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24th May '17 11:41:59 AM pretzelbetty
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* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', after Momiji's mother voluntarily submited to LaserGuidedAmnesia because she could not take her son's [[InvoluntaryTransformation curse]], she sees him out late and expresses concern that his mother will worry about him. His sister, who was never told of her older brother, sees him and asks him if he will [[BigBrotherWorship pretend to be her big brother]].

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* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', after Momiji's mother voluntarily submited submitted to LaserGuidedAmnesia because she could not take her son's [[InvoluntaryTransformation curse]], she sees him out late and expresses concern that his mother will worry about him. His sister, who was never told of her older brother, sees him and asks him if he will [[BigBrotherWorship pretend to be her big brother]].



* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta's relationship of Shiro is more of a combination of creating tension and making the audience cringe on his behalf. The situation being that the Red Man killed all of Ganta's friends and framed him making him have to go to prison, making Ganta want to kill the Red Man for revenge. In prison, Ganta becomes really lonely, and comes to rely on and bond with Shiro. The one time he doubts her, he is proven very wrong, and makes a promise to himself that he'll believe in her from now on. Only thing is, [[spoiler: Shiro turns out to be the Red Man]]. The audience can only imagine what his reaction will be when he finds out...

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* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta's relationship of with Shiro is more of a combination of creating tension and making the audience cringe on his behalf. The situation being that the Red Man killed all of Ganta's friends and framed him making him have to go to prison, making Ganta want to kill the Red Man for revenge. In prison, Ganta becomes really lonely, and comes to rely on and bond with Shiro. The one time he doubts her, he is proven very wrong, and makes a promise to himself that he'll believe in her from now on. Only thing is, [[spoiler: Shiro turns out to be the Red Man]]. The audience can only imagine what his reaction will be when he finds out...



** And then you have the scene where Shinji and Asuka kiss. [[WordOfGod Asuka liked Shinji]] and she wanted to kiss him, but she played it like a game to waste time in case he was going to rejecting her (saying she was bored, pinching his nose...). And since Shinji stood still, gasping for air instead of kissing her back or hugging her, she thought he had rejected her and ran off. The sad thing is [[HeroesWantRedheads Shinji DID like Asuka]], but because she was playing it like a game, he did not think she liked him back and he did not dare to do anything. So instead of getting them closer, their kiss made Shinji feeling worse about himself and contributed to Asuka's breakdown (that scene played during her MindRape).

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** And then you have the scene where Shinji and Asuka kiss. [[WordOfGod Asuka liked Shinji]] and she wanted to kiss him, but she played treated it like a game to waste time in case he was going to rejecting reject her (saying she was bored, pinching his nose...). And since Shinji stood still, gasping for air instead of kissing her back or hugging her, she thought he had rejected her and ran off. The sad thing is [[HeroesWantRedheads Shinji DID like Asuka]], but because she was playing treating it like a game, he did not think she liked him back and he did not dare to do anything. So instead of getting them closer, their kiss made Shinji feeling feel worse about himself and contributed to Asuka's breakdown (that scene played during her MindRape).
23rd May '17 1:38:56 PM JJHIL325
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* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' tells the viewers that the main character has unknowingly spent his entire life trapped in a bio-dome being the star of a reality show for the masses, and then we see how some [[SpottingTheThread unusual events]] cause Truman to realize the truth of his reality and plan his escape.

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* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' tells the viewers that the main character has unknowingly spent his entire life trapped in a bio-dome being the star of a reality show for the masses, and then 24/7 RealityShow. Then we see how some [[SpottingTheThread unusual events]] cause Truman to realize the truth of his reality and plan his escape.escape into the real world.
23rd May '17 1:34:59 PM JJHIL325
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* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' tells the viewers that the main character has unknowingly spent his entire life trapped in a bio-dome being the star of a reality show for the masses, and then we see how some [[SpottingTheThread unusual events]] cause Truman to realize the truth of his reality and plan his escape.
14th May '17 10:20:10 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''ComicBook/TheDresdenFiles: Down Town]]'': Harry thinks about how glad he is that [[spoiler:Molly]] can't read his mind. [[TheEmpath Yeah, about that...]]

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* ''ComicBook/TheDresdenFiles: Down Town]]'': Town'': Harry thinks about how glad he is that [[spoiler:Molly]] can't read his mind. [[TheEmpath Yeah, about that...]]
12th May '17 8:18:16 AM Eddy1215
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* This gives the seminal Creator/ChuckJones ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty" much of its TearJerker status. The audience knows that Pussyfoot the kitten hasn't really been baked in a batch of cookies and is perfectly safe, but Marc Anthony doesn't.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
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This gives the seminal Creator/ChuckJones ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty" much of its TearJerker status. The audience knows that Pussyfoot the kitten hasn't really been baked in a batch of cookies and is perfectly safe, but Marc Anthony doesn't.doesn't.
** In the short "Mouse Mazurka", a mouse plays a trick on Sylvester with [[NitroExpress a nitroglycerin bottle]] that's actually filled with water and makes him think that [[HairTriggerExplosive he'll explode at the slightest impact]]. However, the audience is the only ones aware that the fake bottle accidentally got switched with an actual bottle of nitroglycerin, and [[EatTheBomb when the mouse drinks it]], they know [[WhyAmITicking he's actually in danger of exploding]], which he does.
11th May '17 11:30:53 PM AthenaBlue
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** In the episode "Steven's Dream", Steven and Greg run into [[spoiler: Blue Diamond, who has come to Earth to mourn the death of Pink Diamond. Greg sympathizes with her, telling her that he knows how it feels to lose a loved one. The irony is, the person Greg is talking about is ''Rose'', the person who shattered Pink Diamond in the first place.]]
** In that same episode, as well as the episode "That Will be All", [[spoiler: Blue Diamond]] becomes saddened by the fact that the Earth will soon be destroyed by the Cluster, and expresses her wish to save humanity from it. Except the Cluster was bubbled all the way back in "Gem Drill", and thus ''will never emerge''. [[spoiler:Which is something that, if the Diamonds continue to be uninformed of, might have some terrible repercussions for humanity...]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Blue Diamond''']]: The window for perserving Earth's specimens is closing...\\
[[spoiler:'''Yellow Diamond''']]: Is that what you want? Sapphire, has the Cluster emerged yet?\\

