->''"So, are you suggesting that the Alice from ''[[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 Alice in Wonderland]]'' this whole time was... Alice from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''? Whoa, I mean fucking whoa, this movie is pushing the envelope of cinematic twists! I mean, who could have seen that coming? Next you'll be telling me that Clark Kent all this time was... Clark Kent!"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic''' on Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Alice in Wonderland|2010}}''

A Captain Obvious Reveal occurs when the writer sets up a [[TheReveal Reveal]] for the 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 no matter how well you plan your plot twists, [[IKnewIt 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 foresaw it doesn't mean we have this trope -- that particular audience member is just 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 -- it's 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.) Also compare ItWasHisSled where the twist was a surprise but has become so well known it is no longer a twist. Contrast TomatoSurprise and DeusExMachina. The in-story version of this is EverybodyKnewAlready. A variation is the ObviousJudas, when the most ObviouslyEvil character is revealed to be the villain. Related to CaptainObviousAesop, when a moral that most people in real life believe already ("Murder is bad!") is treated in-story as a profound revelation.

Not to be confused with DramaticIrony; characters may be surprised by information that is ''new to them'', without any expectation that it will be a surprise to the audience.

'''Warning: Approach with caution. As this is a plot twist trope, spoilers will be unmarked...''' but considering what we’re talking about, they’re really obvious ones.



[[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 allowed this to be subverted up until the chapters leading into TheReveal made it so blatantly obvious it was him that it ''literally'' could not have been anyone else.
** 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.
** TheReveal that Sasuke and Naruto were the reincarnations of the Sage of the Six Paths' elder and younger sons respectively. While many were still shocked, just as many were left unsurprised, and those that were shocked admitted it was obvious in hindsight, especially after it was revealed that their respective previous incarnations were Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage.
* [[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.
* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', in ''Side:Despair'' Episode 10, it's revealed that Juzo is [[spoiler:in love with Munakata, not Chisa]]. Most fans already knew that, but it felt good for it to be confirmed.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** The siblings of Hoteye/Richard Buchanan and Yukino Agria (Wally and Angel/Sorano, respectively) weren't surprising to the majority of the fanbase who put two and two together. The former pair of brothers have similar appearances with polygonal bodies, while the latter pair of sisters have white hair and are Celestial Spirit Mages. Oddly enough, Lucy, who's fairly intelligent, heard Yukino's story about her sister and knows both Yukino and Sorano, doesn't seem to make the connection.
** 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 covers showed 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.
* ''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 around, it doesn't come 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/PokemonAdventures'': 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}}'' is quite notorious for this, especially in the later arcs.
** [[ArcVillain Kugo Ginjo]] was EvilAllAlong. He even looks like [[OnlySixFaces an Aizen recolor]] for cripes' sake!
** Uryu Ishida was TheMole in the Vandenreich. Fans had theorized this the moment he was revealed to have joined them.
* ''Manga/{{Erased}}'' attempts to treat the TheReveal that Satoru's teacher Yashiro is Kayo's killer as a huge twist, despite Yashiro being literally the sole character who fits the very basic information one is given concerning the culprit.
* ''Anime/LibraryWar'': You'll already know that Kasahara's "Prince" is [[spoiler: Dojou]] long before it's ''finally'' confirmed, since the voice and hairstyle are a perfect match to the silhouetted figure in her flashback. Not to mention, all the times she wonders why [[ShipTease "her heart flutters"]] the few times he compliments her. Plus, he's ''right there'' on the box cover art and is the male lead.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'' mini-series ''Crayon Shin-chan Gaiden: Aliens vs. Shinnosuke''. [[spoiler: Takosuke is very obviously an alien, due to his strange behavior and resemblance to TheGreys. Characters accuse him of being an alien multiple times and he continually denies it, making it look like they're just setting him up as a RedHerring, but in the end it turns out he is an alien.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': It's so blatantly obvious that Vidar is Gaelio Baudin in disguise that it could be argued it's not even ''supposed'' to be a secret (at least out-of-universe). They're both played by Creator/MasayaMatsukaze, Vidar knows things that only Gaelio could possibly know (like the circumstances of Carta Issue's death), and he has a deep-seated hatred of [=McGillis=] Fareed, the man who betrayed Gaelio's trust and "[[NeverFoundTheBody killed]]" him. Needless to say, when the mask came off, absolutely nobody was surprised[[note]]Some fans thought they might pull a fake-out and have Vidar be Ein Dalton, but they were still right in a way -- Gaelio uses Ein's brain as part of an advanced [[BrainComputerInterface Ālaya-Vijñāna System]][[/note]].
