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From the inside world to the outside world.

Karen Gillan: The Doctor bites my arm, and I'm not really sure how we're going to do that. Is he actually going to do it?
[cut to Matt Smith grinning broadly]
Matt Smith: Absolutely! I'm going to bite her arm!
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Related to the Gilligan Cut and the Description Cut, this is a comic device that brackets a hard cut with two versions of the same line. The first may be straight or even deadly serious, but the repetition ends up being funny:

"Jilly must be freezing her butt off!"
[Hard cut to Jilly in the forest]
Jilly: I'm freezing my butt off!

Or, on occasion, there will be a bit more irony present:

Mayor: [of the preparations of a ceremony] This is the day that will put our town on the map! This is it!
[Cut to much more sinister happenings in some sort of evil science lab]
Antagonist: This is it.

Note that when used in anime, this bit usually includes a Sneeze Cut from the referred person, because the Japanese are allergic to being talked about behind their backs.

This is Older Than Steam, being a classic trope of farce for several hundred years now.

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Often used in the delivery of Hypocritical Humor. Compare with the plain old Ironic Echo, which comes several scenes later, and Strange Minds Think Alike. Another form of Tempting Fate. Not to be confused with Description Cut. Compare Immediate Self-Contradiction. Contrast Twisted Echo Cut, where the echoing scene is unrelated and the echo is coincidental.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Two commercials for State Farm use this to demonstrate that moments of joy usually have a moment of misfortune to go with them:
    • In one, a teenage girl discovers that her father bought her a car and talks about it with excitement. Her scenes are intercut with a businessman who's discovered that his own car has been stripped. The scenes with the girl and the the scenes with the businessman have the same dialogue delivered in different tones.
    • In the other, a pair of women talk about the couch one of them just bought. When that sequence ends, we see a pair of burglars in the same room talking about the same couch which they're about to steal. Their conversation is exactly the same as the women's.
  • One commercial for Smorz cereal is basically a succession of this. One boy has a terrible experience trying to make s'mores at a campfire in the woods while another boy enjoys Smorz cereal in his kitchen. They say the same things, but in different contexts.
  • An anti-smoking PSA uses this for grim effect, cutting between smokers explaining how addicted they are and people suffering from smoking related illnesses (except for the last one):
    Smoker: I can't go more than two hours without a cigarette.
    Emphysema patient: I can't go more than two steps without my oxygen tank.
    Smoker: The last time I tried to quit, I gained five pounds.
    Cancer patient: I've lost twenty-five pounds.
    Smoker: I can't get out of bed without a cigarette.
    Emphysema patient: I can't get out of bed.
    Smoker: No, I don't think I can quit.
    Doctor: [looking at medical scan] I don't think I can operate.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Buso Renkin: In their attempt to infiltrate Ginsei Academy, Tai and Shi, a pair of large homunculi with limited intelligence, talk about how perfect their disguises are before the scene cut to the students saying how suspicious the two massive guys wearing badly fitting school uniforms are.
    Tai and Shi: Our disguises are perfect! We do not look suspicious!
    Every student who sees them: Those two look suspicious!
  • Cross Game, with some nice post-cut sarcasm:
    Aoba: I bet he's nervous like hell. After all, this is the first game he can't afford to lose.
    [cut to Kou sleeping]
    Kou's mother: [from downstairs] Kou! How long are you going to sleep? Don't you have a game today?
    Kou: [half awake] Uh? Game? [unfazed] God, I'm so nervous.
  • Episode 86 of Fairy Tail.
    [while trying to find way through the labyrinth-like castle]
    Lucy: It honestly wouldn't surprise me if there was an amusement park here as well.
    [cut to Gray, Natsu, Lucy looking stunned in front of an amusement park]
    Lucy: What? There really is an amusement park!
  • Poison Berry in My Brain: When Ichiko is arguing with Saotome in Chapter 6:
    Ikeda: Why are we the ones in the wrong?!
    Ichiko: Why am I the one in the wrong?!
  • At one point in Seitokai Yakuindomo, Suzu accidentally falls on top of Takatoshi, and is seen by Mrs. Hagimura. The same stance, at the same time, in another location (on a field trip), is used with Shino... and a deer. Strange Minds Think Alike ensues.
    [in the Hagimura residence...]
    Mrs. Hagimura: Oh, my! Are you satisfied already?
    [elsewhere...]
    Aria: Whoa! Are you satisfied already?
  • Variation: at one point in episode 31 of Soul Eater, Kid suggests to no one in particular that they should have a party. One title card later, we cut to a party being held in his house.
  • A double example in Toradora!:
    [Ryuuji has just run away after getting tongue-tied trying to talk to Minori]
    Taiga: What a dumbass.
    [cut to the vending machine area]
    Ryuuji: Argh! I'm such a dumbass! Why did I run away? Sometimes I wish everything would just burn to the ground.
    [cut to classroom]
    Yuri-sensei: The whole thing just burned to the ground!note 
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    Comic Books 
  • In a scene from ElfQuest, both Leetah and Two-Edge say "I lost." Leetah has been trying to save a life, while Two-Edge has been playing a deadly game with everybody's lives.
  • From Empowered, when the eponymous character's wall-clinging ability manifests.
    Thugboy & Ninjette: Didn't know she could do that.
    Empowered: Didn't know that I could do this...
  • Laff-A-Lympics: Some athletes give taped interviews.
    Blue Falcon: We do it for sport! Only a disreputable and vile person would be interested in the cash prize.
    Dread Baron: I am only interested in the cash prize!
  • From issue #3 of The Ren & Stimpy Show comic book:
    Ren: Can't you see that Blammo Toys ees an eeveel corporation, targeting mindless eediots, like you, and taking them for everything they've got?!
    Stimpy: Gee, Ren, I'm sure that's not the case...
    [meanwhile at Blammo HQ...]
    Executive #1: Ha! Yet again we've targeted mindless idiots like Stimpson J. Cat!
    Executive #2: And took them for everything they had!

    Comic Strips 
  • One Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin imagining that he drank too much water and turned into a liquid. He figures that he can only survive if he can freeze himself solid until he can get medical attention.
    Water Puddle Calvin: Unfortunately, as a liquid, Calvin can only run downhill! Can he make it? Can he make it??
    Real World Calvin: I don't think I'm gonna make it.

    Fan Works 
  • AZ: Sword Art Online IN 5 MINUTES uses this all over the place:
    • Narrator: Two months have passed, and two thousand people have died.
      [cut to Diavel standing in front of the first raid Boss Room]
      Diavel: Too many people have died! So, your only objective of this raid is "Don't die!"
      [cut to Diavel lying wounded on the ground]
      Diavel: Oh god, I'm dying...
    • Also used rapid-fire with Kirito and Suguha in the second arc.
      Leafa/Suguha: You have black hair and you're really good at video games! Just like my brother!
      Kirito: You have very big breasts, just like my sister!
      Leafa/Suguha: Did I ever tell you I was in love with my brother?
      Kirito: Wow, it would sure suck if I was your brother!
      [cut to Kirito and Suguha meeting in the real world]
      Suguha: You're my brother?!
      Kirito: I'm your brother?!
      Suguha: Fuck!
      Kirito: Fuck!
  • Brother on Brother, Daughter on Mother: Eleya beams down the away team and narrates that "it's all up to the gropos now."
    Eleya: I hate this part.
    [scene transition]
    Rachel Connor: I love this part.
  • Unity (pink_shoes): Skyfire decides to run Wheeljack's "make a combiner to fight Unicron" idea past Optimus Prime in spite of the potential security concerns, reasoning that "the worst he can do is say no". The next line cuts to Megatron saying no; Prime liked the idea enough to ring up the Decepticons to see if they'd be on board with it.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series episode "Joey Wheeler Ace Attorney":
    Téa: Dammit Yugi, touch my boobs!
    Yugi: I wonder what Tristan would do in this situation.
    [cut to Tristan and Duke in a forest]
    Tristan: [to Duke] I'm gonna touch your boobs!

