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* An odd example in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Newer readers may find themselves confused by what looks like random arms and drops of oil. They are actually the result of [[spoiler: John's new powers that he acquired after touching the weapon that will defeat Lord English, the arms being from when he stuck his hand in there, and the oil being from when he learned to transport things other than himself, and sent all the oil from his planet to different parts of the webcomic]]. The arms and oil weren't added until after these events happened, which is why it only applies to those who started reading after these events happened. The same goes with [[spoiler: John teleporting to different parts of the comic, those panels were also edited to include flashes of light where he appeared]].
** Much earlier, Tavros accidentally kills his lusus by running it over with his wheelchair. This is actually shown a few pages before he realises it.


** In "The Ball Pit Car", there are a few instances where a shadow can be seen moving past. [[spoiler: It's the Steward's shadow, and they show up with the Conductor towards the end of the episode]].

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** In "The Ball Pit Car", there are a few instances where a shadow can be seen moving past.past in a few scenes. [[spoiler: It's the Steward's shadow, and they show up with the Conductor towards the end of the episode]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'' has a few instances that are easy to miss:
** In "The Grid Car", when Tulip first wakes up in the snow car after boarding the train, some kind of pod can be seen behind some trees in the background before flying off. [[spoiler: This is revealed in a later episode to be the Conductor]].
** In "The Beach Car", there are some shots where Tulip's number has changed, showing that it can go in both directions. It also hints at what sort of things affect her number.
** In "The Ball Pit Car", there are a few instances where a shadow can be seen moving past. [[spoiler: It's the Steward's shadow, and they show up with the Conductor towards the end of the episode]].

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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': During the Jedi Knight storyline, there’s a scene where you reveal to the Jedi Council that [[spoiler:Kira]] is [[HumanoidAbomination a Child of the Emperor]]. The Council all react with understandable shock... except for [[spoiler:Syo Bakarn]], who can be seen in the background shifting around uncomfortably and acting very awkward for the rest of the scene. Guess who’s ''also'' a Child of the Emperor?


See also DramaticIrony and ChekhovsGag, which can overlap if the background event occurred much earlier in the work prior to the reveal. It can also overlap with the "[[HeWasRightThereAllAlong There All Along]]" version of NothingIsScarier.

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See also DramaticIrony and ChekhovsGag, the many variants of ChekhovsGun, which can overlap if the background event occurred much earlier in the work prior to the reveal. It can also overlap with the "[[HeWasRightThereAllAlong There All Along]]" version of NothingIsScarier.


* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "[[Recap/StarVsTheForcesOfEvilS2E34CrystalClear Crystal Clear]]" pans across a CrystalPrison showing various (alleged) evildoers imprisoned by Rhombulus. It consists mostly of generic monstrous-looking creatures, but in the background is a single humanoid figure. [[spoiler:It's [[TheDreaded Eclipsa, the Queen of Darkness]], and she ends up playing a major part in season 3, especially the later half.]]

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* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "[[Recap/StarVsTheForcesOfEvilS2E34CrystalClear Crystal Clear]]" pans across a CrystalPrison showing various (alleged) evildoers imprisoned by Rhombulus. It consists mostly of generic monstrous-looking creatures, but in the background is a single humanoid figure. [[spoiler:It's [[TheDreaded Eclipsa, the Queen of Darkness]], and she ends up playing a major part in season 3, the second half of the series, especially the later half.]]


See also DramaticIrony and ChekhovsGag. It can also overlap with the "[[HeWasRightThereAllAlong There All Along]]" version of NothingIsScarier.

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See also DramaticIrony and ChekhovsGag.ChekhovsGag, which can overlap if the background event occurred much earlier in the work prior to the reveal. It can also overlap with the "[[HeWasRightThereAllAlong There All Along]]" version of NothingIsScarier.


** ''Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom'' loves this:
*** At the beginning we see the Mosasaur's silouette with its jaws open as it's prepared to munch on a mini-sub.
*** Later we briefly see the T.rex's head illuminated by lightning as it rears upon an unsuspecting worker.


