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1st Sep '17 12:35:18 AM marcoasalazarm
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* Near the end of ''Film/DamnationAlley'', the protagonists stop on a gas station to see if there is gas to syphon for their AwesomePersonnelCarrier, and encounter a bunch of [[HillbillyHorrors irradiated hillbillies]] that wanted to kill them and rape the sole woman of the group (and are taken out with a well-aimed rock, a few headshots and the Land Master's [[StuffBlowingUp rocket launcher]]). They are the only human antagonists that appear on the entire film.
1st Sep '17 12:25:10 AM PaulA
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* The Literature/DoctorDolittle books tend to have a lot of these. For instance, ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'' has the entire subplot with Luke the Hermit and Dr. Dolittle saving him from a false accusation. It takes several chapters, but has no bearing whatsoever on the later story (apart from Luke making a brief appearance later on.)

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* The Literature/DoctorDolittle books tend to have a lot of these. For instance, ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'' ''Literature/TheVoyagesOfDoctorDolittle'' has the entire subplot with Luke the Hermit and Dr. Dolittle saving him from a false accusation. It takes several chapters, but has no bearing whatsoever on the later story (apart from Luke making a brief appearance later on.)
23rd Aug '17 6:55:53 PM Khyron42_Prime
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* In ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', almost every non-main quest is this, often featuring a bizarre situation or antagonist but having little lasting relevance to the surrounding.
** Within the main story, the simulation where[[spoiler: your father]] is trapped makes barely enough sense to not be a BigLippedAlligatorMoment, but its length and [[ShootTheShaggyDog lack of lasting impact]] definitely qualify as this trope.
** And [[ThatOneSidequest Little Lamplight]], which features an actual "wacky" tribe of wasteland kids who waylay you for some time but are never mentioned again. Fortunately, they can be bypassed with a high Speech skill.
23rd Aug '17 5:13:06 PM Khyron42_Prime
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' features several examples, particularly Danaerys's visit to the city of Qarth and Brienne's ongoing, fruitless quest to find the girls she was charged to defend.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' grinds suddenly to a halt in order to detail the Lady De Winter's fictional retelling of her life story, which she tells her jailor as a ploy to enlist his help in her escape. If he lived even [[MauveShirt slightly longer]], this might have added something to the plot, but as it stands, it can be removed in its entirety without seriously impacting the story.
4th Aug '17 8:17:56 PM grapesandmilk
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* The trolls and Beorn in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. The spiders and elves count too, on a lesser note. One might argue that ''most'' of the journey in ''The Hobbit'' consists of random encounters with exotic peoples and characters; of them, only Elrond and Gollum have a notable influence on the overarching plot of Middle-Earth.

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* The trolls and Beorn in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. The spiders and elves count too, on a lesser note. One might argue that ''most'' of the journey in ''The Hobbit'' consists of random encounters with exotic peoples and characters; of them, only Elrond and Gollum have a notable influence on the overarching plot of Middle-Earth.plot.
16th Jul '17 9:06:31 PM Fireblood
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** In ''Martin the Warrior'' some of the tribes do return as ChekhovsArmy (literally) by the end, but they are mostly used to make Martin's army bigger and the named characters from these tribes play no significant part other from just being there.

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** In ''Martin the Warrior'' some of the tribes do return as ChekhovsArmy (literally) by the end, but they are mostly used to make Martin's army bigger and the named characters from these tribes play no significant part other than from just being there.
10th Jul '17 1:05:10 PM justanid
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Basically, the non-VideoGame, non-TabletopRPG version of {{sidequest}}s and RandomEncounters.

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Basically, the non-VideoGame, non-TabletopRPG its a non-[[RolePlayingGame RPG]] version of {{sidequest}}s and RandomEncounters.
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When part of the cast is involved in something like this while everyone else is busy with important stuff, it's TrappedByMountainLions. In {{anime}}, this is often a way to provide {{padding}} when the plot OvertookTheManga. Even manga isn't immune to this if the story becomes too stretched out over time and, in order to keep releasing chapters while they take the time to choose the course of the series, they need to add a quick storyline that isn't completely relevant to the main plot. If the events are not merely irrelevant but ludicrous, it's a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. Can be considered a form of PlotDetour in many circumstances. If the plot consists of nothing but encounters with Wacky Wayside Tribes, you're probably looking at a RandomEventsPlot.

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In {{anime}}, this is often a way to provide {{padding}} when the plot OvertookTheManga. Even manga isn't immune to this if the story becomes too stretched out over time and, in order to keep releasing chapters while they take the time to choose the course of the series, they need to add a quick story-line that isn't completely relevant to the main plot. This trope can be considered a form of PlotDetour in many circumstances.

When part of the cast is involved in something like this while everyone else is busy with important stuff, it's TrappedByMountainLions. In {{anime}}, this is often a way to provide {{padding}} when the plot OvertookTheManga. Even manga isn't immune to this if the story becomes too stretched out over time and, in order to keep releasing chapters while they take the time to choose the course of the series, they need to add a quick storyline that isn't completely relevant to the main plot. If the events are not merely irrelevant but ludicrous, it's a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. Can be considered a form of PlotDetour in many circumstances. If the plot consists of nothing but encounters with Wacky Wayside Tribes, you're probably looking at a RandomEventsPlot.
16th May '17 10:09:58 AM nombretomado
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* The ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Almost everything you ''think'' is plot-relevant turns out to be instead this, and the original plot is abandoned later when the ''real'' plot kicks in.

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* The ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Almost everything you ''think'' is plot-relevant turns out to be instead this, and the original plot is abandoned later when the ''real'' plot kicks in.
7th May '17 2:33:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''TransformersTheMovie'' (the 1986 one, not the 2007 one) was positively ''full'' of these. [[TheScrappy Wheelie]] especially. The Quintessons also served no real purpose in the movie, though they were [[spoiler:revealed to be the creator of the Transformers and recurring villains]] in the TV series. The Junkions count too, but they're forgiven because Eric Idle made Wreck-Gar work (And they were generally awesome anyway).

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* ''TransformersTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' (the 1986 one, not the 2007 one) was positively ''full'' of these. [[TheScrappy Wheelie]] especially. The Quintessons also served no real purpose in the movie, though they were [[spoiler:revealed to be the creator of the Transformers and recurring villains]] in the TV series. The Junkions count too, but they're forgiven because Eric Idle made Wreck-Gar work (And they were generally awesome anyway).
16th Feb '17 3:16:41 PM AutumnLeaves
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** In ''Martin the Warrior'' some of the tribes do return as ChekhovsArmy (literally) by the end, but they are mostly used to make Martin's army bigger and the named characters from these tribes play no significant part other from just being there.


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* In ''Literature/TalesOfTheMagicLand'' the first book (the one that resembles the Oz series most) has pretty many wayside storms, rivers, tribes, and random standalone characters. However, some of them (like Ramina the Mouse Queen and the Leaper tribe) later become major [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunmen]].
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