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19th Jun '16 10:33:05 PM annette12
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* There was much debate behind the scenes over who was the real protagonist of Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast with Howard Ashman (and many of the film's animators) arguing that it was the Beast, since he has the most development and his actions drive the story. Many modern viewers agree that while Belle is the ''viewpoint'' character it is the Beast who is the actual protagonist.
13th Jun '16 4:26:58 PM 3rdStringPG
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* Filipino dramedy ''InstaDad'' had the titular InstaDad, Gabby Eigenmann, receiving top billing. However, the focus of the storylines was almost always his three teenage daughters, particularly the one who got pregnant by a high school classmate.

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* Filipino dramedy ''InstaDad'' ''[=InstaDad=]'' had the titular InstaDad, [=InstaDad=] Gabby Eigenmann, receiving top billing. However, the focus of the storylines was almost always his three teenage daughters, particularly the one who got pregnant by a high school classmate.
13th Jun '16 4:25:46 PM 3rdStringPG
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* Filipino dramedy ''InstaDad'' had the titular InstaDad, Gabby Eigenmann, receiving top billing. However, the focus of the storylines was almost always his three teenage daughters, particularly the one who got pregnant by a high school classmate.
11th Jun '16 5:04:02 AM benmc47
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* In the first episode of the children's audio series, [[https://bluetowel.wordpress.com/audio-drama/the-hanna-jo-stories/episode-one/ The Hanna Jo Stories]], it appears that Edward is being set up as a potential main character for the series. But at the end, it turns out that it is actually Edward's brother Allen (who had only a small part in the first episode) who ends up traveling with Hanna Jo and becoming the series' second lead. Edward remains simply a recurring guest star.
10th Jun '16 1:32:28 PM Doug86
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* In ''The Night of the Generals'' (later made into a film of [[Film/TheNightOfTheGenerals the same name]]), during WorldWarII, an officer of German military intelligence is investigating a series of murders of prostitutes, and comes to the conclusion that the killer is a German general. Two-thirds of the way through the book, he [[spoiler:confronts the murderer, and is killed]]. Years later, a friend of his, who had a very small role in the story before this point, [[spoiler:takes up the case and brings it to a successful conclusion]].

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* In ''The Night of the Generals'' (later made into a film of [[Film/TheNightOfTheGenerals the same name]]), during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, an officer of German military intelligence is investigating a series of murders of prostitutes, and comes to the conclusion that the killer is a German general. Two-thirds of the way through the book, he [[spoiler:confronts the murderer, and is killed]]. Years later, a friend of his, who had a very small role in the story before this point, [[spoiler:takes up the case and brings it to a successful conclusion]].



* Played with in the "Up Your Pavement" sketch of ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. It starts as the [[ShowWithinAShow intro to a television show]] about a pair of happy-go-lucky homeless people, who are abruptly run over by a Film/JamesBond-type international crimefighter and spy. The sketch then quickly features a renowned surgeon, a [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy Admiral]], his daughter, a [[BreadEggsMilkSquick flasher]], and the chairman of Fiat Motors, then goes through about a dozen random, tenuously-related people before finally setting on a legendary RAF fighter ace of WorldWarII...[[OverlyLongGag and the story of the men who flew with him]].

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* Played with in the "Up Your Pavement" sketch of ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. It starts as the [[ShowWithinAShow intro to a television show]] about a pair of happy-go-lucky homeless people, who are abruptly run over by a Film/JamesBond-type international crimefighter and spy. The sketch then quickly features a renowned surgeon, a [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy Admiral]], his daughter, a [[BreadEggsMilkSquick flasher]], and the chairman of Fiat Motors, then goes through about a dozen random, tenuously-related people before finally setting on a legendary RAF fighter ace of WorldWarII...UsefulNotes/WorldWarII...[[OverlyLongGag and the story of the men who flew with him]].
8th Jun '16 7:37:26 PM Willbyr
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* ''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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* ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' ''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.
4th Jun '16 3:39:04 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': Josarian, the Firebringer, is prophesied to at last free Sileria. At first he leads the struggle and seems well on his way to doing this. [[spoiler: Then he's betrayed and murdered as part of a deal to get the Valdani out, and revenge for killing Kiloran's son]]. Tanses takes up his role in the next books and serves as the main protagonist.
31st May '16 8:56:45 PM OgreProdigy
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' opens with Rin Tohsaka's narration as she attempts to summon her Servant in preparation for the Grail War. Perhaps if she'd received the Saber she hoped for, she may have continued as the protagonist. [[spoiler: Instead, she got an older version of the protagonist.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' opens with Rin Tohsaka's narration as she attempts to summon her Servant in preparation for the Grail War. Perhaps if she'd received She remains the Saber she hoped for, she may have continued as viewpoint for the first three days (about two hours of gameplay), and, as a likable, manipulative DeadpanSnarker is a fairly classic UrbanFantasy protagonist. [[spoiler: Instead, Then she got an older version and [[TheLancer Archer]] get [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] by a [[LadyOfWar blue-armored woman]]... and we rewind three days, go back to the start, and see the events leading up to that from the point of view of the protagonist.]]mage who summoned that woman, Emiya Shirou, previously a minor supporting character.
25th May '16 12:58:09 AM Kid
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* Jaller was one of these twice in {{Bionicle}}- once for Takua/Takanuva (in-universe more than to the audience, since everyone else thought that he was TheChosenOne aside from himself and Takua), and the other for Matoro. The first time, he got killed (but got better), and the second time was something of a subversion as [[spoiler: Matoro performed a HeroicSacrifice, causing the real hero to die instead of the decoy.]]

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* Jaller was one of these twice in {{Bionicle}}- once {{Bionicle}}--once for Takua/Takanuva (in-universe more than to the audience, since everyone else thought that he was TheChosenOne aside from himself and Takua), and the other for Matoro. The first time, he got killed (but got better), and the second time was something of a subversion as [[spoiler: Matoro performed a HeroicSacrifice, causing the real hero to die instead of the decoy.]]



* A ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode began with Meg getting Brian to take the SAT's for her only for him to fail. The shift of focus to him is lampshaded by an extra.

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* A ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode began with Meg getting Brian to take the SAT's SATs for her only for him to fail. The shift of focus to him is lampshaded by an extra.
25th May '16 12:55:41 AM Kid
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* Ensign Tom Davis in the opening chapter of ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}''

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* Ensign Tom Davis in the opening chapter of ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}''''Literature/{{Redshirts}}''.
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