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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 
  • Iron Man:
    "Tony, who do you think locked you out? I was the one who filed the injunction against you."
    Nick Fury: You think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet.
    Tony: Who the hell are you?
    Nick Fury: Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Tony: Huh.
    Nick Fury: I'm here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative.
  • In Captain America: The First Avenger, Schmidt is explaining to the SS officers his developments for a powerful weapon when one officer notices the map of locations Schmidt intends to destroy.
  • In The Stinger of Thor: The Dark World, we get these lines:
    Volstagg: It would not be wise to have two infinity stones so close together.
    The Collector: One down, five to go.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
    • Steve discovers the Winter Soldier's identity:
      Steve: ...Bucky?
      The Winter Soldier: Who the hell is Bucky?
    • Steve then discovers the extent of Hydra's influence: the group never died in World War II, and they had agents that infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.
      • Leading into that one, there's the exchange that proved that nothing from the comics was too weird to make it into the films:
        Captain America: Arnim Zola was a German scientist who worked for the Red Skull. He's been dead for years.
        Voice from nearby computer: First correction: I am Swiss.
    • Two lines that threw the entire past few films into perspective:
      Arnim Zola: (as a newspaper headline detailing Howard and Maria Stark's car crash appears) Accidents... will happen.
      Senator Howard Stern: [whispering] Hail Hydra.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy:
    • A glimpse at the reasons behind Rocket's attitude:
      Rocket: I didn't ask to get made!
    • The main characters deliver the MacGuffin to their client and find out what it really is.
      The Collector: Oh, my new friends. Before creation itself, there were six singularities. And when the universe exploded into existence, the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots. The Infinity Stones.
    • "We are Groot."note 
    • As the Ravagers leave the Guardians:
      Kraglin: Yeah, Quill turned out okay. Probably good we didn't deliver him to his dad like we were hired to.
      Yondu: That guy was a jackass! note 
  • Captain America: Civil War:
    • During Steve and Bucky's conversation about Helmut Zemo:
      Bucky: He wanted to know about Siberia. Where I was kept. He wanted to know exactly where.
      Steve: Why would he need to know that?
      Bucky: ...Because I'm not the only Winter Soldier.
    • When Zemo starts playing the video from 1991:
      Tony: I know that road.
  • In Doctor Strange (2016), about the true nature of the Eye of Agamotto:
    Wong: In time, you will learn its secrets. But until then, it's best to leave it here. It's not wise to walk down the street carrying an Infinity Stone.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
    • Ego reveals the answer to a major question in the last film on his first appearance.
      Ego: I'm your dad, Peter.
    • A second from Ego is when Peter and him are talking about Peter's mom.
      Ego: I returned to Earth to see her three times, and I knew if I returned a fourth, I...I'd never leave. The expansion...the reason for my existence would be over so I did what I had to do. But... it broke my heart to put that tumor in her head.
    • During one of the post credit sequences, it's revealed that Ayesha is carrying a sinister looking cocoon-like pod on her ship that has a person slowly being formed inside.
      Ayesha: I think I shall call him... Adam.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming:
    • At one point, when Peter rapidly tries to hold a ferry split in half together by running weblines between structural strongpoints, Karen says "Well done, Peter. You were 98% successful." Turns out he missed one last one, and the ferry falls apart anyway.
    • This line at the ending from one of Peter's classmates, Michelle.
      "My friends call me MJ."
  • Thor: Ragnarok:
    • When Hela has Thor pinned to the balcony; unarmed, wounded and overpowered, Thor has a vision of Odin with the revelation that defines his powers. "Are you Thor, god of hammers?"
  • Avengers: Infinity War:
  • Late in Captain Marvel (2019), Carol Danvers and her friend Maria Rambeau find a very familiar item.
    Rambeau: That's the core?
    Danvers: According to her research, she called it the Tesseract.
  • Avengers: Endgame:
    • An on-screen variant after the Avengers' Pyrrhic Victory against Thanos in the first act; for bonus points, it's dramatically revealed word-by-word:
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home: In the mid-credits stinger, the Madison Square Garden MegaVision shows a video filmed by Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, in the minutes leading up to his death. The video frames Beck as a hero who died trying to protect the city from a deranged Spider-Man. It concludes on this line, for the entire island of Manhattan to hear:
    Mysterio: Spider-Man's name is Peter Parker!
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    Star Trek 
  • In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, there are three, relatively close to one another.
    • The first is when Chekhov and his team are examining a ship's wreckage on the planet under consideration as a test site for the Genesis Device, and he comes across a belt buckle with the name "Botany Bay" written on it
      [Confused, and slightly worried] "...Botany Bay?" *Realization hits.* "Botany Bay! Oh no...!" *full blown panic* "We've got to get out of here now!"
    • This is followed shortly, by Khan confronting Chekhov, and explaining the dire situation he and his men face, and features two by Khan himself:
      Khan: Admiral Kirk... sent seventy of us into exile on this barren sand heap with only the contents of these cargo bays to sustain us.
      Chekhov: You lie! On Ceti Alpha V, there was life! A fighting chance-
      Khan: THIS IS CETI ALPHA V! (long pause) ...Ceti Alpha VI... exploded six months after we were left here. The shock shifted the orbit of this planet, and everything was laid waste.
    • After further explaining the situation to them, however, Khan suddenly raises a hand, and his expression changes from on of confusion, to epiphany, to elation, as he says:
      "...You didn't expect to find me; you thought this was... Ceti Alpha VI. Ah! Why are you here?" *grabs the collar of Chekhov's suit, and lifts him into the air one handed* "Why?"
    • Arguably, the moment that really changes the tone of the movie is Uhura's line:
      Uhura: Admiral, Commander Reliant is signaling. He wishes to discuss terms of our surrender.
    • Also, who can forget this gem from Kirk:
      "I don't believe in the no-win scenario."
