Monster of the Week

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Synonyms: MOTW
See also: BOTW, FOTW, standalone
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MOTW stands for "Monster of the Week." It originally meant "Mutant of the Week" and was used to refer to X-Files episodes that were more standalone, and separate from the series' overarching mythology or "mytharc."

It has spread throughout fandom, used in discussion of everything from Buffy to Supernatural fandoms.

Examples of Use

She began writing fan-fiction in the middle of the Third Season when the show began to drift away from these themes and arcs. Her stories, generally case files which are a combination of myth-arc and MOTW, all grow in one sequence. [1]