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22nd Mar '17 2:42:45 AM RAMChYLD
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** Granted, it's not so much "keeping the fans guessing" as it is [[SpringtimeForHitler "wanting to end the series, but constantly being roped in for another go."]] Kojima's been at it since ''[=MGS2=]''. He's also gone on record saying that he receives death threats every time he announces that he's ending the series.

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** Granted, it's not so much "keeping the fans guessing" as it is [[SpringtimeForHitler "wanting to end the series, but constantly being roped in for another go."]] Kojima's been at it since ''[=MGS2=]''. He's also gone on record saying that he receives death threats every time he announces that he's ending the series.Metal Gear series, and no one really knows if that's true.
22nd Mar '17 2:40:01 AM RAMChYLD
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** Granted, it's not so much "keeping the fans guessing" as it is [[SpringtimeForHitler "wanting to end the series, but constantly being roped in for another go."]] Kojima's been at it since ''[=MGS2=]''.
** Kojima has stated that the only reason that [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain MGSV]] doesn't have a UsefulNotes/WiiU version because there's nothing he can do with the gamepad only to announce a few weeks later that the [=PS4=] version will have remote play capability with the Vita and the XboxOne will have Smartglass capabilities.

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** Granted, it's not so much "keeping the fans guessing" as it is [[SpringtimeForHitler "wanting to end the series, but constantly being roped in for another go."]] Kojima's been at it since ''[=MGS2=]''.
''[=MGS2=]''. He's also gone on record saying that he receives death threats every time he announces that he's ending the series.
** Kojima has stated that the only reason that [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain MGSV]] doesn't have a UsefulNotes/WiiU version because there's nothing he can do with the gamepad only to announce a few weeks later that the [=PS4=] version will have remote play capability with the Vita and the XboxOne will have Smartglass capabilities. Perhaps he's trying to be polite and trying to avoid calling Nintendo's choice of hardware "underpowered", given that he's a fan of many of Nintendo's franchises.
21st Mar '17 11:33:15 PM RAMChYLD
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** On the topic of Nintendo, let's play a drinking game, where you take a shot every time they announce that a new console is going to be a third pillar to an existing two, then quickly discontinue the least popular of the older two a few months later. This has pretty much been happening since the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS was introduced.
** Also, they along with Nvidia claimed that the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch will contain a Nvidia Tegra X1 [=SoC=] that has been customized to their exact needs. When Tech Insider got their hands on a sample of the CPU and proceeded to analyze the silicon, they found it to be a stock X1 with no modifications whatsoever. On the other hand, it does have one customization- Nintendo's otherwise-meaningless custom part number silkscreened on the package.
12th Mar '17 2:12:22 PM Derkhan
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* R. Scott Bakker had said in a few interviews that BarbarianHero Cnaiür's story was concluded at the end of ''[[Literature/SecondApocalypse The Prince of Nothing]]'' trilogy. This lead many to assume that this confirmed his death. Come ''The Great Ordeal'', it's revealed that Bakker wasn't telling the whole truth and Cnaiür's still kicking it, albeit with much less page time than in the first trilogy. ''His'' story indeed seems done with, but that does not mean he can't participate in the story of others.
* Creator/StevenErikson:
** No, of course there aren't any Hounds of Light. What would make you think that? The fact that there are Hounds of Darkness ''and'' Hounds of Shadow? Nonsense. Cue ''Literature/TollTheHounds'' and a whole bunch of them frolicking about the city in the final.
** There was also his claim that Whiskeyjack was done with and would not feature in the story anymore. Uhuh, ''Whiskeyjack'' doesn't. [[MeaningfulRename Iskar Jarak]], on the other hand, features quite prominently in the series' resolution.
3rd Mar '17 7:57:18 PM ThorfinnRowle
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* AvatarTheLastAirbender: Mike and Bryan have been known to do this on occasion. Prior to season three they said that they had plans for Zuko to search for his mother and also for Aang's old friend Kuzon to play an important role in an episode. Neither of these things happened during the season.
** They also have a bad habit of claiming that they had things planned from the beginning when questioned about certain elements. One example being Fire Lord Sozin and Roku being friends and the same age despite a few early episodes (and even Nick.com) implying that Sozin was much younger.
25th Feb '17 3:41:59 AM LondonKdS
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** One relating to ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Moffat claimed [[spoiler:Moriarty was very definitely dead]] after the events of series two. [[spoiler:He turns up at the end of series three, apparently alive and well.]]
** Happened again with the ''Sherlock'' 2016 New Year's special. [[spoiler:He'd flat-out stated it was a Victorian "alternate universe" setting that had nothing to do with the main series' continuity. The Victorian part turned out to be accurate, but the {{Mind Screw}}y ending showed either that the entire Victorian storyline was a drug-induced hallucination of modern-day Sherlock's, or that the entire modern-day series is a drug-induced hallucination of Victorian Sherlock's. Intriguingly, the episode could support either interpretation. In any case, the episode is a direct sequel to the series 3 finale, "His Last Vow", and the end of that episode becomes a plot point for the special. It is, however, worth noting that the episode also suggests that Moriarty is actually dead, which would render the previous case of apparent lying moot.]]

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** One relating to ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Moffat claimed [[spoiler:Moriarty was very definitely dead]] after the events of series two. [[spoiler:He turns up at the end of series three, apparently alive and well. However, the following New Year's special strongly implied, and the fourth season made it explicit, that he really was dead and the season's new Big Bad was faking his survival with pre-recorded material in order to troll Sherlock. This plot development may have been planned from the start, or it may have been due to the almost-completely-negative reaction to the idea of Moriarty still being alive from both fans and generalist critics.]]
** Happened again with the ''Sherlock'' 2016 New Year's special. [[spoiler:He'd flat-out stated it was a Victorian "alternate universe" setting that had nothing to do with the main series' continuity. The Victorian part turned out to be accurate, but the {{Mind Screw}}y ending showed either that the entire Victorian storyline was a drug-induced hallucination of modern-day Sherlock's, or that the entire modern-day series is a drug-induced hallucination of Victorian Sherlock's. Intriguingly, the episode could support either interpretation. In any case, the episode is a direct sequel to the series 3 finale, "His Last Vow", and the end of that episode becomes a plot point for the special. It is, however, worth noting that the episode also suggests that Moriarty is actually dead, which would render the previous case of apparent lying moot.]]
19th Feb '17 6:50:29 PM AthenaBlue
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* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' website, managed by Biglobe, [[spoiler:listed Sayoko and Nunnally as "dead"]] while the show was still airing, which has made some sections of the fanbase blame the creators for supposedly lying. This, and to some extent the whole [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Mu La Flaga]] debacle, causes part of the fandom to assume that they could also be lying about [[spoiler: Lelouch]]'s death. Then again...considering that Sunrise as a company, Biglobe and the main creative staff aren't all one and the same, they might contradict each other without actually having to lie.
* One of the most constant accusations leveled at [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Mitsuo Fukuda and Chiaki Morosawa.]] Apparently, this one's born less from them ''actually'' lying, and more from sub-par translations of their interviews. And some nice ScapegoatCreator stuff.
* From ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', Yuhki Kamatani's official character sheet for Kouichi claimed that he was [[spoiler:14 years old]], leading to the WhamEpisode effect when his [[spoiler:immortality was revealed]]. ''[[ExactWords Technically]]'' it's not a lie because [[spoiler:his persona as "Aizawa Kouichi" is 14 years old]], but it was intentional misdirection nonetheless.



* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' website, managed by Biglobe, [[spoiler:listed Sayoko and Nunnaly as "dead"]] while the show was still airing, which has made some sections of the fanbase blame the creators for supposedly lying. This, and to some extent the whole [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Mu La Flaga]] debacle, causes part of the fandom to assume that they could also be lying about [[spoiler: Lelouch]]'s death. Then again...considering that Sunrise as a company, Biglobe and the main creative staff aren't all one and the same, they might contradict each other without actually having to lie.
* One of the most constant accusations leveled at [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Mitsuo Fukuda and Chiaki Morosawa.]] Apparently, this one's born less from them ''actually'' lying, and more from sub-par translations of their interviews. And some nice ScapegoatCreator stuff.

