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You know your favorite episode of your favorite TV series by heart. You especially liked the scene in which Alice and Bob are arguing and Alice brings up that birthday party with the pink and green emu. Although they've never shown what happened at that party, you chuckle at the thought of what crazy stuff might have been going on at that point.

Time goes on. Your show progresses through the years. That birthday party dialogue gets referenced as a Noodle Incident in the show's trope page. Then one day, as you're watching the latest episode, you realize, hey, they're doing a flashback to a birthday party. And wow, an emu just burst out of a giant cake. Wait... is that pink and green paint all over it?

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That's what a Resolved Noodle Incident essentially is: an incident that was brought up once, only to never be mentioned or depicted again... until later, as part of either a Flashback Episode or a Prequel.

Sometimes it can come about as a result of Writer's Block: desperate for ideas to build a story on, a writer may do an Archive Binge of the series, and come across an interesting reference to a story that never got its due... and there go those creative juices flowing! Also common with Long Runner franchises, when Ascended Fans finally get the opportunity to resolve the cryptic references they mythologized as a child. Consequently, an Expanded Universe is fertile ground for these, sometimes leading to a nasty Continuity Snarl as different authors offer different "takes" on the Noodle Incident.

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There must be a minimum of one television season, one movie sequel installment or one book volume for a Noodle Incident to become Resolved, otherwise it's little more than Foreshadowing. A Resolved Noodle Incident may contain any number of Chekhov's Whatevers, but these do not make the trope. It may also be a very elaborate Call-Back.

This is, in short, when a reference to some past event that had been made finally gets its story told.

Can lead to Doing In the Wizard.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In one episode of Code Geass R2, while under siege in the Chinese Federation's embassy, Kallen compares the situation to "the Aomori incident"; C.C. responds "At least we have our clothes this time." A later picture drama showed that the Black Knights were attacked by Britannia while at a hot springs, and were forced to flee while wearing nothing but Modesty Towels.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War:
    • Chapter 59 parodies the Clip Show "episode" concept by having the Student Council discover objects from their past adventures and reminiscing...and then they find "the Cubari Facaccimo", which seems to be a spherical, one-eyed creature with humanoid legs. Shirogane doesn't recognize it, but when Fujiwara starts to explain "Last Valentine's Day, Kaguya...", a clearly traumatized Kaguya interrupts and says she doesn't want to remember. Chapter 194, the next time Valentine's Day occurs, has Kaguya explain that she tried to make chocolates using a recipe given to her by the President of the school's Occult Club, which resulted in the chocolate being possessed by spirits and coming to life. The incident was so traumatic that she's sworn to never attempt homemade chocolate ever again, and both she and her Ninja Maid Hayasaka would rather forget it ever happened.
    • During the sports festival, it's mentioned off-handedly that the Red Team is losing thanks to the Tabletop Game Club's antics. In the spinoff We Want to Talk About Kaguya, it's shown what exactly their antics are (giving the athletes suspicious drinks, then drinking them themselves when nobody accepted).
  • The original seven chapters of The Garden of Sinners contain multiple offhand references to Shizune Seo and her prophecy that Mikiya will come to great harm if he continues dating Shiki, but the character herself (and the whole prophecy episode) wasn't properly introduced until the author wrote the bonus chapter Mirai Fukuin ten years after the original novel's publication.
  • Naruto: Suigetsu once tried to mention a past incident between Karin and Sasuke but the former punches him beforehand. Later on it's revealed to be not quite as embarrassing as she makes it out to be, with the incident being Sasuke saving her from a bear during the Chunin Exams.
  • Pokémon: In the Pokemon anime, Dawn's childhood friend Kenny likes to call her "Dee Dee", which makes her angry. In the episode "Yes, In Dee Dee, It's Dawn!", it is explained that "Dee Dee" stands for "Diamond Dandruff". This nickname comes from a childhood incident where a Plusle and a Minun (electric Pokemon) shocked her, causing her hair to stand on end and sparkle due to the static. In the Japanese version, Kenny simply made up the nickname Pikari to tease her (her Japanese name is Hikari) — it really is a Lucky Translation both ways.

