History DemotedToExtra / LiveActionTV

29th Mar '18 2:57:52 AM LinTaylor
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Sam the Omega Ranger was demoted compared to his counterpart [=DekaBreak=] from the source material. Disney forced a FakeShemp situation that the writers didn't want to deal with, and they wouldn't have included Omega Ranger at all if they weren't stuck with so much [=DekaBreak=] StockFootage.

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Sam the Omega Ranger was demoted compared to his Sentai counterpart [=DekaBreak=] from the source material. [=DekaBreak=]. Disney forced a FakeShemp situation wanted to save on production costs and would have eliminated the character entirely, but he was so prominent in ''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Dekaranger]]'' that cutting him out of all the StockFootage would have been impossible. They decided that the next best thing would be to come up with a HandWave to justify hiring a voice actor rather than a regular actor to play the role[[note]]he's a {{Time Travel}}er, so when not morphed he manifests as a ball of light to enforce NeverTheSelvesShallMeet[[/note]]. In the end, Disney were the only ones happy with this decision: the writers didn't want to deal with, and they wouldn't have included Omega Ranger at all if they weren't stuck resented being saddled with so much [=DekaBreak=] StockFootage.such a bothersome plot element and thus used the character as little as possible, and viewers hated him because he was little more than a living weapon with no personality or development.



*** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': The BigBad is Deboth, who appears as a giant monster (first in episodes 22-23, and later via a series of clones in episodes 41-42 and a final time in episode 44) and later as Transcendenterfly God Deboth. In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', his original form is reduced to a mindless MonsterOfTheWeek and its similarly mindless offspring; his final form is AdaptedOut.

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*** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': The BigBad is Deboth, who appears as a in his original dinosaur-slaying giant monster form (first in episodes 22-23, and later via a series of clones in episodes 41-42 and a final time in episode 44) and later as Transcendenterfly God Deboth. evolves into a form better suited to wiping out humanity near the end of the series. In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', his original form is reduced to a mindless MonsterOfTheWeek and its similarly mindless offspring; his final form is AdaptedOut.
19th Dec '17 4:29:09 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'':
** Sorceress Jagul suffers this; in the original series ''Series/JuukouBFighter'', she was the creator of Shadow / Black Beet and became the final enemy of the series who resurrected and absorbed multiple monsters in order to empower herself into a stronger form. In the U.S., her rule as Shadowborg's creator was given to Vexor, and her suits were used for two (male) throwaway monsters: one who tried and failed to hypnotize the Hillhurst monsters, and Borgslayer, who was created by fusing multiple resurrected monsters into a completely new one acting on behalf of Nukus, who would become the new BigBad in the show's second season.
** Similarly, the second season reduced Mother Melzard, the BigBad and monster maker of ''Series/BFighterKabuto'', to a pair of throwaway monsters who only appeared near the end of the series; her elder son Raija was adapted into the aforementioned Nukus.



* This started happening to Kimberly in season three of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers.'' Notably, she was the only one who didn't go to Edenoi during the season premiere (AKA the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for ''Saban's Series/MaskedRider'') due to a cold (though she made use of reduced screentime awesomely, being the only Ranger left on Earth when Rita and Zedd sent a new MonsterOfTheWeek), and had her powers drained halfway through after being captured by Kat Hillard. Since Creator/AmyJoJohnson actually told Saban she was going to quit beforehand, instead of clumsy camera tricks and an abrupt FakeShemp, half the season was spent slowly easing her character out of the Pink Ranger position and setting up her successor.
** From a ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' standpoint, the respective {{Big Bad}}s of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', Dai Satan and Shadam, were both reduced to being a simple MonsterOfTheWeek for Rita and Lord Zedd (although Dai Satan's counterpart, Lokar, at least had a slightly significant role, being an integral part of Rita's schemes in two separate two-part episodes).
** Bulk and Skull start getting less screen time as time went on. First in ''Turbo'' they were turned into chimps for a good portion of the series. It wasn't until ''In Space'' that their screen time was cut significantly due to the focus being on space travel and the rangers having little time on Earth. Aside from one small cameo, the duo are mostly absent through the series middle episodes with the bulk (no pun intended) being at the beginning and end of the series.
*** After Skull was PutOnABus in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', the writers apparently had trouble coming up with material for Bulk on his own. He only appears in a few episodes (he does get last billing in the title sequence in those episodes though). He would not have a recurring role again until ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' 12 years later.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Sam the Omega Ranger was demoted compared to his counterpart [=DekaBreak=] from the source material. Disney forced a FakeShemp situation that the writers didn't want to deal with, and they wouldn't have included Omega Ranger at all if they weren't stuck with so much [=DekaBreak=] StockFootage.
** A multi-series example: Power Rangers seasons are usually 10-12 episodes shorter than Super Sentai seasons, so some of the later seasons have one episode where all the unused Sentai monsters attack the heroes at once in one big fight scene. Or to just get fed to the Battilizer.
** There have been two times (Dino Thunder and Ninja Storm) where the BigBad from the Sentai doesn't show up at all, until the finale when their giant form gets used for the villain's Megazord.


