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** Furthermore, during all three major shows there is another pattern. If an episode has a known celebrity in it, best beieve they will play an important role in how the episode ends. From being a key witness, to being the villain whom may or may not get away with it by the time the episode ends.


* ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' wraps up the plot neatly in less than an hour. You'll certainly be going "Wait, already?" when it happens. [[CaptainObvious Yes, of course there's a twist.]]

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* ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' wraps up the plot neatly in less than an hour. You'll certainly be going "Wait, already?" when it happens. [[CaptainObvious Yes, of course there's a twist.]]


* In the PanelShow ''Series/WouldILieToYou'', there is a regular round called "This Is My...", where each member of one team claims to have a connection with a mystery guest. It will almost ''never'' be the team captain who is telling the truth, and the show has actually begun to parody this by deliberately giving the captains the most ridiculous stories to have to claim as true in this round.

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* In the PanelShow ''Series/WouldILieToYou'', there is a regular round called "This Is My...", where each member of one team claims to have a connection with a mystery guest. It will almost ''never'' be the team captain who is telling the truth, and the show has actually begun to parody this by deliberately giving the captains the most ridiculous stories to have to claim as true in this round. (Although this was eventually subverted in a Series 12 episode, where David had a claim about the guest recruiting him for an "underground ping-pong club" which sounded ''so'' like one of his usual ludicrous made-up stories that the opposing team barely even bothered to take it seriously... only for it to turn out to be true.)


* In the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series, it can be quite easy to guess who will die (though not necessarily who will be a victim and who will be a culprit) in the next chapter of the game based on who gets into a Rebuttal Showdown with the main character during a class trial.

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* In the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' ''{{Franchise/Danganronpa}}'' series, it can be quite easy to guess who will die (though not necessarily who will be a victim and who will be a culprit) in the next chapter of the game based on who gets into a Rebuttal Showdown with the main character during a class trial.

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* Coupled with SpoilerCover, Website/YouTube and other video services can undermine twists when the thumbnail for the next episode is visible. ''Webanimation/{{RWBY}}'' is a big offender: the twist of Volume 5 Episode 12 - [[spoiler:"Vernal is not the Spring Maiden... '''I am!'''"]] - is obvious if the interface is showing the very next episode, [[spoiler:where Raven has the glowing eye fire displayed by the Maidens.]]


* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' has a massive DownerEnding: [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins, half the universe is killed by Thanos's BadassFingersnap, and a large chunk of the cast is among those killed]]. However, [[spoiler: a fair amount of the heroes killed already had sequels confirmed, on top of the film having TheStinger connected to [[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 the next film]], and a sequel having already been confirmed]].

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' has a massive DownerEnding: [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins, half the universe is killed by Thanos's BadassFingersnap, and a large chunk of the cast is among those killed]]. However, [[spoiler: a fair amount of the heroes killed already had sequels confirmed, on top of the film having TheStinger connected to [[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 the next film]], and a sequel having already been confirmed]]. Of note: two of the biggest casualties in the final scene are [[spoiler:Peter Parker and Nick Fury]]; the trailer for ''Film/SpiderManFarFromHome'' was released just a few months after the film came out, clearly showing [[spoiler: Peter and Fury conversing casually--confirming that they both come back]].


* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure's'' second ending, "Keep On", showcases all eight of the original Chosen Children[=/=][=DigiDestined=] and their respective partners' forms. The first episode this is used in is episode 26, meaning the ending spoiled four Perfect/Ultimate levels, Hikari/Kari being the Eighth Child, Tailmon/Gatomon being her partner, and the existence of the then brand-new Ultimate/Mega level.

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure's'' second ending, "Keep On", showcases all eight of the original Chosen Children[=/=][=DigiDestined=] and their respective partners' forms. The first episode this is used in is episode 26, 27, meaning the ending spoiled four Perfect/Ultimate levels, Hikari/Kari being the Eighth Child, Tailmon/Gatomon being her partner, and the existence of the then brand-new Ultimate/Mega level.

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure's'' second ending, "Keep On", showcases all eight of the original Chosen Children[=/=][=DigiDestined=] and their respective partners' forms. The first episode this is used in is episode 26, meaning the ending spoiled four Perfect/Ultimate levels, Hikari/Kari being the Eighth Child, Tailmon/Gatomon being her partner, and the existence of the then brand-new Ultimate/Mega level.


