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15th Mar '17 6:27:25 PM DustSnitch
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* Art/SistineChapel: With about six entirely different series of paintings laid across the entire chapel, first time pilgrims often have trouble taking it in before tour guides inform them that their visit has concluded.

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* Art/SistineChapel: With about six entirely different series of paintings laid across the entire chapel, first time pilgrims often have trouble taking it in before tour guides inform them that their visit has concluded. It simultaneously displays art telling the life of Jesus, the life of Moses, the first chapters of the Literature/BookOfGenesis, the ancestry of Jesus, the succession of the Popes, and Christ's last judgement of humanity upon his SecondComing.
13th Mar '17 10:47:30 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* The ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' was structured like this, though the writers apparently didn't have room to squeeze in a plot-line for Batman and Wonder Woman. Then again, the two of them being off-screen - with Batman explicitly said to be on monitor duty - [[ShipTease carries its own implications...]]
11th Mar '17 9:41:11 PM DustSnitch
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* Art/SistineChapel: With about six entirely different series of paintings laid across the entire chapel, first time pilgrims often have trouble taking it in before tour guides inform them that their visit has concluded.
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9th Mar '17 3:24:18 PM Rebochan
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** As of the end of Season 4, the series is currently following the Lannisters and Tyrells at court in King's Landing, Stannis' court at Castle Black, Daenerys' court in Meereen, Tyrion and Varys bound across the sea, Jon and Sam with the Night's Watch, Sansa and Littlefinger in the Vale, Arya bound for Braavos, Bran and his companions with the three-eyed raven, Brienne and Podrick in the Riverlands, and Roose, Ramsay, and Reek at Winterfell.

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** As of the end of Season 4, the series is currently following the Lannisters and Tyrells at court in King's Landing, Stannis' court at Castle Black, Daenerys' court in Meereen, Tyrion and Varys bound across the sea, Jon and Sam with the Night's Watch, Sansa and Littlefinger in the Vale, Arya bound for Braavos, Bran and his companions with the three-eyed raven, Brienne and Podrick in the Riverlands, and Roose, Ramsay, and Reek at Winterfell. Naturally, the finale of Season 5 involved resolving or wiping out several of these ongoing plots in one episode.
11th Feb '17 11:25:41 AM mlsmithca
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** As of January 2014, all the other storylines have been completed, and the authors have gotten back to the Reharmonized storyline.



* Can you say "Creator/MichaelCrichton?"
** Good luck keeping track of all the plotlines in ''Literature/{{Next}}'' without a Character Sheet.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' has anywhere from a half dozen to a full dozen lines at any given time.
** ''Literature/TheStand'' gets into this every so often as well.

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* Can you say "Creator/MichaelCrichton?"
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"Creator/MichaelCrichton?" Good luck keeping track of all the plotlines in ''Literature/{{Next}}'' without a Character Sheet.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' has anywhere from a half dozen to a full dozen lines at any given time.
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time. ''Literature/TheStand'' gets into this every so often as well.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' has been running with this trope for the last 30 years. It was originally focused on a group of college kids living together in a commune, and only occasionally strayed from that setting. But in the mid-80's, creator Garry Trudeau decided to abandon the SlidingTimescale and have the cast graduate. All of them moved to different parts of the country and took on different jobs and roles. Rather than abandon any of the characters, Trudeau continued to focus on ALL of them, switching between their various plotlines from week to week. As new characters were introduced, many of them would also strike out on their own and be given storylines. It's gotten to the point where a reader could follow the strip for years without having any idea what many of these characters have to do with each other.
** Lampshaded in one strip where Zonker asks why anyone would read this comic strip when "most 18th century Russian novels are more comprehensible."

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' has been running with this trope for the last 30 years. It was originally focused on a group of college kids living together in a commune, and only occasionally strayed from that setting. But in the mid-80's, creator Garry Trudeau decided to abandon the SlidingTimescale and have the cast graduate. All of them moved to different parts of the country and took on different jobs and roles. Rather than abandon any of the characters, Trudeau continued to focus on ALL of them, switching between their various plotlines from week to week. As new characters were introduced, many of them would also strike out on their own and be given storylines. It's gotten to the point where a reader could follow the strip for years without having any idea what many of these characters have to do with each other.
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other. Lampshaded in one strip where Zonker asks why anyone would read this comic strip when "most 18th century Russian novels are more comprehensible."



* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', so so much. In the final year of story, there was Marendar trying to kill the biomechanicals (which is about 90% of the cast), Kopaka and Pohatu being stuck in orbit with a character who had been presumed dead for years, and also investigating a murder mystery, Lewa being captured by tribesmen, the golden being becoming a godlike entity, the Toa Mahri being his slaves, the Great Beings looking for a way to stop a disaster, a Gelu and three Toa looking for said Great Beings but being caught by a savage tribe, and another mystery regarding a Great Being masquerading as well-known character. These are just the new unfinished plot-lines. Older ones include the Mask of Time being stolen by Voporak, Vezon and a rag-tag bunch of ultra-powerful characters meeting a Great Being, and that's not even counting all the minor but still ongoing stories.
** And Bioniclestory.com was ''shut down'' right as the story was being wrapped up. Yes, this is how the story ''ends''.

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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', so so much. In the final year of story, there was Marendar trying to kill the biomechanicals (which is about 90% of the cast), Kopaka and Pohatu being stuck in orbit with a character who had been presumed dead for years, and also investigating a murder mystery, Lewa being captured by tribesmen, the golden being becoming a godlike entity, the Toa Mahri being his slaves, the Great Beings looking for a way to stop a disaster, a Gelu and three Toa looking for said Great Beings but being caught by a savage tribe, and another mystery regarding a Great Being masquerading as well-known character. These are just the new unfinished plot-lines. Older ones include the Mask of Time being stolen by Voporak, Vezon and a rag-tag bunch of ultra-powerful characters meeting a Great Being, and that's not even counting all the minor but still ongoing stories.
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stories. And Bioniclestory.com was ''shut down'' right as the story was being wrapped up. Yes, this is how the story ''ends''.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the Hold On Hope storyline was like this.
** Lampshaded in [[http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2005-09-16 this 2005 sketch]], which shows Dan's AuthorAvatar looking lost while holding a map with various plotlines on it, including then-current ones like "Uniforms"; ones that it would take him a while to get to like "Noah" (whose next appearance was in 2010); and ones like "Lord Tedd" which have been on the backburner ever since.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the Hold On Hope storyline was like this.
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this. Lampshaded in [[http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2005-09-16 this 2005 sketch]], which shows Dan's AuthorAvatar looking lost while holding a map with various plotlines on it, including then-current ones like "Uniforms"; ones that it would take him a while to get to like "Noah" (whose next appearance was in 2010); and ones like "Lord Tedd" which have been on the backburner ever since.



* The "Don't Split Up the Party" storyline of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Once the party splits up - we follow Elan, Durkon and Vaarsuvius on the ship with [[spoiler:refugees from Azure City]], Haley and Belkar [[spoiler:leading the resistance]] in Azure City, Roy being dead and O-Chul being Redckloak's prisoner, not to mention few lesser subplots. ''Then'' you have Roy still in the afterlife, Vaarsuvius seeking the ultimate power, Durkon and Elan escaping with the Azure City fleet, and Haley dealing with the fractured remains of the rest of the Order, which consisted of just Belkar, with Celie tagging along.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', o The party has since been reunited.

