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  • Ace Combat
    • Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere
      • While all five routes have wham lines in them, the UPEO-General Resource-Ouroboros route has one that stands out from the rest of them:
      Abyssal Dision: I see...! So you were... Simon... Were you?
      • The Omega Ending has what is quite possibly the biggest wham line in the entire series.
      Simon Orestes Cohen: Finally, we meet again... Well, I don’t know if you already realized it, but you were a program, created by me. And now, all of the events you’ve witnessed up to this point- all possibilities that I programmed into you as an AI have shown the answer. You having struggled to reach here, have shown me through many patterns, that in all ever changing worlds, he should end up completely erased. That man stole Yoko from me. The man who impudently lived on, alone as a dead copy, Dision! You completely deleted the program that reproduced his thoughts. You showed me all the possibilities. Well, I’ve decided to release you, into the real world. Forget everything you’ve done until now, and with your own eyes, understand the truth of this world. Who created this world, and for what purpose...
    • In the Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies mission Deep Strike, after destroying the Erusean Solar Power Plant, AWACS Sky Eye shouts at Mobius One to get out of the airspace, because the Eruseans are firing Stonehenge at them:
    Sky Eye: Incoming from Stonehenge!
    • Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
      • In the mission Blind Spot, while the Wardog squadron is intercepting Yuktobanian transports, over the radio, the 8492nd is heard firing on civilians.
      The Osean Planes are firing on a school packed with civilians!
      • In the cutscene following the mission, the Wardog squadron is brought to the capital of Osea, Oured, to stand trial for the attack, and when they try to say that the attack was carried out by the 8492nd Squadron, their tribunal drops this line:
      Tribunal: 8492! 8492! Is all you people have to say? There is no squadron in our military with that number!
      • In the mission Journey Home, the Yuktobanians launch an assault on November City’s football stadium where Vice-President Applerooth is giving a speech, and AWACS Thunderhead tries to call for reinforcements. But before the reinforcements arrive, the 8492nd comes back and tricks them into believing that it was a drill.
      8492nd Squadron Leader: Attention all units approaching November City. I guess they had us going too.
      Thunderhead: What? Who is this?
      8492nd Squadron Leader: That was a pretty good drill they got going. Anyway, drill is over. Return to base.
      Thunderhead: Wait?! What are you talking about?!
      • In the cutscene after Journey Home, Genette and Pops are examining the wreckage of an aircraft built by North Osea Gründer Industries, the company who manufactures Osea’s military hardware, when Genette asks:
      Genette: Why does Yuktobania have this?
      • In the mission 8492, which happens immediately after the mission Fortress, the Wardog Squadron are on their way back to base, when they’re ambushed by the titular squadron.
      Grimm: Enemy ECM! Wait, that escort plane... Oh no!
      Nagase: The 8492nd Squadron doesn’t exist!
      • And in the same mission:
      Nagase: What are Belkan Pilots doing here?
      • The cutscene that follows after the Wardog Squadron escapes the ambush begins with a Wham Line:
      Genette: (To Pops) Would it surprise you if I said that President Harling is nowhere to be seen within the Capital?
      Pops: Not really. The hardline war that Osea is waging right now, hardly resembles the peace policy the president was promoting. Let me guess: He disappeared just before we invaded Yuktobania right?
      Genette: Exactly. My journalist friends in the Capital have told me that no-one has seen him enter or leave the office since. All of his decisions are communicated through the Vice-President. And it gets better: A lot of the military officers who resigned over disagreement over the president’s policy have started to return to the capital.
      • And following that, Pops drops a revelation of his own:
      Pops: I found something out myself. That Belkan aggressor squadron that I was telling you about? Apparently they’re called the 8492nd. Also, and here’s the kicker, Captain Hamilton, the adjutant base commander here, used to be assigned to the 8492nd.
      • Immediately afterwards, the Wardog Squadron returns to base, and Nagase and Blaze go to Hamilton to inform him of the ambush, while Grimm goes inform Pops and Genette, but since Blaze and Nagase don’t know that Hamilton is a traitor, they go to Perrault to inform him of what’s going on, only to find that Hamilton had gotten to him first, and that there is more to Pops than what he’s letting on.
      Perrault: Thank you for coming 2nd Lieutenant. I was just about to call you over.
      Pops: Me?
      Perrault: Special Forces 2nd Lieutenant Peter N. Beagle... Or I guess you prefer ‘Pops’. Fifteen years ago, you and Bartlett were shot down over enemy terrain. Bartlett’s squadron HQ was destroyed, and all of its data was fried by Belka’s magnetic pulse weaponry. When you made it back to the frontlines, it was Bartlett’s word that you were his squadron leader. *holds out a gun* Is that really true? Bartlett turned out to be a spy. So... Who are you really? Can’t prove anything about your military record? *reaches for the phone* Can you?
      • In the next mission Last Resort, as the Wardog Squadron and Pops are fleeing from the 8492nd squadron, Pops’ true identity is revealed:
      8492nd Sqadron Leader: That flying style... That isn’t the Colonel is it?
      8492nd Wingman: Colonel? You mean the Colonel? The legendary fighter pilot they called Huckenbeign the Raven during the last war?
      8492nd Squadron Leader: The greatest traitor our country has ever produced.
      Pops: Is that you Ashley? I kept hearing this ‘8492’, and I was wondering what the heck it was. Ever since you started calling yourselves the Grabarc squadron during the last war, I got sick of flying the same sky as you. Seems you’ve strayed further from your ideals since then.
    • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
      Pixy: Huh? Did... Something just flash?
      • When the objective for the mission The Inferno begins, the lead bomber makes this announcement over the radio:
      Lead Bomber: Priority is to place destruction over accuracy.
      • The next mission, Stage of Apocalypse, as Galm is heading for Sudentor, while Crow is heading for Waldreich, AWACS Eagle Eye receives a transmission from central command:
      Eagle Eye: A Belkan bomber flight armed with nuclear weapons has taken off for Ustio!
      • Then, near the end of the mission, after it turns out there were seven other nukes:
      Wizard 1: Larry, can you read me? Your fairy godmother's here, Cinderella.
      Pixy: How can you say that after what just happened?!
      Wizard 1: (laughs) Today is your lucky day, Larry. Like your birthday.
      Pixy: And you're here to pull me off in a magical carriage, huh? To hell, I suppose...
      Pixy: Buddy... (player gets a missile lock alert) I've found a reason to fight.
      • During the briefing for the mission The Talon of Ruin, Galm team is ordered to pursue a rouge airship called the XB-0 when suddenly:
      Base Commander: We just received an emergency transmission from the control tower... Unidentified aircraft are approaching our base!
      • And at the end of the same mission:
      PJ: There’s an encrypted message on a hidden channel. Decrypting message: Uh, "Yo buddy. You still alive"? It's...!
      • The ending to the second to last mission Avalon sees the return of an old friend:
      Pixy: So, have you found a reason to fight yet? Buddy?
    • Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
      • In the mission Selumna Peak, after completing four of the six objectives, UAVs are detected flying over the mountains. Garuda is ordered to shoot them down, when a second later, their true purpose is revealed:
      Ghost Eye: Warning! Incoming cruise missiles!
      • Near the end of the mission Moloch Desert, the Estovakian Military is retreating, and seconds after ordering Garuda to go after them, Ghost Eye gets an emergency transmission from central command:
      Ghost Eye: You’ve been ordered to evacuate! Mission command has ordered an evacuation!
      • The post mission breifing reveals why they were ordered to evacuate:
      Base Commander: According to our intelligence from the Department of National Safety: Estovakia has a scorched earth policy in mind for Gracemeria.
      • During The Liberation of Gracemeria, Shamrock hopes to introduce Talisman to his family once the mission is over. But come the next mission Gracemeria Patrol, whatever excitement Shamrock had previously is gone, for while everyone else is celebrating, Shamrock talks in a near hush tone, and he doesn’t even laugh at Avalanche’s joke of flying in between the buildings. Its not until halfway through the mission when Shamrock reveals why he has lost his happiness:
      Shamrock: My wife and daughter, are both dead. Its just been confirmed. I saved my country, but I lost my family. What kind of an ace can’t even protect his own family?
      Shamrock: (voice breaking) Monica... and Jessica...
      (Not subtitled on the radio) How could I let this happen?!
      Shamrock: Once this mission’s over, I’m turning my wings. I’ve had it. I no longer have a reason to fly.
    • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
      • The fourth mission, Rescue, the Oseans attempt to rescue former president Vincent Harling from the Lighthouse, after it was captured by the Eruseans. He along with an Air Force Colonel try to escape on a captured V-22, when a missile strikes the cockpit, killing Harling’s escort, and the V-22 inexplicably turns around back to the Lighthouse. During that time, a couple of UAVs harass the V-22, and when Trigger tries to shoot them down, a missile comes screeching pass Trigger and strikes the V-22, ending the mission in failure, and leading to one of the most tragic moments in the series.
      AWACS Sky Keeper: Mage 2!
      AWACS Sky Keeper: Oh my god. Mother Goose One has been shot down!
      • The first part of Mission 16, Last Hope involves escorting an Erusean general that is trying to negotiate an end to the war. During the mission, he takes the opportunity to reveal to the Oseans on what led to Erusea declaring war as well as the secret behind the development of their drone army:
      Gen. Labarthe: The open declaration of war, the expanding of the frontlines—-It was all the work of some young Erusean officers. They were referred to as the Radicals, but there was an unseen force guiding them...It was technology they borrowed from the Belkans.
      • In the second half of Mission 16, the planes escorting the transport carrying Dr. Schroeder and Mihaly’s granddaughters suddenly attack Trigger and his wingmen without warning. Schroeder explains that the fighters are in fact drones, before dropping this revelation about the extent of their programming:
  • At the time of the Arcaea version 1.5 update, players unlocking the boss track "Grievous Lady" on Future were in for a nasty surprise: "Future 10". Up until this point the highest difficulty was a 9+, which simply meant "harder than level 9" rather than "between 9 and 10". This is no longer a spoiler as "SAIKYO STRONGER" from a later update is plainly listed as a 10 on the songlist, unlocked or otherwise.
  • Assassin's Creed III: Spoken by the character you had been playing as up to this time, who has all the classic Assassin skills and weapons, upon welcoming a new person into his "brotherhood": "You... are a Templar. May the Father of Understanding guide us." Lampshaded by Desmond, who exclaims in voice-over, "Wait, what?"
  • The halfway point in Baten Kaitos, where the main character drops a line that provided one of the best plot twists in JRPG history and completely tuns EVERYTHING on its head.
    Kalas: It's me. I worked together with Melodia.
  • Batman: Arkham City:
    • Hugo Strange drops this line while interrogating a captured Bruce Wayne, revealing that he knows his Secret Identity.
    Strange: By the end of tonight, I will be a hero. Just like you... BATMAN!
    • Towards the end of the game, Hugo Strange's Protocol 10 has been stopped and he's been stabbed by Ra's Al Ghul for his failure. As he lies dying, he says a line that ends up (temporarily) taking Ra's down with him.
      Strange: Activate... Protocol... 11...! [Cue Wonder Tower's Self-Destruct Mechanism]
  • Batman: Arkham Knight:
    Gordon: This is how it happened. This is how the Batman died.
    • During the mission at the Ace Chemical Factory, there's this gem, both for the character who said it and the voice actor playing him given he'd talked about returning from the role after City.
    • Later in the game, after a big vehicle-on-vehicle battle with the mysterious Arkham Knight, who has been feeding Scarecrow intel on how to fight Batman, he reveals he knows a lot more about Batman than Bats thought he did:
      Arkham Knight: But don't worry, Bruce. I kept some secrets to myself...
    • Speaking of the titular Arkham Knight, The Reveal:
      Batman: Jason?! But... you're dead!
  • Batman: The Telltale Series:
    • When Penguin holds Mayor Hill at gunpoint in Children of Arkham, the latter reveals his biggest secret out of sheer desperation, right in front of Batman.
      Mayor Hill: I took out Thomas Wayne! That was all him, he didn't know when to stop. I had him killed because of it!
    • At the end of "New World Order", when Vicki stabs Bruce with a pen laced with Psycho Serum:
      Bruce: You. You're with the Children of Arkham!
      Vicki: No. I am the Children of Arkham.
    • From "Guardian of Gotham", in a conversation between Bruce and the Joker:
      The Joker: Don't be ashamed; it's in your blood! I see a lot of your father in you. She probably does, too. It's obvious that's why Vicki hates you — your dad helped bump off her parents!
      Bruce: Why would my father have the Vales killed?
      The Joker: I never said he killed the VALES. She was born an Arkham. Victoria Arkham.
  • The Beginner's Guide:
    • The first hints that Davey isn't telling us everything come from this line.
      Davey: And to be fair it's not like this is the first game that's needed some modification to be playable. Like the housecleaning game, you know that one used to actually loop the cleaning chores and you just cleaned a house forever, I had to cut it off so that you could exit the house and the game would actually end.
    • The Tower level starts with two complimentary lines that spell out what went down between Davey and Coda.
      Coda, via the wall: Dear Davey, thank you for your interest in my games. I need to ask you not to speak to me anymore.
      Davey: I'm the reason that you stopped making games, aren't I? It's because of what I did. I poisoned it for you.
    • Throughout the game, the end of a section was symbolized by a lamppost, with Davey telling us that Coda put them in as a symbol of a goal or a finished project. But then, about halfway through The Tower, Coda's (written) speech to Davey takes a turn and throws all of that out the window.
      Coda, via the wall: Would you stop changing my games? Stop adding lampposts to them? Would you simply let them be what they are?
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine:
    • Chapter 1 - after Henry is chased by Inked Bendy and falls through the floor, there's this on the wall: "The Creator Lied to Us."
    • Chapter 2 - Henry is alone under the studio and finds a tape that ends with "Can I get an amen?" Immediately after this, the same voice says, "I said, 'can I get an amen?'" The tape is off, and the voice sounds like it's coming from around the corner.
    • Chapter 3 - Henry has been making his way through Joey Drew Studios' toy factory, looking for a way out. He reaches a dead end filled with unsold toys of the unpopular Alice Angel character and gets trapped. The lights flicker and her theme song plays. The song has a line that the lyrics keep coming back to: "I'm Alice Angel!" But then, a real life version of Alice creates a jumpscare by appearing in the empty room on the other side of the window, hitting the glass, and shouting the line at the same time that it was due to play in the recording. It's accompanied by the music shutting off, and is quickly followed by the lights doing the same. After this, Alice says, "I see you there. A new fly in my endless web. Come along now. Let's see if you're worthy to walk with the angels." When the lights come back on, a new hallway has opened up.
    • Also in Chapter 3 - Part of Alice's final rant for the chapter reveals: "No, Henry! I know who you are! And I know why you're here!"
    • Chapter 4 - For anyone not tipped off by the subtitles, there's the line at the end of Bertrum's "recording" inside Bendy Land: "You may think I've gone... But I'm still here!"
    • Between Chapters 4 & 5 - At the end of Chapter 4, Henry is forced to kill his Brainwashed and Crazy pal, Boris, in self-defense. He is then attacked by evil Alice, only for her to be stabbed in the back by... a different version of Alice Angel, who is there with yet another Boris. Fans assumed this was a rescue party. However, the game's developers released an audio recording of Henry's in the time leading up to Chapter 5 that puts the "rescue party's" motivations into question:
    Henry: There's crazy things happening down here... monsters, demons, angels... and right now, two of them are holding me prisoner.
  • BlazBlue:
    • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger only reveals the true identity of legendary hero and miniboss Hakumen once you unlock Hakumen's story mode and see his reaction to defeating the protagonist, Ragna:
      What tears (Hakumen) had have dried up long ago, and he no longer even has eyes to cry from... But to be reunited with the man he once called "Brother"...
    • Many of the plot twists in BlazBlue: Central Fiction are given through Wham Episodes, but a few come in single lines:
      • One line in Act 3 of Ragna's Arcade Mode shows that Amane Nishiki is not the trivial Blithe Spirit he appears:
        Amane: I see, so this is the real 'Ragna the Bloodedge'. Yes, very strong! As I expected, our dance together will be truly magnificent! I really want you to join my troupe now!
        Ragna: I said that I refuse! Don't make me repeat myself!
        Amane: I see... In that case, let me rephrase that. I want you to be under my Observation.
      • At the end of Litchi's third Arcade Mode, she encounters Arakune and manages to make contact with Roy within the Boundary. There she tells him that she's finally achieved her series-long goal: that there's a way to undo Roy's transformation and bring him back to their world.
      • One line in Carl's Arcade Mode shows how, despite all his intentions, he did turn out like his Archnemesis Dad: when he does the one thing he always hated other characters doing throughout the series.
        Carl: Hm? Sis, step aside.
        Ada: ...
        Carl: ...Get out my way, Nirvana.
    • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle caught fans off-guard in the EVO 2017 trailer when it seemed the trailer would end...
      Ruby Rose: Now, hold on just a minute! Ah, this looks interesting! Mind if I join the fight?
  • Bloodborne:
    • "Behold! A Paleblood sky!" Notable in that it's potentially a delayed example: if you're abducted and taken to the Hypogean Gaol, you may find a note with the above, befuddling message scrawled upon it. Considering that the very first note you can find in the game reads "Find Paleblood to transcend the hunt," you can easily deduce that this is a significant note, but it feels like its significance is lost upon you... Much later, after you've slain Rom, you return to Yahar'gul, where the Hypogean Gaol is located, and this time the note's significance will suddenly make a whole lot more sense.
