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Basic Trope: Irrelevant object that turns out to be useful in the end.

  • Straight: Charlie finds a wand that can perfectly change the colors of any image. He eventually uses it to modify the data on a thermal camera.
  • Exaggerated: Charlie finds a stick from a rare "blue-bark tree". Turns out The Dragon is deathly allergic to blue-bark.
  • Downplayed: The color-changing wand is available through a sidequest, and provides a slightly easier way to do an evidence-forging minigame near the end of the game.
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  • Justified: There are no problems early on that can be solved with the wand.
  • Inverted: A Disc-One Nuke available by starting a New Game+ stops being useful after the first few chapters.
  • Subverted: The wand can actually be used earlier on, but only if you've selected a certain class.
  • Double Subverted: The wand is only used for a few class-specific sidequests after you get it, after which it stops being useful until much later.
  • Parodied:
    • Before he even starts his quest, Charlie's mother conveniently hands him a slip of paper saying "IOU one free victory against the final boss".
    • The wand is a Talking Weapon that constantly begs to be used. Charlie feels bad for it, and begins using it for standard things like pushing doorbells.
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on what branch you take, the wand will either be the focus of gameplay, an occasional puzzle-solving tool, or plainly irrelevant.
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  • Averted: You have a very small inventory, and everything counts.
  • Enforced: The puzzles were removed due to negative reception from playtesting, but someone realized that the wand needs at least one puzzle associated with it so it wouldn't be a Useless Item.
  • Lampshaded: "Not like anyone in this town needs to have their photographs messed with. Or anyone in the next town. I'll just put this away for now..."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Charlie sharpens the end of the wand and uses it as an Improvised Weapon.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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