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La fin change tout – TV Tropes

"Edgar Allan Poe a fait valoir que chaque histoire devait être écrite pour le dernier paragraphe ou peut-être pour la dernière ligne; cette exigence peut être une exagération, mais c’est l’exagération ou la simplification d’un fait incontestable. Cela signifie qu’un résultat prédéterminé doit ordonner la Le lecteur de notre temps est aussi un critique, un homme qui connaît et anticipe les procédés littéraires, le récit doit comporter deux arguments: un argument faux, qui est vaguement indiqué, et un autre, l’authentique un, qui sera gardé secret jusqu’à la fin. "

Le nœud gordien des fins de torsion.

Quand la fin change tout, cela remet en question la part exacte de ce que vous avez vu dans la réalité ou comment interpréter ce que vous avez vu jusqu'à présent. Un réalisateur charitable (ou quelqu'un qui veut montrer à quel point le script est intelligent) peut vous donner une fois de plus, avec Clarity! montage pour vous aider à le résoudre. Une chose est certaine, cela crée une expérience très différente lorsque vous revisitez l’histoire.

Il existe divers tropes associés utilisés pour y parvenir:

Voir aussi Switcheroo commercial, où une publicité se présente comme étant pour un produit, puis la fin la subvertit et en fait une publicité pour autre chose. Quand la fin d'une œuvre change tout, voyez Tout dans le Stinger.

Remarque: il s'agit d'un trope pourri spoilered, ce qui signifie que CHAQUE EXEMPLE SIMPLE de cette liste est un spoiler par défaut et que la plupart ne sont pas marqués. Ceci est votre dernier avertissement. Ne continuez que si vous pensez réellement pouvoir gérer cette liste.

Exemples:

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Anime et Manga

  • Seitokai no Ichizon: L'introduction de la victime d'intimidation Nakameguro a donné lieu à des révélations intéressantes du côté de Sugisaki, apportant un éclairage complètement nouveau sur la relation entre lui et les filles, ainsi que sur son désir de créer un harem.
  • Death Note: Une autre note. Naomi Misora ​​est appelée par L pour résoudre une série de meurtres à Los Angeles. Un mystérieux jeune homme aux cheveux en désordre, à la peau blanche et aux poches sous les yeux, qui porte le pseudonyme de "Ryuzaki", a rejoint son enquête. Ce doit être L, n'est-ce pas? La fin révèle que l’homme est en réalité le meurtrier, Beyond Birthday, qui est obsédé par L et a modelé son apparence sur lui. Cela conduit beaucoup à Fridge Horror, compte tenu des interactions de Naomi avec lui tout au long du livre.
  • L'agent de paranoïa commence par l'attaque de Tsukiko Sagi par un mystérieux assaillant brandissant des battes de baseball. L’agresseur, Shonen Bat, commence alors à frapper diverses autres victimes. Il s'avère que la première attaque a été falsifiée par Tsukiko elle-même afin de soulager un peu la pression qui a été exercée sur son travail. Malheureusement, Shonen Bat s'est propagé comme un mème particulièrement violent, et il a maintenant une vie propre …
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: "Je suis un démon." C'est Stocking, la soeur de Panty. Après son retour du ciel. Qui coupe ensuite rapidement Panty en 666 morceaux. En outre, le Big Bad n'a pas été tué par le Wave Motion Gun du duo.
  • Contrôle au sol vers une fille psychoélectrique: le dernier épisode de l'anime se termine avec Yashiro (la petite fille qui porte un costume d'astronaute et insiste sur le fait qu'elle est un ESPer) en sauvant la vie de Makoto en lui demandant de reculer du nombre EXACT requis mourir d'une météorite et disparaître juste après. Immédiatement avant cela, elle avait dit qu'elle prouverait ses capacités. Coïncidence incroyablement pratique ou elle disait la vérité sur ses capacités? Depuis que l’ensemble du spectacle jusqu’à ce moment-là, l’existence du surnaturel avait brisé l’existence du surnaturel comme un produit de l’imagination des gens, il avait jeté tout le message dans une direction différente, devenant de plus en plus semblable à «gardez l’esprit ouvert, car on ne sait jamais "et ne pas répondre réellement à la question de savoir si le surnaturel existe ou non.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Jusqu'à la fin, vous pourriez voir la série comme une collection aléatoire d'humour aveuglant, de critique sociale et de quelques éléments d'horreur, sans aucune connexion globale. Mais le dernier chapitre du manga (non inclus dans l'anime) révèle que la jeune fille nommée Kafuka Fuura (nom du stylo) est décédée avant le début de la série. Toute la classe reçoit une greffe d'organe qui lui permet de posséder n'importe qui, de reprendre possession de son corps et de convaincre toutes les autres, par une sorte d'hypnose de masse, qu'elle est la fille qu'elle a été. C'est aussi la raison pour laquelle nous ne voyons jamais toutes les filles de la classe en même temps, soit parce que la fille disparue est Kafuka, parce qu'elle n'est plus réelle, soit que c'est la fille que Kafuka possède pour le moment. Cela semble être une connerie, mais il est intéressant de noter qu'il existe des allusions à ce sujet tout au long de la série, que vous pouvez lire en regardant, mais que vous ne pourrez jamais déduire de cette tournure. Par exemple, relisez / relisez le texte sur le personnage de Meru-Meru depuis le tout début de la série. Regarde Kafuka de près. Elle possède Abiru dans cette scène, indiquée par un bandage sur son bras qui serait normalement là sans raison, et par le zoom avant sur son œil gauche, orthographiant DEATH, qui est l'œil toujours recouvert par Abiru.
  • Initialement, le film Puella Magi Madoka Magica: La rébellion semble être l’histoire de la façon dont Homura a libéré ses amis d’une machine Lotus-Eater. Mais à la fin, juste au moment où le conflit principal de cette histoire est sur le point d'être résolu, Homura s'empare de son intérêt amoureux et la piège dans un faux univers, se transformant en démon. C'est à ce moment que l'intrigue du film est révélée: explorer les raisons et le processus selon lequel Homura est devenu un méchant. Cette intrigue est souvent préfigurée par le symbolisme (et certaines conversations apparemment anodines), mais les observateurs débutants ne l'anticiperont pas à moins de savoir exactement quoi chercher et / ou d'interpréter le caractère d'Homura de manière spécifique.
  • Dans l'épisode final de Your Lie en avril, la lettre d'adieu de Kaori révèle qu'elle a été inspirée par Kousei à devenir musicienne pendant son enfance, qu'elle avait voulu jouer de la musique avec lui depuis qu'elle était petite fille et qu'elle menti sur le fait d’aimer Watari pour s’approcher de Kousei.
  • Le manga court Mama Mama d'Amano Shunita semble être un manga du genre Yuri à propos de deux femmes et de leurs enfants. La toute dernière page révèle que ce sont en réalité des voisins mariés qui trompent leur mari. Cela change vraiment la ligne "Est-ce que c'est ça le" bonheur "?" d'être mignon à déprimant, d'autant plus que la femme pleurait en le disant.
  • Dans un chapitre du manga Ace Attorney Case Files, Phoenix est interrogé par une journaliste, qui lui demande de l'aider à effacer le nom d'une femme reconnue coupable du meurtre de son petit ami et qui s'est suicidée après un an de prison. Après que Phoenix le fasse, il obtient une photo de la petite amie … qui ressemble exactement au journaliste avec qui il a parlé.
  • Queue de fée
    • Dans Fairy Tail Zero, vers la fin, il est révélé que Zera, l'amie de Mavis et la seule autre survivante de Red Lizard, est en réalité une illusion spéciale qu'elle a créée, ce qui ne lui est visible que depuis la mort de la véritable Zera. de ses blessures le jour où Blue Skull a attaqué. Il a également révélé que les autres fondateurs de Fairy Tail savaient que Zera n’était pas réel, mais le gardaient secret pour le bien de Mavis.
    • Un tournant similaire à ce qui précède se produit dans l'histoire parallèle de Welcome to Fairy Hills. Avec une demande impayée que beaucoup ont rejetée comme une farce, Hilda, la vieille propriétaire du dortoir épouvantable et abrupte, a embauché, engage Lucy à faire une chasse au trésor, insistant sur le fait qu'elle la cacherait aux locataires. Une fois que Lucy trouve le trésor, elle appelle Hilda, mais Erza arrive. Après que Lucy ait enfin parlé à Erza de la chasse au trésor et de la personne qui l'a envoyée, Erza a dit à Lucy que Hilda était morte depuis six ans, ce qui signifie que Lucy était en interaction avec un fantôme depuis le début.
    • Dans l'histoire parallèle de Natsu et Asuka, Natsu doit faire tout ce que lui dit Asuka après avoir perdu un défi de tir tranchant contre elle. Lorsque Natsu a vaincu les voleurs qui tentaient de voler le globe de neige d'Asuka en abattant leurs planeurs (en poussant le bonnet d'Asuka pour lui faire croire qu'elle avait tiré le coup avec son pistolet), il était clair qu'il avait perdu exprès à travers tout volontairement.
  • Jaco, le patrouilleur galactique, révèle dans le dernier chapitre que toute l'histoire était une séquelle furtive de Dragon Ball, et que le groupe extraterrestre Jaco est descendu sur terre pour arrêter Goku, ce qui signifie que toute la mission a été condamnée par Canon.
  • La séquence de crédit et la scène post-crédit de l'épisode 10 de Yuri !!! sur glace était-ce. En un seul coup, cela a radicalement changé toutes les idées préconçues des téléspectateurs sur le trio principal de la série.
    • Victor n'est pas méchant, il est prêt à ruiner la carrière de Yuri ou à mourir. Il est devenu l'entraîneur de Yuri parce que Yuri le lui a demandé.
    • Yuri peut être séduisant dans le personnage d'Eros, oui. Mais il est… un ivrogne amusant. Et capable d'accomplir de grands exploits comme exécuter des mouvements de pole dance parfaitement et gagner une danse tout en ayant beaucoup de champagne dans son système. Il finit la scène en se rapprochant de Victor, le grondant, tandis qu'une salle de bal entière – avec un Chris à moitié nu et un Yurio fumant – était en train de regarder. Nous sommes loin du fanboy Nikiforov que nous avons rencontré plus tôt.
    • Yurio a prétendu avoir été traîné dans la danse. Il était très clairement en train de s'amuser, d'après ce que montrent les photos. Et sa fureur alors que Yuri connaissait de près Victor, peut être considéré comme un signe de l’Épisode 12, révélant qu’il admirait toujours Yuri.
  • Dans le Yuri OneShot Infidèle, le protagoniste, Tashiron, entretient une relation abusive avec sa petite amie, qui la rabaisse pour avoir oublié d'acheter de la bière, qu'elle ne laissera même pas boire à Tashiron parce qu'elle n'est pas le soutien de famille. Tout en allant acheter la bière, Tashiron rencontre Ootsuki, sa collègue de son travail à temps partiel (qu'elle a obtenu pour un semblant d'indépendance), et ils finissent par boire ensemble. Tashiron avoue de manière ivre qu'elle a des sentiments pour Ootsuki même si elle a une petite amie, et elle et Ootsuki proposent de sortir à nouveau. Sur la dernière page, Ootsuki rejoue un extrait de la soirée et révèle qu'elle a profité de la situation de Tashiron pour avoir appris la "malheureuse relation" de Tashiron en l'écoutant et en "jouant la carte du joueur senior" pour la gagner.

Bandes dessinées

  • Le dernier volume de Scott Pilgrim oblige le lecteur à s'interroger sur la validité de l'histoire racontée par les cinq précédentes. Gideon Graves a révélé à Scott qu'il avait altéré ses souvenirs, car les vrais souvenirs de Scott étaient "ennuyeux" et le résultat est que cela oblige le lecteur à réexaminer Scott en tant que personnage. Les premiers volumes l'avaient généralement qualifié de geek hipster excentrique et pathétique, mais cette image commence à craquer et nous permet de mieux comprendre pourquoi les amis de Scott ne l'aiment pas autant. Tout se termine dans le dernier volume mentionné ci-dessus, où nous voyons que la façon innocente dont Scott se voit est en partie le résultat de la manipulation de ses souvenirs par Gideon; il s'avère en réalité qu'il était un Jerkass majeur pour ses amis et ses anciennes amies, et sa rupture avec Envy était apparemment loin d'être aussi unilatérale qu'on le prétendait. Un thème récurrent est que Scott apprend de ses erreurs passées au lieu de les fuir (littéralement).
  • Le dernier numéro de Ex Machina montre que Hundred est un homme impitoyable qui a en effet résolu les élections municipales. Ainsi, toute la série montre un homme qui n'était pas une figure noble mais plutôt un manipulateur et une connivence pour le pouvoir.
  • Dans le tout premier numéro de Thunderbolts, les lecteurs avaient montré ce qui semblait être une équipe de nobles héros qui faisaient leurs grands débuts. Sur la dernière page, ils se sont révélés être les Maîtres du Mal déguisés, transformant ainsi toute la portée du comique.
  • Nouveaux Ultimate: Le groupe de O'Reilly avait l'ordre d'éviter les gangs, bien qu'il s'agisse d'une unité spécialement conçue pour lutter contre les gangs. Vous pourriez facilement penser que la police est inutile et que ce n'était qu'une excuse pour envoyer les Ultimate à l'action. Les choses sont plus compliquées que ça. Ecstasy a plusieurs flics sous son influence, dont le commandant d'O'Reilly, et elle travaille pour Hydra. SHIELD y travaillait, mais l’événement Galactus et la pause de SHIELD ont laissé l’affaire en suspens.
  • Le personnage principal de Cinema Purgatorio est Hell / Purgatory – c'est une évidence. Elle révèle qu'elle a tué "Geraldine" pour avoir volé "Richard" loin d'elle. Le dernier numéro révèle que Géraldine est sa fille, à qui elle reproche d'avoir chassé son mari.
  • Old Man Quill est une série dérivée de Old Man Logan, interprétée par Peter Quill, des Guardians of the Galaxy. Dans ce mauvais avenir, Quill doit retranscrire l'Ultimate Nullifier pour arrêter l'Église universelle de la vérité, mais continue de se plaindre de la perte de Spartax jusqu'à ce que les autres Gardiens le sortent de sa stupeur et l'obligent à aller sur Terre pour le trouver. Beaucoup de problèmes après, ils font face à la Garde Impériale, qui lui dit qu'il ne peut pas s'attendre à les vaincre tout seul. Il se tourne vers ses compagnons gardiens, mais ils ne sont pas là. Au lieu de cela, il se souvient d'une vidéo d'eux demandant de l'aide puis mourant. Des tours d'esprit? La réalité se déforme? Non, si on relit les anciennes BD, on remarquera que Quill est le seul personnage à parler ou à interagir avec qui que ce soit (sauf interactions entre les Guardians eux-mêmes), et que les autres personnages relatant les événements ne parlent que de lui et non de lui. une bande d'étrangers.

