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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Judy's carrot-shaped pen/recorder. It's how she blackmails Nick into helping her, [[BrickJoke which is then used by Nick to tape Judy's teary-eyed confession that she needs him.]] [[spoiler: It is finally used to tape [[BigBad Bellwether's]] confession.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'' has Judy's carrot-shaped pen/recorder. It's how she blackmails Nick into helping her, [[BrickJoke which is then used by Nick to tape Judy's teary-eyed confession that she needs him.]] [[spoiler: It is finally used to tape [[BigBad Bellwether's]] confession.]]


* The FinalBattle in ''Manga/FairyTail'' is ultimately won through the use of one-off techniques:

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** In volume 6, when Haru is facing down Siegfried, he's briefly able to get past his magical defenses by using the Eisenmeteor form of his sword, having realized that magical defenses only work on magic infused items. Much later, Siegfried is facing down Haja the Infinite, who has unlimited magic power. Unable to beat Haja with sheer magic strength, he instead rams him through the heart with a staff devoid of magic, having remembered what Haru said and realizing that Haja would be unable to block it.

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** In volume 6, when Haru is facing down Siegfried, Sieg, he's briefly able to get past his magical defenses by using the Eisenmeteor form of his sword, having realized that magical defenses only work on magic infused magic-infused items. Much later, Siegfried Sieg is facing down Haja the Infinite, who has unlimited magic power. Unable to beat Haja with sheer magic strength, he instead rams him through the heart with a staff devoid of magic, having remembered what Haru said and realizing that Haja would be unable to block it.



** Wendy picks up the ability to enchant other objects and people with her own magic during the battle with Irene to get out of a BodySwap and power up Erza's sword. [[spoiler:When faced with Acnologia's disembodied soul, Wendy uses this technique to [[AllYourPowersCombined transfer her and the other Dragon Slayers' magic into Natsu]], which proves to be [[PhlebotinumOverload more magic than Acnologia can handle]] when Natsu slams all of it into him at once.]]

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** Wendy picks up the on Irene's ability to enchant other objects and people with her own magic during the battle with Irene to get out of a BodySwap and power up Erza's sword. [[spoiler:When faced with Acnologia's disembodied soul, Wendy uses this technique to [[AllYourPowersCombined transfer her and the other Dragon Slayers' magic into Natsu]], which proves to be [[PhlebotinumOverload more magic than Acnologia can handle]] when Natsu slams all of it into him at once.]]

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** In one episode of ''NCIS'', [=DiNozzo=] contracts pneumonic plague, though he's treated by the end of the episode. Seasons later, [[spoiler:when Tony's car is blown up, Ducky's very sombre mood during the driver's autopsy turns to delight when he extracts a pair of perfectly healthy lungs - the plague would have left very obvious scarring. Whoever the unrecognizable driver was, it's not [=DiNozzo=].]]

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** Even the villains of previous arcs get this treatment by Oda. Notable examples include [[spoiler: Buggy, Mr 2, Mr 1, Blackbeard, and even '''Crocodile'''. Caesar as well, even though he was defeated in the Punk Hazard Arc, he proves to have a pivotal role upto the Whole Cake Island Arc.]]

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** After being mocked for having Intelligence when it doesn't have a direct effect on a Fighter's combat ability, he shows off the perks when his knowledge of archetecture (thanks to having both the stat and cross-class skill ranks)[[spoiler: to collapse a ceiling on his opponent]]. Later, that same knowledge of archtechture allows him to identify [[spoiler: the fact that a pillar isn't load-bearing and thus is most likely hiding something]].





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* Famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}''. She's first used as a disguise by Hector, which segues into him knowing where to take Miguel to find Ernesto de la Cruz because he borrowed the costume from a show Frida was planning with him. Miguel ends up meeting the ''real'' Frida as she prepares for the show, and she's the one to tell him where to find de la Cruz-- at a very exclusive party at his private tower. She also compliments his artistic instincts for good measure. Later on, Hector ends up getting into the party by disguising himself as Frida ''again'', and Miguel and his family ''all'' disguise themselves as Frida with her blessing to get to de la Cruz in the climax.
-->'''Frida Kahlo:''' Good luck, ''muchacho.''\\
'''Miguel:''' ''Gracias,'' Frida!



* Famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}''. She's first used as a disguise by Hector, which segues into him knowing where to take Miguel to find Ernesto de la Cruz because he borrowed the costume from a show Frida was planning with him. Miguel ends up meeting the ''real'' Frida as she prepares for the show, and she's the one to tell him where to find de la Cruz-- at a very exclusive party at his private tower. She also compliments his artistic instincts for good measure. Later on, Hector ends up getting into the party by disguising himself as Frida ''again'', and Miguel and his family ''all'' disguise themselves as Frida with her blessing to get to de la Cruz in the climax.
--->'''Frida Kahlo:''' Good luck, ''muchacho.''
--->'''Miguel:''' ''Gracias,'' Frida!



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* The healing machine introduced near the end of ''Series/BabylonFive'''s first season, and used 3 episodes later to revive Garibaldi. Then at the very end of the fourth season, someone uses it for a HeroicSacrifice.
* The Eye of Jupiter that turned out to be significant in Season 3 of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' was originally just one of many random pieces of artwork actress Creator/KateeSackhoff had painted on the wall of the set of Starbuck's apartment for the Caprica arc in Season 2. Which is kind of spooky if you think about it...
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has ricin. Walter created it early in season 2 in order to kill his psycho boss Tuco. It comes back later in season 4 when Walt attempts to do the same with Gus. [[spoiler: In the series finale, Walt finally successfully uses it to kill Lydia]].



* Midway through the ''Series/CovertAffairs'' episode "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", Annie, sneaking into an office at the Smithsonian, notices a [[LaserHallway trip alarm]] and doesn't trip it. So you just know she's going to trip it as she sneaks back out, which of course, she does; doors slam shut, the whole works. At the end of the episode, she's running away from the episode's main villain... and leads him right into the same room, wherein he trips the same alarm.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** This trope was less common in the Classic series, but the Blue Crystal from Metebelis III is an exception, having played a major role in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath "The Green Death"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders "Planet of the Spiders"]]. Its return was particularly unexpected, as the Third Doctor had given it to Jo Grant as a parting gift when she was PutOnABus at the end of the former episode.
*** And the Doctor keeps it around! He uses the crystal again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide "Hide"]], ''eight regenerations later!''
** One ''very'' persistent boomerang, even banging back and forth between ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'', is the Doctor's severed hand. After having been cut off the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], we see it in a jar for the entirety of the first season of ''Torchwood''. At the end of the season it starts pulsating, alerting Jack the Doctor is near. Just when you think it has served its purpose, bringing Jack and the Doctor together in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]], the Master steals it along with the TARDIS at the end of the very same episode and then proceeds to use to grab the Doctor's genetic code and age him in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]] and then even further in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]]. After the Doctor defeats the Master you think the damn thing is finally done with, but no, it's pointed out to Donna and Martha in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter "The Doctor's Daughter"]], and takes the Doctor's regeneration energy after he gets shot and creates a copy of the Doctor that goes on to live with Rose Tyler in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]].
** In series 6, the Teselecta robot, which is controlled by temporarily-miniaturised humans and which can impersonate anyone, has [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler an episode]] devoted to it. In the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong series finale]], it cameos briefly among several of the Doctor's friends and enemies while he's researching the Silence to find out why he has to die. That's it, right? No! [[spoiler:The Doctor's dead body that burned in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut episode 1]] was a Teselecta set to look like him, controlled by a mini Doctor who was "barely singed". So the Doctor's not dead after all.]]
** The Stasis Cubes in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], used to capture a single moment in time to make Gallifreyan artwork (it's BiggerOnTheInside). Okay, so the Zygons use it to get from England 1563 to 21st-century London. Used later with the Three Doctors when they need to get into the Black Archive to save Earth from [[EarthShatteringKaboom nuclear warheads buried underneath the Archive]]. And just when you thought you'd forgotten about it again and it's used up all its ammo, [[spoiler:the Doctors turn around and use it to ''save a freakin' planet''!!]]
* The pistol Dorothy finds in the trunk of the police car when she first lands on Oz in ''Series/EmeraldCity''. [[spoiler:She tricks East into killing herself with it]] by the end of [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E1TheBeastForever "The Beast Forever"]]. It's brought back again in [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E6BeautifulWickedness "Beautiful Wickedness"]] as the Wizard [[spoiler:wants to reverse engineer it to kill the Beast Forever]].
* ''Series/FatherTed'' uses this as a literal BrickJoke in the episode ''Speed 3'', a ludicrous spoof where Dougal will be blown up if the milk float he's driving goes under 4mph. After a brainstorming session with other priests proves fruitless, Ted uses Father Jack's pet brick (which he tripped over earlier) to weigh down the accelerator allowing Dougal to escape. After the bomb goes off after colliding with the evil milkman, Ted is knocked out by the brick as it plunges down from the sky. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Yes, it's that kind of show]].



* Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', was established as knowing sign language (to conveniently help/hurt Barney's claim that he was his deaf brother). This casually came up later, when he spoke to his ex's deaf boyfriend.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'': ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' threw a boomerang in 2005 and it didn't come back around until '''twelve years later''' in an entirely different series: Near the end of ''Blade'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:if the Joker is the last Undead standing, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world will end]]; [[TheHero Kazuma Kenzaki]] manages to avert this by turning himself into a second Joker, putting the Battle Royale into a perpetual stalemate]]. Then in 2017 in the ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' spin-off ''Kamen Sentai Gorider'', [[spoiler:Kuroto Dan enacts an elaborate plan to bring himself back to life, including an UnwinnableByDesign virtual world with himself disguised as Kenzaki appearance -- complete with his powers -- to oversee things. This attracts the real Kenzaki to the game world, who reveals that Dan screwed himself: since he's the ''only'' Undead around, the (game) world ends...and Dan's plot along with it.]]



* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Kenny, the first person Earl made restitution to after creating his list, has been made use of for his computer skills and working at a copy place several times since then. Once he got Earl, Randy, Joy, and Darnell jobs in an office by taking the computer literacy test four times -- once for each of them.
* In one of the first few episodes of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', it is established that Abby is fluent in sign language, since both of her parents are deaf. When she appears in the spinoff series ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', she is kidnapped by a serial killer who streams live video of her online. He also gives her a paralytic that wears off gradually as the episode progresses, starting with her hands. As soon as she is able, she begins fingerspelling to the team, such as the fact that the door is booby-trapped. Luckily there's another signer on the team...
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] recently pointed out the Zeo Crystal had been used like this in Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers in the transition to Series/PowerRangersZeo. It was first introduced mid-season as a plot device to drive the conflict between the heroes and villains for a couple of episodes, and, knowing Power Rangers, you would expect it never to be used again, but, at the end of the season/transition between series, it comes back as a way to restore the Power Rangers to their adult forms and give them new powers.
** Unsurprisingly, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has versions of this, since its footage is used for Power Rangers. Nearly every series has had [[TheMovie a movie in theaters]], and in recent years there has almost always been an exclusive powerup of some sort introduced, either for the rangers, their mecha, and sometimes both. They would then later be remembered by the rangers arbitrarily at some point later in the season and used only once, maybe twice before its end. (Sometimes after its end with the teamup movies) The only series so far with repeated use of the movie powerup in-series is [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkenger's]] Kyoryuu Origami Disc.
*** Naturally, when some of these were translated to their respective American seasons, they ended up becoming ForgottenPhlebotinum instead. Though some of these were only used for finale arcs or teamups with explainations why they were unavailable before, justifying that status.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' has the Electrobooster which is used for its function in the episode it is introduced, and then gets stored in the teams hideout where it comes back to play a part in the AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs finally.



---> '''Jacob/Selmak:''' "I have no idea how to alter a Stargate to perform such a function. I don't know of anyone who can."
---> '''Sam:''' "I think I know someone."

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'''Sam:''' "I I think I know someone."



* The healing machine introduced near the end of ''Series/BabylonFive'''s first season, and used 3 episodes later to revive Garibaldi. Then at the very end of the fourth season, someone uses it for a HeroicSacrifice.



