Let's say you're watching a movie, playing a game, or reading a book. The story is well-told, the characters are engaging, and the settings are beautifully presented. When you finish, you walk away satisfied by what it had to offer.

Later, you decide you're in the mood to experience it again. Maybe you'd like to remember the exact way a quote was phrased, maybe you want to show it to a friend, or maybe you just want to watch it. Whatever the reason, it isn't long before the events are once again playing out in front of you.

But wait, what's this? That FunnyBackgroundEvent looks suspiciously similar to the final battle. And are these conversations [[{{Foreshadowing}} really just idle chitchat?]] And doesn't that janitor kind of look like the masked crusader that appears later on?

Congratulations, you've discovered this work's Rewatch Bonus! This is where the creators show off just how much work they put into writing the story! You just happened to miss it the first time through because there were bigger things drawing your attention.

Sometimes coincides with LateToThePunchline and is often a result of TheEndingChangesEverything. These bonuses are especially common in works that have a WhamLine, WhamShot, CerebusRetcon, or a ChekhovsArmory.

Compare ReplayValue and {{Foreshadowing}}.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'':
** The plot makes much more sense when re-watched chronologically, or at least with the knowledge of what order the episodes take place in.
** The anime also has many hidden details one might miss during the first viewing. Just as example, did you know the taxi driver of episode 5 (chron.) is very likely to be the butler Arakawa?
%%* The first time you watch ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', you're just trying to figure what is going on. See it again, and you'll be noticing little jokes, {{Shout Out}}s, and visual metaphors you missed the first time.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** [[AntiHero Homura's]] pained expression when Madoka meets [[CuteIsEvil Kyubey]] for the first time. [[spoiler:[[GroundhogDayLoop Well, it's not really the first time]].]] The creators even encouraged the audience to re-watch the series from the beginning after [[spoiler:Episode 10]] was aired, saying it would change people's perception of Homura.
** The runes weren't meant to be deciphered until the release of the last BD, where the jacket would have the same lines as the almost-last display of runes, in plain letters (a case of Rosetta stone, that is). Unfortunately for the creators, [[ImageBoards some people]] are determined code-breakers. [[spoiler:[[BlackComedy Mami mogu mogu]].]]
** Also true for ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', perhaps even moreso. For example, the park scene initially seems heartwarming and unimportant. The second time its eerie undertones come to the fore, and one realizes that the conversation in it prompts [[spoiler:Homura]]'s StartOfDarkness.
** After watching Rebellion, consider what we have learned about Nagisa Momoe's wish. Now go back and watch the conversation Mami and Madoka have in episode 3 inside Charlotte's Labyrinth. Yeah.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''... Where to begin with One Piece? It's got foreshadowing galore, Easter eggs here and there, and trivial lines that will blow up in your face 500 chapters later. And it all just makes perfect sense and shapes the One Piece world and it's characters beyond the first glance. The fandom jokes that Eiichiro Oda (the creator) has the memory of an elephant; You know that one minor character who's seen in one chapter and then forgotten? He'll be back, 400 chapters later, and often in a ''big'' way.
* Watching ''Anime/RahXephon'' a second time is a ''completely'' different experience, as suddenly all sorts of really minor incidents suddenly seem to be {{Foreshadowing}} or [[RuleOfSymbolism Symbolism]]. More than a few people have claimed to not truly understand the story until rewatching the series.
* Pretty much everything in episode 1 of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' where Okabe and Mayuri visit the time travel lecture counts as foreshadowing and gains more significance in episode 23 when [[spoiler: Okabe revisits the conference using the improved time machine.]]
* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'':
** Itachi had set up Sasuke's eyes such that it would cast Amaterasu on Tobi if Tobi were to show his Sharingan to Sasuke. He does, and the Amaterasu does engulf Tobi. Tobi goes [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen]] for a while, and returns without any damage, exclaiming to himself, "I am glad Itachi did not know everything about me." We can now see that Tobi escaped the Amaterasu by [[spoiler:using Kamui to teleport it into his alternate dimension]].
** On the subject of Tobi, once you know his ''true'' true identity, it is ''embarrassingly'' obvious that [[spoiler:"Tobi" is a phonetic SdrawkcabName for Obito]]. Though, to be completely honest, it was obvious before TheReveal which is why so many dismissed the initial theory at first. Truthfully, a person could fill an entire page on just Tobi alone, listing all the little details that doubled as {{foreshadowing}} for his true identity in hindsight.
* Rewatching ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is very helpful due to the symbolism heavy nature of the series. On rewatch the viewers knows about the truth of the duels and the Rose Bride allowing the watcher to pick up on certain characters behaviors and actions and notice a lot of symbolism and foreshadowing they might not have noticed before.
* A relatively minor scene in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' becomes very significant when one has finished the first series. [[spoiler: Novelist Takatsuki Sen can pass through the CCG's ghoul-detecting gates because she, like the protagonist, is a half-ghoul...the monstrously powerful One-Eyed Owl.]]
* The first episode of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' gives away the endings of every story arc in the show, and you'll have no idea what any of it means until you watch the whole thing through and start over.
* In the HotSpringsEpisode of ''Anime/SeitokaiYakuindomo'', Mitsuba mentions how she noticed a "lens-like" gleam in the sky appear from time to time (this is after she [[ImprobableAimingSkills destroys it by chucking a rock at it]]). Rewatching the episode again, yup, there it is.
* ''Anime/LupinFamilyAllStars'' is completely different the second time around. [[spoiler:Everyone's dialogue and demeanor make a lot more sense when you know they're all another character in disguise.]]
* In ''Anime/FairyTail'', when Zeref meets Natsu for the first time onscreen, he ''cries'' and says, "I missed you, Natsu." This appears weird, not only to the audience but also to the in-universe characters. Happy even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it saying, "You have some real weirdos as friends, Natsu!" Watching this scene again after knowing the backstory presented in a much later arc makes Zeref's reaction understandable since [[spoiler: Natsu is Zeref's brother, whom he loved very much.]]
* Biscoe and Norton play a major role near the end ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'', to the point that their appearance seems too sudden, except for Biscoe, who has a brief scene in episode 15. But then, in a rewatch, [[EarlyBirdCameo Biscoe and Norton actually first appear in episode 6 as nameless characters in a blink-and-you-miss-it shot of Big Daddy's conference.]]
** Similarly, Alzac Tino, [[spoiler:whom Big Daddy later chooses to lead Millennion after his retirement]]. Alzac first appears in the same shot as Biscoe and Norton.
** The piano tune in episode 6 is a variant of the OST Bitter Ending that plays more often in the latter part of the anime as everything slowly goes to hell. The tune plays as Brandon dances with Maria, Big Daddy having a conference with his business associates and Harry eliminating the Lightning goons, which drops a hint that the happy times won't last long. [[spoiler:Much later in the series, Brandon breaks up with Maria, Harry murders Brandon and Big Daddy and has Maria killed, and Millennion becomes a corrupt organization under Harry's reign]].
** Mika's family speech at the finale makes more sense (and is a bit of a FridgeHorror, [[spoiler:as a variant of BodyguardBetrayal has just happened to her and she isn't aware of it]]) if one pays more attention to Gary's and Widge's speech in episode 21. Gary and Widge define family as a special bond that exists between people as long as they don't betray each other.
*** That definition of family is also why Mika, in episode 24, believes that Brandon/Grave will return to her right after they acknowledge their bond as a family.
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': Episode 10, particularly the post-credits puts everything in perspective: [[spoiler:The episode reveals a year prior to Victor going to Japan, he and Yuri had already met when Yuri got drunk and partied, including inviting Yurio, Victor and Christophe for a dance-off. The end result of that partying was TheReveal that Yuri was the one that invited Victor to go to Japan and be his coach, and it's also implied that Victor started falling in love with Yuri then, which would explain all the times he acted flirty or touchy-feely with him]].
* In ''[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pools/2538 If I Had Just One Chance]]'', the girl has her EyesAlwaysShut. At first one might write it off as stylization. After reading through, [[spoiler:it's revealed she can't use them.]]
* In the 2003 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime, there actually are hints about [[spoiler:the reveal that the other side of the Gate is our world. During the flashback to what Ed saw when he saw the Truth, there are flashes of real world pictures, such as the American flag. Later on, one soldier is heard humming a real world song. And later, we see an abandoned chapel with many broken stain glass windows, and inside there are clearly crosses on the alter. And then when it goes into blatant foreshadowing, Izumi notes that a letter Hohenheim wrote to Dante was dated 400 years ago with a dating system based off the birth of Christ, a religion that hasn't been practiced in centuries in Amestris, showing us that Amestris is an alternate history of our world.]]
* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia''
** At the end of the original OVA, it's all but stated that Diana is a {{Closet|Geek}}ed Shiny Chariot fangirl. Rewatching the beginning reveals that not only did she attend the same show as Akko, she's the very first character on screen.
** In the series itself, Croix's existence and relevance to the plot is hinted at a couple of times before she makes her official introduction halfway through the show.
*** A picture of her can be seen among the other winners of the broom relay race in the display case, indicating her status as one of the most talented students during her time at Luna Nova.
*** [[spoiler: Her magitek cubes appear in the Shiny Chariot show Akko attends in episode one. This is the show that we learn Chariot used the Dream Fuel Spirit for, the one that Croix had been helping her out with, and the one that ultimately marked the end of their friendship.]]
*** Her voice is heard in the the flashback Akko sees [[spoiler: in the Polaris fountain, as the one Chariot is performing her Moonlit Witch routine for, indicating just how close the two friends used to be before their falling out.]]
* In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', the scene where Howl first meets Sophie is initially played off as a BoyfriendBluff where he greets Sophie with "There you are, sweetheart. Sorry I'm late. I've been looking everywhere for you." However later in the movie, [[spoiler: Sophie travels back in time and meets a young Howl, telling him to find her in the future]], his first words to Sophie taking on a different, more heartwarming meaning.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': The anime is famous about this.
** Just to start with, there are three characters in a chat room who discuss how the general public sees the events of each episode. Their identities are revealed in episode 12, and in hindsight it's super obvious.
** Mikado always gets a very interesting look on his face whenever anyone [[spoiler:mentions the Dollars. This is because he founded the gang as a joke over the internet, so he's shocked that it's become a serious power in the city]].
** Anri tends to shut down whenever anyone tries to hit on her ([[DudeMagnet which is often]]), and shows a shocking amount of stamina when she drags Mikado halfway across the city without even breathing hard. [[spoiler:Not only does she have [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove little understanding of love]], but she's bonded to the demonic blade Saika, who taught her swordsmanship and can provide her with supernatural endurance in an emergency]].
** Masaomi starts the series (after a few [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny terrible jokes]]) by giving Mikado a serious rundown of local politics and telling him who to avoid. He also glares whenever he sees the Yellow Scarves. [[spoiler:He actually founded the Yellow Scarves in middle school, and with Izaya's help was able to weave through the politics of the city to make them the strongest gang in the area. He quit, but now the gang is back and trying to draw him in again]].


* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' and its spin-offs have loads of foreshadowing, ArcWelding, and plenty of overlapping sidestories that enrich the series. Usually, people who read the series often reread it once they've finished all the volumes.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is like this. [[Creator/AlanMoore Moore]] [[WordOfGod stated]] that this reason alone is why he felt it was un-filmable: there is simply too much detail going on in every panel for a movie to capture all of it.
* In ''[[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye]]'' and other James Roberts-penned ''Transformers'' comics, Orion Pax (later Optimus Prime) works with a conspicuously unnamed senator. This relationship takes on a new light once you find out that [[spoiler:the senator is ''Shockwave'', before he went through the horrifying empurata and Shadowplay processes]].
%%** ''More than Meets the Eye'' itself is also a whole different comic on the reread.
* Once you reread the first volume of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' you start noticing many subtle hints and foreshadowing on the finale of the series and identity of TheMole.
* Quite a bit in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' due to the large number of [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] and [[ChekhovsGunman Gunmen]] seeded through out the story's earlier points.
** For instance, the scene where Norman Osborn becomes the Green Goblin becomes even more important when you notice that [[EarlyBirdCameo some major characters are present in the background]] long before they become important, such as Dr. Octopus and Conrad Marcus.
** There's also all the subtle build-up to Spider-Man's eventual battles with the Roxxon Corporation. On reread you'll notice more that ''a lot'' of Spidey's enemies and problems were being caused by Roxxon indirectly even before he knew about them; Beetle being hired by them, Killer Shrike attacking their labs, Spot and Sandman being experimented on by them...
* ''ComicBook/{{Revolutionaries}}'' and its follow-up ''ComicBook/FirstStrike'' both have a specific character turn out to be ''far different'' than they seem, putting just about every word they say in a different light after TheReveal.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/KyonBigDamnHero'' includes a ton of subtle references to ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. That's even before to have declared to be a fic that also crossovers with Higurashi. For example, right off the bat we have [[InMediasRes the prologue's]] {{Epigraph}} referencing the HatePlague.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/649528/nonjon Nonjon's]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2354771/1/Where_in_the_World_is_Harry_Potter ''Where in the World is Harry Potter?'']] becomes even more hilarious than it already is once you know Nicholas Flamel's secret.
* ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' has many bits of {{Foreshadowing}} which can be caught by reading it again after reaching important plot events.
* ''FanFic/{{Anthropology}}'' is chock full of these, both in-universe and out of universe. The first part of the story is Lyra noticing how many of the objects used by ponies were not designed for hooves in mind, and coming to the conclusion that humans must have been in Equestria. In the story itself, there are many hints in both Lyra's past and in her dreams to the story's major revelation: [[spoiler: Lyra herself is human.]]
