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9th Aug '17 7:15:58 AM I_Jedi
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** In ''VideoGame/TheJediMasters'', [[spoiler:Kreia]] briefly returns as a party member when searching for Revan at his last known location.
11th Jul '17 7:04:59 AM nighttrainfm
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* Many worlds in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series include a guest who can swap into the party in that world only. These characters never need equipment (most don't need weapons or armor, the rest come with what they need), they leave if you exit their world, and they replace one of your permanent party members (WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck or WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}). One wonders why the designers didn't just put in a fourth party slot and leave it empty most of the time -- but then Square-Enix has mostly stuck with 3 character parties since ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
** The guest star party members introduced in the original game[[note]]discounting Disney/{{Tarzan}}[[/note]] are Disney/{{Aladdin}}, [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]], Disney/PeterPan and the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]]. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Ariel and Peter Pan lose this status, but Disney/{{Mulan}}, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]], [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]], and Film/{{Tron}} are all introduced as party members, and [[spoiler:Riku]] becomes one [[spoiler: two areas before the final boss in The World That Never Was]].

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Many of the worlds in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series you visit include a guest who can swap into the party in that world only. These characters never need equipment (most don't need weapons or armor, the rest come with what they need), they leave if you exit their world, and they replace one of your permanent party members (WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck or WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}). One wonders why the designers didn't just put in a fourth party slot and leave it empty most of the time -- but then Square-Enix has mostly stuck with 3 character parties since ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
** The guest star party members introduced in the original game[[note]]discounting Disney/{{Tarzan}}[[/note]] are Disney/{{Aladdin}}, [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]], Disney/PeterPan and the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]]. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Ariel and Peter Pan lose this status, but Disney/{{Mulan}}, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]], [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]], and Film/{{Tron}} are all introduced as party members, and [[spoiler:Riku]] becomes one [[spoiler: two areas before the final boss in The World That Never Was]].Was.]]
4th Jul '17 2:01:31 AM infernape612
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* In the original .hack quadrilogy there was Mia, who was available for most of the 1st volume (but not available for important story events that didn't involve her) but only one dungeon and post game only in the 2nd [[spoiler: as the corruption of the game data was starting to affect her]], not available at all in the 3rd [[spoiler: having disappeared completely as the Phases were defeated and the corruption spread]], and only available in the 4th after you finish the post game epilogue dungeon [[spoiler: after which Aura resurrects her, as you had to defeat her in Phase form earlier in the game]]. There was also Orca who was only available for the first dungeon [[spoiler: after which Skeith puts him in a coma]], and then didn't return until the endgame of the final volume. Elk and Mistral are only a partial example as they are available for all of the 1st and 2nd games, but not the 3rd [[spoiler: as Mistral bows out with her player revealing her pregnancy and Elk leaves to find Mia]], but come back halfway through the 4th.

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* In the original .hack original ''Franchise/DotHack'' quadrilogy there was Mia, who was available for most of the 1st volume (but not available for important story events that didn't involve her) but only one dungeon and post game only in the 2nd [[spoiler: as the corruption of the game data was starting to affect her]], not available at all in the 3rd [[spoiler: having disappeared completely as the Phases were defeated and the corruption spread]], and only available in the 4th after you finish the post game epilogue dungeon [[spoiler: after which Aura resurrects her, as you had to defeat her in Phase form earlier in the game]]. There was also Orca who was only available for the first dungeon [[spoiler: after which Skeith puts him in a coma]], and then didn't return until the endgame of the final volume. Elk and Mistral are only a partial example as they are available for all of the 1st and 2nd games, but not the 3rd [[spoiler: as Mistral bows out with her player revealing her pregnancy and Elk leaves to find Mia]], but come back halfway through the 4th.
13th Jun '17 5:56:11 AM MightyKombat
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** Chester in ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Phantasia}}''. He rejoins much later in the game, but at the same level he was at when he left (which makes sense, because most of the game actually takes place [[TimeTravel in the past]], so what was weeks and weeks of adventuring for the rest of the party was just a few minutes to him). Add that to the fact that he has no special attacks at all in the original SNES version and he's mostly useless by the time you get him back. The Playstation and Game Boy Advance [[VideoGameRemake remakes]] expanded his arsenal and contained added scenes which allowed Chester to get his levels back up to snuff relatively rapidly, making him even ''more'' BadassNormal.
*** Even in the original SNES game, He's not entirely useless when he returns, if you get his levels up, he can actually hit as hard as Cless just using his normal attacks.
** Leon in ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Destiny}}''.

