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9th Feb '17 2:52:42 AM Lyendith
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* PlayedForLaughs in a chapter of ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''. It starts with an ominous flashback featuring demonic principal Akane and a character we had heard of but so far never seen [[spoiler:(the former principal Shirayuki).]] Then return to the present, where an equally mysterious character appears before Akane with their face hidden. They fight, then there's a dramatic build-up to the reveal that [[spoiler:said character is completely unrelated to the one in the flashback, and is baffled by Akane's assumption.]] Cue Akane curling on the floor in shame after her dramatic effect was ruined. The character in the flashback does eventually appear, but much later.

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* PlayedForLaughs in a chapter of ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''. It starts with an ominous flashback featuring demonic principal Akane and a character we had heard of but so far never seen [[spoiler:(the former principal Shirayuki).]] Then return to the present, where an equally mysterious character appears before Akane with their face hidden. They fight, then there's a dramatic build-up to the reveal that [[spoiler:said character is completely unrelated to the one in the flashback, Shirayuki, and is baffled by Akane's assumption.]] Cue Akane curling on the floor in shame after her dramatic effect was ruined. The character in the flashback does eventually appear, but much later.
9th Feb '17 2:51:36 AM Lyendith
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* PlayedForLaughs in a chapter of ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''. It starts with an ominous flashback featuring demonic principal Akane and a character we had heard of but so far never seen. Then return to the present, where an equally mysterious character appears before Akane with their face hidden. They fight, then there's a dramatic build-up to the reveal that [[spoiler:said character is completely unrelated to the one in the flashback, and is baffled by Akane's assumption.]] Cue Akane curling on the floor in shame after her dramatic effect was ruined.

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* PlayedForLaughs in a chapter of ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''. It starts with an ominous flashback featuring demonic principal Akane and a character we had heard of but so far never seen. seen [[spoiler:(the former principal Shirayuki).]] Then return to the present, where an equally mysterious character appears before Akane with their face hidden. They fight, then there's a dramatic build-up to the reveal that [[spoiler:said character is completely unrelated to the one in the flashback, and is baffled by Akane's assumption.]] Cue Akane curling on the floor in shame after her dramatic effect was ruined. The character in the flashback does eventually appear, but much later.
9th Feb '17 2:48:03 AM Lyendith
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* PlayedForLaughs in a chapter of ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''. It starts with an ominous flashback featuring demonic principal Akane and a character we had heard of but so far never seen. Then return to the present, where an equally mysterious character appears before Akane with their face hidden. They fight, then there's a dramatic build-up to the reveal that [[spoiler:said character is completely unrelated to the one in the flashback, and is baffled by Akane's assumption.]] Cue Akane curling on the floor in shame after her dramatic effect was ruined.
16th Jan '17 1:00:06 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In Season 5, Bronn jokes about death, sings a song about dying, and gets cut by a poisoned weapon. Despite all of these obvious death flags, Bronn survives the season.
11th Jan '17 7:00:19 PM nombretomado
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* In the beginning of the LordPeterWimsey mystery ''The Nine Tailors'', the bumbling vicar explains how his dear old clock is going a bit slow these days. He always sets it an hour early when he winds it on Sunday morning - but if you can only remember that it is before time on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, accurate on Wednesday, and late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, why, it's a very excellent clock indeed! The GenreSavvy mystery reader expects a tricky alibi problem, but it never happens. The clock is only mentioned once more in the book. Lord Peter's manservant and the vicar's maid has an argument about cleaning it.

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* In the beginning of the LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey mystery ''The Nine Tailors'', the bumbling vicar explains how his dear old clock is going a bit slow these days. He always sets it an hour early when he winds it on Sunday morning - but if you can only remember that it is before time on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, accurate on Wednesday, and late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, why, it's a very excellent clock indeed! The GenreSavvy mystery reader expects a tricky alibi problem, but it never happens. The clock is only mentioned once more in the book. Lord Peter's manservant and the vicar's maid has an argument about cleaning it.



