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Monica: Sir, have you been drinking?
Jack: Of course not.
[cue his whiskey bottle crashing to the ground]

Sometimes the karmic baggage of a daring assertion or Blatant Lie is so heavy that the universe feels obliged to immediately expose said untruth by external circumstances. Usually this is Played for Laughs as we observe the perpetrator deal with the uncomfortable moment of their false testimony collapsing in front of others.

A form of Hypocritical Humor. May result in an attempt of Verbal Backspace, Last-Second Word Swap or Implausible Deniability.

Compare with:

  • Tempting Fate: The universe punishes a character, and as a side effect it proves them wrong. In this trope, being proven wrong (or a liar) is the punishment. Also Tempting Fate mostly applies to predictions (explicit or implicit) that characters make about their own futures. This trope can apply to a much broader range of statements.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: A character makes a bet on a close-to-impossible outcome and is proven wrong.
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  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: The contradiction is brought about by the character themself and not by outside forces.
  • Implausible Deniability: The exposure of some truth comes before the actual denial.
  • Gilligan Cut: The proving wrong only appears instantaneous due to the narrative omitting intervening events.
  • Liar Revealed: The lie and its exposure are driving the plot while Instantly Proven Wrong is an inconsequential, situational comedy element.



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  • Famous example involving a customer at a Chinese dry cleaner:
    Customer: How do you get your clothes so clean?
    Dry Cleaner: Ancient Chinese secret.
    [the dry cleaner's wife comes out of the back room]
    Wife: Honey, we need more Calgon!
  • An Israeli mineral water ad has a woman claim that she looks young thanks exclusively to said water. Then her son comes in and says her plastic surgeon is on the phone.
  • A series of Farmers' Insurance commercials include some examples of this, e.g. a driver moving his convertible away from perching birds only to have it filled with cement (and the birds crap on it anyway). Supposedly based on real claims Farmers' has paid.

    Anime and Manga 
  • From After War Gundam X there is this little moment when Garrod is trying to save Tiffa from the tyrannical Seidel Rasso. Garrod is effectively holding Rasso's super-weapon hostage by threatening to destroy it with the Satellite Cannon. Rasso is initially undeterred, since the Gundam X's Satellite Cannon has a huge cool down time, but he didn't know the Double X had solved that issue:
    Seidel Rasso: Fools. Do they think such a childish threat will work? First, there is no way to fire the Satellite Cannon repeatedly...
    [gets interrupted by a crew member]
    Crew member: A second shot is coming!
    Seidel Rasso: What!?
  • During the second chapter of Asteroid in Love, adapted as part of the first episode, Moe encourages Mira to speak to Ao and says "You know, what I always consider to be your best quality? You take action without over-thinking." But when Mira immediately runs to Ao's classroom and and shouts into that class to invite Ao to have lunch with them, Moe has to correct herself:
    Moe: But then you take it too far!
  • Black Butler: In preparation for Sieglinde Sullivan's debut before Her Majesty the Queen, she is being prepared formal attire. Sebastian, in a separate room, considers that Sullivan's hair should be coiffed in formal style and that he "can rest easy on that, as Lady Sullivan already has long hair." Cue Sullivan being burst back into the room to reveal she has undergone an Important Haircut.
    Wolfram: What have you done to your hair!?
    Sebastian: So much for the formal style...
  • Nagasarete Airantou: Suzu, Ayane and Machi are fighting an unidentified snow youkai who kidnapped Ikuto. Then Ayane recognizes its techniques and declares it must be Michiru! In that same panel next to her Michiru appears and is shocked at this revelation herself.

    Comic Books 
  • Atomic Robo: The reborn Tesladyne is under stress because Robo brought back part of ALAN's programming and didn't tell anyone. As ALAN is getting introduced to the new recruits, Foley says that she's backing Robo in this because she thinks he's right:
    Foley: We have an obligation to treat him with respect and dignity because that's what he deserves.
    [walks into the room to find ALAN has his pants down]
    Student: Check out the ro-butt on ALAN!
    Foley: [Spit Take]
  • Les Innommables: As the heroes are swimming back to shore, Tim sees a turtle and sees it as a good omen, since turtles mean there aren't any sharks in the area. A shark eats the turtle just after he says it.
  • From a The Punisher/Wolverine crossover, where Oswald "Napoleon" Zinn and a mook are reviewing security footage of Frank mowing through his gangsters:
    Mook: And he's coming after you.
    Napoleon: Maybe he's not after me personally.
    Frank: Napoleon, whoever you are, I want you to know that I'm coming to get you. Doesn't matter where you run. Doesn't matter where you hide. I'm going to get you.
  • Rick and Morty (Oni): Seconds after Rick tells Summer there's no such thing as ghosts, the ship they're on becomes flooded with them.