    Audio Plays 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who:
    • "Quinnis" resolved a TV Noodle Incident from the First Doctor serial "The Edge of Destruction", where Susan recognises a photograph on the screen as Quinnis, a planet in the fourth universe where they nearly lost the TARDIS. As revealed in the audio play, it was almost carried away by a flood when the Doctor was posing as a rainmaker.
    • "Battle Scars" expands on a mention from "Rose" of the Ninth Doctor saving a family from the Titanic.
    • Short Trips story "Her Own Bootstraps", meanwhile, explains why the Ninth Doctor was in the vicinity of Krakatoa around the time of its cataclysmic 1883 eruption, a picture of which also appeared in "Rose".

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: The series has made a Running Gag of Getafix reminding Obelix he's not allowed to have any magic potion because he fell into a cauldron full of the stuff when he was little. They eventually released a story detailing this event, "How Obelix Fell into the Cauldron of Magic Potion When He Was a Little Boy".
  • The Authority: Kev. We know Kev is forced to perform menial Black Ops jobs for his hateful boss because of "that thing with the tiger". It turns out a mission to escort a government official with a prostitute went very wrong, because to keep him from the press they shoved him into a cellar, which turned out to contain a tiger, which belonged to the squadmate whose apartment they were using. Everything was hushed up, but Kev's career was ruined.
  • Doctor Who (Titan):
    • "The Whole Thing's Bananas" reveals the circumstances of the destruction of Villengard's weapons factories and subsequent replacement with a banana grove as mentioned in "The Doctor Dances": It was actually the War Doctor's doing, with the help of Dorium Maldovar, and he did it to prevent the Daleks from using the factories in the Time War.
    • "Return of the Volsci" depicts the cryptic escape from 1336 Kyoto mentioned in "Bad Wolf".
  • Harley Quinn:
    • In one issue during the New 52 era, Harley and Power Girl were sent through a dimensional portal, and returned in the next panel, with Kara mysteriously wearing a wedding dress. Their trip was later covered in the whole of the spin-off Harley Quinn & Power Girl miniseries.
    • One story in the 25th Anniversary special depicted Harley, Ivy and Selena throwing a wild party in Las Vegas, which had previously been a Gilligan Cut Noodle Incident in the Road Trip special.
  • The early appearances of John Constantine were riddled with references to a big screw-up he made in a Newcastle exorcism. The details of this weren't revealed until issue 13 of Constantine's solo book.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios): In the Go Go Power Rangers sub-series, when Trini and Zack first meet Kimberly through their friend Matt (whom Kim is currently dating), they call her "Salad Girl" and Trini warns Matt that she's crazy; his reaction is "Wait, you're 'Salad Girl'?!". Eventually it's revealed that Kim's parents got Zack fired from his job as a waiter because they overreacted to a simple misunderstanding over her meal order.
  • In Dan Slott's Fantastic Four, mentioning that Iceman was a member of the Fantastic Four is a good way to get Johnny Storm angry, declaring he was never a member. It's later revealed that Iceman joined the team temporarily after he was humiliated in front of the X-Men and Johnny rushed off in a spoiled huff. Johnny was afraid he was being replaced at that time, but it turns out that was never the case.

