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5th Nov '16 4:14:46 PM PhantomDusclops92
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** The "main characters" page also flat out says that Rhyme is Beat's sister, something that is supposed to be revealed only a little before Beat becomes your partner.
6th Oct '16 6:13:23 PM bwburke94
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'''This is a spoiler trope. Here be spoilers!'''



* The European reprinted manuals for a number of [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Sega Genesis/Mega Drive]] games were more complete but would often spoil details like the name or layout of later levels or enemy types, including bosses. For example:
** The ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' manual would spoil the name and traps of every act, as well as [[spoiler: the existence and purpose of the Final Zone]].

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* The European reprinted manuals for a number of [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Sega Genesis/Mega Mega Drive]] games were more complete but would often spoil details like the name or layout of later levels or enemy types, including bosses. For example:
** The ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' manual would spoil the name and traps of every act, as well as [[spoiler: the existence and purpose of the Final Zone]].Zone.



** The Genesis's version of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters'''s manual spoiled its [[SNKBoss SNKBosses]].

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** The Genesis's version of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters'''s manual spoiled its [[SNKBoss SNKBosses]].{{SNK Boss}}es.



** The manual of the SNES North American release of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' - in the equipment section in the back, it lists the classes of all the characters, to designate what each can equip. Particularly blatant in the case of Edge and [=FuSoYa=], since you know there's more game coming after each DiscOneFinalDungeon because you haven't met a ninja or Lunarian yet.
** One of the screenshots on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' Advance's back of the box has Krile, a character [[spoiler:who doesn't appear after Galuf's PlotlineDeath]] and a screenshot spoiling TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.

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** The manual of the SNES North American release of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' - in the equipment section in the back, it lists the classes of all the characters, to designate what each can equip. Particularly blatant in the case cases of Edge and [=FuSoYa=], Fusoya, since you know there's more game coming after each DiscOneFinalDungeon because you haven't met a ninja or Lunarian yet.
** One of the screenshots on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' Advance's back of the box has Krile, a character [[spoiler:who Krile (who doesn't appear after Galuf's PlotlineDeath]] in person until well into the game) and a screenshot spoiling TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'''s manual spoils the identities of four eventual party members, and eagle-eyed gamers can spot clues that [[spoiler:there is another world involved]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'''s American manual for the [=PS2=] version spoils a major development of the protagonist Luke simply with the cover - the cover of the manual was also the cover of the game. Not only that, it initially shows Luke's character page with him having long hair, but we already saw him with short hair. Later pages, explaining the status screen show Luke with short hair and flat out calling him Luke Fon Fabre. So already, the emotional impact of the scene of Luke [[ImportantHaircut cutting his hair short]] to symbolize his will to change is ruined simply by buying the game and looking at the manual. Incidentally, the Japanese manual ''did not'' spoil this. The manual was redone for the [=3DS=] version of the game and fortunately does not contain this blatant spoiler.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'''s manual spoils the identities of four eventual party members, and eagle-eyed gamers can spot clues that [[spoiler:there there is another world involved]].
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'''s American manual for the [=PS2=] version spoils a major development of the protagonist Luke simply with the cover - the cover of the manual was also the cover of the game. Not only that, it initially shows Luke's character page with him having long hair, but we already saw him with short hair. Later pages, explaining the status screen show Luke with short hair and flat out calling him Luke Fon Fabre. So already, the emotional impact of the scene of Luke [[ImportantHaircut cutting his hair short]] to symbolize his will to change is ruined simply by buying the game and looking at the manual. Incidentally, the Japanese manual ''did not'' spoil this. The manual was redone for the [=3DS=] UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS version of the game and fortunately does not contain this blatant omits the spoiler.