    Fan Works 
  • In A Different Type of Inspiration, a designer tells Marinette and Alya to be quiet when Gabriel Agreste is about to announce the competition winner and says "I don't even know why he even allows kids to enter these things. Heaven knows that they would never win. They're just wasting his time." Guess whose name is announced five seconds later.
  • In Dragonball Z Abridged, Vegeta scoffs at his more pragmatic son Trunks' idea of giving Goku a healing senzu bean to help him fight in his battle against Cell. Vegeta angrily tells Trunks that Goku is fighting for his Saiyan pride and would never accept that senzu bean, and that he'd keep fighting until it kills him. At that exact moment, Goku cheerfully tells Cell he's giving up, sending Vegeta into a shocked fury.
  • In Wilhuff Tarkin, Hero of the Rebellion, the Grand Moff explains that he put a secret research installation in the middle of the Maw black hole cluster because not only nobody would suspect a lab to be there, even if they did they couldn't reach it without the route, not even by accident. Cue the Millennium Falcon doing its legendary Kessel Run and streaking by the Maw Installation completely by accident.
  • In Project Delta, after the asari see Jane beating the training room with the safeties disabled, a girl named Nomila claims she must have been cheating. Jane proceeds to demonstrate her skills to Nomila personally. She does go easy on her, but that's still five cracked ribs.
  • In Sudden Showers, when Izuku's classmates wonder if he got a girl friend, Bakugou insists no girl "would ever want anything to do with that damn nerd". Cue every girl in Class-1A promptly saying they'd date him in a heartbeat.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • The Cold Open of "Batshy Crazy" features Applejack planning to kill Fluttershy. When she gets caught in her plans, she tries to deny everything and gets immediately proven wrong each time.
      Twilight: And since Fluttershy is our friend, we're going to help her out of this problem, instead of just killing her.
      Applejack: Well, of course, Twilight! I wouldn't dream of doing it any other way.
      Apple Bloom: Hey, Applejack! I found your shotgun that you said you wanted to murder Fluttershy with, just like you specifically told me!
    • Early on in "A Sombra Affair", Twilight panics that Sombra's going to kill everybody. Shining Armor claims that Sombra might not kill them... only for Sombra to yell, "I'm gonna kill y'all with crystals!"
    Shining: Well, I guess I was wrong.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the introductory scene of Aladdin with the merchant, he tries to give a sales pitch but is foiled by circumstances.
    Merchant: Look at this. Yes! Combination hookah and coffee maker. Also makes Julienne fries! It will not break! [taps item on table] It will not... [item falls apart] It broke.
  • Big Hero 6:
    • When Baymax makes noises upstairs, Cass wonders who it was but Hiro blames it on Mochi. Cue Mochi snuggling up against his legs.
    • At the pier, Hiro assures his team that Baymax can handle Yokai. Cue Baymax come flying through the air and landing on the car roof.
  • In Inside Out, when Riley arrives at the new place in San Francisco, Joy wants to calm everybody down but her soothing tactics are immediately torpedoed by reality.
    Joy: Guys, you are overreacting. Nobody is dying.
    Disgust: A dead mouse!
  • Lilo & Stitch: While on trial, Dr. Jumba insists that all his genetic research has been only been theoretical, and he has not been creating new lifeforms. Cue the council bringing out Experiment 626 as evidence.
    Jumba: I would never, ever ... [sees 626] ... make more than one.
  • In order to sooth the terrified kids in the opening scene of Moana, Tui exclaims "There are no monsters" but then he accidentally touches a column which leads to scrolls with painted monsters unravel all around the room. Cue a Mass "Oh, Crap!" by the little ones.
  • Sing: Max leaves his bicycle with the valet at the fancy restaurant, claiming "It may look old, but it's a classic". Before he even enters the restaurant the bike falls apart, leaving the valet holding the handlebars while the rest of the bike lies on the ground.
  • In the climax to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the fight against Doc Ock ends abruptly in this manner, just as she charges Miles, Peter, and Gwen.
    Gwen: Buckle up, this is gonna take a while.
    [Doc Ock gets blindsided by a flying truck]
    Gwen: Welp, never mind.
  • Happens four times in Zootopia.
    • Officer Clawhauser has just walked in on Chief Bogo using a Gazelle app, whose music is still playing.
      Clawhauser: Is that Gazelle?
      Bogo: NO!
      Bogo's phone: I'm Gazelle, and you are one hot dancer.
    • Bellwether tells Nick and Judie that she feels well-appreciated by her boss Mayor Lionheart. Then the intercom beeps and we hear Lionheart shouting "Smell-wether!" in a commanding voice. Bellwether plays it down by saying it was a "fun little name he likes to use".
    • When Judy and Nick find the Nighthowler lab in an old train engine, Judy tries to commandeer the engine to take it to the police as evidence.
      Nick: You're a conductor now? Listen, it would take a miracle to get this rust bucket going! [Judy starts the engine] Well, Hallelujah.
    • And then played with after the train chase sequence...
      Judy: [following a fiery crash] Maybe some of the evidence survived...
      [massive explosion that incinerates the train]

