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9th Dec '17 12:16:31 PM nombretomado
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* The Boom Kids comics based on the old DisneyAfternoon shows. Due to massive ContinuityPorn, they'll only make total sense to people who've seen the shows -- which Creator/{{Disney}} has barely aired at all in the past decade and not at all since 2006. If you're under ''20'', chances are you'll be confused from Issue One.

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* The Boom Kids comics based on the old DisneyAfternoon [[WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon Disney Afternoon]] shows. Due to massive ContinuityPorn, they'll only make total sense to people who've seen the shows -- which Creator/{{Disney}} has barely aired at all in the past decade and not at all since 2006. If you're under ''20'', chances are you'll be confused from Issue One.
6th Dec '17 7:59:34 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie'' is ''very'' heavy on continuity, even picking up from where the intended finale of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', "The Journal", left off (granted in a dream but still). As well as containing callbacks to several previous episodes of the series. Older fans will likely love it, but those just joining in without proper knowledge might be a bit confused considering the real life 13 year gap between this and the series. Especially considering the show only airs on [=TeenNick=] now, which not everyone would have access too and if they do, it airs during hours in which most people would be asleep. Some reviews have stated it was probably a good thing ''The Jungle Movie'' didn't go to theaters for this reason (ironically enough) as the movie [[WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheMovie that did]] was more a standalone adventure.
5th Dec '17 7:02:51 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos is slowly becoming this, particularly WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID with its AlternateRealityGame elements and the miscellaneous Core Theory blogs. Aggravated by the occasional DeadLink.

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* Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos is slowly becoming this, particularly WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID with its AlternateRealityGame elements and the miscellaneous Core Theory blogs. Aggravated by the occasional DeadLink.Administrivia/DeadLink.
1st Dec '17 6:08:29 PM RacattackForce
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* Apparently Creator/LaurenFaust wanted a season-long story arc about [[StarterVillain Nightmare Moon]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', which the [[ExecutiveMeddling higher ups vetoed]] specifically to avert this trope.
** Seems to be headed that way now, however. Six seasons in it was bound to happen. Season one had minimal continuity with the only element that wasn't self-contained after the first two episodes were the Grand Galloping Galla which was referenced on occasion and was visited at the end of the season. Things slowly grew in complexity following Discord's arrival in the second, and the third establishing clear sequel episodes that relied upon previous knowledge. Irreversible status quo altering events like [[spoiler: Discord's redemption, Twilight becoming an alicorn princess, the keys of harmony subplot in season 4, Starlight Glimmer's premiere and finale two-parters in season five and her subsequent HeelFaceTurn, Twilight's house getting destroyed by Tirek who was freed thanks to a throwaway scene in season two as well as Twilight adapting to her new castle home, and episodes that follow up on recurring antagonists]]. That being said, most episodes are stand-alone, but several still require a bit of knowledge from at least the beginning of the season to make any sense.

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* Apparently Creator/LaurenFaust wanted a season-long story arc about [[StarterVillain Nightmare Moon]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', which the [[ExecutiveMeddling higher ups vetoed]] specifically to avert this trope.
** Seems to be headed that way now, however. Six
trope. The series eventually moved away from this, with later seasons in it was bound to happen. Season one had minimal continuity with the only element that wasn't self-contained after the first two episodes were the Grand Galloping Galla which was referenced on occasion and was visited at the end of the season. Things slowly grew in complexity following Discord's arrival in the second, and the third establishing clear sequel episodes that relied upon previous knowledge. Irreversible status quo altering events like [[spoiler: Discord's redemption, Twilight becoming an alicorn princess, the keys of harmony subplot in season 4, Starlight Glimmer's premiere and finale two-parters in season five and her subsequent HeelFaceTurn, Twilight's house getting destroyed by Tirek who was freed thanks to a throwaway scene in season two as well as Twilight adapting to her new castle home, and episodes that follow up on recurring antagonists]]. That being said, most episodes are stand-alone, but several still require a bit of knowledge from at least the beginning of the season to make any sense.having such story arcs.


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** WordOfGod states that while the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic book series]] and ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' are canon, references to these works are explicitly avoided to prevent this trope.
22nd Nov '17 2:50:37 AM TheJayman49
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* A very common problem with {{Crossover Fic}}s. If the reader isn't part of a certain fandom, they may not know who a certain character is or what a certain plot or setting is, since it's from a fandom that they aren't familiar with.

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* This one should be fairly obvious when it comes to general fanworks since, basically, if you're not familiar with its source material, a lot of what's featured or described might not make sense to the reader or viewer.
* A very common problem with {{Crossover Fic}}s.crossover fics. If the reader isn't part of a certain fandom, they may not know who a certain character is or what a certain plot or setting is, since it's from a fandom that they aren't familiar with.
17th Nov '17 2:14:32 PM 64SuperNintendo
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17th Nov '17 2:05:45 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* An early version of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "Secrets of The Stars" would have featured aliens named the Mandragora who had last apppeared on ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the 1970s. This was one of the reasons why they were replaced with the Ancient Lights in the final product; the story would have been relying too much on one from around 30 years ago and thus locked out the young target audience.

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* An early version of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "Secrets of The Stars" would have featured aliens named the Mandragora who had last apppeared appeared on ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the 1970s. This was one of the reasons why they were replaced with the Ancient Lights in the final product; the story would have been relying too much on one from around 30 years ago and thus locked out the young target audience.
14th Nov '17 1:28:18 AM f
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** Also interesting to see how the very faithful HBO TV adaptation ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is handling the uber-serialised, densely-plotted structure and the vast cast of characters in the story. The plot is reproduced quite faithfully and getting lost is easy. Having said that, the TV series benefits from the presence of "PreviouslyOn" intros. They only cover events directly relevant to the current episode, but it still helps. (Also, it seriously helps to have faces and voices to hang onto character names. Even some characters who were [[TheScrappy Scrappies]] in the books are getting a better reception on screen.)
*** They aren't above combining characters and changing or simplifying plots to make each ''season'' more self-contained though. While the books pass from one to the next with barely a hiccup the seasons released so far have a distinctive beginning, middle, and end.
9th Nov '17 11:50:11 AM Monolaf317
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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': The number of views of each consecutive episode on YouTube decrease sharply because of this trope; this comedy series had evolved into a plot-heavy {{Dramedy}} by the start of Season 3.



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6th Nov '17 12:34:13 PM chopshop
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* ''WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombinerWars'' manages to do this despite being set in its own exclusive continuity and only a half hour long. It constantly flings about references to prior ''Transformers'' lore without ever stopping to explain what it all means. Even worse, ''Transformers'' is a franchise that relies heavily on alternate universes and continuities and elements vary greatly from series to series, meaning [[UpToEleven even hardcore fans had trouble telling what was supposed to be going on]].


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* Explicitly lampshaded in the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' BigDamnMovie. The opening musical number tells you upfront that the movie is celebratory affair with a lot of ContinuityPorn, so if you haven't watched the show you'll be totally lost. It also gently deconstructs this a bit, pointing out that if you're jumping in this late and skipping all the previous episodes, you really have no one to blame but yourself for being confused.
-->"Do not explain the plot! If you don't understand, than you should not be here!"
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