* In ''Hero of Ages'', the third book of ''{{Mistborn}}'', a character, [[spoiler: Marsh]] is under mind-control from [[spoiler: BigBad Ruin]]. He has enough HeroicWillpower to resist ''once'', and his thoughts in his POV sections make it clear he intends to use this to kill himself at a key point, depriving [[spoiler: Ruin]] of his services. [[spoiler: Nope: he uses it to rip out [[ActionGirl Vin's]] earring -- revealed as a kind of minor ArtifactOfDoom -- thereby allowing her to break free of its influence and ascend to a PhysicalGod type state, where she can face Ruin directly. Marsh is one of the only POV characters to ''survive'' the entire series]].

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* In ''Hero of Ages'', the third book of ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', a character, [[spoiler: Marsh]] is under mind-control from [[spoiler: BigBad Ruin]]. He has enough HeroicWillpower to resist ''once'', and his thoughts in his POV sections make it clear he intends to use this to kill himself at a key point, depriving [[spoiler: Ruin]] of his services. [[spoiler: Nope: he uses it to rip out [[ActionGirl Vin's]] earring -- revealed as a kind of minor ArtifactOfDoom -- thereby allowing her to break free of its influence and ascend to a PhysicalGod type state, where she can face Ruin directly. Marsh is one of the only POV characters to ''survive'' the entire series]].
5th Jan '17 12:24:17 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Masashi Kishimoto, regarding ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[WordOfGod has said]] that all the [[FreudWasRight comparisons and parallels made between Naruto's mother]] (right down to the part where Kushina advises Naruto to find a girlfriend "like your mother") and his initial love interest, Sakura, were deliberately inserted [[TrollingCreator to pull the legs]] of the [[ShipToShipCombat shipping fans]]. [[spoiler:Naruto ended up with Hinata instead, as fully detailed in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]''.]]

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* Masashi Kishimoto, regarding ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[WordOfGod has said]] that all the [[FreudWasRight comparisons and parallels made between Naruto's mother]] mother (right down to the part where Kushina advises Naruto to find a girlfriend "like your mother") and his initial love interest, Sakura, were deliberately inserted [[TrollingCreator to pull the legs]] of the [[ShipToShipCombat shipping fans]]. [[spoiler:Naruto ended up with Hinata instead, as fully detailed in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]''.]]
8th Dec '16 10:47:30 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', season 3 (you decide if this was intentional or not): An episode has Stella saying, "I hope I don't have to save Chimera", of having to save someone from her own realm to earn her Enchantix. [[TemptingFate You know what that means, right?]] Well, wrong. When Chimera and her mom and her dad come under attack at a party later, Chimera's mom takes her daughter and escapes, leaving just Stella's father for Stella to save

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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', season 3 (you decide if this was intentional or not): An episode has Stella saying, "I hope I don't have to save Chimera", of having to save someone from her own realm to earn her Enchantix. [[TemptingFate You know what that means, right?]] Well, wrong. When Chimera and her mom and her dad come under attack at a party later, Chimera's mom takes her daughter and escapes, leaving just Stella's father for Stella to savesave.


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** However, it happens for real in Season 20, which was plagued by other problems such as dropped characters and plot points. Lennart Bedrager, the apparent BigBad of the second half of the season, was hinted to not be what he seemed; for example he dropped his Danish accent to reveal he was apparently American. So the fans speculated that he was actually one of the characters from the previous episodes that could be acting behind the scenes, such as J. J. Abrams, Hillary Clinton or even a lifeless husk being controlled from the inside by the Memberberries. The answer? He was just some random guy who wanted to cause World War III for shits and giggles.
3rd Dec '16 4:50:17 AM X2X
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** Episode 11 of the DP saga has Zoey wishing Dawn luck and saying that she'll win, but come next episode, Zoey wins against Dawn.

