Follow TV Tropes


Spoilered Rotten

Go To

Sir Simon Milligan: Hecubus, have you seen the movie Presumed Innocent?
Manservant Hecubus: Yes, I have, Master, and his wife killed her!
Sir Simon Milligan: But Hecubus, I haven't seen the movie yet! [turns to the audience and points at Hecubus] Evil!

Some tropes just have Spoilers built into them. It's either because they specifically deal with spoilers in fiction or because they give away the endings or very important twist (like which important characters live and die just in one instant) of their works, so even naming these tropes along with a work is a spoiler in itself. This means that ALL examples on the respective trope pages are a spoiler by default, without exceptions.


These tropes fall into four possible categories: A) Tropes/other pages with "spoiler" in the title and/or pages specifically about spoilers in fiction. B) Tropes that immediately spoil the outcome of the work just by naming the trope alongside with the work (emphasis is on "rotten" here) C) The same like type B but on (and only on) character pages. D) Any combination of types A, B and C.

For a trope to be eligible for type B, C or D of this list it must fulfill all four of these requirements:

  1. It must give away HUGE plot points about the resolution of the main premise of the work, so it should be both an ending trope AND a plot twist trope at the same time (death trope optional), so minor plot points/story arcs don't count.
  2. The trope cannot happen in the exposition of a work or the introduction of a character (this often is the reason why death tropes fail to make this list) note  and may not be an Omnipresent Trope, that means it must surprise the audience.
  3. It must immediately tell you the outcome of the work and/or change the tone or even genre of the work and you will never be able to see the work in the same light again after you have read the spoiler. To test this, imagine the trope page and check if all listed examples are spoilers by default. If not, don't add it.
  4. There is no more explanation necessary, just the appearance of the trope on the work's list is a spoiler in itself. To test this, take a random show and imagine you know that absolute basic premise and this trope is appearing as a Zero-Content Example in the Main or characters section. If the show is immediately spoiled now (reading the example text is not necessary), it belongs on this list. If it needs further elaboration, it does not, and you shouldn't add it.

Note: This list had huge issues and needed some massive rework. Don't just add tropes that could be spoilers or even that often are spoilers or any random death, ending, plot twist or even adaption trope (there are other lists for that). ONLY list tropes that fulfill ALL FOUR requirements. Also, check the discussion page before adding or removing anything.

Either way, be wary of reading examples in these tropes, these are the most spoilers you'll ever get. You've been warned all along.

    open/close all folders 

    Tropes or Administrivia pages about spoilers 


    Tropes that immediately tell you the outcome of the story with no more explanation necessary 

    Character fate tropes 

    Combinations of the above types 
  • Meta Twist
  • Not His Sled: An adaptation of a well-known story changes the ending so that people expecting it to be exactly like the original story will be surprised.
  • Spoiler Title
  • Walking Spoiler: A character who is difficult to talk about without giving away spoilers.

Alternative Title(s): Spoiler Tropes