Publicités

  • Un homme nerveux se rend dans une épicerie du coin et saisit plusieurs boîtes de céréales en regardant autour de lui. Lorsqu'il arrive au comptoir, il les donne à la dame, qui jette un coup d'œil sur les boîtes, dont l'une est une boîte de céréales Trix, et, rigolant, elle se dit: "Trix? Les Trix sont faites pour les enfants!" pendant qu'un accord effrayant joue. L’homme laisse son argent sur le comptoir et s’en va pendant qu’elle l’appelle. De retour à la maison, il jette les boîtes de Wheaties et de Cheerios, se dirige vers sa table et verse les céréales dans un bol avant de retirer sa tête, révélant qu'il est le Trix Rabbit. Il attrape une pinte de lait, le verse sur la céréale … seulement pour que le récipient soit vide. "Avoir du lait?"
  • "Je suis ennuyé" Vraiment mignonne la première fois … la deuxième fois, pas tellement.
    • Pour en savoir plus: Ce message d'intérêt public montre un jeune étudiant du secondaire qui tente de gagner en courage pour parler à une fille sur laquelle il craque. Nous le voyons lui laisser une note mignonne, ses amis lui chuchotent à son sujet et une histoire d'amour généralement douce qui se termine lorsque le garçon s'approche enfin d'elle dans le gymnase de l'école … et c'est alors que les portes s'ouvrent et qu'un élève avec une arme à feu entre, prêt à ouvrir le feu. Regarder le message d'intérêt public une seconde fois révèle que le jeune homme était à l'arrière-plan de tous les plans précédents, avec des indices indiquant qu'il était malheureux: il est intimidé dans le couloir et, lorsqu'un enseignant passe, il mime "en lui tirant" dessus. un pistolet de doigt. L'idée est que les gens oublient souvent les "signes précurseurs" d'un comportement dangereux, et étant donné que de nombreux téléspectateurs ont été surpris par la fin, cela a certainement prouvé son sens.

Fan Works

  • L'épisode Star Trek: New Voyages "Pour servir tous mes jours", qui implique que Chekov subit le vieillissement rapide au point de mourir, présente une scène finale à la fin du générique de clôture qui pourrait suggérer que l'essentiel de l'épisode était Tout juste un rêve.
  • Mon petit poney: Les amis sont magiques utilisent ce trope à l'occasion:
    • Les nombreuses origines secrètes de Scootaloo ont Twilight Sparkle qui tente de découvrir qui est vraiment Scootaloo, mais chacune de ses questions a ses propres idées (comme être un agent secret, un chasseur de vampire, plusieurs variantes de voyageur temporel, le dernier survivant de la planète). Colton et la mystérieuse Mare Do Well) jusqu'à ce qu'elle obtienne la vérité directement de la bouche de la pouliche lorsque Scootaloo se présente elle-même. … jusqu'au Stinger, quand il s'avère que Twilight n'est qu'un poulain qui fait un mauvais rêve, et que Scootaloo est sa poupée en peluche bien-aimée. En outre, Discord et Nightmare Moon sont ses parents.
    • La confiance a été confiée à Trixie devant Celestia et a mordu pour ses ébats en essayant d’impressionner tout le monde avec ses prouesses, ce qui a amené tout le monde à compter sur elle. Celestia explique comment il peut vous piéger dans une cage et que, lorsque vous lâchez un poney, cela peut avoir des conséquences horribles une fois qu'ils ont commencé à dépendre de vous. Elle perd son sang froid avec Trixie, malgré le tremblement de terre de la licorne, et finit par la bannir de la vue, avant d'appeler Shining Armor pour lui demander s'il a commencé à entraîner d'autres personnes sous son charme, mais découvre qu'il s'est relâché parce qu'il a confiance en Celestia. va garder tout le monde en sécurité. Elle réitère la nécessité pour lui d’entraîner un autre magicien avant de se rendre à l’extérieur pour assister à la cérémonie d’abaissement du soleil quotidienne.

      Elle prit une profonde inspiration, plissa le visage avec un regard de concentration intense et prétendit à nouveau baisser le soleil.

    • L'écriture sur le mur: Lorsque l'écriture éponyme est déchiffrée à la fin de l'histoire, il est révélé que la tombe antique que l'archéologue aventurier Daring Do avait explorée n'était pas une tombe, mais une installation de stockage de déchets nucléaires construite par humains. Daring Do et les travailleurs malades ne souffraient d'aucune sorte de maladie pathogène, mais de la maladie des radiations. Cela transforme l'histoire en une histoire d'horreur en tant que Réalité Ensues.

      Ce n'est pas une place d'honneur. Aucun grand acte n'est commémoré ici. Rien de valeur est ici.

    • La valeur de ruine comporte Celestia fouillant à travers les ruines d'une ville après la fin. La fin révèle que la ville en question était Seattle, dans l'État de Washington, et que toute l'histoire était un furtif séquestre de la série dans Humanity's Wake, et que Luna, Celestia et Discord sont tous des produits du génie génétique humain.
    • Merveilleux est d'environ un jour que Ditzy Doo aura. Tout compte fait, ce sera une belle journée, même si certaines choses semblent étranges à ce sujet. Et puis un mot vous frappe dans les sentiments avec l'aide de tous ces verbes qui aident.
  • De Rest by janwithawhy, nous avons ce qui semble être une histoire vraiment douce d’interactions fraternelles entre Satsuki et Ryuuko alors qu’elles se câlinaient et se disputaient au lit. Un souvenir.
    • Une autre fiction, intitulée One Day by janwithawhy se fait de la même manière. Au début, on dirait que Mako passe la journée et évoque des souvenirs avec Ryuuko, mais il est ensuite révélé que Ryuuko était décédé quelques années auparavant.
  • Falsworth commence par être un mémoire récurrent réconfortant destiné à rester confiné aux plus hauts niveaux de sécurité du SHIELD, dans lequel il décrit ses expériences dans le cadre d'une version des Howoes Commandoes où Everyone Is Gay et Steve et Bucky formaient un couple. . Vient ensuite la Wham Line: l'interviewer est Alexander Pierce et il utilisera ces informations pour "gérer (ses) opérations courantes" …
  • L'histoire de Girl Meets World Dix premières réunions est constitué de dix scènes de Riley et Maya qui se rencontrent pour la première fois dans diverses UA standard (café, hôpital, etc.). La scène finale révèle que Riley et Maya ont été les mêmes à chaque fois, engagés dans une série de jeux de rôle dans lesquels ils prétendent ne pas se connaître pour jouer leur propre Meet Cutes.
  • Citadel of the Heart a discrètement fait référence à Digimon Re: Tamers comme se déroulant dans le même univers partagé que ses collègues du code de réflexion fics Reflection et de Sword Art Online: Édition spéciale, qui avaient eu lieu presque 20 ans auparavant. Un trou de mine important existait depuis assez longtemps et semblait ne pas avoir été traité comme tel; Grandis était toujours confiné dans le même site. Mirror M est toujours en attente jusqu'au code de réflexion et plus particulièrement dans l’ensemble de Digimon Re: Tamers. Pourtant, Grandis participe néanmoins aux événements de cette dernière fic, tout en jouant le rôle principal. très différemment de lui-même, comme on le voit dans Sword Art Online: Special Edition. Ensuite, le chapitre 16 de Digimon Re: Tamers révèle que le complot présumé était totalement intentionnel car il existe en fait plus d'un Grandis; Grandis dans Digimon Re: Tamers est par la suite tué au réel au chapitre 16, ce qui confirme bien que les Grandis qui paraîtront dans Reflection Code et Sword Art Online: Édition spéciale ne sont en fait pas les mêmes que Grandis qui figure dans Digimon Re: Tamers. Cela explique non seulement la caractérisation radicalement différente des deux versions du personnage, mais le discours de Grandis dans Rage Against the Heavens dans Sword Art Online: Special Edition revêt une toute nouvelle signification, maintenant que nous savons qu'il fait également référence à son remplaçant. , décédé de Digimon Re: Tamers et pas seulement Ultima et Dragora Galaxia, comme on l’avait supposé au départ.
  • La tour du professeur Layton à Hanoi devient une histoire très différente une fois que vous atteignez la fin. L’histoire suit Layton, Luke et Flora au cours d’une journée inhabituelle, avec un personnage étrange qui les observe, mais ce n’est pas avant la fin que l’on découvre qui est cette personne et pourquoi il a fait les étranges choses qu’il a faites… qui leur sauvent des vies .
  • L'apogée de Witness ouvre la voie au reste de l'UA de bons voisins en révélant, en substance, qu'il s'agit d'un monde où Midoriya Izuku et son équipe aident à fournir un effet de levier à ceux qui en ont le plus besoin.

Films – Animés

  • Pooh's Grand Adventure, est la révélation que non seulement le Skullasaurus n’existait pas, mais qu’une grande partie du film était en réalité Through the Eyes of Madness, pas un trope que vous associez à Winnie-l’Ourson. Après que Christopher Robin les ait trouvés, ils paniquent en entendant le son surnaturel du Skullasaurus qui les a suivis tout au long du film. Christopher Robin éclate de rire et révèle que la seule chose qui fait un son pareil, c'est le ventre de Pooh. Après avoir quitté la caverne en forme de crâne, ils s'aperçoivent que la grotte a un aspect totalement différent de celui de l'entrée. Christopher Robin explique que les choses peuvent paraître plus grandes et plus effrayantes lorsque vous êtes seul, effrayé ou que quelqu'un est blessé. Dans la chanson suivante, nous voyons à quoi ressemblent plusieurs des endroits effrayants qu’ils ont traversés. Et bien sûr, il y a aussi la révélation que Christopher Robin venait d'aller à l'école pour que les téléspectateurs peu alphabètes sachent ce que S C H O O L épelle réellement.
    • Le film 2011 de Winnie the Pooh renverse Grand Adventure, car The Stinger après le générique révèle que le Backson existe … et qu'il est en fait un gars tout à fait sympathique.
  • Le monde du film LEGO se révèle être un ensemble de jeu contrôlé par des humains en action réelle.

