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11th Apr '16 7:27:18 AM totoofze47
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* In the prologue to ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'', Yew's lifelong friends Janne and Nikolai join him on his quest to save Agnès. While their equipment is customizable, they don't gain experience points like Yew, which is a pretty obvious tip-off that they won't stick around for too long.
1st Apr '16 7:59:33 PM infernape612
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has several due to the structure of the first 6 chapters which take place before the route split. Felicia with a male Avatar, Jakob with a female Avatar, ''Conquest'' and ''Revelations'' Gunter and Kaze, ''Conquest'' Azura, and ''Revelations'' Sakura all downplay this, temporarily joining your party, then leaving, then rejoining for good. In ''Birthright'' and ''Conquest'', you also take temporary control of all of your chosen royal siblings for one battle; they all rejoin later in their respective routes. ''Birthright'' Gunter, ''Conquest'' Rinkah and Sakura, and ''Revelations'' Scarlet all play this straight, joining you for a chapter or two and then leaving permanently.
1st Apr '16 6:09:04 AM DeisTheAlcano
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->'''Amalia''': The situation requires I accept such help as I find. Though it be from thieves. I shall accompany you until we find my companions. No longer.\\
'''Balthier''': Let's think of her as a 'Guest', then. Unlike Fran or myself, our 'Guest' probably won't be taking orders from anyone anytime soon. And she'll leave when she pleases. So, we keep to our affairs, and she to hers.
-->-- ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''


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->'''Amalia:''' The situation requires I accept such help as I find. Though it be from thieves. I shall accompany you until we find my companions. No longer.\\
'''Balthier:''' Let's think of her as a 'Guest', then. Unlike Fran or myself, our 'Guest' probably won't be taking orders from anyone anytime soon. And she'll leave when she pleases. So, we keep to our affairs, and she to hers.
-->-- ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''
30th Mar '16 11:10:39 PM Rakurai
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** Almost all of the dungeons in the latter half of ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' have you accompanied by at least one Pokemon from the Expedition Society who'll most likely be several levels higher then you and your partner. However, the game's difficulty is high enough compared to the previous entries that you'll likely find yourself needing to rely heavily on their assistance to survive, and despite them technically being on the same team as you, you're not actually able to freely bring them on missions until you've totally completed the story.
24th Feb '16 9:30:56 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' does it a lot for certain story and class quest encounters, including one in ''Heavensward'' which basically revisits an older dungeon with two significant NPCs replacing the usual player party. It can also occur in some other places, though usually in a lesser role or more of a EscortMission situation.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' does it a lot for certain story and class quest encounters, including one in ''Heavensward'' which basically revisits an older dungeon with two significant NPCs [=NPCs=] replacing the usual player party. It can also occur in some other places, though usually in a lesser role or more of a EscortMission situation.



** [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank The first game]] ([[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016 and its remake]]) has the Sergeant and the Pokitaru Resort Manager, both as [[EscortMission escort characters]].

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** [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 The first game]] ([[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016 and its remake]]) re-imagining]]) has the Sergeant and the Pokitaru Resort Manager, both as [[EscortMission escort characters]].
11th Feb '16 4:30:26 PM nombretomado
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** Nei of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' begins the game in the party, and might be a permanent fixture if not for one little snag: [[spoiler:she is part of Neifirst, who must be slain and takes Nei with her one way or another.]] The Japan-only {{PlayStation 2}} remake allows the player to overcome this and keep Nei through the whole story on a NewGamePlus.

