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* ''Shin Getter Robo'', ''Dancougar'', and ''Trider G7'' have no plot relevance in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', while ''Gundam Wing'' and ''G Gundam'' get the bare minimum of its characters. In fact, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]] is a SecretCharacter in this game.



* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX''
** The humans in ''SD Gundam Gaiden'' are not playable.
** Unicorn has Barely any units at all.
** Macross 30 has Only 3 units (out of 5), and no plot..
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsClassic'': Ever since ''Original Generation 2'', Ring has yet to rejoin the playable roster. Justified that she's all tied up with her duties as the CEO of Mao Industries. [[spoiler:Made more unlikely for her to reappear in a Huckebein for future events, given the entire destruction of the Huckebein series in the ''Second Original Generation'']].
* In spite of being the titular character and more or less the hero of his series, Betterman Lamia's reduced to a handful of roles in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact3'' and always is a NPC ally on missions he appears.
* Unless you [[NintendoHard meet the conditions]] [[SecretCharacter to recruit her]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Karn]] won't appear in the storyline of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny'' at all.
* Compared to the three girls, Calvina tends to get shafted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' supporting materials and fanworks.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'' gets zero plot aside from some involvement of [[BigBad Dr. Hell]] in the OpeningScroll, and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' doesn't even show up despite both Mazins being always together. Probably {{justified|Trope}} in that Mazinger and co. have been on a bajillion games already. Then again, it's the same game that gave [[Franchise/{{Zoids}} a war story anime with 50 episodes]] only 6 levels of plot, but [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg a 13 episode one where half are Monster-of-the-Week format]] got 8, so maybe it's just the story wasn't K's best point (Japanese reviewers agree with this).
** Many characters from ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'' only appear in intermission scenes; their respective mecha don't even appear at all.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'': Isn't it sad, [[spoiler: [[Anime/RebuildofEvangelion Mari, Kaworu]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Auel]]]]?
* None of the bad guys from ''Anime/{{Braiger}}'', ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' and ''Anime/GoShogun'' appear in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsNEO''. Domon, the J9 team and the [=GoShogun=] team are the only representatives of their respective series. This is because all of them are [[PostScriptSeason post-script]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'' hammers this trope to one of Duminuss' Homunculi, Laliar, [[TheOneGuy the only male]]. In his origin game (''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal SRW R]]''), at least he gets to get involved in the grand schemes along with his siblings, joining some factions to screw them up. But in ''OG Gaiden''... Tis gets to deal with the Wendigo and G Thunder Gate, Despinis gets to guard a {{brainwashed}} Lamia, [[spoiler:and later ends up surviving, unlike in the original series]]... and Laliar? He's relegated into just contacting Tis and Despinis from afar in case they're about to screw up, and doesn't do much in the grander scheme (obviously, he had a bigger role in his original game). Makes this editor wonder if Duminuss prefers an ImprobablyFemaleCast for her main Homunculus.
** A similar case can be seen with the BridgeBunnies. Early in ''OG 1'', Rio becomes a pilot and stays that way until the end of ''OG 2''. After [[spoiler:Daitetsu's death]], Eita and Tetsuya end up taking charge and commanding the Kurogane to the best of their abilities. And poor Eun, best friend to the Hiryu Kai's captain Lefina? She is just there to give bits of information every so often, lacking even the hint of ADayInTheLimelight. However, this is subverted beginning in ''2nd Original Generation'' where she is now one of the "sub-pilots" of the Hiryu Kai.
** Warrior Roar is unavailable as a "sub-pilot" for Kouta in the ''Second Original Generation'', in contrast to his previous appearance in ''Original Generation Gaiden''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'':
** Fiona Gureden is rendered as a sub-pilot for the Excellence Rescue in the ''Second Original Generation''. ''Moon Dwellers'' brings her back as a pilot with the new Excellence Gunstriker, alongside Raul who has his own.
** [[MemeticMutation Yes, we know, Laliar...and we're sorry]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'':
** [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Descartes Shaman]] only appears during a MAP event.
** Marvel (also Cham), Lunamaria, and Athrun did not get any new lines at all this game. Especially sad for Marvel since she barely has any recorded lines at all. Lunamaria also has no unique battle lines, while Athrun has a few reused ones from Z (lines for fighting humans and the final boss lines seen here).
** Dimitri Magarov from Linebarrel appears only once to be trashed by three Jinrais in an event.
** Mamoru if he survives, he can only be swapped with Hiroto as the pilot of Mark Funf. Even though they could just remodel the Mark Elf for Mamoru's use.
** Vespasianus who only gets one event map appearance with his Deus Machina, though he is around in conversations.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV''
** Usually in the previous games that featured ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' and/or ''The Prince of Darkness'', all of the Three Angels were playable. Here however, only Ryoko Subaru and her Aestivalis Custom are playable, while her friends Hikaru and Izumi only show up for the [[CombinationAttack Formation Attack]].
** Speaking of which, this is the first game to feature ''The Prince of Darkness'' that does not include Kusakabe as a boss; despite being the BigBad of the movie, here he only appears in a few cutscenes, whereas Hokushin is given more prominence. And this was after ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX BX]]'', which featured on the original TV series, had him as the final boss of the Nadesico storyline.
** [[Anime/ShinMazinger Viscount Pygman]], just like in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX BX]]'', only makes a cameo in a cutscene before getting killed. This time around, Tetsuya does the deed.
