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21st Apr '16 2:44:52 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' features Nick Fury, has a cameo by ComicBook/Hawkeye, the aforementioned Agent Coulson, and plenty of Asgardian warriors who have had plenty of adventures off-camera. Tony Stark even gets mentioned in a throwaway line.

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** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' features Nick Fury, has a cameo by ComicBook/Hawkeye, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, the aforementioned Agent Coulson, and plenty of Asgardian warriors who have had plenty of adventures off-camera. Tony Stark even gets mentioned in a throwaway line.


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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos''
**Many members of the Dragon's Lair were hired to take part in the Starvation War. It took place pre-series and was fought between Latrot and Mithra. As part of his recovery from [[spoiler: mana mutation and monsanity]] Eric watches videos of a couple of their adventures.
**During the course of ''Literature/AMagesPower'' Sathel Aranid bodyguarded Abbott Tolis from Our Lady of Perpetual Mischief abbey and thwarted several attempts on his life. Between that book and ''Literature/LoomingShadow'' she hunted soulcrafters in Najica with her husband, Retina.
20th Apr '16 1:03:52 PM thatmadork
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** Naoto Kuragane is this trope [[CanonImmigrant all too literally]]. Being the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent protagonist of ''Bloodedge Experience'', a spin-off comic that takes place many years before the events of the main story, he is thrust into the events of ''Central Fiction'' by time-travel shenanigans.
19th Apr '16 9:52:17 PM Adeon
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** Jiminez Hoffmann apparently spends a large chunk of his time getting into various adventures in order to [[NoodleIncident complete extra credit projects to improve his grade]].
16th Apr '16 1:37:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Happens to actors themselves. The supporting actors in the massive blockbuster movies are often the headliners in smaller budget movies and television, leading to many HeyItsThatGuy moments.

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* Happens to actors themselves. The supporting actors in the massive blockbuster movies are often the headliners in smaller budget movies and television, leading to many HeyItsThatGuy moments.television.
29th Mar '16 7:09:37 AM Lexodus
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**Lampshaded, frequently: overheard remarks from classmates include such gems as “We almost had a class that wasn't about them” and "Do you remember the time they went fishing?"
9th Mar '16 10:13:45 PM Jackalyn
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* Isaac from ''Webcomic/Paranatural'' is a shounen protagonist who in between adventures is a side character in a affectionate parody of shounen. The other characters sometimes walk in on the end of his adventures.
27th Feb '16 8:56:01 PM ultimomant
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** In the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', Ryo was jointly responsible for taking down Mr. Big's [[TheSyndicate

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** In the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', Ryo was jointly responsible for taking down Mr. Big's [[TheSyndicate[[TheSyndicate Syndicate]], in order to rescue his sister, Yuri. While in the following game, he went on to become the first chronological champion of the ''King of Fighters'' tournament, by defeating Geese over a decade prior to Terry.
** And Robert was responsible for defeating Mr. Big (''[=AoF1=]'') and was the hero of ''[=AoF3=]'', during which, he journeyed to the fictional city of Glasshill Valley, Mexico, to protect his childhood friend, Freia Lawrence. At the game's conclusion, he saved her by defeating both Sinclair and Wyler.
** The same is true for Ralf Jones and his partner, Clark Steel, who originally were the heroes of the ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' series (as P1 and P2 respectively).
* Dr. Marie Delacroix of ''[[VideoGame/SystemShock System Shock 2]]'' is another [[spoiler:[=SHODAN=]]]-assisted agent aboard the Von Braun, always just one step ahead of the player. While the player doesn't interact with or even see her [[spoiler:until you find her corpse]], the player finds her audio logs throughout the game. Late in the game [[spoiler:[=SHODAN=] abandons her and leaves her to die.]]
** ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' has Mark Meltzer, the hero of the viral marketing storyline released before the game. The player can track Meltzer's progress through Rapture through audio diaries he leaves and [[spoiler: eventually kills him without even thinking about it.]]
** ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'': The voxophones replace the audio logs for all intents and purposes. Aside from an alternate universe Booker and Elizabeth, Preston E. Downs leaves behind audio logs to document his bounty hunting of Vox Populi leader Daisy Fitzroy... and then shifts gears when he accidentally cripples a little kid. It's not known if he was backstabbed by the Vox or said kid after switching sides or became one of the major leaders of the Vox.
** Bianca Schuler was this in the first VideoGame/SystemShock game. SHODAN hated her so much that she imprisoned her in a cage next to her main memory bank so she could watch her die.
* A humorous example. As of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion TES: Oblivion]]'', Jiub of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has become known as "Saint Jiub" for clearing the [[GoddamnBats cliff racers]] out of Vvardenfall. And there was much rejoicing!
** Juib makes a third appearance in the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] [[DownloadableContent DLC Dawnguard]], where he reveals to everyone that he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome did beat the cliff racers]].
* Crowe in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' is a perfect example, traveling the universe and having adventures with his own ship and later serving as TheCavalry several times for the main party.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'', you can talk to a man at Club Escapade in the endgame, who talks about his problems but states that they've got nothing to do with you. The man (named Vincent) is an EarlyBirdCameo from a game called ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', where he is a main character.
* Both, Felix and Isaac's group in both ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games. In the first game, Felix is on a quest with the antagonists to unleash Alchemy on the world and you hear a few people mention about him and his group as you travel. In the sequel, you take over Felix's role while occasionally hearing tales about Isaac's group as you travel. [[spoiler: Isaac and Felix's parties finally meet at one point and they team up to finish Felix's quest.]]
** There's also Sean and Ouranos, who you ride with on the boat across the Karagol Sea. They have unique sprites and icons, personality quirks (such as Ouranos' fear of water), and have obviously been traveling around for a while to be as strong as they are. Although they get their asses handed to them by the Kraken (Which happens to be ThatOneBoss), they are more than capable of fighting off the other monsters that attack the ship.
* Many of the characters you encounter in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' are this.
** An interesting twist occurs in some of the cutscenes, in which [[spoiler: YOU are the aforementioned hero, thanks to a StableTimeLoop.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. The protaganist, C.J. sees his insane girlfriend run off with a quiet racing competitor. Said quiet man is the main character, Claude, in the (chronologically later, though earlier release) ''Grand Theft Auto 3''.
* The main story of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' centers around Niko Bellic. The two following DLC releases, collectively titled "Episodes from Liberty City", focus on biker [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned Johnny Klebitz]] and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony Luis Fernando Lopez]], bodyguard and hitman for club owner Tony Prince. The three occasionally run across one another, but their stories are largely independent. All three are together in a single location only once, during a diamond deal they've all been brought into by various circumstances (which was foreshadowed by the achievement for completing the diamond mission in Niko's story, called "Impossible Trinity").