    Films — Animation 
  • From Cats Don't Dance, underlining a Gilligan Cut:
    Tilly: Well?
    Sawyer: I can't do this.
    Tilly: And?
    Sawyer: I can't do this.
    Tilly: So?
    [cut]
    Sawyer: I can't believe I'm doing this...
  • From The Chipmunk Adventure:
    Simon: They're going to sacrifice Theodore tonight!
    Alvin: Over my dead body!
    [Cut to the three of them suspended over a crocodile pit, about to be sacrificed.]
    Simon: You mean over our dead bodies!
  • Hoodwinked!:
    Red Puckett: [voiceover] With the Goodie Bandit on the loose, recipes were becoming an endangered species. I decided to call Granny. If anyone would know what to do, she would.
    [cut to Granny knitting while on the phone]
    Granny Puckett: I don't know what to do. I'm just a tired old lady.
  • Inside Out:
    • After Riley gets sent to her room by her father, the father's emotions celebrate:
      Dad's Anger: [while Dad's emotions cheer on] Good job, gentlemen! That could've been a disaster!
      [meanwhile in Mom's head, all the emotions share a Disapproving Look]
      Mom's Sadness: [deadpan] Well, that was a disaster.
    • Unfortunately for her, Riley's Mom isn't immune to this effect either:
      [inside Riley's Mom's head]
      Mom's Sadness: Let's probe, but do it subtly, so that she doesn't suspect.
      [outside]
      Mom: So, Riley, how was school?
      [inside Riley's head]
      Anger: She's probing us.
    • Riley's Joy ends up being on both sides of one of these.
      Joy: This is working!
      [cut to a few hours latter]
      Joy: [groans] This is not working.
  • Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus:
    Zim: The Tallest will be so happy!
    [cut]
    The Tallest: [groaning] We're so unhappy!
  • In the Kung Fu Panda short "Secrets of the Furious Five", there's a cut involving Po's narration of the scene where Mantis is captured by crocodile bandits.
    [montage of Mantis's struggles inside his cage]
    Po: No matter how hard he tried, Mantis could not escape!
    [cut to close-up of Mantis]
    Mantis: No matter how hard I try, I cannot escape!
  • Megamind:
    Roxanne: Since you left, evil is running rampant through the streets.
    Megamind: I'm so tired of running rampant through the streets.
  • Several in rapid succession occur in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Spring Breakdown when juxtaposing Sunset, Twilight, and Rainbow Dash in Equestria calmly chatting with Princess Twilight against the rest of the Rainbooms freaking out over the cruise ship sinking.
    Sunset: Oh, they're back home waiting for us. But they're fine. No reason to hurry back.
    [cut; lightning strike]
    Fluttershy: Oh, I hope they hurry back!

    Twilight: Ah, we have all the time in the world.
    [cut]
    Pinkie Pie: We're running out of time!

    Twilight: Mmm! I love this!
    [cut; thunder and lightning]
    Rarity: I hate this!
  • In Ratchet & Clank (2016), at the end of Captain Qwark's recruitment speech for the Galactic Rangers on Veldin, Captain Qwark says that "If you have heart, then you have what it takes." One cut later...
    Qwark: You don't have what it takes.
    Ratchet: But I have heart.
  • Shrek the Third does this pretty early in the film.
    Shrek: Well, somebody better be dying!
    [cut to King Harold on his deathbed]
    King Harold: I'm dying.
  • In Toy Story 2, Deluded Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky, Hamm, and Rex are in a ventilation shaft in Al's apartment to rescue Woody. They look through the grate and mistakenly think that Woody is being tortured.
    Rex: What are we going to do, Buzz?
    Buzz: Use Your Head!
    [cut to the other toys running while carrying Rex to use his head as a battering ram against the grate]
    Rex: But I don't want to use my head!
  • Played for Drama in Wreck-It Ralph after Ralph has stormed out of the penthouse celebration, determined to earn a medal.
    Mary: He's not serious, is he?
    Gene: [scoffing] Of course he's not serious.
    [cut]
    Ralph: [to the bartender of Tapper] I've never been more serious in my life.

    Films — Live Action 
  • In the film version of Catch-22, Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn have had enough of Yossarian's troublemaking, and end their meeting with a vow to (metaphorically) "kick him in the balls!" Cut to Yossarian getting literally kneed in the groin by a nurse he'd gotten a little too overly friendly with.
  • From City of God:
    Knockout: Why didn't he kill me?
    [cut to Ze; Ze stops walking, turns around, thinking]
    Ze: Why didn't I kill him?
  • Clear and Present Danger: An American sniper is targeting a drug lord's house for a laser-guided bomb when a garish yellow truck drives up to the house. His reaction is echoed by the drug lord.
    Sniper: Oh, what the hell is this?
    [cut to the drug lord]
    Drug Lord: What the hell is this?
  • In Downstairs, one of the servants at the mansion is counting off the cocktail glasses being set on a tray for the big party. Cut, without missing a beat and with the numbers in sequence, to Karl the evil chauffeur counting the money he's stolen from Sophie the too-trusting cook.
  • From The Family Stone:
    Everett: [to his fiancée that he's about to introduce to his family] Don't worry, they're going to love you.
    [cut]
    Amy, Everett's sister: I hate her.
  • The Fifth Element does these cuts often and does them well.
    Cornelius: We're saved.
    [cut]
    Zorg: I'm screwed.

    Zorg: This case is empty.
    [scene switch]
    [Leeloo laughs]
    Cornelius: What do you mean, empty?
    [scene switch]
    Zorg: Empty. The opposite of full.
  • Used in Finding Forrester, with Forrester giving Jamal romantic advice.
    Forrester: The key to a woman's heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.
    [cut]
    Claire: [opening a present] This is so unexpected!
  • Used often in Forrest Gump, sometimes with the variation of having Forrest mention something another character would say, only to cut to that character saying it pretty much word for word.
    Forrest Gump: Mama always said life was like a box a chocolates, never know what you're gonna get.
    [cut]
    Mrs. Gump: Life's a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get.

    Mrs. Gump: Remember what I told you, Forrest. You're no different than anybody else is. Did you hear what I said, Forrest? You're the same as everybody else. You are no different.
    [cut]
    Principal: Your boy's... different, Ms. Gump.

    Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan was always getting these funny feelings about a rock or a trail or the road, so he'd tell us to get down, shut up.
    [cut]
    Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Get down! Shut up!

    Forrest Gump: Bubba knew everything there is to know about the shrimpin' business.
    [cut]
    Bubba: I know everything there is to know about the shrimpin' business.

