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10th Aug '17 8:51:48 PM RoarkTenjouin
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* ''Anime/BakuganBattleBrawlers'' actually kept the story going until the evoluton arc, where everyone gets an upgrade, and the audience has to wait several episodes before the actual story resumes.

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* ''Anime/BakuganBattleBrawlers'' actually kept the story going until the evoluton evolution arc, where everyone gets an upgrade, and the audience has to wait several episodes before the actual story resumes.


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* As of the end of the anime adaptation of ''Diamond is Unbreakable'', the TV series adaptation of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has completely averted this trope - although this is mainly because no TV series adaptation had been made prior to the 2012 series[[note]]although an OVA adaptation of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'' and a theatrical film adaptation of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood'' had been made prior, the 2012 adaptation was the first TV series to be made adapting the manga, and the first time that ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' had ever been adapted at all[[/note]], and the manga's first part began publishing in 1987, with 7 parts completed, and the 8th having begun publication less than a year prior, at the time the first TV series anime (adapting the first 2 parts) began airing. Barring David Productions skipping ahead to part 8 instead of adapting parts 5-7 or series mangaka Creator/HirohikoAraki putting the series on hiatus until the anime has caught up, the series will likely continue to avert this trope until it catches up with the source material.
30th Jul '17 5:30:51 PM MyFinalEdits
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In most cases, the defining aspect of filler is the [[StatusQuoIsGod ''lack'' of series momentum]]. Filler can be safely ignored without any loss of important information. However, there is also a style of filler called the "single upgrade filler". This uses a filler episode to introduce a new power, machine, costume, minor character, etc. without having to work it into the greater narrative. In these cases, the episode can be ignored outside of "something got an upgrade".

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In most cases, the defining aspect of filler is the [[StatusQuoIsGod ''lack'' lack of series momentum]]. Filler can be safely ignored without any loss of important information. However, there is also a style of filler called the "single upgrade filler". This uses a filler episode to introduce a new power, machine, costume, minor character, etc. without having to work it into the greater narrative. In these cases, the episode can be ignored outside of "something got an upgrade".



Compare FakeLongevity and SideQuest, the video game equivalents. For filler in WebComics, see FillerStrips. For filler in {{Music}} albums, see AlbumFiller.

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Compare FakeLongevity FakeLongevity, GaidenGame and SideQuest, the video game equivalents. For filler in WebComics, see FillerStrips. For filler in {{Music}} albums, see AlbumFiller.



* The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime only starts a new game-based arc on the day the games in question are released, in Japan at least. This has led to lots of filler episodes. The Johto arc is a bit of a BrokenBase due to the many filler episodes and poor pacing since it had no B-Plot to fall back due to the GS Ball subplot being aborted, so no recurring plot element before the next region. The Hoenn arc, however, was considered an improvement, as May's quest was given the same importance as Ash's and thus there were able to get [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two storylines worth of episodes]] and need less filler. The Battle Frontier arc was a mixed bag, due to uneven placement of the filler episodes.

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* The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime only starts a new game-based arc on the day the games in question are released, in Japan at least. This has led to lots of filler episodes. episodes.
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The Johto arc is a bit of a BrokenBase due to the many filler episodes and poor pacing since it had no B-Plot to fall back due to the GS Ball subplot being aborted, so no recurring plot element before the next region.region. According to math, Johto comprises 50% filler (incomparison, the Sinnoh arc is only 20% filler despite being ''much'' longer overall). The Hoenn arc, however, was considered an improvement, as May's quest was given the same importance as Ash's and thus there were able to get [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two storylines worth of episodes]] and need less filler. The Battle Frontier arc was a mixed bag, due to uneven placement of the filler episodes.



** According to math, Johto comprises 50% filler. Surprisingly, the Sinnoh arc is only 20% filler.



* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' anime in the first season has a lot of filler episodes. This, however, proves to be very important when it comes to CharacterDevelopment. It also borrows several elements used in the manga too.
** And then on the second season there's everything involving [[FillerVillain Nova]].

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* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' anime in the first season has a lot of filler episodes. This, however, proves to be very important when it comes to CharacterDevelopment. It also borrows several elements used in the manga too.
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too. And then on the second season there's everything involving [[FillerVillain Nova]].



