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1Sometimes a VideoGame instruction manual, in the progress of describing gameplay controls or mechanics, will reveal information that was otherwise intended to be a surprise for the player as they play the game.²²For example, an illustration may depict characters that join the player's party late in the game, describe enemies or bosses they may fight in a particular area, or discuss how to control the player's GlobalAirship.²²This is related to TrailersAlwaysSpoil and SpoilerOpening. See InterfaceSpoiler where the spoiling is done by an interface element instead of a manual.²²'''This is a spoiler trope. Here be spoilers!'''²----²!!Examples²²* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has the following:²** ''Melee'''s instruction book shows in some pics that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Luigi]], [[VideoGame/DrMario Dr. Mario]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Roy]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Young Link]] and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]] are playable. ²** ''Brawl'''s manual shows [[VideoGame/MetalGear Solid Snake]] and VideoGame/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}, although [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil their presence is not much of a secret]]. Heck, you don't even need the manual for this one. Just look at the back of the box and see the two non-Nintendo characters taking up roughly a third of the illustrations.²* In the instructions for ''[[VideoGame/MarioTennis Mario Power Tennis]]'', there is a pic of the character selection screen. With every secret character unlocked.²* The European reprinted manuals for a number of [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Mega Drive]] games were more complete but would often spoil details like the name or layout of later levels or enemy types, including bosses. For example:²** The ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'' manual would spoil the name and traps of every act, as well as the existence and purpose of the Final Zone.²** The ''Shadow Dancer'' manual allowed you to know how many final rooms there were before the FinalBoss.²** The ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' manual spoiled the hazards of each stage, most notably the elevator from Stage 7.²** The Genesis's version of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters'''s manual spoiled its {{SNK Boss}}es.²* The series ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has a few:²** The manual of the SNES North American release of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' - in the equipment section in the back, it lists the classes of all the characters, to designate what each can equip. Particularly blatant in the cases of Edge and Fusoya, since you know there's more game coming after each DiscOneFinalDungeon because you haven't met a ninja or Lunarian yet.²** One of the screenshots on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' Advance's back of the box has Krile (who doesn't appear in person until well into the game) and a screenshot spoiling TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.²** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' came with a physical map of the World Map (''both of them''), with every dungeon labeled.²** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' manual contains information about three party members and four aeons that aren't present early on and whose eventual appearances are supposed to be surprising at varying degrees.²** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' explains that Basch and Ashe will join your party, even though they're both supposed to be dead after the prologue.²** The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' game manual reveals that Lightning's party will be joined by TheSixthRanger Fang and land on Pulse. But then again, they aren't very big spoilers, as it's been in every trailer and review.²* The manual for ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' discusses the controls for all three of your partners, somewhat spoiling the "YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle" moment where it looks like the game's over after week 1 because you haven't even ''met'' one of them yet. It also means Beat [[FaceHeelTurn joining the Reapers]] has less of an impact since you know he'll be a partner later.²** The "main characters" page also flat out says that Rhyme is Beat's sister, something that is supposed to be revealed only a little before Beat becomes your partner.²* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'''s manual spoils the identities of four eventual party members, and eagle-eyed gamers can spot clues that there is another world involved.²* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'''s American manual for the [=PS2=] version spoils a major development of the protagonist Luke simply with the cover - the cover of the manual was also the cover of the game. Not only that, it initially shows Luke's character page with him having long hair, but we already saw him with short hair. Later pages, explaining the status screen show Luke with short hair and flat out calling him Luke Fon Fabre. So already, the emotional impact of the scene of Luke [[ImportantHaircut cutting his hair short]] to symbolize his will to change is ruined simply by buying the game and looking at the manual. Incidentally, the Japanese manual ''did not'' spoil this. The manual was redone for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS version of the game and omits the spoiler.²* The manual for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' reveals the game's use of a DecoyProtagonist.²* The American manual of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' doesn't tell the player about Death Egg Zone on its level list, but reveals what Dr. Eggman's Giant Mech/Death Egg Robot looks like on page 4.²* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' sets up three members of the hero's four-member party, and his alliance with Alex, an Adept of the fourth element... who is not with them on the box art. A random sailor you encounter very briefly and don't see again until ''almost halfway through the game'' is. Hint, hint. Also spoilered in the manual proper when it includes instructions on how to navigate with Piers's ship, and the [[{{Feelies}} map and relationship chart]] that come with the game also spell out that Piers is playable and Alex is not.²** Also subverted, in that the {{Feelies}} make a big fuss about Sheba's power of precognition... and it ''never even comes up'' in the game, aside from one line insisting it's her destiny to travel with Felix (and she later admits she was ''lying'' about that).²** Speaking of {{Feelies}}, a similar relationship chart was created for ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' and pulled (and leaked on the Internet) at the last minute because it spilled the beans on [[ShipSinking Matthew's ancestry]]... and [[HeroicBastard Amiti's]], which was ''supposed'' to be a big unresolved plot point!