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** First movie: The excuse is that the street racers are hijacking shipment trucks to fund their activity, and a cop goes undercover to infiltrate the group.
** Second movie: The excuse is that the same undercover cop and an ex-convict become street racers in order to get hired as drivers for a drug lord so they can infiltrate his operation.
** Third movie: The excuse is that a street-racing teenager sent to his US Navy dad stationed in Japan wrecks a {{yakuza}} drifter's car, and he must work as his errand boy until he pays his car.
** Fourth movie: Same as the second (different drug lord), with the added twist that Don is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend. From that point onwards things go so off the rails in SerialEscalation that the series essentially becomes ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' with a car chase gimmick.

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** First movie: ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious2001'': The excuse is that the street racers are hijacking shipment trucks to fund their activity, and a cop goes undercover to infiltrate the group.
** Second movie: ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious'': The excuse is that the same undercover cop and an ex-convict become street racers in order to get hired as drivers for a drug lord so they can infiltrate his operation.
** Third movie: ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'': The excuse is that a street-racing teenager sent to his US Navy dad stationed in Japan wrecks a {{yakuza}} drifter's car, and he must work as his errand boy until he pays his car.
** Fourth movie: ''Film/FastAndFurious'': Same as the second (different drug lord), with the added twist that Don is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend. From that point onwards things go so off the rails in SerialEscalation that the series essentially becomes ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' with a car chase gimmick.


** And the third film ''Film/XXxTheReturnOfXanderCage'' has Xander recruited for another mission and him deciding to ditch the CIA suit-and-tie gang that they tried to give him to recruit his own RagtagBunchOfMisfits team that, you guessed it, are all also master extreme sportsmen on top of whatever else they are good at.

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** And the third film ''Film/XXxTheReturnOfXanderCage'' ''Film/XXxReturnOfXanderCage'' has Xander recruited for another mission and him deciding to ditch the CIA suit-and-tie gang that they tried to give him to recruit his own RagtagBunchOfMisfits team that, you guessed it, are all also master extreme sportsmen on top of whatever else they are good at.


** And the third film ''Film/XXxTheReturnOfXanderGage'' has Xander recruited for another mission and him deciding to ditch the CIA suit-and-tie gang that they tried to give him to recruit his own RagtagBunchOfMisfits team that, you guessed it, are all also master extreme sportsmen on top of whatever else they are good at.

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** And the third film ''Film/XXxTheReturnOfXanderGage'' ''Film/XXxTheReturnOfXanderCage'' has Xander recruited for another mission and him deciding to ditch the CIA suit-and-tie gang that they tried to give him to recruit his own RagtagBunchOfMisfits team that, you guessed it, are all also master extreme sportsmen on top of whatever else they are good at.


** TheRemake is even crazier, with BigBad Bodie's justification going from "just" surfing to a jamboree of extreme stunts around the world that, if completed, are supposed to let the sports artist achieve a kind of spiritual Nirvana, not to mention that the heists now involve insane stunts such as Halo jumping.



** Fourth movie: Same as the second (different drug lord), with the added twist that Don is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend.

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** Fourth movie: Same as the second (different drug lord), with the added twist that Don is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend. From that point onwards things go so off the rails in SerialEscalation that the series essentially becomes ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' with a car chase gimmick.



** Although that is at least still some sort of plot, in the sequel ''LesFilsDuVent'' the group literally just runs (or parkours) into criminals.

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** Although that is at least still some sort of plot, in the sequel ''LesFilsDuVent'' ''Film/LesFilsDuVent'' the group literally just runs (or parkours) into criminals.


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** And the third film ''Film/XXxTheReturnOfXanderGage'' has Xander recruited for another mission and him deciding to ditch the CIA suit-and-tie gang that they tried to give him to recruit his own RagtagBunchOfMisfits team that, you guessed it, are all also master extreme sportsmen on top of whatever else they are good at.

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* Every Warren Miller ski documentary (there are over 50 of them) is this. They all have some nominal hook that claims to explore some concept in skiing, but films are a series of short vignettes following different skiiers, followed by a lot of amazing shots of people skiing which are the real reason people watch the movies.


So maybe, drug lords are using the local illegal street racing competition as a recruiting ground for wheelmen, and our hero is an undercover cop who must infiltrate them. Perhaps the protagonist's [[YouKilledMyFather father was killed]] in the ring of an Mixed Martial Arts competition, and he must seek vengeance by joining the competition and defeating the killer. Or alien invaders use [[AppliedPhlebotinum some sort of suppression field]] to disable all electronic devices, so the only way LaResistance can communicate in the [[UrbanWarfare city's battlegrounds]] is with elite practitioners of ''LeParkour' as messengers.

