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17th May '17 12:32:07 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/OddObsession'': The insecticide and cleanser cans. One's in a red can and the other's in a green can, and it is established that Hara is color-blind and can't tell the difference between cans. Hara decides to [[InsaneTrollLogic switch the contents of the cans so that she doesn't mix them up]]. What happens? Well, Tomiko decides to kill her mother and her faithless fiancé, so she does their tea with poison—except that the poison is actually the cleanser, so all she does is give their tea a funny taste. However, it turns out that in addition to illogically switching out what's in the cans, Hara also quite logically marked the poison can with "poison" on the bottom. After looking at the bottom of the can and confirming that it is in fact poison, Hara dumps it on top of the salad, and thus murders all of the other three.
1st May '17 8:38:26 AM Kafkesque
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* In ''[[Literature/OldMansWar The Ghost Brigades]]'', protagonist [[SuperSoldier Jared Dirac]] discovers that his [[{{Nanomachines}} [=SmartBlood=]]] can be remotely instructed to spontaneously oxidize (i.e. combust), first observing this in training when it kills a mosquito that tries to drink from him. [[spoiler:Later on, it saves his life when he blinds an enemy combatant by spitting [=SmartBlood=] into its eye-analogues and igniting it; then at the book's climax, when the BigBad tries to perform a GrandTheftMe, Jared counters him by [[TakingYouWithMe combusting all the [=SmartBlood=] in his body.]]]]
20th Apr '17 4:02:09 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' threw a boomerang in 2005 and it didn't come back around until '''twelve years later''' in an entirely different series: Near the end of ''Blade'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:if the Joker is the last Undead standing, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world will end]]; [[TheHero Kazuma Kenzaki]] manages to avert this by turning himself into a second Joker, putting the Battle Royale into a perpetual stalemate]]. Then in 2017 in the ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' spin-off ''Kamen Sentai Gorider'', [[spoiler:Kuroto Dan enacts an elaborate plan to bring himself back to life, including an UnwinnableByDesign virtual world with himself disguised as Kenzaki appearance -- complete with his powers -- to oversee things. This attracts the real Kenzaki to the game world, who reveals that Dan screwed himself: since he's the ''only'' Undead around, the (game) world ends...and Dan's plot along with it.]]
6th Apr '17 7:52:22 PM AgentSalt
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* ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'': "Only a miracle can save us now!"

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* ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'': "Only a miracle can save us now!"now!" [[note]]"Miracle" is the name of the horse that saves the heroes in roman times. The same horse shows up to save them at the end of the movie, after the plot has moved on the the french revolution. [[/note]]
21st Mar '17 4:01:19 PM Gosicrystal
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* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days a Skeptic]]'' you use the [[spoiler:wrenches]] more than once.
** And in the previous game, you were forced to use the "Salty bear on a stick" trick more than once. No, seriously.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay Night]]'', this occurs with Caster's Noble Phantasm Rule Breaker. First used in the Fate scenario to control Saber (thus leading to a Dead End). Then in Unlimited Blade Works [[spoiler:used in Archer to break his contract with Rin, letting him fight Shiro]] and then again in Heaven's Feel [[spoiler:when Shiro traces the Rule Breaker and uses it to break Sakura's connection with Angra Mainyu]]

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* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days a Skeptic]]'' you use the [[spoiler:wrenches]] more than once.
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once. And in the previous game, you were forced to use the "Salty bear on a stick" trick more than once. No, seriously.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay Night]]'', this occurs with Caster's Noble Phantasm Rule Breaker. First used in the Fate scenario to control Saber (thus leading to a Dead End). Then in Unlimited Blade Works [[spoiler:used in Archer to break his contract with Rin, letting him fight Shiro]] and then again in Heaven's Feel [[spoiler:when Shiro traces the Rule Breaker and uses it to break Sakura's connection with Angra Mainyu]]
seriously.



** [[spoiler:The metal detector]] from game 1, case 4, [[spoiler:which is originally used just to gather other evidence but makes a triumphant comeback in the courtroom, helping to finally nail the real culprit]]. Then it comes back in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' case 5 when [[spoiler:you use it to find the real murder weapon.]]

