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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Neville Longbottom is revealed as having been a potential ChosenOne until the BigBad singled out Harry instead. He is plagued with memory problems. What deep, dark secret is lurking in the recesses of his mind? [[spoiler: [[Film/{{UHF}} NOTHING!]]]]

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Neville Longbottom is revealed as having been a potential ChosenOne until the BigBad singled out Harry instead. He is plagued with memory problems. What deep, dark secret is lurking in the recesses of his mind? [[spoiler: [[Film/{{UHF}} NOTHING!]]]]


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* Back when ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' was pitched as a trilogy, Jamie Lannister was intended to be a major villain. In a letter to his editor, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin writes that Jamie will kill everyone in his way in order to seize the throne, which never ended up happening and he goes on a RedemptionQuest instead. Thus, some early foreshadowing like him being found sitting on the throne right after killing the Mad King doesn't have the same implications anymore. Going by the series LiveActionAdaptation ''Series/GameOfThrones'', [[spoiler:this arc seems to have been given to his twin sister Cercei instead.]]

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* Season 2 of ''Series/BigLittleLies'' had several hints that one of its main characters was going to drown, most likely Bonnie. However, it ended with all five still alive and Bonnie's ''mother'' dying of a stroke.

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** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Tippi reacts to Dimentio in his first meeting with Mario in a way that implies she already knows who he is, but even after Tippi's backstory is explored, her familiarity with him is never mentioned again.


* The SeriesFauxnale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", has a scene where Fry makes a deal with the Robot Devil to replace his clumsy human hands with those of a "random" robot chosen by a giant Wheel of Fortune with the name of every robot featured in the series. The scene drops numerous blatant hints that the Robot Devil has rigged the wheel to stop at Bender's name... and when the wheel spins, [[spoiler:it moves just past it and lands on "Robot Devil".]]
** [[spoiler:To his utter shock.]]

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* The SeriesFauxnale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", has a scene where Fry makes a deal with the Robot Devil to replace his clumsy human hands with those of a "random" robot chosen by a giant Wheel of Fortune with the name of every robot featured in the series. The scene drops numerous blatant hints that the Robot Devil has rigged the wheel to stop at Bender's name... and when the wheel spins, [[spoiler:it moves just past it and lands on "Robot Devil".]]
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Devil," to his utter shock.]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': The "Zodiac," hinted at in the end of the opening sequence, is built to be something relating to the BigBad. The fact that it has symbols that clearly represent some of the main characters (the pine tree on the hat Dipper gets at the end of the first episode, the shooting star on one of Mabel's sweaters, etc) and some that are more subtle had led to plenty of speculation throughout the series as to who the ten people involved would be. In the GrandFinale, [[spoiler:these characters ''do'' gather as Ford explains that the Zodiac is the key to defeating Bill. But the whole process is interrupted by Stan and Ford arguing long enough for Bill to trap everyone who isn't a Pines and destroy the drawing they needed. Bill is finished off by another method, and the Zodiac never actually plays a role in the show.]]


* In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', whenever Snake's name is brought up in front of the Colonel, he dodges the subject, only referring to him as "that man", eagerly accusing the terrorist of being Solid Snake as if desperate to kill even a lookalike to get some closure, and getting irrationally angry whenever anything is mentioned about Snake's competence, prowess, or heroism. However, Snake and the Colonel parted in the previous game as close friends. Raiden explicitly asks the Colonel if Snake did something terrible to him, and he doesn't give a straight answer -- every implication is that Snake somehow betrayed the Colonel or hurt him on a very personal level, and [[ChekhovMIA the absence]] of Snake's love interest from the previous game, Campbell's daughter, adds to this suspicion. As personal secrets come out, TheReveal is actually that Snake [[spoiler:had nothing to do with anything]] and that [[spoiler:Raiden has been talking to a crazy A.I. that had been imitating the Colonel and attempting bring about a plot to control human will and consciousness]].

