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Basic Trope: A game-changing information that the characters or audience didn't know about is revealed to them.

  • Straight: Baron Evil reveals to Alice that he's her father.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Baron Evil reveals to Alice that everything she knows is just a dream.
    • Baron Evil's reveal makes the entire world shatter like glass.
  • Downplayed: Baron Evil reveals to Alice that he was the one who ran over her cat a few years back.
  • Justified: Baron Evil took much precautions to hide the fact that he has a child and left Alice at church's doorstep, but now he wants her to join him.
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  • Inverted: Alice knew all along.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Later, Alice takes a DNA paternity test and it turns out he was her father after all.
  • Parodied: With great pomp, Baron Evil reveals that he was the one to steal Alice's favorite socks.
  • Zig-Zagged: At the end of the work, it's not clear whether Baron Evil and Alice are related, but both options are possible.
  • Averted: The plot is straightforward and devoid of twists.
  • Enforced: "This show is becoming kind of boring... I know! Let's say that Baron Evil is our heroine's father!"
  • Lampshaded: "Well, that's one hell of a reveal."
  • Invoked: Baron Evil taunts Alice with his "big secret" until she asks about it and he can reveal it.
  • Exploited: Alice is stunned by the reveal, which lets Baron Evil make his escape.
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  • Defied: Alice shoots Baron Evil before he can say anything.
  • Discussed: "Let's say he turns out to be your father. What would you do?"
  • Conversed: "...and then it turned out that main character is Big Bad's daughter. Who would've thought?"
  • Implied: Alice used to wonder who her parents are. She walks out of Baron Evil's lair visibly shaken and refuses to talk about them afterwards.
  • Deconstructed: Because Alice never knew her father and lived well that way, she doesn't care.
  • Reconstructed: But Baron Evil does care, considering he genuinely loves his daughter.
  • Played for Laughs: Baron Evil sets a complex plan to reveal the truth to Alice, complete with a giant stage and popping balloons.
  • Played for Drama: Baron Evil's reveal prompts Alice's Heroic BSoD.

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