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25th Apr '17 1:55:17 AM Trogdor
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** The ChristmasEpisode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]'' has a hilarious scene where the Doctor, having no interest in investigating the snowmen appearing over England, chooses to erase the memory of Clara Oswald who saw him. The Doctor sends BattleButler Strax to fetch "the memory worm" - one touch of its skin and you lose an hour's worth of memories. The problem is, when Strax returns he's empty-handed and has no memory of the last hour. Strax's failure to retrieve the worm leads to Clara not even trying to run because she finds it more amusing to watch him lose his memory a second time. The Doctor ends up using the worm's bite to remove all of the memories from this episode's BigBad.

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** The ChristmasEpisode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]'' has a hilarious scene where the Doctor, having no interest in investigating the snowmen appearing over England, chooses to erase the memory of Clara Oswald who saw him.witnessed his encounter with them. The Doctor sends BattleButler Strax to fetch "the memory worm" - one touch of its skin and you lose an hour's worth of memories. The problem is, when Strax returns he's empty-handed and has no memory of the last hour. Strax's failure to retrieve the worm leads to Clara not even trying to run because she finds it more amusing to watch him lose his memory a second time. The Doctor ends up using the worm's bite to remove all of the memories from this episode's BigBad.
8th Apr '17 12:25:36 PM Gosicrystal
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** Polly the parrot in the first game. A RunningGag in the boatman's house... until they deliver a WhamLine. Much later, the parrot [[MakeTheDogTestify is called to the stand at the trial]], and ''everything'' they've been trained to say turns out to have major significance to the case. Yes, even their ''name''.
** Trucy's Magic Panties in ''Apollo Justice''. A joke at first, becoming a ChekhovsBoomerang later.
** Calisto Yew's lauging fits in ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. Much later Shih-na laughs in the exact same way, finally proving that Shih-na ''is'' Calisto Yew. In the same game: Larry Butz' Samurai Dogs. One of the boxes has a bloodstain from when the murderer was injured, and ends up being one of the final pieces of evidence against them.

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** Polly the parrot in [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney the first game.game]]. A RunningGag in the boatman's house... until they deliver a WhamLine. Much later, the parrot [[MakeTheDogTestify is called to the stand at the trial]], and ''everything'' they've been trained to say turns out to have major significance to the case. Yes, even their ''name''.
** Trucy's Magic Panties in ''Apollo Justice''.''{{VisualNovel/Apollo Justice|Ace Attorney}}''. A joke at first, becoming a ChekhovsBoomerang later.
** ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations'':
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Calisto Yew's lauging fits in ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. fits. Much later Shih-na laughs in the exact same way, finally proving that Shih-na ''is'' Calisto Yew. In the same game: Yew.
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Larry Butz' Butz's Samurai Dogs. One of the boxes has a bloodstain from when the murderer was injured, and ends up being one of the final pieces of evidence against them.
12th Mar '17 10:47:22 AM FuzzyWulfe
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** Harry was bequeathed the golden snitch he caught in his first Quidditch game in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone The Philosopher's Stone]]''. It is well know that the golden snitch can be used to hide small items inside it and can only be opened by the touch of the person that first held it in the game. When Harry is made to pick it up by teachers known to be Voldemort collaborators in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows The Deathly Hallows]]'', he barely hesitates and glaringly shows nothing happens. Once they've left, he explains to Ron and Hermione why it didn't work. When he first caught the snitch, it was humorously shown that they won because he had accidentally caught it in his mouth. Which is the touch the snitch needed to open.
7th Mar '17 7:19:14 AM Trogdor
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* In the web video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5YDVCAEMXE That's Offensive]], the three poker players constantly say things that offend each other, each time getting offended over more trivial things. At one point, a player simply opens his mouth to speak, and immediately has the other two players yell that he is being offensive - because it's 7:02 pm, which is when they're supposed to have a minute of silence for their friend Schmitty, who died at 7:02 of unknown causes. At the end of the video, the poker players get so offended by each other that they all pull out guns, when suddenly the ghost of Schmitty appears to stop them, informs them all that he himself died in a situation similar to the one they are currently in, and reminds them all that they can't expect everyone to know what will offend them.
25th Feb '17 3:28:21 PM nombretomado
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** EddieIzzard does this frequently.

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** EddieIzzard Creator/EddieIzzard does this frequently.
11th Feb '17 6:39:23 PM Rebu
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* In the climax of the recent Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg movie ''Vampires Suck'', [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella]]... er... [[ParodyNames Becca]] rushes to stop Edward from ending it all, fighting through a crowd of Edward and [[FanPreferredCouple Jacob]] fangirls along the way. At the end, after Becca becomes a vampire, one of the Jacob fangirls kills Edward. This results in a KarmicDeath, as Becca feasts on the fangirl's blood.

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* In the climax of the recent Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg movie ''Vampires Suck'', [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella]]... er... [[ParodyNames Becca]] rushes to stop Edward from ending it all, fighting through a crowd of Edward and [[FanPreferredCouple Jacob]] fangirls along the way. At the end, after Becca becomes a vampire, one of the Jacob fangirls kills Edward. This results in a KarmicDeath, as Becca feasts on the fangirl's blood.
10th Feb '17 10:08:00 AM fgenzo159
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* ''Film/InBruges'' has this dialogue in the middle of the film. Guess whose head is blown off]] by the end of the film? Jimmy, the midget actor, of course.

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* ''Film/InBruges'' has this dialogue in the middle of the film. Guess whose [[YourHeadASplode head is blown off]] by the end of the film? Jimmy, the midget actor, of course.
24th Jan '17 3:05:47 PM PhantomRider
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*''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' has a cop, Lt. Otta, who always hilariously screws up the name "Roidmude," the robots who serve as the series' villains, and for the longest time was skeptical about their existence despite all the evidence. Eventually, we find out that [[spoiler: the Secretary of Defense is a Roidmude with the ability to alter memories and takes great pains to ensure that PoliceAreUseless. Otta learned something important, and Secretary Makage had to erase it. His ArbitrarySkepticism is the spell reasserting itself every time it's triggered by the word "Roidmude," burying anything he knows about them so deep he can't even say the name right. Once cured, he can say it just fine, and remembers what he'd learned before.]]
21st Dec '16 2:14:02 AM ShorinBJ
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has the Harem Jutsu. Introduced in the second chapter, [[spoiler:a gender-bent version is used against the Big Bad, Kaguya Ootsotsuki]] '''680''' chapters later. The real kicker is, ''it works''. [[spoiler:Albeit, it distracts Kaguya by causing her to be DistractedByTheSexy rather than causing her to ''totally'' perv out, but it still lets them get their first actual hit in against her.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has the Harem Jutsu. Introduced in the second chapter, [[spoiler:a a gender-bent version is used against the Big Bad, Kaguya Ootsotsuki]] Ootsotsuki '''680''' chapters later. The real kicker is, ''it works''. [[spoiler:Albeit, Albeit, it distracts Kaguya by causing her to be DistractedByTheSexy rather than causing her to ''totally'' perv out, but it still lets them get their first actual hit in against her.]]



** [[ChewToy Sanji's]] dream to meet a mermaid turns into a nightmare when he finally meets one -- [[spoiler:[[{{Gonk}} Kokoro]]]], [[LadyDrunk who isn't exactly a young]] [[{{Gonk}} or pretty mermaid]]. Later on, the crew meets another mermaid, Camie, and this meeting is [[BrainBleach ridiculously funny]] ''because'' of their earlier meeting with [[spoiler:Kokoro]]. To clarify, his meeting with Camie (who is rather attractive) retroactively erases all memories he ever had of [[spoiler:Kokoro]] (who is not).

