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25th Apr '16 12:24:45 AM Kid
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* ''Series/SonsofAnarchy'' has this with Gemma (and, to a lesser extent, Tara) in Season 3. They into a series of largely self-contained misadventures that don't relate to the main plotline of the season, Abel's abduction.

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* ''Series/SonsofAnarchy'' ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' has this with Gemma (and, to a lesser extent, Tara) in Season 3. They into a series of largely self-contained misadventures that don't relate to the main plotline of the season, Abel's abduction.
15th Apr '16 2:20:32 PM WillKeaton
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* The ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a lot of this. The [[Film/{{Transformers}} first movie]] has a subplot involving hackers that, in retrospect, does absolutely nothing to move the plot forward (it didn't help that the scenes were a little boring and featured some spectacularly bad HollywoodHacking). The RomanticPlotTumor in both movies tends to fit the "Why should we care?" aspect due to how jarring it is next to the action that everyone came to see.

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* The ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a lot of this. The [[Film/{{Transformers}} first movie]] has a subplot involving hackers that, in retrospect, does absolutely nothing to move the plot forward (it forward. (It didn't help that the scenes were a little boring and featured some spectacularly bad HollywoodHacking). HollywoodHacking.) The RomanticPlotTumor in both movies tends to fit the "Why should we care?" aspect due to how jarring it is next to the action that everyone came to see.
13th Apr '16 6:21:47 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' can come off a bit like this. The show is as much about Jimmy [=McGill=]'s descent into Saul Goodman as it is Mike Ehrmantraut's rise to Gus Fring's enforcer. Although both plots are well-received, they also rarely interact with each other.
11th Apr '16 1:31:55 PM TinMan
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* Very much subverted within ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The main story revolves around going for a SuicideMission into the lair of the Collectors. But a bunch of the gameplay revolves around each party members' personal issues, coined as 'Loyalty Mission', such as Miranda worrying of the safety of her sister, or Garrus' grudge against a traitor that costed him his team. None of them has anything to do with the main plot. However, if you treat them like some insignificant side-missions and want to just focus on the 'main, most important mission'... well, the party members who are not loyal will end up performing sub-par (because the unresolved problems still linger in their head), possibly killing them or even someone else (and in the worst case, making the mission end in a PyrrhicVictory with Shepard perishing too). In other words, this game encourages you to deal with those trapped by mountain lions instead of ignoring them, or you'll be punished for it.

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* Very much subverted within ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The main story revolves around going for a SuicideMission into the lair of the Collectors. But a bunch of the gameplay revolves around each party members' personal issues, coined as 'Loyalty Mission', such as Miranda worrying of the safety of her sister, or Garrus' grudge against a traitor that costed him his team. None of them has anything to do with the main plot. However, if you treat them like some insignificant side-missions and want to just focus on the 'main, most important mission'... well, the party members who are not loyal will end up performing sub-par (because the unresolved problems still linger in their head), possibly killing them or even someone else (and in the worst case, making the mission end in a PyrrhicVictory with Shepard perishing too). In other words, this game encourages you to deal with those trapped by mountain lions instead of ignoring them, or you'll be punished for it. Unfortunately, the main plot of the game fell prey to this retroactively. Several [[CausticCritic Caustic Critics]] have pointed out that the Collector plot is ultimately pointless to the overarching goal of stopping the Reapers as Mass Effect 3 failed to capitalize on anything from it. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Some fans disagree and the quality of the main story is still a point of contention with fans to this day.]]
1st Apr '16 10:11:30 AM Kadorhal
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This trope is named for [[DamselScrappy Kim Bauer]] and her escapades in season 2 of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''. Whereas Kim was integral to the storyline of the first season, by season 2 the show had Creator/ElishaCuthbert under contract and no way to work her character into the main plot. This resulted in a series of B-stories where Kim is chased by her employer's homicidal husband, briefly detained after said employer's corpse is found [[PunkInTheTrunk in the trunk]] of her stolen car, causes an auto crash that severs her boyfriend's legs, gets lost in the wilderness, is caught in a bear trap and surrounded by mountain lions (thus the trope name), held prisoner by a lonely mountain man who tricks her into thinking the world has ended, becomes a hostage in a liquor store holdup, and is menaced by the husband ''again'' when she goes to his house to get her stuff and he somehow manages to kill the [[RedShirt trained law enforcement professionals]] escorting her. Meanwhile in the actual, interesting main plot, her father tries to locate and defuse a nuclear bomb that's fallen into the hands of terrorists while a conspiracy within the government abuses the situation to make a power-grab. (It was a busy day.)

