So you just heard about a new series or a film. You begin watching it, and tension is established, or the show tries to trick you, but you're not fooled. Why not? The thing that you aren't supposed to know (it could be a plot twist, or simply a spoiler) was the first thing you learned about it. If you hadn't been told, you wouldn't be watching it.

The TropeNamer is the 1992 film ''Film/TheCryingGame''.[[note]]And indirectly, [[ the eponymous 1960s British pop song that has been covered by many artists.]][[/note]] You likely already know that [[UnsettlingGenderReveal the main character's love interest is a]] [[{{Transgender}} transgender woman.]] Creator/WilliamGoldman noted that knowing the secret actually [[RewatchBonus made the film a much better movie]].

Contrast with ItWasHisSled. The latter means everybody knows what the spoiler is. "Crying Game" means that ''the only thing'' most people know about the work is the spoiler. To compare the Trope Namers, most people could tell you ''Citizen Kane'' is about a guy named Charles Foster Kane who grew rich and powerful, and ended up dying in his mansion whispering "Rosebud," which was his childhood sled. In ''The Crying Game'', most people know that the love interest is a transgender woman, but couldn't tell you the characters' names, the setting, or anything else about the plot; the gender twist is the only thing they know about it.

See also LateArrivalSpoiler, when the company that makes it gives away a spoiler in the sequel's ads. Often a cause of WatchItForTheMeme. If it happens on the first chapter of a series, it's a FirstEpisodeSpoiler. See also JustForFun/EverybodyKnowsThat and BestKnownForTheFanservice.

If you had no clue what this meant before, then this is an example of PopCulturalOsmosisFailure.

''No examples, please. Like ItWasHisSled, this just defines a fan-speak term.''