** After decades of being the premier Captain and unofficial leader of numerous SRW armadas, [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Bright Noah]] finally takes a step back, and [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Okita]] leads Earth Fleet Tenku instead. There is even a scene where [[spoiler: Okita tells Bright to take over command of the fleet should he die before completing their mission]].
** [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer The ELS]] are reduced to an afterthought compared to the other games where they appear, only appearing in ''two'' scenarios ('''one''' scenario if you didn't pick their route).
** [[Manga/ShinMazingerZero Minerva X]] got hit with this hard, turning from the heroine of the manga to an NPC that only appears in two scenes and never interacts with the protagonists. Effectively making her appearances {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}s for those who never read the manga.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'':
** A variation, where material (characters, missions, etc) for ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' are fairly scarce. Aside from a skirmish against Mwu La Flaga, a later mission where you get to play as him, and a couple of cameos, SEED's events and stories don't even appear until halfway through the game, and even then, are mostly passed over in favor of it's spinoff ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray''. A particularly glaring example being the Artemis Base battle. When the Zaft forces show up, the ''Archangel'' actually ''leaves'' as soon as it exits the base, leaving the ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico B]]'' and the Junk Guild and OriginalGeneration crew to deal with them.
** [[Anime/GoLion Emperor Dai Bazaal]] barely shows up until its time to fight him at the end of the [=GoLion=] plot, despite being the BigBad and a regular in his series. To add further injury, his death isn't even the point of the scenario, as [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Palparepa]] and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Applicant]] appear after he dies and takes the spotlight. Can be {{justified|Trope}} in that Dai Bazaal's always been mainly an OrcusOnHisThrone and [[TheDragon his son]] [[Anime/GoLion Sinclyne]] is the more active villain. Unfortunately, for any players who don't know much about ''[=GoLion=]'', Dai Bazaal feels like a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
** In an odd way, [[Anime/DetonatorOrgun Tomoru Shindo]] get's something like this. The other major characters of the series, Youko, Dr. Kanzuki and Orgun, along with some of the villains, show up multiple times in the first half of the game, with Orgun himself being a major presence, while [[TheHero Tomoru]] himself doesn't show up until about the last third of the game.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'':
** Despite being one of the most powerful leaders and Newtypes in Universal Century, [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Khan]] gets shafted into playing second-fiddle to [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] and Durandal in ''Z''. When it seems she's about to make her move, she's suddenly PutOnABus, [[spoiler:unless the player takes the secret ZEUTH Route split, allowing her to be recruited (or more accurately, lets her force her way into ZEUTH)]].
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Soma Peries and the GN Archer]] only appear as an attack for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Allelujah Haptism and the Gundam Arios]] in ''Saisei-hen''; likewise, [[Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Athena]] for Kei. In contrast, [[Anime/CodeGeass Nagisa Chiba and Shogo Asahina]] go from attack-only units to full-fledged units in this game.
** [[Franchise/CodeGeass The Knights of the Round and Jeremiah Gottwald]] do appear in ''Jigoku-hen'', but are not playable. Instead, they are tasked with rescuing [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Peacecraft]] and other important figureheads during scenario 49. Likewise, Athrun and Lunamaria, but are instead a ChekhovMIA.
** ''Tengoku-hen'' does this to [[Anime/TurnAGundam Sochie and Miashei]] where they were assist characters for the Turn A Gundam but not here, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Rey, Lunamaria, and Athrun]] who are just "summon attacks" for Shinn and Kira, and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Xine Espio, Marguerite Pistail, Toby Watson, Denzel Hammer, and Esther Elhaas]] are demoted as "summon attacks" for the OriginalGeneration battleship ''Solarian''. That's just ''for starters''.
* [=GoShogun=], Zambot 3, Vigna Ghina, the F91 Gundam, EZ-8 Gundam, Apsalas II and their respective pilots are the only characters that show up from their respective series in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars64''. Daitarn 3 at least gets its supporting characters.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': Since the franchise is a MegaCrossover between dozens of HumongousMecha anime, this happens in pretty much every single game because it would be impractical (if not outright impossible) to include every single character and sub-plot from the constituent anime.
** ''Shin Getter Robo'', ''Dancougar'', and ''Trider G7'' have no plot relevance in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', while ''Gundam Wing'' and ''G Gundam'' get the bare minimum of its characters. In fact, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]] is a SecretCharacter in this game.
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''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX''
** *** The humans in ''SD Gundam Gaiden'' are not playable.
** *** Unicorn has Barely any units at all.
** *** Macross 30 has Only 3 units (out of 5), and no plot..
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsClassic'': Ever since ''Original Generation 2'', Ring has yet to rejoin the playable roster. Justified that she's all tied up with her duties as the CEO of Mao Industries. [[spoiler:Made more unlikely for her to reappear in a Huckebein for future events, given the entire destruction of the Huckebein series in the ''Second Original Generation'']].
* ** In spite of being the titular character and more or less the hero of his series, Betterman Lamia's reduced to a handful of roles in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact3'' and always is a NPC ally on missions he appears.
* ** Unless you [[NintendoHard meet the conditions]] [[SecretCharacter to recruit her]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Karn]] won't appear in the storyline of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny'' at all.
* ** Compared to the three girls, Calvina tends to get shafted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' supporting materials and fanworks.
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'':
