History Main / KudzuPlot

30th Apr '18 5:50:19 PM nombretomado
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The TropeNamer is a plant, one of Japan's top exports to the DeepSouth. It was initially imported as a way to improve the soil, but it quickly gained a reputation for growing all over the place, being very hard to rein in, and choking out other plants. Named after the same plant as AlienKudzu, but [[IThoughtItMeant the two tropes are unrelated]]. It's also [[IThoughtItMeant not to be confused with]] the NewspaperComic of [[ComicStrip/{{Kudzu}} the same name]].

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The TropeNamer is a plant, one of Japan's top exports to the DeepSouth. It was initially imported as a way to improve the soil, but it quickly gained a reputation for growing all over the place, being very hard to rein in, and choking out other plants. Named after the same plant as AlienKudzu, but [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant the two tropes are unrelated]]. It's also [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not to be confused with]] the NewspaperComic of [[ComicStrip/{{Kudzu}} the same name]].
30th Apr '18 8:32:52 AM MasterFuzzy
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** What complicates this trope even further is that the author has stated that he's creating an entirely new universe in the Middle [[SuperheroPrevalenceStages Superhero Prevalence Stage]], shading towards Late. Therefore, when a new hero is mentioned or introduced, the reader doesn't necessarily know whether this is a cameo, after which they'll become the HeroOfAnotherStory[[note]] such as Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne[[/note]], or whether they will go on to become an important part of the plot.[[note]] For example, Peter Parker appeared briefly in chapter 20 of book 1, before returning in chapter 29 of the second book for the arc that would kick off his OriginStory[[/note]]
19th Mar '18 12:12:12 AM PhantomRider
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' ended never having cleared up half of what was going on.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' ended never having cleared up half of what was going on. {{Revival}}s continue the tradition.
8th Feb '18 7:28:51 AM Sapphirea2
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' season 20 continued the [[LaterInstallmentWeirdness new trend]] of season-long arcs, but proved too ambitious for its own good. Compared to season 19, it was much more trying to be one cohesive story, and its RippedFromTheHeadlines strategy proved to be a problem when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the 2016 presidential election didn't turn out like the creators apparently expected]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' season Season 20 continued the [[LaterInstallmentWeirdness new trend]] of season-long arcs, but proved too ambitious for its own good. Compared to season Season 19, it was much more trying to be one cohesive story, and its RippedFromTheHeadlines strategy proved to be a problem when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the 2016 presidential election didn't turn out like the creators apparently expected]]. Season 21 switched back to standalone stories connected only by one easily carried-over thread from 20, [[spoiler: the Cartman-Heidi relationship]], later bringing in [[spoiler: President Garrison]] only because the aftermath of the election proved too much for a topical show to ignore.
8th Feb '18 7:20:39 AM Sapphirea2
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** Creator/StevenMoffat's era, Series 5-10, quickly gained a reputation for this sort of thing. For instance, Series 5 left all sorts of dangling plot threads, like who the Silence is, who [[spoiler:took control of the TARDIS]] in "The Pandorica Opens", who River Song is, and why [[spoiler:the TARDIS blowing up would destroy the Universe]] (which even the Doctor admits he's not sure about). He resolved almost all of these in Series 6, only to raise even ''more'' questions. This pattern has continued throughout his tenure with each series bringing in more outlandish situations, some of which will likely never be answered -- such as how, post-series 9, [[spoiler: Clara Oswald returns to her final death]]. ''Sometimes'' he would take the opportunity to resolve something that's been dangling for several series out of the blue. The ChristmasEpisode post-Series 9 explained [[spoiler:the circumstances of River's last night with the Doctor on Darillium]], which had been hanging since Series 4. The Series 10 SeasonFinale revealed [[spoiler: what happened to the Harold Saxon Master after "The End of Time" and how he regenerated into Missy from there]]. And then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls that same episode]], the second-to-last of his tenure, left dangling [[spoiler: the fate of Nardole and the solar farmers (who apparently are doomed to forever fight Cybermen on a giant spaceship caught in a black hole), whether Missy was able to survive being killed by Saxon or not, whether Bill ever returns to Earth and human form ''and/or'' meets the Doctor (whom she thought dead) again, what became of the Vault beneath St. Luke's and the Doctor's teaching job there, the origin of the spaceship that left the fuel puddle that transformed Heather]]...''and'' [[spoiler: whether the Doctor finds out about '''any''' of these characters' fates]]!

