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20th Feb '17 12:27:43 PM mario0987
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* Although the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games have never had any overarching plot line, they've gradually accumulated enough {{Continuity Nod}}s that there is a clear serial progression between games. ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Partners in Time]]'' has the least amount of references to its predecessor, ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Superstar Saga]]'', with a cameo appearance by TheDragon of the previous game being the only significant plot connection. ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]'' had many more connections, with the aforementioned Dragon becoming the BigBad and the plot of ''Partners in Time'' being mentioned several times in side quests. ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam Dream Team]]'' has the most connections with its predecessors, with the FairyCompanion of ''Bowser's Inside Story'' filling the role once again, the Block-like Broque Monsieur and Broque Madame revealed to be members of an entire Brock race, Beanbean Kingdom races being prominently featured again, Bowser retaining his leitmotif and VacuumMouth from the previous game, and the RunningGag about Bowser being unable to remember Luigi's name finally getting resolution by the end.

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* Although the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games have never had any overarching plot line, they've gradually accumulated enough {{Continuity Nod}}s that there is a clear serial progression between games. ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Partners in Time]]'' has the least amount of references to its predecessor, ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Superstar Saga]]'', with a cameo appearance by TheDragon of the previous game being the only significant plot connection. ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]'' had many more connections, with the aforementioned Dragon becoming the BigBad and the plot of ''Partners in Time'' being mentioned several times in side quests. ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam Dream Team]]'' has the most connections with its predecessors, with the FairyCompanion of ''Bowser's Inside Story'' filling the role once again, the Block-like Broque Monsieur and Broque Madame revealed to be members of an entire Brock race, Beanbean Kingdom races being prominently featured again, Bowser retaining his leitmotif and VacuumMouth from the previous game, and the RunningGag about Bowser being unable to remember Luigi's name finally getting resolution by the end. ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam Paper Jam]]'' dials back some of this but does make reference to games outside the Mario and Luigi series (Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for example), brings back characters that have not appeared for a while (Toadette and King Bomb-omb) and gives some of them a lot of characterisation like the Koopalings (in comparison to past portrayals anyway). The games also have a minor character arc for Bowser where he goes from a HarmlessVillian in ''Superstar Saga'' to the BigBad of ''Paper Jam''.
19th Feb '17 3:57:24 PM bt8257
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In a comedy show, this trope is often a symptom of CerebusSyndrome, but it can occur independently. In a dramatic or action-adventure show, it's often a sign of GrowingTheBeard. ArcWelding is this trope applied retroactively. "Too much" may result in ContinuityPorn. See also KudzuPlot, when instead of a series sprouting references to past events, it sprouts open-ended mysteries for use in future events. Often more noticeable in a {{Long Runner|s}}. Generally averts AesopAmnesia and StatusQuoIsGod.

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In a comedy show, this trope is often a symptom of CerebusSyndrome, but it can occur independently. In a dramatic or action-adventure show, it's often a sign of GrowingTheBeard. ArcWelding is this trope applied retroactively. "Too much" may result in ContinuityPorn. See also KudzuPlot, when instead of a series sprouting references to past events, it sprouts open-ended mysteries for use in future events. Often more noticeable in a {{Long Runner|s}}.LongRunners. Generally averts AesopAmnesia and StatusQuoIsGod.

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11th Jan '17 1:46:29 AM Orbiting
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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'' was mostly self-contained and humorous antics early on, though by #7 the different comics were interconnected enough (with on-going and complex storylines) that the authors started including links to prior installments in TheRant.
25th Nov '16 10:13:21 AM ZombieAladdin
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* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has a pretty pronounced case. Season 1's episodes are all completely independent of each other, with continuity limited to featured characters making background appearances later on. Later seasons would have episodes that build upon previous episodes, most notably "[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E11BlythesBigIdea Blythe's Big Idea]]", which serves mainly as setup for at least five episodes later into the season. In addition, each season finale has Blythe make a leap in her status in the fashion world, and the following season's episodes are written with that in mind. By Season 4, the entire season would become one big StoryArc with numerous references to the previous three seasons.
22nd Aug '16 9:04:21 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began as a series of isolated stories set in various AdventureTowns in time and space (although the characters did evolve throughout the season). However, the second season saw its first major reference to the past in the form of the return of the Daleks, after they had all died, with the HandWave explanation that this adventure took place ''before'' their destruction. This and future seasons saw an increasing number of recurring elements and characters. It wasn't until the seventies that the narratives started to become definitely interconnected, and in the eighties this turned into ContinuityLockOut and ContinuityPorn. The new series, while still containing series and multi-series long arcs (with a few stand-alones) has dialed back on the ContinuityLockOut, if not completely. That is until Creator/StevenMoffat took over New Who in season 5. Since then, all of the seasons have been connected by a long over-arching story about the identity of The Doctor and new orders and secret organizations seeing him as a threat.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began as a series of isolated stories set in various AdventureTowns in time and space (although the characters did evolve throughout the season). However, the second season saw its first major reference to the past in the form of the return of the Daleks, after they had all died, with the HandWave explanation that this adventure took place ''before'' their destruction. This and future seasons saw an increasing number of recurring elements and characters. It wasn't until the seventies that the narratives started to become definitely interconnected, and in the eighties this turned into ContinuityLockOut and ContinuityPorn. The new series, while still containing series and multi-series long arcs (with a few stand-alones) has dialed back on the ContinuityLockOut, if not completely. That is until Creator/StevenMoffat took over New Who in season 5. Since then, all of the seasons have been connected by a long over-arching story about the identity of The the Doctor and new orders and secret organizations seeing him as a threat.
22nd Aug '16 9:03:55 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' started off with no continuity between seasons, but in the later seasons ''Freak Show'' has links to ''Asylum'', while ''Hotel'' has links to the very first story ''Murder House'' and had a character from ''Coven'' [[BackForTheDead reappear to get killed off]].
8th Aug '16 7:31:58 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards.

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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards. The in-universe justification is that all of the old-school wizards killed each other off.
23rd Jul '16 10:55:17 PM Phys101
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* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' had little to no regard to continuity in its earlier years. But extended story arcs began taking shape before so long. And old throw-away gags from earlier days have also been brought back and expanded upon, including Squigley's ability to [[WrongContextMagic fly his couch while high]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' had little to no regard to continuity in its earlier years. But extended story arcs began taking shape before so long. And old throw-away gags from earlier days have also been brought back and expanded upon, including Squigley's ability to [[WrongContextMagic fly his couch while high]].high]] and Criminy not thinking to call Amber back after their date.
24th May '16 7:48:15 PM Kid
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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (Who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (Who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (Who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards.

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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (Who's (who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (Who's (who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (Who's (who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards.
25th Mar '16 10:57:38 AM DreadedDuck500
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' Season 1 is comprised of goofy standalone stories with a just pinch of continuity present in a few episodes, mainly the later ones. Season 2 has a MythArc which even a lot of the self-contained episodes are in some way related to.
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