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May 27th 2013 at 8:32:52 PM •••

It is possible to add an apostrophe to the word "Chekhovs" in this trope's title? Grammatically, there ought to be one between 'Chekhov' and 's,' and every other trope with the formula [Chekhov]['s][object] does have the appropriate apostrophe.

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Sep 2nd 2012 at 10:57:50 AM •••

Hew, would this count?

  • In the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "Bitter Work," Iroh teaches Zuko all about the principles of lightning bending. These same principles are later applied when Zuko deflects Ozai's lightning during his Heel–Face Turn, and later in the Grand Finale when Aang does the exact same thing. Incidentally, it was Zuko himself who taught this technique to Aang, figuring that one day it would come back to save his skin.

Because it's no coincidence that Zuko learned this - Iroh taught him the technique specifically to use against Ozai. It's not just a random thing that happened to help him afterwards.

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Apr 20th 2012 at 8:52:29 AM •••

This trope was renamed by decision of this TRS thread.

Aug 7th 2011 at 9:34:11 PM •••

Why not use a quote from the movie Easy A?

Or just make a new trope where similar information to the plot is discussed in lecture, but they don't tell you exactly what you need to know. They're just on the same subject.

Sep 5th 2010 at 7:30:20 AM •••

Is there a more general trope for "hey, I learned exactly the thing I now need to know ealier today!" when they aren't in school, or should the description just be expanded to cover those situations?

For example, in Slumdog Millionaire the character learns all the answers to the quiz show questions via his eventful life on the sreets.

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Mar 3rd 2010 at 9:29:26 PM •••

Similar to a crutch used in the detective show "Hart to Hart" where, when specialized knowledge was called for, it often turned out that Jennifer Hart had done a research paper on precisely that topic in college.

Jessica Fletcher, of "Murder She Wrote", also frequently seemed to have done some coincidentally useful research in the process of writing a previous book.

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