Films – Action en direct

  • The Empire Strikes Back révèle que Dark Vador est le père de Luke. Cela apporte beaucoup de moments non seulement de ce film, mais du précédent qui a une signification plus grande, notamment la scène où Owen dit que Luke "a trop de son père en lui".
  • Solo a un méta-exemple, pour ceux qui ont lu leur légende de Star Wars EU. Après avoir tué Dryden Vos, Qi'ra contacte l'homme à qui Dryden a rendu compte et le vrai grand chien du Crimson Dawn – Maul. Le Crimson Dawn n'est pas un vieux groupe de criminels, c'est la tentative de Maul de reconstruire son empire criminel après la destruction du Shadow Collective.
  • Popularisé par le film The Suspect Suspects. Verbal Kint, un prisonnier de la police, est interrogé sur l'explosion d'un navire la nuit précédente. Son agent interrogateur, l'agent Kujan, pense que l'explosion a été causée par Dean Keaton, un policier malhonnête, mais Kint raconte comment un cerveau diabolique appelé Keyser Soze était derrière tout cela. Finalement, Kint cède sous la pression de Kujan et admet que Keaton était depuis toujours Keyser Soze. Juste après la libération de Kint, cependant, Kujan se rend compte que Kint fabrique un mensonge gigantesque en utilisant des objets autour du bureau comme source d'inspiration. Il semblerait que ce soit Kint lui-même qui est Keyser Soze et que Kint ait simplement joué un rôle tout le temps. Tout cela est préfiguré au début, lorsque Kujan déclare que les flics trouvent presque toujours ce qu'ils s'attendent de trouver. Kujan s'attendait à ce que Kint protège bien Keaton, c'est donc le rôle que Kint a joué.
  • Matchstick Hommes. De toute évidence, la plupart du film est un con. Mais quand est-ce que ça a commencé? Combien de temps était prévu, combien improvisé? Et combien d'affection Frank et "Angela" ont-ils pour Roy? Le film suggère des réponses à certaines de ces questions, mais nous devons deviner certaines d'entre elles.
  • Fight Club: Le gars qu'il a rencontré dans l'avion et qui semblait être le cerveau derrière tout ce qui s'est passé s'est révélé être la double personnalité du personnage principal, remettant en question tout ce qui s'est passé pendant tout le film.
  • Memento se termine ainsi, quand il est révélé que Leonard a tué le violeur de sa femme avant que l'un des événements du film, sans s'en souvenir, tue des criminels portant des noms similaires. L'homme qu'il tue au début du film (en fait, la fin de la chronologie) est le Dirty Cop qui l'incite à le faire, à qui il a lui-même fait allusion. En posant encore plus de questions, le sale policier affirme que le violeur n'a pas tué la femme de Leonard, mais qu'elle s'est suicidée parce qu'elle ne pouvait pas supporter l'amnésie de Leonard. Son souvenir de "Sammy Jankis" est en réalité une version déformée de sa propre histoire, qu'il s'est préparé à ne pas oublier. Cependant, comme il est un sale flic, il n’est pas clair s’il dit réellement la vérité ou s’efforce simplement de garder Leonard occupé jusqu’à ce qu’il perde à nouveau la mémoire.
  • Le héros du film Jet Li utilise ce trope en se déroulant presque entièrement lors d'une audience avec l'empereur, au cours de laquelle le personnage principal raconte son histoire à l'empereur dans de longs flash-back, après quoi l'empereur signale une faille dans les affirmations. Sur la base des mensonges qu'il a découverts, l'empereur raconte à nouveau l'histoire avec quelques changements de ce qu'il pense être réellement arrivé. Et avec son mensonge exposé, le héros sans nom confesse alors les événements réels et retrace l'histoire une troisième fois. Et puis tout change à nouveau quand il révèle qu'il n'a jamais réellement eu l'intention de tuer l'empereur puisqu'il a compris la folie de l'insurrection alors qu'il se rendait au palais et ne voulait qu'expliquer ses raisons avant d'accepter sa peine pour avoir participé à un complot. Il démontre également qu'il aurait pu tuer l'empereur à tout moment, après l'avoir approché à 10 pas de lui, même en utilisant sa technique, mais en tournant sa lame au dernier moment.
  • De même le film House of Flying Daggers. Dans sa dernière demi-heure, chaque personnage se révèle, chacun dans un rôle qu’ils n’ont pas semblé jouer depuis la plus grande partie du film. De façon amusante, le seul personnage qui a été un peu honnête depuis le début est celui qui est supposé être celui qui trompe les autres.
  • Le film 2006 Irresistible: Vous ne savez pas si Mara (Emily Blunt) était en fait la fille prodigue de Sophie (Susan Sarandon), ou si elle venait de voler l’identité de sa meilleure amie Kate (qui ressemble plus à Sophie et ses autres filles).
  • Le film d’horreur franco-américain de 2003 High Tension (connu sous le nom de Switchblade Romance au Royaume-Uni) utilise cet effet pour déranger l’effet Mind Screw. Marie est une narratrice très peu fiable, une psycho lesbienne et le tueur. C'ÉTAIT un peu préfiguré au début (le rêve de Marie se pourchassant, avec des images de plus tard dans le film; Marie étant mentionnée comme n'ayant jamais de petit ami) mais c'est dans le royaume de Fridge Brilliance; pour la plupart des gens, cela ressemble à un Ass Pull totalement aléatoire et discordant à la limite de Gainax Ending, en raison de plusieurs scènes qui n'ont aucun sens si elle et le tueur sont la même personne.
  • Le film coréen A Tale of Two Sisters présente à la fois un narrateur non fiable et Réel après tout, laissant le spectateur se demander à quel point c'était vraiment surnaturel et à quel point étaient simplement les illusions du protagoniste fou.
  • Un autre film coréen, Bloody Reunion, se termine lorsque nous découvrons que le narrateur est l'assassin. Elle a inventé toute l'histoire et toutes les mauvaises choses dans les flash-back lui sont réellement arrivées, pas les autres invités.
  • L'horreur coréenne Dead Friend (également connu sous le nom de The Ghost) est interprétée comme un film d'horreur générique, jusqu'à la scène finale où il est révélé que le fantôme qui tue les amis de Ji-won (le personnage principal) EST en fait Ji-won . Dans un flashback, il est montré que Ji-won avait provoqué par inadvertance la mort d'une fille avant le début du film. Le public est amené à croire que cette fille est le fantôme et qu'elle veut se venger. Cependant, il est plus tard révélé qu'elle et Ji-won ont échangé leurs corps juste avant la mort de la fille. Elle est donc le protagoniste que nous avons suivi tout au long du film et Ji-won est le fantôme.
  • Wild Things: Presque tous les personnages se révèlent dans une série de rebondissements, puis se révèlent dans une autre séquence comme se trahissant secrètement. Même lorsque le film est terminé, les scénaristes ajoutent encore plus de rebondissements lors du générique de clôture, juste pour le plaisir.
  • David Mamet est bien connu pour ses grands rebondissements, qui remettent en question de gros morceaux de l'intrigue précédente:
    • Dans House of Games, l’héroïne réalise qu’aucun des inconvénients auxquels elle a participé n’était réel. Ils étaient tous un con géant sur elle.
    • Dans State and Main, le personnage principal se parjure devant le tribunal et le regrette instantanément. Il s’avère que l’ensemble de la scène de la cour n’était qu’une pièce conçue par l’intérêt amoureux local pour lui donner l’occasion de repenser son choix avant le début de la véritable procédure judiciaire. Les Simpsons ont parodié cette scène et Lisa admet que c'est presque insensé.
    • Dans Le Prisonnier espagnol, Mamet est revenu sur le sujet des escrocs. Il s’avère que la majeure partie de ce qui s’est passé dans la première moitié du film était une arnaque complexe, mais même après que le héros pense que l’arnaque est terminée, elle continue.
    • Redbelt tente cela, mais pas aussi bien que les films précédents. Après avoir été soudainement snobé et arraché par certains types de Hollwood, le personnage principal tente désespérément de comprendre ce qui se passe. Il découvre enfin qu’il s’agit d’un projet ridiculement impossible de réparer des matches d’Arts Martiaux Mixtes.
  • Introduction: Le deuxième acte du film implique l'utilisation d'un voyage dans le temps très limité; dans le troisième acte, Abe apprend que son ami Aaron a déjà utilisé la machine à voyager dans le temps pour changer le passé. Ainsi, durant tout le deuxième acte susmentionné, Aaron était en réalité Aaron d'une semaine à venir, manipulant les événements actuels à ses propres fins.
  • American Psycho laisse le lecteur / téléspectateur incertain du degré de réalité et du degré de fantaisie. Il appartient au public de savoir si Bateman était si fou qu'il ne s'imaginait que tuer beaucoup de gens, ou si le monde est si inconscient et corrompu que les crimes de Bateman ont été dissimulés et ignorés à un point tel qu'il doute même qu'ils eu lieu.
  • L'original Total Recall (1990) passe beaucoup de temps à se demander quelles parties de l'intrigue et de l'arrière-plan du héros sont réelles, de faux souvenirs ou des hallucinations. Le film se termine par une très forte suggestion que la plus grande partie de l'intrigue n'était pas réelle, même si la vérité reste ambiguë.
  • The remake Total Recall (2012) drops the ambiguity and sticks with a happy ending, but the Extended Cut of the remake puts some of the ambiguity back in. The message that Quaid finds in Hauser's apartment shows Quaid/Hauser portrayed by Ethan Hawke instead of Colin Farrell, and the tattoo he received at Rekall is missing at the end.
  • Lucky Number Slevin, in which it's revealed that the eponymous apparent patsy has planned out all the film's events thus far, working with the hitman who'd apparently been using him to play both ends against the middle.
  • In After.Life, Liam Neeson plays a mortician named Elliot who claims to have the ability to speak to the dead. Throughout the movie, he talks to the main character (who is dead) in hopes of getting her to move on with her life. It turns out in the end that he was lying the whole time and that the main character was alive the whole time. However, there have been foreshadowing for both options on whether he was lying or not. With lots of those moments pointing towards the former. And one large hint that he has been doing it for a long time.
  • In Shutter Island, we learn at the end that the protagonist isn't a cop anymore; just a delusional mental patient. Everyone he's met, including his partner, has been playing along in the hope that it'll let him get over it and the apparent conspiracy was all in his mind. Not only that, but he killed his wife after she killed their children; it was this incident that caused his psychotic break and he's been blocking it out.
  • In Unknown (2011), Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, a scientist who came to Berlin with his wife for a biotechnology conference. He gets in a car accident, wakes up in the hospital after a four-day coma and finds that another man has completely taken over his life. Harris' wife believes the other man, who seems to know everything Harris knows, is her husband. The Reveal is that Harris is a deep-cover assassin who was on a mission to kill someone at the conference, but now believes his own cover story as a result of the brain damage he suffered in the car accident: Harris' "wife" is actually his partner, and the other man was a backup assassin who took over the role of "Dr. Harris" when the protagonist disappeared.
  • In Unknown (2006), the film's conclusion reveals that James Caviezel's character is actually an undercover cop, who had infiltrated the kidnapping ring and was about to bust them when a toxic gas rendered both kidnappers and kidnappees unconscious and amnesiac. And then the very last scene twists the twist, by revealing that he'd also been sleeping with the wife of the kidnapped millionaire, and had incited the rest of the criminal gang to abduct the man so he could murder him and set the gang up to take the fall.
  • In Psycho Beach Party it turns out it was all a dream in the main character's mind, that later got turned into a film where the main character then goes to kill some of the audience… so arguably you have to wonder when she got put away, who actually died, who was the actual murderer… and it raises so many questions.
  • Used to creative effect in Lovefield, a short film by Mathieu Ratthe. In the middle of a secluded cornfield, a man appears to be finishing killing a woman offscreen. Hurrying back to his truck, he grabs a towel and the audience presumes he's trying to cover up the body and perhaps dispose it in some way. Then just at the end, the man says "It's a boy," and a newborn baby appears in view. The woman who sounded like she was dying was in fact in the midst of delivering a child and the blood was just the afterbirth.
  • Near the end of Identity, it's revealed that none of the people at the motel are real. They are only the figments of Malcolm Rivers's imagination, each of them a separate personality of his mind.
  • Excessively used in the American remake of the horror movie Silent House, after being chased around the house by a mysterious burly man, and her father and uncle get attacked by the man and taken away, she finds out from a woman who claims to be her child hood friend that her father and uncle used her and the main character in child pornography and that the mysterious woman was the killer the whole time. Then it turns out the woman doesn't exist and that the main character was the killer. THEN, after killing her unrepentant father and sparing her repentant uncle, it turns out neither of them exist. Maybe?
  • The 2003 version of Willard. The finale goes from the title character screaming while killing his turncoat rat to him screaming in an insane asylum. He has bite marks on his face, but it's not clear if anything else in the movie actually happened or if he simply has an obsession with rats, and his damaged mind created a fictional history for his wounds.
  • In Sleepaway Camp, it's obvious early in the story that Angela is the killer. The real twist is that "Angela" isn't Angela. The real Angela died in the boat accident at the start of the film. "Angela" is actually Peter, Angela's brother, who was taken in by their insane aunt and raised as "the daughter (she) always wanted." Although this is actually hinted a few times during the movie (starting with the fact that we're never actually shown which sibling survived), most viewers would've blown off a lot of the clues as simply part of Angela's odd nature.
  • Primal Fear ends with The Reveal that the seemingly innocent altar boy who appears to have a violent split personality – and who has just been found not guilty of murder – is nothing of the kind; he's only been pretending to have a Split Personality, and the innocent personality, not the violent one, is fake.
  • The Prestige ends with a reveal that Christian Bale's character is actually a pair of twins, concealing this in order to perform magic tricks. Specifically, this calls into question which of the twins actually killed the wife in the beginning scene, whether it was truly an accident (and the possibility that he was telling the truth when he said he didn't know), and which one is dying for the crime, rightly or wrongly. It does, however, explain his odd behavior towards his wife. Fridge Brilliance and watching the dialogue again seems to imply that the twin who killed the wife is also the one who dies at the end. However, it's the other twin who said he didn't know, and while this is likely true, it raises even more questions.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is presented with the Framing Story of a man telling a story of how his fiancée went tragically insane and how his best friend was assassinated by the mad Dr. Caligari. The Twist Ending reveals that both the storyteller and his companion are inmates in an insane asylum, and the whole story has been a mad justification fantasy that presents its teller as the blameless hero and his doctor as a diabolical, motiveless tormentor.
  • The Skeleton Key builds everything up to make it look like Violet is planning to sacrifice Ben and Caroline in a ritual to give her immortality. It turns out that this is only half right. The ritual is a transfer, not a sacrifice, and "Violet" and her husband are actually two former slaves named Mama Cecil and Papa Justify, who have been using the ritual to swap bodies with younger people. "Ben"'s fear of "his" wife is because he's actually the family's young lawyer – Papa Justify moved from the Ben body to the lawyer's before the movie began, and the lawyer in the Ben body is understandably traumatized and trying to warn Caroline. The ending also changes the way a lot of seemingly trivial comments come across, such as Violet complaining that the nurse sent to look after Ben is not black (Mama Cecil comments at the end of the movie that she'd wanted to move into the body of a black girl) and asking if Caroline had any tattoos to see if her body was acceptable. It also adds a sinister layer to the romance between the lawyer and Caroline, since it's revealed that Papa Justify was only doing it so that he and Mama Cecil could continue to live as a married couple in their new bodies, without anyone suspecting something is off.
  • Everything single horrible thing that happens to Michael Douglas's character in The Game – losing all his money, getting drugged and sent to Mexico, snapping and shooting his brother – is part of his surprise birthday party. Sérieusement. Or you could argue that the party at the end is a dying hallucination as he commits suicide for actually killing his brother. Either way, nearly everything in the movie is proven to be a staged incident.
  • The Uninvited (2009) appears to be a typical horror film with the protagonist Anna seeing the ghost of her dead mother seemingly accusing her new stepmother (who was the mother's nurse before marrying Anna's father) of killing her. There's even a moment where her boyfriend comes into her room in the dead of night after failing to show up at the designated meeting spot earlier. She tries to hug him and realizes that his spine is broken. He then, with his body twisted, tries to walk to her, as she runs away screaming. Finally, her stepmother, whom she and her sister Alex think is a Black Widow, appears to drug Anna and threaten to put her back into the mental hospital. Anna wakes to to find the stepmother's body in the dumpster with Alex holding the knife. Their father arrives, and, horrified, reveals that Alex died along with their mother before the start of the film. Anna is the one who accidentally caused the explosion that killed them (after seeing her father cheat with the nurse) and went insane, imagining Alex to be alive and her mother and boyfriend's ghosts haunting her. She was also the one who pushed her boyfriend off the cliff but blocked it out. The only thing no one can figure out is why Anna thought that the stepmother was a black widow. The final scene reveals that one of her friends in the mental hospital was the real black widow.
    • Anna thinks she is a black widow because the stepmother wasn't using her real name. This was only because she was on the run from an abusive boyfriend and had to change her name to elude him, something tragically common in many cases of Domestic Abuse.
  • The endings to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and its remake. When exactly was Nancy awake and when was she sleeping?
  • The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. There's room for interpretation, but it's strongly implied at the end of the film that Leon never returned home, and the events of the film are simply Rosalind's lonely ghost imagining what might have happened had her estranged son come to settle the estate.
  • Cry_Wolf does this at the end when it reveals that Dodger was the Big Bad all along. She was in an affair with Mr. Walker, and was furious after finding out that he was seeing Becky on the side, and so she plotted to kill the two of them. She was the one who killed Becky in the opening, and the rest of the film, including the fake Serial Killer story, the prank, the staged "killing spree", and Owen shooting Mr. Walker, was part of her plan to kill Mr. Walker as well, getting Owen to think that he was the killer.
  • Each of the Saw movies ends on a twist that is at least somewhat like this:
    • Saw: The man lying "dead" in the middle of the room was John Kramer, the Jigsaw killer who had orchestrated the traps. He was alive the whole time.
    • Saw II: The "live" feed of the traps that the detectives are watching was actually pre-recorded, and Daniel, Eric's son, was in a safe in that room the whole time. Also, Amanda was working for John Kramer, acting as his disciple to continue the Jigsaw legacy after he dies, with the events of the film having been a trap she designed for Eric that he failed.
    • Saw III: The entire film was a Secret Test of Character that John Kramer had designed for Amanda, feeling that she had lost sight of his ideals and was just murdering people out of hatred by creating inescapable traps.
    • Saw IV: Hoffman was another of John Kramer's accomplices, and continues his legacy after John and Amanda are dead.
    • Saw V: Hoffman frames Strahm for the Jigsaw murders he committed before killing him, getting away scot-free.
    • Saw VI: In his will, John Kramer gave his wife Jill five envelopes containing pictures of five people to be "tested", which she gives to Hoffman. The ending reveals that Jill held onto a sixth envelope that contained a picture of Hoffman himself. Jill locks him into a reverse bear trap and leaves him to die; he survives, but gets half a Glasgow Grin in the process.
    • Saw 3D: Dr. Gordon, one of the victims from the first film, has since become yet another of John Kramer's accomplices. He finishes what Jill started by kidnapping Hoffman and leaving him to die in the same basement Gordon was locked up in in the first film.
    • Jigsaw: The main series of traps is actually a flashback to events ten years prior, and all of the people in it died… save for one. That survivor was Logan, the ostensible protagonist for most of the film, who is revealed to have become an apprentice of Jigsaw's (and now, the man carrying on his legacy) after surviving the trap.
  • Rabid Dogs: The three robbers die but so does Maria. The protagonist then steals their getaway car and money and drives away with his sick child in it. Then it turns out the child is someone he kidnapped and he ends up calling the mother for ransom!
  • M. Night Shyamalan is famous for his Mandatory Twist Ending, many of which are designed with this in mind.
    • The Sixth Sense: Crowe is a renowned child psychologist who is shot by a deranged former patient in the opening scene. A Time Skip has him meet with Cole who reveals that he can see dead people. It's revealed in the end that Crowe was Dead All Along, killed in the opening scene, and only Cole can see and talk to him. This redefines his entire role in the movie as you realize plot points, like his attempts to communicate with his distant wife, are not as they seem.
    • Unbreakable: Elijah mentions part way through the film that he has been researching various local disasters hoping to find someone who survives miraculously unharmed, which included the main character David in a train crash. At the end it's revealed that many of those disasters were orchestrated by him in the hope of finding a superhero, including the original train crash.
    • The Village: A gravestone suggests the film takes place in the late 1800's, it's revealed to actually be the modern day and the isolated village was an attempt to live peacefully away from the rest of society.
    • Split: The movie plays its main story relatively straight, although features some relatively unexpected supernatural elements with the character who has a Split Personality. The ending shows David from Unbreakable watching a news report on the events of the film, which changes the movie as it is also following the rules established by the earlier movie.
  • The Lazarus Effect: The ending shows the villain's Redemption Equals Death was all a Dying Dream by the Final Girl. The villain is alive, and the Final Girl is dead. This works well with the film's theme of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, as a magical explanation would make a great deal of what we saw accurate anyway, while a mundane explanation would call it into question.
  • Reincarnation: Nagisa, the Final Girl, is straightjacketed in a sanitarium and being taunted by a creepy old lady about being possessed by the murderous Professor Omori; she screams and cries and thrashes…then begins laughing, proving that she is possessed. Roll credits.
  • In Ex Machina, Ava betrays Caleb and leaves him locked in Nathan's underground lab, presumably until he dies of dehydration. For all of his morally questionable actions, Nathan was actually telling the truth about Ava: she actually was faking her attraction to Caleb in order to escape.
  • In Witness for the Prosecution, after Leonard is acquitted for murder, Christine reveals that she engineered the critical surprise evidence which is she presented in a perfect disguise and accent to Leonard off for the murder he really did commit. Then Leonard returns all Smug Snake to gloat at bamboozling Sir Wilford with Double Jeopardy shielding him from justice. Fortunately, he immediately overplays his hand and pays the price.
  • The Indian thriller film Kahaani follows a pregnant woman named Vidya trying to locate her missing husband, and getting caught up in a plot to find Milan, a terrorist that attacked a Metro 2 years earlier and looks exactly like her husband. The ending, however, reveals that she was lying the entire time: her real husband, who did not look like Milan, died in the Metro attack, she lost the baby back then as a result, and she was working with an ex-intelligence agent to find and kill Milan.
  • In the 1980 sci-fi musical The Apple: In the very end, Mr. Topps – never mentioned until minutes before he arrives – appears in a Rolls Royce and takes all hippies to heaven or a new planet (or both). This means: 1.) Up to this point, you could interpret this film as an anti-commerce message when Bibi is corrupted by Bugalow's business, but is not necessarily a stand-in for hippy culture. With this ending, the movie completely takes sides in favor of the hippies and portrays them and their love/peace-cause as unambiguously good. 2.) All of Alphie's visions are to be taken literally (Bugalow is not metaphorically the devil but literally, Bibi does not take the forbidden fruit metaphorically but literally, etc.) 3.) Alphie and Bibi are no longer the main characters of the movie but the hippies – not introduced until very late in the film and receiving about zero character development or being spotlighted on their culture – are and get an eschatological meaning. A sequence where Mr. Topps creates the world and Bugalow falls from grace in the beginning of the movie was planned but never filmed.
  • Nightlight seems like just another in a long line of low-budget Found Footage Films, and very derivative of The Blair Witch Project: a camera's-eye view of teens getting stalked through spooky woods by some faceless, malignant force. It's only the closing shot that reveals there was no camera: we've been seeing everything from the POV of the possessed flashlight one of the teens brought along, which is haunted by the vengeful ghost of her jilted friend who'd committed suicide. So what seemed like In-Universe Camera was actually Impending Doom P.O.V., a doom she's been hauling along with her.
  • The Nature Of The Beast stars Lance Henriksen as an uptight office drone and Eric Roberts as a charming drifter. It's established that one of them is a white collar criminal with a stash of cash and one of them is a serial killer. Roberts' character insists on accompanying Henriksen, using the fact that he "knows what's in his briefcase" as leverage. Every time Roberts sets his sights on a passerby, against Henriksen's pleas, that person winds up dead. In the end, it's revealed that Henriksen is actually the serial killer (with a briefcase full of knives) and Roberts the white collar criminal. Roberts has a death wish and is toying with a killer the whole time, driving him to indulge his murderous impulses against his will.
  • The Wailing ends with Il-Gwang, the shaman who had been helping Jong-Goo, was somehow on the same side as the evil spirit/devil that was tormenting his daughter.
  • Counter Investigation: The 9 year old daughter of police chief Malinowski is raped and murdered, and after a hasty police investigation with little evidence, Daniel Eckman is arrested and convicted. Eckman proclaims his innocence, and Malinowski begins a counter-investigation to find the real killer, the main focus on the movie. Eventually, it is proven that another known child murderer was in the area at the time and Eckman is let out of jail. Then it is revealed that Eckman actually was guilty. Then it is revealed that Malinowski knew Eckman was guilty the whole time and deliberately did the investigation to get Eckman released so that he could kill him with his own hands in revenge.
  • The 2008 Chilean film Solos (English title Descendants) looks like a conventional Zombie Apocalypse movie, albeit told from the novel perspective of a young girl left alone to wander the desolated city. Curiously, the zombies themselves don't seem to pay her or the other roaming children she meets any attention, but the human military seems determined to experiment on or kill them. It's only when you see freakin' Cthulhu arise from the ocean to defend the children from their pursuers that you realize it's a Cosmic Horror Apocalypse, not a Zombie one, and the few adults not rendered undead by emergent unnatural forces want to study or kill the kids because they're turning into Deep Ones: adapting to the new Eldritch Abomination-ruled world.
  • Anti Matter: A woman named Ana begins to have difficulty forming new memories, no longer feels hunger, and has other bizarre symptoms after a teleportation experiment. Her research partners who were working on the teleportation machine with her seem strangely unconcerned when her room is broken into by a person wearing a chimpanzee mask who steals her work, and they later seem to be gaslighting her. She becomes convinced that she lost her soul when she was teleported. It turns out she was accidentally duplicated during a teleportation test, and we have been seeing things from the point of view of the duplicate. She cannot form new memories and feels no hunger because she isn't a real person, she is just an echo of the real Ana made of light. The real Ana and her partners were hiding this from her because she kept forgetting she was a duplicate and getting distressed by the revelation.
  • Den of Thieves: The ending shows that Donnie was the real master mind behind the heist. He recruited Merrimen and his crew intending the set them up to take the fall, while he and his crew made it off with the 30 million.
  • Near the end of the Giallo film Spasmo it is revealed that most of the strange events of the film were an elaborate attempt to trick the main character Christian into believing himself to be insane and commit himself to a mental hospital, which was all set up by his brother Fritz, although the plan got out of control when one of his minions decided to simply kill Christian instead. The twist turns into a double twist when at the very end it turns out that that Christian really is insane and has been killing women and not remembering it. Christian has a heredity mental illness and Fritz was trying to trick him into thinking he was insane before he went insane for real to stop him from hurting anyone but was already too late. Christian commits Suicide by Cop by letting the boyfriend of one of his victims shoot him when he realizes what is going on. The one thing that isn't explained until the very last scene is the mutilated manikins that keep showing up throughout the film. It turns out Fritz has the same mental illness and deals with it by pretending to kill manikins.
  • The ending of Destroyer reveals that Erin arriving at the crime scene was in fact the final scene, not the first. Everything that followed has in fact been a flashback. The body is actually Silas and Erin is the one who shot him. Once More, with Clarity! allows the viwer to assemble everything in the proper order.
  • The ending of Upgrade reveals that the hyper-intelligent AI computer chip implanted in Grey Trace, which gave him movement back after thugs killed his wife and paralyzed him, actually planned the whole thing in a plot to take over his body and become human.

