• The hero dies in the beginning.
  • A character has multiple personalities.
  • A character thought to be dead is actually alive (or vice versa.)
  • The villain is related in some way to the hero.
  • The hero turns out to be the bad guy (or vice versa.)
  • The characters are in a different place and/or time than they thought they were.
  • An unusual love triangle develops.
  • Dark deeds turn out to be a conspiracy.
  • The world turns out to be an illusion, hallucination, virtual reality, dream, etc.
  • A character turns out to be a robot, cyborg, android, or clone.
  • A character turns out to be a monster (werewolf, vampire, etc.)
  • The villain was forced/tricked/coerced.
  • The villain remains unknown/uncaught/unpunished.
  • A character is currently, or used to be, a different gender.
  • The protagonist ends up doing what he was trying to prevent (setting off a bomb, releasing a virus, etc.)
  • A baby is born to carry on the evil (or good, in some cases.)
  • A main character dies.
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