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20th Aug '17 12:46:52 PM DrNoPuma
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* ''VideoGame/TinkerQuarry'' has "Stay a while." Usually used in a sinister context.
17th Aug '17 7:37:58 PM NVPOWER
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** Tex/Beta/Allison has her own with "Don't say goodbye. I hate goodbyes".
17th Aug '17 7:36:19 PM NVPOWER
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** Tex/Beta/Allison has her own with "Don't say goodbye. I hate goodbyes".
** Also played for laughs with "SON OF A BITCH!", wich is usually said by a character before they die, get seriously injured or almost dies.
15th Aug '17 8:33:42 PM Rhodes7
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* ''Series/{{Medici}}'' has "A man always has a choice." spoken at various points to underline Cosimo's idealism, frustration, and finally his acceptance of his father's legacy and doing whatever it takes to win.
13th Aug '17 10:46:07 PM genisgone
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* From ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'', important things tend to happen whenever the phrase "1-2-3-4" pops up.

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* From ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'', important things tend to happen whenever the phrase "1-2-3-4" pops up.up, as well as the phrase "Once more, we return". "Sacrifice" is another, perhaps more subtle, recurring thematic word as well.
10th Aug '17 9:16:58 PM EnhanceByTorch
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* WebOriginal/KingDragonCanon: "You'll never save Prince Horace. I, [insert villain] will strike you down!" (Said several times by King Dragon and at least once by Ice Dragon.)
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** Hakuna Matata.

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** Hakuna Matata.HakunaMatata.
4th Aug '17 11:00:56 AM xcountryguy
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** [[spoiler: "The tentacles asked, 'What would you like to be?'"]] This comes up with every person [[spoiler:who was infused with tentacles]] and the answer speaks volumes about the person answering.

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** [[spoiler: "The [[spoiler:"The tentacles asked, 'What would you like to be?'"]] This comes up with every person [[spoiler:who was infused with tentacles]] and the answer speaks volumes about the person answering.



** Also, Nagisa's "If you like, shall I take you to the place in town where dreams come true?" Appears in the first episode, later as the first line of her play, and [[spoiler: in the GrandFinale of ~After Story~]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has "The only who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed". Said first by [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] when using his [[NoEyeInMagic Geass]] for the first time to kill a corrupt military officer, he repeats it several times over both series of the show. It all ties together at the end when [[spoiler: after spilling oceans of blood on both sides of the war, Lelouch's [[ThePlan grand plan]] culminates in him [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing his life]] to bring peace to the entire world.]]

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** Also, Nagisa's "If you like, shall I take you to the place in town where dreams come true?" Appears in the first episode, later as the first line of her play, and [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the GrandFinale of ~After Story~]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has "The only who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed". Said first by [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] when using his [[NoEyeInMagic Geass]] for the first time to kill a corrupt military officer, he repeats it several times over both series of the show. It all ties together at the end when [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after spilling oceans of blood on both sides of the war, Lelouch's [[ThePlan grand plan]] culminates in him [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing his life]] to bring peace to the entire world.]]



* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' has its villains occasionally mention two mysterious concepts: "the legacy of Cain" and "the curse left by Abel." Eventually we learn that [[spoiler: these refer to two children, Mamorou and Kaidou, who are refugees from planets ruled by leaders named Cain and Abel.]]

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* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' has its villains occasionally mention two mysterious concepts: "the legacy of Cain" and "the curse left by Abel." Eventually we learn that [[spoiler: these [[spoiler:these refer to two children, Mamorou and Kaidou, who are refugees from planets ruled by leaders named Cain and Abel.]]



* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' has one of these for each season so far, both integrated into an iconic Arc Symbol. For the first season, the Laughing Man logo contains the phrase "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes" (a quote from J. D. Salinger's ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''), which eventually [[spoiler: leads Togusa and the Major to the truth behind the convoluted Laughing Man case.]] Similarly, 2nd Gig features a symbol containing kanji that are read idiosyncratically as "Individual Eleven", a phrase that has ties to almost every part of the season's StoryArc.
** In the form of the many [[spoiler: {{Title Drop}}s]] within the series, since [[spoiler: Stand-Alone Complex]] is the mastermind behind both seasons. [[spoiler: To be precise, there is no ManBehindTheMan, but rather people believing there is and becoming followers of no-one.]]

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' has one of these for each season so far, both integrated into an iconic Arc Symbol. For the first season, the Laughing Man logo contains the phrase "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes" (a quote from J. D. Salinger's ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''), which eventually [[spoiler: leads [[spoiler:leads Togusa and the Major to the truth behind the convoluted Laughing Man case.]] Similarly, 2nd Gig features a symbol containing kanji that are read idiosyncratically as "Individual Eleven", a phrase that has ties to almost every part of the season's StoryArc.
** In the form of the many [[spoiler: {{Title [[spoiler:{{Title Drop}}s]] within the series, since [[spoiler: Stand-Alone [[spoiler:Stand-Alone Complex]] is the mastermind behind both seasons. [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:To be precise, there is no ManBehindTheMan, but rather people believing there is and becoming followers of no-one.]]



** Another arguable example would be "Big Fire." For most of the series, we're led to believe that Big Fire is nothing more the name of the global criminal superorganization which opposes the Experts. Only in the next-to-last episode do we learn that [[spoiler: Big Fire is a ''person'', and all those worshipful chants the BF members were fond of shouting ("Hail Big Fire! Alliance or death!" and so forth) were in reference to him, not the eponymous organization over which he reigns.]]

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** Another arguable example would be "Big Fire." For most of the series, we're led to believe that Big Fire is nothing more the name of the global criminal superorganization which opposes the Experts. Only in the next-to-last episode do we learn that [[spoiler: Big [[spoiler:Big Fire is a ''person'', and all those worshipful chants the BF members were fond of shouting ("Hail Big Fire! Alliance or death!" and so forth) were in reference to him, not the eponymous organization over which he reigns.]]



** "[[spoiler: Welcome Home]]."

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** "[[spoiler: Welcome "[[spoiler:Welcome Home]]."



* In ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'', Hatou's considerations on storytelling are repeated in slightly different ways several times. Her struggle with how to tell the story suddenly becomes more understandable, considering we're talking about [[spoiler: a [[TheMultiverse multiverse epic]] [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold only she has the whole, huge perspective of.]]]]

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* In ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'', Hatou's considerations on storytelling are repeated in slightly different ways several times. Her struggle with how to tell the story suddenly becomes more understandable, considering we're talking about [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a [[TheMultiverse multiverse epic]] [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold only she has the whole, huge perspective of.]]]]



* ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'': "What do you see beyond your fist?" It's a question Ryu and Ken were asked by their late master, Gouken. During the final battle with Bison, Ken has a moment of clarity and realises the answer: [[spoiler: "My fate."]]

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* ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'': "What do you see beyond your fist?" It's a question Ryu and Ken were asked by their late master, Gouken. During the final battle with Bison, Ken has a moment of clarity and realises the answer: [[spoiler: "My [[spoiler:"My fate."]]



