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12th Jun '16 12:03:08 PM Kakai
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* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', [[spoiler:Alodi]]. She's first seen as a shadow leading Khadgar to a very important book (a ChekhovsGun in itself), and then her name shows up on a margin of one of the book's pages. She makes her appearance proper late in the film, when Khadgar figures out whom to question about the "ask [[spoiler:Alodi]]" note.
29th Oct '15 4:38:24 AM AjWargo
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* In ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' [[spoiler:a seemingly unimportant character kills the protagonist, with a gun]].

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* In ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' [[spoiler:a seemingly unimportant character African-American student who goes by the name of Little Henry kills the protagonist, with a gun]].
27th Oct '15 1:16:22 PM Kakai
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* ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'':
** Max, the blind warlock who gives Kaulder clues, is [[spoiler:sacrificed by Belial to revive the Witch Queen.]]
** Ellic, a warlock arrested shortly after 36th Dolan's murder, [[spoiler:turns out to be the weak link necessary to break the Queen's spell.]]
** Subverted with Miranda, a waitress at Chloe's place, who also runs a herbalist shop; while she's set up to be one, [[spoiler:Belial murders her to stop her from helping Chloe and Kaulder.]]
12th Oct '15 4:14:45 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma1957'', the good guys are trying to smuggle bandit chief Ben Wade out of town before Wade's gang can come back and liberate him. They find a hotel, and the clerk tells them that the only person in the hotel is a drunk sleeping it off in the lobby. The drunk is really Wade's [[TheDragon dragon]], who alerts the bandit gang.
5th Oct '15 4:16:22 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/AmericaAmerica'' is AnImmigrantsTale about young Stavros and his epic journey from central Turkey to the USA in the 1890s. One scene in the first act shows Stavros meeting Hohannes, a man traveling on foot to Constantinople and thence to America. Stavros gives Hohannes his shoes, Hohannes walks away, and the movie continues. In the third act over an hour later Stavros meets him again in Constantinople. Hohannes eventually makes Stavros's escape to America possible by switching papers with Stavros after Stavros is barred from entry.
16th Jul '15 12:59:29 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', the squirrel Lou projectile vomits on later [[spoiler:changes the original outcome of a football game Lou bet on]].
5th Jul '15 10:09:14 AM Eddy1215
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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toon who killed Eddie Valiant's brother Teddy disappeared after his crime, leaving Eddie with a dislike for toons. [[spoiler:At the climax of the film, the BigBad Judge Doom is revealed to be that very toon]].
4th Jun '15 11:07:10 PM erforce
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* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'':
** In the first film, Dixon, [[EvilRedhead the red-headed bully]] who cuts in on George and Lorraine at the dance, was seen earlier kicking George when he had a KickMeSign on his back.
** In Part II, Biff Tannen's great-grandfather Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen was first mentioned in a video at [[ShrineToSelf the Biff Tannen museum in 1985-A]], who in Part III, murdered Doc before [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong Marty traveled to 1885 to save him]].
** [[RewatchBonus When one rewatches]] Part III, you'd realize that Clara Clayton was introduced before being rescued by Doc. As Doc and Marty discussed their plan at the Hill Valley train station, you'd see standing in the background waiting to be picked up by Doc, as Marty says "Yeah, but Doc, according to this map, there is no bridge."

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* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'':
''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'':
** In the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film, film]], Dixon, [[EvilRedhead the red-headed bully]] who cuts in on George and Lorraine at the dance, was seen earlier kicking George when he had a KickMeSign on his back.
** In Part II, ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Biff Tannen's great-grandfather Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen was first mentioned in a video at [[ShrineToSelf the Biff Tannen museum in 1985-A]], who in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III, III]]'', murdered Doc before [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong Marty traveled to 1885 to save him]].
** [[RewatchBonus When one rewatches]] Part III, ''Part III'', you'd realize that Clara Clayton was introduced before being rescued by Doc. As Doc and Marty discussed their plan at the Hill Valley train station, you'd see standing in the background waiting to be picked up by Doc, as Marty says "Yeah, but Doc, according to this map, there is no bridge."
27th May '15 5:20:56 PM Bassball_Batman
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* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': [[spoiler:The Doctor states that 20 Neo-Vipers have been created and ''19'' were present in their base. The 20th is said to be in Washington, and is later revealed to be in the Secret Service]].



* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': [[spoiler:The Doctor states that 20 Neo-Vipers have been created and ''19'' were present in their base. The 20th is said to be in Washington, and is later revealed to be in the Secret Service]].



