Misused (Single Prop Crowner 08/17/13): Early Bird Cameo get usage counts
- (91 of 105 pages)
Concern of misuse
- The Castle of Cagliostro: "As Lupin and Jigen drive away from the Casino with their loot, sharp-eyed viewers can spot the top of Goemon's head and the end of his sword in the back seat of the car amidst the cash. Do all those cars suddenly falling to bits earlier make sense now?"
- The Elder Scrolls In-Universe Books: "The Daedric Lord Jyggalag has actually been mentioned in the Lore since Daggerfall (in the book On Oblivion, where he was listed along with the other Daedric Princes), but we didn't learn anything about him apart from his name until the Shivering Isles expansion pack of Oblivion not only established him as the Prince of Order, but provided his on-screen debut in an Elder Scrolls game."
- Film.The Grey: "All of the main survivors appear in the bar at the beginning of the film, including Diaz who (very much in-character) starts a minor brawl."
- The Haunted Mansion: "The Haunted Mansion show building just sat around in New Orleans Square for a few years before the attraction opened. The only sign something was brewing was an advertisement on the door asking for ghosts to apply for residency."
- Film.The Hobbit: "So far, we've got confirmation of Frodo, Saruman, Galadriel, Legolas, and Sauron (at least in voice). Radagast the Brown is an odd case: he was in the book, but his role in the film version of Fellowship was filled by a moth Gandalf used to summon Gwaihir, Lord of Eagles."
- The Matrix: "Part of the Architect's room (some of the monitor screens) is seen as far back as near the beginning of the first movie, right before the Agents interrogate Neo."
- Wrestling.The Miz: "Arguably the character of The Miz, when he first appeared in The Real World." (Not Arguable)
Specifically misuse for Chekhov's Gun / man
- The Law of Conservation of Detail: "In Ar tonelico II, you can tell which characters are important to the plot because they have full-body pictures used when they speak; everybody else has only a small sprite. This leads to strange situations like identifying a character that turns out to be very important later during an otherwise innocuous scene."
- FireEmblemElibeBlazingSword.The Lords: "When he rescues Ninian and aids Lyn politically in Lyn's Tale."
- The Movolreilen Saga: "Sir Benlor Mesalgil is mentioned in the first chapter. It doesn't even warrant a spoiler to say he'll be important later."
- The Spectacular Spider-Man: "Most of the series early bird cameos function this way, as ostensibly tertiary characters soon become very important."
- WMG.The World God Only Knows: "WMG: The key Keima has in the first color page is the key to sealing away the Runaway Spirits for good. — Hey, it's possible. Plus, that'd be an awesome Early-Bird Cameo."
- The World Without The War: "Kasha is introduced in chapter 2, but doesn't become important until chapter 4."
Not my best check, but that was a lot more pages than I was expecting and I decided to pack it in early (documenting a wick check takes far too damned long as it is).
edited 18th Jul '12 10:06:21 AM by Stratadrake
- The pickpocket in The Adventures of Tintin is a Chekhov's Gunman, but not an Early-Bird Cameo - he is the Over the Shoulder POV of the opening montage and it's established that Thomson and Thompson are after him, but later he steals the wallet with the papers in it.
- In Baccano!, Ronnie Sukiart gets little screentime and no focus before the revelation that he was the demon who created the elixir of immortality on the Advenna Avis. Interesting to the audience and clears up a loose end in the backstory? Yes. Precedes him becoming a viewpoint character for longer than that scene, or solving or spoiling any of the three main plots? No. Early-Bird Cameo, but not Chekhov's Gunman (and not a consequence of adaptation).
- I can think of two ways in which a character could be both:
- In series - they are first mentioned or seen in passing, then later introduced as a minor character, then become directly engaged in the plot. For instance - Fallon, in The Prestige, first appears simply as Borden's nameless assistant. Then Angier and Mrs. Borden identify him and become concerned with him, and only in the climax is it revealed that he knows and is the secret behind Borden's masterpiece, the Real Transported Man.
- In parallel - they only appear as a Meaningful Background Event before becoming directly engaged in the plot. (Not thinking of a good example at the moment, but there's probably one on one page or the other.)
edited 2nd Nov '12 8:05:51 AM by Noaqiyeum
edited 6th Jan '13 4:23:59 PM by universalperson
Single Proposition: Early Bird Cameo
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