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(excitedly shouting) It's the ULTIMATE SWERVE!
Tony Schiavone, after David Arquette takes the WCW World Heavyweight title.

No, John. You are the demons.
Cernel Joson, Doom: Repercussions of Evil

This isn't exactly The Sixth Sense. It's not even A Little Sense. But hey! At least you didn't see it coming! That is technically true, in much the same way if I tried to guess what number you thinking of, and the answer turned out to be "penis."

I'm absolutely positive that nobody saw this coming.
Alt Text for the aforementioned page in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

As if a switch had been turned, as if an eye had been blinked, as if some phantom force in the universe had made a move eons beyond our comprehension, suddenly, there was no trail! There was no giant, no monster, no thing called Douglas to be followed. There was nothing in the tunnel but the puzzled men of courage, who suddenly found themselves alone with shadows and darkness!

... Frank Douglas was rescued alive, well, and of normal size some 8,000 miles away.
The Narrator, Monster a-Go Go

Nothing happened — false alarm — sorry to make you sit through the movie.
Paul Chaplin's reaction to the above, The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide

In a bad twist the writer doesn't care about the second viewing, they only care about providing the biggest shock possible to the audience. Instead of adding another layer to the plot, the bad twist strips all meaning away from previous scenes, leaving us with characters who say and do things for no other reason than to propel the plot forward and set up/disguise the twist.
Daniel Weissenberger, in his review of Heavy Rain

So the old lady is the devil? How is that a good twist?!? We were never made privy to the idea that this was possible! In The Sixth Sense, there were clues in the scenario that made it clear the twist could happen in this setup! Here they're just making up the rules as they go! And I know what you're thinking: "Oh, well, you didn't predict it so it must be a good twist!" Well, I wouldn't be able to predict if they all turn into snowmen of George Takei, but that doesn't mean it's good! ...It would be more entertaining than this, but it definitely wouldn't be good!

Remember, the last thing we heard from Amanda after she told her story in Saw was a meek admission that “He helped me.” It’s a troublingly ambiguous moment, and one of the best in the entire film. Now it is revealed that Kramer continued to keep tabs on Amanda after her escape, and that he visited her again when she attempted suicide by slitting her wrists. At first, we’re encouraged to believe that this backsliding into whatever cloud of existential gloom led her to take up heroin while she was incarcerated is the reason why she’s locked in the house along with the others; Kramer’s stern lesson in gratitude evidently didn’t take, so he’s sending her back to school for some remedial studies. That accords perfectly with what we know of Kramer’s character, so we never think to question the interpretation until the moment Amanda springs Kramer’s final trap on Matthews. What really happened, though, was that Kramer rescued Amanda from herself the second time in a manner that most of us would be much more comfortable describing as rescue. Recognizing how little time was left to him, and more convinced than ever of his project’s importance to the human race, he got Amanda patched up, and then took her under his wing as an apprentice so that the work might continue even if he himself did not.
There are several problems with this scenario. First of all, we already know from the last movie what a low opinion Kramer holds of suicides, and how unforgiving he is in general of human weakness. Consequently, this outpouring of paternal solicitude for Amanda is absolutely the last thing we might plausibly expect from him. Meanwhile, it’s no more credible that Amanda would embrace the man who once forced her to choose between dying and becoming a killer, no matter how conflicted her feelings about the ordeal might have become in its aftermath. The official position of both the characters and the screenwriters may be that Kramer gave Amanda a new appreciation for life, but the very fact that she wound up slashing her wrists scant weeks later demonstrates that he did no such thing. There are way too many unanswered questions here for this turn of events to work as a surprise ending, but that’s exactly how Whannell and Bousman spring it on us. If your “shocking twist” is shocking primarily because it doesn’t make any fucking sense, then you’re doing it wrong.
Scott "El Santo" Ashlin of 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting, on Saw II

Dartz: Wafael, did you really think that you, Alistaw, and Veiloon simply fell into my lap all happenstance like? (Laugh) You wemembew how Alistaw's village was attacked by, Oh, Gozaburo Kaiba, mhm, money! (Laugh) Well, that was me pwetending to be Seto Kaiba's father the whole time! (laugh) Pwanked!
Rafael: That doesn't even make sense.
Dartz: And remember how Veiloon was sent to one of the many youth prisons I own? (laugh) He was fwamed for a crime he didn't commit! By ME! PWANKED!
Rafael: That makes even less sense!
Dartz (laugh): And do you wemembew the tidal wave that hit the ocean of winer your whole family was on, all "Yaaay, yay, family!" and before you got strandled on a deserted island for like- like most of your adult life, I think? Yeah?
Rafael: No. No, you couldn't possibly...
Dartz: ... Pwanked.
Rafael: So... many... plot contrivances... can't... make... sense... of any of it...
Yami: Rafael! Stop trying to analyze the plot, it'll drive you crazy! Just focus on how cool all these action set-pieces have been! It's the only way to-

"I didn't see that coming" is good, whereas "I couldn't possibly have seen that coming" is not.


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