* Can happen in normal gameplay in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. The three protagonists (Michael, Trevor, and Franklin) usually only work together when hanging out as friends or during missions, but there are chances--however slim--that a protagonist might actually cross paths with one or both of the other protagonists doing something else, independent of the player's control. However, there's a lot of land, sea, and air to travel on, so the chances of the protagonists meeting each other by accident are usually ''very'' slim.
* Acting Chief Engineer Jacob Temple would have made a good protagonist for a ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' DLC. The only real difference between him and Silent Protagonist Isaac Clarke is that Isaac's girlfriend was in Medical - Jacob's was in hydroponics. Through the game, you find logs on the same path as Isaac's, with Temple literally doing all the things that Isaac does, only failing. But, hey, [[spoiler: at least he found his girlfriend alive]].
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' with the BonusBoss Culex, who ''claims'' to belong in a different game, but doesn't say which one. (He seems to be a ShoutOut to various villains from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.)
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' gives us Vulpes Incluta, a spy who manages to beat the Courier to Nipton, The Strip, and The Fort, no matter how fast the Courier travels. He is involved in many covert operations, and it's implied that when you don't see him, he's wreaking havoc in NCR territory somewhere.
** Also, any of the NCR Rangers. They have spies everywhere, even at all the Legion bases. You even meet a [[spoiler: drug dealer]] who turns out to be one. Imagine how many are out there.
*** Also, the Legion doesn't really know if you help the NCR in the beginning, so long as you don't go against the Legion, until you get very overt about your NCR aid, they have no idea. But if you help the Legion, Rangers WILL know, and they will find you.
** Marcus really gives this impression, [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} being among those responsible for taking down the Enclave]].
** And finally there's Ulysses, who is gradually revealed to have visited every location explored in the DLC packs and had his own adventures there before his final confrontation with the Courier in ''Lonesome Road''.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has this in the form of other pilots. Especially in ''Prophecy'' Maniac and some other pilots start as aces while the player is a green-horn. In missions they often lead different squads and are only heard over radio fulfilling their part of the plan. The player joins them towards the end of the game.
* In ''{{Starlancer}}'' the player actually plays this role. Especially in the beginning, the player's team of misfits is largely unknown while established aces like Klaus Steiner are often mentioned on TV. It is not until much later in the game that the player is treated as an equal.
** The news reports certainly help to make the player feel like there's a devastating war on, instead of a series of small engagements. A war that would [[ForegoneConclusion last another 100 years]].
* In the first of the two video game prequels to the ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' anime series, Holland (SupportingLeader} in the main series) initiates his anti-government movement while main character Sumner Sturgeon is busy dealing with his own issues.
* ''FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' has the player character(s) encounter many other myrrh-gathering groups, including the real main characters. You're just there to watch.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', [[AmnesiacHero Cloud]] discovers that his choppy memories [[spoiler: are actually those of]] [[TheAce Zack]], who gets his story told in ''CrisisCore''.
* [[BadassNormal The Spartan Captain]] of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 2'' manages to get to the island of the Fates and get to the [[ThatOneLevel phoenix puzzle]]. He does this [[TookAShortcut without any sort of godly powers or assistance from them]], and would have gotten further if he didn't [[CurbStompBattle encounter Kratos]] in a dark room. There's also the people who were once all those corpses you see lying around deep inside each of the major locations, and the Argonauts, Perseus, and Icarus are also on their own adventures on the island.
* Captain Marcus Walker in ''{{Freelancer}}'' is the commander of the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Liberty]] cruiser LNS ''Utah''. Unlike the AntiHero [[PlayerCharacter Trent]], Walker is a straight shooter who takes pride in his service. He even offers to help Trent join the Liberty Navy. After helping to defend the Willard Research Station and a Liberty battleship, Walker disappears for a while, before reappearing to help Trent and the others escape from a Liberty ambush in Zone-21. It's not clear what he did while Trent was out doing his thing, but given his impressive record and his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]], it was probably something awesome. Then there's Casper Orillion, the man in charge of TheOrder. Actually, there are plenty of characters, including Ozu, Michael King, [[GeorgeTakei Lord Hakkera]], and [[TheAce Diedrich Von Claussen]], who are impressive in their own right.
** Even cooler, Walker actually mentions that while they were gone, he and his crew launched guerilla attacks against [[TheEmpire Rheinland]] supply depots in the Border Worlds. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Pity you don't get to see it.]]
* The Signature Heroes of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', while still a relatively new concept as of the time of this statement, appear to be this to the player.
* Everyone else at Wigglytuff's Guilde in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers''. They're on their own adventures daily, and you even hear bits and pieces about them. In ''Explorers Of The Sky'', you get to actually step into their shoes and see some of their adventures first hands.
* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games often invoke this trope, particularly the ones focused on WorldWarTwo. The different characters you play as, while they never meet each other in-game, help to contribute in their own way in order to defeat the Germans on vastly separated fronts.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Captain Kirrahe, a Salarian Spectial Task Group commando, who gives a rousing PatrickStewartSpeech to his squad telling them to HoldTheLine and act as the distraction while Shepard and his team infiltrate the base and plant a nuke on Virmire. Throughout the mission we hear both the gunfire of their unseen battle ''and'' their radio chatter, reminding Shepard that in comparison, Shepard's mission is the ''easy'' one.
** Even though [[TheLancer Garrus]] rejoins the squad early on in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the fact that his activities in between 1 and 2 caused all three major mercenary bands in [[WretchedHive Omega]] to join forces to take him down makes it clear that he's been busy, even before this is confirmed during dialogue. His dossier in the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact that he's practically Shepard's equal, [[OvershadowedByAwesome but is unlikely to fully come into his own as long as he's working with Shepard.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', this extends to every surviving member of the Suicide Mission in the last game, with the exception of Garrus and Tali, who join your squad for the third time. To whit:
*** Miranda continues to fight her father.
*** Jacob is protecting defecting Cerberus scientists at a safe house.
*** Jack is mentoring biotic students at the Ascension Project.
*** Grunt is leading a crack team of krogan commandos.
*** Mordin plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: in curing the genophage.]]
*** Kasumi is being tracked by a Salarian Spectre (who fits this trope himself), whom she helps on a different investigation.
*** Zaeed is messing with Cerberus.
*** Thane [[spoiler: dies of a combination of a stab wound by Kai Leng (incurred while protecting the Salarian Councillor) and Kepral's.]]
*** Samara is investigating an Ardat-Yakshi monastery that went dark.
*** Legion plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: in dealing with the geth.]]
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' also has Admiral David Anderson and his second in command, Major Coates, both of whom stayed behind on Earth to set up a resistance fight against the Reaper invaders prior to Commander Shepard arriving with the Sword Fleet to liberate Earth. There are many fans out there who are rather vocal about their desire to see a new ''Franchise/MassEffect'' title based on ''that'' story.
** Anderson is also the hero of the tie-in novels -- ''Revelation'', ''Ascension'', ''Retribution'', and the [[FanonDiscontinuity much-maligned]] ''Deception''.