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 1776: Just as John Adams is extolling the condition of the Continental Army ("Never has training been more spirited, never have spirits been higher"), a courier arrives with a message from General Washington describing the deplorable condition of the army, the raucous behavior, disrespect, and general unsuitability of the average colonial soldier.
  • Czech comedy Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet
    • The famous American detective Nick Carter travels to Prague to meet the local inspector about a case. Following conversation occurs as they ride down the street in a carriage:
      Nick Carter: I assume my arrival has been kept strictly secret!
      Inspector: But of course!
      Paperboy: The most famous American detective's in Prague!
      Inspector: [looks embarrassed]
    • Later, the villain announces to a round of friends that the American detective won't be able to make it to their place, as he wrongly assumes his henchmen took care of him. Cue, Nick Carter's visit card arriving on a servant's tray.
  • In The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha tell Fearless Leader, falsely, that they've killed Rocky and Bullwinkle, making him think he's invincible. But he's no sooner gotten through boasting that no one can stop him than Karen and Rocky burst in to do exactly that. (Although they don't exactly manage to do much in the way of stopping him; it's Bullwinkle, who has gotten separated from the group and doesn't arrive until later, who actually makes it possible to defeat the Pottsylvanians.)
  • Implied in The Amazing Spider-Man when Peter Parker comes home and Uncle Ben demands to know why he didn't answer his phone. Before Peter can speak, his phone rings, disproving any story of it being unable to do so.
  • In Ask a Policeman, Sgt. Dudfoot is being interviewed about Turnbottom Round's reputation as 'the village with no crime'. While the interviewer accepts that there may be no major crimes, he asks what about minor crimes, like drunkenness. Dudfoot claims there is no drunkenness in the village, but is immediately drowned out by extremely loud drunken singing from the street. Dudfoot tries to pass this off as the church choir practising. On being told that Constable Harbottle is in charge of traffic, the interviewer asks about traffic offences, like speeding. Dudfoot says there is no speeding in Turnbottom Round, but is drowned out by a car going past at 100 miles per hour. This time he says it is the doctor on his way to an emergency case.
  • In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin is repeatedly called out for his ownership of a Swedish penis-enlarger pump while he's picking up his belongings after the unfreezing process. This embarrasses him in front of Vanessa Kensington and causes him to resort to failed attempts at denial.
    Clerk: One Swedish-made penis enlarger pump...
    Austin: That's not mine.
    Clerk: One credit card receipt for Swedish-made penis enlarger, signed by... Austin Powers.
    Austin: [to Vanessa] I'm telling you, baby, that's not mine.
    Clerk: One warranty card for Swedish-made penis enlarger pump, filled out by... Austin Powers.
    Austin: I don't even know what this is. This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby.
    Clerk: One book: "Swedish-made Penis Enlarger Pumps and Me: (This sort of thing is my bag, baby)", by... Austin Powers.
    Austin: Ah.
  • In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony Stark promises Pepper that there would be no more surprises... moments before Doctor Strange teleports in to recruit Tony in a fight against Thanos.
  • In Big Trouble, Jack is questioned by Walter and Monica.
    Monica: Sir, have you been drinking?
    Jack: Of course not.
    [his whiskey bottle crashes to the ground]
  • In Birdman, Mike Shiner insults Riggan saying that most people don't care about him as an actor. Cue a fan of Riggan's approaching from behind asking to be photographed together with him.
  • A classic example from Casablanca exposing gambling activities at Rick's Café:
    Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
    Louis: I am shocked — shocked! — to find that gambling is going on in here!
    Emile: [handing him a stack of bills] Your winnings, sir.
    Louis: Oh thank you very much. [shouting to casino patrons] Everybody out at once!
  • In Deadpool, Wade insists to the X-Men that no-one has been hurt during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge (while on a highway littered with the corpses of the guys he's killed on said rampage). The instant he says that the splattered body of a goon he killed toward the start of the movie falls to the street behind him.
  • A serious example in the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross. Roma, a Shady Real Estate Agent, constructs an elaborate lie to assure to his client that their contract hasn't been filed yet and could still be amended. Then in comes his boss announcing that the contract was approved and the check has been cashed at the bank. Roma tries to resolve the awkward situation by claiming to his client that he didn't know about this.
  • In The Fifth Element, after getting to the room where Leeloo got wounded in her fight with Zorg, Cornelius and Ruby notice the countdown clock on the door that was left behind.
    Cornelius: It's a — it's a — it's a — it's a — it's a — it's a...
    Ruby Rhod: No no no no no no. 'Cuz if it was a bomb, the alarms would go off 'cuz all these hotels have bomb detectors, right?
    [the alarms go off]
  • Get Smart: Max tells 99 not to worry, no-one knows they're dating. Then Da Chief casually walks past and says "Yes we do." (Given that they work for a spy agency, it's not exactly surprising.)
  • In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, FBI Director Tom Manning is trying to perform a Gas Leak Cover-Up of the events in the auction house when, the next floor up, Hellboy's pyrokinetic girlfriend/partner Liz sets off an explosion that blows Hellboy out a window and into plain view of the reporters.
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: While watching the German convoy, escorted by a tank, Henry expresses some concern, to which Indy assures him they're well out of range. Then the tank fires a shell that destroys a car some distance behind them.
  • Johnny English:
    Pegasus: Everything in order, English?
    Johnny: I think you'll find that it's more than just in order, sir. You are now entering the most secure location in the whole of England.
    [huge explosion in the background]
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Gimli declares that he won't be caught easily, because he has "the eyes of a hawk and the ears of a fox." A split second later, he sees elves pointing drawn bows at him less than half a meter away.
  • Only just averted in Midnight. At midnight, when Helene is about to reveal Eve as an impostor, the arrival of Tibor Czerny (the husband of Eve's assumed persona) is announced which renders Helene's theory untenable, forcing her into silence.
  • In The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, when Norval breaks into the bank.
    Norval: You have to know exactly what to do or else... it'll set off the alarm.
    Old Kockenlocker: Can you do it?
    Norval: Yes.
    [cue the alarm going off as Norval opens the safe]
  • In The Princess Bride, Westley notices several Rodents of Unusual Size sneaking up on him and Buttercup but denies their existence because he doesn't want her to panic. Immediately after he says that, one of the oversized rats attacks them.
  • In The Producers, after the delighted theater patrons pour into the bar where Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom are drinking, raving about the show and how much they loved it, Max tries to reassure himself and Leo that there's no indication it's their show being talked about.note 
    Bialystock: Take it easy, don't panic. There are a lot of plays on this street. They are not necessarily talking about "Springtime for Hitler."
    Patron: I never in a million years thought I'd ever love a show called "Springtime for Hitler"!
  • Python: Deputy Louis tells John, when he's arrested as a murder suspect (he's innocent), that he's staying in jail and won't get Off on a Technicality, and that Louis is the law around here. The sheriff comes in just in time to hear that speech, delivers the news that John is free to go and reminds Louis that he's the law around here.
  • Shin Godzilla sees the Prime Minister give a press conference about the crisis Godzilla caused and to assure people that he couldn't come onto land and survive. Right after he assured people everything would be okay, he's told the creature had come onto land and is waddling through Kamata.
  • At the beginning of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Raphael has a "turtle-tantrum" over the Turtles' isolated lifestyle; "Nobody appreciates us, nobody sees us, [starts yelling] nobody even knows we're alive down here!" At which point April O'Neil, the Turtles' first human friend who let them hide in her apartment from the Foot in the last two movies, shows up to deliver some gifts to them.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Edmund is first seen trying to enlist in the army. Since he's underage, he's trying to pass his Aunt Alberta's identification (which doesn't have a photo on it) off as Albert A. Then Lucy comes up and calls him by name.
  • The Wizard of Oz: Immediately after the Wizard's Huge Holographic Head threatens Dorothy and company, Toto accidentally exposes him for the humbug he is.
    Wizard: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, at the Peace Conference Dr. Bolivar Trask states that his mutant detector could not work in that very room.
    Trask: If I turn it on, the system couldn't even activate in here.
    [ping!!! device activates — surprised looks all around]
    Trask: Unless there's a mutant.

  • An Urban Legend has an English teacher declare that while double negatives may convey their opposite meaning, no double positives will ever mean the opposite of what they say. Cue one student saying "Yeah right".note 