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* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' website, managed by Biglobe, [[spoiler:listed Sayoko and Nunnaly as "dead"]] while Toei got one over the show was still airing, which has made some sections of the fanbase blame the creators for supposedly lying. This, and to some extent the whole [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Mu La Flaga]] debacle, causes part of the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' fandom to assume that they could also be lying about [[spoiler: Lelouch]]'s death. Then again...considering that Sunrise as during ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'': a company, Biglobe blurry picture of two Cures, Cure Beat and Cure Symphony, was leaked onto the main creative staff aren't all Internet and fan speculation went wild. [[spoiler:Turns out, it was fake - there was a Cure Beat, but it wasn't the one and on the same, they might contradict each other without actually having to lie.
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picture, but there was no Cure Symphony - it was Cure Muse's role! Turns out Toei was pissed off when the most constant accusations leveled at [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Mitsuo Fukuda and Chiaki Morosawa.]] Apparently, this one's born less from them ''actually'' lying, and more from sub-par translations identity of their interviews. And some nice ScapegoatCreator stuff.[[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Cure Sunshine]] was accidentally revealed a month prior to her first appearance.]]



* Director Sato Tatsuo said, "No romance", in regards to ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'' and ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange''. What he really meant was "No ''heterosexual'' [[SchoolgirlLesbians romance]]". Or, in the latter, [[spoiler:"NoRomanticResolution"]].



* From ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', Yuhki Kamatani's official character sheet for Kouichi claimed that he was [[spoiler:14 years old]], leading to the WhamEpisode effect when his [[spoiler:immortality was revealed]]. ''[[ExactWords Technically]]'' it's not a lie because [[spoiler:his persona as "Aizawa Kouichi" is 14 years old]], but it was intentional misdirection nonetheless.
* Toei got one over the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' fandom during ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'': a blurry picture of two Cures, Cure Beat and Cure Symphony, was leaked onto the Internet and fan speculation went wild. [[spoiler:Turns out, it was fake - there was a Cure Beat, but it wasn't the one on the picture, but there was no Cure Symphony - it was Cure Muse's role! Turns out Toei was pissed off when the identity of [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Cure Sunshine]] was accidentally revealed a month prior to her first appearance.]]
* Director Sato Tatsuo said, "No romance", in regards to ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'' and ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange''. What he really meant was "No ''heterosexual'' [[SchoolgirlLesbians romance]]". Or, in the latter, [[spoiler:"NoRomanticResolution"]].






* Marvel's Editor-in-Chief JoeQuesada does it a lot:
** When {{Spider-Man}} unmasked himself, he explicitly stated that Spidey's newly public identity would not be undone after a year or so with a "[[CosmicRetcon magic retcon]]." Guess what happened (and ''then some'') about a year later? If you need any help understanding that, read ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' for answers.
** And we have his "Dead is Dead" policy... which seems to only be enforced for characters he doesn't like or killed off himself, such as Karen Page and Jean Grey. ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}, SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}, Harry Osborn and even BuckyBarnes have all come back, which makes fans annoyed that he's not allowed the writers to bring Karen and Jean back, since it's obvious he doesn't really mean it. (Although between ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' and ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' Joe Quesada admitted that "Dead stays Dead" policy was stupid (since in comics it's like trying to plug a dam after the valley is flooded).

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* Marvel's Editor-in-Chief JoeQuesada does it a lot:
** When {{Spider-Man}} unmasked himself, he explicitly stated that Spidey's newly public identity would not be undone after a year or so with a "[[CosmicRetcon magic retcon]]." Guess what happened (and ''then some'') about a year later? If you need any help understanding that, read ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' for answers.
** And we have his "Dead is Dead" policy... which seems to only be enforced for characters he doesn't like or killed off himself, such as Karen Page and Jean Grey. ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}, SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}, Harry Osborn and even BuckyBarnes have all come back, which makes fans annoyed that he's not allowed the writers to bring Karen and Jean back, since it's obvious he doesn't really mean it. (Although between ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' and ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' Joe Quesada admitted that "Dead stays Dead" policy was stupid (since in comics it's like trying to plug a dam after the valley is flooded).



* ''Everyone'' at Marvel involved in the debut of ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' (and by association, Marvel as a whole) was a lying creator, going so far as to lie during interviews and magazine articles about the true identities and motivations of the protagonists. Justified, of course, to keep TheReveal a secret until it actually debuted.
* After ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', Creator/DanDiDio claimed that from now on dead characters would '''stay dead''' and not be subject to resurrections. Cue ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and the ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch, and now a bunch of dead characters are back thanks to the CosmicRetcon.
* Mike Grell:
** Early in the run of his ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance'', publisher First Comics said that unlike at Marvel or DC, at First creators own their creation and if Mike Grell ever left, he would be allowed to take Jon Sable with him. [[FaceHeelTurn Instead]], they gave the title to another artist.
** Grell also originally said that he wanted the characters in this series to age as time went by. He was able to keep this up during the series' original run from 1983 to 1988 during which the characters got five years older. But when the series was restarted in 2005, the characters were not thirty years older and they apparently now live in [[ComicBookTime comic book time]].



* After ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', Creator/DanDiDio claimed that from now on dead characters would '''stay dead''' and not be subject to resurrections. Cue ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and the ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch, and now a bunch of dead characters are back thanks to the CosmicRetcon.
* Mike Grell:
** Early in the run of his ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance'', publisher First Comics said that unlike at Marvel or DC, at First creators own their creation and if Mike Grell ever left, he would be allowed to take Jon Sable with him. [[FaceHeelTurn Instead]], they gave the title to another artist.
** Grell also originally said that he wanted the characters in this series to age as time went by. He was able to keep this up during the series' original run from 1983 to 1988 during which the characters got five years older. But when the series was restarted in 2005, the characters were not thirty years older and they apparently now live in [[ComicBookTime comic book time]].
* Marvel's Editor-in-Chief JoeQuesada does it a lot:
** When {{Spider-Man}} unmasked himself, he explicitly stated that Spidey's newly public identity would not be undone after a year or so with a "[[CosmicRetcon magic retcon]]." Guess what happened (and ''then some'') about a year later? If you need any help understanding that, read ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' for answers.
** And we have his "Dead is Dead" policy... which seems to only be enforced for characters he doesn't like or killed off himself, such as Karen Page and Jean Grey. ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}, SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}, Harry Osborn and even BuckyBarnes have all come back, which makes fans annoyed that he's not allowed the writers to bring Karen and Jean back, since it's obvious he doesn't really mean it. (Although between ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' and ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' Joe Quesada admitted that "Dead stays Dead" policy was stupid (since in comics it's like trying to plug a dam after the valley is flooded).
* ''Everyone'' at Marvel involved in the debut of ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' (and by association, Marvel as a whole) was a lying creator, going so far as to lie during interviews and magazine articles about the true identities and motivations of the protagonists. Justified, of course, to keep TheReveal a secret until it actually debuted.



* The team behind ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' repeatedly said that properties that weren't under the umbrella of Warner Bros. wouldn't be appearing in the movie, with ''Franchise/StarWars'' (owned by Disney by that point) used most frequently, despite the 15+ year history of licensed ''Star Wars'' Lego sets. Consequently, when the ''Millennium Falcon'' does show up (complete with main fanfare and most of the original actors reprising their roles), it was a huge and pleasant surprise for fans.



* The team behind ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' repeatedly said that properties that weren't under the umbrella of Warner Bros. wouldn't be appearing in the movie, with ''Franchise/StarWars'' (owned by Disney by that point) used most frequently, despite the 15+ year history of licensed ''Star Wars'' Lego sets. Consequently, when the Millennium Falcon does show up (complete with main fanfare and most of the original actors reprising their roles), it was a huge and pleasant surprise for fans.