Littérature

  • I Am the Cheese: We find out the protagonist is insane and his escape on his bicycle is something he's done several times, with the Big Bad's people waiting for him at the end of every journey.
  • The Fight Club, The Prestige, Shutter Island, and American Psycho examples from above all carry over from their original books' endings.
  • The revelations at the end of The Player of Games, revealing just how thoroughly Special Circumstances has been manipulating the situation. And then you find out that Gurgeh's drone companion and the drone who blackmailed him into accepting the assignment in the first place are the same drone.
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan is an odd example, in that Briony, the story's narrator, directly addresses the reader and says she had to give the story a Happy Ending to instead of letting them simply die, as happened in real life. This is actually the point of her book, since she hopes to atone for her actions that kept them apart by reuniting them in fiction.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells the story of a boy on a lifeboat after a shipwreck along with a fully-grown tiger and includes other bizarre occurrences. At the end he gives an alternate, more horrifying but less fantastic version of events to the people he's telling the story too, leaving it to them (and us) to decide which to believe. The in-story listeners believe the story with the tiger.
  • The Thirteenth Tale is narrated by one of the characters. Near the end, she reveals that she's been combining two different people into one.
  • William Gibson's and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine has a fairly interesting twist of this kind, although it doesn't really call into question previous events so much as how the reader was perceiving them. The reader's point-of-view was the perspective of an AI in the Alternate History's future analyzing past events to learn how it came about. Everything – the titles of the chapters, the structure of the writing (which seems stilted, almost bureaucratic at times), the descriptions of the world – it all plays into it.
  • In Chesterton's poem Lepanto, Don Juan de Austria Historical Hero Upgrade seems to be played straight, until the last verses were Chesterton talks about the other famous guy who was at the battle and the kind of book he wrote seems to subvert the trope. You can also visit Battle of Lepanto and see the entry under Dude, Where's My Reward?:

    Cervantes on his galley sets the sword back in the sheath

    (Don John of Austria rides homeward with a wreath.)

    And he sees across a weary land a straggling road in Spain,

    And he smiles, but not as Sultans smile, and settles back the blade….

    (But Don John of Austria rides home from the Crusade.)

  • In Ian R. MacLeod's short story "The Camping Wainwrights," the father of the titular family is established as a sociopathic subtle abuser who does bizarre things like breaking the family's possessions for no reason, keeping his wife and children miserable and terrified. At the end, he gets what he deserves. Then it is revealed that the narrator's sister performed at least one of the mysterious acts of cruelty that were blamed on the father, raising the possibility that he may have been an innocent scapegoat of the family's general dysfunction.
  • In The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, the narrator himself is the murderer and he has been hiding that the entire time. He also points out how clever and careful he acted and wrote this all down which serves as a Once More, with Clarity! moment. What's notable about this is that he never actually lies, he just leaves out some important parts in his written account of the events. Of course, Hercule Poirot noticed those, but the reader probably didn't.
  • Odd Thomas throws a twist in the last few pages that negates the previous few chapters, or at least our interpretations of them. His girlfriend Stormy was actually a ghost, having died in an explosion, and the interactions he'd had with her were wishful thinking on his part.
  • Randall Garrett's short story "Despoilers of the Golden Empire" appears to be Science Fiction set in the far future. The last sentence reveals that while heavy on SF tropes, it is something else entirely.
  • In Bad Monkeys, Jane is being interviewed by a psychiatrist after being arrested, and she claims that she is part of the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons, or "Bad Monkeys". At the end, it is revealed at the end that Jane is The Mole for the Nebulous Evil Organization known as The Troop and that her psychiatrist is her brother Phil, previously thought to be dead, and he is a Reverse Mole.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events concludes its thirteen book run by twisting how you view the very reason why the books were even written in the first place with the final word of the entire series: Beatrice. A few chapters before then, A Series of Unfortunate Events turns out to exist within A Series of Unfortunate Events. Confused? Let's explain: Beatrice turns out to have been the Baudelaires' mother, and she had dated Lemony before marrying the kids' father. Lemony is recording the kids' misadventures partly out of curiosity about his lover's children and also to add their stories to the ASoUE book that records all the lives of those who washed up on the island, including himself.
  • Real Quick Flash Fic has a short story where a girl is being hunted ruthlessly down… then it turns out it was just a game of hide and seek.
  • Ava Paige's epilogue in The Death Cure shows that she is still devoted to WICKED's cause, even after having turned on most of them. She altered WICKED's mission objectives in a way that put her on the protagonists' side, though, and she was genuinely sorry for some of the things she did. The same epilogue also implies that Brenda and Jorge were following her orders to the end.
  • The last word of Mickey Spillane's Deep. Deep goes back to his old neighborhood to settle some score. Then the authorities show up and someone says, "Good job, Lieutenant."
  • In Moriarty we follow the story of Detective Chase on the search to find an American crime-boss that is attempting to take over the role of the titular character who has recently been killed by Holmes. Only it turns out Moriarty isn't dead and is in-fact Chase himself; he's be forced into hiding and is using the police in a last ditch attempt to take out the crime-bosses making a play.
  • Done many times in Goosebumps. A recurring one is that the focus character wasn't human or the setting wasn't Earth, which everyone but the reader already knew.
  • Clifford Simak loved writing novels with an important reveal on the last page:
    • All Flesh Is Grass: Flowers try very hard to help humans. They don't want any recompense, or so they claim. The Reveal: they simply enjoy being loved for what they look like — beautiful flowers. No alien race has ever done this before.
    • Time and Again: The hero's life's work won't be liked by many humans. Instead they would publish a "revised edition" that insists on Humanity's superiority. Exactly how popular is the original edition? The Reveal: none of the hero's friends are real humans. He's doing what's right, rather than what humans would like, and if he knew that, he may abandon the work. (Note that this novel was published under several names with different endings.)
    • Werewolf Principle: There's no place for the hero on the future Earth. He's going to leave it forever to study new worlds. This entails losing his newly-found love and lonely immortality. The Reveal: she is a similar android who has to leave Earth for the same reason, making Downer Ending a Bittersweet Ending. Then her uplifting speech about the importance of their work arguably turns it into a Happy Ending.
    • Space Engineers: Less drastic change, making the happy ending even better. Our universe is populated by Starfish Aliens who can hardly communicate with Engineers and cannot help. The similarities between humans and Engineers are too many to be coincidental. The Reveal: Engineers were created as servants by the same race that created life on Earth and programmed the evolution of mankind. Everything they've created so far should and will belong to humans — when humans become mature enough.
    • Ring Around the Sun: The hero's arch-nemesis and the only man capable of thwarting the good guys' plans is his clone.note Or, to be more specific, they both are sterile Artificial Humans based on the same body, but it's the hero, who will be transplanted to the original body to conceive children. To stop the upcoming war the hero just has to tell him everything and invite his brother to join.
    • Out of Their Minds: The Devil seems to represent the unanimous opinion of imaginary creatures. The Reveal (not on the last page, though): he does not. Others will force him to leave humans alone.
  • In Big Brother by Lionel Shriver, the narrator admits at the end that the second half the of the story never happened. She concocted a story for herself and the reader, where she went to great lengths to rescue her obese brother and help him lose hundreds of pounds that he inevitably regains, showing her efforts and sacrifice to have been futile. In fact, she put him on the plane back to New York and only saw him one more time before he died of obesity-related complications a couple of years later. The story she has told the reader is a desperate attempt to cope with her own guilt and determine if there was anything she could have done to help her brother.
  • American Gods: The "war" between the old gods and the new that drives most of the plot turns out to have been arranged by Wednesday and Loki, ostensibly on opposite sides, to draw power from the battle.
  • Danganronpa Zero: the reveal that Ryoko Otonashi is actually amnesiac Junko Enoshima drastically changes the way the novels come off on a re-read.
  • Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive):
    • The last Shallan flashback puts the rest of them in a completely new perspective. Her entire backstory is about her family being crushed by her insane, abusive father, starting with when he murdered his wife. Then in her last flashback we find out that Shallan killed her mother when her mother tried to kill her for being a Surgebinder. Her father took the blame, Shallan retreated into herself, and her father started going insane with stress and paranoia.
    • In a more minor example, the revelation that Shen / Rlain was not an ordinary parshman but a Parshendi spy in dullform may lead the reader to reassess some of their assumptions about parshmen, given that he was the main example we have seen in detail up to now.
  • Everything, Everything: Madeline doesn't really have SCID. Once you know that, previous events suddenly seem much, much worse. It's especially hard not to question everything Dr. Whittier has said or done up until that point once you realize she was lying about basically everything.
  • The final chapter of The Stone Sky reveals the reason the entire Broken Earth trilogy has been narrated in the second person: because Hoa is narrating the events of the trilogy to the stone eater he made from Essun in the hopes that it will help that stone eater to become Essun. It changes the meaning of a lot of the narration from throughout the trilogy.
  • Someone Like Me: Tas is blind.
  • The Dale Brown novel Starfire is centred on the efforts of Bradley McLanahan and his team to invent the eponymous orbital solar power collector that transmits energy to an earthbound receiver via microwaves, which the Russians take physically violent objection to partly out of the concern that it can be weaponised. The US does eventually end up militarising it in self-defense against the Russians' attack on the space station it's mounted on. The epilogue has the people who gave Bradley the idea reveal that, contrary to what both the inventors and the audience thought, the orbital microwave laser was the primary purpose after all, with the peaceful power transmission just being a secondary benefit.
  • During a break in the Final Battle of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, our hero witnesses a Pensieve Flashback provided by the recently murdered Severus Snape. What he sees in one chapter sheds a whole new light on everything that Snape did over the course of the series, especially his killing of Albus Dumbledore.
  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor has this in the side story "Heavens, the Lonesome Witch". It initially seems like a standard story in which an Ineffectual Loner (Celica) meets up with a kid (named Glenn Radars) that will help her out of her shell and make her more social. The reader expects that Celica will adopt Glenn and raise him to become the protagonist of the main series, who has the same name. But towards the end, it's revealed that Glenn was an undead thrall of a Lich, sent to lure Celica into a trap. Celica kills the Lich and her thralls, then discovers an amnesiac boy in the basement. It is this boy that Celica adopts and names Glenn.
  • The novella Borges and the Eternal Orangutans, about a Locked Room Mystery, a murder similar to the one described in Murders On The Rue Morgue, taking place during an Edgar Allan Poe fan convention. The killer turns out to be the narrator, who made up literary clues to drive suspicion away from himself. The first chapter mentions his first short story featured an Unreliable Narrator.

