History ChekhovsGunman / VideoGames

16th Nov '17 7:08:03 AM ShinyManaphy
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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Episode I'' features an EarlyBirdCameo of sorts for one of the major villains of ''Episode III'', the android T-elos. Plans for T-elos are visible scattered around a U-Tic Organization battleship that Jr. and his crew storm. The mysterious young boy Abel also gets a split-second EarlyBirdCameo in the game's ending. Also, several scenes from ''Episode I'''s "8 Minute" trailer showcased key events like Jin and Margulis' epic sword fight and the unveiling of Proto Omega, which don't occur until well into ''Episode II''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Episode I'' features an EarlyBirdCameo of sorts for one of the major villains of ''Episode III'', the android T-elos. Plans for T-elos are visible scattered around a U-Tic Organization battleship that Jr. and his crew storm. The mysterious young boy Abel also gets a split-second EarlyBirdCameo in the game's ending. Also, several scenes from ''Episode I'''s "8 Minute" trailer showcased key events like Jin and Margulis' epic sword fight and the unveiling of Proto Omega, which don't occur until well into ''Episode II''.II''.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', you're seemingly introduced to every dateable character on the first day of the game. The protagonist will find an ID card on most routes for a student she doesn't recognise. She can bring it either to her maths teacher (who will remark that the student in question has been missing for a while) or the school doctor (who is very glad that she brought it to him specifically). No further details are given on this mystery student, and it appears that he's just foreshadowing for the true nature of the doctor... [[spoiler:until Anghel's route, when you learn that the card actually belongs to ''him'', and he ditched it because it has his real name on it.]]
16th Nov '17 7:02:33 AM ShinyManaphy
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** In ''Skyrim'', it's possible to run into a babbling jester who is attempting to transport his mother's coffin across Skyrim, but the wheel on his wagon is stuck, and the nearest person who could help is refusing to do so. You can help the jester by getting the farmer to fix the wagon. If you then start the Dark Brotherhood questline, you learn that this jester is a ''trained assassin'' and his "mother" is the mouthpiece of a ''god''.
22nd Sep '17 2:19:28 AM Nouct
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** In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', two characters introduced before your first mission suddenly become ''extremely'' important at the end game. One is the doctor you meet goofing off in your room, who ends up as the only ranked staff member at Chaldea after the bombing and becomes your MissionControl. [[spoiler: He's a Servant from a prior Grail War, and the BigBad would not exist if not for the wish he made then.]] The other is [[spoiler: the RidiculouslyCuteCritter that follows Mash around. It's one of the [[BiggerBad Seven Beasts of Calamity]].]]

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** In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', two characters introduced before your first mission suddenly become ''extremely'' important at the end game. One is the doctor you meet goofing off in your room, who ends up as the only ranked staff member at Chaldea after the bombing and becomes your MissionControl. [[spoiler: He's a Servant from a prior who won the Grail War, War that led to the creation of Chaldea and the BigBad would not exist if not is directly responsible for the wish he made then.BigBad's existence.]] The other is [[spoiler: the RidiculouslyCuteCritter that follows Mash around. It's one of the [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Seven Beasts of Calamity]].]]
5th Sep '17 5:56:03 PM Yuihime
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** In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', two characters introduced before your first mission suddenly become ''extremely'' important at the end game. One is the doctor you meet goofing off in your room, who ends up as the only ranked staff member at Chaldea after the bombing and becomes your MissionControl. [[spoiler: He's a Servant from a prior Grail War, and the BigBad would not exist if not for the wish he made then.]] The other is [[spoiler: the RidiculouslyCuteCritter that follows Mash around. It's one of the [[BiggerBad Seven Beasts of Calamity]].]]
12th Aug '17 8:50:56 AM Gosicrystal
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*** [[spoiler: Misty Fey]], who was only mentioned in passing at the beginning of the first game, then [[spoiler: shows up as both major character and victim in the last case of the Phoenix Arc]].

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*** [[spoiler: Misty [[spoiler:Misty Fey]], who was only mentioned in passing at the beginning of the first game, then [[spoiler: shows [[spoiler:shows up as both major character and victim in the last case of the Phoenix Arc]].



** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''
*** Valant Gramarye.

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** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''
''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'':
*** Valant Gramarye. Gramarye makes a couple of two-second appearances in Case 3 before being introduced. He's the magician responsible for the "vanishing Lamiroir" trick, which played an important role in the murder. He also was a witness in Phoenix's last trial, [[spoiler:and he's strongly implied to have killed Magnifi, his master... but he didn't]].



