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23rd Jan '17 3:57:49 PM DustSnitch
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A reference to an event taking place earlier than the timeline of the present story. One type of call back is a RunningGag. This is often used to remind viewers that there ''is'' an ongoing storyline. More or less a ShoutOut to itself -- but if that's ''all'' that it's doing, then it's a ContinuityNod; a Call Back brings back an element that is '''actually relevant again'''.

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A relevant reference to an event taking place earlier than the timeline of the present story. One type of call back is a RunningGag. This is often used to remind viewers that there ''is'' an ongoing storyline. More or less a ShoutOut to itself -- but if that's ''all'' that it's doing, then it's a ContinuityNod; a Call Back brings back an element that is '''actually relevant again'''.
18th Jan '17 4:03:57 PM twilicorn
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** At the first Madagascar movie, Skipper asks Kowalski what's written in the box they're in and he says he doesn't understand because he can't read. During the scene where Kowalski is checking the manual of the North Wind's jet he says "No, still can't read".

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** At In the first Madagascar movie, Skipper asks Kowalski what's written in the box they're in and he says he doesn't understand because he can't read. During In this film, during the scene where Kowalski is checking the manual of the North Wind's jet jet, he says "No, still can't read".



* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': Marianne and [[spoiler: The Bog King's]] duet [[JukeBoxMusical Strange Magic]] is full of these from when Marianne first entered [[TheLostWoods the Dark Forest]]. The various features of the forest that frightened her are shown to be harmless or even beautiful.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': Marianne and [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Bog King's]] duet [[JukeBoxMusical Strange Magic]] of [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra the title song]] is full of these from when Marianne Marianne's first entered visit to [[TheLostWoods the Dark Forest]]. The various features of the forest that had frightened her then are now shown to be harmless or even beautiful. beautiful.
13th Jan '17 3:14:21 PM Dravencour
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* Back in the very first episode of ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'', after Anderson cuts off Alucard's head only for the powerful vampire to reconstitute, Anderson demands to know how in the hell he managed to do that, to which Alucard responds, "Fuck you, that's how." In episode 7, this gets a magnificent callback when [[spoiler:Seras goes full vampire after drinking Pip's blood, resulting in not only taking several levels in badass, but also regaining the use of the eyes that Zorin Blitz slashed out with her scythe. Zorin is flabbergasted, demanding to know how she is even able to look at her like this. Seras's response: "Fuck you, that's how."]]
5th Jan '17 3:32:47 AM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'':
** During their trip to the Logan Animal Sanctuary, Firebrand asks OL about the offer of making her his Manhunter.
** In the first episode, OL is afraid to use the Zeta Beam in fear of getting {{Telefrag}}ged. In ''Contingency'', OL spoils Kid Flash's HopeSpot by pointing that the alien invaders' Zeta Beams cause Death by {{Telefrag}}ging.
** In ''Dependency Day'', OL comments how annoying how most copies of ''On Liberty'' only have the name of John Stuart Mill when it was co-written with his wife, Harriet Taylor. For Christmas, months later OL gives Diana a homemade copy with Harriet Taylor's name as a present.
** In ''Ex Perdition'' A co-worker of Martian adult actor J'arrkn, mentions knowing Orange Lantern through his post ''Displaced'' interview with Cat Grant.
** In Zatanna's introduction chapter, Artemis asks her why she can just say "Erif" when attacking someone. When Mistress Martian was attacking them, Zatanna does just that.
** Paul jokingly tries to suggest that the Grecian Pantheon bring in gods or goddesses from other pantheons to make up for failing ones in their own to Diana, who laughs and says that they're not going to do that just so Paul can play "Musical Pantheons." Several months later, when visiting Themyscera, Paul accidentally causes Hera to divorce Zeus, causing a huge shakeup in the Grecian Pantheon.
4th Jan '17 6:42:56 PM nombretomado
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** In "Elementary School Musical", the boys are asked rhetorically "where have you been" when they say they don't know anything about HighSchoolMusical. Craig replies "Peru", a callback to "Pandemic" earlier in the season.

