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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 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 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 which, assuming you're Genre Savvy, doesn't need any further explanation.
[[[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
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