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- Bendy and the Ink Machine: During Sammy Lawrence's teaser for the second game, he gives the following lines: "Few more months of this, I wouldn't be surprised if that grinning demon drove me completely insane." and "Shake it off Sammy, best get back to your songs. Someone has to keep the little devil happy." These were from an audio recording way in the backstory. By the events within the first game, Sammy's become a completely insane, self-declared prophet and faithful worshiper of said grinning devil.
- Persona 3: During the October 4th Full Moon, Yukari jests that the team won't have to face the remaining three shadows within three full moons if they don't appear as one on one battles. Cue Fuuka, who confirmed that her hunch was right - Strength and Fortune appear at the same time.
- Though it doesn't happen in the base version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, this Game Mod turns the random guard line "It's been too long since we had a good bandit raid" into, well.... This can also result in hilariously absurd situations, such as if it's a guard who says it while in a Jarl's private quarters or some other location where it would be rather awkward for half a dozen bandits to suddenly appear without warning.
- At the end of Portal 2, Final Boss Wheatley blows you up, but throws a tantrum when he sees you're still alive. The roof breaks as the facility falls apart, revealing a full moon. Wheatley starts to taunt you by telling you to "take one last look at your precious human moon, because it cannot help you now". You end up beating him by shooting a portal onto the moon's surface, causing him to get sucked out into space. Earlier, after getting annoyed by the Space Core, he shouts, "Nobody's going to space, mate!"
- Near the start of Xenoblade, Fiora tells Shulk that she's super-happy and wishes every day could be like this forever. So naturally the colony gets invaded shortly thereafter, and she dies before being reconstructed.
- Starship Titanic, the ship that cannot possibly go wrong.
- Final Fantasy IX has a fairly spectacular example in Cleyra, a Hidden Elf Village protected by a magical sandstorm: "No enemy would dare attack us when we strengthen the storm!" "I think strengthening the storm would be good for me." "Strengthening the storm is the best thing you can do right now!" The attempt causes the enchantment to break.
- In the Final Fantasy X universe, the aftermath of Yuna's supposedly permanent victory over Sin is called the "Eternal Calm", only for Sin and several others to escape the Farplane in Will.
- In Star Control II, you can meet the Melnorme and their space ship, the Inevitably Successful in All Circumstances.
- Although, unless the player does something really silly, this will turn out to be an aversion.
- In Resident Evil 5, right after you run into a pair of Lickers, one of the characters remarks that it's a good thing there was only a couple of them, because there was no way they'd survive against a whole horde of them. Guess what happens when you have to wait for the elevator...
- Warcraft III has this in Arthas' dialogue:Uther: I hope there is a special place in hell waiting for you, Arthas!
Arthas: I guess we'll never know, Uther, I intend to live forever.
- We all know how that ends up.Ghost of King Terenas: No king rules forever, my son
- We all know how that ends up.
- This trope is given a lampshade by Urdnot Fortack in Mass Effect 2, lamenting he is researching medicine and crop genetics when he thinks that the Krogan could just buy that from the Salarians. Shepard notes their surprise at him willing to trust the Salarians with that, to which Fortack asks rhetorically what they could do, render the Krogan even more sterile? He quickly adds "Wait, forget I said anything".
- When on the Migrant Fleet, Tali introduces you to Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib-Qwib and quickly whispers to not ask about his name. Naturally, one of the dialogue options is to ask about his name. (The quarians weren't able to get the name of Zaal'Koris's ship, the Qwib-Qwib, legally changed, so he's stuck with that name thanks to quarian naming conventions.)
- In Halo: Combat Evolved, a group of space marines board a ship owned by hostile Covenant. They look around the empty room they arrive in, note that there are no blips on their radar, and one of them says: "No Covenant. I guess nobody's home." Cue doors all around them opening to reveal hordes of Laser Blade-wielding Covenant (who were wearing devices that shielded them from radar). This is quickly lampshaded:"No Covenant. You had to open your mouth."
- The two drivers of the Fawful Express boss in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story have to be just asking for it from their comments before battle:"Was Bowser a pushover or what?"
