Created By: yisfidri on July 29, 2013 Last Edited By: yisfidri on October 20, 2013
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Reverse Relationship Reveal

The relationship between two characters is the opposite of what we have assumed.

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Two characters have contrasting roles that relate to each other in some way. One could be a mentor and the other a student, one a stoic comforter and the other an emotional wreck, one a Manipulative Bastard and the other an Ingenue, and so on.

Then, via a Twist Ending or the revelation of Hidden Depths, it suddenly becomes apparent that the roles of the two characters are exactly or approximately the reverse of what we originally were led to believe.

Unlike Hourglass Plot, in which the characters gradually swap their positions and/or situations over time, this trope involves no actual swapping but only the temporary illusion of the reverse situation. The trope can also apply to two groups or parties.

May involve The Man in Front of the Man. Betty and Veronica Switch and Actually, That's My Assistant are subtropes, as is Decoy Leader as long as the audience doesn't know before The Reveal. Compare also Aggressive Submissive.

All examples below are spoilers.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In Bleach, Gin Ichimaru is believed to have killed Sosuke Aizen; his subsequent behaviors establish him as an evil character who brutally impaled the beloved captain. In two separate reveals, Aizen is exposed as the actual Big Bad who faked his death as part of a plot to seize power, and Ichimaru's back story shows that he became close to Aizen in order to take revenge for prior evil deeds. When Ichimaru actually does run Aizen through much later in the story, there is no question as to which character is the actual antagonist.
  • In Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin, among the characters the "hero" Fumiaki interacts with are Chihiro, a suspicious character who spies on the heroine, Maya, and has an unwanted crush on Fumiaki, and the sweet Mikaze, who is the Betty to the heroine's Veronica. It turns out Chihiro was Good All Along and trying to protect Maya and the innocent Mikaze is actually a Horny Devil and the Big Bad.
  • Switch Off flashback arc in Sket Dance
    • At the beginning of the arc, we got to introduced to Sawa, who was having a stalker problem, and her friend, Yukino, who accompanied her to protect her from the stalker. It turns out, however, that the stalker was Yukino's ex-boyfriend who was only looking for the right chance to confess, while Yukino is a jealous yandere who got close to Sawa only looking for revenge because she "stole" her boyfriend.
    • We were also introduced to the Kazuyoshi and Masafumi AKA the younger Switch, and An-chan, his brother. However, it turned out that An-chan is Kazuyoshi AKA the current Switch. The original Switch, Masafumi, died at the end of the arc.

Film
  • In Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, Blanche has been abused and horrifically treated by her sister Jane, who crippled her for life while attempting to kill her. It was actually Blanche who crippled herself trying to kill a drunken Jane, who remembers nothing of that night, and on whom Blanche has manipulatively pinned her crippling.
  • The Sixth Sense. Malcolm is a child psychologist and Cole is a child who can see dead people. Malcolm suggests to Cole that he is supposed to help the dead people in their path to the afterlife and let go of their earthly concerns. It turns out that Malcolm is dead and Cole is helping him in his path to the afterlife.
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful apparently introduces the good witch and deputy ruler of the city, Evanora, who sends the wizard to kill the wicked witch who murdered her own father the king. Really, this black-cloaked witch is Glinda the Good, mourning her father in exile, and Evanora is the true wicked witch who murdered him.
  • In one of the three endings of Clue, Wadsworth reveals that HE is actually Mr. Boddy, and the person killed earlier was his butler.
  • Similar to the above, in Murder by Death Lionel Twain takes off his Latex Perfection disguise to reveal that he's really the blind butler - who then takes off his Latex Perfection disguise to reveal that he's really the deaf maid. Who had had scenes with each other.
  • In The Sting, we see the gloved hand of a man stalking Johnny Hooker, then later that hand raising a gun and firing... at Hooker's new girlfriend (who we later learn was about to kill Hooker). Then the man comes out of hiding, explains the situation, and tells Johnny he (the man) was hired by Gondorff to protect Johnny.
  • In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Queen Amidala is revealed to be a handmaiden decoy; the actual queen had been posing as the handmaiden for much of the film.
  • In Without a Clue it's revealed early on that Dr Watson is actually the brilliant detective, and Sherlock Holmes is the bumbling sidekick.
  • At the end of Charade, Reggie concludes that her friend Peter is a murderer, and runs away from him to seek the protection of Mr. Bartholomew at the American Embassy. Actually, Mr. Bartholomew is the murderer, and it is Peter who ends up having to protect her from him.

