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3rd Apr '16 10:42:45 AM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded on the "Cousin Gerard" episode ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' when Ray goes across the street to his parents house to ask them if he's like his annoying cousin. Ray's brother Robert calls him out on his always coming over to bother them about his problems: "Because no one else is really important, are they, Raymond? What do you think, we're just hanging on hooks over here waiting for you to stop by?" After Ray leaves, Robert cracks: "All right, break's over. Everybody back on the hooks!"

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* Lampshaded on the "Cousin Gerard" episode ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' when Ray goes across the street to his parents house to ask them if he's like his annoying cousin. Ray's brother Robert calls him out on his always coming over to bother them about his problems: "Because no one else is really important, are they, Raymond? What do you think, we're just hanging on hooks over here waiting for you to stop by?" After Ray leaves, Robert cracks: "All right, break's over. Everybody back on the hooks!"
19th Mar '16 4:18:43 AM Hossmeister
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16th Feb '16 11:45:54 AM erforce
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** Similarly, the New Testament skips most of Jesus' early life, a fact that serves as a major point of discussion in the movie {{Dogma}}.

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** Similarly, the New Testament skips most of Jesus' early life, a fact that serves as a major point of discussion in the movie {{Dogma}}.''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
6th Feb '16 10:12:24 PM FordPrefect
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* Humoriously poked fun at in the musical ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' with the Lady in the Lake's solo ''Whatever Happened to my Part''

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* Humoriously Humorously poked fun at in the musical ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' with the Lady in the Lake's solo ''Whatever Happened to my Part''



* ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', plays with this trope by following the antics of the two eponymous background characters from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''{{Hamlet}}''.

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* ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' plays with this trope by following the antics of the two eponymous background characters from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''{{Hamlet}}''.
14th Nov '15 1:18:46 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* This happens quite a lot in the ''Twilight'' series, with some of the biggest offenders being Carlisle's position as a doctor. In ''New Moon'', he abruptly quits, leaves for several months, and apparently returns and gets his old job back with no trouble at all. Then, come ''Breaking Dawn'', his job is again pretty much dropped while he spends all his time monitoring Bella. On the subject of ''New Moon'', we also get the Cullen children apparently dropping out of school with no notice, only to get back in with no problem at all, several months later. One would think that there'd be tests and grades that would have been given in between, but there's no mention given of them having to catch up or suffer bad grades.

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* This happens quite a lot in the ''Twilight'' series, with some of the biggest offenders being Carlisle's position as a doctor. In ''New Moon'', he abruptly quits, leaves for several months, and apparently returns and gets his old job back with no trouble at all. Then, come ''Breaking Dawn'', his job is again pretty much dropped while he spends all his time monitoring Bella. On the subject of ''New Moon'', we also get the Cullen children apparently dropping out of school with no notice, only to get back in with no problem at all, several months later. One would think that there'd be tests and grades that would have been given in between, but there's no mention given of them having to catch up or suffer bad grades.
grades (although they have been through highschool many times already).
21st May '15 8:23:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', the trolls are basically in a waiting room during the initial part of the story, despite interacting with them occasionally. Somewhat justified in that most of the action takes place over the course of a single 24-hour period, and the trolls aren't really even in the same universe as Earth, so the coupling between their timeline and ours is somewhat loose ... in fact, they're actually trolling the kids backwards in time; from Karkat's point of view he first contacted John just pre-Scratch in the kids' session, and messed it up so badly that he decided that his next contact would be earlier on John's timeline, so John wouldn't be able to remember just how lame Karkat was in his first session. Lather, rinse, and repeat.

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* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', the trolls are basically in a waiting room during the initial part of the story, despite interacting with them occasionally. Somewhat justified in that most of the action takes place over the course of a single 24-hour period, and the trolls aren't really even in the same universe as Earth, so the coupling between their timeline and ours is somewhat loose ... in fact, they're actually trolling the kids backwards in time; from Karkat's point of view he first contacted John just pre-Scratch in the kids' session, and messed it up so badly that he decided that his next contact would be earlier on John's timeline, so John wouldn't be able to remember just how lame Karkat was in his first session. Lather, rinse, and repeat.
10th Apr '15 2:43:04 AM Liveangel
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Compare TimeSkip, NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp, and for games TakeYourTime. Contrast TwoLinesNoWaiting. Related to RuleOfPerception.