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* Near the end of ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', after Sly recovers from his injuries, Bentley warns him that taking another blow might result in a brain-shock. [[spoiler:Sure enough, Sly [[TakingTheBullet takes a hit]] from Dr. M to protect Carmelita and suddenly has amnesia. Until TheStinger shows that he was [[FakingAmnesia faking it]] just to finally be with Carmelita.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', whenever Snake's name is brought up in front of the Colonel, he dodges the subject, only referring to him as "that man", eagerly accusing the terrorist of being Solid Snake as if desperate to kill even a lookalike to get some closure, and getting irrationally angry whenever anything is mentioned about Snake's competence, prowess, or heroism. However, Snake and the Colonel parted in the previous game as close friends. Raiden explicitly asks the Colonel if Snake did something terrible to him, and he doesn't give a straight answer -- every implication is that Snake somehow betrayed the Colonel or hurt him on a very personal level, and [[ChekhovMIA the absence]] of Snake's love interest from the previous game, Campbell's daughter, adds to this suspicion. As personal secrets come out, TheReveal is actually that Snake [[spoiler:had nothing to do with anything]] and that [[spoiler:Raiden has been talking to a crazy A.I. that had been imitating the Colonel and attempting bring about a plot to control human will and consciousness]].


** The Dragon King Festival is set up as a major event that is implied to happen on the anniversary of Igneel and the other dragons disappearance, which is also when they openly announce their planned return. When the awaited event occurs, it turns out to be a BigBadWannabe's attempt to recreate a similar historic event, and none of the dragons are anywhere to be seen [[spoiler:except a few random ones brought over from the past through the Eclipse Gate. However, it's justified as the dragons were waiting for Acnologia, who never showed up, and they all reappear in the next major arc.]]
** One example is played straight in the manga, but averted in the anime. Early on, Lucy worries that Eisenwald's leader, Erigor, may one day come back for revenge. The last he's ever spoken of is a passing mention at the start of the Nirvana arc, due to the author changing the draft of the story where Erigor was planned to return, resulting in a WhatHappenedToTheMouse scenario. On the other hand, the anime ''does'' feature his return in two more story arcs: once as intended in the Nirvana arc, where he is [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind beaten with little fanfare]]; and again in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc, where he TookALevelInBadass and has been promoted to full member of the reborn Oración Seis.

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** The Dragon King Festival is set up as a major event that is implied to happen on the anniversary of Igneel and the other dragons disappearance, which is also when they openly announce their planned return. When the awaited event occurs, it turns out to be date comes, [[spoiler:all that happens is a BigBadWannabe's attempt to recreate a similar historic event, and none of the dragons are anywhere to be seen [[spoiler:except except a few random ones brought over from the past through the Eclipse Gate. However, it's It's later justified as the dragons were waiting for Acnologia, who never showed up, and they all reappear in the next major arc.]]
** One example is played straight in the manga, but averted in the anime. Early on, Lucy worries that Eisenwald's leader, Erigor, may one day come back for revenge. The last he's ever spoken of is a passing mention at the start of the Nirvana arc, due to the author changing the draft of the story where Erigor was planned to return, resulting in a WhatHappenedToTheMouse scenario. On the other hand, the anime ''does'' feature his return in two more story arcs: once as intended in the Nirvana arc, where he is [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind beaten with little fanfare]]; and again in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc, where he TookALevelInBadass and has been is promoted to full member of the reborn Oración Seis.


