19 Shocking Movie Character Reveals

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in Now You See Mewhen it was revealed that Dylan was behind everything:

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I went into this movie not expecting it to even be good, so this plot twist straight-up blew my mind.

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in screamwhen Billy and Stu were revealed to be the killers:

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Stu was almost more surprising to me here. “Surprise, Sidney” is an iconic line that’ll go down in horror film history.

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in Iron Manwhen Obediah was revealed to be the villain:

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The dude was a bit sketch, but come on!!! Hiring a guy to kill the man who is like a son to you??? Wild.

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in Spider-Man: Far From Homewhen Mysterio was revealed to be Quentin Beck, a former Stark Industries employee without any superpowers:

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I love that this movie sort of reexamined the Stark legacy and how people are idolized after death. I truly wasn’t expecting Mysterio to be the villain, so this was a really fun twist, and Jake Gyllenhaal played it so well and looked like he was having so much fun.

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in psychowhen Marion’s killer/Norman’s mother was revealed to be Norman:

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in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Backwhen Darth Vader revealed himself to be Luke’s father:

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I mean, come on. This is probably the best movie character reveal of all time.

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in Wonder Womanwhen Sir Patrick was revealed to be Ares:

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I know some people didn’t like this one, but I thought it was shocking, especially because the movie was setting up that there was no Ares after all and humans were just bad, lol.

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in Frozenwhen Hans revealed himself to be the villain:

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This felt so shocking for a Disney film in the best way. It was such a reversal of expectations!

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in Captain America: The Winter Soldierwhen the Winter Soldier was revealed to be Bucky:

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Okay, to be honest, by the time I saw this, I knew about it. It was still awesome, though.

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in Shutter Islandwhen it was revealed that Teddy was actually Andrew Laeddis, a murderer and psychiatric patient:

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How did Leo DiCaprio not win an Oscar for this???

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in Crazy, Stupid, Lovewhen it was revealed that Hannah was “Nana” — aka Cal and Emily’s daughter:

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I’m obsessed with the reveal. It’s SUCH a shock for a rom-com, and it’s pulled off perfectly.

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in Spider-Man: Homecomingwhen Vulture was revealed to be Liz’s dad:

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The spider man low-key franchise pulls off some of the best Marvel twists, even if they only have ramifications for that one film and not the larger MCU. This was such a great one that wayyy increased the personal stakes for Peter and overall tension in the following scenes.

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in sawwhen Jigsaw revealed himself to Adam as the apparent corpse they’d seen in the beginning:

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I gotta hand it to saw — the first movie’s twist was pretty darn clever. It’s super shocking and gives the movie a great, unique ending that still feels on par with the rest of the film.

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in The Usual Suspectswhen Verbal was revealed to be Keyser Söze:

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Another of the best character reveals of all time, and that’s all I really need to say.

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in orphanwhen it was revealed that Esther was actually a 33-year-old woman:

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SO CREEPY and so well done visually. Just a great twist all around.

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in Fight Clubwhen it was revealed that Tyler and the Narrator were the same person:

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Another of the all-time best reveals.

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in The Prestigewhen Angier discovered that Borden was actually a set of twins:

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This is such an underrated movie, and the final twist is just spectacular — and I normally don’t even like twin reveals. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it right now.

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in Harry Potterwhen Snape revealed himself to be a Death Eater by killing Dumbledore:

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Yes, this happened in the books first, so it wasn’t a surprise to anyone who’d read them. Still, it was well done and shocking!!!

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And finally, when Snape actually revealed himself to be a double agent/a good guy after all:

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Ditto about the books, but I actually really loved the way they did this in the film (though I’m not a Snape fan).

What’s your favorite movie character reveal? Let us know in the comments below!

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