    Forrest Gump: Momma had all sorts of visitors.
    [cut]
    Mrs. Gump: We had all sorts of visitors.
  • Used straight in Fright Night (1985), when Charlie tries to reveal what's moved in next door. In this case, the humor comes from the tone of voice: his mother's response is perplexed, as if she isn't even certain what a vampire is, whereas Amy's is outraged that he'd expect her to swallow such an apparent load of hooey. The possibility that he might actually know what he's talking about doesn't even occur to either.
    Charlie: He's a vampire!
    Charlie's mom: A what?
    [cut]
    Charlie's girlfriend: A what?!
  • A visual version takes place in The Great Escape. Hilts and Ives have just finished explaining their plan to tunnel out of the prison camp to their superiors.
    Ramsey: I hope it works. If it doesn't, those two will be in the cooler note  for an awfully long time.
    [cut to Hilts and Ives, covered in dirt, being escorted to the cooler]
  • Grosse Pointe Blank:
    Martin: There's a contract out on your life. Believe me. I was hired to kill you, but I'm not going to do it. It's either because I'm in love with your daughter or because I have a new-found respect for life.
    [cut]
    Grosser: [following in van] That punk is either in love with that guy's daughter or he has a new-found respect for life!
  • This is almost James Rhodes (Terrence Howard)'s entire purpose in Iron Man. One example of the man in action:
    Rhodey: Now, what am I supposed to tell the press?
    Stark: Ah... Training exercise, isn't that the usual BS?
    Rhodey: It's not that simple.
    [cut to Rhodey in front of the press]
    Rhodey: An unfortunate training exercise...
  • Judge Dredd: A number of these are chained together, with similar shots and dialogue being used to contrast Dredd's imprisonment and Chief Justice Fargo's "retirement".
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action:
    Bugs Bunny: If I know Daffy, he's probably already hit the road by now.
    [cut to Daffy being tossed out of a moving car and landing on the highway]
  • In Singles, Linda is talking with her girlfriends after she and Steve have their initial one-night stand:
    Linda: This guy plays no games.
    [cut to Steve, talking with his friends]
    Steve: I've got to play this one perfectly.
  • The Slipper and the Rose: The morning after the ball, Cinderella's stepmother and her stepsisters Palatine and Isobella, still in pajamas, are dizzily gushing and bragging about their fabulous time.
    Palatine: [stares dreamily] I wonder what The Prince is doing today?
    [cut to an angry Prince Edward at his castle]
    Edward: I'll tell you what The Prince is going to do today...!

    Literature 
  • From Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception: "No one could pretend to be in a coma for over a year. Surely not. A fairy would have to be totally obsessed. ... ... Chapter 1: Totally Obsessed"
  • Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World:
    • Hisagi, in shock at Ganju's antics, wonders to himself if he's being dragged into a bothersome situation. Cut to Kyōraku saying "Truly, this is a bothersome situation".
    • When Seinosuke Yamada tells his brother Hanataro to take a break from work if he doesn't want to get dragged into the middle of the coming conflict, the scene immediately after that has Mizuiro and Keigo running from a Hollow and Keigo yelling "I CAN'T BELIEVE WE WERE DRAGGED INTO THE MIDDLE OF THIS!"
  • In Catch-22:
    Appleby was a fair-haired boy from Iowa who believed in God, Motherhood, and the American Way of Life, without ever thinking about any of them, and everybody who knew him liked him.

