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So you've got yourself a Long Runner, and one that's remarkably still popular enough to go on for some time to come. You couldn't be happier except... don't things seem to be a bit stale now? Sure, you've made some refinements here and there to the plot, the characters, and even the gameplay. But overall? The last major shake-up in your franchise or work was years ago, and the fans are starting to notice. Criticisms of It's the Same, Now It Sucks! are starting to be thrown towards you, and you aren't exactly fond of that. As a creator, what can you do the solve this problem? Why, change the series formula of course!

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Breaking Old Trends refers to exactly that: when the creators of a work decide to reinvigorate it by rethinking some of the more long-standing elements in it and changing some of them to make it seem fresh again. If the main characters usually spend a book hanging around a City of Adventure, perhaps the reader picks up a new installment that has them suddenly Walking the Earth in search of action. If someone's favourite video game series has been getting more and more linear, they may discover the next entry to be a Wide Open Sandbox. If your favourite show has a penchant for ending each season in the same way, then prepare to be caught off guard by a Meta Twist. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but at the end of the day, the creators are trying something new (be it major or minor) while also trying to maintain what made their work well-liked to begin with.

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While the presence of this trope can just as often be a one-time thing to surprise the audience, it can also lead to the new idea becoming a mainstay element of the series in its own right, resulting in the old trend it was breaking becoming an example of Early Installment Weirdness that could end up being revisited further down the line.

Due to its nature of breaking established, unspoken rules within a work, this trope should only apply to works within their third installments or further. After all, the creators are still trying to figure what the formula actually is when making the second entry.

Compare Retool and Genre Shift. Contrast Strictly Formula.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl: Out of all the girls, Lala does the least fanservice, doesn't have a nickname for Kimihito, and doesn't try to pursue him because she's fine with the fact that she'll have him forever once he dies.
  • The Pokémon anime, for all its tendencies to patterns, is not above breaking them from time to time.
    • Due to Hoenn bringing an end to the "original" series, this region is where you start to notice the first notable breaks to certain trends.
      • In both Kanto and Johto, Ash caught the three regional starters. Starting with Hoenn, the starters were divided between him and his companions, and Ash wouldn't end up obtaining all three again until Unova.
      • Hoenn is the first series where the core cast is made up of more than three people by adding a Tagalong Kid.
      • This is the first region where Ash only starts off with just Pikachu instead of bringing over his current team from previous arcs, as in the Orange Island and Johto arcs. Starting with the Unova arc, it would be the standard procedure from then on once a new generation of Pokémon is launched.note 
      • In Japan, the series would actually begin to change titles for each generation starting with Hoenn, after being just known as Pocket Monsters for the Kanto, Orange Islands, and Johto arcs.
    • Streaks that were broken in Sinnoh.
      • Ash finally catches a pseudo legendary Pokémon, or at least a member of its line.
      • Sinnoh was also the first series where another Pokémon shared the spotlight with Ash's Pikachu as the series mascot. This being Dawn's Piplup, who spent almost all of his time outside of his Pokéball.
    • The Unova arc broke some notable trends. In particular:
      • Ever since their introduction in the 2nd episode of Kanto, it was a given to have the Team Rocket trio make an appearance in every episode, even if it's just a small 30-second cameo. This trend is finally broken in the 16th Unova episode where they don't make any appearances whatsoever.
      • Since Kanto Ash either had Misty or Brock traveling alongside him, with Johto being the only other region he had both. Unova was the first region where neither of them were among his companions.
      • Unova was the first region where Ash doesn't encounter the regional villain team until after completing the league, where they got a short arc dedicated to them.
      • Usually there's a few breather episodes between major arcs/series. However, after finishing the Unova League and taking care of Team Plasma, there is twenty episodes long filler arc about Ash getting home from Unova and setting up his journey to Kalos.
    • Kalos broke several streaks.
      • First region where Ash doesn't catch the Grass-type starter. He doesn't even catch a Grass-type at all in Kalos.
      • First evolution of a Water-type starter, as well as a Water-type Pokémon finally evolving ever since way back in Kanto when Krabby evolved.
      • First generation where Ash doesn't cross-dress.