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** In the episode "Steven's Dream", Steven and Greg run into [[spoiler: Blue Diamond, who has come to Earth to mourn the death of Pink Diamond. Greg sympathizes with her, telling her that he knows how it feels to lose a loved one. The irony is, the person Greg is talking about is ''Rose'', the person who shattered Pink Diamond in the first place.]]
** In that same episode, as well as the episode "That Will be All", [[spoiler: Blue Diamond]] becomes saddened by the fact that the Earth will soon be destroyed by the Cluster, and expresses her wish to save humanity from it. Except the Cluster was bubbled all the way back in "Gem Drill", and thus ''will never emerge''. [[spoiler:Which is something that, if the Diamonds continue to be uninformed of, might have some terrible repercussions for humanity...]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Blue Diamond''']]: --->'''[[spoiler:Blue Diamond]]:''' The window for perserving preserving Earth's specimens is closing...\\
[[spoiler:'''Yellow Diamond''']]: '''[[spoiler:Yellow Diamond]]:''' Is that what you want? Sapphire, has the Cluster emerged yet?\\



[[spoiler:'''Yellow Diamond''']]: ''(smiles sinisterly at [[spoiler: Blue Diamond]])'' Then there's still time.

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[[spoiler:'''Yellow Diamond''']]: '''[[spoiler:Yellow Diamond]]:''' ''(smiles sinisterly at [[spoiler: Blue [[spoiler:Blue Diamond]])'' Then there's still time.
10th May '17 10:09:04 AM AthenaBlue
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** In ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet,'' Romeo kills himself on the assumption that Juliet's already dead. Wrong. Thanks to a series of [[DeusAngstMachina unlikely disasters]], Romeo has been left uninformed of Juliet's [[FakingTheDead plan to escape marriage to Paris]]. Just to be really cruel to the audience, he makes a long speech before drinking the poison, long enough for the audience of the day to frantically (but silently) urge Juliet to wake up from her drug-induced sleep and prevent the tragedy. To modern audiences, ''Romeo and Juliet'' is a serious case of ItWasHisSled -- and to be fair, Shakespeare makes it pretty clear from the beginning that this story isn't going to end well -- but this scene is probably the biggest punch in the gut in a story ''rife'' with dramatic irony.

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** In ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet,'' ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', Romeo kills himself on the assumption that Juliet's already dead. Wrong. Thanks to a series of [[DeusAngstMachina unlikely disasters]], Romeo has been left uninformed of Juliet's [[FakingTheDead plan to escape marriage to Paris]]. Just to be really cruel to the audience, he makes a long speech before drinking the poison, long enough for the audience of the day to frantically (but silently) urge Juliet to wake up from her drug-induced sleep and prevent the tragedy. To modern audiences, ''Romeo and Juliet'' is a serious case of ItWasHisSled -- and to be fair, Shakespeare makes it pretty clear from the beginning that this story isn't going to end well -- but this scene is probably the biggest punch in the gut in a story ''rife'' with dramatic irony.
10th May '17 1:11:07 AM AthenaBlue
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* In the Cocoon Academy arc of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Professor Dragmire]] tells his students that with his help, every one of them will become a hero. A reverse shot then shows that his class consists of [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Dedede]], [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jessie]], VideoGame/{{Wario|Land}}, and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry K. Rool]].
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' has some InUniverse examples:
** The roleplayers know that, in the RPG they're playing, planet Naboo has been destroyed and Jar Jar Binks is now dead. The characters they're roleplaying don't know this yet. Jim (who, in previous games, had a lot of trouble separating in-character and out-of-character knowledge) announces, in-character as Han Solo: "I am sure that we will have many fun adventures on the surface of the planet Naboo with our friend Jar Jar, who will surely greet us there upon arrival."
** Annie tells Corey "There is absolutely nothing weird about Princess [that is, [[AdaptationNameChange Leia]]] kissing Luke". Note that at this point Annie (but not Princess) has all the information needed to deduce why there ''is'', but Corey (who wasn't there for the first three games) ''doesn't'', and she knows that too. Since she's speaking [[InAndOutOfCharacter out of character]], that's practically Dramatic Irony as {{Metagame}}.
* The whole ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' arc in which Matt takes an incredibly long bus trip home, while reflecting that he's not missing anything important back in Mud Bay ... unaware that Gilly has returned and [[spoiler: apparently]] announced that she's getting married. The ''most'' ironic bit comes when the others realise maybe they should let him know about his long-time crush's wedding, but they can't get through because he's [[http://www.dorktower.com/2015/05/04/one-word-plastics-dork-tower-04-05-15/ drained his phone]] watching ''Film/TheGraduate''.
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?540 while Cindy is thinking how thoughtful the cat is, the cat is thinking that Cindy aware of its deception]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Blunt regards it as essential that an upgrade go out essentially lobotomizing every robot on the planet, because it must be needed for human safety; when Florence stops it, he laments the catastrophe and explains that nothing will happen, everything will go on. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02259.htm The other robots tell him to check the meaning of the word "catastrophe".]]
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Nick starts out as one of the few people who [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter implicitly trusts Trudy]], while Ki [[ProperlyParanoid dislikes Trudy and knows she's up to no good]]. After Nick almost helps Trudy TakeOverTheWorld, he deeply regrets trusting her, but Ki says he isn't entirely wrong to see the good in people. Some time later, [[CharacterDevelopment Nick and Ki's respective experiences influence them]] when they decide whether to trust Trish. While Nick realizes how much his trust can be abused and finds holes in Trish's story, Ki reaches the opposite conclusion and decides to give Trish a chance, with the ironic part being that it's ''because Nick showed her the value of trusting people''.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot calls Sarah to arrange a suitable place to talk about [[spoiler:breaking up with her]]. Sarah, having been thinking about meeting to talk about the same thing, recognizes the intention behind it based on the wording and the places suggested but jumps to the wrong conclusion as to the reason for doing so and so arrives at the agreed upon place with preconceived ideas.



