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* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'': Episode 5 seems like just another case of "Dib tries to find an edge on Zim and suffers EpicFail" like so many in canon. However, his actions cause the senior Swollen Eyeball agents to decide in the following episode to assign Steve and Viera to help him, thus significantly changing the status quo.
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1st Oct '17 11:58:08 AM Premonition45
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** An early random Ferengi comedy episode "Rules of Acquisition" reveals that something called "the Dominion" is a major power in the Gamma Quadrant. The war against the Dominion is ''the'' MythArc of the show.
** Season 5's "Rapture" was a heavy Bajor episode, focusing on the planet's future and Sisko's role as Emissary. The main thrust of the plot is Sisko gaining visions of the future, which are slowly killing him. Before Bashir operates to remove this ability, one vision was of locusts hovering over Bajor before moving onto Cardassia. A later two-parter saw the Dominion enter the Alpha Quadrant and set up shop in its newest member, Cardassia. [[spoiler:The same two-parter also revealed that Bashir had been replaced by a Changeling by this time, offering a new reasoning for "Bashir" wanting to operate on Sisko]].



** "11001001" and, to a greater degree, "Elementary, Dear Data", introduce the idea of self-aware holographic programs with Minuet and [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]], respectively, which would pave the way for other such characters like the Doctor on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' and Vic Fontaine on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.



** "The Wounded". By itself it seems like another diplomatic problem-solving episode. But it is the introduction of the Cardassians, as well as inserting a {{Retcon}} changing the previously-asserted general peace in which the Federation was said to have existed for decades and replacing it with a GreatOffscreenWar. This would serve as the starting point for the emergence of the Maquis and the Dominion War over on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' -- which in turn serves as the catalyst for ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Also, Wesley Chrusher's departure in "Journey's End" and the defection of Ro Laren during TNG's penultimate episode stem from this episode.

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** "The Wounded". By itself it seems like another diplomatic problem-solving episode. But it is the introduction of the Cardassians, as well as inserting a {{Retcon}} changing the previously-asserted general peace in which the Federation was said to have existed for decades and replacing it with a GreatOffscreenWar. This would serve as the starting point for the emergence of the Maquis and the Dominion War over on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' -- which in turn serves as the catalyst for ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Also, Wesley Chrusher's Crusher's departure in "Journey's End" and the defection of Ro Laren during TNG's penultimate episode stem from this episode. episode.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** An early random Ferengi comedy episode "Rules of Acquisition" reveals that something called "the Dominion" is a major power in the Gamma Quadrant. The war against the Dominion is ''the'' MythArc of the show.
** Season 5's "Rapture" was a heavy Bajor episode, focusing on the planet's future and Sisko's role as Emissary. The main thrust of the plot is Sisko gaining visions of the future, which are slowly killing him. Before Bashir operates to remove this ability, one vision was of locusts hovering over Bajor before moving onto Cardassia. A later two-parter saw the Dominion enter the Alpha Quadrant and set up shop in its newest member, Cardassia. [[spoiler:The same two-parter also revealed that Bashir had been replaced by a Changeling by this time, offering a new reasoning for "Bashir" wanting to operate on Sisko]].
24th Sep '17 2:04:01 PM StarTropes
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* The ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" seems at first like another example of episodic 60's-era TV--a bad guy named Khan tries to take over the ''Enterprise'', Kirk outwits him and exiles him and his followers to an uninhabited planet, life goes on. Then [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Khan returns]], and the ensuing events greatly influence the rest of the TOS-era movies.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** "Balance of Terror" and "Errand of Mercy" introduce the Romulans and Klingons, each of whom goes from VillainOfTheWeek to major galactic power throughout the rest of the franchise.
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The ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" seems at first like another example of episodic 60's-era TV--a bad guy named Khan tries to take over the ''Enterprise'', Kirk outwits him and exiles him and his followers to an uninhabited planet, life goes on. Then [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Khan returns]], and the ensuing events greatly influence the rest of the TOS-era movies. movies and set up some plot points for the TNG-era series, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', and the reboot movies.
28th Aug '17 7:53:52 AM Doug86
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* In the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' light novels, Endless Eight was exactly this. This short story gave the motivation for the whole fourth book, which most people didn't pick up on. So KyotoAnimation went all out and made EIGHT episodes out of it, setting up the ''Disappearance'' movie.