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** In "Elementary School Musical", the boys are asked rhetorically "where have you been" when they say they don't know anything about HighSchoolMusical.''Film/HighSchoolMusical''. Craig replies "Peru", a callback to "Pandemic" earlier in the season.
3rd Jan '17 2:11:59 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Wyndle grumbles that he was supposed to be assigned to a cobbler; a book earlier, the readers were briefly introduced to a Knight Radiant initiate who's a shoemaker.

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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'':
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Wyndle grumbles that he was supposed to be assigned to a cobbler; a book earlier, the readers were briefly introduced to a Knight Radiant initiate who's a shoemaker.shoemaker.
** In one of the earlier books, Hoid mentions having once spent a better part of the year in the stomach of a greatshell; here, it's mentioned again, as it turns out Lift has witnessed the moment Hoid hopped into the creature's maw.
2nd Jan '17 5:20:48 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Wyndle grumbles that he was supposed to be assigned to a cobbler; a book earlier, the readers were briefly introduced to a Knight Radiant initiate who's a shoemaker.
30th Dec '16 4:46:36 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Arya mentions in "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" that her training will involve catching cats, and Doreah and Viserys discuss the dragon skulls that once adorned the throne room. In the next episode, Arya chases a cat into the cellars where a dragon skull is stored.
** Littlefinger calls back to his own statement that he's not to be trusted when he betrays Ned Stark and his attempt to depose Joffrey.
** "What do we say to the god of death?" "Not today."
** Ser Dontos Hollard, the drunken knight who demoted to a court jester in "The North Remembers", is shown juggling for the ladies of the court in "Blackwater".
** Arya is reintroduced into "The Night Land" with a very similar tracking shot to her intro in "Winter is Coming".
** When Varys asks about his plan to defeat Stannis, Tyrion says "pig shit," calling back to Bronn's accusation that Pyromancer Hallyne was a SnakeOilSalesman as either {{Foreshadowing}} or a EurekaMoment.
** After gleefully telling Tyrion he's lost all his power, Grand Maester Pycelle flicks him a coin and says, "For your trouble," calling back to when Tyrion arrested him, took away his power, and tipped his prostitute using the same words.
** In the House of the Undying, Daenerys rejects the LotusEaterMachine vision of her husband and son by repeating Mirri Maz Duur's words that Drogo will return and she will have another child "when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, etc." When she rejects the vision, Drogo's face goes expressionless like he was after the botched ritual.
** In "Valar Morghulis", it turns out the Dothraki ''can'' lift Xaro's golden peacock after all.
** Bran's dream in "Dark Wings, Dark Words" calls back dialogue from his introduction in "Winter is Coming".
** In "Dark Wings, Dark Words", Sansa has to remind Loras that he gave her a red rose at the Tourney of the Hand in "Cripple, Bastards, and Broken Things". The audience knows Loras doesn't remember because he was too busy making eyes with Renly at the time.
** During her scene with Talisa in "Dark Wings, Dark Words", Catelyn is frantically making another of the charms she made "The Kingsroad".
** When Littlefinger calls his brothel the safest place in the city, Tyrion replies, "Not for bastards," referencing the murder of King Robert's bastard daughter there in "The North Remembers".
** The BigNo Brienne lets out in "Walk of Punishment" is reminiscent of the one she gave in "The Ghost of Harrenhal", the last traumatic event in her life.
** In "Walk of Punishment", Jaime explains his wide vocabulary is due to being forced to read as a child, something Tywin previously mentioned as his cure for Jaime's dyslexia.
** The beheading of Rickard Karstark in "Kissed by Fire" strongly resembles that of Rodrik Cassel in the "The Old Gods and the New", sharing music, weather, and the condemned using their last words to condemn their executioner. Both scenes harken back to Ned's beheading of the deserter in "Winter is Coming", showing how he has influenced Robb and Theon.
** In "Kissed By Fire", Gendry refers to Arya as "milady," just like when he first learned her identity in "The Nightlands".
** When Tyrion learns of his arranged marriage in "Kissed By Fire", he asks if Tywin has forgotten that he already ''was'' wed, referencing the story he told Bronn and Shae in "Baelor". Tyrion also protests that his prospective bride is just a child, but Cersei assures she is not by bringing up the events of "A Man Without Honor."
** In "The Climb", Theon finally comes face to face with "that fucking hornblower" who tormented him in "Valar Morghulis". It's even less pleasant than before.
** Olenna tells Tywin in "The Climb" that it's a rare man who live up to his reputation, calling back to her disappointment with Tyrion in "Kissed By Fire".
** Loras' description of his dream bride wearing a "beautiful gown of green and gold brocade" is reminiscent of the rich attire Renly wore to the Tourney of the Hand.
** Littlefinger also makes good on his threat about bad investments from "The Night Lands" at the end of "The Climb".
** In "The Bear and the Maiden Fair", Jaime tells Roose Bolton to give his regards to Robb. Several episodes later, Roose passes on the sentiment as premortem one-liner.
** In "Second Sons", Tyrion sarcastically declares himself the "god of tits and wine," the hypothetical god he pondered in "The Prince of Winterfell".
** The Dothraki phrase that leads Missandei to correct Daenerys' pronunciation in "Second Sons" is the same phrase Irri taught her in "Lord Snow".
** Those who remember Maester Cressen in "The North Remembers" know what an empty gesture it is for Melisandre to taste the wine to prove it isn't poisoned in "Second Sons".
** Arya doesn't believe the Hound when he tells her that he saved her sister during the riot of King's Landing.
