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17th Feb '16 1:48:33 PM SilenceInTheLibrary
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune Arc spends two volumes trying to woo Weiss Schnee before giving up and letting Neptune Vasilias try... only to blow it all when he flirts with the all-female Team NDGO, leading to Weiss telling the team to "break his stupid face".
14th Jan '16 11:50:56 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[https://youtu.be/wpfbuAVmYhU This]] satirical video from the Website/YouTube channel "Circlejerk" (devoted to parodying Website/{{Reddit}}) starts out like a typical rant about "social justice warriors." The punch line (based on a popular {{meme|tic mutation}} of 2015) is that one of the SJW Reddit moderators is actually [[spoiler:Wrestling/JohnCena]].
28th Nov '15 2:42:46 PM eroock
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A '''Shaggy Dog Story''' is a plot with a high level of build-up and complicating action, only to be resolved with an anti-climax or ironic reversal, usually one that makes the entire story meaningless. The term comes from a type of joke (called "gildersome" in ''Literature/TheMeaningOfLiff'') that worked the same way--a basic premise, a long amount of buildup, and a [[AntiHumor deliberately underwhelming punchline]].

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A '''Shaggy Shaggy Dog Story''' Story is a plot with a high level of build-up and complicating action, only to be resolved with an anti-climax or ironic reversal, usually one that makes the entire story meaningless. The term comes from a type of joke (called "gildersome" in ''Literature/TheMeaningOfLiff'') that worked the same way--a basic premise, a long amount of buildup, and a [[AntiHumor deliberately underwhelming punchline]].
9th Nov '15 9:46:26 PM Blazer
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune Arc spends two volumes trying to woo Weiss Schnee before giving up and letting Neptune Vasilias try... only to blow it all when he flirts with the all-female Team NDGO, leading to Weiss telling the team to "break his stupid face".
3rd Nov '15 7:21:35 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In 2014 former Vendetta Pro Wrestling TagTeam champions the Ballard Brothers told an inspiring story about a man named Sunami who spent all year clawing his way towards a title shot against them, persevered through their under handed attacks and mind games, ultimately winning the belts only to have to vacate them because he partner no showed during a defense, making his entire year a big waste of time. They told this story to Sunami himself, who indeed was waiting in vain for his partner, leading him to give up on tag team wrestling and take on an ItsAllAboutMe attitude.

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* In 2014 former Vendetta Pro Wrestling TagTeam champions the Ballard Brothers told an inspiring story about a man named Sunami who spent all year clawing his way towards a title shot against them, persevered through their under handed attacks and mind games, ultimately winning the belts only to have to vacate them because he partner no showed during a defense, making his entire year a big waste of time. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech They told this story to Sunami himself, himself]], who indeed was waiting in vain for his partner, leading him to give up on tag team wrestling and take on an ItsAllAboutMe attitude.
3rd Nov '15 7:19:06 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In 2014 former Vendetta Pro Wrestling TagTeam champions the Ballard Brothers told an inspiring story about a man named Sunami who spent all year clawing his way towards a title shot against them, persevered through their under handed attacks and mind games, ultimately winning the belts only to have to vacate them because he partner no showed during a defense, making his entire year a big waste of time. They told this story to Sunami himself, who indeed was waiting in vain for his partner, leading him to give up on tag team wrestling and take on an ItsAllAboutMe attitude.
11th Oct '15 5:40:14 PM Discar
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-->--'''Black Mage''', ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''

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11th Oct '15 11:19:45 AM sparrowspera2
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* The first half of Episode 24 of ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''. Tiberius is attempting to access a teleportation sigil that will take him and his team to Kraghammer to retrieve some reward money. After muddling around in the Lyceum bureaucracy, flying back to the keep to pick up a bribe, then flying ''back'' to the Lyceum with the rest of the party, he finally gets access to the sigil...[[spoiler: only to realize that he's burnt through all his spells for the day, and needs to sleep for another eight hours before he can actually cast the teleportation ritual.]]
11th Oct '15 12:33:46 AM kknizaa
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* Meta example in Franchise/YuGiOh. Oftentimes, players will try building the best decks in the current metagame (which tend really put a drain on the wallet even when its a budget deck) only for the forbidden/limited lists to hit said decks and either ban or restrict the key cards. This makes the high-priced cards became much more affordable and makes the deck easier to make...but can no longer be used to its fullest potential (or even outright) anymore, leading to wasted effort on the part of the players. The cycle continues into the next metagame and the next and the next and the next and so on so forth. (Even worse, this has led to con artists distributing phony lists around the time a new List is set to come out with some of the most broken illegal cards upgraded to Limited, so unscrupulous merchants can sell them at high price, despite the fact that Konami has no intention of legalizing them on the true List.)
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* Meta example in Franchise/YuGiOh. Oftentimes, players will try building the best decks in the current metagame (which tend really put a drain on the wallet even when its a budget deck) only for the forbidden/limited lists to hit said decks and either ban or restrict the key cards. This makes the high-priced cards became much more affordable and makes the deck easier to make...but can no longer be used to its fullest potential (or even outright) anymore, leading to wasted effort on the part of the players. The cycle continues into the next metagame and the next and the next and the next and so on so forth. (Even worse, this has led to con artists distributing phony lists around the time a new List is set to come out with some of the most broken illegal cards upgraded to Limited, so unscrupulous merchants can sell them at high price, despite the fact that Konami has no intention of legalizing them on the true List.)
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** Garrison Keillor in general is a master of this trope.



** Any Beckett play with a plot fits this trope.



** Dear God!



* In-universe, the whole tale of ''Fanfic/OldManHenderson'' counts, as he only joined in attacking the cultists because he thought they had stolen his lawn gnomes. We learn at the start he had auctioned them off in a drug haze and forgotten about it, but he only learns of this fact at the very end, [[spoiler:while both he and Hastur are dying of their wounds, crushed under the remains of an ice rink]].
25th Sep '15 1:59:21 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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See also GainaxEnding. Can compare to AllJustADream and OverlyLongGag, and overlap with HappyEndingOverride. A reveal that ItWasWithYouAllAlong may feel like this to the protagonist. For short stories which build up to an unbelievably wretched pun, see {{Feghoot}}. Compare with NonProtagonistResolver which may or may not involve this trope [[note]]if it is important that, specifically, ''the hero'' has to resolve the conflict--and not merely that the conflict has to be resolved--a NPR leads to a ShaggyDogStory[[/note]]. Contrast with ShaggyFrogStory, where a familiar story is mangled for comedic purposes. Can also lead to a WhatNowEnding, should the protagonist himself realizes that his adventure is all for nothing.

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See also GainaxEnding. Can compare to AllJustADream and OverlyLongGag, and overlap with HappyEndingOverride. A reveal that ItWasWithYouAllAlong may feel like this to the protagonist. For short stories which build up to an unbelievably wretched pun, see {{Feghoot}}. Compare with NonProtagonistResolver which may or may not involve this trope [[note]]if it is important that, specifically, ''the hero'' has to resolve the conflict--and not merely that the conflict has to be resolved--a NPR leads to a ShaggyDogStory[[/note]]. Contrast with ShaggyFrogStory, where a familiar story is mangled for comedic purposes. Can It can also lead to a WhatNowEnding, should the protagonist himself realizes realize that his adventure is all for nothing.
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