* The first scene of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10794683/1/The-Hand-That-Rocks-The-Cradle The Hand That Rocks The Cradle]] goes from [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] to NightmareFuel after TheReveal that the person holding Stein and Marie's baby is [[spoiler: Medusa, not Marie.]]
** Even the ''summary'' takes on a different meaning after the story is read. "To put it lightly, Stein and Marie's baby son is having a rough night. Maybe a mother's lullaby can comfort him." [[spoiler: Being kidnapped by your parents' worst enemy who intends to raise you as her {{Tykebomb}} would certainly qualify as having a rough night, and while Medusa isn't ''his'' mother, she is certainly ''a'' [[AbusiveParents mother.]] ]]
* A particular ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10798406/10/Cake-Day-Shorts drabble]] is narrated by Fox, who is blind. Near the fic's end, however, he begins describing things visually. People rereading will notice that this is because [[spoiler:he's dead (and therefore not limited by his physical body anymore)]], as the next lines reveal.
* In the last chapter of ''FanFic/PersephonesWaltz'', [[spoiler:Homura]] comments offhand that she sometimes stops time to cry on [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]]'s shoulder. Chapter 5 is narrated by a different person, but contextual clues [[note]]her rapid switch between emotional states, the inexplicable wetness on Madoka's sleeve[[/note]] indicate that she was doing this during the conversation about Amy.
* ''Fanfic/CodeGeassColorlessMemories'' many of the lines and {{Foreshadowing}} in the earlier chapters. Take on this once you know that Rai is [[spoiler: Half Sumeragi]] and that it was [[spoiler: C.C]] whom took his memories in the first place.
* In ''Fanfic/TheGrimEdventuresOfEdEddNEddy'', Eddy [[OutOfCharacter acting like Doctor Octupus/Green Goblin]] in the ComicBook/SpiderMan parody a makes perfect sense once you learn that he's [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy.]] Something similar happens in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' crossover, but unlike last time, he's called out on it.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': The "Lilo feeding her pet fish a sandwich because she thinks he can control the weather" bit at first seems like little more than a silly EstablishingCharacterMoment. Once you learn that [[spoiler:it was raining the day her parents died in a car crash]], it becomes a lot sadder.
* Many Creator/{{Pixar}} movies have something from an ''upcoming'' movie worked in, doubling as ProductionForeshadowing. It'd take the likes of Franchise/SherlockHolmes to recognize Nemo from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' as the toy fish Boo handed to Sully in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc,'' but you'll definitely notice these things on your next viewing of the earlier film.
* From ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', the scene where Sulley accidentally scares Boo has Mike in the background convincing Mr. Waternoose that Boo isn't toxic. [[spoiler: His reactions during that scene include a cartoonish gasp and pantomime raising of hands when he first sees her, a calculating shiftiness of his eyes once Mike starts talking, being so willing to discard a lifetime of teaching during the course of a minute-long speech from Mike that he willingly picks Boo up (which Mike is still hesitant to do after a full day in her company), a different sort of anger during his "how could this happen?" question than would be expected from someone who's just been told a murderous psychopath is using his factory to kidnap human children, immediately asking who else knows about Boo. Assuming the viewer wasn't distracted by the heartbreaking way Boo cowers away from Sulley, it would be implausible for even the most ReasonableAuthorityFigure to react as calmly as Waternoose does to a massive security breach from a "incredibly dangerous" human child. Rewatching the scene after discovering that he's behind the whole scheme makes all the subtleties of his reaction make perfect sense]].
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** Seemingly innocent lines from Prince Hans can be re-interpreted as [[spoiler:disguising his true nature in later viewings.]] For example, during his duet with Anna, some of his lines ("We finish each other's-" "Sandwiches!" "That's what ''I'' was gonna say!") are [[spoiler:suddenly signs of tailoring himself to make Anna fall for him.]] In particular, in the same duet, he has a line about having waited his whole life to "find my own place". While he says this, [[spoiler:he isn't looking at Anna - he's turned away from her to gesture at her kingdom.]] On one's first viewing, it's difficult to notice that [[spoiler:he's essentially admitting to being more interested in the kingdom than the girl here,]] but it's glaringly obvious on a rewatch.
** Observant viewers will notice that during the scene where Hans "saves" Elsa from being shot by a crossbow bolt, which brings an enormous chandelier down on her, that he both glances up to make note that the chandelier is above Elsa, ''and'' has completely wrested control of the crossbow from its owner when the arrow is fired.
** Similarly, the lyrics of the opening song foreshadow a lot of the later events of the film; Elsa's powers and her developmental stages, the freezing of the harbor, the frozen heart, and the importance of [[ThePowerOfLove true love]].
* The opening musical number "This is Halloween" in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' can seem even more impressive when you watch it the second time, and you realize that the inanimate pumpkin-headed scarecrow in the very first shot is the hero Jack Skellington; it first seems to be a simple establishing shot to set the mood of the film, until the scarecrow reappears and springs to life towards the end of the song, revealed to be a disguised Jack in a pumpkin mask. Relatedly, the [[BigBad main villain]] Oogie Boogie can seem even scarier when you realize that he's also introduced in an anonymous cameo during the opening, as "the Shadow on the Moon at Night".
** Not just them; ''everyone'' in the opening number ends up as a recurring character for the rest of the movie.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** Once you know who's actually behind it all and why, certain early events that seemed innocent on first viewing take on a more sinister cast. [[spoiler:The way Bellwether happens by at ''just the right time'' to force Chief Bogo into putting Judy on the Otterton case no longer seems quite so coincidental in retrospect -- and her excusing herself from her office as Judy and Nick look through the traffic cameras no longer seems unintentional.]]
** At the beginning of the movie, Judy chases down a thief, who has stolen bulbs from a florist. [[spoiler:Why would a thief steal bulbs from a florist? Later, Judy identifies them as Night Howler bulbs (though she uses the scientific name for them) when talking to Chief Bogo about the crime, then we learn that Otterton is a florist, laying a firm foundation for a flower to be an important part of the case.]]
** It is more apparent when Nick/Judy are able to come up with their BatmanGambit. [[spoiler:As Nick says "we'll think of something" he is looking down at the blueberries spilled on the floor and his face clearly shows an idea forming before being interrupted by Bellwether, who then proceeds to gloat for a while giving them time to set up their plan.]]
** Doubles as a FreezeFrameBonus, there's a very brief shot of Nick and Judy reacting to what they're hearing when [[spoiler:the unnamed badger doctor explains to Lionheart her theory about the savage incidents having to do with the predators' biology.]] If you pay close attention to their faces, you can see that Judy starts listening intently like she thinks that makes a lot of sense and explains everything, while Nick looks shocked and offended that such a thing would be suggested. This very subtly foreshadows [[spoiler:how Nick becomes terribly upset when Judy repeats the theory at the press conference]].
** As the subway car that Nick and Judy have commandeered tips over from taking the curve too fast, a brief cut inside the car shows Nick falling to the side and a split second later, the briefcase holding the [[spoiler:Nighthowler serum and airgun]] falls right into Nick's stomach giving him the opportunity to save it from the crash. Watching the remainder of the crash scene shows how the animators cleverly position Nick to shield the briefcase from the audience's view until the final reveal.
** When Nick is confronting Judy about her comments during the press conference, he asks if she's afraid of him -- her nose twitches in the same manner as her childhood confrontation with Gideon, giving a subtle hint that the answer is "Yes".
** When Nick is giving his WhatTheHellHero speech to Chief Bogo, he says that they have 10 hours left. If you watch Judy's face when he says this, she is visibly concentrating, then frowns, indicating that she finds this statement incorrect, but then dismisses it with a subtle shake of her head.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/JacobsLadder''. [[spoiler: Knowing that Jacob is DeadToBeginWith and in a DyingDream makes the scenes more poignant.]]
%%* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' is packed with throw-away visual, acoustic and scripted jokes - often in the background behind the main action - that it takes several viewings to discern them all.
* ''Film/TheSixthSense'':
** The color red isn't present in the majority of the film. The times when the color is present are generally [[spoiler: things that are touched by the "other world" inhabited by the dead and things that are especially emotionally charged for [[Creator/BruceWillis Dr. Malcolm Crowe]] or Cole, the boy, making them more present to them.]]
** [[spoiler: All of the clothing Dr. Crowe wears throughout the film is something he had on or interacted with the night he was killed.]]
* ''Film/FightClub'', due to noticing the "clues" that [[spoiler: hint at Tyler Durden not being real]], and also the way your entire perception of certain characters will change once you know what's happening. Most notably, the viewer's perception of Marla changes from being frustratingly inconsistent to having the patience of a saint.
* ''Film/{{Memento}}'', due to the AnachronicOrder. The film is interspersed with Black-and-White scenes (which are played in chronological order) and Color scenes (which appear in ''reverse'' chronological order); interpreting what happens in what order may require multiple views.
* ''The Spanish Prisoner'' lives and breathes this. There are so many details in the plot that even the third or fourth time you're still finding new ones.
* The interview scenes in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' are like this on the second viewing once you know [[spoiler: that Verbal Kint was free-associating while making up parts of his story on the spot. For example just before he mentions the lawyer Kobayashi you can see him glancing up at the underside of the detective's coffee mug, which at the end of the film is revealed to be the brand name printed on the bottom.]]
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', due to the AnachronicOrder. [[spoiler: Orange's plea for White to take him to a hospital comes off less self-sacrificing and more desperate when you find out he's the cop, for example.]] The opening scene in particular is loaded and loaded with foreshadowing that you won't pick up on the first couple of times.
%%* The three movies of the Film/BloodAndIceCreamTrilogy ThematicSeries, including ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', ''Film/HotFuzz'' and ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', are ''full'' of foreshadowing and call backs, it's really worth to rewatch them.
%%* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' is filled with many little things that you won't notice on your first viewing.
* ''Film/ThePrestige'' the film is very interesting to watch once you know [[spoiler: Christian Bale is playing two characters]]. It takes some careful analysis of the plot and close attention to the performance, but [[spoiler: the two twins have very distinct personalities, and Christian Bale plays them differently, in a subtle way. Even their accents are slightly different, especially when angry or drunk (when the facade is weakest). This is particularly impressive, since it is a subtlety of acting performance that not only won't an audience likely get the first time through, they're NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO.]]
* For a first time viewer of ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' it seems like Stu's mockingly declaring, "I'll be right back!" seconds after being warned not to when Randy explained the rules of surviving a horror movie situation is just another instance of Stu being a dumbass. But [[spoiler: on repeat viewings we realize the real reason for his confidence and prankish tone is that he knows he genuinely has no reason to worry about Randy's rules--as he is one of the killers himself.]]
%%* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' has this in spades. Not even mentioning foreshadowing, it's hard to catch all the clever jokes and distinctively Whedon-y lines the first time through.
* ''Film/TheBookOfEli'' after you learn that [[spoiler: Eli is blind]], you'll realize all the subtle hints made towards it throughout the film.
* The film ''Film/{{Inception}}'' has you {{Mind Screw}}ed the first time, heavily confused the second time because you start looking for signs of dream and reality, and finally by the third time, you might get it.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'': At the beginning, a lovely bagpipe melody plays as the title rolls, being easily dismissed. [[spoiler: Then on re-watch, the song you'll realise that you heard was a bag-pipe rendition of Music/JohnDenver's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo "Take Me Home, Country Roads"]], a {{Leitmotif}} for Merlin, [[DyingMomentOfAwesome which is his favourite childhood song that he even sings when performing his]] HeroicSacrifice [[AwesomeMusic (backed by a harmonic orchestra)]].]]
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'': The subtle camera angling doesn't make sense till you actually focus on it--focusing on what it's focusing on over what it's not.
* The ''Film/SilentHill'' movie is full of this. The plot may not make that much sense upon first viewing, but in subsequent viewings, you'll realize all sorts of things, like the fact that [[spoiler: someone else hijacked the daughter's body and was the one that allowed the mother to leave Silent Hill -- geographically, that is...]]
* Once you know who TheMole is in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', every time you rewatch it, you'll want to scream "Don't do it!" everytime TheMole eagerly volunteers to help everyone. [[spoiler: Talia snaked her way into Wayne Enterprise's board 3 years ago (which means she's been in their circle even longer) and pioneered the creation of the energy reactor, so that by the time the movie starts, she's a well-trusted and well-received professional. She wanted to distract Bruce while Selina stole his prints, but Alfred wouldn't let her up. She called a board meeting for no particular reason so that Bane could kidnap them. She easily relented to Bane's demands to activate the energy reactor. She comes out of nowhere when Gordon wanted Foley to follow him to volunteer to scout for the bomb, which means all she had to do was lie and they tracked the wrong trunk. You will SCREAM at how well-trusted she is. Not without reason. The slow knife cuts the deepest.]]
* There's a small one in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' during the initial robbery sequence. [[spoiler: Once you know which of the bank robbers is actually the Joker, it's clear that he was playing one of his characteristically-lethal jokes when he nodded "yes" to the accomplice who'd asked if the gun-toting manager was out of ammo. Presumably he'd thought that setting the guy up to get shot was funnier than simply waiting for the bus driver to run him over.]]
* All the {{Mind Screw}}s in ''Film/BlackSwan'' makes much more sense once you learn that [[spoiler: Nina is suffering a mental breakdown.]]
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'':
** When watching the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third movie]] the first time, it's easy to wonder where Marty got the [[spoiler: bullet-proof vest]] for his confrontation with Buford Tannen. On a second viewing? It's blatantly obvious.
