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23rd Apr '17 4:59:47 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': The ending of ''Tree Trunks'' [[spoiler: consists of lovable old Tree Trunks, an old elephant who makes apple pies, suddenly exploding right out of nowhere at the end of the episode after taking a bite from the Crystal Gem Apple.]] Originally the episode was going to end with just that, but the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives said it was too dark.]] They were forced to put in a shot of [[spoiler: Tree Trunks after the credits, skipping around in an alternate dimension]] to confirm to the audience that [[spoiler: she was okay and that she would come back. Which she did, becoming a regular supporting character]]. Whether or not the changed ending increases the insanity of the moment, however, depends on the viewer.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': The ending of ''Tree Trunks'' "Tree Trunks" [[spoiler: consists of lovable old Tree Trunks, an old elephant who makes apple pies, suddenly exploding right out of nowhere at the end of the episode after taking a bite from the Crystal Gem Apple.]] Originally the episode was going to end with just that, but the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives said it was too dark.]] They were forced to put in a shot of [[spoiler: Tree Trunks after the credits, skipping around in an alternate dimension]] to confirm to the audience that [[spoiler: she was okay and that she would come back. Which she did, becoming a regular supporting character]]. Whether or not the changed ending increases the insanity of the moment, however, depends on the viewer.
18th Apr '17 5:52:56 PM merotoker
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* One of the biggest in comic history happened when Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''ComicBook/XMen'' finished with the reveal that [[spoiler:the wise Eastern mentor character Xorn Kuan-Yin was actually Magneto, who then proceeds to go berserk, level Manhattan, and force humans into death camps]]. This defies logic on a number of levels. [[spoiler: First off Magneto had been seen still living in Genosha shortly before the time Xorn joined the team. Secondly, Xorn used healing powers which Magneto lacks. Finally, it was complete CharacterDerailment; Morrison turned Magneto a WellIntentionedExtremist holocaust survivor with a Malcolm X-like philosophy into ANaziByAnyOtherName (though the alien mind control spores may have had something to do with that).]] The reason for this was apparently because of the BroadStrokes style he uses Morrison did not see Magneto as anything other than "a mad old terrorist twat." Eventually, Marvel would RetCon this as being "Xorn's twin brother, possessed by the sentient mold Sublime, pretending to be Magneto, pretending to be Xorn". It's been said that Morrison was forced to make it Magneto by Marvel editorial. This fact and Morrison supposedly resenting it might account for a lot of the issues of the reveal. It's been said by people who apparently a) missed the unredacted version of Morrison's proposal being printed in one of the hardcover collected editions, where Xorn was pitched to Marvel as [[spoiler: Magneto in disguise]] before the run even started, b) missed the many interviews after the fact where Morrison said it was always his plan, and c) missed the various subtle clues planted virtually from the first that Xorn was [[spoiler: Magneto]], as collated [[https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!msg/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/ELmF0_KzNxM/aAgtgiyFIxMJ here]].

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* One of the biggest in comic history happened when Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''ComicBook/XMen'' finished with the reveal that [[spoiler:the wise Eastern mentor character Xorn Kuan-Yin was actually Magneto, who then proceeds to go berserk, level Manhattan, and force humans into death camps]]. This defies logic on a number of levels. [[spoiler: First off Magneto had been seen still living in Genosha shortly before the time Xorn joined the team. Secondly, Xorn used healing powers which Magneto lacks. Finally, it was complete CharacterDerailment; Morrison turned Magneto a WellIntentionedExtremist holocaust survivor with a Malcolm X-like philosophy into ANaziByAnyOtherName (though the alien mind control spores may have had something to do with that).]] The reason for this was apparently because [[spoiler: of the BroadStrokes style he uses Morrison did not see Magneto as anything other than "a mad old terrorist twat." Eventually, Marvel would RetCon this as being "Xorn's twin brother, possessed by the sentient mold Sublime, pretending to be Magneto, pretending to be Xorn". It's been said that Morrison was forced to make it Magneto by Marvel editorial. ]] This fact and Morrison supposedly resenting it might account for a lot of the issues of the reveal. It's been said by people who apparently a) missed the unredacted version of Morrison's proposal being printed in one of the hardcover collected editions, where [[spoiler: Xorn was pitched to Marvel as [[spoiler: Magneto in disguise]] before the run even started, b) missed the many interviews after the fact where Morrison said it was always his plan, and c) missed the various subtle clues planted virtually from the first that Xorn was [[spoiler: Xorn was Magneto]], as collated [[https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!msg/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/ELmF0_KzNxM/aAgtgiyFIxMJ here]].



* The end of Wildstorm's six-issue ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' miniseries reveals Jason is powered and driven to kill by the vengeful spirits of a Native tribe massacred on the shores of Crystal Lake centuries ago. The series was still pretty good, regardless.

