History ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / VideoGames

10th Jul '16 12:15:14 AM mariomaster2015
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** Toadette also seems to be a short-lived character, first appearing in ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'', then making periodic appearances in Mario games until ''Super Mario Sluggers'' nearly five years later, then never appearing again until ''VideoGame/MarioKart8''.

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** Toadette also seems to be a short-lived character, first appearing in ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'', then making periodic appearances in Mario games until ''Super Mario Sluggers'' nearly five years later, then never appearing again until ''VideoGame/MarioKart8''.''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' until once again appearing in almost every Mario spin-off game since.
5th Jul '16 7:57:13 AM Vorpale
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** Baby T., the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin baby T-rex]] from VideoGame/CrashBandicoot3Warped, has never made another significant appearance after that game, even though the ending implies that Crash took him back to the present days.
1st Jul '16 4:24:44 PM Anddrix
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* ''[[Franchise/SoulSeries Soul Calibur V]]'' is notable for having a lot of new characters at the expense of losing some old faces, including, rather infamously, popular faces Talim and Zasalamel as well as Rock, who have literally disappeared without a trace. At least Cassandra had her fate told in an artbook and the fate of Seong Mi-Na, Yun-seong and Setsuka were mentioned later on (With Setsuka having been Patroklos' teacher at one point) but Talim, Zasalamel and Rock have seemingly vanished off the face of the earth with no mention whatsoever from artbooks or WordOfGod as to what happened to them, almost as if they never existed. This has contributed to SCV's status as a BaseBreaker amongst the fans.

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* ''[[Franchise/SoulSeries Soul Calibur V]]'' is notable for having a lot of new characters at the expense of losing some old faces, including, rather infamously, popular faces Talim and Zasalamel as well as Rock, who have literally disappeared without a trace. At least Cassandra had her fate told in an artbook and the fate of Seong Mi-Na, Yun-seong and Setsuka were mentioned later on (With Setsuka having been Patroklos' teacher at one point) but Talim, Zasalamel and Rock have seemingly vanished off the face of the earth with no mention whatsoever from artbooks or WordOfGod as to what happened to them, almost as if they never existed. This has contributed to SCV's status as a BaseBreaker amongst the fans.
1st Jul '16 6:53:47 AM khabbab
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* ''Franchise/{{Mass Effect}}'''s Corporal Toombs appears in the first game if you chose the sole survivor background, and depending on your choices, will live to send you an e-mail in the second. After that however, he disappears without anymore mention.
30th Jun '16 10:21:13 PM Pichu-kun
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* While [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and VideoGame/DonkeyKong have both ascended to stardom since their debut game, their supporting cast hasn't been as lucky.

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* While [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and VideoGame/DonkeyKong have both ascended to stardom since their debut game, their supporting cast hasn't been as lucky.lucky:



*** On a related note, Mario RPG characters in general rarely reappear in other Mario titles. Exceptions include Goomba King, Baby Peach, and the Star Spirits, although in Baby Peach's case her debut in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' was likely coincidental. ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' is notable for not returning any previous ''Paper Mario'' characters and only using characters from the main series, introducing only Kersti as a new character.

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*** ** On a related note, Mario RPG characters in general rarely reappear in other Mario titles. Exceptions include Goomba King, Baby Peach, and the Star Spirits, although in Baby Peach's case her debut in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' was likely coincidental. ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' is notable for not returning any previous ''Paper Mario'' characters and only using characters from the main series, introducing only Kersti as a new character.



* Many ''{{Franchise/Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' characters like Ray the Flying Squirrel, Mighty the Armadillo, Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polar Bear, Nack the Weasel (a.k.a. Fang the Sniper), Mecha Sonic, Tails Doll, Gemerl, and Metal Knuckles have been subject to this.
** Several of these characters got [[TheCameo cameos]] on "Wanted" and "Missing" posters in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. Mighty and Ray are listed as [[LampshadeHanging "Missing since 1993"]] (even through Mighty was last seen in 1995's ''Knuckles Chaotix'', though this may have something to do with said game [[not being canon]]).

