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21st May '17 11:31:54 AM nombretomado
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* [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes and Watson]] (though not named, it's obviously them) appear in a segment of a ''Literature/FinalDestination'' novel in VictorianBritain.

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* [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes and Watson]] (though not named, it's obviously them) appear in a segment of a ''Literature/FinalDestination'' novel in VictorianBritain.UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain.
29th Apr '17 10:06:52 AM mlsmithca
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* Western Animation
** ''UnexpectedCharacter/StarWarsRebels''


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** Depa Billaba, former Jedi High Councilor, posthumously. ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' had completely ignored her [[note]]although they were going to use her ([[BackForTheDead to be a death for an arc's plot point]]) when Disney pulled the plug[[/note]]; before that, the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' had depicted her as getting incapacitated early in the war, with her seat going to Obi-Wan Kenobi, so making her Kanan's mentor right until Order 66 was rather surprising.
** Obi-Wan Kenobi's holocron cameo in "Spark of Rebellion" wasn't expected.
** Why hello there, '''Luminara Unduli'''.
*** Up until the SDCC 2014 trailer for the show, it had been presumed that she had died along with all the other Jedi with the advent of Order 66, especially considering that she was on Kashyyyk with Yoda, and that there was no indication that she had escaped from the other Clone Troopers. The fact that she was simply taken prisoner instead of simply being executed is also surprising.
*** This is played with in that [[spoiler:Luminara is DeadAllAlong and her being "alive" was simply a trap set by the Grand Inquisitor]].
** Darth Vader was expected to show up at one point -- that his appearance in the series was slated to happen ''less than a month after the series premiere'' threw people off-guard. Bonus unexpected points should be added by being voiced by Creator/JamesEarlJones when Matt Sloan seems to be the go-to guy for Darth Vader voices in other official ''Star Wars'' media.
** Yoda's appearance (or more accurately, his voice) in "Path of the Jedi" was also unexpected, [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack as Yoda was isolating himself on Dagobah at the time]]. Similar to Darth Vader above, being voiced by Frank Oz was even more unexpected, as Creator/TomKane is usually the go-to-guy for a Yoda voice outside the films, including Lucasfilm Animation's previous project, ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]''.
** Lando makes his appearance in "Idiot's Array" when he ropes the ''Ghost'' crew into his schemes after winning Chopper in a game of Sabacc.
** Tarkin shows up in "Call to Action" and things get serious real quick.
** While the Clone Troopers were expected to show up eventually, many were surprised that Gregor - who only appeared once in the series and was [[BolivianArmyEnding left in a situation where he was hopelessly outnumbered and believed to have died]] - was among them.
** In the second trailer, an "Old Master" offers to help Ezra. His identity? [[spoiler:'''Darth Maul!''']]
** And then there's the Season 3 trailer, where possibly one of the most hyped characters ever appears: [[spoiler:'''Grand Admiral Thrawn'''.]]
** General Kalani appearing in "The Last Battle", as many assumed he (actually look-a-like, due to a crediting error in his unnamed appearances in the Crystal Crisis arc of ''The Clone Wars'') died and was [[VillainOfTheWeek a one-shot villain]].
** Gar Saxon from ''[[ComicBook/DarthMaulSonOfDathomir Son of Dathomir]]'' apparently survived the Siege of Mandalore and became a major Imperial antagonist to Sabine.
** The Season 4 trailer introduced [[spoiler:Thrawn's Noghri bodyguard Rukh, also from ''Legends'']], who was assumed to have been AdaptedOut due to [[spoiler:his name being used as the OverrideCommand for Thrawn's sparring droids from [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]]]].
28th Apr '17 3:05:35 PM jormis29
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* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s annual Wrestling/RoyalRumble pretty much always features Unexpected Characters in various forms. You're pretty much guaranteed to see one or two returning Legends making a one-off appearance (e.g. Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan in 2000, Diesel\Wrestling/KevinNash in 2011 and 2014), there are bound to be one or two main roster wrestlers making an unannounced return (e.g. Wrestling/JohnCena in 2008, Wrestling/{{Edge}} in 2010), and every now and then there are entrants who are unexpected because they generally don't compete against the main male roster (e.g. Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, El Torito in 2014). Retired or semi-retired wrestlers serving as ringside commentators for the Rumble are sometimes unexpectedly entered into the match, usually resulting in their returning to the announce booth once they're eliminated (e.g. Wrestling/JerryLawler in 1996 and 2012, Wrestling/MichaelCole in 2012, Wrestling/{{J|ohnBradshawLayfield}}BL in 2014). One of the most unexpected (and bemoaned) characters in Rumble history was ''Drew Carey'' in the 2001 match. However, arguably the most shocking (or at the very least, surreal) entry, despite the countless rumors, reports, and even a statement from the Wrestling/{{TNA}} website all but outright telling us it would happen, was the debut of [[spoiler:Wrestling/AJStyles]] at the 2016 Royal Rumble in Orlando.