  • In one of the Alice, Girl from the Future books, Alice, on a planet taken over by Space Pirates, attempts to pretend in front of them that she has no idea what's going on. Right as it seems to be succeeding, a note arrives from her friend (a resistance member she helped yesterday) notifying her he's okay.
  • Isaac Asimov's "Living Space": Alec Mishnoff explains how their houses are almost certainly going to encounter alien life, and he's worried about when it'll happen. Department Head Berg is in the middle of telling him how ridiculous the idea is when Bill Ching calls in to report three-eyed tentacled aliens have been sighted.
  • Discworld:
    • Combined with The Tape Knew You Would Say That in Thud! after a historical recording proves that a major facet of dwarf life is completely wrong:
      "For the enemy is not Troll, nor is it Dwarf, but it is the baleful, the malign, the cowardly, the vessels of hatred, those who do a bad thing and call it good. Those we fought today, but the wilful fool is eternal and will say—"
      "This is just a trick!" Ardent shouted.
      "—say this is a trick."
    • Ponder Stibbons once tries to explain to the faculty that a magical experiment he is about to perform is as safe as crossing the street. It certainly isn't his fault that there is a six-cart pileup just outside after he said that.
  • Dream of the Red Chamber: During one of Granny Liu's visits with Grandmother Jia (the matron of the wealthy Jia household) and several maids showing her some sights, they come across a path with mud covering some of it. Grandmother Jia suggests for Granny Liu to walk the cleaner part of the path with them, but Granny Liu declines, stating that, as a Country Mouse herself, she's done it many times already and is therefore adept at walking through muddy roads. Barely a few steps unto the muddied part of the path, however, Granny Liu slips on the mud and falls on her backside, causing many a maid (and Grandmother Jia as well) to burst out laughing while Granny Liu herself awkwardly acknowledges how quickly this trope applies to her.
  • In Mansfield Park, Mrs. Norris is aghast to hear that her niece Fanny is to dine at the parson's house and goes on a long screed about how it's only because the Miss Bertrams aren't around, that the invitation is entirely undeserved, that she'd better keep her mouth shut and not embarrass the family, and that she is absolutely not going to have the carriage. Then Sir Thomas walks in to ask Fanny what time he should have the carriage ready for her.
  • The Overstory: A Played for Drama example when Adam thinks to himself that, no matter what the studies show, he will make sure his knowledge of cognitive biases actually makes him a better person. Seconds later, him proceeding to do nothing when his professor has a heart attack, an example of the Bystander Effect.
  • Spy School: In the fourth book, Cyrus refuses to believe that it's only a coincidence that Ben's best friend from before spy school just happens to be on vacation at the same ski resort where the mission is happening and that neither of them planned it, declaring such coincidences don't happen. Alexander speaks up, saying that actually something like that did happen to him once when he ran into his third grade teacher on a mission in Istanbul while disguised as a nun.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Agent Carter, after Peggy and Jarvis kidnap Mr. Hunt, a Mook who'd made an attempt on their lives, they return to the Stark estate, with Hunt in the trunk, to find Chief Sousa waiting for them. Since this was an unauthorized (and very illegal) mission, she tries to keep him from finding out, even when knocking from the inside of the trunk starts.
    Peggy: We... caught a possum on this property earlier this morning. Vicious little creature.
    Hunt: [from the trunk] Let me outta here!
    Peggy: Or I have a man stashed in the boot.
  • Arrested Development:
    • In episode "My Mother, the Car", Michael claims that his mother is frail right before she bursts through the locked balcony door.
    • Episode "Fakin' It" has Michael discover a secret room in the model home filled with body-building magazines, themselves filled with muscular men. Tobias enters and has a conversation with Michael where he admits the magazines are his. He says they're from a body-building phase he'd gone through (rather than using them to ogle the men) and he hasn't touched them in years. He then opens one and we hear a talking magazine ad for a new television show.
    • In "Whistler's Mother", Michael asserts the board that he has no business contact with his father in prison but is immediately proven wrong by his assistant:
      Michael: My dad in no way is talking about business from prison.
      [knocking on the door and an assistant entering]
      Assistant: Excuse me. Your father's calling from prison. He wants to talk about the land deal you made with his brother.
  • Babylon 5: Early in the fourth season, after Sheridan has seemingly died on the Shadow homeworld of Z'Ha'Dum, some of the League ambassadors try to rally a protest against Delenn's plan to attack Z'Ha'Dum full-on, claiming that no one who goes to Z'Ha'Dum comes back, just as Sheridan walks up and stands right next to them. The wind promptly goes out of their sails.
  • One time on Cheers, Carla didn't believe that a customer was waiting for friends. They immediately arrived.
  • This trope is a staple of Disney Channel sitcoms; a character will say something, often in the reassurance that something won't go wrong or that everything is fine, only to have another character walk in and do or say something that immediately proves them wrong. Cue laugh track.
  • In Doc Martin episode "To the Lighthouse", Penhale, while piloting a boat on an emergency call out, confidently boasts that the rocks are nothing to worry about because he "know[s] these waters like the back of my hand" and less than five seconds later smashes the boat right into them.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Face of Evil": The Doctor assures the fugitive Leela that if the rest of her tribe are preparing for battle, it's unlikely they'll spare anyone to search for her. Then two arrows hit the tree right in front of him.
      The Doctor: [not changing his tone at all] On the other hand, I could be wrong about that.
    • "The Empty Child": In the opening scene, the Doctor tells Rose that the tracking of a mysterious, dangerous object is perfectly safe. Cue the TARDIS's control panels exploding.
    • "School Reunion": When Rose attempts to call an ambulance after seeing one of the kitchen staff get injured after having some mysterious oil spilled on her, another woman tells her there's no need, as the injured woman will be all right. Cue a scream and billowing smoke from the other room. "Oh, she always does that."
  • In season six of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Uncle Phil tells Geoffry that boys the age of Geoffry's son don't play with toys. Cue Will walking in and instantly grabbing the Transformers Geoffry bought, claiming he's "been looking for Razorbeast since October" and happily playing with them.
  • In the seventh season of Game of Thrones, the Lannister forces are preparing to meet Daenerys' Dothraki horde bearing down on them. Recognizing the severity of the situation, Bronn urges Jaime Lannister to fall back and get to safety. Ever the Frontline General, Jaime refuses, grimly insisting, "We can hold them off." Cue the Mighty Roar of Daenerys' dragon, and one hell of an Oh, Crap! from Jaime.
  • An episode of I Love Lucy has her shoot a commercial for a medicine called Vitameatavegemin. While she pours a small amount into a spoon, she claims "It tastes just like candy." She then takes the spoonful and makes a face that indicates it tastes terrible.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: In "Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom", under the threat of a deadly gas attack, the constables are lent some gas masks by the local firefighters. They voice serious doubts that those can protect them at all — they are conceived as a safeguard against smoke, not lethal poison gas, and are in a poor state to boot. Thus Crabtree tries to reassure his colleagues by putting on one of the masks and telling them they'll be perfectly safe... just as his mask's tank drops from its tube.
  • On one episode of My Name Is Earl, we find out that Earl and Joy once sold an Alleged Car to a man. Earl tries to right this wrong only to find out that the experience left the man bitter and pessimistic about society and seemingly plans to kill everyone. Earl tries to change his mind by showing him that people can be nice. Unfortunately, he tries to track down the car and finds that everyone who's owned it did the same thing as Earl and Joy. He later gets Darnell to pretend he was the last owner who sold the car for scrap used to build a playground. In the narration, Earl says that he thought karma would forgive this falsehood. But then the car that was supposedly scrapped drives by.
  • In one episode of NUMB3RS, David and Colby are trying to arrest an armed terrorism suspect in a garage that the terrorists had been using to build a bomb. David tries to point out to the suspect that he knows better than to fire a gun in a bomb lab, only for the suspect to do exactly that.
  • In "Funeral" of Peep Show, Toni declares "I don't waste my life looking for a man to fill a dad-shaped hole" just as her new much older boyfriend arrives.
  • The Stick Stickly special Oh, Brother had Stick lampshade how dreaming about a long-lost twin is a crazy idea right before his mom tells him about his long-lost twin brother.
  • Timeless: After going back to World War II Germany, Wyatt and Lucy are found out by Ian Fleming, who begins berating them for their sloppy espionage, saying they couldn't stand out more if they tried. Cue Rufus coming in. At the sight of a black man in Nazi Germany, Fleming just says, "I stand corrected."
  • On What We Do in the Shadows, the group is called before the Vampire Council in the second season finale for killing the Baron and several other vampires. Nandor admits that Guillermo, who had just quit as their familiar, was responsible for killing the Baron, but then claims that he killed him in response. The Council then laughs this off, saying that Guillermo couldn't possibly be capable of killing vampires as he's just a familiar. They then demonstrate by having a kid playing Guillermo and showing him easily held back by a vampire. They're unaware that Guillermo is actually there and hiding backstage. Just after the portrayal of himself as incapable of harming a vampire, Guillermo bursts into action and massacres the Council.