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This trope is named for [[DamselScrappy Kim Bauer]] and her escapades in season 2 of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.''Series/TwentyFour''. Whereas Kim was integral to the storyline of the first season, by season 2 the show had Creator/ElishaCuthbert under contract and no way to work her character into the main plot. This resulted in a series of B-stories where Kim is chased by her employer's homicidal husband, briefly detained after said employer's corpse is found [[PunkInTheTrunk in the trunk]] of her stolen car, causes an auto crash that severs her boyfriend's legs, gets lost in the wilderness, is caught in a bear trap and surrounded by mountain lions (thus the trope name), held prisoner by a lonely mountain man who tricks her into thinking the world has ended, becomes a hostage in a liquor store holdup, and is menaced by the husband ''again'' when she goes to his house to get her stuff and he somehow manages to kill the [[RedShirt trained law enforcement professionals]] escorting her. Meanwhile in the actual, interesting main plot, her father tries to locate and defuse a nuclear bomb that's fallen into the hands of terrorists while a conspiracy within the government abuses the situation to make a power-grab. (It was a busy day.)



* Most scenes with Bulma during the Frieza [[StoryArc Arc]] of anime of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Amusingly enough, there's one segment in the show where Krillin and Gohan hear her screaming in the distance and wonder if she really was ''literally'' Trapped By Mountain Lions (to which Krillin responds "I'd feel sorry for the lion.") Most of these scenes are PlayedForLaughs rather than being considered serious moments, since [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt who would honestly worry that Bulma was in genuine mortal danger at that point in the story?]]
** Especially in Kai where most of the filler is removed and yet this subplot (including the body switch with Frog Ginyu) is left in.
* For most of ''Anime/{{Gundam00}}'''s first season, civilian teens Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy seemed to serve no purpose at all. Until a WhamEpisode comes [[spoiler: as it makes them [[InnocentBystander innocent victims of war]], with Saji losing his sister Kinue ''and'' with Louise being [[BreakTheCutie orphaned and mutilated]].]] In the second season, then, [[spoiler:Saji becomes the main character Setsuna's partner and co-pilot of sorts, and Louise is an artifically enhanced enemy soldier.]].

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* Most scenes with Bulma during the Frieza [[StoryArc Arc]] of anime of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Amusingly enough, there's one segment in the show where Krillin and Gohan hear her screaming in the distance and wonder if she really was ''literally'' Trapped By Mountain Lions (to which Krillin responds "I'd feel sorry for the lion.") Most of these scenes are PlayedForLaughs rather than being considered serious moments, since [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt who would honestly worry that Bulma was in genuine mortal danger at that point in the story?]]
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story?]] This is especially notable in Kai ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' where most of the filler is removed removed, and yet this subplot (including the body switch with Frog Ginyu) is still left in.
* For most of ''Anime/{{Gundam00}}'''s ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s first season, civilian teens Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy seemed to serve no purpose at all. Until a WhamEpisode comes [[spoiler: as it makes them [[InnocentBystander innocent victims of war]], with Saji losing his sister Kinue ''and'' with Louise being [[BreakTheCutie orphaned and mutilated]].]] In the second season, then, [[spoiler:Saji becomes the main character Setsuna's partner and co-pilot of sorts, and Louise is an artifically enhanced enemy soldier.]].soldier]].



* At one point in Anime/CodeGeass, Ohgi, Viletta, and Sayoko are at the top of a waterfall. Sayoko tries to kill Viletta, and Ohgi jumps in the way. He falls off the waterfall toward some sharp rocks. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment This scuffle was never mentioned again]], and didn't have anything to to with what was going on.

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* At one point in Anime/CodeGeass, ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Ohgi, Viletta, and Sayoko are at the top of a waterfall. Sayoko tries to kill Viletta, and Ohgi jumps in the way. He falls off the waterfall toward some sharp rocks. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment This scuffle was never mentioned again]], and didn't have anything to to do with what was going on.



* Parodied in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. Because the movie is full of UnreliableNarrator, at the start he's narrating events he couldn't possibly have witnessed, then his own narration gets sidetracked by the chimp(actually a monkey, not a chimpanzee) and the bug ("Wwwwhat's with the chimp and the bug? Can we get back to ''me''?"), and then later, Kuzco-as-narrator briefly converses with Kuzco-as-character. Kuzco-as-narrator also tries to claim that spending plot-time with Pacha and his family is an example of this trope. Fortunately, there's [[NoFourthWall very little fourth wall]] in this film.