** "The fun has just begun." [[spoiler: Usually said by characters who believe [[MyLittlePanzer dueling should be used only to bring people joy]], but it also gets used by characters who have... [[WarForFunAndProfit twisted]] interpretations of "fun." And by TheMole to mislead people about his motivations and alignment, [[BecomingTheMask although eventually it starts to sink in]].]]
** "Smiles with duels" and variations thereof. [[spoiler: For Yuya it seems to represent idealism, but [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids more often than not shows up to remind him of his failures, to reminisce about times when peaceful solutions worked out, or when Yuya is about to attempt something stupidly naive.]] On the other hand, Yuto uses it to remind himself (and Yuya) not to become HeWhoFightsMonsters.]]
** "You're prey" and "hunting games". [[spoiler: Used when [[ChildSoldier Academia soldiers]] go into LetsGetDangerous mode, showing how they dehumanize their victims and justify their actions. [[{{Tykebomb}} The fact that the soldiers are trained/brainwashed to believe this]] [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity puts these phrases in a whole new light]], as characters like Sora and Serena are not pure evil so much as they're mislead.]] Of course, [[spoiler: Kurosaki and Yuto (albeit to a lesser degree) associate the phrases with genocidal invaders, and become more violent after hearing them.]]
** "Rebellion." [[spoiler: The characters who use this word a lot are members of LaResistance.]]

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** "The fun has just begun." [[spoiler: Usually [[spoiler:Usually said by characters who believe [[MyLittlePanzer dueling should be used only to bring people joy]], but it also gets used by characters who have... [[WarForFunAndProfit twisted]] interpretations of "fun." And by TheMole to mislead people about his motivations and alignment, [[BecomingTheMask although eventually it starts to sink in]].]]
** "Smiles with duels" and variations thereof. [[spoiler: For [[spoiler:For Yuya it seems to represent idealism, but [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids more often than not shows up to remind him of his failures, to reminisce about times when peaceful solutions worked out, or when Yuya is about to attempt something stupidly naive.]] On the other hand, Yuto uses it to remind himself (and Yuya) not to become HeWhoFightsMonsters.]]
** "You're prey" and "hunting games". [[spoiler: Used [[spoiler:Used when [[ChildSoldier Academia soldiers]] go into LetsGetDangerous mode, showing how they dehumanize their victims and justify their actions. [[{{Tykebomb}} The fact that the soldiers are trained/brainwashed to believe this]] [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity puts these phrases in a whole new light]], as characters like Sora and Serena are not pure evil so much as they're mislead.]] Of course, [[spoiler: Kurosaki [[spoiler:Kurosaki and Yuto (albeit to a lesser degree) associate the phrases with genocidal invaders, and become more violent after hearing them.]]
** "Rebellion." [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The characters who use this word a lot are members of LaResistance.]]



* For Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', there was "Zur En Arrh," a piece of graffiti that ends up being a TriggerPhrase for Batman. And it also ends up being his [[CrazyPrepared backup personality]], the Batman of Zur En Arrh. In the end, [[spoiler:it turns out that the phrase is a bastardization of [[DeathByOriginStory Thomas Wayne]]'s last words, "Zorro in Arkham."]] Leading to the irony that [[spoiler: even Bruce doesn't know what the phrase means, as the last thing he ever said to his father is "what?" implying he didn't clearly hear what he said.]]

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* For Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', there was "Zur En Arrh," a piece of graffiti that ends up being a TriggerPhrase for Batman. And it also ends up being his [[CrazyPrepared backup personality]], the Batman of Zur En Arrh. In the end, [[spoiler:it turns out that the phrase is a bastardization of [[DeathByOriginStory Thomas Wayne]]'s last words, "Zorro in Arkham."]] Leading to the irony that [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even Bruce doesn't know what the phrase means, as the last thing he ever said to his father is "what?" implying he didn't clearly hear what he said.]]



** The phrase "The Crimson Hand" kept cropping up in the post-Donna comic strip, along with the Arc Image of, well, a crimson hand. Eventually revealed as [[spoiler: a ruthless gang Majenta Pryce was a member of, prior to ''Hotel Historia'']].

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** The phrase "The Crimson Hand" kept cropping up in the post-Donna comic strip, along with the Arc Image of, well, a crimson hand. Eventually revealed as [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a ruthless gang Majenta Pryce was a member of, prior to ''Hotel Historia'']].



* ''Comicbook/NewXMen'': "Are these words from the future?" We find out in the final issue that [[spoiler:yes indeed, they are]]. Three other Arc Words are "Sublime," "White-Hot Room," and "Rescue And Emergency." Like the above, all of these are only explained in the last issue: [[spoiler: the White-Hot Room is the abode of the Phoenix, Sublime is the GreaterScopeVillain, and "rescue and emergency" refers to the fact that the aforementioned GreaterScopeVillain broke time, which Jean Grey "rescues" at the very end]].

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* ''Comicbook/NewXMen'': "Are these words from the future?" We find out in the final issue that [[spoiler:yes indeed, they are]]. Three other Arc Words are "Sublime," "White-Hot Room," and "Rescue And Emergency." Like the above, all of these are only explained in the last issue: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the White-Hot Room is the abode of the Phoenix, Sublime is the GreaterScopeVillain, and "rescue and emergency" refers to the fact that the aforementioned GreaterScopeVillain broke time, which Jean Grey "rescues" at the very end]].



* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has variations on "a storm is coming" throughout Book I, alluding to the constant, steady build-up of trouble and evil, before the storm is finally unleashed in the epic 4 part finale (chapters 75-78, not counting the two chapter epilogue. An argument can be made for chapter 74 being a part of it too), when everything comes to a head. It relates to the title, with Harry being the titular 'Child of the Storm.' As the son of Thor, this is literally true, but with the way trouble tends to follow him around, and how he's at the very centre of events (by the design of [[spoiler: Doctor Strange]]), it also refers to the more figurative storm.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has variations on "a storm is coming" throughout Book I, alluding to the constant, steady build-up of trouble and evil, before the storm is finally unleashed in the epic 4 part finale (chapters 75-78, not counting the two chapter epilogue. An argument can be made for chapter 74 being a part of it too), when everything comes to a head. It relates to the title, with Harry being the titular 'Child of the Storm.' As the son of Thor, this is literally true, but with the way trouble tends to follow him around, and how he's at the very centre of events (by the design of [[spoiler: Doctor [[spoiler:Doctor Strange]]), it also refers to the more figurative storm.



* ''FanFic/KirbysDreamCafe'' has We Stay. They represent Kirby's coffee shop desire to stay. They appear at least once every chapter except the prologue (which set up from what they were staying) and the 4th chapter, [[spoiler: where they left at the end to get Kirby to a hospital.]]

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* ''FanFic/KirbysDreamCafe'' has We Stay. They represent Kirby's coffee shop desire to stay. They appear at least once every chapter except the prologue (which set up from what they were staying) and the 4th chapter, [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where they left at the end to get Kirby to a hospital.]]



*** There's an arc SONG in the form of the three "So Many Wonders" reprises: [[spoiler: The first is about Fluttercruel's happiness over being free from Fluttershy and able to see the world, second is a VillainSong by [[BigBad Princess Gaia]] used to hypnotise ponies into her vision of the world, and the final is a TriumphantReprise at the finale of the arc, Fluttershy and Fluttercruel singing together about how their worldview has changed for the better.]]

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*** There's an arc SONG in the form of the three "So Many Wonders" reprises: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The first is about Fluttercruel's happiness over being free from Fluttershy and able to see the world, second is a VillainSong by [[BigBad Princess Gaia]] used to hypnotise ponies into her vision of the world, and the final is a TriumphantReprise at the finale of the arc, Fluttershy and Fluttercruel singing together about how their worldview has changed for the better.]]



* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'': "Death is never the answer." This quote is based on how Ryusei's decision to kill Gentaro caused [[ForWantOfANail the events in the story to rise]], and how things could've been settled differently other than by killing others. Most notably, this only works for ''Horseshoes'' only, as ''Wheel of Fortune'' has Mei wanting [[spoiler: her parents and the jerkwad people who were 'posing' as her friends dead.]]