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
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Many ''{{Franchise/Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' characters like Ray the Flying Squirrel, Mighty the Armadillo, Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polar Bear, Nack the Weasel (a.k.a. Fang the Sniper), Mecha Sonic, Tails Doll, Gemerl, and Metal Knuckles have been subject to this.
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this. Several of these characters got [[TheCameo cameos]] on "Wanted" and "Missing" posters in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. Mighty and Ray are listed as [[LampshadeHanging "Missing since 1993"]] (even through Mighty was last seen in 1995's ''Knuckles Chaotix'', though this may have something to do with said game [[not being canon]]).



* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'': Crash's girlfriend Tawna is axed after [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996 the first game]], replaced instead by hacker sister Coco. Yes, [[LampshadeHanging apparently, Crash has a little sister that he was never told about]].
** Though Tawna does reappear as a playable character in the DS game ''Crash Boom Bang!''. The game manual states that she's dumped Crash for Pinstripe Potoroo.

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* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'': Crash's girlfriend Tawna is axed after [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996 the first game]], replaced instead by hacker sister Coco. Yes, [[LampshadeHanging apparently, Crash has a little sister that he was never told about]].
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about]]. Though Tawna does reappear as a playable character in the DS game ''Crash Boom Bang!''. The game manual states that she's dumped Crash for Pinstripe Potoroo.



* Loading the first pre-made neighbourhood included in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', the player is greeted with a short slide show which informs them that this particular neighbourhood's story picks up twenty-five years after that of the default neighbourhood in the first game. Members or descendants of four of the five original base game families are there (as well as one or two of the families from later expansion packs). But Chris Jones and Melissa Smith (a.k.a. Chris and Melissa Roomies), who were at least as important and popular with the fans as the other characters - they're simply not there, nor do they even turn up in later expansions as some others eventually did.

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* Loading the first pre-made neighbourhood included in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', the player is greeted with a short slide show which informs them that this particular neighbourhood's story picks up twenty-five years after that of the default neighbourhood in [[VideoGame/TheSims1 the first game.game]]. Members or descendants of four of the five original base game families are there (as well as one or two of the families from later expansion packs). But Chris Jones and Melissa Smith (a.k.a. Chris and Melissa Roomies), who were at least as important and popular with the fans as the other characters - they're simply not there, nor do they even turn up in later expansions as some others eventually did.



* Elora from ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' was a major character in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' but only got a cameo at the end of ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon''. After that she's suspiciously left out of every other title in the "classic" line, aside from popping up on a trading card in ''Spyro Orange'', despite the fact the others (even Bianca) became {{Ascended Extra}}s. There were plans on include her in two games but she was excluded.

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* Elora from ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' was a major character in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' but only got a cameo at the end of ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon''. After that she's suspiciously left out of every other title in the "classic" line, aside from popping up on a trading card in ''Spyro Orange'', despite the fact the others (even Bianca) became {{Ascended Extra}}s. There were plans on include her in two games but she was excluded.DummiedOut.


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** Pokemon Trainer appeared in ''Brawl'' but not in the sequel. His Charizard became his own character but in turn Squirtle and Ivysaur are absent.
24th Jun '16 1:01:01 PM bowserbros
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* An interesting variation happens in PapaLouieArcade game Burgeria with Robby and Allan. They were given explanation for their disappearance in that game only to return the next game with a new design to explain it.
17th Jun '16 12:27:11 AM bowserbros
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** The Animal Friends and Gooey were prominently featured in ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' and ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' with Gooey even being referred to as Kirby's best friend in the third. ''Kirby 64'' also gave us Adeline, Ribbon, and an unnamed Waddle Dee ally. However, ever since Sakurai left the series, all these characters have effectively vanished from the main cast and are only acknowledged through trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' or in-game references. Ribbon and the Waddle Dee could [[JustifiedTrope be justified]] in that Ribbon is supposed to be one-off in a way similar to Prince Fluff and Elline while the unnamed Waddle Dee's role has effectively been filled by [[BreakoutCharacter Bandana Waddle Dee]] with many [[{{Fanon}} theorizing that they are in fact the same character.]] Nevertheless, there are a lot Kirby fans who would love [[TheBusCameBack to see them return as mainstays]] due to the series's MinimalistCast. Part of the problem comes from the fact that ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'', ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'', and ''Kirby 64'' were directed by a relatively obscure developer named Shinichi Shimomura, who himself is a victim of this trope. He had a number of developmental roles throughout the franchise's history up until ''Nightmare in Dream Land'' before outright vanishing from public eye; though what happened to him currently remains unproven, one commonly circulated rumor stipulates that he passed away in 2003.

