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Spoiled by the Cast List
Knowing the cast list spoils The Reveal.
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Cast Lists are used to give credit to the professionals and creators responsible for the production. In an ongoing work, audiences can draw a connection between characters and their actors, which can reveal a Plot Twist when the cast list is shown. This is frequently related to the life or death of characters, but can also be related to Two Aliases, One Character.

Note that both opening credits and ending credits apply for this trope. Cast lists from outside sources like IMDB contribute to the spoiler effect, revealing Plot Twists to people not watching the work, and are why this concept is marked as a Trivia item.

Warning: because of the nature of this trope, spoilers below are unmarked.
     Playing With / Spoiled By The Cast List 

  • Played Straight: The arrival of a (previously dead) character is spoiled by the name of the actor playing them.

  • Averted Trope:
    • Characters are not listed in the cast list to avoid spoilers.
    • Rather than being resurrected, the deceased character shows up in a flashback, or as a ghost, or the actor is listed as playing the deceased character's twin (or Identical Grandson).
    • The Ensemble cast lists all actors known to be part of the group, even the Absentee Actors of the episode.

  • Enforced Trope: Prominent characters have their actors listed in the opening credits.

  • Downplayed Trope: Characters are listed in the end credits after The Reveal of their actor.


Live-Action TV
  • When the BBC casts a new Doctor for Doctor Who, it's pretty clear the old one will be dying off at the end of the current season.
  • In the Power Rangers universe, particularly the original MMPR series, if a new student begins showing up regularly, it's a safe bet that a cast member is being replaced. Which one? Easy to tell. Look at the clothes the new student is wearing, and match the color. They'll also be listed in the closing credits of the episode.

[[AC:Multimedia Franchises shows up in the opening credits to the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


  • Jack Palance]] played Curly in City Slickers, but Curly died. In the sequel, Jack returns as the twin brother.
  • During the Fifth Doctor era, when the Doctor Who production team wished to hide the Master's involvement in a story, they credited the actor under an anagrammatic character alias such as "Neil Toynay" (Tony Ainley) or "James Stoker" (Master's Joke).

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