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1st Dec '17 7:14:29 PM legendaryweredragon
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* The two ''Film/{{Animusic}}'' films are similar to ''Fantasia'' but have even less plot, being just a bunch computer animated music videos of animated instruments, machines, and robots playing songs.



* The two ''Film/Animusic'' films have even less plot than ''Fanatia'', being just a bunch computer animated music videos of animated instruments, machines, and robots playing songs.

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* The two ''Film/Animusic'' films have even less plot than ''Fanatia'', being just a bunch computer animated music videos of animated instruments, machines, and robots playing songs.
1st Dec '17 7:13:03 PM legendaryweredragon
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* The two ''Film/Animusic'' films have even less plot than ''Fanatia'', being just a bunch computer animated music videos of animated instruments, machines, and robots playing songs.
1st Dec '17 5:01:55 PM DustSnitch
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[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* TabletopGame/{{Chess}}, TabletopGame/{{Checkers}}, TabletopGame/{{Go}}, and other ancient board games--they have the themes of "warfare", "strategy", and "outwitting your opponent", but no actual plot to speak of.
** In an interesting aversion, Chaturanga, the precursor to modern chess, has a "setting" in South Asia (presumably India) and is named for a battle in the epic ''Mahabharata''.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Citadels}}'', players must build districts and earn points to win, while playing as different characters to help them reach this objective. However, there's no real story to follow, and none of the characters have actual backstories.

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[[AC:TabletopGames]]
[[AC:Film]]
* TabletopGame/{{Chess}}, TabletopGame/{{Checkers}}, TabletopGame/{{Go}}, and other ancient board games--they Many of the earliest films in movie history made no attempt to tell a story, but consisted solely of the filmmakers capturing scenes they thought were interesting. Some of the Film/LumiereFilms (1895-6) consist of nothing more than a train pulling into a station or people getting off a boat. ''Film/ATripDownMarketStreet'' (1906) is exactly that, a 13-minute trolley ride down Market Street.
* Most porn movies
have the themes of "warfare", "strategy", and "outwitting your opponent", but no actual plot plot, only interludes that lead to speak of.
** In an interesting aversion, Chaturanga, the precursor to modern chess, has a "setting" in South Asia (presumably India) and is named for a battle in the epic ''Mahabharata''.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Citadels}}'', players must build districts and earn points to win, while playing as different
characters having sex with one another. [[http://non-compos-mentis.blogspot.mx/2006/11/umberto-eco-how-to-recognize-porn-movie.html Right?]]
* ''Film/RoundhayGardenScene'': This 1888 film is only two seconds long and features some people walking around in a garden. It's the earliest surviving film and almost an example of a tropeless tale.
* ''Empire'' by Creator/AndyWarhol is just a shot of the Empire State Building [[LeaveTheCameraRunning filmed over the course of 8 hours]].
* ''Film/RussianArk'' is basically a 96-minute tour of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. TheFaceless narrator and his companion wander from room
to room, traveling back and forth through time, observing 300 years of Russian history. There's lots and lots of CostumePorn, SceneryPorn, and talk about art. There's also no story and no plot.
* 1929 film ''Film/ManWithAMovieCamera'' is a visual collage of urban life in the Soviet Union. The opening titles proclaim that the film was assembled "without
help them reach of a story", and in fact there is no plot, only a record of regular people about their daily life.
* ''Film/{{Baraka}}'' is, quite simply, '''the''' incarnation of
this objective. However, there's trope, in its most highly distilled form. In his review Creator/RogerEbert said it should be the presentation on the "golden record" of the next spacecraft to go outside the solar system, as it is essentially a wordless montage of Earth's greatest sights and sounds. That Ebert included it in his list of the greatest movies ever made is proof-positive that it succeeded with aplomb.
* ''Film/TheHollywoodRevueOf1929'' is a feature-length VarietyShow in which almost every star signed to MGM at that time appears in a sketch. There is
no real attempt at a plot, merely a series of sketches and songs until the movie ends.
* While most segments of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' have a bit of an ExcusePlot to show animals / dinosaurs / mythological beings frolic around to classical music, ''Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor'', is just abstract figures and colors appearing to the tune of the music with absolutely no coherent plot. The only segment with a solid story is ''The Sorcerer's Apprentice'', though (which is the most well-known segment of the film, probably for this reason).
* Music/FrankZappa's directorial debut, ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'', is entirely made up of incredibly bizarre segments and situations with equally strange imagery and editing all taking place on an [[NoBudget obviously cheap movie set]] with next to no connection between any of them. In interviews, Zappa claimed to have secretly recorded his band mates while they were high or drunk for inspiration while writing the script and intended the film to highlight the editing possibilities of videotape. Granted the plot was the result of the film never being properly finished, but considering Zappa's body of work the final cut probably wouldn't have been that different from what was released.

