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27th Jun '17 6:25:49 PM Vir
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** Also all of the other kids who rode on the boys' rollercoaster in the first episode. Did you even know they have canon names? This is {{Lampshaded}} in "[[MusicalEpisode Rollercoaster: The Musical]]"--they take Phineas and Ferb's poster like in the first episode, only for [[TheBigGuy Buford]] to snatch it away, calling them "lousy extras." He, [[BollywoodNerd Baljeet]] and the Fireside Girls take their place on the rollercoaster.

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** Also all of the other kids who rode on the boys' rollercoaster in the first episode. Did you even know they have canon names? This is {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "[[MusicalEpisode Rollercoaster: The Musical]]"--they take Phineas and Ferb's poster like in the first episode, only for [[TheBigGuy Buford]] to snatch it away, calling them "lousy extras." He, [[BollywoodNerd Baljeet]] and the Fireside Girls take their place on the rollercoaster.
27th Jun '17 6:23:58 PM Vir
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** [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] were the classmates of Star and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In the second season, they only appear in the background and never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging Star commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year]]. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra essentially took over their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star, while Janna was usually the {{Muggle}} who wasn't Star that sometimes joined Star's adventures. Tellingly, they were both [[EvolvingCredits taken out of the last shot of the opening credits]].

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** [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] were the classmates of Star and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In the second season, they only appear in the background and never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging Star commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year]]. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra essentially took over their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star, while Janna was usually the {{Muggle}} {{Muggle|s}} who wasn't Star that sometimes joined Star's adventures. Tellingly, they were both [[EvolvingCredits taken out of the last shot of the opening credits]].
22nd Jun '17 2:56:25 PM KagSwirby
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** Bo Peep in the ''Franchise/ToyStory'' series, while never a big character, has suffered this. In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', she at least gets several scenes that develop her relationship with Woody and is present throughout the story, along with scenes where she is the main focus as she wonders why he and Buzz have gone. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', she is still present, but only for the first 20 minutes, but still takes up the (offscreen) job of managing the other toys until Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew return at the end of the film. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', however, she is only present (sans voice) in Andy's home movie, and soon afterward is said to have been sold at a garage sale.

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** Bo Peep in the ''Franchise/ToyStory'' series, while never a big character, has suffered this. In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', she at least gets several scenes that develop her relationship with Woody and is present throughout the story, along with scenes where she is the main focus as she wonders why he and Buzz have gone. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', she is still present, but only for the first 20 minutes, but still takes up the (offscreen) job of managing the other toys until Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew return at the end of the film. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', however, she is only present (sans voice) in Andy's home movie, and soon afterward is said to have been sold at a garage sale. However, she will reappear in ''Toy Story 4''.
22nd Jun '17 2:53:48 PM KagSwirby
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':

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* The more cliche characters of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
3rd Jun '17 11:11:40 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' Django was originally set up like he would be a part of the boys' main group, but after one DayInTheLimelight episode he was pretty much relegated to background shots.
** Also all of the other kids who rode on the boys' rollercoaster in the first episode. Did you even know they have canon names? This is {{Lampshaded}} in "[[MusicalEpisode Rollercoaster: The Musical]]"--they take Phineas and Ferb's poster like in the first episode, only for [[TheBigGuy Buford]] to snatch it away, calling them "lousy extras." He, [[BollywoodNerd Baljeet]] and the Fireside Girls take their place on the rollercoaster.
** InUniverse in "[[OffToSeeTheWizard Wizard of Odd]]:" Candace winds up ignoring the rusted Tin Man and [[AscendedExtra the talking tree, "played" by Jeremy, joins their group instead]].
12th May '17 6:40:42 PM icewaterfire22
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Hayley, particularly from Season 3 on. Compare her screen time with Francine's, Steve's, or Roger's. Arguably because the show switched from politics driven to character/story emphasis, and her personality wasn't much developed other than as the [[StrawCharacter strawman liberal]].
*** Starting from Season 9, she's been receiving more focus compared to her screen time from the last few seasons. To the point where after two seasons into the show's run on TBS she's had more episodes where she's either central focus or plays an important role than there are ones with Francine doing the same thing.
