Created By: Joebucks on June 9, 2011 Last Edited By: AmourMitts on July 3, 2017

Love, Chekhov

When a character gets a gift at the end of the work that they wanted earlier

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That thing where a character is examining a an item or talking about how much they want an item in the vicinity of another character. At the end of the work, they'll get the item as a gift, usually from some person in power.
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  • June 9, 2011
    Hmm... I know I've seen this someplace. The guy says something like "take it, as a gift from me", etc. Maybe you could call it Chekhov's Gift?
  • June 9, 2011
    Often in Christmas episodes--a character stopped believing in Santa Claus because they didn't get X for Christmas; by the end of the episode they finally get it, either from actual Santa Claus (and there will be some heartbreaking explanation of why it didn't get to the skeptic) or another character.
  • June 9, 2011
    Happened in the Phineasand Ferb Christmas Episode.

    Also, for the title, how 'bout just "Chekhov's Love"?
  • June 9, 2011
    • Happened in "Deeply, Desperately". Lucy Valentine is admiring a beautiful antique table that she can't afford (unless she bends her principles and dips into her Trust Fund), but decides against it. At the end of her book, her boyfriend shows up at the Christmas party and not only hits her with the L word, but surprises her with the table.

    And it'd have to be something like Chekhov'sPrezzie, wouldn't it?
  • June 9, 2011
    It's not usually a good idea to snowclone the Chekhov brand name.
  • June 9, 2011
  • June 10, 2011
    In Hogfather, Death buys a big wooden rocking horse for Albert, who is an adult who wanted it when he was a child. Death doesn't quite understand that Albert might not find it so great anymore, being that he is no longer a child, but it's the thought that counts, right? :)
  • June 11, 2011
    Brick Gift to go with the technically similar Brick Joke?
  • June 11, 2011
    That sounds a bit too close to I Got A Rock.

    • In an Easter special of Yogi Bear, Ranger Smith gets the Easter egg he always wanted (but never got because he didn't really believe in the Easter bunny) when Yogi arrives with the Easter bunny to save his job.
  • June 12, 2011
    Chekhovs Gift seems so much closer to the snowclone value.
  • June 13, 2011
    ^It's already taken.

    Also, does this really need to be split from the other Chekhov, Brick and Conservation Of Detail tropes?
  • June 14, 2011
    What? No! That's a great title! And the Chekhov reference is very popular and accepted anyway, see This Index Will Be Important Later.
  • June 14, 2011
    ^Just because it's used often doesn't mean it can be used with impunity. Furthermore, a lot of the Chekhov snowclones are grandfathered in - it's actually given as a specific example on the Everythings Worse With Snowclones page.

    And in any case, nobody's really explained why this requires splitting from all the other vastly similar tropes. Seems very much like Conservation Of Detail But More Specific.
  • June 14, 2011
    The movie version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • June 14, 2011
    Happens in "Angels and Demons". Robert Langdon has been asking the Vatican for a chance to look at certain old documents forever, and at the end he gets the book he needs as a gift.
  • June 14, 2011
    I'd say it's a valid subtrope. People seem to be able to think of specific examples, it's a clear-cut subset, and it made me think that I've Seen It A Million Times.

    I also think Everythings Worse With Snowclones is invoked way too often.
  • June 15, 2011
    ^It's invoked so often because people try to make bad snowclones constantly. It's memetic.

    Suffice it to say that if a particular type of snowclone is listed on the Bad Snowclone page, you should think long and hard about whether it's a good name.

    This is very definitively a Bad Snowclone.

    Chekhovs Gun is specifically about elements that become important to the story well after being introduced. The way the examples for this are shaping up, it seems like this is used more as a conclusion not entirely relevant to the main plot, which puts this squarely in Book Ends territory, not Chekhovs Gun.

    As to whether it's a valid subtrope of Book Ends... Yeah, that might work.
  • June 15, 2011
    The Simpsons: In "You Only Move Twice" Homer tells his secret wish of owning the Dallas Cowboys to his new boss (who unrealized by Homer is a supervillain). At the end of the episode Homer has retuned to Springfield but receives a gift from his former boss - and now the ruler of the eastern seaboard - to get him one step closer to his dream:.
    Homer: reading a telegram "Project Arcturus couldn't have succeeded without you. This will get you a little closer to that dream of yours. It's not the Dallas Cowboys, but it's a start. Drop me a line if you're on the East Coast, Hank Scorpio."
    a whole football team is on his lawn
    Aw, the Denver Broncos!
    Marge: I think owning the Denver Broncos is pretty good.
    Homer: Yeah, yeah.
    Marge: Well, explain to me why it isn't.
    Homer: sigh You just don't understand football, Marge.
  • June 15, 2011
    I personally like the original name you came up with.
  • June 15, 2011
    Maybe Joe could weigh in on this? Is the gift important to the plot (related to Chekhovs Gun), does it have to be discussed at the beginning and the very end (Book Ends) or is it more flexible than that and hence is related to What Happened To The Mouse? Because I think Jay is right: if it's not important to the plot, it shouldn't have the snowclone title.
  • June 16, 2011
    'Love, Chekhov' is a great name for this trope.