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* The end of Wildstorm's Creator/{{WildStorm}}'s six-issue ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' miniseries reveals Jason is powered and driven to kill by the vengeful spirits of a Native tribe massacred on the shores of Crystal Lake centuries ago. The series was still pretty good, regardless.



* In ''Film/DarkShadows'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: the daughter in the family is actually a werewolf.]] This might have been all fine and good except for the fact that there was absolutely no way to predict this happening, the movie ended 10 minutes later, and the reveal had ABSOLUTELY no effect on the movie. The cause of the reveal was explained away in half a line and questioned by no one. [[spoiler: "Yes, I'm a werewolf. Let's not make a big deal about it"]] almost came across as a taunt towards the audience, challenging them to try understanding what just happened. [[RuleOfFunny Well, at least some people thought it was funny]]. There is some foreshadowing, but it's pretty minor stuff and easy to miss (or for that matter, to notice and dismiss). In all fairness, [[Series/DarkShadows the show]] the movie's based on did pull stunts like this from time to time, but how well the movie did (or didn't) pull it off is debatable.

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* In ''Film/DarkShadows'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: the daughter in the family is actually a werewolf.]] werewolf]]. This might have been all fine and good except for the fact that there was absolutely no way to predict this happening, the movie ended 10 minutes later, and the reveal had ABSOLUTELY no effect on the movie. The cause of the reveal was explained away in half a line and questioned by no one. [[spoiler: "Yes, I'm a werewolf. Let's not make a big deal about it"]] almost came across as a taunt towards the audience, challenging them to try understanding what just happened. [[RuleOfFunny Well, at least some people thought it was funny]]. There is some foreshadowing, but it's pretty minor stuff and easy to miss (or for that matter, to notice and dismiss). In all fairness, [[Series/DarkShadows the show]] the movie's based on did pull stunts like this from time to time, but how well the movie did (or didn't) pull it off is debatable.



* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'': At the end of the movie, it turns out that [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend Kent, the SWAT commander,]] was the mastermind behind the scheme with the robbery at the mall, with the previous apparent BigBad being his partner [[TheDragon Veck Sims]]. This was after he seemed to have been doing nothing but ''help'' Paul rescue the hostages in the mall with little indication that he was the one behind it, making his double-crossing of Blart come right out of nowhere.]]

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* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'': At the end of the movie, it turns out that [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend Kent, the SWAT commander,]] was the mastermind behind the scheme with the robbery at the mall, with the previous apparent BigBad being his partner [[TheDragon Veck Sims]]. This was after he seemed to have been doing nothing but ''help'' Paul rescue the hostages in the mall with little indication that he was the one behind it, making his double-crossing of Blart come right out of nowhere.]]nowhere]].



* David Weber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'' ends a fairly typical alien invasion story, [[spoiler:''that humanity was already winning'', with ''VAMPIRES'' coming out of the woodwork to save humanity in a totally unnecessary DeusExMachina]]. This is why some stories work in some formats but not others: the original short story version [[spoiler:didn't have most of the book where humans were gaining the upper hand, and instead started much closer to the point at the end where the aliens decide to simply wipe out the humans via a bioengineered plague instead of continuing the costly conquest]].

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* David Weber's Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'' ends a fairly typical alien invasion story, [[spoiler:''that humanity was already winning'', with ''VAMPIRES'' coming out of the woodwork to save humanity in a totally unnecessary DeusExMachina]]. This is why some stories work in some formats but not others: the original short story version [[spoiler:didn't have most of the book where humans were gaining the upper hand, and instead started much closer to the point at the end where the aliens decide to simply wipe out the humans via a bioengineered plague instead of continuing the costly conquest]].



* In the season finale of the first season of ''Series/TheKilling'', not one, but TWO of them were clumsily attempted (specifically, the prime suspect [[spoiler:is randomly shot out of nowhere]] and the until-then-incredibly likable {{Lancer}} [[spoiler:is revealed to have been in all probability in on the titular murder]])... during the last fifteen seconds. Fans and critics rage ensued.

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* In the season finale of the first season of ''Series/TheKilling'', not one, but TWO of them were clumsily attempted (specifically, the prime suspect [[spoiler:is randomly shot out of nowhere]] and the until-then-incredibly likable {{Lancer}} [[TheLancer Lancer]] [[spoiler:is revealed to have been in all probability in on the titular murder]])... during the last fifteen seconds. Fans and critics rage ensued.