*** Ditto [[spoiler: Daryan Crescend]].
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth''
*** [[spoiler: Lang's assistant Shih-na]], who barely says a word throughout the entirety of the case she first appears in, is [[spoiler: Calisto Yew, murderer and TheDragon to the head of the smuggling ring]].
** ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2''
*** ''Investigations 2'' plays with this trope with [[spoiler: Ryouken Houinbo/Sirhan Dogen]]. The first time he's introduced, Edgeworth is sure he's the killer, but he's not. Then you find out [[spoiler:while he didn't commit the murder, he was pretty much the indirect cause of it]]. But just when you think you've seen the end of him... [[spoiler: he turns out to be vital to the plot of the last case]].
*** Also [[spoiler:Sota Sarushiro/Simon Keyes]] from the same game, is introduced in Case 2 as [[spoiler:that case's [[OnceAnEpisode wrongly accused person you have to prove innocent]]]]. In the final case, [[spoiler:he ''is'' the killer]]. Also, [[spoiler:he's the BigBad of the whole game. Even though he is only guilty of actually killing one person, he orchestrated nearly every other death in the game with his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry]].
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''
*** Similarly to the ''Investigations 1'' example above, we have [[spoiler: Queen Amara who was disguised as Rayfa's maid Nayna the entire game]].

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*** Ditto [[spoiler: Daryan [[spoiler:Daryan Crescend]].
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth''
*** [[spoiler: Lang's
In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', [[spoiler:Lang's assistant Shih-na]], who barely says a word throughout the entirety of the case she first appears in, is [[spoiler: Calisto [[spoiler:Calisto Yew, murderer and TheDragon to the head of the smuggling ring]].
** ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2''
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*** ''Investigations 2'' plays with this trope with [[spoiler: Ryouken [[spoiler:Ryouken Houinbo/Sirhan Dogen]]. The first time he's introduced, Edgeworth is sure he's the killer, but he's not. Then you find out [[spoiler:while he didn't commit the murder, he was pretty much the indirect cause of it]]. But just when you think you've seen the end of him... [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he turns out to be vital to the plot of the last case]].
*** Also [[spoiler:Sota Sarushiro/Simon Keyes]] from the same game, is introduced in Case 2 as [[spoiler:that case's [[OnceAnEpisode wrongly accused person you have to prove innocent]]]]. In the final case, [[spoiler:he ''is'' the killer]]. Also, [[spoiler:he's the BigBad of the whole game. Even though he is only guilty of actually killing one person, he orchestrated nearly every other death in the game with his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry]].
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''
*** Similarly to the ''Investigations 1'' example above,
In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' we have [[spoiler: Queen Amara [[spoiler:Queen Amara, who was disguised as Rayfa's maid Nayna the entire game]].game while everyone thought she had been killed 23 years ago]].
6th Jul '17 2:15:26 PM NNinja
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*** The victim in the first case is described just as "a mysterious world traveler". It might seem at first that he's yet another throwaway victim who won't be brought up again. [[spoiler:He is in fact Zak Gramarye, Trudy's father, and a vital character to the plot.]]

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*** The victim in the first case is described just as "a mysterious world traveler". It might seem at first that he's yet another throwaway victim who won't be brought up again. [[spoiler:He is in fact Zak Gramarye, Trudy's Trucy's father, and a vital character to the plot.]]
16th May '17 4:59:31 PM TroperBeDoper
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* ''{{VideoGame/Subnautica}}'' has the ''[[spoiler:Peeper]]'' of all things as this. [[spoiler:The most common, abundant and regular looking fish in the game. Turns out the little guys were commanded by the Sea Emperor to bring all types of Flora and Fauna to the aquarium after [[ThePlague the Carar outbreak]]. In summation, the only reason the planet is still alive during the game is because of them.]]
29th Apr '17 12:37:47 PM Psyclone
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** In ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'' [[spoiler:the tutorial missions introduce Erich Soders, an ICA instructor and former ICA top hitman who tries to make 47 wash out via UnwinnableTrainingSimulation out of jealousy. In episode 5 he is revealed to be TheMole for the Illuminati-esque group Providence and becomes one of the targets in the season finale.]]
1st Apr '17 9:39:35 AM nombretomado
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*** Also, a possible subversion... In the ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' anime, as the FM-ians are outside the TV station ready to gate-crash Libra's show, Hope Stelar/Akane Hoshikawa (Geo's/Subaru's mum) is seen walking nearby behind them (And with an arrow pointing her out in a style similar to how every ChekhovsGun in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is pointed out). Amusingly enough, she '''''does''''' end up as a contestant in Libra's show and beats Cancer at it, but she ends up losing all importance afterwards.