** *** ''Anime/MazingerZ'' gets zero plot aside from some involvement of [[BigBad Dr. Hell]] in the OpeningScroll, and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' doesn't even show up despite both Mazins being always together. Probably {{justified|Trope}} in that Mazinger and co. have been on a bajillion games already. Then again, it's the same game that gave [[Franchise/{{Zoids}} a war story anime with 50 episodes]] only 6 levels of plot, but [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg a 13 episode one where half are Monster-of-the-Week format]] got 8, so maybe it's just the story wasn't K's best point (Japanese reviewers agree with this).
** *** Many characters from ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'' only appear in intermission scenes; their respective mecha don't even appear at all.
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'': Isn't it sad, [[spoiler: [[Anime/RebuildofEvangelion Mari, Kaworu]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Auel]]]]?
* ** None of the bad guys from ''Anime/{{Braiger}}'', ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' and ''Anime/GoShogun'' appear in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsNEO''. Domon, the J9 team and the [=GoShogun=] team are the only representatives of their respective series. This is because all of them are [[PostScriptSeason post-script]]
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'' hammers this trope to one of Duminuss' Homunculi, Laliar, [[TheOneGuy the only male]]. In his origin game (''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal SRW R]]''), at least he gets to get involved in the grand schemes along with his siblings, joining some factions to screw them up. But in ''OG Gaiden''... Tis gets to deal with the Wendigo and G Thunder Gate, Despinis gets to guard a {{brainwashed}} Lamia, [[spoiler:and later ends up surviving, unlike in the original series]]... and Laliar? He's relegated into just contacting Tis and Despinis from afar in case they're about to screw up, and doesn't do much in the grander scheme (obviously, he had a bigger role in his original game). Makes this editor wonder if Duminuss prefers an ImprobablyFemaleCast for her main Homunculus.
** *** A similar case can be seen with the BridgeBunnies. Early in ''OG 1'', Rio becomes a pilot and stays that way until the end of ''OG 2''. After [[spoiler:Daitetsu's death]], Eita and Tetsuya end up taking charge and commanding the Kurogane to the best of their abilities. And poor Eun, best friend to the Hiryu Kai's captain Lefina? She is just there to give bits of information every so often, lacking even the hint of ADayInTheLimelight. However, this is subverted beginning in ''2nd Original Generation'' where she is now one of the "sub-pilots" of the Hiryu Kai.
** *** Warrior Roar is unavailable as a "sub-pilot" for Kouta in the ''Second Original Generation'', in contrast to his previous appearance in ''Original Generation Gaiden''.
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'':
** *** Fiona Gureden is rendered as a sub-pilot for the Excellence Rescue in the ''Second Original Generation''. ''Moon Dwellers'' brings her back as a pilot with the new Excellence Gunstriker, alongside Raul who has his own.
** *** [[MemeticMutation Yes, we know, Laliar...and we're sorry]].
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'':
** *** [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Descartes Shaman]] only appears during a MAP event.
** *** Marvel (also Cham), Lunamaria, and Athrun did not get any new lines at all this game. Especially sad for Marvel since she barely has any recorded lines at all. Lunamaria also has no unique battle lines, while Athrun has a few reused ones from Z (lines for fighting humans and the final boss lines seen here).
** *** Dimitri Magarov from Linebarrel appears only once to be trashed by three Jinrais in an event.
** *** Mamoru if he survives, he can only be swapped with Hiroto as the pilot of Mark Funf. Even though they could just remodel the Mark Elf for Mamoru's use.
** *** Vespasianus who only gets one event map appearance with his Deus Machina, though he is around in conversations.
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV''
** *** Usually in the previous games that featured ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' and/or ''The Prince of Darkness'', all of the Three Angels were playable. Here however, only Ryoko Subaru and her Aestivalis Custom are playable, while her friends Hikaru and Izumi only show up for the [[CombinationAttack Formation Attack]].
** *** Speaking of which, this is the first game to feature ''The Prince of Darkness'' that does not include Kusakabe as a boss; despite being the BigBad of the movie, here he only appears in a few cutscenes, whereas Hokushin is given more prominence. And this was after ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX BX]]'', which featured on the original TV series, had him as the final boss of the Nadesico storyline.
** *** [[Anime/ShinMazinger Viscount Pygman]], just like in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX BX]]'', only makes a cameo in a cutscene before getting killed. This time around, Tetsuya does the deed.
** *** After decades of being the premier Captain and unofficial leader of numerous SRW armadas, [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Bright Noah]] finally takes a step back, and [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Okita]] leads Earth Fleet Tenku instead. There is even a scene where [[spoiler: Okita tells Bright to take over command of the fleet should he die before completing their mission]].
** *** [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer The ELS]] are reduced to an afterthought compared to the other games where they appear, only appearing in ''two'' scenarios ('''one''' scenario if you didn't pick their route).
** *** [[Manga/ShinMazingerZero Minerva X]] got hit with this hard, turning from the heroine of the manga to an NPC that only appears in two scenes and never interacts with the protagonists. Effectively making her appearances {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}s for those who never read the manga.
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'':