** Most of the supporting characters from the first few seasons fell victim to this around the time that the show started phasing out it's political edge (late 2008/early 2009). Characters like Chuck White and Linda Memari haven't had any relevance or speaking parts for at least seven seasons.
** Greg & Terry were arguably the only characters from the supporting cast to continue to still have relevance and speaking parts as most of them were shoved to the background, but even they eventually fell victim to this starting in Season 11 after Mike Barker (showrunner, co-creator, and voice of Terry) left the series. Eventually, Terry was PutOnABus by dumping Greg in order to go on a 311 tour which will likely further decrease the latter's appearances.



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': Woodhouse makes markedly fewer appearances as the show progresses. With more and more episodes focusing on missions abroad, and sometimes continuing abroad across multiple episodes, his role has shifted from one of the ensemble in scenes at Archer's apartment to mostly cutaway gags. He's probably referenced more than he appears, especially in Season 5. He failed to appear in season 6 at all. His absence eventually became a RunningGag. Not only did he continue to fail to show up for Season 7, but he wasn't even ''acknowledged'' once in the aforementioned.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'': Courtney and Miranda are major characters throughout the middle school episodes however starting with high school they're put on the back-burner to focus on Ginger's love life. Miranda has a few lines and pops up in the finale, while Courtney is prevalent in the finale film but in season 3 itself mostly only appeared to be [[ButtMonkey bullied]] by older girls. Blake is ignored in season 3 too. [[spoiler:Courtney doesn't even appear in the DistantFinale, despite Ginger's other friends all being there.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[spoiler:Teo, The Duke, and Haru]] in late Season 3. At the end of "Day of Black Sun" [[spoiler:they escaped on Appa with the rest of the Gaang... [[WordOfGod according to the commentary]], because the writers felt that sending children to a Fire Nation prison would be too harsh. But the writers couldn't figure out anything else to do with them, despite Teo being a great glider pilot and inventor and Haru being a decent Earthbender in his own right… so they only appeared in the background, or the focus of "road trip with Zuko" episodes was set away from the Western Air Temple where they were encamped, until they could be PutOnABus (along with the just-rescued Hakoda) in "The Southern Raiders". (In later commentary, the writers joked about wanting to do an episode entirely about their adventures exploring the Western Air Temple.)]]
** The series goes out of its way to have a balanced roster of male to female characters, but the action figures of the series are only of the male characters (even minor or nameless male characters get action figures ahead of the lead females). They eventually announced a figure for Katara in the second line, but then the whole line was cancelled and they haven't made any since.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Lin Beifong's role in Season 2 was significantly smaller than Season 1. Despite her being promoted to chief of the entire police force, not just metalbending corps. The later seasons give her more to do, however, focusing a lot on the angst that she feels at being personally betrayed/estranged by members of her family, specifically her sister in Season 3 and her mother (Toph) in Season 4.
** Asami was a major character in Season 1 due to being part of a LoveTriangle and the daughter of one of the central antagonists, her personal conflict against him tying deeply into the overall conflict. In Season 2, however, she is mainly just used for transporting other characters and having ''another'' fling with Mako that goes nowhere. In future seasons she appears more though.
** Mako and Bolin have pretty much become this in Season 3, with little time devoted to them and even in episodes where they play a significant role they often second fiddles or just being used to move the plot forward. Mako in particular, who was one of the most heavily featured characters in the first two seasons, had very little impact on the story this season and was used more as a comic-relief character alongside his brother, who had always held that role.
*** Bolin gets his time to be in the spotlight again in the final season, as a lot of it is used to show how his time working for (and then rebelling against) Kuvira as a part of her army, and then more time still is given both to showcase the ups and downs of his relationship with Opal, as well as his escapades with Varrick. However, Mako remains mostly in the background again, with most of his screentime spent helping to protect and advise Prince Wu.
** Varrick went from being a driving force in Season 2's arc to a something bordering on OneSceneWonder character in Season 3. His status as a major supporting character was brought back with a vengeance in for Season 4, with some added CharacterDevelopment to boot. However, at the same time, that season saw Tenzin lose some of his importance, as Korra began to operate a lot more independently from him throughout the season and his children were growing up and influencing the plot without his presence. Asami also was less active in the main plot until the final few episodes, though she was used as a correspondent for Korra to share her troubles with and was able to have some scenes where she gradually reconciled with her father, which is more than she had in Season 2.
