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Web originals with their own pages

  • This short story on Reddit. It starts with the narrator bemoaning "I hate it when my brother Charlie has to go away." He goes on to imply that his brother is locked up in an institution for being a sociopath, and when he does return horrible things start happening and he's swiftly sent back. The final line:
    "I hate it when Charlie has to go away. It makes me have to pretend to be good until he is back."
  • Ruby Quest:
    • "Today is October 31st."
    • Weaver: "Yes, it would have killed Tom."
    • "Isn't it obvious? You're dead."
    • "Ruby shoves Stitches over the railing."
  • From Everyman HYBRID, episode "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back":
    Alex: It's back.
    • At the end of "Intermission"
    Vinny: Alex isn't okay.
    • A comedic example in "Damsel"
    Steph: I'd be fucking stoked if they weren't releasing me today!
  • Brawl Universe:
    • Episode 5:
    Wolf: I have a message for you.
    Fox: And what’s that?
    Wolf: You will feel the pain that i have felt those days ago. I will come for you and all your friends, and KILL you.
    • Episode 6 has a particular disturbing one:
    Mewtwo: You of all people should know. *teleports in front of Ganon and knocks him away* There’s PLENTY wrong with me.
  • Marble Hornets has one early on that does a good job at setting the mood: "Burn them."
    • For the first dozen or so videos, Jay was strictly a narrator and viewpoint character. After a while, he started to get a bit more involved, visiting locations and interviewing witnesses to try and piece together the mystery. Then, in 19, things happened. "I have been recording myself for a month now..."
    • Entry #17: "But there's something else about it that really disturbs me. I don't remember any of it ever happening."
    • Entry #25 hits us with this after we see news footage of an apartment that burned down: "That was my apartment."
    • "Season 2", like the first part, opens with Entry 27's Wham Line. "The past 7 months are completely missing from my memory."
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    • Entry #49: "I told you not to follow me!"
    • Entry #64: It's been over a year since Alex has made his presence known, some presumed him dead. When Jay and Tim go explore the tunnel in Rosswood, Jay's phone rings.
    Phone: Leave. Now.
    Jay: That was Alex!
    Mary: It's already too late for you. The Observer, as you call him, has you in his grasp already. In fact, he's in your home right now, watching you intently. He knows that you'll go to the boardwalk whether you like it or not, because he's seen it happen already. He's told me things, you know.
    And later:
    Did you really think that those ashes were Milo's?
    • "Catharsis":
    Noah: I have a confession to make. I...I think I was the one who killed Kat.
    Hello Noah. I am Firebrand of the Collective. I've managed to cut him off for now.
    • "The Live Stream Incident":
    "...Firebrand...Me...Thank you."
    The line that cemented Firebrand's status as a Walking Spoiler. Who could guess that something like a Cluster F-Bomb could be so meaningful?
    A loathsome entity with mutual interests has saved me from servitude.
  • Vampire Quest: "When I was a child...I...was Lilicore as retribution."
  • During v4 of Survival of the Fittest, in reaction to the Wham Episode that was Faraday's Cages:
    Achyls: "Blow the collar! I said BLOW THE FUCKING COLLAR!"
    Sparky: " won't work, Sir!"
    • The final line of V3 is a massive example.
    B58 - Johnathan Rizzolo - Deceased
    • "An attempt was made by a military organization to rescue some of the contestants in this season of Survival of the Fittest. The lives of many students were lost as a result of the actions of your governments. Any future attempts will be met with an immediate and total detonation of all collars."
      • This later turns out to be a rare subversion in the form of a Red Herring; it turns out that all the v4 escapees are alive and well.
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  • In Perfect Kirby 3, Kirby tells Roy he knows about the Hippin' Jippin' Gene.
    Roy: (Dramatic Gun Cock) Then you know too much!
  • Welcome to Night Vale
    • From The Sandstorm part A:
    Kevin: Hello? Desert Bluffs?
    • And from part B:
    Cecil: This is Cecil, and I do not know where I am. It is clearly a radio studio, but the walls are covered in blood, and instead of dials and buttons on the soundboard, there is just animal viscera, glistening under the green LED lights.
    • Episode 32, Yellow Helicopters, gives us two in the space of about a minute and a half.
    ...the witnesses said that some low-flying yellow helicopters began dropping orange leaflets onto the city streets. The leaflets read, "StrexCorp Synernists Inc. Look around you. Strex. Look inside you. Strex. Go to sleep. Strex. Believe in a smiling god. StrexCorp: It is everything."
