What is it about foreshadowing that just drives our simian brains wild? is it the idea of an omnipotent creator carefully crafting and stitching a world together? Is it our endless need to find patterns and order amidst chaotic information? Or is it just kind of neat to catch a little predictive easter egg once in a while. Maybe its a blend of everything.

Whatever the reason, we love some good foreshadowing--can't get enough of the stuff. With that in mind, we scoured our favorite animated movies and shows for some of the best examples.

Can you believe that movies spoil themselves? Unthinkable! What are filmmakers thinking? That is, other than narrative structure, setup-and-payoff, rewatch value, and all that kind of stuff. Not even animated movies and shows are free from this “foreshadowing” thing -- just take a look at these examples we have found. (Oh, and beware of the inevitable spoilers.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender In the Season 1 episode The Northern Air Temple, the mechanist is working on a design for the Fire Nation that looks kind of drill-like. It turns out, that's the huge drill the Fire Nation uses in Season 2 to breach the walls of Ba Sing Se.

Source: Avatar Wiki

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Before she's revealed to be Doc Ock, Olivia is surrounded by octagons in her lab. Even her glasses are eight-sided. You should've paid attention, Peter В. Parker.

Source: Scene on YouTube

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
Cut off a wolf's head and it still has the power to bite, says Lady Eboshi — who ends up being undone by the bite of a dying wolf god’s head.

Source: Villains Wiki


Coraline During Coraline's first visit to the other house, one of the first signs that not everything is OK is a lightning bolt that forms a monstrous hand- which looks just like the hands of the Other Mother in her true, monstrous form.

Source: Screen Rant

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