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19th Mar '17 2:11:53 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': the album "Het Aruba dossier" ("The Aruba File"). The minor crime: two men ignore a red trafic light and crash into Professor Barabas' car, sending all three of them to the hospital. The major plot: once in the hospital, Barabas is accidently given a briefcase that belongs to the other two men. In the briefcase he finds a file that describes plans of a big criminal organisation to distribute a highly toxic substance as a new fertilizer for crops.

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* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': the album "Het Aruba dossier" ("The Aruba File"). The minor crime: two men ignore a red trafic traffic light and crash into Professor Barabas' car, sending all three of them to the hospital. The major plot: once in the hospital, Barabas is accidently given a briefcase that belongs to the other two men. In the briefcase he finds a file that describes plans of a big criminal organisation to distribute a highly toxic substance as a new fertilizer for crops.
19th Mar '17 2:05:43 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* In 2012, a chef at the Virginia Governor's Mansion was fired for stealing food from the mansion. The investigation into this small time petty crime ended up revealing a far more serious crime involving Governor Bob [=McDonnell=] accepting extremely expensive gifts in return for illegally using his office to market a dietary supplement. The chef ended up with two misdemeanor embezzlement charges, while [=McDonnell=] and his wife were convicted of a combined ''19 felony charges'' relating to corruption and fraud.

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* In 2012, a chef at the Virginia Governor's Mansion was fired for stealing food from the mansion. The investigation into this small time small-time petty crime ended up revealing a far more serious crime involving Governor Bob [=McDonnell=] accepting extremely expensive gifts in return for illegally using his office to market a dietary supplement. The chef ended up with two misdemeanor embezzlement charges, while [=McDonnell=] and his wife were convicted of a combined ''19 felony charges'' relating to corruption and fraud.
15th Mar '17 12:00:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has some examples of this.
** In Chapter 22 the main story, the strange behavior of Poison-type Pokémon in the Crimson City area is revealed to be part of a plan to attack the Gringy City power plant.
13th Mar '17 10:14:48 PM MorningStar1337
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* ThisVeryWiki:
** IEatMetaphorForBreakfast and WhatYearIsThis being sent to TRS → massive epidemic of TropeDecay involving stock phrases as trope names.
** Spoiler policy abuse being directed towards the protection of a villain's identity on Characters.{{Frozen}} → rampant abuse on Character pages in general.
** Some people insisting that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment The Scandal That Shall Not Be Named]] is an example of {{Scandalgate}} → TropeDecay running rampant on that very page.
** When doing a dewick per TropeRepairShop thread (after renaming or redefining a trope, for example), if you're editing a character page, chances are that you will encounter [[Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists incorrect indentation]], WordCruft and {{Administrivia/Zero Context Example}}s. Further investigation of the page could reveal, in certain {{Egregious}} cases, that the entire page is full of terrible writing, which might require some discussion in the forums.
3rd Mar '17 8:41:11 AM Dravencour
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* ComicBook/SinCity: Murder of a hooker and frameup of the guy who was with her → uncovering a cannibal farm boy and a corrupt priest who has pretty much the entire city in his pocket.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' does this almost OncePerEpisode.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' does this almost OncePerEpisode.[[OncePerEpisode Once Per Book]].



** ''Literature/DeadBeat'': Finding a certain book for a vampire → preventing some necromancers from saying AGodAmI.

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** ''Literature/DeadBeat'': Finding a certain book for a vampire → preventing some necromancers from saying AGodAmI.[[AGodAmI achieving godhood]].



* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'': Murder of Alex Balder → Massive government conspiracy involving a failed attempt to create a SuperSerum for the military [[spoiler: which Max's family was killed to protect.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'': Murder of Alex Balder → Massive government conspiracy involving a failed attempt to create a SuperSerum for the military [[spoiler: which Max's family was killed to protect.]]protect]].



** The ''Arrival'' DLC has: Admiral Hackett's friend Dr. Kenson has been kidnapped by Batarians → [[spoiler:Eldritch Abominations will arrive and begin the galactic extermination in 2 days.]]

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** The ''Arrival'' DLC has: Admiral Hackett's friend Dr. Kenson has been kidnapped by Batarians → [[spoiler:Eldritch Abominations [[spoiler:the Reapers will arrive and begin the galactic extermination in 2 days.]]
1st Mar '17 11:39:58 AM dmcreif
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* ''[[Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': The exposure of a numbers racket inside Union Allied Construction LLC → the uncovering of [[ComicBook/TheKingpin a powerful figure controlling Hell's Kitchen]].

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* ''[[Series/{{Daredevil ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': The exposure of a numbers racket inside Union Allied Construction LLC → the uncovering of [[ComicBook/TheKingpin a powerful figure controlling Hell's Kitchen]].
25th Feb '17 1:27:14 AM Vir
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* WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce's 1st two-part episode has alien weapon smugglers on Earth. Magister Labrid was correct saying "That's just the tip of the iceberg", as it's discovered later on that said smugglers were gathering enough cash in the black market to fund their Galactic scale ApocalypseHow plan.

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* WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce's ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'''s 1st two-part episode has alien weapon smugglers on Earth. Magister Labrid was correct saying "That's just the tip of the iceberg", as it's discovered later on that said smugglers were gathering enough cash in the black market to fund their Galactic scale ApocalypseHow plan.
18th Feb '17 8:03:27 PM JJHIL325
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** “Kill Screen” starts out with a pickpocket lifting a purse from a customer at a hotdog stand. A few seconds later, he’s intercepted by a police officer who witnessed the act. The officer confiscates the bag and discovers the fingertips and teeth of a corporal, getting the NCIS team called into the scene. The case spirals from a gruesome murder to [[spoiler: a game developer’s plot to wipe out every military computer on the Pentagon’s grid using his new video game and it's mainframe to generate enough power to break through the firewalls]].
19th Jan '17 8:36:30 AM Gosicrystal
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** A police detective was murdered in "Rise from the Ashes" so he didn't leak the truth about the assassination of Prosecutor Neil Marshall 2 years ago, the constant extortion of the current Chief Prosecutor, and an evidence forgery to convict a serial killer for Marshall's murder (which he didn't commit). Unfortunately for the mastermind behind this incident, Phoenix exposed everything in court, so in the end it was AllForNothing.
19th Jan '17 7:39:21 AM Gosicrystal
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* Happens pretty often in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series.
** The last case of the third game is probably the biggest example: the murder of a children's book author is ultimately tied into a gigantic revenge scheme.

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* Happens pretty very often in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series.
** The In the last case of the third game is probably the biggest example: game, the murder of a children's book author is ultimately tied into a gigantic revenge scheme.



** Almost every case in the fourth game has this:

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** Almost every ''Every'' case in the fourth game has this:


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** Investigating the murder of a lawyer in the middle of a lake (case 1-4) quickly reveals a connection to the assassination of another lawyer 15 years ago which has been unsolved all this time. Turns out this was just the result of a fifteen-year long revenge scheme against Miles Edgeworth, ace prosecutor.
** The theft of a priceless (in the ''worst'' sense of the word; it's worth nothing) historical treasure in Case 3-2 → a series of blackmails and thefts of 100,000-dollar items and the murder of a security company's CEO.
** The poisoning of a genius programmer in a restaurant → a million dollar debt with the mafia's don (not on behalf of the programmer, but his killer) and the infection of the entire precinct's computer network with a virus the programmer created.
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