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* Music/LittleBigTown's "Girl Crush" is basically what it says on the tin; a song about a straight woman experiencing a case of EvenTheGirlsWantHer over a hot girl... or so it seems. Turns out she's only crushing on said girl because [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians she reminds her of the boyfriend she already has. Right. [[SarcasmMode Because that totally makes a ton of fucking sense]]. In other words, a potential GirlOnGirlIsHot anthem becomes one big long "tee hee hee, no homo!". Particularly irritated by this swerve was internet critic WebOriginal/ToddInTheShadows, who, in his "Worst Songs of 2015" video, compared said swerve to "listening to '[[Music/JimmyBuffett Cheeseburger in Paradise]]' only to find out [[HitlerWasAVegetarian the actual burger was made of tofu]]".

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* Music/LittleBigTown's "Girl Crush" is basically what it says on the tin; a song about a straight woman experiencing a case of EvenTheGirlsWantHer over a hot girl... or so it seems. Turns out she's only crushing on said girl because [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians she reminds her of the boyfriend she already has.has]]. Right. [[SarcasmMode Because that totally makes a ton of fucking sense]]. In other words, a potential GirlOnGirlIsHot anthem becomes one big long "tee hee hee, no homo!". Particularly irritated by this swerve was internet critic WebOriginal/ToddInTheShadows, who, in his "Worst Songs of 2015" video, compared said swerve to "listening to '[[Music/JimmyBuffett Cheeseburger in Paradise]]' only to find out [[HitlerWasAVegetarian the actual burger was made of tofu]]".

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* Music/LittleBigTown's "Girl Crush" is basically what it says on the tin; a song about a straight woman experiencing a case of EvenTheGirlsWantHer over a hot girl... or so it seems. Turns out she's only crushing on said girl because [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians she reminds her of the boyfriend she already has. Right. [[SarcasmMode Because that totally makes a ton of fucking sense]]. In other words, a potential GirlOnGirlIsHot anthem becomes one big long "tee hee hee, no homo!". Particularly irritated by this swerve was internet critic WebOriginal/ToddInTheShadows, who, in his "Worst Songs of 2015" video, compared said swerve to "listening to '[[Music/JimmyBuffett Cheeseburger in Paradise]]' only to find out [[HitlerWasAVegetarian the actual burger was made of tofu]]".


* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' went out of its way to guarantee that the death of basically all fan favorites were as shocking and as painful to the viewer as possible, including [[spoiler:two fake deaths of Asahina and Kirigiri]] and the deaths of [[spoiler:Seiko Kimura, The Great Gozu and Kouichi Kizakura]], the three characters that were almost universally received with acclaim, even in such a divisive installment of the franchise.


A Shocking Swerve is a plot twist made just for the sake of having a plot twist. There's little-to-no rhyme or reason involved, no {{foreshadowing}}, and no way that the audience could have ever seen it coming. The author just [[AssPull conjured this twist from thin air]] out of a misguided desire to "shock" their audience. TheLawOfConservationOfDetail may be violated, [[CharacterDerailment characters may be derailed]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot subplots may be ruined]], and generally everything that's occurred so far may be [[{{Retcon}} thrown out the window]], just to pull off this twist.

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A Shocking Swerve is a plot twist made just for the sake of having a plot twist. There's little-to-no rhyme or reason involved, no {{foreshadowing}}, and no way that the audience could have ever seen it coming. The author just [[AssPull conjured this twist from thin air]] out of a misguided desire to "shock" their audience. TheLawOfConservationOfDetail may be violated, [[CharacterDerailment characters may be derailed]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot subplots may be ruined]], and generally generally, everything that's occurred so far may be [[{{Retcon}} thrown out the window]], just to pull off this twist.



Contrast TheUntwist, where an apparent RedHerring turns out to be the real explanation instead of a set up for a twist. See also GambitRoulette, CruelTwistEnding, MandatoryTwistEnding, StrangerBehindTheMask, GainaxEnding and AssPull.

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Contrast TheUntwist, where an apparent RedHerring turns out to be the real explanation instead of a set up for a twist. See also GambitRoulette, CruelTwistEnding, MandatoryTwistEnding, StrangerBehindTheMask, GainaxEnding GainaxEnding, and AssPull.



* '''A proper shocking swerve needs to feel like a complete contrivance'''. It's often accompanied with poor reasoning as to how it works. However, the twist can still be a positive thing if the tone of the rest of the work fits with it, or if the work is SoBadItsGood to begin with. Either way, some element of humor, intentional or unintentional, is required to get the most out of this.

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* '''A proper shocking swerve needs to feel like a complete contrivance'''. It's often accompanied with by poor reasoning as to how it works. However, the twist can still be a positive thing if the tone of the rest of the work fits with it, or if the work is SoBadItsGood to begin with. Either way, some element of humor, intentional or unintentional, is required to get the most out of this.



* '''Beware of spoilers.''' By its very nature, this is about the plot twists of many different works, and will contain all kinds of late-story details.

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* '''Beware of spoilers.''' By its very nature, this is about the plot twists of many different works, works and will contain all kinds of late-story details.



** The Espada ranks were stated by a Fracción, Shawlong, to go from 1-10. However, it's eventually revealed that the Espada ranks actually go from 0-9. [[spoiler:Yammy switches from 10 to 0 during his Resurrección. WordOfGod clarified that Espada ranks are based on amount of power, not ability to use it. Yammy was never portrayed as especially competent, so the idea of his raw power not translating to combat effectiveness was foreshadowed well enough. However, the author's choice to reveal his secret "0" rank as a cliffhanger, only for him to be killed basically offscreen the next chapter, is the very definition of a pointless twist.]]

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** The Espada ranks were stated by a Fracción, Shawlong, to go from 1-10. However, it's eventually revealed that the Espada ranks actually go from 0-9. [[spoiler:Yammy switches from 10 to 0 during his Resurrección. WordOfGod clarified that Espada ranks are based on the amount of power, not the ability to use it. Yammy was never portrayed as especially competent, so the idea of his raw power not translating to combat effectiveness was foreshadowed well enough. However, the author's choice to reveal his secret "0" rank as a cliffhanger, only for him to be killed basically offscreen the next chapter, is the very definition of a pointless twist.]]



* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'' has 2 in the finale. [[spoiler:Ryouma's digimon partner, who had previously barely talked at all and showed no personality turns out to be the big bad in disguise, brainwashing his tamer]] and an even "better" one where [[spoiler:the previous generic evil BigBad is now a good guy, and a human with a clock digimon (despite previously having nothing to do with time) wandering through dimensions collecting humans to beat up the new big bad he inadvertently created]]. WHAT A TWEEST!
** In addition, people savvy enough to pick out symbolism relating to time will feel some ending whiplash. The vocal command to enter the PocketDimension is "Time Shift", the odd old guy who appears to be behind everything has a clock digimon partner, and the whole season is called "The Young Hunters Leaping Through TIME". But it turns out, in the end, that this symbolism was all... [[FauxSymbolism pointless]]!

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* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'' has 2 in the finale. [[spoiler:Ryouma's digimon Digimon partner, who had previously barely talked at all and showed no personality turns out to be the big bad in disguise, brainwashing his tamer]] and an even "better" one where [[spoiler:the previous generic evil BigBad is now a good guy, and a human with a clock digimon Digimon (despite previously having nothing to do with time) wandering through dimensions collecting humans to beat up the new big bad he inadvertently created]]. WHAT A TWEEST!
** In addition, people savvy enough to pick out symbolism relating to time will feel some ending whiplash. The vocal command to enter the PocketDimension is "Time Shift", the odd old guy who appears to be behind everything has a clock digimon Digimon partner, and the whole season is called "The Young Hunters Leaping Through TIME". But it turns out, in the end, that this symbolism was all... [[FauxSymbolism pointless]]!



** Mest Gryder is introduced in the Tenrou Island arc as a member of Fairy Tail who the other members [[RememberTheNewGuy suddenly know]] despite never appearing beforehand, and he's later revealed to be a Magic Council spy named Doranbolt who infiltrated Fairy Tail with his Memory Control magic to get enough dirt to disband it. Much later, [[spoiler:it turns out that he was in fact a Fairy Tail member named Mest who infiltrated the Magic Council to get info, and wiped his own memories to be a more covert spy, even though said memory wiping would also make him oblivious to the fact that he's supposed to be a spy in the first place.]] WordOfGod explains that the reveal was considered some time ago and nearly scrapped, thus leaving a lack of buildup when it was finally implemented.

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** Mest Gryder is introduced in the Tenrou Island arc as a member of Fairy Tail who the other members [[RememberTheNewGuy suddenly know]] despite never appearing beforehand, and he's later revealed to be a Magic Council spy named Doranbolt who infiltrated Fairy Tail with his Memory Control magic to get enough dirt to disband it. Much later, [[spoiler:it turns out that he was was, in fact fact, a Fairy Tail member named Mest who infiltrated the Magic Council to get info, and wiped his own memories to be a more covert spy, even though said memory wiping would also make him oblivious to the fact that he's supposed to be a spy in the first place.]] WordOfGod explains that the reveal was considered some time ago and nearly scrapped, thus leaving a lack of buildup when it was finally implemented.



** Example: In one episode the characters go to the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Great Celano Library]] because Nyarko has an overdue book. While they're there, a pair of terrorists attack, trying to find one specific book. Naturally Mahiro assumes it's Nyarko's overdue book, but it actually turns out to be a random book he found in the library and absent-mindedly shoved into his jacket pocket when stuff started happening. When this is revealed, Mahiro lets out a BigNo and Nyarko says it's unfair for him to always blame her.

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** Example: In one episode the characters go to the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Great Celano Library]] because Nyarko has an overdue book. While they're there, a pair of terrorists attack, trying to find one specific book. Naturally Naturally, Mahiro assumes it's Nyarko's overdue book, but it actually turns out to be a random book he found in the library and absent-mindedly shoved into his jacket pocket when stuff started happening. When this is revealed, Mahiro lets out a BigNo and Nyarko says it's unfair for him to always blame her.



** There were more than a few Shocking Swerves in ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''. One issue in particular ended with the discovery of what seemed to be the corpse of the original clone, indicating that it was neither Ben nor Peter and raising the mystery of what the double's origin really was. It turned out that the writers didn't have a clue, they just thought it was a cool twist.

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** There were more than a few Shocking Swerves in ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''. One issue issue, in particular particular, ended with the discovery of what seemed to be the corpse of the original clone, indicating that it was neither Ben nor Peter and raising the mystery of what the double's origin really was. It turned out that the writers didn't have a clue, they just thought it was a cool twist.



