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3rd Oct '16 6:00:47 PM TheKaizerreich
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* ''VideoGame/{{Wadanohara}}'' has one that lasts for half of the game; the story establishes a kingdom under the sea complete with castle and princess, how there used to be a ruling king and a second princess, how the second princess was banished away and then it seems that said princess and her followers are coming back for revenge. [[spoiler:Except this was all set up by the BigBad; the invading princess is ''not'' the one who was banished and she attacks for entirely different reasons (she fell for a forged letter, big time). The ''real'' second princess was banished to underwater hell and the BigBad eventually brings her back, cosmic horrors and MindRape powers included.]]






6th Jul '16 2:08:29 PM Willbyr
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* In ''MarchenAwakensRomance'', early episodes contained foreshadowing about a [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness mysterious and shadowy]] Thieves' Guild, which conspired to steal the main character's mystical weapon Babbo. Shortly afterward, after [[spoiler: the author changed his mind]], someone from [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Chess Pieces]] stepped into the Thieves' Guild hideout and unceremoniously wiped them out. I suppose you could call that closure, but only on a technicality.

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* In ''MarchenAwakensRomance'', ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', early episodes contained foreshadowing about a [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness mysterious and shadowy]] Thieves' Guild, which conspired to steal the main character's mystical weapon Babbo. Shortly afterward, after [[spoiler: the author changed his mind]], someone from [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Chess Pieces]] stepped into the Thieves' Guild hideout and unceremoniously wiped them out. I suppose you could call that closure, but only on a technicality.



* Quite a few in ''{{Hellsing}}''. Most viewers were ''not'' expecting [[spoiler: Walter]] to turn traitor or for [[spoiler: Schrödinger]] to be the one to ultimately take down [[TheJuggernaut Alucard]]. There are a handful of ''tiny'' hints given throughout the series, but the vast majority of viewers will be focusing their attention on the more obvious and detailed enemies, such as Iscariot Section XIII and Millennium's actual elites. The latter are still vital to the overall plot, but it's the most unsuspecting background characters who deliver the most damage and manipulation when it's all said and done.

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* Quite a few in ''{{Hellsing}}''.''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Most viewers were ''not'' expecting [[spoiler: Walter]] to turn traitor or for [[spoiler: Schrödinger]] to be the one to ultimately take down [[TheJuggernaut Alucard]]. There are a handful of ''tiny'' hints given throughout the series, but the vast majority of viewers will be focusing their attention on the more obvious and detailed enemies, such as Iscariot Section XIII and Millennium's actual elites. The latter are still vital to the overall plot, but it's the most unsuspecting background characters who deliver the most damage and manipulation when it's all said and done.
11th Jun '16 1:32:25 PM universalperson
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* As [[Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids the Comic Irregulars]] point out in TheRant of [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0240.html this comic]], the whole shapeshifting thing in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' is a prime example of this trope. One assassin is a shapeshifter. Said assassin does nothing with this ability but [[ThisWasHisTrueForm die]].

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* As [[Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids the Comic Irregulars]] point out in TheRant of [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0240.html this comic]], the whole shapeshifting thing in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' is a prime example of this trope. One assassin is a shapeshifter. Said assassin does nothing with this ability but [[ThisWasHisTrueForm die]]. Most likely, the movie's makers just thought a shape-shifting assassin [[RuleOfCool would be cool]] without thinking of broader implications.
28th Apr '16 10:35:36 AM cdrood
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*** It did, however, end up rescuing Lyta Alexander's having viewed Kosh's true form in the pilot from being this. Talia's exit allowed for [[TheBusCameBack Lyta's return]].
9th Mar '16 1:59:16 PM Hossmeister
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* ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'''s third season arc had Larry David opening a restaurant with his celebrity friends. The restaurant was never brought up again.

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* ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'''s ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'''s third season arc had Larry David opening a restaurant with his celebrity friends. The restaurant was never brought up again.
21st Feb '16 10:34:11 AM Morgenthaler
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** Note that this was not an intentional example: after the principal photography has ended the creators just decided to include a [[RuleOfCool cool shapeshifting assassin]] by adding a line of dialogue and CGI transformation sequences in post- production. The implications eventually became actual plot points in ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse''... which already had various shape-shifting species from decades before.



* An infamous Red Herring Twist is in ''TwinPeaks,'' where two brothers (Ben and Jerry) who owned the hotel, suddenly became obsessed with a miniature Civil War battlefield. Week after week they punished us with that one. Then, as is often the case with a Red Herring Twist, it just mysteriously disappeared.
** ''TwinPeaks'' was the exception to the frustration rule, however, because it was in fact almost nothing but an endless series of Red Herring Twist(s) strung together by other devices (particularly halfway through the second season). It became a kind of sport to watch how far the writers could go before the show completely self-destructed. It never really did and even spawned a movie that tied up a few loose ends and some all new Red Herring Twist(s).

