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8th Mar '17 4:58:30 PM mitsumii
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* In ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'', you play as Viola, a young girl trying to escape the home of a disfigured witch with the help of a friendly black cat. [[spoiler:The game's true ending reveals that Viola and the witch switched bodies some time ago, and the witch disfigured her old body so that Viola would suffer all the more when she was left for dead. So throughout the game, the player has been aiding in the ''witch's'' escape. The pseudo-third ending also reveals the "friendly" cat to be possessed by a demon, and is the one who gave the witch her powers in the first place.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'', you play as Viola, a young girl trying to escape the home of a disfigured witch with the help of a friendly black cat. [[spoiler:The game's true ending reveals that Viola and the witch switched bodies some time ago, and the witch disfigured her old body so that Viola would suffer all the more when she was left for dead.despair and die (the only way a witch can be killed is through absolute despair). So throughout the game, the player has been aiding in the ''witch's'' escape. The pseudo-third ending also reveals the "friendly" cat to be a mere body possessed by a demon, and is the one who gave the witch her powers in the first place.]]
4th Mar '17 10:40:06 AM darkship
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* The protagonist of Gene Kemp's childrens's novel "The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler" is a 12-year-old troublemaker renowned for fearless exploits. Only in the penultimate chapter do we learn that Tyke [[spoiler: is a girl called Theodora.]] [[AdaptationDecay Less easy to conceal this twist in the TV adaptation]].

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* The protagonist of Gene Kemp's childrens's novel "The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler" is a 12-year-old troublemaker renowned for fearless exploits. Only in the penultimate chapter do we learn that Tyke [[spoiler: is a girl called Theodora.]] [[AdaptationDecay Less easy to conceal this twist in the TV adaptation]].
4th Mar '17 10:37:28 AM darkship
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* Karen Joy Fowler's "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" features the heroine setting off in search of her missing sister [[spoiler: who is a chimpanzee, raised as her sister for the first five years of their lives as part of an aborted experiment]].
* The protagonist of Gene Kemp's childrens's novel "The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler" is a 12-year-old troublemaker renowned for fearless exploits. Only in the penultimate chapter do we learn that Tyke [[spoiler: is a girl called Theodora.]] [[AdaptationDecay Less easy to conceal this twist in the TV adaptation]].
1st Mar '17 10:10:53 PM LucaEarlgrey
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Brace for '''SPOILERS'''... from your point of view, of course.

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Brace for '''SPOILERS'''... from your '''This is a PlotTwist trope, and as such will contain major spoilers.''' From the viewer's point of view, of course.
23rd Feb '17 1:30:26 PM LadyNorbert
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** In the episode "Three Days of Snow", Future!Ted tells at the same time three stories: (1) Robin taking Marshall to welcome Lily at the airport, (2) Ted and Barney taking care of the bar and (3) Lily trying to get some beers to give to Marshall when he welcomes her in the airport. But when Lily and Marshall had just gotten to get at the airpot, Future!Ted reveals that [[spoiler: the three stories are taking part in three ''different'' days, so Marshall did not met Lily at day one, he mourned at Ted and Barney's "bar" at day two, and ''seemingly'' nobody was in the airport to welcome Lily at day three]] ([[spoiler: but Marshall surprises Lily by bringing an entire band to greet her]]).

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** In the episode "Three Days of Snow", Future!Ted tells three stories at the same time three stories: time: (1) Robin taking Marshall to welcome Lily at the airport, (2) Ted and Barney taking care of the bar bar, and (3) Lily trying to get some beers to give to Marshall when he welcomes her in the airport. But just when Lily and Marshall had just gotten to get at the airpot, airport, Future!Ted reveals that [[spoiler: the three stories are taking part in place on three ''different'' days, ''different days'', so Marshall did not met meet Lily at on day one, he mourned at Ted and Barney's "bar" at on day two, and ''seemingly'' nobody was in the airport to welcome Lily at on day three]] ([[spoiler: but three. But then Marshall surprises Lily by bringing an entire band to greet her]]).her.)]]



** The second season premiere "Broken" appears to follow the same episode format as the first season, with the point of view switching between the Enchanted Forest in the past and a parallel story in Storybrook in the present. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the Enchanted Forest segments do not take place in the past. They are actually taking place in the present (actually ''after'' the Storybrooke segments).]]