* In the [[NestedStory story within a story]] of ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', the ending to the Hearts and Hooves Day legend certainly counts as this, in which near the end of the love potion debacle, [[spoiler: a giant ponyeating dragon suddenly descends upon high and roasts every pony alive in the kingdom]]. But it's PlayedForLaughs though.

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* In the [[NestedStory story within a story]] of ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', the ending to the Hearts and Hooves Day legend certainly counts as this, in which near the end of the love potion debacle, [[spoiler: a giant ponyeating pony-eating dragon suddenly descends upon high and roasts every pony alive in the kingdom]]. But it's PlayedForLaughs though.



* At the end of the 2007 film ''Film/TheMist'', [[spoiler: convinced that they are doomed to a gruesome death, the protagonist kills the other 4 members of his party (including his own child) with the last 4 bullets he has. About a minute later the army show up, along with thousands of survivors they have rescued]]. Some critics praised the director for making this bold nihilistic statement. Others thought it was a ridiculous and contrived ending which hurt the rest of the film. Creator/StephenKing, writer of the original novella, has gone on record saying he approved it, and even preferred it over his ending. There were shots of National Guard troops going into the town on trucks to foreshadow it, though.

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* At the end of the 2007 film ''Film/TheMist'', [[spoiler: convinced that they are doomed to a gruesome death, the protagonist kills the other 4 members of his party (including his own child) with the last 4 bullets he has. About a minute later the army show shows up, along with thousands of survivors they have rescued]]. Some critics praised the director for making this bold nihilistic statement. Others thought it was a ridiculous and contrived ending which hurt the rest of the film. Creator/StephenKing, the writer of the original novella, has gone on record saying he approved it, it and even preferred it over his ending. There were shots of National Guard troops going into the town on trucks to foreshadow it, though.



* The end of ''Film/{{Pieces}}'' has the mix and match corpse, that the killer made out of bodyparts from his victims, randomly come to life and [[GroinAttack rip a guy's balls off]].

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* The end of ''Film/{{Pieces}}'' has the mix and match corpse, that the killer made out of bodyparts body parts from his victims, randomly come to life and [[GroinAttack rip a guy's balls off]].



* Parodied at the end of the first ''Film/ScaryMovie'', where the killer is revealed to be the handicapped Doofy, who has already gotten away and is shown [[Film/TheUsualSuspects taking off his disguise]], and is then picked up by his girlfriend and [[TheBadGuyWins drives off into the sunset]]. Earlier in the film the girlfriend had no idea that he was even the mastermind, but they're revealed to have been working together in the ending.

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* Parodied at the end of the first ''Film/ScaryMovie'', where the killer is revealed to be the handicapped Doofy, who has already gotten away and is shown [[Film/TheUsualSuspects taking off his disguise]], and is then picked up by his girlfriend and [[TheBadGuyWins drives off into the sunset]]. Earlier in the film film, the girlfriend had no idea that he was even the mastermind, but they're revealed to have been working together in the ending.



** Also, the [[spoiler: death of Luke Skywalker]] at the end of the The Last Jedi is also this to a lot of people. [[spoiler: Luke creates a "force projection" of himself in order to survive a battle against massive odds through trickery, but then inexplicably dies, apparently from exertion, afterwards. This makes the entire point of him doing this in the first place arguably pointless, and many fans disliked how Luke exited the franchise so abruptly.]]
* In ''Film/RockNRollNightmare'', a rock band moves to a farmhouse, and its members are killed one by one by the devil (yes, ''the'' devil). In the climax, the devil confronts John Triton, the sole remaining character, and starts gloating about killing his friends. Triton then reveals that he has killed no-one: his entourage were actually shadow puppets all this time, and Triton himself is an arc angel who has come to banish the devil back to hell.

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** Also, the [[spoiler: death of Luke Skywalker]] at the end of the The ''The Last Jedi Jedi'' is also this to a lot of people. [[spoiler: Luke creates a "force projection" of himself in order to survive a battle against massive odds through trickery, but then inexplicably dies, apparently from exertion, afterwards.afterward. This makes the entire point of him doing this in the first place arguably pointless, and many fans disliked how Luke exited the franchise so abruptly.]]
* In ''Film/RockNRollNightmare'', a rock band moves to a farmhouse, farmhouse and its members are killed one by one by the devil (yes, ''the'' devil). In the climax, the devil confronts John Triton, the sole remaining character, and starts gloating about killing his friends. Triton then reveals that he has killed no-one: his entourage were actually shadow puppets all this time, and Triton himself is an arc angel who has come to banish the devil back to hell.



* Played with in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' where the protagonist's twin writes a script called ''The Three'' in which it turns out the kidnapper, the victim and the detective are all the same person. His brother points out how this doesn't make sense because--for example--there's a car chase where the detective is tailing the kidnapper who has the victim in the back seat... so if they're all one person what the hell is he doing in reality?? And yet there are still people in Hollywood who want to produce the movie. Hilariously, only a few years later Hollywood actually ''did'' make a film with that exact same twist- [[spoiler: ''Film/{{Identity}}'', which even takes the trope UpToEleven by having ''multiple'' cops, killers, victims and bystanders be alternate personalities of one another, and even the cop turns out to be a killer in disguise having killed the ''actual'' cop personality prior to the movie!]]

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' where the protagonist's twin writes a script called ''The Three'' in which it turns out the kidnapper, the victim victim, and the detective are all the same person. His brother points out how this doesn't make sense because--for example--there's because -- for example -- there's a car chase where the detective is tailing the kidnapper who has the victim in the back seat... so if they're all one person what the hell is he doing in reality?? And yet there are still people in Hollywood who want to produce the movie. Hilariously, only a few years later Hollywood actually ''did'' make a film with that exact same twist- [[spoiler: ''Film/{{Identity}}'', which even takes the trope UpToEleven by having ''multiple'' cops, killers, victims victims, and bystanders be alternate personalities of one another, and even the cop turns out to be a killer in disguise having killed the ''actual'' cop personality prior to the movie!]]



* [=MYTH Conceptions=] suffers from this. Skeeve and his small band have declared war on the largest army in the dimension. The army's general, after suffering from some hit-and-run attacks from Skeeve n Co. erects a large tent in a neutral location to discuss the cessation of hostilities. After a bit of a chat, the sides of the tent are dropped, revealing that the entire army is outside, poised to strike the protagonists. They are rescued by a little blue gremlin (a creature Aahs had been insisting does not exist) for no reason whatsoever.

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* [=MYTH Conceptions=] suffers from this. Skeeve and his small band have declared war on the largest army in the dimension. The army's general, after suffering from some hit-and-run attacks from Skeeve n Co. , erects a large tent in a neutral location to discuss the cessation of hostilities. After a bit of a chat, the sides of the tent are dropped, revealing that the entire army is outside, poised to strike the protagonists. They are rescued by a little blue gremlin (a creature Aahs had been insisting does not exist) for no reason whatsoever.



** The later seasons suffered :from this a lot. Season 4 reached an all-time low with the constant back-and-forth between both Arvin Sloane and Jack Bristow having either good intentions or hidden agendas/being untrustworthy/evil all along, so much that you just want to yell at the TV screen, "We've already been through this a few episodes ago, and the episode before that!"
** And related stories with Sidney's mother and aunt, Lauren Reed, her mother etc. By the end of the series it had gotten so ridiculous you almost expect to have Sidney turn around and show that she's been a villain all along.

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** The later seasons suffered :from from this a lot. Season 4 reached an all-time low with the constant back-and-forth between both Arvin Sloane and Jack Bristow having either good intentions or hidden agendas/being untrustworthy/evil all along, so much that you just want to yell at the TV screen, "We've already been through this a few episodes ago, and the episode before that!"
** And related stories with Sidney's mother and aunt, Lauren Reed, her mother mother, etc. By the end of the series series, it had gotten so ridiculous you almost expect to have Sidney turn around and show that she's been a villain all along.



* ''Series/{{Satisfaction}}'': [[spoiler: Tippi]] being shot by [[spoiler: loansharks going after her former client at his house]]. This also left quite a few plot points, such as [[spoiler: her one-night-stand with Chloe's boyfriend]], unresolved.
* The "Who killed Colin [=McIver=]?" storyline on ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. There was only one person in town who couldn't possibly be the murderer: Nora, because she was drugged by Colin. Naturally, she did it.

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* ''Series/{{Satisfaction}}'': [[spoiler: Tippi]] being shot by [[spoiler: loansharks loan sharks going after her former client at his house]]. This also left quite a few plot points, such as [[spoiler: her one-night-stand with Chloe's boyfriend]], unresolved.
* The "Who killed Colin [=McIver=]?" storyline on ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. There was only one person in town who couldn't possibly be the murderer: Nora, Nora because she was drugged by Colin. Naturally, she did it.



** The identities of the Final Five Cylons, in particular, were pulled out of left field. One of the clearest indicators of this was [[spoiler: that Chief Tyrol's baby had to be clumsily retconned into an adulterous offspring, since there was only supposed to be one fertile Cylon in the series]].
** This pops up as early as the pilot miniseries, when some poor and seemingly random schmuck is pointed out by Baltar to be a Cylon in a panicked effort to avoid being outed as a collaborator himself. At the end of the episode he... turns out to have ''actually'' been a Cylon.
* Not nearly as shocking as most of these swerves, but ''Series/LawAndOrder''[='=]s ADA Serena Southerlyn's SuddenlySexuality was pretty damn surprising. The only thing that vaguely and possibly hints at this was a few episodes earlier when [=McCoy=], in order to get around a claim of SpousalPrivilege on the part of a gay couple, files suit (and wins) to prevent the state from recognizing gay marriages. Southerlyn was uncharacteristically more upset than usual about [=McCoy=]'s cynical tactics (as he doesn't indicate he personally is opposed to gay marriage) and outright refuses to assist him. This episode is somewhat HilariousInHindsight if you watch it after having seen the reveal of Serena's sexuality, since she makes quite a few references to [[IHaveThisFriend a gay friend she had in college]].

