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This is when a movie's first scene, usually before the credits, is so different from your preconceptions of the movie that you think you've walked into the wrong theater. Often leads to a ProsceniumReveal or the reveal of a DreamIntro.

Contrast with InMediasRes or ActionPrologue (e.g., ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films) - they still fit the milieu and draw you ''in'' to the action. Also contrast BaitAndSwitchCredits. If the opening sequence never gets thematically tied to the story proper ''at all'', it becomes a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. NestedStoryReveal is a similar trope where the fake-out continues for much longer than just one scene.

We hope it's not more proof why you should NeverTrustATrailer.

See also BaitAndSwitchCredits, FakeActionPrologue, ActionHoggingOpening and NonIndicativeFirstEpisode.

Overlaps with ArtShift when the scenes are delineated from the "real" movie by footage that simulates some manner of projector mishap, up to and including frames of film melting from the heat of the lamp.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' begins with Ganta Igarashi in his middle school talking with his friends and potential love interest as they wait for their homeroom to start... and then Wretched Egg appears and everything goes downhill for there.
* The beginning of episode 1 of ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' is the beginning of ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' including the ColdOpen and the opening titles (complete with fake credits that are parodies of the people who really worked on the show), until the scene shifts to a character watching that show on TV. One {{fansub}} of the show took this further, and actually used parodies of the fansub-makers' screen names during this opening (listing the real ones during the end credits). Which is odd because it implies that the main character is ''watching an English fansub on TV.'' In ''Japan''.
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' opens with a lighted hearted junior high drama as some kids walk back home from school. Once Sakura makes it home, he finds Dokuro wearing only panties in his room, who reacts by partially decapitating him with her club.
* ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' opens with a saccharine theme song that suggests that the Sasami is just some ordinary girl that happily uses her magic for innocuous reasons such as conjuring food (as per the CuteWitch subgenre). The show then introduces her as being the reluctant champion for restoring balance and never once shows her using her abilities for anything besides this.
* The first ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' movie opens with the opening scene of a movie that Team Seven is watching (whose lead actress the film centers around escorting).
* ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' starts with... a summer holiday trip.
* The first 10 seconds of the first episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' are basically a recreation of the opening of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. It then transfers to an actual battle, which Ash is watching on TV.
* If you don't count the part where a teenage boy is frantically beating up two girls with a [[BatterUp baseball bat]], ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' starts this way, with Keiichi in his happy-go-lucky rural village hanging out with his friends.
* ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' opens with an entire episode of a [[BadBadActing horribly made]] student film of a MagicalGirl adventure with a number of bizarre details, such as a talking cat that is quickly silenced. Only at the very end the viewers see the titular character and realize that it was made by the protagonists at her insistence.
* The first episode of the anime adaptation of ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' begins with the opening to the main character's uncle's anime.
* Both seasons of ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga''. Going by the openings, the assumption would be that it was a slice-of-life or baseball-themed school drama show for the first and second seasons respectively.
* The very first thing after the cutesy opening expository narration and theme song of ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi'' is... a dramatic car chase/gunfight. Turns out Komugi's an actress and she was shooting a scene...
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' begins with a massive space battle between a lone warship and a galaxy-worth of enemies. Then switches to the story of a young boy digging holes in a low-tech, AfterTheEnd underground city. It takes twenty or so episodes- including one TimeSkip- for the story to reach the scenario shown in the prologue. Even then, there are so many differences between the series-version and prologue-version of the scenes that fans debate whether the latter is part of some AlternateContinuity, or even {{Canon}}. WordOfGod says that it was supposed to be a FlashForward, but that [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants that storyline got away from them]] at some point.
* The first scene in the first episode of ''Manga/AstroFighterSunred'' involves Vamp, [[BossSubtitles the leader of Evil Organisation Florsheim]], making a grandiose speech about their plans for world domination and having one of his Evil Boss Monsters declare that he will slay their ArchEnemy {{S|entai}}unred. [[BaitAndSwitchCredits One very stereotypical Tokatsu opening later]] we encounter Sunred on his way home from a convenience store when Vamp and company attempt to kill him. Sunred [[CurbStompBattle immediately smashes the monster into the ground and kicks it repeatedly]] and then berates Florsheim for trying to fight him without an appointment, [[GoKartingWithBowser thus setting the tone for the rest of the series]].
* The LightNovel and anime ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'' opens by telling the story of the Dark Lord Satan and his war against the kingdoms of the land of Ente Isla, and his defeat by a hero that led the armies of humanity to drive him into retreating through a magical portal to regain his strength. The rest (for a good portion of it) is just a sitcom anime with some action in it, though the light novel series goes back into political intrigue and more.
* ''Manga/PopTeamEpic'' takes this trope to its ''[[ExaggeratedTrope logical extreme:]]'' The author said the series was cancelled to work on ''Manga/HoshiiroGirldrop'', an IdolSinger {{yonkoma}}. He spent four months advertising it, coming up with character bios, etc. When it came out, it seemed to be a fairly straightforward generic SliceOfLife manga...until the very end, where the main character ripped off her face to reveal [[TrollingCreator that it was Popuko, and that]] ''[[TrollingCreator Pop Team Epic]]'' [[TrollingCreator was coming back.]]
** The anime follows suit, dating all the way back to its AprilFoolsDay announcement using ''Girldrop'' instead of ''Pop Team'' to clue the viewers in and having Popuko tear through ''the announcement site'' the day after. The first episode even starts off with ''Hoshiiro Girldrop''. After the intro and title card, however, Popuko rips through it [[RuleOfThree once again]], shouts "Not!" and the real, [[WidgetSeries considerably weirder]], show starts. Strangely, the "Next Episode" segments at the very end of each episode are still for fictional episodes of ''Hoshirro Girldrop''.

* ''AudioPlay/AnotherMontyPythonRecord'' by Creator/MontyPython: Creator/MichaelPalin apologizes to the audience that the album "is not a Monty Python record, but a collection of "Norwegian Carpenter's Songs". After a few seconds of silence Creator/JohnCleese appears to announce that the previous announcement was an error.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The very first issue of ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' (based on the 1992 animated ''Batman'' TV series) opens with Batman swooping down on a crook and punching his lights out. It's then revealed that what we actually saw was an episode of a TV show that one of the Penguin's goons was watching.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', the story begins with a hero having his powers drained by a Mad Scientist. It's revealed to be a comic book, read by a small boy.
