History DemotedToExtra / AnimeAndManga

19th May '18 12:18:43 PM Stinkoman87
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** Also early on, Yuma used Leviathan Dragon nearly as much as he did Utopia, to the point where it was his secondary ace monster. After episode 10, though, it only shows up once, since at that point Yuma has an abundance of Numbers to choose from (and he almost always chooses Utopia).
11th May '18 8:34:52 AM Pichu-kun
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** Even Sai has suffered from this. When introduced in the 2nd arc of Part 2 of the manga, he was one of the most important characters with plenty of time spent on CharacterDevelopment and hinting at his backstory. He goes on to make minimal appearances for the rest of the series, with little to no further character development outside a DayInTheLimelight during the World War arc.

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** Even Sai has suffered from this. When introduced in the 2nd arc of Part 2 of the manga, he was one of the most important characters with plenty of time spent on CharacterDevelopment and hinting at his backstory. He goes on to make minimal appearances for the rest of the series, with little to no further character development outside a DayInTheLimelight during the World War arc. Post-manga he did get some focus in books, which was adapted into the anime, which go into depth on his romance with [[spoiler:Ino]].



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Bianca is one of the player character's friendly rivals and makes frequent appearances. In the anime, she does show up fairly often but never rises above the level of supporting character. The other rival from those games, Cheren, only shows up in one episode.

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Bianca is one of the player character's friendly rivals and makes frequent appearances. In the anime, she does show up fairly often but never rises above the level of supporting character. The other rival from those games, Cheren, only shows up in one episode.episode as a gym leader (which is his ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' role)



** The Team Rocket organisation as a whole is largely ignored in favor of heavily focusing on the GoldfishPoopGang of Jessie, James, and Meowth. This is particularly evident in the original series; none of their plotline in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' (such as their hideout in Celadon City or their takeover of Silph) is adapted, Ash only battles Rocket Grunts one time (aboard the S.S. Anne, where they didn't even appear in the games), and even [[BigBad Giovanni]] becomes TheUnfought not only in the Viridian Gym, but for well over fifteen years!

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** The Team Rocket organisation as a whole is largely ignored in favor of heavily focusing on the GoldfishPoopGang of Jessie, James, and Meowth. This is particularly evident in the original series; none of their plotline in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' (such as their hideout in Celadon City or their takeover of Silph) is adapted, Ash only battles Rocket Grunts one time (aboard the S.S. Anne, where they didn't even appear in the games), and even [[BigBad Giovanni]] becomes TheUnfought not only in the Viridian Gym, but for well over fifteen years!years! This itself caused plot issues as, apart from the original games and their remakes, Team Rocket is disbanded in every post-Gen 1 game. They're not in the anime, and thus Neo Team Rocket and Rainbow Rocket are completely AdaptedOut.


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** Many characters who reappear in the games don't reappear in the anime and thus their roles are less than in the games. For example, Sabrina in ''Black 2 and White 2'' left being a gym leader to be an actress, but she didn't appear in the anime, and Ash didn't go to Kanto after Johto like the player does in ''Gold and Silver''. Part of this might be because the several games take place either years before or after other games, but the anime is stuck in ComicBookTime.
27th Apr '18 2:31:02 PM WKennedy334
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* This trope can be applied to any character of the entire ''Franchise/DragonBall'' franchise that isn't Goku or Vegeta, and to a lesser extent Pan in ''[[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]]''. It's so bad that this trope might as well be called "Dragon Ball Demotion".

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* This trope can be applied to any character of the entire ''Franchise/DragonBall'' franchise that isn't Goku or Vegeta, and to a lesser extent Pan in ''[[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]]''. It's so bad that this trope might as well be called "Dragon Ball Demotion". [[note]]There are some characters that [[TheBusCameBack did have a return the spotlight]] in ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper]]'' though, especially in the Tournament arc[[/note]]:
30th Mar '18 8:21:10 PM Pichu-kun
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* This happens to Kyouko in ''Manga/AoiHana''. After being in the limelight during the Yasuko story arc, she gradually shifts out of focus after Yasuko gets PutOnABus. After one short arc, in which [[spoiler:she returns to her fiancé]], her role is downgraded to merely being one of the members of the drama club over which Akira presides. Of course, a female character who chooses a ''guy'' pretty much spells her own doom in a [[YuriGenre yuri]] manga.



* In the anime of ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', Argo only appears in one brief scene towards the end of the third episode.
** This is mostly due to the chronology of the light novels versus the anime. Argo the Rat was not a character in the original Sword Art Online novel at all. Rather, she was introduced in Sword Art Online: Progressive, which is a spin off/prequel series. Since the anime was a mix of the original novel and the first Progressive novel, Argo appears only during the first floor covered by the Progressive novel.

