Created By: STUART on July 22, 2010 Last Edited By: STUART on July 2, 2012

Gag Discontinuity

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When something is established for the purposes of a gag, but is then forgotten about in future situations where it would apply.

Can also be a Compressed Vice.

Examples:

  • In Reno 911!, when Deputy Junior is told to remove his omnipresent Cool Shades during the indictment of the Reno Sheriff's Department, he is revealed to be crosseyed, complete with the Punch Line that he's the best shot in the department. In other scenes where he's not wearing his sunglasses, though (a bust where he was told to take them off and his appearances acting in the PSA bits), his eyes are straight.
  • In one Are You Being Served? Mr. Lucas's first name is revealed to be Dick, which everyone else find hilarious. But in every other episode where his first name is mentioned, it's James.

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  • July 22, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In one Are You Being Served Mr. Lucas's first name is revealed to be Dick, which everyone else find hilarious. But in every other episode where his first name is mentioned, it's James.
  • July 22, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Half the jokes in Family Guy are about that time Peter or Stewie did something and it's the first and last time it is going to be mentioned.
  • July 22, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    I think Negative Continuity covers this.
  • July 22, 2010
    STUART
    ^No, Negative Continuity (as I understand it) is for shows where there's an invisible Reset Button between every episode to restore the status quo.
  • July 22, 2010
    LeeM
    The Family Guy gags obviously aren't meant to be canon continuity. I get the impression this trope covers gags that are intended to be canon, but just get forgotten about.
  • August 26, 2010
    PaulA
  • August 26, 2010
    PaulA
    The Family Guy gags are Crazy Memory.
  • September 24, 2010
    PaulA
    • Red Dwarf famously has the thing where season two and season six both have throw-away jokes about Lister having his appendix out, under entirely irreconcilable circumstances.
  • September 24, 2010
    RainflyX
    I would argue that Eureka has this really, really bad. While there are quite a few inventions that have managed to survive to see later episodes of the show, like MARTHA (the flying self-aware robot stealth drone), 90% of all one-off useful inventions that citizens are shown using, well, disappear, despite their obvious ongoing usefulness. These especially apply to this trope when it's shown that the invention is something everybody in town except poor, behind-the-times Carter knows about and uses on a daily basis - and we never get any reason why we never see it again.

    I'll try to get some specific examples, but I can't think of any off the top of my head, even though I've Seen It A Million Times.
  • September 24, 2010
    arromdee
    Inventions that get forgotten are Forgotten Phlebotinum. Powers that are forgotten are Plot Induced Stupidity.
  • April 10, 2011
    PaulA
    Supertrope of Suddenly Bilingual.
  • July 2, 2012
    PaulA
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