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Gumball: Man, I really wish something that once seemed insignificant would show up and save me!
(Darwin charges at Bobert, but he gets knocked away for the second time.)
Gumball: Okay, something else insignificant.

Thornton Reed: Take this, Dag.
Dr. Rick Dagless M.D.: What is it?
Thornton Reed: Something that might come in handy.
Garth Marenghis Darkplace, "Scotch Mist"

It appears that you're heading directly into the heart of the volcano. On reflection, this was inevitable, really. I mean, you can't just have a Final Boss Battle near a volcano. It would be like having a car chase in which the fruit cart doesn't get knocked over. Or fighting crime in a giant robot and never using Rocket Punch.

TG: you just HAD TO FIGURE all that juice was going to come back to haunt me
TG: like frankensteins incontinent fucking ghost
TG: it was like
TG: chekhov's juice
—Dave Strider, Homestuck

Vyvyan: "It's a potion I've invented, where, when the patient drinks it, he turns into an axe-wielding homicidal maniac. It's basically a cure...for not being an axe-wielding homicidal maniac. The potential market's enormous!"
Neil: "Is this it?"
Vyvyan: "Yeah, yeah, I put it in a Coke can so nobody'd drink it by mistake."
Neil: "Y'know, I just bet a bit later on somebody does drink that and turns into an axe-wielding homicidal maniac."
Rick: "Yes, I bet that as well. That's just the sort of crazy, imaginative thing that happens around here."

This means nothing right now, but obviously will later.

Casey: Well, you know what they say about a gun in the first act, Ron.
Kyle: First act of what?

"We’ve been trained by movies that if you find some seemingly unimportant bauble, then the story will later create a situation where it will be the key to solving a problem in an unexpected way."

Archer: "God, I SAID the cap slips off the poison pen for no reason, didn't I?!"
Cyril: "I know, I know, but I just assumed that if anything bad happened it-it would've been-"
Archer: "No, do NOT say the Chekhov gun Cyril! THAT, sir, is a facile argument!"
Woodhouse: "Also woefully esoteric."

The coffin was the trap, the coffin was the solution. That's so neat I could write a thesis.

Works like a charm. I could build a mechanical barrel-maker in my sleep, but for real inventing genius, these Brain-Transfer Helmets have to be my pièce de résistance!''
Cranky Kong, in a scene from Donkey Kong Country which shouldn't need any further explanation.

Show a gun on the mantelpiece in the first act. Before the curtain goes down, it's going to blow someone's scrotum off.

I won't find it fantastic or think it absurd
When the gun in the first act goes off in the third.
Aimee Mann, "Frankenstein"

Cut the music! Go back and look at that fern. Stanley, this fern will be very important later in the story. Make sure you study it closely, and remember it carefully.
The Narrator, The Stanley Parable

"He takes out from his pocket a .44, and checks it's loaded. (beat) I don't know why he checks it's loaded, surely he is the one who loaded it."
Hans Kieslowski adding to the script, Seven Psychopaths

"Ha! I threw that shit before I came in the room!"

"So the moral of the story is, you never know when random, seemingly unimportant, stuff will turn out to be very important. Which is why you shouldn't question me when I tell you to build me something like a hammock, or...a human slingshot."

Francis: You lied to me, Bluebeard. What's more, you withheld important information from me. And you know exactly what I mean, my friend. But I'm still puzzled why you did it.
Bluebeard: Well, uh...I thought maybe it wasn't that important.
Francis: Not that important? When it's a matter of solving a case as complex as this one, every detail is important, Bluebeard, every single one! Any little thing can unexpectedly become important under certain circumstances.
Felidae (novel only)

"I guess you want me to repay that favor I've been owing you for half a century, right?"
Tránsito Soto, The House of the Spirits

Prime Directives
1: Serve the public trust
2: Protect the innocent
3: Uphold the law
4: Classified


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