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    I've only recently heard of the red herring technique, so I'm a little confused as to what the reverse red herring is?

    anyone have any ideas?

    Well if a red herring is a false clue or incidental piece of information placed to lead a reader to jump to an incorrect conclusion...

    ...I'm guessing a reverse red herring is such a piece of information that appears to be of this kind, but the conclusion which it suggests is actually correct... So the reader is lead into doubting the validity of the 'red herring' and avoiding drawing conclusions from it (trying not to fall into a trap), when it's true all along and this is finally revealed to them to be the truth, surprising them.

    Or so I guess. I haven't a clue, that's just what it sounds like.

    Like when you're watching a Scooby Doo episode and they always have the obviously creepy guy to throw you off the scent of the actual bad guy but then they twist it on you by making the creepy guy the villain because you're not actually expecting him to be the guy in the mask because you thought he was just a 'red herring'.

    Reverse Red Herring.
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