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8th Feb '16 6:46:55 AM Luc
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* Certain genres of a full Alternate Universe fanfiction avert this trope... but fewer then you might think.
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* Certain genres of a full Alternate Universe fanfiction (such as High School AU) avert this trope... but fewer fics within those genres avoid the Stations then you might think.think, if for no other reason then because it helps protect the result from being accused of being InNameOnly.
8th Feb '16 6:44:29 AM Luc
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Examples section cleaned up, and the rule which the examples in question violated highlighted. If you want to remove individual examples from the "Outside of Fanfic" section, I won't complain.
Examples should be of works whose fanfic show this tendency, rather than individual fanfics. Connected to BroadStrokes: how broadly the events are painted relates to how many Stations the work bothers crossing. On the other hand, when you hit the broad stroke of a Station the fine details can also be changed up. Compare with InSpiteOfANail.
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Examples '''Examples should be of works whose fanfic show this tendency, rather ''rather than individual fanfics.fanfics'''''. Connected to BroadStrokes: how broadly the events are painted relates to how many Stations the work bothers crossing. On the other hand, when you hit the broad stroke of a Station the fine details can also be changed up. Compare with InSpiteOfANail.

Examples should be * Certain genres of works whose fanfic show a full Alternate Universe fanfiction avert this tendency, rather than individual fanfics. Connected to BroadStrokes: how broadly the events are painted relates to how many Stations the work bothers crossing. On the other hand, when trope... but fewer then you hit the broad stroke of a Station the fine details can also be changed up. Compare with InSpiteOfANail.might think.

** Defied with ''FanFic/DejaVuNoJutsu'' the only thing that stays the same is Minato rescuing Kushina from Kumo nin, with [[OriginalCharacter Natsumi]] being there the Butterfly Effect is felt as Suna and Konoha remain stalwart allies and Suna gains its own sealing master in Komushi. Which results in [[spoiler: Gaara getting a stable seal and childhoood and Sasori becoming Kazekage.]] Yahiko never dies, leading to the Akatsuki remaining good guys. The changes continue further down the line.

** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': At the beginning the story seems following the main events normally, but soon it is obvious that Asuka and Shinji getting together is changing the timeline radically and profoundly: [[spoiler:Unit 03 gets activated instead of Unit 04, Hikari becomes the Fourth Child, Rei defeats Zeruel, Shinji does not get absorbed into Unit 01, Kaworu shows up before Arael...]] and all of it makes sense! ** ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Despite of –or maybe because- being one of the first major Eva fics, it plays with the timeline very loosely. The story starts out some while after Shinji and Asuka's FirstKiss. However it introduces two new Angels after Ireul. The sequel ignores –possibly- Leliel, Bardiel and Zeruel entirely and skips straight to Arael. Touji never becomes the Fourth Children and Unit-03 never shows up. Also, it is generally accepted by fandom that Sachiel attacked in June 2015 and Third Impact happened at the start of 2016. This fic pushes the timeline forward, and this history's events happen from August 2016 to May 2017. ** ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': The canon timeline is thrown completely out of the window as soon as the first chapter, when Shinji fights Matarael -in lieu of Sachiel-, supported by Rei. The Angels (in reality {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos) are completely different and so is the story. ** ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': The story begins between Shinji and Asuka’s botched first kiss and the attack of the Twelfth Angel, going through the main canon events from that point. There're several important differences, though: [[spoiler:Bardiel got killed before hijacking Unit-03. Hence, Touji became the Fourth Child and the dummy plug tragedy did not happen.]] ** ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': The story starts halfpoint through the series and it follows the order of battles and main events closely. However it introduces little gradual changes that alter the outcome radically. ** ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEvaTreacherousWeb'': Aside from the fact that [[SuperFic Ritsuko Akagi gets superpowers]], a really big divergence is that [[spoiler:Gendo is assassinated ''very'' early on (by ''Ritsuko'')]], which allows SEELE to put its own puppet Commander in charge and re-arrange NERV's command roster (which gets Ritsuko and Kaji kicked out of their positions). Much emphasis is put on the secret war Ritsuko and Commander [[spoiler:Wilson Fisk]] wage to prevent him from ruining the lives of the Pilots (to not mention everybody else) for the sake of SEELE's scenario. The Angels continue to appear on their canonical order and designs, though, and Spider-Woman doesn't has to powers to fight those monsters, focusing instead on helping people during the battles. ** On the same vein, ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva2DarkLadyOfTokyo3'' has the entire "Angel War" part of the storyline untouched (because Batgirl doesn't has any weapons capable of hurting the Angels-of the various Angels that appeared, she was involved on the grand total of ''one'' battle), instead focusing on fighting the Tokyo-3 criminal underworld [[spoiler:and NERV's control over said underworld]].