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** Nei of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' begins the game in the party, and might be a permanent fixture if not for one little snag: [[spoiler:she is part of Neifirst, who must be slain and takes Nei with her one way or another.]] The Japan-only {{PlayStation UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}} remake allows the player to overcome this and keep Nei through the whole story on a NewGamePlus.
7th Feb '16 11:21:50 PM Grade0
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has Shinjiro Aragaki. You lose him [[spoiler:when he performs a HeroicSacrifice for Ken Amada.]] But it's averted in ''Persona 3 Portable'': [[spoiler:Having a maxed out Social Link with him as the female protagonist prevents his death, but puts him in the hospital for the rest of the game. In addition you can also use him again for some of the optional battles in the Vision Quest area whether he survives or not because of the nature of the area.]].
31st Jan '16 9:54:20 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** Cinna, Blank and Marcus. Cinna joins for the first two fights of the game, and earns the distinctions of "lowest attack", "lowest defence", and generally "crappiest character." Blank also joins for the first few fights, leaves for a while, then comes back for the Plant Brain boss fight before getting turned to stone. Marcus is around for the same fights as Blank and Cinna, but he rejoins later when Dagger and Steiner split up from the main group. He's pretty much a Zidane clone, with slightly higher attack. (In fact, that last sentence applies to all three.) However, some of these guests transfer their stats to permanent party members (Blank and Marcus carry over to Amarant and Eiko respectively). Leveling with them makes future party members that much more powerful.

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*** Cinna, Blank and Marcus. Cinna joins for the first two fights of the game, and earns the distinctions of "lowest attack", "lowest defence", and generally "crappiest character." Blank also joins for the first few fights, leaves for a while, then comes back for the Plant Brain boss fight before getting turned to stone. Marcus is around for the same fights as Blank and Cinna, but he rejoins later when Dagger and Steiner split up from the main group. He's pretty much a Zidane clone, with slightly higher attack. (In fact, that last sentence applies to all three.) However, some of these guests transfer their stats to permanent party members (Blank and Marcus carry over to Amarant and Eiko respectively). Leveling with them makes future party members that much more powerful.



* The first ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' features a variety of individual quest allies who fight alongside you but otherwise pretty much do whatever they want. Notably, you are helped more frequently by Diego and Gorn. And then there's Mud.

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* The first ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' features a variety of individual quest allies who fight alongside you but otherwise pretty much do whatever they want. Notably, you are helped more frequently by Diego and Gorn. And then there's Mud.



* The first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' game has [[FieryRedhead Jenna]] join the party early on, but she [[spoiler:is kidnapped]] after the first dungeon. She only becomes fully playable in the second game. When you know it's coming you can easily take her stuff, but her [[ChainmailBikini One-Piece Dress]] isn't going to do your now all-male party any good. The most she can [[SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear steal]] at that point is a few herbs and some wimpy armor, anyway.
** The third game, ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', has Isaac and Garet tag along for the first dungeon, though they aren't directly controllable.
* Kai in ''VideoGame/PoPoLoCrois''. Just about everyone if you don't do the sidequests to get 'em, since it's pretty much a revolving door of party members in the game.

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* The first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' game has [[FieryRedhead Jenna]] join the party early on, but she [[spoiler:is kidnapped]] after the first dungeon. She only becomes fully playable in the second game. When you know it's coming you can easily take her stuff, but her [[ChainmailBikini One-Piece Dress]] isn't going to do your now all-male party any good. The most she can [[SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear steal]] at that point is a few herbs and some wimpy armor, anyway.
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anyway. The third game, ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', has Isaac and Garet tag along for the first dungeon, though they aren't directly controllable.
* Kai in ''VideoGame/PoPoLoCrois''. Just about everyone if you don't do the sidequests to get 'em, since it's pretty much a revolving door of party members in the game.



* Quite a few characters from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' could be considered this because they join your party before you decide whether or not you want to keep them, and you can choose not to recruit ''any'' character that could join your party besides whatever character you didn't choose to play as.
** Leon probably best fits this trope as he joins you temporarily no matter who you're playing as, but can only be recruited for good if Claude is your player character.
** After you meet up with Ernest (you have to have Opera in your party first) you can choose to let them ''both'' go.

