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9th Jun '18 7:25:07 PM Willbyr
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1st Jun '18 7:43:52 PM ErichoTOME
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Compare WackyWaysideTribe, where the entire cast is involved and there is no [[TwoLinesNoWaiting A-story]]. See also DeusExitMachina, {{Filler}}, {{Padding}}, and BigLippedAlligatorMoment. RomanticPlotTumor is a subtrope of this, as is {{Wangst}}. Compare TheGreatestStoryNeverTold and RedSkiesCrossover.

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Compare WackyWaysideTribe, where the entire cast is involved and there is no [[TwoLinesNoWaiting A-story]]. See also DeusExitMachina, {{Filler}}, {{Padding}}, BigLippedAlligatorMoment, and BigLippedAlligatorMoment.ShaggyDogStory. RomanticPlotTumor is a subtrope of this, as is {{Wangst}}. Compare TheGreatestStoryNeverTold and RedSkiesCrossover.


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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' could be guilty of this. Many episodes were caused by Dipper wanting to get with Wendy and in the last episode [[spoiler: he doesn't even get with anyone at all.]] "Roadside Attraction" is the worst offender as it features Dipper fruitlessly trying to get with anyone else and the episode has no impact on the series at all (it's not even mentioned in Journal 3). The last episode also negates "Northwest Mansion Mystery" as Pacifica [[spoiler: loses her manor anyway]] negating most of her CharacterDevelopment. It could, however be argued that these are both subverted as the series ends on a SequelHook and there's one last ShipTease with Dipper and Pacifica in Journal 3. It's perfectly possible Dipper will get with her eventually making all of this ultimately have relevance. We'll just never know...
22nd May '18 9:55:08 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''Noir: A Shadowy Thriller'' (the last game created by Cyberdreams before they collapsed), the player is a HardBoiledDetective assisting a fellow detective with some cases. Most of the cases are pretty important stuff like murders and Nazi plots, but one involves helping some rich lady find her missing dog, which even your fellow detective lamphades is a waste of time. Inexplicably, [[SkewedPriorities the missing dog case gets more focus than any of the others]] and retrieving the dog through a simple puzzle serves as the game's climax (which comes ''after'' the player has beaten Nazi spies and sunk a Japanese freighter). When ''WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'' riffed the game, they noted how the detective seems far more intrigued by a terrier getting kidnapped than he did by fighting mobsters and murderers.

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* In ''Noir: A Shadowy Thriller'' (the last game created by Cyberdreams before they collapsed), the player is a HardBoiledDetective assisting a fellow detective with some cases. Most of the cases are pretty important stuff like murders and Nazi plots, but one involves helping some rich lady find her missing dog, which even your fellow detective lamphades is a waste of time. Inexplicably, [[SkewedPriorities the missing dog case gets more focus than any of the others]] and retrieving the dog through a simple puzzle serves as the game's climax (which comes ''after'' the player has beaten Nazi spies and sunk a Japanese freighter). When ''WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'' WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} riffed the game, they noted how the detective seems far more intrigued by a terrier getting kidnapped than he did by fighting mobsters and murderers.



* In the second episode of a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' three-parter, Stewie sees a man on TV and becomes convinced that he's Stewie's real father and, as such, sets out on a cross-country trip with Brian and Quagmire to find him. Oh, and Peter and Lois are teaching Meg and Chris about how to appeal to other people. That subplot, however, is dropped by the third episode.

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* In the second episode of a the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' three-parter, three-parter/movie ''Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story'', Stewie sees a man on TV and becomes convinced that he's Stewie's real father and, as such, sets out on a cross-country trip with Brian and Quagmire to find him. Oh, and Peter and Lois are teaching Meg and Chris about how to appeal to other people. That subplot, however, is dropped by the third episode.
22nd May '18 7:45:49 PM Kadorhal
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This trope is named for Kim Bauer and her escapades in season 2 of ''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 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 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 Kim Bauer and her escapades in season 2 of ''Series/TwentyFour''. Whereas Kim was integral to the storyline of the first season, by season 2 the show had Creator/ElishaCuthbert under contract and but 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 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 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 It was a busy day.)
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* Most scenes with Bulma during the Frieza Arc of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''; she needed to be there because nobody else could fly the spaceship, but after that her importance was non-existent. As a result, there are several episodes that cut away from the main plot to show Bulma reading magazines, hiding from Freeza soldiers, fighting giant crabs in the ocean, etc. 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.") Interestingly, while ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' excises most of the filler from ''DBZ'', it leaves in the sub-plot where Captain Ginyu briefly [[FreakyFridayFlip body-swaps]] with Bulma[[note]]Due to some scenes using dialogue from the manga with Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin featuring Bulma[=/=]Ginyu appearing in them, it had to be left intact, but was still otherwise trimmed down as much as possible.[[/note]]; it's also referenced in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' when Ginyu appears and both Bulma and Piccolo mention the body-swap.