(cue Giant Bowser now blasting the windscreen to pieces and towering over the train at about two hundred foot tall)
"This is one place that stupid Fawful NEVER could break into!"
- Then: "Worry not, broskis! That guy's punch is no prob! Unless he spits fire, we'll take ZERO damage!" (And for that matter, the words "punch" and "fire" are in blue.)
- Right before this, we have Bowser boasting about the security of his vault, right before he walks in and discovers an expressway running through it.
- In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the Private Goomp's boast in the Elite Trio boss battle is rather... poorly timed:
- "You like that, buddy?! It's called teamwork! Unless you KO all 3 of us at once, we can't lose!"
- Cue another one of the trio (Sergeant Guy) smacking him off screen with a flag, before Goomp says "Sorry... I maybe said a bit too much."
- Also, this dialogue from Super Mario Galaxy 2:(Mario/Luigi arrives at Bowser Jr's Boom Bunker, where he finds the Toad Brigade finding the remains of a destroyed robot on the first planet, it is Megahammer, the robot Bowser Jr. used during his battle against Mario/Luigi at the end of Bowser Jr's Fearsome Fleet)Blue Toad: Hey, Mario/Luigi! Come take a look at this!Banktoad: Um, isn't this a bad idea? I'm scared...Toad: Don't worry, guys. It's broken! (Mario/Luigi approaches the now-destroyed Megahammer when all of a sudden it immediately turns itself back on and start firing Bullet Bills again)Mailtoad: Spoke too soon!Yellow Toad: (sleeping) Wait, what?
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption gets in on the act at the beginning of the game.. That feeling it could get worse? Admiral Dane has no idea...
- Prior to Metroid Prime, the Chozo actually did this too. Remember their wall-hanging made of Cordite? Cordite is a kind of gunpowder for modern-day heavy-duty artillery weapons. It's not something you should make wall-hangings off.
- In Quake IV, the cowardly engineer you're escorting mentions how he hates waiting for elevators... Cue a bloody lot of Network Guardians crawling out of the woodwork. You Just Had to Say It, did you?
- Also invoked at the end of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, when while the modern-day Assassins (mainly Lucy, which makes it all the more ironic considering the fact she at the very least is badly wounded afterwards, if not killed) are exploring the Colosseum to retrieve the Apple of Eden, they repeatedly remark how "It's nearly over", "We've finally found it", "We're so close", "What will we do next" etc etc, which, to the perceptive player who picks up on this constant need to mention such things, creates a sense of foreboding. Talk about counting your chickens before they've hatched.
Frederico: It is a good life we lead, brother.
- Throughout the game (while playing as Ezio), you can make areas safe for travel and unlock merchants by assassinating the guard captain in charge and burning the guard tower. One such captain is busy lecturing his men about how to watch for and survive Assassins and that he has great experience with them.
- Also done at the beginning of Assassin's Creed II. It is a generally heartwarming moment, but also a bit unsettling because of this very trope.
Ezio: The best. May it never change.
Frederico: And may it never change us.
- Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Waelda elder Laurel mentions a machine in Belinsk (The Alchemy Dynamo) and how Matthew and his lot must never activate it. She demonstrates some savviness and refuses to tell the party how to turn it on when asked, but Ryu Kou already knows how, and gets pushed into it anyway. Goddamnit.
- Done to you, rather than by you in Dead Space 2. You're on a tram on your way to the bridge of the old Ishimura to activate the gravity tethers. Ellie tells you that the Necromorphs are swarming in through a hole in the Medical Deck, but at least you won't have to go through there.Tram computer: Unexpected obstruction ahead. Emergency stop initiated. Welcome to the Medical Deck.Issac: Crap.
- BioShock has a couple characters who do this in their audio diaries:
- Peach Wilkins, when he was invited to join what would turn out to be Fontaine's smuggling operation, says "Hey, it's not like things can get much worse!" You find this diary after the other one where he documents exactly how much worse it got. And also after you've killed him.
