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1st Nov '16 4:19:33 PM Pinokio
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* ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'': Mystique reveals her true form to Nightcrawler, who is shocked that they look very similar. She mentions his mother's name. ''10 YEARS'' (or more) later, it's revealed that she is his mother. It hadn't been even mentioned in the comics in-between those two points.

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** The true identity of the Hobgoblin. The villain first appeared in 1983; his true identity, fashion mogul Roderick Kingsley, had first shown up three years prior. His creator Roger Stern planted a number of {{Red Herring}}s but maintains- and is corroborated by other writers- that he intended Kingsley to be the Hobgoblin all along and to reveal him after a couple of years, taking advantage of the fact that Roderick had a servile identical twin that Stern managed to sneak in without being noticed. The problem? Stern was fired not even halfway through the MythArc, and subsequent writers either disliked the Kingsley idea or didn't know about it. Doesn't help that at least two characters were framed as him- Flash Thompson, and a thug named Lefty Donovan, before Ned Leeds was KilledOffForReal and then, in an AssPull, "revealed" as the "true" Hobgoblin all along because the writers had gotten tired of the mystery and decided to introduce a ''second'' Hobgoblin, mercenary Jason Macendale (hitherto a minor villain known with the alias Jack O'Lantern), who quickly and unintentionally became a BigBadWannabe. It wasn't until 1997 that Stern was invited back and allowed to wrap up the story as he originally intended it- quite remarkably, the Kingsley idea was still internally consistent to the story and caused no real plot holes (if you pay attention, at least). For the whole story in ''painstaking'' detail, [[http://www.spideykicksbutt.com/SquanderedLegacy/SquanderedLegacyTitle.html check out these essays.]]
** ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' revisits the "original clone saga" story arcs from ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #121-149.
** ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' and ''ComicBook/OneMomentInTime'' revisit "The Wedding!" from ''The Amazing Spider-Man Annual'' #21.
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Mystique reveals her true form to Nightcrawler, who is shocked that they look very similar. She mentions his mother's name. ''10 YEARS'' (or more) later, it's revealed that she is his mother. It hadn't been even mentioned in the comics in-between those two points.



** Following ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'', the ''Mutant Massacre'' storyline was revisited, with Dark Beast and Gambit being {{Retcon}}ned as having participated in the event.



** ''The Twelve'' revisits the The Twelve storyline introduced in ''ComicBook/XFactor''.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': The true identity of the Hobgoblin. The villain first appeared in 1983; his true identity, fashion mogul Roderick Kingsley, had first shown up three years prior. His creator Roger Stern planted a number of {{Red Herring}}s but maintains- and is corroborated by other writers- that he intended Kingsley to be the Hobgoblin all along and to reveal him after a couple of years, taking advantage of the fact that Roderick had a servile identical twin that Stern managed to sneak in without being noticed. The problem? Stern was fired not even halfway through the MythArc, and subsequent writers either disliked the Kingsley idea or didn't know about it. Doesn't help that at least two characters were framed as him- Flash Thompson, and a thug named Lefty Donovan, before Ned Leeds was KilledOffForReal and then, in an AssPull, "revealed" as the "true" Hobgoblin all along because the writers had gotten tired of the mystery and decided to introduce a ''second'' Hobgoblin, mercenary Jason Macendale (hitherto a minor villain known with the alias Jack O'Lantern), who quickly and unintentionally became a BigBadWannabe. It wasn't until 1997 that Stern was invited back and allowed to wrap up the story as he originally intended it- quite remarkably, the Kingsley idea was still internally consistent to the story and caused no real plot holes (if you pay attention, at least). For the whole story in ''painstaking'' detail, [[http://www.spideykicksbutt.com/SquanderedLegacy/SquanderedLegacyTitle.html check out these essays.]]

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** ''The Twelve'' revisits the The Twelve ''The Twelve'' storyline introduced in ''ComicBook/XFactor''.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': The true identity of
''ComicBook/XFactor'', though changing the Hobgoblin. The villain first appeared in 1983; his true identity, fashion mogul Roderick Kingsley, had first shown up three years prior. His creator Roger Stern planted a number roster of {{Red Herring}}s but maintains- and is corroborated by other writers- that he intended Kingsley to be the Hobgoblin all along and to reveal him after a couple of years, taking advantage of the fact that Roderick had a servile identical twin that Stern managed to sneak in without being noticed. The problem? Stern was fired not even halfway through the MythArc, and subsequent writers either disliked the Kingsley idea or didn't know about it. Doesn't help that at least two characters were framed as him- Flash Thompson, and a thug named Lefty Donovan, before Ned Leeds was KilledOffForReal and then, in an AssPull, "revealed" as the "true" Hobgoblin all along because the writers had gotten tired of the mystery and decided to introduce a ''second'' Hobgoblin, mercenary Jason Macendale (hitherto a minor villain known with the alias Jack O'Lantern), who quickly and unintentionally became a BigBadWannabe. It wasn't until 1997 that Stern was invited back and allowed to wrap up the story as he originally intended it- quite remarkably, the Kingsley idea was still internally consistent to the story and caused no real plot holes (if you pay attention, at least). For the whole story in ''painstaking'' detail, [[http://www.spideykicksbutt.com/SquanderedLegacy/SquanderedLegacyTitle.html check out these essays.]]
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23rd Oct '16 1:57:55 PM Pinokio
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** In ''ComicBook/{{Onslaught}}'', the X-men use technology to remotely view the moment when Onslaught was created, when Professor Xavier attacked Magneto during ''Fatal Attractions''. Onslaught is also revealed as the cause of the X-traitor message that motivated Bishop to travel to the past.
** ''The Twelve'' revisits the The Twelve storyline introduced in ''ComicBook/XFactor''.
19th Sep '16 1:17:16 AM Jokubas
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** Perhaps the most notable is the return of Alleria and Turalyon. They were part of the Alliance Expedition that disappeared at the conclusion of Warcraft II. Most of the members were found during the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, but Alleria and Turalyon were still missing. After 20 years in real life (just a few years short of the in-universe time that they were missing), their whereabouts are finally known.

