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15th May '18 9:43:46 PM Boggs
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* In ''Film/HuntForRedOctober'', the spy amongst the crew who is trying to sabotage the ship so that it can be destroyed before it can fall into the Americans' hands is... [[spoiler: cook's assistant Loginov, [[ChekovsGunman who appears in a single scene prior]] where he is [[BeneathNotice offhandedly]] made to witness the captain taking control of the dead political officer's nuclear key.]]

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* In ''Film/HuntForRedOctober'', the spy amongst the crew who is trying to sabotage the ship so that it can be destroyed before it can fall into the Americans' hands is... [[spoiler: cook's assistant Loginov, [[ChekovsGunman [[ChekhovsGunman who appears in a single scene prior]] where he is [[BeneathNotice offhandedly]] made to witness the captain taking control of the dead political officer's nuclear key.]]
15th May '18 9:42:56 PM Boggs
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* In ''Film/HuntForRedOctober'', the spy amongst the crew who is trying to sabotage the ship so that it can be destroyed before it can fall into the Americans' hands is... [[spoiler: cook's assistant Loginov, who appears in a single scene prior where he is [[BeneathNotice offhandedly]] made to witness the captain taking control of the dead political officer's nuclear key.]]

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* In ''Film/HuntForRedOctober'', the spy amongst the crew who is trying to sabotage the ship so that it can be destroyed before it can fall into the Americans' hands is... [[spoiler: cook's assistant Loginov, [[ChekovsGunman who appears in a single scene prior prior]] where he is [[BeneathNotice offhandedly]] made to witness the captain taking control of the dead political officer's nuclear key.]]
15th May '18 9:40:29 PM Boggs
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* In ''Film/HuntForRedOctober'', the spy amongst the crew who is trying to sabotage the ship so that it can be destroyed before it can fall into the Americans' hands is... [[spoiler: cook's assistant Loginov, who appears in a single scene prior where he is [[BeneathNotice offhandedly]] made to witness the captain taking control of the dead political officer's nuclear key.]]
7th May '18 7:58:08 AM NotGonnaDoALot4
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** ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' pulls this off to a whole new level. [[spoiler:The Mastermind behind the killing game is ''not'' Junko nor Tsumugi Shirogane, but ''The developers of the DanganRonpa franchise'', who decided to incorporate the elements of their games and turn it into an ''actual reality show'' set in the real world, and it's been going on for ''53 seasons''.]]

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** ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' pulls this off to a whole new level. [[spoiler:The Mastermind behind the killing game is ''not'' Junko nor Tsumugi Shirogane, but ''The ''the developers of the DanganRonpa Franchise/DanganRonpa franchise'', who decided to incorporate the elements of their games and turn it into an ''actual reality show'' set in the real world, and it's been going on for ''53 seasons''.]]
7th May '18 7:55:13 AM NotGonnaDoALot4
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** In the last case of ''Justice For All'', the true culprit is [[spoiler:your very client, Matt Engarde. Yes, the [[SurferDude dumb TV poster boy]] is actually a cold-blooded coward who couldn't even do the dirty deed himself]]. In ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|Ace Attorney}}'', the mastermind who orchestrated [[spoiler:Phoenix Wright's disbarment]] and two out of four murders in the game is [[spoiler:your own boss, Kristoph Gavin]]. And finally, in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', "the phantom", one of most dangerous people in the whole franchise, with an astounding score of two murders, three attempted murders, and three bombings, one of which occurred in a courtroom full of people, is none other than [[spoiler:Bobby Fulbright. Bobby [[StealthPun "In Justice We Trust"]] Fulbright, the goofy, overdramatic detective who helped you throughout the ENTIRE game. He's been impersonating the real (and dead) Bobby Fulbright all along]].

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** In the last case of ''Justice For All'', the true culprit is [[spoiler:your very client, Matt Engarde. Yes, the [[SurferDude dumb TV poster boy]] is actually a cold-blooded coward who couldn't even do the dirty deed himself]]. In ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|Ace Attorney}}'', the mastermind who orchestrated [[spoiler:Phoenix Wright's disbarment]] and two out of four murders in the game is [[spoiler:your own boss, Kristoph Gavin]]. And finally, in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDestinies ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', "the phantom", one of most dangerous people in the whole franchise, with an astounding score of two murders, three attempted murders, and three bombings, one of which occurred in a courtroom full of people, is none other than [[spoiler:Bobby Fulbright. Bobby [[StealthPun "In Justice We Trust"]] Fulbright, the goofy, overdramatic detective who helped you throughout the ENTIRE game. He's been impersonating the real (and dead) Bobby Fulbright all along]].



** ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' pulls this off to a whole new level. [[spoiler:The Mastermind behind the killing game is ''not'' Junko nor Tsumugi Shirogane, but ''The Developers of the Dangan Ronpa Franchise'', who decided to incorporate the elements of their games and turn it into an ''actual reality show'' set in the real world, and it's been going on for ''53 seasons''.]]

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** ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' pulls this off to a whole new level. [[spoiler:The Mastermind behind the killing game is ''not'' Junko nor Tsumugi Shirogane, but ''The Developers developers of the Dangan Ronpa Franchise'', DanganRonpa franchise'', who decided to incorporate the elements of their games and turn it into an ''actual reality show'' set in the real world, and it's been going on for ''53 seasons''.]]
3rd May '18 8:05:41 PM rjd1922
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** In the last case of ''Justice For All'', the true culprit is [[spoiler:your very client, Matt Engarde. Yes, the [[SurferDude dumb TV poster boy]] is actually a cold blooded coward who couldn't even do the dirty deed himself]]. In ''Apollo Justice'', the mastermind who orchestrated [[spoiler:Phoenix Wright's disbarment]] and two out of four murders in the game is [[spoiler:your own boss, Kristoph Gavin]]. And finally, in ''Dual Destinies'', "the phantom", the most dangerous person in the whole franchise, with an astounding score of two murders, three attempted murders, and three bombings, one of which occurred in a courtroom full of people, is none other than [[spoiler:Bobby Fulbright. Bobby [[StealthPun "In Justice We Trust"]] Fulbright, the goofy, overdramatic detective who helped you throughout the ENTIRE game. He's been impersonating the real (and dead) Bobby Fulbright all along]].

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** In the last case of ''Justice For All'', the true culprit is [[spoiler:your very client, Matt Engarde. Yes, the [[SurferDude dumb TV poster boy]] is actually a cold blooded cold-blooded coward who couldn't even do the dirty deed himself]]. In ''Apollo Justice'', ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|Ace Attorney}}'', the mastermind who orchestrated [[spoiler:Phoenix Wright's disbarment]] and two out of four murders in the game is [[spoiler:your own boss, Kristoph Gavin]]. And finally, in ''Dual Destinies'', ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', "the phantom", the one of most dangerous person people in the whole franchise, with an astounding score of two murders, three attempted murders, and three bombings, one of which occurred in a courtroom full of people, is none other than [[spoiler:Bobby Fulbright. Bobby [[StealthPun "In Justice We Trust"]] Fulbright, the goofy, overdramatic detective who helped you throughout the ENTIRE game. He's been impersonating the real (and dead) Bobby Fulbright all along]].
9th Apr '18 6:14:32 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In one of the more infamous angles of the late 90's, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, then leader of the Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness, had been terrorizing Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and his family, going so far as to kidnap his daughter Stephanie and attempt to crucify her on a cross. During the angle, it is revealed that The Undertaker actually answers to a Higher Power, though nobody knows his/her true identity. After Stone Cold Steve Austin hits the ring to save Stephanie from being crucified on a segment of Raw, he is jumped by the Ministry and tied to the ropes as the Higher Power reveals his identity to him. Stone Cold is livid as the show goes off the air. The next week, [[ShockingSwerve the Higher Power is hilariously revealed to be Vince himself, who ridiculously concocted the plan to apparently get over on Austin.]] "IT'S ME AUSTIN! IT WAS ME ALL ALONG AUSTIN! YOU ALL BOUGHT IT!." It's generally thought by fans that this was pulled off amazingly well. Vince's line "It's me, Austin!" and JR exclaiming "Aw, son of a bitch!" are still quoted by fans today. Despite all that, this storyline is looked at as being stupid because there was no real point for [=McMahon=] and his cohorts to go through all that trouble just to mess with Austin. It was a great moment until you think about what just happened. It is also generally known that Vince being the Higher Power was at least a Plan C. One of the original choices was Wrestling/MickFoley, but he turned the angle down because he didn't want to turn heel with no foreshadowing and wasn't in good enough shape to wrestle an angle with Austin. It's widely believed that [[Wrestling/DonCallis Don "The Jackyl" Callis]] was another choice, as he originally managed the Acolytes and stated that he would be controlling everything from behind the scenes. This was apparently dropped when Jackyl was released before the angle ended.

