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He shouldn't have taken off his dog mask...
Instances of This Is Gonna Suck in western animation TV shows.

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  • The Amazing World of Gumball does this in 'The Dress' when Anais hears Gumball's idiotic plan and remarks: "This plan reeks of failure."
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "A Duck Tales Valentine", Launchpad hides behind a shield as a Threatening Shark charges at him and comments that he won't like what's coming.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "A Star Is Burns": Chief Wiggum, upon realizing his tie is caught in Apu's hot dog roller, simply comments "Oh boy, this is going to get worse before it gets better."
    • When France launched a nuke at Springfield in the "Treehouse of Horror VIII" segment "The Homega Man", the camera follows the path of the bomb... directly into Comic Book Guy's stomach. After walking down the street complaining about a comic book, he looks toward the missile and simply says "Oh, I've wasted my life." Mayor Quimby gets his own: "I bet I'll get blamed for this."note 
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    • The "Treehouse of Horror V" segment "Time and Punishment" has Homer repeatedly bouncing from his current time to the prehistoric era, and was told about the butterfly effect and its dangerous effects on the timeline. Even minor infractions such as accidentally killing one insect or animal lead to disaster...but when Homer sneezes and inadvertently causes the extinction of the dinosaurs, all Homer can forlornly get out is, "Thiiiiiiis is gonna cost me..." At another point in the same episode, Homer is trying desperately to avoid touching anything, seemingly succeeds and sits down in relief... on top of a lungfish. "Oh I wish, I wish, I hadn't killed that fish!"
    • In "Selma's Choice", Bart sneaks onto a roller-coaster that he's too short to go on. But when the safety bar doesn't secure him because he's too short, all Bart can get out before the ride starts is "Well, that can't be good."
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    • In "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em", Bart finds out that Principal Skinner is allergic to peanuts and uses it against him. At one point, he forces Skinner to put fireworks and cats in his pants, to which he says "This is not going to end well".
  • Used various times in Pinky and the Brain, usually by Brain, since Pinky is too oblivious to note the impending suck.
    Brain: This was... unanticipated.
  • South Park
    • Said verbatim in the "Super Fun Time" episode. This was in response to what was actually looking to be a boring and stupid field trip.
    • Also, in "Scott Tenorman Must Die", the boys are going to see Men in Black II. Cartman says "This movie better not suck ass." Kyle responds "It will."
    • In "Butt Out", which mocks Anti-Smoking groups. During the Butt-Out assembly, Kyle eventually turns to Stan and says exactly what the trope says.
  • On Supernews President George W. Bush has to announce the latest plan for the Iraq War after a succession of failed plans... and he whines during the practice run about just how much This Is Gonna Suck.
  • Carl in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he opens his front door and finds himself staring down an army of Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future robots. The last intelligible thing he says is, "You have got to be freaking kidding me."
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man:
    • Our freaking spectacular, amazing, or sometimes adjectiveless hero himself gets one in the first Sinister Six episode when he first meets the titular supervillain team:
      Dr. Octopus: "Now then, Arachnid. Any Last Words?"
      Spider-Man: "'Homina Homina Homina!' Comes to mind."
    • In the second Sinister Six episode Spidey jumps on a frozen part of the sea luring his enemy, Rhino after him. Rhino jumps on the ice.. And realizes what he's just done, as the ice breaks beneath him he looks at Spidey and says: "...I hate you. So much." and he sinks straight through it.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, Jackie has this as a Catchphrase.
    Jackie: Bad day, bad day, BAD DAY.
  • Chowder: In "Grubble Gum", When Gazpacho looks up to see a city-sized ball of bubblegum, buildings and people falling out of the sky to crush him, along with the trapped title character cheerfully shouting "Hi Gazpacho", his surprised expression only lasts for a fraction of a second. After that, he reacts with a simple "I regret nothing" right before he gets hit.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • In the episode "The Incredible Mr. Brisby", Doctor Venture, tied up in a sack, hears Brock Sampson, who's just been drugged, hit the floor, and responds by calmly saying, "Tttthhhat doesn't sound good."
    • In another episode: "Oh crap, Myra's back."
  • Futurama: Bender's reaction to something unpleasant that's about to happen is usually a dry "Well, we're boned."