** Used again in chapter three. What appears to be a flashback to the end of chapter two is actually a holodeck recreation for IQ Squared to work out some frustration with his father.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': The comic opens with the last survivor of the human race, an astronaut from the International Space Station named {{Major|lyAwesome}} [[AwesomeMcCoolname Thorn]], narrating how the Earth was swallowed up by a HordeOfAlienLocusts that came out of nowhere. This clearly sets up a human-centered AfterTheEnd scenario where the plucky wisecracking hero possibly becomes a wandering warrior or freedom figher against the evil Empire and ultimately prove that HumansAreSpecial. He's [[DecoyProtagonist unceremoniously killed off]] not two pages later, as the plot shifts to its ''real'' story: the war between the KillerRobot Shakara and the AlwaysChaoticEvil Hierarchy.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The first episode of the Creator/TeamFourStar version of ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' starts with a bit that seems to show it as an abridgement of ''Anime/OnePiece''. Adding onto the joke, the group had repeatedly teased that ''One Piece'' was going to be the special project... and then 20 seconds in it cuts to a blood covered room full of corpses, Alucard shooting Edward from ''Twilight'' about 40 times, and the psychopathic fun begins.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc3plOLumRc episode 28]] of ''Random Crap with Homestar Runner'', the first 55 seconds are of animated versions of Masterofhomestar and his friends playing VideoGame/TeamFortress2. Then, a character named "Whammy" pops and says 'Woah woah, woah, woah, woah. [[LampshadeHanging What the crap does any of this have to do with Homestar Runner?]]" Garth (the animator and voice of whammy) then apologizes and says he got carried away with making the opening. The ''real'' opening then falls out of nowhere and crushes Whammy.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The first 25 seconds of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' starts with Creator/CharltonHeston narrating, setting up the movie to be a serious representation of the Hercules myth. Then the Muses cut in, tell him to lighten up, and sing "The Gospel Truth", establishing right then and there that the film is a musical comedy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' starts as a 1930s-style black-and-white cartoon in 4:3 AspectRatio, which is actually playing on the main character's TV set before it goes widescreen.
* The action-packed opening sequence from ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' (and the [[NeverTrustATrailer trailer]]) turns out to be from an episode of the ShowWithinAShow.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' franchise:
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' begins as a sci-fi adventure with Buzz Lightyear fighting Emperor Zurg. Suddenly, Zurg vaporizes Buzz. Fortunately, it was all a video game being played by Rex.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' begins with a Western-themed adventure with Woody and Jessie chasing [[CallBack One-Eyed Bart (Mr. Potato Head)]]. Later, Buzz arrives to help Woody and Jessie, and [[CallBack Evil Doctor Porkchop (Hamm)]] also comes in. It turns out to be a play scenario by Andy from when he was a child.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror'' opens on a woman being chased by a vampire on a graveyard, all shot in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black-and-white]]. It turns out to be a movie the toys are watching.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' opens with a 2D animation showing the main character Po as a martial arts master performing over the top attacks against thousands of opponents who are 'blinded by his awesomeness'. Then Po [[DreamSequence wakes up]] and the 3D animation begins.
* ''The WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Colon Movie Film For Theatres'' opens with a "Let's all go to the lobby"-type song that appears to be a promo for the theater -- until it goes completely off the rails and turns into a death metal anthem about movie-going etiquette, complete with a box of Sno-Caps threatening to "Cut you with a linoleum knife" if you talk on your cell phone.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' which actually starts out as a traditional ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon, without any dialogue whatsoever, but after the opening scene it seems to turn into a completely different movie.
* The opening credits of ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' are all shown in front of an outer space background, and the first few minutes of the film for some reason focus entirely on outer space. But then the camera flies down toward Earth and toward Chanticleer's farm. That was probably supposed to be a send-up of ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* Something similar occurs in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'' begins with a ''massive'' ArtShift in a sequence relating the tale of [[JustSoStory how Frith made the rabbits the way they are.]] The whimsical, stylized animation makes the WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids trap even easier to fall into.
** The fact that even this intro sequence features the bloodied corpses of bunnies on screen, and that while the art is more stylized it is no softer, mean viewers are fairly unlikely to be lulled into any false sense of security about the film as a whole.
* In Disney's ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', the narrator (Buck Cluck, the main character's father) tries to find an opening to the film, apparently because he was so sick of starting with "Once upon a time.." He opts for another opening, which turns out to be [[Disney/TheLionKing a familiar sunrise]], then saying "Eh, that was used already." Next is a StorybookOpening ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was fully animated and narrated by Don Knotts]]), which he also rejects as too cliche, so he eventually settles on a flashback to when Chicken Little first thought the sky was falling.
* The PilotMovie ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' starts with several fighter jets taking off from an Air Force base.
* ''Anime/RingingBell'' starts off as a cheerful movie about the adventures of a cute little lamb.
* Disney/{{Zootopia}} opens with a tense scene out in the wilderness where an innocent rabbit is about to be eaten by a jaguar... only to reveal that we are watching a pageant, where grade-school students are acting out what it was like ''before'' [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals animals evolved]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' is a non-drawn animated film (stop-motion specifically) that jokingly start with a badly-animated scene of a home-made sci-fi short made by the main character, and the actual film has much higher production values.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The opening of ''Film/FortyEightHours'' shows a chain gang in the middle of the desert.
* The first scene of ''Film/SpyKids 2'' involves the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President's]] bratty daughter being shown around an AmusementPark full of wacky [=CGI=] rides.
* ''[[Film/AustinPowers Austin Powers in Goldmember]]'' began with a fairly serious spy movie chase scene, starring Tom Cruise as Austin Powers, Danny Devito as Mini-me, and [[HilariousInHindsight Kevin Spacey as bald megalomaniacal supervillain]] Dr Evil. We find that this an [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe adaptation of Austin's life]].
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' begins with an apparent space rescue gone wrong, which turns out to be a simulation for the Starfleet Academy final exam.
* ''Film/ConAir'' starts with a montage about the U.S Army Rangers.
* ''Film/TheExorcist'' begins with an afternoon archaeological dig in Iraq.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' opens at an archaeological dig in Egypt in the 1920s. The rest of the movie is set in the lavishly-designed hi-tech future.