** *** A variation, where material (characters, missions, etc) for ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' are fairly scarce. Aside from a skirmish against Mwu La Flaga, a later mission where you get to play as him, and a couple of cameos, SEED's events and stories don't even appear until halfway through the game, and even then, are mostly passed over in favor of it's spinoff ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray''. A particularly glaring example being the Artemis Base battle. When the Zaft forces show up, the ''Archangel'' actually ''leaves'' as soon as it exits the base, leaving the ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico B]]'' and the Junk Guild and OriginalGeneration crew to deal with them.
** *** [[Anime/GoLion Emperor Dai Bazaal]] barely shows up until its time to fight him at the end of the [=GoLion=] plot, despite being the BigBad and a regular in his series. To add further injury, his death isn't even the point of the scenario, as [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Palparepa]] and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Applicant]] appear after he dies and takes the spotlight. Can be {{justified|Trope}} in that Dai Bazaal's always been mainly an OrcusOnHisThrone and [[TheDragon his son]] [[Anime/GoLion Sinclyne]] is the more active villain. Unfortunately, for any players who don't know much about ''[=GoLion=]'', Dai Bazaal feels like a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
** *** In an odd way, [[Anime/DetonatorOrgun Tomoru Shindo]] get's something like this. The other major characters of the series, Youko, Dr. Kanzuki and Orgun, along with some of the villains, show up multiple times in the first half of the game, with Orgun himself being a major presence, while [[TheHero Tomoru]] himself doesn't show up until about the last third of the game.
* ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'':
** *** Despite being one of the most powerful leaders and Newtypes in Universal Century, [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Khan]] gets shafted into playing second-fiddle to [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] and Durandal in ''Z''. When it seems she's about to make her move, she's suddenly PutOnABus, [[spoiler:unless the player takes the secret ZEUTH Route split, allowing her to be recruited (or more accurately, lets her force her way into ZEUTH)]].
** *** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Soma Peries and the GN Archer]] only appear as an attack for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Allelujah Haptism and the Gundam Arios]] in ''Saisei-hen''; likewise, [[Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Athena]] for Kei. In contrast, [[Anime/CodeGeass Nagisa Chiba and Shogo Asahina]] go from attack-only units to full-fledged units in this game.
** *** [[Franchise/CodeGeass The Knights of the Round and Jeremiah Gottwald]] do appear in ''Jigoku-hen'', but are not playable. Instead, they are tasked with rescuing [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Peacecraft]] and other important figureheads during scenario 49. Likewise, Athrun and Lunamaria, but are instead a ChekhovMIA.
** *** ''Tengoku-hen'' does this to [[Anime/TurnAGundam Sochie and Miashei]] where they were assist characters for the Turn A Gundam but not here, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Rey, Lunamaria, and Athrun]] who are just "summon attacks" for Shinn and Kira, and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Xine Espio, Marguerite Pistail, Toby Watson, Denzel Hammer, and Esther Elhaas]] are demoted as "summon attacks" for the OriginalGeneration battleship ''Solarian''. That's just ''for starters''.
* *** ''Tengoku-hen'' also pulls a variation of this in regards to ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. This game was the first one to use the complete storyline from the original light novels, whereas all previous ''SRW'' appearances used the AnimatedAdaptation that only covers five out of the twelve novels. However, none of the characters introduced in the latter half of the story appear in battle, because Banpresto didn't want to cast voice actors and make the producers of the eventual anime version feel beholden to keep their casting choices. As a result, the only named antagonist to actually be fought is the BigBad [[spoiler:Leonard Testarossa]], and even then it's only because [[spoiler:he put in a brief cameo in ''The Second Raid'' and therefore already has a [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa voice actor]]]].
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[=GoShogun=], Zambot 3, Vigna Ghina, the F91 Gundam, EZ-8 Gundam, Apsalas II and their respective pilots are the only characters that show up from their respective series in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars64''. Daitarn 3 at least gets its supporting characters.
12th Feb '18 6:59:50 PM FF32
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19th Jan '18 9:14:34 PM WaxingName
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** Luigi undergoes this in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey''. In [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy four]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 successive]] [[VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand 3D]] [[VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld games]] in the series, he was a fully playable character. In ''Odyssey'', he is only the host of a minigame that's available only after beating the FinalBoss, and one that was added in a post-release update at that.
20th Dec '17 7:11:12 AM louisXVI
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** Since their one-time role as the BigBad in DonkeyKong and SuperMarioLand2, Donkey Kong and Wario have essentially stopped playing any meaningful role in the Mario franchise beyond being selectable characters in sporting/party games. They have, of course, gone on to bigger things in their own SpinOff franchises.
4th Dec '17 4:11:19 PM Midna
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* It seems like Creator/{{Capcom}}'s once beloved mascot, ''Franchise/MegaMan'', has now suffered from this. After a series of games starring the "blue bomber", Zero, whom was first introduced in ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has seemly taken over. By ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] had the storyline with more CharacterDevelopment, while Mega Man was portrayed as one track minded. Then followed a series of handheld games starring Zero called ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. This alone wouldn't be a problem, but then you had Capcom cancelling the much talked about ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 3'' which received a huge backlash from fans. And in the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series of fighting games, Mega Man was once a playable character, but he once again was replaced by Zero, whom as of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' is easily one of the best characters in the series. Then there was the promise to put Mega Man in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', only for Capcom to use the crappy American box-art version from [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the original]] 8-bit UsefulNotes/{{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game, which again received hateful responses. The streak of bad luck finally ended when the original 8-bit Mega Man was revealed as a playable character in the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game. Later on down the line, Capcom themselves would introduce VideoGame/MegaManX as a playable character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite''.