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* Parodied in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. Because the movie is full of UnreliableNarrator, at the start he's narrating events he couldn't possibly have witnessed, then his own narration gets sidetracked by the chimp(actually chimp (actually a monkey, not a chimpanzee) and the bug ("Wwwwhat's with the chimp and the bug? Can we get back to ''me''?"), and then later, Kuzco-as-narrator briefly converses with Kuzco-as-character. Kuzco-as-narrator also tries to claim that spending plot-time with Pacha and his family is an example of this trope. Fortunately, there's [[NoFourthWall very little fourth wall]] in this film.



* Everything dealing with former reporter [[NamesTheSame Steve Martin]] (played by Raymond Burr) and the American army in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla''. These scenes were filmed and written specifically for the American cut of the film, mimicking the original importation of ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'', where Burr's character was much better integrated into the plot, mostly by essentially taking the narrative place of Hagiwara, a major character in the Japanese cut. But in ''Return'', none of the American characters actually ''do'' anything, so we're left watching other people effectively watching this same darn movie.

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* Everything dealing with former reporter [[NamesTheSame Steve Martin]] (played by Raymond Burr) and the American army in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla''. These scenes were filmed and written specifically for the American cut of the film, mimicking the original importation of ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'', where Burr's character was much better integrated into the plot, mostly by essentially taking the narrative place of Hagiwara, a major character in the Japanese cut. But in ''Return'', none of the American characters actually ''do'' anything, so we're left watching other people effectively watching this same darn the movie with us from within the movie.
1st Apr '16 4:00:48 AM Docyoshi
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' falls into this from time to time. It's been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] more than once that The Blues tend to get the more plot focused stuff while the Reds just provide comedy. This is specially bad in season 9, where the meat of the season are flashbacks to Project Freelancer and Church is in a world based off his own memories. So the action will cut away to the antics of Church's memories of the Red team every so often.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' falls into this from time to time. It's been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] more than once that The Blues tend to get the more plot focused stuff while the Reds just provide comedy. This is specially bad in season 9, where the meat of the season are flashbacks is flashbacks to Project Freelancer and Church is in a world based off his own memories. So the action will cut away to the antics of Church's memories of the Red team every so often.
1st Apr '16 3:59:32 AM Docyoshi
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' falls into this from time to time. It's been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] more than once that The Blues tend to get the more plot focused stuff while the Reds just provide comedy. This is specially bad in season 9, where the meat of the season are flashbacks to Project Freelancer and Church is in a world based off his own memories. So the action will cut away to the antics of Church's memories of the Red team every so often.
23rd Mar '16 11:37:21 AM benda
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Of course, this trope can be justified, and in many instances is wrongly invoked when what the writers are doing is [[ViewersAreMorons too subtle for the audience]]. For instance, the side plot can be a step towards resolution of an inner problem of a character, without which they would be unable to solve an outer problem later. And, of course, it can be straight up [[CharacterDevelopment Character Development]].

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Of course, this trope can be justified, and in many instances is wrongly invoked when what the writers are doing is [[ViewersAreMorons [[ViewersAreGeniuses too subtle for the audience]]. For instance, the side plot can be a step towards resolution of an inner problem of a character, without which they would be unable to solve an outer problem later. And, of course, it can be straight up [[CharacterDevelopment Character Development]].
23rd Mar '16 11:36:18 AM benda
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Of course, this trope can be justified, and in many instances is wrongly invoked when what the writers are doing is [[ViewersAreGeniuses too subtle for the audience]]. For instance, the side plot can be a step towards resolution of an inner problem of a character, without which they would be unable to solve an outer problem later. And, of course, it can be straight up [[CharacterDevelopment Character Development]].

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Of course, this trope can be justified, and in many instances is wrongly invoked when what the writers are doing is [[ViewersAreGeniuses [[ViewersAreMorons too subtle for the audience]]. For instance, the side plot can be a step towards resolution of an inner problem of a character, without which they would be unable to solve an outer problem later. And, of course, it can be straight up [[CharacterDevelopment Character Development]].
10th Mar '16 9:24:19 PM StrixObscuro
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* Literature/TalesOfTheCity'' has a few of these kind of plots:

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* Literature/TalesOfTheCity'' ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'' has a few of these kind of plots:


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* In ''Series/{{Colony}}'', there is Will's efforts to ingratiate himself with the collaborators in the hopes of getting his son back, Katie's efforts to ingratiate herself with the resistance in order to keep them from killing Will... and then there's Maddie trying to ingratiate herself with a cultural minister in order to get insulin for her son.
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