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27th May '17 5:55:00 AM MistrDragn
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* ''Franchise/ArrowVerse'' tends to use this to differing degrees across its shows, in addition to all having a seasonal StoryArc and BigBad:
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' itself has CorruptCorporateExecutive Of The Week in Season 1, followed by a more generic Criminal Of The Week in Season 2.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has a different metahuman criminal every episode, similar to the earlier example from ''Series/Smallville'' mentioned below.
** ''Series/Supergirl2015'' has a different superpowered criminal or villain every week, though they're mostly aliens or alien related in season 2.
** ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' mostly averts this, since it has a much larger emphasis on the season villains, and instead has a [[TownOfTheWeek Time-Period Of The Week]].
18th May '17 3:18:36 AM mariofan1000
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* Unsurprisingly for a show set in a spy agency, most of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' follows this format. A good chunk of episodes have the format of "ISIS is hired for a mission, and either succeed by the skin of their teeth or bungle it completely" Season 5 and 7 avert this however, having more long-form storytelling.

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* Unsurprisingly for a show set in a spy agency, most of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' follows this format. A good chunk of episodes have the format of "ISIS is hired for a mission, and either succeed by the skin of their teeth or bungle it completely" Season 5 and 7 8 avert this however, this, having more long-form storytelling.storytelling, and while Season 7 has a story arc running throughout, still mostly follows this.
14th May '17 12:32:09 PM Prinzenick
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* WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat had a fairly large gallery of oneshot villains and monsters for Felix to fight, such as The Sludge King, The Bermuda Triangle, Jeepers Creepers, The Elf and many others. This is especially distinct in the context of the WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat series, which only had a handful of recurring villains and very few oneshot villains prior to this revival.
11th May '17 4:28:35 AM morenohijazo
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* Many comics tend to have a story with a one-shot villain every now and then. It would be easier to list comic books and comic strips that DON'T utilize the monster of the week trope.



* Many comics tend to have a story with a one-shot villain every now and then. It would be easier to list comic books and comic strips that DON'T utilize the monster of the week trope.

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* Many comics tend to have a story with a one-shot villain every now and then. It would be easier to list comic books and comic strips that DON'T utilize ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': A common format in the monster of early stories. Chiclón, Luz Luminosa, the week trope.Galactic Gladiator, Morgana the Witch or the Atomic Nightmare are all one-off villains, never appearing again.
29th Apr '17 3:39:23 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' started out like this, then [[{{Pun}} Fate intervened]].

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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' started out like this, then [[{{Pun}} Fate intervened]].
25th Apr '17 4:52:05 PM DragonRanger
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** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' are a slight variation on this, as almost every episode is a two-parter (or more); therefore, almost every monster of the week actually lasts at least two weeks -- and for the former show, that's not counting the ones that were just slightly rebranded and reused, or those [[spoiler:revived to serve as the BigBad's army in the GrandFinale]].

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** Multiple shows starting with ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' are a slight variation on this, as almost every episode is a two-parter (or more); therefore, almost every monster of the week actually lasts at least two weeks -- and for the former show, that's not counting the ones that were just slightly rebranded and reused, or those [[spoiler:revived to serve as the BigBad's army in the GrandFinale]].


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** Also averted in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'', where there are only about ten to twelve monsters; they just have ResurrectiveImmortality. This ties into the series theme of comparing [[VideoGameLives death in video games]] to [[AllDeathsFinal death in real life]]. Another factor is that the show leans more heavily into Rider vs. Rider fights, as ''Gaim'' did.
12th Apr '17 8:36:44 AM ReikoKazama
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* Integral to the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' series. Invariably, they're possessed objects turned rampaging beasts which the heroines fight, defeat and purified, albeit there are cases of animals and even people being possessed. In the first [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure two]] [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar seasons]] the villains summoned ghost-like spirits (Zakenna and Uzaina respectively) to created the monsters; in following seasons, the bad guys used different tools to achieve the same results, such as [[CoolMask masks]] ([[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Kowaina]]), spheres (Hoshina from ''[=PC5=]'''s sequel ''GO!GO!''), diamond-shaped cards ([[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Nakewameke]]), [[OurSoulsAreDifferent wiltering Flower Hearts]] ([[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Desertrian]]), [[BrownNote corrupted musical notes]] ([[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Negatone]]) and [[MonsterClown clown noses]] containing a [[MacGuffin Cure Decor]] ([[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Akanbe]]). The [[Anime/DokiDokiPreCure Jikochuus]] are the exception to the rule as they are created with [[TheHeartless the selfish and petty thoughts of a person's heart]] without the need of possessing anything.

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* Integral to the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' series. Invariably, they're possessed objects turned rampaging beasts which the heroines fight, defeat and purified, purify, albeit there are cases of animals and even people being possessed. In the first [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure two]] [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar seasons]] the villains summoned ghost-like spirits (Zakenna and Uzaina respectively) to created create the monsters; in following seasons, the bad guys used different tools to achieve the same results, such as [[CoolMask masks]] ([[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Kowaina]]), spheres (Hoshina from ''[=PC5=]'''s sequel ''GO!GO!''), diamond-shaped cards ([[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Nakewameke]]), [[OurSoulsAreDifferent wiltering Flower Hearts]] ([[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Desertrian]]), [[BrownNote corrupted musical notes]] ([[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Negatone]]) and [[MonsterClown clown noses]] containing a [[MacGuffin Cure Decor]] ([[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Akanbe]]). The [[Anime/DokiDokiPreCure Jikochuus]] are the exception to the rule as they are created with [[TheHeartless the selfish and petty thoughts of a person's heart]] without the need of possessing anything.
30th Mar '17 12:59:52 PM mariofan1000
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* Unsurprisingly for a show set in a spy agency, most of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' follows this format. A good chunk of episodes have the format of "ISIS is hired for a mission, and either succeed by the skin of their teeth or bungle it completely" Season 5 and 7 avert this however, having more long-form storytelling.
17th Feb '17 12:32:14 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' has the akuma, ordinary people whose extreme negative emotions allowed the BigBad Hawkmoth to turn them into super-villains in his bid to steal the heroes' [[TransformationTrinket Miraculouses]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' has the akuma, ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The BigBad Hawkmoth uses magical butterflies called akuma to turn ordinary people whose suffering from extreme negative emotions allowed the BigBad Hawkmoth to turn into super-villains. He helps them into super-villains get revenge on whoever wronged them in his bid to steal exchange for them stealing the heroes' [[TransformationTrinket Miraculouses]].Miraculouses]] for him.
27th Jan '17 4:48:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': [[CowboyCop Rick Hunter]] and [=DeeDee=] [=McCall=] will always investigate one case a week involving some sort of criminal who will be either locked up or shot dead by the end of the episode.

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* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': With the exception of a few double episodes, [[CowboyCop Rick Hunter]] and [=DeeDee=] [=McCall=] will always investigate one case a week involving some sort of a criminal who will be either locked up or shot dead by the end of the episode.
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