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7th Jul '13 3:12:41 PM SeptimusHeap
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So you've been watching a show for a few weeks now, you like the characters and are just getting comfortable with the routine of how things work. You tune in expecting another MonsterOfTheWeek when all of a sudden the writers pull a fast one.

This is done either give the audience just what they've been waiting for, raise the stakes, or change the game somehow to keep things more interesting.

Generally the point when the {{Exposition}} stops and the real plot begins. Usually falls on episode 7 or there about, as it's halfway through the first 13 episode season, or 1/4 of the way through your 26 episode season if you get renewed. May extend to later seasons as well.

Warning. Examples may count as spoilers, but since they're so early in the series, most are probably closer to YouShouldKnowThisAlready.

Obviously, this is a sub trope of WhamEpisode.

!!Examples:

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* ''AquarionEVOL'': In episode 13 (halfway through the series) [[spoiler: Jin learns first hand the meaning of RedemptionEqualsDeath and it falls like a bomb in the lives of his newfound friends (specially his love interest)]].
* ''Anime/BombermanJetters'': White Bomber discovers [[spoiler: his big brother Mighty has been dead all along.]] Shout's sad backstory is also explained and [[spoiler: Max is revealed to be the one who killed Mighty.]] These are in 23, 24 and 25, but to be fair, it's a 50+ anime series.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', we have [[spoiler:the demise of Maes Hughes]].
* ''GundamSeed'''s first half is about the crew of a prototype ship trying to get to their main base, and shows the ennemy try to take it every week with a different tactic. And then, halfway through, [[spoiler: the main character's childhood friend turned rival goes beserk after seeing his friend killed, and the two have a fight that ends with the main character apparently dead.]]
* ''GundamWing'': The 5 Gundam pilots come together for the first time in the 7th episode.
* ''GGundam'' hits one episode earlier. Episode 6 is when you learn Domon and Kyoji's backstory and he activates supermode for the first time.
* ''DigimonAdventure'': Hit's one episode later, Devimon the first BigBad makes his first official appearance in episode 8
* ''{{Naruto}}'': Episode 7 is when Zabuza is formally introduced, and the show jumps from being about a kid in ninja school to an A-rank protect against an evil assassin mission.
* ''GurrenLagann'': Episode 8. [[spoiler: Kamina dies.]] Nuff Said.
* Chapter 7 of ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' sees the resident LadyOfWar Signum utterly and messily fragged by a newcomer villainess, establishing a much more gory mood of this manga compared to the previous installments.
* The first two episodes of ''RumblingHearts'' seem like a sweet high school romance until the last two minutes when [[spoiler: Haruka gets hit by a car and goes into a years-long coma]]. The show then jumps ahead three years, advancing most of the leads into their post-high-school years and giving them new character designs. Also, the reguilar title sequence doesn't appear until episode 3. Oh, and [[BreakTheCutie it gets a lot less sweet]].
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s 7th episode introduced the DarkMagicalGirl, Princess Kraehe, and the 14th episode showed that the HappilyEverAfter isn't quite so happy.
* {{Pretear}} revealed in episode 7 that [[spoiler: the previous Pretear fell under darkness and became the BigBad]].
* Despite short lived, the 12 eps long ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' had heavy whams on the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 marks exactly.
** Episode 3: [[spoiler: Mami's death]]
** Episode 6: [[spoiler: The other girls find that once making a contract they become not human anymore]]
** Episode 9: [[spoiler: Sayaka and Kyoko's demise]]
* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' [[note]]also written by GenUrobuchi like the series above[[/note]] had episode 11 in which the BigBad was revealed. He was the same person involved in an important case years before (the one that triggered Kogami's StartOfDarkness) and was revealed to be [[spoiler: [[KarmaHoudini immune to the Sibyl system]], which left him free to [[BreakTheCutie murder Akane's friend right in front of her.]]]]

[[AC: LiveActionTV]]

