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5th May '16 2:32:54 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series focuses on one or a couple of characters in each episode which is helped by the GroundHogDayLoop formula. For example [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen]] and [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Rosa in Turn of the Golden Witch.]]

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* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series focuses on one or a couple of characters in each episode which is helped by the GroundHogDayLoop formula. For example [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen]] and [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Rosa in Turn of the Golden Witch.]]
22nd Mar '16 4:25:45 PM StFan
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* ''FruitsBasket'', in the manga's later arcs, as a necessity of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters parents, brothers, sisters, love interests and random passers by]] getting roped into the story. Notable for splitting up the core quartet of Yuki, Kyo, Shigure and Tohru. Kyo and Tohru form an arc unto themselves, Yuki begins to appear only in his own student-council related arc, and Shigure only really has any significance when shown with Akito. And let's not get started on the lives and loves of the other members of the Zodiac, who keep the Rotating Arcs spinning around at warp speed.

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* ''FruitsBasket'', ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', in the manga's later arcs, as a necessity of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters parents, brothers, sisters, love interests and random passers by]] getting roped into the story. Notable for splitting up the core quartet of Yuki, Kyo, Shigure and Tohru. Kyo and Tohru form an arc unto themselves, Yuki begins to appear only in his own student-council related arc, and Shigure only really has any significance when shown with Akito. And let's not get started on the lives and loves of the other members of the Zodiac, who keep the Rotating Arcs spinning around at warp speed.




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* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' uses rotating arcs ''constantly'' - with such an enormous cast, and people [[PutOnABus leaving]], [[KilledOffForReal dying]] and [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting themselves]] all the time, it's the only way Professor X and Co. can be kept in check... and the only way that readers can keep up with everyone. Even then, the X-Men shuffle teams pretty regularly, just to keep things confusing.

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* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' uses rotating arcs ''constantly'' - -- with such an enormous cast, and people [[PutOnABus leaving]], [[KilledOffForReal dying]] and [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting themselves]] all the time, it's the only way Professor X and Co. can be kept in check... and the only way that readers can keep up with everyone. Even then, the X-Men shuffle teams pretty regularly, just to keep things confusing.




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* The WhateleyUniverse ''has'' to operate this way, since the main characters are written by different authors. The most obvious example was the 2006 Christmas break, which technically still hasn't finished since some authors are writing new stories for it. Phase had a separate novel where she went home and ran into a serial killer [[spoiler: that was really an unkillable demon from a hell dimension]]. Tennyo had a Christmas adventure with Jinn Sinclair [[spoiler: who was embedded in her stuffed cabbit]], while Jade Sinclair went home with Fey for another holiday [[spoiler: and she was stabbed to death, but she got better]]. And so on. So far, there are seven such stories, two of which haven't finished. And WordOfGod says there will probably be a couple more.

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* The WhateleyUniverse ''has'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' '''has''' to operate this way, since the main characters are written by different authors. The most obvious example was the 2006 Christmas break, which technically still hasn't finished since some authors are writing new stories for it. Phase had a separate novel where she went home and ran into a serial killer [[spoiler: that was really an unkillable demon from a hell dimension]]. Tennyo had a Christmas adventure with Jinn Sinclair [[spoiler: who was embedded in her stuffed cabbit]], while Jade Sinclair went home with Fey for another holiday [[spoiler: and she was stabbed to death, but she got better]]. And so on. So far, there are seven such stories, two of which haven't finished. And WordOfGod says there will probably be a couple more.more.
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23rd Dec '15 12:20:14 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' is a SliceOfLive series surrounding a king's [[MassiveNumberedSiblings 9 children]] against a backdrop of ElectiveMonarchy. As a result, this series is structured such that every chapter/segment is focused on one or two of the Sakurada siblings[[note]][[HalfIdenticalTwins Misaki and Haruka]] are often featured together, so are Teru and Shiori, who are the youngest.[[/note]]. Other siblings are often brought into the story as story requires, but there're few stories involving ''all'' of the siblings.

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* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' is a SliceOfLive SliceOfLife series surrounding a king's [[MassiveNumberedSiblings 9 children]] against a backdrop of ElectiveMonarchy. As a result, this series is structured such that every chapter/segment is focused on one or two of the Sakurada siblings[[note]][[HalfIdenticalTwins Misaki and Haruka]] are often featured together, so are Teru and Shiori, who are the youngest.[[/note]]. Other siblings are often brought into the story as story requires, but there're few stories involving ''all'' of the siblings.
23rd Dec '15 12:19:53 PM MarkLungo
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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' uses rotating arcs ''constantly'' - with such an enormous cast, and people [[PutOnABus leaving]], [[KilledOffForReal dying]] and [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting themselves]] all the time, it's the only way Professor X and Co. can be kept in check... and the only way that readers can keep up with everyone. Even then, the X-Men shuffle teams pretty regularly, just to keep things confusing.
* Noticeably averted in {{Stormwatch}} and ComicBook/TheAuthority, where the teams are really too small to divide everyone up.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' uses rotating arcs ''constantly'' - with such an enormous cast, and people [[PutOnABus leaving]], [[KilledOffForReal dying]] and [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting themselves]] all the time, it's the only way Professor X and Co. can be kept in check... and the only way that readers can keep up with everyone. Even then, the X-Men shuffle teams pretty regularly, just to keep things confusing.
* Noticeably averted in {{Stormwatch}} ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' and ComicBook/TheAuthority, where the teams are really too small to divide everyone up.
19th Oct '15 6:42:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* The RedWall books are organized like this generally. There's usually 1-3 groups off on the adventure and 1-2 groups dealing with some issue that arises back home while they are gone. At least one Villain group (depending on the number of lead villains) is usually present as well, but they also tend to get less personal attention beyond their actions relevant to the adventurers.
* TheValleyOfHorses rotates between Ayla and her pets and Jondolar and his brother.

