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13th Sep '17 3:12:22 PM Matt620
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** The frost giant arc on the ''Mechane'' during the trip to the dwarven capital. It was a roughly forty strips longs arc, that, because of the way the strip updated, it took place for nearly a year, disappointing many fans. With an apocalyptic deadline looming in the background, readers found a plot about a glorified random encounter to be really underwhelming. Coupling this was a lack of the comic's trademark humor, zero CharacterDevelopment, an {{Anvilicious}} and disjointed diatribe about women in the workplace, and the primary focus on two bit part characters with paper-thin characterization.

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** The frost giant arc on the ''Mechane'' during the trip to the dwarven capital. It was a roughly forty strips longs arc, that, because of the way the strip updated, it took place for nearly a year, disappointing many fans. With an apocalyptic deadline looming in the background, readers found a plot about a glorified random encounter to be really underwhelming. Coupling this was a lack of the comic's trademark humor, zero CharacterDevelopment, an {{Anvilicious}} and disjointed diatribe about women in the workplace, and the primary focus on two bit part characters with paper-thin characterization.characterization who were mostly disliked by the fanbase as it was.
12th Sep '17 7:28:20 PM Matt620
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* Vaarsuvius [[DefiedTrope preemptively takes steps]] to avoid being Trapped By Mountain Lions in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0595.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
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Vaarsuvius [[DefiedTrope preemptively takes steps]] to avoid being Trapped By Mountain Lions in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0595.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' ' strip.


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** The frost giant arc on the ''Mechane'' during the trip to the dwarven capital. It was a roughly forty strips longs arc, that, because of the way the strip updated, it took place for nearly a year, disappointing many fans. With an apocalyptic deadline looming in the background, readers found a plot about a glorified random encounter to be really underwhelming. Coupling this was a lack of the comic's trademark humor, zero CharacterDevelopment, an {{Anvilicious}} and disjointed diatribe about women in the workplace, and the primary focus on two bit part characters with paper-thin characterization.
7th Sep '17 6:15:08 PM SenorCornholio
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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' crossover movies like ''Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz'', where they have Tom and Jerry getting up to their own antics while the main plot goes on around them and they barely interact with the main characters.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' crossover movies like ''Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz'', where they have Tom and Jerry getting up to their own antics while the main plot goes on around them and they barely interact with the main characters. Probably the most infamous of the bunch in this day and age is ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryWillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''.
4th Sep '17 9:46:15 PM wuggles
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*** The show almost had another Sand Snakes "Trapped By Mountain Lions" story in Season 6, but managed to avoid it. The Sand Snakes show up in the first episode to assassinate the Prince of Dorne and plunge the kingdom into open rebellion, and then disappear completely until literally the final minutes of the season finale. It seems no matter what they do, viewers and TV critics agree that the Dorne arcs are the weakest points of the show.

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*** The show almost had another Sand Snakes "Trapped By Mountain Lions" story in Season 6, but managed to avoid it. The Sand Snakes show up in the first episode to assassinate the Prince of Dorne and plunge the kingdom into open rebellion, and then disappear completely until literally the final minutes of the season finale. It seems no matter what they do, viewers and TV critics agree that the Dorne arcs are the weakest points of the show. [[spoiler: The negative fan reaction could be the reason why, early in season 7, most of the Sand Snakes are unceremoniously murdered by Euron Greyjoy. Ellaria and Tyene survive and are taken hostage, only for Cersei to poison Tyene and make Ellaria watch her die, and they are never mentioned again.]]
3rd Aug '17 6:03:58 PM MBG
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** ''Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight'' spends about half its runtime cutting away from or ignoring the kinda-neat plot of Earth being invaded by SpacePirates so we can get scenes of Gohan playing with his new pet dragon.
31st Jul '17 10:38:26 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series most definitely, particularly in [[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger the first game]]. Each cast member has their own story path, but only about 4 or 5 of them have anything to do with the overall plot. The sequels handle this slightly better by intersecting the plots of the many characters and giving the lesser ones more focus, but overall a lot of the plot points may be discarded and never elaborated on. [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma The third game's]] kind of JustForFun/{{egregious}} as its narrative only focuses on the main characters, leaving a lot of supporting characters in the dust and their plot threads hanging. It gets a bit better in the fourth game where while the focus is still primarily on the main characters, there are sub-scenarios that wrap up a lot of supporting plot threads.

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* The ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series most definitely, particularly in [[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger the first game]]. Each cast member has their own story path, but only about 4 or 5 of them have anything to do with the overall plot. The sequels handle this slightly better by intersecting the plots of the many characters and giving the lesser ones more focus, but overall a lot of the plot points may be discarded and never elaborated on.focus. [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma The third game's]] kind of JustForFun/{{egregious}} as its narrative only focuses on the main characters, leaving a lot of supporting characters in the dust and their plot threads hanging. It gets a bit better in the fourth game where while the focus is still primarily on the main characters, there are sub-scenarios that wrap up a lot of supporting plot threads.
31st Jul '17 10:34:29 AM BlackYakuzu94
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* The ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series most definitely, particularly in [[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger the first game]]. Each cast member has their own story path, but only about 4 or 5 of them have anything to do with the overall plot. The sequels handle this slightly better by intersecting the plots of the many characters and giving the lesser ones more focus, but overall a lot of the plot points may be discarded and never elaborated on. [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma The third game's]] kind of JustForFun/{{egregious}} as its narrative only focuses on those "that have anything to do with the main plot," leaving a lot of characters in the dust and their plot threads hanging. Worst of all, according to fans, this includes ''most of the newcomers''.