** ''FanFic/{{Unfamiliar}}'' has [[{{VideoGame/Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] as the substitute and he simply doesn't use swords. [[spoiler: To make things even more different, [[TheMole Wardes]] picks up the sword seeing as Mercer doesn't. And Derf seems to have become a tad AxeCrazy with his new owner.]] ** ''Fanfic/AGreenSunIlluminatesTheVoid'' torpedoes canon even more thoroughly. Louise fails the summoning, resulting in an [[{{Exalted}} Infernal Exaltation]] showing up in response to this failure with cosmic ramifications. The duel happens, but against Monmon and results in a Mutual KO. [[spoiler: Foquet gets away. Louise winds up with the Staff of Destruction, here a magical BFS called a Shattered Crystal Blade. Wardes has Derf and isn't a traitor. And then the lead-up to Albion starts and everything goes off the rails. By the time Louise is in Albion, she's married to Wardes, no mind control needed and canon is irreparably destroyed.]] ** ''FanFic/{{Overlady}}'' wrecks canon about as well as "Green Sun" (by the same author). Again, Louise completely fails to summon anything. She runs away to make a name for herself as a wandering hero (just like her mother) and stumbles across an abandoned ''{{VideoGame/Overlord}}'' tower. [[spoiler: By the time she's dug her way out, the rebellion in Albion is over and Henrietta has been arrested for adultery and bigamy.]]

** Although ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' puts an interesting spin on this due to the ButterflyOfDoom. The first few fights between Nanoha and Fate play out more or less the same. Things get a bit different when one of the Jewel Seeds triggers a minor ZombieApocalypse. And then the canon gets nuked from orbit [[spoiler:when Nanoha decides to help Precia.]] ** Another fanfic, ''Fanfic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', which retells the story with [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] in Nanoha's place, plays with the trope by hitting the stations while mixing up the details. For example, when the entirety of Ponyville catches Twilight and Yuuno after the first Jewel Seed battle, the end result is Twilight having the aid of the other Element bearers and the Princesses to help with the problem, whereas Nanoha dealt with her problems alone. When they have to go beat Precia, they go in with a lot more force in named characters and her eventual fate is different. When the Wolkenritter appear to do their thing, it's for a different master than from canon. So on and so forth.

** Although ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' puts an interesting spin on this due to the ButterflyOfDoom. The first few fights between Nanoha and Fate play out more or less the same. Things get a bit different when one of the Jewel Seeds triggers a minor ZombieApocalypse. And then the canon gets nuked from orbit [[spoiler:when Nanoha decides to help Precia.]] ** Another fanfic, ''Fanfic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', which retells the story with [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] in Nanoha's place, plays with the trope by hitting the stations while mixing up the details. For example, when the entirety of Ponyville catches Twilight and Yuuno after the first Jewel Seed battle, the end result is Twilight having the aid of the other Element bearers and the Princesses to help with the problem, whereas Nanoha dealt with her problems alone. When they have to go beat Precia, they go in with a lot more force in named characters and her eventual fate is different. When the Wolkenritter appear to do their thing, it's for a different master than from canon. So on and so forth.* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': As described above.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': As described above. ** It was {{lampshaded}} in ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast'' - Harry [[PeggySue goes back in time to fix things,]] [[YouCantFightFate but finds that some things keep happening anyway.]] He wonders whether or not he actually has any free will. ** It was also lampshaded in Fanfic/{{Sisyphus}}, where Harry keeps returning to his first year, and notices there are aparently rules for what he can and cannot do, like not being able to go past places from canon. He finds this to be a complete nightmare, when, no matter what he does, he can't stop going back

* ''Fanfic/{{Renegade}},'' a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' FusionFic[=/=]AlternateUniverse story, has some of this initially, with the events surrounding the attack of Eden Prime and the initial timeline being the same despite the presence of GDI and Nod and their technology in the setting. The [[WordOfGod author has admitted]] this was a result of working on the fic in a spontaneous manner, but the storyline has quickly diverged from canon by the sixth chapter and continues doing that. By the tenth chapter, the storyline has gone pretty far off the rails, with [[spoiler: a Scrin attack on the GDI Embassy on the Citadel]].

