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"Please note that it's very, VERY easy to accidentally spoil yourself on the Danganronpa games. There are many twists and turns of the series, the least of which are what characters live and die. Don't read wikis, any of them, and don't look at fan art. Sometimes even official merchandise can spoil things. Simply typing their name into Google with autocomplete on can clue you into a characters fate."
Congratulations! After plenty of hype aversion
and general laziness, you finally decided to check out that series everyone's talking about. You go to the DVD store, buy the first season, set up your DVD player, turn on the TV, crack open the DVD case and...
... wait a minute. Isn't that a commercial for the latest season? Why is the first season's ruthless and merciless big bad
being all chummy-chummy with the main protagonists? You mean he's going to turn good?!
Feeling annoyed that a major event has just been spoiled for you? Irritated? Enraged? Too bad because other fans, and apparently the advertisers, all agree it's your own fault for not being aware.
Basically, a late arrival spoiler is when a particular revelation in a current work is spoiled by official sources and merchandise. This could be due to a number of factors, like the toy division making an action figure of one of the heroes post-Face-Heel Turn
, or showing them off on the front cover. In any case, it all boils down to being spoiled because you started too late. Hence, it's a late arrival spoiler.
Sometimes, it is hard to avoid this in shows that feature major changes in setting and cast line-up that hinge on major plot twists in previous seasons. For example, the Season 1 big bad is a major player on the good guys' side
in Season 4. How exactly are you going to hide
that in promos just for the sake of not spoiling the people who haven't watched Season 3 yet? Also a frequent problem in longrunners and multi-volumes where the story unfolds over a long period of time.
This may also manifest when publication is not simultaneous across different places, usually between countries (for example, a movie is released at X day in the United States and X+Y day in Europe, or a comic book or animated series is not published or aired in a certain country until it's translated to the local language). Once the work is available to the public at the source country, all official sources and related business may consider that it's fair game to consider that the audience has already seen it, and proceed to sell the "Luke, I Am Your Father
If the spoiler in question is common knowledge to people in general, then it was his sled
. Compare Trailers Always Spoil
and Spoiler Opening
, when the plot is spoiled before the fans even get their hands on the product, as well as First Episode Spoiler
, which tends to be the extreme of this. If it's a little less extreme, hits early but not immediately, it might be a Mid-Season Twist
. See Popcultural Osmosis
for cases when the reveal is included in modern and more popular works, such as adaptions or parodies. A subset of All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game"
, where the big twist is the one thing everyone knows about the work.
Needless to say, all examples may contain spoilers for some people, as described.
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- A popular arc of Superman featured a warped and bizarre Metropolis in which the villainous Superman every night busted out and had to be brought back to jail by the resident superhero, Bizarro. The reason behind this sudden change and the entity responsible? The mystery was tightly kept during the original release, but the fact that the paperback collection was titled Emperor Joker ruined the big surprise.
- The second issue of Marvel's Thunderbolts comic had a retailer's incentive alternate cover that showed the team in their original Masters of Evil guises. This cover was also used as the cover of the first collected edition, which also explains the situation in the back cover blurb, and has a foreword by Kurt Busiek which begins "The trickiest part of the whole thing was maintaining the surprise. Not that we're doing so any more."
- The trade paperback for one Transformers story was called Transformers: Legacy of Unicron. This was a big deal when the comic was first published: the title was blanked in the table of contents.
- When Mary Jane first appeared, she was initially The Faceless, and the fact that she was a complete fox instead of just plain was a huge surprise to Peter Parker as well as his friends ("Face it, tiger; You just hit the jackpot"). Now that the cat's been out of the bag for years, it's virtually impossible to view this as a surprise thanks to her immense popularity as well as her countless depictions in the media.note
- The Green Goblin's identity was a secret for over two years (in real time). He debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #14 and wouldn't be revealed as Norman Osborn until #39. Now everyone with more than a passing knowledge of Spider-Man knows Norman is the Green Goblin.
- The trade paperback for Marvel 1602 has a foreword by a critic. While it doesn't quite spoil the ending it does a large part of the middle; namely, the death of Queen Elizabeth, and that the heroes end up in America.
- There's something about Neil Gaiman and spoileriffic forewords. Frank McConnell's foreword to the The Sandman trade paperback "The Kindly Ones" actually features the line, "Dream dies at the end." Not only that, but McConnell is utterly unapologetic about spoiling it for people who haven't read the comic yet: "Sorry to bust your bubble, but this is a tragedy, or at least, as classically tragedy has been written in a long time, so you should know at the outset how it's going to end." Thanks, Frank, but if Neil Gaiman felt that way, he probably would have started with that scene and flashed back, or had a Greek chorus tell us how the arc would end, or DO ANYTHING BUT TELL THE STORY IN A LINEAR CHRONOLOGICAL FASHION.
- There is a clue in one of the earlier comics: Destiny looks in his book and sees an image of "Dream, clothed all in white and with white hair.".
- The above hardly qualifies as a clue, though, since its meaning is difficult to discern until after the fact. The fact that it seems to be one of a thousand throwaway lines (about half of which, admittedly, end up foreshadowing something) doesn't help.
- What is NOT difficult to discern, however, is the scene that closes the arc immediately before the Kindly Ones, at the Inn At World's End. After all the travelers have told their stories, all the characters are distracted by a literally massive funeral procession dominating the horizon. In that procession are all of Dream's family and many recognizable faces from previous stories, including characters that only exist because of their ties to Dream, such as Melvyn Pumpkinhead, Nuala, et al. If you look - not even carefully, if you just look, it becomes swiftly impossible not to notice that ALL of these characters are closely tied to Dream... and Dream is the only character not present in the procession. The sequence ends with an image of Death, crying. The sequence did not so much 'heavily foreshadow' Dream's death as much as it outright told you it was going to happen.
- This isn't limited to the Kindly Ones. Every trade except the first volume contains an introduction and while some warn, all of them outright spoil the stories contained inside.
- The title of the first post-Civil War Captain America TPB? Captain America: The Death of Captain America. While yes, there was a huge media blitz about it when it happened, it kind of sucks for new readers, or people in other countries who didn't get that hype.
- Then it happened again, only in reverse. With the delays on Captain America: Reborn, he appeared in at least four books before the big event had actually happened.
- The Robin trade paperback that features the return of Spoiler has this plastered on everywhere. The Spoiler alert tag itself is a spoiler. Spoiler is on the cover. Then inside, the reader discovers very quickly that without doubt it is Stephanie Brown. So it is more about Robin's reaction to and refusal to believe it.
- Legion of Super-Heroes storyline, The Great Darkness Saga featured Darkseid as the main antagonist. His appearance intended as a surprise is blown to anyone who picks up the trade (as he appears on the cover).
- The back cover of the paperback collection Annihilation Conquest: Book Two refers to "the previously unknown mastermind of the Phalanx invasion — a revelation that will have longtime Marvel fans' jaws on the floor!" The illustration immediately below this text plainly shows the evil robot Ultron.
- Back in the 1960s in The Avengers, a new character called "Yellowjacket" appeared, claimed that he had killed Henry Pym, kidnapped the Wasp, and to everybody's surprise, when they returned the Wasp organized a wedding with him. It was revealed that end of the story that Yellowjacket is Henry Pym, with a Split Personality. Still, after being cured from the split personality problem, he kept being "Yellowjacket" as his superhero identity (or at least, one of the several he had over the years). For this reason, hardly any modern reader of the Avengers will read the TPB and not realize what was really going on long before the reveal.
- For some reason, the first Star Wars Omnibus: X-Wing Rogue Squadron already includes the Handbook for the series, spoiling the stories in later volumes.
- When NYX was originally released, X-23 was unknown in the comics and had thus far only appeared in two episodes of X-Men: Evolution, making it a legitimate surprise when she is revealed as the identity of the prostitute who appears in issue #3. Now, that NYX was her comics debut is about the only thing anyone actually remembers about the series. The trade paperback collection even plasters her quite prominently right on the cover, even though Kiden Nixon is the main character and the number of times Laura actually has lines can be counted on one hand (though she does ultimately drive the plot in the second half of the story).
- When The Judas Contract of the Teen Titans was first published, nobody suspected that Terra, the Naďve Newcomer, would actually be an evil spy. Nowadays, her betrayal has been a recurring past plot for the Titans, and any betrayal (real or supposed) is compared with Terra's. Even more, there was a clone of Terra some years later, always living under the shadow of the actions of the original one. It is unlikely that a modern reader would read the story without knowing in advance what was going to happen.
- In one story, the X-Men find themselves in the Savage Land, in the company of a white-haired but not-too-old-looking man. Eventually he puts on a certain familiar helmet. At the time it was a major shocker, because we'd never seen Magneto unmasked or not acting like the dramatic Evil Is Hammy wa-ha-ha Big Bad that was his then-current portrayal. It was a very effective disguise. Of course, now, we know Erik's face as well as his costume (even Depending on the Artist doesn't change his most distinctive aspects to the point of him being hard to recognize, just like there's no not knowing Wolverine no matter who's drawing.) to the point that a much later story where he went incognito had him dramatically unmasked with his real face, no costume needed. It isn't just not a surprise; you'll spend the whole story confused that nobody's reacting like they should until you get to The Reveal and realize this is the first time they saw him.
- Similarly, Jason Wyngarde from The Dark Phoenix Saga. This mysterious behind-the-scenes player has a long-term scheme unfolding over many issues (this is before the Decompressed Comic; several issues meant several stories.) Then we discover he's part of a group called the Hellfire Club, and we meet Emma Frost and the Club wants the then-newly-encountered Kitty Pryde and it's only when the Hellfire Club arc is in full swing that we get The Reveal that the mastermind of their plan was... well, Mastermind. Their loooooooong-unseen old enemy used his Master of Illusion powers to take on a posh appearance and a new alter ego. Of course, as with the above example, we've known who he is for so long that it's impossible to not know who he is from the beginning of the story. In fact, any time they've run into him since then, someone will always say "remember when you did that thing to Phoenix that resulted in her going apocalyptically nutso?! You're going down for that!"
- And for that matter, spoiler alert: Jean is going to get supercharged and become Phoenix. Then she's gonna go apocalyptically nutso. And die. And get better. Each of those things was a surprise at the time, each a major game-changer and a milestone moment for the franchise. Of course, there's no considering any of it a spoiler by the time it's pretty much all anyone ever thinks about when it comes to the character.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye got hit with this hard when Megatron joined the Lost Light crew at the start of season 2. Not only did IDW itself spoil him joining the crew through solicitations, but the cover for volume 6 prominently displays Megatron with an Autobot symbol. Just to make it worse IDW spoiled this before the story it occurs in was over.
- This Very Wiki has this problem. The pages for MTMTE were blanking out Megatron's joining with spoiler tags, but his role was so big and he was so thoroughly spoiled that it was decided there was no point in blanking out everything.
- If you saw The Movie Adaptation first, it comes as no surprise that Red Mist is The Mole in Kick-Ass. And the trailers for the second movie show his ascension to Big Bad.
- Fan fiction in general can be a late arrival spoiler. If someone new to the fandom starts looking, they may be surprised by summaries that give away important plot points.
- A sequel to any story could also have this effect if the author includes spoilers in the summary.
- Evangelion 303: If someone checks Grummancat page before reading all chapters in order, that person will get spoiled that: Jessika was in love with Asuka, Unit-04 crashes and Jessika dies, Asuka falls in a coma but it only lasts several months, Asuka's suicide attempt fails, Shinji and Asuka got engaged and Mari Makinami is the Sixth Child.
- While not nearly as egregious as some examples, in Winter War, Byakuya's survival is one of these. The series index lists the chapters by name and POV character. Byakuya is MIA at the start of the fic, his death apparently confirmed several chapters later... and then we get a chapter titled "Byakuya: Necessity." So if you started reading late, and looked at the chapter index, you probably knew he wasn't really dead even before you got to the point where Hanatarou remembers seeing him apparently die.
- Brendan's Pokémon Adventure has spoilers for the next few chapters, and has a page exclusively for spoilers.
- The title of the second installment in the Blueblood series, Blueblood's Redemption, implies Blueblood wasn't redeemed in the first, Blueblood Returns, essentially spoiling its ending: his Heel-Face Turn wasn't genuine. Unfortunately, anyone looking up the fic now is likely to find it listed along with the sequel.
- Very early on in Eddward Wright: Ace Attorney, minor spoilers to the ending of Port-Ed 2 exist, such as the Eds having their ASHPDs and Edd having his Companion Cube. The last plot point may not be as surprising for those who finished Portal 2, but the first one is. Oh yeah, and Port-Ed 2 is not even halfway done yet.
- A flashback from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series spoils the Scooby-Doo-esque twist of Attack Of The Teacher Creature. It doesn't mention the later twist about the monster actually existing, thankfully.
- Back in The Second Try, the existence of a little girl named Aki was an enormous spoiler. She's the main character in the sequel webmanga.
- Equestrias First Human: The askblog based around the fic, as well as the author's Deviantart page, make it pretty obvious that Connor becomes a pony.
- The summary and first couple of chapters of The Legacy of the Fire Empire (the sequel to The Fall Of The Fire Empire) spoil both the ending of the first story, as well as the major plot point of Aang still being alive, after waking from the coma-like state that the Fire Empire's actions kept him in.
- Life In Manehattan: It's revealed about halfway through the first story in the series that museum curator Honey Do is actually the real life Daring Do, whose exploits are the inspiration for the popular book series, but she keeps this a secret so that no one will treat her like her brash fictional counterpart.
- A Voice Among The Strangers reveals towards the end that Ebony has been the new Changeling queen for some time now, and is also named Chrysalis. The first chapter of the P.O.V. Sequel A Stranger Among the Voices, is from Ebony's point of view and begins some time before the first story. As such, it does not attempt to keep the secret.
- Facing The Future Series: Anyone who reads ahead in the series will learn Danielle has been adopted by the Fentons.
- Webwork: A major plot point is Jade's further transformation from a Shadowkhan into a Jorogumo. This happens just late enough to spoil things for new readers, but early enough to essentially drive the whole plot.
- Death Note II The Hidden Note. As a Continuation of the original Death Note, the first chapter spoils what happens at the end of the original story. Which ends up becoming a plot point.
Films — Animation
- The 2-disc DVD edition of Disney's Aladdin starts with several movie trailers before you reach the main DVD menu. Including the trailer for The Return of Jafar. Where he, you know, returns. As a genie.
- And Heaven forbid anyone watch the Aladdin TV show before seeing that Iago did a Heel-Face Turn in The Return of Jafar. The Disney Channel aired several episodes in April 1994 before the company's video department released that sequel in May, and thus Iago was inexplicably "being all chummy-chummy" with the crew, perching harmlessly on Jasmine's shoulder, etc.
- Trailers and merchandise for the Shrek movies after the first one both obviously and inevitably spoil what was a huge surprise in the first movie: Fiona turns into an ogre. "Why is Fiona fat and green?! Wait! NOOOO!"
- Merchandise for Shrek the 3rd, released before the movie, included a toy set of the ogre triplets, who don't appear until the VERY end of the film.
- The official Wreck-It Ralph coloring book goes through the entire story, spoiling everything. The Wii and DS tie-in games came out a week before the film. Since they were set post-movie, most of the major twists were spoiled mainly the true identities of Vanellope and King Candy.
- The closing credits of Winnie-the-Pooh credit Huell Howser as the Backson, spoiling The Stinger in which it is revealed that he isn't just a figment of the 100 Acre Wood gang's imagination.
- Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters, Inc. made several years after the original, revolves around Mike enrolling in college in order to become a scarer. If you've already seen Monsters, Inc., you know Mike never gets to be a Scarer. On the other hand, if you watch Monsters University before watching Monsters, Inc., you will have one of the latter movie's plot twists spoiled for you, namely Roz actually being a CDA agent.
