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2nd Apr '17 10:10:23 PM BillyMT
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** "Got Murder?". After finding that a dismembered body belongs to the estranged ex-wife of a man who had been accused of her murder, the investigators discover that that man's daughter is pregnant, and find evidence that he was molesting her. Just as their case starts to look watertight -- that he killed his wife when she returned to find him in bed with their daughter -- the truth comes out: it's just a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_pregnancy hysterical pregnancy.]] The daughter killed her mom for threatening her fantasy life. Dad had no idea what the heck was going on.

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** "Got Murder?". After finding that a dismembered body belongs to the estranged ex-wife of a man who had been accused of her murder, the investigators discover that that man's daughter is pregnant, and find evidence that he was molesting her. Just as their case starts to look watertight -- that he killed his wife when she returned to find him in bed with their daughter -- the truth comes out: it's just a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_pregnancy hysterical pregnancy.]] The daughter killed her mom for threatening her fantasy life.life [[OedipusComplex as the housewife]]. Dad had no idea what the heck was going on.
16th Mar '17 10:09:07 PM JackTheHammer
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* The sequel ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' also features this in a huge twist in a conversation right before the final battle: the reveal that 2B was actually 2E, an Executioner-class android tasked with observing and murdering 9S if he ever [[HeKnowsTooMuch learned too much]], and that she has murdered him many, ''many'' times prior to the game beginning, but at the same time was horribly conflicted over it due to [[InLoveWithTheMark having grown close to him over the 3 year period they were assigned together as partners.]] An even bigger twist is the fact that 9S ''knew this all along'' yet still willingly chose to stay with his murderer [[FireForgedFriends through thick and thin.]] This one conversation completely changes everything about how the player perceives the 2B/9S relationship, and re-contextualizes every single scene and line of dialogue they have together throughout the entire game.
15th Mar '17 7:34:26 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''):
** The last Shallan flashback puts the rest of them in a completely new perspective. Her entire backstory is about her family being crushed by her insane, abusive father, starting with when he murdered his wife. Then in her last flashback we find out that [[spoiler:''Shallan'' killed her mother when her mother tried to kill her for being a Surgebinder. Her father took the blame, Shallan retreated into herself, and her father started going insane with stress and paranoia]].
** In a more minor example, the revelation that [[spoiler: Shen / Rlain was not an ordinary parshman but a Parshendi spy in dullform]] may lead the reader to reassess some of their assumptions about [[spoiler:parshmen]], given that he was the main example we have seen in detail up to now.
15th Mar '17 12:58:29 PM legendaryweredragon
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* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has a mild version of this in Matilda's prequel story. Matilda as an UnreliableNarrator tells the story of how she was banished from her tribe for killing her abusive brother, but the comic shows that her brother wasn't abusive at all and his death was actually suicide and she was so angry with him for committing suicide that she lied to her tribe that she killed him for being weak. It seems at first that she is either lying or [[SelfServingMemory misremembering]] because she still hates her brother for killing himself, but the ending reveals that her narration is actually her telling her story on a talk show where she was pressured into changing her story to make herself sound better, which she now deeply regrets doing because it made everyone unsympathetic to her tribe and she now understands that her brother suffered from depression.

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* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has a mild version of this in Matilda's prequel story. Matilda as an UnreliableNarrator UnreliableVoiceover tells the story of how she was banished from her tribe for killing her abusive brother, but the comic shows that her brother wasn't abusive at all and his death was actually suicide and she was so angry with him for committing suicide that she lied to her tribe that she killed him for being weak. It seems at first that she is either lying or [[SelfServingMemory misremembering]] because she still hates her brother for killing himself, but the ending reveals that her narration the voiceover is actually her telling her story on a talk show where she was pressured into changing her story to make herself sound better, which she now deeply regrets doing because it made everyone unsympathetic to her tribe and she now understands that her brother suffered from depression.
15th Mar '17 12:46:09 PM legendaryweredragon
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* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has a mild version of this in Matilda's prequel story. Matilda as an UnreliableNarrator tells the story of how she was banished from her tribe for killing her abusive brother, but the comic shows that her brother wasn't abusive at all and his death was actually suicide and she lied to her tribe that she killed him for being weak. It seems at first that she is either lying or misremembering because she hated her brother for killing himself, but the ending reveals that her narration is actually her telling her story on a talk show where she was pressured into changing her story to make herself sound better, which she now deeply regrets doing because it made everyone unsympathetic to her tribe and she now understands that her brother suffered from depression.

