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Let's say you're watching a movie, playing a game, or reading a book. The story is well-told, the characters are engaging, and the settings are beautifully presented. When you finish, you walk away satisfied with what it had to offer.

Later, you decide you're in the mood to experience it again. Maybe you'd like to remember the exact phrasing of a quote, maybe you want to show it to a friend, or maybe it's just for personal enjoyment. Whatever the reason, it isn't long before you're re-engaged with the work in question.

But wait, what's this? That Funny Background Event looks suspiciously similar to the final battle. And are these conversations really just idle chitchat? And doesn't that janitor kind of look like the masked crusader who appears later on? Isn't that fairy tale book on the bedside table the trope that the movie is based on?

Congratulations, you've discovered that this work has a Rewatch Bonus! Turns out the creators put a lot more work into writing the story than you realized. While there were bigger things drawing your attention when you were first experiencing the story, now that you're revisiting it, you can now see that there was a lot of interesting setup to said bigger things. This trope also isn't limited to narrative elements and can also refer to quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it sight gags, interesting character quirks, and other things that you didn't notice or were unable to appreciate on the first go-around.

This and Foreshadowing overlap greatly, but something that is a Rewatch Bonus has the distinction of not needing to be important to the Myth Arc at large — the work could even function perfectly fine without it — but nonetheless still serves as an intriguing piece of the narrative or presentation that only makes its brilliance clear once you've noticed the patterns or know how everything ends. Sometimes coincides with Late to the Punchline (although if a punchline only makes sense in the context of events later in the story, it's less that than an inverse Brick Joke) and is often a result of The Ending Changes Everything. These bonuses are especially common in works that have a Wham Line, Wham Shot, Cerebus Retcon, or a Chekhov's Armory.

Compare Replay Value, which refers to the various ways repeated playthroughs of a video game can remain entertaining.


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    Comic Books 
  • The Oracle Code: On the first read through, it really does seem like Jena was just denying her brother's death in her grief before Ben comes across news of the fire that killed their parents and sees that both kids survived, but when she first appears in the background she's actually standing next to her brother.
  • The first issue of Thunderbolts is one of the greatest in history. Once the final page reveals these "new heroes" are the Masters of Evil in disguise, fans instantly had to reread the issue to see how all the interactions play out in a much different way.
  • The Sandman (1989) and its spin-offs have loads of foreshadowing, Arc Welding, and plenty of overlapping sidestories that enrich the series. Usually, people who read the series often reread it once they've finished all the volumes.
  • In Transformers: More than Meets the Eye and other James Roberts-penned Transformers comics, Orion Pax (later Optimus Prime) works with a conspicuously unnamed senator. This relationship takes on a new light once you find out that the senator is Shockwave before he went through the horrifying empurata and Shadowplay processes.
  • Once you reread the first volume of Runaways you start noticing many subtle hints and foreshadowing on the finale of the series and identity of The Mole.
  • Quite a bit in Ultimate Spider-Man due to the large number of Chekhovs Guns and Gunmen seeded throughout the story's earlier points. For instance, the scene where Norman Osborn becomes the Green Goblin becomes even more important when you notice that some major characters are present in the background long before they become important, such as Dr. Octopus and Conrad Marcus. There's also all the subtle build-up to Spider-Man's eventual battles with the Roxxon Corporation. On reread, you'll notice more than a lot of Spidey's enemies and problems were being caused by Roxxon indirectly even before he knew about them; Beetle being hired by them, Killer Shrike attacking their labs, Spot and Sandman being experimented on by them...
  • Revolutionaries and its follow-up First Strike both have a specific character turn out to be far different than they seem, putting just about every word they say in a different light after The Reveal.
  • Re-reading Scott Pilgrim reveals that Envy had a brief appearance in volume 1... In one of Scott's dreams, featuring her as she was when they were dating. Scott having said dream while he was dating Knives, and Knives appearing in the dream as part of Scott and Envy's band only reinforces it.
  • Ronin (1983) is a completely different experience on a second reading; The Reveal completely upends your ideas about what's going on, and an action-packed Urban Fantasy epic about a time-traveling samurai fighting a demon becomes an AKIRA-esque Cyberpunk horror story about a mentally damaged psychic kid being manipulated into warping reality. The most notable instance is the very beginning of the story, when we see the Ronin fighting his nemesis in Feudal Japan before cutting to Billy in the future, watching TV. The first time you read it, it seems like a Distant Prologue giving way to the main plot. The second time, you realize that the entire prologue was actually just a shot of the TV screen Billy was looking at; the Ronin, his allies, and the demon are all characters from a Japanese television show that Billy watches in his spare time, and the strange psychic event that kicks the plot off is actually him creating robotic facsimiles of them using his powers.
  • In the Gargoyles: Clan-Building comics, Thailog has a scheme running for several issues in which he ropes the Labyrinth Clan clones into being his henchmen again, and leads them in an attack against the Manhattan Clan for revenge. Once the battle ends and Thailog flees, we discover that the whole scheme was nothing but a distraction — the fact that one of the clones ended up choosing to take Thailog's side was just an unexpected bonus, for his true objective was to collect DNA samples of the Manhattan Clan. Re-reading the issue with that in mind makes this abundantly clear, as you'll then notice that he has eight retractable wrist-blades, and his only tactic throughout the battle is use them one by one to collect blood from all eight members of the clan.
  • In the second volume of The Good Asian, when Edison has his final confrontation with Nash (the Carroway family's fixer), he notes that ever since his first encounter with Nash he's been bugged by a feeling that he's seen him before. Rereading the first volume will show that Nash was in the background at the restaurant during the "date" Edison and Lucy had when he first tried to get her help finding Ivy.

