What happens when a work of fiction, so old or so well-known that [[ItWasHisSled knowing its ending doesn't even count as a spoiler]], is adapted into a new installment? Mostly the adapters choose to keep the main plot points, so the twist ending will stay, and thus there will be no twist at all. But that's not the only option!

Sometimes the production team ''do'' want the viewers to be surprised, and so they will change the twist at the end. This is, of course, especially prone to leaving plot holes if the producers do not change the rest of the plot that leads to the original ending accordingly, leaving the new twist hanging over the plot as if suspended by wires. When well done, though, it can lead to genuine surprise, a satisfying new resolution, and an excellent application of DeathOfTheAuthor, in other words, ''awesomeness.''

As a clarification, this Trope deals with Adaptations and {{Alternate Continuit|y}}ies; de-twisted sequels fall under MetaTwist. Also, if the plot twist was added by [[AdaptationDisplacement a more successful adaptation]] and removed by a later adaptation/reboot, the later adaption/reboot counts here since the audience was expecting the earlier imitation; the original, however, would ''not'' count and ''that'' instance should be taken to LostInImitation.

Sub trope of MetaTwist, contrast with ItWasHisSled, the trope that leads to this. If a TwistEnding overlaps, see AdaptationalAlternateEnding.

'''''Note:''''' This is a SpoileredRotten trope, that means that '''EVERY SINGLE EXAMPLE''' on this list is a spoiler by default and most of them will be unmarked. [[YouHaveBeenWarned This is your last warning]], only proceed if you really believe you can handle this list. In fact, these spoilers are even more dangerous than the usual variety, since it's impossible to not spoil the twist ending from the moment the name of the work is stated if you're familiar with the original, as well as spoil yourself on ''both'' versions if you aren't.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ComicBookAdaptation of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie First'' appeared to be an AllThereInTheManual affair for the first season (For those who don't know, ''TheMovie First'' is a remake of that season), much like the ''A's'' and ''[=StrikerS=]'' comics that came before it. Indeed, this seemed to be the case until it reached the series proper in Chapter 5, where it gave a summary of the first Season, [[spoiler:except that in place of Nanoha successfully befriending Fate and the two of them joining forces to stop Precia like everyone was expecting, Bardiche is destroyed, Fate never comes out of her comatose state for the final battle, Precia dies without giving Fate any sense of closure, and our last shot is of Nanoha crying about how she wasn't able to save Fate in the end]], quickly revealing how this manga was actually another alternate retelling of the first season. [[spoiler:Nanoha ultimately succeeds in befriending Fate after a sparring battle later on.]]
* People who have read the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga may be surprised when watching the [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Toei anime]], where some stories were given twists that weren't in the manga. For example, during the Burger World episode, the villain wasn't the robber, but rather the manager of the store. In the Tamagotchi episode, the villain wasn't Kujirada, but rather an inconspicuous classmate who liked to keep people as pets, complete with whipping as a punishment and questionable rewards.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', during End of Evangelion specifically, [[spoiler:Shinji has basically given up all will to do anything, and passively sits next to Unit 01. Meanwhile, Asuka is fighting for her life above against the mass produced Evas, and the power on her Eva is running out. Shinji finally does board his Eva to save Asuka after it moves on its own to save him from falling debris. However, by the time he reaches the surface, Asuka's Eva, and by extension Asuka, has been torn to pieces. [[FromBadToWorse Needless to say, this does nothing for Shinji's sanity.]]]] In the manga however, [[spoiler:Shinji is much more willing to jump into Unit 01 to save Asuka, and due to this he manages to arrive just in time to save Asuka from getting brutally murdered. Instrumentality still occurs, but...]]
** As said above, [[spoiler:Instrumentality still occurs, but perhaps due to the difference between Shinji's personality between the anime and manga (namely that he actually wants to protect the people in his life instead of feeling betrayed by them and having a proper spine), the ending is very different. In the anime, it ends with the iconic scene on a beach where the ocean is blood red, half of Rei's gigantic head is sticking out of the ocean, and Shinji attempts to strangle Asuka before breaking down into tears. The manga however ends with some sort of world reboot where it is snowing, there are apparently no angels, and Shinji just arrives at the city, meeting Asuka for the first time.]]
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' initially follows its predecessor material faithfully, which makes the later changes all the more surprising.
** One example is that [[spoiler: Toji is not piloting Unit-03]]. This is ''also'' toyed with in that [[spoiler: Toji's replacement Asuka does not get majorly crippled or die in his place, as she is present in 3.33 with only an eye missing.]]
** Perhaps the greatest example is that [[spoiler:instead of unit 01 absorbing Shinji into itself and killing Zeruel monkey-style before shutting down, Shinji ''takes control'' of Unit 01 at its full berserk power, forcibly yanks Rei's soul out of Zeruel, and proceeds to ascend to godhood and nearly kickstart Third Impact before Kaworu stops him]]. Needless to say, some people were a bit surprised at these developments, which officially begin the point where ''Rebuild'' splits from the original events entirely.
** In the "elevator scene" Rei acts assertively and stops Asuka from slapping her in ''Rebuild''.
* Each version of ''Sands of Destruction'' is an AlternateContinuity, which makes for plenty of surprises no matter what order you watch/play/read them in. The [[Anime/SandsOfDestruction anime]] hides the fact that Kyrie is a PersonOfMassDestruction until the final episode, making him an AmnesiacHero (of sorts). The game[[note]]game-specific examples are in the game folder[[/note]] and [[Manga/SandsOfDestruction manga]] ''open'' with this fact. EverybodyLives in the anime, barring the death of [[spoiler:Aquilla Rex and a couple of his mooks]] in the last episode, while in the manga, [[spoiler:Naja]] almost dies and [[spoiler:Morte]] ''does''. [[spoiler:But she's revived in the last chapter.]] [[spoiler:Kyrie]] is also SparedByTheAdaptation in both of these. The exact identity of the main characters varies, too. Kyrie is always the Destruct, but in the anime that means [[spoiler:he's been alive in his current body for millennia, and he will end the world if someone in it truly wishes him to]], whereas in the manga he's still an amnesiac but what he's forgotten this time is that [[spoiler:he's one of two angels who make up the Destruct system, and he's reincarnated every thousand years in order to destroy the world so that it can be reborn fresh and new]]. In the anime, Morte is just a random girl who happens to ''really'' want to end the world [[spoiler:because her family was killed by Ferals and she believes she has nothing to live for and anyone who thinks the world is worth saving is deluding themselves]], but in the manga she's [[spoiler:the Planner, Princess of Guidance who incarnates every thousand years in order to determine the qualities of the next world after Kyrie destroys it. Yes, she royally screwed up this last time; that's why she's so eager to see the world end: so she can fix it]]. Agan is also merely a random smuggler in the anime, rather than being Morte's ChildhoodFriend as he is in the game and manga. The anime also features a small black ball called the Destruct Code, which makes no appearances in any other adaptation.[[note]]aside from a single picture in the manga, but this is more "official fanart" decorating the ''tankobon'' than any part of the plot[[/note]] This sphere is actually [[spoiler:a memory storage device for Kyrie, which not only allows him to recall the millennia of his life, but also to show his memories to anyone he chooses]]. Rhi'a loses her guns in the manga, becoming a largely-NeutralFemale rather than TheGunslinger. The manga also cuts many side characters, preferring to focus on the leads.
* The big turning point in ''Manga/{{Fuuka}}'' is when [[spoiler:Fuuka herself gets run over by a truck and dies,]] leading the second half of the story to be about the band struggling to cope with [[spoiler:her death]] and their life with a new bandmate, [[spoiler:''also'' named Fuuka.]] When the adaptation came, many expected the last episode to play out as it did before, but [[spoiler:Fuuka is saved, continues to play with the band, and finally upgrades her relationship with Yuu.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'', Spider-Man's archnemesis, the Green Goblin, tossed Spidey's first love off a bridge in [[ILetGwenStacyDie one of comics' most iconic moments]]. It was a huge twist when the comic was published (never before had a superhero let someone die, [[DeathByOriginStory except in an origin story]]) and shocked many readers. Since then, however, whenever Gwen Stacy is present, it's become more shocking ''not'' have the Green Goblin kill Gwen Stacy.
** The most straight example of this is in the mini-series ''Comicbook/{{Powerless}}'', which re-imagines, among others, Peter Parker becoming a cripple due to the spider-bite, rather than getting superpowers. When Norman Osborn kidnaps Gwen Stacy, they both fall off a balcony, [[spoiler:but Peter manages to catch Gwen Stacy, saving her]].
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', instead of throwing Gwen Stacy off a bridge, the Green Goblin throws ''Mary Jane'', [[spoiler: and she ends up surviving]]. On the other hand, Gwen Stacy is killed by [[spoiler: Carnage]] instead. But then, [[spoiler: Gwen's memories and personality were absorbed by Carnage which wasn't sentient before, resulting in Carnage essentially becoming Gwen, making her technically alive]].
** Played straight or averted in ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', depending whether or not you consider the spin-off, ''Spider-Man: 1602'', canon. Virginia Dare is said to fill the role of Gwen Stacy, and she survives in the original mini-series, and it's heavily implied she and Peter end up together. In the spin-off, however, not only is she [[spoiler: killed by Osborne]], but Peter very quickly gets over her to get together with [[HeroesWantRedHeads Marian Jane Watsonne]], effectively restoring the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]] that the original mini-series worked to avoid.
** Also played straight with ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'', in which Gwen Stacy is present, but her death is never explored.
* As with the Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, the new continuity created by Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}} went out of its way to change things up in the DCU.
* A sort of double subversion occurs with the new version of the [[MirrorUniverse Crime Syndicate]]. In previous continuity, most of the evil counterparts of the Justice League had radically different backstories than their main counterparts. For instance, Ultraman (the evil Superman) was an astronaut who was experimented on by aliens, and Johnny Quick (the evil Flash) gets his powers from drugs. In the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}, the Crime Syndicate members' backstories are dark, twisted parodies of the main heroes of the DCU. Not only is this a subversion, but it's also an inversion since their backstories are now much closer to the pre-Crisis CSA.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Readers of the original E.C. Segar ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} comics will be surprised to find out that not only was Bluto a minor oneshot villain in a 1932 story (as opposed to his recurring nemesis in the animated cartoons), but that Popeye did not use his spinach to defeat him, settling for the Twisker Punch instead.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': It was foreshadowed repeatedly that the pilot of Unit-03 would not be Toji this time around. Confirmed when it was revealed that [[spoiler:Hikari Horaki had been selected as the Fourth Child.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' inspired an [[TheAbridgedSeries abridged series]] by the name of ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft.'' For the most part, the episodes have more or less started and ended the same way as their counterparts in the actual show. Along comes Foaly Matripony, a parody of the Season 2 finale "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding]]." Instead of a changeling queen, Princess Cadence Notevil Goodpony really was a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin not-evil good pony]], all the business with the changelings was completely skipped, and Twilight's had a crush on her brother since day one. Oh yeah, and at the end, Twilight leaves Cadence to die so she can marry Shining Armor. [[RunningGag They're not]] [[NotBloodSiblings biologically related]], [[BrotherSisterIncest so it's okay!]]