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** [[spoiler:The metal detector]] from game 1, case 4, [[spoiler:which which is originally used just to gather [[spoiler:gather other evidence evidence]] but makes a triumphant comeback in the courtroom, helping to finally [[spoiler:finally nail the real culprit]]. Then it comes back in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' case 5 when [[spoiler:you you use it to find [[spoiler:find the real murder weapon.]]weapon]].



** [[spoiler:Trucy's panties]] are used to object to testimony in the second case of ''Apollo Justice'' at least 3 times; [[spoiler:first to show proof of other crimes on the same night, then to show what the college student witness was hiding, and then, at the very end of the case, to prove why the car couldn't have been used to transport the body.]]? [[LampshadeHanging The judge even comments on Apollo's repeated presentation of that piece of evidence]].

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** [[spoiler:Trucy's panties]] are used to object to testimony in the second case of ''Apollo Justice'' at least 3 times; [[spoiler:first first to show proof of other [[spoiler:other crimes on the same night, night]], then to show what [[spoiler:what the college student witness was hiding, hiding]], and then, at the very end of the case, to prove why [[spoiler:why the car couldn't have been used to transport the body.]]? body]]. [[LampshadeHanging The judge even comments on Apollo's repeated presentation of that piece of evidence]].


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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', this occurs with Caster's Noble Phantasm Rule Breaker. First used in the Fate scenario to control Saber (thus leading to a Dead End). Then in Unlimited Blade Works [[spoiler:used in Archer to break his contract with Rin, letting him fight Shiro]] and then again in Heaven's Feel [[spoiler:when Shiro traces the Rule Breaker and uses it to break Sakura's connection with Angra Mainyu]].
* [[spoiler:Snake's prosthetic left arm]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. It's first mentioned as {{Foreshadowing}} in Door 8 by Clover (not on every route, though). It doesn't serve its first purpose in the plot until June and Junpei return to Door 3 in the Safe ending and Junpei realizes that [[spoiler:the corpse who they had assumed was Snake's has an ulna in his left arm, which is impossible]], leading him to conclude that [[spoiler:Snake is still alive]]. It then comes up again later in the Safe ending, when Seven and Junpei want to cross Door 9 [[spoiler:with the aid of the 0 bracelet they found (which functions like it's a 6, allowing their digital root to be 9)]]. Snake [[spoiler:crushes his fake arm and gets rid of it along with his bracelet so he can cross the door too without blowing up]]. This LoopholeAbuse was his last resort, his trump card, all along.
18th Mar '17 5:47:21 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Neoquest II'', an RPG in ''NeoPets'', the sword you start off with is also the best sword to use against the final boss.

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* In ''Neoquest II'', an RPG in ''NeoPets'', ''{{Website/Neopets}}'', the sword you start off with is also the best sword to use against the final boss.
26th Feb '17 2:15:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has one that crosses continuities; an antagonist attacks Negi using an attack that originated in KenAkamatsu's previous manga ''Manga/LoveHina''. There's even WordOfGod to support the idea that they take place in the same universe.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has one that crosses continuities; an antagonist attacks Negi using an attack that originated in KenAkamatsu's Creator/KenAkamatsu's previous manga ''Manga/LoveHina''. There's even WordOfGod to support the idea that they take place in the same universe.
16th Feb '17 12:56:50 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}]'' arc, Charlie Brown in lost in the woods, so Peppermint Patty and Marcie go out to look for him. Marcie brings supplies, including cold weather gear, food, water, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and comic books.]] Eventually, it starts to snow, and because Patty is only wearing her sandals, her feet get cold. So Marcie tries to wrap her feet in the comic books. It works for a while, but eventually, the storm gets worse, and the hastily made comic bandage starts to fall apart. Fortunately, when the blizzard is at its worst, they find Charlie Brown and Snoopy, or rather they find them; they followed the trail of comic book pages.

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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}]'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' arc, Charlie Brown in lost in the woods, so Peppermint Patty and Marcie go out to look for him. Marcie brings supplies, including cold weather gear, food, water, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and comic books.]] Eventually, it starts to snow, and because Patty is only wearing her sandals, her feet get cold. So Marcie tries to wrap her feet in the comic books. It works for a while, but eventually, the storm gets worse, and the hastily made comic bandage starts to fall apart. Fortunately, when the blizzard is at its worst, they find Charlie Brown and Snoopy, or rather they find them; they followed the trail of comic book pages.
10th Feb '17 5:07:22 PM NotThisThing
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** [[spoiler:Trucy's Panties]] are used to object to testimony in the second case of ''Apollo Justice'' at least 3 times; [[spoiler:first to show proof of other crimes on the same night, then to show what the college student witness was hiding, and then, at the very end of the case, to prove why the car couldn't have been used to transport the body.]]? [[LampshadeHanging The judge even comments on Apollo's repeated presentation of that piece of evidence]].