    • And lastly, while the audience already knows about Spock's sacrifice, it certainly counts as one to Kirk:
      Kirk: Engine room, well done, Scotty.
      Bones: Jim... I think you'd better get down here.
      Kirk: Bones?
      (the screen flashes to Spock's chair, which is empty)
      Bones: ...Better hurry.
  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home after the trial the crew wonder what ship they'll get to replace the destroyed Enterprise, and reason that it will probably be Excelsior. The shuttle heads for the Excelsior .... then as we hear the familiar fanfare, goes around it to reveal the Enterprise-A.
    Kirk: My friends.....we've come home.
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country has possibly the most obvious one in the series.
    Kirk: What's happened?!
    Spock: We have fired on the Chancellor's ship!!
  • Star Trek: Generations has one of the most shocking in the franchise:
    Geordi: "We're 5 minutes from a warp core breach! There's nothing I can do!"
  • From Star Trek: First Contact, as the Enterprise travels back in time and notice Earth's appearance has changed.
    Data: (reading sensors) Population: approximately 9 billion... all Borg.
  • In Star Trek: Insurrection, when Picard realizes what the metaphasic radiation is doing to him and the crew, he beams down to ask the Ba'ku:
    Picard: How old are you?
    • Later, Picard reveals a startling discovery to Admiral Dougherty:
      Picard: Didn't you know, Admiral? The Son'a and the Ba'ku are the same race.
  • In the 2009 reboot movie, before Vulcan gets consumed by a Romulan-made black hole.
    Chekov: Captain, the gravitational sensors are off the scale. If my calculations are correct, they're creating a singularity... that will... consume the planet.
  • Another Star Trek example comes from Star Trek Into Darkness, wherein the main antagonist gives this.
    John Harrison: "John Harrison" was a fiction invented the moment I was awoken by your Admiral Marcus to help him advance his cause. A smokescreen to conceal my true identity. My name... is... Khan.


  • Across the Universe: Lucy has seemingly decided between her two suitors, main character Jude and firebrand activist Paco, choosing the latter. One night, however, she happens to open a door in the activist group's headquarters and discovers a dirty secret they're hiding:
  • Airplane!
  • In All About Eve, the audience is initially led to sympathise with Eve and feel sorry for her. Even when she seems to have betrayed Margo's trust, her apology seems sincere. That is, until Karen asks her if there's anything she can do...
    Eve: There is something you can do. Something most important.
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  • All the Troubles of the World: After explaining the assassination attempt to Gulliman, Hammond asks Multivac what motivated its Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of destruction. The story ends with Multivac admitting it wants to die, over and over again, by voice and video and print.
    "I want to die."
    "I want to die."
    "I want to die."
    "I want to die."
  • The Amazing Spider Man 2: Richard Parker's video contains a secret that Norman Osborn didn't know about the former's enhanced spider experiment, which becomes absolutely crucial in Harry Osborn's subplot to cure himself.
    Richard: The human DNA that I implanted in the spiders... was my own. Which means that without me, without my bloodline, Oscorp can never replicate or continue my experiments.
  • American Graffiti: After the drag race, John tells Toad, "I was losing, man. He had me!"
    • And the epilogue has one hell of a Wham Line: John Milner was killed by a drunk driver in December 1964.
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  • Apartment Zero: "We're not looking for any particular face here, there is no recognizable look to the killer. He could be anyone. Perhaps someone you know. Someone in your family. Someone you work with. Someone you trust. Even your next door neighbor. "
  • Apollo 13:
    • "Houston, we are venting something out into space." This is the point where everyone realizes that, yes, the spacecraft is having real problems—it's not just the instrumentation.
    • "Houston, we have a problem" is the best-known, but also "One whole side of the spacecraft is missing. Right by the high gain antenna, a whole panel is blown out, right up... Right up to our heat shield", which really makes everyone worry that all their efforts may have been for nothing.
  • Arrival: "Who is this child?" The moment the audience realizes Louise's visions of her dead daughter aren't flashbacks but flashforwards.
  • In Austin Powers in Goldmember when Nigel prevents Austin from shooting Dr. Evil.
    Austin: Dr. Evil's not your son! I am!
    Nigel: No. You both are.
  • Baby Driver: "That's not the cops!" Marks the point where Baby realizes that Buddy is still alive, in a cop car facing down him, Debora and Doc, and is now coming for them.
  • Bad Times at the El Royale: Darlene makes a discovery that completely changes how things the final fight is going to play out:
    Darlene: How many people have you killed?
    Miles: 123.
  • In Tim Burton's Batman (1989): Not apparent to the audience at first, the Joker's favorite Pre-Mortem One-Liner serves as this to Bruce. They were the same words the mugger said to young Bruce after murdering his parents.
    Joker: Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?
  • Batman Returns: Bruce and Selina blow each other's identity thanks to this exchange they make twice.
    "They say mistletoe is deadly if you eat it."
    "But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it."
  • Battle: Los Angeles has one for the Marines while they are getting briefed on the "meteor shower." "These objects are not falling at terminal velocity. They are slowing down."
  • Big Game: Hazar's "If it makes you feel better, we're on the same side." Said to the man he's hunting down to torture, kill and stuff him.
  • Brightburn: We spent the entire film watching a Superman Expy slowly becoming evil, eventually leading to the murders of his family, and untold millions of people as he finally makes his villainy known to the world. But then, scenes of a bald public figure are interspersed throughout the credits, letting everyone know that this universe may get a little bigger...
    "The mainstream media, as usual, tries to sell you all on a load of bullshit! Just like that half-man, half-sea creature capsizing fishers in the South China sea! Like what we've come by last week, some kind of witch woman chokes people out with ropes and cords! They are all out there. They are all... waiting. And they are all gonna eat us for breakfast unless we get our shit together and do something!"
  • Cabin Fever: Paul enters the room and sits with his depressed friend Marcy.
    Marcy: We're all gonna get [the disease]. We're all gonna get sick.