* The premise of ''FanFic/ComingHome'' in that [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 James Sunderland]] [[spoiler: didn't kill his wife and Mary dies of her terminal disease.]] Unfortunately Silent Hill still wants him.
* In ''VideoGame/PonyFantasyVI'', a romhack of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' [[FusionFic featuring]] the cast of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Fluttershy stands in for Shadow, and during the game's ending, shoos her dog Angel away while opting to [[DrivenToSuicide stay in Discord's tower as the place collapses]]. [[spoiler: This time, however, [=Rainbow Dash=]/Setzer will have none of it and drags her to safety]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'' being a FanRemake of ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'', you might expect that [[spoiler: psionics and energy weapons are your endgame tools.]] Nope! [[spoiler:Humanity has no psionic potential and aliens highly resistant to energy weapons come into play.]] You have to take a different path and hope you can go far enough before it's too late.
* A few cases in ''Fanfic/NecessaryToWin''
** In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', while spending time in town after their practice match against St. Gloriana, the girls run into Hana's mother, who disowns her after finding out that she's been doing tankery. Here, the girls just miss Hana's mother, although she finds out later.
** Several canon matchups are different. [[spoiler:Anzio loses to Oarai in the first round, rather than the second. St. Gloriana, rather than losing to Black Forest in the semifinals, loses to Oarai in the second round. Pravda makes it to the semifinals, but loses to Black Forest rather than Oarai; Oarai's semifinals opponent is Saunders instead]].
** During the semifinals, [[spoiler:an incident similar to Rabbit Team stalling in the river happens (but to Octopus Team), and at that point, Momo is forced to reveal that Oarai is at risk of shutting down unless it wins the tournament]]. In the finals, [[spoiler:Rabbit Team makes it across the river, but loses a tread and has to stay behind]].
** During the finals, [[spoiler:Rabbit and Duck Team are eliminated early on, while the Maus quickly defeats Leopon and Turtle Team, forcing a change of tactics later in the battle.]]
* Madame Macabre inverted this with her song based off the Pianist - she added a twist where [[spoiler: The titular pianist sides with the demon and they, to quote a commenter, become the demonic version of team rocket]]
* ''Fanfic/CorrinReacts'' seems to begin with the same beginning other ''[[Fanfic/TheReactsverse Reactsverse]]'' fics do, even starting with the same structure that ''Fanfic/LucinaReacts'' started off with in the first chapter. [[spoiler: Then Corrin is revealed as the resident prankster, with the story proceeding as a PerspectiveFlip from the Antic Order's perspective.]]
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11579883/1/The-Legend-of-Middleton-Hollow A version]] of ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'' features characters from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' in the main roles, with Kim as Katrina, Ron playing the role of Ichabod Crane and [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama Erik]] taking the place of [[TheRival Brom Bones]]. During the story's climax where Ron was to have the infamous ChaseScene with the Headless Horseman, [[spoiler:he ends up getting lost in the woods and the horseman (whose identity is not ambiguous in this instant and [[RealAfterAll is confirmed to be an actual ghost]]) ends up chasing Erik. Ron, meanwhile, gets out of the woods alive and ends up with Kim]].
* The GenderFlip ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic ''Fanfic/WeasleyGirl'' has Snape [[spoiler:resigning from his position as Potions master. References are made to a "replacement Potions teacher," which the reader assumes will be Horace Slughorn -- but it's actually Nicolas Flamel, who in this alternate universe has chosen to stay alive for a while longer.]]
* ''FanFic/WarOfTheBiju'': [[spoiler:Tobi is ''not'' Obito Uchiha ''or'' Madara Uchiha. The story even has Kabuto use Edo Tensei to revive an artificially aged up Obito to fight Kakashi to confirm it]].
* In the Manga/AxisPowersHetalia fanfic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7061881/1/Promise Promise]]" One goes through the story thinking it's another Prussia Death Fic, but at the end [[spoiler:It's revealed that Germany was the one who died.]]
* ''FanFic/ToHellAndBackArrowverse'': Thea is ''not'' the biological child of Malcolm Merlyn. [[spoiler:''Oliver'' is]].

* The Mark Wahlberg [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 remake]] of ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' changes the twist ending. [[spoiler:Instead of discovering that he is on a future Earth, the main character was in fact on an alien planet but returns to present-day Earth to find history has been remade by the apes, with the apes ruling over society and General Thade replacing Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.]] Which is, in fact, closer to the original book's ending.
* ''Film/MySistersKeeper'' makes major changes to the book it is based on, actually changing the ending so that [[spoiler: Kate dies instead of Anna.]] This seems to work better for the movie, though, as while the book focuses on the moral and legal ramifications of obligating a child to donate organs to a sibling, the movie focuses on how the family deals with pain and loss, which would not work as well with the original TwistEnding.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' changes the ending of ''World War II itself'', having Shoshanna and the Basterds [[spoiler:succeed in assassinating all of the top Nazi officials, including Hitler himself.]] Subtly lampshaded with this WhamLine from [[FauxAffablyEvil Hans Landa]]: "So, gentlemen, what shall the history books read?"
* The ''Film/DeathNoteSeries'' loosely follows the structure of the first arc of the ''Manga/DeathNote'' manga, though many important plot details are changed and some are combined with the second arc. The arc's climactic scene, in which [[spoiler: Light manipulates Rem into killing L with her Death Note]], first diverges when [[spoiler: Light writes his father's name to make him hand over the task force's Death Note]] and then changes completely when [[spoiler: L re-emerges alive and well, Light and Misa are arrested by the task force, Light's Note is revealed to be a fake, and Ryuk writes Light's name in his Note after he decides there is no more fun to be had]]. After this clears up, [[spoiler: L dies peacefully three weeks later, as he had written his own name in the Death Note; since his name was already written, he could not be killed by any other notebook]].
** Because of this, [[Film/LChangeTheWorld a third movie]] is made entirely about [[spoiler:L's character]] stopping a completely DIFFERENT group of criminals [[spoiler: during the last weeks of his life]].
* Subversion of this in the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/SpeedRacer''. Near the end of the movie, Speed suspects that Racer X is his long-lost brother, and asks him to take off his mask. This qualifies because it turns out [[spoiler:he looks completely different from the Rex Racer we saw earlier in the film.]] Subverted at the end when we find out [[spoiler:it really ''is'' Rex after all, he's simply undergone [[MagicPlasticSurgery extensive reconstructive surgery]] and won't tell his family to protect them.]]
* The remake of ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' changed the post-office ending.
* ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D'' changes the final revelation of the killer's identity.
* ''Film/{{Screamers}}'', which was based on "Second Variety" by Dick, [[spoiler: retains the original surprise ending that the woman the hero met and bonded with is one of the robot decoys, but changes it so she has broken her programming and isn't out to kill humans. It further departs from the original ending by having her "dying" and putting the hero safely on the shuttle to Earth in a happy Hollywood ending...until it reveals that the teddy bear the hero kept as a souvenir is another deadly robot decoy. The direct-to-video sequel briefly mentions the first film's protagonist choosing to destroy his ship rather than allow the teddy bear to get to Earth, although it's difficult to imagine a single killer robot being able to wipe out the human race without the means to make more of itself]].
* The [[Film/TheTurkishGambit film adaptation]] of ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin The Turkish Gambit]]'' changes the SecretIdentity of Anwar, the Turkish spy in the Russian camp.
* The [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle false end]] of the Creator/TimBurton adaptation of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' uses this to great effect. When Charlie asks if his parents can come with him to live in the factory, Wonka responds:
--> "My dear boy, of course you can[[spoiler:'t! ... You can't run a chocolate factory with a family hanging over you like an old, dead goose!]]"
** And then [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope he changes his mind and lets them move to the factory just like in the book]] after Charlie helps him reconcile with his father.]]
** And then [[spoiler:they never end up flying out in the elevator. This is justified because Dahl's will prohibits anyone making ''Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator'' into a movie, so there was no point in a SequelHook.]]
* In the original ''Series/LandOfTheLost'', Enick is a good, monk-like person, helping the heroes as much as he can. In [[Film/LandOfTheLost the movie]], [[spoiler:he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity BigBad who plans on using the portal to Earth to overrun it with Sleestaks.]]
* In the Savini remake of ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1990'', Barbara survives and turns into an ActionGirl. Not only that, but [[spoiler: the black hero who steps out of the farmhouse at the end does so as a zombie, which she and the rednecks kill. Then the film's ''{{Jerkass}}'' emerges, having survived by locking everyone else out of the cellar, to greet Barbara with relief that he's alive ... and she shoots him dead, then calls to the rednecks that there's "another one for the fire".]]
* Used brilliantly in ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'':
** In the first book, Violet avoids [[spoiler:marriage by signing the marriage contract with the wrong hand.]] The movie resolves the plot differently than in the book, and when that moment comes up [[spoiler:Olaf insists on her using the correct hand to sign]].
** The movie consisted of the first three books squashed together, so the ending of each individual story was changed. [[spoiler: The segment taken from ''The Bad Beginning'' ends with the children taken from Olaf's care after he tries to leave them trapped in a car about to be hit by a train, and Mr. Poe chastises him for letting [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Sunny sit in the driver's seat]]. The rest of the plot of the first book is stuck at the end, after the plots of the second and third book are gone through. The segment that was taken from ''The Reptile Room'' did not end with Klaus proving that the death of Uncle Monty did not match up with what Olaf claimed (that a snake bit him), and Sunny biting off the Hook-handed Man's fake hands, revealing his identity. Instead, Uncle Monty's death is blamed on the Incredibly Dangerous Viper, and Sunny proves the story false by going over and showing that the viper is perfectly harmless towards her. The segment taken from ''The Wide Window'' ends with Count Olaf saving the children without his Captain Sham disguise, leading Mr. Poe to mistakenly believe he has their best interests at heart and put them back in his care.]]
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': The 1951 film version still ends with Blanche being committed, but Stella decides to leave Stanley and take the baby with her. This change was done less to surprise the audience with a new ending and more to conform to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, which dictated all immoral acts (Stanley's rape of Blanche) must be somehow punished.
* The ''Odyssey''-inspired ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'':
** From the moment John Goodman's "cyclops" appears on screen, one expects him to get a skewer in the eye. He doesn't, stopping a Confederate flag from impaling him inches from his face. But then, [[spoiler:the twist is immediately untwisted when Everett cuts the wire holding up the Klan's burning cross and it falls directly onto Big Dan's face, no doubt taking his other eye.]]
* ''Film/TheFly1986'': The [[Film/TheFly1958 original 1958 film]] has the scientist and the fly switching heads in the matter transporter. The Creator/DavidCronenberg film features [[spoiler:the scientist stepping out of the transporter completely unharmed. However, it turns out the fly's DNA merged with his own, and as his cells divide over the next few weeks, his body gradually mutates into a grotesque hybrid.]]