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** [[ChewToy Sanji's]] dream to meet a mermaid turns into a nightmare when he finally meets one -- [[spoiler:[[{{Gonk}} Kokoro]]]], [[{{Gonk}} Kokoro]], [[LadyDrunk who isn't exactly a young]] [[{{Gonk}} or pretty mermaid]]. Later on, the crew meets another mermaid, Camie, and this meeting is [[BrainBleach ridiculously funny]] ''because'' of their earlier meeting with [[spoiler:Kokoro]]. Kokoro. To clarify, his meeting with Camie (who is rather attractive) retroactively erases all memories he ever had of [[spoiler:Kokoro]] Kokoro (who is not).



* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'': In an early skit ''High School Boys and Scary Stories (2)'', Hidenori mentioned Karasawa was "experienced in scary tales," and Tadakuni made up a story on how he saw what was under Karasawa's [[NeverBareheaded cap]], remarking that it was hilarious. It's nowhere near funny at all, as his backstory unfolded: [[spoiler:he was covered with scars--including an ugly scar on his forehead that he wears a cap to cover. These scars were courtesy of Habara, the girl who lives next to him and, eight years ago, was an EnfantTerrible-level [[TheBully bully]].]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Lieutenant Hughes constantly discusses his wife and daughter, Colonel Mustang jokes that [[spoiler: in war movies, the guy who's obsessed with his family always gets killed first. At first just an innocent joke, then it actually happens and isn't so funny anymore.]]

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* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'': In an early skit ''High School Boys and Scary Stories (2)'', Hidenori mentioned Karasawa was "experienced in scary tales," and Tadakuni made up a story on how he saw what was under Karasawa's [[NeverBareheaded cap]], remarking that it was hilarious. It's nowhere near funny at all, as his backstory unfolded: [[spoiler:he he was covered with scars--including an ugly scar on his forehead that he wears a cap to cover. These scars were courtesy of Habara, the girl who lives next to him and, eight years ago, was an EnfantTerrible-level [[TheBully bully]].]]
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Lieutenant Hughes constantly discusses his wife and daughter, Colonel Mustang jokes that [[spoiler: in war movies, the guy who's obsessed with his family always gets killed first. At first just an innocent joke, then it actually happens and isn't so funny anymore.]]



* In ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', there is a humorous sequence where Akatsuki is trying to run away from Henrietta (or to be more precise, the dress in Henrietta's hands). '''Trying''' being the operative word, as Henrietta has privileges over the building (specifically, who can interact with doors, use skills, or fight). It ends with Akatsuki in a doll outfit.[[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster Shiroe]] uses this precise ability to defeat the Hamelin guild, by banning them from entering the guild building (essentially locking them inside their own guild hall). He simultaneously uses the threat of this same ability to blackmail the major guilds into forming a council in order to bring law to the city.]]

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* In ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', there is a humorous sequence where Akatsuki is trying to run away from Henrietta (or to be more precise, the dress in Henrietta's hands). '''Trying''' being the operative word, as Henrietta has privileges over the building (specifically, who can interact with doors, use skills, or fight). It ends with Akatsuki in a doll outfit.[[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster Shiroe]] uses this precise ability to defeat the Hamelin guild, by banning them from entering the guild building (essentially locking them inside their own guild hall). He simultaneously uses the threat of this same ability to blackmail the major guilds into forming a council in order to bring law to the city.]]



** We never see [[spoiler: Undertakerís eyes.]] It looks like a character quirk, but in both the anime and the manga this is to hide something, although this example only has significant impact on the plot in the manga.
** In the second episode/third chapter, Finny picks up a large stone statue and easily tosses it around in an attempt to crush a mouse. Itís played for comedy, as part of the servants goofy antics. Later on in both the anime and the manga, we learn that Finny has super-strength, and [[spoiler: is a formidable opponent in battle.]]
** Whenever Bard blows up the kitchen, itís played for comedic value. Except when there are [[spoiler: two intruders are trapped inside, and we learn that Bard's combat specialty is explosives.]]

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** We never see [[spoiler: Undertakerís eyes.]] eyes. It looks like a character quirk, but in both the anime and the manga this is to hide something, although this example only has significant impact on the plot in the manga.
** In the second episode/third chapter, Finny picks up a large stone statue and easily tosses it around in an attempt to crush a mouse. Itís played for comedy, as part of the servants goofy antics. Later on in both the anime and the manga, we learn that Finny has super-strength, and [[spoiler: is a formidable opponent in battle.]]
battle.
** Whenever Bard blows up the kitchen, itís played for comedic value. Except when there are [[spoiler: two intruders are trapped inside, and we learn that Bard's combat specialty is explosives.]]



* In Episode 15 of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', there was a gag Wakatake's police-siren cell phone ringer, as Aya complained Wakatake's being an AttentionWhore even down to things like that. In the next episode, when TheTeam is in a stalemate with the JapaneseDelinquents, [[spoiler:Aya asks Kozuka to call Wakatake's cell phone, which breaks the stalemate by freaking out the delinquents.]]
* Yuki gets a cute mustached teddy bear very early into ''Manga/SchoolLive''. It doesn't become relevant until over thirty chapters in [[spoiler:when Rii begins [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness hallucinating]] it is her younger sister]].

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* In Episode 15 of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', there was a gag Wakatake's police-siren cell phone ringer, as Aya complained Wakatake's being an AttentionWhore even down to things like that. In the next episode, when TheTeam is in a stalemate with the JapaneseDelinquents, [[spoiler:Aya Aya asks Kozuka to call Wakatake's cell phone, which breaks the stalemate by freaking out the delinquents.]]
delinquents.
* Yuki gets a cute mustached teddy bear very early into ''Manga/SchoolLive''. It doesn't become relevant until over thirty chapters in [[spoiler:when when Rii begins [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness hallucinating]] it is her younger sister]].sister.



* You would think Elena's botched magical surgery on Taizou would be just one of the many gags that pepper ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel''. As it turns out, [[spoiler: having your heart on the wrong side of your body is exactly the kind of thing that would win you a few more minutes by confusing your would-be killers, [[BigDamnHeroes allowing help to arrive just in the nick of time]].]]

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* You would think Elena's botched magical surgery on Taizou would be just one of the many gags that pepper ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel''. As it turns out, [[spoiler: having your heart on the wrong side of your body is exactly the kind of thing that would win you a few more minutes by confusing your would-be killers, [[BigDamnHeroes allowing help to arrive just in the nick of time]].]]



* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Prez|2015}}'' has a running gag about a gratuitously-elaborate vending machine that can produce any cut of meat from any animal in its DNA database -- you too can have a mammoth steak in seconds! [[spoiler:At the end of the issue, the ambassador suffers heart failure, and with no compatible donor hearts available things are looking grim until Beth has the idea of plugging the ambassador's medical records into the meat machine and ordering a raw heart with the ambassador's DNA.]]

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* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Prez|2015}}'' has a running gag about a gratuitously-elaborate vending machine that can produce any cut of meat from any animal in its DNA database -- you too can have a mammoth steak in seconds! [[spoiler:At At the end of the issue, the ambassador suffers heart failure, and with no compatible donor hearts available things are looking grim until Beth has the idea of plugging the ambassador's medical records into the meat machine and ordering a raw heart with the ambassador's DNA.]]