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Compare OffscreenInertia, TimeSkip, NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp, and for games TakeYourTime. Contrast TwoLinesNoWaiting. Related to RuleOfPerception.
30th Mar '15 10:30:24 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the early arcs of DubiousCompany. After the everyone gets [[spoiler: blown into another dimension]], which [[EnemyMine forces focus]] on a larger cast, the creators have been good at justifying it. A simple handwave is that most of them are [[LazyBum Lazy Bums]]. Just as often though, some of the characters will run off to do their own less interesting antics, allowing the story to focus on a few key characters' plot.

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* Averted in the early arcs of DubiousCompany.''Webcomic/DubiousCompany''. After the everyone gets [[spoiler: blown into another dimension]], which [[EnemyMine forces focus]] on a larger cast, the creators have been good at justifying it. A simple handwave is that most of them are [[LazyBum Lazy Bums]]. Just as often though, some of the characters will run off to do their own less interesting antics, allowing the story to focus on a few key characters' plot.
18th Sep '14 8:30:18 PM TVRulezAgain
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*** This is similarly the inspiration for ChristopherMoore's novel ''Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff''.

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*** This is similarly the inspiration for ChristopherMoore's Creator/ChristopherMoore's novel ''Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff''.
21st Apr '14 1:39:21 PM LongLiveHumour
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* The two-and-a-half-year TimeSkip in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' consisted mainly of a TrainingMontage for the three main characters: Naruto, [[TheLancer Sasuke]] and [[TheChick Sakura]]. Akatsuki, the villains against Naruto, spent the 3 years doing little, if anything, to kidnap the boy while he was still weak.
** Add that Jiraiya had spied on Akatsuki for nearly ten years but hadn't even told the Hidden Village it existed until he entered the story. Phones don't work in his waiting room?
** On the other hand, most characters ''didn't'' sit down and wait for the time to pass. Every secondary character grew up, got new skills and ranked up; Akatsuki was busy not capturing the tailed beasts (leaving Naruto for last given the power level of his).
*** It's mentioned that they ''couldn't'' capture the Nine-tails until Last, due to some type of Power balance that has to be maintained in the Statue they are using, which is why they spent so much time just holding the Two-Tails instead of sealing it. Exactly what this Balance is, and how it works, is not revealed.
**** Turns out the demon statue that they seal the beasts in will shatter if they don't seal 'em in order from One-Tail to Nine-Tails.
** Yakushi Kabuto, went into oblivion shortly after Orochimaru's ''last''(?) death, only to return about 200 chapters later. Apparently, he had been quite busy in the waiting room.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
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The two-and-a-half-year TimeSkip in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' consisted mainly of a TrainingMontage for the three main characters: Naruto, [[TheLancer Sasuke]] and [[TheChick Sakura]]. Sakura]].
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Akatsuki, the villains against Naruto, spent the 3 three years doing little, if anything, to kidnap the boy while he was still weak.
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weak. Much, much later it's revealed that the demon statue in which they seal the beasts will shatter if they don't seal 'em in order from One-Tail to Nine-Tails -- which still leaves the question of why they didn't capture Naruto and keep him on ice, as it were, like they did with the Two-Tails.
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Add that Jiraiya had spied on Akatsuki for nearly ten years but hadn't even told the Hidden Village it existed until he entered the story. Phones don't work in his waiting room?
** *** On the other hand, most characters ''didn't'' sit down and wait for the time to pass. Every secondary character grew up, got new skills and ranked up; Akatsuki was busy not capturing the tailed beasts (leaving Naruto for last given the power level of his).
*** It's mentioned that they ''couldn't'' capture the Nine-tails until Last, due to some type of Power balance that has to be maintained in the Statue they are using, which is why they spent so much time just holding the Two-Tails instead of sealing it. Exactly what this Balance is, and how it works, is not revealed.
**** Turns out the demon statue that they seal the beasts in will shatter if they don't seal 'em in order from One-Tail to Nine-Tails.
** Yakushi Kabuto, Kabuto went into oblivion shortly after Orochimaru's ''last''(?) death, only to return about 200 chapters later. Apparently, he had been quite busy in the waiting room.



* Averted in the ''DresdenFiles''. There is usually anywhere between six months to a year between books, and Harry usually has made some sort of new magical device and been involved in a few instances of [[NoodleIncident unexplained strangeness]] in the meantime.

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* Averted in the ''DresdenFiles''.''Literature/DresdenFiles''. There is usually anywhere between six months to a year between books, and Harry usually has made some sort of new magical device and been involved in a few instances of [[NoodleIncident unexplained strangeness]] in the meantime.
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