    Paul: No. Bert's gonna get help. Karen will be fine, I promise.
    Marcy: It's like being on a plane when you know it's gonna crash. Everyone around you is yelling and screaming: "We're going down! We're going down!" And all you really want to do is grab the person next to you and fuck the shit out of them, 'cause you know you're gonna be dead soon anyway.
    [Coitus Ensues.]
  • Carrie: After Carrie's murderous rampage, killing many of her classmates and her abusive mother, Carrie's friend Sue tries to calm her down. In response, Carrie uses her Mind over Matter abilities to strangle her, and it seems that Carrie will kill the last friend in her life. But then Carrie releases her, because she has detected a baby inside Sue.
    Carrie: It's a girl.
Cast Away:

Jerry Lovett: "I'm Kelly's husband."
  • Charade:
    • Cary Grant's character pursues one of the villains across the balconies and finds him discussing his plans with his two co-conspirators, who are telling him what he just did was a "dumb move". Grant pushes his way into the room and says:
      "Yes, it was a dumb move, Herman! What is the matter with you???"
    • By the end of the movie, Reggie's convinced that Carson Dyle is dead, her friend Peter is a murderer, and Mr. Bartholomew is the only man she can trust. With this in mind, she's running away from Peter, towards Mr. Bartholomew, when Peter suddenly cries:
      "Reggie, wait!!! That man is Carson Dyle!"
  • Charlie's Angels:
    Dylan: [spelling with Scrabble letters] Enemy.
    Knox: [kisses her] I know.
  • Child's Play:
  • Chinatown:
  • The Chronicles of Riddick:
    The Purifier: The Necromonger in me warns you not to go back, but the Furian in me... hopes you won't listen.
  • The Cider House Rules: Homer and Candy discover that Rose Rose the apple-picker is pregnant and is considering an abortion. Candy tries to talk to Rose about it but she refuses to name the father. Her father, Arthur, comes in and Rose's submissive attitude around him lets Candy put two and two together by the next scene:
  • Cloud Atlas: "They feed us to ourselves."
  • Clue:
    • Wadsworth: I shot her.
    • "[Mr. Boddy's] secret? Oh, haven't you guessed? He's the one who's blackmailing you."
  • The Conspirator: "There should only be three," referring to the number of nooses on the gallows. Easy to see coming if you know the historical events the film's based on, but still a Wham Line.
  • The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola has an interesting variant on this: a Wham Line that turns on which word a character stresses in the sentence "He'd kill us if he had the chance."
  • From C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America:
    Horace: Me and Fauntroy... we kin!
  • Conspiracy (2001) at the Wannsee Conference when Heydrich proposed the Final Solution:
    Kritzinger: Purge the Jews, yes. But to annihilate them — that we have undertaken to systematically annihilate all the Jews of Europe — that possibility has been denied to me by the Führer!
    Heydrich: And it will continue to be.
  • The Dark Knight Rises features several:
    • When Bane first comes face-to-face with Batman:
      Bane: Let's not stand on ceremony here... Mister Wayne.
    • Soon after:
      Bane: I will show you where I have made my home, then I will break you. [hits a detonator, causing a Tumbler to fall through the ceiling] Your precious armory! Gratefully accepted! We will need it. [Mercenaries raid Applied Sciences]
    • And later in the film,
      Prisoner: The child of Ra's al Ghul.
    • Before the climax:
      Batman: [about the Pit] You think you're the only one who could learn the strength to escape it? Where's the trigger?
      Bane: But I never escaped.
    • In the climax:
      Talia: But he's not the child. And though I'm not ordinary, I'm a citizen.
    • Plus a truly awesome one in the denouement, to Detective John Blake:
      Clerk: You should use your full name. I like that name: Robin.
  • DC Extended Universe:
  • Dead Again: "I never meant to hurt you, Margaret." A bit unusual in that it's not the line so much as *who* says it.
  • Dead Man's Shoes: Anti-Hero Richard spends most of the film trying to get revenge on the men that tormented his brother Anthony, who turns out to be Dead All Along. Richard soon reveals what he thought about his brother all along, completely changing the audience's perception to Richard's motivation for the revenge murders and his relationship with his brother as well.
    Richard: He was a fucking disgrace to me!
  • Derailed: "Laroche, I chose this prison." Made even better in that it comes shortly after a wham moment when the viewer finds out that Charles unluckily got "placed" in the same prison as Laroche.
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Lawrence and Freddy discover they've been played all along by their mark:
    "Goodbye boys. I'll miss you. Love, Janet, the Jackal."
  • Downfall: "Steiner couldn't raise enough men for the assault. Steiner's attack was not successful." Cue Hitler's infamous rant.
  • Dracula Untold: In the epilogue:
    Blonde Woman: I'm Mina.
  • Drag Me to Hell: Christine has returned Mrs. Ganush's cursed button to her grave, possibly averting a Downer Ending. But then her boyfriend, Clay, gives her something.
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  • Edge of Tomorrow: "Come find me when you wake up" reveals that Rita knows exactly what's happening to Cage.
  • Erin Brockovich: A man named Charles Embry approaches Erin with evidence of PG&E's coverups.
    Charles Embry: "Would it be important if, when I worked at the plant, I destroyed documents?"
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Both because it completely changes how two characters are presented and because it serves as Foreshadowing for two more:
    Hollis: Don't be a monster, Howard. Tell the poor girl. You can have him. You did.
  • Explorers: The main characters have their first encounter with an alien. One of them says I Come in Peace. This is the alien's response:
    "Ehhhh, what's up, Doc?"
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile: On the eve of his execution, after denying his crimes to his ex-girlfrend Liz for decades, Ted Bundy finally answers her demand to know what happened to a victim's head by writing it out on the glass barrier between them: "Hacksaw."
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has the reveal of Credence's true identity in some of the last lines of the movie:
    Grindelwald: I give you back your true name: Aurelius. Aurelius Dumbledore.
