Sometimes an author will spend a lot of time blatantly {{Foreshadowing}} something, only to play with the audience's heads. When TheReveal comes, the promised (implied, really) development never occurs. Which, by the way, is {{Irony}}. May be the result of an AbortedArc.

'''Here there be spoilers.'''

See also TheUntwist, BaitAndSwitch, RedHerring.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:General]]
* Any and all subversions of ChekhovsGun. See that page for examples.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the Sinnoh arc of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' the Elite 4 and the Champion all make an appearance at separate points and it's almost set up that Ash will actually get to battle them. Shame he doesn't, no thanks to [[GodModeSue Tobias]].
** [[spoiler:The first half of ''Best Wishes'' has Ash's badge case have a clear slot for the Legend Badge. After getting the Icicle Badge, the Opelucid Gym is temporarily closed, so Ash eventually wins the Toxic Badge from Roxie instead.]]
** It's practically tradition that an (obviously) AlwaysSomeoneBetter trainer would be the one to prevent Ash from getting a tournament victory, which, in the Unova arc, fans would believe to be Virgil. [[spoiler:Instead, it was Cameron, a worse IdiotHero than Ash was.]]
** [[spoiler:The first episode of Unova implied Ash was Zekrom's chosen hero of ideals. The first time N makes his anime debut he seems to be Reshiram's chosen hero of truth. While they like each other well enough, N takes offence at Ash's chosen lifestyle as a pokemon trainer. So you think they will take command of each other's legendary and battle to see if truth or ideals wins the day as in the games? Nope, Ash gets N on his side before Reshiram appears and Reshiram leaves with little fuss. Zekrom doesn't even make an appearance.]]
* Despite all the hints through the series as to the real identity of Marin as Seiya's sister in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', she doesn't end up being his sister at all, the real sister is somewhere else.
* The very first scene of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', which appears to be a FlashForward, but never actually happens.
* The introduction of [[spoiler: Chrono's DisappearedDad]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' made it appear that he was the MysteriousProtector of the Wolkenritter, especially since the MysteriousProtector looked like [[spoiler:an older Chrono]] and acted like he was familiar with [[spoiler:Chrono]]. Nope, he was eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: the disguised CatGirl familiars of Gil Graham, the friend of Chrono's father who was trying to execute a plan to seal the Book of Darkness that killed him]]. Rewatching the season after knowing TheReveal shows that the writers foreshadowed that one too, but the popularity of the [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather]] trope allowed the Fauxshadowing to hide the actual {{Foreshadowing}} in plain sight.
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' had the foreshadowing-that-wasn't of [[spoiler: Vita's death]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' foreshadowed that the BigBad Z-one was Yusei from a BadFuture. He turned out to be [[spoiler:A random unnamed scientist who just assumed Yusei's identity so he could bring the world hope.]]
** Sly who, in a potential subplot initially planned to take Stardust Dragon from Yusei counts as well.
* ''Anime/ProjectAko'' shows us A-ko a PersonOfMassDestruction capable of feats of incredible speed and strength. Space aliens are searching for their long lost princess they left behind on Earth. Obviously the aliens have come to take A-ko away. Oh wait, no they're not. They're here for [[TheDitz C-ko]].
* This ended up happening to Orihime Inoue in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. At the start of the series, her main power seems to be healing people, along with creating defensive shields. Partway through the Arrancar Saga, she's kidnapped by people working for the BigBad, Aizen. Aizen tells her that her powers go far beyond what they seemed. Her real power is to flat out reject reality. If she wants, she can alter objects or restore them to a previous state. He demonstrates this by having her repair Grimmjow's missing arm, something that he claims can't be done with regular healing. Orihime develops a plan to use her ability to unmake the Hogyoku, a mystical object essential to Aizen's plans. Later on, Ulquiorra implies that Aizen has done something to modify Orihime. Ultimately, [[spoiler: Orihime gets left behind in Hueco Mundo while Ichigo goes to confront Aizen, whom he manages to beat with a new power that leaves Aizen completely helpless, and causes him to be rejected by the Hogyoku. The possibility of her destroying it isn't brought up again, and Ulquiorra's words are never explained. In the end, despite all of the build up, she didn't contribute to Aizen's defeat in any way.]]
