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Basic Trope: When an event at the beginning of a story is repeated or referenced near or at the end of a work, series, or franchise.
  • Straight: At the beginning of the story, Alice knocks on Bob's door. At the end, the situation is inverted, where Bob does the same to Alice.
  • Exaggerated
  • Downplayed: Alice knocks on Bob's door at the beginning, and Charlie knocks on Daniel's door two thirds of the way through.
  • Justified: Alice knocked on Bob's door to cheer him up. Now Alice is sad, so Bob wants to cheer her up in the same way.
  • Inverted: Foreshadowing
  • Subverted: Bob appears to be walking toward Alice's house, but instead goes into the alley between two houses...
  • Double Subverted: ...only to knock on Erica's door.
  • Parodied: Alice tells Bob a funny joke on his doorstep at the beginning and Bob finally answers Alice at the end.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: An event is neither repeated nor referenced throughout the story.
  • Enforced: ???
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  • Lampshaded: Charlie comes up to Bob and says, "Hey, remember how Alice knocked on your door in the beginning? You should definitely do that now for some closure.
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob starts to repeat what Alice did at the beginning, but decides against it.
  • Discussed: "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if the first and last words in this work were the same?"
  • Conversed: "Hey, it's just like in the beginning!"
  • Implied: Bob starts to do what Alice did at the beginning, but the work ends just as Bob begins.

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