** At one point, Calvin uses the MTM to contain some lightning in an attempt to stop a storm from doing any further damage. [[spoiler: He later uses it for revenge on Socrates.]]

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** At one point, Calvin uses the MTM to contain some lightning in an attempt to stop a storm from doing any further damage. [[spoiler: He later uses it for revenge on Socrates.]]



* Surprisingly PlayedForDrama in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor''. At the beginning of the journey, Pinkie makes some off-hoof jokes at the kind of monsters that Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash might run into. [[spoiler: When they finally reach the end of their quest, one of those monsters Pinkie mentioned, the World Serpent, is their final challenge. After a description that makes said creature about as big as an island nation, Pinkie is given lip service in one of the biggest OhCrap jokes ever.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'' has Iroh having [[NakedPeopleAreFunny Naked]] [[WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries Iroh Time]] in his apartment, [[BrainBleach scarring]] Jet and Zuko's neighbors. [[spoiler: Jet realizes that "Mushi" must be the Fire Nation spy instead of Lee since the apartment is poorly insulated and it's early spring, too cold for a non-Firebender to walk comfortably naked.]]
* In Chapters 1-5 of ''[[FanFic/IAgainstIMeAgainstYou I Against I, Me Against You]]'', Church tries to pass Twilight off as his seeing eye dog to get past an armed checkpoint. When questioned how a seeing eye dog is supposed to help the supposedly blind Church aim, they then try to demonstrate by having Twilight "bark" when Church gets closer to his target. [[spoiler:When they face Wyoming in 1-7, they use the same tactic to help Church overcome his [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy poor aiming skills]].]]

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* Surprisingly PlayedForDrama in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor''. At the beginning of the journey, Pinkie makes some off-hoof jokes at the kind of monsters that Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash might run into. [[spoiler: When they finally reach the end of their quest, one of those monsters Pinkie mentioned, the World Serpent, is their final challenge. After a description that makes said creature about as big as an island nation, Pinkie is given lip service in one of the biggest OhCrap jokes ever.]]
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* ''Fanfic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'' has Iroh having [[NakedPeopleAreFunny Naked]] [[WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries Iroh Time]] in his apartment, [[BrainBleach scarring]] Jet and Zuko's neighbors. [[spoiler: Jet realizes that "Mushi" must be the Fire Nation spy instead of Lee since the apartment is poorly insulated and it's early spring, too cold for a non-Firebender to walk comfortably naked.]]
naked.
* In Chapters 1-5 of ''[[FanFic/IAgainstIMeAgainstYou I Against I, Me Against You]]'', Church tries to pass Twilight off as his seeing eye dog to get past an armed checkpoint. When questioned how a seeing eye dog is supposed to help the supposedly blind Church aim, they then try to demonstrate by having Twilight "bark" when Church gets closer to his target. [[spoiler:When When they face Wyoming in 1-7, they use the same tactic to help Church overcome his [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy poor aiming skills]].]]



* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6461902 this rewrite]] of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Natasha]] is asked if she wants to try and lift [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Mjölnir]] and she replies "That's not a question I need answered" like in the movie. [[spoiler:In the FinalBattle against Ultron, she lifts Mjölnir and she, along with the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, decimate Ultron. When her teammates see her holding Mjölnir she replies, [[CallBack "I told you it wasn't a question I needed answering."]]]]

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* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6461902 this rewrite]] of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Natasha]] is asked if she wants to try and lift [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Mjölnir]] and she replies "That's not a question I need answered" like in the movie. [[spoiler:In In the FinalBattle against Ultron, she lifts Mjölnir and she, along with the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, decimate Ultron. When her teammates see her holding Mjölnir she replies, [[CallBack "I told you it wasn't a question I needed answering."]]]]"]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', a joke is made about Po being so fat and fuzzy, that he cannot properly be given acupuncture. This turns into a sort of unlearned ChekhovsSkill later on, when Po ends up facing the most dangerous martial artist in the land... who relies on pressure-point attacks, and thus, cannot hurt him!
* "Not so fireproof on the inside, are you?" from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is introduced as a one-off gag. At the climax of the movie [[spoiler: Hiccup uses this knowledge to take out the BigBad.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', a joke is made about Po being so fat and fuzzy, that he cannot properly be given acupuncture. This turns into a sort of unlearned ChekhovsSkill later on, when Po ends up facing the most dangerous martial artist in the land... who relies on uses pressure-point attacks, and thus, cannot hurt him!
which are useless!
* "Not so fireproof on the inside, are you?" from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is introduced as a one-off gag. At the climax of the movie [[spoiler: Hiccup uses this knowledge to take out the BigBad.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' includes the claw-game worshiping Little Green Men, who hold "the claaaaaaaw" in high regard because it will choose and deliver them to a better place. Fast forward to ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', near the end [[spoiler:when the entire group is holding hands as they await their inevitable death in an incinerator... only to look up as see a gigantic crane claw scoop them up being controlled by the Little Green Men adopted by the Potato Heads in WesternAnimation/ToyStory2]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'': "Squirrel!" [[spoiler:Russell uses it to distract the dogs in biplanes shooting at him, causing them to crash into each other.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' includes the claw-game worshiping Little Green Men, who hold "the claaaaaaaw" in high regard because it will choose and deliver them to a better place. Fast forward to ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', near the end [[spoiler:when when the entire group is holding hands as they await their inevitable death in an incinerator... only to look up as see a gigantic crane claw scoop them up being controlled by the Little Green Men adopted by the Potato Heads in WesternAnimation/ToyStory2]].
WesternAnimation/ToyStory2.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'': "Squirrel!" [[spoiler:Russell Russell uses it to distract the dogs in biplanes shooting at him, causing them to crash into each other.]]



* During the Dazzlings' VillainSong in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', DJ Pon-3 can be seen [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background, bobbing her head to her own music and apparently oblivious to the goings-on]]. [[spoiler: It turns out she's unaffected by the HatePlague being spread by the Dazzlings, and later in the movie she helps free the Rainbooms from a trap, and even provides a sound system for the climactic battle.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'', when Ralph is in King Candy's palace, he comments that it's [[PinkIsFeminine oddly pink for a male character]]. King Candy insists that it's clearly ''salmon''. [[spoiler: There's a reason it's so pink and so non-fitting to King Candy- he's a usurper who hijacked the game after causing his own to crash due to his [[AttentionWhore desire for the spotlight]]. The castle's original owner was Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz.]]

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* During the Dazzlings' VillainSong in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', DJ Pon-3 can be seen [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background, bobbing her head to her own music and apparently oblivious to the goings-on]]. [[spoiler: It turns out she's unaffected by the HatePlague being spread by the Dazzlings, and later in the movie she helps free the Rainbooms from a trap, and even provides a sound system for the climactic battle.]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'', when Ralph is in King Candy's palace, he comments that it's [[PinkIsFeminine oddly pink for a male character]]. King Candy insists that it's clearly ''salmon''. [[spoiler: There's a reason it's so pink and so non-fitting to King Candy- he's a usurper who hijacked the game after causing his own to crash due to his [[AttentionWhore desire for the spotlight]]. The castle's original owner was Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz.]]



* ''Film/InBruges'' has this dialogue in the middle of the film. Guess [[spoiler:whose head is blown off]] by the end of the film? [[spoiler:Jimmy, the midget actor]], of course.