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** Perhaps the most notable is the return of Alleria and Turalyon. They were part of the Alliance Expedition that disappeared at the conclusion of Warcraft II. Most of the members were found during the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, but Alleria and Turalyon were still missing. After 20 years in real life (just a few years short of the in-universe time that they were missing), their whereabouts are finally known.known, and where they had disappeared to forms a crucial part of the main plot.
19th Sep '16 1:15:38 AM Jokubas
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* Many of the subplots of [[{{VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft}} World of Warcraft: Legion]] are conclusions to plot threads dropped long ago. Perhaps the most notable is the return of Alleria and Turalyon. They were part of the Alliance Expedition that disappeared at the conclusion of Warcraft II. Most of the members were found during the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, but Alleria and Turalyon were still missing. After 20 years in real life (just a few years short of the in-universe time that they were missing), their whereabouts are finally known.


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* Many of the subplots of [[{{VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft}} World of Warcraft: Legion]] are conclusions to plot threads dropped long ago.
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Perhaps the most notable is the return of Alleria and Turalyon. They were part of the Alliance Expedition that disappeared at the conclusion of Warcraft II. Most of the members were found during the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, but Alleria and Turalyon were still missing. After 20 years in real life (just a few years short of the in-universe time that they were missing), their whereabouts are finally known.

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** Another longstanding one was the fate of Calia Menethil, the sister of Warcraft III's Arthas. She was mentioned in a novel that took place before Warcraft III and the massacre of her family and kingdom, but she was scarcely mentioned anywhere else, so her fate was uncertain. Speculation on her fate abounded, but official sources tended to ignore her altogether. In Legion, she finally returns, having escaped the fate that befell most of her kingdom.

19th Sep '16 1:06:03 AM Jokubas
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* Many of the subplots of [[''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' World of Warcraft: Legion]] are conclusions to plot threads dropped long ago. Perhaps the most notable is the return of Alleria and Turalyon. They were part of the Alliance Expedition that disappeared at the conclusion of Warcraft II. Most of the members were found during the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, but Alleria and Turalyon were still missing. After 20 years in real life (just a few years short of the in-universe time that they were missing), their whereabouts are finally known.


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* Many of the subplots of [[''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' [[{{VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft}} World of Warcraft: Legion]] are conclusions to plot threads dropped long ago. Perhaps the most notable is the return of Alleria and Turalyon. They were part of the Alliance Expedition that disappeared at the conclusion of Warcraft II. Most of the members were found during the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, but Alleria and Turalyon were still missing. After 20 years in real life (just a few years short of the in-universe time that they were missing), their whereabouts are finally known.

19th Sep '16 1:05:27 AM Jokubas
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* Many of the subplots of [[''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' World of Warcraft: Legion]] are conclusions to plot threads dropped long ago. Perhaps the most notable is the return of Alleria and Turalyon. They were part of the Alliance Expedition that disappeared at the conclusion of Warcraft II. Most of the members were found during the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, but Alleria and Turalyon were still missing. After 20 years in real life (just a few years short of the in-universe time that they were missing), their whereabouts are finally known.

13th Aug '16 2:12:07 PM Morgenthaler
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13th Aug '16 1:10:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''AnitaBlake'' series, the events of book 11 resulted in the vampire serial killing group Anita was after not actually getting caught. Fans bitched and complained when the next few books didn't mention it at all, and then in Book 17 LKH went back to it and we finally get to confront the BigBad. A few other loose threads from that were also left hanging in that book and the one right after it which are still waiting to be picked back up though.

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* In the ''AnitaBlake'' ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series, the events of book 11 resulted in the vampire serial killing group Anita was after not actually getting caught. Fans bitched and complained when the next few books didn't mention it at all, and then in Book 17 LKH went back to it and we finally get to confront the BigBad. A few other loose threads from that were also left hanging in that book and the one right after it which are still waiting to be picked back up though.
9th Jul '16 11:28:17 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Adventures #10: Time Trap'', from the end of 2005 revisits several issues that were left hanging in '04, six books earlier, such as the recovery of the lost Mask of Time and the Shadowed One's reaction to the deaths of two of his servants at the hands of Makuta. The Mask of Time plot was briefly continued in an online serial three years later.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}} ''Toys/{{Bionicle}} Adventures #10: Time Trap'', from the end of 2005 revisits several issues that were left hanging in '04, six books earlier, such as the recovery of the lost Mask of Time and the Shadowed One's reaction to the deaths of two of his servants at the hands of Makuta. The Mask of Time plot was briefly continued in an online serial three years later.
2nd Apr '16 1:55:06 PM GrammarNavi
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* Quite a few minor plots in the earlier ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games come back in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', sometimes in unexpected ways. An entire DLC of the third game, with profound revelations about the entire setting, is a CallBack to a throwaway bit of WorldBuilding fluff text in the first game. A villain from one of the first game's DLCs can end up being recruited as an ally in the third game, and so on.

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* Quite a few minor plots in the earlier ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games come back in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', sometimes in unexpected ways. An entire DLC {{DLC}} of the third game, with profound revelations about the entire setting, is a CallBack to a throwaway bit of WorldBuilding fluff text in the first game. A villain from one of the first game's DLCs [=DLCs=] can end up being recruited as an ally in the third game, and so on.
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