* The opening of TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' seems to take place in some sort of underground SchizoTech world, maybe [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalypse]]. It isn't clarified even when the gang gets to the door and opens up unto what looks like a frozen wasteland. It could be any number of settings or genres; it takes a while before it is clear we are in 19th century New York (and then only because a title card on the screen explicitly tells us so).
* The movie ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' begins with a catchy number sung by dolphins, [[LyricalDissonance although about Earth's impending destruction]].
* ''Film/HomeAlone3'' starts with a bunch of shady characters smuggling a piece of military hardware through airport security.
* ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' (2004) opens with a TastesLikeDiabetes musical CGI animation about a happy little elf, which is fortunately stopped cold by Jude Law's first voice-over.
* The 2001 DVD-release of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' spliced footage from the 1961 British comedy short, ''Dentist on the Job,'' at the beginning of the movie. After about a minute or so, the "projectionist" realizes he's made a mistake and "switches reels" to the correct movie. In one theatrical re-release, the projectionist ''accidentally'' began showing ''The Princess Diaries 2'' before switching over to the actual film.
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' opens with a Sylvester and Tweety Bird-style animation about a cat and a canary, then does a RevealShot to show the main character in a recording studio doing the voices.
* The first scene of ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' takes place in a snowy, mountain region, which is in complete contrast to the sandy desert region of the rest of the film.
* The ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action movie]] opens with what appears to be an old black-and-white Popeye cartoon. Then a (newly-animated) cartoon Popeye emerges and realizes he's in the wrong movie. Then with a thunderclap, we cut to the storm that introduces the setting.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' begins with a kid playing video baseball. Once the FramingDevice is established and the fairy tale starts, it's a sugary love story until the grandson stops his grandfather, accusing the grandfather of tricking him into hearing a "kissing story". The grandfather assures him that the action will come soon enough.
* The beginning of ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' is a flashback-within-a-hallucination-within-a-flashback: it starts as an opening narration explaining the backstory [[RecursiveReality which turns out to be a history class]], [[RuleOfThree which turns out to be a nightmare and the character is in a lab]], [[OverlyLongGag which is being shown in a security recording]] [[SerialEscalation viewed in a flashback]].
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', arguably. The opening is an archaeological dig in Egypt in the 1920s.
* The first part of ''Film/VelvetGoldmine'', a movie about glam rock and the rise and fall of a Music/DavidBowie-like star, opens with a UFO streaking across the sky. Then it cuts to the childhood years of Creator/OscarWilde.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' opens with two guys at some vaguely defined facility travelling around their workplace, talking about their domestic lives and getting coffee. At the end of the scene, the title is splashed across the screen accompanied with rock music and the movie cuts to the actual protagonists, a group of co-eds leaving for a trip to a cabin. WordOfGod is that the opening was a deliberate joke to trick moviegoers into thinking they'd gone to the wrong movie.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' opens with "Something's Cooking", a Maroon Cartoon starring Baby Herman and Roger Rabbit. Halfway through, the director yells "Cut!" and we are suddenly in a live-action set where [[AnimatedActors the cartoon is being filmed]].
* ''Film/PoeticJustice'' begins with Billy Zane getting it on with some girl, and getting killed. It's actually a movie Janet Jackson is watching.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' begins at a Nazi Concentration camp in the 1940s, showing Magneto's childhood.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' begins with a musical piece in a Shanghai nightclub.
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' begins with what seems to be a regular intro with boy scouts. Then two of them become witness to a team of [[AdventurerArchaeologist grave robbers]] with what looks to be Indiana Jones in lead. A shot of his face then reveals he isn't and one of the boy scouts is the actual hero in his youth.
* ''[[HarryEnfield Kevin & Perry Go Large]]'' begins with the execution of Anne Boleyn, which is later revealed to be one of Kevin's daydreams.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'', the Bruce Willis caper movie, opens with Creator/LeonardoDaVinci overseeing various projects in his laboratory/workshop.
* Subverted in the western ''Film/YoungGunsII''. Over the credits an old prospector-type guy leads his mule across the desert. Which is fine for a western -- until he's passed by a stake-bed truck. It's actually 1950, and the old guy is on his way to tell an attorney about his life in the old West (by narrating the rest of the film).
* ''Film/TheBeauticianAndTheBeast'' opens with an animated "Literature/SleepingBeauty" scene. It quickly turns into a FracturedFairyTale when Sleeping Beauty (voiced by Creator/FranDrescher) turns Prince Charming down, protesting that she wants to be [[RealWomenDontWearDresses a modern, professional woman]], and tries to run for it. Then it turns out to be AllJustADream being had by Drescher's character.
* ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'' begins with a space shuttle launch. This relates to the plot-significant KillSat, but has no other relevance to a train-based action movie.
* ''[=RRRrrrr!!!=]'' begins with a white-text-on-black-background narration about some soldiers in Vietnam and their days-long combat ordeal before announcing: "This movie has nothing to do with this" and going into the movie proper.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' starts out as a fairly straightforward story about a couple of gangster brothers kidnapping a family. It is ''not'' a fairly straightforward story about a couple of gangsters kidnapping a family. (If you don't want the surprise spoiled, don't check out the TV Tropes page for this film.)
* ''Film/SafetyLast'''s opening shot makes it look as if Creator/HaroldLloyd is about to be hanged, until the reverse shot of the same scene shows he's just leaving on a train trip. The "noose" is that hook where they used to hang mailbags in the old days.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' begins in France, in the 14th century.
* At the behest of Creator/AlfredHitchcock himself, audiences were not allowed to enter ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' after the film began, as to not spoil the twists. One of which being the fact that the character we spend the entire first part of the film with is replaced with an entirely new one, despite the fact Creator/JanetLeigh was promoted as the star on all the advertising.
* The first half hour of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters plays like a romantic comedy]]. This is done [[InvokedTrope deliberately]], to show how random the monster's attack is from the character's perspectives.
* The trailer for ''[[http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/greenwithenvy/ Green with Envy]]'' [[spoiler: aka ''Film/TheMuppets'']] is played like this.
* ''Film/HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot'' seems to be a predictable and cliched romance movie... Then the story is told again, [[UnreliableNarrator this time more complete]].