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': Eventually it's revealed that [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mero]] is actually a princess. This came to the surprise of absolutely nobody, since the foreshadowing is so blatant that it's almost impossible to miss. Most notably, almost immediately after being introduced, Centorea goes off on a tangent about Mero's "royal aura". Even in-universe, the amount of surprise is minimal.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'':
** Yuri Petrov is Lunatic. He looked ObviouslyEvil and no attempt was made to disguise his voice.
** Fake-Tiger is a robot. There was an episode right before his introduction featuring the scientist who was making combat robots to fight superheroes that were capable of matching Tiger and Barnaby in hand-to-hand fighting.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', which pulled one over on fans by making it look like a twist they’d been predicting for years ([[spoiler:Rewind]] turning out to be NotQuiteDead) was finally coming true, [[YankTheDogsChain only for it to turn out that it was an alternate version of him]]; the real [[spoiler:Rewind]] was not only still dead, but his killer later turned up again just to confirm his death.
* ''ComicBook/TheNew52FuturesEnd'': One of the major plot points in the comic is the approach of a powerful alien villain, whose identity the writers try to build up as a twist. Unfortunately, anyone familiar enough with the DC Universe will most likely figure out very fast said villain is [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}]] due to the villain's robotic minions all wearing ''his very recognizable logo on their head''.

[[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 un-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, an {{Expy}} of Dimentio in the Count's QuirkyMinibossSquad 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.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' does this a lot but it's [[PlayedForLaughs played purely for laughs]]. One notable example would be in episode 23, where Bandit Keith was being mind controlled by [[BigBad Marik]] and disguised as a rare hunter. The fact that it's Keith is made very obvious to the audience (in that Keith doesn't bother to hide his normal voice and catchphrase)[[note]] In the original, it's a fair bit less obvious; the guy had a fairly concealing outfit, and Keith was apparently dead; Yugi figured it out by realizing he had a similar deck[[/note]] but Yugi is totally oblivious to it until Keith reveals himself, leading to this gem:
-->'''Yugi:''' Oh my god, it's Bandit Keith! I had no idea! Super special awesome plot twist!

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' franchise has two humorous examples:
** 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.
-->'''Tigress''': Your father, the goose?
-->'''Po''': (''nods sheepishly'')
-->'''Tigress''': That must have come as quite a shock.
** 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/Incredibles2'': There was a ''ton'' of foreshadowing leading up to the reveal that [[spoiler: Evelyn Dever is the villain]]. Humorously, once the twist is revealed, the villain comments on how 'clever' Elastigirl is for figuring it out, even though the majority of the audience probably guessed it long before the reveal.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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 hangs around with [[BigBad Sidious]]' henchmen from ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', 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... [[OnlyOnePlausibleSuspect Who else could it have been against]]?
* In ''Film/IRobot'', the fact that [[spoiler:VIKI]] is the BigBad should be blindingly obvious within a minute of their introduction, particularly when they [[spoiler:say they can't retrieve the security footage from the room that Dr. Lanning jumped from]].
* ''Film/SecretsAndLies'': Monica's infertility is signposted fairly clearly by scenes in the film prior to [[TheReveal the eventual reveal]].
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] 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.
* 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/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:
-->'''Tony:''' Did you know?
-->'''Steve:''' I didn't know it was him.
-->'''Tony:''' Don't ''bullshit'' me, Rogers, ''did you know''?