[[AC:Literature]]
* There isn't a
story to follow, and none of follow in ''Literature/AMillionRandomDigitsWithOneHundredThousandNormalDeviates'', the characters readers are just expected to use the random numbers presented to them however they see fit.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* The Creator/TsuburayaProductions series Redman, which consists entirely of short, [[NoBudget cheap]] vignettes where the title superhero fights monsters. Since the fights
have actual backstories.
no context to speak of, this gives off an unnerving feel to the proceedings.

[[AC:Music]]
* A lot of instrumental music that just features an abstract title ("First Symphony, "Concert For Orchestra", "Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor") and no explanation of a central theme.
* ''Music/BadLipReading'' is WordSalad made from re-recording the audio for music videos, so 99% of videos have no distinguishable plot.
* ''Music/SongsOfTheHumpbackWhale'' is an album without any music or lyrics. It only features whales "singing" and consists of just a few selected recordings. It did become a bestseller though and was included in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for its "historical, cultural and aesthetical significance."



[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* TabletopGame/{{Chess}}, TabletopGame/{{Checkers}}, TabletopGame/{{Go}}, and other ancient board games--they have the themes of "warfare", "strategy", and "outwitting your opponent", but no actual plot to speak of.
** In an interesting aversion, Chaturanga, the precursor to modern chess, has a "setting" in South Asia (presumably India) and is named for a battle in the epic ''Mahabharata''.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Citadels}}'', players must build districts and earn points to win, while playing as different characters to help them reach this objective. However, there's no real story to follow, and none of the characters have actual backstories.

[[AC:Theme Parks]]
* The vast majority of theme park rides not made by [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney]] or Ride/UniversalStudios fall under this; having no story whatsoever and just being there for the sake of a fun experience.



[[AC:Web Original]]
* Most of the ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' don't have any plot beyond two figures rapping against each other for no particular reason. The only exception so far is "Donald Trump vs. Ebenezer Scrooge", which is YetAnotherChristmasCarol.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* The 1942 WarTimeCartoon ''WesternAnimation/AnyBondsToday'' has WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd appear to sing and dance in an effort to convince people to buy war bonds. That's all that happens in this very short (1 minute, 38 seconds long) [[PropagandaMachine propaganda cartoon]].
* The animated films of Creator/NormanMcLaren. Most of his films, such as "Le Merle", "Synchrony", and "Boogie Doodle" have absolutely no story, narrative or characters at all. They used minimalistic animation that aimed for abstract, emotional experiences.
* ''WesternAnimation/SoupeOpera''. Fruit and vegetables, in a dark room, cut themselves up to form animals. While listening to creepy music.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Walking}}'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, namely, a five-minute motion study of people walking.
* ''Animation/TheMindsEye'' series. Its primary purpose was to showcase animation technology and talent of the early '90s, and it is composed of clips of computer animation from hundreds of animators, so there was very little thought given to any sort of plot. The sequences act just like the segments from ''Fantasia'' above (set to electronic music, of course), but there are a few attempts at a story. Both ''The Mind's Eye'' and ''Beyond the Mind's Eye'' feature whole sequences that have a self-contained story because the story was already planned out by the studios who submitted them. ''The Gate to the Mind's Eye'' attempts to form a coherent story, but it's largely lost [[AllThereInTheManual if you don't read the box or DVD case]].




