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* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' [[spoiler:kills off the apparent main character and completely changes the plot from a thief on the run to a serial killer at a motel]].
* ''Film/TrailOfThePinkPanther'' seems to do this to Inspector Clouseau (the ending reveals he survived), but that's because all of Clouseau's scenes in the first half are actually deleted scenes from ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', Creator/PeterSellers having been dead for almost 2 years when this film was made. The film was intended as the gateway for a new protagonist to enter the series with the next film and wasn't even ''conceived'' until after Sellers' death.
* ''Film/StarTrek'': For the characters, the events of this film are just another event, but for the fans with the benefit of oversight, it heavily alters ''Franchise/StarTrek'' mythology. Most notably [[spoiler:the destruction of Vulcan.]] The devastated look on the older Spock's face cements that until then, the changes could have simply turned this into a CloseEnoughTimeline. Now ''nothing'' will ever be the same. WordOfGod said that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] for exactly this reason: to show that things are not the same, and that this is deadly serious.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' [[spoiler:kills off the apparent main character and completely changes the plot from a thief on the run to a serial killer at a motel]].
* ''Film/TrailOfThePinkPanther'' seems to do this to Inspector Clouseau (the ending reveals he survived), but that's because all of Clouseau's scenes in the first half are actually deleted scenes from ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', Creator/PeterSellers having been dead for almost 2 years when this film was made. The film was intended as the gateway for a new protagonist to enter the series with the next film and wasn't even ''conceived'' until after Sellers' death.
* ''Film/StarTrek'': For the characters, the events of this film are just another event, but for the fans with the benefit of oversight, it heavily alters ''Franchise/StarTrek'' mythology. Most notably [[spoiler:the destruction of Vulcan.]] The devastated look on the older Spock's face cements that until then, the changes could have simply turned this into a CloseEnoughTimeline. Now ''nothing'' will ever be the same. WordOfGod said that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] for exactly this reason: to show that things are not the same, and that this is deadly serious.
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* ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' ends with Hellboy, Liz, Abe, and Johann [[spoiler:permanently resigning from the BPRD]] and Liz announcing that [[spoiler:she's pregnant with twins.]] This sets up a ''very'' different status quo for ''Hellboy 3,'' but given that the third film has been in DevelopmentHell for the better part of a decade, it's also possible to take the ending of ''The Golden Army'' as meaning that the team is done fighting monsters for good.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' marks this point for the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' series. As the movie opens, the franchise's resident MegaCorp [=InGen=] has been bought out by their rivals in the Masrani Corporation, who have finally managed to open the world's first '''successful''' dinosaur theme park. While the other movies took place in deserted islands and unopened park sites, ''Jurassic World'' marks the first entry to feature a thriving, fully functional park [[OhCrap filled with vulnerable tourists]]. There's a new setting, and now ''way'' more things that can go wrong.



* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' [[spoiler:kills off the apparent main character and completely changes the plot from a thief on the run to a serial killer at a motel]].
* ''Film/StarTrek'': For the characters, the events of this film are just another event, but for the fans with the benefit of oversight, it heavily alters ''Franchise/StarTrek'' mythology. Most notably [[spoiler:the destruction of Vulcan.]] The devastated look on the older Spock's face cements that until then, the changes could have simply turned this into a CloseEnoughTimeline. Now ''nothing'' will ever be the same. WordOfGod said that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] for exactly this reason: to show that things are not the same, and that this is deadly serious.
* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'': The events of all the previous films are overwritten by an assassination attempt on Sarah Connor back when she was 9. [[spoiler:Or to be more specific, to John Connor being killed\assimilated while Kyle Reese was time travelling, leading to Skynet using this new Terminator to create a whole new timeline.]] It's also brought up in-universe when Kyle first meets this version of Sarah.
* ''Film/TrailOfThePinkPanther'' seems to do this to Inspector Clouseau (the ending reveals he survived), but that's because all of Clouseau's scenes in the first half are actually deleted scenes from ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', Creator/PeterSellers having been dead for almost 2 years when this film was made. The film was intended as the gateway for a new protagonist to enter the series with the next film and wasn't even ''conceived'' until after Sellers' death.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'': [[Film/{{Transformers}} After]] [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen three]] [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon movies]] of featuring the traditional "Autobots vs. Decepticons" formula, ''[[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction Age of Extinction]]'' establishes a new MythArc. After the end of the Autobot-Decepticon war, the Autobots are declared enemies of humanity and forced to go on the run. [[spoiler:At the same time, the Transformers' Creators want the Transformers back and send the bounty hunter Lockdown to kidnap [[TheHero Optimus Prime]]. After defeating Lockdown, Optimus leaves Earth to confront the Creators.]]



* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' marks this point for the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' series. As the movie opens, the franchise's resident MegaCorp [=InGen=] has been bought out by their rivals in the Masrani Corporation, who have finally managed to open the world's first '''successful''' dinosaur theme park. While the other movies took place in deserted islands and unopened park sites, ''Jurassic World'' marks the first entry to feature a thriving, fully functional park [[OhCrap filled with vulnerable tourists]]. There's a new setting, and now ''way'' more things that can go wrong.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'': [[Film/{{Transformers}} After]] [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen three]] [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon movies]] of featuring the traditional "Autobots vs. Decepticons" formula, ''[[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction Age of Extinction]]'' establishes a new MythArc. After the end of the Autobot-Decepticon war, the Autobots are declared enemies of humanity and forced to go on the run. [[spoiler:At the same time, the Transformers' Creators want the Transformers back and send the bounty hunter Lockdown to kidnap [[TheHero Optimus Prime]]. After defeating Lockdown, Optimus leaves Earth to confront the Creators.]]
* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'': The events of all the previous films are overwritten by an assassination attempt on Sarah Connor back when she was 9. [[spoiler:Or to be more specific, to John Connor being killed\assimilated while Kyle Reese was time travelling, leading to Skynet using this new Terminator to create a whole new timeline.]] It's also brought up in-universe when Kyle first meets this version of Sarah.
* ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' ends with Hellboy, Liz, Abe, and Johann [[spoiler:permanently resigning from the BPRD]] and Liz announcing that [[spoiler:she's pregnant with twins.]] This sets up a ''very'' different status quo for ''Hellboy 3,'' but given that the third film has been in DevelopmentHell for the better part of a decade, it's also possible to take the ending of ''The Golden Army'' as meaning that the team is done fighting monsters for good.



** The revelation in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameoftheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] that the Time War was ended by a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor, and that the Doctor was so ashamed of his actions that he kept that incarnation a secret. After ''that'', in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], we have the bombshell that Gallifrey survived the Time War after all thanks to a handy piece of Galifreyan technology that allowed ''all'' incarnations of the Doctor (past, present, and future) to cross timelines and join forces.

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** The revelation in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameoftheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] that the Time War was ended by a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor, and that the Doctor was so ashamed of his actions that he kept that incarnation a secret. After ''that'', in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], we have the bombshell that Gallifrey survived the Time War after all thanks to a handy piece of Galifreyan Gallifreyan technology that allowed ''all'' incarnations of the Doctor (past, present, and future) to cross timelines and join forces.


* The premise of the sitcom ''Series/BosomBuddies'' had Kip and Henry, two struggling NYC ad men, moving into the Susan B. Anthony Hotel due to its dirt-cheap rent. But since it's a women-only hotel, they [[DiguisedInDrag disguise themselves]] as "Buffy and Hildegarde", supposedly Kip and Henry's sisters. By the second season, the storylines focus on their ad business, and the entire recurring cast knows Kip and Henry's secret (though the two continue to live in the hotel and pose as women for the other residents.)

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* The premise of the sitcom ''Series/BosomBuddies'' had Kip and Henry, two struggling NYC ad men, moving into the Susan B. Anthony Hotel due to its dirt-cheap rent. But since it's a women-only hotel, they [[DiguisedInDrag [[DisguisedInDrag disguise themselves]] as "Buffy and Hildegarde", supposedly Kip and Henry's sisters. By the second season, the storylines focus on their ad business, and the entire recurring cast knows Kip and Henry's secret (though the two continue to live in the hotel and pose as women for the other residents.)


* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''New Jedi Order'' series. [[spoiler: They killed: Chewbacca, Anakin Solo, Borsk Fey'lya, Admiral Ackbar, The Hapan Queen Mother Teneniel Djo, and Mon Mothma]]. Oh, and started [[spoiler:Jacen Solo on the road to the Dark Side]] that would later lead to ''his'' death.
* The ''Literature/BloodBooks'', in ''Blood Pact'': [[spoiler: Vicki becomes a vampire]].



* ''Changes'', the twelth book in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. By the end of the book, just about ''everything'' in Harry's life has changed. [[spoiler:Up to and including the "life" part]].
** As another character put it in the anthology ''Side Jobs'', "The [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]] [[SubvertedTrope isn't changed]], it's ''[[OhCrap gone]]''."

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* ''Changes'', The ''Literature/BloodBooks'', in ''Blood Pact'': [[spoiler: Vicki becomes a vampire]].
* The ending of ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword'' and
the twelth book Mel'in episodes from the sequels. [[TheGoodKing The Emperor]] is finally in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.control, [[TheMagocracy the Rainbow]] is scattered and in hiding, Seamni is no longer an enemy of humankind but the Emperor's lover, the Dwarves are allies with humans, the empire is in shambles and facing a feudal reaction, and [[OhCrap there's no longer anyone to protect Mel'in from the arriving main army of the Goat-legs.]]
* ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'': In ''Fire Ascending'', [[spoiler:after the universal mess that had been created got repaired, so to speak, the universe took one more change. It plays the entire series off as books written within the series.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Book 12, ''Literature/{{Changes}}''.
By the end of the book, just about ''everything'' in Harry's life has changed. [[spoiler:Up to and including the "life" part]].
** As another character put it in the anthology ''Side Jobs'', ''Literature/SideJobs'', "The [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]] [[SubvertedTrope isn't changed]], it's ''[[OhCrap gone]]''."



%%* A huge part of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* Creator/TSEliot's 1927 poem "The Journey of the Magi" is a reminiscence, many years after the fact, of one of the three magi ("wise men") who travelled westward across Asia in search of the Christ Child at the first Christmas. After finding and visiting the baby Jesus, he returns home to find that his former pagan beliefs no longer satisfy him, and that he suddenly feels spiritually unfulfilled. He never grasped the significance of what he saw, and [[DespairEventHorizon has become so depressed that "I should be glad of another death."]]
* ''Literature/TheLastFullMeasure'' depicts the long, downward slide of the Confederacy / the long but inevitable march towards victory for the Union after the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant's appointment as head of the Army of the Potomac. It's a stark contrast to the start of the war in ''Literature/GodsAndGenerals'', where Lee seemed incapable of losing battles.
* The end of ''Shadows'' from ''Literature/MasksOfAygrima'' has [[spoiler: The Secret City destroyed the remaining Unmasked Army hating Mara except Keltan who becomes her boyfriend, Ethelda and several others dead and The Lady of Pain and Fire saving the army.]]



** In ''A Storm of Swords'' [[spoiler: it's Robb's turn to go. He is another heroic character in this series, a leader who does his best to do the right thing, and is the eldest son of Eddard Stark. After some making some unpopular choices, he pisses off some important allies but when it looks like he has successfully made amends with his "allies," he is betrayed by them and killed at the end of this novel.]]

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** In ''A Storm of Swords'' [[spoiler: it's Robb's turn to go. He is another heroic character in this series, a leader who does his best to do the right thing, and is the eldest son of Eddard Stark. After some making some unpopular choices, he pisses off some important allies but when it looks like he has successfully made amends with his "allies," "allies", he is betrayed by them and killed at the end of this novel.]]



%%* A huge part of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' starts off as fairly episodic with a rather set dynamic between the characters, but after the sixth book one character is PutOnABus and dynamics between the remaining characters change completely. There's also a fresh sense of urgency and insecurity as now the characters have to flee from TheEmpire, which is there at every turn. It's not as dramatic a change as some, but it certainly impacts the series.
* ''Literature/TheLastFullMeasure'' depicts the long, downward slide of the Confederacy / the long but inevitable march towards victory for the Union after the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant's appointment as head of the Army of the Potomac. It's a stark contrast to the start of the war in ''Literature/GodsAndGenerals'', where Lee seemed incapable of losing battles.
* Creator/TSEliot's 1927 poem "The Journey of the Magi" is a reminiscence, many years after the fact, of one of the three magi ("wise men") who travelled westward across Asia in search of the Christ Child at the first Christmas. After finding and visiting the baby Jesus, he returns home to find that his former pagan beliefs no longer satisfy him, and that he suddenly feels spiritually unfulfilled. He never grasped the significance of what he saw, and [[DespairEventHorizon has become so depressed that "I should be glad of another death."]]
* In [[Literature/{{Dragons}} Fire Ascending]], [[spoiler:after the universal mess that had been created got repaired, so to speak, the universe took one more change. It plays the entire series off as books written within the series.]]
* The ending of ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword'' and the Mel'in episodes from the sequels. [[TheGoodKing The Emperor]] is finally in control, [[TheMagocracy the Rainbow]] is scattered and in hiding, Seamni is no longer an enemy of humankind but the Emperor's lover, the Dwarves are allies with humans, the empire is in shambles and facing a feudal reaction, and [[OhCrap there's no longer anyone to protect Mel'in from the arriving main army of the Goat-legs.]]
* The end of ''Shadows'' from ''Literature/MasksOfAygrima'' has [[spoiler: The Secret City destroyed the remaining Unmasked Army hating Mara except Keltan who becomes her boyfriend, Ethelda and several others dead and The Lady of Pain and Fire saving the army.]]
* There are several throughout ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', but probably the most climactic and sudden is the cleansing of the Source in book 9. After three thousand years, male [[MagicByAnyOtherName Channelers]] are no longer doomed to insanity and death. Under the circumstances, most people are doubtful at best about this change.