* Creator/GeorgeLucas in regards to practically everything ''Franchise/StarWars''-related. Are there six films? Nine films? Twelve films? Depends on when you ask him, but expect him to disavow any other option. When did Darth Vader become Luke's father? Since the beginning? Eh, probably not based on drafts of the scripts, but that's what he'll tell you.
** During the filming of ''The Empire Strikes Back'', Lucas and the film crew went to great lengths to avoid anyone spoiling TheReveal before release... to the extent of replacing the line [[LukeIAmYourFather "I am your father"]] with "Obi-Wan killed your father" in the script, so if anyone did leak the big secret, they'd leak the ''wrong secret''. Creator/MarkHamill was only told of the revelation a moment before the scene was filmed, even David Prowse wasn't informed. Thanks to Vader's full face mask, they were able to simply take Creator/JamesEarlJones aside, record the real line in secret, then swap it in during editing.
*** In fact, David Prowse was famously annoyed that he was not told since his body language would have been completely different otherwise. Hamill also claimed he would have acted differently if given more time to prepare.
** Another one is George Lucas's pretension that he had some grand artistic vision, broken like a butterfly upon a wheel by [[ExecutiveMeddling remorseless studio execs]], which is only now achieving full bloom with the "updated" re-release. The fact that later edits remove some of his changes (such as Luke's silly scream in ''The Empire Strikes Back'') would indicate that he evidently isn't as committed to this vision as he claims, and a cynical observer might conclude that he simply makes things up on the fly because he is short-sightedly afraid his films might look dated.
* Creator/MichaelBay found he could keep no secrets while making ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', so he subverted it by being completely open. After his computer was hacked, anyway. However, he's ''publicly announced'' that there will be false leads and red herrings thrown out there in regards to the sequel. Writer Roberto Orci had remarked that it seemed most fans could tell the real news from false news, and [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers leading]] up to ''Revenge of the Fallen'' outright disproved Bay's remarks.
** Bay was more successful in his misinformation for ''Dark of the Moon,'' where he stated that fan-favorite Shockwave would be the main antagonist of the film. The result was that the TheReveal of the true BigBad [[spoiler:(Sentinel Prime, ancient leader of the Autobots and Optimus's former mentor and father-figure)]] was a huge blow to viewers. While Shockwave does appear in the film, his role is [[DemotedToExtra sadly short]].
* Ben Stein got a ''lot'' of flack for ''Film/{{Expelled}}'' by interviewing scientists like UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins and P.Z. Myers under the pretense that the movie was simply going to be a discussion of science vs. religion. When it came out as a full-on Intelligent Design screed casting Dawkins and Myers in very bad light, we all learned a lesson on trust.
* Bill Maher pulled the same stunt in ''Film/{{Religulous}}'', from the opposite point of view.



* Ben Stein got a ''lot'' of flack for ''Film/{{Expelled}}'' by interviewing scientists like UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins and P.Z. Myers under the pretense that the movie was simply going to be a discussion of science vs. religion. When it came out as a full-on Intelligent Design screed casting Dawkins and Myers in very bad light, we all learned a lesson on trust.



* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'''s title alone was a major spoiler for comics readers, leading to increasingly BlatantLies from the cast and crew denying that ItWasHisSled.
-->'''[[spoiler:Creator/SebastianStan]]:''' ''(at the premiere)'' [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes I]] died in the first movie. I'm just here for support.]]
** Prior to the release of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', it was said that ComicBook/{{Thanos}} would not appear in any other Marvel movie released before 2016. He's the subject of TheStinger.



* Bill Maher pulled the same stunt in ''Film/{{Religulous}}'', from the opposite point of view.



* Creator/GeorgeLucas in regards to practically everything ''Franchise/StarWars''-related. Are there six films? Nine films? Twelve films? Depends on when you ask him, but expect him to disavow any other option. When did Darth Vader become Luke's father? Since the beginning? Eh, probably not based on drafts of the scripts, but that's what he'll tell you.
** During the filming of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Lucas and the film crew went to great lengths to avoid anyone spoiling TheReveal before release... to the extent of replacing the line [[LukeIAmYourFather "I am your father"]] with "Obi-Wan killed your father" in the script, so if anyone did leak the big secret, they'd leak the ''wrong secret''. Creator/MarkHamill was only told of the revelation a moment before the scene was filmed, even David Prowse wasn't informed. Thanks to Vader's full face mask, they were able to simply take Creator/JamesEarlJones aside, record the real line in secret, then swap it in during editing.
*** In fact, David Prowse was famously annoyed that he was not told since his body language would have been completely different otherwise. Hamill also claimed he would have acted differently if given more time to prepare.
** Another one is George Lucas's pretension that he had some grand artistic vision, broken like a butterfly upon a wheel by [[ExecutiveMeddling remorseless studio execs]], which is only now achieving full bloom with the "updated" re-release. The fact that later edits remove some of his changes (such as Luke's silly scream in ''The Empire Strikes Back'') would indicate that he evidently isn't as committed to this vision as he claims, and a cynical observer might conclude that he simply makes things up on the fly because he is short-sightedly afraid his films might look dated.
* Creator/MichaelBay found he could keep no secrets while making ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', so he subverted it by being completely open. After his computer was hacked, anyway. However, he's ''publicly announced'' that there will be false leads and red herrings thrown out there in regards to the sequel. Writer Roberto Orci had remarked that it seemed most fans could tell the real news from false news, and [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers leading]] up to ''Revenge of the Fallen'' outright disproved Bay's remarks.
** Bay was more successful in his misinformation for ''Dark of the Moon,'' where he stated that fan-favorite Shockwave would be the main antagonist of the film. The result was that the TheReveal of the true BigBad [[spoiler:(Sentinel Prime, ancient leader of the Autobots and Optimus's former mentor and father-figure)]] was a huge blow to viewers. While Shockwave does appear in the film, his role is [[DemotedToExtra sadly short]].



* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'''s title alone was a major spoiler for comics readers, leading to increasingly BlatantLies from the cast and crew denying that ItWasHisSled.
-->'''[[spoiler:Creator/SebastianStan]]:''' ''(at the premiere)'' [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes I]] died in the first movie. I'm just here for support.]]
* Prior to the release of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', it was said that ComicBook/{{Thanos}} would not appear in any other Marvel movie released before 2016. He's the subject of TheStinger.



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** The creators have done this at least once, implying that a particular background character would be important in Season 3... while he was mentioned, he didn't ''do'' anything. He showed up in a mobisode, however, and then in early season 5, [[spoiler:where he had the show's newest ironic death]].
** They stated that there wouldn't be time travel... in a question about whether there was something relating to time travel in season 2, a season that did not feature any time travel, thus not contradicting the reveal of time travel later.
** They have also issued {{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}s of, among other things, that the beach cable lead to a underwater DHARMA station and that the Island could move (saying to a question about the topic that ABC would fire them if they ever came up with a plot twist that crazy) before those plots came up in the series proper.
** An exact quote before season 3: "Here's what you won't see: Globetrotters, zombies, [[Series/GreysAnatomy the guy Meredith Grey didn't choose]], [[Series/GilligansIsland coconut radios]], [[Series/TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], Jack laughing, '''Desmond running naked through the jungle''', the Others' annual talent show, '''buttons, timers, electromagnetic anomalies''', [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Cylons]], cyclones, or clones, nanobots, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]], and '''time travel'''." (Bold added.) Desmond ran naked in episode 3x03, and was revealed in 3x08 to have been time traveling just before that. And Jack did laugh a little.
** During season two: "You will get your Libby episode. This season." They also claimed that a Rose and Bernard episode would only happen in a subsequent season. Libby gets killed off before having her own episode, while Rose and Bernard's episode shows up earlier than expected. However, Libby does get a flashback at the end of the Hurley episode ''Dave,'' when we learn that she and Hurley were in the same mental institution.
** Christian was stated to be undead and ''not'' a form of the Monster, only to be revealed as the Monster via dialogue in the sixth season. Season six also made it clear, with the finale, that sometimes (and in retrospect this possibly accounts for several of the appearances) it ''is'' the spirit of Christian.
** In an example of Lying Actor, [[spoiler:after his character Frank Lapidus was hit by a steel door on a sinking submarine and proceeded to not appear in the next two episodes with no word on his fate, actor Jeff Fahey confirmed in an interview that Frank had been killed, and that he (Fahey) had already moved on to ''Film/{{Machete}}''. Frank went on to show up alive and well partway through the series finale. Fahey lying in order to keep this a surprise is considered by many of the popular character's fans as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.]]