    • "A corpse... should be left well alone..." Notable in that it isn't the phrase itself which is the wham line, but the fact that it's said in the voice of the Plain Doll. The Hunter themselves reacts with shock to this line and backs away from the speaker in obvious fear.
    • "Farewell, good hunter. May you find your worth in the waking world." A parting phrase spoken by the Plain Doll every time you've interacted with her, but it takes on a much deeper meaning in the Sunrise Ending.
  • BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm has a few:
    • Tyalie, reacting to the Wham Shot after battling an Asteroids Monster boss down to its smallest form, and revealing a dark truth about one of your friends:
      Tyalie: So this means... Anonymous is Legion?
    • Arianna, finally explaining her origins and motives, in a way that casts everything she's done up until then in a harsh new light:
      Arianna: My name... My TRUE name... It's ARPANET.
    • The Pale Wraith, dropping a vital clue to his true identity by way of Accidental Misnaming:
      Pale Wraith: It's been a long time, hasn't it... Cate?
  • Cho Ren Sha68k:
    • After defeating the boss of Stage 6, instead of "STAGE 7" appearing on-screen as one may expect, "STAGE 0" shows up instead. Furthermore, dying and ranking in on this stage will show the stage you reached as "2-0", indicating that this stage is officially part of the second loop rather than the first even though it's your first time getting to this stage. This indicates that something is pretty off about the stage...
    • When Stage 2-0 is completed, an explosion happens — the exact same explosion from the beginning of the game — and the game displays "STAGE 1", indicating a space-time loop.
  • Episode 0 of Code 7 ends with one. Alex successfully defended Sam and themselves against S.O.L.I., they board a escape capsule and leave. The last thing the player sees before the credits roll?
    Alex: I am S.O.L.I.
  • Beat Command & Conquer: Red Alert's Soviet Campaign, and one character reveals that the Ancient Conspiracy has been Piggybacking on Stalin, as well as showing indication that the Red Alert universe was about to be Canon-welded with the Tiberian series before becoming its own continuity.
    Nadia: This temporary chaos in Europe, would only serve to fuel The Brotherhood (of Nod)'s cause.
    The Advisor: The foreseeable future? Comrade chairman, I am the future!
  • In Dance Dance Revolution X3, a nasty one awaited those who unlocked "LOVE IS THE POWER -Re:born-" for the Encore Extra Stage, back when the track could only be accessed through EES. EES's in DDR had previously only required the easier — comparatively speaking — Full Combo (no step judgements that terminate the player's step combo) status to clear, but at the start of this particular EES, this message shows up:
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
    • When Nagito encounters Komaru and Toko near the secret exit from the city in Chapter 4, he makes the following line, whch reveals Toko's true reason for accompanying Komaru.
      Nagito: Rather, the one who disappointed me was Toko. [...] (to Toko) Now, perhaps I am mistaken, but I believe we made a promise. You were to escort her to headquarters.
    • In Chapter 5, Komaru is possessed by Tokuichi Towa's ghost, and asks if he's Haiji's father. Tokichi not only confirms it, but also reveals that another person Komaru knows is part of the family.
      Tokuichi (speaking through Komaru) : I see... You know Haiji. Then do you know his little sister Monaca, too?
    • For the entire game, Komaru has been desperate to escape Towa City, a goal that's merely put on hold near the end of the game. As such, this exchange after the Final Boss comes off as quite a surprise.
      Komaru: I...I know I can save both the adults and the children.
      Toko: Well, we can chat about it after we get out of this damn town once and for all!
      Komaru: Toko... I... I'm staying in this town.
  • Darkest Dungeon:
    • A meta example in the help window that pops up after a hero dies for the first time:
      If the odds are against you, remember that fleeing is always an option. If you're in the Tutorial, though, the escape command isn't available.
    • In the game's intro, the Ancestor uses the phrase "Ruin has come to our family". At the end he makes mention of the "The great family of man", implying that he was referring to all of humanity, and not just your house.
  • Dawn of War: In Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, Avitus' betrayal is followed up with this line during the relevant mission.
    Avitus: ...Until after the Tyranids, when Kyras contacted me again. And told me to provide information and aid to an ally of his... named Eliphas.
  • In Deemo, when you beat Fluqor, the final song of the game (Or Marigold on the fourth Forgotten Hourglass playthrough), the words "Goodbye, my beloved sister, Alice." appear on screen, which is the first (and only) time Deemo has talked in the game, who, in the cutscene following, is revealed to be the little Girl's (Alice) deceased older brother, Hans.
  • Deltarune:
    • Gives one right in the opening once you've finished creating your "vessel", letting you know what you're in for with this game, especially if you've played Undertale:
    Seam: "And my view of this world have become darker, yet darker."
  • Destiny 2 gives us the battered-yet-defiant Speaker's magnificent retort to an increasingly-frustrated Ghaul, after having lead Ghaul on a wild goose chase for weeks in order to give the Vanguard time to recover and launch a counteroffensive;
    The Speaker: I speak for the Traveler... I never said it spoke to me.
    • On Nessus, there’s an adventure called ‘Invitation from the Emperor’. Throughout the adventure, you pick up bits and pieces of a mysterious transmission from an individual whose trying to take over the remnants of the Red Legion. Its not until the end of the adventure when we finally find out who the mysterious new leader is, which leads to Cayde-6 having one of the few legitimate freakouts he’s ever had in the series:
      Ghost: ‘All that I ask, is that you return to my loving embrace’. Ew. ‘Emperor Calus has spoken.’
      Cayde-6: (Genuinely shocked) Whoa wait? ‘Emperor’? As in Cabal Emperor? Okay, opulence can wait, Ikora now. Ikora! Uh, good work you two.
      Ghost: Boy he left in a hurry. I wonder what that was about.
    • Io has an adventure called ‘Arecibo’, where Ghost is picking up a transmission that only he and the Young Wolf can hear. Throughout the adventure, they find some Golden Age capsules that each contain quotes from before the Golden Age. Ghost suspects that Rasputin may have left them behind, and that he’s trying to tell them something. When the final capsule is found however, this happens:
      Ghost: Ah, that music... it hurts... just... give me a second... It says... 'Never ask for anything! Never for anything, and especially from those who are stronger than you. They'll make the offer themselves, and give everything themselves.' I don't understand. Wait. Something's happening... Gah! Red sand! Mars! Ice caps! Ahhhhh!... Hey! Sorry, I spaced out for a second there. What were we doing?
    • In Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion, the cutscenes featuring Uldren Sov make it clear that the Mara Sov he's talking to is not his sister, but rather some other entity manipulating him. Most fans were of the impression that it was possibly the Hive's goddess of trickery Savathûn. But in the finale of the main campaign comes a line that reveals it's instead one of the infamous Ahamkara wish-dragons:
    "The Queen:" "FREE ME, o brother mine..."
  • In Dissidia 012, you unlock the Confession of The Creator scenario (Scenario 000) after completing Treachery of the Gods (Scenario 012) and Light to All (Scenario 013). Those latter two are numbered after the "cycle" of war in which it takes place. As per the story of the original game, the heroes break the cycle and go home after the 13th cycle. In Confessions of the Creator, which doesn't seem to take place anywhere in the ordinary story, the Mured Moogle (Cid of the Lufaine) tells you his story as you make your final approach to Chaos. In it, he casually mentions that in the 13th cycle, everyone on Cosmos's side, including the goddess herself, died and were purified. You may write this off as perhaps a misnumbering. Maybe there was a 0th cycle or something. And then he talks about an 18th cycle.
  • From the DonPachi series:
    "That was a good fight. You should be commended...Psych! You're dead meat!! Enemies you've been fighting against, supposedly 'Mechanized Aliens', were actually. our (sic) guys, the missing battlefleet you learned about in the academy. You were killing our guys without knowing it! But I planned that all along! And your death...would be a nice finishing touch to my whole scheme. My special forces are the best of the best and they will be welcoming you with fierce fier (sic) power. See You in Hell!"
    • In DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu, Colonel Longhena has two versions of the "welcome to 2nd loop" speech, depending on which version of the 2nd loop you unlock. Either way, he declares his intent to "build a new order"...
  • They're a single line in a flashback from DOOM Eternal that rapidly changes up everything we knew about the story, on account of who's saying it.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • Your character and Alistair complete their mission to summon reinforcements at Ostagar, only for Loghain, who was supposed to provide the reinforcements, to betray the army and leave the king to his death.
    Loghain: "Sound...the retreat!"
    • If you take a certain romanced character to the Final Battle and haven't Taken A Third Option:
      Alistair: "You say that like I'm giving you a choice."
    • Dragon Age II:
      • At the end of the quest "Alone": "You said you never wanted those markings, but that's not true! You wanted them; competed for them!"
      • In Merrill's quest "A New Path", she notices that the Pride Demon who taught her Blood Magic is not present at Pride's End, and suggests that something must have happened to it. Keeper Marethari, now possessed by the demon, arrives and says "I happened."
      • In the Legacy DLC, when you finally confront the ancient darkspawn Corypheus, he utters a couple:
        "Whoever you be, you owe fealty to any magister of Tevinter."
        "The light. The golden light. You [Dumat] offered... the power of the gods themselves. But it was black... corrupt." [...] "It was supposed to be golden!"
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • "Well, Shit":
        Bianca: Red lyrium... it has the Blight. Do you know what that means?
        Varric: What, that two dangerous things combine to form something super-awful?
        Bianca: Lyrium is ''alive'' - or something like it. The Blight can't infect minerals. Only animals.
      • "What Pride Has Wrought":
        Abelas: The Tevinters never destroyed Arlathan. We warred upon ourselves.
        Abelas: "Elven legend" is wrong. The Dread Wolf had nothing to do with Mythal's murder.
      • Shortly after the climax of "What Pride Has Wrought," encountering Flemeth in the Fade:
        Morrigan: are Mythal.
      • In The Stinger:
        Flemeth: You should not have given your orb to Corypheus, Dread Wolf.
        (cue image of Solas walking up behind her)
  • After defeating Schwarzgeist in Einhänder, you get this message:
    "Received a telegram from Hyperion: Enemy threat removed by your heroic attempt. The battle pattern of the latest E.O.S. unmanned fighter has been completed according to the data from your battle record. For your meritorious deed, you have been honored to be selected as the target of the last E.O.S. test. Congratulations. After your death, you will advance two classes and be awarded the sirius decoration. Glory with the Moon. Mercy on the Earth."
  • Quite a few in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
    • At the end of the quest where you have to negotiate a truce between the Stormcloaks and Imperials, Delphine walks up to you (if you haven't talked to her yet) and says this:
    Delphine: Oh, and one more thing. We know about Paarthurnax.
    • And while investigating a series of political murders in Markarth:
    Corrupt Guard: You want to meet the King In Rags? You'll have plenty of time to chat him up in Cidhna Mine.
    • For the Dragonborn DLC:
    • The game even starts with one, for those who have played previous installments and are familiar with the setting's lore:
    Priestess: As we commend your souls to Aetherius, blessings of the Eight Divines upon you.
    Stormcloak Prisoner: For the love of Talos, shut up and let's get this over with!
    • Throughout the game, the only word on the Dark Brotherhood is they have long since gone extinct and are almost mythical, but there is a quest from the orphan Aventus Aretino, performing the Black Sacrament in his old house in Windhelm to kill Grelod the Kind; when you walk in, he thinks you work for them. If you choose to kill Grelod, then twenty-four hours after completing the quest, you receive a mysterious note from a courier— with a huge black handprint and two words:
    WE KNOW.
  • In Etrian Odyssey, not a conversation line, but an area name (specifically, that of the fifth and final non-postgame stratum): Lost Shinjuku. This establishes that not only does the game take place After the End, but after the end of a modern Earth.
  • In Evolve you spend most of the story in the dark about the monsters. In the beginning, they seem like nothing more than an extremely dangerous type of predator on Shear. But then the hunters start piecing things together...
    Hank: Maggie, you've fought these monster before haven't you?
    Caira: Sometimes they leave the humans alone, but they always go for the Patterson tech.
    • And then Kala joined the team, who had both years of experience studying the monsters and a direct link to their minds. If she got downed near a monster, the connection would overwhelm her and she would speak their thoughts. The results were... illuminating.
    Kala: We will nucleate a true vacuum! This abnormality will be erased!
    Kala: The boundary of stability is wrong! We are the universe righting itself!
    Kala: Life is order, but all is chaos! It must be!
  • Fahrenheit:
    • "A Mayan sacrifice. That's what it was."
    • Also in the chapter, "Where is Jade?".
      "The truth is, you are dead, Lucas."
  • Fallen London, with its hundreds of tales to tell and multiple branching paths, naturally has several, varying depending on the point you're approaching from. But one of the best outright breaks the fourth wall to warn you of the amount of suffering on the horizon if you follow a certain questline:
    No customer support is available from this point onwards
  • Fallout 3, in the Broken Steel add-on you begin the first quest by assaulting one of the Enclave's last strongholds. As Liberty Prime is breaking into the base, though, alarms go off and he delivers this doozy.
    Prime: Warning! Red Chinese orbital strike detected!
  • Fallout: New Vegas:
    • When you finally deliver the Platinum Chip to Mr. House, he invites you to the basement where a couple of Securitrons demonstrate their standard weaponry you've seen them using already. Then, House reveals what the Chip actually does:
    House: What you did not know is that these are the Securitrons' secondary weapons. All this time, my Securitrons have had to get by running the Mark I operating system, which lacked software drivers for their primary weapons. Today, with the delivery of the Platinum Chip, all that changes. Behold, for the first time, Securitrons running the Mark II OS!
    • A fairly amusing one that can be delivered by the Courier in the Wild Card ending, after convincing General Oliver to stand down:
    Courier: I see. Yes Man, throw General Oliver off the dam.
  • Fallout 4:
    Father: I am... Your son.
  • Far Cry 4
    Pagan Min: It's yours. It's always been yours. Kyrat is yours. I pulled you off the bus in the first place to pass it on to you.
  • Far Cry 5
    Hope County Sheriff Dispatch: Yes, Father. Praise be to you.
  • Fate/EXTRA:
    Shinji Matou: "I'm only eight years old!"
  • Fate/stay night has several. Due to the nature of the narration, some hit the reader more than the characters, and vice-versa.
    Archer: Trace, On.note 
  • Fear:
    • Paxton Fettel's words: "You and I were born from the same mother."
    • After the credits, the very last words in the game. "There is some good news, however. The first prototype was a complete success." Spoken by Genevieve Aristide, the president of Armacham.
  • In the endgame of Final Fantasy I, the Warriors of Light journey to the world of 2000 years in the past, to confront the demon Chaos. They descend deep into the then-pristine Chaos Shrine...and encounter a disturbingly familiar face:
    Garland: Do you remember me? I was once known as a knight of Cornelia.
  • Final Fantasy IV:
    • It looks like it sets one up when Cecil and company travel to the moon and meet FuSoYa, when he reveals that his brother, KluYa, was Cecil's father. But that's just to set up the real Wham Line.
      Golbez: My father? His name was...KluYa.
    • Earlier on, when Kain approaches Cecil in Fabul. The wording varies based on the translation, but the effect is the same.
      Cecil: You'll fight, then?
      Kain: Of course. That's the very reason I've come. But, Cecil...The one I'll fight is you!
  • Final Fantasy VI:
    Gestahl: Kefka, stop it! If you revive those statues, you'll destroy the very world we've conquered!
    Kefka: Shut up!!
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    Sephiroth/Jenova: "...because you are a puppet."note 
    Sephiroth: "What I have shown you is reality. What you remember... that is the illusion."
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake has one of the biggest lines that changes everything compared to the original game:
    Zack: "Wait... was that all of them?"
  • Final Fantasy VIII
    • When Squall confronts NORG after thwarting his coup, which was caused by NORG wanting to turn the SEEDs over to Sorceress Edea after their failed assassination attempt on her, the following exchange takes place.
      Squall: NO! It's not just yours.
    • When the party members except for Rinoa remember that they were all in the same orphanage along with Seifer, Irvine reveals who the orphan matron really is.
      Irvine: Matron's name is Edea Kramer. Matron IS Sorceress Edea.
  • Final Fantasy IX has two, both from Garland:
    • "Twelve years ago, I lost one of my most prized Genomes. I created him and sent him to Gaia to disrupt the cycle of souls there. You are that Genome."
    • "I constructed the Genomes to be vessels for the souls of Terra when they awaken. But 24 years ago, I gave life to a Genome that was very much like you. His will was too strong to make him into a proper vessel, and I even considered discarding him. But then I thought that I should put his strength to use. I sent that Genome as my servant, to disrupt the cycle of souls on Gaia. The one I sent to Gaia might also be called your brother...and his name is Kuja."
  • Final Fantasy X has a few:
    • During the Home sequence, the true nature of the pilgrimage is revealed, and what it represents for the summoner:
      Rikku: "The pilgrimages have to stop! If they don't, and they get to Zanarkand... They might defeat Sin. Yunie could... but then she... Yunie will die, you know? ...You know, don't you?!"
    • Before the second fight with Seymour, he refers to Kimahri as the "last Ronso", and then reveals why: he killed all the Ronso that tried to stop him from pursuing the party.
    • Just after the fight against Yunalesca, if you haven't figured it out already:
      Auron: There's something you should know.
      Tidus: I know. It's about you, right?
      Auron: I am also an unsent.
    • And earlier:
      Auron: I felt something of Jecht there in that shell...couldn't you? You must have felt him when you came into contact with Sin.
    • And this one from Mika, where he reveals that much like Auron, he's an unsent, and obstructs the party's efforts to send Seymour:
      Mika: "Send the dead...hmm? You would have to send me too."
