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Something Completely Different
aka: And Now For Something Completely Different

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And now for something completely different —
John Cleese at a desk claiming to illustrate this trope.

An episode which departs dramatically from the show's general formula. Events are played out from the point of view of the family pet, or are presented completely out of order, or it's an A&E biography of one of the characters, etc. May feature a Special Edition Title.

The Trope Namer is Monty Python's Flying Circus, where sketches opened with the famous Catchphrase, "And now for something completely different." A rather fitting trope namer, considering that something completely different happened in every episode and it had no general formula. The phrase was earlier used by Christopher Trace on Blue Peter to transition between segments.

A Poorly Disguised Pilot can be a subtrope of Something Completely Different. A show's Pilot and Grand Finale episodes are also this pretty much by definition.


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...And genre pages for the broader examples:

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  • Metro Manners usually involves Super Kind having a Transformation Sequence, performing a song and dance routine about Metro behavior, and then using her super powers to vanquish the villain. But "Wait your turn to enter" instead features the main characters standing around awkwardly while Danny Trejo delivers the aesop instead, with some Lampshade Hanging:
    "There was gonna be a whole song and dance routine about how you should wait your turn to enter the train, but they got me, Danny Trejo, to talk to you instead"

  • Doctor Who Magazine #428 is a special issue about connections and similarities between Doctor Who and Soap Operas. It's redesigned to look like an issue of Inside Soap, not just in the cover dress (hidden behind a polybag with a more conventional cover, so fans would recognise it on the shelves) but inside, with the regular columns getting "soapified".
  • One issue of MAD had the Fold-In double as the front cover, instead of its usual spot on the inside back cover.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Jumping Bomb Angels were definitely this for WWE fans in the late Eighties, as demonstrated by commentator Jesse "The Body" Ventura at Survivor Series 1987.
    "You know, I'll tell you, I have seen a lot of good tag teams, and The Glamour Girls, I'm gonna go on the record, they're in trouble. Because the Jumping Bomb Angels are something else. I've never seen lady wrestlers with the kind of moves that they got. They're like watching a Dynamite Kid or like watching a Randy 'Macho Man' Savage or like watching a Ricky Steamboat with those aerial moves. It was just fantastic, I enjoyed it."
  • Sabu was so much this in The '90s, given his emphasis on using tables in his matches, to the point that he would celebrate winning a match by moonsaulting himself through a table.

  • Due to a player's strike, the 1982 National Football League season was shortened to 9 games. Thus, for the 1982-83 playoffs, the divisional standings that would determine which teams would qualify for the postseason were ignored, with the top 8 teams from each conference getting a playoff berth into a bracket similar to the NBA's playoff system. And for the first time in NFL history, teams with losing records made the playoffs (the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions both finished 4-5).

And now for something completely different: Two Irish puppets singing Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" in the style of Elvis.

Alternative Title(s): And Now For Something Completely Different


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