  • In Soylent Scrooge Fred's cheeriness and asking why anyone would be miserable on Christmas is answered by Bob Cratchit crying over his ill son and miserable life.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Fraggle Rock:
    Narrator: Fraggles are graceful creatures—
    [a Fraggle falls into camera shot]
  • Following conversation from A Muppet Family Christmas:
    Kermit: Outside? Fozzie, it's too cold to go outside.
    Fozzie: It's not cold.
    Kermit: It is cold!
    Fozzie: It's not cold!
    [the door opens and the snowman comes inside shivering]
    Snowman: Can I come in and warm up?
    Fozzie: [with a vague dismissive gesture] Okay, so it's cold.
  • Muppet Treasure Island: During the song "Professional Pirate", Long John Silver begins addressing "misconceptions" about pirates, how they'd never stab you in the back (someone falls dead a split second later with a knife in his back) or lie or cheat (as one of them picks another's pocket).

  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Benedict tries to tell himself that the Mass Super-Empowering Event was all just a bizarre shared hallucination. Hyeon immediately points out the gaping hole in the wall that was left by the event.
    • Another example with the two is when Hyeon tells Benedict that his pet squirrel can't just go and find something weird just because he commands it to. The squirrel in question then hops up and does exactly that, finding a blood trail for them to follow.
    • When discussing how they're supposed to find Benjy after he fled the school, Michal moans that he's probably lying low somewhere and they'll have no chance of finding him. Barbra then turns around her phone to show a website where a sighting of Benjy is the front page article.

  • In The Matchmaker, Horace Vandergelder refuses to condone a relationship between his niece Ermengarde and the artist Ambrose. He tells Ambrose that he's sent Ermengarde away and Ambrose will never find out where she's gone; immediately, a maid comes in and announces that Ermengarde has just finished packing and recites the full address of where she's being sent so Vandergelder can confirm the luggage is labeled correctly.

    Video Games 
  • In Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, after the Cable-Car Action Sequence Shears ensures Kat that nothing's really got broken. Cue the cable car's door falling off.
  • In Final Fantasy X-2, Logos and Ormi has the Gullwings watch a sphere recording that they had made. Part of the sphere was recorded pointed straight at Yuna's butt. Logos insists Ormi recorded that part, but Ormi then walks by in the background.
  • Wheatley from Portal 2 has a moment of this.
    Wheatley: I'm guaranteeing you, 100 percent, that it's this way.
    [enters a hallway]
    [immediately comes back out of the hallway]
    Wheatley: It's not this way.
  • In World of Warcraft, Belmont sends the player and the corpse of Crowley with a valkyr back to Sylvanas, mentioning he'll find his own way back now that the worgen have lost their scent, saying he might even beat them back. As soon as the valkyr rises to the top of the cliff, a couple dozen of elite worgen are shown waiting.

    Visual Novels 
  • At the start of Remy Chevalier's first season in Queen of Thieves the heroine - newly arrived in Paris and no little starstruck - remarks with enthusiasm on the sight of the Eiffel Tower. Remy agreeably comments on the landmark's beauty, only for Nikolai to dryly point out that Remy hates the Eiffel Tower and has said so for years. It's a humorous moment, but it also sets the tone for the route by making it clear the heroine can't necessarily trust in Remy's sincerity.

  • In a strip of It Sucks to Be Weegie!, Luigi denies knowing Daisy, only to be found out when she calls him by his name.
  • Furry Experience: As Vikki drags Ronnie to a Mormon institute, Ronnie is trying to tell her how all the students inside will be chattering away with their self-righteous gossip, until they open the door to dead silence.
    Vikki: God heard you and made them shut up.
    Ronnie: You hush.
  • In Girl Genius, Agatha wants to break in a Parisian dress shop, since they are barely clothed and supposed to go to a costume party. Dimo objects, as according to him you should only loot from defeated enemies. Agatha counters that it's not like she's going to battle a horde of socialites on the way. Cue a horde of well-dressed socialites turning the corner and coming at her with hostile intentions, to Agatha's dismay.
    Zeetha: Wow, you can find anything in Paris!
  • In Kevin & Kell, when Hare-Link has to lay someone off, George points out that Candace is the most expendable employee. Kevin protests that her work on the telephone is valuable, at which point, Candace, likely oblivious to the fact that her job is about to be cut, cheerfully informs Kevin that she doesn't have to do as much work recently. After Candace leaves, Kevin, with chagrin, comments that "her timing could have been better".
  • The Order of the Stick: At the Godsmoot, while the High Priestess of Odin is announcing the order of the day for the meeting, Roy is ignoring her words and arguing with Wrecan that he should go looking for Belkar before he'd cause trouble. He even adds "...there's nothing anyone can say that will stop me from—" just as the Lady of Odin concludes that the gods are going to vote on whether they should destroy the world or not. That shuts up Roy real fast.
  • Downplayed in Stand Still, Stay Silent. As the author points out in her comment on the page, people should not be leaning on vehicle wing mirrors in the first place. However, the mirror in question chooses to break off right after someone comments that the old vehicle to which it is attached is probably sturdier than it looks. Later in the same chapter, an old bridge decides to start breaking down after that same person comments that it must be quite well-maintained to still be standing.