- In their October mailings, the Disney Movie Club advertises their movies by the villain. This can spoil movies where who the villain is is a big twist, including Toy Story 3, Up, and Frozen, as well as the true name of Bowler Hat Guy.
- Tangled: In the commercials during the Latin American TV premiere, the music video of the song "You'are the glow" was shown, who contained shots of sun rays coming from Flynn's body and a short-haried Rapunzel kissing Flynn.
- If you had never seen Frozen before watching Season 4 of Once Upon a Time, then it wasn't long before the plot twist that Hans is the villain was spoiled.
Films — Live Action
- ''Star Wars:
- The Empire Strikes Back: it's hard to find anyone that doesn't know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father, even if they've never watched any of the movies.
- The VHS release of A New Hope opened with a trailer for the full trilogy on video, including the line "Is Darth Vader my father?" from Jedi, ensuring that even the most ignorant first-time viewers weren't surprised.
- Palpatine wasn't actually named on film in the original trilogy, being referred to only as "Emperor" (his name comes from the A New Hope novelization). So, theoretically, if you never saw any of the action figures, comics, books, or other non-movie material, or paid attention to the credits and realized it was the same actor in the prequels as in Return of the Jedi, you might not know. Until the last film came out, there was some discussion among Star Wars fans (who obviously would know) that Lucas might pull one out of the hat and reveal Sidious wasn't really Palpatine. He was.
- Trailers for Episode III naturally gave away the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader as the main selling point for seeing the movie in the first place, and attempted to subvert the trope by teasing the audience into exactly how this transformation comes about. People who had been reading supplemental materials, however, knew it would happen in a Battle Amongst the Flames between Anakin and Obi-Wan.
- The movie posters for Episode I, showing young Anakin's shadow, as formed by his mushroom-top hair-do, forming the outline of Darth Vader's helmet.
- The soundtrack CD for The Phantom Menace was released before the film. Two tracks were called Qui-Gon's Noble End and The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon's Funeral.
- Lampshaded mercilessly by Ansem Retort Darth Maul, who was shown as being oblivious that Qui-Gon died, complaining to Marluxia that "some people haven't seen this movie yet." This is made more absurd when one considers that his introduction into the comic included whining about his fate in the end of the movie.
- And even for newcomers watching the movies in chronological order, it is quite hard to remain unspoiled about the relationship between the Queen of Naboo and her handmaiden when so many materials about Episode II and III talk about Senator Padme Amidala.
- The trailers and posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is fairly blunt about a number of Book 7 developments, including the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry's turning himself over to Voldemort, and the show-down between Harry and Voldemort.
- Also, if you haven't read or seen Half-Blood Prince, you might be a tad confused as to why Harry and Ginny kiss in the 7 trailer. But then, the trailer basically spoils everything aside from the final outcome of, since most of the trailer is made of stuff that is definitely from the second part. Way to go, trailer-makers.
- Trailers for the fifth movie obviously center on the Ministry's refusal to accept that Voldemort has returned.
- Trailers for the fifth movie also clearly show that Sirius Black is a good guy, spoiling The Reveal at the end of the third film. It's made even more explicit in this promo for the same film.
- Speed Racer hangs a lampshade that Racer X is Rex Racer, with the twist that he isn't Speed's brother except he still is, he just had plastic surgery.
- The final shot of Being There is often spoiled by reviewers, biographies and documentaries of Peter Sellers (as well as the 2004 biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), and even TV promos (and the trailers for that biopic). What's really sad is that it's an unusually powerful Twist Ending in that it forces the viewer to rethink what they know about Chance the Gardener — as said at the Misaimed Fandom entry, perhaps the viewer WASN'T as privy to his actual nature as they thought... or was she? Plus, it's a sudden injection of sheer fantasy into what was a fairly realistic satire up to that moment. That said though, given the reasons it tends to be spoiled — it's the Crowning Moment of Awesome for both the character and perhaps the actor (it was conceived as a response to how well the movie and his performance were working), as well as a starting point for discussions about the film — it's perhaps more justifiable than other examples of this trope.
- Heck, the shot is often used on the cover.
- Because it's been in so many other Batman media anyway, it's impossible not to know that Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face. The only question in any of the series is how, and when. Still, there was an interview with Aaron Eckhart in the July/August 08 Men's Health. It lists his movie roles, including his turn in The Dark Knight as "Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Harvey Two-Face". Which kind of blew the surprise considering that nobody knew if he actually would become Two-Face during that film or not. Of course he did!
- Also something that might have thrown people by the Burton/Schumacher films: Harvey Dent was played by Billy Dee Williams in the first movie, and Tommy Lee Jones (as Two-Face) in the third. Lest you think that changing actors can be done subtly, Williams is black and Jones is white.
- As mentioned on the Batman Forever page, Williams took the minor role of Harvey Dent expecting that in sequels he would become Two-Face, and had it in his contract. The studio bought him out, when they wanted to use Tommy Lee Jones instead.
- There are plenty of people who are going to be upset, but shouldn't be, about The Express's built-in Downer Ending: Ernie Davis died of leukemia two years after the film's signature Crowning Moment of Awesome. Some of the current commercials lampshade this (probably hoping to stave off such a reaction).
- Most of the marketing for Watchmen falls under Trailers Always Spoil in that it's not very subtle about Veidt being the real villain. However, the bio for Rorschach on Facebook includes an audio clip of his journal, one of which has him flat out stating this fact. Commercials also reveal Rorschach's face, spoiling his identity for anyone who hadn't already read the graphic novel, or knew the character's actor.
- Friday the 13th: As Ghostface put it: "You should know that Jason's mother, Mrs. Voorhees, was the original killer. Jason didn't show up till the sequel. I'm afraid that was the wrong answer."
- The trailers to Hannibal obviously reveal that Hannibal escaped in The Silence of the Lambs. Also, ask anyone about the characters in Silence of the Lambs and you're bound to get "A crazy guy who makes clothes out of women's skin.", a fact that isn't revealed in the movie until the 3rd Act, where it's a big reveal, and one of the changes from the book that is for the better (in the book Hannibal reveals that Bill is making a woman suit, and the revelation is relegated to "He knows how to sew").
- A Shot in the Dark was the second film in Peter Sellers' Pink Panther film series and it's the one where all the elements of the later films in the series are introduced. But because it doesn't have "Pink Panther" in the title, it's likely to be one of the last films of the series you're going to watch. There are two elements in this film that were played as plot twists that became unsurprising running gags in the later films:
- Early in the film, a sinister looking Asian man attacks Clouseau in his own bedroom! It's Clouseau's own manservant Cato, whom Clouseau has actually ordered to constantly attack him so Clouseau will always be Crazy-Prepared for an attack.
- Later in the film, a shadowy figure stalks Clouseau and makes several attempts on his life! Is it the killer? No, it's Clouseau's own boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, who's been driven Axe Crazy by Clouseau's shenanigans. This "twist" not only became a Running Gag, but became the main plot of The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
- The American DVD case and menu for Audition spoil the major Genre Shift twist in the second half of the movie.
- The iconic scene from Say Anything, where Lloyd is holding the boombox over his head, is now the cover art for the film.
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Search? Did something happen to Spock in the last movie?
- One could call it downplayed, in that while it establishes that something happened to Spock in the last movie, it doesn't establish what — he must be separated from the crew in a dramatically interesting way for them to search for him, but that doesn't mean he has to be dead.
- In fact, him being dead is the least logical of any conclusions to be drawn from the title alone, considering the fact that death is one of a few things that is hard to be found from.
- The trailers for the second part of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers, made it very, very clear that Gandalf was not in fact dead as the first movie had implied. Which was a pretty major plot twist in the book, but apparently the marketing team thought genre-savvy movie-goers probably figured it out.
- The opening credits of The Final Destination play across CGI reenactments of spectacular deaths from the prior three films, potentially depleting their shock-value for anyone seeing this installment first. Partially averted, as the reenactments use skeletal figures in the role of victims, hence the identity of who'd gotten killed in each manner is left in doubt.
- Freddy's opening monologue in Freddy vs. Jason includes a rapid-fire flashback to several of the previous Elm Street films' killings, which spoil a lot of them for viewers who initially take an interest in F Vs. J as Jason fans.
- The tagline for Little Nicky basically spoils who his mom is...
- In the ending of The Matrix Revolutions, Neo dies in a Heroic Sacrifice against Smith. This plot twist is spoiled in an ad for The Matrix Online, which mentions the factions fighting over "the legacy of Neo's sacrifice."
- The VHS release of the original The Matrix spoiled the whole " reality isn't real, everyone's in a Lotus-Eater Machine" revelation on the back of the freaking box! And then the DVD release did it again.
- Subverted hardcore in Se7en. Kevin Spacey is never shown in ads or posters and his name isn't even in the opening credits. This was a man who was meant to get top billing. Bravo, good sir. Bravo.
- The DVD and video covers for the original Planet of the Apes has the final, iconic shot of the Statue of Liberty. Despite this, there are still some people who don't know the ending.
- The VHS release of What Dreams May Come spoiled Annie's suicide on the back of the box. And then the DVD release did it again.
- Alien: Resurrection's official trailer flatout says that Ellen Ripley died before the events of the film no less than three separate times (using various characters' quotes).
- The back cover for the UK DVD release of Alienł outright spoils the fact that supporting characters Dwayne Hicks and 'Newt' Jorden are killed at the beginning of the film (before Ripley crashes on Fiorina 161).
- There's a very subtle one in this poster◊ for The Usual Suspects. The tagline is a hint. Kevin Spacey (aka Verbal Kint) is the only one who's over his name. Also, he's the last in the lineup and the last one named.
- The DVD of The Usual Suspects is even worse. The scene index shows a still clip from each of the 25 "chapters" of the DVD. The still clip for the final chapter shows a fax machine receiving an image of Keyser Soze's face, and even at low resolution a casual viewer can easily see it's Kevin Spacey.
- Also, if you watch too much of the main menu of the DVD of the The Usual Suspects you will see a man's feet as he limps down the street. His gait quickly becomes less shuffling and he is suddenly walking perfectly fine.
- If you didn't know that Jigsaw died in Saw III, you may wish to steer clear of the trailers and DVD boxart for Saw IV, which show Jigsaw's body lying on an autopsy table and his disembodied head being weighed on a scale, respectively.
- The DVD cover of Halloween II (1981) outright spoils the fact that Laurie Strode is Michael Myers' sister; something that isn't revealed until mid-way through the film.
- Once you pop the Ghost Rider DVD into your player, the background visuals behind the menus reveal that there is a second Ghost Rider.
- Prior to it's airing on TV, the Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue episode "Trakeena's Revenge" was sold in limited McDonald's during April, and thus providing spoilers (to those not Sentai educated) for the later portion of the series such as the Rangers' Omega Megazord, Max Solarzord, V-Lancers, Battle Boosters. There's also the first onscreen appearance of Olympius, as well as Queen Bansheera who has partially taken physical form.
- The main menu of the WarGames DVD shows WOPR playing tic-tac-toe
- The cover of the 20th anniversary collector's edition of The Princess Bride makes it quite clear who the Man in Black really is.
- The main menu of the Barton Fink DVD spoils several crucial aspects of the ending.
- The theatrical trailer to Paul Bartel’s Private Parts reveals spoilers from the end of the film.
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes: Phibes' disfigured face, only revealed late in the film, is shown on the theatrical poster.
- Evidently the marketers in charge of promoting Captain America: The Winter Soldier didn't even try to keep the titular Soldier's identity (Bucky Barnes) a secret, bringing up his real name in promotional material on DVDs and in a documentary about the MCU. Yes, for comics fans it was an eight year old spoiler already, but because of this mindset hardly anyone walking into theatres was shocked to find out who he was. Same goes for DVD viewers, which featured a screenshot of his uncovered face on the DVD case.
- Although the movie's writers did seem to be aware of this, and exploited the fact that everyone could see this particular twist coming a mile off to distract from the real spoiler: SHIELD has been a puppet agency controlled by HYDRA from its very inception.
- This might be the reason why the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs ends in the very early 2000s. Since Steve Jobs had died a mere two years before the movie's release, the filmmakers probably figured everybody not living under a rock would know how the story ends. So the film cuts to credits with a simple title card which says Steve Paul Jobs 1955-2011.
- The synopsis on the back of the Star Trek Into Darkness DVD names Benedict Cumberbatch's character as Khan, despite the fact that his true identity as the iconic super villain is not revealed until halfway through the movie, with the character using an alias up until that point.
- For the theatrical release of Hancock, Charlize Theron received the Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer treatment in both trailers and promotional artwork, which gave the audience the impression she simply had a supporting role as Justin Bateman's wife, until it's revealed she also has superpowers, and had a tragic immortal history and ties with the titular character. The DVD cover art dispenses with the surprise by promoting Theron to equal Billed Above The Title treatment with Will Smith — the movie had always been promoted as a solo vehicle for Smith — and has her in her Dark Action Girl garb in an Ass Kicking Pose next to Hancock.
- In general, School Study Media is bad about this. The editions that they hand out in class often contain forewords by literature professors giving some background on the author, a bit of context for some things seen in the work, and of course, spoiling every single plot twist in the book. Because apparently they can't imagine that someone might read these books because they are interested in the story.
- Nicely averted by Penguin Classics; each has a warning not to read the introduction if you haven't read the book before, as it tends to give away major plot points.
- In the Kenzie and Gennaro Series, the identity of the serial killer in the second book is mentioned repeatedly in later books. He essentially becomes Patrick Kenzie's boogeyman, with his memory constantly haunting his nightmares. It's easy to forget that in the second book, he was introduced as Gerry Glynn, the retired policeman who runs a bar in Patrick's neighborhood.
- Also, the sixth book is a direct follow-up to Gone Baby Gone, the fourth book in the series. The conclusion to that one, where Kenzie rescues the girl from her loving kidnappers and returns her to her neglectful drug-addict mother, is spoiled on the back cover of the sixth book.
- Twilight: Edward is a vampire. You can glean that from the back of the book. This despite the fact that it tries to keep the reader guessing what Edward's deal is for about the first half of the book.
- It's really more of Dramatic Irony than "keeping the reader guessing"; the reader knows, but Bella still needs to figure it out.
- And then book two does it again with Jacob being a werewolf. Possibly the reason that "Eclipse" has a slightly better reputation even among the Hatedom is that it's a big relief to not spend the whole first half waiting for a twist that everyone already knows.
- Certain editions of the Discworld book Guards! Guards! contains character summaries of the "Duke of Ankh, Commander" Vimes, and "Captain" Carrot. For those who don't know, this is the first book of the Watch series, and it ends with a still-drunken Captain Vimes, and a still-naive Lance-Corporal Carrot.
By the way, the character summaries of these editions are found all the way back in the first book of Discworld, which doesn't even have the City Watch. In fact only four of the seventeen characters in the summaries are even in the book and only two of those played a major part.
- The Harper Torch printings of the older Discworld books tend to assume you've read them already, so they tend to have fairly spoileriffic images on the cover. To their credit, the spoiler usually doesn't make sense until you have read the book, but it's still not cool to put the gonne on the cover of Men at Arms. (Not a huge spoiler though, as anybody in Roundworld rather than the Discworld will know what the weapon was as soon as the first death occurs. Any cover image or blurb that shows a plot element is equivalent, since you wouldn't otherwise know about the book until you started to read it.)
- The "classy" Corgi reprints have black covers with something symbolic or significant (e.g. vampire teeth for Carpe Jugulum). The one for Feet of Clay is a bit of a giveaway◊ for a book that even calls itself a "howdunnit".
