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31st Jan '16 1:11:17 PM CountDorku
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* This is the standard structure for ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' Adventure Paths, to justify starting at level 1 (when [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick everything is kobolds and copper pieces, and you get excited over a potion of barkskin]]) and ending at 15-20 (when you can pick fights with legendary monsters and win): adventurers go to Town X at the behest of Patron Y, and whatever happens there starts them on a path to stopping the evil plan of Potentially Setting-Reshaping Threat Z. ''Iron Gods'' begins with someone sabotaging the purple "flame" that fuels most of the town of Torch's industry and ends with an unhinged AI launching a bid for godhood from within the confines of an ancient crashed spaceship. ''Carrion Crown'' starts with the apparently accidental death of a scholar, with the player characters being old friends attending his funeral, and winds its way through various horror tropes to an attempt to bring back an ancient lich. ''Legacy of Fire'' begins with a mysterious fire killing a merchant princess's personal astrologer, and the investigation ends with a crazed genie and his minions attempting to steal the power of an EldritchAbomination. There are others.
24th Jan '16 3:58:25 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'': Fossil theft in Mt. Moon → A plot by Team Rocket to TakeOverTheWorld and enslave all Pokémon.
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* Happens quite a bit with the villain teams in ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}''. For example: ** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'': Fossil theft in Mt. Moon → A plot by Team Rocket to TakeOverTheWorld and enslave all Pokémon.Pokémon. ** ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'': Slowpoke losing their tails in Azalea Town → An attempt to restore Team Rocket to its former glory by a few senior operatives trying to get the former Boss Rocket's attention. ** ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'': An attempt to steal a Devon researcher's papers → An ecoterrorist plot to either expand humanity's grip on the Earth or return what humans stole to Pokémon, involving a very powerful Legendary.
24th Jan '16 3:45:39 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'': Fossil theft in Mt. Moon → A plot by Team Rocket to TakeOverTheWorld and enslave all Pokémon.
24th Jan '16 2:06:06 AM SamCurt
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* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya {{discussed|trope}} this trope with Kuroki during ''The Backyard Knows'', expressing some disappointment that the crime involved in the arc was indeed minor, performed by a perennial small-time criminal without more apparent complexities. [[spoiler:But the story does go that way.]]
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* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', the Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote series, Aya {{discussed|trope}} this trope with Kuroki during ''The Backyard Knows'', expressing some disappointment that the crime involved in the arc was indeed minor, performed by a perennial small-time criminal without more apparent complexities. [[spoiler:But the story does go that way.way, although still downplayed: it lead to a case of museum theft which causes the loss of some expensive butterfly specimens.]]
10th Dec '15 3:18:17 AM SamCurt
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* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya {{discussed|trope}} this trope with Kuroki during ''The Backyard Knows'', expressing some disappointment that the crime involved in the arc was indeed minor, performed by a perennial small-time criminal without more apparent complexities. [[spoiler:But the story does go that way.]]
27th Nov '15 2:39:38 AM Gravityman
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* The creepypasta ''Teacher Wanted, Must Love Kids'' has one hell of an example: Male teacher is fired for allegedly groping female student. → [[spoiler: Female teacher framed him to cover up the fact that she's an EldritchAbomination doing ''[[MindRape much worse]]'' things with the male students]].
22nd Nov '15 6:04:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheSalvationWar: Pantheocide'': Discovery of illegal human items in Heaven → [[spoiler: multiple conspiracies to bring down Yahweh]].
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* ''TheSalvationWar: ''Literature/TheSalvationWar: Pantheocide'': Discovery of illegal human items in Heaven → [[spoiler: multiple conspiracies to bring down Yahweh]].
21st Nov '15 10:59:30 PM nombretomado
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* More like Major Crime Reveals Major Crime, but in ''FanFic/WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'', investigating [[ForBetterOrForWorse Elly Patterson's]] death ended up opening a cold case on a woman's disappearance when [[spoiler: Gavin Caine]] came under suspicion of Elly's death and a house search found the woman's body. [[spoiler: To make things worse, the woman was his first wife.]]
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* More like Major Crime Reveals Major Crime, but in ''FanFic/WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'', investigating [[ForBetterOrForWorse [[ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse Elly Patterson's]] death ended up opening a cold case on a woman's disappearance when [[spoiler: Gavin Caine]] came under suspicion of Elly's death and a house search found the woman's body. [[spoiler: To make things worse, the woman was his first wife.]]
16th Nov '15 1:07:35 PM Temmere
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** Although Jim Garrison's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Clay_Shaw prosecution]] of Clay Shaw has been generally ridiculed by serious assassination researchers, Oliver Stone found the way it spun out of a fight between two low-rent private eyes to be fascinating, which led to the movie ''Film/{{JFK}}''. He said, "This pistol whipping occurs on the night of November 22, 1963, on a rainy night in which this guy, Jack Martin, gets his skull laid open by his boss, Guy Banister, and out of that little Creator/RaymondChandler kind of incident, Garrison spins this tale of international intrigue -- a hell of a trail. As a dramatist, that excited me."
9th Nov '15 3:26:30 AM StarTropes
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* The ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode "Enemies Foreign" starts with the team busting an identity thief. One of the identities she stole leads them to a pair of [[BadassIsraeli Mossad agents]] who are in D.C. in advance of Director Eli David--who is being followed by Palestinian terrorists who want him dead.
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