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  • Adventure Time:
    • In "Too Old", Lemongrab walks on screen, now morbidly obese. Next to him, we see Lemongrab 2, whose legs have been destroyed so badly that he needs a machine to move around. He is also missing half of his head and looking severely emaciated.
    • At the end of "Lemonhope", the titular character is seen Walking the Earth in what is implied to be 1000 years in the future... through the futuristic ruins of the Candy Kingdom, implying that it will destroy itself just like the human world.
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    • The end of "Evergreen" shows a Comet of Doom heading towards Ooo.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Oracle", Gumball, Darwin, and Anais discover that Banana Joe's mom's paintings can apparently predict the future...such as one showing Gumball naked in the mall surrounded by angry citizens. Okay, but the episode ends with Banana Barbara painting this last picture, showing the Watterson family running through a crumbling Elmore (or maybe the Void) with a dark shadow looming overhead, implying...well, something highly dramatic (a Drama Bomb Season Finale, perhaps...?) will likely happen later in the season at least.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!: "Who Do You Trust?" ends with the Skrull counterpart of Captain America telling his queen that he successfully planted paranoia and mistrust into some of the most powerful members. The Skrull queen comes out of the shadows, and reveals she has taken on the human identity of Mockingbird.
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  • Batman: The Animated Series: "Read My Lips" ends with the doctors at Arkham Asylum thinking the Ventriloquist is making progress in his recovery, but the audience sees he's making a new Scarface puppet, also revealing that the Ventriloquist does not suffer a case of Gollum Made Me Do It, but a case of Literal Split Personality
  • The ending of Big Hero 6: The Series episode "Lie Detector." After pulling off yet another successful phase of her ultimate plan, Liv Amara addresses whoever is in a suspension tank in the basement, wiping off the condensation to reveal the occupant as...Liv herself!
    "Liv" Amara: I promised you I'd do whatever it takes... Liv.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • At the end of the first episode, Dewey takes another look at the painting of Scrooge and Donald in their adventuring heyday and notices a loose tear covering part of it. He lifts it to reveal a third duck in the scene: Della Duck, Donald's sister and the boys' mother (who, at this point, had barely ever been mentioned in the cartoons). As wonderful Book-Ends, the end of the season finale pans up to the Moon, where we find out that Della Duck's been living there since she disappeared years ago.
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    • A double whammy in "The Duck Knight Returns":
      • Launchpad convinces the actor that was meant to play Darkwing Duck in a Darker and Edgier reboot before Scrooge cancelled it to be the real Darkwing Duck. The actor decides to do so, and when Launchpad holds out a poster for him to sign, we finally find out the name of that actor: "Drake Mallard".
      • Just before the credits, we see a trail of purple leading down to the sewers under the film studio. The camera pans down there and we see Jim Starling, ranting about how Drake is to blame for everything that's happened and vowing to become "grim and gritty" for the audience, all while the purple coloring bleeds out of his costume, creating a very familiar blend of red, black and yellow. Ladies and gentlemen, we've just witnessed the birth of Negaduck.
    • At the end of "Moonvasion!", the day is saved, the Ducks are happily reunited, everything is normal... until a voice breaks the cheering and the video stops as we see that it's F.O.W.L. High Command talking with various old foes as part of the inner circle, including Mickey Mouse's old nemesis the Phantom Blot! And the High Command members? Scrooge's own Board of Directors.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy Grand Finale movie, Edd is scolding Eddy's brother for beating up Eddy when we see from Edd's POV, an extreme close-up of Eddy's brother giving him an extremely terrifying Slasher Smile, revealing him as a sadistic sociopath and that there's no stopping him.
  • Futurama:
    • In the episode "Leela's Homeworld", Leela looks into the sky knowing her lost alien parents are out in space somewhere. The camera pans up towards the heavens, then quickly pans down into the sewer gutter to reveal Leela's parents, who are really mutants.