** All throughout the second half of the series, [[BigBad Zeref]] anticipates that [[TheHero Natsu]] is the only person in the world capable of killing him. [[spoiler:Indeed, Natsu is revealed to be E.N.D., a demon created by Zeref for this very purpose. However, Natsu's only opportunity to kill Zeref is wasted midway through the final story arc, and while he remains the only one capable of ''defeating'' him in battle, it's ultimately [[BigGood Mavis]], Zeref's ex-lover, who kills him as an ActOfTrueLove via their shared InstantDeathRadius.]]
** The Dragon King Festival is set up as a major event that is implied to happen on the anniversary of Igneel and the other dragons disappearance, which is also when they prepare to make their return. When the awaited event occurs, it turns out to be a BigBadWannabe's attempt to recreate a similar historic event, and none of the dragons are anywhere to be seen [[spoiler:except a few random ones brought over from the past through the Eclipse Gate. However, it's justified as the dragons were waiting for Acnologia, who never showed up, and they all reappear in the next major arc.]]
** One example is played straight in the manga, but averted in the anime. Early on, Lucy worries that Eisenwald's leader, Erigor, may one day come back for revenge. His return is foreshadowed right before Fairy Tail's fight with the Oración Seis in the Nirvana arc. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse This is the last he's spoken of]] in the manga, due to the author changing the draft of the story arc where Erigor was planned to reappear. On the other hand, the anime ''does'' feature his return in two more story arcs: once as intended in the Nirvana arc, where he is [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind beaten with little fanfare]]; and again in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc, where he TookALevelInBadass and has been promoted to full member of the Neo-Oración Seis.
** After getting her butt whooped by Erza's Nakagami Armor in the Grand Magic Games, Minerva reveals she has found a countermeasure for Erza's armor and promises an epic showdown with her rival. The closest they get to this is a fight Erza has absolutely zero interest in, and Minerva's countermeasure is never revealed.

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** All throughout the second half of the series, [[BigBad Zeref]] anticipates that [[TheHero Natsu]] is the only person in the world capable of killing him. [[spoiler:Indeed, [[spoiler:This is reinforced when Natsu is revealed to be E.N.D., a demon created by Zeref for this very purpose. However, Natsu's only opportunity to kill Zeref is wasted midway through the final story arc, and while he remains the only one capable of ''defeating'' him in battle, it's ultimately [[BigGood Mavis]], Zeref's ex-lover, Mavis]] who kills him as an ActOfTrueLove via their shared InstantDeathRadius.]]
** The Dragon King Festival is set up as a major event that is implied to happen on the anniversary of Igneel and the other dragons disappearance, which is also when they prepare to make openly announce their planned return. When the awaited event occurs, it turns out to be a BigBadWannabe's attempt to recreate a similar historic event, and none of the dragons are anywhere to be seen [[spoiler:except a few random ones brought over from the past through the Eclipse Gate. However, it's justified as the dragons were waiting for Acnologia, who never showed up, and they all reappear in the next major arc.]]
** One example is played straight in the manga, but averted in the anime. Early on, Lucy worries that Eisenwald's leader, Erigor, may one day come back for revenge. His return is foreshadowed right before Fairy Tail's fight with the Oración Seis in the Nirvana arc. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse This is the The last he's ever spoken of]] in of is a passing mention at the manga, start of the Nirvana arc, due to the author changing the draft of the story arc where Erigor was planned to reappear. return, resulting in a WhatHappenedToTheMouse scenario. On the other hand, the anime ''does'' feature his return in two more story arcs: once as intended in the Nirvana arc, where he is [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind beaten with little fanfare]]; and again in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc, where he TookALevelInBadass and has been promoted to full member of the Neo-Oración reborn Oración Seis.
** After getting her butt whooped by Erza's Nakagami Armor in the Grand Magic Games, Minerva reveals she has found a countermeasure for Erza's armor and promises an epic showdown with her rival. The closest they get to this "showdown" is a fight Erza has absolutely zero interest in, and Minerva's countermeasure is never revealed.


** All throughout the second half of the series, [[BigBad Zeref]] anticipates that [[TheHero Natsu]] is the only person in the world capable of killing him. [[spoiler:Indeed, Natsu is revealed to be a former human reborn as an Etherious, a demon created by Zeref for this very purpose. However, Natsu's only opportunity to kill Zeref is wasted midway through the final story arc, and while he does succeed at defeating him in battle, it's ultimately [[BigGood Mavis]], Zeref's ex-lover, who kills him as an ActOfTrueLove via their shared InstantDeathRadius.]]