** Also from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' comes Jondom Bau, Council Spectre and all around Salarian {{Badass}}. Your single mission with him gives you the feeling that this guy's been around and that following him around for a couple of games would make for some incredible stories.
* ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' has the protagonist Anon, a newly rezzed Security Monitor who starts his function just as CLU triggers ThePurge in the backstory of ''Film/TronLegacy''. Anon goes through all kinds of troubles to keep CLU from finishing off the last ISO, [[spoiler: Quorra]]. And by the end of the game, [[spoiler: he dies saving her]].
* When the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' group meets the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead group'' in ''The Passing'', each group is this to the other group.
* In ''VideoGame/TheTrailOfAnguish'', Chris is just a cute boy to you, but he claims to be on some unrevealed adventure of his own.
* [[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo]]'s was this in his [[EarlyBirdCameo appearance]] in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'', according to the game's instruction manual.
* ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem Thracia 776]]'' is essentially this for Leif, a supporting character from ''Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War''[='=]s second half. The game takes place a year before the second half of ''Genealogy'' and follows Leif in the Thracian Peninsula and his desperate struggle to reclaim his kingdom while fighting a division of the Grannvale Empire and the Loptr Cult. Seliph, the actual hero of ''Genealogy'' shows up briefly and his role is essentially to show how badass his army is which initially increases Leif's self doubt.
* This happens roughly [[OnceAnEpisode once per game]] in the ''SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'' series. Particulary obvious in the second, where a PowerTrio seeking out a MacGuffin of some sort briefly cross paths with you and team up to the fight the local baddie, then continue their quest. That would make you this in relation to them, for that matter.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'', the Full Circle ending implies that [[spoiler:[[MagicalNegro Howard Blackwood]], [[TheseHandsHaveKilled JP Sater]], and [[JiveTurkey DJ Bobby Ricks]]]] were all Heroes of their own stories, but failed and [[GroundhogDayLoop became stuck in Silent Hill limbo]] as a result. Anne Cunningham plays this trope the most straight: every time Murphy encounters her she looks more rough than before, as she is also enduring the same sort of nightmares and monsters, and she even has a final boss she has to face: [[spoiler:Murphy himself.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'', the {{player character}}s are this in relation to the Knight-Captain, the [[PlayerCharacter PC]] from the first two campaigns. (''[=SoZ=]'' takes place during or after ''Mask of the Betrayer'', on the opposite side of the continent.)
** The original ''NW2'' also applies, from the party members (such as Shandra, who even has a similar background to the Knight-Captain's) to [[spoiler: all of the major antagonists]].
** The hero of the original ''Neverwinter Nights'' and the hero of ''Shadow of Undrentide'' and ''Hordes of the Underdark'' are this to one another -- ''Shadow of Undrentide'' takes place roughly around the same time as ''Neverwinter Nights'' (''Hordes of the Underdark'' takes place a while after, but canonically has the same hero as ''Shadow of Undrentide'').
* A lot of the {{NPC}}s from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' are this trope. You'll often find them in extremely dangerous areas like Anor Londo and Lost Izalith, meaning they must be pretty BadAss to fight their way there. Moreover, several of them are direct analogues to the player:
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Solaire of Astora]] is undertaking a parallel journey to your own in his world, having conquered all of the challenges you face before you do, engraved his summon sign near a number of bosses, and even, judging by some of his DummiedOut dialogue, escaped the Undead Asylum just as you did. WordOfGod confirms that [[spoiler:if you save him in Lost Izalith and summon him for the final boss battle, he then goes on to defeat Gwyn and link the Fire in his own world, thus finding his own sun at long last]].
** Oscar of Astora, the Elite Knight who frees you from your cell and gives you the tools you need to take on your quest, journeyed to the Undead Asylum in hopes of somehow taking part in the supposed prophecy of the Chosen Undead. As it stands in-game, his failure enables the player's victory; [[WhatCouldHaveBeen in an entire subplot cut from the game, however, his role would have gone much farther]]. In this scenario, Oscar would have escaped the Asylum along with the player, met up with them multiple times after the latter rings the Bells of Awakening (including an instance where he partners up with you to fight through the Forest Hunters and reach Artorias's grave), and had his own dealings with the two Primordial Serpents and perhaps even Solaire. But as it becomes clear that your accomplishments better fit the prophecy, Oscar's need to take his place in destiny would have consumed him, and at the end of the game, [[TheRival he would have aligned himself against whichever Serpent you sided with and fought you to the death for the title of Chosen Undead]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'': [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Welkin (militia)]], [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Leon (military), Baldren (military), Juliana (military), Avan (civil defense)]].
** The first ''Valkyria Chronicles'' game had {{Optional Party Member}}s Vyse and Aika. They apparently travel the world having adventures, and in their ending, [[spoiler:they both leave Gallia on a boat one misty morning and are never seen or heard from again]]. Given [[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia who they're based on]]...
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Isaac Kleiner, Eli Vance and Barney Calhoun have obviously had quite a number of adventures and have set up the infrastructure for a rebellion, with Barney even infiltrating the Combine. But those adventures are really never talked about much.
** In ''Half Life: Opposing Force'', the player character is one of the soldiers sent to Black Mesa. Gordon Freeman makes a cameo.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', Gangrel scholar Beckett is only in LA to investigate the rumors of the Ankaran Sarcophagus, and bumps into you on occasion to offer advice. He's up to a ''lot'' in the bigger scheme of the Old [[TheWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]], though, and indeed he's one of the main heroes of the ''Vampire'' setting.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' Connor Kenway ends up meeting up with Aveline de Grandpré, protagonist of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation''. In this case, it also applies to Aveline as well in her game.
* [[spoiler:The Stranger]] from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. [[spoiler:Like Lee, he was just trying to survive, and keep his family safe in the ZombieApocalypse. Then Lee and the group steal the supplies from his car. He loses what's left of his family, what's left of his sanity, and turns from hero to vengeance seeker]].
* Taken literally in the first mission of HAWX, which has you running air support for a mission from one of the GhostRecon games.
* In ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'', Kisuke and Momohime can occasionally meet during the hot springs segments of the game, but aside from certain endings don't directly interact with each other.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' [=DLCs=] ''The Knife of Dunwall'' and ''The Brigmore Witches'' focus on the exploits of Daud, the Empress' assassin prior to his fate in the main game.
* Bloodedge from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. An unsung hero who fought [[EldritchAbomination the Black Beast]] for an entire year, giving humanity time to learn Ars Magus and prepare to kill it, [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of his own life]]. [[spoiler:Although {{Subverted}} in that Bloodedge is actually a time-displaced de-powered version of Ragna with amnesia. So, really, he's the ''same'' hero. In fact, because of the StableTimeLoop the game is set in, it's technically the ''same story'' as well]].
** The exploits of Bloodedge, and his battle against the Black Beast, are covered in ''[[http://blazblue.wikia.com/wiki/BlazBlue:_Phase_0 BlazBlue: Phase 0]]''.