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*** Also, a possible subversion... In the ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' anime, as the FM-ians are outside the TV station ready to gate-crash Libra's show, Hope Stelar/Akane Hoshikawa (Geo's/Subaru's mum) is seen walking nearby behind them (And with an arrow pointing her out in a style similar to how every ChekhovsGun in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is pointed out). Amusingly enough, she '''''does''''' end up as a contestant in Libra's show and beats Cancer at it, but she ends up losing all importance afterwards.
20th Mar '17 8:51:54 AM Korodzik
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** Valant Gramarye in ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney''.
** Ditto [[spoiler: Daryan Crescend]].
** [[spoiler: Lang's assistant Shih-na]], who barely says a word throughout the entirety of the case she first appears in, is [[spoiler: Calisto Yew, murderer and TheDragon to the head of the smuggling ring]].
** A similar example goes to [[spoiler: Queen Amara who was disguised as Rayfa's maid Nayna the entire game]].
** Special mention goes to [[spoiler: Misty Fey]], who was only mentioned in passing at the beginning of the first game, then [[spoiler: shows up as both major character and victim in the last case of the Phoenix Arc]].
** Honestly, there's always at least one witness that turns out like this, if not the killer himself. If the game is trying to keep you from paying attention to them, they probably did it.
** Investigations 2 plays with this trope with [[spoiler: Ryouken Houinbo/Sirhan Dogen]]. The first time he's introduced, Edgeworth is sure he's the killer, but he's not. Then you find out [[spoiler:while he didn't commit the murder, he was pretty much the indirect cause of it]]. But just when you think you've seen the end of him... [[spoiler: he turns out to be vital to the plot of the last case]].
** Also [[spoiler:Sota Sarushiro/Simon Keyes]] from the same game, is introduced in Case 2 as [[spoiler:that case's [[OnceAnEpisode wrongly accused person you have to prove innocent]]]]. In the final case, [[spoiler:he ''is'' the killer]]. Also, [[spoiler:he's the BigBad of the whole game. Even though he is only guilty of actually killing one person, he orchestrated nearly every other death in the game with his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry]].
** The completely nondescript chief prosecutor who gave von Karma his first penalty turns into a major character in Investigations 2.

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** Valant Gramarye in ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney''.
** Ditto [[spoiler: Daryan Crescend]].
** [[spoiler: Lang's assistant Shih-na]], who barely says a word throughout the entirety of the case she first appears in, is [[spoiler: Calisto Yew, murderer and TheDragon to the head of the smuggling ring]].
** A similar example goes to [[spoiler: Queen Amara who was disguised as Rayfa's maid Nayna the entire game]].
** Special mention goes to [[spoiler: Misty Fey]], who was only mentioned in passing at the beginning of the first game, then [[spoiler: shows up as both major character and victim in the last case of the Phoenix Arc]].
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Series-wide:
***
Honestly, there's always at least one witness that turns out like this, if not the killer himself. If the game is trying to keep you from paying attention to them, they probably did it.
*** [[spoiler: Misty Fey]], who was only mentioned in passing at the beginning of the first game, then [[spoiler: shows up as both major character and victim in the last case of the Phoenix Arc]].
*** The completely nondescript chief prosecutor who gave von Karma his first penalty turns into a major character in ''Investigations 2''.
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''
*** Valant Gramarye.
*** The victim in the first case is described just as "a mysterious world traveler". It might seem at first that he's yet another throwaway victim who won't be brought up again. [[spoiler:He is in fact Zak Gramarye, Trudy's father, and a vital character to the plot.]]
*** Ditto [[spoiler: Daryan Crescend]].
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth''
*** [[spoiler: Lang's assistant Shih-na]], who barely says a word throughout the entirety of the case she first appears in, is [[spoiler: Calisto Yew, murderer and TheDragon to the head of the smuggling ring]].
** ''Ace Attorney
Investigations 2 2''
*** ''Investigations 2''
plays with this trope with [[spoiler: Ryouken Houinbo/Sirhan Dogen]]. The first time he's introduced, Edgeworth is sure he's the killer, but he's not. Then you find out [[spoiler:while he didn't commit the murder, he was pretty much the indirect cause of it]]. But just when you think you've seen the end of him... [[spoiler: he turns out to be vital to the plot of the last case]].
** *** Also [[spoiler:Sota Sarushiro/Simon Keyes]] from the same game, is introduced in Case 2 as [[spoiler:that case's [[OnceAnEpisode wrongly accused person you have to prove innocent]]]]. In the final case, [[spoiler:he ''is'' the killer]]. Also, [[spoiler:he's the BigBad of the whole game. Even though he is only guilty of actually killing one person, he orchestrated nearly every other death in the game with his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry]].
** The completely nondescript chief prosecutor ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''
*** Similarly to the ''Investigations 1'' example above, we have [[spoiler: Queen Amara
who gave von Karma his first penalty turns into a major character in Investigations 2.was disguised as Rayfa's maid Nayna the entire game]].



* Melchior in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' manages to pull it off twice. He's first introduced as a sympathetic merchant living near Medina, but turns out to be the only blacksmith capable of repairing the Masamune. Then it later turns out that [[spoiler:he is one of the displaced gurus from 12,000 B.C.]]

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'':
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Melchior in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' manages to pull it off twice. He's first introduced as a sympathetic merchant living near Medina, but turns out to be the only blacksmith capable of repairing the Masamune. Then it later turns out that [[spoiler:he is one of the displaced gurus from 12,000 B.C.]]



* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'': That bald guy in the third mission intro? He's the BigBad for the entire series.

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'': ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'':
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That bald guy in the third mission intro? He's the BigBad for the entire series.
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