    • "Fry and the Slurm Factory":
      Bender: I can't see what's happening, are we boned?
      Leela: Yeah, we're boned.
    • This has developed to the point that it's become a Running Gag that Bender gives such a line long before there's any real danger.
      Bender: ABANDON SHIP!
    • Inverted in "Parasites Lost":
      Professor Farnsworth: Anyhoo, your net-suits will allow you to experience Fry's worm infested bowels as if you were actually wriggling through them.
      Dr. Zoidberg: (cheerfully) There's no part of that sentence I didn't like!
  • Looney Tunes characters display this trope right before being pummeled.
    • Wile E. Coyote, being mute, often holds up a sign saying "YIPE!" or something similar (like writing his will during a long drop) just as he's about to get hammered or take one of his very long falls. He even manages a completely wordless one when he simply holds up a tiny umbrella and winces while in the shadow of a falling boulder.
    • Daffy Duck usually lets out a feeble cry of "Mother".
    • When Sylvester tried disguising full-body as a female dog as part of a plan to pummel Hector the bulldog to get access to Tweety, his suit and mask was so good it fooled a dog catcher. Inside the dog catcher's wagon, Sylvester tried to explain to the catcher that he was a cat and removed his mask in front of a bunch of dogs. Seeing the predicament he was in, Sylvester turned white and melted down...
  • In the Animaniacs episode "Bumbie's Mom," after Slappy Squirrel has cheered Skippy up from the trauma of Bumbie, on the plane ride home they watch the in-flight movie, which turns out to be Old Yellow. Slappy gives an Oh, Crap! face when we hear the titular dog being shot, and then she flatly comments "Uh-oh," not amused by what's about to happen (Skippy bawling loudly again.)
  • This is practically the catchphrase of poor Doktor Frogg off of League of Super Evil.
  • ReBoot affectionately parodies the Looney Tunes invocations in the episode "Between a Raccoon and a Hard Place." Just before getting steamrolled, Rocky the Rabid Raccoon says "This is gonna hurt!" As his squashed self rolls back into view on the steamroller wheel, it holds a sign reading "Told Ya!"
  • Justice League:
    • In the episode "Hereafter", Batman is standing toe-to-toe with Kalibak, who taunts Batman by saying there's no way Batman can beat him. Bats simply replies "I'm not trying to beat you. I'm trying to stall you." When Kalibak asks what for, that's when Superman hovers in down behind him. Kalibak manages to say "Aww-" before getting smashed halfway down a city block and into a building.
    • A similar thing happens when Gorilla Grodd realises his mental attacks have little to no effect on Superman... right before Supes flicks him into the air.
    • In "Date Night" Black Canary is chasing Huntress and The Question on a motorcycle. When Question leaps his car off a giant ramp, Canary moves to follow; Green Arrow looks away and mutters, pained, "This is so unnecessary."
    • In "The Once and Future Thing (Pt. 2)", one of the Jokerz (a gang from the Batman Beyond-era Gotham) gets deposited by a time-travelling supercriminal back in the prehistoric era for his betrayal. He gets ready to tangle with a Tyrannosaurus, declaring how he'd be running the place soon enough...when he sees the dino-killer asteroid coming into Earth's atmosphere. His response is nothing more than a dejected, "Ahh, phooey."
    • In "This Little Piggie", Circe reacts to seeing that Zatanna has telekinetically thrown a table at her with a quiet "oh no" just before it hits.
  • In the Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon, where they're in their spaceship:
    Brainiac 5: This is going to hurt.
    [The whole ship explodes]
  • In Beast Wars, one of Rattrap's catchphrases is a resigned "We're all gonna die."
    • While the usual response to that is an annoyed "Shut up Rattrap!" from everyone else, the final episode had the Ark being pulled up by the reactivated Nemesis into what looked like a gigantic bladed shredder:
    Rattrap: We're all gonna die.
    Rhinox: Yup.
    • The episode before that had The Chew Toy Waspinator dragged into yet another misadventure. While ever the complainer, this time he invokes the trope:
    Waspinator: Waspinator feel much damage coming.
  • Transformers Animated: In "Sound and Fury," Prowl utters a "this will not end well" when Bulkhead decides to participate in the pinata-breaking at Sari's birthday party. Cue destruction.
