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->"It's rare for ''Series/GameOfThrones'' to have such a heartwarming, uplifting scene. That girl is so fucked."
-->-- ''[[http://direman.com/direman/comic.php?comicID=1353 Dave The Direman]]'' on a certain ''Game of Thrones'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming CMOH]].

This is when ChekhovsGun has been fired enough to make it predictable to long time viewers. Basically something will happen in a show, and a viewer knows what is going to happen next.

Let's say some woman buys a new dress. If it's fancy enough, and she gushes over it, [[DoomedNewClothes that dress is getting wrecked]]. Or say a guy has a fear of flying [[CompressedVice even if that is never shown before]]. Odds are he is going to get over it by the end (except when you're being [[{{Irony}} ironic]] in the [[IsntItIronic Alanis Morissette sense]]).

This is especially common in StrictlyFormula fiction, but [[TropesAreNotBad it doesn't necessarily hurt the story]]. That of course depends on the skill of the writer.

Note this is strictly when the clue is in the fiction itself. If the clue is meta to the story, it's another trope.

Let's say Sgt. Bilko in ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow'' has a GetRichQuickScheme. Even if we know it's not going to work, '''it doesn't count''' because [[OnceAnEpisode it's what always happens on the show]]. Now if he had a certain part of his plan that made it clear exactly how the plan would fail, '''that''' would be this trope.

Or let's say Dr. Series/{{House}} thinks he's solved the latest disease mystery. If the only clue that he hasn't solved it yet is the fact that the episode is only half over ([[MemeticMutation or he hasn't ruled out lupus by then]]), that is '''not this trope'''. That is SpoiledByTheFormat.

Or if you're watching anything from Creator/JossWhedon and you just ''know'' that the characters will be throwing BuffySpeak left and right, the HappilyMarried couple will implode or that the most likeable MauveShirt in the bunch will be KilledOffForReal in a horrible fashion. Or playing a Creator/BioWare game and can spot your future party member three levels before they actually join, or things are going so well at Act 2 that you're just waiting on TheReveal to throw everything straight to hell? '''Nope''', that's SignatureStyle.

[[RuleOfThree Or in yet another aversion]], should you sit through enough stories of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and notice that [[TheNthDoctor the Doctor]] or someone else defeats the Daleks seemingly for good, but you know from experience that it won't be long before they come back just as though nothing happened, bigger and badder than ever. You're '''really dealing with''' JokerImmunity. Again, that trope is just a relative of this one.

Also note that if the characters are aware of what is going to happen, that is LampshadeHanging due to GenreSavvy, which '''can count'''.

You can also know when a proper example of a SubvertedTrope happens, when something is telegraphed, but doesn't happen.

A SuperTrope to TemptingFate (characters saying something that dares the universe into making things miserable for them, with the universe happily complying), TooHappyToLive (the extreme happiness makes it clear that tragedy is about to strike).

Finally, examples shouldn't be specific, so much as be just about the clue, and what is going to happen next.

See also {{Foreshadowing}}.


