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27th Jun '16 12:03:31 PM foxmccloud4387
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** Daenerys' subplot is so distant from the primary action of the series that in many ways it seems like a completely separate show. For the first four seasons, there was only one character who had appeared in both her subplot (which is on another continent altogether) and the rest of the story. It's still overall liked, but still feels disjointed. Such is the fate of the [[ThirdLineSomeWaiting third storyline]].

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** Daenerys' subplot is so distant from the primary action of the series that in many ways it seems like a completely separate show. For the first four seasons, there was only one character who had appeared in both her subplot (which is on another continent altogether) and the rest of the story. It's still overall liked, but still feels disjointed. Such is This has slowly been averted throughout Season 5 and 6, thankfully; as Dany's army begins to grow in Essos, and more and more Westerosi factions are exhausted after the fate War of the [[ThirdLineSomeWaiting third storyline]].Five Kings, many characters from the primary plot of the series are going to her in order to request alliances with her, making her story become more and more relevant to the main story. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 6, she's gotten involved with the stories of Tyrion, Varys, Theon and Yara, the Sand Snakes, and Olenna Tyrell, having made alliances with each of them directly or indirectly.]]
12th Jun '16 8:54:20 PM sayaleviathan
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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 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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* ''China Mountain Zhang'' by Maureen [=McHugh=] focused on the titular protagonist but 3 of the 5 POV characters had little or no connection to the protagonist. Two of them were staying in a Martian commune where the protagonist never visited but he became an online tutor for one of the POV characters there while other one is an acquaintance to his friends and only had one encounter with him. However, these characters provided different perspectives of the political and cultural setting where the protagonist lived in.
12th Jun '16 8:49:33 PM sayaleviathan
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** The show compressed the Dorne storyline in Season 5 into Jaimeís journey to return Myrcella back to Kingís Landing and Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakesís RevengeBeforeReason arc to kill her. The results are quite bad coupled with poor production values (such as the mangled fight scene in the Water Gardens) and it ended moot where it had little effect on Jaimeís CharacterDevelopment [[spoiler:and Myrcella ended up dead before she got home]]. To make matters worse in the Season 6 premiere, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes killed [[spoiler:Doran and Trystane Martell]] because they donít support their ďrevengeĒ which removed any possibility of [[spoiler:Doranís plans to ally with Daenarys Targaryen from the books]]. While these deaths had an effect which Jaime warned about it to his uncle Kevan, none of these developments made much of an impact. Though itís justified that everyone in Kingís Landing is busy dealing with the Faith Militant, whatever happened in Dorne is treated as an afterthought and whether this is an improvement from the books is hotly contested. But viewers and TV critics agreed that the Dorne arc is the lowest point of the show.
3rd Jun '16 5:27:44 PM X2X
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* Rose, the StopHelpingMe girlfriend from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', won't stop calling and insisting on talking about her relationship with Raiden. Even though he's, you know, in the middle of a highly-dangerous mission all by himself.
* Because the students got separated when they were pulled into the evil Heavenly Host school in ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'', there were multiple sub-plots as each chapter focused on different characters. Most of these involved trying to find a way out, dodging sadistic ghosts, getting possessed, being brutually murdered ... and in the case of [[VanillaProtagonist Satoshi]] and Yuka, [[PottyEmergency trying to find a working toilet so she could go potty.]] It dragged on for a ridiculous amount of time, tracking down various toilets only to move on because they were damaged, blocked by gaping holes in the floor, or [[spoiler:full of hanged girls]], to the point that any normal person would have just peed in the corner and been done with it. It got worse when it tied into a 'Find Yuka' sub-plot, simply because they got separated when she tried peeing outside (and she still didn't end up doing it).

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* Rose, the StopHelpingMe girlfriend from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', won't stop calling and insisting on talking about her relationship with Raiden. Even though he's, you know, in the middle of a highly-dangerous mission all by himself.
* Because the students got separated when they were pulled into the evil Heavenly Host school in ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'', there were multiple sub-plots as each chapter focused on different characters. Most of these involved trying to find a way out, dodging sadistic ghosts, getting possessed, being brutually murdered ... and in the case of [[VanillaProtagonist Satoshi]] and Yuka, [[PottyEmergency trying to find a working toilet so she could go potty.]] potty]]. It dragged on for a ridiculous amount of time, tracking down various toilets only to move on because they were damaged, blocked by gaping holes in the floor, or [[spoiler:full of hanged girls]], to the point that any normal person would have just peed in the corner and been done with it. It got worse when it tied into a 'Find Yuka' "Find Yuka" sub-plot, simply because they got separated when she tried peeing outside (and she still didn't end up doing it).