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* This happens to Kyouko in ''Manga/SweetBlueFlowers''. After being in the limelight during the Yasuko story arc, she gradually shifts out of focus after Yasuko gets PutOnABus. After one short arc, in which [[spoiler:she returns to her fiancé]], her role is downgraded to merely being one of the members of the drama club over which Akira presides. Of course, a female character who chooses a ''guy'' pretty much spells her own doom in a [[YuriGenre yuri]] manga.
* In the anime of ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', Argo only appears in one brief scene towards the end of the third episode.
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episode. This is mostly due to the chronology of the light novels versus the anime. Argo the Rat was not a character in the original Sword Art Online novel at all. Rather, she was introduced in Sword Art Online: Progressive, which is a spin off/prequel series. Since the anime was a mix of the original novel and the first Progressive novel, Argo appears only during the first floor covered by the Progressive novel.
18th Mar '18 1:20:30 PM Pichu-kun
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** Sakura was always a secondary, if prominent, character all the way through the series (excepting the first arc of the second part) but, in the movie ''Boruto'', she only makes a couple of appearances.

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** Sakura was always a secondary, if prominent, character all the way through the series (excepting the first arc of the second part) but, in the movie ''Boruto'', ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', she only makes a couple of appearances.


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** Pokeballs besides the original red-and-white ones are all this. In the games, they're used for catching under-leveled Pokemon and are quickly displaced by better Pokeballs. Most higher-level [=NPCs=] don't use red-and-white Pokeballs either. In the anime, ''everyone'' uses the original Pokeball. The many other types of Pokeballs are all but cameos.


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* The ''Manga/{{Splatoon}}'' manga is a comedic series focused on Turf Wars. [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} The games']] single player plot-lines are ignored and the Turf War announcements are understandably not present, thus Callie, Marie, Marina, and Pearl are all bit roles.
28th Jan '18 7:08:52 PM looneynightmare
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* Joker the leader of the Clowns gang is a major character and one of the few to survive to the end of the story of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', in the film he only shows up at the beginning during the gang fight and flees when the police arrive, although the Clowns return in a later scene, Joker isn't with them. And Lady Miyako who is a major character in the manga is a male member of the Akira cult who is killed after Tetsuo causes a bridge to collapse.
26th Jan '18 11:27:16 PM Gamermaster
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** Happens even more notably to Nanoha's family. In the original VN and OVA that MGLN was spun off of, Nanoha's siblings Kyouya and Miyuki were the main characters, and she was just an extra. Then she got her own show, and her relatives were demoted to extras, then further demoted to background characters in the sequel, and then essentially forgotten in the next sequel.

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** Happens even more notably to Nanoha's family. In the original VN and OVA that MGLN was spun off of, Nanoha's siblings Kyouya and Miyuki were the main characters, and she was just an extra. Then she got her own show, and her relatives were demoted to extras, then further demoted to background characters in the sequel, and then essentially forgotten in the next sequel. Kyouya definitely has is worse since Miyuki at least got a speaking role in the first ''[=StrikerS=]'' Sound Stage while he's off in Germany.
1st Dec '17 3:14:32 PM SpinAttaxx
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** Generally, the newest "Team X" crime syndicate gets significantly less screentime than they do in the games, with the Team Rocket trio being more prominent antagonists. Team Skull may be the most egrigious case yet, though -- not only are they given the usual cold shoulder in focus, but the series adapts ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''[='=]s climax before Guzma (at that point [[spoiler:TheDragon to Lusamine]]) shows up!
22nd Nov '17 10:10:31 AM SpinAttaxx
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** The Team Rocket organisation as a whole is largely ignored in favor of heavily focusing on the GoldfishPoopGang of Jessie, James, and Meowth. This is particularly evident in the original series; none of their plotline in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' (such as their hideout in Celadon City or their takeover of Silph) is adapted, Ash only battles Rocket Grunts one time (aboard the S.S. Anne, where they didn't even appear in the games), and even [[BigBad Giovanni]] becomes TheUnfought not only in the Viridian Gym, but for well over fifteen years!
** Thanks to Team Flare's plot in the ''X/Y'' series centering around Zygarde instead, Xerneas and Yveltal play no major role in said series (unlike the version mascots before them). The best they get (outside of a NonSerialMovie) a special at the very end of the series, and even then, only in a flashback/story.
28th Oct '17 9:23:18 AM mlsmithca
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** Happens to the title character of all people. Due to playing TheAce and AloofAlly, the main focus and development is usually given to Chris or another supporting hero, with Sonic only stepping in when the action starts. The roles were reversed in the second series, in which ''Chris'' was DemotedToExtra and Sonic had more focus put on him. AndTheFandomRejoiced.

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** Happens to the title character of all people. Due to playing TheAce and AloofAlly, the main focus and development is usually given to Chris or another supporting hero, with Sonic only stepping in when the action starts. The roles were reversed in the second series, in which ''Chris'' was DemotedToExtra and Sonic had more focus put on him. AndTheFandomRejoiced.
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