** In one intermission flash, it's possible to control Damara beyond the first area as an EasterEgg. [[spoiler:If you talk to Rose or Dave, they will remark that she seems harmless and sweet. She is, in fact, an AxCrazy WildCard who serves [[BigBad Lord English]].]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/speakfreely/ here]] with Luci talking to Jacqui about Shelly using the analogy of a tattoo, not knowing that Shelly had recently acquired a tattoo covering the entire front of her torso.
* In the Cocoon Academy arc of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Professor Dragmire]] tells his students that with his help, every one of them will become a hero. A reverse shot then shows that his class consists of [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Dedede]], [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jessie]], VideoGame/{{Wario|Land}}, and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry K. Rool]].

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** In one intermission flash, it's possible to control Damara beyond the first area as an EasterEgg. [[spoiler:If you talk to Rose or Dave, they will remark that she seems harmless and sweet. She is, in fact, an AxCrazy AxeCrazy WildCard who serves [[BigBad Lord English]].]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/speakfreely/ here]] with Luci talking to Jacqui In ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'', when Teo looks up information on Gandharva, the book goes on for ages about Shelly using a lot of meaningless statistics and history which have no relevance to the analogy of plot; it also mentions, in a tattoo, not knowing footnote, that Shelly had recently acquired Gandharva has a tattoo covering the entire front of her torso.
* In the Cocoon Academy arc of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Professor Dragmire]] tells his students
daughter who is so weak and unimportant that with his help, every one even her name is not recorded. Of course, since in the present day all of them will become a hero. A reverse shot then shows Gandharva's actions are centered around the hope that she might be alive, the reader knows that Gandharva's daughter is in fact the ''single most important part'' of his class consists of [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Dedede]], [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jessie]], VideoGame/{{Wario|Land}}, and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry K. Rool]].biography.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0868.html Belkar hears someone in robes and assumes it's V]]. He predicts the order's reaction, and Roy's having to admit that he's a valuable team member -- while the audience sees one of their foes coming down the way. And this is hardly even the first, last, or best example. Much of the suspense Rich Burlew generates comes from the audience being shown something important that the characters would want to know, but which they nonetheless remain blithely ignorant of up until the moment where their lack of awareness costs them dearly.
** After the Order's first encounter with Xykon, Roy was under the belief that Xykon had been destroyed and he had finally fulfilled his father's blood oath, unaware that Xykon's [[SoulJar phylactery]] would enable him to regenerate a new body. Roy remained in the dark about this fact until the Azure City arc where his father's spirit told him ([[YouFool rudely and harshly]], for that matter) that Xykon was still alive.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': The entire company is captured by the UNS and given FalseMemories instead of execution. They eventually discover which of their memories were faked, but can't regain the old ones. One of the faked memories is the wedding between the doctor and the reverend. They spend the entire night crying, since they're not married any more. What they don't realize is that they ''are'' still married. The same UNS admiral who wiped their memories gave them a short but completely legal marriage ceremony before their minds were altered.



* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' has some InUniverse examples:
** The roleplayers know that, in the RPG they're playing, planet Naboo has been destroyed and Jar Jar Binks is now dead. The characters they're roleplaying don't know this yet. Jim (who, in previous games, had a lot of trouble separating in-character and out-of-character knowledge) announces, in-character as Han Solo: "I am sure that we will have many fun adventures on the surface of the planet Naboo with our friend Jar Jar, who will surely greet us there upon arrival."
** Annie tells Corey "There is absolutely nothing weird about Princess [that is, [[AdaptationNameChange Leia]]] kissing Luke". Note that at this point Annie (but not Princess) has all the information needed to deduce why there ''is'', but Corey (who wasn't there for the first three games) ''doesn't'', and she knows that too. Since she's speaking [[InAndOutOfCharacter out of character]], that's practically Dramatic Irony as {{Metagame}}.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Blunt regards it as essential that an upgrade go out essentially lobomotizing every robot on the planet, because it must be needed for human safety; when Florence stops it, he laments the catastrophe and explains that nothing will happen, everything will go on. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02259.htm The other robots tell him to check the meaning of the word "catastrophe."]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0868.html Belkar hears someone in robes and assumes it's V]]. He predicts the order's reaction, and Roy's having to admit that he's a valuable team member -- while the audience sees one of their foes coming down the way. And this is hardly even the first, last, or best example. Much of the suspense Rich Burlew generates comes from the audience being shown something important that the characters would want to know, but which they nonetheless remain blithely ignorant of up until the moment where their lack of awareness costs them dearly.
** After the Order's first encounter with Xykon, Roy was under the belief that Xykon had been destroyed and he had finally fulfilled his father's blood oath, unaware that Xykon's [[SoulJar phylactery]] would enable him to regenerate a new body. Roy remained in the dark about this fact until the Azure City arc where his father's spirit told him ([[YouFool rudely and harshly]], for that matter) that Xykon was still alive.
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?540 while Cindy is thinking how thoughtful the cat is, the cat is thinking that Cindy aware of its deception]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot calls Sarah to arrange a suitable place to talk about [[spoiler:breaking up with her]]. Sarah, having been thinking about meeting to talk about the same thing, recognizes the intention behind it based on the wording and the places suggested but jumps to the wrong conclusion as to the reason for doing so and so arrives at the agreed upon place with preconceived ideas.
* The whole ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' arc in which Matt takes an incredibly long bus trip home, while reflecting that he's not missing anything important back in Mud Bay ... unaware that Gilly has returned and [[spoiler: apparently]] announced that she's getting married. The ''most'' ironic bit comes when the others realise maybe they should let him know about his long-time crush's wedding, but they can't get through because he's [[http://www.dorktower.com/2015/05/04/one-word-plastics-dork-tower-04-05-15/ drained his phone]] watching ''Film/TheGraduate''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'', when Teo looks up information on Gandharva, the book goes on for ages about a lot of meaningless statistics and history which have no relevance to the plot; it also mentions, in a footnote, that Gandharva has a daughter who is so weak and unimportant that even her name is not recorded. Of course, since in the present day all of Gandharva's actions are centered around the hope that she might be alive, the reader knows that Gandharva's daughter is in fact the ''single most important part'' of his biography.
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Nick starts out as one of the few people who [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter implicitly trusts Trudy]], while Ki [[ProperlyParanoid dislikes Trudy and knows she's up to no good]]. After Nick almost helps Trudy TakeOverTheWorld, he deeply regrets trusting her, but Ki says he isn't entirely wrong to see the good in people. Some time later, [[CharacterDevelopment Nick and Ki's respective experiences influence them]] when they decide whether to trust Trish. While Nick realizes how much his trust can be abused and finds holes in Trish's story, Ki reaches the opposite conclusion and decides to give Trish a chance, with the ironic part being that it's ''because Nick showed her the value of trusting people''.



* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': The entire company is captured by the UNS and given FalseMemories instead of execution. They eventually discover which of their memories were faked, but can't regain the old ones. One of the faked memories is the wedding between the doctor and the reverend. They spend the entire night crying, since they're not married any more. What they don't realize is that they ''are'' still married. The same UNS admiral who wiped their memories gave them a short but completely legal marriage ceremony before their minds were altered.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': The entire company is captured by Used in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/speakfreely/ here]] with Luci talking to Jacqui about Shelly using the UNS and given FalseMemories instead analogy of execution. They eventually discover which of their memories were faked, but can't regain the old ones. One of the faked memories is the wedding between the doctor and the reverend. They spend a tattoo, not knowing that Shelly had recently acquired a tattoo covering the entire night crying, since they're not married any more. What they don't realize is that they ''are'' still married. The same UNS admiral who wiped their memories gave them a short but completely legal marriage ceremony before their minds were altered.front of her torso.



** Speaking of Ahsoka, we all know how Anakin loses faith and turns on Obi Wan Kenobi and the Jedi. What we didn't know until this series is that [[spoiler:Anakin's apprentice Ahsoka lost faith in the Jedi, after she was framed for a crime she didn't commit and the Jedi wouldn't give her the benefit of the doubt. Her leaving after clearing her name caused a HeroicBSOD for Anakin and began his StartOfDarkness.]]

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** Speaking of Ahsoka, we all know how Anakin loses faith and turns on Obi Wan Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Jedi. What we didn't know until this series is that [[spoiler:Anakin's apprentice Ahsoka lost faith in the Jedi, after she was framed for a crime she didn't commit and the Jedi wouldn't give her the benefit of the doubt. Her leaving after clearing her name caused a HeroicBSOD for Anakin and began his StartOfDarkness.]]
10th May '17 1:05:44 AM AthenaBlue
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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock uses some element of dramatic irony, or suspense, in virtually all his films. The audience knows, or sees, something that the people on the screen are unaware of.
** If you learn that there's a dead body in the cupboard of the living room where ''Creator/AlfredHitchcock''s entire film ''Rope'' takes place, or who put it there, then you can skip just the first 30 seconds of the film, no more. You still need to hang around in order to find out what happens next and how it is played out.

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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock uses some element A large part of dramatic irony, or suspense, the humor in virtually all ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'' comes from actions of the monsters that are obvious to the audience, but go unnoticed to the main characters.
** In an early scene, Dracula is attempting to leave
his films. coffin, as Abbott and Costello's characters are delivering it to a house of horrors. The audience knows, or sees, something that sees Dracula perform a number of actions in his attempt to leave. Costello's character sees the people on the screen are unaware of.
** If you learn that there's a dead body
results of Dracula's actions, but never actually sees Dracula himself until much later in the cupboard of scene. Abbott's character sees nothing, and mocks Costello's character for his superstitious behavior.
** Another scene puts Costello's character in
the living same room where ''Creator/AlfredHitchcock''s entire film ''Rope'' takes place, or who put it there, then you can skip just as Frankenstein's monster, while being completely oblivious to the first 30 seconds monster's presence. The two of them get closer and closer with Costello's character remaining completely oblivious, culminating in him sitting in the film, no more. You still need to hang around in order to find out what happens next and how it is played out. monster's lap while remaining unaware.



