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6th Aug '17 12:55:32 PM benda
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Usually translates as "We're not going to tell you what the magic amulet does yet in order to keep the audience in suspense," or, more cynically, "We don't actually want to do the work to prevent a DeusExMachina ending, so we're throwing this in now to make it look like we had it planned all along." Sometimes, in a very long arc, it can also mean "We haven't worked the resolution out either, so we're tossing in a random item now. The author will work out what it's for later." Perhaps they know that an [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee unspoken plan always works]]?

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Usually translates as "We're not going to tell you what the magic amulet does yet in order to keep the audience in suspense," or, more cynically, "We don't actually want to do the work to prevent a DeusExMachina ending, so we're throwing this in now to make it look like we had it planned all along." Sometimes, in a very long arc, it can also mean "We haven't worked the resolution out either, so we're tossing in a random item now. The author will work out what it's for later." [[GenreSavvy Perhaps they know know]] that an [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee unspoken plan always works]]?
14th Jun '17 7:09:59 PM NightShade96
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* In ''[[ThePowerOfFive Evil Star]]'', the Incas give Richard a Tumi (sacrificial knife), warning him that he will regret ever having been given it. [[spoiler: In the final book ''Oblivion'', Richard uses the knife to kill Matt, sparing him from further pain and torture, and allowing past Matt to be summoned to the present.]]

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* In ''[[ThePowerOfFive ''[[Literature/ThePowerOfFive Evil Star]]'', the Incas give Richard a Tumi (sacrificial knife), warning him that he will regret ever having been given it. [[spoiler: In the final book ''Oblivion'', Richard uses the knife to kill Matt, sparing him from further pain and torture, and allowing past Matt to be summoned to the present.]]
10th Apr '17 10:05:58 AM nombretomado
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* Episode 52 of ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The Annunuki, in the host body of Nova (Brad and Judy's Cocker Spaniel), tells Scooby this during the final battle with the Nibiru Entity. Scooby gets very frustrated and tells her to ''just tell him'' what to do since they are in such danger.

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* Episode 52 of ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The Annunuki, in the host body of Nova (Brad and Judy's Cocker Spaniel), tells Scooby this during the final battle with the Nibiru Entity. Scooby gets very frustrated and tells her to ''just tell him'' what to do since they are in such danger.
23rd Mar '17 9:19:08 PM rodneyAnonymous
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Common with sex and romance. No one will tell you how they work, but it's assumed that you'll know what to do.
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13th Feb '17 4:18:55 AM JackG
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* Parodied in ''Film/ReignOfFire'' :
-->- I'm going out. Anything happens, you know what to do.
-->- Er... no.
-->- Yeah, me neither.

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* Parodied in ''Film/ReignOfFire'' :
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''Film/ReignOfFire''. A mechanized column of heavily-armed Americans turns up, and their leader [[TakeMeToYourLeader demands to speak to whoever's in charge]].
-->'''Quinn:'''
I'm going out. Anything happens, you know what to do.
-->- Er... no.
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-->'''Creedy:''' Uh no. I have no idea.
-->'''Quinn:'''
Yeah, me neither.



* In the move ''Film/LittleNicky'', a group of angels hand Nicky a white orb before his confrontation with his brother, relaying a message from the God that when the times comes, [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo he'll know what to do]]. [[spoiler:It ends up summoning Music/OzzyOsbourne]].

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* In the move ''Film/LittleNicky'', a group of angels hand Nicky a white orb before his confrontation with his brother, relaying a message from the God that when the times comes, [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo he'll know what to do]].do. [[spoiler:It ends up summoning Music/OzzyOsbourne]].



* ''Film/{{Patton}}'': "When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do."
* ''Film/SupermanII''. While escaping from prison, Lex Luthor sends his brainless henchman out first. The henchman asks what he's looking for and is told, "You'll know it when you find it." Cue minion bumbling along until he encounters a rope ladder. "I found it!"

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* ''Film/{{Patton}}'': ''Film/{{Patton}}''. "When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do."
" Presumably "throw up" was [[BloodKnight not the answer he was looking for]].
* ''Film/SupermanII''. While escaping from prison, Lex Luthor sends his brainless henchman BumblingSidekick out first. The henchman Luthor's minion asks what he's looking for and is told, "You'll know it when you find it." Cue minion bumbling along until he encounters a rope ladder. "I found it!"
16th Jan '17 8:19:37 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. [[BenevolentAI The Machine]] works entirely like this. While its human agent Root takes this [[MachineWorship entirely in stride]], the rest of Team Machine find it rather frustrating.
12th Nov '16 2:55:39 PM Gregzilla
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* ''Literature/{{Metro2033}}'': Artyom is sent out by the Brahmins (who he's never met) to the Lenin Library (where he's never been) to find a lost book of prophecies (which he's never seen). They totally guarantee that he'll know where it is, though.

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* ''Literature/{{Metro2033}}'': ''Literature/{{Metro 2033}}'': Artyom is sent out by the Brahmins (who he's never met) to the Lenin Library (where he's never been) to find a lost book of prophecies (which he's never seen). They totally guarantee that he'll know where it is, though. [[spoiler:[[RealityEnsues He doesn't.]]]]
2nd Sep '16 3:45:19 AM JackG
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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra Appointment in Samarra]]", Death instructs Dean to keep researching the souls, and says that he will understand when he needs to.

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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra Appointment in Samarra]]", Death instructs Dean to keep researching the souls, and says that he will understand when he needs to. To his exasperation, Death ends up having to spell it out for Dean anyway.
2nd Sep '16 3:43:26 AM JackG
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* ''Film/SupermanII''. While escaping from prison, Lex Luthor sends his brainless henchman out first. The henchman asks what he's looking for and is told, "You'll know it when you find it." Cue minion bumbling along until he encounters a rope ladder. "I found it!"
4th Jul '16 3:02:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Lovely Assistant'' (by Geoph Essex), when Jenny ''finally'' gets the chance to take a lesson in [[spoiler: [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaping]]]] from [[TheObiWan Caravel]], Caravel essentially says "YouWillKnowWhatToDo" when it comes to [[spoiler: using the sword and guiding people to the afterlife]]. As it turns out, it's literally true: Jenny instinctively knows what to do when she gets there, and is pretty surprised by that fact herself. (The implication that the experience is better than drugs or sex for [[spoiler: [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reapers]]]] suggests that it's just a "natural" thing for them to do, like fish swimming or birds flying.)

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* In ''Lovely Assistant'' (by Geoph Essex), when Jenny ''finally'' gets the chance to take a lesson in [[spoiler: [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaping]]]] from [[TheObiWan Caravel]], Caravel, Caravel essentially says "YouWillKnowWhatToDo" when it comes to [[spoiler: using the sword and guiding people to the afterlife]]. As it turns out, it's literally true: Jenny instinctively knows what to do when she gets there, and is pretty surprised by that fact herself. (The implication that the experience is better than drugs or sex for [[spoiler: [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reapers]]]] suggests that it's just a "natural" thing for them to do, like fish swimming or birds flying.)
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