-->'''Steve:''' ...Yes.
* ''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.
* ''Film/{{Morgan}}'': It's pretty easy to tell early on in the film that something's off about Lee. Given the prowess with fighting and guns she shows in the climax, [[spoiler:the reveal that she's an ArtificialHuman like Morgan]] isn't so much a twist as a "Called it!"
* ''Film/AlienCovenant'': At the end of the film, [[spoiler:we get a CruelTwistEnding when the main character realises that the spaceship's android, Walter, has been replaced by the psychopathic David, who forces her back into cryo-sleep and plans to experiment on the other passengers in stasis.]] The film expects this to be a big twist, but [[spoiler:the fact that David's first introduced with shoulder length hair, which he then cuts off so he's visually nearly indistinguishable from Walter, practically telegraphs that he's going to at least attempt a KillAndReplace; why else have the haircut?]]
* ''Film/{{Spectre}}'': Really, the twist of a James Bond called ''Spectre'' is that the leader of the titular organization who has his face initially hidden in the shadows is actually Ernst Stavro Blofeld? Yet they are upfront about the new and more surprising angle that he's Bond's estranged adoptive brother. They sure they shouldn't have done the reverse?
* ''Film/TheLayover'': One of the biggest complaints about the movie is that the twist that the wedding Ryan was so desperate to attend was his own was transparently obvious since the second the wedding is first mentioned.
* ''Film/ReadyPlayerOne'': It's pretty easy to tell that Aech's voice is a female voice modulated to sound a little deeper.
* In a meta example, in 2008, Creator/JoaquinPhoenix claimed he was retiring from acting to become a hip hop performer, grew a wild beard, and began making bizarre public appearances while Creator/CaseyAffleck filmed him. Most commentators instantly assumed that the whole thing was an act for a {{mockumentary}} film similar to ''Film/{{Borat}}'', which had recently made waves. In 2010, Affleck and Phoenix released a film about Phoenix's behavior called ''[[Film/ImStillHere I'm Still Here]]'' and shortly thereafter revealed, to the surprise of almost no one, that the whole thing was fake.

* ''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'' is a special case: since it has a very big, very... let's say ''detail oriented'' fandom, a lot of things were obvious to it despite the clues being minimal or well-hidden.
** When Creator/JKRowling wrote that an "R.A.B." had already procured the Horcrux locket at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', fans figured out almost immediately "R.A.B." 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 Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, which is usually a dead give away that you're going to be important in a ''Harry Potter'' book.
** Speaking of Snape, his love for Lily Evans-Potter certainly counts, as fans had already made a connection between the two characters long before they were even mentioned together and the ship actually was called the "S.S. Cliched" for a time.
** TheHero of the story is TheChosenOne meant to kill the BigBad BecauseDestinySaysSo. That is an actual reveal in the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' of great emotional impact to both Harry and the reader. It helps that both BecauseDestinySaysSo and PropheciesAreAlwaysRight are both discussed and dismissed right away.
** Harry Potter is the last SoulJar. Would've been shocking if a huge deal hadn't been made out of the mysterious connection between him and Voldemort, and it hadn't been all but spelled out that Voldemort had put "a part of himself" into Harry.
* 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 appears 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.
* Literature/TheLostSymbol: Mal'akh is really Peter Solomon's presumed-dead son Zachary. According to the narration, Mal'akh killed Zachary Solomon before escaping prison with Solomon's money but it's not hard to figure out this is just careful wording. Dan Brown even drops a massive hint by outright mentioning Darth Vader and Luke and then having Mal'akh cut Peter's hand off but it's still treated as a big reveal.
* ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle'': Coral being a girl in disguise is blatantly hinted right from her very first appearance, where she's described as androgynous in appearance and Lux inexplicably finds himself attracted to her. This may have been to distract from the more important reveal: that she's actually the second imperial princess Aeril. However, this also qualifies for the trope, what with Coral mentioning her elder and younger sisters (the imperial princesses being the only set of three sisters known to the reader).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Several tropes were so frequently 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 its 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 guessed 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 was no surprise when people started saying the two were 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.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** A big mystery is built up in season 3 over the demon who holds the contract for Dean's soul, despite there only being one important demon character still living.
