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  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War:
    • Chapter 7, when Firefly tells her friends why she hates the griffins and why she's upset upon seeing Black Star:
      Firefly: Because... he... he...! He killed my parents!
    • Chapter 16, when Black Star tells Edge to deliver a message for Firefly:
      Black Star: (to Edge) I feel regret for killing her parents. Let her know that.
    • Chapter 19:
      Gilda: So, have you found your reason to fight yet? Dash...
  • Apprentice chapter 11:
    Sasuke: Naugus, I want you to resurrect the original Dr. Robotnik.
  • In Armored Gensokyo, A massive fight between Beowulf and Yuugi Hoshiguma has recently ended, and several of the witnesses (and Beowulf himself) are unable to figure out what he is after finally getting him to become sane. And then Reimu has her say in the matter when she hears that Beowulf once died, only to have his body reconstruct itself.
    “But not your mind.” [Reimu] said flatly. “You are an Einst, after all.”
  • Bring Back Some Brown coats to Shake Us Up A Bit, a Downton Abbey/Firefly crossover, has these:
    • Chapter 1: Reavers.
    • Chapter 3: Character death, all around!
      God forgive me, (Mrs. Patmore) thought, and put the barrel of the pistol to her temple.
      (Mary) turned around just in time, to see Edith fall 30 feet behind.
    • Chapter 5: Mother, I had the strangest dream.
  • The first line to forever cement the status of Citadel of the Heart as a Massively Multiplayer Crossover Series Fic is without question a certain line Hilbert has to say in Chapter 40 of Truth and Ideals, a fanfic which up until now was nothing more than a basic Pokémon fic.
    Hilbert: The grand finale! Let's kill this guy's Pokémon while we're at it! Finish him off, WarGreymon!
  • Code Geass: Paladins of Voltron:
    • The last line of Rai's Escape:
      Lelouch: Plot a course for Earth.
  • Code Prime:
    • Chapter 36 has a line that confirms a theory fans have had since the beginning of the story.
      Alpha Trion: Young one, listen carefully. There is a reason why Megatron's ability is so dangerous, and how he was able to gain a power without forming what you call a 'contract' with someone like you.
      C.C.: What is it?
      Prima: The power you call Geass, we believe to have originated from Unicron.
  • In The Dark Lords Ascendant, the third story in a trilogy of Ranma ½ and Sailor Moon fics known as the Dark Lord saga, Ranma arrives to Juuban to dissuade the Sailor Senshi from thinking that he and the Wrecking Crew are trans-dimensional conquerors (long story, read the first fic to understand where this is going). Of course, this is Ranma we're talking about and the universe seems to hate him for no damn reason, so it goes as well as you think. By this we mean explosions, misunderstandings, and chaos galore. And after the dust settles, Sailor Moon utters these words which shoots down everything Ranma tried to prevent. She's not listing to another word from him, and another fight with the Senshi was now inevitable:
    "Are you still going to try and tell us that you aren't mind-controlling these girls into your being your servants, Ranma?"
    • And another Wham Line, this time spoken by Ranma after discovering what the Outside-Context Villains of the story are really after.
      "A guy like you? He wouldn't just want a way to stop Sailor Moon from using her power. He'd want a way to steal it."
    • And there is a big one in the dialog of the first climax chapter, where we learn what Unit Zero, the thing that has been stealing Sailor Moon's power through out the story, really is.
      With a loud clank, the capsule doors locked into position, now fully open. Then, out from the shadows of its interior, Unit Zero stepped into view. Her face was cast into harsh highlight by the orange glow from all the tanks lining the walls, but her features were nonetheless unmistakable. Because they matched Sailor Moon's exactly.
    • And the final one happens during the final battle, as Ranma realizes that the Big Bad is destined to become the Death Phantom:
      "I don't need to figure out how to kill you. I already know. I figured it out three years ago. You showed me a whole lot of magical junk you'd collected when you were trying to convince me to join you... but there was one you didn't show me, wasn't there? The first one you ever found. The one that let you live this long, accomplish this much. I'm thinking... a crystal ball about... this big. Right?"
  • Death Note Equestria:
    • Chapter 26:
    Applejack: “Dash, that ain’t us.”
    • Chapter 33: Twilight Sparkle, who takes the role of Light in this fanfic:
    “Colgate... I think you’ll be a fantastic L.”
  • The Doctor's Doctor: "According to all records, you disappear without a trace on the night of October 12, 2011 - there is no confirmation of you ever showing back up in your proper time period. [...] I. Cannot. Change. That."
  • The Inside Out/Big Hero 6/Home crossover Empathy has had a couple of these so far:
    • From Chapter 9:
      Fear: I think Riley can hear us.
    • From Chapter 13, more for the implication that the speaker is a Boov, than what they're saying:
      Unknown: You are faking the deads, aren't you? You cannot be deads if someone knows you're alive.
  • Fallout: Equestria, Pinkie Pie in a two hundred year old memory orb:
    "Burning hoof means LittlePip is watching me."
  • Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons, chapter 21: Blackjack finds out just where the raiders came from:
    "The raider army was Stable 99."
  • Fate/VRAINS -- Laplace: During the middle of a tag duel of Hakuno and Playmaker versus Alkaid and a Knight of Hanoi member, Alkaid summons someone Hakuno knows very well:
    Alkaid: One of the many rogues of the lawless forest. Reveal yourself and shoot down the wicked! Xyz Summon! Rank 8! Servant Archer – Robin Hood!
    Robin Hood: Yo. Been a while, brownie.
    Hakuno: R-Robin Hood…? N-no way… You're-!
    Alkaid: Dan Blackmore. Master of the Archer-class Servant, Robin Hood. Former participant of the Moon Cell Holy Grail War. It's a pleasure to see you again, my old adversary.
  • The First Saniwa: Why is Aoandon present in the Minamoto estate?
    "The Minamoto estate had become the base of operation of the [Historical Revisionists] and their followers."
  • From Flames and Twilight:
    Zecora: You have threatened my friends and borne witness to this form. Now you face Equestria's other Pokemon: for I am the embodiment of lightning. I am Zebstrika!
  • Ghost in the Machine, a NieR: Automata and Undertale crossover, has this gem in Chapter 7:
  • The climax of the Harry Potter and Power Rangers Mystic Force fic Harry Potter and the Mystic Force:
    Cedric Diggory: You can call me... Ivan Ooze.
  • In The Hart, Harry Potter has recently learned he's one of the Senior Partners of Wolfram & Hart and spends a good deal of time talking to his mother's ghost about what he did to stop Voldemort and prevent a new dark lord. For the most part it reads as an Anti-Hero being convinced he did what he had to, right up until the final sentence of the scene.
    With that goodbye the First disappeared from view, still smiling at it's loyal and most valued acolyte.
  • I Against I, Me Against You: Chapter 3-9 has three.
    • The first comes when Project Freelancer springs their trap on Washington, Twilight, Simmons, and Church, and Simmons is shot in the stomach. As Church and Washington try to comfort him:
    • Then, after Church, Washington, and an incapacitated Twilight escape:
    Nodding, Church held the unconscious Twilight tightly before he jumped and slid down the icy ledge, landing roughly on the slope at the bottom. He then ran into the trees, focused on his sprint and wary of his surroundings. Church was so busy looking for enemies in his immediate vicinity, he failed to check his six. He didn't notice when Washington adjusted his sights to put him in the center of his targeting reticle. He didn’t expect the sudden BR burst that entered his back, sending him and Twilight tumbling to the snow.
    • Finally, Celestia explains that during Equestria's brief partnership with Project Freelancer, the Director and Sunset Shimmer created Ancora, a powerful MI that they promptly psychologically tortured and fragmented like they did to the Alpha. She had stopped the project and rescued Ancora, sending her into the custody of childcare services and ensuring she was adopted by loving parents. The Mane Six promptly ask if they should find Ancora, as they could potentially use her as evidence to take down Project Freelancer.
  • Justice League of Equestria: When the first Big Bad of Mare of Steel shows up, he doesn't name himself in his first scene, but gives away his identity with one single word.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In episode 2:
    Kaji: Neat trick with the plane. We need to talk. Now stay calm. I'll keep them distracted.
  • Lovehammer: The Scattering Of Serenity chapter 3:
    She had forgiven him even as she faded away in his arms.
  • A Man of Iron:
    • In Book 1, Chapter 21, we have Syrio namedropping his master/teacher to Arya after implying he would be interested in her: Magneto.
    • When Ned Stark bluntly asks his cousin Tony if he's the Iron Man:
      Tony: Of course not! That is almost as insane as you lying about being Jon's father!
    • The final line of Book 1:
      Sansa: And I... shall be the Night's Queen.
    • Chapter 7 of Book 2:
      Thor: I believe Melisandre... is an Asgardian. And if that is true you all may be in grave danger.
    • Chapter 8 of Book 2 has Daenerys's new ally introduce himself.
      Viktor: In Westeros, I was known as Viktor Vondam. But in Qarth... I am Doom.
    • Chapter 12 of Book 2 has Jaime return to the Lannister camp, claiming to have escaped the North, and his behavior convinces Tywin that he's not an impostor, and he introduces the two squires, a Baratheon bastard and a Northern girl, that helped him escape. Then they tell Tywin what their names are...
      The Boy: Petyr. (Gendry's cover name)
      The Girl: And Kat. (Arya's cover name)
    • In Chapter 22 of Book 2, Mystique reveals that her mother died birthing her after a fire that destroyed her whole family. When Arya asks where this was, she replies, "Summerhall". This means that her mother Jenny was Jenny of Oldstones, and that Mystique is therefore a granddaughter of Aegon V.
  • Manly Magi Kamina Magica!, chapter 16:
    Anti-Spiral: (to the Incubators) It's time you granted OUR wish.
  • Mass Foundations
    • In A New Day, partway into the seventh chapter titled Boston, there was this line as Eric was doing his homework:
      It would have been nothing out of the ordinary for him, if not for a trial of smoke rising southwest of here.
      A couple paragraphs later: A faint boom and another trial of smoke rose near the same spot. There was never a fire going on over there.
  • Master of the Unown gives this line after Taylor wishes her mom was still alive.
    [M-O-M]
    [A-N-N-E-T-T-E R-O-S-E H-E-B-E-R-T]
    [C-O-L-L-E-G-E P-R-O-F-E-S-S-O-R]
    [W-I-F-E O-F D-A-N-I-E-L J-A-M-E-S H-E-B-E-R-T|M-O-T-H-E-R O-F M-A-S-T-E-R]
    [D-I-E-D I-N C-A-R C-R-A-S-H]
    [M-A-S-T-E-R W-A-N-T-S H-E-R M-O-M|A-N-N-E-T-T-E R-O-S-E H-E-B-E-R-T|C-O-L-L-E-G-E P-R-O-F-E-S-S-O-R|!]
    [R-E-V-E-R-S-E]
    [M-O-R-E U-N-O-W-N!]
    [R-E-V-E-R-S-E| B-R-I-N-G B-A-C-K]
    [R-E-S-U-R-R-E-C-T]
  • Hachiman's reaction to copying the U.S.J. Nomu's Quirks in My Hero School Adventure Is All Wrong As Expected entirely negates any sense of victory the students previously had.
    Hachiman: ...Zaimokuza?Explanation 
  • My Little Titan: Raven has been mysteriously transported into the world of Equestria and placed in the body of Twilight Sparkle. This line reveals that someone else recognises her, and she may not have been the only one transported.;
    “RAVEN?”
  • Necessary to Win:
    • In Chapter 20, while the troops are trying to cross a river.
      Hisa: "This is Octopus Team! We're experiencing engine failure!"
    • Soon afterward, while Miho goes to help Octopus Team.
      Momo: "Don't even THINK about surrendering or abandoning the flag tank this time, Nishizumi! If you do... our school will be shut down!"
    • In Chapter 23, Teru finally reveals the root cause of her animosity toward Saki.
      Teru: "Mizuho is DEAD, Saki! Dead because of YOU!"
    • In Chapter 28, while Saki and Teru are discussing their family, the narration reveals that something changed between their parents.
      Less than a week before Teru's graduation, her and Saki's parents officially divorced.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, one word is all it takes to reveal Firestorm's secret identity as he visits home with katsudon in hand.
    Izuku: Dad!
  • The Ninth Sekirei Pillar: After Miya flies into such a rage at the sight of Ayesha that her Killing Intent made the others pass out, we have this line from Naruto and Hanabi's point of view.
    Naruto: "Miya may have kept her Killing Intent contained, but Ayesha had not."
  • The Omniverse Event has several.
  • Surprisingly, the rather comedic Reactsverse fics contain various examples of these:
  • In chapter 5 of the Mass Effect/Command & Conquer fanfic Renegade, a hooded figure interrupts the Spectre Council meeting. Everyone recognizes the figure immediately, even though they were supposed to have died over 150 years ago:
    "One should always remember what I've proven so many times before: you can't kill the Messiah."
  • Sonata's Crazy and Wacky Adventure in Skyrim, chapter 16:
    "For saving Tolfdir and the other professors, and not to mention the College, you have my thanks... Siren Queen."
  • In Chapter 48 of Soul Chess, Aizen has Lelouch on the ropes, trapped within an illusion caused by Kyoka Suigetsu. However, Lelouch is able to find a way out of it and turn the tables with a command that not even Aizen can disobey:
    Lelouch: "Aizen! Kill yourself!"
  • Two in rapid succession at the end of Stars Above Chapter 4:
    "We're the only ones left."
    "Neither of us killed it... you did."
  • The Stars Will Aid Their Escape has this moment when Nyarlathotep is alone with the Princesses, who are stopping him from going after the Element Bearers.
    Nyarlathotep: Why did you assume I was after them?
  • Tales of the Otherverse: At the end of "Further Adventures in the Multiverse", the Starheart reveals the Anti-Monitor exists again, and right now there is no Monitor who may oppose him.
    The Starheart: "The Multiverse existed before Krona. But Qward did not... nor did the Anti-Monitor. They exist now. But that is only part of it. The Anti-Monitor exists... but there is no opposite of him. No Monitor."
  • Tangled Adventures in Arendelle: When Grandpappie examines Rapunzel, he says that she has "it" inside her. And with the next line, Rapunzel's power origin is about to be expanded upon.
    Grandpappie: You have the power of Sunna Leiron.
  • To Belong:
    • Episode 6 has this line which reveals that Pocahontas knows Charming, quite personally:
      Charming: "Pleased to see you too, dear sister".
    • Until the end of the fifth episode, Pocahontas had seemed villainous for wanting Charming dead. Charming's next line completely changes everything:
      Charming: "I, Lord Charming Greenwood, have returned to my home so that I... so that I can atone for my crimes: the murder of my brother and my fiance."
  • Touhou Galaxy:
    • In Dream Team, Chapter 17, Kamek spends his entire fight with Reimu and Marisa insulting the characters from Nan's Kingdom Hearts-verse and after the two girls finish him off, a portal opens and a very unhappy Samus emerges:
      Reimu: Samus?
      Samus: I'm not the Samus from your world.
    • Then in Chapter 19, Dreamy Bowser is just about to finish off Mario and the gang:
      when suddenly, a Final Spark slammed into the flames, and causing a huge explosion, and to his shock, they were all still in one piece. "What…?! HOW?!"
      "You know something…" A familiar voice said. "I don't take kindly to those who try to take down my universal counterpart."
      Marisa's eyes widened as she saw her other counterpart walking towards them.

