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  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has the twin super UAV AIs, Hugin and Munin. Dr. Schroeder only makes light of their existence by the final act, mentioning that he was only able to upload Mihaly's complete flight data into two experimental drones before Ionela destroys the data chip. From then on, he reveals that they're much more of a threat than anticipated due to their self awareness and subsequent plan for automated mass production, something which comes to a head when they show up at the end of the story and attempt to enact their plan despite Erusea's final defeat, setting them up as the final antagonists of Skies Unknown.
  • Akiba's Trip has Rin, a local pop idol who turns out to be Shizuku's younger sister and like her, a Nighteater investigating Daishihon Pharmecuticals for their connection to the Synthisters.
    • Soga also qualifies, due to being the Big Bad as well as Shizuku and Rin's older brother and the one helping Zenya Amo and Koma Sakaguchi.
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • Haytham Kenway was successfully kept a secret from audiences for years up until the game's release, yet the first three sequences are played as him and not the main character, his son Connor. The end of the third sequence reveals him to be a templar, and he serves as the Big Bad alongside Charles Lee for the rest of the game. Since much of the game's major twists involve him and his relationship with his son, it's pretty hard having a spoiler-free discussion about him.
    • The Framing Device of the entire franchise is a huge spoiler in and of itself. The existence of the Animus was kept secret during the development of the first game, and official media for the sequels continue to say as little about the modern-day plot as humanly possible.
    • The Cult of Kosmos in Odyssey is an entire organisation of walking spoilers as unmasking the members is an important part of the game and they are the game’s main antagonists who aren’t revealed until a good 3 chapters in. Deimos stands out among them, though, as even revealing their gender might give a solid clue about who they are and their importance in the game’s story.
  • The Golden Spider/Chakravartin from Asura's Wrath, seeing he is the true Big Bad and the god of his universe, having manipulated all the events in the game for his own interest. note 
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  • Banjo-Kazooie has The Mighty Jinjonator deliver the final blow to the final boss.
  • Batman: Arkham City:
    • Clayface, who for those familiar with his powers merely mentioning his name gives a big clue to a major twist just before the end of the game. Overlaps with Interface Spoiler as looking at The Joker with Batman's Detective Vision shows he has no bones or internal organs.
    • Simply mentioning Hush spoils the ending to the "Identity Theft" sidequest. Although, those familiar with the character can already guess who is responsible.
    • Discussing anything about the Mad Hatter spoils a (admittedly very short) sidequest as well as the source for a lot of Hugo Strange's influence and resources.
  • Bayonetta 2 has the Big Bad Loptr, who masterminded the events of the game.
  • The Binding of Isaac
    • The game takes the cake with five different examples, primarily due to the abundance of bonus levels. The first two, Mom's Heart and It Lives, are mostly out of this territory since their section of the dungeon is almost immediately unlocked. Satan, secret boss of Sheol, is considerably more of a spoiler, but probably more well-known since the Halloween update has been out for a while. The biggest is Isaac, the boss of the Cathedral in the DLC Wrath of the Lamb.
    • The Chest. It's the *deep breath* mega ultimate super-secret final level. It can only be reached by defeating, well, yourself in The Cathedral while holding The Polaroid (it's a Polaroid photograph depicting three people, most likely Isaac, his mother and his father). Getting through that and beating its boss (???/Blue Baby) will give you what the developers of the game themselves call the closest thing the game has to a canon ending.
    • The remake Rebirth adds a few more. The first is the Dark Room, a floor of equal standing to the Chest. You reach it by beating Satan enough times and unlocking a dark version of the Polaroid called the Negative. Its boss is a demon called The Lamb, and beating it unlocks an ending where Isaac goes missing.
    • Beating either ??? or The Lamb allows you to fight the statues in the Angels Rooms, who formerly just gave you an item in the Wrath of the Lamb DLC. Beating two angel statues allows you to fight the definitive true final boss of the game: Mega Satan.
    • There's also the infamous Secret Character known as The Lost. He's a One-Hit-Point Wonder who has a very complicated unlock process (until Afterbirth).
  • Bioshock 1 has pretty much anything involving Fontaine. The game presents him as being a rival to Ryan, a smuggler, and he died several years ago.
    • In addition, the last name of the player character is a major spoiler. though the game does foreshadow it a bit before hand if you find several audio diaries.
  • In BioShock Infinite, reading anything online about Booker, Elizabeth, Father Comstock, or the Twins is a good way to spoil a huge chunk of The Reveal and the ending, as the spoilers are a core part of each characters' background. Even Comstock's real NAME is a spoiler as to the final revelation.
  • The Blackwell Series has Madeline. Very little is known about her, and even that small bit of information is full of spoilers.
  • BlazBlue: One for every game just about, and almost always revealed in the game's Golden Ending to boot.
    • Calamity Trigger:
      • It's nigh-impossible to talk about Hakumen without revealing that he is Jin Kisaragi from a previous iteration of the time loop.
      • The mild-mannered pacifist Captain Hazama was one himself, being the vessel for one of the Big-Bad Ensemble, Yuuki Terumi.
    • Continuum Shift:
      • Saya appears to be Ragna and Jin's missing little sister. Turns out that she's actually The Man Behind the Man and the head of the organization the two have been fighting against the whole time.
      • Mu-12 was one as well, being Noel Vermillion's Superpowered Evil Side and revealing that she was created just like her sister units and being a clone of the aformentioned Saya.
    • Chronophantasma:
      • Izayoi for Chronophantasma continues the tradition of each game having one such character introduced. Specifically, it's the true form of the weapon that Tsubaki Yayoi has been using throughout the entire series.
    • Central Fiction:
      • Susanoo is Yuuki Terumi's One-Winged Angel form, and reveals his true identity as the original consciousness of the Susanoo Unit. Terumi also slayed Hakumen to achieve this form AND was the one who enabled humanity to find the Susanoo Unit and thereby make contact with the Master Unit kickstarting the events the entire series to begin with.
      • The game's title refers to Ragna himself, being the "dream observed by god" or more simply, the primary reason the time loops keep occurring. The Master Unit would constantly reset and change the world whenever Ragna died and so to ensure the world moves forward without interference, Ragna removes himself from the world as well as any memory that he ever existed.
  • Bloodborne presents itself originally as a Gothic Horror game with themes of Victoriana, werewolves, vampires and snakes. The big reveal roughly halfway through is that it's actually a Cosmic Horror - something that becomes increasingly obvious as the enemies become progressively more eldritch, culminating in suddenly being confronted by a giant eight armed spider with about thirty eyes and a tentacled almond for a head, immediately after killing a giant many-legged glowing pillbug. Just the existence of either of these, let alone some of the more exciting creatures, is enough to spoil the actual nature of the game world and thus the twist.
  • Sirius in Bomberman 64 initially appears as a friendly ally to Bomberman. After you collect all 100 Gold Cards, it's revealed that Sirius was the original owner of the Omni Cube and had trapped even more galaxies in there than Altair, as he had a proper knowledge on how to use the cube. Sirius makes up lies to Bomberman that Altair had killed his family; however these are false and he uses them to get Bomberman on his side. After he reveals his true intentions to Bomberman, he callously throws him away and nearly destroys Planet Bomber.
  • Angel in Borderlands 2. It is very difficult to talk about her in any respect without revealing that she is working for Handsome Jack, is a Siren, and is also Handsome Jack's daughter.
  • Clare from Brave Soul is the answer to the game's biggest mystery. She's Rudy's "Moon Goddess", who's been appearing in Rudy's dreams for ten years… and she's also Shell, the dragon whose life he saved ten years ago, and his constant companion ever since. The two facts are related.

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  • Thorn in The Caligula Effect is hard to talk about without getting into heavy endgame spoilers. They at first appear to be Shogo's friend who committed suicide (which is quite a spoiler in and of itself) come Back from the Dead, but turns out to actually be another character entirely and turns out to be responsible for a lot of stuff that was initially attributed to μ.
  • Getting a good look at Dracula from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, or even hearing him speak, gives away the big twist from the end of the first Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
  • Everything in the Sacred Grounds in Cave Story due to the area's existence being a huge spoiler, which includes both of its bosses, the Heavy Press and Ballos.
  • Chrono Cross:
    • Robo from Chrono Trigger, because he only exists in Cross as an obstacle that Lynx and FATE spent the entire game trying to bypass or eliminate in order to reach the Frozen Flame.
    • Bringing up Dark Serge will inevitably spoil that Serge and Lynx switch bodies after completing the first trek to Fort Dragonia.
    • The original Schala from Trigger is another Walking Spoiler, because it's only revealed in the endgame that the entire game was supposed to lead to her rescue from the clutches of the Time Devourer. She doesn't appear at all in the game until you find her crystallized inside the True Final Boss.
    • Home World Dario is impossible to bring up without spoiling that he's still alive for you to receive the Masamune from restoring his memories and defeating him in person as the Bonus Boss, because the game otherwise gives you no indication that he's still alive (as his Another World counterpart is dead, and he appears nowhere else in Home World before the Masamune sidequest).
    • Lavos itself reprising the role of the Final Boss because bringing that fact up spoils that it survived its apparent death in Chrono Trigger.
  • At the end of the Soviet campaign in Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Stalin's secretary is revealed to be none other than the Big Bad of the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series, Kane.