* While the ''Franchise/MassEffect[=/=][[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40,000]]'' crossover ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6718220/1/Hammerhand Hammerhand]]'' plays this more or less straight, it's sequel ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6731833/1/Angels-of-the-Storm Angels of the Storm]]'' averts this; when [[BigBad the Reapers]] launch their invasion of Earth, [[TheCaptain Captain Malleus]] responds by kicking out the current Citadel Council and replacing them with much more competent leaders, rallying the Citadel Races (and getting the Quarians and Geth to stop killing each other in record time), and then launching a massive counter-attack against the Reapers. The result is turning ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' into a [[WarIsHell 40K-style meatgrinder]], complete with close combat, [[HumongousMecha Titan duels]], [[WeHaveReserves billions lost without much acknowledgement]], and entire cities being reduced to rubble. * ''Fanfic/TalesOfBleachUnrealSociety'' follows almost every station there is to ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Tales of Symphonia's]]'' canon as does the sequel ''Return of the Samurai'' to ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. The author then went out of his way to avert this in the final installment of the trilogy ''Blades of Destiny'' just so that there could be some story told with [[Manga/{{Bleach}} both]] [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia series]] that didn't have a canon to follow. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''[=/=]''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' PeggySue fanfic ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' more or less defies this. When [[PeggySue Cloud Strife]] shows up at the Wutai Front during the [=ShinRa=]-Wutai war to find and kill Sephiroth, he shows up months too early when Genesis was still in charge. As a result of his involvement, Wutai surrenders early to retain its independence, Genesis' degradation gets cured thus he never defects and Sephiroth never goes mad. Vincent gets awakened years early and AscendedExtra Kunsel takes the doomed Nibelheim mission [[spoiler: and survives it]].
3rd Feb '16 3:05:56 PM Rebu
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** Amusingly, the Armsmaster-branded underpants Taylor mentions once owning seem to be a popular mention.
1st Feb '16 1:06:23 AM marcoasalazarm
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** ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEvaTreacherousWeb'': Aside from the fact that [[SuperFic Ritsuko Akagi gets superpowers]], a really big divergence is that [[spoiler:Gendo is assassinated ''very'' early on (by ''Ritsuko'')]], which allows SEELE to put its own puppet Commander in charge and re-arrange NERV's command roster (which gets Ritsuko and Kaji kicked out of their positions). Much emphasis is put on the secret war Ritsuko and Commander [[spoiler:Wilson Fisk]] wage to prevent him from ruining the lives of the Pilots (to not mention everybody else) for the sake of SEELE's scenario.
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** ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEvaTreacherousWeb'': Aside from the fact that [[SuperFic Ritsuko Akagi gets superpowers]], a really big divergence is that [[spoiler:Gendo is assassinated ''very'' early on (by ''Ritsuko'')]], which allows SEELE to put its own puppet Commander in charge and re-arrange NERV's command roster (which gets Ritsuko and Kaji kicked out of their positions). Much emphasis is put on the secret war Ritsuko and Commander [[spoiler:Wilson Fisk]] wage to prevent him from ruining the lives of the Pilots (to not mention everybody else) for the sake of SEELE's scenario. The Angels continue to appear on their canonical order and designs, though, and Spider-Woman doesn't has to powers to fight those monsters, focusing instead on helping people during the battles. ** On the same vein, ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva2DarkLadyOfTokyo3'' has the entire "Angel War" part of the storyline untouched (because Batgirl doesn't has any weapons capable of hurting the Angels-of the various Angels that appeared, she was involved on the grand total of ''one'' battle), instead focusing on fighting the Tokyo-3 criminal underworld [[spoiler:and NERV's control over said underworld]].
1st Feb '16 12:57:21 AM marcoasalazarm
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** ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEvaTreacherousWeb'': Aside from the fact that [[SuperFic Ritsuko Akagi gets superpowers]], a really big divergence is that [[spoiler:Gendo is assassinated ''very'' early on (by ''Ritsuko'')]], which allows SEELE to put its own puppet Commander in charge and re-arrange NERV's command roster (which gets Ritsuko and Kaji kicked out of their positions). Much emphasis is put on the secret war Ritsuko and Commander [[spoiler:Wilson Fisk]] wage to prevent him from ruining the lives of the Pilots (to not mention everybody else) for the sake of SEELE's scenario.
13th Jan '16 12:14:27 PM Andygal
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* ''TheInfiniteLoops'' plays this back and forth depending on the loop. Most loopers try to play baseline loops as close to canon as possible, simply because certain events need to happen in order for other events to take place... and chances are that they've seen the consequences of derailing already and don't want to repeat the mistake. However, minor and out-of-the-way activities are usually fine, minor changes that just make it easier on everyones' lives are welcome, and outright cruelties tend to be averted completely unless they're ''absolutely'' essential to the grand scheme. There's also the occasion when a looper needs to blow off some steam (because eternal looping life can get weary otherwise) with some elaborate pranks. And then there's the seriously messed up variant loops, where the loopers say [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight "Screw the plot, we're fixing this!"]]
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* ''TheInfiniteLoops'' ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'' plays this back and forth depending on the loop. Most loopers try to play baseline loops as close to canon as possible, simply because certain events need to happen in order for other events to take place... and chances are that they've seen the consequences of derailing already and don't want to repeat the mistake. However, minor and out-of-the-way activities are usually fine, minor changes that just make it easier on everyones' lives are welcome, and outright cruelties tend to be averted completely unless they're ''absolutely'' essential to the grand scheme. There's also the occasion when a looper needs to blow off some steam (because eternal looping life can get weary otherwise) with some elaborate pranks. And then there's the seriously messed up variant loops, where the loopers say [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight "Screw the plot, we're fixing this!"]]
