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16th Feb '18 1:54:33 PM Corlagon
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* An ''Comicstrip/{{Ottifanten}}'' strip where Opa Bommel is ranting about Sunday the 15th again eventually has Paul point out that it's actually the 16th. This was indeed published on a Sunday the 16th, and the collected edition still has the date notice, in the first half of the strip, so many people must have seen it coming. Downplayed if not outright subverted in that it is only part of the punchline.
6th Feb '18 1:27:23 AM CountDorku
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'', Miguel makes contact with Ernesto de la Cruz and the prospect of being able to go home with no give-up-your-dreams clause more than half an hour before the movie actually ends. You just ''know'' something's going to go wrong...
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28th Jan '18 5:01:25 PM CassandraLeo
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** [[spoiler:Though the fact that he can ''talk'' is still something of a surprise in the book, as - owing to the fact that it's a book - he could have written the whole thing down.]]
28th Jan '18 4:52:36 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Series/TheBlacklist'' avoids the "two-part episode" problem by not listing "Part 1" in any of the first parts' titles. Second halves of two-part episodes append "Conclusion" to their respective first parts' titles. This won't help if you look up episode lists, but it at least avoided the problem for viewers who watched the show as it aired (or shortly thereafter).
17th Jan '18 4:03:20 PM BigKlingy
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* Many fanfiction websites require stories to be tagged, and tags can very easily be inherent spoilers. For example...
** If a story that starts out lighthearted has the "[[DarkFic dark]]" tag, expect things to go downhill eventually.
** If a story is tagged as "shipping", the presence of romance won't be surprising. Most ship fics also tag the pairing itself, which can ruin the tension in WillTheyOrWontThey stories or those that have a "who will X end up with?" premise. Similarly, if a fic is tagged "slash", don't expect to be surprised by the sudden reveal of a character's sexuality.
** If [[WalkingSpoiler the presence of a certain character is inherently a twist]], this can be ruined on websites that feature character tags on fanfics.
** Some fanfic websites require {{Crossover}}s to be tagged as such. In some fics the fact that the story ''is'' a crossover is a major PlotTwist, which is ruined by tags like this.
7th Jan '18 4:02:16 PM merotoker
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** The back of the published manga can cause this in two different ways since it features the top 10 of the of the 104th trainee corps. If you've read the first volume or seen enough episodes, you can figure this out easily, and the fact that they're in order from 1-10 going left to right helps. On the back of volume two, [[spoiler: Eren, the fifth from the left, is transparent, which one would assume is to show that he was killed in book 1; but if you look at the later books, he goes back to being solid white, which means that he gets better in book 2.]]

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** The back of the published manga can cause this in two different ways since it features the top 10 of the of the 104th trainee corps. If you've read the first volume or seen enough episodes, you can figure this out easily, and the fact that they're in order from 1-10 going left to right helps. On the back of volume two, [[spoiler: Eren, the fifth from the left, is transparent, which one would assume is to show that he was killed in book 1; but if you look at the later books, he goes back to being solid white, which means that he gets better in book 2.]]2]].



* Notably {{inverted|Trope}} in TheFilmOfTheBook for Creator/KenKesey's ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', where the fact that [[spoiler: Chief Bromden is faking being a deaf-mute]] is used for a genuinely unexpected [[TheReveal Reveal]]. In the novel, it's pretty obvious from the outset that [[spoiler: the Chief is fully aware of his surroundings]], since he's ''the narrator'' of the book.

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* Notably {{inverted|Trope}} in TheFilmOfTheBook for Creator/KenKesey's ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', where the fact that [[spoiler: Chief Bromden is faking being a deaf-mute]] is used for a genuinely unexpected [[TheReveal Reveal]]. In [[Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest the novel, novel]], it's pretty obvious from the outset that [[spoiler: the Chief is fully aware of his surroundings]], since he's ''the narrator'' of the book.



* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings''

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* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings''''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'':



** Bromosel makes two comments that {{lampshade}} this InUniverse.

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** Bromosel makes two comments that {{lampshade}} {{lampshade|Hanging}} this InUniverse.



