Created By: GuyIncog on October 31, 2011 Last Edited By: GuyIncog on November 1, 2011

Hit by the Brick/Chekhov's Wound

One shot.................................................................................................................................. one kill.

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A lethal Brick Joke. Where the means of a character's demise is set up early on, but the actual death occurs much later in the story. May involve a Chekhov's Gun, but some additional action is required - someone must attempt to fire it when it is introduced, so to speak, with the results not evident until later. If the means of death is merely introduced early and used later (i.e. someone is given a weapon at the beginning of the story, but doesn't use it until much later) then it's a Chekhov's Gun.

Examples:
  • The Rocketeer. The rocket pack is hit by a bullet early in the film, but the bullet hole is patched with gum and no further note is made of it... until the hero removes the gum before giving the pack to the Big Bad, with predictable results.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • October 31, 2011
    TechUnadept
  • October 31, 2011
    Nocturna
    Is this really distinct enough from Chekhovs Gun to need its own page?
  • October 31, 2011
    Stratadrake
    If it's just "an [object] that is a Chekhovs Gun for later" then it's not splittable.
  • October 31, 2011
    GuyIncog
    Fair point. My original thinking, though, was specifically about actions early on in a work that set up a character's death later on, like the Rocketeer example - the rocket pack gets shot early in the film, but we don't see the results of the bullet hit until the villain straps it on at the end. I agree the other examples (the Bond gadgets, etc.) are basically Chekhov's Guns.

    Edited to try and make the distinction clearer.
  • October 31, 2011
    Damr1990
  • October 31, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • In Mostly Harmless Arthur reads a book in which the protagonist dies of thirst. He goes back and finds an offhand reference much earlier about a problem with the plumbing.
      • This parallels Arthur's own death, which was set up in a previous book as not happening until he visits "Stavro Mueller Beta." He thinks that's a planet, but it turns out to be a nightclub which he didn't even know he was at.
  • October 31, 2011
    PaulA
    • In Gankutsuou, a character is stabbed in the heart so hard the tip of the sword breaks off, and shrugs it off because of a protective treatment he has undergone. Then, at the climax, the protection is withdrawn and the tip of the sword still lodged in his chest kills him.
  • October 31, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
    Video Games
    • Subtly played (then eventually avoided) in X Men Next Dimension. Wolverine, like many others, had been hit by a power nullifier in a chaotic fight. However, he's the only one who could die from having nullified powers. Professor X's narration mentions that Wolverine hid it and powered through, because "such was the caliber of a man", and the fate of mutant-kind was at stake. His last fight in the story mode was for naught, and he would've died quickly had the X-Men not won when they did. In the alternate ending with Dark Phoenix, this injury would be the least of his worries. Because, you know, Dark Phoenix.
  • November 1, 2011
    Bisected8
  • November 1, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I Thought It Meant, when a wound/illness received earlier in the show ends up killing the character later, perhaps unexpectedly.

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