* In contrast to the original classic, Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of ''{{Film/Nosferatu}}'' features a [[spoiler:vampirized Jonathan Harker]] at the end of the film, who had earlier been subject to the predations of Count Dracula. Interestingly, this fate befalls no one else in the film, all of whom just die if they were drained by Dracula (or otherwise expire from ThePlague he brought along with him). Likewise, [[spoiler:Harker]] can [[OurVampiresAreDifferent apparently survive openly in broad daylight]], whereas the sunlight was shown to kill Dracula outright (though possibly not permanently, as speculated by Van Helsing), even as [[spoiler:Harker]] shares Dracula's aversions to religious items.
* ''Film/TromeoAndJuliet'': Not only do Tromeo and Juliet ''not die'', they discover they're actually [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]], but then decide to get married anyway, and raise a family of mutant children. (Of course, the ''original'' ending has them run off and get married, then kill themselves in a motel room.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'', the two eponymous garden gnomes manage to survive and the feud between the red and blue gnomes ends peacefully, with Gnomeo and Juliet getting a HappilyEverAfter.
* ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' is an updated version of ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac,'' with Steve Martin in the Cyrano role. [[spoiler: He doesn't die and gets the girl.]]
* The RecursiveAdaptation of ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' (the film of the musical) has, among other changes, [[spoiler: Tracy hidden in the giant hairspray can, Velma losing her job, and Little Inez winning the pageant]]. Of course, much of the stage version's Act 2 was modified and swapped around to facilitate some of the changes, but the third one is a true example.
** From the original to the musical, Amber [[spoiler: performs a HeelFaceTurn at the last moment, accepts defeat gracefully and gets to dance in the finale, unlike her mother.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' plays with this trope: the Fox's Feast which the [[Literature/FantasticMrFox original book]] ended on happens around the 2/3 mark, [[spoiler: and is rudely interrupted when [[BigBad Bean]] floods the tunnels with apple cider]]. However, the ''actual'' ending is much the same: the animals toast to their survival while Boggis, Bunce and Bean are left standing around a hole waiting for Mr. Fox to come out ([[OffscreenInertia which he never will,]] since he's so thoroughly outsmarted the farmers that the animals are now all living quite happily off of food stolen from them).
* Almost all of the film adaptations of Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' use a different ending from the book; the killer's identity is usually left unchanged, but their [[ThePerfectCrime Perfect Crime]] doesn't go as perfectly as it does in the book with [[spoiler:Vera and Lombard surviving]]. The only adaptations that retain the book's original ending are the 1987 Soviet film and the 2015 BBC miniseries.
* In the remake of ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', [[spoiler:Lawrence is not killed by his father, nor does it turn out that Malevra's son is the one who bit him. Instead, his father is the werewolf that killed Lawrence's brother and bit him. The film ends with Lawrence, as a werewolf, killing his transformed father and in turn being shot by Gwen. This leads to a SequelHook where we see that the police officer investigating the entire situation had also been bitten.]]
* Creator/RogerEbert joked about this trope in his review of the last ''Film/HarryPotter'' film: "I dare not reveal a single crucial detail about the story itself, lest I offend the Spoiler Police, who have been on my case lately. Besides, you never know. Maybe they've completely rewritten Creator/JKRowling[='s=] final book in the series. Maybe Harry dies, Voldemort is triumphant, and evil reigns."
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}:'' Yes, [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] is still the BigBad. Yes, he still [[spoiler:kills millions and thus succeeds at uniting mankind against a fictitious common enemy]]. The twist is that, in the film, he [[spoiler:frames Dr. Manhattan for the destruction instead of teleporting a squid-thing into NYC]].
* In ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', just when you think [[spoiler: Langdon won't be able to save the drowning bishop who's been weighted down in the fountain and dies in the book, a group of passers-by jump in and help lift him out of the water.]] Of course, the [[spoiler: villain is still the same character, and he still gets caught. But the RedHerring doesn't win the papal election as he does in the book - this honor goes to the bishop who was saved from the fountain and who was originally a frontrunner in the election, anyway.]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', a loose adaptation of the ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}'' story arc from the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, Bruce Wayne doesn't wind up paralyzed, and the BigBad is ultimately revealed to be [[spoiler: Talia al-Ghul]] rather than Bane. For bonus points, [[spoiler: they manage to throw off fans of the comics by giving Talia Bane's origin story. It isn't until TheReveal towards the end that we realize that "The Child" born and raised in that hellish prison was actually Talia, not Bane]].
** This is actually {{foreshadow|ing}}ed earlier in the film: when confronting Batman, Bane says that [[spoiler: "I didn't see the light until I was already a '''man'''," meaning he couldn't have escaped as a child.]]
** Earlier, in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', both Harvey Dent and Sal Maroni appear, and it looks like we will see Two-Face's origin the way it was in the comics, with Maroni throwing acid in Dent's face. However, [[spoiler:that doesn't happen, and Harvey becomes Two-Face in an explosion set-up by Joker instead.]]
* Inverted in the now-[[MissingEpisode lost]] German Expressionist film ''The Janus Head'', starring Conrad Veidt. The TwistEnding is that the movie is actually an adaptation of [[spoiler: ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'']]. The twist ending is the same as in the source material, but nobody in the original audience realized this because all the names had been changed and because of [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame general ignorance of everything except the twist]] of the original story.
* Played with in the case of the DL-6 Incident in ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. The confrontation takes place in the evidence room, and [[spoiler:almost]] everyone involved believed that Gregory Edgeworth was trying to destroy von Karma's key evidence (a handgun, which was later used to [[spoiler:shoot von Karma and kill Gregory]]). Because the movie did not include Gregory revealing of von Karma's use of fraudulent evidence during the case (as he did in the game), [[spoiler:von Karma has no motive to kill Gregory]], which is brought up in the final case. [[spoiler:Phoenix manages to turn it all around and prove that von Karma ''did'' have a motive - the gun was forged evidence, Gregory was in the process of figuring this out, and Phoenix is able to prove it in front of the entire courtroom.]]
* The remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'' whilst obviously differing significantly from the original still manages to use this, with the heart attack now being part of the plan.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': The moment Khan is revealed, viewers that saw ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' are likely to jump to the conclusion that [[spoiler:Spock will pull a HeroicSacrifice again by fixing the Warp Core, complete with his FamousLastWords being mentioned early on as foreshadowing. Nope, it's switched up: Kirk does the sacrifice and Spock watches him "[[OnlyMostlyDead die]]" through the radiation door]]. This also serves as a MetaTwist for those who were expecting a completely different resolution [[spoiler:due to the first movie in this new continuity implying that the previous continuity no longer applied]].
* In the book of ''Literature/AvalonHigh'', the {{Love Interest|s}} Will is revealed to be the reincarnation of King Arthur, and the protagonist, Ellie, is assumed to be the reincarnation of Elaine (as in Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott"), due to her name and her addiction to floating in the family pool. [[spoiler:In fact, she's the Lady of the Lake, and thus [[SpannerInTheWorks far more important in the story]] than anyone guessed.]] In the movie the Protagonist's name is changed to Allie, and ''she'' is the reincarnation of King Arthur instead(which was a ForegoneConclusion considering her name was Allie Pennington).
* Creator/RogerCorman's ''The Raven'' opens with Dr. Craven in his study, reciting or paraphrasing lines from [[Literature/TheRaven a certain poem]] and more or less following its arc as he does so. Until...
-->'''Craven''': Are you some dark-winged messenger from beyond? Answer me, monster, tell me truly! Shall I ever hold again the radiant maiden whom the angels call Lenore?
-->'''[[BalefulPolymorph Raven]]''': How the hell should I know? What do I look like, a fortune teller? Ooh! I'm chilled to the bone - why don't you get me some wine?
* The film of ''Film/BloodAndChocolate'' ends with Vivian not getting stuck as a human-wolf creature and instead defeating the bad guy and everyone living happily ever after.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** In ''Comicbook/XMen'''s ''Comicbook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'', Wolverine managed to open his way to Jean, and she accepted her fate and requested him to kill her. But he goes back at the last moment: he loves her, he can't bring himself to kill her. Same thing on [[WesternAnimation/XMen the animated series]]. Same context in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''... [[WouldHitAGirl completely opposite outcome]].
** The original ''Film/XMen1'' is a loose adaptation of the famous "ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast" story from the comics (though with the elements of {{time travel}} AdaptedOut), about the Brotherhood of Mutants targeting Senator Robert Kelly to stop him from passing a [[SuperRegistrationAct Mutant Registration Act]]. But instead of the X-Men saving Kelly, [[spoiler: [[DeathByAdaptation he dies after being used as a test subject by Magneto]]]] and [[spoiler: Mystique uses her shapeshifting powers to steal his identity]]. It also turns out that they just want to use him as a guinea pig for their ''real'' plan, which is to [[spoiler:turn a gathering of world leaders into Mutants]].
* ''Film/EvilDead2013'': The biggest twist of the original ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'' was that Sheryl - the withdrawn artist set up as the movie's FinalGirl - was actually the first to go, with the only survivor being her jockish, doofy brother Ash (who becomes a total badass in the sequel). The remake seems at first to be going in the same direction, but after a fair bit of flirting over which character is going to be the movie's Ash equivalent ([[spoiler: one girl even cuts off her own [[DemonicPossession demonically-possessed]] hand, just as Ash did in the second film, while a male character is simply given Ash's exact character relationships within the story]]), ultimately reveals that the Ash equivalent is [[spoiler: [[CompositeCharacter also the Sheryl equivalent]], because although she's the first to get possessed, and it's explicitly shown that victims can only exorcised via one of three gruesome forms of death, her brother unexpectedly manages to kill her ''and'' resuscitate her in such a way that the demonic influence is purged. Thus, after the original subverts the FinalGirl trope, the remake [[PlayingWithATrope double-subverts it.]]]]
* In the live-action version of ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' (''Star Blazers''), the nature of the Gamilons, Iskandar, their relationship to each other, and the Cosmo DNA, are all radically altered.
* The twist in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' was that [[spoiler:Lady Tremaine breaks the glass slipper (seemingly preventing Cinderella from trying it on) only for Cinderella to reveal that she has the ''other'' slipper - confirming her to be the right girl]]. In ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' however [[spoiler:Lady Tremaine finds the slipper in her belongings and breaks it, and Ella ends up trying on the one the Prince still has (although he recognized her anyway). The prince is also present when Ella tries the slipper on]].
* Disney's original ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook Jungle Book]]'' film ended with [[spoiler:Mowgli leaving the jungle to live in a human village]]. The [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 live-action 2016 remake]] plays with this quite a bit: [[spoiler:Mowgli actually comes within sight of the village halfway through the film but is persuaded by Baloo to stay with him instead. When he does enter it later in the film, it's only to get fire to fight Shere Khan with, and the film ends with him happily living in the jungle with his animal friends and no further mention being made of the village]].
* ''Film/{{Pan}}'', which tries to tell the origin story of the Peter Pan lore, depicts Captain Hook as Peter's closest friend and ally. One would expect that he'd pull a FaceHeelTurn over the course of the film, but no such thing happened, and he never became the villain people would know him as. More cynical people guessed that it was being saved as a SequelHook.
