The Gilligan Cut is a staple of classic comedy. Simply put, if the character says "I'm not doing this", no matter how many times they say it, chances are the character will do this for the sake of comedic effect, sometimes even while stating "I can't believe I'm doing this". It has three variants, but the staple between them is the sudden shift in scene. No cut, no Gilligan Cut.
- The Contrary Cut: Somebody actively says something will happen, or will never happen, most determinedly. Directly after them insisting this, there is a Whip Pan showing the contrary happening, generally to their specific detriment.
- The Order Cut: Somebody is ordered to do something unpleasant by somebody else. There is no discussion or refusal involved, simply the cut to them being shown doing it but in a way much more unpleasant than we had imagined. For example, they are ordered to 'safely' dispose of a bomb, and then there is an abrupt cut to them having to do so by hand.
- Murphy's Cut: Somebody says "It can't be that bad!" or "What's the worst that could happen?". Cut to it being, in fact, the worst that could happen. Or worse than even that.
The Gilligan Cut. Comedy ain't pretty.
Often combined with a Smash Cut if the transition is especially quick or the character is cut off mid-sentence. Compare Immediate Self-Contradiction and Instantly Proven Wrong where the contradiction is immediate in-universe.
Not to be confused with a Description Cut, which is where a description of what a character is probably thinking/doing is immediately contradicted by the character in question. See also Ironic Echo Cut and Cue the Falling Object. Another way of Tempting Fate. Contrast "I Know What We Can Do" Cut. Not to be confused with Cutaway Gag. This is a relative of Thinks of Something Smart, Says Something Stupid, and they can easily occur together if the thought comes before the cut and the speech after.
- A State Farm insurance commercial (seen here) featured a man with his buddies saying "I'm never getting married." Cut to him buying an engagement ring. While on a plane watching rambunctious children running around, he tells his wife "We're never having kids." Cut to the wife in labor. In their apartment, he tells his wife and son "We're never moving to the suburbs." Cut to them moving to the suburbs where he looks offscreen and says "I'm never buying one of those." Cut to him washing down a minivan. As he cleans up a drawing left by his son, he says "I'm never having another kid." His wife immediately says "I'm pregnant." Finally, he watches television with his family and says "I'm never letting go." Here, the commercial ends.
- In "Game On!", Gopal tells Tok Aba that he and BoBoiBoy will only play video game for five more minutes. Cut to a "Five hours later" time card and they're still playing.
- In "Physical Education", a flashback reveals why Gopal is in the same grade as BoBoiBoy despite being a year older. In the flashback, Gopal's father boasts to the teacher that his memory is great and he remember any information needed for Gopal's entrance. The flashback immediately ends and Gopal reveals that his father forgot about Gopal's birth year.
- Used multiple times in 36 Questions.
Jase: No, we are not going to sit in my truck in the middle of a thunderst-
(voice memo stops and starts)
Judith: Greetings from our lives on the road. Jase decided it was too weird and possibly too sexy to sit in his truck without going somewhere...
- Jim Gaffigan had this experience:
Wife: I think I'd like to go blueberry picking. Maybe we should go blueberry picking.
Jim: I remember thinking No. No fucking way. You can't even get migrant workers to do that stuff. But the weird thing is, not even 10 seconds later, there I was picking blueberries.
- Larry the Cable Guy had a running gag of this sort throughout one of his shows. For instance, his wife urged him to shave his balls. Like he was going to do that. "So there I am, shaving my nut sack...."
- The late great Robert Schimmel was another fan of this one too:
"Yeah, like I'm going to stick my dick, which shoots a liquid, into something that plugs into the wall. [Beat] So I'm on the floor fucking this thing..."
"My wife says, 'I don't know! Maybe we should take it to the vet.' I said, yeah, why don't you just let me take him for a drive. We're gonna take a five-dollar rabbit to the vet?! [Beat] So we're at the vet...""'Honey, I don't want a knotted rag up my ass.' 'Well, how about a string of beads?' I said, 'What are you, Monty Hall? This isn't Let's Make a Deal, here.' But then, I figured, you only go around this crazy old world once, and besides, who's gonna know? [Beat] So, I'm at the hospital, getting the beads removed...."
- Garry Shandling, in his HBO Stand Up special:
So she says, "Why don't we put the dogs in the car and take them with us?" I said, "No, no. I'm not putting these dogs, that I don't know, in the car." Right? "No." So I put 'em in the car....
- In the song "Downtown Downers Grove" by Emo Phillips:
I went into the clothing store and I made up my mind
I wasn't going to let any pushy salesman
Pressure me into buying something I didn't need
...So after I bought the kilts...
- As shown above, a running gag in Carl Barks's (and, later, other authors') Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics.
- Also a running gag in Bone, where somebody will say, "Those rat creatures would have to be pretty stupid to [fill in the blank]!" In the next frame, we see the rat creatures have done just that, and the same person will say, "Stupid, stupid rat creatures!"
- Batman: Black and White: "Guardian" has an in-universe, real-time example, thanks to the Golden Age Green Lantern's Reality Warper powers. After Batman and Green Lantern discover a murder, Green Lantern says that they should report what they know to the police, and Batman argues that given his reputation he can't just walk into a police station to report a crime. In the next panel, they're both standing in a police station — with Batman's reaction making it clear that it's not a time skip and that Green Lantern has just casually teleported them both there.
- Batman: Gordon of Gotham: Soong tells Bullock that he's capable of making a difficult jump down a fire escape to pursue a fleeing Serial Killer. The next panel shows Soong in the hospital, being treated for a sprained ankle.
- Sistah Spooky gets one of these during her Back Story. A rather plain black girl in a school full of Blonde Bimbos, she summons a demon to take revenge — only to be told that he can't act against other clients. He then offers her the chance to enroll in the same program to sell her soul for beauty, which she emphatically rejects. The next page has her admiring her new body, and receiving a phone call from Hell saying that there was a minor problem with the spell, making her a Vain Sorceress on top of things.
- There's no way ThugBoy's going to wear his old Sparta-esque "Centurion 3000" minion costume with the breastplate nipples and short skirt. No way in hell. Nuh-uh.
Empowered: Put it on, please.
[cut to him wearing the costume]
- Appears in the second issue of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Mina Murray, Captain Nemo and Allan Quartermain are investigating a school under the guise of a married couple and their manservant. They are given two rooms for the night, one with a couple's bed and another with a shabby servant's bed.