* In 1988, Wrestling/BarryWindham and Wrestling/LexLuger, two of the most popular wrestlers in the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA at the time, were embroiled in a fued with Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen stemming from Lex being kicked out of the group and Barry turning down their offers to join them. The two had beaten Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Tully Blanchard for the NWA Tag team Titles in March of 1988. They were defending them in a rematch a month later. During the match the Horsemen manager, JJ Dillon, rammed Luger's head into the steel post causing him to bleed and be knocked out for a few mintues. Barry was getting beaten in the ring looking to tag out but nobody was there and the Horsemen taunted him for it. When Lex finally dragged himself to the apron, Barry forced a tag and body slammed him into the ring and gave him a vicious clothesline that let the Horsemen easily regain the belts and led to Barry joining the group. Nobody saw this turn coming and led to Barry being one of the most hated villians (and also led to what many consider [[TropesAreNotBad the best incarnation]] of the Four Horsemen as well).
* The {{trope namer|s}} and [[Pantheon/NarrativeDemigodsAndQuasideities official God of this]] was former Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}} writer Wrestling/VinceRusso, who loved to put these into his shows. He also loved to use wrestling insider lingo (in this case, "swerve" meaning "plot twist") in his shows. When this combined with WCW play-by-play commentator Tony Schiavone's irrational exuberance, it resulted in Schiavone often declaring, "[[ItsTheBestWhateverEver This is the most shocking swerve ever]]!", thus resulting in a whole mess of "most shocking swerves". Russo's most notorious "shocking swerve" was making actor David Arquette (yes, the deputy from the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' movies) the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]] after pinning Wrestling/EricBischoff in a match where the previous champion was Arquette's ''teammate''.[[note]]The match was Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage (champion) & Arquette versus Wrestling/JeffJarrett & Bischoff, with a stipulation that whoever scored the pinfall would win the championship. Without making any kind of FaceHeelTurn, Arquette innocently pinned Bischoff and won the title ''from his own teammate''.[[/note]] The Internet Wrestling Community have near-collectively decided that the shocking swerve is in fact more shocking when it doesn't happen. There are a number of recappers out there who can [[ClicheStorm predict down to individual promos as to when the shockers happen]].

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* In 1988, Wrestling/BarryWindham and Wrestling/LexLuger, two of the most popular wrestlers in the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA at the time, were embroiled in a fued feud with Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen stemming from Lex being kicked out of the group and Barry turning down their offers to join them. The two had beaten Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Tully Blanchard for the NWA Tag team Titles in March of 1988. They were defending them in a rematch a month later. During the match the Horsemen manager, JJ J.J. Dillon, rammed Luger's head into the steel post causing him to bleed and be knocked out for a few mintues.minutes. Barry was getting beaten in the ring looking to tag out but nobody was there and the Horsemen taunted him for it. When Lex finally dragged himself to the apron, Barry forced a tag and body slammed him into the ring and gave him a vicious clothesline that let the Horsemen easily regain the belts and led to Barry joining the group. Nobody saw this turn coming and led to Barry being one of the most hated villians villains (and also led to what many consider [[TropesAreNotBad the best incarnation]] of the Four Horsemen as well).
* The {{trope namer|s}} and [[Pantheon/NarrativeDemigodsAndQuasideities [[Pantheon/NarrativeStructure official God of this]] was former Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}} writer Wrestling/VinceRusso, who loved to put these into his shows. He also loved to use wrestling insider lingo (in this case, "swerve" meaning "plot twist") in his shows. When this combined with WCW play-by-play commentator Tony Schiavone's irrational exuberance, it resulted in Schiavone often declaring, "[[ItsTheBestWhateverEver This is the most shocking swerve ever]]!", thus resulting in a whole mess of "most shocking swerves". Russo's most notorious "shocking swerve" was making actor David Arquette (yes, the deputy from the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' movies) the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]] after pinning Wrestling/EricBischoff in a match where the previous champion was Arquette's ''teammate''.[[note]]The match was Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage (champion) & Arquette versus Wrestling/JeffJarrett & Bischoff, with a stipulation that whoever scored the pinfall would win the championship. Without making any kind of FaceHeelTurn, Arquette innocently pinned Bischoff and won the title ''from his own teammate''.[[/note]] The Internet Wrestling Community have near-collectively decided that the shocking swerve is in fact more shocking when it doesn't happen. There are a number of recappers out there who can [[ClicheStorm predict down to individual promos as to when the shockers happen]].



* The 2011 angle in which Wrestling/KevinNash suddenly appeared after the main event of ''Summerslam'' was decided and attacked Wrestling/CMPunk after he had won, allowing Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title. After Nash revealed someone had texted him to attack the winner, a decent mystery angle ensued for a short bit, as there was a whole host of potential suspects, including Del Rio, who won the title from the attack, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, who had been ousted from power a while earlier and had his own motives, and likely the most logical suspect, Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, who was not only a Vince [=McMahon=] loyalist and could easily have been looking to undermine the show now that Triple H was in charge, but had also been seen suspiciously sending text messages at the end of his backstage segments. In the end, who sent Kevin Nash the text? It was... Kevin Nash, who broke into Triple H's office and sent the text from Hunter's phone to his own to justify doing it. Why did he do it? "To make WWE cool again," and because he felt Triple H wasn't his friend anymore. Laurinaitis' texting apparently was not only not to anybody important, but he would continue doing it after Nash had revealed the truth.