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** Late in the Johto saga, the gang comes across a mansion inhabited by a lone servant named Lokoko and her Ninetales. Or rather, [[spoiler:a lone Ninetales and an illusion created by it by which it could communicate with the outside world]]. As Brock mentions how he once had a Vulpix (which he had returned to Suzy over sixty episodes prior to that point), the Ninetales clearly has a fondness for Brock ([[IdenticalStranger he resembles its old master]]), ''and'' the Poké Ball that kept it tethered to the mansion breaks at the end of the episode, one would expect Brock to invite Ninetales to join his team, but the Ninetales simply roams free and is never seen again.
** Episode 11 of the DP ''D/P'' saga has Zoey wishing Dawn luck and saying that she'll win, but come next episode, Zoey wins against Dawn.



** [[spoiler:The first episode of Unova implied Ash was Zekrom's chosen hero of ideals. The first time N makes his anime debut he seems to be Reshiram's chosen hero of truth. While they like each other well enough, N takes offence at Ash's chosen lifestyle as a pokemon trainer. So you think they will take command of each other's legendary and battle to see if truth or ideals wins the day as in the games? Nope, Ash gets N on his side before Reshiram appears and Reshiram leaves with little fuss. Zekrom doesn't even make an appearance.]]
** Ash's Charizard returns late in the ''Black and White'' saga. [[spoiler:In a case of BaitAndSwitchCredits, he doesn't have an actual role in Team Plasma, let alone face Reshiram, like the opening theme suggested.]] And then, the revelation that Mega Evolutions, introduced in the next generation, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', many were thinking that since Charizard stayed on Ash's team from beginning to end of ''Black and White'' (and never returned to the Charicific Valley), Ash would get access to the new mechanic (since Charizard is one of those confirmed to get Mega Evolutions [two, in fact]). The XY series came and went, and Ash ''never'' got to actually be a Mega user, in spite of having Charizard (and a whole LOT of other potential Mega candidates, for that matter).

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** [[spoiler:The first episode of Unova implied Ash was Zekrom's chosen hero of ideals. The first time N makes his anime debut he seems to be Reshiram's chosen hero of truth. While they like each other well enough, N takes offence at Ash's chosen lifestyle as a pokemon trainer.Pokémon Trainer. So you think they will take command of each other's legendary and battle to see if truth or ideals wins the day as in the games? Nope, Ash gets N on his side before Reshiram appears and Reshiram leaves with little fuss. Zekrom doesn't even make an appearance.]]
** Ash's Charizard returns late in the ''Black and White'' saga. [[spoiler:In a case of BaitAndSwitchCredits, he doesn't have an actual role in Team Plasma, let alone face Reshiram, like the opening theme suggested.]] And then, the revelation that Mega Evolutions, introduced in the next generation, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', many were thinking that since Charizard stayed on Ash's team from beginning to end of ''Black and White'' (and never returned to the Charicific Valley), Ash would get access to the new mechanic (since Charizard is one of those confirmed to get Mega Evolutions [two, in fact]). The XY ''X/Y'' series came and went, and Ash ''never'' got to actually be a Mega user, in spite of having Charizard (and a whole LOT of other potential Mega candidates, for that matter).



** [[spoiler: This, and Eagle Marin is the master of cryptic lines : she knew Seiya would have to face many a hardship, she knew who the real Athena was, but contrary to other Gold Saints who have good reason to suspect something was going on with the Sanctuary, it's never explained why she had knowledge of Saori being Athena. She also went to Star Hill to find the dead Pope's body. In the manga, she's basically always in the right place at the right time with the right info, hinting at a much larger role than that of a mere Silver Saint. WordOfGod also hinted in a databook that she has a mysterious unrevealed power.]]

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** [[spoiler: This, [[spoiler:This, and Eagle Marin is the master of cryptic lines : lines: she knew Seiya would have to face many a hardship, she knew who the real Athena was, but contrary to other Gold Saints who have good reason to suspect something was going on with the Sanctuary, it's never explained why she had knowledge of Saori being Athena. She also went to Star Hill to find the dead Pope's body. In the manga, she's basically always in the right place at the right time with the right info, hinting at a much larger role than that of a mere Silver Saint. WordOfGod also hinted in a databook that she has a mysterious unrevealed power.]]



