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24th Jun '17 2:27:30 PM nombretomado
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* In a way, the "Zenithia trilogy" of ''Franchise/DragonQuest'' (games IV - VI). Despite large differences in the world maps of the games, the lack of connections between the games' plots, and there being very few ties between IV and V and almost none between VI and the other two, fans did argue that there were faint clues that the three games took place in the same continuity (like the Loto/Erdrick trilogy that comprises the first three games). This was even after [[WordOfGod series creator Yuji Horii said in an interview that]] the three games were intended to only be linked by the recurring appearance of a heavenly location named Zenithia. However, with the DS remakes, it's now official that the three games do take place in the same continuity, especially with [[spoiler: a bonus quest in VI spelling it out that IV and then V take place in the future after VI]].

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* In a way, the "Zenithia trilogy" of ''Franchise/DragonQuest'' ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' (games IV - VI). Despite large differences in the world maps of the games, the lack of connections between the games' plots, and there being very few ties between IV and V and almost none between VI and the other two, fans did argue that there were faint clues that the three games took place in the same continuity (like the Loto/Erdrick trilogy that comprises the first three games). This was even after [[WordOfGod series creator Yuji Horii said in an interview that]] the three games were intended to only be linked by the recurring appearance of a heavenly location named Zenithia. However, with the DS remakes, it's now official that the three games do take place in the same continuity, especially with [[spoiler: a bonus quest in VI spelling it out that IV and then V take place in the future after VI]].
21st Jun '17 12:48:18 AM DrPsyche
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' began as a fairly episodic MonsterOfTheWeek show where Steven and the Gems fight creatures, solve mysteries, and deal with personal relationships. As the first season continued a MythArc started to build with the mid season finale hinting at a greater plot. From there the plot has grown exponentially, with various character moments coming back and several innocuous background events gaining greater relevance. The protagonists meet more concrete recurring antagonists and even creatures like the monster defeated in the pilot make a few returns to further explore the show's backstory.
21st Jun '17 12:07:58 AM Nulono
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* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' is another comedy achieving this status through reoccurring jokes. The first episode is little more than a collection of random gags with some amusing quips about the source episode's plot. Over time however, many of it's best early jokes were referenced such as Fluttershy's status as a cult leader with Rarity as a follower, Applejack's war crimes, Pinkie's gypsy powers, Sweetie Belle is a robot, Twilight's villainous plans etc, and crafted a fairly coherent story with distinct characters. All while warping the original episode's plot into something barely unrecognizable from its source.

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* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' is another comedy achieving this status through reoccurring jokes. The first episode is little more than a collection of random gags with some amusing quips about the source episode's plot. Over time however, many of it's its best early jokes were referenced such as Fluttershy's status as a cult leader with Rarity as a follower, Applejack's war crimes, Pinkie's gypsy powers, Sweetie Belle is a robot, Twilight's villainous plans etc, and crafted a fairly coherent story with distinct characters. All while warping the original episode's plot into something barely unrecognizable from its source.
5th Jun '17 5:31:05 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has generally gone for a HalfArcSeason format, but as it went on, the arc episodes became more numerous, and the standalone episodes got rarer and rarer. The Anubis arc was a particularly notable example, as it lasted for two entire seasons.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has generally gone for a HalfArcSeason format, but as it went on, the arc episodes became more numerous, and the standalone episodes got rarer and rarer. The Anubis arc was a particularly notable example, as it lasted for two entire several seasons.
21st May '17 10:50:51 PM GamerSlyRatchet
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* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' started out as a comedic series of stand-alone episodes with some callbacks and continuity. The end of the second season introduced a dramatic cliffhanger that led to a mini-arc regarding Julien's parents the following season. After that, a seemingly-minor BrickJoke ended up becoming a major plot point in the last few episodes of season four, which ended in another cliffhanger that sets up the fifth season, ''Exiled'', which features a large StoryArc that resolves said cliffhanger.
15th May '17 12:44:07 PM HeroicJay
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* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' was a simple gag comic about RPG clichés at first. Continuity creeped in little by little, starting with introducing more party members for the team, and later with story arcs about the Eternals, Khrima's generals, and the elemental relics. Minor characters who seemed to exist only for simple jokes (Gildward[[note]]who initially didn't even have a name[[/note]], Spybot, Chookie, Cody, Argent[[note]]whose proper name was never revealed[[/note]], etc.) started recurring and became significant, and many had backstories revealed.
15th May '17 11:50:27 AM Silverblade2
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had little continuity before its cancellation in 2004. It mostly followed the StrictlyFormula of Jack either trying to go back to the past (and failing), defeating merceneries sent by Aku or resolving a local problem. In fact, the Scottman was the only recuring character besides Jack and Aku. When the show was revived in 2017, it became a serial story with many characters returning.
7th May '17 4:18:32 PM Prime32
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The first few games had no continuity, to the point that no one is entirely certain whether the sixth is a ContinuityReboot or not. The next few included characters from and references to earlier games, but it still didn't amount to much. Then we got some serious attempts at world building around the time of the tenth game, and the plots of the games have been increasingly linked since.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The first few games had no continuity, to the point that no one is entirely certain whether the sixth is a ContinuityReboot or not. The next few included characters from and references to earlier games, and were accompanied by some [[Manga/TouhouSangetsusei manga]] and [[Literature/TouhouKourindouCuriositiesOfLotusAsia short stories]] in the same setting, but it still didn't amount to much. Then we got some serious attempts at world building around the time of the tenth game, and the plots of the games official releases, videogame or otherwise, have been increasingly linked since.
2nd May '17 10:11:09 PM ElectroKraken
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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''.

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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 HarmlessVillain in ''Superstar Saga'' to the BigBad of ''Paper Jam''.
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''.
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