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29th Apr '16 1:10:26 PM eroock
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* The opening credits of EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind appear 18 minutes into the film, at the end of the first reel.

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* The opening credits of EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' appear 18 minutes into the film, at the end of the first reel.
20th Apr '16 1:43:23 PM Berrenta
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* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is divided up into eight chapters. The first three happen over the course of three days, and cover the perspective of three different characters. Story-wise, they're important, but the gameplay suffers somewhat. ItGetsBetter after the TimeSkip.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is divided up into eight chapters. The first three happen over the course of three days, and cover the perspective of three different characters. Story-wise, they're important, but the gameplay suffers somewhat. ItGetsBetter [[SlowPacedBeginning It improves after the the]] TimeSkip.
20th Apr '16 8:31:42 AM Berrenta
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** Another Creator/JRRTolkien example: ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', which begins with a long, drawn-out introduction and a geneaology to boot. ItGetsBetter, but many readers don't even get through that first part.

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** Another Creator/JRRTolkien example: ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', which begins with [[SlowPacedBeginning a long, drawn-out introduction and a geneaology to boot. ItGetsBetter, but boot]]. Though it does improve, many readers don't even get through that first part.
18th Apr '16 3:48:07 PM Berrenta
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* In ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', the Wife of Bath's "Prologue" (mostly a defense of remarriage) is ''longer'' than her actual story. The Friar, who is supposed to tell his tale after hers, [[GetOnWithItAlready gets rather fed up with the lengthy backstory]].

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* In ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', the Wife of Bath's "Prologue" (mostly a defense of remarriage) is ''longer'' than her actual story. The Friar, who is supposed to tell his tale after hers, [[GetOnWithItAlready gets rather fed up with the lengthy backstory]].backstory.
18th Apr '16 2:45:44 PM Berrenta
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Related to TheTeaser (aka Cold Open) and GetOnWithItAlready. In music, an EpicInstrumentalOpener might feel like this. When it's [[DeathOfTheAuthor seemingly intended]] to be funny, that's an OverlyLongGag. In video games, the prologue's end may coincide with OpeningTheSandbox. Compare CloseOnTitle, when you don't see the title until the very end. Contrast EndingFatigue, which constitutes a similar betrayal, but from the other direction; rather than a belated plot ignition, we get a climax that, instead of exploding, peters out in a disappointing and unrewarding way.

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Related to TheTeaser (aka Cold Open) and GetOnWithItAlready.SlowPacedBeginning. In music, an EpicInstrumentalOpener might feel like this. When it's [[DeathOfTheAuthor seemingly intended]] to be funny, that's an OverlyLongGag. In video games, the prologue's end may coincide with OpeningTheSandbox. Compare CloseOnTitle, when you don't see the title until the very end. Contrast EndingFatigue, which constitutes a similar betrayal, but from the other direction; rather than a belated plot ignition, we get a climax that, instead of exploding, peters out in a disappointing and unrewarding way.
14th Apr '16 11:39:03 PM ThatFanwiththeGlasses
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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' take their sweet time in setting up their plots. In both cases, it can easily take upwards of 15 minutes to complete the tutorial level, including cutscenes. Notable in that most main-series ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games have little more than an ExcusePlot at best.
11th Mar '16 5:02:43 PM BigKlingy
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. It takes between two to four hours before the game takes you [[{{Railroading}} off the rails]] and lets you choose what to do with your day (the real meat of the game).

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. It takes between two to four hours before the game takes you [[{{Railroading}} off the rails]] and lets you choose what to do with your day (the real meat of the game). In terms of the DungeonCrawling gameplay, the first battle is a brief HopelessBossFight, the next two (including the first boss) are entirely tutorials, an hour or so later and you get to the first real dungeon... which throws you into a boss fight and boots you out after the first floor. After all that, you're ''finally'' allowed to explore dungeons freely.
3rd Mar '16 11:03:39 PM Cakeman
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* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' has a very long prologue...which is unfortunate for those who want the aliens to hurry up and invade. Fortunately, the invasion in question proves to be very entertaining.
26th Feb '16 7:31:10 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/AfterTheThinMan'', the murder that forms the central mystery doesn't happen until halfway through the movie. Before that the film has an extended comic setpiece with Nick and Nora coming home to find a party, a comic scene with their dog Asta and Mrs. Asta, and another long sequence where Nick is dragged unwillingly to dine with Nora's family on New Year's Eve.
30th Jan '16 8:20:13 PM rjd1922
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''. The opening sequence requires you to play through 3 in-game days (roughly 2 hours) in which you are essentially item-less and aren't allowed to leave the central hub town, and until you do so, [[CheckPointStarvation YOU CAN'T EVEN SAVE]]. By the way, if you fail to do all of the required tasks within the 3 in-game days, you have to start over from the first day, when you arrive at the town. At least you still can talk to s scarecrow to fast-forward the remaining time until the last hours after you've done everything it takes to reach the conclusión of this prologue.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''. The opening sequence requires you to play through 3 in-game days (roughly 2 hours) in which you are essentially item-less and aren't allowed to leave the central hub town, and until you do so, [[CheckPointStarvation YOU CAN'T EVEN SAVE]]. By the way, if you fail to do all of the required tasks within the 3 in-game days, you have to start over from the first day, when you arrive at the town. At least you still can talk to s a scarecrow to fast-forward the remaining time until the last hours after you've done everything it takes to reach the conclusión of this prologue.
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