    Fan Works 
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has a large amount of Noodle Incidents, but its growing Expanded Universe has revealed what happened in a few of them:
    • In the second chapter, once Ash wakes up in the new timeline, Ash recalls meeting Serena in Professor Oak's summer camp, and an accident with a Rhyhorn that caused her to leave early. Said accident is shown in full in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden sidestory, and it's explained that she took the blame for it to prevent him from being expelled.
    • Professor Oak once mentioned that he's seen the Elite Four members drunk, and a drunk Agatha is "wrong on so many levels". One instance was revealed to be a drinking contest hosted by Charles Goodshow, which he eventually joined himself.
    • Chapter 16 has Giovanni mention a failed operation in Hop-Hop-Hop Town. In the Arnold Interlude sidestory we see what happened: Butch and Cassidy led a group of Rocket grunts who tried to steal the citizens' Pokémon, but were driven out of town when the citizens fought back, inspired by a couple of kids who stood up to them.
  • For The Glory Of Irk: During a conversation with Q in Chapter 13, it's mentioned that he once fought Zim and Voel in their Elite days. In Chapter 29, we get a flashback to that event.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • For years, the Clone Wars were just a mention in a recollection of Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. It would be a quarter-century before we actually saw — in Attack of the Clones — the clones being produced, and Yoda declaring that the Clone Wars have begun. Star Wars: The Clone Wars would then depict the wars, and Revenge of the Sith would show the resolution.
    • In the Opening Crawl of A New Hope, it is mentioned that rebels had managed to get the secret plans to Princess Leia's ship, where the movie starts. For forty years, that was all the movies said on the subject... then came Rogue One, which is pretty much telling the story of the people who did just that. The discontinued Legends Expanded Universe, meanwhile, had the opposite problem: multiple authors and video game developers created about six different explanations for it, to the point it had to be retconned as six different groups stealing fragments of the plans.
    • In The Empire Strikes Back C-3PO complains that the Millennium Falcon's computer speaks with "a most peculiar dialect". We learn in Solo that the computer is, in part, the memories and experiences of Lando's former pilot droid L3.
    • Solo "explains" the circumstances behind the Millennium Falcon making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, which baffled many since parsecs are a unit of distance and not time.note  It also showcases Han winning the Falcon "fair and square" from Lando, which turns out to be literal rather than coy. And the moment Han inherited the life debt from Chewie. The only major unseen incident from Han's past not featured in the movie is dropping Jabba's cargo at the first sign of trouble, though they imply he's about to join up with Jabba in the Sequel Hook.

    Literature 

By Author:

  • Michael Moorcock's works left it unclear for decades what, exactly, recurring villain Gaynor the Damned had done to get horribly cursed. It was finally revealed in the 2000s novel The Dreamthief's Daughter aka Daughter of Dreams, and boiled down to successively betraying a Lord of Law and a Lord of Chaos, in hope of gaining personal power, leading to both of them briefly ganging up and making an example of him.

By Work:

