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20th Jun '16 1:54:56 PM gewunomox
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* An Orbitz ad airing on Logo before the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 finale effectively spoiled the results: [[spoiler:Alexis Mateo was seen as a dark horse as she received more criticism than Manila Luzon and Raja combined, and all three had the same number of wins - the Orbitz commercial featured eliminated queens Shangela and Carmen Carrera alongside finalist Manila Luzon]]. After the finale's filming, the results were more traditionally spoiled by online leaks.

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* An Orbitz ad airing on Logo before the RuPaul's Creator/RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 finale effectively spoiled the results: [[spoiler:Alexis Mateo was seen as a dark horse as she received more criticism than Manila Luzon and Raja combined, and all three had the same number of wins - the Orbitz commercial featured eliminated queens Shangela and Carmen Carrera alongside finalist Manila Luzon]]. After the finale's filming, the results were more traditionally spoiled by online leaks.
3rd Jun '16 8:15:54 AM MegaMarioMan
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* Gloriously subverted in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}!''. Teen girl Terry has spent an entire issue angsting about whether she's a lesbian, and whether she should ask out the school's only "out" lesbian, Pam, or even continue to talk to Pam, afraid that she'll be ostracized if she does. At the very end of the issue, Terry's walking down a hallway, Pam says hi... and Terry keeps walking past, not even looking up at Pam. The next page is the first page of the "Letters" section, marking it as the end of the issue [[spoiler:except that page is then followed by the ''actual'' last page of the issue, in which Terry runs back to Pam, flustered and sheepish, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming just says "Hi"]]]]. Even when it was collected in book form, the formatting was kept the same, thanks to a postscript essay on the issue which served the same purpose.

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* Gloriously subverted in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}!''.''ComicBook/{{Zot}}''. Teen girl Terry has spent an entire issue angsting about whether she's a lesbian, and whether she should ask out the school's only "out" lesbian, Pam, or even continue to talk to Pam, afraid that she'll be ostracized if she does. At the very end of the issue, Terry's walking down a hallway, Pam says hi... and Terry keeps walking past, not even looking up at Pam. The next page is the first page of the "Letters" section, marking it as the end of the issue [[spoiler:except that page is then followed by the ''actual'' last page of the issue, in which Terry runs back to Pam, flustered and sheepish, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming just says "Hi"]]]]. Even when it was collected in book form, the formatting was kept the same, thanks to a postscript essay on the issue which served the same purpose.
8th May '16 8:27:56 AM BrendanRizzo
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* When all of the remaining [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] in ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' decide to attack all at once, precisely nobody believed that the show was over, because they were defeated in Episode 5 of a TwelveEpisodeAnime. This makes the [[BreatherEpisode following two episodes]] an exercise in waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sure enough, [[spoiler:the Heroes still have to deal with one straggler]], but even then, the series is only two-thirds of the way done... and then TheReveal happens. This trope is probably the main reason why so many fans [[IKnewIt correctly guessed]] that [[spoiler:the Taisha is lying about the disabilities from Mankai being temporary]].
3rd May '16 1:50:50 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Fan Works as a whole tend to avert this trope, since there is really no limit to the media used (It can be as short or as long as the writer wants) and said authors are free to do just about anything they want with the characters. Indeed, many fan works update one chapter/episode/etc. at a time, so if a work hasn't been finished yet, it can be hard to say how long it will be even if you see a table of contents.

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* Fan Works as a whole tend to avert this trope, since there is really no limit to the media used (It can be as short or as long as the writer wants) and said the authors are free to do just about anything they want with the characters. Indeed, many fan works update one chapter/episode/etc. at a time, so if a work hasn't been finished yet, it can be hard to say how long it will be even if you see a table of contents.