* The '''Portal''' series: In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' there are only two characters: Chell and GLaDOS. In VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} we are introduced to Wheatley, and we get to know more about Cave Johnson, founder of Aperture Science, and his assistant, Caroline. But there is another character that is not only common to both games, but is also ''crucial'' to the story, as in without his actions, there would be no story at all; and yet we never get to see him - but we find references to him and his work everywhere: [[MysteriousProtector "The Ratman"]]. Doug Rattman was a scientist working in the GLaDOS project, and became the only survivor after GLaDOS gassed everyone with Neurotoxins. He then managed to stay alive for several years, living in hiding, moving through the facilities using secret passages; and eventually succeeded in starting the events that lead to Chell facing GLaDOS, and all that happens afterwards. In fact, he is so much a HeroOfAnotherStory that he actually ''does'' have [[http://www.thinkwithportals.com/comic/#26 his own story]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit'' the BigBad [[spoiler:Great Zaroff]] and his mentor [[spoiler:Marquis de Hoto]] were this until their FaceHeelTurn.
* [[TheGhost Ish]] from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''. In the notes you find from him, you get to read about him [[CharacterDevelopment developing]] from a lone survivor hiding out on his boat, to [[spoiler:founding and protecting a doomed encampment in the sewers. What happened to him after he and a small pocket escapes the sewer, is a mystery.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/StarfleetAdventures'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity EV Nova]]'' the player character's career runs parallel to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and the first six movies, and events in the live-action canon occasionally reshape the game universe.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBabylonProject's'' campaign "The Raider Wars" the PlayerCharacter is one to the main cast of ''Series/BabylonFive''. You start out leading part of B5's fighter wing during the series pilot "Midnight on the Firing Line". After the first mission you're transferred to the destroyer EAS ''Hood''.
* Iroquois Pliskin [[spoiler:Solid Snake]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty.'' While you're playing as Raiden, Iroquois is having an adventure of his own on Arsenal Gear.
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', Samus is just one of four bounty hunters summoned for the mission, and it's clear that they all knew of each other and had possibly worked together before. [[spoiler: Sadly, all of the others' stories end with them becoming villains of this one.]]
* The basic premise of [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/812850535/you-are-not-the-hero?ref=card You Are Not The Hero]] is that you are one, being an NPC that's chasing after the actual heroes because they stole your pendant (an essential {{Deconstruction}} of the KleptomaniacHero, as well as general RPG heroism).
* In the ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', in a twist, in every game there's the ''MacGuffin'' of another story, the Fireseal/crest. While technically it is the most powerful accessory one can wear, its FlavorText indicates that it's either equally powerful or more than that particular game's doohicky; but nobody knows what it is for.
* The main cast of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' are this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance''.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has a lot of these, since it's a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover of [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] and Creator/SquareEnix characters.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate2'': near the end of the game, you can encounter a group of much lower level adventurers who ask you for a quest. If you give them one, they return soon after and decide they're strong enough to [[TooDumbToLive defeat you and loot your magic items]]. One cutscene [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp battle]] later, they "reload" and hand in the quest normally.
** The player can encounter Drizzt Do'Urden (a huge figure in the Forgotten Realms setting) in the both games in the series. They can even recruit him and his party to help take on Bodhi and her vampire army in the second game. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Or they can just try and kill him for his sweet loot.]] They also encounter the equally influential Elminster at several points, though unlike Drizzt he has slightly more of a stake in the story as it's implied that he's keeping tabs on the Bhaalspawn as a favor to their late foster father.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' SpinOff ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', the Chaotix are seen working toward figuring out something pivotal to the games plot, which involves collecting bits of data that prove pivotal to the Final Story of the game.
* Ada Wong tends to be this in pretty much every ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' title she appears in, along with typically being one of the few characters who actually knows what's really going on. Sometimes, like in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', you get to actually play her version of the story and see just how much she actually contributes to the main character's storyline [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold without them even knowing about it]].
* New Canton Runner 5, first seen in the Canton-perspective Race missions from ''VideoGame/ZombiesRun'', got PutOnABus to London at the start of Season 2 to avoid confusion with the game's protagonist, the Runner 5 of Able Township. Canton 5 would go on to feature in two side missions, eventually [[spoiler: becoming "the greatest hero in London" by doing a lot more behind the scenes than anyone knows. The player only gets to hear the full extent of Canton 5's adventures after their BusCrash on the way home.]]
* [[RockMonster Aganos]] from the 2013 ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' game is completely disconnected from both Ultratech, Gargos and the entire Killer Instinct tournament. It just pops up suddenly as part of its millenia-long journey to bring [[EvilSorceror Kan-Ra]] (himself [[VillainOfAnotherStory largely unconnected to the main plot]]) to justice, while beating the crap out of anyone who gets in its way, [[spoiler: though it does eventually join the fight against UltraTech during Story mode when they try to mind control it.]]
* Percel, a Frieza Clansman NPC Time Patroller, is this in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse''. He tells you of his mission, where he's in the era of the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' where Demon King Piccolo has fused with Kami and he and his demons wage war on Earth against the Red Ribbon Army and he must put things back together. Even worse, Babidi shows up later on as a third party to complicate things. [[spoiler:When you beat the game, Percel proudly proclaims victory!]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'', true to form, deconstructs this through [[spoiler:Undyne, who becomes the [[HeroAntagonist hero of YOUR story]] if you have opted to become the villain of it and pursue the Genocide route. All the characters met until her are certain she'll defeat the player if they make it that far, and her boss encounter begins with the flavor text "The heroine appears." with decidedly more uplifting music than her battle has in other routes. The fates of minor and background characters on this path play out like an extended "dark ending" for the rest of the game following her defeat.]]
** Also, played straight with Gerson (the turtle shopkeeper) who was a hero on the monster side in the war between monsters and humans long ago. While it's stated that not a single human died during the war, so he can't have killed anybody, one is left only to imagine what he might have done to help his kind escape.
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has the kid's Guardians, who, though often ignored or avoided by the main characters, show up all over the place, occasionally helping the kids from the background while engaging in their own adventures.
** Not to mention fedorafreak, who only ever appears on a {{Twitter}} {{expy}} for three frames, and provides regular updates about, respectively, his choice of hats, his house burning down, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, his own journey through another session of Sburb and, finally, his death, possibly on a Quest Bed (which would allow his [[CameBackStrong ascension to God Tier]]). The forums make him a MemeticBadass.
** [[spoiler:The trolls' ancestors played an unsuccessful session that resulting in the Scratch, resetting their universe so our trolls could have another chance]].
* On the cast page of ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'', Kaitlyn is described as "the central character in another strip". She literally became the HeroOfAnotherStory later, with the introduction of the Precocious spinoff strip, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/index.html Copper Road]].
