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->''"Of course, the last person to see him never commits the crime. That would make it too easy. One of these days I shall write a book in which two men are walking down a cul-de-sac, and there is a shot and one man is found murdered and the other runs away with a gun in his hand, and after twenty chapters stinking with red herrings, it turns out that the man with the gun did it after all."''
-->-- '''Literature/LordPeterWimsey''', ''The Five Red Herrings''

An outcome considered to be too obvious turns out to be what happened.

Suppose there has been a murder. There are only two other people in the house at the time. One acts mean and surly to the detective, doesn't treat the other house dweller well, and reveals he had both a motive and opportunity to kill the victim. The other housemate, by contrast, is very polite and helpful, and is visibly upset by the death.

A viewer would quickly conclude that the nice housemate is the murderer and the surly one is innocent. Why? Because the evidence against Mr. Surly is ''too obvious'', and the reader suspects a RedHerring.

In many cases, the above description is exactly how it happens (see most episodes of ''Series/{{CSI}}''). However, sometimes the author pulls a fast one - it turns out [[DevilInPlainSight Mr. Surly is guilty after all]]! All that evidence against him, which the reader dismissed on the grounds of being too obvious, is actually correct and valid.

Thus is illustrated the essence of The Untwist. The author drops a large number of hints at the start of the story which a reader assumes to be obvious {{red herring}}s, and thus is surprised when, later on, it turns out that the simplest, most obvious explanation was the correct one. Somehow, the author has managed to [[LogicBomb subvert the reader's expectations by not subverting their expectations]].

This technique obviously carries with it the risk that if it is not very well done, or the audience doesn't think there's a RedHerring in play, they will not anticipate that there will be a twist. In other circumstances the writer seems to assume [[ViewersAreMorons the audience must possess the intellect of a lobotomised turnip]], leaving them feeling treated as if they're just too ''dumb'' to handle a twist.

This technique is occasionally played with. In one fairly famous mystery book, the obvious person is guilty - but the obvious ''evidence'' and ''way he committed the crime'' is false: It was all part of an EvilPlan based around "double jeopardy" laws which prevent people from being tried for the same crime twice. Basically, he planned to trick the police into using the false evidence at trial, which he would then easily dismiss.

Contrast the ShockingSwerve, which pulls a twist out of ''[[AssPull nowhere]]''. Compare MetaTwist, where an author who relied on a specific twist surprises the audience by [[AvertedTrope averting]] it. Not to be confused with TheUnreveal, unless you expected The Unreveal to be subverted. TruthInTelevision: in RealLife most homicide victims are killed by someone they knew, and, following OccamsRazor, the most obvious suspect is usually the culprit. Compare HiddenInPlainSight.

SisterTrope to CaptainObviousReveal, where the twist is also completely obvious to the audience but the creator seems to think it won't be. May overlap with ObviousJudas, where the most ObviouslyEvil character turns out to be the villain.

[[AC:No examples, please. Any plot development can become The Untwist to a [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife sufficiently paranoid reader]].]]
%% And if you can see this, you're a sufficiently paranoid reader. We know where you live.