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** The identities of the Final Five Cylons, in particular, were pulled out of left field. One of the clearest indicators of this was [[spoiler: that Chief Tyrol's baby had to be clumsily retconned into an adulterous offspring, offspring since there was only supposed to be one fertile Cylon in the series]].
** This pops up as early as the pilot miniseries, miniseries when some poor and seemingly random schmuck is pointed out by Baltar to be a Cylon in a panicked effort to avoid being outed as a collaborator himself. At the end of the episode he... turns out to have ''actually'' been a Cylon.
* Not nearly as shocking as most of these swerves, but ''Series/LawAndOrder''[='=]s ADA Serena Southerlyn's SuddenlySexuality was pretty damn surprising. The only thing that vaguely and possibly hints at this was a few episodes earlier when [=McCoy=], in order to get around a claim of SpousalPrivilege on the part of a gay couple, files suit (and wins) to prevent the state from recognizing gay marriages. Southerlyn was uncharacteristically more upset than usual about [=McCoy=]'s cynical tactics (as he doesn't indicate he personally is opposed to gay marriage) and outright refuses to assist him. This episode is somewhat HilariousInHindsight if you watch it after having seen the reveal of Serena's sexuality, sexuality since she makes quite a few references to [[IHaveThisFriend a gay friend she had in college]].



* The first season of ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' introduced a character played by Creator/JulieBenz as their new teacher. Liz becomes suspicious of her and suspects she's secretly a government agent looking for the aliens. Instead she reveals that she's actually the school's new guidance counselor. Needless to say, this does nothing to explain why she was impersonating a teacher in the first place. She later gets involved in the plot for reasons resulting from her actual job. ([[TheUnreveal A government agent looking for the aliens.]])

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* The first season of ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' introduced a character played by Creator/JulieBenz as their new teacher. Liz becomes suspicious of her and suspects she's secretly a government agent looking for the aliens. Instead Instead, she reveals that she's actually the school's new guidance counselor. Needless to say, this does nothing to explain why she was impersonating a teacher in the first place. She later gets involved in the plot for reasons resulting from her actual job. ([[TheUnreveal A government agent looking for the aliens.]])



** The show is known for its [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]] inducing twists and [[TrappedByMountainLions occasionally out-of-field subplots]], but during season six, when it revealed that season five villain dubbed [[FanNickname Bluetooth]] was suddenly [[spoiler: Jack's brother, Graem Bauer]], it threw off the fanbase to such baffling proportions that was never seen again. Even with the show's crazy logistics and fast paced events, this was a twist too far. And this is coming one season after [[spoiler: an ex-President got gunned down by a sniper and another President was involved in the terrorist plot]]...

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** The show is known for its [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]] inducing twists and [[TrappedByMountainLions occasionally out-of-field subplots]], but during season six, when it revealed that season five villain dubbed [[FanNickname Bluetooth]] was suddenly [[spoiler: Jack's brother, Graem Bauer]], it threw off the fanbase to such baffling proportions that was were never seen again. Even with the show's crazy logistics and fast paced fast-paced events, this was a twist too far. And this is coming one season after [[spoiler: an ex-President got gunned down by a sniper and another President was involved in the terrorist plot]]...



* The ending of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a bizarre inversion and straight use simultaneously. Early in the show's run, the crew filmed the final scene of Ted's kids listening to the end of the story to avoid problems of them aging by the time the show actually ended, so the end of the story actually was planned right from the start. Unfortunately, this also meant they were inescapably locked into that ending even as each passing season made it less and less appropriate to the story. Thus, [[spoiler:Ted runs off to be with Robin at his kids' urging, despite our having spent the past several years getting a thorough education in how wrong they are for each other. Not to mention Barney and Robin divorce with a 30 second explanation after the past 3 seasons have established them multiple times as soul mates. As well as the mother, who we've been waiting the entire show to meet, gets insultingly killed off]].

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* The ending of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a bizarre inversion and straight use simultaneously. Early in the show's run, the crew filmed the final scene of Ted's kids listening to the end of the story to avoid problems of them aging by the time the show actually ended, so the end of the story actually was planned right from the start. Unfortunately, this also meant they were inescapably locked into that ending even as each passing season made it less and less appropriate to the story. Thus, [[spoiler:Ted runs off to be with Robin at his kids' urging, despite our having spent the past several years getting a thorough education in how wrong they are for each other. Not to mention Barney and Robin divorce with a 30 second 30-second explanation after the past 3 seasons have established them multiple times as soul mates. As well as the mother, who we've been waiting for the entire show to meet, gets insultingly killed off]].off via SoapOperaDisease]].



* In 1988, Wrestling/BarryWindham and Wrestling/LexLuger, two of the most popular wrestlers in the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA at the time, were embroiled in a feud with Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen stemming from Lex being kicked out of the group and Barry turning down their offers to join them. The two had beaten Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Tully Blanchard for the NWA Tag team Titles in March of 1988. They were defending them in a rematch a month later. During the match the Horsemen manager, J.J. Dillon, rammed Luger's head into the steel post causing him to bleed and be knocked out for a few minutes. Barry was getting beaten in the ring looking to tag out but nobody was there and the Horsemen taunted him for it. When Lex finally dragged himself to the apron, Barry forced a tag and body slammed him into the ring and gave him a vicious clothesline that let the Horsemen easily regain the belts and led to Barry joining the group. Nobody saw this turn coming and led to Barry being one of the most hated villains (and also led to what many consider [[TropesAreNotBad the best incarnation]] of the Four Horsemen as well).
* The {{trope namer|s}} was former Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}} writer Wrestling/VinceRusso, who loved to put these into his shows. He also loved to use wrestling insider lingo (in this case, "swerve" meaning "plot twist") in his shows. When this combined with WCW play-by-play commentator Wrestling/TonySchiavone's irrational exuberance, it resulted in Schiavone often declaring, "[[ItsTheBestWhateverEver This is the most shocking swerve ever]]!", thus resulting in a whole mess of "most shocking swerves". Russo's most notorious "shocking swerve" was making actor Creator/DavidArquette (yes, the deputy from the ''Film/{{Scream}}'' movies) the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]] after pinning Wrestling/EricBischoff in a match where the previous champion was Arquette's ''teammate''.[[note]]The match was Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage (champion) & Arquette versus Wrestling/JeffJarrett & Bischoff, with a stipulation that whoever scored the pinfall would win the championship. Arquette innocently pinned Bischoff and won the title ''from his own teammate''. Despite the outcome, he wouldn't make a FaceHeelTurn until a later PPV.[[/note]] The Internet Wrestling Community have near-collectively decided that the shocking swerve is in fact more shocking when it doesn't happen. There are a number of recappers out there who can [[ClicheStorm predict down to individual promos as to when the shockers happen]].

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* In 1988, Wrestling/BarryWindham and Wrestling/LexLuger, two of the most popular wrestlers in the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA at the time, were embroiled in a feud with Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen stemming from Lex being kicked out of the group and Barry turning down their offers to join them. The two had beaten Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Tully Blanchard for the NWA Tag team Titles in March of 1988. They were defending them in a rematch a month later. During the match match, the Horsemen manager, J.J. Dillon, rammed Luger's head into the steel post causing him to bleed and be knocked out for a few minutes. Barry was getting beaten in the ring looking to tag out but nobody was there and the Horsemen taunted him for it. When Lex finally dragged himself to the apron, Barry forced a tag and body slammed him into the ring and gave him a vicious clothesline that let the Horsemen easily regain the belts and led to Barry joining the group. Nobody saw this turn coming and led to Barry being one of the most hated villains (and also led to what many consider [[TropesAreNotBad the best incarnation]] of the Four Horsemen as well).
* The {{trope namer|s}} was former Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}} writer Wrestling/VinceRusso, who loved to put these into his shows. He also loved to use wrestling insider lingo (in this case, "swerve" meaning "plot twist") in his shows. When this combined with WCW play-by-play commentator Wrestling/TonySchiavone's irrational exuberance, it resulted in Schiavone often declaring, "[[ItsTheBestWhateverEver This is the most shocking swerve ever]]!", thus resulting in a whole mess of "most shocking swerves". Russo's most notorious "shocking swerve" was making actor Creator/DavidArquette (yes, the deputy from the ''Film/{{Scream}}'' movies) the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]] after pinning Wrestling/EricBischoff in a match where the previous champion was Arquette's ''teammate''.[[note]]The match was Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage (champion) & Arquette versus Wrestling/JeffJarrett & Bischoff, with a stipulation that whoever scored the pinfall would win the championship. Arquette innocently pinned Bischoff and won the title ''from his own teammate''. Despite the outcome, he wouldn't make a FaceHeelTurn until a later PPV.[[/note]] The Internet Wrestling Community have has near-collectively decided that the shocking swerve is is, in fact fact, more shocking when it doesn't happen. There are a number of recappers out there who can [[ClicheStorm predict down to individual promos as to when the shockers happen]].



** Wrestling/FrankieKazarian and Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels teamed up to form Bad Influence in direct contradiction to all previous characterization. In this case though, people vastly preferred them as Bad Influence even if they admit the formation of the team made no sense.
* TNA's 2010 ''Victory Road'' PPV had a special stipulation for the Knockouts match. It was already title vs career with Wrestling/MadisonRayne defending against Wrestling/AngelinaLove respectively. However the added stipulation was that if either of Madison Rayne's teammates (Wrestling/VelvetSky or Lacey Von Erich) interfered in the match, the title would go to Angelina. At the end of the match some masked woman in a biker helmet drove into the arena and interfered, earning a disqualification. The referee tried to find out who it was briefly but then decided to award the title to Angelina. Read: ''without checking the identity of the masked woman''. Furthermore once Madison had found out she lost her title she drove away with the mystery woman (read: the woman that just cost her the title). It was neither Velvet nor Lacey under the mask but actually the returning [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Tara]] which raises the question of why the hell did she wear a mask to interfere in the match when she could cause a disqualification without the title changing hands? Or why, when the title was given to Angelina, did she not take off the mask to reveal who she was and therefore get Madison her title back? There was literally no reason for her to keep her identity hidden (which she did for about a month) other than to have a dramatic reveal when it was fairly obvious who it already was. And that's not even wondering why Lacey and Velvet didn't reveal themselves right away at the PPV if Tara wasn't going to unmask.
* Another example involving Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople that was also an example of recap guys being able to call a certain someone's swerves before they even happen, Angelina Love was in an angle where she was trying to make peace between her long time partner Velvet Sky and biggest fan [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]] when the latter [[HypnotizeThePrincess drugged her into a zombie like state]], leading to Love and Sky fighting. The defunct[[note]]Likely because of angles like this, as the column was titled "I hate wrestling"[[/note]] Ringbelle's staff and user base noted they were only fighting because Sky treated her friend's predicament with the "compassion of a nihilist executioner" and predicted Love snapping out of the drugging on her own because it would be "the dumbest and most anticlimactic" way to resolve the angle. What they were wrong about of course is that the angle wasn't even close to resolved when that finally did happen and in fact would end up being finished in an even more underwhelming way, ''[[AllThereInTheManual off screen]]''.
* Wrestling/TheBigShow turning heel and attacking Wrestling/JohnCena to help Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis keep his job came completely out of left field considering the ''Raw'' before the PPV had Laurinaitis fire Big Show for making fun of his voice. Why exactly would Big Show help someone who forced him to get down on his knees and beg for his job? Especially when it was more likely that whoever Laurinaitis's replacement was (especially if he was a face) would hire him back considering what an attraction he is to the company. The explanation for the turn didn't make much sense either though that was more to do with Lauriniatis messing up his lines (Wrestling/MichaelCole provided a more accurate explanation).
* The 2011 angle in which Wrestling/KevinNash suddenly appeared after the main event of ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'' was decided and attacked Wrestling/CMPunk after he had won, allowing Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title. After Nash revealed someone had texted him to attack the winner, a decent mystery angle ensued for a short bit, as there was a whole host of potential suspects, including Del Rio, who won the title from the attack, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, who had been ousted from power a while earlier and had his own motives, and likely the most logical suspect, Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, who was not only a Vince [=McMahon=] loyalist and could easily have been looking to undermine the show now that Triple H was in charge, but had also been seen suspiciously sending text messages at the end of his backstage segments. In the end, who sent Kevin Nash the text? It was... Kevin Nash, who broke into Triple H's office and sent the text from Hunter's phone to his own to justify doing it. Why did he do it? "To make WWE cool again," and because he felt Triple H wasn't his friend anymore. Laurinaitis' texting apparently was not only not to anybody important, but he would continue doing it after Nash had revealed the truth.