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Othar Trygvassen (GentlemanAdventurer!) is this for much of the comic (as chronicled on his Twitter feed) until his story crosses with the main plot. And in his mind, he's still TheHero even when it does.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** It is heavily implied that adventuring parties and Player Characters in the world are this, although the heroes have yet to directly interact with another good-aligned [=PCs=] or Adventuring parties. Nale and his adventuring party (the Linear Guild) tried to pretend they were this, claiming they were in the same dungeon on a completely different quest (although later turned out to be a lie). Inverted at one point when the Order ran into a pair of ''villains'' from another story, a dwarf and a Ninja who were trying to murder The King of Nowhere ([[MakesSenseinContext don't ask]]).
** Parodied with the gag character Frudu Biggens, who is on a completely unrelated quest to destroy a Ming vase with his friend Samwose.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two groups of main characters]] in a [[RolePlayingGame RPG]] setting, one [[InUniverse as if it were a real world]] (the titular Goblins) and another who act like a group of RPG players, [[NoFourthWall making meta comments all the time]]. Then there's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters another RPG player group]] that fares poorly and seems only to show up to complain about their previous characters dying before dying again, yet reference adventures that aren't shown.
* The {{Walkyverse}}, spanning as it does [[Webcomic/DieselSweeties at least]] [[Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots half]] [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent a dozen]] [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive different]] [[Webcomic/PennyAndAggie authors]], is a tangled, continuity-challenged rat's nest of this trope.
* Likewise, Gisele Lagacé's two current main comics, ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', have their own spinoffs that take place in the same continuities with characters who've faded into the background in the original comics.
** Melissa Hellrune inverts the trope in ''WebComic/MagickChicks''. She was originally from ''Eerie Cuties'', where she was [[BlondesAreEvil an antagonist]] to [[AloofDarkhairedGirl Layla]] [[LovableAlphaBitch Delacroix.]] But her popularity with the readers lead to her being given her own SpinOff comic, where she became the protagonist, who's gradually being reforemed into a heroine - though [[BeingGoodSucks she's reluctant to change her ways.]]
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' occasionally features Inquisitor Damien's hyper-competent B-Team and Inquisitor Deket's hyper-destructive C-Team. Inquisitor Brisbane also appears in numerous background and flashback shots and Schaefer was shown having his own adventures once.
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* During the CrossOver between DarkHarvest and TribeTwelve, Alex and Chris (the former) are this to Noah Maxwell (the latter), and vice versa.
* Similarly, EverymanHybrid meets [[DarkHarvest Jeff, Alex and Chris]], as well as [[TribeTwelve Noah Maxwell]], in their CrossOver episodes.
* Not an example in and of itself, but ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' lists [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19323_6-movie-tv-universes-that-overlap-in-mind-blowing-ways.html Six Movie/Tv Universes That Overlap]].
* WebSite/SFDebris gives us "Lieutenant ''Nobody''" from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''; his take on [[TheUnseen the unseen original chief of security of the Enterprise-E]] before Worf, who repeatedly demonstrates he's the HyperCompetentSidekick developing new tactics to fight the Borg on the fly, keeps his team fighting against impossible odds, and who of course, [[ButtMonkey is completely ignored by the Enterprise crew.]]
* In ''Literature/PayMeBug'', there's some kind of coup in progress against Baron Minerva Tyrelos. [[TheCaptain Grif]] stumbles into the middle of it, and nearly gets himself killed. We never find out who's behind it, what their ultimate plan is, or whether the Baron's plan to [[spoiler:have her brother publicly take the blame]] ever worked.
* In the WhateleyUniverse, there are several. Lady Astarte, the greatest superheroine of the era, is hovering around in the background, because she's the headmistress of the SuperheroSchool the main characters go to. At Halloween, when Deathlist attacks, she takes him on single-handed and wins. There are lots of references to former battles she has fought and former superheroes she has known, because she has been superheroing since World War II. Skyhawk, one of the main superheroes of Boston, probably counts as well.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** While the adventures of the [[VillainProtagonist Undersiders]] are the main focus, Faultine's crew, a group of superpowered mercenaries, crops up from time to time pursuing their own goals, and interludes focusing on them tell of their investigation into [[NebulousEvilOrganization Cauldron]] independent of the main plotline.
** Likewise, the Travelers. To the point of getting an entire arc devoted to them.
** WordOfGod has stated that the Las Vegas Protectorate and the Thanda regularly battle S-Class threats whose abilities are either too subtle or potentially panic-inducing to be publicised.
* The various main characters in each of the 33 different campaign blocks in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were this to each other. Each campaign was a separate story that usually had nothing to do with each other except every once in a while they'd overlap somehow.
* Kris "The Girl Who Never Was" of LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal. We'll likely never know what her journey would've been like.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' has various examples, the most memorable being Dana, who gets lost in the [[EldritchLocation Dog Park]], and Tamika Flynn, child leader of the revolution against Strexcorp.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' makes it clear that our protagonists are one of many Hunter teams fighting to protect Remnant. Naturally, this led to the proliferation of OCs.
** Team [=JNPR=] is actually a canon inversion of this trope. They were originally meant to be the 'B-team', but ended up becoming 'a second A-team', with about a quarter of every volume devoted to their exploits.
* In ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' there are several TRD agents who are briefly shown or mentioned, who are often dealing with other issues than the main cast. Special mention goes to Elliot Bishop who joins up with the main characters at one point, and then later goes back to his previous mission. In addition there are the characters in the various time periods who have their own things going on, such as the crew of the Space Station Oracle in 2347, or the Neanderthal tribe in the stone age.
* Former WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall character Iron Liz was shown to be this when Linkara's MirrorUniverse double came looking for her.
--> '''Linkara:''' She's around, just doing her own thing.
* Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister has two examples:
** [[ThePaladin Aylwyn]] is always off on Paladin business doing important things for the kingdom; her path just tends to cross with Paul's from time to time.
** In [[Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister the second book,]] towards the end of the story Sarah leaves the narrative to lead a party of her own, to [[spoiler: rescue the captive princess from a dragon's agents.]] In the third book, we find out she was successful, but no details. In his narration, [[InvokedTrope Paul says that it's not his story to tell and he'll leave it to Sarah to maybe explain what happened some day.]]
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* The Cabbage Merchant from WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender. Somehow, despite the Gaang travelling on an air bison and him being presumably on foot, he managed to arrive at places at the exact time that they did, only for them to destroy his produce.
* TheDCAU was fond of this, especially when it entered the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' era.
** The pilot for JLU, ''Initiation'', sets the stage as GreenLantern, ComicBook/GreenArrow, Supergirl and Captain Atom go on a mission to a fictional North Korean {{Expy}} country. Green Arrow just wanted to go home but got dragged into the story because all the other heroes were off doing other missions.
** Subsequent episodes would often include J'onn J'onzz or Mister Terrific at the monitor watching and directing various heroes around the globe doing all sorts of heroic stuff that had nothing to do with that episode's plot, especially if said plot was set primarily on the Watchtower itself.