    "I hate that son of a bitch," Yossarian growled.
  • From The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, when Alyss and Evanlyn propose setting out on their own to get reinforcements for battle:
    Alyss: It's such a logical idea, [Halt] can hardly say no, can he?
    [Cut]
    Halt: No! No, no, no — and, just in case you missed it the first time, no.
  • Moving Pictures has a scene where a cinema owner is imagining what two film stars are doing, unaware that they don't know they're stars, and the male lead is now working as an assistant horse holder.
    Prob'ly eating caviar off of golden plates, and lounging around up to their knees in velvet cushions, you bet.
    ***
    "You look up to your knees in it, lad," said the horse holder.
  • In Sightwitch, Iseult, in a moment of irritation, notes that she'd much rather it was Safi who had to deal with her problems, as she'd no doubt do way better. Cut to Safi thinking the exact same thing about Iseult.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd: Gwen's dad has suggested that she get a part-time job to pay for an expensive watch that she wants.
    Gwen: Oh, no. Working in a fast food restaurant? There is nothing more humiliating than that.
    [Cut to her brother, Justin, who has been stuffed in a basketball hoop]
    Justin: Oh, man. This is even more humiliating than working in a fast food restaurant.
  • According to Jim has Jim in a speed-eating contest during a family picnic. His wife urges him to stop, and he replies: "They'd have to pump out my stomach first!" Cut to the next scene where paramedics carry Jim off to hospital, saying: "He'll be all right after we pump out his stomach."
  • Angel: After Angel walks out on their Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, Cordelia sarcastically hopes that he's happy now, "...all alone in his demon world with no one to talk to." Cut to Angel Perp Sweating a demon who's shouting, "I'll talk!"
  • Arrested Development frequently uses it straight, but it's subverted in "Let 'Em Eat Cake" when twice, after baldfaced lies, it cuts to an insert saying "FOOTAGE NOT FOUND."
  • Arrow:
    • In "Damaged", Oliver Queen being polygraphed by the police is intercut with a flashback of his interrogation on Lian Yu.
      Lance: Are you the man in this picture? [shows Oliver a police sketch of the Hood]
      Fyers: Where can I find the man in this picture? [shows photo of Yao Fei]
    • In "The Candidate", when Felicity Smoak finds that Oliver has bought her a fern and packed a lunch to celebrate her first day back as CEO of Palmer Technologies, she jokes, "Who are you?" Flashback to a mercenary on Lian Yu holding Oliver at gunpoint, asking the same question.
  • Boy Meets World has this in the episode "Train of Fools":
    Cory: Oh Eric, don't you worry about that, I'm not gonna do anything stupid.
    [cut to next scene]
    Eric: Cory, how could you do something so stupid?
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • From "The Zeppo":
      Xander: Oh man, I'm out of my league. I gotta find Buffy. She'll know what to do.
      Buffy: [to Angel] I don't know what to do!
    • In "Real Me", Harmony turns up at Buffy's house with a gang of vampires, demanding that she come out and die. Unfortunately Buffy is elsewhere.
      Harmony: I know you're in there! [Cut to her talking to Xander] What do you mean she's not in there?
  • Castle:
    • When Beckett is discussing finally ending the unending UST between her and Castle:
      Beckett: So then, what do I do?
      Beckett's psychiatrist: What do you want to do?
      [cut to Castle and his new, totally-unlike-Beckett muse]
      Ethan Slaughter: I'd tell you what I'd do. I'd go all caveman on that partner of yours, show her what time it is in real-man land.
    • In another episode:
      Castle: With any luck, we'll ID this guy before Ryan even traces that call!
      [cut to the police station]
      Ryan: What do you mean, you can't trace the call? Why the hell not?
  • In the Charmed episode "Pardon My Past", Phoebe discovers that she was evil in a past life, but her vision lacks details. To get them, she decides to go to the only person from her vision who's likely to still be alive, who was a kid at the time.
    Phoebe: I just hope she's forgotten what I did to her doll.
    [cut to a nursing home]
    Christina Larson: My dolly! You broke my dolly!
  • In the Corner Gas episode "Oh, Baby", Brent is babysitting an out-of-control child but he says that he won't call Emma for help because, "I'm a grown man. He's six. I should be able to handle it." Cut to Emma on the phone with Brent, saying, "You're a grown man. He's six."
  • Cutthroat Kitchen:
    • At the start of the final round of "I Would Do Anything For Loaf", when Alton announces that the dish is cupcakes:
      Alton: Everybody loves cupcakes!
      Chef Neal: [on the Confession Cam] I hate cupcakes.
    • The corn muffin challenge gets one, when a pair of Confession Cam moments happen to align perfectly:
      Joel: I just see Chef Dean grabbing tons of savory items. He looks like he's never made a corn muffin in his entire life.
      Dean: I've never made a corn muffin in my entire life.
  • Emergency!, in one of the last episodes, two different conversations cut on two words:
    Marco: He [Captain Stanley] really did that [burn a superior's hat early in his career]? [Beat] Well, that's insane!
    [cut to Dr. Brackett's office at Rampart Hospital]
    Dr. Brackett: He did what? [a TV producer whose star is in the hospital is bringing his crew to the hospital to film on location] That's insane!
  • Eureka, in one episode, has one foot in this trope and the other in Description Cut.
    Zane: Carter, Henry, and Stark. That's your money team. They know exactly what they're doing.
    [cut to Carter, Henry, and Stark crouching in the bushes, Carter holding a huge gun]
    Stark: You sure you know what you're doing?
    Carter: I have no idea.
  • Firefly:
    • In "Serenity", Mal tells Simon that Kaylee has died of a gunshot wound — after earlier promising that if she died, Simon and his sister would follow. When Simon finds out that Kaylee is alive and well, he says, stunned, "That man is psychotic." Cut to Mal, Jayne, Zoe and Wash laughing hysterically, as Wash chokes out, "You are psychotic!" (Mal, grinning, concedes, "I am a bad, bad man.")
    • A rather dark one in "Heart of Gold":
      Book: No... I only bury the dead, child. No-one here's gonna die.
      [cut to a different room]
      Jayne: There's people gonna die.
  • In the The Flash (2014) episode "Flash vs. Arrow", Oliver Queen is visiting Central City and Iris can't stop gushing over how hot he is.
    Iris: I can't stop staring at him!
    [Cut to Felicity Smoak staring at Oliver to guilt-trip him into helping Barry]
    Oliver: Felicity, stop staring at me.
  • In one episode of Flashpoint, a husband tells the team how he regrets cheating on his wife with an old friend, while said friend thinks differently.
    Josh: That one night was the biggest mistake of my life.
    [cut scene]
    Hannah: It was the night that was always meant to be.
  • Occurs in several episodes of Frontline. In one instance, Emma accuses the producer of feeding the controversy around a supposedly racist writer the show has been attacking. Mike responds, "What, you think we sat at a whiteboard and mapped this whole thing out?" Cut to Marty, who is planning the week's stories on the writer on the whiteboard.
  • Full House: In "The Wedding (Part 1)", Jesse plans to arrive at his wedding by skydiving and floating down to the altar via parachute. After he jumps out of the plane, Joey notices something and panics.
    Joey: Oh my God! He forgot his... mousse!
    [Jesse successfully deploys his parachute and starts floating down]
    Jesse: ...Did I forget my mousse?
  • A scene from The Golden Girls has Dorothy visiting the concession stand Sophia (her mother) and Max (then-husband of Sophia) are running at the time. Dorothy worries that the weather might cause Sophia to get sick. Sophia responds with, "Please, I haven't had a cold for 40 years!" Cue the cut, followed by Max and Sophia being sick and treated at home, while the latter moans: "This is the worst cold I've had in 40 years."
  • The Great British Bake Off:
    • During the first episode of series 4:
      Mary Berry: [to the camera] I don't want to see just a classic Victoria sponge cake.
      [cut to]
      Contestant: Classic Victoria sponge cake. I think Mary Berry will be very pleased.
    • During the Baked Alaska challenge in series 5:
      Luis: I'm okay with today's task. It's a sponge base and ice cream, so what can possibly go wrong? [giggles nervously]
      [cut to]
      Paul Hollywood: There's many things that can go wrong in a Baked Alaska.
  • The Grey's Anatomy episode "I Saw What I Saw" does this repeatedly, as a series of past events is pieced together from stories told to a review board.
    Lexie: Dr. Karev seemed to have it under control.
    Dr. Adamson: Karev seemed totally out of control.
  • House:
    • "Humpty Dumpty": Dr. Cuddy is advocating a dangerous treatment, forcing House into the unusual role of being the voice of caution.
      Wilson: This is exactly the type of thing you would do.
      House: Well, obviously.
      [cut]
      Stacy: [to Cuddy] It's actually the type of thing he'd do.
    • When the team makes the correct diagnosis in "Daddy's Boy":
      House: Do a pet scan. Check his cervical spine. It's not gonna be good news.
      [cut]
      Foreman: [to the patient's father] Mr. Hall, it's not good news.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted and Robin have just had their first fight, and are talking it over with their respective best friends:
      Lily: He's upset because you won't listen to him, not because you don't like some movie.
      Ted: How do you not like Field of Dreams?!
    • In "Murtaugh", when Robin asks Ted if he thinks Barney can accomplish everything on the list of things he's supposedly to old to do within 24 hours:
      Ted: Robin, there is some pretty tough stuff on that list. [laughs] Do you really think Barney's going to get his ear pierced?
      [cut to Barney coming in with a roll of tape on his ear]
      Barney: Get ear pierced! Check. Alright, I'm off to go do laundry at mom's house.
    • From "Of Course":
      Lily: It's been four months since you broke up with Barney. It's time to get back on the market.
      Marshall: Yeah, Barney's been seeing girls, and he couldn't be happier!
      [cut]
      Barney: I couldn't be more unhappy!
  • In the Law & Order: UK episode "Vice", a car thief has the misfortune of being arrested for breaking into car that just happens to have a dead body in it.
    Perp: I didn't do it! I didn't do it!
    [cut to next morning]
    CSU: He didn't do it. Must've been there ten, twelve hours.
  • Malcolm in the Middle thrives on this trope. For example, when trying to clear Craig's apartment of dozens of cats, Lois says, "Hold on, I have an idea!" Cut to the characters sitting in the same position in an apartment that was recently ravaged by fire with Lois saying, "O.K., that was a really bad idea." Hal tops it off with, "I don't think I've ever seen cats move that fast before."
  • Parodied in Pablo Francisco's "Movie Previews Guy" skit, during a Keanu Reeves movie trailer.
    Preview Guy: They knew too much.
    Keanu: We know too much!
    Preview Guy: They went too far.
    Keanu: We went too far!
    Preview Guy: Those are my lines!
    Keanu: Those are his lines!
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: After dodging his crazy vice-principal, Ned is stuck wearing a Wild Boy t-shirt and grass skirt from the museum gift shop.
    Ned: I'm supposed to meet Suzy for lunch! What am I gonna tell her? "I saw the Wild Boy skirt and I just had to have it"?
    [Cut to him and Suzy]
    Ned: Then I saw the Wild Boy skirt, and I said, "I just have to have it!"
  • One Foot in the Grave:
    Victor: [cheerfully] Gorgeous. The sort of day that actually makes you glad you're alive.
    [cut to Victor and Margaret trapped in a shed by a huge swarm of angry bees]
    Victor: Oh God, I wish I was dead!
  • Luke Cage (2016). In "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?", Luke Cage has been robbing drug dealers working for Cottonmouth. When the police ask witnesses for a description of the vigilante, a stoned woman replies, "He was fine..." Smash cut to Mariah angrily asking Cottonmouth, "What do you mean, everything is fine?!" This one takes advantage of the double entendre for using "fine"—describing Luke and the situation for Mariah and Cottonmouth at present.
  • The Partridge Family: In "H-e-l-l-l-l-l-p!!!" Shirley hears a funny sound and says, "I haven't heard a noise like that since Tracy bit Reuben on the toe!" Cut to Reuben doing a Hurt Foot Hop, saying, "I haven't felt pain like this since Tracy bit me on the toe!"
  • In the Scrubs episode where the Janitor gets to narrate, this trope is slightly modified by contrasting the Janitor's inner monologue with JD's inner monologue.
    Janitor: [inner monologue] Now help him up so he still thinks there's hope yet for our relationship.
    J.D.: [inner monologue] Even though the Janitor had basically kidnapped me and imprisoned me for a day in a water tower, as he helped me up, I couldn't help but feel there was hope yet for our relationship.
  • In the "Whoever Did This" episode of The Sopranos, there's a darkly funny example of this trope: Ralphie's son Justin is tragically injured, and he suffers significant blood loss and brain damage, with doctors saying that he could potentially end up being disabled. Later on, as Ralphie sits besides Justin's hospital bed, Rosalie Aprile comes in to the room. She consoles him, saying:
    Rosalie: Justin's gonna be alright. You'll see. He's gonna be fine.
    [cut to Rosalie talking to Carmela over dinner at a restaurant]
    Rosalie: He's gonna be a vegetable.
  • Stargate-verse:
    • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Quest", Vala Mal Doran says, earnestly, regarding the map to the Holy Grail, "we would never dream of stealing it!" Cut to the team in a pub, where Vala says, "we have to steal it."
    • In the Stargate Atlantis episode "The Kindred", Teyla claims to be having visions of her lover, who's currently being held captive. McKay lists all the equally weird things that have happened to him since arriving in Atlantis and says, "If you say it was a vision, I believe it was a vision." Cut to him walking down the hall with Sheppard, saying, "I seriously doubt it was a vision."
  • That '70s Show just loves this trope, mostly in their split-screen conversations, with four characters discussing the same thing from two different points of view. Some examples:
    • Hyde: Secretly, I think girls love sex just as much as we do.
      Eric: [scoffs] Yeah, right!
      Jackie: [to Donna] If guys find out we like sex just as much as they do, we'll never get jewelry again!
    • In "Burning Down the House" (though using a split screen instead of a cut):
      Eric: Hey, I sang to Donna. Yeah, she kinda melted. I mean, she called me a dink, but I don't think she meant it.
      Donna: Eric was such a dink tonight. And I mean it.
    • Repeatedly when the gang has no money for the restaurant bill in "Dine and Dash".
      Eric: [Kelso drives away in the Vista Cruiser] Donna, he's kidding. He wouldn't ditch us.
      [later...]
      Eric: He ditched us!

