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  • Actually a Doombot: That bad guy you've been fighting is actually just his robot double or clone.
  • All Just a Dream: The whole story you've been following? Just someone's dreams; let's move on now.
  • Already the Case: A warning or request has already been followed by the time the speaker finishes.
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  • Beautiful All Along: A nerdy-looking character turns out to be quite attractive as soon as they receive a makeover and a change of clothes.
  • Canon Character All Along: An adaptation features a character who initially appears to be newly created for the adaptation, but later turns out to actually be the adaptation's interpretation of an already established character.
  • Connected All Along: Two characters who weren't seen interacting before are revealed to be related or familiar with each other.
  • Cosmic Horror Reveal: Surprise, this story is a Cosmic Horror Story all along!
  • Daydream Surprise: A short scene is revealed to have been imagined by a character.
  • Dead All Along: The story reveals a character to have been dead since the beginning.
  • Doom As Test Prize: Your prize for finishing/winning this test is something horrible all along.
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  • Dying Dream: It's revealed that the story's events were just a hallucination the protagonist is experiencing as they die.
  • Earth All Along: A supposedly alien world turns out to be Earth.
  • Edible Treasure: The treasure everyone talks about turns out to be food.
  • Elective Mute: That mute guy can actually talk all along, he just chooses not to.
  • Evil All Along: A character introduced as a good guy is later revealed to actually be a villain pretending to be good.
  • Fake Defector: That ally that joined the bad guy's side is revealed to be a Reverse Mole.
  • Fantasy All Along: The story's events are revealed to all be part of someone's delusion.
  • Friends All Along: Two characters who antagonize each other are revealed to actually be friends.
  • First Girl After All: The protagonist gets together with their first suggested love interest after it looks like it isn't going to be the case.
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  • Good All Along: A character initially assumed to be a villain turns out to be a good guy.
  • Heel–Face Mole: You think that villain has turned good and joined our side, but surprise, he's The Mole all along!
  • He Was Right There All Along: The boss fight in a video game is in the boss room already, but doesn't show itself or attack the player until the player does something.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The original villain was behind the new one all along!
  • Human All Along: An individual appearing to be a monster, supernatural creature, or other non-human is revealed to actually be human.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Character is revealed to be holding back all this time - and now they stop doing so.
  • I Am Not Your Father: Someone reveals to their child that they're an adopted child all along.
  • It Was with You All Along: The hero searches for something they later learn already had the whole time.
  • Knew It All Along: Character claims to have been aware of something before everyone else found out.
  • Magic Feather (a.k.a. The Magic Was Inside You All Along): Character who thought they needed something to do what they do best learns that they didn't need the object after all and are perfectly talented all along.
  • Mask of Sanity: That seemingly well-adjusted guy is actually crazy all along.
  • Narrator All Along: A character from within the story turns out to be the one narrating the story.
  • Nested Story Reveal: The story you followed was a Nested Story all along!
  • Non Human Lover Reveal: Someone's lover turns out to be something other than human all along.
  • Not a Mask: What was assumed to be a mask is actually the person's real face.
  • Not So Remote (a.k.a. Civilization All Along): Characters who think they're lost find out that they're actually closer to home than they thought.
  • Obfuscating Disability: That seemingly disabled guy is actually faking it all along.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: That seemingly insane guy is actually faking it all along.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: That seemingly stupid guy is actually faking it all along.
  • On a Soundstage All Along: Music video ends with the artist shown to actually be performing the song while on stage.
  • Plot Device All Along: A mundane object used by the protagonist turns out to be the coveted MacGuffin.
  • Proscenium Reveal: The story you've been following is an in-universe play all along.
  • Real After All: A being thought to be fictional or fake turns out to actually exist.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: That otherwise unassuming guy is a royal member all along.
  • Reverse Relationship Reveal: A (usually unequal) relationship between 2 characters turns out to be the opposite (i.e position wise) to what other people/the viewers thought.
  • Robotic Reveal: That seemingly normal character is a robot all along.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The supernatural creature was really a criminal in a costume all this time.
  • Secretly Dying: A character is revealed to be, well, slowly dying.
  • Subverted Suspicion Aesop: The villain turns out to have been pretending to be reformed to bring everyone's guard down and to discredit the person who was rightly convinced they hadn't changed.
  • Suetiful All Along: Character ends up being a Mary Sue after all.
  • Those Were Only Their Scouts: What they've been fighting just now is just a small part of a bigger whole all along.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: A character doesn't know that they're not what they think they are - until the bombshell.
  • Tomato Surprise: A character is not what he is like... but the audience is in the dark - until the bombshell.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: What you thought was 2 otherwise unrelated characters turn out to be one and the same.
  • Unreliable Expositor: The Mr. Exposition turns out to not know all of the exact details or getting them wrong, or they might've been lying all along.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The narrator turns out to be the non-omniscient kind, or they might've been lying all along.
  • Unrobotic Reveal: A robot character (or a whole bunch of robots) turn(s) out to be something more organic.
  • Using You All Along: The person helping the hero turns out to actually be the villain manipulating the hero to complete their goals.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: The treasure everyone talks about turns out to be worthless.
  • Wrong Side All Along: The heroes turn out to have unknowingly been helping the bad guys the whole time.

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