** Taken UpToEleven in season 8 with the reveal that closing the gates of Hell requires taking your own life. This one was so obvious that even ''Sam and Dean'' predicted it in-universe half a season beforehand, yet both of them still acted as though it was a surprise they had never considered before.
* 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?''
* ''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 [[DeadPersonImpersonation he isn't Harrison Wells at all]].
** And in season 3, the Flash gains a new major enemy, an evil wizard who is creating new metas to fight him, and a dickish new coworker who is played by Creator/TomFelton, best known for playing Draco Malfoy, an evil wizard. Though again, the ''real'' twist is that [[BrainwashedAndCrazy he is not aware of it]].
** Season 3 BigBad Savitar being an evil version of Barry from the future. The foreshadowing was not very subtle ("I am the future, Flash" actually being "I am the Future Flash", the numerous other vague statements that pointed to this conclusion, Killer Frost instantly trusting him after learning his identity, etc.). It was so blatant that fans immediately dismissed it as ''too'' obvious and started theorizing about other possibilities (such as Eddie Thawne or Ronnie Raymond). Hence, they weren't happy to finally learn of his rather obvious identity ''twenty episodes'' into the season, [[ArcFatigue as many felt it wasn't worth the wait]].
* ''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-lost 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. Lo and behold, the Gold Ranger is... [[spoiler:some guy we've never seen before.]]
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': During Season 6, many viewers guessed that Professor Gellar was DeadAllAlong almost immediately. The writers were simply too obvious with nobody but Travis ever seen talking to him but still treated it like a shocking turn of events when the "reveal" came.
* ''Series/IronFist2017'' makes a big show of finally revealing Madam Gao's face, even though it being her was completely obvious to anyone who'd watched ''Series/Daredevil2015'', while being meaningless to anyone who hadn't. Not many people were wondering ''which'' elderly female crime boss with a cane it could possibly be -- and the subtitles didn't even bother hiding her name.
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': In theory, Mr. Wednesday's identity is supposed to be a shocking reveal. However, anyone with the slightest knowledge of Norse mythology will immediately realize that the one-eyed old man named after Odin's day is, in fact, the one-eyed Old God Odin. Unlike [[Literature/AmericanGods the book]], the show doesn't really make any attempt to actually hide his identity. His old friends call him Wodan (one of Odin's names), he is followed by two ravens who occasionally talk to him, and the New Gods even offer him to give him a bunch of sacrifices using Odin-class missiles. When he makes his reveal speech in the season finale of season 1, it's clear that the only one who is supposed to be surprised is Shadow.
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': Halfway through Season 4, a stranger shows up on Dylan's doorstep, claiming to be his late father's ex-girlfriend, and the mother of Dylan's half-sister, who he never knew existed. Dylan's agonises over whether this woman is legit, or she is performing some sort of scam to get his money, and after half a season with her, and Dylan finally deciding that she is legit, we find out that she was scamming him all along and everything she said to him was just a ruse to get access to his money.


[[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 of those 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:Tabletop Games]]
* Wizards of the Coast tried to hype up the "mystery" of who could be behind the disasters on Innistrad. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot Because the last set was about]] [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]], [[ChekhovsGun and they went out of their way to mention one of the Titans was missing,]] no one was surprised when it turned out to be the Eldrazi.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': The identity of the Arkham Knight is this thanks to it's overuse of Foreshadowing. Anyone with some knowledge of Batman lore can have a decent ballpark idea of who it is fairly early into the game. Even if you didn't know anything about Batman, a certain character is seen several times through Batman's flashbacks who had not even been so much as mentioned in any previous game in the series. The last of these flashbacks has said character being {{Mind Rape}}d by the Joker into having a grudge against Batman, then Joker supposedly shoots him dead. Guess who the Knight is?
* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': In the first game, Majestic leader Silhouette, who obscures their identity through a large trench-coat, and voice-filtered gas mask, [[SamusIsAGirl turns out to be a woman]]. While Crypto is shocked upon discovery, it doesn't come off as a major shock to anyone who [[{{Foreshadowing}} reads the thought of a Majestic agent early on, who blatantly state it and then fail to cover it up]]. In addition, even with the voice filter, Silhouette still founds rather feminine.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': At the start of the game, Maria is separated from her brother Leon as the party flees from [[DoomedHometown Fynn]], and she spends most of the game looking for him. A bit later, it's revealed that a misterious man known as the [[BlackKnight Dark Knight]] has taken a position of power as the Emperor's right hand. Most players won't take long to figure out they're one and the same, specially in the Game Boy Advance remake, where the Dark Knight's character portrait is just Leon's portrait [[FaceFramedInShadow with a darker coloration]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': Basch tells the party that he has a twin brother, Noah, that sided with the Archadians. This happens shortly after the party sees Basch being interrotaged by Judge Gabranth, who looks similar to Basch. ''And'' it's mentioned in conversation that Gabranth is from Landis, Basch's homeland, and he has a brother that has joined the Dalmascans, the kingdom Basch was fighting for. So when Gabranth shows up near the end of the game and reveals he is Noah, the player is probably thinking "no kidding."
* ''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 [[FishOutOfWater Tidus]] than for the player.
** Auron is an Unsent. Aside from it being ItWasHisSled territory, the hints are so unsubtle (Seymour asking why Auron's "still here" and saying that he can smell "the scent of the Farplane" on him) that ''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.
* ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'': Bhunivelze, the apparent BigGood, is actually the BigBad. Anyone remotely following the lore of the trilogy in the first two games could peg this one coming a mile away, since they spell out that Bhunivelze's sons, Lindzei and Pulse, are TheManBehindTheMan to the fal'Cie, the villains of the first game. Even if you aren't familiar with the lore, Serah and Hope, the two beings who claim to speak to Bhunvelze directly, are acting oddly and not telling Lightning the whole truth, and Lightning hasn't been feeling quite normal since being appointed Bhunivelze's servant, all of which she herself takes note of.
* ''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 (although her voice is slightly deeper before TheReveal), 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--and even then it was an arcana that ''doesn't exist in reality''), 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.
* ''Videogame/{{Persona 5}}'': Goro Akechi is the traitor. Out of story, he hardly had shown up in the promotional material but was confirmed to be a member of the party, unlike all the other party members, who were heavily featured and even got their own commercials. In story, he is a detective when the protagonists are all considered criminals, and we are informed that one of the party members betrayed the group in the very beginning of the game. Even the game itself isn't subtle about it with some of his cameo costumes being [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf Ideo Hazama]] and [[VideoGame/{{Catherine}} Mutton]], both major antagonists from their respective games. All of the party members are suspicious of him at all times as well in game, since he inadvertently disproved his cover story. One dungeon after joining your party (the one that was his idea to raid), Goro betrays you and gives info on you to the police. ''Furthermore'', his last name is "Akechi", a name not unlike "Benedict Arnold" in Japan thanks to UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide.
** However, many fans feel that invoking this trope was a deliberate choice by the creators, as it draws attention away from the real twist: [[spoiler: The Thieves ''knew'' he was going to back-stab them, and had in fact set up their own gambit to expose him and his boss.]]
** Igor is actually the Demiurge. His voice is completely different and his previous [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt Cryptkeeper]]-like demeanor is altogether gone, so it's not hard to guess that he's being impersonated, even if you can't initially tell who it is. Note however that this largely applies to the Western release, Igor's Japanese had passed away several years before the game was released, thus meaning the player would be less likely to suspect about the change in voice.
* ''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?"