  • Discworld:
    • In Reaper Man, there's reference to "the Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents", who ran a bogus plague of rats scam all across the Sto Plains. In The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents the story focuses on these rodents (and Maurice, who is a talking cat and not the "stupid-looking kid" who serves as the faux Pied Piper), who've had to move their scheme to the Uberwald area.
    • For several books, the battle of Koom Valley was an ancient battle between dwarves and trolls, the only one where "both sides ambushed each other". In Thud!, we finally see it being used as a selling point by dwarves and trolls alike to keep the enmity strong. In fact, it was a peace meeting that went wrong when everyone attacked each other, thinking themselves under attack.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe: The short story "Picnic at Asgard" depicts, appropriately enough, the picnic mentioned by River Song in "Silence in the Library" and "The Husbands of River Song".
  • Foundation Series: Harry Turtledove's "Trantor Falls" describes the "Great Sack", mentioned by Dagobert IX and the Encyclopedia Galactica in "The Mule".
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: In the first book, an atomic warhead headed for the Heart of Gold becomes a potted petunia, which thinks "oh no, not again" before plummeting to the ground. Two books later it is revealed that the petunia was Agrajag, who is (per the other wiki) "a piteous creature that is continually reincarnated and subsequently killed, each time unknowingly, by Arthur Dent." Agrajag mentions one death at Stavromula Beta, which Arthur has never been to. Two books after that, it turns out that Arthur is at a night club owned by one Stavro Mueller, it being the second of his nightclubs it is called "Stavro Mueller Beta".
  • Septimus Heap: The Great Fire in the Castle was mentioned a few times before the seventh and final book, Fyre, revealed what happened. Julius Pike, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, was showing a visiting wizard the alchemie Fyre, and to impress him, threw the Two-Faced Ring into it. The ring settled on the bottom of the cauldron holding the Fyre and Migrated through it, cracking the cauldron and causing a disaster. Flames reached up through the Fyre venting system and started the Great Fire.
  • The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr which expand upon the Noodle Incidents from various canon stories.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: The climax of Queen's Shadow clarifies a noodle incident from The Clone Wars episode "The Rise of Clovis", where Padmé and Clovis reminisced about having to work hard for three days to save the aqueduct system of the planet Bromlarch.
  • Tortall Universe: In Trickster's Choice, it's mentioned that George took a young Aly on a mission to meet with an informant that went bad, leading him to not allow her to do fieldwork anymore. A Spy's Guide includes a report written by Aly about the incident that fills out all the details of what happened.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain:
    • (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!) repeatedly makes references to having cleared a Space Hulk and having spent time with the Reclaimers chapter of Space Marines, but not until The Emperor's Finest do we get to see it.
    • Several of the short stories from the omnibus editions of the novels expand on the Noodle Incidents from the stories;
      • "Echoes of the Tomb" explains the encounter he had with necrons (and why he's so terrified of them) in "Caves of Ice". It's also the story of why he has two augmetic fingers (Which TEF expounds on, since it starts immediately after).
      • "The Beguiling" gives the story of Cain's encounter with a Slaaneshi cult which is mentioned and has a returning villain in "The Traitor's Hand".
      • "Sector 13" is about Cain's first encounter with genestealer infiltrators (which is mentioned in pretty much every book where it comes up).
    • The very first book notes how he was reactivated and brought back into service shortly after writing it (since he mentioned enjoying his retirement) thanks to the beginning of the Black Crusade. Six books later, "Cain's Last Stand" is about how this happened.
    • In addition to following immediately on from the events of "Echoes of the Tomb", "The Emperor's Finest" is about the time he spent acting as Imperial Guard liaison to some Space Marines (not to mention his often brought up memories of their armour being sliced open like butter by purebreed genestealers every time he fights them).