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* An infamous ''Series/TwinPeaks'' was the exception to the frustration rule, because it was in fact almost nothing but an endless series of Red Herring Twist is in ''TwinPeaks,'' where Twist(s) strung together by other devices (particularly halfway through the second season). For example, there are two brothers (Ben and Jerry) who owned the hotel, and suddenly became obsessed with a miniature Civil War battlefield. Week after week they punished us with that one. Then, as is often the case with a Red Herring Twist, it just mysteriously disappeared.
** ''TwinPeaks'' was the exception to the frustration rule, however, because it was in fact almost nothing but an endless series of Red Herring Twist(s) strung together by other devices (particularly halfway through the second season).
disappeared.It became a kind of sport to watch how far the writers could go before the show completely self-destructed. It never really did and even spawned a movie that tied up a few loose ends and some all new Red Herring Twist(s).



* Teri Bauer's amnesia in the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' served no narrative purpose other than giving Teri a reason to be on-screen for a few hours, and is considered by many of the show's fans to be the one significant flaw in an otherwise outstanding season (other than [[CreatorsPet the very existence]] of [[DamselScrappy Kim Bauer]], that is).
** Also in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', an assassination attempt is made on David Palmer, who falls to the ground, dying, in the closing seconds of season two. Season three takes place three years later and has nothing to do with this event. Season two's plot was continued in a 24 video game, but, as it was only available on Playstation 2, many fans of the show never learned of it.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' :
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Teri Bauer's amnesia in the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' served no narrative purpose other than giving Teri a reason to be on-screen for a few hours, and is considered by many of the show's fans to be the one significant flaw in an otherwise outstanding season (other than [[CreatorsPet the very existence]] of [[DamselScrappy Kim Bauer]], that is).
** Also in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', an An assassination attempt is made on David Palmer, who falls to the ground, dying, in the closing seconds of season two. Season three takes place three years later and has nothing to do with this event. Season two's plot was continued in a 24 video game, but, as it was only available on Playstation 2, many fans of the show never learned of it.



** [[spoiler: Ben says later that the "magic box" was only a metaphor, based on what Cooper (Locke's father) tells Sawyer the Others kidnapped him (not surprising, they have plenty of presence off-Island). The Others wiped out the DHARMA Initiative because the treaty had failed and both sides were preparing to take care of the other, the Others simply managed to act faster. The Smoke Monster never had a name, since his birth mother died before naming him and his adoptive mother never bothered to give him one. Finally, in the show, Alvar Hanso seems to only exist to serve as an explanation of how DHARMA got funded, the only thing that suggests there's more to him is the LOST Experience, which isn't really a part of the show's canon from what we can tell.]]
** [[spoiler: Alvar Hanso was relegated to the Lost Experience. It's possible he was intended to serve a role that became Widmore instead.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' is notorious for this. The Talia Winters story arc involving gaining telekinetic powers that ended up going nowhere when the character was PutOnABus and [[BusCrash died there]].
** Also the Sinclair story arc was aborted when the actor left the show as a main character, although he did come back for a cameo--and later a guest star appearance--to wrap up his own story which had been given so much previous build-up that it would've been impossible to abandon. To the credit of the writer(s), any Red Herring Twist on the show was a result of unforseen problems with the actors and they did their best to continue the main plot and events, only told slightly differently from the original vision and sometimes with different characters in the same role as the previous ones.
*** Creator/JMichaelStraczynski actually [[CrazyPrepared anticipated that such events might occur]], so he always wrote "trap doors" that would allow him to remove characters from the story without interrupting the flow of the story. On occasion, this also means pulling old characters back into the story after their initial absence. The Talia Winters case was the most notable.