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** The Animal Friends and Gooey were prominently featured in ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' and ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' with Gooey even being referred to as Kirby's best friend in the third. ''Kirby 64'' also gave us Adeline, Ribbon, and an unnamed Waddle Dee ally. However, ever since Sakurai left the series, all these characters have effectively vanished from the main cast and are only acknowledged through trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' or in-game references. Ribbon and the Waddle Dee could [[JustifiedTrope be justified]] in that Ribbon is supposed to be one-off in a way similar to Prince Fluff and Elline while the unnamed Waddle Dee's role has effectively been filled by [[BreakoutCharacter Bandana Waddle Dee]] with many [[{{Fanon}} theorizing that they are in fact the same character.]] Nevertheless, there are a lot Kirby fans who would love [[TheBusCameBack to see them return as mainstays]] due to the series's MinimalistCast. Part of the problem comes from the fact that ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'', ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'', and ''Kirby 64'' were directed by a relatively obscure developer named Shinichi Shimomura, who himself is a victim of this trope. He had a number of developmental roles throughout the franchise's history up until ''Nightmare in Dream Land'' before outright vanishing from public eye; though what happened to him currently remains unproven, unknown with no proven conclusions, one commonly circulated rumor stipulates that he [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away away]] in 2003.
16th Jun '16 2:22:12 PM bowserbros
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** The Animal Friends and Gooey were prominently featured in ''Kirby Dreamland 2'' and ''Kirby Dreamland 3'' with Gooey even being referred to as Kirby's best friend in the third. ''Kirby 64'' also gave us Adeline, Ribbon, and an unnamed Waddle Dee ally. However, ever since Sakurai left the series, all these characters have effectively vanished from the main cast and are only acknowledged through trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' or in-game references. Ribbon and the Waddle Dee could [[JustifiedTrope be justified]] in that Ribbon is supposed to be one-off in a way similar to Prince Fluff and Elline while the unnamed Waddle Dee's role has effectively been filled by [[BreakoutCharacter Bandana Waddle Dee]] with many [[{{Fanon}} theorizing that they are in fact the same character.]] Nevertheless, there are a lot Kirby fans who would love [[TheBusCameBack to see them return as mainstays]] due to the series's MinimalistCast.
** Meta Knight is strangely absent from every Kirby game since Kirby's Return To Dream Land, despite being one of the most recurring characters in the series otherwise. Though it could be somewhat averted in that the Mirror Dimension counterpart of Meta Knight is an extra boss in Kirby Triple Deluxe.

