One of the greatest joys with movies and novels is trying to work out what's going to happen next. Will the story run its course, or will there be some shocking reveal; a last minute deus ex machina to interrupt proceedings? It's what spurs us to finish them, and video games are no different in that regard.
There are thousands of games that play out as you'd expect, and that's fine. Worlds are saved, evil villains get thwarted, dastardly schemes don't come to fruition and all that jazz.
For the most part, that's what we enjoy.
But every now and then, a curveball gets thrown in. The hero you've been rooting for turns out to playing for the other team, or once dead heroes rise from the dead. Perhaps your integrity is tested more than it appears to be, or maybe none of it was real in the first place...?
Maybe we should learn to spot that wearing sunglasses indoors is just too damn obvious a trait for a bad guy?
Whatever the logic behind it, or however clever we think we are when it comes to spotting these tells, some still slip by us. They seem obvious now, but here's some that few picked up on at the time.
10. It Was All A Dream - Super Mario Bros. 2
It's not very often you can compare a Mario game to a long running American TV show, but here we are. What has become parodied many times over, going down in history as one of the worst ever retcons, has been unironically copied by a Mario game.
That's right, in the infamous "It was all a dream" trope.
Super Mario Bros. 2 has always been an odd one in Mario canon. Originally a game named Doki Doki Panic, but reskinned as a Mario game, it's certainly a black sheep.
That aside, it was still a shockingly annoying moment to beat the game, Wart and all, only to have this pulled on you. If someone did that to us now, we'd just eyeroll and sardonically thank the game for wasting our time. Tropes tend to bring out the tired cynicism in people.
Back in 1988 (or 1993 if you had the All-Stars version), it was a rarity to pull this on kids. It's common affair now, with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team utilising a dream mechanic. But thirty years ago, many were surprised.