Nemo: [to Murray] The sooner we have a good night's sleep and can be gone from here, the better. You, of course, will take the single room.
[cut to Nemo and Quartermain sitting on the single bed]
- Used in the Swedish comic-strip Rocky when the title-character freaks out when he runs into Martin, the man who stole his ex-girlfriend, only to learn that she in turn had left Martin.
Rocky: Ha, suits him right. If he thinks that I will forgive him, he must think again. Rocky never forgets a wrong-doing.
[cut to the two of them lying in the grass with a empty bottle of vodka in between them, stupidly drunk]
Rocky: All women are WHORES!
Martin: Just what I was going to say.
- A dark variant appears in Identity Crisis when Sue's murderer is revealed and argues "You can't just throw me in some cell and toss the key!" Cut to Arkham Asylum.
- A further horrific example takes place in the 455AD special of The Wicked + The Divine. One page ends with Lucifer vowing that he'll be a good emperor who'll return the Roman Empire to its lost glory and rule wisely and justly. The next panel has a caption "Two weeks later", and the following two pages show him doing things like playing musical instruments made from dismembered human body parts, and pyrokinetically setting buildings on fire for fun.
- Several times in My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #3, typically Rarity commenting on how the next day can't be any worse before she goes to bed and finding out the next panel it is much worse.
- In the first issue of The Order (2007), the fledgling team defeats a villain who was causing a huge wildfire in Los Angeles, and are so happy they decide to have a night on the town. Avona isn't so sure, but Maul doesn't see any harm in it: "What are they gonna do, fire us tomorrow?" The next day, everyone who went out that night is fired — turns out they violated the morality clause in their contracts.
- Suske en Wiske: A Running Gag is that anytime some police officer comes (on-duty) to some bar to adress some issue, when he's leaving the bartender asks him if he wants a drink to which he seemingly refusing replies "I don't drink in uniform". Cut to the next shot where the cop is sitting at the bar in nothing but his underwear and socks, drinking the shot of booze after all.
- Tintin: In Red Rackham's Treasure, Thompson and Thomson, having dutifully manned the wheel of a shipboard oxygen pump for many days on end, swear off pumping when they finally return to their home port and head off to a few days' holiday at a farm. This declaration is immediately followed by a panel showing them working the farmer's thresher with the same arduous pumping motions.
- Ultimate Marvel:
- Ultimatum: Cyclops warns people that, if the law is sanctioned, mutants will be haunted and shot on sight. Right then and there, he's shot.
- The Ultimates: Jan and Captain America discuss about the crime in Cap's residential area, and Jan tells him that she hopes that at least he bought a good door lock with the Ultimates' money. Then they get home, and the door has been forced.
- In one issue of Archie Comics, Archie speaks of his presentation with witch doctors and shamans that will beat Reggie's show about domesticated pigeons. Jughead laugh it off, saying where in Riverdale is Archie going to find a witch doctor... Only to have Jughead suddenly gets very upset and angry. He then made it clear that he will not become Archie's witch doctor. Next scene has Jughead dressed as one.
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- Happens often, especially when Calvin refuses to take a bath. The next panel will have him in the bathtub complaining.
- This moist and delicious cookie for the win:
Mom: Time for your bath, Calvin.
Calvin: Sorry, I'm in denial about baths.
(cut to shot of Calvin in the bathtub)
Mom: Fine. Go ahead and deny it.
Calvin: No one respects my denial.
- There was also this memorable exchange:
Calvin: I don't think I'll go to school today.
Mom: I think you will.
Calvin: I think I won't.
[cut to Calvin grudgingly waiting at the bus stop]
- Lampshaded in Daddy's Home. Elliot asks his dad if they can take a pelican home with them. Dad: "We are not bringing that pelican home with us, and that's final!" In the next panel, Elliot says, "Cut to plane ride home ...", and, sure enough, the third panel shows the pelican on a plane going home with the family.
- In France during the Dreyfus affair, this cartoon◊ by Caran d'Ache:
Top: Above all, let's not talk about the Dreyfus affair!
Bottom: (They talked about it...)
- Often a source of Comedy in FoxTrot: Once, Peter gloats to Jason that the torrental downpour would have to force Roger to cancel the day of golfing that Peter had been roped into. It then cuts to Roger and Peter on the golf course, in the middle of a torrential downpour and the latter expressing hatred of Jason's laugh.
- Also, reversed: Peter asks for advice from Roger regarding pulling an all nighter study period, to which Roger cites drinking coffee, splashing cold water on his face, and as a Stop Gap measure, play really loud music. It then cuts to Andy and Roger's bedroom with loud music blaring in the background, and Andy asking irritably if Roger also remembered to tell Peter about why he was expelled from three fraternities with the implication that Roger's all nighter methods got him expelled from them.
- Dykes to Watch Out For 198 "Buffed":
Mo: You shouldn't be naked with someone till you know what her relationship with her mother is like.
["Shortly thereafter..." Mo, Deirdre and a third woman change in the YMCA locker room]
Deirdre: This is my mom Betty.
- Summarized and demonstrated in this Thatababy strip.
- Expanding on the second Ranma ½ example above, while there was a bit of time between the protest and the wearing of the leotard in the anime, the above scene was done with a single cut with Gilligan-esque sound effects in Ranma ½: The Abridged Chronicles, complete with appropriate setup.
Ranma: Oh no. There is no way I'm going to be wearing a leotard for the sake of others.
Ranma: I can't believe I'm wearing a leotard for the sake of others.
- In this Team Fortress 2 fan video, Scout has problems with his car. A helpful Engineer drives by, offers a ride, and gets pushed away by Spyper. Scout politely declines.
Scout: Uuh, no. No way! Frickin' no!
[cut to Scout in Spyper's van]
- In this Harry Potter fanfic, Harry and Draco are getting married and Harry has somehow been convinced to let Fred and George officiate the wedding (not the smartest of moves). Draco is not happy about it, but Harry has reassured him that it will be fine.
Harry: [thinking] I'm sure they won't do anything stupid.
George: Queerly beloved...
Draco: [death glare at Harry]
- In the Leviathan fanfic Double Dutch, the author goes from claiming the characters behave in a "chaste, Christian manner" to the first line being two males checking out each others' chest hair and not being homoerotic. At all.
