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29th Apr '16 10:41:33 AM comicwriter
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* Early on in ''Comicbook/TheUltimates 3'', there's an ominous close-up of {{Hawkeye}} while he's talking about how something needs to be done about Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} and ScarletWitch before the media can find out about their [[{{Twincest}} incestuous relationship]]. This was obviously meant to imply that Scarlet Witch's killer was Hawkeye [[spoiler: instead of Comicbook/{{Ultron}}]].
18th Apr '16 10:20:00 PM Trogdor
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** One enemy, Doggo, has light blue attacks (instead of white ones) which are unavoidable - but they will not hurt you if you aren't moving. Shortly after this, Sans tells you that his brother Papyrus has a very special attack, and that you can avoid blue attacks by not moving. Sure enough, when you fight Papyrus, he eventually tells you to prepare for his fabled blue attack, before attack you with a flurry of bones that deal no damage if you stop moving - but [[spoiler:that wasn't Papyrus's Blue Attack. The players heart then turns blue, and falls to the bottom of the attack box, suddenly affected by gravity and far more vulnerable to attacks]].

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** One enemy, Doggo, has light blue attacks (instead of white ones) which are unavoidable - but they will not hurt you if you aren't moving. Shortly after this, Sans tells you that his brother Papyrus has a very special attack, and that you can avoid blue attacks by not moving. Sure enough, when you fight Papyrus, he eventually tells you to prepare for his fabled blue attack, before attack attacking you with a flurry of bones that deal no damage if you stop moving - but [[spoiler:that wasn't Papyrus's Blue Attack. The players heart then turns blue, and falls to the bottom of the attack box, suddenly affected by gravity and far more vulnerable to attacks]].
15th Apr '16 2:23:58 PM Trogdor
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a soundtrack-based one. The OST has a track called "Song That Might Play When You Fight Sans", a ''VideoGame/MegaManX''-styled remix of Sans's theme "sans." and Papyrus's theme "NYEH HEH HEH". It is never used at any point in the game. [[spoiler:That's because "Megalovania" is used instead. The use of "Might" in the title was very deliberate.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: the player character's identity]]. It turns out that [[spoiler:the character you're naming at the beginning of the game ''isn't'' the one you control (the True Pacifist ending reveals that their name is Frisk); you were naming [[ExactWords the fallen human]], the ''first'' child who fell down Mt. Ebott and kicked off the plot. The opening cutscene is in sepia because it happened a long time ago (you even find an old calendar from the same year in Toriel's house; the player might assume it's just old because this is ''months'' later, not years), the Game Over text is from their deathbed, and the coffin with the red heart on it outside Asgore's throne room isn't empty because it's waiting for you, but because Toriel removed the child's body to bury it in the Ruins]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a soundtrack-based one. ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''
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The OST has a track called "Song That Might Play When You Fight Sans", a ''VideoGame/MegaManX''-styled remix of Sans's theme "sans." and Papyrus's theme "NYEH HEH HEH". It is never used at any point in the game. [[spoiler:That's because "Megalovania" is used instead. The use of "Might" in the title was very deliberate.]]
** Also, One enemy, Doggo, has light blue attacks (instead of white ones) which are unavoidable - but they will not hurt you if you aren't moving. Shortly after this, Sans tells you that his brother Papyrus has a very special attack, and that you can avoid blue attacks by not moving. Sure enough, when you fight Papyrus, he eventually tells you to prepare for his fabled blue attack, before attack you with a flurry of bones that deal no damage if you stop moving - but [[spoiler:that wasn't Papyrus's Blue Attack. The players heart then turns blue, and falls to the bottom of the attack box, suddenly affected by gravity and far more vulnerable to attacks]].
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[[spoiler: the The player character's identity]]. It turns out that [[spoiler:the character you're naming at the beginning of the game ''isn't'' the one you control (the True Pacifist ending reveals that their name is Frisk); you were naming [[ExactWords the fallen human]], the ''first'' child who fell down Mt. Ebott and kicked off the plot. The opening cutscene is in sepia because it happened a long time ago (you even find an old calendar from the same year in Toriel's house; the player might assume it's just old because this is ''months'' later, not years), the Game Over text is from their deathbed, and the coffin with the red heart on it outside Asgore's throne room isn't empty because it's waiting for you, but because Toriel removed the child's body to bury it in the Ruins]].
15th Apr '16 8:07:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VideoGame/{{Singularity}}'' has an interesting example; the Red Herring is a case of in-game HeyItsThatVoice on account of Creator/NolanNorth. His distinctly recognizable voice is lent to Devlin, the protagonist's RedShirt squaddie. Because the game is about time travel, you either assume the familiar sounding but shadowed man who yells one line in the same voice is Devlin on account of an alternate timeline bringing him there, or you pass it off as a voice actor being recycled, as happens in many games. It's actually North being recycled, but the character he's recycled as is ''the protagonist,'' from the future..