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%%* A huge part of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** The ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series. [[spoiler: They killed: Chewbacca, Anakin Solo, Borsk Fey'lya, Admiral Ackbar, The Hapan Queen Mother Teneniel Djo, and Mon Mothma]]. Oh, and started [[spoiler:Jacen Solo on the road to the Dark Side]] that would later lead to ''his'' death.
**
''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' starts off as fairly episodic with a rather set dynamic between the characters, but after the sixth book one character is PutOnABus and dynamics between the remaining characters change completely. There's also a fresh sense of urgency and insecurity as now the characters have to flee from TheEmpire, which is there at every turn. It's not as dramatic a change as some, but it certainly impacts the series.
* ''Literature/TheLastFullMeasure'' depicts the long, downward slide of the Confederacy / the long but inevitable march towards victory for the Union after the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant's appointment as head of the Army of the Potomac. It's a stark contrast to the start of the war in ''Literature/GodsAndGenerals'', where Lee seemed incapable of losing battles.
* Creator/TSEliot's 1927 poem "The Journey of the Magi" is a reminiscence, many years after the fact, of one of the three magi ("wise men") who travelled westward across Asia in search of the Christ Child at the first Christmas. After finding and visiting the baby Jesus, he returns home to find that his former pagan beliefs no longer satisfy him, and that he suddenly feels spiritually unfulfilled. He never grasped the significance of what he saw, and [[DespairEventHorizon has become so depressed that "I should be glad of another death."]]
* In [[Literature/{{Dragons}} Fire Ascending]], [[spoiler:after the universal mess that had been created got repaired, so to speak, the universe took one more change. It plays the entire series off as books written within the
series.]]
* The ending of ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword'' and the Mel'in episodes from the sequels. [[TheGoodKing The Emperor]] is finally in control, [[TheMagocracy the Rainbow]] is scattered and in hiding, Seamni is no longer an enemy of humankind but the Emperor's lover, the Dwarves are allies with humans, the empire is in shambles and facing a feudal reaction, and [[OhCrap there's no longer anyone to protect Mel'in from the arriving main army of the Goat-legs.]]
* The end of ''Shadows'' from ''Literature/MasksOfAygrima'' has [[spoiler: The Secret City destroyed the remaining Unmasked Army hating Mara except Keltan who becomes her boyfriend, Ethelda and several others dead and The Lady of Pain and Fire saving the army.]]
* There are several throughout ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', but probably the most climactic and sudden is the cleansing of the Source in book 9. After three thousand years, male [[MagicByAnyOtherName Channelers]] are no longer doomed to insanity and death. Under the circumstances, most people are doubtful at best about this change.



* There are several throughout ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', but probably the most climactic and sudden is the cleansing of the Source in book 9. After three thousand years, male [[MagicByAnyOtherName Channelers]] are no longer doomed to insanity and death. Under the circumstances, most people are doubtful at best about this change.



* ''Series/TwentyFour'' very often changed things up, but the final two seasons easily deserve special mention:
** The seventh season saw Counter Terrorist Unit, or CTU, being decommissioned, a rogue Jack Bauer forced to ally with the FBI, longtime characters [[spoiler: Bill Buchanan]] and [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] respectively dying and going through a FaceHeelTurn to get revenge on the man who [[spoiler: murdered his family.]]
** And somehow the final season managed to top it. It seemingly went with something closer to the status quo from early seasons in the series, with Jack and Chloe working with a newly recommissioned CTU in New York to protect a foreign president... then two thirds in '''''completely''''' threw it out the window [[spoiler: with said President dying, Jack's love interest also dying, former BigGood President Taylor pulling a FaceHeelTurn and siding with series BigBad [[PresidentEvil Charles Logan]] to protect that masterminds behind both deaths to preserve a peace treaty, Jack snapping because of her betrayal resulting in him pulling one as well by going on a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge bloodthirsty rampage]], and Chloe now desperately trying to expose the former's cover up while stopping the latter.]] [[HolyShitQuotient Holy. Freaking. Shit]].
* The factions, their members, and the motivations changed between each season of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''. The first season was simply dealing with the immediate need to understand the incident and deal with the displaced people. Season two was more of the long term effects of what the event would cause (Including many people who also wanted powers joining a clear Church of Scientology knockoff), and the government trying to use the abducted. Season 3 dealt with more violent actions and strife among the people. Season 4 began the introduction of the super-power serum to the general public (Although it had a 50-50 rate for powers or death), and the pseudo-religious movement to save the world. Season to season, ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' had more changes season to season than most other shows, and it more or less worked.



* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' did this quite regularly, in fact, one could say the only parts of the show where things ''were'' the same for a significant period of time was season one to mid-season two, and early- to late-season four. It even shook up the seeming entire premise of the show ([[MemeticMutation a show about a spy]]) in the {{first episode|Spoiler}} (a show about [[spoiler: a double agent father-daughter team]].)
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' started with this as its premise, when TheCaptain is thrown 300 years in the future to find his society has collapsed. He focuses on putting things back the way they were, but along the way things keep changing on him. The last season had them primarily planet bound in a mostly artificial solar system in another dimension.
* For the first two seasons, ''Series/AntFarm'' was about a group of child prodigies attending high school, but come season 3, and the setting is changed to a special boarding school for child prodigies, thus leaving out half the original cast.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' did this quite a lot. Notably, somewhere in the second season, Buster [[spoiler:has his hand bitten off by a loose seal]]. For the rest of the original show's run, Buster [[spoiler:does not have a hand (he wears a hook, prosthetic hand or nothing on his hand at all from time-to-time)]]. During season four, [[spoiler:he gets a new hand, of sorts]], but due to the season's AnachronicOrder, this isn't fully explained before it's glimpsed on screen, causing what seems like a SeriesContinuityError, which is probably intentional given how the series operates.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' did this twice.
** Season 2: "Lay Down Your Burdens I & II" ended with [[spoiler: the humans giving up the search for earth, to settle on a substitute planet instead. Two years later, after getting settled, the Cylons show up and enslave them all]].
** Season 4.0: "Revelations";[[spoiler: Peace is declared between the fleet and the rebel Cylons, who have been made mortal and apparently been reduced in population to a single Base Ship; together, the two factions locate Earth; and upon landing on it, discover the uninhabitable, radioactive ruins of a city that looks remarkably like New York]].



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Half-way season 3, when [[spoiler:Ross cheats on Rachel [[note]] THEY WERE ON A BREAK! [[/note]] ]] the dynamics of their relationship literally never go back to be the same.
--> [[spoiler:Rachel]]: I can't... You're a totally different person to me now. Now this has changed things... forever...
** Later in the show, Ross gets married and Monica and Chandler sleep together. Ross's marriage [[StatusQuoIsGod ends almost immediately]], and they keep teasing a [[ResetButton quick and quiet end]] to Monica and Chandler's relationship. But they continue dating, stay together and end up getting married. Their [[{{HappilyMarried}} marriage]] is the start of the Friends 'growing up' and tellingly the series ends with them [[spoiler: moving to the suburbs with their children]].
** Rachel's [[spoiler: pregnancy]] at the end of Season 7.
* The Series 2 finale of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' downplays this. On the one hand, [[spoiler: one character died, two others left for America and the rest of the group parted ways]]. On the other hand, an entirely new cast was introduced for Series 3, thus restoring the ''status quo'' of a teenage school drama.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The end of Season 4. Not only do we have [[spoiler: Lucifer rising from hell and kicking off the Apocalypse, the four horsemen riding and the Angels going into full out war mode]], there is also a significant change in the relationship between Sam and Dean after the betrayals and secrets of the previous season.
** Season 6, where it was revealed that [[spoiler: when Sam's body was resurrected at the end of the Season 5 finale, he came back with no soul]].
** The addition of angels in Season 4 has changed a lot about the progression of the the show.
** The addition of the [[spoiler: Men of Letters Bunker]] in Season 8 has changed the format of the show and since then [[spoiler:Sam and Dean have had home base of their own which now appears in many episodes]].
** The finale of Season 8 has [[spoiler: Crowley regaining some his humanity through being injected human blood, Naomi, the head of Heaven's largest faction of angels, dead at the hands of Metatron, Castiel's grace being taken by Metatron, Sam reaching a HeroicRROD, and Metatron casting all of the angels out of Heaven.]]
** Season 11: [[spoiler: Lucifer is running free again, Metatron is dead, [[PrimordialChaos The Darkness]] and {{God}} depart Earth, the existence of a British chapter of the Men of Letters is revealed, and Mary Winchester, a character who was killed off in the first five minutes of the series premiere, is resurrected.]]
** The finale of Season 12: [[spoiler: Crowley, Rowena, and Castiel are all dead (the latter two [[DeathIsCheap get better though]]), Lucifer and Mary Winchester are trapped within a parallel dimension where the Apocalypse passed, and Lucifer's {{Nephilim}} child, Jack, is finally born]].
* At the end of the third season finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:the flashbacks are revealed to be flash forwards]]. This TomatoSurprise is not just what changes everything however (though it definitely qualifies as a WhamEpisode). What indicates the permanent change is [[spoiler:the undeniable proof that ''characters make it off the island.'' As of now, the show is no longer an OntologicalMystery. The outside world begins to play big roles in the ensuing events, and it becomes a more clear-cut conflict driven storyline]].

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
Two episodes from ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', the spinoff to ''Breaking Bad'', stand out:
** Half-way "Pimento": Despite presenting himself as Jimmy's ally all season 3, when [[spoiler:Ross cheats on Rachel [[note]] THEY WERE ON A BREAK! [[/note]] ]] the dynamics of their relationship literally never go back to be the same.
--> [[spoiler:Rachel]]: I can't... You're a totally different person to me now. Now this has changed things... forever...
** Later in the show, Ross gets married and Monica and Chandler sleep together. Ross's marriage [[StatusQuoIsGod ends almost immediately]], and they keep teasing a [[ResetButton quick and quiet end]] to Monica and Chandler's relationship. But they continue dating, stay together and end up getting married. Their [[{{HappilyMarried}} marriage]] is the start of the Friends 'growing up' and tellingly the series ends with them [[spoiler: moving to the suburbs with their children]].
** Rachel's [[spoiler: pregnancy]] at the end of Season 7.
* The Series 2 finale of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' downplays this. On the one hand, [[spoiler: one character died, two others left for America and the rest of the group parted ways]]. On the other hand, an entirely new cast was introduced for Series 3, thus restoring the ''status quo'' of a teenage school drama.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The end of Season 4. Not only do we have [[spoiler: Lucifer rising from hell and kicking off the Apocalypse, the four horsemen riding and the Angels going into full out war mode]], there is also a significant change in the relationship between Sam and Dean after the betrayals and secrets of the previous season.
** Season 6, where it was
long, [[spoiler:it's revealed that [[spoiler: when Sam's body was resurrected at the end of the Season 5 finale, he came Jimmy's brother Chuck has stymied Jimmy's law career for behind his back with no soul]].
** The addition of angels in Season 4 has changed a lot about the progression of the the show.
** The addition of the [[spoiler: Men of Letters Bunker]] in Season 8 has changed the format of the show and since then [[spoiler:Sam and Dean have had home base of their own which now appears in many episodes]].
** The finale of Season 8 has [[spoiler: Crowley regaining some his humanity through being injected human blood, Naomi, the head of Heaven's largest faction of angels, dead at the hands of Metatron, Castiel's grace being taken by Metatron, Sam reaching a HeroicRROD, and Metatron casting all of the angels out of Heaven.
years.]]
** "Lantern": Chuck [[spoiler:finds himself drummed out of his own law firm, both directly and indirectly due to Jimmy's schemes, and ends up committing suicide]].
* ''Series/{{Billions}}''
** By the end of
Season 11: [[spoiler: Lucifer is running free again, Metatron is dead, [[PrimordialChaos The Darkness]] 3, [[spoiler:Chuck has been fired as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York while Bobby's protege Taylor has surreptitiously left Axe Capital to start a competing hedge fund. Chuck and {{God}} depart Earth, the existence of a British chapter Bobby let go of the Men of Letters is revealed, and Mary Winchester, a character who was killed off in feud that has driven the first five minutes whole plot of the series premiere, up to this point and begin scheming together to get back at their respective enemies]].
* The premise of the sitcom ''Series/BosomBuddies'' had Kip and Henry, two struggling NYC ad men, moving into the Susan B. Anthony Hotel due to its dirt-cheap rent. But since it's a women-only hotel, they [[DiguisedInDrag disguise themselves]] as "Buffy and Hildegarde", supposedly Kip and Henry's sisters. By the second season, the storylines focus on their ad business, and the entire recurring cast knows Kip and Henry's secret (though the two continue to live in the hotel and pose as women for the other residents.)
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' actually does this surprisingly well after Cory graduates high school and prepares to head to college, and coming to terms with the fact that he'll be leaving home, Mr. Feeny won't be his teacher anymore, and that his favorite restaurant has closed and a new establishment has taken over. In the end, Eric tells him to take a bite of a cheeseburger from the new restaurant, and when Cory admits it tastes good, Eric explains that not all changes are necessarily bad and can be for the better if we're open to new events occurring in our lives.
** [[Funny/BoyMeetsWorld Just before he finds out Mr. Feeny
is resurrected.retiring and freaks out.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' is famous for its fast-paced plot that isn't afraid to change the status quo every few episodes (leading to a pretty severe case of ContinuityLockout). Still, a few episodes stand out:
** The finale of Season 12: Walt kills Krazy-8 as a safety measure, which made him regret it heavily. He becomes Walt's first deliberate kill [[spoiler: Crowley, Rowena, in a career of many other kills.]]
** "ABQ": [[spoiler: Walt's cancer is cured,
and Castiel are Walt and Skyler separate after he tells her one lie too many.]]
** "No Mas": [[spoiler:Skyler correctly guesses that Walt is involved in the drug trade, and Walt has no choice but to admit it. The FawltyTowersPlot in the first two seasons is out the window for good.]]
** "Green Light" and "Más": Though definitely not as [[WhamEpisode Whammy]] as a lot of other episodes in this show, they deserve mention for [[spoiler: having Walt quitting his teaching job and receiving an offer from Gus to cook meth full-time]]. At that point, it becomes clear that Walt is no longer a respectable family man who cooks meth on the side to pay the bills--he's a professional meth cook who pretends to be a respectable family man for appearance's sake.
** "Half Measures": Walt kills the [[spoiler: two drug dealers who killed both Combo and Tomas, saving Jesse barely in the nick of time. But this makes [[AFatherToHisMen Gus furious]], permanently souring the secure job opportunity Walt had. Season 4 becomes a cat and mouse chase between Gus and Walt due to that.]]
** "Face Off": [[spoiler: [[KlingonPromotion Walt successfully assassinates Gus]]... [[WouldHurtAChild but he poisons Brock in the course of his plan]], making it clear that he's become a VillainProtagonist.]]
** "Fifty-One": [[spoiler: Skyler has had enough of Walt murdering Gus, and states to his face that she hopes his cancer comes back.]]
** "Gliding Over All": [[spoiler: Hank finds Walt's copy of ''Leaves of Grass'' with a dedication written by Gale, and realizes that ''he'' was the "W.W." referenced in Gale's notes.]]
** "Blood Money": [[spoiler: The friendly relationship between Hank and Walt has gone for good, as both of them become sworn enemies to each other, with Hank maddeningly wanting Walt to be behind bars. Oh, and Walt's cancer is back.]]
** "Confessions" and "Rabid Dog": [[spoiler: Walt sends Hank a fake confession tape, intended to frame ''Hank'' as Heisenberg, permanently destroying any semblance of reconciliation. Jesse finds out that Walt poisoned Brock, and the dynamic duo of Jesse-Heisenberg comes to an end. And Jesse subsequently allies with Hank.]]
** "Ozymandias": [[WhamEpisode THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE of this trope]] in this show. [[spoiler:Hank and Gomez brutally die in a shootout against Jack and his gang inspite of Walt's begging; Walt is forced to requiesce $68 million to Jack (only Todd's mercy allowed Jack to spare Walt and his cash); Jesse was MadeASlave and shipped away to certain doom, not before knowing Walt was behind Jane's death as well; Walt Jr comes to know about Walt being Heisenberg; Skyler mistakenly attributes Hank's death to Walt and attacks him with a knife, with Skyler and Walt Jr finally turning against him; Junior calls the cops on Walt, leading to his public exposure as Heisenberg; Walt takes off with Holly as she was the only one not aware of her father's truth, only to return her back to Skyler when he realised he's not capable of a family life anymore; and Walt disappears from Alberqueque with Saul's cleaner for a new life.]] The StatusQuoIsGod issue is literally grinded into the dust (like Ozymandias) and disappears forever.
* The last television episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had Willow [[spoiler: [[TheChosenMany activating
all dead (the latter two [[DeathIsCheap get better though]]), Lucifer and Mary Winchester are trapped within a parallel dimension where the Apocalypse passed, and Lucifer's {{Nephilim}} child, Jack, potential slayers' powers]] so that there isn't a ChosenOne, two, or whatever]]. The Season 8 comics have [[spoiler: entire armies of slayers]]. Also, the Masquerade is finally born]].
* At
broken and the end world at large is made aware of the third season supernatural, plus the many deaths in the final battle against The First.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' massively reinvented itself multiple times over its five seasons. The biggest of these events comes in the
finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', season four, when when Angel and company ''start [[spoiler: working for]] the BigBad''. And in the comics, [[spoiler:the flashbacks are revealed to be flash forwards]]. This TomatoSurprise entire city of Los Angeles is not just what changes everything however (though it definitely qualifies as a WhamEpisode). What indicates the permanent change is [[spoiler:the undeniable proof that ''characters make it off the island.'' As of now, the show is no longer an OntologicalMystery. The outside world begins to play big roles in the ensuing events, and it becomes a more clear-cut conflict driven storyline]].plunged into {{Hell}}]].