** Sam beams when Gilly says he's like a wizard in "The Rains of Castamere", something he admitted to aspiring to in "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things".
** Jorah throws Barristan's "loyal servants, no matter the cost" lecture from "Kissed By Fire" back in his face when Barristan wants to join him on a mission in "The Rains of Castamere".
** The Season 3 finale "Mhysa" features several call backs to the Season 1 finale "Fire and Blood". Joffrey intends to make good on the threat he made to present Robb's head to Sansa, Tywin dismisses everyone but Tyrion with the same terse "Not you," and he answers one of Tyrion's questions with, "You're my son."
** Jaime's departure from Tywin's office in the Season 4 premiere "Two Swords" is shot from the exact same angle as Tyrion's departure from the same office in the Season 3 premiere "Valar Dohaeris".
** In "Two Swords", Shae brings up the payoff Varys offered her in "Mhysa", which Tyrion honestly knew nothing about.
** Podrick recognizes the contortionist at Joffrey's wedding as one of the whores Tyrion rewarded him with in "Walk of Punishment".
** In "Breaker of Chains", Shireen brings up that Davos struggles with reading the "gh" in words like "knight", which was depicted in "Mhysa" when he couldn't pronounce "Night's Watch."
** When Sansa asks what Littlefinger wants in "Oathkeeper", he replies, "Everything," the same answer he gave to Ros at the end of his CharacterFilibuster in "You Win Or You Die".
** Margaery smugly proves she is not intimidated by Cersei in "First Of His Name" when she questions whether to call Cersei "sister" or "mother" after Cersei made it ''very'' clear she didn't like being called "sister" in "Second Sons".
** The mystery of Jon Arryn's death established in the series premiere is finally definitively resolved rather anticlimactically in "First of His Name".
** Just before Polliver kills Lommy with Needle he sarcastically asks, "Something wrong with your leg, boy?" and laughs when Lommy asks to be carried. Much later, in "Two Swords," Arya wounds Polliver in the leg and asks him the same question, before killing him with Needle.
** Locke's response to a warning about Karl's knife skills is to asks, "Have you seen what I can do with a knife?" Jaime Lannister certainly has.
** Yara's speech in "The Laws of Gods and Men" is a rehash of Tywin Lannister's speech about reputation in "You Win Or You Die".
--> '''Tywin:''' If another house can seize one of our own and hold him captive, with impunity, we are no longer a house to be feared.
--> '''Yara:''' As long as they can hurt our prince with impunity the word 'Ironborn' means ''nothing''!
** In "Mockingbird", Hot Pie seems to have taken Gendry and Arya's lesson from "The Night Lands" that not every person wearing armour is ''ipso facto'' a knight, and he asks that Brienne deliver a much-improved version of his wolf-shaped pie from "Walk of Punishment" to Arya if they find her.
** While pondering the various words for murder in "The Mountain and the Viper", Jaime is obviously remembering his actions in "A Man Without Honor" when he brings up cousin slaying. Incidentally, "consobrinicide" is the ''very'' obscure word he was looking for.
** Ralf Kenning's SpitefulSpit in Reek's face calls back to Rodrik Cassel doing the same to Theon in "The Old Gods and the New". Given that Reek immediately lapses into his MadnessMantra at that point, the significance is probably not lost on him.
** Ralf Kenning's death, attacked from behind by one of his own men who didn't want to join his LastStand, has obvious parallels to what happened to Theon in "Valar Morghulis".
** Sansa's appeal to Bronze Yohn Royce in "The Mountain and the Viper" mentions his son Ser Waymar, the first character killed in the series way back in the ColdOpen of "Winter is Coming".
** A mysterious boy who works for Varys delivers a pardon for Ser Jorah Mormont in "The Mountain and the Viper" as in "You Win Or You Die". This time, however, it is deliberately delivered to implicate Jorah rather than reward him.
** Maester Aemon references his discussion of love and duty with Jon in "Baelor" during a similar conversation with Sam in "The Watchers on the Wall".
** Mance Rayder lives up to his boast of lighting the biggest fire the north has ever seen in "The Watchers on the Wall".
** Jon apparently remembered Karl spitting in his face during their duel and puts it to use himself against Styr in "The Watchers on the Wall".
** In Stannis's introductory scene, he corrects Davos's incorrect use of "less" instead of "fewer." In the season 5 episode "Kill the Boy," he mutters "fewer" when a Night's Watchman makes the same grammatical mistake.
** Melisandre recalls meeting Beric Dondarrion & Thoros of Myr in "The Climb" to Davos in "Home".
** In season 6, Dany gives a RousingSpeech echoing Drogo's mighty declarations made way back in season 1.
** In "No One," Tyrion starts telling the story about his trip to a whorehouse with a jackass and a honeycomb that he previously started at his trial in the Eyrie, but again gets cut off.
24th Dec '16 1:52:27 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* Done frequently among the numerous narratives in ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. A diver who specializes in underwater zombie combat mentions the Chinese sub that was sunk in an earlier story told by a Chinese submariner. Todd Wainio and his squadron come across the church that Sharon the feral child had been trapped in during the Great Panic. Wainio also serves with the girl who sang "Avalon" at the Battle of the Five Colleges. Arthur Sinclair still hopes to arrest Breckinridge Scott. Jurgen Warmbrunn mentions having come across both the psychological evaluation of Stanley MacDonald and the blog of Fernando Oliveira's nurse in his research. Collins mentions [=MacDonald=] trying to find his peace among the monasteries in Meteora when discussing war veterans trying to deal with their trauma from the war. It's also strongly hinted that the old man Kondo Tatsumi gets his katana from is the older brother of his master Sensei Ijiro. A photograph of the old man as a young officer shows he had a little brother that would have been about Ijiro's age.