* If you know your Sentai, it's not hard to figure out that in ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger'' when the heroes have to fight a seemingly invincible enemy that nearly defeats them, they're going to get their MidSeasonUpgrade. That fic actually goes a step farther, though, actually starting all the chapter titles with "Power Upgrade Part 1, Power Upgrade Part 2," etc.!


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* If you know your Sentai, it's not hard to figure out that in ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger'' when the heroes have to fight a seemingly invincible enemy that nearly defeats them, they're going to get their MidSeasonUpgrade. That fic goes a step farther, though, actually starting all the chapter titles with "Power Upgrade Part 1, Power Upgrade Part 2," etc.!

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* If you know your Sentai, it's not hard to figure out that in ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger'' when the heroes have to fight a seemingly invincible enemy that nearly defeats them, they're going to get their MidSeasonUpgrade. That fic actually goes a step farther, though, actually starting all the chapter titles with "Power Upgrade Part 1, Power Upgrade Part 2," etc.!


** Similarly, in "Brawl in the Family", the family go to a counselor (voiced by guest star Delroy Lindo) who helps them iron out their dysfunctions and disagreements. On the way home, Lisa ponders whether this means "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall the end of our series... of events]]". Except we're not even at the mid-episode ad break yet, so of ''course'' there's going to be a HalfwayPlotTwist... cue the family arriving home to find Homer and Ned's Vegas wives from "Viva Ned Flanders" waiting in the driveway.

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** Similarly, in "Brawl in the Family", the family go to a counselor (voiced by guest star Delroy Lindo) who helps them iron out their dysfunctions and disagreements. On the way home, Lisa ponders whether this means "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall the end of our series... of events]]". Except we're not even at the mid-episode ad break yet, so of ''course'' there's going to be a HalfwayPlotTwist...HalfwayPlotSwitch... cue the family arriving home to find Homer and Ned's Vegas wives from "Viva Ned Flanders" waiting in the driveway.


** Similarly, in one episode, the family go to a counsellor (voiced by guest star Morgan Freeman) who helps them iron out their dysfunctions and disagreements. On the way home, Lisa ponders whether this means "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall the end of our series... of events]]". Except we're not even at the mid-episode ad break yet, so of ''course'' there's going to be a HalfwayPlotTwist... cue the family arriving home to find Homer and Ned's Vegas wives from "Viva Ned Flanders" waiting in the driveway.

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** Similarly, in one episode, "Brawl in the Family", the family go to a counsellor counselor (voiced by guest star Morgan Freeman) Delroy Lindo) who helps them iron out their dysfunctions and disagreements. On the way home, Lisa ponders whether this means "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall the end of our series... of events]]". Except we're not even at the mid-episode ad break yet, so of ''course'' there's going to be a HalfwayPlotTwist... cue the family arriving home to find Homer and Ned's Vegas wives from "Viva Ned Flanders" waiting in the driveway.


* ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}'' averts this, as shortly before the end, the [[RunawayTrain train]] is coming back under control and it looks like everything's going to turn out fine. [[spoiler:The brakes on the locomotive slowing the train down blow, and an IndyPloy is required to get the runaway stopped before it escapes again.]]
* Famously averted in ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' which led to Hitchcock requiring that audiences could only enter at the start of the film whereas up to that point it was the norm for people to come in while it was playing. [[spoiler: Otherwise they wouldn't understand why [[DecoyProtagonist the leading lady]] isn't in the film since she's murdered within the first half hour.]]
* In ''Film/FourteenOhEight'', this is averted by [[spoiler: having the room make Mike ''think'' he has escaped]], very near the actual ending.
* According to the trailer, ''Film/{{Savages}}'' goes out of its way to avert this. The leading lady narrates, but early on, she says "just because I'm telling this story doesn't mean I'm alive at the end of it." [[spoiler: Unlike in the book the movie's based on, [[SparedByTheAdaptation it turns out she is]].]]
* ''Film/{{Fallen}}'' notably averts this. Denzel Washington (who plays the lead protagonist) narrates the movie, starting with "Let me tell you about the time I almost died". [[spoiler: It turns out it's actually the demon Azazel narrating, speaking through Denzel as he's possessed him, and "almost dies" at the end when Denzel commits suicide, but manages to escape into another body.]]
* Notably {{inverted|Trope}} in ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', where the fact that [[spoiler: Chief Bromden is faking being a deaf-mute]] is used for a genuinely unexpected [[TheReveal Reveal]]. In [[Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest the novel]], it's pretty obvious from the outset that [[spoiler: the Chief is fully aware of his surroundings]], since he's ''the narrator'' of the book.