** Kai, who got major screentime in Season 3 for being the first airbender recruit and Jinora's love interest shows up in the first episode of Season 4 and then disappears util the GrandFinale, in which he didn't get any dialog.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/BlazingDragons'' season 2, Princess Flame plays a major role in some of the first episodes, but in later episodes she sometimes does not appear, and rarely speaks any lines when she does (appearing in a few episodes with no lines at all).
* Mort from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''. He and his mortuary business play a crucial role in the first episode of the series, and he even has his own episode titled "Weekend at Mort's" in the first season. He was considered one of the Belchers' best customers and a friend of the family. Together, Mort and Teddy were a straight example of ThoseTwoGuys in the first three seasons or so. After that point, Mort's appearances were heavily reduced, and several of his appearances have little to no lines. In Season 6, he only had speaking roles in four episodes, and still has yet to appear at all in the current seventh season. However, Teddy continues to appear in almost every episode.
** In "Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial", Mort appears in two scenes and is even acknowledged by Teddy at one point, but still does not have any lines for the whole episode.
** Mort is also the Belchers' next door neighbor. Despite this, they almost-always ask Teddy for impromptu assistance with something at home instead. In "Christmas in the Car", Bob calls Teddy and asks him to go to their kitchen and turn off the oven since they won't be home in time, even though it would have made more sense to have Mort do it since Teddy lives at least a block or so away.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** Michael Caesar, who moves to the neighborhood shortly into the comic strip and is Huey's best friend (and, at times, the StraightMan to Huey), is completely absent from the television series. Huey gets this treatment in the middle of the second season, since his purpose is to [[AuthorAvatar express the creator's opinion]] on the situation at hand and remind us that the show is satirical in nature, this [[MisaimedFandom causes problems]]. They were planning on bringing him into the third season, but couldn't find the right voice actress.
** Neither Jazmine nor Gin Rummy had any lines for the first half of the third season. It's especially noticeable when Jazmine barely gets a line in the episode all about her parents, even when Jazmine is in the scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'':
** The daughter Roberta was demoted to this a little into the first season, having very little screen time and less dialog. She is also currently the only member of Cleveland's new family that hasn't met the Griffins (Donna meets the Griffins when she and Cleveland have extended cameos in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode in 2011.) However this was mainly due to her voice actress being on maternity leave.
** It would have been commendable of the show to reveal that Cleveland's womanizing best friend Terry is bisexual and in a relationship with a man voiced by Music/JustinTimberlake (the same one who was in Music/{{NSYNC}} and is one of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s most memorable and frequent hosts)... if it weren't for the fact that Terry was demoted immediately afterwards. To add insult to injury, Terry was eventually replaced by Dr. Fist (who wasn't all that memorable or great) in later episodes.
* Sissi in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' was a very frequently recurring character for the first two seasons. For Season 3 and half of Season 4, she was constantly reduced to either cameo scenes or she didn't appear at all. This is justified by the fact that Season 2 had [[CharacterDevelopment gradually eased down on her antagonistic role]], and without that there wasn't much for her to do. In the second half of Season 4, she comes back into focus and reclaims her antagonist status [[spoiler: until the finale in which she becomes a full-on friend to the heroes]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', [[TheHunter Valerie]] frequently appeared in Season One and Two, playing as the series' main AntiHero, then seemingly disappeared in Season Three until the second-to-last episode, then later made a small, speechless cameo in the GrandFinale. And her [[AbortedArc story arc]] ''wasn't even completed yet''!
* While the Urpneys still get a lot of SympatheticPOV in the pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', Rufus is spotlighted as the obvious main protagonist and gets the most CharacterDevelopment. The majority of later episodes place the Urpneys as {{Villain Protagonist}}s with Rufus and the other heroes usually getting far less screentime and focus than them. Even their boss [[BigBad Zordrak]] is demoted, rarely appearing other than to chew out his minions for failure at the beginning and end of each episode (and sometimes not even that).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
** Timmy Turner's best friends, Chester and A.J. In the beginning, both of the boys were major characters with early episodes that centered on Timmy's friendship with these two (such as "Sleep Over and Over", "Foul Ball", and "Smarty Pants"); since Season 7 onward they appear very sporadically, often in non-speaking roles. A.J. seems to have suffered worse from this trope.