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* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'': "Death is never the answer." This quote is based on how Ryusei's decision to kill Gentaro caused [[ForWantOfANail the events in the story to rise]], and how things could've been settled differently other than by killing others. Most notably, this only works for ''Horseshoes'' only, as ''Wheel of Fortune'' has Mei wanting [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her parents and the jerkwad people who were 'posing' as her friends dead.]]



** The Swahili phrase "''Kufa inadwadia''" is this in Series Three. [[spoiler: It translates to "Death is coming", [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowing]] the arrival of Death -- the BigBad of that series -- in the finale.]]
** "Kill or be killed" is this for Series Five. [[spoiler: Survival is a common theme in the final series, leading to many character deaths.]]

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** The Swahili phrase "''Kufa inadwadia''" is this in Series Three. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It translates to "Death is coming", [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowing]] the arrival of Death -- the BigBad of that series -- in the finale.]]
** "Kill or be killed" is this for Series Five. [[spoiler: Survival [[spoiler:Survival is a common theme in the final series, leading to many character deaths.]]



* “Speak the problem and it will be solved,” in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. In fact, the entire world seems to be swimming in Arc Words (labeled Gods Chat by George after he hears that the Pyar gods might be providing them) in graffiti, on message boards, etc, but this particular phrase comes up most frequently, and the four lampshade it on occasion. They do finally discover what the phrase is for [[spoiler: (it's how to remove the curse on the Last Wizard)]] and also that every other piece of Gods Chat is [[spoiler: actually a game clue, since they've been in a giant telepathic {{MMORPG}} all along]].

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* “Speak the problem and it will be solved,” in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. In fact, the entire world seems to be swimming in Arc Words (labeled Gods Chat by George after he hears that the Pyar gods might be providing them) in graffiti, on message boards, etc, but this particular phrase comes up most frequently, and the four lampshade it on occasion. They do finally discover what the phrase is for [[spoiler: (it's [[spoiler:(it's how to remove the curse on the Last Wizard)]] and also that every other piece of Gods Chat is [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually a game clue, since they've been in a giant telepathic {{MMORPG}} all along]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': "You are who you choose to be." [[spoiler: "Superman."]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': "You are who you choose to be." [[spoiler: "Superman.[[spoiler:"Superman."]]



* ''Film/TheIllusionist'' fires off a series of arc words in a montage at the end of the movie, giving context to everything that was said earlier which takes on a new meaning when the truth is exposed at the end. The most significant being [[spoiler: "Everything you have seen is an illusion."]]

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* ''Film/TheIllusionist'' fires off a series of arc words in a montage at the end of the movie, giving context to everything that was said earlier which takes on a new meaning when the truth is exposed at the end. The most significant being [[spoiler: "Everything [[spoiler:"Everything you have seen is an illusion."]]



*** "Skyfall" is mentioned early on in the movie and is the only part in the word association that James Bond didn't have a witty answer to. It turns out to be [[spoiler: Bond's family home, where his parents had died in a freak accident.]]

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*** "Skyfall" is mentioned early on in the movie and is the only part in the word association that James Bond didn't have a witty answer to. It turns out to be [[spoiler: Bond's [[spoiler:Bond's family home, where his parents had died in a freak accident.]]



* ''Film/ThePrestige'': "Are you watching closely?" "Every magic trick consists of three acts." [[spoiler: "No one cares about the man in the box."]]

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* ''Film/ThePrestige'': "Are you watching closely?" "Every magic trick consists of three acts." [[spoiler: "No [[spoiler:"No one cares about the man in the box."]]



** [[spoiler: The people of the planet Miranda really did lie down and die after they were accidentally poisoned. Those who didn't die became Reavers.]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The people of the planet Miranda really did lie down and die after they were accidentally poisoned. Those who didn't die became Reavers.]]



* "Who is John Galt?" from ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. [[spoiler: He's the unnamed figure in ''every'' story that anyone tells to Dagny before she meets him.]] [[MemeticMutation He also won't shut up.]]

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* "Who is John Galt?" from ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's the unnamed figure in ''every'' story that anyone tells to Dagny before she meets him.]] [[MemeticMutation He also won't shut up.]]



* In Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's works, he has his characters use arc words he refers to as "choruses." Most notably, [[spoiler: "Birds ate my face"]] in ''Literature/InvisibleMonsters.''

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* In Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's works, he has his characters use arc words he refers to as "choruses." Most notably, [[spoiler: "Birds [[spoiler:"Birds ate my face"]] in ''Literature/InvisibleMonsters.''



* ''Literature/DarkFuture'': Has meta-arc words, ''"Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock."'' Jessamyn Bonney is [[spoiler: possessed by the Ancient Adversary, a spirit being dedicated to opposing the coming of the Dark Ones and the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt this will cause, that BigBad Elder Seth is actively seeking.]] When the two establish a PsychicLink by accident, Jessamyn manifests in Seth's mind as these words. The form the Ancient Adversary most commonly takes in the spirit world? A giant crocodile. Also represents the ticking away of time until the end of the world.
** ''Comeback Tour'' is subtitled ''The Sky Belongs To The Stars''. During the Prologue we meet NASA Officer Lawrence Fonvielle who expresses his belief about The Dream of the Space Programme being to ''"reach up into the sky, make a fist and hold on tight;"'' taking ownership of some part of space. As the novel progresses, it's revealed that Elder Seth plans [[spoiler: to reactivate a [[KillSat dormant satellite weapons system]] and use it to eliminate everyone who could stop his plans for the Apocalypse.]] Fonvielle comes to see [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization that his belief in The Dream was wrong and that space can't belong to anyone]] and says exactly this to [[TheDragon Roger Duroc.]] [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Who promptly shoots him.]]]]

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* ''Literature/DarkFuture'': Has meta-arc words, ''"Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock."'' Jessamyn Bonney is [[spoiler: possessed [[spoiler:possessed by the Ancient Adversary, a spirit being dedicated to opposing the coming of the Dark Ones and the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt this will cause, that BigBad Elder Seth is actively seeking.]] When the two establish a PsychicLink by accident, Jessamyn manifests in Seth's mind as these words. The form the Ancient Adversary most commonly takes in the spirit world? A giant crocodile. Also represents the ticking away of time until the end of the world.
** ''Comeback Tour'' is subtitled ''The Sky Belongs To The Stars''. During the Prologue we meet NASA Officer Lawrence Fonvielle who expresses his belief about The Dream of the Space Programme being to ''"reach up into the sky, make a fist and hold on tight;"'' taking ownership of some part of space. As the novel progresses, it's revealed that Elder Seth plans [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to reactivate a [[KillSat dormant satellite weapons system]] and use it to eliminate everyone who could stop his plans for the Apocalypse.]] Fonvielle comes to see [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization that his belief in The Dream was wrong and that space can't belong to anyone]] and says exactly this to [[TheDragon Roger Duroc.]] [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Who promptly shoots him.]]]]



** ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'': Cohen the barbarian keeps telling Rincewind and others they meet that "We're gonna steal something" [[spoiler: They're actually planning on stealing the entire kingdom by murdering the Emperor]]

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** ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'': Cohen the barbarian keeps telling Rincewind and others they meet that "We're gonna steal something" [[spoiler: They're [[spoiler:They're actually planning on stealing the entire kingdom by murdering the Emperor]]



*** ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': [[spoiler: One of the Things Tak Wrote, according to the kings' message.]]

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*** ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One of the Things Tak Wrote, according to the kings' message.]]



* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles story ''Aftermath'', Murphy's SurvivalMantra crosses over with this trope: [[spoiler: "I can't believe he's dead."]] And through out the series "Hell's Bells" "Stars and Stones" and "Empty Night" have been used as curses and have been confirmed used as such due to what they imply [[spoiler: which will be explained in the Three apocalyptic novels which will close out the series using all three of those curses as their titles.]]

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* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles story ''Aftermath'', Murphy's SurvivalMantra crosses over with this trope: [[spoiler: "I [[spoiler:"I can't believe he's dead."]] And through out the series "Hell's Bells" "Stars and Stones" and "Empty Night" have been used as curses and have been confirmed used as such due to what they imply [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which will be explained in the Three apocalyptic novels which will close out the series using all three of those curses as their titles.]]



* Also from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', "Sleep, my little babby-oh..." [[spoiler: Mrs. Owens only remembers the last part of the song as [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she's saying goodbye to Bod forever at the end of the story when Bod leaves the graveyard.]].]]

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* Also from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', "Sleep, my little babby-oh..." [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Owens only remembers the last part of the song as [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she's saying goodbye to Bod forever at the end of the story when Bod leaves the graveyard.]].]]



* ''Literature/TheImpairment'': Has "Bottoms Up", initially used by psychiatrist Allie Parker to Kyle Griffin which she suggests he tell himself before having himself a drink to relax his nerves and release the stress he feels from being framed for the murder of his roommate. [[spoiler: Needless to say a sharp reader will quickly catch on Kyle is in [[MoreThanMindControl a slightly altered state of mind]] upon saying the words after Allie's suggestion]].

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* ''Literature/TheImpairment'': Has "Bottoms Up", initially used by psychiatrist Allie Parker to Kyle Griffin which she suggests he tell himself before having himself a drink to relax his nerves and release the stress he feels from being framed for the murder of his roommate. [[spoiler: Needless [[spoiler:Needless to say a sharp reader will quickly catch on Kyle is in [[MoreThanMindControl a slightly altered state of mind]] upon saying the words after Allie's suggestion]].



*** Which turns out to be [[spoiler: the Ministry of Love]]

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*** Which turns out to be [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Ministry of Love]]



* Probably the only memorable thing about Ira Levin's execrable sequel to his excellent ''RosemarysBaby'', ''SonOfRosemary''. Throughout the book, various characters josh around about how long it takes to solve the riddle "ROAST MULES" with the clue "Any five- or six-year-old might do this every day." [[spoiler: The answer is ''somersaults''. Rosemary seemingly awakens from sleep thinking it was AllJustADream -- that's the ''entire story, first book and sequel''. This is where most people toss the book down in disgust. In the final paragraphs, though, it turns into OrWasItADream? Rosemary's friend Hutch telephones, and at the very end of the conversation he casually tosses off how long it took him to solve "roast mules". This tells Rosemary that everything that happened in her "dream" was ''real'', that her now-nonexistent son has pulled off the ultimate sacrifice to save the world, and that she'd better be damned (yeah) careful about where she and her husband move.]]

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* Probably the only memorable thing about Ira Levin's execrable sequel to his excellent ''RosemarysBaby'', ''SonOfRosemary''. Throughout the book, various characters josh around about how long it takes to solve the riddle "ROAST MULES" with the clue "Any five- or six-year-old might do this every day." [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The answer is ''somersaults''. Rosemary seemingly awakens from sleep thinking it was AllJustADream -- that's the ''entire story, first book and sequel''. This is where most people toss the book down in disgust. In the final paragraphs, though, it turns into OrWasItADream? Rosemary's friend Hutch telephones, and at the very end of the conversation he casually tosses off how long it took him to solve "roast mules". This tells Rosemary that everything that happened in her "dream" was ''real'', that her now-nonexistent son has pulled off the ultimate sacrifice to save the world, and that she'd better be damned (yeah) careful about where she and her husband move.]]



* In ''Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel'', Marethyu is always claiming to be Death. Gains a meaning (sort of) when [[spoiler: Josh becomes Marethyu and destroys Danu Talis he shouts the last words written in the Codex: " Now I am become Death, the Destroyer Of Worlds"]]

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* In ''Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel'', Marethyu is always claiming to be Death. Gains a meaning (sort of) when [[spoiler: Josh [[spoiler:Josh becomes Marethyu and destroys Danu Talis he shouts the last words written in the Codex: " Now I am become Death, the Destroyer Of Worlds"]]



** Northerners tend to say "There must always be a Stark in Winterfell" or some variation thereof [[spoiler: and they will do anything to keep it that way.]]
** The song of Tyrion's wife Tysha which still haunts him. "I loved a maid as fair as summer, with sunlight in her hair" reflects his heartbreak and disappointment that no one will love him for who he is. In book 5, Tyrion often thinks about "wherever whores go", referring to [[spoiler: the fact he thought Tysha was a paid whore.]] Tywin first uttered those words in book 3 when Tyrion asked where his wife went, thus hitting Tyrion's BerserkButton.

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** Northerners tend to say "There must always be a Stark in Winterfell" or some variation thereof [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and they will do anything to keep it that way.]]
** The song of Tyrion's wife Tysha which still haunts him. "I loved a maid as fair as summer, with sunlight in her hair" reflects his heartbreak and disappointment that no one will love him for who he is. In book 5, Tyrion often thinks about "wherever whores go", referring to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the fact he thought Tysha was a paid whore.]] Tywin first uttered those words in book 3 when Tyrion asked where his wife went, thus hitting Tyrion's BerserkButton.



** "A thousand eyes, and one" for Bloodraven, who is a [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] and lost an eye in battle. [[spoiler: The thousand eyes are actually the eyes of ravens that he skinchanges into, though no one knows that except Bran and his companions.]]

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** "A thousand eyes, and one" for Bloodraven, who is a [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] and lost an eye in battle. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The thousand eyes are actually the eyes of ravens that he skinchanges into, though no one knows that except Bran and his companions.]]



** "[[spoiler: Father, mother, sister, brother, off they go, I don't know if I'll see another]]" from the [[spoiler: Prophecy Of Secrets]] in ''Gregor and the Marks of Secret''.
** "What she saw, it is the flaw, in the Code Of Claw" and "When the Monster's blood is spilled, when [[spoiler: the Warrior has been killed]]" from the Prophecy Of Time in ''Gregor and the Code of Claw''.

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** "[[spoiler: Father, "[[spoiler:Father, mother, sister, brother, off they go, I don't know if I'll see another]]" from the [[spoiler: Prophecy [[spoiler:Prophecy Of Secrets]] in ''Gregor and the Marks of Secret''.
** "What she saw, it is the flaw, in the Code Of Claw" and "When the Monster's blood is spilled, when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Warrior has been killed]]" from the Prophecy Of Time in ''Gregor and the Code of Claw''.



** The various prophecies told to [[spoiler: Mat by the Snakes]] may also qualify. [[spoiler: "To marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons." in particular.]]

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** The various prophecies told to [[spoiler: Mat [[spoiler:Mat by the Snakes]] may also qualify. [[spoiler: "To [[spoiler:"To marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons." in particular.]]



*** Eventually revealed: [[spoiler: Hera, Athena's daughter, was Mitochondrial Eve. In other words, the mother of all modern-day humanity.]]

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*** Eventually revealed: [[spoiler: Hera, [[spoiler:Hera, Athena's daughter, was Mitochondrial Eve. In other words, the mother of all modern-day humanity.]]