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* Most scenes with Bulma during the Frieza Arc of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''; she needed to be there because nobody else could fly the spaceship, but after that her importance was non-existent. As a result, there are several episodes that cut away from the main plot to show Bulma reading magazines, hiding from Freeza Frieza's soldiers, fighting giant crabs in the ocean, etc. 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 trapped by mountain lions (to which Krillin responds "I'd feel sorry for the lion.") Interestingly, while ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' excises most of the filler from ''DBZ'', it leaves in the sub-plot where Captain Ginyu briefly [[FreakyFridayFlip body-swaps]] with Bulma[[note]]Due to some scenes using dialogue from the manga with Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin featuring Bulma[=/=]Ginyu appearing in them, it had to be left intact, but was still otherwise trimmed down as much as possible.[[/note]]; it's also referenced in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' when Ginyu appears and both Bulma and Piccolo mention the body-swap.



* Y'know what was going on at the same time as CrisisCrossover ''Comicbook/CivilWar''? ''Comicbook/{{Annihilation}}'', aka the event where Annihilus killed Quasar and the all of Nova Corps (except Nova himself), stole the Quantum Bands thus making himself invincible, and then lead a Negative Zone army on a warpath, trying to slaughter all life in the ''galaxy''. This was a threat so big that almost every space superhero, villain, and alien race up to and including ''Galactus'' teamed up to stop it. Compared to that the events in ''Civil War'' seem incredibly pointless. Not to mention [[Comicbook/WorldWarHulk the Hulk was on his way back to rain holy hell on the superheroes]]. Lampshaded by a ''What If?'' Issue where Nova calls out Iron Man and Captain America on wasting everyone's time like this when a ''galaxy-destroying army of bugs'' is on the way.

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* Y'know what was going on at the same time as CrisisCrossover ''Comicbook/CivilWar''? ''Comicbook/{{Annihilation}}'', aka the event where Annihilus killed Quasar and the all of Nova Corps (except Nova himself), stole the Quantum Bands thus making himself invincible, and then lead a Negative Zone army on a warpath, trying to slaughter ''slaughter all life in the ''galaxy''.galaxy''. This was a threat so big that almost every space superhero, villain, and alien race up to and including ''Galactus'' teamed up to stop it. Compared to that that, the events in ''Civil War'' seem incredibly pointless. Not to mention [[Comicbook/WorldWarHulk the Hulk was on his way back to rain holy hell on the superheroes]]. Lampshaded by a ''What If?'' Issue where Nova calls out Iron Man and Captain America on wasting everyone's time like this when a ''galaxy-destroying army of bugs'' is on the way.



* The second half of ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces'' has an extended musical interlude which starts with Allan Jones singing "Tomorrow Is Another Day," which is followed by Harpo using his flute to summon a black chorus which sings "Blow That Horn, Gabriel" and "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm." (The chorus has nothing else to do in the movie except reappear to sing the finale.) Many Creator/MarxBrothers consider this sequence as objectionable on an EthnicScrappy level, while some say it's [[FairForItsDay not really that bad by itself]] and the choir are very good, but it just stops the plot dead and its earnestness clashes painfully with the Marxes' usual slapstick and wisecracks.