    Web Videos 
  • Critical Role's Mighty Nein campaign has one that is disproven by the Vox Machina campaign. In the Vo arc, Viridian claims after regaining her memories her family doesn't drink. Cue a fan video of her child Keyleth going on pub crawls and getting plastered on several occasions.
  • In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Lizzie spends most of the first episode complaining about her mother's obsession with finding wealthy husbands for her daughters, saying "It's not like we're all going to put our lives on hold because some rich single guy dropped from the sky." Cue Lydia bounding into her room to excitedly tell her that a rich family just moved into their neighborhood and happen to have a son who's single.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In a running gag, the Critic would cite an often ridiculous hypothetical or cliche scenario that at least didn't happen, only for the screen to cut to exactly that. For example, during his review of North, he commends the movie for at least getting a Native American to play an Eskimo and not resorting to a cheap stunt such as putting someone like Kathy Bates in Brown Face... only to see that the film did exactly that.
    • In his review of Last Action Hero, upon seeing a baffling cameo appearance by Sharon Stone and Robert Patrick as their characters from Basic Instinct and Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
      Critic: You know, movie, I'm not sure if you know this, but, um... cameos have to make sense. Just because those two people were in movies doesn't mean it necessarily makes sense to have them in your movie. I mean, it's like having a cartoon cat running around all over the place— [it turns out to actually be in the movie] WHAAAAA?! What the hell is that?! Are you serious? Why is there a cartoon cat there?! That doesn't make any sense!
      [a clip from the movie plays: Jack Slater explains, "He's supposed to be back on duty. He was only suspended for a month."] Critic: No, movie, no! There's no reason a cartoon cat should be there! It's like saying... Little Richard's in the movie! [indeed, he is; the Critic pauses to think up more out-of-place cameos] Jean-Claude Van Damme. [he's in it, too] Jim Belushi. [also true] MC Hammer. [ditto] Humphrey Bogart! [Deliberately Monochrome and all] Chevy Chase and Damon Wayans walking side by side— [do we need to spell it out?] What is going on?!! Why are there so many pointless random cameos?! Am I in The Twilight Zone? I mean, movie, just because you can have someone in your film doesn't mean you should! It's like having— [finally shuts himself up, having learned his lesson] Nope! No! If I mention that person's name, they might spontaneously jump out of somebody's anus! Let's just keep watching the movie and be done with it.
    • In his review of Scooby-Doo, his past self argues that a satire is automatically funny, only for the screen to display posters for several of Seltzer and Friedberg's movies. This ends up backfiring as the Critic's past self is unfamiliar with them since they're made after his time period.
  • Vision of Escaflowne Abridged loves this trope.
    Van: You should be careful with those. I hear the ink is spiked with hallucinogens so you trip out while you play.
    Hitomi: That's just an urban legend.
    (image on the card comes to life and swirls around her)
    Hitomi: Oooh, shinyyy...
    (shortly later)
    Hitomi: Okay, but Count Chocula and his army of Jewish werewolves need to stay here.
    Van: Urban legend, riiight...
    • When Hitomi and Merle are sick and Van brings them medicine...
    Hitomi: Aw, he pretends to be a self-absorbed jerk, but he really does care about...
    Guard: Raise the alarm! The Zaibach are invading!
    Van: Oh, thank God! I was about to go insane from boredom back there!
    Merle: You were saying?

