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14th Mar '16 8:03:42 PM Vilui
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** February saw the death of The Human Torch in the conclusion of the "Three" arc in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', the title of which heavily implied one of the titular four dying. While the story's title managed to avert the typical OhAndXDies nature of alot of "The Death of X" stories Marvel ruined any potential surprise by spoiling it to the press the day before the release.

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** February saw the death of The Human Torch in the conclusion of the "Three" arc in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', the title of which heavily implied one of the titular four dying. While the story's title managed to avert the typical OhAndXDies nature of alot a lot of "The Death of X" stories Marvel ruined any potential surprise by spoiling it to the press the day before the release.
14th Mar '16 8:02:54 PM Vilui
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* Almost anytime that a major character is going to die or there's going to be a major status quo change to TheVerse the comic companies are bad about this and will announce the death of the major hero to the major news outlets in an effort to drum up sales. To make matters worse this is usually used to amplify stories that are already a bit spoiled by TonightSomeoneDies or OhAndXDies.

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* Almost anytime any time that a major character is going to die or there's going to be a major status quo change to TheVerse the comic companies are bad about this and will announce the death of the major hero to the major news outlets in an effort to drum up sales. To make matters worse this is usually used to amplify stories that are already a bit spoiled by TonightSomeoneDies or OhAndXDies.
9th Mar '16 9:19:53 PM PaulA
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Can lead to TrailerJokeDecay. See also SpoilerOpening and LateArrivalSpoiler. Compare TheNamesake, when the title itself may be a spoiler. Or just see SpoilerTitle. See SpoiledByTheMerchandise for when plot points are spoiled by TheMerch.

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Can lead to TrailerJokeDecay. See also SpoilerOpening and LateArrivalSpoiler. Compare TheNamesake, when the title itself may be a spoiler. Or just see SpoilerTitle. See SpoiledByTheMerchandise for when plot points are spoiled by TheMerch.
TheMerch. When the movie or TV series gets a home release, it may be lumbered with a SpoilerCover.



* The ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' story "F.O.W.L. Disposition" has Steelbeak doing an EnemyMine with Darkwing after F.O.W.L. goes too far. Whether this is believable or not in the first place is debatable, but [[spoiler: every single cover shows him as an evil figure, including the back of the trade.]]



* For those who have read the comic enough, the cover of ComicBook/TheWalkingDead's [[{{Doorstopper}} Compendium One]] has quite a few spoilers in the illustrations the cover.



* A large plot point of ''[[Comicbook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'' is that the heroes fighting the Magus have no idea what his end goal actually ''is''. Both the heroes and the reader are meant to be surprised by the revelation. But if you glance at the back cover of the trade paperback, you'll find out instantly.



* ''Disney/TheLionKing'''s trailer spoils most of the plot. Movie posters and the DVD cover show Mufasa's ghost as well.
* The DVD cover for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' not only shows Hiccup riding Toothless, but Astrid riding her new dragon as well. Astrid and the other young vikings didn't ride dragons until the BigDamnHeroes moment in the film's climax.
** ''How To Train Your Dragon 2's'' trailer takes no issue with spoiling [[spoiler: TheReveal of Hiccup's mother]].

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'''s trailer spoils most of the plot. Movie posters and the DVD cover show Mufasa's ghost as well.
* The DVD cover for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' not only shows Hiccup riding Toothless, but Astrid riding her new dragon as well. Astrid and the other young vikings didn't ride dragons until the BigDamnHeroes moment in the film's climax.
** ''How To Train Your Dragon 2's''
''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''[='=]s trailer takes no issue with spoiling [[spoiler: TheReveal of Hiccup's mother]].



* One of the trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' clearly shows Plankton as Plank-Ton. Even worse, the DVD cover shows it too.

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* One of the trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' clearly shows Plankton as Plank-Ton. Even worse, the DVD cover shows it too.



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* Many RPG adventures' cover art, seeking to entice buyers with action scenes, inadvertently spoil the nature of the scenario's FinalBattle or a major mid-story menace.
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25th Feb '16 4:37:28 PM DonaldthePotholer
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Also related are the trailers which run immediately previous to the show you have already sat down to watch. Some shows give a "Next, on X:" segment, spoiling you on things you would just know in the next 30-60 minutes ''on a show you have already decided to watch''. These are intended to pull in the new viewer, but can seem unfair to those already into a show as you are most likely to be already watching at the beginning of the episode.