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers' film ''Film/ASeriousMan'' takes this to BigLippedAlligatorMoment levels. The first ten minutes of the film are done in the style of a Jewish folk tale, complete with [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage actors speaking entirely in Yiddish]]. Of course, it has thematic connections with the rest of the movie, but it's not difficult for a first-time viewer to begin to wonder ''what the hell is going on''.
* ''Film/KissKissBangbang'' begins in a church picnic with a kid doing magic tricks.
* While Film/JamesBond is referred in the lead, ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' counts. The intro is DeliberatelyMonochrome (the previous movies never used black and white), following some agent, and you only know it's the right film when he meets Bond inside his apartment.
* ''Film/BadGirl'': Dorothy is being assisted with putting on a wedding dress. She talks about how nervous she is. "Here Comes the Bride" starts up. Dorothy walks out the door...and joins a chain of brides. Who then walk through a dining hall filled with diners. She's a floor model, modeling wedding dresses at a department store.
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' opens on a sunny beach scene on a tropical paradise.
* The underrated western ''A Big Hand for the Little Lady'' has its opening as a fast stagecoach rolls over beautiful landscapes and rolling hills. What appears to be a gorgeously shot sprawling epic with picturesque backgrounds changes completely when you find out that the movie is in fact about a secret high stakes backdoor poker game, and thus takes place almost entirely in a dreary claustrophobic room with nothing but the actors to look at. So much for that landscape.
* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' begins with the 1940 bombing of London by the Luftwaffe.
* Double subverted in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. [[spoiler:Ethan's wife, Julia, does die as depicted in the opening when the scene is repeated before the climax; however, as it turns out, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness that was one of the Big Bad's mooks wearing a latex mask resembling Julia's head]], and the real Julia is still alive somewhere.]]
* The opening for ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' is a lot spookier than the rest of the film.
* ''Film/{{Analyze Th|is}}at'' opens with a mobster played by Anthony [=LaPaglia=] shooting a man, but that's revealed to be part of a TV show.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' begins with a guy mugging a couple and their young son and, the parents live? Then Batman shows up and beats up the mugger.
* ''Film/WithoutWarning1994'' begins with a murder mystery, itself titled ''Without Warning'', starring Creator/LoniAnderson (in a cameo). Minutes in, [[WeInterruptThisProgram the show is preempted]] by a PhonyNewscast special report about meteor strikes; the rest of the film is this news coverage.
* ''Film/{{Help}}'': The ColdOpen in which the cult is about to sacrifice the woman to ''Kalili''. It's this cool, solemn, proto-''Franchise/IndianaJones''-like bit with elaborate CostumePorn... [[MoodWhiplash but then the ring's discovered to be missing... cue the Beatles singing '"Help!"....]]
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': This fun SpaceOpera romp starts out with... a young boy watching his mother die of cancer. Chester of ''WebVideo/BumReviews'' really thought he'd [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCxWpmNIXGs walked into the wrong movie]].
* ''Film/TragedyGirls'' looks like a typical SlasherMovie at the start, with the pretty blonde girl's boyfriend getting murdered by a mysterious killer, her running away, and the killer chasing after her... until he's suddenly captured by the pretty blonde and her best friend, who set the whole thing up as a trap, and promptly knock him out. Turns out, we're in a PerspectiveFlip of the typical slasher flick, and these are our {{Villain Protagonist}}s.

* A short story by Brazilian Creator/LuisFernandoVerissimo goes like this:
--->Shit! said the Mother Superior. Oh, don't be scared, I just always wanted to start a story like that. Actually, the story has nothing to do with this sentence. Actually, the story ends here.
* ''When You Are Engulfed In Flames,'' by Creator/DavidSedaris, features a fake-out book jacket, which initially describes it as a detective thriller. After a paragraph, it tries to claim that it is an instruction manual for when you are set on fire, before finally admitting that it's yet another collection of [[SeinfeldianConversation essays about nothing.]]
* ''Cat-A-Lyst'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster opens with two soldiers on a battlefield in the American Civil War. It turns out to be a scene from a movie, starring the main character.
* ''If On A Winter's Night A Traveller,'' by ItaloCalvino. The whole book is a sequence of these, held together by a reader trying to continue the story he had begun but getting continually drawn off into new stories.
* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' starts with a lurid seduction scene that has absolutely nothing to do with the story.
* The first ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book opens with a description of the Dursleys and their banal existence. The fourth book opens by describing events which occur in a town that had never been previously mentioned in the series. The sixth book opens with the unnamed Muggle Prime Minister of all people.
** In the final book, the first line of the second chapter -- and the first appearance of Harry in the book -- starts out "Harry was bleeding.", catching the reader off guard and making them wonder what terrible thing has befallen Harry before the book even began. It turns out he merely cut his finger while cleaning out his school trunk.
* Creator/JohnLeCarre's ''[[Literature/TheQuestForKarla Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy]]'' opens as a British {{boarding school}} drama about a pudgy young social outcast bonding with his mysterious new French teacher Jim Prideaux. It's only when the students start to notice some of the stranger details about Mr. Prideaux--namely, his lingering injury that makes him walk with a hunched back, and the fact that he can snap an owl's neck at a moment's notice--that it becomes clear that [[RetiredBadass he's had a rather colorful past]]. Then we switch to veteran spy George Smiley's perspective, and we find out ''why'' Prideaux seemingly arrived from nowhere with such a gruesome injury...

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/TheBBC 2008 adaptation of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' opened with the credits rolling over shots of a man running his hands over the body of a woman in little more than a corset. We watched in horrified silence, then it changed to a perfectly normal adaptation of ''Sense and Sensibility''. It was depicting [[spoiler: Willoughby's seduction of Eliza]], which is pretty important to the plot, but was certainly put in there to shock.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** The second season premiere is well known for its opening scene, featuring a faceless character going about his morning business in an ordinary room set to "Make Your Own Kind of Music." Until an explosion and some camera angles reveal we're actually [[spoiler:inside the hatch]]. We eventually learn the character is named [[spoiler:Desmond]].
** ''Lost'' has made bait and switch season openers a tradition. Season 3 begins with newcomer Juliet making brownies and talking with her fellow suburbanites. Except "suburbia" is actually [[spoiler:a small village on the island]], Juliet and friends are the [[spoiler:previously "uncivilized" Others]], and the event that ruins their day is [[spoiler:the crash of flight 815]].