* The love interest in RomanticComedy movies will sometimes be this. Like in ''MusicAndLyrics'', Sophie first appears to water Alex's plants before she starts spouting off song lyrics.

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* The love interest in RomanticComedy movies will sometimes be this. Like in ''MusicAndLyrics'', ''Film/MusicAndLyrics'', Sophie first appears to water Alex's plants before she starts spouting off song lyrics.
27th May '15 5:18:22 PM Bassball_Batman
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* In ''Film/CemeteryMan'', Francesco's friend Franco seems a bit character. All that happens between the two is a bunch of phone conversations in which they muse about life and the very slow churn of gossip in the town. However, every time Francesco meets his friend in person, [[spoiler:Franco doesn't seem to acknowledge his presence. This is a very important detail]].
* In ''Film/{{Changeling}}'', a young Canadian on a warrant for illegally entering the US is briefly mentioned. He is later pivotal to the plot, when [[spoiler:he says he was coerced into killing several children, and identifies Walter Collins as one of his victims]].
* In the 2008 Thai action movie ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'', the protagonist is a autistic savant girl who becomes a tremendously skilled martial artist by observing muy thai boxers and watching martial arts movies. About halfway through the movie, a severely mentally handicapped boy is seen amongst the villains and told to leave them while they conduct business. Guess who the most challenging opponent to the main character turns out to be?



* In ''Film/{{Exam}}'', Deaf ends up being eliminated early, after White tricks him into eating his paper. [[spoiler: Later, Deaf is [[TheReveal revealed]] to be the CEO who organized the Exam to begin with. Why? To see which person had the good moral character to help him spread the cure for the plague that takes place during the film's setting]].
* Why would [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] be playing a seemingly unimportant, friendly agent in ''Film/GetSmart''? [[spoiler:It's not because he's TheMole, is it?]]



* A literal example of this trope reveals the hero of ''The Good, The Bad and The Weird''.
* Charlize Theron is a bit too big of a star to merely play a disapproving housewife in ''Film/{{Hancock}}''.
* In ''Film/TheHangover'', Black Doug mentions that "Marshall is gonna kill me". Four years and two movies later, Marshall appears, played by JohnGoodman.



* In the execrable ChristopherLambert movie ''KnightMoves'', the killer is [[spoiler:the computer tech from near the beginning of the film]].
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'': All Willem wanted to do was to see the sailboat in that picture. [[spoiler: Through a chain of circumstances, however, his frustration at being unable to see the sailboat is what ends up saving the day for TS and Brodie]].



* Scudder in ''Literature/{{Maurice}}''. In the book he's foreshadowed subtly several times; in TheFilmOfTheBook, he gets one awkward scene where he (as a random servant) is asked ''by name'' to do some menial task.



* Throughout the movie ''Film/OfficeSpace'', Milton's storyline is seemingly unconnected to the main plot, as [[ButtMonkey inconvenience after inconvenience]] roll his way and he occasionally mutters a threat to [[KillItWithFire burn down the building]]. [[spoiler:In the end, he makes good on his threat, destroying the evidence of the main cast's embezzlement (while also stealing the money himself) and setting up for a happy ending]].
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' film ''Film/ANewHope'', Biggs Darklighter became one when most of his scenes were cut, first mentioned by Luke about how his friends have long left Tatooine, before showing up during the Battle of Yavin towards the end. In the special edition, one of his scenes was reinserted, encountering Luke before departing for the battle.

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* Throughout the movie ''Film/OfficeSpace'', Milton's storyline is seemingly unconnected to the main plot, as [[ButtMonkey inconvenience after inconvenience]] roll his way Robert, Eric, and he occasionally mutters a threat to [[KillItWithFire burn down the building]]. [[spoiler:In the end, he makes good on his threat, destroying the evidence of the main cast's embezzlement (while also stealing the money himself) and setting up for a happy ending]].
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' film ''Film/ANewHope'', Biggs Darklighter became one when most of his scenes were cut, first mentioned by Luke about how his friends have long left Tatooine, before showing up during the Battle of Yavin towards the end. In the special edition, one of his scenes was reinserted, encountering Luke before departing for the battle.
Jordy in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.



* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', while the movie is introducing the main character, Harold Crick, it also introduces two seemingly unimportant characters for flavor: a boy that has just been given a new bike, and a woman searching for a new job. Throughout the film they appear randomly as they go about their day-to-day lives with very little fanfare, until the end, when [[spoiler:Harold is nearly killed saving the boy from being hit by a bus (driven by the woman on her first day on the job) after he falls off his bike in front of the bus stop. It turns out that the [[RewritingReality writer of the story]] Harold was the main character of had been foreshadowing their appearance the entire time]].
* In ''Film/CemeteryMan'', Francesco's friend Franco seems a bit character. All that happens between the two is a bunch of phone conversations in which they muse about life and the very slow churn of gossip in the town. However, every time Francesco meets his friend in person, [[spoiler:Franco doesn't seem to acknowledge his presence. This is a very important detail.]]
* In ''Film/{{Changeling}}'', a young Canadian on a warrant for illegally entering the US is briefly mentioned. He is later pivotal to the plot, when [[spoiler:he says he was coerced into killing several children, and identifies Walter Collins as one of his victims]].

* Why would [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] be playing a seemingly unimportant, friendly agent in ''Film/GetSmart''? [[spoiler:It's not because he's TheMole, is it?]]
* A literal example of this trope reveals the hero of ''The Good, The Bad and The Weird''.
* Charlize Theron is a bit too big of a star to merely play a disapproving housewife in ''Film/{{Hancock}}''.
* Scudder in ''Literature/{{Maurice}}''. In the book he's foreshadowed subtly several times; in TheFilmOfTheBook, he gets one awkward scene where he (as a random servant) is asked ''by name'' to do some menial task.
* One of the strangest appearances of a Chekhov's PERSON, in the horror-porn film ''One-Eyed Monster''. Veronica, the old whore who has spent most of the entire movie in an unconscious coked out stupor, saves the day by intercepting and preventing Ron Jeremy's detached alien-possessed member from cumming, causing an incredibly huge explosion that takes out her and the alien. As she puts it "Have you ever heard of what I can do when I'm on my cankles? I can catch a bullet with this thing. ''(flexing legs back and forth suggestively)''" As to the reason for her sacrifice? She's "47 and the world is no place for senior citizens."
* [[Series/That70sShow Jim]] [[Series/{{Reno 911}} Rash's]] character in ''Film/SkyHigh''. We first see him as the love interest's father; he has two lines and then disappears. When he next shows up, it's in the climactic school dance scene, and if the viewer notices him at all (unlikely, as he's in the background and the viewer is probably looking at Creator/KurtRussell), they will probably assume he is just chaperoning his daughter. [[spoiler: Then the Creator/PatrickWarburton-voiced BigBad's identity is revealed, and Jim gives an incredibly creepy smirk...]].
* In ''Film/{{Predators}}'', the character of Edwin seems like an immediate candidate. Initially, he stands out as a normal person in a group of badass killers, leading the genre savvy Royce to wonder why Edwin was kidnapped along with them. For much of the film, he lives up to his normal reputation, with the only major break in action being briefly stabbing a Predator in a moment of desperation. Brilliantly, Royce almost manages to subvert the trope by theorising that the Predators took Edwin in order to add a "human" element to the group, that may end up dividing them. He's almost right...
* In the execrable ChristopherLambert movie KnightMoves, the killer is [[spoiler:the computer tech from near the beginning of the film]].
* In ''Film/{{Exam}}'', Deaf ends up being eliminated early, after White tricks him into eating his paper. [[spoiler: Later, Deaf is [[TheReveal revealed]] to be the CEO who organized the Exam to begin with. Why? To see which person had the good moral character to help him spread the cure for the plague that takes place during the film's setting]].
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'': All Willem wanted to do was to see the sailboat in that picture. [[spoiler: Through a chain of circumstances, however, his frustration at being unable to see the sailboat is what ends up saving the day for TS and Brodie]].
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'' you can (Just barely) hear Vince and Jules conversation in the background during "Honey Bunny" and "Ringo"'s conversation before they rob the restaurant. You can also see Vince walking to the bathroom in the background (you have to look closely.)
* In ''Film/TheHangover'', Black Doug mentions that "Marshall is gonna kill me". Four years and two movies later, Marshall appears, played by JohnGoodman.



* In the 2008 Thai action movie ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'', the protagonist is a autistic savant girl who becomes a tremendously skilled martial artist by observing muy thai boxers and watching martial arts movies. About halfway through the movie, a severely mentally handicapped boy is seen amongst the villains and told to leave them while they conduct business. Guess who the most challenging opponent to the main character turns out to be?
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' examples contain Wiseman [[spoiler: who turns out to be a kind bus driver that gives Sweet Pea an alibi to evade the police]], the young British soldier that catches Sweet Pea's attention in the trench warfare sequence [[spoiler: who is a passenger on the bus that she rides on at the end of the film]] and The High Roller [[spoiler: who is actually the doctor who performs the lobotomy on Baby Doll]].
* Robert, Eric, and Jordy in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Destroyer]]. [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Spoiled by the trailer]].
* In ''Unconditional Love'', the killer turns out to be [[spoiler: the window washer, who'd been seen in the background earlier in the film]].
* In ''Film/{{UHF}}'', there's a few apparent throwaway scenes of a bum going around asking for change. Said bum turns up at the very end and [[spoiler: manages to help the station at the very last second]].



