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17th Feb '16 6:38:24 AM Knight20
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30th Jan '16 8:00:45 PM maxwellsilver
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An episode that can stand alone on its own with a self-contained story that does not need prior viewing of any other episode to understand. It's usually an episode that breaks from the current {{arc}} to focus on a one-shot subplot or character; for example, if the arc is about stopping TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, a StandAloneEpisode can be about dealing with a SealedEvilInACan that's released at the beginning of the episode and resealed by the end of the episode, never to be mentioned again.

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An episode that can stand alone on its own with a self-contained story that does not need prior viewing of any other episode to understand. It's usually an episode that breaks from the current {{arc}} to focus on a one-shot subplot or character; for example, if the arc is about stopping TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, a StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode can be about dealing with a SealedEvilInACan that's released at the beginning of the episode and resealed by the end of the episode, never to be mentioned again.



In arc-heavy series, a good StandAloneEpisode can be the hook a die-hard fan of the show can use to pull others in, due to its self-contained nature. Likewise, even fans of the arcs will often cite a Stand-Alone as their favorite episode; an arc episode is difficult to separate and appreciate outside of the arc which contains it, but a StandAloneEpisode can be fully appreciated of itself.

Sometimes, though, writers will want to revisit the plot of a StandAloneEpisode and create a later episode that expands on the earlier story; this is a SequelEpisode.

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In arc-heavy series, a good StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode can be the hook a die-hard fan of the show can use to pull others in, due to its self-contained nature. Likewise, even fans of the arcs will often cite a Stand-Alone as their favorite episode; an arc episode is difficult to separate and appreciate outside of the arc which contains it, but a StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode can be fully appreciated of itself.

Sometimes, though, writers will want to revisit the plot of a StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode and create a later episode that expands on the earlier story; this is a SequelEpisode.
10th Dec '15 1:24:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me".

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* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". Four demons disguised as humans have a chat in a diner to share strategy. Frank Black briefly shows up in each demon's story, but the episode has no actual connection with the show's MythArc.
8th Dec '15 6:36:18 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Every radio and television episode of Our Miss Brooks serves as a standalone episode. Even so, from the very first radio episode ("First Day"), Miss Brooks has a defined SeriesGoal. That is to say, marriage to Mr. Boynton. [[spoiler: Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton in TheMovie GrandFinale.]]
19th Oct '15 5:11:55 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Every radio and television episode of Our Miss Brooks serves as a standalone episode. Even so, from the very first radio episode ("First Day"), Miss Brooks has a defined SeriesGoal. That is to say, marriage to Mr. Boynton. [[spoiler: Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton in TheMovie GrandFinale.]]
15th Jun '15 12:30:17 PM matteste
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}: Double Dealing Character'' is a bit of an in between episode coming right after the Religious War arc and followed by ''[=ULiL=]'' and ''[=LoLK=]'' which tie into the Lunar arc with ''[=DDC=]'' having no connection to either of them.
26th May '15 6:03:46 AM Willbyr
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* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' actually labeled its stand-alone episodes (as opposed to arc-based "complex" episodes) as such on the title card. ''SAC: 2nd Gig'' did the same, but labeled its stand-alone episodes as "dividual" as opposed to the other two types ("individual"[[note]]Where "individual" refers to the plot-arc/ArcWords "Individual Eleven"[[/note]] and "dual").

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* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' actually labeled its stand-alone episodes (as opposed to arc-based "complex" episodes) as such on the title card. ''SAC: 2nd Gig'' did the same, but labeled its stand-alone episodes as "dividual" as opposed to the other two types ("individual"[[note]]Where "individual" refers to the plot-arc/ArcWords "Individual Eleven"[[/note]] and "dual").



* Parts 4 and 5 of ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]]'' are considered to be stand-alone, as they have little-to-nothing to do with the main story (Parts 1, 2, 3, and 6).

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* Parts 4 and 5 of ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]]'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are considered to be stand-alone, as they have little-to-nothing to do with the main story (Parts 1, 2, 3, and 6).
30th Mar '15 9:56:56 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Eureka}}'' has a couple Christmas episodes outside the regular storyline.

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* ''{{Eureka}}'' ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' has a couple Christmas episodes outside the regular storyline.
12th Mar '15 12:34:41 AM Nirual
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': The loyalty missions have little to do with the main plot of the game, [[TropesAreNotBad instead focusing on the squadmate characters.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': The loyalty missions have little to do with the main plot of the game, [[TropesAreNotBad instead focusing on the squadmate characters.]]
]] Some of them do play into the larger plot and events of the third game though.
12th Aug '14 7:34:56 AM XFllo
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* ''TheXFiles'' "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" and many others. "Humbug," "The Host," and "Jose Chung's ''From Outer Space''" to name a few.
* ''TheWestWing'':

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* ''TheXFiles'' "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" ''Series/TheXFiles'' alternated MythArc episodes and many others. "Humbug," "The Host," and "Jose Chung's ''From Outer Space''" to name a few.
standalone ones. The mythology episodes became more prominent in season 2 but standalones outnumber them. They later did origins episode about the background of FBI's X-Files division or how Mulder met the Lone Gunmen.
* ''TheWestWing'':''Series/TheWestWing'':
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