- Along similar lines, the House/Blackadder crossover "Insurance and Insolence" has Dr. Blackadder claiming House "wouldn't know fun if it bit him on the arse". Cut to the next scene which has Wilson in bed with House doing exactly that.
- Code MENT:
- It's a running gag for certain parties to comment on Lelouch's effectiveness as a threat, only to cut to him doing something incredibly stupid.
Viceroy Cornelia: This "One" character seems to be our most dangerous threat—
[cut to One balancing dramatically on a tall antenna]
One: HOW DID I GET UP HERE?!
Viceroy Cornelia: —Euphie, you're the only one who's been close enough to him without getting killed. Did he say anything important that might help us understand his motives?
[cut to Euphie's earlier conversation with One]
One: Oh my God... I FORGOT TO PUT AIRHOLES IN THIS HELMET!
- On another occasion:
TV correspondent: This just in! In order to draw out the criminal mastermind known as One—
One: Oh my God— [dramatic close-up] MY SHOES ARE ON FIRE!
- It's a running gag for certain parties to comment on Lelouch's effectiveness as a threat, only to cut to him doing something incredibly stupid.
- The Penguins of Madagascar fic Princess: Julien declares that he will handle the penguins' contempt "the way a king should — with dignity!" The next sentence shows him weeping uncontrollably into a tub of ice cream bigger than he is.
- This occurred in the Bleach fic Uninvited Guests after Hitsugaya snapped, had a massive breakdown, and ran off to try to kill the Big Bad single-handedly.
Matsumoto: Now, Captain Hitsugaya is, well... a Captain. So he's faster than we are, no doubt, but we can probably still catch up to him, just because he's going to be in the living world for a long time. I mean, he'd have to find a gate to Hueco Mundo, and I seriously doubt anyone will actually help him get there! Nobody could be THAT completely irresponsible!
Urahara: Well, yes, I suppose I can get you to Hueco Mundo for your top-secret mission.
- In None Piece:
Nami: Can you do me a favor?
Luffy: Just so long as I'm not roped into anything stupid.
[cut to Luffy being tied up]
Luffy: Wow! I actually felt myself die a little inside!
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: At the start of episode twenty-seven Goku reflects that everybody is doing just fine without him. Cut to:
Vegeta: Healer's down!
Krillin: Need a res!
Gohan: Out of mana!
[Vegeta starts screaming and they all follow suit]
- When Goku asks where Bulma is after reaching Namek, Krillin comments she's probably doing something girly. Cut to Bulma fighting a giant crab with heavy metal playing.
- When the Ginyus invade King Kai's planet and then insult him, this takes place:
King Kai: Yeah, all of you can just go straight to hell.
Recoome: Oh yeah? And who's gonna make Recoome?
[cut to a Hell with a distant punch sound before the Ginyus crash-land]
- When Gohan asks to go check on his father who has been taken away to receive his heart medication, Piccolo assures him that Goku's fine. Cut to Goku screaming in agony.
- The StarCraft custom campaign, "The Shifters". The pre-mission briefing for Chapter 3, between space-pirate Yvonne and his girlfriend/XO went thusly:
XO: Please tell me you have a plan. We're not just going to walk in the front entrance, are we?
Yvonne: Of course not! I may not have a plan, but I assure you, we won't be walking in the front entrance.
(briefing ends and the mission begins; on-screen text pops up)
"Kel-Morian Sanctity December 2nd Front Entrance"
- In The Detective and the Diplomat, Sherlock Holmes and Ponder Stibbons (long story) are trying to enter a barricaded warehouse. Ponder sees some second-story windows, and the following conversation ensues:
Ponder Stibbons: How much do you weigh?
Sherlock Holmes: ...why?
[cut to Holmes clinging upside-down to the side of the building in sheer terror as Ponder attempts to magically levitate him up to the aforementioned windows]
- In Return to Mystic Falls, Caroline tells Damon that there is nothing he can do to get her to have sex with him. She is next seen getting out of his bed and putting her clothes back on.
- Played for Drama in Hivefled: Gamzee insists they have to get the Child Soldiers of the Sufferist cult away from the hideout before the Grand Highblood comes looking for him. Next chapter, we see the gang failing completely to persuade the insane cult leader not to lead said kids in an attack on the thousands-strong Alternian fleet.
- A rare text-only example happens in chapter 10 of Anthropology. Bon-Bon receives a letter from Lyra stating she is moving out, with enough rent to last a few months. Bon-Bon thinks Lyra has finally gotten over her obsession on humans and has found a high-paying musical career. Cut to Canterlot Castle, where Princess Celestia has turned Lyra into a human and is sending her away to find her real parents.
- Mare of Steel: At the beginning of the second arc, Steel Wing is ranting about how Rainbow Dash/Supermare is a threat, and is probably "in her secret lair, plotting [Celestia's] downfall"... cut to Dash waking up from a nap in one of Applejack's trees.
- This fanvid, "Mulan in 13 Minutes," is made of little else, all with clips from the first movie.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
- From "Naughty Fireworks!":
Calvin: OK, Hobbes. All we have to do is buy a couple of fireworks, and then, set them off tonight. We'll say to Mom and Dad we didn't do it, and Kabaam! A wonderful 4th of July.
Fireworks seller: Sorry Kid, you have to be 18 or older to make a purchase.
- From "Chains":
Calvin: [trying to figure out if a Chain Letter is true to its word] Oh man, my problems are solved! Precious hamster will definitely know what to do!
Sherman: I don't know.
- And from "Pharaoh Andrew":
Calvin: [...] My report is an A plus guarantee.
[some time later]
Calvin: D MINUS? THIS KIND OF WORK DESERVES THE PULITZER PRIZE!
- From "Naughty Fireworks!":
- Hogwarts Exposed tries to play it for drama, but descends into Narm with how unsubtle the cut is:
Hermione: Not even Draco would be low enough to try to take Timmy away from Sam. Besides, he wouldn't have a chance in the world. Sam is a fantastic mother.
Draco's Amoral Attorney: I won't lie to you Professor Malfoy. Taking a child away from its natural mother is not easily accomplished, but I've succeeded on numerous occasions and I feel you have a first-rate case.
- Lamp Shaded in A Day in the Life of a Commissar.
Steeve: Can I have my tank back? I've got a cookie in my pocket...?