  • Fast & Furious 6: The next Big Bad reveals himself:
    Deckard Shaw: Dominic Toretto? You don't know me. But you're about to.
  • A Few Good Men:
  • Kaffee sets in motion Jessup's Villainous Breakdown when he exposes a Logic Bomb in the latter's testimony:
  • Fight Club:
    • Plays with this with the repeated line, "It's called a changeover. The movie goes on, and nobody in the audience has any idea." While this line appears earlier in the movie in reference to a projectionist inserting subliminal porn into movies, it's repeated by the narrator later in a fourth-wall breaking manner at a critical moment that the protagonist (and we, the audience) are starting to realise that certain things we'd taken for granted have actually all been delusions suffered by our protagonist and that we therefore have to go back and re-interpret the film so-far.
    • There are a multitude of lines in the film that hint at The Reveal:
      • "Why do you think I blew up your condo?"
      • "Is that a pretty accurate description of our relationship, Tyler?"
      • "You're Tyler Durden."
  • Get Out: Rose Armitage reveals whose side she's really on when Chris tries to escape the Armitage house.
  • Ghostbusters (2016): The Stinger at the very end of the credits:
    Patty: [listening to EVP recording] ...what's Zuul?
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Rex, aka The Doctor, assumes the Big Bad role with a familiar moniker.
    Rex: The time has come for the Cobra to rise. You will call me... Commander.
  • In Girl, Interrupted, Lisa asks Daisy how her father helps her cope with her mental issues.
    Daisy: My father loves me.
    Lisa: I bet. With every inch of his manhood.
    (A minute later)
    Lisa: And everybody knows that he fucks you. What they don't know is that you like it. You like it.
  • The Girl with All the Gifts, when the non-human protagonist, who had been experimented on and generally dehumanized the entire movie, is considering whether to make a heroic sacrifice to save all of humanity:
    Melanie: "Subject's Responses: Exquisite mimicry of observed behaviors, question-mark." Do you still believe that, Doctor Caldwell?
    Caldwell: Melanie, I—
    Melanie: Do you?
    Caldwell: ...No.
    Melanie: We're alive?
    Caldwell: Yes. You're alive.
    Melanie: Then why should it be us who die for you?
  • In The Godfather, Part I: "Tattaglia's a pimp — he never could have outfought Santino. It was Barzini all along".
    • In Part II
      • "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart."
      • "It wasn't a miscarriage. It was an abortion."
  • In the case of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, it was its tagline: "On December 24, Godzilla Dies."
  • After Dr. Miranda Grey in Gothika speculates about the psychological profile of a culprit trying to cover his tracks, this line by Doug's accomplice leaves zero doubt about the culprit's true nature and that Miranda's life is in danger.
    Sherrif Ryan: Well you're right. I do fit the profile. Long-time friend of Doug's, access to the prison. I never did get a kick out of torturing animals, though.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel: "He [Monsieur Gustave] did not, however, succeed in growing old." 1960s Zero says this of the fate of his old mentor, and we abruptly careen headlong into a Sudden Downer Ending.
  • Says Iben about her infant son Oliver in The Guilty:
    "He kept crying because he had snakes in his stomach. I just took them out."
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry and Moody at the denouement have a conversation about Cedric's fate and Voldemort's return when Moody says something that gives Harry pause, in true I Never Said It Was Poison fashion:
    Harry Potter: I... don't think I mentioned a graveyard, sir.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
    • In the second part, Harry uses Snape's tears to look in his memories. In them, he finds a conversation of him with Dumbledore, who tells Snape this one crucial fact that easily explains Harry's abilities being similar to Voldemort's:
      "On the night Lord Voldemort went to Godric's Hollow to kill Harry, and Lily Potter cast herself between them, the curse rebounded. When that happened, a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing that it could find: Harry himself. There is a reason Harry can speak with snakes. There is a reason he could look into Voldemort's mind. A part of Voldemort lives inside him."
    • After Voldemort's defeat, Harry explains to Ron and Hermione why the Elder Wand failed Voldemort:
      Harry: It answered to somebody else. When he killed Snape, he thought the Wand would become his, but the thing is, the Wand never belonged to Snape. It was Draco who disarmed Dumbledore that night at the Astronomy Tower. From that moment on, the Wand answered to him, until... the other night, when I disarmed Draco at Malfoy Manor.
      Ron: So that means...
      Harry: ...it's mine.
  • Algernon, assistant to the scientist Foot, from The Beatles movie Help!: "It's more than my job's worth to stop him when he's out like this. He's out to rule the world, if he can get a government grant." Following the revelation that the Beatles made a big mistake getting help from Foot, he saw what the ring that Ringo wore could do: "Fantastic! With a ring like that I could—dare I say it—rule the world."
  • Hellraiser: Inferno: As Pinhead informs Joseph what has happened, he reveals it in one line:
    Pinhead: Welcome to Hell.
  • Holes has a rare positive example, revealing that Stanley's father has finally made a breakthrough in finding a cure for foot odor. Made even better by the fact that the speaker of said Wham Line doesn't immediately realize what she's just said.
    Stanley Yelnats III: Please, smell the shoe.
    Mrs. Yelnats: (distractedly) I don't smell anything.
    Stanley Yelnats III: You what?
    Mrs. Yelnats: (Realization dawns) I don't smell anything!
  • Hotel Rwanda: "Cut the tall trees! Cut the tall trees now!" Also doubles as a Real Life wham line since it also marked the beginning of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the deaths of over one million civilians.
  • The Hunger Games:
    • The last lines of Gale in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, during this exchange:
      Katniss: Gale? Where's Prim?
      Gale: She's alive. So is your mother. I got 'em out in time.
      Katniss: Got them out?
      Gale: After the Games, they sent in hovercrafts. And they started dropping firebombs.
      Katniss: They're not in 12?