** If you pay attention at the end of ''Part III'', you'll notice that the ravine has been renamed "Eastwood Ravine".
** This is very common in all Robert Zemeckis films. He loves his {{Brick Joke}}s. Plus other subtle things barely noticeable the first time around. It took several showings to see Chuck's sailing awards early in the movie ''Film/{{Castaway}}''. Did anyone notice the hippie couple having sex as Film/ForrestGump and Jenny walk by while walking around Washington, D.C.?
** Doc's shirt throughout ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is later used for his bandanna in ''Part III''.
** In ''Part III'', the audience is actually introduced to Clara in an earlier scene. As Doc and Marty discuss their plan at the Hill Valley train station, Clara is waiting for Doc to pick her up. Since he apparently hadn't shown up, she rents the carriage which loses control, thus needing to being rescued by Doc.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'':
** The first time you'll watch it struggling to get a basic idea of what the hell's going on. The next time, you can pick up the subtleties and foreshadowing, while already knowing the story.
** Additionally, having watched the Creative Credits before, you will notice many more familiar faces among the actors in different roles.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'': The prologue is made even more awesome when you know that it's foreshadowing the climax of the movie, and stuff like Tim Roth asking for a refill of coffee will show up later on.
* This is half of the fun of ''Film/TheSkeletonKey''. Even the most seemingly innocent comments, like Violet being disappointed that she wasn't sent a black nurse or asking if Caroline had tattoos make ''much'' more sense after the reveal that [[spoiler:she was planning to steal Caroline's body]].
* ZigZagged by ''Film/DonnieDarko''. The first time one watches it, it's just a MindScrew. The second time, almost everything seems to make sense, but a few questions remain. On the third watching, the fact that some of those questions are rather large ([[spoiler: Who or what is Frank, and why does he/it take the form of a kid who dies? Who or what is manipulating Donnie to resolve the TemporalParadox?]]) and [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse remain near-totally unaddressed]] sticks out a lot more.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' manages to make the surprise inspection scene so much more tense. The first time, all you get is a sense of awkwardness and a vague feeling that Andy is hiding something. [[spoiler:The second time around, you cringe at exactly how close the Warden came to walking off with Andy's hammer, or discovering the hole behind his poster.]]
* ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'', mostly due to the numerous [[TheReveal reveals]] by the end, especially [[spoiler: when [[TeamDad Gilliam]] is revealed to be TheMole, Curtis killed Edgar's mother and was about to kill him as a baby until Gillian stopped him by [[AnArmAndALeg chopping his arm off as a sacrifice, which is a major piece of symbolism throughout the film]], the train's "eternal engine" is PoweredByAForsakenChild, and Namgoong Minsoo uses the flammable illegal drug Kronol [[FunctionalAddict to make a bomb]].]] In other words, there is an intense amount of foreshadowing and subtle hints.
* ''Film/ShutterIsland'':
** Watching it again you can pick up how the supporting characters behave around Teddy Daniels knowing he's actually [[spoiler:a delusional patient at Shutter Island and not a marshal investigating a disappearance.]]
** When first arriving on the film, there is a gag where Teddy's partner Chuck has great difficulty getting his gun out of the holster, eventually taking the entire holster off, to Teddy's confusion and the Deputy Warden's annoyance. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that Chuck can't get it out because he's a Doctor on the island, not a lawman, which is also why the Deputy Warden acts like this is annoying, but doesn't see it as unexpected]].
** Late in the film, when Teddy believes there is a conspiracy happening on the island, the Warden gives Teddy a lift back to the main buildings on the island. During the lift the Warden gives a very odd speech about violence, and how it's God's gift. It makes it seem as though the Warden isn't quite right in the head, [[spoiler:but he's actually just taunting Teddy, because Teddy's is a dangerous patient on the island who the Warden thinks should be lobotimized]]. More specifically, the Warden's line "I know you - we've known each other for centuries" sounds like a metaphor, [[spoiler:but the first part, at least is true. The Warden's known Teddy for two years]]. The most blatant line, however, is "Cawley thinks you're harmless, that you can be controlled, but I know different". Teddy interprets this as Cawley believing Teddy can't truly interfere with the conspiracy on the island. [[spoiler:The Warden is actually referring to Cawley's belief that he can cure Teddy]].
* An early scene in ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' has the Writer speaking to the camera for a while until he suddenly breaks off to yell at his son, who is revealed to be aiming a toy gun at him. On a rewatch, you can see the Writer's expression very subtly change a few moments before he breaks off, presumably when the kid entered the room with the gun.
* 1987 suspense film ''Film/TheCaller'', starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and Madolyn Smith, definitely has rewatch value, due to its final genre-bending MindScrew. A few subtle clues, easily missed during the first viewing, point toward its bizarre [[TheReveal reveal]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The reveal that Vader is Luke's father is so acclaimed because it caused this. Uncle Owen's comments about worrying that Luke will end up like his father, the vague ways Obi-Wan describes Anakin Skywalker, Vader being able to sense Luke's presence so well, etc.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'':
*** In the opening scene, Lor San Tekka gives a brief, desperate speech to Kylo Ren about the Light Side of the Force and his heritage. This speech takes on a whole new meaning when it's revealed [[spoiler: Kylo is Han and Leia's son and Luke's former protégé gone bad]]. There's also a lot of subtle foreshadowing towards what happens in the film's climax, such as Han and Chewbacca arguing about whether Han can talk his way out of trouble or not and Kylo Ren wondering if he's really willing to [[MoralEventHorizon cross the line]] like Darth Vader did.
*** When Kylo Ren is interrogating Rey, he probes her mind and says that she dreams of an island and an ocean. At the end of the film, [[spoiler:after the heroes complete the map to Luke Skywalker's location, Rey travels to meet him... and it turns out he's been hiding on an island]].
* Many European arthouse films are made to be seen multiple times to really get what they are about. This is especially the case for the likes of Creator/JeanLucGodard:
--> ''What you see with [[Creator/JeanLucGodard Godard]]...is that ten years later, after the movie, you see that he was telling the story. But because of his modern mise-en-scène, the story wasn’t exposed. It appears over time. And in that way he’s like Picasso, or Einstein. Because he’s searching, he’s searching and he finds...People walk out of Godard movies because they say there’s no story, there’s no logic. But there is a story. It’s just exposed differently. For instance, in a classic film you’ll have an actor who says, “I’m the President of the United States.” In a Godard film, you’ll have an actor saying nothing, and you’ll have a voice coming in from somewhere saying, “Mr. President, do you want a glass of water?” That’s his method of exposition. It’s hard to understand. And you need to understand that logic to be moved by the movie. But with time and maybe one sentence in the program, these movies can touch people. Slowly we’re catching up.''
-->-- '''[[http://reverseshot.org/interviews/entry/2168/garrel_interview Philippe Garrel]]'''
* ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'': The movie drops a lot of subtle hints about everyone's real agenda that doesn't get picked up until the second time around. Regarding the identity of "Brett", you can catch a few early clues, with one friend calling him "Pack Man" (although most will audibly interpret it as "Pac-Man" the first time before they know The Reveal) and Mary also talking about how he lived "up north." Also, Dom mentioning Ted's zipper incident -- even though he wasn't there and Ted never told him about it -- is a big tip-off about his hidden agenda that's usually regarded as a random HandWave the first time.
* The first half of Film/ABeautifulMind makes a lot more sense after TheReveal that [[spoiler: John is hallucinating due to schizophrenia.]] Particularly [[spoiler: the scene where his roommate Parcher pushes a desk out a stained glass window, which would presumably not fly at Princeton- but his roommate Parcher didn't exist, so it never happened. When Marcie is running through the flock of pigeons, none of them fly away from her. Also, Marcie has never aged, which is how John realizes that she isn't real.]]
* The funeral scene at the opening of ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' (the final scene chronologically, as the rest of the movie takes place years earlier) is a lot more interesting when you know who all the people are:
** Colonel Brighton, who had a complicated relationship with Lawrence not quite being able to explain the nature of that relationship.
** Allenby, the man who twice convinced Lawrence to not only go back but want to, when Lawrence had been ready to quit, saying he "didn't know him well, you know". No one knew Lawrence better than Allenby.
** It's not hard to figure out what Jackson Bentley is likely picturing when he calls Lawrence a shameless exhibitionist.
** And, finally, knowing that the unnamed man who calls Bentley out for his offhand comment a. slapped Lawrence(dressed as an Arab) in the face and never realized who it was, and b. specifically approached Lawrence for the handshake he brags about in this scene just because he wanted to be able to brag.
* [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Thor]] has an example that spans across movies. In the first Thor, Odin has every reason to be upset with Thor's poor judgement in attacking Jötunheim. If you watch the scene again after watching ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' [[spoiler:Odin is thinking back on his mistake with his first born Hela. Odin felt like he was making the same mistakes and [[HeartwarmingInHindsight took drastic action to save his son from such a fate.]]]] People have noted that, similar to Creator/AlecGuinness' performance as Obi Wan [[MyGreatestFailure reflecting on his relation]] with Luke's father, the performance by a [[Creator/AnthonyHopkins Shakespearean actor]] allows enough nuance to their verbal pauses to apply this retroactively, without the actor knowing anything about that particular character motivation at the time.

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', simply because it's impossible to absorb a thousand pages of information in one sitting. Especially the Prologue, which makes little sense when read before anything else on the books. The whole trilogy also gains one of these once you've read ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' - suddenly all those name-drops and random songs make sense.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'' has masses of things that go over the readers' head the first time around - such as the fact that [[spoiler: [[{{Squick}} Dorcas is Severian's ''grandmother'']].]]
* ''Literature/{{PEACE}}'' is a completely different read the third time through. Creator/NeilGaiman notes that on first read ''PEACE'' seems to be the quaint memoir of an old man in a dying town, but on the second or third read through, the story is a full blown ghost tale.
* Nearly every ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel happily survives multiple readings. Once you know the surprise that inevitably happens near the end, you can go back and pay attention to all the little things that hinted to it. There are also a whole whack of references and {{Shout Out}}s which you may miss the first time. It's also true for the ''series'' as a whole; once you've seen how, for example, Lord Vetinari's character ends up, it's extremely satisfying to go back to his first appearance and see his CharacterDevelopment.
* Throughout Creator/StevenErikson's ten-book series, the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', he runs with every form of rewatch bonus from subtle foreshadowing ([[spoiler:Karsa Orlong casually destroys a small Fener statue in the fourth book, ''Literature/HouseOfChains'']], while the event foreshadowed does not occur until the final book in the series) to entire events, characters and subplots that will simply go right over the reader's head or utterly baffle them on a first read. Erikson himself has said that the series is written to feel entirely different on a re-read, and many fans who've undertaken the not-inconsiderable feat of re-reading have described it as a massively rewarding experience.
* It's both enlightening and [[HilariousInHindsight funny]] to read ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs'' again after you know that [[spoiler: Daddy Long Legs is Jervis Pendleton.]]
* ''Literature/GoneGirl'' has a scene near the beginning when Amy explains about the Amazing Amy books written by her parents [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based on her childhood]], and how the fictional Amy always did everything right, succeeding every time the real Amy failed. When you read the book with the knowledge that [[spoiler: Amy is completely insane]], this scene really hits you hard.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** One example is Sirius Black being mentioned in passing in the first chapter of the first book when he wouldn't be introduced until the third.
** Sirius's actions during [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Book Three]] make a lot more sense when you already know [[spoiler: that he's innocent of the crimes he supposedly committed,]] and several of them actually serve as foreshadowing.
** It's quite funny to read through the books and see how wrong the main characters get everything. [[spoiler:Like when Harry hears Snape's and Quirrell's conversation in the Forbidden Forest in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'']].
*** Book 7 adds another layer to [[spoiler: Snape and Quirrell's conversation, since you find out he was extra-vigilant on Dumbledore's orders]] in "The Prince's Tale":
---->'''Dumbledore''': Keep an eye on [[spoiler: Quirrell]], won't you?
*** Also, [[spoiler: Snape's muttering the countercurse while Quirrell hexes Harry's broom makes way more sense after book 7, when you learn that Snape is still protecting Harry out of his love for Lily, Harry's dead mother.]]
** It is first mentioned off-hand that Nick got Peeves to drop the Vanishing Cabinet and break it, in order to distract Filch from Harry. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the second book]], Harry hides in a cabinet in Borgin and Burkes' to avoid meeting Malfoy and his father. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book five]], Fred and George say they shoved one of the Syltherins into the broken Vanishing Cabinet. Well, in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfbloodPrince book six]], [[spoiler:the Vanishing Cabinet plays a ''huge'' role. Malfoy realized that the two vanishing cabinets form a passage between each other, he's been spending a lot of time in the Room of Requirement to fix it ''and'' it's also how Death Eaters got into Hogwarts at the end of the book, despite the stricter safety measures]]!
** When re-reading [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire book four]], very early scenes make a lot more sense. In particular, [[spoiler:Winky sitting in the Top Box, her fleeing from the campsite, exactly how far ahead [=Fake!Moody=] planned by giving the water plant book to Neville after their first lesson, his overall help to Harry during the tournament and Voldemort's speech of the faithful Death Eater residing in Hogwarts]].
** In book one, Harry gets the feeling that Snape can read his mind. In book five, Dumbledore assigns Snape to teach him how to ''stop'' people from, basically, reading his mind, being very good at both reading minds and preventing his mind being read.
** Early in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book five]], Petunia reveals she knows what dementors are because she heard "that horrible boy" tell Lily. Harry, and a first-time reader, assume she's talking about Harry's father, James. Re-readers might recognize that she actually meant [[spoiler:Snape.]]
