History DemotedToExtra / VideoGames

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.
25th Nov '16 1:16:24 PM darkabomination
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* Poor, poor Franchise/{{Rayman}}. Originally the star of his self titled franchise, he has slowly been getting shoved to the sides by those damned Rabbids. This hijacking has gotten to the point where the latest announced game is a Katamari-like game starring the Rabbids. Rayman is nowhere to be found, even in the title. Luckily he got back in the spotlight in ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''.

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* Poor, poor Franchise/{{Rayman}}. Originally the star of his self titled franchise, he has slowly been getting shoved to the sides by those [[TheScrappy damned Rabbids. Rabbids]]. This hijacking has gotten to the point where the latest announced an entire game is a Katamari-like game starring the Rabbids. Rayman is nowhere to be found, even in the title. Luckily he got back in the spotlight in ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}} 2'', Lisa, Cody's girlfriend, has a very bit part compared to the first game. She lampshades this.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}} 2'', Lisa, Cody's girlfriend, has a very bit part compared to the first game. She lampshades this.game, which she lampshades.
* ''VideoGame/RosenkreuzStilette'': Spiritia and her fairy Lili are kidnapped at the very beginning of Freudenstachel, and not seen again until the FinalBoss leaves her BrainwashedAndCrazy in the finale. And she's the main heroine! Justified as Freudia was always planned to star in her own game, and her main goal is to bring her back.



** For the first ''Skylanders'' Spyro came with every copy, had three variations, and was in the title. In the other titles he's dropped out of the title and Spyro isn't available with a copy of the game.

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** For the first ''Skylanders'' Spyro came with every copy, had three variations, and was in the title. In the other titles installments, he's dropped out of the title and Spyro isn't available with a copy of the game.



** 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 in most in other games.

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** 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 in at most in other games.



** Poor Amy gets this pretty bad. She's more or less the fourth semi-main character along with Knuckles and Tails, but rarely gets much focus outside playable games. In the Game Gear spinoffs she appears in the two Drift games, and in the first Adventure and Heroes, she becomes a main character. In Adventure 2 she has an important role helping Shadow follow his HeelFaceTurn, but otherwise spends her time lamenting she doesn't have much to do and is an alternate skin in multiplayer. 06 gives her a minor role, but otherwise ever since that game she gets non-playable cameos in Unleashed, Generations, and briefly Lost World, but that's it.
** Cream has it even worse. Outside of Heroes as part of Team Rose, the second and third Advance games, Battle, and the uncanonical Chronicles, she's not had any playable appearances, and is lucky to get side character status. ''Anime/SonicX'' was unusual in that it made her a frequently reoccurring supporting character and had at least a few lines in every episode.



** While trolls in general seem to be the go-to race for evil mooks, troll heroes tend to either vanish into obscurity or be DrivenToVillainy. And the playable Darkspear tribe—a late (and somewhat rushed) addition to the baseline game to begin with—have been largely sidelined.
** The draenei have pulled up even with trolls in that regard. While they did get quite a bit of focus in the beginning of the Burning Crusade, they were overshadowed by the blood elves after the Black Temple. Like the trolls, they didn't do much of anything in WOTLK. And finally, in Cataclysm, they're the only race to not get a new class—despite rogue, druid, and (if you stretch a point) even warlock being at least theoretically possible. At least they make up a decent percentage of the Earthen Ring faction...but seeing as shamanism is canonically a tiny and new splinter of their culture, that's not saying much.

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** While trolls in general seem to be the go-to race for evil mooks, troll heroes tend to either vanish into obscurity or be DrivenToVillainy. And the playable Darkspear tribe—a tribe?a late (and somewhat rushed) addition to the baseline game to begin with—have with?have been largely sidelined.
** The draenei have pulled up even with trolls in that regard. While they did get quite a bit of focus in the beginning of the Burning Crusade, they were overshadowed by the blood elves after the Black Temple. Like the trolls, they didn't do much of anything in WOTLK. And finally, in Cataclysm, they're the only race to not get a new class—despite class?despite rogue, druid, and (if you stretch a point) even warlock being at least theoretically possible. At least they make up a decent percentage of the Earthen Ring faction...but seeing as shamanism is canonically a tiny and new splinter of their culture, that's not saying much.