** ''The Greatest Story Never Told'' focuses on the glory hog Booster Gold who is busted down to directing pedestrians to safety while the rest of the League fight the DarkLord Mordru, who is strong enough to take them all and an obviously awesomely powerful villain, and the first "Omega-Level" threat the League comes up against. We hardly get to see any of it. Booster's own story however ends up seeing him saving the world from a black hole and getting the girl while the other heroes are too busy fighting. He gets berated by an injured Batman at the end for abandoning his post.
** ''Patriot Act'' involves a crazed general giving himself super-powers to battle the League because he sees this group of superhumans, lording over them in a space station, as a potential threat to national security. He calls out {{Superman}} for a fight, but Shining Knight tells him that Superman is fighting to save a planet from an unspecified crisis, and that all the other genuine superhumans are all out doing other stuff. He ends up having to face ComicBook/GreenArrow and an assortment of lesser known "normal" heroes, eventually including reserve members the Crimson Avenger (who, basically, just has a gun) and Arrow's ex-sidekick Speedy (who, naturally, is just an {{expy}} of GA himself), the only back-up available. This is the closest either two get to spending a day in the limelight, and Avenger doesn't even get dialogue while Speedy is never seen again, and that was his ''debut''.
* In the pilot to ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Martha Kent mentions [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "that nut in Gotham City"]]. The two heroes met later, setting the stage for the {{DCAU}}.
** The multiple guest appearances of several DC heroes in both [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]] and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]] (the former more than the latter).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Speedy might've gotten the shaft (no pun intended) on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' but he was set up as a recurring hero on ''Teen Titans'' as a rival for Robin, eventually forming Titans East along with other heroes who had previous appearances.
* The future Justice League in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''' Gizmo Duck made many appearances as a hero who had much better adventures and publicity. There were other heroes introduced in the show, including his mystical girlfriend Morgana and the aquatic Neptuna. Eventually, they formed the Justice Ducks.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has had a couple appearances by John Mind, a quadruple amputee whose limbs weren't blown off, but "blown ''in'', into his mind," giving him [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]]. He never has more than the most minimal effect on an episode's plot, but he apparently [[WalkingTheEarth walks the Earth]], having adventures as "[[DisabilitySuperpower Mind Quad]]."
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' had Commander Dogstar, commander of the sister ship of the ''Righteous Indignation'', the ''Indefatigable'', and his crew.
* The Justice League in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.'' At one point, Professor Ivo escapes from the team, but appears in prison for most of the rest of the series. We're expected to assume that the Justice League caught him.
* ConversedTrope on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; when Bart loses his girlfriend to a rich [[TheAce Ace]], he fails to win her back at the end of the episode. When Bart protests that the protagonist of the story is supposed to get the girl, her new boyfriend counters that in this case, ''he'' is the protagonist.
* Elise in ''DanVs.'' She's a highly skilled spy who is almost always caught up in her own assignments, and it just so happens that those often cross paths with Dan when he's on whatever his newest tirade is.
* Subverted with Zapp Brannigan on ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', who has many off-screen adventures that are referred to briefly and treated as heroic by characters in-universe, but is actually a VillainWithGoodPublicity who mostly just leads hilariously one-sided battles against peaceful "foes".
* WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex: [[MauveShirt Captain Calan]] normally leads the troops, but is implied to do all sorts of off-screen adventures, like leading a mission to steal a data cartridge from a foreign country, [[spoiler: and feeding information to the protagonists when they defect]]. [[BigGood White Knight]] seems to trust him with higher up missions.
** The Jungle Cat EVO also defects with the protagonists, and is reported to have been investigating the Consortium on WK's orders, and abducting a former member.
* The Scotsman of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. When he meets Jack(And is unaware of his fame) he regales how he's the most wanted man on the planet.
* [[spoiler: Simon Petrikov]] on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was a BadassBookworm and a massive {{Woobie}}, who survived a nuclear apocalypse, became a ParentalSubstitute to a little girl in the aftermath of said apocalypse, and successfully fought for years to resist the [[WIthGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity corrupting influence]] of the [[ArtifactOfDoom enchanted crown]] that [[PowerAtAPrice allowed him to survive.]] Unfortunately, the show takes place centuries after [[DownerEnding he eventually lost that fight]], so most of the current protagonists only know him as the rather crazy and pathetic Ice King.
* [[spoiler: Daring Do]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is this when she's discovered to be real.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', Twilight goes through a lot of offscreen trouble to clean up Rarity's mess. She eventually had to call in backup from Luna and Cadance, and it's made clear that the whole ordeal caused a great amount of stress.
** The entire [[FanNickname Mane Six]] gets to enjoy being this in ''Slice Of Life''. They're busy duking it out with a Bugbear (a literal half-bug half-bear), but the episode focuses entirely on Cranky and Matilda's wedding and the background ponies who are making it happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has two sets: Steven's dad, Greg, who fell for Rose and has a few flashback episodes around their love story, and Garnet, the focus of a similar love story, only hers happens during the [[GreatOffscreenWar Rebellion for Earth]] and eventually is explored in [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]].
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* [[ExtendedUniverse Extended Universes]] is this by default. Usually containing other bad ass heroes (and villains) that the main series might only mention, or show as a background/side character or not show at all. In the EU they get their own adventures, missions and supporting characters and villains. Might even eventually become EnsembleDarkhorse(s) if well written.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Strictly speaking, anybody you run into is likely the Hero Of Another Story. Assuming that they (or you) aren't in fact the ''[[VillainProtagonist villain]]'', or even worse, a RedShirt. Then again, it's very possible that many folks you run into will just be the ButtMonkey.
** Well, most people you meet are a Hero Of Another Story: their own. They'd have to have pretty low opinions of themselves to be the the villains or red shirts of their own stories, and we all are probably the butt monkeys at some point or another.
** You most likely see your best friend or anyone else close to you as this.
** Illustrated in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkoML0_FiV4 Sonder video]].
** It can be quite disconcerting to look around yourself in a public place and think how everyone else is also seeing themselves as "the person looking around themselves at a bunch of strangers"
*** Which is perfectly demonstrated by [[http://xkcd.com/610/ this xkcd comic]].
*** And [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2254#comic this SMBC one]].
*** And a bit more concretely in [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page471.html this Subnormality one]]
*** This really depends on your point of view. Someone who may be the Hero Of Another Story to one person may be the villain in yours or their own. Likewise, you may consider yourself the villain, and thus the Hero Of Another Story the only hero there is, and only the one story - theirs.
* The scientists working on Ultra (the Enigma code breakers during WorldWarII) were this for a long time to the scientists working on the Manhattan project (development of the atomic bomb). While the latter were widely recognized for their work, Ultra was kept officially secret until 1974.
* This trope was invoked by practically everyone, on all sides of the fight during WorldWarTwo (and any other war if you think about it). [[FromACertainPointOfView In their own version of this trope]], both sides (Axis/Allies) were doing what they felt was right, while twisting the other side's words/actions against them as much as possible to justify their actions.
* Happens to actors themselves. The supporting actors in the massive blockbuster movies are often the headliners in smaller budget movies and television, leading to many HeyItsThatGuy moments.
