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19th Apr '18 9:52:47 PM TeraChimera
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* The [[Film/MissionImpossible first]] [[Film/MissionImpossibleII three]] [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII movies]] in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' were each largely self-contained, connected only by Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames. However, a few characters carried over from ''III'' to ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Ghost Protocol]]''; Simon Pegg's character Benji was elevated from a minor character to a team member and Brandt's backstory involves the [[spoiler:faked, but he doesn't know that]] death of Ethan's wife from ''III''. ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation Rogue Nation]]'' has even more continuity, with the bulk of characters from the previous film returning in supporting roles, Benji getting even more focus, and a major subplot dealing with the fallout from the previous movie.
26th Mar '18 4:08:10 PM theknack101
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* Inverted with the anime version of ''Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront''. The first season had an ongoing arc throughout the season that was an anime original. Season 2 however was purely episodic with two unrelated two parters being the only big continuity. That said, there are nods to previous events all over the place even with the episodic nature. And the manga itself has thus far remained purely episodic.
24th Feb '18 7:16:28 AM AtticusOmundson
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The original ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' started off as a real AdventureTown-type show, with Ed and Al travelling to various places throughout the country and solving various problems. As more and more of the plot began to unravel, however, the series began shifting into telling one, continuous story with almost no breaks or time leaps in-between episodes.

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* The original ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' started off as a real AdventureTown-type show, with Ed and Al travelling to various places throughout the country and solving various problems. As more and more of the plot began to unravel, however, the series began shifting into telling one, continuous story with almost no breaks or time leaps in-between episodes.
24th Feb '18 7:16:20 AM AtticusOmundson
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The original ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' started off as a real AdventureTown-type show, with Ed and Al travelling to various places throughout the country and solving various problems. As more and more of the plot began to unravel, however, the series began shifting into telling one, continuous story with almost no breaks or time leaps in-between episodes.
17th Feb '18 4:33:24 PM 64SuperNintendo
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13th Dec '17 7:01:31 PM HarpieSiren
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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 HarmlessVillain 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 HarmlessVillain in ''Superstar Saga'' to the BigBad of ''Paper Jam''. Luigi also goes through minor character development, becoming a little more bold and not ''quite'' as cowardly as the series progresses.
17th Nov '17 4:03:51 PM erforce
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* The original ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' takes place in an unspecified location ("Every town has an Elm Street.") and antagonist Fred Krueger is a mysterious figure, with his ability to terrorize in dreams left relatively unexplained. A very effective Horror film in its own right, the sequels (of varying quality) developed the mythology around the character, gradually revealing the central location as Springwood, Ohio, as well as Krueger's history and tried to provide some detail as to how he gained his ability to enter dreams. They also eventually confirmed the original implications that he was a pedophile, which the earlier films could not explore. (This was all, of course, coupled with the more [[Flanderization familiar incarnation of "Freddy" as a comedic killer]], so hardly perfect.)
* The ''Franchise/Halloween'' underwent this, with the original film being an effective and suspenseful Horror film on its own, and the [[Film:HalloweenII1981 first sequel]] continuing the story, intending to conclude the Michael Myers storyline, while revealing that [[spoiler:Laurie Strode is Michael's long-lost sister, who doesn't know about the familial relationship between them]]. When later films returned to the character, they tried to add increasing complexity that many audiences felt reduced the menace of the central character. Although the series has since been rebooted more than once, the reveal has long been respected as canon, and elements of the fourth through sixth films, such have been alluded to as well.