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* ''VideoGame/{{Singularity}}'' has an interesting example; the Red Herring is a case of in-game HeyItsThatVoice on account of Creator/NolanNorth. His distinctly recognizable voice is lent to Devlin, the protagonist's RedShirt squaddie. Because the game is about time travel, you either assume the familiar sounding but shadowed man who yells one line in the same voice is Devlin on account of an alternate timeline bringing him there, or you pass it off as a voice actor being recycled, as happens in many games. It's actually North being recycled, but the character he's recycled as is ''the protagonist,'' from the future..
7th Apr '16 10:04:56 PM DrFraud
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* A red container in ''VideoGame/MorningstarDescentToDeadrock'' contains an [[LiteralMetaphor actual red herring]]. The description says that it'll probably distract you more and more as it starts to stink.

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* A red container in ''VideoGame/MorningstarDescentToDeadrock'' ''Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock'' contains an [[LiteralMetaphor actual red herring]]. The description says that it'll probably distract you more and more as it starts to stink.
5th Apr '16 7:00:07 PM TheDiego908
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** From the same game, we get the intro to case I-5. It's probably unintentional, but due to the the way Edgeworth's dialogue is worded, you'd think Kay commited arson and got away with it. While she does get in a few troubles at the beginning, she's not guilty of anything and the plot point regarding her arrest is dropped in about 10 minutes.
4th Apr '16 3:30:46 PM merotoker
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Compare: MistakenForEvidence, where the same result is caused by a mix-up instead of intentional misdirection. TheUntwist is when a plot twist is confused for a Red Herring because it's too obvious, but turns out to have been genuine all along. See also ChewbaccaDefense, when a red herring is used to baffle your opponents, and NonSequitur, when an event does not [[ItMakesSenseInContext make sense in context]]. See also BigSecret. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] WithThisHerring. If a major star is used to sucker the audience rather than the actual characters, you've just been served DeadStarWalking, or at least an aversion of NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize. Subject to being SpoiledByTheFormat: if they've just found a plausible suspect, but there's 180 more pages to go, well…

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Compare: MistakenForEvidence, where the same result is caused by a mix-up instead of intentional misdirection. TheUntwist is when a plot twist is confused for a Red Herring because it's too obvious, but turns out to have been genuine all along. See also ChewbaccaDefense, when a red herring is used to baffle your opponents, and NonSequitur, when an event does not [[ItMakesSenseInContext make sense in context]]. See also BigSecret. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] WithThisHerring. If a major star is used to sucker the audience rather than the actual characters, you've just been served DeadStarWalking, or at least an aversion of NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize. Subject to being SpoiledByTheFormat: if they've just found a plausible suspect, but there's 180 more pages to go, well…



* Deliberately planted by the antagonist in ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X'']] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. After spending a good portion of the plot hunting down the instigator of the latest incident, the [[TheFederation Time-Space Administration Bureau officers]] eventually learn from [[MadScientist Jail Scaglietti]] that Toredia Graze, their prime suspect, has been dead for four years. The real culprit, TSAB Enforcer Runessa Magnus, impersonated Toredia while contacting his associates.

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* Deliberately planted by the antagonist in ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X'']] X]]'' of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. After spending a good portion of the plot hunting down the instigator of the latest incident, the [[TheFederation Time-Space Administration Bureau officers]] eventually learn from [[MadScientist Jail Scaglietti]] that Toredia Graze, their prime suspect, has been dead for four years. The real culprit, TSAB Enforcer Runessa Magnus, impersonated Toredia while contacting his associates.



* In the beginning of "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1" in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', we see an adult woman ripping apart papers and letting them fly from the balcony. Does this have anything to do with the following plot? No. In fact, the "murder mystery" that follows is one great big red herring; it's just a game set up to prevent Haruhi from getting bored, which could have inadvertently caused a real murder mystery to take place.

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
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In the beginning of "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1" in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', we see an adult woman ripping apart papers and letting them fly from the balcony. Does this have anything to do with the following plot? No. In fact, the "murder mystery" that follows is one great big red herring; it's just a game set up to prevent Haruhi from getting bored, which could have inadvertently caused a real murder mystery to take place.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses a Red Herring to take advantage of a recent reveal while hiding another one. When Garp visits Ace in prison and expresses his desire that he had wanted Ace and Luffy to grow up to be Marines, Ace response by reminding Garp this is impossible because "Luffy and I both have the blood of an international criminal mastermind running in our veins." At first glance, this appears to follow the revelation by Garp that Luffy's father is Dragon the Revolutionary. In fact, it does so while simultaneously hiding the later reveal that ''Ace's'' father is the Pirate King Gold Roger.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** ''One Piece''
uses a Red Herring to take advantage of a recent reveal while hiding another one. When Garp visits Ace in prison and expresses his desire that he had wanted Ace and Luffy to grow up to be Marines, Ace response by reminding Garp this is impossible because "Luffy and I both have the blood of an international criminal mastermind running in our veins." At first glance, this appears to follow the revelation by Garp that Luffy's father is Dragon the Revolutionary. In fact, it does so while simultaneously hiding the later reveal that ''Ace's'' father is the Pirate King Gold Roger.



* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' during the Grand Magic Games arc, it at first seems that only one person had come back from the future to give warnings about what will soon happen, but that that person had given Princess Hisui and Captain Arcadios conflicting information for some reason. During the two's conversation late in the arc, Arcadios calls this informant a woman, causing Hisui to tell him that ''her'' informant was a ''man''. It turns out that [[BrokenBird Future!Lucy]] wasn't the only one who came back through the Eclipse Gate...[[TokenGoodTeammate Rogue's]] AxCrazy future counterpart had also managed to find his way to the past, but for a much more sinister purpose.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' during ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** During
the Grand Magic Games arc, it at first seems that only one person had come back from the future to give warnings about what will soon happen, but that that person had given Princess Hisui and Captain Arcadios conflicting information for some reason. During the two's conversation late in the arc, Arcadios calls this informant a woman, causing Hisui to tell him that ''her'' informant was a ''man''. It turns out that [[BrokenBird Future!Lucy]] wasn't the only one who came back through the Eclipse Gate...[[TokenGoodTeammate Rogue's]] AxCrazy future counterpart had also managed to find his way to the past, but for a much more sinister purpose.



* In ''Film/RisingSun'', Eddie Sakamura is shown from the beginning of the film as a JerkAss, rich corporate son who is used to getting his way, disrespects his girlfriend and has [[ReallyGetsAround sex with a lots of other women]]. He is also played by CaryHiroyukiTagawa who is known to play villain roles throughout his career. So naturally when the girlfriend turns up dead at a corporate business party, he is the first one the police suspects, except Connor the veteran detective that knows Japanese culture. [[spoiler: Conner is right, as Eddie was part of a setup along with a US Senator. Eddie is made to be the fall guy for the police, while the Senator, who was having an affair with Eddie's girlfriend, gets black mailed to agree on a certain bill in congress. The real killer is revealed to be the [[ChekhovsGunman one corporate employee]] nobody takes seriously and thinks is a pathetic ass kisser.]]

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* In ''Film/RisingSun'', Eddie Sakamura is shown from the beginning of the film as a JerkAss, rich corporate son who is used to getting his way, disrespects his girlfriend and has [[ReallyGetsAround sex with a lots of other women]]. He is also played by CaryHiroyukiTagawa Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa who is known to play villain roles throughout his career. So naturally when the girlfriend turns up dead at a corporate business party, he is the first one the police suspects, except Connor the veteran detective that knows Japanese culture. [[spoiler: Conner is right, as Eddie was part of a setup along with a US Senator. Eddie is made to be the fall guy for the police, while the Senator, who was having an affair with Eddie's girlfriend, gets black mailed to agree on a certain bill in congress. The real killer is revealed to be the [[ChekhovsGunman one corporate employee]] nobody takes seriously and thinks is a pathetic ass kisser.]]



* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has several.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has several. several:



** This has lead to the fans outsmarting themselves at times. Comments like "The story's hinting so heavily at the reveal being X that I know it cannot ''possibly'' be X" are rather common, and then it turns out it really was X all along.

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** This has lead led to the fans outsmarting themselves at times. Comments like "The story's hinting so heavily at the reveal being X that I know it cannot ''possibly'' be X" are rather common, and then it turns out it really was X all along.



* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' there are multiple hints that Will is Phobo's long-lost sister. Her parents are split up, she's biracial, and she hates her birthday. It turns out his sister is Eloysn, a character introduced in the background in episode 3 and one of Cornelia's friends.

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* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' there are multiple hints that Will is Phobo's Phobos' long-lost sister. Her parents are split up, she's biracial, and she hates her birthday. It turns out his sister is Eloysn, Elyon, a character introduced in the background in episode 3 and one of Cornelia's friends.
4th Apr '16 2:04:26 PM merotoker
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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** In the beginning of "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1" in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', we see an adult woman ripping apart papers and letting them fly from the balcony. Does this have anything to do with the following plot? No. In fact, the "murder mystery" that follows is one great big red herring; it's just a game set up to prevent Haruhi from getting bored, which could have inadvertently caused a real murder mystery to take place.

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
**
In the beginning of "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1" in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', we see an adult woman ripping apart papers and letting them fly from the balcony. Does this have anything to do with the following plot? No. In fact, the "murder mystery" that follows is one great big red herring; it's just a game set up to prevent Haruhi from getting bored, which could have inadvertently caused a real murder mystery to take place.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** ''One Piece'' uses a Red Herring to take advantage of a recent reveal while hiding another one. When Garp visits Ace in prison and expresses his desire that he had wanted Ace and Luffy to grow up to be Marines, Ace response by reminding Garp this is impossible because "Luffy and I both have the blood of an international criminal mastermind running in our veins." At first glance, this appears to follow the revelation by Garp that Luffy's father is Dragon the Revolutionary. In fact, it does so while simultaneously hiding the later reveal that ''Ace's'' father is the Pirate King Gold Roger.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** ''One Piece''
''Manga/OnePiece'' uses a Red Herring to take advantage of a recent reveal while hiding another one. When Garp visits Ace in prison and expresses his desire that he had wanted Ace and Luffy to grow up to be Marines, Ace response by reminding Garp this is impossible because "Luffy and I both have the blood of an international criminal mastermind running in our veins." At first glance, this appears to follow the revelation by Garp that Luffy's father is Dragon the Revolutionary. In fact, it does so while simultaneously hiding the later reveal that ''Ace's'' father is the Pirate King Gold Roger.



* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** During the Grand Magic Games arc, it at first seems that only one person had come back from the future to give warnings about what will soon happen, but that that person had given Princess Hisui and Captain Arcadios conflicting information for some reason. During the two's conversation late in the arc, Arcadios calls this informant a woman, causing Hisui to tell him that ''her'' informant was a ''man''. It turns out that [[BrokenBird Future!Lucy]] wasn't the only one who came back through the Eclipse Gate...[[TokenGoodTeammate Rogue's]] AxCrazy future counterpart had also managed to find his way to the past, but for a much more sinister purpose.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** During
In ''Manga/FairyTail'' during the Grand Magic Games arc, it at first seems that only one person had come back from the future to give warnings about what will soon happen, but that that person had given Princess Hisui and Captain Arcadios conflicting information for some reason. During the two's conversation late in the arc, Arcadios calls this informant a woman, causing Hisui to tell him that ''her'' informant was a ''man''. It turns out that [[BrokenBird Future!Lucy]] wasn't the only one who came back through the Eclipse Gate...[[TokenGoodTeammate Rogue's]] AxCrazy future counterpart had also managed to find his way to the past, but for a much more sinister purpose.



* ''Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk'' introduced the Comicbook/UltimateMarvel version of Comicbook/SheHulk in a {{Cliffhanger}} after having earlier introduced Jen Walters (She-Hulk's alter ego in the mainstream MarvelUniverse) in a brief supporting role. This turned out to be as misdirect, as the Ultimate She-Hulk was later revealed to be Betty Ross.

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* ''Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk'' introduced the Comicbook/UltimateMarvel version of Comicbook/SheHulk in a {{Cliffhanger}} after having earlier introduced Jen Walters (She-Hulk's alter ego in the mainstream MarvelUniverse) Franchise/MarvelUniverse) in a brief supporting role. This turned out to be as misdirect, as the Ultimate She-Hulk was later revealed to be Betty Ross.



* All of the promotional material for "The Secret Origin Of Tony Stark" seemed to be indicating that Marvel was {{Retcon}}ning Comicbook/IronMan's origin so that rather than simply being a genius with a suit of PoweredArmor, he was actually some sort of cosmic space messiah who was genetically engineered (with help from some aliens) to save the world. The fans took the bait and many were outraged, but the end of the story revealed that [[spoiler: the child in question was actually Tony's older brother, not him]]. The actual [[TheReveal Reveal]] was that [[spoiler: Tony was adopted by the Stark family]].
* When the new, female [[TheMightyThor Thor]] first showed up, her identity was kept secret. There were hints that she might be Roz Solomon, a female {{SHIELD}} agent that had been featured in Creator/JasonAaron's previous ''Thor'' run, but it actually turned out that the new Thor was [[spoiler: Jane Foster]].

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* All of the promotional material for "The Secret Origin Of Tony Stark" seemed to be indicating that Marvel was {{Retcon}}ning {{retcon}}ning Comicbook/IronMan's origin so that rather than simply being a genius with a suit of PoweredArmor, he was actually some sort of cosmic space messiah who was genetically engineered (with help from some aliens) to save the world. The fans took the bait and many were outraged, but the end of the story revealed that [[spoiler: the child in question was actually Tony's older brother, not him]]. The actual [[TheReveal Reveal]] was that [[spoiler: Tony was adopted by the Stark family]].
* When the new, female [[TheMightyThor [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] first showed up, her identity was kept secret. There were hints that she might be Roz Solomon, a female {{SHIELD}} ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agent that had been featured in Creator/JasonAaron's previous ''Thor'' run, but it actually turned out that the new Thor was [[spoiler: Jane Foster]].



* One film critic joked that Robert Downey Jr.'s character in the movie ''Film/{{Gothika}}'' should have just been named Red Herring, it was so obvious that's what he was.

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* One film critic joked that Robert Downey Jr.'s character in the movie ''Film/{{Gothika}}'' should have just been named Red Herring, it was so obvious that's what he was.



* Alma in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe''.

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* %%* Alma in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe''.



* ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' pays a lot of attention to a PredecessorVillain named Baron Battle, the father of one of the important characters and a major player in the backstory, setting it up that he may be the mysterious cloaked person watching the heroes. [[spoiler: It's actually none other than the main character's girlfriend]].

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* ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' pays a lot of attention to a PredecessorVillain named Baron Battle, the father of one of the important characters and a major player in the backstory, setting it up that he may be the mysterious cloaked person watching the heroes. [[spoiler: It's actually none other than the main character's girlfriend]].girlfriend.]]



* In ''Film/TheIntruders'', most of the characters around the protagonist simply exist to be the audience's "suspects". The actual anatagonist lives deep inside the house.

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* In ''Film/TheIntruders'', most of the characters around the protagonist simply exist to be the audience's "suspects". The actual anatagonist antagonist lives deep inside the house.



