History DemotedToExtra / VideoGames

23rd Apr '17 8:33:00 PM nombretomado
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* Spoofed in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' Drama CD ''Viva Tales of!'' to promote ''Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology''. It got Veigue Lungberg of ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'', being the protagonist and all, in the interview. Then he finds out that he's not in the actual game (with other characters like Eugene Gallardo and Annie Barrs actually in). Cue to him crying and shouting '''[[SayMyName CLAAAAAAIIIIIRREEEEE!!!!!!!]]''' (He got in the sequel, though).

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* Spoofed in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' Drama CD ''Viva Tales of!'' to promote ''Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology''. It got Veigue Lungberg of ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'', being the protagonist and all, in the interview. Then he finds out that he's not in the actual game (with other characters like Eugene Gallardo and Annie Barrs actually in). Cue to him crying and shouting '''[[SayMyName CLAAAAAAIIIIIRREEEEE!!!!!!!]]''' (He got in the sequel, though).
10th Apr '17 8:23:18 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* Compared to the three girls, Calvina tends to get shafted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgement'' supporting materials and fanworks.

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* Compared to the three girls, Calvina tends to get shafted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgement'' ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' supporting materials and fanworks.
10th Apr '17 6:45:09 PM josh6243
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** 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.
6th Apr '17 11:49:40 PM josh6243
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**[[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.
5th Apr '17 11:09:26 PM josh6243
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** [[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).
19th Mar '17 1:01:25 AM josh6243
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* In ''[[VideoGame/SeventhDragon 7th Dragon (2020-II)]]'' Rin is largely outside the spotlight. The personal drama now centers around Emelle.



* 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.



* In ''[[VideoGame/SeventhDragon 7th Dragon (2020-II)]]'' Rin is largely outside the spotlight. The personal drama now centers around Emelle.
* 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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* In ''[[VideoGame/SeventhDragon 7th Dragon (2020-II)]]'' Rin is largely outside the spotlight. The personal drama now centers around Emelle.
* 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.
19th Mar '17 12:59:23 AM josh6243
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** [[Anime/ShinMazinger Viscount Pygman]] only makes a cameo in a cutscene before getting killed by Tetsuya.

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** [[Anime/ShinMazinger Viscount Pygman]] Pygman]], just like in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX BX]]'', only makes a cameo in a cutscene before getting killed by Tetsuya.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 [[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]].
18th Mar '17 10:00:04 AM BlackYakuzu94
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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]].



* Every character in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' who isn't Sonic, Tails, or Eggman had this happen to them to varying degrees. Between ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' and ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' in 2014, the only playable appearance by a character other than Sonic were Tails and Metal Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Episode 2'', as well as Tails piloting vehicles in bonus stages of ''VideoGame/SonicRushAdventure'' and ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. Some other characters were playable in the spin-off game ''SonicRivals 2'' (2007).
** Knuckles and Shadow were not in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', and the two and Amy didn't appear in the Wii version of ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. The setting of the latter game logically prevented appearances from other characters, but the DS version inserted random cameos of most of the cast. This continued the trend of other supporting characters solely making cameos at most in other games.

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* Every character in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' who isn't Sonic, Tails, [[TheHero Sonic]], [[KidSidekick Tails]], or Eggman [[BigBad Eggman]] had this happen to them to varying degrees. Between ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' and ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' in 2014, the only playable appearance by a character other than Sonic were Tails and Metal Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Episode 2'', as well as Tails piloting vehicles in bonus stages of ''VideoGame/SonicRushAdventure'' and ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. Some other characters were They do however make playable in the spin-off game ''SonicRivals 2'' (2007).
** Knuckles and Shadow were not in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', and the two and Amy didn't appear in the Wii version of ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. The setting of the latter game logically prevented
appearances from other characters, but in various spin off titles.
** Even Tails isn't immune to this despite
the DS version inserted random cameos of most of the cast. This continued the trend of other above paragraph. Granted, it's not as pronounced as he does get substantial time as a supporting characters solely making cameos at most character even in other games.the games he is not playable in, but considering in-story he is Sonic's partner in heroism, his gameplay role still seems limited. For example in the standalone ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic & Knuckles]]'', he only appears in the closing cutscene if the game is played as Sonic [[note]]It's averted if you play the full game however, which gives you the option of having Tails accompany Sonic for the entire game barring the TrueFinalBoss[[/note]] and in games like VideoGame/SonicColors, and VideoGame/SonicGenerations he mostly just hangs around while Sonic is taking care of business.



** Tails does get substantial time as a supporting character even in the games he is not playable in, but considering in-story he is Sonic's partner in heroism, his gameplay role still seems limited. For example in the standalone ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic & Knuckles]]'', he only appears in the closing cutscene if the game is played as Sonic.



** Chaos has no real role in ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'''s plot; his appearance is just for the sake of having Emerl copy skills from him.
** Flickies for ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' where they can be seen on Little Planet yet are not relevant to the badniks like in the other classic games (instead, flowers pop out of them).
** The White Wisps in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', who just get cameos since Sonic does not need them to boost, and ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', for the same reason, only being around to give Miiverse items.
** The wisps in general in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', since there is no explanation for their presence.
10th Mar '17 1:08:36 PM josh6243
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* ''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]].
** [[Anime/ShinMazinger Viscount Pygman]] only makes a cameo in a cutscene before getting killed by Tetsuya.
21st Dec '16 10:02:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** Luis from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' isn't playable in mercenary mode, despite the fact that he showed himself to be capable of using a gun in story mode and a total {{Badass}}, yet Hunk, who has no bearing in the main story, appears.

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** Luis from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' isn't playable in mercenary mode, despite the fact that he showed himself to be capable of using a gun in story mode and a total {{Badass}}, badass, yet Hunk, who has no bearing in the main story, appears.
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