    • followed by:
    ''Oh! Oh no. Uh... dear listeners, we must issue an apology! Those helicopters are completely... safe. Even safer than safe! In fact, StrexCorp recently bought our little radio station from the mysterious unseen forces who founded it centuries ago!
    • Before all of those:
    Cecil: Old Woman Josie says that the Angels who have been living with her ... helping around the house and ultimately protecting her from all evils ... have disappeared.
    • They've really been upping the ante recently. Episode 33 gives us:
    Cecil: I...I don't remember having a brother.
    • Episode 47 opens with a Wham Line that will have many saying "Oh shit":
    Welcome... to the Greater Desert Bluffs Metropolitan Area.
    • Episode 48 gave us a much more positive one:
    Kevin: The man is holding something! He is holding... He is holding a cat.
    • From Episode 70B:
    Cecil: The voice told me it especially didn't trust the other heads it shares a body with...
  • The SCP Foundation has several of these. Often an entry will lead the reader in a certain direction by deliberately not revealing all of the object's qualities; the Wham Line will then drastically change the tone of the piece. Particularly good ones are for SCP-1025, SCP-804, SCP-089, and SCP-093's associated entries.
    • Classified object classes. Sometimes, an SCP would explicitly state its object class as being one class, but then you open a collapsible and see its true object class and description. The classified object class is usually Keter or Thaumiel.
    • During earlier times, any use of Object Class: Thaumiel, regardless if obscured or unobscured, is very much a wham line, since it indicates that the SCP is beneficial to the Foundation's goals instead of being the usually expected "dangerous anomaly".
    • SCP-089: "For each locution event, SCP-089-A is a healthy, unblemished human infant or child between eight months and six years of age, and SCP-089-B is that child's natural mother."
    • Andrew Swann's SCP-001 proposal: "And it's a bunch of horror writers."
    • SCP-804: They simply wanted to do it.
    • SCP-093: there was no war it was him him him him him IT. IT. it came from between the folds of time and space and worlds and light and dark something that is but should not be slipped in and called out to them as their god and they believed it and they tasted it and touched it and layed with it and became its property and did its will and IT IS STILL HERE
    • SCP-1000: "They're smarter - to be precise, they are exactly as smart as us."
    • SCP-2000, being a bit of a Wham SCP, has several, but three in particular stand out:
      "Object Class: Thaumiel" (see above)
      "Previous attempts to ameliorate violent and sociopathic tendencies in humanity as a whole have already been implemented and deemed successful."
      "Valid Foundation security credentials for Dr. Alto Clef were discovered nearby, although a genetic match could not be established"
    • SCP-2317 has two on its final iteration:
      • Object Class: Keter (stricken out) Apollyon
      • Special Containment Procedures: Irrelevant.
    • Doubling as an Easter Egg, SCP-231-7 has the following hidden line in her description: "Don't believe it when they say they're trying to save her. Why would they bother? They've got exactly what they want exactly where they want it."
    • SCP-1025: "Not one out-of-the-ordinary infectious agent was found anyplace this item was tested".
    • SCP-2747 asks the viewer to refer to Appendix B several times throughout the article, and at the very bottom...
      Appendix B: [DATA LOST]
  • Alison, the protagonist of Brains has this to say: "And my foolproof plan to get Damian into bed and eventually into a two-bedroom apartment with a pitbull named Hamish and at least two children is going swimmingly. There's just one problem: I'm mostly sure he's undead."
  • In Minecraft Shadow of Israphel, episode 35:
    Knight Peculier: I made the most cowardly decision I had ever made. To end my wretched life.
    "Does this mean the sand was good?"
    "Knight_Peculier tried to swim in lava."
  • KARA:
    • "I'm merchandise?"
    • "I'M SCARED!"
  • In Freeman's Mind, at the end of episode 28, Gordon finds an elevator that goes up and isn't booby trapped...only to find the way blocked by numerous crates full of powerful explosives... (Subverted, in that the audience already blatantly knew the twist; it's more about Gordon finally coming to the realization)
    Gordon: You know, I'm beginning to think this isn't a rescue operation..."
  • Retsupurae's The Marios brings us an unscripted (and funny as hell) example:
    LuwiigiMaster: *laughter* I'm sorry, people, its just that I keep thinking about all these other Lets Players that, like, got made fun of by Retsupurae, or something.
    slowbeef: Aww, shit!
