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* From ''Series/TheBill'': Very near to the end of Paul Marquess' time as executive producer of the series (2005), there is an episode where PC Kapoor and PC Valentine work together to uncover the corruption of a uniformed Sergeant over at Barton Street nick. The episode even ends with a SequelHook, with PC Valentine informing her that he'll support her if she chooses to follow-through with her allegation, although it will likely drag both of them through the mud (coppers who grass on other coppers, even ones who are genuinely in the wrong, tend to be looked on very unfavorably by their colleagues). Given the heavily serialized nature of the program at that stage, you might have expected this storyline to be followed up in further episodes, exploring the fallout of this affair. But it wasn't. It was dropped completely. The (off screen) outcome did get a belated mention in PC Kapoor's final episode three years later, though.
* The fourth season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' where Phoebe becomes impregnated with the [[TheAntichrist Son of the Source of All Evil]] had such potential for exploring the morality of killing a child (albeit a [[FetusTerrible psychopathic killer baby]], which is such an awesome plot point in itself: imagine them attending school) to prevent future evil, or even an [[AnAesop Aesop]] about redemption (or lack thereof). Instead the child is disowned, {{retcon}}ed into a surrogate child, casually dispatched and never mentioned again -- all within the last few minutes of the penultimate episode of the season. It could have been such a cool BigBad.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' has several storylines in Season 6 unresolved due to cancellation. These include new love interests for Lilly, Kat, Vera, and Stillman, Lilly receiving a job offer from the FBI, and [[spoiler:Scotty's quest for justice for his robbed and raped mother ultimately leading to his becoming accessory to the murder of the perpetrator]].
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': One episode is dedicated to introducing the brother's unconditional love of sweets, to the point that he eats ice cream some girl dropped in the sand. After the episode (which ends with him eating more healthily but still hearing the voices of chocolate bunnies calling to him) his love of sweets, which was made ''such'' a big deal out of, is ''never mentioned again. Ever''.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'''s first season made frequent mention of The Gathering as in the films. It was the very reason Christopher Lambert's Connor came to see Duncan in the first episode with that very title. The murder of Darius and the Watcher/Hunter storyline took over from this, and the emergence of new Immortals in later seasons seemed to belie a final battle being close at hand.
* The disjointed, episodic nature of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' made it easy for them to follow up good ideas or drop bad ones with each new reality. They could even tease an interesting idea by giving a glimpse of it in an upcoming world or one our heroes just escaped, but never have to flesh out the details. Many abortive arcs came from [[ExecutiveMeddling the network shooting down]] creator Tracy Torme's attempts to inject continuity into the show -- and being [[ScrewedByTheNetwork shown out of order]], they lost what little continuity they had.\\\
One episode suggested that Professor Arturo had been replaced by his EvilTwin, but this was never followed up on. Arturo's terminal illness from another episode was mentioned once again and then forgotten. Quinn's evil female double in another episode was meant to be a recurring character, but was never seen again. A new member of the group was added in the first-season finale and then written out in a single line at the start of season 2. The Kromaggs were dropped after their initial appearance and not revisited until the show moved to the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] two seasons later (and they were heavily retooled there from their original form, less monsters and more [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis]]). The third SeasonFinale ended with Quinn and Maggie getting separated from the others, and sliding into a city of big glowy [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas crystal-like buildings]] and flying cars. "I think we just slid into the future!" exclaims Quinn. The entire "future" concept is never even referenced again.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' ended its second season with Lister (a male character) falling pregnant to his female AlternateUniverse counterpart. The writers had planned to spend an episode on it, but found their proposed script was misogynistic and -- more damningly -- not very funny. Season 3 wrapped up the storyline with a ''Franchise/StarWars''-style text opening that scrolled so quickly it was unreadable unless viewed in slow motion on tape/DVD. This text also halfheartedly explained the sudden recasting of the characters Holly and Kryten. (Neither case was inconspicuous: the former gave himself a [[GenderBender sex change]]; the latter was an obscure one-off character "rebuilt" into to a permanent cast member, acquiring a new look and personality in the process.) This gave the distinct impression of missing several episodes of major {{character development}}s; perhaps even a season.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'''s transgression had Jerry and Elaine get back together at the end of Season Two, then started Season Three with them apart (with no explanation). Creator/executive producer Creator/LarryDavid had always hated the idea of the two of them being together and preferred them to have a purely physical relationship, only attaching them due to editorial mandate, and had only written that episode that way because he thought it was going to be the series finale.
* In the fourth season of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', they introduced a new character named Jackie Ames, played by model Tyra Banks. Jackie was one of Will's childhood friends and ex-girlfriends from his hometown West Philly, who received a basketball scholarship to attend the University of Los Angeles, which is coincidentally Will's choice of college too. Their relationship is at first tense, since Jackie was deeply upset about Will not keeping in contact with her after he left for Bel-Air, but soon enough, they exchange in a little "will they, won't they" type of relationship, where there are obvious signs of attraction and chemistry between both characters, but nothing really coming out of it. They almost come close to going out in the ninth episode, but Will ruins it by choosing the Playboy Mansion over Jackie. The arc goes on to make you wonder what route their relationship will be going, until in 'You've Got to Be a Football Hero', wherein Will and Jackie's boyfriend Hank Farley exchange in a drinking contest over their manliness, and over Jackie. Jackie, fed up with their childish behavior, chooses to leave in the middle of the event and asks Carlton to drive her home. This is the last time we see of her, and is never brought up in conversation again.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'', the archetypal Arc show, had several of these over the years, usually as the result of actors leaving the show. To their credit, the important parts of those arcs were relocated and reassigned to other characters.
** One aborted and ''unaborted'' arc: Lyta Alexander was in the pilot episode and had mental contact with Kosh; she was supposed to get closer with the Vorlons, rebelling against Psi-Corps, and the other things that happened to her character later. When Pat Tallman didn't return after the pilot, Talia was invented, and a new mechanism (a gift from Ironheart) to give her enhanced telepathic powers was created. When Andrea Thompson left the show and Tallman came back, the substance of that arc was handed back to Lyta. With the way Talia was removed from the show, however, her personal arc hit a brick wall and died, after being kept alive in the viewer's mind for so long.
** The whole TheMole arc, which was originally intended to revolve around Laurel Takashima (who only appeared in the Pilot) and was shortly revisited on "Spider in the Web", was transferred to [[spoiler: Talia, with Ivanova acting as a RedHerring. There were plans to bring back the "real" Talia via Kosh's memory storage device, but when Andrea Thompson left the show, this was dropped]]. Furthermore if you believe in the WordOfGod, Takashima was originally intended to shoot Garibaldi, which was then transferred [[spoiler:to his right-hand officer.]]
** The original plan for "Sleeping in Light" involved Commander Sinclair returning to Babylon 4 [[spoiler:to travel back in time and become Valen]] as per War Without End. When Captain Sheridan inherited the commander's arc, Sinclair's [[spoiler:premature aging]] in War Without End, and Sheridan's [[spoiler:limited lifespan post-Z'ha'dum]] were the patches allowing Sheridan to take Sinclair's place in Sleeping in Light.
* A Season 1 episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' featured a gravity device created by a scientist named Franklin Hall. Hall was eventually sucked into the machine, and the last scene revealed that he was still alive inside of it. In the ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' comics, Hall is a superpowered villain named Graviton, which is what the show seemed to be building towards. Despite this, he never appeared again.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** The episode "Conspiracy" introduces a race of mind-controlling slugs that threaten to infiltrate TheFederation. The episode ended with the revelation that the aliens had sent out a homing signal into deep space, presumably as a prelude to a full-scale invasion. They were never seen nor heard from again in any TV series (though they showed up in the non-{{canon}} novels as being tied to the Trill). They were intended to be a way of introducing the Borg, who were later introduced by other means. The [[Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse expanded universe]] goes back to this one sometimes; in the comics, [[TheEngineer Geordi]] stumbles on their second invasion attempt, they're trying to start slower by going after a less-advanced race. In the Shatnerverse, Captain Raddison explains to Kirk that her super-secret division exists to protect TheFederation from things that would keep even him up at night. Among her list of incidences, "Parasites of unimaginable power that have three times tried to take over the Federation from within. Ask [[TheCaptain Picard]] to tell you about the time he knows about."
** The Season 1 finale involved outposts along the Romulan Neutral Zone being mysteriously destroyed, with each side at first thinking the other was responsible. The Borg were meant to be this new threat, but that doesn't track with their debut appearance the following season. In "Q Who?" it's explicitly suggested, if not outright stated, that the Borg destroyed the Neutral Zone outposts. On the other hand, later Borg {{retcon}}s ''also'' don't track with that debut appearance, and make the Neutral Zone thing more logical.
** There were also the extradimensional abductors in the episode "Schisms", who released a probe into "our" universe which the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' lost track of in an obvious attempt to establish them as a continuing menace. They were never seen nor mentioned again (although these guys, like the above-mentioned parasites, were followed-up upon in the comics).
** Also, there was the whole "warp drive damages reality" problem they introduced in the sixth season of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and then only mentioned once the following season. This had the potential to be either really cool or really stupid, but we will never know which. WordOfGod says that the "variable geometry pylons" on ''U.S.S. Voyager'' were TheFederation's stopgap solution to the problem, thus explaining why the ''Enterprise''-E and other ships produced thereafter has fixed pylons. Was later retconned to having to do with a ''Star Trek TOS'' episode involving the Federation trying to make an omega molecule and it destroying subspace in the entire sector. And by the time of ''The Next Generation'' it's a closely guarded secret in the hands of only a few that the Federation destroyed this entire sector of space's subspace field.
** In the season 2 episode "Loud As A Whisper", there is a scene in which Geordi La Forge goes to see Dr. Pulaski in order to have his visor adjusted, and Pulaski brings up the possibility of restoring his sight. This arose out of actor Creator/LeVarBurton's desire to ditch the visor, which he felt restricted the expressive range of his face by obscuring his eyes. Nothing ever came of it until the series finale years later, where his eyes were restored as a result of anti-time distortion. (It probably didn't help that this scene came in the middle of an episode about a deaf character seeking a way to cope with being stuck without his interpreters.)
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** The series made a big deal out of the integration of the Maquis and Starfleet crew early on, but the network insisted on the show adopting a MonsterOfTheWeek format a la TNG rather than DS9's complex plot arcs. This lead to only a single episode being devoted to the subject and Chakotay acting like a Starfleet officer as soon as the third episode with no transition (though he was previously a Starfleet Commander).
** One part of the plot survived in the form of Seska, a Maquis-cum-saboteur who chose to work with the Kazon rather than integrate into the crew.
** Averted with the episode Year of Hell. They ''wanted'' it to be an entire season, but the network refused. So they made it a stand alone episode.
** The Janeway holonovel plot that was featured in a few early episodes was dropped because of a lack of fan interest. A conclusion was written but never filmed.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}''
** In many ways, the series aborted many promising story arcs introduced in the second season finale, such as [[spoiler:Charlotte's pregnancy, Nolan being arrested for terrorism, Conrad being a member of the Initiative]] and moved on with only brief explanations of what happened.
* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' has something halfway between an Aborted Arc and RedHerringTwist. Vorenus and Pullo's friend and gang colleague, Mascius, builds up visible resentment over the course of the mid-season, annoyed that he remains junior to them despite putting in more work and sacrifice. This appears to happen to explain why, when Vorenus and Pullo realise that there is a mole in their gang betraying them to a rival gang, they suspect Mascius. But the mole is not Mascius, but Vorenus' daughter Vorena (which the viewer knew all along), and Vorenus only briefly suspects Mascius before realising this. The next time we see Mascius, all his resentment appears to have mysteriously gone.
** The first half of Season 2 also has an arc centred around Timon, Atia's Jewish bodyguard and previously a peripheral character, rediscovering his religious devotion. WordOfGod says this was supposed to begin an arc showing his interactions with Jesus and the rise of Christianity, but the show never got that far, so Timon just abruptly leaves Rome for Judea mid-season and is never seen again.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The First Doctor drops a heavy hint in one story that he doesn't ''really'' [[HumanAliens look like a human being]]. This was ignored forever after. Unless the Doctor meant his [[BizarreAlienBiology Time Lord organs and organ systems]], which are vastly different than those of a human's, and are unable to be seen beyond his exterior.
** Barry Letts had been planning to reveal the identity of the Master in the Third Doctor's final episode - the intention was that he would be the [[EnemyWithout metaphysical embodiment of the Doctor's dark side]] who would have done a HeroicSacrifice to save the Doctor. There isn't much {{Foreshadowing}}, but an exchange does remain in "The Time Monster", the last Master script written with Barry Letts' input, clearly intended to imply this relationship between them. When Roger Delgado [[ActorExistenceFailure died in a shock accident]], the storyline was abandoned, as was the character. When he returned, he had been [[SameCharacterButDifferent drastically overhauled offscreen]] and was now clearly just an evil Time Lord. The reason for the Master's turning towards evil was left a RiddleForTheAges for the rest of the Classic run to [[FanDislikedExplanation avoid disappointment]] (although both the ExpandedUniverse and the New series attempted explanations), and due to PromotedFanboy influence the concept of the Doctor having a dark metaphysical projection played a large part in "Logopolis", the final story of the Fourth Doctor, and "The Ultimate Foe", the final story of the Sixth Doctor.
** The concept behind the relationship between the Fourth Doctor and Leela was that he was going to educate her from being a NubileSavage into a ProperLady and [[PygmalionPlot his perfect companion]], drawing inspiration from Eliza Doolittle in ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' (in fact, an early concept for her character was that she would be a Victorian street girl). Unfortunately, a forced change in showrunner, a leap in the LighterAndSofter direction, re-editing the sequence of her next season and the addition of a new companion, K-9, who shared her SuperSenses and MinoredInAssKicking gimmicks meant that this element to their relationship was dropped, and she ended up being more of a generic, quirky-naive friend-type companion. The ExpandedUniverse does a lot to fill in the gaps, particularly the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho ''Fourth Doctor Adventures'' line which deals very heavily with Leela's education and some of the [[TheAtoner darker]] [[LoveHungry subtext]] of the Doctor doing this to someone.
** The malevolent unknown force in the middle of the TARDIS, mentioned by the newly regenerated fifth Doctor in the story ''Castrovalva''. This was intended as a reference to another story that would follow it in that season (where the Doctor and crew would indeed discover that there's something evil hidden at the very centre of the Doctor's ship), but the script for this other story was eventually dropped. The reference to it in ''Castrovalva'' wasn't, and it remains unanswered to this day (even in the ExpandedUniverse).
** Then there is the Cartmel Masterplan that was supposed to introduce more mysteries about the Doctor's origin and nature. The Old Series was cancelled before anything could come from it, but the ExpandedUniverse saved some plotlines. (It is, however, debatable just how much of a Masterplan there was; some fans say that the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' based on it were ''exactly'' what it was going to be like, especially ''Lungbarrow'', but the TV version of "Lungbarrow" had already been abandoned and turned into "Ghost Light". Cartmel himself never said he had a Masterplan and Marc Platt, who was heavily involved in Cartmel's vision of the series called it "more of a mood and direction".)
** The season-long "Trial of a Time Lord" introduced Mel, a future companion of the Doctor who showed up to rescue him at the end despite them not having actually met from his point of view. The producers had planned to show this first meeting, but were forced to just plow ahead with Mel as the current companion when Colin Baker was fired. Once again, the ExpandedUniverse takes over and fills in the empty spaces.
** In "The Doctor Dances", Captain Jack ruminates on years of his life that were presumably deleted from his memory by the Time Agents. These were initially intended to be explored in a hypothetical Season 2, which would have kept Jack on as a companion, but when Creator/ChristopherEccleston decided to drop the role it was decided that Creator/DavidTennant should establish his version of the character without having to compete with another strong male lead more established than him. As a result, Jack's missing years are never explored, not even in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''... [[WordOfGod yet.]]
** Series 7 kickstarted a storyline where the TARDIS refused to co-operate with Clara Oswald. When quizzed in 2014, Steven Moffat teased, "It's almost like it's all building to something... Oh! What's this I'm writing today?" The last we heard of it would be a throwaway line in Kill the Moon.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' strongly hinted that the Russos will be responsible for a world where magic is commonplace. But when the moment came, Disney Channel chickened out.
* In ''Series/StrangeLuck'', Chance's brother mentioned that he'd made a friend in the FBI who could help them. His name was Mulder. The series was canceled before this crossover could happen (although a character suspiciously similar to Chance Harper later appeared in the ''X-Files'' episode "The Goldberg Variation").
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' is infamous for introducing characters, races, and enemies that are never seen again. Examples: Nem (an advanced alien who befriended Daniel in the first season), Nyan (a man who supposedly became Daniel's assistant), the Re'tu faction (who supposedly wanted to wipe out all humans), and the general idea of the great alliance introduced in the "Fifth Race" (Asgard and Ancients get their share of plot, but Nox are never to be seen after helping free Skaara; the Furlings are more a running gag than anything). All planets whose Stargate has been lost/destroyed have not been mentioned again even after the SGC started building ships (such as Heliopolis, on which the "meaning of life" machine is housed).
** Forgetting Nem becomes infuriating in the later seasons. Nem's entire motivation was to find out the fate of his wife, Omaroca, who is revealed by Daniel to have been killed and torn apart by Belus. If this sounds familiar, it's because Belus and Omaroca are also known by the slightly less obscure names of Marduk and Tiamat. In show, Marduk is a Goa'uld who has spent the past five thousand years locked in a ziggurat, and the Eye of Tiamat is part of the same set of {{MacGuffin}}s as the Eye of Ra. Since Marduk is in possession of the Eye when he's released, [[EpilepticTrees one could assume]] that Omaroca tried to use the Eye as a weapon against the Goa'uld occupying Earth, but failed and was killed by Marduk, information that Nem would certainly want to hear. This connection is never made.
** Strangely, though the Re'tu are never seen again, they are ''mentioned'' practically every instance when someone is attacked by something invisible or when there is a threat of unknown origin.
** Jonas Quinn did get a proper send-off and [[TheBusCameBack turned up in a later episode]], but it had been hinted, especially in "Prophecy", that his brain was special in some potentially plot-important way, and it was never revealed what this was or what it had to do with anything. His brain was special because [[InstantExpert he could memorize all Jackson's notes in between seasons]]. If they ever explained ''why'' it was special, but as for ''how'' it was special, his super-learning made him a good SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
*** His planet gets a guest appearance on SGU, he doesn't. Blink and you'll miss it -- his planet is mentioned as one of those which fell to the Ori in season 9 or 10. Season 2 of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' even has his planet as the focus of an episode (it's one of the only planets that can safely dial Destiny), but Jonas is again absent.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' was far from better. What effect did Sheppard's "Blending" with an ascended being have? None. What about the [[spoiler:last Asgards?]] Or the travelers after their brief help in fighting the [[spoiler:Asgards]]. Or what about Lt. Ford, who Sheppard was convinced had survived? Or that Ancient-worshipping cult that hoarded a ZPM? The list goes on...
** On the subject of the [[spoiler:Asgard Outcasts]], The heroes have [[spoiler:an OmniscientDatabase containing all of the achievements, both scientific and cultural, of the mainstream Asgard race, something that could be used to negotiate an alliance with those {{jerkass}} Asgards who have been reduced to using vastly inferior technology to their extinct mainstream counterparts. There could have been a whole plot on the rebirth of the Asgards.]] Presumably the series just ran out of time to tell it.
* ''Series/SoWeird'', the Creator/DisneyChannel's version of ''Series/TheXFiles'', took this a step further -- it abandoned the entire MythArc which had been mapped out for three seasons when the lead actress left the show after season 2. After this, she was replaced by an unrelated character and ExecutiveMeddling ensured everything that had built up was quietly dropped with little explanation in the span of a single episode. Floating around on the Internet is a WordOfGod summary of how season 3 was supposed to go, and it was the culmination of the MythArc of the first two seasons.
* ''Series/TheDeadZone'' television series started an arc concerning the villain from [[Literature/TheDeadZone the book]] of the same name, Greg Stillson -- a racist, sociopathic, corrupt President who ends up starting a nuclear war that causes TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Later, the television writers tried to downplay the arc, as they thought viewers would prefer a MonsterOfTheWeek format where they wouldn't have to watch episodes in a certain order or keep track of story arcs at all. The Stillson Arc was increasingly downplayed until he pulls a HeelFaceTurn ([[spoiler:which later turns out to be a trick masking his true evil agenda]]). This was a result of ExecutiveMeddling -- they were finally allowed to get back to the arc right at the end of Season 6, and the series was promptly cancelled.
%%* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' is notorious for this, resulting in glaring {{plot hole}}s.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** The ''entire'' arc about the twelve villains that were supposed to be the worst villains ever, but all the characters stopped caring after Arthur came back to life.
** Knox said that all he thought about during his time in level five was revenge on Noah, the man that put him there -- also dropped after his first appearance.
** Then the Eclipse mini-arc, which was dropped almost as quickly as it was picked up.
** Adam was dug up, because Angela said he was the key to everything; [[spoiler:turns out that was a lie as well, since nobody even bothered looking for him after Arthur killed him.]]
** There's also the issue of Peter's season 2 girlfriend Caitlin, who got lost in an alternate future that no longer exists. They kind of completely forgot about her after that, and Peter doesn't seem too concerned with getting her back. (In an interview, one of the writers jokingly said that no, Peter didn't really care, then backpedaled and said that she was originally meant to be rescued in the second half of season 2. "But sadly that will never happen...")
*** Averted: it was planned for the Shanti Virus to be released in the middle of Season 2. When the WGA strike cut the season short, the show runners decided that they didn't want to leave the virus arc unresolved. The ending of episode 11 was reshot to have Peter destroy the virus, and the cliffhanger ending was changed from [[spoiler:Nathan collapsing from the virus during a speech thanking the people of Odessa for having the courage to quarantine themselves]] to [[spoiler:Nathan getting shot during a speech intended to reveal the existence of super powers just before he was going to say that he can fly]].
---->'''Aron Coleite:''' ... So we're going to have to find another way to rescue Caitlin from a future that doesn't even exist anymore.
** Also, when it was decided that the show would continue following the central characters of season 1 (and not a new group each year, as Tim Kring had planned) numerous possible future arcs were hinted, but ultimately never came to be. Many of them can be seen in Isaac's paintings, such as one of Hiro facing down a ''T. rex'' (obviously, the show never had the budget to do that one). That one actually was wrapped up; right after stealing the sword, Hiro runs into a ''T. rex'' display in a museum.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** There's a story arc involving two characters named Nikki and Paulo, who actually had quite a bit of backstory and {{plot}} setup to them. They were introduced as [[RecurringExtra background characters]] who had suddenly acquired more dimension. The problem? The creators didn't use the extras that had long been on the show, any of the recurring minor survivors (e.g., Steve), or any mentioned but unseen characters (Tracy, Neil). The intricate plot set up for the two was condensed into a single episode, and the two were summarily killed off.
** Another aborted arc resolves around Libby, who was revealed to have been [[spoiler:in the same mental hospital as Hurley]]. The next episode, she was killed. The Powers That Be originally said her story will be told, later said her story is over and no longer relevant, then reversed again when they brought her back in season 6 [[spoiler:where her time in the mental facility starts to make more sense for the story]].
** The producers have revealed that they had a intricate four season arc planned for Eko, until the actor decided to leave. Parts were given to other characters, but the main thrust of it--the conflict between Eko and Locke for the position of "spiritual leader of the Island"--was lost. That said, given the conflict between Eko's Catholicism and Locke's shamanism, it's not hard to see how [[spoiler: Locke and Ben's arc in season five]] was rejiggered to take the place of the arc, with [[spoiler: Eko as the seemingly-messianic Jesus figure and Locke as the spurned believer who murders his "god" in a fit of jealous rage]], meaning it wasn't totally abandoned.
** The War between Widmore and Ben hinted at during seasons 4 and 5 was replaced with the conflict between Jacob's followers and MIB's followers. Widmore returned to the Island without mentioning Ben once, focusing on MIB, until the penultimate episode.
** The producers have also said that Walt will only be seen again in a DVD-exclusive. Indeed, many hinted at arcs from earlier seasons have been forgotten in favor of Jacob and MIB.
** Many people found Ilana's promotion to series regular baffling, given that she had almost no role in the plot outside of "Dr Linus", appeared only once in the flash-sideways and [[spoiler:got blown up randomly]]. According to Zuleikha Robinson (though her account may be wrong), she originally had a longer arc that would have featured her as Jacob's daughter. Sadly, a lack of time made them decide to focus on the original characters more, explaining her quick departure.
** The people on the outrigger who shoot at the main characters in season five was never explained, despite repeated assurances from Lindelof and Cuse that it would be. However, given hints from the production crew (namely that most of the principals were killed off), it's exceedingly likely it was supposed to be [[spoiler: Ilana and her followers. However, due to the circumstances mentioned above, when they axed Ilana, they unfortunately also axed this unresolved plot point]]. Jorge Garcia has said the script reveals who it was, and Lindelof and Cuse floated the possibility of a charity auction, but as of 2016 nothing has come of it. A (non-canon) excerpt from the Black Rock's log included with some of the box sets also explained it away as the Black Rock's away crew.
* The 4th season of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' introduced the character of Dreama, a naive young witch Sabrina was supposed to be tutoring for her Witches License. The story line never really got off the ground and Dreama mostly spent her fairly limited screen time as Greek chorus for Sabrina and a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Sabrina's former best friend Valerie. In her final two appearances her character arc was not mentioned at all and she [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished without trace]] in the penultimate episode of the season, without the show ever bothering to mention if she got her License and what happened to her then.
* The season 2 finale of ''Series/TheNanny'' is a cliffhanger where the Sheffield Mansion is robbed, but this is never resolved or mentioned again when season 3 begins.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'''s writers made a point of [[WriterRevolt intentionally]] abandoning every arc the [[ExecutiveMeddling network forced on them]], since they preferred stand-alone episodes to arcs. For example, the storyline about Lisa wanting a baby plodded along for several episodes, never went anywhere, and was quietly dropped.
** Possibly the most jarring example of this trope was in the "Andrea" arc. Station owner Jimmy James hires an "efficiency expert" named Andrea, who proceeds to fire Matthew, demote Dave from News Director to reporter and fill the vacant Director's office by promoting Lisa. It was also not-so-subtly implied that she was a [[PsychoLesbian lesbian with a fairly violent criminal history]] and a crush on Lisa. After four episodes, Andrea disappeared without so much as an off-camera farewell, Matthew was un-fired by Mr. James and given back his old job, [[StatusQuoIsGod all other changes made by Andrea were undone]] (except for Dave and Lisa's job-swap, which took a few more episodes to resolve) and not a single explanation was ever given.
* ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'': In season 4, Adam and Kristina lie to their daughter Haddie about a major medical issue. They claim [[spoiler:Kristina is 100% cancer-free when she isn't.]] They do this, presumably, to convince her it's 100% fine for her to fly back across the country to the college she's attending instead of take a semester off to help out at home. This is clearly something that should bite them in the butt, especially if something goes drastically wrong. But when something does, and [[spoiler:Kristina]] is in the hospital around Christmas and ''might die'' from a severely compromised immune system, Haddie [[spoiler:shows up and simply hugs her mom.]] The lie and potential for Haddie to be either very angry and betrayed, or forgiving and understanding is 100% ignored/forgotten.
%%* ''Series/NipTuck'' frequently abandoned whole subplots or characters, sometimes bringing them back many episodes (or even seasons) later in order to hastily close the loose ends.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** The Nebari are built up to be huge threats - one of their "standard host vessels" (since the Nebari have highly Orwellian overtones, that might just be an unusual euphemism for a warship) took out the Peacekeepers' strongest Command Carrier; their "Establishment" deals with contentious citizens by infecting them with a sexually transmitted virus that will throw worlds into chaos and them sending them into the galaxy at large; they're apparently capable of blowing up planets; and they [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wear lots of eyeliner]]. And we never hear of them again after "A Clockwork Nebari". Though it's later implied that the Nebari aren't really interested in anyone who doesn't get in the way of their forced utopia and the ones we see are just out tiding up loose ends.
** During several episodes in the first season, it was clear that Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan had some romantic feelings (or at sexual attraction) for John Chrichton, and Chrichton was actually beginning to respond. And then the entire budding romance went away with no further mention of it at all in favor of the John Chrichton/Aeryn Sun relationship.
** They had plans from the beginning to get Rygel back home and get his revenge on his traitorous cousin, reclaiming leadership of the Hynerian Empire. Unfortunately, an episode involving just one other Hynerian presented all kinds of logistical issues, making it clear that setting an episode on a whole planet of them would be impossible. Fortunately, they were able to wrap up the story properly in the comics, which have no such restrictions.
** Starting from Greyza's introduction at the end of season three, leading a Luxan delegation, the show implied all the galaxy's prominent species would be drawn into the looming Peacekeeper/Scarran war, and that the factional politics among the various planets (including Hyneria, and possibly Nebari) would be crucially important to the story. However, since the promised fifth season was gutted from twenty-two episodes to a four-episode miniseries, it amounted to pretty much nothing in the end, aside from [[spoiler: Jothee's Luxan commando squad showing up at the eleventh hour]].
* ''Series/LoisAndClark''
** Towards the end of an arc, the CorruptCorporateExecutive was defeated and killed, and his (apparently) dumb-blonde trophy wife Mindy was last seen saying that she would be in charge from now on, with an implication that perhaps she had been the prime mover all along. She made one subsequent appearance (again successfully framing someone else for her crimes), and was never mentioned again.
* This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', where Joey gets a job working at the coffee house, and then simply stops working there. A few episodes later, he and Gunther realize this, and Joey reveals that he quit but forgot to tell him.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' had quite a few of these after it started regularly using Story Arcs.
