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10th Dec '17 3:54:50 PM nombretomado
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--> ''[[DonQuixote Up which a lean and foolish knight forever rides in vain,]]''

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--> ''[[DonQuixote ''[[Literature/DonQuixote Up which a lean and foolish knight forever rides in vain,]]''
10th Dec '17 3:24:00 PM lakingsif
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** 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.

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** Season 2's ''White Bear'' ''Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear'' 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'', ''Recap/BlackMirrorShutUpAndDance'', 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.
27th Nov '17 9:42:02 AM Grudgeal
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* ''VideoGame/TheBeginnersGuide''. The game is ostensibly about Davey Wreden, the game's creator, wanting to show off some old short games made by an old friend of his and inviting the player to play them while he narrates his thoughts on them. The later games begin straining against this premise until the last game in the collection reveals that the 'Davey Wreden' who's been narrating is ''not'' the RealLife Davey Wreden, and narrator!Davey is an UnreliableNarrator whose motivations are very different from what the premise made them out to be. Going back through the earlier chapters of the game with this knowledge in hand changes virtually everything.

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* ''VideoGame/TheBeginnersGuide''. The game is ostensibly about Davey Wreden, the game's creator, creator of ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable'', wanting to show off some old short games made by an old friend of his and inviting who inspired him to become a games creator. Davey invites the player to play them in chronological order while he narrates his thoughts on them. The later games begin straining against this premise until the last game in the collection reveals that the 'Davey Wreden' who's been narrating is ''not'' the RealLife Davey Wreden, and narrator!Davey is an UnreliableNarrator whose motivations are very different from what the premise made them out to be. Going back through the earlier chapters of the game with this knowledge in hand changes virtually everything.
27th Nov '17 9:41:12 AM Grudgeal
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* ''VideoGame/TheBeginnersGuide''. The game is ostensibly about Davey Wreden, the game's creator, wanting to show off some old short games made by an old friend of his and inviting the player to play them while he narrates his thoughts on them. The later games begin straining against this premise until the last game in the collection reveals that the 'Davey Wreden' who's been narrating is ''not'' the RealLife Davey Wreden, and narrator!Davey is an UnreliableNarrator whose motivations are very different from what the premise made them out to be. Going back through the earlier chapters of the game with this knowledge in hand changes virtually everything.
13th Nov '17 8:24:56 AM bernardthebeanpole
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* The remake ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' drops the ambiguity and sticks with a happy ending, but the Extended Cut of the remake puts some of the ambiguity back in. The message that Quaid finds in Hauser's apartment shows Quaid/Hauser portrayed by Ethan Hawke instead of Colin Ferrel, and the tattoo he received at Rekall is missing at the end.

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* The remake ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' drops the ambiguity and sticks with a happy ending, but the Extended Cut of the remake puts some of the ambiguity back in. The message that Quaid finds in Hauser's apartment shows Quaid/Hauser portrayed by Ethan Hawke instead of Colin Ferrel, Farrell, and the tattoo he received at Rekall is missing at the end.
19th Oct '17 10:19:44 AM aspiretomalevolence
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* The final chapter of ''Literature/TheStoneSky'' reveals the reason the entire Broken Earth trilogy has been narrated in the second person: because Hoa is narrating the events of the trilogy to the stone eater he made from Essun in the hopes that it will help that stone eater to become Essun. It changes the meaning of a ''lot'' of the narration from throughout the trilogy.

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* The final chapter of ''Literature/TheStoneSky'' reveals the reason the entire Broken Earth trilogy has been narrated in the second person: because [[spoiler:because Hoa is narrating the events of the trilogy to the stone eater he made from Essun in the hopes that it will help that stone eater to become Essun. Essun.]] It changes the meaning of a ''lot'' of the narration from throughout the trilogy.
11th Oct '17 7:38:32 PM SgtFrog1
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** And Michael, the well-meaning but kinda goofy Architect? ''He was behind the entire thing.'' He was getting tired of "classic" tortures like burning in lava pits or swarmed by angry bees and decided to build a fake Good Place so the "prisoners" and their clashing personalities could torture themselves! [[Theatre/NoExit Hell is other people, indeed...]]
3rd Oct '17 2:35:57 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'':
** In the episode "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", Rick C-137 (the story's main Rick) is accused of killing numerous other Ricks in different timelines and kidnapping their Mortys. When he and Morty investigate to find the real killer, they discover that it's an "Evil Rick" who's behind it all. Evil Rick is killed near the end of the episode by dozens of his escaped Morty prisoners; however, when the Rick-police are investigating his body, they discover that a receiver was planted in Evil Rick's brain and he was being controlled remotely by someone else the whole time. The person controlling him? [[spoiler:His Morty sidekick (dubbed "Evil Morty" by the fandom), who had but two short lines throughout the whole episode, and was hiding the transmitter behind his eyepatch.]] What's more, he ''completely gets away with it'', escaping into [[spoiler:the crowd of other Mortys]] and blending in easily with no one even knowing that he was the true mastermind.
** In "The Ricklantis Mix-up", the Citadel of Ricks is just beginning to rebuild after Rick C-137 killed the entire Council of Ricks in the earlier episode "The Rickshank Redemption". They decide to democratically elect a president as their new leader, and while most of the candidates are Ricks, there is one Morty candidate, who manages to be easily the most inspiring and likable of the candidates. At the end of the episode, he's narrowly won the election and is now President Morty. Pretty awesome, right? [[spoiler:But then he shows his true colors by having a bunch of his dissenters murdered on the spot, and then TheReveal right before the episode's FadeToBlack is that President Morty is actually none other than Evil Morty from the above example, leading the audience to [[RootingForTheEmpire realize just whom they've been rooting for]] the entire episode]].
30th Sep '17 9:05:12 AM mack
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* ''Series/The Good Place'': Eleanor is a terrible person who dies and is taken to '[[Heaven The Good Place]]'. She quickly realizes that there has been a mistake, and tries to hide the fact that she isn't supposed to be there. Eventually, she discovers someone else, Jason, who was also put in The Good Place by mistake. As the series goes on, it focuses on both Eleanor and Jason, living with their respective 'soul mates', Chidi and Tahani. The four of them proceed to get into ridiculous situations and make each others lives miserable, as one would expect from a typical sitcom... Except the season finale reveals that all four of them have been in The Bad Place the entire time, explicitly chosen to torture each other for a thousand years.

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* ''Series/The Good Place'': ''Series/TheGoodPlace'': Eleanor is a terrible person who dies and is taken to '[[Heaven The Good Place]]'. She quickly realizes that there has been a mistake, and tries to hide the fact that she isn't supposed to be there. Eventually, she discovers someone else, Jason, who was also put in The Good Place by mistake. As the series goes on, it focuses on both Eleanor and Jason, living with their respective 'soul mates', Chidi and Tahani. The four of them proceed to get into ridiculous situations and make each others lives miserable, as one would expect from a typical sitcom... Except the season finale reveals that all four of them have been in The Bad Place the entire time, explicitly chosen to torture each other for a thousand years.
17th Sep '17 11:51:10 AM EmperorNorton
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* The central conceit of ''VideoGame/SecondSight'' is that each level alternates between the present and the past, showing you how your protagonist got to where he is. It's only near the end of the game that you discover the game has ''actually'' been alternating between a possible future and the present; the levels that were ostensibly the "present" before were actually precognitive flash-forwards, and the "past" has always been the present.
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