This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
: So, um...how is this different from Brick Joke
again? Or Running Gag
for that matter?
- Known Unknown: Brick Joke, despite having the word Joke in the title, isn't specifically a gag or joke. It's a seemingly minor, and easily forgotten, plot element that sets up more plot later on. This is where one joke comes and goes, and then is used to set up a later joke as well - here case, as well, this it isn't something one-off, it's a full joke that seems done and over with. This is a type of Brick Joke, but it's not necessarily the same thing. On the other hand, a Running Gag is where a joke is repeatedly... er... repeated, not necessarily setting itself up each time, while this is basically a single cause and effect.
: Well, that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. So you're saying is that Brick Joke
encompasses things that seem insignificant, but come into the plot later...isn't that pretty much the definition of Chekhov's Gun
? Is Chekhov's Gag
just "Brick Joke
with an actual joke"? Shouldn't the one with "Joke" in the name be about, well, jokes? This just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
Darkaros: I indexed the page, though I'm not sure it's working yet, to This Index Will Be Important Later
. ...Still don't understand the difference you guys are talking about though, it just sounds like the lovechild of Brick Joke
and Chekhov's Gun
. From what I understand, it's a Brick Joke that starts as a joke, then continues being a joke in a different way. Which I swear is another trope already... I'm still confused.