** It's most evident with Veronica, Trixie's "best friend", after Season 5. Tad and Chad, after Season 5 as well.
** And [[TheBully Francis]] after Season 6.
** This happens to Chester, A.J., and Vicky in [[Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner the live-action film]] where they just have brief scenes that, except for Chester and A.J. helping Timmy make it into the villain's lair, leave little impact on the plot. Even worse, [[EditedForSyndication their scenes are cut from the reruns of the film]].
** Vicky in general, despite being heavily featured in the opening theme, appears as the antagonist less often nowadays compared to the Foop, Dark Laser, and especially Mr. Crocker.
** Timmy's LoveInterests have seemingly suffered a similar fate: Trixie hasn't made a single speaking appearance since her voice actress left the show after the seventh season. Tootie also, besides the live-action movies, hasn't appeared in the series since Season 7.
** The Anti-Fairy species as a whole only shows up about once in a blue moon nowadays, with the exception of Foop, who is seen by a number of fans as a ReplacementScrappy for the lot of them, particularly Anti-Cosmo.
** While the Crimson Chin isn't nearly as prominent in later episodes as he's been earlier in the series' run, he hasn't suffered the fate as much as Timmy's ''other'' favorite superhero, Crash Nebula.
** Pretty much every character introduced before the series' cancellation aside from Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, Timmy's parents, Jorgen, and Mr. Crocker appear sparingly after the un-cancellation.
* One might forget that the Griffins on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' even have a daughter, with as little screen-time as Meg gets these days. This is even parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball'', where she's in a couple of seconds of the special, tops, and as a giant space worm.
** Parodied in "Something Something Something Darkside":
--->'''Meg:''' How come I never have any lines in these things?
--->'''Peter:''' Shut up, Meg.
** Played with in later seasons, which seem to give her more side stories and deconstruct her ButtMonkey status.
** One might forget too that the Griffins even have another son besides Stewie. Chris' screentime is even lower than Meg's.
** Neil Goldman used to appear a lot in the pre-cancellation seasons. However, once his dad Mort was introduced in season 3, he began to appear less often. He wasn't seen during season 5, had two brief cameos in one episode of season 6 and another in season 7, was again absent for seasons 8 and 9, and made one brief cameo in season 10. Also, Connie D'Amico, a [[AlphaBitch popular girl]] who often antagonized Meg suffered a similar fate. These characters only appeared in Meg-centric episodes, when nowadays Meg herself is victim of this trope too.



* Terrance and Mac's mom had very few appearances in the fifth and sixth season of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Goo had very little screen time in the later seasons too.



* Luanne on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' was in nearly all the episodes for the first three seasons. When she moved into her own house midway through the fourth season she was quietly changed to a recurring character, often not appearing for weeks unless the episode was specifically focused on her. Later on in the series she was upgraded again and became a semi-regular, appearing in about half the episodes.
** Connie (a.k.a. Kahn Jr.) was a fairly important character early on and a love interest for Bobby, however they broke up in the sixth season, but she still had major roles from time to time, but starting with season 9, her role was greatly diminished and wasn't seen very often. In several later episodes where her parents were the main focus, she was nowhere to be seen, and when she ''did'' show up, her role was very minor-- usually limited to a few lines of dialogue.
*** What made this really odd is that Lauren Tom voiced both Connie and her mother Minh, so it wouldn't have been much of a hassle to toss Connie into a scene with her parents.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** While each of the Mane Six have had spotlight episodes in each season, the shortened season 3 gave none to Rarity. Her appearances in that season were only regulated to showing up with the rest of the main cast. It's made even worse when "Spike at Your Service", the one episode that was created to prominently feature her, was changed to have Applejack, who had plenty of Season 3 episodes, be the central character.
** Cheerilee got hit with this hard. In Season 3, the only times she ever shows up are in background appearances in "One Bad Apple", "Sleepless in Ponyville", and "Just for Sidekicks". Her schoolhouse is never shown, and she never even gets a single speaking appearance. What's more, in season 4 she's practically the only notable member of the supporting cast not to receive a PromotionToOpeningTitles; especially odd is that Photo Finish ''does'', despite appearing far less. However, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls she has at least]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish received speaking appearances again]], although still in minor roles.