Literature
  • One of the most famous literary examples is in Pride and Prejudice. The reader spends most of the book thinking Mr Wickham is a decent young man done out of marriage and a fortune by Mr Darcy. In fact, Wickham is a spendthrift who tried to run off with Darcy's sister, and Darcy is blameless.
  • Agatha Christie used this trope a number of times:
    • In both Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, a wealthy seductress apparently seduces a handsome man away from his poor abandoned wife or ex-fiancee. This was an illusion staged by the latter two, who played on the seductress' weakness to kill her for her money.
    • The short story Triangle At Rhodes involves two married couples, with two of the partners apparently in an adulterous affair. It is really the other two partners who are in an affair, and who are plotting to kill their spouses and marry each other, and this plot includes creating the illusion of an affair between the others.
    • Lord Edgware Dies
      • Jane Wilkinson is apparently the victim of a frame-up, in which Carlotta Adams was employed to kill Lord Edgware. In fact, Jane was the real murderer and Carlotta her victim.
      • Jane also feels victimized by her terrible husband who refuses to grant her a divorce. He is in fact her victim. He granted her a divorce by letter, but she pretended never to receive it, as part of her alibi for his murder.
    • In both Towards Zero and Murder is Easy, the real murderer killed their victim(s) for the sole purpose of getting their spouse or significant other framed and hanged for the murder, while initially appearing to be in need of protection from their "murderous" partner.
    • In A Murder Is Announced, the young man who apparently took a shot in the dark at Miss Blacklock before turning the gun on himself turns out to have been murdered by her.
    • In And Then There Were None, it seems as though Dr Armstrong is the murderer, having killed Justice Wargrave and then vanished, as indicated by the line in the poem "A red herring swallowed one, and then there were three". In fact, Wargrave was the murderer, and faked his own death, with Armstrong as an unwitting accomplice, whom he murdered shortly after.
  • It also appears in several Sherlock Holmes stories.
    • In "A Scandal In Bohemia", the King of Bohemia intends to marry, but fears that his ex-lover, Irene Adler, is in a position to blackmail or publically disgrace him using a photograph of the two of them. She has no such intention, and keeps the photograph only to safeguard herself against any steps he might take against her, he having cruelly wronged her in the past. In the Granada TV adaptation, she is shown throwing the photograph into the middle of the sea.
    • In "The Beryl Coronet", the client's reprobate son appears to have attempted theft, to the horror of his upright foster sister. Said sister was the true accomplice to the attempted theft, which the son heroically thwarted.
    • In "The Norwood Builder", the evidence initially suggests that a young solicitor murdered a builder for his money. The builder faked his death, partly for financial reasons, and partly to get the solicitor hanged for the murder as revenge against his ex-sweetheart (the solicitor's mother).
  • In The Age of Innocence, Newland Archer is having an affair behind his seemingly innocent and clueless wife's back. Said wife is really the clever and manipulative one, who managed to keep him within her grasp and get rid of his other love interest, while he is the innocent and clueless one.
  • In Harry Harrison's SF novel Invasion: Earth, an alien spacecraft crash-lands on Earth, after being hijacked by a different alien race. It turns out the peaceful alien race is being set up to look like aggressors by the aliens who actually want to take over Earth.
  • Warbreaker
  • In the first book of Sara Douglass' The Wayfarer Redemption, the religious leaders, the Seneschal, led a defensive revolution to overthrew the evil Forbidden, of whom there was a recorded history of tyranny, and bring peace and freedom. This history was fabricated, the Forbidden are decent and peaceful people, and the Seneschal were the real terrorists who committed devastating genocide in said revolution.
  • Used and commented on in several Father Brown stories.
    • In "The Scandal of Father Brown" Brown is seen by a reporter to help a married woman run off with a handsome young man and leave the older one she checked into a hotel with. The handsome young man is her husband, the older one a paramour.
    • In "The Pursuit of Mr. Blue" a millionaire is threatened by his cousin. Someone sees them both and gets them confused.
    • In "The Chief Mourner of Marne" a man shuts himself up after apparently killing his brother in a duel. He's really the supposedly dead brother, having 'played dead' and then shot.
    • In "The Sins of Prince Saradine" it seems the prince is killed, but the prince knew the enemy was coming so switched places with his butler.
    • In "The Blue Cross", a policeman encounters two priests, one of whom is committing a series of petty crimes and pranks. The policeman follows the priest, believing that the prankster must be some kind of hoodlum. Actually, it is his companion priest who is the criminal; Father Brown has been playing the pranks so that the policeman will follow them and arrest the real villain.
  • The sci-fi story upon which The Day the Earth Stood Still is based on, Harry Bates' "Farewell To The Master", Klaatu is set up to be Gnut/Gort's master and gets killed early on (in the original story he's shot by a lunatic immediately after he introduces himself, making both movies a variation of Spared by the Adaptation (in that he lasts longer)), with the twist at the end that Gnut/Gort was Klaatu's master all along.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone sets the audience up to believe that Snape is evil, and that he is blackmailing the innocent Professor Quirrell. It turns out that Quirrell is actually a servant of Lord Voldemort and Snape is trying to stop him.