  • DeliciousCinnamon has a few examples:
    • During the "Lost Episode" of Crash Bandicoot:
    • During a livestream, after Bert has spent over an hour trying to get Warcraft 3 installed:
    "The CD key provided is currently in use by Bert"
  • Achievement Hunter Let's Play Minecraft:
    • Episode 1:
    • "Clouds" (Ep. 37):
    Geoff: Gavin wins it for Ray by erecting the tower on Ray's place! The victory goes to Ray!
    • "King Ryan Pt. 2" (Ep. 61):
    Ryan: What's up, Edgar?
    • "Mad King Ryan Pt. 2" (Ep. 90): Just as everyone is celebrating Ray's victory of the fourth gold block, Ryan has an announcement.
    Ryan: As it turns out... those gold blocks are kinda false-y.
  • Achievement Hunter Grand Theft Auto Series:
    • "Heist":
    • "Michael's Heist":
    Michael: As expected, Ryan and Ray died horribly, but, uh... Yeah, you guys were supposed to die too, in that boat...
    • "The Trojan Bar Heist":
  • We Are Our Avatars:
    -In everything. So many aspects of what just happened in this entire fiasco of a "competition". The Meteor. The device to stop it. The things found in Big Mt. The state of the wasteland itself. The hiring of individuals from other worlds to eliminate political enemies on this one. All cobbled together from sections of a very ancient and much bigger plan by a "Courier Six" eliminate anyone who would oppose his rule of New Vegas-
  • Doom House:
    "You stubborn mule, now you know the secret...I am a terrorist, and this house was built over our terrorist burial camp!"
  • Exactly what gives these stories their title
    Bunny: Madgie, what did you do?
  • In Cracked's Revisiting Old-School Text Adventures as a Jaded Modern Gamer:
  • Board James: Near the climax of the Dream Phone review.
    The Dream Phone: Well, you sure got a hold on me!
    • A big one from Full House / Do the Urkel.
    Motherfucker Mike: "You don't have any friends."
    Bad Luck Bootsy: "You don't need to pretend. It's okay not to have any friends..."
    • Another one in "Video Game Board Games" when James seems to have reached a breaking point with the episode's central board games and utters a certain phrase.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd: At the climax of the Desert Bus episode, where the Nerd has just made a sudden realization that after ten years, his work on warning people about shitty games is failing. He tops it all with four jarring words.
    Nerd: It's time to retire.
    • Thankfully, he doesn't follow through on it.
    • In the episode Berenstain Bears, the Nerd is discussing with himself (from another universe) the oddity that he remembers the titular name being spelled "Berenstein" rather than "Berenstain", which, as the episode implies, portends the dangers of traveling between parallel universes.
    Other Nerd: When two of the same person exists in the same universe, it creates a paradox. The only way to resolve it: one of them has to die. I killed you.
    • Episode 150, "Polybius", the episode documents the Nerd's "investigation" of what just might be an actual Polybius arcade cabinet from the '80s, tucked away in a warehouse of old arcade games. After discussing the various urban legends surrounding the game, he decides to test out the game the only way he knows how to deal with shitty games: by playing it himself. The first day of recording, he seems to display no negative side effects after playing for a while; he doesn't show the game itself, just in case there are dangerous side effects, but he remarks that it's just a boring, average arcade game. The second day, however...
    Nerd: So I've played through twice more now, um...thrice, actually... note 
  • In Episode 73 of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, we have one that's less about the line itself and more about how it's said.
    Rex: (in a voice much closer to his dub counterpart than his usual Butthead impression) I guess I'm full of surprises, Wheeler!
    • A much more serious one in Episode 81, when Yami asks Dartz a question only someone who met him in the past would know:
      Yami: If you met me, then you must know what my name is. That secret has been lost to me since my soul entered the Millennium Puzzle. So what is it?
      Dartz: Well, that one's easy. It's Eytem.note 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has several, both comedic and dramatic.
    • For example:
    Vegeta: Look at you, Dodoria. You used to be so proud. And now here you are, crying like a woman!
    Dodoria: I AM A WOMAN!
    Vegeta: Wh-what?
    Dodoria: I SAID I AM A WOMAN!
    Vegeta: ...WHA--
    • And this, which Freeza still isn't fully convinced of:
    Zarbon: Well, I have to call my girlfriend.
    Kami: But it's still my job! My responsibility!
    Piccolo: And that's really good and all, but if you don't fuse with me, the entire world you're guarding might be destroyed!
    Kami: Maybe I'd rather it be destroyed than ever have to be a part of you again!