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' did this twice.
** Season 2: "Lay Down Your Burdens I & II" ended with [[spoiler: the humans giving up the search for earth, to settle on a substitute planet instead. Two years later, after getting settled, the Cylons show up and enslave them all]].
** Season 4.0: "Revelations";[[spoiler: Peace is declared between the fleet and the rebel Cylons, who have been made mortal and apparently been reduced in population to a single Base Ship; together, the two factions locate Earth; and upon landing on it, discover the uninhabitable, radioactive ruins of a city that looks remarkably like New York]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** The series ended Season 3 with [[spoiler:the departure of Dr. House's entire staff, to be replaced with new staff members for Season 4. Then they all came back, but in supporting roles with the new team taking most of the camera time. Then at the end of season 5 House goes crazy]].
** The final season was missing a major supporting character [[spoiler: (Cuddy, replaced by Foreman, a former team member and new Dean of Medicine after Cuddy's departure)]]. The final ''episode'' brought back everyone who'd ever been on the team for at least a cameo, including [[spoiler: the dead one (Kutner) and Amber (never technically part of the team proper and also dead)]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did this partially when they introduced the Dominion. Although it retained its interest in the Bajorans and Cardassians, the headaches of running the station, and the usual space opera elements, a hefty dose of war epic took over the rest of the series (and mixed in with all of the above).
** In the [=DS9=] novels, Bajor finally joins TheFederation. Kira moves from a Militia Colonel to a Starfleet Captain, Ro Laren becomes chief of security and starts a relationship with Quark, Odo sends them a Jem'Hadar, [[spoiler: First Minister Shakaar is killed off because he's possessed by evil aliens]] and [[spoiler: Ben Sisko returns from the wormhole, but settles on Bajor with his family in unofficial retirement]]. And that's just for starters.
*** The recent ''TNG'' novels are also working to make Nothing The Same Any More (for instance ''[[spoiler: The Borg eat Pluto]]!'' It's hard to {{Handwave}} that sort of thing away later). Basically, with the Canon focused on {{Prequel}}s, the 24th century has been left wide open for the novels to have some fun with.
*** The even more recent TNG (and their associated crossover) novels have gone even further. [[spoiler: The Federation and Klingons were devastated by a Borg invasion, but the Borg were ultimately defeated and are now gone, forever, with billions of former drones now having their own minds back and losing their tech (including Annika Hanson, now the ex-Seven of Nine)]].
** Although not on TV, the setting of the new ''Star Trek'' MMO is based on this: the setting is the start of the 25th Century. The Klingons and the Federation are back at war, the Romulan Empire is barely holding together after [[spoiler: Romulus was destroyed as per the new Star Trek reboot)]], and more.
* After poor ratings with the initial standard ''Franchise/StarTrek'' "just jet around exploring the galaxy" plot, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' did a similar "war epic" upgrade, sending the cast on a journey to battle a hostile alien race that had launched a massive 9/11-style attack on Earth.
** This was then followed up with a confusing time-travel storyline, which led to another change to multi-episode stories.
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' was notorious for significant cast turnover, resulting in a new group of main characters every season or so. The most drastic plot change happened in season 5, where the show ditched its ''V'' style plot entirely for something more closely resembling ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', but without any depth at all.
* The early seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the team cast as outmatched, fish-out-of-water soldiers exploring a hostile and alien galaxy in a desperate fight against the galaxy's technologically superior rulers. About halfway through the show, Earth ''became'' the most powerful faction in the galaxy, and the tone of the show switched to Earth being sort of the galactic police, protecting the ''rest'' of the galaxy from external threats ranging from the interstellar mafia to alien invasions by hostile lego bugs or CrystalDragonJesus crusaders. Which makes the idea of the Stargate program being a secret all the more ridiculous, really.
** There was also a gradually growing international presence. At first only the US and presumably Canada knew about the SGC (Canada by default: a Canadian general officer is second in command of NORAD, and Canadian personnel work in Cheyenne Mountain and would eventually have to wonder what the hell was happening in the basement). Then the Russians had to become involved when they gained the second stargate, and were hesitant partners (and sometime rivals). Then the UN Security Council had to be informed when external threats became too obvious to hide. And by the end of the series multiple nations had starships and the Antarctica and Atlantis teams were fully multinational.
** Another big change came at the beginning of season nine, which introduced Cameron Mitchell as the replacement to Jack O'Neill, and reintroduced new team member (or tag-along, originally) Vala Mal Doran. Although Vala [[spoiler: was [[PutOnABus temporarily transported to the Ori galaxy]], she returned, and both she and]] Mitchell stayed for the rest of the series and into the movies. O'Neill continued to have guest spots and was mentioned regularly, but never returned as a main character.
*** That was also a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as O'Neill was slowly phased out of the show per Richard Dean Anderson's request, so he could spend more time with his family. It also just made sense, as by that point Colonel O'Neill was in his 50s, an age at which you'd expect a highly decorated Air Force officer to be promoted to at least Brigadier General and no longer be personally involved in field operations.
** While the cancelled ''Series/StargateUniverse'' focuses more on the crew of the ''Destiny'', a few episodes deal with Earth being in a state of SpaceColdWar with the Lucian Alliance, which has grown from an obscure criminal group to a major power in the galaxy. In fact, this is evidenced in the ''Universe'' pilot when an Earth battlecruiser is having trouble fighting off several Lucian Alliance Ha'taks, which have been cannon fodder for a long time now. This is clear evidence that the human leaders of the Lucian Alliance are not stupid and are perfectly willing to innovate (something the Goa'uld had trouble doing). Later on, the Lucian Alliance is conducting spy missions and terrorist strikes on Earth using advanced tech.
* The last television episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had Willow [[spoiler: [[TheChosenMany activating all the potential slayers' powers]] so that there isn't a ChosenOne, two, or whatever]]. The Season 8 comics have [[spoiler: entire armies of slayers]]. Also, the Masquerade is finally broken and the world at large is made aware of the supernatural, plus the many deaths in the final battle against The First.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' massively reinvented itself multiple times over its five seasons. The biggest of these events comes in the finale of season four, when when Angel and company ''start [[spoiler: working for]] the BigBad''. And in the comics, [[spoiler:the entire city of Los Angeles is plunged into {{Hell}}]].

to:

* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' did this twice.
** Season 2: "Lay Down Your Burdens I & II" ended with [[spoiler: the humans giving up the search for earth, to settle on a substitute planet instead. Two years later,
Pointed out by Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' after getting settled, the Cylons show up [[spoiler:Jeff and enslave them all]].
** Season 4.0: "Revelations";[[spoiler: Peace is declared between the fleet and the rebel Cylons, who have been made mortal and apparently been reduced in population to a single Base Ship; together, the two factions locate Earth; and upon landing on it, discover the uninhabitable, radioactive ruins of a city that looks remarkably like New York]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** The series ended Season 3 with [[spoiler:the departure of Dr. House's entire staff, to be replaced with new staff members for Season 4. Then they all came back, but in supporting roles with the new team taking most of the camera time. Then at the end of season 5 House goes crazy]].
** The final season was missing a major supporting character [[spoiler: (Cuddy, replaced by Foreman, a former team member and new Dean of Medicine after Cuddy's departure)]]. The final ''episode'' brought back everyone who'd ever been on the team for at least a cameo, including [[spoiler: the dead one (Kutner) and Amber (never technically part of the team proper and also dead)]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did this partially when they introduced the Dominion. Although it retained its interest in the Bajorans and Cardassians, the headaches of running the station, and the usual space opera elements, a hefty dose of war epic took over the rest of the series (and mixed in with all of the above).
** In the [=DS9=] novels, Bajor finally joins TheFederation. Kira moves from a Militia Colonel to a Starfleet Captain, Ro Laren becomes chief of security and starts a relationship with Quark, Odo sends them a Jem'Hadar, [[spoiler: First Minister Shakaar is killed off because he's possessed by evil aliens]] and [[spoiler: Ben Sisko returns from the wormhole, but settles on Bajor with his family in unofficial retirement]]. And that's just for starters.
*** The recent ''TNG'' novels are also working to make Nothing The Same Any More (for instance ''[[spoiler: The Borg eat Pluto]]!'' It's hard to {{Handwave}} that sort of thing away later). Basically, with the Canon focused on {{Prequel}}s, the 24th century has been left wide open for the novels to have some fun with.
*** The even more recent TNG (and their associated crossover) novels have gone even further. [[spoiler: The Federation and Klingons were devastated by a Borg invasion, but the Borg were ultimately defeated and are now gone, forever, with billions of former drones now having their own minds back and losing their tech (including Annika Hanson, now the ex-Seven of Nine)]].
** Although not on TV, the setting of the new ''Star Trek'' MMO is based on this: the setting is the start of the 25th Century. The Klingons and the Federation are back at war, the Romulan Empire is barely holding together after [[spoiler: Romulus was destroyed as per the new Star Trek reboot)]], and more.
* After poor ratings with the initial standard ''Franchise/StarTrek'' "just jet around exploring the galaxy" plot, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' did a similar "war epic" upgrade, sending the cast on a journey to battle a hostile alien race that
Britta had launched a massive 9/11-style attack on Earth.
** This was then followed up with a confusing time-travel storyline, which led to another change to multi-episode stories.
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' was notorious for significant cast turnover, resulting in a new group of main characters every season or so. The most drastic plot change happened in season 5, where the show ditched its ''V'' style plot entirely for something more closely resembling ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', but without any depth at all.
* The early seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the team cast as outmatched, fish-out-of-water soldiers exploring a hostile and alien galaxy in a desperate fight against the galaxy's technologically superior rulers. About halfway through the show, Earth ''became'' the most powerful faction in the galaxy, and the tone of the show switched to Earth being sort of the galactic police, protecting the ''rest'' of the galaxy from external threats ranging from the interstellar mafia to alien invasions by hostile lego bugs or CrystalDragonJesus crusaders. Which makes the idea of the Stargate program being a secret all the more ridiculous, really.
** There was also a gradually growing international presence. At first only the US and presumably Canada knew about the SGC (Canada by default: a Canadian general officer is second in command of NORAD, and Canadian personnel work in Cheyenne Mountain and would eventually have to wonder what the hell was happening in the basement). Then the Russians had to become involved when they gained the second stargate, and were hesitant partners (and sometime rivals). Then the UN Security Council had to be informed when external threats became too obvious to hide. And by the end of the series multiple nations had starships and the Antarctica and Atlantis teams were fully multinational.
** Another big change came at the beginning of season nine, which introduced Cameron Mitchell as the replacement to Jack O'Neill, and reintroduced new team member (or tag-along, originally) Vala Mal Doran. Although Vala [[spoiler: was [[PutOnABus temporarily transported to the Ori galaxy]], she returned, and both she and]] Mitchell stayed for the rest of the series and into the movies. O'Neill continued to have guest spots and was mentioned regularly, but never returned as a main character.
*** That was also a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as O'Neill was slowly phased out of the show per Richard Dean Anderson's request, so he could spend more time with his family. It also just made sense, as by that point Colonel O'Neill was in his 50s, an age at which you'd expect a highly decorated Air Force officer to be promoted to at least Brigadier General and no longer be personally involved in field operations.
** While the cancelled ''Series/StargateUniverse'' focuses more on the crew of the ''Destiny'', a few episodes deal with Earth being in a state of SpaceColdWar with the Lucian Alliance, which has grown from an obscure criminal group to a major power in the galaxy. In fact, this is evidenced in the ''Universe'' pilot when an Earth battlecruiser is having trouble fighting off several Lucian Alliance Ha'taks, which have been cannon fodder for a long time now. This is clear evidence that the human leaders of the Lucian Alliance are not stupid and are perfectly willing to innovate (something the Goa'uld had trouble doing). Later on, the Lucian Alliance is conducting spy missions and terrorist strikes on Earth using advanced tech.
* The last television episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had Willow [[spoiler: [[TheChosenMany activating all the potential slayers' powers]] so that there isn't a ChosenOne, two, or whatever]]. The Season 8 comics have [[spoiler: entire armies of slayers]]. Also, the Masquerade is finally broken and the world at large is made aware of the supernatural, plus the many deaths in the final battle against The First.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' massively reinvented itself multiple times over its five seasons. The biggest of these events comes in the finale of season four, when when Angel and company ''start [[spoiler: working for]] the BigBad''. And in the comics, [[spoiler:the entire city of Los Angeles is plunged into {{Hell}}]].
sex]].



