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6th Aug '16 2:44:40 PM nombretomado
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* The MarvelUniverse and DCUniverse can be this way sometimes, especially if the story is a CrisisCrossover.

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* The MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse and DCUniverse Franchise/DCUniverse can be this way sometimes, especially if the story is a CrisisCrossover.
30th Jul '16 2:49:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* GeminiRue has 2 separate stories at first: Azriel is looking for his friend on a rainy planet, while miles away, an amnesiac is trapped in an odd complex. Near the end of the game, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the two are one in the same, where Azriel is the amnesiac with false memories. He ends up killing the man who once ran the complex.]]

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* GeminiRue ''VideoGame/GeminiRue'' has 2 separate stories at first: Azriel is looking for his friend on a rainy planet, while miles away, an amnesiac is trapped in an odd complex. Near the end of the game, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the two are one in the same, where Azriel is the amnesiac with false memories. He ends up killing the man who once ran the complex.]]
10th Jul '16 12:52:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''BrokenSaints'' starts out as four seemingly unrelated stories. By the end, it's only one story.

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* ''BrokenSaints'' ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' starts out as four seemingly unrelated stories. By the end, it's only one story.
27th Jun '16 8:40:23 PM BigKlingy
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* While the first ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' was fairly strightforward in how its cases were connected (they were all linked to the same international smuggling ring), the sequel's first four cases seem completley unrelated at first glance. An assassination attempt on a foreign president, a murder inside a prison, an unsolved case that was the last one Edgeworth's father took before his death, and an assault and a murder during Edgeworth's Prosecutor Investigation Committee hearing. It's only once you get to the fifth case that it's revealed they all link to the BigBad in some way. [[spoiler: The killer of the third case was the BigBad's father, who abandoned him and fled the country. He ended up in an orphanage, where he witnessesd the assassination of the president of Zheng-Fa, arranged by his body double. The body double is the president you met in the first case, having replaced the real one. The owner of the orphanage and a corrupt prosecutor were in on the assassination and helped cover it up. The orphanage owner went on to become the prison warden you meet in Case 2, and the corrupt prosecutor is the head of the PIC and the killer of Case 4. Every previous murder except Case 3's was [[TheChessmaster orchestrated]] by the BigBad to bring the conspirators he witnessed to vigilante justice.]]
21st Apr '16 11:36:35 AM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/JeanRenoir's ''The Rules of the Game'', an inspiration for Altman, was an early attempt at this kind of story, all the way back in 1939.

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* Creator/JeanRenoir's ''The Rules of the Game'', an inspiration for Altman, was an early attempt at this kind of story, all the way back in 1939. Renoir's ''La marseillaise'' was another example of the same genre, only here applied to HistoricalFiction in UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution.
* Creator/BusbyBerkeley's musicals ''Film/FortySecondStreet'' and ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1933'' likewise had a series of musical and non-musical vignettes featuring a wide cast with action divided between director/producer/manager, chorines, romantic pair, comic parts. Nobody really is the central figure in terms of having the most songs or most share in the plot's action.
* Creator/JohnFord's final western, ''Cheyenne Autumn''. The protagonists are a group of Cheyennes forced off their reservation and most of the action follows their exodus. Parallel plots concern a Quaker woman who helps them, and a US Cavalry led by Richard Widmark who tracks them, other sections concern real life senator Carl Schurz (played by Edward G. Robinson), an interlude featuring Creator/JimmyStewart as Wyatt Earp that is absolutely unconnected to the main plot.
21st Apr '16 10:02:39 AM JulianLapostat
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The simplest description of this kind of plot is a "story without main characters" where every character more or less has equal weight in screen-time and star-power. The name for the trope comes from film critic Creator/RogerEbert, and is definitely TruthInTelevision. Other terms for this, proposed by film theorist David Bordwell is the "network narrative", where he notes that it ''aims to show a larger pattern underlying'' the ''individual trajectories'' of disparate characters.

