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11:29:06 AM Sep 23rd 2013
The trope is wrong. Chekhov's Gun is about not putting anything that's irrelevant into the story. It is NOT about putting a minor detail that later turns out to be important.
11:48:09 AM Jan 15th 2014
The intro text discusses this misunderstanding. Though isn't the word "sadly" a bit loaded? Yes, it's a misunderstanding. But it's given us a useful phrase, allowing us to talk about a concept that previously didn't have a name.
12:45:15 AM Jan 16th 2014
I've always heard "Chekhov's Gun" refer to "putting a minor detail that later turns out to be important. ". The other thing is what The Law of Conservation of Detail is about.
12:13:40 PM Dec 3rd 2012
An article said that Vladimir Putin quoted 'a famous Russian playwright who said "if a gun is hanging on the wall in the beginning of the show, closer to the end it will surely fire".' Might have Beam Me Up, Scotty!.
05:57:22 AM Jan 31st 2012
edited by Madcapunlimited
never mind...
08:44:40 AM Mar 19th 2012
chekhov's guns v foreshadowing: in Lonesome Dove, Woodrow Call comments in the first episode that he likes to kick a pig once in awhile and he takes his two pigs with him on the drive to Montana. Of course, in the penultimate episode, Woodrow loses his ability to kick a pig (spoiler) and dies. Would this be called a chekhov's gun?

Regarding foreshadowing, in a later episode, Woodrow decides to get his spit read by the Mexican cook to see if he'll marry again. He spits in the wagon, the Mexican looks at it, and wipes it away, declines to read it, will only say that there are more wives for Woodrow. For a moment, Woodrow looks perplexed and the jovialty has suddenly evaporated from the occasion. Foreshadowing. Right?
10:00:01 PM Apr 1st 2012
edited by Riana
I have a suggestion for a new Chekhov trope. Chekhov's pregnancy. It's basically when a character mentions at some point that they had sex ends up pregnant.
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