8th Jan '16 8:31:36 AM Gallimaufry
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[[folder:General]] * ''TheInfiniteLoops'' plays this back and forth depending on the loop. Most loopers try to play baseline loops as close to canon as possible, simply because certain events need to happen in order for other events to take place... and chances are that they've seen the consequences of derailing already and don't want to repeat the mistake. However, minor and out-of-the-way activities are usually fine, minor changes that just make it easier on everyones' lives are welcome, and outright cruelties tend to be averted completely unless they're ''absolutely'' essential to the grand scheme. There's also the occasion when a looper needs to blow off some steam (because eternal looping life can get weary otherwise) with some elaborate pranks. And then there's the seriously messed up variant loops, where the loopers say [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight "Screw the plot, we're fixing this!"]] [[/folder]]
20th Dec '15 4:41:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''LordOfTheRings'' gives us Frodo inheriting the Ring, running from Nazgûl, meeting Strider, the Council of Elrond (even if a [[SailorEarth Tenth Walker]] MarySue has skipped over the previous bits, we invariably get the "and you have my X" lines.) Caradhras, the Mines, Boromir's betrayal, etc. ** In a similar vein, ''TheSilmarillion'' has the Darkening of Valinor, the Oath of Fëanor, the Kinslaying at Alqualondë, the ships burning at Losgar, Fëanor's death, Maedhros's capture, the Battle of Sudden Flame, Fingolfin's duel with Morgoth, Beren and Lúthien's adventures, and the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Most fix fics generally wipe the Kinslaying and burning of the ships from history, but despite the significantly better political situation this causes various tragedies still occur.
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* ''LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' gives us Frodo inheriting the Ring, running from Nazgûl, meeting Strider, the Council of Elrond (even if a [[SailorEarth Tenth Walker]] MarySue has skipped over the previous bits, we invariably get the "and you have my X" lines.) Caradhras, the Mines, Boromir's betrayal, etc. ** In a similar vein, ''TheSilmarillion'' ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' has the Darkening of Valinor, the Oath of Fëanor, the Kinslaying at Alqualondë, the ships burning at Losgar, Fëanor's death, Maedhros's capture, the Battle of Sudden Flame, Fingolfin's duel with Morgoth, Beren and Lúthien's adventures, and the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Most fix fics generally wipe the Kinslaying and burning of the ships from history, but despite the significantly better political situation this causes various tragedies still occur.
12th Dec '15 10:12:05 AM EryliaStarheart
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This trope is named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stations_of_the_Cross Stations of the Cross]], a traditional set of 14 or 15 iconic scenes from the Passion and crucifixion of [[Literature/TheBible Jesus Christ]] used in some Christian worship, and are frequently reinterpreted in various media.
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This trope is named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stations_of_the_Cross Stations of the Cross]], a traditional set sequence of 14 or 15 (or 15) iconic scenes from the Passion and crucifixion of [[Literature/TheBible Jesus Christ]] used in some Christian worship, and are frequently reinterpreted doctrine; in various media. this regard, the revisitation of canonical scenes in an adaptation or a derivative work can be compared to an iconic guided tour allowing pilgrims to Jerusalem to literally follow in Christ's steps. Coincidentally, the "stations" evoke the image of a railroad to indicate that the plot hasn't gone OffTheRails.
16th Nov '15 4:37:43 PM DeisTheAlcano
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** Granted, ''most VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games do this. But most of them are also much better about it, keeping the important ''consequences'' of each event (if it isn't already out to [[FixFic subvert]] them), but often modifying the location, situation, people involved, and sometimes even the ''reasons'' they occur. The games also often mix things up by causing important events in different series' to happen at the same time. ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgement'' also does this for ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', and to a minor extent ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' and ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Granted, it was the first appearance for all three (first handheld appearance for SEED), but they still follow canon VICIOUSLY - [[spoiler: You can't keep Mu La Flaga alive,]] a lot of the game caters to Kira being the only Gundam around despite ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' being an established part of the story, and a lot of the random events can seem very catering to SEED at times.
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** Granted, ''most VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' most ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games do this. But most of them are also much better about it, keeping the important ''consequences'' of each event (if it isn't already out to [[FixFic subvert]] them), but often modifying the location, situation, people involved, and sometimes even the ''reasons'' they occur. The games also often mix things up by causing important events in different series' to happen at the same time. ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgement'' also does this for ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', and to a minor extent ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' and ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Granted, it was the first appearance for all three (first handheld appearance for SEED), but they still follow canon VICIOUSLY - [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You can't keep Mu La Flaga alive,]] a lot of the game caters to Kira being the only Gundam around despite ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' being an established part of the story, and a lot of the random events can seem very catering to SEED at times.