Live-Action TV
  • The Benny Hill Show. At the end of a sketch parodying Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch & Sundance are captured. We see them talking to Butch's girlfriend through prison bars; then they leave and we see that she is the one locked up while they ride off into the sunset.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Welcome to the Hellmouth." The episode opens with a boy and girl breaking into the high school, presumably for sexy times; the girl's nervous and the boy predatory. Every horror buff knows what's going to happen. Then she turns into a monster and kills him, not quite what people were expecting (unless they're really into horror).
  • In an episode of Picket Fences Kimberly sees one of her classmates kissing said classmate's father. Kimberly calls the cops. It turns out the classmate and the father aren't father and daughter, but husband and wife in a Mormon polygamous marriage (with the "mother" actually being the senior wife).
  • In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Bound" it is revealed that in Orion society, the males are slaves to the females, but they maintain the facade that it's the other way around. (It fools the protagonists.)

Theatre
  • In Mozart's The Magic Flute, the Queen of the Night promises Tamino her daughter Pamina's hand in marriage if he rescues her from the evil Sarastro. It's revealed later that the Queen is the Big Bad, and Sarastro is one of Pamina's benevolent rescuers.

Video Games

Visual Novel
  • In Danganronpa, Junko Enoshima is sadistically killed by Monokuma right after the start of the first case as punishment for protesting the rules of his "game." Later, it's revealed that there is a 16th student whose identity has been kept secret: "Super High School-Level Soldier" Mukuro Ikusaba, who is immediately speculated to be the true identity of the mastermind. However, it turns out that Mukuro and Junko are sisters, and they switched places before the game even started: not only is Junko the real mastermind, but she killed Mukuro rather than vice versa!

