History ChekhovsGun / VideoGames

7th Feb '18 11:05:38 AM keyblade333
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* Aeris Gainsborough owns a materia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' that seems to be of no use at all, but proves later to be the materia that summons the ultimate defensive spell, Holy. Additionally, during the Shinra building raid, Cloud finds a megaphone in a locker and decides not to take it. It turns out to be [[spoiler: belonging to Reeve - better known as Cait Sith, who appears as a character later using a megaphone as a weapon. You can later return to this locker and pick it up - it's Cait Sith's ultimate weapon.]] Another example occurs in Junon: you see the giant cannon the city is built around on Disc 1; it gets fired on Disc 2.

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* Aeris Aerith Gainsborough owns a materia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' that seems to be of no use at all, but proves later to be the materia that summons the ultimate defensive spell, Holy. Additionally, during the Shinra building raid, Cloud finds a megaphone in a locker and decides not to take it. It turns out to be [[spoiler: belonging to Reeve - better known as Cait Sith, who appears as a character later using a megaphone as a weapon. You can later return to this locker and pick it up - it's Cait Sith's ultimate weapon.]] Another example occurs in Junon: you see the giant cannon the city is built around on Disc 1; it gets fired on Disc 2.
4th Feb '18 5:50:46 PM Malady
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* In ''TaiyouNoShindenAstekaII'' (a.k.a. ''Tombs and Treasure''), you get the lighter from the first room in the game, and it can't be used for anything until the last room in the game, where it's necessary to complete the game. You obtain a silver key at the same time as the lighter, which is later used to unlock the Temple of the Sun and acquire the game's prime MacGuffin, the Sun Key.

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* In ''TaiyouNoShindenAstekaII'' ''VideoGame/AstekaIITemploDelSol'' (a.k.a. ''Tombs and Treasure''), you get the lighter from the first room in the game, and it can't be used for anything until the last room in the game, where it's necessary to complete the game. You obtain a silver key at the same time as the lighter, which is later used to unlock the Temple of the Sun and acquire the game's prime MacGuffin, the Sun Key.
17th Jan '18 7:17:47 AM Cryoclaste
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** Nearly every Adventure game, such as ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' or ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', has your character [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest collecting seemingly random items]], [[PlotTailoredToTheParty all of which will be used later]]. One game that averted this was the original ''ManiacMansion'' game, which, due to having multiple characters and multiple endings, had many items that were worthless if you had the wrong party. It also had items that were completely worthless no matter what, such as the chain saw, which had no fuel. Interestingly, the sequel goes back to the traditional tactic of not only having every single item be used at least once, but if the item is small enough to be passed through time, it will be needed in another time. The only item that's never used is the hubcap, and you can not pick it up.

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** Nearly every Adventure game, such as ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' or ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', has your character [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest collecting seemingly random items]], [[PlotTailoredToTheParty all of which will be used later]]. One game that averted this was the original ''ManiacMansion'' ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' game, which, due to having multiple characters and multiple endings, had many items that were worthless if you had the wrong party. It also had items that were completely worthless no matter what, such as the chain saw, which had no fuel. Interestingly, the sequel goes back to the traditional tactic of not only having every single item be used at least once, but if the item is small enough to be passed through time, it will be needed in another time. The only item that's never used is the hubcap, and you can not pick it up.
3rd Jan '18 1:42:33 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''JakAndDaxter'': The [[OrphansPlotTrinket Seal of Mar]] at first seems like it's just a way to identify the Kid as the lost heir... until we find out that it seems to possess some mystical properties, and [[spoiler: it confirms that Jak is Damas's son]].

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* ''JakAndDaxter'': ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'': The [[OrphansPlotTrinket Seal of Mar]] at first seems like it's just a way to identify the Kid as the lost heir... until we find out that it seems to possess some mystical properties, and [[spoiler: it confirms that Jak is Damas's son]].
21st Dec '17 1:14:12 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''KingdomHearts3D'' Riku's new clothes have the Dream Eater symbol on the back. [[spoiler: Eventually it's revealed that he's been acting as Sora's Dream Eater for the entire game.]]

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* In ''KingdomHearts3D'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' Riku's new clothes have the Dream Eater symbol on the back. [[spoiler: Eventually it's revealed that he's been acting as Sora's Dream Eater for the entire game.]]
10th Dec '17 4:21:05 PM nombretomado
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* In ''DrawnToLife: The Next Chapter'' for the DS, Mike eventually turns out to be a key character (he's the reason [[EvilAllAlong Mari turned to Wilfre]]).

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* In ''DrawnToLife: ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife: The Next Chapter'' for the DS, Mike eventually turns out to be a key character (he's the reason [[EvilAllAlong Mari turned to Wilfre]]).
17th Nov '17 6:11:26 PM InaudibleRage
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** Anytime Phoenix happens across an incinerator, expect to find some half-burnt clue in there later on.
16th Nov '17 7:22:31 AM ShinyManaphy
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* There's a few cross-route guns in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'':
** Kazuaki's blacked-out photo [[spoiler:turns out to be of ''Nageki Fujishiro'', who is his adoptive younger brother.]] Additionally, there's a brief scene where Hiyoko comments on Kazuaki smelling like bleach, and Kazuaki responds that he fell asleep in his washing machine. [[spoiler:This is believable given his narcolepsy, but not the truth. He's been bleaching his feathers to disguise the fact that he is Nageki's brother Hitori, allowing him to get close to the bird who killed Nageki and steal Nageki's remains.]]
** Partway through some routes, Hiyoko finds a student ID card in the hallway. Kazuaki comments that the student on it has been missing since June, while Shuu is relieved when Hiyoko brings it to ''him''. [[spoiler:The card belongs to Anghel Higure, the secret route character. He's missing in most routes because he's been kidnapped by the doctor, but in his own route he manages to escape and get Hiyoko's help.]]
** At the end of the secret route, the game briefly and inexplicably [[spoiler:turns into a JRPG-style boss battle.]] In the true ending, the cast realise that they can use the cause of this change to [[spoiler:snap Ryouta out of his despair and save the human race.]]
** A minor one is the fact that Shuu always holds things with his left wing. In the true ending, he uses this as an alibi - he's partly paralysed and therefore not physically strong enough to do what he's being accused of doing.
** Lastly, Hiyoko and Nageki discuss the novel ''Night on the Galactic Railroad'' during Nageki's route. Come the sequel game, [[spoiler:they end up on a galactic railroad themselves, which takes them to the titular Holiday Star.]]
31st Oct '17 3:14:43 PM morenohijazo
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19th Oct '17 7:11:49 AM CosmicFerret
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* At the start of ''BrokenSword'',George is shocked with a hand buzzer by the owner of a joke shop, who then laughs and gives it to him as a gift. When George tries to pull this prank on anyone else in the game, they all refuse to shake his hand for one reason or another. It's only when an assassin has George helpless at gunpoint at the top of a mountain that George gets a chance to use it, shocking the assassin and dramatically leaping to safety while he fumbles with his gun.

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* At the start of ''BrokenSword'',George ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'',George is shocked with a hand buzzer by the owner of a joke shop, who then laughs and gives it to him as a gift. When George tries to pull this prank on anyone else in the game, they all refuse to shake his hand for one reason or another. It's only when an assassin has George helpless at gunpoint at the top of a mountain that George gets a chance to use it, shocking the assassin and dramatically leaping to safety while he fumbles with his gun.
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