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* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s annual Wrestling/RoyalRumble pretty much always features Unexpected Characters in various forms. You're pretty much guaranteed to see one or two returning Legends making a one-off appearance (e.g. Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan in 2000, Diesel\Wrestling/KevinNash in 2011 and 2014), there are bound to be one or two main roster wrestlers making an unannounced return (e.g. Wrestling/JohnCena in 2008, Wrestling/{{Edge}} in 2010), and every now and then there are entrants who are unexpected because they generally don't compete against the main male roster (e.g. Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, El Torito in 2014). Retired or semi-retired wrestlers serving as ringside commentators for the Rumble are sometimes unexpectedly entered into the match, usually resulting in their returning to the announce booth once they're eliminated (e.g. Wrestling/JerryLawler in 1996 and 2012, Wrestling/MichaelCole in 2012, Wrestling/{{J|ohnBradshawLayfield}}BL in 2014). One of the most unexpected (and bemoaned) characters in Rumble history was ''Drew Carey'' ''Creator/DrewCarey'' in the 2001 match. However, arguably the most shocking (or at the very least, surreal) entry, despite the countless rumors, reports, and even a statement from the Wrestling/{{TNA}} website all but outright telling us it would happen, was the debut of [[spoiler:Wrestling/AJStyles]] at the 2016 Royal Rumble in Orlando.
28th Apr '17 11:56:38 AM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'': Characters become Loopers based on their relationship with their respective loop's Anchor. Closer the relationship is, more likely the character Awakens and becomes a Looper. As a result, very rarely do the enemies of an Anchor become Loopers -- it's considered an anomaly when it happens, unless the enemy in question wasn't particularly antagonistic and/or had strong morals. Also, as a Loop ages, its Awakening rate slows down significantly -- the Original Seven's Loops, for example, are so old that they've gone millions of Loops without a new Looper. [[AchievementsInIgnorance Then]] [[LethallyStupid Billy]] [[BeyondTheImpossible happened]]. Billy managed the inconceivable: he made ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]]'' a Looper. On top of being from one of the seven oldest universes, Gendo was the most hated non-MLE in the multiverse next to Dolores Umbridge. Just about everyone had the "pleasure" of meeting his baseline self, and despise him with a passion. The Anchor of his Loop, his own son Shinji, is one of the few willing to give him a chance and even then he makes no bones about how much he still hates him.
27th Apr '17 3:03:56 AM WolfThunder
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** Who would have thought that '''any''' characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' would ever step into Death Battle. Yet, there have been two so far: [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow Dash]] and [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]], who respectively fought Starscream and ''ComicBook/DeadPool'' of all characters.

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** Who would have thought that '''any''' characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' would ever step into Death Battle. Yet, there have been two so far: [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow Dash]] and [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]], who respectively fought Starscream [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Starscream]] and ''ComicBook/DeadPool'' ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' of all characters.
27th Apr '17 3:02:12 AM WolfThunder
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** Who would have thought that '''any''' characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' would ever step into Death Battle. Yet, there have been two so far: [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow Dash]] and [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]], who fought ''ComicBook/DeadPool'' of all characters.

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** Who would have thought that '''any''' characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' would ever step into Death Battle. Yet, there have been two so far: [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow Dash]] and [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]], who respectively fought Starscream and ''ComicBook/DeadPool'' of all characters.
26th Apr '17 12:45:09 PM mkmlp
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** Who would have thought that '''any''' characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' would ever step into Death Battle. Yet, there have been two so far: Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash and Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie.

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** Who would have thought that '''any''' characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' would ever step into Death Battle. Yet, there have been two so far: Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow Dash]] and Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie.[[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]], who fought ''ComicBook/DeadPool'' of all characters.
23rd Apr '17 2:25:49 PM finalsurvivor1
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* The 2017 ''Taisen'' film, ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiChouSuperHeroTaisen'' had a few, but the most notable were [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Shuichi Kitaoka]], who hasn't been seen in a long time and is the second returning ''Ryuki'' character in 2017 after his ArchEnemy Takeshi Asakura showed up in a ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' special, and [[Series/KamenRiderAmazons the Amazons Riders]], who originate from an adult-focused spinoff and included Amazon Neo from the then-upcoming Season Two.
23rd Apr '17 9:38:05 AM nombretomado
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* When ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' showed up to help ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', that itself was kind of unexpected- even if it wasn't canon. But at the end, he pulls out a checklist of other Cartoon Network protagonists he's visited across the multiverse. Smack-dab in the middle of the list? ''The SwatKats.'' Who aren't kids (though Chance/T-Bone is a bit of a ManChild), are [[VigilanteMan vigilante fighter pilots]] who take their crime-fighting work seriously, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and were created prior to anything else on the list]] by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{TBS}}, ''not'' Cartoon Network. Their appearance on the list is most likely explained by the fact that Steven's creator, Rebecca Sugar, has admitted to watching the show back in the 90s.

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* When ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' showed up to help ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', that itself was kind of unexpected- even if it wasn't canon. But at the end, he pulls out a checklist of other Cartoon Network protagonists he's visited across the multiverse. Smack-dab in the middle of the list? ''The SwatKats.WesternAnimation/SwatKats.'' Who aren't kids (though Chance/T-Bone is a bit of a ManChild), are [[VigilanteMan vigilante fighter pilots]] who take their crime-fighting work seriously, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and were created prior to anything else on the list]] by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{TBS}}, ''not'' Cartoon Network. Their appearance on the list is most likely explained by the fact that Steven's creator, Rebecca Sugar, has admitted to watching the show back in the 90s.
22nd Apr '17 9:46:46 PM DrPsyche
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* ''WesterAnimation/SamuraiJack'': When season 5 premiered many people expected references back to previous seasons and the show delivers with the Scotsman, the Woolies, Da Samurai, and others returning, if only for a cameo. The most unexpected would probably be Demongo who was explicitly killed back in the original series.

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* ''WesterAnimation/SamuraiJack'': ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': When season 5 premiered many people expected references back to previous seasons and the show delivers with the Scotsman, the Woolies, Da Samurai, and others returning, if only for a cameo. The most unexpected would probably be Demongo who was explicitly killed back in the original series.
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