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20th Mar '17 12:05:32 AM VesperLord
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** ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' ended up having Ki-bo who was designed to resemble [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa Makoto Naegi]] and was put in the first official video and in the first official artwork to fool the player into thinking he is the main character. As it turns out, Kaede Akamatsu was actually the main character not Ki-bo. [[spoiler:And then Kaede got executed in the game's first case, from then the protagonist position is shifted to Shuichi Saihara.]]

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** ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' ended up having Ki-bo who was designed to resemble [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa Makoto Naegi]] and was put in the first official video and in the first official artwork to fool the player into thinking he is the main character. As it turns out, Kaede Akamatsu was actually the main character not Ki-bo. [[spoiler:And then Kaede got executed in the game's first case, from then the protagonist position is shifted to Shuichi Saihara. And, in Chapter 6, Ki-Bo does end up playable for a short amount of time, so the trope is partially subverted.]]
19th Mar '17 1:45:07 AM Glimbeden
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': in the second season, the first episodes are heavily Trent and Gwen-centric, and the two are even capitains of their teams...but by the seventh episode, they are both eliminated from the show.
15th Mar '17 2:57:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The first ''Film/{{Feast}}'' movie has the characters named "Hero" (''Life Expectancy: Pretty Good. Occupation: Kicking Ass'') and "Heroine" (''Occupation: Wear tanktops, tote shotgun, save day. LIFE EXPECTANCY: Hopefully Better Than The Last Hero'') both end up dying, the former a few minutes after being introduced. The second Heroine (''Occupation: Career waitress, single mom. Life Expectancy: Expects nothing from life.'' upgraded to ''Occupation: Heroine #2. Life Expectancy: Let's hope for the best'') is the one to make it through, even [[InfantImmortality after her son is eaten]]. Needless to say, this movie loves [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality.

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* The first ''Film/{{Feast}}'' movie has the characters named "Hero" (''Life Expectancy: Pretty Good. Occupation: Kicking Ass'') and "Heroine" (''Occupation: Wear tanktops, tote shotgun, save day. LIFE EXPECTANCY: Hopefully Better Than The Last Hero'') both end up dying, the former a few minutes after being introduced. The second Heroine (''Occupation: Career waitress, single mom. Life Expectancy: Expects nothing from life.'' upgraded to ''Occupation: Heroine #2. Life Expectancy: Let's hope for the best'') is the one to make it through, even [[InfantImmortality [[DeathOfAChild after her son is eaten]]. Needless to say, this movie loves [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality.
14th Mar '17 12:50:34 AM CASCHero
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* ''Film/HorrorOfDracula'', the film begins as the usual story of Dracula, with Harker coming to Castle Dracula to discuss buying some property in England to move to. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that he's really a vampire hunter sent there to kill Dracula while under the guise. However he gets bitten by Dracula's bride and, while he manages to stake her, takes too long to do so to Drac before the sun set and is killed and turned. Helsing finds his undead body later while trying to find him and stakes him, effectively taking over as the main protagonist.]]

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* ''Film/HorrorOfDracula'', the film begins as the usual story same of Dracula, the book, with Harker coming to Castle Dracula to discuss buying with Dracula some property in England to move to. [[spoiler: Then it turns out it's revealed that he's really a vampire hunter sent there to kill Dracula while under the guise. guise of a realtor. However he gets bitten by Dracula's bride and, while he manages to stake her, takes too long to do so to Drac before the sun set sets, allowing Dracula to wake who quickly kills and is killed and turned. turns him. Helsing later comes looking for Harker, finds his undead body later while trying to find him and stakes him, effectively taking over as the main protagonist.]]




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* The 1973 version of Dracula (aka Dan Curtis Dracula) likewise started with Harker as the protagonist and coming to Castle Dracula. [[spoiler: Though unlike ''Horror of Dracula'', he has no ulterior motives and just an unlucky visitor. He likwise dies in this version (this time by the brides) and comes back as a vampire at the end of the movie. Oddly it's more Arthur who's the hero of this movie.]]
12th Mar '17 8:17:11 PM M84
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* ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' starts off with an amnesiac Link trying to reclaim his memories as the player character. However, most of the Memories he recovers (and the story in general) focus on Princess Zelda and her struggles to live up to everyone's expectations of her and her own destiny.
11th Mar '17 2:01:09 PM CASCHero
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* ''Film/BridesOfDracula'', Marianne looks to be the main character but halfway into the film, Helsing soon takes over. Though Marianne manages to ''narrowly'' survive the events of the movie.