  • Turnabout Storm:
  • In Underground's Champion, Dumbledore correctly guesses that Chara comes from a wizarding household and wonders who her parents are. While Chara has no idea who her mother is, she does reveal that Dumbledore is already familiar with her father.
    Chara: He's something of a Riddle, after all.
  • What the Cat Dragged In: After a heated argument with Nick Fury over how to deal with the Paris situation, Tony steps outside for some fresh air and to gather his thoughts. Unfortunately, as the chapter's last line notes, Hawk Moth noticed.
    "Against the dark sky beyond those lights, fluttering black wings were nearly invisible — until the butterfly set down just for a moment atop the bright circle of the arc reactor."
  • XCOM: Second Contact chapter 11:
    “Shepard-Commander, we seek to parley.”
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    Ace Attorney 
This sounds just like some random banter, but Apollo had found some chewed-up pieces of strawberry and lemon gum at the scene of the crime, meaning that unless some very unlikely coincidence happened, Rhea was there when the murder happened.
  • A Complete Turnabout:
    Ema Skye: Scientifically speaking, she is right.
    • Before that when Phoenix and Maya discuss a Steel Samurai movie and Maya says how Trucy was perfect for the role, Phoenix asked why didn't they use Pearls.
      Maya: Nick... excuse me but... Who's Pearls?
  • Dirty Sympathy, when Phoenix is trying to make a joke to Apollo to lighten the mood:
    Phoenix: Just how long have you been madly in love with Prosecutor Gavin?
  • In the fan game, Phoenix Drive, this pops up during the second trial sequence.
    Phoenix: I’m Criminal!! Criminal is Phoenix Wrighhhhhh—t!!!

    Adventure Time 
  • Alex.
    • From chapter 4:
      "When I become the new Vampire Queen, I'm gonna make you wish you never hurt my precious only ever ever again."
    • From chapter 10:
      "The term is 'falling out', but I know how to make that simple for you two."

    Animorphs 
  • In episode 7 of Sporadic Phantoms, Tom says that "one of the Sporadic Phantoms is already one of our people." This is later backed up by the "Share the Truth" hackers, who say that one of the trio is already a Controller.

    Avatar 

    Avatar The Last Airbender 
  • There are two from chapter 11 of the popular and acclaimed fanfic series Alone, the second being a sudden revelation of a Time Skip, akin to a certain scene from The Order of the Stick:
    "Wait. The Leader can bend two elements?"
...and...
"I believe you will have been here four years in two weeks?"
  • How I Became Yours:
    Mai: You see all those years ago, when I got to your letter, something had to be done. You where not sick... like I wanted everyone to believe... I had made something just for you to eat so that little problem would go away... and yes, I took pleaser in doing it...
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    Bleach 

    Bridge To Terabithia 
  • Bridge to Terabithia 2: The Last Time: Granted, it's an LDD-fanfic, but the first chapter (set 5 years after the conclusion of the original story) have Jess's mother, Mary delivering this line to the now-teenaged Jess:
    Mary: Leslie is alive. note 
    • Later, when Jess accompanies Leslie on a routine prison visit to her estranged half-uncle, Jason Burke, she delivers this line:
      Leslie: You call keeping your 12-year-old niece away from her family for 5 years "taking care"?

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer 
  • In Different Consequences, Xander asks Angel to save Faith after she attacks him, causing the Scoobies to keep the Watcher's Council from abducting her.
    Faith: So where is X-Man? I'm kinda curious as to why he wants me saved, myself.
    Buffy: If we decide to hold a séance, we’ll ask him.
  • In Per-Verse, Xander is drinking coffee with Mayor Wilkins some time after his life becomes a video game when Wilkins drops one hell of a bombshell on him.
    Wilkins: So tell me, how long did you last after you blew me up?
  • In Xendra, after the Scoobies have dealt with Dracula, Xander unthinkingly drives to his parents' house and heads up to his old room.
    Buffy: What are you doing in here?
    Joyce: Buffy? If you’re going to the mall, maybe you could take your brother while he's still your sister and make sure he gets some new bras that fit properly instead of what he was wearing the other day?
    Xander and Buffy: MOM!

    Calvin And Hobbes 

    Chalk Zone 
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    Code Geass 
  • Code Geass: Colorless Memories has a fair few examples.
    • The first in Chapter 9 when Rai joins the Black Knights with C.C.
      C.C.: After all that was the deal we made... E.E.
    • Next one in Backstage 4 when Kaguya runs into an OSI agent near her Family's Temple.
      Harald Thompson: Now do you Kaguya Sumeragi know anything called the Sumeragi Legacy.
    • Chapter seventeen, when Rai is reunited with E.E.
      Rai: I..I remember now.. it's all coming back to me.. E.E.
  • In the Peggy Sue story Once More with Feeling, things go mostly the same as before until the battle of Narita:
    Jeremiah's Sutherland then exploded, the cockpit still in it's torso.

    Coraline 
  • Right Beside You has two wham lines:
    • Chapter 9: "Yes Coraline, I am the boy's father."
    • Chapter 12: "...No, Richard. I'm not satisfied... at all."

    Corpse Bride 
  • Losing You: In chapter 5, after the Everglots voice their objections to allowing the Van Dorts to marry into their family:
    "And besides," Maudeline note  added, tone cold and final, "you're too late. Our daughter is already married."

