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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry's invisibility cloak is revealed to be one of the titular Hallows, three extremely powerful magical artifacts which according to legend, originally belonged to Death itself.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry's invisibility cloak is revealed to be one of the titular Hallows, three extremely powerful magical artifacts which according to legend, originally belonged to Death itself. Additionally, the entire climax of the second book comes back with renewed significance as well.



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* In ''VideoGame/{{RefleX}}'', the player's own ship, the Phoenix, seems to be a pretty standard starfighter, save for its AttackReflector shield. [[spoiler:It turns out to be the 13th ZODIAC, Ophiuchus, awakening its true power after being blasted to seemingly critical condition by ZODIAC Virgo; this gives it [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]], upgraded firepower, and a shield that can be deployed forever. The pilot only sees and discovers all of this as he dies from his wounds. ZODIAC Ophiuchus then goes into its personal prime directive: destroying all 12 of the other ZODIAC units.]]


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* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': Naota and the "beings" that sprout from the portal in his head serve to drive the plot of the series and other narrative roles, but it's only at the end that the true nature of the portal is revealed.
* ''Manga/InitialD'': The engine in Takumi's Sprinter Trueno blows up, so he receives a new one. The new engine [[spoiler: revs much higher and produces more power than the old one, but Takumi is initially unaware of this and drives the car as he always has.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Alchemy is widely used throughout the series by protagonists and antagonists alike. It is explained to be a form of Earth energy manipulation. It is only later that the characters learn [[spoiler:that Alchemy as they know it is actually powered by an enormous sentient PhilosophersStone, and gain access to "true" Alchemy by finally tapping directly into the Earth's energy, supercharging their abilities]].

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* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': Naota and the "beings" that sprout from the portal in his head serve to drive the plot of the series and other narrative roles, but it's only at the end that the true nature of the portal is revealed.
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* ''Manga/InitialD'': The engine in Takumi's Sprinter Trueno blows up, so he receives a new one. The new engine [[spoiler: revs much higher and produces more power than the old one, but Takumi is initially unaware of this and drives the car as he always has.]]
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Alchemy is widely used throughout the series by protagonists and antagonists alike. It is explained to be a form of Earth energy manipulation. It is only later that the characters learn [[spoiler:that Alchemy as they know it is actually powered by an enormous sentient PhilosophersStone, and gain access to "true" Alchemy by finally tapping directly into the Earth's energy, supercharging their abilities]].



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* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'': Xiangshua's sword, Krita-Yuga, is actually [[spoiler: Soul Calibur]].
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'': The [[spoiler:rusty sword]] would be an example where TheReveal happens early in the game, but the player goes through at least the first area and fights the first boss before finding out (unless you read the manual or the intro scroll before sitting down to play). And you still don't find out how to [[SuperEmpowering power it up]] until clearing the next area.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]]'': When the game begins, [[spoiler:Social Links]] are introduced as a way of strengthening Personas and have other purposes, none of them related to the combat mechanic. It isn't until [[spoiler:the TrueFinalBoss that Social Links reveal their true power: they represent the combined strength of all your friendships and relationships acquired throughout the game, and are the catalyst for sealing Nyx and striking the final blow against Izanami, respectively.]]

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* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'': Xiangshua's sword, Krita-Yuga, is actually [[spoiler: Soul Calibur]].
Calibur]].
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'': The [[spoiler:rusty sword]] would be an example where TheReveal happens early in the game, but the player goes through at least the first area and fights the first boss before finding out (unless you read the manual or the intro scroll before sitting down to play). And you still don't find out how to [[SuperEmpowering power it up]] until clearing the next area.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]]'': When the game begins, [[spoiler:Social Links]] are introduced as a way of strengthening Personas and have other purposes, none of them related to the combat mechanic. It isn't until [[spoiler:the TrueFinalBoss that Social Links reveal their true power: they represent the combined strength of all your friendships and relationships acquired throughout the game, and are the catalyst for sealing Nyx and striking the final blow against Izanami, respectively.]] ]]



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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Tucker finds a sword that turns out is an ancient relic of an alien race and its intended use is a key to reveal an ancient alien ship. Tucker thinks that it's super-lame that his precious sword is really just a key.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Tucker finds a sword that turns out is an ancient relic of an alien race and its intended use is a key to reveal an ancient alien ship. Tucker thinks that it's super-lame that his precious sword is really just a key.



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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Torg's sword is at first used as a normal sword. Eventually it's revealed to be [[spoiler:an all powerful talking sword when it [[BadPowersGoodPeople tastes the blood of an innocent]].]]