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* ''Film/InBruges'' has this dialogue in the middle of the film. Guess [[spoiler:whose whose head is blown off]] by the end of the film? [[spoiler:Jimmy, Jimmy, the midget actor]], actor, of course.



* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' is chock full of them. Lines that were funny earlier on become rather morose and depressing later. For instance, the quote "You've got red on you" was said to Shaun very early in the movie as a result of him having a red pen in his pocket that had leaked onto the rest of his shirt. [[spoiler:Later, it was said about the blood that had been splattered all over him.]]
* In ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'', Chad is revealed to have asthma, using his inhaler many times throughout the movie. During the climax [[spoiler:Dale throws a box of chamomile tea at Chad, which causes him to have an asthma attack and fall to his apparent death.]]

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* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' is chock full of them. Lines that were funny earlier on become rather morose and depressing later. For instance, the quote "You've got red on you" was said to Shaun very early in the movie as a result of him having a red pen in his pocket that had leaked onto the rest of his shirt. [[spoiler:Later, Later, it was said about the blood that had been splattered all over him.]]
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* In ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'', Chad is revealed to have asthma, using his inhaler many times throughout the movie. During the climax [[spoiler:Dale Dale throws a box of chamomile tea at Chad, which causes him to have an asthma attack and fall to his apparent death.]]



* ''Film/ShutterIsland'' has a brief gag when the two main characters enter Shutter Island - after being ordered to surrender their guns, US Marshall Teddy Daniels quickly takes his revolver out of his holster, but his partner Chuck struggles to get it out. After several seconds of Chuck struggling, he eventually gets...the entire holster off. On second viewings of the film, it becomes clear that [[spoiler:Chuck can't get it out because he's not really a US Marshall]].

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* ''Film/ShutterIsland'' has a brief gag when the two main characters enter Shutter Island - after being ordered to surrender their guns, US Marshall Teddy Daniels quickly takes his revolver out of his holster, but his partner Chuck struggles to get it out. After several seconds of Chuck struggling, he eventually gets...the entire holster off. On second viewings of the film, it becomes clear that [[spoiler:Chuck Chuck can't get it out because he's not really a US Marshall]].Marshal.



** In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony has one of his bumbling armature robots on fire duty during his building of the Iron Man Mk2 suit. His first disastrous flight into the ceiling results in the 'bot dousing him with the extinguisher. During his second, more successful flight, he threatens to donate the bot to a community college if it douses him again. The third time, after his [[EpicFail spectacular botched landing on the roof of his house]], the 'bot douses him again and Tony just lays his head down on the CoolCar he landed on in his basement garage. In a rather funny ChekhovsGun at the end of the film, Tony needs to get at [[spoiler:the replacement arc reactor on the table, but is too weak to stand up. Just as he gives up, the robot arm obligingly pushes it into his outstretched hand.]]
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' : When introducing Captain America's new gear, Howard Stark says "Although, HYDRA's not gonna attack you with a pocket knife." When [[spoiler:Captain America boards Red Skull's doomsday ship, the first mook to attack pulls out a pocket knife]].
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the gag with SHIELD agent Phil Coulson attempting to have [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Captain Steve Rogers]] sign his mint-condition Captain America trading cards takes on a slight darker turn later on [[spoiler:when we see the aforementioned trading cards wet with the (apparently) deceased Coulson's blood, and being used by Nick Fury to motivate the Avengers to get their act together.]]
** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', in what seems to be a throwaway scene, the Avengers try to lift Thor's hammer at their celebratory party, with none of them succeeding because "they're all not worthy". [[spoiler:As Vision tries to convince them of his good intentions, he casually picks up the hammer and hands it to Thor. The Avengers promptly agree to follow. He uses it briefly in the final battle as well.]]
* Early on in ''Film/RobotAndFrank'', the robot is being teased by children while Frank's in the library without him. The robot repeatedly tells the children not to molest him. When Frank sees this, he tells the robot to scare them off next time by saying "Initiate self destruct" and counting down from 10. [[spoiler: When the cops are checking his home at the end and are about to use the robot to bust Frank for grand theft, the robot starts telling the people not to molest them... then says "Initiate self destruct" and starts counting down. It helps Frank escape and later format the robot's memory to help him get away from any charges.]]
* In ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', when Lionel tries get Albert to bring up a topic, the latter responds: "Waiting for me to... commence a conversation, one can wait rather a long wait." Later, when [[spoiler:Albert returns to apologize to Lionel]], he tells him: "Waiting for a king to [[spoiler:apologize]], one can wait a long wait."

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** In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony has one of his bumbling armature robots on fire duty during his building of the Iron Man Mk2 suit. His first disastrous flight into the ceiling results in the 'bot dousing him with the extinguisher. During his second, more successful flight, he threatens to donate the bot to a community college if it douses him again. The third time, after his [[EpicFail spectacular botched landing on the roof of his house]], the 'bot douses him again and Tony just lays his head down on the CoolCar he landed on in his basement garage. In a rather funny ChekhovsGun at the end of the film, Tony needs to get at [[spoiler:the the replacement arc reactor on the table, but is too weak to stand up. Just as he gives up, the robot arm obligingly pushes it into his outstretched hand.]]
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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' : When introducing Captain America's new gear, Howard Stark says "Although, HYDRA's not gonna attack you with a pocket knife." When [[spoiler:Captain Captain America boards Red Skull's doomsday ship, the first mook to attack pulls out a pocket knife]].
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** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the gag with SHIELD agent Phil Coulson attempting to have [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Captain Steve Rogers]] sign his mint-condition Captain America trading cards takes on a slight darker turn later on [[spoiler:when when we see the aforementioned trading cards wet with the (apparently) deceased Coulson's blood, and being used by Nick Fury to motivate the Avengers to get their act together.]]
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** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', in what seems to be a throwaway scene, the Avengers try to lift Thor's hammer at their celebratory party, with none of them succeeding because "they're all not worthy". [[spoiler:As As Vision tries to convince them of his good intentions, he casually picks up the hammer and hands it to Thor. The Avengers promptly agree to follow. He uses it briefly in the final battle as well.]]
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* Early on in ''Film/RobotAndFrank'', the robot is being teased by children while Frank's in the library without him. The robot repeatedly tells the children not to molest him. When Frank sees this, he tells the robot to scare them off next time by saying "Initiate self destruct" and counting down from 10. [[spoiler: When the cops are checking his home at the end and are about to use the robot to bust Frank for grand theft, the robot starts telling the people not to molest them... then says "Initiate self destruct" and starts counting down. It helps Frank escape and later format the robot's memory to help him get away from any charges.]]
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* In ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', when Lionel tries get Albert to bring up a topic, the latter responds: "Waiting for me to... commence a conversation, one can wait rather a long wait." Later, when [[spoiler:Albert Albert returns to apologize to Lionel]], Lionel, he tells him: "Waiting for a king to [[spoiler:apologize]], apologize, one can wait a long wait."