* In ''FreshPrettyCure'', it was implied in episode 21 that Miyuki would become the fourth Cure. Two episodes later, the spot is given to a post-{{Heel Face Turn}}ed Eas.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has a lot of fun with this, at the expense of OnlySaneMan Mahiro's sanity. His attempts to be GenreSavvy usually involve trying to find the {{Foreshadowing}} that would produce the stupidest possible resolution to the plot; while his logic is accurate, he's almost always wrong because an entirely ''different'' piece of Foreshadowing will crop up that produces an even dumber resolution than he thought was possible.
** Specific example: In ''Nyarko-San W'', the main cast goes to the GreatBigLibraryOfEverything because Nyarko has an overdue book; while they're there, a pair of aliens raid the library looking for a specific book. Putting two and two together, Mahiro guesses that Nyarko's book is the one they're looking for[[note]]What makes it stupid is, her book is just juvenile lit[[/note]]. However, it turns out that ''he'' had the MacGuffin, a book he picked up earlier and absently shoved in his pocket when the bad guys attacked. When this is revealed, Mahiro gets a BigNo at the idea that he's responsible for the plot twist, and Nyarko tells him how mean it was to immediately blame her for it.
** Another example gets lampshaded; two episodes of ''Nyarko-San W'' have the Cyclone vacuum cleaner [[LargeHam voiced by]] NorioWakamoto. At the end of the latter episode, both Nyarko and Mahiro remark that they thought the vacuum would end up being important to the plot, based off of how much set-up it got. But no, it was only there so they could give a ShoutOut to ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
* Early parts of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' dropped a lot of hints that [[spoiler: Van Hohenheim, Ed and Al's father]] was the BigBad of the series. He's not, though [[spoiler: the actual BigBad does look exactly like him, due to having constructed his physical body from Hohenheim's DNA.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[StarWars The original ''Star Wars'' trilogy]] features several:
** Han Solo getting the feeling he's never going to see the Millenium Falcon again; probably a holdover from an earlier draft of the script, where he ''didn't'' see it again.
** Yoda proclaiming that Luke was not their last hope, implying that he would fail and that the "other" he was talking about (Leia) would have to take his place. An Infinities arc was later written that demonstrated this possibility.
** The "love triangle" of Luke/Leia/Han. Han and Leia end up together, but only after Luke and Leia have shared a few kisses that are never re-visited after they learn they're brother and sister.
* The whole film ''Film/SleepawayCamp'' seems to be setting up a [[TheReveal reveal]] that Angie, the obvious suspect, is innocent, and Ricky is the real killer. Every time someone victimizes her who later ends up dead, Ricky always witnesses what they're doing to her and gets angry. That the head of the camp suspects him seems to be obviously part of the fake-out. Everything seems calculated to add up to Ricky being the killer for those who are watching carefully, but it's not too terribly overt. Then at the end it turns out that [[TheUntwist Angie really is the killer]], and the real surprise is...well, let's just leave it that it's something else entirely, although that ''has'' been conservatively foreshadowed. A little bit.
* Wes Craven said on the commentary track of ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'' that he had deliberately made two characters seem, very subtly, to be possible villains in disguise. He did this by introducing them with "was it really a false alarm or just foreshadowing?" moments, and by making their performances seem suspicious. One is a babysitter (who in the original draft of the screenplay ''was'' in league with Uber Freddy) and the other is a slimy chauffeur. Neither of them turns out to be either a villain or a threat: the babysitter ends up dying to save Dylan and the chauffeur is never seen again after his one introductory scene.
* ''{{Unstoppable}}'' has an excellent example in the form of Frank's death. He has a FatalFamilyPhoto, he [[{{Retirony}} retires in less than a month, and he even [[TemptingFate Tempts Fate]] at one point by remarking offhandedly to Will, "Don't get sentimental on me; it makes me feel like I'm gonna die." He survives to the end of the movie.
* Steven Spielberg has stated that upon seeing ''ForbiddenPlanet'' as a child, he was very disappointed that the movie never revealed what the Krell actually looked like, after the line about a characteristic triangular door shape throughout their compound being the only clue to their physical appearance.
* While everyone who knows about ''{{Audition}}'' (or [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil catches sight of its DVD cover]]) knows just what's up with the enigmatic Asami, watching it in the mindset of someone unaware of the twist makes it apparent that the first half of the film set up many indicators of Asami [[DeadAllAlong being a ghost]]: her ethereal [[WomanInWhite white-dressed]] beauty, Aoyama's friend commenting that something seems off about her and that none of the references she gave exist, and her sudden and mysterious disappearance one day that baffles Aoyama -- all of which would make TheReveal even more shocking to an unknowing viewer who was expecting a quiet, romantic story.