      • Talonflame did not learn Flamethrower like all the rest of his Fire-types.
      • First region where all of Ash's Pokémon (save for Pikachu, of course) fully evolve.
      • First region where Ash does not reunite with an old companion from the previous region's journey. Cilan did appear, but it was in a post-epilogue episode meaning he only met Clemont and Bonnie.
      • Kalos also broke a trend involving the villains, namely that they didn't target either one of the initial cover legendaries, but rather the third Legendary Pokémon connected to them.
      • The trainer who beat Ash at the League, Alain, also broke some trends. He became the first rival Ash never beat in a battle and first rival who was not introduced during the League to beat Ash.
    • Alola also broke several streaks.
      • Alola changed up the overall series formula where instead of being an ongoing adventure around the region, it's now more of a Slice of Life series where Ash goes to school. He still has adventures all over the region, but he only goes there as part of a school field trip. Ash still does take on a variant of the game's Island Challenge, but only faces off against the Island Kahunas.
      • The core cast that adventured around the region was usually made up of 3 or 4 human characters. Alola is the first series that goes beyond that by having up to 6 characters that the show focuses on, these being Ash, Lillie, Kiawe, Mallow, Lana, and Sophocles.
      • After six regions, Alola is the first where Ash doesn't catch the regional bird Pokémon, or a Water-type Pokémon.
      • Ash's outfit is different from all previous versions: shorter pants, no jacket/sweatshirt, and no Fingerless Gloves.
      • This is the first region where the main cast are given Mythical Pokémon. Ash caught a Meltan, and at one point had a temporary Poipole in his party. In addition, Mallow is seen caring for a Shaymin.
      • With a few notable exceptions, such as the main cast using some of the special Kurt balls in the original series, the creators of the Alola series finally take advantage of the fact that there are a variety of Poké Balls that the cast can use apart from the basic red-and-white ones. Some examples include Jessie catching Mimikyu with a Luxury Ball, Gladion using an Ultra Ball, Premier Ball, Heal Ball and Dusk Ball for his Lycanroc, Silvally, Umbreon, and Zoroark respectively, and Lana catching Eevee (Sandy) with a Dive Ball.
      • The Alola League breaks multiple trends that have been prevalent across all previous regional tournaments. Previously, the only important characters of note that enter are Ash and his rivals, with the standard 3-on-3 battles gradually building to full 6-on-6 as the tournament progresses. Here, all of Ash's companions, Team Rocket, Team Skull, and a Pokémon Professor (Samson Oak) also participate, with a gradual shift from 1-on-1 at the start and 3-on-3 at the end.
      • The biggest shake-up of all: Ash finally wins the league and becomes regional champion, not to mention the first of that region, breaking his 22-year losing streak contested only by the anime-original Orange League sandwiched between the Kanto and Johto Leagues.
      • There are no guest appearance of any of Ash's companions from the immediate predecessor series, unlike before, though the long retired Brock and Misty from the original series do make a couple return appearances to continue shaking things up. Also not appearing are Early-Bird Cameo of Pokémon from the next generation of games in either the TV series or any of the movies released during the time.
    • The anime series that debuted alongside Pokémon Sword and Shield has already broken a few trends.
      • In Japan, it'll be referred as just Pocket Monsters instead of having a series subtitle.
      • Similary, the English title is Pokémon Journeys instead of sharing the names of the recent games, which it had done since the 4th generation games Diamond and Pearl.
      • The plot has Ash traveling on all of the known Pokémon world, not just the Galar region, as a research assistant instead of getting involved with the Galar Pokémon League. Although he does later get involved in something called the Pokémon World Championship in order to challenge Leon from Sword and Shield.
      • The primary supporting cast is made of Canon Foreigners instead of adaptations of existing game characters.
      • Ash first captures for the series aren't any of the Generation VIII additions to the Pokédex, but rather Pokémon from previous generations.
      • Related to Ash's first capture, the Dragonite he catches breaks several traditions. 1) Breaks the tradition of the first catch in the new series being the regional bird, a Bug-type, or a starter Pokémon. 2) First capture of a Pokémon in their final stage since Noctowl all the way back in Johto. 3) First time Ash catches a Pokémon that one of his companions (Iris) also owns.
