->''[[LampshadeHanging "We're building plot here.]] [[LemonyNarrator Stay with me."]]''
-->-- ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''

A PlotPoint is any event, appearance of characters or objects, or any kind of piece of information which is integral to driving the {{plot}} towards its conclusion.

Often a plot point will be introduced at the beginning of a story, passed off by the characters as something obscure or insignificant, only to later be revealed to them as very important to, or indicative of, events that take place later. Writers can be very subtle in weaving their {{Plot Point}}s into their stories, but if you are looking for them, TheLawOfConservationOfDetail will usually give them away, since the author must make such {{Plot Point}}s -- whatever form they may take -- memorable enough that it doesn't feel like an AssPull when it comes time to resolve them. In contrast to {{Foreshadowing}}, which may be no more than a hint at things to come added for artistic fluff, {{Plot Point}}s are crucial to following the {{plot}}. If you miss one, you'll likely be scratching your head later as events play out with no obvious impetus.

Also compare FridgeBrilliance and ChekhovsGun. Contrast TheReveal which is an important piece of information initially withheld from the audience (that can, once uncovered, become a PlotPoint).

''Please don't list examples of this OmnipresentTrope and don't include it as a trope on a work's page!''