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16th Nov '17 1:23:06 AM bwburke94
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** Kutner's suicide. Before this, there's no foreshadowing of any kind in previous episodes that he was depressed or suicidal. It just happened off-screen at the beginning of an episode and the rest of the episode is one long CluelessAesop about how sometimes emotionally stable non-suicidal people just kill themselves and nobody gets to find out why. The out of universe reason for Kutner's death is that ''Creator/KalPenn'' abruptly left to work for the Obama presidency at the White House and his character was McLeaned.

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** Kutner's suicide. Before this, there's no foreshadowing of any kind in previous episodes that he was depressed or suicidal. It just happened off-screen at the beginning of an episode and the rest of the episode is one long CluelessAesop about how sometimes emotionally stable non-suicidal people just kill themselves and nobody gets to find out why. The out of universe reason for Kutner's death is that ''Creator/KalPenn'' Creator/KalPenn abruptly left to work for the Obama presidency at the White House and his character was McLeaned.
12th Nov '17 4:28:05 PM merotoker
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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. And all his cruel treatment with Sasuke was part of [[GambitRoulette some kind of delusional plan]] in order to die from his hand and make him the hero of the village.]]

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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. And all his cruel treatment with Sasuke was part of [[GambitRoulette some kind of delusional plan]] in order to die from his hand and make him the hero of the village.]]village]].



* The [[GrandTheftMe body-swap]] of Terra and the Ultra-Humanite in the Comicbook/PowerGirl ongoing series did not feature any foreshadowing or rational explanation, and actually seems to directly contradict previous established facts (In the issue before the reveal, Satanna actually comments that her sources are still looking for Humanite, and so far have not had any luck in locating him). The conflict itself was handled well and lead into one of the best issues of the series, but the actual swap came completely out of nowhere and even Terra's half-explanation after she was rescued does not clear up all the points, since she refers to lengthy torture sessions and stays in a psychiatric hospital, even though the entire affair occurred in only a single day. Good idea, good follow through, but ''horrible'' lead-in.

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* The [[GrandTheftMe body-swap]] of Terra and the Ultra-Humanite in the Comicbook/PowerGirl ongoing series did not feature any foreshadowing or rational explanation, and actually seems to directly contradict previous established facts (In the issue before the reveal, Satanna actually comments that her sources are still looking for Humanite, and so far have not had any luck in locating him). The conflict itself was handled well and lead led into one of the best issues of the series, but the actual swap came completely out of nowhere and even Terra's half-explanation after she was rescued does not clear up all the points, since she refers to lengthy torture sessions and stays in a psychiatric hospital, even though the entire affair occurred in only a single day. Good idea, good follow through, but ''horrible'' lead-in.



* ''A New Circle'' start off as a ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' SelfInsertFic, before the author reveals that the voice speaking to Adam is [[spoiler: Setsuna a.k.a. ''[[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Pluto]]'']]. At no point was it ever hinted that this story was a crossover of ''any'' kind.

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* ''A New Circle'' start starts off as a ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' SelfInsertFic, before the author reveals that the voice speaking to Adam is [[spoiler: Setsuna a.k.a. ''[[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Pluto]]'']]. At no point was it ever hinted that this story was a crossover of ''any'' kind.



* Showing that [[TropesAreTools tropes are not bad]], the {{Trope Namer|s}} for LukeIAmYourFather was thought up during the writing process of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack.'' Before that, Obi-Wan's explanation that Darth Vader killed Luke's father was meant to be literally true.
** Also, the whole gradual "Luke's LoveInterest Leia is actually his ''sister''" [[TheReveal revelation]], which rather handily resolved the LoveTriangle with Luke and Leia and Han, but retroactively turned some of the moments of UnresolvedSexualTension between the siblings (which involved some kissing) into {{Squick}}.

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* Showing that [[TropesAreTools tropes are not bad]], the {{Trope Namer|s}} for LukeIAmYourFather was thought up during the writing process of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack.'' Before that, Obi-Wan's explanation that Darth Vader killed Luke's father was meant to be literally true.
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true. Also, the whole gradual "Luke's LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Leia is actually his ''sister''" [[TheReveal revelation]], which rather handily resolved the LoveTriangle with Luke and Leia and Han, but retroactively turned some of the moments of UnresolvedSexualTension between the siblings (which involved some kissing) into {{Squick}}.



* The ending of John Grisham's ''The Partner'' comes right out of the blue. After the main character's conspirator goes through all the effort to find and rescue him, [[spoiler: she steals the money and disappears.]] She could have done that any time.