!!Non-video game examples:

[[AC:Film]]
* Many of the earliest films in movie history made no attempt to tell a story, but consisted solely of the filmmakers capturing scenes they thought were interesting. Some of the Film/LumiereFilms (1895-6) consist of nothing more than a train pulling into a station or people getting off a boat. ''Film/ATripDownMarketStreet'' (1906) is exactly that, a 13-minute trolley ride down Market Street.
* Most porn movies have no actual plot, only interludes that lead to characters having sex with one another. [[http://non-compos-mentis.blogspot.mx/2006/11/umberto-eco-how-to-recognize-porn-movie.html Right?]]
* ''Film/RoundhayGardenScene'': This 1888 film is only two seconds long and features some people walking around in a garden. It's the earliest surviving film and almost an example of a tropeless tale.
* ''Empire'' by Creator/AndyWarhol is just a shot of the Empire State Building [[LeaveTheCameraRunning filmed over the course of 8 hours]].
* ''Film/RussianArk'' is basically a 96-minute tour of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. TheFaceless narrator and his companion wander from room to room, traveling back and forth through time, observing 300 years of Russian history. There's lots and lots of CostumePorn, SceneryPorn, and talk about art. There's also no story and no plot.
* 1929 film ''Film/ManWithAMovieCamera'' is a visual collage of urban life in the Soviet Union. The opening titles proclaim that the film was assembled "without help of a story", and in fact there is no plot, only a record of regular people about their daily life.
* ''Film/{{Baraka}}'' is, quite simply, '''the''' incarnation of this trope, in its most highly distilled form. In his review Creator/RogerEbert said it should be the presentation on the "golden record" of the next spacecraft to go outside the solar system, as it is essentially a wordless montage of Earth's greatest sights and sounds. That Ebert included it in his list of the greatest movies ever made is proof-positive that it succeeded with aplomb.
* ''Film/TheHollywoodRevueOf1929'' is a feature-length VarietyShow in which almost every star signed to MGM at that time appears in a sketch. There is no attempt at a plot, merely a series of sketches and songs until the movie ends.
* While most segments of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' have a bit of an ExcusePlot to show animals / dinosaurs / mythological beings frolic around to classical music, ''Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor'', is just abstract figures and colors appearing to the tune of the music with absolutely no coherent plot. The only segment with a solid story is ''The Sorcerer's Apprentice'', though (which is the most well-known segment of the film, probably for this reason).
* Music/FrankZappa's directorial debut, ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'', is entirely made up of incredibly bizarre segments and situations with equally strange imagery and editing all taking place on an [[NoBudget obviously cheap movie set]] with next to no connection between any of them. In interviews, Zappa claimed to have secretly recorded his band mates while they were high or drunk for inspiration while writing the script and intended the film to highlight the editing possibilities of videotape. Granted the plot was the result of the film never being properly finished, but considering Zappa's body of work the final cut probably wouldn't have been that different from what was released.

[[AC:Literature]]
* There isn't a story to follow in ''Literature/AMillionRandomDigitsWithOneHundredThousandNormalDeviates'', the readers are just expected to use the random numbers presented to them however they see fit.

[[AC:Live Action]]
* The Creator/TsuburayaProductions series Redman, which consists entirely of short, [[NoBudget cheap]] vignettes where the title superhero fights monsters. Since the fights have no context to speak of, this gives off an unnerving feel to the proceedings.

[[AC:Music]]
* A lot of instrumental music that just features an abstract title ("First Symphony, "Concert For Orchestra", "Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor") and no explanation of a central theme.
* ''Music/BadLipReading'' is WordSalad made from re-recording the audio for music videos, so 99% of videos have no distinguishable plot.
* ''Music/SongsOfTheHumpbackWhale'' is an album without any music or lyrics. It only features whales "singing" and consists of just a few selected recordings. It did become a bestseller though and was included in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for its "historical, cultural and aesthetical significance."

