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17th Sep '17 2:08:14 PM nombretomado
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Some narratives will have the [[CharacterCalculus focus]] follow TheHero and his merry band of stalwart allies from their [[HowToGatherCharacters first meeting]] all through to the end. However, that's not to say that events only occur in the hero's vicinity, as if the world were completely inert save for their actions; or that there is only one StoryArc being told throughout the narrative. Therefore, some authors choose to show a wider range of action by alternating [[CharacterFocus focus]] on the various groups of characters who deal with their own contributing story threads that weave back into the greater narrative.

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Some narratives will have the [[CharacterCalculus focus]] follow TheHero and his merry band of stalwart allies from their [[HowToGatherCharacters [[JustForFun/HowToGatherCharacters first meeting]] all through to the end. However, that's not to say that events only occur in the hero's vicinity, as if the world were completely inert save for their actions; or that there is only one StoryArc being told throughout the narrative. Therefore, some authors choose to show a wider range of action by alternating [[CharacterFocus focus]] on the various groups of characters who deal with their own contributing story threads that weave back into the greater narrative.
30th May '17 6:45:24 PM nombretomado
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* For the first five seasons and first half of the sixth season, the average episode of ''TheWestWing'' had three or four plotlines. Generally, one was a pollitical plotline, and the other three were either two "personal" plotlines (about the feelings or personal problems of one or more of the characters) and one silly plotline (usually involving someone - most often Donna or a special interest group - arguing or expressing deep anxiety about something comically trivial) or one personal plotline and two silly plotlines.

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* For the first five seasons and first half of the sixth season, the average episode of ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' had three or four plotlines. Generally, one was a pollitical plotline, and the other three were either two "personal" plotlines (about the feelings or personal problems of one or more of the characters) and one silly plotline (usually involving someone - most often Donna or a special interest group - arguing or expressing deep anxiety about something comically trivial) or one personal plotline and two silly plotlines.
20th Apr '17 8:16:45 AM CosmicFerret
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These are called Plot Threads, [[LawAndOrder and this is their trope]].

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These are called Plot Threads, [[LawAndOrder [[Franchise/LawAndOrder and this is their trope]].
25th Mar '17 10:19:36 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has several running at once. As of "The Widow's Sting" we have: The breakout, the Kree-Skrull war, the ComicBook/SecretInvasion, Kang about to come from the future, the assembling of the Masters of Evil, the creation of the cosmic cube, Hydra's re-emerging, Widow's HeelFaceTurn FaceHeelTurn TheMole whatever she ''really'' might be, and I'm sure I'm missing out on several here.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has several running at once. As of "The Widow's Sting" we have: The breakout, the Kree-Skrull war, the ComicBook/SecretInvasion, Kang about to come from the future, the assembling of the Masters of Evil, the creation of the cosmic cube, Hydra's re-emerging, Widow's HeelFaceTurn FaceHeelTurn TheMole whatever she ''really'' might be, and I'm sure I'm missing out on probably several here.more.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', with its anthology-style format and consequently large number of characters, does this frequently. Most of the various {{Story Arc}}s are connected to a larger MythArc, and the show switches between them at will.
25th Mar '17 10:16:46 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has more than ten concurrent plotlines. Even [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2003/08/19/376-the-ass-episode/ this episode]] doesn't list them all, as there is also (among others) the subplot of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' characters trying to find Marle, whatever happens to Max Force and plotlines introduced during the Nexus City arc later.
* At one point, ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' collects so many plot threads that an omniscient character busts up a scrapbook containing clippings from the entire story and we spend around 150 pages jumping from character to character tying everything up like crazy in order to get everything ready for the massive [[AnimationBump End of Act 5 animation]].
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', especially since the Tower of Babel arc started in 2008. You've got Tessa's squad, the Anarchists and their power plays, Dr. Cook... And then there's the concurrent present day arc that skips between Naps' hiding out at the boarding house and Norman's "work" for the Oracle.
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* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has more than ten concurrent plotlines. Even [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2003/08/19/376-the-ass-episode/ this episode]] doesn't list them all, as there is also (among others) the subplot of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' characters trying to find Marle, whatever happens to Max Force and plotlines introduced during the Nexus City arc later.
* At one point, ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' collects so many plot threads that an omniscient character busts up a scrapbook containing clippings from the entire story and we spend around 150 pages jumping from character to character tying everything up like crazy in order to get everything ready for the massive [[AnimationBump End of Act 5 animation]].
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', especially since the Tower of Babel arc started in 2008. You've got Tessa's squad, the Anarchists and their power plays, Dr. Cook... And then there's the concurrent present day arc that skips between Naps' hiding out at the boarding house and Norman's "work" for the Oracle.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has several running at once. As of "The Widow's sting" we have: The breakout, the Kree-Skrull war, the ComicBook/SecretInvasion, Kang about to come from the future, the assembling of the Masters of Evil, the creation of the cosmic cube, Hydra's re-emerging, Widow's HeelFaceTurn FaceHeelTurn TheMole whatever she ''really'' might be, and I'm sure I'm missing out on several here.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has several running at once. As of "The Widow's sting" Sting" we have: The breakout, the Kree-Skrull war, the ComicBook/SecretInvasion, Kang about to come from the future, the assembling of the Masters of Evil, the creation of the cosmic cube, Hydra's re-emerging, Widow's HeelFaceTurn FaceHeelTurn TheMole whatever she ''really'' might be, and I'm sure I'm missing out on several here.
25th Mar '17 10:15:55 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils'' is a {{Wuxia}} novel with four different plots and main characters.
* The ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' novels have anywhere from two to five plots going at one time, with more plots splitting off during wars (such as the Mearan campaign in ''The King's Justice'') and other periods of high tension.
* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial has a main story that follows Blacknail the goblin, but it also has various interludes. These interludes follow different characters and can even take place in the past. They are used to expand the world and show different viewpoints.



* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' generally swaps between two major plot threads, and a third, far-removed one.



* The ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' novels have anywhere from two to five plots going at one time, with more plots splitting off during wars (such as the Mearan campaign in ''The King's Justice'') and other periods of high tension.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' generally swaps between two major plot threads, and a third, far-removed one.
* ''Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils'' is a {{Wuxia}} novel with four different plots and main characters.
* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial has a main story that follows Blacknail the goblin, but it also has various interludes. These interludes follow different characters and can even take place in the past. They are used to expand the world and show different viewpoints.



* Lampshaded on ''Series/CougarTown'' when they were trying to think of a name for Bobby's (landlocked) boat. One suggestion was ''The Sea Story'' (as in A-story, B-story, etc), because "everything that happens on this boat is kind of a [[IncrediblyLamePun sea story]]"
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' did this with almost every episode. Not surprising, considering it was set in a very busy emergency room and had a huge cast.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Volume 1 has about nine different plot threads, essentially one for each main character. They frequently weave together and diverge again as the characters interact with each other throughout the episodes, until all threads merge together for the grand finale.
** Most volumes of ''Heroes'' employed this technique, ''Generations'' and ''Redemption'' in particular, with there being a loose main arc the others eventually converged on.
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'''s later seasons involved multiple plot threads. Frequently, the ending of the episode would tie these threads together (very comically).



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' Volume 1 has about nine different plot threads, essentially one for each main character. They frequently weave together and diverge again as the characters interact with each other throughout the episodes, until all threads merge together for the grand finale.\\\
Most Volumes of Heroes employed this technique, ''Generations'' and ''Redemption'' in particular, with there being a loose main arc the others eventually converged on.
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'''s later seasons involved multiple plot threads. Frequently, the ending of the episode would tie these threads together (very comically).
* ER did this with almost every episode. Not surprising, considering it was set in a very busy emergency room and had a huge cast.
* Lampshaded on CougarTown when they are trying to think of a name for Bobby's (landlocked) boat. One suggestion is ''The Sea Story'' (as in A-story, B-story, etc), because "everything that happens on this boat is kind of a [[IncrediblyLamePun sea story]]"



* ''{{SSDD}}'', especially since the Tower of Babel arc started in 2008. You've got Tessa's squad, the Anarchists and their power plays, Dr. Cook... And then there's the concurrent present day arc that skips between Naps' hiding out at the boarding house and Norman's "work" for the Oracle.

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* ''{{SSDD}}'', ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', especially since the Tower of Babel arc started in 2008. You've got Tessa's squad, the Anarchists and their power plays, Dr. Cook... And then there's the concurrent present day arc that skips between Naps' hiding out at the boarding house and Norman's "work" for the Oracle.



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', dubbed ''"Chapters of the Chosens,"'' narrates four different stories involve seven supporting characters who have their own quests and goals. You have to play through their chapters before the main hero/heroine recruits them in Chapter 5.



* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem Radiance Dawn]]'' has multiple acts, each follows different heroes/heroines and their armies. This causes the series's regular premise of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to be turned UpToEleven.



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', dubbed ''"Chapters of the Chosens,"'' narrates four different stories involve seven supporting characters who have their own quests and goals. You have to play through their chapters before the main hero/heroine recruits them in Chapter 5.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem Radiance Dawn]]'' has multiple acts, each follows different heroes/heroines and their armies. This causes the series's regular premise of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to be turned UpToEleven.


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10th Aug '16 9:03:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheWheelOfTime'' will be running at least a dozen at any given time after book 3.
* The ''{{Deryni}}'' novels have anywhere from two to five plots going at one time, with more plots splitting off during wars (such as the Mearan campaign in ''The King's Justice'') and other periods of high tension.

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* ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' will be running at least a dozen at any given time after book 3.
* The ''{{Deryni}}'' ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' novels have anywhere from two to five plots going at one time, with more plots splitting off during wars (such as the Mearan campaign in ''The King's Justice'') and other periods of high tension.
30th May '16 7:59:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Almost every episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'''s later seasons involved multiple plot threads. Frequently, the ending of the episode would tie these threads together (very comically).

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* Almost every episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'''s ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'''s later seasons involved multiple plot threads. Frequently, the ending of the episode would tie these threads together (very comically).
18th Feb '16 2:24:14 PM ClearMadness
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* ”Literature/TheIronTeeth” web serial has a main story that follows Blacknail the goblin, but it also has various interludes. These interludes follow different characters and can even take place in the past. They are used to expand the world and show different viewpoints.

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* ”Literature/TheIronTeeth” ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial has a main story that follows Blacknail the goblin, but it also has various interludes. These interludes follow different characters and can even take place in the past. They are used to expand the world and show different viewpoints.
18th Feb '16 2:23:53 PM ClearMadness
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* ”Literature/TheIronTeeth” web serial has a main story that follows Blacknail the goblin, but it also has various interludes. These interludes follow different characters and can even take place in the past. They are used to expand the world and show different viewpoints.
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