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** The second season premiere "Broken" appears to follow the same episode format as the first season, with the point of view switching between the Enchanted Forest in the past and a parallel story in Storybrook in the present. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the Enchanted Forest segments do not take place in the past. They are actually taking place in the present (actually ''after'' the Storybrooke Storybrook segments).]]



* A very mild example in Music/GaelicStorm's "Go Home Girl", in that it doesn't really change the narrative any, but it does lend a slightly humorous new layer to it. Having spent the song trying to gently turn down a girl who's become infatuated with him, the gypsy narrator reveals in the last line that [[spoiler:the girl is eight years old.]]

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* A very mild example is found in Music/GaelicStorm's "Go Home Girl", in that it Girl." The surprise here doesn't really change the narrative any, but but it does lend a slightly humorous new layer to it. Having spent the song trying to gently turn down a girl who's become infatuated with him, the gypsy narrator reveals in the last line that [[spoiler:the girl is [[PrecociousCrush eight years old.old]].]]



* "Save Your Kisses for Me" by Brotherhood of Man seems like a lovesong by a man leaving his loved one at home when he goes to work [[spoiler: but it ends on "Won't you save them for me...even though you're only three?" revealing the fact he's singing to his child.]]

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* "Save Your Kisses for Me" by Brotherhood of Man seems like a lovesong love song by a man leaving his loved one at home when he goes to work [[spoiler: but it ends on "Won't you save them for me...me... even though you're only three?" revealing the fact he's singing to his child.]]



* Modest Mouse does this very cleverly in the music video for their song "Little Motel". The whole video is shown in reverse - we start with a woman with her child in a motel room as she tucks him into the bed. It then plays the preceding events leading up to this in reverse and the "ending" reveals that [[spoiler:the young boy was actually dead (the viewer assumes he's been asleep) the whole time, since we see him flat-lining in a hospital room before she grabs him up and runs out to head to the motel and spend a few final moments with her son]] [[spoiler:Saddest music video ever]]

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* Modest Mouse does this very cleverly in the music video for their song "Little Motel". Motel." The whole video is shown in reverse - we start with a woman with her child in a motel room as she tucks him into the bed. It then plays the preceding events leading up to this in reverse and the "ending" reveals that [[spoiler:the young boy was actually dead (the viewer assumes he's been asleep) the whole time, since we see him flat-lining in a hospital room before she grabs him up and runs out to head to the motel and spend a few final moments with her son]] [[spoiler:Saddest son. Saddest music video ever]]ever.]]



* In {{Eminem}}'s "25 to Life", he raps things such as, I don't think she understands/the sacrifices that I made, I've done my best to give you/nothing less then perfectness, Go marry someone else/and make em famous/and take away their freedom/like you did to me/treat em like you don't need em/and they ain't worthy of you/feed em the same s*** that you made me eat, and my friends keep asking me/why I can't just walk away from/I'm addicted/to the pain, the stress,the drama. The whole song reads as something to a girl who doesn't appreciate him. Then one of the last lines, f*** you hip hop, changes the whole meaning of the song.

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* In {{Eminem}}'s "25 to Life", he raps things such as, I "I don't think she understands/the sacrifices that I made, I've done my best to give you/nothing less then perfectness, Go marry someone else/and make em famous/and take away their freedom/like you did to me/treat em like you don't need em/and they ain't worthy of you/feed em the same s*** that you made me eat, and my friends keep asking me/why I can't just walk away from/I'm addicted/to the pain, the stress,the drama. drama." The whole song reads as something to a girl who doesn't appreciate him. Then one of the last lines, f*** "f*** you hip hop, hop," changes the whole meaning of the song.



** KennyRogers had a similar aong, in which the narrator sings about this guy who's kind of weird and how he and his friends would have liked him more if he were "A Little More Like Me" (the title of the song). The song itself doesn't explicitly make it clear (though there are some strong hints), but the subtitle ("The Crucifixion") does.

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** KennyRogers had a similar aong, song, in which the narrator sings about this guy who's kind of weird and how he and his friends would have liked him more if he were "A Little More Like Me" (the title of the song). The song itself doesn't explicitly make it clear (though there are some strong hints), but the subtitle ("The Crucifixion") does.