* The ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' series most definitely, particularly in [[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger the first game]]. Each cast member has their own story path, but only like 4-5 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. The third game's kind of egregious as they only focused on those 'that have anything to do with the main plot', leaving a lot of characters in the dust and their plot hanging, and worse according to fans, this includes ''most of the newcomers''.
* 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 cost him his team. Not one of these 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 deliver sub-par performances (because the unresolved problems still linger in their heads), 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.]]
* In ''Noir: A Shadowy Thriller'' (the last game created by Cyberdreams before they collapsed), the player is a HardBroiledDetective 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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* The ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series most definitely, particularly in [[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger the first game]]. Each cast member has their own story path, but only like 4-5 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/BlazBlueChronphantasma The third game's game's]] kind of egregious JustForFun/{{egregious}} as they its narrative only focused focuses on those 'that "that have anything to do with the main plot', plot," leaving a lot of characters in the dust and their plot hanging, and worse threads hanging. Worst of all, according to fans, this includes ''most of the newcomers''.
* 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', "Loyalty Mission," such as Miranda worrying of the safety of her sister, or Garrus' grudge against a traitor that cost him his team. Not one of these 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, "main, most important mission'... mission"... well, the party members who are not loyal will deliver sub-par performances (because the unresolved problems still linger in their heads), possibly killing them or even someone else (and in the worst case, making the mission end in a PyrrhicVictory with Shepard perishing 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]] {{Caustic Critic}}s have pointed out that the Collector plot is ultimately pointless to the overarching goal of stopping the Reapers as Mass Effect 3 ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' 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.]]
* In ''Noir: A Shadowy Thriller'' (the last game created by Cyberdreams before they collapsed), the player is a HardBroiledDetective 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 ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "Breach", in which Rex wakes in a creepy abandoned town and must figure out where he is and how to get back to headquarters, Six and Bobo are Trapped By Scorpions.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "Breach", "Breach," in which Rex wakes in a creepy abandoned town and must figure out where he is and how to get back to headquarters, Six and Bobo are Trapped By by Scorpions.
31st May '16 12:49:17 PM pointycatears
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** Season 2 has Regina brainwashing Belle and giving her false memories. It was easily resolved by the final and again had no bearing on the main plot.

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** Season 2 has Regina brainwashing Belle and giving her false memories. It was easily resolved by the final finale and again had no bearing on the main plot.
31st May '16 12:47:42 PM pointycatears
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** Season 2 has Regina brainwashing Belle and giving her false memories. It was easily resolved by the final and again had no bearing on the main plot.



** Likewise Belle's romance with Will in Season 4 comes out of nowhere, has no bearing on the plot and in the finale Belle says that she doesn't love him. Her story with Gold could have been exactly the same had she not been seeing Will.
** Season 2 has Regina brainwashing Belle and giving her false memories. It was easily resolved by the final and again had no bearing on the main plot.

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** Likewise Belle's romance with Will in Season 4 [[StrangledByTheRedString comes out of nowhere, nowhere]], has no bearing on the plot and in the finale Belle says that she doesn't love him. Her story with Gold could have been exactly the same had she not been seeing Will.
** Season 2 has Regina brainwashing Belle and giving her false memories. It was easily resolved by the final and again had no bearing on the main plot.
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29th May '16 11:00:28 PM AnneOfCleves
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** Danerys' subplot is so distant from the primary action of the series that in many ways it seems like a completely separate show. Precisely one character has appeared both in her subplot (which is on another continent altogether) and the rest of the story. It's still overall liked, but still feels disjointed. Such is the fate of the [[ThirdLineSomeWaiting third storyline]].

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** Danerys' Daenerys' subplot is so distant from the primary action of the series that in many ways it seems like a completely separate show. Precisely For the first four seasons, there was only one character has who had appeared in both in her subplot (which is on another continent altogether) and the rest of the story. It's still overall liked, but still feels disjointed. Such is the fate of the [[ThirdLineSomeWaiting third storyline]].
16th May '16 10:00:58 PM dunicha
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movies, the small clips of Scrat constantly trying to grab a hold of a sole acorn have aspects of this. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the second film, when his eventual retrieval of the acorn ironically saves everyone from TheGreatFlood.]] Though it must be considered that [[EnsembleDarkhorse Scrat's the most beloved part of the series]] despite having little to no bearing to the main plot; his scenes are almost entirely just there for comic relief, and for the most part, it works fairly well.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movies, the small clips of Scrat constantly trying to grab a hold of a sole acorn have aspects of this. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the second film, when his eventual retrieval of the acorn ironically saves everyone from TheGreatFlood.]] Though it must be considered that [[EnsembleDarkhorse Scrat's the most beloved part of the series]] despite having little to no bearing to the main plot; his scenes are almost entirely just there for comic relief, and for the most part, it [[TropesAreTools works fairly well.well]].
15th May '16 8:03:31 PM DPsycho
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "Breach", in which Rex awakes in a creepy abandoned town and must figure out where he is and how to get back to headquarters, Six and Bobo are Trapped By Scorpions.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "Breach", in which Rex awakes wakes in a creepy abandoned town and must figure out where he is and how to get back to headquarters, Six and Bobo are Trapped By Scorpions.
15th May '16 8:01:50 PM DPsycho
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* In ''Noir: A Shadowy Thriller'' (the last game created by Cyberdreams before they collapsed), the player is a HardBroiledDetective helping solve 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 HardBroiledDetective helping solve 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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