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So maybe, drug lords are using the local illegal street racing competition as a recruiting ground for wheelmen, and our hero is an undercover cop who must infiltrate them. Perhaps the protagonist's [[YouKilledMyFather father was killed]] in the ring of an Mixed Martial Arts competition, and he must seek vengeance by joining the competition and defeating the killer. Or alien invaders use [[AppliedPhlebotinum some sort of suppression field]] to disable all electronic devices, so the only way LaResistance can communicate in the [[UrbanWarfare city's battlegrounds]] is with elite practitioners of ''LeParkour' as messengers.
messengers. May involve NotJustATournament.


Whichever route you choose, its clear from the beginning that the whole point is to feature [[XtremeKoolLetterz Extreme Troping]] for 100 minutes and grab ahold of the people you think are into it. Occasionally the plot will be strong enough to make for an entertaining work on its own, but this is far from a requirement.

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Whichever route you choose, its it's clear from the beginning that the whole point is to feature [[XtremeKoolLetterz Extreme Xtreme Troping]] for 100 minutes and grab ahold a hold of the people you think are into it. Occasionally the plot will be strong enough to make for an entertaining work on its own, but this is far from a requirement.


* A number of {{LEGO}} lines, including ''Extreme Team'', ''[[VideoGame/LEGOIsland Island Xtreme Stunts]]'', and ''Gravity Games'', have little plot beyond extreme stunts.

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* A number of {{LEGO}} Franchise/{{LEGO}} lines, including ''Extreme Team'', ''[[VideoGame/LEGOIsland Island Xtreme Stunts]]'', and ''Gravity Games'', have little plot beyond extreme stunts.

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* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'': In "Beans Goes to Camp", UGLI steals a nuclear warhead, so Beans goes undercover at a parasailing camp to find it. Of course, parasailing plays a vital role in him saving the day at the end of the episode.


* ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' has one of the more insane (and awesome) of these, involving UsefulNotes/ColdWar SuperSoldier experiments, radical Trans-Humanism and BulletTime powered by super-advanced math.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan2000'' has one of the more insane (and awesome) of these, involving UsefulNotes/ColdWar SuperSoldier experiments, radical Trans-Humanism and BulletTime powered by super-advanced math.

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* ''Film/BloodSurf'' is a monster movie about a bunch of {{Surfer Dude}}s who film themselves attracting sharks and surfing nearby for kicks. This would make them TooDumbToLive by itself, but the sharks aren't actually the problem: there's also a much more vicious, [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile giant crocodile]] stalking them.


Compare ExcusePlot. Contrast SubcultureOfTheWeek.

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Compare ExcusePlot. ExcusePlot.

Contrast SubcultureOfTheWeek.


Compare ExcusePlot.

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Compare ExcusePlot. Contrast SubcultureOfTheWeek.


SubTrope of ExcusePlot.

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SubTrope of ExcusePlot.
Compare ExcusePlot.


* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' has an episode where Earl is still in his coma, and the hospital convinces Randy to start caring for him at home instead of keeping him there, or moving him to long-term care. Randy has figured out that doing items on the List seems to improve Earl's condition (even pulling him back from the brink of death in an earlier episode), and one of the items involved stealing wheelchairs from two paralyzed children some 20+ years ago to go racing, leaving them out in the sun to be humped by a dog. The boy (now a man) competes in a game called "Killerball," which is like a cross between basketball and dodgeball, in wheelchairs. So does the girl's (now a woman) ex-boyfriend. Earl (despite being totally unaware) gets caught in the middle of a conflict between the ex-boyfriend and the brother. [[spoiler: He wakes up from the coma in the middle of the game, after scoring a winning goal.]]

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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' has an episode where Earl is still in his coma, and the hospital convinces Randy to start caring for him at home instead of keeping him there, or moving him to long-term care. Randy has figured out that doing items on the List seems to improve Earl's condition (even pulling him back from the brink of death in an earlier episode), and one of the items involved stealing wheelchairs from two paralyzed children some 20+ years ago to go racing, leaving them out in the sun to be humped by a dog. The boy (now a man) competes in a game called "Killerball," which is like a cross between basketball and dodgeball, in wheelchairs. So does the girl's (now a woman) ex-boyfriend. Earl (despite being totally unaware) gets caught in the middle of a conflict between the ex-boyfriend and the brother. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He wakes up from the coma in the middle of the game, after scoring a winning goal.]]

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