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15th Feb '18 1:40:39 PM Kotomikun
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** Harry gets his invisibility cloak in the first book; it's used several times throughout the series, and seems to be a relatively mundane magical item. Until the final book, when the heroes learn that invisibility cloaks are unreliable and wear out over time... except for Harry's. It's strongly implied to be [[spoiler:the mythical ''original'' invisibility cloak, supposedly created by Death himself, and the most prized of the three Deathly Hallows.]]
15th Jan '18 6:08:21 AM K
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* Famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}''. She's first used as a disguise by Hector, which segues into him knowing where to take Miguel to find Ernesto de la Cruz because he borrowed the costume from a show Frida was planning with him. Miguel ends up meeting the ''real'' Frida as she prepares for the show, and she's the one to tell him where to find de la Cruz-- at a very exclusive party at his private tower. She also compliments his artistic instincts for good measure. Later on, Hector ends up getting into the party by disguising himself as Frida ''again'', and Miguel and his family ''all'' disguise themselves as Frida with her blessing to get to de la Cruz in the climax.
--->'''Frida Kahlo:''' Good luck, ''muchacho.''
--->'''Miguel:''' ''Gracias,'' Frida!
10th Jan '18 11:46:29 PM Linda58
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* In ''The Book of Three'', the first of the ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' series, Taran encounters and nurses a baby gywthaint (a hostile bird species enslaved by the {{BigBad}}) back to health. Every GenreSavvy reader saw an AndroclesLion moment coming, and was unsurprised when it repaid the favor. It was then probably forgotten by readers, making its return [[spoiler:and HeroicSacrifice]] in the final book all the more shocking.


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* In the pilot for ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Neelix has his own ship. By the end of the episode he's joined the crew, and his ship is kept in the shuttle bay. His ship would go on the useful in a number of episodes throughout the series, when ''Voyager'' either couldn't be used, or its sensors were damaged but his weren't.
26th Oct '17 5:08:14 AM darkemyst
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** One good example is basilisk venom. This is established in the second book to be a deadly and destructive substance. This property comes into play at the end of the book when Harry [[spoiler:uses a basilisk fang to destroy the magic diary]]. ''Five books later'', Harry, Ron, and Hermione are desperate for a way to [[spoiler:destroy the Horcruxes they've collected - and Ron goes down to the Chamber of Secrets and grabs an armful of basilisk fangs]].

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** One good example is basilisk venom. This is established in the second book to be a deadly and destructive substance. This property comes into play at the end of''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of the book Secrets]]'' when Harry [[spoiler:uses a basilisk fang to destroy the magic diary]]. ''Five books later'', Harry, Ron, and Hermione are desperate for a way to [[spoiler:destroy the Horcruxes they've collected - and Ron goes down to the Chamber of Secrets and grabs an armful of basilisk fangs]].



** For that matter, Tom Riddle's diary is one as well -- when it appeared in the second book it seemed like a mere MacGuffin for Harry to face Voldemort again. After it was destroyed, it seemed to have served its purpose and could be forgotten about like the Philosopher's Stone. And then in sixth book, Dumbledore explains about the Horcruxes and it's revealed that the diary was a major clue.

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** For that matter, Tom Riddle's diary is one as well -- when it appeared in the second book it seemed like a mere MacGuffin for Harry to face Voldemort again. After it was destroyed, it seemed to have served its purpose and could be forgotten about like the Philosopher's Stone. And then in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book, book]], Dumbledore explains about the Horcruxes and it's revealed that the diary was a major clue.clue.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Zachariah Smith's comment about Expelliarmus not being useful against Voldemort is amusing, it's also counts as a boomerang, because in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]] [[spoiler: Harry's identity is revealed by the fact that Expelliarmus is his signature move]].
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.
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