Webcomic

Western Animation
  • At the end of The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland, it looks like Alice has the green thumb power that only a true princess can have, and then it's revealed that it was really the rescued princess who was doing this.
  • The Loonatics Unleashed episode My Life Is A Circus has the Loonatics captured by The Ringmaster, who has Otto the Odd use a sonic DNA scrambler to transform them into patchwork freaks. After their escape, the Loonatics corner The Ringmaster, only to discover that he's merely the face of the operation. Otto the Odd is the mastermind behind the freak show.
Community Feedback Replies: 77
  • July 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Sixth Sense: Malcolm is a child psychologist and Cole is a child who can see dead people. Malcolm suggests to Cole that he is supposed to help the dead people in their path to the afterlife and let go of their earthly concerns. It turns out that Malcolm is dead and Cole is helping him in his path to the afterlife.
  • July 29, 2013
    Duncan
    In Harry Harrison's SF novel Invasion: Earth, an alien spacecraft crash-lands on Earth, after being hijacked by a different alien race. It turns out the peaceful alien race is being set up to look like aggressors by the aliens who actually want to take over Earth.
  • July 29, 2013
    Duncan
    Also, Betty And Veronica Switch would be a subtrope of this.
  • July 29, 2013
    henke37
  • July 29, 2013
    Hodor
    Twofold example in Warbreaker:
  • July 29, 2013
    yisfidri
    Thanks, added them all.
  • July 30, 2013
    Hodor
    Ah, thought of another example (with a bit of overlap with Betty And Veronica Switch).

    In Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin, among the characters the "hero" Fumiaki interacts with are Chihiro, a suspicious character who spies on the heroine, Maya, and has an unwanted crush on Fumiaki, and the sweet Mikaze, who is the Betty to the heroine's Veronica. It turns out Chihiro was Good All Along and trying to protect Maya and the innocent Mikaze is actually a Horny Devil and the Big Bad.
  • July 30, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • Used twice in the Switch Off flashback arc in Sket Dance
      • At the beginning of the arc, we got to introduced to Sawa, who was having a stalker problem, and her friend, Yukino, who accompanied her to protect her from the stalker. It turns out, however, that the stalker was Yukino's ex-boyfriend who was only looking for the right chance to confess, while Yukino is a jealous yandere who got close to Sawa only looking for revenge because she "stole" her boyfriend.
      • We were also introduced to the Kazuyoshi and Masafumi AKA the younger Switch, and An-chan, his brother. However, it turned out that An-chan is Kazuyoshi AKA the current Switch. The original Switch, Masafumi, died at the end of the arc.
  • August 3, 2013
    Starkiller
    One of the most famous literary examples is in Pride And Prejudice. The reader spends most of the book thinking Mr Wickham is a decent young man done out of marriage and a fortune by Mr Darcy. In fact, Wickham is a spendthrift who tried to run off with Darcy's sister, and Darcy is blameless.
  • August 4, 2013
    Alvin
    Used and commented on in several Literature Father Brown stories: In "The Scandal of Father Brown" Brown is seen by a reporter to help a married woman run off with a handsome young man and leave the older one she checked into a hotel with. the handsome young man is her husband, the older one a paramour. In "The Pursuit of Mr. Blue" a millionaire is threatened by his cousin. Someone sees them both and gets them confused. In "The Chief Mourner of Marne" a man shuts himself up after apparently killing his brother in a duel. He's really the supposedly dead brother, having 'played dead' and then shot. In "The Sins of Prince Saradine" it seems the prince is killed, but the prince knew the enemy was coming so switched places with his butler.
  • August 4, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    The sci-fi story upon which The Day The Earth Stood Still is based on, Harry Bates' "Farewell To The Master", Klaatu is set up to be Gnut/Gort's master and gets killed early on (in the original story he's shot by a lunatic immediately after he introduces himself, making both movies a variation of Spared By The Adaptation (in that he lasts longer)), with the twist at the end that Gnut/Gort was Klaatu's master all along.
  • August 4, 2013
    Astaroth
    If you're going to have an 'expect spoilers below' warning in the description, you can take out the spoiler tags.
  • August 5, 2013
    yisfidri
    The warning has been removed.
  • August 5, 2013
    Hodor

    Hmm, probably should condense these...
  • August 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Benny Hill Show: At the end of a sketch parodying Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch & Sundance are captured. We see them talking to Butch's girlfriend through prison bars; then they leave and we see that she is the one locked up while they ride off into the sunset.
  • August 6, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    We can avoid all the spoiler tags just by making this a Spoilered Rotten trope (and thus posting a warning banner that this will be spoiler heavy).