    • Many chapters start with a quote or inspiring proverb. One of them are the last words of the Chaos Warmaster Varan the Undefeatable, "Well that was unexpected...", which is likely to be interpreted as a wry Didn'tSeeThatComing comment. Then we actually see Varan's last moments, and his last word are actually "That was unexpected, wasn't it?" delivered as a mocking taunt, having just revealed his Chaos mutations included natural body armor and Femme Fatalons in addition to a Compelling Voice.
  • Warlock of Gramarye: Christopher Stasheff wrote 27 novels in the series from 1983-2004, which had "Saint Vidicon of Cathode" mentioned as the Patron Saint of computers. Only in 2005 did he decide to actually write Saint Vidicon's story.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow, owing to its heavy reliance on flashbacks, has a number of examples of this.
    • In a Season 1 episode, Diggle tells Felicity about an incident from his tour in Afghanistan, in which he killed a Child Soldier while protecting a surrendered terrorist leader, Gholem Khadeer. The flashback sequence of the Season 2 episode "Suicide Squad" depicts this incident.
    • Also, in Season 1, when Diggle questions Oliver about his father's List, Oliver tells him that he discovered a message from his father "a few years ago" explaining who the people on the List were and why they needed to be brought to justice. He further clarifies that he didn't find the List on the island where he was supposedly stranded for five years. Two seasons later, a flashback reveals how Oliver found Robert's message on a covert trip to Starling City.
    • This tends to happen frequently on the show owing to the ongoing flashback narrative of the first five seasons. A Noodle Incident from Oliver's five years away is brought up in the present-day, and at some later point, the flashback narrative resolves it. One of the most notable examples is Oliver's past association with the Bratva, and his friendship with Bratva boss Anatoly Knyazev, both of which were alluded to heavily in the first season of the show. Flashbacks in Season 2 reveal the beginnings of Oliver's friendship with Anatoly, while the flashback narrative of Season 5 deals Oliver's initiation into the Bratva.
  • Early in Better Call Saul, Jimmy's brother, Chuck, mentions having to bail him out of an Illinois jail after Jimmy performed an unidentified act called a "Chicago Sunroof". Chuck also comments that Jimmy narrowly avoided being labeled a sex-offender. The final episode of the first season explains what a "Chicago Sunroof" is/what the incident involved: A drunken Jimmy saw someone he disliked parking their car and so Jimmy climbed on top of the car and defecated through the sunroof. Unbeknownst to Jimmy, the owner's children were in the back seat (which is why he was almost tried for a sex crime).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Vampire William the Bloody is better known as Spike because he likes to use railroad spikes as a torture device, even though we never see that happen. Eventually, in the fifth season episode "Fool for Love", this is revealed as an Embarrassing Nickname; we discover that before he was turned he was William the "bloody awful" poet, and one person says he'd rather have a railroad spike driven through his head than hear any more.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "Doomsday", when he confronts the Cult of Skaro, the Doctor mentions that he was at the "fall of Arcadia". In "The Day of the Doctor" and its prequel "The Last Day", it's revealed that Arcadia was Gallifrey's "second city", and that the Daleks overran it on the last day of the Time War.
    • At the end of "The Shakespeare Code", Queen Elizabeth I arrives and declares the Tenth Doctor her "sworn enemy", forcing him and Martha to leg it back to the TARDIS as he wonders what exactly it is he's going to do to make her angry. Later, at the beginning of "The End of Time", he mentions to Ood Sigma that he married her, calling it a "mistake" and implying that Elizabeth's nicknamenote  is no longer... ahem. It's brought up a few more times by Liz 10 and the Dream Lord, and in "The Wedding of River Song" the Eleventh Doctor says that "Elizabeth the First is still waiting in a glade to elope with me!" The 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" finally shows the wedding, revealing that Ten asked Elizabeth to marry him because he thought she was being impersonated by a Zygon and was trying to expose the "imposter", not taking into account why exactly a Chick Magnet should never try to entrap someone this way. He was quite embarrassed when he realized he was engaged to the real deal, and after the wedding he ran off, apparently never to return.
