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17th Apr '16 9:43:31 PM ImSpideyTropes
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* ''Videogame/DarkSouls3'''s final boss fight is a showdown against a fiery swordsman on an ashen plain, while bombastic, direful music plays in the background. And then his second phase starts, and [[Leitmotif three piano notes play]], and you realize [[TheBusCameBack who you're really fighting...]] [[spoiler: Gwyn, Lord of Cinder and FinalBoss of the first game.]]

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* ''Videogame/DarkSouls3'''s final boss fight is a showdown against a fiery swordsman on an ashen plain, while bombastic, direful music plays in the background. And then his second phase starts, and [[Leitmotif [[spoiler:[[{{Leitmotif}} three piano notes play]], play]]]], and you realize [[TheBusCameBack who you're really fighting...]] [[spoiler: Gwyn, Lord of Cinder and FinalBoss of the first game.]]
4th Apr '16 9:30:28 AM Landis
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* ''Videogame/DarkSouls3'''s final boss fight is a showdown against a fiery swordsman on an ashen plain, while bombastic, direful music plays in the background. And then his second phase starts, and [[Leitmotif three piano notes play]], and you realize [[TheBusCameBack who you're really fighting...]] [[spoiler: Gwyn, Lord of Cinder and FinalBoss of the first game.]]
26th Mar '16 3:33:24 PM StFan
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* When Archer cuts loose with his [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', a more badass version of [[spoiler: "Emiya"]] starts playing, signifying that this guy is [[spoiler: the FutureBadass version of the protagonist]].

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
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When Archer cuts loose with his [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Works]], a more badass version of [[spoiler: "Emiya"]] [[spoiler:"Emiya"]] starts playing, signifying that this guy is [[spoiler: the FutureBadass version of the protagonist]].



* In the first episode of ''Anime/KillLaKill'', when Ryuko first appears on-screen wearing Senketsu, instead of her {{Leitmotif}} "Before My Body Is Dry", we can vaguely hear a snippet of a song entitled [[spoiler: "Blumenkranz".]] In episode six, we discover this song to be [[spoiler: the leitmotif of BigBad Ragyo Kiryuin, who is later revealed to be Ryuko's mother.]]

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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho103TheGirlWhoNeverWas The Girl Who Never Was]]", the Eighth Doctor companion Charlotte Pollard gets stranded on a desert island. Unbeknownst to her, the Eighth Doctor, after a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, believes they've parted company and has continued on his merry way. She nonetheless hears the TARDIS materialise in front of her... only to find a Doctor she didn't expect inside. Cue the Sixth Doctor version of the theme tune.

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* In the ''StarWars'' prequels, there's brief snatches of the distinctive Imperial March in the soundtrack, poignantly reminding the viewer of Anakin's eventual fate. In fact, "Anakin's Theme" is essentially a more innocent version of the March.
** Also, the triumphant, joyous fanfare at the end of ''ThePhantomMenace'' is an alternate, major-key arrangement of the Emperor's theme from ''ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** In addition, at the end of the credits music for ''AttackOfTheClones'', the "Across The Stars" piece turns into the Imperial March.
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* An ''extremely'' hard one to spot in Film/TronLegacy. During "Adigio for Tron" and the painful flashback to Clu's ambush, a brief snippet of Rinzler's theme plays at the moment of Tron's defeat.

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* In the first episode of ''Anime/KillLaKill'', when Ryuko first appears on-screen wearing Senketsu, instead of her {{Leitmotif}} "Before My Body Is Dry", we can vaguely hear a snippet of a song entitled [[spoiler: "Blumenkranz".]] In episode six, we discover this song to be [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the leitmotif of BigBad Ragyo Kiryuin, who is later revealed to be Ryuko's mother.]]

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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho103TheGirlWhoNeverWas The Girl Who Never Was]]", the Eighth Doctor companion Charlotte Pollard gets stranded on a desert island. Unbeknownst to her, the Eighth Doctor, after a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, believes they've parted company and has continued on his merry way. She nonetheless hears the TARDIS materialise materialize in front of her... only to find a Doctor she didn't expect inside. Cue the Sixth Doctor version of the theme tune.