*** ''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'':
*** The leader of the villainous Team Flare (whose stated goal is to make the world beautiful) is ''supposed'' to be a mystery. In practice, 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. It got to the point where ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' didn't even attempt to hide that Alder was the Champion. [[spoiler:Which allowed them to use the established pattern to pull a MetaTwist: Alder isn't the FinalBoss, he's actually TheUnfought during the main story due to Team Plasma's plot, and is only fought as the TrueFinalBoss]]. [[spoiler: The sequel stacks onto the twist by silently having him replaced by Iris as the champion.]]
*** Averted again in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. Due to the Pokémon League being newly established, there ''isn't'' a Champion... which makes it all the more surprising when ''Professor Kukui'' steps in as the game's FinalBoss. Then ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' pulls a twist on this twist by having Kukui claim he was challenging you as a mere gag, with the real final battle pitting you against your rival, just like in the very first generation.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'':
*** The very instant the Aether Foundation was revealed in trailers for the game, everyone suspected that they would be the story's BigBad. In fact this is averted completely, the game opens with Lillie on the run from a bunch of malicious-looking Aether employees, thus making the reveal that the Aether Foundation had been corrupted by one of the Ultra Beasts even less of a surprise to the players.
*** TheReveal that Lillie, Gladion, and Lusamine are all related is hardly surprising given that they all look so similar, especially Lillie and Lusamine.
*** The fact that Lusamine is evil is blatantly obvious after the first Ultra Beast leaves during your first meeting with her, because she sports a SlasherSmile and starts muttering like a madman. The surprise is just HOW bad she is.
*** Many people predicted Cosmog would evolve into Lunala simply by noticing how similar its design is. Same goes with Cosmoem and Solgaleo. This meant the only real surprise was Cosmog evolving into Cosmoem rather than them being separate evolutionary lines.
*** The minute the Ultra Beasts were revealed for ''Pokémon Sun and Moon'', people predicted they'd be Pokémon you'd be able to catch later in the game, even though the developers were trying to make them out as being distinct from Pokémon, and deliberately not showing any images of them in battle. By the time the datamining and official company statements revealed they were Pokemon you could catch, the percentage of fans who believed they were only [=NPCs=] was practically nil.
** Starting with ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Emerald]]'', a generation always has a post-game legendary Pokémon with a theme and/or design similar to the main mascot duo, is often close by them in the Pokédex, and is totally ignored in the main plot. Then a later game focuses on them and reveals that the Pokémon that looks and acts very similarly to the main duo ''is actually related to them'', and they often expect you to be shocked by that. If their similarities aren't a premature tip-off, that [[StrictlyFormula they always play this "twist" dead straight every gen]] should be. It was actually quite a surprise to many people that such a thing never happened with [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Zygarde]], who got some minor focus in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Pokémon Sun and Moon]]'', but no ''Pokémon Z'', and no plot developments tying it to Xerneas and Yveltal.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the revelation 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.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia''
** we have a red-haired masked figure who follows [[TheChosenOne Celica]] and her party around, warning them of various dangers and seeming very concerned for Celica's welfare and seems to know she's actually the heir to Zofia, and Celica mentions more than once that she had a brother who died. It's decidedly a hugely unsurprising reveal when it turns out to be Conrad, Celica's big brother.
** Alm being Rigelian royalty becomes one in the remake. He has a BirthmarkOfDestiny just like Celica, multiple characters from Rigel appear to recognize him, he gets a unique weapon that's only usable by those of royal blood, Desaix practically spells it out in his death quote, and once the army reaches Rigel Alm feels a sense of familiarity with the place. Considering that ''Echoes'' is a remake of a game nearly two decades old, the developers probably assumed the twist was well and truly ItWasHisSled by now.