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* In the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' light novels, Endless Eight was exactly this. This short story gave the motivation for the whole fourth book, which most people didn't pick up on. So KyotoAnimation Creator/KyotoAnimation went all out and made EIGHT episodes out of it, setting up the ''Disappearance'' movie.
19th Aug '17 1:55:04 PM ClintEastwood
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** "I Was Made To Love You" (and earlier, "Ted") seemed a bit out of place at the time of airing (robots? really?) but set up the suspension of disbelief needed for the Buffybot to exist in that series, which allowed Dawn to stay in Sunnydale after the events of "The Gift". Also, this episode introduced Warren, who would become a major villain in the following season.
** "Killed By Death". Buffy is sick and ends up in hospital - a place she hates since her cousin died in a hospital when they were children. While the MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode (which was also responsible for her cousin's death) is dealt with, Sunnydale General ends up playing a ''big'' role in Season Five - not only does Buffy's mother Joyce end up with a brain tumor and spends a few episodes there, but we're also, at the same time, introduced to the character Ben Wilkinson, a young medical intern who serves as a possible {{Love Interest|s}} to Buffy [[spoiler: and who turns out to be the mortal, human shell of Glory, the BigBad of Season Five - Glory's plans, in turn, result in Buffy's death in the Season Five finale]].

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** "I Was Made To Love You" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E18KilledByDeath}} Killed By Death]]" (and earlier, "Ted") "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E11Ted}} Ted]]") seemed a bit out of place at the time of airing (robots? really?) but set up the suspension of disbelief needed for the Buffybot to exist in that series, which allowed Dawn to stay in Sunnydale after the events of "The Gift". Also, this episode introduced Warren, who would become a major villain in the following season.
** "Killed "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E18KilledByDeath}} Killed By Death".Death]]". Buffy is sick and ends up in hospital - a place she hates since her cousin died in a hospital when they were children. While the MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode (which was also responsible for her cousin's death) is dealt with, Sunnydale General ends up playing a ''big'' role in Season Five - not only does Buffy's mother Joyce end up with a brain tumor and spends a few episodes there, but we're also, at the same time, introduced to the character Ben Wilkinson, a young medical intern who serves as a possible {{Love Interest|s}} to Buffy [[spoiler: and who turns out to be the mortal, human shell of Glory, the BigBad of Season Five - Glory's plans, in turn, result in Buffy's death in the Season Five finale]].
1st Aug '17 3:59:47 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** At first glance "The Beach" is [[BeachEpsiode exactly what the title suggests]], though it focuses on Zuko, [[TheDragon Azula]], [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Mai, and Ty Lee]]. Then at the end, the villains' [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] are revealed, and Zuko gets asked an ArmorPiercingQuestion that sets up his HeelRealization.

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** At first glance "The Beach" is [[BeachEpsiode [[BeachEpisode exactly what the title suggests]], though it focuses on Zuko, [[TheDragon Azula]], [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Mai, and Ty Lee]]. Then at the end, the villains' [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] are revealed, and Zuko gets asked an ArmorPiercingQuestion that sets up his HeelRealization.



** "Nightmares And Daydreams" is pretty much a {{Filler}} BizarroEpisode- its A-plot is Aang getting sleep-deprived from stress about the upcoming invasion and beginning to hallucinate, and its B-plot is Zuko and Mai spending time with each other, cuddling adorably, and [[GettingTheCrapPastTheRadar sneaking past the radar]]. Oh, and Zuko attends an offscreen war meeting, during which ''something'' happened that finally cemented his HeelRealization. We won't learn what happened at the meeting until the finale, but oh ''boy'' is it a doozy. [[spoiler: Upon hearing Zuko's advice that the Earth Kingdom's people were tough and would keep fighting as long as they had hope and Azula's suggestion that they burn said hope to the ground, Ozai decided to use the Sozin's Comet power boost to ''utterly destroy'' the Earth Kingdom.]]

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** "Nightmares And Daydreams" is pretty much a {{Filler}} BizarroEpisode- its A-plot is Aang getting sleep-deprived from stress about the upcoming invasion and beginning to hallucinate, and its B-plot is Zuko and Mai spending time with each other, cuddling adorably, and [[GettingTheCrapPastTheRadar [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sneaking past the radar]]. Oh, and Zuko attends an offscreen war meeting, during which ''something'' happened that finally cemented his HeelRealization. We won't learn what happened at the meeting until the finale, but oh ''boy'' is it a doozy. [[spoiler: Upon hearing Zuko's advice that the Earth Kingdom's people were tough and would keep fighting as long as they had hope and Azula's suggestion that they burn said hope to the ground, Ozai decided to use the Sozin's Comet power boost to ''utterly destroy'' the Earth Kingdom.]]
1st Aug '17 3:26:17 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** At first glance "The Beach" is... well, just a beach episode. Then at the end, the villains' [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] are revealed, and Zuko gets asked an ArmorPiercingQuestion that sets up his HeelRealization.