- Not only does this happen with the endings of the Discworld books, but it will automatically happen if you read the first book of a series published after any earlier work. This is most glaring with the first Moist von Lipwig book, Going Postal, which includes spoilers to nearly all of the city watch books and The Truth. As this is one of the most popular novels in the series, and one of the more recently published, it is a real problem for new fans unsure of where to really start.
- The Reveal at the ending of The Wheel of Time's first book? Rand is the Dragon Reborn. The cover of the third book? A triumphant Rand, with the words "The Dragon Reborn" written in big, bold letters. Although in all fairness, it was pretty obvious from about halfway into the third chapter. (Of course, it's only a spoiler if you identify the young man with sandy-coloured hair wearing a cream-coloured tunic with a purple belt, denim jeans (or the fantasy equivalent), mid-calf leather boots, and a glowing sword floating in mid-air above his raised hand as being the tall, gray-eyed youth with a reddish tint to his hair described in the first book - it's not like the cover comes with a name tag.)
- The front cover art of The Moment of the Magician by Alan Dean Foster spoils what is clearly written to be a surprise, that the new evil magician in town is a kid's party magician who stumbled in from our own world, and now his lame magic works.
- Haven't read the first three books in Chris D'Lacy's Dragons series? The blurb on the fourth book doesn't seem to care, since it reveals right on the inside that David, the protagonist of the first three books, dies at the end of the third book.
- Likewise, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as originally conceived, was a mystery. You weren't supposed to know Hyde was Jekyll all potioned up. Thanks to numerous film adaptations, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and the phrase being constantly (mis)used in popular culture, it's not a mystery anymore!
- Instead, it's Dramatic Irony.
- A fact which in itself may or may not be situational irony...
- The blurb for the Kyell Gold novel Isolation Play blatantly spoils Dev coming out of the closet on live television, which was the climax of the previous book, Out of Position.
- The blurb for the third book, Divisions, spoils the exact thing in the first sentence of the blurb. You have to wonder if Kyell is doing this intentionally as a way to tell the fans that they should know this already.
- In some parts of the Warrior Cats fandom, something only counts as a spoiler if it happened in a book that came out less than a month ago. If the book is more than a month old, well... too bad. However, the phenomenon also appears in the books themselves:
- And there's the blurb for Sunrise, which spoils the climax of the previous book. Yay!
- The award goes to the Tigerstar and Sasha manga, since the title itself is a spoiler for Moonrise.
- And, of course, the character lists in the front of the books, which are so riddled with spoilers it's a wonder they still put them in the front of the books. If a character dies sometime in the book, they are treated as dead.
- In the Blue is for Nightmares series, Jacob dies at the end of Silver is for Secrets. This is helpfully revealed on the back of the sequel Red is for Remembrance. Of course, the back of Black is for Beginnings helpfully notes out that he actually was Not Dead Yet.
- Enoch Root, of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle is immortal. Treated as a surprise in Cryptonomicon, but since he's the very first character to appear in The Baroque Cycle (which takes place somewhere in the range of 300 years earlier), you'll know he's Really 700 Years Old even if all you know about him from Cryptonomicon is that he appeared in that book.
- First words on the back of the second Tawny Man book by Robin Hobb? Nighteyes is dead. Thanks a lot.
- French translation of the title of Lois McMaster Bujold's first book in the Vorkosigan series, Shards of Honor, was Cordelia Vorkosigan, calling the heroine by her married name, said marriage occurring at the very end of the book and being quite hard-won by that time.
- And in Cordelia's Honor, Barrayar and Shards of Honor packaged together, the blurb on the back spoils the first half of the book for anyone who was new in coming to the Vorkosigan Saga.
- Because the whole plot takes off from it, the inside dust jacket (and subsequent paperback covers) for Sidney Sheldon's Memories of Midnight had to spoil the Twist Ending of The Other Side of Midnight: Catherine didn't die, but Constantin had her rescued and hidden so Larry and Noelle would be tried and executed for her murder. It's worth noting that the book was intended to work as a standalone novel as well as a sequel, via extended flashbacks to what happened in its predecessor.
- There is a dreadful 1970s pulp horror novel called Rabid, about the rabies virus spreading to the previously (and actually) rabies-free British Isles. The back-cover copy on the paperback edition ended with, "And when the virus became airborne, then the whole world would learn what it meant to be .... RABID!" The element of the virus mutating into an airborne form was a twist ending, on quite literally the last page of the book: it had nothing to do with the book's primary plot.
- Don't read the blurbs on the back of the later Codex Alera books if you want there to be any surprise when The Reveal rolls around about Tavi's parentage. It's much more entertaining when you piece it together over the course of 3 books, but it's very difficult to provide even a basic plot summary of the last two books without giving it away.
- Hell the titles of later books give away previous plot developments. They follow the pattern of Tavi's position during that book, thus spoiling his career advancements.
- So you're reading the first book of the Honor Harrington series, you come to the very end, turn the page, and staring you right in the face is an excerpt the first chapter from the eleventh book in the series that goes and spoils just about every plot point related directly to the main character.
- In The Parasol Protectorate, the back cover blurb for book 2 gives away the plot twist at the end of book 1, and the back cover blurb of book 3 gives away the plot twists for books 1 and 2. Tough luck for those who want to read the entire series at once.
- The second paragraph of the blurb for Inkdeath starts, "The fire-eater Dustfinger is dead." Okay, we know the movie and the book end differently, but come on!
- The first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series ends with the execution of Ned Stark and the fallout from this event fuels the plot of the next book; this, along with the fact that Daenerys managed to hatch the fossilised dragon eggs, is spoiled in some versions of the blurbs of later books. The fact that the fifth novel is called A Dance with Dragons probably also gave this away. Other major events throughout the series are also spoiled in this way, including Jaime and Cersei's incest, Robert's death, Stannis' defeat, Joffrey's death, and many more.
- In the short Newbery-award winning book, On My Honor, the summary on the back spoils what is probably the only plot point in the entire novelnote .
- The two big twists at the end of the first Percy Jackson and the Olympians novel, The Lightning Thief, are that Kronos is the Big Bad of the series, with Luke, Percy's Big Brother Mentor as his Dragon. Reading the blurb of any of the subsequent books spoils at least one of these twists, if not both.
- So, you decide that you are interested in reading the Skulduggery Pleasant books. You glance at the fifth book and decide to look at the blurb. Congratulations, the blurb has spoilered for you the huge twist at the end of the fourth book, which reveals that Valkyrie is Darquesse.
- Minor example in Old Man's War by John Scalzi. It's obviously supposed to be a surprise to the reader what the Ghost Brigades really are. The first time the protagonist hears the expression, he thinks it's a joke. Later, he learns that they exist, but thinks the name is just a nickname. However, since that very term is the title of a later book, if the reader is already aware of Scalzi's other works when reading Old Man's War, it is glaringly obvious that this will be important later. And the context of its first appearance gives away what it is.
- Present in various blurbs of later books for The Dresden Files: Thomas being Harry's half-brother and Molly becoming Harry's apprentice are some of the most-used ones. However, given the ending of Changes (Our Hero Is Dead), it is flat-out impossible to talk about the plot of the next book, Ghost Story, without giving away the last few pages of Changes.
- The back of each Deltora Quest book spoils the previous one. The summaries on the back of any book in the second and third series will tell you who the heir is.
- PIGS DON'T FLY, the first book of a trilogy by Mary Brown, gives away the climactic surprise of the novel in the blurb on the front cover of the paperback original! Pigs don't fly.... "But dragons do," spoiling the secret that the winged piglet adopted by the heroine is actually a baby dragon.
- In a simple case of Time Marches On, no contemporary reader of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe is going to be fooled as to the identity of the mysterious Forest Ranger who calls himself "Locksley." Indeed, most readers probably won't even realize that this was meant to hide the fact that "Locksley" is Robin Hood in the first place! However, for readers in Scott's time, it wasn't a dead giveaway - Scott was the first author to use that word in relation to Robin, and though it's now (without exception) understood to be the birthplace of the famous outlaw, Scott used it as a pseudonym to initially hide Robin's true identity.
- In Life of Pi, Richard Parker is a tiger. Though the fact that Pi will wind up on a boat with a tiger is never hidden, in reading Part One of the book, every reference to Richard Parker is phrased ambiguously enough that he could conceivably be human, and the reveal of his true nature as Pi is helping him onto the lifeboat is an Oh, Crap moment. However, most descriptions of the story don't try and hide his identity as the tiger.
- In the Rivers of London the climax of book one results in Lesley getting her face ripped off, the rest of the series she has to wear a face mask to cover the wounds. Since she is originally introduced as the World's Most Beautiful Woman, this has necessitated putting nearly everything she does in later books in spoiler tags.
- The cover of City of Lost Souls spoils the romantic plot arc of the first three books of The Mortal Instruments, revealing that Clary and Jace are not brother and sister and, indeed, are in a romantic relationship.
- Barely averted with Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell. This book was announced long before Twilight Sparkle was confirmed as becoming an alicorn, so the blurb was intentionally vague about what this 'Royal Event' actually was.
Live Action TV
- Bones the fact that Sweets is killed in the season 10 premiere was spoiled when a Buzz Feed post about it appeared not long after the episode was aired in the US. Needless to say, many people were upset, st even the title of the article was a spoiler. One person even commented that 'if people didn't watch the episode when it came out, it's their own fault' and was promptly met with replies of the fact that it had not (and STILL hasn't) aired everywhere else.
- Arrow has spoiled the fact that Malcolm Merlyn survives his "death" in the first season finale, what with him appearing in trailers for later episodes and his actor getting promoted to series regular for the third season.
- The official Breaking Bad Facebook page posted a memorial picture about Walter White's death shortly after the season finale. Fans were outraged, and it was removed in about a day. (Yahoo also posted one, and it stayed). And commercials for the show on AMC spoil Gus's death.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- The big twist in the first season, that Angel is a vampire, is pretty lame if you've seen any other season, or any preview for his own show. In the DVD Commentary Joss Whedon mentions that he was surprised that so few people figured this out before The Reveal, as he assumed everybody would.
- Likewise, Angel's fate is spoiled from the beginning. You know any deaths or Face Heel Turns he undergoes in Buffy will have to be temporary.
- Same can be said for Spike's Heel Face Turns.
- Any episode of either show where characters mention events on conversations that took place during their guest spot on the other show, usually making vague enough references that you can usually get the gist of what happened.
- In the commentary track for the very first episode Joss Whedon mentions that the school is blown up at the end of the third season.
- A commentary in the first season spoils the fact that Harmony becomes a vampire several seasons later.
- UK channel Sky One ran previews for the season five finale which showed Buffy's gravestone, running it constantly so that everyone watching TV would know how the episode ended.
- Many of the DVD menu screens manage to give away the episode's reveal in a single image.
- The DVD boxsets tend to be spoilerriffic in their own right. Buffy's season 7 set, for example, prominently depicts Xander wearing an eyepatch; the season 6 DVD boxset reveals the main villain Dark Willow on the front cover; Angel's season 5 shows Illyria and Spike.
- iCarly: Sam and Freddie kissed. Even more spoiled if new viewers of the show saw the trailer of "iThink They Kissed" without watching the prequel "iKiss". In said trailer, Carly yells ''Sam and Freddie KISSED!''.
- Behind-the-scenes photos from the Word of God had revealed to the fandom very early on that Freddie saves Carly's life.
- DVD menus are also a great place to spoil huge twists (even though they're usually twists that are already known by anyone with basic familiarity with the movie or show).
- For example, to watch The X-Files episode "End Game" you have to click on a still from the episode showing Samantha Mulder's face bleeding green blood, revealing not only that the Samantha featured in this and the previous episode was fake, but also that she dies.
- The X-Files has in both menus and the short video that starts the DVD (for instance, in Season 6 the very last scene of the season - a Cliff Hanger, of course - is used in both).
- The DVD/Blu-ray menu for the Doctor Who anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" features the closing credit sequence of the episode (sans credit text), revealing the outcome for a major character in the episode. It also acts as a spoiler regarding a mini-episode called "The Night of the Doctor" which is also included in the set. An it's not a case of "just ignore it" because the closing credits feature a new and unique rendition of the theme song that is bound to cause some viewers to stay tuned.
- The Babylon 5 DVDs also suffer from this, with the menu screens often showing a vitally important scene from the episode you were just about to watch.
- Every single episode (and nearly as many episode previews) of Babylon 5 after the first season spoils Delenn's transformation, as do the covers of the DVD box sets. Even sillier is the intro to Season 5: in less than a minute, it manages to spoil every major plot point of the previous four seasons.
- Due to a mastering error on the U.S. release of the DVD, the opening credits show the transformed appearance of Delenn before it is actually revealed in the series.
- Also, Season 4's box cover shows Sheridan in the cast—when the Season 3 finale's cliffhanger was Sheridan falling hundreds of feet down into that huge pit on Z'ha'dum.
- This was unavoidable for Prison Break. People still watching Season 1 when Season 2 began airing were treated not only to the fact that they break out and are on the run from the law, but also who survived/escaped and who didn't by showing the entire team of escapees. Then people watching Season 1 or 2 when Season 3 comes out were greeted with the fact the team are re-captured and put into a new prison.
- 24 Season 2 relies on your knowledge that Nina was the mole and killed Teri Bauer.
- David Palmer dying at the start of Season 5 is spoiled on the back of the DVD collection, as is Jack faking his death at the end of the previous season.
- Tony's return in season four was meant to be a surprise. Which would have worked better in Scandinavia, had the DVD box set not featured him on the actual disc covering episodes set before he actually shows up.
- Also, Tony being not quite dead in season seven must have been one of the worst kept secrets of all time.
- Doctor Who has been around for over half a century and has accumulated a lot of this over the years:
- Doctor Who is notorious for Spoiler Titles (especially concerning Daleks), a related trope to this. You can read more about those there.
- The greater chunk of William Hartnell serials did not have story titles like most of the rest of the classic series, and titled individual episodes instead. Home video releases and general fandom consensus eventually named these stories in the serial style used for later Doctors, leading to Spoiler Title problems for anyone watching after the original broadcast. Anything could happen and any monster could show up in episodes called "The Dead Planet", "World's End" or "The Nightmare Begins", but no modern viewer would be watching those - they would instead be watching the first episodes of the serials "The Daleks", "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" and "The Daleks' Master Plan".
- "The Tenth Planet" has the amazing Cliffhanger twist of the Doctor suddenly transforming into a totally different person!! Of course, the fact that regeneration became a Characteristic Trope of the show, heavily and extensively marketed, and that virtually everyone knows about it damages the shock value of this twist, as well as diminishing the conflict of the first half of "Power of the Daleks" (could this strange man with a weird, giddy personality and a deep fear of the Daleks still be the brave Doctor we know?) and turning the Doctor's death into a sort of Foregone Conclusion rather than a Shocking Swerve. It also means his Our Hero Is Dead moments doubly don't affect us because everyone's seen the clip of him transforming into Patrick Troughton.
- The finale of the Troughton serial "The War Games" drops the absolutely colossal plot twist that the Doctor is not a futuristic human time-traveller at all, but an alien from a Sufficiently Advanced Alien civilisation. This premise has become so intrinsic to the programme that nowadays people summarising its premise will probably begin by saying "It's about an alien...". In addition to that, the two most iconic and popular Doctors (Tom Baker and David Tennant), whose tenures codified what the show is like in the popular imagination, were the two who dealt the most heavily with the nonhuman-ness of the protagonists (Baker's Doctor was constantly used as a tool by his species, and Tennant's Doctor plays it for all the Last Of Its Kind drama that it is worth).