      Fez: Don't worry. I'll go and get the money and come back. You can trust me.
      [later...]
      Donna: He's not coming back!
      Eric: And we trusted him!

      Jackie: I'm just gonna call my dad, and he'll come pay for our dinner.
      Eric: Okay, but, Jackie, if you don't come back...
      Jackie: Eric, please. I'm not immature like those idiots.
      [later...]
      Donna: She is immature like those idiots!
    • In the episode "Radio Daze", Donna has just said over the radio that she doesn't have a boyfriend:
      Max: The point is, we're selling an image here, and an available Hot Donna is good for ratings.
      Donna: Oh. Well, what the hell. Eric won't have a problem with this.
      [cut to Eric in his basement]
      Eric: What the hell? I have a problem with this!
  • In the White Collar episode "Forging Bonds", while they are discussing the past investigation of Neal's crimes, Peter tells a preening Neal that he wasn't that good. The show then goes into a flashback where Peter is saying "This guy is good!"
  • In The Young Ones episode "Boring", this dialog is said at the end of the "underground world" scene.
    King: What I want is to meet someone who is totally and utterly mind numbingly boring! But I suppose I never will.
    [cut back to house; Mike and Rick are at the table, Vyvyan is on the couch; Neil enters]
    Neil: I suppose it's because I'm so mind numbingly boring that I never get to meet any interesting people.

    Radio 
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series, during the description of the Guide's advice when falling from a great height, the narrator points out that the Guide does not mention the possibility that someone might survive by falling onto a large bird in flight because "the very idea is utterly ludicrous". Arthur, and later Ford and Zaphod, then fall onto large passing birds who both remark:
    Bird: Look, this is utterly ludicrous!
  • In the Our Miss Brooks episode "Faculty Cheerleader", Miss Brooks complains to landlady Mrs. Davis that Mr. Conklin must be imagining Miss Brooks throwing a baton in the air and having it hit her on the head. Cut to Mr. Conklin, giving an Evil Laugh and contemplating Miss Brooks throwing a baton into the air and having it hit her on the head.

    Theatre 
  • In Cactus Flower, when Julian tells Toni that his wife wants a divorce because there's another man in her life, and Toni demands to meet him, he is suddenly horror-stricken and pounds the wall (which coincidentally is the signal for Igor to come on over) while repeatedly saying, "No, no, no!" The scene then fades out of Toni's apartment and fades in on Julian's office, where Stephanie, who already agreed to pretend to be Julian's wife, is saying the same thing to the idea of her having a pretend boyfriend. The same cut occurs in the movie version.

    Video Games 
  • Alpha Protocol:
    Leland: I thought I'd underestimated you, but it looks like you were too dumb to figure it out.
    [return to flashback]
    Mike: ...so they underestimated me and thought I was too dumb to figure it out!
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness manages to use both versions at the same time!
    Kurtis: There's no way Gordon's in trouble. He's probably already defeated the Overlord and is on a picnic somewhere going "La la laaa."
    [cut to Gordon, enslaved by the Overlord, on a picnic somewhere]
    Gordon: La la laaa!
  • In Yzma's welcome quest in the The Emperor's New Groove storyline of Disney Magic Kingdoms, Pacha tells Kuzco that Yzma is probably halfway to the palace by now. Cut to Yzma yelling for Kronk and asking why they aren't halfway to the palace by now.
  • From Ratchet & Clank (2016), we get one at the end of Captain Qwark's recruitment speech for the Galactic Rangers on Veldin.
    Qwark: If you have heart, then you have what it takes.
    [cut to next scene]
    Qwark: You don't have what it takes.
    Ratchet: But I have heart.
  • From Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner
    Strong Bad: Well, I didn't get a chance to pummel Homestar with my fists, or beat him in a race, but I did succeed in turning him into a publicly humiliated criminal fugitive without a girlfriend. And I didn't even have to use my A-K.
    [Strong Bad enters his basement and finds Homestar seated on the couch]
    Homestar: Oh, hey Strong Bad.
    Strong Bad: Homestar?! What are you doing here in my hallowed halls?!
    Homestar: Now that I'm a publicly humiliated criminal fugitive without a girlfriend, you're the only friend I've got, so I'm gonna go ahead and crash here for a couple of weeks or years until I put my life back together.
    Strong Bad: Irony!
  • Super Robot Wars: Original Generation uses this very well. This major boss shows up and just kinda toys with the good guys before leaving. After the good guys get back to base, one guy remarks that the villain seemed to have been showing off, but another one blows him off, says that's something the protagonist would do instead. Cut to villain hideout. The Dragon notes that he was showing off, and the villain owns up to it.
    Giado: Mon, I think he wuz just showing off! A mecha otaku, I swear!
    Garnet: Can't be! He's not at all like Ryusei!
    [cut to enemy base]
    Shuu: You were just showing off, weren't you?
    Bian: ...Yeah, pretty much.