* In ''[[Film/SiebenZwerge 7 Zwerge]]'', the dwarves' hats [[SomethingElseAlsoRises all stand up straight]] upon seeing Snow White except for Brumboss's hat, which remains limp. Initially it seems like just another throwaway gag, but it also foreshadows that [[spoiler:Brumboss is Snow White's father]].
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Eggsy's kindness to animals tends to have unintended consequences. His short-lived high-speed car chase ends because [[PetTheDog he swerves to avoid hitting a fox]]. [[spoiler:He fails the final Kingsman test because he refuses to ShootTheDog he raised]].
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': Officer Collins develops an OddFriendship with Rita's pimp, which he accidentally reveals [[EmbarrassingSlide several pictures of himself partying with the guy]] during his presentation on the hibernation project to several army officers. It results [[spoiler: in Collins going to jail for running his own prostitution ring]], and the project being shut down, leaving Joe and Rita to spend 500 years in suspended animation.
* In the 2000 sequel to the ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Buddy]] regenerates after a dog is exposed to his remains which Sherman extracted from his body. This causes him to act like a dog at random moments [[note]] crapping on a newspaper, angrily chasing a cat [[/note]]. [[spoiler: Sherman exploits when he needs to reabsorb Buddy, by tempting him with a rubber ball laced with his serum, knowing Buddy would catch it in his mouth]].
* In the 2005 ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', Clouseau develops a love for hamburgers and can't pronounce the word properly. [[spoiler: At the airport, he tries to sneak a bunch of burgers onto the plane, but a police dog smells them, and the police arrest him thinking he has a weapon on him, since he can't tell them otherwise]].

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* In ''[[Film/SiebenZwerge 7 Zwerge]]'', the dwarves' hats [[SomethingElseAlsoRises all stand up straight]] upon seeing Snow White except for Brumboss's hat, which remains limp. Initially it seems like just another throwaway gag, but it also foreshadows that [[spoiler:Brumboss Brumboss is Snow White's father]].
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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Eggsy's kindness to animals tends to have unintended consequences. His short-lived high-speed car chase ends because [[PetTheDog he swerves to avoid hitting a fox]]. [[spoiler:He He fails the final Kingsman test because he refuses to ShootTheDog he raised]].
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* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': Officer Collins develops an OddFriendship with Rita's pimp, which he accidentally reveals [[EmbarrassingSlide several pictures of himself partying with the guy]] during his presentation on the hibernation project to several army officers. It results [[spoiler: in Collins going to jail for running his own prostitution ring]], ring, and the project being shut down, leaving Joe and Rita to spend 500 years in suspended animation.
* In the 2000 sequel to the ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Buddy]] regenerates after a dog is exposed to his remains which Sherman extracted from his body. This causes him to act like a dog at random moments [[note]] crapping [[note]]crapping on a newspaper, angrily chasing a cat [[/note]]. [[spoiler: cat[[/note]]. Sherman exploits when he needs to reabsorb Buddy, by tempting him with a rubber ball laced with his serum, knowing Buddy would catch it in his mouth]].mouth.
* In the 2005 ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', Clouseau develops a love for hamburgers and can't pronounce the word properly. [[spoiler: At the airport, he tries to sneak a bunch of burgers onto the plane, but a police dog smells them, and the police arrest him thinking he has a weapon on him, since he can't tell them otherwise]].otherwise.



** In that same book, [[spoiler: Granny Weatherwax's absolute certainty of who she is and where she stands, and tendency to refuse to follow stories which attempt to include her in their plots]] is frequently discussed in side remarks after seeing it put into action, the first example being her inability to understand Magrat's attempt to "relate to herself" at a conceptual level, gradually building up the reader's knowledge of this aspect of her character. Surprise, surprise, [[spoiler: that certainty comes into effect at the end of her book. Both she and her evil sister Lily are trapped separately within a shattered mirror, and Death tells both of them - separately - that they can escape "When you find the [reflection] that's real". Lily, who has lived on stories for most of her life, runs on "through the endless reflections", with the implication that she will never escape. Granny asks if this is a trick question, then looks down at herself. "This one".]]
* Happens fairly often in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, understandable considering the sheer size of its ChekhovsArmory. Four plot devices in particular are first introduced as gags; [[spoiler: the Vanishing Cabinet gets this treatment twice, first trashed by Nearly Headless Nick to get Harry out of trouble with Filch in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', then used as a joke by Fred and George in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' when they shove Montague into it; the latter incident is mentioned directly when the Cabinet becomes a serious plot device in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]].'' Hermione signing up for every class in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber Of Secrets]]'' is also treated as a character joke, until it's revealed in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' that Hermione's had to use a Time-Turner to get to all her classes, which is then used to save Sirius and Buckbeak. Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes are introduced in a humorous way in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', but many of them play a larger role than expected in later books, particularly those used by the trio in their attempt to infiltrate the corrupted Ministry of Magic. Finally, The Room of Requirement is indirectly mentioned in an offhand humorous way by Dumbledore in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet Of Fire]]''; in the final three books, it becomes the most important room in all of Hogwarts.]]

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** In that same book, [[spoiler: Granny Weatherwax's absolute certainty of who she is and where she stands, and tendency to refuse to follow stories which attempt to include her in their plots]] plots is frequently discussed in side remarks after seeing it put into action, the first example being her inability to understand Magrat's attempt to "relate to herself" at a conceptual level, gradually building up the reader's knowledge of this aspect of her character. Surprise, surprise, [[spoiler: that certainty comes into effect at the end of her book. Both she and her evil sister Lily are trapped separately within a shattered mirror, and Death tells both of them - separately - that they can escape "When you find the [reflection] that's real". Lily, who has lived on stories for most of her life, runs on "through the endless reflections", with the implication that she will never escape. Granny asks if this is a trick question, then looks down at herself. "This one".]]
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* Happens fairly often in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, understandable considering the sheer size of its ChekhovsArmory. Four plot devices in particular are first introduced as gags; [[spoiler: the Vanishing Cabinet gets this treatment twice, first trashed by Nearly Headless Nick to get Harry out of trouble with Filch in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', then used as a joke by Fred and George in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' when they shove Montague into it; the latter incident is mentioned directly when the Cabinet becomes a serious plot device in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]].'' Hermione signing up for every class in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber Of Secrets]]'' is also treated as a character joke, until it's revealed in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' that Hermione's had to use a Time-Turner to get to all her classes, which is then used to save Sirius and Buckbeak. Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes are introduced in a humorous way in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', but many of them play a larger role than expected in later books, particularly those used by the trio in their attempt to infiltrate the corrupted Ministry of Magic. Finally, The Room of Requirement is indirectly mentioned in an offhand humorous way by Dumbledore in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet Of Fire]]''; in the final three books, it becomes the most important room in all of Hogwarts.]]



* In the first chapter of ''Literature/GoodOmens'', it's mentioned that Crowley made changes to the plans for the M25 to make it a demonic sigil. This sets up his character (he likes to do large amounts of low-grade evil), and [[spoiler: once the apocalypse comes it turns into a rather nasty barrier, that completely destroys his car as he crosses it]].

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* In the first chapter of ''Literature/GoodOmens'', it's mentioned that Crowley made changes to the plans for the M25 to make it a demonic sigil. This sets up his character (he likes to do large amounts of low-grade evil), and [[spoiler: once the apocalypse comes it turns into a rather nasty barrier, that completely destroys his car as he crosses it]].it.



* In the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book Blood Rites, one of the characters constantly gets Harry's name wrong. [[spoiler:Later in the book where it turns out that since she either is not smart enough to remember or just does not care, when the time comes for his name to be vital (in framing him for a murder) she gave the police the wrong name.]] Harry finds this appropriately hilarious and sad.

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* In the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book Blood Rites, one of the characters constantly gets Harry's name wrong. [[spoiler:Later Later in the book where it turns out that since she either is not smart enough to remember or just does not care, when the time comes for his name to be vital (in framing him for a murder) she gave the police the wrong name.]] name. Harry finds this appropriately hilarious and sad.



