Something that shows just how bad things are now or about to get

A character with a beauty mark below one of their eyes tends to be a tragic character.

Holy Absurd Adaptation, Batman!

The hero is bound and it looks like the enemy is attacking him, but he gets freed instead.

Form of Time Skip where same place used for comparsion

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