** Scorpina was a major villain in Season 1, who (thanks to Japanese stock footage, mostly) seemed to be a close friend or romantic interest of Goldar's.[[note]]In the [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Japanese show]] they're married.[[/note]] She appeared in a single Season 2 episode, at the end of which she swore she would return... and then she was never seen or mentioned again, even in "Countdown to Destruction."
** A few episodes in Season 1 dealt with Rita's discovery and use of "Super-Putty," a new material she used to create near-invincible Putty Patrollers. Tommy and Jason had to go on a quest to find weapons that could destroy them, which they did. However, after that episode, neither the Super-Putty nor the new weapons were ever seen or mentioned again, and the putties reverted to their normal weak selves with no explanation.
** The multi-part Season 3 premiere served as a BackdoorPilot for another Saban action show, ''Series/MaskedRider'', and ended with that show's villains and hero heading to Earth. This episode was referenced exactly once later in the season and then forgotten about, with no further crossovers or indications of what happened - and even on ''Masked Rider'', this episode was non-canon.
** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' used Billy as a RedHerring for the Gold Ranger's true identity; he would often be mysteriously absent working on some sort of "project" whenever the Gold Ranger showed up. Once the Gold Ranger's real identity was revealed, his project was never brought up again.[[note]]According to WordOfGod, had David Yost not left the show, the project would have been revealed to be the Turbo powers.[[/note]]
** ''Zeo'' had a huge number of aborted arcs. Here are some other examples:
*** In "The Lore of Auric," Tanya finally discovers and rescues her long-lost parents, archaeologists who had been lost on a tropical island. After that one episode, they're never seen or mentioned again.
*** The same episode introduced Auric the Conqueror, a powerful ally of the Rangers. He appeared in a few more episodes but was conspicuously absent for the finale, and was never seen or mentioned after ''Zeo'' ended.
*** Partway through the season, Bulk, Skull and Lt. Stone were fired from the Angel Grove Junior Police and opened up a private detective business. In the season finale, Bulk and Skull were offered a case in Paris and quit Lt. Stone's agency to pursue it. As soon as ''Turbo'' starts, all three are back on the Junior Police force, with just an off-hand comment about how they're lucky to have their jobs back. The trip to Paris is never mentioned.
*** In the last third of the season, Prince Gasket and Archerina, two new villains, take over the Machine Empire. They're driven away just before the finale by the returned King Mondo. After this, they're never seen or mentioned again and their fate remains unknown.
*** The season ends with not the Rangers, but ''Mighty Morphin'' villains Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa destroying the leaders of the Machine Empire. Zedd remarks that they're finally back. However, they never became the main villains again and, excepting a joke cameo in the movie, weren't shown or mentioned at all in ''Turbo.'' They did eventually return in ''In Space'', but no mention was made of where they had been or why they hadn't attacked Earth since ''Zeo''.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' had Dimitria's missing twin sister. She was implicitly Divatox, judging by the fact that they were both played by Carol Hoyt... then again, [[TheOtherDarrin she was a replacement]] while the actress who played Divatox in the PilotMovie, Hilary Shepard Turner, was on maternity leave. When Divatox is "purified" in "Countdown to Destruction", she's wearing an outfit identical to Dimitria's, which is as good an answer as we're ever going to get about the twin sister thing.
*** Turbo also left the identity of the Phantom Ranger and his apparent budding relationship with Cassie up in the air.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' we never hear about Mari's hairdressing again and in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' [[spoiler:Hiyori being a Worm]] is also dealt with rather quickly.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' had to drop Hana's planned arc when the actress quit suddenly. We still got the reveal of who Hana is and why she is significant to the plot; but her replacement, Kohana (a time-switched version of Hana at ten years old) took a back seat and Airi largely took over as the show's female lead.
** The ''Movie Wars'' crossover between ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' and ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' introduced the concept of homunculi in the OOO universe and hinted that they could reappear in the show, but this didn't happen. WordOfGod confirmed that [[spoiler:Date]] was to have died and been resurrected as a homunculus, but this was changed due to the character's popularity.
** In ''Double'', it seemed that Foundation X was being hyped up as a major antagonist for the Neo-Heisei era Riders. However, they weren't used in ''OOO'' and made one last appearance in the ''Movie Wars'' crossover with ''OOO'' and ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' before being forgotten.
* During one of the later seasons of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' Kirstie Alley got pregnant, so a story arc was created in which she and Sam decided to have a child together (while still just being friends). Kirstie Alley had a miscarriage and the arc was abruptly dropped.
* During ''Series/{{Frasier}}'''s 10th season, an arc was slowly built up where it was suggested that Roz had feelings for Frasier and was jealous over his relationship with Julia Wilcox. In the first episode of Season 11, the old writers from earlier seasons rejoined the show and quickly ended the arc by saying Roz's father had remarried and thus she was scared of losing Frasier as a friend. The characters made up, and nothing more was ever said.
* The entire high school element of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' Season 1, with incomplete arcs involving a mysterious suicide, implications of teacher-student sexual exploitation, and a male student lusting after Cameron, was just dumped with no explanation at all once Season 2 started. WordOfGod says that the creators decided that it was unnecessary and that the show worked better if the central characters weren't even trying to pretend to have a normal life. Also there was a writers strike.
* In the revised ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** The latter half of Season 3 was going to have a story arc about the Sagitarrons. The [[WordOfGod story goes]] that [[spoiler:during the New Caprica arc, the rest of the colonials had run low on food, but the Sagitarrons, being close-to-nature, had grown enough. The Colonial government made the decision to seize their food in order to feed everyone, a kind of reverse ant-grasshopper parable]]. The only remnants of this arc are: the episode ''The Woman King'', and [[spoiler:Baltar whispering to Gaeta during Baltar's imprisonment, which was supposed to tie into this arc]]. The latter was repurposed for the minisodes ''Face of the Enemy''. It might also explain what Tyrol was protesting immediately after the TimeSkip -- and given a hint to the decision made by [[spoiler:Apollo in the finale]].
** Bulldog's mysteriously one-off appearance -- originally, the character was intended to recur, but scheduling issues prevented that from playing out.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' spent a few seasons setting up a plot in which Director Jenny Shepherd learns that [[spoiler:her apparently dead father was, in fact, still alive]] (despite the fact that [[spoiler:he'd shot himself in the head and '''she was the one who found his body''']]). Just as she's beginning to accept it may be true, [[spoiler:she's killed in a gun-battle related to one of her first cases as an agent]], and so the whole story is now apparently done, with no resolution either way.
** This was actually explained in a blink and you'll miss it scene. Midway through the season Abby speculates that this was a plot by someone (most likely from the CIA) to make Director Shephard look mentally unstable. Leon Vance's remark that Abby is smarter than she looks is about the only answer we'll ever get. It is believed that the reason this plotline was swept under the rug was due to Donald Bellasario stepping down as showrunner and his successor deciding to drop the arc quickly.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' had a notorious one involving the return of Anna Del Amico's supposedly reformed junkie ex-boyfriend, and a romantic rivalry developing between him and Carter. Problem is, this was all set up at the end of the season. When Maria Bello didn't return for the following season, the writers had no choice but to drop the whole thing.
* Fez and Laurie's marriage on ''Series/That70sShow''. At some point, Red and Kitty wanted the marriage to end, but to no avail, and decided to postpone the divorce when they started receiving wedding gifts. Next season, Fez is acting like a single again, Laurie is said to be in Canada, and the marriage is never mentioned again. The fact that Laurie was recast and given much less screen time didn't help. There's also Grandma Bea who was invited to stay at the Formans', but vanished a couple episodes later.
* Around episode 300, the original ''Series/DarkShadows'' had a storyline where Victoria and Burke were going to move into a house, Seaview, after they get married. The house was strangely unoccupied and Elizabeth agrees to sell it even though the deed says it shouldn't be sold. The popularity of Barnabas Collins probably led to this arc being canceled; it turned out she wasn't allowed to sell the house after all and what was wrong with it was never followed up on.
** In fact, Victoria's entire presence on the show is one big Aborted Arc. In the very beginning, the show's main storyline was the mystery around the real family of Victoria, who was an orphan who received financial support from an unknown person. Besides many hints that Victoria was somehow linked to the Collins family, the mystery was never resolved. The original series bible held that Victoria was Paul Stoddard's daughter, conceived in an affair he had while married to Elizabeth Collins, and Elizabeth out of a sense of obligation was the one supporting Victoria. Later it was decided that Victoria was actually Elizabeth's daughter, but this was never revealed...except in a tape that Joan Bennett, the actress playing Elizabeth Collins and while speaking for her character, made for fans.
* On ''Series/TheUnit'', Tiffy, Kim (reluctantly), and whoever Grey or Hector was seeing at the time, got to digging around in Molly's past and found out that she is not who she says she is. Molly found out and confronted the nosy bunch, even telling them that she was going to tell Jonas but before that could happen, the storyline was dropped the very next week, never to be mentioned again.
* In the first and second series of ''Series/RobinHood'' a ''huge'' amount of time and effort is put into two very distinct plotlines: the assassination attempt by Guy of Gisborne to kill King Richard and Robin's attempts to expose him; and the sheriff's conspiracy to help Prince John usurp the throne by mustering the Black Knights and having them sign the Pact of Nottingham to ensure their loyalty (a MacGuffin that one regular character actually dies for). Then in the season finale of S2 [[spoiler:Marian is murdered by Guy of Gisborne]]. By the third season the Pact, the Black Knights, and the assassination attempt have been dropped entirely to deal with the repercussions of [[spoiler:Marian's death]]. But then, even ''this'' is aborted in favor of melodramatic family dramas and convoluted love triangles thanks to the introduction of [[LongLostRelative Isabella and Archer]] and [[SatelliteLoveInterest Kate]]. The political ramifications of the time period and the basic "rob from the rich to give to the poor" mantra are simply afterthoughts.
* In ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'', there was a lot of buildup about Diana's relationship with her father: in the first episode, she calls him when she thinks Earth is about to be destroyed, but he doesn't pick up. Later, she tells Tom that she wishes her father was as good to her as he was to Kyle, and at one point she comments "when you lose your trust in a person, especially a parent, you can never get it back." This arc is promptly dropped. In fact, in one episode where the characters all see people from their pasts, she sees an ex-fiance she's never mentioned before, while ''Tom'' sees his father, who had also never been talked about.
* During Season 6-7 of ''Series/TheXFiles'', the Syndicate was destroyed at the hands of the Alien Rebels. The writers at the time spoke of their plans for a new Syndicate, headed by Alex Krycek and Marita Covarrubias, which was essentially set up in Season 7 finale "Requiem" (Krycek and Covarrubias deliberately disobey CSM's orders and eventually try to kill him) but never resurfaced. Covarrubias disappeared, and Krycek [[spoiler:was killed in Season 8]].
** At the end of [[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture the first movie]], Scully talks about the vaccine which saved her, saying that it could cure people from the alien [[TheVirus virus]]. It would seriously messed up with the upcoming alien invasion and might help to save mankind. Sigh, rather than trying to retrieve the conspiracy's research on this or trying to develop the vaccine at the FBI labs, the agents decided to pursue other things. Somewhat justified because they were ReassignedToAntarctica.
* When season 2 of ''Series/FridayNightLights'' was cut short by the writers' strike, the showrunners decided to cut their losses and abandon several storylines, including Smash Williams' decision to play football for a small, academically-minded historically black college after losing his scholarship, Tim Riggins and Lyla Garrity's will they or won't they subplot (season 3 began with them together), Lyla Garrity's Christian radio career, and the entire character of juvenile delinquent-turned-star defensive player Santiago Herrera.
* Lots and lots on ''Series/{{Alias}}'', like the idea that Sydney's whole life had been tinkered with as a top secret CIA project set up by her dad. Not only did the final cut of the episode where it was introduced cut out most of the more obvious references (which mistakenly ended up in the ABC.com recap of the episode for a few hours), but it was dropped completely in the next season opener. Well... sort of. They changed it into something else that contradicted what we DID learn from what we saw of the incriminating file. And they deleted a scene that explained much of what happened that season, only to address it vaguely in the next episode as if we should know what they meant (those who went to ABC.com during another brief window found out). Oh, and the whole plot of Season 3 was cut in half and resolved with Sydney being an idiot but still destroying centuries-old magical semen. AND the driving plot behind the series was suddenly dropped in the middle of the second season to make the show more accessible.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In Season 2, it was hinted that Mr. Snyder was conspiring with Mayor Wilkins to eliminate Buffy as a threat by bullying her, and later by expelling her from school on trumped-up murder charges. Season 3 revealed that while he was doing some work with the mayor, Snyder was still as much in the dark about what was going on as [[WeirdnessCensor the rest of the adults of Sunnydale]].
** Also in Season 2, Willow suddenly becomes a lot stronger in magic and seems possessed while performing the curse to restore Angel's soul. The other characters are notably frightened. Despite this being a good starting explanation for Willow's developing magical powers, the possession is never mentioned again.
** Once more, with feeling: in Season 2, the Anointed One - a prepubescent child who'd been made a vampire in the first season - was meant to be the main villain of the season. The problem was, while vampires don't age, the actor playing the role had had something of a growth spurt and clearly wouldn't be able to hold up as a immortal, ageless vampire. As a result, his story line was scrapped and he was killed off rather anticlimactically - if satisfyingly - by Spike three episodes into the season.
* Kate Lockley's storyline was dropped from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' after Elisabeth Rohm got a better job offer from the folks at ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
** Another notable one is the cyborg plot that was in "Lineage". We never saw any more of it or found out where they really came from. The only clue was that the cyborgs bore the symbol of the Circle of the Black Thorn -- but that doesn't tell us which member sent them or why.
** Planned storylines for season 6 were either dropped or expanded in ''After the Fall''. This resulted in some season 5 stuff also being compressed or eliminated altogether.
* ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'' strongly implied in its third season finale that Rebecca was bipolar (even tying in the events of the episode to her otherwise forgotten {{backstory}}). They promptly dropped any references to the storyline in the fourth season.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS''
** During Season 6, there was an arc featuring Dwight trying to hatch a scheme to legitimately get Jim fired, which included forming an alliance with Ryan and planting a bug in Jim's office. It would be one thing if this was Ryan on his own accord (who crossed into {{Jerkass}} territory two seasons prior), but the writers apparently forgot that there was a begrudging respect between Dwight and Jim despite their rivalry, from Dwight [[spoiler: preventing Roy from attacking Jim]] to the two actually having a successful traveling sales run, and co-running the Party Planning Committee together for a while.
** Jim destroyed Dwight's respect when he went over Michael's head to Jo and talked himself into the Regional Manager job that Dwight thinks belongs to him. In Season 8, Andy gets the same job after Dwight screwed up his chance and Dwight immediately turns on him too.
** Dwight makes very clear that he didn't view the event as special and didn't even understand why Jim was grateful. Roy could have gone after anyone and Dwight would have done the same thing. The real dropped arc is the scheme itself. Despite all the build up mentioned above across several episodes, eventually Jim steps down from his position willingly for unrelated reasons and Dwight and Ryan dissolve the alliance thinking they succeeded in bringing him down.
* Season 2 of ''Series/BurnNotice'' had, in the first half, a mystery as to what the mysterious organization was having Michael do (personal shopper for [[spoiler:a sniper]]), then what that guy was doing ([[spoiler:killing someone]]). Then at the midseason finale, everyone dies and Michael gets half blowed up. And we never hear about this plot again. Kind of justified in that, by the end of the season, the people involved are dead and the organization has abandoned Michael. And Michael's handler might have been acting on her own, without the blessing of Management, for that mission.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has some.
** Maria [=LaGuerta=] has a crush on Dexter in the first episode of the first season, something that is never mentioned again. This is most likely based on the first book where this plot point is fully explored and [[spoiler: [[KilledOffForReal ended rather badly for her]]]].
** Also, after [[spoiler:Debra kills one of the Fuente brothers]], the other Fuente brother is mentioned to still be on the loose, but he is never brought up again.
** At the Season 4 ending, there is an implication that Debra is about to find out Brian Moser had a brother while at the same time suspecting that Dexter is hiding something. Come Season 5, that plot thread is weakly relegated to Quinn.
** The end of Season 6 dropped some heavy hints that Louis knew about Dexter being a serial killer and that he was the next big threat on the horizon. [[spoiler:In Season 7, Louis is shown to not actually know about Dexter being a serial killer, and he is a best a nuisance to Dexter for a couple of episodes, before he is quite unceremoniously killed by TheMafiya, the actual main villains of the Season]]. The fact that Louis' actor, Josh Cooke, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot had landed a gig in a major Broadway production between seasons]] is the most likely reason for this.
** Proof that [[TropesAreTools even this trope is not always bad]]: Deb realizing she has romantic feelings for Dexter in season six was mostly dropped in the next season after intensely negative fan reaction. This one is also {{justified|Trope}}, since the arc that replaced it -- Deb finding out Dex's secret -- turned their entire relationship upside down. The person Deb loved essentially never existed, so by the time the season six arc is finally brought up again, it's a moot point.
* In ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', infamously annoying Eve Whitman was introduced in season 3 as a new {{Love Interest|s}} for Dawson who later finds out [[spoiler:she's Jennifer's half-sister]]. Dawson tells [[spoiler:Jenn's mother]] about his discovery and it's never heard of again. Eve disappears by the end of the season. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in one of the series' final episodes, when a character who wasn't around for season three asks about her:
-->'''Audrey:''' Who the hell is Eve?\\
'''Jack:''' Long story. Ambiguous ending.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}''
** Despite The Artifact being one of the central {{plot point}}s of the first two seasons, everything concerning it and The Consortium was inexplicably dropped, without any sort of closure or explanation. FridgeLogic makes this even worse, due to one of the characters explicitly saying that "Power of that magnitude doesn't just disappear." Ed Quinn (Nathan Stark's actor) actually left the show due to this, as Nathan Stark's obsession with The Artifact was his defining character trait.
** The fourth season brought back The Consortium but with new plot line about having to send someone from the future (aka Jack) or Dr. Grant who was from time displaced from the past in order to save the history of the consortium. It was also teased twice that Stark had returned, but he never did.
** [[ManipulativeBastard Beverley]] returned for the end of an episode and then disappeared again, despite being a BigBad for the series. Allison's son was also all but deleted from the series, also possibly in part because of the dropping of The Artifact arc.
* On ''Series/HomeAndAway'', the toxic waste buried in the construction site probably being the cause and {{justifi|edTrope}}cation of all the cancer causes of the series, plot line ended with Belle being hospitalized and then shifted over to her drug-abuse arc. The toxic waste has not been touched upon again, not even when Belle herself was [[spoiler: dying of cancer!!]]
* At the end of the two-part series premier of ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'', Vorpax tells Shang Tsung that Shao Kahn has imprisoned hundreds of powerful warriors in his mines over the years. Shang Tsung vows to free the captive fighters and raise up an army, but this plot point is ''never mentioned again'' in any of the subsequent episodes.
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
** In a second season episode, the White House is politically out-maneuvered by the Republican Majority Leader's new Chief of Staff, played by Felicity Huffman. The episode ends with White House staffers realizing that the majority leader is running for President, with Huffman's shrewd, capable character set up as a major antagonist. However, Huffman never appeared on the show again, and the majority leader's presidential bid was later dispensed with in a cursory fashion.
** ''Series/TheWestWing'' was somewhat notorious for this -- the arcs of a number of major characters abruptly ended without resolution and with the characters disappearing without explanation. Fans called the phenomenon "being sent to Mandyville." It happened to characters as major as Mandy, Sam and Amy Gardner.
* Many times in ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** When [[AmbiguouslyBi Sam Evans']] original planned coming-out arc was dropped in favor of the developing relationship between Kurt and Blaine and the subjective "chemistry" Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet shared.
** Allegedly, Chord Overstreet was supposed to be Kurt's love interest, but Darren Criss seemed a better fit. With the Sam character's entrance, Kurt hounds him about his bleached hair (Sam denying that it's bleached). Sam later admits to Quinn that he thought a surfer dude would be cooler and allow him to make a better transition as a transfer student. And then... we never hear of it again, even though Sam's hair stays blond.
** In the penultimate episode of season 2, Sue's Evil League is completely abandoned, Terri leaves the show and actually manages to help New Directions. To top it off, in the same episode, Quinn gives a vague threat of doing something to sabotage the club in New York only to just get a haircut the next episode.
** Quinn and Puck's entire relationship (including him confessing his love for her) was completely dropped once they gave their daughter, Beth, up for adoption. The relationship (or, really, Beth in general) would not be brought up again until Season 3, where the show treated their romance as a one-off fling.
** Quinn and Joe were starting to admit to some attraction and develop a relationship, but after the prom episode all sexual tension and ideas of romance between the two were completely dropped in favor of the Quinn/Puck relationship.
** While Quinn's car accident was (too-neatly) wrapped up, her play date with Artie wasn't. It was heavily implied that Artie was right that Quinn was only pretending her prognosis included walking again, only she did walk again.
* The first series of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' ends with Nick Cutter going through an anomaly into the Permian era, and coming back out to find that his actions have somehow altered the timeline so that his love interest Claudia Brown has become a different person named Jenny Lewis, as well as a few other changes. The second series makes many references to this mystery ([[InSpiteOfANail as well as wondering why relatively little has changed]]) but never explains it. In Series 3, the still unexplained arc is apparently abandoned as [[spoiler:Cutter is killed off and Jenny leaves the show]]: apart from a few brief references, it has not been touched upon since.
* In season 3 of ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz Lemon decides to adopt a child after a pregnancy scare at the end of last season. This plan becomes nonexistent after being an integral part of a handful of season 3 episodes, though it was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the season 5 episode "Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning".
-->'''Kenneth:''' I couldn't put the memo in your mailbox because it's full of unread adoption materials.\\
'''Liz:''' ''(uninterested)'' Yeah.
* Happened often on ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** Season two ended with a massive tease of a plotline that had apparently been building for two seasons. Alexander Trepkos (the man who advised Peter Kingsley, the season's BigBad) puts in a call to a German arms dealer named Max and tells him that "Plan B" is a go. (In a deleted scene on the boxset, it's revealed that Nina is also with Max, and that the German contact she was in touch with in the first season was Max's associate.) "Plan B" kicks off with the (attempted) assassination of President Palmer...and nothing else. In the third season, Palmer says that the people who tried to kill him were brought to justice. The Max plotline is half-heartedly resolved in ''24: The Game'' (which was released during the fifth season-airing of the show and focuses on events between seasons two and three, long after everyone stopped caring), and never mentions what happened to Trepkos.
** Famously, Behrooz Araz disappears three-quarters of the way through the fourth season after his mother is executed by Marwan (and after having a majority of the season focused on his survival under ridiculous circumstances). His fate is resolved in a deleted scene - he's rescued by Curtis before Marwan's men execute him (and learns about his mother's fate) - but most viewers likely wondered where he went during the original television airings.
** The first 8 episodes of season 1 focus on an assassin who gets plastic surgery to obtain a new identity and get close to Senator David Palmer at a morning rally. Jack never meets the guy until their one and only encounter, but successfully throws the assassin off Palmer by implicating himself as an enemy. The assassin runs away when Jack gets arrested...and never shows up again, despite having plenty of chances afterwards to kill his target, in any of the episodes or seasons following this. The producers supposedly forgot about the character.
** There's a whole arc in the second season where Presidential aide Lynne Kresge tries to get incriminating evidence on Mike Novick to David Palmer. She falls down several flights of stairs while attempting to outwit one of Novick's guards, and has to be wheeled into an ambulance (while still having the knowledge). She never appears in the series again, and fans continually complained about it (pointing to Novick's duplicitous nature) in every season that followed. The producers even yo-yo'd on whether she would be brought back in a later season or if she died as a result of her injuries.
** The original series ''itself'' is likely an example of this. ''Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay'' ends with Jack being hauled off by a bunch of goons to a Russian gulag to be tortured due to his actions over the course of the previous day. Likewise, a DVD bonus feature called "24: Solitary" has Tony Almeida (who is still in prison after being arrested at the end of season 7) being busted out by a female government agent, ostensibly so he can go rescue Jack. In 2015, this setup was scrapped when it was announced that the series would be rebooted as a new story called ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'', which had no connection to the original series outside of CTU and no involvement from Creator/KieferSutherland (who stated that he was done with the show). However, the confirmation that Tony would appear in ''Legacy'' showed that his arc [[ZigZaggingTrope would at least be continued]].
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** The first season set up a subplot about Peter having a shady past with the mafia, and lots of ominous foreshadowing about mafiosos spying on him. It amounted to absolutely nothing and was quickly forgotten.
** FBI Agent Amy Jessup is brought in during the Season 2 opening and looked to be bringing in some religious interpretations to the Fringe cases. She appeared in two episodes then was dropped without a word of explanation. This is probably because she was invented by the writers as a temporary fill in for Agent Dunham for the whole of season 2 original but test audiences want to see more of Dunham.
* The first half of the fourth series of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' deals with Morgana hearing a prophesy that states a sorcerer called Emrys will be "her destiny and her doom." Naturally she freaks out at this, and puts a lot of time and effort into figuring out just who this mystery man is and how she can destroy him before he destroys ''her''. After episode seven, she abruptly turns her attention to other schemes.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harmís Russian half-brother Sergey is not heard from anymore post season seven.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': The whole thing with Cyrus being a secret evil mastermind seems to have been dropped in exchange for Hollis Doyle. Cyrus is still morally ambiguous, but no more so than Olivia at this point.
* Over the years, ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' has had a string of abandoned {{plot hole}}s that have never been resolved or acknowledged at whatsoever, but the most infamous arc up to date is Clare's internship job at the Toronto Interpreter in Season 12. Several episodes in the first half followed her trying to please her boss, Asher Shostak, by editing a good story for the Toronto newspaper and one episode has her being sexually assaulted by Asher in his car. That became one of the most jaw-dropping moments of Degrassi history. In the first half finale, Clare is confronted by Asher's former intern, who admits that she was also sexually assaulted by him and convinces her that they should both go to the police together about Asher. The whole storyline was completely dropped from the twelfth season and we never really find out if she did went to the police about it or not.
** Another one often referenced is from the Season 7 episode "Talking in Your Sleep". Paige ends up [[spoiler: sleeping with]] Griffin. Later she finds out he [[spoiler: has HIV. She gets tested and is told by doctors that she won't know the results for 6 months.]] Griffin unceremoniously disappears from the show shortly after this revelation when Paige reveals she is moving out, and there is never any follow-up on Paige's results. Actress Lauren Collins who played Paige has referenced this plothole jokingly a few times on her Twitter.
* Peyton's return in the end of the sixth season of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' was hyped as the beginning of a love triangle. The season would have ended with Mac trying to choose between the feelings he still had for Peyton and the early-stage relationship he was beginning with Aubrey. Who he picked would have been revealed in the beginning of season seven. However, Claire Forliani got a part on ''{{Series/Camelot}}'' and couldn't return for more episodes, plus Melina Kanakaredes decided to leave the series, pushing the writers to put aside that plot to focus on the newly-arrived Jo.
* The Gormagon arc was originally going to be longer on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', but the writer's strike shortened the season forced it to be compressed.
* The fourth season of ''Series/SpinCity'' has the Mayor run for senate. The arc is quietly dropped later in the season, even though it had been used to justify bringing Caitlin aboard.
* During the Sci-Fi Channel era of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Season 9 started a plot where Pearl Forrester sought to become a mad scientist in the same vein as her son Clayton. This is abruptly dropped when it became clear that Season 10 would be the last season.
* An interesting variation in ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' with the tear of gold. In Season 2, the arc was followed through to the end and played a pretty good role in the over all story- until the cliffhanger at the end of the season, where Victor discovered he had a tear of gold with him. Fans were excited and wondering how it would come into play next season... but it never did. It was completely forgotten in Season 3. Needless to say, the fans were not too happy about that.
* In ''Series/StrikeBack'': ''Shadow Warfare'', Colonel Locke's personal quest to find the man who killed his son is never resolved by the end of the series, and Locke is resigned to never getting closure.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'':
** Originally it was planned that Zoe created an avatar of Ben as well as herself. (It was in fact the double-wham of this reveal and the fact that Zoe was still inside the Cylon that won a lot of people over when only the script for the pilot was available). The scene was filmed, and is included on the DVD, but essentially nothing in it is canon: Lacy didn't tell Clarice about Zoe-A right away and there was no avatar of Ben. Furthermore the scene ends when Lacy hears her cellphone ringing in the real world and takes her holoband off; it's dramatically revealed later on that holoband users don't receive sensory input like that from the real world.
** Deleted scenes from the pilot also had Tomas Vergis appearing earlier than he did in the series, and played by Roger R. Cross (better known as Joshua in ''Series/FirstWave'' and Travis in ''Series/{{Continuum}}'') instead of by John Pyper-Ferguson, who played him in the series. In this storyline, Amanda was was having an extramarital affair with him; the showrunners cut it to make her more sympathetic.
** The original idea behind Amanda's "hallucinations" of her brother in Season 1.0 was that Tomas Vergis had hired an actor to drive her off the deep end, but the subplot was dropped and a scene explaining it was deleted. Now it just seems that she had temporary relapse.
* A plot thread running through the first two episodes of ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' involves Peter's attempt to sneak away from German-occupied Guernsey by boat, which is interrupted without him being identified, and the Germans' subsequent efforts to figure out who he was so he can be made an example of. The second episode ends with Kluge reporting to Major Richter that he is now certain it was Peter -- and then the whole thing is dropped, perhaps because the showrunners decided they wanted to keep Peter on as a regular. The Germans never mention it again, even when Peter gets into other kinds of trouble, and Peter himself only brings it up again much later in the episode that writes him out, when he resolves to make another attempt to escape the island.
* The first episode of the second season of ''Series/TheMusketeers'' makes a huge thing about how the dead Cardinal Richelieu has set all kinds of plans in motion for posthumous revenge on the Musketeers. Absolutely nothing of the kind ever develops.
** Before that, the first season finale dropped hints that the Cardinal had some clue about [[spoiler: Aramis' affair with the Queen]]. However this obviously didn't lead to anything, since the Cardinal was killed off after Peter Capaldi left the show for ''Doctor Who''.
* The first season finale of ''Series/{{Dominion}}'' confirms that [[ArchangelUriel Uriel]] is [[PlayingBothSides playing Michael and Gabriel]] against each other, and plotting with [[ManipulativeBitch Arika]] to destroy them both, so that they can then take control of [[TheChosenOne Alex]] for their own unrevealed plans... all of which gets thrown out the window when Uriel gets a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on her]] in the Season 2 premiere, being killed offscreen by the human bombing run on Gabriel's lair. After that, she's dismissively mentioned exactly once by Arika and a handful of times by the other angels, but is then never brought up again.
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* When the original hand-drawn vision of ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'' failed to take off, the author decided to make it a ''Franchise/MegaMan'' sprite comic (which, up until that point, had been {{filler}} while the author attempted to work on his drawing skills) with characters and ideas integrated from the original plans. One of the planned storylines for the original comic was an AlienInvasion story featuring a purple shapeshifting alien kidnapping and impersonating one of the superheroes of the comic. The author intended to incorporate the aliens into the sprite comic, and there are two pieces of foreshadowing as a result -- first, during a storyline in which Mega Man suddenly starts running around in paranoia, [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001106c one strip]] had him exclaim, "Gotta keep running! If I stop, the purple floating aliens will steal my brain!" Later on, during the storyline introducing George into the sprite comic, after he [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001207c tells Mega Man what his life until now was like]], he remarks, "I just hope those pesky aliens didn't follow me here." Of course, the alien invasion was never incorporated into the sprite comic in the end.
* X-Entertainment's photo comic ''Cobra's Chia Plot'', in which some [[Franchise/GIJoe Cobra]] soldiers grow a Chia Pet. The fourth installment ended on a cliffhanger where one of the Joes asks the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles for help, but the fifth installment was never posted.
** The 2008 Advent Calendar was put in a similar limbo. The 2009 calendar dedicated much of its time with making up for it.
* The original run of ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' ended on a {{cliffhanger}} before experiencing a ContinuityReboot.
* Furry webcomic ''Webcomic/FuzzyThings'' had an ongoing subplot about spoiled sparrow Shiva trying to find the whereabouts of her old teacher. Eventually, kid genius Rex was able to get her access to a restricted database that contained the answer she was looking for. This subplot is then never brought up again.
* ''[[Webcomic/EyepatchTan Good Luck Eyepatch-tan!]]'' has the ''Pokémon''/''Kamen Rider Divurtle'' arc, which ended abruptly on strip 48 due to technical difficulties. While Nocchifire, the author, initially promised that it would return, he eventually abandoned that idea and decided to [[CanonDiscontinuity scrap that arc altogether]].



* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Chapter 2, [[Recap/GunnerkriggCourtChapter2SchoolyardMyths "Schoolyard Myths"]], has been confirmed by the author to contain setup for an arc he decided against. Presumably, given the chapter's content, it would have more heavily involved Myth/ClassicalMythology.
* [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003558 This conversation]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' explains the abortion of ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'''s "nancho party" [sic] arc.
-->DAVE: making a ten part story about nachos was always a bullshit idea
* In order to keep the self-imposed PG rating, ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' decided to drop the catnip arc early. Considering the one comic that he put up in the extras section was especially {{squick}}y...
* ''Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle'' started a storyline where America was meant to be the villain...just before 9/11, at which point author Dave White openly admitted to dropping the idea, saying that it felt inappropriate. This also happens in-story, as the original plot is interrupted by the World Trade Center attack, and both the plot and the new character introduced specifically for it simply disappear.
* At the beginning of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', the main plot revolves around the group searching for a mysterious [[ShoutOut "Sword of Truth"]] to settle a group member's debt to a powerful [[TheEmpire Legaran]] military commander. Instead, they go to war with Legara, abandoning the Sword to [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/80 oblique references]] and eventual [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/376 recycling]].



* Occurs in an arc of ''Webcomic/PvP'', where the characters had travelled back in time, but quickly wrapped up halfway through due to fan complaints. The writer later said he regretted buckling under the pressure.



* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the older Dr. Crabtree arc was concluded rather abruptly with her death by an EMP (long story...) with Torg, unaware of this event, saying he sensed a million plot threads crying out at once and suddenly stopping.
* Steve, a secondary character in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', fell off the map for a while after getting a new girlfriend, Meena, who was living with her ex-boyfriend, Dave, who she broke up with because he was "too perfect" for her. He reappeared, revealing in a series of flashbacks that Meena had ''married'' Dave, and then we see a series of almost nonsequitur flashback images that have nothing to do with this point.
* X-Entertainment's photo comic ''Cobra's Chia Plot'', in which some [[Franchise/GIJoe Cobra]] soldiers grow a Chia Pet. The fourth installment ended on a cliffhanger where one of the Joes asks the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles for help, but the fifth installment was never posted.
** The 2008 Advent Calendar was put in a similar limbo. The 2009 calendar dedicated much of its time with making up for it.
* Furry webcomic ''Webcomic/FuzzyThings'' had an ongoing subplot about spoiled sparrow Shiva trying to find the whereabouts of her old teacher. Eventually, kid genius Rex was able to get her access to a restricted database that contained the answer she was looking for. This subplot is then never brought up again.
* In order to keep the self-imposed PG rating, ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' decided to drop the catnip arc early. Considering the one comic that he put up in the extras section was especially {{squick}}y...



* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' had a time travel segment that dropped suddenly. Two girls travel to the 1800's and are getting caught up in a cult and prophesy. Then their comrade from the present alters time at the moment they steal a time-pot
* At the beginning of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', the main plot revolves around the group searching for a mysterious [[ShoutOut "Sword of Truth"]] to settle a group member's debt to a powerful [[TheEmpire Legaran]] military commander. Instead, they go to war with Legara, abandoning the Sword to [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/80 oblique references]] and eventual [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/376 recycling]].
* ''Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle'' started a storyline where America was meant to be the villain...just before 9/11, at which point author Dave White openly admitted to dropping the idea, saying that it felt inappropriate. This also happens in-story, as the original plot is interrupted by the World Trade Center attack, and both the plot and the new character introduced specifically for it simply disappear.
* ''Tweetics'' spent a considerable amount of time building up to a plot to take over the Vatican before the entire plot (and characters) were dropped entirely with no resolution.
* ''Website/PlatypusComix''
** A yearly tradition involved the addition of a new chapter to ''Webcomic/{{Keiki}}'''s [[ChristmasSpecial Huge Christmas Epic]]," which detailed the consequences of Santa Claus giving Andrea [[KarmicJackpot an infinite number of wishes]] for December. The comic began in 2002, but Peter Paltridge hasn't added any chapters since 2007. WordOfGod says there was never a definite plan for a story, and the previous chapters didn't get many hits.
** "Coporatocracy", a ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'' comic created for ''BANG! Magazine'', ends on a cliffhanger. However, the following ''BANG!'' issue has an unrelated ''Mulberry'' story, "My Fat Lady". Mulberry and Jack even admit forgetting what exactly happened in "Coporatocracy".

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* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' had a time travel segment that dropped suddenly. Two girls travel to the 1800's The Bandit Ringtail guest comic from ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'' ended with one of these. Bandit meets Sierra and are she calls him out on getting caught up in into a cult fight that he couldn't hope to win, and prophesy. Then their comrade from then she kisses him on the present alters time at cheek. The guy that Bandit fought mocks him for losing, then gets challenged to a fight by a very large, very muscular female boxer. And then it cuts out. There's no scene of the moment they steal a time-pot
guy getting his butt kicked, no scene of Bandit leaving Malarky County, nothing.
* At the The beginning of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', the main plot revolves around the group searching for ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' spends a mysterious [[ShoutOut "Sword of Truth"]] to settle a group member's debt to a powerful [[TheEmpire Legaran]] military commander. Instead, they go to war with Legara, abandoning the Sword to [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/80 oblique references]] and eventual [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/376 recycling]].
* ''Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle'' started a storyline where America was meant to be the villain...just before 9/11, at which point author Dave White openly admitted to dropping the idea, saying that it felt inappropriate. This also happens in-story, as the original plot is interrupted by the World Trade Center attack, and both the plot and the new character introduced specifically for it simply disappear.
* ''Tweetics'' spent a considerable amount
great deal of time building up getting to a plot to take over know the Vatican before the entire plot (and characters) were dropped entirely with no resolution.
* ''Website/PlatypusComix''
** A yearly tradition involved the addition of a new chapter to ''Webcomic/{{Keiki}}'''s [[ChristmasSpecial Huge Christmas Epic]]," which detailed the consequences of Santa Claus giving Andrea [[KarmicJackpot an infinite number of wishes]] for December. The comic began
students in 2002, but Peter Paltridge hasn't added any chapters since 2007. WordOfGod says there was never a definite plan for a story, Rai's class, particularly [[DecoyProtagonist Shinwoo and the previous chapters didn't get many hits.
** "Coporatocracy", a ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'' comic created for ''BANG! Magazine'', ends on a cliffhanger.
Ik-han]]. However, their development as characters ends up getting dropped completely after the following ''BANG!'' issue has an unrelated ''Mulberry'' story, "My Fat Lady". Mulberry KSA tried to recruit them, and Jack even admit forgetting what exactly happened have, from then on, just been there in "Coporatocracy".the background to give Rai's group a reason to protect their current lifestyle.



* [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003558 This conversation]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' explains the abortion of ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'''s "nancho party" [sic] arc.
-->DAVE: making a ten part story about nachos was always a bullshit idea



* The Bandit Ringtail guest comic from ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'' ended with one of these. Bandit meets Sierra and she calls him out on getting into a fight that he couldn't hope to win, and then she kisses him on the cheek. The guy that Bandit fought mocks him for losing, then gets challenged to a fight by a very large, very muscular female boxer. And then it cuts out. There's no scene of the guy getting his butt kicked, no scene of Bandit leaving Malarky County, nothing.
* ''[[Webcomic/EyepatchTan Good Luck Eyepatch-tan!]]'' has the ''Pokémon''/''Kamen Rider Divurtle'' arc, which ended abruptly on strip 48 due to technical difficulties. While Nocchifire, the author, initially promised that it would return, he eventually abandoned that idea and decided to [[CanonDiscontinuity scrap that arc altogether]].

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* ''Website/PlatypusComix''
** A yearly tradition involved the addition of a new chapter to ''Webcomic/{{Keiki}}'''s [[ChristmasSpecial Huge Christmas Epic]]," which detailed the consequences of Santa Claus giving Andrea [[KarmicJackpot an infinite number of wishes]] for December.
The Bandit Ringtail guest comic began in 2002, but Peter Paltridge hasn't added any chapters since 2007. WordOfGod says there was never a definite plan for a story, and the previous chapters didn't get many hits.
** "Coporatocracy", a ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'' comic created for ''BANG! Magazine'', ends on a cliffhanger. However, the following ''BANG!'' issue has an unrelated ''Mulberry'' story, "My Fat Lady". Mulberry and Jack even admit forgetting what exactly happened in "Coporatocracy".
* Occurs in an arc of ''Webcomic/PvP'', where the characters had travelled back in time, but quickly wrapped up halfway through due to fan complaints. The writer later said he regretted buckling under the pressure.
* Steve, a secondary character in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', fell off the map for a while after getting a new girlfriend, Meena, who was living with her ex-boyfriend, Dave, who she broke up with because he was "too perfect" for her. He reappeared, revealing in a series of flashbacks that Meena had ''married'' Dave, and then we see a series of almost nonsequitur flashback images that have nothing to do with this point.
%%* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' had a time travel segment that dropped suddenly. Two girls travel to the 1800's and are getting caught up in a cult and prophesy. Then their comrade
from ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'' ended the present alters time at the moment they steal a time-pot.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the older Dr. Crabtree arc was concluded rather abruptly
with one her death by an EMP (long story...) with Torg, unaware of this event, saying he sensed a million plot threads crying out at once and suddenly stopping.
* Thanks to creator Christian Weston Chandler's ever-changing fleets of fancy, ''WebComic/{{Sonichu}}'' had many
of these. Bandit meets Sierra and she calls him out on getting into a fight that he couldn't hope to win, and then she kisses him on the cheek. The guy that Bandit fought mocks him for losing, then gets challenged to a fight by a very large, very muscular female boxer. And then it cuts out. There's no scene One of the guy getting his butt kicked, no scene of Bandit leaving Malarky County, nothing.
* ''[[Webcomic/EyepatchTan Good Luck Eyepatch-tan!]]'' has the ''Pokémon''/''Kamen Rider Divurtle'' arc,
these involved a plot which ended abruptly on strip 48 due Chris-Chan Sonichu, Wes-li Sonichu and Saramah Rosechu were supposed to technical difficulties. While Nocchifire, be instrumental in defeating AncientEvil Count Graduon, but Chris turned around and Saramah was PutOnABus for a conga-line of LoveInterests. {{Averted}} with the author, initially promised that it would return, he eventually abandoned that idea Sonichu crystals, as they managed to obtain the crystals and decided work with them.
* ''Tweetics'' spent a considerable amount of time building up
to [[CanonDiscontinuity scrap that arc altogether]].a plot to take over the Vatican before the entire plot (and characters) were dropped entirely with no resolution.



* The original run ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' ended on a {{cliffhanger}} before experiencing a ContinuityReboot.
* Thanks to creator Christian Weston Chandler's ever-changing fleets of fancy, ''WebComic/{{Sonichu}}'' had many of these. One of these involved a plot which Chris-Chan Sonichu, Wes-li Sonichu and Saramah Rosechu were supposed to be instrumental in defeating AncientEvil Count Graduon, but Chris turned around and Saramah was PutOnABus for a conga-line of LoveInterests. {{Averted}} with the Sonichu crystals, as they managed to obtain the crystals and work with them.
* When the original hand-drawn vision of ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'' failed to take off, the author decided to make it a ''Franchise/MegaMan'' sprite comic (which, up until that point, had been {{filler}} while the author attempted to work on his drawing skills) with characters and ideas integrated from the original plans. One of the planned storylines for the original comic was an AlienInvasion story featuring a purple shapeshifting alien kidnapping and impersonating one of the superheroes of the comic. The author intended to incorporate the aliens into the sprite comic, and there are two pieces of foreshadowing as a result -- first, during a storyline in which Mega Man suddenly starts running around in paranoia, [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001106c one strip]] had him exclaim, "Gotta keep running! If I stop, the purple floating aliens will steal my brain!" Later on, during the storyline introducing George into the sprite comic, after he [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001207c tells Mega Man what his life until now was like]], he remarks, "I just hope those pesky aliens didn't follow me here." Of course, the alien invasion was never incorporated into the sprite comic in the end.
* The beginning of ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' spends a great deal of time getting to know the students in Rai's class, particularly [[DecoyProtagonist Shinwoo and Ik-han]]. However, their development as characters ends up getting dropped completely after the KSA tried to recruit them, and have, from then on, just been there in the background to give Rai's group a reason to protect their current life-style.
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* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' the original Booster Gold/Skeets arc involved the duo fixing the time-stream after it had been damaged during the Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis. Several issues into the series, after Skeets had already noticed discrepancies between events as they happened and as they were recorded in the future, the writers decided that this plot was overused and too generic. They switched to a new malevolent threat that intended to manipulate time and reality for its own gain [[spoiler:and this leads to the return of Mr. Mind, who had appeared in the early issues]].

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* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' the original Booster Gold/Skeets ComicBook/BoosterGold/Skeets arc involved the duo fixing the time-stream after it had been damaged during the Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis. Several issues into the series, after Skeets had already noticed discrepancies between events as they happened and as they were recorded in the future, the writers decided that this plot was overused and too generic. They switched to a new malevolent threat that intended to manipulate time and reality for its own gain [[spoiler:and this leads to the return of Mr. Mind, who had appeared in the early issues]].



** Mark Gruenwald's final ''Captain America'' arc had Steve slowly dying, which led to him training a pair of young heroes named Jack Flag and Free Spirit to take over for him. MarkWaid then took over the book and promptly cured Steve, allowing him to get back into the action. The subplot about Cap's new proteges was dropped entirely, and Jack Flag wouldn't be seen again for roughly a decade, while Free Spirit wouldn't appear again until ''twenty years later''.

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** Mark Gruenwald's final ''Captain America'' arc had Steve slowly dying, which led to him training a pair of young heroes named Jack Flag and Free Spirit to take over for him. MarkWaid Creator/MarkWaid then took over the book and promptly cured Steve, allowing him to get back into the action. The subplot about Cap's new proteges was dropped entirely, and Jack Flag wouldn't be seen again for roughly a decade, while Free Spirit wouldn't appear again until ''twenty years later''.



* Near the end of Nick Spencer's ''Comicbook/SecretAvengers'' run, Daisy Johnson was fired from ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} and replaced by Maria Hill. Johnson was later shown recruiting the [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]] for a plot to bring down Hill's regime and expose her shady dealings to the public. The book quickly veered off course into a tie-in to ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'' involving one of the new [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]], and abandoned the Daisy subplot before being cancelled. Other titles later established that Daisy and Maria had resolved their differences.

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* Near the end of Nick Spencer's ''Comicbook/SecretAvengers'' run, Daisy Johnson ComicBook/DaisyJohnson was fired from ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} and replaced by Maria Hill.ComicBook/MariaHill. Johnson was later shown recruiting the [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]] for a plot to bring down Hill's regime and expose her shady dealings to the public. The book quickly veered off course into a tie-in to ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'' involving one of the new [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]], and abandoned the Daisy subplot before being cancelled. Other titles later established that Daisy and Maria had resolved their differences.



* ''Comicbook/XMen'' has had multiple versions of them: the Baby version of Age of Apocalypse, how Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} and Jean Grey switched powers, evil Nurse Annie being sold off into bondage to Elias Bogan by her evil son, Sebastian Shaw being courted by Comicbook/{{Apocalypse}}, Magneto joining forces with the Neo, Comicbook/KittyPryde supposedly having some sort of connection to the Neo, the mystery mutant that was present outside the Sentinel base in Uncanny X-Men #57-59, etc. One of the most infamous examples was the "Externals" plotline from Creator/RobLiefeld's ''Comicbook/XForce''. This secretive bloodline of mutants, all possessing immortality in addition to their mutant power, were built up to be the next big thing, with two former {{Big Bad}}s revealed to be members of the group, as was a member of the team, whom the others seemed to have various vaguely-defined "plans" for. However, Liefeld left the book before he could tie up all the plot threads, and the next creative team was quick to sweep everything about this story under the rug, with one of the three established characters in the group killing all the new ones and the other two revealed to not actually be Externals anyway. This happened so suddenly that many fans pointed out the fact that the story was essentially ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' with the SerialNumbersFiledOff and suspected Marvel canned the story to avoid litigation, though WordOfGod assures us this was not the case. There was also a subplot during Joe Kelly's run that hinted Jean might end up transforming into the Phoenix again. Kelly left the book before this could happen, though GrantMorrison ended up bringing back Jean's Phoenix abilities in his own run.