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Also related are the trailers which run immediately previous to the show you have already sat down to watch. Some shows give Known as a {{Precap}} and often starting with "Next, on X:" segment, spoiling X:", these segments spoil you on things you would just know in the next 30-60 minutes ''on a show you have already decided to watch''. These are intended to pull in the new viewer, but can seem unfair to those already into a show as you are most likely to be already watching at the beginning of the episode.
16th Feb '16 3:21:08 PM Anddrix
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* One of the trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' clearly shows Plankton as Plank-Ton.

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* One of the trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' clearly shows Plankton as Plank-Ton. Even worse, the DVD cover shows it too.
17th Jan '16 1:34:39 PM comicwriter
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Can lead to TrailerJokeDecay. See also SpoilerOpening and LateArrivalSpoiler. Compare TheNamesake, when the title itself may be a spoiler. Or just see SpoilerTitle.

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Can lead to TrailerJokeDecay. See also SpoilerOpening and LateArrivalSpoiler. Compare TheNamesake, when the title itself may be a spoiler. Or just see SpoilerTitle.
SpoilerTitle. See SpoiledByTheMerchandise for when plot points are spoiled by TheMerch.
8th Jan '16 10:16:31 AM Doogie2K
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* After part one of the WebVideo/{{Tabletop}} episode in which the horror RPG ''Dread'' was played, a "next time" trailer manages to spoil every major plot development in part two, rather ruining the tension that had been built up in part one.
9th Dec '15 1:20:33 PM SAMAS
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It should also be noted that in many cases, commercials released after a film's first week or so will contain a lot more spoilers than those leading up to the premiere.
6th Dec '15 9:32:54 AM mimitchi33
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' probably had one of the worst offending trailers, in which it revealed that Metro Man was ''not'' dead and had simply given up superheroing.]] The entire film revolved around the fact that [[spoiler: Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' probably had one of the worst offending trailers, in which it revealed that Metro Man was ''not'' dead and had simply given up superheroing.]] The entire film revolved around the fact that [[spoiler: Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man.



* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel Goes West'' didn't spoil itself so much, but the fact that the trailer of the sequel movie was included at the beginning of every VHS release of the first movie after 1991 meant that it revealed the ending of the movie before it even started (beginning with [[spoiler: Fievel riding a pigeon with his sister and asking if he could see more of America, spoiling that he finds his family]]).

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* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel Goes West'' didn't spoil itself so much, but the fact that the trailer of the sequel movie was included at the beginning of every VHS release of the first movie after 1991 meant that it revealed the ending of the movie before it even started (beginning with [[spoiler: Fievel riding a pigeon with his sister and asking if he could see more of America, spoiling that he finds his family]]). family).
6th Dec '15 9:30:03 AM mimitchi33
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!! As this trope concerns spoilers, unmarked spoilers follow.



* Marvel tried to keep the plot of the infamous ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' under wraps, but an interview with J.Michael Strazynski revealed exactly what would happen, who would be involved, and what the outcome would be. Despite this Marvel ran a promotional campaign for the story which gave readers a multitude of options as to who could help Spider-Man in his darkest hour, but thanks to the JMS interview, everyone knew it was [[spoiler: Mephisto]], they also knew the outcome [[spoiler: resulted in the retconning of the Spider-Marraige in the 616 continuity]]

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* Marvel tried to keep the plot of the infamous ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' under wraps, but an interview with J.Michael Strazynski revealed exactly what would happen, who would be involved, and what the outcome would be. Despite this Marvel ran a promotional campaign for the story which gave readers a multitude of options as to who could help Spider-Man in his darkest hour, but thanks to the JMS interview, everyone knew it was [[spoiler: Mephisto]], Mephisto, they also knew the outcome [[spoiler: resulted in the retconning of the Spider-Marraige in the 616 continuity]]continuity.



** If you can believe it, ''the same convention'' also spoiled that [[spoiler: Deathlocket, Hazmat, Anachronism, Cammi, and Cullen Bloodstone]] would survive when Marvel announced the SpiritualSuccessor, ''Avengers Undercover''.