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* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', during the ''StarWars'' scene when Zazu brings up the subject of betrothal, the melody of Can You Feel the Love Tonight can briefly be heard.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In the
prequels, there's brief snatches of the distinctive Imperial March in the soundtrack, poignantly reminding the viewer of Anakin's eventual fate. In fact, "Anakin's Theme" is essentially a more innocent version of the March.
** Also, the triumphant, joyous fanfare at the end of ''ThePhantomMenace'' ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' is an alternate, major-key arrangement of the Emperor's theme from ''ReturnOfTheJedi''.
''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** In addition, at the end of the credits music for ''AttackOfTheClones'', ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', the "Across The Stars" piece turns into the Imperial March.
%% ZCE: * One letter: ''Film/{{M}}''.
* An ''extremely'' hard one to spot in Film/TronLegacy. ''Film/TronLegacy''. During "Adigio for Tron" and the painful flashback to Clu's ambush, a brief snippet of Rinzler's theme plays at the moment of Tron's defeat.

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* In ''StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Bastila]]'s]] theme plays as you reach the crest of the temple on Rakata Prime. Also an example of DissonantSerenity.

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* In ''StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
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[[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Bastila]]'s]] theme plays as you reach the crest of the temple on Rakata Prime. Also an example of DissonantSerenity.



* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', it's obvious pretty much instantly who [[spoiler: Diego Armando]] really is, but, when [[spoiler:Godot's distinctive, mournful, jazz {{Leitmotif}}]] starts playing, the player's suspicions are finally confirmed.
** A smaller version is Ron [=DeLite=]. While the first part of the case is an attempt to prove that he is not the GentlemanThief Mask☆[=DeMasque=], the fact that Ron's theme plays when the thief is mentioned doesn't leave much room for doubt.
** Iris may be wearing a hood when you first encounter her, but the Background Music alone is enough to ensure you: "This girl is the Dahlia lookalike Phoenix is searching for!"
** Phoenix himself gets a variation of this in the fourth game. The mysterious client in the grey parker with the blue beanie might have been revealed to be him already half a case prior to this, but many players were unwilling to accept this as the truth - until his theme song started playing, at which point he uses his iconic Objection-stance.
** From the same game, there's a brief snippet of triumphal, almost circus-sounding music when Trucy demonstrates her magical panties (don't worry, it's a prop used in her show). [[spoiler:That same music is revealed much later on to be the Troupe Gramarye theme, hinting at her ancestry.]]
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' has a short cameo for Shi-Long Lang during a flashback case where he appears as a mysterious police officer, but his theme song makes it clear who he really is.
*** From the same game, the fact that [[spoiler:Shih-na]] apparently does ''not'' have a theme hints at a major plot point. [[spoiler:Namely, she's the same person as Calisto Yew, whose theme plays upon TheReveal.]]



* In ''KatawaShoujo'', this is combined with ChekhovsGun in [[spoiler:Lilly's good]] ending. [[spoiler:He wakes up in his hospital bed, hearing a music box in the background, then realizes that it's the music box he gave to Lilly, proof that she never left for Scotland. Lilly herself then walks into the room moments later]].




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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', it's obvious pretty much instantly who [[spoiler: Diego Armando]] really is, but, when [[spoiler:Godot's distinctive, mournful, jazz {{Leitmotif}}]] starts playing, the player's suspicions are finally confirmed.
** A smaller version is Ron [=DeLite=]. While the first part of the case is an attempt to prove that he is not the GentlemanThief Mask☆[=DeMasque=], the fact that Ron's theme plays when the thief is mentioned doesn't leave much room for doubt.
** Iris may be wearing a hood when you first encounter her, but the Background Music alone is enough to ensure you: "This girl is the Dahlia lookalike Phoenix is searching for!"
** Phoenix himself gets a variation of this in the fourth game. The mysterious client in the grey parker with the blue beanie might have been revealed to be him already half a case prior to this, but many players were unwilling to accept this as the truth - until his theme song started playing, at which point he uses his iconic Objection-stance.
** From the same game, there's a brief snippet of triumphal, almost circus-sounding music when Trucy demonstrates her magical panties (don't worry, it's a prop used in her show). [[spoiler:That same music is revealed much later on to be the Troupe Gramarye theme, hinting at her ancestry.]]
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' has a short cameo for Shi-Long Lang during a flashback case where he appears as a mysterious police officer, but his theme song makes it clear who he really is.
*** From the same game, the fact that [[spoiler:Shih-na]] apparently does ''not'' have a theme hints at a major plot point. [[spoiler:Namely, she's the same person as Calisto Yew, whose theme plays upon TheReveal.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', this is combined with ChekhovsGun in [[spoiler:Lilly's good]] ending. [[spoiler:He wakes up in his hospital bed, hearing a music box in the background, then realizes that it's the music box he gave to Lilly, proof that she never left for Scotland. Lilly herself then walks into the room moments later]].
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* In Disney/TheLionKing, during the scene when Zazu brings up the subject of betrothal, the melody of Can You Feel the Love Tonight can briefly be heard.
* In Bruno Bozzetto's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYDUXWwQcoI&feature=related "Dancing"]], the [[OminousPipeOrgan ominous groaning music]] causes the dancer to look around warily, followed by the GrimReaper showing up.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzsxfO7dBlA This Day Aria]] sung by [[spoiler:Imposter]] Cadence in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It's chord progression ends in the relative minor instead of the relative major, which is known as a UsefulNotes/DeceptiveCadence in music terminology. [[spoiler:It's a [[GeniusBonus genius-bonus-level]] hint that "Princess Cadence" is actually the shapeshifting monster Queen Chrysalis.]]
** Explained in detail [[https://derpibooru.org/127268 here]]