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    Fan Works 
  • Anthropology is chock full of these, both in-universe and out of universe. The first part of the story is Lyra noticing how many of the objects used by ponies were not designed for hooves in mind and coming to the conclusion that humans must have been in Equestria. In the story itself, there are many hints in both Lyra's past and in her dreams to the story's major revelation: Lyra herself is human.
  • The fun part of rereading By the Sea after it's already been read in full, including the sequel and snippets that show more merfolk culture, is figuring out what's actually going through Cody's head during Obi-Wan's POV sections, especially early in their relationship when they were still working through a significant language barrier.
  • A particular RWBY drabble is narrated by Fox, who is blind. Near the fic's end, however, he begins describing things visually. People rereading will notice that this is because he's dead (and therefore not limited by his physical body anymore), as the next lines reveal.
  • Code Geass: Colorless Memories many of the lines and Foreshadowing in the earlier chapters. Take on this once you know that Rai is Half Sumeragi and that it was C.C who took his memories in the first place.
  • For What, For All But Myself has Jiang Cheng, disoriented after being severely injured, starts saying "Ke—" before he's interrupted. Later on, when his child's been born, it's revealed that his milk name is Kedou (tadpole), making it clear that he's calling for his son.
  • In The Grim EDventures of Ed, Edd n Eddy, Eddy acting like Doctor Octopus/Green Goblin in the Spider-Man parody a makes perfect sense once you learn that he's Brainwashed and Crazy. Something similar happens in the Codename: Kids Next Door crossover, but unlike last time, he's called out on it.
  • The first scene of the Soul Eater fanfic The Hand That Rocks The Cradle goes from positive to nightmarish after The Reveal that the person holding Stein and Marie's baby is Medusa, not Marie.
    • Even the summary takes on a different meaning after the story is read. "To put it lightly, Stein and Marie's baby son is having a rough night. Maybe a mother's lullaby can comfort him." Being kidnapped by your parents' worst enemy who intends to raise you as her Tyke-Bomb would certainly qualify as having a rough night, and while Medusa isn't his mother, she is certainly a mother.
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero includes a ton of subtle references to Higurashi: When They Cry. That's even before the story shows itself to be a fic that also crossovers with Higurashi. For example, right off the bat we have the prologue's Epigraph subtly referencing the Hate Plague in that series.
  • Long Time No See makes readers believe Shinji and Asuka haven’t seen each other in years, and in between they have met and married other people, until it’s revealed that they have married each other. Asuka was joking when she said it had been a while, and Shinji was playing along. Rereading the fic after the plot twist shows how efficiently Jimmy Wolk played with his readers' assumptions. For example: Shinji says he has two children back at home right before Asuka tells she’s expecting her third baby; Shinji chides himself for smiling at Asuka drinking instead of being concerned about his wife's health, who’s just told him she’s pregnant; Asuka mentions her husband went to "some festival for his own company", which both of them are attending...
  • Paradoxus:
    • Those mysterious women talking about how You Can't Fight Fate at the beginning of the prologue? They are Daphne and Galadwen, regretting how Bloom and Stella's tragic deaths were unavoidable. Also, the unconscious woman they are tending is a grown-up Altalune, newly defeated and nearly killed by Eudora.
    • The nymph Indís and her husband watching the time travelers depart with their daughter who has just arrived at the place? And that happening after Altalune was told by Blair (Snotra's daughter) that her parents couldn't bid her their goodbyes because they were busy? Oh, dear, that's because those two families are the same people but changing between secret identities.
    • Flora easily deducing the time travelers' identities? Nobody doubts Flora is smart beyond belief but, in this particular case, it wasn't her brains but that she already knew.
  • In the last chapter of Persephone's Waltz, Homura comments offhand that she sometimes stops time to cry on Madoka's shoulder. Chapter 5 is narrated by a different person, but contextual clues note  indicate that she was doing this during the conversation about Amy.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged has a lot of the gags over the first season being connected to the Reveal at the end of it, which becomes obvious upon a repeat viewing. Kayaba's first episode speech to the players he's trapped in a VR game is rambling, often goes over his audience's heads, and suffers from mishaps like Kayaba accidentally muting himself. He's loopy from overwork and sleep-deprivation, in a state of panic after discovering a lethal glitch, and is slapping together a plan to cover his ass and look like a criminal mastermind rather than a colossal fuck-up. SAO, despite being a death game, still has things like in-game ads (at first) and NPCs advising players to take a break from a game they can't log out of. SAO was never meant to be a death game. It's also a buggy mess, with missing sound files, teleportation crystals that fail to work more often than not, the game using the wrong animation effects in specific situations, and NPCs prone to getting stuck in doors. SAO was Christmas Rushed, the "players die if their characters do" is just the worst of its various Game Breaking Bugs, and it's a Bethesda title.
  • The Tainted Grimoire has many bits of Foreshadowing which can be caught by reading it again after reaching important plot events.
  • Nonjon's Where in the World is Harry Potter? becomes even more hilarious than it already is once you know Nicholas Flamel's secret.
  • Between My Brother and Me: Mors Omnibus: Yvonne and Yusho's duel against Yuya and Zarc drops a bucketload of hints about what happens at the end — Yvonne killing Yusho in order for him to become a Dark Signer— once you pick up on Yvonne's reactions. From Yuya's declaration that "one of you shall soon perish"note , the fact that her dead brother's favorite song was "Show Must Go On"note  to Yusho remarks to "Do it. Now." and stating that he's "Ready for what happens next"note  to Yvonne wishing that the duel lasts a little bit longer.