      • Related to Ash's second capture, the Gengar he catches turned out to have been abandoned by its previous trainer, which breaks the tradition of Ash's abandoned Pokémon catches all being Fire-type starters (Charmander, Chimchar, and Tepig).
      • Similar to Ash, Team Rocket doesn't get any Pokémon from Galar to train personally. Instead, They use a gacha matchine loaded with Team Rocket-loyal Pokémon, so the Pokémon they use in their plans are randomized for each episode they appear in.
    • Then there's the numerous movies for the Pokémon anime. The first nineteen are essentially big screen adventures of Ash and his friends, depending on the season the movie debuted in. The twentieth movie isn't a movie for the Sun and Moon seasons, but instead an Alternate Continuity version of the series' first ever episode, namely it due to being a Milestone Celebration. The following movie would stay in that continuity and the movie after that was a 3D remake of Pokémon: The First Movie.
  • Most Time Bokan series share the same kind of situations, but the fifth series, Yattodetaman, changed around multiple things:
    • First, for the first time the main character actually transforms into the titular hero while becoming stronger and braver than usual, rather than just donning different clothes and a mask like the other Time Bokan main characters did.
    • Second, it's the first time there is a single hero: while there's a female main character, she doesn't transform when fighting the bad guys.
    • Speaking about the bad guys, the two male members of the Terrible Trio look completely different than the usual: Julie has a smaller nose, lacks a moustache and stands more upright compared to Boyacky and all his expies, while Alain, instead of being a short hunch with broad shoulders with a five o' clock shade like Tonzura and his derivatives, is a tall, fat guy with a prominent beard.
    • As a last difference, instead of a bunch of different Funny Animal mechas, Yattodetaman has a single Humongous Mecha. This change was kept around in the subsequent series Ippatsuman, only to come back with the old style in Itadakiman.
  • Related to the above, Yatterman Night is the first direct sequel to a previous Time Bokan series, as well as the first to have a Terrible Trio be a heroic Power Trio. This is also the first series to not have a trio serve as recurring villains, instead opting for a singular entity and his robot army.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 switched from the original two-girl team of the previous Pretty Cure seasons to a a Sentai-styled Five Girl Band, along with each member being capable of a Finishing Move, rather than requiring both Cures to be together to finish off the Monster of the Week. After later installments adopted this as standard procedure, Maho Girls PreCure would break the new trend by returning to the two-Cure format. In addition, it is also the first series to have a female Big Bad in Despariah, except this is later subverted when her male secretary Kawarino turns out to be the real villain.
    • If male characters are seen with anything resembling Cure powers, the boys themselves are responsible for their creation and it only lasts one episode.note  In Hugtto! Pretty Cure, the main heroines themselves imbue Henri with the power of a Cure, and while he powers down and stays out of the fight for most episodes aftwerards, the results stick: when everyone is gifted Cure powers in the finale, Henri turns back into Cure Infini.
    • Maho Girls PreCure is the first season since Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star where "Pretty Cure" isn't part of the transformation phrase (which had been introduced in Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and used in every other season until then). This continued for a number of seasons until Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure brought it back.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Killer Killer note  is the first installment to have its protagonist murder the focus culprits. It's also the first to feature adult characters almost exclusively, up to and including the main characters.
    • Danganronpa 3 breaks quite a few trends:
      • The plot of Side: Future focuses on the first killing game intended to take place over a few hours rather than several weeks. There is also no trial or execution system, and the game is much more similar to Werewolf or Town of Salem.
      • Monokuma's never physically present for the game, only comminicating through video footage.
      • The Mastermind dies fairly early into the game, with the game essentially being crafted to run without him. The Final Boss winds up being his protoge. For that matter, not only is he the first male Mastermind, he's also the only one to not have Despair as his primary motive.
      • Only two new characters survive the Final Killing game, both being their arc's respective "Naegis" (Ryouta for Side: Despair, Munakata for Side: Future).
      • Chiaki's death is the only execution that wasn't the result of a trial.
      • None of the new Power Trios stay together by the start of Side: Future. It is also the first installment to have an entire trio die during a killing game.