* 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 millennia 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/SuperMarioBros1'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', all 5 ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' games and several others. It seems that the GrandfatherClause is obliging the Mario series to use YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle in every game by now.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'', virtually nobody was surprised by Bowser being the BigBad. In fact, [[ExaggeratedTrope most people figured it out the moment the game was shown off]]. Not only is there Bowser tape in Port Prisma, but during Ruddy Road, the first ''actual'' level, a Shy Guy is shown placing Bowser tape down ''right in front of your eyes''. [[IdiotPlot And yet no one suspects a thing]]. The reveal of the Koopalings being the main bosses only rubbed salt into that wound. Like the above example, it feels like the GrandfatherClause is obliging the series to use Bowser as the BigBad in every game 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.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', many could easily guess the real identity of Arcanus because [[PaperThinDisguise his mask covers less than half of 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 looks identical to that of Eggman, roughly no-one was shocked when the twist was revealed.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' Tetra is revealed to be Zelda. She's the only blonde female protagonist in the main story who isn't Link's sister. Also entering Tetra's room earlier on, you can see portraits of the Triforce, the legendary hero and Tetra's mother who looks like a queen.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Nicole}}'', one of the four guys Nicole interacts with is a kidnapper. This could have been an intriguing mystery to solve had Jeff not begun acting like Creepy [=McCreeperson=] just two weeks into the game.
* ''VideoGame/Diablo3'' has Act 2 that involves the player character hunting for Belial, the primal evil Lord of Lies. Everything points to the creepy child emperor of the desert nation he/she is in being the obvious culprit. Everything. This kid covers every evil child cliche known to man, short of speaking parseltongue (and that too, since his personal guards are snake people in disguise). Yet the players spend the entire linear story arc going off on increasingly silly red herrings only to be told by the creepy child himself that, surprise, he was Belial the whole time. No way! For that matter, it's so obvious that even the ''player character'' had figured it out awhile ago.
* ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse2'' opens with the conclusion of ''Anime/DragonBallZBardockTheFatherOfGoku'', as the titular Bardock is enveloped in Freeza's death sphere, and [[SarcasmMode defnitely is in]] ''[[SarcasmMode no way]]'' [[SarcasmMode related to the]] mysterious masked stranger with a similar damaged armor and voice that shows up with Towa, Mira, Turles, and Lord Slug immediately afterward. The game pretends his identity to be a complete mystery and ''somehow'' expects the player to be shocked and all-surprised when the Masked Saiyan's identity is revealed.
* ''VideoGame/ThimbleweedPark'' turns out to be all in a video game itself. This would be quite surprising... if the two agents didn't blatantly break the fourth wall saying the dead body is "pixellating" and could ask the pigeon brothers "Should I save my game?" (and be told "This game is hard-coded not to be unwinnable") within the first fifteen minutes.
* ''VideoGame/HuntDownTheFreeman'' renders its very name meaningless by the end of the game, as it's revealed that the person Mitchell is looking for is actually someone who was disguised as Gordon Freeman, rather than the man himself. The problem? "Gordon" is shown wearing an HEV helmet while attacking Mitchell, which is very uncharacteristic of the real Gordon, so any sharp-eyed ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' fan who notices this detail will naturally suspect that something's fishy.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'':
** The fact that the first murderer was Leon Kuwata was made extremely obvious; the DyingClue 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) and the willingness to look past the numbers and view it upside-down could still easily figure it out.
** The chapter 3 culprit being Celeste isn't very surprising either, since Celeste does a ''terrible'' job diverting suspicion away from herself, despite being purportedly a good liar. It's especially obvious once it is deduced that Hifumi is the accomplice, when Celeste is the character who Hifumi interacts the most with. How intentional this actually is is up for debate.
** The reveal in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' that the main character Hajime 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 familiar with 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.
** ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'': Maki Harukawa not actually being the Ultimate Child Caregiver but the Ultimate Assassin. Not only does she display no traits that remotely match her being a caregiver (even being a self-admitted ChildHater), but her repeated refusal to let anyone inside her Research Lab makes it very apparent that she's hiding something.
** Also, from ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', Korekiyo Shinguji being the third culprit is one to a lot of fans especially since he was the one to set-up the resurrection ritual (aka the death trap that ended up having Tenko killed). What makes this trope unique is how the WordOfGod stated that the culprit was meant to be obvious.