** Snape's mutual hatred of Sirius seems to be solely based on Sirius bullying Snape in their teens, hence a lot of characters wondering why he can't simply let it go. Re-read book 3 with the knowledge that [[spoiler:everything Snape did was in revenge for Lily's death, since everyone thought it was Sirius who betrayed the Potters. Even if Snape learned Pettigrew was the traitor, it was still Sirius' idea to make Pettigrew the Secret Keeper, and in a way his fault they were murdered.]]
** In the first book, ButtMonkey Neville Longbottom gets into a fight with Crabbe and Goyle to keep them from ganging up on Ron (who is fighting Draco). Ron mentions that Neville is in the hospital wing, but has no serious injuries himself. [[spoiler: This was the first indication that Neville, meek as he was, was placed in Gryffindor for ''good reason'' and his future role as a protector of others, but the first time you read it, it just seems like another joke at Neville's expense.]]
** In something of a montage sequence in Book 5, it is offhandedly mentioned that the characters find, among other junk, "a heavy locket none of them could open". Re-reading after learning about the Horcruxes in Books 6 & 7 cause the reader to realize that they had a Horcrux in their possession the whole time.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince book 6]], [[spoiler:Dumbledore's]] final words are heartbreaking in two very different ways. On the first reading, you believe [[spoiler: that Dumbledore, shocked by Snape's betrayal, is begging him not to kill him.]] However, on the second reading, you realize it's actually the exact opposite, [[spoiler: Dumbledore is begging Snape [=to=] kill him, so as to gain Voldemort's trust.]] In addition, the look of "hatred and revulsion" on [[spoiler:Snape's]] face, seemingly directed at [[spoiler:Dumbledore]], is actually directed at [[spoiler:himself]].
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' starred a group of kids, one of which is Constance Contraire, a girl who is equally short in both height and temper. The other kids even ask why Constance was selected to join the group, seeing how the other children are all gifted, and Constance doesn't seem particularly smart. Only at the end of the book do you realize that [[spoiler: she isn't a dwarf at all, she's a very intelligent toddler]] When reading the book for a second time, you'll notice that [[spoiler: although there are many references to Constance being short, at no point does anybody use the words 'dwarf' or 'midget'.]] There are many other small touches that set up the twist.
* ''Literature/TheWestingGame'' has so many such bonuses that, even after a hundred times, with each reread you notice some new facet of Sam Westing's manipulations that led to the every single character getting their own individual happy ending. Plus tons of foreshadowing and other hints planted throughout the book.
* ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' saga is so heavy with foreshadowing and elaborate plot weaving that second reading feels more like TheAnnotatedEdition, so many previously unnoticed details strike into eyes.
* Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' books were made for this! Only after you read through all of them will you pick up on scenes and lines you passed over before and realise how significant they really were. For example, the bats' prophecy in the first book, ''The Dark Portal'', will become clear upon reading the main trilogy in its entirety. According to the author:
-->"Before I even began writing the first chapter, however, I worked out the storylines for all three books. This meant that I knew precisely who was going to to survive and who was not! It also enabled me to put in hints of what could happen later."
* If you reread ''Literature/WarriorCats'', you notice all sorts of foreshadowing that you'd have missed the first time, especially with [[Literature/WarriorCatsTheOriginalSeries the original series]] and ''[[Literature/WarriorCatsPowerOfThree Power of Three]]''. For the original series, this includes things such as, [[spoiler: Yellowfang's affair with Raggedstar, the true parentage of Mistyfoot and Stonefur, and Tigerclaw trying to get his apprentice killed.]] If you reread Power of Three after finishing the series you notice that [[spoiler: the whole thing with Leafpool was really obvious.]]
* A Christian reading of Literature/TheBible has a lot of both major and minor events in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Genesis, take on a whole new meaning. God giving Adam and Eve clothes of animal hides, God cursing the serpent that Eve's offspring will "crush his head", Isaac's near-sacrifice, God's promise to Abraham that through him all families of the Earth will be blessed... the list goes on.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'' can receive this thrice, first with the reveals that [[spoiler:the war simulations are real]], that [[spoiler:the Buggers/Formics have been trying to communicate with Ender]] and ''Literature/EndersShadow'''s reveal that [[spoiler:Bean has been secretly navigating the formation of Dragon Army]]. The pre-chapter conversations also make much more sense with a reread.
* Taken UpToEleven with ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', in which several of the novels contain revelations that, once learned, make it worthwhile to go back and re-read not only those individual books, but ''the entire previous series'' to catch all the newfound implications. Most notably, re-reads can get ''really'' interesting once you know that (MAJOR spoilers) [[spoiler: Thomas is Harry's half-brother, Ebenezar is their grandfather, Susan gets pregnant from the love scene in ''Death Masks'', Bob has a hidden evil side, Martin and Peabody are TheMole, Maeve is infected with Nemesis, and the Winter Court protects the known universe from Outsiders.]]
** More directly, ''Skin Games'' is made for this. Harry is forced into planning TheCaper with [[spoiler:Nicodemus Archleone]] and a group of hired baddies with differing agendas that Harry is almost certain he can't trust. The whammy occurs near the end of the book, when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Harry had gotten wind that Grey, a mysterious shapechanger, was on Nicodemus' short list and hired him before Nicodemus could, and that Grey and Harry have been communicating in code and hidden subtext the entire book]]. It's fascinating to go back and read through these sections of the book and see how this knowledge changes the tone of these conversations entirely.
* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' is filled with subtle foreshadowing and clues. [[spoiler:The fact that they're in an alternate timeline, Reg's agelessness, the existence of Reg's time machine, the alien ghost possessing Richard and Michael, and indeed the meaning of the entire opening chapter]] will go unnoticed by a first-time reader but become gloriously clear on re-reading.
* Thanks to Douglas Adams's fondness for dropping massive [[RetCon ret-conning]] [[BrickJoke Brick Jokes]] ''Literature/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' "Trilogy" can be re-read in its entirety with jokes from several books down the line giving meaning to silly throw-away gags in earlier books. For example: [[spoiler: the girl in the cafe in Rickmansworth is Fenchurch, Arthur and Ford are at Lord's with Slartibartfast a few days before the action of the first book, the Bowl of Petunias is Agrajag (along with many other living beings in the series), the Ultimate Answer is flawed because the Golgafrinchams took over from the Neanderthals and became modern humans, Gag Halfront ordered the Vogons to destroy Earth with the Hyperspace Bypass being a cover story, Zaphod stole the Heart of Gold so he could meet the Ruler of the Universe but then wiped his own memory, Roosta tells Zaphod to climb out of the window of the crashed Guide offices on the Frogstar so he won't leave the artificial universe in Zarniwoop's office... etc. Then there's everything going on in 'Mostly Harmless' from the "Temporal Reverse Engineering" thing to the fact that Music/ElvisPresley also appears to have survived the destruction of the Earth.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Sure, the main plot is much easier to follow than a lot of other highly elaborate fantasy epics, but you can only really appreciate the rich backstory of Westeros and its families by rereading the books several times over. Other bonuses include all of the visions experienced by Bran Stark in his dreams or by Dany in the House of the Undying (which foreshadow heavily a lot of what happens in the series), as well as the seeds of [[spoiler:Roose Bolton's betrayal of the Starks.]]
* Re-reading ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames the Hunger Games trilogy]]'' makes you see countless bits that make it clear which one of her two suitors Katniss is falling in love with, long before she herself realizes it. It also makes you pick up on numerous hints towards [[spoiler:the rebellion, the people involved in it and the reason why several people sacrifice themselves for Katniss and Peeta in the Quarter Quell]].
* It's revealed in [[Literature/OrigamiYoda the last Origami Yoda book]] that Harvey has always liked Sara. Going back through the previous books, it becomes so clear that Harvey was only mad at Tommy being able to dance with Sara because he was jealous, and why he's also been nicer to Sara than anyone else.
* In Creator/JohnLeCarre's ''[[Literature/TheQuestForKarla Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy]]'', [[RetiredBadass Jim Prideaux]]'s bonding with the young outcast schoolboy Bill Roach is written to seem more poignant when you know that TheMole at the Circus is [[spoiler: Prideaux's old schoolmate Bill Haydon]]. Underscored in [[Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy the film adaptation]], where [[spoiler: Bill Roach's actor was pretty obviously cast for his resemblance to a young Creator/ColinFirth]].
* Nico di Angelo's often contradictory actions in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' become much more comprehensible after the second-to-last book of the sequel series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' reveals [[spoiler:that he had a crush on Percy at the time]]. Particularly ''The Battle of the Labyrinth,'' where [[spoiler:the ghost of Nico's sister, Bianca, insists he's angry at ''her'', not Percy, for her death]], after which the ghost of King Minos is able to lead Nico into a trap by [[spoiler:convincing him Percy is in danger]]. Percy is utterly baffled by everything Nico does or says and frequently laments his inability to understand him and questions his trustworthiness, verging on the edge of UnreliableNarrator as a result.
* Pretty much all of Creator/VladimirNabokov's books have this, on account of his belief that the first time a reader reads any book they're just coming to grips with it, and you only really get to know a book on successive readings: the way he put it was "We do not read books: we re-read them." He actually built hidden spoilers into his work, for the benefit of people re-reading them. The first time you read ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', you're informed in the fictional 'foreword' that "Mrs Richard F Schiller" died in childbirth. You then wait almost the entire book, and a character of that name never shows up. Only in the final pages do you realise who she is.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is very satisfying to re-read, as you connect the prophetic epigraphs to the actual events from the books. It gains an additional bonus once you read ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' and learn that there's a species which can use cremlings - tiny animals that are as popular on Roshar as sparrows are here on Earth - to spy on people. Suddenly, every mention of a cremling becomes a game of "Aimian or not?".
* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'': Rereading the seventh volume with the knowledge that [[spoiler:Kyousuke's partner Aoi]] is really [[spoiler:the White Queen]] in disguise casts the character's behavior in a new light. It also contains hints of [[spoiler:Kyousuke being aware of the disguise from the start.]]
* Reread ''Literature/HereticalEdge'' after reading New York Minutemen 27-04. See how many scenes come off completely differently now that you know where Flick's flashs of intuition come from.
* Rereading the ''Literature/StarDarlings'' books while knowing [[spoiler:Lady Cordial's a disguise for the villain]] makes the twist pretty obvious in hindsight.
* ''Literature/MySweetAudrina''. Readers who don't figure out the book's secret until near the end [[spoiler: when Audrina's father finally tells Audrina that there was no older sister who was raped and murdered and that ''she's'' the only Audrina]] will reread it and kick themselves for not noticing the various clues to this effect. For starters, Audrina flashes back to the First Audrina staggering home after the rape, which would be impossible if she'd been killed. Later, when she has another flashback about the rape, she recalls her boyfriend/husband Arden being there, also impossible if the First Audrina was nine years older than she was.

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* The complete first season of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. More or less every episode gets a totally different meaning once you know where the hints to Ward's past lead to, what really happened in Bahrain and who Skye's parents are.
** The second season arc with the Inhumans and the apparent overreaction by some of them to being discovered by SHIELD, [[spoiler: especially as it occurs after the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' make it public that they had been infiltrated by HYDRA]], take on a different context when season three reveals the true origin of HYDRA and its connection to them.
** Similarly season three makes it clear why the Second World War Nazi offshoot HYDRA somehow became the multi-ethnic organization it appeared as in the modern day, why HYDRA separated so quickly from the Nazis, and why HYDRA members become annoyed at being called Nazis; [[spoiler: HYDRA long predates Nazism and their connection was only a temporary alliance at best.]]
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' often has jokes that only make sense after you've seen later episodes. The Rita storyline in particular stands out: [[spoiler: Who would have thought the behavior of a spy and a Mentally Retarded Female could be so similar?]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. In too many episodes to name, it's impossible to catch all the jokes in the first viewing, because you're too busy laughing at the jokes that came immediately before them. Or simply didn't laugh because you didn't get the reference, but laughed hard once later when you did.
* For ''Series/BabylonFive'', this was called [[http://ubots.com/b5/jms_on_b5.shtml#ARC4 Holographic Storytelling]], that if you read two scripts, went back and reread the first one, you could see things in it that you hadn't seen before. When you read three, again glanced over the first - and new things had come out.
* The fourth season of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. After the season finale [[TheReveal Reveal]], the entire [[spoiler:Tony gets a girlfriend]] plotline becomes ''much'' more interesting.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The RTD era means that it can be fun to look out for barely noticeable arc words such as [[spoiler:"Bad Wolf", "Torchwood", "Harold Saxon", missing planets and "The bees are disappearing!"]]
** The Moffat series are good for a re-watch purely because of the extreme amounts of [[TimeyWimeyBall timey-wimey-ness]], espeically in relation to River Song's arc. There's so much {{Foreshadowing}}, {{Call Back}}s and BookEnds that entire lines and scenes can gain a new meaning.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]], once you know that [[spoiler:Yana is actually the Master]], a lot of his more subtle parallels with the Doctor start to become obvious. He admits that he's never taught at a university, and that the title "Professor" is just an affectation--just like a Time Lord's title. His relationship with Chantho is deliberately written to evoke the Doctor's relationships with his Companions. He's an excitable CoolOldGuy with a love of science and experimentation, and he wears flamboyant antiquated clothing--just like all of the Doctor's earliest incarnations.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]]:
*** On second viewing of the scene where Clara is recaptured, it's apparent that the head-covering of the "robot" which brings her to the Half-Faced Man isn't fitted quite properly, because the Doctor's wearing it over his hair. There's also a visible seam on the back, although that wouldn't be surprising in a Droid either.