** Happens to Adol's partner Dogi in ''Videogame/YsMemoriesOfCelceta''
** Lilia, the 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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** Happens to Adol's partner Dogi in ''Videogame/YsMemoriesOfCelceta''
''Videogame/YsMemoriesOfCelceta''. Averted for most of the other games, as he was originally a OneSceneWonder who randomly shows up to bust Adol out of prison in the first game, and an optional EasterEgg if you do a little {{Backtracking}}. Both the creators and the fans took a liking to him, making him one of the few reoccurring characters.
** Lilia, the hero's love interest in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II'', was reduced to a minor supporting character in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} IV'', and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome completely forgotten]] afterward. Semi-justified as Adol spends his time traveling, and it's an unusually large world in the Ys series.
** The island of Ys itself, and by proxy goddesses Feena and Reah. While they only show up near the end of the second game, they're over all fairly important for the first two installments, but rarely appear after. They do however show up in Ys Origin, as it's a prequel and Feena makes the occasional guest appearance in side works and remakes.
14th Nov '16 2:03:32 PM N8han11
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* Poor, poor Franchise/{{Rayman}}. Originally the star of his self titled franchise, he has slowly been getting shoved to the sides by those damned Rabbids. This hijacking has gotten to the point where the latest announced game is a Katamari-like game starring the Rabbids. Rayman is nowhere to be found, even in the title. Luckily he got back in the spotlight in ''Rayman Origins''.

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* Poor, poor Franchise/{{Rayman}}. Originally the star of his self titled franchise, he has slowly been getting shoved to the sides by those damned Rabbids. This hijacking has gotten to the point where the latest announced game is a Katamari-like game starring the Rabbids. Rayman is nowhere to be found, even in the title. Luckily he got back in the spotlight in ''Rayman Origins''.''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''.
14th Nov '16 5:11:02 AM Adam43
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** Boo was also playable starting with ''Mario Party 5'' up to ''Mario Party 8,'' before Boo was removed from the roster in ''Mario Party 9.'' However, in ''Mario Party: Island Tour,'' Boo was put in the roster for one last party with Mario and Company.

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** Boo was also playable starting with ''Mario Party 5'' up to ''Mario Party 8,'' before Boo was removed from the roster in ''Mario Party 9.'' However, in ''Mario Party: Island Tour,'' Boo was put in the roster for one last party with Mario and Company.Company...or so it seemed, until ''Star Rush,'' where he is exclusive to Mario Shuffle, and although he does not participate in the minigames, players can use his amiibo and "haunt the competition".
9th Sep '16 10:49:03 PM felineki
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** ''The entire Darkstalkers franchise'' has been demoted to extra, seeing as since 1998 it's seen nothing but crossover and cameo appearances in lieu of an actual new installment.
11th Aug '16 10:16:22 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 protagonist role, his importance has been reemphasized in later media, to the point where he's become 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 protagonist role, his importance has been reemphasized in later media, to the point where he's become one of the main {{Big Good}}s.Good}}s, showing up as an important SupportingLeader in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
12th Jul '16 11:06:02 AM AMNK
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* ''VideoGame/{{Xonotic}}'' demoted most of the weapons which made the cut from its SpiritualPredecessor's ''VideoGame/{{Nexuiz}}'' to "Toy" status, only available through a mutator, such as the HLAC, the Mine Layer, the Rifle, the T.A.G. Seeker, the Grappling Hook and the Port-O-Launch. Inverted with the Fireball, which instead was given the [[{{BFG}} Superweapon]] status.
19th Jun '16 9:21:50 PM TheNohrianDarkKnight
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** The Second Generation characters became this in the 3DS games. When it was first introduced in the Japan-exclusive ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', the children characters became the main characters after the first 5 chapters of the game. In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', they are mostly optional characters who have little relevance to the story of those games. While ''Awakening'' does have plot related reasons to include the second generation due to time travel, and one of the second gen characters, Lucina, is actually a main character and thus avoids the "extra" role most of the game, ''Fates'' makes the children completely irrelevant, and seems to be somewhat mishandled in how the concept of it in that game.
15th May '16 10:15:55 AM finalsurvivor1
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** Brahma, except in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.

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** Brahma, except despite being equal to Shiva and Vishnu in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.Hinduism, makes very few appearances in the franchise. The second ''Digital Devil Saga'' game does make use of his appearance...and gives it to Brahma'''n''', a totally different concept, while Shiva and Vishnu are high-end Bonus Bosses.
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.'''
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