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** If you can believe it, ''the same convention'' also spoiled that [[spoiler: Deathlocket, Hazmat, Anachronism, Cammi, and Cullen Bloodstone]] Bloodstone would survive when Marvel announced the SpiritualSuccessor, ''Avengers Undercover''.



** February saw the death of [[spoiler: The Human Torch]] in the conclusion of the "Three" arc in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', the title of which heavily implied one of the titular four dying. While the story's title managed to avert the typical OhAndXDies nature of alot of "The Death of X" stories Marvel ruined any potential surprise by spoiling it to the press the day before the release.

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** February saw the death of [[spoiler: The Human Torch]] Torch in the conclusion of the "Three" arc in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', the title of which heavily implied one of the titular four dying. While the story's title managed to avert the typical OhAndXDies nature of alot of "The Death of X" stories Marvel ruined any potential surprise by spoiling it to the press the day before the release.



** A summary that spoils the work it's based on from a piece of ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfiction: [[spoiler:''What if Rem never finished writing L's name in the Death Note? How will L cope with the loss of the only father figure he's ever had in his life?]] May contain spoilers.'' Just in case there was any doubt at all, the story is '''''titled''''' [[spoiler:Watari]].

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** A summary that spoils the work it's based on from a piece of ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfiction: [[spoiler:''What ''What if Rem never finished writing L's name in the Death Note? How will L cope with the loss of the only father figure he's ever had in his life?]] life? May contain spoilers.'' Just in case there was any doubt at all, the story is '''''titled''''' [[spoiler:Watari]].Watari.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' probably had one of the worst offending trailers, in which [[spoiler: it revealed that Metro Man was ''not'' dead and had simply given up superheroing.]] The entire film revolved around the fact that [[spoiler: Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' probably had one of the worst offending trailers, in which [[spoiler: it revealed that Metro Man was ''not'' dead and had simply given up superheroing.]] The entire film revolved around the fact that [[spoiler: Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. The trailer shows [[spoiler: the scene where the Other Mother gives Coraline the buttons and sewing needles]].
* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' spoiled that [[spoiler: Charles Muntz is the villain]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. The trailer shows [[spoiler: the scene where the Other Mother gives Coraline the buttons and sewing needles]].
needles.
* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' spoiled that [[spoiler: Charles Muntz is the villain]].villain.



* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' had a trailer that showed [[spoiler: the future Lewis in a group with the Robinson family, with his arm around Franny]] from one of the final scenes in the movie, making the big reveal completely predictable.

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* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' had a trailer that showed [[spoiler: the future Lewis in a group with the Robinson family, with his arm around Franny]] Franny from one of the final scenes in the movie, making the big reveal completely predictable.



* A home video trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' showed the entire movie, start to finish, in order, including the final scenes of [[spoiler: a new Earth being formed and the lead characters on it]]. Why bother to see the movie?
* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'': As shown in one of the TV commercials, the chickens manage to escape [[spoiler:by making their own pedal powered plane!]]

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* A home video trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' showed the entire movie, start to finish, in order, including the final scenes of [[spoiler: a new Earth being formed and the lead characters on it]].it. Why bother to see the movie?
* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'': As shown in one of the TV commercials, the chickens manage to escape [[spoiler:by by making their own pedal powered plane!]]plane!



** The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'' spoils [[spoiler:Ludmilla's transformation into a dragon]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' had trailers that spoiled that [[spoiler: the new toys were the villains]]. And while they never explicitly stated who the BigBad was, many viewers were able to tell just from what was shown (and if not that, then from the other marketing). [[spoiler: In the later trailers it almost revealed that the real plot was an [[MoodWhiplash emotional rollercoaster.]]]]

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** The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'' spoils [[spoiler:Ludmilla's Ludmilla's transformation into a dragon]].
dragon.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' had trailers that spoiled that [[spoiler: the new toys were the villains]].villains. And while they never explicitly stated who the BigBad was, many viewers were able to tell just from what was shown (and if not that, then from the other marketing). [[spoiler: In the later trailers it almost revealed that the real plot was an [[MoodWhiplash emotional rollercoaster.]]]]]]