* Episode 7 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is when we learn that Angel is a vampire.
* The 3rd season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' begins with a virus threat and a demand to release a drug lord from prison. By episode 7, it's revealed that the virus threat was all a hoax created by the good guys as part of a completed undercover mission to obtain the real virus.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' second season. It takes until the 7th episode for all the plot threads to finally come together and make sense.
* ''{{Chuck}}'' season 4. By the end of episode 7, we are introduced to the BigBad and Chuck loses the intersect.
* In episode 7 of ''{{Dollhouse}}'', we find out that Caroline was investigating Rossum (the company that owns the Dollhouse) before she became Echo.
* Episode 7 of the show ''{{Moonlight}}'' marked the reappearance of Mick's supposedly dead wife, as a human.
* In season 3, episode 7 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel finds out that Darla is pregnant. In the 7th episode of the following season, the result of the aforementioned pregnancy and the show's lead female have sex. There's a reason that this is the example given on the {{squick}} page.
* Episode 7 of ''{{Fringe}}'' is the one "[[Recap/FringeS01E07 In Which We Meet Mr. Jones]]", the first BigBad.
** Episode 4/13 of Season Five, continues with the standard "find the next piece of the puzzle and save the world" plot. [[spoiler:And then Etta Bishop is murdered by Windmark]].
* Series/{{Doctor Who}}
** The series 2 episode The Age of Steel ends with Mickey choosing to stay in the parallel universe and battle Cybermen.
** The series 5 episode Cold Blood ends with [[spoiler:Rory being unexpectedly shot and killed, then consumed by a time crack so that he never existed and Amy forgets him]].
** The series 6 episode The Almost People ends with [[spoiler:Amy discovering that she was actually kidnapped months earlier and is in reality in a space station somewhere and about to deliver a baby she didn't know she was pregnant with. This baby also turns out to be River Song]].
* Episode 5/10 of ''GameOfThrones''' second season sees [[spoiler:Renly Baratheon die]], completely changing the course of the war and making [[spoiler:his brother Stannis the main threat to King Joffrey's power]].
* Series//{{Smallville}}: Season 8 has been building up [[HeroKiller Doomsday]] as a briefly glimpsed but always mysterious serial killer of the kryptonite-fuels freaks of the week. Then, at Jimmy and Chloe's wedding, we see Doomsday, in the flesh, tear a bloody path right through the wedding party, seemingly kill Jimmy, throw away Clark with one punch, and kidnap Chloe, taking her to a corrupted Fortress of Solitude to be possessed by Brainiac. This marked the shows transition from freaks of the week to the more comic-booky villains and more conventional superhero fair.
* TropeNamer ''BabylonFive'' had one in every season but its fourth - that season was wall to wall arc episodes and no one really stands out. The others were:
** Season One's ''Signs and Portents''
** Season Two's ''The Coming of Shadows''
** Season Three's ''Severed Dreams''
** Season Five's ''Phoenix Rising''

[[AC: VideoGames]]

* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' : Chapter 7 is when the divided group comes back together, and when Greil Dies forcing Ike to go from rookie to commander of the Mercenaries at the beginning of Chapter 8.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' : Episode 8, the second part of the two-part "Winter Solstice" episode. Part one focused on the nature of the Avatar, but it's part two where the series-long arc really starts. The series goes from 'Let's [[WalkTheEarth wander aimlessly]], have fun, and maybe eventually get Katara to learn Waterbending,' to 'defeat [[BigBad Ozai]] in 8 months or the world gets destroyed.'
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Episode 6 and 7. Episode 6 has Amon and his Equalists perform a terrorist attack, blowing up the pro-bending arena, right after Amon de-bends one of the pro-bending teams and announces the beginning of the war between him plus his followers and benders. Episode 7 reveals that [[spoiler:Hiroshi Sato, sponsor of Korra's pro-bending team and father to Asami, is TheMole, who has both been supplying the Equalists and hates benders with a passion. Asami attacks him and runs away, joining sides with Korra and the benders.]]
** Episode 8 goes a triple [[IncrediblyLamePun whammy]]. [[spoiler: Not only has Tarrlock begun to imprison innocent people as well as Korra's friends, he reveals himself to be a bloodbender, possibly connected to a bloodbender that the Gaang dealt with in the past, and kidnaps Korra.]] [[HolyShitQuotient Yeah.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has "You're Getting Old", where Stan becomes extremely cynical so as to literally see everything as excrement, and he was moving out as his parents were divorcing. By the end of the episode, neither got resolved like the show would usually do, although the latter did with the parents getting together again in "Ass Burgers".
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So you've been watching a show for a few weeks now, you like the characters and are just getting comfortable with the routine of how things work. You tune in expecting another MonsterOfTheWeek when all of a sudden the writers pull a fast one.

This is done either give the audience just what they've been waiting for, raise the stakes, or change the game somehow to keep things more interesting.

Generally the point when the {{Exposition}} stops and the real plot begins. Usually falls on episode 7 or there about, as it's halfway through the first 13 episode season, or 1/4 of the way through your 26 episode season if you get renewed. May extend to later seasons as well.

Warning. Examples may count as spoilers, but since they're so early in the series, most are probably closer to YouShouldKnowThisAlready.

