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Let's say that we're watching a film in which a good guy is trying to track down a serial killer. At the end of the film we suddenly realise the the good guy is the serial killer! Can we call this a "reversal" in the sense that it is something not expected,or the opposite of what was expected? If not, what is the suitable word?

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  • Or irony could be another way to say it.
    – Jack
    Mar 19 '19 at 16:31
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I think the proper word is plot twist. Which in your example is pretty well defined by the abrupt change of what one would expect from the storyline to be like.

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Perhaps the word you're looking for is "reveal". Because the information is there all the time, it just hasn't been revealed to the audience yet.

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It means the roles of good guy vs. bad guy were switched (reversed). In film it is usually unexpected, but in general usage depends on context.

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