  • In Ugly Americans, Randal says this in a drawn-out way when his father finds out he's been lying about being a zombie.
  • One episode of Tom and Jerry, "The Dog House", has Tom and Jerry's usual chase sabotaging Spike's attempts to build his dream dog house. At one point, he gets desperate enough to put the house in a tree, only to have Tom come after said tree with an axe after Jerry climbs it. Spike looks grumpily as the tree falls down, unmoving from his place, and all he says is a deadpan "Timber."
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Batman gets one. Upon realizing that, not only is a character who can only combine two non-human animals going to try to combine three, he's going to combine them with Batman himself, his only response is:
    Batman: [deadpan] Oh, no. [turns into a griffin.]
  • Freakazoid!:
    • The Lobe, surrounded by a vast arsenal of his own weapons on the verge of exploding, turns to the camera and deadpans: "It's the waiting around that kills me."
    • Freakazoid had one of his own upon realizing he'd just accidentally reactivated a nuclear bomb.
      Freakazoid: Allow me to be the first to say 'ouch.'
  • In the middle seasons of Johnny Bravo, this was practically a Catchphrase of Carl's as well as Johnny on occasion.
    Carl: This won't end well.
  • Family Guy:
    • In season one, episode two, Peter is watching an episode of Star Trek in which the captain is arranging a landing party.
      Captain Kirk: Alright, Men! This is a dangerous mission, and it is likely one of us will be killed. The landing party will consist of myself, Mr. Spock, Dr. Mccoy, and Ensign Ricky.
      Ensign Ricky: Aw, crap.
    • After Peter gets booted off the Patriots Football time and transferred to the London Silly Nannies. After he sees what kind of team they are his expression as follows:
      Peter: Aw, Crap.
    • In "Spies Reminiscent of Us", Peter, Joe and Quagmire decide to perform an improv routine. From the very first brainstorm over their group name, Peter's idiocy and Quagmire's finicky attitude to the routine tells Joe right off the bat how things will go down:
    Joe: I can already tell this is not going to be fun.
    • In the crossover with The Simpsons, when Peter and Homer were fighting in Kang and Kodo's ship, the ship is heading right for the Springfield gorge.
      Peter: I think we're gonna make it!
      Homer: Trust me, we're not gonna make it.
  • In one Darkwing Duck episode, Megavolt gets a particularly whiny "Aww, this is gonna hurt," after being thrown off a roof.
  • Titan Maximum: Has it in the first episode when the caretaker of the Aviation Disaster Museum was about to be killed by a destroyed plane:
    Caretaker: (looks up) Oh this is ironic as hell!!!
  • In Megas XLR, this is Jamie's catch phrase.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    Rainbow Dash: Bad news, he actually ended up building the whole rock tower. Good news... (beat) I've got a rock tower to knock down...
    • In "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle becomes persistent in mailing a friendship lesson to Princess Celestia, and begins a search around Ponyville for anyone suffering a problem concerning friendship. Spike rightfully predicts the result:
    Spike: *sigh* This won't end well.
  • Gary the Rat manages to summarize his predicament in the opening to every episode with a single word: "... Shit."
  • Ben 10:
    • In episode "Negative 10 Part 2", when Acid Breath was tricked into attacking a hologram of the kids and realized it was a bomb, he simply says with a blank face before it explodes, '"I hate those guys".
    • An earlier episode, "Hunted", featured this with the bounty hunter Kraab. His cybernetic body disabled thanks to Grey Matter, he says this a few seconds before a water tower falls on him:
      Kraab: I hate this planet.
    • In the "Con of Wrath" episode of the sequel show Ben 10: Alien Force, the Vreedle brothers have this response just before getting thrown off a space station by Rath:
      Octagon: This is gonna hurt, I suspect.
      Rhomboid: (after the fact) Well, that didn't work out so good.
  • One Robot Chicken sketch deals with Thelma & Louise, who are Not Quite Dead after they drive off the cliff. After talking themselves into a Hope Spot, they look up and spot a pack of wolves surrounding them.
    Louise: ...oh, hell.
  • PsyCrow does this a lot in Earthworm Jim:
    PsyCrow: You're gonna hit me really hard now, aren'tcha?