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* The 2011 angle in which Wrestling/KevinNash suddenly appeared after the main event of ''Summerslam'' ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'' was decided and attacked Wrestling/CMPunk after he had won, allowing Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title. After Nash revealed someone had texted him to attack the winner, a decent mystery angle ensued for a short bit, as there was a whole host of potential suspects, including Del Rio, who won the title from the attack, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, who had been ousted from power a while earlier and had his own motives, and likely the most logical suspect, Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, who was not only a Vince [=McMahon=] loyalist and could easily have been looking to undermine the show now that Triple H was in charge, but had also been seen suspiciously sending text messages at the end of his backstage segments. In the end, who sent Kevin Nash the text? It was... Kevin Nash, who broke into Triple H's office and sent the text from Hunter's phone to his own to justify doing it. Why did he do it? "To make WWE cool again," and because he felt Triple H wasn't his friend anymore. Laurinaitis' texting apparently was not only not to anybody important, but he would continue doing it after Nash had revealed the truth.



* The truth behind Liquid Snake's possession of Revolver Ocelot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' is, to say the least, the only plot point in the series that succeeded in pissing off some fans of the series. Basically, it turns out at the end that [[spoiler:you were never fighting Liquid and that Ocelot was using a combination of drugs, nanomachines, and hypnotherapy to make himself think he was Liquid for his most complex GambitRoulette to date. However, this not only cheapens Liquid's character, but effectively and retroactively turns the ''final boss fight'' into a big pile of... [[BuffySpeak meaninglessness]]... by destroying all the previous epicness it portrayed, turning it into something completely impersonal and rendering the victory hollow]]. Knowing [[TrollingCreator Hideo Kojima]], this was probably [[IntendedAudienceReaction completely intentional]], but still, annoying. It's also a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot waste]] of what could have been pure FridgeBrilliance, in that an actual possession would've made much more sense. Why? Ocelot is [[spoiler: ''The Sorrow''[='=]s son, a famous (and genuine) telepath.]] It stretches suspension of disbelief much less to think that Ocelot inherited some of [[spoiler: his father]]'s ability and that it unintentionally let Liquid take control.

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* The truth behind Liquid Snake's possession of Revolver Ocelot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' is, to say the least, the only plot point in the series that succeeded in pissing off some fans of the series. Basically, it turns out at the end that [[spoiler:you were never fighting Liquid and that Ocelot was using a combination of drugs, nanomachines, and hypnotherapy to make himself think he was Liquid for his most complex GambitRoulette to date. However, this not only cheapens Liquid's character, but effectively and retroactively turns the ''final boss fight'' into a big pile of... [[BuffySpeak meaninglessness]]... by destroying all the previous epicness it portrayed, turning it into something completely impersonal and rendering the victory hollow]]. Knowing [[TrollingCreator Hideo Kojima]], this was probably [[IntendedAudienceReaction completely intentional]], but still, annoying. It's also a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot waste]] of what could have been pure FridgeBrilliance, in that an actual possession would've made much more sense. Why? Ocelot is [[spoiler: ''The Sorrow''[='=]s son, a famous (and genuine) telepath.]] telepath]]. It stretches suspension of disbelief much less to think that Ocelot inherited some of [[spoiler: his father]]'s ability and that it unintentionally let Liquid take control.



** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]]: The Mane Six, minus Twilight, [[spoiler:after getting their cutie marks switched,]] are compelled [[spoiler:to do something they are neither good at nor enjoy, as it is their destiny.]] This goes against everything we know about [[spoiler:cutie marks, which appear ''after'' a pony discovered their destiny, and reflects a particular skill/idea, often a hobby, not vocation. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark reflects her love of racing, but she is a professional weather wrangler.]]

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** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]]: The Mane Six, minus Twilight, [[spoiler:after getting their cutie marks switched,]] are compelled [[spoiler:to do something they are neither good at nor enjoy, as it is their destiny.]] This goes against everything we know about [[spoiler:cutie marks, which appear ''after'' a pony discovered their destiny, and reflects a particular skill/idea, often a hobby, not vocation. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark reflects her love of racing, but she is a professional weather wrangler.]]wrangler]].
17th Apr '17 8:18:13 AM WillBGood
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* Quite a few old horror comics use this. A particularly hilarious example is [[http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2008/08/if.html "If!"]] (''Suspense'' #27, 1953). [[spoiler: A fellow falls for a pretty blonde only to find that she and her entire family are monsters... or he ''would have'', if he weren't run over by a truck first!]]
15th Apr '17 11:03:55 AM ngh93
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* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'': At the end of the movie, it turns out that [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend Kent, the SWAT commander,]] was the mastermind behind the scheme with the robbery at the mall, with the previous apparent BigBad being either his partner or TheDragon. This was after he seemed to have been doing nothing but ''help'' Paul rescue the hostages in the mall with little indication that he was the one behind it, making his double-crossing of Blart come right out of nowhere.]]