--> Walter (To Dwayne) :Just remember when you finally do leave here, [[LampshadeHanging it's a different world out there]].
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' did this quite a lot. Notably, somewhere in the second season, Buster [[spoiler:has his hand bitten off by a loose seal]]. For the rest of the original show's run, Buster [[spoiler:does not have a hand (he wears a hook, prosthetic hand or nothing on his hand at all from time-to-time)]]. During season four, [[spoiler:he gets a new hand, of sorts]], but due to the season's AnachronicOrder, this isn't fully explained before it's glimpsed on screen, causing what seems like a SeriesContinuityError, which is probably intentional given how the series operates.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' actually does this surprisingly well after Cory graduates high school and prepares to head to college, and coming to terms with the fact that he'll be leaving home, Mr. Feeny won't be his teacher anymore, and that his favorite restaurant has closed and a new establishment has taken over. In the end, Eric tells him to take a bite of a cheeseburger from the new restaurant, and when Cory admits it tastes good, Eric explains that not all changes are necessarily bad and can be for the better if we're open to new events occurring in our lives.
** [[Funny/BoyMeetsWorld Just before he finds out Mr. Feeny is retiring and freaks out.]]
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when Claire regenerates in full view of the Company Man, blowing the {{Masquerade}} that Noah had spent fifteen years of manipulation setting up and keeping up.
** And at the end of the show, when [[spoiler: Claire leaps from a Ferris Wheel to the ground and places her bones back into place in full view of every news network in America]].
* The factions, their members, and the motivations changed between each season of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''. The first season was simply dealing with the immediate need to understand the incident and deal with the displaced people. Season two was more of the long term effects of what the event would cause (Including many people who also wanted powers joining a clear Church of Scientology knockoff), and the government trying to use the abducted. Season 3 dealt with more violent actions and strife among the people. Season 4 began the introduction of the super-power serum to the general public (Although it had a 50-50 rate for powers or death), and the pseudo-religious movement to save the world. Season to season, ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' had more changes season to season than most other shows, and it more or less worked.
* In ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Season One ends with Cutter coming back from a trip to the past and realising that he has changed time so he is in an ''entirely different timeline'' and quite literally, nothing is the same any more, up to and including one of the main characters no longer existing. This isn't rectified (as yet) so the show changes format fairly drastically for Season Two.
** In the third episode of season 3, [[spoiler:Cutter, leader of the team and the central character of the show, is [[KilledOffForReal murdered by the villain]] [[SaveTheVillain (who he'd just saved)]]]].
*** As of Series 5, [[spoiler: Anomalies have gone global and spectacularly so.]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' did this quite regularly, in fact, one could say the only parts of the show where things ''were'' the same for a significant period of time was season one to mid-season two, and early- to late-season four. It even shook up the seeming entire premise of the show ([[MemeticMutation a show about a spy]]) in the {{first episode|Spoiler}} (a show about [[spoiler: a double agent father-daughter team]].)
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' pulled this off several times, but the biggest was [[spoiler: Cameron has traveled to the future with John Henry, John Connor travels to the future with the T-1001, who we've learned has been working with the Resistance by creating an anti-skynet program in the past, while another program exists that is trying to destroy the pro-resistance program. And now that John Connor is in the future, he was never in the past to lead the resistance, so no one in the future knows who he is]].

to:

--> Walter (To Dwayne) :Just -->'''Walter:''' ''[To Dwayne]'' Just remember when you finally do leave here, [[LampshadeHanging it's a different world out there]].
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' did this quite a lot. Notably, somewhere in the second season, Buster [[spoiler:has his hand bitten off by a loose seal]]. For the rest of the original show's run, Buster [[spoiler:does not have a hand (he wears a hook, prosthetic hand or nothing on his hand at all from time-to-time)]]. During season four, [[spoiler:he gets a new hand, of sorts]], but due to the season's AnachronicOrder, this isn't fully explained before it's glimpsed on screen, causing what seems like a SeriesContinuityError, which is probably intentional given how the series operates.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' actually does this surprisingly well after Cory graduates high school and prepares to head to college, and coming to terms with the fact that he'll be leaving home, Mr. Feeny won't be his teacher anymore, and that his favorite restaurant has closed and a new establishment has taken over. In the end, Eric tells him to take a bite of a cheeseburger from the new restaurant, and when Cory admits it tastes good, Eric explains that not all changes are necessarily bad and can be for the better if we're open to new events occurring in our lives.
** [[Funny/BoyMeetsWorld Just before he finds out Mr. Feeny is retiring and freaks out.]]
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when Claire regenerates in full view of the Company Man, blowing the {{Masquerade}} that Noah had spent fifteen years of manipulation setting up and keeping up.
** And at the end of the show, when [[spoiler: Claire leaps from a Ferris Wheel to the ground and places her bones back into place in full view of every news network in America]].
* The factions, their members, and the motivations changed between each season of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''. The first season was simply dealing with the immediate need to understand the incident and deal with the displaced people. Season two was more of the long term effects of what the event would cause (Including many people who also wanted powers joining a clear Church of Scientology knockoff), and the government trying to use the abducted. Season 3 dealt with more violent actions and strife among the people. Season 4 began the introduction of the super-power serum to the general public (Although it had a 50-50 rate for powers or death), and the pseudo-religious movement to save the world. Season to season, ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' had more changes season to season than most other shows, and it more or less worked.
* In ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Season One ends with Cutter coming back from a trip to the past and realising that he has changed time so he is in an ''entirely different timeline'' and quite literally, nothing is the same any more, up to and including one of the main characters no longer existing. This isn't rectified (as yet) so the show changes format fairly drastically for Season Two.
** In the third episode of season 3, [[spoiler:Cutter, leader of the team and the central character of the show, is [[KilledOffForReal murdered by the villain]] [[SaveTheVillain (who he'd just saved)]]]].
*** As of Series 5, [[spoiler: Anomalies have gone global and spectacularly so.]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' did this quite regularly, in fact, one could say the only parts of the show where things ''were'' the same for a significant period of time was season one to mid-season two, and early- to late-season four. It even shook up the seeming entire premise of the show ([[MemeticMutation a show about a spy]]) in the {{first episode|Spoiler}} (a show about [[spoiler: a double agent father-daughter team]].)
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' pulled this off several times, but the biggest was [[spoiler: Cameron has traveled to the future with John Henry, John Connor travels to the future with the T-1001, who we've learned has been working with the Resistance by creating an anti-skynet program in the past, while another program exists that is trying to destroy the pro-resistance program. And now that John Connor is in the future, he was never in the past to lead the resistance, so no one in the future knows who he is]].
there]].



** The Troughton-Pertwee switch is worth special mention. None of the characters are maintained, the Time Lords are introduced for the first time, and the Doctor no longer travels in time and space (though after a few years this returned) and the Doctor starts working for UNIT. On top of this, on the production side the series switched to color and a slightly larger budget allowed for greater use of location filming and action sequences.
** The later series managed this in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose its first episode]]. The Time Lords are extinct, the TARDIS's interior has changed dramatically, and the Ninth Doctor shows up after having just recently regenerated (and changed his wardrobe) offscreen.
*** In the next, he begins the plot for the entire new show by revealing he's the last of the Time Lords.
** In "The End of Time", the Tenth Doctor says goodbye to '''all''' of his former companions (yes, [[ContinuityCavalcade all of them]]), regenerates alone, and effectively destroys the TARDIS control room in doing so. By the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]], the newly minted Eleventh Doctor has a regenerated TARDIS, a new sonic screwdriver, a new companion, and a bowtie. And all of this occurs after the revelation that the Time Lords committed atrocities almost as bad as those of the Daleks in their final days, and that the Doctor actually ended the Time War to stop his own people from destroying the universe.
** The revelation in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameoftheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] that the Time War was ended by a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor, and that the Doctor was so ashamed of his actions that he kept that incarnation a secret. After ''that'', in "The Day of the Doctor", we have the bombshell that Gallifrey survived the Time War after all--thanks to a handy piece of Galifreyan technology that allowed ''all'' incarnations of the Doctor (past, present, and future) to cross timelines and join forces.
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' miniseries was just one big Wham Moment after another, to the point that many fans thought it would turn out to be TorchTheFranchiseAndRun. It had already started at the conclusion of the previous series which killed two of the main cast. This series further stepped up the Wham by brutally destroying the remaining team members' base, killing another teammate and leading to the main character leaving Earth after being forced to kill his own grandson. Plus Gwen becomes a mother. Torchwood's fourth series, ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'', continues the trend with a ten-episode arc set largely in the USA, with new protagonists in addition to those who survived Children of Earth. By the end of the season [[spoiler: two of the new protagonists have died and one of them has become immortal.]]
* The Season 4 final episode of ''Series/ICarly'' has a ShockingSwerve which confirms Sam is in love with Freddie, who already has an existing thing with Carly who might be hiding her own hidden feelings for Freddie. The creator of the show accidentally leaked most of the episodes from season 5 (he removed and replaced the picture). If the episode titles are true, it will destroy the StatusQuoIsGod element of the show, and ramp it up into a full fledged LoveTriangle.
** Subverted: After a five episode stint, everything went back to the way it was before.

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** The Troughton-Pertwee switch [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace switch]] is worth special mention. None of the characters are maintained, the Time Lords are introduced for the first time, and the Doctor no longer travels in time and space (though after a few years this returned) and the Doctor starts working for UNIT. On top of this, on the production side the series switched to color and a slightly larger budget allowed for greater use of location filming and action sequences.
** The later series managed this in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose its first episode]]. The Time Lords are extinct, the TARDIS's TARDIS' interior has changed dramatically, and the Ninth Doctor shows up after having just recently regenerated (and changed his wardrobe) offscreen.
*** In the next, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld next]], he begins the plot for the entire new show by revealing he's the last of the Time Lords.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time", Time"]], the Tenth Doctor says goodbye to '''all''' of his former companions (yes, [[ContinuityCavalcade all of them]]), regenerates alone, and effectively destroys the TARDIS control room in doing so. By the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]], the newly minted Eleventh Doctor has a regenerated TARDIS, a new sonic screwdriver, a new companion, and a bowtie. And all of this occurs after the revelation that the Time Lords committed atrocities almost as bad as those of the Daleks in their final days, and that the Doctor actually ended the Time War to stop his own people from destroying the universe.
** The revelation in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameoftheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] that the Time War was ended by a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor, and that the Doctor was so ashamed of his actions that he kept that incarnation a secret. After ''that'', in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor", Doctor"]], we have the bombshell that Gallifrey survived the Time War after all--thanks all thanks to a handy piece of Galifreyan technology that allowed ''all'' incarnations of the Doctor (past, present, and future) to cross timelines and join forces.
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' miniseries ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' was just one big Wham Moment after another, to the point that many fans thought it would turn out to be TorchTheFranchiseAndRun. It had already started at the conclusion notorious for significant cast turnover, resulting in a new group of the previous series which killed two of the main cast. This series further stepped up the Wham by brutally destroying the remaining team members' base, killing another teammate and leading to the main character leaving Earth after being forced to kill his own grandson. Plus Gwen becomes a mother. Torchwood's fourth series, ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'', continues the trend with a ten-episode arc set largely in the USA, with new protagonists in addition to those who survived Children of Earth. By the end of the characters every season [[spoiler: two of the new protagonists have died and one of them has become immortal.]]
*
or so. The Season 4 final episode of ''Series/ICarly'' has a ShockingSwerve which confirms Sam is most drastic plot change happened in love with Freddie, who already has an existing thing with Carly who might be hiding her own hidden feelings for Freddie. The creator of season 5, where the show accidentally leaked most of the episodes from season 5 (he removed and replaced the picture). If the episode titles are true, it will destroy the StatusQuoIsGod element of the show, and ramp it up into a full fledged LoveTriangle.
** Subverted: After a five episode stint, everything went back to the way it was before.
ditched its ''V'' style plot entirely for something more closely resembling ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', but without any depth at all.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'' did this twice. Firstly in Series 6, where the crew lose the eponymous ship, and once again when they get it back at the end of Series 7 -- but all the crew that died in the very first episode are re-instated, so the ship is fully populated for the first time since that first episode. "Back to Earth" [[spoiler:seems to set this up by them going back to Earth, but it's another squid like the despair squid at the end of Series 5 (Back to Reality), which also appeared to set this up by them supposedly being in a video game the whole time. StatusQuoIsGod in these cases]]. Series 3 also changed the premise slightly, going from isolation to a more action-adventure show.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' shook things up with "The Deliverer," which saw Gabrielle commit her first kill (thus losing her blood innocence), the introduction of [[GodOfEvil Dahak]] and the beginning of the "Rift" arc. A shaken Gabrielle even laments, "Everything's different now."

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' did ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** In his debut episode, "Going Rogue", Leonard Snart proclaims that the existence of a superhero like the Flash completely changes the game, making most criminals irrelevant unless they can adapt.
** In his next episode, "Revenge of the Rogues," Snart manipulates events in such a way that the Flash exposes his existence on live television, and reveals to his partner that
this twice. Firstly in Series 6, where was the crew lose real point of their endeavors.
--->'''Snart:''' Now everyone knows he's real, which changes everything. [[LampshadeHanging Again]].
** The first season finale sees a wormhole ripped open in
the eponymous ship, universe [[spoiler:due to Eddie Thawne's suicide to prevent [[BigBad Eobard Thawne]] from ever being born.]] This ends up opening the door to the Multiverse, revealing several alternate worlds and once again when they realities co-exist with the Flash's, to the point that it's even allowed him to cross over into worlds from [[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} other comic book shows]].
** The second season ends with [[spoiler: Barry, past the DespairEventHorizon, going back in time and saving his mother from the Reverse-Flash]], changing history and creating an AlternateTimeline.
** In the episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]] Barry is forced to quit his job as a CSI. [[SubvertedTrope However]], he's able to [[StatusQuoIsGod
get it back]] a few episodes later.
* This happens two times in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' 's run, both of them taking place in season 7. First time is half way through the season when Frasier, under the effects of painkillers for his back, blurts out to Daphne that [[spoiler: Niles is in love with her]]. Afterwards, Daphne begins to develop feelings for [[spoiler: ''Niles'']] in return, leading to UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo. Which eventually leads to the events of the end of the season when Daphne [[spoiler: [[RunawayBride abandons her wedding]] to be with Niles and they [[TheyDo ''final]][[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ly'']] become a couple]]. It is fully cemented when Daphne, who has almost always called him "Dr. Crane" up to that, finally calls him [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Niles]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Half-way season 3, when [[spoiler:Ross cheats on Rachel [[note]] THEY WERE ON A BREAK! [[/note]] ]] the dynamics of their relationship literally never go
back to be the same.
--> [[spoiler:Rachel]]: I can't... You're a totally different person to me now. Now this has changed things... forever...
** Later in the show, Ross gets married and Monica and Chandler sleep together. Ross's marriage [[StatusQuoIsGod ends almost immediately]], and they keep teasing a [[ResetButton quick and quiet end]] to Monica and Chandler's relationship. But they continue dating, stay together and end up getting married. Their [[{{HappilyMarried}} marriage]] is the start of the Friends 'growing up' and tellingly the series ends with them [[spoiler: moving to the suburbs with their children]].
** Rachel's [[spoiler: pregnancy]]
at the end of Series 7 -- but all Season 7.
* In
the crew third season finale of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', the timeline is reset so that Peter died in 1985. While Peter does return and Olivia does eventually recall the very first episode are re-instated, so prior timeline, this change is never reverted. This means that a fair portion of the ship is fully populated for things we saw from the first time since that first episode. "Back to Earth" [[spoiler:seems to set this up by them going back to Earth, but it's another squid like the despair squid at the end of Series 5 (Back to Reality), which also appeared to set this up by them supposedly being three seasons, including character relationships, never happened or happened in a video game the whole time. StatusQuoIsGod in these cases]]. Series 3 also changed the premise slightly, going from isolation to a more action-adventure show.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' shook things up with "The Deliverer," which saw Gabrielle commit her first kill (thus losing her blood innocence), the introduction of [[GodOfEvil Dahak]] and the beginning of the "Rift" arc. A shaken Gabrielle even laments, "Everything's
wildly different now."ways. And the finale of the fourth season deals with the Fringe Team getting freed out of amber in 2036, after having been encased there 20 years earlier. For season five (and thus the rest of the series), they join TheResistance against the Observer occupation in this dystopian future. [[spoiler:And in the last episode, there is yet another timeline reset, resulting in in the Observers (at least of the kind we got to know them) never coming into existence.]]



* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has radically different dynamics in each of its seasons, to the point that they're all given different names. ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' is actually just the first season's title.
** Season One focuses on the ludus in Capua, where Spartacus endures slavery while forming shifting rivalries and alliances with both the other gladiators and his master. [[spoiler:It ends with about half the cast dead]].
** The second season is a StartOfDarkness for the first season villains at the Capua ludus, before Spartacus even arrived. It was filmed to give the actor who played Spartacus, Andy Whitfield, time to recover from cancer. He died anyway.
** The third season has [[TheOtherDarrin a recast Spartacus]] and his gladiators waging a guerrilla campaign against Roman soldiers. Actual gladiator matches make only cursory appearances after their saturation in the previous seasons, [[spoiler:and they actually destroy the Capua arena]] halfway through the season. [[spoiler:It ends with more than half the cast dead]].

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* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has radically different dynamics On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when Claire regenerates in each full view of its seasons, the Company Man, blowing the {{Masquerade}} that Noah had spent fifteen years of manipulation setting up and keeping up.
** And at the end of the show, when [[spoiler: Claire leaps from a Ferris Wheel
to the point ground and places her bones back into place in full view of every news network in America]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** The series ended Season 3 with [[spoiler:the departure of Dr. House's entire staff, to be replaced with new staff members for Season 4. Then they all came back, but in supporting roles with the new team taking most of the camera time. Then at the end of season 5 House goes crazy]].
** The final season was missing a major supporting character [[spoiler: (Cuddy, replaced by Foreman, a former team member and new Dean of Medicine after Cuddy's departure)]]. The final ''episode'' brought back everyone who'd ever been on the team for at least a cameo, including [[spoiler: the dead one (Kutner) and Amber (never technically part of the team proper and also dead)]].
* The Season 4 final episode of ''Series/ICarly'' has a ShockingSwerve which confirms Sam is in love with Freddie, who already has an existing thing with Carly who might be hiding her own hidden feelings for Freddie. The creator of the show accidentally leaked most of the episodes from season 5 (he removed and replaced the picture). If the episode titles are true, it will destroy the StatusQuoIsGod element of the show, and ramp it up into a full fledged LoveTriangle.
** Subverted: After a five episode stint, everything went back to the way it was before.
* ''Series/IZombie'' starts with Liv trying to hide the fact
that they're all given different names. ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' is actually just she has become a zombie and using her new powers to help solve murders. At the first season's title.
same time, the CorruptCorporateExecutive who is indirectly responsible for the zombie virus tries to capture zombies so he can experiment on them. In the Season 2 finale, the executive is dead and his corporation has been bought out by a PrivateMilitaryContractor company that seems to be entirely composed of zombies. All of Liv's friends now know she is a zombie and are trying to deal with it. Season 3 deals with the general public slowly finding out about zombies and an anti-zombie vigilante group starts killing zombies. The season ends with the entire world finding out about zombies after thousands of people are deliberately infected by the virus.
** Season One focuses on 4 opens with Seattle being closed off (complete with walls and soldiers) from the ludus rest of the U.S. People inside try to handle life with the more elite folks carrying on like normal while the rest handle the changed dynamic. Liv can be completely open about what she is and folks just shrugging off her personality changes while Filmore-Graves continues to supply brains to the public. Also, Clive notes how the police face a challenge solving crimes in Capua, a city often close to anarchy, not to mention where Spartacus endures slavery while forming shifting rivalries and alliances with both people can come back from the other gladiators and his master. [[spoiler:It ends with about half the cast dead]].dead.
** * ''Series/{{Jeremiah}}'' invokes this by name, in episode 8, "Firewall". Jeremiah and the rest of the crew discover that not everyone over puberty died in the Big Death, and that many of the survivors are former US military holed up in a place called Valhalla Sector. Who once they're sure the disease is gone are planning to roll out a military dictatorship based on superior firepower: helicopter gunships, when no one outside has anything better than basic firearms.
* Happens constantly in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' as part of its theme that GrowingUpSucks. Every dozen episodes or so, the plot goes through a massive paradigm shift (usually FromBadToWorse), whether in the form of disaster, betrayal, or the protagonists learning an AwfulTruth. Summed up well in [[http://www.marycagle.com/index.php?id=32 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/LetsSpeakEnglish''. Even the [[ThemeMusicPowerUp theme music]] of Gaim's NextTierPowerUp forms reference this - only one is the expected upbeat BraggingThemeTune, and it's the one associated with the form which acts as a HopeSpot before things get even worse.
The second season others are a mournful song about [[ComesGreatResponsibility the consequences of power]] and an energetic but decidedly ''not'' upbeat song about how the characters have come too far to be able to stop even if they wanted to.
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' starts with a simplistic GottaCatchEmAll premise that soon turns out to be nothing but lies, and each succeeding arc brings new changes to the format. Unlike ''Gaim'', things don't strictly get ''worse'' with each arc, but the scope of the doctors' mission goes from dealing with isolated incidents of TheVirus to a wide-scale pandemic in the form of the worst SurvivalSandbox game ever made.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' starts with Japan divided into three rival nations simmering on the brink of war. The villain's goal
is to provide them with the PretextForWar that they need, a StartOfDarkness for goal that the end of the first season villains at act sees him achieve. The next act deals with the Capua ludus, before Spartacus even arrived. It was filmed to give ensuing war in all its horrors.
* At
the actor who played Spartacus, Andy Whitfield, time to recover from cancer. He died anyway.
** The
end of the third season has [[TheOtherDarrin finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:the flashbacks are revealed to be flash forwards]]. This TomatoSurprise is not just what changes everything however (though it definitely qualifies as a recast Spartacus]] and his gladiators waging a guerrilla campaign against Roman soldiers. Actual gladiator matches WhamEpisode). What indicates the permanent change is [[spoiler:the undeniable proof that ''characters make only cursory appearances after their saturation it off the island.'' As of now, the show is no longer an OntologicalMystery. The outside world begins to play big roles in the previous seasons, [[spoiler:and they actually destroy the Capua arena]] halfway through the season. [[spoiler:It ends with ensuing events, and it becomes a more than half clear-cut conflict driven storyline]].
* The soap opera ''Series/{{Loving}}'' had its opening narrator for its final storyline, "The ''Loving'' Murders", declare that "''Loving'' will never be
the same." It was right soon after the storyline ended, the remaining main cast dead]].moved from the old setting, setting up its spinoff series, ''The City''.



* Pointed out by Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' after [[spoiler:Jeff and Britta had sex]].

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* Pointed out by Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' after [[spoiler:Jeff The first episode of ''Series/MrShow'' has a character musing about this, commenting "Wow, [X] has really changed. At first it's sad (his friend has "changed" into a jerk), then it's over little things (the leaves have "really changed") then it gets kinda obvious and Britta had sex]].expected ("Look at that caterpillar. Wow, it's really changed. [[CaptainObvious Now it's a butterfly]], thinks it's so big. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And then . . .]]
-->'''Ernie''': Wow, look at that traffic light, wow it's really changed . . . [[LookBothWays (A bus arrives)]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': The sudden killing of Kate at the end of the second season completely changed the dynamic of the series. The subsequent introduction of Ziva saw NCIS virtually become a different series.



* ''Series/TwentyFour'' very often changed things up, but the final two seasons easily deserve special mention:
** The seventh season saw Counter Terrorist Unit, or CTU, being decommissioned, a rogue Jack Bauer forced to ally with the FBI, longtime characters [[spoiler: Bill Buchanan]] and [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] respectively dying and going through a FaceHeelTurn to get revenge on the man who [[spoiler: murdered his family.]]
** And somehow the final season managed to top it. It seemingly went with something closer to the status quo from early seasons in the series, with Jack and Chloe working with a newly recommissioned CTU in New York to protect a foreign president... then two thirds in '''''completely''''' threw it out the window [[spoiler: with said President dying, Jack's love interest also dying, former BigGood President Taylor pulling a FaceHeelTurn and siding with series BigBad [[PresidentEvil Charles Logan]] to protect that masterminds behind both deaths to preserve a peace treaty, Jack snapping because of her betrayal resulting in him pulling one as well by going on a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge bloodthirsty rampage]], and Chloe now desperately trying to expose the former's cover up while stopping the latter.]] [[HolyShitQuotient Holy. Freaking. Shit]].
* The first episode of ''Series/MrShow'' has a character musing about this, commenting "Wow, [X] has really changed. At first it's sad (his friend has "changed" into a jerk), then it's over little things (the leaves have "really changed") then it gets kinda obvious and expected ("Look at that caterpillar. Wow, it's really changed. [[CaptainObvious Now it's a butterfly]], thinks it's so big. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And then . . .]]
-->'''Ernie''': Wow, look at that traffic light, wow it's really changed . . . [[LookBothWays (A bus arrives)]]
* This happens two times in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' 's run, both of them taking place in season 7. First time is half way through the season when Frasier, under the effects of painkillers for his back, blurts out to Daphne that [[spoiler: Niles is in love with her]]. Afterwards, Daphne begins to develop feelings for [[spoiler: ''Niles'']] in return, leading to UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo. Which eventually leads to the events of the end of the season when Daphne [[spoiler: [[RunawayBride abandons her wedding]] to be with Niles and they [[TheyDo ''final]][[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ly'']] become a couple]]. It is fully cemented when Daphne, who has almost always called him "Dr. Crane" up to that, finally calls him [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Niles]].
* For the first two seasons, ''Series/AntFarm'' was about a group of child prodigies attending high school, but come season 3, and the setting is changed to a special boarding school for child prodigies, thus leaving out half the original cast.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' is famous for its fast-paced plot that isn't afraid to change the status quo every few episodes (leading to a pretty severe case of ContinuityLockout). Still, a few episodes stand out:
** Walt kills Krazy-8 as a safety measure, which made him regret it heavily. He becomes Walt's first deliberate kill [[spoiler: in a career of many other kills.]]
** "ABQ": [[spoiler: Walt's cancer is cured, and Walt and Skyler separate after he tells her one lie too many.]]
** "No Mas": [[spoiler:Skyler correctly guesses that Walt is involved in the drug trade, and Walt has no choice but to admit it. The FawltyTowersPlot in the first two seasons is out the window for good.]]
** "Green Light" and "Más": Though definitely not as [[WhamEpisode Whammy]] as a lot of other episodes in this show, they deserve mention for [[spoiler: having Walt quitting his teaching job and receiving an offer from Gus to cook meth full-time]]. At that point, it becomes clear that Walt is no longer a respectable family man who cooks meth on the side to pay the bills--he's a professional meth cook who pretends to be a respectable family man for appearance's sake.
** "Half Measures": Walt kills the [[spoiler: two drug dealers who killed both Combo and Tomas, saving Jesse barely in the nick of time. But this makes [[AFatherToHisMen Gus furious]], permanently souring the secure job opportunity Walt had. Season 4 becomes a cat and mouse chase between Gus and Walt due to that.]]
** "Face Off": [[spoiler: [[KlingonPromotion Walt successfully assassinates Gus]]... [[WouldHurtAChild but he poisons Brock in the course of his plan]], making it clear that he's become a VillainProtagonist.]]
** "Fifty-One": [[spoiler: Skyler has had enough of Walt murdering Gus, and states to his face that she hopes his cancer comes back.]]
** "Gliding Over All": [[spoiler: Hank finds Walt's copy of ''Leaves of Grass'' with a dedication written by Gale, and realizes that ''he'' was the "W.W." referenced in Gale's notes.]]
** "Blood Money": [[spoiler: The friendly relationship between Hank and Walt has gone for good, as both of them become sworn enemies to each other, with Hank maddeningly wanting Walt to be behind bars. Oh, and Walt's cancer is back.]]
** "Confessions" and "Rabid Dog": [[spoiler: Walt sends Hank a fake confession tape, intended to frame ''Hank'' as Heisenberg, permanently destroying any semblance of reconciliation. Jesse finds out that Walt poisoned Brock, and the dynamic duo of Jesse-Heisenberg comes to an end. And Jesse subsequently allies with Hank.]]
** "Ozymandias": [[WhamEpisode THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE of this trope]] in this show. [[spoiler:Hank and Gomez brutally die in a shootout against Jack and his gang inspite of Walt's begging; Walt is forced to requiesce $68 million to Jack (only Todd's mercy allowed Jack to spare Walt and his cash); Jesse was MadeASlave and shipped away to certain doom, not before knowing Walt was behind Jane's death as well; Walt Jr comes to know about Walt being Heisenberg; Skyler mistakenly attributes Hank's death to Walt and attacks him with a knife, with Skyler and Walt Jr finally turning against him; Junior calls the cops on Walt, leading to his public exposure as Heisenberg; Walt takes off with Holly as she was the only one not aware of her father's truth, only to return her back to Skyler when he realised he's not capable of a family life anymore; and Walt disappears from Alberqueque with Saul's cleaner for a new life.]] The StatusQuoIsGod issue is literally grinded into the dust (like Ozymandias) and disappears forever.
* Two episodes from ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', the spinoff to ''Breaking Bad'', stand out:
** "Pimento": Despite presenting himself as Jimmy's ally all season long, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Jimmy's brother Chuck has stymied Jimmy's law career for behind his back years.]]
** "Lantern": Chuck [[spoiler:finds himself drummed out of his own law firm, both directly and indirectly due to Jimmy's schemes, and ends up committing suicide]].
* ''Series/{{Billions}}''
** By the end of Season 3, [[spoiler:Chuck has been fired as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York while Bobby's protege Taylor has surreptitiously left Axe Capital to start a competing hedge fund. Chuck and Bobby let go of the feud that has driven the whole plot of the series up to this point and begin scheming together to get back at their respective enemies]].
* In the third season finale of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', the timeline is reset so that Peter died in 1985. While Peter does return and Olivia does eventually recall the prior timeline, this change is never reverted. This means that a fair portion of the things we saw from the first three seasons, including character relationships, never happened or happened in wildly different ways. And the finale of the fourth season deals with the Fringe Team getting freed out of amber in 2036, after having been encased there 20 years earlier. For season five (and thus the rest of the series), they join TheResistance against the Observer occupation in this dystopian future. [[spoiler:And in the last episode, there is yet another timeline reset, resulting in in the Observers (at least of the kind we got to know them) never coming into existence.]]
* Series/{{Jeremiah}} invokes this by name, in episode 8, "Firewall". Jeremiah and the rest of the crew discover that not everyone over puberty died in the Big Death, and that many of the survivors are former US military holed up in a place called Valhalla Sector. Who once they're sure the disease is gone are planning to roll out a military dictatorship based on superior firepower: helicopter gunships, when no one outside has anything better than basic firearms.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** In his debut episode, "Going Rogue," Leonard Snart proclaims that the existence of a superhero like the Flash completely changes the game, making most criminals irrelevant unless they can adapt.
** In his next episode, "Revenge of the Rogues," Snart manipulates events in such a way that the Flash exposes his existence on live television, and reveals to his partner that this was the real point of their endeavors.
--->'''Snart:''' Now everyone knows he's real, which changes everything. [[LampshadeHanging Again]].
** The first season finale sees a wormhole ripped open in the universe [[spoiler:due to Eddie Thawne's suicide to prevent [[BigBad Eobard Thawne]] from ever being born.]] This ends up opening the door to the Multiverse, revealing several alternate worlds and realities co-exist with the Flash's, to the point that it's even allowed him to cross over into worlds from [[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} other comic book shows]].
** The second season ends with [[spoiler: Barry, past the DespairEventHorizon, going back in time and saving his mother from the Reverse-Flash]], changing history and creating an AlternateTimeline.
** In the episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]] Barry is forced to quit his job as a CSI. [[SubvertedTrope However]], he's able to [[StatusQuoIsGod get it back]] a few episodes later.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': The sudden killing of Kate at the end of the second season completely changed the dynamic of the series. The subsequent introduction of Ziva saw NCIS virtually become a different series.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' started with this as its premise, when TheCaptain is thrown 300 years in the future to find his society has collapsed. He focuses on putting things back the way they were, but along the way things keep changing on him. The last season had them primarily planet bound in a mostly artificial solar system in another dimension.
* The soap opera ''Series/{{Loving}}'' had its opening narrator for its final storyline, "The ''Loving'' Murders", declare that "''Loving'' will never be the same." It was right -- soon after the storyline ended, the remaining main cast moved from the old setting, setting up its spinoff series, ''The City''.
* The premise of the sitcom ''Series/BosomBuddies'' had Kip and Henry, two struggling NYC ad men, moving into the Susan B. Anthony Hotel due to its dirt-cheap rent. But since it's a women-only hotel, they [[DiguisedInDrag disguise themselves]] as "Buffy and Hildegarde," supposedly Kip and Henry's sisters. By the second season, the storylines focus on their ad business, and the entire recurring cast knows Kip and Henry's secret (though the two continue to live in the hotel and pose as women for the other residents.)