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* In one of the more infamous angles of the late 90's, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, then leader of the Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness, had been terrorizing Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and his family, going so far as to kidnap his daughter Stephanie and attempt to crucify her on a cross. During the angle, it is revealed that The Undertaker actually answers to a Higher Power, though nobody knows his/her true identity. After Stone Cold Steve Austin hits the ring to save Stephanie from being crucified on a segment of Raw, he is jumped by the Ministry and tied to the ropes as the Higher Power reveals his identity to him. Stone Cold is livid as the show goes off the air. The next week, [[ShockingSwerve the Higher Power is hilariously revealed to be Vince himself, who ridiculously concocted the plan to apparently get over on Austin.]] "IT'S ME ME, AUSTIN! IT WAS ME ALL ALONG ''ALL ALONG'', AUSTIN! YOU ALL ''ALL'' BOUGHT IT!." IT!" It's generally thought by fans that this was pulled off amazingly well. Vince's line "It's me, Austin!" and JR exclaiming "Aw, son of a bitch!" are still quoted by fans today. Despite all that, this storyline is looked at as being stupid because there was no real point for [=McMahon=] and his cohorts to go through all that trouble just to mess with Austin. It was a great moment until you think about what just happened. It is also generally known that Vince being the Higher Power was at least a Plan C. One of the original choices was Wrestling/MickFoley, but he turned the angle down because he didn't want to turn heel with no foreshadowing and wasn't in good enough shape to wrestle an angle with Austin. It's widely believed that [[Wrestling/DonCallis Don "The Jackyl" Callis]] was another choice, as he originally managed the Acolytes and stated that he would be controlling everything from behind the scenes. This was apparently dropped when Jackyl was released before the angle ended.
5th Apr '18 11:35:28 PM merotoker
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* ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' has an epic "Whaaaat!?" moment when the high priest behind ''five murder cases'' in the Kamaikakushi village is revealed to be [[spoiler: the cute and innocent girl who worked at the inn, Miyo Fuuma, who later turns out to be a AntiVillain thanks to MoreThanMindControl from her grandfather that [[BreakTheCutie Broke the Cutie]].]] Result? Eventual redemption and TearsOfRemorse.

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* ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' has an epic "Whaaaat!?" moment when the high priest behind ''five murder cases'' in the Kamaikakushi village is revealed to be [[spoiler: the cute and innocent girl who worked at the inn, Miyo Fuuma, who later turns out to be a AntiVillain thanks to MoreThanMindControl from her grandfather that [[BreakTheCutie Broke the Cutie]].]] Cutie]]]]. Result? Eventual redemption and TearsOfRemorse.



* The villain in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' fits this to a T. Except instead of a dog it's [[spoiler:a cute little bunny rabbit named Boingo]]. The fact that [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman he keeps appearing in the stories]]]] may send up warning flags to the savvy viewer. Used again in the sequel, where [[spoiler:Hansel and Gretel, the supposedly kidnapped and innocent kids]], are behind everything.

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* The villain in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' fits this to a T. Except instead of a dog it's [[spoiler:a cute little bunny rabbit named Boingo]]. The fact that [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman he keeps appearing in the stories]]]] may send up warning flags to the savvy viewer. Used again in [[WesternAnimation/HoodwinkedTooHoodVersusEvil the sequel, sequel]], where [[spoiler:Hansel and Gretel, the supposedly kidnapped and innocent kids]], are behind everything.



* In ''Film/WonderWoman2017'', Ares, the god of war, is supposedly disguised as a normal human, and apparently orchestrated [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne WWI]]. Ludendorff is the [[NeverTheObviousSuspect obvious suspect]], and the one Diana targets first. [[spoiler:After she kills Ludendorff, Ares appears in the form of Sir Patrick Morgan. He has only a handful of appearances before the reveal, and in every one appears to be trying to ''stop'' the war. [[TheChessmaster But appearances can be deceiving.]]]]

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* In ''Film/WonderWoman2017'', Ares, the god of war, is supposedly disguised as a normal human, and apparently orchestrated [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WWI]]. Ludendorff is the [[NeverTheObviousSuspect obvious suspect]], and the one Diana targets first. [[spoiler:After she kills Ludendorff, Ares appears in the form of Sir Patrick Morgan. He has only a handful of appearances before the reveal, and in every one appears to be trying to ''stop'' the war. [[TheChessmaster But appearances can be deceiving.]]]]



* Done in [[Literature/YoungWizards Young Wizards]] [[spoiler: literally. The dog was literally behind everything that has ever happened before, during and after. As it turns out, [[GodWasMyCopilot he was the creator (the one) in disguise.]] He also apparently really likes that "spell it backwards" joke.]]

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* Done in [[Literature/YoungWizards Young Wizards]] [[spoiler: literally. The dog was literally behind everything that has ever happened before, during and after. As it turns out, [[GodWasMyCopilot he was the creator (the one) in disguise.]] He also apparently really likes that "spell it backwards" joke.]]joke]].



* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''

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* In the latter half of Season 2 of ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'', Frank Castle [[spoiler: learns from Wilson Fisk that the real mastermind behind the deaths of his wife and children is a mysterious drug lord named the Blacksmith. In the second to last episode, we find out that the Blacksmith is Colonel Schoonover, Frank's former commanding officer from the Marine Corps that had only shown up in one prior episode.]]