* Episodes of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and its spinoffs tend to follow a general pattern - the bulk of the episode is spent following the clues of the [[MysteryOfTheWeek case of the week]], with the solution to said case coming within the last five minutes and the resolution of the B plot case (if there is a B plot) coming just before or after. As such, anyone designated as a prime suspect before fifty minutes[[note]] Minimum - it's certainly not unheard of for one final decoy to be introduced then, with the real culprit caught even later.[[/note]] into the show is virtually guaranteed to be innocent. The format is often played with, however:

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* Episodes of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and its spinoffs tend to follow a general pattern - the bulk of the episode is spent following the clues of the [[MysteryOfTheWeek case of the week]], with the solution to said case coming within the last five minutes and the resolution of the B plot case (if there is a B plot) coming just before or after. As such, anyone designated as a prime suspect before fifty minutes[[note]] Minimum - it's certainly not unheard of for one final decoy to be introduced then, with the real culprit caught even later.[[/note]] into the show is virtually guaranteed to be innocent. The format is often played with, however:



* The real-time format of ''Series/TwentyFour'' means that most of the major action scenes don't take place until three-quarters of the way through any given hour (with very few exceptions). Also, any time an episode's final split-screen is shown with three or four minutes remaining before the beginning of the next hour (especially in later seasons), it's a sign that there's one more scene afterwards (usually as a cliffhanger). Somewhat surprisingly, this is fairly often lampshaded by characters saying something like, "I'll be there to meet the shipment at the docks in 20 minutes." If the viewer checks her watch, and it's 9:35, she can be pretty certain something important/exciting/surprising will be happening at said docks.

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* The real-time format of ''Series/TwentyFour'' means that most of the major action scenes don't take place until three-quarters of the way through any given hour (with very few exceptions). Also, any time an episode's final split-screen is shown with three or four minutes remaining before the beginning of the next hour (especially in later seasons), it's a sign that there's one more scene afterwards (usually as a cliffhanger). Somewhat surprisingly, this is fairly often lampshaded by characters saying something like, "I'll be there to meet the shipment at the docks in 20 minutes." If the viewer checks her watch, and it's 9:35, she can be pretty certain something important/exciting/surprising will be happening at said docks.there.



* If you hadn't read anything about it on the internet, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s "Life of Brian" would avert this, but pretty much everything you could find out online -- from the plot summary to the title to the season's premise of one of the main cast being killed off -- gave it away.
** Also played straight with the ChristmasEpisode that followed three weeks later, which gave a description of the b-plot that pretty much revealed said character would be brought back.

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* If you hadn't read anything about it on the internet, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s "Life of Brian" would avert this, but pretty much everything you could find out online -- from the plot summary to the title to the season's premise of one of the main cast being killed off -- gave it away.
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away. Also played straight with the ChristmasEpisode that followed three weeks later, which gave a description of the b-plot that pretty much revealed said the character would be brought back.
25th Apr '16 1:58:15 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** One aversion is digital music provider Bandcamp: content providers are able to make hidden tracks a complete surprise; you'll only notice them once you've opened the compressed file you've just downloaded. ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' composer Music/{{C418}} included a six-minute song "What now?" as a hidden track for his album ''Life changing moments seem minor in pictures'', for example, but [[http://c418.bandcamp.com/album/life-changing-moments-seem-minor-in-pictures you won't see it listed on the site.]]
*** There is one problem with Bandcamp, however: the header next to the album art reads "Immediate download of [x]-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire." This means that if the track listing doesn't have the same number of songs as is listed up there, you know there's going to be [x] number of bonus tracks.
* Album credits can sometimes give away certain aspects of an album in advance of the person listening to it. For example, the musicians credited can give away that a song contains a string section or a trumpet solo before the person hears it, while the lyric sheet can give away that certain tracks are instrumentals.
20th Apr '16 6:36:23 AM starofjusticev21
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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Besides Bella's [[TooDumbToLive not-suicide cliff diving]] in ''New Moon'' (as evidenced below), there's also her birthing of Renesmee in ''Breaking Dawn''. All of the tension as to whether or not she'll live falls rather flat when one considers that it happens at the end of part two, there's a buttload of pages left for part three, and that section is told from her point of view. It was ''possible'' that Bella died and Edward would've been the POV character for the last part of the book, except for how the author liked putting in little teasers from the very end of the book at the very beginning, and thus gave away that Bella would be there to do that.