  • Orange Rose Gathering: Several of Chloe's scenes in the early chapters (particularly the ones involving her making comments or interacting with Ash) take a different meaning after Chapter 5, where it's revealed that she has feelings for him, with many of Chloe's comments coming across as Suspiciously Specific Denial and her acting like a Tsundere.

    Film — Animated 
  • Brave: Upon second viewings, once you know the actual reason behind "mend the bond torn by pride", it sets the spell's antidote in a new light.
  • Coco:
    • Everything about Miguel and Héctor's interactions and relationship takes on a new significance once you know that Héctor is Miguel's actual great-great-grandfather.
    • The fact that Héctor is a father becomes more apparent in second viewings, with the way he speaks with Miguel to calm him down, censors naughty songs and overall assists and encourages Miguel.
    • Dante constantly pulling Miguel toward Héctor's direction actually hints of his role as a spirit guide, as he knows Héctor is the real great-great grandfather.
  • Coraline:
    • The opening scene becomes more disturbing upon rewatch because that doll being remade is representing the Sweet Ghost Girl, otherwise known as Wybie's great-aunt.
    • The Other Father's song to Coraline initially seems like a cheerful song until you realize he is actually trying to warn her that they want to put buttons in her eyes.
    • Rewatching the meal scenes in the Other World shows that only Coraline and the Other Father are eating. The other Mother's plate is always empty. That's because she feeds on something entirely different.
    • Upon closer inspection, the Other Mother becomes thinner each time Coraline visits, while the Other Father becomes plumper. The Other Mother is barely sustaining herself and the Other Father is turning back into a pumpkin.
    • The Other Father always calls the Other Mother "Mother". The Other Mother created him so in a sense, she really is his mother.
    • The cute circus scene is not as entertaining once the viewer realizes that the little circus ball the mice used is actually the Sweet Ghost Girl's soul.
  • Frozen:
    • Seemingly innocent lines from Prince Hans can be re-interpreted as disguising his true nature in later viewings. For example, during his duet with Anna, some of his lines ("We finish each other's-" "Sandwiches!" "That's what I was gonna say!") are suddenly signs of tailoring himself to make Anna fall for him — in the case of said line, he says such right when Anna turns her back on him and lets her guard down. In particular, in the same duet, he has a line about having waited his whole life to "find my own place". While he says this, he isn't looking at Anna - he's turned away from her to gesture at her kingdom. On one's first viewing, it's difficult to notice that he's essentially admitting to being more interested in the kingdom than the girl here, but it's glaringly obvious on a rewatch.
    • Observant viewers will notice that during the scene where Hans "saves" Elsa from being shot by a crossbow bolt, which brings an enormous chandelier down on her, that he both glances up to make note that the chandelier is above Elsa, and has completely wrested control of the crossbow from its owner when the arrow is fired.
    • Similarly, the lyrics of the opening song foreshadow a lot of the later events of the film; Elsa's powers and her developmental stages, the freezing of the harbor, the frozen heart, and the importance of true love.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings:
    • The reveal that Beetle is actually Hanzo makes every interaction with Kubo and Monkey heartwarming since he was reunited with his son and wife respectively without any of them realizing it.
    • Monkey and Beetle bicker with each other and yet show affection to each other and towards Kubo. It's because they are actually Hanzo and Sariatu, Kubo's parents.
    • Beetle has a habit of making goofy jokes. He is making dad jokes.
    • There are times when Kubo and Beetle are strangely in sync. Such as when Monkey tells them not to touch the skull rock formation and they both do anyways. Or when they both stuff their faces rather messily. Like father, like son.
    • Beetle guessed that the first four words Hanzo said to Monkey/Sariatu to make them fall for him was "I love you, Monkey" when Hanzo really said, "You are my quest". Since Beetle is actually Hanzo, his first guess was unintentionally telling his wife that he loves her.
  • The LEGO Movie is loaded with these. Once you realize that the story - might - take place in a child's imagination, all those hints in the LEGO world (sound effects made by human voices; the Minifigures' limited movements; Vitruvius' lollipop staff and the Kragle) makes much more sense.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The "Lilo feeding her pet fish a sandwich because she thinks he can control the weather" bit at first seems like little more than a silly Establishing Character Moment. Once you learn that it was raining the day her parents died in a car crash, it becomes a lot sadder.
    • Not only that but on rewatching, pay close attention to the weather when Pudge gets his sandwich. The clouds which were gathering in the background disperse. Lilo may be right.
  • In Meet the Robinsons:
    • At the science fair, Wilbur knocks over a girl's box of frogs and she makes him pick them all up. Wilbur isn't too pleased, calls the girl "annoying" and isn't amused when she warns him that she "knows karate". The scene is already funny but it becomes even more hilarious when you realize the little girl is Franny, Wilbur's future mother and yes, she does know karate.
    • When meeting and introducing the Robinsons, Bud casually mentions to Lewis that he would like Wilbur's mother Franny. Franny is actually Cornelius/Lewis's wife.
