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27th Nov '16 3:01:58 PM Andrew
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* ''Series/BurnNotice'' episodes usually worked within a dual structure where Mike and his friends helped a Client of the Week fight a Loan Shark/Drug Dealer/Gang Member of the Week while also investigating the larger MythArc about Michael's [[TitleDrop burn notice]]. Mike almost always completely out-classed the villain of the week, so the larger arc was usually a chance to humble him and show him struggling with an equally matched opponent.
28th Oct '16 1:46:46 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'', being a {{Tokusatsu}} franchise, has this as a staple. The following list includes notable implementations or subversions and aversions to this trope:
** The first and second monster in the original ''Series/KamenRider'' series are the Spider Man and Bat Man respectively. [[note]]Not to be confused with the famous comic book heroes[[/note]]. Many of the newer Kamen Rider series reference them by either basing the first monsters a Rider would face on these animals, or basing important antagonists on them.
** The 51 Undead in ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' are actually in conflict with one another to see which will be the dominant species on Earth (the human Undead was the winner of the last such competition, hence ''us''). It can probably be assumed most of them are simply laying low and gathering their strength at the beginning of the series.
** ''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]].
** Averted with ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. The series focuses more on the conflict with the multiple riders, who each deal differently with the series' impending apocalypse, resulting in more Rider vs Rider battles than battles against monsters. Only near the beginning are single monsters treated like a genuine threat. After a short while, the series starts reusing old monsters and treats them like glorified {{Mooks}}, serving only as the occasional distraction.



** The 51 Undead in ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' are actually in conflict with one another to see which will be the dominant species on Earth (the human Undead was the winner of the last such competition, hence ''us''). It can probably be assumed most of them are simply laying low and gathering their strength at the beginning of the series.



** ''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]].
*** Every show since ''Den-O'' has followed the "monster of the fortnight" formula, though ''[[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]'' did have a few Yummies that only lasted one episode. Mostly averted in ''[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Gaim]]'', although that's because the show's mainly about the different agendas of the multiple Riders so far, with the monsters a looming threat mostly in the background. Averted so far with ''[[Series/KamenRiderGhost Ghost]]'' though the Ganma all having the same basic body suit probably has something to do with that.
25th Oct '16 2:59:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/ForeverKnight'': Nick Knight generally faces a new criminal every week in his job as a metropolitan police detective. Recurring villains include his vampire sire [=LaCroix=].
11th Oct '16 11:18:31 AM Metalder386
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** ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' features a rare aversion (almost): instead of traditional monsters of the week, five recurring human sized "beastnoids" fought the team instead, although there was always a giant robot of the week instead of an enlarged normal monster.

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** ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' features a rare aversion (almost): instead of traditional monsters of the week, five recurring human sized "beastnoids" fought the team instead, although there was always a giant robot of the week instead of an enlarged normal monster. Given that this meant the giant robot costumes got little use, this approach has only been done in Bioman.
11th Oct '16 11:17:30 AM Metalder386
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** ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' features a rare aversion (almost): instead of traditional monsters of the week, five recurring human sized "beastnoids" who fought the team instead, although there was always a giant robot of the week instead of an enlarged normal monster.

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** ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' features a rare aversion (almost): instead of traditional monsters of the week, five recurring human sized "beastnoids" who fought the team instead, although there was always a giant robot of the week instead of an enlarged normal monster.
11th Oct '16 11:16:44 AM Metalder386
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** ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' features a rare aversion (almost): instead of traditional monsters of the week, five recurring human sized "beastnoids" who fought the team instead, although there was always a giant robot of the week instead of an enlarged normal monster.
8th Oct '16 3:28:20 AM jormis29
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* ''Martin Morning'' demonstrates this, with the odd twist of the protagonist being the new monster each episode.

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* ''Martin Morning'' ''WesternAnimation/MartinMorning'' demonstrates this, with the odd twist of the protagonist being the new monster each episode.
16th Sep '16 3:41:07 AM YnK
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** ''Sailor Moon'' is the most famous of this, with the monsters of the week -- at least 80% of the time -- also being MonogenderMonsters, females in this case. Also, with only two exceptions (Cienicienta, but not because she's strong, smart or otherwise special, just because the authors wanted to make Usagi's birthday-episode into a two-parter, and Regulus, beacuse the writers forgot to kill him off), none of the monsters ever survive the episode they were introduced in. {{Parodied}} in [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/ArtworkJAFanarts/SMARTCritToomanyYomas.jpg this fanart.]]

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** ''Sailor Moon'' is the most famous of this, with the monsters of the week -- at least 80% of the time -- also being MonogenderMonsters, females in this case. Also, with only two exceptions (Cienicienta, but not because she's strong, smart or otherwise special, just because the authors wanted to make Usagi's birthday-episode into a two-parter, and Regulus, beacuse the writers forgot to kill him off), none None of the monsters ever survive the episode episodes they were introduced in.in, with the only two exceptions being Regulus (because Nephrite only used him as a distraction and never summoned him again after that) and Cenicienta (because the episode she appeared in was a two-parter). {{Parodied}} in [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/ArtworkJAFanarts/SMARTCritToomanyYomas.jpg this fanart.]]
25th Aug '16 4:15:13 AM AjWargo
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* Nightmare in ''[[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa Kirby of the Stars]]'' would provide King Dedede with a new monster with which to try to kill Kirby every episode. Naturally, Dedede is just too cheap to buy more than one at any one time. He did go into debt buying them. Nightmare actually had to send a monster to collect the debt without him realizing (at first), though it still ended up being defeated.

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* Nightmare in ''[[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa Kirby of the Stars]]'' would provide King Dedede with a new monster with which to try to kill Kirby every episode. Naturally, Dedede is just too cheap to buy more than one at any one time. He did go into debt buying them. Nightmare actually had to send a monster to collect the debt without him realizing (at first), though it still ended up being defeated. Some of the monsters were from the games, like the Ice Dragon and Mumbies, but others weren't.
1st Aug '16 11:05:17 AM 24601is2460done
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* "AshAndCinders" often has the trio facing off against different strange perils in between their FetchQuest to retrieve their stolen half-brother.

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* "AshAndCinders" ''AshAndCinders'' often has the trio facing off against different strange perils in between their FetchQuest to retrieve their stolen half-brother.
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