** ''Back To The Future'' is big on this. Consider the 1955 dining room scene:

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** ''Back To The to the Future'' is big on this. Consider the 1955 dining room scene:



** The entire ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy is MADE of this. It's a TimeTravel story so we're constantly laughing at what the characters ''think'' will happen, when we already know how events unfold.

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** The entire ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy is MADE of this. It's a TimeTravel story story, so we're constantly laughing at what the characters ''think'' will happen, when we already know how events unfold.



** Also consider the scene where Goldie Wilson, the black busboy in 1955 declares he will make something of himself, and Marty, coming from the present, er, future, declares that indeed he will make something of himself. Specifically in about 30 years he'll be the mayor. What's hilarious, is that initially, even the future mayor himself is stunned to hear it.
* These ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples:
** In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, Kirk and [=McCoy=] meet Spock for the first time. In the original continuity, [=McCoy=] was the id of the PowerTrio that opposed logical Vulcan Superego Spock and on times called him a pointy eared, green blooded bastard. Now:
--->'''Kirk''': Who was that pointy-eared bastard?\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': I don't know, but I like him.
*** Of course, [=McCoy=] is much less friendly and respectful towards Spock after he sentences his best friend to become [[AlwaysABiggerFish monster food]] on Delta Vega. The green-blooded hobgoblin insults start from here on out.
** ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (again a TimeTravel story) -- two examples:
*** Cochrane constantly snickers at all the things Riker says will happen in the future, when it's ''his'' work that will cause it to happen.
*** During the historic flight of the ''Phoenix'', Cochrane orders Riker and [=LaForge=] to go to warp by saying [[CatchPhrase Engage!]]. Both Riker and [=LaForge=] silently chuckle, as does the audience.
* In ''Film/InBruges'', [[HitmanWithAHeart Ray's]] boss, Harry, [[spoiler:orders Ray's death because he killed a child, albeit accidentally.]] At the end (and this is a major spoiler!) [[spoiler:Harry believes he's killed a child, and shows himself to be a [[EvenEvilHasStandards man of principle]] by committing suicide]]. In fact, [[spoiler:he's killed a midget, but he's dead before Ray can inform him of this.]]
* The first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie has a scene near the end where [[spoiler: Harry Osborn tells his best friend, Peter Parker, about how much he wants to kill Spider-Man to avenge the murder of his father, Norman Osborn.]] Does this one need any more explanation?
* Of ''Film/DeepBlueSea'', it is often joked that the super Sharks know what this is, because [[spoiler:one of them kills Creator/SamuelLJackson [[SedgwickSpeech in mid speech]] about what they're going to do to get through it.]]