* Music/DonMcLean had on his debut album ''Tapestry'' a song clled "General Store". In it, a Southerner comes into a general store and shops and talks about events in the neighbborhood. Buys gas, shotgun shells, a newspaper. There was a wedding. There was a big fire, "Says here there ain't no hope / they all were burned alive". In the last line, the song takes a turn for the creepy. [[spoiler: "Too bad about the wedding but don't you get me wrong / We got to teach these people how to stay where they belong". Read: the - supposedly - redneck doing the shopping was one of the guys who started the fire ... to burn down the wedding party, because a local girl married an outsider.]]

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* Music/DonMcLean had on his debut album ''Tapestry'' a song clled called "General Store". In it, a Southerner comes into a general store and shops and talks about events in the neighbborhood.neighborhood. Buys gas, shotgun shells, a newspaper. There was a wedding. There was a big fire, "Says here there ain't no hope / they all were burned alive". In the last line, the song takes a turn for the creepy. [[spoiler: "Too bad about the wedding but don't you get me wrong / We got to teach these people how to stay where they belong". Read: the - supposedly - redneck doing the shopping was one of the guys who started the fire ... to burn down the wedding party, because a local girl married an outsider.]]



* Randy Travis's "Three Wooden Crosses" relates the story of four travelers on a bus that was hit by an eighteen-wheeler. As the chorus repeatedly and emphatically states, only three of the travelers received proper burial, raising the question of why the fourth was not. The bridge reveals that [[spoiler: the hooker survived]].

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* Randy Travis's "Three Wooden Crosses" relates the story of four travelers on a bus that was hit by an eighteen-wheeler. As the chorus repeatedly and emphatically states, only three of the travelers received proper burial, raising the question of why the fourth was did not. The bridge reveals that [[spoiler: the hooker survived]].



* In 1976, Bob Vernon read one of his "Stranger than True" stories thusly: "5 years ago today, working girl Lois Goldman of Orange, New Jersey was arrested for taking a large record player out of the WNBC studios. That large record player was BIGGIE WILSON!" (This referred to another WNBC DJ of the time, who was celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary.) [[http://airchexx.org/ram/wnbcvernon.ram Here's the aircheck with that story.]]

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* In 1976, Bob Vernon read one of his "Stranger than True" stories thusly: thus: "5 years ago today, working girl Lois Goldman of Orange, New Jersey was arrested for taking a large record player out of the WNBC studios. That large record player was BIGGIE WILSON!" (This referred to another WNBC DJ of the time, who was celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary.) [[http://airchexx.org/ram/wnbcvernon.ram Here's the aircheck air check with that story.]]



* There's an [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/albert-einstein-copypasta infamous religious copypasta]] about a university student who beats his atheist professor in an argument. At the end, we find out that the student was Albert Einstein. Due to the...''questionable'' veracity of this story, the phrase "And his name? Albert Einstein!" has become a common response to tall tales on the Internet, akin to "Yeah, right."

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* There's an [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/albert-einstein-copypasta infamous religious copypasta]] about a university student who beats his atheist professor in an argument. At the end, we find out that the student was Albert Einstein. Due to the... ''questionable'' veracity of this story, the phrase "And his name? Albert Einstein!" has become a common response to tall tales on the Internet, akin to "Yeah, right."



** "Operation: U.N.C.O.O.L.": The KND go on what they think is a mission to rescue an operative, Numbuh 78. In fact, we even see her getting kidnapped by a bunch of zombies. Later on, when it transpires that the "Numbuh 78" Numbuhs 2 and 44 are referring to is a trading card.

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** "Operation: U.N.C.O.O.L.": The KND go on what they think is a mission to rescue an operative, Numbuh 78. In fact, we even see her getting kidnapped by a bunch of zombies. Later on, when it transpires that the "Numbuh 78" to which Numbuhs 2 and 44 are referring to is a trading card.



* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' had a mundane, but ''very'' horrifying one at the end of TheMovie with TheReveal that [[spoiler:Eddy's Brother, who had been presented, by Eddy, as TheAce, is in fact a sadistic BigBrotherBully who made Eddy's life a living hell while they lived together. Eddy lied about him to make people respect and like him.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' had a mundane, but ''very'' horrifying one at the end of TheMovie with TheReveal that [[spoiler:Eddy's Brother, brother, who had been presented, by Eddy, as TheAce, is in fact a sadistic BigBrotherBully who made Eddy's life a living hell while they lived together. Eddy lied about him to make people respect and like him.]]



-->'''Mojo''': I have always loved you!

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-->'''Mojo''': I have always ''always'' loved you!



* Joan Cornellà's surreal visual strips are a haven for this trope. In one example, a man is looking at the mirror in a bathroom, when he presences another man killing a third one behind him. Understandably freaked out, he looks at his back, but he's relieved as the final panel reveals [[spoiler: there weren't two men, but two homunculi growing out of his own back.]]

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* Joan Cornellà's surreal visual strips are a haven for this trope. In one example, a man is looking at the mirror in a bathroom, when he presences perceives another man killing a third one behind him. Understandably freaked out, he looks at his back, but he's relieved as the final panel reveals [[spoiler: there weren't two men, but two homunculi growing out of his own back.]]
21st Feb '17 10:34:46 PM gewunomox
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* TheKinks's "Lola" is about a woman the narrator met in a bar and fell in love with, but after dropping a number of hints the last line indicates (still a bit ambiguously, perhaps to avoid censorship) that Lola is actually [[spoiler: a {{crossdresser}}.]]

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* TheKinks's Music/TheKinks's "Lola" is about a woman the narrator met in a bar and fell in love with, but after dropping a number of hints the last line indicates (still a bit ambiguously, perhaps to avoid censorship) that Lola is actually [[spoiler: a {{crossdresser}}.]]
17th Feb '17 9:23:45 PM bwburke94
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* The ''Radio/TorchwoodTheLostFiles'' radio play "The House of the Dead" begins with Ianto in a haunted pub, waiting for Jack and Gwen to arrive, so they can interrupt a seance which will bring an evil creature through the Rift. Thus, the audience assumes that [[spoiler: this takes place before the TV serial ''Children of Earth'' - but it doesn't. Ianto is a ghost himself, Gwen's voice in his headset is actually the creature, and Jack came to the pub alone both to stop the creature and to see Ianto one last time.]]

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* The ''Radio/TorchwoodTheLostFiles'' radio play "The House of the Dead" begins with Ianto in a haunted pub, waiting for Jack and Gwen to arrive, so they can interrupt a seance which will bring an evil creature through the Rift. Thus, the audience assumes that [[spoiler: this takes place before the TV serial ''Children of Earth'' Earth'', in which Ianto dies - but it doesn't. Ianto is a ghost himself, Gwen's voice in his headset is actually the creature, and Jack came to the pub alone both to stop the creature and to see Ianto one last time.]]



* One radio show's prank call ended in one of these twists. The prank caller acted like she was calling about the Marines, but at the end of the call, she mentioned a decorated ex-Marine who needed the recipient's support...[[spoiler:"AND HIS NAME IS Wrestling/{{JOHN CENA}}!"]] (The call recipient was married to a [[spoiler:ProfessionalWrestling]] fan, so she got the joke.) This prank call spawned a FountainOfMemes in which the phrase [[spoiler:"AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!"]] is used to [[InterruptingMeme derail a scenario]].

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* One radio show's prank call ended in one of these twists. The prank caller acted like she was calling about the Marines, but at the end of the call, she mentioned a decorated ex-Marine who needed the recipient's support...[[spoiler:"AND '''AND HIS NAME IS Wrestling/{{JOHN CENA}}!"]] CENA}}!''' (The call recipient was married to a [[spoiler:ProfessionalWrestling]] ProfessionalWrestling fan, so she got the joke.) This prank call spawned a FountainOfMemes in which the phrase [[spoiler:"AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!"]] John Cena is used to [[InterruptingMeme derail a scenario]].
17th Feb '17 9:19:43 PM bwburke94
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* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''[[spoiler:Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd]]'' is a MurderMystery with a Tomato Surprise ending. Some readers might find this clever, others might feel cheated -- there was a long and difficult debate about it in the pages of the London ''Times Literary Supplement'' the year it was published, difficult thanks to the debaters' desire to avoid spoilers.
** ''[[spoiler:Endless Night]]'' is another Christie example, and a particularly striking one.