* Happens constantly in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' as part of its theme that GrowingUpSucks. Every dozen episodes or so, the plot goes through a massive paradigm shift (usually FromBadToWorse), whether in the form of disaster, betrayal, or the protagonists learning an AwfulTruth. Summed up well in [[http://www.marycagle.com/index.php?id=32 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/LetsSpeakEnglish''. Even the [[ThemeMusicPowerUp theme music]] of Gaim's NextTierPowerUp forms reference this - only one is the expected upbeat BraggingThemeTune, and it's the one associated with the form which acts as a HopeSpot before things get even worse. The others are a mournful song about [[ComesGreatResponsibility the consequences of power]] and an energetic but decidedly ''not'' upbeat song about how the characters have come too far to be able to stop even if they wanted to.
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' starts with a simplistic GottaCatchEmAll premise that soon turns out to be nothing but lies, and each succeeding arc brings new changes to the format. Unlike ''Gaim'', things don't strictly get ''worse'' with each arc, but the scope of the doctors' mission goes from dealing with isolated incidents of TheVirus to a wide-scale pandemic in the form of the worst SurvivalSandbox game ever made.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' starts with Japan divided into three rival nations simmering on the brink of war. The villain's goal is to provide them with the PretextForWar that they need, a goal that the end of the first act sees him achieve. The next act deals with the ensuing war in all its horrors.
* ''Series/IZombie'' starts with Liv trying to hide the fact that she has become a zombie and using her new powers to help solve murders. At the same time, the CorruptCorporateExecutive who is indirectly responsible for the zombie virus tries to capture zombies so he can experiment on them. In the Season 2 finale, the executive is dead and his corporation has been bought out by a PrivateMilitaryContractor company that seems to be entirely composed of zombies. All of Liv's friends now know she is a zombie and are trying to deal with it. Season 3 deals with the general public slowly finding out about zombies and an anti-zombie vigilante group starts killing zombies. The season ends with the entire world finding out about zombies after thousands of people are deliberately infected by the virus.
** Season 4 opens with Seattle being closed off (complete with walls and soldiers) from the rest of the U.S. People inside try to handle life with the more elite folks carrying on like normal while the rest handle the changed dynamic. Liv can be completely open about what she is and folks just shrugging off her personality changes while Filmore-Graves continues to supply brains to the public. Also, Clive notes how the police face a challenge solving crimes in a city often close to anarchy, not to mention where people can come back from the dead.

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* Happens constantly in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' as part of its theme In ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Season One ends with Cutter coming back from a trip to the past and realising that GrowingUpSucks. Every dozen episodes or so, the plot goes through a massive paradigm shift (usually FromBadToWorse), whether he has changed time so he is in the form of disaster, betrayal, or the protagonists learning an AwfulTruth. Summed up well in [[http://www.marycagle.com/index.php?id=32 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/LetsSpeakEnglish''. Even the [[ThemeMusicPowerUp theme music]] of Gaim's NextTierPowerUp forms reference this - only one ''entirely different timeline'' and quite literally, nothing is the expected upbeat BraggingThemeTune, same any more, up to and it's including one of the one associated with the form which acts as a HopeSpot before things get even worse. The others are a mournful song about [[ComesGreatResponsibility the consequences of power]] and an energetic but decidedly ''not'' upbeat song about how the main characters have come too far to be able to stop even if they wanted to.
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' starts with a simplistic GottaCatchEmAll premise that soon turns out to be nothing but lies, and each succeeding arc brings new
no longer existing. This isn't rectified (as yet) so the show changes to format fairly drastically for Season Two.
** In
the format. Unlike ''Gaim'', things don't strictly get ''worse'' with each arc, but the scope third episode of season 3, [[spoiler:Cutter, leader of the doctors' mission goes from dealing with isolated incidents of TheVirus to a wide-scale pandemic in team and the form central character of the worst SurvivalSandbox game ever made.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' starts with Japan divided into three rival nations simmering on
show, is [[KilledOffForReal murdered by the brink villain]] [[SaveTheVillain (who he'd just saved)]]]].
** As
of war. The villain's goal is to provide them with Series 5, [[spoiler: Anomalies have gone global and spectacularly so.]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' did this twice. Firstly in Series 6, where
the PretextForWar that crew lose the eponymous ship, and once again when they need, a goal that get it back at the end of Series 7 but all the crew that died in the very first episode are re-instated, so the ship is fully populated for the first act sees him achieve. The next act deals with the ensuing war in all its horrors.
* ''Series/IZombie'' starts with Liv trying to hide the fact
time since that she has become a zombie and using her new powers first episode. "Back to help solve murders. At Earth" [[spoiler:seems to set this up by them going back to Earth, but it's another squid like the same time, despair squid at the CorruptCorporateExecutive who is indirectly responsible for the zombie virus tries end of Series 5 (Back to capture zombies so he can experiment on them. In the Season 2 finale, the executive is dead and his corporation has been bought out Reality), which also appeared to set this up by a PrivateMilitaryContractor company that seems to be entirely composed of zombies. All of Liv's friends now know she is a zombie and are trying to deal with it. Season 3 deals with the general public slowly finding out about zombies and an anti-zombie vigilante group starts killing zombies. The season ends with the entire world finding out about zombies after thousands of people are deliberately infected by the virus.
** Season 4 opens with Seattle
them supposedly being closed off (complete with walls and soldiers) in a video game the whole time. StatusQuoIsGod in these cases]]. Series 3 also changed the premise slightly, going from isolation to a more action-adventure show.
* The Series 2 finale of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' downplays this. On the one hand, [[spoiler: one character died, two others left for America and
the rest of the U.S. People inside try to handle life with group parted ways]]. On the more elite folks carrying on like normal while other hand, an entirely new cast was introduced for Series 3, thus restoring the rest handle the changed dynamic. Liv can be completely open about what she is and folks just shrugging off her personality changes while Filmore-Graves continues to supply brains to the public. Also, Clive notes how the police face ''status quo'' of a challenge solving crimes in a city often close to anarchy, not to mention where people can come back from the dead. teenage school drama.



* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has radically different dynamics in each of its seasons, to the point that they're all given different names. ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' is actually just the first season's title.
** Season One focuses on the ludus in Capua, where Spartacus endures slavery while forming shifting rivalries and alliances with both the other gladiators and his master. [[spoiler:It ends with about half the cast dead]].
** The second season is a StartOfDarkness for the first season villains at the Capua ludus, before Spartacus even arrived. It was filmed to give the actor who played Spartacus, Andy Whitfield, time to recover from cancer. He died anyway.
** The third season has [[TheOtherDarrin a recast Spartacus]] and his gladiators waging a guerrilla campaign against Roman soldiers. Actual gladiator matches make only cursory appearances after their saturation in the previous seasons, [[spoiler:and they actually destroy the Capua arena]] halfway through the season. [[spoiler:It ends with more than half the cast dead]].
* The early seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the team cast as outmatched, fish-out-of-water soldiers exploring a hostile and alien galaxy in a desperate fight against the galaxy's technologically superior rulers. About halfway through the show, Earth ''became'' the most powerful faction in the galaxy, and the tone of the show switched to Earth being sort of the galactic police, protecting the ''rest'' of the galaxy from external threats ranging from the interstellar mafia to alien invasions by hostile lego bugs or CrystalDragonJesus crusaders. Which makes the idea of the Stargate program being a secret all the more ridiculous, really.
** There was also a gradually growing international presence. At first only the US and presumably Canada knew about the SGC (Canada by default: a Canadian general officer is second in command of NORAD, and Canadian personnel work in Cheyenne Mountain and would eventually have to wonder what the hell was happening in the basement). Then the Russians had to become involved when they gained the second stargate, and were hesitant partners (and sometime rivals). Then the UN Security Council had to be informed when external threats became too obvious to hide. And by the end of the series multiple nations had starships and the Antarctica and Atlantis teams were fully multinational.
** Another big change came at the beginning of season nine, which introduced Cameron Mitchell as the replacement to Jack O'Neill, and reintroduced new team member (or tag-along, originally) Vala Mal Doran. Although Vala [[spoiler: was [[PutOnABus temporarily transported to the Ori galaxy]], she returned, and both she and]] Mitchell stayed for the rest of the series and into the movies. O'Neill continued to have guest spots and was mentioned regularly, but never returned as a main character.
*** That was also a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as O'Neill was slowly phased out of the show per Richard Dean Anderson's request, so he could spend more time with his family. It also just made sense, as by that point Colonel O'Neill was in his 50s, an age at which you'd expect a highly decorated Air Force officer to be promoted to at least Brigadier General and no longer be personally involved in field operations.
** While the cancelled ''Series/StargateUniverse'' focuses more on the crew of the ''Destiny'', a few episodes deal with Earth being in a state of SpaceColdWar with the Lucian Alliance, which has grown from an obscure criminal group to a major power in the galaxy. In fact, this is evidenced in the ''Universe'' pilot when an Earth battlecruiser is having trouble fighting off several Lucian Alliance Ha'taks, which have been cannon fodder for a long time now. This is clear evidence that the human leaders of the Lucian Alliance are not stupid and are perfectly willing to innovate (something the Goa'uld had trouble doing). Later on, the Lucian Alliance is conducting spy missions and terrorist strikes on Earth using advanced tech.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did this partially when they introduced the Dominion. Although it retained its interest in the Bajorans and Cardassians, the headaches of running the station, and the usual space opera elements, a hefty dose of war epic took over the rest of the series (and mixed in with all of the above).
** In the [=DS9=] novels, Bajor finally joins TheFederation. Kira moves from a Militia Colonel to a Starfleet Captain, Ro Laren becomes chief of security and starts a relationship with Quark, Odo sends them a Jem'Hadar, [[spoiler: First Minister Shakaar is killed off because he's possessed by evil aliens]] and [[spoiler: Ben Sisko returns from the wormhole, but settles on Bajor with his family in unofficial retirement]]. And that's just for starters.
*** The recent ''TNG'' novels are also working to make Nothing The Same Any More (for instance ''[[spoiler: The Borg eat Pluto]]!'' It's hard to {{Handwave}} that sort of thing away later). Basically, with the Canon focused on {{Prequel}}s, the 24th century has been left wide open for the novels to have some fun with.
*** The even more recent TNG (and their associated crossover) novels have gone even further. [[spoiler: The Federation and Klingons were devastated by a Borg invasion, but the Borg were ultimately defeated and are now gone, forever, with billions of former drones now having their own minds back and losing their tech (including Annika Hanson, now the ex-Seven of Nine)]].
** Although not on TV, the setting of the new ''Star Trek'' MMO is based on this: the setting is the start of the 25th Century. The Klingons and the Federation are back at war, the Romulan Empire is barely holding together after [[spoiler: Romulus was destroyed as per the new Star Trek reboot)]], and more.
* After poor ratings with the initial standard ''Franchise/StarTrek'' "just jet around exploring the galaxy" plot, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' did a similar "war epic" upgrade, sending the cast on a journey to battle a hostile alien race that had launched a massive 9/11-style attack on Earth.
** This was then followed up with a confusing time-travel storyline, which led to another change to multi-episode stories.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The end of Season 4. Not only do we have [[spoiler: Lucifer rising from hell and kicking off the Apocalypse, the four horsemen riding and the Angels going into full out war mode]], there is also a significant change in the relationship between Sam and Dean after the betrayals and secrets of the previous season.
** Season 6, where it was revealed that [[spoiler: when Sam's body was resurrected at the end of the Season 5 finale, he came back with no soul]].
** The addition of angels in Season 4 has changed a lot about the progression of the the show.
** The addition of the [[spoiler: Men of Letters Bunker]] in Season 8 has changed the format of the show and since then [[spoiler:Sam and Dean have had home base of their own which now appears in many episodes]].
** The finale of Season 8 has [[spoiler: Crowley regaining some his humanity through being injected human blood, Naomi, the head of Heaven's largest faction of angels, dead at the hands of Metatron, Castiel's grace being taken by Metatron, Sam reaching a HeroicRROD, and Metatron casting all of the angels out of Heaven.]]
** Season 11: [[spoiler: Lucifer is running free again, Metatron is dead, [[PrimordialChaos The Darkness]] and {{God}} depart Earth, the existence of a British chapter of the Men of Letters is revealed, and Mary Winchester, a character who was killed off in the first five minutes of the series premiere, is resurrected.]]
** The finale of Season 12: [[spoiler: Crowley, Rowena, and Castiel are all dead (the latter two [[DeathIsCheap get better though]]), Lucifer and Mary Winchester are trapped within a parallel dimension where the Apocalypse passed, and Lucifer's {{Nephilim}} child, Jack, is finally born]].
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' pulled this off several times, but the biggest was [[spoiler: Cameron has traveled to the future with John Henry, John Connor travels to the future with the T-1001, who we've learned has been working with the Resistance by creating an anti-skynet program in the past, while another program exists that is trying to destroy the pro-resistance program. And now that John Connor is in the future, he was never in the past to lead the resistance, so no one in the future knows who he is]].
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' miniseries was just one big Wham Moment after another, to the point that many fans thought it would turn out to be TorchTheFranchiseAndRun. It had already started at the conclusion of the previous series which killed two of the main cast. This series further stepped up the Wham by brutally destroying the remaining team members' base, killing another teammate and leading to the main character leaving Earth after being forced to kill his own grandson. Plus Gwen becomes a mother. Torchwood's fourth series, ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'', continues the trend with a ten-episode arc set largely in the USA, with new protagonists in addition to those who survived Children of Earth. By the end of the season [[spoiler: two of the new protagonists have died and one of them has become immortal.]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' shook things up with "The Deliverer", which saw Gabrielle commit her first kill (thus losing her blood innocence), the introduction of [[GodOfEvil Dahak]] and the beginning of the "Rift" arc. A shaken Gabrielle even laments, "Everything's different now."



