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19th Sep '17 5:11:54 PM thatmadork
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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' sets up TheSquad in the opening battle at Omaha by cutting between the faces of several men in the landing boat, with Captain Miller shouting out orders and a RousingSpeech. Then [[DarkerAndEdgier to show this isn't one of your dad's classic war films]], all of these men save Miller either are immediately riddled with bullets when the door goes down, or they jump over the side and drown because their gear weighs them down. The ''real'' squad make appearances during the battle, trying to stay alive - they only get folded together after the battle.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' becomes this if you play as a female character. The opening is narrated by the tough war veteran male protagonist, Nate, giving a monologue speech about his grandfather's service in World War II and how [[ArcWords war never changes]]. Then he's tragically shot and killed 15 minutes in, in front of his mortified wife, and then you play as her instead.
19th Sep '17 4:52:21 PM thatmadork
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[[caption-width-right:329:Guess which one is the main character.]]

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[[caption-width-right:329:Guess which one is the main character.]]
[[note]]It's the dorky kid on the right. The cool-looking guy with the cape and shades [[ItWasHisSled is killed off 8 episodes in]].[[/note]]]]
13th Sep '17 10:34:15 PM LinTaylor
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* For the majority of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Shinn Asuka was clearly the main character. He got the most focus, piloted the titular mobile suit (the Destiny Gundam), and was front and center on promotional art. However, towards the end he was effectively DemotedToDragon and either Kira Yamato or Athrun Zala, members of the cast of the prequel ''Anime/GundamSEED'' [[SpotlightStealingSquad take center stage]]. Athrun could be the ''true'' main character of the show, as he has the most screentime out of the three main characters and the TV Movies were narrated from his perspective.

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* For the majority of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Shinn Asuka was clearly the main character. He got the most focus, piloted the titular mobile suit (the Destiny Gundam), and was front and center on promotional art. However, towards the end he was effectively DemotedToDragon and either Kira Yamato or Athrun Zala, members of the cast of the prequel ''Anime/GundamSEED'' [[SpotlightStealingSquad take center stage]]. Athrun could be the ''true'' main character of the show, as he has the most screentime out of the three main characters and the TV Movies were narrated from his perspective. However, official sources still identify Shinn the main character all the way through the series.
10th Sep '17 9:59:53 AM nombretomado
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** In fact, Mickey ends up being this in a lot of his shorts due to the [[DonaldDuck supporting]] [[{{Goofy}} characters]] being more popular and having personalities that work better for comedy.

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** In fact, Mickey ends up being this in a lot of his shorts due to the [[DonaldDuck [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck supporting]] [[{{Goofy}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} characters]] being more popular and having personalities that work better for comedy.
2nd Sep '17 10:09:43 PM MisterCPC
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* The first ''Comicbook/{{Azrael}}'' miniseries begins with what appears to be the title character being shot and killed in the first few pages. As it turns out, this was the main character's father and the mantle is a LegacyCharacter.

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* The first ''Comicbook/{{Azrael}}'' miniseries begins with what appears to be the title character being shot and killed in the first few pages. As it turns out, this was the main character's father and the mantle is a LegacyCharacter. Batman himself also serves as one, as despite having top billing in the original miniseries and having most of the focus for the first half, he is captured halfway into the story by [=LeHah=] and the remainder of it focuses on Azrael joining forces with Alfred to rescue him.
31st Aug '17 8:48:41 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' may have Twilight Sparkle as the main star and the front cover, but it was [[HeelFaceTurn Sunset]] [[TheAtoner Shimmer]] who saved the day. Lampshaded by one of the movie's writers, who commented that she was originally writing the story to simply feature Twilight saving the day yet again, before ultimately realizing that Sunset's character arc made her the far better candidate.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' may have Twilight Sparkle as the main star and the front cover, focal point for much of the film's promotional material, but it was [[HeelFaceTurn Sunset]] [[TheAtoner Shimmer]] who saved the day. Lampshaded by one of the movie's writers, who commented that she was originally writing the story to simply once again feature Twilight saving the day yet again, day, before ultimately realizing that Sunset's character arc made her the far better candidate.
29th Aug '17 6:16:59 PM Demotivator
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* Shin-Wu from {{Noblesse}} plays a red herring until the supporting protagonist Raizel shows up. While Shin-Wu is still prominent in the Noblesse S lite novel, he has been relegated to the background of the comic as comic relief & as a {{DistressedDude}}
* In ''Webcomic/TheMitadakeSaga'', we're initially led to believe that [[spoiler:Zaraki Yagami is the protagonist. He's the first character we focus on and the first chapter is about him getting a weapon to defend himself with. Then, just as he's done so, he suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, showing the real protagonist, Zero Nanaya]], the true weight of the situation.

