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23rd Apr '18 12:37:34 AM NoriMori
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* In ''Film/IRobot'', the fact that [[spoiler:VIKI]] is the BigBad should be blindingly obvious within a minute of their introduction, particularly when they [[spoiler:say they can't retrieve the security footage from the room that Dr. Lanning jumped from]].
19th Apr '18 11:24:27 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* In a meta example, in 2008, Creator/JoaquinPhoenix claimed he was retiring from acting to become a hip hop performer, grew a wild beard, and began making bizarre public appearances while Creator/CaseyAffleck filmed him. Most commentators instantly assumed that the whole thing was an act for a {{mockumentary}}, similar to the very successful ''Film/{{Borat}}'' that had come out in 2006. In 2010, Affleck and Phoenix released a film about Phoenix's behavior called ''Film/ImStillHere'' and shortly thereafter revealed, to the surprise of almost no one, that the whole thing was fake.

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* In a meta example, in 2008, Creator/JoaquinPhoenix claimed he was retiring from acting to become a hip hop performer, grew a wild beard, and began making bizarre public appearances while Creator/CaseyAffleck filmed him. Most commentators instantly assumed that the whole thing was an act for a {{mockumentary}}, {{mockumentary}} film similar to the very successful ''Film/{{Borat}}'' that ''Film/{{Borat}}'', which had come out in 2006. recently made waves. In 2010, Affleck and Phoenix released a film about Phoenix's behavior called ''Film/ImStillHere'' ''[[Film/ImStillHere I'm Still Here]]'' and shortly thereafter revealed, to the surprise of almost no one, that the whole thing was fake.
16th Apr '18 5:38:21 PM LadySugarQuill
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* Just about every single person who'd watched any previous ''Series/DoctorWho'' guessed that Missy was a new female incarnation of the Master, to the point that some fans thought that it was too obvious and that the real twist would be that she was someone else. However, the '''real''' shock twist of the season turned out to be [[spoiler:Danny's death]] in the penultimate episode, which drives the plot of the SeasonFinale.
16th Apr '18 5:36:36 PM Loekman3
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** Then of course there's the fact that Naruto is the 4th Hokage's son... something most of the audience had already figured out, since they look similar and the guy's face is carved into the side of a freaking mountain. If you took out the whisker marks on Naruto's cheeks, they could be ''twins''. It really makes you wonder how ignorant the people of Konoha were to not see such an obvious resemblance.
*** Justified in that not only it's difficult to find a resemblance between a stone monument and a living kid, particularly 10-or-so years after the man in the monument died, but the Third made sure any connection between Minato and Naruto was hidden:
*** Because of [[spoiler: its effect on the Kyuubi's seal]], Kushina's pregnancy was kept a secret. Nobody outside friends, family and Konoha's leaders ever knew their Hokage was having a kid. Once Naruto was born, the Third hid all connection between him and Minato, to he point of giving him his mother's last name. The only people who could have made the connection then were any surviving classmates of Kushina and Minato, and thanks to the Third's edict on the subject, the few people who knew (or suspected) were barred from speaking it out loud.

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** Then of course there's the fact that Naruto is the 4th Hokage's son... something most of the audience had already figured out, since they look similar and the guy's face is carved into the side of a freaking mountain.mountain. Just one look at his picture, and most of the audience had already figured who Naruto's father was. If you took out the whisker marks on Naruto's cheeks, they could be ''twins''. It really makes you wonder how ignorant the people of Konoha were to not see such an obvious resemblance.
*** Justified in that not only it's difficult to find a resemblance between a stone monument and a living kid, particularly 10-or-so years after the man in the monument died, but the Third made sure any connection between Minato and Naruto was hidden:
*** Because of [[spoiler: its effect on the Kyuubi's seal]], Kushina's pregnancy was kept a secret. Nobody outside friends, family and Konoha's leaders ever knew their Hokage was having a kid. Once Naruto was born, the Third hid all connection between him and Minato, to he point of giving him his mother's last name. The only people who could have made the connection then were any surviving classmates of Kushina and Minato, and thanks to the Third's edict on the subject, the few people who knew (or suspected) were barred from speaking it out loud.
resemblance.
16th Apr '18 5:33:53 PM LadySugarQuill
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Umbridge was responsible for the Dementor Incident in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix.'' Most of this comes from Umbridge being ObviouslyEvil, but the real factor that made it obvious was her not-so-subtle disdain for Harry.
** When Creator/JKRowling wrote that an "RAB" had already procured the Horcrux locket at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', many fans figured out "RAB" stood for Regulus Black. Though note that this was on the strength of just a couple barely memorable mentions of him until the final book, making this more a case of the fans being just that obsessive. [[note]]Or the fans checked foreign language translations -- the Black family was sometimes translated with a [[MeaningfulName meaningful surname]], leading to "RAB" being "RAZ" in some translations.[[/note]]

