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Basic Trope: A series' status quo never changes.

  • Straight: Bob frequently loses his job, but always gets it back by the end of the episode.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • The cast changes regularly, but the situation is always the same, so the show will always have the same setting.
    • The status quo does change, but very slowly or only through season premieres and finales.
  • Justified:
    • The writers want the audience to be instantly familiar with the show's premise, and not have to worry about changes in the show's continuity.
    • The writers want viewers who stop watching the show to be able to jump back in at any time and not be confused over anything.
  • Inverted: Every episode of the series changes the status quo, and the show follows one big arc.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • The events leading to the change in status quo were All Just a Dream, and everything is back to normal once again.
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    • This time, Bob doesn't get his job back at the end of the episode, but the next episode shows him working his old job.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes changes to the status quo stick, and sometimes they don't.
  • Averted: There is an actual ongoing continuity in the series. Drastic changes to the story tend to stick, and are not just conveniently reset at the end.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked:
    • Ignored Epiphany: When the character rejects change.
    • A change occurs that threatens to shake up the series' dynamics, so the characters scramble to prevent the change from messing with the show.
  • Exploited: The characters frequently go straight to the Godzilla Threshold when solving problems, because any collateral damage caused will have disappeared by the next episode and all the characters know it.
  • Defied: Bob finally asks himself why the hell he keeps going back to the job if he's so inept at it that he can't go a day without losing it. The next time he loses the job, he resolves to leave it behind and find a job that he's actually good at.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: Alice: "This show is so boring Bob, nothing ever changes here...!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: However, people realize that, whilst the show's continuity might remain static, it still had genuine merits, and they continue watching it.
  • Played For Laughs: Butt-Monkey, when it involves a character instead of the entire series.
  • Played For Drama: Alice, realizing that the status quo is god, murders several characters under the justification that they'll come back anyway.

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