** Princess Celestia barely makes appearances in later episodes, especially in Season 4, where she only has speaking roles in the season opening and season finale two-parters, and even then she ends up being put out of commission while Twilight and her friends save the day.
** Diamond Tiara was a recurring nemesis of the Cutie Mark Crusaders for the first five seasons, usually appearing in at least a few episodes each season. After [[spoiler:her HeelFaceTurn]] in [[WhamEpisode Crusaders of the Lost Mark]] she has been reduced to only making a few silent cameos during the sixth season. Her friend and cohort Silver Spoon likewise showed up for only a few seconds total in one episode.
** Twist was featured prominently in the Season 1 episode "Call of the Cutie" but has only been regulated to background appearances ever since.
* Pebbles' and Bamm-Bamm's parents in ''WesternAnimation/ThePebblesAndBammBammShow''.
* In early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Django was supposed to be one of the main members of the title characters' group of friends. He got one episode ("Oil on Candace") sort of centered around him, but by season two he's only shown up in a few background shots.



* Pops from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' was originally a main character during the first three seasons as the BreakoutCharacter. After the Season 4 premiere, he became less major as the show goes on, with little lines and development. He even became less naive.
** Skips, Pops, and Hi-Five Ghost have been abandoned most of the time in recent episodes, due to the unhealthy amount of focus on [[TheScrappy Muscle Man and CJ]].
* Lots of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' characters, especially those from the show's first two seasons. For instance, in Season 1, Lewis was regularly seen with Bart and Milhouse, and was explicitly said to be Bart's second best friend. He was quickly demoted to background character, and even those appearances are getting rarer.
** LampshadeHanging in the episode "Das Bus":
--->'''Bart:''' I guess this is the end, Wendell.\\
'''Lewis:''' He's Wendell! (points to Wendell) I'm Lewis!\\
'''Bart:''' Well, whatever. Just tell Wendell I said bye.
** And another was hung in "Homer to the Max";
--->'''Homer:''' I don't understand what happened. Why did they change [[NamesTheSame Homer Simpson's]] character from cool to stupid?\\
'''Lisa:''' The first episode was just a {{pilot}}, Dad. [[ExecutiveMeddling Producers fiddle with shows all the time!]] They change characters, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome drop others]], and push some into the background.\\
(Mr. Largo and the Capital City Goofball walk by in the Simpsons' background window as Lisa says this.)
** Perhaps the most notable is Creator/PhilHartman's characters, Troy [=McClure=] and Lionel Hutz; [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim after he was murdered, these characters were retired out of respect]], and although they sometimes appear in scene backgrounds, no longer have lines.
** For similar reasons, Lunchlady Doris stopped appearing after the death of her VA, Doris Grau. This lasted about a decade, until someone noticed Creator/TressMacNeille does a rather good impression. (Well, she does an impression, at any rate.)
** Marge's mother has also largely vanished. This is a matter of the stress on Julie Kavner's voice; whenever Mrs. Bouvier appears, so do Selma and Patty, and Kavner's voice takes a beating.
** Bill and Marty (Springfield's resident [=DJ=]s) have also slowly disappeared (they stopped appearing after season 15's "Fraudcast News", only to return for season 18's "The Boys of Bummer", and then vanished again)
** Guest characters voiced by celebrities sometimes stick around as mute extras. This is especially common for classmates of Bart and Lisa like Alex (voiced by Lisa Kudrow), Allison (voiced by Creator/WinonaRyder) and Jessica Lovejoy (voiced by Creator/MerylStreep.)
** Another boy named Richard could be seen with Lewis, Milhouse, and Bart in the earlier episodes, but was quickly shoved into the background as well.
* [[spoiler:Twist]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}''. Despite being made Blakk's apprentice early on, he only makes one appearance in season three.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon Johan all but vanished in later seasons -- Peewit made several solo appearances and even got to star in the occasional episode, but Johan was reduced to brief cameos, often not appearing at all. The trope is less obvious in the ''ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit'' comics, but even there he is often overshadowed by Peewit, and is moved OutOfFocus in several later stories.
* Dimmy Finster was a very prominent character in the NBC seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'', getting plenty of screentime and a few starring episodes. When the show jumped to syndication, Dimmy only ever appeared as a silent background character, never figuring into the main plots again.