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** Also consider the scene where Goldie Wilson, the black busboy in 1955 declares he will make something of himself, and Marty, coming from the present, er, future, declares that indeed he will make something of himself. Specifically in about 30 years he'll be the mayor. What's hilarious, hilarious is that initially, even the future mayor himself is stunned to hear it.
* These ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples:
** In
''Film/TheBigHit'': Melvin, Cisco, and the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, Kirk and [=McCoy=] meet Spock for the first time. In the original continuity, [=McCoy=] was the id rest of the PowerTrio that opposed logical Vulcan Superego Spock and on times called him a pointy eared, green blooded bastard. Now:
--->'''Kirk''': Who was that pointy-eared bastard?\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': I don't know, but I like him.
*** Of course, [=McCoy=] is much less friendly and respectful towards Spock after he sentences his best friend
their team kidnap Keiko to become [[AlwaysABiggerFish monster food]] on Delta Vega. The green-blooded hobgoblin insults start extort money from here her wealthy corporate father when in fact he has just gone broke the very same day.
* In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', Pamela Landy and her operatives in the CIA are busy rushing around setting up various forms of surveillance and tracking in order to hunt down and bring in the rogue operative Jason Bourne, and immediately put a trace
on out.
** ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (again a TimeTravel story) -- two examples:
*** Cochrane constantly snickers at
his phone when he calls Landy on her personal phone... all the things Riker says will happen in the future, when it's ''his'' work while completely unaware that will cause it to happen.
*** During the historic flight of the ''Phoenix'', Cochrane orders Riker and [=LaForge=] to go to warp by saying [[CatchPhrase Engage!]]. Both Riker and [=LaForge=] silently chuckle, as does the audience.
* In ''Film/InBruges'', [[HitmanWithAHeart Ray's]] boss, Harry, [[spoiler:orders Ray's death because he killed a child, albeit accidentally.]] At the end (and this is a major spoiler!) [[spoiler:Harry believes
at that very moment he's killed set up a child, sniper rifle and shows himself is tracking ''their'' every move from a building directly across the street.
* From ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. [[spoiler:The pair, however, are painfully unaware that a sizeable battalion of the Bolivian Army has come
to be a [[EvenEvilHasStandards man of principle]] by committing suicide]]. In fact, [[spoiler:he's killed a midget, but he's dead before Ray can inform him of this.kill them.]]
-->'''Butch:''' Hey, wait a minute. You didn't see Lefors out there, did ya?\\
'''Sundance:''' Lefors? No.\\
'''Butch:''' Oh good. For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.
* In ''Film/TheChase'', many of the television stations covering the chase speculate that Hammond planned to kidnap Natalie Voss because she's the daughter of the richest man in California. It was actually a completely spur-of-the-moment kidnapping after Hammond was spooked by two police officers walking into the same gas station, causing him to take the only other customer in the store hostage (who just happened to be the daughter of the richest man in California).
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** Having not met him yet in this continuity, everyone (the police, the mob, and even ''[[ContractualGenreBlindness Batman]]'') [[UnderestimatingBadassery disregarded the Joker as a threat]] and believed the mob was more dangerous.
The first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie has a scene near audience, however, knew better than that, [[spoiler:though even ''they'' didn't anticipate this version of the end where [[spoiler: Harry Osborn tells his best friend, Peter Parker, about how Clown Prince of Crime to be as dangerous as he was]].
** Later on, the police convoy escorting Harvey Dent is forced to detour onto a
much he wants to kill Spider-Man to avenge the murder of his father, Norman Osborn.]] Does this one need any more explanation?
dangerous route, due to the main road being obstructed by the Joker. The obstruction? ''A burning fire truck.'' It was a bad joke before, and here it's just disturbing.
* Of ''Film/DeepBlueSea'', it ''Film/DeepBlueSea'': It is often joked that the super Sharks sharks know what this is, because [[spoiler:one of them kills Creator/SamuelLJackson [[SedgwickSpeech in mid speech]] about what they're going to do to get through it.]]]]
* ''Film/ExitSmiling'' is about a theater troupe that tours the country playing a ridiculous LargeHam {{Melodrama}} in which the heroine has to pretend to be TheVamp in order to delay the bad guy. When Jimmy takes his leave of Violet at the end, he says "I sure hope you get a chance to play that vampire part some day." Little does he know that she did, for him in RealLife, to delay the bad guy in order to clear Jimmy of embezzlement charges.
* In ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'', after Lonesome Rhodes concludes a TV broadcast with [[EngineeredPublicConfession some insulting remarks made under the impression that his microphone had been switched off]], he heads for the elevator, whose operator, obligingly holding the car for him, says: "The Lonesome Rhodes Express! Going down!" The following {{Montage}} demonstrates that Lonesome's popularity is indeed dropping as fast as his elevator.
* One scene in ''Film/FiveCameBack'', about a plane that crashes in the South American jungle, features a man organizing a search party. He says it's "not likely that they crossed the mountains into the valleys near the Amazon." This is exactly what did happen, because the plane's navigation failed and it was blown off course during the storm. This is also why there's no hope of rescue.



* The ''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}'' example pops up later in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' when Randy is watching the infamous scene with Laurie on the TV and he says "turn around, Jamie, he's right behind you". Yes of course the killer is behind him as well. Bonus points in that the actor's name is also Jamie.

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* The ''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}'' example pops up later in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' In ''Film/HalloweenII2009'', Dr. Loomis is making a speech at a press conference for his new book saying that Michael Myers is dead and will never come back, when Randy is watching at the infamous scene with Laurie moment, unbeknownst to him, Michael is beginning his new killing spree.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock uses some element of dramatic irony, or suspense, in virtually all his films. The audience knows, or sees, something that the people
on the TV screen are unaware of.
** If you learn that there's a dead body in the cupboard of the living room where ''Creator/AlfredHitchcock''s entire film ''Rope'' takes place, or who put it there, then you can skip just the first 30 seconds of the film, no more. You still need to hang around in order to find out what happens next
and he says "turn around, Jamie, how it is played out.
* ''Film/InAWorld...'': When Fred Melamed tells Ken Marino, who has been bragging about his sexual exploits, to "give her another one for me," neither character is aware that
he's right behind you". Yes of course talking about [[IncestSubtext his daughter]]. Yuck.
* In ''Film/InBruges'', [[HitmanWithAHeart Ray's]] boss, Harry, [[spoiler:orders Ray's death because he killed a child, albeit accidentally.]] At
the killer end (and this is behind a major spoiler!) [[spoiler:Harry believes he's killed a child, and shows himself to be a [[EvenEvilHasStandards man of principle]] by committing suicide]]. In fact, [[spoiler:he's killed a midget, but he's dead before Ray can inform him as well. Bonus points of this.]]
* ''Film/JeanneDielman23QuaiDuCommerce1080Bruxelles'': Jeanne's teenaged son says "Well, if I were a woman, I could never make love with someone I wasn't deeply
in love with." What the boy doesn't know, or at least what the audience doesn't ''think'' he knows, is that Jeanne is a prostitute who receives callers in the actor's name apartment during the day while her son is also Jamie.at school.



* In ''Film/PassTheGravy'', Schultz has a prizewinning pet chicken. The chicken is inadvertently roasted for dinner by the neighbor's dimwitted son--for a dinner with Schultz as the guest of honor. Cue several ironic comments made by Schultz as he unknowingly eats his own pet chicken. "It tastes as good as one of mine!"...."They act like it's a funeral!"...."It's my chicken and I'm going to eat it!"



* The whole prequel-trilogy of ''Franchise/StarWars''. You know that everyone with the exception of Obi-Wan is (probably) going to be killed anyway (by their own clone forces!) and that Anakin is going to go evil. This makes around 80% of the film a near TearJerker.