    Danganronpa 
  • Danganronpa: Last Hurrah:
    • At the end of the second trial, the killer offers one last bit of information to the survivors before being executed.
      "Other than Samurunote , someone in our group has killed plenty of times already. If you want to know their identity, check out the last book I ever read from the library."
    • In Part 2 of "Killing Two Birds With One Sword," Monokuma brings out a cabinet with personal keepsakes from home, causing the students to fear that Monokuma did something to their families. When it's Reyes' turn, there's something surprising.
      Inside of her compartment was a locket and an infamous mask of Sparkling Justice.
    • During the fourth culprit's Motive Rant, Umeko mentions having won photos that show Reyes killing a man and Mako feeding a woman's decapitated head to sharks, while Samuru carries the woman's body. The culprit then accuses Samuru, Mako and Reyes of killing her parents.
      "I get that you are an executioner and that you kill people, bad people. I get that Reyes kills people in the name of justice. What I don't understand is why Mako did this? And... Why did you and Mako do this to my mother?"
  • New Hope University: Major In Murder:
    • The last scene of the first half of the Prologue ends with Dr. Alameda's assistant mockingly telling him that his project will continue before leaving Dr. Alameda's office. While it's initially presented as a one-sided conversation, this line causes the scene to take on a new meaning.
      Dr. Alameda did not react. This was not surprising. He had been dead for nearly five years.
    • At the end of the first trial, Saya gets a piece of paper, revealing that one of the students, apart from the mastermind, has participated before.
      Participant DR-0013333 once again refused to graduate and will therefore be re-enrolled into the Killing Game this term. Subsequently, only fourteen new recruits are required, and the attached list is therefore complete
    • Shortly after the third trial, and not long after an awkward moment in which Saya rejects a kiss from her apparent Love Interest Lucina, Saya heads over to Lucina's room, but Lucina isn't the one who answers the door, indicating that perhaps Saya has competition for Lucina.
      The person standing in Lucina's doorway, staring back at me in shock, was not Lucina. This person's normally neat clothes were stretched-out and rumpled. Her hair, which was normally done up in elaborate tails, draped down over her back like blue-silver water.
      This time, finally, the message got through. Katy can surprise you.
    • Near the start of the fifth trial, after the class enters the virtual reality simulation, someone says, "Shut the fuck up" to the simulated version of Juliet. What is said is less important than who's saying it- Lucina, who had previously been established as being unable to speak.
    • In the final class trial, Saya, having learned that that the previous mastermind, Ashley, was killed, realizes the identity of the new mastermind.
      "...Friend Saya?" Rodrigo's voice was anxious, but he was standing firm. "Does... does this mean you know who the new Mastermind is?"
      "Yeah." I felt hollow but somehow also strong. "Yeah, I know."
      Again, everyone kind of freaked out. But I was confident. In chess, if you lose your queen, you can't ever get her back. Unless... one of your pawns makes it all the way to the other side.
      I just looked up at the ceiling, trying to find a camera or something. I couldn't find any, so I just directed my plea to the air, hoping it'd be heard.
      "Bepi?"note  I murmured. "It's over. Please come out."
  • In the one-shot stained glass variation of the truth which takes place after the end of V3, Shuichi and Kaede are spending the day together, when suddenly Kaede gets angry at Shuichi for using her as support after everything they went through in the Killing Game without even asking for her permission. "Kaede" then asks him the following question, revealing that Shuichi has been pretending that Maki was Kaede in an effort to cope with his trauma after what he went through in the events of ''V3'', including Kaede's death.
    "Kaede": [to Shuichi] "How would you feel if I started calling you Momota?"
  • System Restore:
    • During the second trial, the murderer's confession, when it's determined that it's possible for the murderer to have reached the crime scene, but her clothes would have gotten wet.
      Sonia: Monobear’s lack of cooperation won’t be a problem, Togami-san. My day clothes are wet, at least from the knees down. This ties me directly to the crime, and I don’t mean to make a scene about it like Hanamura-san. So I confess. I killed Pekoyama-san. My methods were exactly as you said.
    • For Togami, Nanami informing him in Chapter 3, Part 2 that she knows the real Togami.
      Nanami: But you were compromised from the moment you set foot on this island. Myself and the other person…we’re somewhat acquainted. I knew in an instant…
    • Togami gives some bad news to Hinata in Part 5 of Chapter 3.
      Togami: Tsumiki’s dead, and Souda’s gone.
  • Where Talent Goes To Die:
    • Midway through the second class trial, the students discuss the motive- information Monokuma gave to other students regarding their classmates' dark secrets or tips on how to more easily murder said classmates. Mitamura then gets out the information the victim got.
      "Anzu Sugiura isn't just the Ultimate Waitress... she's also the Ultimate Poisoner! But she's not too proud of that, though. Bring that up and she might just kill you... or maybe herself!"
    • Later in the second trial, Miura and Edogawa are able to help poke holes in Mitamura's claim that Sugiura is the killer, and the only question remaining is whether Sugiura knew that Mizuhara was allergic to peanuts. At that point, Sugiura produces her notepad, revealing that she has Iwasawa's weakness instead, and Monokuma then lets slip that Mitamura was the one who got Mizuhara's weakness. With this piece of information, Miura is able to formally accuse Mitamura of the murder.
    • Midway through Chapter IV, Miura is about to complete Final Dead Room: VR Edition, when she hears the following.
      Katsura: "I see. Please accept my congratulations... and forgive me for what I'm about to do."
      Edogawa: "RUN, KAORI!"
      Miura: [narrating] I quickly ripped off the headset, just in time to see Katsura-san standing in front of me, holding a steak knife.
    • In Chapter V, Monokuma threatens to execute a random student's family if no one is murdered in the next 72 hours. The morning after the motive is announced, Sugiura, realizing that no one has taken Monokuma up on his offer, offers a suggestion on how to solve their problem.
      Sugiura: "The solution should be obvious. Kill me- right here, right now- and Monokuma will have no reason to harm our loved ones."
    • During the fifth class trial, while most of the class is certain that Sugiura is the culprit, Kagami mentions that she couldn't have restrained her victim, Iwasawa, alone, and suspects she has an accomplice, threatening to get the group off track if they can't find out how it happened.
      Miura: "Now that I think about it, Kagami-kun, you're right. Sugiura-san did have an accomplice, someone whose cooperation she needed to carry out her murder plan. The only person who fits the bill... is Iwasawa-san herself."
  • The sequel, Where Talent Goes on Vacation, has a few.
    • There's one in the prologue. Asakura, the last of the students to be introduced, is offended by Nagato claiming to be the Ultimate Tech Support, and when introducing himself, reveals why- he's also the Ultimate Tech Support, a rare case of two students with the same talent.
    • Just before the second execution, this exchange reveals that the Tachibana sisters swapped places.
      "Tatsuki": "Take care of yourself, sisnote , and never forget- I'll always love you."
      Monokuma: "Let's give it everything we've got! IT'S PUNISHMENT TIME!"
      "Taiga": "TAIGA, NO!"
    • In Chapter III, Part 1, Azuki comforts Nagato after she clashes with Asakura, only for her to claim that he's not wrong about the reason she got into the school.
      Azuki: "So in other words, your dad helped you get in. But he's..."
      Nagato: "Dead? Yes, he is. His name is Shou Mitamura. In addition to being a teacher at Talent High School he was also the youngest son of the chairman of the board."
    • Azuki comes to a terrible epiphany about the culprit of the third trial after hearing some information from Nagato.
      Azuki: "You said (the pressure plate trap in the room downstairs) fired twice? And a minute after you tested it?"
      Nagato: "Yes, that's what I said. Is something wrong with that?"
      Azuki: "There might be. Just after the investigation period ended, I saw the trap that killed Mihama go off, then tested the pressure plate near it twice. If what you're saying is true, then the pressure plate downstairs controls the trap in the office, and vice versa. If that's true, then... then... oh fuck."
      Nagato: "Akira-san?"
      Azuki: "Now that we know where the trigger to the office trap is, there's only one person who could have set off the trap that killed Mihama. Namely me."
    • Near the end of Chapter V, Nagato, who's come to terms with Azuki's death, isn't expecting to hear this as she wakes up on the final day of the killing game.
      Azuki: "Morning, Chiyuri."

    Danny Phantom 
  • In a whammy story of the Facing the Future Series, we have this line regarding Danielle:
    Danny: So what do you say, Tuck? Got any connections at the Mayor's Office that might be able to fast-track a set of adoption papers?

    The DCU 

    Demon King Daimao 
  • From Keena & the Defendants of Constan Magic Academy chapter 7, Eiko just lost another battle with Keena and friends. Her solution?
    Eiko: "Why stop attempting to conquer this world…when I could go to another dimension to finish what I started?"
    • Again on chapter 10, during the Loups=Garous crossover arc:
      "Yuko Yabe was never dead… because you're looking now at her."
    • Chapter 12 has three; the first one is Played for Laughs.
      Hazuki: Well, save the great sex after this is done with.
      Lily: Actually, we already did.
      Michie: Yeah, we're no longer virgins.
    • The second:
      Eiko: I decided that maybe this planet isn't worth it anymore, so I'm just gonna go atomic on this bitch.
    • The third:
      Hazuki: I never thought I'd see you again…Ayumi Kono.
    • The above line is now subverted due to Yumi using mind powers to believe Hazuki that Ayumi was there.
    • Chapter 22, where the Law of Identity really does show off how otherwordly her abilities can be while talking to Keena in a dream:
      Law Of Identity: You sure are finding the flaws rather conspicuously, aren’t you? I think you deserve one more test after what happened today.
      Keena: Oh yeah, what's that?
      Alternate Dimension Keena: That would be me.
    • Chapter 24. It looks like Keena and gang has Fujiko sorrounded...but she reveals one more trump card that sends this series into another crossover event:
      Mystletainn: The name's Mystletainn. And frankly, you are all ripe for the killing...heh heh heh...

    Death Note 
  • Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami: Chapter 6:
    Blud: "THAT'S WHERE YOUR WRONG MY SHINY HAIRED APPRENTICE. YOU SEE I ONLY PRETENDED TO BE YOUR SHINIGAMI BUT IN FACT I WAS L'S ALL ALONG. I GAVE HIM A LIFE NOTE AND ALL I HAVE TO DO IS WRITE L'S NAME IN IT AND HE WILL COME BACK TO LIFE AS GOOD AS NEW AND YOUR PLANS WILL HAVE BIN FOILLED!"
    • Chapter 14, after Dark finds some familiar age/sex/location information on a Talk to Dead Dudes Note.
      Dark: r u l lol?
      L: yep
  • Xanatos starts off with L reconsidering his method of catching Kira, and so striking a deal with Rem. We're made to believe that she went along with his plan after L fakes his own death, but then chapter nine gave us this:
    Still, maybe she [Rem] was wrong about L...maybe she shouldn't have killed him...

    Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 

    Disgaea 
  • Tyrantly Ever After:
    • Chapter 4, "The Dark Side of Heaven", has Artina learning that Hades follows an outdated system:
      Flonne: Though really Celestia is the only realm that still follows the rules super strictly, now many of the beings in the different human worlds ignore us or befriend us, and 99% of netherworlds don't use the Fear Energy system anymore.
      Artina: W-Wait, they don't?!
      Flonne: No, Hades is one of the last netherworlds that still relies on Fear Energy; that's one of the reasons it's so famous among demons, and why Celestia's economy is suffering so much.
    • "The Grand Designs" similarly features Hugo revealing an Awful Truth to her:
      Hugo: Angels have their own special class of members to sunder the souls of their deceased. As for what happens to your souls after death, it depends on your actions during your angelic life, as with other beings: Those who have behaved well will become angels once more, while those who misbehave return as demons. You cannot become humans, who could then achieve escape to Heaven with a good life, nor escape there directly.
      Artina: We can't...?
      Hugo: God apparently wishes to keep His most useful servants in precisely that position, with the potential for punishment to keep you well behaved. We demons are placed in a similar position in regards to spiritual escape, as we have our own role to play in His grand design. Theorectically, a demon or angel could reincarnate to a human life under exceptional circumstances, or be directly invited out of the cycle. But in reality, I'm afraid we're all here simply to go around in His circles endlessly.

    Doctor Who 

    Doom 

    Downton Abbey 
  • Downton Abbey And Zombies. Almost every chapter.
    • 3: (Matthew) had been out... for an entire year.
    • 28: ...the Walker's sharp, rotted teeth sank into the flesh around (William's) ankle.
    • 30: "I think (Lady Cora) was bitten."
    • 34: "Matthew".

    Dragon Age 
  • In All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird, Cassandra Pentaghast delivers one to the Lord Inquisitor, who has accompanied her on one quest while his Distaff Counterpart undertook another. They have just received a message urging them to return to Skyhold without delay. "There was an accident at the Cradle of Sulevin... Victoria's been badly injured, and she's asking for you." Varric, who is the editor of the story, even invokes the trope by name in the following chapter.
  • During the wedding in Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium, Varric is bewildered to hear a voice from the next room.
    "...and we are not happy that we were not invited!"
  • Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns:
    Raonar: Ladies and gentlemen… I have just made the Archdemon smarter, and if it was not self-aware before, it definitely is now.

    Dragon Ball 
  • In Legend of the Monkey God, after Bulma makes a wish on the Dragonballs to keep Pilaf from getting it, she passes out in pain and is brought to a cell to await her execution, when Shu notices something.
    "Was that always there?" He asked as he pointed at the new appendage colored the same as Bulma's hair hanging limply between her legs.