      Gale: There is no District 12. It's all gone.
    • In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, President Snow delivers one to Katniss at the end of their video conversation, and by extension, to the audience and everyone else from District 13 watching it. Specifically, it reveals that he knows full well about District 13's rescue operation of the victors, despite initially making it seem like he was still oblivious to it.
      President Snow: Don't you think I know your friends are in the Tribute Center? [To his crew] Cut them off.
    • In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, while some people might have doubts about Coin being evil, the moment she reveals that she intends to perform a Hunger Games with the Capitol children immediately clears any tone that the scene had in question and starts playing a bit of sinister music as Katniss and the others stew and vote right afterwards.
  • In the documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, Caroll mentions that NASA had asked him, since kids weren't that interested in rocket launches, that if he would go on their next flight as Big Bird. It took him and his wife a good long discussion, but he eventually agreed. However, NASA had to decline at the last second because there wasn't enough room for him. This anecdote becomes a lot more poignant once Caroll mentions when they watched the flight on the set of Sesame Street:
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has Indy rescue his father from a Nazi controlled castle only to find his companion, Dr. Else Schnieder has been captured by the Nazi commander. Henry tries to tell Indy that Elsa is a Nazi herself while the situation seems to get increasingly dire for her. Finally, he surrenders and she's released.
    Elsa: Indy, I'm sorry. (takes Henry's diary out of his pocket and goes back tot he commander) But you should have listened to your father.
    • Another one comes up a minute later when Elsa and the Nazi commander lead the Joneses to the third member of their command, the man who sent Indy and his father on the quest for the grail.
      Henry: I didn't trust her! Why did you?
      Walter Donovan: Because he didn't take my advice. Didn't I tell you not to trust anyone?
  • James Bond:
    • From Goldfinger, Bond has just done a big talk on how Goldfinger can never hope to remove all the gold from Fort Knox before the authorities are on top of him.
      Goldfinger: Whoever mentioned anything about removing it?
    • During the confrontation between Orlov and Bond in Octopussy after Bond states there will be a retaliatory nuclear attack for detonating a warhead on an American base in West Germany:
      Orlov: Against whom?
    • During the Cold-Blooded Torture scene in Spectre.
      Franz Oberhauser: Franz Oberhauser died twenty years ago, James, in an avalanche alongside his father. The man you're talking to now, the man inside your head, is Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
      James Bond: Catchy name.
  • Apparently invoked in the trailer for The Jungle Book (2016). We hear a female voice narrating ominously and don't find out who she is until half way through. But even if you can't see her, any Jungle Book fan will know who she is based on what she's saying alone, making The Reveal all the more shocking.
    Kaa: Trussssst...in me.
  • Jurassic World has several of these:
    • Early in the film, after Zach and Gray leave for the titular park, we have this line implying that their happy family isn't so happy after all...
      Scott: So much for our last family breakfast.
    • When Owen and his trained raptors finally track down the I. rex, we get this line...
      Owen: I know why they wouldn't tell us what it's made of...that thing's part-raptor.
      (cue the entire raptor squad giving their former leader a Death Glare)
    • Finally, at the climax, when everything's going insane, Claire has these instructions for Lowery...
      Claire: I need you to open paddock 9!
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: This line, which confirms that Maisie is actually a genetic clone of Lockwood's deceased daughter.
    Mills: Lockwood never had a grandchild. He just wanted his daughter back.
  • Liar Liar's protagonist manages the rare feat of delivering one to himself, courtesy of the truth curse:
    Fletcher: [angry] Now you listen to me - I'm a bad father! I... I mean... [horrified] I'm a bad father...
  • The very last line in Kill Bill Vol. 1:
    Bill: Is she aware that her daughter is still alive?
  • Manborg has one at the very end, while Manborg is dying from his wounds. He sees a vision of his brother, which turns out pretty formulaic at first:
    Manborg's Brother: Hey, bro, it's me, your brother. Remember? I died at the beginning. I just wanted to let you know that I think you did great out there.
    Manborg: [smiling]
    Manborg's Brother: There is no heaven.
    Manborg: [smile fades] No...heaven...?!
  • The Matrix:
  • Maverick: In the final scene; reveals who the real chessmasters are:
    Maverick: My old pappy always used to say, "there is no more deeply satisfying religious experience... than cheatin' on a cheater."
    Sheriff Cooper: I never said that once! You've been misquoting me all your life!
  • Memento:
    • "Sammy didn't have a wife."
    • This one at the film's end:
      Leonard: When it's done, I'll know! It'll be different!
      Teddy: I thought so too! I was sure you'd remember. But you didn't!
  • Towards the end of Men in Black:
    Kay: I haven't been looking for a partner. I've been looking for a replacement.
  • Midnight Run has one right at the very end: "Now say goodbye, you lyin' little piece of shit, because I'm letting him go!"
  • And what is The Miracle of Morgan's Creek that's got the whole state in such a tizzy? "Six! All boys!"
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation:
    • Within the first few minutes of the movie, during Ethan's typical IMF briefing in the record shop:
      Recorded Voice: Good evening, Mr. Hunt. The weapons you recovered in Belarus were confirmed to be VX nerve gas, capable of devastating a major city. The bodies of the air crew were found less than 24 hours after they landed in Damascus. They were identified as low level Chechen separatist, with neither the access nor the ability to acquire the weapons they were transporting. This would support your suspicion that a shadow organization is committed to inciting revolution by enabling acts of terror in nations friendly to Western interests. IMF suspects this to be the same shadow organization you have been tracking for the last year also known as the Syndicate. IMF would be right. Normally, you and your team would be tasked with infiltrating and disrupting this terrorist network, but we have taken steps to ensure that this will not happen. Because we are the Syndicate, Mr. Hunt, and now we know who you are. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to face your fate. Pursue us, you'll be caught. Resist us, you'll be killed. And your precious Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Mr. Hunt. This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
    • The PM also drops one in London, to MI-6 handler Chief Atlee:
      Prime Minister: He couldn't possibly be talking about that Syndicate, could he, Atlee? Because you assured me that, that Syndicate was merely an exercise.