    Films — Animation 
  • Pixar has several examples:
    • Ever since the release of their one and only movie sequel with Toy Story 2 back in 1999, Pixar ended up obtaining a fan reputation as an animation studio that only went about making original IPs. This was finally broken in 2010 with their release of Toy Story 3, and other sequels outside of the Toy Story franchise was then broken a year later with the 2011 release of Cars 2.
    • Normally one of the curiosities that this animation studio uses to distinguish their films from Disney Animated Canon is them not making musicals, but then they made Coco, the first to be such, though as a Music Story rather than a full-on, randomly-bursting-into-song musical.
    • Cars 3:
      • Unlike the first two, this exchange is absent.
      Old character: If there's anything you need, just let me know.
      Main character: I sure appreciate that. Thank you. [beat] Actually, there is one thing... [Gilligan Cut to the request, usually a Brick Joke from earlier, being fulfilled]
      • Same with this:
      Lightning: You know who you're talking to, this is Lightning McQueen. I can handle anything. [Gilligan Cut to the random request he's asked to do]
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • The human Twilight in the first two Equestria Girls films is predominantly the pony Princess Twilight traveling from Equestria to investigate the human world for some kind of threat. Beginning with the third film, Friendship Games, she falls Out of Focus and is replaced by her own counterpart from the human world, because of her duties as the Princess of Friendship, mostly sticking to helping her human friends from her own world, or when they come to her for help. It also replaces the first two films' pattern of having villains from Equestria serve as the Big Bad with someone from the human world tampering with magic leaking from Equestria.
    • The Big Bad of Forgotten Friendship is the first to not be transformed into a monster by the magic they wield, with all subsequent villains following suit.
    • Spring Breakdown is the first in the series to have a magic-related conflict with No Antagonist actively driving it.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the first installment in the series to not have the Book-Ends of starting with "This is Berk" as the first words spoken in the beginning and have it again near the end in a monologue about Berk, and also the first movie to not end with the words "our dragons".
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part marks LEGO's fourth theatrical movie, and the first one to lack a father/son conflict, or a redemption arc for the main villain.
  • Due to the 1990 release of The Rescuers Down Under not doing as well as they had hoped, Disney ended up going the lower quality direct-to-video route when it came to making other future movie sequels to any of their animated IPs. The lone exception being Fantasia 2000 at the tail end of 1999. By the time 2018 came around, Disney finally made another true theatrical release with Ralph Breaks the Internet, which was then followed by another theatrical sequel in Frozen II.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe examples:
    • The first two Phases lasted for 6 films. Phase 3 on the other hand went on for 11 films. Phase 4 then breaks the trend of being just a film franchise where it starts to include shows from Disney+.
    • In Iron Man, Tony Stark basically goes "screw it" at the end, and reveals to the world on live television that he is Iron Man. This was viewed as such a game-changer at the time since what was considered the norm was superheroes never revealing their real identity.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, Zemo becomes the first main villain since Loki from the Thor movies to not be killed off at the end of the film. Civil War is also the first film where the villain's overall plan doesn't outright fail in the end. Zemo set out to break up the Avengers, and was able to accomplish that.
    • In Black Panther (2018), Killmonger becomes the first villain where the hero, Black Panther, accepts that a portion of the villain's plan is the truth, which is that it's not in the nation of Wakanda's best interests to continue hiding from the rest of the world, and keeping all the best technology to themselves. By the end of the film, Black Panther officially reveals the truth about Wakanda to the world.
  • Descendants 3 is the only film in the franchise that doesn't end with someone saying, "You didn't think this was the end of the story, did you?", because this it is the last installment in the franchise and indeed, the end of the story.
  • The 6th film in the Mission: Impossible Film Series franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, is the first that has the main villain of the previous film (Solomon Lane) make a return for a 2nd film. Fallout was also the first film that doesn't swap in a new one time director. Christopher McQuarrie directed the 5th and 6th films, and is hired to eventually direct the upcoming 7th and 8th films.
  • The The Fast and the Furious franchise starts off as a film series that show off car racing for its first 3 movies. By the 4th film onward, the franchise transforms itself into heist films that involve the use of cars.

