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"I think it can be pretty interesting how a single line in a story, even one that's seven words, can dramatically alter the perception of everything that just happened."
Andrew Hussie, via his former Formspring

Whereas a Wham Episode is an episode that radically alters the Story Arc, a Wham Line is a line of dialogue that radically alters a scene.

A scene is headed in one direction, then the line is uttered. Afterwards, the scene is going somewhere very, very different. For it to be effective the audience must not see it coming — not just not knowing the exact information, but not expecting any kind of surprising, or even significant, line there at all. If there was background music playing beforehand, expect it to abruptly come to a stop after the line is said and/or switch to music that better reflects the scene's new mood.


This is strictly an audience trope. For a milder in-universe version, see Dropping the Bombshell. Often overlaps with Armor-Piercing Question or Armor-Piercing Response, where the line causes a character to seriously rethink their position. In a joke or comic story, a Punch Line functions very similarly.

When something seen by the viewer or reader of visual media radically alters a scene, it's a Wham Shot.

Tends to come in the form of a reveal. Can fit into a Wham Episode. By the very nature of the trope, SPOILERS AHEAD. If we marked them all, the subpages would be 60% white space. Please don't use spoiler markup when adding examples.

Note: This is not just a line that happens during a Wham Episode. The line itself has to radically change the plot in itself. If the line is the result of events or conversations that are clearly shown on screen, or it's a Foregone Conclusion, then it is not a Wham Line. The line itself has to be completely unexpected.



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  • There's a road safety PSA titled "It Can Wait", in which a man drops his daughters off at a pool party. His wife calls him and he pulls over to talk to her about their missing pet, then keeps driving. While driving a little boy suddenly appears in his backseat and the man talks to him about his life and his interests, and the fact he goes to school with the man's daughter. The man's wife keeps buzzing his phone, distracting him. The kid asks if he will answer the phone, and the man replies "No, never with a kid in the car." The kid replies with, "That's okay, I'm not here..." and vanishes. The man is surprised. His phone buzzes again and he decides to check his phone, taking his attention off the road, not seeing the same little boy playing with a ball in the street, and leading into the Wham Line:
    Kid: [voiceover] ...I'm there.

  • From Ellen DeGeneres' "The Beginning", telling the audience an (admittedly fictional) story about how she met God. The crowd's reaction to this line says it all.
    Ellen: A couple of minutes later, God walks into the room, carrying a tray... I would say she was about 46, 47 years old... beautiful, beautiful black woman...
  • George Carlin's "Euphemisms" routine focuses on one well-known psychiatric disorder when, in his words, "a fighting person's nervous system has been stressed to its absolute peak and can't take any more input. The nervous system has either snapped or is about to snap." He then proceeds to discuss what it has been called over the years from World War One to The '80s, poking fun at the addition of syllables and lack of directness. The crowd enjoys it up until he gets to its current name...
    Carlin: Then, of course, came the War in Vietnam, which has only been for about 16 or 17 years, and thanks to the lies and deceits surrounding that war, I guess it's no surprise that the very same condition was called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    [Audience murmurs as they realize what he's talking about]
    • This being Carlin, he doesn't particularly treat it as such and in fact continues on, still poking fun at it.
  • John Mulaney's "The Salt and Pepper Diner" bit centers around him and his friend John sitting down for a meal at the now-defunct Salt and Pepper Diner in Mulaney's native Chicago when they were kids. They put money into the jukebox and queue up twenty one plays of Tom Jones's' "What's New Pussycat?" Then, they ordered and waited. Mulaney details that "What's New Pussycat?" began to enrage the other customers eating around them, and then he says this:
    John: But a word about my friend John and what a genius he was: because when we were first up in the jukebox and when we were punching in the "What's New Pussycats," alright? I punched in about seven... and then John says to me "Hey, hey, hey wait... Before we drop in another "What's New Pussycat," let's put in ONE "It's Not Unusual." And that is when the afternoon went from good to GREAT!"