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** Chester in ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Phantasia}}''. He rejoins much later in the game, but at the same level he was at when he left (which makes sense, because most of the game actually takes place [[TimeTravel in the past]], so what was weeks and weeks of adventuring for the rest of the party was just a few minutes to him). Add that With some training it is possible to the fact make him useful in that he has no special attacks at all becomes a long-ranged equivalent to Cless in the original SNES version and he's mostly useless by the time you get him back. terms of damage. The Playstation and Playstation, Game Boy Advance and Playstation Portable [[VideoGameRemake remakes]] expanded his arsenal (as in not only more weapons but giving him artes) and contained added scenes which allowed Chester to get his levels back up to snuff relatively rapidly, rapidly when the party slept at inns, making him even ''more'' BadassNormal.
*** Even ** Although she certainly isn't this in ''Tales of Phantasia: [[VideoGameRemake Narikiri Dungeon X]]'', Rondoline E. Effenberg is this in the [[EmbeddedPrecursor X update]] of the original SNES game, He's not entirely useless when he returns, if you get his levels up, he can actually hit as hard as Cless joining the heroes at sporadic points in the story and providing her own rather useful set of artes and spells (including a [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]]) before finally being permanently transported away through time just using his normal attacks.
before the final battle.
** Leon in ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Destiny}}''.Destiny}}'', though the remake had narikiri dolls that let the player turn any party member into a replica of him complete with arte set.
3rd Jun '17 7:56:29 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': "Black Mask"/[[spoiler:Goro Akechi]], TheHeavy for TheConspiracy the heroes have been fighting throughout the story, temporarily joins your PlayerParty for a single late game dungeon, before turning on you when your interests no longer coincide. Unlike your permanent party members, who specialize in a single {{Elemental Power|s}}, Black Mask has multiple ([[spoiler:light, dark, and almighty]]) and gets a wide range of LevelUpAtIntimacy5 party member perks automatically.

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** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': "Black Mask"/[[spoiler:Goro Akechi]], TheHeavy TheDragon for TheConspiracy the heroes have been fighting throughout the story, temporarily joins your PlayerParty for a single late game dungeon, before turning on you when your interests no longer coincide. Unlike your permanent party members, who specialize in a single {{Elemental Power|s}}, Black Mask has multiple ([[spoiler:light, dark, and almighty]]) and gets a wide range of LevelUpAtIntimacy5 party member perks automatically.
3rd Jun '17 7:55:49 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Yukino Mayuzumi gets hit with this ''twice''. In the U.S. release of the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' game, since the Snow Queen Quest where she is a mandatory party member was DummiedOut, she leaves the party after the first dungeon or so and never returns. Later on, she joins for a large portion of ''[[{{VideoGame/Persona 2}} Persona 2: Innocent Sin]]'', but she'll either leave [[spoiler:or be killed off depending on whether or not you take her with you to Caracoal]] about halfway through, and Jun permanently takes her place afterward. In ''Eternal Punishment,'' a certain rumor you can spread will allow you to recruit either Kei Nanjo or Eriko Kirishima, and they will also eventually be dropped in favor of Tatsuya.
** Another one from the Japanese and US remake releases of ''Persona 1'': if you do choose to undertake the Snow Queen Quest, Masao Inaba leaves the party and never returns.
** [[spoiler:Shinjiro Aragaki]] is this in a roundabout way in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'', as he's only available for one in-game month [[spoiler:before his PlotlineDeath]]. This is covered up by the fact that his Persona, [[spoiler:Castor]], can learn a full list of skills up to Level 70, whereas your other party members will learn their last skill in the mid 40's, and cannot learn more [[spoiler:until they obtain their Ultimate Personas]], but chances are he won't learn them unless you deliberately go and level grind him.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': "Black Mask"/[[spoiler:Goro Akechi]], TheHeavy for TheConspiracy the heroes have been fighting throughout the story, temporarily joins your PlayerParty for a single late game dungeon, before turning on you when your interests no longer coincide. Unlike your permanent party members, who specialize in a single {{Elemental Power|s}}, Black Mask has multiple ([[spoiler:light, dark, and almighty]]) and gets a wide range of LevelUpAtIntimacy5 party member perks automatically.