** Lampshaded in the case of ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', where [[spoiler:Colonel Redips's name was intentionally misspelled as "Rideps" in the manual to prevent giving away the plot twist that he was TheMole (by disguising as "Spider") and the ultimate BigBad.]]
* ''Tecmo's VideoGame/{{Deception}}'' has the manual give away the fact that [[spoiler:Fiana]] is an acquirable summoned monster.
* The manuals of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' and ''Red Alert'' give you the full tech-tree, including the factions' super-weapons. It thus doesn't come as much of a surprise to the player that in the campaigns, Nod develops nukes, GDI has a KillSat, the Iron Curtain project is about temporarily making things invulnerable and the Allies develops a teleporter. [[spoiler: The Soviets]] developing nukes in ''Red Alert'' is given a partial spoiler -- you know the game has nukes, since they are in the manual... but the manual shows the ''multiplayer'' tech-tree, in which both factions have nukes, so which side develops them first in the course of the campaigns is still left open.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. The manual is carefully written to never make any claims regarding [[spoiler:who you really are]], ensuring that it is completely accurate even after all the [[PlotTwist plot twists]].

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** Lampshaded in the case of ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', where [[spoiler:Colonel Colonel Redips's name was intentionally misspelled as "Rideps" in the manual to prevent giving away the plot twist that he was TheMole (by disguising as "Spider") "[[SdrawkcabAlias Spider]]") and the ultimate BigBad.]]
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* ''Tecmo's VideoGame/{{Deception}}'' has the manual give away the fact that [[spoiler:Fiana]] Fiana is an acquirable summoned monster.
* The manuals of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' and ''Red Alert'' give you the full tech-tree, including the factions' super-weapons. It thus doesn't come as much of a surprise to the player that in the campaigns, Nod develops nukes, GDI has a KillSat, the Iron Curtain project is about temporarily making things invulnerable and the Allies develops a teleporter. [[spoiler: The Soviets]] Soviets developing nukes in ''Red Alert'' is given a partial spoiler -- you know the game has nukes, since they are in the manual... but the manual shows the ''multiplayer'' tech-tree, in which both factions have nukes, so which side develops them first in the course of the campaigns is still left open.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. The manual is carefully written to never make any claims regarding [[spoiler:who you really are]], your character's real identity, ensuring that it is completely accurate by omission even after all the [[PlotTwist plot twists]].reveal.



* The page describing the ship's manifest from ''VideoGame/StarControl2'' displays artifacts required to complete the game, such as an Illwrath cloaking device. [[spoiler:Subverted: there is no such device obtainable in the actual game]].
** It's also averted in a broader sense; the manual is written to give the impression that you'll be rejoining and resuming the war from the previous game, hiding the fact that [[spoiler:the war was lost nearly twenty years ago.]]
* The manual for ''The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle'' shows a screenshot of the password screen. The problem? Inputting the password in the screenshot takes you to the last level of the game.

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* Subverted twice in ''VideoGame/StarControl2''.
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The page describing the ship's manifest from ''VideoGame/StarControl2'' displays artifacts required to complete the game, such as an Illwrath cloaking device. [[spoiler:Subverted: there is no No such device obtainable item exists in the actual game]].
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** It's also averted in In a broader sense; sense, the manual is written to give the impression that you'll be rejoining and resuming the war from the previous game, hiding the fact that [[spoiler:the the war was lost nearly twenty years ago.]]
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* The manual for ''The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle'' shows a screenshot of the password screen. The problem? Inputting the password in the screenshot takes you to the last level of the game.



* Not immediately apparent with ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'', but in the original [=PS2=] version the game's manual folded out into a map of the locations visited in the game provided by Jak's uncle, showing the names and roughly the path the player would take through the game. The problem is that the last level is called '[[spoiler: Gol and Maia's]] Citadel' which spoils the names of the BigBad. The problem? [[spoiler: The whole point of Jak and Daxter's journey at the beginning is because they believe Gol can turn Daxter back into a human/elf, and since there's a man and a woman seen in the opening cutscene it's very easy to work out who these two are...]]

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* Not immediately apparent with ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'', but in the original [=PS2=] version the game's manual folded out into a map of the locations visited in the game provided by Jak's uncle, showing the names and roughly the path the player would take through the game. The problem is that the last level is called '[[spoiler: Gol 'Gol and Maia's]] Maia's Citadel' which spoils the names of the BigBad. The problem? [[spoiler: The whole point of Jak and Daxter's journey at the beginning is because they believe Gol can turn Daxter back into a human/elf, and since there's a man and a woman seen in the opening cutscene it's very easy to work out who these two are...]]
4th Jun '16 9:55:47 PM nombretomado
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* Not immediately apparent with ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'', but in the original PS2 version the game's manual folded out into a map of the locations visited in the game provided by Jak's uncle, showing the names and roughly the path the player would take through the game. The problem is that the last level is called '[[spoiler: Gol and Maia's]] Citadel' which spoils the names of the BigBad. The problem? [[spoiler: The whole point of Jak and Daxter's journey at the beginning is because they believe Gol can turn Daxter back into a human/elf, and since there's a man and a woman seen in the opening cutscene it's very easy to work out who these two are...]]