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* The original ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' takes place in an unspecified location ("Every town has an Elm Street.") and antagonist Fred Freddy Krueger is a mysterious figure, with his ability to terrorize in dreams left relatively unexplained. A very effective Horror film in its own right, the sequels (of varying quality) developed the mythology around the character, gradually revealing the central location as Springwood, Ohio, as well as Krueger's history and tried to provide some detail as to how he gained his ability to enter dreams. They also eventually confirmed the original implications that he was a pedophile, which the earlier films could not explore. (This was all, of course, coupled with the more [[Flanderization [[{{Flanderization}} familiar incarnation of "Freddy" as a comedic killer]], so hardly perfect.)
* The ''Franchise/Halloween'' ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' underwent this, with the [[Film/Halloween1978 original film film]] being an effective and suspenseful Horror film on its own, and the [[Film:HalloweenII1981 [[Film/HalloweenII1981 first sequel]] continuing the story, intending to conclude the Michael Myers storyline, while revealing that [[spoiler:Laurie Strode is Michael's long-lost sister, who doesn't know about the familial relationship between them]]. When later films returned to the character, they tried to add increasing complexity that many audiences felt reduced the menace of the central character. Although the series has since been rebooted more than once, the reveal has long been respected as canon, and elements of the fourth through sixth films, such have been alluded to as well.
21st Oct '17 6:00:02 AM JVM
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* The original ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' takes place in an unspecified location ("Every town has an Elm Street.") and antagonist Fred Krueger is a mysterious figure, with his ability to terrorize in dreams left relatively unexplained. A very effective Horror film in its own right, the sequels (of varying quality) developed the mythology around the character, gradually revealing the central location as Springwood, Ohio, as well as Krueger's history and tried to provide some detail as to how he gained his ability to enter dreams. They also eventually confirmed the original implications that he was a pedophile, which the earlier films could not explore. (This was all, of course, coupled with the more [[Flanderization familiar incarnation of "Freddy" as a comedic killer]], so hardly perfect.)
* The ''Franchise/Halloween'' underwent this, with the original film being an effective and suspenseful Horror film on its own, and the [[Film:HalloweenII1981 first sequel]] continuing the story, intending to conclude the Michael Myers storyline, while revealing that [[spoiler:Laurie Strode is Michael's long-lost sister, who doesn't know about the familial relationship between them]]. When later films returned to the character, they tried to add increasing complexity that many audiences felt reduced the menace of the central character. Although the series has since been rebooted more than once, the reveal has long been respected as canon, and elements of the fourth through sixth films, such have been alluded to as well.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' started off random adventures parodying Johnny Quest by Season II it all became interlocking and connecting stories, some of which purposely aired out of order.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' started off random adventures parodying Johnny Quest Quest, by Season II the second season it all became interlocking and connecting stories, some of which purposely aired out of order.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' did this in later seasons, when they had enough previous material to do so. One of the antagonists or one of Timmy's previous wishes gone wrong returns for revenge on occasion. This is especially prevalent in the episode concerning Unwish Island.
* If the first few episodes of the third season are any indication, ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has finally become a show all about referencing itself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' did fell into this in later seasons, for a period, when they realized they had enough previous material to do so. One of the antagonists or one of so, with multiple episodes featuring Timmy's previous wishes gone wrong returns returning for revenge on occasion. This is especially prevalent in the episode concerning Unwish Island.
Island, as well as Timmy's Secret Wish and the Wishology trilogy. Since around the latter, however, these stories have declined back to the more familiar episodic structure with relatively little ongoing continuity, save a few references in the tenth season to Timmy's Dad suddenly becoming rich.
* If From the first few episodes of the third season are any indication, onward, ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has had finally become became a show all about referencing itself.



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' starts going in this direction after second season finale, which gave the series a good case of CerebusSyndrome. As of season 5, the series has a long list of {{sequel episode}}s.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' starts began going in this direction after second season finale, which gave although the process was relatively gradual at first, with mythology episodes being separated by relatively typical adventures by the show's standard By the fifth season, however, the series began to suffer from a good severe case of CerebusSyndrome. As of season 5, the series has CerebusSyndrome and building up a long list of {{sequel episode}}s.episode}}s as well as flashbacks and ongoing story arcs, with fewer episodes able to stand on their own, culminating in three mini-series - Stakes, Islands and Elements.



* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' still remains episodic for the most part, but it began to revisit previously established plot elements and build upon them more readily after its second season. There has also been a much larger emphasis on story arcs concerning character relationships since the fourth season.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' still remains remained episodic for the most part, of its run, but it began to revisit previously established plot elements and build upon them more readily after its second season. There has also been was a much larger emphasis on story arcs concerning character relationships since the fourth season.season. The final season, "Regular Show InSpace " was fully serialized.



* ''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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* ''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 that primarily occurs over four episodes, but still concerns many of the self-contained episodes are in some way related to.stories as well, without causing ContinuityLockout .