* The new ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses this trope regularly, often to set up a dramatic scene for the season finale by introducing a concept earlier in the season.
** The two parter "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" hinges on the Doctor's Time Lord self being concealed in a fob-watch. This reappears a few episodes later in "Utopia".
** One ''very'' persistent boomerang, even banging back and forth between ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'', is the Doctor's severed hand. After having been cut off the Doctor in "The Christmas Invasion", we see it in a jar for the entirety of the first season of ''Torchwood''. At the end of the season it starts pulsating, alerting Jack the Doctor is near. Just when you think it has served its purpose, bringing Jack and the Doctor together in "Utopia", the Master steals it along with the TARDIS at the end of the very same episode and then proceeds to use to grab the Doctor's genetic code and age him in "The Sound of Drums" and then even further in "Last of the Time Lords". After the Doctor defeats the Master you think the damn thing is finally done with, but no, it's pointed out to Donna and Martha in "The Doctor's Daughter", and takes the Doctor's regeneration energy after he gets shot and creates a copy of the Doctor that goes on to live with Rose Tyler in "Journey's End".
** In series 6, the Teselecta robot, which is controlled by temporarily-miniaturised humans and which can impersonate anyone, has an episode devoted to it. In the series finale, it cameos briefly among several of the Doctor's friends and enemies while he's researching the Silence to find out why he has to die. That's it, right? No! [[spoiler:The Doctor's dead body that burned in episode 1 was a Teselecta set to look like him, controlled by a mini Doctor who was "barely singed". So the Doctor's not dead after all.]]
** The Stasis Cubes in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], used to capture a single moment in time to make Gallifreyan artwork (it's BiggerOnTheInside). Okay, so the Zygons use it to get from England 1563 to 21st-century London. Used later with the Three Doctors when they need to get into the Black Archive to save Earth from [[EarthShatteringKaboom nuclear warheads buried underneath the Archive]]. And just when you thought you'd forgotten about it again and it's used up all its ammo, [[spoiler:the Doctors turn around and use it to ''save a freakin' planet''!!]]
** This trope was less common in the Classic series, but the Blue Crystal from Metebelis III is an exception, having played a major role in "The Green Death" and "Planet of the Spiders". Its return was particularly unexpected, as the Third Doctor had given it to Jo Grant as a parting gift when she was PutOnABus at the end of the former episode.
*** And the Doctor keeps it around! He uses the crystal again in "Hide" ''eight regenerations later!''
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Kenny, the first person Earl made restitution to after creating his list, has been made use of for his computer skills and working at a copy place several times since then. Once he got Earl, Randy, Joy, and Darnell jobs in an office by taking the computer literacy test four times -- once for each of them.
* In one of the first few episodes of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', it is established that Abby is fluent in sign language, since both of her parents are deaf. When she appears in the spinoff series ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', she is kidnapped by a serial killer who streams live video of her online. He also gives her a paralytic that wears off gradually as the episode progresses, starting with her hands. As soon as she is able, she begins fingerspelling to the team, such as the fact that the door is booby-trapped. Luckily there's another signer on the team...
* Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', was established as knowing sign language (to conveniently help/hurt Barney's claim that he was his deaf brother). This casually came up later, when he spoke to his ex's deaf boyfriend.
* The Eye of Jupiter that turned out to be significant in Season 3 of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' was originally just one of many random pieces of artwork actress Creator/KateeSackhoff had painted on the wall of the set of Starbuck's apartment for the Caprica arc in Season 2. Which is kind of spooky if you think about it...



* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] recently pointed out the Zeo Crystal had been used like this in Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers in the transition to Series/PowerRangersZeo. It was first introduced mid-season as a plot device to drive the conflict between the heroes and villains for a couple of episodes, and, knowing Power Rangers, you would expect it never to be used again, but, at the end of the season/transition between series, it comes back as a way to restore the Power Rangers to their adult forms and give them new powers.
** Unsurprisingly, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has versions of this, since its footage is used for Power Rangers. Nearly every series has had [[TheMovie a movie in theaters]], and in recent years there has almost always been an exclusive powerup of some sort introduced, either for the rangers, their mecha, and sometimes both. They would then later be remembered by the rangers arbitrarily at some point later in the season and used only once, maybe twice before its end. (Sometimes after its end with the teamup movies) The only series so far with repeated use of the movie powerup in-series is [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkenger's]] Kyoryuu Origami Disc.
*** Naturally, when some of these were translated to their respective American seasons, they ended up becoming ForgottenPhlebotinum instead. Though some of these were only used for finale arcs or teamups with explainations why they were unavailable before, justifying that status.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' has the Electrobooster which is used for its function in the episode it is introduced, and then gets stored in the teams hideout where it comes back to play a part in the AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs finally.
* ''Series/FatherTed'' uses this as a literal BrickJoke in the episode ''Speed 3'', a ludicrous spoof where Dougal will be blown up if the milk float he's driving goes under 4mph. After a brainstorming session with other priests proves fruitless, Ted uses Father Jack's pet brick (which he tripped over earlier) to weigh down the accelerator allowing Dougal to escape. After the bomb goes off after colliding with the evil milkman, Ted is knocked out by the brick as it plunges down from the sky. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Yes, it's that kind of show]].
* Midway through the ''Series/CovertAffairs'' episode "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", Annie, sneaking into an office at the Smithsonian, notices a [[LaserHallway trip alarm]] and doesn't trip it. So you just know she's going to trip it as she sneaks back out, which of course, she does; doors slam shut, the whole works. At the end of the episode, she's running away from the episode's main villain... and leads him right into the same room, wherein he trips the same alarm.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has ricin. Walter created it early in season 2 in order to kill his psycho boss Tuco. It comes back later in season 4 when Walt attempts to do the same with Gus. [[spoiler: In the series finale, Walt finally successfully uses it to kill Lydia]].
* The pistol Dorothy finds in the trunk of the police car when she first lands on Oz in ''Series/EmeraldCity''. [[spoiler:She tricks East into killing herself with it]] by the end of [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E1TheBeastForever "The Beast Forever"]]. It's brought back again in [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E6BeautifulWickedness "Beautiful Wickedness"]] as the Wizard [[spoiler:wants to reverse engineer it to kill the Beast Forever]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' threw a boomerang in 2005 and it didn't come back around until '''twelve years later''' in an entirely different series: Near the end of ''Blade'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:if the Joker is the last Undead standing, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world will end]]; [[TheHero Kazuma Kenzaki]] manages to avert this by turning himself into a second Joker, putting the Battle Royale into a perpetual stalemate]]. Then in 2017 in the ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' spin-off ''Kamen Sentai Gorider'', [[spoiler:Kuroto Dan enacts an elaborate plan to bring himself back to life, including an UnwinnableByDesign virtual world with himself disguised as Kenzaki appearance -- complete with his powers -- to oversee things. This attracts the real Kenzaki to the game world, who reveals that Dan screwed himself: since he's the ''only'' Undead around, the (game) world ends...and Dan's plot along with it.]]


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* ''Literature/CastleHangnail'':
** Early in the book, Molly tries to solve a problem involving a donkey by adapting a spell that was designed to be used on cows. As the story progresses, she solves several more problems by using the same spell again, each time on a different kind of animal and never on an actual cow.
** The one bit of really impressive magic Molly knows to begin with is a spell that makes her shadow detach itself and do a dance. It turns out to be useful during a confrontation with a crooked property developer, and then again at the climax.


** Wendy picks up the ability to enchant other objects and people with her own magic during the battle with Irene to get out of a BodySwap. [[spoiler:When faced with Acnologia's disembodied soul, Wendy uses this technique to [[AllYourPowersCombined transfer her and the other Dragon Slayers' magic into Natsu]], which proves to be [[PhlebotinumOverload more magic than Acnologia can handle]] when Natsu slams all of it into him at once.]]

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** Wendy picks up the ability to enchant other objects and people with her own magic during the battle with Irene to get out of a BodySwap.BodySwap and power up Erza's sword. [[spoiler:When faced with Acnologia's disembodied soul, Wendy uses this technique to [[AllYourPowersCombined transfer her and the other Dragon Slayers' magic into Natsu]], which proves to be [[PhlebotinumOverload more magic than Acnologia can handle]] when Natsu slams all of it into him at once.]]

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* The FinalBattle in ''Manga/FairyTail'' is ultimately won through the use of one-off techniques:
** The Sirius Island arc introduces two spells: Fairy Sphere, a defensive spell that Mavis seals Fairy Tail inside to protect them from Acnologia on Sirius Island; and Magilty Sense, Merudy's signature magic, which she reveals earlier in the final arc can multiply other people's power. Incidentally, both spells require a deep, emotional bond between others to be properly cast. [[spoiler:Lucy--one of the most empathetic characters in the series, as noted in ''Anime/FairyTailTheMoviePhoenixPriestess''--figures out that they can use Fairy Sphere to [[SealedEvilInACan seal Acnologia away]], and Merudy uses her Magilty Sense to link Lucy with every wizard on the continent to power the spell.]]
** Wendy picks up the ability to enchant other objects and people with her own magic during the battle with Irene to get out of a BodySwap. [[spoiler:When faced with Acnologia's disembodied soul, Wendy uses this technique to [[AllYourPowersCombined transfer her and the other Dragon Slayers' magic into Natsu]], which proves to be [[PhlebotinumOverload more magic than Acnologia can handle]] when Natsu slams all of it into him at once.]]