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** All throughout the second half of the series, [[BigBad Zeref]] anticipates that [[TheHero Natsu]] is the only person in the world capable of killing him. [[spoiler:Indeed, Natsu is revealed to be a former human reborn as an Etherious, E.N.D., a demon created by Zeref for this very purpose. However, Natsu's only opportunity to kill Zeref is wasted midway through the final story arc, and while he does succeed at defeating remains the only one capable of ''defeating'' him in battle, it's ultimately [[BigGood Mavis]], Zeref's ex-lover, who kills him as an ActOfTrueLove via their shared InstantDeathRadius.]]


** All throughout the second half of the series, [[BigBad Zeref]] anticipates that [[TheHero Natsu]] is the only person in the world capable of killing him. [[spoiler:Indeed, Natsu is revealed to be a former human reborn as an Etherious, demons created by Zeref for this very purpose. However, Natsu's only opportunity to kill Zeref is wasted midway through the final story arc, and while he does remain the only one capable of ''defeating'' him in battle, it's ultimately Zeref's ex-lover Mavis who kills him as an ActOfTrueLove via their shared InstantDeathRadius.]]

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** All throughout the second half of the series, [[BigBad Zeref]] anticipates that [[TheHero Natsu]] is the only person in the world capable of killing him. [[spoiler:Indeed, Natsu is revealed to be a former human reborn as an Etherious, demons a demon created by Zeref for this very purpose. However, Natsu's only opportunity to kill Zeref is wasted midway through the final story arc, and while he does remain the only one capable of ''defeating'' succeed at defeating him in battle, it's ultimately [[BigGood Mavis]], Zeref's ex-lover Mavis ex-lover, who kills him as an ActOfTrueLove via their shared InstantDeathRadius.]]



** One example is played straight in the manga, but averted in the anime. Early on, Lucy worries that Eisenwald's leader, Erigor, may one day come back for revenge. His return is even foreshadowed right before Fairy Tail's fight with the Oracion Seis. Although Hiro Mashima planned for him to return in the initial draft, this the last that's ever spoken of him in the manga, as he was written out of the next draft. The anime, however, ''does'' feature his return in that very arc.

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** One example is played straight in the manga, but averted in the anime. Early on, Lucy worries that Eisenwald's leader, Erigor, may one day come back for revenge. His return is even foreshadowed right before Fairy Tail's fight with the Oracion Seis. Although Hiro Mashima planned for him to return Oración Seis in the initial draft, this Nirvana arc. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse This is the last that's ever he's spoken of him of]] in the manga, as he was written out due to the author changing the draft of the next draft. The anime, however, story arc where Erigor was planned to reappear. On the other hand, the anime ''does'' feature his return in that very arc.two more story arcs: once as intended in the Nirvana arc, where he is [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind beaten with little fanfare]]; and again in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc, where he TookALevelInBadass and has been promoted to full member of the Neo-Oración Seis.


* Masashi Kishimoto, regarding ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[WordOfGod has said]] that all the comparisons and parallels made between Naruto's mother (right down to the part where Kushina advises Naruto to find a girlfriend "like your mother") and his initial love interest, Sakura, were deliberately inserted [[TrollingCreator to pull the legs]] of the [[ShipToShipCombat shipping fans]]. [[spoiler:Naruto ended up with Hinata instead, as fully detailed in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]''.]]

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* Masashi Kishimoto, regarding ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[WordOfGod has said]] that all the comparisons and parallels made between Naruto's mother (right down to the part where Kushina advises Naruto to find a girlfriend "like your mother") and his initial love interest, Sakura, were deliberately inserted [[TrollingCreator to pull the legs]] of the [[ShipToShipCombat shipping fans]]. [[spoiler:Naruto ended up with Hinata instead, as fully detailed in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]''. It's also explained that the character in the current generation who most parallels Kushina is not Sakura at all, but Naruto himself (both being mischievous pranksters who were hosts of the 9-tailed fox and wanted to make everyone recognize their talents).]]


