Playing With: Status Quo Is God
Basic Trope: A series' status quo never changes.
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- Straight: Bob frequently loses his job, but always gets it back by the end of the episode.
- Downplayed: The cast changes regularly, but the situation is always the same, so the show will always have the same setting.
- Justified: The writers want the audience to be instantly familiar with the show's premise, and not have to worry about changes in the show's continuity.
- Inverted: Every episode of the series changes the status quo, and the show follows one big arc.
- Double Subverted:
- The events leading to the change in status quo were All Just a Dream, and everything is back to normal once again.
- This time, Bob doesn't get his job back at the end of the episode, but the next episode shows him working his old job.
- Parodied: Bob shoots his mother, and when Alice looks upon him in shock, he tells her not to worry because she'll be back by the end of the episode anyway.
- Zig Zagged: Sometimes changes to the status quo stick, and sometimes they don't.
- Averted: There is an ongoing continuity in the series. Drastic changes to the story tend to stick.
- Enforced: The show's executives keep everything the same, because otherwise the fans would get angry at them.
- Invoked: A change occurs that threatens to shake up the series' dynamics, so the characters scramble to prevent the change from messing with the show.
- Exploited: The characters frequently go straight to the Godzilla Threshold when solving problems, because any collateral damage caused will have disappeared by the next episode and all the characters know it.
- Defied: Bob finally asks himself why the hell he keeps going back to the job if he's so inept at it that he can't go a day without losing it. The next time he loses the job, he resolves to leave it behind and find a job that he's actually good at.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: Alice: "This show is so boring Bob, nothing ever changes here...!"
- The show itself begins to grow stale and predictable because no changes ever stick around, and thus fans stop watching the show.
- In-universe example: Alice gets excited whenever something changes in later episodes...only for it to be for naught. A few episodes later, as a result of things only seeming to change but winding up being the same, Alice winds up depressed and/or cynical.
- Reconstructed: However, people realize that, whilst the show's continuity might remain static, it still had genuine merits, and they continue watching it.
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