  • At the end of Bo Burnham's Make Happy special is "Can't Handle This," a parody of one of Kanye West's rants that the latter would do on his Yeezus tour, i.e. having a backing track playing while he just sings an improvised rant through Autotune. Bo admits his problems aren't as high-stakes as Kanye's, and with his voice digitized all to hell, he proceeds to sing a long ramble about how he can't fit his hand in a Pringles can, and how he can't fit everything he wants into one burrito. A few minutes in, Bo stops joking, and the crowd goes dead silent as Bo reveals he's been distracting from his real point, which is how badly he's struggling doing his comedy shows.
    I can sit here and pretend like my biggest problems are Pringle cans, and burritos
    The truth is, my biggest problem's you
    I want to please you, but I want to stay true to myself
    I want to give you the night out that you deserve
    But I want to say what I think and not care what you think about it
    A part of me loves you, part of me hates you
    Part of me needs you, part of me fears you
    And I don't think that I can handle this right now, handle this right now...

  • Interstitial Actual Play:
    • After Larxene gets assassinated in episode 9.
    Hazel: Can I use "I'm Sorry About The Ice Cream?"
    • It happens again in episode 10, with Edith trying to use the move on Roxanne. Riley points out that the character has to be willing since it's a player character, and asks Jo.
    Riley: Do you accept this?
    Jo:...I'm gonna say no. I'm gonna say Roxanne fades away.
  • The Adventure Zone: Balance has quite a few:
    • In Chapter Ten of The Crystal Kingdom, The Reveal that something is up with the boys:
      Kravitz: Taako, you've died eight times.
    • At the end of the second episode of The Eleventh Hour, right after everyone dies, Griffin chooses to reveal what the actual situation is:
      Griffin: And there’s something about the dying that feels familiar. And then you're back in that white space, and you see that old woman again. And she says,
      Old Woman: Oh, you’ll have to do much better than that, loves.
    • In the "epilogue" to The Eleventh Hour.
      Griffin: And in this sketch, this earlier sketch, Jack and June look exactly the same. But the Red Robe's hood is pulled down. And you can see his face. And it's an incredibly familiar face, Magnus... because it's your face. The figure in the red hood is you.
    • "Because in Wonderland, there is no healing." This one came as such a shock to the players that Clint thought Griffin was lying at first.
    • After the Animus Bell is rung, Mangus suddenly collapses to the ground, before getting up and start saying how Wonderland wasn't really that bad. Except, Griffin is the one speaking as Magnus...
      Magnus: (Griffin is saying these lines) You know, boys, I don't think Wonderland's that bad. You know, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself here, and I feel like our friendship has grown even more powerful, don't you think? (Travis is speaking) Ahem. I didn't say that.
    • The finale to The Suffering Game has one that doubles as a serious revelation and a joke.
      Griffin: And Merle, you crack open the chest and retrieve the clothes within. A white cotton shirt, a studded leather belt, and a pair of pants... Sturdy. Denim. And blue.
    • Griffin drops one nonchalantly near the end of Episode 59:
      Griffin: Lucretia's kneeling over her white oak staff, and she's channeling some sort of energy from the orb into the staff, which, of course, is the grand relic she made when the seven of you first came to this world.
    • Also from the end of 59, Lucretia revealing the identity of the final Red Robe:
      Lucretia: So those are the six of us. Me, Barry, Lup, Taako, Merle, Magnus. And of course, the seventh: our captain. When I redacted the logs to feed to the second Voidfish, I let you keep your names while eradicating any information pertaining to the mission. [sighs] But for our captain, his life was the mission. He was impossible to edit around, and so, unfortunately, his name was all he kept.
      Davenport: L...Lucretia, what have you DONE?!
    • From the end of Episode 61: "She thinks of her friends, and prays for sunrise." It confirms that the guardian robot was, in fact, Troth, Justin's character from The Adventure Zone: Nights.
    • Despite the event in question being a Foregone Conclusion, this line from Episode 66 definitely qualifies:
      Barry: Taako, what if [Lup]'s just gone?
      Taako: ...who?
    • Even after the big final battle, one is dropped in the winding-down finale:
      Griffin: I just have a question, which is, how does Magnus die?