* ''Literature/AMurderIsAnnounced'' by ''Creator/AgathaChristie'': As everyone files into Little Paddocks, each arriving party remarks on the exact same trivial things -- the roses and the fact that the central heating is on -- to humorous effect, as noted by Julia. [[spoiler:It turns out that the fact that the central heating is on so early in the autumn season is a vital clue -- it meant that the murderer had intentionally left the fireplace off, ensuring that there would be no light when the power went out.]]

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* ''Literature/AMurderIsAnnounced'' by ''Creator/AgathaChristie'': As everyone files into Little Paddocks, each arriving party remarks on the exact same trivial things -- the roses and the fact that the central heating is on -- to humorous effect, as noted by Julia. [[spoiler:It It turns out that the fact that the central heating is on so early in the autumn season is a vital clue -- it meant that the murderer had intentionally left the fireplace off, ensuring that there would be no light when the power went out.]]



** The episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks]]'' has the Doctor and his companions trying to rescue a woman, Oswin Oswald, who survived having her spaceship crash into a planet used as an asylum by Daleks. When asked over the radio what she's been doing while trapped on the planet, she responds "Making Soufflés". After hearing this, the Doctor asks twice where she gets the milk from to make them, but he doesn't get an answer because someone else insists it's not important. It's played out as an amusing case of SkewedPriorities, but when he sees Oswin face to face the Doctor finds out [[spoiler:that Oswin was actually turned into one of the insane Daleks long ago, and that she imagined making Souffles and still being human because she couldn't handle the truth]].
** The ChristmasEpisode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]'' has a hilarious scene where the Doctor, having no interest in investigating the snowmen appearing over England, chooses to erase the memory of Clara Oswald who saw him. The Doctor sends BattleButler Strax to fetch "the memory worm" - one touch of its skin and you lose an hour's worth of memories. The problem is, when Strax returns he's empty-handed and has no memory of the last hour. Strax's failure to retrieve the worm leads to Clara not even trying to run because she finds it more amusing to watch him lose his memory a second time. [[spoiler:The Doctor ends up using the worm's bite to remove all of the memories from this episode's BigBad]].

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** The episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks]]'' has the Doctor and his companions trying to rescue a woman, Oswin Oswald, who survived having her spaceship crash into a planet used as an asylum by Daleks. When asked over the radio what she's been doing while trapped on the planet, she responds "Making Soufflés".soufflés". After hearing this, the Doctor asks twice where she gets the milk from to make them, but he doesn't get an answer because someone else insists it's not important. It's played out as an amusing case of SkewedPriorities, but when he sees Oswin face to face the Doctor finds out [[spoiler:that that Oswin was actually turned into one of the insane Daleks long ago, and that she imagined making Souffles souffles and still being human because she couldn't handle the truth]].
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** The ChristmasEpisode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]'' has a hilarious scene where the Doctor, having no interest in investigating the snowmen appearing over England, chooses to erase the memory of Clara Oswald who saw him. The Doctor sends BattleButler Strax to fetch "the memory worm" - one touch of its skin and you lose an hour's worth of memories. The problem is, when Strax returns he's empty-handed and has no memory of the last hour. Strax's failure to retrieve the worm leads to Clara not even trying to run because she finds it more amusing to watch him lose his memory a second time. [[spoiler:The The Doctor ends up using the worm's bite to remove all of the memories from this episode's BigBad]].BigBad.



* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' does this from time to time such as in Life Among the Gorillas where Marshall's coworkers repeatedly come up with bizarre celebrity comparisons (where the point seems to involve who you'd rather sleep with) while asking, "What do you do? Go!" Its reframed in the last moment of the episode when [[spoiler:Robin calls Ted to invite him over]] and Narrator Ted asks, "What do you do? Go!"

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' does this from time to time such as in Life Among the Gorillas where Marshall's coworkers repeatedly come up with bizarre celebrity comparisons (where the point seems to involve who you'd rather sleep with) while asking, "What do you do? Go!" Its reframed in the last moment of the episode when [[spoiler:Robin Robin calls Ted to invite him over]] over and Narrator Ted asks, "What do you do? Go!"



* In the first level of ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', Jim must launch a cow into the air in order to make progress. Over the course of the game, the cow will occasionally pass by in the background. Finally, after beating the final boss, [[spoiler:Jim meets Princess What's-Her-Name and witnesses the cow come crashing down upon her.]]
* In one of your early conversations with Samantha Traynor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', she makes a comment about her toothbrush, which uses focused mass effect fields to clean teeth. In the ''Citadel'' DLC, [[spoiler:the toothbrush proves instrumental in opening an emergency hatch so that Shephard can break into the Normandy after it gets hijacked]].

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* In the first level of ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', Jim must launch a cow into the air in order to make progress. Over the course of the game, the cow will occasionally pass by in the background. Finally, after beating the final boss, [[spoiler:Jim Jim meets Princess What's-Her-Name and witnesses the cow come crashing down upon her.]]
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* In one of your early conversations with Samantha Traynor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', she makes a comment about her toothbrush, which uses focused mass effect fields to clean teeth. In the ''Citadel'' DLC, [[spoiler:the the toothbrush proves instrumental in opening an emergency hatch so that Shephard can break into the Normandy after it gets hijacked]].hijacked.



* Ashtarte in ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'' arguing with Kleito over worshipers, usually Hamil. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler: the lack of worshipers had caused the rest of the Ba'al gods to fall into a coma, and she is trying to wake them up. She succeeds and in the climax they save her life.]]
* Near the start of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'', Bolo unintentionally traps the residents of Sequin Land Palace inside when he's hired to work around the palace and accidentally installs the door lock backwards, upside down, and inside out. [[spoiler:Near the end of the game, Bolo saves Sequin Land Palace by unintentionally causing the Palace Disruptor Cannon to miss when he's hired to work on the Targeting Module, and accidentally installs the main circuit panel backwards, upside down, and inside out]].
* The horse armor in ''VideoGame/DLCQuest'' is a reference to the infamous horse armor DLC for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''; buying it has no in-game effect. [[spoiler:Except you need it to complete the game; your horse tries to rescue you in the final battle, and if you didn't buy the armor, the final boss will kill it and you in a single hit.]]

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* Ashtarte in ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'' arguing with Kleito over worshipers, usually Hamil. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler: the lack of worshipers had caused the rest of the Ba'al gods to fall into a coma, and she is trying to wake them up. She succeeds and in the climax they save her life.]]
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* Near the start of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'', Bolo unintentionally traps the residents of Sequin Land Palace inside when he's hired to work around the palace and accidentally installs the door lock backwards, upside down, and inside out. [[spoiler:Near Near the end of the game, Bolo saves Sequin Land Palace by unintentionally causing the Palace Disruptor Cannon to miss when he's hired to work on the Targeting Module, and accidentally installs the main circuit panel backwards, upside down, and inside out]].
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* The horse armor in ''VideoGame/DLCQuest'' is a reference to the infamous horse armor DLC for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''; buying it has no in-game effect. [[spoiler:Except Except you need it to complete the game; your horse tries to rescue you in the final battle, and if you didn't buy the armor, the final boss will kill it and you in a single hit.]]



** Polly the parrot in the first game. A RunningGag in the boatman's house... until they deliver a WhamLine. Much later, the parrot [[MakeTheDogTestify is called to the stand at the trial]], and [[spoiler: ''everything'' they've been trained to say turns out to have major significance to the case. Yes, even their ''name''.]]

