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15th Aug '16 6:57:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Done brutally in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' where SPARTAN B-312, AKA Noble Six has the same combat rating as the Master Chief and, like John, is also [[spoiler: chosen by Cortana to be her carrier. Unfortunately, Six dies on Reach.]]

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* Done brutally in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' where SPARTAN B-312, AKA Noble Six Six, has the same combat rating as the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] protagonist Master Chief John-117 and, like John, is also [[spoiler: chosen by Cortana to be her carrier. Unfortunately, Six dies on Reach.]]
13th Aug '16 2:43:05 AM LondonKdS
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* The ''DC Rebirth'' era ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superwoman]]'' series was promoted as a series following the New 52 Lois Lane after she got some of the New 52 Superman's powers. [[spoiler:She dies at the end of the first issue and the real central character is Lana Lang, who got a different powerset.]]
1st Aug '16 6:32:07 AM MagBas
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* At first, Rambo seems to be the protagonist in ''Literature/FirstBlood''. [[spoiler: He's not. BigBad Sheriff Will Teasle is TheHero of the story, while Rambo is actually the VillainProtagonist who becomes the said villain of his own story]].
31st Jul '16 11:29:01 PM JackthaRippa
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* At first, Rambo seems to be the protagonist in ''Literature/FirstBlood''. [[spoiler: He's not. BigBad Sheriff Will Teasle is TheHero of the story, while Rambo is actually the VillainProtagonist who becomes the said villain of his own story]].
29th Jul '16 6:06:24 AM Adept
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* ''Literature/{{Reckless}}'' briefly appears this way, [[spoiler: but it's ultimately subverted.]]

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* %%* ''Literature/{{Reckless}}'' briefly appears this way, [[spoiler: but it's ultimately subverted.]]


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* At first glace, Colin Lamb appears to be the protagonist of ''Literature/TheClocks''. He's an "outsider" who gets mixed up in a peculiar murder case, and was let in the investigation thanks to his FriendOnTheForce, Inspector Hardcastle. However, Colin is actually a HeroOfAnotherStory who is using the murder investigation to find new leads for his own Intelligence work, and Hardcastle serves as the primary sleuth working on the mystery.
27th Jul '16 1:41:56 PM Willbyr
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* Reimu, Byakuren, and Toyosatomimi no Miko from ''{{Touhou}}: Hopeless Masquerade'' are this. The game's premise sets up the three as the main protagonists, trying to gain the faith of the Human Village for their own religions, but in actuality [[spoiler: the incident turns out to be the cause of [[FinalBoss Hata no Kokoro]] who's on a quest to find her lost Mask of Hope, which her interactions with the other characters help her develop as a Youkai]].

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* Reimu, Byakuren, and Toyosatomimi no Miko from ''{{Touhou}}: ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}: Hopeless Masquerade'' are this. The game's premise sets up the three as the main protagonists, trying to gain the faith of the Human Village for their own religions, but in actuality [[spoiler: the incident turns out to be the cause of [[FinalBoss Hata no Kokoro]] who's on a quest to find her lost Mask of Hope, which her interactions with the other characters help her develop as a Youkai]].
22nd Jul '16 11:01:24 PM nombretomado
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* The opening cutscene of ''CompanyOfHeroes'' shows a group of American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach. They bravely charge the beach only to get mowed down to the last man. Then a second landing craft comes in, and it's these guys who turn out to be the protagonists.
* ''FatalFrame'' [[spoiler: 1 and 4 do this. Mafuyu is a playable character in the intro chapter of the first game, then spends the rest of the game wandering around Himuro mansion while his younger sister Miku takes over as the main character. Likewise, Madoka is the first playable character of the fourth game, but she is killed at the end of the prologue chapter and goes on to become one of the hostile spirits who the other protagonists (Ruka, Misaki, and Choushiro) have to fight at some point.]]

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* The opening cutscene of ''CompanyOfHeroes'' ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' shows a group of American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach. They bravely charge the beach only to get mowed down to the last man. Then a second landing craft comes in, and it's these guys who turn out to be the protagonists.
* ''FatalFrame'' ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' [[spoiler: 1 and 4 do this. Mafuyu is a playable character in the intro chapter of the first game, then spends the rest of the game wandering around Himuro mansion while his younger sister Miku takes over as the main character. Likewise, Madoka is the first playable character of the fourth game, but she is killed at the end of the prologue chapter and goes on to become one of the hostile spirits who the other protagonists (Ruka, Misaki, and Choushiro) have to fight at some point.]]
19th Jul '16 11:17:44 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' literally uses this trope in its intro, where a knight faces off against a monster, only to be knocked aside into the nearby mountain and be immediately replaced by Penn.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' literally uses this This trope is the '''premise''' of ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'', with the titular character and his friends having the job of "heroes" in its intro, any given dimension where a knight faces off against a monster, only to be knocked aside into the nearby mountain and be immediately replaced by Penn.ones who are supposed to inhabit the roles are unable to accomplish the task.
12th Jul '16 5:21:43 PM gzl5000
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* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'': Llewelyn Moss gets the attention for the first 2/3rds of the film, then is unceremoniously KilledOffScreen by a group of Mexican bounty hunters who had been treated as little more than cannon fodder previously. Sheriff Bell is the real protagonist, and delivers both the opening and closing monologues. The story is about an old man not adapting to the reality of the brutal environment he works in.
3rd Jul '16 3:07:26 PM Kishou
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* The [[http://vimeo.com/31394060 promotional video]] for Orange Range's "O2" (the first opening of the second season of 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 [[http://vimeo.com/31394060 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzrh_NOX2-s promotional video]] for Orange Range's "O2" (the first opening of the second season of 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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