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* ''Comicbook/XMen'' has had multiple versions of them: the Baby version of Age of Apocalypse, how Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} and Jean Grey ComicBook/JeanGrey switched powers, evil Nurse Annie being sold off into bondage to Elias Bogan by her evil son, Sebastian Shaw being courted by Comicbook/{{Apocalypse}}, Magneto ComicBook/{{Magneto}} joining forces with the Neo, Comicbook/KittyPryde supposedly having some sort of connection to the Neo, the mystery mutant that was present outside the Sentinel base in Uncanny X-Men #57-59, etc. One of the most infamous examples was the "Externals" plotline from Creator/RobLiefeld's ''Comicbook/XForce''. This secretive bloodline of mutants, all possessing immortality in addition to their mutant power, were built up to be the next big thing, with two former {{Big Bad}}s revealed to be members of the group, as was a member of the team, whom the others seemed to have various vaguely-defined "plans" for. However, Liefeld left the book before he could tie up all the plot threads, and the next creative team was quick to sweep everything about this story under the rug, with one of the three established characters in the group killing all the new ones and the other two revealed to not actually be Externals anyway. This happened so suddenly that many fans pointed out the fact that the story was essentially ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' with the SerialNumbersFiledOff and suspected Marvel canned the story to avoid litigation, though WordOfGod assures us this was not the case. There was also a subplot during Joe Kelly's run that hinted Jean might end up transforming into the Phoenix again. Kelly left the book before this could happen, though GrantMorrison Creator/GrantMorrison ended up bringing back Jean's Phoenix abilities in his own run.



* In "Literature/TheStonesAreHatching" Uncle Murdo tells Phelim that [[spoiler:his companions are working for the Stoor Worm and the Obby Oss is a hatchling. This is never mentioned again; this is odd because Murdo had little reason to lie, yet Sweeney, Alexia and the Obby Oss never show any signs of being aligned with the Stoor Worm.]]

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* In "Literature/TheStonesAreHatching" Uncle Murdo tells Phelim that [[spoiler:his companions are working for the Stoor Worm and the Obby Oss is a hatchling. This is never mentioned again; this is odd because Murdo had little reason to lie, yet Sweeney, Alexia and the Obby Oss never show any signs of being aligned with the Stoor Worm.]] Worm]].






* Season 2 of ''Series/Rome'' has something halfway between an Aborted Arc and RedHerringTwist. Vorenus and Pullo's friend and gang colleague, Mascius, builds up visible resentment over the course of the mid-season, annoyed that he remains junior to them despite putting in more work and sacrifice. This appears to happen to explain why, when Vorenus and Pullo realise that there is a mole in their gang betraying them to a rival gang, they suspect Mascius. But the mole is not Mascius, but Vorenus' daughter Vorena (which the viewer knew all along), and Vorenus only briefly suspects Mascius before realising this. The next time we see Mascius, all his resentment appears to have mysteriously gone.

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* Season 2 of ''Series/Rome'' ''Series/{{Rome}}'' has something halfway between an Aborted Arc and RedHerringTwist. Vorenus and Pullo's friend and gang colleague, Mascius, builds up visible resentment over the course of the mid-season, annoyed that he remains junior to them despite putting in more work and sacrifice. This appears to happen to explain why, when Vorenus and Pullo realise that there is a mole in their gang betraying them to a rival gang, they suspect Mascius. But the mole is not Mascius, but Vorenus' daughter Vorena (which the viewer knew all along), and Vorenus only briefly suspects Mascius before realising this. The next time we see Mascius, all his resentment appears to have mysteriously gone.



** The First Doctor drops a heavy hint in one story that he doesn't ''really'' [[HumanAlien look like a human being]]. This was ignored forever after. Unless the Doctor meant his [[BizarreAlienBiology Time Lord organs and organ systems]], which are vastly different than those of a human's, and are unable to be seen beyond his exterior.

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** The First Doctor drops a heavy hint in one story that he doesn't ''really'' [[HumanAlien [[HumanAliens look like a human being]]. This was ignored forever after. Unless the Doctor meant his [[BizarreAlienBiology Time Lord organs and organ systems]], which are vastly different than those of a human's, and are unable to be seen beyond his exterior.



* ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'' In season 4, Adam and Kristina lie to their daughter Haddie about a major medical issue. They claim [[spoiler:Kristina is 100% cancer-free when she isn't.]] They do this, presumably, to convince her it's 100% fine for her to fly back across the country to the college she's attending instead of take a semester off to help out at home. This is clearly something that should bite them in the butt, especially if something goes drastically wrong. But when something does, and [[spoiler:Kristina]] is in the hospital around Christmas and ''might die'' from a severely compromised immune system, Haddie [[spoiler:shows up and simply hugs her mom.]] The lie and potential for Haddie to be either very angry and betrayed, or forgiving and understanding is 100% ignored/forgotten.

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* ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'' ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'': In season 4, Adam and Kristina lie to their daughter Haddie about a major medical issue. They claim [[spoiler:Kristina is 100% cancer-free when she isn't.]] They do this, presumably, to convince her it's 100% fine for her to fly back across the country to the college she's attending instead of take a semester off to help out at home. This is clearly something that should bite them in the butt, especially if something goes drastically wrong. But when something does, and [[spoiler:Kristina]] is in the hospital around Christmas and ''might die'' from a severely compromised immune system, Haddie [[spoiler:shows up and simply hugs her mom.]] The lie and potential for Haddie to be either very angry and betrayed, or forgiving and understanding is 100% ignored/forgotten.



** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' used Billy as a RedHerring for the Gold Ranger's true identity; he would often be mysteriously absent working on some sort of "project" whenever the Gold Ranger showed up. Once the Gold Ranger's real identity was revealed, his project was never brought up again.[[note]]According to WordOfGod, had David Yoast not left the show, the project would have been revealed to be the Turbo powers.[[/note]]

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** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' used Billy as a RedHerring for the Gold Ranger's true identity; he would often be mysteriously absent working on some sort of "project" whenever the Gold Ranger showed up. Once the Gold Ranger's real identity was revealed, his project was never brought up again.[[note]]According to WordOfGod, had David Yoast Yost not left the show, the project would have been revealed to be the Turbo powers.[[/note]]



** The latter half of Season 3 was going to have a story arc about the Sagitarrons. The [[WordOfGod story goes]] that [[spoiler:during the New Caprica arc, the rest of the colonials had run low on food, but the Sagitarrons, being close-to-nature, had grown enough. The Colonial government made the decision to seize their food in order to feed everyone, a kind of reverse ant-grasshopper parable.]] The only remnants of this arc are: the episode ''The Woman King'', and [[spoiler:Baltar whispering to Gaeta during Baltar's imprisonment, which was supposed to tie into this arc]]. The latter was repurposed for the minisodes ''Face of the Enemy''. It might also explain what Tyrol was protesting immediately after the TimeSkip -- and given a hint to the decision made by [[spoiler:Apollo in the finale]].

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** The latter half of Season 3 was going to have a story arc about the Sagitarrons. The [[WordOfGod story goes]] that [[spoiler:during the New Caprica arc, the rest of the colonials had run low on food, but the Sagitarrons, being close-to-nature, had grown enough. The Colonial government made the decision to seize their food in order to feed everyone, a kind of reverse ant-grasshopper parable.]] parable]]. The only remnants of this arc are: the episode ''The Woman King'', and [[spoiler:Baltar whispering to Gaeta during Baltar's imprisonment, which was supposed to tie into this arc]]. The latter was repurposed for the minisodes ''Face of the Enemy''. It might also explain what Tyrol was protesting immediately after the TimeSkip -- and given a hint to the decision made by [[spoiler:Apollo in the finale]].



* In Season 2 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', it was hinted that Mr. Snyder was conspiring with Mayor Wilkins to eliminate Buffy as a threat by bullying her, and later by expelling her from school on trumped-up murder charges. Season 3 revealed that while he was doing some work with the mayor, Snyder was still as much in the dark about what was going on as [[WeirdnessCensor the rest of the adults of Sunnydale]].

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
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In Season 2 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', 2, it was hinted that Mr. Snyder was conspiring with Mayor Wilkins to eliminate Buffy as a threat by bullying her, and later by expelling her from school on trumped-up murder charges. Season 3 revealed that while he was doing some work with the mayor, Snyder was still as much in the dark about what was going on as [[WeirdnessCensor the rest of the adults of Sunnydale]].



** The original series ''itself'' is likely an example of this. ''Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay'' ends with Jack being hauled off by a bunch of goons to a Russian gulag to be tortured due to his actions over the course of the previous day. Likewise, a DVD bonus feature called "24: Solitary" has Tony Almeida (who is still in prison after being arrested at the end of season 7) being busted out by a female government agent, ostensibly so he can go rescue Jack. In 2015, this setup was scrapped when it was announced that the series would be rebooted as a new story called ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'', which had no connection to the original series outside of CTU and no involvement from Creator/KieferSutherland (who stated that he was done with the show). However, the confirmation that Tony would appear in ''Legacy'' showed that his arc [[ZigZaggedTrope would at least be continued]].

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** The original series ''itself'' is likely an example of this. ''Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay'' ends with Jack being hauled off by a bunch of goons to a Russian gulag to be tortured due to his actions over the course of the previous day. Likewise, a DVD bonus feature called "24: Solitary" has Tony Almeida (who is still in prison after being arrested at the end of season 7) being busted out by a female government agent, ostensibly so he can go rescue Jack. In 2015, this setup was scrapped when it was announced that the series would be rebooted as a new story called ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'', which had no connection to the original series outside of CTU and no involvement from Creator/KieferSutherland (who stated that he was done with the show). However, the confirmation that Tony would appear in ''Legacy'' showed that his arc [[ZigZaggedTrope [[ZigZaggingTrope would at least be continued]].



** The first season set up a subplot about about Peter having a shady past with the mafia, and lots of ominous foreshadowing about mafiosos spying on him. It amounted to absolutely nothing and was quickly forgotten.

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** The first season set up a subplot about about Peter having a shady past with the mafia, and lots of ominous foreshadowing about mafiosos spying on him. It amounted to absolutely nothing and was quickly forgotten.






* WCW had a notorious angle involving the unknown driver of a White Hummer that deliberately drove into a limousine that Kevin Nash was in. The unknown driver of the White Hummer would be brought up and speculated about, and the incident kept getting callbacks for months, all without going anywhere. They actually did finally reveal the driver, a few months after they'd quit constantly bringing it up, but so anticlimactically that a lot of fans weren't aware. The driver was Eric Bischoff.
* The driver of the White Hummer was allegedly supposed to be Rena "Wrestling/{{Sable}}" Mero, but that plan fell through when Mero wasn't able to get the no-compete clause of her WWF contract annulled. The stretching out of the angle was caused by WCW not knowing where to go with it after the Sable plan fell through.
* In February of 2001, The Kat entered an angle where Wrestling/JerryLawler lost a match on her behalf and she was forced to join the Right to Censor group. The next episode of Raw had them forcing her to wear a burlap sack to the ring and it was implied the storyline would continue. However The Kat was released the very next day and the excuse was apparently that Val Venis had slept with her and she escaped out the window. Apparently she ran out into the night and got lost, never to be seen again.

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* WCW had a notorious angle involving the unknown driver of a White Hummer that deliberately drove into a limousine that Kevin Nash was in. The unknown driver of the White Hummer would be brought up and speculated about, and the incident kept getting callbacks for months, all without going anywhere. They actually did finally reveal the driver, a few months after they'd quit constantly bringing it up, but so anticlimactically that a lot of fans weren't aware. The driver was Eric Bischoff.
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Bischoff. The driver of the White Hummer was allegedly supposed to be Rena "Wrestling/{{Sable}}" Mero, but that plan fell through when Mero wasn't able to get the no-compete clause of her WWF contract annulled. The stretching out of the angle was caused by WCW not knowing where to go with it after the Sable plan fell through.
* In February of 2001, [[Wrestling/StacyCarter The Kat Kat]] entered an angle where Wrestling/JerryLawler lost a match on her behalf and she was forced to join the Right to Censor group. The next episode of Raw had them forcing her to wear a burlap sack to the ring and it was implied the storyline would continue. However The Kat was released the very next day and the excuse was apparently that Val Venis had slept with her and she escaped out the window. Apparently she ran out into the night and got lost, never to be seen again.



* A feud between Eve Torres and AJ Lee was teased for several months in 2012, even as late as TLC that December, when Divas Champion Eve appeared to be dismayed that AJ won Diva of the Year. Signs pointed to a Divas Championship match between Eve and AJ at WrestleMania 29, but Eve announced her plans to leave WWE in December 2012. Instead, AJ was turned heel at TLC, and Eve dropped the Divas Championship to Kaitlyn on January 14, 2013.
* Kaitlyn was later part of her own aborted arc with Layla after winning the title, with the angle seeing Layla show signs of turning heel against Kaitlyn. The angle began after the Elimination Chamber PPV, which saw Layla display jealousy of Kaitlyn and attempting to upstage her in the hopes that she could get a title opportunity. The angle was supposed to result in Kaitlyn defending the Divas Championship against the villainous Layla at WrestleMania 29, but it was dropped by mid-March. Ironically, Layla actually did turn heel against Kaitlyn after the latter lost the Divas Championship to AJ.

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* A feud between Eve Torres Wrestling/EveTorres and AJ Lee Wrestling/AJLee was teased for several months in 2012, even as late as TLC that December, when Divas Champion Eve appeared to be dismayed that AJ won Diva of the Year. Signs pointed to a Divas Championship match between Eve and AJ at WrestleMania 29, but Eve announced her plans to leave WWE in December 2012. Instead, AJ was turned heel at TLC, and Eve dropped the Divas Championship to Kaitlyn Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} on January 14, 2013.
* Kaitlyn was later part of her own aborted arc with Layla Wrestling/{{Layla}} after winning the title, with the angle seeing Layla show signs of turning heel against Kaitlyn. The angle began after the Elimination Chamber PPV, which saw Layla display jealousy of Kaitlyn and attempting to upstage her in the hopes that she could get a title opportunity. The angle was supposed to result in Kaitlyn defending the Divas Championship against the villainous Layla at WrestleMania 29, but it was dropped by mid-March. Ironically, Layla actually did turn heel against Kaitlyn after the latter lost the Divas Championship to AJ.



* Around July 2014, after [[Wrestling/BigELangston Big E]] & Wrestling/KofiKingston lose a match on RAW to Rybaxel, Wrestling/XavierWoods, wearing a suit, comes out and tells them they need to start taking what's theirs. This seems to set them up as a tag team to oppose Wrestling/TheUsos, with Woods as their manager, even scouting the Usos at one point, but it lasted maybe two weeks, with Kingston & Big E both going back to job duty, with no mention of them being a team or having Woods manage them. This ended up being subverted, as the trio resurfaced in November, although with a totally different gimmick. While they were originally teased as having a MalcolmXerox gimmick, WWE backed out of it for fear that it would spark the wrong kind of controversy (the race-related riots and protests in Ferguson, Missouri around the same time likely had something to do with it as well) and they instead re-debuted as the blue wearing, positivity spreading stable Wrestling/TheNewDay. They got tons of Wrestling/XPacHeat for being so cloyingly optimistic at first, but it's since become the best thing to happen to all three men in the stable.