* ''Starslip Crisis'' when it became ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'': The main characters starslipped into a universe where starslip drive was outlawed and almost immediately afterward crushed Katarakis' evil plans ''before'' they came to fruition (since the "present time" in this universe is two years earlier than the one in the previous universe), causing Vanderbeam to keep/regain his position as captain. The loss of the starslip drive then caused the Terran Consortium to collapse and be repurposed as the "[[TheFederation United Star Configuration]]". The ''Fuseli'' is then decomissioned and turned into an orbiting space museum while Vanderbeam and his crew are reassigned to the starship ''Paradigm'', thus making the strip a bit closer to traditional SpaceOpera. [[DeusAngstMachina Jovia is still dead, though]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' does this occasionally, but the "bROKEN" arc hit this hard. [[spoiler:Hereti Corp finally manages to capture Oasis, Riff and Zoe are trapped in an apparently dystopian world, and Torg is slowly going insane from all of this. Oh, and Torg, Bun Bun, Sam, and Sasha are now working for the Minion Master to lay low, but that's pretty minor compared to everything else that happened]].
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', beginning at strip 500 when [[spoiler: Faye tells Marten how her father had committed suicide in front of her]].

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* ''Starslip Crisis'' when it became ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'': The ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'': Chapter 75 [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus Lucy leaves Roseville High]]]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Clockwork}}'': For Cog, a lot changes after [[spoiler: Alexander forces him into becoming his assistant. Not only is he forced to move away from the home he's always known, the driving force behind the "deal" is Alexander's threat to reveal the magic powers that Cog unknowingly inherited from his father -- a detail that would have him sentenced to death if revealed.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'': At the end of Chapter 19, all four
main character doctors are separated and apparently assassinated; Kili stabbed by her own brainwashed patient with a silver knife, Goro and Aki trapped in a house under a time-acceleration bubble that will turn them to ash in seconds, Sarin shot by a giant disintegrator cannon, and the leader Mori is trapped in a black zone beyond the fourth wall where a demon that preys on ideas starts destroying her past and her viability as a character. Mori's solution is to write a whole new life story for herself, but her skin is still blank, leaving her Albino. She continues to write the other characters starslipped into a universe where starslip drive was outlawed out of their predicaments before escaping, but their house is destroyed, Aki and almost immediately afterward crushed Katarakis' evil plans ''before'' they came to fruition (since the "present time" in this universe is two Goro are now twenty years earlier than the one in the previous universe), older with a grown daughter, Sarin changes her own appearance permanently, and Aki and Goro are later revealed to have a lot of underlying magical damage causing Vanderbeam them to keep/regain his position as captain. The loss of the starslip drive then caused the Terran Consortium to collapse and be repurposed as the "[[TheFederation United Star Configuration]]". The ''Fuseli'' is then decomissioned and turned mutate into an orbiting space museum while Vanderbeam and his crew are reassigned to the starship ''Paradigm'', thus making the strip a bit closer to traditional SpaceOpera. [[DeusAngstMachina Jovia is still dead, though]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' does this occasionally, but the "bROKEN" arc hit this hard. [[spoiler:Hereti Corp finally manages to capture Oasis, Riff and Zoe are trapped in an apparently dystopian world, and Torg is slowly going insane from all of this. Oh, and Torg, Bun Bun, Sam, and Sasha are now working for the Minion Master to lay low, but that's pretty minor compared to everything else that happened]].
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', beginning at strip 500 when [[spoiler: Faye tells Marten how her father had committed suicide in front of her]].
chimeras.



* John Kossler, author of ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'', states in About section that he tries to avoid StatusQuoIsGod and make any changes he makes to his characters stick.
* Around late 2011 to early 2012, a succession of unrelated events radically altered several of the major characters of ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', changing the tone of the entire comic as a result. The previously seductive 'Nique gets an ImportantHaircut and a [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses pair of pants]] as she turned ultra-feminist to fight 'The Patriarchy'. Li'l E takes a dive in the [[LaserGuidedAmnesia River Lethe]] and forgets [[AmnesiacDissonance all the bitterness that made him turn evil]] (while we simultaneously discover that he's not just a Devil Fanboy -- he's the bonafide [[TheAntichrist Antichrist]], [[LukeIAmYourFather son of the Devil]]! TheFundamentalist [[TheWarOnStraw Strawman]] Seymor gets shot by the [[CareBearStare Arrows of Amor]], and turns into a LoveFreak sort of christian instead (when he isn't busy reading erotic Jesus-fanfiction). Fuschia escapes from Satan's service and gets together with Criminy, with the two of them turning SickeninglySweethearts. And the previously one-shot-joke characters known as The Sisterhood of Spooky Shit (a group of tricycle-riding girls fighting misogyny) [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and now seem to be directly facing off against Satan himself, and his support of the Patriarchy and sex-industry. Slick -- who [[OutOfFocus doesn't get nearly the screentime he used to]] -- attempts to forgo his CasanovaWannabe, pretend-pimp ways in order to win over the changed 'Nique -- resulting in the creation of his very own EnemyWithin 'Devil Slick'. Does it ultimately improve the comic? That's up for debate...



* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'': Chapter 75 [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus Lucy leaves Roseville High]]]]
* ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'': At the end of Chapter 19, all four main character doctors are separated and apparently assassinated; Kili stabbed by her own brainwashed patient with a silver knife, Goro and Aki trapped in a house under a time-acceleration bubble that will turn them to ash in seconds, Sarin shot by a giant disintegrator cannon, and the leader Mori is trapped in a black zone beyond the fourth wall where a demon that preys on ideas starts destroying her past and her viability as a character. Mori's solution is to write a whole new life story for herself, but her skin is still blank, leaving her Albino. She continues to write the other characters out of their predicaments before escaping, but their house is destroyed, Aki and Goro are now twenty years older with a grown daughter, Sarin changes her own appearance permanently, and Aki and Goro are later revealed to have a lot of underlying magical damage causing them to mutate into chimeras.



* ''Webcomic/{{Clockwork}}'': For Cog, a lot changes after [[spoiler: Alexander forces him into becoming his assistant. Not only is he forced to move away from the home he's always known, the driving force behind the "deal" is Alexander's threat to reveal the magic powers that Cog unknowingly inherited from his father -- a detail that would have him sentenced to death if revealed.]]



* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', beginning at strip 500 when [[spoiler: Faye tells Marten how her father had committed suicide in front of her]].
* Around late 2011 to early 2012, a succession of unrelated events radically altered several of the major characters of ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', changing the tone of the entire comic as a result. The previously seductive 'Nique gets an ImportantHaircut and a [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses pair of pants]] as she turned ultra-feminist to fight 'The Patriarchy'. Li'l E takes a dive in the [[LaserGuidedAmnesia River Lethe]] and forgets [[AmnesiacDissonance all the bitterness that made him turn evil]] (while we simultaneously discover that he's not just a Devil Fanboy -- he's the bonafide [[TheAntichrist Antichrist]], [[LukeIAmYourFather son of the Devil]]! TheFundamentalist [[TheWarOnStraw Strawman]] Seymor gets shot by the [[CareBearStare Arrows of Amor]], and turns into a LoveFreak sort of christian instead (when he isn't busy reading erotic Jesus-fanfiction). Fuschia escapes from Satan's service and gets together with Criminy, with the two of them turning SickeninglySweethearts. And the previously one-shot-joke characters known as The Sisterhood of Spooky Shit (a group of tricycle-riding girls fighting misogyny) [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and now seem to be directly facing off against Satan himself, and his support of the Patriarchy and sex-industry. Slick -- who [[OutOfFocus doesn't get nearly the screentime he used to]] -- attempts to forgo his CasanovaWannabe, pretend-pimp ways in order to win over the changed 'Nique -- resulting in the creation of his very own EnemyWithin 'Devil Slick'. Does it ultimately improve the comic? That's up for debate...
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' does this occasionally, but the "bROKEN" arc hit this hard. [[spoiler:Hereti Corp finally manages to capture Oasis, Riff and Zoe are trapped in an apparently dystopian world, and Torg is slowly going insane from all of this. Oh, and Torg, Bun Bun, Sam, and Sasha are now working for the Minion Master to lay low, but that's pretty minor compared to everything else that happened]].
* ''Starslip Crisis'' when it became ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'': The main characters starslipped into a universe where starslip drive was outlawed and almost immediately afterward crushed Katarakis' evil plans ''before'' they came to fruition (since the "present time" in this universe is two years earlier than the one in the previous universe), causing Vanderbeam to keep/regain his position as captain. The loss of the starslip drive then caused the Terran Consortium to collapse and be repurposed as the "[[TheFederation United Star Configuration]]". The ''Fuseli'' is then decomissioned and turned into an orbiting space museum while Vanderbeam and his crew are reassigned to the starship ''Paradigm'', thus making the strip a bit closer to traditional SpaceOpera. [[DeusAngstMachina Jovia is still dead, though]].
* John Kossler, author of ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'', states in About section that he tries to avoid StatusQuoIsGod and make any changes he makes to his characters stick.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The Season 5 finale, [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS5E20TheWrongJedi "The Wrong Jedi"]] ends with [[spoiler: Ahsoka Tano leaving the Jedi Order. Of course, given that this takes place before ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', something had to have happened to her.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The Season 5 finale, [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS5E20TheWrongJedi "The Wrong Jedi"]] Jedi"]], ends with [[spoiler: Ahsoka [[spoiler:Ahsoka Tano leaving the Jedi Order. Of course, given that this takes place before ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', something had to have happened to her.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': "A Single Pale Rose" was a WhamEpisode that featured one of the biggest reveals in the series: [[spoiler: Rose Quartz is ''Pink Diamond'', who faked her death in the hopes that it would get the other Diamonds to leave the Earth alone. Steven isn't half-Quartz, but instead half-Diamond as a result.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E18ASinglePaleRose "A Single Pale Rose" Rose"]] was a WhamEpisode that featured one of the biggest reveals in the series: [[spoiler: Rose [[spoiler:Rose Quartz is ''Pink Diamond'', who faked her death in the hopes that it would get the other Diamonds to leave the Earth alone. Steven isn't half-Quartz, but instead half-Diamond as a result.]]


** "Half Measures": Walt kills the [[spoiler: 2 drug dealers who killed both Combo and Tomas, saving Jesse barely in the nick of time. But this made [[AFatherToHisMen Gus furious]] who now wanted Gale to replace Walt as his head cook, permanently souring the secure job opportunity he had. Season 4 becomes a cat and mouse chase between Gus and Walt due to that.]]

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** "Half Measures": Walt kills the [[spoiler: 2 two drug dealers who killed both Combo and Tomas, saving Jesse barely in the nick of time. But this made makes [[AFatherToHisMen Gus furious]] who now wanted Gale to replace Walt as his head cook, furious]], permanently souring the secure job opportunity he Walt had. Season 4 becomes a cat and mouse chase between Gus and Walt due to that.]]



** "Ozymandias": [[WhamEpisode THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE of this trope]] in this show. [[spoiler: Hank and Gomez brutally die in a shootout against Jack and his gang inspite of Walt's begging; Walt is forced to requiesce 68 million dollars to Jack (only Todd's mercy allowed Jack to spare Walt and his cash); Jesse was MadeASlave and shipped away to doom, not before knowing Walt was behind Jane's death as well; Walt Jr comes to know about Walt being Heisenberg; Skyler mistakenly attributes Hank's death to Walt and attacks him with a knife, with Skyler and Walt Jr finally turning against him, Junior calls the cops on him, leading to Walt being exposed as Heisenberg for good; Walt takes off with Holly as she was the only one not aware of her father's truth, only to return her back to Skyler when he realised he's not capable of a family life anymore; and Walt disappears from Alberqueque with Saul's cleaner for a new life.]] The StatusQuoIsGod issue, was literally grinded into the dust (like Ozymandias), and disappeared forever.