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  • Dark Souls has all the bearers of the Lord Souls, who are little more than shadows of their former selves compared to their appearance in the prologue. This is mostly pronounced with the Witch of Izalith, who got turned into the Bed of Chaos after a disastrous attempt to re-create the First Fire, and ultimately gave birth to demons all over Lordran. Artorias of the Abyss adds Artorias himself, who is corrupted beyond recognition, and Manus, the Big Bad of the content and the former's corrupter.
  • Deadly Premonition
    • Forrest Kaysen. Many spoilers are required to conceal that the fat, jolly tree salesman is not only the Big Bad of the game, but a Humanoid Abomination to boot.
    • George gets quite a few spoilers too, by virtue of being both the Sheriff "helping" York with the investigation (and thus receiving a lot of screen time throughout the game) and the New Raincoat Killer; as does Thomas, due to his relationship with George, his own status as a minor villain, etc.
    • Zach, York's Not-So-Imaginary Friend. The first reveal of his origins, given midway through the game, is a big enough spoiler on its own, but there are spoilers behind those spoilers, escalating all the way up until the end of the game, when Zach's true nature as the real protagonist is revealed, and York is shown to be the imaginary one.
  • Devil May Cry 5 turns Vergil into one since mentioning his presence in this game at all will spoil that the tritagonist V and the game's main Big Bad Urizen were each a Literal Split Personality of him that bring Vergil back when they manage a Fusion Dance.
  • In Diablo III, the true identity of the Stranger that fell from the sky is not revealed until the very end of Act I, where it turns out to be a newly-human Tyrael who has sacrificed his angelic status to aid humanity directly against the last two Lords of Hell. He plays a major role in the rest of the game, serving as the de facto leader of your small party and even taking up his sword, El'druin, to battle alongside you at certain points in the final two acts.
  • Disgaea:
    • The mere existence of real Overlord Zenon spoils the first half of Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories. The identity of this person (revealed in the final five minutes AFTER the final boss) spoils the entire game.
    • Geoffrey is Mao's incredibly efficient butler in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice. Anything beyond that description will turn the game on its head.
    • Nemo of Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten is a mysterious figure working behind the scenes in the Corruptment. To say anymore about him would spoil a huge chunk of the game.
    • Xenolith from Disgaea Dimension 2. Even his character design is a pseudo spoiler, since his resemblance to Etna exposes a major plot twist.
    • In Disgaea 5, the only things you can talk about regarding Liezerota without spoiling many critical plot twists are her leoine features and that she's a Nice Girl. She's that much of a spoiler that Nippon Ichi accidentally spoiled one of the game's major twists several months before the release date with a seemingly harmless update to the game's website.
  • In Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, Big Bad Zara appears only for the final boss fight.
  • Tiki Tong in Donkey Kong Country Returns. If you lose a life in any level, you get a silhouette of the instrument tiki's face as the screen transitions to the lose a life screen. In the volcano, which is the last world, Tiki Tong's face is replaced with a question mark before you meet him.
  • Dragon Age:
  • DragonFable: How do you mention the Mysterious Stranger without revealing that he was the true mastermind behind everything that happened over the entire first chapter of the game? You don't. How do you talk about Wargoth without revealing that the one you fight throughout the second chapter is actually Warlic's demonic half that split from his human half and took form after Warlic overloaded his mana pool, by creating a light sheild to protect Falconreach from the Mysterious Stranger? You don't. How do you mention Jannia, the Arc Villain of the third chapter, without addressing how she used to be a friend of both Warlic and Xan until she got frozen in everlasting ice during the same duel that turned Xan into the insane pyromancer he is, and that both of them lost their minds due to spending at least several decades trapped in their own mutually-exclusive magical prisons, immortal, but totally awake and aware of the passage of time? You don't.
  • In Dust: An Elysian Tail, we have the protagonist himself, Dust, who due to him being an Amnesiac Hero on a Quest for Identity, has a massive amount of spoilers regarding who he really is and what's in his past.
  • The infamous Hidden Fun Stuff from Dwarf Fortress. It's an Unusual Euphemism for Hell and its resident horde of demons, which will invade your fortress if you dig too deep. Many players use circus-themed euphemisms in reference to it, such as calling the demons "clowns", and referring to the adamantine metal that usually stands between the surface world and "the circus" as "cotton candy".

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  • Anthony of Eternal Darkness isn't a spoiler in himself, and neither is his death; after all, he lived in the year 814, and the game's present day is 2000. What is a spoiler is that he technically survives his chapter as an undead abomination that must be finally put to rest by the next chronological visit to the cathedral, Paul Luther, as a miniboss. A full 670 years later.
  • Since the plot revolves around trying to understand and defeat the monsters of Evolve, which initially appear to be nothing more than another dangerous species on Shear, any discussion that involves more detail than that carries major spoilers. Unusually, the biggest spoilers will occur in discussions instead of playing the game, as the expiration of TRS's contract and 2K subsequent cessation of support means The Reveal never got to happen in-game but was instead revealed by the developers in the last few hours when they had creative control.
  • In E.V.O.: Search for Eden, the Final Boss and Big Bad, Bolbox, as well as the Greater Scope Villains and Well Intentioned Extremists, the Whispers/Martians, are extremely spoilerifc. Bolbox isn't even hinted at until the end and the Whispers only appear in secret areas before the ending.

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  • For Fairy Fencer F, there's Sherman, a handsome nice guy that believes in justice, wishes to bring peace to the world, and joins Fang and his group at one point. However, he later attacks Tiara shortly before the singularity happens and in the second timeline, he shows an evil side, kills the president of the Dorfa Corporation, taking his place, plans on sacrificing Tiara in order to awaken the Vile God so that he can create a new world of peace, is revealed to be the one that killed Tiara in the first timeline, and finally merges with the Vile God and becomes the Final Boss.
  • Fallout
    • When you finally meet President Eden face-to-face in Fallout 3, you were probably not expecting him to be an A.I.
    • Fallout 4:
      • It is very hard to talk about Shaun without revealing that he is the leader of the Institute.
      • From the Nuka World DLC of that game, the fact that John-Caleb Bradberton is alive with his head in the jar makes him a huge Walking Spoiler.
  • From Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, we have the Battle Armored Dragon Assault Strike System or B.A.D.A.S.S. for short, a Blood Dragon that you get to pilot near the end of the game. It also talks and shoots lasers out of its fucking eyes.
  • About 2/3 of the way through Final Fantasy V, the party meets Krile. She is a friendly young girl. This is the most detail you can describe her with if you don't want to reveal that she is Galuf's granddaughter, a princess (because he is really a king), or that she takes his place upon his death.
  • Final Fantasy VI has Terra Branford. These days the fact that she is half-Esper has entered It Was His Sled territory, even being a central part of her combat methods in Dissidia Final Fantasy, but at the time it was a pretty big surprise only revealed several hours into the game (although it was foreshadowed before then).
  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has the Creator. Not only is it impossible to describe without spoilers, its name and even its very existence are major spoilers.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
    • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn:
      • It's almost impossible to discuss Zelgius without revealing that he's the Black Knight, which is a huge spoiler for both Radiant Dawn and its prequel.
      • Yune is even worse, as revealing who or what they are directly spoils the biggest twist of the duology.
      • Pelleas is very hard to talk about without spoiling one or both of the following: that you're forced to kill him on your first playthrough, or that he isn't really Ashnard's son.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
      • "Marth" not actually being the original Marth is one of the few things that can be left unspoilered... but only if you construct the sentence without gendered pronouns, because this Marth is in fact Lucina, the main character's daughter from the future.
      • The Hierophant is introduced as simply someone high up in the Plegian order, but then they take off their hood and it's revealed they have the same appearance as the player-created Avatar...because they're actually the Avatar from the Bad Future, possessed by Grima.
    • Fire Emblem Fates:
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
      • Nemesis was shown in a cutscene at the beginning of the game, and referenced a few times throughout the story, but the truth behind Seiros's quest for vengeance, as well as the fact that resurrecting him is the ultimate goal of "those who slither in the dark" (at which they succeed in the Verdant Wind route), is one of the game's key plot twists that is only revealed in the Verdant Wind route.
      • Good luck talking about Rhea without revealing that she is Seiros (a.k.a. the goddess that killed Nemesis in the beginning of the game) as well as her motives in wanting to resurrect her mother. Said mother is also a Walking Spoiler thanks to her being Sothis (a.k.a. the girl that talks to Byleth at the first half of the game).
      • Edelgard is one of the main lords of the game, making her seem as if she is one of the protagonists. In truth, she is the Flame Emperor; making her a major antagonist in all routes, except Crimson Flower, her own route. In the Azure Moon route, it's taken up to the point where she is the Big Bad and the Final Boss.
      • Lord Volkhard Arundel, Tomas, and Monica are all secretly members of "those who slither in the dark", with Arundel being Thales, Tomas being Solon, and Monica being Kronya. Not to mention that it is implied that these people have killed and replaced the real versions of Arundel, Tomas, and Monica.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's has many spoiler-heavy characters, as each of the six games have a rather hidden and complex backstory:
    • Golden Freddy, Shadow Freddy and Shadow Bonnie, the former from the first game and the latter two from the sequel. Knowing even a little bit about them can ruin the surprise on the rare chance you run into them, and the former slowly comes into importance in the backstory.
    • The Purple Man and the Puppet, both debuting in the sequel, are incredibly important characters in the franchise's backstory. In fact, it's nearly impossible to not spoil the former since he only shows up in the backstory.
    • Springtrap in the third game is a massive one. It's hard to describe it without giving away the fact that there's a human corpse inside the suit. However, thanks to a few randomly-occurring boot-up screens, a good portion of the fanbase knows this already.
    • Both the child protagonist and his Big Brother Bully in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 are filled to the brim with spoilers. Without giving too much away, let's just say that they might have a very important connection to the franchise's Noodle Incident.
    • Fredbear from the same game has more than one reveal to be had, both of which make it harder to explain him without giving them away.
    • Circus Baby from Sister Location is more than players may assume her to be, making discussion of her role difficult. From the same game is Ennard, and talking about it is flat-out impossible without giving away a few major twists revealed on Night Five. And as of the Custom Night update, the true identity of protagonist Eggs Benedict is a massive twist on the franchise's lore.
    • Finally, in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, Lefty is hard to talk about without giving away that it's actually the Puppet in disguise. Likewise, Cassette Guy's true role as the Big Good pulling a Batman Gambit to end the nightmare once and for all caused nearly his entire folder on the character page to be spoiled out.
  • FTL: Faster Than Light has the Crystal race, which is designed to be a secret in-universe and out. However, due to the requirements for their sector and ship being so infamously dependent on the RNG, they are squarely a case of It Was His Sled.
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  • No less than four of the love interests in Hatoful Boyfriend have a ton of associated spoilers for the Kudzu Plot of the darker routes and backstories. Most of these come up in fandom discussion and/or sequels and manga expansions. In particular:
    • Nageki Fujishiro is the ghost of a mourning dove who immolated himself five years prior to the game to prevent the virus he carries being used as a biological superweapon.
    • Dr. Shuu (a false identity) works for the Hawk Party to destroy humanity out of affection for Ryouta Kawara's late father.
    • Nanaki Kazuaki was "assisted in suicide" and his identity stolen by Nageki's childhood friend Hitori Uzune to seek revenge for Nageki's death.
    • Yuuya Sakazaki is a Teen Superspy working for the Dove Party.
  • Haunting Ground: Lorenzo, who spends 3/4 of the game as a Mysterious Informant, can't be talked about without giving much away (especially given that his first cutscene is a Motive Rant about how he now has Fiona all to himself). Riccardo is also pretty spoiler-heavy.
  • Given the ways that the plots work in Hotline Miami and its sequel, most characters and their goals are quite spoiler-heavy:
  • In Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, Rei fits this trope like a glove. Prior to release, she's only billed as one of the Seven Sages, aka the villains of the game. What Compile Heart doesn't reveal is that she's the one who sends Neptune into the past, pulls off an epic Slasher Smile, and surprising a lot of gamers, is the True Final Boss instead of Magiquone/Arfoire.
    • Its sequel Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II, we have Kurome Ankokuboshi. Unlike Rei, she doesn't have any mention in some preview articles. However, one of the premises suggesting one of the main characters will fall into the dark side. At a first glance, many player believes Neptune is the one who fell into dark side, but it reveals that Uzume (particularly the original one) is the one who fell, as well as the one who responsible for the destruction of her Zerodimension's counterpart dimension and Gold Third incident.