Live-Action TV

  • The ending of 30 Rock parodies the St. Elsewhere ending twist by revealing that the entire series had just been part of a pitch for a TV show based on Liz Lemon's life, put together decades later by Liz's granddaughter and approved by the immortal Kenneth Parcell. To recap, 30 Rock is about people in a Show Within a Show putting on a show.
  • The 100th Episode of The Big Bang Theory plays this way. The episode starts off with an homage to the pilot with Leonard seeing Penny across the hallway and instinctively asks her out, being almost two years since they broke up. Most of the episode was then about the various pitfalls reinforcing why they had such a hard time dating in the first place, with Leonard admitting every scenario for them inside his head ends badly and Penny telling him he overthinks things. The story then jumps back to the first scene in the hallway, most of the episode being a mental debate on if he should ask her out again. Despite the "bad ending" he imagined he decided to do it anyway and the episode ends by contrasting real life with his imagination, proving that his imagined scenario may not be the end outcome.
  • Black Mirror:
    • Season 2's "White Bear" has us follow around an amnesiac named Victoria who starts the episode tied to a chair, but escapes and finds out humanity went crazy after a weird signal of an upside-down Y was broadcast. As weird costumed people start chasing her, others just watch, recording with their phones instead of helping. She meets up with more battle-ready survivors on a quest to stop the signal and gets flashbacks of her past. She sees a fiancé, a daughter, a white teddy bear, and fire for some reason. The group gets to the broadcast headquarters of the signal and fight off some henchmen, climaxing in Victoria shooting a shotgun at one of them. The gun just has confetti. Then the truth is revealed as the "headquarters" turn out to be a stage with an audience behind it. Victoria is chained down to a chair and breaks down crying as her past is played back on a projector: the little girl isn't her daughter; she and her fiancé kidnapped her. The fiance tortured and burned the little girl to death while Victoria recorded things on her phone. The white bear was the girl's, and a vigil-like symbol of the hunt to find her while she was missing. The weird brainwash symbol was the husband's tattoo. He hung himself in prison, but people decided Victoria should be punished to the extent he wasn't. The entire experience was that punishment. The brainwashed people with their phones out were willing tourists seeing a sideshow attraction. At the end, Victoria is taken back to the house where she woke up at the start and has her memory wiped away with a head collar device that has her in screaming pain as it does its work. It's shown that the people in charge of this punishment repeat this whole process every day.
    • In Season 3's "Shut Up and Dance", Kenny, a teenager who downloads a sketchy "malware remover" to reverse some damage his sister did to his laptop, is blackmailed when hackers record him masturbating. He's forced to pair up with Hector, a man being blackmailed for an affair, for a bank robbery. This later escalates to him having to fight a fellow blackmailed person to the death to see who gets the "prize money". In their conversation before the fight, it's revealed that Kenny was masturbating to child porn (as was the man he is to fight). This explains why he had to play along all the way through. Kenny wins the fight, but the hackers still leak everything they have on everyone, and Kenny is taken away by police at the end.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Normal Again", The Trio tries to convince Buffy that her life as a vampire slayer is delusional, and she is really a patient in a mental hospital. The episode ends on Buffy in the Mental Institution going catatonic. (Joss Whedon claimed this episode was ambiguous, and the show snaps back in the next episode.)
  • The 100th episode of Castle, "The Lives of Others", has Castle stuck in his apartment with a broken leg, increasingly bored to the point where he ends up spying on the apartment across the street from his loft, and ends up thinking that one of the tenants committed a murder there. Beckett insists that he's only letting his writer's imagination get away with him, and finally decides to visit the apartment to prove Castle wrong, only to be suddenly held at knifepoint by the tenant. Castle, Esposito and Ryan rush to the apartment, knock down the door… and then the lights turn on and everyone shouts "Surprise!" Turns out Beckett organized the whole thing as an elaborate birthday surprise for Castle. Notably this helped explain some seemingly inexplicable moments, such as Alexis giving her dad a pair of binoculars for his birthday and Beckett's rather hamfisted attempt to insert the word "fridge" into a conversation to trigger a Eureka Moment.
  • Crossroads: This revival of an old ITV soap, which replaced the old motel setting with a modern hotel, had flopped, and got relaunched only to fail even harder. So in the final episode, it was revealed to be all in the imagination of a supermarket sales assistant! In other words, everything that happened in the revived series was All Just a Dream, while leaving the continuity of the original series intact.
  • CSI:
    • "Got Murder?". After finding that a dismembered body belongs to the estranged ex-wife of a man who had been accused of her murder, the investigators discover that that man's daughter is pregnant, and find evidence that he was molesting her. Just as their case starts to look watertight — that he killed his wife when she returned to find him in bed with their daughter — the truth comes out: it's just a hysterical pregnancy. The daughter killed her mom for threatening her fantasy life as the housewife. Dad had no idea what the heck was going on.
    • "Anatomy of a Lye" rips off the Gregory Biggs case from the headlines, with a drunk driver hitting a man with his car, then driving to his garage with the victim stuck alive and unable to move in the windshield, where he dies hours later. Meanwhile, the perp continues with his life in order to not raise suspicions, buries the body in a park the night after and doses the car and garage with lye to erase any evidence. Unlike in Biggs' case, the episode ends with the discovery of a suicide note from the victim: he walked in front of the car intending to kill himself. The ending thus makes the whole elaborate scheme of the perp to avoid prosecution pointless and counter-productive, since if he had just taken the man to a hospital, he would have been charged with nothing – not even drunk driving, as it was unrelated to the 'accident'. His Smug Snake behavior was what made him a murderer.
  • One episode of Empty Nest has Harry seeing a series of patients all named Billy. They get progressively older as the episode goes on. The final patient is a young man about to leave for college who's come for his records. Harry and the college bound man have a brief conversation which includes a mention of past drug use (which another of the patients had issues with). Then the man gives him a book on sexual education (which Harry had given to a pre-teen patient who asked about it) and a Pez dispenser (which Harry had given to a diabetic patient). It's then revealed that all of the patients were the same boy at different points of his life. The last shot is all of the patients leaving Harry's office in single file.
  • The Good Place: Eleanor is a terrible person who dies and is taken to "The Good Place". She quickly realizes that there has been a mistake, and tries to hide the fact that she isn't supposed to be there. Eventually, she discovers someone else, Jason, who was also put in The Good Place by mistake. As the series goes on, it focuses on both Eleanor and Jason, living with their respective 'soul mates', Chidi and Tahani. The four of them proceed to get into ridiculous situations and make each others lives miserable, as one would expect from a typical sitcom… Except the season finale reveals that all four of them have been in The Bad Place the entire time, explicitly chosen to torture each other for a thousand years.
    • And Michael, the well-meaning but kinda goofy Architect? He was behind the entire thing. He was getting tired of "classic" tortures like burning in lava pits or swarmed by angry bees and decided to build a fake Good Place so the "prisoners" and their clashing personalities could torture themselves! Hell is other people, indeed…
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • The episode "Time Travelers" has a surreal story of Ted and Barney dealing with duplicates of themselves in multiple time periods, a girl Ted met years ago showing up along with several potential future versions of how their relationship will turn out, along with a subplot of a Marshall and Robin conflict regarding the name of a new cocktail. It is then revealed that the entire episode was an Imagine Spot. The duplicates thing never happened and the Marshall and Robin conflict occurred five years ago. Ted was actually sitting in the bar all by himself because his friends were too busy to hang out with him. Future!Ted then talks about how that was such a depressing moment in his life that he says the only thing that he would have wanted to do was run to "The Mother" and be with her 45 days earlier than what really happened.
    • In the Grand Finale it's revealed that the Mother died in 2024 from an unspecified illness after being with Ted for 11 years, having two kids, and loved each other deeply the entire time. In addition we learn that Robin and Barney's marriage lasted only three years and that Barney regressed to his womanizing ways only to get one pregnant and become the father of a little girl, while Robin fell off the radar because of how much it hurt to see Ted and Tracy (the Mother) together, only returning when they got married in 2020. In 2030 as Ted wraps up the story, his kids don't buy his reason for telling the story and believe he wants to pursue "Aunt" Robin again (which they can see every time she comes over to visit). They give their blessing and the last shot of the series is a 52 year old Ted offering Robin a Blue French Horn.
    • In another episode, Ted and Barney go out to a bar and decide to live like there's no tomorrow. No matter what Ted does, it seems that the Universe approves and the night goes incredibly well for him. The next morning, he finds out that he had been butt-dialing Marshall all night, and much of his night had been captured on Marshall's voicemail. Listening to it again with a clearer head makes Ted realize what a complete and utter jerk he had been.
  • Almost every episode of Hustle ends with the revelation that the main characters were in complete control of the situation, even though it seemed that they were completely doomed. The best example was the episode in which they were being conned, which revealed at the end that not only were they aware they were being conned, they had been aware before the episode had even started. Of course, being a show about conmen, very, very occasionally, the exact opposite would happen, and the team would never even realise they were the ones who'd been played.
  • An episode of Los misterios de Laura tells the story of a guy who wakes up after an operation with a girl he's never seen claiming to be his wife. She conveniently needs him to sign some papers to access a very shady security vault at a bank, the girl he claimed to be his real wife is murdered, then the "new" wife tries to get him incapacitated, which would give her automatic access to all those shady accounts… He was behind everything, he was truly married to the "unknown" wife and wanted to get her arrested by making it all look like she had been the one pulling off an elaborate rouse.
  • The crime drama Motive tells the audience at the start who the killer is. The episode then shows flashbacks to the events leading up to the murder. The final flashback will often have a twist that reveals the death was different than expected, the motive was not what it was believed and quite often the "victim" was no innocent.
    • A limo driver appears to have killed a cop for his girlfriend. It turns out the cop was corrupt and he and the woman were scamming the poor guy.
    • One episode makes it appear that a pilot is cheating on his fiancee with another woman and killed her to keep the affair quiet. When he's arrested, he reveals that the victim was someone he sat next to on a flight and began stalking him, inventing their entire "relationship" in her mind. When he confronted her, she attacked him and the killing was self-defense.
    • It looks like a woman killed a call girl for an affair with her husband. Instead, the call girl had realized the woman was running a ponzi scheme and killed to hush it up.
    • An episode appears to be a man murdered by a guy who then kidnaps his daughter. It turns out the killer is the girl's real father and the "victim" is the guy who kidnapped her years before.
  • Nowhere Man, an early UPN drama, was about a man who was UnPersoned over a compromising photograph of U.S. Soldiers executing Third World peasants. He traveled the country trying to unravel the conspiracy that was behind his erasure and reclaim his old life. After twenty-odd episodes of Mind Screw and conflicting explanations about why the photo was important, the finale closed with The Reveal that his old life never existed. He was really a government agent that had been captured by the conspiracy and implanted with false memories, and his entire cross-country odyssey had been a test of how much of the lie he would believe. This may have been intended to lead into a second season, but it was never produced.
  • An overseas example from Japan: the tv show Papadoru!, or Papa wa Idol (meaning "Papa is an Idol"), where Kanjani8's Nishikido Ryo plays Nishikido Ryo, a member of Kanjani8 who falls in love with a convenience store worker with three children and marries her in secrecy but soon they are outed by the media. The show basically goes between getting to know his wife's children and him dealing with the backlash of his fans and the group members' reactions to him not telling them about his marriage. In the last episode, everyone gets a happy ending and then it's shown that the rooms are actually sets and it was all a fucking tv show within a tv show.
  • In the Red Dwarf episode "Give & Take", Lister is kidnapped by an insane medical droid, Asclepius. When Rimmer and Kryten rescue him they accidentally destroy a specimen jar containing two kidneys, then discover that Lister is missing his kidneys, and presume the kidneys they destroyed were Lister's, which had been removed by Asclepius. However, the plot is resolved when they travel back in time to remove the kidneys from a past version of Lister and implant them in the present-day Lister, meaning that his kidneys had already been removed before he even met Asclepius – the implication being that the droid was actually perfectly sane, and was trying to give Lister a life-saving operation, and if Rimmer and Kryten had not waded in the events of the episode would never have happened.
  • The final episode of the original run of Roseanne, in which it's revealed that all of the show's characters are simply altered versions of the real people in Roseanne's life. Further that, a number of key events and facts were altered… including that the 'real' Roseanne's husband died of the heart attack Dan survived.
  • Parodied on Saturday Night Live with Kevin Spacey as host (in an obvious reference to the end of The Usual Suspects). Andy Samberg was late to rehearsals and Spacey starts to give him a verbal beating, only for Samberg to relate a long and complicated story that explains his tardiness including meeting up with Radiohead and having to confront one of those human statues who wore gold paint. Spacey forgives him and lets him go, only to turn around and see elements of the story on his back wall. Radiohead came from a mannequin head on top of a radio and the gold painted human statue was a picture of Spacey with his Oscar. It then went a step further, showing an entire line of items and symbols that spells out an entire sentence Pictionary-style.
  • The Scrubs episode "My Screw Up" has Dr. Cox dealing with guilt over a patient dying while talking with his best friend and brother-in-law Ben. The dialogue implied it was a one episode patient who died while under J.D.'s care while Dr. Cox ran trivial errands but it was actually Ben, whose cancer had returned and was a hallucination of sorts to cope with the shock. This explains why Dr. Cox was so angry at JD, it was not just any patient like the audience would assume. Earlier in the episode when someone made a comment about him always carrying around his camera, he replied with, "'til the day I die." The rest of the episode he doesn't have his camera with him and no other character acknowledges his presence despite some goofy antics. This is similar to the episode Ben first appeared in, where JD day-dreamed the entire second half because he didn't want to believe the test results that said Ben had cancer in the first place.
  • Derren Brown's The Séance is about a séance with twelve medical students who volunteer to try and contact the spirit of a person who died as part of a suicide pact. The volunteers "make contact" with a young woman named Jane, complete with video and evidence confirming the things stated by the volunteer's selected medium. At the end, Derren explains some of what happened, asks the volunteers to wait, and walks outside. He reaches "Jane" in the van, perfectly alive, and calls her inside to meet the volunteers. The only thing missing is a rimshot. A good deal of Brown's specials have something like this.
  • The final scene of the final episode of St. Elsewhere showed such a radically different interpretation of the major characters it opens the possibility that the entire series was an in-story delusion. One series writer deduced through Canon Welding that "90% of all television" is a subplot of a St. Elsewhere episode.
  • "The Invaders", a classic episode of The Twilight Zone (1959), features a lone woman (Agnes Moorehead) living alone in a rustic cabin in the middle of a windswept prairie. As she goes about her chores, she hears a strange noise on the roof and discovers an alien spaceship sitting on it, with two tiny aliens emerging in space suits. The rest of the episode, which is filmed almost completely dialogue-free beyond the unnamed woman's grunts and screams, sees her terrified of the titular invaders, which repeatedly come after her and attack with laser weapons and a knife. After she finally succeeds in killing the aliens, we hear one of them beaming a desperate message saying to avoid this planet and its "race of giants". A case of Aliens Speaking English? No—the camera then pans to reveal that the spaceship the woman is destroying reads "U.S. AIR FORCE". Suddenly, we realize that the "human" woman we were rooting for is actually a sixty-foot tall alien, and the "invaders" were humans from Earth.
  • Season one of Westworld: The scenes with William and Logan actually happened thirty years prior to the events of the rest of the series — and William, the goody-two-shoes who was reluctant to engage in the debauchery that Logan brought him there for, grew up to become the depraved Man in Black from the present-day sequences, the flashback serving as his Start of Darkness.
  • In all places, the family sitcom Yes, Dear. An episode revolves around the lead character Greg's reluctant attendance at a therapy session. The episode consists of flashbacks to elements of his life that have scarred him in the present day. At the end of the session, right after he leaves, the psychologist (played by Michael Boatman) comes to a realization that the whole thing was a trick. The ending features an Affectionate Parody of The Usual Suspects as he drops his cup of coffee in shock, and the camera cuts to a limping Greg gradually walking normally (his leg had fallen asleep).

