It Was His Sled

    Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

    "It was his sled. It was his sled from when he was a kid. There, I just saved you two long, boobless hours."

    Peter Griffin, Family Guy

    A Twist Ending that used to be guarded carefully as a Spoiler, but thanks to Popcultural Osmosis, everyone within the target demographic knows the ending already, even those who haven't even seen the show. It's probably never going to surprise anyone again. In many cases, the twist becomes the central fact known even to those only noddingly familiar with the work, and other adaptations take it as read from the beginning.

    Naturally, any movie or series that is based on a historical event gets this by default. For example: "The Spartans all die" in 300, or "The ship sinks" for Titanic. It's a Foregone Conclusion.

    Named after a line from Family Guy where Peter records the above quote over the best-known example of this trope, Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane.

    Sometimes the work will be remade/adapted, and the ones responsible will know better. That's when they twist the twist itself, making it Not His Sled.

    Compare Late Arrival Spoiler, Everybody Knows That.

    If this is the only thing people know about the work, it is All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game".

    Examples of It Was His Sled include:

    Anime and Manga

    • Dragon Ball: Exactly what entailed being a Super Saiyan was a mystery at one point, but it's become such an iconic part of the series that you almost certainly know about it by now even if you're not a Dragon Ball fan.

    Fan Works

    • Akane's murder of Ranma and Ukyo in a rage-fueled fugue state at the climax of the Ranma ½ fanfic The Bitter End was a stunning and almost unbelievable Twist Ending that shocked readers when it was released in 1997. However, in the decades since, it's become common knowledge in what remains of the Ranma fandom, and indeed, subject to Recursive Fanfiction.



    • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Famously a target of spoiler campaign by, ahem, pranksters; anyone who knows anything about Harry Potter these days knows that Snape kills Dumbledore.

    Video Games

    • Dr. Wily is, in-fact, still the Big Bad of Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5, and Mega Man 6, despite any decoy villains present. Modern re-releases don't even pretend the audience will be fooled.
    • Even as of the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, 27 years into the franchise, the PokéDex still lists Magikarp as "useless", "underpowered", "pathetic", and/or "weak". Pokémon Sun and Moon goes so far as to claim its only true benefit is as prey for more respectable Pokémon. Of course, few fans are fooled by this anymore, as the true secret behind them is barely a secret now.

    Wait, wait... What Was Whose Sled?