* "{{Supergroup}}s" in music. By definition the members all have successful solo careers and other bands, so anyone listening to, for example, Music/{{Cream}} records, can then dig into all the Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker records.
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* ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' how's the rest of the JSDF, Itami wasn't the only one making friendly contact in the special region. The third recon team also serves as this when Itami is relieved of his command and the team is sent to the Capital's red light district.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' how's has the rest of the JSDF, Itami wasn't the only one making friendly contact contacts in the special region. The third recon Third Recon team also serves as this when Itami is relieved of his command and the team is sent to the Capital's red light district.Akusho.



** In the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', Ryo was jointly responsible for taking down Mr. Big's [[TheSyndicate Syndicate]], in order to rescue his sister, Yuri. While in the following game, he went on to become the first chronological champion of the ''King of Fighters'' tournament, by defeating Geese over a decade prior to Terry.
** And Robert was responsible for defeating Mr. Big (''[=AoF1=]'') and was the hero of ''[=AoF3=]'', during which, he journeyed to the fictional city of Glasshill Valley, Mexico, to protect his childhood friend, Freia Lawrence. At the game's conclusion, he saved her by defeating both Sinclair and Wyler.
** The same is true for Ralf Jones and his partner, Clark Steel, who originally were the heroes of the ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' series (as P1 and P2 respectively).
* Dr. Marie Delacroix of ''[[VideoGame/SystemShock System Shock 2]]'' is another [[spoiler:[=SHODAN=]]]-assisted agent aboard the Von Braun, always just one step ahead of the player. While the player doesn't interact with or even see her [[spoiler:until you find her corpse]], the player finds her audio logs throughout the game. Late in the game [[spoiler:[=SHODAN=] abandons her and leaves her to die.]]
** ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' has Mark Meltzer, the hero of the viral marketing storyline released before the game. The player can track Meltzer's progress through Rapture through audio diaries he leaves and [[spoiler: eventually kills him without even thinking about it.]]
** ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'': The voxophones replace the audio logs for all intents and purposes. Aside from an alternate universe Booker and Elizabeth, Preston E. Downs leaves behind audio logs to document his bounty hunting of Vox Populi leader Daisy Fitzroy... and then shifts gears when he accidentally cripples a little kid. It's not known if he was backstabbed by the Vox or said kid after switching sides or became one of the major leaders of the Vox.
** Bianca Schuler was this in the first VideoGame/SystemShock game. SHODAN hated her so much that she imprisoned her in a cage next to her main memory bank so she could watch her die.
* A humorous example. As of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion TES: Oblivion]]'', Jiub of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has become known as "Saint Jiub" for clearing the [[GoddamnBats cliff racers]] out of Vvardenfall. And there was much rejoicing!
** Juib makes a third appearance in the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] [[DownloadableContent DLC Dawnguard]], where he reveals to everyone that he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome did beat the cliff racers]].
* Crowe in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' is a perfect example, traveling the universe and having adventures with his own ship and later serving as TheCavalry several times for the main party.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'', you can talk to a man at Club Escapade in the endgame, who talks about his problems but states that they've got nothing to do with you. The man (named Vincent) is an EarlyBirdCameo from a game called ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', where he is a main character.
* Both, Felix and Isaac's group in both ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games. In the first game, Felix is on a quest with the antagonists to unleash Alchemy on the world and you hear a few people mention about him and his group as you travel. In the sequel, you take over Felix's role while occasionally hearing tales about Isaac's group as you travel. [[spoiler: Isaac and Felix's parties finally meet at one point and they team up to finish Felix's quest.]]
** There's also Sean and Ouranos, who you ride with on the boat across the Karagol Sea. They have unique sprites and icons, personality quirks (such as Ouranos' fear of water), and have obviously been traveling around for a while to be as strong as they are. Although they get their asses handed to them by the Kraken (Which happens to be ThatOneBoss), they are more than capable of fighting off the other monsters that attack the ship.
* Many of the characters you encounter in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' are this.
** An interesting twist occurs in some of the cutscenes, in which [[spoiler: YOU are the aforementioned hero, thanks to a StableTimeLoop.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. The protaganist, C.J. sees his insane girlfriend run off with a quiet racing competitor. Said quiet man is the main character, Claude, in the (chronologically later, though earlier release) ''Grand Theft Auto 3''.
* The main story of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' centers around Niko Bellic. The two following DLC releases, collectively titled "Episodes from Liberty City", focus on biker [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned Johnny Klebitz]] and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony Luis Fernando Lopez]], bodyguard and hitman for club owner Tony Prince. The three occasionally run across one another, but their stories are largely independent. All three are together in a single location only once, during a diamond deal they've all been brought into by various circumstances (which was foreshadowed by the achievement for completing the diamond mission in Niko's story, called "Impossible Trinity").
* Can happen in normal gameplay in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. The three protagonists (Michael, Trevor, and Franklin) usually only work together when hanging out as friends or during missions, but there are chances--however slim--that a protagonist might actually cross paths with one or both of the other protagonists doing something else, independent of the player's control. However, there's a lot of land, sea, and air to travel on, so the chances of the protagonists meeting each other by accident are usually ''very'' slim.
* Acting Chief Engineer Jacob Temple would have made a good protagonist for a ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' DLC. The only real difference between him and Silent Protagonist Isaac Clarke is that Isaac's girlfriend was in Medical - Jacob's was in hydroponics. Through the game, you find logs on the same path as Isaac's, with Temple literally doing all the things that Isaac does, only failing. But, hey, [[spoiler: at least he found his girlfriend alive]].
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' with the BonusBoss Culex, who ''claims'' to belong in a different game, but doesn't say which one. (He seems to be a ShoutOut to various villains from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.)
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' gives us Vulpes Incluta, a spy who manages to beat the Courier to Nipton, The Strip, and The Fort, no matter how fast the Courier travels. He is involved in many covert operations, and it's implied that when you don't see him, he's wreaking havoc in NCR territory somewhere.
** Also, any of the NCR Rangers. They have spies everywhere, even at all the Legion bases. You even meet a [[spoiler: drug dealer]] who turns out to be one. Imagine how many are out there.
*** Also, the Legion doesn't really know if you help the NCR in the beginning, so long as you don't go against the Legion, until you get very overt about your NCR aid, they have no idea. But if you help the Legion, Rangers WILL know, and they will find you.
** Marcus really gives this impression, [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} being among those responsible for taking down the Enclave]].
** And finally there's Ulysses, who is gradually revealed to have visited every location explored in the DLC packs and had his own adventures there before his final confrontation with the Courier in ''Lonesome Road''.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has this in the form of other pilots. Especially in ''Prophecy'' Maniac and some other pilots start as aces while the player is a green-horn. In missions they often lead different squads and are only heard over radio fulfilling their part of the plan. The player joins them towards the end of the game.