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** Yukino Mayuzumi gets hit with this ''twice''. In the U.S. release SEBEC route of the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' game, since the Snow Queen Quest where she is a mandatory party member was DummiedOut, she leaves the party after the first dungeon or so and never returns. returns (she's a mandatory party member in the Snow Queen Quest, but that got DummiedOut in the original English localization). Later on, she joins for a large portion of ''[[{{VideoGame/Persona 2}} Persona 2: ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin]]'', Sin'', but she'll either leave [[spoiler:or be killed off depending on whether or not you take her with you to Caracoal]] about halfway through, and Jun permanently takes her place afterward. In ''Eternal ''Persona 2: Eternal Punishment,'' a certain rumor you can spread will allow you to recruit either Kei Nanjo or Eriko Kirishima, and they will also eventually be dropped in favor of Tatsuya.
** Another one from the Japanese and US remake releases of ''Persona 1'': if If you do choose to undertake the first ''Persona''[='s=] Snow Queen Quest, Masao Inaba leaves the party and never returns.
** [[spoiler:Shinjiro Aragaki]] is this in a roundabout way in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona3'', as he's only available for one in-game month [[spoiler:before his PlotlineDeath]]. This is covered up by the fact that his Persona, [[spoiler:Castor]], can learn a full list of skills up to Level 70, whereas your other party members will learn their last skill in the mid 40's, and cannot learn more [[spoiler:until they obtain their Ultimate Personas]], but chances are he won't learn them unless you deliberately go and level grind him.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': ''VideoGame/Persona5'': "Black Mask"/[[spoiler:Goro Akechi]], TheHeavy for TheConspiracy the heroes have been fighting throughout the story, temporarily joins your PlayerParty for a single late game dungeon, before turning on you when your interests no longer coincide. Unlike your permanent party members, who specialize in a single {{Elemental Power|s}}, Black Mask has multiple ([[spoiler:light, dark, and almighty]]) and gets a wide range of LevelUpAtIntimacy5 party member perks automatically.
28th May '17 10:59:16 PM infernape612
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* The ''FireEmblem'' series has tons of these, but the most extreme example would be [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn's]] [[spoiler:Black Knight, who often randomly appears in battle and is quite literally invincible since Ike is the only one who can hurt him.]]
** Not quite as extreme as you think; [[spoiler:the Black Knight ''can'' be hurt, but it requires a very strong and very lucky enemy to do so. Killed, on the other hand...]] Shinon and Gatrie are also this in the beginning of 9, although both rejoin you mid (Gatrie) to late (Shinon) game. A good chunk of 10 takes this trope to its logical conclusion; the parties remain the same, it's the ''player'' who keeps guest-starring on opposite sides.

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* The ''FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series has tons of these, but the most extreme example would be [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn's]] Dawn's]]'' [[spoiler:Black Knight, who often randomly appears in battle and is quite literally invincible since Ike is the only one who can hurt him.]]
** Not quite as extreme as you think; [[spoiler:the Black Knight ''can'' be hurt, but it requires a very strong and very lucky enemy to do so. Killed, on the other hand...]] Shinon and Gatrie are also this in the beginning of 9, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'', although both rejoin you mid (Gatrie) to late (Shinon) game. A good chunk of 10 ''Radiant Dawn'' takes this trope to its logical conclusion; the parties remain the same, it's the ''player'' who keeps guest-starring on opposite sides.sides.
*** Shinon and Gatrie rejoin you IF you can work out the secret hidden order of people who need to talk to them. Gatrie's not too bad on this, but Shinon is a nightmare, and great at getting himself killed before he can complete his Face Heel Face Turn.



*** Shinon and Gatrie rejoin you IF you can work out the secret hidden order of people who need to talk to them. Gatrie's not too bad on this, but Shinon is a nightmare, and great at getting himself killed before he can complete his Face Heel Face Turn.