*** Season 4 has a bit of that: [[spoiler: Some Cylon Centurions are briefly allowed to "rebel" against some of their humanoid cylon masters, in response to what they see is being done to the raider. This echoes the original cylons' uprising against humanity]].

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*** Season 4 has a bit of that: [[spoiler: Some [[spoiler:Some Cylon Centurions are briefly allowed to "rebel" against some of their humanoid cylon masters, in response to what they see is being done to the raider. This echoes the original cylons' uprising against humanity]].



*** "Sometimes a Great Notion" reveals more: [[spoiler: Earth was nuked to a barren wasteland 2000 years before The Colonies were at the start of the series.]]

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*** "Sometimes a Great Notion" reveals more: [[spoiler: Earth [[spoiler:Earth was nuked to a barren wasteland 2000 years before The Colonies were at the start of the series.]]



*** ''The Plan'' has "Love outlasts Death": [[spoiler: spoken by the Cylon Hybrids before destroying the Colonies, and written on the suicide note of the Simon who killed himself rather than harm his human family. Also, Sam's ShutUpHannibal paraphrase of the concept turns out to be the EpiphanyTherapy that separates the Caprican Cavil from the one on Galactica.]]

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*** ''The Plan'' has "Love outlasts Death": [[spoiler: spoken [[spoiler:spoken by the Cylon Hybrids before destroying the Colonies, and written on the suicide note of the Simon who killed himself rather than harm his human family. Also, Sam's ShutUpHannibal paraphrase of the concept turns out to be the EpiphanyTherapy that separates the Caprican Cavil from the one on Galactica.]]



** "Ascension" from Seasons 1 to 3 -- referring to the Master rising to the surface, [[spoiler: Angelus]] summoning Acathla, and the Mayor completing his transformation.

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** "Ascension" from Seasons 1 to 3 -- referring to the Master rising to the surface, [[spoiler: Angelus]] [[spoiler:Angelus]] summoning Acathla, and the Mayor completing his transformation.



* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': "Tonight's the night." In Season 5: [[spoiler: "Tick tock, that's the sound of your life running out"]]

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': "Tonight's the night." In Season 5: [[spoiler: "Tick [[spoiler:"Tick tock, that's the sound of your life running out"]]



** Series Four expands the concept, and instead of ArcWords it has a series of foreshadowing words dating all the way back to the first episode of Series One: [[spoiler:The Shadow Proclamation]], [[spoiler:the Medusa Cascade]], [[spoiler:Rose Tyler]] continually appearing in the background, the disappearance of [[spoiler: planets and bees]], Donna being told she has something on her back, and [[spoiler: Donna being the focal point of several timelines]]. Naturally, they all come to a head in the finale.

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** Series Four expands the concept, and instead of ArcWords it has a series of foreshadowing words dating all the way back to the first episode of Series One: [[spoiler:The Shadow Proclamation]], [[spoiler:the Medusa Cascade]], [[spoiler:Rose Tyler]] continually appearing in the background, the disappearance of [[spoiler: planets [[spoiler:planets and bees]], Donna being told she has something on her back, and [[spoiler: Donna [[spoiler:Donna being the focal point of several timelines]]. Naturally, they all come to a head in the finale.



** Don't forget Series 5's references to "A good man". It's first mentioned in conjunction with the [[spoiler: "murder"]] for which River was jailed and eventually comes to a head in the episode "A Good Man Goes to War", with one of The Doctor's more epic comebacks [[spoiler:"Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."]] References to what kind of "man" the Doctor is, and whether he is a "good" man, go back to the Tenth Doctor's first episode. This stands out especially because the Doctor [[HumanAliens really isn't a man at all]].
*** It returns as the DrivingQuestion of Series 8, "Am I a good man?". He finds the answer at the end of Series 8: [[spoiler: No, he's not a good man, [[TakeAThirdOption but he's not a bad man either]]. He's an idiot, with a box and a screwdriver, who likes helping people.]]

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** Don't forget Series 5's references to "A good man". It's first mentioned in conjunction with the [[spoiler: "murder"]] [[spoiler:"murder"]] for which River was jailed and eventually comes to a head in the episode "A Good Man Goes to War", with one of The Doctor's more epic comebacks [[spoiler:"Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."]] References to what kind of "man" the Doctor is, and whether he is a "good" man, go back to the Tenth Doctor's first episode. This stands out especially because the Doctor [[HumanAliens really isn't a man at all]].
*** It returns as the DrivingQuestion of Series 8, "Am I a good man?". He finds the answer at the end of Series 8: [[spoiler: No, [[spoiler:No, he's not a good man, [[TakeAThirdOption but he's not a bad man either]]. He's an idiot, with a box and a screwdriver, who likes helping people.]]



** The second half of Series 7 has the words "Run, you clever boy, and remember" (although they actually first appear in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]]). [[spoiler: They're Clara's last words in "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Snowmen", the way she remembers her Wi-Fi password in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]], and then the last words she says before entering the Doctor's timestream in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]].]]
** The words, "No more," pop up a few times before being introduced as [[spoiler: The War Doctor's CatchPhrase]], most notably in [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]].
** Series 8 had "the promised land", which turned out to be [[spoiler: Missy's computer afterlife, which was part of the cyber-conversion process]].

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** The second half of Series 7 has the words "Run, you clever boy, and remember" (although they actually first appear in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]]). [[spoiler: They're [[spoiler:They're Clara's last words in "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Snowmen", the way she remembers her Wi-Fi password in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]], and then the last words she says before entering the Doctor's timestream in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]].]]
** The words, "No more," pop up a few times before being introduced as [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The War Doctor's CatchPhrase]], most notably in [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]].
** Series 8 had "the promised land", which turned out to be [[spoiler: Missy's [[spoiler:Missy's computer afterlife, which was part of the cyber-conversion process]].



* ''Series/{{Life}}'': "There ''were'' six. There is five. There could just as easily be four." [[spoiler: It's a death threat to Jack Reese from the other conspirators of the Bank of LA Robbery, who killed off another conspirator when he started turning against them.]]

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* ''Series/{{Life}}'': "There ''were'' six. There is five. There could just as easily be four." [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's a death threat to Jack Reese from the other conspirators of the Bank of LA Robbery, who killed off another conspirator when he started turning against them.]]



** Some ''characters'' get their own ArcWords, sometimes echoed and adopted by others -- "fix" for Jack, "Don't tell me what I can't do!" for Locke, "coward" and "I'll see you in another life, brother!" for Desmond[[note]]This comes full circle when we discover in the sixth season that [[spoiler: Desmond in the "Sideways World" is awakening the castaways and reminding them of their past lives, so they can move on to the afterlife. See them in another life indeed.]][[/note]]... Hurley in particular gets several over the course of the series: "Dude"[[note]]especially notable, every time he says it, someone has just died...or is about to[[/note]], "You are lucky", "I'm a jinx", "What do the numbers mean?", "His/her name was ''X''"[[note]]Hurley has trouble remembering the names of living people, but he ''never'' forgets the names of people who have died. He constantly corrects people who get them wrong. Especially when it comes to Steve.[[/note]]

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** Some ''characters'' get their own ArcWords, sometimes echoed and adopted by others -- "fix" for Jack, "Don't tell me what I can't do!" for Locke, "coward" and "I'll see you in another life, brother!" for Desmond[[note]]This comes full circle when we discover in the sixth season that [[spoiler: Desmond [[spoiler:Desmond in the "Sideways World" is awakening the castaways and reminding them of their past lives, so they can move on to the afterlife. See them in another life indeed.]][[/note]]... Hurley in particular gets several over the course of the series: "Dude"[[note]]especially notable, every time he says it, someone has just died...or is about to[[/note]], "You are lucky", "I'm a jinx", "What do the numbers mean?", "His/her name was ''X''"[[note]]Hurley has trouble remembering the names of living people, but he ''never'' forgets the names of people who have died. He constantly corrects people who get them wrong. Especially when it comes to Steve.[[/note]]



** Then along came Season 6, which had [[spoiler: "tiger tiger" again, except we now learn it's the code for members of the Blake Association, a corrupt group of high-profile law enforcement officers (FBI, CBI, and so on) of which Red John is part of.]]