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* It seems like Creator/{{Capcom}}'s once beloved mascot, ''Franchise/MegaMan'', has now suffered from this. After a series of games starring the "blue bomber", Zero, whom was first introduced in ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has seemly taken over. By ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] had the storyline with more CharacterDevelopment, while Mega Man was portrayed as one track minded. Then followed a series of handheld games starring Zero called ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. This alone wouldn't be a problem, but then you had Capcom cancelling the much talked about ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 3'' which received a huge backlash from fans. And in the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series of fighting games, Mega Man was once a playable character, but he once again was replaced by Zero, whom as of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' is easily one of the best characters in the series. Then there was the promise to put Mega Man in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', only for Capcom to use the crappy American box-art version from [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the original]] 8-bit UsefulNotes/{{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game, which again received hateful responses. The streak of bad luck finally ended when the original 8-bit Mega Man was revealed as a playable character in the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game. Later on down the line, Capcom themselves would introduce VideoGame/MegaManX as a playable character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite''.''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'', but all remained quiet on the platformer front... until ''Mega Man 11'' was officially announced for a 2018 released during the 30th anniversary stream.
13th Nov '17 5:48:09 PM KagSwirby
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** Franchise/DonkeyKong was a main playable character in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' until the fifth installment, since which he became a MiniGame sponsor. And in ''Mario Party DS'', he was just a statue adorning the third board (enchanted to be such according to the Story Mode), and didn't appear at all in ''Island Tour''. He's PromotedToPlayable again in ''10''', though. A Koopa Kid was a playable character for a couple games as well, but lost his playable status in ''Mario Party 7'', and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished]] [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in favor of Bowser Jr.]] afterwards.