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* Pops from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' was originally a main character during the first three seasons as the BreakoutCharacter. After the Season 4 premiere, he became less major as the show goes on, with little lines and development. He even became less naive.
** Skips, Pops, and Hi-Five Ghost have been abandoned most of the time in recent episodes, due to the unhealthy amount of focus on [[TheScrappy Muscle Man and CJ]].
* Lots of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' characters, especially those from the show's first two seasons. For instance, in Season 1, Lewis was regularly seen with Bart and Milhouse, and was explicitly said to be Bart's second best friend. He was quickly demoted to background character, and even those appearances are getting rarer.
** LampshadeHanging in the episode "Das Bus":
--->'''Bart:''' I guess this is the end, Wendell.\\
'''Lewis:''' He's Wendell! (points to Wendell) I'm Lewis!\\
'''Bart:''' Well, whatever. Just tell Wendell I said bye.
** And another was hung in "Homer to the Max";
--->'''Homer:''' I don't understand what happened. Why did they change [[NamesTheSame Homer Simpson's]] character from cool to stupid?\\
'''Lisa:''' The first episode was just a {{pilot}}, Dad. [[ExecutiveMeddling Producers fiddle with shows all the time!]] They change characters, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome drop others]], and push some into the background.\\
(Mr. Largo and the Capital City Goofball walk by in the Simpsons' background window as Lisa says this.)
** Perhaps the most notable is Creator/PhilHartman's characters, Troy [=McClure=] and Lionel Hutz; [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim after he was murdered, these characters were retired out of respect]], and although they sometimes appear in scene backgrounds, no longer have lines.
** For similar reasons, Lunchlady Doris stopped appearing after the death of her VA, Doris Grau. This lasted about a decade, until someone noticed Creator/TressMacNeille does a rather good impression. (Well, she does an impression, at any rate.)
** Marge's mother has also largely vanished. This is a matter of the stress on Julie Kavner's voice; whenever Mrs. Bouvier appears, so do Selma and Patty, and Kavner's voice takes a beating.
** Bill and Marty (Springfield's resident [=DJ=]s) have also slowly disappeared (they stopped appearing after season 15's "Fraudcast News", only to return for season 18's "The Boys of Bummer", and then vanished again)
** Guest characters voiced by celebrities sometimes stick around as mute extras. This is especially common for classmates of Bart and Lisa like Alex (voiced by Lisa Kudrow), Allison (voiced by Creator/WinonaRyder) and Jessica Lovejoy (voiced by Creator/MerylStreep.)
** Another boy named Richard could be seen with Lewis, Milhouse, and Bart in the earlier episodes, but was quickly shoved into the background as well.
* [[spoiler:Twist]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}''. Despite being made Blakk's apprentice early on, he only makes one appearance in season three.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon Johan all but vanished in later seasons -- Peewit made several solo appearances and even got to star in the occasional episode, but Johan was reduced to brief cameos, often not appearing at all. The trope is less obvious in the ''ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit'' comics, but even there he is often overshadowed by Peewit, and is moved OutOfFocus in several later stories.
* Dimmy Finster was a very prominent character in the NBC seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'', getting plenty of screentime and a few starring episodes. When the show jumped to syndication, Dimmy only ever appeared as a silent background character, never figuring into the main plots again.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Most of the characters from the first few seasons, particularly Officer Barbrady & Dr. Mephisto, who were major characters in many episodes, and often had whole shows featuring them (both later vanished, and ''South Park'' even got a real police force).
** Jimbo and Ned had major roles in many of the earlier episodes. Now, they rarely appear or speak anymore.
** Tweek, who was a minor character prior to season six (where he replaced Kenny as the 4th member of the group), is now demoted to extra.
** Kenny; after coming back from KilledOffForReal his role was greatly diminished and rarely speaks, although every couple of years since then he will get an episode dedicated to him. This however changed somewhat thanks to the Mysterion episodes. In fact, he's been in all the episodes of season 16 so far, having speaking roles in the majority.
** Chef was showing up less and less (after being more or less the fourth most important character on the show) before he was killed off.