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** ''Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom'' loves this:
*** At the beginning we see the Mosasaur's silhouette in the dark background with its jaws open as it's prepared to munch on a mini-sub.
*** Later we briefly see the T.rex's head illuminated by lightning as it rears upon an unsuspecting worker.
*** On the climax with the Indoraptor showdown on the roof of the museum, we see Blue climbing on the background just before she jumps on the Indoraptor.
*** Near the end as Mills climbs out from beneath a car that was wrecked by a dinosaur stampede, we see the Carnotaur sneaking upon him on the background, [[spoiler: but then Mills get quickly grabbed by the T.rex and the Carnotaur briefly has to try and pull a piece of him from Rexy's jaws]].


** ''Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom'' loves this:
*** At the beginning we see the Mosasaur's silouette with its jaws open as it's prepared to munch on a mini-sub.
*** Later we briefly see the T.rex's head illuminated by lightning as it rears upon an unsuspecting worker.



** Just before Ann is attacked by the [[PteroSoar Pteranodon]], you can see it flying in the distance, because of this it can be easily mistaken for a normal sized bird.

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** Just before Ann is attacked by the [[PteroSoar [[PteroSoarer Pteranodon]], you can see it flying by in the distance, because of this it can be easily mistaken for a normal sized bird.


* In ''Film/KingKong1933'', just before the film's famed climactic showdown between the titular ape and the aeroplanes, Kong's climb up to the top of the Empire State Building while carrying Ann Darrow is featured in two wide, distant shots. The second of these fits the trope even more because, as Kong completes the climb in the centre of the shot, the aeroplanes sent to dispatch him can be seen approaching from the far right, increasing anticipation for the climax.

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* In ''Film/KingKong1933'', just ''Film/KingKong1933'':
** Just before Ann is attacked by the [[PteroSoar Pteranodon]], you can see it flying in the distance, because of this it can be easily mistaken for a normal sized bird.
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before the film's famed climactic showdown between the titular ape and the aeroplanes, Kong's climb up to the top of the Empire State Building while carrying Ann Darrow is featured in two wide, distant shots. The second of these fits the trope even more because, as Kong completes the climb in the centre of the shot, the aeroplanes sent to dispatch him can be seen approaching from the far right, increasing anticipation for the climax.

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* In the ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' DLC, ''Alien Hunters'', on a cutscene near the end of the mission of exploring Dr. Valhen's laboratory, you can see the Viper King slithering in the background before appearing in front of your troops to serve as the boss encounter.

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** ''Film/AntMan'': while Scott is [[spoiler:trapped in the Quantum Realm]] near the end of the movie, there is a split-second scene showing [[spoiler:what looks like [[https://66.media.tumblr.com/7ba0d42a74ceedcd597c26e5c1a408a5/tumblr_inline_nrsylfK0wF1qi6zcz_540.png a humanoid figure]] trapped in there with him]]. It is implied (and [[Film/AntManAndTheWasp the sequel]] would later confirm) that [[spoiler:this figure is Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp and Hank Pym's wife]]. Said sequel also pulls a similar trick while [[spoiler:Hank is exploring the Quantum Realm during the climax]] by showing [[spoiler:an entire ''city'' in the background, hinting that the Microverse is canon in the MCU]].


* In the 2016 film ''Dark Night'', based on the 2012 [[RippedFromTheHeadlines Aurora shootings]], the suspected perpetrator is trying on various face masks while an InfoWars video podcast can be seen streaming in the mirror.

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* In the 2016 film ''Dark Night'', based on the 2012 [[RippedFromTheHeadlines Aurora shootings]], the suspected perpetrator is trying on various face masks while an InfoWars [=InfoWars=] video podcast can be seen streaming in the mirror.



* ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'': Early in the film, Dr. Morbius introduces the characters the great machine's power gauge, explaining that each dial indicates exponentially more power being put out; there are more dials on the machine than can be seen in frame, suggesting the machine can output trillions of petawatts. Later in the film, after the monster attacks, the film cuts back to the lab where Morbius has been sleeping, and in the background ''every'' dial on the gauge is lit up. The gauge slowly trickles down to zero as Morbius gathers his senses and explains the nightmare he just had, which sounds eerily similar to the monster attack.

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* ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'': Early in the film, film ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', Dr. Morbius introduces the characters the great machine's power gauge, explaining that each dial indicates exponentially more power being put out; there are more dials on the machine than can be seen in frame, suggesting the machine can output trillions of petawatts. Later in the film, after the monster attacks, the film cuts back to the lab where Morbius has been sleeping, and in the background ''every'' dial on the gauge is lit up. The gauge slowly trickles down to zero as Morbius gathers his senses and explains the nightmare he just had, which sounds eerily similar to the monster attack.