** V3 Case 5 is built on the premise of no one being able to ascertain if the victim is Kaito or Kokichi. Problem is, the game pushes repeatedly the idea that Kaito was the victim so hard, that anyone with any sense of GenreSavvy would instantly be able to guess that the game is pulling a fast one and that Kokichi was the real victim.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[StrawNihilist Kotomine Kirei]] is introduced as supposedly morally ambiguous... except his theme is a creepy organ piece, he's extremely tall and dressed in all black, and he constantly says vaguely threatening things to [[TheHero Shirou.]] It's ''not exactly a shock'' when he turns out to be evil.
* In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', the reveal that the amnesiac singer Lamiroir and the long-missing Thalassa Gramarye are the same person should not be shocking to anyone once Thalassa's picture is first shown. Lamiroir might cover her face nowadays, but she didn't change a damn thing about her hair.

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* ''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 extraordinarily well.


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* ''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 two 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 [[spoiler: [[TwoBeingsOneBody you both share a body.]]]]\\
I mean come on.''
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Many readers correctly guessed Tuuri was going to get the [[ThePlague Rash]] from her [[PlagueZombie troll]] bite the second they saw her clutch a bloody shoulder, despite some of the characters, including Tuuri herself, acting like there was decent chance she didn't get infected. Reynir, the only other member of the crew to not be TheImmune to the Rash, had very narrowly avoided getting scratched by a troll several chapters earlier, meaning there had already been one false alarm.

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%%* 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 {{Genre Blind|ness}} knew [[ContractualImmortality 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 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'':
** The ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} turning out to be the Master of Evil. Not only was it a nearly 20-year-old spoiler at this point, but it actually suffered from AdaptationInducedPlothole as the team gets accepted by the people despite the Avengers not being missing (the result of the battle with ComicBook/{{Onslaught}} sending them and the Fantastic Four getting sent into [[ComicBook/HeroesReborn a pocket universe]]), the Masters of Evil only recently being introduced, the Avengers having fought them the episode prior to the Thunderbolts' debut, and the line-up not changing as the comics' line-up had well prior to that point.
** The mastermind of the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' arc in season 3 being Ultron, as both the season was subtitled "Ultron Revolutions" and season 2 had its own adaptation of ''Civil War'' that ended with Ultron being the main villain.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode, "The Hard Way", it's revealed that [[BigBad Toffee]] (thought to be dead following the season one finale) lives on inside a fragment of Star's wand. Many had predicted that he became a part of the wand as early as the ending to season one, owing to his smirk at the wand's destruction even when he was about to be blown up, as well as his demonstrated HealingFactor. Season 2 only made it more obvious, with Star's wand established to be corrupted, his missing finger being inside the wand, his skeletal arm clutching the wand fragment (which wasn't seen at the end of season one) forming Ludo's wand, ''which talks to him'', and the build-up of Toffee as a character with importance to Star's family and the universe at large.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Grunkle Stan has a twin brother. Given that the show deliberately includes all sorts of details and clues for fans to analyze, it didn't take them long to piece it together. Creator/AlexHirsch even commented that he modified the way TheReveal was handled because the theory was so popular (specifically, the fact that Stan has a twin isn't the reveal, it's the fact that said twin is the guy who wrote the journals that Dipper has been following for the whole series). A few episodes later, a massive LampshadeHanging occurs, with the characters watching an episode of [[ShowWithinAShow Ducktective]] and being less than impressed with the reveal that Ducktective has a twin brother because they found it so obvious.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The BigBad Hawk Moth turned out to be Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir's father Gabriel. Both Gabriel and Hawk Moth had similar facial structures and builds, they shared the same voice actors in several languages (and Creator/KeithSilverstein didn't bother to make his voice sound different outside of "control freak" as Gabriel and "Damn, I'm evil!" as Hawk Moth), and Hawk Moth's miraculous had a picture of Gabriel's wife in it.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Garnet being a fusion was predicted by many people, to the point that it was the biggest theory at the time. It's not difficult to figure out since she was the only "single" Gem with two Gems.
->''As it turns out, this page was describing obvious plot twists the entire time! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Admit it, you're surprised.]]''