    • Bender's Big Score has one. After Lars's Heroic Sacrifice, Fry and Leela look at his corpse to reveal Fry's Bender tattoo, meaning he's Fry's time paradox duplicate.
    • "Fry and the Slurm Factory" shows the secret ingredient of Slurm: it comes from the ass of a giant worm queen.
      Fry: That's the secret ingredient of Slurm!?
      Leela: That's the only ingredient of Slurm!
    • "The Problem with Popplers" is this: if you leave these tasty snacks lying around too long, they wake up, smiling. They're larval Omicronians.
  • Gravity Falls has quite a few. Here are some of the ones that affect the entire series:
    • At the end of "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", Gideon looks at a book with a page describing the magic amulet he'd used earlier in the episode, then closes it... revealing that it's a journal just like Dipper's, only the number on the hand is 2.
    • At the end of "Gideon Rises", Grunkle Stan goes into his secret room behind the Mystery Shack's vending machine. After reaching a desk surrounded by complicated machinery he pulls out a the number 1 journal. Showing that Stan knew all along about the supernatural elements of Gravity Falls, and was only pretending to be oblivious.
    • At the end of "Northwest Manner Mystery", McGucket's repaired laptop shows a timer counting down to the apocalypse. With less than 24 hours remaining.
    • At the end of "Not What He Seems", after an entire episode questioning the motives behind Grunkle Stan's actions, and even his very identity as Stan Pines, the real Stanford Pines, Grunkle Stan's twin brother and author of the journals, exits the portal.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series Grand Finale. Hal Jordan, on a hunch, goes over all the known uninhabited star systems and the systems that Aya destroyed. They overlay exactly.
  • Infinity Train:
    • "The Past Car": Watching the memory tape of the Conductor's memories, starring a British couple named Alrick and Amelia, in the final one, Tulip, One-One and the Cat see the grief-stricken Conductor picked up by the Infinity Train on the roof of a building. As this happens, the hood of the coat they've been wearing blows off to reveal that the Conductor is not Alrick, as they assumed, but his wife Amelia, who they assumed to have been the one who died earlier.
    • "The Engine":
      • Amelia pulls off her cloak to show that her number, measuring her emotional trauma, has gotten so high that it stretches off her hand up to her neck.
      • In the epilogue, Tulip passes by a hallway mirror as she leaves her house... revealing she has no reflection.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures first episode "The Dark Hand". Throughout the episode, Jackie gets a shield from Bavaria and is pursued by the Enforcers, Captain Black, Tohru, and the Shadowkhan to get it. In the end, the protagonists lose and Tohru brings the shield back to the Dark Hand. All seems lost until Jade pulls out the Rooster Talismannote  from her pocket and shows it to Captain Black, Uncle, and Jackie, who are shocked.
    Jade: *smirking* "Admit it. I'm getting wise."
  • Justice League Unlimited episode "The Return". Seemingly about the return of the AMAZO android, but the ending sees the reappearance of Hawkgirl, last seen leaving the League after "Starcrossed".
    • The Reveal of Cadmus' members is a Continuity Cavalcade of the DC Animated Universe, but the fact that Professor Emil Hamilton, one of Superman's strongest allies is a member is a shock.
    • During the attempted and seemingly successful revival of Brainiac in the penultimate episode, it seems it's all gone as planned, the smoke is clearing...and instead of Brainiac, both Lex and the audience see a familiar, grey-skinned and red-eyed visage: Darkseid came back instead.
  • King of the Hill: In the episode "Megalo-Dale", Dale is hired by Hank to deal with what appears to be a rat problem at the Megalo-Mart. Dale instead believes that Chuck Mangione is trespassing in the store. But two things prove Dale right: one is Boomhauer seeing Chuck while spinning on a gyroscope, and other is when they see the exits to the Megalo-Mart blocked off by vending machines, revealing there is someone in the store.