*** And then it's inverted, with Juliet again. In the episode "Not in Portland" we are led to believe that she is on the island, for the first few scenes. Then she talks to a gal, which in reality is her sister, and opens the drapes, revealing that they are in Miami.
** Season 4 plays with the assumption of an on-island opening, beginning with a shot of a pile of tropical fruit against a blue sky background, which is then [[FruitCart run over]] by a car, with the car being driven by an unknown individual. The person is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:Hurley]], the last person you'd expect to be fleeing from the cops.
** Season 5 plays with the trope: it's rather obvious who the faceless individual is ([[spoiler:Marvin Candle/Pierre Chang]]), but what isn't clear is when the scene is occuring and why we're witnessing it. The real twist is the sudden appearance of [[spoiler:Daniel Faraday]].
** Even the infamous Nikki and Paulo got this; Nikki was doing a show within a show for her flashback episode.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' does this a lot.
** Episode 12 from Series 2 ("Spam") opens with authentic-looking full titles and OpeningScroll for an 18th-century pirate movie called ''The Black Eagle''. The movie plays for a few moments before its characters walk by John Cleese at his announcer's desk. "And Now for SomethingCompletelyDifferent."
** Episode 3 from Series 3 starts with the actual opening titles to BBC financial show ''The Money Programme''. The presenter begins normally, then starts ranting about his MoneyFetish and [[MoneySong breaks into song]].
** Another third series episode begins with the intro music and logo for Thames TV, followed by an appearance by its announcer, David Hamilton. "We've got an action-packed evening for you tonight on Thames, but right now here's a rotten old BBC programme."
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The first episode of the reboot started off with a normal day in Rose's life: she wakes up, goes to work in a shop, has lunch with her boyfriend... and then a bunch of mannequins come alive and start attacking her.
** Steven Moffat has made an art of this trope. "The Girl In The Fireplace" is a particularly good example: the pre-titles sequence is set in 18th-century France. The first shot after the titles is of a spaceship captioned with the words "3000 years later".
* The Series/TwentyFour pilot began at 4 PM Kuala Lumpur time before shifting to 12 AM Los Angeles time.
* Episode 3 from Series 1 of ''Series/BlackBooks'' ("The Grapes of Wrath") starts with a scene about a monk at a monastery in France, who has found grapes growing off a rose bush. [[spoiler: the miracle grapes are what the incredibly expensive wine that Bernard and Manny accidentally drink is made of]]
* Alluded to for laughs on German late night show ''Series/TVTotal'' when an audiobook narrated by band Music/{{Scooter}}'s [[FaceOfTheBand H.P. Baxxter]], in which machines were mentioned, was suggested by host Stefan Raab to be a Fake-Out Opening into a regular techno piece.
* On ''Series/QuantumLeap'', the teaser for "Moments to Live" has Sam as a surgeon whose patient is dying. The patient's husband shoves Sam to the wall and says, "You killed her." When we return from the titles, we learn that Sam has leaped into [[spoiler: an actor who plays a surgeon on a soap opera]]. He also leaped into [[spoiler: Al's dream]] at the beginning of "A Leap for Lisa".
* The cold openings of ''Series/{{Bones}}'': usually have two unsuspecting individuals doing something totally unrelated to murder--a girl interviewing for a job at a summer camp, two teens about to have a lesbian experience, a man explaining to a teenager the importance of leftover fast-food oil--before they inadvertently discover the body. Cue screaming.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' episodes tend to start with some people going about their business, dramatic music starts playing, we pan over to a body they just found, then cut to the police arriving on the scene.
* The season 13 episode 17 of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' opens with what looks like the assistant coroner David Phillips having finally snapped and going to murder his wife with a knife... only to reveal that he's just using the knife to cut the price tag from a new shirt.
** Another episode did a FakeOutOpening via a ''fake opening'': the team gathered to investigate a boxing fatality, Grissom dropped one of his usual pre-credits remarks, and the first notes of the TitleSequence's music play ... only for Grissom's cell phone to go off, cutting off the soundtrack in mid-note, with word of ''another'' murder.
* ''Series/MockingbirdLane'' was an updated version of ''Series/TheMunsters'' -- so the silhouetted figure with the square head must be the new Herman, right? Yeah, but when the lights come up, he looks like an ordinary guy (Jerry O'Connell). The "square head" was a lighting fixture behind him.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E04PhantomTraveller "Phantom Traveler" (S01, Ep04)]], the teaser shows a beach landscape complete with Hawaiian music, before our traveler lifts his head and we hear a jet roar, which make us realize the scene is in an airport and the landscape is a picture.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}''
** Several episodes opened on an AffectionateParody of 70s and 80s action shows. "Chuck Versus the Rolemodels" riffed on the opening to ''Series/HartToHart'', while "Chuck Versus the Cat Squad" aped ''Series/CharliesAngels''. Appropriately, both were {{Imagine Spot}}s by Morgan.
** Even episodes with more traditional openings still toyed with this. For example, "Chuck Versus The Honeymooners" opens on a sinister-looking individual armed with a knife approaching a stateroom on a high-speed train, in what looks like it will be a ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress''-style thriller, only for it to be revealed that he's ''actually'' part of the staff, and is delivering room service to Chuck and Sarah.
* ''Series/GLOW2017'' begins with main character Ruth giving an impassioned monologue about being tough enough to inherit her father's empire. It turns out that this is just an audition, and she's actually a StarvingArtist actress with a completely different personality.

* Music/SpikeJones thrived on this trope. His band would perform the beginning of a piece completely straight, then suddenly switch gears and get really wacky.
* The Music/RandyNewman-composed song "Vine Street" opens with the singer performing an entirely different song (Music/HarryNilsson sings a hard-rockin' song; Van Dyke Parks does a bluegrass song), before cutting it off abruptly and starting the actual song, a slow ballad with these opening lyrics: "That's a tape that we made/But I'm sad to say it never made the grade."
* The famous music video for Music/MichaelJackson's "Music/{{Thriller}}." It opens with a sequence that's clearly set in the 1950s, with the young ingenue playing a teen girl and Michael playing an admirer of hers who turns into a werewolf. We then cut to a shot of a movie theater where the ingenue and Michael are watching the scene, and it then becomes clear that the ingenue has imagined herself and Michael in the roles. They then leave the theater (whose marquee, appropriately, features the title of ''Thriller'')....at which point Michael finally starts singing, and the ''real'' horror begins. Not so much a Fake-Out Opening as an overly drawn out CatScare, really.