    Web Animation 
  • Minilife TV: In "Runaway BABY!", after Chris and Ian read Baby Crotchrash's note:
    Chris: Let's take him to Michael and Clair. Clair should know what to do. She's a girl.
    [cut to Clair in the lab]
    Clair: I don't know what to do!
    Chris: But you're a girl!
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: In "Glow Up", after losing Saison, Rachel anticipates Brittnay's reaction for when she and Judith break the news.
    Rachel: Come on, let's go get called fucking idiots by Brittnay.
    [cut to Jeannie's studio]
    Brittnay: YOU FUCKING IDIOTS.
  • Red vs. Blue does this several times:
    Church: Private Mickey was the first to go. He was halfway across the base when he started screaming bloody murder.
    [cut to Mickey spinning around and shooting]
    Mickey: Bloody murder! Bloody murder!

    Church: Tex walked up to him, pulled Jimmy's skull right out of his head and beat him to death with it.
    Tucker: Wait a second, how do you beat someone to death with their own skull? That doesn't seem physically possible!
    Church: That's exactly what Jimmy kept screaming!
    [cut to Jimmy being beaten to death with his own skull]
    Private Jimmy: This doesn't seem physically possible!

    Simmons: Grif, don't you understand that because we lost Sister, we're horribly outnumbered? We already lost Donut and Sarge, now it's four on two. The Blues are probably gearing up for an enormous attack right now! At any moment they're gonna come over that hill, guns blazing, yelling "CHAAAARGE!"
    [cut to the Blues, under attack]
    Church: RETREEEAAATTTT!!!

    Computer Phone Lady: To leave a callback number, press 11.
    Church: There is no 11, you FUCKING WHORE!
    Doc: Ooh, language!
    Donut: Okay, 'cause I'm saying right now, if they came at us with their tank, I'm gonna totally freak out.
    [cut to Tucker, Lopez, and Sheila]
    Tucker: Man, I sure hope they don't totally freak out when they see us coming.
    [later]
    Donut: Oh no, it's true! I'm gonna freak out! I'M FREAKING OUT!

    Church: If he starts giving him mouth-to-mouth, I'm leaving.
    [cut to Simmons and Grif, trying to resuscitate Sarge]
    Simmons: Maybe you should give him mouth-to-mouth.
    [cut back to Church and Sarge]
    Church: I'm leaving.

    Web Comics 
  • Reduced to parody in one episode of 8-Bit Theater.
    Black Mage: OK, so I got our gold back from the old man. Now all I have to do is find Fighter so we can split the goods. [sees a magic shop with a sale on spells of mass destruction] Of course, I bet Fighter would undoubtedly spend his share on weapons and armor that will prove to be vastly inferior to what we will find in our travels. And if he doesn't know I got the money back...
    [Meanwhile]
    Fighter: Wonder how Black Mage is doin' with that old man. I sure would like to spend my share of the cash on weapons and armor that will be vastly inferior to what we will inevitably find in our travels. 'Cause they're shiny.
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures subverts the inverted form.
    Alexsi: I've been kidnapped by my mom's boss... great. Of course this would happen on the day that I'm scheduled to show off Lost Lake!
    Destania: Oh, I'm sure the inn is fine, Alexsi.
    [cut]
    Dan: [shapeshifted as Alexsi] Over here is the doorway to the inn's guest rooms!
    Reporter: I must say this place is very charming!
    Dan: What did you expect? Comedic irony?
  • In The Dragon Doctors, a serious example comes with the last comic of "The Fourth Breaking" (the interlude between Chapters 16 and 17), which ends with Rina saying, "My mother told me once that, on balance, the future is better than the past. Sometimes things get worse, much worse, but then they improve. I guess she was right." The next page is the title page of Chapter 17: "Things Get Much Worse".
  • Happens in one Erfworld strip, after Vanna's spell prematurely ends Gobwin Knob's turn.
    [at the tower balcony in Spacerock]
    King Slately: Wait, how did you do this?
    Jillian: Dunno. Must've been magic or something.
    [cut to the Gobwin Knob war room]
    Stanley: How did they do that!
  • From one Schlock Mercenary strip:
    Ennesby: He's probably having the time of his life. He loves wrapping his head around a good puzzle.
    Kevyn: "Undefined" again. My head feels like I've wrapped it around a brick.
  • From one strip of Skin Horse:
    "You know what we need? Tech support."
    [Cut to zombies eating the tech support guy.]
    "You know what we need? Marinade."
  • Spinnerette:
    Child Heather: You're wrong, Ben! I will too be a superhero! The best superhero ever!
    [jump to present]
    Cal Warden: You're the worst superhero ever!
    Spinnerette: What, me?