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* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has a mild version of this in Matilda's prequel story. Matilda as an UnreliableNarrator tells the story of how she was banished from her tribe for killing her abusive brother, but the comic shows that her brother wasn't abusive at all and his death was actually suicide and she was so angry with him for committing suicide that she lied to her tribe that she killed him for being weak. It seems at first that she is either lying or misremembering [[SelfServingMemory misremembering]] because she hated still hates her brother for killing himself, but the ending reveals that her narration is actually her telling her story on a talk show where she was pressured into changing her story to make herself sound better, which she now deeply regrets doing because it made everyone unsympathetic to her tribe and she now understands that her brother suffered from depression.
15th Mar '17 12:31:39 PM legendaryweredragon
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* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has a mild version of this in Matilda's prequel story. Matilda as an UnreliableNarrator tells the story of how she was banished from her tribe for killing her abusive brother, but the comic shows that her brother wasn't abusive at all and his death was actually suicide and she lied to her tribe that she killed him for being weak. It seems at first that she is either lying or misremembering because she hated her brother for killing himself, but the ending reveals that her narration is actually her telling her story on a talk show where she was pressured into changing her story to make herself sound better, which she now deeply regrets doing because it made everyone unsympathetic to her tribe and she now understands that her brother suffered from depression.
11th Mar '17 9:24:16 PM neckinhalf
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* ''Series/BlackMirror'':
** Season 2's ''White Bear'' has us follow around an amnesiac named Victoria who starts the episode tied to a chair, but escapes and finds out humanity went crazy after a weird signal of an upside-down Y was broadcast. As weird costumed people start chasing her, others just watch, recording with their phones instead of helping. She meets up with more battle-ready survivors on a quest to stop the signal and gets flashbacks of her past. She sees a fiance, a daughter, a white teddy bear, and fire for some reason. The group gets to the broadcast headquarters of the signal and fight off some henchmen, climaxing in Victoria shooting a shotgun at one of them. The gun just has confetti. Then the truth is revealed as the "headquarters" turn out to be a stage with an audience behind it. Victoria is chained down to a chair and breaks down crying as her past is played back on a projector: the little girl isn't her daughter; she and her fiance kidnapped her. The fiance ''tortured and burned the little girl to death'' while Victoria recorded things on her phone. The white bear was the girl's, and a vigil-like symbol of the hunt to find her while she was missing. The weird brainwash symbol was the husband's tattoo. He hung himself in prison, but people decided Victoria should be punished to the extent he wasn't. The entire experience was that punishment. The brainwashed people with their phones out were willing tourists seeing a sideshow attraction. At the end, Victoria is taken back to the house where she woke up at the start and has her memory wiped away with a head collar device that has her in screaming pain as it does its work. It's shown that the people in charge of this punishment repeat this whole process every day.
** In Season 3's ''Shut Up and Dance'', Kenny, a teenager who downloads a sketchy "malware remover" to reverse some damage his sister did to his laptop, is blackmailed when hackers record him masturbating. He's forced to pair up with Hector, a man being blackmailed for an affair, for a bank robbery. This later escalates to him having to fight a fellow blackmailed person ''to the death'' to see who gets the "prize money". In their conversation before the fight, it's revealed that Kenny was masturbating to child porn (as was the man he is to fight). This explains why he had to play along all the way through. Kenny wins the fight, but the hackers still leak everything they have on everyone, and Kenny is taken away by police at the end.
8th Feb '17 8:59:08 AM storyyeller
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* ''Film/CounterInvestigation'': The 9 year old daughter of police chief Malinowski is raped and murdered, and after a hasty police investigation with little evidence, Daniel Eckman is arrested and convicted. Eckman proclaims his innocence, and Malinowski begins a [[TitleDrop counter-investigation]] to find the real killer, the main focus on the movie. Eventually, it is proven that another known child murderer was in the area at the time and Eckman is let out of jail. Then it is revealed that Eckman actually was guilty. Then it is revealed that Malinowski ''knew'' Eckman was guilty the whole time and deliberately did the investigation to get Eckman released so that he could kill him with his own hands in revenge.
31st Jan '17 1:16:37 AM KJMackley
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* ''Film/TheSixthSense'': Every scene in the film where Crowe is with anyone except Cole becomes different after you've seen the ending.

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* Creator/MNightShyamalan is famous for his MandatoryTwistEnding, many of which are designed with this in mind.
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''Film/TheSixthSense'': Every scene Crowe is a renowned child psychologist who is shot by a deranged former patient in the opening scene. A TimeSkip has him meet with Cole who reveals that he can see dead people. It's revealed in the end that Crowe was DeadAllAlong, killed in the opening scene, and only Cole can see and talk to him. This redefines his entire role in the movie as you realize events like his attempts to communicate with his distant wife is not as it seems.
** ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'': Elijah mentions part way through
the film where Crowe is that he has been researching various local disasters hoping to find someone who survives miraculously unharmed, which included the main character David in a train crash. At the end it's revealed that many of those disasters were orchestrated by him in the hope of finding a superhero, including the original train crash.
** ''Film/TheVillage'': A gravestone suggests the film takes place in the late 1800's, it's revealed to actually be the modern day and the isolated village was an attempt to life peacefully away from the rest of society.
** ''Film/{{Split}}'': The movie plays its main story relatively straight, although features some relatively unexpected supernatural elements
with anyone except Cole becomes different after you've seen the ending.character who has a SplitPersonality. The ending shows David from ''Unbreakable'' watching a news report on the events of the film, which changes the movie as it is also following the rules established by the earlier movie.
12th Jan '17 9:07:04 PM benda
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* UnreliableNarrator, what we see is a deception on their part.
* AllJustADream, and by extension also OrWasItADream
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, a MindScrew with similar effects (we can't be sure how much of what we're seeing is true) but accomplished in a different way.
* Any of the the Gambit tropes in XanatosPlannedThisIndex, where the true plan is revealed after it has already been accomplished. May be connected to a KansasCityShuffle by one of the characters.

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* UnreliableNarrator, what we see is a deception on their part.
part;
* AllJustADream, AllJustADream (including DyingDream), and by extension also OrWasItADream
OrWasItADream;
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, a MindScrew with similar effects (we can't be sure how much of what we're seeing is true) but accomplished in a different way.
way;
* Any of the the Gambit tropes in XanatosPlannedThisIndex, where the true plan is revealed after it has already been accomplished. May be connected to a KansasCityShuffle by one of the characters. characters;
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