  • August 7, 2013
    Duncan
    • In one of the three endings of Clue, Wadsworth reveals that HE is actually Mr. Boddy, and the person killed earlier was his butler.
  • August 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Similar to the above, in Murder By Death Lionel Twain takes off his Latex Perfection disguise to reveal that he's really the blind butler - who then takes off his Latex Perfection disguise to reveal that he's really the deaf maid. Who had had scenes with each other.
    • In an episode of "Mathnet" on Square One TV Pat and George go to a Mystery Weekend, but take the wrong turn and end up at a real murder mystery. There's a butler who in the end admits he orchestrated the whole thing in revenge for people disliking him for not knowing math.
  • August 8, 2013
    Raconteur
    I reccomend adding a spoiler warning as this deals mostly with endings.
  • August 8, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Yeah, just needs a general one, so no tags in examples will be needed.
  • August 8, 2013
    yisfidri
    Spoiler warning re-added and all spoiler tags removed.
  • August 8, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Sorry, just rewatched the "Mathnet" in question and I wasn't quite right about the butler's motivation: He had been a court reporter who saw these people "get away" with their crimes because they used math to prove that they couldn't have done the crime in question, so he invited them all to his mansion And Then There Were None-style to Vigilante Man them. Problem being, they were right and he was wrong, but he refused to accept that.
  • August 9, 2013
    yisfidri
    Removed it.. actually, your mention of And Then There Were None reminded me of another example, which I have added.
  • August 10, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Expanded on the Monkey Island example.
  • August 10, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    (Borrowing the wording from the recap page)
    • Buffy The Vampire Slayer, "Welcome to the Hellmouth." The episode opens with a boy and girl breaking into the high school, presumably for sexy times; the girl's nervous and the boy predatory. Every horror buff knows what's going to happen. Then she turns into a monster and kills him, not quite what people were expecting (unless they're really into horror).
  • August 19, 2013
    Alvin
    In The Sting, we see the gloved hand of a man stalking Johnny Hooker, then later that hand raising a gun and firing...at Hooker's new girlfriend(who we later learn was about to kill Hooker). Then the man comes out of hiding, explains the situation, and tells Johnny he (the man) was hired by Gondorff to protect Johnny.
  • August 25, 2013
    DAN004
  • September 6, 2013
    jamespolk
    In an episode of Picket Fences Kimberly sees one of her classmates kissing said classmate's father. Kimberly calls the cops. It turns out the classmate and the father aren't father and daughter, but husband and wife in a Mormon polygamous marriage (with the "mother" actually being the senior wife).
  • September 16, 2013
    NimmerStill
    In the Star Trek Enterprise episode "Bound" it is revealed that in Orion society, the males are slaves to the females, but they maintain the facade that it's the other way around. (It fools the protagonists.)
  • September 16, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Another subtrope can be Decoy Leader, if the audience doesn't know about it before The Reveal.
  • September 19, 2013
    nemui10pm
    Actually Thats My Assistant is yet another subtrope.
  • September 23, 2013
    KarjamP
    Looking at the name, I thought the trope's about a Plot Twist that two characters have Swapped Roles.

    What about Reverse Relationship Reveal or something similar?
  • September 23, 2013
    dalek955
  • September 24, 2013
    yisfidri
    ^^Renamed and ^added.
  • September 25, 2013
    DAN004
    So... does it have to be "reversed"? :/
  • September 25, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^That's how the trope itself described it, but it's possible to get creative on what "Reverse" means.

    Afteral, Tropes Are Flexible.
  • September 25, 2013
    reflaxion
    Some of these examples don't seem like reversals at all.
  • September 25, 2013
    reflaxion
    Added examples from Bleach and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
  • September 25, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^^ I said "creative".

    IE, you can interpret what "reverse" means in the example's context.
  • September 25, 2013
    reflaxion
    If you mean "make up a new definition" then yes, but the Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Picket Fences examples really don't fit the trope at all. The Escape From Monkey Island example needs more exposition, I think - probably the The Care Bears Adventure In Wonderland example too.