* ''Film/{{Amsterdamned}}'': The most prominent one being [[spoiler:Martin]], who's implied to be the killer when Laura investigates his mansion and finds scuba gear hidden away somewhere. He's not, though, the real killer [[spoiler:was actually one of Martin's patients.]]

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* ''Film/{{Amsterdamned}}'': The most prominent one being [[spoiler:Martin]], who's implied to be the killer when Laura investigates his mansion and finds scuba gear hidden away somewhere. He's not, though, the real killer [[spoiler:was actually one of Martin's patients.]]patients]].



** In "Brig Break", [[spoiler: the Aryan Nation folks pretty much stop being relevant one scene after being introduced.]]

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** In "Brig Break", [[spoiler: the Aryan Nation folks pretty much stop being relevant one scene after being introduced.]]introduced]].



* During the first season of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', the creators mentioned that they would be introducing several characters who could each potentially go on to become TheJoker. The most prominent and popular of these was a violent, disturbed young man named Jerome, who was pretty much everyone's front runner to be the Joker, ''especially'' since he had the villain's trademark SlasherSmile and EvilLaugh. Then, [[ShockingSwerve in a genuinely unexpected turn]], [[spoiler: he got KilledOffForReal in Season 2, meaning that the show's version of the Joker will be someone else]].

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* During the first season of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', the creators mentioned that they would be introducing several characters who could each potentially go on to become TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. The most prominent and popular of these was a violent, disturbed young man named Jerome, who was pretty much everyone's front runner to be the Joker, ''especially'' since he had the villain's trademark SlasherSmile and EvilLaugh. Then, [[ShockingSwerve in a genuinely unexpected turn]], [[spoiler: he got KilledOffForReal in Season 2, meaning that the show's version of the Joker will be someone else]].



** In Season 6, the Doctor is again fated to die. The companions ''and'' the audience see this death happen first-hand, while the Doctor himself (a past version) is blissfully unaware for half the season. When the gang discover a factory utilizing easy to make not-quite-clones known as "Gangers", the audience, and the character jump to the hypothesis that Doctor who dies was/will be a Ganger as opposed to the real thing. In actuality, the Gangers had nothing to do with the resolution; [[spoiler:the Doctor had been shrunk down and piloting a shapeshifting robot (established in another earlier episode) the whole time.]]

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** In Season 6, the Doctor is again fated to die. The companions ''and'' the audience see this death happen first-hand, while the Doctor himself (a past version) is blissfully unaware for half the season. When the gang discover a factory utilizing easy to make not-quite-clones known as "Gangers", the audience, and the character jump to the hypothesis that Doctor who dies was/will be a Ganger as opposed to the real thing. In actuality, the Gangers had nothing to do with the resolution; [[spoiler:the Doctor had been shrunk down and piloting a shapeshifting robot (established in another earlier episode) the whole time.]]time]].



** "Demons": Mulder wakes up in a motel room, covered in blood and suffering from an amnesia. Evidence leads Mulder and Scully to a dead old couple who were killed by Mulder's gun. Did he shoot them? Also, a disturbed guy who obsessively cuts his heads out of all photographs keeps appearing. Perhaps he did it? No, he shoots himself in the middle of the episode. The old couple were alien abductees, and they and Mulder both underwent some radical and dangerous treatment. Their death was ruled out to be a case of MurderSuicide.

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** "Demons": Mulder wakes up in a motel room, covered in blood and suffering from an amnesia. Evidence leads Mulder and Scully to a dead old couple who were killed by Mulder's gun. Did he shoot them? Also, a disturbed guy who obsessively cuts his heads out of all photographs keeps appearing. Perhaps he did it? No, he shoots himself in the middle of the episode. The old couple were alien abductees, and they and Mulder both underwent some radical and dangerous treatment. Their death was ruled out to be a case of MurderSuicide.



* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' could easily be called ''Redherring: The Series''. Each season has the girls suspecting a new person of being the mysterious "A", and the person doing things that look suspicious, only for that person to be proven innocent or to be proven guilty of something else. Now going into its seventh season, fans are starting to get ArcFatigue along with HypeBacklash.

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* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' could easily be called ''Redherring: ''Red Herring: The Series''. Each season has the girls suspecting a new person of being the mysterious "A", and the person doing things that look suspicious, only for that person to be proven innocent or to be proven guilty of something else. Now going into its seventh season, fans are starting to get ArcFatigue along with HypeBacklash.



** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' seems to indicate that Tetsuya Nomura's fond of this one. The BigBad of the game has a mysterious apprentice named Vanitas. Vanitas (apparently) wants to be a deadly rival to Ventus. He's the apprentice of Master Xehanort, like Riku was mentored by Xehanort in the first KingdomHearts. Vanitas even has armor that's ''very'' similar to Riku's. Who is it? Ventus's EnemyWithout, who looks just like [[TheHero Sora.]] Didn't see that coming.

