History DemotedToExtra / VideoGames

11th Apr '16 1:17:51 AM LinTaylor
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** The American Sports Team from ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters '94]]'', only returned as playable characters in one game and that was ''KOF '98''. Their other appearances in the series were mostly just background and ending cameos.

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** The American Sports Team from ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters '94]]'', only returned as playable characters in one game and that was ''KOF '98''. Their other appearances in the series were mostly just background and ending cameos. Even worse, the team is reduced to [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkies]]; officially, they get mugged for their invitations '''every. single. year.'''
4th Apr '16 12:02:30 AM merotoker
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* While Sun Quan was often [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed]] by his father Sun Jian and (To a lesser extent) his brother Sun Ce in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series, [=DW6=] ups this to the point where ''his father'' gets a story mode over him, the ''actual ruler'' of Wu. Keep in mind that only five characters (Plus two in the special edition) per faction as well as "other" characters Diao Chan and Lu Bu. Practically, ''Wu itself'' could be considered this compared to Wei and (especially) Shu.

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* While Sun Quan was often [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed]] {{overshadowed|ByAwesome}} by his father Sun Jian and (To (to a lesser extent) his brother Sun Ce in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series, [=DW6=] ups this to the point where ''his father'' gets a story mode over him, the ''actual ruler'' of Wu. Keep in mind that only five characters (Plus two in the special edition) per faction as well as "other" characters Diao Chan and Lu Bu. Practically, ''Wu itself'' could be considered this compared to Wei and (especially) Shu.



** The same game also does this to a few characters from ''Binding Blade''. Fae and Sophia, both playable characters, are reduced to cameo appearences in ''Blazing Sword'', while Murdoch, TheDragon from ''Binding Blade'', shows up in ''Blazing Sword'' for a role so minimal it could have been filled by a {{Mook}}. Justified since ''Blazing Sword'' is a prequel, so these appearences were more intended as Inverted [[EarlyBirdCameo Early Bird Cameos]] .

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** The same game also does this to a few characters from ''Binding Blade''. Fae and Sophia, both playable characters, are reduced to cameo appearences in ''Blazing Sword'', while Murdoch, TheDragon from ''Binding Blade'', shows up in ''Blazing Sword'' for a role so minimal it could have been filled by a {{Mook}}. {{Mook|s}}. Justified since ''Blazing Sword'' is a prequel, so these appearences were more intended as Inverted inverted [[EarlyBirdCameo Early Bird Cameos]] .



* First Umbrella was removed from the initial roster of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'', then when the DLC began to come out of DevelopmentHell she was replaced by Big Band as the second planned DLC character, and then lost BOTH of the DLC Voting events to Eliza and Beowulf. This is {{lampshaded}} when Squigly and Big Band were funded. [[http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/4731/1361897584898.png Official artwork was created]] [[http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/7690/1363293045574.jpg to thank the fans]] [[http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/127/20130327005900600k.jpg for donating]]. In all of the pictures, Umbrella is looking very annoyed.

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* First Umbrella was removed from the initial roster of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'', then when the DLC began to come out of DevelopmentHell she was replaced by Big Band as the second planned DLC character, and then lost BOTH of the DLC Voting events to Eliza and Beowulf. This is {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Squigly and Big Band were funded. [[http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/4731/1361897584898.png Official artwork was created]] [[http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/7690/1363293045574.jpg to thank the fans]] [[http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/127/20130327005900600k.jpg for donating]]. In all of the pictures, Umbrella is looking very annoyed.



* In ''VideoGame/{{SLEEPINGDOGS}}'', Tran Ma is originally a minor character who provides Wei and Jackie with cars as they try to get initiated, he vanishes into the background [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration the moment you unlock the better car dealers]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{SLEEPINGDOGS}}'', Tran Ma is originally a minor character who provides Wei and Jackie with cars as they try to get initiated, initiated; he vanishes into the background [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration the moment you unlock the better car dealers]].



* While the gameplay of ''VideoGame/TouhouMother'' leans decidedly towards the ''MOTHER'' side of things, the characters from said series are for the most part pushed to the wayside - even [[MOTHER3 Lucas and Claus]] are mere side characters. [[spoiler:There's a reason for this.]] Not so on the sequel though, where Ness enters the scene proper as a playable and important character.

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* While the gameplay of ''VideoGame/TouhouMother'' leans decidedly towards the ''MOTHER'' side of things, the characters from said series are for the most part pushed to the wayside - even [[MOTHER3 [[VideoGame/MOTHER3 Lucas and Claus]] are mere side characters. [[spoiler:There's a reason for this.]] Not so on the sequel though, where Ness enters the scene proper as a playable and important character.