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  • Ib: Since nearly all of Mary's screen time lends itself to her being a Jerkass Woobie Creepy Child with a palette knife (after being introduced as a Cheerful Child foil Ib), it's very difficult to have a spoiler-free discussion regarding her character.
  • Iji has an entire species of this trope, the Komato, whose existence spoils both the true motivations of the Tasen and the second half of the game. Fortunately just mentioning their name them won't spoil anything, as there is a very early Interface Spoiler.
  • Inazuma Eleven:
    • Garshield Bayhan, essentially The Man Behind the Man to Kageyama Reiji, who seemed to be the Big Bad of the series in the first two games and the reason behind Daisuke's death. Garshield is the one who has been manipulating his plans all along and the one who attempted to kill Daisuke (but ultimately turns out he failed, which is another important reveal), making him the actual Big Bad.
    • It's hard to talk about Mr. Araya without revealing he's actually Endou Daisuke, Mamoru's long-thought deceased grandfather.

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  • In Jade Empire, the three main antagonists - Death's Hand, Emperor Sun Hai and Master Sun Li - fall under this trope. Said characters play with the Big Bad and The Man Behind the Man tropes, causing a lot of spoiler tags on their entries in the character sheet.
  • Normally, Kor from Jak II: Renegade would just be your typical old man. Most of his tropes come from the fact that he's really the Metal Head Leader in disguise. What's particularly clever about this one is that Kor acts as The Mentor to The Kid and a Cool Old Guy towards Jak and Daxter. Most players likely won't bat an eye at some of the spoiler-tags because they might assume he suffers Mentor Occupational Hazard (justifying his absence from later games), and even then they might be misled into thinking that the secrets he's obviously hiding are considerably more benevolent than they turn out to be.

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  • The Mother from La-Mulana is impossible to talk about much without going into spoilers about just who she is and her importance to the plot. In fact, the opening cinematic even does its share of spoiling. Some might also argue the existence of Hell Temple as well as the "Treasure That Must Not Be Seen", though those are pretty squarely in It Was His Sled territory at this point.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel has several, both from the first game and the sequel. It reaches to the point where watching the trailer for the sequel spoils almost the entire first game. This is also true for the third game's trailer.
    • From the first game:
      • Crow Ambrust. He's a student at Thors a year above Rean who loves gambling. And this is all you can say about him without major spoilers.
      • Vita Clotilde and Misty. Them being the same person is the least of it. Vita is presented as such a minor, irrelevant character that the fact she even is a Walking Spoiler is itself a huge spoiler.
      • Emma and Celine. It's clear there's something odd about Emma right from the start, but her and Celine's true purpose is only revealed at the very end of the game.
    • From the second game:
      • Rufus Albarea. Starts off as just Jusis' Aloof Big Brother, but he turns out to be central to the single biggest plot twist in a game already full of them. As this reveal puts all his previous actions in a totally new light, it's difficult to talk about him without spoiling anything. Even after all of this the third game still has another plot twist for him.
      • Giliath Osborne. You know you're one of these when you manage to derail the villains' plans simply by showing up.
    • The third game:
      • Ash Carbide. If you don't want to spoil anything, just say he's a delinquent-type student who gets transferred into Class VII.
      • The existence of another evil organization. It will be hard to explain the game's plot without mentioning Osborne, Ouroboros, Black Workshop and Vita to some extent. In fact, revealed members so far manage to become one. To list them:
      • Azure Siegfried. Without spoiling too much, they are a character who shouldn't exist by the second game.
      • Copper Georg. The reveal of his true nature also marks this series' take to a much darker turn as what he does immediately after reveal is shooting his former friend.
      • Black Alberich. It's hard to mention him without saying he's one of Class VII student's family member.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Everything about Oersted from Live A Live, other than maybe the first half hour of his chapter, is a pretty big spoiler.
  • Killabilly from Lollipop Chainsaw, who appears only after Juliet has killed all five Dark Purveyors.
  • Erim, the Sinistral of Death, in the Lufia series. She appears in different mortal guises throughout the series, and her role varies from game to game. One game has her unknowing reincarnation, one game has her observing and manipulating the heroes, and one game has her work with the heroes to try to stop the Sinistrals for good. Needless to say, it's very difficult to describe Erim's role in the plots without revealing who she is in each game.

