History Main / ChekhovsGunMan

19th Jun '16 4:49:59 PM DoctorCooper
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According to Creator/RogerEbert, you can often [[GenreSavvy figure out]] who the murderer is (in a badly-written murder mystery, at least) by checking the LawOfConservationOfDetail: The ChekhovsGunman is the only character who doesn't seem to have any other reason for being in the story (see TheButlerDidIt). Compare to NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize, which is based more on the ''actor playing the role'' than on the character in itself.

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According to Creator/RogerEbert, you can often [[GenreSavvy figure out]] who the murderer is (in a badly-written murder mystery, at least) by checking the LawOfConservationOfDetail: The ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman is the only character who doesn't seem to have any other reason for being in the story (see TheButlerDidIt). Compare to NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize, which is based more on the ''actor playing the role'' than on the character in itself.



When the ChekhovsGunman is hidden by shadows, you've got yourself a case of SinisterSilhouettes. If a character in an [[DerivativeWorks adaptation]] is transformed into a Gunman by appearing earlier than in the source work, that's an EarlyBirdCameo. If a character originally conceived as minor becomes important through later CharacterDevelopment, that's a DestinedBystander.

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When the ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman is hidden by shadows, you've got yourself a case of SinisterSilhouettes. If a character in an [[DerivativeWorks adaptation]] is transformed into a Gunman by appearing earlier than in the source work, that's an EarlyBirdCameo. If a character originally conceived as minor becomes important through later CharacterDevelopment, that's a DestinedBystander.



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** Felix Drachner appears to be a ChekhovsGunman who still waits to fire, but his hand is seen in dozens of places separated by miles.

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** Felix Drachner appears to be a ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman who still waits to fire, but his hand is seen in dozens of places separated by miles.



* The season two finale of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' had [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's]] ''[[ChekhovsGunman Assault Squad]]'', which was important both for a BigDamnHeroes moment and to introduce some new villains.

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* The season two finale of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' had [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's]] ''[[ChekhovsGunman Assault Squad]]'', Chekhov's ''Assault Squad'', which was important both for a BigDamnHeroes moment and to introduce some new villains.



*** [[spoiler: The Empress herself is also a ChekhovsGunman, having been referred to in Feferi's introduction.]]

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*** [[spoiler: The Empress herself is also a ChekhovsGunman, Chekhov's Gunman, having been referred to in Feferi's introduction.]]
4th Jun '16 12:59:00 AM VesperLord
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* [[spoiler: Chad from ''WebOriginal/WelcomeToNightVale''. Mentioned once in episode 3, then he's revealed to have summoned a [[EldritchAbomination Beagle]] (ItMakesSenseInContext) in The April Monologues, about three and a half years worth of episodes later.]]
23rd May '16 9:12:36 AM patoezequiel
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Done masterfully in the episode [[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E5TheDoor "The Door"]]. We learn how [[spoiler: Hodor]] become who [[spoiler: he]] is now, and why [[spoiler: his]] existence is so important: [[spoiler: his purpose in life was to save Bran by ''holding the door'' and trapping the wights inside long enough to enable his escape]].
16th May '16 7:26:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', there is a small story where Linneaus, a Raccoonan pastor learns that the Alligator people in the swamp were looking for information about God and he volunteers to go to them as a missionary. While that story seems like a postscript story to the strip's first major continuity, there is a later story where a wizard tells of a boy with a powerful talent for magic who goes half-crazed in horror of his power and the people who tried to exploit him and he was last seen running into the swamp, never to be seen again. These stories may be unrelated, but given the religious allegory nature of the strip, it would seem that the boy is inadvertently heading for the one Raccoonan who can help him.

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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', there is a small story where Linneaus, a Raccoonan pastor learns that the Alligator people in the swamp were looking for information about God and he volunteers to go to them as a missionary. While that story seems like a postscript story to the strip's first major continuity, there is a later story where a wizard tells of a boy with a powerful talent for magic who goes half-crazed in horror of his power and the people who tried to exploit him and he was last seen running into the swamp, never to be seen again. These stories may be unrelated, but given the religious allegory nature of the strip, it would seem that the boy is inadvertently heading for the one Raccoonan who can help him.
7th May '16 9:18:16 AM Tron80
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* In chapter 7 of ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', readers are introduced to Keiko Nagara, a Shinji’s classmate whose only apparent purpose is teasing Asuka. A while later [[spoiler:she becomes an [[HumongousMecha Evangelion]] pilot.]]
8th Apr '16 10:29:57 AM Willbyr
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* Played with in Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan. Given how [[CodeGeass Lelouch Lamperogue]] and the Black Knights appear early one, one would expect that Zero would be one of the founding members of the titular team. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he isn't. Shirley Fenette is. But double subverted in that Lelouch himself plays an important role.]]

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* Played with in Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan. ''Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan''. Given how [[CodeGeass [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch Lamperogue]] and the Black Knights appear early one, one would expect that Zero would be one of the founding members of the titular team. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he isn't. Shirley Fenette is. But double subverted in that Lelouch himself plays an important role.]]
28th Mar '16 9:03:08 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': When Shinji and Rei fight Ramiel, several soldiers [[spoiler:finish off it.]] After the battle, Shinji told them that he owed them a favor. Fifteen chapters later they show up again when [[spoiler:Shinji needs to get Asuka to safety.]] He finds one of them, recognizes him, and hands over Asuka to him, entrusting him to get her to her Evangelion.
22nd Mar '16 2:08:34 PM Tron80
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* Bunnie Rabbot of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' first appeared in a pin-up in the original four issue mini-series before appearing in the comic proper some issues later. She also looked markedly different.

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* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':
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Bunnie Rabbot of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' first appeared in a pin-up in the original four issue mini-series before appearing in the comic proper some issues later. She also looked markedly different.
9th Mar '16 2:00:08 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''TheThickOfIt'':

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* ''TheThickOfIt'':''Series/TheThickOfIt'':
6th Mar '16 9:56:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Friends}}'', "The Girl From the Xerox Place" is mentioned in multiple episodes starting in the second season. Later, [[spoiler: Ross sleeps with the girl, ending his and Rachel's relationship.]]

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* In ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', "The Girl From the Xerox Place" is mentioned in multiple episodes starting in the second season. Later, [[spoiler: Ross sleeps with the girl, ending his and Rachel's relationship.]]



* Lots of characters in ''TheWire'', most notably Clay Davis.

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* Lots of characters in ''TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'', most notably Clay Davis.



* Weeks before Dominic Monaghan was confirmed to be joining the cast of ''{{Flash Forward|2009}}'', his character Dr. Simon Campos makes an appearance in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhgDiS1wzv8 this installment]] of ABC's "[[FakeCrossover ABC House]]" ad campaign, complete with an ActorAllusion to ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (a show that Monaghan previously starred in).

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* Weeks before Dominic Monaghan was confirmed to be joining the cast of ''{{Flash ''Series/{{Flash Forward|2009}}'', his character Dr. Simon Campos makes an appearance in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhgDiS1wzv8 this installment]] of ABC's "[[FakeCrossover ABC House]]" ad campaign, complete with an ActorAllusion to ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (a show that Monaghan previously starred in).
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