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* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'': At the end of the movie, it turns out that [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend Kent, the SWAT commander,]] was the mastermind behind the scheme with the robbery at the mall, with the previous apparent BigBad being either his partner or TheDragon.[[TheDragon Veck Sims]]. This was after he seemed to have been doing nothing but ''help'' Paul rescue the hostages in the mall with little indication that he was the one behind it, making his double-crossing of Blart come right out of nowhere.]]
12th Apr '17 2:47:22 PM MajinAkuma
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** The Espada ranks were stated by a Fracción, Shawlong, to go from 1-10. However, it's eventually revealed that the Espada ranks actually go from 0-9. [[spoiler:Yammy switches from 10 to 0 when released. WordOfGod clarified that Espada ranks are based on amount of power, not ability to use it. Yammy has the most power but is incapable of wielding it properly. His incapacity was foreshadowed from the beginning but the rank change was completely left-field.]]

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** The Espada ranks were stated by a Fracción, Shawlong, to go from 1-10. However, it's eventually revealed that the Espada ranks actually go from 0-9. [[spoiler:Yammy switches from 10 to 0 when released.during his Resurrección. WordOfGod clarified that Espada ranks are based on amount of power, not ability to use it. Yammy has the most power but is incapable of wielding it properly. His incapacity was foreshadowed from the beginning but the rank change was completely left-field.]]
12th Apr '17 2:46:28 PM MajinAkuma
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** The Espada ranks were stated by a fraccion, Shawlong, to go from 1-10. However, it's eventually revealed that the Espada ranks actually go from 0-9. [[spoiler: Yammy switches from 10 to 0 when released. WordOfGod clarified that Espada ranks are based on amount of power, not ability to use it. Yammy has the most power but is incapable of wielding it properly. His incapacity was foreshadowed from the beginning but the rank change was completely left-field.]]

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** The Espada ranks were stated by a fraccion, Fracción, Shawlong, to go from 1-10. However, it's eventually revealed that the Espada ranks actually go from 0-9. [[spoiler: Yammy [[spoiler:Yammy switches from 10 to 0 when released. WordOfGod clarified that Espada ranks are based on amount of power, not ability to use it. Yammy has the most power but is incapable of wielding it properly. His incapacity was foreshadowed from the beginning but the rank change was completely left-field.]]
12th Apr '17 2:45:41 PM MajinAkuma
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** In the Zanpakuto filler arc, [[TalkingWeapon Muramasa]] claims to have killed his master and that he wants to liberate all zanpakutos from their owners. [[spoiler: It transpires that he's using the zanpakutou rebellion to distract the shinigami so he can free his sealed master Kouga Kuchiki. The closest thing to a foreshadow is Byakuya's fake HeelFaceTurn, but that act doesn't foreshadow Kouga's existence, it only foreshadows Byakuya wanting Muramasa defeated.]]

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** In the Zanpakuto filler arc, [[TalkingWeapon Muramasa]] claims to have killed his master and that he wants to liberate all zanpakutos Zanpakutos from their owners. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It transpires that he's using the zanpakutou rebellion to distract the shinigami so he can free his sealed master Kouga Kuchiki. The closest thing to a foreshadow is Byakuya's fake HeelFaceTurn, FaceHeelTurn, but that act doesn't foreshadow Kouga's existence, it only foreshadows Byakuya wanting Muramasa defeated.]]



* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' went out of its way to guarantee that the death of basically all fan favorites were as shocking and as painful to the viewer as possible, including [[spoiler:two fake deaths of Asahina and Kyouko]] and the deaths of [[spoiler:Seiko Kimura, The Great Gozu and Kouichi Kizakura]], the three characters that were almost universally received with acclaim, even in such a divisive installment of the franchise.