  • From Monsters, Inc., the scene where Sulley accidentally scares Boo has Mike in the background convincing Mr. Waternoose that Boo isn't toxic. His reactions during that scene are all off, and indicative of his role in the plot to kidnap human children. They include a cartoonish gasp and pantomime raising of hands when he first sees her (instead of the terror displayed by every other monster at the prospect of a human child being loose), a calculating shiftiness in his eyes once Mike starts talking, being so willing to discard a lifetime of teaching during the course of a minute-long speech from Mike that he willingly picks Boo up (which Mike is still hesitant to do after a full day in her company), a different sort of anger during his "how could this happen?" question than would be expected from someone who's just been told a murderous psychopath is using his factory to kidnap human children, and then immediately asking who else knows about Boo once Mike finishes. Assuming the viewer wasn't distracted by the heartbreaking way Boo cowers away from Sulley, it would be implausible for even the most Reasonable Authority Figure to react as calmly as Waternoose does to a massive security breach from a "incredibly dangerous" human child. Rewatching the scene after discovering that he's behind the whole scheme makes all the subtleties of his strange reactions make perfect sense.
  • The opening musical number "This is Halloween" in The Nightmare Before Christmas can seem even more impressive when you watch it the second time, and you realize that the inanimate pumpkin-headed scarecrow in the very first shot is the hero Jack Skellington; it first seems to be a simple establishing shot to set the mood of the film, until the scarecrow reappears and springs to life towards the end of the song, revealed to be a disguised Jack in a pumpkin mask. Relatedly, the main villain Oogie Boogie can seem even scarier when you realize that he's also introduced in an anonymous cameo during the opening, as "the Shadow on the Moon at Night".
    • Not just them; everyone in the opening number ends up as a recurring character for the rest of the movie.
  • Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe: After Candace ends up on Feebla-Oot and is called the "chosen one", quick glances in some scenes show a strange funnel device over Candace's head, usually in scenes where she is with Super Super Big Doctor (this is especially noticeable during the "Girls' Day Out" montage). Turns out, Super Super Big Doctor is using such to feed on Candace's carbon dioxide in order to fuel Mama.
  • Toy Story: Woody and Buzz mistake the mutant toys they encounter at Sid’s house to be cannibals at first. Indeed, on a first viewing it appears that the toys really are as bad as Woody and Buzz believe them to be, before they’re revealed to actually be good. For example, when Woody first encounters them, they are seen carrying away the bodies of two toys Sid wrecked; then they are shown blocking the door to Sid’s room when Woody and Buzz try to escape. But when you rewatch those scenes with the fact that the mutant toys really are not evil in mind, it becomes apparent that they were just carrying away the broken toys so Sid wouldn’t cause more harm to them, and when they blocked the doorway they were really just trying to protect Woody and Buzz from Sid’s dog Scud, who was right outside. Also note that they are never shown attempting to attack Woody or Buzz.
  • Many Pixar movies have something from an upcoming movie worked in, doubling as Production Foreshadowing. It'd take the likes of Sherlock Holmes to recognize Nemo from Finding Nemo as the toy fish Boo handed to Sulley in Monsters, Inc., but you'll definitely notice these things on your next viewing of the earlier film.
  • Turning Red: The significance of Ming clutching her jade pendant which contains her red panda spirit when she first sees Mei's' giant red panda form is only apparent after knowing about the Lee family legacy.
  • Zootopia:
    • Once you know who's actually behind it all and why, certain early events that seemed innocent on first viewing take on a more sinister cast. The way Bellwether happens by at just the right time to force Chief Bogo into putting Judy on the Otterton case no longer seems quite so coincidental in retrospect — and her excusing herself from her office as Judy and Nick look through the traffic cameras no longer seems unintentional.
      • A big blink-and-you-miss occurs when Bellwether answers the phone for Lionheart: At the bottom of the phone is a stickynote with the phone number of someone named "Doug". Doug is the name of the scientist making the night howler serum causing the animals to go savage, and she's in on it.
    • At the beginning of the movie, Judy chases down a thief, who has stolen bulbs from a florist. Why would a thief steal bulbs from a florist? Later, Judy identifies them as Night Howler bulbs (though she uses the scientific name for them) when talking to Chief Bogo about the crime, then we learn that Otterton is a florist, laying a firm foundation for a flower to be an important part of the case.
    • It’s more apparent when Nick/Judy are able to come up with their Batman Gambit. As Nick says "we'll think of something," he’s looking down at the blueberries spilled on the floor and his face clearly shows an idea forming before being interrupted by Bellwether, who then proceeds to gloat for a while giving them time to set up their plan.
    • Doubles as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, there's a very brief shot of Nick and Judy reacting to what they're hearing when the unnamed badger doctor explains to Lionheart her theory about the savage incidents having to do with the predators' biology. If you pay close attention to their faces, you can see that Judy starts listening intently like she thinks that makes a lot of sense and explains everything, while Nick looks shocked and offended that such a thing would be suggested. This very subtly foreshadows how Nick becomes terribly upset when Judy repeats the theory at the press conference.
    • As the subway car that Nick and Judy have commandeered tips over from taking the curve too fast, a brief cut inside the car shows Nick falling to the side and a split second later, the briefcase holding the Nighthowler serum and airgun falls right into Nick's stomach giving him the opportunity to save it from the crash. Watching the remainder of the crash scene shows how the animators cleverly position Nick to shield the briefcase from the audience's view until the final reveal.
    • When Nick is confronting Judy about her comments during the press conference, he asks if she's afraid of him — her nose twitches in the same manner as her childhood confrontation with Gideon, giving a subtle hint that the answer is "Yes".
    • When Nick is giving his What the Hell, Hero? speech to Chief Bogo, he says that they have 10 hours left. If you watch Judy's face when he says this, she is visibly concentrating, then frowns, indicating that she finds this statement incorrect, but then dismisses it with a subtle shake of her head.