Grot: We ain't givin' it to ya for a cookie.
Transition: Ten seconds later...
Grot: [watching Steeve drive away in his Chimera] Damn. He's persuasive.
- Holding the World On Their Shoulders (RWBY) features a rare Played for Drama example; Salem gaslights May Marigold into thinking that her friends, the Happy Huntresses, Marrow and Winter, abandoned her to suffer in an Atlas Black Site on purpose, causing her to have a breakdown and denounce them as her friends. The chapter then cuts to said friends, who have been awake the entire night scouring camera footage from the night May disappeared to track her down. Robyn even admits that doing so may get them thrown in the same Black Site, but it's worth it to find her.
- In The Life and Times of a Winning Pony, Sparkler makes a Pinkie Promise that she has no romantic interest in Cloud's cousin Star Kicker. "Less than two hours later, I caught Star and Sparkler making out behind the equipment building. So much for Pinkie Promises."
- From A Taste of the Good Life:
Pinkie had been a mistake, of that he was certain. Every restaurant had stumbles the first week, it was just the nature of putting together so many moving parts for the very first time. As soon as they hit the first snag, he'd call her back here, blame it on her, and fire her. She wouldn't be here for more than a quarter hour, then the Knoll could finally get serious.
Four hours later, he was still waiting for something to go wrong. This was inconceivable. Even the best restaurants he'd ever worked at had a few plates sent back, or customer complaints about incorrectly prepared food every night. But somehow, against all odds, everything was working perfectly today. On opening day, when the wheels should have come off within the first hour.
- In episode 44 of Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy.
Pittan: No, no and NO! I am NOT going to school with you guys! I'm staying here and there is nothing you can do to make me change my mind! I'm not going to school, end of story!
Pittan: I can't believe that I'm at school.
- In Sol Invictus, Nami makes a two thousand beli bet with Luffy that there is no way such thing like a forest guardian could exist despite Luffy's insistence of its unfairness,. The very next scene shows Nami very, very reluctantly handing Luffy the money, with Zoro mocking her for it.
- Things Shinigami Are Not Allowed to Do has these three consecutive rules:
343c) Shinigami are hereby forbidden from performing Soul Burial on Optimus Prime's spark for two reasons. One, it is in no danger of becoming a hollow, due to it getting a new body every few months. Two, do you /want/ to see a truck becoming a Shinigami?
343d) The last question of 343c was rhetorical, damn it.
343d) The Shinigami who purified Optimus Prime is now forced to bunk with him. And no, you are not getting a bigger room.
- In This Bites!, during the G-8 arc, Vivi ends up staying in the brig for a bit longer than they planned, and she says she can handle it. Cut to her in the brig, on her last nerve, blowing up at Soundbite for playing the harmonica.
- The New Adventures of Invader Zim:
- At the start of Episode 2, Dib makes a comment about planning for whatever evil plot Zim is up to, and it immediately cuts to Zim and Skoodge simply having breakfast.
- In Episode 11, Zim is bragging to himself about his newest plan, only for it to then cut to the Computer disagreeing:
Zim: I'm a genius!
[cut to the lab]
Computer: You're an idiot.
- During a costume party in Girl Days, Ranma's friends want her to dress up as Priss Asagiri and sing "Konya Wa Hurricane". Ranma declares she'll not do such a thing. One scene change later, she's on stage, acting as Priss and singing.
- A pretty good one in the Conan O'Brien sketch "Batman Wants to Join the Marvel Universe":
Iron Man: What does Batman even bring to the table?
Batman: Batman's a great fighter!
Black Widow: Oh thanks, but I already got that covered.
Batman: Er... no offense, Black Widow, but... Newsflash: you're a woman—
[instant cut to Batman on his back on the floor with Black Widow strangling him with her scissoring legs]
- In My Huntsman Academia, Yang declares that she's going to drag Izuku to the karaoke lounge. He tries to protest, but it's all in vain.
Izuku: [terrified and embarrassed] Yang, no!
Yang: [revs up Bumblebee] Yang, yes!
Izuku: YANG, NO!
Izuku: [cut to karaoke lounge] yes...
- In The Grinning Snake, Konoka Kokuto manages to find a video recording proving that Shizuru Fujino killed Konoka's father while slaughtering everyone in the First District headquarters. She then sets off to turn the video over to the police, confident that "Surely justice wouldn't fail her." The next scene begins with "Justice had failed her," and that sentence leads into the police officer laughing off her tape as a fake.
- The classic (written) MST3K of The Eye of Argon kind of has this:
The paunchy noble's sagging round face flushed suddenly pale,
Crow: It flushed pale? Did it blanch red after that?
then pastily lit up to a lustrous cherry red radiance.
Crow: Hold me.
- Elmer Studios. Neon Genesis Evangelion II: DELTA Invasion. The MSTers are thoroughly annoyed with the fic's Testosterone Poisoning by this point, and...
"I don't think so!!!" yelled Charles
Tsuneo: Watch Charles destroy an entire army with a single shot.
as he shot one of the soldier's hands. The bullet made the grenade the soldier was holding explode wiping out most of the soldiers around.
Tsuneo: I was joking.
- In MadoHumu Got Married, Homura and Kyubey end up switching bodies. Kyubey suggests that now that Homura is in its body, which vaguely resembles a small cat, she can climb in Madoka's lap. Homura indignantly replies, "I'm the shield that protects Madoka! You think I'll let that kind of seduction betray that?" On the next page, Homura-as-Kyubey is sitting in Madoka's lap.
- In Adventures in Babysitting the only way for Harry and Draco to talk to a volcano spirit in Laki is to let it possess one of them.
Harry: Malfoy, if it's the only way to—
Draco: Stop it. I am not Weasley, and you are not Granger, and you are not going to convince me to agree to this.
[cut to a ritual set-up near the crater]
Draco: I cannot believe I'm agreeing to this.
- It's Always Spooky Month: When Skid says Kevin isn't with them, Monster says Kevin is an adult and he'll be fine on his own. The narration then cuts to six hours later, where Kevin has gotten hopelessly lost in Zardy's cornmaze.
- Becoming a True Invader: In Chapter 6, when Gaz is trying to get Zim to make a sandwich for her, he refuses, and starts to threaten her... and then there's a cut to "5 minutes later", and Zim is bringing a sandwich to Gaz, who apparently stole one of his lasers and threatened him.