Music

  • The music video for "Molly" by Rites of Ash seems to be telling the story of a guy who goes to a strip club, starts fixating on one of the strippers, follows her when she leaves and abducts her, though she manages to break free and flee through a forest. Until the ending, when the video shows the guy being chased and the stripper standing over him with a knife in her hand. We then get a flashback that shows us that everyone who works at the club is working together to abduct chosen victims from the people who go there, and the video ends with the real victim, either dead or unconscious, being dragged off.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic uses this in the song "Since You've Been Gone." The song humorously describes how miserable he has been since somebody left him (presumably a lover) using a lot of over-the-top similes to illustrate the pain he is. But the final line of the song is "I feel almost as bad as I did, when you were still here!"
  • The music video to Alt-J's "Breezeblocks" is done in a Back to Front format. It seems to be about a Villain Protagonist who murdered a woman. As it goes on though it turns out he killed her in self-defense. She tied up his wife and attempted to kill him.
  • In the music video to The Pierce's "Secret" a woman killed her friend for telling her secret. The video has her dressing up the body, and possibility trying to make it look like she wasn't murdered, however in the final seconds it turns out her 'dead' friend was pretending. She goes up behind the singer and strangles her.
  • Sia's "Butterflies" seems like an cute Silly Love Song however the final line comes off as surprising and affects the songs meaning: "'Cause we came from the same cocoon".
  • "The Troublemaker" is a song written by Bruce Belland and Dave Somerville and recorded by Willie Nelson about a long-haired unemployed troublemaker who refuses to join the army, instead wandering the country with his motley group of friends, stirring up the young people and turning them against the establishment. By the end he's arrested by the authorities and sentenced to death… by crucifixion.
  • The video for "Smack My Bitch Up" by The Prodigy, filmed in an Unbroken First-Person Perspective as the unnamed protagonist enjoys a night of drunken, violent, drug-fueled debauchery in the city, ends with a shot of a mirror revealing that it was a woman doing all of this the whole time.
  • "Harper Valley P.T.A." is about a small town widow calling out the other women of her town on their hypocricy: Sending her an anonymous letter complaining about her "inappropriate" dress and behavior (given that she had a teenage daughter to be an example for), while many of them had habits just as bad or worse. The last line of the song ("The day my Mama socked it to the Harper Valley P.T.A.") reveals that the narrator was the aforementioned daughter; flipping the song from "relating the events of a minor scandal" to "Daughter bragging about her mom's Moment of Awesome." Now that last line is so well known (arguably the best known line of the song), many don't even realize it was a twist.
  • A well-known example is Brotherhood of Man's "Save All Your Kisses For Me", the winner of the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest. It sounds like it's addressed to a loving housewife, but the final line – "Won't you save them for me, even though you're only three?" – reveals it's actually addressed to the singer's young child.

Radio

  • The end of The Natural History of Fear has the Censor tell the Doctor that the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz only stayed in Light City for one day and the Doctor gave his memories in exchange for them being set free. The character who thinks himself the Doctor has only been given the Doctor's memories to cause a social revolution.

Théâtre

  • The opera The Golden Cockerel has a Downer Ending followed by an epilogue which suggests that only a couple of the characters were real.
  • During the Finale of Pippin, the Lead Player encourages the audience to take Pippin's place and says "Why, we're right inside your heads," implying that the players are Pippin's mental constructs, the personifications of his self-destructiveness. Even before that, the previously "helpful" players, including those that played Pippin's father and grandmother, encourage Pippin to find fulfillment in suicide.
  • The majority of Ebenezer shows how Jacob Marley was a toxic influence in Ebenezer Scrooge's life, and how that plus the various crimes he committed changed him into a cold-hearted, selfish man—Marley impregnated and murdered his sister, taught him to only love money, convinced him his fiancee Emily was cheating on him, and foreclosed her orphanage on Christmas Eve, killing her and everyone else. The reveal that Scrooge knew what he was doing all along and didn't care, feeling there was no goodness in the world, changes the content of the entire play and Scrooge's entire character.

