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25th Jul '16 12:21:23 AM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'': [[AristocratsAreEvil Lord Dondo]] gives [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Royesse Iselle]] a strand of pearls twice as long as she is tall. Much later, they are instrumental in saving the life of her betrothed.

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* ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'': ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'': [[AristocratsAreEvil Lord Dondo]] gives [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Royesse Iselle]] a strand of pearls twice as long as she is tall. Much later, they are instrumental in saving the life of her betrothed.
15th Jul '16 1:02:02 AM PaulA
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* In ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', Zeus gives three gifts to Perseus: a sword, a shield and a helm of invisibility. Later, Athena gives him Bubo the owl. All of them are useful to Perseus in his adventures, one way or another.

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* In ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'', Zeus gives three gifts to Perseus: a sword, a shield and a helm of invisibility. Later, Athena gives him Bubo the owl. All of them are useful to Perseus in his adventures, one way or another.
7th Jul '16 7:52:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is actually subverted in the first ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' film; at the beginning it makes a fairly big deal about Luke being given his father's lightsaber by TheObiWan, but Luke never ends up actually using it for anything useful, and in the end saves the day with the piloting skills he picked up as a farmboy.

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* This is actually subverted in the first ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' film; at the beginning it makes a fairly big deal about Luke being given his father's lightsaber by TheObiWan, Obi-Wan, but Luke never ends up actually using it for anything useful, and in the end saves the day with the piloting skills he picked up as a farmboy.
21st Oct '15 10:25:42 AM Willbyr
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* A less superpowered example is the voice-recording pendant that [[KanaLittleSister Kana: Little Sister]]'s heroine receives from her brother in the opening scene of the game. [[spoiler:She uses it to record her final message to him, which he listens to in the end after Kana has died of organ failure]].

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* A less superpowered example is the voice-recording pendant that [[KanaLittleSister Kana: Little Sister]]'s ''VisualNovel/KanaLittleSister'''s heroine receives from her brother in the opening scene of the game. [[spoiler:She uses it to record her final message to him, which he listens to in the end after Kana has died of organ failure]].



* Midway through VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow, Soma gets a talisman from Mina. It's a useless accessory, but [[spoiler:you need to equip it to avoid getting the Bad Ending]].

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* Midway through VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'', Soma gets a talisman from Mina. It's a useless accessory, but [[spoiler:you need to equip it to avoid getting the Bad Ending]].
23rd Aug '15 8:52:14 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Monk}}'', Trudy gives Monk a Christmas present just before she dies which is mentioned in the first and third [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas episodes]] of the show. Monk has refused to open it for 12 years. When he finally does open it, it's a [[spoiler:videotape of herself telling Monk who her killer might be]].

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* In ''{{Monk}}'', ''{{Series/Monk}}'', Trudy gives Monk a Christmas present just before she dies which is mentioned in the first and third [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas episodes]] of the show. Monk has refused to open it for 12 years. When he finally does open it, it's a [[spoiler:videotape of herself telling Monk who her killer might be]].
26th Jun '15 6:37:26 PM foxley
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* ''Series/CSICyber'': At the start of "CMND:\Crash", Elijah shows up wearing a bracelet made for him by his daughter. Later in the episode, he uses the bracelet to give him the extra reach he needs to yank out the control board that is causing the train to crash.
17th Jun '15 12:18:45 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the VisualNovel ''KatawaShoujo'' Hisao goes into an Antiques store in order by a present for Hanako's birthday in Lilly's route. While he is there, he notices a music box and decides that Lilly would like it and purchases it as a gift for her as well. [[spoiler:In her Good Ending she plays it for him in his hospital room to let him know that she didn't get on the plane and is staying in Japan with him.]]
* Midway through CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow, Soma gets a talisman from Mina. It's a useless accessory, but [[spoiler:you need to equip it to avoid getting the Bad Ending]].

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* In the VisualNovel ''KatawaShoujo'' ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' Hisao goes into an Antiques store in order by a present for Hanako's birthday in Lilly's route. While he is there, he notices a music box and decides that Lilly would like it and purchases it as a gift for her as well. [[spoiler:In her Good Ending she plays it for him in his hospital room to let him know that she didn't get on the plane and is staying in Japan with him.]]
* Midway through CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow, VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow, Soma gets a talisman from Mina. It's a useless accessory, but [[spoiler:you need to equip it to avoid getting the Bad Ending]].
1st Jun '15 7:28:47 AM NESBoy
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart gives Lisa a laser pointer as a birthday present. Later, Lisa uses that laser to blind the villain who is trying to kill Homer.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E8TheDadWhoKnewTooLittle The Dad Who Knew Too Little]]", Bart gives Lisa a laser pointer as a birthday present. Later, Lisa uses that laser to blind the villain who is trying to kill Homer.Homer.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E19MonaLeavesA Mona Leaves-a]]" has Mona leave the following items in her {{video will|s}} -- Marge gets a hemp sulfur purse, Bart gets a swiss army knife, and Lisa is left with Mona's rebellous spirit. All these things were utilized to save Homer from Mr. Burns.
3rd May '15 7:30:07 PM Goldfritha
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Happy Birthday. What a wonderful day this is! You're a year older, so let's celebrate! Now, I know [[ItWasAGift the mystic artifact I got you]] [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday from that guy who set up a booth on the street corner]] seems useless and thoughtless, but [[TheCallTwinksYou something told me it would be good for you]]. Yeah, see it [[PowerGlows glowing.]] It does that sometimes. Keep it in mind when you're fighting the DarkLord. If you're lucky, it will actually be important to the plot.

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[[TheHerosBirthday Happy Birthday.Birthday]]. What a wonderful day this is! You're a year older, so let's celebrate! Now, I know [[ItWasAGift the mystic artifact I got you]] [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday from that guy who set up a booth on the street corner]] seems useless and thoughtless, but [[TheCallTwinksYou something told me it would be good for you]]. Yeah, see it [[PowerGlows glowing.]] It does that sometimes. Keep it in mind when you're fighting the DarkLord. If you're lucky, it will actually be important to the plot.
20th Apr '15 12:38:43 PM bwburke94
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* ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - in the "Witch" episode, Xander gives Buffy a bracelet when she's trying out for the cheerleader squad. Later, witch Amy uses it as a personal item essential to a spell she casts on Buffy.

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* ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - in the "Witch" episode, Xander gives Buffy a bracelet when she's trying out for the cheerleader squad. Later, witch Amy uses it as a personal item essential to a spell she casts on Buffy.
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