²* The manual for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' spoils the fact that Lloyd is a Wingly. Not that it's hard to figure out, but it's not actually revealed until Disc 3. It also spoils the complete endgame party.²* ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'', the intended GrandFinale of the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'' series (it was supposed to lead into ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' until [[ExecutiveMeddling Capcom went ahead]] and made ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX6 X6]]'' without Keiji Inafune's knowledge or consent, forcing him to change around the plot), had Zero dying at its close... [[KilledOffForReal for good.]] In spite of this, ''X6'' brought him back with the half-baked explanation that Zero was in hiding, repairing himself (although Zero notes in a discussion with Dr. Light that he has no knowledge of who really repaired him while in his near-death state). The fact that Zero was alive was spoiled by the game manual speaking of another playable character, a "resurrected Hunter" whose profile, weaponry, and skillset fits Zero to the bill. Never mind that the back of the game case has the words "Zero is missing" in big, honking letters.²** Lampshaded in the case of ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', where Colonel Redips's name was intentionally misspelled as "Rideps" in the manual to prevent giving away the plot twist that he was TheMole (by disguising as "[[SdrawkcabAlias Spider]]") and the ultimate BigBad.²* ''Tecmo's VideoGame/{{Deception}}'' has the manual give away the fact that Fiana is an acquirable summoned monster.²* The manuals of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' and ''Red Alert'' give you the full tech-tree, including the factions' super-weapons. It thus doesn't come as much of a surprise to the player that in the campaigns, Nod develops nukes, GDI has a KillSat, the Iron Curtain project is about temporarily making things invulnerable and the Allies develops a teleporter. The Soviets developing nukes in ''Red Alert'' is given a partial spoiler -- you know the game has nukes, since they are in the manual... but the manual shows the ''multiplayer'' tech-tree, in which both factions have nukes, so which side develops them first in the course of the campaigns is still left open.²* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. The manual is carefully written to never make any claims regarding your character's real identity, ensuring that it is completely accurate by omission even after the reveal.²* ''VideoGame/{{Nightfire}}'' has the general plot of every mission (and pretty much the entire plot of the game) spoiled with a quick look at the manual.²* Subverted twice in ''VideoGame/StarControl2''.²** The page describing the ship's manifest displays artifacts required to complete the game, such as an Illwrath cloaking device. No such item exists in the final game.²** In a broader sense, the manual is written to give the impression that you'll be rejoining and resuming the war from the previous game, hiding the fact that the war was lost nearly twenty years ago.²** Played straight with the star map packaged with the game. It highlighted many points of interest (although it didn't say what was at those points), including alien homeworlds, locations of artifacts, and all the Rainbow Worlds, plus it had the spheres of influence of all the aliens and a map of quasi-space with all the exits back to normal space. With this, the player didn't have to spend a lot of time exploring or paying close attention to the dialog, just head to all the highlights on the map.²* The manual for ''The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle'' shows a screenshot of the password screen. Inputting the password in the screenshot takes you to the last level of the game.²* ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'''s manual reveals the BigBad, while the game doesn't tell you there ''is'' one until the final battle.²* In ''VideoGame/{{Infernal}}'', [=EtherLight=]'s evil plan isn't revealed until you're half way through the game... unless you read the the manual, which states it outright in the introduction.²* Not immediately apparent with ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'', but in the original [=PS2=] version the game's manual folded out into a map of the locations visited in the game provided by Jak's uncle, showing the names and roughly the path the player would take through the game. The problem is that the last level is called 'Gol and Maia's Citadel' which spoils the names of the BigBad. The problem? The whole point of Jak and Daxter's journey at the beginning is because they believe Gol can turn Daxter back into a human/elf, and since there's a man and a woman seen in the opening cutscene it's very easy to work out who these two are...²* When the American/European versions of ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' list the game's voice actors, they state that one of them voices "[[spoiler:Eric Anderson (Erica)]]", spoiling TheReveal concerning that character.²* The instructions booklet for ''VideoGame/SpongebobSquarepantsBattleForBikiniBottom'' spoils all of the levels by deliberately listing them on the last few pages, as well as providing screenshots and summaries of the main objectives for each level. Somewhat subverted for the Chum Bucket Lab though, as the image shown is just a question mark to hide the FinalBoss' identity.²* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' lists the playable characters and openly reveals that Bowser will join Mario's party, making it a big deal since it would be the first time Bowser ever teamed up with his arch nemesis. While the manual has no issue with revealing Bowser, it doesn't make any mention of Toadstool being a party member.²* ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'', since the manual doubles as strategy guide.²* ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'''s manual shows an illustration of the final battle between Link, Ganondorf and Princess Zelda, a double spoiler in just one illustration!²* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'''s manual states that Velvet hates her father Odin, which ends up spoiling the plot point that she is the half-sister to fellow playable character Gwendolyn.²* ''VideoGame/Metroid1'': The instruction manual details almost everything in the game. Emphasis on "almost", for when they get to the Escape Sequence, all they said was, "If you manage to destroy the last enemy, Mother Brain, wait for a message to flash across the screen a second later. Something big is in store for you! We can't disclose it here, but we can tell you that the game is not over yet!"²* In ''[[VideoGame/PuyoPuyo Puyo Puyo 7]]'', a dark version of Arle unsurprisingly named Dark Arle plays a major role. The manual plainly states she's actually the normal Arle but possessed.²* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/{{Deltarune}}'', where the unused assets for the manual Ralsei gives you lists the controls for the overworld, menus, text... and (not-actually-in-the-game) cooking, with three of the four buttons corresponding to "butter" and the final one being used for "pulsar cannons."²----


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