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* In Disney/TheLionKing, during the scene when Zazu brings up the subject of betrothal, the melody of Can You Feel the Love Tonight can briefly be heard.
* In Bruno Bozzetto's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYDUXWwQcoI&feature=related com/watch?v=kYDUXWwQcoI "Dancing"]], the [[OminousPipeOrgan ominous groaning music]] causes the dancer to look around warily, followed by the GrimReaper showing up.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzsxfO7dBlA This Day Aria]] sung by [[spoiler:Imposter]] Cadence Cadance in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It's Its chord progression ends in the relative minor instead of the relative major, which is known as a UsefulNotes/DeceptiveCadence in music terminology. [[spoiler:It's a [[GeniusBonus genius-bonus-level]] hint that "Princess Cadence" Cadance" is actually the shapeshifting monster Queen Chrysalis.]]
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]] Explained in detail [[https://derpibooru.org/127268 here]]here]]
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23rd Mar '16 2:35:50 PM HappilyDeranged
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** In the ''Heavensward'' expansion, one of the themes for the Alexander raid has lyrics that, although [[{{Mondegreen}} difficult to understand]], very strongly hint at (if not outright spoiling) the fact that the fortress in question [[spoiler:is capable of [[TimeMasterrewinding time]] to before you went inside to destroy it]].

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** In the ''Heavensward'' expansion, one of the themes for the Alexander raid has lyrics that, although [[{{Mondegreen}} difficult to understand]], very strongly hint at (if not outright spoiling) the fact that the fortress in question [[spoiler:is capable of [[TimeMasterrewinding [[TimeMaster rewinding time]] to before you went inside to destroy it]].
11th Mar '16 9:43:31 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' the boss encounter in the Brain Tumbler Experiment is set to familiar music, [[spoiler:a remix of Coach Oleander's military theme]]. After the battle ends his status as BigBad is confirmed.
3rd Mar '16 4:38:44 AM HappilyDeranged
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* ''VideoGame//FinalFantasyXIV'' uses this twice:
** The boss fight[[AnIcePerson Shiva, Lady of Frost]] has significantly different lyrics from those of the other [[PhysicalGod Primals]] you've fought up to that point: whereas the other themes typically [[VillainSong extol the Primal and their power]], Shiva's theme is in many ways a WorldOfCardboardSpeech sung by the NPC who called her forth, Lady Iceheart. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is because Lady Iceheart is not only Shiva's WillingChanneler, but has been made ImmuneToMindControl by the power of the Echo...[[NotSoDifferent the same power granted to your character]]. You're not fighting Shiva the Primal...you're fighting Lady Iceheart wielding Shiva's powers.]]
** In the ''Heavensward'' expansion, one of the themes for the Alexander raid has lyrics that, although [[Mondegreen difficult to understand]], very strongly hint at (if not outright spoiling) the fact that the fortress in question [[TimeMaster is capable of rewinding time to before you went inside to destroy it]].