** Pip, one of the most vocal and visible of the kids at South Park Elementary at the show's start, and got a whole episode to himself, got pushed away into the background as the show progressed, and has now vanished completely. Then he [[BackForTheDead returned]] to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim have a mecha's foot dropped on him.]] This was apparently in part due to Parker and Stone being annoyed by fans constantly asking where Pip went, while they never truly liked the character (being that he was made as a jab at Charles Dickens' Pip and other "boring orphan" characters). Parker and Stone have also said that the introduction of Butters had a lot to do with Pip's eventual disappearance from the show, as he eventually took over Pip's role as the kid everybody picked on.
** Cartman's mom was the parent that was seen the most often. Due to her serving Eric's every whim and being a total whore, [[{{Pun}} she got around]]... until Stan's dad took the spot of 'Most Prominent Parent'.
** Kyle's parents have gradually dropped out of sight, as well. Sheila was a major antagonist/WellIntentionedExtremist in the early years, including [[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut the movie]], and she's all but disappeared in the later seasons.
** Stan's sister Shelley was established to be a sociopath who beat up her brother in often over-the-top ways, but now she's become a generic sister character, with her original personality showing once in a blue moon (see "Over Logging"). Later in "Broadway Bro Down", Shelley was given a subplot that attempted to show a softer side to her.
** The Mayor appeared far less as time went on.
** ''The boys themselves''. More and more episodes seem to follow the formula of "Randy does something stupid, while Stan & Kyle get maybe one or two lines in the beginning".
** Wendy, Ike, Fr. Maxi, and Mr. Garrison have scarcely appeared in later seasons.
** Timmy was a major BreakoutCharacter, who gained a lot of media attention for being a positive portrayal of a handicapped person that still managed to avoid being InspirationallyDisadvantaged. However, he suffered this fate after the introduction of Jimmy, another disabled character who can actually speak more than a few words (even if he [[SpeechImpediment can't speak that well]]).
** The switch to season-long arcs from season 19 on has had an interesting effect on this trope: demoted characters can get a lot of screentime if they're important to said arc, but other characters get demoted to replace them. Season 19 gave prominent attention to Barbrady, Principal Victoria and Tweek (and even gave a small part to Jimbo and Ned), but Stan and Kenny were sidelined. The two were demoted even further in season 20 (Kenny hasn't had a ''single line'' all season or even appeared with the group much), while Gerald and ''Heidi Turner'' of all people are {{Ascended Extra}}s.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}''
** Sandy Cheeks, a major character, only has a cameo and one line in TheMovie, and no importance to the plot, and rarely appears in the Paul Tibbit seasons, to the point where she is forgotten, unlike the original series. They even forgot her ''name'' in one episode (she was called "Sandy Squirrel" in a later episode).
** Larry the Lobster got some decent roles early on, but seems to have been forgotten as a character in later seasons.
** A lot of recurring characters from the show seem to have been abandoned most of the time due to the unhealthy amount of focus with [[SpotlightStealingSquad Mr. Krabs and Plankton]]. Such as Sandy, Gary, Mrs. Puff, Pearl, Larry, The Flying Dutchman, Karen, and Patchy the Pirate.
** The blue version of Fred is rarely seen after the second movie. Except in Season 7, where the blue version is seen very commonly.
* Lil, as she was featured somewhat prominently in the early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'', but now makes pretty much only one major appearance per season.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}''
** Sandy Cheeks, a major character,
Many main or reccuring characters of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' only has a cameo and one line receive cameos or minimum dialogue in TheMovie, and no importance to with the plot, and rarely appears in the Paul Tibbit seasons, to the point where she is forgotten, unlike the original series. They even forgot her ''name'' in one episode (she was called "Sandy Squirrel" in a later episode).
** Larry the Lobster got some decent roles early on, but seems to have been forgotten as a character in later seasons.
** A lot of recurring characters from the show seem to have been abandoned most
rest of the time due to the unhealthy amount of focus with [[SpotlightStealingSquad being on [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick and Plankton. Midway through, Mr. Krabs spends the entire movie frozen, Squidward's dialogue is rather limited in constrat with his speaking roles on the show, and Plankton]]. Such as Sandy, Gary, Mrs. Puff, Pearl, Larry, The Flying Dutchman, Karen, and Patchy the Pirate.
** The blue version of Fred is rarely seen after the second movie. Except in Season 7, where the blue version is seen very commonly.