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''Galactica|2003}}'':



* ''Series/StargateSG1''

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* ''Series/StargateSG1''''Series/StargateSG1'':



* An Orbitz ad airing on Logo before the 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.

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* An Orbitz ad airing on Logo before the Creator/RuPaul's Drag Race ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' 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.



* In ''RoboCopTheSeries'', the Mysterious Culprit (the real killer in "Prime Suspect," or the organ thief in "What Money Can't Buy") frequently turns out to be the only remaining guest character who hasn't been either killed already or shown to be guilty of something else.

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* In ''RoboCopTheSeries'', ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'', the Mysterious Culprit (the real killer in "Prime Suspect," or the organ thief in "What Money Can't Buy") frequently turns out to be the only remaining guest character who hasn't been either killed already or shown to be guilty of something else.



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** Played Straight: [[spoiler: You defeat all of the main arcana shadows in early November. There's still 5 months left to go...Hmmm...]]
** Subverted: [[spoiler: The final battle to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt takes place on January 31st. You don't do anything for the next two months, as you skip right to graduation for the GoldenEnding.]]

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** Played Straight: [[spoiler: You defeat all of the main arcana shadows in early November. There's still 5 months left to go...Hmmm...]]
Hmmm..]].
** Subverted: [[spoiler: The final battle to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt takes place on January 31st. You don't do anything for the next two months, as you skip right to graduation for the GoldenEnding.]]GoldenEnding]].



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' Chapter 4 seems to wrap everything up...until you realize there's a fifth chapter. It involves [[spoiler: getting killed and wandering around the afterlife which includes several rehashed elements disguised as portals. Naturally, you have to enter the real world, return to your body and face the BigBad again at the end.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' Chapter 4 seems to wrap everything up...until you realize there's a fifth chapter. It involves [[spoiler: getting killed and wandering around the afterlife which includes several rehashed elements disguised as portals. Naturally, you have to enter the real world, return to your body and face the BigBad again at the end.]]end]].



** ''Unwound Future'' later subverts this, though: [[spoiler: some of the mysteries are solved during ''the ending cutscene'', so technically the game is already over.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler:some of the mysteries will be solved twice.]]

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** ''Unwound Future'' later subverts this, though: [[spoiler: some of the mysteries are solved during ''the ending cutscene'', so technically the game is already over.]]
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** Not to mention [[spoiler:some of the mysteries will be solved twice.]]twice]].



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does this, [[spoiler: after Kefka succeeds in bringing about Armageddon after only 20 hours through a 40 plus hour game. The heroic party is split apart across the world map and the final dungeon is open to export for the final ending. Of course, you can take on the dungeon as three characters as soon as you get the airship, but the likelihood of success is slim-to-none without ''heavy'' grinding. Therefore, it's much better to spend the extra 20 plus hours reuniting with your party members and leveling up before challenging the final dungeon, which completes the standard 40 plus hours found in most role playing games.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does this, [[spoiler: after Kefka succeeds in bringing about Armageddon after only 20 hours through a 40 plus hour game. The heroic party is split apart across the world map and the final dungeon is open to export for the final ending. Of course, you can take on the dungeon as three characters as soon as you get the airship, but the likelihood of success is slim-to-none without ''heavy'' grinding. Therefore, it's much better to spend the extra 20 plus hours reuniting with your party members and leveling up before challenging the final dungeon, which completes the standard 40 plus hours found in most role playing games.]]games]].



* You'll quickly figure out in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' that if you miss the tattle information on an enemy you can only ever fight once, you'll be able to dig it out of Frankly's trash can to avert PermanentlyMissableContent. However, it also guarantees you know who you will and won't fight again[[note]]The only exception is Red Dry Bones. His tattle info is in the can after his defeat in Chapter 1, but you do face him one more time much later[[/note]].

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* You'll quickly figure out in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' that if you miss the tattle information on an enemy you can only ever fight once, you'll be able to dig it out of Frankly's trash can trashcan to avert PermanentlyMissableContent. However, it also guarantees you know who you will and won't fight again[[note]]The only exception is Red Dry Bones. His tattle info is in the can after his defeat in Chapter 1, but you do face him one more time much later[[/note]].