* The DVD cover for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' [[spoiler: not only shows Hiccup riding Toothless, but Astrid riding her new dragon as well. Astrid and the other young vikings didn't ride dragons until the BigDamnHeroes moment in the film's climax]].

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* The DVD cover for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' [[spoiler: not only shows Hiccup riding Toothless, but Astrid riding her new dragon as well. Astrid and the other young vikings didn't ride dragons until the BigDamnHeroes moment in the film's climax]].climax.



* The trailers for the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' stress the fact that Red and co. are trying to save two innocent kids from a wicked witch. [[spoiler:Save for the one which shows said "innocent" children with [[SlasherSmile creepy]] [[NightmareFuel grins]] saying: "[[EnfantTerrible You've]] [[CreepyChild been hoodwinked!]] [[TitleDrop Too!]]"]]

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* The trailers for the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' stress the fact that Red and co. are trying to save two innocent kids from a wicked witch. [[spoiler:Save Save for the one which shows said "innocent" children with [[SlasherSmile creepy]] [[NightmareFuel grins]] saying: "[[EnfantTerrible You've]] [[CreepyChild been hoodwinked!]] [[TitleDrop Too!]]"]]Too!]]"



* A TV spot for ''WallaceAndGromit'': ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' spoiled that the were-rabbit is [[spoiler: Wallace]], showing fuzzy fur popping out of [[spoiler: his trademark sweater-vest]]. It even had the announcer say "What started as a little mistake became a ''big'' problem" over scenes of [[spoiler: the mind-manipulator accident and said transformation scene]].

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* A TV spot for ''WallaceAndGromit'': ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' spoiled that the were-rabbit is [[spoiler: Wallace]], Wallace, showing fuzzy fur popping out of [[spoiler: his trademark sweater-vest]]. sweater-vest. It even had the announcer say "What started as a little mistake became a ''big'' problem" over scenes of [[spoiler: the mind-manipulator accident and said transformation scene]].scene.



* The toy commercials for the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Glatorian Legends line of figures showed glimpses of the then-upcoming movie, ''The Legend Reborn''. Among them, the very shot of the four heroes unleashing the final blast at the Skrall and Bone Hunter army, from the end of the climax! Website promos also spoiled [[spoiler:Metus' transformation into a snake, thereby revealing that he was to be the traitor. This was also spoiled by the site's behind-the-scenes videos, which showed the actors recording lines -- fans have narrowed the identity of the traitor down to Berix and Metus, and then the clips showed Berix's VA talking to the traitor...]]
* The DVD trailer for ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' completely spoiled the fact that [[spoiler: Po's biological father, and several other pandas, are still alive]], which wasn't revealed until the last few seconds of the film.

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* The toy commercials for the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Glatorian Legends line of figures showed glimpses of the then-upcoming movie, ''The Legend Reborn''. Among them, the very shot of the four heroes unleashing the final blast at the Skrall and Bone Hunter army, from the end of the climax! Website promos also spoiled [[spoiler:Metus' Metus' transformation into a snake, thereby revealing that he was to be the traitor. This was also spoiled by the site's behind-the-scenes videos, which showed the actors recording lines -- fans have narrowed the identity of the traitor down to Berix and Metus, and then the clips showed Berix's VA talking to the traitor...]]
traitor...
* The DVD trailer for ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' completely spoiled the fact that [[spoiler: Po's biological father, and several other pandas, are still alive]], alive, which wasn't revealed until the last few seconds of the film.



* A fan-edited trailer for ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' parodies this. The video makes some {{Retraux}} attempts at emulating an ad from TheNineties, with a love ballad playing in the background, some idents from Disney's VHS tapes serving as bookends, and a clip revealing some major points about the climax ([[spoiler:the scene in which a freezing Anna tries to stop Hans from killing Elsa]]) appearing before the title card.
** Official trailers show some spoileriffic clips, such as [[spoiler:Elsa bringing back summer and saving Olaf from melting]]. A more subtle example is [[spoiler:Elsa giving Anna a hug, when Elsa had previously been too scared to approach, much less touch, Anna. It's also apparent on closer examination that this happens after Anna's aforementioned HeroicSacrifice frees herself from the curse]].
* One preview of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' showed bits from Emmet's vision, including [[spoiler:a live-acted human hand]]. Also, Bad Cop's fate was revealed by his toy, released prior to the movie. The LEGO sets actually gave away many details, [[spoiler:such as Bad Cop's parents getting frozen in glue or Uni-Kitty disguising herself as Business-Kitty]], but not always the exact interpretation of the scenes.

