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19th Aug '17 4:48:30 PM Vanshira
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** Gollum is a living Chekhov's Boomerang. First, he (unintentionally) supplies Bilbo with the all-important Ring in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. When he fully reappears in ''Literature/TheLordoftheRings'', he [[spoiler:leads Frodo and Sam into Mordor before betraying them to Shelob, leading to Frodo's capture and Sam's brief turn as Ringbearer]]. He disappears again after that, only to reappear just as [[spoiler:Frodo reaches Mount Doom and decides to claim the Ring for himself instead of destroying it. Gollum attacks him and finally retakes the Ring, but during his victory dance, both he and the Ring end up toppling into the Fire.]]
19th Aug '17 4:34:23 PM Vanshira
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' requires you to use an Elder Scroll to [[spoiler: learn the one Shout that will allow you to defeat Alduin by time-traveling back to when the Shout in question was invented]]. Once you're done with it, you can (optionally) haul it up to the College of Winterhold and sell it to [[ScaryLibrarian Urag gro-Shub]] for a nice price. Then the Dawnguard DLC comes around, and have fun trying to get your Elder Scroll back...
31st Jul '17 9:46:44 PM sgamer82
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* Not to forget Tucker's Sword in Machinima/RedVsBlue. First it's a sword, then it's a key. [[spoiler:And when you think they are just going to use it like a sword some more, there are two other instances of them needing to use it as a key!]]

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* Not to forget Tucker's Sword in Machinima/RedVsBlue.''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. First it's a sword, then it's a key. [[spoiler:And when you think they are just going to use it like a sword some more, there are two other instances of them needing to use it as a key!]]key!]]
* When the Red Panda enlists in the army and joins the Home Team in the ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'', he discovers that the government has multiple secret files that contain his and the Flying Squirrel's secret identities. A running gag for a while is the Panda and Squirrel locating the copies and not only doctoring them to hide their identities, but altering each file ''differently'', with progressively more outlandish backstories, such as one claiming the Red Panda was actually his own commanding officer, Colonel Fitzroy. This initially comes back when Fitzroy is gunned down as part of an attack on the Home Team superheroes' secret identities, and the Flying Squirrel uses the fact Fitzroy was a target at all to deduce the culprit was someone with access to the Home Team file. In later episodes, Canadian government officials make reference to the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel being a reformed mobster and his moll, revealing that the government still has the doctored files and thinks them genuine.



* An episode of ''TheSimpsons'' has Marge buying an impossibly absorbent paper towel brand and becoming enamored with its mascot. This seems to be just a [[HalfwayPlotSwitch setup for Homer and Bart to pull a prank on her, and apologize by going to a magic show that uncovers repressed memories of Homer finding a corpse in a quarry when he was a kid]], but she then used the towels to drain the quarry of water so they can find the body.

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* An episode of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Marge buying an impossibly absorbent paper towel brand and becoming enamored with its mascot. This seems to be just a [[HalfwayPlotSwitch setup for Homer and Bart to pull a prank on her, and apologize by going to a magic show that uncovers repressed memories of Homer finding a corpse in a quarry when he was a kid]], but she then used the towels to drain the quarry of water so they can find the body.
12th Jul '17 3:28:32 PM SomeoneImSure
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* Not to forget Tucker's Sword in Machinima/RedVsBlue. First it's a sword, then it's a key. [[spoiler:And when you think they are just going to use it like a sword some more, there are two other instances of them needing to use it as a key!]]
5th Jul '17 4:40:59 AM Kereea1
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** A good example: Ace's tattoo. Looks misspelled, right? Well after his introduction, during the Marinford arc, we find out [[spoiler: the crossed out S was the jolly Roger of his and Luffy's third brother, Sabo, who died.]] Then hundreds of chapters after ''that'' we find out [[spoiler: Sabo actually lived but with amnesia, and only reading about Ace's death at Marinford brought back his memories before putting him in a coma, and he later shows up to help Luffy.]] So what looked like a little quirk in a character's design in the Alabasta Saga was really foreshadowing for something in the Dressrosa saga, well over ''four hundred chapters later.''
31st May '17 1:20:02 AM NNinja
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** [[FridgeLogic ...Completely ignoring the fact that Gith had nothing at all to do with the Betrayer's Gate, of course.]]
** Which means nothing as the sword has had many owners since Gith, one of them simply used it for the key in the gate they made.
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]]
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