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"Surprise, Motherfucker!"
James Doakes, Dexter

Tropes about characters not getting what they expected. (Hope that doesn't shock you too much.)

One of the most useful emotions in a writer's toolbox and so one of the commonest in all sorts of stories.

See also Betrayal Tropes, Plot Twist, Twist Ending. Tropes in those indices will not be covered here.


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Alternative Title(s): Surprise Index

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