    • When Nick is hit by a night howler pellet by Bellwether and Judy is being cornered, there are two blink-and-you-miss moments that they're actually pulling a Batman Gambit. First, Judy's nose is not twitching, which is a Character Tic for whenever she's scared or suspicious. Second, Nick's eyes look normal instead of slitted or dilated, and the remains of the pellet can be seen on his neck when it should absorb into the skin like it did with Otterton and Manchas. These are what clue the viewer that they're only acting despite the realism.
  • Megamind has a terrific blink-and-you'll-miss-it minor detail you likely won't even notice the first time, but will definitely only make sense during your second watch. When Metro Man and Megamind are bantering after he's been trapped in the abandoned observatory, the screen the hero's face is on skips a single frame after the Death Ray fails to fire. When it's revealed he actually used his Super-Speed to fake his death, that "frame skip" was actually him being gone and setting it all up in a fraction of a second.

  • Jhariah:
    • In "These 4 Walls," the singer says that he "sits atop a throne" due to how powerful he feels while hiding alone. This is foreshadowing for the last song, where he really does "take the crown from where it fell" and end up becoming the leader.
    • A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO FAKING YOUR DEATH, one of the lines on "DEBT COLLECTOR" is "Gravedigger, gradual killer!" This refers to the sense of guilt that the protagonist feels over trying to escape his past. It serves as an early hint that he'll be Driven to Suicide by the end of the album, but you likely won't pick up on it the first time through, when you're not sure where it'll end up.

  • Cirque du Soleil: The first time out, one's attention tends to focus on the often-spectacular acrobatics and comedy acts (which is as it should be), but with repeat viewings the distinctive characters and relationships, throwaway gestures, background events, music, etc. are easier to notice and appreciate. This is especially true with non-touring shows such as Mystere, "O", and LOVE, which crank up the Scenery Porn and often have large casts. And any show with real Audience Participation will be a little bit different every time.
  • The 2013 musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory manages this by revealing/confirming in the final moments that the tramp at the dump was Willy Wonka in a disguise. A second viewing with awareness of this detail reveals not only lots of Foreshadowing via dialogue, stage business, and even visuals but also the anti-foreshadowing used to plant the thought ", that can't be possible" in the audience's minds, via Mr. Wonka's carefully maintained Jerkass Facade with regards to Charlie.
  • Les Misérables recycles an awful lot of its early melodies with different lyrics later on - usually repeatedly. It's difficult to catch on first viewing that these similar melodies are used to thematically compare and contrast the different lyrics being put to them. To give a few examples:
    • The melody for Eponine's "On My Own" - a song about the character admitting to herself that her love for Marius is delusional - is used at various other points where characters are suffering from comforting delusions - Fantine on her deathbed, Cosette protesting that Valjean doesn't have to die yet, etc.
    • Valjean and Javert both have contrasting soliloquies to very similar melodies, but where Valjean's keeps increasing in pitch as he "climbs to the light" to become a better person, Javert's remains around the same pitch until suddenly jumping up on the final note as he commits suicide - because Javert doesn't manage to find any means of escape from his own emotional and moral pit other than death.
    • One melody is recycled for various instances of Valjean protesting miscarriages of justice - first against himself ("Now every door is closed to me/Another jail another key"), then against Fantine ("You've done your duty, let her be/She needs a doctor, not a jail"), then against his unfortunate doppelganger ("You say this man denies it all/And gives no sign of understanding").
  • Early in Next to Normal, Gabe tells Diana "You've got to let go, Mom, I'm almost 18", after she stays up all night waiting for him to come home. Several songs later, it's revealed that Diana's mental problems stem from her inability to let go of the death of the real Gabe.
  • Elisabeth, like Les Misérables, reuses melodies in a completely different context. The most notable is the music played at Elisabeth's wedding in act one, which towards the end of act two is played again at Rudolf's suicide. Also at Elisabeth's wedding, the tune of the song her guests sing is given new lyrics and reused in act two as her husband cheats on her. Watching the show more than once turns the wedding music into especially grim Foreshadowing.

    Visual Novels 
  • Many of the cases in Ace Attorney start out fairly simple and then head into complicated territory, to the point where you may have forgotten a small detail mentioned in the first day that had no significance until the final day. Special mention goes to the Investigations sub-series, mostly the second game. As the cases are a lot more connected than in the rest of the series, it's a real eye-opener going back and seeing all the foreshadowing.
    • The first case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations hits much harder after the fourth and fifth cases. The fourth case reveals how Dahlia traumatized Mia when they first met, and showed that she had such a bad reaction to Phoenix eating evidence because Terry Fawles, the defendant in the first Dahlia case, also ate poison to protect Dahlia... but Terry actually died for a girl who never loved him and used him as a scapegoat. The fifth case reveals that Phoenix's character judgement skills weren't as horribly off as Turnabout Memories implies; the reason he was so confused about Dahlia's character is that he had her confused with her twin sister Iris, since Iris had performed a Twin Switch with Dahlia and was the girl actually dating Phoenix. The real Dahlia had switched back for the murder and Phoenix's trial, so Phoenix was correct when he claimed that his girlfriend had been replaced by an impostor.
    • Playing Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2 will never be the same after the reveal that Simon Keyes was behind everything. The Insane Troll Logic Sebastian used to justify his arrest? Completely correct, except that Simon manipulated Patricia Roland into doing the deed instead of doing it himself. Dane Gustavia in case 3? Simon's father, and his actions during the flashback case are part of the reason why Simon turned evil. All of the villains were Simon's targets; he just pointed Edgeworth in the right direction. To a lesser extent, there's the reveal that Di-Jun Huang was Dead All Along, and the guy you meet in the present is a body double who took his place, which explains why Huang was such a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
    • It's recommended that you play Turnabout Reclaimed, the DLC case for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, between playing cases 2 and 3 (which is when it's set), instead of as a bonus after the game, because the fifth main case reveals that Bobby Fulbright, the detective of the game, was the phantom all along, meaning players might be thrown for a bit of a loop by Fulbright helping out like he does in the first 4 cases and the other characters interacting with him normally.