* ''MarthaMarcyMayMarlene'': The cult leader takes the protagonist (Martha) out to the woods to practice shooting. Turns out she's barely involved in the murder the cult perpetrate (and that is with a knife). Martha also spends much of her time swimming alone in a large lake by her sister's summer house and near the end of the film her sister cautions her that the day is quite cold for swimming, suggesting that Martha might meet a watery end. She doesn't.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Chekov is forced to put on a RedShirt at one point, suggesting [[AnyoneCanDie he could die at any second]]. (He even looks appropiately ''horrified''.) Instead, Kirk is the one who ends up dead.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Zod's armor has a BladeBelowTheShoulder he uses to kill Jor-El. In the final fight with Superman he makes an adjustment to his right gauntlet, as if to bust out the blade, but instead just removes his armor.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* David Farland's ''Literature/TheRunelords'' draws heavily upon Mormon theology, philosophy and symbolism, and one of the clearest examples is the wizard Binnesman, based on a [[Literature/TheBookOfMormon Book of Mormon]] prophet named Abinadi. His confrontation and continual opposition to the [[BigBad evil king]] Raj Ahten make the comparisons clear almost from the first encounter between the two. Raj Ahten's ever-growing affinity for fire only serves to heighten the foreshadowing: Binnesman is clearly going to end up being burned to death by Raj Ahten, or at his command, which was the fate of Abinadi. Except... in the end, Raj Ahten is defeated and Binnesman is still alive, preserved by the author to meet an even stranger fate in the books that follow.
* Some people were ''very'' disappointed while reading ''Literature/TheShining''. Early in the book, a character mentions a large picture window, how expensive it was to install, and to take care that it doesn't get broken. It doesn't get broken [[spoiler: [[KillItWithFire presumably until the scene where the hotel explodes]], which does not mention the window]].
* In the beginning of the LordPeterWimsey mystery ''The Nine Tailors'', the bumbling vicar explains how his dear old clock is going a bit slow these days. He always sets it an hour early when he winds it on Sunday morning - but if you can only remember that it is before time on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, accurate on Wednesday, and late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, why, it's a very excellent clock indeed! The GenreSavvy mystery reader expects a tricky alibi problem, but it never happens. The clock is only mentioned once more in the book. Lord Peter's manservant and the vicar's maid has an argument about cleaning it.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Maskerade'', which is heavily inspired by the various versions of ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', has several characters remark that [[FallingChandelierOfDoom the giant chandelier in the middle of the Opera House is an accident waiting to happen]]. At the end of the book, it still hasn't fallen, [[spoiler: though that's [[InvokedTrope not for lack of the villain trying]]]].
* In ''Hero of Ages'', the third book of ''{{Mistborn}}'', a character, [[spoiler: Marsh]] is under mind-control from [[spoiler: BigBad Ruin]]. He has enough HeroicWillpower to resist ''once'', and his thoughts in his POV sections make it clear he intends to use this to kill himself at a key point, depriving [[spoiler: Ruin]] of his services. [[spoiler: Nope- he uses it to rip out [[ActionGirl Vin's]] earring- revealed as a kind of minor ArtifactOfDoom- thereby allowing her to break free of its influence and ascend to a PhysicalGod type state, where she can face Ruin directly. Marsh is one of the only POV characters to ''survive'' the entire series]].
* Happens quite a bit in ''[[Literature/IcelandicSagas Egil's Saga]]''. One example is of Egil himself, who had a long and incredibly bitter feud with his king's wife. Multiple times murder plots are staged against Egil because of the woman, and his king turns on him and believes him guilty of treason because of her manipulations. After a buildup of this feud over several chapters Egil finally resolves the issue...by reciting a poem. After that his king no longer doubts him and the wife is never mentioned again.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', prophecy is commonly used as a tool for {{Foreshadowing}}; [[TheMagicComesBack Talents thought extinct or dying are resurging]], several of which allow insights into the future, with varying accuracy and clarity. There are characters who mostly just crank out one serious-sounding prophecy after another; however, most prophecies are quite diluted in importance as a result[[note]]There is only so much drama one can fit into a person's life![[/note]], and there is no telling which prophecies are important or even fulfilled during the timespan of the series.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' season 2, probably as a side effect of the Writers' Strike cutting the season short, had three main plots: 1. ''slowly-building storyline about a character with the uncontrolled power to produce a deadly virus and her antigen-producing brother'', 2. ''major plot about a future deadly apocalyptic virus outbreak'' and 3. ''Hiro gets set back in time to meet his ancient Japanese samurai hero''. The brother is offed by Sylar and the sister arrives in New York just in time to not be involved in destroying the virus at all, and the ancient samurai hero ends up being a foreign Immortal who tries to release the virus.
