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We've all had that 'woah' moment when we're watching a film and the plot finally comes together in a fantastic twist. Well, today some very savvy movie viewers over at Reddit have left me with a whole bunch of 'woah' moments as they pointed out hidden plot revelations that you might have missed in your favorite films.

Check out a selection below but be warned: your brain may explode with all the awesome.


1. Woody and Buzz both 'find themselves' in Toy Story 2

In Toy Story 2, Woody and Buzz both 'find' themselves by the end of the film, however they both come to that conclusion in very different ways.

Woody finds himself by discovering his identity, he learns he belongs to the gang from Woody's Roundup and has a family and friends with Bullseye and Jessie.

Buzz finds himself by losing his identity. Buzz originally thought he had been sent on a mission to kill the evil Zurg but after seeing an entire aisle of Buzz Lightyear toys he realizes that everything he thought he knew about himself was a lie. Realizing that his old identity was based on false information he could now truly 'find himself' and decide for himself what type of toy he wanted to be.


2. Jurassic Park spares one expense

In Jurassic Park John Hammond repeatedly says, "I spared no expense" in creating the park. However when his programmer, Dennis Nedry, runs into financial trouble he refuses to give Nedry a raise. So, in an attempt to solve his financial woes Nedry tries stealing dinosaur embryos and sets off a series of event that ends in total disaster for Hammond and everyone on the island.


3. The villains of the Star Wars prequels foretold Darth Vader

The three main villains of the Star Wars prequels - Darth Maul, General Grevious and Count Dooku - were all elements of Darth Vader. Darth Maul was the powerful warrior, General Grevious was "more machine than man," and Count Dooku was the fallen Jedi.


4. The curse of the bathroom in Pulp Fiction

In Pulp Fiction every time Vince goes to the bathroom something bad happens: the armed robbery at the diner, Mia overdosing, and finally Vince getting killed by Butch as he comes out from the bathroom.

The reason that Vincent is probably seen in the bathroom so often is because of his Heroin addiction - apparently opiates makes you constipated.


5. X-Men: Days of Future Past explains Watergate?

X-Men: Days of Future Past takes place during Nixon's presidency and in it we see a scene with President Nixon holding a secret meeting in the Oval Office about mutants. Before the meeting begins you see him reach over and turn off his tape recorder.

One of the biggest US government scandals of all time is the Watergate scandal involving the Nixon White House tapes. In the tapes there is a recording which has a mysterious 18 and a half minute gap. Could the cause of that gap be because of a top secret meeting about mutants?


6. Biff conjures some Dutch courage for George McFly in Back to the Future

In Back to the Future Part II we see Biff spiking the punch at the school dance. This is the same punch that we see George McFly (Marty's dad) drinking just before he punches Biff in the face and saves Lorraine in Back to the Future. It was thanks to Biff spiking the punch that George summoned the (Dutch) courage to stand up for himself and punch Biff in the chops.


7. Zazu knew all along in The Lion King

The reason that Zazu was imprisoned by Scar in The Lion King was because he was the only one with enough information to prove that Mufasa's death was actually an assassination. He was the only one at the scene of the death who remained at Pride Rock and Mufasa kept him imprisoned as a sort of reminder of how smart he was to think of such a great way to get rid of the King and his heir.


8. The magicians weren't the only ones doing the sabotaging in The Prestige

In The Prestige there is a scene when Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) watches a demonstration by Nikola Tesla. During the demonstration, electricity flies over the audience members' heads. At the same time a man stands up and shouts that it's dangerous and that people should leave. Later on in the film we see the same man with Thomas Edison. Just like the magicians in the film, the scientists were also watching and sabotaging opponents demonstrations. This subplot mimicked real life when Edison tried to make people believe that Tesla's form of electricity was more dangerous than his own.


9. Seat swap around in Fight Club

Fight Club is literally full of hidden goodies but one I quite enjoyed finding out about was the scene in the video above. After an intense conversation in the car, Tyler (Brad Pitt) intentionally crashes. However it's The Narrator (Ed Norton) we see crawl out of the driver's seat of the wreckage even though Tyler was driving.


10. Sarah Connor becomes what she was trying to avoid in Terminator 2

In Terminator 2 Sarah Connor sets out to kill an innocent Miles Dyson based on actions he had not yet committed, to prevent 'Judgement Day' from occurring. This is very similar to what the original Terminator had tried to do in the previous film - kill Sarah to prevent the birth of her child which had not yet happened. Sarah Connor almost became what she was trying to escape but unlike a single-minded Terminator she realized what she was doing and stopped herself.


11. Batman and the Joker are two sides of the same coin

In The Dark Knight the Joker is portrayed to the audience the way that Batman is portrayed to criminals.

We, the audience know almost nothing about the Joker, just that he is a mystery man with endless resources who wants to change the state of the city through criminal activity to 'send a message'. We never learn his real name, where he lives or what he does when he isn't in makeup.

On the other hand this must be what Batman would be like to the criminal underworld. A mystery man with endless resources who wants to change the state of Gotham city which would in turn 'send a message' to the criminals.

In the same way that the police turn on Batman and have to condemn his actions, the criminals of Gotham eventually sell out the joker.

The two are presented as two sides of the same coin. A point which is completely proven by the fact that the character Two Face uses the coin to make decisions about good and evil.


12. Dumbledore was the first Master of Death in Harry Potter.

In Harry Potter, Dumbledore was the first "Master of Death" as he possessed all three Deathly Hallows. He was always in possession of the Elder Wand, as well as having the Resurrection Stone (and the Gaunt Ring) for the entire sixth movie. That just leaves the Invisibility Cloak, which he had had for almost 11 years before Harry came to Hogwarts (but during this time he didn't possess the Resurrection Stone) but he did borrow it for a short time when he was in the cave with Harry.

He took the cloak "to look ahead," but what exactly he saw when he was "looking ahead" we don't know. However we do know that at the end of the sixth movie he welcomed his death because he knew it had greater meaning. Perhaps he saw more in that cave than he let on?


13. The hunter and the father are the same in Jumanji

In Jumanji Allen Parish (Robin Williams) rolls the dice and after revealing the message, "a hunter from the darkest wild, makes you feel just like a child," the hunter Van Pelt then begins to shoot at the group. What I never realized is that the hunter from the game Jumanji is the same actor who plays Allen Parish's father. At the beginning of the movie, as a child, Allen's biggest fear was his father so it makes complete sense that the hunter should look just like his father and "make him feel just like a child."


14. Will Turner literally falls on his own sword in Pirates of the Caribbean

In the first Pirates of the Caribbean Will Turner made a sword for the Commodore. The Commodore is later killed by Davy Jones, who comments on the "nice sword" after he stabs him with it. At the end of the third movie, Will is stabbed by Davy Jones with the very same sword he made in the beginning of the series. Finally when Will becomes Captain of the Flying Dutchman, he gets to use his own sword.


Woah, I can honestly say that I didn't know a single one of those before now, make sure you tell me which one blew your mind the most in the comments!


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