    EVE Online 

    The Fairly Odd Parents 
  • There are a few in Never Had a Friend Like Me, especially near the end of the story where the action picks up.
    • When Timmy makes a wish that Elmer's boil was gone:
      Wands were raised and there was a distinct poof. And Timmy had just a moment to feel proud of his actions.
      Then everything went wrong.
    • In Chapter 31, when Cosmo asks where Norm is:
      Her voice a wavering croak, Amanda said, "Gone. He's gone."
    • In the final chapter, where Norm is looking at Amanda sleeping:
      He reached out and stroked her hair, the long brown strands having long since faded into white.
  • In A Tale Of Two Trixies, Timmy accidentally wishes for Trixie to have never been popular. He wakes up in a world where Trixie is his tomboyish best friend, but then she notices his seeming confusion with everything around him. It leads her to ask a bombshell of a question in Chapter 2:
    Trixie: Fine. If I can't get any answers from you…can I at least talk to Cosmo and Wanda?note .

    The Familiar Of Zero 
  • Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji drops this bombshell while Saito is trying to figure out what's wrong with Louise's magic:
    Saito: "Those chains represent a seal of some kind. Someone has deliberately sealed your magic."

    Five Nights At Freddy's 
  • Movie Night At Freddy's: Mike utters this line when he realizes that Freddy Fazbear is no longer on the show stage:
    Mike: No! No. No! Fuck no! Fuck everything! Where’d he go? Where the fuck did Fazbear go?

    Food Wars 
  • Nouvelle: Soma remains completely subdued after trying Erina's dishes, which completely baffles her due to how out of character it was for him. Then at the end of chapter 5, we get this:
    Soma: How can Nakiri cook just like mom?

    For Better Or For Worse 
  • The New Retcons:
    • Elizabeth's May 2009 letter: "Said "friend" was a forty year old (she'd just turned the big four-oh April the first) woman named Claire Thompson; when Anthony said she could be my sister, Frank said that was for a good reason: she was!!"
    • Mike's August 2009 letter: "On the way back, our house sitter called with the news that the Patels filed kidnapping charges on my mother."
    • Dee's February 2010 letter: "Mike and I have tried to fight this out, cry it out, pray it out. Saturday, he moved out."
    • When it transitions into Who Silenced Elly Patterson: Valley Voice Exclusive: Elly Patterson Found Dead
    • Later: "Seal it up. [The Caine house] is now a full on crime scene.'

    Freespace 
  • In Derelict, Lieutenant Mackie figures out what the SD Nyarlathotep is trying to accomplish after forty-five missions of complete mystery.
    Mackie: Oh my God! I know where she's going! Home! The Nyarlathotep is going home!

    Frozen 
  • In Frozen Hearts, while Hans and his brother Heins are captured by pirates, they recognize their captain.
    Heins: Hans… this is Heinrik… our brother!"
    • In Chapter 11, Kristoff gets an unexpected visitor; the dialogue and description of the visitor cue the viewer in to her identity.
      Anna: Kristoff! Kristoff! Guess what? I have to tell you the big news!
    • In Chapter 20.
      Heinrik: It's… it's mother. I took your advice and went home after dropping you off in Havetby. I found out she's very ill. In fact… she may be dying. We've got to get back quickly, or you may not see her again.
  • In Never Been Bothered, the protagonist finds a revealing photo of his neighbors as kids. It reveals that Anna and Elsa are not only married, but they are also sisters:
    Beneath the dress, wrapped safely into the cloak, is a photo. A family photo. And the two girls, the two sisters sitting proudly in front of crowned father and mother are, despite being no more than six years old at most, clearly identifiable as Elsa and Anna.

    Fullmetal Alchemist 
  • In the third installment of the Elemental Chess Trilogy, Edward Elric sends a desperate telegram to his friends at the Briggs fortress to let them know the outcome of Roy Mustang's murder trial. It contains just one word: Checkmate.

    Fur Fighters 
  • In Furnickerty, Disaur tells Video James and the Fur Fighters about their full plan.
    Disaur: The flea removal sprayer doesn't just remove fleas from the bodies... (shows the Fur Fighters, the dinosaurs and James a flea twitching and then they saw something that shocked them)...it also made the fleas bigger!

    Girls Und Panzer 
  • Always Advancing: Yukari learns what the nail that created the alternate timeline was:
    Arisa: Pravda got knocked out in the semi-finals last year.
  • Boys Do Tankary:
    • Vincent is contacted by Nyra, who's claiming to be his older sister, but he initially dismisses those claims, since he'd been forced to kill the girl he saw as his Cool Big Sis after taking her prisoner as a Child Soldier (a story he didn't tell to anyone besides Saori and the Captain). However, after he mentions that a nice girl visited him while he was in an orphanage, Nyra mentions the following, proving that she's his sister.
      Nyra: That nice girl was me. I was also the one you captured.
    • In Chapter 14, the Captain comes to Vincent, in tears, with some very bad news.
      Iris: The Ooarai high school ship has been attacked. We are now at war. Everyone here has been enlisted.
  • In Boys und Sensha-do!
    • Chapter 6: As Anzio's Semovente fires, the narration describes what the "simunition" rounds do before describing what was hit.
      "In this case, it struck an eighty kilo girl straight in the chest."
    • Chapter 7: Shiho delivers a surprising announcement.
      Shiho: Miho Nishizumi, you are no daughter of mine.
  • In Girls (?) & Panzer, one comes up in the thoughts of Haruka, the main protagonist, who is a new student at Oarai Girls' Academy.
    "Yet although my bonds with these girls in Sensha-Do will grow stronger."
    "I can never tell them…"
    "That I'm a boy…"
  • Girls und Panzer: Hope Dies:
    • Chapter 11 has Yukari insist that Erika is not Miho's killer, before saying "It was me!"
    • Chapter 12 has a similar exchange when it's revealed that Miho had a Secret Relationship.
      Hana: "One moment! Who is it that Miho loved in secret?"
      Erika: "Me!"
  • In Girls und Panzer- International War Games, several chapters after Kenji kicks Edo off the hohei-do team for poor performance and getting into a fight with Suzuki, Edo shows up as the team celebrates their match, and reveals a dark secret from Kenji's past.
    Edo: This man... killed his sister.
  • In In Strange Waters, Yukari and Lucius discuss one of Lucius' old schoolmates, who was a highly respected and influential figure in Vimy Ridge's team. When Yukari says that the man in question would have been welcomed to Black Forest or the Nishizumi house, Lucius does not take it well.
    Lucius: "What. Did. You. Just. Say?"

    Glee 
  • Hunting the Unicorn, chapter eleven:
    Blaine: ...I'm not a virgin.
    • And in the twentieth chapter:
      Greg: Having a rough patch, Tom?

    Godzilla 
  • NES Godzilla Creepypasta: How does the final boss know who Zachary is?
    Red: I'll tell you a secret... I KILLED MELISSA.

    Half Life 
  • Half-Life: Full Life Consequences:
    • Half Life Hero Beggining initially appears to not be part of the Full Life Consequences series, since it stars Henry Freeman, rather than John Freeman, the previous protagonist. Then this line, directed at Henry Freeman, establishes this fic as a Stealth Sequel to the first two fics.
      "Combines leave my son alone" John Freeman said.
    • Midway through Free Man, a villain says the following line, revealing that Gordon is Back from the Deadand evil.
      Gordon Freeman: John Freeman you let next boss step on me and made me headcrab zombie. Combines came and put science in me and made me live and strong and big now. I make you and Henry Freeman headcrab zombies. Prepair to die.

    Harry Potter 
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality:
    • The end of Chapter 78:
      Auror Komodo: Hermione Granger, you're under arrest for the attempted murder of Draco Malfoy.
    • The end of Chapter 104:
      Harry: Hello, Lord Voldemort.
      Quirrel: Hello, Tom Riddle.
  • Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin:
    • From the first (1780) Trelawney Prophecy, revealed at the very end of Year One: "And you shall know by these portents that the Time of the Dark God approaches and the Destruction of our World is close at hand: When the Two who should be as One are set against each other in reckless hate, and the Last Potter rises as the Prince of Slytherin."
    • The last line of chapter 78. "Please, Harry, we're all friends here. Call me Regulus." This line not only reveals the true identity of the fake Gilderoy Lockhart but also that his strange actions over the past year have really been laying the groundwork for freeing Sirius Black from Azkaban.
    • The last line of chapter 105. After a close encounter with a Dementor, Jim Potter (the WBWL) hears what his mother Lily screamed the night Voldemort attacked their home: "No! Take me! Not Harry! NOT HARRY!"
  • How Like Home has one for Harry after he discovers the key difference between his reality and the one he traveled to.
    "Voldemort?" Lily asked. "Who's that?".
  • My Immortal:
    "Very well [...] Butt we cannot do this. We can’t close the school. There is only one person who is capable of killing Voldemort and she is in the school. And her name is…………………………………………………………………..Enony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way."
  • Pretending to Live has the main Original Character drop this one on a sixteen-year-old Tom Riddle:
    I can help you...with your Horcruxes.
  • Rebuilt, chapter 38: The main characters discover a message written in fresh blood:
    "Until next time, Harry."
  • The Shadow State:
    Gregory: Here's the really unpleasant part Warwick. How many families do you know with that old photo on the mantle and the child who they don't talk about anymore?
  • The ending to this short film adaptation of "The Tale of the Three Brothers" has two:
    • The story is given the Framing Device of a grandfather telling his grandson the story while his wife repeatedly knocks at the door to get them to come down for some reason. At the end, the knocking gets more and more insistent and violent while the grandfather becomes overcome with emotion. As he finally stands up to answer the door, his grandson puts two and two together and comes to a horrifying realization:
      Grandson: "That's not grandma, is it?"
    • The second is the grandfather's last words, revealing the identity of the boy in question.
      Grandfather: "Goodbye, James."
  • In the second-to-last chapter of The Very Secret Diary:
    Tom: Who else am I?
    Ginny: I do not know who else.
    Tom: Ah, but you do. You do know who, Virginia. You know who.
    Ginny: No, I do not.
    Tom: Yes, you do. You know who. You know who... You-Know-Who.

    Haruhi Suzumiya 
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero, chapter 30, as Kanae is about to share a First Kiss with her senpai, who believes himself unworthy of her affection, someone interrupts them:
    Kanae's Senpai: "As terrible a person as I am—"
    Voice: "Not half as monstrous as that thing you're trying to kiss."

    The Hunger Games 
  • The Victors Project
    • When Ahenobarbus convenes a meeting between victors in chapter 33, he utters four words that herald Coriolanus Snow's ascent to power and the end of an era.
    Ahenobarbus: President Lucius is dead.
    • In chapter 65, In-Universe and out of universe, Career victor Cashmere leaves people reeling with what she says at the end of her drinking game with Beetee.
    Cashmere: I know that you're planning to break Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark out of the arena.

    Inside Out 
  • We get this, mixed with a major Oh, Crap! moment in the first chapter of Intercom. Anger causes an accident that severely damages Headquarters, but the Emotions don't realize how big the problem is until they see how freaked out Riley is.
    Disgust: I wonder what's got her spooked...
    Riley: Who said that?
    • From You Mean I Look Like Broccoli?
      Joy: Hopes and dreams! That’s it! Sadness, you’re a genius!
    • From Riley: Recognized, regarding Riley touching the console.
      Riley: Um, guys? What does white mean?
    • From Technicalities
      Ann: Who's Disgust?
    • From Access Denied
      "The console wasn't turning a bright, comforting yellow as normal. In fact, it wasn't doing a thing. That is, until it turned white."

