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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 are immediate Spoilers where they appear. It's either because they specifically deal with spoilers in fiction or because they give away twists (or even the ends) of their works, so even naming these tropes along with a work is a spoiler in itself. This means that all examples on these trope pages are spoilers for their works, without exceptions.

These tropes fall into four possible categories:

  • A) Tropes and other pages with "spoiler" in the title, or specifically about spoilers in fiction.
  • B) Tropes which are immediate spoilers for a work when added to its page
  • C) The same as type B but only on character pages
  • D) Any combination of 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 important plot points about the resolution of the main premise of the work, which disqualifies minor plot points and story arcs
  2. It 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, in order to effectively surprise the audience.
  3. It must immediately tell you the outcome of the work, change its tone or give other information which makes it impossible to read the work in the same light - if you can imagine a list of description-less examples where not all of them are spoilers, it doesn't fit.
  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 work and imagine you know that absolute basic synopsis, after which you find that this trope shows up as a Zero-Content Example in the Main or characters section. If the show is immediately spoiled now (without example text necessary), the trope belongs here - if not, it doesn't belong.

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, as these are the most spoilery tropes you'll ever get. You've been warned all along.

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    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: A twist isn't surprising because of its content, but because of the genre, author or role the work has.
  • 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: The title spoils the story.
  • Walking Spoiler: A character who is difficult to talk about without giving away spoilers.

Alternative Title(s): Spoiler Tropes