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' had an 'Intermission Arc' which focused on the AlternateUniverse {{Evil Counterpart}}s to the ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' team: the Midnight Crew. [[spoiler: It's a subversion: The Midnight Crew is actually agents from another game played by another race, and are actually are larger part of the plot then originally hinted at.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' had ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** There is
an 'Intermission Arc' which focused focuses on the AlternateUniverse {{Evil Counterpart}}s to the ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' team: the Midnight Crew. [[spoiler: It's a subversion: The Midnight Crew is actually agents from another game played by another race, and are actually are larger part of the plot then originally hinted at.]]
29th Jul '17 8:58:26 PM EverythingisAwful
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* The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime only starts a new game-based arc on the day the games in question are released, in Japan at least. This has led to lots of filler episodes. The Johto arc is a bit of a BroeknBase due to the many filler episodes and poor pacing since it had no B-Plot to fall back due to the GS Ball subplot being aborted, so no recurring plot element before the next region. The Hoenn arc, however, was considered an improvement, as May's quest was given the same importance as Ash's and thus there were able to get [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two storylines worth of episodes]] and need less filler. The Battle Frontier arc was a mixed bag, due to uneven placement of the filler episodes.

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* The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime only starts a new game-based arc on the day the games in question are released, in Japan at least. This has led to lots of filler episodes. The Johto arc is a bit of a BroeknBase BrokenBase due to the many filler episodes and poor pacing since it had no B-Plot to fall back due to the GS Ball subplot being aborted, so no recurring plot element before the next region. The Hoenn arc, however, was considered an improvement, as May's quest was given the same importance as Ash's and thus there were able to get [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two storylines worth of episodes]] and need less filler. The Battle Frontier arc was a mixed bag, due to uneven placement of the filler episodes.
29th Jul '17 8:57:53 PM EverythingisAwful
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* The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime only starts a new game-based arc on the day the games in question are released, in Japan at least. This has led to lots of filler episodes. The Johto arc is considered terrible due to the many bad filler episodes and poor pacing since it had no B-Plot to fall back on before the next region. The Hoenn arc, however, was considered an improvement, as May's quest was given the same importance as Ash's and thus there were able to get [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two storylines worth of episodes]] and need less filler. The Battle Frontier arc was a mixed bag, due to uneven placement of the filler episodes.
** Early on, many filler episodes were simply the result of a carnival being in the town ''juuuust'' as Ash and co. arrived. Other times, it was due to them getting lost because no-one could read the map properly, or ending up in a town that wasn't present in the games.

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* The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime only starts a new game-based arc on the day the games in question are released, in Japan at least. This has led to lots of filler episodes. The Johto arc is considered terrible a bit of a BroeknBase due to the many bad filler episodes and poor pacing since it had no B-Plot to fall back on due to the GS Ball subplot being aborted, so no recurring plot element before the next region. The Hoenn arc, however, was considered an improvement, as May's quest was given the same importance as Ash's and thus there were able to get [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two storylines worth of episodes]] and need less filler. The Battle Frontier arc was a mixed bag, due to uneven placement of the filler episodes.
** Early on, many filler episodes were simply the result of a carnival being in the town ''juuuust'' as Ash and co. arrived. Other times, it was due to them getting lost because no-one could read the map properly, or ending up in a town that wasn't present in the games.games, which is reasonable, as it expands the world far beyond the original games, which had limits due to hardware.
26th Jul '17 6:41:07 AM theLibrarian
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* Tolkein's ''TheLordOfTheRings'' has a lot of these, mainly in the first book, as Frodo sits on the Ring for ''years'' before Gandalf returns. He also buys a new house and leaves Hobbiton, where he lives for several ''more'' years before the plot actually gets moving. Not to mention the WackyWaysideTribe that is Tom Bombadil, where Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin stay with them for a while, add nothing to the plot, and then move on.
9th May '17 11:09:52 AM RandomGuy32
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* The Bohrok-Kal, 2003's winter setline from ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''. They were noting more than {{Palette Swap}}s of the previous year's enemy sets and their story was essentially a half year-long extension of 2002's Bohrok Saga (though it wasn't exactly filler). The line was probably produced to give {{LEGO}} enough time to prepare for the movie and the tie-in toys released later that year, although it reportedly affected their profits pretty badly -- however that was partly because no regular-sized hero sets were released that year and other LEGO lines also performed poorly at that time.

