->''"Wow, so Alice was really Alice all along? Next you're going to be telling me that Clark Kent is really... Clark Kent!"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic''' on Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''

A Captain Obvious Reveal occurs when the writer sets up a [[TheReveal Reveal]] for his story... only the audience figured it out already by the time they revealed it. Obviously, this will never apply to 100% of the audience, but when it applies to the majority of an audience, you have this trope on your hands.

This can happen for a couple of reasons. The more common one is that the author put in so much {{Foreshadowing}} that the reveal becomes clear long before it was intended. Another reason is that there were no other options for the reveal; if we're told that a character has a missing father, and there's only one character we already know who's the right age and position to have a missing child, audiences are likely to figure [[LukeIAmYourFather it]] out. And finally, it could be that this particular reader/viewer is very GenreSavvy; no matter how well you plan your plot twists, there will always be someone who can figure it out.

Note once again that this will never apply to 100% of the audience. Likewise, just because one audience member was GenreSavvy doesn't mean we have this trope - that particular audience member is just very GenreSavvy and good at recognizing foreshadowing. Also worth noting that among the thousands who watch a movie/read a book, someone is bound to simply ''guess'' the plot twist ahead of time, no matter how well it is set up - its practically a statistical certainty.

Compare TheUntwist; this trope is very similar, but not quite identical to that one. (The difference is that The Untwist can be intentional and ''always'' comes from too much foreshadowing. Here, it's never intentional, and it doesn't necessarily have to be foreshadowing.) Contrast TomatoSurprise and DeusExMachina. The in-story version of this is EverybodyKnewAlready. Supertrope to ObviousJudas, where the most ObviouslyEvil character is revealed to be the villain. Related to CaptainObviousAesop, when a moral that everybody in real life believes already ("Murder is bad!") is treated in-story as a profound revelation.

'''Warning: As this is a plot twist trope, spoilers will be unmarked. Approach with caution.'''



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Double subverted with the mysterious masked man Tobi being Obito Uchiha. It seemed incredibly obvious right from the get-go, until Tobi pulled a 180 degree on personality, authority, and power level that completely contradicted what Obito would have been capable (eg: the class dunce should not be capable of giving [[TheAce the Fourth Hokage]] a hard time). This actually led to a number of others characters being considered and causing quite a divide among the fandom. It isn't until 300 chapters later and a confirmation that he wasn't Madara Uchiha that it became somewhat possible, but the vast power level difference allow this to be subverted ''past'' his reveal until confirmed by Madara himself one chapter later!
** Then of course there's the fact that Naruto is the 4th Hokage's son...something most of the audience had already figured out, since they look similar and the guy's face is carved into the side of a freaking mountain. Just one look at his picture, and most of the audience had already figured who Naruto's father was. If you took out the whisker marks on Naruto's cheeks, they could be ''twins''. It really makes you wonder how ignorant the people of Konoha were to not see such an obvious resemblance.
** There's also the reveal that the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Six Paths of Pain]] are just dead bodies being controlled by Nagato. This wasn't revealed until quite a while after Pain (and later Nagato's) introduction into the story, but it was predicted by MANY people in the fandom.
** The reveal that [[GenerationXerox Boruto's]] teammate is Orochimaru's son hardly came as a surprise given that he both resembles Orochimaru and gave many readers the same creepy vibes.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Before the main characters encounter Father, we're led to believe that Father is Hohenheim since they both look alike, but we only see the bottom half of Father's face, so one would expect the series to "surprisingly" reveal that Father is Hohenheim. Then it turns out that he's a different person and they just look the same [[spoiler: because Father is a homunculus who took on Hohenheim's appearance when they were younger.]] Arakawa did this on purpose.
* There's a minor reveal in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' that the Jovian Chulips are a kind of warp gate that allow Jovian robots to teleport in directly from Jupiter. Of course, since the audience has already seen the Chulips clearly opening some kind of portal, the biggest surprise is finding out that you weren't supposed to know that already.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** The siblings of Hoteye/Richard and Yukino (Wally and Angel/Sorano, respectively) weren't surprising to the majority of the fanbase who put two and two together.
** It's gloriously subverted with Silver of Tartaros' connection to Gray; readers speculated from the start that he is actually Gray's father before TheReveal that [[spoiler:while his ''body'' belongs to Gray's father, it's actually possessed by Deliora, the demon that killed Gray's parents and forced Ur to use Iced Shell... only to later be double subverted when Silver reveals he really ''is'' Gray's dad brought BackFromTheDead, and lied about being Deliora just to rile Gray up enough to put an end to his agonizing existence]].
* In ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'', Kurumi Mimino aka '''Milky''' Rose being '''Milk''' is so obvious, yet only one character figured this out ''for a while'' before the reveal. The other characters actually realized some similarities, but they still didn't figure it out for four episodes.
%%* ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'', Wow! '''Close''' was '''Kuroso'''??? Who would have known?