    • The final chapter of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice hits differently after the trial reveals Dhurke was Dead All Along and being channeled. Maya was never in danger, because she was channeling him. His awkward attempts to bond with Apollo? He knew he didn't have long before the channeling gave out. Freaking out about Amara being in danger? She was the one channeling him at that point; if he was executed, she would be too.
    • At the start of The Great Ace Attorney, Kazuma Asogi is sent to Great Britain as an exchange student. Seishiro Jigoku, the Minister of Justice, reminds him that he has a mission, and Kazuma turns uncharacteristically grim when talking about his reasons for going. Late in the game, it is revealed that Kazuma was sent to Great Britain to assassinate Tobias Gregson, and he did so with the ulterior motive of finding the truth behind his father's death, so many scenes involving Kazuma and his "mission" come off diferently in retrospect.
  • Case 03: True Cannibal Boy: The game makes it ambiguous who the psycho killer from the fatal ending is. Later on, the games makes it seem like it's the Cannibal Boy disguised as Marty. However, the Cannibal Boy and most evil spirits are always floating while the killer isn't floating. This indicates the psycho killer actually is Marty.
  • So much of the plot of Higurashi: When They Cry involves cryptic conversations, chicanery and deception that watching it again is almost like watching a different story, especially with the large amount of foreshadowing. It's also out of order, meaning the first parts of the story only shows part of the picture (like in the case where Keiichi's murder victim is mysteriously moved).
  • Umineko: When They Cry is even more confusing when one first experiences it, especially with the question of whether the story is a fantasy or a mystery, but after certain revelations, reading through it again has many strange details make much more sense. For example, rereading the first few episodes knowing that Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice are only alter egos created by Sayo Yasuda completely changes the scenes where they are talking to each other since it's eventually made clear that the conversations between Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice are only happening in Sayo's head and symbolize the conflicts in her heart. A reread after learning about Sayo and her motive also changes several of the locked rooms from seemingly impossible to solvable and/or heartbreaking.
  • Katawa Shoujo has a lot of this. Even after getting 100% Completion you probably still need to replay each girl's story route at least 2-3 times in order to truly catch and understand everything. Shizune's route in particular is so full of subtext that a lot of things, including the emotional element of Shizune and Hisao's relationship, tends to go over a lot of players heads on the first playthrough unless they are really paying attention.
  • In the Zero Escape series you'd be hard pressed to find a character who isn't harbouring a massive secret of some sort (even among the POV protagonists) meaning everyone's actions are interpreted differently on a second playthrough. On top of that, there are plot twists and mechanics that manipulate the fundamental basics of user interface that will change the player's perception of things they didn't even realise could be altered.
  • The story of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc reads very differently once you're more familiar with the characters and are aware of the circumstances in which the students arrived at the school. In particular, most interactions with Junko, especially her death scene, come across differently once you're aware that it's not actually Junko.
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has plenty of this.
    • There are several hints towards the First-Episode Twist that won't be apparent until you play through the first chapter again — and some others that won't be apparent until the very end.
      • When Shuichi gets the cameras, the story does not advance until you, as Kaede, investigate the shot put balls, resulting in her picking one up (and never mentioning putting it back). The first murder is committed with a shot put ball. First-time players can easily miss this if they end up checking everything in the room and don't realize that the shot put balls must be investigated to advance.
      • Kaede insists on organizing the top bookshelf despite Shuichi pointing out there's no real benefit to doing so. Said bookshelf becomes the track used to drop the ball on the victim's head.
      • Most people tend to flip their shit the first time they see a dead body. Kaede conspicuously does not flip her shit.
      • At no point does Kaede declare an intent to find the culprit, even though the spotless must convict the culprit or be executed. Her intent in the first trial is to find the mastermind, who she was trying to kill in the first place.
    • It's rather interesting to watch the prologue again and note what lines up with what the Big Bad claims at the end of the game and what doesn't.
      • Kaede is somewhat more verbally abrasive towards Shuichi (although she does apologize, so it can be chalked up to stress) and explicitly states how rotten she thinks the world is. Her audition tape shows she was a misanthropic nihilist before her entrance into the killing game.
      • Kaede recalls how nobody lifted a finger to help her when she was abducted in broad daylight. Of course, nobody would think twice about Team Danganronpa "recruiting" their contestants.
      • Kaede's dialogue indicates some familiarity with who the Monokubs are. She likely knows about them from her auditions.
      • The Monokubs refer to the Ultimate Hunt as the "backstory". It's all a plot device to set up how they ended up in the killing game.
      • However, Kaede, Shuichi, and Rantaro all explicitly identify themselves with the names they use during the killing game, and Kaede notes that she plays piano as a hobby, despite the Big Bad claiming that every aspect of their lives was created for the killing game. It was probably easier to modify what was already there than to fabricate something from scratch.
    • Shuichi in the prologue also acts the same as Shuichi in the main game and very different from Audition Tape!Shuichi, which casts some doubt on the tapes' veracity. After all, the Big Bad is the Ultimate Cosplayer and demonstrates the ability to perfectly imitate previous Danganronpa characters, so it's entirely possible she faked at least some of it to demoralize him.