  • The Adventure Zone: Amnesty has a pretty revelatory one, too:
    Janelle: "You have powers beyond anything I've ever seen, Aubrey. You can break the Quell's corruption. You can restore life to the dead! Aubrey, you're not from Sylvain... You are Sylvain.
  • Downplayed in Mystery Show because the line doesn't help with the mystery, but it comes out of nowhere and changes the conversation:
    Alan Sacks: I was held at gun point by Phil Spector for like 5 hours.
  • The Magnus Archives:
    • "Lost and Found" seemingly ends on a lighthearted note, with Jon accidentally knocking down a bookshelf while trying to kill a spider... and then he and Sasha find a massive hole in the wall that seems to go all the way to the exterior. And then we hear something starting to squirm.
      Jon: Sasha, run. RUN!
    • In "The Masquerade", when the team learns what's really powering the Unknowing:
      Jon: Oh god... oh god, they're not waxworks.
    • The season 4 finale, "The Eye Opens", starts out like a Breather Episode, with Jon and Martin finally getting to relax after escaping the Lonely. Jon absentmindedly picks up a statement to read while he's on his own, setting up a relatively mundane-sounding story about a fire in a woman's childhood home. Then he reads the first line.
      Jonah: Hello, Jon.
    • And, as everything goes utterly to shit...
      The sky, Martin! Look at the sky! It's looking back!
  • Welcome to Night Vale
    • From The Sandstorm part A:
    Kevin: Hello? Desert Bluffs?
    • And from part B:
    Cecil: This is Cecil, and I do not know where I am. It is clearly a radio studio, but the walls are covered in blood, and instead of dials and buttons on the soundboard, there is just animal viscera, glistening under the green LED lights.
    • Episode 32, Yellow Helicopters, gives us two in the space of about a minute and a half.
    ...the witnesses said that some low-flying yellow helicopters began dropping orange leaflets onto the city streets. The leaflets read, "StrexCorp Synernists Inc. Look around you. Strex. Look inside you. Strex. Go to sleep. Strex. Believe in a smiling god. StrexCorp: It is everything."
    • followed by:
    ''Oh! Oh no. Uh... dear listeners, we must issue an apology! Those helicopters are completely... safe. Even safer than safe! In fact, StrexCorp recently bought our little radio station from the mysterious unseen forces who founded it centuries ago!
    • Before all of those:
    Cecil: Old Woman Josie says that the Angels who have been living with her ... helping around the house and ultimately protecting her from all evils ... have disappeared.
    • They've really been upping the ante recently. Episode 33 gives us:
    Cecil: I...I don't remember having a brother.
    • Episode 47 opens with a Wham Line that will have many saying "Oh shit":
    Welcome... to the Greater Desert Bluffs Metropolitan Area.
    • Episode 48 gave us a much more positive one:
    Kevin: The man is holding something! He is holding... He is holding a cat.
    • From Episode 70B:
    Cecil: The voice told me it especially didn't trust the other heads it shares a body with...
    • A single line in Episode 89A reveals the true identity of Season 3's Big Bad The Good Boy.
    The Good Boy: I rule over the dark, wet caverns... OF HELL!
  • In RABBITS, in the course of Carly Parker's investigation into the titular Alternate Reality Game, she begins to uncover hints that she may be more deeply and personally connected to the game than she had previously conceived. The end of the fifth episode reveals that the name of a comic she made in high school, Priesthood One, is a Significant Anagram for "The Door is Open", a phrase that begins every iteration of Rabbits.
  • The Penumbra Podcast: "Juno Steel and the Mega-Ultrabots of Cyberjustice (Part 2)" has two big ones.
    • Rita, accidentally letting slip something she isn't supposed to know:
      Rita: Thanks, Mister Nureyev!
    • The final thirty seconds of the episode, which reveal both that Peter's planning to betray the Aurinkos and that whoever he's in debt to knows his real name:
      Peter: Suffice it to say that before the year is out, I will bring you four very special items - a very singular Map, Key, Blade, and Book. And in return...? Very good. Nureyev out.

