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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.


Alternative Title(s): Surprise Index