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27th May '16 5:58:49 PM Goldfritha
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# The author wants to keep the reader wondering what the character is thinking, or the character has a secret the author wants to keep from the audience.

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# The author wants to keep the reader wondering what the character is thinking, or the character has a secret the author wants to keep from the audience. (UnspokenPlanGuarantee features heavily.)
21st May '16 5:56:22 PM Doug86
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%%* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde'': Utterson

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%%* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde'': ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'': Utterson
16th May '16 1:59:10 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Beyond the Black River," Balthus -- until [[spoiler:he gets killed near the end]]. Many of the stories introduce Conan with such a character, who often lasts a long time into the story before we get Conan's POV.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Beyond the Black River," "Literature/BeyondTheBlackRiver," Balthus -- until [[spoiler:he gets killed near the end]]. Many of the stories introduce Conan with such a character, who often lasts a long time into the story before we get Conan's POV.
26th Apr '16 12:58:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Eva Procorpio has become this in ''{{Shakara}}'' - while Shakara is undoubtedly the protagonist, the story was primarily told through Eva's narration shortly after she was introduced. Then she started getting more screentime than Shakara.

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* Eva Procorpio has become this in ''{{Shakara}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'' - while Shakara is undoubtedly the protagonist, the story was primarily told through Eva's narration shortly after she was introduced. Then she started getting more screentime than Shakara.
27th Mar '16 1:19:37 AM MrKingXemnas
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* While the first and third games are more focused on [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], she is essentially this for most of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which is basically an anthology of 10 different character stories (12 with DLC, and 14 if you include Joker and EDI). The game mainly revolves around the CharacterDevelopment these squadmates, with [[MagneticHero Shepard]] and the SuicideMission being the thing that [[YouALLShareMyStory links them all together.]]

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* While the first and third games are more focused on [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], she s/he is essentially this for most of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which is basically an anthology of 10 different character stories (12 with DLC, and 14 if you include Joker and EDI). The game mainly revolves around the CharacterDevelopment these squadmates, with [[MagneticHero Shepard]] and the SuicideMission being the thing that [[YouALLShareMyStory links them all together.]]
10th Mar '16 7:21:09 PM Prime32
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* ''Manga/MetroidSamusAndJoey'' gives [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] a KidSidekick and tells most of the story from his perspective... apparently just so that it can portray Samus as ''[[TheAce even more]]'' of a LivingLegend than she is in the games. Once Joey inherits his father's [[BarrierWarrior Field]] [[BareFistedMonk Knuckle]] he becomes surprisingly good at ''assisting'' Samus, but [[SupportPartyMember his abilities are poorly suited to defeating enemies on his own]].
10th Dec '15 9:08:50 PM Llygodenfawr
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# The author anticipates that the character might be difficult for an audience to relate to, [[VanillaProtagonist compared to]] [[LeadYouCanRelateTo the other characters.]]

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# The author anticipates that the character might be difficult for an audience to relate to, [[VanillaProtagonist compared to]] with]] [[LeadYouCanRelateTo the other characters.]]
10th Dec '15 9:12:19 AM PhantomCobra
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*One could argue this is the case for Lucy Heartfillia in FairyTail. It's Natsu's story, but she's the one telling it. Either that, or she's the main character, but Natsu has WolverinePublicity.
9th Nov '15 4:36:20 PM KingNine
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* Dunstan in ''ComicBook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' is a civilian bystander yet narrates the story's events to the best of his knowledge of them.
19th Oct '15 3:57:11 PM HighCrate
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* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. The story is told from his point of view but it's pretty obvious the protagonist is Revy. As if the opening and ending animations being all about her wasn't enough to tip you off. The [[{{UST}} "Why is he watching her so closely?"]] angle is played deliberately.
** Later chapters though are more focused on Rock and he becomes quite an interesting character himself, making him more of a SupportingProtagonist.
** Its more of another common case of POVBoyPosterGirl than it is of this trope. They are both the main characters but the character that the creators are trying to sell to its male audience is obviously the action girl.

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* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. The story is told from his point of view but it's pretty obvious the protagonist is Revy. As if the opening and ending animations being all about her wasn't enough to tip you off. The [[{{UST}} "Why is he watching her so closely?"]] angle is played deliberately.
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deliberately. Later chapters though are more focused on Rock and he becomes quite an interesting character himself, making him more of a SupportingProtagonist.
** Its more of another common case of POVBoyPosterGirl than it is of this trope. They are both the main characters but the character that the creators are trying to sell to its male audience is obviously the action girl.
SupportingProtagonist.



* Einar after the prologue in ''VinlandSaga''.