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* Done frequently among the numerous narratives in ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. A diver who specializes in underwater zombie combat mentions the Chinese sub that was sunk in an earlier story told by a Chinese submariner. Todd Wainio and his squadron come across the church that Sharon the feral child had been trapped in during the Great Panic. Wainio also serves with the girl who sang "Avalon" at the Battle of the Five Colleges. Arthur Sinclair still hopes to arrest Breckinridge Scott. Jurgen Warmbrunn mentions having come across both the psychological evaluation of Stanley MacDonald [=MacDonald=] and the blog of Fernando Oliveira's nurse in his research. Collins mentions [=MacDonald=] trying to find his peace among the monasteries in Meteora when discussing war veterans trying to deal with their trauma from the war. It's also strongly hinted that the old man Kondo Tatsumi gets his katana from is the older brother of his master Sensei Ijiro. A photograph of the old man as a young officer shows he had a little brother that would have been about Ijiro's age.
21st Dec '16 11:39:59 AM Xtifr
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* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' first book ''The Book of Three'' Taran helps a gwythaint, one of the dark lord's creatures, against the advice of his more experienced companions. The gwythaint appears at the end of the final book ''The High King'' and buys Taran some time at the expense of its own life.

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* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' first book ''The Book of Three'' Taran helps a gwythaint, one of the dark lord's creatures, against the advice of his more experienced companions. The gwythaint appears at the end of the final book ''The High King'' and buys Taran some time at the expense of its own life.
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