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' went out of its way to guarantee that the death of basically all fan favorites were as shocking and as painful to the viewer as possible, including [[spoiler:two fake deaths of Asahina and Kyouko]] Kirigiri]] and the deaths of [[spoiler:Seiko Kimura, The Great Gozu and Kouichi Kizakura]], the three characters that were almost universally received with acclaim, even in such a divisive installment of the franchise.
11th Apr '17 12:52:55 AM rafi
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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' "Epilogue", the FullyAbsorbedFinale for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', reveals that Terry [=McGinnis=] is [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne's son. Cadmus' leader Amanda Waller rewrotte Terry's father DNA with Bruce's in order to create a successor for Batman]]. It wasn't hinted in any fashion in the run of the show (neither for the entire ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}''). Also [[spoiler: Waller's plan]] runs on [[ContrivedCoincidence improbable coincidences]] since Terry was initially introduced as a random teenager who found Bruce's basement by accident. The twist was apparently meant to explain why Terry and his brother Matt have black hair while their parents are a red headed man and a brunette woman but ultimately [[VoodooShark leaves bigger questions]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]]: The Mane Six, minus Twilight, [[spoiler:after getting their cutie marks switched,]] are compelled [[spoiler:to do something they are neither good at nor enjoy, as it is their destiny.]] This goes against everything we know about [[spoiler:cutie marks, which appear ''after'' a pony discovered their destiny, and reflects a particular skill/idea, often a hobby, not vocation. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark reflects her love of racing, but she is a professional weather wrangler.]]
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont Daring Don't]]" reveals that [[spoiler:the fictional book series about Franchise/IndianaJones expy Daring Do is actually true and secretly written by the main character under a pseudonym]]. This despite the fact that there was no foreshadowing, it clashes with the existing setting, {{retcon}}s all the maps away and creates massive amounts of FridgeLogic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Summer's friend Tammy announces in her reception speech [[spoiler: that she isn't a teenage human girl but a Galactic Federation undercover agent, shoots her newly wed husband Birdperson and then proceeds to arrest every guest]]. This has no build up until the critical moment even thought the character [[RecurringExtra did appear several times]] through the series.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch parodies this by having Creator/MNightShyamalan subject to several Shocking Swerves in a row, each time lampshading it by turning to the camera and exclaiming "What a twist!"
* In-universe in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where, in the ShowWithinAShow, [[TheScrappy Poochie]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dies on the way back to his home planet]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In a three part arc the mystery of Kenny's ability to die endlessly was explained. The boys had been playing superheroes, with one of the children playing the laughable "Mint-Berry Crunch," a half-man, half-berry. Everything built up to a confrontation between Kenny and [[spoiler: Cthulhu]]. Then, out of nowhere, [[spoiler:Mint-Berry Crunch turns out to be an actual [[Franchise/{{Superman}} superhero sent to earth as a protector]], and he literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Cthulhu]]]]. Kenny is as incredulous as the audience during this reveal.
** The Critters from "Woodland Critter Christmas" start out as a regular parody of saccharine, insipid Christmas specials... until we find out that they are devoted followers of Satan, hellbent on bringing about the advent of the Antichrist. One moment they are happy and cheerful, the very next they're sacrificing a disturbingly willing Rabbitty and having an orgy with his corpse (and they're ''still'' happy and cheerful). Justified because [[spoiler:it's a story written by Cartman]].
* As mentioned in further detail on the WhamEpisode page, the season finale of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' is one of these, what with [[spoiler:the feral Ezekiel stealing and destroying the money. WordOfGod confirms that everybody survived, although characters like Alejandro have received serious injuries]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', season 2: [[spoiler:One of the teachers, Professor Avalon, turns out to be an evil clone. It's a legitimate twist in the original... but [[DubInducedPlotHole not so much in the 4Kids dub]], where the spell that was shot at the teacher in an earlier episode was changed to a Sphere of Truth spell, which should have revealed this]].
* ''Futurama'' parodies this in its ShowWithinAShow AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'', "The Scary Door."

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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' "Epilogue", the FullyAbsorbedFinale for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', reveals that Terry [=McGinnis=] is [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne's son. Cadmus' leader Amanda Waller rewrotte Terry's father DNA with Bruce's in order to create a successor for Batman]]. It wasn't hinted in any fashion in the run of the show (neither for the entire ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}''). Also [[spoiler: Waller's plan]] runs on [[ContrivedCoincidence improbable coincidences]] since Terry was initially introduced as a random teenager who found Bruce's basement by accident. The twist was apparently meant to explain why Terry and his brother Matt have black hair while their parents are a red headed man and a brunette woman but ultimately [[VoodooShark leaves bigger questions]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]]: The Mane Six, minus Twilight, [[spoiler:after getting their cutie marks switched,]] are compelled [[spoiler:to do something they are neither good at nor enjoy, as it is their destiny.]] This goes against everything we know about [[spoiler:cutie marks, which appear ''after'' a pony discovered their destiny, and reflects a particular skill/idea, often a hobby, not vocation. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark reflects her love of racing, but she is a professional weather wrangler.]]
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont Daring Don't]]" reveals that [[spoiler:the fictional book series about Franchise/IndianaJones expy Daring Do is actually true and secretly written by the main character under a pseudonym]]. This despite the fact that there was no foreshadowing, it clashes with the existing setting, {{retcon}}s all the maps away and creates massive amounts of FridgeLogic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Summer's friend Tammy announces in her reception speech [[spoiler: that she isn't a teenage human girl but a Galactic Federation undercover agent, shoots her newly wed husband Birdperson and then proceeds to arrest every guest]]. This has no build up until the critical moment even thought the character [[RecurringExtra did appear several times]] through the series.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch parodies this by having Creator/MNightShyamalan subject to several Shocking Swerves in a row, each time lampshading it by turning to the camera and exclaiming "What a twist!"
* In-universe in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where, in the ShowWithinAShow, [[TheScrappy Poochie]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dies on the way back to his home planet]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In a three part arc the mystery of Kenny's ability to die endlessly was explained. The boys had been playing superheroes, with one of the children playing the laughable "Mint-Berry Crunch," a half-man, half-berry. Everything built up to a confrontation between Kenny and [[spoiler: Cthulhu]]. Then, out of nowhere, [[spoiler:Mint-Berry Crunch turns out to be an actual [[Franchise/{{Superman}} superhero sent to earth as a protector]], and he literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Cthulhu]]]]. Kenny is as incredulous as the audience during this reveal.
** The Critters from "Woodland Critter Christmas" start out as a regular parody of saccharine, insipid Christmas specials... until we find out that they are devoted followers of Satan, hellbent on bringing about the advent of the Antichrist. One moment they are happy and cheerful, the very next they're sacrificing a disturbingly willing Rabbitty and having an orgy with his corpse (and they're ''still'' happy and cheerful). Justified because [[spoiler:it's a story written by Cartman]].
* As mentioned in further detail on the WhamEpisode page, the season finale of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' is one of these, what with [[spoiler:the feral Ezekiel stealing and destroying the money. WordOfGod confirms that everybody survived, although characters like Alejandro have received serious injuries]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', season 2: [[spoiler:One of the teachers, Professor Avalon, turns out to be an evil clone. It's a legitimate twist in the original... but [[DubInducedPlotHole not so much in the 4Kids dub]], where the spell that was shot at the teacher in an earlier episode was changed to a Sphere of Truth spell, which should have revealed this]].
* ''Futurama''
''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' parodies this in its ShowWithinAShow AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'', "The Scary Door."