  • "The Last Stand", the Grand Finale of The Legend of Korra, manages this in its final shot, with previously "merely" Heterosexual Life-Partners Korra and Asami turning to each other, Holding Hands and sharing a soft Held Gaze as they teleport off to a spirit world vacation, also retroactively coloring much of the previous two books as flat-out Homoerotic Subtext.
  • Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck has the final shot, after Daffy demands the animator show himself. The animator closes a door on Daffy, the camera zooms out, and...
    Bugs Bunny: Heh heh heh...ain't I a stinker?
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • "The Collector" has two:
      • Hawk Moth is about to send out one of his akumas like usual… but the akuma stops before leaving his lair, indicating that he plans to evilize himself.
      • A few seconds later, Hawk Moth detransforms into his true identity, Gabriel Agreste.
    • "Gorizilla" ends with a shot of a strange, mausoleum-looking room beneath the Agreste mansion. Furthermore, the framing of the shot implies that Gabriel's missing wife Emilie is inside the casket.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the season 2 Christmas Episode, we have the first appearance of the Windigos; they come right out of nowhere and are the first sign that there's more to the ponies' strife than just some bad weather.
    • In the season 3 finale "Magical Mystery Cure", Twilight emerges back in Ponyville after having a spell cast on her. She emerges with a pair of wings, marking her as an alicorn princess.
    • Season 5 has one in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", when all three of the Cutie Mark Crusaders begin a Transformation Sequence due to them finally getting their Cutie Marks.
    • Three in the season 6 premiere; first, baby Flurry Heart's massive wings, revealing that she's the first known naturally born alicorn ever. Second, her managing to blast a massive hole in several floors of the Crystal Palace just by sneezing. And lastly (and possibly the most shocking in the entire show), her crying so loud that she completely shatters the Crystal Heart, a powerful magic relic that protects the Crystal Empire.
  • Rick and Morty: In Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind we see Evil Rick's Morty remove the eyepatch containing the transmitter controlling evil Rick.
  • South Park: An episode about Stan's depression ends with him preparing to go out to play with his friends, then returning to his room, producing a hidden bottle of liquor from his drawer, and taking a shot before heading outside.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • At the end of "Witches of the Mist", Mother Talzin tells Savage Opress of his long lost brother, whom Savage must now seek out. In Talzin's crystal ball, we see an image of said brother's face: It's Darth Maul.
    • "Carnage of Krell": During a firefight against an enemy force apparently composed of Umbarans disguised as clone troopers, Captain Rex notices a dead enemy combatant whose helmet has partially come off, revealing a chin that doesn't look like it belongs to a pale-skinned Umbaran… and when he goes over and removes the helmet entirely, the corpse is that of another clone trooper.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • The first season finale, "Fire Across the Galaxy", has two in very quick succession. First comes the reveal of Ahsoka Tano as the enigmatic Fulcrum (though this may be YMMV depending on how much credence you gave to fans who were able to ferret out the twist after Fulcrum's first vocal appearance). The second, and definitive Wham Shot comes when Grand Moff Tarkin reveals the "alternatives" to the now-deceased Inquisitor. Cue Agent Kallus having a quiet Oh, Crap! moment as a very familiar black helmet comes into view...
    • The season 3 trailer has a long, slow reveal of a blue-skinned admiral directing the Imperial forces.
      Hera: Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • Star Wars Resistance:
    • "Secrets and Holograms": Trespassing in Captain Doza's office, Kaz is forced to hide in a closet, where he finds an old Imperial uniform.
    • "No Escape, Part I": After helping Kaz escape some scuba troopers, Neeku is excitedly wondering what else can be controlled from the Colossus control room he, Eila and Kel are in. Eila wordlessly points up at the ceiling, where Neeku and Kel look to see... a hyperdrive.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Jail Break": Two new characters, Ruby and Sapphire, meet and fuse into... Garnet?!?
