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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".]]
29th Mar '17 7:40:04 PM Retloclive
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** For ''Heart of the Swarm'', the three mission Kal'dir arc could be cut out without missing anything major since the campaign's main story is for Kerrigan to restrengthen her Swarm to take down Arcturus Mengsk of the Dominion. However, the Kal'dir missions has Kerrigan off fighting a Protoss research colony during her search for more broods, and the only reason she continues to fight them is due to a vague threat that may result in the Kal'dir Protoss calling for reinforcements to hunt down Kerrigan. Even the CliffHanger where Kerrigan leaves her broodmother, Niadra, behind after killing the last of the Kal'dir Protoss does not have a resolution in the next game, ''Legacy of the Void''.

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** For ''Heart of the Swarm'', the three mission Kal'dir arc could be cut out without missing anything major since the campaign's main story is for Kerrigan to restrengthen her Zerg Swarm to take down Arcturus Mengsk of the Terran Dominion. However, the Kal'dir missions has Kerrigan off fighting a Protoss research colony during her search for more broods, and the only reason she continues to fight them is due to a vague threat that may result in the Kal'dir Protoss calling for reinforcements to hunt down Kerrigan. Even the CliffHanger where Kerrigan leaves her broodmother, Niadra, behind after killing the last of the Kal'dir Protoss does not have a resolution in the next game, ''Legacy of the Void''.
29th Mar '17 7:38:52 PM Retloclive
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** For ''Wings of Liberty'', the main artifact storyline spans from the Mar Sara arc with Raynor starting his search for the artifact fragments, to a couple artifact fragment search missions during the middle portions, and then finishes with the final Char arc where the combined Artifact is used to cleanse Kerrigan of her infestation. However, the middle portions of the campaign between Mar Sara and Char has three {{Padding}} arcs that can be cut out completely, and nothing would seem out-of-place. These three arcs include helping Hanson deal with a Zerg infestation amongst the Dominion colony worlds, helping Tosh's rogue Ghost faction create Spectres, and supporting Matt's rebellion against the Dominion by starting a revolt on the Dominion capital world, Korhal, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot which ended up not going anywhere in the long run]].

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** For ''Wings of Liberty'', the main artifact storyline spans from the Mar Sara arc with Raynor starting his search for the artifact fragments, to a couple artifact fragment search missions during the middle portions, and then finishes with the final Char arc where the combined Artifact is used to cleanse Kerrigan of her infestation. However, the middle portions of the campaign between Mar Sara and Char has three {{Padding}} arcs that can be cut out completely, and nothing would seem out-of-place. These three {{Filler}} arcs include helping include:
## Helping
Hanson deal with a Zerg infestation amongst the Dominion colony worlds, helping worlds.
## Helping
Tosh's rogue Ghost faction create Spectres, and supporting Spectres.
## Supporting
Matt's rebellion against the Dominion by starting a revolt on the Dominion capital world, Korhal, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot which ended up not going anywhere in the long run]].
29th Mar '17 7:36:31 PM Retloclive
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* The campaigns of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' are a huge offender of this.
** For ''Wings of Liberty'', the main artifact storyline spans from the Mar Sara arc with Raynor starting his search for the artifact fragments, to a couple artifact fragment search missions during the middle portions, and then finishes with the final Char arc where the combined Artifact is used to cleanse Kerrigan of her infestation. However, the middle portions of the campaign between Mar Sara and Char has three {{Padding}} arcs that can be cut out completely, and nothing would seem out-of-place. These three arcs include helping Hanson deal with a Zerg infestation amongst the Dominion colony worlds, helping Tosh's rogue Ghost faction create Spectres, and supporting Matt's rebellion against the Dominion by starting a revolt on the Dominion capital world, Korhal, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot which ended up not going anywhere in the long run]].
** For ''Heart of the Swarm'', the three mission Kal'dir arc could be cut out without missing anything major since the campaign's main story is for Kerrigan to restrengthen her Swarm to take down Arcturus Mengsk of the Dominion. However, the Kal'dir missions has Kerrigan off fighting a Protoss research colony during her search for more broods, and the only reason she continues to fight them is due to a vague threat that may result in the Kal'dir Protoss calling for reinforcements to hunt down Kerrigan. Even the CliffHanger where Kerrigan leaves her broodmother, Niadra, behind after killing the last of the Kal'dir Protoss does not have a resolution in the next game, ''Legacy of the Void''.
16th Mar '17 1:11:35 PM BrendanRizzo
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** According to math, Johto was comprised of 50% filler. Surprisingly, the Sinnoh arc was only 20% filler.

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** According to math, Johto was comprised of comprises 50% filler. Surprisingly, the Sinnoh arc was is only 20% filler.
5th Mar '17 1:03:42 AM jormis29
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* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Game Show" was produced during contract disputes between the supporting cast and the producers. Therefore, it is unique in that of the main cast members, only Tony Shalhoub appears, and the role of the assistant doesn't go to Sharona, but rather to Monk's upstairs neighbor Kevin Dorfman.

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* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Game Show" was produced during contract disputes between the supporting cast and the producers. Therefore, it is unique in that of the main cast members, only Tony Shalhoub Creator/TonyShalhoub appears, and the role of the assistant doesn't go to Sharona, but rather to Monk's upstairs neighbor Kevin Dorfman.
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