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04:34:18 PM Dec 4th 2013
Would it be worth making a new trope for a Chekhov's Baby, as it were? Where an infant character is shown and is assumed to be of little importance, because, y'know, it's a baby, but later proves to have a use after all. Think of the baby in the Incredibles.
09:37:12 PM Dec 4th 2013
I don't think it's sufficiently distinct.
05:55:37 AM Aug 18th 2011
Man of the real life examples just don't seem to fit. Of course before 'great' men (e.g. Hitler, Stalin, Napoleon, Genghis Khan etc) were great, they would have had less distinguished jobs, ranks etc. Doesn't make them Checkhov's Gunman, it just makes them real people.
09:47:41 AM Aug 3rd 2012
Seconded. Plus the example of the WWII generals is really moot. They'd never been generals in WWII if they hadn't been in WWI, for the sheer fact that there's only 20 years between the wars and you don't become general right after entering the military.
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