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** Then along came Season 6, which had [[spoiler: "tiger [[spoiler:"tiger tiger" again, except we now learn it's the code for members of the Blake Association, a corrupt group of high-profile law enforcement officers (FBI, CBI, and so on) of which Red John is part of.]]



** Earlier, in ''The Hounds Of Baskerville'', part of the plot was figuring out what "Liberty in" meant. Turns out it stands for [[spoiler: Liberty, Indiana: the town where the HOUND Project took place.]]

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** Earlier, in ''The Hounds Of Baskerville'', part of the plot was figuring out what "Liberty in" meant. Turns out it stands for [[spoiler: Liberty, [[spoiler:Liberty, Indiana: the town where the HOUND Project took place.]]



** "No Changeling has ever harmed another." [[spoiler: This is the reason Odo gets locked into human form in the Season 4 finale - he killed a Changeling.]]
** The Prophets continuously tell Sisko "We are of Bajor. You are of Bajor." [[spoiler: In the season 7 opener it's revealed that Sisko's mother was a Prophet.]]

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** "No Changeling has ever harmed another." [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is the reason Odo gets locked into human form in the Season 4 finale - he killed a Changeling.]]
** The Prophets continuously tell Sisko "We are of Bajor. You are of Bajor." [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the season 7 opener it's revealed that Sisko's mother was a Prophet.]]



--> '''Alien/Half Alien''': ''Look at me.'' [[spoiler: IMMINENT MINDRAPE]]

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--> '''Alien/Half Alien''': ''Look at me.'' [[spoiler: IMMINENT [[spoiler:IMMINENT MINDRAPE]]



** The latter part of the first season has multiple people saying that something's coming, from "the darkness." It refers to two things: [[spoiler: the moment Abbadon is freed from the Cardiff Rift, but this is a RedHerring- the ''true'' meaning of the arc words is revealed after Owen is shot dead and Jack decides to resurrect him with an alien gauntlet. Owen CameBackWrong with an entity from the netherworld possessing him, a being calling itself Duroc that looked like the GrimReaper. It killed everything it touched, and went barreling for Jack on sight, who had repeatedly cheated death since Rose used the time vortex to give him immortality.]]
** Starting toward the end of season 1, we have "the most horrible creatures you could possibly imagine". We still don't know what they are, but in the middle of season 2, we find out their significance -- [[spoiler: they kidnapped and tortured Jack's younger brother, who later returns with an almighty grudge.]]
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Various supernatural creatures [[{{Narm}} narmfully]] ask Sookie "What ''are'' you?" Turns out she is [[spoiler: a fairy.]]

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** The latter part of the first season has multiple people saying that something's coming, from "the darkness." It refers to two things: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the moment Abbadon is freed from the Cardiff Rift, but this is a RedHerring- the ''true'' meaning of the arc words is revealed after Owen is shot dead and Jack decides to resurrect him with an alien gauntlet. Owen CameBackWrong with an entity from the netherworld possessing him, a being calling itself Duroc that looked like the GrimReaper. It killed everything it touched, and went barreling for Jack on sight, who had repeatedly cheated death since Rose used the time vortex to give him immortality.]]
** Starting toward the end of season 1, we have "the most horrible creatures you could possibly imagine". We still don't know what they are, but in the middle of season 2, we find out their significance -- [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they kidnapped and tortured Jack's younger brother, who later returns with an almighty grudge.]]
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Various supernatural creatures [[{{Narm}} narmfully]] ask Sookie "What ''are'' you?" Turns out she is [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a fairy.]]



** Found under the fingernails of various murder victims were what we might call Arc Letters -- R, B, R. [[spoiler: Which all appear in the name Robert, a diminutive of which is Bob, the name of the villain.]]

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** Found under the fingernails of various murder victims were what we might call Arc Letters -- R, B, R. [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which all appear in the name Robert, a diminutive of which is Bob, the name of the villain.]]



** ''Music/{{Tommy}}'': "See Me... Feel Me . . . Touch Me . . . Heal Me . . ."]]

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** ''Music/{{Tommy}}'': "See Me... Feel Me . . . Me... Touch Me . . . Me... Heal Me . . .Me..."]]



* Music/DreamTheater's ''Music/MetropolisPt2ScenesFromAMemory'' has "open your eyes". Initially, it's a reassurance from the Hypnotherapist that Nicholas can end his regression therapy at any time. He later repeats it to end the session. Nicholas never learns, [[DramaticIrony but the audience does]], that these were [[spoiler: Edward's last words to Victoria before killing her]], and also what the Hypnotherapist says before [[spoiler: killing Nicholas, thus completing the circle]].

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* Music/DreamTheater's ''Music/MetropolisPt2ScenesFromAMemory'' has "open your eyes". Initially, it's a reassurance from the Hypnotherapist that Nicholas can end his regression therapy at any time. He later repeats it to end the session. Nicholas never learns, [[DramaticIrony but the audience does]], that these were [[spoiler: Edward's [[spoiler:Edward's last words to Victoria before killing her]], and also what the Hypnotherapist says before [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing Nicholas, thus completing the circle]].



** "Enough" represents Eliza's contentment with life [[spoiler: which changes as Hamilton's death finally spurns her into action to preserve his legacy]].

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** "Enough" represents Eliza's contentment with life [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which changes as Hamilton's death finally spurns her into action to preserve his legacy]].



* The original ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' had Gorion's spirit [[spoiler: in fact, your own Bhaal heritage]] appearing to you in dreams at the end of every chapter and always telling you "You will learn..." before you wake up and discover a new entry in your special ability list.

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* The original ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' had Gorion's spirit [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in fact, your own Bhaal heritage]] appearing to you in dreams at the end of every chapter and always telling you "You will learn..." before you wake up and discover a new entry in your special ability list.



** [[spoiler: The tie-in story, The Expedition, explains that these words are the only/last thing that is going through the mind of Chzo and his servant's victims.]]
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium'' series has the ''"[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascension]]"'' that Kane promises his followers. In the end... [[spoiler: he wasn't lying]].

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The tie-in story, The Expedition, explains that these words are the only/last thing that is going through the mind of Chzo and his servant's victims.]]
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium'' series has the ''"[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascension]]"'' that Kane promises his followers. In the end... [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he wasn't lying]].



** Turn It Off: When Isaac first reads it, he assumes the phrase refers to turning all of the Markers off. [[spoiler: It's actually a plea from the Moon, which is imprisoned by 'the Machine,' which it wants to be turned off so it can finish Convergence]].
** A new meaning to 'Make Us Whole': A phrase spanning four years and several games before finally being explained. In the first, it was thought to be the Red Marker wanting to be returned to its pedestal. In the second, it was thought to be the Golden Marker wishing to absorb its creator Isaac. [[spoiler: The true meaning is revealed. All of the Markers are an extension of [[GeniusLoci the Moon's]] will[[note]]itself a post-convergence Necromorph[[/note]], and they were attempting to have the 'Machine' keeping the Moon sealed to be turned off, allowing the Moon to finish its Convergence and absorb all of mankind]].
** The third game also gives a new meaning to the series' name: Dead Space. It seems to fit its obvious meaning, because it's, you know, a ZombieApocalypse [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]! However, the final message from Dr. Serrano gives a a better one. [[spoiler: Humanity shouldn't be alone in the stars. There were many other alien civilizations, but they all fell prey to one thing: the Markers. They all grew past the point of sustainability, found the Markers and began to create more, spread them throughout their empire, and worship them. Then, the Necromorphs emerged, and would trigger a Convergence event, killing the entire race of aliens, making their entire space 'dead']].