  • From the third phase of the radio version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where Trillion reveals she's worked out who's really behind the Kriket Overloads' attempt to destroy the universe.
    "And I doubt, I very much doubt, that you've been able to build this bomb and make it work properly without any help from Hactar for the past thousand years."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mage: The Ascension. Through the revised convention book for the Void Engineers, there's been continuous mention of a new enemy of the convention; known only as Threat Null, it's one of the main reasons why the Void Engineers have gone from starry-eyed space explorers to combat-hardened space marines. However, for reasons unknown, the existence of Threat Null have been kept secret from all the other conventions of the Technocratic Union. And then, halfway through the book, we find out why.
    Threat Null doesn't call itself by that name. Threat Null calls itself the Technocratic Union.
  • Demon: The Fallen. The book Time of Judgement describes various versions of The End of the World as We Know It for the various games in the Old World of Darkness that are not the main three games (Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Mage: The Ascension). The book's prologue and epilogue are both told from the point of view of Lucifer Morningstar, the instigator of the events of The Fall. In the epilogue he talks about someone suggesting that God reacted to Lucifer's rebellion not out of wrath, but out of compassion: an intervention instead of a punishment... and then Lucifer drops the following bomb, upsetting everything we thought to know about the rebellion, Lucifer himself and even God:
    Lucifer: In the end, I killed John. Just like I killed Woodrow. Was God wrong? I never told John - and certainly never Malakh — that I asked the angels to rebel because the Most High ordered me to do it. What would they make of that?
  • Vampire: The Masquerade. The Schism chapter of Beckett's Jyhad Diary describes the Web of Knives, a cult serving the incredibly powerful and ancient Ur-Shulgi. He seeks to destroy all non-members within Clan Assamite, an independent Clan seperate from the Camarilla/Sabbat/Anarch conflict. Such an event would almost certainly lead to the destruction of the Masquerade (a single skirmish between the two groups where Beckett and his allies got stuck in the middle of became an international headline). Beckett introduced the influential Assamite Tegyrius to several important figures within the Camarilla. After explaining the gravity of the siutation, the risk it poses to the Masquerade and the final prediction of a seer with unmatched accuracy that suppports this claim, Tegyrius makes the following statement:
    Tegyrius: I, Tegyrius, childe of Anath, called goddess of war and love, grand-childe of Haqim the Hunter, speak now to this council on behalf of the Viziers of Clan Assamite, on behalf of the Sorcerers of Clan Assamite, and on behalf of those of the Warriors of Clan Assamite who reject the Web of Knives. Collectively, those who follow my banner make up more than one third of the entire world’s Assamite population. And on behalf of those followers, I hereby request sanctuary from the Camarilla and recognition for my Clan as a member of your organization.
  • Magic: The Gathering: At the end of the Dominaria storyline, after Liliana has destroyed the last of the demons she made her pact with, the Gatewatch planeswalk back to Ravnica...but Liliana is blocked. Nicol Bolas appears before her and tells her why:
    Bolas: You really should have read the details of your pact more closely, Liliana. You seem unaware that with your demons dead, your contract defaults to its broker: Me.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Ace Attorney series has several:
    • A minor example in the second case, which serves as the first indication we get that Phoenix and Edgeworth knew each other before that trial.
      Phoenix: Edgeworth... you've changed.
    • From the first game, in the middle of a funny conversation between Maya and a parrot, owned by a crazy old man, we get this bombshell:
      Maya: Polly! Polly! Have we forgotten something?
      Polly: *Squawk* "Don't forget DL-6!" *squawk* Explanation 
    • From the fifth case, "Rise from the Ashes". This one doubles as an in-universe example, as it caused such an uproar that the trial had to be suspended for a day.
      Lana: Drastic crimes require drastic measures...That's just the way it is. We did what we had order for him to get the verdict he deserved. Even if it involved "forging" evidence.
    • From Justice for All, the final quote of case 3 is whammy because Edgeworth was supposed to be dead:
      Gumshoe: (On the phone) I'll be waiting for you! Goodbye, Mr. Edgeworth.