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Sabo being alive and a member of the Revolutionary Army. It is strongly implied with how he may have appeared to be shot, but his dead body was never shown, and later on Dragon finds someone injured who he wants to be taken to the med bay on the Revolutionaries' ship. In the latter part of the flashback, Sabo grows to hate the nobles and by extension the government, so it makes sense that he would become a Revolutionary. Furthermore, the flashback was mostly about Luffy and Ace growing up together - if Sabo had just been killed off to never play any role in the story again, his character's existence would almost have been {{Filler}}. In addition, one of the chapter cover arts was of an adult Sabo alongside Luffy and Ace, indicating that his role in the story wasn't finished yet. Subverted in that WordOfGod said Sabo was dead, and that cover was just a tease. [[LyingCreator That means the author outright lied to everyone]].
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Tuxedo Mask's secret identity and the reveal of Usagi's past life were not very surprising, as their alter egos were shown countless times in the series...and, in Usagi's case, the opening of the first series and the ending of the second. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because the focus of the series isn't these mysteries but adventure and wish fulfillment.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Trunks is Bulma's son. While it was somewhat easier to be surprised by this in the anime (in the manga, [[AdaptationDyeJob Bulma had purple hair]] instead of blue), his haircut resembles his grandfather's and he wore the Capsule Corp logo on his jacket.
* In ''Anime/BloodC'', it's very obvious that Fumito, Saya's neighbor who made her lunches, is the mastermind behind the events of the show and that he's drugging Saya with coffee and marshmallows which results to her memory loss. It's also blatantly obvious that he's the narrator in Saya's flashbacks and the tone of his voice showed that he knew all about her. And when episode 11 rolls in, it doesn't come out as a surprise.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Annie is the Female Titan. The only other female with blond hair in the military (Krista) was present during her attack, and her face was similar to Annie's. Even before the Female Titan was introduced, you could tell by Annie's [[PerpetualFrowner facial expressions]] [[ObviouslyEvil that she may have a darker moral alignment]].
** Afterwards, the Armored Titan being Reiner is even more obvious, thanks to the readers having gotten enough examples of Titan MorphicResonance to know the muscular Titan with close-cropped blond hair is going to be a muscular ''human'' with close-cropped blond hair.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Lucy killed Kouta's father and sister. Kouta's shocked expression when he saw her for the first time in the series and the mention of his dead family put two and two together for the audience.
* The reveal in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' that "Yabuki Joe" is actually Kenji is so completely, ridiculously, ludicrously obvious that is most definitely an invoked example. It's so obvious in fact, that the English volumes accidentally spoil it in the translation notes four volumes before it's confirmed.
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'': Yellow is the girl who Red met and caught a Rattata for before his fight with Giovanni. Given how they share a Pokémon, compounded by how similar their designs are, you'd have to have completely forgotten the former's existence to be surprised.
* ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles'': The reveal in ''LightNovel/GiftFromThePrincessWhoBroughtSleep'' that Hanne Lorre and her sister Hedimarie are actually Elluka and Gumillia under false identities was so obvious that most of the fans took it as a given when the site went up, when the reveal itself in the novel doesn't occur until past the halfway point.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[ArcVillain Kugo Ginjo]] was EvilAllAlong. He even looks like [[OnlySixFaces an Aizen recolor]] for cripes' sake!

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'':
** [[BigBad Count Logan]] being [[RogueProtagonist Beast Boy]] ''would'' have been a huge plot twist... The only problem being that we focus on him for the first two chapters with enough information that when the slightest hint is given, it's instead [[TheUntwist a plot twist]]. For starters, Beast Boy's real name is Garfield ''Logan'', and the story goes to great lengths to show the name. It also goes to great lengths to showcase his relation to Terra and his reason for ''why'' he became Count Logan in the first place, right down to using a clip from the show constantly, to the point where when they show it again and [[PlotBasedVoiceCancellation this time, with the names muted,]] it's downright obvious. ''Especially'' since one of the words that ''wasn't'' muted was ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Teen Titan]]''.
** If you catch on that this is a WholePlotReference to ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', then it wouldn't surprise you that Dr. Beljar would backstab Beast Boy and remake the world in his image.
* In ''FanFic/CurseOfTheDemonPony'', Creator/JusSonic makes it incredibly obvious that the titular Demon Pony is in fact Twilight Sparkle's old friend, [[RelationshipStu Ben Mare]]. Within the story it's treated like it's a huge twist, but anyone who's been reading it up until then should've known it was him given how unsubtle it was.
* In ''Fanfic/RomanceAndTheFateOfEquestria'', Twilight's [[OriginalCharacter OC]] boyfriend, Snicker-Snack, being revealed as a villain. Many readers found him [[DevilInPlainSight creepy and suspicious]] from the moment he appeared, and felt that attempts to pass him off as Twilight's LoveInterest fell flat.