  • Final Fantasy XII has many, many examples. The first comes in the prologue:
    Reks: Captain...why? Our king...what have you done?
    • This line also plays over the eventual revelation that Basch has a twin brother.
    • And in a similar vein to the above:
      Balthier: He made airships...weapons... He even made me a judge.
      Ashe: You were a judge?
      Balthier: Part of a past I'd rather forget. It didn't last long. I ran. I left the judges, and him... Cidolfus Demen Bunansa, Draklor Laboratories' very own Doctor Cid. That's when he lost his heart to nethicite, lost himself. And I suppose that's when I lost my father.
    • Also these, provided you didn't read the instruction manual, which lists all the characters:
      Judge Ghis: This is hardly the courtesy due the late Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca.
      Gabranth: You have grown very thin, Basch.
  • Final Fantasy XIII has a whopper at the end of Chapter 9:
    Primarch Galenth Dysley: Why don't you leave, Jihl? Or rather...take your leave? Humans have no place here.
    • Followed by:
      Primarch Galenth Dysley: I am fal'Cie. My name is Barthandelus, voice of the Sanctum, and Lord-Sovereign of the Cocoon fal'Cie.
    • Earlier we get two in one:
      Oerba Yun Fang: I'm from Gran Pulse. The world below you all hate so much. My partner and I had turned to crystal there and gone to sleep. The reason Cocoon's in such an uproar is the same reason you're here now. Vanille and I woke up.
  • Final Fantasy XIV has one in nearly every patch, but these in particular stand out;
    • Minfilia talking to herself in the first patch:
      Minfilia: Krile...where are you?
    • When the sympathetic but antagonistic Iceheart is foiled, she says three words that left the fandom in an uproar;
      Iceheart: Hear. Feel. Think.
    • The second related to Iceheart is a line during the boss theme against Shiva, and lets the players know that she's not tempered, nor is she being a vessel, she's controlling the primal.
    • 2.5 had the players meet Midgardsomr, and along with it comes a Shocking Swerve.
      Heh heh heh. Mayhap thou thinkest me an oathbreaker? Thou art mistaken. If thou comest to harm, it shall be by another's hand, not mine. I did but strip thee of thy mistress's feeble blessing.
    • The Dark Knight quest line in 3.0 gradually hints that something is off about your trainer, Fray. As you complete quests with them, it becomes more and more clear that almost every time they speak to someone else, the person they were speaking to acts as though you yourself were the one talking. By the time of the level 45 quest, when a person you tried to help demands recompense because the blood of the bandits that stole his merchandise spilled on it, Fray reaches their Rage Breaking Point and gives a massive speech calling out him and everyone else in the realm for their constant demand for the player to do everything from killing primals to fetching paperwork and then often having less than even a "thank you" as a reward. Standard-sounding Deconstruction of sidequests in an RPG, up until Fray claims that "I should've left you all to drown in Leviathan's tidal wave", referencing an event they were most definitely not present for. It's the last hint the game drops before outright telling you what exactly Fray's deal is.
    • The stinger after Heavensward shows Elidibus on the moon. His last words before a five month wait for 3.1:
      The time has come for you and yours to join the fray, Warrior of Darkness.
    • 4.3 manages to make a wham out of a game interface dialog you've seen dozens of times by now, by putting it in the most absolutely unexpected context possible. To wit, you're given a quest objective to sit down and have some tea and a chat with your friends about Alphinaud, who just volunteered to return to Garlemald with Maxima and serve as an emissary. Cut to their airship, which is unexpectedly shot down by some Unfriendly Fire, and then...
    • The trailer for the 2019 expansion, Shadowbringers, drops a big one.
      This tragedy, greater even than the Seventh Umbral Calamity, must be undone. If history must be unwritten, let it be unwritten. Become what you must. Become...the Warrior of Darkness.
    • This line from Solus/Emet-Selch which calls into question everything that we know about the conflict between Hydaelyn, Zodiark and the Ascians that serve him:
      Thancred: I'm sorry I can only assume I misheard, but it sounded an awful lot like you were implying that both Hydaelyn and Zodiark are not gods, but-
      Emet-Selch: They are gods after a fashion. The eldest and most powerful... of Primals.
    • Near the end of Shadowbringers, things are looking bleak. Emet-Selch is on the attack, the Warrior of Light is on the verge of succumbing to the corrupted light aether they absorbed to save the First, and their imminent demise would lead to the destruction of the First and the Source alike. As the end looms, however, Arbert appears to lend his aid to the Warrior and keep them from succumbing to the light. Then, as the Warrior stands triumphantly and, with Arbert's voice, they speak!
    Warrior of Light/Arbert: This world is not yours to end. This is our world...our story.
  • A meta example with Final Fantasy XV. At E3 2013, the trailer for the long in Development Hell Final Fantasy Versus XIII ended with this line:
    The legend meets its match. But, the world is ever changing... For the fifteenth coming.
    • Ardyn confronts Noctis in Chapter 12, only to be instantly frozen to death by Shiva. Then he appears again, and drops the first hint towards his true nature.
      Ardyn Izunia: For a moment I felt death's chill wind, such is the might of the gods. But then, I remembered I'm immortal.
    • When you're about to retrieve the Lucian Crystal your family protects, the guy responsible for all your suffering appears, and then...
      Ardyn Izunia: I gave you my name earlier but you should know it was not the name given to me at birth. Ardyn Lucis Caelum is my proper name.
    • The ending of Episode Ardyn has one that completely recontextualizes Ardyn's personality in the main story.
      Ardyn: Why...? Why do the gods deny me my revenge!?
      Bahamut: Because thou hast been chosen to serve a different purpose. To spread darkness throughout the world is thy true calling.
  • In the Fire Emblem series:
    • In Fire Emblem Gaiden, Alm hears one after defeating Emperor Rudolf, the ruler of Rigel (the enemy of Alm's homeland of Zofia), at the end of Alm's Act 4. It's less so in the remake due to the much heavier foreshadowing.
      Rudolf: Your true name... Your true name is Albein Alm Rudolf. You one and only son.
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War:
      • Chapter 3: Lionheart Eldigan
        Manfroy: (to Deirdre) Prepare for your rebirth. Once we erase all your memories, we shall introduce you to your new husband.
      • Chapter 5: Doors of Destiny
        Arvis: I hereby sentence you to death for your acts of treason. No visits to the King today, Sigurd.
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade:
    • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn:
      • This line in the Endgame after destroying Lekain's Blood Pact and discovering he had a second Pact.
        Sanaki: Oh...I'll hang on to this. I promised to return this to its proper owner, Raven King Naesala.
        -or, if said character is in your party-
        Naesala: Oh! That one is mine!
      • In an earlier base conversation, we have a more minor one, but the reveal that all the Half-Breed Discrimination in this universe is based on a lie causes Stefan to briefly Go Mad from the Revelation.
        Stefan: It's said that a union between laguz and beorc is a crime against the goddess. That's what we've always been told.
        The Goddess Yune: That's silly. I've never heard anything of the sort.
      • On the final floor of The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, the party runs into a friendly face, Begnion's kindly Chancellor Sephiran, who'd been missing for most of the game. Empress Sanaki tearfully informs Sephiran that his old friend, General Zelgius, was actually the evil Black Knight. This prompts Ike to drop the following:
        Ike: ...But that's probably not news to you, is it? After all, it was you he was taking orders from.
      • In the epilogue, provided you're fulfilled the Guide Dang It! conditions to see it:
        Almedha: Because I have lost the power of my birthright, I thought... Maybe I wouldn't be able to... That I might not be able to recognize my own child. But when her own true son stands before her, no mother could fail to know. Oh, my son, you've lived and grown strong.
        Kurthnaga: You can't mean... Soren is your son?...
    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
      • While "Marth" had always been an enigmatic figure who hid much about herself, including her true gender, only while saving Chrom from an attacker doses she reveal herself as his Kid from the Future.
        "Marth"/Lucina: [To Chrom] Father! No!
      • Earlier in the same chapter:
        Validar: [To the Avatar] Heh, heh. Such arrogance! You dare take such a tone... with your own father?!
      • In Chapter 21, the following exchange takes place in a meeting with Validar regarding the last remaining gemstone, at which point Validar springs a trap in order to seize the Fire Emblem.
        Validar: The Gemstones and the Fire Emblem can be... treacherous artifacts. A fact Plegia and the Grimleal sadly know all too well.
        Lucina: "Sadly?" You speak ill of when the first exalt used them against the fell dragon?
        Validar: Yes I do, intruder!
      • And towards the end of the game...
        Aversa: Goodness! Now you're starting to sound like Walhart, the big bully... He intended to destroy Grima as well, you know. ...Our thanks, incidentally, for taking him off the stage for us.
    • Fire Emblem Fates
      • After fighting Flora on Birthright, the Avatar, along with Flora's sister Felicia, are trying to talk sense into Flora, who admits that she was forced to fight against you in the chapter because Garon threatened to destroy her village. It seems like the Avatar might succeed, as s/he did with some of the more sympathetic adversaries, but then...
        Flora: Nothing will change the fact that I betrayed you. Not to mention my own flesh and blood. For that... I deserve to die.
      • To those who haven't played Conquest or Revelation, Garon's final lines after being defeated as Birthright's final boss hint at there being more going on with him than it seems...
        Garon: No matter, I feel at peace now. How long has it been since I felt like this? Perhaps this is all I wanted all along... The sweet release of death... My... my body was destroyed. My mind... lost... Ever since that moment... I became... something... something...
      • This reveal is spelled out more directly halfway through Conquest.
        Azura: The man you call father is not King Garon. Not anymore.
      • And at the end of Conquest, in case you were deluded enough to think you had won after beating Garon...
      • In Chapter 24 of Revelation, after defeating the protagonist's resurrected mother, Queen Mikoto, Mikoto makes the following revelation when speaking to the protagonist.
        Mikoto: I was born here, in Valla. And you... you are part of the Vallite royal line.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • At the end of Chapter 8, Rhea says the following to you. This comes as a surprise both to your character and Sothis (the girl inside your head), since neither of you knew the goddess' name or Sothis' real identity.
        Rhea: May the goddess Sothis protect you.
      • If Byleth chooses to lead the Black Eagles house, during their C+ Support with Edelgard, she will reveal that she was experimented on as a child to give her a second Crest:
        Edelgard: I have kept it hidden all this time, but... I will reveal to you the power of my second Crest. It is the same as yours... The Crest of Flames.
      • During your monthly exploration of the monastery in Chapter 11 on the Black Eagles route, you can have what seems to be a completely innocuous conversation with Edelgard where she asks you to accompany her to the Imperial capital of Enbarr on some errand. Then the game tells you this.
        "This decision will drastically change the story."note 
      • You spend most of the first half of the game fighting a mysterious masked villain known as the Flame Emperor. The beginning of the Black Eagles Chapter 11 monthly battle drops this bombshell on you when Adrestian forces loyal to the Flame Emperor invade the Holy Tomb to steal the relics within.
        Bernadetta: Edelgard... Did you know about this?
        Edelgard: Yes. In fact, I gave the order. I am the Flame Emperor.
      • Seteth and Flayn's A Support finally reveals their true identities, which have been merely heavily implied up until then.
        Flayn: I shall allow you to worry about me enough for yourself and mother both. But only that much and no more, my dear father, Cichol.
        Seteth: Thank you, Cethleann.
      • Just before the final battle of Crimson Flower, the Imperial army has cornered the remaining Church of Seiros forces in the Kingdom capital of Fhirdiad, but are uneasy about what Rhea and the rest of the church plans to do in their desperate situation. Rhea then gives Catherine the following order, which surprises and horrifies even her.
        Rhea: Now, Catherine. Set fire to the city. The Imperial army will burn in the flames of eternal torment!
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • In what is probably a record, the second game scored two Wham Lines in its trailer:
      Phone Guy:note  Hello? Hellooooo? Well, if you're hearing this, then chances are you've made a very poor career choice.
    • And in the second game's story:
      "11-12-1987" (This date is written on the player character's check, indicating that the second game is in fact a Stealth Prequel to the first, as well as hinting at a connection to the Bite of '87.)
    • The final phone call in the second game puts quite a few key events from the franchise's backstory into perspective (the most startling lines in bold):
      Phone Guy: Hello hello? Uh... what on earth are you doing there? Uh... Didn't you get the memo? Uh... The place is closed down, at least for a while. Someone used one of the suits. We had a spare in the back, a yellow one; someone used it... Now none of them are acting right. Listen, j-just finish your shift. It's safer than trying to leave in the middle of the night. Uh... We have one more event scheduled for tomorrow: a birthday. You'll be on day shift. Wear your uniform. Stay close to the animatronics and make sure they don't hurt anyone, okay? Uh, for now just make it through the night. Uh, when the place eventually opens again, I'll probably take the night shift myself. Okay, good night and good luck.
    • From the third game, after a very uneventful Night 1, the second phone call you receive has this:
      Phone Dude: But I have an even better surprise for you and you're not gonna believe this- we found one. A REAL one.
    • And again in the Five Nights at Freddy's 4.
      The Child's Big Brother Bully: Hey guys, I think the little man said he wants to give Fredbear a big kiss!
    • Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location has one in the opening narration:
      "With all due respect, those aren't the design choices we were curious about, Mr. Afton."
    • And again in the canon ending:
    • And another one from Sister Location, specifically from the cutscene you unlock after beating the hardest difficulty of Custom Night:
      "Father. It's me, Michael. I did it. I found it. It was right where you said it would be. They were all there. They didn't recognize at first, but then they thought I was you. And I found her. I put her back together, just like you asked me to. She's free now. But something is wrong with me. I should be dead. But I'm not. I've been living in shadows. There is only one thing left for me to do now. I'm going to come find you. I'm going to come find you."
      (Cue a split-second appearance of the damaged, but still intact Springtrap)
    • From the Good Ending of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, Scrap Baby's speech at the end of the game is cut off with...
      Cassette Man: Connection terminated. I'm sorry to interrupt you, Elizabeth- if you still even remember that name- but I'm afraid you've been misinformed.
  • Freelancer:
    "Bounty Hunters, cease fire! These two are under the protection of the Lane Hackers!
    • When Colonel Kress reveals who he is working for:
      Colonel Kress: The Order.
  • In Gears of War, everyone is lead to believe that Adam Fenix, Marcus Fenix’s father, has been dead for a decade and a half. But then at the end of the credits of the second game, a radio transmission is heard:
    Adam Fenix: This is Adam Fenix. Can you hear me? This is Adam Fenix. Is anyone out there? This is Adam Fenix... What have you done?
  • Ghost Trick: The ending offers up a whammy, right after the very last puzzle in the game.
    Yomiel: looks like HIS fate just changed in a big way.
    Sissel: Whose?
    Yomiel: That kitten's, of course. Sissel's.
  • You've finished Ghosts 'n Goblins, then you get this message:
  • God of War (PS4) has this revelation between Kratos and Atreus after scattering Faye's ashes:
    Atreus: My name on the wall. The giants called me...'Loki?"
  • Gradius V — Stage 2 starts off as a brief space segment, but then:
    Vic Viper's computer: "Warning: There is a space-time anomaly forming. Two objects have emerged. Ship identification code cannot be processed for the large craft. The other is Vic Viper T-301."
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • From Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
      Sonny Forelli: At least someone in your chickenshit organization knows how to do business, isn't that right, Lance?
    • From Grand Theft Auto IV, on the Deal ending path:
      Assassin: Niko Bellic? A gift from Dimitri Rascalov.
    • From Grand Theft Auto V, from Trevor to Michael, shedding light on the events of the game's Action Prologue:
      Trevor: Let me just ask you something, alright, something I've been thinking about. Up in North Yankton, exactly who was buried in your place?

  • Half-Life is relatively straightforward with a team of scientists accidentally opening a rift to another dimension that leads to an alien invasion of Earth. Except for the mysterious man with the suitcase who shows up all over the game, sometimes unlocking doors for Gordon Freeman and sometimes blocking his way, until revealing at the end that everything turned out just as his "employers" intended, and then puts him into suspended animation until he needs him again. In Half-Life 2 he sets Gordon Freeman loose and manipulates things in the background again, hinting that there had been several parties that were interested in securing his services. The real whammer comes in the middle of Episode Two when he implants a message into the mind of the daughter of the scientist who led the experiment that resulted in the alien invasion.
    G-Man: "When you see your...father...relay these words: Prepare for unforeseen consequences."
    • Which gets an even bigger punch as you have to be a huge fan of the first game that was released 12 years earlier since "Unforeseen Consequences" is the name of the level immediately after the experiment goes wrong and aliens invade through the dimensional rift.
    • Shortly before that while speaking into Gordon Freeman's mind, he is shown sitting on the computer of the security guard who first mentioned that on the day of the experiment the computer system of the facility was going crazy, but "seemed back to normal", revealing that he wasn't just opportunistic in using the dimensional rift for the goals of his employers, but actually created it on purpose.
      • Immediately after the above line is delivered, the aforementioned scientist tells Gordon that he was told to "prepare for unforeseen consequences" right before the experiment began.
      Eli: You know who I'm talking about. Our mutual friend.
      • This is the first time someone has acknowledged the existence of the G-Man. Eli also tells Gordon that the G-Man brought the crystal used in the experiment to Black Mesa in the first place, confirming the earlier hints that he was responsible for the disaster.
  • Halo has some:
    • Halo: Combat Evolved:
      Cortana: You don't know what this thing does, do you? Halo doesn't kill Flood, it kills their food. Humans, Covenant, whatever - we're all equally edible! The only way to stop the Flood is to starve them to death.
      • There's one after Cortana learns that the Covenant have discovered something on the ring that they are afraid of...