*** When the Doctor rips that face off, it looks oddly like [[http://media.tumblr.com/8d2b034f8198e7e21861d5625593f89a/tumblr_inline_nas0prqF5n1qc79bd.gif Matt Smith's]]. That's because it is. They took a cast of the mannequin of Matt from the Doctor Who Experience for Peter to pull off. He literally pulls off his old face to show his new one.
*** Creator/PeterCapaldi's accent takes a little getting used to. As such, there are sequences (such as the alley scene and the new Doctor meeting Strax and company for the first time) that benefit from being rewatched. Not everyone catches that the Doctor mistakes Strax for one of the Seven Dwarves at the very start.
** If you watch [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]] again and listen to the Architect, [[spoiler:it's blatantly obvious that it's the Doctor. You can still hear parts of Capaldi's accent.]]
** "Heaven Sent" rates as serious Rewatch ''Horror'', when you view it again knowing [[spoiler: whose skulls those are, and why that bloodied hand pulls the lever at the start]].
* Creator/JossWhedon enjoys doing this, pointing out the Blue Sun posters in the backgrounds of the pilot episode of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' in his commentary. The Blue Suns logo also has subtle appearances throughout the show, usually when River freaks out on the ship, like [[spoiler: when she tears the labels off the canned food, or when she slashes Jayne (and the Blue Sun shirt he was wearing) across the chest with a kitchen knife.]]
* The Senator Perrin story arc in the second season of ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. Everyone assumes that [[spoiler: Cindy is a doll being controlled by Daniel]], based on a cryptic comment made by Echo. Later, when Paul triggers a device that will incapacitate anyone with Active architecture, [[spoiler: Cindy]] doesn't react to it--[[spoiler: Daniel]] does. Upon second viewing, this twist suddenly seems blatantly obvious when you notice that the white knight analogy they repeat to each other is actually a form of call-and-response meant to maintain the Active and Handler bond, and it was always initiated by [[spoiler: Cindy]].
%%* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is crammed just chock-full of these; they're mostly minor details and subtle character interactions, but they're ''genius''.
* Though a massive [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] is hung on it, ''Series/BreakingBad'' season 4 does this in [[spoiler: "End Times" post-"Face Off"; watching Walt pleading for his life has a whole new perspective if you know Walt would later lie about poisoning a child to control Jessie.]]
** For the series as whole, getting greater insight into Walter's motivations and psyche later in the show, can put scenes and conversations from earlier in the show, going all the way back to the pilot episode, into a whole new, and much more disturbing, light.
* ''{{Series/LOST}}'' developed a reputation for this early on. It's even lampshaded by one of the characters in a QuipToBlack after viewing one of the DHARMA Orientation films:
--> '''Locke''': We're gonna have to watch that again.
** It's lampshaded again in Season 4, when Locke offers Ben a book from his own shelf:
---> '''Ben''': I've already read it.
---> '''Locke''': You might catch something you missed before the second time.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is much more entertaining when you know how the characters got to be the way they are. The first season doesn't explain much backstory, but once you find out how the characters' families and their experiences growing up have caused their personalities to form, it makes their jerkass behavior more excusable.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'', created by two of the main writers of ''Series/{{LOST}}'', certainly doesn't lack in this department either, given that it explores the backstories of over a dozen characters within at least three different timelines in its first season alone.
** The first few episodes of season 2 with the knowledge that [[spoiler: Mulan is in love with Aurora]]. You realise why Mulan spent so long searching with Philip. Her attempted sacrifice in "Broken" becomes an obvious IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy moment. It adds another layer onto how protective Mulan is of Aurora - especially when it comes to trading the compass for her heart.
** The friendship between Red and Snow in season 1 takes on new light with the season 2 reveal that [[spoiler: Red killed her own mother to save Snow's life]].
** "The Price of Gold" and "True North" has Mr Gold giving PetTheDog moments where children and their parents are concerned. [[spoiler: When you discover he lost his own son through a portal]] it takes on new light. Especially the look Rumpel gives Cinderella when she says "we can always have more children".
** Cora's actions in "The Stable Boy" are also added to with episodes that show her younger self - giving new explanation for how desperate she is to rise in social status.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' makes extensive use of flash-backs and flash-forwards, some of which give away major story elements if you know which where to look. For example, Robin's last line in "Single Stamina" gives away the ending of "Something Blue" three months later.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' retroactively does this with a handful of Season 3 episodes after the abrupt death of Prue at the end of the season.[[note]]Actress Creator/ShannenDoherty left the show[[/note]] Episodes like "Sin Francisco" and "Death Takes A Halliwell" have other characters calling Prue out on her reckless demon hunting behaviour. Other episodes like "Just Harried" have her learn AnAesop about not needing to devote so much time to her witch duties. In her final episode "All Hell Breaks Loose" those very character traits lead to her death.
* An episode-contained example in the ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' episode "One Wrong Move". Watching [[HeterosexualLifePartners Spike and Lou]] chat and banter back and forth and recount the tropical vacation they just took feels much more significant when you realize that [[spoiler:by the end of the day, Lou is going to be dead, leaving Spike absolutely devastated]].
** Also adds another layer to Parker's loving "review" at the end of the episode right before. While Ed is the focus of that moment, it's probably the last chance Parker had to tell Lou how important he was to all of them.
* The ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'' episode "The Mole" seems, the first time around, like a simple story of Colby Granger getting caught between his friend and his job. But it takes on a whole new layer of meaning when you know what's really going on behind the scenes with Dwayne Carter and Colby, which even Dwayne doesn't fully realize.
* Pretty much everything to do with Harrison Wells in season one of ''Series/TheFlash2014''. Every new revelation about his identity and motives adds new layers to everything that went before. His dialogue is full of clues that may not have been obvious the first time through, and Tom Cavanagh's acting has so many levels to it that repeat viewing is pretty much required to catch all of the nuances.
** The season finale when he reacts with obvious nervousness as a helmet falls out of the wormhole initially seems to be a MythologyGag referencing the Jay Garrick Flash. It takes on an entirely ''different'' meaning in Season Two when the secret of whose helmet it is is finally revealed, suggesting that [[spoiler: Eobard Thawne knew that "Jay Garrick" was really Zoom and didn't want to be anywhere near him]].
** The second season itself has this sort of thing when you know Zoom's secret. In one specific case, it makes it blatantly obvious why Zoom didn't fall for Linda impersonating Dr. Light; [[spoiler: Jay had been present when the idea was conceived]].
** Of course Zoom knew how to catch and return Barry's lightning!! [[spoiler: When he was the one who taught it to Barry in the first place.]]
* The numerous flashbacks in ''Series/ColdCase'' get this once the killer and their motive is revealed. Things said/done take on much more significance. For example, in the episode ''Forever Blue'', this is said about the CowboyCop victim as he arrives late and disheveled at the christening of his best friend's son.
--> Father: "Isn't is about time he got married?"
--> Friend: "You gotta go on a second date for that."
** In that context, it makes him sound like a womanizer. However, once you realize that he's gay, you realize that he never went on a second date, not because he couldn't be satisfied by only one woman but because he couldn't be satisfied by ''any'' woman. To make matters worse, he was also secretly in love with his partner who he saw all the time. He probably thought that if he kept going out with women, he could suppress his feelings.
** There's also the fact that his partner's wife is very cold to him. One thinks it's because he's late, then another flashback implies that it's because that ''they've'' been having an affair and she's angry about his sleeping around. Another flashback reveals it's because she walked in on him and her husband kissing.
** There's also this little tidbit between the victim's partner and father right before the above mentioned exchange, when he arrives looking disheveled and tucking his shirt in:
--> Father: "Brawl or Babe?"
--> Friend: "Brawl. Got a Babe." *''cue wife looking very displeased''*
** Again, this makes him sound like a carefree irresponsible womanizer and sort of plays into the idea that he's got an affair with the wife but is possibly double-timing her. Upon rewatching one realizes just ''why'' his partner was so sure it was a 'brawl' and more importantly that the 'babe' is ''the partner himself''.
** Cold Case flashbacks are also good for this because while they're always a literal representation of events, they don't have to show context. More than once, the show has shown a flashback scene, only to reveal that either the entire thing was a sham, or that there was a part of the conversation they didn't see that told a different story.
* ''Series/{{Fleabag}}'' takes a second viewing to reveal all the ways that the central character uses her FourthWallObserver status to lie to us and herself.
* ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'' explicitly shows how Jane's apparently trivial and innocuous missions for Oscar over a number of episodes [[spoiler: were used to frame Mayfair for murder]], but a more subtle one is the reveal that Orion [[spoiler: had been a black ops squad working for the CIA, likely under the direction of Carter, and Jane had been a member of the unit]]. All of a sudden Carter's fixation on killing Jane makes a great deal more sense than simply being an overreaction to her being connected to someone who knew about Operation Daylight.
%%* Literally every episode in the first season of ''Series/{{Westworld}}'' has a deeper meaning once you know [[TheReveal the truth]].
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Mason painting only dogs at first appears to be a simple joke. After TheReveal that Mason is a werewolf, it becomes {{Foreshadowing}} of his true nature.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Note the way Samantha Carter reacts every time Jack O'Neill tells a joke. It's clear that, even very early, actress AmandaTapping was building toward the [[spoiler: revelation that Carter and O'Neill are crazy about one another.]]
* The entire first season of ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' becomes this after the reveal that [[spoiler:the "Good Place" is actually the Bad Place]]. Rewatching it allows you to realize just how many clues there were leading to the reveal, especially how [[spoiler:Michael's efforts to help the four humans were actually him mercilessly preying on their deep insecurities -- telling Chidi that his life's work is worthless and forcing [[TheDitherer him]] to make multiple decisions under great pressure, asking Tahani to help him with parties that he knows in advance will fail and make her feel miserable, having Eleanor become his assistant and bonding with her to make her feel even guiltier about pretending to be someone else, etc]].

* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil shows have this trope in spades. The first time out, one's attention tends to focus on the often-spectacular acrobatics and comedy acts (which is as it should be), but with repeat viewings the distinctive characters and relationships, throwaway gestures, background events, music, etc. are easier to notice and appreciate. This is especially true with non-touring shows such as ''Mystere'', ''"O"'', and ''LOVE'', which crank up the SceneryPorn and often invoke LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. And any show with real AudienceParticipation will be a little bit different every time.
* The 2013 musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' manages this by revealing/confirming in the final moments that [[spoiler: the tramp at the dump was Willy Wonka in a disguise]]. A second viewing with awareness of this detail reveals not only lots of {{Foreshadowing}} via dialogue, stage business, and even visuals but also the ''anti-foreshadowing'' used to plant the thought "...no, ''that'' can't be possible" in the audience's minds, via [[spoiler: Mr. Wonka's carefully maintained Jerkass Facade with regards to Charlie]].
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' recycles an awful lot of its early melodies with different lyrics later on - usually repeatedly. It's difficult to catch on a first viewing that these similar melodies are used to thematically compare and contrast the different lyrics being put to them. To give a few examples:
** The melody for Eponine's "On My Own" - a song about the character admitting to herself that her love for Marius is delusional - is used at various other points where characters are suffering from comforting delusions - Fantine on her deathbed, Cosette protesting that Valjean doesn't have to die yet, etc.
** Valjean and Javert both have contrasting soliloquies to very similar melodies, but where Valjean's keeps increasing in pitch as he "climbs to the light" to become a better person, Javert's remains around the same pitch until suddenly jumping up on the final note as he [[spoiler: commits suicide]] - because Javert doesn't manage to find any means of escape from his own emotional and moral pit other than [[spoiler: death]].
** One melody is recycled for various instances of Valjean protesting miscarriages of justice - first against himself ("Now every door is closed to me/Another jail another key"), then against Fantine ("You've done your duty, let her be/She needs a doctor not a jail"), then against his unfortunate doppelganger ("You say this man denies it all/And gives no sign of understanding").

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* In the opening cutscene of ''Videogame/FableIII'', Logan looks at a map of Albion and pronounces like a despot, "This is my Albion. Its cities will bow to my law or they will burn. Its mountains will bend to my will or they will fall. This is my Albion. Its people will do as I say or they will die. Its future will be as I decree or it will end. I have seen what must be done, and nothing will stand in my way. We will be greater and we will be stronger, no matter what sacrifices we must make. This is my Albion, and I will see it destroyed before I surrender it." [[spoiler: When you know that he's trying to protect Albion from an EldritchAbomination called The Crawler and is doing everything he can no matter how lurid or tyrannical, his speech becomes sad and poignant.]]
* ''Videogame/SpecOpsTheLine'': The entire game, full stop, when you know [[spoiler: it's ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, HearingVoices and just general psychotic guilt]]. For example:
** All conversations with Konrad and the Radioman over the radio; the Radioman's taunting annoys your teammates to no end, [[spoiler:but they never acknowledge Konrad's existence in conversation, because ''they can't hear his voice''.]]
** Everything shouted by [[spoiler:Walker's hallucinatory version of]] the toughest Mook in the game, a Heavy Trooper with double health. Unfortunately these lines can only be heard on the Boss' first attempt, and the most distinct line [[spoiler:("The only villain here is you, Walker. There's only you."), which foreshadows that the BigBad is already long dead]], can only be heard if the Boss is defeated on the first go.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' has a fair number, [[spoiler: especially given that the characters are trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop.]] “Proper story’s supposed to start at the beginning. Ain’t so simple with this one.”
