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9th Aug '16 4:14:45 PM EternityofSpirits
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* Hits [[SeriesMascot Monokuma]] hard in ''Anime/DanganRonpa3''. Due to the anime having a massively different structure to prior instalments (least of it being that half of the anime is a prequel) and the Final Killing not fitting with the same set-up, he's practically useless for the main story. As of Episode 5, he's had a total of one actual scene is the main story, along with providing a brief recap in the fourth.
7th Jul '16 11:58:48 PM theknack101
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* In ''Eden:It'sAnEndlessWorld!'', this actually happens to [[spoiler:Elijah, the main character! After the mission to save his sister goes horribly wrong, ending with her death, Elijah falls into doing hard drugs and eventually goes to rehab.]] And that's basically where his role in the story ends. The next and final arc, dealing with the fate of the whole world finds [[spoiler:Elijah's father in the protagonist role. Elijah himself doesn't really appear until after the events are over.]]
7th Jul '16 10:40:58 PM MisterCPC
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** Lt. General Grumman only appears briefly in the 2003 anime. In the manga and 2009 anime, he serves as one of Mustang's confidantes, assists him from behind the scenes against the rest of the military and eventually [[spoiler:ends up succeeding as Führer by the end.]]

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** Lt. General Grumman only appears briefly in the 2003 anime.anime, to the point that you can count the minutes of screentime he has on one hand. In the manga and 2009 anime, he serves as one of Mustang's confidantes, assists him from behind the scenes against the rest of the military and eventually [[spoiler:ends up succeeding as Führer by the end.]]
7th Jul '16 10:30:47 PM MisterCPC
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** Lt. General Grumman only appears briefly in the 2003 anime. In the manga and 2009 anime, he serves as one of Mustang's confidantes, assists him from behind the scenes against the rest of the military and eventually [[spoiler:ends up succeeding as Führer by the end.]]
1st Jul '16 10:11:46 PM Jokubas
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''[='=]s titular character, Index, gets shunted off to the side pretty quick. She does have a bigger role in the last arc of the anime, but still! You'd think she'd have more screentime throughout the rest, given the series name.
** She actually gets more screen time than any other character besides Touma, she just doesn't get any action scene so many people fail to notice since that is all they pay attention to. May be part of the reason why ActionGirl Mikoto is so popular.
** Index ''does'' get quite a few action scenes, just not big fights. And Mikoto doesn't get that much action anyway (In her spin-off, maybe, but in the parent series she rarely goes beyond beating {{mook}}s, and often offscreen at that).

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''[='=]s titular character, Index, gets shunted off to the side pretty quick. She does have a bigger role in the last arc of the anime, but still! You'd think she'd have more screentime throughout the rest, given the series name.
** She actually gets
get more screen time than any other character besides Touma, she just doesn't get any but it still drops off after her introductory arc due to her not being much of an action scene so many people fail to notice since that is all they pay attention to. May be part of the reason why ActionGirl Mikoto is so popular.
** Index ''does'' get quite a few action scenes, just not big fights. And Mikoto doesn't get that much action anyway (In her spin-off, maybe, but
character in the parent a series she rarely goes beyond beating {{mook}}s, and often offscreen at that).with lots of intense fights.
7th Jun '16 7:51:47 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Max and Mirya's original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' counterparts, Maximillian Jenius and Miria Fallyna, avert this in the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise as a whole, where they have starring roles in the ''M3'' interquel video game and are major characters in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''.

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* ** Max and Mirya's original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' counterparts, Maximillian Jenius and Miria Fallyna, avert this in the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise as a whole, where they have starring roles in the ''M3'' interquel video game and are major characters in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''.
18th May '16 3:19:41 PM Pichu-kun
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** Kanako was [[AscendedExtra upgraded]] to a fairly important character between volume 1 and volume 2. She was Takatsuki's childhood friend and eventually Saori's OnlyFriend after Saori broke off ties with Nitori and Takatsuki (which caused her to appear less because she spent more time with Saori). She was [[ShooTheClowns steadily demoted]] as Saori befriended the others again. By high school she was demoted out of the series except for a few appearances.

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** Kanako was [[AscendedExtra upgraded]] to a fairly important character between volume 1 and volume 2. She was Takatsuki's childhood friend and eventually Saori's OnlyFriend after Saori broke off ties with Nitori and Takatsuki (which caused her to appear less because she spent more time with Saori). She was [[ShooTheClowns [[ShooOutTheClowns steadily demoted]] as Saori befriended the others again. By high school she was demoted out of the series except for a few appearances.
18th May '16 3:07:57 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', the teams who weren't the ''Bladebreakers'' in season 1, were PutOnABus before season 2, but TheBusCameBack in season 3. Well, not all of them. However, the bladers who did manages to come back were DemotedToExtra because of the new two-man-team system, making all other team members irrelevant substitutes who never got their turn.