* An unusual, in-universe example in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' - some things may change, but Booker [[ItMakesSenseInContext will never row the boat,]] will always get a Heads, and will always draw ball #77. And on a bigger scale, [[spoiler: there is always a man, a city, and a lighthouse.]]
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* An unusual, in-universe example in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' - some things may change, but Booker [[ItMakesSenseInContext will never row the boat,]] will always get a Heads, and will always draw ball #77. And on a bigger scale, [[spoiler: there [[spoiler:there is always a man, a city, and a lighthouse.]]

* The {{Transformers}} will ''always'' find themselves chasing a MacGuffin to Earth (yes, Energon counts) after at some point, meet human kids early on, and make them sidekicks, no matter the continuity or how improbable it seems. Megatron and Optimus Prime ''will'' have a showdown, lines from [[TransformersTheMovie the 1986 film]] battle will probably be spoken at some point (even if the story isn't ''in'' that continuity), and Optimus Prime will die.
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* The {{Transformers}} Franchise/{{Transformers}} will ''always'' find themselves chasing a MacGuffin to Earth (yes, Energon counts) after at some point, meet human kids early on, and make them sidekicks, no matter the continuity or how improbable it seems. Megatron and Optimus Prime ''will'' have a showdown, lines from [[TransformersTheMovie [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the 1986 film]] battle will probably be spoken at some point (even if the story isn't ''in'' that continuity), and Optimus Prime will die.

** Oddly enough, every time a series diverges from the usual characterizations, it often becomes a new Station itself, such as Bumblebee either being mute or playing a stronger role in combat after the [[TransformersFilmSeries movies]] came out.
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** Oddly enough, every time a series diverges from the usual characterizations, it often becomes a new Station itself, such as Bumblebee either being mute or playing a stronger role in combat after the [[TransformersFilmSeries movies]] [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries live-action film series]] came out.
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