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Gumball: Man, I really wish something that once seemed insignificant would show up and save me!Gumball: Okay, something else insignificant.
(Darwin charges at Bobert, but he gets knocked away for the second time.)
—The Amazing World of Gumball, "The Robot"
Thornton Reed: Take this, Dag.Thornton Reed: Something that might come in handy.
Dr. Rick Dagless M.D.: What is it?
—Garth Marenghi's 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 meTG: chekhov's juice
TG: like frankensteins incontinent fucking ghost
TG: it was like
—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!"Rick: "Yes, I bet that as well. That's just the sort of crazy, imaginative thing that happens around here."
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."
This means nothing right now, but obviously will later.
"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."
[[[James Bond]]] always used every single item. He never came back and said "Q, I've got a lot of stuff I didn't use on that adventure."—Eddie Izzard, Unrepeatable