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** Franchise/DonkeyKong was a main playable character in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' until the fifth installment, since which he became a MiniGame sponsor. And in ''Mario Party DS'', he was just a statue adorning the third board (enchanted to be such according to the Story Mode), and didn't appear at all in ''Island Tour''. He's PromotedToPlayable again in ''10''', ''10'', though. A Koopa Kid was a playable character for a couple games as well, but lost his playable status in ''Mario Party 7'', and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished]] [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in favor of Bowser Jr.]] afterwards.
3rd Sep '17 7:41:01 PM EndarkCuli
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** Ukyo Tachibana, despite appearing in nearly every game, is this. He was first introduced as TheRival for Haohmaru (being based on UsefulNotes/SasakiKojiro while Haohmaru is based on UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi). Then in the second game, they introduced Haohmaru's true rival with
the story connections to go: Genjuro Kibagami. Afterwards, Ukyo became more irrelevant to the main storyline, going so low as being beaten like a CannonFodder in Haohmaru's ending in ''IV'', but still appear in the games [[EnsembleDarkhorse due to fan demand]].

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** Ukyo Tachibana, despite appearing in nearly every game, is this. He was first introduced as TheRival for Haohmaru (being based on UsefulNotes/SasakiKojiro while Haohmaru is based on UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi). Then in the second game, they introduced Haohmaru's true rival with
with the story connections to go: Genjuro Kibagami. Afterwards, Ukyo became more irrelevant to the main storyline, going so low as being beaten like a CannonFodder in Haohmaru's ending in ''IV'', but still appear in the games [[EnsembleDarkhorse due to fan demand]].



