Created By: TehMastehSordDecember 19, 2012

Chekhov's Squirt Gun

The inverse of Chekhov's Gun. An item seems like it has meaning, but in the end, it turns out it doesn't.

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A Chekhov's Gun is an item or concept which seems inconspicuous at first, but eventually is revealed to have great importance. The Chekhov's Squirt Gun is the direct opposite. A Chekhov's Squirt Gun may seem to hold the key to a secret or possess great power, but in the end, is revealed to be yet another worthless red herring.


  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, the entire game is spent searching for an ancient treasure which was fabled to exist deep within the interior of the eponymous thousand-year door. The treasure does exist, but it is ultimately revealed to be nothing more than a dried mushroom.

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