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* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''[[spoiler:Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd]]'' ''Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd'' is a MurderMystery with a Tomato Surprise ending. Some readers might find this clever, others might feel cheated -- there was a long and difficult debate about it in the pages of the London ''Times Literary Supplement'' the year it was published, difficult thanks to the debaters' desire to avoid spoilers.
** ''[[spoiler:Endless Night]]'' ''Endless Night'' is another Christie example, and a particularly striking one.



** In ''My Best Friend Is Invisible'', Sammy ends up with an invisible friend named Brent. The twist is that Brent turns out be a human, while Sammy turns out to be a member of an alien species. The story apparently occurs in a time where humans are considered to be an "endangered species". The Tv episode reveals that this is the future where aliens have taken over the world, and they gang up on Brent.

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** In ''My Best Friend Is Invisible'', Sammy ends up with an invisible friend named Brent. The twist is that Brent turns out be a human, while Sammy turns out to be a member of an alien species. The story apparently occurs in a time where humans are considered to be an "endangered species". The Tv TV episode reveals that this is the future where aliens have taken over the world, and they gang up on Brent.
11th Feb '17 7:52:48 AM Omeganian
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* In AlexanderKuprin's short story ''[[http://www.scribd.com/doc/94444878/The-Blue-Star-by-Alexandr-Kuprin The Blue Star]]'', the royal family of a remote land sometimes gives birth to extremely ugly princes, taking after the foreigner who founded the dynasty. The story itself is centered around the first ''princess'' to resemble him - so ugly that, to spare her the blow, her father ordered to destroy every single mirror in the realm. [[spoiler:The ending reveals she is actually very beautiful by the standards of most other places - the beauty standards of her country include things like flat lips and yellow eyes. She ends up married to a French prince.]]

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* In AlexanderKuprin's short story ''[[http://www.scribd.com/doc/94444878/The-Blue-Star-by-Alexandr-Kuprin The Blue Star]]'', the royal family of a remote land sometimes gives birth to extremely ugly princes, taking after the foreigner who founded the dynasty. The story itself is centered around the first ''princess'' to resemble him - so ugly that, to spare her the blow, her father ordered to destroy every single mirror in the realm. [[spoiler:The ending reveals Some time after learning how ugly she is actually very beautiful by the standards of most other places - the beauty standards of really is, she meets a similarly ugly stranger from another realm, who for some weird reason finds her country include things like attractive, and starts bemoaning to him how she wishes [[spoiler:she had yellow eyes instead of this ugly blue, flat lips and yellow eyes. She ends up married instead of curved like a bow... the guy turns out to be a French prince.prince, and once he brings her home as his wife, no one argues about her being the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman.]]
4th Feb '17 1:51:29 PM Seanette
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* ''Creator/RichardMatheson'' was known to use these from time to time. One short story opened with an author putting the finishing touches on a new novel. We trace the novel as it goes from person to person--a mailman who delivers it to a publishing house, the publisher himself, a bookseller, etc. It's not until the end of the story that we find out [[spoiler: the whole thing is taking place AfterTheEnd--it turns out the author is alone in a desolate city ruined by nuclear war, and has gone completely insane. He writes the same "new" novel every day, and acts like all the other people in the story, using different costumes to play the parts for himself. Sharp-eyed readers might pick up on this fact by noticing that all of the characters in the story have variations on the name Richard (Rick, Dick, etc.).]]

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* ''Creator/RichardMatheson'' Creator/RichardMatheson was known to use these from time to time. One short story opened with an author putting the finishing touches on a new novel. We trace the novel as it goes from person to person--a mailman who delivers it to a publishing house, the publisher himself, a bookseller, etc. It's not until the end of the story that we find out [[spoiler: the whole thing is taking place AfterTheEnd--it turns out the author is alone in a desolate city ruined by nuclear war, and has gone completely insane. He writes the same "new" novel every day, and acts like all the other people in the story, using different costumes to play the parts for himself. Sharp-eyed readers might pick up on this fact by noticing that all of the characters in the story have variations on the name Richard (Rick, Dick, etc.).]]
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