- "Genesis of the Daleks" deserves a mention. Anyone who knows from the New Series that the Doctor "fired the first shot" in the Time War against the Daleks will probably not be surprised when, after six episodes building up to the Doctor plotting an act of genocide against the Daleks, he can't bring himself to go through with it - even if that twist wasn't in All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game" territory anyway (it's very commonly cited as one of the Fourth Doctor's best moments and is talked about as the feature of the story). Of course, you'd probably know the Doctor doesn't wipe out the Daleks from the sheer fact that stories with the word "Daleks" in the title remain common.
- The DVD covers for most classic serials prominently display the monster, even if it's a huge twist. A good example is "City of Death", which prominently displays Scaroth's real face.
- The new series is a particularly nasty example of this trope since it's so damn popular, so the marketing material tends to assume everybody and their robot dog has already seen the latest episode and happily puts massive spoilers on the DVD covers.
- The DVDs of Series 4 spoil the finale - rather annoying for people who only get the episodes via said DVDs from their library.
- Anyone who knows about the casting of Matt Smith will likely know that "The Next Doctor" isn't accurately named.
- People who see "The Stolen Earth" before watching Torchwood will know that Owen and Tosh will "go out fighting".
- The preview image for the Webisode "the Night of the Doctor" showed Paul McGann, whose appearance within the episode is treated as a surprise.
- There's a particularly nasty cross-pollination example for the audio drama "Jubilee". If you listened to the audio when first released, you'd likely be totally in the dark as to the carefully obscured identity of the tortured creature in the tower until its Shocking Voice Identity Reveal - but now it's promoted on Big Finish's website with a blurb explaining that "Jubilee" was adapted into the new series episode called "Dalek".
- The War Doctor. His mere existence is the big twist at the end of Series 7, but just the fact of there being another incarnation of the Doctor is hard to keep under wraps, and as such it will be difficult for a newcomer to remain unspoiled for that. Heck, even the Doctor Who page image here on TVTropes gives it away.
- In the UK, the fifth season was advertised all over the place with the Spoileriffic slogan "We know Locke's dead. Right?" Tthis sets up for a unique inversion of Trailers Always Spoil for people who haven't gotten to any mention of Locke's death but have seen trailers from seasons 5 and 6, where they would have seen John Locke walking around with future cast members. The resulting confusion doesn't even really matter in the long run; if anything, it creates an authentic LOST watching experience.
- The season 3 DVDs contain a booklet that goes beyond giving brief descriptions of every episode into spoiling major twists (the description of the finale mentions casually what occurs in Jack's flashforward)...which is bad, since some people wait for the DVDs to watch the show instead of watching it on air with constant breaks.
- The season 4 DVD set. When you pull off the slipcover, the picture on the front of the case shows the cast, with the Oceanic 6 quite obviously darkened. Who they were was one of the primary mysteries of the first part of that season.
- Also in Season 4, Harold Perrineau is credited with the main cast, despite the fact that his appearance in the seventh episode was supposed to be a surprise.
- Season 5: The Journey Back.
- The first half of Burn Notice Season 2 ended on September 18th, 2008 on a cliffhanger; the bad guys try to blow up Mike. His fate is unknown. The trailers for the second half of the season, airing January 22nd, 2009, clearly show the cliffhanger. Said trailers started airing in late October. Said trailers were also airing during the catchup marathon before the episode.
- On the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Wire", Garak tells several (conflicting) stories about his past as a spy with his friend Elim. The end of the episode reveals that Elim is simply Garak's first name. But you'd be hard pressed to find a reference to Garak, including the Deep Space Nine page on This Very Wiki, that doesn't list him as "Elim Garak", which takes the sting out of the episode.
- Beautifully parodied and lampshaded in Stargate SG-1 episode 200. Every ad on Sci-Fi showed Richard Dean Anderson in the episode. When the episode aired and General O'Neill shows up, Samantha Carter says it would be a surprise to which Daniel Jackson responds "Are you kidding, it'll be in the previews."
- Alias has the big twist of the first season finale (that Sidney's mother not only is alive, but she is evidently the Big Bad of the show up to that point) ruined by the covers of the DVD's for the second season. And the twist for the second season's finale is also detailed in the back covers for the third season DVD's. And the covers for the fourth season DVD's prominently feature Nadia, Sidney's half-sister and whose existence was also a secret in the third season. It's almost a miracle that the fifth season DVD covers do not reveal anything about the show at that point.
- All of the promos for Chuck season 3 show him using his super-kung fu skills, which was an out-of-nowhere twist for season two.
- The Season 4 DVD for House has pictures of the three candidates who win the season long competition, as well as giving the actors' names. The winners weren't decided until almost the end of the season.
- Haven't watched any of Life On Mars before you decided to check out Ashes to Ashes? Tough. Prepare to be spoiled for Sam Tyler's suicide at the end of Life On Mars, having jumped off a roof to get back to the world of 1973. One of the first images you see in A2A is Sam's file, with "suicide" stamped on it.
- Watching any given Charmed episode starting from season 4 might make you wonder where Shannen Doherty's character Prue is. It's not really a secret or a shocker anymore that she get's McLeaned at the end of season 3.
- One of the reasons for this is that the back of the Season 3 DVD boxset of Charmed gives out information on what happens to each of the three sisters that year. By a process of elimination feasible once you've gone through Season 3's first few episodes, you know who is the subject of "the untimely death of the third (sister)", a dozen or more episodes in advance.
- Also: Cole is evil. Or not. Or he isn't sure.
- The first name of MacGyver is a mystery until a few seasons in but is found on the back cover of the first season DVD set.
- A promotional poster for Season Two of "Game of Thrones" featured Ned Stark's head on a pike, a major Season One spoiler.
- While the actual involvement of war and faction conflict isn't a spoiler, several Season Two promos still went into the very spoilery detail of why it happened: Robert Baratheon is dead, and Joffrey is indicted as Cersei's bastard. Granted, it's fundamental to a major arc to the series that can't be avoided, but a little tact wouldn't have hurt.
- The promotional artwork for Season Three primarily featured the Targaryan dragons, also a major Season One spoiler.
- The box art for Season 6 of One Tree Hill. There was a big cliffhanger at the end of Season 5, as Lucas calls either Brooke, Peyton, or Lindsey and asks whoever he called if she wants to marry him that night. The back of the DVD box reads, "And speaking of Lucas, just which one is the right girl?"... when there are two pictures clearly visible on the back that reveal who it was: it's Peyton—the two pictures are of her and Lucas embracing in their kitchen and the background of the DVD box is Lucas kissing her in the hospital from the finale. Additionally, the network allegedly ruined the Season 5 cliffhanger by editing a promo for Season 6 in a way that made it obvious who Lucas calls, which is why Mark Schwahn, the showrunner, handles making the promotional materials now.
- The Office (US) has Jim and Pam being an Official Couple as a relatively important plot point from the fourth season onward, somewhat ruining the UST between them during the first three seasons for first time viewers.
- NBC's hyping of their marriage and the subsequent birth of their first child during the sixth season solidifies this as an example of this trope.
- Then again, anyone who'd watched the UK version saw it coming and knew it would eventually happen, as the UK series ends with them finally getting together.
- The box set of Robin Hood's season three has "Marian's death was just the beginning" on the back.
- Woe betide anyone who got into Misfits at a late stage and didn't want to know that Nathan dies, but turns out to be immortal and so was buried alive, thanks to E4's trailers for the second series.
- While the season 2 finale was obviously a cliffhanger when the series first aired, anyone who knows there are seven seasons of The West Wing (which is to say, anyone who has heard of the show) will be utterly unsurprised by President Bartlet a) running for and b) winning re-election.
- Like the Buffy example above, Aaron Sorkin was baffled by the fact that people didn't realize that the President was planning to run again.
- Plus the "Who's been hit?!" cliffhanger of the first season, which any later season will invalidate (two main characters are shot, but no one dies).
- Promotional materials for later seasons of Supernatural show Bobby in a wheelchair. Also, Dean did go to hell. Viewers who had seen the publicity for later seasons would know that when Zachariah smote Cas, it wasn't permanent. Also for viewers watching the fourth season, Sam and Dean are not going to stop all the seals from being broken. And -as the intro re-cap for the early episodes of season five will tell you - Lilith was the final seal.
- Season 4 of Dexter was spoiled during the ad campaign for Season 5
- The DVD cases of later seasons show Dexter with a potentially-evil baby wearing a bib saying "My Dad is a Killer". Wait, Dexter had a kid?
- The Dexter website describes the death of his wife at the end of Season 4, an important and unexpected plot point.
- In one of the more egregious examples out there, every disc of the Season 6 DVD set features an unskippable ad for the Showtime network. That ad includes the last few seconds of the season you're about to watch, meaning everyone who waited to see it on DVD is involuntarily given the massive spoiler that Deb walks in on Dexter killing Travis Marshall.
- Back when The Shield was still airing, you couldn't sniff ANY promo material on Season 6 without finding out that (HUGE S5 Spoiler):Curtis "Lem" Lemansky was killed.
- If you haven't watched the first two series of Torchwood and wonder why in official images and the DVD cover for the third season only Jack, Gwen, and Ianto appear.
- If you haven't watched the third series of Torchwood and wonder why in official images and the DVD cover for the fourth season only Jack, Gwen and some new guys appear.
- Degrassi The Next Generation begins with a Time Skip that picks up with a new group of students (and the original students from Degrassi High) more than a decade after the final episode, "School's Out". If you watch the new series before the original, most of the surprises (Joey and Caitlin's breakup, Spike having a child named Emma that she has to raise on her own, Lucy's paralysis) are spoiled.
- Later seasons of Next Generation spoil plot points from earlier episodes in their DVD boxart. Why yes, Jimmy is now in a wheelchair and J.T. is suspiciously absent from the episode summaries of the latter half of the series. More notably, the cast changeover (and graduation of most of the previous students) is spoiled by the DVD boxart for everything after season 9.
- An inversion occurs in the Season 3 two-parter, Father Figure. Emma goes searching for her biological father, Shane McKay, whom she believes to be a doctor. For most of the audience, it's a major shock to learn that such is not the case, but for those who watched the original Degrassi (which ended 11 years prior and was only broadcast on public television in America until TeenNick aired it to complement TNG), it's a foregone conclusion.
- Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger:
- Watching the series and yet not up to par on your Super Sentai knowledge despite Gokaiger being an anniversary series? Too bad, because the subject matter of episode 28 is the death of Gai Yuuki in Choujin Sentai Jetman, which happens to be the final scene of that series!
- If you hadn't watched Samurai Sentai Shinkenger beforehand and didn't realize Kaoru Shiba was the original Shinken Red, episodes 11 and 12 ensure that you do now.
- Gokaiger also spoils the final scene of Mirai Sentai Timeranger, in which Honami reveals that Domon knocked her up. And also that Naoto dies.
- Jan's lack of necklace in Juken Sentai Gekiranger is a spoiler for those who notice it. Also the fact that Rio and Mele get Ranger Keys in Gokaiger.
- Didn't know that Wolzard does a Heel-Face Turn in Mahou Sentai Magiranger? You do now, after Gokaiger's final Ranger Key reveal. The third movie also shows Vancuria in a prison filled with villains who weren't exactly evil.
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined):
- The trailer for the then-unaired second season spoiled the major twist of the previous season's finale (Commander Adama being shot in the CIC) in its very first shot, while blatantly spoiling several other elements (Why is Boomer wearing a bandage over her cheek? Why is Gaius Baltar lying injured on a planet? Why is Starbuck with Helo and Sharon all of a sudden? Why are Lee Adama and President Roslin in a brig?) And, even though Adama is shot, he still appears (uniform and all) on the DVD cover art for the second season.
- The season 3 trailer spoils the fact that most of the fleet has settled on New Caprica, and that Tigh is missing one of his eyes.
- The fourth-season trailer begins with, "Last season Starbuck Returned...4 Were Revealed", before showing the faces of the four Cylons whose identities were (up to that point) a secret.
- Roslin's terminal cancer doesn't stop her appearing on the cover of the final series DVD boxset.
- The Walking Dead:
- The second-season trailer (which was released months before its official premiere) shows the entire cast hiding from a horde of walkers during a forced stop on a congested highway, and then staring out from the side of the highway afterwards - minus several characters who were present in the first season's advertising campaign. So, if you're wondering where Amy, Jim, Jacqui, Ed and Morales (who left with his family) went, well... the second season premiere goes one further and gives a recap of the previous season's events, with the line, "We lost some people."
- During the third season preview weekend/catch-up marathon, they went one step beyond that. Between commercial breaks and the show they talked to the actors about various things, spoiling twists in the current episode (like mentioning the fate of Sophia during the episode where that's revealed at the very end of the episode). There were times where they'd ruin the entire episode after the very first break. They'd also have trailers for the next episode in the marathon that spoiled some of the episode.
- The third-season trailer has a Time Skip showing that the group has left the farm and been on the road for months, minus several people (including Shane). It also reveals Michonne's identity, spoiling it for people who would have been surprised by Andrea's rescuer in the final minutes of "Beside The Dying Fire".
- The fourth-season trailer spoils that Tyreese and Sasha have joined the prison group, as well as that the residents of Woodbury have also joined with Rick and the other survivors.
- Roswell: The summary on the back of the second season's boxed set mentions that Alex dies, which is an out-of-nowhere twist that comes two-thirds of the way through the season.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The identity of the White Rangernote spoiled on the back of a game card.
- The season 2 commercials for Sherlock showed who Moriarty was, despite the fact that it was the major plot point in the entire first season.
- The Season 2 DVD of White Collar holds the massive spoiler that the death of Kate in the first season finale is a major plot thread through out the season
- Season 8 of How I Met Your Mother ends with the mother's face being revealed as she buys a ticket to Farhampton. Half an hour after the end of the show, the official Facebook page posted a picture of the mother, which landed on the page of all 23 million fans of the show, most of whom hadn't seen the episode yet.
- The trailer for the third episode of Ravenswood spoils the death of Miranda which was a big cliffhanger as which main character would die in the previous episode.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., being set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the episode "Turn, Turn, Turn." If you watched the episode before the movie, the twists that HYDRA is controlling S.H.I.E.L.D., S.H.I.E.L.D. is ultimately disbanded, Captain America has disappeared and Nick Fury is allegedly "killed" are exposed. What makes this a particularly nasty example is the episode in question aired only four days after the movie debuted, meaning a good percentage of the audience wouldn't have had a chance to see it yet due to sold out theaters on the opening weekend. The Tag at the end of the previous episode, "End of the Beginning", was a scene from the movie which was happening at the same time as the episode, so they did attempt to give fair warning. This is one of the pitfalls of tying in so heavily with the movie (though there was no way to avoid it and neither would be nearly as good without it). If you watch the show first, the HYDRA takeover is no surprise once you see the movie. If you watch the movie first, it's no surprise when you see the show. It's a bombshell in both.
- It's all but impossible to discuss anything that happens in Fringe after the end of Season 1 without mentioning that there is an alternate universe.
- Interested in watching the Naeturvaktin Vaktin series? You should probably know they're called Series/Naeturvaktin (The Night Shift), Dagvaktin (The Day Shift), and... Fangavaktin (The Prison Shift). It goes without saying that the fact that the trio end up in prison at the end of Dagvaktin is an enormous twist, casually given away by the DVD cover.
- MTV basically punishes viewers of Faking It and Awkward. for not watching the original Tuesday airing by downright airing 'next week' promos for each show right as the show goes to their first commercial break during weekend re-airs of each show if they watch that way.
- The Kamen Rider franchise has a recurring example with the annual Movie Wars films, which sees the current Rider joining forces with his immediate predecessor; since the predecessor's story is always a Post-Script Plot, advertising for the movies tends to spoil major late-series events, such as Koyomi's death in Kamen Rider Wizard and Kouta and Mai becoming Overlords in Kamen Rider Gaim.