    I'll be honest - I didn't read all of the examples.
  • September 25, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^Bingo: Three examples that don't fit the actual definition found (Monkey Island isn't misuse).
  • September 25, 2013
    DAN004
    I prefer "Switcheroo" (the previous title) because it doesn't have to be reversal. We should broaden the definition.
  • September 25, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^Even if the trope was broadened to not only cover any relationships that were revealed to be the opposite on what was seen at first, if "switcheroo" is added to the title, it would imply that the "relationship" or whatever was somehow replaced with another one a while back (ie, an friendship relationship's replaced with an enemy relationship) instead of merely being a realisation that the relationship's a lot different than you expect it to be.
  • September 25, 2013
    reflaxion
    I like the name as is, but I think alliteration is awesome.
  • September 26, 2013
    BearyScary
    I prefer Reverse Relationship Reveal as a title.
  • September 26, 2013
    DAN004
    ^^^ "if "switcheroo" is added to the title, it would imply that the "relationship" or whatever was somehow replaced with another one a while back instead of merely being a realisation that the relationship's a lot different than you expect it to be. "

    That's what the "Reveal" word is for.
  • September 26, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^ The "reveal" part doesn't change the meaning of "switcheroo": the plot twist shows the relationship was somehow replaced with another one (ie, your friendship was replace with him being your enemy).
  • September 26, 2013
    reflaxion
    I agree with Karjam P on this - "switcheroo" indicates a switch.

    Also, I like the idea of this being limited to reverse relationships. There's nothing wrong with being specific in a trope if you have the examples to justify it, and it looks like this one is holding its own just on reverse reveals.
  • September 28, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone sets the audience up to believe that Snape is evil, and that he is blackmailing the innocent Professor Quirrell. It turns out that Quirrell is actually a servant of Lord Voldemort and Snape is trying to stop him.

    Yeah, that sucks. Feel free to write it better.
  • September 29, 2013
    yisfidri
    OP here.

    ^that description of Harry Potter seems fine to me, but the category needs to be changed to Literature; adding it now.

    ^^, ^^^ - I agree with this - it would be good to limit this trope to where we realise the relationship is in some way reversed, not simply different from what we were led to believe.

    After reading the discussion I had a skim through the examples above. To me, most of them seem to pass the "reverse relationship" criterion - but I have listed below those that I am not sure belong to this trope, judging from how they are described. I am not familiar with these stories, so input welcome.

    Film:

    -The Sixth Sense

    -Clue

    -Murder by Death

    Live action TV:

    -Picket Fences

    Video Games:

    -Escape from Monkey Island

    Webcomic

    -Both "Order of the Stick" examples appear to pass, but are written in a long-winded way. Anyone who is familiar with these stories and can edit them is welcome to do so.

  • September 29, 2013
    DAN004
    Okay, OP said "limit it to reverse relationships". I might wanna make a more general version tho :P
  • September 30, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work names, corrected improper Example Indentation, and added spaces between the asterisk and first word of several examples.
  • September 30, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    ^^^ The Harry Potter example actually applies to both the book and the movie. Though if you have to choose, I guess you should file it under "Literature".

    Having seen The Sixth Sense, I'd support removing it as an example. I think the end of the movie is really just a regular Reveal, not a specific sub-trope.

