Playing With: Foreshadowing

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 Heroic BSOD 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.
    • Continuity Nod
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  • Subverted: Bob says his grandmother has cancer, but 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. This comes true.
    • When the Evil Chancellor 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 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." "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 Five-Man Band prepare for their mission, Bob is absent, but the reason is not directly stated.

Back to Foreshadowing. Like Bob said, it would happen.