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** [[spoiler: Ben says later that the "magic box" was only a metaphor, based on what Cooper (Locke's father) tells Sawyer the Others kidnapped him (not surprising, they have plenty of presence off-Island). The Others wiped out the DHARMA Initiative because the treaty had failed and both sides were preparing to take care of the other, the Others simply managed to act faster. The Smoke Monster never had a name, since his birth mother died before naming him and his adoptive mother never bothered to give him one. Finally, in the show, Alvar Hanso seems to only exist to serve as an explanation of how DHARMA got funded, the only thing that suggests there's more to him is the LOST Experience, which isn't really a part of the show's canon from what we can tell.]]
** [[spoiler: Alvar Hanso was relegated to the Lost Experience. It's possible he was intended to serve a role that became Widmore instead.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' is notorious for this. this.
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The Talia Winters story arc involving gaining telekinetic powers that ended up going nowhere when the character was PutOnABus and [[BusCrash died there]].
** Also the The Sinclair story arc was aborted when the actor left the show as a main character, although he did come back for a cameo--and later a guest star appearance--to wrap up his own story which had been given so much previous build-up that it would've been impossible to abandon. To the credit of the writer(s), any Red Herring Twist on the show was a result of unforseen problems with the actors and they did their best to continue the main plot and events, only told slightly differently from the original vision and sometimes with different characters in the same role as the previous ones.
*** Creator/JMichaelStraczynski actually [[CrazyPrepared anticipated that such events might occur]], so he always wrote "trap doors" that would allow him to remove characters from the story without interrupting the flow of the story. On occasion, this also means pulling old characters back into the story after their initial absence. The Talia Winters case was the most notable.
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28th Jan '16 9:30:10 PM universalperson
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* Two big ones in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'', revealed back-to-back:
** Episode 7 shows an image of Nirvash type [=TheEND=] from the original series in Generation Bleu's basement. In Episode 20 Generation Bleu's base is destroyed, exposing [=TheEND=]...which is then unceremoniously blown away by the ''other'' thing in Generation Bleu's basement.
** In Episode 11, the character Elena Peoples is shown to have visions of the original ''Eureka Seven'' setting, and she desires to go back there. Then in Episode 14 Ao learns [[ThereIsAnother he may have an older sister somewhere]]...and Elena has an [[BerserkButton extreme reaction]] to seeing Eureka again, almost like an abandoned child. But then Episode 21 comes along, which reveals that Elena is actually ''[[TimeTravel from the past]]'', and her visions were simply what she saw when Eureka brought her through time. It's ultimately a MythologyGag to the original series's CompilationMovie where a group of characters see a glimpse of the original series's universe and become obsessed with finding it again.
** And if you're wondering Ao's older sister died shortly after she was born. The twists reek of WriterCopOut.
28th Jan '16 9:06:49 PM universalperson
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* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' has a character called Byakuya Togami, who seems to be a returning character from the [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the previous game]]. In the beginning he takes charge, and hints that he knows more than the other characters do. He also mentions a secret that he plans on telling the others. [[spoiler: Then he becomes the first murder victim.]] ''Much'' later in the game, [[spoiler: the surviving characters look at a list of students and find that this Togami was an imposter. Those hints he knew something the other characters didn't? Fake. His real identity? ''He doesn't have one.'']] TheReveal is structured so that it comes off as completely unimportant...which is what the character turns out to be. Incidentally, it should be mentioned that this whole thing is a deliberate inversion of something that happened in the previous game [[spoiler: where a seemingly unimportant character becomes relevant after their death.]]
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19th Dec '15 7:48:05 PM nombretomado
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* In the second season of ''TheShield,'' Danny Sofer had a subplot where she was forced to shoot and kill an Arab man after he threatened the life of a neighbor. The man's wife angrily promised that Danny would pay for what she'd done and for the next several episodes, Danny was continuously harassed, with it escalating worse each episode, and though the wife was the likely suspect it was never actually proven if she was behind it. Then in the middle of the season Danny is blamed for allowing a drug trafficker to get killed under her watch [[spoiler: (which was actually caused by Shane and Lem)]], and the repercussions of this wind up completely taking over her plotline in the season with the harassment she was facing prior to that never being brought up again.

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* In the second season of ''TheShield,'' ''Series/TheShield'', Danny Sofer had a subplot where she was forced to shoot and kill an Arab man after he threatened the life of a neighbor. The man's wife angrily promised that Danny would pay for what she'd done and for the next several episodes, Danny was continuously harassed, with it escalating worse each episode, and though the wife was the likely suspect it was never actually proven if she was behind it. Then in the middle of the season Danny is blamed for allowing a drug trafficker to get killed under her watch [[spoiler: (which was actually caused by Shane and Lem)]], and the repercussions of this wind up completely taking over her plotline in the season with the harassment she was facing prior to that never being brought up again.
4th Dec '15 8:28:55 PM nombretomado
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* The beginning of ''SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' foreshadowed [[spoiler:Hibiki's death]] at the start of the first episode. [[spoiler:Even after singing her Ultimate Song, she comes back at the very end of season 1 alive and well.]]

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* The beginning of ''SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' foreshadowed [[spoiler:Hibiki's death]] at the start of the first episode. [[spoiler:Even after singing her Ultimate Song, she comes back at the very end of season 1 alive and well.]]
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