* [[spoiler:Snake's prosthetic left arm]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. It's first mentioned as {{Foreshadowing}} in Door 8 by Clover (not on every route, though). It doesn't serve its first purpose in the plot until June and Junpei return to Door 3 in the Safe ending and Junpei realizes that [[spoiler:the corpse who they had assumed was Snake's has an ulna in his left arm, which is impossible]], leading him to conclude that [[spoiler:Snake is still alive]]. It then comes up again later in the Safe ending, when Seven and Junpei want to cross Door 9 [[spoiler:with the aid of the 0 bracelet they found (which functions like it's a 6, allowing their digital root to be 9)]]. Snake [[spoiler:crushes his fake arm and gets rid of it along with his bracelet so he can cross the door too without blowing up]]. This LoopholeAbuse was his last resort, his trump card, all along.

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* [[spoiler:Snake's prosthetic left arm]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. It's first mentioned as {{Foreshadowing}} in Door 8 by Clover (not on every route, though). It doesn't serve its first purpose in the plot until June and Junpei return to Door 3 in the Safe ending and Junpei realizes that [[spoiler:the corpse who they had assumed was Snake's has an ulna in his left arm, which is impossible]], leading him to conclude that [[spoiler:Snake is still alive]]. It then comes up again later in the Safe ending, when Seven and Junpei want to cross Door 9 [[spoiler:with the aid of the 0 O bracelet they found (which functions like it's a 6, allowing their digital root to be 9)]]. Snake [[spoiler:crushes his fake arm and gets rid of it along with his bracelet so he can cross the door too without blowing up]]. This LoopholeAbuse was his last resort, his trump card, all along.


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* The Spirit Egg in the anime version of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Initially, Yusuke is told that when it hatches, the spirit animal within will resurrect him, then he later uses it up to save Keiko from a fire. Several arcs later, it turns out the egg wasn't destroyed but simply used up all it's energy and it's now about to hatch into his spirit guide.


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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' it's mentioned about halfway through the movie that a group of people successfully controlled an Infinity Stone by sharing the burden. Near the end of the movie, the Guardians use the same method to stop Ronan using the Power Stone. In prompt 50 of ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/18270659/chapters/45904030 Calling You Out]]'', Quill makes everyone grab onto Tony when he uses the Infinity Stones to erase Thanos' forces, which allows him to survive, albeit with a crippled arm.


* In ''The Book of Three'', the first of the ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' series, Taran encounters and nurses a baby gywthaint (a hostile bird species enslaved by the BigBad back to health. Reader saw an AndroclesLion moment coming, and was unsurprised when it repaid the favor at the end of the book. It was then probably forgotten by most readers, making its return [[spoiler:and HeroicSacrifice]] in the final book all the more shocking.

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* In ''The Book of Three'', the first of the ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' series, Taran encounters and nurses a baby gywthaint (a hostile bird species enslaved by the BigBad BigBad) back to health. Reader Most readers saw an AndroclesLion moment coming, and was were unsurprised when it repaid the favor at the end of the book. It was then probably forgotten by most readers, about, making its return [[spoiler:and HeroicSacrifice]] in the final book all the more shocking.



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* Opera - Verdi's "Rigoletto" (and the Victor Hugo play "Le Roi s'amuse" on which it is based, although in the court of a French King rather than an Italian Duke): a curse that strikes twice. At the denouement of Act 1, the curse is pronounced by Count Monterone, on the court jester Rigoletto, as revenge for the latter's part in (and subsequent mockery of) having provided Monterone's daughter to the Duke of Mantua as one of his many mistresses in debauched parties. At the end of Act 2, it is Rigoletto's own daughter Gilda who is carried off by the courtiers to be the Duke's next plaything, with Rigoletto tricked into helping them. The curse having now struck, Rigoletto believes the worst has happened: and witnessing Monterone being dragged off to jail, swears that he will be the instrument of the old man's revenge on the Duke (whom he also cursed). Rigoletto engages an assassin to murder the Duke on one of his incognito amorous adventures around town: however, the assassin's sister falls in love with the Duke, they agree to substitute another target - the next random stranger to knock on the door of their inn. The whole scene has been overheard by Gilda, who decides to die for her "lover" even though he has now spurned her, and knocks on the door herself. Rigoletto, coming back for the body, discovers his daughter dying, and realises that Monterone's curse has struck for a second time. (Meanwhile, the Duke gets off scot-free, so much so that he never even so much as learns there was an assassination attempt against him, and the assassins never even learn that their intended target was the Duke...)
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