    Web Videos 
  • A variation in the Redearth88 episode "Creepy Stalking 101":
    Linc: I hate dogs.
    [cut to Bucket the dog bounding towards Linc, pulling Rachel along behind her]
    Rachel: Oh my God! She's friendly, I promise!
    Linc: Oh, I love dogs.
  • videogamedunkey's review of Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) begins with a clip of his (cautiously optimistic) first impressions on the game from E3 2017:
    They're definitely making steps in the right direction... but this is EA, OK? They'll find some way to fuck it up.
    [November 2017]
    They found a way to fuck it up.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: In "What Is Life?", Finn explains that they have to trick the Ice King into getting NEPTR fully powered-up before a napping Jake awakes.
    Finn: He could wake up from his nap at any second!
    [cut to a sleeping Jake]
    Jake: [talking in his sleep] I might wake up at any moment... nah, I'm still asleep.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Francine's Flashback", Hayley is amazed that her mom was a Former Teen Rebel.
    Hayley: How did she ever hook up with a stiff like Dad?
    [cut to Stan sitting on the couch talking to Roger]
    Stan: I'll tell you how she hooked up with a stiff like me.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In the episode "The Clowning", where Carl is slowly being mutated by an outer space clown virus, Frylock runs from the room saying that he knows what he's doing. Out in the hall, he tells Meatwad and Shake, "I have no freaking idea what I'm doing."
  • The Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise:
    • In one episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang's trying to sabotage a Fire Nation war machine, but the Earthbenders nearly hit him with friendly fire.
      Aang: [calling up to them] General Sun, tell your soldiers to stop shooting rocks down here!
      Sun: [not hearing Aang over the noise] Soldiers, whatever you do, don't stop shooting rocks down there!
    • The Legend of Korra, "Harmonic Convergence". Asami, Mako and Bolin are on a Suicide Mission, flying a plane into enemy territory.
      Mako: Don't worry, there's no way they'll be expecting this.
      [cut to the Northern Water Tribe line of defense, heavily manned and fortified with cannons and mecha]
      Bolin: I think they were expecting it!
  • From The Boondocks:
    Riley: And that's when it hit me: the best idea I've ever had in my entire life.
    Huey: That's the worst idea you've ever had in your entire life.
  • Buddy Thunderstruck:
    Buddy: I refuse to lose! [cut to him out of his truck] Okay, I lost.
  • Camp Lazlo has the episode "Over Cooked Beans", where Lazlo and his friends end up with an air conditioner for their cabin, but forget to share it with the others, leading to the rest of the campers stealing it throughout the night for their own usage. When they discover it missing, Lazlo is upset that someone made off with it, only to discover the other campers arguing over who it belongs to.
    Lazlo: Well, it didn't just walk away! Someone made off with our air conditioner!
    Edward: [outside, not hearing Lazlo] Oh yeah? Well, it's my air conditioner!
  • Code Lyoko:
    Ulrich: [clumsily maneuvering Odd's Hoverboard] How does Odd manage this thing?
    Aelita: He's not afraid of falling.
    [cut to Odd on the roof of the science building]
    Odd: I'm afraid.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • In "Operation: I.T.":
      Numbuh 362: Well, whoever's it must totally be wetting themselves right now.
      [cut to Numbuh Two]
      Numbuh Two: I am totally gonna wet myself if I don't tag someone, quick!
    • "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.":
      [in the future]
      Adult Numbuh Two: Suffice it to say, Father was not happy finding us in his house.
      [flashback]
      Father: I am not happy finding you kids in my house!
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog uses this to do a Double Subversion of the Gilligan Cut in an episode where Muriel receives free tickets for an ocean liner. Eustace, her husband, isn't interested.
    Eustace: I'm not getting out of this chair.
    [Gilligan Cut to ocean liner at sea; the scene changes to Eustace on the deck... still in his chair from the previous scene]
    Eustace: Nope, I'm not getting out of this chair.
Even funnier, when the ocean liner is being attacked, and Eustace and the chair are sent flying... Eustace still refuses to leave his chair. He then spends the rest of the episode complaining, "Where's my chair?"
  • Danny Phantom:
    • In the episode "One of a Kind", Jazz invites a representative from Genius Magazine over to attempt to demonstrate that her parents are geniuses, while attempting to keep a lid on the Ghost Hunting... to little or no avail. Danny has just had a fight with a ghost, leaving his room wrecked, so when the representative comes up to try to talk to him, he slams the door in her face.
      Danny: Jazz is going to kill me for that.
      [Cut to the other side of the door.]
      Jazz: I'm gonna kill him for that.
    • In the episode "Boxed Up Fury", the Box Ghost is finally taken as a serious threat when he steals the power of Pandora's Box. When Danny tries to find Pandora to remedy the situation, this trope is utilized:
      Danny: I sure hope things are finally under control at Amity Park.
      News Reporter: Things are out of control in Amity Park.
  • DuckTales (2017): In the season 2 finale "Moonvasion!", Della Duck defends, focusing on keeping the kids safe and far away from an especially dangerous enemy and saying, "Scrooge knows what he's doing!" Cut back to Scrooge, who's out of plans and almost out of allies, lamenting "I have no idea what I'm doing!"
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In "Foul Balled", Timmy sticks up for Chester after his wish to make him the best baseball player ever wears off after Chester stops being friends with him, therefore going back to his crappy baseball playing. Note that the following quote may not be accurate.
      Timmy: We're 40 points up, in the 9th inning, and 3 outs left, there's no way you'll catch up with us!
      [cut to the scoreboard where the Bankees are catching up with the Losers]
      Chester: I can't believe they're catching up with us.
    • In "Pipe Down" when Timmy is forced to play charades:
      Mr. Turner: Now, let's show the Dinklebergs how we Turners are the best charades players ever!
      [1.25 seconds later]
      Mr. Turner: You are the worst charades player ever!
  • Family Guy: In "The Son Also Draws", Peter claims to be Native American to get the family car back from a casino after Lois gambles it away:
    Lois: Peter, there is no way they're gonna believe you're an Indian.
    [cut to casino office]
    Indian Casino Worker: He's an Indian, all right!
"Oh, you think everyone's an Indian."
  • In the Futurama episode "Forty Percent Leadbelly", when Bender snaps a picture of folk singer Silicon Red's iconic guitar and announces his intent to have it duplicated:
    Silicon Red: You're the sucker, sucker. See, with all Salmonella and me been through, her sound is unique. All your fancy technology will never be able to copy this guitar!
    [Cut to a lab.]
    Dr. Ben Beeler: Using my fancy technology, I can make an exact copy of this guitar!
  • Goof Troop manages to play this for drama in the second half of the pilot when Pete is about to catch PJ after he had played with Max against his father's wishes:
    Pete: [angry] Why, I'd recognize those tracks anywhere! PJ!
    [cut to PJ's room with Pete coming up the stairs]
    PJ: [frightened] Oh, man, I'd recognize those footsteps anywhere! Dad!
  • In The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, when the Grinch starts tormenting the Cat with his "darkhouse" (basically the opposite of a lighthouse):
    The Grinch: I just push a button up here in this place,
    And you can't see your mitten in front of your face!
    [cut to a dark spotlight surrounding the Cat]
    The Cat: Huh? Why, I can't see my mitten in front of my face!
  • Here Comes the Grump:
    Princess Dawn: Do you think we've given Grump the slip?
    [cut to Grump]
    Grump: You will never give Grump the slip!
  • Happens in House of Mouse in an episode where Jafar is scheduled to perform a magic act.
    Mickey: They're late! Gee, I hope they're not lost.
    [cut to Jafar and Iago standing in the middle of the desert]
    Iago: We are so lost!
    Jafar: Calm yourself, Iago! Mickey won't replace us!
    [cut back to the House of Mouse]
    Mickey: Now who can replace them?
  • From Invader Zim:
    Professor Membrane: Anyone who would build a space-time object replacement device is a complete moron.