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  • Mass Effect:
    • Sovereign as the true Big Bad of Mass Effect is treated as extremely sensitive. The Reapers in general are not considered spoiler information, but he is.
    • Legion from Mass Effect 2, not only as a geth protagonist (as they'd been the major enemy in the previous game), but also that they can join the player's squad.
    • Morinth from the same game. You can recruit her in place of her mother, Samara, if you choose to betray the latter during the climax of her loyalty mission, though to get the option to do so you need a sufficient Paragon or Renegade score. Even the fact that the Ardat-Yakshi is Samara's daughter is a twist.
    • The Human Reaper, final boss of ME2, whose existence has the entire Collector plot revolving around it, as well as being a huge reveal for the motivations of the Reapers.
    • Javik in Mass Effect 3, since his very existence spoils the fact that not all the Protheans are dead, since the first game had the few survivors' life pods run out of power while on Ilos, and by the time Shepard and company reach it they've all been powered down. Also ties into The Reveal in Mass Effect 2 that the Collectors are actually indoctrinated Protheans.
    • The Catalyst from the same game, since he literally only appears in the last scene of the game. This also spoils that he is an individual rather than an object.
    • The creatures from the Leviathan DLC of the same game, since they're the last remnants of the first race to be turned into a Reaper and give an epically spoileriffic Info Dump.
    • The Citadel DLC of the same game has its Arc Villain who turns out to be a clone of Commander Shepard. There's also Maya Brooks, who turns out to be Evil All Along and The Dragon to the Clone Shepard.
  • Mega Man V has Sunstar, which no mention of whatsoever is brought up until after you've defeated Dr. Wily. He turns out to be the ultimate Stardroid and becomes the Final Boss of the game.
  • Mega Man Unlimited has Zero's prototype form, who only shows up in the final Wily Stage and is a Post-Final Boss and Hopeless Boss Fight.
  • In Mega Man Rock Force, Justice Man is revealed to be the one behind the events of the game, having decided to ensure freedom for him and all robots by starting a rebellion against humans and capturing the Rock Force.
  • For Mega Man Revolution, we have Dr. Remir, who is revealed to be the true Big Bad of the game and actually hijacks the plot from Dr. Wily! In addition, he's also an alien whose race basically created the Evil Energy.
  • Pat Sprigs in the first Mega Man Star Force is at first just a student in Geo's class. Then it's revealed he was abandoned by his parents in Dream Island, has a Split Personality and also hosts an FM-ian. And that's just the tip of the iceberg...
  • Mega Man X
    • Lumine in 8, who's kidnapped at the very beginning of the game and isn't seen again until the end, when he (allegedly) kills Sigma off for real and reveals himself as the true mastermind of the game's events.
    • Sigma would count in some MMX games (just like Dr. Wily would technically count for the classic series), if him being The Man Behind the Man wasn't so common that someone else being the Big Bad of the game is a bigger twist.
  • Mega Man X: Command Mission has Colonel Redips, who sends Maverick Hunters X and Zero on a mission to quell the rebellion army. After you defeat Epsilon however, Redips quickly stabs them in the back after they return the supra-force metal to him, revealing himself as The Man Behind the Man to Epsilon and the real mastermind behind the game's events. Spider even more so, because he was Colonel Redips the whole time.
  • Megaman Zero 3 has Omega Zero, the pilot of the mysterious Omega, Zero's original body, and the Final Boss all in one.
  • The various endgame, bonus and twist bosses in the Mega Man Battle Network series. In rough chronological order: The LifeVirus, Bass.EXE, Zero.EXE, LifeVirus-R, Gospel, Alpha, Serenade.EXE, and BassGS.
  • Metal Gear
    • Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots appears for the last hour (give or take) of the gamenote . His whole presence is a spoiler in on itself, along with Major Zero, since Big Boss was supposed to have been dead for almost twenty years and Zero would be clocking in ninety years old at the very least. Both of them, their presence, and their allegiances are also crucial to understanding about half the plot of the series, so anything they say can become a spoiler.
    • Senator Steven Armstrong in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. While seemingly a behind-the-scenes villain, one could not have guessed that the guy turns out to be a nanomachine-enhanced freak of nature capable of tossing Raiden around like a ragdoll. However, he's quickly becoming a Fountain of Memes for this very reason, as well as being an absolutely hilariously hammy villain.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has Paz Ortega. Fans can't talk about her without discussing her reveal as The Mole near the end of Peace Walker, her apparent death at the end of said game and, more recently, confirming said Disney Death in Ground Zeroes only to kill her off again.
    • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has Ishmael, the Medic from Ground Zeroes, and Venom Snake himself. Giving details about any of them will spoil the major Twist Ending the game has, namely that Venom Snake was the Medic (who underwent procedures to mould him into someone like Big Boss) and that Ishmael is the real Big Boss in disguise.
  • Monster Hunter 4 has the Shagaru Magala, the mature form of the Gore Magala who's been hounding you throughout the entire game, infecting some monsters with the Frenzy Virus while it's at it.
  • Monster Hunter: World has Xeno'jiiva, the entity responsible for causing the Elder Crossing, the event that drives the game's plot. You only learn that something might be causing the Crossing a few quests before encountering the something in question.
  • MOTHER 3
    • The game features its Big Bad, Porky Minch, who previously appeared under the localized name of "Pokey Minch" in EarthBound, since before he appears there's little indication that the game's plot is actually directly connected to the previous game in the series.
    • Dr. Andonuts is another major one, since his presence alone also spoils the plot's direct connection with EarthBound's, in case the Inconsistent Dub hindered the player from recognizing Porky.

    N 
  • Nuclear Throne features the titular throne itself, which is the MacGuffin the mutants are searching for. The twist is that the Throne is not controlled by the skeleton sitting on it, but is in fact a sentient object which serves as the game's Final Boss. The Throne II fight brings in even more spoilers, as it reveals that the Throne is some sort of Eldritch Abomination and may be related to the purple portals that you've been using for the entire game.

    O 
  • Onmyōji has Kuro Seimei. It's pretty much a spoiler to mention that this guy exists in the first place without also revealing his inherent connection to Seimei. He's never mentioned in any of the game's promo material, and Noriaki Sugiyama is only ever credited as voicing Abe no Seimei and nobody else in these materials.
    • And then there is Yamata-no-orochi. Sure, you can talk about him as the Piñata Enemy in the mitama dungeons, but mentioning any of his involvements with the plot reveals his being an even bigger threat than Kuro Seimei, Yaobikuni's working for him all along and the Sword of Kusanagi's being a Chekhov's Gun necessary to destroy him once and for all.
    • If you try to talk about Kairaishi's role in the story, you'll find that there's nothing much to speak of beside the fact that she has a Kusanagi fragment in her chest.