- This is all over the Noob franchise :
- The webseries, like web originals, has a photomontage gallery. The show is set in a MMORPG and most characters have cursor over their head, with a different color depending on their faction. The most recent montages are always the first visible and the series has a couple cases of Heel-Face Turn and one case of Evil All Along. When interviewed, the creator tends to assume people listening know what happens in any episode already on the Internet, so it's a bad idea for those new to the series to watch any interviews.
- The covers of the fourth novel and seventh and eigth comics each give away a different twist of the story.
- Since tickets for wrestling shows go on sale months ahead of time, there have been cases where advertised matches spoil an upcoming Heel-Face Turn, Face-Heel Turn, or an absent wrestler's surprise return.
- DVD and Blu-ray releases of PPV events can spoil what were surprise returns at the PPVs (like Daniel Bryan's return at SummerSlam 2010) in their match lists or the front cover can spoil the outcome of the main event (like CM Punk triumphantly holding the WWE Championship on the cover of the Money in the Bank 2011 DVD).
- If you look closely on the cover of the SummerSlam cover described above, you can actually see Daniel Bryan brawling with John Cena, Chris Jericho, Edge, Wade Barrett, and nine other Superstars. Presumably, most first-time viewers didn't look that carefully before they watched the show.
- PPV results are generally spoiled by the first free show airing after the event.
- Magic The Gathering:
- Balthor dying and being reanimated as a zombie is a plot twist in Judgment. However, now that the expansion is out, the existence of this card singlehandedly spoils that twist.
- In Zendikar In The Teeth Of Akoum, Nissa discovering that Sorin is a vampire is supposed to be a major plot twist. Of course, all of the supplementary material released before the book, including Sorin's card, make it very clear that he is a vampire. The back of the book itself includes the phrase "the ancient vampire planeswalker, Sorin Markov..."
- A big part of the leadup to the third set of the Mirrodin Besieged block was "would the Mirrans successfully fight off the Phyrexians?" The third set's name provided the answer: New Phyrexia. Wizards tried to throw people off by announcing an alternate name for the third set at the same time of the New Phyrexia reveal - Mirrodin Pure, and told fans that either could end up being the real title of the set. A lot of people saw through the ruse anyway.
- Urza becoming a planeswalker in The Brothers War. Before this book came out, Urza had been mentioned as a historical character on a number of cards as one of the brothers fighting the eponymous war. After the book came out, Urza became such an iconic and well-known character that everyone who reads book nowadays knows what's coming.
- Deadlands has several of these:
- The intro for most versions of Deadlands: Hell on Earth spoil the big reveals of the metaplot for the original Deadlands. The foreword of Hell on Earth Reloaded, for instance, has the author specifically mentioning the identity of the Reckoners, which is one of the big secrets in 'Deadlands'.
- Averted in that the *first edition* of Deadlands and Hell on Earth had a detailed story from Ol' Coot Jenkins in the player's section of the book explaining a fairly large portion of the metaplot. Later editions removed his tale and the information, so it's more of an early arrival spoiler!
- The End Times in Warhammer Fantasy spoiled a lot of the mysteries of the armies of the Old world. The lore merely hinted that the Green Knight was Gile Le Breton, but could equally be a daemon-esque construct of the Lady of the Lake, but two paragraphs in to the Bretonnian section in the first End Times book outright states that it was Gile. The third book likewise spoiled the eventual fate of the elves and their eternal war with the Dark Elves. The website also spoiled that Nagash would return to the old world, since they released a playable model of him as a preorder with the book and named the first book after him, despite the fact that the summoning ritual constitutes a good half of the book's lore.
- In general, crossover games (namely mascot fighters) usually feature characters that have, do, and say several things from their respective source materials that it's impossible to avoid spoilers. The amount of mythology gags and continuity nods are plentiful.
- Video game magazines and websites usually does this when covering sequels as they always assume that the reader has played and/or beaten the previous game(s). The very first sentence and/or paragraph of a preview/review will usually spoil a major plot twist or the ending(s) of the previous game(s).
- Numerous previews of Knights of the Old Republic 2 spoiled the big plot twist of the first game, as did many articles about the game beyond a few months after its release that refer to the main character as Revan. Star Wars: The Old Republic continues this tradition since that character is heavily involved in the lore.
- That the Player Character is a bhaalspawn and the half-sibling of Imoen and Sarevok was considered by many as a huge twist in Baldur's Gate. That is spoiled in the intro and trailers of the sequel.
- Throughout the development of Halo, the existence of the Flood was kept a secret. Afterwards, they were still considered spoiler material, and magazines avoided directly referring to them. Then the second Halo novel was called Halo: The Flood. And just to drive the point home, the cover of said novel was a picture of Master Chief fighting the Flood. The confirmation that Halo 4 will feature Master Chief spoiled the fact that Master Chief didn't really die at the end of Halo 3, which can be seen after the end credits.
- It is revealed in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker that Tetra is actually the titular Princess Zelda. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass being the direct sequel, this information is shown in the opening cinematic. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, despite skipping two generations, does still manage to ruin this twist for anybody who hasn't played The Wind Waker yet, thanks to Tetra building a massive stained glass window, depicting herself (in Pirate-garb) in the thoronation-chamber and to Zelda praying to Queen Tetra herself, clearly saying her civilian name, before the Final Boss Battle. At least's it's not as obvious as in the Phantom Hourglass case, as both of this instances are easy to miss if you're not familiar with the character Tetra yet.
- Super Smash Bros.:
- Nintendo doesn't seem to consider Sheik's identity in Ocarina of Time as much of a spoiler, what with Zelda's ability to turn into Sheik in Super Smash Bros.. Melee. However, as of the fourth game in the series, this has been mitigated somewhat—character transformations have been removed, so Zelda and Sheik are now separate characters on the roster.
- The trophies also spoiled an awful lot from Twilight Princess, namely: Ganondorf was the villain the whole time, and Midna was the Twilight Princess. If you truly want to avoid spoilers for almost every game that Nintendo has made, you're better off avoiding the trophies altogether if possible.
- For fans of the EarthBound series, if they wish not to be spoiled by its sequel MOTHER 3, they would have to avoid Brawl as well. Brawl includes one of the last areas of the game as a stage, the next-to-last boss of the game as boss in the Subspace Emissary mode, and Lucas's trophy text mentions how he would eventually have to fight his brother Claus in the end.note At best the fans hope Brawl spurs Nintendo into doing a localization of the game, like Melee got Nintendo localizing Fire Emblem titles.
- The trophies you collect are prone to this as well. Some of them have spoilers for other games in them (in Melee, the trophy description for Custom Robo 2's Annie ends by saying, "At the climax of the story, Nanase fell prey to temptation and stained her hands with the illegal robot Majei. This act ultimately set the stage for her undeniably tragic end").
- Palutena's reveal trailer for the fourth game not only states casually that Pit had to fight Palutena before, but that she was controlled by the Chaos Kin at the time. (The game initially leads you to believe she'd done a Face-Heel Turn of her own free will) Both are major spoilers for Kid Icarus: Uprising.
- Upon seeing Lucina as a playable character in Wii U/3DS, it doesn't take a lot of brain effort to deduce that she is the Masked stranger that was impersonating Marth in Fire Emblem Awakening, especially since she is wearing the same clothes as Marth, who is also in the game.
- Wii U/3DS is somewhat better about not spoiling things: not only is the above content from Twilight Princess not spoiled in the trophies, but very little is said about the plot of Xenoblade. They even openly invoke the concept of spoilers when they avoid describing what the Trainer from Pokémon X and Y will do on his/her journey.
- In the case of Xenoblade, the 3DS version lacks any major spoilers, but the Wii U version features a clearly labeled trophy of Mecha-Fiora as an item in Smash Tour.
- Casual screenshots of Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories will spoil an event that happens to someone in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness....Namely, that Laharl isn't a complete asshole, and airheaded Love Freak ultra-pure Angel trainee Flonne has fallen from grace and become an airheaded love free ultra-pure Devil trainee. And don't even try playing it if you mind spoilers, because the intro movie reveals the same thing. Also, Prinny Kurtis is part of the storyline.
- The opening of Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice spoils this too. So does merely shopping at the Rosenqueen store in real life. In fact, it's hardly worth tagging the spoiler anymore.
- When playing La Pucelle, a spiritual predecessor to Disgaea, that there is a pair of secret scenes where Priere becomes a Demon Lord and Demon Overlord is technically a spoiler. However, with La Pucelle: Ragnarok, the remake of La Pucelle, Priere's demon form is right on the cover. Of course, it's now a full route, not merely an ending. And she has appeared in four later NIS games as a "secret" character, and another as DLC, in full demonic glory no less, it's not much of a secret to anyone with an interest in their games. On top of that, many secret characters aren't. It's practically expected that the major characters of previous Disgaea games will appear, even in remakes, plus Asagi since Makai Kingdom, plus a splattering of others. It's just a question of which characters from those games will appear.
- Bentley's surprise crippling at the Bittersweet Ending of Sly 2: Band Of Thieves was used as a device to show that the gang's trials and travails affect them permanently, despite the Saturday-morning-cartoon art direction. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves showed him in a wheelchair (if a tricked-out one, since Bentley is the team's Gadgeteer Genius) on the front of the box.
- The back of the instruction manual for the Greatest Hits re-release of Sly 2: Band of Thieves has an ad for the then-upcoming Sly 3 featuring Bentley in his wheelchair and foreshadowing Murray's brief absence from the team.
- The Metal Gear franchise has many examples of this:
- It's hard to find anyone who doesn't know the big twist of Metal Gear (the fact that Big Boss is actually the game's Big Bad) to the point of it becoming It Was His Sled, and even All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game", since its the main thing the game is remembered for.
- Metal Gear Solid both uses and averts this. Snake explains to Naomi about how he and Gray Fox battled each other to the death in Metal Gear 2, which was a huge spoiler. Normally this wouldn't count, as MG2 comes before MGS in the suggested playing order, but the former hadn't been released in America by the time of the latter's release. However, the game also averts this by not mentioning the bigger twist involving Gray Fox in that game: the fact that he had been the real identity of "Snake's No.1 Fan", the person who fed him anonymous information, and Frank Hunter, Gustava's fiancee. This is probably because Metal Gear Solid repeats that twist to a tee, even with the same character: "Deepthroat" is Gray Fox and signs off after calling himself "one of your fans".
- In Metal Gear Solid 2, despite the promotional material and packaging hiding the twist, the manual has to tell the player (by necessity) that Snake is not the only playable character. The game also runs into All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game" territory - it's taught in game design courses and referred to by almost everyone who plays the game as being fourth-wall breaking, insane and incomprehensible (thereby spoiling most of the shock value to new players).
- The main selling point of Metal Gear Solid 3 is that it chronicles Big Boss' start of darkness. It was originally meant to be a reveal in Metal Gear, but now doesn't need to be spoiler-marked.
- In Metal Gear Solid 4, Snake's role as the main character spoils one of the plot twists from MGS2. In addition, the reason behind Snake's rapid aging in the game spoils the whole plot twist of FOXDIE and the nanomachines in the original game for anyone who's paying close attention.
- The very first trailer for Ground Zeroes revealed the fact that Paz Ortega Andrade wasn't as innocent as she seemed. This was the major twist of Peace Walker.
- The marketing for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will have anyone who didn't play MGS4 asking, "Wait, why is Raiden a cyborg?"
- And where the "former child soldier" plot came from for those who didn't play MGS2.
- Metal Gear Ac!d casually drops colossal spoilers for the canonical series in the names of character card abilities, like Fortune's ability (" EM Device", which lets you dodge bullets) and Liquid Snake's ("FOX-DIE", which boosts your abilities ridiculously for a short time before killing you). Even so, the first game was comparatively gentle compared to the second, which had an upgrade mechanic which would boost your card's abilities but virtually always rename it to the character's real identity if there was one ("Solid Snake (MGS1)" becoming "David", "Alice Hazel" becoming "No. 16"...)
- The ending of Final Fantasy XII left you hanging right up until the moment before the credits on whether or not Balthier and Fran die in a heroic act. Unfortunately, shortly before the game was actually released in North America, there was already a trailer for Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (the Nintendo DS sequel) circling the web which revealed them to be alive and well. Any English fan who saw the trailer before reaching the end of the first game were therein stolen any and all suspense on the reveal that Balthier and Fran lived after all.
- Their survival was hinted by Penelo, who pointed out that their airship couldn't have been stolen if the original owners were retaking it. They also received a letter presumably from Balthier and Fran, as it included Ashe's wedding ring that Balthier 'looted' from her (which he said he'd return if he found something of greater value)
- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, and Mega Man X 5 onward. Not so much of a secret now than how X4 revealed it, huh?
- The cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Spirit Caller (a video game based on the events of the first and part of the second seasons of the show) spoils the fact that Syrus is promoted to Ra Yellow, even though he even starts off in Red in the actual game.
- The spirit meter mechanic of Mask of the Betrayer is explicitly stated by the manual to be a spoiler; this doesn't stop every review from detailing it. It didn't stop Atari's PR Department from making it a selling point either.
- The opening cinematic for Final Fantasy IV DS just assumes that you already know the whole plot, and it spoils, among other things, that Cecil has to fight Kain at one point, that Cecil becomes a paladin and fight against his own inner darkness, that Kain is intensely jealous that Rosa is with Cecil, that the Tower of Babil is actually the storage place for a giant mech that can destroy the world and the Red Wings and Dwarves are going to fight it, that Rydia eventually returns and can even summon the Leviathan that seems to kill her, they reveal the final team including Kain, and finally as the coup de grace they reveal the Lunar Whale that takes you to the moon. Of course, this is a grand tradition with the game; the original American release revealed in the instruction manual that FuSoYa would be joining your party, and was from the moon.
- Of course, the game is almost old enough to vote in the United States, so...
- You'll play through the game a little differently after you learn which character is going to betray your party right before a critical boss fight, possibly taking some of your better equipment with them if you didn't prepare accordingly.
- Also, when you meet Jammingway and he shows you the music player; the character playing (and adding lines of narration to) the music is Edward, who at that point in the game, is presumed dead. If you haven't played the game before and don't know that he's alive; this is kind of a giveaway, because using a dead character for the music player would be... kinda...
- Back before Infinity came out, the idea that the protagonist in Marathon might be the 10th Mk. IV cyborg was seen as a wild and hotly contested piece of Fanon by most players. Now, of course, many descriptions of the game refer to him simply as "the Marathon cyborg", even though this still hasn't been made entirely explicit by the game itself.
- For the European release of Final Fantasy VII, the back of the case shows Cloud placing Aeris' lifeless body in a body of water, therefore spoiling her shocking death.
- It was spoiled in American commercials for the game as well, as that same FMV was featured prominently in at least one ad on MTV. With a voiceover saying, "a love that could never be", just for good measure.
- The reaction of someone who hadn't ever known she died is even more amazing because of this.
- Advance Wars 2 promotional work featured prominently the Black Hole army, whose existence is the major plot twist in Advance Wars.
- The game's full title is Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.
- The plot twist in the game, which is that Hawke kills Sturm, is mentioned twice in general conversation in the next game.
- The Sam and Max: Season Two (a.k.a. Beyond Time and Space) Collector's DVD cover◊ spoils what T-H-E-I-R spaceship really looks like. The box art for the Wii port also shows the spaceship too.
- In Tales of Destiny 2, there's no way to play through the game without learning Leon betrayed the party and died in the first game. There's also a whole museum dedicated to the events of the first game, but it's at least an optional area.
- In Tales of Symphonia, the fact that there are actually two worlds is supposed to be a big reveal several hours into the game. Of course, it's impossible to read anything about this game without that fact being spoiled, including the back of the game case, where it says, "The line between good and evil blurs in this epic adventure where the fate of two interlocked worlds hangs in the balance."