Obviously, this is a sub trope of WhamEpisode.

!!Examples:

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* ''AquarionEVOL'': In episode 13 (halfway through the series) [[spoiler: Jin learns first hand the meaning of RedemptionEqualsDeath and it falls like a bomb in the lives of his newfound friends (specially his love interest)]].
* ''Anime/BombermanJetters'': White Bomber discovers [[spoiler: his big brother Mighty has been dead all along.]] Shout's sad backstory is also explained and [[spoiler: Max is revealed to be the one who killed Mighty.]] These are in 23, 24 and 25, but to be fair, it's a 50+ anime series.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', we have [[spoiler:the demise of Maes Hughes]].
* ''GundamSeed'''s first half is about the crew of a prototype ship trying to get to their main base, and shows the ennemy try to take it every week with a different tactic. And then, halfway through, [[spoiler: the main character's childhood friend turned rival goes beserk after seeing his friend killed, and the two have a fight that ends with the main character apparently dead.]]
* ''GundamWing'': The 5 Gundam pilots come together for the first time in the 7th episode.
* ''GGundam'' hits one episode earlier. Episode 6 is when you learn Domon and Kyoji's backstory and he activates supermode for the first time.
* ''DigimonAdventure'': Hit's one episode later, Devimon the first BigBad makes his first official appearance in episode 8
* ''{{Naruto}}'': Episode 7 is when Zabuza is formally introduced, and the show jumps from being about a kid in ninja school to an A-rank protect against an evil assassin mission.
* ''GurrenLagann'': Episode 8. [[spoiler: Kamina dies.]] Nuff Said.
* Chapter 7 of ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' sees the resident LadyOfWar Signum utterly and messily fragged by a newcomer villainess, establishing a much more gory mood of this manga compared to the previous installments.
* The first two episodes of ''RumblingHearts'' seem like a sweet high school romance until the last two minutes when [[spoiler: Haruka gets hit by a car and goes into a years-long coma]]. The show then jumps ahead three years, advancing most of the leads into their post-high-school years and giving them new character designs. Also, the reguilar title sequence doesn't appear until episode 3. Oh, and [[BreakTheCutie it gets a lot less sweet]].
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s 7th episode introduced the DarkMagicalGirl, Princess Kraehe, and the 14th episode showed that the HappilyEverAfter isn't quite so happy.
* {{Pretear}} revealed in episode 7 that [[spoiler: the previous Pretear fell under darkness and became the BigBad]].
* Despite short lived, the 12 eps long ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' had heavy whams on the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 marks exactly.
** Episode 3: [[spoiler: Mami's death]]
** Episode 6: [[spoiler: The other girls find that once making a contract they become not human anymore]]
** Episode 9: [[spoiler: Sayaka and Kyoko's demise]]
* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' [[note]]also written by GenUrobuchi like the series above[[/note]] had episode 11 in which the BigBad was revealed. He was the same person involved in an important case years before (the one that triggered Kogami's StartOfDarkness) and was revealed to be [[spoiler: [[KarmaHoudini immune to the Sibyl system]], which left him free to [[BreakTheCutie murder Akane's friend right in front of her.]]]]

[[AC: LiveActionTV]]

