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10th Sep '17 7:05:47 AM PaulA
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* Creator/HPLovecraft was known to disregard continuity whenever it suited him (mostly on the account of not seeing the point in continuity in the first place). The name "Old Ones" referred to both gods like Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth but also strange alien races like the one in ''The Shadow out of Time''. Likewise, he has claimed that the "nightmare plateau of Leng" is in Asia, Antarctica and an otherworldly dreamland in various stories. [[UnreliableNarrator One's sanity is a tenuous thing, after all...]]

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* Creator/HPLovecraft was known to disregard continuity whenever it suited him (mostly on the account of not seeing the point in continuity in the first place). The name "Old Ones" referred to both gods like Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth but also strange alien races like the one in ''The Shadow out of Time''.''Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime''. Likewise, he has claimed that the "nightmare plateau of Leng" is in Asia, Antarctica and an otherworldly dreamland in various stories. [[UnreliableNarrator One's sanity is a tenuous thing, after all...]]
29th Aug '17 11:58:58 AM Dhaka-dice
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** Mario's modern in-game voice is quite different from his low, gravelly voice and Brooklyn accent in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''.
29th Aug '17 11:19:03 AM Dhaka-dice
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** When Spirit Of Jazz reappears in a later episode, he has a name, a backstory and is now a germ that's been trapped in an old jazz record for decades.
26th Aug '17 2:25:30 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' lampshades this once, when Fry declares that the most important thing in sitcoms is that "When the next episode starts, everything is back to normal"... as the camera pulls out on the burning ruins of New New York, which is -- of course -- back to normal by the next episode. The series as a whole has a continuity, an explicitly stated timeline, a canon, and at least one running storyline-that involves Nibbler and is hinted at from the ''first episode''. It is still affected by NegativeContinuity, though.
** In "A Farewell to Arms" there is a ContinuityNod to the Native Martians abandoning their homeworld in "Where the Buggalo Roam" and the planet Mars is thrown into the sun. Nine episodes later in "Viva Mars Vegas" Mars not only still exists the Natives still live there.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' lampshades this once, when Fry declares that the most important thing in sitcoms is that "When "At the next episode starts, end of the episode, everything is always goes right back to normal"... as the camera pulls out on the burning ruins of New New York, which is -- of course -- back to normal by the next episode. The series as a whole has a continuity, an explicitly stated timeline, a canon, and at least one running storyline-that storyline that involves Nibbler and is hinted at from the ''first episode''. It is still affected by NegativeContinuity, though.
** In "A Farewell to Arms" Arms", there is a ContinuityNod to the Native Martians abandoning their homeworld in "Where the Buggalo Roam" and the planet Mars is thrown into the sun. Nine episodes later in "Viva Mars Vegas" Vegas", Mars not only still exists exists, the Natives still live there.
26th Aug '17 2:16:19 PM 64SuperNintendo
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** The "Tori season." Essentially, the show filmed its final season, including the graduation. The network wanted more episodes, but two of the three female leads wouldn't return. A new slate of episodes were filmed with a new female character. These episodes where aired alternately with the original final season episodes. Therefore, they had Kelly & Jessie episodes interspersed with Tori episodes with Zack as love interest for both Kelly & Tori and neither set of episodes referencing each other.

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** The "Tori season." Essentially, the show filmed its final season, including the graduation. The network wanted more episodes, but two of the three female leads wouldn't return. A new slate of episodes were filmed with a new female character. These episodes where aired alternately with the original final season episodes. Therefore, they had Kelly & and Jessie episodes interspersed with Tori episodes with Zack as love interest for both Kelly & and Tori and neither set of episodes referencing each other.
9th Aug '17 4:44:24 PM ZombieAladdin
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Related to StatusQuoIsGod, except it is (or can be) more deliberate/explicit, and it doesn't require any narrative explanation. See also: NoOntologicalInertia. Also related is BroadStrokes and SnapBack. Not to be confused with FanonDiscontinuity or CanonDiscontinuity.

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Related to StatusQuoIsGod, except it is (or can be) more deliberate/explicit, and it doesn't require any narrative explanation. See also: NoOntologicalInertia. Also related is BroadStrokes are BroadStrokes, SnapBack, and SnapBack.UniversalAdaptorCast. Not to be confused with FanonDiscontinuity or CanonDiscontinuity.
2nd Aug '17 10:36:04 PM NocturneTheFox
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The greatest benefit of this is trope is that it allows a show to by syndicated out of order, and the lack of continuity means that unfamiliar viewers can watch each episode without feeling confused or "out of the loop". This is why continuity-heavy shows, regardless of popularity, tend to see minimal airtime outside of episode premiers.

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The greatest benefit of this is trope is that it allows a show to by syndicated out of order, and the lack of continuity means that unfamiliar viewers can watch each episode without feeling confused or "out of the loop". This is why continuity-heavy shows, regardless of popularity, tend to see minimal airtime outside of episode premiers.
premieres.
29th Jul '17 10:31:01 PM smitherfield
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** In the Season 16 episode "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining," the boys are portrayed in live action by actors in their mid-20's, which could be seen as LampshadeHanging given that's how old they would have been if they had aged in real time.
15th Jul '17 11:16:44 AM Rubber_Lotus
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** Many WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror episodes have various characters die. The Halloween specials are officially non-canon, so it makes sense, though most deaths outside of that remain that way.

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** Many WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror episodes have various characters die. [[note]]The original FramingDevice was that all the shorts are scary stories being told by the kids, but this was quickly dropped.[[/note]] The Halloween specials are officially non-canon, so it makes sense, though most deaths outside of that remain that way.
11th Jul '17 4:09:11 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'', most stories are about Nobita receiving a device from the future from Doraemon that does something no modern appliance can, and circumstances ensure Nobita will suffer for it, whether it be losing all of his hair, leaking embarrassing videos of himself to his friends, getting hit by a car, drowning in his own bathtub, stranding himself in another dimension, and so forth. By the next story, he and anyone else he drags down with him are perfectly fine, and Doraemon is ready to give Nobita another device that will inevitably get Nobita into more trouble.
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