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout:
  • This is how the true Big Bad of the Bollywood film Mohra is revealed:
    Vishal Agnihotri: [after tossing a paperweight at Mr. Jindal, who simply catches it barehanded] A blind man cannot defend himself so fast, Mr. Jindal.
  • Mystery Team: "Let's all just take a chill pill."
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
      Neil: Oh my God. You were his mother.
    • Another from Dream Warriors is when the heretofore heroine starts sing-songing the Freddy poem, and when she stumbles on the last line, Nancy, the heroine of the first movie, makes her entrance finishing the rhyme from the doorway.
      Nancy: Never sleep again.
    • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
      John Doe: I know why you let me go.
      Freddy: Oh. Do you think I'm your daddy? Mm-mm! Wrong!
      John Doe: But you let me live!
      Freddy: Only long enough for you to bring me back my daughter!
  • No Way Out: "So were we" near the very end of the film. Not whammy in itself as much as it is for the fact that Farrell says it in Russian, which then prompts his interrogators to switch to that language as well and reveal that not only does "Yuri" exist, Farrell is Yuri.
  • In Oldboy (2003), Oh Dae-Su confronts the man who imprisoned him for 15 years which leads to this:
    Lee Woo-Jin: You keep asking me why I locked you up. You should be asking "Why did I let you out?"
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Mac passes a piece of chewing gum to (supposedly) deaf/mute inmate Chief and Chief says "Thank you."
  • The Ox-Bow Incident is about a Posse which carries out a Vigilante Execution of the men they suspect of murdering a man named Larry Kinkaid. When they arrive back in town, the Sheriff has this to say:
    "Larry Kinkaid's not dead."
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising: Newt and Hermann have forced their way into Shao Industries HQ in order to deal with the little problem of the Shao drones turning into Kaiju hybrids and causing mayhem. Then things go off-track.
    Hermann: What are you doing?
    Newt: What I spent the last ten years planning. Ending the world.
  • From Phantasm IV: Oblivion:
    Mike: So when's he coming back?
    Jody: Jebediah Morningside never does come back...
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, when the dreaded Kraken approaches the Black Pearl, Elizabeth realizes the bitter truth:
    Elizabeth: (to Jack Sparrow) It's you it wants, don't you see?
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End:
    • During the meeting of the Brethren Court, the pirate captains vote for who should be the Pirate King. As usual, each captain votes for himself (or herself, in the case of Elizabeth and Mistress Ching). Then Captain Jack Sparrow casually says "Elizabeth Swann", giving Elizabeth two votes, where everyone else has only one, making her the new Pirate King.
    • "The wind's with us". Said twice, by opposing leaders. Cue the Maelstrom.
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Neil Page has finally reached Chicago, so he says his goodbyes to Del Griffith before taking the train home. But during the train ride, Neil remembers something about Del that seems off, so he heads back to the station and finds Del still sitting there.
    Neil: Del, what are you still doing here? Why aren't you going home?
    Del: I, uh... I don't have a home. Marie's been dead for eight years.
  • An in-universe one from Planet of the Apes (1968): "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
  • When the day is finally saved at the end of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, there's still two more mysteries left: What happened to Tim's father and why can Tim understand what Pikachu is saying? Mewtwo answers both questions with one shocking line:
    Mewtwo: The father you were seeking was with you all along.
  • The Prestige has two: "A brother? A twin?" and the following exchange, though, like the Advent Children example above, the Wham factor is due to who says the line.
    Borden: You must be-
    Angier: Lord Caldlow. Yes, I am. I always have been.
  • Primal Fear ends with one hell of a wham: "There never was an Aaron, Counselor."
    • And just before that, although that one is more subtle and relies on a Fridge Brilliance by both the viewer and the protagonist.
      Aaron: Will you t-tell Miss Venable I'm sorry? Tell her I hope her neck is okay.
  • Primer: On the second iteration of the bench scene, "I hope you're not implying that any day is unimportant at Cortex Semi." The words themselves aren't important; what's important is that Aaron says that line even though Abe, exhausted, had failed to say the line it had been a reply to on the first iteration, revealing that Aaron had used a fail-safe and was repeating lines from memory, too.
  • When Max and Leo find their guaranteed flop in The Producers:
    Leo: "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp Through Berchtesgarden with Adolf and Eva."
  • Prometheus: "You're pregnant." This is said to protagonist Shaw, who is normally sterile.
  • From Psycho:
    Sheriff Al Chambers: Norman Bates's mother has been dead and buried in Greenlawn Cemetery for the past ten years.
  • Rain Man: "Raymond is your brother."
  • Red Eye: The seemingly nice Jackson Ripner reveals his true intentions.
    "Just keeping the focus on you and your father."
  • Remember: Christopher Plummer plays Zev Guttman, an elderly Jewish man suffering from dementia. He spends the entire film attempting to locate Otto Wallisch, a Nazi war criminal living under the alias Rudy Kurlander. When he finally finds Kurlander, the Nazi says his name is actually Kunibert Sturm and tells Zev, "You are Otto Wallisch!". It turns out the two men had escaped Germany by pretending to be Jews and Wallisch's dementia had prevented him from remembering his true identity.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera:
    • "You have your mother's eyes, her hair. I was told you died with her." Classic Wham Line example: you don't expect it, it's a major reveal (Nathan's been dressing up his daughter like her dead mom, wig and all, and told his friend she's dead), and it comes in the middle of a song where it's practically glossed over in favor of a much less shocking reveal ("I'm your... godmom").
    • Even bigger example: "He's been poisoning your medicine!"
  • Reservoir Dogs:
    Mr. Orange: I'm a cop.
    Marvin: Yeah, I know!