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The simplest description of this kind of plot is a "story without main characters" where every character more or less has equal weight in screen-time and star-power. The name for the trope comes from film critic Creator/RogerEbert, and is definitely TruthInTelevision. Other terms for this, proposed by film theorist David Bordwell is the "network narrative", where he notes that it ''aims to show a larger pattern underlying'' the ''individual trajectories'' of disparate characters.characters, where the central theme is the network of connections between the stories.


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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has a revolving POV structure where each chapter is narrated by alternating series of characters from different parts of the fantasy setting, from different classes, genders and ages. Some of the plot threads: the Night's Watch, Essos rarely overlap directly but play as parallel narratives to the realm of the 7 Kingdoms which is the arena comprised of most of the characters.


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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' especially by the time of its Unlimited Phase which essentially became an ensemble film of multiple heroes and villains who conducted separate missions, and had apportioned amount of screentime and ADayInTheLimelight episodes.
21st Apr '16 10:02:39 AM JulianLapostat
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21st Apr '16 8:57:08 AM JulianLapostat
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A Hyperlink Story is any work that, at first blush, seems to be made up of [[FourLinesAllWaiting several separate, unconnected, and unrelated storylines]] that gradually, over the course of the work, slowly merge into a [[MythArc single overarching storyline]]. It is only after the merge that the audience realizes that [[TwoLinesNoWaiting it was all one big story all along]]. The simplest description of this kind of plot is a "story without main characters" where every character more or less has equal weight in screen-time and star-power.

The name comes from film critic Creator/RogerEbert, and is arguably TruthInTelevision.

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A Hyperlink Story is any work that, at first blush, seems to be made up of [[FourLinesAllWaiting several separate, unconnected, and unrelated storylines]] that gradually, over the course of the work, slowly merge into a [[MythArc single overarching storyline]]. It is only after the merge that the audience realizes that [[TwoLinesNoWaiting it was all one big story all along]].

The simplest description of this kind of plot is a "story without main characters" where every character more or less has equal weight in screen-time and star-power.

star-power. The name for the trope comes from film critic Creator/RogerEbert, and is arguably TruthInTelevision.definitely TruthInTelevision. Other terms for this, proposed by film theorist David Bordwell is the "network narrative", where he notes that it ''aims to show a larger pattern underlying'' the ''individual trajectories'' of disparate characters.



* ''Comicbook/TheSandman''

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* ''Comicbook/TheSandman''''Comicbook/TheSandman'' by Creator/NeilGaiman, was inspired by the Spirit (see below) and while Morpheus=/=Sandman is the main character for most of the story arcs, an equal and great part of the comics dealt with supporting-characters, minor characters and one-shot stories of HistoricalFiction. The final story, ''The Kindly Ones'' is mostly told from the perspective of Lyta Hall who ends up becoming [[spoiler:the woman who kills Morpheus]].
* ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' by Creator/WillEisner while ostensibly a pulp-hero story about the title character and his adventures often had many strips where the Spirit was off-screen or arrives only at the end. Most of the story dealt with one-shot characters, supporting figures and sometimes narrated from the perspective of villain and villainesses.


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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' by Creator/AlanMoore has a cast of 6 costumed heroes with an intricate past and history, as well as an extended supporting cast of ordinary humans who weave in and out of the larger story and contain many vignettes that work in counterpoint to the main story. Ultimately, the story doesn't really have a single main heroic protagonist, with all the main characters having equal wright in screentime, presence and weight.
28th Mar '16 10:35:50 AM AcePedro
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* Later novels by {{Creator/Douglas Adams}} were very fond of this. Books like {{Literature/Mostly Harmless}} and {{Literature/Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency}} feature several loosely conected plots that come togheter by the end.

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* Later novels by {{Creator/Douglas Adams}} were very fond of this. Books like {{Literature/Mostly Harmless}} and {{Literature/Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency}} feature several loosely conected plots that come togheter together by the end.
28th Mar '16 9:56:26 AM AcePedro
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*Later novels by {{Creator/Douglas Adams}} were very fond of this. Books like {{Literature/Mostly Harmless}} and {{Literature/Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency}} feature several loosely conected plots that come togheter by the end.
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