* During the quidditch match in the first ''Film/HarryPotter'' film, when Hermione looks at Snape and sees him muttering an incantation you can see Quirrell nearby doing the exact same thing.

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* During the quidditch match in the first ''Film/HarryPotter'' film, ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', when Hermione looks at Snape and sees him muttering an incantation you can see Quirrell nearby doing the exact same thing.



* In the film ''Film/TheMist'', the man standing on the watch handles his evening meal; the camera shows him and the view out of window which he must guard. We can see a bug silently flying from afar seconds before it actually smashes in the glass and sets everyone (including the viewers) on alert, as we realize that, instead of a normal-sized bug a few inches away, it's a bug the size of a hubcap halfway across the parking lot.

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* In the film ''Film/TheMist'', one of the man townsfolk standing on the watch handles his evening meal; the camera shows him and the view out of window which he must guard. We can see a bug silently flying from afar seconds before it actually smashes in the glass and sets everyone (including the viewers) on alert, as we realize that, instead of a normal-sized bug a few inches away, it's a bug the size of a hubcap halfway across the parking lot.



* In ''Film/ReservoirDogs.'', [[spoiler: after Mr. Pink sneaks off with the diamonds, the viewer is left to expect that he managed to get away scott-free. If you listen closer though, you can hear him getting caught by the cops off screen.]]

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* In ''Film/ReservoirDogs.'', ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', [[spoiler: after Mr. Pink sneaks off with the diamonds, the viewer is left to expect that he managed to get away scott-free.scot-free. If you listen closer though, you can hear him getting caught by the cops off screen.]]



* A lot of the humor in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' comes from background events to which the heroes are initially oblivious. The most startling example comes from the scenes where Shaun and Ed enter and exit The Winchester. When they enter, there is a couple making out by a phone booth. When Shaun and Ed leave, the couple is still there. Shaun and Ed make a note of this and go on their way, not noticing how one is being devoured. Another oft-noted example contains an element of IronicEcho - in two scenes, Shaun walks to his local supermarket, buys something, and walks back home. The first time, everything's normal. The second time, the street is trashed, and there's a lot of blood and dead bodies - [[ZombieApocalypse some walking about]] - around the place. Shaun's equally oblivious both times.

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* A lot of the humor in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' comes from background events to which the heroes are initially oblivious. The most startling example comes from the scenes where Shaun and Ed enter and exit The Winchester. When they enter, there is a couple making out by a phone booth. When Shaun and Ed leave, the couple is still there. Shaun and Ed make a note of this and go on their way, not noticing how one is being devoured. Another oft-noted example contains an element of IronicEcho - -- in two scenes, Shaun walks to his local supermarket, buys something, and walks back home. The first time, everything's normal. The second time, the street is trashed, and there's a lot of blood and dead bodies - -- [[ZombieApocalypse some walking about]] - -- around the place. Shaun's equally oblivious both times.



* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', in the scene where [[spoiler:the Borg use the Enterprise to fire on the Phoenix,]] Data can be seen in the background advancing toward the [[MacGuffin warp core coolant tanks]]. Moments later, [[spoiler:when the queen discovers that Data set the torpedos to miss the Phoenix, he breaks it.]]

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* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', in the scene where [[spoiler:the Borg use the Enterprise to fire on the Phoenix,]] Data can be seen in the background advancing toward the [[MacGuffin warp core coolant tanks]]. Moments later, [[spoiler:when the queen discovers that Data set the torpedos torpedoes to miss the Phoenix, he breaks it.]]



** In "The Psychology of Letting Go", Abed has a SUBPLOT play out in the background of other characters' stories - he meets and bonds with a pregnant girl, gets in a fight with her boyfriend, and delivers the baby. This is then {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a later season 2 episode - when Shirley goes into labor, everyone is surprised to learn that Abed has experience with the situation.

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** In "The Psychology of Letting Go", Abed has a SUBPLOT play out in the background of other characters' stories - -- he meets and bonds with a pregnant girl, gets in a fight with her boyfriend, and delivers the baby. This is then {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a later season 2 episode - when Shirley goes into labor, everyone is surprised to learn that Abed has experience with the situation.