* The introduction of [[spoiler: Chrono's DisappearedDad]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' made it appear that he was the MysteriousProtector of the Wolkenritter, especially since the MysteriousProtector looked like [[spoiler:an older Chrono]] and acted like he was familiar with [[spoiler:Chrono]]. Nope, he was eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: the disguised CatGirl familiars of Gil Graham, the friend of Chrono's father who was trying to execute a plan to seal the Book of Darkness that killed him]]. Rewatching the season after knowing TheReveal shows that the writers foreshadowed that one too, but the popularity of the [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather]] trope allowed the Fauxshadowing to hide the actual {{Foreshadowing}} in plain sight.

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* The introduction of [[spoiler: Chrono's [[spoiler:Chrono's DisappearedDad]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' made it appear that he was the MysteriousProtector of the Wolkenritter, especially since the MysteriousProtector looked like [[spoiler:an older Chrono]] and acted like he was familiar with [[spoiler:Chrono]]. Nope, he was eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: the disguised CatGirl familiars of Gil Graham, the friend of Chrono's father who was trying to execute a plan to seal the Book of Darkness that killed him]]. Rewatching the season after knowing TheReveal shows that the writers foreshadowed that one too, but the popularity of the [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather]] trope allowed the Fauxshadowing to hide the actual {{Foreshadowing}} in plain sight.



* Early parts of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' dropped a lot of hints that [[spoiler: Van Hohenheim, Ed and Al's father]] was the BigBad of the series. He's not, though [[spoiler: the actual BigBad does look exactly like him, due to having constructed his physical body from Hohenheim's DNA.]]
* Masashi Kishimoto, regarding ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[WordOfGod has said]] that all the [[FreudWasRight comparisons and parallels made between Naruto's mother]] (right down to the part where Kushina advises Naruto to find a girlfriend "like your mother") and his initial love interest, Sakura, were deliberately inserted [[TrollingCreator to pull the legs]] of the [[ShipToShipCombat shipping fans]]. [[spoiler:Naruto ended up with Hinata instead, as fully detailed in''The Last'']].

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* Early parts of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' dropped a lot of hints that [[spoiler: Van [[spoiler:Van Hohenheim, Ed and Al's father]] was the BigBad of the series. He's not, though [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the actual BigBad does look exactly like him, due to having constructed his physical body from Hohenheim's DNA.]]
DNA]].
* Masashi Kishimoto, regarding ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[WordOfGod has said]] that all the [[FreudWasRight comparisons and parallels made between Naruto's mother]] (right down to the part where Kushina advises Naruto to find a girlfriend "like your mother") and his initial love interest, Sakura, were deliberately inserted [[TrollingCreator to pull the legs]] of the [[ShipToShipCombat shipping fans]]. [[spoiler:Naruto ended up with Hinata instead, as fully detailed in''The Last'']].in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]''.]]



* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', there's a brief scene when Madame Morrible meets up with Elphaba during a rainstorm, at one point saying, "You mustn't get wet." Elphaba is not seen in contact with water throughout the show. [[spoiler: It's just a RedHerring, Elphaba isn't actually allergic to water in this version.]]

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* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', there's a brief scene when Madame Morrible meets up with Elphaba during a rainstorm, at one point saying, "You mustn't get wet." Elphaba is not seen in contact with water throughout the show. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's just a RedHerring, Elphaba isn't actually allergic to water in this version.]]



* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', whenever Snake's name is brought up in front of the Colonel, he dodges the subject, only referring to him as "that man", eagerly accusing the terrorist of being Solid Snake as if desperate to kill even a lookalike to get some closure, and getting irrationally angry whenever anything is mentioned about Snake's competence, prowess, or heroism. However, Snake and the Colonel parted in the previous game as close friends. Raiden explicitly asks the Colonel if Snake did something terrible to him, and he doesn't give a straight answer - every implication is that Snake somehow betrayed the Colonel or hurt him on a very personal level, and [[ChekhovMIA the absence]] of Snake's love interest from the previous game, Campbell's daughter, adds to this suspicion. As personal secrets come out, TheReveal is actually that Snake [[spoiler: had nothing to do with anything]] and that [[spoiler: Raiden has been talking to a crazy AI that had been imitating the Colonel and attempting bring about a plot to control human will and consciousness]].