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* In ''Film/TheRoom'', Johnny sets aside his problems with his fiancée Lisa to lend a sympathetic ear to his best friend Mark as he complains about a girl he's seeing, unaware that Mark is talking about Lisa.
* Used to ''extremely disturbing'' effect in ''Film/SawI''. Upon hearing gunshots and screams over his cellphone, Lawrence breaks down, [[spoiler:saws his foot off to get free of his shackle, and shoots Adam like Jigsaw wanted]] in order to save his family, not knowing that they had already gotten free and the screaming and gunshots he heard were from the scuffle following it.
* The whole prequel-trilogy ''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}'' example pops up later in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' when Randy is watching the infamous scene with Laurie on the TV and he says "turn around, Jamie, he's right behind you". Yes of ''Franchise/StarWars''.course the killer is behind him as well. Bonus points in that the actor's name is also Jamie.
* The first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie has a scene near the end where [[spoiler: Harry Osborn tells his best friend, Peter Parker, about how much he wants to kill Spider-Man to avenge the murder of his father, Norman Osborn.]] Does this one need any more explanation?
* These ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples:
** In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, Kirk and [=McCoy=] meet Spock for the first time. In the original continuity, [=McCoy=] was the id of the PowerTrio that opposed logical Vulcan Superego Spock and on times called him a pointy eared, green blooded bastard. Now:
--->'''Kirk''': Who was that pointy-eared bastard?\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': I don't know, but I like him.
*** Of course, [=McCoy=] is much less friendly and respectful towards Spock after he sentences his best friend to become [[AlwaysABiggerFish monster food]] on Delta Vega. The green-blooded hobgoblin insults start from here on out.
** ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (again a TimeTravel story) -- two examples:
*** Cochrane constantly snickers at all the things Riker says will happen in the future, when it's ''his'' work that will cause it to happen.
*** During the historic flight of the ''Phoenix'', Cochrane orders Riker and [=LaForge=] to go to warp by saying [[CatchPhrase Engage!]]. Both Riker and [=LaForge=] silently chuckle, as does the audience.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The entire prequel trilogy.
You know that everyone with the exception of Obi-Wan is (probably) going to be killed anyway (by their own clone forces!) and that Anakin is going to go evil. This makes around 80% of the film ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' a near TearJerker.



** A more traditional example of this in ''Phantom Menace'' is Qui-Gon telling Padme things like "The Queen trusts my judgement, young handmaiden. You should too." However, he (probably) knew that she was really the Queen, so he was likely just messing with her.

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** A more traditional example of this in ''Phantom ''The Phantom Menace'' is Qui-Gon telling Padme things like "The Queen trusts my judgement, young handmaiden. You should too." However, he (probably) knew that she was really the Queen, so he was likely just messing with her.



* In ''Film/TheRoom'', Johnny sets aside his problems with his fiancee Lisa to lend a sympathetic ear to his best friend Mark as he complains about a girl he's seeing, unaware that Mark is talking about Lisa.
* In ''Film/TheChase'', many of the television stations covering the chase speculate that Hammond planned to kidnap Natalie Voss because she's the daughter of the richest man in California. It was actually a completely spur-of-the-moment kidnapping after Hammond was spooked by two police officers walking into the same gas station, causing him to take the only other customer in the store hostage (who just happened to be the daughter of the richest man in California).
* ''Film/JeanneDielman23QuaiDuCommerce1080Bruxelles'': Jeanne's teenaged son says "Well, if I were a woman, I could never make love with someone I wasn't deeply in love with." What the boy doesn't know, or at least what the audience doesn't ''think'' he knows, is that Jeanne is a prostitute who receives callers in the apartment during the day while her son is at school.
* ''Film/InAWorld...'': When Fred Melamed tells Ken Marino, who has been bragging about his sexual exploits, to "give her another one for me," neither character is aware that he's talking about [[IncestSubtext his daughter]]. Yuck.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** Having not met him yet in this continuity, everyone (the police, the mob, and even ''[[ContractualGenreBlindness Batman]]'') [[UnderestimatingBadassery disregarded the Joker as a threat]] and believed the mob was more dangerous. The audience, however, knew better than that, [[spoiler:though even ''they'' didn't anticipate this version of the Clown Prince of Crime to be as dangerous as he was]].
** Later on, the police convoy escorting Harvey Dent is forced to detour onto a much more dangerous route, due to the main road being obstructed by the Joker. The obstruction? ''A burning fire truck.'' It was a bad joke before, and here it's just disturbing.

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* In ''Film/TheRoom'', Johnny sets aside ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'': During Colonel Stauffenberg's visit to Adolf Hitler's Berghof residence in Bavaria, Hitler praises Stauffenberg for his problems with his fiancee Lisa to lend a sympathetic ear to his best friend Mark sacrifices as he complains about a girl he's seeing, unaware soldier and wishes that Mark is talking about Lisa.
* In ''Film/TheChase'', many
more of the television stations covering the chase speculate that Hammond planned to kidnap Natalie Voss because she's the daughter of the richest man in California. It was actually a completely spur-of-the-moment kidnapping after Hammond was spooked by two police officers walking into the same gas station, causing him to take the his men were like him. If only other customer in the store hostage (who just happened to be the daughter of the richest man in California).
* ''Film/JeanneDielman23QuaiDuCommerce1080Bruxelles'': Jeanne's teenaged son says "Well, if I were a woman, I could never make love with someone I wasn't deeply in love with." What the boy doesn't know, or at least what the audience doesn't ''think'' he knows, is that Jeanne is a prostitute who receives callers in the apartment during the day while her son is at school.
* ''Film/InAWorld...'': When Fred Melamed tells Ken Marino, who has been bragging about his sexual exploits, to "give her another one for me," neither character is aware that he's talking about [[IncestSubtext his daughter]]. Yuck.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** Having not met him yet in
there were! At this continuity, everyone (the police, the mob, time, Stauffenberg is planning an assassination of Hitler and even ''[[ContractualGenreBlindness Batman]]'') [[UnderestimatingBadassery disregarded the Joker as a threat]] and believed the mob was more dangerous. The audience, however, knew better than that, [[spoiler:though even ''they'' didn't anticipate this version of the Clown Prince of Crime to be as dangerous as he was]].
** Later on, the police convoy escorting Harvey Dent is forced to detour onto a much more dangerous route, due to the main road being obstructed by the Joker. The obstruction? ''A burning fire truck.'' It was a bad joke before, and here it's just disturbing.
coup d'etat against his regime for its excesses.



* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'': During Colonel Stauffenberg's visit to Adolf Hitler's Berghof residence in Bavaria, Hitler praises Stauffenberg for his sacrifices as a soldier and wishes that more of his men were like him. If only there were! At this time, Stauffenberg is planning an assassination of Hitler and a coup d'etat against his regime for its excesses.
* In ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'', after Lonesome Rhodes concludes a TV broadcast with [[EngineeredPublicConfession some insulting remarks made under the impression that his microphone had been switched off]], he heads for the elevator, whose operator, obligingly holding the car for him, says: "The Lonesome Rhodes Express! Going down!" The following {{Montage}} demonstrates that Lonesome's popularity is indeed dropping as fast as his elevator.
* ''Film/ExitSmiling'' is about a theater troupe that tours the country playing a ridiculous LargeHam {{Melodrama}} in which the heroine has to pretend to be TheVamp in order to delay the bad guy. When Jimmy takes his leave of Violet at the end, he says "I sure hope you get a chance to play that vampire part some day." Little does he know that she did, for him in RealLife, to delay the bad guy in order to clear Jimmy of embezzlement charges.
* One scene in ''Film/FiveCameBack'', about a plane that crashes in the South American jungle, features a man organizing a search party. He says it's "not likely that they crossed the mountains into the valleys near the Amazon." This is exactly what did happen, because the plane's navigation failed and it was blown off course during the storm. This is also why there's no hope of rescue.



* In ''Film/PassTheGravy'', Schultz has a prizewinning pet chicken. The chicken is inadvertently roasted for dinner by the neighbor's dimwitted son--for a dinner with Schultz as the guest of honor. Cue several ironic comments made by Schultz as he unknowingly eats his own pet chicken. "It tastes as good as one of mine!"...."They act like it's a funeral!"...."It's my chicken and I'm going to eat it!"
* ''Film/TheBigHit'': Melvin, Cisco, and the rest of their team kidnap Keiko to extort money from her wealthy corporate father when in fact he has just gone broke the very same day.
* Used to ''extremely disturbing'' effect in ''Film/SawI''. Upon hearing gunshots and screams over his cellphone, Lawrence breaks down, [[spoiler:saws his foot off to get free of his shackle, and shoots Adam like Jigsaw wanted]] in order to save his family, not knowing that they had already gotten free and the screaming and gunshots he heard were from the scuffle following it.
* A large part of the humor in ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'' comes from actions of the monsters that are obvious to the audience, but go unnoticed to the main characters.
** In an early scene, Dracula is attempting to leave his coffin, as Abbott and Costello's characters are delivering it to a house of horrors. The audience sees Dracula perform a number of actions in his attempt to leave. Costello's character sees the results of Dracula's actions, but never actually sees Dracula himself until much later in the scene. Abbott's character sees nothing, and mocks Costello's character for his superstitious behavior.
** Another scene puts Costello's character in the same room as Frankenstein's monster, while being completely oblivious to the monster's presence. The two of them get closer and closer with Costello's character remaining completely oblivious, culminating in him sitting in the monster's lap while remaining unaware.
* In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', Pamela Landy and her operatives in the CIA are busy rushing around setting up various forms of surveillance and tracking in order to hunt down and bring in the rogue operative Jason Bourne, and immediately put a trace on his phone when he calls Landy on her personal phone... all the while completely unaware that at that very moment he's set up a sniper rifle and is tracking ''their'' every move from a building directly across the street.
* From ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. [[spoiler:The pair, however, are painfully unaware that a sizeable battalion of the Bolivian Army has come to kill them.]]
-->'''Butch:''' Hey, wait a minute. You didn't see Lefors out there, did ya?\\
'''Sundance:''' Lefors? No.\\
'''Butch:''' Oh good. For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.
* In ''Film/HalloweenII2009'', Dr. Loomis is making a speech at a press conference for his new book saying that Michael Myers is dead and will never come back, when at the moment, unbeknownst to him, Michael is beginning his new killing spree.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is fuelled by this. The audience knows who the villains really are, and what their real plans are, but none of the protagonists, and a good chunk of the antagonists, do. Most of the victories the protagonists achieve are overshadowed by the knowledge of what the future [[TheEmpire brings]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is fuelled by this. The audience knows who the villains BigBad really are, is, and what their his real plans are, but none of the protagonists, and a good chunk of the antagonists, do.protagonists or antagonists do (no, not even TheDragon knows everything). Most of the victories the protagonists achieve are overshadowed by the knowledge of what the future [[TheEmpire brings]].
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