- Mithos being the Big Bad is frequently mentioned, although it's not always mentioned that he's Mithos the hero.
- Like the example of MOTHER 3 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, English players who never played Japanese version of Tales of Graces, but will play its expanded version Tales of Graces f in 2012, will no doubt be spoiled by the very cover if one looks close enough that both Asbel's eyes aren't the same color, even though they are throughout the most of the game, and Richard and Sophie wear some new clothes not present in the main arc, implying that Richard and Sophie don't die at the end.
- Tales of Xillia 2 made no effort with both its boxart and trailers to hide the fact that Gaius and Musee, the primary antagonists of the prequel, end up doing a Heel-Face Turn after their defeat.
- The PlayStation remake of Lunar: Silver Star Story is horrible about this. You should have absolutely no doubts in your mind as to who the Goddess is and what the Magic Emperor does with her, since Dark Althena is right on the box. It kind of sucks the suspense out of the plot. It does not help that the game allows you to play Alex's Ocarina to hear the soundtrack...and one of the BG Ms blows the identity of the Magic Emperor by using the full name of the track, "Magic Emperor Ghaleon".
- For the remake of the sequel, Lunar: Eternal Blue the characters section of the manual labels Nall as ??? to avoid revealing his identity as the dragon companion from the first game, in human form and only shows a silhouette of Ghaleon. However, the standees that come with the game feature all the characters with their names labelled at the bottom, including Ghaleon and Nall.
- Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core stars a protagonist who is a spoiler. His existence, appearance and role are almost entirely unknown until Cloud untangles his Tomato Surprise, very late in the game. Mails sent to this protagonist casually drop facts like SOLDIERs being implanted with Jenova cells (a major spoiler in the original, since it explains that Cloud's reason for wanting to hunt down Sephiroth isn't simply revenge), and - well, when Cloud shows up and he's a Shinra grunt rather than a SOLDIER First Class, that twist is ruined for you.
- The truth about Cloud was already prematurely spoiled in 1999, in Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring, where his alternate costume was a Shinra infantry uniform.
- Also, Zack dies at the end, which is why he's not in the main game. And if you have played the original, you know Zack dies, which puts both games in the uncomfortable situation that any of the two games spoils the other, so no matter in which order you play it, you're still screwed.
- If you watch Advent Children, you'll get some spoilers for the main game ( Rufus: Cloud, you'll help us, won't you? You used to be in SOLDIER. Cloud: In my head.), but god help you if you watch Advent Children Complete. Crisis Core and Before Crisis are both spoiled rather easily, and if you watch the Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII Compilation, well, you're screwed (though that's the point).
- In the original Resident Evil, S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team leader Albert Wesker isn't exactly the nice guy he first appears to be, but he ends up dying in the end of the game. His return from the dead was actually a huge surprise twist in Code: Veronica, but the subsequent Code: Veronica X re-release spoils this by showing Wesker's face on the title screen, while certain copies of Code: Veronica X were packaged with a bonus DVD titled Wesker's Report, which narrates the events of the previous installments from Wesker's perspective. Every sequel and prequel afterward involving Wesker makes it obvious that he's a villain. In Resident Evil 5, Wesker dies for real this time, or so it seems.
- Many works parodying or otherwise discussing EarthBound reveal the final boss's weakness.
- Valve's Marketing Team spoiled the fact that you are hundreds of years in the future in Portal 2, and that GLaDOS is still alive, and back online. Anyone who hasn't played the original game won't be surprised at the twists in the original game.
- The mere fact that GLaDOS is a self aware machine is a spoiler. You don't learn until late in the first game that the malfunctioning, seemingly helpful voice helping you is a maniacal killing machine. Yet the commercials for Portal 2 were spoken by GLaDOS.
- Present in the Kingdom Hearts series:
- Due to Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, if you didn't know that Roxas is Sora's Nobody, and that he was a member of Organization XIII, then you're in for a bit of a shock.
- Chain of Memories (which was released for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance) assumes that the player has played the original game (which was released for a rival console system, namely the Sony PlayStation 2). In other words, this trope comes into play especially, if a player didn't have a PS2, but did have a GBA and was interested in the series.
- Later on, Kingdom Hearts II spoils the events of Chain of Memories, which did have a PS2 rerelease (Except in Europe)... after KH2 came out. In other words, Square-Enix really wants you to know this already.
- The trailer for Dream Drop Distance spoils Birth By Sleep. Specifically, it shows Vanitas unmasked. Those planning on playing Birth by Sleep should avoid watching the end of the trailer. The game itself also manages to contain one for another game. You see, the first world you visit features characters from The World Ends with You. Including Joshua. Story cutscenes don't directly state, but very heavily imply, that he's a Physical God. Which is, like, you know, the biggest plot twist in TWEWY! Granted, most of it doesn't make sense unless you've played the original game, but even if you haven't, it's pretty obvious anyone who sprouts angel wings and flies away probably isn't a normal human teenager like their appearance suggests.
- God of War
- In the opening cinematic of God of War II, we learn that Kratos is the God of War, not Ares.
- The God of War Collection has helpful trophy descriptions, viewable as soon as you start the game, such as "Daddy Issues: Defeat Zeus."
- Also, if you happen to speak Greek, the goddamn title song is a spoiler, as the lyrics, translated, are:
The end begins! The end begins! The end begins! The end begins now!
Betrayal, rage, rage! The end begins now!
I will kill him! I will kill him!
I will kill them all! Olympus shall fall!
- The fact that Kratos himself killed his wife and daughter was a major revelation halfway the first game as we were lead to believe that Ares did (Though Ares actually planned this murder). This is casually mentioned at the beginning of all the next games including prequels.
- The videogame conventions the player takes no notice of initially in Haze are supposed to be Painting the Medium, as it turns out they're actually being implemented on the Player Character. This Plot Twist would be more of a surprise if it hadn't been spoiled by every single preview of the game after a certain point. Those frathouse manchildren who are your comrades in arms? They're actually on drugs, and literally can't register the death and destruction they cause.
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy, while not requiring you to play the games to understand its own story, spoils major plot elements of the games it draws its characters from, such as casual mentions in the story mode that Garland is more than just the first boss, Golbez is really Cecil's brother, The Emperor takes over Hell, Terra is half-Esper and Kefka is a god, and Jecht is the Final Aeon. Particularly jarring is the mere presence of some characters, like the Cloud of Darkness who is never mentioned at all in Final Fantasy III until the tail end, and is in Dissidia presenting the game. Also Ultimecia, who only starts playing a role 3/4 of the way into Final Fantasy VIII, and who you only SEE during 2 to 3 cutscenes.
- The Final Fantasy IV spoiler is particularly jarring, because they do manage to mask a perfectly equivalent spoiler from Final Fantasy IX - it's never mentioned that Kuja and Zidane are also brothers.
- The Legacy of Kain series spoils itself in the openings. This is especially the case for the opening cinema of Soul Reaver 2.
- Nintendo seems to feel that anybody interested in buying the Sky edition of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon should already know the parts of the plot from Time/Darkness. This goes to the point that they include an animated special that spoils the entire game up to that point as a pre-order bonus. Add to this the clear hints in the commercials and the info on Sky's website and it's all over.
- It was impossible to see any commercials for Pokémon Platinum that didn't spoil Cyrus's status as Team Galactic's boss or the fact that he tries to summon a legendary or two. Guess they assumed that everyone had played Pokémon Diamond and Pearl...
- The prologue screen in the Sega Genesis Beat 'em Up Last Battle isn't so much of a prologue as it is a plot summary of the whole game itself. This is partly because Last Battle was originally a Hokuto no Ken game that was rebranded and lazily localized for its overseas release.
- Opening (or so) lines to Morgan Webb's review of Persona 3 Fes: "As you know, the original protagonist of the Persona 3 perished at the end of the game." Take That, nerds who hold out for Special Edition releases.
- BlazBlue. Kokonoe's a catgirl, Ragna and Jin are brothers, Hakumen is future!Jin, and Hazama is Terumi. The first two barely count as spoilers, since they're both casually mentioned in the Fourth Wall Mail Slot. Continuum Shift 2 got a new opening FMV that shows Noel turning into Mu-12.
- Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (and further games in the Bubble Bobble series): The boys? They were transformed (before) into bubble dragons. Family confusion and Red Herrings aside, the Attract Modes show this.
- In Chrono Trigger for the DS the dojo section features pictures of the various techs in action. This is fine as they're only unlocked after you learn them, however some of the first techs unlocked show Magus in your party, who won't join you until near the end of the game. The SNES version's manual also contained a profile on all recruitable characters, including this surprise character.
- Ratchet & Clank 3 contains one line which spoils both of the previous two games. Ratchet explains that Captain Qwark teamed up with Drek in the first game and alludes to, but doesn't explain, the character's involvement with the Protopet project in the second. The former is actually spoilt before that, as a photo of the two is shown on the screen.
- Being the final volume of a trilogy, A Crack in Time outright summarizes Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty in its unskippable intro FMV (as the game needs to install data, so interrupting it would otherwise corrupt).
- The Wiiware and Steam release of Cave Story contains some extra playing modes in addition to the original game, none of which require any sort of unlocking. So you can spoil the boss fights by playing the Boss Rush game before the main game, or you can spoil the existence of a character who's introduced one-third into the game by playing "Curly Story" first. The Cave Story 3D box art also makes it quite obvious that the main character is a robot.
- In the second Super Robot Wars Original Generation game, two villains (Axel Almer and Einst Alfimi) are supposedly killed off, but they come Back from the Dead and perform a Heel-Face Turn in the half-sequel Original Generation Gaiden (which is not quite a Gaiden Game). In an actual Gaiden Game, Endless Frontier EXCEED, they casually appear on the cover as main characters. This will be especially jarring if EXCEED is released in America, since the game where they were killed off was localized while the one where they came back wasn't.
- One of said characters appeared as a playable character in a preview for the upcoming "Second Original Generation".
- In World of Warcraft, players who don't haven't completed Drakuru's quests in Grizzly Hills (and who may not have even met him), will likely have the twist spoiled if they complete Drak'theron Keep with a player who has his last Grizzly Hills quest, which reveals that he's working with the Lich King. Similarly, the Black Knight is listed as the prerequisite for the achievement for completing the Trial of the Champion, spoiling the twist that he comes back from the dead. Icecrown Citadel raids often advertise themselves as being up to Saurfang, which prematurely reveals that Varok Saurfang's son was reanimated as a death knight after the Wrathgate battle.
- Due to the nature of questing through Northrend, players are much more likely to run into this trope in Zul'Drak, the zone after Grizzly Hills, when they begin the Ebon Blade quests and see that Drakuru is a Scourge commander running a necropolis.
- The current loading screen for Northrend shows the Lich King is not Arthas. When players defeat the Lich King, Bolvar Fordragon takes Arthas' place, because without a Lich King the Scourge will go out of control.
- Due to it's lore-heavy nature, like Starcraft below, World of Warcraft spoils a lot of twists about it's predecessor, Warcraft III. Namely, Arthas as the second Lich King, what happened to Illidan, the Blood Elves, and so on. Warcraft III however does not spoil as much about Warcraft II in comparison, what with the two stories focusing on completely different sets of characters each time.
- StarCraft suffers quite severely from this, thanks to the fact that the expansion pack "Brood War" centered around the Queen of the Blades, formerly known as Sarah Kerrigan, even going as far to have her get all the attention for the merchandising. In case there was a chance that someone didn't recognize her, Starcraft 2 instead used a flashback of New Gettysburg in their commercials and promo material.
- In Starcraft II, the official site description for Heart of the Swarm gives away the ending to Wings of Liberty that Kerrigan gets deinfested.
- Some editions of The Longest Journey include a trailer for the sequel, Dreamfall on the disc. If you watch that trailer it makes it pretty obvious that April won't become the next guardian at the end of the first game.
- The opening sequence of Final Fight 2 begins with a shot of Cody punching out Belger from a high-rise building.
- Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare starts at a point that was near the very end of the original Red Dead Redemption, so a lot of spoilery stuff is liberally stated. For example, Luisa, Bill, Dutch, and many others are dead, Reyes has taken control over Mexico, and Ross has released John's family from captivity.
- The postgame of Undead Nightmare also reveals that John dies. It doesn't reveal how it happened though
- Metroid: Samus is a Girl, combining this and It Was His Sled. Newer Metroid games don't even try to hide Samus' gender, effectively spoiling the ending of the first game every time it shows it.
- Following the events of the first Professor Layton game, the young heiress Flora Reinhold comes to stay with the Professor. If you haven't played through the first game yet, this is a spoiler for at least one plot element. However, she is clearly present in the second and third games, (occasionally) promotional art, and the prologue to the prequel movie, Eternal Diva.
- The first trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 blatantly spoils the fact that the death of Imran Zakhaev (the Big Bad of the first game) is what directly causes the antagonist of the sequel, Makarov, and his splinter group to seek revenge.
- Likewise, Modern Warfare 3's trailer spoils the fact that Vladimir Makarov is still alive and well after the events of the second game, and that tensions between Russia and the U.S. have escalated into all-out warfare. The cutscene before the prologue also blatantly spoils the fact that Shepherd was the Big Bad of the second game and Soap and Price were the ones who killed him.
- The marketing and trailers for Dead Space 2 assume that the viewer knows that Isaac Clarke is the only survivor of the events from the first game, and that every other character from the first installment (including your girlfriend Nicole, who is now showing up as a hallucination) has died). Likewise, the Severed DLC mission spoils the fact that Gabe and Lexine Weller are the only ones who survived the events of Dead Space: Extraction.
- In The King of Fighters series, no game after '97 does much of anything to hide the fact that Yashiro, Shermie, and Chris are in fact Orochi cultists (e.g. '98 referring to them as the Orochi Team, rather than New Faces Team or Band Team).
- Promotional material for Fire Emblem : Radiant Dawn seemed to consider that the Black Knight's identity was common knowledge, even though the fact that he's Zelgius is not revealed until the start of Part IV.
- And even though Sword of Seals was released before Blazing Sword, the fact that the latter was the first Fire Emblem to be localized outside of Japan means that most players did not know that Sheltered Aristocrat Zephiel was to become the former's nihilistic Big Bad, making his ending scene in Blazing Sword more of a Twist Ending than the Foregone Conclusion it was to those who had played Sword of Seals first.
- The European boxart◊ of Solatorobo shows both Red's Hybrid Trance form (though it doesn't identify it as anything) and advertises the fact that you uncover the "mysterious origins" of the world. Both of these do not even show up until the midpoint of the game - before that, Red has no idea he can Trance and the world simply "is".
- Mass Effect 2's marketing runs on the fact that players are aware that Shepard destroyed Sovereign in the first game (which ruins the impact of Shepard's supposed "death" and reappearance). Likewise, the Xbox Live Marketplace spoils a DLC mission titled "Normandy Crash Site". Wonder what that's all about?
- Mass Effect 3's trailers showcases a number of characters from the previous games, including ones who took part in the titular suicide mission of the previous installment (including Garrus, Tali, Jacob, Miranda and Legion). Ashley/Kaiden also show up front-and-center in the trailers, making the whole sequence where they're paralyzed by the Collectors in ME2 (and eventual rescue) a non-surprise. To make things worse, the Xbox Live Marketplace spoils the fact that you can recruit a Prothean squad member in the "From Ashes" DLC pack. And the existence and impending return of the Reapers, which was a fairly shocking twist in the first game when Shepard speaks to Sovereign, is more or less the entire conflict of the third game, shown front-and-center. The fact that Sovereign is a Reaper is The Reveal of ME1, but someone who has caught as much as a glimpse of ME3 promotional materials will immediately figure out the truth about Saren's alleged geth dreadnought.