** There's also the Isaac Mendez comic of St. Joan which is supposed to be Monica. Also, a kriss bladed dagger appears in the vault at the end of Season 2. As we all know, the Monica arc doesn't go anywhere.
** Also, just about anything in the vault.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Giles the untouchable. The BigBad of Buffy's last arc could take the form of anyone who had died, but only as a non-solid illusion. There was a scene that suggested Giles may have died, and his later appearances had him never directly interacting with anything, hinting that he may be aforementioned BigBad in disguise. The characters themselves eventually pick up on this and panic, especially as Giles just went off to mentor the very group of teenage girls the BigBad has been trying to kill. When they finally catch up with him and find that he is indeed still a living, tangible person, he gets a great line about how "they thought he was evil because he ''wasn't'' touching underage girls?"
* ''{{Lost}}'':
** Locke's [[ArcWords special]] destiny is foreshadowed for about five seasons. Then he dies uselessly.
** Caesar for season five. Prior to the premiere, they ''heavily'' hyped him up with bits and pieces of information. When it airs, the hype grows as questions are asked: why is he on the plane? Why does he seem to already know about the Island? Why is hiding a gun and other items from what appears to be his lancer, Ilana (who comparatively seems boring, just some bounty hunter who escorted Sayid onto the plane)? What is his agenda? Surely he'll be a important player in the show's endgame...then he dies in the middle of a episode. He's never mentioned again, while his lancer turns out to be a important character with a personal link to Jacob and a promotion to regular for the final season
* In the pilot episode of ''{{Dollhouse}}'', Topher explains that he deliberately worsened Echo's vision in her hostage negotiator imprint hence her wearing glasses, because that was the case in one of the people the imprint was built on, and to get a a copy of such a person great in their field you need the entire package and their flaws along with their strengths (hence also giving her asthma, which comes into play later.) However this does not appear in any later episodes. The only one where a doll is given a deliberate flaw is a later episode where Echo is made blind, and this is only because her eyes are basically serving as cameras making direct vision for her impossible.
* The BigBad of season 3 of ''{{Justified}},'' [[RuthlessForeignGangsters Detroit mob enforcer Quarles,]] has a rail-mounted gun he conceals up his sleeve; multiple characters point out that, while this is handy for getting the drop on people, he'd be fucked if the mechanism were to jam. In the season finale, nothing goes wrong with the mechanism... but [[spoiler: Quarles' ''entire arm'' is lopped off with a meat cleaver.]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Amy and the Doctor getting together and/or being together off-screen seemed like this. In series 5, Amy was especially flirtatious with him, even attempted to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar have sex with him]] on her wedding night. In "Amy's Choice" she chooses her fiancÚ Rory, but it's revealed that the Doctor had been battling with his attraction to her. Eventually the couple do get married, but they keep the tension up; when kidnapped Amy keeps up a constant monologue, saying she loves a man, "even though you think it should be him," without specifying which 'him' it is, only that he has a 'stupid face'. It's Rory. Later, when Amy and her child are kidnapped, she tells the baby to look out for her father, who is TheLastOfHisKind and OlderThanHeLooks. She actually means The Last Centurion, Rory's alter-ego. Later, when the two of them have been (briefly) rescued, they beg the Doctor to tell them what's going on, because this is their baby. His response is "It's mine." He actually meant the cot.
* In the prequel season of ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'', obviously any character who appeared in the first season was not going to die. Anyone else was fair game and most of the important characters introduced that season were indeed killed. However, that wasn't the case with the champion Gannicus. He was never mentioned in the first season and anyone unfamiliar with the legend would very likely assume it was a question of when and how rather than if he was going to die. The writers exploited this by giving him some close calls, but ultimately he won his freedom and left the Ludis, then reappeared in season 3.
* We are led to believe in the "Conspiracy" episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' that we might have another encounter with the "Bluegill" aliens after Remmick sends out a transmission. Nothing ever comes of it (at least within the main canon), and what remained of the ideas regarding them were repurposed into the Borg.
* In an early episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', the cast sees a "future echo" of an aged Lister with a mechanical arm. Six series later, Lister gets his arm chopped off in an attempt to cure him of a sentient virus that had been driven into that arm, apparently fulfilling the foreshadowing... until the next episode where Lister's body is reconstructed by nanites, giving him a whole new flesh and blood arm.