* "Hello", the first track of Music/{{Oasis}}' "(What's the Story) Morning Glory", begins by fading in the first few chords of their previously released single, and considerably more well-known song, "Wonderwall". This is promptly interrupted by the ([[LoudnessWar MUCH louder]]) sound of a water droplet followed by the thundering first notes of "Hello".
* Used briefly by Music/{{Disturbed}} for their cover of Music/JudasPriest's "Living After Midnight". The song was meant to appear on a ''British Steel'' tribute, but it instead starts with the famous drum opening from "Painkiller". Living After Midnight begins immediately after Painkiller's guitar squeal would have.
* At the 1999 [=CMA=] Awards, Alan Jackson started out his performance with his scheduled song, "Pop a Top", but stopped halfway through the song and switched to George Jones' "Choices" (which had some controversy regarding the awards at the time) for the chorus. When he was done, he walked off the stage, left the building, got on his bus, and left.
** In a similar vein, at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] told the producers of the show that he wanted to play "Rape Me", but was told not to. At the actual show, during his set, he played the first line of "Rape Me" and immediately switched to "Lithium", as if to say "PSYCHE!!".
** Not to mention Music/ElvisCostello's famous 1977 performance on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', when he interrupted his scheduled performance of "Less Than Zero" to play "Radio Radio", a song he was specifically told not to perform due to being anti-media (the lyrics criticize the corporate takeover of nearly all radio stations in America, and showrunner Lorne Michaels was afraid of offending Creator/{{NBC}}'s then-parent company General Electric which had already dismantled NBC's entire radio division). Costello got himself banned from the show for 12 years because of this.
* While Music/WeirdAlYankovic's parodies, and most parodies in general, are designed to make the listener think they're the original song at first, the same is true for several of his polkas. "Polka Your Eyes Out", "Bohemian Polka" and "The Alternate Polka" start out as near-clones of Music/BillyIdol's "Cradle Of Love", Music/{{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Music/{{Beck}}'s "Loser" before introducing any traditional polka instruments.
** The same is true for "[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Bedrock]] Anthem", which starts as a parody of Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' "Under The Bridge", but quickly switches to "Give It Away".
* Music/BlueOysterCult's "Flaming Telepaths" opens with a tinkling music box that plays for about four seconds before the band's usual Gothic hard rock style kicks in.
* Music/{{Queen}}, in particularly Music/FreddieMercury, thrived on writing in this style - most notably through abuse of the a-capella operatic choir. To name but a few songs: "Bohemian Rhapsody", "I Want It All", "Breakthru", "You Take My Breath Away", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Fat Bottomed Girls"... you get the idea.
* Music/{{Primus}}'s ''Frizzle Fry'' starts the same way as their live debut ''Suck On This'', with a quote of the drum intro of Music/{{Rush}}'s "YYZ"... Except this time, it's followed by a swift LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand effect, and then the studio version of "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition" starts instead. Since it's a clip taken straight from ''Suck On This'' (even including the same audible cheer), it seems like an attempt to momentarily trick listeners into thinking that there's been a pressing mistake and they just bought a mislabeled album they most likely already had.
* The Music/BeastieBoys' 2006 concert film ''Awesome; I [[PrecisionFStrike Fuckin']] Shot That!'' begins by duplicating the opening crawl from ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'':
-->''In May 1980, Fidel Castro opened the harbor at Mariel, Cuba with the apparent intention of letting some of his people join their relatives in the United States. Within seventy-two hours, 3,000 U.S. boats were headed for Cuba. It soon became evident that Castro was forcing the boat owners to carry back with them not only their relatives, but the dregs of his jails. Of the 125,000 refugees that landed in Florida an estimated 25,000 had criminal records.\\\
Regardless, on October 9, 2004, the Beastie Boys handed out 50 Hi8 cameras to gung-ho audience members. Although none of these camera operators were trained, they captured the show with love and passion.''
* Sid Vicious of the Music/SexPistols performs "My Way" in such fashion in the climactic concert scene in the Pistols' film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. The scene is set as Sid is introduced by an announcer at a Parisian concert hall, then takes the stage in perhaps the most formal getup he was ever photographed wearing (bondage pants and a suit jacket without a shirt), then very sarcastically sings the first verse over a string-laden instrumental backing more saccharine than the Music/FrankSinatra version. Then, Steve Jones' punk guitar kicks in and Sid delivers a snarling, aggressive rendition of the rest of the song, concluding with him [[RefugeInAudacity shooting several members of the audience]]. Supposedly, the entire performance was originally to have been in the same style as the beginning, but Sid wouldn't comply with his manager Malcolm [=McLaren=]'s request to record the song, instead listening to Music/{{Ramones}} albums in the studio. He only agreed to record the song when someone suggested that the song switch to a Ramones-like pace after the first verse and [=McLaren=] signed a contract freeing Sid from his management upon completion of the song and the accompanying film sequence.
* Music/ThePixies: The first chord of "Here Comes Your Man" from ''Music/{{Doolittle}}'' is very sinister compared to the rest of the song.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} pay-per-view events occasionally open with very strange segments that are apparently supposed to be "gimmicky" and sometimes [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment aren't even thematically tied to the program as a whole]]. WWE's former October event, ''No Mercy'', opened this way in 2007. It featured a Fake Out Opening that was indeed tied to the program's theme, albeit very loosely: with no sound, we are shown the Old Testament passage "And the waters prevailed, so mighty...." against a black screen, like an intertitle in a silent movie. Only then does a montage begin of Wrestling/JohnCena (who had recently had to vacate his year-long championship due to injury) defeating various opponents between September 2006 and September 2007. It becomes clear that Cena is supposed to be the "mighty waters." Then Cena is shown being ambushed and put out of action by Wrestling/RandyOrton, and the narrator intones: "Alas, the rain...." [[{{Metaphorgotten}} (So, does this paradoxically suggest that as Cena was the waters, Orton was the rain that caused the waters in the first place?!)]] Then Orton is shown releasing a white dove and is compared to Noah, in an obvious and very awkward EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory.
