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Is there a name for the thing in fiction (usually tv/film) where a character uses a specific gender pronoun for a character who is unknown to them instead of using they/them, solely because the writer wants it to be more of a surprise later when it turns out to be someone of a different gender?

The closest thing I can find is "pronoun trouble" on tvtropes, but it's still not quite right. That's more for when there's an in-universe reason for playing the pronoun game. I'm talking about when the only explanation is "the writers forgot that people use they/them naturally"
I think I know what you mean, but I also don't know a specific term for it. :( If you know a series that does that, perhaps browse its page on tvtropes to see if it's been pointed out anywhere?
Gender Reveal?