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The Phantom Blot is one of the bigger enemies of Mickey in Italy, almost to the same level of Pete, acting as a more Moriarty character. He appear even in the famous parody "I Promessi Topi".
He is a new Guy only for the american crowd, in Europe is well know.
I removed the Star Trek: The Next Generation example of when "Mac Duff" appeared at the same time the crew developed amnesia. This doesn't fit because something was very clearly going on, that Riker was second officer and this guy was first officer; we weren't ever meant to think he had been there all along.
Would the Uzumaki clan in Naruto be this? There's supposed to be well known badasses wiped out because people were afraid of their sealing abilities. They were allied with the Senju with Hashirama Senju marrying an Uzumaki and Kushina describes their respective villages as having "very strong ties." Yet it never seems to come up in the first arc despite the fact that this changes Naruto from random orphan to the last of an incredibly powerful clan. Later chapters also suggest that the land of waves used to be the land of whirlpools but no one reacts to the name at all.
I removed the example of Joan from Namir Deiter, because the events they're discussing in Joan's first appearance in the main comic were from dead-tree pay comics that appear to be no longer available.
Adding the entry back in. Not many ND readers even knew there were print comics, let alone print comics with exclusive plot elements. Not to mention this trope is fully back in play, if the previous events happen in comics no longer available.
I wanted to add in the Anime/Manga section, the character Dr. Maki Gero from Dragon Ball.
He is said to be the scientist of Red Ribbon Army that created the androids for them, including Android 8, but he never appeared in the Red Ribbon Army saga, just years later in the Android Saga.
Then add it. :)
at home I'd alway call this trope 'sudden sibling syndrome' when a character had a sibling just appear despite never being mention before
I replaced the page image. While both feature the same characters, I felt that the old one was more of a Just A Face And A Caption situation, and I think illustrating a character added into a scene from an episode predating his debut works better. Also, it works well with the caption already present.
What is it called when it's actually used as a plot device ?
I'm thinking of that episode of ST:NG where some guy attempts to make the crew do his dirty work by erasing their memory and then pretending to be a long standing part of the crew.
I found a really old example of this:
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
It had a description of young Frankenstein's life, and talked about most of the main characters that you would later be dealing with. But (more than halfway) through the book, a letter from Victor Frankenstein's adopted cousin to him mentioned a "faithful servant" who was Frankenstein's "personal favourite" that had previously NEVER BEEN MENTIONED. Apparently she stayed by the side of Frankenstein's mother and adopted cousin while they battled the scarlet fever and almost lost her own life to it. But that was never mentioned during Frankenstein's original telling of events (even though the later letter was being recounted by Frankenstein, so it's not like he didn't want to talk about her)
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