* Oh yes, and who could forget the flamboyantly tasteless one introducing ''WWF Invasion'' (the landmark show in which WWE wrestlers fought WCW and ECW wrestlers), which opened with newsreel footage of UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt announcing in 1939 (1941?) that "I have failed to prevent the invasion" - followed immediately by Stephanie [=McMahon=] maniacally screaming "Nothing can stop the Invasion!" and a wacked-out montage of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and so forth juxtaposed with Wrestling/KurtAngle, Diamond Dallas Page, and all the other WWE, WCW, and ECW wrestlers? Especially gauche in that the pay-per-view was held in 2001 - the year that marked the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
* The 2005 edition of ''The Great American Bash'' opens with what seems at first to be a melodramatic political ad for television, complete with a soaring bald eagle, a double exposure of a fluttering American flag, and majestic Aaron Copland-style music. You get the sense that UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan would have loved it.
* The cold opening for WWE's 2010 pay-per-view ''Over The Limit'' at first appears to be a grainy old educational film urging schoolchildren to follow the rules... which then yields to major MoodWhiplash as it becomes apparent that the WWE Superstars are ''not'' going to be doing that.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The all-marionette film ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' opens with a poorly-controlled marionette against a crudely painted flat backdrop. After a few moments, the camera pulls back, revealing that this puppet show is just a ShowWithinAShow for the real setting, which is much more elaborate. Trey Parker and Matt Stone did this as [[BitingTheHandHumor a joke to freak out investors]] who had sunk a lot of money into the film.

* ''Jersey Boys'' opens with a rap version of "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" [[TranslatedCoverVersion that's in French]], complete with loud beat and skanky dancing. It's meant to explain both how far music has come since TheSixties and how popular The Four Seasons' work remains, as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December,_1963_(Oh,_What_a_Night)#Cover_versions that particular version really exists]].
* ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'' begins with an ensemble number in which Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Leonardo da Vinci, Edward Gibbon, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre and Buckminster Fuller argue about philosophy.
* In ''The Real Thing'' by Creator/TomStoppard, the first scene of the play is from a play written by the protagonist and starring his wife, an actress. This is not indicated till well into the 2nd scene.
* ''Theatre/LadyInTheDark'' brings the curtain up on the opening scene without an overture or a single note of music from the orchestra, which for a 1940s Broadway musical was completely unheard of. Music comes in only when Liza starts to hum the DreamMelody.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' starts with a glitchy white computer field as Altaïr, before switching to...somebody who is most definitely not Altaïr in the future.
** Considering the game was billed as a semi-realistic depiction of the ancient order of assassins, and reviewers were forbidden to discuss the five-minute twist, it was generally ''very'' jarring to new players. Nowadays, ItWasHisSled.
* The intro to ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} Wars'' opens with a man strolling down the street in a pleasant village, until the LotusEaterMachine chip in his head is crashed by the villains, revealing that he's really in a ''Film/BladeRunner''-style megalopolis and gets caught in the crossfire of the Syndicate agents' miniguns.
* Several of the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, particularly the first and Bethesda's third installment, begin with kitschy, fifty-styles advertisements about what a great world it is. The camera slowly pulls back, showing the advertisements playing on a television in the middle of a nuclear wasteland. Enter Ron Perlman's iconic narration...
* ''King's Quest III'' seems to start out with a protagonist and a setting completely unrelated to the first two games, but [[spoiler: it's eventually revealed that the hero is the long-lost son of King Graham, protagonist of ''King's Quest I'' and ''II''.]] In this case, the Fake-Out lasts about 3/4 of the game.
* One level of ''Sexy VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' looks a bit like a parody of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. The music for that level begins with the first few notes of the easily recognizable "Vampire Killer" (a very popular ''Castlevania'' theme) before turning into, of all things, a ''polka''. The boss fight against Medusa does the same thing with the classic boss theme "Poison Mind".
** At the end of the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial''-themed stage in ''Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius'', the bosses are giant schoolgirl forms of previously-playable characters Hikaru and Akane. Their theme from the previous installment plays for a few bars before turning into Necke's "Csikos Post".
* Creator/{{Cinemaware}}'s ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' game opens with the title screen for ''VideoGame/DefenderOfTheCrown'' (''Ghostbusters II'' in the NES version). Then the Stooges walk on, look at the title, and Larry says, "Hey, this looks like a kid's game!"
* ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''. [[spoiler:Rehm isn't the main character, and the prologue happened 50 years prior to the actual story.]] This is fairly obvious, though, since the game practically tells you such at the beginning, and the game's official description makes no attempt to hide it.
* ''A Space Shooter Two Bucks!'' has a lengthy intro cutscene about a weak student who has trouble with a bully. He trains to be strong enough to fight against the bully. When he's ready to fight, the bully knocks him out, the bully joins the space corps, and you play the game as the bully.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' level played at NWC 2015 begins with a very faithful recreation of world 1-1 from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', but a wall of firebars appears shortly after the beginning, forcing the players to take the pipe.
* The prologue of ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' has a perky, upbeat opening sequence for "Dangan Island" which, once Monokuma shows up and disrupts the "school trip," is followed by the actual opening credits.
* The opening of the Sega CD game ''VideoGame/KeioFlyingSquadron'' starts out with some historical garbage before going into the plot proper, with the game even stating that it is "Completly unrelated to these historical proceedings."

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': The WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/kotpoptoon.html senior prom]]" starts with an intro for "The King of Town's Very Own Quite Popular Cartoon Show", which is quickly interrupted by an announcement that it's being pre-empted for the SB email, "already in progress".
* On the DVD for ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' season 3, the intro shows a huge amount of explosions, gun shots, and action sequences (all of which actually happen, but generally as brief, isolated moments). Then it cuts to Grif and Simmons, the former of which is excited by the explosions in the opening, and the latter wondering what the hell a bunch of explosions have to do with a series that mostly consists of people standing around in a canyon and talking.
-->'''Grif:''' Oh, yeah! This DVD is going to be packed with fighting and action!\\
'''Simmons:''' What, no it's not!\\
'''Grif:''' [[{{Lampshading}} Then how do you explain all those kick-ass explosions we just saw?]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' proposes [[http://www.xkcd.com/734/ this]] example.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''VideoGame/Superman64'' episode of ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' begins with the Nerd attempting to review the ''Superman'' game for the UsefulNotes/Commodore64 ("Yeah, that's what you mean, right?"), but he ends up {{Rage Quit}}ting on the third level. He then realizes which game was actually requested the most.