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** Polly the parrot in the first game. A RunningGag in the boatman's house... until they deliver a WhamLine. Much later, the parrot [[MakeTheDogTestify is called to the stand at the trial]], and [[spoiler: ''everything'' they've been trained to say turns out to have major significance to the case. Yes, even their ''name''.]]



** Calisto Yew's lauging fits in ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. [[spoiler: Much later Shih-na laughs in the exact same way, finally proving that Shih-na ''is'' Calisto Yew.]] In the same game: Larry Butz' Samurai Dogs. [[spoiler: One of the boxes has a bloodstain from when the murderer was injured, and ends up being one of the final pieces of evidence against them.]]
* ''VisualNovel/NoThankYou'': In the first chapter, the sótano staff tries to get Haru to suggest a name for them to call him by, only for Haru to come up with things like Corn-on-the-Cob, Bean Daifuku, and Pools. [[spoiler:Those things are the only happy memories that Haru can recall from his life before arriving at sótano.]]

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** Calisto Yew's lauging fits in ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. [[spoiler: Much later Shih-na laughs in the exact same way, finally proving that Shih-na ''is'' Calisto Yew.]] Yew. In the same game: Larry Butz' Samurai Dogs. [[spoiler: One of the boxes has a bloodstain from when the murderer was injured, and ends up being one of the final pieces of evidence against them.]]
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* ''VisualNovel/NoThankYou'': In the first chapter, the sótano staff tries to get Haru to suggest a name for them to call him by, only for Haru to come up with things like Corn-on-the-Cob, Bean Daifuku, and Pools. [[spoiler:Those Those things are the only happy memories that Haru can recall from his life before arriving at sótano.]]



* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had [[spoiler: an issue of Nintendo Power]], first appearing in the [[spoiler:[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/03/20/episode-007-kamehameha-or-something/ seventh]]]] comic. [[spoiler:("Four white mages? It'll never work.")]] Reappearing in [[spoiler:[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/20/episode-1221-longest-set-up-in-webcomic-history/ 1221]]]], when [[spoiler: four white mages defeat Chaos]], over ''1000'' comics and almost a ''decade'' later, which is probably ''the'' longest set-up in webcomic history (or perhaps ''any'' history).
** There's also [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/08/26/episode-455-self-fulfilling-stupidity/ this]] strip, where Black Belt unwittingly predicts [[spoiler: who history remembers in terms of the heroes. The fact that he was referring to the Light Warriors makes it all the more ironic.]]
** And then there's Thief [[spoiler:[[MonumentalTheft stealing his class change from the future]]]], which comes back to bite him later.

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had [[spoiler: an issue of Nintendo Power]], Power, first appearing in the [[spoiler:[[http://www.[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/03/20/episode-007-kamehameha-or-something/ seventh]]]] seventh]] comic. [[spoiler:("Four ("Four white mages? It'll never work.")]] ") Reappearing in [[spoiler:[[http://www.in[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/20/episode-1221-longest-set-up-in-webcomic-history/ 1221]]]], 1221]], when [[spoiler: four white mages defeat Chaos]], Chaos, over ''1000'' comics and almost a ''decade'' later, which is probably ''the'' longest set-up in webcomic history (or perhaps ''any'' history).
** There's also [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/08/26/episode-455-self-fulfilling-stupidity/ this]] strip, where Black Belt unwittingly predicts [[spoiler: who history remembers in terms of the heroes. The fact that he was referring to the Light Warriors makes it all the more ironic.]]
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** And then there's Thief [[spoiler:[[MonumentalTheft [[MonumentalTheft stealing his class change from the future]]]], future]], which comes back to bite him later.



** One RunningGag has a character expecting shaving cream to put out fire, only to learn it actually makes it worse. This is largely inconsequential until the end of Act 5; [[spoiler:the Courtyard Droll attaches explosives to a pack of shaving cream and uses it to kill Jade right as she was supposed to save the Kids from being wiped from reality]].

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** One RunningGag has a character expecting shaving cream to put out fire, only to learn it actually makes it worse. This is largely inconsequential until the end of Act 5; [[spoiler:the the Courtyard Droll attaches explosives to a pack of shaving cream and uses it to kill Jade right as she was supposed to save the Kids from being wiped from reality]].reality.



** A RunningGag is that "if you believe hard enough in something it might become slightly less fake". With Jake English, it turns out this is ''literally'' true for him as a Page of Hope. [[spoiler:Then in Act 6 Act 6, Jake gets to use his Page of Hope powers to make his view of Dirk, his former boyfriend, become real, by believing in his existence hard enough. This image of Dirk attacks a villain long enough for another hero, Roxy, to escape to another world before the villains destroy most of the planet]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius frequently uses Explosive Runes to play pranks on people V doesn't like (mostly [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]] and [[KnightTemplar Miko]]. (Explosive Runes places words on an object that explode when read.) Come strip 659, [[spoiler:V formulates a plan to throw [[BigBad Xykon's]] [[SoulJar phylactery]] into a rift. Xykon attempts to retrieve the phylactery, but [[NiceJobFixingItVillain thanks to one of Xykon's earlier lectures]], V is more willing to use spells that do not directly strike at the enemy, and thus enchanted the phylactery with Explosive Runes. The explosion almost throws the phylactery into the rift anyway.]]
** While recapturing an old fortress, Xykon pretends to make a HeelFaceTurn, only to transform an angelic warrior into a zombie and rave about how he'd [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0193.html never thought of using flying zombies before.]] A few hundred strips later, Xykon rides a zombie dragon into battle; Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0441.html climbs onto the dragon and decapitates it]], but this doesn't accomplish much because it's a telepathically-controlled zombie. [[spoiler:Roy ends up dying because Xykon doesn't even need the dragon to fly, so he just blasts Roy and the dragon corpse out of the sky.]]

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** A RunningGag is that "if you believe hard enough in something it might become slightly less fake". With Jake English, it turns out this is ''literally'' true for him as a Page of Hope. [[spoiler:Then Then in Act 6 Act 6, Jake gets to use his Page of Hope powers to make his view of Dirk, his former boyfriend, become real, by believing in his existence hard enough. This image of Dirk attacks a villain long enough for another hero, Roxy, to escape to another world before the villains destroy most of the planet]].
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius frequently uses Explosive Runes to play pranks on people V doesn't like (mostly [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]] and [[KnightTemplar Miko]]. (Explosive Runes places words on an object that explode when read.) Come strip 659, [[spoiler:V V formulates a plan to throw [[BigBad Xykon's]] [[SoulJar phylactery]] into a rift. Xykon attempts to retrieve the phylactery, but [[NiceJobFixingItVillain thanks to one of Xykon's earlier lectures]], V is more willing to use spells that do not directly strike at the enemy, and thus enchanted the phylactery with Explosive Runes. The explosion almost throws the phylactery into the rift anyway.]]
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** While recapturing an old fortress, Xykon pretends to make a HeelFaceTurn, only to transform an angelic warrior into a zombie and rave about how he'd [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0193.html never thought of using flying zombies before.]] A few hundred strips later, Xykon rides a zombie dragon into battle; Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0441.html climbs onto the dragon and decapitates it]], but this doesn't accomplish much because it's a telepathically-controlled zombie. [[spoiler:Roy Roy ends up dying because Xykon doesn't even need the dragon to fly, so he just blasts Roy and the dragon corpse out of the sky.]]



