History Main / ChekhovsGun

8th Sep '17 4:29:24 PM The_Falconator
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** AshesToCrashes
** CarryingACake

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** AshesToCrashes
[[AshesToCrashes Funeral Ashes]]
** Someone CarryingACake



** RuleOfPool


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* RuleOfPool: Someone ''will'' fall or be pushed into that pool.
28th Aug '17 2:41:55 PM Josef5678
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Compare SchrodingersGun for a competing dramatic weapons dealer. Contrast to a RedHerring, where something shown early appears to be significant but was planted there just to throw you off. If there are a whole bunch of Red Herrings you might be looking at TheWalrusWasPaul, where a writer wants to mock fans of Chekhov's Guns by repeatedly messing with them. If there is a very long delay between the introduction of the element and its use in the story, to the point where most of the audience has long forgotten about it, you're looking at a BrickJoke. The MacGuffin is significant for some (possibly even plot-relevant) reason, but we never find out just what it is. If the Chekhov's Gun was hiding on the other side of the FourthWall, you have a NinjaProp. If a Chekhov's gun is set up but dropped (but was neither intended to distract as a RedHerring nor to be brought up later, as a BrickJoke), you have either an AbortedArc or WhatHappenedToTheMouse, depending on the importance of the gun to the overall plot. If something ''looks'' like a Chekhov's Gun but is really just a piece of NarrativeFiligree then that's a [[CowTools CowTool]].

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Compare SchrodingersGun for a competing dramatic weapons dealer. Contrast to a RedHerring, where something shown early appears to be significant but was planted there just to throw you off. If there are a whole bunch of Red Herrings you might be looking at TheWalrusWasPaul, where a writer wants to mock fans of Chekhov's Guns by repeatedly messing with them. If there is a very long delay between the introduction of the element and its use in the story, to the point where most of the audience has long forgotten about it, you're looking at a BrickJoke. The MacGuffin is significant for some (possibly even plot-relevant) reason, but we never find out just what it is. If the Chekhov's Gun was hiding on the other side of the FourthWall, you have a NinjaProp. If a Chekhov's gun is set up but dropped (but was neither intended to distract as a RedHerring nor to be brought up later, as a BrickJoke), you have either an AbortedArc or WhatHappenedToTheMouse, depending on the importance of the gun to the overall plot. If something ''looks'' like a Chekhov's Gun but is really just a piece of NarrativeFiligree then that's a [[CowTools CowTool]].
{{Cow Tool|s}}.
27th Aug '17 9:03:37 AM KhymChanur
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Compare SchrodingersGun for a competing dramatic weapons dealer. Contrast to a RedHerring, where something shown early appears to be significant but was planted there just to throw you off. If there are a whole bunch of Red Herrings you might be looking at TheWalrusWasPaul, where a writer wants to mock fans of Chekhov's Guns by repeatedly messing with them. If there is a very long delay between the introduction of the element and its use in the story, to the point where most of the audience has long forgotten about it, you're looking at a BrickJoke. The MacGuffin is significant for some (possibly even plot-relevant) reason, but we never find out just what it is. If the Chekhov's Gun was hiding on the other side of the FourthWall, you have a NinjaProp. If a Chekhov's gun is set up but dropped (but was neither intended to distract as a RedHerring nor to be brought up later, as a BrickJoke), you have either an AbortedArc or WhatHappenedToTheMouse, depending on the importance of the gun to the overall plot.

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Compare SchrodingersGun for a competing dramatic weapons dealer. Contrast to a RedHerring, where something shown early appears to be significant but was planted there just to throw you off. If there are a whole bunch of Red Herrings you might be looking at TheWalrusWasPaul, where a writer wants to mock fans of Chekhov's Guns by repeatedly messing with them. If there is a very long delay between the introduction of the element and its use in the story, to the point where most of the audience has long forgotten about it, you're looking at a BrickJoke. The MacGuffin is significant for some (possibly even plot-relevant) reason, but we never find out just what it is. If the Chekhov's Gun was hiding on the other side of the FourthWall, you have a NinjaProp. If a Chekhov's gun is set up but dropped (but was neither intended to distract as a RedHerring nor to be brought up later, as a BrickJoke), you have either an AbortedArc or WhatHappenedToTheMouse, depending on the importance of the gun to the overall plot.
plot. If something ''looks'' like a Chekhov's Gun but is really just a piece of NarrativeFiligree then that's a [[CowTools CowTool]].
5th Aug '17 1:49:46 PM MarkLungo
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8th Jun '17 5:57:30 PM AnotherDuck
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Chekhov, master of the short story, gave this advice: [[LawOfConservationOfDetail If it's not essential, don't include it in the story]].