* For years of his comic book existence, [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] maintained the [[SecretIdentity ruse]] that Iron Man was his bodyguard, using a suit provided to him by Tony's company. At the end of [[Film/IronMan the movie adaptation,]] this is the cover story Tony has been provided to use at a press conference set up to deal with the Iron Monger incident, but [[spoiler:Tony decides to go off script and end the movie with the bold declaration "I am Iron Man" (cue the Music/BlackSabbath)]].
* In addition to adapting [[ComicBook/CivilWar its namesake story]], one of the major influences of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' was part of its aftermath, ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfCaptainAmerica''. Despite that, Steve Rogers himself doesn't die in the film, [[spoiler:but he does give up his identity as Captain America.]]
* ''Film/WarCraft2016'' changes several plot points from the original game's plot:
** While Garona kills Llane like she did in the game, she does that because he orders her to do it so that she may forge peace between two species, and not because of Gul'dan's order.
** Lothar, rather than Orgrim, kills Blackhand.
** Stormwind is still standing, while in the game, it ended up ruined.
** Khadgar doesn't get magically aged from fighting Medivh.
** Durotan is killed, rather than by Gul'dan's assassins, by Gul'dan himself in a [[DuelToTheDeath mak'gora]].
** Huamns have access to dwarven guns two wars early.
** The entirety of Mannoroth's blood subplot is removed (the orc chieftains were thought to have been possessed into drinking Mannoroth's demonic blood, enslaving them, [[VideoGame/WarcraftIII until Grom reveals]] [[spoiler: the chieftains went along knowingly, later killing Mannoroth in a HeroicSacrifice)]].
* The ending of ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', a direct sequel to ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', leads directly into the famous moment from the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' comic book storyline where Tony Stark offers to give Peter an enhanced suit and a spot in the Avengers in exchange for [[TheReveal revealing his identity to a group of news reporters]]. But unlike in ''Civil War'', Peter turns down his offer, preferring to stay at street-level and keep his identity secret. This thoroughly flusters Stark, who has to come up with a ''different'' dramatic announcement to give to the assembled news reporters.
* ''Film/DeathNote2017'':
** The biggest is [[spoiler:both Light and L managing to survive the events of the movie, though ending with a cliffhanger where the latter has a piece of the Death Note and is tempted to kill the former with it.]]
** Kira does not use heart attacks as his signature move in this version, identifying himself by [[spoiler:telling his victims to say the name Kira]]. More explicitly, Mia [[spoiler:writes that Light's heart will stop, implying that he will have a heart attack like his manga counterpart, but he actually falls off a Ferris wheel and survives]].
** [[spoiler:Unlike in the Japanese versions, Light is not the one to kill all the FBI agents investigating Kira. It is Mia who does it, without his knowledge, and in a manner fairly similar to how Light did it in the original.]]
** [[spoiler:Much like in the original, Light's name ends up being written in the Death Note. Unlike the original, it's not Ryuk who writes his name, but Mia. More crucially, unlike the original, Light survives, due to a loophole that was added specifically for this adaptation - that if the page someone's name is written on is burnt before the time of death, then that person won't die.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamByGaslight''. The murderer in the [[ComicBook/GothamByGaslight original comic]]? Won't be too much of a spoiler to say he's barely in the movie.
* The past sequence of ''Film/Ebenezer1998'', an update of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', starts out similarly to the book and many adaptations. Scrooge was a promising business student as a young man, but instead of being called home for the holidays, the collapse of his father's business causes him to be yanked out of his schooling prematurely, and he becomes a ruthless gambler and gunslinger instead. Also, Scrooge does marry his lost love, but it's only to get her father's money and land, and she leaves him when her father dies because of the scheme.
* In ''Film/TallTale'', John Henry actually '''loses''' his legendary contest with the steel-driving machine, though at the end he mentions looking into a rematch.[[note]] Granted: in the original folk ballad, Henry pushed himself so hard that he ''[[HeroicRROD died]]'' immediately after winning the contest, so he wouldn't have had much of a role in the movie if it had been 100% faithful to the song.[[/note]]
* ''Film/Deadpool2'' has this as its premise. Instead of the familiar scenario of ComicBook/{{Cable}} founding and leading ComicBook/XForce, with ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} as one of their first adversaries, ''Deadpool'' is the founder and leader of X-Force, and ''Cable'' is [[AdaptationalVillainy their first adversary]]. Relatedly: one of Cable's biggest story arcs in the comics involves him [[PapaWolf protecting]] a powerful mutant child in the "Messiah Complex" storyline and its aftermath; the film has him trying to ''[[WouldHurtAChild kill]]'' a powerful mutant child, with Deadpool and co. setting out to stop him.

* ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' gets this a lot.
** The earliest versions of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' have a subplot in which Beauty is torn between her growing connection with the Beast and an attractive prince who appears in her dreams begging for help; most modern adaptations skip it, because everyone knows the ending and can easily foresee the revelation that the dream prince ''is'' the Beast. Creator/UrsulaVernon's novel ''Bryony and Roses'' puts it back in, but [[spoiler:the attractive young man in the dreams isn't the Beast -- it's the novel's equivalent of the witch who cursed him, trying to distract Bryony so she won't break the curse]].
** Some modern retellings of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', such as ''Literature/RoseDaughter'', ''don't'' have the Beast change back to a handsome prince at the end to avoid the UnfortunateImplications of a tale about looking past appearances ending with both of its main characters having conventionally beautiful appearances and instead have Beauty accept him for who he is with no change in his appearance needed.
** ''The Tale of the Rose'' by Emma Donoghue is a TwiceToldTale of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' with a Beast who constantly wears a mask around Beauty. When the Beast confesses to Beauty that he's no man underneath the mask, Beauty assumes that he means that his appearance isn't human. [[spoiler:However, when Beauty removes the Beast's mask, she learns that the Beast meant "not ''male''" and is actually a perfectly normal-looking woman who secluded herself not because of her appearance but because of society's attitude towards lesbians.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Done In-Universe by [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' to "The Little Match Girl"... and it is [[TearJerker Tear-jerkingly]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]].

[[folder: "I'm [[Santa Claus The Hogfather. ]]
The Hogfather gives presents. There is no greater present than a future."]]
* The twist in Creator/KimNewman's "Further Developments in Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde" is [[spoiler: that Jekyll and Hyde were lovers, and the "confession" about being two sides of the same man was completely made up]]. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Probably]].
* In ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', during an anecdote about William Randolph Hearst (on whose life ''Film/CitizenKane'' was, of course, based), it's casually mentioned that "Rosebud" was his nickname for UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'', Grand Admiral Thrawn is a talented Chiss naval officer who was exiled by his people when he broke their first rule of military combat: never strike first. He was then found by the Empire shortly after its formation. In the new-canon novel ''[[Literature/StarWarsThrawn Thrawn]]'', all that's true -- except it turns out that his exile was ''fake'', and he was actually sent by his superiors to investigate the Empire and see if it could be an ally to the Chiss Ascendancy in combatting mysterious threats in the Unknown Regions.
* "The Tortoise and the Hare" by Creator/JamesThurber tells the story of a GenreSavvy tortoise who knows from reading books that in a race between a tortoise and a hare, the hare always loses. The tortoise finds a hare, challenges him to a 50-yard dash, and has proceeded less than a foot when the hare crosses the finish line.
-->'''''[[AnAesop Moral]]:''' A new broom may sweep clean, but never trust an old saw.''

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* In ''Series/YoungDracula'', [[spoiler: It is revealed that Robin Branaugh and Vladimir Dracula may have been switched at birth.]] [[spoiler: This theory is quickly [[LampshadeHanging discarded]], with Robin being forced to go back to the Branaugh way of life and Vlad continuing to stay with his father in Stokely Castle.]] This greatly varies from the source material, ''Literature/YoungDraculaAndYoungMonsters'', [[spoiler: in which the ''entire point of the story'' is that Wilfred and Smirk ''were'' switched at birth.]]
* In the first season finale of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Dexter tracks the Ice Truck Killer down to [[spoiler: a shipping container]], which was the location of [[spoiler: the final showdown between Dexter and his brother]] in the first novel. In the series, the [[spoiler: shipping container is full of bananas.]] Also, in the novel [[spoiler: Dexter's brother escapes alive and Deborah finds out about Dexter being a killer. [=LaGuerta=] dies]]. The first season ends with [[spoiler: Brian's death and Deb remains in the dark about Dexter, while [=LaGuerta=] lives to continue to annoy Deb. Deb does end up killing [=LaGuerta=] in a later season in order to keep Dexter's nature secret]].
* One stage performance of Creator/MontyPython's Parrot Sketch ends [[spoiler:about 30 seconds into the sketch with Palin agreeing that the parrot is dead and giving Cleese a refund.]] This was also to reflect the improved likelihood of stores accepting returns.
** Palin also wrote about an ill-advised ad-lib in the sketch where he plays a man who goes up to a policeman played by Cleese to say his wallet's been stolen. The policeman apologetically tells him there's not much he can do, and after an uncomfortable pause the man asks, "Do you want to come back to my place?" and the policeman is supposed to say, "Yeah, all right." One night Cleese just said "no!" instead, which left them with nothing to do except slink offstage in a way that was no longer a punchline.
** One clip from ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' appears to be setting up a rendition of the Pythons' "Cheese Shop" sketch. When asked if it's a cheese shop, however, the proprietor says "No", so the customer quips that they can't do the sketch after all.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' plays around with this. Some of the plots taken from the original play out the same way as they did in the [[Series/BeingHumanUK British version]] while others use this trope.
** In the season one finale, the final confrontation with Bishop [[spoiler: averts the big twist from the British season one as Aidan figures out what Jeff is trying to do and does not let him fight in his place. ]]
* One episode of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' was a direct retelling of Hamlet... [[spoiler: Except this time the Claudius-Expy gets wise to the Hamlet-Expy's plan and kills him.]]
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' makes a concentrated effort to surprise even people who read the comic (something creator Robert Kirkman is in favor of). Examples include: [[spoiler: Shane dying and Lori's pregnancy being revealed much later, and the revelation that everyone's already infected, Otis' death and the debut of Michonne happening earlier]]. But the real winner has to be [[spoiler: Sophia dying during their time at Hershel's farm]].
** The series also adds surprise for comic readers by keeping the iconic events and deaths of the comics but changing the characters involved (though some of these are justified by the comic characters not being present or of the same prominence in the TV show). Examples include [[spoiler: Dale's early TV death resulting in Herschel and Bob respectively replacing him in surviving a walker bite by leg amputation, and losing the other leg to cannibals, Denise suffering Abraham's death for the show and Herschel replacing Tyreese in the TV representation of the latter's death.]]
** A huge subversion of this trope happens in the season 7 premiere. [[spoiler: Negan brutally kills Abraham instead of Glenn, like he did in the comics (Although the former was already dead by that time that happened)...but then some time later, Negan kills Glenn anyway.]]
** Another huge one partway through Season 8: [[spoiler: Carl is infected by a walker bite and shoots himself before he turns.]]