    Nail: Mom? Dad? Please stop fighting.
    • Episode 56, while repairing Android 16, Bulma finds this isolated video log made by a Red Ribbon soldier who looks a lot like 16. The soldier is talking to his dad whose making cyborgs, when suddenly we hear this...
    Off-screen voice: Get your ass in gear! Something is tearing its way through the compound!
    Kid Goku, off-screen: KA...ME...HA...ME... (Flash of light, log ends)
    • Cell in episode 53 had fun the entire episode just toying with Trunks.
      Cell: Does Gohan know, by the way?
      Trunks: Does he know what?
    • The end of Episode 60 Part 3 had one that told the course of the series:
    Dragon Ball Z Abridged will return in Season 4
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal had one dropped by the Streamer after the first loss to Red.
    Twitchplayspokemon: if we don't beat red by the end of the stream, no emerald.
  • Ten Little Roosters Episode 6. The sound of glass breaking.
    Ryan: Fuck you, hole. Unlike a cow, I have opposable thumbs.
  • The Music Video Show and it's 49th episode. At one point, Fluttershy is taken by a demented figure speaking backwards.
    Laine: You put her dow...
    Dylan: Don't bother. Not real.
    Laine: But he has Flutters...
    • And then there is the last few seconds of Episode 50.
    Laine: Pinkie...Pinkie?
    • Episode 75:
    • Episode 100 (Part 2)
    Season 1 Host: "I didn't say it was dead.
  • Paranoia has one near the end of the movie.
    Carl: You're the killer, Mark.
  • The Blue Light creepypasta's last two sentences: "It was faint, but we could still see the word 'sucks', underneath 'Nagasaki Elementary School'. Outside the windows, a blue light explodes across the sky."
  • Each episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared has one that starts to make it clear that the Teacher is not what they seem.
  • The final episode of JonTron's StarCade series has Jon learn that Darth Vader is actually an "old friend", and then he removes his helmet as he lay (apparently) dying...
  • This Vinesauce stream focuses on Vinny exploring Active Worlds, a now-abandoned MMO from the mid-90's. During the stream he encountered a character named Hitomi Fujiko. Vinny initially took Hitomi to be an NPC, given that he was the only other being present, was repeating the phrase "Are you lost?" over and over when Vinny found him, and had the power to open the village gate. However, as the stream went on, Hitomi began to display more and more realistic traits, narrating a story about being the only person left in these lands and how Vinny was apparently responsible for everyone leaving. The final line he tells Vinny before disappearing not only destroys any possibility of the entity being an NPC, but also raises a lot of questions about who he really was:
    Hitomi Fujiko: Goodbye.
    Vinesauce: Goodbye.
    Hitomi Fujiko: Vinny.
  • From Vinny's Tomodachi Life LP, we get several lines which could qualify:
    • From Episode 37, we have a single word which permanently redefined three major character arcs:
    Donkey Kong: You're so sweet I don't need to add sugar to my coffee! Will you be my sweetheart?
    Two Faced: Sure!
    Vinny: WHOA! What?!
    • From the Tomodachi Collection Corruptions special:
    Vinny: Who the fuck is Vineschnoz?
    Vinny: I have...I have a strong desire to kill.
    • A subtle one: at the beginning of Episode 53, we get The Reveal that the Survivor Edition may have been orchestrated by the Jahns:
    Vinny: I was inspired by some guy with a blank face...two big eyes, and a big line for a mouth. He said we should vote two off today.
  • Eddsworld:
    • And later after that:
    Tord: Besides, [this hat] really goes well with my giant robot.
  • In Part 53 of Team Four Star Plays: Pokémon Soul Silver Nuzlocke, it comes time for them to bury the then-deceased Slowmara (a Slowbro they caught in a well and liked to joke was similar to Samara from The Ring). Just as she's about to be released however, we get this creepy little message that not even the team was expecting:
  • This short story on Reddit. It's about a girl confessing to her mom that she killed her twin sister's boyfriend on prom night because he raped her a couple of weeks before (and her sister didn't believe her, on top of it). She drugged her twin sister and impersonated her sister to kill him. It ends with her telling her mom she's sorry for letting her down and thinking that she's going to jail. Then, we get these lines:
    Wait, what?
    Wait, you're proud of me?
    • Those are then topped by this line:
      What do you mean why do I think I don't have a dad?
  • The Adventure Zone:
    • In the "epilogue" to The Eleventh Hour.