      Master Chief: Something buried? Where-
      Cortana: The Captain! We've got to stop the Captain!
    • Halo 2:
      343 Guilty Spark: Failsafe protocol: In the event of unexpected shutdown, the entire system will move to standby status. All platforms are now ready for remote activation.
      Commander Keyes: Remote activation? ...Where would someone go to activate the other rings?
      343 Guilty Spark: Why, The Ark, of course.
      Arbiter: And where, Oracle, is that?
    • Before that:
      Arbiter: When the Prophets learn of this, they'll take your head!
      Tarturus: When they learn? Fool, they ordered me to do it.
    • Halo 3:
      Master Chief: That's... our galaxy. We're beyond the rim.
      Mendicant Bias: I SEE YOU, RECLAIMER.
      343 Guilty Spark: You are the child of my makers. Inheritor of all they left behind! You are Forerunner! But this ring... IS MINE!
    • Halo 4:
      Cortana: I was put into service over eight years ago... AIs deteriorate after seven.
      Ur-Didact: Time was your ally, human. But now it has abandoned you. The Forerunners... have returned.
    • Remember how the Spartans are always touted as humanity's best soldiers, groomed from a young age to be perfect, obedient killing machines? Now consider the Master Chief's response when ordered - not asked, ordered by a superior officer - to hand over Cortana for termination.
      Chief: No, sir.
  • In Hatoful Boyfriend, there's "I wonder why he lied about going straight home...?"
  • Her Story
    SB: So... you think you understand why your mother did what she did?
  • Heavy Rain: "Don't forget about me...Scottie."
  • In Hometown Story, you first meet one of the main characters (and possible future spouse if you play as girl) when he comes to buy toys at your store. Eventually, while going into the town enterance during a certain part of the day, you find the guy being confronted by some villagers. When your animal companion asks what is happening, the only other recognizable character at the scene tells you that the toy guy apparently killed someone; it fortunately quickly turns out that it was a failure to save murder and that the toys were for the very young victim's grave.
  • In Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, if the player starts the infamous Conquest End, Nepgear gets to say this one line that tells us what kind of an ending it will be:
    Nepgear: What if we gathered all of the nations' shares into one big share?
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia V has the following:
    Peashy: Bwaaah! What's going on? I'm all tiny now!
    • What should have been a simple fight against Vert becomes a candidate for That One Boss starts with this and it is hilarious:
      Vert: Hmhmhmm. While you were all having your silly argument, this happened...
      Nepgear: Vert is my big sister now. I am Vert's loyal little sister.
  • Hypnospace Outlaw has a big one around the midpoint of the game's story, after the player suffers a catastrophic system crash, representing the point where the game goes from a mere internet simulator to a thriller involving a sinister conspiracy.
    The California teen hacker responsible for the "Year 2000 Mindcrash" virus that left at least five Hypnospace users dead has become the first juvenile charged in federal court with manslaughter by way of computer hacking. Tim Randal Stevens, who went by the handle "T1MAGEDDON" in Hypnospace, will serve up to six years in a federal prison for the crime.
  • Ib has a major one, in a book that you find in the Violet Area:
    'Mary' (----) - The last work of Guertena's life. While the girl appears almost lifelike, naturally, she is not based on a real person.
  • I Miss the Sunrise:
    Willis: [Typelog] must have traced back the sabotage of the Mind/Matter Interface project to our agent on the inside.
    • Later, there is a wham word: In Ivoronus' final scene, you get a piece of paper with their name on it. It's "PRIME", the name that #1213 gave to their most beloved creation.
  • The Impossible Quiz sets up one at the very end to royally piss off every player who uses even one skip in the quiz at all. Which is most if not all un-spoiled players who reach the final question. That you're told this information only upon reaching the final question adds greatly to the screw-you factor.
    Ok, so this is the last question. It is potentially the easiest question there is... or your worst NIGHTMARE depending on how you've played the quiz. GOOD LUCK!
  • inFAMOUS:
    Cole: What do you want me to tell Moya?
    John: Who's Moya?
    • Later, there's another one:
      Cole: Yet the thing that drove him forward...Kessler's sole link to the past, was a picture from his wedding day...
      when he married Trish, with Zeke as his best man...
      • Actually, before that was Kessler's last words; "Trish, I love you. Forgive me."
  • inFAMOUS 2 delivers a surprise one from the Big Bad:
    The Beast: Humanity is dead. Help me save what I can.
  • Jade Empire:
    • For much of the game, your goal is to rescue your master, Sun Li, from the Emperor. Once you succeed, he will say this to you.
    "Your abilities have grown immensely. But it also does my heart good to see that you have remembered the basics of what I taught. Even the flaws." (kills the Player Character)
    • Early on in the game, after the attack on Two Rivers by the Lotus Assassins, Sagacious Zu will say "I...I was one" immediately after talking about them (the context varies based on your dialogue choice).
    • If the player made the right choices when talking with Sagacious Zu, he will conclude his final conversation with you with the following revelation about his role in the mission to kill Sun Li's wife and child.
    "My fate is sealed, but one secret must live on. I killed them all, my fellow Assassins. I would not let them finish their mission. Master Li's child still lives."
    • At the end of the Aishi the Mournful Blade quest, the old man who gave you the quest will tell you, " Aishi the Mournful Blade was my daughter." Aishi said her father was dead, so this reveals him to be a lingering spirit.
    • At the end of the quest to free Lord Lao, you hear the following from Kang, the one who sent you on the quest in the first place, who speaks about Lord Lao.
    Kang: He is free. He is... somewhat disoriented by the process. Oh, and there is perhaps something else you should be aware of. Uh, he is me.
  • From Jak II: Renegade:
    Metal Head leader: Don't you recognize him? The boy is you, Jak.
  • In Judgment, after Hamura has finally gotten pissed off enough to reveal the identity of The Mole:
    Hamura: Kuroiwa from Kamurocho PD! He's the Mole.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Medusa has been defeated. The world is at peace, the 8-bit credits are rolling, and Pit and Palutena are sharing a good laugh. And then...
  • A couple in Killer7.
    • Sunset, pretty much right off the bat after the opening, gives a scene that cultimates in this:
      Spencer: "Mr. President? This is Spencer speaking, sir. 200 pulsars have been fired towards Japan."
    • Why did Ulmeyda ask the assassins to find him?
      Ulmeyda: "I...I...I want you to kill me. If I catch Heaven Smile, you gotta kill me! I heard you're the only one who can kill them!"
    • In Smile, Part 1, we get this:
      Mills: "...OK. 30 years ago, you and Harman -" Mills proceeds to get shot multiple times before the line can be finished.
  • Killzone has one that has surprisingly little impact on the plot, when Templar and co. finally rescue Colonel Hakha after spending about half the game in pursuit of that goal.
  • Kirby series:
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Kingdom Hearts: "It is I, Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness!" It's since become It Was His Sled, but at the time, this was a huge reveal.
    • Chain of Memories has this:
      Larxene: "Since you entered this castle, you keep forgetting and remembering, because Namine has been tampering with your memories."
      • Shortly beforehand, Larxene also reveals that the "Riku" Sora been interacting with was a replica created by Vexen.
        Larxene: If it's Riku you're worried about, then worry no longer. Riku was never here. [...] That thing lying there is a puppet Vexen made.
    • Kingdom Hearts II
      • This line by Tron is the first one that forces Sora and the player to question who the "Ansem" that they've been fighting really is.
        Tron: My user is the user of this system. Ansem the Wise.
      • Near the end of the battle for Hollow Bastion, Axel reveals that Sora has been unwittingly aiding the Organization all along
        Axel: Way to fall right into their trap. C'mon, it's a set-up by Organization XIII. Xemnas is using you to destroy the Heartless—-that's his big master plan.
      • When Mickey finds Xemnas, he gives a surprising admission about his true identity.
        Mickey: That guy wasn't Ansem; he just went around tellin' everybody he was.
    • 358/2 Days
      Xion: Tell me, Roxas...who do you see? If you see a new face, a boy's face, that means that I'm almost ready. This puppet will have to play her part. Roxas...this is him. It's Sora.
    • A rare (for this series) in-battle example from Birth by Sleep
      Xehanort: Only now...have I truly won.
    • From Dream Drop Distance, a line which redefines a large chunk of the series' lore:
      Xigbar/Braig: Oh, thank you, Sora's Heart, for leading him right into our clutches. Aren't hearts great? Steer us wrong every time.
      Sora: You know, don't you? Because you all have hearts!
      Xigbar/Braig: It's about time you noticed.
    • Heck, two in a row come in the very first cutscene of the game (after the opening):
      Terra-Xehanort: I am...
      Braig: Hey! Do you remember now, or... Wait, did you never lose your memory?
      Terra-Xehanort: That's not my name. I'm not "Xehanort." My name... is Ansem.
    • And another from Axel some time later:
      Axel: Dilan, Aeleus, Even, Ienzo - We're people again.
    • Within the game's plot itself, the first indication that things are not as they appear comes in Sora's The Grid.
      Young Xehanort: You think this is the realm of dreams, but there, you are mistaken. Data does not dream, cannot dream. This world is real. You haven't the slightest idea where you are - that you have already wandered off the path.
    • In case you didn't get the hint, Xigbar spells it out much later.
      Xigbar: Hey. Let's hit these plot points in order, Sora... Roxas. First, you must be wondering about your revised itinerary. "Why am I here, not back home?" The answer's simple. We brought you to this place! Hijacked your little slumber party before it started. And ever since, we've been both your companions and your constant guides.
    • Another one comes during Riku's The World That Never Was:
      Riku: No. This is a...
      Xehanort's Heartless: Dream of a dream. A twofold nightmare. This whole journey, you have been inside Sora's dreams. And now darkness within darkness awaits you.
    • And then, a few minutes later, it's spelled out:
      Xehanort's Heartless: At the start of your test, when you struck out from that tiny island, you saw me there dressed in a robe. Immediately you knew something was wrong, so without even knowing it, you dove into Sora's dream. And you became exactly what that sigil on your back represents - a Dream Eater to protect Sora from nightmares.
      Riku: Me? I'm a Dream Eater?
    • From Kingdom Hearts III, Mickey and Riku have finally found Aqua in the Realm of Darkness, but...
    Aqua:'re too late.
    • Xemnas drops a bombshell midway through the game, speaking to Demyx, Luxord, Marluxia and Larxene:
      Xemnas: You four are going to reveal your greatest secret: the ancient Keyblade legacy that slumbers within you.
    • During the final battle at the Keyblade Graveyard, Xehanort's Guardian speaks for the first time, and says Terra's final line from Birth by Sleep, confirming that he was Terra's Heartless all along.
    Guardian: One day... I... will... set... this... right...
    • Throughout the game, the other characters and the player had believed that the Dark Riku in the real Organization XIII was a past version of Riku from when he was possessed by Ansem. Then, in the Keyblade Graveyard, this happens.
      Dark Riku: You're not...real...
      Riku: Huh?
      Dark Riku: I'm...the real one...
      Riku: Aren't you my past self? From when Ansem possessed me?
      Riku Replica: No, you beat Ansem and you're still here. This me!
    • The epilogue from Kingdom Hearts III also has a whammy:
      Ira: Is that you, Luxu? You look different.
      Xigbar: Haven't heard that name in a long while.
  • Since the Kiseki Series is one gigantic story, every single game will at least have a few of these so the lines posted here will be the more significant ones than the rest of them:
    • From Trails In The Sky The First Chapter:
      Professor Alba: Allow me to clear away your confusion. *fingersnap* Congratulations Joshua, you now remember your place and history as the Black Fang, Enforcer XIII of Ouroboros.
    • From Trails In The Sky The Second Chapter:
      Kevin: Yeah, sorry. I've been puttin' on quite a bit of a show. I'm actually their number five. I've seen my fair share of fights. Granted... when you were at your best and power-tripping on the Aureole I would've struggled... But now? You don't have a prayer. Not that you do that anymore... you filthy heathen.
    • From Trails In The Sky The Third:
      Kevin: Now, hurry and take off that disgusting mask of yours... Lord of Phantasma—No, RUFINA ARGENT!
    • From Trails of Cold Steel 1 where it just shows how outclassed Rean really is in the grand scheme of things:
      Crow: You've been piloting a Divine Knight for one day. I've been using mine for three years. Did you really think I wouldn't have a trump card to play? (cue One-Hit KO towards Rean)
    • From Trails of Cold Steel II and one of the biggest revelations in the series:
      Rufus: (puts his hand on Rean's shoulder) That's enough. Just as you have your reasons that guide your actions, so, too, does His Excellency. And I believe you factor into those reasons more than you might think.
  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    Malak: Even the combined power of the Jedi Council couldn't completely destroy your former identity, could it, Revan?
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords:
    Kreia: Know that there was once a Darth Traya. And that she cast aside that role, was exiled, and found a new purpose. But there must always be a Darth Traya, one that holds the knowledge of betrayal. Who has been betrayed in their heart, and will betray in turn.
  • L.A. Noire in case, "Manifest Destiny":
    Your wife's attorney has pictures of you and the German.
  • The Last of Us
    • After Joel and Tess are forced to kill some soldiers, Joel realizes that Ellie, the girl he's been asked to smuggle, is no ordinary girl.
      Joel: Why the hell are we smuggling an infected girl?
    • After Ellie and David fight off a group of infected, they sit down to eat together. The following line reveals that the enemies Ellie and and Joel had fought and killed during the University level had been working for David.
      David: A few weeks back I ah...sent a group of men out to a nearby town to look for food. Only a few came back. They said that the others have been slaughtered by a crazy man. And get this, he was a crazy man traveling with a little girl.
    • And a bit later, once Ellie finds out the truth about David's village.
      David: I know you're hungry, you've been out for quite some time.
      Ellie: What is it?
      David: It's deer.
      Ellie: ...With some human helping on the side?
    • At the end of the game, Joel has finished his job and brought Ellie to the Fireflies, who intend to use her to make a vaccine. This exchange, however, reveals the human cost of the vaccine- Ellie's life.
      Marlene: You can't. She's being prepped for surgery.
      Joel: The hell you mean, surgery?
      Marlene: The doctors tell me that the cordyceps, the growth inside her, has somehow mutated. It's why she's immune. Once they remove it, they'll be able to reverse-engineer a vaccine. A vaccine.
      Joel: But it grows all over the brain.
  • Last Scenario:
    • Ethan doesn't speak for too much of the first act of the game. Once he gets Hilbert alone on the Brunhild, though...
      Ethan: Hilbert, you... You were being used. You aren't "destined" for anything. You just happened to be their victim. You aren't even related to Alexander. Zawu got that seal from the Havali.
    • After defeating Castor for the second time (and during his ensuing Villainous BSoD):
      Castor: Where... Where are you, brother? Don't leave me, brother!! Wait!! Ethan!!
      Ethan: ....
      Castor: No... Don't tell me... You don't recognize me anymore? You... You saved my life!
  • Later Alligator: In the Bad Ending, the Investigator follows Pat out onto the balcony after the party and takes out his notepad one last time. This is all it says:
  • Legacy of Kain
    • Blood Omen: He is the last! [Moebius points at Kain and swords are drawn.] Destroy him!
    • Soul Reaver: The blade is vanquished. So it unfolds...and we are a step closer to our destinies.
    • Soul Reaver 2: My god...the Hylden...we walked right into their trap. Raziel! Janos must stay dead!
      • The even better Wham came shortly before that one: "With all other foes exhausted, the conjoined blades turned themselves on me, and I realised... finally... why I had sensed nothing when Janos had offered me the blade. The Reaver was never forged to be a soul-stealing weapon. The ravenous, soul-devouring entity trapped in the blade was... and always had been... me..."
      • Right from the start, we know that Moebius is untrustworthy. Then, right as Raziel is about to destroy him (in a way that cannot be undone), Moebius mentions the Wheel of Fate, followed swiftly by "we serve the same god, Raziel!". Suddenly, the whole setting takes on a new level of complexity. Again.
    • Defiance: The Soul Reaver, pure of all corruption...this is what it is for. This is what I am for. The two become one...both Soul Reavers...together...and the Scion of Balance is healed...And I am not your enemy...not your destroyer...I am, as before, your right hand...your sword.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: "Certainly, he had far too many weaknesses to use my power."
    • Ocarina of Time:
      • After Link defeats the monster inside the Great Deku Tree in an attempt to recover the Kokiri's Spiritual Stone and save the Deku Tree's life, this line from the Deku Tree reveals that Link only succeeded at the former task.
      "Thou must never suffer that man, who placed this death curse on me and sapped my power. Because of that curse, my end is nigh..."
      • Later, after Link returns to the Temple of Time and opens the way to the Sacred Realm:
      Ganondorf: Geh heh heh! Excellent work! As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm...Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!
    • Link's Awakening: "If the Wind Fish wakes up, everything on this island will be gone forever! And I do mean...EVERYTHING!"
    • The Wind Waker: "But the hero never came..."
    • Breath of the Wild has a few, but one of the biggest wasn't even dialogue: it was the Master Sword chiming out Fi's signal when Link was nearly killed by the Guardians.
  • Lufia & The Fortress of Doom:
    Daos: "Erim is Lufia. Lufia is Erim."
  • From Lunar: The Silver Star:
    Magic Emperor Ghaleon: "Now...who shall be my queen?" (Dramatic close-up on Luna, still stuck in her Heroic BSoD)
  • Mafia II sees one of its ties to the original Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven become clear with this conversation:
    Vito: Mr. Angelo?