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* In the latter half of Season 2 of ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'', ''Series/Daredevil2015'', Frank Castle [[spoiler: learns from Wilson Fisk that the real mastermind behind the deaths of his wife and children is a mysterious drug lord named the Blacksmith. In the second to last episode, we find out that the Blacksmith is Colonel Schoonover, Frank's former commanding officer from the Marine Corps that had only shown up in one prior episode.]]episode]].



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''

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** The last case of ''Trials and Tribulations'' actually has two opposing examples: [[spoiler:Morgan Fey, a one-case VillainOfTheWeek from the previous game entirely, is TheManBehindTheMan to BigBad Dahlia Hawthorne here. However, the killer -- and the one responsible for the BigDamnVillains (or BigDamnHeroes, depending on your point of view) against the formers' plan -- is new prosecutor Godot, who disappeared entirely after the third case until literally just a while ago (and is even the one who refuses to let the trial end until the whole truth's found).]]

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** The last case of ''Trials and Tribulations'' actually has two opposing examples: [[spoiler:Morgan Fey, a one-case VillainOfTheWeek from the previous game entirely, is TheManBehindTheMan to BigBad Dahlia Hawthorne here. However, the killer -- and the one responsible for the BigDamnVillains [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Big Damn Villains]] (or BigDamnHeroes, depending on your point of view) against the formers' plan -- is new prosecutor Godot, who disappeared entirely after the third case until literally just a while ago (and is even the one who refuses to let the trial end until the whole truth's found).]]found)]].



* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, you don't find out who the founder of the [[AncientConspiracy Patriots]] really is until about halfway through ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Guns Of The Patriots]]''. [[spoiler:It's Major Zero, the MissionControl from the ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]''.]] It's particularly a shocking reveal, since the character in question had not been revealed to have undergone a FaceHeelTurn or have traits of a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series, you don't find out who the founder of the [[AncientConspiracy Patriots]] really is until about halfway through ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Guns Of The Patriots]]''. [[spoiler:It's Major Zero, the MissionControl from the ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]''.]] It's particularly a shocking reveal, since the character in question had not been revealed to have undergone a FaceHeelTurn or have traits of a WellIntentionedExtremist.



* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'', you realize [[spoiler: the BigBad is CreepyChild Eveline fairly early. However, you may not recognize Eveline as the wheelchair-bound senior citizen who you never see move or speak; she's aged decades in only a few years due to her and the previous sightings of child Eveline are hallucinations.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'', you realize [[spoiler: the BigBad is CreepyChild Eveline fairly early. However, you may not recognize Eveline as the wheelchair-bound senior citizen who you never see move or speak; she's aged decades in only a few years due to her and the previous sightings of child Eveline are hallucinations.]]hallucinations]].



* In ''Videogame/RagnarokBattleOffline'' The final boss of the game turns out to be [[spoiler: a Kafra (member of a group of maids that in the original game provides saving, storage, and fast travel between cities) possessed by an unknown entity.]]

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* In ''Videogame/RagnarokBattleOffline'' The final boss of the game turns out to be [[spoiler: a Kafra (member of a group of maids that in the original game provides saving, storage, and fast travel between cities) possessed by an unknown entity.]]entity]].



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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''

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1st Apr '18 1:10:53 AM Arivne
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This trope is named after ''Videogame/SilentHill2'' and its secret joke ending in which a female Shiba Inu dog named Mira is revelead to be the BigBad behind the entire town of Silent Hill.

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14th Mar '18 12:46:32 AM Kotomikun
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** ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'': [[spoiler:Scabbers, Ron's pet rat]], who has been around since the first book. He's actually [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew, the man who framed Sirius for murder, in Animagus form. The "clues" are ridiculously obtuse--it's mentioned that Pettigrew was an Animagus of some variety (though there's a misleading implication that Animagi can't stay transformed for long periods of time), and [[EvilDetectingDog Hermione's cat always hated Scabbers]] (which seems meaningless before the reveal because cats naturally hunt rodents)]].

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** ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'': [[spoiler:Scabbers, Ron's pet rat]], who has been around since the first book. He's actually [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew, the man who framed Sirius for murder, in Animagus form. The "clues" clues are ridiculously rather obtuse--it's mentioned that Pettigrew was an Animagus of some variety (though there's a misleading implication that Animagi can't stay transformed for long periods of time), and [[EvilDetectingDog Hermione's cat always hated Scabbers]] (which seems meaningless before the reveal because cats naturally hunt rodents)]].rodents). The biggest clue is that Scabbers has been in Ron's family for over a decade, noted even in this magical universe to be a suspiciously long life for a rat; real ones top out at about 3 years. Even so, virtually no one saw this one coming]].
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