    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon:
    • Generation V (Pokémon Black and White)
      • Most games have the final battle with the villainous team occur at some point around the 7th or 8th Gym, and Pokemon League Champion as the Final Boss. Generation V's Pokémon Black and White, however, has Team Plasma interrupt the Pokemon League challenge before you get to fight the Champion, resulting in their leader being the Final Boss and the League Champion being a post-game Bonus Boss.
      • Technical Machines are now being infinite use rather than single-use items. This would remain the case for all future games, including remakes.
      • The Unova Elite Four can now be battled in any order, rather than the player being forced to combat them in a specific arrangement. Future regions would follow suit.
      • The Unova region is the first region not to be a counterpart of a region of Japan, being based on New York City instead. It's also the only region to have a Dub Name Change, being known as Isshu in the Japanese version.
      • Traditionally, after the first two games of a generation were released, an Updated Re-release in the form of singular separate game is made to act as the "definitive" version. However, this generation got direct sequels instead, and since then, following generations lacked a traditional third version: Generation VI didn't get any sort of follow-up for its pair of games, Generation VII's third version came in the form of another pair of games instead, and Generation VIII will go the route of a downloadable Expansion Pack for its mainline titles.
    • Generation VI (Pokémon X and Y)
      • The Gen VI games not getting any third game or sequel, as previously mentioned, makes it the only generation where a third Legendary Pokémon related to the main duo (often seen as a postgame Bonus Boss in the initial games) doesn't headline said title with a major role (and often a new form or two).note  Emerald had Rayquaza, Platinum had Giratina, Black 2/White 2 had Kyurem, and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon had Necrozma. Zygarde did receive a major role in the XY&Z season of the anime and a minor appearance in Sun/Moon, however.
    • Generation VII (Pokémon Sun and Moon)
      • Gym Battles were replaced with the Island Challenge Trials and Grand Trials. In addition, Hidden Machines have been replaced with the Ride Pager, with future installments also replacing HMs with similar mechanics.
      • Sun and Moon introduced Legendary Pokémon capable of evolution, while Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! introduced Mythical Pokémon that can do so as well.
      • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were the first games to add completely new Pokémon mid-generation.
    • Generation VIII (Pokémon Sword and Shield)
      • The Fossil Pokemon of the Galar Region are the first fossils to not be part Rock-type.
      • Rookieedee is the very first early-game bird to be pure Flying-type, unlike the previous early-game birds which started out Normal/Flying.
      • Piers is the very first Gym Leader to be a Dark type specialist.
      • Raihan is the first Leader since Liza and Tate to have a Double Battle format for his challenge, and his Gym has a second specialization on top of Dragon — weather manipulation.
      • In the postgame, Bede becomes the first male Fairy type Gym Leader.
  • In Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, rather than hiding in one room and fending off hostile animatronics until 6 A.M. for all five nights, the player has to do night-specific tasks to progress, rather than waiting out a clock. At least, not until Night 5's fake ending... In addition, Bonnie is only Funtime Freddy's handpuppet, Chica is nowhere to be found, and the animatronics are almost entirely brand new.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition has been a departure from many traditions established by the previous two and a half installments of the Dragon Age series, such as a Wide Open Sandbox replacing previous tightly-scripted levels, a complete removal of healing magic, and the artsy blood red-saturated covers being ditched for a green-dominated palette.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild combines this with Revisiting the Roots. The game features a lot of aspects that used to be Early Installment Weirdness, such as it being an open-world game with RPG Elements, as well as completely new elements, like equippable weapons and armor, the ability to jump and climb, and fully voiced cutscenes.
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity has the first player character in the main console series not to be an ancestor of Desmond Miles. He is also the first since Altair to have only one Hidden Blade, and isn't a Walking Armory.
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance features Ike, the first protagonist in the series who is not some form of royalty.
  • Mario & Luigi:
  • Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt Of The Necrodancer is the first official Zelda game to be made by third party that isn't Japanese, but an independent Western game developer. The gameplay is no less unusual, as it features the rhythm-based roguelike design of Necrodancer itself.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
  • Mega Man 7 broke away from the prior games in the series in various ways. First, it did away with the villain misdirection that the previous three games had, presenting Dr. Wily as the Big Bad from the very beginning and having only one endgame fortress. Next, it uses elements from the Game Boy subseries, splitting the eight Robot Masters into two groups of four with a small stage in between, as well as incorporating an item shop. Finally, before you play the main Robot Master stages, you have to play through a short introductory stage setting up the storyline. These changers were retained for Mega Man 8 as well.