    • In "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead", River Song brings up a couple incidents in her past with the Doctor, which he hasn't done yet because, from his perspective, this is the first time he's met her. Three of them would later be resolved:
    • At the end of "The Big Bang", the Doctor receives a phone call about "an Egyptian goddess on the Orient Express... IN SPACE!" "Mummy on the Orient Express" would later reveal what actually happened.
  • In Fargo, the Sioux Falls massacre is mentioned in passing in Season 1 by two older police officers, Lou and Ben. For Season 2, which happens almost thirty years before Season 1, it serves as the climax, and between the entire sting operation's worth of cops getting wiped out, the near-total extermination of every adult member of the Gerhardt Crime Family, and the extraterrestrial spacecraft, it's clear why this event is regarded as nigh-mythic by its survivors.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • The montage of five-word sentences containing bad ideas includes a shot of Marshall standing on a roof, saying "I can jump that far". The incident forms a central plot point in that season's finale.
    • Another one involves Ted telling a strange story to his kids and constantly forgetting the details, before eventually remembering that the events took place much later and dropping the story altogether. The last we see of it is a shot of Ted walking into the bar wearing a green dress. Sure enough, Ted eventually does get around to explaining these events properly- just not during that particular season.
    • "The Pineapple Incident". There are so many noodle incidents in this episode that get resolved (after a The Hangover-style night), except for the appearance of a pineapple in Ted's room. There's a scene included in the box set that tells us how the pineapple got there: The Captain would place a pineapple on the porch as a sign of hospitality. The night when Ted was super drunk, he grabbed it, thinking it was funny to have a pineapple on the porch.
  • In Hustle, Ashley Morgan is nicknamed "Three-Socks", a nickname indicated to have been picked up in the prison showers. For several series, this is unexplained and the viewer is fairly likely to suspect it involves some method of escaping Prison Rape. However, it eventually turns out to be a reference to a physical characteristic of Ash.
  • Smallville: people kept holding an unexplained incident at Club Zero over Lex Luthor's head and pointed it as a prime example of his money getting him out of trouble. A later episode (appropriately titled "Zero") showed a flashback to what happened there, and the Villain of the Week was relative of someone who died in the incident trying to kill Lex for revenge.
  • Star Trek:
    • The discrepancy between the smooth-forehead Klingons foreheads in Star Trek: The Original Series and the ridgy foreheads in all subsequent series was acknowledged in Deep Space Nine when Worf said "We do not discuss it with outsiders!" The writers in prequel series Enterprise decided to explain it as a genetic engineering experiment gone wrong.
    • The main plot of the Deep Space Nine episode "Facets". Jadzia Dax hosts a symbiont who has been in 7 other hosts before her. As a result she shares their memories and personalities. Throughout the series, she keeps dropping Noodles about what her previous hosts were like. In this episode, she goes through a ritual that transfers the memories and personality of each host into another person. This allows her to interact with each host, and the viewers get to meet each host. Most noatable was Curzon Dax, who was the host right before Jadzia, and also the main characters Sisko's best friend. Curzon transfers into a shapeshifter, who shapeshifts to look like Curzon. In this episode we see Curzon Dax in the flesh, and also get to see Sisko interact with Curzon.
    • Captain Kirk's "solution" to the Kobyashi Maru no-win test was a long standing noodle incident in Star Trek lore. Though it was known that Kirk "cheated", this was just the Noodle Incident, and his actual method wasn't known.The 2009 movie shows us what happened: he hacked the test so the Klingon ships' shields would fail and he could destroy them easily. It also shows that he was originally admonished for his defiant behavior, rather than congratulated for thinking outside of the box, although since the movie is an alternate universe, it's possible that things in the original universe went differently.
    • It's established that after his visit to Talos IV, Captain Pike gets caught in an accident that bombards him with delta radiation, leaving him horribly scarred and confined to a mechanized wheelchair. In Star Trek: Discovery (which takes place before the Original Series), Pike encounters a time crystal which shows him the accident in question and its aftermath.