* People [[{{Fanon}} like to think]] this was played straight in ''[[Fanfic/MLPTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'' by [=AbsoluteAnonymous=], to the point that one person declared TheReveal of Mare-Do-Well's identity to be a cop-out. However, it is actually a subversion. The actual [[TheReveal Reveal]] wasn't '''''WHO''''' Mare-Do-Well really was, but '''''WHY''''' they hid themselves behind the mask in the first place. The aforementioned readers simply just didn't get it.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' where Po's father Ping reveals a deep secret to Po: he's adopted. Given that Po is a panda and Ping is a goose, this doesn't come as a surprise to the audience, or even Po himself. It's even lampshaded by Tigress.
** An in-universe example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' when an older panda breaks Po's dumpling-eating record and reveals that he lost his son years ago. Po tells him that he lost his father when he was a baby. They wish each other good luck and start to walk away. Everyone else who hears the exchange is completely dumbstruck.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* One occurs in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' when we find out that Chancellor Palpatine was Darth Sidious. It was so blatant that many filmgoers didn't even realize that this was supposed to be a twist and considered it a given, much like Anakin becoming Darth Vader. The "twist" was also ruined by the EU having used Palpatine for years as the Emperor's original name.
** Actually, the foreward to the novelization of the original ''StarWars'' movie revealed the Emperor's name, although he was described as controlled by the bureaucrats, which is closer to the character of his predecessor as Chancellor, Finis Vallorum.
* The "reveal" that Count Dooku is a Sith Lord in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. According to Creator/GeorgeLucas, it was supposed to be a major twist that completely redefined the character. But the first we hear of him is Padme accusing him of trying to assassinate her, he's openly the leader of the villainous Separatist faction, he's outright said to be a disillusioned former Jedi, he's played by [[Creator/ChristopherLee an actor]] [[TypeCasting well-known for villainous roles]], and the only thing he does to try and avert suspicion is a half-hearted appeal to Obi-Wan that isn't taken seriously even in-universe. Plus, it's ''Franchise/StarWars'', so there's got to be a lightsaber duel at the end, and, well... [[NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize Who else could it have been against]]?
* ''Film/SecretsAndLies'': Monica's infertility is signposted fairly clearly by scenes in the film prior to [[TheReveal the eventual reveal]].
* In the film version of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' the writers knew that they could not have Éowyn disguise herself as a common rider without invoking this trope heavily, so the movie abandoned all pretense of hiding her identity from both Merry and the audience.
* ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' reveals that the mysterious Necromancer is none other than Sauron, the BigBad from the original trilogy. Everybody, even those unfamiliar with Tolkien's work, guessed it, yet judging by [[{{Narm}} Gandalf utter surprise and dramatic music]], it was supposed to be shocking.
* In ''Film/HideAndSeek'', we're supposed to be shocked that Emily's NotSoImaginaryFriend Charlie is actually an evil SplitPersonality of her father David. However, the constant and ominous flashbacks shown in David's head every time just before he finds out that Charlie has been causing trouble again make it abundantly clear that at the very least, he's hiding something really big.
* ''Film/{{Honeymoon}}'': Bea's strange behavior would be kept mysterious through most of the film if not for the fact that the bright, descending lights pouring through her window on the first night make it pretty obvious that aliens are to blame.
* ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' cashes in on a plot point introduced in the previous movie; Smith is in Bane's body and he's hellbent on killing Neo. Here's the problem: we saw all of this happen, and yet it takes an elongated monologue and Neo developing some sort of soul vision for the film to "reveal" that, yes, Smith is in Bane's body.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' treats the revelation that ''Indominus rex'' is part velociraptor as a big surprise, but given that she looks just like a bigger raptor and demonstrates the trademark intelligence of a raptor, a lot of viewers were more startled that it was ''supposed'' to be surprise.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': The Winter Soldier is Steve's {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}} ComicBook/BuckyBarnes. Even if you weren't familiar with the comic books (or any prior adaptations; there had been two or three), the fact that Bucky's actor played the Winter Soldier was a giveaway. Even Marvel had given up any pretense of it being secret by the time the movie premiered.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Bucky killed Howard and Maria Stark as the Winter Soldier. A montage showed in ''The Winter Soldier'' heavily implied that the Starks were assassinated by HYDRA, and the Winter Soldier was the most likely to carry it out as he's an infamous HYDRA assassin. Tony calling out Steve, who had the same information as the audience, could be considered a LampshadeHanging (paraphrased):
-->'''Tony:''' Did you know?
-->'''Steve:''' I didn't know it was Bucky.
-->'''Tony:''' Don't bullshit me, Steve!
-->'''Steve:''' ...I knew.
* ''Film/TheFugitive'': The character of Dr. Charles Nichols is introduced as a colleague and friend of protagonist, Dr. Richard Kimball. He has no other plot relevant purpose for being in the film other than to be revealed as the BigBad. He's also played by an actor known for playing villains.

* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' is rather infamous for these, due to its ''very'' obvious use of {{Foreshadowing}}. The most hated examples were that Valentine was Clary's father and Clary and Jace weren't siblings.
* In ''[[Literature/DenOfShadows Midnight Predator]]'', a lot of fans figured out that Jaguar was Turquoise and Ravyn's employer before it was revealed.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Umbridge was responsible for the Dementor Incident in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix.'' Most of this comes from Umbridge being ObviouslyEvil, but the real factor that made it obvious was her not-so-subtle disdain for Harry.
** When Creator/JKRowling wrote that an "RAB" had already procured the Horcrux locket at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', many fans figured out "RAB" stood for Regulus Black. Though note that this was on the strength of just a couple barely memorable mentions of him until the final book, making this more a case of the fans being just that obsessive. [[note]]Or the fans checked foreign language translations -- the Black family was sometimes translated with a [[MeaningfulName meaningful surname]], leading to "RAB" being "RAZ" in some translations.[[/note]]
** Snape is the Half-Blood Prince. The HBP is good at potions, and Snape got promoted to Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, which is usually a dead give away that you're going to being important in a ''Harry Potter'' book.
* In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' it's fairly easy to figure out that [[FlockOfWolves all of the soldiers are women]] long before it's explicitly stated. There's quite a lot of foreshadowing for each of them, like Sgt. Jackrum saying "on my oath, I am not a violent man" while being quite violent indeed; plays like HypocriticalHumor, but ''she'' is telling at least a partial truth. Not to mention that if you know your Elizabethan history the title itself is a hint, because the title of an AuthorTract against Mary Queen of Scots referred to "the Monstrous Regiment ''of Women''."
* Double Subverted in ''Literature/CirqueDuFreak'' with The Vampaneze Lord. At first it's incredibly obvious that Steve will be returning as the Vampaneze Lord, until it turns out that Steve became a vampire hunter. Then it's revealed that he was, in fact, the Vampaneze Lord all along. It's treated as a big twist, but many readers saw through the RedHerring anyway.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', there are two instances where the author introduces a man of 'unknown identity'[[note]]Monsieur Madeleine, and the man who takes Cosette from the Thenardiers[[/note]] who just happens to look and behave exactly like Valjean and appear just as Valjean disappears from the narration. This man of course turns out to be Valjean, and Hugo doesn't even try to act like this is a surprise:
--> The reader has, no doubt, already divined that M. Madeleine is no other than Jean Valjean.
* ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'': The second book opens with Locke and Jean, two conmen who have been TrueCompanions since childhood, cornered by some {{mook}}s. Suddenly, Jean turns on Locke and tells the mooks that he has betrayed Locke for their master. We then flash back to show HowWeGotHere, leaving this shocking swerve as a {{cliffhanger}} until the end, when we find out the obvious: the conman was conning the mooks.
* In Sir Creator/WalterScott's ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'', "Robin of Locksley"-- who lives in Nottingham, is a brilliant shot with a bow, and leads a merry band of outlaws in the forest who fight against Prince John--is revealed to be the secret identity of... you guessed it, none other than Myth/RobinHood! All right, maybe it wasn't originally ''quite'' as much of a Captain Obvious Reveal as it is today, because Scott ''[[NewerThanTheyThink invented]]'' several of the tropes that became stock parts of the Robin Hood legend. Still, any reader with even the tiniest familiarity with the genre must have seen it coming a mile away.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Several tropes got so repeated in ''Franchise/KamenRider'', that fans were able to guess the moment Series/KamenRiderWizard premiered that The White Wizard was going to be the EvilMentor, be connected with the BigBad in some way, and that Koyomi would be the LivingMacGuffin. Needless to say, by the show's endgame, the show confirmed all three.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has the first episode feature the disappearance of a character, a monster who appeared around the area where he dropped the TransformationTrinket, and an ominous fruit that TheHero was tempted to eat. If you'd guess by now that the fruit had something to do with the disappeared person and that chances are he became said monster, then congratulations, you've guessed along with everyone else. [[SubvertedTrope However]], the reveal isn't the fact that the monster was this character all along, but instead [[DramaticIrony the inevitable moment when this truth is revealed to the characters]].
* Another subversion is found in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' where we have two characters, Chase and Proto-Drive. Both of them are similar in visual design and what they can do, and even comparisons have been made InUniverse. It's no doubt that people started calling that the two are the same. Come a three-part episode regarding AnAssKickingChristmas and we find out two details: Proto-Drive is ''dead'' and that Chase is actually a robot with a number that isn't a part of the OneHundredAndEight numbered-robots. This actually becomes DoubleSubverted in a MetaTwist. Three episodes later and it is revealed that Proto-Drive and Chase ''are'' one and the same.
