History DemotedToExtra / VideoGames

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.
15th Aug '17 3:54:46 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Videogame/YuGiOhMonsterCapsuleGB'' has probably the only instance of Ryou Bakura getting more screentime than Yami Bakura. The Spirit of the Ring doesn't appear in person at all until after the game is beaten.

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* ''Videogame/YuGiOhMonsterCapsuleGB'' ''VideoGame/YuGiOhMonsterCapsuleGB'' has probably the only instance of Ryou Bakura getting more screentime than Yami Bakura. The Spirit of the Ring doesn't appear in person at all until after the game is beaten.
24th Jun '17 12:02:36 PM nombretomado
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** [[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.

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** [[CodeGeass [[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.
13th May '17 4:54:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', Mojo was prominent in ''Enslavers'' but was only in one mission of ''Dark Vengeance''.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft|I}}'', Mojo was prominent in ''Enslavers'' but was only in one mission of ''Dark Vengeance''.



** Liberty from the ''StarCraft Novels'', was going to the one behind the news reports in ''Wings of Liberty'', but the developers decided his anti-Dominion bias would limit the scope of his stories, so he was replaced with Kate and Donny.

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** Liberty from the ''StarCraft ''VideoGame/StarCraft Novels'', was going to the one behind the news reports in ''Wings of Liberty'', but the developers decided his anti-Dominion bias would limit the scope of his stories, so he was replaced with Kate and Donny.
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.
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