopter and delivers an Evil Laugh... only to immediately fall out of it and badly injure himself. The next scene sees him being flown away via an air ambulance as he once again threatens him.
      Burns: [weakly] Simpson, be a dear and rub my legs until the feeling comes back...
  • In Squidbillies, Sheriff warns Early to drop his winning streak by telling him if he were to take his winnings, he would also get the hammer (meaning he would get his hands smashed and broken). Instead, Early takes the hammer and the money and walks out, at which Sheriff realizes he messed up the wording.
  • Tangled: The Series: In the episode "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", Rapunzel accidentally cuts herself off when expelling Creighton from the palace.
    Creighton: Oh, you're making a huge mistake!
    Rapunzel: I will take that ch—[slams door] I didn't time that right! I wanted to slam it after "chance".
    Eugene: We know what you were going for, cupcake.
  • In Total Drama World Tour, Gwen, Courtney, and Heather all argue about how to complete a challenge. They eventually give up and storm out... in the same direction. They then argue about who should have to storm out where.
  • In The Venture Brothers Mrs. Monarch attempts to dramatically say how she will kill the Blue Morpho herself while leaving in an elevator, but the doors don't close at the moment she expected them to.
  • Wakfu:
    • In "The Black Crow", the title villain attempts a Dramatic Unmask but forgets to undo his helmet's strap under the chin, making him look silly as he struggles to pull it off.
    • Sadlygrove is a repeat offender. One of the most drawn-out examples is certainly during the first Gobbowl arc, after the start of the second quarter-time. Grovy seizes the gobball to everyone's surprise and runs, along with very uplifting music, a dramatic echo of Ruel's earlier psych-up speech, and Split-Screen Reaction of everybody else... and he scores! Except it is revealed after a few seconds of shocked silence that he scored against his team. Cue the public rolling in laughter and his teammates barely preventing Ruel from strangling Sadlygrove.
  • From The Weekenders, this goes along the lines of:
    Tino: I've enough of you guys! I'm leaving. [exits through front door]
    Tino: [comes back in through door] Okay, this is my house so you leave.
  • From the first episode of Xiaolin Showdown:
    Omi: And so, our grand quest begins. Follow me... TO VICTORY!!!!
    [Beat as the rest of the Xiaolin Dragons stare on]
    Omi: [offscreen] ...I have no idea where I'm going.


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