  • Make It Good: Context dependent: He hands back the letter opener. "On this; no good, Inspector. The only fingerprints we got were yours - you must have handled it without gloves on. However, the blood is the deceased alright." when the player has used gloves while handling it.
  • Manhunt 2: "Everything's gonna be alright, honey."
  • Mario & Luigi:
    • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: After Peach arrives, she happens to deliver the following line which reveals her voice was never stolen in the first place.
      Peach: Mario! Luigi!
    • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team:
      • After Mario and Luigi defeat the Elite Trio, Kamek, who'd sicced them on the brothers after disguising himself as Peach, is annoyed and sentences the trio to KP duty.
      "Hmph. Well... this isn't as much fun as I'd hoped. But... Oh well, who cares? This was just for kicks. Because Bowser already kidnapped the real Peach!"
      Bowser: Hmph! I don't work well with others!
      Antasma: SCREEK! Vut do you mean by this?!
      Bowser: I mean you're an idiot! You thought you were using me? ME?! Buddy, I was playing you like a bat fiddle!
  • Mass Effect: There is a realm of existence so far beyond your own you cannot even imagine it. I am beyond your comprehension. I am Sovereign.
    • The very next line also acts as one:
    Shepard: "Sovereign isn't just some Reaper ship Saren found. It's an actual Reaper!"
    • As well as every single word that Sovereign says, which forever altered any ideas anyone had about the story of the games, cementing Sovereign's status as a Walking Spoiler:
    Sovereign: "The cycle cannot be broken. The pattern has repeated itself more times than you can fathom. Organic civilizations rise, evolve, and at the apex of their glory, they are extinguished. The Protheans were not the first. They did not create the Citadel. They did not forge the mass relays. They merely found them. The legacy of my kind."
  • Mass Effect 2
    EDI: Only one race is known to have this genetic structure: the Protheans.
    • Later:
    Geth: Shepard-Commander.
    • Proving it's never too late for a curveball:
    EDI: Shepard...If My Calculations Are Correct, the a Reaper.
    Shepard: Not just any Reaper. A human Reaper.
    • On Miranda's loyalty mission, you overhear radio reports of Enyala's Eclipse Forces, sent to retrieve Oriana for her and Miranda's father, describing where Oriana's escort, Niket, is, until finally...
    Enyala: Niket has reached the terminal. He'll switch the family over to our transport.
  • Mass Effect 3
    Admiral Hackett: Nothing's happening. The crucible's not firing.
    • The double whammy from a miner near the beginning of the Leviathan DLC:
    Miner: What's a Reaper?
    Shepard: ...what year do you think it is?
    Miner: 2176.
    Shepard: 2176 was 10 years ago.
    • From the "Citadel" DLC, Clone Shepard reveals that his accomplice has been pretending to be your ally from the start of the DLC:
    Clone: What do you think, Staff Analyst Brooks? Will the Alliance stop us?
    Brooks: I wouldn't know. I don't actually work for them.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
    • At the very end of the othervise quite generic second teaser:
    This is Commander Shepard, signing off.
  • At the end of Mega Man 7:
    Mega Man: "I... am... more... than... a... robot! Die, Wily! Die!"
    Bass: "He who hesitates is lost!"
  • The ending of Mega Man X3: "Dr. Light's plan for him will finally be revealed. Unknown to X, his destiny has already been decided. To save mankind, he must destroy Zero."
    Sigma: "But, something is not right. I...don't quite understand...Why did Zero...He is...last...of the doctor's creations..."
  • The Reveal at the end of Mega Man Zero 3:
    Dr. Weil: "Hehehehehe! Excellent, Zero! Your power is extraordinary, for a fake."
    • Perhaps not quite as shocking, but there's this exchange from the first MMZ, leading right into the final segment of the game:
    Zero: "You...You're the one who gave the Z-Saber to me..."
  • Near the end of the first Mega Man Legends game:
    Mega Man Juno: Have we met before? Oh, please forgive me. You are a purifier model, assigned to the direct command of Mother. As I recall, you were designated Mega Man Trigger. Please forgive me, I did not recognize you in your current configuration.
    • And then from the sequel, we have this:
    Mega Man Volnutt: The keys!
    Yuna: Now this is a problem. She plans on executing the Carbon Reinitialization Program!
    Mega Man Volnutt: Carbon Reinitialization Program?
    Mega Man Volnutt: What!?
  • The Metal Gear series has quite a few:
  • Metro 2033:
    Laser pointer: Five seconds before missile detonation.
    Dark One: We want to help. We want peace.
  • Metroid Fusion:
    • The SA-X generally causes a lot of these:
      "I have learned the identity of our mystery saboteur...Samus, it's an X mimicking you. ...The SA-X is mimicking you at full power."
      (much later)
      "You know that the X reproduce by asexual division. Because of this mechanism, there are now no fewer than 10 SA-X aboard the station."
    • Towards the end of the game, Samus stumbles upon the Galactic Federation's Metroid breeding program, discovering in the process that they're Not So Different from the Space Pirates, after which point the AI overseeing her mission tries to lock her in a room until the Federation arrives. However, after she accidentally calls the AI "Adam", the computer mocks Samus's plan to blow up the Biologic Space Labs to stop the X, and then concocts a better plan instead.
      AI: ...If you were to alter the station's orbit, then you might be able to include the planet in the vaporization field of the self-destruct detonation.
      Samus: ...?
      AI: You would have to start the propulsion sequence now. Before the Federation arrives. Samus, this is your last mission. Go to the Operations Room and adjust the station's orbit path to intercept SR388.
      *Samus's eyes widen in realization*
    • This is immediately followed by the reveal that the AI Samus had called Adam actually is Adam:
      AI: Then return to your ship and escape. Move quickly, and stay alive. That's an order! Any objections, Lady?
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: "The time has come for a new Ring." Note that Word of God specifically stated the Master Ring AND any copies are absolute corruption incarnate, so no matter how heroic the person who says the above, they WILL be corrupted. And it's fairly clear their adviser has been corrupted for too long.
  • So you played through Mighty Milky Way, guided the adorable Super-Deformed Green-Skinned Space Babe protagonist through various Nintendo Hard galaxies, and finally beat the Eye Beam emitting Cyborg Tyrannosaurus rex of a boss five times, only to stare in confusion at the end of the last level which doesn't have the usual black hole as the end goal. What just happened? Then the final screen comes up with the following text, accompanied by a clickable button that says "What Have I Done!?":
    Congratulations! You helped Luna accomplish her ultimate mission: Destroy Earth!!
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: At the end of Episode 3, after either Gabriel or Petra saves Jesse from the reawakening Wither Storm:
    Jesse: C'mon, Gabriel/Petra! We've gotta go!
    Gabriel/Petra: Who's...who's Gabriel/Petra?
    • Then, in episode 4:
    Gabriel/Petra: I remember! I remember!
    Axel: Remember what?
    Gabriel/Petra: I remember everything.
  • Modern Warfare 2:
    • The end of "No Russian", when the Big Bad Makarov reveals his plan to spark a war between Russia and the United States.
      Makarov: That was no message...*bang* This is a message.
    • The end of "The Gulag", when the identity of the mysterious Prisoner 627 is revealed.
      Subtitles: Captain Price
    • At the end of "Desperate Measures", when the true purpose of your mission in Russia is revealed.
      Ghost: Captain Price! The silo doors are opening on the sub! Price! Do you read me? THE SILO DOORS ARE OPEN!
      Price: Good.
    • In "Loose Ends":
      General Shepherd: Good. That's one less loose end. *bang bang*
    • Relatedly, there's a certain garbled radio transmission in "Loose Ends":
      Captain Price: We're under attack by Shepherd's men at the boneyard! Do not trust Shepherd! I say again, do not trust Shepherd!
    • Modern Warfare 3 has one during "Blood Brothers."
      Makarov: Yuri, my friend. You never should have come here.
      Soap: You need to know...Makarov...knows...Yuri...
    • "Eyewitnesses are now reporting Russian tanks rolling down the Champs-Élysées."
    • The end of "Turbulence" has one that's written rather than spoken: Objective Failed *bang*
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has one that mostly just impacts a side plot and is Played for Laughs. When you complete the final Egg Syndicate sidequest, you get a letter that gives away the identity of the syndicate's leader:
    "Harrumph!note  Egg-cellent work! I knew you had the eggs to pull it off!"
  • Mother 3:
    • Late into Chapter 1:
      Bronson: ...It's where I found the Drago Fang. It your...It was pierced through your wife's heart...
    • And also near the end of the game:
      Flint: That...that masked man? He's Claus. Lucas...he's your brother...Claus.
    • And at the end of the final battlenote :

  • Neverwinter Nights: After the ritual to make the cure to the Wailing Death is completed, Desther reveals himself as the traitor inside Neverwinter, as an agent of the cult behind the plague.
    Desther: No, Lady Aribeth, I have the cure.
    • Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark:
      Mephistopheles: I shall *not* do as you desire, great Valsharess.
  • NieR
    Emil: So then humans...I mean, the true humans...they're extinct?
    Weiss: No. They still live on. You know them as Shades.
  • NieR: Automata
    9S: Humanity is extinct... And YoRHa was built to perpetuate the lie. But in order to prevent anyone from learning the truth, we were designed to be killed. They built a back door into the bunker so we'd all get infected [with android brain disease right before we could win the war]. Isn't that HILARIOUS?! DOESN'T THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO LAUGH?!
  • Octopath Traveler:
    • In Ophilia's route, she sets out to carry out the Kindling pilgrimage in her adoptive sister Lianna's stead, since Lianna is distressed over her father having taken ill. After Ophilia completes her stop in Goldshore, she's surprised to see Lianna in town.
    Lianna: Father... is no longer with us...
    • Not long after the above, Ophilia tries to comfort Lianna, only to collapse to her knees. Lianna then delivers the following line, to admit to drugging Ophilia.
    Lianna: I'm sorry, Phili. But this is for Father's sake. You're always so kind. I'll know you'll understand.
    • In Primrose's route, after killing the second of the three men with crow tattoos killed her father, she sees her Childhood Friend Simeon come up to her. After Simeon stabs her, he says the following. In a gameplay example, the name on his dialogue tags changes to "Simeon the Puppet Master" as he says "It was me."
    Simeon: Oh, I'm sorry. I heard you were looking around for my friend here. And you know what they say about birds of a feather...
    Primrose: The mark... of the crow...
    Simeon: The head of the Obisidians? The crow atop the roost? And, oh yes, the one who killed your dear, dear father... ...It was me.
  • Ōkamiden has one when you finally confront the Big Bad:
    Akuro: And so we meet again, Child of the Sun...Or should I say, Mutt?
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    • After the defeat of Enoch, if you haven't revisited a purified zone yet:
      Enoch: This zone, deprived of a guardian, is now destined to disappear... and the men who live here, whether they deserve it or not, will fall into nothingness, never to return.
    • And from just before the confrontation with the Queen:
      The Queen: I will not let you lay a hand on the son that has brought us into the world.
  • In One Chance, each day begins with "In X days, every single living cell on Planet Earth will be dead. You have one chance." The final day changes this a bit:
    Today, every single living cell on Planet Earth will die. You had one chance.
  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin has the reveal of Joker's true identity. The game had been leading up to Big Sis being Joker, but then...
    Maya: I'm sorry. I can't do that... Jun.
  • Persona 3:
    • The day after defeating the Hanged Man Shadow, the party celebrates their success, only for the Dark Hour to come again at midnight that night. The group goes to the entrance of Tartarus and confronts Ikutsuki.
      Mitsuru: It was all a lie, wasn't it? You knew from the beginning that the Dark Hour wouldn't disappear.
      Ikutsuki: Excellent deduction, Mitsuru. However, your realization has come too late.
    • This line during the Final Boss.
      Skill Menu: Great Seal: Unleashes the power within you to seal Nyx. Cost: 100% HP.
    • And this Player Punch in The Answer.
      Yukari: There's no use going around and around like this. We're never going to reach an agreement [on whether to use the 8 Keys of Time to travel back in time or not]. So if no one gives in... we'll have to settle this another way.
      Fuuka: Another way...? ...Yukari-chan... you don't mean--!?
      Yukari: Taking the keys by force... That'll work too, right?
  • Persona 4:
    • After entering the Midnight Channel for the second time, where you learn about the existence of shadow selves.
      Shadow Yosuke: It's just so sad. I feel so sorry for! Actually, 'I'm the one who thinks everything's a pain in the ass. Hahahahaha!
    • In Naoto's dungeon, one happens during the confrontation with the Shadow. While the party had previously interacted with Naoto on several occasions and investigated Naoto as a necessary step in learning the kidnapping victim's location in the TV world, this time, the party is completely caught off guard by what Shadow Naoto says.
      Shadow Naoto: But a name doesn't change the truth, it doesn't let you cross the barrier between the sexes. How could you become an ideal man, when you were never male to begin with...?
    • On December 3, the player character gets some unexpected and unpleasant news.
      Adachi: Hello? This is Adachi. Um, I want you to stay calm and listen to me, okay? Nanako-chan's condition suddenly got worse...
    • The party, seemingly out of leads, confronts the one suspect they have left- Tohru Adachi- and asks him some questions. The person in question gets increasingly agitated throughout the encounter, and eventually blurts out something only the killer should know.
      Adachi: Namatame's the one who put 'em all in!
    • Perhaps even earlier on when you have to pick Adachi's name from the list.
    • After defeating the True Killer, he's suddenly possessed by the entity inside him.
      Ameno-sagiri: All humans... will become shadows...and I shall descend upon the united world as the master of order.
  • In Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Dojima calls Kanami to tell her that he's found out who witnessed Yuko's suicide.
    Dojima: It was a girl, ten years old at the time, who'd come to audition. Her name... was Kanami Mashita.
  • Persona 5
    • During the final confrontation with the second target, the Shadow of Yusuke's adoptive father and teacher, Madarame, Yusuke reaches an epiphany and asks a question of Madarame's Shadow that forces him to admit to letting Yusuke's mother die.
      Yusuke: I've heard that you destroy your "art" once they outlive their usefulness... Did that include my mother as well?
    • The game begins with the player character being interrogated by public prosecutor Sae Niijima, after the main character's arrest at the end of the Thieves' last heist. After recounting the events leading up to the failed heist, Sae then takes out the Calling Card that reveals the identity of who the thieves were after.
      Sae: It was addressed to "Sae Niijima." ...Myself.
    • One of these is dropped when the player learns the identity of the traitor. Right after Sae Niijima leaves the interrogation room with the protagonist, she's briefly stopped by Goro Akechi. But, once she walks past him, he smirks, his in-game portrait turning into a menacing smile.
      Akechi: Foolish woman.
    • Then, after Akechi apparently kills the protagonist, the game cuts to the news of the Phantom Thieves’ leader apparently committing suicide. The rest of the Phantom Thieves seem to react to this news with shock and dismay... until we get to Ryuji:
      Ryuji: You're shittin' me... (grins) We got 'em.
    • The final big one, during the game's Darkest Hour.
      Igor: In accordance to the game's rules, the defeated must pay a price. Your life is forfeit. I sentence you to be executed.
    • Just after the final battle, Sae goes up and informs the protagonist that since Akechi, the main accomplice to Shido's crimes, is missing and presumed dead, the protagonist will have to turn himself in. In Royal, however, if the player has completed Akechi and Maruki's Confidant, as well as the first half of Kasumi's Confidant, then the folllowing line happens as Akechi suddenly reappears.
      Akechi: There's no need for that.
    • During the Third Semester, we have the following about Kasumi and Maruki, all in fairly quick succession:
      Girl with tied up hair: My younger sister! She should be here in the stadium... Oh, there she is! ... Sumire! Sumire! I did it! Both of us have the same dream - to be international champions!
      • After Kasumi is exposed as Sumire:
        Akechi: ...The girl known as "Kasumi Yoshizawa" is currently deceased.
      • Sumire explains about Kasumi's death:
        Sumire: ... It was last spring... Before I started at Shujin... We were walking home from practice. It happened right there, on that street in the video... I wasn't looking where I was going... And Kasumi, she protected me from the car... I was saved by Kasumi... I robbed her of her dreams... and even her life! I'm her younger sister, Sumire Yoshizawa.
      • Maruki explains his role on Sumire's cognition warping:
        Maruki: Her real name is Sumire Yoshizawa. She's Kasumi-san's younger sister... But for months now, she's only seen herself as being Kasumi Yoshizawa, her deceased elder sister. Of course it was only her cognition of herself that changed, so to the people around her, she was still Sumire-san.
      • Akechi tells Joker about Sumire:
        :Akechi: It appears you were clueless, but she was Sumire Yoshizawa from the start.
    • In the Death Confidant, Takemi's old boss, Oyamada, angry with Takemi for curing one of his patients, shows up to badmouth her and brings up a past incident with a young girl who'd taken the medicine Takemi was developing (and since Oyamada was the one who rushed the medicine to testing, the incident was his fault), resulting in said girl lapsing into critical condition.
      Oyamada: She's a monster who tortured a patient with her unregulated medicine! Terrible, isn't it? She was such a brave girl, always smiling...
      Takemi: (surprised) …"Was?"
      Oyamada: She passed away.
    • After you confront Oyamada's Shadow in Mementos, he makes the following confession, revealing that what he said earlier was a lie.
      Shadow Oyamada: Takemi's patient isn't dead.
  • In Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, at the end of the fourth labyrinth, Zen regains his memories.
    Zen: Rei, I...I remember everything now. I am Chronos, he who has dominion over time...I came here to take you away.
  • Pinstripe: The very last line of the game turns the ending on its head. You've rescued your daughter and have escaped from the hellish region, and are seemingly back home. But then you see a familiar-looking woman on a bench...