* From the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl", known practical joker Jericho is along on the trip. He's blind, but notorious for wearing clothing so horrid that people get nauseous or faint. He dresses nicely for the trip, but everyone teases him about it. Jokes ensue, including him claiming that while his clothes are nice, he's wearing an undershirt of DOOM underneath. Later on, the party is attacked. He takes out two mercenaries in power armor [[spoiler: by showing them his undershirt and making them puke in their armor.]] Chekhov's Gag with emphasis on the gag?

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* From the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl", known practical joker Jericho is along on the trip. He's blind, but notorious for wearing clothing so horrid that people get nauseous or faint. He dresses nicely for the trip, but everyone teases him about it. Jokes ensue, including him claiming that while his clothes are nice, he's wearing an undershirt of DOOM underneath. Later on, the party is attacked. He takes out two mercenaries in power armor [[spoiler: by showing them his undershirt and making them puke in their armor.]] armor. Chekhov's Gag with emphasis on the gag?



** There's also Masha's seemingly useless bit of paper. It's only mentioned briefly after her "birth"... and doesn't show up again until the ending. [[spoiler: She throws it at Cirno to calm her down.]]

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** There's also Masha's seemingly useless bit of paper. It's only mentioned briefly after her "birth"... and doesn't show up again until the ending. [[spoiler: She throws it at Cirno to calm her down.]]



* In the ''KISS Comics #1'' review of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', [[TotallyRadical 90s Kid]] makes a [[BlackComedy pretty tasteless joke]] about unearthing Kurt Cobain's body and propping it up onstage. Much later in the ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' review, [[spoiler:this is what helps Linkara clue into the fact that 90's Kid isn't himself]]. [[spoiler: Also, the real Kid would know that Kurt was cremated!]]

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* In the ''KISS Comics #1'' review of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', [[TotallyRadical 90s Kid]] makes a [[BlackComedy pretty tasteless joke]] about unearthing Kurt Cobain's body and propping it up onstage. Much later in the ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' review, [[spoiler:this this is what helps Linkara clue into the fact that 90's 90s Kid isn't himself]]. [[spoiler: himself. Also, the real Kid would know that Kurt was cremated!]]cremated!



* In ''WebAnimation/TheGastonTrilogy'': Belle saying "My father is a genie! Heís crazy!" in "Gaston Seeks Satisfaction" seems like a one-off joke but actually affects the continuity of "Gaston's Ultimate Mission to Obtain Some Taco Bell", when Gaston remembers her saying he was a genie because someone referred to "crazy old Maurice". Then Monsieur D'Arque wants to take him to [[spoiler: Genies R Us, and at the end he's in a lamp]].

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* In ''WebAnimation/TheGastonTrilogy'': Belle saying "My father is a genie! Heís crazy!" in "Gaston Seeks Satisfaction" seems like a one-off joke but actually affects the continuity of "Gaston's Ultimate Mission to Obtain Some Taco Bell", when Gaston remembers her saying he was a genie because someone referred to "crazy old Maurice". Then Monsieur D'Arque wants to take him to [[spoiler: Genies R Us, and at the end he's in a lamp]].lamp.



** In a season 6 episode, "Itchy & Scratchy Land", the family, heading to the title theme park, makes a brief stop at "Five Corners", in which five different states intersect. 15 seasons later, Sideshow Bob takes Bart to the same area in "The Bob Next Door" to [[spoiler:exploit extraterritorial jurisdiction]], setting the stage for the episode's climax.

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** In a season 6 episode, "Itchy & Scratchy Land", the family, heading to the title theme park, makes a brief stop at "Five Corners", in which five different states intersect. 15 seasons later, Sideshow Bob takes Bart to the same area in "The Bob Next Door" to [[spoiler:exploit exploit extraterritorial jurisdiction]], jurisdiction, setting the stage for the episode's climax.



** The show has two in the "Biggest Douche in the Universe" episode. Early on, in a fit of frustration with John Edward, Stan calls him a douche and goes on to say that he nominates him for the Biggest Douche in the universe award. At the end of the episode, some aliens show up to reveal that Stan's nomination apparently got through. Not only that, John Edward ''[[TakeThat wins]]'', much to his dismay. The episode's other example is the series of spoof trailers based on movies starring Rob Schneider. Another one at the very end of the episode reveals that [[spoiler: Rob Schneider accidentally got possessed by Kenny]].

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** The show has two in the "Biggest Douche in the Universe" episode. Early on, in a fit of frustration with John Edward, Stan calls him a douche and goes on to say that he nominates him for the Biggest Douche in the universe award. At the end of the episode, some aliens show up to reveal that Stan's nomination apparently got through. Not only that, John Edward ''[[TakeThat wins]]'', much to his dismay. The episode's other example is the series of spoof trailers based on movies starring Rob Schneider. Another one at the very end of the episode reveals that [[spoiler: Rob Schneider accidentally got possessed by Kenny]].Kenny.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Crocker makes fun of Timmy for believing 2+2=5, [[spoiler:but as part of a plan by Remy Buxaplenty to make Timmy stop needing Cosmo and Wanda so they would have to leave Timmy]], Stephen Hawking bursts in and shows an equation in which Timmy's answer is correct. The episode ends with Crocker chasing Stephen Hawking, shouting "I checked your math, and you're wrong! Two plus two isn't five, it's six! ''Six''!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow'', the goat that keeps pestering Vanity by eating out of his cornucopia hat [[spoiler:becomes the Headless Horseman that Papa Smurf used to save his little Smurfs in Smurfy Hollow from Gargamel]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'': "[[RunningGag NO DOGS ALLOWED!]]" [[spoiler:When Snoopy goes to live with Lila, more out of duty than anything, he encounters this sign at the apartment she lives at. For once, when the {{Leitmotif}} plays, it's actually ''triumphant'' rather than sinister.]]
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ends with Mabel getting a grappling hook after Grunkle Stan allows the kids to pick any item of their choosing from his store. Nineteen episodes later, and [[spoiler: the grappling hook saves Dipper and Mabel from falling to their deaths after a fight with Gideon.]]

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Crocker makes fun of Timmy for believing 2+2=5, [[spoiler:but but as part of a plan by Remy Buxaplenty to make Timmy stop needing Cosmo and Wanda so they would have to leave Timmy]], Timmy, Stephen Hawking bursts in and shows an equation in which Timmy's answer is correct. The episode ends with Crocker chasing Stephen Hawking, shouting "I checked your math, and you're wrong! Two plus two isn't five, it's six! ''Six''!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow'', the goat that keeps pestering Vanity by eating out of his cornucopia hat [[spoiler:becomes becomes the Headless Horseman that Papa Smurf used to save his little Smurfs in Smurfy Hollow from Gargamel]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'': "[[RunningGag NO DOGS ALLOWED!]]" [[spoiler:When When Snoopy goes to live with Lila, more out of duty than anything, he encounters this sign at the apartment she lives at. For once, when the {{Leitmotif}} plays, it's actually ''triumphant'' rather than sinister.]]
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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ends with Mabel getting a grappling hook after Grunkle Stan allows the kids to pick any item of their choosing from his store. Nineteen episodes later, and [[spoiler: the grappling hook saves Dipper and Mabel from falling to their deaths after a fight with Gideon.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Steven tries to communicate with Centipeedle through writing, but she only writes incomprehensible squiggles. Later, after they've warped to the wreckage of Centy's ship, the other Gems manage to find them. When Steven asks how, they show him a stack of Centy's drawings - and explain that the squiggles are actually Gem language.
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