See also TheUntwist, BaitAndSwitch, RedHerring, RedHerringMole. This trope also includes any and all subversions of ChekhovsGun; see that page for examples.

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See also TheUntwist, BaitAndSwitch, RedHerringTwist, RedHerring, RedHerringMole. This trope also includes any and all subversions of ChekhovsGun; see that page for examples.


** Subverted in a sense with Kratos. Most of the foreshadowing that he might be [[spoiler:Lloyd's father]] is ''heaped'' on early in the game, and if you're going into the game expecting a plot twist -- which you should, it's a ''VideoGame/{{Tales|Series}}'' game, after all -- that is most likely what you'll guess. However, when you arrive at the Tower of Salvation, it seems to be Fauxshadowing because [[spoiler:Kratos pulls a pretty blatant and unexpected FaceHeelTurn]]. So then you believe ''that's'' the plot twist, and all of the [[spoiler:father]] stuff was fauxshadowing. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out that Kratos ''is'' Lloyd's father and the FaceHeelTurn was actually a sham, so he could go on helping Lloyd from inside Cruxis.]] [[{{Understatement}} Kratos is a complicated guy.]]

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** Subverted in a sense with Kratos. Most of the foreshadowing that he might be [[spoiler:Lloyd's father]] is ''heaped'' on early in the game, and if you're going into the game expecting a plot twist -- which you should, it's a ''VideoGame/{{Tales|Series}}'' game, after all -- that is most likely what you'll guess. However, when you arrive at the Tower of Salvation, it seems to be Fauxshadowing because [[spoiler:Kratos pulls a pretty blatant and unexpected FaceHeelTurn]]. So then you believe ''that's'' the plot twist, and all of the [[spoiler:father]] stuff was fauxshadowing. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out that Kratos ''is'' Lloyd's father and the FaceHeelTurn was actually a sham, so he could go on helping Lloyd from inside Cruxis.]] [[{{Understatement}} Kratos is a complicated guy.]]


** Episode 11 of the ''D/P'' saga has Zoey wishing Dawn luck and Dawn saying that she'll win, but come next episode, Zoey wins against Dawn.

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** Episode 11 of the ''D/P'' saga has Zoey wishing Dawn luck and Dawn saying that she'll win, but come next episode, Zoey wins against Dawn.


** Caesar for season five. Prior to the premiere, they ''heavily'' hyped him up with bits and pieces of information. When it airs, the hype grows as questions are asked: why is he on the plane? Why does he seem to already know about the Island? Why is hiding a gun and other items from what appears to be his lancer, Ilana (who comparatively seems boring, just some bounty hunter who escorted Sayid onto the plane)? What is his agenda? Surely he'll be a important player in the show's endgame...then he dies in the middle of a episode. He's never mentioned again, while his lancer turns out to be a important character with a personal link to Jacob and a promotion to regular for the final season

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** Caesar for season five. Prior to the premiere, they ''heavily'' hyped him up with bits and pieces of information. When it airs, the hype grows as questions are asked: why is he on the plane? Why does he seem to already know about the Island? Why is hiding a gun and other items from what appears to be his lancer, Ilana (who comparatively seems boring, just some bounty hunter who escorted Sayid onto the plane)? What is his agenda? Surely he'll be a important player in the show's endgame...then he dies in the middle of a an episode. He's never mentioned again, while his lancer turns out to be a important character with a personal link to Jacob and a promotion to regular for the final season


* The second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler:After spending an entire season giving Zuko every reason to do a HeelFaceTurn, he makes the choice to stay loyal to his father instead.]] This was then doubly subverted [[spoiler:because he ''does'' do a HeelFaceTurn later.]]

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* The second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler:After spending an entire season giving Zuko every reason to do a HeelFaceTurn, he makes the choice to stay loyal to his father instead.]] This was then doubly double subverted [[spoiler:because he ''does'' do a HeelFaceTurn later.]]

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