    • "We Need to Talk": Steven clutching his gem at the end and saying "Human beings...", implying he is beginning to doubt his own humanity.
    • "Catch and Release" opens with a cute scene of Steven getting ready for bed and saying good night to his stuffed animals. One of them is Peridot, who proceeds to kidnap him.
    • "Off Colours":
      • Lars gets caught in the center of an explosion. He slams against a wall with an audible crack, his eyes closed and his body limp, before falling thirty feet to the ground. When Steven rolls him on his back and listens for his heartbeat, he begins to cry as there is none.
      • As Steven cries over Lars' body, a tear falls on Lars's face. At first, nothing happens. But then the spot where the tear fell begins to glow pink. The glow spreads over Lars's entire body, turning his hair and skin pink. Then his hand balls into a fist, his face contorts, and he slowly sits back up.
        Lars: [slightly slurring] Ugh...Woah. What happened?
    • "A Single Pale Rose" carries enough Wham to put the entire series in a completely new light. Steven views Pearl's memories of Rose Quartz shattering Pink Diamond, providing two of these within a few minutes. First, after the shattering itself, he sees that the "Rose Quartz" responsible has Pearl's eyes and gem. Then, rewinding a few minutes to their preparation for the attack, Pearl transforms into Rose, and Rose transforms into her true form, Pink Diamond.
    • "Change Your Mind" has White Diamond successfully attempting to remove Steven's gem. After that, the gem begins to take form, showing the past forms of Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz... before becoming the shape of Steven himself. And while this is happening, we see the perspectives of both of them in a Split Screen.
    • "Fragments": Steven rushes through his front door into his bathroom, ignoring the Gems as to why he's doing so. The next thing he does is dump the Diamond essences into the bathtub for... Jasper's shattered Gem.
    • At the end of "Everything's Fine", after Steven has a breakdown after his powers go of control and cause destruction when trying to help out, he reveals the bad things he's done in the last few episodes and declares himself a monster, and then spikes start erupting from his back, followed by a Smash to Black.
  • The Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters episode "The Fall of Jonathan Rook" has a scene near the end where it looks like Malcolm Kane is about to rescue Rook and save the day from the invading Tech Men...only for him to put on a Tech Men helmet with a blank expression in his face, while the other Tech Men welcome him back as Number One, their leader.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode "Return to New York Part 3" ends with the decapitated Shredder getting up and walking away, carrying his own head.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) Season 2 finale kicks off with April bringing Irma to the Lair after being chased by Foot-bots. She sees the turtles and begins to twitch. Her twitching quickly gains a mechanical quality. Then, her head rises up on a mechanical pole, her eyes start to glow read, and the rest of her body unfolds, revealing an oversized Kraang droid inside.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Birthmark", Beast Boy wonders why the next day is so important to Raven. Cut to Slade rising from the ground saying the day has begun.
  • Tiny Toons: The episode "Citizen Max", as a parody of Citizen Kane, features an extremely similar wham shot ("Acme" is the bike he and Buster rode as homeless kids, implying he wished he could take it all back). However, this is both averted and lampshaded when it's revealed that he said "Acne" and THAT was the reason for his despair upon looking into a mirror.
  • There’s two in the Season 2 finale in Wakfu that reveals one of Yugo’s biggest secrets. As he stands up to face Qilby, we see something fall to the ground beside him. He takes a few steps forwards and then begins to float in the air. The camera pans up and we see that Yugo took his hat off, revealing a pair of wings made of Wakfu energy. Shortly after, the other Eliatrope children in the area all take their hats off too to aid their young king in battle, showing that this is a species-wide trait.
  • We Bare Bears: At the end of "Icy Nights II", Ice Bear picks up a locket dropped by his friend Yana, which she apparently got from her father. The locket opens up, revealing...Yuri's photo of his family from "Yuri and the Bear", revealing that Yana is the daughter of Ice Bear's old father-figure.


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