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsCovenant'' has a twist ending that... Does something to the character dynamics. [[spoiler: The female lead character falls in love with the main character... Who turns out to be her son, thanks to little time travel incident at the end. Thankfully the relationship never went anywhere beyond one-sided crush, so it's all just a bonus to the game's pervy humour.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' Viktor Reznov, the Red Army sergeant from ''World at War,'' is a prominant character during the story of ''Black Ops'' twenty years later. We first see him as a fellow prisoner in a Russian prison camp who escapes with Alex Mason, the protagonist. They are seperated, but Reznov turns up years later as a Russian defector and joins Mason's MACV-SOG unit on their various [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin black ops,]] going as far as wearing an American uniform; he actually blends in frighteningly well with American Marines whenever they're around. MACV-SOG has a precident for this in the form of Grigori Weaver, another Russian defector whom Mason has to assure others is trustworthy despite being Russian. [[spoiler: It turns out Reznov died in the camp and from then on is actually a figment of Mason's imagination, ''Film/FightClub'' style. He's wearing an American uniform because Mason is replacing a random American with Reznov in his mind, but the player finds nothing strange about Reznov joining the unit and wearing the uniform because of previously seeing Weaver. Because Reznov is also an EnsembleDarkHorse, the unbelievability is further mitigated by the fact that a weak excuse is satisfactory if it allows him to have more screen time. Several innocent moments and seemingly unimportant lines of dialog are actually the people around Mason questioning his sanity as they notice fleeting moments where he's talking to someone who isn't there, but they're all cleverly disguised; the one time someone simply says "What the fuck is wrong with you?" to Mason, it seems as though he's chastising Mason for being startled and making noise when they're supposed to be keeping quiet.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' as a series has this due to MultipleEndings, but the ''Overlord'' DLC has a different form. Throughout the mission, you hear a noise that sounds like random static multiple times, until you get to the end and hear it with no distortion. The next time you play, you will very clearly hear [[spoiler: QUIET PLEASE MAKE IT STOP]] every time you play.
* The more you replay ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the more facets the story gains. Even Act I, which seems completely irrelevant to any on-going MythArc in the series at first playthrough, turns out to have set up plot points that have a huge impact in the endgame. The storytelling in the game is so subtle, many players never come to appreciate it (further fueling the epic FlameWar surrounding the game), but it's not uncommon to hear people suddenly "get it" after giving it a second (or third) chance. [[InnocuouslyImportantEpisode It became an even bigger example of this]] once ''Inquisition'' came out.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Many conversations with Solas and Blackwall take on new meaning after learning their respective [[TheReveal Reveals]]: Blackwall [[spoiler: isn't actually Warden Blackwall, but a war criminal who took his identity after the real Blackwall died.]] Likewise, Solas [[spoiler: is revealed to be the ancient Elven God Fen'Harel ("The Dread Wolf") in the final scene of the game; extra points for openly wearing a canine jawbone as a necklace the entire time you knew him]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' uses very subtle storytelling techniques to describe its characters. BigBad Ultimecia is a particular victim of this, as it's not clear people are referring to her origin unless you play the game the second time and note when [[GrandTheftMe she is speaking through someone else.]] By the same token, much of Cid and Irvine's behavior through the first two discs of the same takes on a great deal more significance once you know the whole backstory.
** Similarly, if you replay ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' knowing that [[spoiler: Cloud was never really in SOLDIER and most of his memories are recounted as if he were someone else]], the flashback scenes play very differently, as do Tifa's reactions to them, because [[spoiler: she knows that Cloud's account of what happened isn't accurate. Aerith's date is essentially her trying to tell Cloud to stop pretending to be Zack.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' foreshadows Zidane's origins when he talks about only remembering a blue light and his [[LimitBreak Trance]] skills are more destructive and exotic compared to the rest of the party. [[spoiler: He hails from another planet that is bathed in a blue light and was created to be the ultimate soldier of destruction.]] Replaying the game with this knowledge in mind can give players a different look on Zidane and the what ifs with his intended purpose.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' plays out a lot more differently when you know the various secrets behind each character and the way they're acting.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' plays up Dr. Cid being crazy by talking to someone that no one can see or hear. Playing the game over again after learning that [[spoiler: Cid was actually talking to Venat]] can have those scenes look quite different. Likewise, Balthier breaking his stoicism whenever nethicite or the Draklor Laboratories are brought up makes more sense when you learn that [[spoiler: his father was Dr. Cid and had dabbled most of his life researching nethicite]]. There's also the scene of "Basch" betraying his men and the king, which is foreshadowed with [[spoiler: his voice having a subtle difference in the accent. This is revealed later on to be Basch's twin brother.]]
** On replays of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', it becomes extremely obvious that [[spoiler: the "Ardyn" you first meet]] in Chapter 11 [[spoiler: is actually Prompto, as his dialogue matches Prompto's general speaking style and vocabulary perfectly [[OutOfCharacterAlert and doesn't sound like anything Ardyn would really say]]]]. It's also a lot more painful, as you know [[spoiler: Prompto is watching his friend violently trying to kill him, and the fear and [[EtTuBrute shock]] in his voice is completely genuine]].
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain.'' Not so much bonus, as replaying the series a second time is the only way you'll begin to understand its KudzuPlot without someone helping you.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is chock full of this, as several lines in the game are given new context with the knowledge of [[spoiler: the amnesiac protagonist's true identity as Darth Revan, the main antagonist's former master. However, many of these key lines are presented as a flashback sequence right before TheReveal]].
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' is ''loaded'' with these. There is much {{foreshadowing}} to the endgame. Many hints that [[spoiler:Clayface is masquerading as the Joker to cover for the real deal because of his failing health]] are given throughout, but don't become apparent until a second playthrough.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has a ''boatload'' of foreshadowing, especially in regards to [[spoiler:the Moon.]] All examples are listed on that page.
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' ''definitely'' warrants a replay once you learn that [[spoiler: Sissel is a cat]].
* ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'': Some Fate Episodes of specific characters have minor changes in dialogue if you manage to view them again after unlocking another version of that same character, or any version of another supporting character.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' contains a thick and complex plot that tends to be easy enough to follow on the first playthrough. However, during a second playthrough, perspective will alter your perception of the storyline, most noticeably everything regarding [[spoiler: Joshua]]. It happens again after you've played through the game again and gotten all the [[NewGamePlus secret reports]], this time with [[spoiler: Hanekoma]].
** Most notably, the opening movie actually sums up the entire plot, but you won't know until a second playthrough. Even the biggest spoileriffic detail is there, though it's a FreezeFrameBonus.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is another example of an opening movie that makes more sense after beating the game. It contains scenes from the last few chapters, and there's even a glimpse of [[spoiler: Valkyria!Alicia.]] Some cutscenes in the main game benefit from a second viewing too, e.g. Isara's "I want to fly my brother" line makes absolutely no sense the first time you hear it, until you learn [[spoiler: she's building a plane.]] And if you replay the game after finishing the DLC, you'll never feel the same way about [[spoiler: having to fight Oswald the Iron in chapter 10...]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Illbleed}}'' generally doesn't have too much to warrant a replay, but after the true ending, and on the offchance you play the game again, you'll notice something interesting in the intro: [[spoiler: the monster that was chasing Eriko was her dad, Michael Reynolds]].
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', you'll likely not realize the significance of most of Marston's interactions with the Strange Man in the optional "I Know You" mission until you've seen the game's ending [[spoiler: and know that he dies. Most notably, your final confrontation with him takes place at the site of Marston's future grave.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has a few safe combinations that you can't find out until later in the game, and plenty of foreshadowing of plot points and later enemies.
* Since they're so full of WhamEpisode, a lot of ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' games are fun to replay just for the sake of subtle {{Foreshadowing}}. In the case of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia,'' it's worth playing twice to try out the MultipleEndings as well. Here are a few more examples.
** Nearly every single opening video shows something that happens later in the game, and you'll only fully understand the openings once you've beaten them. ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' shows [[spoiler: Kratos and Lloyd about to duel, presumably to release Origin.]] ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', shows [[spoiler: Eldrant and Asch and Luke's final duel on top of it, and the hyperresonance that destroys Akzeriuth.]] The [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime]] eventually shows [[spoiler: Luke speaking with Lorelei and [[PietaPlagiarism holding Asch in his arms]], which is basically the second-last scene.]] The very first image in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' shows [[spoiler: adult Sophie at the end of the future arc. It also shows Richard disappearing into the Lastalia shaft and Lambda's old body in the spaceship wreckage.]]
** There's nearly always a traitor in your midst. Play the games again and you'll notice that some of them - including [[spoiler: Anise]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' and [[spoiler: both Zelos and Kratos]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' - are especially harsh towards minor characters who turn out to be traitors, and they often warn the party not to be too trusting. Guilty conscience, perhaps?
** Late in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', you learn that Guy was initially [[spoiler: in league with BigBad Van.]] Play the game again and check out the conversation Guy has with Van in the manor in the first hour. Van mentions something about "leaving everything" to Guy, just as Luke approaches, and then Pere, who's also hanging around, shouts "Master Luke!" Seems like an incongruous exchange the first time, but the second time...[[spoiler: wait a second, is Pere ''spotting'' for them to make sure Luke doesn't overhear their conversation? Genius!]]
*** Similarly. there are a few instances where, if you are playing the game the second time around, it actually becomes a little more ''painful''. Guy's Gynophobia and Luke's amnesia and ignorance of the world are PlayedForLaughs. However, if you know that [[spoiler: Guy's gynophobia stems from PTSD of being buried in a pile of dead women who took the sword for him and Luke is really only seven years old due to being a clone]] then these instances might actually make you say DudeNotFunny.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has many. An early scene has Alvin describing his gun as a magical device that summons fire spirits. On a first playthrough, you'll proably just chalk it up to the fantasy setting (where all technology works through magic and spirit summoning). On a second, you know [[spoiler: he's lying: it's just a normal gun. Alvin comes from another world that has modern-day technology.]] A lot of the game also takes on a very different meaning once you know [[spoiler: Mila isn't really the Lord of Spirits.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': A lot of twists that come late in the game [[spoiler:such as [[BigBad Liquid Snake]] [[DeadPersonImpersonation pretending to be]] [[KillAndReplace one of your support]] on the codec the whole time]] results in many scenes and conversations from earlier on now taking on totally different meanings when replaying the game. As some examples:
*** If you Master Miller shortly after [[spoiler:"Donald Anderson"]] dies in front of Snake, and you'll get Miller in total surprise at the death. After a second playthrough and you realize [[spoiler:it's not your friend in shock that the man you tried to rescue dropped dead. It's the main villain surprised that his own henchman suddenly got killed.]]
*** When Snake recovers his gear after the torture segment and discovers that Revolver Ocelot [[spoiler:planted a bomb in his equipment]], if you call your support staff they'll all remark on Ocelot's actions. [[spoiler:Miller is particularly disgusted, which seems understandable but after knowing the truth, you realize Liquid's actually angered at how Ocelot acted against orders, since he's manipulating Snake and needs him alive. Ocelot acting against orders also perfectly foreshadows his reveal as a double agent in TheStinger.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', the big twist at the end is that the events of the Plant Chapter were a series of carefully manipulated recreations of the events in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. The hints towards this twist are a bit more obvious during the second playthrough, particularly with the (A.I.) Colonel often letting it slipped by with his open distrust and hostility towards Solid Snake (who is disguised as a surviving SEAL Team 10 member) by acknowledging that he's an unaccounted factor in the "simulation", as his presence was not planned for.
* Ada being a spy sent to recover the G-Virus in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' may seem like it comes from nowhere at first, but playing the game a second time with the knowledge in your head lets you pick up the more subtle cues that Ada isn't all who she appears to be; Ada is very quick to ditch Leon on multiple occasions, doesn't give a reaction to Leon when he formally introduces himself, encourages Leon to leave her when she gets wounded, and you can almost hear the "I don't give a damn what you think of me" tone in her voice when she replies to Leon after he scolds her like a child for running off without him. Ada is trying to accomplish her mission at all costs and she has to keep up her identity as a "civilian" without Leon catching on. Of course, Ada's resolve waivers slightly after Leon takes a bullet for her when Annette Birkin tried to kill her.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfDragoon'' has some of this - a few specific instances:
** Dart's interactions with Lavitz become a little... well, sad the second time around knowing that [[spoiler: he never will get to buy Lavitz that drink.]]
** The first time you fight Lenus, she makes an impossible escape and before she does so, says "Hey, you over there! What do you think of that!?" and points at ''Meru''. Then during the scene after, Meru is in the scene and has some focus, which is a bit odd given what else happens. [[spoiler: Suddenly these weird interactions make sense when you realize Meru's a Wingly herself,]]
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is positively loaded with these, as the main plot twist is foreshadowed in almost every dialogue ever, from [[spoiler: Master Li being surprised you came back early (the bombers weren't yet there, and only Dawn Star's kidnapping got you out of the village in time)]] to utterings of random passersbies [[spoiler: 'he couldn't have known this, could he?']] to the heavy hints the Water Dragon is dropping in every sentence.
* 9:05 is a very brief InteractiveFiction game by Creator/AdamCadre that opens with what appears to be an exceptionally mundane situation -- you're woken by an alarm clock and have to scramble to get to work on time. If you actually show up to work, however (you're given the option to just keep driving), the game ends abruptly with the revelation that [[spoiler:[[TheEndingChangesEverything you're actually a home invader]] who murdered the man whose bed you were sleeping in, and whose job you're going to]]. If you replay the game you can find [[spoiler: the body under the bed]], and the option to keep driving allows you to [[spoiler:make a clean getaway.]]