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* The "Don't Split Up the Party" storyline of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Once the party splits up - we follow Elan, Durkon and Vaarsuvius on the ship with [[spoiler:refugees from Azure City]], Haley and Belkar [[spoiler:leading the resistance]] in Azure City, Roy being dead and O-Chul being Redckloak's Redcloak's prisoner, not to mention few lesser subplots. ''Then'' you have Roy still in the afterlife, Vaarsuvius seeking the ultimate power, Durkon and Elan escaping with the Azure City fleet, and Haley dealing with the fractured remains of the rest of the Order, which consisted of just Belkar, with Celie tagging along.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', o The party has since been reunited.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' has slowly but surely become a great example of this trope. At first it was just a daily strip which rarely had any sort of storyline, much less a serious storyline, though there was the occasional arc of comics, but nothing serious. As time went on, Tats (the artist/writer) started to include more lengthy and meatier plots that were legitimately serious in nature, but usually he was focused on just that one plot alone. The most famous and celebrated Sinfest storyline being the romance between the devil girl Fuchsia and the human nerd Criminy that took up most of the strips issues, but it had a clear beginning, middle, and end. As more time went on and Tats put in more world building for the setting and more backstory for the characters, many plotlines have started, many of which are going to this very day. Now Sinfest has an absurd amount of ongoing plots, some of which just pop in and get dropped, some new ones joining into the mix, and many of which started years ago and seem to have no end in sight. For example, Lil E gained amnesia and is slowly regaining his memories and the audience are learning more about his past, which was given some backstory in strips way before the amnesia. Lil E got amnesia in 2011, and his mysterious past has been hinted at many times before, it is now early 2016 (as of this edit) and Lil E is only slightly closer to learning about himself than he was when the plot started, plus there is hints of a connection with a totally different character introduced recently, Vainglorious, who himself has his own mess of plotlines.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' has slowly but surely become a great example of this trope. At first it was just a daily strip which rarely had any sort of storyline, much less a serious storyline, though there was the occasional arc of comics, but nothing serious. As time went on, Tats (the artist/writer) started to include more lengthy and meatier plots that were legitimately serious in nature, but usually he was focused on just that one plot alone. The most famous and celebrated Sinfest ''Sinfest'' storyline being the romance between the devil girl Fuchsia and the human nerd Criminy that took up most of the strips strip's issues, but it had a clear beginning, middle, and end. As more time went on and Tats put in more world building for the setting and more backstory for the characters, many plotlines have started, many of which are going to this very day. Now Sinfest ''Sinfest'' has an absurd amount of ongoing plots, some of which just pop in and get dropped, some new ones joining into the mix, and many of which started years ago and seem to have no end in sight. For example, Lil E gained amnesia and is slowly regaining his memories and the audience are learning more about his past, which was given some backstory in strips way before the amnesia. Lil E got amnesia in 2011, and his mysterious past has been hinted at many times before, it is now early 2016 (as of this edit) and but five years passed with Lil E is only slightly closer to learning about himself than he was when the plot started, plus there is are hints of a connection with a totally different character introduced recently, character, Vainglorious, who himself has his own mess of plotlines.
11th Feb '17 11:19:58 AM LtFedora
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* This is a frequent trait of Creator/RolandEmmerich's disaster films.
** ''Film/IndependenceDay'': The movie starts following David in New York, President Whitmore in Washington, and Russell and Captain Hiller in Los Angeles. After the aliens begin their attack, we get Jasmine looking for survivors in LA. The plot points start to converge about halfway through the film, as the survivors start arriving at Area 51.
** ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'': After the global blizzard starts, Jack heads to New York to rescue his son, Sam, who's trapped at the New York Public Library. Professor Rapson is another plot thread that drops off halfway through the film, as he and his group begin to freeze.
** ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'': By far, the most threads and most connections. Jackson and his family escaping LA, Adrian trying to organize the survival of humanity, Adrian's dad on a cruise ship, the President staying behind in Washington.
21st Jan '17 5:29:28 PM X2X
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* The Subspace Emissary in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''. There are at least 8 threads (maybe 10, depending on how you interpret things), with some characters jumping between threads willy-nilly, and until the band starts coming together halfway through there's no way to know which events are happening alongside each other.

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* The Subspace Emissary VideoGame/TheSubspaceEmissary in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''.''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''. There are at least 8 threads (maybe 10, depending on how you interpret things), with some characters jumping between threads willy-nilly, and until the band starts coming together halfway through there's no way to know which events are happening alongside each other.



* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' adores this trope, from the very first game. Sub-plots are constantly clashing into each other and everything you knew as the player is constantly being turned upside down. The amazing part is that the games actually handle it well.