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is an unusual example. For 17 seasons it mostly had no continuity, save for the very rare CallBack; heck, just look at its [[TheyKilledKennyAgain most famous joke]]. After creating the {{Continuity Cavalcade}} that was ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth,'' however, the creators seem to have gotten a taste for it. Season 18 was mostly episodic, but featured numerous nods to earlier events in the season, with some subplots continuing throughout; season 19 had more continuity, with each episode contributing to an overall arc about PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. Season 20 is basically one long story broken up into 10 episodes, but proved too ambitious for its own good, especially when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actual presidential election]] messed up the creators' planned story line. Season 21 seems to be back at Season 18's level.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is an a very unusual example. For 17 seasons it mostly had no continuity, save While most famous for the very rare CallBack; heck, just look at its [[TheyKilledKennyAgain most famous joke]]. killing off the same character repeatedly in amusing ways]] despite all continuity, early seasons actually had a number of small continuity nods, as well as ongoing storylines concerning teacher Mr. Garrison, which often played as subplots in otherwise standalone episodes. After creating the {{Continuity Cavalcade}} that was ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth,'' sixth season, which featured multiple minor arcs, the show began veering a little closer to StatusQuoIsGod although still with the occasional CallBack or RunningGag scene. More famously, however, it experimented with ongoing storylines from the creators seem eighteenth to have gotten a taste for it. Season 18 twentieth seasons.
**The sixth season, again,
was particularly filled with story arcs, mostly episodic, but relating to the fallout from Kenny's "permanent" death the previous season and the boys' efforts to move past it by hanging out with Butters, Tweek, and eventually Kenny's spirit trapped in Cartman's body. Another storyline considers the death of Ms. Choksondik and Mr. Garrison's promotion to Fourth Grade Teacher as he comes to terms with his sexuality and finally discards his SentientPuppet Mr. Hat.
**The second half of the twelfth season
featured numerous nods a few common threads, with the main boys confronting their own unpopularity at school across four episodes in "Breast Cancer Show Ever", the "Pandemic" duology, and "Elementary School Musical". None of this is intentional, and the episodes stand on their own.
**The eighteenth season unintentionally fell under this. "Gluten Free Ebola" only happened
to earlier events in carry from the previous episode for convenience, but a RunningGag involving Randy Marsh lying about knowing the musician Lorde, and being forced to impersonate her, was mistaken by a journalist for suggesting he and Lorde were one and the same. The next episode featured a reporter by the same name uncovering that Lorde is indeed Randy's alter-ego. This became a running gag throughout the season, with some subplots continuing throughout; and ArcWelding brought this and many other gags together for the season's final two episodes, which tried to create a cohesive storyline. Multiple episodes also happened to comment on issues in technology as well. Matt and Trey flat-out admit on the commentary this all happened accidentally at first. (So, really, the first eight episodes can mostly stand on their own.)
**The nineteenth
season 19 had more featured heavier continuity, with each episode contributing introducing new character PC Principal to kick off an overall arc about PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. Season 20 PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad - however, again, the first seven episodes mostly focus on their own subject matter and stand alone, with topics such as the upcoming presidential campaign and Yaoi fan art. Like the previous season, the final three episodes of the season tried to tie everything together into one cohesive storyline, though the final episode maintains its own theme on gun rights as well. The season is basically often described as serialized due to the ongoing themes.
**The twentieth season was infamously fully serialized, with
one long story broken storyline broke up into 10 over ten episodes, but with only a few carrying individual identity. The concept proved too ambitious for its own good, especially when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actual presidential election]] messed up the creators' planned story line. Season line, resulting in an AbortedArc and a conclusion for the other threads that many did not find satisfying. Even the final two episodes themselves made fun of the show's serialization
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21 seems to be back at Season 18's level. have returned to the show's StatusQuoIsGod days, with one RunningGag but little else for continuity.
**The episodes "200" and "201", as well as ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' were all willing to utilize {{Continuity Cavalcade}} to their full advantage as love letters to the shows' fans, and the latter was seen as driving the show's swing towards serialization.
18th Oct '17 2:30:09 PM elenaisabel722
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* Craig Gerber's two shows, ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' and its spin off series, ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' , both follow this. Regarding the former, it started out with simple one and done stories with the occasional callback. Most episodes from season 2 onward build off of previous episodes in some way. This is taken up to eleven in seasons 3 and 4, with the Secret Library and Mystic Isles arcs. In the case of the latter, though it maintains the same TV-Y rating as Sofia, it has a much tighter story arc starting at the beginning. It has standalone episodes, but sequel episodes and continuity callbacks are increasingly more common.
11th Oct '17 6:49:32 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is an unusual example. For 17 seasons it mostly had no continuity, save for the very rare CallBack; heck, just look at its [[TheyKilledKennyAgain most famous joke]]. After creating the {{Continuity Cavalcade}} that was ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth,'' however, the creators seem to have gotten a taste for it. Season 18 was mostly episodic, but featured numerous nods to earlier events in the season, with some subplots continuing throughout; season 19 had more continuity, with each episode contributing to an overall arc about PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. Season 20 is basically one long story broken up into 10 episodes, but proved too ambitious for its own good, especially when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actual presidential election]] messed up the creators' planned story line. Season 21 seems to be back at Season 18's level.
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