** Perhaps sadly, this is often averted in modern editions of Northanger Abbey. It is often published in a single volume together with Persuasion. But - because it was the earlier work - Northanger Abbey is printed first. So when the tell-tale compression quote appears, you still have half the volume you are holding to go.



* Not a problem, one presumes, for one of the alien races mentioned in the ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series, whose books always consist of a set number of pages, with the story terminating, quite probably mid-sentence, at that point, even if the actual plot of the story was finished many, many pages earlier. Averted also by the first 'Hitchikers' novel, which finishes half way through Zaphod Beebelbrox's announcement that they're going to go and lunch, leaving the plot unresolved. (This was due to Douglas Adams being way past his deadline so his publishers just told him to finish the page he was on and they'd publish what they had).



* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' tried to avert this. The author tried to make the readers believe Shinji Mimura and not Shuya Nanahara was the male lead. [[spoiler:As such, his death in the middle of the book would come as a big surprise.]] This however failed due to the design of the cover that already hints who is the lead.

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* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' tried to avert this. ''Literature/BattleRoyale'': The author tried to make the readers believe Shinji Mimura and not Shuya Nanahara was the male lead. [[spoiler:As such, his death in the middle of the book would come as a big surprise.]] This however failed due to the design of the cover that already hints who is the lead.



* ''Literature/EndersGame'': If you're paying attention to how many pages are left at the end of the book, you might guess [[spoiler:the Command School "simulation" has to be the real thing, because there isn't enough time left in the book to do it all over again]]. Averted in the digital (iTunes) version, however, since they placed a preview for another book at the end, so one might reach the climax while still believing there were many more pages to go.

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* ''Literature/EndersGame'': If you're paying attention to how many pages are left at the end of the book, you might guess [[spoiler:the Command School "simulation" has to be the real thing, because there isn't enough time left in the book to do it all over again]]. Averted in the digital (iTunes) version, however, since they placed a preview for another book at the end, so one might reach the climax while still believing there were many more pages to go.



* Frequently averted or subverted in novels by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, not necessarily intentionally. What looked like a central plot may get resolved halfway through the book, and essentially a new story with the same characters would start. It may be a RedHerring and get its resolution even quicker to make way for a third story. Or the story may get no resolution at all, [[SavedForTheSequel not in this book, at least]]. Let's take for example, ''The Spoils of War'', the 3rd book of ''The Damned'' trilogy. Uncovering {{Masquerade}} of the Core to the rest of The Weave or preventing it doesn't even develop into a proper story. The centuries-long war is won by the middle of the book. The conspiracy to exterminate all sentient life [[spoiler:(Turlogs just like to be alone and some of them decided to do something about it)]] is squashed even before the war is over. The rest of the book tries to answer the question left hanging in the 1st novel: [[HumansAreWarriors what should humans do when there's no war]]?



* This gets increasingly averted as the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series goes on. Every book has a list of characters and a glossary of terms at the end of it, which include characters and terms from the entire series, not just the individual book. In the eighth novel, the combined length of these two items takes up ''one hundred pages''. Or, to put it another way, ''thirteen percent'' of the book.



** ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' has a significant problem with this when it comes to its season finales. Once they get to Stage 3, if the show is nearing the end of it's running time, you can bet that nobody is going to clear the stage. [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] when there is plenty of time to spare, giving you the ability to deduce that somebody is going to reach Stage 4, but doesn't reveal if they beat the final stage or not.
** Even though gameplay could vary in length, ''Fifteen to One'' managed to avert this. If a game ended early, the host would fill time at the end by reading viewers' letters, discussing the series trophy (which would be an antiquity of some sort, and therefore different each time), putting out a call for future contestants, and so on.