** In some performances, after Angelica and Laurens finish walking down the aisle in "Helpless" and separate to make way for the bride and groom, the two share a significant look, referencing Angelica's soon to be overt and Laurens's subtextual feelings for Hamilton.

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** In some performances, after Angelica and Laurens finish walking down the aisle in "Helpless" and separate to make way for the bride and groom, the two share a significant look, referencing Angelica's soon to be overt and Laurens's Laurens' subtextual feelings for Hamilton.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' - During the {{cutscene}} for the 'Wu Zi Mu' mission, a man in a black jacket and green jeans is sitting casually on a car in the background. That man is Claude, the player character of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', who is Catalina's new boyfriend in the next mission and who gives CJ his car garage in San Fierro.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' - ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': During the {{cutscene}} for the 'Wu Zi Mu' mission, a man in a black jacket and green jeans is sitting casually on a car in the background. That man is Claude, the player character of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', who is Catalina's new boyfriend in the next mission and who gives CJ his car garage in San Fierro.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, if you backtrack in certain places you can briefly see Flowey, who disappears into the ground as soon as he comes into view. [[spoiler: This foreshadows his appearance after the DiscOneFinalBoss]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', if you backtrack in certain places you can briefly see Flowey, who disappears into the ground as soon as he comes into view. [[spoiler: This foreshadows his appearance after the DiscOneFinalBoss]].



* The ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' episode "Innocence" has Orel come into his teacher Miss Sculptham's classroom to ask for advice. She freaks out (because all the adults are avoiding him) and puts away her newspaper she was cutting out. The paper reads [[spoiler:"Rapist's Profile Emerges: He Doesn't Like Blondes"]] and less noticeably [[spoiler:"Victims Share Common Characteristics"]]. She's shown to still have this newspaper article the next episode.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' episode "Innocence" has Orel come into his teacher Miss Sculptham's classroom to ask for advice. She freaks out (because all the adults are avoiding him) and puts away her newspaper she was cutting out. The paper reads [[spoiler:"Rapist's Profile Emerges: He Doesn't Like Blondes"]] and less noticeably [[spoiler:"Victims Share Common Characteristics"]]. Characteristics."]] She's shown to still have this newspaper article the next episode.

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* While chasing a stalker in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', you can see vehicles on the street. Quite ordinary vehicles, including a [[spoiler: delivery truck]]. Nothing out of the ordinary with that right? The [[spoiler: RedHerring]] killer used it to reach his victims undetected.


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** In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Murphy, Harry and Thomas are in a standoff with seven Sidhe. Harry is injured and on the ground, so isn't participating in the parley. The situation changes, and he's the only one who notices. What happens next is equal parts NightmareFuel, SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.

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** In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Murphy, Harry and Thomas are in a standoff with seven Sidhe. Harry is injured and on the ground, so isn't participating in the parley. The situation changes, and he's the only one who notices. What happens next is equal parts NightmareFuel, a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], while the Doctor is talking to the Vashta Nerada, Other Dave says "We should go now, Doctor!" repeatedly. It turns out that he has been eaten, and the words are just his communication device ghosting.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]], a videoscreen behind the Doctor briefly shows Rose mouthing his name. None of the characters notice. This is foreshadowing for the next episode.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime "Partners in Crime"]]: If you pay attention during the Doctor and Donna's silent reunion, Miss Foster noticeably pauses while speaking to Penny Carter about ten seconds in, indicating that she's noticed their presence.
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[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], while Dead"]]: While the Doctor is talking to the Vashta Nerada, Other Dave says "We should go now, Doctor!" repeatedly. It turns out that he has been eaten, and the words are just his communication device ghosting.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]], a "Midnight"]]: A videoscreen behind the Doctor briefly shows Rose mouthing his name. None of the characters notice. This is foreshadowing for the next episode.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]], you can notice Amy occasionally slipping numbers into her dialogue. It's so fast you'll have trouble noticing it, and you might not even pick up that she's counting down. [[spoiler: Eventually the Doctor notices, and realises that it means the Weeping Angels are possessing her ForTheEvulz]].

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]], you Angels"]]: You can notice Amy occasionally slipping numbers into her dialogue. It's so fast you'll have trouble noticing it, and you might not even pick up that she's counting down. [[spoiler: Eventually [[spoiler:Eventually the Doctor notices, and realises that it means the Weeping Angels are possessing her ForTheEvulz]].ForTheEvulz.]]

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