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* ''VideoGame//FinalFantasyXIV'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' uses this twice:
** The boss fight[[AnIcePerson fight with [[AnIcePerson Shiva, Lady of Frost]] has significantly different lyrics from those of the other [[PhysicalGod Primals]] you've fought up to that point: whereas the other themes typically [[VillainSong extol the Primal and their power]], Shiva's theme is in many ways a WorldOfCardboardSpeech sung by the NPC who called her forth, Lady Iceheart. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is because Lady Iceheart is not only Shiva's WillingChanneler, but has been made ImmuneToMindControl by the power of the Echo...[[NotSoDifferent the same power granted to your character]]. You're not fighting Shiva the Primal...you're fighting Lady Iceheart wielding Shiva's powers.]]
** In the ''Heavensward'' expansion, one of the themes for the Alexander raid has lyrics that, although [[Mondegreen [[{{Mondegreen}} difficult to understand]], very strongly hint at (if not outright spoiling) the fact that the fortress in question [[TimeMaster is [[spoiler:is capable of rewinding time [[TimeMasterrewinding time]] to before you went inside to destroy it]].
3rd Mar '16 4:34:43 AM HappilyDeranged
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* The boss fight against [[AnIcePerson Shiva, Lady of Frost]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has significantly different lyrics from those of the other [[PhysicalGod Primals]] you fight: whereas the other themes typically [[VillainSong extol the Primal and their power]], Shiva's theme is in many ways a WorldOfCardboardSpeech sung by the NPC who called her forth, Lady Iceheart. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is because Lady Iceheart is not only Shiva's WillingChanneler, but has been made ImmuneToMindControl by the power of the Echo...[[NotSoDifferent the same power granted to your character]]. You're not fighting Shiva the Primal...you're fighting Lady Iceheart wielding Shiva's powers.]]

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* ''VideoGame//FinalFantasyXIV'' uses this twice:
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The boss fight against [[AnIcePerson fight[[AnIcePerson Shiva, Lady of Frost]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has significantly different lyrics from those of the other [[PhysicalGod Primals]] you fight: you've fought up to that point: whereas the other themes typically [[VillainSong extol the Primal and their power]], Shiva's theme is in many ways a WorldOfCardboardSpeech sung by the NPC who called her forth, Lady Iceheart. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is because Lady Iceheart is not only Shiva's WillingChanneler, but has been made ImmuneToMindControl by the power of the Echo...[[NotSoDifferent the same power granted to your character]]. You're not fighting Shiva the Primal...you're fighting Lady Iceheart wielding Shiva's powers.]]]]
** In the ''Heavensward'' expansion, one of the themes for the Alexander raid has lyrics that, although [[Mondegreen difficult to understand]], very strongly hint at (if not outright spoiling) the fact that the fortress in question [[TimeMaster is capable of rewinding time to before you went inside to destroy it]].
11th Jan '16 9:48:10 PM HappilyDeranged
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* The boss fight against [[AnIcePerson Shiva, Lady of Frost]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has significantly different lyrics from those of the other [[PhysicalGod Primals]] you fight: whereas the other themes typically [[VillainSong extol the Primal and their power]], Shiva's theme is in many ways a WorldOfCardboardSpeech sung by the NPC who called her forth, Lady Iceheart. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is because Lady Iceheart is not only Shiva's WillingChanneler, but has been made ImmuneToMindControl by the power of the Echo...[[NotSoDifferent the same power granted to your character]]. You're not fighting Shiva the Primal...you're fighting Lady Iceheart wielding Shiva's powers.]]
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* In ''AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'', Elsa Mars since "Life on Mars." When we get to the lyric "Take a look at the lawman, beating up the wrong guy," we get a shot of Jimmy. It's a foreshadowing hint to Meep being framed for murder and killed in prison, and Jimmy's vendetta with the police that comes of it. It also hints at Jimmy being framed for murder later on in the series, too.
* There's a rather small one in ''ScreamQueens2015'', where Hester tells a ghost story about a girl driving on a road and being followed by a trucker, who was actually trying to warn her about the man in her back seat. During the story, the girl in the song is listening to a relatively obscure song called "Butcher Pete." This a stealthy hint towards Pete's FaceHeelTurn and becoming one of the three [[SerialKiller Red Devils.]]
7th Dec '15 9:30:10 AM Hossmeister
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** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', it's obvious pretty much instantly who [[spoiler: Diego Armando]] really is, but, when [[spoiler:Godot's distinctive, mournful, jazz {{Leitmotif}}]] starts playing, the player's suspicions are finally confirmed.

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** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', it's obvious pretty much instantly who [[spoiler: Diego Armando]] really is, but, when [[spoiler:Godot's distinctive, mournful, jazz {{Leitmotif}}]] starts playing, the player's suspicions are finally confirmed.
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