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Chekhov, master of the short story, gave this advice: [[LawOfConservationOfDetail [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail If it's not essential, don't include it in the story]].
23rd Jan '17 11:55:28 AM Euodiachloris
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* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Never do this. ''Ever.'' (Unless you've crossed the GodzillaThreshold...)
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: The medical Chekhov's Gun. If you coughed in the first act, you can bet that you'll be dead by third.
* InfallibleBabble: If {{prophecies are always right}}, then nonsense and hearsay is even moreso.

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* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Never do this. ''Ever.'' (Unless you've crossed the GodzillaThreshold...GodzillaThreshold or something...)
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: The medical Chekhov's Gun. If you coughed in the first act, you can bet that you'll be dead by third.
the third. Same for unexplained itches, unless they lead to something more... [[LovecraftianSuperpower interesting]].
* InfallibleBabble: If {{prophecies are always right}}, then nonsense and nonsense, hearsay is and barely comprehensible rumours are even moreso.



* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Take this seemingly-useless item. Go on, take it! You may need it.
* TheLegendOfChekhov: If someone tells a fairy tale or legend, it'll turn out to be true.

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* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Take this dull, seemingly-useless (or even mostly-useless) item. Go on, take it! You may need will be most definitely needing it.
* TheLegendOfChekhov: If someone tells a fairy tale or legend, it'll turn out to be true. And, outright disbelieving it only ups the uncomfortable nature of the truth when it hits.



* ThePromise: A verbal Chekhov's Gun where a promise is made and later comes up whereupon the promiser will be required to act.

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* ThePromise: A verbal verbal, visual or conceptual Chekhov's Gun where a promise is made and later comes up whereupon up. Whereupon the promiser will be required to act.act; or, in unlucky cases, the promisee.



* YouWillKnowWhatToDo: You are told it will be important, but you aren't told when, how, or why.

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* YouWillKnowWhatToDo: You are told it will be important, but you aren't told when, where, how, or why.why. And, you'll be lucky if you know exactly what it does before the consequences hit, too.
8th Nov '16 7:49:57 AM RacattackForce
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* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: The Chekhov's Gun of old, traditional WesternAnimation, where anything obviously not part of the static (and often painted) background layer will be put to use by a character.

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* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: The Chekhov's Gun of old, traditional WesternAnimation, animation, where anything obviously not part of the static (and often painted) background layer will be put to use by a character.
28th Sep '16 7:18:26 AM Dravencour
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Also referred to as "the Indiana Jones principle" in Thomas C. Foster's ''How to Read Literature Like a Professor,'' named after [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy's]] early encounter with a snake at the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and how it set up his much [[BerserkButton larger encounter with them]] later on. Another term for this is "setup and payoff", a technique used by Creator/RobertZemeckis and Creator/BobGale for the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy.

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Also referred to as "the Indiana Jones principle" in Thomas C. Foster's ''How to Read Literature Like a Professor,'' named after [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy's]] early encounter with a snake at the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and how it set up his much [[BerserkButton larger encounter with them]] later on. Another term for this is [[http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Setup_and_payoff "setup and payoff", payoff"]], a technique used by Creator/RobertZemeckis and Creator/BobGale Bob Gale for the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy.
trilogy and regularly taught to scriptwriters nowadays.
28th Sep '16 7:17:31 AM Dravencour
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Also referred to as "the Indiana Jones principle" in Thomas C. Foster's ''How to Read Literature Like a Professor,'' named after [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy's]] early encounter with a snake at the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and how it set up his much [[BerserkButton larger encounter with them]] later on.

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Also referred to as "the Indiana Jones principle" in Thomas C. Foster's ''How to Read Literature Like a Professor,'' named after [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy's]] early encounter with a snake at the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and how it set up his much [[BerserkButton larger encounter with them]] later on.
on. Another term for this is "setup and payoff", a technique used by Creator/RobertZemeckis and Creator/BobGale for the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy.
30th Aug '16 1:57:41 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:300:There's a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester".]]

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a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester".]]
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