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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' "Epilogue", the FullyAbsorbedFinale for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', reveals that Terry [=McGinnis=] is [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne's son. Cadmus' leader Amanda Waller rewrotte Terry's father DNA with Bruce's in order to create a successor for Batman]]. It wasn't hinted in any fashion in the run of the show (neither for the entire ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}''). Also [[spoiler: Waller's plan]] runs on [[ContrivedCoincidence improbable coincidences]] since Terry was initially introduced as a random teenager who found Bruce's basement by accident. The twist was apparently meant to explain why Terry and his brother Matt have black hair while their parents are a red headed man and a brunette woman but ultimately [[VoodooShark leaves bigger questions]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]]: The Mane Six, minus Twilight, [[spoiler:after getting their cutie marks switched,]] are compelled [[spoiler:to do something they are neither good at nor enjoy, as it is their destiny.]] This goes against everything we know about [[spoiler:cutie marks, which appear ''after'' a pony discovered their destiny, and reflects a particular skill/idea, often a hobby, not vocation. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark reflects her love of racing, but she is a professional weather wrangler.]]
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont Daring Don't]]" reveals that [[spoiler:the fictional book series about Franchise/IndianaJones expy Daring Do is actually true and secretly written by the main character under a pseudonym]]. This despite the fact that there was no foreshadowing, it clashes with the existing setting, {{retcon}}s all the maps away and creates massive amounts of FridgeLogic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Summer's friend Tammy announces in her reception speech [[spoiler: that she isn't a teenage human girl but a Galactic Federation undercover agent, shoots her newly wed husband Birdperson and then proceeds to arrest every guest]]. This has no build up until the critical moment even thought the character [[RecurringExtra did appear several times]] through the series.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch parodies this by having Creator/MNightShyamalan subject to several Shocking Swerves in a row, each time lampshading it by turning to the camera and exclaiming "What a twist!"
* In-universe in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where, in the ShowWithinAShow, [[TheScrappy Poochie]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dies on the way back to his home planet]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In a three part arc the mystery of Kenny's ability to die endlessly was explained. The boys had been playing superheroes, with one of the children playing the laughable "Mint-Berry Crunch," a half-man, half-berry. Everything built up to a confrontation between Kenny and [[spoiler: Cthulhu]]. Then, out of nowhere, [[spoiler:Mint-Berry Crunch turns out to be an actual [[Franchise/{{Superman}} superhero sent to earth as a protector]], and he literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Cthulhu]]]]. Kenny is as incredulous as the audience during this reveal.
** The Critters from "Woodland Critter Christmas" start out as a regular parody of saccharine, insipid Christmas specials... until we find out that they are devoted followers of Satan, hellbent on bringing about the advent of the Antichrist. One moment they are happy and cheerful, the very next they're sacrificing a disturbingly willing Rabbitty and having an orgy with his corpse (and they're ''still'' happy and cheerful). Justified because [[spoiler:it's a story written by Cartman]].
* As mentioned in further detail on the WhamEpisode page, the season finale of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' is one of these, what with [[spoiler:the feral Ezekiel stealing and destroying the money. Rverybody survived, although characters like Alejandro have received serious injuries]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', season 2: [[spoiler:One of the teachers, Professor Avalon, turns out to be an evil clone. It's a legitimate twist in the original... but [[DubInducedPlotHole not so much in the 4Kids dub]], where the spell that was shot at the teacher in an earlier episode was changed to a Sphere of Truth spell, which should have revealed this]].
26th Mar '17 2:19:39 PM SpideyTerry
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* The third season of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' ends with the showdown over the Xindi weapon, which has been the plot the entire season. With ''Enterprise'', the Xindi he's convinced, and [[TheCavalry Shran]], they destroy the weapon and try to contact Starfleet only to find... ''the Nazis won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII!'' This was part of the "Temporal Cold War" plot that was [[ExecutiveMeddling forced into the show]]... except that Daniels, the Temporal Cold War guy, had referred only to the Xindi in his appearances. In no way did anything in Season 3 hint, foreshadow, or subliminally convey that space Nazis were on the horizon, and it completely undercut what was otherwise a fairly satisfying season finale.
** This was intentionally [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by original showrunners Berman and Braga, who were angry about being KickedUpstairs and ended the season with the most bizarre and nonsensical plot twist they could think of to spite new showrunner Manny Coto. Coto promptly used it to wrap up the much-maligned Temporal Cold War arc and start fresh for season 4.