    P 
  • Persona 4
    • Namatame and Izanami. Both were introduced in the very beginning of the game, but their characterization was so minor that the player is likely to have forgotten them completely- particularly Izanami, who's a nameless gas attendant who only shows up near the beginning and on rainy days. The revelation of what Namatame did marks the beginning of the point where the game becomes a conga line of plot twists, and Izanami turns out to be The Man Behind the Man Behind The Man Behind The Man Behind The Man that was responsible for just about everything that had happened up until that point.
    • Tohru Adachi is the murderer. The amount of tropes that comes with this revelation is just staggering, to the point that the post-reveal tropes about him were moved to a different page.
  • Persona 3:
    • Ikutsuki is introduced as the Big Good, but in reality, he tricked you into killing the Shadows to cause the Fall.
    • Ryoji initially seems like just another transfer student, but in reality, he's Death. Talking about him also spoils that the game doesn't end after you kill the Hanged Man, the last of the Full Moon Shadows.
    • Aigis for sealing Death inside the protagonist 10 years ago.
    • The protagonist's homeroom teacher Ms Toriumi, since it's pretty much impossible to talk about her without mentioning she's actually the Hermit Social Link, something that's hidden until near the end of the game, after you complete the link.
  • Persona 5
    • Kunikazu Okumura and his daughter Haru. It's relatively difficult to talk about them without revealing that after Kunikazu's heart is stolen, the Conspiracy kills him, to keep him quiet and frame the Phantom Thieves for his murder, which also profoundly impacts Haru.
    • Lavenza, who's the true avatar of power in this game, and a fusion of Justine and Caroline. Discussing her spoils several plot twists, such as why she was split in two.
    • Goro Akechi. He's initially introduced as a detective investigating the Phantom Thieves, until he joins the party (which, unlike with the other Thieves, was not officially publicized). He turns out to be the traitor in the party that was mentioned at the start of the game, the "Black Mask" Persona user who killed Futaba's mother and Haru's father, a Wild Card user like the protagonist, and the illegitimate son of Masayoshi Shido. In fact, he's not even loyal to anyone other than his self-professed agenda, since he wanted to kill Shido once he is off guard.
    • Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge. Like Izanami, his true identity and role are only properly revealed at the end of the game, and among them is the fact that he impersonated Igor and has been manipulating everyone in Tokyo for the entire game.
    • Shadow Futaba and Shadow Sae. With Futaba being advertised as a Phantom Thief pre-release and Sae having a major role in the story, it is slightly surprising to see them being targeted by the Phantom Thieves. Not to mention unlike previous Shadows in the franchise, Shadow Futaba was made out of the positive emotions that Futaba had.
    • The two confidants in Royal both qualify as this. The first being Takuto Maruki (who is the Arc Villain of the Third Semester arc), and the second being Sumire Yoshizawa (who has been pretending to be her Dead All Along sister Kasumi throughout most of the game)
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: Zen and Rei are giant walking spoilers that you know absolutely nothing about until you cleared the fourth Labyrinth.
  • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: All of the original characters, including everything inside the movie Labyrinths are giant walking spoilers whose true identity will not be revealed until the endgame. However, unlike Q, You can see that Hikari looks really messed up and Nagi and Doe being suspicious from the beginning.
  • Iovara from Pillars of Eternity. She reveals that the gods are artificial constructs, and that there is no deeper meaning to the universe, the cycle of death and resurrection, et cetera. It was for revealing all this that Iovara was tortured to death and her soul imprisoned by those who believed the gods were the only way to ensure peace and stability in the world. She takes the world's meaninglessness well, but the player character has a number of options to deal with the revelation, including deciding These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know and telling nobody else.
  • Locke in PAYDAY2, as he appears as a cyber hacker sent by Murkywater to cripple [Crime.net], but turns turncoat and gives jobs to Bain and his crew instead stealing from his former employer. He becomes a walking spoiler when the story gets more serious 3 years later, and his role as contractor gets an upgrade to replace Bain after he was kidnapped by the Kataru. After that point, pretty much all his actions are spoileriffic. His character page used to be relatively spoiler-free, but after 2017, it's pretty much all redacted in spoiler tags.
  • The Judge in Poacher. He's present from the beginning as the game's narrator, but knowing his name, let alone who he really is, is a massive spoiler for the secret ending.
  • Pokémon
    • In Pokémon Black and White, N, a recurring NPC who reveals himself as the "king" of the antagonistic Team Plasma, has one of the largest character pages of any character in the Pokémon games. It is at least 50% spoilered. Ghetsis (the actual leader of Team Plasma) is even more so, with at least 65% of his page spoilered before Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 came out.
    • Pokémon X and Y brings us Lysandre and AZ. While the game makes few attempts to hide the fact that Lysandre is the leader of Team Flare, it does drop a bombshell regarding AZ being a 3,000 year old immortal former king of the country the game takes place on who built the Ultimate Weapon that Team Flare has spent the entire game trying to activate.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon:
      • Initially presented as an organization dedicated to the welfare of Pokémon, the Aether Foundation turns out to not only be the game's second villainous team, but its President, Lusamine, is the real Big Bad of the game, with Team Skull assisting her in getting Cosmog back. Lillie and Gladion (a solitary member of Team Skull) also qualify due to being her children.
      • Cosmog is nigh-on impossible to discuss without spoiling that it ultimately evolves into the games' flagship Legendary Pokémon, Solgaleo or Lunala. Bear in mind that all prior Legendaries were single-stage Pokémon that didn't evolve, making the twist even more shocking.
      • Talking about UB-01 is a little spoilerific, as it's the center and cause of Lusamine's obsession and madness. For that matter, the Ultra Beasts in general are presented as being wholly different species from Pokémon, so it's something of a spoiler to say that they're still catchable Pokémon with proper names.
    • Originally a Bonus Boss that had little rhyme or reason to it, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon makes Necrozma into the first non-human Big Bad, with its backstory and strange appearance being explained. There's also the manner of its unique Ultra Burst technique; something never alluded to until the final confrontation with it, and a major revelation into Necrozma's true nature.
    • Pokémon Sword and Shield:
      • Chairman Rose. It's difficult to talk about him without revealing his status as the game's main villain. The same applies to Eternatus, the very existence of which provides the bulk of Rose's motivations.
      • You can't talk about Piers without mentioning that he's also the leader of Team Yell and has basically been Astroturfing his younger sister Marnie the entire game.
      • Sordward and Shielbert, who aren't even even hinted at until the postgame, and whose actions eventually lead to you and Hop capturing the box legendaries.
    • Pokémon Colosseum has Mayor Es Cade. He only has two appearances is the game. First, very briefly as the mayor of Phenac City. The next you see him is at the very end of the game... where he reveals he was really Evice, boss of Cipher, all along. Any discussion of Phenac's mayor will inevitably spoil the game's biggest reveal, as the whole game leads you to believe Nascour is the Big Bad. (Although him walking out of the mayor's office at the start of the game can be really suspicous as a Fridge thought.)
    • Blake Hall, the president of Altru Inc., in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia is this, as he turns out to be the leader of Team Dim Sun.
    • Purple Eyes from Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs. He comes in after the supposed ending as the new leader, and directly leads into the next villain. Also, all members of the Societea.
    • Darkrai from the second set of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games is an example of The Man Behind the Man who appears after you think the story is over.
  • From the same game(s), Grovyle and Dusknoir. Neither is what they appear to be at first glance, and spoiling Grovyle's identity also carries major reveals for the player character with it.
  • Pokémon fan games:
    • Pokémon Insurgence has the "Giratina Cult", a group of beings from the Distortion World that are the Greater-Scope Villain of the game and responsible for the cults in Torren, their goal being for Giratina to be returned to its rightful place.
    • Pokémon Uranium has CURIE, whose existence is unknown until after the eighth Gym. She happens to possess Urayne and is the Big Bad, the Final Boss, and the player character's thought-to-be-deceased mother Lucille.
  • Just about every character aside from the six main animatronics in POPGOES has a secret to hide. Special mention goes to Strings, one of the other animatronics, who is actually the playable character.
  • Wheatley turning out to be an antagonist in Portal 2 is meant to be a big twist. Thus, spoilers. Everywhere.
    • Cave Johnson being a character in the game, albeit posthumously, as he is only "present" in the ruins of the old Aperture labs that are the setting for the second Act. Which for extra points are only visited after aforementioned Wheatley becomes the antagonist.
    • Similarly, it's hard to talk about Caroline without revealing that GLaDOS is the result of the aforementioned Cave Johnson uploading her into the database without her consent.
  • Professor Layton
    • Clive, from Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. AKA, Future Luke. It's difficult to talk about Clive's real personality without spoiling the time travel disaster from 10 years ago, or the fact that one of your traveling companions is the Big Bad.
    • Dimitri Allen AKA, Dr. Alain Stahngun and Future Layton also counts, especially given his ties to the backstory.
    • From Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask we have Randall Ascot, AKA The Masked Gentleman. Referring to him by name reveals that Randall actually didn't die in the backstory. Though, the amount of buildup they give the character in his backstory, it's almost impossible to not see that twist coming.
    • From Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, there's Leon Bronev, who is not only the Big Bad, but Layton and Descole's father, Emmy's Honorary Uncle and boss, and a somewhat more sympathetic character than he initially seems.
  • Project X Zone: Meden Traore definitely counts and the Portal Stone by extension. He is the leader of the Oros Phlox Organization that keeps hounding you throughout the game, and until he actually appears halfway through the game we're led to believe that Due Flabellum (who turns out to be his wife) is the leader. His goal is to merge all worlds into one world to make it all a better place then they were individually, completely messing with the boundaries of time, space, life, and death to accomplish this. He's also the Final Boss in the game, opening the intro movie tells you that much once you recognize him. And the kicker is that he and the rest of the Oros Phlox are the manifested will of the Portal Stone itself, making the very artifact thought to be stolen from Mii's mansion the Big Bad pulling the strings from behind the scenes the entire time.

    R 
  • Rabi-Ribi: The existence of Noah, the Big Bad of the game and the Final Boss happens to be just one of the spoilers surrounding her. There's also Irisu, who turns out to be another Big Bad (albeit not evil) who founded the UPRPRC in an attempt to make Erina hers.
  • Ratchet & Clank:
  • Although Rayman Origins isn't very concerned with having a plot, it's still difficult to read about the Magician without spoiling the character's significance to the game, as well as its biggest twist. Rayman Legends makes it even more difficult since it assumes you know what his deal is by then.
  • The 16th playable character in The Reconstruction, Tezkhra, is first heard of as the god worshiped by certain groups of shra.
  • The Phoenix MkII from RefleX is a main protagonist example with the majority of its tropes being of spoiler nature. At first, it seems like a simple Cool Ship with an Attack Reflector and an anonymous pilot, but after it is severely damaged and its pilot killed about 7/8ths into the game, its true nature, unbeknownst to even the pilot, unfolds: the Phoenix is in fact a vessel for the ZODIAC Ophiuchus's core, which has been a major target for the Raiwat army for centuries. The Ophiuchus then causes the destruction of the other 12 ZODIAC units, making the Raiwat retreat out of fear but causing the destruction of a horrifying percentage of Earth and its population in the process. ZODIAC Ophiuchus then makes its Heroic Sacrifice and seals itself along with the other 12 ZODIAC cores...only to be revived in the previous (in release order) game KAMUI as the "Super KAMUI" fighter that serves as the Area 4 boss.
  • Return Of The Obra Dinn might boast the highest percentage of walking spoilers in history, by nature of a game where the entire challenge is matching a character's appearance with their name and job, not to mention that most of the characters have their primary involvement in the plot being either murderers or murder victims, and most of the others die in a manner that is itself a spoiler for the larger plot. Describe literally any character in the game, aside from the Featureless Protagonist, and chances are you've tripped on at least three spoilers.
  • Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
    • The only thing not a spoiler about Jean-François is that he takes care of Marie at the convent where she lives. He doesn't take any active role in the story until he assists Leonard at the Eiffel Tower as The Dragon by shooting Phantom R in the foot, taking the protagonist out of commission for a while. Jean-François then shows that he is the "Graf" that Inspector Vergier had been trying to find for several years and that he has the royal blood needed to unearth a superweapon beneath Paris, albeit missing some other necessary ingredients. This new information about him also puts his encounter with Elizabeth in a new light: Elizabeth denied being Marie's mother not because she isn't, but because Elizabeth knew what Jean-François was up to.
    • Leonard Bonar himself, as he shows up right at Chapter 1, passing himself off as a resurrected Napoleon Bonaparte until Phantom R finally defeats him in Chapter 9, when he admits he's a fake. This reveal then sets up subsequent reveals that the real Napoleon is The Man Behind the Man and that Raphael's father Isaac may be a more powerful figure in this conspiracy than was previously thought.
  • Iris Zeppelin from Rosenkreuzstilette, for being an Omnicidal Maniac and the true Big Bad of both games instead of the innocent girl she first appeared to be.
  • Rule of Rose: Despite the game's All Just a Dream Mind Screw-y nature, one thing is for certain: avoiding spoilers is near-impossible when discussing Wendy, Joshua or Gregory in any kind of depth.
  • RuneScape
    • How do you describe Wizard Grayzag without giving away that he Took a Level in Badass, killed a bunch of Void Knights and becomes the Big Bad for the quest series?
    • Kharshai's entire character pretty much bases on the fact that he is actually in disguise as Koschei the Deathless.

