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17th Oct '17 4:59:09 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Coined by ProfessionalWrestling promoter, writer, on-air personality, and general jack-of-all-trades Wrestling/JimCornette, the Seven Year Rule is the unwritten pro wrestling rule that, after seven years, there has been enough turnover in the fanbase that a writer can re-use the same gimmicks and angles with impunity. As the theory goes, any wait shorter than seven years may result in fans noticing the rehashing, and calling the promotion on the re-use. After that, a few diehard longtime fans may notice and become upset, but almost everybody will accept the product as new.

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* Coined by ProfessionalWrestling promoter, writer, booker, on-air personality, and general jack-of-all-trades Wrestling/JimCornette, the Seven Year Rule is the unwritten pro wrestling rule that, after seven years, there has been enough turnover in the fanbase that a writer booker can re-use the same gimmicks and angles with impunity. As the theory goes, any wait shorter than seven years may result in fans noticing the rehashing, and calling the promotion on the re-use. After that, a few diehard longtime fans may notice and become upset, but almost everybody will accept the product as new.



* ECW 03/09/1999, Bubba Ray Dudley cuts a promo comparing Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys to God and declares his intentions to suck to soul out of ECW by brutalizing Wrestling/TommyDreamer. September 13th, 2013 TNA, Bully Ray boasts about taking Mr. Anderson's soul and compares himself to God.

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* ECW 03/09/1999, Bubba Ray Dudley cuts a promo comparing Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys to God and declares his intentions to suck to soul out of ECW by brutalizing Wrestling/TommyDreamer. September 13th, 2013 TNA, Bully Ray boasts about taking [[Wrestling/KenAnderson Mr. Anderson's Anderson]]'s soul and compares himself to God.



* Another popular women's feud WWE always have success with is the concept of a 'Beast vs Beauty' - featuring an intimidating BrawnHilda [[WrestlingMonster monster]] feuding with a glamorous attractive GirlyGirl (who's usually [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blonde]]). First was [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Alundra Blayze]] (beauty) vs Bull Nakano (beast), then Trish Stratus (beauty) vs [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] (beast). Wrestling/BethPhoenix did this type of feud twice in her career (though was more of an AmazonianBeauty than BrawnHilda) first against Wrestling/CandiceMichelle and later against Wrestling/KellyKelly. [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] was clearly going to have this storyline as well but her pregnancy changed matters. In TNA they also had ODB and {{Wrestling/Jacqueline}} vs Wrestling/VelvetSky. And in 2016 WWE introduced a new "beast" in Wrestling/NiaJax, going after (for the most part) Wrestling/SashaBanks and Wrestling/{{Bayley}}.

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* Another popular women's feud WWE always have success with is the concept of a 'Beast vs Beauty' - featuring an intimidating BrawnHilda [[WrestlingMonster monster]] feuding with a glamorous attractive GirlyGirl (who's usually [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blonde]]). First was [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Alundra Blayze]] (beauty) vs Bull Nakano Wrestling/BullNakano (beast), then Trish Stratus (beauty) vs [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] (beast). Wrestling/BethPhoenix did this type of feud twice in her career (though was more of an AmazonianBeauty than BrawnHilda) first against Wrestling/CandiceMichelle and later against Wrestling/KellyKelly. [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] was clearly going to have this storyline as well but her pregnancy changed matters. In TNA they also had ODB and {{Wrestling/Jacqueline}} vs Wrestling/VelvetSky. And in 2016 WWE introduced a new "beast" in Wrestling/NiaJax, going after (for the most part) Wrestling/SashaBanks and Wrestling/{{Bayley}}.



* If there's a babyface tag team with a large & small guy, often the team will break up by having the larger one turn heel and attack the smaller partner, with the justification being that said partner was holding the larger one back. This has been done with Cryme Tyme, Wrestling/ThePrimeTimePlayers & as of 2017, [[spoiler: Wrestling/EnzoAndCass]]
19th Sep '17 3:58:29 PM Pichu-kun
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** When Misty and Brock, Ash's two original companions and without a doubt the most recognizable of the human cast except for him, reappeared in ''Sun and Moon'' the anime had to reintroduce them. This is because neither had appeared in almost ten years and (assuming they don't watch reruns or didn't play either [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HGSS]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 BW2]]'') the current demographic doesn't remember who they are.

