History ChekhovsGun / ComicBooks

27th Dec '15 8:56:14 PM nombretomado
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* The early 1990s MarvelComics series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' featured the title alien's Imaginator, a teleportation device that can be used by the Sleepwalkers to teleport almost anywhere they can imagine, and to imprison the monsters they capture. Sleepwalker becomes trapped in Rick Sheridan's mind when Rick mistakes the Imaginator for a weapon and takes it away from him, before the device is later retrieved by Cobweb for the [[EvilPlan invasion of Earth and framing Sleepwalker as the invasion's leader.]]
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* The early 1990s MarvelComics series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' featured the title alien's Imaginator, a teleportation device that can be used by the Sleepwalkers to teleport almost anywhere they can imagine, and to imprison the monsters they capture. Sleepwalker becomes trapped in Rick Sheridan's mind when Rick mistakes the Imaginator for a weapon and takes it away from him, before the device is later retrieved by Cobweb for the [[EvilPlan invasion of Earth and framing Sleepwalker as the invasion's leader.]]
28th Nov '15 5:32:00 PM nombretomado
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* In the second issue of [[SecretSix Villains United]], one of the miniseries leading up to ''InfiniteCrisis'', we see a pair of weapons mounted on Scandal's wall when she's writing a love letter. It's the first subtle hint that she is a DarkActionGirl instead of the non-combatant MiddleManagementMook she had appeared to be to that point.
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* In the second issue of [[SecretSix [[ComicBook/SecretSix Villains United]], one of the miniseries leading up to ''InfiniteCrisis'', ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', we see a pair of weapons mounted on Scandal's wall when she's writing a love letter. It's the first subtle hint that she is a DarkActionGirl instead of the non-combatant MiddleManagementMook she had appeared to be to that point.
27th Nov '15 7:28:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness]]'', Scott wins a 1-Up after defeating Todd. He's mildly creeped out by it, but he collects it anyway. When [[spoiler:Gideon kills Scott in the final battle, his Extra Life saves us all from a DownerEnding]].
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* In ''[[ScottPilgrim ''[[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness]]'', Scott wins a 1-Up after defeating Todd. He's mildly creeped out by it, but he collects it anyway. When [[spoiler:Gideon kills Scott in the final battle, his Extra Life saves us all from a DownerEnding]].
31st Oct '15 8:43:09 PM nombretomado
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* In an early issue of the AffectionateParody title ''QuantumAndWoody'', the titular duo set their differing approaches to crimefighting: Quantum has [[CrazyPrepared a fully-laden utility belt and a multi-functional outfit]], while Woody carries, quote, "[a] 9mm Beretta and a Zippo lighter". The Beretta sees occasional use throughout the series, while the Zippo doesn't get another mention until one of the last issues of the Akklaim run, [[spoiler:when both of them are [[DeathTrap locked in a cage being slowly lowered into a pool of toxic waste]], by [[TheJuggernaut a superpowered mercenary they had just tried, and failed, to stop with an all-or-nothing energy blast and]] ''[[TheJuggernaut a nuclear explosion]]''. While Quantum recites a prayer, Woody, blinded by the fumes, desperately tries to strike the lighter to see in the "dark". The flame ignites those same fumes and blasts the cage and its occupants to (relative) safety]].
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* In an early issue of the AffectionateParody title ''QuantumAndWoody'', ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'', the titular duo set their differing approaches to crimefighting: Quantum has [[CrazyPrepared a fully-laden utility belt and a multi-functional outfit]], while Woody carries, quote, "[a] 9mm Beretta and a Zippo lighter". The Beretta sees occasional use throughout the series, while the Zippo doesn't get another mention until one of the last issues of the Akklaim run, [[spoiler:when both of them are [[DeathTrap locked in a cage being slowly lowered into a pool of toxic waste]], by [[TheJuggernaut a superpowered mercenary they had just tried, and failed, to stop with an all-or-nothing energy blast and]] ''[[TheJuggernaut a nuclear explosion]]''. While Quantum recites a prayer, Woody, blinded by the fumes, desperately tries to strike the lighter to see in the "dark". The flame ignites those same fumes and blasts the cage and its occupants to (relative) safety]].
13th Sep '15 3:34:44 PM StFan
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* Early in ''CourtneyCrumrinAndTheNightThings'', Courtney reads her poetry in front of her class. Unbeknownst to her, her poetry reading conjures up a great storm and creates clouds so black they block out the sun. And no one mentions it after she's done for the rest of the series. [[spoiler: Until the final issue where a memory-wiped Courtney is given her poetry book, which returns her lost memories and magic, and gives her access to a spell strong enough to overcome an entire government body of wizards.]] * A cloneworks for xeno-anatomy and a villain with innate power-nullifying abilities both showed up early in the latest volume of ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''. Both of those and the [[ChekhovsSkill suit becomes invisible, wearer does not]] trick from an earlier collection become major factors in the last chapter.