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* Around July 2014, after [[Wrestling/BigELangston Big E]] Wrestling/{{Big E|Langston}} & Wrestling/KofiKingston lose a match on RAW to Rybaxel, Wrestling/XavierWoods, wearing a suit, comes out and tells them they need to start taking what's theirs. This seems to set them up as a tag team to oppose Wrestling/TheUsos, with Woods as their manager, even scouting the Usos at one point, but it lasted maybe two weeks, with Kingston & Big E both going back to job duty, with no mention of them being a team or having Woods manage them. This ended up being subverted, as the trio resurfaced in November, although with a totally different gimmick. While they were originally teased as having a MalcolmXerox gimmick, WWE backed out of it for fear that it would spark the wrong kind of controversy (the race-related riots and protests in Ferguson, Missouri around the same time likely had something to do with it as well) and they instead re-debuted as the blue wearing, positivity spreading stable Wrestling/TheNewDay. They got tons of Wrestling/XPacHeat for being so cloyingly optimistic at first, but it's since become the best thing to happen to all three men in the stable.



* WWE had an inverted case going into Wrestlemania 30. Wrestling/{{Batista}} returned and won the Royal Rumble, setting up a match for the unified titles between him and Wrestling/RandyOrton. However, the fans did not like this idea ''at all'', and desperately wanted to see Wrestling/DanielBryan in that spot after he'd been hit with a straight case of this, where he received an enormous push and won the WWE title from Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam, but was quickly screwed out of the title multiple times and relegated back to the midcard with no actual conclusion to the angle. The other major component in this was CM Punk's sudden departure from WWE the day after the Royal Rumble, which forced WWE to rewrite their plans. It's been confirmed by WordOfGod that the original plan was Randy Orton vs Batista for the WWE Title, Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus, and CM Punk vs TripleH. With Punk's departure and the mounting backlash from fans, they dropped the concept of Bryan vs Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} before the angle was even teased, opened the show with Bryan taking Punk's place in a match with Triple H, and then winning the title in a triple threat match with Orton and Batista. In the process of having this come about, WWE also caused ''another'' instance of this related to Daniel Bryan. Bryan had been manipulated into joining Wrestling/TheWyattFamily and remained as part of their stable...for about two weeks before Bryan turned face again.

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* WWE had an inverted case going into Wrestlemania 30. Wrestling/{{Batista}} returned and won the Royal Rumble, setting up a match for the unified titles between him and Wrestling/RandyOrton. However, the fans did not like this idea ''at all'', and desperately wanted to see Wrestling/DanielBryan in that spot after he'd been hit with a straight case of this, where he received an enormous push and won the WWE title from Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam, but was quickly screwed out of the title multiple times and relegated back to the midcard with no actual conclusion to the angle. The other major component in this was CM Punk's sudden departure from WWE the day after the Royal Rumble, which forced WWE to rewrite their plans. It's been confirmed by WordOfGod that the original plan was Randy Orton vs Batista for the WWE Title, Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, and CM Punk vs TripleH. With Punk's departure and the mounting backlash from fans, they dropped the concept of Bryan vs Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} Sheamus before the angle was even teased, opened the show with Bryan taking Punk's place in a match with Triple H, and then winning the title in a triple threat match with Orton and Batista. In the process of having this come about, WWE also caused ''another'' instance of this related to Daniel Bryan. Bryan had been manipulated into joining Wrestling/TheWyattFamily and remained as part of their stable...for about two weeks before Bryan turned face again.



* In mid-2015 time was dedicated to showing Wrestling/{{Fandango}} dropping his salsa dancer gimmick and [[HeelFaceTurn turning face]], going back to his old ballroom dancer character. This pissed off his girlfriend/valet, Wrestling/RosaMendes who turned on him for Adam Rose, becoming his muse/girlfriend and the two shown many times as SickeningSweethearts. Eventually, Rosa stopped appearing with Rose and no explanation was given. It was later revealed on ''Series/TotalDivas'' that Rosa was pregnant and had gone on maternity leave at the time, so that's probably why it was dropped.
* The Wyatt Family and the Wrestling/{{LeaugeOfNations}} were supposed to get into a feud that would have, presumably, destroyed the Leauge for good, but Bray Wyatt was injured at a house show and the feud was dropped. It didn't save the Leauge, however, as they fell apart and disbanded a few weeks later.

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* In mid-2015 time was dedicated to showing Wrestling/{{Fandango}} dropping his salsa dancer gimmick and [[HeelFaceTurn turning face]], going back to his old ballroom dancer character. This pissed off his girlfriend/valet, Wrestling/RosaMendes who turned on him for Adam Rose, becoming his muse/girlfriend and the two shown many times as SickeningSweethearts.SickeninglySweethearts. Eventually, Rosa stopped appearing with Rose and no explanation was given. It was later revealed on ''Series/TotalDivas'' that Rosa was pregnant and had gone on maternity leave at the time, so that's probably why it was dropped.
* The Wyatt Family and the Wrestling/{{LeaugeOfNations}} League of Nations were supposed to get into a feud that would have, presumably, destroyed the Leauge League for good, but Bray Wyatt was injured at a house show and the feud was dropped. It didn't save the Leauge, League, however, as they fell apart and disbanded a few weeks later.



* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' had innumerable half-finished non-runners, especially when it came to details like the end of the world. Most notable was the pathetic Rasputin plotline, wherein RasputinTheMadMonk was actually a Tremere who had somehow found a way to essentially become Caine, so that God/Karma could kill ''him'' instead, thus averting complete obliteration of the vampire species.

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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' had innumerable half-finished non-runners, especially when it came to details like the end of the world. Most notable was the pathetic Rasputin plotline, wherein RasputinTheMadMonk UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk was actually a Tremere who had somehow found a way to essentially become Caine, so that God/Karma could kill ''him'' instead, thus averting complete obliteration of the vampire species.






* All ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games up through ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' shed some light into the backstory of Zero, hinting time and again [[spoiler:that he's originally a Robot created by Dr. Wily of the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic previous series]], and that ''he'' (Zero) is the true cause of the Maverick uprisings]]. ''X5'' is supposed to be the GrandFinale of the X series, so this was naturally a given that the plot be somehow resolved in that game. And then, PostscriptSeason kicked in, and aside from a few [[ContinuityNod nods here and there]] this plot twist was never adhered to again, and the X series moved on to a different story direction. Ironically, [[FanonDiscontinuity even if fans disregard]] the [[PostScriptSeason post-script series]], ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' just made everything more confusing -- dark secrets were explored all right, but they were brand new ones, and Zero [[LaserGuidedAmnesia didn't even remember the old]].

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* All ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games up through ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' shed some light into the backstory of Zero, hinting time and again [[spoiler:that he's originally a Robot created by Dr. Wily of the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic previous series]], and that ''he'' (Zero) is the true cause of the Maverick uprisings]]. ''X5'' is supposed to be the GrandFinale of the X series, so this was naturally a given that the plot be somehow resolved in that game. And then, PostscriptSeason PostScriptSeason kicked in, and aside from a few [[ContinuityNod nods here and there]] this plot twist was never adhered to again, and the X series moved on to a different story direction. Ironically, [[FanonDiscontinuity even if fans disregard]] the [[PostScriptSeason post-script series]], ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' just made everything more confusing -- dark secrets were explored all right, but they were brand new ones, and Zero [[LaserGuidedAmnesia didn't even remember the old]].



** Thanks to Capcom's {{Bowdleris|e}}ation of non-Japanese, non-Playstation versions of the game, there is an Aborted Arc where Fou-lu is stabbed by Soniel...and then after Fou-lu looks astonished, the game fades to black. [[spoiler: In the Japanese versions, this goes to Fou-lu dementedly laughing about foolish mortals, then the screen goes to black-on-red silhouette as Fou-lu goes AxCrazy and decapitates Soniel ''with the very sword he pulled out of his own back''.]] This would normally fall under WhatHappenedToTheMouse, but as this is actually a major plot-point in the game, it's better treated here.

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** Thanks to Capcom's {{Bowdleris|e}}ation of non-Japanese, non-Playstation non-[=PlayStation=] versions of the game, there is an Aborted Arc where Fou-lu is stabbed by Soniel...and then after Fou-lu looks astonished, the game fades to black. [[spoiler: In the Japanese versions, this goes to Fou-lu dementedly laughing about foolish mortals, then the screen goes to black-on-red silhouette as Fou-lu goes AxCrazy and decapitates Soniel ''with the very sword he pulled out of his own back''.]] This would normally fall under WhatHappenedToTheMouse, but as this is actually a major plot-point in the game, it's better treated here.



* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', [[spoiler: the recurring blackouts Ethan suffers after Jason's car accident that lead him to think he's the Origami Killer are no longer mentioned starting around the last quarter of the game. It was originally intended that the Killer's being present at Jason's accident formed a psychic link between him and Ethan that caused him to black out when the Killer committed his initial kidnapping, but this was dropped due to realism concerns.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', [[spoiler: the recurring blackouts Ethan suffers after Jason's car accident that lead him to think he's the Origami Killer are no longer mentioned starting around the last quarter of the game. It was originally intended that the Killer's being present at Jason's accident formed a psychic link between him and Ethan that caused him to black out when the Killer committed his initial kidnapping, but this was dropped due to realism concerns.]]concerns]].



* The preview for the final episode of the ''[[Creator/ZapDramatic Ambition]]'' series states that you'll advise [[spoiler:Rolf Klink as he negotiates with "pure evil".]] This is not what happens in the episode at all, which instead focuses on the trial for [[spoiler:Angie's murder.]]

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* The preview for the final episode of the ''[[Creator/ZapDramatic Ambition]]'' series states that you'll advise [[spoiler:Rolf Klink as he negotiates with "pure evil".]] evil"]]. This is not what happens in the episode at all, which instead focuses on the trial for [[spoiler:Angie's murder.]]murder]].



* What happens when you take about 30 arcs that never get resolved and stitch them together with a storyline that goes nowhere? ''VideoGame/TreasureHunterG'' on the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem. Awesome music and a unique battle system thankfully keep you from realizing it.

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* What happens when you take about 30 arcs that never get resolved and stitch them together with a storyline that goes nowhere? ''VideoGame/TreasureHunterG'' on the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem.UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem. Awesome music and a unique battle system thankfully keep you from realizing it.



* A secret message from the original ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' had Kratos revealing he discovered a secret chamber where is hidden the soul of [[spoiler: the god Ares he just defeated]]. Then he considers using it against Zeus. This is never addressed in the sequels and as of the third game, it will never be again since [[spoiler: Zeus and most of the gods are dead]].
* As many have noticed, every central character in ''VideoGame/XenoGears'' besides Fei, Citan, Elly, and Bart is kind of shunted to the side story-wise after the arc they make their first appearance in. One of the more notable instances being Emeralda, who [[spoiler: gets a whole sidequest devoted to her growing up so she can be more useful to her 'father,' Fei, only to fall out of the story for the remainder of the game-]] and that's if you did that sidequest to begin with.
* The english prototype of ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'' that eventually was released in Japan in the CompilationRerelease "MOTHER 1+2" ends with two [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]]: [[spoiler:Giygas/Giegue promises to the hero Ninten that they will meet again and in TheStinger, Ninten's father calls him to inform that "Something new has come up"]]. Neither ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' nor ''VideoGame/Mother3'' address this as they have different main characters and, in fact, aside from [[spoiler:Giygas' origin]], those two games are [[TwoPartTrilogy disjointed from the original]].

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* A secret message from the original ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' had Kratos revealing he discovered a secret chamber where is hidden containing the soul of [[spoiler: the god Ares he just defeated]]. Then he considers using it against Zeus. This is never addressed in the sequels and as of the third game, it will never be again since [[spoiler: Zeus and most of the gods are dead]].
* As many have noticed, every central character in ''VideoGame/XenoGears'' ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' besides Fei, Citan, Elly, and Bart is kind of shunted to the side story-wise after the arc they make their first appearance in. One of the more notable instances being Emeralda, who [[spoiler: gets a whole sidequest devoted to her growing up so she can be more useful to her 'father,' Fei, only to fall out of the story for the remainder of the game-]] and that's if you did that sidequest to begin with.
* The english English prototype of ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'' that eventually was released in Japan in the CompilationRerelease "MOTHER 1+2" ends with two [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]]: [[spoiler:Giygas/Giegue promises to the hero Ninten that they will meet again and in TheStinger, Ninten's father calls him to inform that "Something new has come up"]]. Neither ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' nor ''VideoGame/Mother3'' address this as they have different main characters and, in fact, aside from [[spoiler:Giygas' origin]], those two games are [[TwoPartTrilogy disjointed from the original]].



* When the original hand-drawn vision of ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'' failed to take off, the author decided to make it a ''Franchise/MegaMan'' sprite comic (which, up until that point, had been {{filler}} while the author attempted to work on his drawing skills) with characters and ideas integrated from the original plans. One of the planned storylines for the original comic was an AlienInvasion story feautring a purple shapeshifting alien kidnapping and inpersonating one of the superheroes of the comic. The author intended to incorporate the aliens into the sprite comic, and there are two pieces of foreshadowing as a result -- first, during a storyline in which Mega Man suddenly starts running around in paranoia, [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001106c one strip]] had him exclaim, "Gotta keep running! If I stop, the purple floating aliens will steal my brain!" Later on, during the storyline introducing George into the sprite comic, after he [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001207c tells Mega Man what his life until now was like]], he remarks, "I just hope those pesky aliens didn't follow me here." Of course, the alien invasion was never incorporated into the sprite comic in the end.

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* When the original hand-drawn vision of ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'' failed to take off, the author decided to make it a ''Franchise/MegaMan'' sprite comic (which, up until that point, had been {{filler}} while the author attempted to work on his drawing skills) with characters and ideas integrated from the original plans. One of the planned storylines for the original comic was an AlienInvasion story feautring featuring a purple shapeshifting alien kidnapping and inpersonating impersonating one of the superheroes of the comic. The author intended to incorporate the aliens into the sprite comic, and there are two pieces of foreshadowing as a result -- first, during a storyline in which Mega Man suddenly starts running around in paranoia, [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001106c one strip]] had him exclaim, "Gotta keep running! If I stop, the purple floating aliens will steal my brain!" Later on, during the storyline introducing George into the sprite comic, after he [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001207c tells Mega Man what his life until now was like]], he remarks, "I just hope those pesky aliens didn't follow me here." Of course, the alien invasion was never incorporated into the sprite comic in the end.



** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in [[BizarroEpisode Hateful Comparisons: Vete A La Versh vs. Telegordo]] with "[[Film/IronMan3 The Mandarin]]" [[spoiler: Bator Medina]].

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} in [[BizarroEpisode Hateful Comparisons: Vete A La Versh vs. Telegordo]] with "[[Film/IronMan3 The Mandarin]]" [[spoiler: Bator Medina]].



* On ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' Linkara reviewed the first issue of Malibu's ''[[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter Steet Fighter]]'' comic. He mentioned that he'd review the other to issues at a later date. Unlike other comics he reviews however, the comics were not reviewed again on the show. As mentioned in his IDW ''My Little Pony'' comic review, some fans expressed disapointment in the review due to Linkara not being intimately familiar with the source material.

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* On ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' Linkara reviewed the first issue of Malibu's ''[[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter Steet Fighter]]'' comic. He mentioned that he'd review the other to issues at a later date. Unlike other comics he reviews however, the comics were not reviewed again on the show. As mentioned in his IDW ''My Little Pony'' comic review, some fans expressed disapointment disappointment in the review due to Linkara not being intimately familiar with the source material.