    S 
  • All the player characters other than Max, the main character, in Sanitarium are hard to talk about because they're actually forms/alternate personalities that Max shapeshifts into. By itself, that might not matter, but the shapeshifting doesn't occur until about 1/3 of the way into the game and is meant to be a VERY unexpected plot development; it's not something that the player is intended to know ahead of time.
  • For Scratches, the fact that Robin is still alive and in the mansion is the biggest Plot Twist of the game.
  • Shadow Hearts:
    • Yuri's mother serves as this not in the first Shadow Hearts game (where she just serves as a Death by Origin Story), but in Covenant instead, because in the latter game she's revealed to be the playable character Karin Koenig, who is German instead of being a Russian as previously presented.
    • Albert Simon is impossible to describe without bringing up the fact that he pretended to be the recurring character Roger Bacon for half the first game. Or that his villainy in the first Shadow Hearts game was an effort to snuff out several other villains only introduced in the second game.
  • Shin Megami Tensei II:
    • Zayin is advertised alongside Aleph, Beth, Gimmel, and Daleth as a major character. The twist is that, of those characters excluding Aleph, Zayin is the only one who actually stays as a major force throughout the game. He ultimately becomes a Big Bad in his own right and is the direct leader of the Law faction in God's name. Furthermore, he is actually Satan, and he redeems himself on the Law route.
    • The Center Elders are actually the Archangels. Gabriel is a decent person, but Michael, Raphael, and Uriel are far worse than they were in the last game and are the main antagonists for a good portion of the game, at least until Aleph and Hiroko kill them.
    • YHVH, the Greater-Scope Villain for Law, is the Final Boss and final antagonist of the game. This one, against all odds, fell into It Was His Sled category, to the point where it's the first thing people generally find out about the game.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne:
    • Hikawa, Isamu, and Chiaki's One-Winged Angel forms Ahriman, Noah, and Baal Avatar respectively who are, in their separate fights, all the penultimate bosses of the game. This is especially true for the latter two, who assume these forms as the end result of going crazy due to their experiences.
    • The child serial killer and the the failed businessman you can find in the Labyrinth of Amala are near-impossible to bring up without spoiling that they are Futomimi and Sakahagi, respectively, both of which died earlier in the game.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey:
    • The Three Wise Men are the leaders of the Law faction. There's not much else to them, but they end up being defined by this. This gets taken Up to Eleven in Redux, as not only are they revealed to be the true originators of Mem Aleph's power, therefore being responsible for the whole of the game's plot, they are merely the separated forms of Root Shekinah, the game's take on YHVH, who recombine with the power of the Cosmic Eggs gathered throughout the game.
    • Mastema, rather than being a polite, caring angel, is actually a twisted, hate filled, prejudiced monster. This is only revealed on the Chaos path, but his actions go as far as to disgust Lucifer.
    • Captain Jack and his subordinates seem to be affable folks looking to gather forma for a business client, offering their services if you obtain some rare forma for them. You later find out that they're some of the biggest monsters in the game, tearing apart demons and putting them back together in a crude attempt at demon fusion as experiments on behalf of said client and attempting to fuse your comrade Jimenez — also a human — with his pet demon.
    • Mem Aleph by virtue of Maia Ouroboros from three sectors before being presented like the final boss of the game.
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV:
    • The Black Samurai is Lilith. She, along with Tayama, is a major antagonist up until the White show up.
    • Tayama does not have Tokyo's best interests at heart and harvests brains from children and dissenters.
    • The White's existence is a spoiler, but their goals of omnicide and their despair are even worse.
    • Gabby, otherwise known as Gabriel, whose machinations throughout most of the game spoil the intentions of the Law faction. Knowing that she is Gabriel is itself a spoiler for that fact.
    • Hikaru, comparatively, is the game's form of Louis Cypher, which is a left-field spoiler that turns itself on its head when it comes to her real form.
    • Merkabah and Lucifer, the alignment leaders who physically appear after Johnathan and Walter perform separate Fusion Dances. Neither are brought up until the end of the game, yet they become the main antagonists.
    • Masakado is your greatest ally in the Neutral path and the presumed leader of the National Defense Divinities. He is also the last of the DLC bosses. He doesn't even appear at all or gets mentioned to on any non-Neutral path unless you buy and use his DLC.
    • Mastema isn't really Demoted to Extra, but rather, a figure that plays upon both the idea that he made a Heel–Face Turn and the idea that he hasn't changed a bit. He also sealed away the Archangels.
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse:
    • Shesha grows sentient throughout the game and eventually impersonates Flynn from Tsukiji Konganji until after Merkabah and Lucifer's deaths, where he delivers the game's biggest Wham Episode.
    • Merkabah and Lucifer, again, are considered spoilers due to the fact that they are merely lesser halves of Satan, who has been perpetuating the Forever War between the Forces of Law and Chaos. Him becoming your ally (either through separating into the two characters below in the Bonds Route, or directly in the Massacre Route) for the final battle is even more of a spoiler.
    • YHVH is, once again, the Final Boss, again seeking to attain universal dominance through Satan's guiding of the war between Law and Chaos.
    • Jonathan and Walter return to help in the final battle with YHVH on the Bonds Route.
    • The Hero, Aleph, and the Demi-fiend return in the final DLC to fight against Stephen, who in turn turns out to be more powerful than YHVH.
    • The Great Will aka the Axiom, the ambiguous divine entity that's been alluded to many times throughout the series, is finally revealed in this game to be a Big Good to humanity, having created the messiahs Nanashi/Akira and Flynn/previous-summoner-of-Masakado to defeat YHVH, who is a rogue avatar of it.
  • Shovel Knight:
    • The Enchantress, who's actually an evil spirit possessing the body of Shovel Knight's long lost friend, Shield Knight.
    • Directly tying into the above is Black Knight, whose true motive behind his loyalty to The Enchantress is protecting Shield Knight.
  • Silent Hill has Alessa Gillespie, whose existence and backstory are major spoilers for the setting of the first game and a major twist in third game, as well as being the ultimate cause of the series as a whole.
  • The Trinity in Skullgirls. As of the non canon storylines they haven't made an actual appearance in the game, other than an Early-Bird Cameo in the Gainax Ending/Cliffhanger ending upon beating Double's Storyline, which suggests that none of the storylines are canon, and that the True Ending turns out to be a Sequel Hook.
  • Neyla of Sly 2: Band of Thieves. She starts out as The Rival, but suddenly pulls a Face–Heel Turn on the main characters and frames her partner. She's soon revealed to be The Dragon to the game's Decoy Antagonist, but then betrays and KILLS him to steal the body of the first game's antagonist, revealing herself to be the second game's Big Bad. At the end of the game, she crushes Bentley with her beak, paralyzing his legs and causing Murray to cross the Despair Event Horizon, causing the game's Downer Ending.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Soul Calibur V
    • The names of Alpha Patroklos and Pyrrha Omega give away that those characters will be getting alternate versions somewhere in the story.
    • Any discussion of Elysium will give away that the supposed ghost of Sophitia isn't what she appears.
  • Spec Ops: The Line
    • In a rare protagonist example, on the character sheet well over half of the character-specific tropes for Cpt. Martin Walker are spoiler-tagged out. For one thing, knowing that he's actually an unintentional Villain Protagonist massively changes how you view both the game and how you're playing it.
    • Col. John Konrad, since for starters, he's, well, not really a villain.
  • Spider-Man (PS4) has a major character who hasn't been featured in any of the trailers: Dr. Otto Octavius. Even though he appears in the beginning of the story, he's still a walking spoiler since it's not hard to deduce that he'll become Doctor Octopus simply because Otto's in the game. And that indeed happens by the start of the third act, as Doc Ock causes a breakout at the Raft and forms the Sinister Six, cementing his status as the game's Big Bad.
    • Another walking spoiler comes in the form of Harry Osborn. We don't see him throughout the game, as he claims to be in Europe during the story, but that proves to be a lie. He's Secretly Dying to a genetic disorder, the same one that killed his mother, and he's actually being stored in Norman Osborn's penthouse laboratory. What's more, when we do see him, he's in a healing tank... while surrounded by the Venom Symbiote!
  • Splatoon:
    • DJ Octavio is an unusual example in that he's not a Walking Spoiler due to plot reasons (though he has a few surprises). Rather, his characterization and boss fight are so unique and fun that players are very reluctant to give away details to unknowing players. None of this is shown prior to his battle (which is the Final Boss of the single-player story mode), which adds on to the trope.
    • Judd the Cat is a straight example, as his backstory is entirely tied to the spoiler-heavy history of the Splatoon world, which is not revealed until close to the end of the single-player mode.
  • In StarCraft II, the very fact that Samir Duran appears in the game at all, along with Alexei Stukov. Also the existence of Greater-Scope Villain Amon, since he has basically run the entire plot since Day 1, with the exception of the terrans.
  • In Stardew Valley, we have Krobus and the Dwarf. Seeing as they're meant to be secret characters that even have their own secret shops, simply mentioning their names can prove to be spoilers.
  • Pretty much every character in Star Stealing Prince. Astra's not really a Damsel in Distress, Snowe's parents are not really dead, Snowe's parents aren't even the rightful rulers of the land, the rightful ruler was even worse than they were and they were pretty awful, and there's also the whole demon thing. Even the girl who appears in Snowe's dreams is not just a dream representation of Astra but a character in her own right, and you'd never guess that unless you went for the Bonus Dungeon.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Knights of the Old Republic: Revan being the Player Character is a major plot twist, causing the former Dark Lord of the Sith to become the main source of spoilers of the game. This makes the first sentence of the plot synopsis for the game on Wookieepedia (unless it has been changed by the time you read this) a huge spoiler for The Reveal more than halfway down the plot.
    • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Kreia. She casually mentions early on she used to be a Sith Lord, and that's the least of the spoilers regarding her.
    • Star Wars: The Old Republic:
      • It's hard to mention much about Master Syo Bakarn without bringing up that he's a Child of the Emperor and the Jedi Consular's final boss.
      • Likewise, just try talking about the Jedi Knight's Token Evil Teammate Lord Scourge without using spoilers.
      • The Smuggler storyline has Darmas Pollaran, who is revealed later in the story to be an Imperial agent who has been manipulating the Smuggler to do the Voidwolf's bidding throughout their career as a Republic privateer.
      • It's difficult to discuss much about more than a few characters from the Imperial Agent storyline without spoiling the various plot twists, though the biggest examples would be Darth Jadus, who turns out to be the Big Bad of the Agent story's Act 1, and Hunter, who is not only the final boss of the Agent storyline, but also revealed to be a woman.
      • With Revan and the Exile making final performances in the game, there are a couple of flashpoints that are nothing but spoiler tags.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Dimentio from Super Paper Mario is near impossible to talk about without revealing SOMETHING about his motives.
    • The very fact that the final boss of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is not Princess Shroob, but her older sister, and that the Cobalt Star Mario and Luigi spent the whole game assembling is actually her can, is a massive twist, making the Elder Princess Shroob a definite example.
    • The Zeekeeper in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. He's only ever encountered about three quarters of the way through the game, is the mystical deity of the island and completely subverts most expectations about how a god like figure is supposed to behave. And plays a major part in the ending.
    • Super Mario Sunshine features the true identity of Shadow Mario, who goes on to become a recurring character in the series.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: World of Light gives us the Final Boss. No, not the one we meet at the start of the mode, we're talking about the other Final Boss.
  • You cannot go into a discussion in The Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation without mentioning that Arteil Steinbeck is really Euzeth Gozzo who is the same Big Bad from a different Super Robot Wars game. And it's not even an alternate universe version of him, it's really him thanks to Reincarnation from the Cross Gate Paradigm System. Sore mo watashi da indeed.
  • Syphon Filter 2 has Jason Chance, who was working for the Agency all along.