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* The ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series most definitely, particularly in [[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger the first game]]. Each cast member has their own story path, but only about 4 or 5 of them have anything to do with the overall plot. The sequels handle this slightly better by intersecting the plots of the many characters and giving the lesser ones more focus, but overall a lot of the plot points may be discarded and never elaborated on. [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma The third game's]] kind of JustForFun/{{egregious}} as its narrative only focuses on those "that have anything to do with the main plot," characters, leaving a lot of supporting characters in the dust and their plot threads hanging. Worst of all, according to fans, this includes ''most of It gets a bit better in the newcomers''.fourth game where while the focus is still primarily on the main characters, there are sub-scenarios that wrap up a lot of supporting plot threads.
23rd Jun '17 6:25:45 AM AmuckCricetine
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDaleksInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]" has a filler episode which, instead of focusing on Barbara's plan to destroy the Daleks, mostly followed Susan making her way through a sewer pipe and getting attacked by alligators [[StockFootageFailure played by some rather ropey stock footage]], and Ian fighting a rather unconvincing [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber suit monster]] which is supposedly a Dalek pet, comes from nowhere and is never seen again (especially annoying when what makes Daleks so effective is that they have ''never'' looked like people in rubber suits).

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDaleksInvasionOfEarth "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]" has a filler episode which, instead of focusing on Barbara's plan to destroy the Daleks, mostly followed Susan making her way through a sewer pipe and getting attacked by alligators [[StockFootageFailure played by some rather ropey stock footage]], and Ian fighting a rather unconvincing [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber suit monster]] which is supposedly a Dalek pet, comes from nowhere and is never seen again (especially annoying when what makes Daleks so effective is that they have ''never'' looked like people in rubber suits).
23rd Jun '17 6:24:29 AM AmuckCricetine
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** On the other hand, this is rather consistent about her characterisation after she became evil. On both occasions when Morgana manages to take over Camelot, it becomes quickly appearent that she's spent so much time devoted to scheming how to seize the throne, that she never stopped to realise she has utterly ''no idea'' what to do [[VictoryIsBoring once she actually has it]].

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** On the other hand, this is rather consistent about her characterisation after she became evil. On both occasions when Morgana manages to take over Camelot, it becomes quickly appearent apparent that she's spent so much time devoted to scheming how to seize the throne, that she never stopped to realise she has utterly ''no idea'' what to do [[VictoryIsBoring once she actually has it]].



** "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" has a filler episode which, instead of focusing on Barbara's plan to destroy the Daleks, mostly followed Susan making her way through a sewer pipe and getting attacked by alligators [[StockFootageFailure played by some rather ropey stock footage]], and Ian fighting a rather unconvincing [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber suit monster]] which is supposedly a Dalek pet, comes from nowhere and is never seen again (especially annoying when what makes Daleks so effective is that they have ''never'' looked like people in rubber suits).
** The early Peter Davison stories occasionally suffered from this. Having populated the TARDIS with the trio of Adric, Nyssa and Tegan, it was obvious that most of the script authors then struggled to find useful things for these people to do. Adric perhaps came out worse out of this situation, changing from a mathematical genius when first introduced the season before to one that spent large amounts of most episodes assaulting a buffet table.

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDaleksInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth" Earth]]" has a filler episode which, instead of focusing on Barbara's plan to destroy the Daleks, mostly followed Susan making her way through a sewer pipe and getting attacked by alligators [[StockFootageFailure played by some rather ropey stock footage]], and Ian fighting a rather unconvincing [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber suit monster]] which is supposedly a Dalek pet, comes from nowhere and is never seen again (especially annoying when what makes Daleks so effective is that they have ''never'' looked like people in rubber suits).
** The early Peter Davison Creator/PeterDavison stories occasionally suffered from this. Having populated the TARDIS with the trio of Adric, Nyssa and Tegan, it was obvious that most of the script authors then struggled to find useful things for these people to do. Adric perhaps came out worse out of this situation, changing from a mathematical genius when first introduced the season before to one that spent large amounts of most episodes assaulting a buffet table.
27th May '17 12:39:24 PM Jormungar
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** Theon's subplot in season 3, in which he simply pops up in several episodes to be tortured some more, with no forward progress being made in his story until the season finale, and even then that didn't involve him at all but his sister. This came about because in the source material the character is largely off-screen, but the show-runners had to give the actor something to do. This resulted in a new low of gratuitous, even ''tedious'' torture, even for a show like Game of Thrones.

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** Theon's subplot in season 3, in which he simply pops up in several episodes simply to be tortured some more, with no forward progress being made in his story until the season finale, and even then that didn't involve him at all but his sister. This came about is because in the source material the character is largely off-screen, but the show-runners had to give the actor something to do. This resulted in a new low of gratuitous, even ''tedious'' torture, even for a show like Game of Thrones.
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