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* The ending of John Grisham's Creator/JohnGrisham's ''The Partner'' comes right out of the blue. After the main character's conspirator goes through all the effort to find and rescue him, [[spoiler: she steals the money and disappears.]] She could have done that any time.



* In ''Literature/HandleWithCare,'' [[spoiler:Willow's death]] is completely unexpected, has no build-up, and seems to have been included just to make everything more tragic than it already was. It turned an already ''very'' PyrrhicVictory into a sucker-punching ShootTheShaggyDogStory.

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* In ''Literature/HandleWithCare,'' [[spoiler:Willow's death]] is completely unexpected, has no build-up, and seems to have been included just to make everything more tragic than it already was. It turned an already ''very'' PyrrhicVictory into a sucker-punching ShootTheShaggyDogStory.ShootTheShaggyDog story.



* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'': sometimes things were thrown into shock viewers, but a lot of the angry moments while integral to the plot. One classic example was the ending of the "The Grand Opening" episode, where everyone curses off at the end, just to shock.

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* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'': sometimes things were thrown into shock viewers, but a lot of the angry moments while integral to the plot. One classic example was the ending of the "The Grand Opening" episode, where everyone curses off at the end, just to shock.



* ''Series/TwentyFour''

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* The {{trope namer|s}} and [[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]].

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* The {{trope namer|s}} and [[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 Wrestling/TonySchiavone'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 Creator/DavidArquette (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''.teammate''. Despite the outcome, he wouldn't make a FaceHeelTurn until a later PPV.[[/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 Wrestling/SamoaJoe heel turn was godawful, he layed down in the 2009 King of the Mountain match at the last second for no reason. Despite the fact that he had been going after the Main Event Mafia for months, had fought like crazy up to that point, and was probably seconds away from becoming ''World Heavyweight Champion'', it was all supposed to be a ruse. [[SarcasmMode That sure makes sense.]]

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** The Wrestling/SamoaJoe turned heel turn was godawful, when he layed laid down in the 2009 King of the Mountain match at the last second for no reason. Despite the fact that he had been going after the Main Event Mafia for months, had fought like crazy up to that point, and was probably seconds away from becoming ''World Heavyweight Champion'', it was all supposed to be a ruse. [[SarcasmMode That sure makes sense.]]



* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' has a bunch of them, mostly due to the fact that Telltale Games decided to play fast and loose with the Batman mythos. The heaviest is that [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne was a crime boss and he and Martha were killed as revenge and Vicki Vale, usually Bruce Wayne's on-again/off-again girlfriend, is the BigBad of the series.]] There's also another twist that ''might'' be one of these, depending on your choices. If you've chosen nothing by nice responses to [[spoiler: Harvey Dent]], this character's descent into KnightTemplar villainy comes out of nowhere, and is awkwardly hand-waved as being brought on by [[spoiler: Lady Arkham's drugs]].

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' has a bunch of them, mostly due to the fact that Telltale Games decided to play fast and loose with the Batman mythos. The heaviest is that [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne was a crime boss and he and Martha were killed as revenge and Vicki Vale, usually Bruce Wayne's on-again/off-again girlfriend, is the BigBad of the series.]] series]]. There's also another twist that ''might'' be one of these, depending on your choices. If you've chosen nothing by but nice responses to [[spoiler: Harvey Dent]], this character's descent into KnightTemplar villainy comes out of nowhere, and is awkwardly hand-waved as being brought on by [[spoiler: Lady Arkham's drugs]].



* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': In the very end, [[spoiler:an anvil falls from the ceiling and turns Polterguy, who was briefly turned into his human form, back into his ghost form. This comes completely out of thin air and makes no sense. It's presumably made by the Sardini Company, but they just were scared out of their house for the forth time and Vito does not seem to have any supernatural powers.]] Doubles up with an AssPull.

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* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': In the very end, [[spoiler:an anvil falls from the ceiling and turns Polterguy, who was briefly turned into his human form, back into his ghost form. This comes completely out of thin air and makes no sense. It's presumably made by the Sardini Company, but they just were scared out of their house for the forth time and Vito does not seem to have any supernatural powers.]] powers]]. Doubles up with an AssPull.



* 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]].

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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 rewrote 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}}'').''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse''). 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]].
9th Nov '17 12:09:13 PM FF32
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* In the end of ''The Testament of Sherlock Holmes'' it turns out that [[spoiler: one of the girls who are reading the story, and who's supposedly the granddaughter of Holmes, is actually the granddaughter (or possibly grand-granddaughter) of James Moriarty. Her mother was adopted by Sherlock Holmes when Moriarty died]]. While this isn't a bad twist per se, it still feels like a twist for the sake of a twist, quite disconnected from the rest of the story and which serves no purpose.