    Jackie Chan Adventures 
  • Queen of All Oni: When Jade thanks her new Dragon for lifting the curse Ikazuki put on her:
    "Thank you, General Viper."
  • In the 23rd chapter of The Ultimate Evil, when Shendu threatens Valerie Payne with what he might do if she's not faithful to him, she surprises him by asking if he did so with Lo Mei centuries ago. At this point, Valerie has last mentioned Lo Mei while interacting with the Living Statue of Mei's father Lo Pei in the 6th chapter, so the reader might be forgiven for assuming that she has forgotten her.
    • In the beginning of the sequel The Stronger Evil, the first line Drago gives Valerie is a major spoiler regarding the story.
      Drago: Hey… Mom.
    • The 15th chapter of the sequel provides another one when Valerie asks from Shendu why would he want to locate the awakening goddess Tiamat.
      Shendu: She's my mother.

    Katawa Shoujo 
  • From Shizune's perspective:
    Shizune: I hit 'Send' as I turned the handle and walked in on Shiinanote  and Hisao fucking on my bed.
  • Reconciliation:
    • Chapter 3. Hanako gets a phone call from her former friend Lilly for the first time in years following the bad ending of Hanako's route, and finds that Lilly is distraught. After a little while, Hanako finds out why.
      Lilly: "I-I’m sorry, but Hisao... p-passed away ye-yesterday"
    • Chapter 8. Hanako learns something surprising about her publicist, Sho.
      Sho: I’m an orphan, you know.
  • Pictures of Lilly: Lilly (seeing for the first time after being blind her whole life) recognizes the man in a photo given to her by her sister Akira:
    This is a picture of the late Dr. Hisao Nakai.

    League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen 

    The Lord Of The Rings 
  • In Identities, Morwen/Rana has been raised to believe that Sauron is her father. Then this exchange happens:
    Haldir: I knew your parents.
    Rana: How did you know them?
    Haldir: They both grew up in Lothlorien.

    Lyrical Nanoha 
  • Game Theory, during the Epilogue:
    Nanoha: When were you going to tell us that we weren't going to Alhazred?
  • MGLN Crisis Chapter 25:
    Fate: "I'm sorry, I can't. Mother, did you know you had a split personality disorder?"
  • Relationships Series: "I think...you need to break up with Wendi and Nove, now."

    Marvel Universe 
  • The The Avengers fanfic Brother Avengers has this line by Captain America as he reveals himself to be Loki in disguise.:
    "Actually... you don't know me at all."
  • In Nobody's Heroes, when word gets out that the rogue Avengers are in Wakanda after the videos of the Starks' murder and Tony's fight with Steve and Bucky in Siberia have been leaked online, Wakandan citizens march on the palace chanting. Scott, who's turned himself in and is waiting to hear back from the UN asks Ilya, a lawyer he's befriended, what the chant is.
    Scott: What? What are they saying?
    Ilya: They... They are calling for the Black Panther. Their protector. Their leader. Their queen.

    Mass Effect 
  • Mass Vexations: "You don't fucking understand! I knew she was going to fucking die since I fucking arrived on the fucking Citadel!"
  • Weightless:
    Chapter 9: "Kai. Kai Leng. But you can call me Ghost."
    Chapter 31: "Garrus…did you ever know someone named Nihlus?"
  • When There Was a Tomorrow: We're given the line "For now simply know that your prior feelings when we first met were understandable and I do not think poorly of you for them." Now, what makes this apparent Character Development-laden line so surprising? Legion is the one saying it! What makes it even Whammier is that when Tali points out this change in behavior Legion insists it's not calling itself "I" and seems genuinely unaware that it's doing so. The exact significance of this line has yet to be seen, however.

    The Matrix 

    Mega Man 
  • Maylu's Revenge part 2 chapter 15 has two of them.
    Maylu: Why would Roll do such a thing?
    Mr. Wily: Don't you get it? She was trying to protect you because during that match in the N1 Grand Prix, she was never brainwashed to begin with.
    • Later on...
      Mr. Wily: The city leaders learned about how a NetNavi rebelled on a NetOp so they took advantage of this issue along with Roll's feelings and gave her a mission. That mission... was her betrayal over you by that rare twisted chip.

    MS Paint Adventures 
  • Don't Name It:
    You once again try to be the Jade Blood. And fail spectacularly.
  • Hivefled:
    "Perhaps we'll get him a moirail, so he can carry it on properly." (More of one for Gamzee than the audience.)
    • Later on, we get this from Eridan, when accused of being incapable of understanding why someone wouldn't want sex:
      "Don't be fuckin' stupid, a' course I didn't want to!":
  • From the Homestuck/Problem Sleuth crossover The Sapphire of Alternia:
    • Chapter 15: But the realization you’re actually having is that this case is just like all your other cases: a quarrel between a married couple.
    • Chapter 24: The Sapphire of Alternia is the White King’s Scepter.

    My Hero Academia 
  • Sleeper Hit AU has Bakugou's declaration to Midoriya in front of Kirishima, Ochako and Yaoyorozu:
    Bakugou: "And we'd all be better off if you'd just taken my advice and thrown yourself off the roof!"

    My Hime 
  • In Perfection Is Overrated
    • Chapter 7, after the Himes sent back into the three time portals prevent Toki from changing history...
      Yukino: There's a fourth time portal!
    • Chapter 18, when Mai decides to ask Meiko some questions about Bachiko, doubting that she has known Bachiko for as long as she thinks she has.
      Meiko's expression suddenly darkened, as a feeling of dread overwhelmed her.
      They had been found out.
    • Chapter 18, again when Mai comes face to face with the girl who has been attacking her all this time...
      Mai: I should have known it was you... Shiho-chan.
    • Chapter 22: During a confrontation between Mashiro and the Obsidian Lord.
      The Obsidian Lord: That is incorrect; you are speaking to the Usurper..
    • Chapter 24: The Advisor admits to creating the SUEs.
      The Advisor: You have not only triumphed over the rules of the Hime Carnival itself, slain its mastermind and managed to do so with most of you still alive... but you have also defeated several of my most powerful creations.

    My Little Pony Equestria Girls 
  • All That Shimmers, about what Sunset Shimmer really is:
    "You're not possessed by a demon. You are a demon."
  • The Oversaturated World:
    "Well, in so many words, we, uh, we found evidence of human magic."
    • This one, too:
      Sunset awoke to the sound of her journal buzzing. She flipped it open. The message she found was scrawled across the whole page. Get to the portal. NOW.
  • Sunsplit:
    Sunset Shimmer: Did I know (Sunburst)? Twilight Sparkle, I used to be him!