    Bo: Mummy?
  • Planescape: Torment: When you find a copy of the message written in the scars on your back:
    To your surprise, there's one more line—one that Morte didn't read to you in the Mortuary: "Don't trust the skull."
  • Planet Of The Eyes: You find this audio log alongside a destroyed robot. Thing is, you were supposed to be the first Earth robot to step foot on this planet, yet this one is the same model as you and its power core has apparently exploded. That's when the engineer who designed you realized why this mission was so classified:
    Engineer: You're not an explorer... you're a bomb.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness
    Dusknoir: This is goodbye...or is it?
    • Also, the exchange between the Player Character, the partner, Grovyle & Dusknoir at the Passage of Time, as they (the player, partner & Grovyle) are heading back to the past, so that Grovyle can finish what he had started doing to save the world, has this.
      Grovyle: But... hope is still alive. Celebi, you remember... That last time...when I traveled back in time to prevent the planet's paralysis... I wasn't alone. There was another.
      Partner: What?! Grovyle, you didn't come to our world alone?!
      Grovyle: That's right. I had a partner. We headed to the past together. But when we were going through the Passage of Time, we had trouble... We became separated. My partner should still be back in the world of the past. Even if I am eliminated... My partner will see our mission through to the end. My partner will prevent the planet's paralysis.
      Dusknoir: ..................... Ha! Ha-ha-ha! Hoo-hoo-ha!
      Grovyle: What's... What's so funny?
      Dusknoir: Ha! So you claim someone went to the past with you... Incidentally, what's the name of your partner? Go on. Say the name.
      Grovyle: Why ask such a thing?
      Dusknoir: Can't tell me?
      Grovyle: No, that's not true. My Partner's name is Hello, [Insert Name Here]. My best friend...
      Player Character: (What?!)
      Partner: Wh-what?! Grovyle! Did you say Hello, [Insert Name Here]?! Well, this is Hello, [Insert Name Here] right here!
      Grovyle: What?! You're...Hello, [Insert Name Here]? can't be. It isn't. The Hello, [Insert Name Here] I know isn't a Pokémon. The Hello, [Insert Name Here] that I a human.
      Partner: What?!
      Dusknoir: Hoo-hoo-ha! Precisely! My good fellow! Grovyle, that is unmistakably your friend Hello, [Insert Name Here]!
      Grovyle: What?!
      Dusknoir: That Pokémon you see was once a human!
      Grovyle: Wh-what?!
    • Also, this line heard at the end of the game:
      Darkrai: Naturally. That very accident was caused by...none other than myself...
    • And in the special episode "In the Future of Darkness" in Sky:
      Dusknoir: In the end, you have lost! You've lost trusted me!
      Grovyle: No...I don't believe that...(Dusknoir gets suspicious) I...I wasn't wrong...I...I you...
      Dusknoir: Do my ears deceive me?!
    • This line at the end of the main game credits
      Dialga: This is my gift. Please accept it! (Cue the revival of the player's Pokemon.)
  • Pokémon Red and Blue has one after you defeat Lance. It Was His Sled is in effect now, but it still counts given that at the time, the player expects Lance to be the Final Boss.
    Lance: I still can't believe my dragons lost to you, Player! You're now the Pokémon League champion! ...Or, you would have been, but you have one more challenge ahead. You have to face another trainer! His name is... Your Rival! He beat the Elite Four before you. He is the real Pokémon League champion!
  • From Pokémon Gold and Silver and the remakes as you talk to the mysterious trainer at the top of Mt. Silver:
    Trainer: ..............
    PKMN Trainer Red would like to battle!
  • Pokémon Black and White has one about halfway through the game, with the wham furthered by how it's implied to be casually delivered:
    N: First, I must tell you...I am the king of Team Plasma.
  • From Pokémon X and Y: "In reality, those stones that line Route 10 are the graves of Pokémon."
    • A fairly minor one shows up earlier and might let you know that Team Flare isn't as silly as it seems:
      Allow me to spell it out for you! It's so Team Flare - and only Team Flare - can survive!
    • A huge one comes from Lysandre via the Holo Caster that reveals him as the boss of Team Flare after you defeat the seventh Gym Leader, Olympia:
      Lysandre: Pokémon Trainers. I come to you by the Holo Caster to make an important announcement. Listen well. Team Flare will revive the ultimate weapon, eliminate everyone who isn't in our group, and return the world to a beautiful, natural state. Unproductive fools are consuming our future... If nothing changes, the world will become ugly and conflicts will raze the land from end to end. I repeat. We will use the ultimate weapon and wipe the slate clean. I'm sorry, those of you who are not members of Team Flare, but this is adieu to you all.
    • And then from AZ's story.
      There was a man and a Pokémon. He loved that Pokémon very much. A war began. The man's beloved Pokémon took part in the war. Several years passed. He was given a tiny box.
    • Before the final battle against Team Flare's leader.
      I, too, shall use the Mega Ring and Mega Stone that you researched during your travels.
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire does one on a meta-level implying the existence of the multiverse.
    Zinnia: My people know it. From generation to generation, we pass along the lore about the distortions in the world born by the Mega Evolution mechanism. And about the existence of another world, which we have long observed to be just like this one and yet not the same... That's right. A Hoenn region that's almost exactly like this one we live in. Filled with Pokémon and people like us. A world where maybe the evolution of Pokémon took a slightly different path, where Mega Evolution is unknown... A world where that war 3,000 years ago...never happened. A world where the ultimate weapon was never even built. And in that Hoenn of that world... What would happen if one day, out of the blue, a meteoroid appeared? What would happen to the people of that world, without the technology to destroy the meteoroid or the power to warp it away? ... Looks like it's beyond the power of your imagination.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon:
    • This line during the Wham Episode not only gives you some insight into Gladion and Lillie's backstory, it's also the first indication into Lusamine's true colors.
      Gladion: I was like an ornament to my mother. Wearing whatever she told me to wear, acting however she wanted me to act...
    • The truth about Lillie and her mother, Lusamine, comes out:
      Lillie: I don't need your approval, mother!
    • And the other half of that:
      Lusamine: The daughter who stole my Cosmog from me, and the son who took my Type: Null!
    • And naturally, the reveal of the True Final Boss:
      Professor Kukui: Oh yeah, Now you're the Pokémon League Champion! (shakes his head) Wouldn't it be nice if it were that simple?
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: You're plowing down Team Rainbow Rocket, when suddenly:
    "[Team Rainbow Rocket boss member] is about to send in [Legendary Pokémon]. Will you switch your Pokémon?"
    • Or if playing with the Set battle style:
    "[Team Rainbow Rocket boss member] sent out [Legendary Pokémon]!"
    • The Lysandre battle also contains a unique example, since it reintroduces a mechanic otherwise completely unseen in the Generation VII campaigns:
    • Up to Eleven when you battle Giovanni. If him sending out Mewtwo wasn't surprising enough, what goes next probably will be:
    • Before all that, when you get to Megalo Tower:
    "Necrozma's aura flared to life. Its stats rose."
  • From Portal, the moment when you realize GLaDOS is more than just a pre-recorded message is certainly shocking.
GLaDOS: (clearly shocked) What are you doing? Stop it! I... I... (gibberish, then calmly...) We are pleased that you have made it through the final challenge where we pretended we were going to murder you.
  • From the ending of Portal; notable is that this was not in the original game and was patched in as part of an Alternate Reality Game add-on more than two years after release.
Robot: Thank you for assuming the party escort submission position!
  • Portal 2:
    Wheatley: This body is AMAZING, seriously! I can't get over how SMALL you are! But I'm HUGE! Ha... Haha... Ahahahaha, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA! Ahaha... Ha... Actually... why do we have to leave right now?
    • Shortly afterward, we get this from GLaDOS after Wheatley puts her in a potato
    GLaDOS: (to Wheatley) I know you... [...] The engineers tried everything to make me... behave. To slow me down... Once, they even attached an Intelligence Dampening Sphere on me... It clung to my brain like a tumor, generating an endless stream of terrible ideas... [...] It was YOUR voice! [...] YOU'RE the tumor! You're not just a regular moron... You were DESIGNED to be a moron.'
    • These lines that confirm GLaDOS's former identity.
      • From the start of Chapter 7.
        Cave Johnson: The testing area is just up ahead. The quicker you get through, the quicker you'll get your sixty bucks!
        GLaDOS: Hold on, who-
        Cave Johnson: Caroline, are the compensation vouchers ready?
        GLaDOS and Caroline, simultaneously: Yes sir, Mister Johnson!
        GLaDOS: (panicked) Why did I just- Who is that?! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HE- (shorts out)
      • After Cave's infamous Lemon-rant.
        Cave Johnson: If I die before you people can pour me into a computer, I want Caroline to run this place. (coughs) Now she'll argue. She'll say she can't. She's modest like that. But you MAKE HER! Hell, put her in MY computer, I don't care!
    • "PART 5! BOOBY TRAP THE STALEMATE BUTTON!" Yes, this came right after the trap was activated, but you'll probably be too shocked to realize what happened when the line is said.
    • The Perpetual Testing Initiative we have one given after the "CaveDOS-arc" that completely turns the notion of "Cave Prime" on its head:
      Cave Prime: Whoa! Chariots chariots. For some reason, some of the audio was bleeding through in this universe. Don't know if you were catching the subtext there, but that computer Cave is crazy. So: Greg was right. As of now, we are cancelling the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System initiative.
    • An older version of the game would have had one in the form of Chell actually talking. It was only a single word—"Yes"—but it was enough for the test audience to go from laughing to completely silent.
  • Prey (2017):
    Alex: "What you experienced was a reconstruction of Morgan's memories. Let me show you something... this (screens show a view of a city, enveloped in Typhon coral) is the world today. [...] You're the bridge between our species."
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Professor Layton to Inspector Chelmey: No inspector, it has quite a bit to do with you. If there is any criminal element involved in this case...then it is you sir! The finger-pointing that goes along with it has since been repeated in every game.
  • Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney has this line near the end during the Storyteller's testimony that cements The Reveal.
    The Storyteller: Although you may know me as the Storyteller, I have one more identity. I am the president of Labrelum Inc. This whole town... is one of Labrelum's research facilities.
  • At the end of Project X Zone 2:
    Reiji: Xiaomu... will you marry me?
    Alex: Who are you? Who sent you?
    Cross: You should pick your friends more carefully, Mercer.
    • Later on:
      Alex: I'm not human. The freed me. It killed me. I'm not human. *uneasy chuckle* Alex is just the role I play. Part of me was relieved...and part of me died. Just another disguise, right? So real...even I believe it.
    • And also from Director McMullen
      "Alex Mercer died. He died threatening to release the most deadly virus in history on the people of New York."
  • In the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, after Little Mac succesfully defends his champion belt against all opponents (including former champion Mr. Sandman), he and Doc Louis talk about the former's "plans in mind" for the future. Cue the start of the seventh and final boxing circuit of the game:
    Doc Louis: You really sure? Three losses and you call it quits?
  • From the final level of Quantum Conundrum, right as you finish activating the Uber IDS, Professor Quadwrangle's memory of how he got stuck in the Pocket Dimension finally returns...and you suddenly realize that you've just done the exact wrong thing:
  • Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army:
    Voice in Akarana Corridor: The Ambassador has launched the ICBMs!
  • Rain World:
    Five Pebbles: ...Is this reaching you?
  • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters:
    Luna: I haven't had a chance to tell my "friends" about your heroic deeds.
  • RayStorm pulls one in the ending, in the 13-ship mode's stinger:
    "Earth and Secilia have vanished. Likewise, those that developed the "RAY" technology and all evidence of its existence have been wiped away. No record of R-GRAY craft was found, and no R-GRAY craft has ever returned."
  • In The Reconstruction, everything looks like it'll be fine and the world will be saved, but this banks on the fact that the third Watcher hasn't messed anything up. But that's okay, you're still on schedule and know where he is...or do you?
    "Third Watcher? You mean Donz? I thought he went down with you guys, Ma!"
  • Reflec Beat: Not necessarily within the game itself, but: During the finals of the Reflec Beat tournament at the 5th Konami Arcade Championship in 2016, a reveal trailer was played to hype up the final song, "Rebellio". After a long speech from Tatsuya Iyama's "MAX MAXIMIZER" alter ego, one line appeared that upended the revised 1-12 difficulty scale that had been introduced into the series just five months earlier:
  • Resident Evil 5:
    Wesker: I would expect you to be happier to see us.
    Chris: Us?
  • Resident Evil 6:
    Carla Radames: (to Jake Muller) So, you're Wesker Junior.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2:
    Natalia: Moira... she's dead...
    Barry: What...?
    The reveal of the Big Bad at the end of Episode 2:
    Natalia: That IS Wesker. Alex Wesker.
  • Risk of Rain, in the very last line of the final boss' monster log:
    "...why did we have a teleporter from this planet in our cargo hold?"
  • River City Girls gives us this exchange occurs cluing us in on what happens in the ending after you beat the Bonus Boss.
    Misako: Face it, rejects. We're the ones Kunio and Riki love!
    Kyoko: Yeah, admit it!
    Hasebe: Are you crazy?? They barely remember you.
    Mami: Yeah, you guys dated them for, like, one 16-bit game.
    Hasebe: That wasn't even released in the USA.
    Mami: Talk about obscure.
  • The Room (Mobile Game):
    • "I can no longer enter the wine cellar."
    • "There are Rooms EVERYWHERE."
  • Rosenkreuzstilette
    • While relating his story about how RKS was formed and why he launched the coup against the Holy Empire, Count Michael Zeppelin reveals a shocking secret about his daughter, Iris:
      Zeppelin: Fate is indeed cruel. My precious Iris... She was blessed with every ounce of power that Rosenkreuz had accumulated throughout his life.
      Spiritia: ...!?
      Lilli: ...So, in other words, she's the reincarnation of Rosenkreuz?
      Zeppelin: That she is.
    • After the boss fight following the dialogue between Spiritia and Zeppelin, Lilli asks why Iris was at the Imperial Training Hall when the coup started if what he said about the Orthodox Church wanting Iris dead and him finding out about Kahl is true. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning unexpectedly strikes Zeppelin from behind and burns him away, and the line that sets up the true Big Bad comes out in the form of a familiar voice, just like this:
    • If that's not enough, the same Big Bad even reveals the true reason for starting the coup against the Empire to Tia and Lilli, and, of course, it definitely wasn't a very good reason at all.
      Iris: I was born with absolute power and unparalleled brains. Now, when someone knows everything there is to know about something, they get bored with it. That's the reason why I chose to stage this revolution: to make this world just a little less boring.
    • Before the final battle of the first game, Iris reveals something she learned when she saw Spiritia's Power Copying capabilities for herself leading her to wonder where she got all that energy from:
      Iris: I inherited Rosenkreuz's magical prowess and the abundance of knowledge he acquired over the course of his life. That more than qualified me to take my rightful place at the pinnacle of this world. But there was one thing I didn't inherit. The very thing that defined him most as an individual: his ability to tap into the strength of others.
      Spiritia: Huh...?
      Iris: You've gained quite a few new abilities in such a short while, haven't you? I was a fool to have let that gone unnoticed. You are his other incarnation, "the Blade of Rosenkreuz".
  • Second Sight:
    Hanson: You can't change the past!
    Vattic: You're wrong, Hanson. This isn't the past! Its the present!
  • The Secret World:
    • The climax of Issue #7 begins with the unveiling of your so-called companion's true identity, and the revelation that you've been helping the Big Bad all along - all with a single word powerful enough to make the player character suffer a terror-induced seizure.
    Can you guess my final name? Lilith.
    • In the conclusion of the same issue, Emma Smith is confronted by a horde of Filth creatures, all of which seem to be taking a very specific interest in her. By now, most players will be familiar with the Morninglight's Catchphrase, but this showdown offers the first major clue that the cult is even more sinister than first believed.
    Emma: What... what do you want with me? I'm so small. You eat stars!
    The Dreamers: You are all made of stars.
    • Lore for Winter Holidays 2013 concludes with a short story of a little girl being mutilated by her father in a ritual that leaves the left side of her body dead and her vision split between the real world and the spirit world; the ending lines of this tale provide a shock revelation of the characters' true identity and their true motivation.
    "Father, why was I punished?" she asks, quietly.
    "Punished? Why you have been blessed!" Loki said.
    • Picking up your first Black Lore item drops a whammy firmly in the lap of dedicated Lore readers; up until now, the Buzzing has been the best possible source of information on the mysteries of the Secret World... but with this line, it's revealed that there's something out there that can hijack the Buzzing's signal...
    Sssssssssssssssssssssssssssss-I am the pirate signal-let me in.
    Pleased to meet you. I'm the message. I'm John. Nothing fancy. I want to get to know you-you-you.
    • Exploring the abandoned Fear Nothing Foundation headquarters has probably left players with the impression that something very bad happened here, but it's not until you find the last journal entry in the place that the true horror becomes apparent:
    Letting go of the fear is one step. Letting go of everyone who gives you the fear is another. But you have to let go of everything human. Going to shed this gross body. Going to be graceful.
    • The final act of Issue #11 reaches its most violent stage when Samael decides to bring out the next line of defense - and in the process, reveals that players aren't the only characters with access to the power of the Bees...
    Did you really think you were the only ones capable of cheating death? Did you think your organization was the only one who could find those individuals whose lips taste of honey? Allow me to introduce you to the Mitsubachi!
    • And another one crops up later in the same issue, when it's revealed that the attack on Orochi Tower was just a cover for something much more dangerous.
    Lilith: Search the shallow dung-heap that is your soul and tell me truly if you think you can beat me.