* WordOfGod by the producer of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' made an ambiguous comment about -A being [[spoiler: Mona]], saying that "It won't be exactly like the books", which much of the FanDumb interpreted as an absolute statement that [[spoiler: Mona wasn't -A]]. It turned out -A was the same individual as in the books, but the motivation was altered along with other details [[spoiler: (including that in the books Mona dies immediately after being revealed)]]. However, the reveal sequence and following confrontation still play out almost exactly the same.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' frequently changes details and yes, even endings, from the original books, but the most epic instance has got to be when [[spoiler: Moriarty commits suicide]] at the climax of "The Reichenbach Fall", thereby forbidding Sherlock from pulling a TakingYouWithMe.
** Another good example is the episode "The Hounds of Baskerville". The plot is similar, with Henry thinking he's been pursued by a hellish hound. [[spoiler: However, the character of Dr. Stapleton, originally the villain, is a decoy here, and the real villain is Dr. Frankland. While the fog was an environmental hindrance in the original story, here it is a hallucinogenic gas. The image of the hound derives from the name of Frankland's illegal project H.O.U.N.D. on his shirt, and led to Henry's InsistentTerminology (which was carried over from the book).]]
** "His Last Vow" throws book-reading viewers straight from the outset by being an adaptation of ''The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton'' rather than of ''His Last Bow'', but then just when the viewers are all comfortable that they know where the plot is going, it throws them ''again'' by revealing that C.A.M's murderer in this version is ''not'' the rich lady he was blackmailing, but rather [[spoiler: ''Mary Watson'' - and the episode is ''also'' adapting ''The Adventure of the Empty House'' with Mary in the role of Sebastian Moran!]]
** "The Six Thatchers" casually mentions the missing pearl of the Borgias early enough for viewers to guess that, like in ''The Adventure of the Six Napoleons'', the pearl will be hidden in one of the busts that the criminal is tracking down. Instead, a WhamShot when the last bust breaks reveals that the pearl is a RedHerring, and the murderer was tracking down a hitherto-unmentioned ''different'' {{MacGuffin}}, the relevance of which is explained by the rest of the episode.
* Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' pulls one when [[spoiler:Irene Adler turns out to be Moriarty]].
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is built around pulling this trope with various fairy tales. One particularly notable twist is that Red-Riding Hood is not eaten by the Big Bad Wolf, [[spoiler: she ''is'' the [[TomatoInTheMirror Big Bad Wolf]] by way of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]]. And she eats her boyfriend before her grandmother can explain it to her]].
* ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' doesn’t even try to maintain the notorious HalfwayPlotSwitch of [[Film/FromDuskTillDawn the original movie]]. The supernatural elements are evident from the very first scene of the pilot.
* Some ''Series/GameOfThrones'' fans who read the original book series ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' often delight in teasing newbies about upcoming events: "Just wait! You're not going to believe what happens next!" Every once in a while, though, the series diverges from the books enough to leave these fans blindsided. While others followed Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's warning about the "butterfly effect" of small changes and additions made by the show, right from the very beginning, which could, and ''did'', drastically alter the context, and the content, of plots in later seasons:
** Before [[spoiler: Tywin's death]] in the finale of Season 4, the dramatic revelation that [[spoiler: Tyrion's first wife wasn't a prostitute, and that Jaime lied about it at Tywin's demand,]] never comes out. Some book-readers did predict this since that subplot had not been mentioned very often in the show, the show generally dialed down backstory for character exposition, [[spoiler:and the character of Shae was sufficiently altered, and Tyrion had received much AdaptationalHeroism, that the whole meaning and purpose of that revelation got lost]].
** Book-readers generally suspected that Season 4 would end like ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', with a WhamShot revealing [[spoiler:that Lady Stoneheart as a resurrected Catelyn Stark]]. Not only did that not happen, but as of the finale of Season 7, [[spoiler: Lady Stoneheart]] [[AdaptedOut still has yet to make an appearance]], and the entire series of Riverlands-related subplots that she was intended to tie into, was subsequently removed as well.
** Season 5 features the previously unnamed leader of the White Walkers is [[spoiler: the Night's King]], a namesake of a semi-legendary figure from the books who is generally believed to be long dead. Later revelations in the series, as well as confirmations by WordOfGod more or less confirm that said individual is an InNameOnly CanonForeigner.
** The Dorne arc in ''Literature/AFeastForCrows'' ultimately climaxes with Doran's daughter Arianne trying (and failing) to put Myrcella on the Iron Throne as a [[PuppetKing Puppet Queen]], which leads to TheReveal that [[spoiler: Doran has been planning to return the Targaryens to power from the beginning, making him a well-veiled ChekhovsGunman]]. The show changes this arc significantly: not only is Arianne AdaptedOut, but the arc instead climaxes with the Sand Snakes [[spoiler: successfully assassinating Myrcella]], then [[spoiler: pulling a [[TheCoup coup d'etat]] by [[DeathByAdaptation assassinating Doran and his son Trystane]]]].
** Throughout Seasons 5 and 6, many fans of the books were left wondering whether the show would feature the [[TheReveal dramatic reveal]] from ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' that [[spoiler: Rhaegar Targaryen's son Aegon [[NotQuiteDead was still alive]]]] and [[spoiler: being groomed to take back the Iron Throne]]. Instead, the finale of Season 7 features the revelation that [[spoiler: ''Jon'' is really Aegon Targaryen]], and that [[spoiler: Ned renamed him "Jon" and passed him off as his bastard son to protect him]]. Though [[IKnewIt many people guessed]] that [[spoiler: Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark were Jon's real parents]], ''nobody'' expected the second half of that revelation, and there are doubts among fans whether it's something that can happen in the books and is more an example of the show going in its own direction[[labelnote:From the books]]Rhaegar Targaryen is stated to have been a prophecy obsessed man who felt that it was important to recreate the PowerTrio of the Targaryen Conqurerors among his children, with his two children by Elia Martell being Rhaenys and Aegon. So logically it followed that the Dragon Prince expected his hypothetical child with Lyanna would be a girl, a Visenya to complete the set. Obviously Rhaegar's plot did not go according to plan, he died at the Trident, and his two children with Elia, including his son Aegon who he intended to be the Prince Who Was Promised, were brutally killed by the Lannisters. So if Jon Snow's "true name" in the books is also Aegon as the show suggests, it was unlikely to be a name intended by his father[[/labelnote]].
* In ''Series/LoisAndClark'', when the Prankster first appears, Lois suspects that he's really a former AbhorrentAdmirer named Randall Loomis, which would cause fans who know the comic book Prankster is ''Oswald'' Loomis to nod sagely. The Prankster turns out to be a completely unrelated guy called Kyle Griffen.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
** One of the suspects for creating the Brother Eye computer virus is named Myron Forest, the same as the Brother Eye satellite's creator in ''Comicbook/{{OMAC}}''. It's actually the other guy.
** In the comics, Adrian Chase is [[AntiHero Vigilante]], so people assumed he would be revealed as that character in the show, but instead Adrian is [[spoiler: [[BigBad Prometheus]], born under the name Simon Morrison]], and Vigilante has yet to be unmasked.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** One of the major characters in Season One is Eddie Thawne. Comics fans will immediately recognize the name as sounding remarkably close to villain ''Eobard'' Thawne, also known as the Reverse-Flash, and will expect him to most likely undergo a FaceHeelTurn down the line. Then it turns out that [[spoiler: Barry's mentor Harrison Wells]] is really the Reverse-Flash while Eddie has been a RedHerring. [[spoiler: ''Then'' it turns out that Eobard Thawne ''is'' still the Reverse-Flash in the series: Not only has he been posing as Wells via genetic impersonation the entire time, but he's also Eddie's descendant from the distant future.]]
** The second season of the show does this ''again'' by revealing that [[spoiler: Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2, was Zoom all along. In fact, there was never a Jay Garrick at all! It was Hunter Zolomon [[BitchInSheepsClothing posing as a hero]] in order to gain Barry and his friends' trust and sympathy]].
*** Except [[spoiler: there ''is'' a Jay Garrick, whom we meet in the season finale. He's Henry Allen's Earth-'''3''' doppelganger, as a reference to the fact that his actor, Creator/JohnWesleyShipp, played the Flash (Barry Allen) in the [[Series/TheFlash1990 90s TV show]]]].
* ''Series/Supergirl2015'':
** In their adaptation of the villain Toyman, ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' named their version Winslow Schott Jr., with his father being named Winslow Schott Sr. ''Supergirl'' inverts this, as there's a character named Winn Schott who's helping Supergirl -- he's Winslow Jr. whereas it's Winslow ''Sr.'' who's Toyman.
** Supergirl works for a man named Hank Henshaw. That name belongs to a supervillain also known as Cyborg Superman in the comics, and his duplicity seems confirmed by his [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]] and hints that he killed Supergirl's adoptive father. However, it turns out that, while the ''real'' Hank Henshaw was a nasty piece of work, he apparently died years ago, and the one we've met is [[spoiler: a certain shapeshifting alien named [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]]]].
*** But, as it turns out, [[spoiler: the original Hank's still alive, and was turned into the Cyborg Superman by Project Cadmus (despite looking nothing like Superman here). The twist got untwisted]].
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has this going on, too.
** Arnold Flass got a case of DecompositeCharacter going on with his role as Gordon's partner going to Harvey Bullock and being locked up before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman.
** [[spoiler: Between the Season 1 finale and Season 2 opening, Carmine Falcone, Sal Maroni, and Gillain Loeb got hit with this as well. All three men continued their activities into Batman's first years, with Loeb being forced to resign from the commissioner post at the end of the first year, and the three of them dying during Batman's early years: Maroni and Falcone dying during ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and Loeb coming BackForTheDead in ''ComicBook/DarkVictory''. Season 1's finale saw Falcone retire and Maroni get killed and the season 2 opening saw Loeb forced to resign, all not long after Thomas and Martha Wayne died. This also likely means that much like Rupert Thorne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the Joker in the aforementioned ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', someone else will take Maroni's role in Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face.]]
** Barbara Kean (Jim's first wife and mother of Batgirl) initially appears as his fiancée early on in the series. Several episodes in, however, [[spoiler:she ends up leaving him for Renee Montoya (which, in turn, leads him to start a relationship with Leslie Thompkins)]]. Then, by the season one finale, [[spoiler:[[AdaptationalVillainy she becomes a full blown psychopathic villain and is subsequently incarcerated in Arkham Asylum]]]].
** Sarah Essen also gets hit with his. In the comics, she ends up becoming Gordon's second wife. In the show, however, [[spoiler:she gets killed in the season two episode "Knock Knock", therefore eliminating any possibility of a relationship with Jim]].
** The fate of [[spoiler:Nora Fries]]. In all other adaptations, [[spoiler:Victor puts her into cryostasis to prevent her from dying of her illness as he researches a cure]]. Everything seems to be proceeding the same way in the show, [[spoiler:up until Nora swaps out the working batch of HarmlessFreezing formula with one of the failed, not-so-harmless batches while Victor isn't looking, opting to die rather than wake up to a world where Victor is either dead or in prison]].