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** Wrestling/FrankieKazarian and Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels teamed up to form Bad Influence in direct contradiction to all previous characterization. In this case case, though, people vastly preferred them as Bad Influence even if they admit the formation of the team made no sense.
* TNA's 2010 ''Victory Road'' PPV had a special stipulation for the Knockouts match. It was already title vs career with Wrestling/MadisonRayne defending against Wrestling/AngelinaLove respectively. However However, the added stipulation was that if either of Madison Rayne's teammates (Wrestling/VelvetSky or Lacey Von Erich) interfered in the match, the title would go to Angelina. At the end of the match match, some masked woman in a biker helmet drove into the arena and interfered, earning a disqualification. The referee tried to find out who it was briefly but then decided to award the title to Angelina. Read: ''without checking the identity of the masked woman''. Furthermore once Madison had found out she lost her title she drove away with the mystery woman (read: the woman that just cost her the title). It was neither Velvet nor Lacey under the mask but actually actually, the returning [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Tara]] which raises the question of why the hell did she wear a mask to interfere in the match when she could cause a disqualification without the title changing hands? Or why, when the title was given to Angelina, did she not take off the mask to reveal who she was and therefore get Madison her title back? There was literally no reason for her to keep her identity hidden (which she did for about a month) other than to have a dramatic reveal when it was fairly obvious who it already was. And that's not even wondering why Lacey and Velvet didn't reveal themselves right away at the PPV if Tara wasn't going to unmask.
* Another example involving Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople that was also an example of recap guys being able to call a certain someone's swerves before they even happen, Angelina Love was in an angle where she was trying to make peace between her long time longtime partner Velvet Sky and biggest fan [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]] when the latter [[HypnotizeThePrincess drugged her into a zombie like zombie-like state]], leading to Love and Sky fighting. The defunct[[note]]Likely because of angles like this, as the column was titled "I hate wrestling"[[/note]] Ringbelle's staff and user base noted they were only fighting because Sky treated her friend's predicament with the "compassion of a nihilist executioner" and predicted Love snapping out of the drugging on her own because it would be "the dumbest and most anticlimactic" way to resolve the angle. What they were wrong about of course is that the angle wasn't even close to resolved when that finally did happen and in fact would end up being finished in an even more underwhelming way, ''[[AllThereInTheManual off screen]]''.
* Wrestling/TheBigShow turning heel and attacking Wrestling/JohnCena to help Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis keep his job came completely out of left field considering the ''Raw'' before the PPV had Laurinaitis fire Big Show for making fun of his voice. Why exactly would Big Show help someone who forced him to get down on his knees and beg for his job? Especially when it was more likely that whoever Laurinaitis's replacement was (especially if he was a face) would hire him back considering what an attraction he is to the company. The explanation for the turn didn't make much sense either though that was more to do with Lauriniatis Laurinaitis messing up his lines (Wrestling/MichaelCole provided a more accurate explanation).
* The 2011 angle in which Wrestling/KevinNash suddenly appeared after the main event of ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'' was decided and attacked Wrestling/CMPunk after he had won, allowing Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title. After Nash revealed someone had texted him to attack the winner, a decent mystery angle ensued for a short bit, as there was a whole host of potential suspects, including Del Rio, who won the title from the attack, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, who had been ousted from power a while earlier and had his own motives, and likely the most logical suspect, Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, who was not only a Vince [=McMahon=] loyalist and could easily have been looking to undermine the show now that Triple H was in charge, but had also been seen suspiciously sending text messages at the end of his backstage segments. In At the end, who sent Kevin Nash the text? It was... Kevin Nash, who broke into Triple H's office and sent the text from Hunter's phone to his own to justify doing it. Why did he do it? "To make WWE cool again," and because he felt Triple H wasn't his friend anymore. Laurinaitis' texting apparently was not only not to anybody important, but he would continue doing it after Nash had revealed the truth.



* Throughout 2014, the Puerto Rican version of the World Wrestling Council had been running an angle about Juan Manuel Ortega gathering together wrestlers and other industry figures for the purpose of [[LegionOfDoom ridding pro wrestling of the Colón family]]. Another angle involved a trio who called themselves La Revolución trying to eliminate the three top contenders for WWC's Universal Title, Ray González, Wrestling/CarlitoColon and the Juan Manuel Ortega managed Mighty Ursus. Then in mid 2015 the most unexpected thing happened. Carlito, Revolución and Ortega joined forces against Ursus and González, Revolución seemingly not caring Carlito was still a top title contender and Ortega taking so much pleasure in betraying his partner he forgot about his grudge against the family.
* Wrestling/AndradeCienAlmas was signed to WWE in early 2016. Upon debuting, while many considered him to be an incredible talent, few would expect him to be in a feud anywhere above the mid-card. Flash-foward to summer 2017 and he had associated himself wit Zelina Vega, a well-respected veteran with pretty great mic skills, who would eventually become his manager. Though Almas' character had largely improved, absolutely ''no one'' expected him to become NXT Champion at [=TakeOver: WarGames=]. Even the commentators seemed legitimately shocked that he had won.

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* Throughout 2014, the Puerto Rican version of the World Wrestling Council had been running an angle about Juan Manuel Ortega gathering together wrestlers and other industry figures for the purpose of [[LegionOfDoom ridding pro wrestling of the Colón family]]. Another angle involved a trio who called themselves La Revolución trying to eliminate the three top contenders for WWC's Universal Title, Ray González, Wrestling/CarlitoColon and the Juan Manuel Ortega managed Mighty Ursus. Then in mid 2015 mid-2015, the most unexpected thing happened. Carlito, Revolución and Ortega joined forces against Ursus and González, Revolución seemingly not caring Carlito was still a top title contender and Ortega taking so much pleasure in betraying his partner he forgot about his grudge against the family.
* Wrestling/AndradeCienAlmas was signed to WWE in early 2016. Upon debuting, while many considered him to be an incredible talent, few would expect him to be in a feud anywhere above the mid-card. Flash-foward Flash-forward to summer 2017 and he had associated himself wit with Zelina Vega, a well-respected veteran with pretty great mic skills, who would eventually become his manager. Though Almas' character had largely improved, absolutely ''no one'' expected him to become NXT Champion at [=TakeOver: WarGames=]. Even the commentators seemed legitimately shocked that he had won.



* The ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' web serials use this as one of their main ingredients. Who knew Toa Tuyet would be alive and her "corpse" was just that of her poor AlternateUniverse-self? That vile Dark Hunter Ancient was in reality a double agent for the good guys? That the Sisters of the Skrall all got their psychic powers because they were pawns of a CosmicHorror character that apparently has been living beneath the earth for all this time, yet no one ever suspected? But the fact that one of the classic and relatively well known characters was actually a [[KingIncognito disguised]] [[{{Precursors}} Great Being]] all along has got to be the biggest example.
** Another kind of twist that wasn't a kind of reveal was the ending to the serial ''Brothers in Arms''. It has been a quite straightforward tale of two BadassNormal mortal enemies with a shared past clashing again and again during their ventures, and was set up to end in a spectacular final confrontation between the two. Then, ''literally'' right when they were about to hit each other, a random dimension-portal opened up between them, teleporting them to a BizarroWorld, and thus ending the serial with no final fight. Instead, the villain gets trapped in that other universe, while the hero brings home an ultra-powerful warrior (the [[MirrorSelf benevolent counterpart]] of the BigBad, no less) in exchange to "cap up" the story.

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* The ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' web serials use this as one of their main ingredients. Who knew Toa Tuyet would be alive and her "corpse" was just that of her poor AlternateUniverse-self? That vile Dark Hunter Ancient was was, in reality reality, a double agent for the good guys? That the Sisters of the Skrall all got their psychic powers because they were pawns of a CosmicHorror character that apparently has been living beneath the earth for all this time, yet no one ever suspected? But the fact that one of the classic and relatively well known well-known characters was actually a [[KingIncognito disguised]] [[{{Precursors}} Great Being]] all along has got to be the biggest example.
** Another kind of twist that wasn't a kind of reveal was the ending to the serial ''Brothers in Arms''. It has been a quite straightforward tale of two BadassNormal mortal enemies with a shared past clashing again and again during their ventures, ventures and was set up to end in a spectacular final confrontation between the two. Then, ''literally'' right when they were about to hit each other, a random dimension-portal opened up between them, teleporting them to a BizarroWorld, and thus ending the serial with no final fight. Instead, the villain gets trapped in that other universe, while the hero brings home an ultra-powerful warrior (the [[MirrorSelf benevolent counterpart]] of the BigBad, no less) in exchange to "cap up" the story.



* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarChainsOfOlympus'' sets up Morpheus, the god of dreams, as the villain for most of the game, seeing as how he's putting every mortal and god to sleep. But then comes the last five minutes and, surprise! Persephone was behind everything the whole time! In fact, the entire plot thread on Morpheus gets dropped when she enters the plot, and is never mentioned again.
* ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime Star Ocean: Till the End of Time]]'' has a particularly infamous example. It turns out that the entire universe is [[spoiler: ''a video game'' being played by extra-dimensional beings. The party discover this by jumping through a portal into "4D Space" and coming out of a high tech television screen]]. Not only was this a shocking swerve for the game, it was a ''retroactive'' shocking swerve for ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Star Ocean: The Second Story]]'' as well, and fans did ''not'' like it. This was partially retconned by ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope The Last Hope]]''[='=]s invoking of {{alternate universe}}s, leaving an out for fans who hated the twist without completely retconning it for those who didn't.
* The truth behind Liquid Snake's possession of Revolver Ocelot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' succeeded in pissing off some fans of the series. Basically, it turns out at the end that [[spoiler:you were never fighting Liquid and that Ocelot was using a combination of drugs, nanomachines, and hypnotherapy to make himself think he was Liquid for his most complex GambitRoulette to date. However, this not only cheapens Liquid's character, but effectively and retroactively turns the ''final boss fight'' into a big pile of... [[BuffySpeak meaninglessness]]... by destroying all the previous epicness it portrayed, turning it into something completely impersonal and rendering the victory hollow]]. Knowing [[TrollingCreator Hideo Kojima]], this was probably [[IntendedAudienceReaction completely intentional]], but still, annoying. It's also a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot waste]] of what could have been pure FridgeBrilliance, in that an actual possession would've made much more sense. Why? Ocelot is [[spoiler: ''The Sorrow''[='=]s son, a famous (and genuine) telepath]]. It stretches suspension of disbelief much less to think that Ocelot inherited some of [[spoiler:his father]]'s ability and that it unintentionally let Liquid take control.

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarChainsOfOlympus'' sets up Morpheus, the god of dreams, as the villain for most of the game, seeing as how he's putting every mortal and god to sleep. But then comes the last five minutes and, surprise! Persephone was behind everything the whole time! In fact, the entire plot thread on Morpheus gets dropped when she enters the plot, plot and is never mentioned again.
* ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime Star Ocean: Till the End of Time]]'' has a particularly infamous example. It turns out that the entire universe is [[spoiler: ''a video game'' being played by extra-dimensional beings. The party discover discovers this by jumping through a portal into "4D Space" and coming out of a high tech television screen]]. Not only was this a shocking swerve for the game, but it was also a ''retroactive'' shocking swerve for ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Star Ocean: The Second Story]]'' as well, and fans did ''not'' like it. This was partially retconned by ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope The Last Hope]]''[='=]s invoking of {{alternate universe}}s, leaving an out for fans who hated the twist without completely retconning it for those who didn't.
* The truth behind Liquid Snake's possession of Revolver Ocelot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' succeeded in pissing off some fans of the series. Basically, it turns out at the end that [[spoiler:you were never fighting Liquid and that Ocelot was using a combination of drugs, nanomachines, and hypnotherapy to make himself think he was Liquid for his most complex GambitRoulette to date. However, this not only cheapens Liquid's character, character but effectively and retroactively turns the ''final boss fight'' into a big pile of... [[BuffySpeak meaninglessness]]... by destroying all the previous epicness it portrayed, turning it into something completely impersonal and rendering the victory hollow]]. Knowing [[TrollingCreator Hideo Kojima]], this was probably [[IntendedAudienceReaction completely intentional]], but still, annoying. It's also a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot waste]] of what could have been pure FridgeBrilliance, in that an actual possession would've made much more sense. Why? Ocelot is [[spoiler: ''The Sorrow''[='=]s son, a famous (and genuine) telepath]]. It stretches suspension of disbelief much less to think that Ocelot inherited some of [[spoiler:his father]]'s ability and that it unintentionally let Liquid take control.



** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' reveal the origins of Mr. Bonding, a man from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' who went around giving people SocializationBonus powers, but was basically an extra. Its revealed that he was a man who felt powerless after being forced to fire people from the Mauville Corporation. The five Pokemon Center men (extras from the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'' games) fuse with the man and give him their power, and he uses it to share with people around the world. To put this already bizarre plot twist in perspective: fusion between people has never been established as part of the franchise's canon at any point, nor is the fusion ever explained at any point.

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** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' reveal the origins of Mr. Bonding, a man from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' who went around giving people SocializationBonus powers, but was basically an extra. Its It's revealed that he was a man who felt powerless after being forced to fire people from the Mauville Corporation. The five Pokemon Center men (extras from the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'' games) fuse with the man and give him their power, and he uses it to share with people around the world. To put this already bizarre plot twist in perspective: fusion between people has never been established as part of the franchise's canon at any point, nor is the fusion ever explained at any point.



* In the end of ''VideoGame/TheTestamentOfSherlockHolmes'' it turns out that [[spoiler: one of the girls who are reading the story, and who's supposedly the granddaughter of Holmes, is actually the granddaughter (or possibly grand-granddaughter) of James Moriarty. Her mother was adopted by Sherlock Holmes when Moriarty died]]. While this isn't a bad twist per se, it still feels like a twist for the sake of a twist, quite disconnected from the rest of the story and which serves no purpose.
* In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', the reveal about what ''actually'' happened [[spoiler:to Penelope and why she went missing prior to the beginning of the game]] not only came out of nowhere, but seriously ticked off a sizable portion of the fanbase. Throughout the entire game, you're given no clues that [[spoiler:she left of her own free will]]. While the level in which this twist is revealed blatantly hints that the plot point will be ''dealt with'' (via [[spoiler:all the mouse emblems and such]]), there's absolutely zero foreshadowing that [[spoiler:she's angry and bitter at the Cooper gang instead of being held against her will and forced to assist Le Paradox]].

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* In At the end of ''VideoGame/TheTestamentOfSherlockHolmes'' it turns out that [[spoiler: one of the girls who are reading the story, and who's supposedly the granddaughter of Holmes, is actually the granddaughter (or possibly grand-granddaughter) of James Moriarty. Her mother was adopted by Sherlock Holmes when Moriarty died]]. While this isn't a bad twist per se, it still feels like a twist for the sake of a twist, quite disconnected from the rest of the story and which serves no purpose.
* In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', the reveal about what ''actually'' happened [[spoiler:to Penelope and why she went missing prior to the beginning of the game]] not only came out of nowhere, nowhere but seriously ticked off a sizable portion of the fanbase. Throughout the entire game, you're given no clues that [[spoiler:she left of her own free will]]. While the level in which this twist is revealed blatantly hints that the plot point will be ''dealt with'' (via [[spoiler:all the mouse emblems and such]]), there's absolutely zero foreshadowing that [[spoiler:she's angry and bitter at the Cooper gang instead of being held against her will and forced to assist Le Paradox]].



* In the 37th Pacific Bay case of ''VideoGame/CriminalCase'', we see [[spoiler:Holly Hopper, the apparent [[{{Cult}} Utopian]] leader]] commit suicide to escape arrest. In the next case, it was revealed that the suicide was faked after all, and that [[spoiler:Holly]] was alive enough to become suspect again in Case 38. Not all fans were pleased with this development.
* At the various endings of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' the killer is revealed to be [[spoiler:one of the player characters, the private detective. The problem is that the game allows listening to the characters' thoughts as part of the mechanics, and the detective's thoughts make it look as though he isn't aware of things that the killer would know]]. Further, it renders a previous plot point ([[spoiler:Ethan's strange visions of things only the killer would know]]) completely inexplicable. According to WordOfGod the odd nature of the twist is partly the result of story changes late in production, when it was too late for complete rewrites; the game originally had supernatural elements and [[spoiler: a psychic connection formed between Shelby and Ethan would've explained the visions]].

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* In the 37th Pacific Bay case of ''VideoGame/CriminalCase'', we see [[spoiler:Holly Hopper, the apparent [[{{Cult}} Utopian]] leader]] commit suicide to escape arrest. In the next case, it was revealed that the suicide was faked after all, all and that [[spoiler:Holly]] was alive enough to become suspect again in Case 38. Not all fans were pleased with this development.
* At the various endings of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' the killer is revealed to be [[spoiler:one of the player characters, the private detective. The problem is that the game allows listening to the characters' thoughts as part of the mechanics, and the detective's thoughts make it look as though he isn't aware of things that the killer would know]]. Further, it renders a previous plot point ([[spoiler:Ethan's strange visions of things only the killer would know]]) completely inexplicable. According to WordOfGod the odd nature of the twist is partly the result of story changes late in production, production when it was too late for complete rewrites; the game originally had supernatural elements and [[spoiler: a psychic connection formed between Shelby and Ethan would've explained the visions]].



* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' has a bunch of them, mostly due to the fact that Telltale Games decided to play fast and loose with the Batman mythos. The heaviest is that [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne was a crime boss and he and Martha were killed as revenge and Vicki Vale, usually Bruce Wayne's on-again/off-again girlfriend, is the BigBad of the series]]. There's also another twist that ''might'' be one of these, depending on your choices. If you've chosen nothing but nice responses to [[spoiler: Harvey Dent]], this character's descent into KnightTemplar villainy comes out of nowhere, and is awkwardly hand-waved as being brought on by [[spoiler: Lady Arkham's drugs]].

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' has a bunch of them, mostly due to the fact that Telltale Games decided to play fast and loose with the Batman mythos. The heaviest is that [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne was a crime boss and he and Martha were killed as revenge and Vicki Vale, usually Bruce Wayne's on-again/off-again girlfriend, is the BigBad of the series]]. There's also another twist that ''might'' be one of these, depending on your choices. If you've chosen nothing but nice responses to [[spoiler: Harvey Dent]], this character's descent into KnightTemplar villainy comes out of nowhere, nowhere and is awkwardly hand-waved as being brought on by [[spoiler: Lady Arkham's drugs]].



* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': In the very end, [[spoiler:an anvil falls from the ceiling and turns Polterguy, who was briefly turned into his human form, back into his ghost form. This comes completely out of thin air and makes no sense. It's presumably made by the Sardini Company, but they just were scared out of their house for the forth time and Vito does not seem to have any supernatural powers]]. Doubles up with an AssPull.

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* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': In the very end, [[spoiler:an anvil falls from the ceiling and turns Polterguy, who was briefly turned into his human form, back into his ghost form. This comes completely out of thin air and makes no sense. It's presumably made by the Sardini Company, but they just were scared out of their house for the forth fourth time and Vito does not seem to have any supernatural powers]]. Doubles up with an AssPull.