- Irreversible Damage: One entry, written when Susan finds Manny's body, ends with Greg hoping that the funeral won't be the next day. The next entry opens with him attending the funeral.
- Under the Northern Lights: In chapter thirty-one, after Twilight and Spike hurry away after performing for which Saga insisted that the participants paint and dress themselves up like stereotypical necromancers, Eira comments that they should have washed themselves off first. The scene then cuts to Twilight and Spike, with the latter saying that they should really have washed themselves before leaving while Twilight fends off a crowd of counterculture teens who think that she's actually a wicked sorceress after the rest of the locals ran off in panic.
"Crazy foreigners and their crazy hurry..." Eira muttered dourly.
"What is it, Grandma? " said Saga.
"They oughta have had a bath before they left!" she said. "Let's get us into the bathtub, at least!"
"I think we oughta have had a bath before we left," said Spike, worried.
"You're right, you're right, you were right the first five times," Twilight mumbled between gritted teeth before going back to her audience.
- The Narrator's response to a request from a hitchhiker in Alice Isn't Dead:
Narrator: I snorted and shook my head. "Sylvia, I am an adult, okay? I am an adult woman with a job, and that job says that I have to go to the distribution center, not drive a teenager hundreds of miles to a town I've never heard of, for reasons that that kid won't even tell me. I am a responsible goddamn adult!"
[radio cuts out, then back in]
Narrator: Swansea is not the most bustling of towns...
- At the end of the Black Jack Justice episode "How Much is That Gumshoe in the Window?", Trixie is trying to convince Jack to take in one of the mutt puppies that the episode's upper class dog breeders need to get rid of in a hurry.
Jack: It's ridiculous! It's impractical! I absolutely forbid it!
Trixie's Narration: And that's how King, Jr. came to be the agency dog.
- Parodied in a sketch on John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme about a sitcom character trying to get by in real life. On one occasion, he's asked to do something silly for charity, and outright refuses to do it. He then starts preparing for it anyway, to the confusion of the other characters who've, naturally, already arranged for someone else to do it.
- In the radio play adaptation of Tintin in Tibet, Haddock is reluctant in tagging along on a trip to Kathmandu.
Haddock: I'm not going! And when I say "no", I mean "no"!
Haddock: So, we're in Kathmandu...
- The Burns and Allen Show: George is going to be one of the speakers at a Friars' Club testimonial dinner for Ronald Reagan. While he, Gracie and Harry and Blanche Morton are discussing the upcoming event, Gracie offers to interview the actor to get some facts and help George with his speech. George tells her to stay away from him. She takes Blanche into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. A little while later, Harry goes into the kitchen to check on the two women:
Harry: "Hey, George, I just looked out in the kitchen and our wives are gone. I'll bet anything they went to Reagan's house."
George: "Don't be silly, Harry. We gave them orders not to. They wouldn't dare."
Harry: "Yeah, I guess you're right. They wouldn't dare."
George: "'Course not."[Transition music]Gracie: "Well, here we are, Blanche. This is Ronald Reagan's house."
- The Shadow: In "The House of Horror", Lamont recoils with disgust at the sight of "Ye Olde and Quainte Gypsy Tea Room", saying "I absolutely and definitively am not going into that—". The next line is Margo saying "More tea, Lamont?", the story having advanced into the tea room where they are having lunch.
- In the Radio 4 Afternoon Play series Trust, about a struggling Trust Academy, the episode "A Social Distance", has the headmistress worrying about the kids they've lost contact with during the first Covid lockdown, and her deputy telling her there's not much they can do, because it's not like she can go door-to-door checking on them. Cut to her doing precisely that.
- Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
- Ciro says that he's going home after the Mass Super-Empowering Event so that he can get some normalcy back into his life. It then cuts to him in his bedroom, freaking out because he's just discovered he can turn invisible.
- Hyeon tells his newly adopted squirrel Kwang that he can't come to school with Hyeon. The next scene has Hyeon arriving at the school with a certain rodent zipped up in his backpack.
- When Finn shows up at Vivian's house, Jessica asks who should go out to speak with him, making it clear that she doesn't want to. Naturally, when the front door opens, Jessica is on the other side of it.
- In We Are Our Avatars, The Grinning General has this as one of his powers. If he tries to invoke this power, his body severely pays the price.
- Feng Shui, in keeping with the action/comedy genre, actively advised this as a way of resolving disputes with recalcitrant players. If one person adamantly refuses to go along with something, Gilligan Cut to him going along with it anyway.
- Done in narrative format in Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol when the Ghost of Christmas Past appears.
Marley: Floating in the air above the old man's bed was a ragamuffin street-rat, a Cockney boy about eight years old, filthy, tattered, and missing a tooth. A shock of red hair hung down over one eye, and his grin was irresistible.
Scrooge: Scrooge resisted.
- In the Broadway musical version of The Lion King, Timon sarcastically asks, "What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the Charleston?" Cut to Timon wearing a flapper hat and doing the Charleston in front of the hyenas; this change from the film makes sense mostly because it's easier for the actor on stage to only have to hide one hat instead of a grass skirt and a lei.
Timon: Heh heh. Let's just cut to the chase, shall we?
- Flight of the Amazon Queen. Joe King escapes from the hotel room he was locked up in, but is caught by two goons at the hotel entrance.
Eddy: I don't know how you got out of your room, King, but this time I'm going to make it difficult for you to leave the building!
King: Oh yeah? What are you going to do? Take my clothes from me?
(cut to Joe King back in his room, in underwear)
King: Me and my big mouth...
- The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night: After defeating Ravage Rider during the gladiatorial battles, Sparx says that now they might finally get to ask for a room upgrade. The next shot is of Spyro being bodily thrown back into his cell.
- Skullmonkeys: In the opening, Klogg begins his revenge plan by disguising himself as a Skullmonkey and declares himself their king.
Jerry: Klogg-Monkey will never get away with this. My people are far too smart to accept him as leader.
[cut to all Skullmonkeys surrounding and worshiping Klogg]
- There's a text one at the start of Big Shell Evil in Metal Gear Solid 2's "Snake Tales". Otacon wants Snake to go to the Big Shell to look after his sister, and Snake declines, yet Otacon continues asking. Snake says "Leave me alone!", and the next paragraph starts "Six hours later, I was standing on the Big Shell".
