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8th Oct '17 11:28:20 AM MasterN
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* ''VideoGame/{{Wadanohara}}'' has one that lasts for half of the game; in a combination of this and TomatoSurprise, 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.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Wadanohara}}'' has one that lasts for half of the game; in a combination of this and TomatoSurprise, TomatoSurprise which lasts for half 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.]]
8th Oct '17 11:26:36 AM MasterN
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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.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Wadanohara}}'' has one that lasts for half of the game; in a combination of this and TomatoSurprise, 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 '17 4:35:13 PM BigKlingy
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', it's mentioned that three people received the Rainbow Sage's blessing in the past: King Sumeragi of Hoshido, King Garon of Nohr, and a third, unknown knight. You'd expect this third person to be important on the ''Revelation'' route, but in the end it's never revealed who it is and it bears no relevance to the plot. Some fans believe it to be [[spoiler: Gunter]], but it's never confirmed.
29th Dec '16 5:00:49 PM Glowsquid
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Aquanox}}'', it is rumoured early by multiple characters than the [=EntrOx=] corparation is developing a new type of super-light type of breathing gas and had samples of it stolen. When the player character asks the new boss of [=EntrOx=] about it much later in the storyline, he simply dismisses the rumour and the plot point is never brought up again.
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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