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* Shin-Wu from {{Noblesse}} plays a red herring until the supporting protagonist Raizel shows up. While Shin-Wu is still prominent in the Noblesse S lite novel, he has been relegated to the background of the comic as comic relief & as a {{DistressedDude}}
and DistressedDude.
* In ''Webcomic/TheMitadakeSaga'', the first chapter of ''Webcomic/{{Gosu}}'', a martial artist (who looks strikingly similar to Gang Ryong) is released from prison for an impressive feat and continues to be the focus of the chapter until he gets taken out by the leader of a group of bandits. Cue the revelation that it was the tubby delivery boy who is actually Gang Ryong! A [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping quickly ensues]].
* In ''Webcomic/MitadakeSaga'',
we're initially led to believe that [[spoiler:Zaraki Yagami is the protagonist. He's the first character we focus on and the first chapter is about him getting a weapon to defend himself with. Then, just as he's done so, he suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, showing the real protagonist, Zero Nanaya]], the true weight of the situation.
27th Aug '17 1:08:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/FarawayStory'', [[spoiler:Pia starts as the main character and seems to fit the role of an ''{{Franchise/Atelier}}'' protagonist learning to [[ComingOfAgeStory become strong and independent]]. However, she's killed by the Dark Lord at the end of Part 1, forcing her mentor, Ellevark, to turn back time and prevent its resurrection. In the partially complete Part 2, Pia is nowhere to be seen and Ellevark is now the main character, though it's unknown if she'll rejoin in the final version of the game.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FarawayStory'', [[spoiler:Pia starts as the main character and seems to fit the role of an ''{{Franchise/Atelier}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Atelier}}'' protagonist learning to [[ComingOfAgeStory become strong and independent]]. However, she's killed by the Dark Lord at the end of Part 1, forcing her mentor, Ellevark, to turn back time and prevent its resurrection. In the partially complete Part 2, Pia is nowhere to be seen and Ellevark is now the main character, though it's unknown if she'll rejoin in the final version of the game.]]
12th Aug '17 1:01:05 PM Jgamer
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** Played straight with [[spoiler: Jane]], who was set up to be the [[Deuteragonist Tritagonist]] of [[spoiler: the post-Scratch session]]. In the end though, the one who ends up being more involved with the main plot is [[spoiler: Roxy]].
9th Aug '17 10:06:18 PM JudasZala
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* For the majority of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Shinn Asuka was clearly the main character. He got the most focus, piloted the titular mobile suit (the Destiny Gundam), and was front and center on promotional art. However, towards the end he was effectively DemotedToDragon and either Kira Yamato or Athrun Zala, members of the cast of the prequel ''Anime/GundamSEED'' [[SpotlightStealingSquad take center stage]].

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* For the majority of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Shinn Asuka was clearly the main character. He got the most focus, piloted the titular mobile suit (the Destiny Gundam), and was front and center on promotional art. However, towards the end he was effectively DemotedToDragon and either Kira Yamato or Athrun Zala, members of the cast of the prequel ''Anime/GundamSEED'' [[SpotlightStealingSquad take center stage]]. Athrun could be the ''true'' main character of the show, as he has the most screentime out of the three main characters and the TV Movies were narrated from his perspective.
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