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** Creator/StevenMoffat's era, Series 5-10, quickly gained a reputation for this sort of thing. For instance, Series 5 left all sorts of dangling plot threads, like who the Silence is, who [[spoiler:took control of the TARDIS]] in "The Pandorica Opens", who River Song is, and why [[spoiler:the TARDIS blowing up would destroy the Universe]] (which even the Doctor admits he's not sure about). He resolved almost all of these in Series 6, only to raise even ''more'' questions. This pattern has continued throughout his tenure with each series bringing in more outlandish situations, some of which will likely never be answered -- such as how, post-series 9, [[spoiler: Clara Oswald returns to her final death]]. ''Sometimes'' he would take the opportunity to resolve something that's been dangling for several series out of the blue. The ChristmasEpisode post-Series 9 explained [[spoiler:the circumstances of River's last night with the Doctor on Darillium]], which had been hanging since Series 4. The Series 10 SeasonFinale revealed [[spoiler: what happened to the Harold Saxon Master after "The End of Time" and how he regenerated into Missy from there]]. And then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls that same episode]], the second-to-last of his tenure, episode]] left dangling [[spoiler: the fate of Nardole and the solar farmers (who apparently are doomed to forever fight Cybermen on a giant spaceship caught in a black hole), whether Missy was able to survive being killed by Saxon or not, Saxon, whether Bill ever returns to Earth and human form ''and/or'' meets the Doctor (whom she thought dead) again, the fates of those she knew on Earth, what became of the Vault beneath St. Luke's and the Doctor's teaching job there, job]], ''and'' of course the origin of the spaceship that left the fuel puddle that transformed Heather]]...''and'' Heather back in the season premiere! Twelve's GrandFinale, "Twice Upon a Time", only wrapped up ''three'' plot threads: [[spoiler: whether what became of Rusty the Doctor finds out about '''any''' of these characters' fates]]!Dalek, the Doctor's inability to remember Clara Oswald, and his guilt over Bill's fate]].



** At this point, there are some '''huge''' questions the fandom has by and large accepted will/can '''never''' be answered, despite the occasional hints/teases in the new series. These include the identities and fates of family members of the Doctor (his first wife in particular) besides Susan, the definitive reason he ran away from Gallifrey in the first place (he usually claims it's boredom, but "Heaven Sent" has him saying it's [[spoiler: fear of...what?]]), and his birth name.

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** At this point, there are some '''huge''' questions the fandom has by and large accepted will/can '''never''' be answered, despite the despite occasional hints/teases in the new series. These include the identities and fates of family members of the Doctor (his first wife in particular) besides Susan, Susan Foreman, the definitive ultimate fate of Susan herself, the reason he ran away from Gallifrey in the first place (he usually claims it's boredom, but "Heaven Sent" has him saying it's [[spoiler: fear of...what?]]), and his birth name.
2nd Jan '18 2:02:56 PM TravisLanceHawkins
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[[caption-width-right:250:The {{Trope Namer|s}} invades another land of {{plot}} with its loose ends.]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:The {{Trope Namer|s}} invades [[{{Pun}} another plot of land of {{plot}} with its loose ends.]]]]]]
12th Dec '17 4:33:27 AM SpacemanSpoof
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' lampshades this: A minor character who had a brief relationship with one of the main characters very early in the strip [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1106.html shows up again]] years later, with a baby named Kudzu.
5th Dec '17 4:49:09 PM patxiao
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' introduced many arcs, plot elements and ideas from the dimensional counterparts, the existence of four dimensions, the bracelets and Four Dimensional Dragons, the Dragon Boys' special powers, the interdimensional war, Leo's obsession with the Bracelet Girls, where Yusho has been. It adds to the story as the characters have no idea what is going on and many times they uncover the story with the audience. At the end every mystery has been answered, making this a successful use of the trope.
10th Nov '17 6:16:59 AM kasperow
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** For the record, Hideaki Anno (the show's producer) has on one occasion stated that ''he isn't even sure what the hell is actually going on''! And he created the show, for crying out loud!
31st Oct '17 3:23:48 PM Kickisund
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* The many spin-off novels based on ''Series/MASH'' tend to run to about 205 pages long. The plot starts out complicated, and gets more and more convoluted, in order to involve as many of the established characters as possible, up to somewhere about page 187. Then the author starts tying off loose ends with wild abandon, and very little sense, until hey, presto! everything is resolved.

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* The many spin-off novels based on ''Series/MASH'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' tend to run to about 205 pages long. The plot starts out complicated, and gets more and more convoluted, in order to involve as many of the established characters as possible, up to somewhere about page 187. Then the author starts tying off loose ends with wild abandon, and very little sense, until hey, presto! everything is resolved.
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