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** The creators have done this at least once, implying that a particular background character would be important
Creator/JMichaelStraczynski openly admits to lying in Season 3... while he was mentioned, he didn't ''do'' anything. He showed up response to fan questions about ''Series/BabylonFive'' to avoid spoiling storylines.
* After Starbuck [[NeverFoundTheBody vanished, presumed dead]],
in a mobisode, however, and then in early the third season 5, [[spoiler:where he had the show's newest ironic death]].
** They stated that there wouldn't be time travel... in a question about whether there was something relating to time travel in season 2, a season that did not feature any time travel, thus not contradicting the reveal of time travel later.
** They have also issued {{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}s of, among other things, that the beach cable lead to a underwater DHARMA station and that the Island could move (saying to a question about the topic that ABC would fire them if they ever came up with a plot twist that crazy) before those plots came up in the series proper.
** An exact quote before season 3: "Here's what you won't see: Globetrotters, zombies, [[Series/GreysAnatomy the guy Meredith Grey didn't choose]], [[Series/GilligansIsland coconut radios]], [[Series/TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], Jack laughing, '''Desmond running naked through the jungle''', the Others' annual talent show, '''buttons, timers, electromagnetic anomalies''', [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Cylons]], cyclones, or clones, nanobots, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]], and '''time travel'''." (Bold added.) Desmond ran naked in episode 3x03, and was revealed in 3x08 to have been time traveling just before that. And Jack did laugh a little.
** During season two: "You will get your Libby episode. This season." They also claimed that a Rose and Bernard episode would only happen in a subsequent season. Libby gets killed off before having her own episode, while Rose and Bernard's episode shows up earlier than expected. However, Libby does get a flashback at the end
of the Hurley episode ''Dave,'' when we learn rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Katee Sackhoff (at the urging of creator/showrunner Ronald D. Moore) announced publicly that she and Hurley were in the same mental institution.
** Christian
was stated to be undead and ''not'' a form of the Monster, only to be revealed as the Monster via dialogue in the sixth season. Season six also made it clear, done with the finale, that sometimes (and in retrospect this possibly accounts show, displayed a slightly irritated attitude, and was even reported to be going to auditions for several of the appearances) it ''is'' the spirit of Christian.
** In an example of Lying Actor, [[spoiler:after his character Frank Lapidus was hit by
a steel door new show - she did, in fact, go on a sinking submarine and proceeded to not appear in the next two episodes with no word on his fate, actor Jeff Fahey confirmed short-lived ''Series/BionicWoman'' reboot. This put enough of the seed of doubt in an interview people's minds that Frank had been killed, and when Starbuck did reappear, it was actually at least a bit of a shock.
** The fact
that Moore even went to the extent to lie to the cast and crew about her (and filmed the season-finale return in secret) shows just what a MagnificentBastard he (Fahey) really is.
* The outrage of some fans over [[spoiler:[[DeadLesbianSyndrome the trope-naming death of Tara]]]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was worsened by the fact that Joss Whedon had said in response to concern that it would happen "[[WildMassGuessing over]] [[FalseReassurance his]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent dead body]]".
** In the interim between seasons two and three, when asked if Kendra's death would cause a new Slayer to be called, Joss said, "We're going to let it lie. We like the one...in the end, there should be only one." This was after he
had already moved cast Eliza Dushku to play Faith.
* Marc Cherry has hinted at tons of future plots for ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' that have never come to pass. Fans are divided
on to ''Film/{{Machete}}''. Frank went on to show up alive how much are lies and well partway through the series finale. Fahey lying in order to keep this how much are just him changing his mind later, but one that pretty much everyone agrees was a surprise lie is considered by many his statement that one or two of the popular character's fans as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.]]Scavo kids would die.



* After Starbuck [[NeverFoundTheBody vanished, presumed dead]], in the third season of the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Katee Sackhoff (at the urging of creator/showrunner Ronald D. Moore) announced publicly that she was done with the show, displayed a slightly irritated attitude, and was even reported to be going to auditions for a new show - she did, in fact, go on to appear in the short-lived ''Series/BionicWoman'' reboot. This put enough of the seed of doubt in people's minds that when Starbuck did reappear, it was actually at least a bit of a shock.
** The fact that Moore even went to the extent to lie to the cast and crew about her (and filmed the season-finale return in secret) shows just what a MagnificentBastard he really is.
* The outrage of some fans over [[spoiler:[[DeadLesbianSyndrome the trope-naming death of Tara]]]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was worsened by the fact that Joss Whedon had said in response to concern that it would happen "[[WildMassGuessing over]] [[FalseReassurance his]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent dead body]]".
** In the interim between seasons two and three, when asked if Kendra's death would cause a new Slayer to be called, Joss said, "We're going to let it lie. We like the one...in the end, there should be only one." This was after he had already cast Eliza Dushku to play Faith.

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* After Starbuck [[NeverFoundTheBody vanished, presumed dead]], In season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the crew said [[spoiler: Hunter Zolomon would not be Zoom, like in the third season comics. That's ''exactly'' who Zoom turned out to be.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In one
of the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Katee Sackhoff (at featurettes aired prior to the urging start of creator/showrunner Ronald D. Moore) announced publicly Season 1 to introduce the world of Westeros to viewers, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin said that she was done "Ned Stark is the main character of the books". Anyone who's familiar with the show, displayed books were probably laughing their ass off when watching that. [[spoiler:He dies before the end of the first novel.]]
** On
a slightly irritated attitude, smaller note, producers Dan Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated in their DVDCommentary for Season 1 that fans shouldn't get their hopes up for a white raven as described in the books, since the rare bird is very difficult to secure for filming. Sure enough, one appeared in the Season 2 premiere, shot long before their commentary.
** Benioff and Weiss have also lied in the past about certain story lines being faithful to the books. For instance, they claimed that they didn't cast Aeron Greyjoy for Season 2 because they wanted to find someone right for when he becomes a major character. Fast forward to Season 6, and Aeron has been effectively AdaptedOut, with his name merely slapped on another extra in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]].
* When Idina Menzel
was even reported to be first cast as Shelby on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Ryan Murphy said that the character wasn't going to auditions for turn out to be Rachel's biological mother as many people assumed (Menzel bears a new show - she did, in fact, go on striking resemblance to Lea Michele). And then that totally happened.
** He also said that Susan Boyle was going
to appear in the short-lived ''Series/BionicWoman'' reboot. This put enough Christmas episode as a lunch lady who would get a makeover from Kurt. Then comes the first promo for said episode and not even a trace of her. The episode airs and it seems that plot was completely thrown out. Also Anne Hathaway as Kurt's lesbian aunt and Julie Andrews as Kurt's grandmother were announced by him but never appeared.
** Murphy also claimed that [[spoiler:Finn and Rachel would never break up in Season 2]]. Guess what happens in [[spoiler:''Special Education'']]?
** Let's not forget that "Blaine is totally just Kurt's mentor, guys. Seriously!" And then comes ''Original Songs''. [[spoiler:Kurt and Blaine [[LoveEpiphany finally]], [[RelationshipUpgrade finally]], ''[[WillTheyOrWontThey finally]]'' [[TheBigDamnKiss kiss]].]]
*** Don't get Sam/Kurt shippers started on the "Sam is gay" WordOfGod that ended up simply being thrown out before it became canon.
** Ryan Murphy's penchant for lying doesn't stop at Glee, though. He's lied various times about plots in AmericanHorrorStory, like when he claimed that Luke and his mother in [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven Coven]] were important characters ([[spoiler: he killed off Luke offscreen and with barely a mention and his mother was killed in the very episode this info was revealed]]), and ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'', where he made claimes that were totally disproven by season's end, like 'a regular will die each week' [[spoiler: only THREE regulars out
of the seed of doubt main cast got killed, GiGi (Nasim Pedrad), Earl Grey (Lucien Laviscount) and Pete (Diego Boneta), and those were in people's minds that when Starbuck did reappear, it was actually episode 9, 10 and 12, and at least Earl was barely a bit character. Most of a shock.
** The fact that Moore even went
the body count was made of minor characters or guest stars brought in only to add to the extent to lie to bodycount]] or 'only four will survive the cast and crew about her (and filmed the season-finale return in secret) shows just what a MagnificentBastard he really is.
* The outrage of some fans over [[spoiler:[[DeadLesbianSyndrome the trope-naming death of Tara]]]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was worsened by the fact that Joss Whedon had said in response to concern that it would happen "[[WildMassGuessing over]] [[FalseReassurance his]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent dead body]]".
** In the interim between seasons two and three, when asked if Kendra's death would cause a new Slayer to be called, Joss said, "We're going to let it lie. We like the one...in the end,
season' [[spoiler: as explained before, there should be only one." This was after he had already cast Eliza Dushku to play Faith.weren't even four MAIN CAST DEATHS, and as of the first season finale, 'The Final Girl(s)', nine characters - Grace and Weston Gardner, Dean Cathy Munsch, Chad Radwell, Denise Hemphill, Zayday Williams, Hester Ulrich, Sadie Swenson/Chanel #3, Libby Putney/Chanel #5 and probably Chanel Oberlin as a tenth - survived the Red Devils' murder spree]].



* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' creator Bill Lawrence and other members of the staff had repeatedly stated that J.D. and Elliot would not end up together, and had written several episodes that showed what a terrible couple they were, that all they really want to do is have sex, and finally brought the relationship to its seemingly ultimate conclusion in the penultimate episode of the third season. Guess what happens in the eighth season. They may have just changed their minds later on, though.
* The writers of ''TheVampireDiaries'' specifically said that Katherine wouldn't show up in present day in Season One. They lied. Last ten or so minutes of the finale? {{HSQ}} was through the roof.
** In Season 3 they also claimed Damon would get his own flashback. It ended up focusing more on Stefan.
* DanSchneider: Huge troll, repeated liar.
** ''Series/ICarly'': The week before the "iSaved Your Life" episode aired, a promo aired showing 2 of the main characters kissing. DanSchneider, in an effort to calm the shippers of a pairing involve a different character, implied it might not be what it appeared. Cue the episode, where they ended up kissing 7 or 8 times, and it was pretty much as it appeared. It went back to StatusQuoIsGod by the end, though.
** He also insisted that iStartAFanWar was really a TakeThat at all the shippers for the show, since it had Carly deliver an AuthorTract about how iCarly is about comedy, not shipping. The next 2 major episodes with promos? 1: Sam admits she's in love with Freddie in the first and 2: locks herself in a mental hospital and after Carly and Freddie can't get her out, Freddie says he likes her too. The next upcoming episode is about Carly reacting to her best friends dating. How on earth that is not shipping-related is beyond a lot of fans.
** Series/{{Victorious}} was cancelled when most people expected at least one more season. When it happened, Dan told everyone that it was natural because it hit a '60 episode limit'. This discounts that facts that Dan never saw the cancellation coming, was telling people that the SpinOff Series/SamAndCat would keep the Cat character on both shows right until the day Victorious was cancelled and that other members of the cast were 'shocked' by the cancellation. The kicker is that he didn't write any series finale.
* When Idina Menzel was first cast as Shelby on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Ryan Murphy said that the character wasn't going to turn out to be Rachel's biological mother as many people assumed (Menzel bears a striking resemblance to Lea Michele). And then that totally happened.
** He also said that Susan Boyle was going to appear in the Christmas episode as a lunch lady who would get a makeover from Kurt. Then comes the first promo for said episode and not even a trace of her. The episode airs and it seems that plot was completely thrown out. Also Anne Hathaway as Kurt's lesbian aunt and Julie Andrews as Kurt's grandmother were announced by him but never appeared.
** Murphy also claimed that [[spoiler:Finn and Rachel would never break up in Season 2]]. Guess what happens in [[spoiler:''Special Education'']]?
** Let's not forget that "Blaine is totally just Kurt's mentor, guys. Seriously!" And then comes ''Original Songs''. [[spoiler:Kurt and Blaine [[LoveEpiphany finally]], [[RelationshipUpgrade finally]], ''[[WillTheyOrWontThey finally]]'' [[TheBigDamnKiss kiss]].]]
*** Don't get Sam/Kurt shippers started on the "Sam is gay" WordOfGod that ended up simply being thrown out before it became canon.
** Ryan Murphy's penchant for lying doesn't stop at Glee, though. He's lied various times about plots in AmericanHorrorStory, like when he claimed that Luke and his mother in [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven Coven]] were important characters ([[spoiler: he killed off Luke offscreen and with barely a mention and his mother was killed in the very episode this info was revealed]]), and ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'', where he made claimes that were totally disproven by season's end, like 'a regular will die each week' [[spoiler: only THREE regulars out of the main cast got killed, GiGi (Nasim Pedrad), Earl Grey (Lucien Laviscount) and Pete (Diego Boneta), and those were in episode 9, 10 and 12, and at least Earl was barely a character. Most of the body count was made of minor characters or guest stars brought in only to add to the bodycount]] or 'only four will survive the season' [[spoiler: as explained before, there weren't even four MAIN CAST DEATHS, and as of the first season finale, 'The Final Girl(s)', nine characters - Grace and Weston Gardner, Dean Cathy Munsch, Chad Radwell, Denise Hemphill, Zayday Williams, Hester Ulrich, Sadie Swenson/Chanel #3, Libby Putney/Chanel #5 and probably Chanel Oberlin as a tenth - survived the Red Devils' murder spree]].
* ''Series/KyleXY'' had lying of a different kind, according to [[http://communities.dose.ca/DOSE/blogs/tvcasualty/archive/2009/03/17/kyle-xy-that-s-it.aspx a Canadian blog]] about the finale: "As the finale neared, the executive producers told fans that if they ignored the last 30 seconds or so, the episode served as an OK ending to the show. But, in my opinion, that was a crap thing to say. ... I realize that there was no chance to go back and reshoot anything, so the producers didn't have any options, but don't try to placate your audience with false information. It'll just make people more pissed off."
* Marc Cherry has hinted at tons of future plots for ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' that have never come to pass. Fans are divided on how much are lies and how much are just him changing his mind later, but one that pretty much everyone agrees was a lie is his statement that one or two of the Scavo kids would die.

to:

* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' creator Bill Lawrence and other members of the staff had repeatedly stated that J.D. and Elliot would not end up together, and had written several episodes that showed what a terrible couple they were, that all they really want to do is have sex, and finally brought the relationship to its seemingly ultimate conclusion in the penultimate episode of the third season. Guess what happens in the eighth season. They may have just changed their minds later on, though.
* The writers of ''TheVampireDiaries'' specifically said that Katherine wouldn't show up in present day in Season One. They lied. Last ten or so minutes of the finale? {{HSQ}} was through the roof.
** In
Season 3 they also claimed Damon of ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' opened with Annalise's house burning down, with one person found dead inside and another in critical condition, and then as per the series' standards, it flashed back to an earlier time, with the show finally catching up with the "present" at the winter finale. The fans were promised that each week, the creators would get his own flashback. It ended up focusing more on Stefan.
* DanSchneider: Huge troll, repeated liar.
** ''Series/ICarly'': The week before the "iSaved Your Life"
reveal who ''wasn't'' dead, and sure enough, each episode aired, ended with a promo aired flash forward to the day of the fire showing 2 of the main characters kissing. DanSchneider, in an effort to calm the shippers of a pairing involve a different character, implied it might not be what it appeared. Cue the episode, where they ended up kissing 7 or 8 times, and it was pretty much as it appeared. It went back to StatusQuoIsGod by the end, though.
** He also insisted that iStartAFanWar was really a TakeThat at all the shippers for the show, since it had Carly deliver an AuthorTract about how iCarly is about comedy, not shipping. The next 2 major episodes with promos? 1: Sam admits she's in love with Freddie in the first and 2: locks herself in a mental hospital and after Carly and Freddie can't get her out, Freddie says he likes her too. The next upcoming episode is about Carly reacting to her best friends dating. How on earth that is not shipping-related is beyond a lot of fans.
** Series/{{Victorious}} was cancelled when most people expected
at least one more season. When it happened, Dan told everyone that it was natural because it hit a '60 episode limit'. This discounts that facts that Dan never saw the cancellation coming, was telling people that the SpinOff Series/SamAndCat would keep the Cat character on both shows right until the day Victorious whose status was cancelled unknown to be alive and that other members well. [[spoiler:Except one week's scene failed to show any of the cast were 'shocked' by characters who had ''previously'' been shown to be alive, and furthermore, was set entirely indoors in a windowless room. Come the cancellation. The kicker is that he didn't write any series finale.
* When Idina Menzel was first cast as Shelby on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Ryan Murphy
winter finale, said that scene turned out to have taken place during the daytime, hours before the fire, and the character wasn't going to turn out shown to be Rachel's biological mother as many people assumed (Menzel bears a striking resemblance to Lea Michele). And then alive in that totally happened.
** He also said that Susan Boyle
scene was going to appear in the Christmas episode as a lunch lady who would get a makeover from Kurt. Then comes the first promo for said episode and not even a trace of her. The episode airs and it seems that plot was completely thrown out. Also Anne Hathaway as Kurt's lesbian aunt and Julie Andrews as Kurt's grandmother were announced by him but never appeared.
** Murphy also claimed that [[spoiler:Finn and Rachel would never break up in Season 2]]. Guess what happens in [[spoiler:''Special Education'']]?
** Let's not forget that "Blaine is totally just Kurt's mentor, guys. Seriously!" And then comes ''Original Songs''. [[spoiler:Kurt and Blaine [[LoveEpiphany finally]], [[RelationshipUpgrade finally]], ''[[WillTheyOrWontThey finally]]'' [[TheBigDamnKiss kiss]].]]
*** Don't get Sam/Kurt shippers started on the "Sam is gay" WordOfGod that ended up simply being thrown out before it became canon.
** Ryan Murphy's penchant for lying doesn't stop at Glee, though. He's lied various times about plots in AmericanHorrorStory, like when he claimed that Luke and his mother in [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven Coven]] were important characters ([[spoiler: he killed off Luke offscreen and with barely a mention and his mother was killed in the very episode this info was revealed]]), and ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'', where he made claimes that were totally disproven by season's end, like 'a regular will die each week' [[spoiler: only THREE regulars out of the main cast got killed, GiGi (Nasim Pedrad), Earl Grey (Lucien Laviscount) and Pete (Diego Boneta), and those were in episode 9, 10 and 12, and at least Earl was barely a character. Most of the body count was made of minor characters or guest stars brought in only to add to the bodycount]] or 'only four will survive the season' [[spoiler: as explained before, there weren't even four MAIN CAST DEATHS, and as of the first season finale, 'The Final Girl(s)', nine characters - Grace and Weston Gardner, Dean Cathy Munsch, Chad Radwell, Denise Hemphill, Zayday Williams, Hester Ulrich, Sadie Swenson/Chanel #3, Libby Putney/Chanel #5 and probably Chanel Oberlin as a tenth - survived the Red Devils' murder spree]].
* ''Series/KyleXY'' had lying of a different kind, according to [[http://communities.dose.ca/DOSE/blogs/tvcasualty/archive/2009/03/17/kyle-xy-that-s-it.aspx a Canadian blog]] about the finale: "As the finale neared, the executive producers told fans that if they ignored the last 30 seconds or so, the episode served as an OK ending to the show. But, in my opinion, that was a crap thing to say. ... I realize that there was no chance to go back and reshoot anything, so the producers didn't have any options, but don't try to placate your audience with false information. It'll just make people more pissed off."
* Marc Cherry has hinted at tons of future plots for ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' that have never come to pass. Fans are divided on how much are lies and how much are just him changing his mind later, but one that pretty much everyone agrees was a lie is his statement that one or two of the Scavo kids would die.
corpse.]]



* ''Series/KyleXY'' had lying of a different kind, according to [[http://communities.dose.ca/DOSE/blogs/tvcasualty/archive/2009/03/17/kyle-xy-that-s-it.aspx a Canadian blog]] about the finale: "As the finale neared, the executive producers told fans that if they ignored the last 30 seconds or so, the episode served as an OK ending to the show. But, in my opinion, that was a crap thing to say. ... I realize that there was no chance to go back and reshoot anything, so the producers didn't have any options, but don't try to placate your audience with false information. It'll just make people more pissed off."
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** The creators have done this at least once, implying that a particular background character would be important in Season 3... while he was mentioned, he didn't ''do'' anything. He showed up in a mobisode, however, and then in early season 5, [[spoiler:where he had the show's newest ironic death]].
** They stated that there wouldn't be time travel... in a question about whether there was something relating to time travel in season 2, a season that did not feature any time travel, thus not contradicting the reveal of time travel later.
** They have also issued {{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}s of, among other things, that the beach cable lead to a underwater DHARMA station and that the Island could move (saying to a question about the topic that ABC would fire them if they ever came up with a plot twist that crazy) before those plots came up in the series proper.
** An exact quote before season 3: "Here's what you won't see: Globetrotters, zombies, [[Series/GreysAnatomy the guy Meredith Grey didn't choose]], [[Series/GilligansIsland coconut radios]], [[Series/TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], Jack laughing, '''Desmond running naked through the jungle''', the Others' annual talent show, '''buttons, timers, electromagnetic anomalies''', [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Cylons]], cyclones, or clones, nanobots, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]], and '''time travel'''." (Bold added.) Desmond ran naked in episode 3x03, and was revealed in 3x08 to have been time traveling just before that. And Jack did laugh a little.
** During season two: "You will get your Libby episode. This season." They also claimed that a Rose and Bernard episode would only happen in a subsequent season. Libby gets killed off before having her own episode, while Rose and Bernard's episode shows up earlier than expected. However, Libby does get a flashback at the end of the Hurley episode ''Dave,'' when we learn that she and Hurley were in the same mental institution.
** Christian was stated to be undead and ''not'' a form of the Monster, only to be revealed as the Monster via dialogue in the sixth season. Season six also made it clear, with the finale, that sometimes (and in retrospect this possibly accounts for several of the appearances) it ''is'' the spirit of Christian.
** In an example of Lying Actor, [[spoiler:after his character Frank Lapidus was hit by a steel door on a sinking submarine and proceeded to not appear in the next two episodes with no word on his fate, actor Jeff Fahey confirmed in an interview that Frank had been killed, and that he (Fahey) had already moved on to ''Film/{{Machete}}''. Frank went on to show up alive and well partway through the series finale. Fahey lying in order to keep this a surprise is considered by many of the popular character's fans as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.]]
* The creators of ''Series/OrphanBlack'' had a field day with this trope by steadfastly insisting that [[spoiler:Helena, who'd been shot twice in the climax of Season 1,]] was well and truly dead. They even ran an online contest where one lucky "Clone Clubber" won her [[spoiler:signature parka]]. As we all learned in the Season 2 premiere, [[spoiler:she survived]]. To their credit, fans who were lucky enough to catch a sneak peak of the Season 2 premiere - as well as at least one journalist who [[spoiler:spotted actress Tatiana Maslany in her Helena wig on-set]] - helped out by not spoiling the eventual reveal.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' show runner Marlene King is basically the definition of this trope. During Season 3, she stated that [[spoiler: Toby was a legitimate member of the A team,]] when later on it was revealed that he [[spoiler: was only trying to gather information and protect Spencer.]] And then the big one in Season 5, when she stated that [[spoiler:Mona is really dead,]] which was later disproven in the WhamEpisode season finale. She also mentioned that a gay male character would be appearing in Season 5, which never happened. She also makes liberal use of ExactWords when she could get away with it; for example, promising that a particular episode would reveal who killed Alison (i.e. the mystery that had driven the plot for the previous two seasons and change). It did: [[spoiler: the answer was no one because Alison turned out to be NotQuiteDead.]]



* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski openly admits to lying in response to fan questions about ''Series/BabylonFive'' to avoid spoiling storylines.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In one of the featurettes aired prior to the start of Season 1 to introduce the world of Westeros to viewers, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin said that "Ned Stark is the main character of the books". Anyone who's familiar with the books were probably laughing their ass off when watching that. [[spoiler:He dies before the end of the first novel.]]
** On a smaller note, producers Dan Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated in their DVDCommentary for Season 1 that fans shouldn't get their hopes up for a white raven as described in the books, since the rare bird is very difficult to secure for filming. Sure enough, one appeared in the Season 2 premiere, shot long before their commentary.
** Benioff and Weiss have also lied in the past about certain story lines being faithful to the books. For instance, they claimed that they didn't cast Aeron Greyjoy for Season 2 because they wanted to find someone right for when he becomes a major character. Fast forward to Season 6, and Aeron has been effectively AdaptedOut, with his name merely slapped on another extra in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]].
* The creators of Series/OrphanBlack had a field day with this trope by steadfastly insisting that [[spoiler:Helena, who'd been shot twice in the climax of Season 1,]] was well and truly dead. They even ran an online contest where one lucky "Clone Clubber" won her [[spoiler:signature parka]]. As we all learned in the Season 2 premiere, [[spoiler:she survived]]. To their credit, fans who were lucky enough to catch a sneak peak of the Season 2 premiere - as well as at least one journalist who [[spoiler:spotted actress Tatiana Maslany in her Helena wig on-set]] - helped out by not spoiling the eventual reveal.
* Series/PrettyLittleLiars show runner Marlene King is basically the definition of this trope. During Season 3, she stated that [[spoiler: Toby was a legitimate member of the A team,]] when later on it was revealed that he [[spoiler: was only trying to gather information and protect Spencer.]] And then the big one in Season 5, when she stated that [[spoiler:Mona is really dead,]] which was later disproven in the WhamEpisode season finale. She also mentioned that a gay male character would be appearing in Season 5, which never happened. She also makes liberal use of ExactWords when she could get away with it; for example, promising that a particular episode would reveal who killed Alison (i.e. the mystery that had driven the plot for the previous two seasons and change). It did: [[spoiler: the answer was no one because Alison turned out to be NotQuiteDead.]]
* In season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the crew said [[spoiler: Hunter Zolomon would not be Zoom, like in the comics. That's ''exactly'' who Zoom turned out to be.]]
* Season 3 of ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' opened with Annalise's house burning down, with one person found dead inside and another in critical condition, and then as per the series' standards, it flashed back to an earlier time, with the show finally catching up with the "present" at the winter finale. The fans were promised that each week, the creators would reveal who ''wasn't'' dead, and sure enough, each episode ended with a flash forward to the day of the fire showing at least one character whose status was unknown to be alive and well. [[spoiler:Except one week's scene failed to show any of the characters who had ''previously'' been shown to be alive, and furthermore, was set entirely indoors in a windowless room. Come the winter finale, said scene turned out to have taken place during the daytime, hours before the fire, and the character shown to be alive in that scene was the corpse.]]
* An interesting example happened with Series/TheShield around Season 5's finale. Some spoilers leaked that said Ronnie would die and Lem would leave and go to Mexico. These spoilers mentioned a lot of things that came through in the episode, but were totally wrong about the ending. That's because the creators themselves put those spoilers out.

to:

* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski openly admits to lying in response to fan questions about ''Series/BabylonFive'' to avoid spoiling storylines.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
DanSchneider: Huge troll, repeated liar.
** In one of the featurettes aired prior to the start of Season 1 to introduce the world of Westeros to viewers, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin said that "Ned Stark is the main character of the books". Anyone who's familiar with the books were probably laughing their ass off when watching that. [[spoiler:He dies ''Series/ICarly'': The week before the end "iSaved Your Life" episode aired, a promo aired showing 2 of the main characters kissing. DanSchneider, in an effort to calm the shippers of a pairing involve a different character, implied it might not be what it appeared. Cue the episode, where they ended up kissing 7 or 8 times, and it was pretty much as it appeared. It went back to StatusQuoIsGod by the end, though.
** He also insisted that iStartAFanWar was really a TakeThat at all the shippers for the show, since it had Carly deliver an AuthorTract about how iCarly is about comedy, not shipping. The next 2 major episodes with promos? 1: Sam admits she's in love with Freddie in
the first novel.]]
** On a smaller note, producers Dan Benioff
and D.B. Weiss stated 2: locks herself in their DVDCommentary for Season 1 that fans shouldn't a mental hospital and after Carly and Freddie can't get their hopes up for a white raven as described in the books, since the rare bird her out, Freddie says he likes her too. The next upcoming episode is very difficult to secure for filming. Sure enough, one appeared in the Season 2 premiere, shot long before their commentary.
** Benioff and Weiss have also lied in the past
about certain story lines being faithful Carly reacting to the books. For instance, they claimed her best friends dating. How on earth that they didn't cast Aeron Greyjoy for Season 2 because they wanted to find someone right for is not shipping-related is beyond a lot of fans.
** Series/{{Victorious}} was cancelled
when he becomes a major character. Fast forward to Season 6, and Aeron has been effectively AdaptedOut, with his name merely slapped on another extra in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]].
* The creators of Series/OrphanBlack had a field day with this trope by steadfastly insisting that [[spoiler:Helena, who'd been shot twice in the climax of Season 1,]] was well and truly dead. They even ran an online contest where one lucky "Clone Clubber" won her [[spoiler:signature parka]]. As we all learned in the Season 2 premiere, [[spoiler:she survived]]. To their credit, fans who were lucky enough to catch a sneak peak of the Season 2 premiere - as well as
most people expected at least one journalist who [[spoiler:spotted actress Tatiana Maslany in her Helena wig on-set]] - helped out by not spoiling more season. When it happened, Dan told everyone that it was natural because it hit a '60 episode limit'. This discounts that facts that Dan never saw the eventual reveal.
* Series/PrettyLittleLiars show runner Marlene King is basically
cancellation coming, was telling people that the definition SpinOff Series/SamAndCat would keep the Cat character on both shows right until the day Victorious was cancelled and that other members of this trope. During Season 3, she the cast were 'shocked' by the cancellation. The kicker is that he didn't write any series finale.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' creator Bill Lawrence and other members of the staff had repeatedly
stated that [[spoiler: Toby was J.D. and Elliot would not end up together, and had written several episodes that showed what a legitimate member terrible couple they were, that all they really want to do is have sex, and finally brought the relationship to its seemingly ultimate conclusion in the penultimate episode of the A team,]] when third season. Guess what happens in the eighth season. They may have just changed their minds later on it was revealed on, though.
* The writers of ''TheVampireDiaries'' specifically said
that he [[spoiler: was only trying to gather information and protect Spencer.]] And then the big one Katherine wouldn't show up in present day in Season 5, when she stated that [[spoiler:Mona is really dead,]] which One. They lied. Last ten or so minutes of the finale? {{HSQ}} was later disproven in through the WhamEpisode season finale. She also mentioned that a gay male character would be appearing in Season 5, which never happened. She also makes liberal use of ExactWords when she could get away with it; for example, promising that a particular episode would reveal who killed Alison (i.e. the mystery that had driven the plot for the previous two seasons and change). It did: [[spoiler: the answer was no one because Alison turned out to be NotQuiteDead.]]
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In season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the crew said [[spoiler: Hunter Zolomon would not be Zoom, like in the comics. That's ''exactly'' who Zoom turned out to be.]]
*
Season 3 of ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' opened with Annalise's house burning down, with one person found dead inside and another in critical condition, and then as per the series' standards, it flashed back to an earlier time, with the show finally catching up with the "present" at the winter finale. The fans were promised that each week, the creators they also claimed Damon would reveal who ''wasn't'' dead, and sure enough, each episode get his own flashback. It ended with a flash forward to the day of the fire showing at least one character whose status was unknown to be alive and well. [[spoiler:Except one week's scene failed to show any of the characters who had ''previously'' been shown to be alive, and furthermore, was set entirely indoors in a windowless room. Come the winter finale, said scene turned out to have taken place during the daytime, hours before the fire, and the character shown to be alive in that scene was the corpse.]]
up focusing more on Stefan.
* An interesting example happened with Series/TheShield ''Series/TheShield'' around Season 5's finale. Some spoilers leaked that said Ronnie would die and Lem would leave and go to Mexico. These spoilers mentioned a lot of things that came through in the episode, but were totally wrong about the ending. That's because the creators themselves put those spoilers out.