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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', whenever Snake's name is brought up in front of the Colonel, he dodges the subject, only referring to him as "that man", eagerly accusing the terrorist of being Solid Snake as if desperate to kill even a lookalike to get some closure, and getting irrationally angry whenever anything is mentioned about Snake's competence, prowess, or heroism. However, Snake and the Colonel parted in the previous game as close friends. Raiden explicitly asks the Colonel if Snake did something terrible to him, and he doesn't give a straight answer - -- every implication is that Snake somehow betrayed the Colonel or hurt him on a very personal level, and [[ChekhovMIA the absence]] of Snake's love interest from the previous game, Campbell's daughter, adds to this suspicion. As personal secrets come out, TheReveal is actually that Snake [[spoiler: had [[spoiler:had nothing to do with anything]] and that [[spoiler: Raiden [[spoiler:Raiden has been talking to a crazy AI A.I. that had been imitating the Colonel and attempting bring about a plot to control human will and consciousness]].



** Subverted in a sense with Kratos. Most of the foreshadowing that he might be [[spoiler: Lloyd's father]] is ''heaped'' on early in the game, and if you're going into the game expecting a plot twist - which you should, it's a [[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales game,]] after all - that is most likely what you'll guess. However, when you arrive at the Tower of Salvation, it seems to be Fauxshadowing because [[spoiler: Kratos pulls a pretty blatant and unexpected FaceHeelTurn]]. So then you believe ''that's'' the plot twist, and all of the [[spoiler: father]] stuff was fauxshadowing. [[spoiler: In the end, it turns out that Kratos ''is'' Lloyd's father and the FaceHeelTurn was actually a sham, so he could go on helping Lloyd from inside Cruxis.]] [[{{Understatement}} Kratos is a complicated guy.]]

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** Subverted in a sense with Kratos. Most of the foreshadowing that he might be [[spoiler: Lloyd's [[spoiler:Lloyd's father]] is ''heaped'' on early in the game, and if you're going into the game expecting a plot twist - -- which you should, it's a [[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales game,]] ''Franchise/{{Tales|Series}}'' game, after all - -- that is most likely what you'll guess. However, when you arrive at the Tower of Salvation, it seems to be Fauxshadowing because [[spoiler: Kratos [[spoiler:Kratos pulls a pretty blatant and unexpected FaceHeelTurn]]. So then you believe ''that's'' the plot twist, and all of the [[spoiler: father]] [[spoiler:father]] stuff was fauxshadowing. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out that Kratos ''is'' Lloyd's father and the FaceHeelTurn was actually a sham, so he could go on helping Lloyd from inside Cruxis.]] [[{{Understatement}} Kratos is a complicated guy.]]



* The end of ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'' hints that to save the world, [[FightingTheLancer X must destroy Zero at some point in the future.]] (In the original Japanese, it merely hints they will fight at some point.) X4 continues the hint and states they will come to blows in some kind of epic world shattering battle. X5 finally has them fight, and canonically it wasn't even close to a fight to the death or for the fate of the world. (In the non-canon BadEnding it IS to the death, however.)
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' foreshadows [[spoiler:the title character's FaceHeelTurn]] for the SequelSeries ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. (Un)fortunately, because the series [[FranchiseZombie continued on after the creator's planned ending]], that plot twist never comes to be. [[spoiler: At least it succeeds in foreshadowing the Maverick Hunters' transformation into the evil Neo Arcadian regime.]]
* Similarly in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'', Sigma mentions during the final battle that he has a "partner" who hates X as well and provided him with a new body. Due to the story being nuked by ExecutiveMeddling, we never find out who this partner is and he [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse vanishes]] into the numerous other [[PlotHole plot holes]] in the following sequels. (WordOfGod claims he meant it to be Dr. Wily in some form or another).