* The true ending of ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' has the revelation that [[spoiler:Isabela Keyes has pulled a FaceHeelTurn and is so obsessed with finding the immune Nick Ramos that she started the outbreak and killed thousands purely to flush him out. The biggest trouble is this comes in the form of a MotiveRant recorded on a laptop in a PostCreditsScene that comes right out of nowhere, adds absolutely nothing to the plot, and doesn't even remotely change the events of the game, and that it comes at the price of completely negating the genuine heroism she displayed across three prior games by turning her into a KarmaHoudini who did a back flip over the MoralEventHorizon. [[BrokenBase Fans were pretty torn about it]].]]

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* The true ending of ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' has the revelation that [[spoiler:Isabela Keyes has pulled a FaceHeelTurn and is so obsessed with finding the immune Nick Ramos that she started the outbreak and killed thousands purely to flush him out. The biggest trouble is this comes in the form of a MotiveRant recorded on a laptop in a PostCreditsScene that comes right out of nowhere, adds absolutely nothing to the plot, and doesn't even remotely change the events of the game, and that it comes at the price of completely negating the genuine heroism she displayed across three prior games by turning her into a KarmaHoudini who did a back flip backflip over the MoralEventHorizon. [[BrokenBase Fans were pretty torn about it]].]]



* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', the "[[AuthorAvatar Me]]" character announced he was going to permanently kill off a popular major character. [[spoiler: The death was himself, which was particularly shocking to ''him'', as the "Me" theme was one of the few that ''didn't'' have a character in mortal danger at the time. He then tried to get out of it by retconning the prohpecied death into being [[ProphecyTwist Gwen Stacy from Spider Man]].]]

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* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', the "[[AuthorAvatar Me]]" character announced he was going to permanently kill off a popular major character. [[spoiler: The death was himself, which was particularly shocking to ''him'', as the "Me" theme was one of the few that ''didn't'' have a character in mortal danger at the time. He then tried to get out of it by retconning the prohpecied prophecied death into being [[ProphecyTwist Gwen Stacy from Spider Man]].]]



* ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'' spends the greater part of its run as a ([[FridgeHorror relatively]]) light-hearted episodic series. Then, out of nowhere, in the middle of a strip, [[spoiler: this weird guy who never shows up before or after stuffs minus in a briefcase, and after she escapes she [[CloudCuckooLander completely loses all sense of reality]]. To cure her, her friend throws a rock at her head-- at which point she shatters into a million pieces.]] Now that minus is [[spoiler: ''dead'']], she spends several strips [[spoiler: as a ghost]] doing the same antics as in the beginning of the comic, so the reader thinks that things will get back to normal eventually. ''Wrong''. Someone just has to ask [[spoiler: if minus can start bringing people back to life. She does, and ''[[KillEmAll everyone on Earth suffocates from the sheer mass of bodies brought back]]'']]. {{Holy|ShitQuotient}} '''''[[PrecisionFStrike shit.]]'''''

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* ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'' spends the greater part of its run as a ([[FridgeHorror relatively]]) light-hearted episodic series. Then, out of nowhere, in the middle of a strip, [[spoiler: this weird guy who never shows up before or after stuffs minus in a briefcase, and after she escapes she [[CloudCuckooLander completely loses all sense of reality]]. To cure her, her friend throws a rock at her head-- at which point she shatters into a million pieces.]] Now that minus is [[spoiler: ''dead'']], she spends several strips [[spoiler: as a ghost]] doing the same antics as in at the beginning of the comic, so the reader thinks that things will get back to normal eventually. ''Wrong''. Someone just has to ask [[spoiler: if minus can start bringing people back to life. She does, and ''[[KillEmAll everyone on Earth suffocates from the sheer mass of bodies brought back]]'']]. {{Holy|ShitQuotient}} '''''[[PrecisionFStrike shit.]]'''''



* WebVideo/{{Mega64}} has what may be one of the biggest example. The episode "What the Hell Happened to [=Mega64=]?" starts with one of Dr. Poque's college friends coming to see him. In the first five minutes they're taken hostage by a mafia and the friend is killed, complete with blood splattering. The rest of the episode has Rocko, Derek and Shawn trying to rescue him. The episode ends with [[spoiler:them learning the friend was the head of the Mafia. It's never really explained why he wants to kill Dr. Poque, why the Mafia were selling plush parrots, or how the friend is even alive. It gets even weirder when the friend is shot in the back by a guy wearing a sombrero, who then warps out.]] The creators said that it was a twist for the sake of a twist, and even the characters question it.

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* WebVideo/{{Mega64}} has what may be one of the biggest example.examples. The episode "What the Hell Happened to [=Mega64=]?" starts with one of Dr. Poque's college friends coming to see him. In the first five minutes minutes, they're taken hostage by a mafia Mafia and the friend is killed, complete with blood splattering. The rest of the episode has Rocko, Derek Derek, and Shawn trying to rescue him. The episode ends with [[spoiler:them learning the friend was the head of the Mafia. It's never really explained why he wants to kill Dr. Poque, why the Mafia were selling plush parrots, or how the friend is even alive. It gets even weirder when the friend is shot in the back by a guy wearing a sombrero, who then warps out.]] The creators said that it was a twist for the sake of a twist, and even the characters question it.



** "Next of Pin": In fear of losing Steve who is about to win a final bowling match which will make him a pro bowler and have him move away from his family, Stan '''STABS''' him in the ankle not only costing him the match but also severely injuring him as well. Not helped is the fact that when Steve finds out he was the one to stab him and questions why, Stan's only response is "I don't know!"

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** "Next of Pin": In fear of losing Steve who is about to win a final bowling match which will make him a pro bowler and have him move away from his family, Stan '''STABS''' him in the ankle not only costing him the match but also severely injuring him as well. Not helped helping is the fact that when Steve finds out he was the one to stab him and questions why, why Stan's only response is "I don't know!"



-->''Clyde Smith dies in a car accident, and wakes up in front of a slot machine. He wins.''\\

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-->''Clyde Smith dies in a car accident, accident and wakes up in front of a slot machine. He wins.''\\



* The ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' "Epilogue", the FullyAbsorbedFinale for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', reveals that Terry [=McGinnis=] is [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne's son. Cadmus' leader Amanda Waller rewrote Terry's father DNA with Bruce's in order to create a successor for Batman]]. It wasn't hinted in any fashion in the run of the show (neither for the entire ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse''). Also [[spoiler: Waller's plan]] runs on [[ContrivedCoincidence improbable coincidences]] since Terry was initially introduced as a random teenager who found Bruce's basement by accident. The twist was apparently meant to explain why Terry and his brother Matt have black hair while their parents are a red headed man and a brunette woman but ultimately [[VoodooShark leaves bigger questions]].

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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' "Epilogue", the FullyAbsorbedFinale for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', reveals that Terry [=McGinnis=] is [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne's son. Cadmus' leader Amanda Waller rewrote Terry's father DNA with Bruce's in order to create a successor for Batman]]. It wasn't hinted in any fashion in the run of the show (neither for the entire ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse''). Also [[spoiler: Waller's plan]] runs on [[ContrivedCoincidence improbable coincidences]] since Terry was initially introduced as a random teenager who found Bruce's basement by accident. The twist was apparently meant to explain why Terry and his brother Matt have black hair while their parents are a red headed red-headed man and a brunette woman but ultimately [[VoodooShark leaves bigger questions]].



** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]]: The Mane Six, minus Twilight, [[spoiler:after getting their cutie marks switched,]] are compelled [[spoiler:to do something they are neither good at nor enjoy, as it is their destiny.]] This goes against everything we know about [[spoiler:cutie marks, which appear ''after'' a pony discovered their destiny, and reflects a particular skill/idea, often a hobby, not vocation. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark reflects her love of racing, but she is a professional weather wrangler]].

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** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]]: The Mane Six, minus Twilight, [[spoiler:after getting their cutie marks switched,]] are compelled [[spoiler:to do something they are neither good at nor enjoy, as it is their destiny.]] This goes against everything we know about [[spoiler:cutie marks, which appear ''after'' a pony discovered their destiny, and reflects a particular skill/idea, often a hobby, not a vocation. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark reflects her love of racing, but she is a professional weather wrangler]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Summer's friend Tammy announces in her reception speech [[spoiler: that she isn't a teenage human girl but a Galactic Federation undercover agent, shoots her newly wed husband Birdperson and then proceeds to arrest every guest]]. This has no build up until the critical moment even thought the character [[RecurringExtra did appear several times]] through the series.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Summer's friend Tammy announces in her reception speech [[spoiler: that she isn't a teenage human girl but a Galactic Federation undercover agent, shoots her newly wed newlywed husband Birdperson and then proceeds to arrest every guest]]. This has no build up build-up until the critical moment even thought though the character [[RecurringExtra did appear several times]] through the series.



** In a three part arc the mystery of Kenny's ability to die endlessly was explained. The boys had been playing superheroes, with one of the children playing the laughable "Mint-Berry Crunch," a half-man, half-berry. Everything built up to a confrontation between Kenny and [[spoiler: Cthulhu]]. Then, out of nowhere, [[spoiler:Mint-Berry Crunch turns out to be an actual [[Franchise/{{Superman}} superhero sent to earth as a protector]], and he literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Cthulhu]]]]. Kenny is as incredulous as the audience during this reveal.

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** In a three part three-part arc the mystery of Kenny's ability to die endlessly was explained. The boys had been playing superheroes, with one of the children playing the laughable "Mint-Berry Crunch," a half-man, half-berry. Everything built up to a confrontation between Kenny and [[spoiler: Cthulhu]]. Then, out of nowhere, [[spoiler:Mint-Berry Crunch turns out to be an actual [[Franchise/{{Superman}} superhero sent to earth as a protector]], and he literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Cthulhu]]]]. Kenny is as incredulous as the audience during this reveal.



** [[spoiler:Varian's FaceHeelTurn]] that turns him from a well-meaning MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds to a [[spoiler:full-fledged WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds definitely counts as this ]] , especially since he TookALevelInJerkass and [[spoiler:commits treason in his anger. Also, FridgeLogic kicks in that apparently ''no one'' followed up on him asking for help in saving his father, when his father was the head of a village and a respected figure between "Queen for a Day" and "The Quest for Varian". It's a gut-punch for a lot of viewers that saw his comparison to TeenGenius inventors in other franchises.]]