Video Games

  • Afraid of Monsters reveals that the protagonist, David Leatherhoff, been supposedly killing innocents during your trip into the drug-induced nightmare Dark World. Or not, as it revealed that the endings might've been part of the comatose dream David suffers and the whole time David just fell into coma and successfully resuscitated in the true ending.
  • Dinosaur Forest reveals the adventures of the Space Opera protagonist had been a hallucination from a prison inmate undergoing severe mental health treatments.
  • By the time you reach the ending of Final Fantasy X, just about ANYTHING will get Harsher in Hindsight once you replay it. And it goes beyond just discovering that Jecht is actually Sin (which is revealed fairly early anyway). The real problems start with Yuna having to die in order to defeat Sin, which turns every single mention of Zanarkand a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment to Tidus. Then there's the fact that Tidus has to stop his own existence along with the Fayth and his Zanarkand should they destroy Sin for good…
  • The Starship Damrey: the player discovers that they are controlling an alien who was imprisoned aboard the titular ship, rather than one of the crew as most players would assume.
  • After finishing Spy Fiction as both player characters you learn that fellow agent Nicklaus is actually Dietrich, a high ranking member of the evil organization Enigma, and the main antagonist. You also learn that thanks to Latex Perfection the Nicklaus that you saw get murdered was actually another guy.
  • Braid's story is allegorical and, while open to interpretation, is seemingly about a man trying to salvage the relationship with the love of his life. The last level features Tim and the Princess running from a knight who is out to steal her from him. At the end of the level you then rewind time – revealing that you were actually seeing the events in reverse, and that the knight was trying to save her from the obsessed Tim. The books in the area after the level and the extremely well-hidden secret ending offer a few more clues about the plot: while still open to interpretation, the game is seemingly an allegory for the development of nuclear weapons. Tim is a scientist, and the Princess is the split atom. Word of God says that it is up to the reader to decide what the story is really about.
  • The ending of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: After having defeated the Big Bad, killed his traitorous mentor, averted World War 3, recovered the secret microchip, and retreating to a remote hut with the triple agent love interest, Snake wakes up the next morning to only find a tape record explaining that said love interest was a quadruple agent who was supposed to murder him and would have done so, but being unable to refuse the last wish of his mentor he killed who wasn't really a traitor but was chosen as the Fall Girl to give her life to cover up an even greater government conspiracy. And she also stole the microchip while he was asleep. Not that the last part would make a difference, since another quadruple agent had switched the real chip for a fake one. What's even more surprising? The Boss, who was the aforementioned mentor, never actually defected to the Soviet Union. Her supposed Face–Heel Turn was actually a Fake Defection, and she would have used that in order to kill Volgin and stop the construction of the Shagohod. But then, Volgin decided to nuke a building to test out the capabilities of a small-yield nuclear missile she brought along to convince Volgin to let her in. At that point, the original covert operation that Snake took part in was unveiled to the Kremlin, making America and the Soviet Union ready to nuke each other out of orbit unless someone could go in and kill both Volgin and The Boss. In short? She died to save face for both countries (especially her own), and to be known in history as a traitor, and she was completely fine with that. "Loyalty to the end" indeed.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has two endings in-sequence. The first ending reveals that The Boss wasn't REALLY loyal to America, but to the Philosophers; extra in-game content explains that her ultimate plan was to slowly gain power and influence from her deeds on the battlefield, manipulating wars to slow the development of weapons technology and recruiting hordes of elite followers through sheer charisma, until she had enough power to force the world into a united peace. Unfortunately, Ocelot's existence is his first wrench in a plan ever; The Boss got drunk on joy when she realized she was pregnant, which screwed up the biggest mission of her life: killing the innocent Dr. Manhattan before he could achieve the technological singularity that spun the world out of The Boss' control. Hence the reason she was willing to sacrifice herself was self-rationalized guilt, believing she failed to instill a New World Order because she got pregnant from a whimsical sexual encounter. Big Boss realizes that his goals differed from his teacher, she was using him as a tool that she personally reviled, and finally gets the closure he needs to walk his own path – as a morally-bankrupt mercenary leader. And then it gets worse: Paz, that 16-year old schoolgirl who drove 20% of the entire plot, is revealed to be Cipher's quadruple agent whose reveal and destructively-psychotic agenda make Big Boss snap. Which sparks MSF to evolve into Outer Heaven, the extremist zealots who wish for endless warfare so they will always have a place in the world.
  • Defied in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: the reveal is that Venom Snake (the player character) is not Naked Snake (the original Big Boss); the player has been controlling a body double the whole time! However, this means that Venom Snake is the final boss of the first Metal Gear and NOT Naked Snake, meaning that technically he is even MORE important to the Metal Gear franchise than Big Boss himself! As for Big Boss, he claims that they are two halves of the same legend.
  • The worst ending of Silent Hill reveals that the entire game is a dying dream of Harry's, who died in the car crash at the beginning of the introduction.
  • At the end of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories it's revealed that the player has been controlling a fantasy version of protagonist Harry Mason, created by his daughter Cheryl to cope with his sudden death years before. This would seem to imply that the entire game is taking place in her head, but several throw-away events scattered throughout could be taken to imply that Cheryl's fantasy is somehow interacting with the real world. Ultimately the player is left unsure as to how much, if any, of the game's previous events really took place, or whether any of the people Harry meets on his journey actually existed.
  • Silent Hill: Downpour:
    • The endings reveal whether or not Murphy killed his mentor, and the worst ending revealed that he killed his son as well. This dramatically changes the entire game, during which you believe that the child molester Murphy hunted down was responsible.
    • One of the bad endings shows Anne Cunningham, a police officer who's been chasing you throughout, waking up in prison the same way Murphy did at the start of the game. Murphy is, effectively, in Sewell's position.
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge also ends in a massive confusing Gainax Ending. The game is a pirate story set in the Caribbean. When it seems that protagonist Guybrush Threepwood has found the treasure Big Whoop, which allegedly can help him escape to another world from zombie pirate LeChuck, he falls down a massive rift. After switching on an electric light in a modern-looking tunnel system, he is confronted by LeChuck, who seemingly was inside the now smashed treasure chest. LeChuck reveals that they are brothers and tries to send him to a dimension of infinite pain with a special voodoo doll, but it just sends him in the next room instead. Guybrush explores the tunnels and finds the skeletons of his dead parents and a ticket with an "E" on it in the remains of the treasure chest. When Guybrush manages to defeat LeChuck, he pulls his face (now claimed to be a mask) off and recognises him as Chuckie, his long-lost brother. Chuckie explains that he was sent by their mother to look for Guybrush, and they find themselves as children at an amusement park with their angry parents. The park closely resembles an area earlier in the game, and there is a big sign saying "Big Whoop". When the reunited family walks off, Chuckie looks at the camera with a demonic gaze, and the credits roll. In The Stinger, Guybrush's love interest Elaine Marley looks down at the chasm, wondering if LeChuck put some spell on Guybrush. What was real, what was not?
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2. It turns out that, actually, You Can't Fight Fate. Everything you did during the game just furthered the villain's plans, in the end he succeeds in his plan to destroy time itself, and there's literally nothing you can do about it. In fact, for 100% Completion, you get a scene from the villain, mocking the player for trying to find a way out of the trap. As he points out, every timeline ends with Etro dying, time itself collapsing in a Time Crash, and his plans coming to fruition — only the fine details change. And since he can see the entirety of the timeline, he knew this the whole time. There are some Sequel Hooks (for planned DLC expansions)… but for the first time in the series' history, The Bad Guy Wins. What makes this even more aggravating is that the characters are told several times before the end of the game that, if they continue, Etro will likely end up dead. They are easy to miss or overlook, but are sprinkled throughout the entire game. The mini-boss before the final boss rush even has Yuel's voice telling them multiple times to stop and turn back. They, and the player, think it's just a trick. It's not.
  • Spec Ops: The Line's ending reveals that the apparent Big Bad was Dead All Along, and much of what the player sees in regards of the mission to save Dubai was hallucinated/distorted by the Knight Templar protagonist. In fact, the Big Bad's audio transmissions and the "Final Boss" were both the manifestation of the protagonist's guilt over the Freak Out! at the middle of the game, along with everything else that happened before and after it.
  • In The Witch's House you play as Viola, a girl who must find her way out of the house of Ellen, a witch who kidnaps children and is able to trade bodies with people. The True Ending reveals that you were playing as the witch all along. As it turns out, Ellen traded her dying body with her unsuspecting friend Viola's (supposedly "just for a day") and left said friend in the house to die in terrible agony. Viola managed to use the witch's own magic against her, but you personally helped Ellen get past all the traps, and Ellen successfully assumes Viola's identity while the real Viola is shot by her own father.
  • In Furi, you play as a mysterious, incredibly powerful warrior who has been imprisoned in the farthest reaches of the planet's orbit via a network of "jail worlds" specifically designed to keep you locked up, and you need to hack and slash your way through the various Jailers who rule the jail worlds to earn your freedom. The ending (which takes place after the credits) reveals that there's a very good reason they went through all that trouble to shut you up: you're actually one of many humanoid Super Soldier scouts sent to the planet by an alien world to see if the planet is worth sucking dry for resources; the Jailers were in your way to protect the world from the devastation you could possibly bring. Depending on how you respond to your superior in the ending, it's possible to either destroy the planet like you were sent to do or turn on your superior and save the world.
  • In Ghost Trick, the ending reveals that Sissel was actually a cat who was the pet of Yomiel, thus explaining Sissel's lack of knowledge of certain human things, inability to read, and his complete amnesia. It's also revealed that Ray was Missile from another timeline, and he manipulated Sissel into thinking certain things (namely, that his soul would vanish at daybreak) to trick him into saving Lynne and Kamila.
  • The ending to BioShock Infinite turns the story from a rescue mission to save a young girl from a bunch of amazing flying racists, into a multi-dimensional hopping Mind Screw that ends with the player character being killed off after The Reveal that he is both the protagonist (as the player character), and the Big Bad (as an NPC), and that the girl he was rescuing is his biological daughter. In particular, the phrase "Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt", rather than being an ultimatum by his creditors, was actually proof that he sold his daughter to the Luteces in the first place.
  • 9:05 is a very brief Interactive Fiction game by Adam Cadre that opens with what appears to be an exceptionally mundane situation — you're woken by an alarm clock and have to scramble to get to work on time. If you actually show up to work, however (you're given the option to just keep driving), the game ends abruptly with the revelation that you're actually a home invader who murdered the man whose bed you were sleeping in, and whose job you're going to. If you replay the game you can find the body under the bed, and the option to keep driving allows you to make a clean getaway.
  • In the online game Strip 'Em All, the fifth puzzle/comic strip initially appears to be about a fat blond girl and her dark-haired Poisonous Friend who secretly loathes her and callously goads her into overdosing on her medication for no conceivable reason other than her sheer disgust of the blond girl. Then the final set of panels reveals that this "friend" existed only in the mind of the blonde girl, which adds a whole new dimension to their interactions.
  • The end of Broken Age Part 1 reveals that the "ship" Shay has been stuck in for his whole life is actually a Mog (not that kind of Mog kupo), namely the Mog that Vella has been trying to kill throughout her story. Also the creatures you rescue in Shay's story are actually the sacrifices of the other.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles:
    • Once you find out that Alvis is actually the true God of the universe)), it's interesting to look back and consider just where Meyneth and Zanza stand in the game's cosmology, since technically they aren't really gods, but rather just siphoning off some of Alvis's power.
    • And then Xenoblade Chronicles 2 reveals itself to be a Stealth Sequel (surprising nobody), but re-contextualizes the ending of the first game again. Zanza could never be anything but evil, as he's only half of a complete being; the benevolent half of Professor Klaus was left behind in the original universe his experiment took place in(XC 2's). Revelations about just what role Monado-holders play in the cosmology also provide more consistent rules to some of the first game's more unexpected events.
    • In its Spiritual Successor Xenoblade Chronicles X, the ending reveals that the Lifehold Core's quantum computer, that was supposed to house the consciousnesses of everyone in New LA, has been destroyed since the moment the White Whale made planetfall on Mira. This renders everything you've been told about the nature of mimeosome operation invalid, and opens up a far bigger mystery of just how in the world any humans in NLA can still be alive in the first place.
  • Elemental Gearbolt pits two Elementals against a Well-Intentioned Extremist prince plotting to make the world a better place — through any means necessary. All are destroyed in the end. Close attention to the credits reveals the twist — it was all a set-up. Both parties were used as unwitting proxies by external forces. The prince got technology from an extra-dimensional Arms Dealer that stood to gain from his plan to awaken an Eldritch Abomination. The Elementals were created by an opposing inter-world traveler to keep the sealed evil in its can.
  • Eternal Darkness manages to incorporate the New Game+ feature into the story. Upon beating all three routes (each one requiring the player to destroy one of the Ancients by summoning another Ancient,) it's revealed that the entire thing was a plot by Mantorok, the fourth Ancient, who manipulated events across three different timelines before combining them all into a new timeline where all three Ancients are dead.
  • The Wolf Among Us: Naturally, as a Murder Mystery. The final conversation with Nerissa in Episode 5 does this tenfold, with her revealing she gave false testimony to catch the Crooked Man, before giving the biggest Wham Line of the series, implying very heavily that either she was posing as Faith at the start of Episode 1, or that she is actually Faith, and has been impersonating Nerissa throughout the season, and the first victim was actually the real Nerissa.
  • The first playthrough of NieR ends with a colossal twist: the Shades, the main enemies that you have been fighting the entire time, were not in fact mindless cruel monsters, but sentient beings, and what's more, they are the original, true humans of the world. Everyone you thought had been human this whole time was actually a bio-magical clone, to be merged together with the original corresponding Shade later on when a specific protocol (Grimoire Weiss and Grimoire Noir merging together). Although it might not be entirely clear by the end, the game has a New Game+ that adds many additional scenes, which basically confirm that you were a mass murderer who slaughtered countless innocent people (even children) who were just trying to defend themselves, and your actions basically doomed the entire human race to extinction.
  • The sequel NieR: Automata also features this in a huge twist in a conversation right before the final battle: the reveal that 2B was actually 2E, an Executioner-class android tasked with observing and murdering 9S if he ever learned too much, and that she has murdered him many, many times prior to the game beginning, but at the same time was horribly conflicted over it due to having grown close to him over the 3 year period they were assigned together as partners. An even bigger twist is the fact that 9S knew this all along yet still willingly chose to stay with his murderer through thick and thin. This one conversation completely changes everything about how the player perceives the 2B/9S relationship, and re-contextualizes every single scene and line of dialogue they have together throughout the entire game.
    • Ending B may count as well, depending on whether or not you consider it a proper ending (the next three endings are effectively the final half of the game, after all.) 9S discovers that humans were extinct long before the aliens showed up, meaning that the androids' millennia-long war against the machine lifeforms has been utterly pointless. The endgame of route C/D also has some pretty game-changing twists, such as the revelation that YoRHa black boxes are made from machine lifeform cores, making the protagonists and their enemies Not So Different, and the revelation that both sides of the conflict have been conspiring to perpetuate a Forever War, to the point that YoRHa, which was supposed to be the secret weapon against the machine lifeforms, was created with countermeasures to destroy them should they ever gain too much of a foothold. Try playing through the whole game again knowing that all the main characters' actions, and even their very existence is all utterly pointless. No wonder 9S became an utterly distraught Straw Nihilist by the end of the game.
  • The "spare Pagan" and "secret" endings of Far Cry 4 reveal that, though an eccentric at best and psychopath at worst, Pagan Min actually didn't have any ill intentions for Ajay and had told the truth from minute one. Ajay's father killed his wife's and Min's daughter (who had gotten pregnant because he sent her to seduce Min) Lakshima, and Ajay is the true heir to the Kyrat region. Min fully intended to take Ajay to the place his mother wanted her ashes to be put to rest and then give him Kyrat, but him jumping the gun on hearing the sounds of torture (with the exception of the secret ending) made him leave and empower a group of blatant terrorists. And then, whichever Golden Path leader you've supported through the civil war turns out to have done a long-jump over the Moral Event Horizon, either causing a brutal purging of the Golden Path, or enslaving citizens, the adults as slave laborers on drug plantations and the kids to be warped into Child Soldiers, leaving you with the choice of killing them for crossing the line.
  • The Yharnam Sunrise ending of Bloodborne reveals that everything you had experienced and everyone/thing you met/killed was All Just a Dream set up by the Great Ones/The Moon Presence as a means of using humans to propagate themselves, and Gehrman chopping your head off is what was able to wrench you out of it. Unfortunately this comes at the cost of every other Yharnamite still being trapped in the nightmare with no conceivable way out, and there is no closure given for what happens to the Hunter upon leaving it.
  • The game Ether One has the player in the role of a "restorer" who, through revolutionary technology is projecting into the mind of a patient who is afflicted with dementia in the hopes of putting the patient's fragmented memories back together. Along the way, the player is harassed by the doctor who is heading the project, who seems more interested in retaining funding than actually helping the patient. As the end approaches, the player learns the truth about the patient and the patient's memories: the person whose mind the player thinks that they were exploring has been dead for years. You are her surviving husband, and the actual patient, and the fragmented memories are his own. The "restorer" technology does not exist. The entire premise is the patient's afflicted mind attempting to make some sense of the conventional therapy that he is receiving. The callous attitude of the head doctor is the patient's mental reinterpretation of the patient's actual doctor and, as the therapy continues, the interpretation of the doctor becomes more and more sympathetic as the patient begins to trust her.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is set at a new and improved "modern" version of the titular pizzeria from the first game, which had closed down some time ago, with brand new high-tech animatronics put in place while the original ones are placed in storage and used for parts. The original guard now works the day shift too. However, Phone Guy is still around, despite being seemingly killed years ago at the old location, and several Retraux minigames seen after dying hint at something sinister happening at the new location, similar to the backstory hidden in the first game. It isn't until the completion of Night 5 that it all makes sense – Jeremy's paycheck is dated 1987, and therefore the events of the game happen before those of the first game, and during said game's bloody past.
  • Dear Mariko makes you think that you're playing Mariko, a young woman whose relationship is falling apart because of a Stalker with a Crush. However, the True End reveals that the character you're playing as is the stalker. You're given several hints throughout the game about who your character really is.
  • It's not the main plot of Tales of Berseria that does this, but the bonus dungeon. Inside, it's revealed that the malevolence humans produce just by existing and having negative emotions is poisonous to Seraphim, who wanted to destroy the human world because of this. Some Seraphim objected, and made a bet that if the could prove coexistence was possible, the worlds would be open to each other instead. The Seraphim accepted the bet, but heavily loaded the dice, by cursing humans and Seraphim (known to the humans as Malakhim) such that malevolence would warp them into Daemons and Dragons respectively, thus driving the two races apart; should Malevolence ever cloud the entire world, the original Seraphim will go through with the plan to destroy the human world. The ramifications are extensive; the original Seraphim become Greater-Scope Villain, the game's Final Boss is revealed to be a Necessary Evil, and with that cycle broken Maotelus has much bigger responsibilities placed on him. That last one carries over to distant sequel Tales of Zestiria, as it means if Maotelus hasn't been completely purified and freed at the end of the game (and it's not clear if he was), then the game's good ending leaves the world in an unstoppable death spiral.
  • The central conceit of Second Sight is that each level alternates between the present and the past, showing you how your protagonist got to where he is. It's only near the end of the game that you discover the game has actually been alternating between a possible future and the present; the levels that were ostensibly the "present" before were actually precognitive flash-forwards, and the "past" has always been the present.
  • The Beginner's Guide. The game is ostensibly about Davey Wreden, creator of The Stanley Parable, wanting to show off some old short games made by an old friend of his who inspired him to become a games creator. Davey invites the player to play them in chronological order while he narrates his thoughts on them. The later games begin straining against this premise until the last game in the collection reveals that the 'Davey Wreden' who's been narrating is not the Real Life Davey Wreden, and narrator!Davey is an Unreliable Narrator whose motivations are very different from what the premise made them out to be. Going back through the earlier chapters of the game with this knowledge in hand changes virtually everything.
  • And of course The Stanley Parable counts as well, taking it Up to Eleven as multiple endings may or may not change everything you know about what the game is. You could be playing an ordinary game with a simple storyline, a fight of control between the Player and the Narrator, a story about the daydreams of an ordinary man being taken too far, a meta game criticizing the illusion of choice, or something even more sinister that you must escape from…
  • A fairly significant one in Final Fantasy Type-0. At the end of the game, one nation gains control of the four crystals. As a result, Tempus Fini (a.k.a the end of the world) is triggered and huge seemingly-unkillable monsters descend from the sky and murder everyone. Our heroes fight their way through the final dungeon and defeat the final boss at the cost of their own lives… But surprise! This was just the latest in the 600,104,972 cycles the world had already been through, each time ending in one nation gaining control of all four crystals and bringing about the end of the world. This is all an experiment being performed by Class 0's mother-figure Arecia Al-Rashia (actually a deity in disguise) and her unseen counterpart. Admittedly, Class 0's final venture is a bit different from the rest and Arecia does in fact break the spiral in the best ending by doing away with the crystals and allowing Class 0 to live normal, warless lives. Regardless of that fact, finding out your journey has been one of over six hundred million failed ventures engineered by a seemingly disinterested deity who could've snapped her fingers and stopped all the death gives that second play-through a far bleaker feeling.
  • To the Moon and its sequel, Finding Paradise, both use this – a revelation near the end recontextualizes much of what went before.
    • In To the Moon, you learn about Johnny's suppressed childhood memories – including his dead twin brother (explaining his mother calling him by the wrong name earlier), and meeting his future wife… explaining her odd behavior when he meets her again as a teenager, and the way she reacted when she found out his reasons for asking her out in the first place. (She remembered their original meeting, and he didn't.) And, of course, it also explained WHY he had that inexplicable desire to go to the moon in the first place…
    • In Finding Paradise, the main revelation is that Colin's best friend, Faye, never existed – she was literally an imaginary friend, but so vivid that she appeared as a true person in his memory. Going back to all the scenes she appeared in with this knowledge gives you that classic feeling from The Sixth Sense – the sudden realization that nobody EXCEPT Colin ever actually interact with or respond to her. She didn't disappear from his later memories because she died in some tragic accident, as was speculated earlier – she just faded away when Colin met his future wife, and stopped being so lonely. Doesn't make her final goodbye any less of a Tear Jerker, though…
  • God of War (PS4) begins with a stranger showing up at Kratos' house and picking a fight, saying "I know who you are", suggesting that he's aware of Kratos' violent past. This attack makes Kratos decide that he and his son Atreus have to scatter his late wife Faye's ashes right away, instead of waiting as he had originally intended. At the end of the game, Kratos and Atreus end up in Jotunheim and discover that Faye was the last of the Giants, after Odin and the Norse gods decided to exterminate them. Suddenly it becomes clear that the stranger (Baldur) wasn't looking for the "Ghost of Sparta", but for the last Giant, which explains a moment partway through the game where Baldur abruptly "realizes" that the person he was looking for was actually Atreus… otherwise known as Loki.
  • Grand Theft Auto III has a brief example on the radio. A caller on Chatterbox tells Lazlow he had a nanny as a child who spanked him when he was bad and now he's looking for a nanny because "Freddie's been a very naughty boy". After a brief exchange about the end results of spanking, Lazlow asks the caller how old his son is. It turns out the caller is Freddie and he's looking for a nanny out of some sexual perversion.
  • The World Ends with You ends with Neku realizing that by competing in the Reaper's Game for the chance to return to life, as well as saving his friends and preventing an Assimilation Plot from consuming Shibuya, he's actually helped Joshua, his former partner and the Composer, win a bet with Kitaniji, thereby allowing Joshua to destroy Shibuya, although Joshua seems to reconsider after his final duel with Neku. Similarly, when you find the last of Hanekoma's Secret Reports (discussing the game's events, including the influence of a figure known as the Fallen Angel), you find a secret that paints all the others in a new light- Hanekoma is the Fallen Angel, and his actions drive much of the game's plot.
  • Drawn to Life 2: The Next Chapter is a cute kid's game where you have to help a village fight an evil shadow. The ending has foreshadowing but it isn't obvious until later. The original ending reveals that it's All Just a Dream of a dying little boy in a coma after his family got into a car crash, killing both his parents and damaging the right side of his sister's face. The boy ends up waking up to embrace his sister, but the ending was considered too dark and frightening so it was later censored. In Drawn to Life Compilation the ending uses a much cuter art-style and is about a boy passes out after falling out of a tree. It's still darker than expected but it's not as dark as the original.
  • The ending of killer7 completely upends what little the player actually knows about the already confusing shapeshifting multiple-personality team of assassins. For most of the game, the player is lead to believe that Harman is the core personality of the team, calling all the shots, and that Garcian, the one who leads the others members out in the field, is merely another one of his personalities and a Supporting Protagonist. In reality, it's Garcian who's the core personality, his real identity being Emir Parkreiner, a mentally-unstable Tyke Bomb groomed from childhood to be an assassin. The other personalities are the true members of the killer7, who Emir killed as one of his assignments, culminating in a What Have I Done moment that resulted in him manifesting an extremely unusual and reality-bending case of multiple-personality disorder with his other personalities being his former targets. Harman Smith, meanwhile, is actually some kind of enigmatic deity with multiple avatars, one of which was another one of Emir's victims (thus becoming another one of his personalities) and may be responsible for Garcian's current state in the first place. Yes, it's all just as confusing as it sounds.
  • Kingdom Hearts III, the Grand Finale of the "Xehanort Saga" that includes the entirety of the series up to this point, spends the entire game building up to the grand conflict with Xehanort. At the climax of the story, the Guardians of Light clash with the Seekers of Darkness; Xehanort is ultimately defeated, and the forces of light successfully triumph (albeit at a cost). And then comes the epilogue, where it's revealed that Xigbar, one of Xehanort's lieutenants since Kingdom Hearts II, is not only still alive, but has been the true mastermind of the game's events. Not only that, but his true identity is actually Luxu, one of the Foretellers, and everything he's manipulated Xehanort into doing has actually been part of his plan to bring back the other Foretellers…a plan which has now gone off without a hitch. Looks like the heroes have their work cut out for them…