* In ''HowIMetYourMother'', Future!Ted mentioned that the titular Mother was at the same St. Patrick's part he and Barney went to. Stella mentioned offhand that she went to the same party. She is not the Mother.
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[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', there was a ''lot'' of build-up with Andrew's dreams and dark consciousness that seemed to foreshadow a FaceHeelTurn, or at the very least a mutation. What happened in the end? Andrew got over it. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen This was mainly the unintentional result of Andrewnuva199 changing his plans for Andrew.]] Ironically, another Dino Attack agent from LEGO Island, Zachary, ended up fulfilling the FaceHeelTurn role.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the beginning of ''AceAttorneyInvestigations'', a shadowy figure holds up Edgeworth in his office. [[spoiler: We can't hear the voice, obviously, and Edgeworth only refers to them as 'that person', leaving open the possibility that the mysterious person might not even have been a man despite the masculine silhouette. It turns out to be Detective Badd.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', whenever Snake's name is brought up in front of the Colonel, he dodges the subject, only referring to him as "that man", eagerly accusing the terrorist of being Solid Snake as if desperate to kill even a lookalike to get some closure, and getting irrationally angry whenever anything is mentioned about Snake's competence, prowess, or heroism. However, Snake and the Colonel parted in the previous game as close friends. Raiden explicitly asks the Colonel if Snake did something terrible to him, and he doesn't give a straight answer - every implication is that Snake somehow betrayed the Colonel or hurt him on a very personal level, and [[ChekhovMIA the absence]] of Snake's love interest from the previous game, Campbell's daughter, adds to this suspicion. As personal secrets come out, TheReveal is actually that Snake [[spoiler: had nothing to do with anything]] and that [[spoiler: Raiden has been talking to a crazy AI that had been imitating the Colonel and attempting bring about a plot to control human will and consciousness]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', a game full of betrayal as is, it was heavily suggested that [[TheLancer Genis Sage]] would [[spoiler:betray the party and side with the BigBad, Mithos]]. In fact, there is one scene where he openly states that [[spoiler: If TheHero, Lloyd, and the BigBad, Mithos (who wasn't known to be the BigBad at that time) were to get in a fight, he (Genis) would side with Mithos.]] [[TheReveal When it all comes out]], Genis [[spoiler:sides with Lloyd, mainly because he knows by that point that Mithos is the BigBad.]]
** Subverted in a sense with Kratos. Most of the foreshadowing that he might be [[spoiler: Lloyd's father]] is ''heaped'' on early in the game, and if you're going into the game expecting a plot twist - which you should, it's a [[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales game,]] after all - that is most likely what you'll guess. However, when you arrive at the Tower of Salvation, it seems to be Fauxshadowing because [[spoiler: Kratos pulls a pretty blatant and unexpected FaceHeelTurn]]. So then you believe ''that's'' the plot twist, and all of the [[spoiler: father]] stuff was fauxshadowing. [[spoiler: In the end, it turns out that Kratos ''is'' Lloyd's father and the FaceHeelTurn was actually a sham, so he could go on helping Lloyd from inside Cruxius.]] [[{{Understatement}} Kratos is a complicated guy.]]
* The Creator/{{Infocom}} game ''VideoGame/{{Wishbringer}}'': Throughout the feelies and prologue, repeated mention is made of the threat of the dragon Thermofax, who doesn't play any role in the game whatsoever. Naturally, there are a number of fake-clues in the hint book about dealing with him.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' foreshadows [[spoiler:the title character's FaceHeelTurn]] for the SequelSeries ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. (Un)fortunately, because the series [[FranchiseZombie continued on after the creator's planned ending]], that plot twist never comes to be. [[spoiler: At least it succeeds in foreshadowing the Maverick Hunters' transformation into the evil Neo Arcadian regime.]]
* Similarly in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'', Sigma mentions during the final battle that he has a "partner" who hates X as well and provided him with a new body. Due to the story being nuked by ExecutiveMeddling, we never find out who this partner is and he [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse vanishes]] into the numerous other [[PlotHole plot holes]] in the following sequels. (WordOfGod claims he meant it to be Dr. Wily in some form or another).
--> '''Sigma:''' Here I am. You can challenge me at anytime. I have delightful news. I've recently acquired a new partner. He has been very supportive. He seems to have created quite a few robots. And he gave me the toughest body that you will ever see. You got here sooner than I expected, so it is not yet complete... But...it is enough to defeat you... He is an excellent partner... I believe you two know each other... In fact, he used to be a comrade of yours. He was very persistent about you... and that makes him very helpful to me. You see X, there is someone other than me...who hates you... Now feel our combined rage and die! ...But not before suffering horribly, ha ha ha! ...Goodbye, X!