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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': This started happening to Kimberly in season three. Notably, she was the only one who didn't go to Edenoi during the season premiere (AKA the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for ''Saban's Series/MaskedRider'') due to a cold (though she made use of reduced screentime awesomely, being the only Ranger left on Earth when Rita and Zedd sent a new MonsterOfTheWeek), and had her powers drained halfway through after being captured by Kat Hillard. Since Creator/AmyJoJohnson had actually told Saban she was going to quit beforehand, instead of clumsy camera tricks and an abrupt FakeShemp, half the season was spent slowly easing her character out of the Pink Ranger position and setting up her successor.
** Bulk and Skull start getting less screen time as time went on. First in ''Turbo'' they were turned into chimps for a good portion of the series (behind the scenes, this was prompted by the actors being away to shoot a pilot for a spin-off series). It wasn't until ''In Space'' that their screen time was cut significantly due to the focus being on space travel and the rangers having little time on Earth. Aside from one small cameo, the duo are mostly absent through the series middle episodes with the bulk (no pun intended) being at the beginning and end of the series.
*** After Skull was PutOnABus in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', the writers apparently had trouble coming up with material for Bulk on his own. He only appears in a few episodes (he does get last billing in the title sequence in those episodes though). He would not have a recurring role again until ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' 12 years later.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Sam the Omega Ranger was demoted compared to his counterpart [=DekaBreak=] from the source material. Disney forced a FakeShemp situation that the writers didn't want to deal with, and they wouldn't have included Omega Ranger at all if they weren't stuck with so much [=DekaBreak=] StockFootage.
** A multi-series example: Power Rangers seasons are usually 10-12 episodes shorter than Super Sentai seasons, so some of the later seasons have one episode where all the unused Sentai monsters attack the heroes at once in one big fight scene. Or to just get fed to the Battilizer.
** From a ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' standpoint, there are multiple cases where the BigBad is reduced to being a simple MonsterOfTheWeek, a giant form controlled by the American-made BigBad in the finale, or just plain reduced to a sidekick. These include:
*** ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'': Dai Satan is turned into Lokar, who is merely an associate of Rita's, though he does serve as an integral part of Rita's schemes in two separate two-part episodes.
*** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'': Shadam's monster form is used for Mondo the Magician, a MonsterOfTheWeek.
*** ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'': Don Dolnero's role is given to Ransik; his suit is used for Gluto, who is pretty much just comic relief among the villains.
*** ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'': Tau Zant's role as Big Bad is given to Lothor; his gigantic Tau Zant Ultimate Form is used for the Lothorzord.
*** ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'': Wicked Life God Dezumozorlya's role as Big Bad is given to Mesogog; his gigantic Invasion Garden Ultimate Form [=DezumoGevirus=] form is used for the Zelzord, a giant mecha piloted by [[TheStarscream Zeltrax]].
*** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': The BigBad is Deboth, who appears as a giant monster (first in episodes 22-23, and later via a series of clones in episodes 41-42 and a final time in episode 44) and later as Transcendenterfly God Deboth. In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', his original form is reduced to a mindless MonsterOfTheWeek and its similarly mindless offspring; his final form is AdaptedOut.
12th Oct '17 2:45:30 PM jmparker78
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4th Oct '17 4:53:54 PM Delphi
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** There have been two times (Dino Thunder and Ninja Storm) where the BigBad from the Sentai doesn't show up at all, until the finale when their giant form gets used for the villain's Megazord.
22nd Sep '17 8:21:53 AM elemt
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* [[invoked]] ''TheGoodPlace:'' In the the second season Vicky ([[spoiler: the demon whose character was Real Eleanor]]) is disappointed at having been reduced from a starring player to running a pizza joint in the background, trying to make her role more memorable by affecting a nonsensical limp and inventing a background as circus performer. She's not mollified when told she'll have a juicy plotline in eighty years.