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** The Animal Friends and Gooey were prominently featured in ''Kirby Dreamland ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' and ''Kirby Dreamland ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' with Gooey even being referred to as Kirby's best friend in the third. ''Kirby 64'' also gave us Adeline, Ribbon, and an unnamed Waddle Dee ally. However, ever since Sakurai left the series, all these characters have effectively vanished from the main cast and are only acknowledged through trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' or in-game references. Ribbon and the Waddle Dee could [[JustifiedTrope be justified]] in that Ribbon is supposed to be one-off in a way similar to Prince Fluff and Elline while the unnamed Waddle Dee's role has effectively been filled by [[BreakoutCharacter Bandana Waddle Dee]] with many [[{{Fanon}} theorizing that they are in fact the same character.]] Nevertheless, there are a lot Kirby fans who would love [[TheBusCameBack to see them return as mainstays]] due to the series's MinimalistCast.
MinimalistCast. Part of the problem comes from the fact that ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'', ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'', and ''Kirby 64'' were directed by a relatively obscure developer named Shinichi Shimomura, who himself is a victim of this trope. He had a number of developmental roles throughout the franchise's history up until ''Nightmare in Dream Land'' before outright vanishing from public eye; though what happened to him currently remains unproven, one commonly circulated rumor stipulates that he passed away in 2003.
** Meta Knight is strangely absent from every numerous Kirby game since Kirby's games between ''Kirby's Return To Dream Land, Land'' and ''Kirby: Planet Robobot'', despite being one of the most recurring (and [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular]]) characters in the series otherwise. Though it could be somewhat averted in that the Mirror Dimension counterpart of Meta Knight is an extra boss in Kirby ''Kirby Triple Deluxe.Deluxe''.
8th Jun '16 8:07:09 PM rjd1922
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** Pauline, the girl they fought each other for in the first place, faded into obscurity as Princess Peach took over her role as DistressedDamsel. She did reappear in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'', only to disappear for another decade until ''Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2'', in which Pauline's relationship status to Mario was demoted from "girlfriend" to "friend". However, she does appear (instead of Peach) in the ''VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong'' games ''March of The Minis'', ''Minis March Again'', and ''Mini-Land Mayhem''.

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** Pauline, the girl they fought each other for in the first place, faded into obscurity as Princess Peach took over her role as DistressedDamsel.DamselInDistress. She did reappear in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'', only to disappear for another decade until ''Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2'', in which Pauline's relationship status to Mario was demoted from "girlfriend" to "friend". However, she does appear (instead of Peach) in the ''VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong'' games ''March of The Minis'', ''Minis March Again'', and ''Mini-Land Mayhem''.



* Not characters ''per se'', but every creature from the Xen borderworld in the first ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' - apart from the standard headcrabs (and zombies), the barnacles, the Vortigaunts (now as an ally), an ichthyosaur as a cameo, and the leeches ([[BorderPatrol who are now invincible barriers to the ocean]]) - somehow vanished from the cast list before the start of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** Stranger still, Barney Calhoun seems to be suffering from this as of ''Episode 2''.
** For that matter, with the exclusion of Barney, pretty much every major character from the first game's expansions (Shephard from ''Opposing Force'', Gina and Colette from ''Decay'', and Rosenberg from ''Blue Shift'') disappeared entirely between the first and second game. Considering the circumstances, this could be justified.

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* Not characters ''per se'', but every creature from the Xen borderworld in the first ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' - apart from the standard headcrabs (and zombies), the barnacles, the Vortigaunts (now as an ally), an ichthyosaur as a cameo, and the leeches ([[BorderPatrol who are now invincible barriers to the ocean]]) - somehow vanished from the cast list before the start of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** Stranger still, Barney Calhoun seems to be suffering from this as of ''Episode 2''.
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For that matter, with the exclusion exception of Barney, pretty much every major character from the first game's expansions (Shephard (Adrian Shephard from ''Opposing Force'', Gina Cross and Colette Green from ''Decay'', and Rosenberg from ''Blue Shift'') disappeared entirely between the first and second game. Considering the circumstances, this could be justified.
8th Jun '16 8:04:48 PM rjd1922
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** Stanley the Bugman from ''Donkey Kong 3'' also vanished from the series appearing only in some cameos like ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' or ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''. It's unclear, but it's said he's also the protagonist from the Game & Watch ''Greenhouse'' and it's also rumored that he is Mario's cousin.

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** Stanley the Bugman from ''Donkey Kong 3'' also vanished from the series appearing only in some cameos like ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' or ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''. It's unclear, but it's said he's also the protagonist from the Game & Watch ''Greenhouse'' and it's also rumored that he is Mario's cousin.
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