[[AC:Theme Parks]]
* The vast majority of theme park rides not made by [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney]] or Ride/UniversalStudios fall under this; having no story whatsoever and just being there for the sake of a fun experience.

[[AC:Web Original]]
* Most of the ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' don't have any plot beyond two figures rapping against each other for no particular reason. The only exception so far is "Donald Trump vs. Ebenezer Scrooge", which is YetAnotherChristmasCarol.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* The 1942 WarTimeCartoon ''WesternAnimation/AnyBondsToday'' has WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd appear to sing and dance in an effort to convince people to buy war bonds. That's all that happens in this very short (1 minute, 38 seconds long) [[PropagandaMachine propaganda cartoon]].
* The animated films of Creator/NormanMcLaren. Most of his films, such as "Le Merle", "Synchrony", and "Boogie Doodle" have absolutely no story, narrative or characters at all. They used minimalistic animation that aimed for abstract, emotional experiences.
* ''WesternAnimation/SoupeOpera''. Fruit and vegetables, in a dark room, cut themselves up to form animals. While listening to creepy music.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Walking}}'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, namely, a five-minute motion study of people walking.
* ''Animation/TheMindsEye'' series. Its primary purpose was to showcase animation technology and talent of the early '90s, and it is composed of clips of computer animation from hundreds of animators, so there was very little thought given to any sort of plot. The sequences act just like the segments from ''Fantasia'' above (set to electronic music, of course), but there are a few attempts at a story. Both ''The Mind's Eye'' and ''Beyond the Mind's Eye'' feature whole sequences that have a self-contained story because the story was already planned out by the studios who submitted them. ''The Gate to the Mind's Eye'' attempts to form a coherent story, but it's largely lost [[AllThereInTheManual if you don't read the box or DVD case]].
1st Dec '17 4:58:36 PM DustSnitch
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[[AC:Literature]]
* There isn't a story to follow in ''Literature/AMillionRandomDigitsWithOneHundredThousandNormalDeviates'', the readers are just expected to use the random numbers presented to them however they see fit.
6th Nov '17 2:02:07 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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[[AC:{{Toys}}]]
* The ''Toys/GoGosCrazyBones'' series does not have a plot. This is averted in the Urban Toys set of Gogos, however, whose plot is that the Gogos are aliens that came to Earth to be played with.
5th Sep '17 1:37:33 PM Kotomikun
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* While most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games have an ExcusePlot at the very least, ''VideoGame/PokemonDash'' and the second ''VideoGame/PokemonTrozei'' game don't even have that.

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* While most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games have an ExcusePlot at the very least, ''VideoGame/PokemonDash'' and the second ''VideoGame/PokemonTrozei'' game don't even have that. ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' has the usual Professor handing out starter Pokémon, but that's pretty much all the story you get--no reason is ever given for why there are Pokémon in the real world, or why the Valor, Mystic, and Instinct teams are endlessly fighting to control gyms.
22nd Aug '17 12:33:07 PM Piterpicher
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* ''VideoGame/FastEddie'' has no plot to speak of, Eddie simply run around, collects prizes and avoids Sneakers.
17th Aug '17 6:46:35 AM barberbarberjoe
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[[AC:Live Action]]
* The Creator/TsuburayaProductions series Redman, which consists entirely of short, [[NoBudget cheap]] vignettes where the title superhero fights monsters. Since the fights have no context to speak of, this gives off an unnerving feel to the proceedings.
13th Jul '17 9:08:58 AM Phediuk
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* ''VideoGame/CobraTriange'': you're a boat. Here's some challenges.

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* ''VideoGame/CobraTriange'': ''VideoGame/CobraTriangle'': you're a boat. Here's some challenges.
13th Jul '17 9:08:40 AM Phediuk
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* ''VideoGame/CobraTriange'': you're a boat. Here's some challenges.
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