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16th Mar '16 8:50:42 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'': The Dude is supposed to be investigating the disappearance of Mr. Lebowski's wife, but instead goes bowling.
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4th Mar '16 3:12:39 AM Malachi108
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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (arguably) uses the 'spam the audience with meaningless leads' method to lengthen the series. Most people, even die-hard fans of the series will tell you that it really doesn't look like the ''creators'' knew where they were going with it.
22nd Nov '15 4:48:26 AM catmuto
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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' does this in ''Eclipse'' with the newspaper filled with mysterious deaths that are quite obviously the creation of a newborn vampire army. [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality Bella and the Cullens]] choose to ignore the hundreds, or thousands, of people dying nearby and majority of the book is spent on the LoveTriangle between Jacob, Bella and Edward. When it isn't focusing on the subplot of Edward demanding Bella to marry him, if she wants to be turned into a vampire, while she wants to be turned without having to get married to him. The Cullens decide to only start caring about the uprising vampire army, when it's made clear that they are coming for [[MarySue Bella]] and this will directly affect them.
14th Oct '15 12:45:11 PM StFan
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* In ''{{Ratman}}'', several of the Jackies randomly get involved in a soccer game ''while in the middle of running away from a pursuer''.

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* In ''{{Ratman}}'', ''Manga/{{Ratman}}'', several of the Jackies randomly get involved in a soccer game ''while in the middle of running away from a pursuer''.
1st Oct '15 12:08:49 PM MarsJenkar
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In a video game, players can easily invoke this if it has LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, over futile cries of ContinueYourMissionDammit. The opposite of this trope in video games is a PlotTunnel, where the mandatory plot advancement precludes any detours for a while. Compare and contrast OffTheRails, TakeYourTime and TrappedByMountainLions. Not to be confused with {{Filler}} or {{Padding}}, though those can cause this.

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In a video game, players can easily invoke this if it has LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, over futile cries of ContinueYourMissionDammit. The opposite of this trope in video games is a PlotTunnel, where the mandatory plot advancement precludes any detours for a while. Compare and contrast OffTheRails, TakeYourTime and TrappedByMountainLions. Not to be confused with {{Filler}} or {{Padding}}, though those can cause this. If a character is ''forced'' to tackle the lesser objective before the greater one, that is likely {{Railroading}}.
20th Sep '15 9:31:28 AM LentilSandEater
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** Aang enrolls in a Fire Nation school for a bit to channel {{Footloose}}.
** Then Katara spends three days trying to help a village that is suffering.
** Sokka takes a week or two to learn how to use a sword.
** Toph runs a few scams to get them some money, resulting in about three more days of wasted time.
** Directly lampshaded in the finale: After the eclipse invasion, the group goes back to the original plan of "Aang needs to learn all four elements before the CometOfDoom arrives", but Zuko notices that they're stalling and attacks Aang in frustration. Katara says that Aang's not ready and they'll wait until later, when the Fire Nation won't have the powerup that the comet grants, but Zuko then explains why that ''really'' isn't an option.

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** *** Aang enrolls in a Fire Nation school for a bit to channel {{Footloose}}.
** *** Then Katara spends three days trying to help a village that is suffering.
** *** Sokka takes a week or two to learn how to use a sword.
** *** Toph runs a few scams to get them some money, resulting in about three more days of wasted time.
** Directly lampshaded in the finale: After the eclipse invasion, the group goes back to the original plan of "Aang needs to learn all four elements before the CometOfDoom arrives", but Zuko notices that they're stalling and attacks Aang in frustration. Katara says that Aang's not ready and they'll wait until later, when the Fire Nation won't have the powerup that the comet grants, but Zuko then explains why that ''really'' isn't an option.
20th Sep '15 9:28:56 AM LentilSandEater
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*** This is kind of lampshaded by Sokka, who constantly says that he has to rework their travel schedule and change the number of stops they make. Despite this, they get where they need to be 4 days in advance.
9th Sep '15 2:52:23 AM 69BookWorM69
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* In the novel ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Summer King]]'', Lori hears of a previously unmentioned neighbour whose property borders on her father-in-law's. She intends to ask her neighbours about him, since she's lived in the area a decade and never heard him mentioned. Prime oportunities to query the residents of Finch slip past repeatedly, partly because she has her new infant daughter, and partly because she wants to rejoin the social circle (or gossip circle) of Finch (having spent recent months at home with said infant). It is fairly late in the book before she even hears of a well-known and long-standing feud between the residents of Finch and those of a nearby village, a feud which centers around this mysterious neighbour.
2nd Sep '15 5:58:08 PM DarkHunter
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* Back when it had a suggestion box, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' got sidetracked several times by [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny the players losing interest and going off on random tangents]]. Probably the most notable was the Wayward Vagabond becoming distracted from the mysterious time-bending computer in front of him and focusing on being the imaginary mayor of '''CAN-TOWN''' (aka. a bunch of cans the players had him stack on top of each other). This happening a little too much ultimately resulted in Andrew Hussie removing the suggestion box since there was more detours than actual plot development.

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* Back when it had a suggestion box, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' got sidetracked several times by [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny the players losing interest and going off on random tangents]]. Probably the most notable was the Wayward Vagabond becoming distracted from the mysterious time-bending computer in front of him and focusing on being the imaginary mayor of '''CAN-TOWN''' (aka. a bunch of cans the players had him stack on top of each other). This happening a little too much ultimately resulted in Andrew Hussie removing the suggestion box since there was more detours than actual plot development. Though this hasn't stopped Hussie from abusing the trope himself, often gleefully {{Lampshading}} it just to {{Troll}} the readers.
8th Aug '15 8:04:48 AM R1ck
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In a video game, players can easily invoke this if it has LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, over futile cries of ContinueYourMissionDammit. The opposite of this trope in video games is a PlotTunnel, where the mandatory plot advancement precludes any detours for a while. Compare and contrast OffTheRails, TakeYourTime and TrappedByMountainLions. Not to be confused with {{Filler}} or {{Padding}}, though it can result in varying amounts it. T

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In a video game, players can easily invoke this if it has LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, over futile cries of ContinueYourMissionDammit. The opposite of this trope in video games is a PlotTunnel, where the mandatory plot advancement precludes any detours for a while. Compare and contrast OffTheRails, TakeYourTime and TrappedByMountainLions. Not to be confused with {{Filler}} or {{Padding}}, though it those can result in varying amounts it. Tcause this.
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