  • Return to Oz:
    • The seemingly kind Princess Mombi reveals her darker intentions for Dorothy.
    "You will be rather attractive, one day, not at all beautiful, you understand, but you have a certain prettiness, different than my other heads...I believe I'll lock you in the tower for a few years, until your head is ready. And then I'll take it."
    • The Nome King reveals to Dorothy how he conquered OZ.
    "My Ruby Slippers. They just... fell out of the sky one day- you were so anxious to get home. They're very powerful: they made it possible for me to conquer the Emerald City! Thank you."
  • Riddick: The second mercenary captain gives his name when he takes charge:
    Mercenary Captain: Name's Johns.
  • The Ring: "Why did you help her? You weren't supposed to help her!"
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: "Knowing that...our father loved you more than me." (Emphasis on "our".)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes: "NOOOOO!!!" Caesar the chimpanzee's first spoken word. Also, "Caesar is home", also spoken by Caesar.
  • Sabotage (2014): "I took the money!"
  • Saving Private Ryan:
    Ryan: Yes sir, how'd you guess that?
  • Saw: After the whole situation is resolved, Leigh Wanell's character finds a tape recorder, left by Zepp, and plays it. "Hello, Mr. Hindle", says Jigsaw, revealing Zepp was just another pawn in the killer's game.
  • Scream has a few good ones.
    Billy: We all go a little mad sometimes.
    • And then not 4 seconds later...
      Stu: (with the Ghostface voicebox) Surprise, Sidney!
  • From Se7en
    John Doe: Envy is my sin.
  • Serenity: "These are just a few of the images we recorded and you can see... it isn't what we thought."
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: "Come now. You really think you're the only one who can play this game?" As this said by Sherlock's intellectual equal, Moriarty, this serves as the audience's warning that Holmes' ability to plan his strategy before the fight won't help him this time.
  • The Shining: "You've always been the caretaker."
  • For laughs: Mel Brooks' 1976 Silent Movie was just that, with all dialogue on title cards which gets hilariously subverted in the scene where they ask mime Marcel Marceau if he would appear in their film. In the only audible dialogue in the whole movie, we hear Marcel—whose work is exclusively silent—say "Non!"
  • Sky High (2005):
    Gwen: And to mark this occasion, we've planned a special tribute to the most powerful super-being ever to walk the halls of Sky High. Me.
  • Sleepaway Camp: Angela. Such a lovely name. Why I believe it means 'angel'! Why, yes, I'm sure it does! I know you're going to like that name, won't you Peter?
  • An example of the final words of a movie being a Wham line: "Well, nobody's perfect!"
  • "It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people."
  • Spotlight: "Six percent of 1,500 is ... 90", in which the team realizes that there are in all likelihood far more child-molesting priests in the Boston archdiocese than the 13 they were already investigating.
  • Stage Door: "It's Kay. She jumped before I could stop her."
  • Star Wars:
    • The Empire Strikes Back has arguably, the most famous Wham Line of all:
      Darth Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
      Luke Skywalker: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
      Darth Vader: No. I am your father.
      • Even earlier than that:
        Obi-Wan: That boy is our last hope.
        Yoda: No... there is another.
    • In Return of the Jedi:
      The Emperor: Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design!
      • And during his confrontation with Luke on the new Death Star:
        The Emperor: Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!
    • Attack of the Clones has a wordless one: when the sympathetic clonetroopers form up for review before Palpatine and a group of senators before embarking to fight for the Republic, the Imperial March plays.
    • Revenge of the Sith has one that reveals just how thoroughly the Jedi were set up for The Purge.
      Palpatine: [over holo-com] Commander Cody, the time has come. Execute Order 66.
      Cody: Yes, my lord. [opens fire on Obi-Wan]
    • Rogue One
    • The Force Awakens:
      Supreme Leader Snoke: (to Kylo Ren) The droid we seek is aboard the Millennium Falcon, in the hands of your father, Han... Solo.
    • The Last Jedi has a bunch, the first one being in the trailer itself.
      Luke Skywalker: It's time for the Jedi... to end.
      • And later, during the confrontation between Kylo and Rey, when he forces her to face the truth about who her parents were.
        Rey: They were nobody.
  • From Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
    Bill Biscane: What? Did you think I went though all this trouble just because Dad liked you best?
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Not for us, but for Judge Turpin.
    Sweeney Todd: The years, no doubt, have changed me, sir. But then I suppose the face of a barber, the face of a prisoner in the dock, is not particularly memorable.
    Judge Turpin: [with immense shock] Benjamin... Barker...
    Sweeney Todd: BENJAMIN BARKER!!!
  • In the third and final story-within-a-story from Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, "Lover's Vow":
    Carola/The Gargoyle: YOU PROMISED NEVER TO TELL!
  • The Tall Man:
    David: (to Mrs. Johnson) Mommy!
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: it's near the end, but damn, is it a Viewer Punch.
    T-800: No. There's one more chip. And it must be destroyed also. (Points to himself)
    • Eariler in the movie, when John finds himself cornered by two Terminators...
      T-800: Get down. (shoots T-1000)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: Thanks to the name of the film, it was a foregone conclusion that the machines would take over, but you didn't know exactly when until...:
    John: There doesn't have to be a war! We can stop it.
    T-850: There is insufficient time. The first launch sequences will be initiated at 6:18 p.m.
    • Near the end of the movie...
      John: This isn't Skynet... This is a fallout shelter for VIPs. Only they never got the warning. There's nothing here! Why didn't he tell us? Why did he lead us down here?
      Kate: To live. That was his mission.
  • The John Wayne film The Train Robbers has him and his gang pulling a robbery to help the widow of a former robber balance things for her son. They end up pulling it off, giving her both the gold and the reward money for herself and her son to start a new life. The train is starting to pull out when the mystery man following them reveals himself to be a Pinkerton agent and as the train leaves, tells them how Matt Lowe was shot in a brothel five years earlier.