* In ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', "Prince" Igam is played by a woman who makes no attempt to disguise the fact that she is one, apparently a SheIsTheKing situation. About 3/4 of the way through the series, it's dramatically revealed that she is in fact a woman when her headgear comes off and her long hair is seen. The episode is called "Prince Igam, You're A Woman!" It's at this point that you realize it was in fact supposed to be a secret.
* In season 3 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', a big mystery is built up over the demon who holds the contract for Dean's soul, despite there only being one important demon character still living.
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion, Part II" makes a big deal out of TheReveal that the Borg were the aggressors in the war with Species 8472, who were [[CurbStompBattle well on their way to exterminating the entire Collective]] before Janeway stuck her nose in. Considering it's the Borg we're talking about, the bigger mystery is ''why wasn't that the default assumption?''
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Reverse Flash turns out to be Harrison Wells, who has been AmbiguouslyEvil to the audience since the start of the series. However, the ''real'' twist is that he isn't Harrison Wells at all.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has many of these including Regina's mother Cora being the Queen of Hearts (we saw Cora disapearing through a looking glass, the Queen of Hearts knowing Regina's father and [[MeaningfulName her name means heart in latin]]) and Emma's childhood friend Lily being Maleficent's long long child (Lily has a strange BirthmarkOfDestiny and mentioned having been found when she was a baby).
* Subverted in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. The mysterious and powerful Gold Ranger starts appearing and helping the Rangers. Meanwhile, former ranger and current ranger tech guy, Billy, starts being mysteriously absent. Low and behold, the Gold Ranger is ..... [[spoiler: some guy we've never seen before.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Long before it was official, people were sure [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Bully Ray]] was going to turn out to be the leader of Wrestling/AcesAndEights, the then latest stable trying to takeover Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Many people speculating flat out admitted they didn't have logical reason behind the assumption besides [[ShockingSwerve being used to that kind of thing happening in TNA]]. Furthermore, Bully Ray ended up being well received in spite of people seeing it coming, and in spite of people [[ArcFatigue generally wanting the Aces And Eights angle to die.]]
* Generally, when something is going in an obvious direction, resulting in this, TNA (and occasionally WWE, but mainly TNA) try to pull a ShockingSwerve. It happens so often that the swerves themselves become this.
* Any time Sting would partner with "face" Ric Flair, the eventual betrayal could be seen a mile away. Actually,nearly anyone Sting partnered with in major storylines was going to turn on him, including [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Bully Ray]] above.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'': When Micah reveals his secret to Daria, she reveals her own secret - she's an elf. Micah treats this as a stunning revelation, and the player is supposed to as well. [[http://therunefactory.wikia.com/wiki/Daria This is Daria.]] Though it could be argued that the shock was that Daria was specifically an elf, not just non-human. Falls flat especially in the case of the legitimate surprise of Raven's reveal.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': [[SamusIsAGirl Naoto is a girl.]] Thanks to the English voice acting this doesn't come as much of a surprise to most, though the Japanese voice acting does a ''slightly'' better job of hiding it. Even then, [[{{Bifauxnen}} many players were able to tell her gender just by looking at her]], and the twist has well and truly reached ItWasHisSled levels now.
** Adachi being the killer for some people. He was the only major character who didn't have a Social Link (until an UpdatedRerelease), much like Ikutsuki in ''Persona 3. Another hint was his tendency to "accidentally" give the Investigation Team hints, mostly to cover his own ass. Another give-away that it's a common cliche in murder mysteries that the killer is perceived as a NiceGuy before the reveal while a JerkAss is a RedHerring.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': "What? Are you telling me that the serious, pale-skinned man who uses a red scouter-like machine on his right eye, wears a robe with eyeballs in it and is constantly talking on behalf of Team Plasma is actually a villain and Team Plasma's real leader? And the guy who looks like a younger version of him is actually his son!? HOW WOULD I KNOW?"
*** To be fair, N may not ''actually'' be Ghetsis biological son. From [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/N#In_the_games Bulbapedia]]: "''When N was young, he was orphaned and left in the woods; here, he was raised by Pokémon. One day, Ghetsis came, claiming to be his father, and raised him to be king of Team Plasma.''" They still have the same hair color, which by anime standards probably means Ghetsis is indeed his biological father. Although even '''[[WordOfGod Junichi Masuda]]''' [[http://www.gamefreak.co.jp/blog/dir_english/?m=201110 has implied N was born from Pokémon]], so who knows.
** ''Black'' and ''White'' also try to pretend that N being the "official" leader of Team Plasma is a surprise until Nimbasa City. Even for players who skipped past the animation depicting his coronation that plays before the title screen every time the game is booted up, it wasn't hard to piece together that the weird kid who sympathized with Pokémon was linked to that weird organization that claims to fight against Pokémon abuse.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has the villainous Team Flare whose stated goal was to make the world beautiful. It's a no-brainer to connect said goal to a guy's ravings about how "the world should be destroyed before its beauty ceases", along with his matching wardrobe and color coordination, and conclude that the guy is their leader.