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** At first glance "The Beach" is... well, just a beach episode.is [[BeachEpsiode exactly what the title suggests]], though it focuses on Zuko, [[TheDragon Azula]], [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Mai, and Ty Lee]]. Then at the end, the villains' [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] are revealed, and Zuko gets asked an ArmorPiercingQuestion that sets up his HeelRealization.



** "Nightmares And Daydreams" is a BizarroEpisode, with a plot that mainly focuses on Aang becoming too sleep-deprived and hallucinating. The B plot focuses on Zuko and Mai GettingCrapPastTheRadar (Zuko sends the servants away, and they both sink out of sight on the couch) while Zuko worries about a war meeting. Then we have one scene near the end, not even three minutes long, [[HeelRealization where Zuko finally has an epiphany that sticks]]. [[spoiler: The next time we see him, [[HeelFaceTurn he's preparing to leave and join Team Avatar]].]]

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** "Nightmares And Daydreams" is pretty much a BizarroEpisode, with a plot that mainly focuses on {{Filler}} BizarroEpisode- its A-plot is Aang becoming too getting sleep-deprived from stress about the upcoming invasion and hallucinating. The B plot focuses on beginning to hallucinate, and its B-plot is Zuko and Mai GettingCrapPastTheRadar (Zuko sends spending time with each other, cuddling adorably, and [[GettingTheCrapPastTheRadar sneaking past the servants away, radar]]. Oh, and they both sink out of sight on the couch) while Zuko worries about a attends an offscreen war meeting. Then we have one scene near the end, not even three minutes long, [[HeelRealization where Zuko meeting, during which ''something'' happened that finally has an epiphany that sticks]]. cemented his HeelRealization. We won't learn what happened at the meeting until the finale, but oh ''boy'' is it a doozy. [[spoiler: The next time we see him, [[HeelFaceTurn he's preparing to leave Upon hearing Zuko's advice that the Earth Kingdom's people were tough and join Team Avatar]].would keep fighting as long as they had hope and Azula's suggestion that they burn said hope to the ground, Ozai decided to use the Sozin's Comet power boost to ''utterly destroy'' the Earth Kingdom.]]



** In the Grand Finale, the audience finally sees what happened during the meeting: Zuko inadvertently inspired the plan to use Sozin's Comet to [[spoiler: burn down the ''entire'' Earth Kingdom in order to break the spirit of its citizens once and for all]].
29th Jul '17 5:44:04 AM Phred
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' features the episode "Copy Cat". A seemingly average BreatherEpisode in the season it takes place in involving Puss creating a clone of himself to resolve a TwoTimerDate plot. It's eventually revealed that this event caused an instability in the multiverse that ultimately leads into [[spoiler:Evil Puss becoming the BigBad of that season.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' features the episode "Copy Cat". A seemingly average BreatherEpisode in the season it takes place in involving Puss creating a clone of himself to resolve a TwoTimerDate plot. It's eventually revealed that this event caused an instability in the multiverse that ultimately leads into [[spoiler:Evil [[spoiler:an EvilTwin of Puss becoming In Boots taking over the Netherworld to become the BigBad of that season.]]
29th Jul '17 5:43:19 AM Phred
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' features the episode "Copy Cat". A seemingly average BreatherEpisode in the season it takes place in involving Puss creating a clone of himself to resolve a TwoTimerDate plot. It's eventually revealed that this event caused an instability in the multiverse that ultimately leads into [[spoiler:Evil Puss becoming the BigBad of that season.]]
23rd Jul '17 7:49:42 PM Nap1100
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* One of ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'''s sidequests, "Amnesia", features an android who has, of course, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia developed amnesia]] and wants to find out who killed her comrades. [[spoiler:It's revealed at the end of the sidequest that [[TomatoInTheMirror the amnesiac herself was the one who did it]]. Her true identity is a [=YoRHa=] unit E-Type, which stands for Executioner class: a type of [=YoRHa=] specifically designed to kill rogue androids. This E-Type couldn't bear the pain of killing her fellow androids over and over again, so she wiped her memories in an attempt to ease the pain, which only resulted in her [[GoMadFromTheRevelation going insane when she remembered.]]]] It's an interesting sidequest on its own, but it doesn't have much bearing on the overall plot...but if you do it, it makes TheReveal at the end of the game sting that much harder when you find out [[spoiler:2B is in actuality one of these E-Type units, and [[InLoveWithTheMark she doesn't exactly enjoy the job either.]]]]
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