    • Then there's Case 4, with Edgeworth's return to the story.
      ???: "I would've won." Is that what you want to say?
      Von Karma: ...! Wh-Who!?
      Phoenix: That voice... E-Edgeworth!!
      Edgeworth: It's been a long time...Wright.
    • Also from Justice for All: " do you do, Mister Lawyer? I'm Matt Engarde." Explanation 
    • From Trials & Tribulations:
      Sister Bikini: So I guess you already know that Iris is Morgan Fey's daughter.
      Phoenix: IRIS IS WHAT?!?!?! Explanation 
    • At the end of "Bridge to the Turnabout," Iris decides to confess everything to Phoenix, regarding herself and her twin sister Dahlia, whom Phoenix had dated until she was arrested for murder.
    Iris: You and my sister... you only met twice.note  [...] For those 6 months, the woman that you thought was Dahlia Hawthorne, wasn't actually my sister. I hope one day you can forgive me... Feenie.
    • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
      • The game manages to fit one into the first case, with the Judge's reaction to your previously unnamed client at the start of the trial:
      Judge: It's been a long time, Mr. Wright.
      • In the third case of the above, at the end of the first trial day, Lamiroir, after hearing Detective Daryan Crescend's voice, claims that she recognizes his voice, and that he is the killer. Like with Lana's admission to forging evidence, this also results in the trial descending into chaos and being suspended, and she turns out to be absolutely right.
      • In the last case:
      Brushel: "Thalassa Has Another Child Besides Trucy", end quote.
    • Ace Attorney Investigations
      • From the first game, we have a wham laugh, when Shih-Nah laughs in the exact same highly-distinctive manner as Calisto Yew, sparking instant recognition from Edgeworth, Franziska and Kay.
      • From the second game, when Justine Courtney, previously antagonistic to Edgeworth, does a Heel–Face Turn and identifies the culprit of Case 4.
      Courtney: The defendant.... Blaise Debeste! I hereby indict you!
      Ray: He's a member of the circus, Knightley's friend...and Dane Gustavia's son. Wh-Who'd have thunk it...?
      Edgeworth: [An apprentice beast tamer? Heh...he's no amateur. For the beast he has tamed is none other than this entire case! Simon Keyes! He is the mastermind behind this entire incident!
  • Wham Shot:
    • Dual Destinies:
      • At the end of the first day of the trial in Turnabout Reclaimed, after Phoenix has successfully cleared Orla's name:
      Simon Blackquill: ....Hmph. Thank you for helping, Wright-dono. ...Fool Bright. Arrest this woman.note 
      • Case 4 ends with a major one, because a piece of evidence that proves your client is innocent incriminates someone else dear to you:
      Simon Blackquill: "Upon thorough analysis, the fingerprints were found to belong to Athena Cykes". So says the report.
      • An interesting example in Case 5. At the time this line is said in the previous chapter (which is closely tied to this one), the player is likely to think nothing of it. But when a flashback occurs later in the case, when the player has worked out that the ladder was used as an escape route by a double murderer and an international spy, it hits the player like a ton of bricks.
      Aura Blackquill: So I lowered my emergency ladder like the detective leading the evacuation told me to.
      • Related to the above, Edgeworth presents the evidence necessary to confirm Phoenix's theory about the phantom:
      Edgeworth: The man you see there before you... Bobby Fulbright... is already long dead.
    • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice:
      • Revisualizations normally end with a big, dramatic line, but Case 3's is one of the few that completely turn everything you've assumed about the case on its head:
        Revisualization Conclusion: Tahrust's death was a suicide.
      • This line in Case 5 reveals the fate of a significant character.
        Ema: I have a photo of the body. A-And I positively identified it as... Dhurke Sahdmadhi.
      • At the very end of the game, Apollo must decide whether to return to the Wright Anything Agency with his colleagues, or stay in Khura'in to clean up the legal system. Thought "Like You Would Really Do It"? Think again.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club! has a number of them, mostly related to the game's true nature:
    • Sayori opens her heart to the player late in Act 1:
      Sayori: You're wrong. Nothing happened to me, I've always been like this. You're just seeing it for the first time. ... The thing is...I've had really bad depression my whole life.
