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.
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.