* Part 9 of the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' playthrough of Megaman 7 is repeatedly called the "season finale" by Jon and Ego, despite the episode not sporting the "FINALE" label used in all other episodes where they beat a game. Viewers who watched the series after the fact might also be wondering why the series appears to continue for nine more episodes.

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* Part 9 of the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' playthrough of Megaman 7 ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' is repeatedly called the "season finale" by Jon and Ego, despite the episode not sporting the "FINALE" label used in all other episodes where they beat a game. Viewers who watched the series after the fact might also be wondering why the series appears to continue for nine more episodes.



* Analyze Phish is a podcast in which Harris Wittels attempts to get Scott Aukerman to like the band Music/{{Phish}}, with the understanding that if Scott ever decides to like Phish, the podcast will end immediately. Occasionally, just before Harris plays the next Phish song, Scott will tell the audience that if the current episode is about to end, it's because whatever song that is about to play has convinced him to like Phish. [[spoiler:This never happens]].

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* Analyze Phish is a podcast in which Harris Wittels attempts to get Scott Aukerman to like the band Music/{{Phish}}, with the understanding that if Scott ever decides to like Phish, the podcast will end immediately. Occasionally, just before Harris plays the next Phish song, Scott will tell the audience that if the current episode is about to end, it's because whatever song that is about to play has convinced him to like Phish. [[spoiler:This never happens]].happens.]]



* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Super Best Friends Brawl]]: [[http://youtu.be/qtDN36Vg8Tc?t=40m10s Def Jam: Fight For New York]]. Entering the final match, Pat has no wins while Matt and Woolie have 2 each (It's first to 3). After Matt gets knocked out, the fight briefly cuts away to a message saying "Dat awesome moment when you realize there's only 2 minutes left in the video, so it must mean Pat loses!"
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic review "Top Eleven Worst Episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''" When he comments that he got through the entire review without anything bad happening, Malcolm points out that there's still two minutes left on the time bar. Cue Dante Basco.

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Super Best Friends Brawl]]: [[http://youtu.be/qtDN36Vg8Tc?t=40m10s Def Jam: Fight For New York]]. Entering the final match, Pat has no wins while Matt and Woolie have 2 each (It's first to 3). After Matt gets knocked out, the fight briefly cuts away to a message saying "Dat awesome moment when you realize there's only 2 minutes left in the video, so it must mean Pat loses!"
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic review "Top Eleven Worst Episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''" ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.''" When he comments that he got through the entire review without anything bad happening, Malcolm points out that there's still two minutes left on the time bar. Cue Dante Basco.



* Sometimes, when a YouTube video asks the viewer at the beginning if they can guess what's up, they'll lampshade this by acknowledging that the viewers read the title already.

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* Sometimes, when a YouTube Website/YouTube video asks the viewer at the beginning if they can guess what's up, they'll lampshade this by acknowledging that the viewers read the title already.



* 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 the character would be brought back.

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* If you hadn't read anything about it on the internet, 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 the character would be brought back.
1st Dec '17 8:48:16 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Audiobook narrators can spoil twists premature by using the distinctive voice of a character in sections where that character's identity is supposed to remain a secret from the reader. Examples include:
** ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The narrator performs [[spoiler:Nicomo Cosca]]'s dialogue with his unique accent and delivery in the scene after his apparent death, spoiling the reveal of his survival.

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* Audiobook narrators can spoil The audiobook of ''Literature/BestServedCold'' spoils two twists premature by the fact that the narrator reads dialogue of mysterious characters using the their distinctive voice of a character in sections where that character's speaking style, making their identity is supposed to remain a secret from obvious before the reader. Examples include:
text reveals it.
** ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The narrator performs [[spoiler:Nicomo Cosca]]'s dialogue with his unique accent and delivery in the scene after his apparent death, spoiling the reveal of his survival.survival.
** The BedTrick-like sequence makes it seem like Monza and Shivers are having sex with each other but ultimately reveals that they're screwing two different people. The accents of their partners give this twist away prematurely.
30th Nov '17 12:20:40 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The narrator performs [[spoiler:Nicomo Cosca]]'s dialogue with his unique accent and delivery in the scene after his apparent death, spoiling the reveal of his survival in ''Literature/RedCountry''.