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* Quite a few characters from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' could be considered this because they join your party before you decide whether or not you want to keep them, and you can choose not to recruit ''any'' character that could join your party besides whatever character you didn't choose to play as.
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as. Leon probably best fits this trope as he joins you temporarily no matter who you're playing as, but can only be recruited for good if Claude is your player character.
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character. And after you meet up with Ernest (you have to have Opera in your party first) you can choose to let them ''both'' go.



* ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' has numerous guest star characters; due to branching storylines, some characters will just be guests on one path, whereas on another path they will be permanent additions to your army.
** Lans, Warren, and Leonard are perhaps the best examples of this in ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', since nearly every GuestStarPartyMember is either recruited or killed in one path ''except'' them. Or you can make everyone be a GuestStarPartyMember by rejecting them when they offer to join.
*** They are also the examples of when the trope overlaps with CrutchCharacter, as they do most if not all of the work for you when you have them on the map.

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* ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' has numerous guest star characters; due to branching storylines, some characters will just be guests on one path, whereas on another path they will be permanent additions to your army.
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** Lans, Warren, and Leonard are perhaps the best examples of this in ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', since nearly every GuestStarPartyMember is either recruited or killed in one path ''except'' them. Or you can make everyone be a GuestStarPartyMember by rejecting them when they offer to join.
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join. They are also the examples of when the trope overlaps with CrutchCharacter, as they do most if not all of the work for you when you have them on the map.
31st Jan '16 9:46:55 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''TacticsOgre'' has numerous guest star characters; due to branching storylines, some characters will just be guests on one path, whereas on another path they will be permanent additions to your army.
** Lans, Warren, and Leonard are perhaps the best examples of this in ''TacticsOgre'', since nearly every GuestStarPartyMember is either recruited or killed in one path ''except'' them. Or you can make everyone be a GuestStarPartyMember by rejecting them when they offer to join.

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* ''TacticsOgre'' ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' has numerous guest star characters; due to branching storylines, some characters will just be guests on one path, whereas on another path they will be permanent additions to your army.
** Lans, Warren, and Leonard are perhaps the best examples of this in ''TacticsOgre'', ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', since nearly every GuestStarPartyMember is either recruited or killed in one path ''except'' them. Or you can make everyone be a GuestStarPartyMember by rejecting them when they offer to join.



** The pseudo-prequel Gaiden ''Knight of Lodis'' also has this, and the only true guest characters are Justin and Lara, later found as enemies. (You don't have to kill them as the only stage they appear on is a DefeatTheLeader stage.) Rictor and Orson are guests only in the "A" path, Cybil is a guest only in the "B" path, Eleanor and Ivanna ask to join regardless. (Shiven does not serve as a guest, being a spy)

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** The pseudo-prequel Gaiden ''Knight ''[[VideoGame/TacticsOgreTheKnightOfLodis The Knight of Lodis'' Lodis]]'' also has this, and the only true guest characters are Justin and Lara, later found as enemies. (You don't have to kill them as the only stage they appear on is a DefeatTheLeader stage.) Rictor and Orson are guests only in the "A" path, Cybil is a guest only in the "B" path, Eleanor and Ivanna ask to join regardless. (Shiven does not serve as a guest, being a spy)
13th Jan '16 7:11:54 AM TheNerfGuy
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*** Sephiroth. Though you never actually control him, he is every bit TheAce that Cloud touts him as. [[PurposefullyOverpowered He has powerful attacks, powerful magic, and is a great healer, too]]. He also comes equipped with a full set of Master materia, just to break him even further. Too bad you only get him briefly in the flashback; he'd be a GameBreaker otherwise.

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*** Sephiroth. Though you never actually control him, he is every bit TheAce that Cloud touts him as. [[PurposefullyOverpowered [[PurposelyOverpowered He has powerful attacks, powerful magic, and is a great healer, too]]. He also comes equipped with a full set of Master materia, just to break him even further. Too bad you only get him briefly in the flashback; he'd be a GameBreaker otherwise.
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