- The reveal of SHODAN (the primary antagonist of the original game) in System Shock 2 (which occurs roughly halfway through the game) is considered by many to be one of the most shocking and surprising plot twists in any survival horror game in recent memory. It probably would have been a bigger surprise if it wasn't already spoiled by the game's boxart (which have SHODAN front and center) or the game description on the back of the box.
- Aliens: Colonial Marines, by virtue of being a P.O.V. Sequel to the 1986 film, spoils the climax of the movie (and its offscreen result) by necessity. The Hadley's Hope colony on LV-426 was almost completely destroyed due to an atmosphere processor explosion caused by the main characters in the film.
- Fallout 2's manual included The Vault Dweller's memoirs, which was essentially a spoiler and walkthrough for the first Fallout.
- The History of DMC video unlocked by beating Devil May Cry 4 likewise gives away all of the spoilers and plot twists from the first three games.
- The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) gets this in spades. In addition to being released a week before the actual movie was released in theatres, the game is a sequel to said film and spoils several plot points in its opening mission. This includes the Lizard's tear through the city, Dr. Connors being locked up, Connors' engineered virus/antivenom and Captain Stacy's death.
- If one plays Endless Frontier and Project X Zone without playing Namco X Capcom, one of the biggest plot twists is spoiled to the player because of Saya coming Back from the Dead and is willing to work with Reiji. Of course, then again...
- If you got on Team Fortress 2 after Meet the Pyro came out, but hadn't seen it yet and noticed that you had "Pyrovision Goggles" added to your inventory, well...the big surprise of the short was ruined for you.
- A teaser trailer for Jet Set Radio Future (circa 2001) had text reading "DO YOU KNOW?" and then displayed the JSRF logo as Potts (in his anthropomorphic, playable character form) dances around in the background. People who did not know that he was an unlockable in the first game and saw this trailer were most likely thinking, "Why is the dog on rollerblades and dancing?"
- Ubisoft quickly learned that when you have a prolific franchise like Assassin's Creed whose entire Framing Device is a massive spoiler, you can't keep the cat in the bag for long. The existence of the Animus and the real protagonist, Desmond Miles, was kept heavily under wraps during production of the first game, even after Kristen Bell accidentally leaked part of the plot in an interview. Since then, the developers have been surprisingly coy when dealing with the modern-day plotline in each game; in previews they'll mention Desmond and the Animus every now and again, but all but the bare essentials of Desmond's plotline in each game is a tightly-guarded secret, with the developers only ever showing gameplay from inside the Animus. Former franchise director Patrice Desilets even got in on the act by teasing that Brotherhood's cliffhanger ending almost made Nolan North Rage Quit the studio.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag would be the first in the main game series to not follow Desmond Miles, with the new Animus operator being an anonymous researcher at Abstergo Entertainment, but a story mission reveals that Desmond Miles wasn't a consensual "Sample 17" donor... because Abstergo simply took the DNA samples from his corpse soon after his death at the conclusion of Assassin's Creed III.
- Left 4 Dead 2 revealed in The Passing DLC that Bill died on their way to Georgia. When The Sacrifice DLC came out, along with a comic that shows the events that took place before and during The Sacrifice, people that didn't play The Passing were quite surprised to see Bill getting Killed Off for Real.
- The entire prologue of Dragon Age II spoils the first several hours of the first game, such as the loss of most of the Ferelden army at the ill-fated Battle of Ostagar, Loghain's betrayal and the death of Koaing Cailan, as well as the destruction of Lothering at the hands of the Darkspawn horde.
- The entire game can be considered this and a First Episode Spoiler due to the Framing Device. The opening states outright that Thedas is currently on the brink of a World War and the Chantry has fallen to pieces, due to something that the Champion and their friends did. Varric then proceeds to explain how Hawke became the Champion of Kirkwall and How We Got Here.
- The trailer also revealed the death of the Viscount and that Hawke will eventually be forced to fight the Arishok. What it doesn't give away is that this happens 2/3 of the way through the game and isn't remotely the end boss.
- Crysis 3: The trailers freely call the protagonist Prophet. Alcatraz? Who's that?
- In the first game in the Myst series, the central plot discoveries are that 1.) Atrus is still alive, and 2.) Both of his sons are evil, so contrary to the implied setup you need to Take a Third Option and help neither of them. If you read the back of the second game's box prior to playing the first game, you will already know #1, and taking even a cursory look at any publicity for the third or fourth games will almost certainly tell you #2. Justified in that the later plots build directly on these points, and there would be virtually no way to advertise without spoiling them, but the functional result is that every major plot point in Myst will already be known to you if you've read the blurbs for the sequels.
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's trailers frequently refer to Serah's death in Final Fantasy XIII-2.
- The title of DROD: The City Beneath spoils a surprise at the end of the previous game, Journey to Rooted Hold. The title of the next game, The Second Sky, does the same for the ending of The City Beneath.
- Naoto from Persona 4 is a girl. This was a major spoiler but one of the first things fan learn about Naoto, or even the series, is this. Merchandise, the anime, and a psuedo-canon light novel sequel don't shy from this fact.
- As for Persona Q, Teddie is happily frolicking through trailers in his human form. Blonde, blue-eyed Bishōnen Teddie was a spoiler on-par with Naoto's reveal in the original game, to the point that the game's opening even attempted to disguise the fact that Teddie was going to be a fully-fledged party-member, (Even though the opening demo most definitely didn't.) but in Persona Q, it is treated as an incidental quirk of his character. This, to a lesser extent, also applied with Persona 4 Arena, where his human form isn't exactly show-cast, but will briefly appear in some of his battle Animations, often confusing the hell out of players who never played the original Persona 4 and are only in for the Blaz Blue-esque gameplay.
- Adachi being the true killer was one of the biggest plot twists of the original game...and then Persona 4 Arena Ultimax comes along and makes him a playable character with his own story mode, spoiling the fact that he's not just a minor character. So much for that. Marie also becomes a playable character, and in her Instant Kill move she outright states her real identity, which was a huge spoiler for the Updated Re-release Persona 4 Golden. The story mode also pretty blatantly spoils it too.
- Also from Ultimax, the entire cast of Persona 3 is now playable... except for two characters. It's not hard to guess what that means.
- In Skullgirls, the existence of The Trinity as real gods instead of just religious figures and also being the creators of the Skullheart is not told in the game until the very end. The Indiegogo campaign to fund new characters, however, had 2 of the 3 members of The Trinity as possibilities with a bio telling who they are.
- The trailers of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt present the titular Hunt as a mysterious and unknown menace, when the readers of the original books, as well as the people who simply paid close attention to the last chapter of the previous game already know that they are a race of imperialistic elves from another world.
- Just looking at the covers or screenshots of Jak II and 3 spoils the fact that Daxter doesn't turns back to normal in the original game.
- In Shadowrun Returns, anyone familiar with the tabletop setting will know that the Universal Brotherhood is a front for the Insect Spirits, but your character won't learn that until near the endgame.
- FUNimation and its predecessor Geneon Entertainment, as well as the original Japanese trailers (plus openings if you count the original sound novels), spare no detail when it comes to the anime version of Higurashi: When They Cry — from the characters' dark pasts to the not-so-secret actual plot to the ending of the main series. The manga takes it even further, since it shows Hanyuu and Shion in omake before they appear, leading people who have never played the sound novels or watched the anime to wonder why Mion's hair is down (you could just think it's a fanservice omake thing, though) and who that girl with the horns is. Also, the Gaiden Game Daybreak Portable's opening theme contains a shot of Natsumi wielding a butcher knife and bearing a very lovely Slasher Smile. Sure hope you've seen all the way through either Onisarashi-hen or Someutsushi-hen.
- The fandom of Umineko: When They Cry doesn't hide the fact that there is a "Groundhog Day" Loop going on (since it's revealed that there is one fairly early on), as well as the magical beings that keep appearing per arc. The PS3 version is even worse, where they blatantly show all the magical beings that appear in future arcs (until EP4) in the opening, nonetheless. This was invoked by Ryukishi07 himself, since in an interview he admitted he didn't wanted to outright show the answer to the murders since he knew this would happen.
- Nowadays, whenever someone starts to watch the School Days anime, they will almost certainly go into it already knowing that, at the utmost minimum, that at least one of the girls involved is a Yandere. You can thank the Nice Boat meme for that.note
- Ace Attorney:
- A major subplot of the first game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is Miles Edgeworth's gradual Heel-Face Turn. The fact that he has his own spinoff turns this into a Foregone Conclusion.
- In the final episode of Phoenix Wright: Justice for All, one character gets into a truly life-threatening situation. The box art for the following game features him on the front cover, spoiling that he survives.
- A major subplot of Justice for All is Phoenix (and by extension, the player) believing Edgeworth to be dead, apparently having committed suicide, only for him to turn up alive and well in the game's final chapter. Once again, the fact that he has his own spinoff game, which chronologically occurs after this one, spoils this. However, it was always more of a case of Like You Would Really Do It anyway, and he appears on the game's cover (at least on the DS version anyway), so it's not too much of a spoiler.
- Oddly averted in Ace Attorney Investigations. Edgeworth never actually mentions why he stopped following the path of von Karma and someone playing the game first might assume it was due to soul-searching and personal moral decisions. They would be unaware that in the first game Edgeworth discovered that von Karma murdered his father and raised him as a heartless prosecutor as revenge for Edgeworth's father giving him a penalty in court. In fact, most of the big spoilery events of the earlier games are either not mentioned or referred to so lightly (such as Franziska being shot)a newbie might think they're talking about a Noodle Incident.
- The fact that Adrian Andrews shows up in case 3-2 completely ruins a dramatic moment at the end of the second game if you played the third one first.
- Fate/stay night:
- Gilgamesh's presence (and his class, though this is because unlike most Servants he doesn't bother to hide his identity) is usually not hidden at all by promotional materials or other sources, and Fate/Unlimited Codes has both him and Dark Sakura as playable characters from the get-go.
- The fact that Kotomine is, in fact, the Big Bad, as well as the above mentioned Servant's Master, and not merely a Jerkass comes as a surprise late in the first route / anime to anyone who wasn't spoiled, which is practically no-one, thanks in part to Fate/Unlimited Codes and the fandom in general.
- While many of the Servants' identities are more or less well-known these days, Saber's identity as a gender-flipped King Arthur is probably the most famous. Fate/Zero doesn't bother to hide this and establishes it early on.
- Likewise Fate/Zero also spoils the fact that Rin and Sakura are sisters early on.
- The openings of the Realta Nua version feature several plot points that would ordinarily not be revealed into much later in the route, such as Shirou gaining Archer's arm, Saber's corruption, and Ilya during her sacrifice in the Heaven's Feel opening.
- One of the biggest is probably Archer's identity: a possible alternate future self of Shirou. It's overall difficult to even talk about the Unlimited Blade Works route without mentioning it, and in most places it gets mentioned without spoiler tags or warnings. Part of this is due to the highly prolific status of the Unlimited Blade Works chant on the Internet...and the fact that both Archer's and Shirou's version are used make it border on It Was His Sled for those that haven't played the game yet.
- Little Busters!: If the game's general trend towards Rousseau Was Right didn't give you the idea that Kanata isn't nearly as much of a Jerkass deep down as she acts towards Haruka, the fact that she is a well-advertised love interest in Ecstasy surely would.
- Anyone who played Virtue's Last Reward before Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors will know the identity of the Big Bad Anti-Villain who is Behind It All (tm) and that psychic powers exist in that universe. That's two of the first game's biggest plot twists, right there. It's also difficult to explain why Luna is such an Ensemble Darkhorse without revealing that she's a robot enslaved to the aforementioned Big Bad.
- Very, very common within the Dangan Ronpa franchise, as stated in the page quote.
- In general, the Cast and About pages of webcomics' sites, if they exist. Sometimes they just summarize what readers could figure out from an Archive Binge, but other times they're meant to be read first to give necessary backstory. But most of the time, the only way to really know is to read them first. And it's not uncommon in both cases for these pages to be updated as the strip progresses to touch on storylines from the strip's run, including plot twists.
- Even putting the latest strip on the home page runs the risk of doing this. Woe betide any reader who just happens to arrive right after a major plot twist.
- And if the site has a fan art section, avoid it like the plague until you've read the archives. Very often they depict not only characters but actual events from the strip's run.
- A lot of the advertising, merchandise, and fan artwork surrounding Sluggy Freelance involves Oasis. Enough so that someone who starts reading the series from the beginning will probably guess something's up when she "dies" at the end of her introductory story in 1999, although it's lampshaded even then.
- El Goonish Shive: Ellen exists, and she doesn't stay a villain; Grace can shapeshift, and Tedd doesn't need glasses.
- Still, the comic gets an honorable mention for (initially at least) having a cast page split between "spoilers" and "not spoilers".
- Though Angel Moxie was good about this during its run, the website is not coy about such things now that the series is over and has rerun several times. The girls are shown in the powered-up forms they don't get until almost the end of the series, which also blows the revelation that all three girls are Legendary Heroes and not just the Magical Girl. The site synopsis is also just one giant spoiler of every plot point in the series.
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures : You do know Dan is an incubus, right?
- One especially egregious example is Family Man by Dylan Meconis. It is almost ubiquitously hailed as a superb werewolf story ... and has been since before a single werewolf appeared in the story, much less The Reveal. (The reason for this is obvious: the story is a semi-prequel to Bite Me!, in which Luther was a werewolf.)
- Parodied in Ansem Retort. Someone yells at Marluxia for ruining the fact that Qui-Gon Jinn dies in The Phantom Menace. That someone? Darth Maul.
- Kevin & Kell: Lindesfarne and Danielle are both from the human world.
- The Order of the Stick books come with informative chapter introductions... that tell you bits of what is going to happen in the next chapter. And later chapters. And sometimes in later books. The assumption seems to be that nobody will be reading the books without having first read every strip online.
- Though the first book does include a suggestion that you read the strips before the extra text.
- Paradigm Shift: Every page has badge graphics for each act of the series. The badge for "Flight" makes it pretty clear what Kate's story is.
- Flipside: Maytag and Bernadette are lovers.
- Ozy and Millie: Captain Locke is Millie's father. It said so right on the Cast page, back when there still was one.
- Homestuck: Official shirts and songs, along with oodles of fanart, spoil the existence of the Troll cast who are introduced a good ways into the story and at first appear to be vague, otherworldly antagonists to the main four kids. This may actually have been a good thing because of how many new readers the extended cast helped bring in once they were given their own A Day in the Limelight act. Said arc treats the facts that Aradia is a ghost and that the trolls created the universe as surprises. Now, good luck finding a discussion on the trolls that doesn't mention either of these.
- To a lesser extent, the appearances of John's three friends (especially the long-delayed reveal of who gardenGnostic was; Homestuck started in April of 2009 and she did not make a physical appearance until October of the same year) and their guardians.
- The What Pumpkin store spoils which characters have gone god-tier. However, that very concept wasn't introduced until well into the storyline, so you'd have to have read up until that point, stopped, and then gone there to be actually spoiled by it. Also, the store carries shirts for all the possible aspects, so you'd have to be looking at the 'as worn by' section to know which have actually been reached in canon so far.
- The post-scratch session. Reading Homestuck regularly, it's almost hard to remember that some of the post-scratch kids' names and appearances, especially Dirk's, were major (and tantalizing) spoilers, especially when the logs on the left-hand side of the page regularly indicate their actions.
- Lord English's identity and relation to Doc Scratch, one of the greatest mysteries of the comic up until his introduction and even a little bit after, gets thrown about fairly casually.