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: In "I Dream of Jimmy", Jimmy journeys into Carl's dreams to help him deal with a recurring nightmare. Jimmy ends up having to do something wildly out of character to convince Carl he's dreaming and wake him up, and resorts to kissing his rival, Cindy Vortex. In the waking world, the episode ends with Carl assuring Jimmy he wouldn't tell anyone about what happened... only for Cindy to barge in, slap Jimmy, and shout "Not even in his dreams, Nerd-tron!"
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Cloning", the Aqua Teens' newest cloned TV breaks down and begins displaying disturbing footage of them. When Meatwad says something's wrong with it, Frylock denies it only to see the TV gushing blood.
  • Central Park:
    • In Season 1 "Live It Up Tonight", Birdie tells the audience that one of the benefits of being a narrator is he could do his job from anywhere. He uses the gazebo he's standing in as an example of a place that's dry and safe until a swarm of bats enters the gazebo and swarms around him.
    • In the Season 1 finale "A Fish Called Snakehead":
      • When the Tillermans sees a mother duck and her duckling enter the lake, Molly and Cole are certain that they'll be fine because they think there's probably no snakehead in the lake and the jogger who spotted it is crazy until one of the ducklings is dragged down in the water. Luckily, the duckling is able to resurface and the mother duck and her ducklings gets out of the lake. They're now certain there's a snakehead in the lake.
      • When Owen thinks Dick Flake is going to catch the snakehead before him, Paige reassures him that he won't and he's a blowhard until Dick shouts out he caught it. It's subverted later on when she discovers Dick lied and bought an already dead snakehead to claim he caught it.
  • In "A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words" from Dragon Tales, the group is getting assistance from a doodle fairy to help Ord find giggle flowers. The doodle fairy draws a picture that they finally identify as a knuckerhole.
    Zak: I know every knuckerhole in Dragon Land and I can tell you positively, absolutely, there isn't another knuckerhole anywhere near herrrrrrrrre! (He and Wheezie fall into the hole.)
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Where No Duck has Gone Before", Courage cuts off Launchpad's appeal about returning to Earth, saying they never go home before encountering aliens. Launchpad says aliens don't exist — and then the Kronk ship appears.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In the first episode, Scrooge makes a Badass Boast while dressing up for a diving expedition, including putting on a heavy helmet.
      Scrooge: I'm Scrooge McDuck! I made my name being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties! And I made my money square, on my own! No nephews, no family! No one helped me then and I don't need help now, and—!
      [the weight of his diving helmet gives way, sending him rolling into some objects]
      Scrooge: Beakley, a little help?
    • Later in the episode, after crashing a press conference with the real Jewel of Atlantis (long story), Scrooge has this to say about the ruby Glomgold's presenting:
      Scrooge: That bauble? Sure, it's nice, but it's obviously super cursed.
      Glomgold: NO IT'S NOT[gets grabbed by a massive sea monster] AGH! CURSE YOU MCDUUUUUUCK!!
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In "Foul Balled", Chester tells Timmy not to mention his last name in public, telling him it's not safe to be a McBadbat because his father was the worst baseball player ever.
    Timmy: Hah, come on! I'm sure nobody takes the game that seriously?
    [cue an offscreen explosion, followed by a mailbox reading "McBadbat" falling into the shot]
    Timmy: Isn't that your mailbox?
    Chester: NOT AGAIN!
    • In "Totally Spaced Out", Timmy gets off the school bus, happy that he's going to spend this weekend with his parents. When he gets home, he finds out that his parents a going away on a business trip to a five star resort.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Love Thy Trophy", when officials from the Department of Child Disservices come to take Stewie away, Lois is enraged and wants to disprove their claims, which are immediately torpedoed by Peter's actions off-screen.
    Lois: How dare you! This is a wonderful home!
    [cue a gunshot going off in the distance]
    Peter: [shouting off-screen] Quagmire, you rat bastard! Come near my fence again, and that'll be your head!
  • In the opening of "Franklin in Charge" from Franklin, Mr. Turtle is leaving for a trip to Uncle Snapper's and Mrs. Turtle is trying to make sure he has everything he needs. He tells her that he's only going for a couple days and didn't forget anything.
    Harriet: (jiggling a pair of keys) Daddy keys!
    Mr. Turtle: Oh. I won't get too far without those, will I?
  • Futurama:
    • In the episode "The Route of All Evil", Cubert accuses the crew of using Bender as a still for brewing beer. Bender immediately calls out "Lies! Lies and slander!", then burps out some suds.
    • "The Duh-Vinci Code" has Fry disappointed by his friends' understandably low opinion of his intellect. Just as he's consoling himself by recalling that he has "street smarts," he steps off the curb and gets hit by a bus.
  • One episode of The Get Along Gang has the kids trying out to become junior news reporters. Portia attempts to audition for weatherman only to have this repeatedly happen to her. She forecasts a bright and sunny day just before a storm begins. She then claims that the storm will then ease off. It intensifies instead. She keeps insisting that the storm will ease off, but it keeps getting worse. She finally says that the storm will last all day. The storm instantly ends. Portia walks away with her tail between her legs.
  • In "The Lucky Egg" from Guess How Much I Love You, Bluebird has two eggs of her own and agrees to adopt another, much larger egg that Little Nutbrown Hare and Little Field Mouse found that they call "the lucky egg." All three of them hatch at the same time. One day, Little Nutbrown Hare and Little Field Mouse take Big Nutbrown Hare to see the chicks. The proudly praise the bluebird chicks for their singing but say that the lucky chick doesn't sing, that he's very quiet. In response to this, the lucky chick lets out a big, loud caw.
    Little Field Mouse: And full of surprises!
  • House of Mouse: In "Donald Wants to Fly", Donald is ashamed that he cannot fly like other birds and decides that he's a donkey, declaring "Donkeys can't fly!". At that moment, Burrito, a donkey with wings, flies overhead.
    "Aw, nuts!"
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 110, Mr. Cat explains to Kaeloo, Stumpy and Quack Quack using a slideshow that vampires don't exist. While he's still talking, Quack Quack gets bitten by a vampire bat and turns into a vampire.
  • King of the Hill: In the first episode, a social worker, believing that Hank is an abusive parent, visits the Hill residence and asks Peggy about her husband.
    Social Worker: Mrs. Hill, would you say your husband has a bad temper?
    Peggy: Who, Hank? No, Hank is as gentle as a lamb.
    [Hank bursts in, totally stressed out, and sees Bobby tossing a softball against the wall]
    Hank: Dang, no more bouncing that ball!!
    [Hank grabs the ball and throws it out the window, nearly hitting the social worker]
    Peggy: Hank, we have a visitor.
  • In "Ground House Rules" from Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Betty Beetle comments that her grandbugs are all on their best behavior. Gus agrees that they're "quiet as larvae." Immediately Dragon and Bounce are heard shouting and shown gallivanting through the room, Dragon riding Bounce and calling "Giddyup, horsey!" They then knock against the table, spoiling the adults' card game.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In an early episode, Princess Celestia declares that she "cares deeply about the well-being of all creatures." Her pet bird instantly begins having a coughing fit. Turns out the bird is doing it on purpose as a joke.
    • When Applejack and Rarity find Rainbow Dash at the spa, she protests that she's just there for a "deep tissue sports massage". Then one of the spa ponies comes up and apologizes for the wait on her "pampered muzzle massage and indulgent hooficure".
    • In "To Change a Changeling", Trixie proudly proclaims herself "The Great and Unscareable Trrrrixie!"... just before a nearby rock turns into a hissing changeling, sending her screaming in fright and cowering behind Starlight.
  • In the first episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Shaggy turns to his friends for help after his bicycle gets stolen. Freddie comments that he's proud to see Shaggy handling the situation like a man. It then reveals that Shaggy is on the ground throwing a temper tantrum.
    • One of show's most famous running gags was Freddie always accusing Red Herring of being the Monster of the Week, only to be proven incorrect. At first, Red was usually a genuine suspect or had a motive for committing the episode's mystery, but time went by, the connection between him and the crime became more and more tenuous until it was non-existent. When that happened, Freddie's accusation fell into this trope—immediately after he said that Red was the culprit, something would occur (like a phone call or telegram) to announce that Red was out of town or otherwise engaged, and thus couldn't have done it.
  • In the Halloween Special of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Daphne suspects Velma's cousin Marcy to be behind the attacks of the Scarecrows and the Ghost of Hank Banning (mainly because she dislikes Marcy for getting too close to Fred and acting catty towards her) and asks her about her whereabouts before she met the gang at the town square. Marcy explains she was working her part-time job at the mall and even shows them the security footage to prove it. Daphne doesn't believe the girl in the footage is Marcy at all, declaring it's not her before a guy outside the camera's field of vision calls out Marcy's name and the girl turns her head in response, leaving Daphne embarrassed. It turns out Daphne was right about Marcy being the culprit, albeit not for the reason she thinks. She even still believed that the girl in the security footage wasn't Marcy until Velma corrected her.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Jet's First Halloween", Mindy wants to see a witch fly across the moon on a broom. Mitchell insists that there's no way a witch could fly across the moon, and immediately afterward a witch does fly across the moon. Although, its really just Jet in disguise.
    • In that same episode, Sean says that for once, he doesn't feel space-sick. Immediately after saying this, he starts to feel sick (complete with his tummy gurgling right on cue).
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: After Adora uses her princess powers to defeat a giant bug, Glimmer - not trusting any agent of the Horde - takes the sword off her and insists that they need to make sure she never does that again.
    Cue giant bug going berserk
    Bow: [grabs sword] Do it again! Do it again!
  • Shrek the Halls: As Donkey pesters Shrek about Christmas, Shrek (who has never celebrated it before), insists that nobody around the swamp cares about it. At that moment, Fiona comes out with their babies and gushes over how excited she is for Christmas, forcing Shrek to try and put together a celebration to please them.
    Shrek: Donkey, will you get it through your thick head?! No one here gives a hoot about Christmas!
    Fiona: (walks out the door) A white Christmas! Oh, how perfect. And it's our first one together as a family. Isn't this exciting?
    Shrek: Uh... Oh, yeah! How 'bout that?
    Donkey: Ahem, Princess, I think there's a little something Shrek needs to tell—(Shrek silences him)
    Shrek: Don't ruin the surprise for her, Donkey.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Rosebud": Burns is negotiating with Homer over the reward for finding his childhood toy, Bobo the teddybear;
      Burns: Naturally I can't afford to pay you much of a reward because I'm strapped for cash. (The ceiling above gives way and a heap of money and jewels fall around him, including a crown on his head.) As you can see, this old place is falling apart.
    • "Homer the Vigilante": After people decide the Springfield Cat Burglar is not so bad after all and want him released from jail.
      Chief Wiggum: Oh, sorry folks. Gee, I really hate to spoil this little love-in, but Mr. Malloy broke the law. And when you break the law, you gotta go to jail.
      Mayor Quimby: Uh, that reminds me, er, here's your monthly kickback.
      Wiggum: You just... you couldn't have picked a worse time.
    • In "Girly Edition", Bart and Lisa become reporters at their school news station. Lisa tries a train story, standing next to some railroad tracks: "The old Union Pacific doesn't come by here much anymore..." Cue heavily labelled "Union Pacific" train going by for a very long time. Watch the scene here.
    • In "Itchy & Scratchy Land", Professor Frink is informing his coworkers that the Itchy and Scratchy robots will "eventually turn against their masters and run amok. But he adds that "According to my calculations, the robots won't go berserk for at least 24 hours." Immediately, all the robots start attacking the humans. Frink says in a slightly embarrassed tone, "Oh. I forgot to Carry the One."
  • In one episode of South Park, Jesus is interviewed who assures the audience that the conflict between the government and the farmers has been under control. Cue an explosion in the background.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Born Again Krabs," SpongeBob sticks up for Mr. Krabs to save him from the Flying Dutchman, wagering his own soul that Mr. Krabs is indeed generous. Within the next few minutes, Krabs proves just how cheap he is by agreeing to trade SpongeBob to the Dutchman for all the change in the Dutchman's pocket (a mere 62 cents) without hesitation or batting an eye.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "The Gungan General" Obi-Wan and Anakin both ask Dooku is his escape route is safe, and directly after he assures them it is and they open the door they find themselves face to face with a wall of heavily armed pirates and end up shoved back in their cell.
  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Stealth Strike", Ezra stuns Kanan and Rex when they come to rescue him (since both were disguised as stormtroopers), and when they wake up, he tries to tell them they were knocked out in a big fight with Imperials, but they both fought well. They seem about to buy it until Chopper plays a holo of Ezra stunning them.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Barn Mates": Peridot's attempt to fix her fractured relationship with Lapis ends when she asks Lapis "What do you want me to do?" and Lapis answers "Leave". Once Peridot stoically accepts this and walks off, Steven enters a big What the Hell, Hero? speech, ending with him dramatically saying that Peridot's never coming back again. Cue Peridot screaming in holy terror as she runs toward them, away from a spaceship that's suddenly appeared from Homeworld.
      Steven: Oh. She's coming back again.
    • In "Back to the Kindergarten", Peridot laments that nothing will ever grow in the Kindergarten, not even this flower. Subverted when it turns out she was right the first time; the flower is actually part of a corrupted Gem that tries to eat her.
    • "Change Your Mind": At the end, the Off-Colours finally arrive on Earth. Stepping off their ship, Rhodonite proclaims "No more Diamond Authority!" ...only to see the other recent arrivals at Beach City: Blue, Yellow and White Diamond (and Steven). Her reaction is "Welp, we're cracked." Fortunately, things actually aren't as bad as she might think.
    • In the same episode, Peridot boasts about how well they repaired some ships... at which point part of one falls off.
  • TaleSpin: In one episode Baloo decides to go do the one thing left he wants to do: fly across the Bearmuda Trapezoid. At the end, Rebecca is assuring him that she knew he'd come back and never doubted him for a moment, right before another pilot comes in asking about the job she had listed for Baloo's replacement.