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* A fan-edited trailer for ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' parodies this. The video makes some {{Retraux}} attempts at emulating an ad from TheNineties, with a love ballad playing in the background, some idents from Disney's VHS tapes serving as bookends, and a clip revealing some major points about the climax ([[spoiler:the (the scene in which a freezing Anna tries to stop Hans from killing Elsa]]) Elsa) appearing before the title card.
** Official trailers show some spoileriffic clips, such as [[spoiler:Elsa Elsa bringing back summer and saving Olaf from melting]]. melting. A more subtle example is [[spoiler:Elsa Elsa giving Anna a hug, when Elsa had previously been too scared to approach, much less touch, Anna. It's also apparent on closer examination that this happens after Anna's aforementioned HeroicSacrifice frees herself from the curse]].
curse.
* One preview of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' showed bits from Emmet's vision, including [[spoiler:a a live-acted human hand]].hand. Also, Bad Cop's fate was revealed by his toy, released prior to the movie. The LEGO sets actually gave away many details, [[spoiler:such such as Bad Cop's parents getting frozen in glue or Uni-Kitty disguising herself as Business-Kitty]], Business-Kitty, but not always the exact interpretation of the scenes.



* The TV commercials for ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' try their best to hide things by cutting rapidly from scene to scene, but they still manage to spoil [[spoiler: 2's funeral, the destruction of the Fabrication Machine, the Cat Beast's death, and several of the dolls having their souls sucked out by the talisman]]. Geeze!
* The original BMG Video trailer for ''[[WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie Mumfie's Quest]]'' shows [[spoiler: Mr. and Mrs. Admiral being reunited, Whale being freed from a net by the electric eels and part of the scene where Secretary of Night gets turned into by the Cloak of Dreams.]]
* The trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' had clearly shown the entire plot of the film which included [[spoiler: the three golden balls being stolen from the kingdom, the climatic battle with the main villain One-Eye and Tak and Princess Yum-Yum getting married at the end of the film.]]
* Near the end of the second trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', it happens in a brief second but one can see [[spoiler: The Sanchez ancestors near the climax.]]

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* The TV commercials for ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' try their best to hide things by cutting rapidly from scene to scene, but they still manage to spoil [[spoiler: 2's funeral, the destruction of the Fabrication Machine, the Cat Beast's death, and several of the dolls having their souls sucked out by the talisman]].talisman. Geeze!
* The original BMG Video trailer for ''[[WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie Mumfie's Quest]]'' shows [[spoiler: Mr. and Mrs. Admiral being reunited, Whale being freed from a net by the electric eels and part of the scene where Secretary of Night gets turned into by the Cloak of Dreams.]]
Dreams.
* The trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' had clearly shown the entire plot of the film which included [[spoiler: the three golden balls being stolen from the kingdom, the climatic battle with the main villain One-Eye and Tak and Princess Yum-Yum getting married at the end of the film.]]
film.
* Near the end of the second trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', it happens in a brief second but one can see [[spoiler: The the Sanchez ancestors near the climax.]]



* The UK advertising for ''Disney/BigHero6'' reveal [[spoiler:Hiro wanting to kill Yokai]].
* The trailers for ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The scene where Roland makes out with [[spoiler: some kind of insect]] is frequently shown in trailers

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* The UK advertising for ''Disney/BigHero6'' reveal [[spoiler:Hiro wanting reveals that Hiro wants to kill Yokai]].
Yokai.
* The trailers for ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The scene where Roland makes out with [[spoiler: some kind of insect]] insect is frequently shown in trailers



* One of the trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' clearly shows [[spoiler:Plankton as Plank-Ton]].

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** Some of the American trailers spoil the movie as well. Two notable examples were the clip where Joy rides in Bing Bong's rocket to the top and we can clearly see that he is not in it, and the scene where Joy and Sadness return to Headquarters.
* One of the trailers for ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' clearly shows [[spoiler:Plankton Plankton as Plank-Ton]].Plank-Ton.
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