* Metal Gear Petit Mk2 in ''VideoGame/SDSnatcher''.

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* Metal Gear Petit Mk2 [=Mk2=] in ''VideoGame/SDSnatcher''.



** ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'''s redesigned Story Mode [[ContestedSequel received criticism]] because only the main characters, Patroklos and Pyrrha receive any kind of backstory and characterization. Most of the new characters have an average of only five lines and contribute minimally to the advancement of the plot. Two returning characters actually have NO dialogue and leap out of nowhere in order to be fought. Nine of the returning characters don't make a single appearance in the game's story. Made worse by the fact that it's no longer possible to read character bios in the game. In order to learn what the rest of the characters have been up to since the 17 year time skip, one has to view their official online profiles. Additionay, two major and fan-favorite characters, Talim and Zasalamel, were removed from the story entirely. Unlike others who at least had mention of what they did after ''Soulcalibur IV'', their profiles just stop.\\\
Algol. [[spoiler: Averted with the artbook, revealing he is TheManBehindTheMan. While everybody else is caught up in destroying the Soul swords, he's secretly corrupting the world's energy flux in the hopes of conquering it when everybody is weakened.]]

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** ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'''s redesigned Story Mode [[ContestedSequel received criticism]] because only the main characters, Patroklos and Pyrrha receive any kind of backstory and characterization. Most of the new characters have an average of only five lines and contribute minimally to the advancement of the plot. Two returning characters actually have NO dialogue and leap out of nowhere in order to be fought. Nine of the returning characters don't make a single appearance in the game's story. Made worse by the fact that it's no longer possible to read character bios in the game. In order to learn what the rest of the characters have been up to since the 17 year time skip, one has to view their official online profiles. Additionay, two major and fan-favorite characters, Talim and Zasalamel, were removed from the story entirely. Unlike others who at least had mention of what they did after ''Soulcalibur IV'', their profiles just stop.\\\
Algol. [[spoiler: Averted
There's also Algol, but averted with the artbook, revealing he [[spoiler:he is TheManBehindTheMan. While everybody else is caught up in destroying the Soul swords, he's secretly corrupting the world's energy flux in the hopes of conquering it when everybody is weakened.]]



* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekSupremacy'' FanSequel to ''Birth of the Federation'' (a Star Trek Master of Orion-clone) does this on a civilizational level -- the Ferengi are demoted from a playable major civilization to a minor faction to woo or conquer. Their place as a major faction is instead taken by the Dominion.

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* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekSupremacy'' ''Star Trek Supremacy'' FanSequel to ''Birth of the Federation'' (a Star Trek Master of Orion-clone) does this on a civilizational level -- the Ferengi are demoted from a playable major civilization to a minor faction to woo or conquer. Their place as a major faction is instead taken by the Dominion.
31st Aug '17 7:17:26 AM Doug86
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** After decades of being the premier Captain and unofficial leader of numerous SRW armadas, [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Bright Noah]] finally takes a step back, and [[SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Okita]] leads Earth Fleet Tenku instead. There is even a scene where [[spoiler: Okita tells Bright to take over command of the fleet should he die before completing their mission]].