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  • Tales of Destiny 2
    • It's hard to talk about Reala without mentioning she's an Artificial Human.
    • It's even harder to talk about anything to do with Judas and not mention Leon and the fact that he dies betraying the party, though the fact that they're one and the same (barring Character Development) isn't really meant to be a huge surprise to the player (Provided you've played Destiny).
  • Tales of Symphonia
    • Even if we ignore the fact that Kratos Aurion is the main character's father and that he was one of the legendary heroes, you still can't talk about his morality and motivation without spoiling something, be it that he was Evil All Along in the first part... or was actually Good All Along at the end.
    • Mithos Yggdrasill's name is a spoiler, since we're familiar with two Mithoses—a young boy directly, and an ancient legendary hero from hearsay—(who are actually the same one) and also another, seemingly older, character named Yggdrasill who is the Big Bad. Oh, and you're even allied with boy Mithos for a while.
    • Likewise, everything about Martel. The fact that she is not a goddess is just the beginning.
  • Tales of the Abyss has a weirdly literal version with Asch. His powers as the "Light of the Sacred Flame" (or remnants thereof), his reasons for joining Van, his backstory, and even his physical appearance are all spoiler-tastic. Even seeing his face or hearing his incredibly familiar voice will probably tip you off to the game's first major plot twist: Luke is Asch's replica. Sync would count for the same reasons, but due to his dramatic voice differentiation from Ion and his signature mask, and due to the fact that his motivations aren't as plot-critical, it's much harder to pick up on.
    • Florian is yet another replica of Ion, as well as one who first appears after the Ion replica you know and initially assume to be the original is dead.
  • Tales of Vesperia: You can say very, very little about Captain Schwann without revealing that he's Raven. The game is also very careful not to show Schwann's face or have him speak for the same reason.
  • You can't talk about Emeraude from Tales of Graces without revealing that she's from another planet, goes crazy with power, inhabits a fake body and/or is directly responsible for Lambda's Start of Darkness. Lambda is even worse for this, since you have to explain that he's a Really 700 Years Old Omnicidal Maniac Energy Being inhabiting either Richard's brain or Asbel's, depending on the point in the story. As such, some aspects of Richard, like the Demonic Possession, also make him kind of hard to discuss.
  • In Tales of Xillia, Maxwell, the Lord of the Spirits is a huge spoiler — not just for the fact that he's the real McCoy and not Milla like she claims to be. He also sets the entirety of the game's plot into motion — he separated humanity into two groups: those who can cast spirit artes and those who can't; placed those two groups into the worlds of Rieze Maxia and Elympios, respectively; created a schism so that the two worlds never meet; and also created Milla, Muzét, and the Four Great Spirits as his pawns to ensure his status quo. When a group of Elympions (Exodus) decides to invade Rieze Maxia for its resources, he directly interferes and plans to exterminate Elympios and its people; until Jude, Milla, and their allies put a stop to his schemes.
    • Victor, Elle's father in Tales of Xillia 2. He initially is seen in one of the opening cutscenes, setting the game's story into motion by sending Elle away and is then seemingly shot dead by a mob of Clanspia agents, only to mysteriously recover and kill the whole lot of them. He's never seen or even mentioned again until late in the game when you travel to his alternate universe, finally meeting him in person and learning his name (Which is actually more of a title). Shortly after, the truth comes out that he's actually an older version of Ludger who gained the ultimate Corpse Shell by killing off all of the others who possessed the ability, but as a side-effect, has become a Time Factor and has little time left to live. He also happens to harbor one of the Guideposts of Canaan within him, which ultimately makes his death necessary, much to Elle's horror.
  • Team Fortress Comics (supplementary comics for Team Fortress 2):
    • Bill-Bel and Lar-Nah not only dig into the backstory of one of the nine mercenaries/classes, but their actions kickstart the Trauma Conga Line Miss Pauling's team goes through at the end of Blood in the Water and all throughout Old Wounds.
    • The fact that the mercenaries/classes from Team Fortress Classic play a big role in the story is already a huge twist, but their role in Old Wounds is what really drives the point home.
    • The Medic's supposed Face–Heel Turn was also a huge twist before Old Wounds came out, but said comic reveals that he still cares about his team.
  • Terranigma
    • Yomi is the little thing that was trapped inside Pandora's Box and basically serves as the mascot to Ark. Talking about it beyond that is impossible without revealing that Yomi was actually evil all along, and has wanted Ark dead for a portion of the game. He is not the Walking Spoiler. The one who is a walking spoiler is a second version of Yomi, which replaces the evil one at Ark's side for the final confrontation.
    • Dark Gaia cannot be talked about without revealing that there was even a villain wishing to pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on Ark the whole time. He also spends the entire game until the final boss fight under the guise of the Elder of Crysta.
  • Gamall from Thief: Deadly Shadows once it's revealed she's been Dead All Along and the entity known as The Hag has been pretending to be her.
  • Three the Hard Way has Anderson, a travelling monk who joined the party seeking for new challenges. That latter claim is a lie, but saying anything about him beyond those facts is going to spoil many important plot points.
  • In Time Crisis II, Robert Baxter is a run-of-the-mill VSSE agent and the player 2 character. In Time Crisis 5, released over fifteen years later, he pulls a big-time Face–Heel Turn and becomes the Big Bad, something you don't learn until late into the game. This reveal is quite shocking for series veterans who bother to follow the Excuse Plots.
  • For Toadette Strikes, we have not a character, but a whole world as this. The world in question happens to be Subcon from Super Mario Bros. 2, except having gone to hell and falling apart due to the dream virus that Kammy Koopa has been using to put the Toads in eternal sleep.
  • Touken Ranbu gives us the other Yamanbagiri, the Secret Identity of the mysterious hooded figure.
  • Pretty much every arc in Trails Series will feature several characters who become this. As a rule, the older the game is, the more characters initially included in this trope fall into Late-Arrival Spoilers and It Was His Sled territory. Let's start with The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky first.
    • Professor Alba is introduced as a travelling archeologist who, because of limited funding in his research, cannot afford to hire bracers' service to escort him through dangerous archeologial sites. That's what you'll get if you want his information strictly under this name.
    • Renne. A seemingly innocent girl you meet in SC chapter 1 taking vacation with her family is revealed to be one of Ouroboros' Enforcers in chapter 3. It goes on from there.