* Atlas in ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' has a VerbalTic; every time he asks you to do something, he says ''would you kindly''. This becomes a lot more meaningful when you meet Andrew Ryan, who has uncovered an Audio Diary where Dr Suchong demonstrates [[spoiler:mental conditioning with a child who has been conditioned to obey any command if it comes before or after the phrase "Would you kindly". Turns out Atlas has been psychically controlling you from the beginning]].
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'':
** At the start of the game a man and a woman row Booker out to a lighthouse, after which they seemingly disappear from the rest of the game. Were it not for the fact that this scene is meant to appear unimportant, and thus quickly forgotten, then this one scene with them would make it blatantly obvious that [[spoiler:these two are the Lutece twins who appear repeatedly throughout the game. For example, the subtitles refer to them as "A Gentleman" and "A Lady", which are also used to refer to the Luteces until their names are learned; they talk about "experiments", which should give away that they're scientists; they even sound exactly the same. The only attempt to mask their identity is the fact that their faces are hidden]].
*** Furthermore, their back and forth of "He doesn't row?" "No, he ''doesn't'' row" "Oh, I understand" seems like bizarre nonsense the first time you hear it. After finishing the game [[spoiler:and hearing all the discussion of Constants and Variables, as well as learning that there are [[TitleDrop infinite]] variations of that scene, you realise what "He ''doesn't'' row" means - it is a Constant that Booker doesn't help the Luteces row, meaning it's pointless for Rosalind to try and get him to help.]]
** Many of the criticisms that Booker and Comstock say to each other could [[spoiler:easily be used to describe the one giving the criticism, which makes sense as they're alternate versions of each other]].
** The TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that Booker gives Comstock [[spoiler:as he starts strangling him]] has Booker call Comstock out on "abandoning" Elizabeth, even though what Comstock did is more along the lines of trying to control her life rather than forget about her. The reason for this is that [[spoiler:Booker's speech is actually subconsciously directed at himself, because he feels guilty for selling Elizabeth, thus abandoning her]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', being a mystery plot, has a ''lot'' of this. Every major player in the mystery is introduced in the first hour of the game, including the killer, both [[RedHerring Red Herrings]] and real mastermind. In particular, once you know who the killer is, almost ''every scene with them'' takes on an entirely new meaning. And of course, to second-time players, [[spoiler: the protagonist "feeling funny" after shaking the gas station attendant's hand]] sticks out like a sore thumb.
* The opening cutscene of ''Videgame/BatenKaitos'' seems like it's just an [[AttractMode Attract Mode]], the developers showing off technical proficiency, or some basic world building. However, most of the lines show up in the game, and the last two lines end being used in a completely different fashion than the viewer would expect. [[spoiler: "Now, be what you've always ''dreamed'' to be!" would be a massive, game-changing spoiler, if the viewer had any idea what was really being said.]]
* A huge amount of things in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' take on an entirely different meaning with context revealed only near the end of the game. In particular: [[spoiler:anything to do with Alvis, Zanza, Meyneth, Dickson and the Monado. Especially Alvis' heavy use of ExactWords]]. The things the High Entia ancestors tell Melia in the tomb and comments about the statues on Prison Island also make much more sense once you know [[spoiler:about the connection between the High Entia and the Telethia]].
* Rewatching the opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' after beating the game, [[FreezeFrameBonus eagle-eyed players]] may notice [[spoiler:The Vita and The Ares]]. Lines of narration about [[spoiler:the Coalition Government knowing about the war in advance]] also make significantly more sense after learning about a particular late-game twist.
* ''Videogame/MinecraftStoryMode'':
** The opening cinematic has a narrator talking about "The Order of the Stone" -- four friends who went on to become legendary heroes. If you watch this scene after TheReveal that [[spoiler:Ivor was a member of the order but was [[UnPerson erased]] from the story]], you'll notice that the narrator puts emphasis on there being only ''four'' heroes.
--> ''These FOUR friends together, would give so much to gain their rightful place as FOUR heroes''
** The opening cinematic begins by talking about how every legend slowly becomes a lie as more details are lost - the one exception being the legends of "The Order of The Stone". [[spoiler:Once you know about the Order using the command block to easily accomplish their legendary feats, and also having a fifth member who was removed from the legends, it becomes apparent that the narrator was hinting at the beginning that he was about to tell one big lie]].
** [[spoiler: In Episode 3, if you realize that Lukas knows about Petra/Gabriel's illness, you can spot him looking away from them in panic in some scenes.]]
** TheReveal that [[spoiler:the Order's story is a fraud]] makes a lot of what happens take on a completely different meaning.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' the 13th mission has you going to defeat Arlon the Serene in the Lunar Sanctum. In the 20th mission, you learn the the Lunar Sanctum [[spoiler: was the prison of the Chaos Kin]]. On a second playthrough, you may pick up on foreshadowing of this fact, such as [[spoiler: "[Viridi] said I mustn't let your attacks spread CHAOS here of all place." and "I'm afraid the Lunar sanctum doesn't have room for any MORE guests."]]
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': The identity of the game's antagonist is much more pronounced on a second playthrough. [[spoiler:There is a lot of foreshadowing pointing to Airy not being who/what she says she is, most notably when another Vestal meets her, and expresses confusion as to what a 'Cryst-fairy' even is. TheReveal that Airy was using the party to over-stimulate the Crystals and that her millennia-long plan was nearing its completion makes her ContinueYourMissionDammit attitude stick out much more]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', at the end of the main questline you find out that the reason the dragon Alduin suddenly appeared at the beginning of the game [[spoiler: was because he went back in time to try to kill you (the Dragonborn) before you realized your powers and posed a threat.]] At first he indiscriminately attacks the entire area, but if you don't take shelter right away and linger outside for awhile (far longer than any semi-competent player would spend during the sequence), you'll see him stop to look around, and if you're still there he'll recognize you and start targeting ''you'' specifically. Ironically, this is also a case of NiceJobFixingItVillain, since he appears just as you're about to be executed.
* Some of the nihilist comments (or even tirades) in ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' make a surprising amount of sense after [[VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction the fourth game]] reveals that [[spoiler: the world is based on Mater Unit Amaterasu's dream, and keeps coming back to that shape because her will overrides everything else - so a lot of the characters' actions genuinely are pointless and lacking consequence]]. This works [[FridgeBrilliance especially well]] when done by Arakune ('In the end, you and I... are pointlesspointlesspointless!') and Terumi (eg. his 'World of lies' speech in ''Continuum Shift'''), because [[spoiler: Arakune is directly connected to The Boundary, Amaterasu's resting place, and Terumi is Amaterasu's brother]] - they know the truth much better than everyone else.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'': Replaying the game after beating it with all Chaos/Super Emeralds as Sonic makes the mural in Hidden Palace take a new meaning when you realize that [[spoiler: it predicts the [[TrueFinalBoss final boss battle]] in Sonic's story.]]
** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'': As a result of the game's story being shown from six different [=POVs=], replaying it gives new context to many of the cutscenes in which the characters' stories intersect, as well as the Tikal flashbacks, which tell a story in an AnachronicOrder.
** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'': Replaying the game after beating the Last Story makes you look differently at the cutscene in which Rouge looks up the files on Project Shadow and brings up the possibility of Shadow being a fake. In the Dreamcast version, you can even see a photo of [[spoiler: the Biolizard]] on the monitor belonging to the computer Rouge is using. In addition, replaying the game after playing ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'' and learning about [[spoiler: Gerald Robotnik's fascination with Angel Island and the Echidna civilization]] shows that this reveal was foreshadowed by hints in Sonic Adventure 2, as it explains the Artificial Chaos enemies, the recreated Master Emerald shrine, and possibly even Shadow's appearance.
** ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'': The cutscenes involving Dr. Eggman and [[spoiler: Metal Sonic]] gain more context after you beat all stories and learn that [[spoiler: the latter was posing as Eggman in order to collect genetic data on the player characters and Chaos]].
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'': Similarly, the cutscenes involving Mephiles gain new meaning after you learn his backstory and the fact that he's [[spoiler: involved in a StableTimeLoop with Shadow. It also explains Elise's possession of a Chaos Emerald, and offers a possible alternate explanation as to why Mephiles looks like Shadow]]. In addition, the reveal that [[spoiler: Sonic's death would prompt Elise to cry and release Iblis]] gives [[HalfTruth a new meaning]] to Mephiles' claim that Sonic is the Iblis Trigger.
** ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'': The late game reveal that [[spoiler: Chip is the light counterpart to the game's EldritchAbomination'']] gives new context to the cutscenes involving Chip and the Gaia Shrines, and his explanation that [[spoiler: [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Sonic's transformation]] was a result of absorbing Dark Gaia's energies and his willpower was the only thing keeping him from losing his head]] gives new context to the Werehog and his beast-like behavior.
** Replaying ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' after playing ''VideoGame/SonicForces'' gives new context to much of its story and cutscenes, given that the latter explains the origins and mechanics of the Phantom Ruby, the main driving force behind the former's story.
* When playing ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' for the first time, James Sunderland's behavior may seem strange at first; he sticks his hand into things without knowing what could be behind them, he doesn't turn his flashlight off when hiding from Pyramid Head behind see-through doors, he jumps down holes without a second thought, and when he meets Angela for the last time, he hesitates slightly when she asks if he is saving the knife [[DrivenToSuicide for himself]]. Once James' troubled past involving [[spoiler: killing his sickly wife due to sheer frustration from her emotional abuse towards him]] comes to light, everything he did up to that point makes sense; because of James' massive guilt, he's given up caring about his own self preservation and depending on how you play, it can finally spill over and result in him killing himself over it.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'':
** Prior to their first visit to the Meta-verse, you will notice that the Protagonist accidentally activates the Meta-Nav when he first meets Ryuji. Also, Ryuji unknowingly said all keywords to Kamoshida's Palace - specifically, "Kamoshida", "pervy teacher", "king of a castle" and "Shujin".
** When Akechi first meets the Phantom Thieves, he makes a remark about hearing someone talk about pancakes. [[spoiler: On the second playthrough, it becomes very obvious that Akechi had revealed too much, especially since it was Morgana who spoke about pancakes and only those who have been to the Metaverse could hear Morgana.]]
** Likewise, most players initially won't think too much of [[spoiler: Goro Akechi]]'s first appearance talking about the Phantom Thieves right after Madarame mentions there is a second Metaverse user. With knowledge of who the Traitor is, it comes off as suspicious that the game is introducing a character that is against the Phantom Thieves immediately afterwards.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has a surprising amount of details and justifications that only make sense after beating the sequel. Besides the reveals justifying [[spoiler:why no one has emotions, why Sera has godlike powers, and why everyone knows about things that don't exist in the Junkyard]], the biggest standout is the creepy and mostly unexplained Disneyland-expy called Destinyland. Destinyland is a demon-infested amusement park that tells a story about a princess and two princes, who look an awful lot like [[MysteriousWaif Sera]], [[HeroicMime Serph]], and [[HotBlooded Heat]]. [[spoiler:It's an accurate analogy of what happened to Sera five years ago, down to the fairy tale setting reflecting her young age, and the garbled penultimate chapter reflecting how she was traumatized by the experience]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Many of the cases in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' start out fairly simple and then head into complicated territory, to the point where you may have forgotten a small detail mentioned in the first day that had no significance until the final day. Special mention goes to the ''Investigations'' sub-series, mostly the second game. As the cases are a lot more connected than in the rest of the series, it's a real eye opener going back and seeing all the forshadowing.
* So much of the plot of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' involves {{cryptic conversation}}s, [[ManipulativeBastard chicanery]] and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness deception]] that watching it again is almost like watching a different story, especially with the large amount of foreshadowing. It's also out of order, meaning the first parts of the story only shows part of the picture (like in the case where [[spoiler: Keiichi's murder victim is mysteriously moved]]).
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is [[MindScrew even more confusing]] when one first experiences it, especially with the question of [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane whether the story is a fantasy or a mystery]], but after certain revelations, reading through it again has many strange details make much more sense. For example, rereading the first few episodes knowing that [[spoiler: Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice are only alter egos created by Sayo Yasuda]] completely changes the scenes where they are talking to each other [[spoiler:since it's eventually made clear that the conversations between Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice are only happening in Sayo's head and symbolize the conflicts in her heart]]. A reread after learning about [[spoiler:Sayo and her motive]] also changes several of the locked rooms from seemingly impossible to solvable and/or heartbreaking.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has a lot of this. Even after getting OneHundredPercentCompletion you probably ''still'' need to replay each girl's story route at least 2-3 times in order to truly catch and understand everything. Shizune's route in particular is so full of subtext that a lot of things, including the emotional element of Shizune and Hisao's relationship tends to go over a lot of players heads on the first play through unless they are ''really'' paying attention.
* In the ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' series you'd be hard pressed to find a character who isn't harbouring a massive secret of some sort (even among the POV protagonists) meaning everyone's actions are interpreted differently on a second playthrough. On top of that there are plot twists and mechanics that manipulate the fundamental basics of user interface that will change the players perception of things they didn't even realise could be altered.
* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' has plenty of this.
** There are several hints towards the FirstEpisodeSpoiler that won't be apparent until you play through the first chapter again.
*** [[spoiler:When Shuichi gets the cameras, Kaede is made to conspicuously pick up and examine a shot put ball. The first murder is committed with a shot put ball.]]
*** [[spoiler:Kaede insists on organizing the top bookshelf despite Shuichi pointing out there's no real benefit to doing so. Said bookshelf becomes the track used to drop the ball on the victim's head.]]