** Tyrande Whisperwind in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. At the end of ''Cataclysm'' she makes appearances in the time-traveling adventures leading to Deathwing's demise, as a boss in End Time and as an ally in Well of Eternity

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** Tyrande Whisperwind in ''WorldOfWarcraft''.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. At the end of ''Cataclysm'' she makes appearances in the time-traveling adventures leading to Deathwing's demise, as a boss in End Time and as an ally in Well of Eternity



** And in the drama CD, most of the cast that doesn't join the Royal Army in ''YggdraUnion'', along with half of the Imperial Army. The fact that Elena seems to be absent has been met with many complaints from the fanbase.

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** And in the drama CD, most of the cast that doesn't join the Royal Army in ''YggdraUnion'', ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', along with half of the Imperial Army. The fact that Elena seems to be absent has been met with many complaints from the fanbase.



** Lilia, the heroe's love interest in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II'', was reduced to a minor supporting character in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} IV'', and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome completely forgotten]] afterward.

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** Lilia, the heroe's hero's love interest in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II'', was reduced to a minor supporting character in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} IV'', and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome completely forgotten]] afterward.



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26th Feb '16 10:01:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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 ''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).

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* 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 ''SonicTheHedgehog4 ''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).
9th Feb '16 4:48:20 AM BigKlingy
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** The same game also does this to a few characters from ''Binding Blade''. Fae and Sophia, both playable characters, are reduced to cameo appearences in ''Blazing Sword'', while Murdoch, TheDragon from ''Binding Blade'', shows up in ''Blazing Sword'' for a role so minimal it could have been filled by a {{Mook}}. Justified since ''Blazing Sword'' is a prequel, so these appearences were more intended as Inverted [[EarlyBirdCameo Early Bird Cameos]] .
7th Feb '16 9:31:39 AM technickal
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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). A Koopa Kid was a playable character for a couple games as well.

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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). 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.well, but lost his playable status in ''Mario Party 7'', and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished]] [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in favor of Bowser Jr.]] afterwards.
31st Jan '16 6:17:57 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Arbiter goes from being an intriguing character in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' to a one-line-wonder whose in-game [=AI=] has the intelligence of a slug in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. That said, player two still gets to play as him in ''3''[='s=] co-op mode, allowing the Arbiter to establish a respectable position as the Chief's erstwhile ally and badass-in-arms. While the Arbiter has never regained a starring role, his importance has been reemphasized in later media, to the point where he becomes one of the main {{Big Good}}s.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Arbiter goes from being an intriguing character in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' to a one-line-wonder whose in-game [=AI=] has the intelligence of a slug in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. That said, player two still gets to play as him in ''3''[='s=] co-op mode, allowing the Arbiter to establish a respectable position as the Chief's erstwhile ally and badass-in-arms. While the Arbiter has never regained a starring protagonist role, his importance has been reemphasized in later media, to the point where he becomes he's become one of the main {{Big Good}}s.
31st Jan '16 6:16:45 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Arbiter from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' going into ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' gets moved from an intriguing character to a one-line-wonder with the intelligence of a slug. Notwithstanding that your co-op partner plays as him, meaning for such players the Arbiter is the Chief's erstwhile ally and badass-in-arms.

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* The In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Arbiter goes from being an intriguing character in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' going into to a one-line-wonder whose in-game [=AI=] has the intelligence of a slug in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' 3}}''. That said, player two still gets moved from an intriguing character to a one-line-wonder with the intelligence of a slug. Notwithstanding that your play as him in ''3''[='s=] co-op partner plays as him, meaning for such players mode, allowing the Arbiter is to establish a respectable position as the Chief's erstwhile ally and badass-in-arms.badass-in-arms. While the Arbiter has never regained a starring role, his importance has been reemphasized in later media, to the point where he becomes one of the main {{Big Good}}s.
28th Jan '16 6:35:36 PM nombretomado
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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 ''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 ''SuperSmashBros'' ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game.
28th Jan '16 6:35:36 PM nombretomado
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23rd Jan '16 9:15:31 AM SpinAttaxx
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* ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':
** ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'':
*** Toy Freddy and Toy Bonnie are only present in ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' as shells in a box. They don't receive phantom hallucinations, nor do they appear in minigames with BB, Toy Chica and Mangle.
*** Bonnie zigzags this; while he's the only original animatronic who only appears as decoration around Fazbear's Fright and doesn't have a phantom counterpart, the BigBad of the game, Springtrap, is a predecessor/variant of him originally named "Spring Bonnie".
** ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4''
*** The Toy animatronics are only present as toys in the after-night minigames (though Mangle does get a Nightmare counterpart in the non-canon [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween edition]]).
*** Despite being the GreaterScopeVillain of the series with increasing prominence as the games went on, the murderer is only seen in an EasterEgg cameo in the minigame after Night 2, making no impact on the plot whatsoever.
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