** Aang is required to [[spoiler: let go of Katara so he can master the Avatar state but he never actually does it. He spends more than a whole season agonizing over this because of his major crush on her. The series just has him abruptly and accidentally activate it by [[DeusExMachina hitting a rock with his back]]. This makes absolutely no sense because unlocking the chakras is established as a mental process. The novelization [[HandWave completely glosses over it]] with Aang's thoughts remaining on Katara even as he enters the Avatar state.]] The head writer has explained that this was because he [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended to have Katara end up with Zuko]] but the [[CreativeDifferences creators]] and [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] were against it.
** The season one finale features [[TheHero Aang]] traveling to the spirit world meeting the potent character Koh the Face Stealer, who ominously says "We'll meet again," as Aang leaves. They never did, not even in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' which [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse dealt with nothing but spirits]]. [[AllThereInTheManual In a series of flash games]] that take place between seasons 2 and 3, they do meet again and Koh is more than a little eager to pay Aang back for escaping the last time they met.

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** Aang is required to [[spoiler: let go of Katara so he can master the Avatar state but he never actually does it. He spends more than a whole season agonizing over this because of his major crush on her. The series just has him abruptly and accidentally activate it by [[DeusExMachina hitting a rock with his back]]. This makes absolutely no sense because unlocking the chakras is established as a mental process. The novelization [[HandWave completely glosses over it]] with Aang's thoughts remaining on Katara even as he enters the Avatar state.]] state]]. The head writer has explained that this was because he [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended to have Katara end up with Zuko]] but the [[CreativeDifferences creators]] and [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] were against it.
** The season one finale features [[TheHero Aang]] traveling to the spirit world meeting the potent character Koh the Face Stealer, who ominously says "We'll meet again," as Aang leaves. They never did, not even in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' which [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse dealt with nothing but spirits]]. [[AllThereInTheManual In a series of flash games]] that take place between seasons 2 and 3, they do meet again and Koh is more than a little eager to pay Aang back for escaping the last time they met.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' Season 2 ended with CaptainAmerica and Comicbook/IronMan deciding that they needed to expand the team in order to face bigger threats, and the last shot showed them looking at images of a bunch of potential new recruits like Comicbook/BlackPanther, [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], Comicbook/DoctorStrange, and MoonKnight. The Season 3 premier then opened up with none of these characters as part of the Avengers roster, with Comicbook/TheFalcon offhandedly mentioning that the expansion plan had been cancelled.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' Season 2 ended with CaptainAmerica and Comicbook/IronMan deciding that they needed to expand the team in order to face bigger threats, and the last shot showed them looking at images of a bunch of potential new recruits like Comicbook/BlackPanther, [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], Comicbook/DoctorStrange, and MoonKnight.ComicBook/MoonKnight. The Season 3 premier then opened up with none of these characters as part of the Avengers roster, with Comicbook/TheFalcon offhandedly mentioning that the expansion plan had been cancelled.



** In one episode, [[spoiler:it was revealed that Xander had a [[LongLostRelative long lost twin brother]] named Nearl, who planned to become a villain and seek vengeance on him. Nearl was then promptly shot and killed by Ronnie, who said [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall things were already complicated enough]] without throwing some "EvilTwin bullshit" into the mix.]]

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** In one episode, [[spoiler:it was revealed that Xander had a [[LongLostRelative long lost twin brother]] named Nearl, who planned to become a villain and seek vengeance on him. Nearl was then promptly shot and killed by Ronnie, who said [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall things were already complicated enough]] without throwing some "EvilTwin bullshit" into the mix.]]mix]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' features two of these: the fact that [[NiceGuy Flash Sentry]] used to date [[AlphaBitch Sunset Shimmer]] is mentioned, but never expanded upon (neither character appears on-screen at the same time nor do they make reference to this) in the film or [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks it's]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames sequels]]; and the little plot point of a girl who had been humilliated in the previous Spring Fling, who WordOfDante says it's Rarity (althought a few lines in the film imply it's her).

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' features two of these: the fact that [[NiceGuy Flash Sentry]] used to date [[AlphaBitch Sunset Shimmer]] is mentioned, but never expanded upon (neither character appears on-screen at the same time nor do they make reference to this) in the film or [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks it's]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames sequels]]; and the little plot point of a girl who had been humilliated humiliated in the previous Spring Fling, who WordOfDante says it's Rarity (althought (although a few lines in the film imply it's her).



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' ended with the people of the USA becoming aware of the turtles' existence after the president came face to face with them and mistook them for aliens. This was never mentioned again. More glaringly, an ongoing plot in the series' sixth season, featuring CorruptCorporateExecutive Darius Dun, was aborted when the series was re-retooled and the turtles were sent back into the present.
** A lot of the 2003 TMNT series' story arcs went nowhere due to ExecutiveMeddling. Not only was the sixth season's story (Fast Forward) supposed to continue so that it could wrap up the hanging threads there, but the shoehorned seventh season's story arc (Back to the Sewer) was also supposed to wrap up ALL loose plot threads in an arc called "The Shredder Wars"... before the series was canceled. Granted, the series was then finished off with a mega-crossover love letter to fans TV movie, but that never wrapped up anything other than the final fate of a couple of series regulars.

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episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' ended with the people of the USA becoming aware of the turtles' existence after the president came face to face with them and mistook them for aliens. This was never mentioned again. More glaringly, an ongoing plot in the series' sixth season, featuring CorruptCorporateExecutive Darius Dun, was aborted when the series was re-retooled and the turtles were sent back into the present.
** A lot of the 2003 TMNT series' story arcs went nowhere due to ExecutiveMeddling. Not only was the sixth season's story (Fast Forward) supposed to continue so that it could wrap up the hanging threads there, but the shoehorned seventh season's story arc (Back to the Sewer) was also supposed to wrap up ALL loose plot threads in an arc called "The Shredder Wars"... before the series was canceled. Granted, the series was then finished off with a mega-crossover love letter to fans TV movie, but that never wrapped up anything other than the final fate of a couple of series regulars.



** In the spin-off ''The Ridonculous Race'', several teams that fell victims to the Ice Dancers' cheating, namely Crimson, Ennui, Emma and Kitty, wished that the BigBad duo would get their karma in a bad way. However, when the bag guys got eliminated, they barely got any karma; they were forced to watch their worst enemies (Sanders, [=MacArthur=], Geoff and Brody) win the grand prize.

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** In the spin-off ''The ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace The Ridonculous Race'', Race]]'', several teams that fell victims to the Ice Dancers' cheating, namely Crimson, Ennui, Emma and Kitty, wished that the BigBad duo would get their karma in a bad way. However, when the bag guys got eliminated, they barely got any karma; they were forced to watch their worst enemies (Sanders, [=MacArthur=], Geoff and Brody) win the grand prize.
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** The original series ''itself'' is likely an example of this. The ninth season ("Live Another Day") ends with Jack being hauled off by a bunch of goons to a Russian gulag to be tortured due to his actions over the course of the previous day. Likewise, a DVD bonus feature called "24: Solitary" has Tony Almeida (who is still in prison after being arrested at the end of season 7) being busted out by a female government agent, ostensibly so he can go rescue Jack. In 2015, this setup was scrapped when it was announced that the series would be rebooted as a new story called "24: Legacy", which had no connection to the original series outside of CTU and no involvement from Creator/KieferSutherland (who stated that he was done with the show). However, the confirmation that Tony would appear in ''Legacy'' showed that his arc [[ZigZaggedTrope would at least be continued]].

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** The original series ''itself'' is likely an example of this. The ninth season ("Live Another Day") ''Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay'' ends with Jack being hauled off by a bunch of goons to a Russian gulag to be tortured due to his actions over the course of the previous day. Likewise, a DVD bonus feature called "24: Solitary" has Tony Almeida (who is still in prison after being arrested at the end of season 7) being busted out by a female government agent, ostensibly so he can go rescue Jack. In 2015, this setup was scrapped when it was announced that the series would be rebooted as a new story called "24: Legacy", ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'', which had no connection to the original series outside of CTU and no involvement from Creator/KieferSutherland (who stated that he was done with the show). However, the confirmation that Tony would appear in ''Legacy'' showed that his arc [[ZigZaggedTrope would at least be continued]].
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* A rather odd example in the Creator/TomClancy-verse video game franchises: ''VideoGame/RainbowSix Vegas'' and ''VideoGame/{{HAWX}} 2'' gave hints that the conflicts in those games were being masterminded by some kind of ultra-powerful international organization hellbent on destroying the United States. ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'' then revealed the existence of an AncientConspiracy called "Megiddo" that was bigger than nations, corrupted that game's BigBad, and convinced him to betray his country. But after ''Conviction's'' reveal, Creator/UbiSoft apparently decided to discard this plot device: ''VideoGame/GhostRecon Future Soldier'' (which took place in the same war as ''HAWX 2'') showed that the instigators of that conflict were an arms trafficking group called "Raven's Rock", and ''Splinter Cell Blacklist'' never mentioned Megiddo at all (though it may have brought the idea back vaguely, as the BigBad of that game mentions he is being backed by 12 nations in the ending). ''Rainbow Six: Siege'' and ''VideoGame/GhostReconWildlands'' are multiplayer shooters with [[ExcusePlot not much plot]], and ''VideoGame/TheDivision'' has a completely different story.

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* A rather odd example in the Creator/TomClancy-verse video game franchises: ''VideoGame/RainbowSix Vegas'' and ''VideoGame/{{HAWX}} 2'' gave hints that the conflicts in those games were being masterminded by some kind of ultra-powerful international organization hellbent on destroying the United States. ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'' then revealed the existence of an AncientConspiracy called "Megiddo" that was bigger than nations, corrupted that game's BigBad, and convinced him to betray his country. But after ''Conviction's'' reveal, Creator/UbiSoft apparently decided to discard this plot device: ''VideoGame/GhostRecon Future Soldier'' (which took place in the same war as ''HAWX 2'') showed that the instigators of that conflict were an arms trafficking group called "Raven's Rock", and ''Splinter Cell Blacklist'' never mentioned Megiddo at all (though it may have brought the idea back vaguely, as the BigBad of that game mentions he is being backed by 12 nations in the ending). ''Rainbow Six: Siege'' ''VideoGame/RainbowSixSiege'' and ''VideoGame/GhostReconWildlands'' are multiplayer shooters with [[ExcusePlot not much plot]], and ''VideoGame/TheDivision'' has a completely different story.
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** Many intriguing storylines in ''Warlords of Draenor'' were dropped or cut short due to a troubled development cycle. Examples of stories either cut short or outright removed include Yrel's character arc; the home islands of the Laughing Skull and Ogres; the titular Warlords and the Iron Horde being defeated quickly; and the sub-plot of Cho'gall and his connection to the Void.
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* A rather odd example in the Creator/TomClancy-verse video game franchises: ''VideoGame/RainbowSix Vegas'' and ''VideoGame/{{HAWX}} 2'' gave hints that the conflicts in those games were being masterminded by some kind of ultra-powerful international organization hellbent on destroying the United States. ''VideoGame/SplinterCell Conviction'' then revealed the existence of an AncientConspiracy called "Megiddo" that was bigger than nations, corrupted that game's BigBad, and convinced him to betray his country. But after ''Conviction's'' reveal, Creator/UbiSoft apparently decided to discard this plot device: ''VideoGame/GhostRecon Future Soldier'' (which took place in the same war as ''HAWX 2'') showed that the instigators of that conflict were an arms trafficking group called "Raven's Rock", and ''Splinter Cell Blacklist'' never mentioned Megiddo at all (though it may have brought the idea back vaguely, as the BigBad of that game mentions he is being backed by 12 nations in the ending). ''Rainbow Six: Siege'' and ''Ghost Recon: Wildlands'' are multiplayer shooters with [[ExcusePlot not much plot]], and ''VideoGame/TheDivision'' has a completely different story.

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* A rather odd example in the Creator/TomClancy-verse video game franchises: ''VideoGame/RainbowSix Vegas'' and ''VideoGame/{{HAWX}} 2'' gave hints that the conflicts in those games were being masterminded by some kind of ultra-powerful international organization hellbent on destroying the United States. ''VideoGame/SplinterCell Conviction'' ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'' then revealed the existence of an AncientConspiracy called "Megiddo" that was bigger than nations, corrupted that game's BigBad, and convinced him to betray his country. But after ''Conviction's'' reveal, Creator/UbiSoft apparently decided to discard this plot device: ''VideoGame/GhostRecon Future Soldier'' (which took place in the same war as ''HAWX 2'') showed that the instigators of that conflict were an arms trafficking group called "Raven's Rock", and ''Splinter Cell Blacklist'' never mentioned Megiddo at all (though it may have brought the idea back vaguely, as the BigBad of that game mentions he is being backed by 12 nations in the ending). ''Rainbow Six: Siege'' and ''Ghost Recon: Wildlands'' ''VideoGame/GhostReconWildlands'' are multiplayer shooters with [[ExcusePlot not much plot]], and ''VideoGame/TheDivision'' has a completely different story.
27th Feb '17 5:35:41 AM LaszloZapacik
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* Season 2 of ''Series/Rome'' has something halfway between an Aborted Arc and RedHerringTwist. Vorenus and Pullo's friend and gang colleague, Mascius, builds up visible resentment over the course of the mid-season, annoyed that he remains junior to them despite putting in more work and sacrifice. This appears to happen to explain why, when Vorenus and Pullo realise that there is a mole in their gang betraying them to a rival gang, they suspect Mascius. But the viewer knows all along that the mole is not Mascius, but Vorenus' daughter Vorena (which the viewer knew all along), and Vorenus only briefly suspects Mascius before realising this. The next time we see Mascius, all his resentment appears to have mysteriously gone.

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* Season 2 of ''Series/Rome'' has something halfway between an Aborted Arc and RedHerringTwist. Vorenus and Pullo's friend and gang colleague, Mascius, builds up visible resentment over the course of the mid-season, annoyed that he remains junior to them despite putting in more work and sacrifice. This appears to happen to explain why, when Vorenus and Pullo realise that there is a mole in their gang betraying them to a rival gang, they suspect Mascius. But the viewer knows all along that the mole is not Mascius, but Vorenus' daughter Vorena (which the viewer knew all along), and Vorenus only briefly suspects Mascius before realising this. The next time we see Mascius, all his resentment appears to have mysteriously gone.gone.
** The first half of Season 2 also has an arc centred around Timon, Atia's Jewish bodyguard and previously a peripheral character, rediscovering his religious devotion. WordOfGod says this was supposed to begin an arc showing his interactions with Jesus and the rise of Christianity, but the show never got that far, so Timon just abruptly leaves Rome for Judea mid-season and is never seen again.
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Bound to happen in a shared universe this big, but even then very common. The biggest one is Feral: a story called ''Wild Times'', which would have followed Feral as [[spoiler: he became the avatar of Artemis/Diana, transformed into a girl, went to Whateley and joined up with the New Olympians]], but never got released. There's a small teaser, but that's it- Feral's author dropped off the face of the earth and hasn't been heard from for years.
** The entire universe demonstrates a classic problem with TransformationFiction in general and GenderBender fiction in specific: once the characters have finished their transformations the authors lose interest in them, which is probably why the authors have introduced LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (each with a highly detailed backstory) while the main story arc with Generation 1 had been stalled at the beginning of the second semester for years, and has restarted progression sometime in 2016-2017.
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* Season 2 of ''Series/Rome'' has something halfway between an Aborted Arc and RedHerringTwist. Vorenus and Pullo's friend and gang colleague, Mascius, builds up visible resentment over the course of the mid-season, annoyed that he remains junior to them despite putting in more work and sacrifice. This appears to happen to explain why, when Vorenus and Pullo realise that there is a mole in their gang betraying them to a rival gang, they suspect Mascius. But the viewer knows all along that the mole is not Mascius, but Vorenus' daughter Vorena (which the viewer knew all along), and Vorenus only briefly suspects Mascius before realising this. The next time we see Mascius, all his resentment appears to have mysteriously gone.
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