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14th Aug '17 12:56:07 PM Gosicrystal
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The first gag is always a set-up for whatever will happen later, though ideally it doesn't seem that way at first. If it isn't, then it's a regular RunningGag. If the setup is played out to be a WhatHappenedToTheMouse moment, only for it to have closure later, then it's a BrickJoke.

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The first gag is always a set-up for whatever will happen later, though ideally it doesn't seem that way at first. If it isn't, then it's a regular RunningGag. If the setup is played out to be a WhatHappenedToTheMouse moment, only for it to have closure later, then it's a BrickJoke.
BrickJoke. See also JokeAndReceive, which might have an immediate payoff courtesy of the universe that the joker wasn't expecting.
7th Aug '17 7:13:32 AM Andyroid
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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 the grappling hook saves Dipper and Mabel from falling to their deaths after a fight with Gideon.

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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 in the season finale "Gideon Rises", the grappling hook saves Dipper and Mabel from falling to their deaths after a fight with Gideon.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Steven tries to communicate with Centipeedle through writing, but she only writes incomprehensible squiggles, to his dismay. 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 written in the Gem language.
** When Steven talks to Peridot for the first time, he lists off the names of some of his friends and family in a quick joke. Seasons later, this list is used by Homeworld to locate and kidnap said people for the Zoo.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In "Monster Reunion",
Steven tries to communicate with Centipeedle through writing, but she only writes incomprehensible squiggles, to his dismay. 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 written in the Gem language.
** When Steven talks to Peridot for the first time, time in "Marble Madness", he lists off the names of some of his friends and family in a quick joke. Seasons later, in the season 4 finale "I Am My Mom", this list is used by Homeworld to locate and kidnap said people for the Zoo.
15th Jul '17 10:35:31 PM eowynjedi
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** Pratchett frequently has a ditzy or naive character relay some kind of aphormism or cliche--for example, the bard telling Cohen the Barbarian about the Gordian Knight, or Magrat explaining how some martial artists can walk on coals without getting burnt, only to have the older, more world-wise listener scoff and pick apart all the logical holes in it. And ''then,'' during the climax, the world-wise character is confronted with a situation that requires them to dive right into the aphormism. Upon which they will give their younger companion some sort of nod of acknowledgement.

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** Pratchett frequently has a ditzy or naive character relay some kind of aphormism or cliche--for example, the bard telling Cohen the Barbarian about the Gordian Knight, Knot, or Magrat explaining how some martial artists can walk on coals without getting burnt, only to have the older, more world-wise listener scoff and pick apart all the logical holes in it. And ''then,'' during the climax, the world-wise character is confronted with a situation that requires them to dive right into the aphormism. Upon which they will give their younger companion some sort of nod of acknowledgement.
15th Jul '17 10:34:25 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''. "Glod".
** In that same book, 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, 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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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Pratchett frequently has a ditzy or naive character relay some kind of aphormism or cliche--for example, the bard telling Cohen the Barbarian about the Gordian Knight, or Magrat explaining how some martial artists can walk on coals without getting burnt, only to have the older, more world-wise listener scoff and pick apart all the logical holes in it. And ''then,'' during the climax, the world-wise character is confronted with a situation that requires them to dive right into the aphormism. Upon which they will give their younger companion some sort of nod of acknowledgement.
--> "Bit of a ''knotty'' one. You'll remember I said that, lad?"
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''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''. "Glod".
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"Glod". And in that same book, 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, 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".
10th Jul '17 5:10:44 PM HeroicJay
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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.

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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 Scrimgeour, who is trying to be Voldemort collaborators gain information from the protagonists in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows The Deathly Hallows]]'', he barely hesitates and glaringly shows nothing happens. Once they've Scrimgeour 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.
10th Jul '17 11:53:00 AM TheCuza
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** From the third game, Prosecutor Godot's visor making him unable to see red on a white background is originally introduced as a joke at the beginning of Case 3 when he fails to notice a comically large "bloodstain" (actually just ketchup) and gets pissed off that he wasn't told about it earlier (because everyone else assumed it was impossible for anyone to miss). The gun goes off near the end of Case 5, when after the real location of the murder is discovered, you notice that the killer had removed some snow from the area to hide the blood. However, instead of just getting rid of the snow with blood on it, they dug out a large, perfectly square shape. Almost like they didn't know exactly where the blood was and wanted to make sure they got it all...
16th Jun '17 5:13:40 PM chlorinejunkie9
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Lieutenant Hughes constantly discusses his wife and daughter, Colonel Mustang jokes that 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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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Lieutenant Hughes constantly discusses his wife and daughter, Colonel Mustang jokes that 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 and [[FunnyAneurysmMoment isn't so funny anymore.]]
10th Jun '17 3:36:03 PM nombretomado
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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''. 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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* In ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'', ''Disney/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''. 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.
22nd May '17 2:08:40 AM Trogdor
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** In another Frank-related moment, Frank trying to figure out Chinese handcuffs in ''The Mark of Athena'' seems like another joke at Frank's expense, with him never having seen them before (and being a little annoyed at the name, as he's Chinese)--but Annabeth ends up using the design of the toy to trap Arachne.

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** In another Frank-related moment, Frank trying to figure out Chinese handcuffs in ''The Mark of Athena'' seems like another joke at Frank's expense, with him never having seen them before (and being a little annoyed at the name, as he's Chinese)--but part-Chinese)--but Annabeth ends up using the design of the toy to trap Arachne.
19th May '17 5:42:17 PM Alynnidalar
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** In another Frank-related moment, Frank trying to figure out Chinese handcuffs in ''The Mark of Athena'' seems like another joke at Frank's expense, with him never having seen them before (and being a little annoyed at the name, as he's Chinese)--but Annabeth ends up using the design of the toy to trap Arachne.
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