  • Half-Life: Alyx is the first Half-Life game where the Player Character is fully voiced, rather than a Heroic Mime.
  • For the Gears of War franchise, the first 4 games follow a completely linear storyline that keeps the player moving along the same path the whole way through. Gears of War 5 changes this up as the first game in the series to play around with open landscapes that can be explored to complete Side Quests.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony:
    • This is the first main series game to not have an Ultimate Lucky Student in the main cast.
    • This is also the first game where Megumi Ogata doesn't play a newly-introduced character.
    • Unlike Leon Kuwata and Teruteru Hanamura, the culprit of Chapter 1 is prepared to be executed. And unlike Mondo Owada and Peko Pekoyama, the culprit of Chapter 2 tries their hardest to escape execution.
    • The Big Guy dies in Chapter 4, but as the culprit, not as the victim.
    • In the main series, this game is the first one to allow you to play as a female protagonist. This is also the first main installment where the player character has a known talent (rather than a gifted title or Ultimate ???), and actually feels secure of it. The character that takes their place, however, is just as insecure of his talents as Makoto and Hajime.
    • This game is also the first game in the franchise's history where not only does the player character die, but they are also the culprit! However it turns out they were actually successfully framed by the mastermind. Which means that this is the first game of the franchise where a character successfully gets away with murder in a class trial.
    • This game is the only game to have more than three playable characters, even if it's temporary.
    • This is the first game to lack the Hope vs. Despair theme of the rest of the series, instead focusing on Truth vs. Lies.

    Web Original 
  • Chorocojo used the male trainer during his Pokémon Black 2 LP, as opposed to the female trainer he was using in his previous LP's. However, by this point he was tired of doing female characters, viciously lampshading it the last two times beforehand, but during Pokestar Studios filming he used the female trainer.
  • The Hobo Bros' "Hobo Theater" videos originally had Kevin read a list of words relating to the video's theme, with Luke having to work each word into the story. However, this eventually led to Kevin saying phrases, or even full sentences, instead of single words, and they seem to have abandoned the idea of using single words despite doing it for many videos.

    Western Animation 
  • In Archer, the running gag of shouting "Phrasing" after a line of dialog that could be taken the wrong way was broken in Season Five, when after a long string of lines that would provoke the gag were said without anyone saying "Phrasing," it was lampshaded and the gag is now wondering out loud if their Phrasing gag was still a thing.
  • South Park would famously kill off Kenny Once an Episode for the first four seasons or so. Then Kenny got Killed Off for Real for one season before reviving him. Since then, Kenny has only been killed occasionally, usually with a huge lampshade hung on it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Starting in Season 4, much of the series' formula was changed drastically, such as the Mane Six giving up the Elements of Harmony, and the Aesop changing from the "Dear Princess Celestia" format to a diary format, which was then abandoned by Season 5.
    • The Season 6 finale breaks the tradition of a musical number being featured in the finale two-parter.
    • The Season 7 premiere "Celestial Advice" marks the first and only season premiere to not be a two-part episode, a long running staple since Season 1.
    • After a Musical Episode appearing Once a Season which started in Season 3, these were ceased out by the final three seasons.
    • The first six seasons featured a rather big amount of musical numbers, at least eleven, but in the final three seasons, these were shortened to only 5-7 musical numbers.
    • The Season 8 episode "Friendship University" marks the first episode where the Flim Flam brothers prominently appear, yet Applejack, their rival in a sense, does not.
    • The Season 9 finale, and the Grand Finale to the show overall, is a three-part episode (technically a two-parter with an aftermath/epilogue episode), breaking the ongoing tradition of the seasons ending with two parts, while subsequently returning to the single-episode finale from Seasons 1 and 3.
  • Total Drama: The third season, Total Drama World Tour, was the first one to introduce new contestants: Sierra and Alejandro. It also featured songs.

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