** In the same game, they also make a half-hearted attempt to hide the fact that Diantha is the champion. Even the anime pretty much introduces her as such in her first appearance there.
** In general, the regional champion has always followed a set pattern: they're uniquely designed, unique in personality, and have a significant role in the game's plot. In Generations I and II, [[FranchiseOriginalSin this wasn't much of a problem]], given how Generation I (the ''very start'' of the series) led the player to believe that the Elite Four was their final challenge (with the rival's champion status being a rather big twist even today) and Generation II had only just begun to experiment with this formula. Starting from Gen III, however, this formula for the champion was practically set in stone for the series, with champions becoming rather easy to pick out from the game's cast.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth utterly ''massacres'' everyone at the [=ShinRa=] Headquarters and takes Jenova's head. This leads some party members (namely Barrett) to wonder if this makes him a goodie. However, most players will be GenreSavvy enough to know that the creepy music and blood-splattered walls do ''not'' indicate that.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
** All Summoners, including Yuna, will die at the end of their journey. The game is not very subtle in hiding its hints. High Summoners, the title given to Summoners who have defeated Sin, are all dead; Yuna's meaningful glances at all places, before leaving them; the tearful farewell from her village or the [[ChirpingCrickets noticeably awkward silence]], after Tidus insensitively saying that they'll do this and that, after Yuna has defeated Sin. The reveal scene itself, about halfway through the game, seems to be more for [[CaptainOblivious Tidus]] than for the player.
** Auron is an Unsent. Aside from it being ItWasHisSled territory, the hints are so unsubtle, ''Tidus'' knew what Auron wanted to say, when he revealed his status as an Unsent to him. [[LockedOutOfTheLoop The others]] get this reveal in the final scene, where Yuna performs a Sending and Auron willingly lets himself be sent, after having fought a previous Sending that affected him.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' when it's revealed that Henry is Travis's twin brother. Apparently, he ''thought'' such a reveal would be one of these. How does everyone react to this news...?
-->'''Travis:''' That's the craziest shit I've ever heard! Why would you bring up something like that [[NoFourthWall at the very end of the game?!]]\\
'''Henry:''' I would have thought that you and the player would have at least expected a twist of fate of some kind.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' gives us Judas who is so obviously Leon (from the first game in the duology) that it ''hurts''.
* Sirius being Camus in ''Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem'' is practically the same as the above. Strangely though, TheReveal never actually happens. Though it's all but stated in his conversation with Nyna in the final chapter, there's no Dramatic Unmasking, as he knows full well revealing his identity would cause more harm than good for everyone.
* From ''Videogame/TalesOfGraces'', we have Richard being possessed. If his sudden headache and subsequent bloody rampage against soldiers at Wallbridge isn't enough to clue the player in, there's also his desire to take revenge on his [[EvilUncle uncle]], whom he also kills in front of the party. Richard's continued aggressive behavior, including starting ''a war'' is not enough to make the party actually figure this out themselves. While the player has figured it out ages ago, one must still sit through a good ''20 hours of gameplay'' before the idea of Richard being possessed by the BigBad is even considered an option.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
** The game has an odd situation in that an actual reveal leads directly into an example. After Ozette is destroyed, the party meets a child claiming to be the sole survivor, whose name is Mithos. Over several skits, it becomes apparent that Mithos is more than he seems, and he shares many traits with the ancient hero Mithos. Then a genuine reveal occurs, as a storyteller informs you that the hero Mithos's last name was Yggdrasill, the name of the BigBad. However, several more scenes occur before the final reveal, which should be obvious from the previous two by the transitive property: the Mithos in their group is also Yggdrasill.
** There's also the matter of Genis and Raine being half-elves. Fairly early in the game, a half-elven character compares himself to the two of them, but quickly and awkwardly retracts this comparison when Genis nervously declares them to be elves, and he realizes they've been traveling incognito. Combined with moments like Raine telling Genis "we're not like them" about a group of half-elven villains, the player may well have forgotten that their race was supposed to be a secret by the time the shocking-to-the-characters reveal arrives several plot twists later.
** Kratos is [[LukeIAmYourFather Lloyd's father]]. The age doesn't seem to make things work out, Kratos is stated to be 28 and Lloyd is 17 years old, so he would have had to become a father at a very young age, but the twist is still obvious. Early on, the party visits Lloyd's home and Kratos is seen standing at the grave nearby, which Lloyd reveals to be his mother's. They share similar facial expressions, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a distaste for tomatoes]] and Kratos is a little ''too'' [[NotSoStoic uncharacteristically emotional]] when the party meets Kvar, who gloatingly reveals how he was at fault for Lloyd's mother's death. And when the party splits up into one fighting Kvar, Kratos refuses any combination that does not involve him on that team. The reveal itself? Takes place close to the last third of the game. [[spoiler: The age thing is also made clearer when it's revealed that Kratos is actually [[Really700YearsOld about four millenia old]].]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2''
** Elle is Ludger's daughter from the future. Within the first hour of the two meeting in the beginning of the game, multiple hints are dropped over and over and not leaving much of a potential surprise for the player. The revelation being given to Ludger and Elle themselves? The last third of the game.
