'''Basic Trope''': Something offhandedly mentioned or seen early on is important later.
* '''Straight''': During his first interaction with Alice, Bob casually mentions his grandmother has cancer. Later on, Bob's grandmother dies, so he has to go to her funeral and can't help Alice.
* '''Exaggerated''': Everything Bob says in his first conversation with Alice adds up to a number of reasons for why he can't help.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob mentions that his grandmother has cancer. Not too long later, she dies, putting him in a temporary HeroicBSOD that he quickly snaps out of. His grandmother and all related events are never mentioned again.
* '''Justified''': Bob's a nice guy and would want to be at his grandmother's funeral. Wouldn't you?
* '''Inverted''':
** For whatever reason, Bob says his grandmother doesn't have cancer. Later on, he can't help Alice because his grandmother is okay.
** Or Bob's grandmother has cancer and dies. Alice visits her funeral instead and can't help Bob.
** Or Bob's grandmother has cancer, but it's Bob that dies instead.
** Or Bob's grandmother dies from cancer early in the story, then Bob tells Alice about it much later.
** ContinuityNod
** CallBack
* '''Subverted''': Bob says his grandmother has cancer, but [[RedHerring this is never addressed again.]]
* '''Double Subverted''': ...until she dies near the end and he is unable to help Alice with an even ''more'' important task.
* '''Parodied''':
** Bob specifically says he won't be able to help Alice in the future because his grandmother has cancer and will die. [[GenreSavvy This comes true.]]
** When the EvilChancellor first appears, there's a neon sign hanging over his head that says "THIS IS THE BAD GUY!"
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob's grandmother seems to make a recovery, but dies at the last second. Bob leaves Alice to go to the funeral, but [[BigDamnHeroes bursts into the final battle at the last second]] anyway.
* '''Averted''': Bob's grandmother doesn't have cancer at all.
* '''Invoked''': Bob brings up his grandmother having cancer as an excuse to not help later on.
* '''Enforced''': Bob's actor quits before the final battle is filmed, so they take something he said before and use it as an explanation.
* '''Lampshaded''': "I knew this was gonna happen..."
* '''Exploited''': The villain knows Bob's grandmother has cancer and will soon die, so he focuses only on Alice, planning on Bob not being able to help.
* '''Defied''': Even though Bob's grandmother dies, he refuses to go to her funeral and helps Alice instead.
* '''Discussed''': "Your grandmother has cancer?" "Yep." "[[LampshadeHanging Won't that hinder us in the future?]]" "...Nah."
* '''Conversed''': "That guy said his grandmother has cancer. How much you want to bet she'll be dead halfway through the movie and he won't be able to help Alice?"
* '''Implied''': Bob mentions his grandmother having cancer. Later, when Alice and the FiveManBand prepare for their mission, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Bob is absent]], but the reason is not directly stated.
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Back to {{Foreshadowing}}. Like Bob said, it would happen.
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