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* Not immediately apparent with ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'', but in the original PS2 [=PS2=] version the game's manual folded out into a map of the locations visited in the game provided by Jak's uncle, showing the names and roughly the path the player would take through the game. The problem is that the last level is called '[[spoiler: Gol and Maia's]] Citadel' which spoils the names of the BigBad. The problem? [[spoiler: The whole point of Jak and Daxter's journey at the beginning is because they believe Gol can turn Daxter back into a human/elf, and since there's a man and a woman seen in the opening cutscene it's very easy to work out who these two are...]]
16th Mar '16 7:31:24 AM res20stupid
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* Not immediately apparent with ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'', but in the original PS2 version the game's manual folded out into a map of the locations visited in the game provided by Jak's uncle, showing the names and roughly the path the player would take through the game. The problem is that the last level is called '[[spoiler: Gol and Maia's]] Citadel' which spoils the names of the BigBad. The problem? [[spoiler: The whole point of Jak and Daxter's journey at the beginning is because they believe Gol can turn Daxter back into a human/elf, and since there's a man and a woman seen in the opening cutscene it's very easy to work out who these two are...]]
2nd Dec '15 5:25:33 PM nombretomado
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* The European reprinted manuals for a number of [[SegaGenesis Sega Genesis/Mega Drive]] games were more complete but would often spoil details like the name or layout of later levels or enemy types, including bosses. For example:

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* The European reprinted manuals for a number of [[SegaGenesis [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Sega Genesis/Mega Drive]] games were more complete but would often spoil details like the name or layout of later levels or enemy types, including bosses. For example:
15th Oct '15 8:15:01 PM Vios
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Infernal}}'', [=EtherLight=]'s evil plan isn't revealed until you're half way through the game... unless you read the the manual, which states it outright in the introduction.
11th Jul '15 4:34:51 AM PF
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. The manual is carefully written to never make any claims regarding [[spoiler:who you really are]], ensuring that it is completely accurate even after all the [[PlotTwist Plot Twists]].

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. The manual is carefully written to never make any claims regarding [[spoiler:who you really are]], ensuring that it is completely accurate even after all the [[PlotTwist Plot Twists]].plot twists]].



* The manual for VideoGame/TheBugsBunnyCrazyCastle shows a screenshot of the password screen. The problem? Inputting the password in the screenshot takes you to the last level of the game!

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* The manual for VideoGame/TheBugsBunnyCrazyCastle ''The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle'' shows a screenshot of the password screen. The problem? Inputting the password in the screenshot takes you to the last level of the game!game.
11th Jul '15 4:31:29 AM PF
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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' has the following:

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has the following:
9th Jul '15 5:16:15 AM PF
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Sometimes a VideoGame instruction manual, in the progress of describing gameplay controls or mechanics, will reveal information that was otherwise intended to be a surprise for the player as they plays the game.

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Sometimes a VideoGame instruction manual, in the progress of describing gameplay controls or mechanics, will reveal information that was otherwise intended to be a surprise for the player as they plays play the game.
9th Jul '15 5:15:37 AM PF
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Sometimes a VideoGame instruction manual, in the progress of describing gameplay controls or mechanics, will reveal information that was otherwise intended to be a surprise for the player as he plays the game.

For example, an illustration may depict characters that join the player's party late in the game, describe enemies or bosses he may fight in a particular area, or discuss how to control the player's GlobalAirship.

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Sometimes a VideoGame instruction manual, in the progress of describing gameplay controls or mechanics, will reveal information that was otherwise intended to be a surprise for the player as he they plays the game.

For example, an illustration may depict characters that join the player's party late in the game, describe enemies or bosses he they may fight in a particular area, or discuss how to control the player's GlobalAirship.
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