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** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' seems to indicate that Tetsuya Nomura's fond of this one. The BigBad of the game has a mysterious apprentice named Vanitas. Vanitas (apparently) wants to be a deadly rival to Ventus. He's the apprentice of Master Xehanort, like Riku was mentored by Xehanort in the first KingdomHearts.''VideoGame/{{Kingdom Hearts|I}}''. Vanitas even has armor that's ''very'' similar to Riku's. Who is it? Ventus's EnemyWithout, who looks just like [[TheHero Sora.]] Didn't see that coming.



* Quite literally in the Game Boy game ''VideoGame/JamesBond007''. There is a man in a market place who offers to help you in exchange for a "small [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rogue]] fish." Alas, the fish is nowhere to be found.

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* Quite literally in the Game Boy game ''VideoGame/JamesBond007''. There is a man in a market place who offers to help you in exchange for a "small [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rogue]] {{rouge|AnglesOfSatin}} fish." Alas, the fish is nowhere to be found.



* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has several:

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has several:several.



* In the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' remake for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube, there is one in the form of a video tape. At the beginning of the game, Chris or Jill is told to investigate the gunshots they heard after they entered the mansion. This leads to one of the characters first zombie encounter. After dealing with the Zombie, a S.T.A.R.S victim named Kenneth has a video take you can collect to view later. One might think this is an important clue. Turns out the video tape [[ChekhovsGun doesn't come up]] again until the last area of the game. And if Chris or Jill decide to watch the tape, all they'll see is Kenneth getting attack and killed by that same zombie in first person view. In other words, the tape has nothing to do with the many task needed to beat the game, or alter any of the endings. In fact, it's easy to miss the area where the tape can be viewed.

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* In the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' remake for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube, there is one in the form of a video tape.videotape. At the beginning of the game, Chris or Jill is told to investigate the gunshots they heard after they entered the mansion. This leads to one of the characters first zombie encounter. After dealing with the Zombie, a S.T.A.R.S victim named Kenneth has a video take you can collect to view later. One might think this is an important clue. Turns out the video tape videotape [[ChekhovsGun doesn't come up]] again until the last area of the game. And if Chris or Jill decide to watch the tape, all they'll see is Kenneth getting attack and killed by that same zombie in first person view. In other words, the tape has nothing to do with the many task needed to beat the game, or alter any of the endings. In fact, it's easy to miss the area where the tape can be viewed.



* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'': Unusually for an [[LawOfConservationOfDetail adventure game]], there are a few false leads, such as [[spoiler: the story of the madman Azile, who buried people upside-down, and Malaclypse's gibberish. Mostly.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'': Unusually for an [[LawOfConservationOfDetail adventure game]], there are a few false leads, such as [[spoiler: the story of the madman Azile, who buried people upside-down, and Malaclypse's gibberish. Mostly.]]Mostly]].



* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' gleefully has the characters and the player misinterpret almost everything that happens in the plot. Pretty much nothing is as it seems. For example [[spoiler: the main character is shown to be killed by a major side character. Then it turns out there's someone who can control human bodies...then it turns out the main character wasn't even the guy who the side character killed...and then it turns out the guy who was killed didn't stay dead.]] Sometimes this leads to an odd case of RightForTheWrongReasons; [[spoiler: it turns out the main character was killed by the side character in an accident]].

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* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' gleefully has the characters and the player misinterpret almost everything that happens in the plot. Pretty much nothing is as it seems. For example [[spoiler: the main character is shown to be killed by a major side character. Then it turns out there's someone who can control human bodies...then it turns out the main character wasn't even the guy who the side character killed...and then it turns out the guy who was killed didn't stay dead.]] dead]]. Sometimes this leads to an odd case of RightForTheWrongReasons; [[spoiler: it turns out the main character was killed by the side character in an accident]].



** In {{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}, the identity of the real vampire serial killer is masked in all routes and is not the first major antagonist that Tohno Shiki is forced to confront. In the Near Side routes, Nrvnqsr Chaos serves as the RedHerring. In the Far Side routes, a turned Yumizuka Satsuki serves as the RedHerring. In Kohaku's route, the plot contrives an extra layer of RedHerring.

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** In {{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}, the identity of the real vampire serial killer is masked in all routes and is not the first major antagonist that Tohno Shiki is forced to confront. In the Near Side routes, Nrvnqsr Chaos serves as the RedHerring. Red Herring. In the Far Side routes, a turned Yumizuka Satsuki serves as the RedHerring. one. In Kohaku's route, the plot contrives an extra layer of RedHerring.Red Herring.



* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' has this in spades. Such as when the cut on Sigma;'s hand bleeds white blood, leading the player into believing he's a robot. [[spoiler:He's not. But he has cybernetic arms]].

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* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' has this in spades. Such as when the cut on Sigma;'s hand bleeds white blood, leading the player into believing he's a robot. [[spoiler:He's not. But he has cybernetic arms]].arms.]]