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** ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' has a significant problem with this when it comes to its season finales. Once they get to Stage 3, if the show is nearing the end of it's running time, you can bet that nobody is going to clear the stage. [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] when there is plenty of time to spare, giving you the ability to deduce that somebody is going to reach Stage 4, but doesn't reveal if they beat the final stage or not.
** Even though gameplay could vary in length, ''Fifteen to One'' managed to avert this. If a game ended early, the host would fill time at the end by reading viewers' letters, discussing the series trophy (which would be an antiquity of some sort, and therefore different each time), putting out a call for future contestants, and so on.



** There is an {{aver|tedTrope}}sion in the third season opener "Doubt". They arrest someone about fifteen minutes in, and what follows is an infuriating sequence of questioning whether or not he is the killer. At the end of the episode, it's very likely that the man is the real killer, but it's still uncertain. The point of the episode ends up being the self-doubt the case creates in one of the characters.



* Following in the steps of many other police dramas the detectives in {{Series/Broadchurch}} arrest the prime suspect early in the final episode leaving plenty of time for further complications. [[spoiler:The trope is then averted - he is guilty and the investigation is over. The rest of the episode deals with the effect of the murder and investigation on the town]].



* Listening to a song on a media player that features a waveform visualisation (such as [=SoundCloud=]'s audio player) can lead to this: if there's a sudden drop in amplitude about one minute in, you know in advance that there'll be a SubduedSection there, while conversely a sudden spike in amplitude means the song's going to get really, really loud all of a sudden. Owing to the LoudnessWar, an increasingly large number of songs will have a fairly uniform amplitude for the duration of the song, averting this trope (but not exactly to desirable effect).



** ''Unwound Future'' later subverts this, though: [[spoiler: some of the mysteries are solved during ''the ending cutscene'', so technically the game is already over]].
** Not to mention [[spoiler:some of the mysteries will be solved twice]].
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' has the character profiles. The number of side quests verses the number slots means you still have to meet a few people.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does this, [[spoiler: after Kefka succeeds in bringing about Armageddon after only 20 hours through a 40 plus hour game. The heroic party is split apart across the world map and the final dungeon is open to export for the final ending. Of course, you can take on the dungeon as three characters as soon as you get the airship, but the likelihood of success is slim-to-none without ''heavy'' grinding. Therefore, it's much better to spend the extra 20 plus hours reuniting with your party members and leveling up before challenging the final dungeon, which completes the standard 40 plus hours found in most role playing games]].
** A more obvious example is the map that comes with the game. [[spoiler: It has the World of Ruin on the back.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does this, [[spoiler: after Kefka succeeds in bringing about Armageddon after only 20 hours through a 40 plus hour game. The heroic party is split apart across the world map and the final dungeon is open to export for the final ending. Of course, you can take on the dungeon as three characters as soon as you get the airship, but the likelihood of success is slim-to-none without ''heavy'' grinding. Therefore, it's much better to spend the extra 20 plus hours reuniting with your party members and leveling up before challenging the final dungeon, which completes the standard 40 plus hours found in most role playing games]].
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games]]. A more obvious example is the map that comes with the game. [[spoiler: It has the World of Ruin on the back.]]



** [[spoiler: Though the game has you constantly return to the tower, even on the second disc, providing more opportunities for more effective psyche-outs.]]



* Averted in ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean: Blue World''. The game is quite clearly a Japanese game- closely resembling a JRPG- which usually have very long stories. The game also has a HUGE amount of side-content. So it's a huge surprise when it turns out the story is actually over after 6-7 hours of gameplay. You head into what turns out to be the final story mission expecting a major twist that never comes.



* The first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' averts this in the most spectacular way. You'd think the four Elemental Stars would all figure into the plot, meaning you'd get to visit four Lighthouses, and then the game wraps up after the second, ending in a huge cliffhanger.


** Similarly, in one episode, the family go to a counsellor (voiced by guest star Morgan Freeman) who helps them iron out their dysfunctions and disagreements. On the way home, Lisa ponders whether this means "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall the end of our series... of events]]". Except we're not even at the mid-episode ad break yet, so of ''course'' there's going to be a HalfwayPlotTwist... cue the family arriving home to find Homer and Ned's Vegas wives from "Viva Ned Flanders" waiting in the driveway.



** "Magical Mystery Cure". You know that there's going to be more coming when it looks like the problem's solved and everything's going to be all fine and dandy...with a third of the episode left.

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** "Magical Mystery Cure". You know that there's going to be more coming when it looks like the problem's solved and everything's going to be all fine and dandy... with a third of the episode left.

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