- From one of Cohen's disciples, who's been locked in Fort Frolic and whom you've been ordered to kill before you can leave: "Let's see that old fruit try an' keep me here..."
- In Dragon Age II, Sarcastic!Hawke LOVES doing this. And Varric, being the narrator, hates it when s/he does.
- In Saints Row: The Third, pedestrians may shout "You can't kill me!" at the protagonist as he/she drives by packing various shotguns, machine guns, electric grenades and a remote control for UAV-delivered smartbombs. In the prequel, drivers could occasionally be heard saying "This car ain't got a scratch".
Pierce: We just blew up their fucking aircraft carrier!, What more could they possibly send at us?
- Not to mention this little quote from Pierce right before STAG declares martial law in Steelport.
- Saints Row IV:
- The Boss will make a comment in a later mission to the effect of: 'Oh, well, that's easy enough,' at which point Fun Shaundi and CID will berate him/her for jinxing them. Long story short? They were right.
- When chasing Golden CIDs, they may say "you cannot catch me". Well guess what.
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Orks have a bad habit of shouting "It takes more than that to kill an Ork!", or worse, "Go ahead! Shoot me again!" while you are actively shooting them.
- Made even funnier when they shout "It takes more than that to kill an Ork!" when you hit them with a plasma pistol overcharge shot...
- Hazama from BlazBlue may be seen as a "Magnificent Bastard" who manipulates the majority of the cast into serving his whims, but in central and alternate canon routes many of the things he does with Makoto equate to asking for his karmic due.
- The entire premise of Slight Hope is that Hazama sent Makoto to Ikaruga in the hopes she would be out of his hair until he finished his business with Noel and Tsubaki. The episode is a gratuitous instance of Underestimating Badassery which transforms the overtly ditzy squirrel into the biggest threat to his plans to date.
- "You'd best run along now. You're in my way." - Ensuring the safety of her friends from threats like you is Makoto's business.
- "I'll leave her for Relius. I'm sure he'd like that." - Relius never found her. *
- "Impressive. Surprisingly so! Suddenly, Colonel Clover's interest in you seems much less... 'random and untoward', shall we say?" - You told her you were working with Relius?! This is why he never found her!
- "Aww, what's with that face, Makoto? I'm gonna have a bit of fun with you before you mercifully expire, that's all!" - (not a minute later) "Damn vampire! You LIVE to cockblock me, don't you?!"
- Hazama is supposed to have Ripple Effect-Proof Memory, and yet the trip to Ikaruga was supposed to be his idea of getting rid of her. Can we say "Stable Time Loop", boys and girls?
- And it gets so much worse - Relius' entire plan for Makoto in Chronophantasma amounts to strengthening her soul to its very limit before implanting it into Rettenjou and invoking the Day of Destruction. Telling her that Relius is interested in her essentially gives her a lead on investigating what he could want with her, a month is a long time to conduct that investigation, and Kokonoe is a good place to start, with many options on who to contact next - and between her physical ability, her intelligence, and her sheer strength of will, if Hazama's plans are to survive Relius can't get rid of her fast enough. Hazama, if some time in the near future Makoto has a hand in causing your grand scheme and Relius' to violently implode upon itself, then we at TV Tropes just want you to know that we freakin' called it.
- And Chronophantasma happened. The verdict?
- To elaborate on this last point and how badly Terumi tempts fate from it, Tsubaki Yayoi possesses the Sealed Weapon Izayoi, which he used to obscure Takamagahara's observation in Continuum Shift, and also happens to be the love interest of Jin Kisaragi (and, by extension, Hakumen). You think he'd try to keep her proverbially tied around his wrist or at least somewhere where she wouldn't get in trouble, he lets her roam around Ikaruga unsupervised. This is despite clearly knowing that Jin Kisaragi (who wields the power of order that could shatter the magical part of Tsubaki's brainwashing), Noel Vermillion (a close friend of Tsubaki's who wants to bury the hatchet) and the aforementioned Makoto (who possesses knowledge that could sabotage the mental part of Tsubaki's brainwashing which Terumi himself inflicted) would be out trying to save her. You can guess how well that turned out.
