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6th Dec '16 10:15:27 AM LaszloZapacik
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* ''Series/Gotham'': Jerome Valeska is introduced and clearly set up to develop into the arch-villain of the Batman universe [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The Joker]]. [[spoiler: Then he's suddenly killed off shortly after the start of Season 2.]]
28th Nov '16 6:27:22 AM BlacKat
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* In ''Literature/JokerGame'', everyone thought [[AudienceSurrogate Lt. Sakuma]] would be the protagonist, largely owing to [[PatrioticFervor his personality]] being a fairly standard one in works portraying [[ImperialJapan the WWII era]]. However, he disappears from the story after episode two, having refused [[TheSpymaster Lt. Col. Yuuki's]] invitation to join the [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront D Agency]], and is only mentioned again once in passing. Inasmuch as this series ''has'' a protagonist, it's probably [[TheChessmaster Lt. Col.]] [[MagnificentBastard Yuuki]].
27th Nov '16 10:46:19 AM Owlorange1995
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* Although Link is the player character in VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess, the main focus of the story is his ExpositionFairy Midna, an exile of the Twilight Realm, [[spoiler: and the true Twilight Princess who seeks to defeat TheUsurper Zant.]]
25th Nov '16 8:56:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' started out with Daisuke as the protagonist and was your typical ABoyAndHisDog story. Eight episodes in it had a GenreShift when the attention changed to his dog, Gin, and Gin ran off to join a pack of feral dogs. Daisuke doesn't appear again until the tail end of the series and is nowhere in the sequel anime.

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* ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' started out with Daisuke as the protagonist and was your typical ABoyAndHisDog ABoyAndHisX story. Eight episodes in it had a GenreShift when the attention changed to his dog, Gin, and Gin ran off to join a pack of feral dogs. Daisuke doesn't appear again until the tail end of the series and is nowhere in the sequel anime.
15th Nov '16 12:36:25 AM rjd1922
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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.

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** VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 ''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.
13th Nov '16 3:02:42 AM Kishou
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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzrh_NOX2-s promotional video]] for Orange Range's "O2" (the first opening of the second season of ''Anime/CodeGeass''), is also this, with a hint of {{Deconstruction}}. The story follows a {{Samurai}} in love with his lord's {{Geisha}} and having a secret relationship with her, with the band members guest starring as a RagtagBunchOfMisfits just going about their everyday lives. The samurai saves her the first time from a group of thugs through some quick thinking, but when actually forced to fight, he didn't possess the strength to save her. It fell onto the band to save them ala BigDamnHeroes and using a variety of skills from their careers (Hiroki's a thief with SuperSpeed, Yoh's a skilled ronin, ect.) The video ends with Orange Range as the heroes and implies that the geisha broke it off with the samurai afterward, since he wasn't her KnightInShiningArmor after all.

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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzrh_NOX2-s promotional video]] for Orange Range's "O2" (the first opening of the second season of ''Anime/CodeGeass''), is also this, with a hint of {{Deconstruction}}.this. The story follows a {{Samurai}} in love with his lord's {{Geisha}} and having a secret relationship with her, with the band members guest starring as a RagtagBunchOfMisfits just going about their everyday lives. The samurai saves her the first time from a group of thugs through some quick thinking, but when actually forced to fight, he didn't possess the strength to save her. It fell onto the band to save them ala BigDamnHeroes and using a variety of skills from their careers (Hiroki's a thief with SuperSpeed, Yoh's a skilled ronin, ect.) The video ends with Orange Range as the heroes and implies that the geisha broke it off with the samurai afterward, since he wasn't her KnightInShiningArmor after all.
11th Nov '16 3:11:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:Joseph Allen]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', who is killed off in his [[spoiler:second playable mission]] after leaping the MoralEventHorizon. Also implied with Gary 'Roach' Sanderson, whose role as a playable character seems to be to show off how BadAss 'Soap' [=MacTavish=] has become. [[spoiler: Confirmed when Roach [[DroppedABridgeOnHim had a metaphorical bridge dropped on him]] so the rest of the game could be told from Soap's perspective.]]

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* [[spoiler:Joseph Allen]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', who is killed off in his [[spoiler:second playable mission]] after leaping the MoralEventHorizon. Also implied with Gary 'Roach' Sanderson, whose role as a playable character seems to be to show off how BadAss badass 'Soap' [=MacTavish=] has become. [[spoiler: Confirmed when Roach [[DroppedABridgeOnHim had a metaphorical bridge dropped on him]] so the rest of the game could be told from Soap's perspective.]]
5th Nov '16 7:01:44 AM Dravencour
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** In [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the first movie]] we're introduced to Freddy through Tina's dreams, hearing about Tina's fears in regards to the nightmares, and generally being led to believe that this movie will be about Tina's escape from Freddy. And then she's the first member of the group to die.

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** In [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the first movie]] we're introduced to Freddy through Tina's Tina Grey's dreams, hearing about Tina's fears in regards to the nightmares, and generally being led to believe that this movie will be about Tina's escape from Freddy. And then she's the Tina becomes Freddy's very first member victim, and focus soon shifts to Nancy, the true main character of the group to die.film.
1st Nov '16 11:07:17 AM MummyGaGa
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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.
31st Oct '16 6:38:49 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Literature/StrangeFruit'', Tracy Deen is not even the first viewpoint character to be introduced, but still appears to be the protagonist for many chapters, being caught at the center of a LoveTriangle and faced with a difficult decision about what to do about the pregnant girlfriend he regrets he wouldn't be allowed to marry. He makes his decision halfway through the story, and it gets him killed.
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