    Video Games 
  • Mass Effect 2: An alien scientist you recruit, who happens to be ex-Special Forces, will mention that once he killed with a piece of farming equipment. In the DLC that revolves around fighting a shadowy figure that has records of nearly everything and everyone, it's revealed that he stabbed a krogan — notoriously hard-to-kill aliens — through the eye with a pitchfork, during a clandestine mission.
  • Night in the Woods:
    • Mae doesn't like to talk about the time she went with Cole to their high school senior prom and it ended in disaster. If you go with Bea to the graveyard in Act III and tell the Goth Teens an embarrassing story from high school, Mae will reveal all the gruesome, humiliating details: Mae went in for a kiss but somehow screwed up and bit Cole on the lip. She dragged Cole into the bathroom and stuffed his mouth with paper towels to stop the bleeding, while nervously eating candied almonds she'd stolen from the refreshments table. Then she nearly choked on an almond and puked while trying to give herself the Heimlich maneuver. Then someone came in and, in a moment of panic, Mae tried to flush the paper towels she'd shoved in Cole's mouth down the toilet, causing it to overflow. Cole left early, and Mae was forced to get a ride home from Josh, a kid who rode to prom on a tractor.
    • There are repeated references to Mae putting another kid in the hospital when she was younger, an incident she doesn't like to talk about. Near the end of the game we get the whole story: Mae had a nasty dissociative episode during a softball game that lead to her lashing out.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa: The first game makes vague references to "the worst, most despair-inducing event in the history of mankind", eventually revealing it lead to catastrophic social upheaval across much of the world which lead to the students at Hope's Peak Academy being trapped in the school, but not going into detail as to what exactly happened. Later games and spin-offs reveal more about "The Tragedy" and the events that lead to it.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: In the climax of the first game, Manfred von Karma is exposed as the true culprit in the unsolved DL-6 Incident, which Miles Edgeworth's father Gregory was murdered in the courthouse elevator. Von Karma's motive? Gregory, a defense attorney, had revealed von Karma's use of faulty evidence in a trial that took place immediately before the incident, for which von Karma got a penalty for on his otherwise perfect record. Other than the fact that Gregory's client was still found guilty, the full details of his final case were left to the player's imagination. Then ten years later, the second Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth Gaiden Game was released, in which a major part of the game's story revolves around finally solving Gregory's final case, which includes a playable flashback as Gregory.