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Torg's sword is at first used as a normal sword. Eventually it's revealed to be [[spoiler:an all powerful talking sword when it [[BadPowersGoodPeople tastes the blood of an innocent]].]] ]]
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Compare PlotCoupon (when obtaining the thing is part of the work's narrative), CerebusRetcon (which is what the thing becomes retroactively), SwordOfPlotAdvancement (where the thing is obtained late in the narrative of the work).

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Compare PlotCoupon (when obtaining the thing is part of the work's narrative), CerebusRetcon (which is what the thing becomes retroactively), and SwordOfPlotAdvancement (where the thing is obtained late in the narrative of the work).



* In The Castle of Llyr, much is made of the "Golden Pelydryn" which will reveal the spells in a powerful book of magic. It turns out to be the bauble Princess Eilonwy has been using as a glorified lamp since the beginning of the series.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain The Castle of Llyr, Llyr]]'', much is made of the "Golden Pelydryn" Pelydryn," an artifact which will reveal the spells in a powerful book of magic. It turns out to be the bauble Princess Eilonwy has been using as a glorified lamp since the beginning of the series.


* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry's invisibility cloak is revealed to be one of the titular Hallows, three extremely powerful magical artifacts who according to legend, originally belonged to Death itself.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry's invisibility cloak is revealed to be one of the titular Hallows, three extremely powerful magical artifacts who which according to legend, originally belonged to Death itself.


* In ''The Sword of Hope'', Prince Theo is presented with a modest starting blade and sent on a quest to find the titular weapon. He visits each of the three sages in the kingdom, who profess ignorance of its location but kindly power up the interim sword he's using. Eventually, the old man who raised him powers up the sword a fourth time, revealing it was actually the Sword of Hope all along. When Theo was a baby, he and the three sages divided the sword's power among themselves in order to safeguard it from the possessed King Hennessy.

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* In ''The Sword of Hope'', ''VideoGame/TheSwordOfHope'', Prince Theo is presented with a modest starting blade and sent on a quest to find the titular weapon. He visits each of the three sages in the kingdom, who profess ignorance of its location but kindly power up the interim sword he's using. Eventually, the old man who raised him powers up the sword a fourth time, revealing it was actually the Sword of Hope all along. When Theo was a baby, he and the three sages divided the sword's power among themselves in order to safeguard it from the possessed King Hennessy.


* ''MegaManZXAdvent'': Model A starts off as a mysterious, amnesiac, but otherwise normal [[TransformationTrinket Biometal]] which the main characters Grey/Ashe use to transform into a "Mega Man". After a fight with Atlas (Mega Man Model F) and [[DittoFighter taking her DNA]], Grey/Ashe suddenly gets struck with a message in their inner thoughts, which hints towards someone behind the whole mess and his plans. Fighting other Mega Men reveals more of this, with the final one (against Vent/Aile and Model ZX) reveals [[spoiler:the BigBad Albert's plan of merging all of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Model Ws]] together to form {{Ouroboros}} and use it to reset the world]].

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* ''MegaManZXAdvent'': ''VideoGame/MegaManZXAdvent'': Model A starts off as a mysterious, amnesiac, but otherwise normal [[TransformationTrinket Biometal]] which the main characters Grey/Ashe use to transform into a "Mega Man". After a fight with Atlas (Mega Man Model F) and [[DittoFighter taking her DNA]], Grey/Ashe suddenly gets struck with a message in their inner thoughts, which hints towards someone behind the whole mess and his plans. Fighting other Mega Men reveals more of this, with the final one (against Vent/Aile and Model ZX) reveals [[spoiler:the BigBad Albert's plan of merging all of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Model Ws]] together to form {{Ouroboros}} and use it to reset the world]].



* In The Sword of Hope, Prince Theo is presented with a modest starting blade and sent on a quest to find the titular weapon. He visits each of the three sages in the kingdom, who profess ignorance of its location but kindly power up the interim sword he's using. Eventually, the old man who raised him powers up the sword a fourth time, revealing it was actually the Sword of Hope all along. When Theo was a baby, he and the three sages divided the sword's power among themselves in order to safeguard it from the possessed King Hennessy.

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* In The ''The Sword of Hope, Hope'', Prince Theo is presented with a modest starting blade and sent on a quest to find the titular weapon. He visits each of the three sages in the kingdom, who profess ignorance of its location but kindly power up the interim sword he's using. Eventually, the old man who raised him powers up the sword a fourth time, revealing it was actually the Sword of Hope all along. When Theo was a baby, he and the three sages divided the sword's power among themselves in order to safeguard it from the possessed King Hennessy.