*** [[spoiler:[[CaptainObvious Most people tend to flip their shit the first time they see a dead body.]] Kaede conspicuously does not flip her shit, since she made the alive body a dead body in the first place.]]
*** [[spoiler:At no point does Kaede declare an intent to find the culprit, since she ''is'' the culprit. She always wants to find the mastermind, who she was trying to kill in the first place.]]
** It's rather interesting to watch the prologue again and note what lines up with what the BigBad claims at the end of the game and what doesn't.
*** [[spoiler:Kaede is much more verbally abrasive towards Shuichi and explicitly states how rotten she thinks the world is. Her audition tape shows she was a misanthropic nihilist before her entrance into the killing game.]]
*** [[spoiler:Kaede recalls how nobody lifted a finger to help her when she was abducted in broad daylight. Of course, nobody would think twice about Team Danganronpa "recruiting" their contestants.]]
*** [[spoiler:Kaede's dialogue indicates some familiarity with who the Monokubs are. She likely knows about them from her auditions.]]
*** [[spoiler:The Monokubs refer to the Ultimate Hunt as the "backstory". It's all a plot device to set up how they ended up in the killing game.]]
*** However, [[spoiler:Kaede, Shuichi, and Rantaro all explicitly identify themselves with the names they use during the killing game, and Kaede notes that she plays piano as a hobby, despite the BigBad claiming that every aspect of their lives was created for the killing game. It was probably easier to modify what was already there than to fabricate something from scratch.]]
* In the good ending of ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', it's all but outright stated that, [[spoiler:Vyers/Mid-Boss is a resurrected King Krichevskoy]]. Replaying the game with this in mind makes several moments change entirely.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. It's impossible to catch everything the first time around (Creator/{{Andrew|Hussie}} once claimed that you could read it ''10'' times and not catch all the {{Call Back}}s, {{Continuity Nod}}s, {{Ironic Echo}}es, {{Leitmotif}}s, {{Running Gag}}s, {{Foreshadowing}}, and the like), so you're ''bound'' to pick up on these while rereading. Given the KudzuPlot, unless you read Wiki/TVTropes or the forums it's not impossible you won't pick up on major plot threads until the second time around.
* While ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' wasn't as much pre-planned as, say, ''OnePiece'', it has its moments. Want to know what made Mega Man paranoid in the start of "Just Another Day" storyarc? [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext He saw his future self talking with future Bass and future X, along with his empty past self]]]]. What caused Mega Man [[spoiler: make a sudden FaceHeelTurn]]? During the time when Mega Man had brought his past self to the present after ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', Dr. Wily had kidnapped the past Mega Man [[spoiler:and programmed him to do just that]]. The whole [[spoiler:"[[ItMakesSenseInContext getting your head hit by several attacks to get an bug/eyelash out of your eye]]" was a part of the plan.]] ButWaitTheresMore! [[spoiler:That explanation was a big lie that [[BigBad Helmeted Author/Fistandantilus]], who was impersonating Mega Man, came up with to trick Dr. Light]].
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is ''full'' of symbolism and {{Foreshadowing}} which might not become relevant until fifteen chapters later. For one example, Jones explains her interest in Shadow's welfare simply as "he is unique." Much later, we find out that ''she'' is unique, singularly so, hence the interest.
* On the first read, ''Webcomic/{{Galebound}}'s'' Din gives in to demands with surprisingly little argument and seems to betray his own characterization regularly. When Conan's power is revealed, Din's sudden but disgruntled compliance in earlier pages makes sense: [[spoiler: Conan has been [[CompellingVoice accidentally commanding Din against his will]]]].
* At the end of chapter 41 of ''[[Webcomic/DHSComix Random Encounter]]'', Paige tells Claw that she figured out she was a girl as they escaped Oberon jail; this sheds new light on the strips [[http://dhscomix.com/comics/comic.php?v=41&p=9 immediately]] [[http://dhscomix.com/comics/comic.php?v=41&p=10 following]] that escape, where Paige first asks "are you really...?" and only after a good look at Claw's bindings and visibly becoming more content over several silent panels does she finish the apparent question, "[[GodGuise you're not really a god, are you?]]" In the next strip, she teases her about the possibility of going around shirtless, responding with a knowing grin when she refuses.
* A lot of information within Webcomic/ThePropertyofHate can be found through simply rereading the comic. It also puts several events into perspective [[spoiler: such as Toby and Dial being henchman of someone or Click using one of his eyes to track Hero and RGB.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': The whole [[spoiler:Church and Tex are AIs]] thing. It seems to come out of nowhere in season 6, but going back and watching earlier seasons--especially all the stuff with Gary--, you start to wonder how on earth you missed it the first time around! Same for the reveal of [[spoiler:Carolina's parentage]] at the end of season 10. It explains an awful lot [[spoiler:of the interactions with the Director and Tex]] in seasons 9 and 10.
* Rewatch WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviews from the episode right after WebVideo/SuburbanKnights to his WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee-leading finale of ''ScoobyDoo'' and you'll notice a ridiculous amount of {{foreshadowing}} for his intended end, from a [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/nostalgia-critic-thomas-and-the-magic-railroad-6006535 sudden fear of being a character]] to [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/nostalgia-critic-richie-rich-6036175 outright revealing the plot]].
** In the ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' review commentary, Doug says he loves the episodes with more characters the best, as you can rewatch and find someone doing something new each time.
* An interesting one in the ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V]]'' episode "Michael's Heist". After the event, Ryan reveals that he had figured out that [[spoiler:Michael had planned to kill off him and Ray and, had they not been killed by the police, would have faked their deaths and got revenge.]] Rewatch the live-action sequence and you can see Ryan reacting to what Michael was saying and when Ryan calls out the bullshit and gets answered with more bullshit, he starts realizing [[spoiler:he's being set up.]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* WebVideo/MatthewSantoro:
** The video ''Halloween'' makes more sense when you watch it knowing that there's a ScreamerPrank at the end.
** In the beginning of ''A New Planet & Antimatter'', Matt pats his body, and says, "Woah". This doesn't make sense until the end. At the end, Eugene breaks the container of antimatter, which kills Matt. Matt convinces St. Peter to let him go back to Earth instead of Hell, since he was just about to get 1500 subscribers. [[BookEnds He goes back, pats his body, and says "Woah".]]
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' has a good many things that can be easily missed; for instance, [[spoiler:did you ever notice that, in one of the very early entries, [[NothingIsScarier Alex walks]] ''[[NothingIsScarier right past the Operator in his own home?]]]]'' No, no you didn't.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** It takes multiple viewings to fully understand the several complex TimeTravel subplots and the ''boatload'' of foreshadowing in ''[[Recap/FuturamaM1BendersBigScore Bender's Big Score]]''.
** The season 4 episode, "The Why of Fry" features the revelation that [[spoiler:Fry was intentionally frozen for 1000 years by Nibbler]] in the pilot episode. When watching that episode (and the various others that show that scene as a flashback) again, it's possible to spot various subtle hints towards [[spoiler:Nibbler's presence in 1999]].
** When Leela is sentenced to death on the robot planet for being a human, she protests that she's not human; she's an ''alien''. [[spoiler: The computer judge never addresses this - and with good reason - Leela is revealed to be a mutant, but still human.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" features a significant number of subtle hints towards the TheReveal of the shooter which the viewer won't pick up on until future viewings when they start paying attention to the character's actions throughout both episodes.
* The first two seasons of ''WesternAnimated/TransformersAnimated'' have many retroactive moments that foreshadow [[spoiler:[[HalfHumanHybrid Sari's true heritage.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a very strong, yet subtle continuity, and the Rewatch Bonus especially comes into play with the season 3 finale and season 4. After Twilight becomes an alicorn and eventually becomes [[spoiler:the Princess of Friendship]], much of the actions that her mentor Princess Celestia took gain new perspective as she had to ensure that Twilight would grow into a kind, yet headstrong princess that was able to think for herself without getting the ponies of Equestria into trouble.
** It's worth noting that this wasn't the plan from the beginning, though, so Celestia's actions were likely originally meant to point to something else.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' notably has several bits of foreshadowing that aren't as noticeable on the first viewing. In particular the twist that [[spoiler: Norman Osborn was the Green Goblin all along and framed his son to take the blame]] has several bits that subtly hint at the reveal long before it occurs.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Various details revealed over the course of the seasons make past character behaviours a lot more interesting in retrospect- most notably [[spoiler: M'gann being a white martian, Roy being a ManchurianAgent and [[CloningBlues clone]] and the fact that Kaldur is actually a ReverseMole, not a traitor at all.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra:'' In light of the GrandFinale, most if not every personal interaction between Korra and Asami gains new significance as their relationship subtly progresses from aloof romantic rivals, to close friends that would come to trust each other the most out of the team, and eventually, [[spoiler: [[OfficialCouple something more.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' often has hints in the dialogue and background that can be connected to things that are revealed later.
** For example, the episode "Alone Together" provides some interesting hints at Garnet being a fusion of two gems, Ruby and Sapphire. Garnet is the most gleeful and encouraging of Steven and Connie fusing into one person, calling it an experience that is meant to be enjoyed. Also, when the other Gems say that fusion is hard for them to comfort Steven's initial failed attempts, Garnet deadpans that it isn't for her. She's right, it isn't, since she spends her entire life as a fusion.
** In the episode "Message Received", all of Peridot's dialogue from the beginning of the episode takes on a new meaning when we learn that her plan was to [[spoiler: try to convince Yellow Diamond to spare the Earth]].
** TheReveal that [[spoiler: Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond '''[[TwoAliasesOneCharacter were the same person]]''']] not only casts a whole new light on [[spoiler: her relationship with Pearl, the Gem War, and [[SuperpowerLottery several of her and Steven's powers]]]], but the ''entire'' series in general.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** A keen eye may notice the time traveler Blendin Blandin in the background of several episodes before his official debut in "The Time Traveler's Pig".
** Several actions and quotes of Grunkle Stan (such as his shocked reaction to the wax statue of himself in "Headhunters") take on new meaning after [[spoiler: TheReveal of his twin at]] the end of "Not What He Seems".
** Revisiting "The Time Traveler's Pig" after "A Tale of Two Stans" makes it clear to the viewer that [[spoiler:the person in what would become the Mystery Shack when Dipper and Mabel briefly travel to the distant past in the former episode is not Stan, but [[EarlyBirdCameo Ford]].]]
** In "Dreamscaperers," we see that part of Stan's mindscape is made up of [[AbandonedPlayground a creepy, decaying swingset]]. Given that most of Stan's mindscape is based off of the Mystery Shack, this doesn't make much sense. [[spoiler:Fast-forward to the credits of "Not What He Seems," where we see Stan and his brother as children, sitting on a similar swingset, quietly watching a sunrise.]]
* During one of the flashbacks in the ''[[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Dragons: Race to the Edge]]'' episode "Have Dragon, Will Travel - Part II", a laughing child runs past a very young Heather. After TheReveal at the end of the episode it becomes obvious that this child was [[spoiler:Dagur, who is really Heather's older brother.]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Eddy claims that his [[TheGhost mysterious older brother]] is coming to the cul-de-sac [[BigBrotherInstinct and will beat up anyone who hurts Eddy]]. However, when Sarah decides to one-up him [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine by showing up disguised as his brother]], he reacts with horror instead of excitement. At the time this seems like a comical overreaction, but it takes a far different meaning after ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'' reveals that [[spoiler: Eddy's brother is abusive]].
* In TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''Ego Trip,'' Dexter is assaulted by [[HumongousMecha giant time-traveling robots]] sent to "destroy the one who saved the future." This is the inciting incident for the movie's entire plot. As it turns out, [[spoiler:the one who saved the future was ''Dee Dee'', and Dexter ends up collaborating with his three [[MyFutureSelfAndMe future selves]] to build the mechs in the first place and send them to destroy her. If you rewatch the scene in which Dexter first fights the robots, you'll notice they ''don't actually do anything,'' because Dee Dee vacated the premises a few seconds before they arrived.]]
* Given the immense amount of planning that went into ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s story concept, and the way the late Monty Oum plotted out the entire series well ahead of time, the show is larded with many little details that seem insignificant at the time, but take on greater significance on subsequent rewatches. For example:
** In the Yellow Trailer, Roman Torchwick appears for a split second, hiring the red-sunglasses-wearing thugs who show up in the first episode of the show.
** Also in the Yellow Trailer, a black bird launches itself from a telephone wire as Yang dismounts from her bike and heads into the club. [[spoiler:It isn't until the ''fifth season'' that we learn her mother Raven Branwen ''can shapeshift into a raven''--so even as Yang was beating the streets looking for clues to her mother's whereabouts, her mother was right there watching her all along.]]
** Once you know what Pyrrha's Semblance is, you can see her using it in every little fight earlier on.
** The moments when Blake's bow seems to twitch by itself make more sense when you know [[spoiler:she has cat ears underneath]].

* This is known as [[http://www.damninteresting.com/the-baader-meinhof-phenomenon/ The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon]]. After you learn a new piece of information, you begin noticing it all around you. For example, learning of a new math term only to then discover that said math term has been present in previous equations, even though you didn't know about it at the time.
** Or as Lewis Black put it in layman's terms: "One day, your friend tells you about a bear he saw walking down the street, and you say "oh, that's ridiculous". And the next day, the bear's following you around!"
** Maybe something like, oh I don't know, an online database of recurring motifs and themes in media [[TvTropesWillRuinYourLife that makes it impossible to not notice them]].