-->'''AVGN:''' Aw, come on. You really want to make me play [the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 game]? Well, I'm gonna do it just for you... 'cause I like ya alot. And don't take that too serious.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WypFgxA_5fY Everything Wrong With Sonic 06]]'': The video starts off like normal (disclaimer and everything), but then the narrator simply states that "Everything. Everything's wrong with it." and the remainder of the video is a loop of the scene of Amy juggling balls from ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' with Silver's "It's no use!" playing over it.[[note]]The fact that it was released on AprilFoolsDay might have something to do with it.[[/note]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkhJOsag8PQ This special edit]] of Unanimous Delivers' mashup, "1000 PEOPLE CLICKED ON THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON BY ACCIDENT", starts with about three minutes of ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'', but when Dan Backslide is about to say "Confound those Dover Boys!", he instead says "Confound those ponies!", cuing the mashup.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The episode "Cartoon Wars, Part II" opened with a screen saying that the conclusion to Part I "will not be seen tonight" and would instead be replaced by a Terrance and Phillip cartoon. This made reference to the premiere of season 2, which aired on April Fool's Day and was in fact an entire episode devoted to the show-within-a-show, rather than the promised conclusion to season 1's cliffhanger ending. (To add insult to injury, at one point Terrance and Phillip started watching the "real" ''South Park'' season premiere on TV, but changed the channel before the cliffhanger resolution could happen.) This time, however, the Terrance and Phillip episode only lasted for about a minute before the prophet Muhammad showed up, though the visual of the actual character is censored out by the HBC network (the censorship of Muhammad is the point of conflict in the Cartoon Wars episode). Terrance and Phillip then get into an argument with the network president, who tells them, "Your show has become [[VerySpecialEpisode so preachy and full of messages]] that you've forgotten how to be funny!" The duo then argue that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is going to show an episode with Mohammed uncensored, but the president says that someone might be on their way to the Fox network to get that episode pulled. At that point the actual episode began.
** The opening scene in "Spooky Fish" appears to set up an AlienInvasion story... only for the alien in question to get run over by the school bus. The rest of the episode revolves around an EvilTwin and a MirrorUniverse.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had a variation of this.
** The first 3-5 seconds of almost every episode would begin with some bizarre, abstract combination of colors and lines. It would turn out to be a close-up of a random item, which may or [[MacGuffin may not be relevant to the plot.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' opened with an action sequence where the babies (in full [[Franchise/IndianaJones "Okie-Dokie Jones"]] regalia) try to retrieve some kind of monkey idol. It turns out to just be another one of their daydreams.
** A somewhat stranger example opened the sequel, ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'', this time with a [[ParentalBonus parody of]] ''Film/TheGodfather''. Again, the kids are just playing pretend.
** ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'' continued the tradition by showing the babies having a jungle adventure. It's yet another daydream, which the babies imagined after watching some of [[WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys Nigel Thornberry's]] documentaries.
* The Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' show had one in the episode "Electric Nightmare". Megaman is battling Wily's robots and winning...until electrical cables get wrapped around him and fry him. Megaman dead. Or not; in an interesting variation of the trope, it was Wily doing a run-through of his latest scheme with action figures.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** The WartimeCartoon "Brother Brat" opens with a stirring, graphically dynamic montage saluting women in the workforce exceptionally handling defense factory work -- and it all leads to the big question of where to leave their kid while they're at the job. It's a setup for slapstick mayhem as Porky Pig babysits a terrifying infant.
** 'WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck' starts out with Daffy Duck in a swashbuckling adventure -- and then goes completely off the rails when Daffy realizes there's no background.
--->'''Daffy:''' Psst! Whoever's in charge here... the scenery! Where's the scenery?
* WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons:
** In his early years at MGM, Creator/TexAvery set up cartoons like "Screwball Squirrel" and "WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood" by opening them in the overly saccharine storybook style that had been the studio's stock in trade -- before going utterly crazy.
** Tex doesn't waste time in "Batty Baseball". It opens with the title card, then a good 20 seconds of cartoon mayhem on the baseball diamond, before one of the characters stops everything and demands to know what happened to the MGM lion opening. The narrator apologizes and the MGM lion titles are shown.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "D & DD" (or "Siblings and Sorcery") begins with a fantasy-type adventure involving a swordsman, a magician and an archer. When they're attacked by a wizard, one of them cries out "cheater!" It's revealed that it's Dexter and three of his friends playing a Dungeons and Dragons-type game, which is the focus of the episode.
* Nearly every episode of ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' starts out looking like a horror film, instead of a comedy about social services for monsters. For instance, the first episode started with a guy ChainedToABed with duct tape over his mouth in a room covered with Satanic symbols as a laughing succubus flies away saying "See you in hell, mortal scum!" and a zombie breaks down the door and shambles slowly towards the bed as the chained man looks pained... Then the zombie rips the tape off his mouth and turns the light on.
-->'''Randall (the zombie):''' [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/a9dcet/ugly-americans-the-demon-chick "Oh my god, you still banging that demon chick? I thought somebody was getting murdered in here last night."]]''
* On AprilFoolsDay 2012, it looked like Creator/AdultSwim was doing an April Fools marathon of ''Film/TheRoom'' for a fourth year in a row... until it cut to TOM-3 watching the movie and greeting viewers before [[{{Retraux}} cutting to the old intro]] for ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' and staying as ''Toonami'' for the rest of the night.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** "The Wheel of Comedy" opens with Buster stating that it's "Spectacular Day," which is going to be looking at epic adventures, only for Babs to come in and tell him that the episode is running over-budget, forcing them to resort to shorts.
** "How Sweetie It Is" starts with Buster attempting to show the adventures of history's greatest rabbits, only for Sweetie to hijack the episode.
** "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian" starts out as a dramatic action-adventure episode starring Hamton, complete with fake title cards. Minutes into it, Buster and Babs come in, upset that they're being completely cut out of the episode, kickstarting the real plot of the story.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieStarLightAdventure'', the opening starts by saying a destined leader would stop the stars from going out... then points out that it's ''not'' King Constantine.