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* %%* Einar after the prologue in ''VinlandSaga''.''VinlandSaga''.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is the story of the amazing visionary hero named Kamina, who unites humanity in their fight against the Beastman oppressors, as told through the perspective of his TagalongKid sidekick Simon. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Or so it would seem.]] The trope is subverted when Kamina is killed in action, revealing him to be a DecoyProtagonist. The rest of the story is concerned with Simon growing into the hero and leader that Kamina always believed he could be.]]



* Red from ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''.

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* Red from ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''.''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' narrates the story, partly because his melancholy introspectiveness offers a more interesting perspective on the stolid, straightforward main character of Andy Dufresne than Dufresne would likely have on himself, and partly [[spoiler: to preserve TheTwist, which is that Dufresne has been slowly chipping away at an escape tunnel from Shawshank prison for decades.]]



* Captain Greville in ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge''.
* Kim and Peg in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
* Walter in ''SecondhandLions'' and Uncle Garth in some of the in-film stories about his adventures with Uncle Hub.
* Henry Burton in ''Film/PrimaryColors''.

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* %%* Captain Greville in ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge''.
* %%* Kim and Peg in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
* %%* Walter in ''SecondhandLions'' and Uncle Garth in some of the in-film stories about his adventures with Uncle Hub.
* %%* Henry Burton in ''Film/PrimaryColors''.



** Veronica Quaife (Gina Davis) in ''Film/TheFly1986''.
** Hart Read in ''Rabid''.
** Doctor St. Luc in ''Shivers''.

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** %%** Veronica Quaife (Gina Davis) in ''Film/TheFly1986''.
** %%** Hart Read in ''Rabid''.
** %%** Doctor St. Luc in ''Shivers''.



* Thomas, Marquis d'Apcher in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf''.
* Karen in ''Film/{{Blade}}''.
* The unnamed narrator in ''Film/WithnailAndI''.
* ''300'' has Dilios as the narrator, despite the main character being Leonidas.
* [[spoiler:Sweet Pea]] in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.

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* %%* Thomas, Marquis d'Apcher in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf''.
* %%* Karen in ''Film/{{Blade}}''.
* %%* The unnamed narrator in ''Film/WithnailAndI''.
* ''300'' has Dilios as the narrator, despite the main character being Leonidas.
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Leonidas, so that [[spoiler: the narrator can be present for the framing device of a storyteller passing down (an [[UnreliableNarrator exaggerated version of]]) the tale to a younger generation, even though Leonidas dies in a HeroicSacrifice during the events of the film]].
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[[spoiler:Sweet Pea]] in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.



* Johnny is this in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany.''

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* %%* Johnny is this in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany.''



* The book version of ''Literature/{{Shane}}''.

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* %%* The book version of ''Literature/{{Shane}}''.



* The so-called "protagonist" of the book version of ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' does nothing but get thrown overboard, land on an island and watch more interesting people do experiments; Moreau and his experiments are the actual protagonists.
** The various film versions tend to give him a more active role, sometimes as Moreau's final experiment (and success)
* Weirdly, Lockwood and Nelly in ''Literature/WutheringHeights''. The main story (about Cathy, Heathcliff, Edgar and that lot) is being told to Lockwood - an outsider to the area - by Nelly, a servant whose active role in the story varies a lot.
** Even more weirdly in the same novel, by Isabella, who writes a note about her time with Heathcliff later found by Nelly and recited from memory to Lockwood. Also, the contents of the entire novel are really Lockwood's diary. That's right -- the reader reads a diary of a man who faithfully records lengthy monologues by a character who in turn faithfully relates a pages-long letter she herself read years ago. LampshadeHanging?
* There are two main viewpoint characters in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''; neither of them is the real protagonist of the story, Carrot.
** Originally Carrot was going to be the viewpoint character, but then Pratchett decided it would be more interesting to leave his thoughts out of the narrative, and shifted the viewpoint to Vimes. This ended up having [[EnsembleDarkhorse very interesting results]]. In fact, in the entire series, there is exactly one page written from Carrot's point of view, even if the story is revolving around him. Sometimes the book spends some time on other characters' thoughts on what Carrot is thinking, because he's like a well: both extremely simple, and extremely deep.

