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4th Mar '16 7:38:40 PM Sammettik
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', where anyone can be the party leader, and is also the only character you control directly in combat and on the field. This can also mean leaving the game's main character Shulk. However, it's not advisable to do so as there are several instances where your party has to fight Mechon. The only thing that can harm them is the Monado and Anti-Mechon/Machina weapons, which only appear about halfway through the game. It doesn't help the fact that 1.- Shulk has terrible AI, 2.- he has Monado Arts, which make him invaluable in breaking visions (not just for Mechon), 3.- out of the aforementioned Monado Arts, there is Monado Enchant, which allows the entire party to surpass the Mechon inmmunity and 4.- the only other way to damage Mechon is to Break them, then Topple them; which, surprise, surprise; means the most viable candidate for breaking is Shulk, since he has 2 Break arts, which just so happen to (arguably) be the best Break arts in the game. Just use Shulk at the beginning, really.
** It's played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade Chronicles X}}'', where your avatar is required to be in the party at all times. You can control anyone in the party other then then the hired avatar of another player, though.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', where anyone can be the party leader, and is also the only character you control directly in combat and on the field. This can also mean leaving the game's main character Shulk. However, it's not advisable to do so as there are several instances where your party has to fight Mechon. The only thing that can harm them is the Monado and Anti-Mechon/Machina weapons, which only appear about halfway through the game. It doesn't help the fact that 1.- Shulk has terrible AI, 2.- he has Monado Arts, which make him invaluable in breaking visions (not just for Mechon), 3.- out of the aforementioned Monado Arts, there is Monado Enchant, which allows the entire party to surpass the Mechon inmmunity and 4.- the only other way to damage Mechon is to Break them, then Topple them; which, surprise, surprise; means the most viable candidate for breaking is Shulk, since he has 2 Break arts, which just so happen to (arguably) be the best Break arts in the game. Just use Shulk at the beginning, really.
** It's played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade Chronicles X}}'', where your avatar is required to be in the party at all times. You can control anyone in the party other then then than the hired avatar of another player, though.
4th Mar '16 7:36:47 PM Sammettik
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* The second ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' allows the player to take Felix out of the main party. You even get special BattleThemeMusic based on who's in the party. The first game also briefly allows one to run around as the three non-Isaac party members.
** Not to mention you didn't even start the game as Felix, but rather as his sister Jenna, though you only play as her briefly.
*** The battle theme only has 2 factors: Felix and Isaac. If Felix is in the party, his theme will play. If Felix isn't but Isaac is, Isaac's theme will play. If neither Isaac nor Felix is in the party, Jenna's theme will play, even if Jenna isn't either.

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* The second * ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' avoids the trope for the most part because, like the game before it, your party never grows beyond four members, so you have no chance to swap out the leader anyway. The second game allows you to arrange your group however you want once your party teams up with the player party from the first game, and you don't have to take Felix out use the main either of the main party.leads if you feel like it. You even get special BattleThemeMusic based on who's in the party. The first game also briefly allows one to run around as the three non-Isaac party members.
** Not to mention you didn't even start
members. ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' also follows up on the game as Felix, but rather as his sister Jenna, though you only play as her briefly.
*** The battle theme only has 2 factors: Felix and Isaac. If Felix is in
exception to the party, his theme will play. If Felix isn't but Isaac is, Isaac's theme will play. If neither Isaac nor Felix is in the party, Jenna's theme will play, even if Jenna isn't either.trope once your party grows beyond four people.



* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' avoids the trope for the most part because, like the game before it, your party never grows beyond four members, so you have no chance to swap out the leader anyway. However, once your party teams up with the party from the first game, you're free to arrange your group however you want and you don't have to use the main lead if you feel like it. ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' also follows up on the exception to the trope once your party grows beyond four people.
26th Jan '16 9:26:12 PM Jacob175
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* ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'': Kyuu will always be in the first party slot. When the party has to split up, like in Chapter 8, whoever the designated leader of that team is will take a permanent slot until the group reforms.
* ''VideoGame/{{Lunarosse}}'' will always have Channing in the lead, as he is the leader of the group's exploration team. He even lampshades near the end of the game, when he volunteers for a mission on the basis that he's been on all the others.
4th Jan '16 12:00:58 PM Willbyr
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** Though, when the main character is knocked out in most other ''{{MegaTen}}'' games, it's an '''immediate''' game over regardless of the state of the rest of your party. There's usually a justification in-game, but it's a {{Scrappy Mechanic}} to some.