    John: I... can’t. Oh, I can’t – I can’t – I can’t. But I don’t have to beat you. I just have to distract you. Until they come.
  • In SEVEN's CODE, the titular city is described as a "microcosm of the human body", inspired by the human body's similarity to a city. At the end of the fifth chapter, the player is left with a line that pretty much flips the entire concept of the city on its head:
    Aurora: I am SEVEN's CODE.
  • Shadow Hearts: The line revealing the true goal of Disk-One Final Boss: The it isn't the Demon Gate Invocation that he's preparing to cast, but the Inverse Demon Gate Invocation, and that he is literally summoning a god, something much, much stronger than anyone expected.
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
    • While you may have puzzled it out already due to the presence of Schizo Tech, it's only once you get to the bottom of the Sky Pillar that it's confirmed the game takes place not in Medieval times, but After the End:
    Abbot Hugo: It seems you've safely reached the Unclean Ones' country... Tokyo.
    Ashura-kai scientist: Is this all the brains you got today?
    • In Blasted Tokyo, you discover the man you just helped may well be a significant figure from the backstory:
    Jonathan: If that were to happen, you would be King Akira of the Eastern Kingdom of-
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
    • One line from Odin not only heavily foreshadows one of the game's biggest twists, but also names a character who hasn't been seen or even named in a very long time:
    Odin: You know as well as I do, Lucifer will side with YHVH.
    • The line revealing the identity of two of the villains:
    Jonathan: Lucifer and Merkabah are to become one and return to their original form.
    • After the two villains fuse:
    Satan: I am Satan, the ancient angel... The Arbiter.
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories: "I know you're not Harry Mason!"
    • Near the end, Cybil has said it: "But Harry Mason was killed in a car crash 18 years ago!"
    • And subsequently: "The term is 'complicated grief.' but it's simple, isn't it?"
    • Vincent's line from Silent Hill 3 had scarier implications than the rest of the game combined;
      "Monsters? They looked like monsters to you?"
      • Ten seconds later: "Kidding! Just kidding." However, it's entirely unclear on whether or not he was really joking.
    • In Silent Hill 2, this line literally changes the entire story:
      James Sunderland: Mary is dead. I killed her.
    • Before that, there's a line from Eddie that drops the biggest clue yet as to the nature of The Reveal:
      Don't get all holy on me, James! This town called you, too!
  • Sin and Punishment: Star Successor: note 
    Kachi: Long ago, I wasn't called Kachi. I was known as...Achi.
  • Skullgirls:
    • For the first six (non-DLC) story modes, Valentine is a Deadly Doctor and one of Bloody Marie's Co-Dragons, who speaks of conducting 'relatively painless' experiments on the ten-year-old Umbrella, finds 'mutilating' Ms. Fortune's immortal body fascinating and turned the innocent schoolgirl Carol into the nightmarish Living Weapon Painwheel. Then, after all of these, Valentine's story is unlocked. The first of the two Wham Lines is the smaller - when she encounters, fights and defeats Painwheel in Little Innsmouth, Painwheel roars that she still hasn't given up on finding and killing Valentine. Valentine replies 'Good - I'm counting on it!'. This is made clearer by the second line, the one that reveals that Valentine does actually feel remorse for some of the things she was forced to do, which comes after Valentine saves Painwheel from her monstrous co-dragon Double:
    Valentine, speaking to Painwheel: It's too late for that - I'll have to take care of this myself. And if I can't, come and find me and we'll try again. And again. Until you finally succeed.
    • Eliza's Story Mode reveals the full extent of how much Eliza is responsible for creating the Crapsack World of the setting when the emissary of the Divine Trinity speaks:
  • Sly 2: Band of Thieves:
    Jean Bison: I ain't like you boy, I ain't stew-pid. When y'all were unconscious me and my boys paid a visit to your hideout and found all them Clockwerk Parts. Lucky thing, too; Arpeggio was willing to plunk down a King's ransom for the whole lot. I even threw in the Talons.
    • And one of the last lines in the game...
    Bentley: Pick me up! I can't walk!
  • In SOMA, shortly before leaving Omicron Station, Simon hears his previous incarnation speaking to Catherine.
    Simon: Catherine, why was he still talking?
  • Sonic Adventure:
    • This line right before the Final Boss of E-102 Gamma's story mode:
    E-102 Gamma: E-105 Zeta rescue mission complete. Units remaining.... Gamma...Beta.
    Sonic: Oh, it's you! The one who sealed Chaos within the Master Emerald...Tikal...
  • Sonic Adventure 2:
    • Near the end of the Dark Story, Rouge confronts Shadow with something peculiar she found on the ARK's computer:
    Rouge: Here are the results of the research project called the Ultimate Life Form. But, if this picture is the real ultimate life form named "Shadow"...then exactly who...or standing in front of me?
    • In the Last Story, Shadow recalls Maria's last words in their entirety and realizes what she truly wished for humanity:
    Maria: Shadow, I beg of you...please, do it for me, for a better future, for all people on that planet...give them a chance to be happy! Let them live for their dreams! Shadow, I know you can do it...that's the reason why you were brought into this world...
  • Sonic Heroes: "All life form data... successfully copied."
    • And at the end of Team Chaotix's story:
    Vector: Doctor Eggman, I presume.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006):
    • Omega's confession to Shadow after clearing Wave Ocean:
    Omega: Shadow. The one who defeats and seals you into the future... is me.
  • Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, in the Demon Path:
  • Soul Sacrifice:
    My name is Geoffery Librom.
  • Both Space Channel 5 games have this at one point.
    • Space Channel 5
    "There's something wrong with the TV!"
    • Space Channel 5 Part 2
  • Spec Ops: The Line:
    • This line from one of the hundreds of enemy soldiers killed by you using White Phosphorous:
    Soldier: Why?
    Walker: You brought this on yourselves.
    Soldier: We were...helping...
    Konrad: It seems the reports of my... survival... have been greatly exaggerated.
    Walker: This is impossible...
    Konrad: Oh, I assure you, it is.
    • Basically every line that follows the above is a Wham Line in some way. Notably, a rare case of fourth-wall breaking in a completely non-humorous way, as well as completely summing up the message of the story...
    Konrad: The truth, Walker, is that you're here because you wanted to feel like something you're not: A hero.
    • Walker's call for evacuation if you choose to shoot Konrad:
    Walker: This is Captain Martin Walker, requesting immediate evacuation of Dubai. Survivors:... one too many.
    • From the closest thing the game has to a Bad Ending:
  • An interesting case with the Splatterhouse remake, as it is also a Call-Back to the intro cutscene and the second game, when Dr. West mentions finding something that could help bring his wife back:
    The Terror Mask: She doesn't have to die.
  • Throughout the story mode in Splatoon 2, the player and Marie have been getting several threatening messages from someone. But it isn't until the final message comes in upside-down that Marie realizes who is sending them.
    Marie: Wait...CALLIE?!
    • Given the Splatoon series's love of repurposing random, everyday objects as weapons and technology, it would seem perfectly reasonable that your means of transport to the surface in Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion was a giant blender. Until the moment you're inside, and the Telephone drops the act.
  • Spider-Man (PS4) has two, revolving around characters being Secret Secret-Keeper with Peter Parker's alter ego.
    Doctor Octopus: Such a disappointment... Parker.
    Aunt May: Take off your mask; I want to see my nephew.
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction gives us Grim telling Sam that his daughter is alive. His reaction nicely mirrors our own.
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! has the title villain showing up and declaring, “So, you thought you’d gotten rid of me? Well, I’m afraid not!” He then steals the power crystal needed to send Spyro home and takes over the Winter Tundra castle. (Ripto IS the final boss, and Winter Tundra is the final world, so this trope is justified in that regard.)
  • From Spyro: Year of the Dragon, the Sorceress reveals her motives.
    The Sorceress: That's it! I've had enough! I'm going to create a monster to end all monsters! And I'm going to send it out to destroy all the Dragons, even the little hatchlings. Yes! YES! It will smash them and crush them and grind them and tear them! Oh, yes! Smear them and smoosh them and crack them and CREASE THEM!
    Bianca: But, uh, won't that kill them?
    The Sorceress: It doesn't matter! As long as I can still collect their wings!
  • STALKER: "What you need is here. Come to me."
    • Also, in the true ending: "There was a mistake. Your mission was to kill yourself."
    • An earlier one that sets up the revelation from the true ending:
      • Doc: "Strelok, hey come on, man, wake up. That's better. You had me worried there for a second. What the Hell, man, you lose your memory or something?"
  • Star Fox 64:
    • On Fortuna, a seemingly ordinary All-Range Mode mission gets significantly more complex in the space of this exchange, which heralds the arrival of Star Wolf.
    Slippy: Why are ships coming out of the base?
    ROB 64: A bomb has been planted at the base.
    Fox: Jeez! Can anyone take care of it?
    Wolf: Can't let you do that, Star Fox!
  • StarCraft:
    Arcturus Mengsk: Belay that order. We're moving out.note 
    The Overmind: Arise, my daughter. Arise... Kerrigan.note 
    Samir Duran: Excuse me Admiral, but I'd like to introduce someone to you.note 
    Samir Duran: Magnificent, isn't it?note 
    Tassadar: I come to tell you of this creature's...courage.
    Arcturus Mengsk: You have your orders, Mister Findlay. Carry them out.note 
    Arcturus Mengsk: Remember this, Raynor? It was nice of your criminal partner to leave it here for me.
  • Star Trek Online
    Commander Winters: "The terminus is at a fixed point, we could determined that. But... I don't know what we picked up, but the monitors on the bridge are all showing an Omega, we're locked out of the computer and the engines are off-line."
    • Some earlier ones:
    Look upon us, and tremble.
    My real name is Alexander.
    Do not catch our attention again.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has not a line, but a sound — gutteral, pained breathing.
  • Superhot has a uniquely meta case where it encourages this with players and reviews:
    It's the most innovative shooter I've played in years.
  • Super Mario Galaxy, The seventh chapter of the storybook
    "I want to go home! I want to go back to my house by the hill! I want to see my mother!" The girl was shouting now, her face wet with tears. "But I know she's not there! I knew all along that she wasn't out there in the sky! Because...because..."
  • Super Paper Mario,
    Bonechill: "I speak of the Pure Heart... And I speak of you, Luvbi... IT IS YOU!"
    Floro Sapien: "WATER, man! I'm talking about WATER! The Cragnons were polluting our water!"
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: The E3 2006 trailer has just revealed a handful of new characters. Then, Solid Snake and Colonel Roy Campbell appear on the screen.
    Roy Campbell: Snake! Sorry to bother you, but I've got big news!
    Snake: What? Not another absurd objective, I hope.
    Roy Campbell: Are you familiar with Super Smash Bros.?
    Snake: Ah... That Nintendo thing...
    Roy Campbell: Yes. Actually, we've received an invitation for you to join.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The E3 2018 reveal trailer.
    • And for long-time fans, an even bigger one near the end of the trailer.
    • The four words that created a player base for Mii Gunner:
      Now entering [A]: Sans
  • Syphon Filter
    "There is no universal vaccine."
    "How long has Rhoemer been working for you, Markinson?"
  • System Shock 2:
    The Polito form is dead, insect.
    • Alternatively,
  • Tales of Monkey Island:
  • Tales of Symphonia:
    • At the Tower of Salvation, the Journey of Regeneration is about to conclude, and Lloyd asks Remiel if he feels anything now that his daughter will sacrifice herself to save Sylvarant. Remiel's response?
    Remiel: "My daughter? Don't make me laugh. When I came down to play the role of guardian angel, you inferior beings just started calling me her father on your own."
    • After Remiel is defeated, with his final breaths, he identifies a party member as The Mole.
    Remiel: Lord Kratos, have pity on me. Please...lend me your aid.
    Kratos: Have you forgotten, Remiel? I was once of the inferior race...a human. Does the ultimate being seek help from that which he despises the most?
    • Shortly after the first fight with Kratos, the party comes face to face with Kratos and Remiel's boss.
    Fine, I will tell you my name, wretched human. I am Yggdrasill, leader of Cruxis... and the Desians!
    • Late in the game, the elven storyteller reveals some information that puts a great deal of what the heroes know about the Ancient War into an entirely new context.note 
    "Mithos Yggdrasill, his older sister Martel, and their companions Kratos and Yuan."
    • The following exchange reveals that Kratos is Lloyd's father.
    Yuan: (To Lloyd) Now, now. is that the way to act when you're about to meet your father for the first time?
    Kratos: So it was you. You were the assassin who tried to kill me at Hima.
    Yuan: Kratos, if you value your son's life at all, do as we say.
    Lloyd: What are you... talking about?
    Yuan: Release Origin's seal. Otherwise, Lloyd will die right here.
    • After the chaos from the above revelation has seemingly died down, and Lloyd reaffirms his desire for everyone to live, someone offers unexpected commentary on it, and reveals himself as a villain in the process.
    Richter: (to Emil) This arte, this timing. So are Ratatosk!
  • Tales of the Abyss:
    • Talking to Jade in Daath, before heading to the Tower of Rem, where Luke will perform a task that will most likely result in his death, Jade, coldly logical as always, says that this is the right course of action... or at least, he would think of it as such under normal circumstances.
    Jade: That's what I would say if I was an emperor, with a country and people to look after. As your friend...I feel compelled to stop you.[...] I'm sorry.
    • Sometime before that, as the party is discussing Asch's mad plan to die in order to remove the miasma from the world, and the party is trying to think of an alternative, they ask Jade, who knows the situation better than anyone:
      Jade: ...The only alternative I can think of is even crueler.
    • There's also always this reveal, if you haven't figured it out already due to the massive amounts of Foreshadowing:
    • In Akzeriuth, Tear reunites with the party and shares some disturbing news regarding Van's intentions. While Van had claimed to want Luke to use his hyperresonance to save the city from the miasma, this line firmly establishes Van as a villain.
    Tear: Van is... planning to destroy Akzeriuth!
    • As war rages between Kimlasca and Malkuth, Natalia tries to assert her authority to stop the fighting, hoping that now that she's turned up alive, Kimlasca will no longer want to fight. But then Mohs decides to interfere.
    Mohs: Wait. There is no need to obey the orders of a false princess.
    • After the second fight with Sync, his mask comes off.
    Ion: Just as I thought. You are also a replica of the Fon Master.
    Guy: Wait! What do you mean "also"?!
    Ion: I'm Fon Master Ion's seventh replica— the final one.
    • A line yelled by Luke, during one of the moments early on, when the party makes a comment about his lack of basic world knowledge. Luke, who is suffering from amnesia that struck him(or so he thought, since he is actually a replica of the real Luke and never had those memories to begin with), after he was rescued from a kidnapping several years ago, finally snaps and reveals how bad his amnesia had been.
    Luke: I had more important things to learn... Like my parents' faces!
  • Tales of Vesperia: Although what's said isn't quite so important as the voice that says it, establishing that Raven, a party member, and Captain Schwann, a villain, are one and the same.
    Raven/Captain Schwann: I suppose there's no fooling the nose of a dog.
  • Tales of Xillia:
    Milla: It can't be...they broke right through it...So I was mistaken all along. And that means that the Lance was never a weapon at all!
  • Tales of Xillia 2
    Victor: I'm this Elle's father.
    • Shortly after, when Jude asks about his counterpart in this dimension succeeded in creating an alternative to spyrix.
    Victor: Yes, you completed it... and then I killed you.
  • Tales of Berseria
    Laphicet/Innominat: I never wanted you to avenge me.
  • Tenchu 2
    Tatsumaru: Who is Tatsumaru? I am Seiryu the Blue Dragon, one of the Four Lords of the Burning Dawn!
  • Thief: The Dark Project
    • Garret has delivered the artifact he was hired to steal to his client, an eccentric collectioner named Konstantin, and enquires about payment.
    Konstantin: "Victoria, are you prepared to give Mr. Garrett his... compensation?"
    Viktoria: "Bow to the Woodsie Lord, and offer up your flesheye so that his Eye of Stone may see, Manfool!"
    • Thief II: The Metal Age: In "Life of the Party", one of your objectives in the Mechanist Tower is to investigate a series of prerecorded messages that Karras has left behind for his guests in order to see if you can find out anything useful about his work. In addition to the ones scattered about the tower, there is one final prerecorded message you can find in his office, which is empty, locked up and closely guarded— you play it, and what's the first thing you hear?
      Karras: Greetings, Garrett.
  • TIE Fighter:
    Admiral Zaarin's forces are attacking Imperial Star Destroyer Garrett! The treachery is worse than we imagined; the Emperor is in danger."
  • Time Crisis 5:
    Robert Baxter: "If you had just died this would all have gone according to plan."
    • Earlier, during Keith's boss battle:
    Keith Martin: "The internal auditor, Christy, we were in love. I need to find out what really happened!"
  • From To the Moon, when Neil and Eva are finally able to go deeper into Johnny's memories, Eva notices something in his room...
    Eva: Johnny slept on a bunk bed...
  • Tomodachi Life will periodically throw this potential breakup opportunity out of nowhere with the only prior indication being the orange "social problem" icon that is also used for other problems (e.g. wanting to befriend another Mii):
    Mii: "Things aren't going so great between me and ..."
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron: "OMEGA SUPREME: ONLINE."
    • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron:
      Optimus: (As the scenery is shifting around him) I ask you... no I command you; help us.
      Metroplex: (rising with Optimus in his hand) Metroplex heeds the call of the last of the Primes.
  • Transistor: "Who gets to go first? How"
  • Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon: At the end of mission 10, after Jim Hawkins manages to disable and board an Ironclad ship.