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** When Misty and Brock, Ash's two original companions and without a doubt the most recognizable of the human cast except for him, reappeared in ''Sun and Moon'' the anime had to reintroduce them. This is because neither had appeared in almost ten years and (assuming they don't watch reruns or didn't play either [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HGSS]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 BW2]]'') the current demographic doesn't remember who they are.



* Franchise/ArchieComics -- being a series marketed to a younger audience and thus one with a much higher turnover rate -- has never had problems reusing story lines, the only difference between them being the art and the characters' fashions. With the advent of their [[RuleOfDrama drama-focused]] ''[[Comicbook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife Life with Archie]]'' series and the popularity of gay character Kevin Keller, it's been interesting to see the company find success by taking new creative risks.

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* Franchise/ArchieComics -- being a series marketed to a younger family audience and thus one with a much higher turnover rate -- has never had problems reusing story lines, the only difference between them being the art and the characters' fashions. With the advent of their [[RuleOfDrama drama-focused]] ''[[Comicbook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife Life with Archie]]'' series and the popularity of gay character Kevin Keller, it's been interesting to see the company find success by taking new creative risks.
19th Sep '17 2:17:42 PM Pichu-kun
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** While it didn't happened in ''Pokémon XY'', and has not happened yet in SM, every new generation of companions (Misty & Brock/Tracey, May & Max, Dawn, Iris & Cilan) has featured an episode where most of the cast and/or their Pokemon ends up getting afflicted by Stun Spore, leaving them paralyzed. It would come down to the remaining cast to seek out a type of plant that grows at the bottom of a lake in order to cure them. This would always involve a water-type Pokemon either joining the cast or overcoming one of it's own problems... Or both, in the case of ''Black & White''.

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** While it didn't happened in ''Pokémon XY'', and has not happened yet in SM, ''SM'', every new generation of companions (Misty & Brock/Tracey, May & Max, Dawn, Iris & Cilan) has featured an episode where most of the cast and/or their Pokemon ends up getting afflicted by Stun Spore, leaving them paralyzed. It would come down to the remaining cast to seek out a type of plant that grows at the bottom of a lake in order to cure them. This would always involve a water-type Pokemon either joining the cast or overcoming one of it's own problems... Or both, in the case of ''Black & White''.


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** When Misty and Brock, Ash's two original companions and without a doubt the most recognizable of the human cast except for him, reappeared in ''Sun and Moon'' the anime had to reintroduce them. This is because neither had appeared in almost ten years and (assuming they don't watch reruns or didn't play either [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HGSS]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 BW2]]'') the current demographic doesn't remember who they are.
29th Aug '17 10:41:32 AM AFP
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** Every iteration of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' does ''Literature/MobyDick''. Plus ''two'' movies as well - Khan with Kirk as the whale and in ''First Contact'', Picard has the Borg as his whale. Note that [[LampshadeHanging both compare the situation to Moby Dick]]. Stewart actually played Ahab two years later in the Disney version of ''Moby Dick''.

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** Every iteration of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' does ''Literature/MobyDick''. Plus ''two'' ''three'' movies as well - Khan with Kirk as the whale and in ''First Contact'', Picard has the Borg as his whale. ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' flips the script by having Kirk with Khan as the whale ([[spoiler: and after Kirk's apparant death, Spock with Khan as the whale]]) Note that [[LampshadeHanging both all three compare the situation to Moby Dick]]. Stewart actually played Ahab two years later after ''First Contact'' in the Disney version of ''Moby Dick''.
17th Aug '17 2:49:40 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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** Also, if Ash gets a Fire-type starter Pokémon, expect it to be abused or abandoned in some way or other; in Quilava's case, however, it was wild, and was ''about'' to be caught by an abusive trainer.