    • Sayori's final poem, right before the festival, and specifically its final lines:
      But a poem is never actually finished
    • At the climax of Act 2, following the main character being trapped in a room for the entire weekend following Yuri's suicide, we get this line from Monika immediately before everything goes to shit in Act 3:
      Monika: Wait, were you here the entire weekend, (Player)? Oh geez...I didn't realize the script was broken that badly.
      • And then immediately following the above example, we get an on-screen variant makes Monika's idea of "fixing things" terrifyingly clear:
      yuri.chr successfully deleted
    • One of two situational examples occurs during Act 3; which one plays depends on whether the game detects a certain other program running at the same time as DDLC. It doesn't have much storyline impact, but it can give players a hell of a scare and really makes them appreciate how powerful Monika has become:
      Monika: I'm talking to you, (player's username). you actually go by (your computer account name) or something like that?
      Monika: Hold on a second...You're recording this, aren't you?
    • Another situational example from the climax of Act 4, just when everything seems to have been fixed, Sayori drops this little tidbit:
      Sayori: There's actually something else. I wanted to thank you for getting rid of Monika.
  • Plenty of these in the Danganronpa franchise:
    • In chapter 5 of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
      Monokuma: This school life of mutual killings is being completely broadcasted live on TV all over Japan!
    • During the final case of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Junko turns the discussion towards Izuru Kamukura, a former Hope's Peak student who was surgically altered to possess all the SHSL talents, but who apparently went rogue and ended up inadvertently setting up the events of the entire series, and more directly orchestrated the events of this game. Despite Makoto's protestations, Junko reaffirms that Izuru is indeed still alive...and then promptly drops this bombshell.
      Izuru Kamukura is very much alive. Isn't that right... Hajime?!
    • Delivered very reluctantly during the first chapter of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. After Kaede clears Shuichi's name, it is revealed that someone turned on the flash on the cameras Kaede and Shuichi set up in the library. Since Shuichi couldn't have done it, that leaves only one person...
      Tenko: Do you know who the culprit is?!
      Kaede: Yep, I know. I've known for a long time. ... Because there was only one person able to set the flash on those cameras.
      (Cue sequence in which you select the culprit- Kaede herself)
    • Midway through the fourth trial, Kokichi becomes the most suspicious, resulting in Shuichi lying to trick Kokichi into admitting that he'd gone to the roof (the crime scene). In retaliation, Kokichi decides to reveal everything he knows about the murder in order to take away Shuichi's "fun." It sounds as though Kokichi is going to admit to the crime, but then Kokichi says "Now then, the culprit is Gonta." Gonta had never been considered suspicious until this point, but Kokichi's absolutely right.
  • Steins;Gate:
    • A minor example from episode 3 counts as something named the Jellyman report doesn't sound particularly serious, but causes Okabe to have a minor Heroic BSoD:
      "Human is dead: Mismatch"
    • Episode 12:
      Moeka: Shiina Mayuri is not needed. [fires gun at Mayuri]
    • Episode 14:
      Suzuha: I am the time traveler John Titor.
    • Episode 20:
      Yuugo: [To Moeka] You sold us out, M4.
    • Episode 22:
      Suzuha: You must stop World War III. [EPISODE ENDS]
  • Fleuret Blanc: During a sequence where you can investigate the whereabouts of former FOIL members, the members' statuses appear at the top of the screen as you discover them. When you investigate Etzer, the status update reads "Etzer: Deceased", so you know that something major has happened even before you read the details. This also confirms some of the protagonists' worst suspicions about the villains, immediately heightening the tension of the story.
  • The Final line of Block 5, the Pale Bride's story from Analogue: A Hate Story:
    He started to argue, but then he stopped. I think he was patronising me, as if I can't read simple Korean script! He just asked, in the smuggest voice, "Then what should I call you, child?"
    I screamed. I'd already told him a thousand times before.