    My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 
  • In the epilogue of Aftermath of the Games, Principal Cinch walks into her home, still reeling from being forced out of Crystal Prep, only to see someone in her study drinking her wine.
    Stranger: Cinch, I really don’t think we should be talking about magic in public.
    Cinch: Wh- look, who are you? What’s your name?
    Stranger: Call me Miss Chrysalis.
  • In the Asylum universe we have:
    • Spoken by Rarity as Twilight sees her attending to either a catatonic earth pony or a hornless unicorn filly:
      “Would you like that, Sweetie?"
    • Later, after Twilight meets a powerful young pegasus doctor:
      "Please, just call me Scootaloo."
  • Bitterness, Twilight’s angry, post-Canterlot wedding speech ends with this:
    "Now this is over, find someone else to be the Wielder of Magic. Because, I now wish to relinquish my position of the Elements of so-called Harmony."
  • The Elements of Friendship Book II: Chaoskampf: Twilight at the end of Chapter 8, after exploring the last of the Cult of Pi's books:
    "It’s… too insane. It’s too crazy. I don’t want to believe it. I don’t want to believe that Discord is the father of Queens Celestia and Selena!"
  • CoH (Book One): Of Magic and Masquerades, Chapter 3: Twilight, to the pony who willingly helped her get the Chrystal Heart:
    "Thank you, King Sombra."
  • From the infamous Cupcakes, Rainbow comes over to Sugarcube Corner to help Pinkie with something and is given a cupcake:
    "Now, you take a nap."note 
  • Dog and Pony Show: Aftermath, chapter 5:
    “You are no trinket, Luna. You are my sister and once, long ago, a bitch’snote  only child.”
  • Escape From the Moon:
    The percentage of memory used went from fourteen to fifteen with the new short journal entry and Doa knew it was fourteen when she had started making her journals when she woke up from that painful nightmare of burning alive.
    • The reason this is a Wham Line: Chapter Five has her finally gain access to the other account on the computer. It turns out it has been storing all her previous journal entries in the restricted account, with the entire screen filled with overlapping file folders.
  • Five Score, Divided by Four: Dave wakes up and comes to a startling conclusion that he shares with Evan.
    I wipe the tears away from my eyes with my fetlocks “I figured it out Evan.”
    Evan leans closer “What did you figure out? Do you know where Fiona is? How to change back? What happened with—”
    I cut him off, “Us. I figured us out. Why this all happened.”
    Evan grins, not exactly the expression I was expecting. He sits back and speaks up “Hey that’s great, so how do we change back? How do we go back to our original bodies?”
    I bite my tongue “We just did.”
  • In the humanized My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Guppy Love, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash confront Applejack over her puppy love crush on the mermaid Rarity and desire for her to stay after her injured tail has healed, delivering a brutal one:
    Fluttershy: Applejack...
    Rainbow Dash: Rarity can't replace your parents.
  • Loved and Lost provides several examples:
    • When Princess Cadance is injured, Twilight Sparkle mistakenly believes her friends, brother and Celestia (who've all lost their prestige) caused it by bringing her back to Canterlot before King Jewelius could reinstate her. Angry, hurt and (as it later turns out) manipulated to lose trust in her friends, brother and mentor, she lashes out and renounces them, going so far as to throw in their faces the words they used while turning their backs on her at the wedding rehearsal.
      Applejack: Twilight, please don't do this!
      Fluttershy: We're your friends!
      Twilight: No you're not! You only hangout with me because my connections could help you. You never cared about me or anypony else! I can't believe I fell for it for so long.
      Shining Armor: Twily-
      Twilight: And you can forget about me calling you my BBBFF anymore! In fact, I don't even have a brother. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go check on the princess.
      Celestia: Twilight, I-
      Twilight: You have a lot to think about.
    • Immediately in the following chapter, Queen Chrysalis drops a bombshell to the also imprisoned heroes by revealing that Jewelius and she worked together to invade Canterlot before he double-crossed her.
      Chrysalis: [to Jewelius] I… I thought we were in this together! Why did you betray me?!
      Pinkie Pie: What?! [the others have a Jaw Drop]
      Jewelius: Oh Chrysalis. Did you really think I'd let a despicable animal like you by my side?
      • Jewelius shocks the heroes further by answering his own questions about how Chrysalis knew about the wedding and the caverns beneath the castle.
        Jewelius: I told her about them!
    • The 12th chapter gives us an in-universe example. When Celestia, sentenced to be hanged, is allowed to make a final statement, she breaks her silence by saying "I'm sorry." Everypony present — the other heroes, the glum Twilight, the angry crowd, and even the smug Jewelius — is surprised to hear this, as well as the touching apology speech that Celestia gives afterwards.
  • Magnetism has a flashback to Fluttershy talking to her mom, after school, and at the end the following lines appear:
    My mum smiled to this and watched me go without saying a word. It would have been a little scary if she had.
    After all, photos don’t talk back.
  • The Nuptialverse:
    • Families: When Olive Branch brings his list of grievances to the Princesses:
      Princess Luna: And what matter would thou wish be focused on first?
      Olive Branch: The list isn't anything I care about. You may do what you wish.
      Princess Luna: ...What?
      Olive Branch: I really don't care how you run Equestria. It doesn't matter to me in the end.
    • Near the end of Families, after Olive Branch and his followers have been dealt with, the story cuts to Garble and his gang, who disappeared from the story after Twilight maimed him, returning to the dragon lands. When they get there, they're greeted by a guard:
      Guard: Prince Garble?
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell:
    • Chapter 31 has this little gem...
      Page Turner: "My pony name is Page Turner. But I was born Lamella Armor the Tenth,” ... “And I am the heir to the throne of the Badlands Changeling Hive as of fifteen years ago, its Queen and sole remaining Pillar of my hive."
    • Gentle Step, upon seeing their enemy’s aura in chapter 44:
      "It’s not demonic," she said in a hushed, awed tone. “It’s divine."
  • The Pony POV Series:
    • From "Turn The Other Flank", when we first meet Loneliness. It's even more shocking because it's completely unexpected and comes out of nowhere for both Twilight and the audience.
      Loneliness: GET OUT!!!
    • "Playtime":
      Applejack: AH AIN'T SAY YA LYIN'! YA ARE A LIE!
    • Generation Transitions Part 3: After seeing the end G3. We suddenly cut to Twilight Sparkle reading the Apocalyptic Log written by Razzaroo.
      Twilight Sparkle: H-how ... How did you get this book-?! Who are you anyway?! Who are you really-?! Hey! You can't just walk away! Answer me! Stop!
    • Dark World 21, "The Real Hoof Blues Part 1", when Twilight reveals she's not quite herself:
      Twilight: You said the Elements of Chaos have made us unkillable! But I'd like to see if that's true!
    • From "Broken Pearl Necklace", revealing that Fluttercruel was basically born Discorded, something not even Discord seemed to have realized.
      Fluttercruel: Huh? Why...why did my colors get brighter?
    • Also from "Broken Pearl Necklace" this warning Fluttershy gives to the Draconequi as she takes Fluttercruel with her to be redeemed.
      Fluttershy: She'll come back to you when she's ready. You're all going to have to simply wait. If any of you besides Discord come before then, you'll face the Tarot of the Queen of Cups.
    • From "My Little Alicorn" when a Sea Pony reveals Discord may not be the one the heroes should be worried about.
      Aquamarine: Lord Discord says an Alicorn Witch will destroy this world soon, him, and everypony else.
    • From "Beating Up Discord" Dark World!Discord implying there's far more to what's going on than the heroes believed.
      Discord: This isn't your Hell, Twilight Sparkle. It's mine, it always been mine... she's made all of you exist only so...
    • "All Things in Twilight" has two relating to the Nameless Passenger's identity.
      • First, when Twilight deduces it:
        "There's only one pony with so much brains and still be so arrogant and narrow minded! Twilight Sparkle!"
      • Then, when she reveals herself to the group:
        Apple Pie: Half-Light, who…who is she?
        Twilight: ...She's... me… my… Nightmare.
    • From "Give A Reason", Nightmare Paradox revealing just how long the "Groundhog Day" Loop has been happening.
      Nightmare Paradox: It's genuinely hard to say now. I suppose if you were to lay the iterations end-to-end... it'd total a few hundred million years.
      • Another one comes a little earlier revealing, Paradox is truly Twilight's potential future self. Interesting in that its both a Call-Back to Discorded Ponies and one line split between two characters to show how they're the same person.
        Nightmare Paradox: I remember wondering if these were the lessons Celestia had intended for us to learn-
        Twilight: -and wondered why our coat was turning gray.
    • From "A Fading Future" (not the Recursive Fanfiction though it's basically the same thing) when the "Groundhog Day" Loop began.
      Nightmare Purgatory: The sick buck's finally getting what he deserves! Hahaha!...But...maybe he hasn't...hehe...haha...hahaha!
    • "All My Friends Are Here": when Nightmare Paradox reveals one of her trump cards:
      Nightmare Paradox: You think... I am... ''Alone''?
    • From "Bright Eyes part 6": "I am the first born son of Fear and Nothingness." The eldest son of the draconequi, the concept of total freedom through imagination apart from reality, long ago reduced to just a Shadow, makes himself known.
    • "Shining Armor 13": Cadence proving the Wolf isn't just in Shining Armor's head, and it's still after him.
      Cadence: Hey Shining... was there a dog behind you? I could've sworn I saw one when I was coming back down...
    • From Part 1 of Clover's Gaiden story, we have the meta origin of Pinkie Pie.
      Clover/Minty: I…I… don't understand how can this be? ... You were my imaginary friend.
    • From Shining Armor 19 Part 2: The reason Shining Armor is Immune to Fate and why The Wolf is after him:
      Celestia: Shining Armor Sparkle, you were never meant to exist.
    • Wedding Episode Six: The reveal that Queen Chrysalis knows more than she should.
      Queen Chrysalis/Fake Cadence: Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake! Clap your hooves and do a little shake!
    • From a later chapter in the Wedding Arc:
      Twilight: [about the Changelings] YOU'RE NOT ANOTHER SPECIES! YOU'RE ANOTHER TRIBE!
  • Scotchtavia
    Vinyl Scratch: About as mature as a prepubescent colt.
    Octavia: I used to *hic* be one, you know.
    Vinyl: Be a what?
    Octavia: A colt.
  • Somber Ties:
    • Chapter 1:
    “Actually they were the same. I’m Sombra’s nephew. My mother, Sable Crux, was his sister.”
    • Chapter 11:
    “I greet you, Jet Crucius, son of Sable Crucius, Keeper of Keys and Cradle’s Voice, blood of my blood. I am Cruciger Crucius, Guardian of the Gates and Cradle’s Sword, son of Sombra Crucius.”
  • Bad Horse's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Trust is about the importance of trust, and how Trixie, by gaining unearned trust, might trap herself in an impossible situation where other ponies are counting on her supposed prowess, only for her to come up short. The story ends with Princess Celestia discussing the upcoming changeling attack on Canterlot with Shining Armor, encouraging him to prepare and train another soldier to hold up the shield should he prove unable to do so. He's been busy though, and besides, Celestia is there to protect them all, right? The story ends with Celestia going outside, in front of a large crowd as she always does...
    She left the captain and hurried to the second-floor sitting room at the front of the palace. The sky was turning red as the sun sank toward the horizon. Celestia stepped out onto the balcony overlooking the courtyard. She smiled at the crowd of ponies, and a cheer went up. Many of them had travelled days just so they could say that one day they had watched the Princess raise and lower the sun. The pages standing at the corners of the balcony raised their trumpets and sounded them, and she aimed her horn toward the sun. It began to glow gold with magical energy, turning white as it grew more brilliant. She took a deep breath, screwed up her face in a look of intense concentration, and once again pretended to lower the sun.
  • The Twilight Child: After several chapters of hinting, a reason for the main character's sour and withdrawn behaviour is given, in a conversation with Princess Luna.
    Twilight Twinkle: Behold, Nightmare Eclipse.
    • The sequel / spin-off has a wham word. Wisp, a Changeling, has just had their actual form revealed, but the narration uses Gender-Neutral Writing, until..
      Narration: She blinked.
  • Unnatural Selection: Spike gets served a dish called Filet de lézard avec souffle feu. Rather than ask what it is and what it's made of, he tries to decipher it from the name alone: fire puffing lizard.
  • Winter's Child
    • Chapter 2: Twilight Sparkle tells Shining Armor she's pregnant and is keeping the foal.
      "I'm keeping our daughter."
    • Chapter 6: Twilight tells Spike who the baby's father is.
      "It’s Shining Armor, right?" the dragon guessed. "He’s the only pony I know you’ve been having sex with."
  • What's Your Story, Morning Glory?
    Goldie: Oh, I need you to autograph something, mommy! I made a new friend today, and she said this is her favorite book, so I told her I'd get you to autograph it.
    Galaxy: Well, if it's for a friend of yours, not to mention a fan, I can hardly say no. What's her name?
    Goldie: Morning Glory.
    Galaxy: [Suddenly goes very still.]
  • In The Writing on the Wall, the titular writing is assumed to be your garden-variety tomb curse on the ancient structure that Daring Do is investigating. Then it's actually translated. The Ending Changes Everything, indeed...

    Naruto 
  • Desperation Attracts Vultures, after Mei saves Naruto from an enemy attack.
    Frozen in ice in a silent scream with her hand desperately reaching outward was Ino.
  • Hakumei: (extra jarring considering he's essentially leveling a blood feud against his own clan)
    Masaru, a.k.a. Arashi no Sasuke/Sasuke Uchiha: Uchiha Yumi...I swear by this blood that I will have my revenge for [Sakura]. Every drop of blood that your spilled will be repaid ten times over. I denounce you, Uchiha Yumi, you and your entire family as hypocrites and murderers. From this day forth, I and my children will never eat with you and yours. I arm myself against you.
  • In Time Braid, Sakura has found a way for her and Hinata to fuse their time loops with with Naruto's, only for this to happen.
    Hinata: "I'm sorry Sakura. I wish you'd found me first.''
  • Naruto: the Secret Songs of the Ninja, the last line of chapter 6, as Team 7 are returning home to Konoha from their adventure in the Country of Earth, just a day or two late to catch the end of the Chuunin Exams:
    Keiji: Konoha's been destroyed.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion 
  • Advice and Trust:
    • In chapter 6, Shinji and Asuka ask who the Fourth Child is:
      Hikari: It's me.
    • At the very end of that chapter:
      Gendo [to Shinji and Asuka]: As of this moment, you are no longer Evangelion Pilots. Leave.
      • After closing the chapter the author asked:
        I promised you a Wham Line, kids. How's that one?
    • Rei's discussion with Kaworu after Asuka's birthday party has a rare case where Arc Words are used in this manner.
      You are just like me.
    • In chapter 9, there's a pretty big reveal about Kaworu:
      Kaworu: [to Rei] I have met Shinji Ikari before. Loved him. I think. I have seen myself die a hundred times, usually by his hand. I think.
    • Chapter 10:
      Gendo: Then you will do as you are ordered. Or I will separate you and the Second Child permanently.
  • A Crown of Stars: In chapter 74:
    TJ: <<"Private Rokubungi, front and center!">>
  • Higher Learning:
    • In chapter 34:
      Kaoru: Tell me… how's your hand doing?
    • During the final arc:
      Kaji: You love your parents that much, do you?
      Kaoru: Actually, they're my grandparents.
  • The One I Love Is...:
    Misato: I don't want to die... because... because... I'm... I'm pregnant...
  • Nobody Dies, In response to the question "How many angels are there left?":
    "More than there were before."
  • The Second Try:
    • It pulls a nasty twist at the end of Chapter 5:
      Shinji: We had a child.
    • Another smaller one occurs in the middle of chapter 3, marking the first divergence unplanned by Shinji and Asuka, when Hikari, out of concern for Toji, asks him about his absence at lunch, leading him to tell her about him being chosen as Fourth Children.
      Toji: I... I... I managed to get a better medical treatment for my sister.
      Hikari: But- That's great! What did you do for that?
      Toji: Nothing much. Just sold my soul...
    • Kaworu's last line to Asuka, implying that he was responsible for the entire Peggy Sue Plot.
      Kaworu: As you wish... Mrs Ikari.
    • After Third Impact is avoided, we get a rather heartwarming one when Asuka walks into Rei's apartment.
      Asuka: What is it you wanted me to see?
      Aki: Mama?