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* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' adores this trope, from the very first game. Sub-plots are constantly clashing into each other and everything you knew as the player is constantly being turned upside down. The amazing part is that the games actually handle it well.
17th Jan '17 4:17:41 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', based on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' as mentioned in the literature section, naturally runs into this. It's not so bad in season one where there's only three major storylines to keep track of (King's Landing, the Wall, and the Dothraki), but season two attracted some heavy criticism for its pacing issues; suddenly many more characters have their own individual storylines, to the point that the show has to leave one or two out of every single episode, or just give them one scene that comes out of nowhere and leaves just as fast. The second-to-last episode of the season was widely praised because it devoted all of its fifty minutes to the Battle of Blackwater, with no cutaway scenes at all.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', based ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' as mentioned in the literature section, it naturally runs into this. It's not so bad in season one where there's only three major storylines to keep track of (King's Landing, the Wall, and the Dothraki), but season two attracted some heavy criticism for its pacing issues; suddenly many more characters have their own individual storylines, to the point that the show has to leave one or two out of every single episode, or just give them one scene that comes out of nowhere and leaves just as fast. The second-to-last episode of the season was widely praised because it devoted all of its fifty minutes to the Battle of Blackwater, with no cutaway scenes at all.


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** As of the end of Season 4, the series is currently following the Lannisters and Tyrells at court in King's Landing, Stannis' court at Castle Black, Daenerys' court in Meereen, Tyrion and Varys bound across the sea, Jon and Sam with the Night's Watch, Sansa and Littlefinger in the Vale, Arya bound for Braavos, Bran and his companions with the three-eyed raven, Brienne and Podrick in the Riverlands, and Roose, Ramsay, and Reek at Winterfell.
10th Jan '17 9:55:07 PM whunt
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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', so so much. As of this edit, there's Marendar trying to kill the biomechanicals (which is about 90% of the cast), Kopaka and Pohatu being stuck in orbit with a character who had been presumed dead for years, and also investigating a murder mystery, Lewa being captured by tribesmen, the golden being becoming a godlike entity, the Toa Mahri being his slaves, the Great Beings looking for a way to stop a disaster, a Gelu and three Toa looking for said Great Beings but being caught by a savage tribe, and another mystery regarding a Great Being masquerading as well-known character. These are just the new unfinished plot-lines. Older ones include the Mask of Time being stolen by Voporak, Vezon and a rag-tag bunch of ultra-powerful characters meeting a Great Being, and that's not even counting all the minor but still ongoing stories.

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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', so so much. As In the final year of this edit, there's story, there was Marendar trying to kill the biomechanicals (which is about 90% of the cast), Kopaka and Pohatu being stuck in orbit with a character who had been presumed dead for years, and also investigating a murder mystery, Lewa being captured by tribesmen, the golden being becoming a godlike entity, the Toa Mahri being his slaves, the Great Beings looking for a way to stop a disaster, a Gelu and three Toa looking for said Great Beings but being caught by a savage tribe, and another mystery regarding a Great Being masquerading as well-known character. These are just the new unfinished plot-lines. Older ones include the Mask of Time being stolen by Voporak, Vezon and a rag-tag bunch of ultra-powerful characters meeting a Great Being, and that's not even counting all the minor but still ongoing stories.stories.
**And Bioniclestory.com was ''shut down'' right as the story was being wrapped up. Yes, this is how the story ''ends''.
8th Jan '17 9:41:25 PM Zaptech
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is currently suffering this with Volume 4. Due to the events of Volume 3, the titular team has been separated and we're dealing with the four in different plots - Ruby and the remains of Team JNPR trying to find Cinder to get back at her for the destruction of Vale, Weiss and being stuck in her home in Atlas with her abusive father, Blake running away with Sun Wukong joining her, and Yang and her father Taiyang and trying to get the former to get out of her funk. However, since this each episode tends to run around 15 minutes, it keeps flip-flopping around and leaving some fans wanting Creator/RoosterTeeth to just get the team together again.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is currently suffering this with in Volume 4. Due to the events of Volume 3, the titular team has been separated and we're the show is dealing with the four in different plots - Ruby and the remains of Team JNPR trying to find Cinder to get back at her for the destruction of Vale, Weiss and being stuck in her home in Atlas with her abusive father, Blake running away with Sun Wukong joining her, and Yang and her father Taiyang and trying to get the former to get out of her funk. However, since this each episode tends to run around 15 minutes, it keeps flip-flopping around and leaving some fans wanting Creator/RoosterTeeth to just get the team together again.depression.
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