    Webcomics 
  • Best Friends Forever: Teddy and Vincent act weird about each other and it's only ever referenced that something happened over the summer they spent together. It turns out that during that summer, Vincent got drunk and attempted to kiss Teddy, who turned out to be his Closet Key. Teddy thought Vincent was messing with him due to the fact other football players called him girly. Even further, when Vincent tells the story to Louis, he reveals that that time was simply the only one Teddy noticed, but he actually tried to kiss him several times during the summer.
  • Sequential Art: Early in the series, when Kat asks Art if he did anything crazy in college, he gets a flashback to him and Pip frantically burying something in an open grave. A series of strips years later gives us the full context (better buckle up for this one). During college, Art and Pip decided to play a prank on a fashion student, Rebecca Mace, who they saw talking to a mannequin she named Vanessa by stealing the mannequin and then sending a series of postcards making it seem as if Vanessa had run away to a new life, with one picture giving her a "boob job". Unfortunately, Rebecca showed this postcard to one of her classmates, who immediately jumped to the conclusion that this was some misogynistic attack on female beauty standards and organized a protest with her classmates which somehow snowballed into three-day long riots. Art and Pip, rightfully freaked out at how quickly and severely things escalated, decided to cut their losses and bury Vanessa before they could be implicated.

    Web Original 
  • Mystery Flesh Pit National Park: Early posts about the park would occasionally make reference to a disaster in 2007 that lead to the park being permanently closed to the public, but it wasn't until June 2020 that creator Trevor "StrangeVehicles" Roberts posted a report revealing what happened: A series of Disaster Dominoes of negligence, bad luck and slightly bad ideas led to the Pit spasming during a power cut, swallowing the park infrastructure due to a choking reflex then vomiting from toxic shock (the failsafe's paralytic poisons failed to work as intended) while visitors were still trapped. The final toll was 750 deaths, 1800 injuries and a narrowly averted cataclysmic awakening prevented only by an ill-understood contingency.
  • Some noodle incidents from the Whateley Universe have been explained in the Hank stories:
    • They have a literal Noodle Incident that Generator was behind. It's Generator strangling Hank by blocking his windpipe with a noodle.
    • Three new noodle incidents appeared recently: Team Kimba faced an Unwinnable Training Simulation and got their asses handed to them the first time that term (the Grunts, the supposedly the best team in the Sims, needed three or four tries). Generator proposes a strategy that includes a Radioactive Condor Girl and scares the crap out of battle-hardened combat teachers. After the weekend, they (apparently) try this scenario thrice more, ending with the Radioactive Condor Girl strategy. And win. We don't have any details, however.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: In the Season 2 episode "It Came From the Nightosphere", Marceline sings a surprisingly touching song about her neglectful father, with a childhood incident where he callously ate her fries as an example. In the Season 3 episode "Memory of a Memory", Finn encounters a flashback to this incident while traveling through Marceline's memories. note 
  • The opening narration of Courage the Cowardly Dog states that Courage was taken in by Muriel after being abandoned as a pup. Why he was abandoned is explained near the end of the series in the episode "Remembrance of Courage Past": his parents took him to a veterinarian who sent them into space as part of a science experiment, but Courage was able to escape.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • A Running Gag throughout the series is Scrooge's unexplained animosity towards Santa Claus. He doesn't allow any depictions of him in the mansion on Christmas and sets traps under the chimney every year, but never gives any explanation for the grudge aside from, "He knows what he did." It's not until the Season 3 episode "How Santa Stole Christmas!" that the man himself finally shows up in person and the whole story finally comes out: Santa and Scrooge had been business partners and friends working together to deliver coal to warm houses on Christmas, Scrooge even helping him acquire the means to make the deliveries all in one night, but they had a falling out when Santa insisted on giving the coal - and, eventually, gifts - away for free.
    • In "Last Christmas!", Scrooge casually mentions "secretly keeping the world-eating serpent Jormungandr at bay" among a list of his responsibilities. Come the Season 3 episode "The Rumble For Ragnarok!", where Scrooge would take the kids to a ritual held once every decade to keep Jormungandr at bay, by beating him in a wrestling match.
  • Kim Possible: The episode "A Sitch In Time (Part 2)" shows how Kim got started as a hero when someone trapped in a laser grid attempted to contact "Team Impossible" but reached her website (originally intended to get her normal teenage jobs like babysitting) by mistake while contorting to type the address into a laptop without getting zapped. The later episode "Team Impossible" features an appearance by this group as they try to drive Kim out of the hero business because she's cutting into their profits.
  • The first half-season of Milo Murphy's Law repeatedly alludes to "The Llama Incident"; eventually we get an episode with that name, during which Milo and Melissa finally tell Zack exactly what it was. This explanation happens while they're all hanging off a cliff in the aftermath of something they refer to as "the Woodpecker Incident" to a nearby character, which we only see snapshots of.
  • Moral Orel: The infamous episode "Nature" starts with Clay spanking Orel for some unspecified wrongdoing, with Orel only vaguely stating what it is. "Innocence" reveals Orel apparently bled out several of his friends in the bathtub so he could bathe in their blood. Why? Because Coach Stopframe claimed it would make him young forever (citing Gothic erotica as his source, no less) and Orel believed the only way to stay perfectly innocent was to remain a child forever.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: "Let's Take a Moment" finally reveals the full story of the "sandwich incident" that lead to Mr. Gar leaving P.O.I.N.T., which had only been hinted at in previous episodes.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: In early episodes there are mentions of a villainous dolphin named Dr. Blowhole, which were implied to be one of Skipper's delusions. Come the end of the first season, Blowhole is introduced as a real character.
  • The Stinger of the Phineas and Ferb episode "The Chronicles of Meap" was a movie-style "trailer" for a follow-up called "Meapless In Seattle." It eventually became a real episode, opening with the following narration, giving context to all the scenes (largely in comedically anticlimactic ways), and ending with an even more absurd fake trailer.
    "A long time ago in a studio in Burbank, California, a ragtag group of animators made a fake trailer for a 'Meap' sequel they never intended to make. Unfortunately, everyone wanted to see that episode so the animators were forced to write it and incorporate all these seemingly unrelated scenes. I guess the joke was on them. We now present...'Meapless in Seattle.'"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Siege of Mandalore was intended as the Grand Finale, but it didn't happen at first due to the series' initial cancellation in 2013. Later on, it was first mentioned in canon by Captain Rex in the Rebels season 2 episode "The Lost Commanders", and more details of the Siege were revealed by Dave Filoni at Star Wars Celebration 2016 and in the novel Ahsoka, published later that year. The seventh season, announced in 2018 and released in 2020, finally showed the Siege unfold in its final arc.


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