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* The second half of ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces'' has an extended musical interlude which starts with Allan Jones singing "Tomorrow Is Another Day," which is followed by Harpo using his flute to summon a black chorus which sings "Blow That Horn, Gabriel" and "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm." (The The chorus has nothing else to do in the movie except reappear to sing the finale.) finale. Many Creator/MarxBrothers fans consider this sequence as objectionable on an EthnicScrappy level, while some say it's [[FairForItsDay not really that bad by itself]] and the choir are very good, but it just stops the plot dead and its earnestness clashes painfully with the Marxes' usual slapstick and wisecracks.
29th Apr '18 10:21:38 AM MBG159
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* This happens a ''lot'' in the later films of ''Film/TheHobbit'', thanks to the massive amount of AdaptationExpansion going on. The subplot of Gandalf investigating the Necromancer pretty much goes nowhere and doesn't have much bearing on the overall story, aside from tying into ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and revealing that the orcs are working for somebody (and honestly, they already had a pretty good motivation and multiple possible leaders to start with), which is to be expected as the entire plotline happened offscreen in the book. The subplot with the [[RomanticPlotTumor Legolas/Tauriel/Kili love triangle]], completely added for the film, is even more this; it has essentially no bearing on the overall storyline, to the point of two-thirds of its members being a CanonImmigrant and CanonForeigner, but eats up a ''lot'' of screentime. Quite tellingly, nearly any {{Fan Edit}} of the films that you can find will excise both subplots, and it's astonishing how little it changes the overall story with Bilbo and the dwarves.
24th Apr '18 4:18:48 AM Scorntex
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* ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperheroes2:'' At one point the heroes split up into two teams, as they try to recover Nexus fragments and put a stop to Kang, Team Thor and Team Spider-Man (with a third plotline of the Guardians of the Galaxy getting into trouble on their own). Then, suddenly and without any prior build-up, the Inhumans show up having their own problems with Maximus the Mad.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}:'' The fourth film "Into The Wild Green Yonder" has Leo Wong planning to blow up a large percentage of the Milky Way, and Fry learning about the threat of a mysterious "Dark One" that only he can stop. Meanwhile, the first act has Bender having an affair with the Donbot's wife which has nothing to do with anything else in the film. (The ''Futurama'' films were written as four-part TV episodes in order to easily incorporate them into the series' syndication package.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}:'' The fourth film "Into The Wild Green Yonder" has Leo Wong planning to blow up a large percentage of the Milky Way, and Fry learning about the threat of a mysterious "Dark One" that only he can stop. Meanwhile, the first act has Bender having an affair with the Donbot's wife which has nothing to do with anything else in the film.film, suddenly ending and never getting mentioned again after it ends. (The ''Futurama'' films were written as four-part TV episodes in order to easily incorporate them into the series' syndication package.)) Part of this is because the writers got fond of the Mars Vegas setting, and expanded its role in the movie.
29th Mar '18 11:30:45 PM C2
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}:'' The fourth film "Into The Wild Green Yonder" has Leo Wong planning to blow up a large percentage of the Milky Way, and Fry learning about the threat of a mysterious "Dark One" that only he can stop. Meanwhile, the first act has Bender having an affair with the Donbot's wife which has nothing to do with anything else in the film.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}:'' The fourth film "Into The Wild Green Yonder" has Leo Wong planning to blow up a large percentage of the Milky Way, and Fry learning about the threat of a mysterious "Dark One" that only he can stop. Meanwhile, the first act has Bender having an affair with the Donbot's wife which has nothing to do with anything else in the film. (The ''Futurama'' films were written as four-part TV episodes in order to easily incorporate them into the series' syndication package.)
13th Mar '18 5:33:16 PM jormis29
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* ''She is the Darkness,'' the eighth book of ''Series/TheBlackCompany'', has the wizard Goblin on a secret mission for most of the novel, with the narrator occasionally checking in on him via DreamSpying. It's revealed late in the novel that the purpose of this secret mission is [[spoiler: to keep Goblin's ongoing squabble with another wizard from complicating matters during this critical junction in the war]].

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* ''She is the Darkness,'' the eighth book of ''Series/TheBlackCompany'', ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', has the wizard Goblin on a secret mission for most of the novel, with the narrator occasionally checking in on him via DreamSpying. It's revealed late in the novel that the purpose of this secret mission is [[spoiler: to keep Goblin's ongoing squabble with another wizard from complicating matters during this critical junction in the war]].
20th Feb '18 6:39:19 AM theenglishman
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* [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] and PlayedForDrama in Creator/StephenKing's TimeTravel epic ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree''. Protagonist Jake Epping goes back in time to [[WhoShotJFK stop the assassination of]] UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. However, the time portal he uses can only go back to September 9th, 1958, not a day earlier or later, requiring that Jake spend five years integrating himself in late-[[TheFifties 50s]] and early-[[TheSixties 60s]] society. [[TropesAreNotBad Thanks to Stephen King's skill with world-building, some fans consider these portions to be the best parts of the book.]]
9th Feb '18 10:33:01 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' season 2 has a lengthy case of this. Once Elektra is introduced, Matt moves into her plot line, leaving Karen and Foggy to keep the Punisher storyline going. But there's very little interaction between the two plotlines, outside of Madame Gao (retroactively as of ''Series/IronFist2017'') causing this trope.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' season 2 has a lengthy case of this. Once Elektra is introduced, Matt moves into her plot line, leaving Karen and Foggy to keep the Punisher storyline going. But there's very little interaction between the two plotlines, outside of Madame Gao (retroactively as of ''Series/IronFist2017'') and a retroactive one through Wilson Fisk, causing this trope.



** Subverted with the storyline of Lewis Wilson, an ex-Army veteran with a bad case of PTSD. The storyline is virtually unrelated to the ongoing storyline of Frank hunting down the people who killed his family, other than Lewis being in Curtis Hoyle's support group and Billy Russo later turning Lewis down for a job at Anvil on Curtis's request. Then in episode 10, the events that unfold as Frank arrives at the hotel to stop Lewis as he conducts an assassination attempt on Karen Page and Senator Ori leads to Frank and Dinah Madani learning that Billy is one of the bad guys.
** Incidentally, Dinah Madani's storyline has almost no interaction with Frank's storyline until the third act.

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** Subverted with the storyline of Lewis Wilson, an ex-Army veteran with a bad case of PTSD. The storyline is virtually unrelated to the ongoing storyline of Frank hunting down the people who killed his family, other than Lewis being in Curtis Hoyle's support group and Billy Russo later turning Lewis down for a job at Anvil on Curtis's request. Then in episode 10, the events that unfold as Frank arrives at the hotel to stop Lewis as he conducts an assassination attempt on Karen Page and Senator Ori leads to Frank and Dinah Madani learning that Billy Russo is one of the bad guys.a traitor (the former) and killed Sam Stein (the latter).
** Incidentally, outside of Frank pulling her from her car, Dinah Madani's storyline has almost no interaction with Frank's storyline until the third act. hotel episode.
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