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* The Bohrok-Kal, 2003's winter setline from ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''. They were noting nothing more than {{Palette Swap}}s of the previous year's enemy sets and their story was essentially a half year-long extension of 2002's Bohrok Saga (though it wasn't exactly filler). The line was probably produced to give {{LEGO}} enough time to prepare for the movie and the tie-in toys released later that year, although it reportedly affected their profits pretty badly -- however that was partly because no regular-sized hero sets were released that year and other LEGO lines also performed poorly at that time.
24th Apr '17 1:57:02 AM Silverblade2
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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'': In the 1970 episode "[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou Jeepers, It's The Creeper]]", Scooby is disguised as a chicken in a chicken coop as he and Shaggy and trying to escape the Creeper. Scooby accidentally hatches an egg, and the subsequent baby chick tags along with our heroes, thinking Scooby is its mother. Its only tie-in with the episode is at the end, when Scooby passes another nest and several eggs hatch, the chicks thinking Scooby is their mother. In the very same episode, they stop by the cave of a hermit and he offers Shaggy to eat his Squirrel Stew. The gang suspects he's the Creeper, but make a run for it when they believe he's attempting to poison Shaggy. The scene had nothing to do with the rest of the episode and [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment is never spoken of again]].
21st Apr '17 9:36:46 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', the Alter Ego chapter has very little relation to anything else that happens in the plot. It offers some world-building, but it's in relation to topics that are never brought up again and is only notable for having a ShoutOut to {{Suda 51}}'s [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] game, ''Moonlight Syndrome'', and Mask de Smith getting a new power-up.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', the Alter Ego chapter has very little relation to anything else that happens in the plot. It offers some world-building, but it's in relation to topics that are never brought up again and is only notable for having a ShoutOut to {{Suda 51}}'s Creator/Suda51's [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] game, ''Moonlight Syndrome'', and Mask de Smith getting a new power-up.
2nd Apr '17 2:24:25 AM lizaphile
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* In newspapering, fillers are sometimes used to, appropriately, fill space. These might take one of several forms:

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* In newspapering, newspapering (along with the Yellow Pages), fillers are sometimes used to, appropriately, fill space. These might take one of several forms:



** '''Filler advertisements'''. Often, these will be "house ads," or advertisements created by an editor or advertising department selling the newspaper. Other times, stock ads -- often, these are public service ads from the Ad Council -- may be used.

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** '''Filler advertisements'''. Often, these will be "house ads," or advertisements created by an editor or advertising department selling the newspaper.publication. Other times, stock ads -- often, these are public service ads from the Ad Council -- may be used.



* In radio, in the era where virtually every radio station had network news at the top of the hour and was available only by live feed, many stations used instrumental songs to fill time remaining between the end of the last song and when the network news began. Stations often had a library of a few dozen generic-sounding records, each sounding somewhat like the genre they played, which were used to fill out the remaining hour, often if there wasn't a current song or recurrent that was short enough to fit the remaining time without cutting it off early. The jockey sometimes read announcements or previewed the next hour, but if he chose not to talk, the song would allow the jockey to avoid broadcasting "dead air" (silence).

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* In radio, in the era where virtually every radio station had network news at the top of the hour and was available only by live feed, many stations used instrumental songs to fill time remaining between the end of the last song and when the network news began.began (or in cases where sports play-by-play ended and cutting to the regularly scheduled pre-recorded program in progress made no sense since there was no hook to catch the listener up on the ongoing discussion, or there was little time to discuss something for a live show). Stations often had a library of a few dozen generic-sounding records, each sounding somewhat like the genre they played, which were used to fill out the remaining hour, often if there wasn't a current song or recurrent that was short enough to fit the remaining time without cutting it off early. The jockey sometimes read announcements or previewed the next hour, but if he chose not to talk, the song would allow the jockey to avoid broadcasting "dead air" (silence).
1st Apr '17 5:23:46 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** In particular, the First Doctor serial ''The Daleks' Master Plan'', a massive 12-parter (plus a prologue episode broadcast weeks earlier and notable for not featuring any of the main cast), had a ChristmasEpisode intentionally meant as filler (since it was thought nobody would be watching, and viewers would be lost if the plot advanced in their absence). The Doctor even [[BreakingTheFourthWall broke the fourth wall to wish viewers a "happy Christmas".]]

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** In particular, the First Doctor serial ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan'', Plan]]", a massive 12-parter (plus a prologue episode broadcast weeks earlier and notable for not featuring any of the main cast), had a ChristmasEpisode intentionally meant as filler (since it was thought nobody would be watching, and viewers would be lost if the plot advanced in their absence). The Doctor even [[BreakingTheFourthWall broke the fourth wall to wish viewers a "happy Christmas".]]
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