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** Turn It Off: When Isaac first reads it, he assumes the phrase refers to turning all of the Markers off. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's actually a plea from the Moon, which is imprisoned by 'the Machine,' which it wants to be turned off so it can finish Convergence]].
** A new meaning to 'Make Us Whole': A phrase spanning four years and several games before finally being explained. In the first, it was thought to be the Red Marker wanting to be returned to its pedestal. In the second, it was thought to be the Golden Marker wishing to absorb its creator Isaac. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The true meaning is revealed. All of the Markers are an extension of [[GeniusLoci the Moon's]] will[[note]]itself a post-convergence Necromorph[[/note]], and they were attempting to have the 'Machine' keeping the Moon sealed to be turned off, allowing the Moon to finish its Convergence and absorb all of mankind]].
** The third game also gives a new meaning to the series' name: Dead Space. It seems to fit its obvious meaning, because it's, you know, a ZombieApocalypse [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]! However, the final message from Dr. Serrano gives a a better one. [[spoiler: Humanity [[spoiler:Humanity shouldn't be alone in the stars. There were many other alien civilizations, but they all fell prey to one thing: the Markers. They all grew past the point of sustainability, found the Markers and began to create more, spread them throughout their empire, and worship them. Then, the Necromorphs emerged, and would trigger a Convergence event, killing the entire race of aliens, making their entire space 'dead']].



** Depending on how you explore ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you may see and hear about "The Burned Man" before you know the story of the Burned Man. [[spoiler: Inversely, a new player with all the DLC installed can very well meet the Burned Man before ever hearing about him.]]

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** Depending on how you explore ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you may see and hear about "The Burned Man" before you know the story of the Burned Man. [[spoiler: Inversely, [[spoiler:Inversely, a new player with all the DLC installed can very well meet the Burned Man before ever hearing about him.]]



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': "Big Smoke — Remember the name!" This line is referenced, after [[spoiler: Big Smoke betrays CJ and CJ kills him at the end of the game, [[AlasPoorVillain as Big Smoke is dying of his wounds and speaking to his former friend for the last time.]]]].

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': "Big Smoke — Remember the name!" This line is referenced, after [[spoiler: Big [[spoiler:Big Smoke betrays CJ and CJ kills him at the end of the game, [[AlasPoorVillain as Big Smoke is dying of his wounds and speaking to his former friend for the last time.]]]].



* "Keep Your Dignity" is a phrase that is continuously uttered in ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' as a salute or wish. [[spoiler: It's [[HeroicWillpower meaning becomes apparent]] in the last phase of the Rex Cavalier battle.]]

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* "Keep Your Dignity" is a phrase that is continuously uttered in ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' as a salute or wish. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's [[HeroicWillpower meaning becomes apparent]] in the last phase of the Rex Cavalier battle.]]



* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': "Head for the Garden of Madness!", and [[spoiler: "Jeanne".]]

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* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': "Head for the Garden of Madness!", and [[spoiler: "Jeanne".[[spoiler:"Jeanne".]]



* PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime has "Honor and glory", often used sarcastically and bitterly by the Prince, since the honor and glory he (and his father) hoped to attain at the start of the game wasn't worth unwittingly starting the apocalypse or, the Prince later decides, sacking the city of the Maharajah in the prologue. The final chapter of the game is titled Honor and Glory, and the words are repeated again by the Prince [[spoiler: when he finally climbs the Tower of Dawn and finds the Hourglass, but loses Farah in the process]]. "Bravely I had fought and slain my enemies, proving my honor and glory. But though I could fight until the desert sands themselves were red with blood...[[spoiler:I could not bring back the dead.]]"

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* PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime has "Honor and glory", often used sarcastically and bitterly by the Prince, since the honor and glory he (and his father) hoped to attain at the start of the game wasn't worth unwittingly starting the apocalypse or, the Prince later decides, sacking the city of the Maharajah in the prologue. The final chapter of the game is titled Honor and Glory, and the words are repeated again by the Prince [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he finally climbs the Tower of Dawn and finds the Hourglass, but loses Farah in the process]]. "Bravely I had fought and slain my enemies, proving my honor and glory. But though I could fight until the desert sands themselves were red with blood...[[spoiler:I could not bring back the dead.]]"



*** "Memento Mori" and its translations "Remember that you are mortal", "Remember that you will die", and "Remember your death". It's only ever really seen in the opening video, but this is the video that plays every time you power on the system. [[spoiler: The main character dies.]]
*** Once you reach October 4th, the date is repeated a lot throughout the day. [[spoiler: It's the day Ken's mother was accidentally killed by Shinjiro Aragaki and his Persona Castor, and Ken plans on getting even that day. While Shinjiro ''does'' end up dying, it happens in a way that traumatizes Ken.]]

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*** "Memento Mori" and its translations "Remember that you are mortal", "Remember that you will die", and "Remember your death". It's only ever really seen in the opening video, but this is the video that plays every time you power on the system. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The main character dies.]]
*** Once you reach October 4th, the date is repeated a lot throughout the day. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's the day Ken's mother was accidentally killed by Shinjiro Aragaki and his Persona Castor, and Ken plans on getting even that day. While Shinjiro ''does'' end up dying, it happens in a way that traumatizes Ken.]]



* ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic:'' What some people think of Leovinus ([[spoiler: Nobody likes a smart ass]]) turns out to be quite important if you've pressed the wrong button, as well as pertaining to the fate of the ship.

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* ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic:'' What some people think of Leovinus ([[spoiler: Nobody ([[spoiler:Nobody likes a smart ass]]) turns out to be quite important if you've pressed the wrong button, as well as pertaining to the fate of the ship.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' [[spoiler: REPLICA!!!!!]].

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' [[spoiler: REPLICA!!!!!]].[[spoiler:REPLICA!!!!!]].



** To a more subtle extent, "It's you" and "It's me" are arc words associated with Frisk and Chara respectively and reflective of the player's own morality and the relationship between player and game. Looking at your reflection in a Genocide run prompts the text "It's me, [playername]!". In any other run, it yields "It's you!" at the beginning of the game and "[[HeartwarmingMoments Despite everything, it's still you]]" in the endgame. A Pacifist run adds "[[spoiler: Still just you, Frisk]]" in the epilogue.

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** To a more subtle extent, "It's you" and "It's me" are arc words associated with Frisk and Chara respectively and reflective of the player's own morality and the relationship between player and game. Looking at your reflection in a Genocide run prompts the text "It's me, [playername]!". In any other run, it yields "It's you!" at the beginning of the game and "[[HeartwarmingMoments Despite everything, it's still you]]" in the endgame. A Pacifist run adds "[[spoiler: Still "[[spoiler:Still just you, Frisk]]" in the epilogue.