** In another example of a GuestStarPartyMember being succeeded by an identical party member, Ninian and Nils, the Not-So-SpoonyBard characters in Fire emblem 7. In the prologue, Nils the bard joins. Then during the main game, Ninian joins (with the stats that Nils had in the prologue) but then leaves. At the very end, Nils rejoins ''again'' with Ninan's stats and gear.
** Wallace joins you near the end of the prologue of Fire Emblem 7; he's a very powerful [[MightyGlacier Knight]] and CrutchCharacter for the enemies you face at the time. Not only is he available for only two chapters in the prologue; he also rejoins you late in the main game, when the enemies are tough enough to outclass Wallace easily. And that's assuming that he rejoins you at all; it's fairly easy to play well enough to skip that chapter. Fortunately, SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear doesn't apply to him... any more than it applies to everyone else in the Prologue, at least.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has several due to the structure of the first 6 chapters which take place before the route split. Takumi is briefly controlled during the prologue, and rejoins later on in ''Birthright'' and ''Revelation''. Felicia with a male Avatar, Jakob with a female Avatar, ''Conquest'' and ''Revelation'' Gunter and Kaze, ''Conquest'' Azura, and ''Revelation'' Kaze, Rinkah, and 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 ''Revelation'' Scarlet all play this straight, joining you for a chapter or two and then leaving permanently.

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** In another example of a GuestStarPartyMember being succeeded by an identical party member, Ninian and Nils, the Not-So-SpoonyBard characters in Fire emblem 7.''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade The Blazing Blade]]''. In the prologue, Nils the bard joins. Then during the main game, Ninian joins (with the stats that Nils had in the prologue) but then leaves. At the very end, Nils rejoins ''again'' with Ninan's stats and gear.
** Wallace joins you near the end of the prologue of Fire Emblem 7; ''The Blazing Blade''; he's a very powerful [[MightyGlacier Knight]] and CrutchCharacter for the enemies you face at the time. Not only is he available for only two chapters in the prologue; he also rejoins you late in the main game, when the enemies are tough enough to outclass Wallace easily. And that's assuming that he rejoins you at all; it's fairly easy to play well enough to skip that chapter. Fortunately, SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear doesn't apply to him... any more than it applies to everyone else in the Prologue, at least.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has several due to the structure of the first 6 chapters which take place before the route split. Takumi is briefly controlled during the prologue, and rejoins later on in ''Birthright'' and ''Revelation''. Felicia with a male Avatar, Jakob with a female Avatar, ''Conquest'' and ''Revelation'' Gunter and Kaze, ''Conquest'' Azura, and ''Revelation'' Kaze, Rinkah, and 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 Takumi, Rinkah, and Sakura, and ''Revelation'' Scarlet all play this straight, joining you for a chapter or two and then leaving permanently.
25th May '17 1:21:27 PM ZorotheGallade
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*** Of interest is that your CoolShip ''will'' assist in fights by opening fire at enemies you encounter while piloting it. It will also bombard the FinalBoss during the last phase of its fight.
14th May '17 5:53:31 PM CerotechOmega
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', using the Link and Midna amiibo from ''Twilight Princess'' will let Wolf Link accompany you.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', using the Link and Midna amiibo from ''Twilight Princess'' will let Wolf Link accompany you. In a more traditional sense, Link is accompanied by differing companions when challenging the Divine Beasts -- [[WarriorPrince Sidon]] against Vah Ruta, [[ActionDad Teba]] against Vah Medoh, [[AChildShallLeadThem Riju]] against Vah Naboris, and [[LovableCoward Yunobo]] against Vah Rudania.
7th May '17 8:46:10 PM Ryulong
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*** Grand Marshall Cor Leonis helps you out a little bit early on. He even lampshades it in a dialogue with Noctis.
-->'''Noctis''': Life's a lot easier with you around!\\
'''Cor''': Don't get used to it. I'll be gone before you know it.\\
'''Noctis''': I'll enjoy it while it lasts, then.\\\

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*** Grand Marshall Cor Leonis helps you out a little bit early on. He even lampshades it in a dialogue with Noctis.
-->'''Noctis''': Life's a lot easier with you around!\\
'''Cor''': Don't
Noctis, where he says "Don't get used to it. I'll be gone before you know it.\\
'''Noctis''': I'll enjoy it while it lasts, then.\\\
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