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** After decades of being the premier Captain and unofficial leader of numerous SRW armadas, [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Bright Noah]] finally takes a step back, and [[SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Okita]] leads Earth Fleet Tenku instead. There is even a scene where [[spoiler: Okita tells Bright to take over command of the fleet should he die before completing their mission]].
24th Aug '17 9:36:50 AM Midna
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* It seems like Creator/{{Capcom}}'s once beloved mascot, ''Franchise/MegaMan'', has now suffered from this. After a series of games starring the "blue bomber", Zero, whom was first introduced in ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has seemly taken over. By ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] had the storyline with more CharacterDevelopment, while Mega Man was portrayed as one track minded. Then followed a series of handheld games starring Zero called ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. This alone wouldn't be a problem, but then you had Capcom cancelling the much talked about ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 3'' which received a huge backlash from fans. And in the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series of fighting games, Mega Man was once a playable character, but he once again was replaced by Zero, whom as of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' is easily one of the best characters in the series. Then there was the promise to put Mega Man in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', only for Capcom to use the crappy American box-art version from [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the original]] 8-bit UsefulNotes/{{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game, which again received hateful responses. The streak of bad luck finally ended when the original 8-bit Mega Man was revealed as a playable character in the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game.

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* It seems like Creator/{{Capcom}}'s once beloved mascot, ''Franchise/MegaMan'', has now suffered from this. After a series of games starring the "blue bomber", Zero, whom was first introduced in ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has seemly taken over. By ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] had the storyline with more CharacterDevelopment, while Mega Man was portrayed as one track minded. Then followed a series of handheld games starring Zero called ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. This alone wouldn't be a problem, but then you had Capcom cancelling the much talked about ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 3'' which received a huge backlash from fans. And in the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series of fighting games, Mega Man was once a playable character, but he once again was replaced by Zero, whom as of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' is easily one of the best characters in the series. Then there was the promise to put Mega Man in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', only for Capcom to use the crappy American box-art version from [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the original]] 8-bit UsefulNotes/{{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game, which again received hateful responses. The streak of bad luck finally ended when the original 8-bit Mega Man was revealed as a playable character in the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game. Later on down the line, Capcom themselves would introduce VideoGame/MegaManX as a playable character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite''.
24th Aug '17 5:57:58 AM salvadorfranz
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel III'' demotes everyone from Class VII, sans [[TheHero Rean]], into supporting casts to make way for the new Class VII. Meanwhile Altina Orion, who was originally an antagonist in ''Cold Steel II'', is now promoted to main character status.



** A similar case can be seen with the BridgeBunnies. Early in ''OG 1'', Rio becomes a pilot and stays that way until the end of ''OG 2''. After [[spoiler:Daitetsu's death]], Eita and Tetsuya end up taking charge and commanding the Kurogane to the best of their abilities. And poor Eun, best friend to the Hiryu Kai's captain Lefina? She is just there to give bits of information every so often, lacking even the hint of ADayInTheLimelight.

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** A similar case can be seen with the BridgeBunnies. Early in ''OG 1'', Rio becomes a pilot and stays that way until the end of ''OG 2''. After [[spoiler:Daitetsu's death]], Eita and Tetsuya end up taking charge and commanding the Kurogane to the best of their abilities. And poor Eun, best friend to the Hiryu Kai's captain Lefina? She is just there to give bits of information every so often, lacking even the hint of ADayInTheLimelight. However, this is subverted beginning in ''2nd Original Generation'' where she is now one of the "sub-pilots" of the Hiryu Kai.



** Fiona Gureden is rendered as a sub-pilot for the Excellence Rescue in the ''Second Original Generation''.

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** Fiona Gureden is rendered as a sub-pilot for the Excellence Rescue in the ''Second Original Generation''. ''Moon Dwellers'' brings her back as a pilot with the new Excellence Gunstriker, alongside Raul who has his own.
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