- In World of Warcraft, the Alliance quest that brings you to the Twilight Highlands has one of these. Fargo Flintlocke, the airplane pilot, tells you to not black out after using the entire fuel supply to get you to the highlands as fast as possible. Then it cuts to you waking up with the dwarf standing in front of you looking at the plane, crashed in a ship's mast. Fargo's response was, "Oh, like you coulda done any better."
- In the "Get Tannen!" episode of the Telltale Games adventure game Back to the Future: The Game, Artie McFly (Marty's grandfather) is hiding from Kid Tannen (Biff's father), a mobster and Artie's former boss. Marty and Doc Brown try to convince him to go to Kid's speakeasy to meet with Kid's singer and lover Trixie (who is secretly in love with Artie). He utterly refuses, which immediately cuts to "I don't know why I let you convince me..." as they are approaching the speakeasy.
- In Halo: Reach, this little conversation:
Catherine-B320: All we need is a green light from Holland.
Carter-A259: Good luck with that.
Catherine-B320: You're the one asking him.
Carter-A259: Oh, there's no way in hell he's gonna go for this.
Jorge-052: Still can't believe Holland said yes to this.
- A flashback in Yesterday includes the titular hero meeting his Love Interest for the first time in a Parisian antique shop. She's hostile from the moment he introduces himself as an expert in satanic studies and tells him to get out, even more when he suggests that the owner of the shop can help him with his research. She angrily spits out that the owner, her father, committed suicide two months before. After pulling his foot from his mouth, the hero awkwardly offers the girl to make it up to her with a cup of coffee. She replies that she should say "no"... cut to them in bed.
- Mass Effect 3: in the Citadel DLC, this can happen if a female Shepard is romancing Traynor. Traynor will notice a hot tub, Shepard will say they don't have to get in, they can catch a recital instead. Immediately afterwards:
Shepard: You're very persuasive.
- Just before the first boss battle for Traverse Town in Kingdom Hearts, a few Shadow Heartless sneak up behind Donald and Goofy. They prepare to fight, with Donald calling out a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner. Cut to them being kick off the balcony and landing on Sora, crushing him, in one of the funniest introductions ever.
- In one of the Vice cases in L.A. Noire, you reach the suspect you're looking for, but he acts defiant and claims you'll never be able to put a charge on him. Seconds later, the game cuts to the suspect being put away in a police van.
- In Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, Rachel trying to get Chloe to be in the school play of The Tempest on the night of the performance to temporarily replace Juliet who is being waylaid by the fire (what makes this scene even funnier is if you look at Ariel's mask backstage before the play, she says she wouldn't be caught dead in this, and then this scene happens.):
Mr Keaton: My dear, what if I told you that the entire fate of the production rests upon your slender shoulders?
Chloe: I'd say you're totally fucked.
Rachel: Chloe please. For me.
[Chloe takes a deep breath. Cut to the next scene, she is looking at herself in the dressing room mirror, wearing Ariel's costume looking annoyed]
Chloe: Damn it... I can't believe Rachel's talked me into this...
- No One Lives Forever: In the second game Cate approaches Magnus Armstrong, who she helped safely defect from H.A.R.M. in the first game, to ask his assistance by utilizing the connections he still maintains from his time in the criminal organization, something Armstrong very decisively balks at. Cate twists his arm by reminding him he owes her for saving his life, which then leads to this bit of dialogue:
Armstrong: Well, I suppose I could make a few calls, but DON'T EXPECT ME to get involved!
*cut to Armstrong speaking on a phone*
Armstrong: Kamal? Magnus. I'm coming to India.
- In Kira-Kira, Shikanosuke swears he will not dress as a girl to get into Sarina's mansion. No way. Not happening. Even if he can pull off an extremely effective girl, it will never ever happen again. After that declaration, he gets an entire line before we get a cut to him. You have to hand it to him, he manages to actually look better than any of the real girls.
- In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, the Christmas event with Reiichi Himuro in the third year has the protagonist ask him to take her with him to his friend's bar after the school's Christmas party. He adamantly refuses, saying it's no place for him to take a student. Cut to "Yo, welcome. A table for two?"
- SMG4: Parodied (and possibly Played for Laughs) in "Boil the Big Bully":
Bully Boss: The only way I can let you live is if you can transform into a Pepsi machine...
[Cut to a room in Peach's Castle, with Mario as a Pepsi machine. Mario barfs out soda and a moment after closes his mouth. He then burps.]
Mario as a Pepsi Machine: Hey! That was pretty good!
- Subverted in the Homestar Runner cartoon "Bug in Mouth Disease". Strong Bad is watching a Caleb Rentpayer marathon, and the announcer says, "And coming up next on Caleb Rentpayer, find out who shot Caleb." "'Who shot Caleb?' Oh, there's no way I'm missing that one. NO. WAY." Fade out and fade in on the couch now empty. It turns out he was just sitting right in front of the TV with his head taped to the screen.
- One of the Sonic Shorts by the Sonic Paradox Team goes like this:
Shadow: You blue idiot! You ate all the eggs!
Sonic: Yeah? So what if I did? What are you gonna do? Break my arms?
[cut to Sonic in a hospital bed with casts on his arms]
Knuckles: You really shouldn't give him ideas.
- In Silver Quill's "After the Fact: Slice of Life" review, he makes a joking aside about inviting DustyKatt (the self-proclaimed manliest brony) to a tea party. To which DustyKatt's avatar appears, saying that it's not gonna happen. Except Silver Quill summons the Cutie Mark Crusaders to make Puppy-Dog Eyes at him. A cut later, Dusty is attending a tea party with them.
- DSBT InsaniT: In 'Untamed and Uncut', when Alex starts taunting Seth about presumably-being too scared to ride a Power Ram, Seth suddenly appears on one. Cody, who is watching, makes note of this.
Cody: How did you even DO THAT?! The camera wasn't shifted to me for even two seconds!
- Beauty and the Beast (Dingo Pictures): This scene:
Old Man: But I have a plan!
[cut to Old Man driving in his car]
Old Man: I have no plan.
Narrator Snake: Indeed, the stupid old man had no plan.
- Dumbing of Age : in this very meta example, the panel where the protagonist explains the functioning of the Gilligan Cut works as a Gilligan Cut
- Gai-Gin: "On my honour, I solemnly swear I am not going to sleep with that boy..."
