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14th May '16 2:13:53 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'', ''{{Timeline-191}}'' and ''Literature/DarknessSeries''. LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters mean we can go 100 pages between appearances of a given character. Sometimes, it works.

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* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'', ''{{Timeline-191}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'', ''Literature/Timeline191'' and ''Literature/DarknessSeries''. LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters mean we can go 100 pages between appearances of a given character. Sometimes, it works.
11th May '16 7:17:22 AM Eievie
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And then there's Four Lines, All Waiting: When a show - typically a SoapOpera, although any {{Soaperiz|ing}}ed show will do - maintains four or more concurrent plotlines advancing simultaneously throughout an episode. Sometimes ''every'' episode of a season. The episodes are structured like a miniature SoapWheel cycling through a day's worth of events in "real time", going from one group of people to another and then starting the cycle anew.

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And then there's Four Lines, All Waiting: When a show - typically show--typically a SoapOpera, although any {{Soaperiz|ing}}ed show will do - maintains do--maintains four or more concurrent plotlines advancing simultaneously throughout an episode. Sometimes ''every'' episode of a season. The episodes are structured like a miniature SoapWheel cycling through a day's worth of events in "real time", going from one group of people to another and then starting the cycle anew.
26th Apr '16 8:57:13 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron'' was criticized for trying to give each Avenger their own individual character arc, which result in the majority of them being underdeveloped or badly executed.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' came under critique partly because some viewers felt that trying to be Man of Steel 2, a Batman Solo film, and set up the Justice League at the same was to ''Dawn of Justice's'' detriment.

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* ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron'' ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' was criticized for trying to give each Avenger their own individual character arc, which result in the majority of them being underdeveloped or badly executed.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' came under critique partly because some viewers felt that trying to be Man ''Man of Steel 2, 2'', a Batman Solo solo film, and set up the Justice League at the same was to ''Dawn of Justice's'' detriment.



* Averted frequently by RobertAltman. Take ''Film/{{Nashville}}'' for example, something like twenty characters, the film constantly shuffles between them, building a world of interplay rather than plot. Also this being an Altman, the dialogue is very low on the sound mix, sometimes several conversations at once, plus music, it's up to you which characters you want to listen to.

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* Averted frequently by RobertAltman.Creator/RobertAltman. Take ''Film/{{Nashville}}'' for example, something like twenty characters, the film constantly shuffles between them, building a world of interplay rather than plot. Also this being an Altman, the dialogue is very low on the sound mix, sometimes several conversations at once, plus music, it's up to you which characters you want to listen to.
17th Apr '16 3:48:12 PM VeryMelon
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* ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron'' was criticized for trying to give each Avenger their own individual character arc, which result in the majority of them being underdeveloped or badly executed.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' came under critique partly because some viewers felt that trying to be Man of Steel 2, a Batman Solo film, and set up the Justice League at the same was to ''Dawn of Justice's'' detriment.
9th Apr '16 2:20:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* This is how the show ''Series/TheWire'' works. Usually, storylines will be hinted at in an episode at the beginning of the season and won't start to bear fruit until near the end. Sometimes they're hinted at in one season and start to pick up in another season. This is done surprisingly well and never really feels disorienting because you need to pay very close attention anyway to enjoy the show.
** The trope also grew progressively more emphatic as the series went on. If you read episode summaries on TheOtherWiki, the fourth-season summaries, for instance, are about five times longer than the first-season summaries.
** Also the case with producer David Simon's later show, ''{{Treme}}''. For instance, the season 2 premiere, with the job of getting us up to speed on what had been going on since the year-long TimeSkip, was only able to give each character two or three scenes.
* There are so many concurrent plotlines in every episode of ''TrueBlood'' that, combined with their [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters fairly extensive cast]], it usually takes half a season to get anything done in any of the plotlines or any of the characters.
** It's taken UpToEleven in season 5, with such a multitude of plotlines that have very minimal interaction with each other that it's hard to say which one is actually supposed to be the main plot.