    U 
  • Under Night In-Birth: You're better off playing through Chronicle Mode before trying to figure out Vatista's deal, as any discussion about her that doesn't pertain to her personality or her basic objective as an Autonomic Nerve takes the "wham" out of its story's biggest Wham Episode.
  • Given the amount of Hidden Depths its characters have, almost all major Undertale characters have some massive spoilers, which it's barely possible not to mention, but the biggest offenders are:
    • Asgore, whose mere appearance is spoileriffic, let alone his personality and actions.
    • Both Asriel and the Fallen Child, who, just by existing, mark a turn for either the best or the worst.
      • Asriel, as it's hard not to talk about him without at the very least revealing he's Toriel's and Asgore's son. His appearance in Deltarune is also under this trope, although downplayed as as of chapter 1 it isn't very important to the plot unless you start on the Epileptic Trees.
    • Sans, for his role in the No Mercy route and the real reason for his laziness.
    • The Amalgamates (and by extension, the True Lab), for their existence being kept a secret (for good reason) and for being heavily involved in one of the characters' backstories and motives.
    • Flowey, due to his backstory, true identity, and the nature of his powers.
    • W.D. Gaster, who is only mentioned in the spoileriffic True Lab and is involved in a mystery so secret and enigmatic it's not even in the game. Then again, given his nature, one is extremely unlikely to learn about him without spoiling his existence for themselves unless they either have a field day with their save file or, in the updated version, get lucky with the Random Number God.
    • Even the player character is one. Not Frisk, but you — the twist is that the two are entirely separate entities.
    • The six human souls are instrumental to defeating the Neutral route's final boss. Problem is, that boss is built around trying to make you feel hopeless, so if you know how to beat him going in, the effect is ruined.
    • Let's put it this way: there's an entire page with no spoiler tags dedicated to the game's most spoilerrific characters.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in that the game itself is a Walking Spoiler. Undertale is infamously difficult to discuss without spoiling it, and it's also the sort of game best gone into blind. Some non-character related things that are massive spoilers include:
      • The experience/leveling system is a Karma Meter in disguise.
      • Your character's soul would be the final one needed to break the barrier.
      • The naming screen does not name the player character (whose name is Frisk, this cannot be changed in-game). It instead names a character you meet at the very end of the Genocide route, who will taint your game files as soon as you sell your SOUL to them. This character also plays an important part of Flowey's backstory, the former's actions causing the destruction of the latter's original incarnation, Asriel Dreemurr, who counts as a walking spoiler in his own right.

    V 
  • Valkyria Chronicles
    • For Valkyria Chronicles II, there's Dirk, one of the members of House Gassenarl (the villains of the game) and also the first Artificial Valkyrur. After the attack of Lanseal, he's revealed to actually be Leon Hardins, Avan's brother, who was said to have been killed during a secret mission.
    • There's also Baldren, another member of House Gassenarl, who is seen as The Dragon to his father Gilbert and serves as one of the bosses in the game alongside Dirk and Audrey. Then in September, after his father decides to give Gallia to The Federation and stop the Darscen purges, Baldren snaps, kills his father, takes over as leader of the Gallia Revolutionary Army, and during the game's climax, becomes the perfect Artificial Valkyria and the Final Boss.
    • Headmaster Laurence Kluivert is also this, when it turns out that he was part of the Asgardian Council, helped with Project Valhalla, which involved the research and creation of Artificial Valkyria, and is thus partially responsible for the loss of Leon Hardins' sanity/humanity and also the death of Juliana Everhart.
    • In the first game, there's a second character named Isara Gunther seen during the post-credits scene. She's Welkin and Alicia's daughter, spoiling that they get married and have a child together after the game's end.

    W 
  • In Wadanohara, the existence of the Dead Sea and its inhabitants in general is already this due to taking the game in a horror direction, but the biggest one is Sal, who is initially a very minor character before being revealed that he is a traitor and the villain behind the game's driving plot.
  • The Walking Dead. The Mysterious Stranger, when finally revealed, is one huge spoiler since his life is ruined by your group. He questions all of your hard choices. The fact that he's an Anti-Villain instead of a Big Bad, makes him a walking spoiler.
    • Kenny in the Season 2 can count as one too, since his last appearance in Season 1 implied that he died.
    • The final battle of Episode 5 Season 2 is a massive spoiler, because it's a fight to the death and it happens between two of your allies; Kenny and Jane.
    • It's nearly impossible to talk about Final Season without mentioning Minerva. Firstly, she's stated to have been killed by walkers, then, it's revealed that she was given to raiders. Secondly, she's revealed to actually be alive. Thirdly, she's revealed to have killed her sister.
  • The Operators in Warframe are walking spoilers due to the role they play in the story. Additionally, players can become literal walking spoilers after completing "The War Within" quest by allowing them to play as the Operator mid-mission with players who haven't completed "The Second Dream" quest.
    • Excalibur Umbra's "Sunder" Helmet (which reveals what the Warframes actually are) will turn any player wearing it into a literal walking spoiler to anyone who looks too close without first completing "The Sacrifice" quest. The façade has cracked and you are beheld by the truth, indeed.
  • The Witch's House: Literally everyone in the game, due to its Cruel Twist Ending and Villain Protagonist status. Even the cat leads to immense spoilers.
  • Jergingha in The Wonderful 101, the leader of the GEATHJERK, goes un-mentioned until the fifth (of nine) chapter.
  • The World Ends with You
    • There isn't much you can say about Joshua without spoiling a plot twist. His status as your partner for the second week reveals that the game takes place over three weeks, each with its own partner. There's also the fact that he's the one who killed Neku, as well as the Composer, making him the true main antagonist.
    • Eri to an extent. If you describe her appearance, you end up describing Shiki, and revealing a major plot twist- Shiki lost her own appearance as her "entry fee" in the Reaper's Game.
  • World of Warcraft
    • Drakuru in Grizzly Peaks initially seems like just another questgiver, until you discover that he's collaborating with the Lich King against the Drakkari trolls. The latter part is why most people remember and talk about him.
    • Archbishop Benedictus initially seems to be nothing more than the leader of Stormwind's clergy, but it turns out that he's actually the Twilight Prophet, and one of Deathwing's highest-ranking followers.
    • Y'Shaarj is quite difficult to discuss without spoiling many of the plot twists in Mists of Pandaria. He is the Old God beneath Pandaria who is the source of the Sha, having been killed long ago by the Titans, and the Mantid were created to serve him. Garrosh obtains his heart and plans to use his power against the True Horde's enemies, devastating the Vale of Eternal Blossoms in the process.

    X 
  • Xenoblade:
    • Fiora is by far the most spoiler-heavy character in the game, considering she was implied to have died a few hours in but got turned into a Robot Girl instead. She's so spoileriffic that it is a common courtesy on forums and this wiki to refer to her by the euphemistic Fan Nickname "Seven." That said, her trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and her later cameo in Project X Zone 2 have no such issues.
    • Metal Face's true identity is treated as a big reveal, as is Jade Face's.
    • Dickson claims that he's "full of surprises." He's not joking, especially during the Mechonis Core events, when he shoots Shulk and reveals himself as The Dragon and later a member of the extinct Giant race.
    • Describing Alvis as anything beyond "mysterious guy who teaches Shulk how to use the Monado" will reveal something big, mainly due to his actions after Mechonis Core and his role in the ending.
    • Zanza, who seemed to be a semi-important character introduced and swiftly killed off at the end of the Prison Island storyline. Turns out that technically wasn't even him, and not only is he the Big Bad and the Final Boss, but one of the two gods of the world and the Monado itself!
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2:
    • Mythra's very existence is a spoiler, but she's a major character from the moment she's introduced. Though several trailers spoiled her presence.
    • Nia is difficult to talk about not just in a story, but in a gameplay sense, as The Reveal partway through the game that she's a Flash Eater Blade radically changes how she works as a party member: from that point on she can be used as both a Driver and as a Healer-type Blade for Rex. More courteous online guides refer to her Blade form as some variation of "Rex's Spoiler Blade", but it's still difficult to talk about her drawbacks without spoiling anything. (Namely, that using her effectively sacrifices a party member)
    • Amalthus is difficult to talk about without revealing that he shares the role of Big Bad with Malos.
    • The true identity of The Architect spoils not only this game's plot, but part of the plot of the first game, its ending, and the fact that this game is a Stealth Sequel. Even looking up The Architect's voice actor will spoil the game, provided you've played the first one.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X:
    • Lao is, starting with Chapter 9, impossible to talk about spoiler-free due to his Face–Heel Turn, his motives for doing so, and becoming the Final Boss.
    • Elma is the subject of a massive Reveal in the last few chapters about her true nature and her role in the overall plot.
    • A few minor, unassuming NPCs who eventually become the antagonists of missions fall into this, especially Powell, Alex, Ornella, and Justin.
    • The existence of the Tree Clan Prone is largely kept secret until a good way through the game (unless you take a peek at the achievements list), at which point they are involved in many missions thereafter.

    Y 
  • Yandere Simulator has Yandere-chan's mother Ryoba, who is a Yandere in her own right and it's hard to bring her up without revealing she's essentially the Greater-Scope Villain that made the video game possible (in SO many ways).
  • Ys Seven
    • Tia appears as a simple flower girl that Adol just has to help. Later you learn that she's really eldress Tialuna of the Moon Tribe, the Big Bad, out to destroy the world to return it to its proper balance.
    • Cruxie appears as an Ill Girl that her brother Mustafa takes care of. After you gain the Fire Dragon Stone, she gets better and replaces her brother for the remainder of the game. That's right, Mustafa is really the Guest-Star Party Member.

    Z 
  • Zero no Kiseki also has quite a few:
    • Joachim Gunther. Introduced as a friendly doctor at St. Ursula. Turns out he's anything but: He's actually one of the few remaining members of the D∴G Cult, which kidnapped children and performed various painful experiments on them.
    • Ian Grimwood, Crossbell's public lawyer. He's presented as such a minor character that his role in the sequel is a huge twist: He's the one who murdered Lloyd's brother.
    • Mariabell, Elie's friend and daughter of president of IBC, actually comes from a family who has been trying to recreate Mirage Sept-Terrion who also founded the D∴G Cult. Their creation becomes a much-improved version on it and is stored in KeA. She's also practically the one responsible for many bad things in Crossbell arc.


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