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* In the end of ''The Testament of Sherlock Holmes'' ''VideoGame/TheTestamentOfSherlockHolmes'' it turns out that [[spoiler: one of the girls who are reading the story, and who's supposedly the granddaughter of Holmes, is actually the granddaughter (or possibly grand-granddaughter) of James Moriarty. Her mother was adopted by Sherlock Holmes when Moriarty died]]. While this isn't a bad twist per se, it still feels like a twist for the sake of a twist, quite disconnected from the rest of the story and which serves no purpose.
29th Oct '17 7:02:08 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{MarkOfTheVampire}}'': [[spoiler: The dead man was killed by a person who deliberately faked a vampire attack. The "vampires" were actors hired to trap that murderer. All the main characters (other than the killer) were in on the trap]].

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* ''Film/{{MarkOfTheVampire}}'': ''Film/MarkOfTheVampire'': [[spoiler: The dead man was killed by a person who deliberately faked a vampire attack. The "vampires" were actors hired to trap that murderer. All the main characters (other than the killer) were in on the trap]].
22nd Oct '17 6:14:26 PM lalaTKG
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* Among the male idol community, ''Anime/BProject Koudou*Ambitious'' is pretty well known. What starts as a normal, if eccentric, idol anime ends with [[spoiler:the B-Project's kindly manager, Yashamaru, revealing to the heroine that her father was one of the people that ruined his life, and that in revenge he's willing to take down the company his daughter now works at, scoop up B-Project, and make it big at another company after controversy forces the former company to shut down.]] Absolutely ''none'' of this was foreshadowed beforehand, but the only hints that something was wrong with [[spoiler:Yashamaru]] were the scenes where he makes a secret deal with an off-screen higher up, and Episodes 10 and 11, where he suddenly vanishes and has his songs distributed to another group in a different label. But even then, that leads to more of a [[spoiler:kidnapping and blackmail]] arc rather than [[spoiler:industrial sabotage]], and the heroine didn't seem like she was central to the conflict at all.
13th Oct '17 6:29:29 AM PistolsAtDawn
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* The ending to ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'' was a stunner and one of the reasons the film is considered a classic today. It's since been Busted as [[spoiler: Blanche's injuries would clearly not match up to someone who had been hit with a moving vehicle]] as opposed to being [[spoiler: driving the car when it crashed]].
15th Sep '17 11:50:57 PM KOman
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** The climax of the Fourth Ninja War arc. [[spoiler:While the previous major villains were established in prior story arcs, the reveal that Kaguya Otsutsuki was the true BigBad the entire time with her creation Black Zetsu as her TheDragon, serving as the driving force behind almost every negative event in the entire series (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 of 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 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'', but 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. [[spoiler:While the previous major villains were established in prior story arcs, the reveal that Kaguya Otsutsuki was the true BigBad the entire time with her creation Black Zetsu as her TheDragon, serving as the driving force behind almost every negative event in the entire series (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 of YEARS at that point. The former was only first mentioned 50 30 chapters or so before their debut and the latter had previously been established to be a creation of 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'', but still doesn't change that there was utterly no set-up for any of this beforehand.[[/note]]]]
14th Sep '17 4:44:53 PM Byzantine
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** The climax of the Fourth Ninja War arc. [[spoiler:While the previous major villains were established in prior story arcs, the reveal that Kaguya Otsutsuki was the true BigBad the entire time with her creation Black Zetsu as her TheDragon who the driving force behind almost every negative event in the entire series (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 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'', but 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. [[spoiler:While the previous major villains were established in prior story arcs, the reveal that Kaguya Otsutsuki was the true BigBad the entire time with her creation Black Zetsu as her TheDragon who TheDragon, serving as the driving force behind almost every negative event in the entire series (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 of 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 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'', but still doesn't change that there was utterly no set-up for any of this beforehand.[[/note]]]]
14th Sep '17 4:41:40 PM Byzantine
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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. 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.]]

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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. And all his cruel treatment with Sasuke was part of [[GambitRoulette some kind of delusional plan]] in order to dying die from his hand and make him the hero of the village.]]
4th Sep '17 1:47:40 PM Luigiofthegods
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[[TropesAreNotBad These kinds of swerves won't always irredeemably ruin a story]] - while they may be total {{Ass Pull}}s in the moment, it isn't out of the question to expand upon them throughout the rest of the plot and later installments, maybe even sensibly integrating them into the story proper - but it takes a mastermind to do right, meaning that most of them turn out less than exemplary.
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