Created By: silversymbiote on July 18, 2011 Last Edited By: silversymbiote on January 29, 2013

Jigsaw Series

all there in the video games,comics, and spinoff tv series

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a series where there is a dominant media in the series with bits an pieces of other types of media that may not be as well advertised but still are considered canon to said series. example:so you've got a movie trilogy, but there's a character in the second film who apparently at some point or another met the protagonist before. Its tradition in a jigsaw series for there to be some minor piece of branch off merchandise like say a comic book or a video game that will still take place within the canon of the series and explain how they know that person.

having a series that continues in this direction will have prequels, in between-quals and generally becomes fodder for someone to be considered a geek if they know any interesting facts about the series beyond just the three films in said example.

however it is still possible for everything to be released in the proper order, that just doesn't happen a whole lot

it could also be described as a Continuity Snarl before it became big enough to be in danger on snarling
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  • July 18, 2011
    silversymbiote
    • The Pokemon anime alongside its theatrical films
    • Rugrats, its two canon films, and all grown up
    • Tron, Tron Legacy, Tron Evolution video game etc
  • July 18, 2011
    Ryusui
  • July 18, 2011
    silversymbiote
    is that allready a trope or not?
  • July 18, 2011
    fluffything
  • July 18, 2011
    silversymbiote
    umm, All There In The Manual is about stuff that should have been better explained and yet is only available through some other source. this trope is about an entire franchise that branches canon into eveywhich kind of media. very different
  • July 18, 2011
    dalek955
  • July 18, 2011
    Hodou
    I would change the wording on this. I'd consider a Jigsaw Series to be a series where one aspect is more popular than the rest, but certain major plot events that are key to understanding the series only happen in Expanded Universe, requiring the viewer to "piece together" the series. A good example of this would be the new Doctor Who series, where the war between the Time Lords and the Daleks can only be understood by watching the older series and reading the comic books, and the only thing new viewers understand is that the Doctor is the last of his kind.
  • July 19, 2011
    Kellor
    The Matrix is the biggest example that comes to mind. The Wachowski brothers intended the Animatrix shorts, the Enter the Matrix video game, and the Matrix MMORPG all to be canon to the films.
  • July 19, 2011
    Shnakepup
    Final Fantasy 7 had this as well. Most people are only familiar with the original game, unaware of the various sequels, prequels, interquels, etc, that are considered canon.
  • July 19, 2011
    Speedball
    This seems to describe the .hack series in a nutshell.
  • July 19, 2011
    PaulA
    I'd like to suggest a restriction that will take out several of the examples above: It's got to be more than "TV series and movies". Those are not particularly remarkable.
  • July 19, 2011
    TheThirdSet
    This goes beyond expanded universe. You NEED to understand a little of every medium that the story takes place in to understand anything at all. For example Star Wars = Expanded Universe. .hack (as mentioned above) would be a jigsaw series.
  • July 19, 2011
    fluffything
  • July 19, 2011
    silversymbiote
    the last comment seems like it sums it up very nicely, but another important thing about it is that those who don't follow all the expanded media wouldn't necessarily be confused. take Tron Legacy for example, flynn tells the story of why hes trapped on the grid, but if you'd like to see the story firsthand, then you have to go play Tron Evolution. but even if you don't, the story could remain just as consistent
  • July 19, 2011
    SunnyV
    I Thought It Meant a series with a Jigsaw Puzzleplot. Also, the shift key is your friend.
  • July 19, 2011
    silversymbiote
    Heres a new way of looking at it, you've got a series like Mario where there is absolutely no way to line up everything in a consistent timeline. then youve got a series like Tron where there are so little things pertaining to the series where making a timeline out of it is fairly simple. then youve got star wars where there are plenty of things that we know are canon,plenty of things that we know are not canon, and plenty of things that people debate whether its canon or not.

    The second example will more often then not always qualify. The third on rare occasions can qualify, it just depends on how much or how little of it is confirmed canon.

    Simply put, the less debate on whats canon and whats not, the better. becuase a jigsaw puzzle can be completed, thus so can a jigsaw series, given you have all the pieces(but in a a puzzle, you dont "need" all the pieces to see the big picture)

  • January 29, 2013
    Catbert
    Barely comprehensible description, no examples, and several people seem to think this duplicates existing tropes. Also, no action in about two years. Discarding.
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