* A sporting event is coming up on a teen sitcom. The good guys will [[DownToTheLastPlay win at the last minute]], usually with help from the last person anyone expects, leading to AnAesop about friendship and teamwork and so on.
** Unless it's the one-off about being a good loser or something. If that's the case, then the episode will usually ''begin'' with the loss rather than having it at the end.
* A character has two similar-looking items, but mixing them up would lead to a major FeeFiFauxPas or worse. He WILL [[UnfortunateItemSwap get them mixed up]].
* A good guy and a bad guy are [[{{Synchronization}} synchronized]]. There will be a HeroicSacrifice before the end.
* Swords over a fireplace, where any characters have any sword experience whatsoever, or even if they don't, as in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother.'' There will be a sword fight, almost certainly with lots and lots of {{Flynning}}
* Although it is JustForFun, the page on JustForFun/HowToSurviveAWarMovie has a good number of examples as well.
* Hot chicks are swarming the music star. At least one will be underage and lying about it and/or will sue for paternity within the next nine months.
* The guy being interviewed in the heart-wrenching human interest piece about drugs will overdose.
** In the same vein (bad pun), the guy who says AIDS is a myth always [[http://www.aidstruth.org/denialism/dead_denialists has AIDS and will die from AIDS related complications]].
* It's early in the show and [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong a potential disaster looms]]. It's going to happen.
* [[DeathBySex Two people are having sex. They are unmarried and really enjoying it. One or both will die]]. If it's one, the survivor will be accused of the other's death.
* If a WildTeenParty is being thrown at a house with a pool, someone is going to be involuntarily thrown in with their clothes on before the end of the night. 50/50 chance between the lead and the AlphaBitch.
** Depending on the show, someone's going to be [[DrugsAreBad really wasted]], fall in and drown.
* If a wedding ring appears at ANY TIME before TheyDo, [[LostWeddingRing that sucker is going on an adventure.]]
* A pure girl is [[IllGirl ill.]] Her illness is constantly brought up. And she isn't an action heroine or anything. [[DullSurprise Surprise surprise,]] [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth she's going to die.]]
* You know something's up when a MonsterOfTheWeek is defeated early into an episode.
* An all-powerful villain is introduced and has the heroes on the ropes. Nine times out of ten, he's TooPowerfulToLive.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse practically has its own private set of {{Undead Horse Trope}}s, elements that have been used to death and back again during the trillions of stories so far. For example:
--> '''Donald Duck''': "Hey, I have this problem."
--> '''Gyro Gearloose''': "You're in luck, I just invented something that will help you with that."
--> "That's cool, can I borrow this?"
--> "Sure. ''Just make sure not to do X or it will all [[GoneHorriblyWrong Go Horribly Wrong]].''"
--> "Yeah, sure, whatever."
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Whenever the InstantBandages on a character last for more than a single panel, it's guaranteed that the bandaged body part will suffer at least one more {{Amusing Injur|ies}}y.

* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] like hell in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where in-universe action movie plot is StrictlyFormula to its GenreSavvy young viewer. This continues to be brought up during his [[TrappedInAnotherWorld visit within the movie's universe]].
* In ''Film/UrbanLegend'', familiarity with the urban legends involved can spoil the experience. The "Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light?" sequence is particularly foreshadowed.
* In ''any'' movie featuring a monster, natural disaster, terrorist attack, supervillain or other flamboyant menace disrupting a public celebration, whoever is in charge of a community (usually the mayor) will [[CassandraTruth refuse to listen to any warnings]], either because cancelling the event will make him/her look weak and/or get bad press, or because cancelling it will be bad for the local economy. Of course, the predicted catastrophe ''will'' occur, and if the authority figure doesn't repent ''immediately'', he/she is due for a KarmicDeath at the hands of whatever he/she had dismissed. This trope becomes more enforceable the lower the prestige of the film, and ironclad if it's a TV movie.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Oh look, the [[Series/{{Frasier}} Cranes]] are throwing a party. Cue ASimplePlan, with the occasional FawltyTowersPlot.
* For at least the first few seasons, if an attractive woman showed up on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' for one or two episodes, if Charlie wasn't sleeping with her, Alan would be.
* A [[LargeHam big-name guest star]] is on one of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows (Particularly [[FanNickname The Mothership]] or [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]]). If this star isn't the victim or the defense lawyer, [[NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize (s)he's the perp]]. [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Criminal Intent]] likes to disrupt the curve by offering up multiple guest stars.
** If there's a courthouse PerpWalk, there's a 50/50 shot of a VigilanteExecution. If it's at the halfway point of the episode or 55-minute mark, the only question is who's going to pull the trigger.
* If, on nearly any episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', something is given somewhat significant notice, it will be used to solve the crime.
* Oh, look, the Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers are showing interest in a topic or issue that they usually don't. I wonder if the BigBad in the moon will find some way to turn it into or summon an appropriate monster, inadvertently teaching them a valuable life lesson on the issue in the process.
* One of the girls on ''Series/SisterSister'' just got two hot dates. Everyone knows there'll be a TwinSwitch coming.
* ''Series/TheFirst48'': The police have a suspect in interrogation. Is his face [[{{Pixellation}} blurred]]? If the answer is "yes", he's not getting arrested.
* Dr. Series/{{House}} has a new patient with a mysterious ailment. Said patient has a minor symptom that is mentioned, dismissed as irrelevant, and not mentioned for the next 30-40 minutes. Bet you ten bucks House's [[EurekaMoment brilliant final diagnosis]] is based mostly on that one symptom.
* Spoofed in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'''s "Get Me Hennimore!" sketches, parodying old ASimplePlan sitcoms. [[SurroundedByIdiots Bumbling assistant]] is given two incredibly easy-to-confuse tasks by his oblivious boss, who has to leave the office for some contrived reason - GilliganCut to the inevitable chaos that the boss comes back to.
* Exploited by ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''. The protagonist's vast knowledge of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' tropes allows him to notice when something happens during a battle that leads to the heroes winning, cuing the team to start turning the tables.
** Subverted in season 2's episode 11: [[spoiler:Malshina has performed a HostileShowTakeover on the ''Super Sentai'' series and altered the real world to one in which evil wins and all these "flags" are reversed, resulting in Delu-Knight winning a battle after doing a bunch of things that would make him lose. Later, Nobuo exploits this fact by doing the same thing.]]
* On ''Franchise/PerryMason'', in the period at the beginning of the episode where the murder hasn't happened yet, if someone says anything along the lines of "I'll kill you" to another person, the second person will end up dead pretty soon and the first person will be the prime suspect (and hence Perry's client). In court, if Perry asks to reserve the right to recall a witness, it's likely that said witness is the killer.
* The Polish drama show ''Trudne Sprawy'' (and its almost-identical twin, ''Dlaczego Ja''). Is one of the characters alone in their house, with nothing threatening going on right now, and suddenly there's a knock on the door ([[NarratingTheObvious helpfully pointed out by the narrator]])? With 99% probability it's a policeman (or two), arriving to relay the news that one of the protagonists' family members has been accused of a crime.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Two characters share a scene of open and genuine heartfelt emotion - be it romantic, familial or TrueCompanions-type? One or both of them will end up dead or maimed by the end of the season. It's even odds they don't make it through ''that episode.'' Season Six may have disrupted the pattern with the reunion of [[spoiler: Sansa and Jon. But since Jon had already been murdered and resurrected and Sansa had been put through the ringer by Ramsey Bolton, that might still count.]]
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', every SugarBowl planet that our heroes visit will turn out to be a CrapsaccharineWorld.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The love interest girl or UnluckyChildhoodFriend or just a childhood friend in an EasternRPG is a playable character. If she doesn't eventually leave permanently, there will be a two-hour stretch where she isn't playable, either by [[DistressedDamsel kidnapping]] or for some other reason.
* You just got a really cool new party member in an RPG. But what's this? You can't change their equipment or customize their abilities? You've just met a GuestStarPartyMember, and there's about a 90% chance they'll be KilledOffForReal soon.
* You suddenly find [[SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity a whole bunch of health and ammo, or a Save Point, at the end of a long coridoor.]] You check your map and notice the next room is large and empty-looking. [[SarcasmMode Surprise!]] There's a BossBattle coming!
* You get into a boss fight after a very dramatic build-up, and your attacks only do ScratchDamage. It's a HopelessBossFight, and you have to lose in order to progress the story.
* You've arrived at the end of a really ominous-looking dungeon, the characters give a RousingSpeech about this being the final battle and you're about to enter the apparent BigBad's lair... but there are still places on the map you haven't explored, and your completion percentage isn't anywhere near 100 despite making an effort to collect everything and do every sidequest so far. Is it no surprise you're up against a DiskOneFinalBoss?