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** Though, when the main character is knocked out in most other ''{{MegaTen}}'' ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games, it's an '''immediate''' game over regardless of the state of the rest of your party. There's usually a justification in-game, but it's a {{Scrappy Mechanic}} to some.
18th Dec '15 10:31:37 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''ShadowHearts'', although the third game will make you unable to switch out whatever party member is important to the dungeon (like Mao during the Alcatraz dungeon). In addition, you need Natan in the party to do his sidequests.

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* Averted in ''ShadowHearts'', ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', although the third game will make you unable to switch out whatever party member is important to the dungeon (like Mao during the Alcatraz dungeon). In addition, you need Natan in the party to do his sidequests.
12th Oct '15 6:22:51 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has a party limit of 3 characters in battle. When Mario's party grows beyond 3 members, you can switch out characters however you wish, but Mario can never be swapped out. Luckily, Mario falling in battle will not count as a Game Over.
6th Oct '15 2:00:20 AM neoXsaga
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*** You still have to control Vaan in towns however in XII and Tidus when on the map anywhere (Except for that one scene where you play Yuna). Tidus, along with Rikku and Wakka, are the only characters available while underwater since the others presumably can't swim.

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*** You still have to control Vaan in towns however in XII and Tidus when on the map anywhere (Except for that one scene where you play Yuna). Tidus, along with Rikku and Wakka, are the only characters available while underwater since the others presumably can't swim.hold their breath indefinitely unlike the other three.
23rd Sep '15 12:41:57 PM morenohijazo
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See Also: RequiredPartyMember, when it's Alice, Charlie, Dave, or Emily that's forced into your group; and {{We Cannot Go On Without You}} when the death of Bob stops the entire plot; even if Alice could [[OnlyMostlyDead resurrect them.]]

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See Also: RequiredPartyMember, when it's Alice, Charlie, Dave, or Emily that's forced into your group; and {{We Cannot Go On Without You}} when the death of Bob stops the entire plot; even if Alice could [[OnlyMostlyDead resurrect them.]]
]] The inverse is MissingMainCharacter.
21st Sep '15 7:45:53 PM TheDiego908
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', where anyone can be the party leader, and is also the only character you control directly in combat and on the field.

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* Averted Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', where anyone can be the party leader, and is also the only character you control directly in combat and on the field.field. This can also mean leaving the game's main character Shulk. However, it's not advisable to do so as there are several instances where your party has to fight Mechon. The only thing that can harm them is the Monado and Anti-Mechon/Machina weapons, which only appear about halfway through the game. It doesn't help the fact that 1.- Shulk has terrible AI, 2.- he has Monado Arts, which make him invaluable in breaking visions (not just for Mechon), 3.- out of the aforementioned Monado Arts, there is Monado Enchant, which allows the entire party to surpass the Mechon inmmunity and 4.- the only other way to damage Mechon is to Break them, then Topple them; which, surprise, surprise; means the most viable candidate for breaking is Shulk, since he has 2 Break arts, which just so happen to (arguably) be the best Break arts in the game. Just use Shulk at the beginning, really.
22nd Aug '15 1:56:45 AM billybobfred
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' similarly does not force you to use Chrom in skirmishes. You are also only forced to use [[HelloInsertNameHere Robin]] in one chapter (Chapter [[spoiler:23]]), despite him/her being the PlayerCharacter.

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' similarly does not force you to use Chrom in skirmishes. You are also only forced to use [[HelloInsertNameHere Robin]] in one chapter (Chapter [[spoiler:23]]), despite him/her them being the PlayerCharacter.
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