** Elle actually being from a fractured dimension. Nothing in the world of ''Xillia'' states that time travel is actually possible, but even ignoring that, the fact that Elle's father's clock merges with Ludger's is a big hint. Especially because the game states early on that the same thing [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet cannot exist twice in the prime dimension]], making it obvious that the clock (and Elle) come from a fractured dimension.
* For the second half of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', the player is gradually given hints that Airy either isn't telling all the information, is evil, or both. Once you hit the 3/4 mark, the title screen changes the subtitle to read "Airy Lies", outright spelling out her deception. And yet, for another 20 hours or so of gameplay, the characters still can't piece it together. Even after when Ringabel remembers that she's evil and''''' outright murdered the others in another world.''''' When her true intentions are finally revealed, the cast is ''shocked!'', while the player is banging their head against the wall.
** Alternis and Ringabel being the same person, provided one reads the Book of D. While the narrators identity is never textually given in the entries, Alternis is very clearly shown in an illustration, make it easy to identify him as the narrator. From there, the various details, most glaring being Ringabel's lack of presence in the Book of D, makes putting two and two together easy.
* In the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' games people figured out that Phantom was really Konoe A. Mercury (aka Nine of the Six Heroes) almost four years before it was actually confirmed in the game itself.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' attempts a VictoryFakeout at the end of World 7... which might have been a little more convincing had there not been eight worlds in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' and several others. It seems that the GrandfatherClause is obliging the Mario series to use YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle in every game by now.
* ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor'' has the reveal that Blue Knight is actually President Rag, having survived his attempted assassination. The attempted assassination that Blue Knight is shown ''flashing back to'' in an early conversation with Astro.
* No one was surprised that Jason Todd turned out to be the Arkham Knight of ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', considering that the "brand new original character" line advertised by Rocksteady had been dismissed out of hand by pretty much everyone, and Jason was the front-runner of thus-far unseen Batman characters in the Arkhamverse. Even those that were still hedging their bets had their minds made up pretty quickly by a metaphorical avalanche of foreshadowing throughout the game proper.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', many could easily guess the real identity of Arcanus because [[PaperThinDisguise his mask only cover less than half his face]].
* TheManBehindTheMan in ''[[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Sonic Rush Adventure]]'' is Dr. Eggman, who is completely absent from the story until TheReveal. However, given that apparent-BigBad Captain Whisker is a robot who sports a mustache and overall look identical to that of Eggman, roughly no-one was shocked when the twist was revealed.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the revealation that Odin, Selena and Laslow are actually Owain, Severa and Inigo from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Even if you missed or forget the fact that previous game established TheMultiverse as a thing, all three have the exact same appearances, voice actors, personalities and birthdays as their Awakening counterparts, and their supports frequently reference ''Awakening'', so one has to wonder how much of a surprise it's actually supposed to be.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'':
** The fact that the first culprit was Leon was made extremely obvious; the number 11037 was blatantly "LEON" upside-down on the wall. Justified in that the game was written in Japanese, where Leon would be written completely differently, although anyone with a basic knowledge of the Latin alphabet (now a required subject in Japanese schools) could still easily figure it out.
** The chapter 3 culprit being Celes isn't very surprising either, since Celes does a ''terrible'' job diverting suspicion away from herself, despite being purportedly a good liar. It's especially obvious once it is deduced that Yamada is the accomplice, when Celes is the character who Yamada interacts the most with. How intentional this actually is is up for debate.
** The reveal in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' that the main character Hinata is super student Izuru Kamukura is a possible example, depending on whether one has read ''LightNovel/DanganRonpaZero''. It is a fairly big revelation earlier on that Hinata was part of the talentless Reserve Course, while Kamukura is stated in the book multiple times to be a former Reseve Course student. Combining this with the statement that the Reserve Course committed mass suicide and one can easily connect the dots. If you haven't read the book (like many people who played the localization) then the fact Kamukura exists at all isn't indicated until an exposition dump just before the final trial and several details about him aren't given (likely an effort to avoid this trope) making this a jarring ShockingSwerve instead.
** TheReveal in ''LightNovel/DanganRonpaKirigiri'' that Mikado Shinsen is the fourth 000 detective and the BigBad ''would'' be a big twist...only Shinsen himself disappears partway through the case he's featured in. Anyone remotely GenreSavvy on detective fiction would know to be suss on any NeverFoundTheBody scenario, all of Shinsen's scenes establish him as a mysterious figure, he's the guest given the least development and both the identities of the Committee chairman and missing 000 are referenced throughout the book and speculated to be the same person, making it obvious both will be addressed.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** From the moment she was introduced in the "Black" trailer, and throughout the first season up until TheReveal, hints and clues were dropped all over the place that Blake was secretly a [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]]. Then she accidentally reveals it, and almost no viewer was surprised. Lampshaded when a tertiary character had figured it out after meeting Blake for about a minute and pointed out one of the more obvious hints to the rest of Team RWBY.