** Throughout the game Quark, a little kid, is constantly passed off by Sigma as being a ridiculous candidate for any of the murders or bombings, or the real identity of Zero Sr. Dio also accuses him multiple times of being a manipulative sheep in wolf's clothing who made the choice of betraying various characters, which is always seen by other characters as Dio making excuses. [[spoiler:Turns out Quark really ''is'' just an innocent little kid, and did absolutely nothing wrong throughout the entire game]].
** As a subvert, Dio, on the other hand, is presented as so blatantly evil that it seems ridiculous to think throughout the game that he's anything more then a red herring. [[spoiler:He's just as evil as he seems]].
** In Luna's route, you deduce that, contrary to what was first thought, [[spoiler:Luna actually killed the old woman because her AB Room and K's AB room had been swapped, so the room where the body was found in was actually here's. Although, this turns out to not be true. She only hide the dead body in her room.]]
** Also in Luna's route you deduce that [[spoiler:Clover was the one who probably killed Luna. She didn't. In fat, Luna didn't even die.]]

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** Throughout the game Quark, a little kid, is constantly passed off by Sigma as being a ridiculous candidate for any of the murders or bombings, or the real identity of Zero Sr. Dio also accuses him multiple times of being a manipulative sheep in wolf's clothing who made the choice of betraying various characters, which is always seen by other characters as Dio making excuses. [[spoiler:Turns out Quark really ''is'' just an innocent little kid, and did absolutely nothing wrong throughout the entire game]].
game.]]
** As a subvert, Dio, on the other hand, is presented as so blatantly evil that it seems ridiculous to think throughout the game that he's anything more then a red herring. [[spoiler:He's just as evil as he seems]].
seems.]]
** In Luna's route, you deduce that, contrary to what was first thought, [[spoiler:Luna actually killed the old woman because her AB Room and K's AB room had been swapped, so the room where the body was found in was actually here's. Although, this turns out to not be true. She only hide the dead body in her room.]]
room]].
** Also in Luna's route you deduce that [[spoiler:Clover was the one who probably killed Luna. She didn't. In fat, Luna didn't even die.]] die]].



* In one of the older ''Scooby Doo Where are You?/ScoobyDoo'' cartoons, ''Scooby Doo Where Are You'',in one of it's episodes, the villain pulling the ScoobyDooHoax (calling himself "the Ghost of Hyde") intentionally left a lot of Red Herrings to make the gang suspect his maid was behind it. When Shaggy found a ''real'' clue - a pair a suction cups used for climbing - the villain grabbed him. (The maid wouldn't have needed those to climb the way the villain did; she had training in acrobatics from having worked as a circus performer.)

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* In one of the older ''Scooby Doo Where are You?/ScoobyDoo'' cartoons, ''Scooby Doo Where Are You'',in one of it's episodes, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' episode "Nowhere to Hyde" the villain pulling the ScoobyDooHoax (calling himself "the Ghost of Hyde") intentionally left a lot of Red Herrings to make the gang suspect his maid was behind it. When Shaggy found a ''real'' clue - a pair a suction cups used for climbing - the villain grabbed him. (The maid wouldn't have needed those to climb the way the villain did; she had training in acrobatics from having worked as a circus performer.)



* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' the episode "Lice Capades" has one built into the structure of the episode: it's a DayInTheLimelight for [[TheGenericGuy Clyde]], which helps hide the fact that ''everyone'' had lice and believed that they were the only one.
* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' there are multiple hints that Will is Phobos' long-lost sister. Her parents are split up, she's biracial, and she hates her birthday. It turns out his sister is Elyon, a character introduced in the background in episode 3 and one of Cornelia's friends.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' the episode "Lice Capades" has one built into the structure of the episode: it's a DayInTheLimelight ADayInTheLimelight for [[TheGenericGuy Clyde]], which helps hide the fact that ''everyone'' had lice and believed that they were the only one.
* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' there are multiple hints that Will is Phobos' Phobo's long-lost sister. Her parents are split up, she's biracial, and she hates her birthday. It turns out his sister is Elyon, Eloysn, a character introduced in the background in episode 3 and one of Cornelia's friends.
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* In the beginning of "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1" in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', we see an adult woman ripping apart papers and letting them fly from the balcony. Does this have anything to do with the following plot? No. In fact, the "murder mystery" that follows is one great big red herring; it's just a game set up to prevent Haruhi from getting bored, which could have inadvertently caused a real murder mystery to take place.

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
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In the beginning of "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1" in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', we see an adult woman ripping apart papers and letting them fly from the balcony. Does this have anything to do with the following plot? No. In fact, the "murder mystery" that follows is one great big red herring; it's just a game set up to prevent Haruhi from getting bored, which could have inadvertently caused a real murder mystery to take place.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses a Red Herring to take advantage of a recent reveal while hiding another one. When Garp visits Ace in prison and expresses his desire that he had wanted Ace and Luffy to grow up to be Marines, Ace response by reminding Garp this is impossible because "Luffy and I both have the blood of an international criminal mastermind running in our veins." At first glance, this appears to follow the revelation by Garp that Luffy's father is Dragon the Revolutionary. In fact, it does so while simultaneously hiding the later reveal that ''Ace's'' father is the Pirate King Gold Roger.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** ''One Piece''
uses a Red Herring to take advantage of a recent reveal while hiding another one. When Garp visits Ace in prison and expresses his desire that he had wanted Ace and Luffy to grow up to be Marines, Ace response by reminding Garp this is impossible because "Luffy and I both have the blood of an international criminal mastermind running in our veins." At first glance, this appears to follow the revelation by Garp that Luffy's father is Dragon the Revolutionary. In fact, it does so while simultaneously hiding the later reveal that ''Ace's'' father is the Pirate King Gold Roger.



* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' during the Grand Magic Games arc, it at first seems that only one person had come back from the future to give warnings about what will soon happen, but that that person had given Princess Hisui and Captain Arcadios conflicting information for some reason. During the two's conversation late in the arc, Arcadios calls this informant a woman, causing Hisui to tell him that ''her'' informant was a ''man''. It turns out that [[BrokenBird Future!Lucy]] wasn't the only one who came back through the Eclipse Gate...[[TokenGoodTeammate Rogue's]] AxCrazy future counterpart had also managed to find his way to the past, but for a much more sinister purpose.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' during ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** During
the Grand Magic Games arc, it at first seems that only one person had come back from the future to give warnings about what will soon happen, but that that person had given Princess Hisui and Captain Arcadios conflicting information for some reason. During the two's conversation late in the arc, Arcadios calls this informant a woman, causing Hisui to tell him that ''her'' informant was a ''man''. It turns out that [[BrokenBird Future!Lucy]] wasn't the only one who came back through the Eclipse Gate...[[TokenGoodTeammate Rogue's]] AxCrazy future counterpart had also managed to find his way to the past, but for a much more sinister purpose.



* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has several.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has several. several:



* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' there are multiple hints that Will is Phobo's long-lost sister. Her parents are split up, she's biracial, and she hates her birthday. It turns out his sister is Eloysn, a character introduced in the background in episode 3 and one of Cornelia's friends.

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* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' there are multiple hints that Will is Phobo's Phobos' long-lost sister. Her parents are split up, she's biracial, and she hates her birthday. It turns out his sister is Eloysn, Elyon, a character introduced in the background in episode 3 and one of Cornelia's friends.
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Cornelia and Schneizel are set up as two possible suspects for killing Lelouch's mother Marianne. Neither one of them did it; V.V. tried to kill her, but she managed to transfer her soul into Anya's body before she died.
** Then again, given the significant changes that the plot of season 2 allegedly went through due to the [[ExecutiveMeddling time slot change]], it's possible that this could be less of a Red Herring and more of an AbortedArc. It was, however, made clear at the end of season 1 that Cornelia had nothing to do with Marianne's death, contrary to earlier implications.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Cornelia and Schneizel are set up as two possible suspects for killing Lelouch's mother Marianne. Neither one of them did it; V.V. tried to kill her, but she managed to transfer her soul into Anya's body before she died.
**
died. Then again, given the significant changes that the plot of season 2 allegedly went through due to the [[ExecutiveMeddling time slot change]], it's possible that this could be less of a Red Herring and more of an AbortedArc. It was, however, made clear at the end of season 1 that Cornelia had nothing to do with Marianne's death, contrary to earlier implications.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Itachi at one point claims that he let Sasuke live so that he could take his eyes as an adult. It is later revealed he was lying and let Sasuke live because he could not bring himself to kill him.
** Not just that. Everything the reader was ever told about Itachi is a lie or a coverup. The truth about him has only started coming out in recent chapters. Its so dramatic that for most of the series he appeared to be the unquestionable BigBad of Sasuke's storyline, when in fact he's apparently the BigGood. And who turned out to be Sasuke's personal BigBad? Loveable, goofy Tobi.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Itachi at one point claims that he let Sasuke live so that he could take his eyes as an adult. It is later revealed he was lying and let Sasuke live because he could not bring himself to kill him.
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him. Not just that. Everything the reader was ever told about Itachi is a lie or a coverup. The truth about him has only started coming out in recent chapters. Its so dramatic that for most of the series he appeared to be the unquestionable BigBad of Sasuke's storyline, when in fact he's apparently the BigGood. And who turned out to be Sasuke's personal BigBad? Loveable, goofy Tobi.



* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' drops a bunch of hints that Ed and Al's father Van Hohenheim and the BigBad and leader of the [[ArtificialHuman Homunculi]], [[MeaningfulName Father]], are one and the same. Nope. While they ''do'' have an important connection, they're definitely separate people.
** When Alphonse reunites with Hohenheim, he explains the situation to his father. Hohenheim then asks him if he's sure he wants to tell him, given that the leader of the Homunculi looks just like him. Alphonse is silent for a moment, refusing to back down, and Hohenheim says [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he's relieved that his son trusts him.]]

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The manga
drops a bunch of hints that Ed and Al's father Van Hohenheim and the BigBad and leader of the [[ArtificialHuman Homunculi]], [[MeaningfulName Father]], are one and the same. Nope. While they ''do'' have an important connection, they're definitely separate people.
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people. When Alphonse reunites with Hohenheim, he explains the situation to his father. Hohenheim then asks him if he's sure he wants to tell him, given that the leader of the Homunculi looks just like him. Alphonse is silent for a moment, refusing to back down, and Hohenheim says [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he's relieved that his son trusts him.]]


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