Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / FlashbackTwist

Go To



** Brian mentions the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] parable of Abraham being told to kill Isaac; cue [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]] gunning down the bartender from ''TheLoveBoat''.

to:

** Brian mentions the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] parable of Abraham being told to kill Isaac; cue [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]] gunning down the bartender from ''TheLoveBoat''.''Series/TheLoveBoat''.


* In WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold in the episode, Sidekicks Assemble, Green Arrow mentioned about how well he treated Speedy. Then, in a flashback, it revealed him ordering kid Speedy to get his bow from a bunch of alligators.

to:

* In WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':
**
in the episode, Sidekicks Assemble, Green Arrow mentioned about how well he treated Speedy. Then, in a flashback, it revealed him ordering kid Speedy to get his bow from a bunch of alligators.alligators.
** In "Menace of the Conqueror Caveman", Booster Gold explaining his origin to a bunch of suits flashes back to what he actually did, so when he says he invented his costume, it flashes back to him smashing open the museum exhibit it was contained in.

Added DiffLines:

* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode, Stumpy tells Kaeloo that Mr. Cat forced him to give him all his comic books. When Kaeloo asks how it happened, a flashback is shown where Mr. Cat menacingly approaches Stumpy and demands the comic books... and Stumpy nonchalantly handed him the comic books and said "Okay".


* ANTFarm did this when Chyna was recalling when she first met Fletcher. But everything is a bit off. Olive is dressed as Gibson (which she did but in a different episode) and botched his Welcome CatchPhrase, Fletcher is carrying a scarecrow instead of a wax figure of Olive, to which Chyna says "that boy is carrying something" instead "that boy is carrying a dead body." Fletcher says gibberish instead of telling Chyna that she is beautiful, to which she replies "Dynamite" the song she sang in said episode.

to:

* ANTFarm ''Series/ANTFarm'' did this when Chyna was recalling when she first met Fletcher. But everything is a bit off. Olive is dressed as Gibson (which she did but in a different episode) and botched his Welcome CatchPhrase, Fletcher is carrying a scarecrow instead of a wax figure of Olive, to which Chyna says "that boy is carrying something" instead "that boy is carrying a dead body." Fletcher says gibberish instead of telling Chyna that she is beautiful, to which she replies "Dynamite" the song she sang in said episode.


'''Narrator''': I do.\\

to:

'''Narrator''': I do.\\


* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Unicorn and the Wasp": As each of the party guests says what they were doing at the time of the murder, their flashbacks show them doing something different (for example, that's not ''tea'' Lady Eddison is drinking...). A GenreSavvy viewer can spot the murderer as [[spoiler: the one person whose flashback doesn't show him doing something suspiciously different.]]

to:

* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Unicorn and the Wasp": As each of the party guests says what they were doing at the time of the murder, their flashbacks show them doing something different (for example, that's not ''tea'' Lady Eddison is drinking...). A GenreSavvy viewer can spot the murderer as [[spoiler: the one person whose flashback doesn't show him doing something suspiciously different.]]


* ''UglyBetty'':

to:

* ''UglyBetty'':''Series/UglyBetty'':


* In ''PandoraHearts,'' what's perhaps the biggest WhamEpisode of the series is revealed through a FlashbackTwist by the resident UnreliableExpositor. [[spoiler:While it is indeed true that [[SilentScapegoat Glen Baskerville]] ordered the massacre of dozens of innocent people at Sablier and that Jack Vessalius subsequently killed him in the confrontation that ensued, [[EvilAllAlong Jack]] ''[[ManipulativeBastard conveniently]]'' left out that Glen's aim in killing everyone was [[WellIntentionedExtremist to prevent them from]] [[MercyKill becoming chains]] and that Jack killed Glen because the latter was trying to prevent the former from essentially causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]. This is all revealed in an [[WholeEpisodeFlashback extended flashback]] wherein we finally see the ''entirety'' of what happened during [[spoiler:the Tragedy of Sablier one hundred years ago]].

to:

* In ''PandoraHearts,'' ''Anime/PandoraHearts,'' what's perhaps the biggest WhamEpisode of the series is revealed through a FlashbackTwist by the resident UnreliableExpositor. [[spoiler:While it is indeed true that [[SilentScapegoat Glen Baskerville]] ordered the massacre of dozens of innocent people at Sablier and that Jack Vessalius subsequently killed him in the confrontation that ensued, [[EvilAllAlong Jack]] ''[[ManipulativeBastard conveniently]]'' left out that Glen's aim in killing everyone was [[WellIntentionedExtremist to prevent them from]] [[MercyKill becoming chains]] and that Jack killed Glen because the latter was trying to prevent the former from essentially causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]. This is all revealed in an [[WholeEpisodeFlashback extended flashback]] wherein we finally see the ''entirety'' of what happened during [[spoiler:the Tragedy of Sablier one hundred years ago]].


* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Happens quite often due to the format of the show, but a more recent example has Ted recalling stories of Marshall's co-worker Jenkins, imagining Jenkins as a man, before it is revealed that Jenkins is actually a woman.

to:

* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Happens quite often due to the format of the show, but a more recent an example has Ted recalling stories of Marshall's co-worker Jenkins, imagining Jenkins as a man, before it is revealed that Jenkins is actually a woman.




Added DiffLines:

-->'''Harold''': Hehehehe! I say we let the boy go.\\
'''Billy''': ROCK ON!


-->--'''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp The Unicorn and the Wasp]]"

A FlashBack is thrown to by a piece of dialogue that gives you the impression you'll know what the story is, but then produces a comic effect by surprising you.

to:

-->--'''The -->-- '''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp The Unicorn and the Wasp]]"

A FlashBack {{Flashback}} is thrown to by a piece of dialogue that gives you the impression you'll know what the story is, but then produces a comic effect by surprising you.


* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'''s Atonement Chapter, Tsumihoroboshi-hen, this happens [[spoiler:to Keiichi, due to his hallucinations. It is revealed that in the Abducted by Demons Arc (Onikakushi-hen) that Rena was just trying to help Keiichi, and that Mion was just playing with him the whole time (the needle in the ohagi was ''Tabasco sauce''). The syringe is also revealed to be a ''marker''; they were going to use it on his shirt like they did to Tomitake before he left, as part of a game to keep him occupied while Irie went to fetch treatment for Keiichi's Hinamizawa Syndrome. However, this ended in a [[BatterUp tragic end]] for all three teenagers]]. [[TearJerker Not played for laughs]].

to:

* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'''s ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'''s Atonement Chapter, Tsumihoroboshi-hen, this happens [[spoiler:to Keiichi, due to his hallucinations. It is revealed that in the Abducted by Demons Arc (Onikakushi-hen) that Rena was just trying to help Keiichi, and that Mion was just playing with him the whole time (the needle in the ohagi was ''Tabasco sauce''). The syringe is also revealed to be a ''marker''; they were going to use it on his shirt like they did to Tomitake before he left, as part of a game to keep him occupied while Irie went to fetch treatment for Keiichi's Hinamizawa Syndrome. However, this ended in a [[BatterUp tragic end]] for all three teenagers]]. [[TearJerker Not played for laughs]].


May include an UnreliableVoiceover. Related to SelfServingMemory.

to:

May include an UnreliableVoiceover. Related to SelfServingMemory. Compare HilariousInFlashback, where the character's past clashes with the overall present-day characterization.


* Many of the flashbacks on ''{{Lost}}'' have a twist, but for shock value rather than comic effect. In particular, "Confidence Man" seemed to give away its ending at the 10-minute mark, but the ending was quite different.

to:

* Many of the flashbacks on ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have a twist, but for shock value rather than comic effect. In particular, "Confidence Man" seemed to give away its ending at the 10-minute mark, but the ending was quite different.


* In an episode of ''KingOfTheHill'', Lucky tells the story of how his grandfather found a walnut tree stump in the 1920s. While he says about the grandfather was on a church picnic, the FlashbackCut shows that he was actually trying to escape from prison (what Lucky calls "going to meet his maker" is also shown to be his execution by electric chair). Unlike most instances of this trope, however, it's implied that Lucky isn't deliberately lying but rather telling the story as he heard it.

to:

* In an episode of ''KingOfTheHill'', ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Lucky tells the story of how his grandfather found a walnut tree stump in the 1920s. While he says about the grandfather was on a church picnic, the FlashbackCut shows that he was actually trying to escape from prison (what Lucky calls "going to meet his maker" is also shown to be his execution by electric chair). Unlike most instances of this trope, however, it's implied that Lucky isn't deliberately lying but rather telling the story as he heard it.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 24

Top

Example of:

/
/

Feedback