    One Piece 
  • Blood Man Luffy is a story where Luffy ate a different Devil Fruit than canon, specifically the Chi Chi no Mi, making him a Blood Man. Things get interesting when Bell-Mère learns of it.
    Bell-Mère: "You have Gold Roger's devil fruit?"
  • Marie D. Suesse and the Mystery New Pirate Age!:
    • From Chapter 6, Mar learns a surprising bit of information about the setting.
      Hana: Don't you know that Monkey D. Luffy was caught by the marines and executed in Loguetown like, years ago?
    • From Chapter 21, the Disinfector reveals his identity- Trafalgar Law.
      The Disinfector: Like I said, that woman was never, ever the captain of the real Heart Pirates... ...I was.
    • From Chapter 22. After Luffy's execution, which results in a few other Straw Hats being killed in the rescue attempt, Law reveals the culprit responsible for the tragedy.
      Trafalgar Law: (in a flashback) It's Madelyn. She's not what she appears to be. And I suspect she's the one who manipulated the events that led up Straw-Hat Luffy's death.
    • From Chapter 30. Mar brings her mother back to Law, only for him to reveal that Mar's mother is none other than Monkey D. Madelyn.
      Trafalgar Law: I wouldn't waste my time explaining to her what I'm capable of, Mar. She knows very well. Don't you, Madelyn?
    • From Chapter 32, after the Reset Button has been pushed, which we were told would result in Madelyn never getting her powers, going to the real world, meeting her husband or having Mar. Then we hear this...
      "Nice to meet you, Garreth. I'm Madelyn."
  • This Bites!:
    • This line at the end of Chapter 22:
      Vivi: Because the World Government has unjustly and erroneously accused me of treason.
    • And this line in Chapter 23. Like daughter, like father:
      Cobra: Today, I declare Alabasta's formal secession from the ranks of the nations of the World Government!
    • This line in Chapter 31:
      Cross: Soundbite… YOU CAN—! *lowers his voice* You can hear the Voice of All motherfucking Things?!
    • The voice in Chapter 39 that encourages Robin to live:
      Saul: The sea's a vast place. So I guarantee... someday you'll find friends who won't ever leave you. No matter who you are, ain't nobody born into this world to be alone! Your friends are right there waiting for you, Robin. All you gotta do is get back to them! Share your life with them... and never let them go!
    • A mysterious voice encourages Luffy in Chapter 42:
      A D-shaped smile flashed through Luffy's head.
      Roger: You wear my old hat damn well.

    Ouran High School Host Club 
  • In It's a Wonderfully Splendid Magnificent Life, Kotoko Fujioka shows Tamaki what things would be like if he never started the Host Club. When he gets to the twins, well...
    This new location was absolutely desolate…there were no people around at all.
    Tamaki looked around and saw neither of the twins. Just rows and rows of... graves.

    The Owl House 
  • In Love Potion (Lumity), Luz spills a Love Potion on Amity and thinks it affected her. Luz asks her if she loves her to test if the potion affected her. After fainting, Amity confesses that she is in love with Luz. Luz tells her she knows it's because of the love potion and assures her that the effects will wear off. Heartbroken, Amity leaves much to Luz's confusion. Eda asks what's going on and Luz tells her she mentioned that Amity was under the love potion's spell. Eda tells Luz something important about love potions.
    Eda: "Kid, for the potion to work the person needs to drink it."
    Luz: [*Beat*] "She didn't drink it..."
  • In this Moringmark comic Luz is showing her mom pictures of her friends at Hexside. Camila mentions wanting to invite Amity over for dinner. But asks her a question that reveals it all to be a trick by Emperor Belos.
    Camila: It's just, how are you able to do that...without the portal?

    Percy Jackson And The Olympians 
  • Son of the Western Sea, Chapter 4:
    They had compared him to Heracles. They’d been wrong.
    Percy wasn’t the next Heracles.
    He was the next Dionysus.

    The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists 

    Pokémon 
  • After Armageddon is a Pokémon fanfic set in a post-apocalyptic world. No one remembers why there was an apocalypse (with the exception of the Elite Four), until we find out at the end of chapter 48:
    Blue: You know why those scientists wanted to create a powerful pokemon? To fight Pokemon! To fight and kill all of the real Pokemon! You know why the water's polluted. They poisoned it to kill water Pokemon! You want to know who was fighting who, Saylee? Humans were fighting against Pokemon! The enemy was ''us''!
  • At the end of chapter 29 of Challenger, Ardos of Team Cipher hands out new pokemon to each of the Rocket executives with two being rare but otherwise normal pokemon.
    Ardos: And to the proper leader of Team Rocket, Cipher gifts you a Latios.
  • In The (Edit) War for Ash’s Freedom to not be Betrayed, Arceus drops this bombshell on Darkern Edgier, which also comes as a surprise to the reader:
    Arceus: Remember what you said, about this not being canon? Well, without realizing it you were more on the nose than you might have realized.
  • Poké Wars has quite a few of these:
    • From The Coalescence:
      "This explosion would be seen from several cities away, and it was something that they would never forget. It would also commemorate something else. That day was the day that the 23-year-old gym leader known as Sabrina died.
    • From The Incipience:
      • Chapter 7:
        Regigigas: "Ho-oh, it's not a matter of wanting to give you the orb, not that I would give it to you…if I had it."
      • Chapter 9:
        "'Hmm…how unusual. How did this get here? Interesting. Wonder if this machine is capable of creating this. Will have to see. Interesting prospect, may open new doors. Will have to keep this secret. Ho-oh's shortsighted hatred may make him blind to the possibilities this subject can create,' Uxie said to himself, looking at the single strand of black hair."
      • Epilogue:
        Darkrai: "What if we were to remove the dampeners of the humans?"
    • From The Exigence:
      • Chapter 4:
        "Butterfree's Protect held for exactly five seconds."
    • Chapter 7:
      Houndoom: "We mean you no harm."
    • From The Defervesence:
      Uxie: "Muk thrive in areas of waste. Unwanted by humans in cities and unwanted by Pokémon in wild. Coexistence with others in wild difficult due to neighboring Pokémon exhibiting heightened senses of smell. Not uncommon for Muk to be forced into city by aggressive Pokémon in wild. Muk typically forced to live in sewers beneath city to avoid human aggression. Limited light. Limited mobility. Dampener removal and message from you initiated desire to take and expand territory. Despite our eminence, chances of reasoning with them to stop are…low. Will have to eliminate entire species."
    • And later:
      Uxie: "I do not understand your logic, thought processes, or how you have come to this conclusion. High probability of dissension among remaining lab members upon learning of attempts at cloning them. But would first require their awareness of this particular experiment. Awareness which requires you to leave this facility to inform them. Would require you to leave this facility... alive."
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines have a variety of these both for a single sidestory narrative, or the universe as a whole.
    • After John Archer's Gardevoir asks what happened to her trainer, Dexter chimes in with information about him, ending with his status:
      Dexter: John was found several months ago: dead…
    • Chapter 23 has a pretty big bombshell after Aurora prevents Belladonna from attacking a captive Ash:
      Belladonna: Thank you My Dear….you stopped me from making a horrible mistake. You stopped me, from killing the Brother I never knew I had.
    • In the Georgia Gaiden, Dr. Brennan, having just run a DNA test on the Serial Killer known as "The Reaper", gives this bit of bad news:
      Dr. Brennan: The DNA matches the Striaton Gym Leader, Eric Knudsen. Ghost-type specialist.
    • In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, there's this conversation at the end:
      Hex: Urgh, when I get ta him, I swear I'm gonna Shadow Claw his face out!
      Lara: Hex, we ain't supposed ta say that here!
      Hex: Aw, come on, ya don't want ta roast his sorry ass fer everything he did ta us?
    • Chapter 29 ends with the following line by Sabrina:
      Sabrina: Do move the Primeape, would you? I have a plan.
    • The biggest one so far, in Chapter 34:
      Narration: She had achieved a secondary objective, having Ash know that his father was the worst man on the planet, even if she had not directly noted him as his title of the Bloodline King.

    Prehistoric Park 

    Pretty Cure 

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica 
  • From Thanks Kyubey, What Kyubey is, what they were made for, and why they have emotions despite being an Incubator is revealed:
    "...Good. It looks like our experiment was a success."

    Ralph Breaks The Internet 
  • It's a Slaughterful Life: Vanellope tells Shanks that she reconsiders being a part of Slaughter Race and wants to go back home. Shanks does not take it well.
    Vanellope: Um... Okay then, so... I guess I'll just be, ah... going, then? Is, uh... is that what's happening?
    Shanks: No. I don't think that's what's happening, honey.

    Real Person Fic 
  • With Strings Attached has two:
    • “The biggest thing is that there really isn't a curse on Ketafa.”
    • “It's all been a real game, hasn't it.”
  • Similarly, The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World has this killer at the end of the book:
    • “Although there are several persons responsible for various facets of the game, the one who conceived of the game, who built it, and, especially, who chose to insert you into it, is the one known to you as the squeaky-voiced Fan, the one responsible for much of your magic and for sending you on the Vasyn quest, the one who fled after you subverted Jim Hunter: the alien Jeft Indle.”

    Red Vs. Blue 
  • Recovery None:
    • After York recovers from being severely injured by and having his AI Delta assimilated by the Meta, Carolina asks if he's still willing to help her.
    • As Tex and Carolina search for Church in the wreckage of the Mother of Invention, Caboose obliviously drops this bombshell on them.
    Caboose: He's not lost, he said he remembered everything and knew his way.

    RWBY 

    Sailor Moon 
  • The Fragility of Time has one in Chapter 34, where Rubeus finally crosses the Moral Event Horizon by murdering Mimete for inadvertently destroying the daimon machine.
    "What you mean, failure? I know it wasn't a complete success, but I…" Mimete began in her defense. However, she did not get a chance to finish. Instead, her eyes went wide as black spheres of deadly energy shot through her stomach.
    • Before that we get the introduction of Sailor Galaxia to the story proper and her Establishing Character Moment:
      Laughing, Galaxia regarded her opponent. "Oh, I am sure you don't want to join me. Rarely does your kind want to, but they have no choice. You see before this day is over you will be executing the rest the council here and then I think I'll have you kill your own child. After all, I am sure that he is still alive here somewhere and who better to be able to find him than his own mother." Galaxia replied with a wicked smile.
    • And then the Star Seed is taken by someone else...
  • Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon has several of these:
    • This line in Episode 83:
      Usagi: "I think it's unnatural and wrong!"
      Prince Dimande /heh heh heh. "So do I..."
      Usagi /is forced to realize that she is helpless and alone with a psychopath, and starts to cry. "No... please, no..."
    • The recap for episodes 117-123:
      Mistress 9: "And then there was NINE."

    Senki Zesshou Symphogear 
  • Distortions:
    • Chapter 12: Tsubasa is in a base of the Horsemen and finds a laboratory with a very familiar individual in it:
      Tsubasa: Kanade?!
    • Chapter 16: After Hibiki and Miku have have a conversation with Yumi about what has been going on recently with the Horsemen and Yumi leaves Miku asks Hibiki a question that was bothering her during the conversation:
      Miku: Hibiki, has the information we’ve learned about the Horsemen’s organizational structure been made public?
      Hibiki: I don’t think so. I recall Director Ogawa saying that it’s kept classified right now. Something about not wanting the Horsemen to know what we know about them, I think.
      Miku: Then how did Yumi know that the Horsemen’s combat arm is named the White Unit?
    • Chapter 18: Bundle the Bonds: Chris talks with Professor Makoto about staying grounded in spite of all of the big changes in her life. She’s careful not to mention what the Horsemen think is happening to her. After Chris leaves, we get this line from the Professor showing that he knows more about what's going on then it appears:
      Professor Makoto: Thank you. Whether sapien or sumphonia, I’m sure you’ll remain human to the end.

    Sherlock Holmes 
  • In the second-to-last chapter of Mortality, Professor Moriarty is engaged in a conversation. In the last line of the chapter, we learn with whom:
    "And how is your younger brother, Mr. Holmes?"