- The album art pictures are occasionally spoilery, such as the art for Colours and Mayhem side A, which depicts Eridan cut in half, Gamzee with Li'l Cal, Kanaya in Rainbow Drinker Mode and breaking a wand, Sollux as half dead, and Aradia and Vriska in God Tier outfits. Bam, plot points to half of the trolls have been revealed right there.
- Karkat's blood color, especially seeing as his stand-in for the pre-scratch session wears a bright sweater in that color.
- Andrew Hussie spoils later plot twists in the commentary of the physical books pretty regularly, which is especially weird as he explicitly noted that one of the main reasons for making the books was to give people a different entry point for the series. In all fairness, however, he admits at one point that he occasionally just makes shit up, and some of the spoilers he says do sound like jokes without context, for example this slightly exaggerated claim:
Heh heh, John sure does irrationally hate Betty Crocker, the harmless baked goods corporation, doesn't he? Surely this is just a silly Running Gag
and won't come back to haunt us in any significant way. Right? I mean... it just can't... could it? That would be blowing a gag way too far out of propor-oh fuck Crocker's gonna be the last boss, isn't she.
- Given Homestuck's ludicrous update rate and density of plot twists, the every single subpage about it on this wiki is now completely Spoilers Off because it was essentially impossible to decide what was a spoiler and what wasn't.
- One of the albums' title and art spoils the existence of The Cherubim.
- This Penny Arcade details this very phenomenon, regarding movies. Specifically King Kong and The Passion of the Christ. As Gabe puts it, there's a statute of limitations on this kind of thing.
- The titular Girl Genius is always referred to as Agatha Heterodyne, despite the fact that her true identity takes a whole story arc to be revealed. YMMV on how much of a spoiler this is.
- The seventh Electric Wonderland comic dramatically revealed Lululu's mermaid tail. After Peter Paltridge wrote some character bios in June 2010, newcomers who clicked the "newbie? go here!" button on the Platypus Comix home page could find out about her tail beforehand. The bios also spoil the fact that Natasha Wing, the seemingly random policegirl who appeared at the end of the sixth comic, is actually friends with protagonist Trawn.
- A variation: Chapter 6 of Magellan carried a mild spoiler for Crossoverkill: Hoodoo not only survives unscathed, but is pregnant with Captain Perfect's child. Word of God says this is due to Schedule Slip on Crossoverkill - it was meant to be completed long before the Magellan story started.
- In the first issue of The Demon Mages, the actress Ari passed off as a "human, reportedly". Not only is she referred and portrayed as a Gorgon everywhere else she appears (such as the Demon Mages' Character Blog and on her creators DeviantArt page), the second issue simply outs her as one without much build-up.
- At the end of lonelygirl15 season one, Bree Avery dies. This is spoiled 21 episodes into KateModern. Similarly, the Twist Ending of "The Unthinkable Happened" was a huge shock when it was first shown, but is completely spoiled for anyone who knows that the following episode's title is "Bree's Dad is Dead"; the phrase "deader than Bree's dad" has since become a fan idiom. Also, anyone who so much as visits the site is likely to discover that Patient #11 survived the Hart Study, a major plot twist for the second series. Even the fact that the Hymn of One is evil was a huge revelation in the original series, but is now treated as the entire premise of the show. As one may surmise, lonelygirl15 is fairly lax about keeping spoilers secret.
- The KateModern website contains a video which spoils all the main twists of season 2, which plays automatically when you visit the site.
- Survival of the Fittest examples rarely spoiler the fact that Adam Dodd won v1 and indeed it is commonly talked about on the boards as Members assume that everybody already knows about this. Even Adam's return is made flagrantly obvious by the fact the character has two pages on the SOTF wiki (one for each v1 and v3). There's also that, y'know, he's actively played on the board, and nobody isn't going to notice that a v3 character as the same name and ID number as a v1 character.
- Basically, people tend to assume that anything that happened before the current version is now (or should be) general knowledge.
- The Big Bad of the first in-story semester in the Whateley Universe was Smug Snake Don Sebastiano, because he had the power to psychically Mind Rape two powerful students and turn them into his mindslaves, and even the administration couldn't prove anything was done to them. Since the story Christmas Elves was released, it is common knowledge among the story characters (who talk it over) and on the forums that he didn't do it. Hekate used incredibly dark Mythos magics to enslave them, and Don Sebastiano was implicitly taking the credit.
- Many commentaries on The Classic Doctor Who Twitter Blog make references to serials not covered yet, due to the proprietor herself experiencing a massive intake of this trope.
- The DVD covers for Halo-based machinima series Red vs. Blue have regularly done this.
- Spoilers are on many of the DVD covers, though always made somewhat vague - for instance, the back of the first season DVD mentions a ghost and a psychotic mercenary, who are introduced as twists halfway through the season, but don't reveal that the ghost is a main character who is shockingly killed, or that the mercenary is his girlfriend.
- The series' jump to Halo 2 during season three was something of an Untwist, as even though the moment was treated dramatically in-universe as a jump to the "future" as signified by the Art Shift, the creators told the fan community in advance that it would happen. But to anyone catching up and unaware, the DVD cover (and artwork on the website) ruined the surprise, by placing Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 versions of the same character side-by-side (as well as seasons four and five featuring only Halo 2 imagery on their DVD covers). Even further, an actual twist the fandom didn't expect, that certain scenes would be filmed using Marathon, is revealed by the Marathon version of the character appearing on the cover too. (The jump to Halo 3, on the other hand, didn't receive any in-universe distinction, with some episodes using both Halo 2 and Halo 3 during different scenes. Thus, it's not much of a spoiler that the newest DVD covers feature Halo 3 art.)
- New characters are featured on DVD covers, most notably the Alien.
- Season 8 introduces CGI action sequences. The first moment of this comes as a surprise as the camera slowly moves away from the characters in the scene while the viewer thinks that they can't possibly do what the scene seems to be suggesting. Then it happens. The Warthog crashes right through the wall! This moment is prominently featured on the DVD cover. There was also a commercial going around with focus on the CGI scenes in general.
- A major twist at the end of season 9 was the revelation that Agent Carolina, long believed to have died before the series began, is actually still alive. The trailers for seasons 10 and 12 don't make any attempt to hide this.
- Season 11 has a major Reveal that the planet that the Reds and Blues crashed on is experiencing a Civil War. The DVD trailer for Season 11, the teaser for Season 12, and even the freaking title of the story arc (The Chorus Civil War) don't make any attempt to hide this.
- This is highly common in works from The Slender Man Mythos, typically in the form of characters gleaning information about Slender Man from earlier works. Word of advice: if you plan on watching Marble Hornets or reading Just Another Fool, do not, by any means, watch or read anything posted at later dates.
- The community of OC fics in the Pretty Cure fandom does tend to fall to this. Some authors spoil a lot before the episodes are out for the convenience of Spoiler Hounds, but even things that they kept secret, like Ashley's fate in the end of Perfume Preppy (and the incident that earned her the Fan Nickname "Cure Cannibal"), are treated as common knowledge in the fanwriter community after the episode is released. Even a cursory glance over character popularity spoils you. Dark Magical Girls get all the fanart and are the only ones usually put into the Pretty Cure Fanfic Features, so if you're wondering why Emiru is on all these bonus story cast lists when she's completely normal and all the commenters on the first half of the series either don't mention her or hate her, you'll know the reason.
- Parodied in Uncyclopedia: "This article contains spoilers. Wait, I should have told you earlier? My bad."
- The first half of season three of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series is called The Cancelled Series, which is advertised as such and, therefore, spoils what happens at the end of season two.
- It's hard to describe anything about Weiss and Blake's S1 character arcs without revealing that Blake is a Faunus.
- The true identity of Longarm is one of the most shocking reveals of Transformers Animated... so naturally, it was all over the Internet in a pretty big hurry. Then the toy came out. At this point, it's probably not likely to surprise many people any more.
- It was over the Internet before anyone who talked about it saw the episode. It aired in Dubai and this was about all the blurry screencaps could tell us.
- Considering that he's a major player in the third season, if you're still not aware you're either blind or not up to date yet.
- Also, Omega Supreme.
- By at least halfway through the first Season of Transformers Prime, you should be aware that Cliffjumper is dead. It happened in the first five minutes of the show and it frequently gets brought up. The initial announcement of its sequel series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, does this to the events of the final episodes of Prime, including Bumblebee regaining his voice box (part of the announcement was Will Friedle reprising the role of Bumblebee), the restoration of Cybertron, and that Bumblebee taking over the reins of leadership following Optimus Prime's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Season 3 of The Transformers, taking place after The Movie, spoils a lot of what happens in it, such as Unicron being reduced to a head orbiting Cybertron, Hot Rod becoming Rodimus Prime and leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime kicking the bucket, a few other Transformers following Prime along for the ride and Starscream getting killed by Galvatron, who is an upgraded Megatron.
- In Code Lyoko, Aelita is a human girl. And Franz Hopper is her dad, and the creator of Lyoko. And later on William joins the group only to get permanently possessed by XANA. If you don't want to be spoiled, it is absolutely imperative you watch the series in season order.
- The title Phantasm in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is Bruce's ex-fiancée Andrea Beaumont. A clever viewer could figure this out anyway, but the toy division screwed up by releasing the Phantasm action figure, with removable hood, unmasked.
- After announcing its pending cancellation, the third season of Danny Phantom was created in Nick Studios in Florida — then sent to air in Latin American countries six months before they were supposed to be aired in the US. Impatient fans wasted no time snatching up the episodes, translating them, and broadcasting them everywhere. And, if you didn't know via the internet that half of the ghosts had become more monster-like (Nocturne, Vortex, Undergrowth), Danny got ice powers, Danny was going to make an appearance in a ninja suit, and that Vlad became the mayor of Amity park, you were soon spoilered by said "surprises" through commercials and the episodes airing out of order.
- The true nature of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) version of Shredder became this, particularly after it became necessary to qualify him as such in order to distinguish him from the other versions of the character.
- This is also immediately spoiled (and lampshaded) in Turtles Forever if one hasn't seen the 2003 series at all. The 80's Shredder's reaction to the 2003 Shredder's true nature is likely to mimic that of viewers unfamiliar with the 2003 series. Likewise, it probably worked vice-versa (fans of the 00s series would be surprised by the 80s version's incompetence).
- Commercials for the first season DVD of Total Drama blatantly showed that the final three would be Owen, Gwen, and Heather, and a press release for Total Drama World Tour revealed the final two of Action when the season was still underway with six contestants left. They eventually caught this mistake and changed it to two other contestants, but the damage had been done.
- World Tour itself has been plagued by this, first because Cartoon Network's commercials made it possible to figure the vote-off order, and then because Australia got the episodes and aired them in quick succession. Bizarrely, Canada (TD's home land) is getting the show after just about everybody else; even before Australia, most Canadian fans were Youtubing episodes after America aired them rather than waiting months for them to come out there.
- Revenge of the Island was being aired in French long before it aired in English. The language barrier, of course, did nothing to hide the elimination order, well apart from the alternate ending.
- Pahkitew Island started airing in Italian before it was aired in English, given that new episodes air in Italy every day, by the time the show premieres in the US, a winner is already declared.
- The official Facebook page for Phakitew island has been posting who was eliminated a day after each episodes airs. Like the Italian version, a new episode airs every day.
- The Venture Bros. creators have a habit of giving large spoilers during episode commentary on the DVD. Played straight when one commentator points out that spoilers have been given and the collective response is "No one watches the commentary before they watch the actual show!". Later subverted during a convention when the shows creators are confronted by a fan whose friend saw the commentary before the episodes being spoiled.
- Bonus features on the DVDs containing the first 13 episodes of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes consist of interviews revealing events from the second season, such as Skrulls replacing allies. In the process, the interviewees spoil events from the second half of season 1, such as Janet's friend Carol getting superpowers and Ultron attempting to destroy humanity.
- In ReBoot, Megabyte and Hexadecimal being siblings came as a surprise in the late second season. Nowadays, it's common knowledge, is constantly referenced in subsequent episodes, and any biography of them will list this fact fairly early on.
- The DVD boxset for season 14 of South Park reveals Mysterion's identity in the cover art.
- The opening credits for the Chilly Willy short "Chilly Chums" credit Grace Stafford as "Woody's voice", sort of spoiling the gag about Woody Woodpecker making a suprise cameo.
- The Legend of Korra is set 70 years after the original show. Fans of the series who watch the original afterwards already know many reveals, such as Toph's invention of metalbending, Zuko's eventual Heel-Face Turn, Aang's ability to energybend... basically every major plot point is brought up in some way in Korra.
- In Winx Club, Bloom's status as the long lost princess of Domino is never kept a secret, despite it being a major plot twist in the first season. In addition, there is Sky and Brandon's identity switch. The actual prince Sky is Bloom's boyfriend, while Stella is actually dating Brandon, Sky's squire. All promotional material refers to them as their real names.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle becomes an alicorn princess at the end of the third season. Not only is this featured in merchandise, but in the first movie for the show and its promotions, Equestria Girls, her pony form is portrayed with wings. Fans have done little to hide this plot development from new viewers, too. This is especially true in the German version, where the film Equestria Girls aired months before season three. Not only has there been legitimate merchandise showing Twilight with wings since the airing of the season 3 finale (in which she gains them), but they are rather prominently displayed on the cover of the Season 3 DVD boxset, even though she only gets her wings in the closing minutes of the final episode.
- The promotional synopses, preview trailers, and teaser clips of Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks casually spoil that Sunset Shimmer, the Big Bad of Equestria Girls, pulls a Heel-Face Turn at the end of that movie.
- In The Simpsons, anything related to Sideshow Bob (one of the most merchandised characters outside of Our Favorite Family) will point out that he wants to kill Bart, or at least that he ia a recurring villain. In his premiere episode, however, Sideshow Bob being evil was actually The Reveal, coming off as Krusty the Klown's bumbling sidekick up to that point. Most of Sideshow Bob's return appearances mention this fact (along with other crimes he attempted).
- The plot of Young Justice's second season, Young Justice Invasion, is set in motion as result of the events of the finale. This also includes a character who is Walking Spoiler as they give a MASSIVE twist in the first season's finale.
- With the show entering its sixth season, it's difficult for newcomers to Adventure Time not to be aware of the series taking place in a post-apocalyptic environment note and that the Ice King is really a man that lived through the apocalypse and driven insane by the magic crown that protected him from the nuclear fallout.
- In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Darth Maul still being alive is not much of a secret anymore after the Season 4 finale, and it was a big surprise back in Season 3's "Witches of the Mist". The advertisements for the Season 4 finale heavily promoted Maul's return, he's on the box art for the season's DVD/Blu-Ray case, and he was featured in the Season 5 trailers and the 100-episodes milestone video.
- Listed here because it applies to every category above. If a particular movie, book, TV show, game, etc becomes popular enough to warrant coverage by news outlets, and said production includes a surprise twist that generates intense public interest, it is nearly impossible not be spoiled as spoilers often end up in headlines, on magazine covers, etc. For example, anyone not following Game of Thrones week-to-week has likely found it impossible to not be spoiled about the Red Wedding and Purple Wedding episodes.
- Whenever your favorite series has announced a new installment to their franchise but you cannot afford it for several reasons (region-locking/No Export for You/false-equivalence currency exchange rates of all things) you tend to avoid anything related to the series due to not wanting to be spoiled. Unfortunately the more you try to avoid it the more people spoil them, since everybody and their mother have access to them, except you. This got worse if said franchise is well-known and fast-paced like Pokémon. By the time you hear too much of the spoilers, their twists and how said new installment is far superior in comparison to the rest of the franchise and yet you still could not afford it no matter what the bitterness that you had bottled up this time might cause you to unleash a destructive hatred for a series that you followed for years.