- In a more comedic sense and unrelated to Hazama, when Ragna and Kokonoe are set to square off, the former asks "Can you even fight?!" as if he finds the idea of Kokonoe fighting ridiculous. You're about to find out, cupcake!
- Rachel just has to be asking for it even more than Ragna under the same circumstances. "The little shut-in girl has come to play outside? Should I expect a meteor to fall?" Guess what Kokonoe's Astral Heat does.
- Also unrelated, during Chronophantasma Ch 2, Tager gives a rather negative review of Kokonoe to Noel and Makoto (at the latter's request due to her believing Tager knows Kokonoe better). In Ch 4, Noel panics when Kokonoe wants her to come along, begging to not be "upgraded" (in reality, Kokonoe wants to give Noel a new outfit). Just as Tager breathes a sigh of relief...Kokonoe: As for you, Tager...We're going to discuss my "frank opinions" later.
Tager: I'm doomed.
- Plenty of expamples are shown in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, but Johnny Joestar and Baoh does this towards Josuke.Johnny: I love your hair! It's the craziest stuff I've ever seen!Baoh (Announcer): Baoh has detected the scent of his foe's hairstyle... And he doesn't like it one bit!Josuke: WHAT THE HELL DID YOU SAY ABOUT MY HAIR!?'
- Bentley gets a case of this for "Operation Choo Choo" in Sly 2: Band of Thieves. For that, his RC copter had to fight Neyla's aircraft not once, but twice.
- In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune: "How much trouble could a one girl be?" Cue Elena destroying a wall of the jail cell with her car.
- Again, in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Nathan says: "We'll be right back!", followed by Elena's remark: "Famous last words..."
- This is discussed in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time;Qwark: "The key to surviving situations like this is to refrain from phrases like 'it's too quiet in here' and 'everything's gonna be alright'."
- Exaggerated In Hitman: Absolution's tutorial level; climbing on a ledge outside a window, the game teaches you how to pull mooks through windows to their death, at which point said mook receives a phone call:Mook: You're kidding me! Wait, are you sure? ...It's not prostate cancer! [laughs] Oh, I could kiss you! I mean, that's great news! Oh man, you have made my day. Yeah, thanks Doc, yeah. Woah, I thought I was a goner! Yeah... Doc, I gotta run, duty calls. [...] Whoo! Man! No-one can piss on this day!
- Subverted in that you don't actually NEED to pull him out of the window. If you're feeling merciful, you can wait a little bit after his phone call, and he'll walk away, allowing you to silently sneak in.
- In American McGee's Alice:
Duchess: Over my dead body!Alice: I'll try to accommodate you. note
- The Gut Punch of the game comes when the White Rabbit comments on how odd it is that it's so quiet. A few seconds later, he's crushed to death by the Mad Hatter's giant foot.
- In general, dialogue between Alice and the Bosses is full of this. Not just by Alice; she's just as insane as they are, and they tend to tempt it a lot too. For example, when she confronts the Duchess and demands the Turtle Shell:
- In Space Colony, Venus says about the team's new assignment - a planet where a resort hotel is to be built:Piece of cake, no bugs, no toxic chemicals, no experimental robots. We just put up with the nice people in the white suits for a few months, then we all go home.
- Of course, if this were the case, there would have been no game - wouldn't it? (Eventually, the base/hotel gets taken over by an alien life form.)
- Team Fortress 2: in Meet the Sandvich, the BLU Soldier delivers this gem while getting his ass kicked by the RED Heavy:Soldier: You call that breaking my spine? You RED team ladies wouldn't know how to break a spine if- *sinister crack* MY SPIIIIIIINE!
- Throughout Metal Gear Solid 3, Colonel Volgin made a point of chanting "Kuwabara, Kuwabara" whenever a thunderstorm approached, as a means of warding off the storm from himself. Near the end of the game, after undergoing a Villainous Breakdown, he scoffs at another approaching storm, neglecting his chant. Big mistake.
