Created By: ChromaNebula on May 30, 2013

Chekhov's Prologue

When the prologue of a story is a Chekhov's Gun.

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I know what you're thinking: "Not another Chekhov's X snowclone!" However, on [[Everything's Worse with Snowclones]], it says: "Chekhov's X: This family includes tropes about elements that are introduced early to become important later. If what you're suggesting is this sort of trope, clearly explain what differentiates it from a generic Chekhov's Gun and make sure that it actually needs its own trope. If the difference comes down to 'Chekhov's Hat- a Chekhov's Gun that happens to be a hat', for instance, then it probably doesn't." This is not Chekhov's Hat. It needs its own trope. Often, the prologue seems irrelevant (sometimes it doesn't even featurwe the same characters!) but its relevance is made clear later. That is this trope.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • May 30, 2013
    You need to give examples, and also rewrite the decription to explain what this trope is, instead of trying to justify that it isn't a snowclone
  • May 30, 2013
    You need to rewrite the page. This doesn't look like a trope.

    Also I think the the prologue is too meta to count as Chekhovs Gun Unless it begins with The Legend Of Chekhov.
  • May 30, 2013
    Hm, prologues...part of the story, but often deemed skippable. It might work, but you need examples.
  • May 30, 2013
    But I think The Legend Of Chekhov actually covers everything. Plus 2/3 of your description is "this is not a snowclone." Motion To Discard.
  • May 31, 2013
    Prologues are usually foreshadowey. That is kind of their point.
  • June 1, 2013
    ^ I agree.
  • June 1, 2013
    I'm not sure it is helpful to think about the prologue as a Chekhov. Its actually paratext and that makes it different from an element of the story itself.

    If there is nothing distinguishing a "Chekhov Prologue" from a regular prologue, then this isn't tropable. If you're starting a page just for prologues, then maybe rewrite?
  • June 1, 2013
    Don't we already have a trope page for Prologue? . . . . .
  • June 2, 2013
    Doesn't look like we do.