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** ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The narrator performs [[spoiler:Nicomo Cosca]]'s dialogue with his unique accent and delivery in the scene after his apparent death, spoiling the reveal of his survival in ''Literature/RedCountry''.survival.
28th Nov '17 3:08:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Averted in books like ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' that have long appendices, as well as those that give a preview of the next book in the series.
** Some of the ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] ebooks have a preview not only of a chapter of the next book in that series, but also a chapter of the first book in half a dozen other ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] series. The actual final chapter can be at 70% of the progress bar.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Hopscotch}}'', which includes its own abridged version. If read from the first chapter to the last of the main story, in order, chapters 1 through 56 end with about half of the pages still unread. The remainder of the book consists of 99 [[DeletedScene expendable chapters]], short appendices which can be read in between the chapters of the main story according to an alternate order; the first four chapters one reads of this extended version are those numbered 73 - 1 - 2 - 116.



* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is post-modern enough to avert this several times. There is a story within a story within a story, wildly erratic formatting (including some pages with just a word or two), footnotes that run for pages (not always left-to-right), several appendices, several appendices that are supposed to be there but are instead single-page notes about missing appendices, a short story tacked on the end, and a lengthy index. Come on, guess how many pages you have left.



* Averted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Changes''. [[spoiler:It certainly seems like everything's going to be okay, and Harry and Murphy will finally hook up, and then in literally the last two paragraphs, Harry is shot and killed.]]
** However, [[spoiler: Since it was well known that the series wasn't over, most readers knew that Harry wouldn't stay dead.]]
** A few books into the series (in the e-versions at least), there's a preview of Jim Butcher's other series Codex Alera tacked onto the end. Which results in the book ending before you expect it to. Until of course you get used to its presence. But then the first time the preview ''isn't'' included, the book doesn't end when you think it should!
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/ColdDays''. Harry is about to step into a barrier that might well kill him, but there's still half a dozen chapters (not to mention books) to come. The next chapter starts with:

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* Averted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Changes''. [[spoiler:It certainly seems like everything's going to be okay, and Harry and Murphy will finally hook up, and then in literally the last two paragraphs, Harry is shot and killed.]]
** However, [[spoiler: Since it was well known that the series wasn't over, most readers knew that Harry wouldn't stay dead.]]
** A few books into the series (in the e-versions at least), there's a preview of Jim Butcher's other series Codex Alera tacked onto the end. Which results in the book ending before you expect it to. Until of course you get used to its presence. But then the first time the preview ''isn't'' included, the book doesn't end when you think it should!
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''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/ColdDays''. Harry is about to step into a barrier that might well kill him, but there's still half a dozen chapters (not to mention books) to come. The next chapter starts with:


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* Audiobook narrators can spoil twists premature by using the distinctive voice of a character in sections where that character's identity is supposed to remain a secret from the reader. Examples include:
** ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The narrator performs [[spoiler:Nicomo Cosca]]'s dialogue with his unique accent and delivery in the scene after his apparent death, spoiling the reveal of his survival in ''Literature/RedCountry''.
14th Nov '17 8:20:47 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** In broadcasts from the UFC, preliminary fights from earlier in the day are inserted into the broadcast to fill time when the main card fights end quickly. Prelim fights aired early in the card will almost always be a quick finish used to kill a few minutes. If there's only a few minutes left in the PPV timeslot and a prelim fight is aired after the main event, expect it to be quick as well.

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** In the past, broadcasts from the UFC, UFC would insert preliminary fights from earlier in the day are inserted into the broadcast to fill time when the main card fights end quickly. Prelim fights aired early in the card will almost always be a quick finish used to kill a few minutes. If there's only a few minutes left in the PPV timeslot and a prelim fight is aired after the main event, expect it to be quick as well.
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