Visual Novels

  • It's standard practice for a Danganronpa game to save some earth-shattering revelations about both the game itself and the state of the world for the very last chapter and trial.
    • The first game reveals that the game takes place After the End, where the Big Bad caused The World's Most Despair-Inducing Event, which reduced the entire world into a violent, anarchic hellhole, and the School Life Of Mutual Killing that the cast was forced into is meant to crush any last traces of hope left in the world. While the cast had assumed that they'd been imprisoned inside of the school for much of the game, Hope's Peak turns out to be a shelter from the ruined world, and they'd agreed to stay in there.
    • The second game reveals that not only has everything in the game taken place in a Lotus-Eater Machine VR simulation program, but the cast are actually The Remnants of Despair, brainwashed followers of the Big Bad from the previous game, who the survivors from the first game were trying to rehabilitate before the Superpowered Evil Side of the main character of the second game snuck a virus modeled after the Big Bad into the program, whereupon she hijacked it to fulfill her own goals.
    • The third game reveals that this killing game is a "Truman Show" Plot that's been going on for 53 seasons, the characters willingly signed up for it, and their memories and personalities have been rewritten to fill the role of standard Dangan Ronpa characters. The "Flashback Lights" ostensibly meant to unlock the cast's missing memories were actually intended to brainwash them further and provide exposition on the in-universe storyline, and The Reveal that they were the last remnants of humanity was just another lie.
  • Ever17: The Kid you can play as is not the same Kid you see when you're playing as Takeshi, and vice versa. The differences between each team isn't because they take place in alternate universes, but because they take place at different points in time with the future team imitating the past team as best as they can to set in motion an elaborate plan to save lives.
  • For most of Liar Liar, we're meant to believe Yukari was spurned into murdering her cheating ex-boyfriend by jealousy and that it was her Start of Darkness. The very end to the sequel reveals this is normal for her, as she's killed every boyfriend and girlfriend of hers since elementary.
  • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, has several revelations near the end that completely change how you see the game. Throughout the game, the narration is from a third person perspective. But then the ending reveals it's not: it's a first person perspective from another character's point of view. The character you were REALLY playing. The top screen doesn't show the present or the events that are happening to your player character. It shows the future. You're playing as a character who's seeing the future on the top screen, while simultaneously experiencing near identical events on the bottom screen; the touch screen where the gameplay happens, in the past. The two screens actually show exactly what the REAL player character is seeing during the Nonary Game: The world split into two, where she can see what's happening to her, and what's happening to Junpei in the future at the same time. The only exception to this is the game's final puzzle where you finally play as Junpei for the first proper time. You have to turn your DS upside down so that the future is now on the touch screen, to reflect the fact that this is the first real time you're actually playing as Junpei, who you thought you were playing as the entire time.
  • In Virtue's Last Reward pretty much everything is changed thanks to revelations in the ending, that makes a second playthrough of the game feel completely different, as well as changing how you view all the interactions in the game. Included twists are:
    • The fact you were playing as an old man the entire game, not a 22 year old college student (more specifically, it was an old man with a 22 year old conciousness residing in them).
    • That Luna is actually a robot.
    • That Sigma, the player character, was actually Zero himself.
    • That K is two different people depending on what path you pick to go down thanks to the effects of Schrödinger's Cat. One is Sigma’s clone, and the other is Akane.
    • That the game takes place on the moon.
    • Time is actually going in fast forward due to the effects of everyone having the virus Radical-6. The effects of the difference in gravity due to them being on the moon through, balances it out and makes everything seem like it's going at a normal speed.
    • Tenmyouji is Junpei, the protagonist from the previous Zero Escape game.
    • The old woman is Akane, the Zero from the previous game and the one who helped set up this game too.
    • The purpose of the AB game is to save the world from Radical-6 and the cult that set the virus loose. And Dio is a leader in the cult.
  • Zero Time Dilemma has a few as well.
    • Phi’s background was never clear in the previous game. In here, we learn that she’s Sigma and Diana’s Kid from the Future. And so is the series Big Bad, Zero II/Delta.
    • Delta himself was present throughout the whole game, simply offscreen. The character that Team Q referred to as “Q” was actually him, while the little boy who appeared to be Q was Sean. And Sean is a robot.
    • SHIFTing through timelines switches one consciousness with the other, meaning if someone about to die SHIFTs, the other them will die in their place. The characters are a bit more hesitant to SHIFT after learning this.
    • Perhaps the biggest reveal, however, is when the characters finally beat Delta’s game and earn a Golden Ending where Everybody Lives- only for Delta to reveal this was what he intended all along. Literally everything Akane and everyone else did went all according to his plan- and now he’s created a timeline where nobody has to die. He even offers to let Carlos shoot him dead as an apology of sorts for all the evil he’s done in pursuit of this goal.
  • In War: 13th Day, the True End reveals that the entire story is through Wildfire's biased perception, as well as her wishes, hopes, and dreams, fantasy and reality mixed together- and that the story is essentially her life flashing beforehand her eyes, as she was Dying All Along- and the Player Character, of all people, is her killer. In the post-credits scene, Ambrosia even makes this clear.

    Ambrosia: Her perspective is biased and, to tell you the truth, terribly inaccurate. Do we seem unrealistic? Over-the-top? Annoying, even? That is simply how Lady Wildfire sees us. You could say she sees a satire of us in her mind.

  • When They Cry:
    • In Higurashi: When They Cry, we find out in Tsumihoroboshi-hen that the conspiratorial events of Onikakushi-hen (the first arc) were all in Keiichi's head, horribly twisted by the Hate Plague he was infected with. And then later arcs come along and cheerfully informs us that, while we have never been LIED to, we've just seen the action through the eyes of several different unreliable narrators.
    • Umineko: When They Cry:
      • Several murders are shown to be committed via crazy, insane magical means, like demon robot bunny girls shooting seeking arrows of energy through keyholes to kill people in locked rooms. One major plot point is the main character trying to disprove those supernatural justification and find a human culprit.
      • Umineko Episodes 4 and 6, in particular, reveal that certain completely mundane-seeming scenes we've been shown in previous Episodes were in fact complete lies.
      • With Episode 8, most of what came before (specifically Episodes 3 through 6) is revealed to be the result of amnesiac Battler trying to figure out what really happened.

Webcomics

  • Never Mind the Gap goes out with Mary, one of the central characters and half of the Official Couple, being revealed in the penultimate strip, to be a Ridiculously Human Robot. This changes the context of much of her interactions with other characters, many of whom are also sentient A.I.s (but not as completely human-looking as Mary).
  • The final strip of It's All Been Done reveals that the main character's Living Toys weren't actually alive, his talking tiger kitten was a regular housecat, and his best friend was actually his late wife. After she died, he had retreated into a dream world.
  • Countless Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics have a final frame or text under the comic that provides completely new context.
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures has a mild version of this in Matilda's prequel story. Matilda as an Unreliable Voiceover tells the story of how she was banished from her tribe for killing her abusive brother, but the comic shows that her brother wasn't abusive at all and his death was actually suicide and she was so angry with him for committing suicide that she lied to her tribe that she killed him for being weak. It seems at first that she is either lying or misremembering because she still hates her brother for killing himself, but the ending reveals that the voiceover is actually her telling her story on a talk show where she was pressured into changing her story to make herself sound better, which she now deeply regrets doing because it made everyone unsympathetic to her tribe and she now understands that her brother suffered from depression.

Web Original

  • In season two of Carmilla the Series, our heroes seem to run into trouble at every turn, even now that the Big Bad the Dean is ostensibly out of the way. Then one of the heroes has the camera to herself in the season finale…and the Dean gloatingly reveals that she possessed Perry all the way back at the end of season one, and has been running the show this whole time.

Western Animation

  • Parodied in the Clone High episode "Sleep of Faith: La Rue D'Awakening," in which Gandhi realizes that the mysterious trucker who has been mentoring him all episode is a ghost or hallucination. He has a Once More, with Clarity! flashback montage of events from the episode… which, among other things, reveals him floating down the highway four feet above the pavement because the truck he was riding in never existed.
  • The Arthur episode "The Boy Who Cried Comet" ended with the characters turning out to be aliens and the show was being filmed on another planet.
  • The Adventure Time episode "In Your Footsteps" features a strange bear that imitates everything that Finn does in a very uncanny way. Although Jake is suspicious of the bear throughout most of the episode, Finn doesn't mind, until towards the end, when he believes that the bear was using him to get with Princess Bubblegum. When Finn calls him out on this, the bear leaves the party, feeling crushed. Then Finn realizes that the bear was just trying to be like Finn so he could be a hero as well. In a heartwarming moment, Finn gives the bear a copy of the Enchiridion (a hero handbook), telling him that one day, he'll become a great hero. In the last few seconds of the episode, the bear climbs the mountain, where the snail, who is possessed by the Lich, asks him if he got the book. Turns out, the entire episode was all part of the Lich's Evil Plan.
  • Closed Mondays features an alcoholic carrying a bottle who stumbles around an art exhibition, watching the works of art come to life in various odd and disturbing ways. At the end, he climbs up on a plinth and turns into a sculpture; he is revealed to be one of the works of art as well.
  • Rick and Morty:
    • In the episode "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", Rick C-137 (the story's main Rick) is accused of killing numerous other Ricks in different timelines and kidnapping their Mortys. When he and Morty investigate to find the real killer, they discover that it's an "Evil Rick" who's apparently behind it all. Evil Rick is killed near the end of the episode by dozens of his escaped Morty prisoners; however, when the Rick-police are investigating his body, they discover that a receiver was planted in Evil Rick's brain and he was being controlled remotely by someone else the whole time. The person controlling him? His Morty "sidekick" (dubbed "Evil Morty" by the fandom), who had but two short lines throughout the whole episode, and was hiding the transmitter behind his eyepatch. What's more, he completely gets away with it (to an extent), removing his eyepatch so he can easily blend in with the crowd of other Mortys with no one even knowing that he was the true mastermind.
    • In "The Ricklantis Mix-up", the Citadel of Ricks is just beginning to rebuild after Rick C-137 killed the entire Council of Ricks back in the Season 3 premiere "The Rickshank Redemption". They decide to democratically elect a president as their new leader, and while most of the candidates are Ricks, there is one Morty candidate, who manages to easily be the most inspiring and likable of the candidates. At the end of the episode, he's narrowly won the election and is now President Morty. Pretty awesome, right? But then he shows his true colors by having a bunch of his dissenters murdered on the spot, and then The Reveal right before the episode's Fade to Black is that President Morty is actually none other than Evil Morty from the above example, leading the audience to realize just whom they've been rooting for the entire episode.
  • The Grand Finale of Samurai Jack does this to the first episode, where the battle concluded with Aku flinging the hero through a time portal into a Bad Future "where my evil is law." Aku said, at the end of that episode, "We will meet again, Samurai, but next time you will not be so fortunate". Well, he was only too right on that first claim, but dead wrong on the second. The events of the Finale cause Jack to return only seconds later with Ashi (Aku's own daughter from said bad future) by his side, and Aku can only shout that, "you're back already??" and with Jack having fifty years more experience under his belt due to the difference in time, the villain is quickly crushed, thus finally ending his reign of terror.
  • Over the Garden Wall's penultimate episode reveals that Wirt and Greg are not inhabitants of the fantasy land they've been traveling through, but two ordinary kids from our world currently drowning in a pond. The strange clothes they're wearing are their Halloween costumes.
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