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* ''VisualNovel/NoThankYou'': In Ryu's route, Haru makes Ryu childish I.O.U. coupons that he can exchange to make Haru do anything Ryu wants him to do. Haru gives them to Ryu whenever he cooks food for him. Ryu accepts them but rarely ever uses them. [[spoiler:It turns out that Ryu has been saving up those coupons so he can interrogate Haru about the whereabouts of his sister and make him answer truthfully about it, because [[CallBack he did say that he'd do anything.]]]]


* The TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has Sigil, an entire city which functions like this. Every opening, even something as simple as a plank lying at an angle against a wall, is just an opening you step through as normal... unless you have the right key. Then it becomes a portal you can step through to potentially anywhere else in the multiverse. And the "key" can be anything from an actual key or device to a certain word, thought, gesture, musical note, etc.

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* The TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has Sigil, an entire city which functions like this. Every opening, even something as simple as a plank lying at an angle against a wall, is just an opening you step through as normal... unless you have the right key. Then it becomes a portal you can step through to potentially anywhere else in the multiverse. And the "key" can be anything from an actual key or device to a certain word, thought, gesture, musical note, etc.
etc. Given that portals and keys can change, figuring out what triggers a portal and where it leads is a major business (as much to know to ''avoid'' triggering a portal as the opposite. After all, you don't want to accidentally wind up in hell when you were just looking to get a drink at the local tavern, do you?).



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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the fact that the audience never gets to hear [[spoiler:Levi's last name.]]


* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Chieftain's Shield'', [[spoiler:the shield of Vercingetorix sought by the Romans and Gauls throughout the book turns out to be the shield where Vitalstatistix is carried on.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Chieftain's Shield'', [[spoiler:the shield of Vercingetorix sought by the Romans and Gauls throughout the book turns out to be the shield where Vitalstatistix is carried on.]]
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Contrast MacGuffin (which serves no useful purpose)

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Contrast MacGuffin (which serves no useful purpose) purpose).


A SisterTrope to ChekhovsGun, ExcaliburInTheRust (where the thing has been unused prior to TheReveal), ChekhovsBoomerang (where the thing is used infrequently, or once and forgotten about then used again, and there's no Reveal)

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A SisterTrope to ChekhovsGun, ExcaliburInTheRust (where the thing has been unused prior to TheReveal), ChekhovsBoomerang (where the thing is used infrequently, or once and forgotten about then used again, and there's no Reveal)
Reveal).



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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Umbilical Cords may seem like a rare type of Insight obtaining item [[spoiler: but really, consuming at least three of the four you can find will unlock the TrueFinalBoss and secret ending.]]


* ''Main/{{FLCL}}'': Naota and the "beings" that sprout from the portal in his head serve to drive the plot of the series and other narrative roles, but it's only at the end that the true nature of the portal is revealed.

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* ''Main/{{FLCL}}'': ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': Naota and the "beings" that sprout from the portal in his head serve to drive the plot of the series and other narrative roles, but it's only at the end that the true nature of the portal is revealed.



* ''{{ComicBook/ElfQuest}}''. The main protagonist, Cutter, carries and uses his deceased father's sword, ''New Moon'', continually all through the first book without even a hint that [[spoiler:its pommel can be removed and has a key attached]] and it isn't until shortly before The Palace War in the fourth book that anyone discovers [[spoiler:what the key unlocks]].
* In ''{{Asterix}} and the Chieftain's Shield'', [[spoiler:the shield of Vercingetorix sought by the Romans and Gauls throughout the book turns out to be the shield where Vitalstatistix is carried on.]]

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* ''{{ComicBook/ElfQuest}}''.''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. The main protagonist, Cutter, carries and uses his deceased father's sword, ''New Moon'', continually all through the first book without even a hint that [[spoiler:its pommel can be removed and has a key attached]] and it isn't until shortly before The Palace War in the fourth book that anyone discovers [[spoiler:what the key unlocks]].
* In ''{{Asterix}} ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Chieftain's Shield'', [[spoiler:the shield of Vercingetorix sought by the Romans and Gauls throughout the book turns out to be the shield where Vitalstatistix is carried on.]]


* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': When the game begins, [[spoiler:Social Links]] are introduced as a way of strengthening Personas and have other purposes, none of them related to the combat mechanic. It isn't until [[spoiler:the TrueFinalBoss that Social Links reveal their true power: they represent the combined strength of all your friendships and relationships acquired throughout the game, and are the catalyst for striking the final blow against Izanami.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': 3}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]]'': When the game begins, [[spoiler:Social Links]] are introduced as a way of strengthening Personas and have other purposes, none of them related to the combat mechanic. It isn't until [[spoiler:the TrueFinalBoss that Social Links reveal their true power: they represent the combined strength of all your friendships and relationships acquired throughout the game, and are the catalyst for sealing Nyx and striking the final blow against Izanami.Izanami, respectively.]]

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