Created By: PhantomDusclops92 on January 1, 2012
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Manual Spoiler

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the manual contains spoilers]].

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Game Instructions containing spoilers for the game itself. Related to Trailers Always Spoil and Spoiler Opening.

Examples:

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee's instruction book shows in some pics that Luigi, Dr.Mario, Roy and Mewtwo are playable.
  • In the instructions for Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, there is a pic of the character selection screen. With every secret character unlocked.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • January 1, 2012
    Koveras
    • The Final Fantasy XIII game manual reveals that Lightning's party will be joined by The Sixth Ranger Fang and land on the Pulse. But then again, they aren't very big spoilers, as it's been in every trailer and review.
  • January 1, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Subtrope of All There In The Manual?

    Note that the word "manual" can be used as a noun or adjective -- we want the title to reflect that it's a noun. Spoiled By The Manual?

    It's very important to note that these kinds of spoilers will generally be hard to spot unless you're taking a very close look at it.
  • January 1, 2012
    dalek955
    Sounds a bit like Interface Spoiler.
  • January 2, 2012
    Koveras
  • January 2, 2012
    AlexSora89
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    Yes. I was exactly thinking about that: Manuals Always Spoil.

    It'd work perfectly.
  • January 2, 2012
    VVK
    Do intentional cases count, ie. where there is a minor walkthrough for the beginning of the game or similar?
  • January 2, 2012
    Koveras
    Except that it will probably be accused of being a snowclone title, after Trailers Always Spoil.
  • April 9, 2012
    EKK
    One such example was just added to Interface Spoiler. It doesn't quite fit there IMHO, because it hasn't got anything to do with the interface revealing stuff, but would be ideal for this trope.

    • The manual of the SNES American release of Final Fantasy IV - in the equipment section in the back, it lists the classes of all the characters, to designate what each can equip. Particularly blatant in the case of Edge and FuSoYa, since you know there's more game coming after each Disc One Final Dungeon because you haven't met a ninja or Lunarian yet.

    If you don't like the snowclone title Trailers Always Spoil, umm... Spoiled By The Manual would at least deliver the message, even if it's not the wittiest name ever.
  • April 9, 2012
    elwoz
    How about [Game] Documentation Spoiler?
  • April 12, 2012
    EKK
    I think this should be launched. There are a few examples already and if we want more we don't want to keep it "rotting" in YKTTW.
  • April 12, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    In the late 90s/early 2000s these Pokemon walkthrough magazines (I think they were released by some nintendo magazine, if anyone can help me out). They averted this by giving tips on how to beat the final champion of the Elite Four BACKWARDS so you had to hold it up to a mirror if you wanted the tips and could remain unspoiled if you so wished.
  • April 12, 2012
    EKK
    They're not exactly manuals, though.
  • April 13, 2012
    EKK
    What about the title? Manual Spoiler, Spoiled By The Manual, Manuals Always Spoil etc?

    I think Spoiled By The Manual is the best. It's unambiguous and neat.
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