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25th Nov '17 12:52:04 PM fruitstripegum
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* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the all-important "sugar bowl" is introduced in the tenth book, ''The Slippery Slope''. All the bad guys want it, and all the good guys need to protect it. But what the heck ''is'' it? It's never explained or even vaguely hinted at, and is promptly forgotten after its purpose as a MacGuffin is done. The series does this with several plot points, but this is one of the most noticeable ones. This was very likely intentional, so as to demonstrate that "there will always be mysteries in the world."
** ''A Series of Unfortunate Events'' also discusses the trope, and makes ''the discussion'' plot-important in [[spoiler: ''The Ersatz Elevator'']]. In said book a [[spoiler: [[VisualPun large red ornamental fish]]]] is given a passing mention on a list of [[spoiler: items being sold at the In Auction]]. The Baudelaires have no interest in it, [[spoiler: instead believing that the Quagmires (who they know are secretly being smuggled through it) are in a different item]]. [[spoiler: The literal red herring turns out to be the auction lot containing the Quagmires, and it is purchased by the villains]].
* In ''Shogun'', we find out that Yabu's massuer Suwo holds a grudge against his master, having been the student of Yabu's arch-enemy. Bafflingly, after this is brought up it's never referenced again, in a book that otherwise does a great job keeping track of the massive amount of plots and counter-plots going on.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', it is explicitly and quite obviously declared that Mr. Pump can perfectly imitate any voice he's ever heard, which comes up when he delivers a warning message from Vetinari. Despite all logic this does not come up later. The entire book is full of details and facts which don't affect the course of the plot, but most of the rest can be attributed to world-building and Moist's quest to figure out how to kill a golem, but this one has no justification at all.
* In ''Watchers'' by Creator/DeanKoontz, Vince is a vampiric hitman who's built up in the book to be an almost supernatural force. He's hunting our heroes in his quest to become immortal. However, the protagonists have other concerns and are not even aware of him until he kidnaps TheChick and the stage is set for a climactic fight scene. [[spoiler: Then he gets distracted for a moment, allowing The Chick to shoot him point-blank with a pistol, albeit in his Kevlar vest. He runs off, only to be ambushed by a dog and then shot point-blank again by the lead character's Uzi while he's down.]] It's a rather unsatisfying end to his part in the story.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the all-important "sugar bowl" is introduced in the tenth book, ''The Slippery Slope''. All the bad guys want it, and all the good guys need to protect it. But what the heck ''is'' it? It's never explained or even vaguely hinted at, and is promptly forgotten after its purpose as a MacGuffin is done. The series does this with several plot points, but this is one of the most noticeable ones. This was very likely intentional, so as to demonstrate that "there will always be mysteries in the world."
** ''A Series of Unfortunate Events'' also discusses the trope, and makes ''the discussion'' plot-important in [[spoiler: ''The Ersatz Elevator'']]. In said book a [[spoiler: [[VisualPun large red ornamental fish]]]] is given a passing mention on a list of [[spoiler: items being sold at the In Auction]]. The Baudelaires have no interest in it, [[spoiler: instead believing that the Quagmires (who they know are secretly being smuggled through it) are in a different item]]. [[spoiler: The literal red herring turns out to be the auction lot containing the Quagmires, and it is purchased by the villains]].
* In ''Shogun'', we find out that Yabu's massuer Suwo holds a grudge against his master, having been the student of Yabu's arch-enemy. Bafflingly, after this is brought up it's never referenced again, in a book that otherwise does a great job keeping track of the massive amount of plots and counter-plots going on.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', it is explicitly and quite obviously declared that Mr. Pump can perfectly imitate any voice he's ever heard, which comes up when he delivers a warning message from Vetinari. Despite all logic this does not come up later. The entire book is full of details and facts which don't affect the course of the plot, but most of the rest can be attributed to world-building and Moist's quest to figure out how to kill a golem, but this one has no justification at all.
* In ''Watchers'' by Creator/DeanKoontz, Vince is a vampiric hitman who's built up in the book to be an almost supernatural force. He's hunting our heroes in his quest to become immortal. However, the protagonists have other concerns and are not even aware of him until he kidnaps TheChick and the stage is set for a climactic fight scene. [[spoiler: Then he gets distracted for a moment, allowing The Chick to shoot him point-blank with a pistol, albeit in his Kevlar vest. He runs off, only to be ambushed by a dog and then shot point-blank again by the lead character's Uzi while he's down.]] It's a rather unsatisfying end to his part in the story.
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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.
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