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* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', the ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'':
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teams who weren't the ''Bladebreakers'' in season 1, were PutOnABus before season 2, but TheBusCameBack in season 3. Well, not all of them. However, the bladers who did manages to come back were DemotedToExtra because of the new two-man-team system, making all other team members irrelevant substitutes who never got their turn.



* Kallen has very little panel time in the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Alternate Universe spin-off mangas. In the ''Lelouch of the Rebellion'' manga she actually ''does'' get a fair amount of attention, but the part dealing with her past is significantly trimmed down, only showing a brief scene of her at home and her visiting her mother in the hospital. In ''Suzaku of the Counterattack'' and ''Nightmare Of Nunnally'', the Ashford cast is considerably less important, and they [[ShooOutTheClowns disappear midway through both series]].

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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Kallen has very little panel time in the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Alternate Universe AlternateUniverse spin-off mangas. In the ''Lelouch of the Rebellion'' manga she actually ''does'' get a fair amount of attention, but the part dealing with her past is significantly trimmed down, only showing a brief scene of her at home and her visiting her mother in the hospital. In ''Suzaku of the Counterattack'' and ''Nightmare Of Nunnally'', the Ashford cast is considerably less important, and they [[ShooOutTheClowns disappear midway through both series]].



* In the second half of ''Manga/DeathNote'', Misa loses much of her importance when, in order to fool the investigation team when they move to put her and Light under surveillance, she gives up her Death Note and her memories of it a second time. The SPK and Mello sometimes investigate her, but she shows up less often and does nothing of importance. Light's mother and sister faded from the plot after [[spoiler:Soichiro's death]], and so did Ryuk, although he showed up at the end to [[spoiler:write Light's name in the Death Note]].

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
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In the second half of ''Manga/DeathNote'', Misa loses much of her importance when, in order to fool the investigation team when they move to put her and Light under surveillance, she gives up her Death Note and her memories of it a second time. The SPK and Mello sometimes investigate her, but she shows up less often and does nothing of importance. Light's mother and sister faded from the plot after [[spoiler:Soichiro's death]], and so did Ryuk, although he showed up at the end to [[spoiler:write Light's name in the Death Note]].



* The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Yoki. In both the manga and the anime, he's first introduced as a corrupt official lording over a mining town: Ed deposes him, the townspeople kick him out, and he ends up living as a fugitive. In the manga, however, he ends up traveling with Scar and becomes a reluctant member of the team, ultimately getting his own BigDamnHeroes moment when he [[spoiler: shows up in a stolen car and runs down Pride, the hands-down most powerful of the Homunculi]]. In the anime, he lives long enough to perform one last KickTheDog before getting killed with little fanfare.

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* The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] version of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Yoki. In both [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga manga]] and the anime, he's first introduced as a corrupt official lording over a mining town: Ed deposes him, the townspeople kick him out, and he ends up living as a fugitive. In the manga, however, he ends up traveling with Scar and becomes a reluctant member of the team, ultimately getting his own BigDamnHeroes moment when he [[spoiler: shows up in a stolen car and runs down Pride, the hands-down most powerful of the Homunculi]]. In the anime, he lives long enough to perform one last KickTheDog before getting killed with little fanfare.



* Tsumugi is a rather unfortunate victim of this in the manga of ''Manga/KOn''; she originally had a few lines per situation or the occasional two-cents to throw in, she's essentially become furniture now that the girls are in college (despite her being the reason they all chose that school!).

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* ''Manga/KOn'':
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Tsumugi is a rather unfortunate victim of this in the manga of ''Manga/KOn''; manga; she originally had a few lines per situation or the occasional two-cents to throw in, she's essentially become furniture now that the girls are in college (despite her being the reason they all chose that school!).



* Team Kurenai in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[TimeSkip post-skip]], with their role in the Hunt for Uchiha arc coming down to helping hunt down two people who both escaped quite easily, though Hinata at least still gets a few moments in the limelight from time to time. Shino Aburame, on the other hand, started out as a very promising character, having some of the most badass fights in the first part of the series, but became nearly unused after the Chuunin Exam arc. It's gotten so bad that the team isn't even seen interacting with each other that often anymore.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Team Kurenai in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[TimeSkip post-skip]], with their role in the Hunt for Uchiha arc coming down to helping hunt down two people who both escaped quite easily, though Hinata at least still gets a few moments in the limelight from time to time.time [[spoiler:and ended up being pretty important as she is Naruto's love interest]]. Shino Aburame, on the other hand, started out as a very promising character, having some of the most badass fights in the first part of the series, but became nearly unused after the Chuunin Exam arc. It's gotten so bad that the team isn't even seen interacting with each other that often anymore.