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** [[spoiler:Varian's FaceHeelTurn]] that turns him from a well-meaning MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds to a [[spoiler:full-fledged WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds definitely counts as this ]] , ]], especially since he TookALevelInJerkass and [[spoiler:commits treason in his anger. Also, FridgeLogic kicks in that apparently ''no one'' followed up on him asking for help in saving his father, when his father was the head of a village and a respected figure between "Queen for a Day" and "The Quest for Varian". It's a gut-punch for a lot of viewers that saw his comparison to TeenGenius inventors in other franchises.]]



* Similar to ''American Dad!'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is another series that's notorious for it's usage of this trope, usually for the sake of justifying a character's elimination:

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* Similar to ''American Dad!'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is another series that's notorious for it's its usage of this trope, usually for the sake of justifying a character's elimination:



*** Both endings of the finale are one of these, what with feral Ezekiel stealing and destroying the money, and Alejandro being severely injured to the point of being forced inside the Drama Machine. In other words, the whole season was invalidated for the sake of movie references that even by 2010 (when ''World Tour'' originally aired) were already overdone and outdated. The ending where Alejandro wins actually manages to one-up this. In his ending, he ends up winning because Heather accidently throws his dummy into the volcano, but the money is still destroyed and he still ends up severely injured and put in the Drama Machine.

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*** Both endings of the finale are one of these, what with feral Ezekiel stealing and destroying the money, and Alejandro being severely injured to the point of being forced inside the Drama Machine. In other words, the whole season was invalidated for the sake of movie references that even by 2010 (when ''World Tour'' originally aired) were already overdone and outdated. The ending where Alejandro wins actually manages to one-up this. In his ending, he ends up winning because Heather accidently accidentally throws his dummy into the volcano, but the money is still destroyed and he still ends up severely injured and put in the Drama Machine.


* '''Beware of spoilers.''' By its very nature, this trope is about the plot twists of many different works, and will contain all kinds of late-story details.

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* '''Beware of spoilers.''' By its very nature, this trope is about the plot twists of many different works, and will contain all kinds of late-story details.


A Shocking Swerve is a plot twist made just to have a plot twist. There's little-to-no rhyme or reason involved, no {{foreshadowing}}, and no way that the viewer/reader/player could have ever seen it coming. They just [[AssPull pulled it out of nowhere]] out of a misguided desire to "shock" the viewer/reader/player. TheLawOfConservationOfDetail may be violated, [[CharacterDerailment characters may be derailed]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot subplots may be ruined]], and generally everything that's occurred so far may be [[{{Retcon}} thrown out the window]], just to pull off this twist.

[[TropesAreTools These kinds of swerves won't always irredeemably ruin a story]] -- while they may be total {{Ass Pull}}s in the moment, it isn't out of the question to expand upon them throughout the rest of the plot and later installments, maybe even sensibly integrating them into the story proper -- but it takes a mastermind to do right, meaning that most of them turn out less than exemplary.

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A Shocking Swerve is a plot twist made just to have for the sake of having a plot twist. There's little-to-no rhyme or reason involved, no {{foreshadowing}}, and no way that the viewer/reader/player audience could have ever seen it coming. They The author just [[AssPull pulled it out of nowhere]] conjured this twist from thin air]] out of a misguided desire to "shock" the viewer/reader/player.their audience. TheLawOfConservationOfDetail may be violated, [[CharacterDerailment characters may be derailed]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot subplots may be ruined]], and generally everything that's occurred so far may be [[{{Retcon}} thrown out the window]], just to pull off this twist.

[[TropesAreTools These kinds of swerves won't always irredeemably ruin a story]] -- story]]; while they may be total {{Ass Pull}}s in the moment, it isn't out of the question to expand upon them throughout the rest of the plot and later installments, maybe even sensibly integrating them into the story proper -- but proper. But it takes a mastermind to do this right, meaning that most of them Shocking Swerves turn out less than exemplary.



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* ''A proper shocking swerve needs to feel like a complete contrivance, often with poor reasoning as to how it works. However, it can still be a positive thing if the tone of the rest of the work fits with it, or if the work is SoBadItsGood to begin with. Either way, some element of humor, intentional or unintentional, is required to get the most out of this.''
* ''Remember that RealityIsUnrealistic; people meet with [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unexpected disasters]] or positive changes all the time in RealLife, but even a fairly realistic event can still come across as not making sense in terms of the plot.''
* ''Beware of spoilers.''

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* ''A '''A proper shocking swerve needs to feel like a complete contrivance, contrivance'''. It's often accompanied with poor reasoning as to how it works. However, it the twist can still be a positive thing if the tone of the rest of the work fits with it, or if the work is SoBadItsGood to begin with. Either way, some element of humor, intentional or unintentional, is required to get the most out of this.''
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* ''Remember '''Remember that RealityIsUnrealistic; people RealityIsUnrealistic.''' People meet with [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unexpected disasters]] or positive changes all the time in RealLife, but even a fairly realistic event can still come across as not making sense in terms of the plot.''
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* ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' has two :
** [[spoiler:Varian's FaceHeelTurn]] that turns him from a well-meaning MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds to a [[spoiler:full-fledged WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds definitely counts as this ]] , especially since he TookALevelInJerkass and [[spoiler:commits treason in his anger. Also, FridgeLogic kicks in that apparently ''no one'' followed up on him asking for help in saving his father, when his father was the head of a village and a respected figure between "Queen for a Day" and "The Quest for Varian". It's a gut-punch for a lot of viewers that saw his comparison to TeenGenius inventors in other franchises.]]
** [[spoiler: ''Cassandra's'' FaceHeelTurn]] is an even bigger one, as [[spoiler: despite her anger at Rapunzel for what happened to her hand, she had resisted becoming like Varian and betraying her...only for something mysterious to happen to her inside of a magical mansion that prompts her to end up betraying Rapunzel anyway which for several younger fans felt like a move that ruined her character, which in their view rendered a good portion of the previous episode lessons completely pointless and accomplished nothing besides adding even more unwanted CerebusSyndrome. The fact that the season ends on this as a cliffhanger thus never finding out '''''why''''' she did this doesn't help either.]] While others are just confused and dumbfounded.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo:'' [[spoiler: In the series finale, Scoutmaster Lumpus is revealed to be an imposter and an escaped lunatic]] which [[PlotHole contradicts many episodes and themes presented in previous episodes.]]


* Played with in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' where the protagonist's twin writes a script called ''The Three'' in which it turns out the kidnapper, the victim and the detective are all the same person. His brother points out how this doesn't make sense because--for example--there's a car chase where the detective is tailing the kidnapper who has the victim in the back seat... so if they're all one person what the hell is he doing in reality?? And yet there are still people in Hollywood who want to produce the movie. Hilariously, only a few years later Hollywood actually ''did'' make a film with that exact same twist- [[spoiler: ''Film/{{Identity}}'', which even takes the trope UpToEleven by having ''multiple'' cops, killers, victims and bystanders be alternate personalities of one another.]]

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' where the protagonist's twin writes a script called ''The Three'' in which it turns out the kidnapper, the victim and the detective are all the same person. His brother points out how this doesn't make sense because--for example--there's a car chase where the detective is tailing the kidnapper who has the victim in the back seat... so if they're all one person what the hell is he doing in reality?? And yet there are still people in Hollywood who want to produce the movie. Hilariously, only a few years later Hollywood actually ''did'' make a film with that exact same twist- [[spoiler: ''Film/{{Identity}}'', which even takes the trope UpToEleven by having ''multiple'' cops, killers, victims and bystanders be alternate personalities of one another.]] another, and even the cop turns out to be a killer in disguise having killed the ''actual'' cop personality prior to the movie!]]


* Played with in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' where the protagonist's twin writes a script called ''The Three'' in which it turns out the kidnapper, the victim and the detective are all the same person. His brother points out how this doesn't make sense because--for example--there's a car chase where the detective is tailing the kidnapper who has the victim in the back seat... so if they're all one person what the hell is he doing in reality?? And yet there are still people in Hollywood who want to produce the movie.
* ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'': The film actually does a good job of setting up that [[spoiler:Percival Graves, the magical equivalent of the Director of the FBI,]] is not only the film's human antagonist, but also a secret supporter of Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard who wants to subjugate {{Muggles}} for the greater good. Then the climax reveals that [[spoiler:Graves was really Grindelwald in disguise all along]]! The twist was heavily criticized, mostly because [[spoiler:Graves made an ideal nemesis for Newt and Tina, the film's heroes, whereas Grindelwald's fate has already been explained in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'']], but also because much of the subtle foreshadowing only becomes obvious [[RewatchBonus on repeated viewings]].

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' where the protagonist's twin writes a script called ''The Three'' in which it turns out the kidnapper, the victim and the detective are all the same person. His brother points out how this doesn't make sense because--for example--there's a car chase where the detective is tailing the kidnapper who has the victim in the back seat... so if they're all one person what the hell is he doing in reality?? And yet there are still people in Hollywood who want to produce the movie.
movie. Hilariously, only a few years later Hollywood actually ''did'' make a film with that exact same twist- [[spoiler: ''Film/{{Identity}}'', which even takes the trope UpToEleven by having ''multiple'' cops, killers, victims and bystanders be alternate personalities of one another.]]
* ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'': The film actually does a good job of setting up that [[spoiler:Percival Graves, the magical equivalent of the Director of the FBI,]] is not only the film's human antagonist, but also a secret supporter of Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard who wants to subjugate {{Muggles}} for the greater good. Then the climax reveals that [[spoiler:Graves was really Grindelwald in disguise all along]]! The twist was heavily criticized, mostly because [[spoiler:Graves made an ideal nemesis for Newt and Tina, the film's heroes, whereas Grindelwald's fate has already been explained in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'']], but also because much of the subtle foreshadowing only becomes obvious [[RewatchBonus on repeated viewings]].


* It's a staple for the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series to have the original BigBad (Dr. Wily for ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]]'', Sigma for [[''VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', etc.). So, ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'' delivered a Shocking Swerve the fans ''weren't'' expecting: [[spoiler:Sigma is ''not'' the Big Bad of ''X8'', and instead he's just an UnwittingPawn.]]

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* It's a staple for the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series to have the original BigBad (Dr. Wily for ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]]'', Sigma for [[''VideoGame/MegaManX ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', etc.) continue being the Big Bad for ''every'' game later down that line, even when it appears to be someone else at first (Wily blackmailing Dr. Cossack to kickstart ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'', the Repliforce being manipulated by Sigma in ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', etc.). So, ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'' delivered a Shocking Swerve the fans ''weren't'' expecting: [[spoiler:Sigma is ''not'' the Big Bad of ''X8'', and instead he's just an UnwittingPawn.]]



** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' reveal the origins of Mr. Bonding, a man from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' who went around giving people SocializationBonus powers, but was basically an extra. Its revealed that he was a man who felt powerless after being forced to fire people from the Mauville Corporation. The five Pokemon Center men (extras from the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'' games) fuse with the man and give him their power, and he uses it to make share with people around the world. To put this already bizarre plot twist in perspective: fusion between people has never been established as part of the franchise's canon at any point, nor is the fusion ever explained at any point.

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** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' reveal the origins of Mr. Bonding, a man from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' who went around giving people SocializationBonus powers, but was basically an extra. Its revealed that he was a man who felt powerless after being forced to fire people from the Mauville Corporation. The five Pokemon Center men (extras from the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'' games) fuse with the man and give him their power, and he uses it to make share with people around the world. To put this already bizarre plot twist in perspective: fusion between people has never been established as part of the franchise's canon at any point, nor is the fusion ever explained at any point.



* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' was marketed as the story about the fall of Big Boss and his descent to evilness due to his thirst for revenge and his mistrust of the establishment. Some powerful images from the trailer showed Big Boss with a bloodied and demonic face, walking through a fiery corridor with a grim expression. [[spoiler:Except that's not Big Boss, but his right-hand man, after some MagicPlasticSurgery and memetic hypnosis to make him look like ''and'' think he was the big man. Meanwhile, the real Big Boss had been developing his own plans offscreen, making the whole game inconsequential from a plot standpoint.]]

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* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' was marketed as the story about the fall of Big Boss and his descent to evilness due to his thirst for revenge and his mistrust of the establishment. Some powerful images from the trailer showed Big Boss with a bloodied and demonic face, walking through a fiery corridor with a grim expression. [[spoiler:Except that's not Big Boss, but his right-hand man, after some MagicPlasticSurgery and memetic hypnosis to make him look like ''and'' think he was the big man. Meanwhile, the real Big Boss had been developing his own plans offscreen, making the whole game inconsequential from a plot standpoint.standpoint except as one long, overly-extended explanation for how Big Boss could survive the FinalBoss fight in ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'' to show up again in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.]]


** Also, the [[spoiler: death of Luke Skywalker]] at the end of the The Last Jedi is also this. [[spoiler: Luke creates a "force projection" of himself in order to survive a battle against massive odds through trickery, but then inexplicably dies, apparently from exertion, afterwards. This makes the entire point of him doing this in the first place arguably pointless, and many fans disliked how Luke exited the franchise so abruptly.]]

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** Also, the [[spoiler: death of Luke Skywalker]] at the end of the The Last Jedi is also this.this to a lot of people. [[spoiler: Luke creates a "force projection" of himself in order to survive a battle against massive odds through trickery, but then inexplicably dies, apparently from exertion, afterwards. This makes the entire point of him doing this in the first place arguably pointless, and many fans disliked how Luke exited the franchise so abruptly.]]

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* It's a staple for the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series to have a BigBad that would have to be behind ''everything'' in the game they appeared in. So, ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'' delivered a Shocking Swerve the fans ''weren't'' expecting: [[spoiler:Sigma is ''not'' the BigBad of ''X8'', and instead he's just an UnwittingPawn.]]

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* It's a staple for the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series to have a the original BigBad that would have to be behind ''everything'' in the game they appeared in. (Dr. Wily for ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]]'', Sigma for [[''VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', etc.). So, ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'' delivered a Shocking Swerve the fans ''weren't'' expecting: [[spoiler:Sigma is ''not'' the BigBad Big Bad of ''X8'', and instead he's just an UnwittingPawn.]]



-->'''Travis:''' What the hell? That's the craziest shit I've ever heard! Why would you bring up something like that at [[BreakingTheFourthWall the very last minute of the game?]]
-->'''Henry:''' [[LampshadeHanging I would have thought you and the player would have at least expected a twist of fate of some kind.]]

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[[LampshadeHanging I would have thought you and the player would have at least expected a twist of fate of some kind.]]



* At the various endings of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' the killer is revealed to be [[spoiler:one of the player characters, the private detective. The problem is that the game allows listening to the characters' thoughts as part of the mechanics, and the detective's thoughts make it look as though he isn't aware of things that the killer would know]]. Further, it renders a previous plot point ([[spoiler:Ethan's strange visions of things only the killer would know]]) completely inexplicable. According to WordOfGod the odd nature of the twist is partly the result of story changes late in production, when it was too late to complete rewrites; the game originally had supernatural elements and [[spoiler: a psychic connection formed between Shelby and Ethan would've explained the visions]].

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* At the various endings of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' the killer is revealed to be [[spoiler:one of the player characters, the private detective. The problem is that the game allows listening to the characters' thoughts as part of the mechanics, and the detective's thoughts make it look as though he isn't aware of things that the killer would know]]. Further, it renders a previous plot point ([[spoiler:Ethan's strange visions of things only the killer would know]]) completely inexplicable. According to WordOfGod the odd nature of the twist is partly the result of story changes late in production, when it was too late to for complete rewrites; the game originally had supernatural elements and [[spoiler: a psychic connection formed between Shelby and Ethan would've explained the visions]].



* ''[[Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]'' was marketed as the story about the fall of Big Boss and his descent to evilness due to his thirst for revenge and his mistrust of the establishment. Some powerful images from the trailer showed B.B with a bloodied and demonic face, walking through a fiery corridor with a grim expression. [[spoiler: Except that's not Big Boss, but his right-hand man, after some MagicPlasticSurgery and memetic hypnosis to make him look like ''and'' think he was the big man. Meanwhile, the real Big Boss had been developing his own plans offscreen, making the whole game inconsequential from a plot standpoint.]]
* ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' is a game packed with {{Wham Episode}}s, but most of its big twists were foreshadowed to at least some degree in the previous game, ''Path of Radiance''... with the distinct exception of the fact that [[spoiler: the Goddess that everyone thought was evil was actually good, and the one everyone thought was good was actually evil]]. We do get an explanation for this, involving a very, very ancient character seeing to it that [[WrittenByTheWinners history was edited]], but it's after the fact.

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* ''[[Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]'' ''Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' was marketed as the story about the fall of Big Boss and his descent to evilness due to his thirst for revenge and his mistrust of the establishment. Some powerful images from the trailer showed B.B Big Boss with a bloodied and demonic face, walking through a fiery corridor with a grim expression. [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except that's not Big Boss, but his right-hand man, after some MagicPlasticSurgery and memetic hypnosis to make him look like ''and'' think he was the big man. Meanwhile, the real Big Boss had been developing his own plans offscreen, making the whole game inconsequential from a plot standpoint.]]
* ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' ''Videogame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' is a game packed with {{Wham Episode}}s, but most of its big twists were foreshadowed to at least some degree in the previous game, ''Path of Radiance''... with the distinct exception of the fact that [[spoiler: the Goddess that everyone thought was evil was actually good, and the one everyone thought was good was actually evil]]. We do get an explanation for this, involving a very, very ancient character seeing to it that [[WrittenByTheWinners history was edited]], but it's after the fact.


* Probably the most infamous shocking swerve in the WWF was the "Higher Power" twist. To make a ''very'' long story short: it was 1999, and CorruptCorporateExecutive Wrestling/VinceMcMahon had made a HeelFaceTurn. His son, [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane]], had seized control of Vince's stable, Wrestling/TheCorporation, and merged it with Wrestling/TheUndertaker's pseudo-satanic stable The [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Ministry of Darkness]] to form the super stable The Corporate Ministry, which was slowly taking over Vince's company. This forced Vince to [[EnemyMine make peace with all the people he had pissed off over the last year]], most notably his arch-nemesis Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. A couple of months into the feud, The Undertaker began to hint at a "[[TheManBehindTheMan Higher Power]]" which he secretly served. Rumors and WildMassGuessing flew all over the place. Eventually, The Undertaker brought the [[BlackCloak black-cloaked]] Higher Power to the ring, who revealed himself to be... [[HijackedByGanon Vince [=McMahon=]]]![[note]]"Aw son of a bitch!"[[/note]] His stated reason for going through with this impossibly-contrived GambitRoulette? To ''[[ForTheEvulz piss off Austin]]''. In fairness to the bookers: this was actually [[TimeForPlanB Plan B]]. The Higher Power was supposed to be Wrestling/MickFoley, which would have made total sense and given us a good feud, but Foley didn't want to make a [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] without any buildup to it, and also felt that [[DentedIron he was too physically broken down at this point]] to do a feud with Austin justice.
-->'''Vince:''' IT'S ME, AUSTIN! IT'S ME, AUSTIN! IT WAS ME ''ALL ALONG'', AUSTIN!\\
'''JR''': Aw, sonova''bitch''!

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* Probably the most infamous shocking swerve in the WWF was the "Higher Power" twist. To make a ''very'' long story short: it was 1999, and CorruptCorporateExecutive Wrestling/VinceMcMahon had made a HeelFaceTurn. His son, [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane]], had seized control of Vince's stable, Wrestling/TheCorporation, and merged it with Wrestling/TheUndertaker's pseudo-satanic stable The [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Ministry of Darkness]] to form the super stable The Corporate Ministry, which was slowly taking over Vince's company. This forced Vince to [[EnemyMine make peace with all the people he had pissed off over the last year]], most notably his arch-nemesis Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. A couple of months into the feud, The Undertaker began to hint at a "[[TheManBehindTheMan Higher Power]]" which he secretly served. Rumors and WildMassGuessing flew all over the place. Eventually, The Undertaker brought the [[BlackCloak black-cloaked]] Higher Power to the ring, who revealed himself to be... [[HijackedByGanon Vince [=McMahon=]]]![[note]]"Aw son of a bitch!"[[/note]] [=McMahon=]]]! His stated reason for going through with this impossibly-contrived GambitRoulette? To ''[[ForTheEvulz piss off Austin]]''. In fairness to the bookers: this was actually [[TimeForPlanB Plan B]]. The Higher Power was supposed to be Wrestling/MickFoley, which would have made total sense and given us a good feud, but Foley didn't want to make a [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] without any buildup to it, and also felt that [[DentedIron he was too physically broken down at this point]] to do a feud with Austin justice.
-->'''Vince:''' IT'S ME, AUSTIN! AUSTIN!\\
'''JR''': Aw, sonova''bitch''!\\
'''Jerry:''' [[BigWhat WHAT?!]]\\
'''Vince:'''
IT'S ME, AUSTIN! IT WAS ME ''ALL ALONG'', AUSTIN!\\
'''JR''': Aw, sonova''bitch''!
AUSTIN!

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