--->'''Yang:''' We're looking for our friend Blake. \\
'''Penny:''' Ooooh, you mean the Faunus girl!\\
'''Ruby:''' Wait, how did you know that? \\
'''Penny:''' Uhh, the cat ears?\\
'''Yang:''' What cat ears? [[PaperThinDisguise she wears a... bow]]...\\
(''tumbleweed rolls by'')\\
'''Ruby:''' [-She does like tuna a lot.-]
** Happens again with Penny being a robot. The audience had her pegged pretty much the second she showed up (especially when a bunch of levitating swords popped out of her back). The only question was whether she was an A.I. or some form of cyborg. In the second season, we find out it's the former.
--->'''Penny:''' (''to Ruby'') You're taking this surprisingly well.


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Lampshaded in the strip that reveals that Nale is Elan's twin brother, referring to that fact as "semi-secret" and noting, "I mean, it's not like you couldn't have figured it out." The other characters are also completely unsurprised.
** Much later, Tarquin dramatically reveals himself and his party to be the secret rulers of three empires. A bit after that he shows up with a legion trained in "plot critical reveals", one of whom shouts this same information at them out of nowhere, which Tarquin brushes off with "Yes, yes, we did that one already."
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''; the title of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-05-16 this strip]] acknowledges many readers already guessed Chaos was the same Immortal that appeared to Mr. Verres and his agents 2 years previously.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' the doctor teams up with a bunch of his half-baked clones against a lone villain and doesn't figure out that ConservationOfNinjitsu is holding him back until, in the words of the author's own AltText, a week after the readers did.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' does this constantly, mainly due to how readily it invites theorizing. At one point the narrator even lampshades it:
-->''But the fact that he's a slob was never exactly breaking news to anyone.\\
Neither is the fact that [[TwoBeingsOneBody you both share a body.]]\\
I mean come on.''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roy Rogers McFreely reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Roger.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** This is PlayedForLaughs in the episode "The Sting". When Fry is killed, anyone who's not completely {{GenreBlind|ness}} knew [[StatusQuoIsGod they were going to]] [[BackFromTheDead bring him back to life]]. The writers knew this from the beginning, so they kept on having Fry come back to life, but it was one of Leela's delusions. In the end, it was played straight.
** A couple of fans predicted that Leela was a mutant, and many deduced that Nibbler pushed Fry into the cryogenic tube. However, in both cases the producers left obvious clues in early episode as {{Easter Egg}}s; in the pilot episode one may spot Nibbler's eye and shadow around the table Fry was sitting on, while Leela's one-eyed parents may be spotted among the sewer mutants in a background shot.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' the characters are surprised that Celestia is actually the sister of Nightmare Moon from the ancient legend. The thing is, since it was already established that Celestia raised the sun (plus that MeaningfulName), not only is this obvious to the audience, it makes the main characters look pretty dumb.
* In the Season 5 finale of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Ahsoka got [[FrameUp framed]] for bombing the Jedi Temple, and committing several murders during her escape by someone who's suspected to be Jedi themselves. Most of the viewers correctly guessed that this traitor would turn out to be Barris Offee, Ahsoka's friend, who hasn't appeared for three seasons prior to this arc, where she suddenly got considerable screen-time, and most of her scenes were very clearly pointing at her guiltiness.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In "Spark of Rebellion", the pilot, the reveal that Kanan is a Jedi is not much of a surprise given that the Jedi theme had been used multiple times when he was on-screen (plus we had already seen that he had a lightsaber and a holocron). It's still a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] though.
* In the season one finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', it's finally revealed that Oroku Karai is really Hamato Miwa, Splinter/Hamato Yoshi's biological daughter who he thought died in the fire that killed his wife and Karai's mother Tang Shen. However, the large amounts of foreshadowing (for example, the use of the alias Harmony, as "Miwa" literally means "beautiful harmony"), along with the fact that several adaptions of the TMNT that use Karai explicitly state her to be the Shredder's ''adoptive'' daughter, made this blatantly obvious from the get-go.
* The 1944 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' WartimeCartoon ''Plane Daffy'' has Daffy trying to guard a military secret from Nazi spy [[UsefulNotes/MataHari Hata Mari]]. At the end, she reveals the secret to her superiors: "Hitler is a stinker!"
-->'''Hitler:''' That's no military secret!\\
'''Goering and Goebbels:''' Ja, everyone knows ''that''.\\
(''Hitler gives them a DeathGlare, causing them to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot themselves]]'')\\
'''Daffy:''' I lose more darn Nutzies that way.
->''As it turns out, this page was describing obvious plot twists the entire time! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Admit it, you're surprised.]]''