    Jim: Yep.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Ron Stoppable in has a variation of this trope line when he sees something that could very well do the duo in (but, to him, looks freaking awesome), saying, "That would be so cool if..." followed usually by "it wasn't going to hurt us."
    • There are variations of it, with the most obvious change being in the So The Drama movie, when Ron comes face to face with the full size Diablo for the first time, possibly in response to the movie being the would've-been series finale.
      Ron: That would be so cool if it wasn't the last thing we were ever gonna see.
    • Draken's various "Oh, Snap!" moments occasionally fall into this territory. There is a particularly elaborate one in the climax of Odds Man In, as shown below:
      Draken: [With a tidal-wave of batter heading towards him] This is going to negatively impact third quota performance!
  • In the Sofia the First episode "King For a Day," after James decides the answer to a snoring sleeping giant is fireworks loud enough to drown him out, Baileywick comments, "I have a bad feeling about this," and Sofia adds, "I have a worse one."
  • Wakfu: Nox has such a moment during the fight against Grougaloragran in season 1 episode 17, just before the Dragon uses his Breath Weapon on him at point-blank... with enough power to wake up all the volcanoes of the island.
    Nox: Ehehe... well, at least it won't hurt much. (closes eyes)
  • Yin Yang Yo! had Yang say this word for word while Yo was training him in the "Super Secret Training Shed." In response, Yo told him that he was probably thinking of the "Super Secret Shedding Train," which is a train that somehow makes any of the Anthropomorphic Animals that ride it to shed all of their fur.
  • Action League Now: Whatever leads to The Mayor's catchphrase "Uh oh, here's trouble.."
  • Doctor Doofenshmirtz does this a lot on Phineas and Ferb. For instance:
    Computer: "System Overload in progress."
    Doofenshmirtz: "This should be fun..."
    KABOOM!
  • Code Lyoko: While what he actually says is "I promise never to complain about not having conflicts with my parents again," Odd Della Robbia's expression and tone as he waits for his Brainwashed and Crazy parents to toss him off the school roof screams this trope.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013) in "Movie Time" Mickey's reaction to a giant tidal wave is to mutter "Oh..." as he turns to the camera with an expression of weary resignation.
  • Kaeloo: In the show's first episode, "Let's Play Prison-Ball", this is Mr. Cat's reaction to realizing he pushed Kaeloo past the limit and is in for a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • In Villainous, at one point, Dr Flug weaves past the external security system and all its guns...only to be laser-painted by the internal security system as soon as he gets in the door. His response is simply to quietly fold into a Troubled Fetal Position, essentially saying this without words.
  • The Batman: In "Grundy's Night", Batman discovers that "Solomon Grundy" is actually Clayface. Pursuing the villain, he notices where his target has run for cover:
    Batman: A shapeshifter in a wax museum. Great.
  • During a season 2 episode of Young Justice, Captain Cold flash freezes an entire city block so he can rob an armored car. What he wasn't aware of, is that he froze an area where seven members of the League and team were having a get together. When they make the scene, he doesn't even pretend he has a chance.
    Captain Cold: I'm completely doomed, aren't I?
  • In Donkey Kong Country episode "Booty and the Beast", this is Klump's reaction to his role in King K. Rool's Secret Weapon; being shot out of a cannon while tied to a bungee cord.
    K. Rool: Are you comfy, Klump?
    Klump: Um, no. This is a very unconventional way to invade enemy territory. A way that's sure to cause me pain, you're majesty.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "A Hammer and a Feather", Carrot tries to drop a chicken egg and an ostrich egg at the same time. Sydney's reaction:
    Sydney: I think I know where this is going...
  • Happens frequently on Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. Most notably when the Vulture Squadron's plane is turned invisible with Klunk's invisibility spray. It rains, washing the spray off and making the plane visible again, but the Squadron doesn't know it. Dastardly aims a cannon at Yankee Doodle Pigeon, who merely tips it back in their direction. Dastardly can only mutter "Oh, no!" before the Squadron gets blasted.
  • Steven Universe: In "Change Your Mind", Rhodonite's reaction to stepping off her ship to see the last thing she ever wanted to see, namely, all three Diamonds in person, waiting there, is to deliver the Gem equivalent of "well, we're dead" in tone of total resignation.


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