      Griffin: And in this sketch, this earlier sketch, Jack and June look exactly the same. But the Red Robe's hood is pulled down. And you can see his face. And it's an incredibly familiar face, Magnus... because it's your face.
    • "There's no healing in Wonderland!", which came as such a shock to the players that Clint thought Griffin was lying.
    • The Suffering Game has one that doubles as a serious revelation and a joke.
      Griffin: And Merle, you crack open the chest and retrieve the clothes within. A white cotton shirt, a studded leather belt, and a pair of pants... Sturdy. Denim. And blue.
    • Griffin drops one nonchalantly near the end of Episode 59:
      Griffin: Lucretia's kneeling over her white oak staff, and she's channeling some sort of energy from the orb into the staff, which, of course, is the grand relic she made when the seven of you first came to this world.
  • In RABBITS, in the course of Carly Parker's investigation into the titular Alternate Reality Game, she begins to uncover hints that she may be more deeply and personally connected to the game than she had previously conceived. The end of the fifth episode reveals that the name of a comic she made in high school, Priesthood One, is a Significant Anagram for "The Door is Open", a phrase that begins every iteration of Rabbits.
  • 17776 has one near the end of its first chapter:
    Ten: Listen to me. You are not on a space probe.
    Nine: What?
    Ten: Nine, you are a space probe.
  • The end of the Cinema Wins video for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reveals that the narrator's name is Lee.
  • Creepypasta ''Psychosis'' makes us wonder through the whole story whether the protagonist is being decieved by something, or just simply insane. And then comes this telling line:
    After all, a sane man would have fallen for the deception long ago.

  • In 10 YOUTUBERS VS 1 SPEEDRUNNER [Super Mario 64] the Youtubers spend most of the run being ahead of the speedrunner, however when they are all in Bowser In the Sky, one of them looks at the the Speedrunner's stream.
    One of them: He's got the 70th STAR people! HURRY UP!!!
    Multiple: Oh no!
    SMG4: We have TJ... TJ!
    TJ: I was expecting for you to do the full name: TJ "Henry" Yoshi.
  • TFS at the Table:
    • Chapter 1, Episode 8: The PCs are discussing with Mr. Theraday whether they can bring Nedra, the strongwoman of the show Theraday is putting on, along with them on their mission. Then we find that Mr. Theraday and the Fine Day Boardwalk Company are not as wholesome as seemed:
    Mr. Theraday: Well I mean, you can just buy her.
    Wake: Buy... a person?
    Mr. Theraday: Yeah. Buy a person.
    Lieutenant Gore: Helloooooooooo, it's meeeeeeee!~
    "It's been two months since the kingdom of Eburkal's tower has fallen in a fiery explosion."
  • Daisy Brown
    Alan: Daisy...
    (You all keep asking,)
    (Is it real? Is it fake?)
    (Well of course it's fake. To you.)
    (But I made all this. I couldn't unmake it if I wanted to.)
    (Am I crazy? Yes. Definitely.)
    (But nonetheless, I truly hope you enjoy what I made.)
    (I also hope this introduction isn't too jarring)
    (I just couldn't help myself.)
    (You won't hear from me again. Just wanted to introduce myself.)
    (Now, back to the show.)
    (Sincerely, The Author.)
  • CollegeHumor has a particularly brutal one in their video What Going Back to the 90s Would Actually Be Like:
    "We only have a few years to stop 9/11."
  • The creepypasta Happy Sun Daycare seems to end with the mystery solved: the titular daycare has apparently been using a large dog to terrorize children. But the very last line reveals that there's something else up:
    Since when did dogs walk on two legs?
  • Shed 17 has one hell of a Wham Line, especially considering what happens next.
    Inside Shed 17, Thomas didn't discover who he was, but what he was not.
  • Petscop
    • In Episode 5, Paul receives an unexpected message from the game:
    • In Episode 11, two particular lines reveal that Paul himself may have more to do with the game than he let on:
      Paul: ...when I found my room... I was shocked at first, but it made sense. Especially considering where I found the game in the first place... that it'd be tied in some way to me through you.
      Paul: I met him at a birthday party once.note 
    • From the in-game text boxes in Episode 12:
      Note Writer: I'm calling you Belle because that's who you are. You might be confused as to what happened. I was overeager before, and started calling you Tiara prematurely.
    • From Episode 14, after witnessing an in-game conversation between Care and her mom, Paul has this to say:
      Paul: I think...that was of a...conversation...that I had last year on my birthday.

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