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* The so-called "protagonist" of the book version of ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' does nothing but get thrown overboard, land on an island and watch more interesting people do experiments; Moreau and his experiments are the actual protagonists.
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protagonists. The various film versions tend to give him a more active role, sometimes as Moreau's final experiment (and success)
* Weirdly, Lockwood and Nelly in ''Literature/WutheringHeights''. The main story (about Cathy, Heathcliff, Edgar and that lot) is being told to Lockwood - an outsider to the area - by Nelly, a servant whose active role in the story varies a lot.
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lot. Even more weirdly in the same novel, by Isabella, who writes a note about her time with Heathcliff later found by Nelly and recited from memory to Lockwood. Also, the contents of the entire novel are really Lockwood's diary. That's right -- the reader reads a diary of a man who faithfully records lengthy monologues by a character who in turn faithfully relates a pages-long letter she herself read years ago. LampshadeHanging?
* There are two main viewpoint characters in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''; neither of them is the real protagonist of the story, Carrot.
**
Carrot. Originally Carrot was going to be the viewpoint character, but then Pratchett decided it would be more interesting to leave his thoughts out of the narrative, and shifted the viewpoint to Vimes. This ended up having [[EnsembleDarkhorse very interesting results]]. In fact, in the entire series, there is exactly one page written from Carrot's point of view, even if the story is revolving around him. Sometimes the book spends some time on other characters' thoughts on what Carrot is thinking, because he's like a well: both extremely simple, and extremely deep.



* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde'': Utterson

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* %%* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde'': Utterson



* Happens with moderate frequency throughout the works of Creator/HPLovecraft.
** "Herbert West Reanimator", "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "TheThingOnTheDoorstep" are noteworthy examples.
* Captain Hastings in Creator/AgathaChristie's first [[Literature/HerculePoirot Poirot]] novel, ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles.''
** She used a First Person Peripheral Narrator again in ''The Clocks,'' albeit with a one-time character.
** Also the vicar in ''Literature/MurderAtTheVicarage,'' where one of the three superficially similar, gossiping old ladies in the congregation solved the case. Literature/MissMarple had a few other {{First Person Peripheral Narrator}}s over her career.

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* %%* Happens with moderate frequency throughout the works of Creator/HPLovecraft.
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Creator/HPLovecraft. "Herbert West Reanimator", "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "TheThingOnTheDoorstep" are noteworthy examples.
* %%* Captain Hastings in Creator/AgathaChristie's first [[Literature/HerculePoirot Poirot]] novel, ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles.''
** She used %%* Christie uses a First Person Peripheral Narrator again in ''The Clocks,'' albeit with a one-time character.
** * Also the vicar in ''Literature/MurderAtTheVicarage,'' where one of the three superficially similar, gossiping old ladies in the congregation solved the case. Literature/MissMarple had a few other {{First Person Peripheral Narrator}}s over her career.



** Marlowe does this again in ''Lord Jim''.
** This also applies to Marlowe's equivalent character, Willard, in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.

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** %%* Marlowe does this again in ''Lord Jim''.
** This also applies to Marlowe's equivalent character, Willard, in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
Jim''.



** Similarly, his short story ''Literature/TheDoorInTheWall'' is told by someone whose friend is seeking the eponymous door.

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** * Similarly, his Wells' short story ''Literature/TheDoorInTheWall'' is told by someone whose friend is seeking the eponymous door.



* Creator/RobertAHeinlein may have been trying to do this in his novel ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars'', with the title character being First Person Peripheral Narrator for her EvilGenius younger brother Clark. It didn't really work, because she ended up being too strong a character to be overshadowed.



* Patrick, the nephew/narrator in ''Literature/AuntieMame''.

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* %%* Patrick, the nephew/narrator in ''Literature/AuntieMame''.



* Death, rather than the title character, narrates ''Literature/TheBookThief.''

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* %%* Death, rather than the title character, narrates ''Literature/TheBookThief.''



* Jack Burden narrates ''Literature/AllTheKingsMen'' instead of Willie Stark.

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* %%* Jack Burden narrates ''Literature/AllTheKingsMen'' instead of Willie Stark.



* [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] is essentially this for most of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which is basically an anthology of 10 different character stories (12 with DLC, and 14 if you include Joker and EDI). The game mainly revolves around the CharacterDevelopment these squadmates, with [[MagneticHero Shepard]] and the SuicideMission being the thing that [[YouALLShareMyStory links them all together.]] This trend started to shift during ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' though, which had a much heavier emphasis on Shepard's and a few other characters characterization.

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* While the first and third games are more focused on [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] Shepard]], she is essentially this for most of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which is basically an anthology of 10 different character stories (12 with DLC, and 14 if you include Joker and EDI). The game mainly revolves around the CharacterDevelopment these squadmates, with [[MagneticHero Shepard]] and the SuicideMission being the thing that [[YouALLShareMyStory links them all together.]] This trend started to shift during ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' though, which had a much heavier emphasis on Shepard's and a few other characters characterization.]]
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