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Umbridge was responsible for the Dementor Incident in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix.'' Most
''Literature/HarryPotter'' is a special case: since it has a very big, very... let's say ''detail oriented'' fandom, a lot of this comes from Umbridge being ObviouslyEvil, but the real factor that made it things were obvious was her not-so-subtle disdain for Harry.
to it despite the clues being minimal or well-hidden.
** When Creator/JKRowling wrote that an "RAB" "R.A.B." had already procured the Horcrux locket at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', many fans figured out "RAB" almost immediately "R.A.B." stood for Regulus Black. Though note that this was on the strength of just a couple barely memorable mentions of him until the final book, making this more a case of the fans being just that obsessive. [[note]]Or the fans checked foreign language translations -- the Black family was sometimes translated with a [[MeaningfulName meaningful surname]], leading to "RAB" being "RAZ" in some translations.[[/note]]



** TheHero of the story is TheChosenOne meant to kill the BigBad BecauseDestinySaysSo and PropheciesAreAlwaysRight. No, that is not just the summary of a formulaic fantasy saga - that is an actual reveal in the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' that was supposed to be of great emotional impact to both Harry and the reader.

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** TheHero of the story is TheChosenOne meant to kill the BigBad BecauseDestinySaysSo and PropheciesAreAlwaysRight. No, that is not just the summary of a formulaic fantasy saga - that BecauseDestinySaysSo. That is an actual reveal in the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' that was supposed to be of great emotional impact to both Harry and the reader.reader. It helps that both BecauseDestinySaysSo and PropheciesAreAlwaysRight are both discussed and dismissed right away.
16th Apr '18 5:17:57 PM LadySugarQuill
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** Then of course there's the fact that Naruto is the 4th Hokage's son...something most of the audience had already figured out, since they look similar and the guy's face is carved into the side of a freaking mountain. Just one look at his picture, and most of the audience had already figured who Naruto's father was. If you took out the whisker marks on Naruto's cheeks, they could be ''twins''. It really makes you wonder how ignorant the people of Konoha were to not see such an obvious resemblance.

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** Then of course there's the fact that Naruto is the 4th Hokage's son... something most of the audience had already figured out, since they look similar and the guy's face is carved into the side of a freaking mountain. Just one look at his picture, and most of the audience had already figured who Naruto's father was.mountain. If you took out the whisker marks on Naruto's cheeks, they could be ''twins''. It really makes you wonder how ignorant the people of Konoha were to not see such an obvious resemblance.resemblance.
***Justified in that not only it's difficult to find a resemblance between a stone monument and a living kid, particularly 10-or-so years after the man in the monument died, but the Third made sure any connection between Minato and Naruto was hidden:
**** Because of [[spoiler: its effect on the Kyuubi's seal]], Kushina's pregnancy was kept a secret. Nobody outside friends, family and Konoha's leaders ever knew their Hokage was having a kid. Once Naruto was born, the Third hid all connection between him and Minato, to he point of giving him his mother's last name. The only people who could have made the connection then were any surviving classmates of Kushina and Minato, and thanks to the Third's edict on the subject, the few people who knew (or suspected) were barred from speaking it out loud.
15th Apr '18 7:28:42 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* In a meta example, in 2008, Creator/JoaquinPhoenix claimed he was retiring from acting to become a hip hop performer, grew a wild beard, and began making bizarre public appearances while Creator/CaseyAffleck filmed him. Most commentators instantly assumed that the whole thing was an act for a {{mockumentary}}, similar to the very successful ''Film/{{Borat}}'' that had come out in 2006. In 2010, Affleck and Phoenix released a film about Phoenix's behavior called ''Film/ImStillHere'' and shortly thereafter revealed, to the surprise of almost no one, that the whole thing was fake.
5th Apr '18 6:29:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''WebOriginal/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' does this a lot but it's [[PlayedForLaughs played purely for laughs]]. One notable example would be in episode 23, where Bandit Keith was being mind controlled by [[BigBad Marik]] and disguised as a rare hunter. The fact that it's Keith is made very obvious to the audience (in that Keith doesn't bother to hide his normal voice and catchphrase) but Yugi is totally oblivious to it until Keith reveals himself, leading to this gem:

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* ''WebOriginal/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' does this a lot but it's [[PlayedForLaughs played purely for laughs]]. One notable example would be in episode 23, where Bandit Keith was being mind controlled by [[BigBad Marik]] and disguised as a rare hunter. The fact that it's Keith is made very obvious to the audience (in that Keith doesn't bother to hide his normal voice and catchphrase) but Yugi is totally oblivious to it until Keith reveals himself, leading to this gem:
5th Apr '18 9:18:53 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/ReadyPlayerOne'': It's pretty easy to tell that Aech's voice is a female voice modulated to sound a little deeper.
3rd Apr '18 5:43:19 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' reveals that the mysterious Necromancer is none other than Sauron, the BigBad from the original trilogy. Everybody, even those unfamiliar with Tolkien's work, guessed it, yet judging by [[{{Narm}} Gandalf utter surprise and dramatic music]], it was supposed to be shocking.

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* ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' reveals that the mysterious Necromancer is none other than Sauron, the BigBad from the original trilogy. Everybody, even those unfamiliar with Tolkien's work, guessed it, yet judging by [[{{Narm}} Gandalf utter surprise and dramatic music]], it was supposed to be shocking.it.
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