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': The only surviving child born in Hope, Idaho, was taken into government custody and codenamed PARIAH. According to the few people who know about him, it would be "extraordinarily bad" if he and protagonist Alex Mercer were ever to meet one another. Fortunately, they don't.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard rescues Tali from the geth on Heastrom. Before being attacked, she was researching the planet's star. It turns out the star is dying, but is nowhere near old enough to actually be in the stage of decay it's at. Later, she hypothesizes that dark energy is decreasing the star's mass and killing it, noting that if it's not just an isolated, freak phenomenon, it could be very bad for galactic civilization. This plot point is never brought up in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''; supposedly, stopping it from becoming widespread was originally the true goal of the series' villains, but this was discarded early in the third game's development.
** [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/125213-Mass-Effect-Writer-Reveals-Discarded-Ending-Ideas Confirmed]] in June 2013.
* A [[MindScrew fairly bizarre]] scene in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' seems to imply that Link or Midna will wind up corrupted by the [[McGuffin Fused Shadows]] they spend the early parts of the game tracking down. Upon getting the final Fused Shadow, they're stolen by the villain (who's ''already'' evil, so the Fused Shadows didn't seem to do anything to him). Then the heroes get the Fused Shadows back, [[spoiler:Midna turns into a monstrosity!... for only two different scenes, and in both of them, she is completely in control, still on the side of good, and goes back to normal a few seconds later.]] After all this, the scene Lanayru presents to you seems like a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* ''BraveFencerMusashi'' has the action figures of enemies and bosses, each with voices and "attack actions" that you can often buy before encountering said enemies. Typically they serve as a heads-up to what kind of enemies you'll be facing next. [[spoiler:However, you [[TheUnfought never fight Colonel Capricolla]] and it turns out [[ReverseMole he's been helping you the entire time]]. The pistol, sound effects, and [[CallingYourAttacks battle cries]] made by his action figure are only there to keep GenreSavvy players from discovering the big twist.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* MSPaintAdventures is ''built'' on this trope... (and [[{{Troperiffic}} most of the other ones]]). The overall plot is planned ahead of time, but the actual ''details'' of the story are mostly ad-libbed, making foreshadowing difficult. The author's solution? Foreshadow ''everything,'' and decide which ones were red herrings later, shortly before the reveal.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler:After spending an entire season giving Zuko every reason to do a HeelFaceTurn, he makes the choice to stay loyal to his father instead.]] This was then doubly subverted [[spoiler:because he ''does'' do a HeelFaceTurn later.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', season 3 (you decide if this was intentional or not): An episode has Stella saying, "I hope I don't have to save Chimera", of having to save someone from her own realm to earn her Enchantix. [[TemptingFate You know what that means, right?]] Well, wrong. When Chimera and her mom and her dad come under attack at a party later, Chimera's mom takes her daughter and escapes, leaving just Stella's father for Stella to save
* ExecutiveMeddling has an example of executives putting the Faux in Fauxshadow (the ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' entry).
* The [[strike:[[UnCanceled final]]]] episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", has a scene where Fry makes a deal with the Robot Devil to replace his clumsy human hands with those of a "random" robot chosen by a giant Wheel of Fortune with the name of every robot featured in the series. The scene drops numerous blatant hints that the Robot Devil has rigged the wheel to stop at Bender's name... and when the wheel spins, [[spoiler:it moves just past it and lands on "Robot Devil".]]
** [[spoiler:To his utter shock.]]
* The last season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' seems to be building up to the resurrection of [[spoiler:Brainiac]], with LexLuthor bent on that singular goal. However, this is twisted in the second-to-last episode when [[spoiler:Darkseid, who was killed with Brainiac in the second season episode of Justice League, is accidentally revived instead. The Luthor-Brainiac plot thread dies away in the last episode (although Darkseid's new appearance led to fan speculation that he had been fused with Brainiac, WordOfGod said otherwise)]].
** There's another example earlier in the series; there are hints that Batman might join forces with Project Cadmus. As it turns out, [[AuthorsSavingThrow Cadmus was more of an authoritarian power-grab than it first seemed,]] so the foreshadowing comes to nothing: Batman stays in the League.
* Done intentionally and PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s first Christmas episode (sorry, first non denominational holiday episode). It was the first episode in which Kenny doesn't die, despite being put in several life-threatening situations.
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