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* The RedWall ''Literature/RedWall'' books are organized like this generally. There's usually 1-3 groups off on the adventure and 1-2 groups dealing with some issue that arises back home while they are gone. At least one Villain group (depending on the number of lead villains) is usually present as well, but they also tend to get less personal attention beyond their actions relevant to the adventurers.
* TheValleyOfHorses [[Literature/EarthsChildren The Valley of Horses]] rotates between Ayla and her pets and Jondolar and his brother.



* This is a staple of the ''LawAndOrder'' franchise, and is especially prevalent in the main show and ''Criminal Intent''. Depending on actor availability or shooting needs, any given season can flip back and forth between two separate sets of detectives investigating cases at different times, or overlapping casts during a crossover event.

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* This is a staple of the ''LawAndOrder'' ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise, and is especially prevalent in the main show and ''Criminal Intent''. Depending on actor availability or shooting needs, any given season can flip back and forth between two separate sets of detectives investigating cases at different times, or overlapping casts during a crossover event.



* In its last two seasons of ''TheWestWing'', the plot went back and forth between the White House and the campaign trail, but most of the StoryArc revolved around the upcoming election. Since the candidates had to comment and respond to the crises the President dealt with and the campaigners were still in touch with the characters remaining in the White House, there was a degree of overlap. It also fits the real political problem of a lame duck politician that is leaving office and therefore not as relevant as before.


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* In its last two seasons of ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', the plot went back and forth between the White House and the campaign trail, but most of the StoryArc revolved around the upcoming election. Since the candidates had to comment and respond to the crises the President dealt with and the campaigners were still in touch with the characters remaining in the White House, there was a degree of overlap. It also fits the real political problem of a lame duck politician that is leaving office and therefore not as relevant as before.

19th Sep '15 11:33:54 PM SamCurt
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* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' is a SliceOfLive series surrounding a king's [[MassiveNumberedSiblings 9 children]] against a backdrop of ElectiveMonarchy. As a result, this series is structured such that every chapter/segment is focused on one or two of the Sakurada siblings[[note]][[HalfIdenticalTwins Misaki and Haruka]] are often featured together, so are Teru and Shiori, who are the youngest.[[/note]]. Other siblings are often brought into the story as story requires, but there're few stories involving ''all'' of the siblings.
5th Sep '15 4:33:13 PM hamza678
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* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series focuses on one or a couple of characters in each episode which is helped by the GroundHogDay formula. For example [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen]] and [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Rosa in Turn of the Golden Witch.]]

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* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series focuses on one or a couple of characters in each episode which is helped by the GroundHogDay GroundHogDayLoop formula. For example [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen]] and [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Rosa in Turn of the Golden Witch.]]
27th Aug '15 1:35:01 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series focuses on one or a couple of characters in each episode which is helped by the GroundHogDay formula. For example [[VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen]] and [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Rosa in Turn of the Golden Witch.]]

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* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series focuses on one or a couple of characters in each episode which is helped by the GroundHogDay formula. For example [[VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen]] and [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Rosa in Turn of the Golden Witch.]]
16th Jul '15 6:39:21 AM ChandlerC
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' does this. Each book's main group is traditionally either Ridcully and the Wizards, the Witches and Tiffany Aching, Death/Susan, the Night Watch, Moist Von Lipwig, or a stand-alone book who's characters aren't visited again outside of cameos.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' does this. Each book's main group is traditionally either Ridcully and and/or the Wizards, the Witches and Tiffany Witches/Tiffany Aching, Death/Susan, the Night Watch, Moist Von Lipwig, or a stand-alone book who's characters aren't visited again outside of cameos.
30th Apr '15 8:16:17 PM SovereignGFC
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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'' this happens due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters operating within a [[CasualInterstellarTravel huge multi-galaxy world]], making the chapters somewhat episodic in nature (say, a Shepard focus in one but a Brick/Jack focus in another) but still [[ArcWelding linked together]]. Or even [[WallOfText within chapters]]. There is almost never only one PlotThread active at a time--it's typically anywhere from TwoLinesNoWaiting to FourLinesAllWaiting.
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