* Episode 7 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is when we learn that Angel is a vampire.
* The 3rd season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' begins with a virus threat and a demand to release a drug lord from prison. By episode 7, it's revealed that the virus threat was all a hoax created by the good guys as part of a completed undercover mission to obtain the real virus.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' second season. It takes until the 7th episode for all the plot threads to finally come together and make sense.
* ''{{Chuck}}'' season 4. By the end of episode 7, we are introduced to the BigBad and Chuck loses the intersect.
* In episode 7 of ''{{Dollhouse}}'', we find out that Caroline was investigating Rossum (the company that owns the Dollhouse) before she became Echo.
* Episode 7 of the show ''{{Moonlight}}'' marked the reappearance of Mick's supposedly dead wife, as a human.
* In season 3, episode 7 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel finds out that Darla is pregnant. In the 7th episode of the following season, the result of the aforementioned pregnancy and the show's lead female have sex. There's a reason that this is the example given on the {{squick}} page.
* Episode 7 of ''{{Fringe}}'' is the one "[[Recap/FringeS01E07 In Which We Meet Mr. Jones]]", the first BigBad.
** Episode 4/13 of Season Five, continues with the standard "find the next piece of the puzzle and save the world" plot. [[spoiler:And then Etta Bishop is murdered by Windmark]].
* Series/{{Doctor Who}}
** The series 2 episode The Age of Steel ends with Mickey choosing to stay in the parallel universe and battle Cybermen.
** The series 5 episode Cold Blood ends with [[spoiler:Rory being unexpectedly shot and killed, then consumed by a time crack so that he never existed and Amy forgets him]].
** The series 6 episode The Almost People ends with [[spoiler:Amy discovering that she was actually kidnapped months earlier and is in reality in a space station somewhere and about to deliver a baby she didn't know she was pregnant with. This baby also turns out to be River Song]].
* Episode 5/10 of ''GameOfThrones''' second season sees [[spoiler:Renly Baratheon die]], completely changing the course of the war and making [[spoiler:his brother Stannis the main threat to King Joffrey's power]].
* Series//{{Smallville}}: Season 8 has been building up [[HeroKiller Doomsday]] as a briefly glimpsed but always mysterious serial killer of the kryptonite-fuels freaks of the week. Then, at Jimmy and Chloe's wedding, we see Doomsday, in the flesh, tear a bloody path right through the wedding party, seemingly kill Jimmy, throw away Clark with one punch, and kidnap Chloe, taking her to a corrupted Fortress of Solitude to be possessed by Brainiac. This marked the shows transition from freaks of the week to the more comic-booky villains and more conventional superhero fair.
* TropeNamer ''BabylonFive'' had one in every season but its fourth - that season was wall to wall arc episodes and no one really stands out. The others were:
** Season One's ''Signs and Portents''
** Season Two's ''The Coming of Shadows''
** Season Three's ''Severed Dreams''
** Season Five's ''Phoenix Rising''

[[AC: VideoGames]]

* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' : Chapter 7 is when the divided group comes back together, and when Greil Dies forcing Ike to go from rookie to commander of the Mercenaries at the beginning of Chapter 8.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' : Episode 8, the second part of the two-part "Winter Solstice" episode. Part one focused on the nature of the Avatar, but it's part two where the series-long arc really starts. The series goes from 'Let's [[WalkTheEarth wander aimlessly]], have fun, and maybe eventually get Katara to learn Waterbending,' to 'defeat [[BigBad Ozai]] in 8 months or the world gets destroyed.'
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Episode 6 and 7. Episode 6 has Amon and his Equalists perform a terrorist attack, blowing up the pro-bending arena, right after Amon de-bends one of the pro-bending teams and announces the beginning of the war between him plus his followers and benders. Episode 7 reveals that [[spoiler:Hiroshi Sato, sponsor of Korra's pro-bending team and father to Asami, is TheMole, who has both been supplying the Equalists and hates benders with a passion. Asami attacks him and runs away, joining sides with Korra and the benders.]]
** Episode 8 goes a triple [[IncrediblyLamePun whammy]]. [[spoiler: Not only has Tarrlock begun to imprison innocent people as well as Korra's friends, he reveals himself to be a bloodbender, possibly connected to a bloodbender that the Gaang dealt with in the past, and kidnaps Korra.]] [[HolyShitQuotient Yeah.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has "You're Getting Old", where Stan becomes extremely cynical so as to literally see everything as excrement, and he was moving out as his parents were divorcing. By the end of the episode, neither got resolved like the show would usually do, although the latter did with the parents getting together again in "Ass Burgers".
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13th May '13 5:43:19 AM StKildaFan
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** The series 5 episode Cold Blood ends with Rory being unexpectedly shot and killed, then consumed by a time crack so that he never existed and Amy forgets him.
** The series 6 episode The Almost People ends with Amy discovering that she was actually kidnapped months earlier and is in reality in a space station somewhere and about to deliver a baby she didn't know she was pregnant with. This baby also turns out to be River Song.

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** The series 5 episode Cold Blood ends with Rory [[spoiler:Rory being unexpectedly shot and killed, then consumed by a time crack so that he never existed and Amy forgets him.him]].
** The series 6 episode The Almost People ends with Amy [[spoiler:Amy discovering that she was actually kidnapped months earlier and is in reality in a space station somewhere and about to deliver a baby she didn't know she was pregnant with. This baby also turns out to be River Song.Song]].
13th May '13 5:41:13 AM StKildaFan
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* Series/{{Doctor Who}}: In series 6, the end of episode 6, and all of episode 7

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* Series/{{Doctor Who}}: In Who}}
** The
series 6, the end of 2 episode 6, The Age of Steel ends with Mickey choosing to stay in the parallel universe and all of battle Cybermen.
** The series 5
episode 7Cold Blood ends with Rory being unexpectedly shot and killed, then consumed by a time crack so that he never existed and Amy forgets him.
** The series 6 episode The Almost People ends with Amy discovering that she was actually kidnapped months earlier and is in reality in a space station somewhere and about to deliver a baby she didn't know she was pregnant with. This baby also turns out to be River Song.
8th May '13 2:27:41 PM Sterok
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* PrincessTutu's 7th episode introduced the DarkMagicalGirl, Princess Kraehe, and the 14th episode showed that the HappilyEverAfter isn't quite so happy.