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: In Pakistan, one codec conversation with Kevin has Raiden state that he should be fine since none of Desperado's standard cyborgs or UGs are a threat and the Winds of Destruction are dead. Turns out, the enemy does have an ace up their sleeves after all.
- The Riddle of Master Lu: In the beginning cinematic, when Mei Chen and Robert Ripley are travelling comfortably in a blimp over the ocean, she tells him that the men who tried to kill him in Egypt are "far behind you now." Cue the view shifting to another table, where those men are spying on the two. In the ending cinematic, when Ripley and Mei Chen are sitting very similarly in a blimp again, she says all the danger is behind them now. Immediately after that, a submarine starts firing upon the from below.
- Borderlands 2:
Good!Krieg: "Oh God. She's armed with a Maliwan SMG. She's a Vault Hunter. She's a Siren warrior who could kill me with her brain. She's the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. Tell her she's as gorgeous as a thousand sunsets. Tell her you need her help. Tell her to rescue you and care for you, and whatever you do, do not scream the word "poop" at the top of your lungs."
- One of the missions you pick up from an ECHO recording: "What a nice day. Just walkin' out in the sun, talking into my ECHO recorder, hoping skags don't ambush me and break my gun into four separate pieces before eating them..."
- Another one from the A Meat Bicycle Built For Two trailer, courtesy of Krieg's sane but cynical internal monologue versus his completely insane external persona:
Krieg: (literally one second later) I'M THE CONDUCTOR OF THE POOP TRAIN!
[Maya makes a face and starts shooting at Krieg while he runs for cover]
Good!Krieg: (dejectedly) "It's over, idiot. You're gonna die here and now, and the last words out of your mouth will have been "poop train."
- Blatantly done in Ratchet & Clank: All-4-One. A Tharpod who helps you fight a boss rides off, saying that he's off to "live the rest of my life free of irony or tragedy!" Naturally, the game is pretty much telling you that the battle isn't over yet.
- Something Else: The message box in the secret area inside Dino Horse Cloud claims that there is no food in the secret area and that Luigi can't carry out the Yellow Yoshi baby through the door. Luigi proves the message box wrong by having the Yoshi baby eat the message box. Also, the Yoshi baby eats the other message boxes within the area.
- The Lost Vikings opens up with one of the Vikings happy with his life and declaring that he hopes he never has to leave his beloved village. Seconds later, he and a few friends are abducted by aliens.
- According to an Echo Eye scan in Tales from the Borderlands Episode One, Professor Penumbra of Oasis died from a stabbing after saying "What're you gonna do? Stab me?"
- Mech Commander's intro has Hardcase, pilot of a Hunchback Battlemech, moving to engage the enemy they've just detected. He's in the second heaviest, most well armed 'Mech, with a shoulder-mounted BFG to its name. They don't know what they're up against at first, and he wants to go see for himself, daring the enemy to engage them. He gets what he wants, just not in the way he wants it.Hardcase: Command, this is Hardcase. Target's coming into visual. Show yourself my little—
*His 'Mech is blasted by enemy missile and laser fire from far, far outside his gun's short range, destroying his armor and damaging his 'Mech heavily. His assailant reveals itself to be an enemy Mad Cat with twice his firepower, twice his armor, and twice his range, all while moving 33% faster than him.*
Hardcase: Oh shit!
- Batman: Arkham Knight Some of the generic mooks will comment that they wish Batman would show up or will mention that they must be lucky because they have never seen the bat despite being in Arkham City.
- This is actually the power of lunarian goddess Sagume Kishin, the fourth boss in Touhou 15: Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom; she is so hated by the world that if she says something, anything, fate will conspire against her to try keep it from happening.
- In Jade Empire, the Big Bad has the player character trapped and boasts that "Nothing in the mortal realm can help you! Nothing!" As soon as he finishes saying this, the ghost of a dead ally shows up and destroys the trap.