    Agent: I was there. So was she. She worked there. Her name is Lilly, two "L's". Matt Lowe was never married.
  • Transformers Film Series:
  • The plot of the second segment in Trilogy of Terror II has a mother bringing her dead son back to life with black magic. The boy turns against her with an intent to kill, but in the ending, reveals that he isn't her son at all, but a demon.
    "Bobby": Bobby didn't wanna come back, mommy. Bobby hates you, mommy. So he sent me instead.
  • TRON: Legacy: Kevin Flynn reveals to his son that Quorra is the last surviving ISO.
  • In United 93, for the Real Life passengers when they finally realize what's going to happen to them. By this time, they know that the World Trade Center and Pentagon have been hit by hijacked planes and theirs is inevitably the next one on that list.
    Tom Burnett: Hey, this is a suicide mission. We have to do something. They are not gonna land this plane.
  • Us:
    • Jason asking "How many of everyone is there gonna be?" after finding out they are not the only ones with Tethered doubles.
    • Red telling Adelaide that she could have taken her with her that night on the beach. This tells the audience that Red is the real Adelaide, and "Adelaide" was the Tethered version who replaced her on that night.
  • The Usual Suspects:
    • It goes from a usual heist film to something else altogether when Kobayashi walks in and says "I work for Keyser Soze." The men in the room all fall silent, knowing that he is a feared and near-mythical crime lord.
    • Near the end of Agent Kujan's interrogation, he rattles off his theory that Dean Keaton orchestrated the entire scheme because he was Keyser Söze all along. The final line that hits Verbal Kint in the face is when Kujan tells him that Keaton's girlfriend Edie Finnerman has been found shot to death.
  • Chillingly inverted in the Crapsack World of Visioneers, in that it's read on the back of a business card after what first appears to be the Wham Line. "Kill the thing you love."
  • The Wave: "Here is your leader!" (shows a recording of none other than Adolf Hitler)
    • In German remake Die Welle, Marco expresses his concerns to Herr Wenger about the Wave's escalation, and says to him, "I don't think you've got this under control anymore, not at all."
    • Rainer at first appears to ignore Marco but calls a grand meeting of the wave the next day, at which he announces his ambitions of German political domination, to rapturous support. Marco, believing him to have gone mad, speaks out, and Rainer has him dragged up on stage, to ask the students holding Marco, "If I asked you to, would you kill him?" This is somewhat subverted however when Herr Wenger reveals to Marco and the group that the whole point of the meeting was to demonstrate that the Wave was out of control, and he never intended to hurt Marco.
  • When Ellen is being examined by Dr. Beckham in To the Bone, she's pretty much talking to him like any other previous doctor she's had and trying to put off a false innocence. He's having none of it, establishing his character in the film.
    Dr. Beckham: I talk to kids like you all day, every day. So I know that you are, as a rule, full of shit.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom reveals himself to be a Toon, and on top of that, the Toon that killed Eddie's brother.
    Judge Doom: Remember me, Eddie?! When I killed your brother, I talked... (voice gets high and squeaky) JUST...LIKE...THIIIIIIIIIS!
    • And earlier, when Eddie is interrogating R.K. maroon about his deal with Cloverleaf Industries to sell his studio and the Acme gag factory.
      R.K. Maroon: I've been around Toons all my life! I didn't want to see them get destroyed!
  • The VVitch:
    Black Phillip: What dost thou want?
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • In X-Men, Wolverine and Rogue have been chased and attacked several times by Magneto's band of mutants. The X-Men come to the conclusion that Magneto's after Wolverine, possibly due to his self-regeneration abilities. Then Magneto corners the pair in a train station and has Wolverine completely at his mercy...
      Wolverine: What do you want from me?
      Magneto: You? My dear boy, whoever said I wanted you? [Wolverine turns to look at Rogue]
    • Logan:
      • Laura's "De nada." Played for Laughs, as Logan is very annoyed that she didn't say anything before.
      • When we first see Xavier, Logan walks in silently while Charles is rambling on about Taco Bell and other random things. Just when you think they're going to start playing the Scatterbrained Senior trope for comedy, Charles looks at Logan, one of his oldest friends, and says "Who are you?".
      • In a more serious sense, Xavier realizing that he killed some of the X-Men is also one as we only got a hint of this earlier and it changes the aspect of Xavier being a funny old man into quite the Tragic Hero.
    • Deadpool 2: Wade initially thinks the "grumpy old fucker with a Winter Soldier arm" attacking the Ice Box is after him, and tells Russell to get the hell away in order to protect him. Then they come face-to-face with the man himself, and...
      Cable: Hello, Russell.
  • A funny example from Young Frankenstein: after it's revealed that Frau Blucher has been riling up the Monster, this reveals that she was Frankenstein, Sr's girlfriend:
  • In Costa-Gavras's political thriller Z, the protagonist is a young public prosecutor of an unidentified Mediterranean country, (strongly implied to be Greece just before the 1967 coup), who investigates the death of an opposition MP. When the witnesses say that it was a "murder" orchestrated by the powerful military, he fastidiously corrects them saying that, unless otherwise proven, it must be presumed that the MP's death was the result of an "accident". Then, towards the end of the film, he is interrogating a member of the conspiracy:
    Public Prosecutor: Then, I assume that the fact that you were on the scene of the murder was purely casual.
    Stenographer: Excuse me, Mr Prosecutor. Must I write «murder»? You have said «murder».
  • Zodiac has this happen twice. The first is when Graysmith is talking with a sister of one of the Zodiac's victims and trying to get the name of a man who might be the killer. Just as he is about to leave, she tells him "It was Leigh" The second occurs when he is talking to a man who is a friend of another suspect. After telling the man, Robert Vaughn, that the reason he believes this man's friend, Rick Marshall, is the Zodiac is due to some handwriting on a movie poster, Vaughn replies with: "Rick didn't draw any of the posters. That's my handwriting".

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