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* This is how the show ''Series/TheWire'' works. Usually, storylines will be hinted at in an episode at the beginning of the season and won't start to bear fruit until near the end. Sometimes they're hinted at in one season and start to pick up in another season. This is done surprisingly well and never really feels disorienting because you need to pay very close attention anyway to enjoy the show.
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show. The trope also grew progressively more emphatic as the series went on. If you read episode summaries on TheOtherWiki, the fourth-season summaries, for instance, are about five times longer than the first-season summaries.
** * Also the case with producer David Simon's later show, ''{{Treme}}''.''Series/{{Treme}}''. For instance, the season 2 premiere, with the job of getting us up to speed on what had been going on since the year-long TimeSkip, was only able to give each character two or three scenes.
* There are so many concurrent plotlines in every episode of ''TrueBlood'' ''Series/TrueBlood'' that, combined with their [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters fairly extensive cast]], it usually takes half a season to get anything done in any of the plotlines or any of the characters.
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characters. It's taken UpToEleven in season 5, with such a multitude of plotlines that have very minimal interaction with each other that it's hard to say which one is actually supposed to be the main plot.



* On ''SexAndTheCity'', each of the four female leads would typically have a separate story. Often the only place the stories intersected was when the girls would meet for lunch and talk about stuff.

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* On ''SexAndTheCity'', ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', each of the four female leads would typically have a separate story. Often the only place the stories intersected was when the girls would meet for lunch and talk about stuff.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', based on ''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 on ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''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.
5th Apr '16 11:29:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted, and very well, in ''SinCity''. While you can see some characters talk on the background, some of them are recognizable, or even main characters, their story WILL be expanded on next storylines and issues, and most of these storylines occur in a single frame of time, characters with their own story crossing each other. A particular example is in 'The Hard Goodbye', as Marv enters Kadie's bar, we see how Dwight appears in a bar, as Shellie, a dancer, picks him up, and is in his story, 'A Dame To Kill For'.

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* Averted, and very well, in ''SinCity''.''ComicBook/SinCity''. While you can see some characters talk on the background, some of them are recognizable, or even main characters, their story WILL be expanded on next storylines and issues, and most of these storylines occur in a single frame of time, characters with their own story crossing each other. A particular example is in 'The Hard Goodbye', as Marv enters Kadie's bar, we see how Dwight appears in a bar, as Shellie, a dancer, picks him up, and is in his story, 'A Dame To Kill For'.
3rd Apr '16 7:01:39 AM AnotherGuy
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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 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.

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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 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.
3rd Apr '16 7:01:17 AM AnotherGuy
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* The "Don't Split Up the Party" storyline of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' had Roy in the afterlife, Vaarsuvrius seeking the ultimate power, Durkon and Elan escaping with the Azure City fleet, Haley dealing with the fractured remains of the rest of the Order, which consisted of just Belkar, with Celie tagging along.



* ''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 [[spoiler:being dead]] and O-Chul [[spoiler:being Redckloak's prisoner]], not to mention few lesser subplots. The party has since been reunited.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', once 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 [[spoiler:being dead]] Roy being dead and O-Chul [[spoiler:being being Redckloak's prisoner]], 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.
3rd Apr '16 6:59:04 AM AnotherGuy
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* The "Don't Split Up the Party" storyline of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' had Roy in the afterlife, Vaarsuvrius seeking the ultimate power, Durkon and Elan escaping with the Azure City fleet, Haley dealing with the fractured remains of the rest of the Order, which consisted of just Belkar, with Celie tagging along.
2nd Apr '16 9:35:44 AM Kitchen90
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* This is often how the ''Franchise/CarryOn'' movies worked, mostly being justified as a film series in which "no one was the star" -- the "star is ''Carry On''". The only actor that usually [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse never had a satisfying conclusion]] was Creator/CharlesHawtrey's characters.
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