- Harvest December:
- Shiro declaring that she's not afraid of getting hit by a car as it wouldn't hurt her. Cue her immediately getting hit by a car. Fortunately, she was right about it not hurting her despite the narrative of what happens after the impact not being Played for Laughs.
- Masaki is visiting a girl's room and spots a pair of clean panties that had fallen off of the laundry pile while she's downstairs getting snacks. After several seconds of deliberation and he's decided to fold them and put them back in place, cue her returning just as he's picked them up.
- While the Real Life Boston Red Sox already broke the Curse of the Bambino when they won the World Series back in 2004, the Red Sox in Fallout 4 had still not won a World Series by 2077. If you head for the headquarters of the Boston Bugle, you'll find a news article from October 22, 2077 saying that they went up 3 games to none in the best-of-7 series on a team from Texas that had been favored to win, with Game 4 to be played on October 23 at Fenway Park. As the end of the article notes, "the only thing that could snatch away victory is an act of God, or some obscene calamity of man." Nuclear war, of course, broke out the next day.
- In the Nuka-World DLC, one may happen upon the world's largest fire hydrant. The description in the plaque bellow includes a quote from the Fire Hydrant's designer saying that the fire hydrant could withstand both hundreds of years of corrosion and nuclear apocalypse. Somewhat of a subversion as the Fire Hydrant did do both those things. The people responsible for these bold claims, however, were likely not as lucky.
- MOTHER 3Bronson: The only thing that could make this any stranger is if it suddenly started pouring rain.
(Rain begins to fall.)
Ed: And... now it's starting to rain.
- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft: The flavor text for Ornery Direhorn is "It's an herbivore, how dangerous can it be? - Famous Last Words"
- Sonic Colors:Eggman: I'll harness [the Wisps'] Hyper-Go-On Power, and then nothing will stop me! I know, I say that every time, but this time, really, nothing will stop me!
Orbot: Um, boss?
Eggman: What? (turns around and sees...) Sonic?!
- Medieval Cop 5: The Secrets of Lucifer's Wings:Museum guard #2: Did you remember to lock the windows?
Museum guard #1: Why bother, it's not like anyone is going to scale the slippery wall to the third floor and get in through the windows.
(Three masked people climb through the windows right behind their backs.)
- Empire at War expansion Forces of Corruption. In the Hypori story mission, Tyber Zann and Urai Fen try to take over control over a factory and the droidekas it manufactures. After fighting their way to the control console:Urai: I have set the factory to manual, so we should have no more surprises.Bossk: <The enemy bounty hunter clicks off the safety on his weapon while standing right behind them>Tyber: You were saying?
- This exchange at the Prologue of Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, before they spend the whole game afflicted with a deadly ghostly curse that they must survive through:Rei: I'd heard this house was haunted... too bad it's not.Miku: Rumors are just rumors.
- In the opening for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's story mode, World of Light, the entire roster (barring the DLC characters) is staring down an army of Master Hands and an angelic-looking thing named Galeem. Marth estimates they outnumber the heroes ten to one, while Zelda adds that this is no time for fear. Then Pit goes, "We'll win this! I know we will!" Cue the ultimate Curb-Stomp Battle.
- In Ikemen Sengoku's prologue, Sasuke warns the main character to not fall in love with anyone in the Sengoku period that she accidentally time-traveled to because it could cloud her desire to return to her present time. The main character responds to this by laughing and pointing out that hardly any of the guys she's met have been even nice to her. Fast forward three months later...
- At the end of The Simpsons: Hit & Run:Kang: Well, at least we don't have to sit through the stupid video game credits.Kodos: (points down at the game's logo covering their faces, signaling that the credits are about to roll)Kang: NOOOOOO!!!
- Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season has an unfortunate line by Clementine in Episode 2 regarding her group's safety against a rival group:Clementine: The raiders aren't gonna burn anything or steal anyone.
- In Red Dead Redemption, when John Marston has Javier Escuella at gunpoint, he regards John as a brother and says "You Wouldn't Shoot Me" before running away. You can play this trope straight either by hogtying him, or (reluctantly) taking a more lethal approach and shooting him dead off of his horse.