- Goblin Hollow: Never EVER diss the GM at the beginning of a quest about his choice of a party's starting point.
- The Way of the Metagamer likes this trope. It's used at least twice.
- Suicide for Hire: Arcturus doesn't want to go to an acid orgy.
- The Devil's Panties: Jennie's friend lends her a car and warns her, "Just be careful, it's really easy to speed in this thing."
Jennie: Oh, don't worry. We won't have any trouble.
Jennie: What seems to be the trouble, Officer?
- Done while Lampshade Hanging in El Goonish Shive in this strip. A comic book geek rants about how midichlorians ruined the Star Wars prequels because they explained something no-one cared about. Immediately, it cuts to Susan explaining why only women can use Hyperspace Mallets.
- The Order of the Stick:
- When Roy finally stands up to Miko, he says, "If you want to bring us to your master, you'll have to drag us there in chains." Cut to the entire party (except Durkon) in chains, being dragged by Miko.
- Belkar meets an Eye of Fear and Flame that threatens him with all its dark powers. After an offscreen "[Two Rounds Later]", Belkar is using its severed, animate skull as a weapon.
- Homestuck's Dave Strider insists he doesn't cry. Anachronic Order ensures that in the very next panel we see, he does exactly that. (Although you might blame the onions.)
- A chapter of Fans! involved a court ruling against a polygamist sect. When the judge essentially declared Polyamory as amoral, Rikk and Ally (who are two-thirds of a mutually consenting threesome with Rumy) were concerned about Rumy's response. Rikk told Ally, "We'll follow our usual house rules. No b-s, no sitcommy half-statements, just the truth." Next frame, they start acting overly nice to Rumy, knowing that she will blow her top when she learns that her love for Rikk and Ally is being challenged.
- The page after Rudy crashes into Rain, and sees Rain's "junk" under her skirt:
Rain: [thinking] And even if he did, he probably wouldn't even believe what he saw, right? Yeah, I'm sure he wouldn't tell anyone...
Rudy: [to Maria and Gavin] Hey, guys! You'll never guess what I saw!
- And then this comic.
- The page after Rudy crashes into Rain, and sees Rain's "junk" under her skirt:
- Bobwhite: Cleo refuses to work at Gameplace.
- A Flashback in Skin Horse has Violet Bee of Anasigma, visiting reculusive and bearded inventor Sergio Mendoza, and telling him they are interested in his inventions. He's horrified by this, and sets off to Anasigma, with the intention of shutting down the one they've actually built. Cut to present day, and he's clean-shaven in an Anasigma office.
- Far earlier, in the "I can Fly" arc, Dr. Lee realized Tip was bullshitting her:
Dr. Lee: You think you can distract me, doctor? Go ahead and try. Hit me with your best shot. [cut to them both in bed]
- Far earlier, in the "I can Fly" arc, Dr. Lee realized Tip was bullshitting her:
- Romantically Apocalyptic: GOD DAMN IT
- There was a running gag for a while in Cyanide & Happiness which had a Mad Scientist creating various things like a robot that could love then cutting to a doctor shouting, "You got electrocuted on your what?!"
- In Bob and George, Protoman is confident that his replacement can handle Dr. Wiley. Cut to Dr. Light musing that Protoman may be right about the folly of uselessly arming household servants.
- Happens twice when Nat is sick in Satan and Me.
- Sketch Comedy: inverted here: three panels of a dramatic duel between Howard the Wizard and Death, then a cut to Karen expressing her relief that the comic lately has been drama-free.
- Subverted in a Times Like This strip:
Cassie: I'm not gonna go Christmas tree shopping and there's nothing you can do about it!!![Cut to tree lot]
- Juvenile Diversion has Erin and Kyle's mom sending them to a Catholic school.
- Questionable Content:
- The Bedfellows:
- In the second "Mothers Day" episode:
Sheen: Take a seat, buddy. Let's have... dinner. [Maniacal laugh]
[Cut to Sheen, Fatigue and Fatigue's mother quietly eating dinner.]
- In "Bubble Gum," Sheen attempts to create a viral video by swallowing as much bubble gum as possible and taping the results. We get a close up of his moaning stomach as he squeals in anticipation... before we cut to him in a hospital bed being told that the gum formed a large blockage in his lower intestine.
- In the second "Mothers Day" episode:
- Alice and the Nightmare: the title character resolves to stay awake to avoid her visions. Next panel...
- In Skin Horse, Dr. Virginia Lee recognizes that Tip is attempting to distract her and doesn't think very highly of his abilities. She dares him to hit her with his best shot, strongly implying that he doesn't have a chance. The next panel shows them in bed together.
- Sluggy Freelance: A scene in "The Immortal King — Roomies" shows how Kozoaku, when first summoned by King Farahn who wanted to make a Deal with the Devil, immediately whispered to someone else that he'd murder Farahn soon because the less time spent with such a jackass the better. Then it cuts to a scene the readers have seen before where Kozoaku is imprisoned in a scroll together with Farahn for a long, long time.
- Weak Hero:
- When Gerard's band Slam first started out, the concert-goers scoffed and claimed they wouldn't last long. The story then cuts to three weeks later, where the hall is packed full of Slam fans.
- Hwangmo manages to catch Naksung while he's drunk and jovial, but still thinks it'll take a long time before he's able to get the guy over to his side. Cut to a couple of drinks later where the two are acting like best friends after discovering their mutual anger towards Ben.
- Skippy's List has two consecutive entries which form one:
33. Not allowed to chew gum at formation, unless I brought enough for everybody.
34. (Next day) Not allowed to chew gum at formation even if I *did* bring enough for everybody.
- SCP Foundation: Occasionally happens in a dark way in The SCP files, as below in an excerpt from File II on SCP-087:
Dr. ______: Thank you. Please continue down.
D-9035: Look, Doc. I think I've gone far enough.
Dr. ______: Please continue, as per our agreement.
D-9035: I don't wanna be doing this, agreement or not.
D-9035 steps over the destroyed step and continues down the staircase.
- Cracked likes to do this, which is helped by its usual article format of ordered lists. For example:
(The last paragraph of entry #2)...In order to get away with it, these macaques would have to be capable of premeditated crime, but no monkey would be smart enough to do something like that, right?#1. Monkeys Are Capable of Premeditated Crime.