    Could this be called Bait And Switch Relationship?
  • September 30, 2013
    robinjohnson
  • September 30, 2013
    Eddy1215
    There was one episode of Captain Planet And The Planeteers where Linka reunited with a guy from her village much to Wheeler's jealousy. Then at the end of the episode, it's revealed he was her big brother.
  • September 30, 2013
    DAN004
    ^^^ Perfect title. XD
  • October 1, 2013
    reflaxion
  • October 1, 2013
    reflaxion
    Re-read the Buffy The Vampire Slayer example. I must have missed something earlier, but it makes sense to me now - I retract my prior comment. I still don't agree with the Picket Fences or Care Bears Adventure In Wonderland examples. I think The Sixth Sense is salvageable if written as "Protagonist spends entire film trying to help child, reveal at the end is that the child was the one helping the protagonist all along."
  • October 1, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    Yeah, it could be justified if written that way. Although the protagonist does also help the child...
  • October 7, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    Another Father Brown example:

    • In "The Blue Cross", a policeman encounters two priests, one of whom is committing a series of petty crimes and pranks. The policeman follows the priest, believing that the prankster must be some kind of hoodlum. Actually, it is his companion priest who is the criminal; Father Brown has been playing the pranks so that the policeman will follow them and arrest the real villain.
  • October 8, 2013
    KarjamP
    Isn't the ruling by the original troper that the ruling is to limit this to "the opposite of what was originally implied"?

    IE, Reverse Relationship Reveal shows this part, while Bait And Switch Relationship expands it to any relationship that's being revealed as being different.

    I want the original troper (or everyone else) to agree to expansion of the trope's definition first before we launch this with this name.
  • October 8, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Maybe... a crowner to decide that?
  • October 8, 2013
    reflaxion
    I rather liked Reverse Relationship Reveal as a name.
  • October 8, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    I think this one's a straight reversal:

    • At the end of Charade, Reggie concludes that her friend Peter is a murderer, and runs away from him to seek the protection of Mr. Bartholomew at the American Embassy. Actually, Mr. Bartholomew is the murderer, and it is Peter who ends up having to protect her from him.
  • October 8, 2013
    reflaxion
    Who changed the title, anyway? There's no comment regarding it and OP seemed to like the restrictions implied by the original name. Unfortunately, every edit to a YKTTW shows in history as being made by the OP, whether it actually was or not. (I just tested it to see for myself... but everyone else probably knew that already.)
  • October 9, 2013
    yisfidri
    OP again; my bad. I changed the title because I thought other tropers were starting to prefer Bait And Switch, and I was going to leave a comment to say I renamed it but got sidetracked (very stressful week). Apologies for the omission. My preference is for Reverse Relationship Reveal, and for it to be straight reversals only, and I'll change the name back if others agree. Adding Charade and Father Brown examples too.
  • October 9, 2013
    reflaxion
    ^ I vote Reverse Relationship Reveal. If there's argument, we can get a crowner.
  • October 10, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^ Me Too.
  • October 10, 2013
    kjnoren
    Switch away from the bait and switch title, it's misleading.
  • October 10, 2013
    DAN004
    Okay, Reverse Relationship Reveal it is.

    Though, maybe, someone (may be me) should make a trope named "Bait And Switch Relationship". Which may act as a Missing Supertrope.
  • October 14, 2013
    yisfidri
    Renaming back to Reverse Relationship Reveal.

    ^^ :-)
  • October 17, 2013
    yisfidri
    Ready for launch?
  • October 18, 2013
    KarjamP
    One more hat?
  • October 18, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The Loonatics Unleashed episode My Life Is A Circus has the Loonatics captured by The Ringmaster, who has Otto the Odd use a sonic DNA scrambler to transform them into patchwork freaks. After their escape, the Loonatics corner The Ringmaster, only to discover that he's merely the face of the operation. Otto the Odd is the mastermind behind the freak show.
  • October 19, 2013
    Ryusui
    • In Danganronpa, Junko Enoshima is sadistically killed by Monokuma right after the start of the first case as punishment for protesting the rules of his "game." Later, it's revealed that there is a 16th student whose identity has been kept secret: "Super High School-Level Soldier" Mukuro Ikusaba, who is immediately speculated to be the true identity of the mastermind. However, it turns out that Mukuro and Junko are sisters, and they switched places before the game even started: not only is Junko the real mastermind, but she killed Mukuro rather than vice versa!
  • October 19, 2013
    KarjamP
    Now that this has five hats, I think this can launch now.
  • October 20, 2013
    yisfidri
    Launched..
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