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* [[invoked]] ''TheGoodPlace:'' ''Series/TheGoodPlace:'' In the the second season Vicky ([[spoiler: the demon whose character was Real Eleanor]]) is disappointed at having been reduced from a starring player to running a pizza joint in the background, trying to make her role more memorable by affecting a nonsensical limp and inventing a background as circus performer. She's not mollified when told she'll have a juicy plotline in eighty years.
21st Sep '17 8:36:20 PM elemt
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* [[invoked]] ''TheGoodPlace:'' In the the second season Vicky ([[spoiler: the demon whose character was Real Eleanor]]) is disappointed at having been reduced from a starring player to running a pizza joint in the background, trying to make her role more memorable by affecting a nonsensical limp and inventing a background as circus performer. She's not mollified when told she'll have a juicy plotline in eighty years.
28th Aug '17 11:13:35 PM Delphi
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** A multi-series example: Power Rangers seasons are usually 10-12 episodes shorter than Super Sentai seasons, so some of the later seasons have one episode where all the unused Sentai monsters attack the heroes at once in one big fight scene. Or to just get fed to the Battilizer.
13th Aug '17 10:25:08 PM Dibol
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* ''Series/StrikeBack'' had first season leading actor Creator/RichardArmitage demoted to extra by the time season 2 Project Dawn has been created. This demotion is justified since Armitage was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot already involved with filming]] ''Film/TheHobbit'' when Project Dawn was announced. Due to the filming demands of The Hobbit requiring Armitage's full attention, his character John Porter was [[McLeaned]] in order to facilitate Armitage's exit from the show.

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* ''Series/StrikeBack'' had first season leading actor Creator/RichardArmitage demoted to extra by the time season 2 Project Dawn has been created. This demotion is justified since Armitage was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot already involved with filming]] ''Film/TheHobbit'' when Project Dawn was announced. Due to the filming demands of The Hobbit requiring Armitage's full attention, his character John Porter was [[McLeaned]] McLeaned in order to facilitate Armitage's exit from the show.
13th Aug '17 10:23:52 PM Dibol
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* ''Series/StrikeBack'' had first season leading actor Creator/RichardArmitage demoted to extra by the time season 2 Project Dawn has been created. This demotion is justified since Armitage was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot already involved with filming]] ''Film/TheHobbit'' when Project Dawn was announced. Due to the filming demands of The Hobbit requiring Armitage's full attention, his character John Porter was [[McLeaned]] in order to facilitate Armitage's exit from the show.
27th Jul '17 1:57:50 PM randomguy399
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** Jake, starting with Season 10, when he left to join the military and only appeared sporadically. Even before that, his role slowly started to diminish. By season 11, he has officially left the show entirely.
** Evelyn only appeared in one episode in season 10, and four in season 11.
** Judith started to become this in Season 9, although now she has officially been PutOnABus.
** With Charlie dead, it's very unlikely that Rose will ever play a major role in the series again, although it has been shown that she is now stalking Walden.

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** Jake, starting with Season 10, when he left to join the military and only appeared sporadically. Even before that, his role slowly started to diminish. By season Season 11, he has officially left the show entirely.
** Evelyn only appeared in one episode in season Season 10, and four in season 11.
Season 11. She gets more screentime in Season 12, though not as much in earlier seasons.
** Judith started to become this in Season 9, although now she has before being officially been PutOnABus.
** With Charlie dead, it's very unlikely that Rose will ever play a major role in the series again, although it has been shown that she is now stalking Walden.
PutOnABus.
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