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29th Dec '16 3:09:30 PM Vale
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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has a few of these.
** Frasier's background was changed between ''Cheers'' and his own series he went from being an only child whose late father had been a research scientist and who reconciled with his wife at the end of ''Cheers'', to being divorced, having a brother, and a father who was a retired working-class cop and very much alive.
** He also has a lot of one-off family members who are seen or mentioned in individual stories but are then never seen or mentioned again. Most obviously, Martin explicitly states that he never had a brother in the first season, but we meet Martin's brother Walt in a season five episode. His ex-wife Lilith also remarries in season two, and although her second husband leaving her is a plot point in another season five episode he is not seen or mentioned in any other episode, even the one that takes place in Lilith's (and presumably her husband's) house during the time that they are married.
** Somewhat subverted with Frasier's son Frederick, who was born during ''Cheers''. He is regularly mentioned and appears in nine episodes over the course of ''Frasier''.
12th Dec '16 2:52:51 PM Pinokio
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** In "The Return of Chef", Chef dies, and is brought back to life as Darth Chef by the end of the episode, a detail ignored in "Stunning and Brave", where he is still considered to be dead, and also, when he comes back as a zombie in ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth''.


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** In "Homer the Great", Homer's birthmark is a plot point, but it does not appear in any other episode where he is visibly naked.
8th Dec '16 4:49:01 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Several characters[[note]]usually not counting Quack-Quack since [[NighInvulnerable he cannot die]], though this still applies to him sometimes[[/note]] have been decapitated, blown up, launched into orbit, driven to madness, turned into zombies, [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in alternate dimensions]] [[TrappedInThePast or different time periods]]... Heck, [[spoiler: the world even [[ApocalypseHow blew up]] ]]once! Yet everything is always back to normal in the next episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Several characters[[note]]usually not counting Quack-Quack since [[NighInvulnerable he cannot die]], though this still applies to him sometimes[[/note]] have been decapitated, blown up, launched into orbit, driven to madness, turned into zombies, [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in alternate dimensions]] [[TrappedInThePast or different time periods]]... Heck, [[spoiler: the world even [[ApocalypseHow blew up]] ]]once! up]]]] once! Yet everything is always back to normal in the next episode.
8th Dec '16 2:46:07 PM MagBas
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* The {{anime}} ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' is ''made'' of NegativeContinuity. The only times an episode counts is when they're introducing a new regular cast member, such as [[TheDitz Milfeulle]], [[TheScrappy Chitose]], [[WeaselMascot Normad]] and the Twin Star Force.

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* The {{anime}} ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' is ''made'' of NegativeContinuity. The only times an episode counts is when they're introducing a new regular cast member, such as [[TheDitz Milfeulle]], [[TheScrappy Chitose]], Milfeulle]], Chitose, [[WeaselMascot Normad]] and the Twin Star Force.
4th Dec '16 1:06:05 PM nombretomado
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* Robert E. Howard's original ''ConanTheBarbarian'' tales arguably fall into this. While later authors/editors attempted to hack together loose and hotly debatable timelines out of REH's originals in order to forcibly weld them into a background for their own stories, the stories were not written in any kind of biographical order - the first written takes place when Conan is already an aging king, the second gives no timeframe but is commonly assumed to represent his earlier years. Howard himself said simply that he wrote the stories as they occurred to him, and they occurred to him in much the same way a boastful warrior telling campfire tales might recount things in whichever order they come to mind, with any errors in continuity, contradictions, or inconsistencies being the result of UnreliableNarrator. In truth, there are really very few clues as to when in Conan's life many of them take place, except that some of them clearly take place after others (i.e. when he's king, after being named Amra the pirate, etc).

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* Robert E. Howard's original ''ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' tales arguably fall into this. While later authors/editors attempted to hack together loose and hotly debatable timelines out of REH's originals in order to forcibly weld them into a background for their own stories, the stories were not written in any kind of biographical order - the first written takes place when Conan is already an aging king, the second gives no timeframe but is commonly assumed to represent his earlier years. Howard himself said simply that he wrote the stories as they occurred to him, and they occurred to him in much the same way a boastful warrior telling campfire tales might recount things in whichever order they come to mind, with any errors in continuity, contradictions, or inconsistencies being the result of UnreliableNarrator. In truth, there are really very few clues as to when in Conan's life many of them take place, except that some of them clearly take place after others (i.e. when he's king, after being named Amra the pirate, etc).
29th Nov '16 1:25:14 PM This1person
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* PlayedForLaughs and lampshaded in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'' in the ''VideoGame/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' "review":

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* The WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer has a couple of examples.
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PlayedForLaughs and lampshaded in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'' in the ''VideoGame/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' "review":


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** Lampshaded in his ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''[=/=]''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' dual review. The Third Rate Gamer tells Offensive Stereotype to leave in the second timeline, while allowing him to stay in the first timeline. The latter then inexplicably appears in the ''second'' timeline to save TRG from the bomb, causing Billy to call him out on it.
-->'''Billy:''' He left in this timeline! It's the ''other'' timeline where he stays so he can save your life before your house explodes!
-->'''Third Rate Gamer:''' This video's confusing! I should've been paying more attention.
13th Nov '16 3:48:03 AM NESBoy
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** In "Much Apu About Nothing", a flashback nine years into the past has Apu as a tech school graduate, while his future wife Manjula is still a young child. In "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons", a flashback showing how Apu and Manjula's arranged marriage came to be depicts them both as children barely at eye-level with the table their parents are sitting at.
6th Nov '16 4:32:41 PM JulietF2
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* This trope is one of the charges frequently (and not without ''some'' justification) leveled at ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Things such as significant damage or causalities were brushed off a bit too easily at times, thus hindering any feelings of the ship being stuck and self-reliant in uncharted space.

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* This trope is one of the charges frequently (and not without ''some'' justification) leveled at ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Things such as significant damage or causalities casualities were brushed off a bit too easily at times, thus hindering any feelings of the ship being stuck and self-reliant in uncharted space.
3rd Nov '16 5:28:37 AM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Several characters[[note]]usually not counting Quack-Quack since [[NighInvulnerable he cannot die]], though this still applies to him sometimes[[/note]] have been decapitated, blown up, launched into orbit, driven to madness, turned into zombies, [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in alternate dimensions]] [[TrappedInThePast or different time periods]]... Heck, [[spoiler: the world even [[ApocalypseHow blew up]] ]]once! Yet everything is always back to normal in the next episode.
29th Oct '16 9:30:08 AM nombretomado
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* A common device in radio comedy, where the audience would often consist of whoever happened to be near a radio set at the time. For instance, ''TheGoonShow'' would often have major characters blown up, bankrupted, thrown into prison, killed by wet elephants, or otherwise removed from the story before bringing them back the following week. There was at least one character (Bluebottle) whose ''entire schtick'' was getting killed in every episode. Bluebottle is also a case of far shorter-term NegativeContinuity: "You've deaded me, you swine!"

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* A common device in radio comedy, where the audience would often consist of whoever happened to be near a radio set at the time. For instance, ''TheGoonShow'' ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' would often have major characters blown up, bankrupted, thrown into prison, killed by wet elephants, or otherwise removed from the story before bringing them back the following week. There was at least one character (Bluebottle) whose ''entire schtick'' was getting killed in every episode. Bluebottle is also a case of far shorter-term NegativeContinuity: "You've deaded me, you swine!"
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