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"Now that I think about it, I had a twin older sister...!"
"You had an older sister... that's a bit of a sudden statement."

Even though this is a parody, this is too much. It's no fun if you don't lay down any groundwork or foreshadowing.
Kagetsu Tohya, ("Imogirisou")

Film—Animation

Kuzco: No! It can't be! How did you get back here before us?!
Yzma: Uh... How did we, Kronk?
Kronk: Well, ya got me. [shows a chart demonstrating the improbability of the situation] By all accounts it doesn't make sense.
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Film — Live-Action

"Here the story should really end, for, in real life, the forlorn old man would have little to look forward to but death. The author took pity on him and has provided a quite improbable epilogue."
— Only text displayed in the silent film The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann).

Han Solo: What was your job when you were based here?
Finn: Sanitation
Han: Sanitation? Then how do you know how to disable the shields?
Finn: I don't. I'm just here to get Rey.
Han: People are counting on us! The galaxy is counting on us!
Finn: Solo, we'll figure it out. We'll use the Force!
Han: THAT'S NOT HOW THE FORCE WORKS!

Live-Action TV

George: What about my ankle monitor?
Fake Kidnapper: We have an ankle monitor deactivator!
George: Oh, good. See, I've been meaning to get one of those.
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Video Games

"Suddenly... warping through space and time... King Bowser appears!"

Visual Novels

Super development
In a game, anime, novel, or etc, refers to something that happens which completely ignores the plot and foreshadowing that occurred up until then. The super development instead takes the story in a completely new direction. Similar to the phrase “deus ex machina.” These completely unexpected plot developments leave viewers bewildered and struggling to keep up.
—Tip No. 172 in Steins;Gate 0

Web Original

"Support character was evil all along' does NOT constitute 'character development.' What that is is 'arse pull.' And there are a lot of unsavory things that traditionally get pulled out of arses."

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"It's just a series of disjointed plot points. It feels like somebody describing an idea to you. Eli and Psycho Mantis hijack Metal Gear from the base and fly off with it? Okay, I suppose that happens. I mean, I saw it happening on the screen. But I couldn’t care less, and I didn’t feel a damn thing when it happened. And by the looks of it, neither does Big Boss or anyone else! They just stands there with their thumbs up their asses, even though they command the greatest private army in the world."

"It's like wire work for plot. Bad wire work."
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Vengeance")

David: I guess this mirrors the thing with Jimmy Olsen — are you aware of this? That Jimmy used to be on the show, and they killed him off?
Chris: I'd heard that.
David: And then they cut to his little cousin Jimmy Olsen a few states away?
Chris: Okay, that part I was not aware of.
David: Yeah. That Happened.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Shield")

"It's not so much timey-whimey as it is bullshit-woolshit."

"When asked to account for himself Ianto goes on a tirade about clearing up their shit and nobody asking anything about his life — what the hell? This is how you get some attention?"

Matt: "Mortal Kombat cannot be won by treachery." They’re just making this s**t up!
Chris: I almost feel bad for Shang Tsung at this point. You know they were like "Okay, if you win this tournament you can invade Earth" and then he did and they were like "oh, sorry, we meant if you win it... ten times?"
Matt: He's a victim of bureaucracy, man.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Mortal Kombat

Web Video

"Janette comes back, and it turns out she's mortal? When she left, she fell in love with a human. They made love, and she started to feed on him—but she stopped, and his blood... warmed her heart? I-I guess? Her heart grew three sizes that day. Like a sexy Grinch."
Allison Pregler on Forever Knight, "The Human Factor"

Pat: Our mysterious whispering immortal and his band of merry men find Connor and other immortals strapped to these tables underground. He seeks out Connor, then—takes all their heads?! Wait, t-t-this is holy ground, right? HE CAN'T DO THAT!
Spoony: He just did.
Pat: (whining) But he can't!
Spoony: (admiringly) You heard the man! He "doesn't care about the rules!"
Pat: That's not how it works! Are you sure it's holy ground?!
Spoony: Well, it has to be; there's monks with machine guns running around.
Pat: Ah, I guess you're right. That makes se—HUH???

"So, lemme see if I understand this: Prometheus said he didn't know who the Shade was, but apparently the device he had planted was specifically designed to counteract his powers. What a convenient device! Oh, and the super-duper-maxi-extreme-ultra devices can counteract the magic of the REAL Captain Marvel too. Look, there's smart villains, clever planning, and then there's just pulling crap outta your ass!"

Piccolo: Goku, can we beat this guy?
Goku: I dunno! I'm sure I'll pull something out my butt.
Broly: AND IT WILL BE BROLY'S FIST!

"Listen, it would be fine if the characters were like this originally, but it seems like you're changing them after the fact so you can seem more inclusive and get good press."
Eddy Burback to J. K. Rowling in "jk rowling these days" by Gus Johnson

"Riku drones on for a while about how Kairi is the last princess Ansem needs for his evil scheme, and also remember when Destiny Islands blew up and Kairi went "jsshzshz" through Sora, yeah her heart has been inside of Sora this whole time. Sora goes "Ewww omg" and commits sudoku with his Keyblade.
This frees Kairi's heart and revives her.
(YAY!) This also frees Sora's heart, so he's a Heartless now. (BOO.) But Kairi's like "Bibbidi bobbidi Deus ex Machina, binch" and Sora turns back to normal, which contradicts everything we understand about how any of this works but SURE. FINE.
Ansem sees all this and is like "Seriously, like I checked the Wiki and they use the word "somehow", uh, whatever. I'm outtie, peace.""
Barry Kramer, "A Good Enough Summary of Kingdom Hearts"

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