** The producers first told everyone they would not provide an obvious origin for the Joker, instead providing several candidates for the person who would assume that identity. Then they introduced Jerome, and in Season 2 made him basically be the Joker in all but name. [[spoiler:Then Theo Galavan kills him.]] So he's not going to be the Joker. [[spoiler:But wait! Hugo Strange has his body, and is experimenting in resurrecting people,]] so he could become the Joker. [[spoiler: But Strange doesn't resurrect him before Indian Hill gets shut down]] so he won't become the Joker. [[spoiler: But his cryogenically-preserved body is stolen by some acolytes, who have successfully resurrected people]], so he could become the Joker. [[RunningGag But then]] [[spoiler:they fail to resurrect him]] so he can't become the Joker and instead [[spoiler:it will be his followers who take up the mantle]]. [[OverlyLongGag But surprise!]] [[spoiler: They did manage to resurrect him, he's alive, he's in Arkham, and it looks like he will likely become the Joker.]] Maybe.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' starts out as a loose prequel to Thomas Harris' ''Literature/RedDragon'', portraying Detective Will Graham's relationship with the cannibalistic {{serial killer}} Franchise/HannibalLecter at a point when Lecter is still a practicing psychologist [[VillainWithGoodPublicity with his secret well-hidden]]. Anyone familiar with the Hannibal Lecter saga (either the books or the movies) will know that it's only a matter of time before Lecter gets outed as a serial killer and imprisoned in Frederick Chilton's mental institution. Of course, that makes it all the more shocking when Season 1 instead ends with [[spoiler:''Will'' institutionalized after Hannibal successfully frames him for the murders that he committed]]. Just to drive the point home, the last scene of the season features a MythologyGag where [[spoiler:Will and Hannibal reenact Clarice Starling's first meeting with Hannibal from ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', but with Will in Hannibal's place]].
* In ''Series/BatesMotel''[='=]s FinaleSeason, which takes place within the timeframe of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', the sixth episode revolves around Marion Crane's stay at the eponymous motel. [[spoiler:Norman ends up sparing her, and [[SparedByTheAdaptation she leaves unscathed]]. Instead, it's Sam Loomis who gets offed in the shower.]]
* ''Series/TheMist'' Like the novella and movie that have preceded it, the television series features an antagonist named Mrs. Carmody. Her previous incarnations have been as the story's [[BigBad Big Bad]], transforming a group of frightened survivors into a murderous religious cult. In the series her evil antics are different. [[spoiler: She's just an uptight soccer mom who gets a teacher she doesn't like fired from her son's school. [[DeathByAdaptation She dies in the Mist before the end of the first episode.]]]]
* In ''Carmen: A Hip Hopera'', the 2001 MTV adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'' staring Beyoncé, [[spoiler:Carmen isn't murdered by the Don José character Derek Hill, but accidentally shot by Lt. Miller, equivalent of the opera's Lt. Zuniga.]]
* In ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', the title character is an amnesiac who goes by the name "Shoichi Tsugami" because it was written on a letter he had when he was first found washed up on the shore. Late in the series, he recovers his memories and it's revealed that his original identity was [[spoiler:Tetsuya Sawaki, who was trying to find his late sister Yukina's boyfriend Shoichi Tsugami when he got attacked and lost his memory]]. The modernized manga adaptation of ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' eventually started introducing plot threads from ''Agito'', with Shoichi himself showing up as well; in this series, [[spoiler:the "''Akatsuki'' Incident" that kicked off ''Agito'''s plot doesn't happen here, meaning "Shoichi Tsugami" is his real name and Yukina (who's still his sister) is alive in this continuity.]]
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Westworld}},'' Teddy, our POV character, and Dolores are being hunted by an implacable Man in Black, just like the one who touched off the robot rebellion in the [[{{Film/Westworld}} movie]]. [[spoiler:And then Teddy is killed -- and we find out that he's the robot and the Man in Black is a human guest.]]
* TheBBC's 2018 adaptation of Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Ordeal by Innocence'', among many other changes, has a completely different murderer.

* Wilfred Owen's "[[http://www.poemtree.com/poems/ParableOfTheOldMan.htm The Parable of the Old Man and the Young]]" uses [[Literature/TheBible Abraham's divinely ordered sacrifice of Isaac]] as an allegory for UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarI}}WI. Except that Abraham ''ignores'' the angel telling him to stop.
-->''But the old man did not do so, and slew his son\\
[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped And half the seed of Europe, one by one]].''

* In the ''Series/SesameStreet'' episode, "Birdie and the Beast", after Big Bird befriends the Beast, the Witch's curse upon the Beast is broken. However, rather than turn the Beast back into a human, the Beast's hair is straightened out. When a surprised Big Bird tells the Beast that he's still a beast, The Beast tells him that he's always been a beast, and that the Witch's curse just messed up his hair.

* Creator/AgathaChristie adapted some of her novels into plays and often changed features.
** In her adaptation of ''Appointment With Death'', she changed the identity of the murderer.
** The stage adaptation of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' kept the identity of the murderer the same, but replaced the original book's DownerEnding with a more hopeful conclusion.
** A different adaptation, called ''Ten Little Indians,'' keeps the audience off guard by having a different killer for each performance. Sadly, this results in an unsolvable mystery for the audience, as all clues must apply equally to all characters. Or not.
* Euripides' ''Theatre/{{Medea}}'' - in the original story, Medea's sons were killed by a mob of women in revenge. Having her kill them herself was a shocking twist at the time. Ironically, it's since become [[ItWasHisSled the most famous part of the story.]]
** It's actually very common in Ancient Greek tragedy. A lot of plays had different endings than the ones we consider canonical, and, in fact, what we consider canonical is often, like in the above case, just the best known (or the only surviving) case being LostInImitation.
* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' is based on ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', [[spoiler:but...Maria doesn't die, and Tony is murdered.]]
* Shakespeare did it.
** In the story that ''Theatre/KingLear'' is based on (which the audience would have been familiar with), Cordelia survives. Shakespeare [[DeathByAdaptation killing her off]] changes the ending from bittersweet to bleak.
** In the original Danish legend of ''Amleth'', the title character kills his wicked uncle and has a glorious reign as king. Shakespeare ends ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' by [[KillEmAll killing almost every major character.]]
** Historically, Macbeth's rule was fairly successful, and lasted 10 years.
** Shakespeare also changed the Ending of "A Winter's Tale" from the original Downer Ending to something worthy of a fairy tale.
* The musical adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' has one, compared to the book or ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' by giving the Wicked Witch of the West a Disney Death instead of her famous melting death.
* The two stage adaptations of Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' have Esmeralda die, nixing the HappilyEverAfter ending from the movie. It's probably not a coincidence that this is what happened in [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original Hugo novel]].
* The 2013 stage adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' puts its own twist on the novel's ending: when Charlie wins the factory, he is ''immediately'' made the new owner -- Willy Wonka [[AndTheAdventureContinues disappears]] after a celebration with Charlie and his family. This is justified because Dahl's will prohibited anyone making ''Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator'' into a movie, so there was no point in staging the book's ending and leaving a SequelHook; other adaptations of the novel have done much the same, and at least two other stage adaptations immediately have Charlie become the new owner. The 2017 Broadway {{Retool}} changed this again to an ending similar to that of the 1971 film adaptation, with Mr. Wonka becoming a ParentalSubstitute for the boy (in the novel Charlie's father is still alive, but here...).
* Most productions of ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' end with Florence not getting her father back, either because Anatoly refused to [[ThrowingTheFight throw the game]] or because her (real) father is probably long dead. However, an 1991 American touring production (loosely based on the Broadway version) ended with Florence and her father tearfully reuniting.
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'':
** In the first instalment, it's revealed after Harry's pseudo-death that Dumbledore somehow survived Snape's Killing Curse and is now FakingTheDead.
** The final scene reveals that Voldemort is still alive, and it's implied that [[LoveRedeems he lost his duel with Harry on purpose so that he could be with Quirrell]].
** In "Sequel", we're led to believe that Ron's pet rat Scabbers is Peter Pettigrew as in canon. It turns out that Scabbers died years ago, and Pettigrew was somehow hiding in a poster of Taylor Lautner.
* ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'', a FracturedFairyTale retelling of "The Princess and the Pea," ends by revealing "it wasn't the pea at all," with a large number of unpleasant objects being pulled out from between the mattresses the princess couldn't sleep on. (The pea alone, however, is implied to have been sufficient even if the court's plan to keep her from sleeping hadn't been used: Winnifred is still uncomfortable and only after the pea is also removed does she actually fall asleep.)
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' is based on ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', [[spoiler: but Mimi's death becomes a {{Near Death Experience}} instead, ending the show on a much happier note than the original tragedy.]]

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* The haunted house adaptation of the 2010 ''[[Film/TheWolfman2010 The Wolfman]]'' film at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights event in 2009 was the first hint anyone got of the ending of the film: the werewolf gets shot. In the house, however, the fatal shot is performed by a nameless hunter.

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* ''[[VideoGame/PeterJacksonsKingKong Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie]]'' ends with King Kong falling from the Empire State Building to his death. [[spoiler:However, this then unlocks the final level where you can blast the US Army planes to bits and take Kong back to Skull Island.]]
* The ending of ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' was changed greatly from the anime. Might have just been RuleOfFun, though. [[ImaginaryFriend Ninja Ninja]] even says that just because [[BreakingTheFourthWall you watched the TV show doesn't mean you know what's going to happen here]], though it does takes cues from the manga that pre-dated the anime. [[spoiler:But the only reason you fight Justice is to avoid the manga's anticlimactic ending.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'', after the [[DuelBoss final battle between Neo and a lone Smith]], instead of Neo willingly sacrificing himself to nullify Smith, [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever all of the Smiths combine into one giant Smith]] to serve as the final, final boss. At this point, the Wachowskis [[LampshadeHanging stop the game]] to explain that while a sacrificial ending works for a movie, it [[PragmaticAdaptation wouldn't be very satisfying in a game]].
* In ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'', it's a ForegoneConclusion that the Maid d'Orleans will be [[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]. How did Level-5 Studios handle a game where the main protagonist and primary player character is meant to die halfway through? By [[spoiler:temporarily replacing her via an ElCidPloy, so that the impersonator is the one killed instead, freeing Jeanne to continue through the rest of the campaign incognito]].
* How ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' ends (or perhaps more accurately, the canon {{Multiple Ending|s}}) is made pretty clear by its direct sequel, ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'': Harry [[spoiler: survives the crash and all the subsequent weirdness to succeed in getting Cheryl back, more or less]]. The remake, ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'', plays on the players' assumed knowledge by having the big twist be [[spoiler: that Harry died in the car crash after all and the whole game [[AllJustADream has taken place in the grown-up Cheryl's mind]].]]
* More Creator/AgathaChristie examples:
** The video game adaptation of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' begins to diverge radically from the book at [[spoiler:Emily Brent's death by ''actual'' bee sting, as opposed to lethal injection]]. When [[spoiler:Wargrave turns up most unambiguously dead]], all hope for the original book's ending is lost. [[spoiler:The real killer turns out to have been Emily Brent all along, a.k.a. Gabrielle Steele, an actress who took her method acting too far [[VoodooShark and was possessed by Madame Borgia while playing the role in a movie]];]] the events on Shipwreck Island are all [[spoiler:her plan for revenge ''against'' Wargrave, the man who sentenced her lover Edward Seton to the gallows.]] Thankfully, finishing the game gives you a chance to see the original book's epilogue, [[spoiler:which reveals Wargrave as the murderer and explains his methods and motivations in a much more satisfying fashion.]]