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** [[spoiler:Trucy's Panties]] panties]] are used to object to testimony in the second case of ''Apollo Justice'' at least 3 times; [[spoiler:first to show proof of other crimes on the same night, then to show what the college student witness was hiding, and then, at the very end of the case, to prove why the car couldn't have been used to transport the body.]]? [[LampshadeHanging The judge even comments on Apollo's repeated presentation of that piece of evidence]].



* [[ChekhovsGag An early joke]] in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' involves each student of [[AcademyOfAdventure Beacon Academy]] being assigned rocket-propelled lockers to store their weapons and [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] getting tossed into one of them by a local bully and launched off to god knows where. In the next volume, it's shown that they can be used to quickly acquire one's weapons in case of emergency. When Ruby notices something fishy going on at a communications tower, she walks straight out of the dance party and calls her locker (which leaves a crater on the ground as it lands, by the way) with her [[SinisterScythe Crescent Rose]] inside. In volume three the lockers make a comeback during a battle, used by ''all'' of the students to get their respective weapons, as well as lockers ''themselves'' being used as weapons to strike down a giant monster bird. The same episode involves yet another use of these lockers: [[spoiler:Ruby launches one of them towards an airship and ''flies on it'' to quickly reach said ship]]. Thought Rooster Teeth ran out of ideas on how to use them? In the volume three finale we learn the ''real'' reason behind the initial ChekhovsGag: [[spoiler:It's established that a person may be stuffed into the locker and launched off to somewhere else without any real harm. Which is exacly what Jaune's girlfriend does to him to make sure that he's safe and that he won't stop her from facing [[TheHeavy Cinder]]]].

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* [[ChekhovsGag An early joke]] in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' involves each student of [[AcademyOfAdventure Beacon Academy]] being assigned rocket-propelled lockers to store their weapons and [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] getting tossed into one of them by a local bully and launched off to god knows where. In the next volume, it's shown that they can be used to quickly acquire one's weapons in case of emergency. When Ruby notices something fishy going on at a communications tower, she walks straight out of the dance party and calls her locker (which leaves a crater on the ground as it lands, by the way) with her [[SinisterScythe Crescent Rose]] inside. In volume three the lockers make a comeback during a battle, used by ''all'' of the students to get their respective weapons, as well as lockers ''themselves'' being used as weapons to strike down a giant monster bird. The same episode involves yet another use of these lockers: [[spoiler:Ruby launches one of them towards an airship and ''flies on it'' to quickly reach said ship]]. Thought Rooster Teeth ran out of ideas on how to use them? In the volume three finale we learn the ''real'' reason behind the initial ChekhovsGag: [[spoiler:It's established that a person may be stuffed into the locker and launched off to somewhere else without any real harm. Which is exacly what Jaune's girlfriend Pyrrha does to him to make sure that he's safe and that he won't stop her from facing [[TheHeavy Cinder]]]].
4th Feb '17 8:56:03 PM Anddrix
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has ricin. Walter created it early in season 2 in order to kill his psycho boss Tuco. It comes back later in season 4 when Walt attempts to do the same with Gus. [[spoiler: In the series finale, Walt finally successfully uses it to kill Lydia.]]

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has ricin. Walter created it early in season 2 in order to kill his psycho boss Tuco. It comes back later in season 4 when Walt attempts to do the same with Gus. [[spoiler: In the series finale, Walt finally successfully uses it to kill Lydia.]]Lydia]].
* The pistol Dorothy finds in the trunk of the police car when she first lands on Oz in ''Series/EmeraldCity''. [[spoiler:She tricks East into killing herself with it]] by the end of [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E1TheBeastForever "The Beast Forever"]]. It's brought back again in [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E6BeautifulWickedness "Beautiful Wickedness"]] as the Wizard [[spoiler:wants to reverse engineer it to kill the Beast Forever]].
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