History Main / ChekhovsGun

10th Jan '18 6:47:42 PM PetroleumJerry
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* ConspicuousCG: The analogue for CGI, newer cartoons, and more video games.

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* ** ConspicuousCG: The analogue for CGI, newer cartoons, and more video games.
3rd Dec '17 10:14:44 PM shinykittie
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27th Nov '17 2:03:59 PM thatmadork
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[[caption-width-right:350:There's a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester".]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:There's a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester".]]
[[ZombieApocalypse It'll really come in handy later, I bet.]]]]
26th Nov '17 8:07:27 PM DracMonster
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Not to be confused with ChekovsGun (or [[{{Snowclones}} Chekhov's Pun]], for that matter). See also CallBack, BrickJoke, and RunningGag.

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Not to be confused with ChekovsGun JustForFun/ChekovsGun (or [[{{Snowclones}} Chekhov's Pun]], for that matter). See also CallBack, BrickJoke, and RunningGag.
24th Nov '17 4:57:38 AM FRizer
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Part A: General cases



** ChekhovMIA: Remember that missing character? It's actually a ChekhovsGunman.



* ChekhovMIA: Remember that missing character? It's actually a ChekhovsGunman.



* MeaningfulName: A character's name turns out to have important meaning.

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* MeaningfulName: A If the character's name turns out to have important meaning.has a special meaning but no immediate relevance, then the relevance will come later.



* You ''know'' what will invariably happen when you see any of these in a scene....
** [[AshesToCrashes Funeral Ashes]]
** Someone CarryingACake
** DoomedSupermarketDisplay
** [[ExplodingFishTanks Fish Tank]]
** FruitCart
** ThePreciousPreciousCar
** PricelessMingVase
** RopeBridge
** SheetOfGlass


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Part B: You ''know'' what will invariably happen when you see any of these in a scene....
* [[AshesToCrashes Funeral Ashes]]
* Someone CarryingACake
* [[DoomedNewClothes Someone wearing new clothes]]
* DoomedSupermarketDisplay
* [[ExplodingFishTanks Fish Tank]]
* FruitCart
* ThePreciousPreciousCar
* PricelessMingVase
* [[RippingOffTheStringOfPearls Someone wearing pearl necklace]]
* RopeBridge
* SheetOfGlass
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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** ThePreciousPreciousCar
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]].
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