** In the video game adaptation of Christie's ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', the EverybodyDidIt reveal is kept exactly the same but with an added reveal that ''even the mastermind didn't know about:'' [[spoiler:it turns out that Daisy Armstrong is actually alive, was secretly adopted by the train engineer under a different name, and just happens to be hiding on board the same train as the parents who thought she was dead for years]].
* The NES ''VideoGame/{{Rambo}}'' game based on ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' has an alternate ending where Rambo saves his Vietnamese love interest Co, and then he [[spoiler:turns Murdock into a frog]].
* Two distinctly different versions of how Kalecgos becomes the Aspect of Magic for the VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} universe exist. In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', a player on the Dragonwrath questline, with help from Tarecgosa, uncovers Arygos plotting with Deathwing. Tarecgosa sacrifices herself, but Kalecgos becomes Aspect and makes you the Dragonwrath staff, forcing Arygos to flee. In ''Literature/ThrallTwilightOfTheAspects'', Thrall is Kalecgos' ally, and after Kalecgos becomes Aspect, [[spoiler:Arygos is killed by Blackmoore]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Sullivan]] was the mole that framed Chuck. In the remake, ''Dead Rising 2: Off The Record'', they change this to [[spoiler:Stacy, who was your MissionControl in the original.]]
* In the computer game adaptation of ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'', the short story's ending of [[spoiler:Ted being turned into an amorphous blob by AM]] is the BadEnding and it can happen to any of the five characters. The good ending involves [[spoiler:destroying AM so that the humans frozen in the moon can return to earth and the five characters, while dead, are remembered as heroes]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', Master Asia is an agent of the Dug Interstellar Republic, sent in response to report intelligent life on the planet. Also, Heinel [[spoiler: does not learn that he's the Go brothers' half-brother, and thus he doesn't sacrifice his own life]]. Zechs does not reveal that [[spoiler: he's Relena's long lost brother and stays loyal to Neo Zeon, the replacement for OZ in this game.]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}3: Jigoku-Hen'' [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char Aznable]] actually didn't want Axis to fall onto Earth]]. He formed Neo Zeon because [[spoiler:he realized the Axis asteroid was the Singularity Point and wanted all of the galaxy to be united in one will against a single enemy]] which would solve the singularity issues like how it did in Z1. This is why he has [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 GN particle generators]] set up throughout space and on the earth - [[spoiler:to unite humanity's will and have it be expressed through the GN particles]]. The problem is, [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Full Frontal]] and the [[OriginalGeneration Banpresto Original]] enemies do want Axis to fall and they try to make it so.]]
** In VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV, [[spoiler: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Banagher, Mineva and Full Frontal]] ultimately decided '''not to''' reveal the content contents of the Laplace's Box to the world.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DontLookBack'', unlike in the original legends of [[OrpheanRescue Orpheus and Eurydice]], [[spoiler:the protagonist and his lover make it out of the cave ...only to dissipate ''together'' when they come upon the protagonist still standing at the graveside]].
* Being ''very explicitly'' based on ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', it's obvious that ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' would depict the fall of a man as he realises what darkness lies within his heart. The twist is that it's [[spoiler:not Kurtz {{Expy}} [[DeadAllAlong Col. John Konrad]] who has fallen, but Marlowe {{Expy}} and protagonist [[ObliviouslyEvil Cpt. Martin Walker]].]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Ducktales}} Ducktales Remastered]]'', the only things similar to the ending of the original game are that Scrooge loses the five treasures after he gathers them all, has to fight Dracula Duck, and then has an uphill race against enemies Flinthart Glomgold and Magica [=DeSpell=] at the very end. [[spoiler:The difference is that it's Magica, the ''real'' BigBad of this installment, who steals the treasures from Scrooge rather than Dracula Duck since they're instead used in a ritual to summon him, and because of that they are [[PermanentlyMissableContent lost]] instead of being recovered at the end. The uphill race against the duo is now to recover Scrooge's first dime instead.]]
* The ending of ''Q.U.B.E.'' shows that the structure you were trapped in [[spoiler:is in space]]. The Director's Cut has a narrative that not only tells you this in the beginning, but also explains why you're there in the first place. And then you get to Sector 5 and get contacted by a man who calls himself "919", who then reveals that [[spoiler:the structure is actually an underground facility where you are forced to solve puzzles until you die, and that the woman who's been talking to you is lying]], and he then goes on to keep trying to convince you of that. The woman you normally get contacted by will show some signs that what 919 said might be true. And here's where things get interesting: At the end, [[spoiler:it's all subverted: The cube really ''is'' in space, it ''was'' gonna end all life as we know it, and 919 ''did'' go MIA and slowly went insane]].
* The UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube remake of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' features a number of twists geared to surprise veterans of the original. Remember the key you find by draining the bathtub? [[JumpScare This time it's a zombie]]. The dogs that smash through the windows? They don't show up until your ''second'' tour of that hallway. And [[OhCrap God]] [[JumpScare help]] [[DemonicSpiders you]] if you assumed the zombie bodies didn't vanish just to avert EverythingFades. [[spoiler:Wesker being the BigBad is still done as a legitimate twist.]]
* The ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' remake does a number of things to throw off those who played the original "8-bit" version:
** The portal to the Temple of Moonlight from the Temple of the Sun requires you to hit a large sun face. In the original version, it's that simple. In the remake, you ''must'' move to the right as the sun face will fall, delivering a OneHitKill if it squashes you, which can easily happen to players who were expecting this puzzle to be identical in the remake.
** The "unsolvable puzzle" in the Twin Labyrinths. In the original version, one particular puzzle to access an item shop is impossible to solve, so you double-jump up to the shop door instead. However, in the remake, the puzzle has been fixed so that it ''is'' solvable, and attempting to double-jump to the shop without solving the puzzle will result in a BoltOfDivineRetribution. The tablet in the puzzle room delivers some meta-humor on this adaptational twist:
---> "[[SelfDeprecation Those that created this contraption are fools. They mistakenly created a puzzle that could not be solved.]] But after all this time, it has been rewritten. Those who fail to solve this puzzle shall be punished."
** The [[BrutalBonusLevel Hell Temple]] bridge. In the original, [[spoiler:trying to cross it straight opens up a trap door to a Land of Hell; you need to jump over the center of the bridge to bypass the trap door.]] In the remake, [[spoiler:the trap door still exists,]] so one could be forgiven for trying to cross it the same way...[[spoiler:and then get punched by a massive stone fist into said Land of Hell. The way to cross this time is to jump onto the trap door, but then double-jump off and continue traveling across.]]
* One of Cave Johnson's hidden messages in the Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' puts a variation on this via ShoutOut to ''Film/SoylentGreen''. The ending of that film is pretty well-known, ([[MemeticMutation "Soylent Green is PEOPLE!"]]) so you'd think that when an {{alternate|Self}} Cave says he's going to stop serving his staff Soylent Green it would be for that reason. But in fact he's not stopping because Soylent Green is people (which EverybodyKnewAlready) but because [[PragmaticVillainy it's doubling in price]].
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero'' is heavily based on ''VideoGame/{{Star Fox 64}}'' but there are several twists to the storyline. For example, in ''64'', you see the Attack Carrier fly off into the coastline during the Corneria stage. In ''Zero'' however, instead of the Attack Carrier, you see a ship piloted by a Cornerian Army soldier. Also, in ''64'', the object of the Titania stage is to rescue Slippy Toad. In ''Zero'', however, it's Peppy Hare you have to rescue. There's even an instance of Slippy pulling a BorrowedCatchPhrase during this stage (as Peppy is known to exclaim, "DoABarrelRoll!").
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' is an AlternateContinuity from its anime and manga adaptations. As mentioned above, the game opens with Kyrie [[PowerIncontinence accidentally losing control of his powers]], which he wasn't even aware he ''had'' until the last episode of the anime. This is also the only adaptation where [[spoiler:Kyrie]] dies [[spoiler:because he decides he's a danger to the world and everyone he loves and asks Naja to kill him so he can't destroy the world. He's resurrected a few days later]]. Kyrie is also revealed to be [[spoiler:the son of the Creator of the world, something not mentioned in the other adaptations. Yeah, he kinda has a Jesus metaphor going in this one]]. [[spoiler:Elephas Rex]] is also killed, whereas he survives to the end of the anime and doesn't even appear in the manga. Morte also lacks the angsty backstories she gains in other adaptations, and the only time her mood is even slightly depressed is [[spoiler:when Kyrie is killed. She flat-out refuses to eat for three days, though she quickly recovers when it's revealed there might be a way to revive him]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'', as a SpiritualSuccessor to XComUFODefense, you might expect your end-game technology to be similar to it, as the option to research these show up just as late. [[spoiler:Not only does the game throw aliens that are highly resistant to energy weapons near the end, psionic research turns out to be a dead end because humans have no psionic potential]].
* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' plays with several aspects of the ''Batman'' canon: rather than pure and innocent, [[spoiler:Thomas and Martha Wayne]] were involved with the mob, and the leader of the Children of Arkham turns out to be someone who's never been a villain in any other continuity: [[spoiler:Vicky Vale.]]
** Season Two keeps the trend going strong: Harley Quinn is revealed to be a terrorist well before having met Joker (and exerts a tight psychological grip on him, rather than vice versa [[spoiler: though he may be getting beyond her control]]), Lucius Fox and Riddler [[spoiler: dying rather abruptly]], and [[spoiler: Bruce being forced to choose between hanging up the cowl or losing Alfred forever]].
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} has done this with its remakes of the first two ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games to fuck with people thinking the games will flow in the exact same way, even if one discounts the added powerups that were brought in since.
** ''[[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission Zero Mission]]'' has a number of differences, but mostly flows the same way, even including the fight with Mother Brain and the subsequent escape sequence[[spoiler:, but once Samus flies off of Zebes, she is swarmed by Space Pirates and shot down, with only the Zero Suit and an emergency pistol to her name as she tries to get rearmed, get a new ship, and get out of dodge.]].
** ''[[VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns Samus Returns]]'' does this thrice over in the same game at that, which will shock players who came off [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake the fan remake]] with the experience fresh in their minds.
*** In the original and the fan remake, your first fight with an Omega Metroid is preceded by an Alpha in the general area the Omega shows up later; the Omega is moved a few rooms away, but is still accessed from where you fought the Alpha. In ''Samus Returns'', you fight a [[spoiler:Zeta]] first.
*** When you enter the Metroid nest in the original game and fan remake, you are given eight extra Metroids to kill just as you roll beneath the egg the Baby is later hatched from. In ''Samus Returns'', the tally goes up a couple rooms later by ''ten'', the first of which is two seconds away from [[LifeDrain eating your face]] when you regain control.
*** After Samus fights the Metroid Queen and gets the Baby, she has to return to her ship to end the game. [[spoiler:In the official remake, Proteus Ridley shows up as you approach the ship to crash the party and steal the Baby, serving the role of final boss as a result. This particular detail can be spoiled by the use of Scan Pulse in areas near the final escape route, which possess features that shouldn't be there if the Queen really was the final boss.]]