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** Also, if Ash gets a Fire-type starter Pokémon, expect it to be abused or abandoned in some way or other; in Quilava's case, however, it was wild, and was ''about'' to be caught by an abusive trainer. This pattern was broken with Litten, who was simply a wild Pokémon looking after an elderly Stoutland [[spoiler:until it died from old age]].
16th Aug '17 11:14:30 AM tyrekecorrea
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* Both ''Series/{{Barney|and Friends}}'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'' are subject to this. The former webnt through wholesale changes of the child cast about once every five years, whereas Sesame Street Muppets have been shown to forget things so they can be taught to a new audience.

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* Both ''Series/{{Barney|and Friends}}'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'' are subject to this. The former webnt went through wholesale changes of the child cast about once every five years, whereas Sesame Street Muppets have been shown to forget things so they can be taught to a new audience.
15th Aug '17 6:30:18 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Rock & Wrestling Era: a mega-heel called Wrestling/TheOneManGang (a big white guy from Chicago) is transformed into the "African Dream" Akeem after "discovering his African roots".[[note]]It was a TakeThat to [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes[[/note]] WWE, Inc. Era (a return to the cartoonish-ness of the Rock & Wrestling Era): A-Train (a huge white guy; before that, he was known as Albert) returns after 8 years as Lord Tensai (later just Tensai), having "found himself" in Japan. Which actually has some basis in reality, since Matt "A-Train" Bloom did spend several years wrestling in Japan as Giant Bernard. They eventually gave up on that gimmick and renamed him "Sweet T" Tensai as Wrestling/BrodusClay's partner in the wacky dancing big fat guy comedy team Tons of Funk.

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* Rock & Wrestling Era: a mega-heel called Wrestling/TheOneManGang (a big white guy from Chicago) is transformed into the "African Dream" Akeem after "discovering his African roots".[[note]]It was a TakeThat to [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes[[/note]] Rhodes]][[/note]] WWE, Inc. Era (a return to the cartoonish-ness of the Rock & Wrestling Era): A-Train (a huge white guy; before that, he was known as Albert) returns after 8 years as Lord Tensai (later just Tensai), having "found himself" in Japan. Which actually has some basis in reality, since Matt "A-Train" Bloom did spend several years wrestling in Japan as Giant Bernard. They eventually gave up on that gimmick and renamed him "Sweet T" Tensai as Wrestling/BrodusClay's partner in the wacky dancing big fat guy comedy team Tons of Funk.
14th Aug '17 4:24:28 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', and ''KiraKiraPrecureALaMode'' are all 4-5 years apart, feature a team of 5 members, and, if you count GO!GO!, all have an important pact-based item (the latter two features these as the TransformationTrinket).

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** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', and ''KiraKiraPrecureALaMode'' ''Anime/KiraKiraPrecureALaMode'' are all 4-5 years apart, feature a team of 5 members, and, if you count GO!GO!, all have an important pact-based item (the latter two features these as the TransformationTrinket).
31st Jul '17 7:48:27 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Used in-universe in ''WatershipDown'', due to rabbits' short lifespan. The main events of the novel are the stuff of legend some five years later, and humans are portrayed as driving cars and smoking cigarettes in the mythic past.

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* Used in-universe in ''WatershipDown'', ''Literature/WatershipDown'', due to rabbits' short lifespan. The main events of the novel are the stuff of legend some five years later, and humans are portrayed as driving cars and smoking cigarettes in the mythic past.
28th Jul '17 3:53:44 PM jormis29
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** The status quo is irrevocably changed, either in ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'', ''Spider-Man: Chapter One'', or ''ComicBook/BrandNewDay''. Maybe Aunt May learns Peter's identity, or gets KilledOffForReal. Or, someone in the RoguesGallery gets KilledOffForReal, replaced by someone else taking up that villain's identity. The original villain will never return -- until making an unexpected return.

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** The status quo is irrevocably changed, either in ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'', ''Spider-Man: Chapter One'', ''ComicBook/SpiderManChapterOne'', or ''ComicBook/BrandNewDay''. Maybe Aunt May learns Peter's identity, or gets KilledOffForReal. Or, someone in the RoguesGallery gets KilledOffForReal, replaced by someone else taking up that villain's identity. The original villain will never return -- until making an unexpected return.
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