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* The third season of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' ends with the showdown over the Xindi weapon, which has been the plot the entire season. With ''Enterprise'', the Xindi he's convinced, and [[TheCavalry Shran]], they destroy the weapon and try to contact Starfleet only to find... ''the Nazis won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII!'' This was part of the "Temporal Cold War" plot that was [[ExecutiveMeddling forced into the show]]... except that Daniels, the Temporal Cold War guy, had referred only to the Xindi in his appearances. In no way did anything in Season 3 hint, foreshadow, or subliminally convey that space Nazis were on the horizon, and it completely undercut what was otherwise a fairly satisfying season finale.
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finale. The episode was intentionally [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by original showrunners Berman and Braga, who were angry about being KickedUpstairs and ended the written at a time when a fourth season was very much in doubt. Connor Trinneer (Trip) personally believes the writers deliberately did this to stick the network with negative blowback in case the most bizarre and nonsensical plot twist they could think of to spite new showrunner Manny Coto. Coto promptly used it to wrap up the much-maligned Temporal Cold War arc and start fresh for season 4.show actually did get cancelled.
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** The revelation that [[spoiler:Itachi Uchiha, the man who had murdered his entire clan, joined the evil organization Akatsuki, and Mind Raped his little brother twice (using his massacre of their family), turns out to be a loving brother under orders from his village the entire time]].

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** The revelation that [[spoiler:Itachi Uchiha, the man who had murdered his entire clan, joined the evil organization Akatsuki, and Mind Raped his little brother twice (using his massacre of their family), turns out to be a loving brother under orders from his village the entire time]].time. And all his cruel treatment with Sasuke was part of [[GambitRoulette some kind of delusional plan]] in order to dying from his hand and make him the hero of the village.]]



** The climax of the Fourth Ninja War arc. While the previous major villains were established in prior story arcs, even if some of them had been explicitly stated to have been dead prior to the story, the reveal that [[spoiler:Kaguya Otsutsuki and her creation Black Zetsu]] were the true [[BigBad big bads]] the entire time and the driving force behind almost every negative event in the entire series ([[spoiler:including manipulating every single Uchiha who was ever evil]]) came completely out of nowhere and retconned a ton of backstory material that had been established for a good couple YEARS at that point. The former was only first mentioned 50 chapters or so before their debut and the latter had previously been established to be a creation of [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]] with no indication that they were anything more than that. [[note]]Although it fits with one of the recurring themes of the series, which is that the manipulat''or'' frequently winds up as the manipulat''ed'', that still doesn't change that there was utterly no set-up for any of this beforehand.[[/note]]

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** The climax of the Fourth Ninja War arc. While [[spoiler:While the previous major villains were established in prior story arcs, even if some of them had been explicitly stated to have been dead prior to the story, the reveal that [[spoiler:Kaguya Kaguya Otsutsuki and was the true BigBad the entire time with her creation Black Zetsu]] were the true [[BigBad big bads]] the entire time and Zetsu as her TheDragon who the driving force behind almost every negative event in the entire series ([[spoiler:including (including manipulating every single Uchiha who was ever evil]]) evil) came completely out of nowhere and retconned a ton of backstory material that had been established for a good couple YEARS at that point. The former was only first mentioned 50 chapters or so before their debut and the latter had previously been established to be a creation of [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]] Madara Uchiha with no indication that they were anything more than that. [[note]]Although [[note]] Although it fits with one of the recurring themes of the series, which is that the manipulat''or'' frequently winds up as the manipulat''ed'', that but still doesn't change that there was utterly no set-up for any of this beforehand.[[/note]][[/note]]]]
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