* Arguably Toji, Kensuke, and Hikari near the end of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Creator/HideakiAnno even mentioned in interviews that he had originally planned to introduce Kaworu as a student at the kids' school, before realizing just how thoroughly the writers had phased the classroom aspect out of the overall plot.
** It [[FromBadToWorse gets even worse]] in the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies. The three of them don't appear ''at all'' by time of the third film, and Toji is implied [[spoiler: [[DroppedABridgeOnHim to have died offscreen]]]].

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
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Arguably Toji, Kensuke, and Hikari near the end of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Creator/HideakiAnno even mentioned in interviews that he had originally planned to introduce Kaworu as a student at the kids' school, before realizing just how thoroughly the writers had phased the classroom aspect out of the overall plot.
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plot. It [[FromBadToWorse gets even worse]] in the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies. The three of them don't appear ''at all'' by time of the third film, and Toji is implied [[spoiler: [[DroppedABridgeOnHim to have died offscreen]]]].



* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' does this to Momoko, who is a key character in her introductory season, but by the next one is shafted in favor of [[PlotRelevantAgeUp magically grown-up Hana-chan]] and becomes merely window-dressing.

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* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' does this ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'':
** This is done
to Momoko, who is a key character in her introductory season, but by the next one is shafted in favor of [[PlotRelevantAgeUp magically grown-up Hana-chan]] and becomes merely window-dressing.



*** In addition to this Usagi's first crush Motoki, a semi recurring character in the first series pretty much disappears once Usagi and Mamoru becomes a thing. Mostly because he's a SatelliteLoveInterest. And didn't have anything going for him to keep him around.

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*** ** In addition to this Usagi's first crush Motoki, a semi recurring character in the first series pretty much disappears once Usagi and Mamoru becomes a thing. Mostly because he's a SatelliteLoveInterest. And didn't have anything going for him to keep him around.



* ''Manga/WanderingSon'':
** Kanako was [[AscendedExtra upgraded]] to a fairly important character between volume 1 and volume 2. She was Takatsuki's childhood friend and eventually Saori's OnlyFriend after Saori broke off ties with Nitori and Takatsuki (which caused her to appear less because she spent more time with Saori). She was [[ShooTheClowns steadily demoted]] as Saori befriended the others again. By high school she was demoted out of the series except for a few appearances.
** Maho's boyfriend Riku appeared often in elementary and early into middle school however as time went on he appeared less and less.
** Chizuru, Momoko, and Kanako get basically removed from the plot during high school. Momoko was a satellite character to Chizuru and Kanako had been demoted already, however they stopped appearing except for an occasional cameo after a while. They were put into an all-girls school away from Nitori and Takatsuki.



* In the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' movie, Shiyu Kusanagi not only had his GentleGiant and FriendToAllLivingThings persona stripped away to make him an explicit villain, but his relationship with Yuzuriha was left out, despite being probably ''the key'' aspect of his character, and to top it off, he was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed in a very mean-spirited manner]] by ''[[EtTuBrute his own ally]]'' after only a few minutes of screen time. It could be justified as being necessary for the short length of the movie, but for fans of the character it was just ''painful''.

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* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'':
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In the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' movie, Shiyu Kusanagi not only had his GentleGiant and FriendToAllLivingThings persona stripped away to make him an explicit villain, but his relationship with Yuzuriha was left out, despite being probably ''the key'' aspect of his character, and to top it off, he was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed in a very mean-spirited manner]] by ''[[EtTuBrute his own ally]]'' after only a few minutes of screen time. It could be justified as being necessary for the short length of the movie, but for fans of the character it was just ''painful''.


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* Manjimutt from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' was a popular yokai in early episodes. He appeared even more often than Jibanyan. Eventually he was phased out to the point where he rarely appeared. According to a ''Komasan Taxi'' segment this was due to parents complaining that he was [[DirtyOldMan too sexual]] and that one of his scenes was [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence too violent]].
12th May '16 7:08:41 AM Doug86
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* Happens to a large number of characters in ''Anime/MarvelAnime: Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''. While Armor is [[AscendedExtra made into a main character]], a number of prominent and popular X-Men like Rogue, Colossus, and Nightcrawler end up excluded from the team and regulated to dialogue-free [[TheCameo cameos]].

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* Happens to a large number of characters in ''Anime/MarvelAnime: Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''.Comicbook/XMen''. While Armor is [[AscendedExtra made into a main character]], a number of prominent and popular X-Men like Rogue, Colossus, and Nightcrawler end up excluded from the team and regulated to dialogue-free [[TheCameo cameos]].
29th Apr '16 10:30:02 AM spectertv
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** Brendan and Lucas, two of the male player characters and rivals if you play as a girl from the games, only show up as [[TheCameos cameos]] in a couple of the movies.

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** Brendan and Lucas, two of the male player characters and rivals if you play as a girl from the games, only show up as [[TheCameos [[TheCameo cameos]] in a couple of the movies.
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