    Mr. Onyx: Captain, we've done it! They're surrendering!
    Jim Hawkins: Great Neptune! They're... Procyons!
  • True Crime: New York City:
    Terry Higgins: You did good, boy scout.

  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • "This game will not be granted a happy ending." Consider that the red text is the Language of Truth.
    • In Alliance of the Golden Witch this is even used with what the character can't say when Battler tries to say that he is the son of Asumu (his mother) and can't, effectively proving that Asumu ISN'T his mother, causing a lot of dropped jaws.
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End: One confrontation with Rafe changes everything both Nate and the audience thought they knew about Sam's backstory.
    Rafe: Whoa, what the hell are you talking about, Nate? Hector Alcázar died in a shootout in Argentina like six months ago. I'm the one that got Samuel out.
  • Under Night In-Birth: Unlike most of the cast, operating by themselves, Byakuya and Tsukuyomi are navigating the Hollow Night as a Brother–Sister Team - Tsukuyomi is the Mission Control and Byukaya fights off In-Births and protects her toward the Altar. After beating Hilda in their Arcade ending, however, Byakuya casually says:
    Byakuya: Hey. Strix. Why don't we just stop it now? Pretending to be siblings and all.
  • Undertale:
    • After getting past Toriel, almost anything Flowey says (which depends on what you did) counts as one, but the one the game most strongly leads unspoiled players into encountering is for if you kill Toriel, then reload and spare her.
      Flowey: But don't act so cocky. I know what you did. You murdered her. And then you went back, because you regretted it. Ha ha ha ha... You naive idiot. Do you think you are the only one with that power? The power to reshape the world... Purely by your own determination. The ability to play God! The ability to "SAVE."
    • A gameplay example occurs in the middle of Papyrus' boss fight, when not on a No Mercy run. Up until then, Papyrus' attacks are nothing special, and all of them (including the "blue attack" that Sans warns you about earlier) can even be avoided entirely by not moving at all. Until...
      Papyrus: You're blue now.note  That's my attack!
    • During the dinner scene with Sans, he'll begin to talk about how he met a woman and made a promise to her. It's all rather lighthearted until he says this line:
      Sans: do you get what i'm saying? that promise i made to her... you know what would've happened if she hadn't said anything? buddy... You'd be dead where you stand.
    • In a Neutral or Pacifist route, after getting past Mettaton and believing you have a chance of reasoning with Asgore and have him let you out of the Underground, Alphys drops the line:
      Alphys: I... I can't take this anymore. I... lied to you. A human Soul isn't strong enough to cross the barrier alone. It takes at least a human Soul... and a monster Soul. If you want to go home... you'll have to take his Soul. You'll have to kill Asgore.
    • In a meta sense, if you're been playing this game like a typical RPG, The Reveal during Sans' judgement is going to hit HARD. These lines completely change the way the player thinks about the game.
      Sans: What's EXP? It's an acronym. It stands for execution points. A way of quantifying the pain you have inflicted on others. When you kill someone, your EXP increases. When you have enough EXP, your LOVE increases. LOVE, too, is an acronym. It stands for "Level of Violence". A way of measuring someone's capacity to hurt.
    • Upon entering the True Lab, you find a series of five logs discussing Alphys (or possibly Gaster) researching the nature of the human SOUL and the energy that gives them their power. The fifth log has the speaker confirm that they have identified this energy, which gives humans the power to "change fate"...and then promptly reveal the name they have given it:
      Let's call this power..."Determination".
    • During the True Pacifist route, you look at some tapes of memories past, primarily concerning Asgore, Toriel, and their son Asriel. One of the tapes opens with this line, revealing that there's more to the character you named at the start of the game:
      Asriel: Okay X, are you ready?
    • At the end of the True Pacifist route, Toriel, Sans, Papyrus, Undyne, Alphys and Metatton arrive to break up the fight between you and Asgore before it starts. Once they do, Alphys asks a question that reveals that this was part of Flowey's plan to steal the human souls, as well as every monster soul in the Underground.
      Alphys: H-hey, that reminds me, Papyrus... YOU called everyone here, right? Well, besides, uh, her. Uh, anyway... If I got here before you... How did you know to call everybody?
      Papyrus: Let's just say... A tiny flower helped me.
    • Just before the True Final Boss of the Pacifist route. Flowey reveals his true name and identity- that of Asgore and Toriel's long-dead son Asriel.
      Child: X, are you there? It's me, your best friend!
      Boss Subtitles: ASRIEL DREEMURR
    • A line in the True Pacifist run confirms that the name that you gave was for the first child to fall down many years ago, not the Player Character.
      Asriel: You're not actually X, are you? X has been gone for a long time. Umm... what IS your name? Frisk?
  • From the Genocide route, just as you've left the Ruins stonefaced Papyrus' introduction, Sans takes a moment to explain to you that his brother would really like to see a human.
    Sans: so, y'know, it'd really help me out... if you kept pretending to be one.
  • A bit later, Sans pulls you aside to give you some "friendly advice" about what you're doing:
    Sans: if you keep going the way you are now... you're gonna have a bad time.
  • A line made many people abort their attempted Genocides. To some extent, you can justify a Genocide run early on as an act of self-defense - after all, most monsters are attacking you. Sure, you're going out of your way to kill them over and over until the area is depleted of them, but the resultant stat gains will only make it easier to survive against future struggles, right? However, when you get past Snowdin and you get into a "fight" with Papyrus, this is what the flavour text says after the "fight" starts:
  • On the Genocide route, Sans's last line before giving you exactly the bad time he warned you about:
    Sans: it's a beautiful day outside. birds are singing, flowers are blooming. on days like this, kids like you... should be burning in hell.
  • Finally, there's whenever the text in the narration boxes turns red during the Genocide route... Examining Toriel's kitchen? "Where are the knives?" Examining the mirror in Asgore's house? "It's me, X." Examining the coffins before your encounter with Asgore? "It's as comfortable as it looks."
  • One exclusively to the Nintendo Switch version of the game: throughout your journey, you might encounter a female NPC known as the "Clam Girl". She frequently talks about her neighbor's daughter, "Suzy", and says that the player will probably meet her and enjoy spending time with her; however, Suzy never appears in the game. Come the Playable Epilogue of the True Pacifist Ending, and you can find the Clam Girl once again, who has one last little tidbit for you:
    Clam Girl: So you never met my neighbor's daughter. But please don't despair. Because the time that you will meet her...
    Clam Girl: fast approaching.
  • Universal Paperclips:
    Release the HypnoDronesnote 
  • Until Dawn: After the reveal of the psycho's identity, we get this bombshell.
    Mike: What are you talking about, you asshat? Jessica is fucking dead!
    Psycho: ...What?
    • This line sets up the plot of the entire second half of the game.
    Flamethrower Guy: I don't take kindly to you kids coming up here to my mountain-
    Mike: Your mountain? I'm sure the Washingtons would be very surprised to hear that.
    Flamethrower Guy: Hehheh... Well, this mountain don't belong to me, it's true. But it don't belong to the Washingtons. This mountain belongs to the Wendigo.
  • The Walking Dead
    • There are different ways the line can be delivered depending on your dialogue choices, but one way or another, Larry tells you at the end of episode 1 that he knows you're a convicted murderer.
    • From Episode 2:
      Ben: It's not the bite that does it! You come back no matter how you die.
    • The line that brings the Mid-Season Twist and Cliffhanger of Episode 3. What's really disturbing about it is that it comes from Clementine's Walkie-Talkie, which you thought was broken.
      The Stranger: Can't wait for you to get to Savannah, Clementine. I've got your parents right here! And you be sure to find me, whether Lee wants you to or not.
    • From, Season 2 Episode 3, confirming that Carver did rape Rebecca, and is most likely the father of her baby.
      Carver: The fuck are you looking at, bitch? Don't act like you didn't love very second of it—
  • Warcraft 3.
    Mal'Ganis: You hear the voice of the Dark Lord. He whispers to you through the blade you wield. What does he say, young human? What does the Dark Lord of the Dead tell you now?
    Arthas: He tells me that the time for my vengeance has come.
    • And in case various trailers and the most recent mission or two hadn't already clued in just how deeply Arthas was being affected, there's this tidbit from the cinematic after the first campaign:
      King Menethil: What are you doing, my son?
      Arthas: Succeeding you, Father!
    • "The Dreadlords are the Lich king's jailors".
    • "This entire city must be purged."
  • WarioWare Gold, regarding the truth about the truth about Wario Deluxe's "crown" that Wario had stolen from Luxville.
    Lulu: The people of Luxville have been holding it for long enough!
    Wario: What? Holding it?
    Lulu: This pot is a potty! It had just been cleaned and put out to dry when you stole it!
  • What Remains of Edith Finch: "If she'd told me there was going to be so much climbing, I never would have come when I was 22 weeks pregnant." Though if you ever bothered to look down at all during the game, this one isn't too surprising.
  • When Tails Gets Bored has Tails doing various things out of boredom, but just before the true final stage Sonic reveals the real reason why he's bored:
    "Someone's messin' with your mind."
  • The Witness: "What?" The line appears on an audio log that continues to run well after the quotation is read. It's usually the first audio log that players find in the Expert section of the mountain (the ones that spell out the plot of the game).
  • The Wonderful 101:
    • Towards the end of Operation 006:
      Luka: Take Me to Your Leader... for real... I wanna join you!
    • Earlier in Operation 006, Vorkken leaves a message, and Immorta translates it.
      Immorta: It's in Rhulloian. [...] The language of the comet Rhullo. The world that Vorkken... and I... call home.
    • During Vorkken's final boss fight:
      Vorkken: Now, Blunder-Red, witness my true power! Teio-Form, activate! *unleashes his own Unlimited Form*
    • And after the fight:
      Immorta: A space pirate? Really?! The people of Rhullo loved you! And now you're a miscreant! A malefactor! Another grub in the garbage pile! That, and you don't seem to know when you're beat, my dear brother!
    • During the final boss's Motive Rant after his first form, where GEATHJERK's true intentions are revealed:
      Jergingha: Surely even you must realize the origin of the Greater Galactic Coalition.
      Wonder Red: No...
      Jergingha: Yes. The Greater Galactic Coalition will be created by the people of Chi-Q.
  • The World Ends with You
    • For being a relatively minor character, Higashizawa gets a big one. He gives Shiki a Breaking Lecture about how her jealousy will prevent her from changing for the better even if she's given a second chance, and Neku then asks what Higashizawa means.
    • At the end of the first week, Kitaniji announces the results of the game. "Your points have been tallied, and the Player to be reborn decided. Congratulations...Shiki Misaki." Shortly afterward, after Neku agrees to let Shiki return to life and chooses to play the game again, he gets his entry fee back, and hears his new one- "This time, you're playing for...Shiki Misaki.".
    • The Another Day Secret Report, obtained by reading all of the previous ones, and defeating the Bonus Boss. By reading the others, you'd discovered the existence of a Fallen Angel who had aided Minamimoto, and learned that the writer of the Reports was Hanekoma, who is an Angel who is looking to find and stop the Fallen Angel. However, when you read the Another Day report, he says that there's a reason he doesn't want to meet up with the alternate version of himself: "You see, I am the Fallen Angel who taught Minamimoto how to refine Taboo Noise. Minamimoto owes his successful rebirth to the corrections I made to his flawed Taboo refinery sigil. I must hide in Pork City for fear that my alternate self in this world may report me on sight."
    • At the start of Week 3, Uzuki and Kariya discuss how this week is somewhat irregular, but Kariya manages to revive Uzuki's usual enthusiasm for her job.note 
      Uzuki: I'll make this week the pinnacle of my Harrier career!
      Kariya: 'Atta girl. Now let's just hope we get to the scene while there's still a Player to harry.
    • Joshua's got to have the best, though. At the end of the game, after defeating Kitaniji, the Conductor, Joshua reveals his true identity.
    "It was me, Neku. I'm Shibuya's Composer."
  • World of Warcraft: At the end of the quest Cleansing Drak'Tharon:
    The Lich King: "You have done well, Drakuru."
    "You trained them well, Fordring. You delivered the greatest fighting force this world has ever known...right into my hands — exactly as I intended."
    • And after the death of Arthas, when Bolvar Fordragon reappears on the Lich King's throne (he was last seen dying from dragonfire at the Wrathgate:
      The dragons' flame sealed my fate. The world of the living can no longer comfort me. Place the crown upon my head, Tirion. Forevermore - I will be the jailor of the damned.
    • Also, at the Wrathgate itself:
      Grand Apothecary Putress: Death to the Scourge and death to the living!
    • Loken has one final line to add insult to injury after capturing Thorim:
      As for your life, mortal. I will be generous. After all...why would I destroy my most useful servant? I waited for you for weeks inside that Hyldnir minenote .
    • Toward the end of the Creepy Crate quest for Hallow's Eve, on the Alliance side (a similar series of events occurs for the Horde version) you have the option of turning it over to Anson Hastings, or to Hudson Barnes for safekeeping. If you choose Barnes, he will tell you this.
      I know this will seem like betrayal, but Mr. Hastings has made an offer I simply cannot refuse. My apologies, (player).
    • Toward the end of Hour of Twilight, the Twilight Prophet reveals himself.
      Archbishop Benedictus: And now, Shaman, you will give the Dragon Soul to ME.
    • One comes up in Cataclysm's ending
      Alexstraza: But now we must see it... with mortal eyes.
    • In "Dagger in the Dark", this exchange takes the mission into an unexpected turn when Rak'gor tries to kill Vol'jin.
      Vol'jin: Garrosh playing god? Making monsters? Dis ain't what da Horde is about!
      Rak'gor Bloodrazor: He knew you were a traitor! (stabs Vol'jin).
    • In "Path of the Last Emperor", after you reach the top, the questgiver talks about himself.
      Seer Hao Pham Roo: I was going to teach you a lesson, but instead, it is you who have taught me. You see, when I was young... (Voice gradually changes) When I was young... When I was young... I was EMPEROR.
      • There is some foreshadowing for a clever player - Seer Hao Pham Roo is an anagram of Emperor Shaohao - The Last Emperor of Pandaria.
    • One that applies only to the Alliance: after Garrosh's defeat, Varian demands to speak to the Horde's new Warchief. Orc grunts move out of Varian's line of sight to reveal:
      Vol'jin: "I speak for da Horde!"
    • In Legion players speak to Xe'ra, one of the first Naaru, who tells of a child born in the "House of Light and Shadow" and destined to bring an end to the Burning Legion. Given the prequel comic, and his status as a priest, many people assumed Xe'ra was talking about Anduin Wrynn.
      Xe'ra: The one known as Illidan Stormrage.
    • Earlier when players retrieve Light's Heart, it plays a message where a human tells of the Army of the Light and how they will fall if Light's Heart does not reach the Prophet.
      Khadgar: We will not fail you... Turalyon.
    • In "Ancient Secret", Spiritwalker Ebonhorn shows you and Mayla Highmountain the end of the story of Mayla's ancestor Huln's heroics during the War of the Ancients. After Huln's victory over Deathwing, he found some black dragon eggs, one of which hatched.
    Huln Highmountain: Look! One survived. Such a small thing, and with little black horns. I shall call you Ebonhorn.
    Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: So it was that Huln's mercy gained the allegiance of his family's oldest ally: me. (transforms into his true form- an uncorrupted black dragon)
    • In Battle for Azeroth, the cinematic for Sylvanas as the Warbringer.
    Sylvanas: Burn it. BURN IT!
    • In the Shrine of the Storms, Lord Stormsong is talking to his new boss.
    Lord Stormsong: The Kul Tiran Fleet is yours, my queen.
    Bwonsamdi: What?! Where be his soul, mon?! This is not good - boss isn't going to be happy about this!
    • You eventually use a Glaive of Vol'Jin to kill off the spirit of Zalazane. His reaction at the end sent the fandom into an uproar.
    Zalazane: What? Vol'jin... you could not have grown so strong without becoming... a...
  • Used in XCOM 2 to make it clear to the player why ADVENT and the Aliens have to be stopped.
    Tygan: I believe we have found the missing civilians.
  • Xenoblade:
    • Egil: (Talking to someone we know to be called Zanza) I also desire that, Arglas.
    • Dickson: (After shooting Shulk) You shouldn't have done that, little brat.
    • Alvis: (After beating Zanza) I am Monado. I was here at the beginnning... And I will proclaim the end.
      • I am the administrative computer of a phase transition experiment facility. But that will mean little to you.
    • An NPC can potentially give one depending on whether or not you do her sidequest before the Wham Episode that is Prison Island:
      Desirée: "Do you remember my father at all? He used to swing a hammer above his head, all day, every day. He used to build and fix machines. He was really good at it, too. He ran his own place. 'Xord's Smithy,' he called it. But he died a year ago in the battle against the Mechon."
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X manages to fit one into The Stinger.
    Elma: The system, everyone's consciousnesses and memories, the entire database... has been destroyed for some time.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has one for anyone who's played the original Xenoblade:
    Scientist on the Beanstalk: We've been locked out by Professor Klaus.
  • Yakuza 0:
    • In Chapter 4, Majima is sent to kill a prostitution ring owner named "Makoto Makimura". Majima hears plenty of stories that this Makoto Makimura is far nicer than the description Majima is given, but the real shocker comes at the very end of the chapter:
    Yakuza: You're the owner here, Wen Hai Lee, yeah? Where's Makoto Makimura?
    • And immediately after:
    Wen Hai Lee: (to the blind woman that Majima had met earlier) Makoto...
    Majima: What the hell?!
    Yakuza: Oh, perfect timing! Welcome back, Makoto Makimura-chan.


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