    Real Life 
  • In the 1948 United States presidential election, the Chicago Tribune mistakenly printed a headline proclaiming "Dewey Defeats Truman", since polling and early returns seemed to indicate that this was inevitable. However, the actual election results had Truman defeating Dewey, resulting in a major embarrassment for the newspaper.
  • During the American invasion of Iraq, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf went on television to proclaim that American troops were stalled outside of Baghdad and killing themselves by the hundreds. As he insists that there are no American tanks near Baghdad, the sound of American tanks firing as they advance up the streets can be heard in the background.
  • Revolt of the Admirals. All the hard work of President Truman and Defense Secretary Johnson's work to prove that a large nuclear force is all the USA needs, that much of the fleet can be dismantled, that the defense budget can be cut down... not six months later, and the Korean War shows that with this new doctrine, the USA army is totally impotent.
  • Silent-era stuntman Paul Malvern was told that a stunt required him to be catapulted into the net. The experts insisted that everything had been worked out mathematically. When they tested the stunt with a bag of sand (on Malvern's insistence), they discovered that instead of throwing him 50 feet or so, the catapult would have thrown him a block and a half — including going through the roof of the stage. They then worked out the stunt by using bags of sand.
  • In October 2010, Amid Amidi wrote an article for Cartoon Brew called "The End of the Creator-Driven Era in TV Animation", where they bemoaned Lauren Faust going to work on a franchise show rather than on an original work, and how this marked a death knell for creator-driven animation. The show she was working on was My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and people on 4Chan decided to all go watch the show to see how bad it was. Instead, they liked it immensely for its fresh and surprisingly well-written take on a show for little girls about the magic of friendship, and the Brony fandom was born. Over the next decade, a large number of new original creator-driven animated works garnered large followings online.
  • The Twitter Effect lives and breathes this trope where bad movies and video games are concerned. It used to be that a mediocre or bad work could gain a lot of traction with the right advertising campaign and convincing the whole world it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, while the speed of criticisms and Word Of Mouth was slow enough that by the time enough people were aware it was bad to tarnish its reputation, it had already made plenty of money. Nowadays no matter how good a work looks in advertising or how excited about seeing it the populace is, it can be torn apart by critics and fans alike online within minutes of being publicly available, instantly proving all the good faith it built up wrong and hurting its rating and reputation. Movies like After Earth learned this the hard way, where its hype train crashed in less than a day and its second-day gross was a fraction of what it made the first day, as did No Man's Sky which practically became a meme for how much it failed to deliver what it promised it was within hours of release.
  • Happened, quite hilariously, to commentator Tim Daggett at the 2008 USA Women's Gymnastics National Championships. He led up to Chellsie Memmel's vault by explaining that as Chellsie was coming back from injury and pacing herself in the run-up to the Olympics, she had only vaulted a Yurchenko full the previous day of competition, and there was no way she was going to upgrade because she "wasn't ready" and both she and her coaches knew it. He was just winding up this spiel when Chellsie, having finished her warmup, not only busted out an upgraded — and very impressive — Yurchenko 1.5 vault, but flawlessly stuck the landing.
    Al Trautwig: Excuse me, Mr. Daggett??
  • In this infamous SAG Awards interview, a pair of reporters ask Mayim Bialik if she's ever been approached by fans who assume that she can do calculus because she plays a nerd on The Big Bang Theory. After a brief moment of being taken aback, Biaylik comments that she does, in fact, know how to do calculus...because she has a doctorate in neuroscience. Biaylik famously took a long hiatus from acting to get her advanced degree. You can practically see the reporters turning red as she politely schools them ("You may not have known that?").
  • After the bombing of Hiroshima, the Japanese cabinet were in the middle of discussing how to react, and speculating that that atomic bomb was probably the only one that the US had, when they received news that a second bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki.


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The Indominus rex

When the kids first see the Indominus rex, Kenji thinks they'll be safe as long as they stay at the top of the observatory/zipline station, citing how it can't see them. Less than a second later, the Indomius looks up and sees them, as Ben points out.

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