* The most famous example of this in Western Animation is with ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker''; When there was a honeymoon in Sherwood Forest California (now know as Grass Valley California), and it was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot indeed based on said honeymoon]], His first cartoon (Knock Knock) was actually based on Alex Lovy's honeymoon as Creator/WalterLantz did not get married until the the following year (1941, and to his 2nd wife mind you).

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* The most famous example A promo for ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' includes, among other things, model sheets for a version of this in Western Animation is with ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker''; When there was a honeymoon in Sherwood Forest California (now know as Grass Valley California), the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Chris Yost and it was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot indeed based Josh Fine comment on said honeymoon]], His first these designs as if Captain America changes his costume in season two. [[spoiler: Actually, the model sheets depict ''a Skrull disguised as'' Captain America, and the real Cap continues to wear his original costume throughout the series.]]
** Creator/JephLoeb promised that his run on ''Earth's Mightiest Heroes'' would bring forth a larger number of episodes focusing on Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk, who had each starred in at least one live-action movie by the time the
cartoon (Knock Knock) was actually based on Alex Lovy's honeymoon as Creator/WalterLantz did not get married until reached its second season. Among the the following year (1941, and to his 2nd wife mind you).12 episodes Loeb executive-produced, [[spoiler: Hulk]] only appears in two.



* The producers of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' knew that any information they included in the UniverseBible was liable to be used in publicity materials. So to preserve the [[WhamEpisode big surprise]] of the Season 2 finale, Rich Fogel wrote up a false BackStory for Hawkgirl to be used in their bible.



* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' voice actor Music/JesseMcCartney claimed that his character, [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]], wouldn't have a LoveInterest. However, halfway through season one it became apparent that he has a crush on ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, while WordOfGod (Creator/GregWeisman, the co-creator) [[TeasingCreator has hinted]] that there might be something between him and [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] too. (To be fair, maybe [=McCartney=] meant he wouldn't ''officially hook up'' with anyone...)
** As season 2 approached, fans asked whether there would be a TimeSkip. Weisman's ExactWords were that "season 2 would start exactly where season one left off". In the end, you get ''one'' short scene set directly after the finale, and then....[[spoiler: "Five Years Later"]].



* A promo for ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' includes, among other things, model sheets for a version of the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Chris Yost and Josh Fine comment on these designs as if Captain America changes his costume in season two. [[spoiler: Actually, the model sheets depict ''a Skrull disguised as'' Captain America, and the real Cap continues to wear his original costume throughout the series.]]
** Creator/JephLoeb promised that his run on ''Earth's Mightiest Heroes'' would bring forth a larger number of episodes focusing on Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk, who had each starred in at least one live-action movie by the time the cartoon reached its second season. Among the 12 episodes Loeb executive-produced, [[spoiler: Hulk]] only appears in two.

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* A promo for ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' includes, among other things, model sheets for a version The producers of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' knew that any information they included in the UniverseBible was liable to be used in publicity materials. So to preserve the [[WhamEpisode big surprise]] of the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Chris Yost and Josh Fine comment on these designs as if Captain America changes his costume Season 2 finale, Rich Fogel wrote up a false BackStory for Hawkgirl to be used in season two. [[spoiler: Actually, the model sheets depict ''a Skrull disguised as'' Captain America, and the real Cap continues to wear his original costume throughout the series.]]
** Creator/JephLoeb promised that his run on ''Earth's Mightiest Heroes'' would bring forth a larger number of episodes focusing on Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk, who had each starred in at least one live-action movie by the time the cartoon reached its second season. Among the 12 episodes Loeb executive-produced, [[spoiler: Hulk]] only appears in two.
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* The most famous example of this in Western Animation is with ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker''; When there was a honeymoon in Sherwood Forest California (now know as Grass Valley California), and it was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot indeed based on said honeymoon]], His first cartoon (Knock Knock) was actually based on Alex Lovy's honeymoon as Creator/WalterLantz did not get married until the the following year (1941, and to his 2nd wife mind you).
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' voice actor Music/JesseMcCartney claimed that his character, [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]], wouldn't have a LoveInterest. However, halfway through season one it became apparent that he has a crush on ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, while WordOfGod (Creator/GregWeisman, the co-creator) [[TeasingCreator has hinted]] that there might be something between him and [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] too. (To be fair, maybe [=McCartney=] meant he wouldn't ''officially hook up'' with anyone...)
** As season 2 approached, fans asked whether there would be a TimeSkip. Weisman's ExactWords were that "season 2 would start exactly where season one left off". In the end, you get ''one'' short scene set directly after the finale, and then....[[spoiler: "Five Years Later"]].
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* An interesting example happened with Series/TheShield around Season 5's finale. Some spoilers leaked that said Ronnie would die and Lem would leave and go to Mexico. These spoilers mentioned a lot of things that came through in the episode, but were totally wrong about the ending. That's because the creators themselves put those spoilers out.
12th Feb '17 6:17:49 PM Anicomicgeek
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* The 2009-2019 AlternateContinuity ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' miniseries was originally advertised as originally intended. Not only was that hard to do, given a fraction of the people involved came back and the [[http://lifeofreillyarchives.blogspot.com/ Life of Reilly]] series showed each writer had their own ideas what to do, but part of the intent of ''The Clone Saga'' was to make Peter single again, and the series ends with Peter still being with Mary Jane and the two of them going to raise their daughter.

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* The 2009-2019 AlternateContinuity ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' miniseries was originally advertised as originally intended. Not only was that hard to do, given a fraction of the people involved came back and the [[http://lifeofreillyarchives.blogspot.com/ Life of Reilly]] series showed each writer had their own ideas on what to do, but part of the intent of ''The Clone Saga'' (like ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' ultimately did) was to make Peter single again, and the series ends with Peter still being with Mary Jane and the two of them going to raise their daughter.
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*** ExactWords: She's [[GenderBender the Mistress now]], not the Master.

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*** ExactWords: [[spoiler: She's [[GenderBender the Mistress now]], not the Master.]]
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