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002'' has a few plot differences from ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016'':
** TheReveal of the first game was that [[spoiler:Drek was the one who polluted Orxon to the point that his people couldn't live there, and he was building their "new home" planet as a real estate scam with the goal of repeating what he did to Orxon]]. Meanwhile, in the latter game, [[spoiler:Drek is genuinely a decent guy who wants to build a new planet for his people, with no ulterior motives]].
** In the original game, [[spoiler:Qwark backstabs the titular duo about midway through the game on Umbris by trapping them with a Blargian Snagglebeast]]. However, in the latter game [[spoiler:Ratchet doesn't find out Qwark has joined the bad guys until nearly the end of the game when he infiltrates the Deplanetizer for the first time, and after defeating Qwark in battle later, Qwark returns to the good side again. The Blargian Snagglebeast is instead a secret project that the Blarg were working on at Nebula G34]].
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Oddworld}} Oddworld: Soulstorm's]]'' plot differs from ''Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus'', as Soulstorm is meant to be a retelling that's closer to creator Lorne Lanning's original vision for ''Exoddus''.
* Some of the Dramatic Finishes in ''VideoGame/DragonballFighterz'' change the canon outcome of some of [[Anime/DragonBallZ the series]]'s most iconic fights:
** During the Saiyan Saga, Yamcha died when he was blown up by one of Nappa's self-destructing Saibaman. In this game, however, Yamcha can turn the tables and send the Saibaman flying back at Nappa with a Kamehameha, killing him instead ([[MythologyGag same pose and all]]).
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBardockTheFatherOfGoku Bardock: The Father of Goku]]'', Bardock died making a bold last stand against Frieza. In this game, however, Bardock can survive Frieza's finishing attack, become a Super Saiyan, and kill Frieza instead.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Zig-zagged all over the place in Case 2 of ''VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaiban'', which is loosely based on The Adventure of the Speckled Band. Firstly, though there is a snake involved in the case, it isn't the cause of death. Secondly, a character named Grimesby Roylott appears, who was the killer in the original story. But then it turns out "Roylott" is actually a disguise for a young ballerina named Nikomina Borchevik. But [[spoiler: she's still the killer]]. ''But'' [[spoiler: while the original Roylott was a ruthless man who willingly murdered his family for their inheritance, Nikomina is an AntiVillain who never even meant to kill anyone: she accidentally pushed the victim and [[DeathByFallingOver ended up breaking his neck.]]]] And THEN, in [=DGS=] 2, [[spoiler:it turns out the victim didn't die, so it wasn't even a murder]].
** This trope is also common in Sherlock Holmes' Joint Reasoning sessions, where many of his deductions are based on the solutions to some of the real Holmes stories. In most cases though, [[WrongGenreSavvy they turn out to be wrong here.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Both of the original books that ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' was based on were adapted into full cartoons years later, and, in both cases, the ending is changed (though Homestar still ''expects'' the original ending in each case.)
** In ''Strongest Man in the World'', Pom Pom refuses to share the trophy that Homestar helped him win.
** In ''Where My Hat Is At?'', Homestar fails to get the winning run for his game because a) his team is far behind, b) the game isn't close to over, and c) [[RealityEnsues Homestar ran onto the field illegally.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' is an adaptation of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, so naturally Darth Vader will turn out to be Luke and Leia's father, Anakin. And since the comic goes in chronological order, it'll be even ''less'' of a surprise, since Anakin was a player character first. [[spoiler:Vader is actually their ''mother'', Padme. Anakin was KilledOffForReal.]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* One of the most famous scenes of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' is the one where Mr. Collins proposes to Lizzie Bennet and keeps mistaking her adamant "No"s to just be [[{{Tsundere}} attempts to flirt with him]]. In the modernized adaptation ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', the scene is foreshadowed in Mr. Collins' introduction, where it's mentioned he and Lizzie were jokingly "married" while they were children, hinting he expects her to follow up on their ChildhoodMarriagePromise. However, when the scene arrives Lizzie mistakes him to be about to propose, only for the confused Collins to explain he's just making a business offer.
** The series also teases the possibility of George Wickham marrying Lydia like he did in the novel with them being shown together in Las Vegas and Lydia opening a later video with an announcement that she's married -- only to reveal immediately after that she was just joking and isn't dumb enough to accidentally marry someone in Vegas. [[spoiler:George uploading a sex tape of him and Lydia online without Lydia's knowledge]] is substituted for the marriage scandal instead.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''
** The Green Goblin's secret identity was changed in a way that older fans could believe no change was made, until TheReveal. [[spoiler:And after TheReveal, it turns out his identity ''wasn't'' changed. It was Norman Osborn all along, framing his own son.]]
** In the comics, a reporter at the Bugle, Frederick Foswell, was also the DiabolicalMastermind the Big Man in his first appearance. In this series, the Big Man is L. Thompson Lincoln, a CompositeCharacter of Kingpin and Tombstone and Foswell is just an IntrepidReporter.
** Also, WordOfGod says that they [[SparedByTheAdaptation would not have]] [[ILetGwenStacyDie killed off Gwen Stacy]] if the series had gone on. (Though there were vague plans for a possible direct-to-video movie where they might have.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', the writers didn't want to include a character explicitly so they could die, and so Gwen Stacy was only present in the show as part of an AlternateUniverse.
** It splits the difference when recreating the scene with Mary Jane: she's saved by a portal opening under her, but this just leaves her trapped in limbo. Still, Spider-Man did not know that, and the angst was the same as if Mary Jane had died. She later inexplicably appears again, but it turns out this is just a clone; just like the clone of Gwen Stacy that showed up in comics some time after the bridge. [[spoiler: When the clone MJ, whom he'd spent several months with and married, dies for real, his anguish is the biggest TearJerker in the whole series, even beyond the original MJ's "death" and Peter's belief that it was real.]] Then the show was cancelled before we could see any closure to the storyline, though the final episode does feature the promise that rescuing Mary Jane is Spider-Man's next stop.
** The trailer for the "Spideyology" marathon of this series ''really'' made you hold your breath with this even though the series had been over for ''years'' and everyone knew Gwen Stacy wasn't even ''in'' it except for one minute of the series finale in a parallel universe. We see images of the Green Goblin as we hear a voice say "The measure of a man is how he handles defeat. Let's see how you handle yours!" and we see a blonde woman falling. ''Later in the trailer,'' he catches her. (As for [[NeverTrustATrailer what was really going on]]: the line comes from the ''Hobgoblin'' as he attacks the Kingpin's {{Mooks}}. The falling woman is Felicia Hardy, who doesn't have white hair in this series [[spoiler: until she is augmented to become the Black Cat.]])
** The two-part Season Two premiere features Spider-Man facing a team of his old enemies called the Insidious Six (rather than Sinister Six like in most versions) while having the disadvantage of his powers disappearing on him. In the original comic story, the reason he was losing his powers was because of Peter's guilt over his Uncle Ben's death, causing his subconscious to unwittingly make them vanish. This version? It's the ''first stage'' of his body continuing to mutate from the bite the radioactive spider gave him, which is slowly transforming him into something completely inhuman [[spoiler:which eventually occurs midway through the season, via some surprisingly gruesome BodyHorror.]]
* In the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' franchise, Zog the Triceraton has always been a revered minor character, as he bravely sacrificed himself to save the Turtles in the original comics and the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 cartoon]]. This gets averted in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 series]]. [[spoiler: The gravity of the Turtles taking advantage of someone not in their right mind is fully explored and called out, with Zog furious that Raphael tricked him when he was slowly dying in Earth's atmosphere. Furthermore, he ends up committing ''suicide'' when it appears he's failed to summon his superiors to Earth in order to destroy it. To make matters worse, his efforts weren't in vain, and the Triceratons invade and destroy Earth in the following episode (which is undone half a season later, but the psychological damage has been done by Zog's turn here)]].
* The Franchise/{{DCAU}} uses this to good effect sometimes:
** For instance, in his debut in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Bane tries to break Batman's back in the same manner as in the comics, but Batman manages to disable him first (in fairness, it probably helped a lot that unlike his comic counterpart, the DCAU Batman wasn't being plagued by a nasty case of fatigue at the time).
** Think Hawkgirl will be exactly what she says she is, and is known to be in the comics: a police officer from another world? Guess again.
** Likewise, the first time Doomsday (the creature that "killed" Superman in the comics) shows up in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, he faces an alternate-universe Superman [[KnightTemplar who has few scruples]], and wastes no time whatsoever lobotomizing Doomsday with his heat vision. Besides, his first appearance is the same as in the comics (he simply gets out from a meteorite, and begins a senseless rampage of destruction), but it is later revealed that Doomsday's origin is far more complex than that, the thing we had seen was just the peak of the iceberg.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' cartoon, Venom appears as one of the show's toughest villains. However, here he isn't Eddie Brock. [[spoiler: He's Harry Osborn]]. Also, Carnage appears later. [[spoiler: Cletus Kasady ''doesn't. Peter'' is possessed by the Carnage symbiote through Osborn's machinations.]]
* Wally West taking over for Barry Allen as Franchise/TheFlash when he died saving the world has been a staple since the '80s. So anyone expecting this to happen in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' will be surprised that [[spoiler:Wally dies saving the world, after giving the Kid Flash name to Impulse.]] Especially considering that Barry's death was foreshadowed earlier in the season and [[spoiler: when Barry realizes Wally is in trouble, he tries to slow down so that he and Impulse can take some of the pressure off Wally, despite the Atom telling them how vital it was that they not slow down ''at all.'' The implication is that Barry is trying to sacrifice himself in place of Wally, but it's too late.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Wizard of Odd" Candace tries to [[ImMelting melt]] Doofenwitch [[KillItWithWater with water]], but all it does is make his robe shrink.
* From 2002 to 2005, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} ran a series of shorts parodying classic 1960's Christmas specials featuring the Nicktoons characters every December. One of these was entitled "[[HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas How the You-Know-Who Stole You-Know-What!]]", featuring [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Angelica Pickles]] as "Grinchelica", stealing chocolate candy from the other Nicktoons characters. Towards the end of the short, Grinchelica thinks about the Nicktoons having nothing at all, but rather than undergo a HeelFaceTurn, she decides she doesn't care and keeps all the chocolates for herself. In the end, it's her stomach, not her heart, that grows in size.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In the episode, "Citizen Max", Montana Max yells "Acme!" and Hamton tries to solve the mystery of why he said it. In keeping with the episode being a parody of ''Film/CitizenKane'', a discarded bicycle that Monty used to ride with Buster [[WeUsedToBeFriends when they were friends]] has the ACME logo on it, leading viewers to believe that that was what Monty was referring to. [[spoiler:Then Monty appears and tells Hamton, Buster, and Babs that he didn't say "Acme!", he said "Acne!" and shows them an outbreak of pimples on his face.]]
** In another episode that parodies the poem ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat'' with Buster in the main role, the episode ends with Buster hitting a home run, much to the surprise of Sylvester the InteractiveNarrator.
-->'''Sylvester''': Say! That's not the way the poem goes!\\
'''Buster''': You were expecting me to strike out? I'm the star of this show!