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* Early in ''CourtneyCrumrinAndTheNightThings'', ''ComicBook/CourtneyCrumrinAndTheNightThings'', Courtney reads her poetry in front of her class. Unbeknownst to her, her poetry reading conjures up a great storm and creates clouds so black they block out the sun. And no one mentions it after she's done for the rest of the series. [[spoiler: Until the final issue where a memory-wiped Courtney is given her poetry book, which returns her lost memories and magic, and gives her access to a spell strong enough to overcome an entire government body of wizards.]] * A cloneworks for xeno-anatomy and a villain with innate power-nullifying abilities both showed up early in the latest volume of ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''.''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''. Both of those and the [[ChekhovsSkill suit becomes invisible, wearer does not]] trick from an earlier collection become major factors in the last chapter.
1st Jun '15 10:41:51 PM nombretomado
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* A coffee mug labelled "World's Best Dad" appears on a cluttered desk in one issue of TheInvisibles. Several issues later, it's used to save the day.
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* A coffee mug labelled "World's Best Dad" appears on a cluttered desk in one issue of TheInvisibles.ComicBook/TheInvisibles. Several issues later, it's used to save the day.
24th May '15 1:46:39 PM StarSword
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* ''ComicBook/SerenityLeavesOnTheWind'': One of the scientists who transformed River into a TykeBomb says she wasn't "complete", and sics Iris on them. Meanwhile, outside, the Operative surrenders rather than face Kalista. [[spoiler:Kalista is another product of the same program that created River and Iris. Her SciFiBobHaircut is a wig concealing the same heavily scarred head as Iris has.]]
24th Dec '14 2:04:16 AM DrPsyche
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* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: Has numerous. Rung's thumb microphone was mentioned just so it could be later used in a hostage crisis. Magnus stressing the importance of a semi-colon comes into play when Tailgate rewrites the law [[spoiler:to defeat the Legislators]]. Then there's Trailcutter, who get's guns installed in his legs and is revealed to deploy a force field as a panic bubble to save himself from harm. It saves him during an encounter with a DJD member [[spoiler:only for another to get around his defenses and brutally kill him]].
25th Apr '14 1:45:41 PM LongLiveHumour
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* In the {{Tintin}} book ''Recap/TintinTheCastafioreEmerald'', Tintin and Captain Haddock spotted a magpie in the front yard of Marlinspike very early on in the book. Later in the story, Bianca Castafiore's titular emerald was stolen. [[spoiler: It turns out the thief was the magpie.]]
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* In the {{Tintin}} Franchise/{{Tintin}} book ''Recap/TintinTheCastafioreEmerald'', Tintin and Captain Haddock spotted a magpie in the front yard of Marlinspike very early on in the book. Later in the story, Bianca Castafiore's titular emerald was stolen. [[spoiler: It turns out the thief was the magpie.]]

* The Transmogrofier Gun in ''{{Calvin And Hobbes}}''. It was first used for a story arc where Calvin introduces it and wants Hobbes to turn him into a Pterodactyl. He turns him into a ''tiny'' one, and a massive transmogrifying fight ensues. In a later arc, Calvin is falling down to earth because a balloon that lifted him in the sky popped. He roots for some chewing gum in his pocket, in the hopes he can blow a big bubble and use it as a parachute, when he finds the gun, transforms himself into a light particle, and zips back home.
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* The Transmogrofier Transmogrifier Gun in ''{{Calvin And Hobbes}}''.''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. It was first used for a story arc where Calvin introduces it and wants Hobbes to turn him into a Pterodactyl. He turns him into a ''tiny'' one, and a massive transmogrifying fight ensues. In a later arc, Calvin is falling down to earth because a balloon that lifted him in the sky popped. He roots for some chewing gum in his pocket, in the hopes he can blow a big bubble and use it as a parachute, when he finds the gun, transforms himself into a light particle, and zips back home.
17th Dec '13 1:07:45 AM erforce
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* Rorshach's journal from {{ComicBook/Watchmen}} is an interesting example of this trope. While it is certainly an example of a chekhov's gun, its eventual fate is left uncertain. Its return is the last thing the reader sees when reading the comic, and we get no clue as to whether or not the trope will be played straight, averted, or subverted.
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* Rorshach's journal from {{ComicBook/Watchmen}} ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is an interesting example of this trope. While it is certainly an example of a chekhov's gun, its eventual fate is left uncertain. Its return is the last thing the reader sees when reading the comic, and we get no clue as to whether or not the trope will be played straight, averted, or subverted. * One of the many failed ploys to permanently kill Dracula in ''Comicbook/DraculaLives'' involved a set of words called the Montesi Formula, a chant that could kill any vampire for good. The pages containing the formula eluded him in a SequelHook, and the formula returned in a story arc of ''[[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Doctor Strange: Master of Mystic Arts]]'', where they were used to kill all vampires in existence.
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