* Throughout the movie ''Film/OfficeSpace'', Milton's storyline is seemingly unconnected to the main plot, as [[ButtMonkey inconvenience after inconvenience]] roll his way and he occasionally mutters a threat to [[KillItWithFire burn down the building]]. [[spoiler:In the end, he makes good on his threat, destroying the evidence of the main cast's embezzlement (while also stealing the money himself) and setting up for a happy ending]].
* One of the strangest appearances of a Chekhov's '''''person''''', in the horror-porn film ''One-Eyed Monster''. Veronica, the old whore who has spent most of the entire movie in an unconscious coked out stupor, saves the day by intercepting and preventing Ron Jeremy's detached alien-possessed member from cumming, causing an incredibly huge explosion that takes out her and the alien. As she puts it "Have you ever heard of what I can do when I'm on my cankles? I can catch a bullet with this thing. ''(flexing legs back and forth suggestively)''" As to the reason for her sacrifice? She's "47 and the world is no place for senior citizens."
* In ''Film/{{Predators}}'', the character of Edwin seems like an immediate candidate. Initially, he stands out as a normal person in a group of badass killers, leading the genre savvy Royce to wonder why Edwin was kidnapped along with them. For much of the film, he lives up to his normal reputation, with the only major break in action being briefly stabbing a Predator in a moment of desperation. Brilliantly, Royce almost manages to subvert the trope by theorising that the Predators took Edwin in order to add a "human" element to the group, that may end up dividing them. He's almost right...
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'' you can (just barely) hear Vince and Jules conversation in the background during "Honey Bunny" and "Ringo"'s conversation before they rob the restaurant. You can also see Vince walking to the bathroom in the background (you have to look closely).



*** Also played with at the end of the movie: [[spoiler: Zepp first appears in just a split second scene in which he reminds Gordon of Jigsaw's name. The movie then hints at him being Jigsaw.]]

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*** Also played with at the end of the movie: [[spoiler: Zepp first appears in just a split second scene in which he reminds Gordon of Jigsaw's name. The movie then hints at him being Jigsaw.]]Jigsaw]].


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* [[Series/That70sShow Jim]] [[Series/{{Reno 911}} Rash's]] character in ''Film/SkyHigh''. We first see him as the love interest's father; he has two lines and then disappears. When he next shows up, it's in the climactic school dance scene, and if the viewer notices him at all (unlikely, as he's in the background and the viewer is probably looking at Creator/KurtRussell), they will probably assume he is just chaperoning his daughter. [[spoiler: Then the Creator/PatrickWarburton-voiced BigBad's identity is revealed, and Jim gives an incredibly creepy smirk...]].


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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' film ''Film/ANewHope'', Biggs Darklighter became one when most of his scenes were cut, first mentioned by Luke about how his friends have long left Tatooine, before showing up during the Battle of Yavin towards the end. In the special edition, one of his scenes was reinserted, encountering Luke before departing for the battle.
* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', while the movie is introducing the main character, Harold Crick, it also introduces two seemingly unimportant characters for flavor: a boy that has just been given a new bike, and a woman searching for a new job. Throughout the film they appear randomly as they go about their day-to-day lives with very little fanfare, until the end, when [[spoiler:Harold is nearly killed saving the boy from being hit by a bus (driven by the woman on her first day on the job) after he falls off his bike in front of the bus stop. It turns out that the [[RewritingReality writer of the story]] Harold was the main character of had been foreshadowing their appearance the entire time]].
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' examples contain Wiseman [[spoiler: who turns out to be a kind bus driver that gives Sweet Pea an alibi to evade the police]], the young British soldier that catches Sweet Pea's attention in the trench warfare sequence [[spoiler: who is a passenger on the bus that she rides on at the end of the film]] and The High Roller [[spoiler: who is actually the doctor who performs the lobotomy on Baby Doll]].
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Destroyer]]. [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Spoiled by the trailer]].


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* In ''Film/{{UHF}}'', there's a few apparent throwaway scenes of a bum going around asking for change. Said bum turns up at the very end and [[spoiler: manages to help the station at the very last second]].
* In ''Unconditional Love'', the killer turns out to be [[spoiler: the window washer, who'd been seen in the background earlier in the film]].
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