    "Hyun-ae! My name is Hyun-ae!"
  • Heart of the Woods
    • While Morgan and her mother Evelyn are not on good terms, this line in Chapter 2 is rather unexpected.
    Morgan: My mom... isn't really my mom. To be frank, she's not even human. Not anymore.
    • In Chapter 3, Morgan tries to get her cat Geladura off her bed so Tara can lie down on it, only for Geladura to say, "There's plenty of room on the floor, you know." What Geladura says is less important than her confirming that she can, in fact, talk, as Morgan had insisted.
    • In Chapter 4, Evelyn brings Morgan to a tree, and claims that Morgan is part of the forest. As she delivers this line, the music stops.
    Evelyn: Since you loved it so much, I wonder how it will feel for you to be the one to kill it.
    • In Chapter 5, the fairies recognize their true Queen.
    Madison: (narrating) By listening- or rather, by feeling- I realize who they're communicating with. Geladura.
    Fairies: Our queen! Our queen!
    Morgan: (narrating) They chant the phrase over and over again. I feel nauseous as I realize the consequences of what's happened. Without Geladura, there's no fairy queen to take Maddie's place. By her own agreement, she has to stay here. Forever.
  • Katawa Shoujo:
    • In Emi's route
      Hisao's Narration: Emi's there, yes. But she's in a wheelchair.
    • In Hanako's route, this exchange between Hisao and Lilly not only takes the scene into a completely different direction (especially in that it forces Hisao to re-evaluate how he sees Hanako), but takes it into a completely direction than the equivalent scene in Lilly's route.
      Lilly: There is another person, though, that has been a subject of worry for me as of late.
      Hisao: Oh?
      Lilly: That person is you, Hisao.
    • In Lilly's route, her older sister Akira asks to meet with Hisao, and ends up talking a little about their family. The subject then turns to Akira and Lilly's recent visit to their parents' house in Scotland, and after mentioning that Akira's parents want her to come to Scotland and work for them, she says the following line, which indicates that Lilly's coming with her.
      Akira: When our folks told me that when we were at their place, though, they also gave Lilly a summons to rejoin them in Inverness.
    • In Shizune's route:
    • In Shizune's route, a little while after the previous line, Misha has a conversation with Hisao about Shizune:
      Misha: I know you like her, Hicchan. I mean that I like Shicchan in the same way. I want her to be my girlfriend.
    • In the beta version of Shizune's route, the "comfort" sequence does not occur. According to the data the line was meant to be included during the love confession scene itself, however in the leaked beta it is either unfinished or partially removed and thus wasn't implemented. The love confession itself is still a thing but happens much earlier (in Act 3) and is a huge Wham Line after Hisao confronts Misha about her unusually sad behavior lately.
      Misha: Hicchan, I wish you and me could change places.
      Hisao: What do you mean?
      Misha: Shicchan... really loves you. You might be the first person she has ever loved in that way too. Do you notice the way she looks at you, Hicchan?
      Misha: I wish she could look at me like that.
      Hisao: What are you saying?
      Misha: I love her.
      Misha: I'm in love with Shicchan. I love her.
    • From later in Act 3 of Shizune's beta arc:
      Misha: [internal monologue] To my right, I hear a loud noise, like a car horn. It's a bad noise. When you hear something like that... it's not something you're supposed to hear. It means something is wrong
      Misha: I wonder where that car is going? Is it going to hit me?
      Misha: I turn in the direction of it.
      Misha: This must be fate, right? After all, I have lived so long, and I never know what to do next. It can all be over if I just... don't move.
  • In VA-11 HALL-A:
    Jill: So, how's Lenore doing?
    Gaby: She's dead.
  • Zero Escape Trilogy:
    • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors:
      • "Unfortunately, you're wrong. Actually, I'm Santa." This was in one of the previews, no less, but not only does it not mean what it immediately it seems, it also doesn't mean what players might suspect it means.
      • In the Safe Ending, Zero finishes his speech about Junpei being unable to save June with: "No. You misunderstand. You haven't lost. I...have lost."
