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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.
{{sidequest}}s.



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]].
31st Dec '16 1:42:42 PM nombretomado
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%%* EnidBlyton built lots of her fairy stories on this.

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%%* EnidBlyton Creator/EnidBlyton built lots of her fairy stories on this.
14th Dec '16 12:30:09 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'í: The various creature encounters in the movies are generally well-done uses of this trope. We didn't really ''need'' to see Luke pulled under garbage by a dianoga in ''Film/ANewHope'', or the Millennium Falcon almost get swallowed by a space slug in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', or the sea monster sequence in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and most of these encounters didnít really advance the plot and were never mentioned again afterwards, but adventures like these helped establish that thereís a big galaxy out there beyond what happens in the main story.* The film ''Ator l'invincibile 2'' (1984) contained a sequence right in the middle involving a tribe of cannibals. Oddly enough, the USA DVD release (''FilM/CaveDwellers'') was titled after the Wacky Wayside Tribe.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'í: ''Franchise/StarWars'': The various creature encounters in the movies are generally well-done uses of this trope. We didn't really ''need'' to see Luke pulled under garbage by a dianoga in ''Film/ANewHope'', or the Millennium Falcon almost get swallowed by a space slug in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', or the sea monster sequence in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and most of these encounters didnít really advance the plot and were never mentioned again afterwards, but adventures like these helped establish that thereís a big galaxy out there beyond what happens in the main story.story.
* The film ''Ator l'invincibile 2'' ("Ator the Invincible") (1984) contained a sequence right in the middle involving a tribe of cannibals. Oddly enough, the USA DVD release (''FilM/CaveDwellers'') was titled after the Wacky Wayside Tribe.



* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series is full of these. In ''Martin the Warrior'', the verse roadmap has nothing but {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s, likethe pygmy shrews.

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* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series is full of these. In ''Martin the Warrior'', the verse roadmap has nothing but {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s, likethe like the pygmy shrews. One particular example, a band of cannibalistic tree-dwelling rats called the Painted Ones, actually shows up as a regular wayside tribe throughout the series, appearing all over the books' timeline to temporarily inconvenience the heroes as they go about their quest.



* OlderThanFeudalism: The bulk of ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' is Odysseus and his men encountering Wacky Wayside Tribes during their journey home.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: The bulk of ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' is Odysseus and his men encountering Wacky Wayside Tribes during their journey home. The putative main plot -- Odysseus getting back home -- is firmly in the backseat to his encounters with one strange, exotic threat after another, although some examples do impact the rest of the story -- his blinding of Polyphemus and resulting wrath of Poseidon are what caused Odysseus to spend so much time wandering lost to begin with, while Circe gave him instructions to reach the land of the dead to find a way back home, and his interactions with her have repercussions in the Odyssey's lost sequel, the Telegony, which centered around Circe and Odysseus' son.
14th Dec '16 12:17:10 PM Theriocephalus
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* One of the most famous (and successful) uses of this trope are the various "creature encounters" in the ''StarWars'' movies. We didn't really ''need'' to see Luke pulled under garbage by a dianoga in the first movie, or the Millennium Falcon almost get swallowed by a space slug in the second, but adventures like these helped establish that it's a big galaxy out there.
* The film ''Ator l'invincibile 2'' (1984) contained a sequence right in the middle involving a tribe of cannibals. Oddly enough, the USA DVD release (''FilM/CaveDwellers'') was titled after the Wacky Wayside Tribe.

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* One of ''Franchise/StarWars'í: The various creature encounters in the most famous (and successful) movies are generally well-done uses of this trope are the various "creature encounters" in the ''StarWars'' movies. trope. We didn't really ''need'' to see Luke pulled under garbage by a dianoga in the first movie, ''Film/ANewHope'', or the Millennium Falcon almost get swallowed by a space slug in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', or the second, sea monster sequence in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and most of these encounters didnít really advance the plot and were never mentioned again afterwards, but adventures like these helped establish that it's thereís a big galaxy out there.
there beyond what happens in the main story.* The film ''Ator l'invincibile 2'' (1984) contained a sequence right in the middle involving a tribe of cannibals. Oddly enough, the USA DVD release (''FilM/CaveDwellers'') was titled after the Wacky Wayside Tribe.
4th Nov '16 2:19:58 AM Gemser
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* The film ''Ator l'invincibile 2'' (1984) contained a sequence right in the middle involving a tribe of cannibals. Oddly enough, the USA DVD release (''FilM/CaveDwellers'') was titled after the Wacky Wayside Tribe. This film richly deserved the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] treatment it received.

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* The film ''Ator l'invincibile 2'' (1984) contained a sequence right in the middle involving a tribe of cannibals. Oddly enough, the USA DVD release (''FilM/CaveDwellers'') was titled after the Wacky Wayside Tribe. This film richly deserved the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] treatment it received.
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