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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Besides Bella's [[TooDumbToLive not-suicide cliff diving]] in ''New Moon'' (as evidenced below), there's also her birthing of Renesmee in ''Breaking Dawn''. All of the tension as to whether or not she'll live falls rather flat when one considers that it happens at the end of part two, there's a buttload of pages left for part three, and that section is told from her point of view. It was ''possible'' that Bella died and Edward would've been the POV character for the last part of the book, except for how the author liked putting in little teasers from the very end of the book at the very beginning, and thus gave away that Bella would be there to do that.
20th Apr '16 6:12:34 AM starofjusticev21
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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Besides Bella's [[TooDumbToLive not-suicide cliff diving]] in ''New Moon'' (as evidenced below), there's also her birthing of Renesmee in ''Breaking Dawn''. All of the tension as to whether or not she'll live falls rather flat when one considers that it happens at the end of part two, there's a buttload of pages left for part three, and that section is told from her point of view.

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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Besides Bella's [[TooDumbToLive not-suicide cliff diving]] in ''New Moon'' (as evidenced below), there's also her birthing of Renesmee in ''Breaking Dawn''. All of the tension as to whether or not she'll live falls rather flat when one considers that it happens at the end of part two, there's a buttload of pages left for part three, and that section is told from her point of view. It was ''possible'' that Bella died and Edward would've been the POV character for the last part of the book, except for how the author liked putting in little teasers from the very end of the book at the very beginning, and thus gave away that Bella would be there to do that.
20th Apr '16 6:10:04 AM starofjusticev21
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* ''The Adventures of the Rope Warrior'' started ending its installments on little cliffhangers like in an ongoing serial, but the thing was that it started doing this in the second and final book in the series, and thus the installments ending on cliffhangers were chapters in the same book. So in addition to the difficulties of knowing mooks didn't really blow the hero away in a filthy alley with half the book still to go, it was made even worse by how just glancing at the first paragraph on the next page let you know the hero had slipped out of his hiding place when the villains shot at it and when he winced it pain it was actually at a bad joke one of them made.

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* ''The Adventures ''Adventures of the Rope Warrior'' started ending its installments on little cliffhangers like in an ongoing serial, but the thing was is that it started doing this in the second and final book in the series, and thus the installments ending on cliffhangers were chapters in the same book. So in addition to the difficulties usual problems of knowing mooks didn't really blow the hero away in a filthy alley with half the book still to go, it was made even worse by how just glancing at the first paragraph on the next page let you know the hero had slipped snuck out of his hiding place when the villains shot at it and when he winced it pain it was actually at a bad joke one of them made.
18th Apr '16 6:42:20 PM starofjusticev21
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* ''The Adventures of the Rope Warrior'' started ending its installments on little cliffhangers like in an ongoing serial, but the thing was that it started doing this in the second and final book in the series, and thus the installments ending on cliffhangers were chapters in the same book. So in addition to the difficulties of knowing mooks didn't really blow the hero away in a filthy alley with half the book still to go, it had the problem of generating tension when just glancing at the first paragraph on the next page let you know the hero had slipped out of his hiding place when the villains shot at it and when he winced it pain it was actually at a bad joke one of them made.

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* ''The Adventures of the Rope Warrior'' started ending its installments on little cliffhangers like in an ongoing serial, but the thing was that it started doing this in the second and final book in the series, and thus the installments ending on cliffhangers were chapters in the same book. So in addition to the difficulties of knowing mooks didn't really blow the hero away in a filthy alley with half the book still to go, it had the problem of generating tension when was made even worse by how just glancing at the first paragraph on the next page let you know the hero had slipped out of his hiding place when the villains shot at it and when he winced it pain it was actually at a bad joke one of them made.
18th Apr '16 6:41:29 PM starofjusticev21
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* ''The Adventures of the Rope Warrior'' started ending its installments on little cliffhangers like in an ongoing serial, but the thing was that it started doing this in the second and final book in the series, and thus the installments ending on cliffhangers were chapters in the same book. So in addition to the difficulties of knowing mooks didn't really blow the hero away in a filthy alley with half the book still to go, it had the problem of generating tension when just glancing at the first paragraph on the next page let you know the hero had slipped out of his hiding place when the villains shot at it and when he winced it pain it was actually at a bad joke one of them made.
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