    Zim: Gir! The space-time object replacement device is complete!
  • The Jetsons episode "Elroy's Mob" has Elroy eagerly waiting to go home and play his report tape to George, not knowing that a classmate switched tapes on him and the tape he got has failing grades on it.
    Elroy: I can hardly wait to play it for my pop. He'll never get over it.
    [dissolve to George angry at Elroy]
    George: I'll never get over it! Four Ds, and an F and an H!?
  • In The Magic School Bus, Ralphie is sick and worrying about how he's missing broadcasting day, to which his mother says that his class can do fine without him. Cut to his classmates exclaiming that they can't do it without him.
  • In the Maryoku Yummy episode "Ooka Times Two", Ooka convinces Yuzu and Nonki to give their robot a test run by having it do all her chores, then goes off to play while it works. Mabui is surprised to see Ooka so soon, and asks if she finished her chores. Ooka replies, "Let's just say, I have everything under control." Back at the house, however, Yuzu cries out, "It's out of control!" as the robot goes haywire.
  • The Mega Man: Fully Charged episode "Make the Cut" has Suna tell Aki that he needs to take a break from being Mega Man so that he doesn't burn himself out fighting Lord Obsidian's minions:
    Suna: I doubt Lord Obsidian is sending another minion out right this minute.
    [cut to Lord Obsidian's lair]
    Lord Obsidian: I'm sending you out right this minute, Cut Man.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Owl's Well that Ends Well":
      Twilight: Spike knows he can't be replaced.
      [cut]
      Spike: They're trying to replace me!
    • In "Sisterhooves Social":
      Sweetie Belle: Rarity will think it's an excellent idea!
      [cut]
      Rarity: What a ridiculous idea!
    • In "Sleepless in Ponyville":
      [at the clubhouse]
      Sweetie Belle: And I'll get Rarity to come too! Rarity loves camping!
      [cut to the boutique]
      Rarity: I despise camping!
  • The Owl House: In "Wing It Like Witches", after Boscha starts picking on Luz, Willow, and Gus in class after Luz tries to stand up to her.
    Luz: Don't worry. It's not like she can follow us around all day, right?
    [cut to all three covered in garbage, paint and face doodles]
    Luz: [shellshocked] She followed us around all day. She literally followed us around all day!
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In the pilot "Rollercoaster":
      Linda: Candace, be honest. Aren't the boys a little young to be building a rollercoaster?
      [hard cut to Phineas and Ferb working on their rollercoaster in — and through — a tune-up shop]
      Shop Owner: Aren't you a little young to be building a rollercoaster?
      Phineas: Yes. Yes I am.
      This exchange, in various forms, turns into a Running Gag as the series goes on. It's repeated in "Rollercoaster: The Musical", except after Linda asks it (Candace responding, "Yes, yes he is."), we cut to a music and dance routine version of the exchange.
    • This bit from the episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together":
      Danny: [talking about a concert] Come on boys, let's blow the roof off this place!
      [Cut to Doofenshmirtz]
      Doofenshmirtz: [tied to a large firecracker] Oh no, it's going to blow the roof off this place!
  • The Ready Jet Go! episode "Castaway Carrot" has this exchange:
    Celery: Way the by, your dad is fine. I can hear him testing his moon wilderness skills.
    Carrot: [from outside the saucer] I love testing my moon wilderness skills!
  • One episode of Rocket Power has two instances of this:
    • Otto, wanting to go surfing while playing hooky, thinks that he has tricked his dad into giving him surfboards for him and Sam via a phone call. He hangs up.
      Otto: Relax, dude. Raymondo totally bought it.
      [Cut to Raymondo hanging up as well]
      Ray: Oh, man, I didn't buy that for a second.
    • Later, Otto and Sam get stuck on a stalled roller coaster and are no longer enjoying their playing hooky, while at the same time at school, Reggie and Twister are having a great time at the surprise carnival in the school's gymnasium, and we get this bit...
      Otto: This is the worst day of my life!
      [Cut to Reggie and Twister having fun at the school carnival]
      Twister: This is the best day of my life!
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", Homer finds out that Mr. Burns won't be giving any Christmas bonuses, and he mutters "Thank God for the big jar [of money]." The scene then cuts to Marge being forced to spend all the money to get Bart's tattoo removed, and she mutters "Thank God for Homer's Christmas bonus."
    • In "Simpson and Delilah", Homer tries to buy a hair regrowth serum, but can't because it's way out of his price range. This upsets him:
      Homer: [sobbing] Forget you, pal. Thanks for nothing.
      [cut to Homer retelling story to family]
      Homer: [angrily boasting] So I tell him, "Forget you, pal! Thanks for nothing!"
    • At the end of the "Treehouse of Horror VI" story "Homer³":
      Reverend Lovejoy: Be strong, Marge, I'm sure he's gone to a better place.
      Homer: D'oh! Ew... this is the worst place yet. note 
    • In "Dumbbell Indemnity", Homer fails an initial plan to crash Moe's car in an insurance scam and tries an alternate plan in full view of witnesses (including Moe):
      Moe: Homer, you idiot.
      Homer: Homer, you genius!
  • Used in the Sofia the First episode "Two to Tangu", with Prince Zandar trying to impress Princess Hildegard at a party and Princess Amber (and Sofia) trying to get to the party.
    Zandar: In Tangu, there's no such thing as giving up.
    [cut to Amber lost in the jungle]
    Amber: I give up!
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • After a failed attempt to find out how the titular box in the episode "Idiot Box" keeps making realistic sound effects:
      Squidward: [leaves the box] All right, fine. If you don't want to show me, I don't care! I've got better things to do than pace the floor wondering how you two work this thing.
      [cut back to Squidward's house]
      Squidward: [pacing the floor] How do those two work that thing?
    • "Doing Time" has SpongeBob feeling guilty over getting Mrs. Puff sent to jail. Patrick is no help:
      SpongeBob: Oh, that poor woman! And it's all my fault! Maybe if I go talk to Patrick, he can ease my guilt.
      [immediate cut to SpongeBob standing next to Patrick outside his rock]
      Patrick: Well it sounds like it's all your fault.
    • In "Banned in Bikini Bottom", when Mrs. Gristlepuss shows up and says that she thinks Krabby Patties are too fun, Krabs says to SpongeBob that she can't close them down. Cut to Krabs, SpongeBob and Squidward standing outside a closed Krusty Krab, with Mr. Krabs shouting, "She closed us down!"
  • In The Super Hero Squad Show, Magneto thinks that Scarlet Witch is enduring a horrible ordeal aboard the SHIELD Helicarrier. We cut to the Helicarrier with Scarlet Witch saying "I can't endure this horrible ordeal any longer!" It turns out she's on the couch with the other heroes watching videos about funny pets.
  • Used four times in an episode of Sushi Pack as it cuts between Tako and Maguro hurtling toward Earth on an asteroid, and the rest of the team trying to figure out what happened to them.
    Maguro: If there is a way to signal the others of our location, they could help.
    [cut to the others on Earth]
    Ikura: If only we knew their location, we could help.
  • Transformers:
    • The very last scene of The Transformers begins with something like this.
      Cerebros: [on the restored Cybertron] It's a miracle.
      [cut to the villains' base, where baddies are bickering]
      Galvatron: It's a miracle we finally got this flying junkpile of yours stabilized!
      Zarak: You were the idiot who opened the Plasma Energy Chamber, Galvatron.
      Galvatron: Silence!
    • And in Transformers: Animated (not verbatim, but it's about right):
      Megatron: The Autobots would never fire on their ultimate weapon.
      [cut to Sentinel Prime slamming his fist down]
      Sentinel Prime: I say we fire on [Omega Supreme] now!
  • The 1974 Christmas Special The Year Without a Santa Claus has an exchange where Santa says (of two AWOL elves): "Poor little guys. They must be scared to death," which is followed by a hard cut to one of the elves saying "I'm scared to death!"
  • Happens in the Young Justice episode "Independence Day and Fireworks":
    Mark Desmond: He hacked the motion sensors.
    [cut to Robin with his handheld computer]
    Robin: I hacked the motion sensors!
    Kid Flash: Sweet!

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