    • Much of what Kiyo says takes on a different meaning after Chapter 3, in which he's revealed as a Serial Killer who kills girls to allow his dead older sister to make friends. In particular, the end of his Free Time Events with Kaede has him offer to introduce her to his sister, in other words, murder her.
  • For first time players of Doki Doki Literature Club!, they may treat the many poems, dialogues, and narrations as it would fit the School Club Stories theme of the Slice of Life genre. But there is actually a lot of Foreshadowing that those moments make more sense after the player has reached the end of the game.
    • In the first act, Monika has a habit of walking in on the player having a moment with one of the girls. It's almost as if she doesn't want the player to romantically progress with them.
    • The poems initially seem normal but actually allude to the girls' issues. Sayori's poems hint at her depression and making others happy despite being miserable. Natsuki's have a theme of not measuring up and being judged, likely inspired by her home life and classmates. One of Yuri's poems is about Self-Harm. Monika's poems are all about her self-awareness of being in a game, her attempts to connect with the player and the And I Must Scream state she endures when the game is shut off.
  • Several one shot lines and events in the early parts of Dies Irae can become both hilarious and tragic when viewed in a lens knowing some of the later plot reveals and character points. One early and spoiler mild example is when Ren questions Kei as to why she keeps on hanging around his school even though she has no reason to, she smugly answers that she simply likes to hang around others her age and just experience what normal students would. While Ren takes her as simply being a smartass, later events reveals that she was telling the truth albeit in a sarcastic way, which also makes some of Ren's replies far more cutting.
  • Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair has a lot of this, especially when the majority of the cast is introduced at the party.
    • Kamen warns Hiro not to break Momoko's heart, specifying that he might do so by cheating on her. On a first playthrough, it sounds like a standard If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... warning to her best friend's boyfriend, but later it turns out that Kamen knew Hiro was unfaithful, since she was the one Hiro asked out.
    • Raiko's discomfort at a story about two sisters killing each other becomes a lot more poignant when you hear that Raiko's older sister died (vaguely implied to be Driven to Suicide), and Raiko feels responsible.
    • Momoko tells Raiko that it's in bad taste to joke about killing herself. Momoko is planning on hanging herself after murdering Hiro.
    • If you have Raiko say that she came to the party to see Kamen (who, at this point, has shown little but outright contempt for Raiko), Kamen's surprised. Kamen appears overwhelmed with emotion as Raiko mentions that there's something she forgot... at least until Raiko asks what she did to get on Kamen's bad side. The truth is that Kamen is deeply grateful to Raiko for saving her from being accused of shoplifting, and her hostility toward Raiko is due to being upset over how much Raiko changed (since Raiko's sister died shortly after Raiko first met Kamen).
  • Near the start of Highway Blossoms, Amber picks up Marina after the latter's car breaks down and drives her to a station to get gas, where they encounter a woman talking on her cell phone, and get back to find out that Marina's car had been stolen. It's later revealed that Mariah (the woman who'd been talking on the cell phone), her younger sister Tess, and their friend Joe were responsible for stealing and dismantling the car. If you replay the scene at the gas station, you'll notice that Mariah is talking to Joe about dismantling Marina's car.
  • The earliest available messages in A Normal Lost Phone are from Sam's 18th birthday, so naturally take the form of variants of "You're officially a man now!" Such things gain a whole lot of connotations upon learning that Sam is transgender.
  • Throughout most of Kindred Spirits on the Roof Yuna, the main character, assumes that she is the only one who can see or hear Sachi and Megumi, two ghosts she is trying to help. However, late in the game, it is revealed that Yuna's friend Ano can also vaguely see the ghosts, and many of the scenes involving the character in question come off differently when replayed in light of knowing this.
  • Piofiore: Fated Memories
    • Playing through Dante's route reveals that he developed a crush on Lili when they first met as children at the church. While Lili doesn't remember the encounter, he does. Even in the other routes, this influences a lot of his actions. Dante isn't determined to protect Lili and wanting to rescue her from the other love interests just because she is the Key Maiden and thus important to the Falzone Family but because he has been in love with her at this time.
    • When meeting Lili in the prologue, Dante has an awkward conversation with her and left just as quickly after. On second viewing after completing his route, it's not because he was being rude or aloof but because as seen in his "Meanwhile" cutscene, he was trying to strike up the courage to speak with Lili and find a good topic to talk to her about but wasn't quite about to.

  • In the prologue to chapter 1 of Apricot Cookie(s)!, the Director of Darkness laments the state that the conference room is in, calling the previous meeting's attendees a "bunch of animals". In chapter 5, when the Dark Dimension is shown in greater depth, it turns out that the denizens of it literally are a bunch of animals—the Director and his family are the only native humans.
  • While Bob and George wasn't as much pre-planned as, say, One Piece, it has its moments. Want to know what made Mega Man paranoid in the start of "Just Another Day" story arc? He saw his future self talking with future Bass and future X, along with his empty past self. What caused Mega Man to make a sudden Face–Heel Turn? During the time when Mega Man had brought his past self to the present after Mega Man 2, Dr. Wily had kidnapped the past Mega Man and programmed him to do just that. The whole "getting your head hit by several attacks to get a bug/eyelash out of your eye" was a part of the plan. But Wait, There's More!! That explanation was a big lie that Helmeted Author/Fistandantilus, who was impersonating Mega Man, came up with to trick Dr. Light.
  • On the first read, Galebound's Din gives in to demands with surprisingly little argument and seems to betray his own characterization regularly. When Conan's power is revealed, Din's sudden but disgruntled compliance in earlier pages makes sense: Conan has been accidentally commanding Din against his will.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court is full of symbolism and Foreshadowing which might not become relevant until fifteen chapters later. For one example, Jones explains her interest in Shadow's welfare simply as "he is unique." Much later, we find out that she is unique, singularly so, hence the interest.
