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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' does this in Lilly's Good Ending. [[spoiler: Lilly heads to the airport to leave for Scotland, never to return, a RaceForYourLove scene ensues, but Hisao has a heart attack mere meters away from her. He comes to 2 days later in a hospital bed. He's laying there resenting himself for not being able to stop Lilly leaving and listening to the EKG speaker, when he notices a second sound in the room. He turns his head to the side and notices the music box he bought for Lilly back in Act 2. A few seconds later, Lilly herself comes into the room, having never left Japan.]]
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* Someone checks the FatalFamilyPhoto before a fight

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* Someone checks the checking a FatalFamilyPhoto before a fight



* [[RippingOffTheStringOfPearls Someone wearing pearl necklace]]

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* [[RippingOffTheStringOfPearls Someone wearing a pearl necklace]]


Also referred to as "the Indiana Jones principle" in Thomas C. Foster's ''How to Read Literature Like a Professor,'' named after [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy's]] early encounter with a snake at the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and how it set up his much [[BerserkButton larger encounter with them]] later on. Another term for this is [[http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Setup_and_payoff "setup and payoff"]], a technique used by Creator/RobertZemeckis and Bob Gale for the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy and regularly taught to scriptwriters nowadays.

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Also referred to as "the Indiana Jones principle" in Thomas C. Foster's ''How to Read Literature Like a Professor,'' named after [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy's]] early encounter with a snake at the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and how it set up his much [[BerserkButton [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes larger encounter with them]] later on. Another term for this is [[http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Setup_and_payoff "setup and payoff"]], a technique used by Creator/RobertZemeckis and Bob Gale for the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy and regularly taught to scriptwriters nowadays.

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* Someone checks the FatalFamilyPhoto before a fight


[[caption-width-right:350:There's a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester". [[ZombieApocalypse It'll really come in handy later, I bet.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:There's a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester". [[ZombieApocalypse It'll really come in handy later, I bet.]]]]\n]]



[[caption-width-right:300:That's not the ''only'' reason, though... ]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:That's not the ''only'' reason, though... [[ZombieApocalypse though...]] ]]

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->"[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} As Chekhov said, if you show condiments on the table in the first act, they must slathered on chips in the third.]]"

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->"[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} As Chekhov said, if you show condiments on the table in the first act, they must be slathered on chips in the third.]]"

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* AndroclesLion: Basically Chekhov's good deed.


* ChekhovsGun/TableTopGaming

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* ChekhovsGun/TableTopGamingChekhovsGun/TabletopGames


-->-- {{Trope Namer|s}} '''Creator/AntonChekhov''' (From S. Shchukin, Memoirs. 1911.)

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-->-- {{Trope Namer|s}} TropeNamer '''Creator/AntonChekhov''' (From S. Shchukin, Memoirs. 1911.)


* ConspicuousCG: The analogue for CGI, newer cartoons, and more video games.

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* ** ConspicuousCG: The analogue for CGI, newer cartoons, and more video games.


[[caption-width-right:350:There's a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester".]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:There's a rifle above the bar because the name of the place is "The Winchester".]]
[[ZombieApocalypse It'll really come in handy later, I bet.]]]]


Not to be confused with ChekovsGun (or [[{{Snowclones}} Chekhov's Pun]], for that matter). See also CallBack, BrickJoke, and RunningGag.

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Not to be confused with ChekovsGun JustForFun/ChekovsGun (or [[{{Snowclones}} Chekhov's Pun]], for that matter). See also CallBack, BrickJoke, and RunningGag.


Part A: General cases



** ChekhovMIA: Remember that missing character? It's actually a ChekhovsGunman.



* ChekhovMIA: Remember that missing character? It's actually a ChekhovsGunman.



* MeaningfulName: A character's name turns out to have important meaning.

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* MeaningfulName: A If the character's name turns out to have important meaning.has a special meaning but no immediate relevance, then the relevance will come later.



* You ''know'' what will invariably happen when you see any of these in a scene....
** [[AshesToCrashes Funeral Ashes]]
** Someone CarryingACake
** DoomedSupermarketDisplay
** [[ExplodingFishTanks Fish Tank]]
** FruitCart
** ThePreciousPreciousCar
** PricelessMingVase
** RopeBridge
** SheetOfGlass


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Part B: You ''know'' what will invariably happen when you see any of these in a scene....
* [[AshesToCrashes Funeral Ashes]]
* Someone CarryingACake
* [[DoomedNewClothes Someone wearing new clothes]]
* DoomedSupermarketDisplay
* [[ExplodingFishTanks Fish Tank]]
* FruitCart
* ThePreciousPreciousCar
* PricelessMingVase
* [[RippingOffTheStringOfPearls Someone wearing pearl necklace]]
* RopeBridge
* SheetOfGlass

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