* The VideoGame cross VisualNovel ''VideoGame/WarOfTheHumanTanks'': "To all the Human Tanks living in this world, cock the rifle in your hands, pull the pin of your hand grenade and aim the antiaircraft gun. Your enemy stands before you. Pull the triggers and annihilate them." It turns up at the start of all the Parts/Episodes, and seems to just be a recurring line talking about how the Human Tanks fight. It's when you get to Episode 13 that you realise [[spoiler: the enemy being referred to is [[TakeThatAudience the faceless commanders]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters who send countless of absolutely loyal beings to their deaths]]. And the line is telepathically spoken by the final boss, whose death will result in the eventual death of every Human Tank.]]

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* The VideoGame cross VisualNovel ''VideoGame/WarOfTheHumanTanks'': "To all the Human Tanks living in this world, cock the rifle in your hands, pull the pin of your hand grenade and aim the antiaircraft gun. Your enemy stands before you. Pull the triggers and annihilate them." It turns up at the start of all the Parts/Episodes, and seems to just be a recurring line talking about how the Human Tanks fight. It's when you get to Episode 13 that you realise [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the enemy being referred to is [[TakeThatAudience the faceless commanders]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters who send countless of absolutely loyal beings to their deaths]]. And the line is telepathically spoken by the final boss, whose death will result in the eventual death of every Human Tank.]]



* Although it is only said twice, "No king rules forever" serve as ArcWords for the entirety of VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The two times it is said happen to be when fighting the games two most powerful/main villains, Yogg-Saron and [[BigBad Arthas]]. [[spoiler:Yogg is referring to Arthas and it is the last thing Arthas's father's ghost says to his son before he dies]]. This quote not only summarizes the fall of the Lich King but many of the other events that occurred during the expansion and things that will happen shortly after such as: 2 kings (Yirmon and Anub'Arak) die, Malygos, the dragon aspect of magic/leader of the Blue Dragonflight, was killed, the Alliance found a new leader in King Varian, Bolvar Fordragon (the guy who was ruling Stormwind while [[WorldOfWarcraftComic Varian was doing stuff]]) was [[spoiler: [[NeverFoundTheBody presumed to be dead after the Wrathgate fiasco]] but is found alive (sort of, maybe) ]] but has to [[spoiler: become the next Lich King in order to prevent the Scourge from going crazy[er] and killing EVERYTHING]]. In addition, the quote can be viewed as Foreshadowing of things to come in the pre-Cataclysm event and the expansion itself: The Gnomes and Darkspear Trolls taking back their respective homelands after being in exile for years, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Warchief Thrall]] being replaced by [[TheScrappy Garrosh]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hellscream]], as well as many other changes in leadership on Azeroth.

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* Although it is only said twice, "No king rules forever" serve as ArcWords for the entirety of VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The two times it is said happen to be when fighting the games two most powerful/main villains, Yogg-Saron and [[BigBad Arthas]]. [[spoiler:Yogg is referring to Arthas and it is the last thing Arthas's father's ghost says to his son before he dies]]. This quote not only summarizes the fall of the Lich King but many of the other events that occurred during the expansion and things that will happen shortly after such as: 2 kings (Yirmon and Anub'Arak) die, Malygos, the dragon aspect of magic/leader of the Blue Dragonflight, was killed, the Alliance found a new leader in King Varian, Bolvar Fordragon (the guy who was ruling Stormwind while [[WorldOfWarcraftComic Varian was doing stuff]]) was [[spoiler: [[NeverFoundTheBody [[spoiler:[[NeverFoundTheBody presumed to be dead after the Wrathgate fiasco]] but is found alive (sort of, maybe) ]] but has to [[spoiler: become [[spoiler:become the next Lich King in order to prevent the Scourge from going crazy[er] and killing EVERYTHING]]. In addition, the quote can be viewed as Foreshadowing of things to come in the pre-Cataclysm event and the expansion itself: The Gnomes and Darkspear Trolls taking back their respective homelands after being in exile for years, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Warchief Thrall]] being replaced by [[TheScrappy Garrosh]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hellscream]], as well as many other changes in leadership on Azeroth.



* Dee's prophecy, quoted in the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{ZombiU}}'' says that "a cleansing fire of black angels will purify the world". You're supposed to believe that it's either Death or the Ravens of Dee (depending on who's talking to you), but it turns out that Dee had something else in mind. [[spoiler: They're the RAF jets on their way to firebomb the city, silhouetted black against the red sky.]]

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* Dee's prophecy, quoted in the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{ZombiU}}'' says that "a cleansing fire of black angels will purify the world". You're supposed to believe that it's either Death or the Ravens of Dee (depending on who's talking to you), but it turns out that Dee had something else in mind. [[spoiler: They're [[spoiler:They're the RAF jets on their way to firebomb the city, silhouetted black against the red sky.]]



* The most reacurring term used in ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'', beyond the word "fuck", is "dark auras." The main character is prone to having on and off AuraVision that allows him to see Evil energy resonating as clouds of darkness around people. Though he believes it is all a case of him struggling with delusions, it might just be heredity seeing as how [[spoiler: his grandfather had a similar problem.]]

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* The most reacurring term used in ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'', beyond the word "fuck", is "dark auras." The main character is prone to having on and off AuraVision that allows him to see Evil energy resonating as clouds of darkness around people. Though he believes it is all a case of him struggling with delusions, it might just be heredity seeing as how [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his grandfather had a similar problem.]]



** "Trust no one" may be one as well, as it is a notable line in "Tourist Trapped" and reappears in [[spoiler: "The Last Mabelcorn" when Dipper is questioning if Ford is possessed by Bill.]]

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** "Trust no one" may be one as well, as it is a notable line in "Tourist Trapped" and reappears in [[spoiler: "The [[spoiler:"The Last Mabelcorn" when Dipper is questioning if Ford is possessed by Bill.]]



* In the Jerry Reed episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'', the word "FEBAG" is seen written on walls in a haunted house several times, causing Shaggy and Scooby to freak out when they see or hear it. At the end, [[spoiler: Jerry [[SongsInTheKeyOfLock plays the notes]] F-E-B-A-G on a xylophone and reveals a cache of stolen money.]]

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* In the Jerry Reed episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'', the word "FEBAG" is seen written on walls in a haunted house several times, causing Shaggy and Scooby to freak out when they see or hear it. At the end, [[spoiler: Jerry [[spoiler:Jerry [[SongsInTheKeyOfLock plays the notes]] F-E-B-A-G on a xylophone and reveals a cache of stolen money.]]
2nd Aug '17 12:43:57 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}: "[[WhatHaveIDone What have I]]...[[NeverMyFault what have]] ''[[NeverMyFault they]]'' [[NeverMyFault done to you]]?!" This question is asked only twice, but illustrates the circular nature of revenge and the danger of an IgnoredEpiphany.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}: ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'': "[[WhatHaveIDone What have I]]...[[NeverMyFault what have]] ''[[NeverMyFault they]]'' [[NeverMyFault done to you]]?!" This question is asked only twice, but illustrates the circular nature of revenge and the danger of an IgnoredEpiphany.
23rd Jul '17 6:09:13 PM Komatsuzaki
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Arc Words are '''not''' the same thing as a RunningGag, a CatchPhrase, or even just a phrase that ends up popping up a lot due to being used a lot in the plot. "[[Franchise/StarWars May the Force be with you]]" is ''not'' arc words; it's an expression and a social nicety. Arc Words also must help define the tone of their entire work, or at least the plot arc where they appear.

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Arc Words are '''not''' the same thing as a RunningGag, a CatchPhrase, or even just a phrase that ends up popping up a lot due to being used a lot in the plot. "[[Franchise/StarWars May the Force be with you]]" is are ''not'' arc words; it's an expression and a social nicety. Arc Words also must help define the tone of their entire work, or at least the plot arc where they appear.
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