  • Homestuck. It's impossible to catch everything the first time around (Andrew once claimed that you could read it 10 times and not catch all the Call Backs, Continuity Nods, Ironic Echoes, Leitmotifs, Running Gags, Foreshadowing, and the like), so you're bound to pick up on these while rereading. Given the Kudzu Plot, unless you read TV Tropes or the forums it's not impossible you won't pick up on major plot threads until the second time around.
  • At the end of chapter 41 of Random Encounter, Paige tells Claw that she figured out she was a girl as they escaped Oberon jail; this sheds new light on the strips immediately following that escape, where Paige first asks "are you really...?" and only after a good look at Claw's bindings and visibly becoming more content over several silent panels does she finish the apparent question, "you're not really a god, are you?" In the next strip, she teases her about the possibility of going around shirtless, responding with a knowing grin when she refuses.
  • A lot of information within The Property of Hate can be found through simply rereading the comic. It also puts several events into perspective such as Toby and Dial being henchmen of someone or Click using one of his eyes to track Hero and RGB.
  • Sleepless Domain: In Chapter 14, as the Magical Girl Power Training Club wraps up its daily exercise meeting, Cassidy falls to the ground, exhausted, and declares that she's "never exercising again." Her comment sounds innocuous enough on the first read, but it takes on a subtle Dramatic Irony once you know that she really won't exercise again — by the end of that night, Cassidy would be dead.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: The Distant Prologue plays like the outbreak of a straight version of The Plague, before the main timeframe gradually reveals it to be Zombie Apocalypse in which The Magic Comes Back and the protagonists are the descendants of the prologue characters. Rereading the prologue after having reached a certain point in the main story lets one spot Shared Family Quirks, one man's Plagued by Nightmares situation becomes the possible early onset of magical powers and the events are read with the knowledge that some of the characters may have been The Immune.
  • In Trevor (2020), Dr. Maddison’s actions and interactions with the other characters in the beginning of the story take on new meaning on a re-read of the comic.
  • Dear Children: As a mystery tale with an exceptionally-rich cast of characters, Dear Children frequently premiers or foreshadows important characters and events by having them take place in the background; important information is more than once introduced in passing mentions.
  • Daily JoJo: The "Executioner" and "Acting Different" arcs cover much of the same time period from Josh and A-yeong's perspectives, respectively. Thus, it helps to go back and forth between them to recall Josh's "murderous" intentions towards A-yeong as she thinks he's showing interest in her, or to realize that Josh feels bad about A-yeong's papercut because she just sentenced him to "death".

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  • Critical Role, as a Dungeons and Dragons campaign where the players planned their backtories ahead of time, naturally leads to this through the players simple acting in-character. As one example, it's revealed early into Campaign 2 that Caleb Widogast was once brainwashed into murdering his parents with fire. Re-watching the first episode, where the party watches a circus performance, and you'll notice Liam O'Brien (Caleb's plater) is the only one not clapping after a performance involving fire.
  • An interesting one in the Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V episode "Michael's Heist". After the event, Ryan reveals that he had figured out that Michael had planned to kill off him and Ray and, had they not been killed by the police, would have faked their deaths and got revenge. Rewatch the live-action sequence and you can see Ryan reacting to what Michael was saying and when Ryan calls out the bullshit and gets answered with more bullshit, he starts realizing he's being set up.
  • Rewatch The Nostalgia Critic reviews from the episode right after Suburban Knights to his To Boldly Flee-leading finale of Scooby-Doo and you'll notice a ridiculous amount of foreshadowing for his intended end, from a sudden fear of being a character to outright revealing the plot.
    • In the Mad Max: Fury Road review commentary, Doug says he loves the episodes with more characters the best, as you can rewatch and find someone doing something new each time.
  • Red vs. Blue: The whole Church and Tex are A.I.s thing. It seems to come out of nowhere in season 6, but going back and watching earlier seasons - especially all the stuff with Gary -, you start to wonder how on earth you missed it the first time around! Same for the reveal of Carolina's parentage at the end of season 10. It explains an awful lot of the interactions with the Director and Tex in seasons 9 and 10.
  • Given the immense amount of planning that went into RWBY's story concept, and the way Miles Luna, Kerry Shawcross, and the late Monty Oum plotted out the entire series ahead of time, the show is larded with many little details that seem insignificant at the time, but take on a greater significance on subsequent rewatches. For example:
    • In the Yellow Trailer, Roman Torchwick appears for a split second, hiring the red-sunglasses-wearing thugs who show up in the first episode of the show.
    • Also in the Yellow Trailer, a blackbird launches itself from a telephone wire as Yang dismounts from her bike and heads into the club. It isn't until the fifth season that we learn her mother Raven Branwen can shapeshift into a raven — so even as Yang was beating the streets looking for clues to her mother's whereabouts, her mother was right there watching her all along.
    • Once you know what Pyrrha's Semblance is, you can see her using it in every little fight earlier on.
    • The moments when Blake's bow seems to twitch by itself make more sense when you know she has cat ears underneath.
    • Like Pyrrha, Qrow's semblance is teased throughout volume 3 and you can spot when it comes into effect once he's explained it in volume 4.
  • Yogscast: Downplayed Trope, since it occurs within the same episode, but their 'Prongs of Power' game of Civilization VI contains the infamous endgame scene of Sjin dropping almost twenty nukes. Earlier in that episode, you can hear one of the other players briefly saying 'Should we be worried that Sjin has uranium?'

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