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** "Ozymandias": [[WhamEpisode THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE of this trope]] in this show. [[spoiler: Hank [[spoiler:Hank and Gomez brutally die in a shootout against Jack and his gang inspite of Walt's begging; Walt is forced to requiesce 68 $68 million dollars to Jack (only Todd's mercy allowed Jack to spare Walt and his cash); Jesse was MadeASlave and shipped away to certain doom, not before knowing Walt was behind Jane's death as well; Walt Jr comes to know about Walt being Heisenberg; Skyler mistakenly attributes Hank's death to Walt and attacks him with a knife, with Skyler and Walt Jr finally turning against him, him; Junior calls the cops on him, Walt, leading to Walt being exposed his public exposure as Heisenberg for good; Heisenberg; Walt takes off with Holly as she was the only one not aware of her father's truth, only to return her back to Skyler when he realised he's not capable of a family life anymore; and Walt disappears from Alberqueque with Saul's cleaner for a new life.]] The StatusQuoIsGod issue, was issue is literally grinded into the dust (like Ozymandias), Ozymandias) and disappeared forever. disappears forever.
* Two episodes from ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', the spinoff to ''Breaking Bad'', stand out:
** "Pimento": Despite presenting himself as Jimmy's ally all season long, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Jimmy's brother Chuck has stymied Jimmy's law career for behind his back years.]]
** "Lantern": Chuck [[spoiler:finds himself drummed out of his own law firm, both directly and indirectly due to Jimmy's schemes, and ends up committing suicide]].
* ''Series/{{Billions}}''
** By the end of Season 3, [[spoiler:Chuck has been fired as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York while Bobby's protege Taylor has surreptitiously left Axe Capital to start a competing hedge fund. Chuck and Bobby let go of the feud that has driven the whole plot of the series up to this point and begin scheming together to get back at their respective enemies]].


** "ABQ": [[spoiler: Walt's cancer is cured, and Walt and Skyler separate after Skyler correctly guesses that Walt is a drug dealer. The FawltyTowersPlot in the first two seasons is out the window for good.]]

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** "ABQ": [[spoiler: Walt's cancer is cured, and Walt and Skyler separate after Skyler he tells her one lie too many.]]
** "No Mas": [[spoiler:Skyler
correctly guesses that Walt is a involved in the drug dealer.trade, and Walt has no choice but to admit it. The FawltyTowersPlot in the first two seasons is out the window for good.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'''s third volume ends with [[spoiler:the destruction of Neo-Tokyo, shifting the story from a cyberpunk to a post-apocalyptic setting]].


** And the kicker? The above is just a short, playable prologue of the incoming episode, which all but confirms another set of rumors regarding the relationship of the warframes, their operator, and the void that powers both. As in, depending of your choices regulated by the KarmaMeter mentioned two entries above, they're ''not'' gonna be so symbiotic anymore. Said rumors also mention something about a DeadlyUpgrade involving sacrificing [[PlayableCharacter the operator]] in order to grant sentience and even more power, in the form of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the Umbra]], to your own Warframes! NothingIsTheSameAnymore is underscoring the turn that the plot just took...!

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** And ''The Sacrifice'' takes the kicker? The above is just a short, playable prologue of the incoming episode, which all but confirms another set of rumors regarding the relationship of the warframes, their operator, and the void that powers both. As in, depending of your choices regulated by the KarmaMeter mentioned two entries above, they're ''not'' gonna be so symbiotic anymore. Said rumors also mention something about a DeadlyUpgrade involving sacrificing [[PlayableCharacter the operator]] in order to grant sentience and even more power, in the form of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the Umbra]], to your own Warframes! NothingIsTheSameAnymore is underscoring the turn changes UpToEleven: [[spoiler:we find out that the plot Warframes, as opposed to being just took...!created from infested flesh, are actually ''Orokin Soldiers tainted by the infestation'', which the Tenno control via [[ThePowerOfLove empathy to their suffering]]. We also learn that Ballas betrayed the Orokin for murdering Margulis and sided with the Sentients, and that he created Excalibur Umbra out of a Dax solider who discovered his betrayal, before forcing said Dax to ''murder his own son against his will''. After Umbra is finally calmed, the player's Tenno and him go up against a Sentient horde, where we learn that Umbra can ''function without the Operator''. Finally, the player's Tenno goes to Earth to deal with Ballas, and after a short fight with some sentient drones, manages to kill him, only for ''the Lotus'', now ''Natah'' once more, to pick up his corpse and disappear to the Tau system]].


** Dragon Ball Super tops this by introducing Jiren, the mortal stringer than ''his'' God of Destruction, and the introduction of Ultra Instinct.

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** Dragon Ball Super tops this by introducing Jiren, the mortal stringer stronger than ''his'' God of Destruction, and the introduction of Ultra Instinct.



** The Summit War Saga. [[spoiler: Multiple defeated enemies are on the streets again, with the likes of Buggy, Baroque Works, and '''Crocodile''', Luffy's actions ensured Blackbeard had an easy access to Level 6, Ace is revealed as Roger's son, ''Ace later dies protecting Luffy'', '''and becomes the first major confirmed fatality outside the flashbacks''', Luffy goes into a really tragic HeroicBSOD, Blackbeard and his crew kill Whitebeard on live television, not before Whitebeard himself declaring that[[FamousLastWords the One Piece is real]], Blackbeard later incorporates Whitebeard's Devil Fruit onto himself, and all this leading to a much worse age of Piracy.]]

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** The Summit War Saga. [[spoiler: Multiple defeated enemies are on the streets again, with the likes of Buggy, Baroque Works, and '''Crocodile''', Luffy's actions ensured Blackbeard had an easy access to Level 6, Ace is revealed as Roger's son, ''Ace later dies protecting Luffy'', '''and becomes the first major confirmed fatality outside the flashbacks''', Luffy goes into a really tragic HeroicBSOD, Blackbeard and his crew kill Whitebeard on live television, not before Whitebeard himself declaring that[[FamousLastWords that [[FamousLastWords the One Piece is real]], Blackbeard later incorporates Whitebeard's Devil Fruit onto himself, and all this leading to a much worse age of Piracy.]]



** Two words: [['''GEAR. FOURTH!''']]

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** Two words: [['''GEAR.[[spoiler: '''GEAR. FOURTH!''']]

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** The end of Fishman Island Arc. [[spoiler: [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Akainu is now the Fleet Admiral]], Blackbeard is now one of the Four Emperors, and has perfected the way to steal and hold multiple Devil Fruits, and Luffy has declared open war on Big Mom.]]
** Luffy and Law form [[spoiler:an alliance to take down Kaido, one of the Four Emperors.]]
** [[spoiler: The beginning of the Dressrosa Arc. Doflamingo has Ace's Devil Fruit, Sabo is not only revealed to be alive, but wins Ace's fruit as his legacy.]]
** Two words: [['''GEAR. FOURTH!''']]
** The end of the Dressrosa Arc. [[spoiler: Fujitora makes it public that ''pirates'' defeated one of the Warlords, disabling their cover up, the allies of Straw Hats join together to form the Straw Hat Grand Fleet under Luffy, and Sanji's bounty is 'Only Alive'.]]
** The Zou Arc. [[spoiler: We see the first ever bounty right in the billions, Momonosuke is revealed as the son of Kozuki Oden, the man whose ancestors made the Poneglyphs, the way to Raftel is cleared by the Minks in Zou, and the biggest: '''Sanji's family is finally revealed.''']]
** The Reverie Arc, ''in spades''. [[spoiler: The antics of Luffy and Bege leads to the rise of his bounty to '''1.5 Billion''', with the news declaring him as the '''Fifth Emperor''']], [[spoiler: the National Treasure of Mary Geoise is revealed to be a large Straw Hat]], [[spoiler: we see a glimpse of the true ruler of the World, Im, whom to even ''the Gorosei'' bow down to, as the true BigBad of the series.]]


** Dragon Ball Super tops this by introducing Jiren, the mortal stringer than ''his'' God of Destruction, and the introduction of Ultra Instinct.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'' stated as much when the war at Marineford loomed on the horizon and indeed following [[spoiler: Whitebeard's death and his powers being stolen]]. The once balanced power of the world was broken and a new, albeit uncertain, pirate age was born.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' stated as ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** We saw how quickly the early villains were getting defeated by the hands of Luffy and others. But in the Baratie Arc, Dracule Mihawk, the best swordsman in the world, appears, frightens the ArcVillain into submission, and goes town on Zoro, with a dagger. The chapter emphasized on how
much when the war at Marineford loomed on Grand Line's danger truly was. And oh, Mihawk nearly killed Zoro, while no one was even injured before.
** Crocodile's first fight with Luffy was spelled with this. It was
the horizon first time ''any'' villain not only defeated Luffy, but also mortally wounded him.
** Water 7
and indeed following Enies Lobby arc also was this. The World Government was revealed as the true GreaterScopeVillain of One Piece, with the rampant corruption inside it, and Robin's flashback also revealed that a hundred years of History has been actively suppressed by the World Government, which might be catastrophic to say the least.
** The Sabaody Archipelago Arc. Oh boy.
[[spoiler: The Straw Hats were given an utter and complete defeat at the hands of Admiral Kizaru and the Pacifistas, and later Kuma arrived and scattered the Straw Hats to various parts of the world, showing us how ruefully underprepared our heroes were to the New World.]]
** The Summit War Saga. [[spoiler: Multiple defeated enemies are on the streets again, with the likes of Buggy, Baroque Works, and '''Crocodile''', Luffy's actions ensured Blackbeard had an easy access to Level 6, Ace is revealed as Roger's son, ''Ace later dies protecting Luffy'', '''and becomes the first major confirmed fatality outside the flashbacks''', Luffy goes into a really tragic HeroicBSOD, Blackbeard and his crew kill Whitebeard on live television, not before Whitebeard himself declaring that[[FamousLastWords the One Piece is real]], Blackbeard later incorporates
Whitebeard's death Devil Fruit onto himself, and his powers being stolen]]. The once balanced power of the world was broken and all this leading to a new, albeit uncertain, pirate much worse age was born.of Piracy.]]


* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'': While [[spoiler:Conquest]] was a KnightOfCerebus, it's the appearance of [[spoiler:Malkuth]] that changes things permanently, by [[spoiler:killing off Jacques]] and confirming that [[spoiler:the Grimm have a creator and guiding intelligence, one with plans for Jaune that may result in apocalypse if Jaune doesn't thwart them.]]

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* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The ''Fanfic/{{The Games We Play]]'': Play|TheGamerRWBY}}'': While [[spoiler:Conquest]] was a KnightOfCerebus, it's the appearance of [[spoiler:Malkuth]] that changes things permanently, by [[spoiler:killing off Jacques]] and confirming that [[spoiler:the Grimm have a creator and guiding intelligence, one with plans for Jaune that may result in apocalypse if Jaune doesn't thwart them.]]


** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' killed off literally half of the [=MCU=] including exactly half of the [[Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters twenty-two characters on the movie poster]]. Although, given that the original title was ''[[Main/SpoiledByTheFormat Infinity War: Part 1]]'' and several of those characters have [[Main/ContractualImmortality upcoming movies or the actors have been contracted]] for additional [=MCU=] films, expect that they [[Main/DeathIsCheap will return]]. After all, these are based on comic book stories.

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** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' killed off literally and [[Film/Avengers4 its sequel]] are meant to serve this role for the entire [=MCU=]. ''Infinity War'' ended with [[spoiler: half of the [=MCU=] universe being killed off including exactly half of the [[Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters twenty-two characters on the movie poster]]. Although, given that the original title was ''[[Main/SpoiledByTheFormat Infinity War: Part 1]]'' and several poster]].]] The events of those characters ''Infinity War'' will have [[Main/ContractualImmortality upcoming movies or a direct impact on the actors have been contracted]] next movie which [[WordOfGod Kevin Feige]] has stated will be the tipping point for additional the entire [=MCU=] films, expect and that they [[Main/DeathIsCheap afterwards their will return]]. After all, these are based on comic book stories.be two distinct periods, everything that happened before Avengers 4 and everything that will happen afterwards.


* [[WhamEpisode Episode Eight]] of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. [[spoiler:Some people try to apply FanonDisContinuity to the remaining episodes, as they simply cannot accept Kamina's true role as a DecoyProtagonist]].

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* [[WhamEpisode Episode Eight]] of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. [[spoiler:Some people try to apply FanonDisContinuity FanonDiscontinuity to the remaining episodes, as they simply cannot accept Kamina's true role as a DecoyProtagonist]].


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' invoked this from the start of the fifth season; the spy agency ISIS was closed down by the FBI leaving all the main characters working there out of a job but with a ton of cocaine on hand starting off the "Archer Vice" arc based in Miami. Reason for throwing out one of the series' main conceits? WordOfGod is simply that it was getting boring and simply wanted to do a MiamiVice thing with the characters.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' invoked this from the start of the fifth season; the spy agency ISIS was closed down by the FBI leaving all the main characters working there out of a job but with a ton of cocaine on hand starting off the "Archer Vice" arc based in Miami. Reason for throwing out one of the series' main conceits? WordOfGod is simply that it was getting boring and simply wanted to do a MiamiVice thing with the characters. However, it's also possible that [[TooSoon the well-publicized real life terrorist group ISIS]] led them to wish to dissociate the show from that name.


** ''Film/IronMan1'' comes off as a fairly simple action movie for most of its running time, with all of its plot threads tied up perfectly by the end. Then the one-two punch of the ending comes. First, the ultra-persistent Agent Coulson finally catches up with Tony and helpfully provides him with a pre-written statement to explain his odd behavior to the press; when it turns out that the statement is simply "[[WhamLine I am Iron Man"]], we know that Tony's secret identity is out the window for good, and he now has a high-level government agency involved in his life. Then, [[TheStinger after the credits]], we get to meet Coulson's boss--[[spoiler:a certain [[ComicBook/NickFury deep-voiced Black man with an eyepatch]], who offers to discuss something called "[[ComicBook/TheAvengers The Avenger Initiative]]"]]. For savvy fans of the comics, that scene instantly made it clear that this "simple action movie" was going to be the start of one ''hell'' of a MythArc.

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** ''Film/IronMan1'' comes off as a fairly simple action movie for most of its running time, with all of its plot threads tied up perfectly by the end. Then the one-two punch of the ending comes. First, the ultra-persistent Agent Coulson finally catches up with Tony and helpfully provides him with a pre-written statement to explain his odd behavior to the press; when it turns out Tony throws that the statement is simply away and says "[[WhamLine I am Iron Man"]], we know that Tony's secret identity is out the window for good, and he now has a high-level government agency involved in his life. Then, [[TheStinger after the credits]], we get to meet Coulson's boss--[[spoiler:a certain [[ComicBook/NickFury deep-voiced Black man with an eyepatch]], who offers to discuss something called "[[ComicBook/TheAvengers The Avenger Initiative]]"]]. For savvy fans of the comics, that scene instantly made it clear that this "simple action movie" was going to be the start of one ''hell'' of a MythArc.

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