      • A strange example occurs in the Cargo Room: if you haven't already followed the Submarine Ending route, Santa casually revealing that Ace is the CEO of Cradle Pharmaceuticals won't really mean anything to you. If you have, however...
      • When Snake and Junpei discuss the kidnappings 9 years ago, Snake mentions two siblings who weren't mentioned in the news before dropping this bombshell: "Her name was... Her name was Akane. That was... the girl who died..."
      • The game is a rare case of a visual novel narrating in the third person instead of the first person. Except at the final chapter of the true ending where Junpei is trying to figure out why he knows things he logically couldn't and shouldn't know...
        The answer to that is easy. He knew because I knew.
    • Virtue's Last Reward
      • In some paths your opponent will vote differently depending on what you chose. The first time it happens Sigma will show that he knows more than he should with this line:
      • In Quark's route, the old lady is found to have an ID card on her person. The name on the card is Kurashiki. This one is doubly effective since Akane Kurashiki is A) a major character from the first game, and B) now apparently far older than she has any right to be a year after the last game.
      • In Phi's ending K will reveal himself by referencing a line said earlier by another character:
        "K": Didn't I tell you? "You won't be alone. I will be at your side watching over you."
      • Later in the ending when discussing an unconcious person who looks just like Sigma:
        Quark: So... who is he?
        Akane: You've never seen him before?
        Quark: No.
    • This exchange from Zero Time Dilemma. Keep in mind that throughout the promotional material it's always referred to the child as Q.
      Child: Zero is... YOU, Delta!
      Eric: Would you stop yapping, Sean? The old man's name is Q!
  • In The Elevator by Cyanide Tea (the developers of Ristorante Amore), Elena, the girl in the elevator, gives one when leaving it for the last time. The player will only understand its significance if they're on the path to the Golden Ending, specifically that she speaks of "points" needed to go to heaven in the same way as the now-executed Serial Killer the detective main character hunted down.
    Elena: Minus 100 points, Detective Carmichael.
  • Monster Prom:
    • The entirety of Hope's route is a Wham Episode in and of itself, as it's a fairly serious and lore-heavy tale in a lighthearted dating sim, but one of Liam's lines in the route stands out for throwing his relationship with the Coven into a whole new light:
    The day of the party happens and...your plans fail! You've been such a lazy and stupid party planner that you weren't even able to stop an assassination.
    • In Polly's Halloween 2019 route, there's this exchange, with kicks off the arc's shift into plot territory.
      Polly: Big assumption you're making there. You think I've never been harmed by someone's substance abuse? Someone else's substance abuse is how I died!
      Joy: Seriously, Polly, now's not the time for your hilarious running gag. You're being irresponsible and you need to—
      Polly: (enraged) OH, AM I?
      • Later on, as Polly is ranting to the player character and the Coven about the flack she’s gotten for her constant substance use (not abuse), she drops this line:
      You know who didn’t know the difference that well? My father.
    • During Kale's secret route, the player tries all their usual tactics to hook up with him, but gets rebuffed every time. Eventually, they find him during a meeting with some other people, the name of which throws all of his previous actions into a new light:
      "Support Group for Asexual People in a World So Sexualized It Might As Well Be A Dating Sim"
  • Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair has a few in the denouement.
    • Kamen reveals that her best friend Momoko's relationship with Hiro was far from happy, but adds that there were other problems that led to her killing him.
      Kamen: A couple of things, actually. First and foremost the fact that he didn't even love her.
    • Shortly after the above, Kamen adds a disturbing revelation about Hiro cheating on Momoko.
      Kamen: That fucking asshole. The same things he told Momo... He said the very same crap to me.
    • Kamen then mentions a very personal detail about herself that paints her relationship with Momoko in an entirely new light.
      Kamen: You see, I... I'm not even interested in guys...
      Rie: Wait, what are you saying...??
      Kamen: I... I actually loved her... I loved Momo.

Alternative Title(s): Kapow Statement



After seeing ghosts all episode, Alison consults a doctor who gives her an unexpected diagnosis... with unquestionable reasons for doing so.

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