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* PrincessTutu's ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s 7th episode introduced the DarkMagicalGirl, Princess Kraehe, and the 14th episode showed that the HappilyEverAfter isn't quite so happy.
20th Apr '13 8:48:54 AM DocLoki
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Warning. Examples may count as spoilers, but since they'episre so early in the series, most are probably closer to YouShouldKnowThisAlready.

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Warning. Examples may count as spoilers, but since they'episre they're so early in the series, most are probably closer to YouShouldKnowThisAlready.
YouShouldKnowThisAlready.

Obviously, this is a sub trope of WhamEpisode.
20th Apr '13 8:47:39 AM DocLoki
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* Series//{{Smallville}}: Season 8 has been building up [[HeroKiller Doomsday]] as a briefly glimpsed but always mysterious serial killer of the kryptonite-fuels freaks of the week. Then, at Jimmy and Chloe's wedding, we see Doomsday, in the flesh, tear a bloody path right through the wedding party, seemingly kill Jimmy, throw away Clark with one punch, and kidnap Chloe, taking her to a corrupted Fortress of Solitude to be possessed by Brainiac. This marked the shows transition from freaks of the week to the more comic-bookie villains and more conventional superhero fair.
* TropeNamer ''BabylonFive'' had one in every season but it's fourth - that season was wall to wall arc episodes and no one really stands out. The others were:

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* Series//{{Smallville}}: Season 8 has been building up [[HeroKiller Doomsday]] as a briefly glimpsed but always mysterious serial killer of the kryptonite-fuels freaks of the week. Then, at Jimmy and Chloe's wedding, we see Doomsday, in the flesh, tear a bloody path right through the wedding party, seemingly kill Jimmy, throw away Clark with one punch, and kidnap Chloe, taking her to a corrupted Fortress of Solitude to be possessed by Brainiac. This marked the shows transition from freaks of the week to the more comic-bookie comic-booky villains and more conventional superhero fair.
* TropeNamer ''BabylonFive'' had one in every season but it's its fourth - that season was wall to wall arc episodes and no one really stands out. The others were:
20th Apr '13 8:47:19 AM DocLoki
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* TropeNamer ''BabylonFive'' had one in every season but it's fourth - that season was wall to wall arc episodes and no one really stands out. The others were:
** Season One's ''Signs and Portents''
** Season Two's ''The Coming of Shadows''
** Season Three's ''Severed Dreams''
** Season Five's ''Phoenix Rising''
12th Mar '13 8:17:47 AM ThePope
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* Just like the first ''FullmetalAlchemist'' series. On episode 25 [[spoiler: we have the demise of Maes Hughes]].

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* Just like the first ''FullmetalAlchemist'' series. On episode 25 [[spoiler: In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', we have the [[spoiler:the demise of Maes Hughes]].
4th Mar '13 7:23:56 PM duranaparthur
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* Series//{{Smallville}}: Season 8 has been building up [[HeroKiller Doomsday]] as a briefly glimpsed but always mysterious serial killer of the kryptonite-fuels freaks of the week. Then, at Jimmy and Chloe's wedding, we see Doomsday, in the flesh, tear a bloody path right through the wedding party, seemingly kill Jimmy, throw away Clark with one punch, and kidnap Chloe, taking her to a corrupted Fortress of Solitude to be possessed by Brainiac. This marked the shows transition from freaks of the week to the more comic-bookie villains and more conventional superhero fair.
1st Feb '13 10:17:00 AM allboyband
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Warning. Examples may count as spoilers, but since they're so early in the series, most are probably closer to YouShouldKnowThisAlready.

to:

Warning. Examples may count as spoilers, but since they're they'episre so early in the series, most are probably closer to YouShouldKnowThisAlready.




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* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' [[note]]also written by GenUrobuchi like the series above[[/note]] had episode 11 in which the BigBad was revealed. He was the same person involved in an important case years before (the one that triggered Kogami's StartOfDarkness) and was revealed to be [[spoiler: [[KarmaHoudini immune to the Sibyl system]], which left him free to [[BreakTheCutie murder Akane's friend right in front of her.]]]]
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