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7th Feb '18 9:56:13 PM LadySatsuki
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** Vivi also counts as a Decoy Crew member. She travels and adventures with the Straw Hats for over three story-arcs, is even given her own theme song and commercial eyecatcher, but at the end of the day it's the previous villainess Nico Robin who joins as they leave Vivi behind to rule her country. Now that's a plot twist.
7th Feb '18 9:52:07 AM Nyte
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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', though focused on a team, set up the leader [[BitchInSheepsClothing Alex Wilder]] as the overall protagonist of the series. He was the one who lead the other kids to discover their [[ArchnemesisDad parents]] were supervillains as [[CosmopolitanCouncil the Pride]], helped the team acquire/discover their artifacts and powers, was made to look like he'd be an official couple to ComicBook/NicoMinoru, was the AudienceSurrogate as the only member [[BadassNormal with no powers or special gadgets]], and led the overall charge to end the Pride once and for all. Then, as it turned out, Alex was [[EvilAllAlong loyal to the Pride the whole time]], and was plotting to use the others to fulfill his plans to undermine the Deans and the Hayeses, the two non-humans that planned to betray the others, and actually ''succeeded''... only to be killed off not long after by the Gibborim. For the record, this was at the end of the ''first arc'' in a series that has ran over fifty issues. Afterwards, there's not really a protagonist, though Nico fits closest as the new leader.
6th Feb '18 3:45:55 PM runnerofwinds
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So you've got your hero. He practically has a giant neon sign over his head that says he's a hero. It might be subtle, but it's fairly obvious you've found the guy who'll save the day, get the girl, and live a long and hap -- what the? Did he just get bitten in half by a mutant [[TyrannosaurusRex T. Rex]]?

Some books, films, or games like to mix things up and throw viewers for a loop by revealing that the StandardizedLeader isn't TheHero. This can be very dramatic; there are few more effective ways to showcase AnyoneCanDie than taking out the apparent protagonist. (PlotArmor? What Plot Armor?) It can also be used comedically, revealing that the guy who [[GenreSavvy thinks he's the protagonist]] [[WrongGenreSavvy is just a glorified bit player]]. Sometimes the Decoy Protagonist will turn out to be the antagonist.

IntroOnlyPointOfView frequently is used to emphasize his importance before TheReveal.

What happens next is the guy we perceive as TheLancer, SideKick, or even a fringe loner takes center stage as the real protagonist (maybe even Hero). Usually they reveal a much greater level of personal integrity and strength of will than previously thought.

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So you've got your hero. He They practically has a giant neon sign over his their head that says he's they're a hero. It might be subtle, but it's fairly obvious you've found the guy person who'll save the day, get the girl, girl/guy, and live a long and hap -- what the? Did he they just get bitten in half by a mutant [[TyrannosaurusRex T. Rex]]?

Some books, films, or games like to mix things up and throw viewers for a loop by revealing that the StandardizedLeader isn't TheHero. This can be very dramatic; there are few more effective ways to showcase AnyoneCanDie than taking out the apparent protagonist. (PlotArmor? What Plot Armor?) It can also be used comedically, revealing that the guy person who [[GenreSavvy thinks he's they're the protagonist]] [[WrongGenreSavvy is just a glorified bit player]]. Sometimes the Decoy Protagonist will turn out to be the antagonist.

IntroOnlyPointOfView frequently is used to emphasize his their importance before TheReveal.

What happens next is the guy person we perceive as TheLancer, SideKick, or even a fringe loner takes center stage as the real protagonist (maybe even Hero). Usually they reveal a much greater level of personal integrity and strength of will than previously thought.
6th Feb '18 12:36:24 PM ultimomant
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** [[spoiler: Finn is made out to be the de facto hero in ''The Force Awakens'' trailers and marketing, what with him wielding Anakin's lightsaber and all. While he does get a lot of focus, he ultimately takes on the role of the Deuteragonist, with Rey who is ultimately the Hero. While Finn does use the lightsaber, he's pretty clumsy with it and is nearly killed by Kylo Ren when they duel at the climax of the film, with Rey ultimately felling him. In fact, Maz gave the lightsaber to Finn so he could give it to Rey, as she initially rejected it after a series of terrifying visions which implied that becoming a Jedi was her destiny. It's entirely possible that Finn is Force sensitive like the marketing implies, though it's never explicitly stated in the film itself that he is.]]

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** [[spoiler: Finn is made out to be the de facto hero in ''The Force Awakens'' ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' trailers and marketing, what with him wielding Anakin's lightsaber and all. While he does get a lot of focus, he ultimately takes on the role of the Deuteragonist, with Rey who is ultimately the Hero. While Finn does use the lightsaber, he's pretty clumsy with it and is nearly killed by Kylo Ren when they duel at the climax of the film, with Rey ultimately felling him. In fact, Maz gave the lightsaber to Finn so he could give it to Rey, as she initially rejected it after a series of terrifying visions which implied that becoming a Jedi was her destiny. It's entirely possible that Finn is Force sensitive like the marketing implies, though it's never explicitly stated in the film itself that he is.]]
4th Feb '18 5:47:11 PM nombretomado
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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 and DistressedDude.

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* Shin-Wu from {{Noblesse}} ''Webcomic/{{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 and DistressedDude.
23rd Jan '18 2:41:29 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' has Tahei and Matashichi as the protagonists of the film, and while they continually drive the film, the focus is on General Makabe and Princess Yuki.
23rd Jan '18 2:31:30 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ''Film/NorthwestPassage'' sets up Towne and Marriner to be the main characters. However, the film actually focuses on Major Rogers, played by Creator/SpencerTracy.
17th Jan '18 9:56:45 AM BatDan
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* In ''Manga/DrStone'', the series starts following Taiju Ooki, a hot-blooded yet dimwitted high school student who wakes up thousands of years in the future after every human was turned to stone, only finding his friend the hyper-intelligent Senku, who plans to rebuild society with his immense knowledge of science. After two volumes and freeing Taiju's love interest and the main villain, Taiju goes undercover in the latter's group and the manga now focuses on Senku as he shows a village of cave-people various forms of science.
12th Jan '18 11:15:14 PM theknack101
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** ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' has ''two'' examples of this. You start the game playing as Joseph Schreiber, gone mad from The Room's influence. After the prologue, you start playing as Henry Townshend... who ''still'' turns out not to be the protagonist, as most of the game focuses on Walter Sullivan.

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** ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' has ''two'' examples of this. You start the game playing as Joseph Schreiber, gone mad from The Room's influence. After the prologue, you start playing as Henry Townshend... who ''still'' turns out not to be the protagonist, as most of the game focuses on Walter Sullivan. [[SupportingProtagonist Though you still play as Henry the entire game.]]
7th Jan '18 8:41:56 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheOne'' starts showing Lawless, played by JetLi. Naturally, people assume that he's either the hero or the villain, as the trailers claimed that JetLi is ActingForTwo. Lawless is killed by the real villain Yulaw a few minutes into the film, the latest in the long line of doubles he's already killed.

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* ''Film/TheOne'' starts showing Lawless, played by JetLi. Creator/JetLi. Naturally, people assume that he's either the hero or the villain, as the trailers claimed that JetLi Jet Li is ActingForTwo. Lawless is killed by the real villain Yulaw a few minutes into the film, the latest in the long line of doubles he's already killed.
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