- In a certain edit for a promo image of the Hentai Oide yo! Mizuryuu Kei Land:
Child: [arrived at Bimbo Land with his mother] I can't come in the theme park, mommy?
Woman: No, sweetie. This theme park is just for mommies and daddies. It's okay, I'll be back in a little while.
Child: O-okay mommy...
[after spending the day at Bimbo Land]
Woman: [clearly about to get it on with some blonde hunk] Son!? I don't have a son! Stuff like that is just soooo dumb! All I care about now is cock!
- A growing meme is to play a clip involving failure or physical trauma, then right before the impact hits, the scene cuts to some pallbearers dancing while carrying a coffin, implying that the person in the video has died from a grievous injury.
- Gameboys: Cairo tells Gavreel that he's not really interested in travelling. Cue him searching for all the places Gav recommended like Real, Quezon & Matinloc Island.
- One happens during the Two Best Friends Play video of Portal 2 when Chell is going through GLaDOS's old chamber:
Matt: So nothing bad is going to happen?
Pat: Nothing bad is going to happen.
[cut to GLaDOS crushing Wheatley]
Matt: Oh fuck! You said nothing bad was going to happen!
Pat: To you!
- Occurs in Game Grumps when Arin and Jon have to repeat the last level of Goof Troop after getting a game over.
Jon: No! I don't wanna! I'm not doing this again!
Text Box: And so here is a montage of them doing it again.
- Happens twice in a row in the KateModern episode "Spiders":
Gavin: I've got a plan B.
Tariq: What? We pay in gardening?
[cut to Tariq digging in the garden]
Tariq: I was only joking!
Gavin: Oh, come on! You missed — you missed a bit there. It's not forever! And just think about what we're getting for it.
[cut to a dusty old garage full of cardboard boxes]
Tariq: I thought you said it was perfect!
- When Caveman needs The Time... Guys to find a specific stone:
Timmy: How hard can it be to find one dumb rock?
[cut to Dr. Chronos and Timmy in a boulder field]
Timmy: Aw, come on!
- A veritable Running Gag of The Nostalgia Critic. He's constantly thinking that movies could only be made sillier, stupider, or worse if they do the one thing... that they're about to do. An example below from his review of the 1994 film North:
Nostalgia Critic: [voice-over] I mean, it's not like they got Kathy Bates, spray-painted her face, and slapped on a black wig like a minstrel show...
[cut to Kathy Bates, appearing just as the Critic described]
Nostalgia Critic: [voice-over] ... NO! NO! You go back to your room, movie, until you learn something about being racially sensitive!
- Also happens in Kickassia, when The Cinema Snob agrees to talk to Critic about the twenty tons of dynamite he ordered.
Paw: What if he suspects us going behind his back?
Snob: He won't suspect us, I'll put it very delicately.
Snob: Everybody thinks you're nuts.
- Atop the Fourth Wall:
- This is how Linkara summarizes the plot of JLA: The Obsidian Age Book One in his "Comics in Five Panels":
Linkara: "We're the Justice League, and we have to go back in time to rescue Aquaman! This certainly won't result in our deaths or anything!"
[cut to panel of Superman's really-most-sincerely-dead skeleton]
Linkara: "OH F***!!!"
- In Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Linkara is forced into a deal with a government agent about his spaceship. Afterward, the agent makes some gestures of goodwill to try and gain his trust, to which Linkara responds that he appreciates, but that they're definitely never going to be friends nonetheless. Cut to a drunken Linkara slurring "You are the best friend ever!" A caption show this is four years later.
- The review of One More Day opens with a card stating that Linkara is "in good health and good spirits". Cut to Linkara in a random field in the middle of nowhere.
Linkara: I am so lost!
- This is how Linkara summarizes the plot of JLA: The Obsidian Age Book One in his "Comics in Five Panels":
- In the SuperMarioLogan episode "Bowser Junior Goes To Disney World!", when Bowser Junior, Cody and Chef Pee Pee are looking at the Hollywood Tower ride:
Bowser Junior: It can't be that scary. It's not scary.
[cut to Junior, Chef Pee Pee and Cody repeatedly screaming on the Hollywood Tower ride]
- The Wizards Of Aus more or less concludes with a cut such as this. "I have ruined everything."
- This happens to JonTron when he reviews some Disney Bootlegs. When he's informed to look into the website, Dress Up Who, this is his reaction:
JonTron: I gotcha.
[cut to him in an Elsa costume... regretting it]
JonTron: This was a MISTAAAAAAAKE!
- YouTube user Logicked is doing a video called "Hello, My Name is Kent Hovind 5: Full Hyrax o' Ribs" in which a demon from Hell tells Logicked how he's going to have to marry a specific woman, and Logicked says, "no way, no how, I am not getting married." Screen cuts to a title card reading "15 minutes later" then shows Logicked and the woman in a chapel as the minster finishes the wedding ceremony.
- BrainScratch Commentaries: Discussed in the Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric commentary:
FTA: My favorite thing was Lewis on Twitter was like 'Oh, all you idiots, buying this game day one, I'm going to wait two months.' And then two hours later, 'So I bought the game.'
- TFS at the Table: At the end of Chapter 3, Episode 7 the crew encounter a seagull aarocakra named Mary May, who recognises some of their team members and agrees to travel with them briefly. As Wake (Lanipator's character) leads her away to a spare room on their ship, Redd mentions that the crew should avoid mentioning Barabbas, someone they encountered in Chapter 2 and Mary May apparently has a personal history with. We immediately cut to Wake rolling a Natural One and cheerfully saying 'You know, you're not even the first bird-person we've had on board' to her as they walk through the ship.
- In TB Skyen's Dark Souls playthrough, his talk about how he'd heard the Capra Demon was super-easy was intercut with multiple greyed-out previews of him getting his backside kicked.
- CinemaSins: This is one of Jeremy's pet peeves and at the very best gets an exasperated sigh when it is used by a movie. As he calls it, it's a gag that always has an extremely obvious set-up.
- Smosh: The series uses this trope throughout its videos. For example, "I HAVE A SECRET SON" has Anthony saying that it's impossible for a for anyone to get pregnant by holding hands and proves it by holding onto Stevie's hand, just to get pregnant and be in a hospital in the next scene ready to push out a baby girl.