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* ''Film/BridesOfDracula'', ''Film/TheBridesOfDracula'', Marianne looks to be the main character but halfway into the film, Helsing soon takes over. Though Marianne manages to ''narrowly'' survive the events of the movie.
11th Mar '17 1:58:57 PM CASCHero
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* ''Film/HorrorOfDracula'', the film begins as the usual story of Dracula, with Harker coming to Castle Dracula to discuss buying some property in England to move to. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that he's really a vampire hunter sent there to kill Dracula while under the guise. However he gets bitten by Dracula's bride and, while he manages to stake her, takes too long to do so to Drac before the sun set and is killed and turned. Helsing finds his undead body later while trying to find him and stakes him, effectively taking over as the main protagonist.]]
* ''Film/BridesOfDracula'', Marianne looks to be the main character but halfway into the film, Helsing soon takes over. Though Marianne manages to ''narrowly'' survive the events of the movie.
11th Mar '17 11:48:42 AM nombretomado
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** Played with in ''MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''.[[spoiler: You spend the game beliving yourself to be Big Boss, TheHero of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]'', and the BigBad of the old 2D games, only for it to turn out that you're really a lookalike (A literal "Decoy" Protagonist) named Venom Snake. In fact, it turns out the character [[ChekhovsGunman Ishmael]] was the real Big Boss from the rest of the series. In a way, Venom Snake is ''his own'' decoy protagonist. Extends to the original game as well, with the revelation that Venom Snake will eventually beome the "Big Boss" from the end of the original game, and we never encountered the "real" Big Boss until ''Metal Gear 2''.]]

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** Played with in ''MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''.[[spoiler: You spend the game beliving yourself to be Big Boss, TheHero of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]'', and the BigBad of the old 2D games, only for it to turn out that you're really a lookalike (A literal "Decoy" Protagonist) named Venom Snake. In fact, it turns out the character [[ChekhovsGunman Ishmael]] was the real Big Boss from the rest of the series. In a way, Venom Snake is ''his own'' decoy protagonist. Extends to the original game as well, with the revelation that Venom Snake will eventually beome the "Big Boss" from the end of the original game, and we never encountered the "real" Big Boss until ''Metal Gear 2''.]]
10th Mar '17 7:11:02 PM MagBas
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* Taken to a ridiculous extent in ''VideoGame/{{Kuon}}''. For nearly the entire game, you have two phases--yin and yang--to choose from, each starring a different girl. By the time you've completed them both, one protagonist is [[spoiler:a zombie]] and the other one is [[spoiler:almost dead]]. The true hero of the game is [[spoiler:Abe no Seimei, an exorcist who is only been mentioned in passing up to the point you start playing her phase.]]
5th Mar '17 3:27:29 PM StFan
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* Taken to a ridiculous extent in ''{{Kuon}}''. For nearly the entire game, you have two phases--yin and yang--to choose from, each starring a different girl. By the time you've completed them both, one protagonist is [[spoiler:a zombie]] and the other one is [[spoiler:almost dead]]. The true hero of the game is [[spoiler:Abe no Seimei, an exorcist who is only been mentioned in passing up to the point you start playing her phase.]]

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* Taken to a ridiculous extent in ''{{Kuon}}''.''VideoGame/{{Kuon}}''. For nearly the entire game, you have two phases--yin and yang--to choose from, each starring a different girl. By the time you've completed them both, one protagonist is [[spoiler:a zombie]] and the other one is [[spoiler:almost dead]]. The true hero of the game is [[spoiler:Abe no Seimei, an exorcist who is only been mentioned in passing up to the point you start playing her phase.]]



* ''SteambotChronicles'' does a variant of this trope. In the optional tutorial stage, you play as [[spoiler:Mallow, the hero's childhood friend.]]

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* ''SteambotChronicles'' ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles'' does a variant of this trope. In the optional tutorial stage, you play as [[spoiler:Mallow, the hero's childhood friend.]]



* In ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'', the titular group are seven split personalities all within a crippled man in a wheelchair named Harman, who is the protagonist. [[spoiler: Then the ending comes, which reveals that the leader of the seven personalities and the only one who is shown normally exist seperately of Harman, Garcian, is actually the one with the split personalities under his control, and Garcian ''himself'' is the split personality of the ruthless assassin Emir Parkreiner, and he killed Harman and the recessive six personalities, gaining Harman's power of invoking those personalities and carrying the weapons of the recessive six in his briefcase.]] Their counterparts created by the US military work similarly. [[spoiler: Handsome Red, the supposed leader of the Handsome Men, fights Harman, the supposed leader of the killer7. The last of the Handsome Men-killer7 duels is between Handsome Pink, the real leader of the Handsome Men, and Garcian, which foreshadows Garcian being the true protagonist.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'', ''VideoGame/Killer7'', the titular group are seven split personalities all within a crippled man in a wheelchair named Harman, who is the protagonist. [[spoiler: Then the ending comes, which reveals that the leader of the seven personalities and the only one who is shown normally exist seperately of Harman, Garcian, is actually the one with the split personalities under his control, and Garcian ''himself'' is the split personality of the ruthless assassin Emir Parkreiner, and he killed Harman and the recessive six personalities, gaining Harman's power of invoking those personalities and carrying the weapons of the recessive six in his briefcase.]] Their counterparts created by the US military work similarly. [[spoiler: Handsome Red, the supposed leader of the Handsome Men, fights Harman, the supposed leader of the killer7. The last of the Handsome Men-killer7 duels is between Handsome Pink, the real leader of the Handsome Men, and Garcian, which foreshadows Garcian being the true protagonist.]]



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