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX''
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The end of ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'' hints that to save the world, [[FightingTheLancer X must destroy Zero at some point in the future.]] future]]. (In the original Japanese, it merely hints they will fight at some point.) X4 ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX5 X4]]'' continues the hint and states they will come to blows in some kind of epic world shattering epic, world-shattering battle. X5 ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX5 X5]]'' finally [[FightingYourFriend has them fight, fight]], and canonically it wasn't even close to a fight to the death or for the fate of the world. (In the non-canon BadEnding BadEnding, it IS to the death, however.)
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' ** ''Mega Man X4'' foreshadows [[spoiler:the title character's FaceHeelTurn]] for the SequelSeries ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. (Un)fortunately, because the series [[FranchiseZombie continued on after the creator's planned ending]], that plot twist never comes to be. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least it succeeds in foreshadowing the Maverick Hunters' transformation into the evil Neo Arcadian regime.]]
* ** Similarly in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'', ''Mega Man X5'', Sigma mentions during the final battle that he has a "partner" who hates X as well and provided him with a new body. Due to the story being nuked by ExecutiveMeddling, we never find out who this partner is and he [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse vanishes]] into the numerous other [[PlotHole plot holes]] {{plot hole}}s in the following sequels. (WordOfGod claims he meant it to be [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Dr. Wily Wily]] in some form or another).
28th Oct '16 9:01:31 AM ExSlacker
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** Ash's Charizard returns late in the ''Black and White'' saga. [[spoiler:In a case of BaitAndSwitchCredits, he doesn't have an actual role in Team Plasma, let alone face Reshiram, like the opening theme suggested.]] And then, the revelation that Mega Evolutions, introduced in the next generation, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', many were thinking that since Charizard stayed on Ash's team from beginning to end of ''Black and White'' (and never returned to the Charicific Valley), Ash would get access to the new mechanic (since Charizard is one of those confirmed to get Mega Evolutions [two, in fact]). The XY series came and went, and Ash ''never'' got to actually be a Mega user, in spite of having a LOT of potential Mega candidates.

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** Ash's Charizard returns late in the ''Black and White'' saga. [[spoiler:In a case of BaitAndSwitchCredits, he doesn't have an actual role in Team Plasma, let alone face Reshiram, like the opening theme suggested.]] And then, the revelation that Mega Evolutions, introduced in the next generation, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', many were thinking that since Charizard stayed on Ash's team from beginning to end of ''Black and White'' (and never returned to the Charicific Valley), Ash would get access to the new mechanic (since Charizard is one of those confirmed to get Mega Evolutions [two, in fact]). The XY series came and went, and Ash ''never'' got to actually be a Mega user, in spite of having Charizard (and a whole LOT of other potential Mega candidates.candidates, for that matter).
28th Oct '16 8:59:46 AM ExSlacker
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* In the Sinnoh arc of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' the Elite 4 and the Champion all make an appearance at separate points and it's almost set up that Ash will actually get to battle them. Shame he doesn't, no thanks to [[GodModeSue Tobias]].

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* In *''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Episode 11 of
the Sinnoh arc of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' DP saga has Zoey wishing Dawn luck and saying that she'll win, but come next episode, Zoey wins against Dawn.
** In Sinnoh,
the Elite 4 and the Champion all make an appearance at separate points and it's almost set up that Ash will actually get to battle them. Shame he doesn't, no thanks to [[GodModeSue Tobias]].



** Episode 11 has Zoey wishing Dawn luck and saying that she'll win, but come next episode, Zoey wins against Dawn.


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** Ash's Charizard returns late in the ''Black and White'' saga. [[spoiler:In a case of BaitAndSwitchCredits, he doesn't have an actual role in Team Plasma, let alone face Reshiram, like the opening theme suggested.]] And then, the revelation that Mega Evolutions, introduced in the next generation, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', many were thinking that since Charizard stayed on Ash's team from beginning to end of ''Black and White'' (and never returned to the Charicific Valley), Ash would get access to the new mechanic (since Charizard is one of those confirmed to get Mega Evolutions [two, in fact]). The XY series came and went, and Ash ''never'' got to actually be a Mega user, in spite of having a LOT of potential Mega candidates.
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