    A Song Of Ice And Fire 

    Sonic The Hedgehog 
  • In Prison Island Break, Shadow The Hedgehog reads some documents about who his son is, and breaks down into hysterics. At first it doesn't sound like you're going get a name, just his screaming, but the Wham Line is delivered precisely at the end of the chapter, doubling both as the name, and informing readers that though Shadow is violent, he would never hurt his own son...
    Shadow: (sobbing hysterically) BUT DON'T MAKE IT BE SILVER! I'VE HURT HIM!
  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos:
    • Episode 65:
      Jesus Christ: Brothers and sisters, commence Operation Armageddon. Let the galaxy burn.
    • Episode 75:
      Sonic: How would you know who my father is?!
      Maledict: Because I am your father.
    • Episode 78:
      M.A.R.Y.: They are coming.

    South Park 

    Spyro The Dragon 
  • In chapter 11 of The Portal, a group of sinister Black dragons show up and attack the academy. The chapter ends with Spyro wondering who they are and where they came from before Cynder reveals the answer.
    Cynder: The Dark Ones. And I'm the reason they exist.

    Star Wars 
  • In Wilhuff Tarkin, Hero of the Rebellion, Barriss Offee explains to Ezra that the Clone Wars are called that because both sides used clones, the Separatists using theirs to replace Republic personnel, right before they find the Seventh Sister, that looks identical to Barriss:
    "Ezra": Wait... The Seventh Sister is your clone!
    "Barriss": No, I am hers.

    Steven Universe 
  • Eyes on Me:
    • The first fanfic in the series has this conversation between Sapphire and her mom in Chapter 8, which itself is a turning point due to its tone:
    Sapphire: I know you're trying to help, Mom, but I'm not in the mood for a motivational speech right now. Why don't you just go home?
    Yoko: I can't. Well, we can't. Your father kicked us out.
    Sapphire: Wait, you mean we're homeless?!
    • In Chapter 4 of the prequel spinoff Maya and Sorcha, the latter drops a bombshell regarding her relationship with her cousin.
      Sorcha: Can you write a letter for me, Maya?
      Maya: What for?
      Sorcha: There's something Roisin needs to know before I die...
      Maya: What is it?
      Sorcha: Well... I haven't been entirely truthful with you or your family. See... Roisin isn't actually my cousin. She's my daughter.
  • The fan song "Hello Starlight" features a small but impactful line implying White Diamond knew way more about Pink Diamond's double life as Rose Quartz than the audience thought.
    White Diamond: No more Rose Quartz, Pink, just you...
  • Ruby Stars: Clancy states that Sadie having Kay's gem is very bad, and not because the government wants it or because it's giving her powers she doesn't know how to control. It's because of "the network", the systematic mind control used by White Diamond to keep the Gems in her court under her power at all times.
    "The psychic control network," replied Barb, "That kept the Gems that belonged to White Diamond in line."

    Super Mario Bros 
  • Clash of the Elements has a pair in Part 2, Chapter 24:
    Alpha: "I guess before the Heartless invaded, this castle used to exist in a world known only as Radiant Garden."
And later...
Fawful: "So, I guess now would be a good time for me to drop the act, huh Commander?"

    Superjail! 
  • Extended Stay has two of these. The first one comes in Chapter 10 when Ultraprison is about to leave but is suddenly delayed.
    Mistress: I-I'm pregnant...

    Team Fortress 2 
  • The last paragraph of the one-shot Gone But Not Forgotten:
    Still, all is not lost. Your unborn son is the only thing you have of his that's left. In fact, you've already decided to name him after his father and make sure he never suffers the same fate that he did.
  • Something New sees Miss Pauling reveal something major about herself to Scout after a disastrous outing with her parents.
    Scout: You got any siblings? I don’t think you ever mentioned them before.
    Miss Pauling: Oh, they were born long before I was. We're not close at all. They were just these older strangers I’d see at family gatherings sometimes; over the years, they had children of their own who are barely younger than I am and they’d bring them along. By the way, I should’ve mentioned this after we got engaged, but I'm adopted.

    Teen Titans 
  • New Tamaran:
    • Chapter 23:
      "Crown Princess of Tamaran … meet ... The Clown Prince of Crime!"
    • Chapter 24:
      "I won’t forget this … SISTER DEAR!!!"
    • Chapter 32:
      "See the baby I'm carrying? Not mine!"
    • Chapter 45:
      "Beneath his mask, Slade smiled for the first time in ages."
  • The Poison of the Raven, chapter 12, during Dr. Stiles' examination of Raven after rescuing her from Poison Ivy:
    Dr. Stiles: "The poor girl is HIV-positive."

    Total Drama 
  • Legacy has back-to-back wham lines which reveal the story's true nature:
    Heather: How long has it been? Ten years?
    Duncan: Ten years ago today, may she rest in peace.
    Heather: That wasn't really what I meant, but... [b]ut, yeah. Poor Gwen.
  • TDWT Reducks Redux: Chris' antics finally catch up to him:
    Billy: "It is within my power to remove you from the position of host."

    Touken Ranbu 

    Transformers 
  • Mail Delivery has one at the very end of the story. Streetwise is helping Red Alert with the mail reception, and they discover that one of the packages is a bomb in disguise. Red Alert remarks that maybe Prowl will take the mail security more seriously from now on, and Streetwise protests that the bomb was nowhere near powerful enough to harm the Autobots.
    "Wordlessly, Red Alert held up the little bit of brown paper he'd removed."
    "The first line of the address read "Spike Witwicky, c/o The Autobots"."
  • To What Subservience Leads has one in Chapter 5, when Starscream demands to know the identity of the intruder in his mindscape:
    "Who are you? What are you doing here in my mind? Only Megatron can access this place!" shrieked Starscream.
    Megatron sighed, knowing very well the answer.
    "But Starscream, we are Megatron!" replied a voice.

    Twilight 
  • For the big reveal in Tossing Stones:
    Bella: Her name is Mary Alice Brendan.

    Undertale 
  • Inverted Fate:
    • In part 39, after Undyne separates Papyrus from Frisk and makes the latter almost have a panic attack...
      Narrator: Because even though Papyrus isn't here... (the text box shows Chara's determined face) I am.
    • And at the end of Part 45, after Chara is temporarily separated from Frisk:
    Flowey: I knew it.
    • During the Climax Boss in part 47, Frisk learns who "Captain Cryptic" really is...
    Undyne: You can fool the world, but you can't fool me, CHARA.
    • Papyrus referring to Flowey as "PR...MY FRIEND" in part 50. Followed up by him openly deducing the fact that Flowey is Asriel in the next part.
    • And in Part 53, when Chara laments about Mettaton defend their actions, Mettaton throws out one of these in response:
    Chara: (while possessing Frisk) But why? I don't deserve...
    Mettaton: I'm going to stop you right there, Chara. And yes, I know it's you, darling.
  • Storyshift:
    • Preboot:
      • From the This isn't supposed to happen bonus chapter:
      Goner Kid: The world turns on and on without me. This I know well. And yet I wonder. Despite seeing the same places, the people are never in the same spot. The only thing that remains is how I fell.
      • From the King Asriel bonus chapter:
      Asriel: Anyway, it's time for work. A big shipment just came in. What is Chara going to do with that many buttercups...?
    • Reboot:
      • After spending the entire preboot and the first parts of the reboot as much of a Heroic Mime as their canon counterpart, the end of Papyrus' battle has this:
      Papyrus: WHAT WONDERFUL SHOWMANSHIP, HUMAN! YOU REALLY-
      Frisk: Frisk. (complete with their own faceplates)
      Papyrus: (almost as surprised as the audience) NYEH?!
      Frisk: My name. It's Frisk.
  • Two from the first TS!Underswap demo:
    • After finally reaching Asgore's home, when Chara goes up to talk to him, they find their dialogue is being overwritten, giving us our first real hint that something sinister is happening.
      I didn't say that.
      What's happening?
      Help me
    • Done after reaching the end of Ruined Home, where you encounter Temmie again:
      Temmie: Don't worry! I have some "friends" of my own!
  • Undertale the Musical
    • Has a clever one during the midst of the "Hopes and Dreams" segment. It at first seems like just another Villain Song... Until someone else joins in.
    • And from the final song of the Genocide package, "But Nobody Came" or more accurately from the aftermath of the song in the video...
    The Fallen Child: We sang about it. We celebrated their deaths. With views. With likes. With comments. With shares. With subscriptions.
    • Heck, the first line out of The Fallen is a shock on its own because of how they sound. Nobody expected to hear that, especially after hearing them sound perfectly normal in "Star".
    • One to end them all in "Dark, Darker, Yet Darker."
    W.D. Gaster: (Evil Laugh) I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack...! I can see you didn't miss me.
  • Used liberally in Visiontale, but in particular, at the end of Chapter 29, almost immediately after Pauline, Sans, Papyrus, Will, Dewey, and Alphys revive Gaster:
    (to Pauline) In a firm voice, Gaster says confidently, “I am glad I chose you.”

    The Vampire Diaries 
  • Near the end of The High Road, after Klaus says he'll give Jill the cure to a werewolf bite in exchange for her hand.
    Jill: Why do you want to cut my hand off?
    Katherine: He means your hand in marriage.

    Warhammer 40000 
  • All Guardsmen Party: At the end of Tyranid Delivery Experts when meeting the Ordo Xenos:
    'But the charge at the top of the list will almost certainly be aiding and abetting the Rogue Inquisitor colloquially known as "Oak".'

    When They Cry 
  • In Sillyhat Productions' "Epitaph", Lambdadelta wrenches the series away from being a lighthearted parody when she informs Battler of something:
    Lambdadelta: I'll tell you a little secret. This game board you exist on right now... It's just a cheap replica of the original. Know what that means? 'Course you don't. Here's a hint. I can erase it.

    Worm 
  • In Quicken, when Emma asks “What date is it?” she learns that she’s not spent several hours buried alive:
    I had been gone for over nine months.
  • Recoil has two (so far):
    Part 2.1: Oh shit. My mom's in a lesbian relationship with my room-mate. What the fuck do I do now?
    Part 3.1: “The name's Tom,” he greeted me. “Tom Calvert.” Thomas Calvert, aka Coil, was her boss before he betrayed her and she killed him.
  • Lord Doom: The epilogue has Coil thinking over how his weeks long battle of wits against Lord Doom was finally coming to an end. About all the different universes Coil created and closed off after he failed. But he was finally about to win due to a powerful new precog that would let him sidestep all of Doom's countermeasures.
    In two different places, in two different universes, a pair of glowing red eyes stepped out from behind [Coil].

    Young Justice 
  • From Young Justice: Darkness Falls:
    • From "Wading": Inside this you'll find all the plans The Light has. note ).
    • From "Past and Future Revelations": LIAR! The League's all dead. The last one died a year ago.
    • From "Ghosts": Jason?
    • From "Regroup": Why didn't you tell me you could find wally??!!??
    • From "Retaliation": At the last second, Volcanna leaped in front of Barda, taking the blow.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh: Tilting the Balance sees Gerald finally confronting Alexander. When he says Alexander's name, Alexander tells him, "That's not what you used to call me." Gerald refuses to say it, even as Alexander taunts him, until finally...
    Gerald: Brother.

    Zootopia 
  • Chapter 17 of A New Dawn gives us a flashback scene that recontextualizes Bellwether's vendetta against predators.
    Teenage Dawn Bellwether: What are you going to do? Kill me?
    Chad Lancer: Of course not! Why would I ever do something stupid like that? I'm going to fuck you.

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