* Lil, as she was featured somewhat prominently in the early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'', but now makes pretty
Gary (not that he has much to say anyway) only one major appearance per season.appear in cameos.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', only a certain amount of characters get to compete in each season, making any characters who don't qualify limited to cameo appearances for the duration of the season. And from ''Total Drama: All Stars'' onwards, some of these characters don't appear in any capacity.



* Ever since circa 2005, Dad Asparagus has been appearing a lot less compared to his wife and son in ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales''. He still appears every now and then but not as much as in the early days.



* In some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'', Jimmy Z (and, on rare occasions, Koki) might get some screen time, but barely any dialogue. In a few, he doesn't even speak, but rather gets his share of screen time. This decreases as the show goes on.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', Medusa is the leader of Comicbook/TheInhumans instead of Black Bolt. Black Bolt only gets a brief cameo where he's seen flying over Attilan, and doesn't have any real role in the episode.
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** [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] were the classmates of Star and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In the second season, they only appear in the background and never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging Star commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year]]. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra essentially took over their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star.
** [[AlphaBitch Brittney]] was another classmate of Star's that appeared regularly at the show's beginning and nearly disappeared in the second season--she only had two, brief appearances in the foreground, one of them non-speaking.

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** [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] were the classmates of Star and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In the second season, they only appear in the background and never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging Star commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year]]. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra essentially took over their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star.
Star, while Janna was usually the {{Muggle}} who wasn't Star that sometimes joined Star's adventures. Tellingly, they were both [[EvolvingCredits taken out of the last shot of the opening credits]].
** [[AlphaBitch Brittney]] was another classmate of Star's that appeared regularly at the show's beginning and nearly disappeared in the second season--she only had two, brief appearances in the foreground, one of them non-speaking. She was likewise removed from the last shot of the opening.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] mostly appear in the background and don't get much lines in Season 2. In "Collateral Damage", Star even commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
**
[[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] mostly were the classmates of Star and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In the second season, they only appear in the background and don't get much lines in Season 2. In "Collateral Damage", never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging Star even commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year.year]]. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra essentially took over their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star.
** [[AlphaBitch Brittney]] was another classmate of Star's that appeared regularly at the show's beginning and nearly disappeared in the second season--she only had two, brief appearances in the foreground, one of them non-speaking.
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'' : Woodhouse makes markedly fewer appearances as the show progresses. With more and more episodes focusing on missions abroad, and sometimes continuing abroad across multiple episodes, his role has shifted from one of the ensemble in scenes at Archer's apartment to mostly cutaway gags. He's probably referenced more than he appears, especially in Season 5. He failed to appear in season 6 at all. His absence eventually became a RunningGag. Not only did he continue to fail to show up for Season 7, but he wasn't even ''acknowledged'' once in the aforementioned.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'' : ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': Woodhouse makes markedly fewer appearances as the show progresses. With more and more episodes focusing on missions abroad, and sometimes continuing abroad across multiple episodes, his role has shifted from one of the ensemble in scenes at Archer's apartment to mostly cutaway gags. He's probably referenced more than he appears, especially in Season 5. He failed to appear in season 6 at all. His absence eventually became a RunningGag. Not only did he continue to fail to show up for Season 7, but he wasn't even ''acknowledged'' once in the aforementioned.



** Lilo in any material outside the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' movies and ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. Stitch is the regular moneymaker, while Lilo hardly, barely or never gets a mention. Even ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' omitted her from their movie-themed level (though to be fair, that was a prequel), she only gets a cameo in the ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' anime showing that she now has a similar-looking daughter of her own, and is only briefly shown in a flashback scene in the Chinese animated series ''[[Animation/StitchAndAi Stitch & Ai]]''.

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** Lilo in any material outside the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' movies and ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. Stitch is the regular moneymaker, while Lilo hardly, barely or never gets a mention. Even ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' omitted her from their movie-themed level (though to be fair, that was a prequel), she only gets a cameo in the ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' anime showing that she now has a similar-looking daughter of her own, and is only briefly shown in a flashback scene flashbacks in the Chinese animated series ''[[Animation/StitchAndAi Stitch & Ai]]''.''Animation/StitchAndAi''.
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