* In ''{{Starlancer}}'' the player actually plays this role. Especially in the beginning, the player's team of misfits is largely unknown while established aces like Klaus Steiner are often mentioned on TV. It is not until much later in the game that the player is treated as an equal.
** The news reports certainly help to make the player feel like there's a devastating war on, instead of a series of small engagements. A war that would [[ForegoneConclusion last another 100 years]].
* In the first of the two video game prequels to the ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' anime series, Holland (SupportingLeader} in the main series) initiates his anti-government movement while main character Sumner Sturgeon is busy dealing with his own issues.
* ''FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' has the player character(s) encounter many other myrrh-gathering groups, including the real main characters. You're just there to watch.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', [[AmnesiacHero Cloud]] discovers that his choppy memories [[spoiler: are actually those of]] [[TheAce Zack]], who gets his story told in ''CrisisCore''.
* [[BadassNormal The Spartan Captain]] of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 2'' manages to get to the island of the Fates and get to the [[ThatOneLevel phoenix puzzle]]. He does this [[TookAShortcut without any sort of godly powers or assistance from them]], and would have gotten further if he didn't [[CurbStompBattle encounter Kratos]] in a dark room. There's also the people who were once all those corpses you see lying around deep inside each of the major locations, and the Argonauts, Perseus, and Icarus are also on their own adventures on the island.
* Captain Marcus Walker in ''{{Freelancer}}'' is the commander of the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Liberty]] cruiser LNS ''Utah''. Unlike the AntiHero [[PlayerCharacter Trent]], Walker is a straight shooter who takes pride in his service. He even offers to help Trent join the Liberty Navy. After helping to defend the Willard Research Station and a Liberty battleship, Walker disappears for a while, before reappearing to help Trent and the others escape from a Liberty ambush in Zone-21. It's not clear what he did while Trent was out doing his thing, but given his impressive record and his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]], it was probably something awesome. Then there's Casper Orillion, the man in charge of TheOrder. Actually, there are plenty of characters, including Ozu, Michael King, [[GeorgeTakei Lord Hakkera]], and [[TheAce Diedrich Von Claussen]], who are impressive in their own right.
** Even cooler, Walker actually mentions that while they were gone, he and his crew launched guerilla attacks against [[TheEmpire Rheinland]] supply depots in the Border Worlds. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Pity you don't get to see it.]]
* The Signature Heroes of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', while still a relatively new concept as of the time of this statement, appear to be this to the player.
* Everyone else at Wigglytuff's Guilde in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers''. They're on their own adventures daily, and you even hear bits and pieces about them. In ''Explorers Of The Sky'', you get to actually step into their shoes and see some of their adventures first hands.
* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games often invoke this trope, particularly the ones focused on WorldWarTwo. The different characters you play as, while they never meet each other in-game, help to contribute in their own way in order to defeat the Germans on vastly separated fronts.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Captain Kirrahe, a Salarian Spectial Task Group commando, who gives a rousing PatrickStewartSpeech to his squad telling them to HoldTheLine and act as the distraction while Shepard and his team infiltrate the base and plant a nuke on Virmire. Throughout the mission we hear both the gunfire of their unseen battle ''and'' their radio chatter, reminding Shepard that in comparison, Shepard's mission is the ''easy'' one.
** Even though [[TheLancer Garrus]] rejoins the squad early on in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the fact that his activities in between 1 and 2 caused all three major mercenary bands in [[WretchedHive Omega]] to join forces to take him down makes it clear that he's been busy, even before this is confirmed during dialogue. His dossier in the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact that he's practically Shepard's equal, [[OvershadowedByAwesome but is unlikely to fully come into his own as long as he's working with Shepard.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', this extends to every surviving member of the Suicide Mission in the last game, with the exception of Garrus and Tali, who join your squad for the third time. To whit:
*** Miranda continues to fight her father.
*** Jacob is protecting defecting Cerberus scientists at a safe house.
*** Jack is mentoring biotic students at the Ascension Project.
*** Grunt is leading a crack team of krogan commandos.
*** Mordin plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: in curing the genophage.]]
*** Kasumi is being tracked by a Salarian Spectre (who fits this trope himself), whom she helps on a different investigation.
*** Zaeed is messing with Cerberus.
*** Thane [[spoiler: dies of a combination of a stab wound by Kai Leng (incurred while protecting the Salarian Councillor) and Kepral's.]]
*** Samara is investigating an Ardat-Yakshi monastery that went dark.
*** Legion plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: in dealing with the geth.]]
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' also has Admiral David Anderson and his second in command, Major Coates, both of whom stayed behind on Earth to set up a resistance fight against the Reaper invaders prior to Commander Shepard arriving with the Sword Fleet to liberate Earth. There are many fans out there who are rather vocal about their desire to see a new ''Franchise/MassEffect'' title based on ''that'' story.
** Anderson is also the hero of the tie-in novels -- ''Revelation'', ''Ascension'', ''Retribution'', and the [[FanonDiscontinuity much-maligned]] ''Deception''.
** Also from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' comes Jondom Bau, Council Spectre and all around Salarian {{Badass}}. Your single mission with him gives you the feeling that this guy's been around and that following him around for a couple of games would make for some incredible stories.
* ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' has the protagonist Anon, a newly rezzed Security Monitor who starts his function just as CLU triggers ThePurge in the backstory of ''Film/TronLegacy''. Anon goes through all kinds of troubles to keep CLU from finishing off the last ISO, [[spoiler: Quorra]]. And by the end of the game, [[spoiler: he dies saving her]].
* When the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' group meets the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead group'' in ''The Passing'', each group is this to the other group.
* In ''VideoGame/TheTrailOfAnguish'', Chris is just a cute boy to you, but he claims to be on some unrevealed adventure of his own.
* [[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo]]'s was this in his [[EarlyBirdCameo appearance]] in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'', according to the game's instruction manual.
* ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem Thracia 776]]'' is essentially this for Leif, a supporting character from ''Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War''[='=]s second half. The game takes place a year before the second half of ''Genealogy'' and follows Leif in the Thracian Peninsula and his desperate struggle to reclaim his kingdom while fighting a division of the Grannvale Empire and the Loptr Cult. Seliph, the actual hero of ''Genealogy'' shows up briefly and his role is essentially to show how badass his army is which initially increases Leif's self doubt.
* This happens roughly [[OnceAnEpisode once per game]] in the ''SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'' series. Particulary obvious in the second, where a PowerTrio seeking out a MacGuffin of some sort briefly cross paths with you and team up to the fight the local baddie, then continue their quest. That would make you this in relation to them, for that matter.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'', the Full Circle ending implies that [[spoiler:[[MagicalNegro Howard Blackwood]], [[TheseHandsHaveKilled JP Sater]], and [[JiveTurkey DJ Bobby Ricks]]]] were all Heroes of their own stories, but failed and [[GroundhogDayLoop became stuck in Silent Hill limbo]] as a result. Anne Cunningham plays this trope the most straight: every time Murphy encounters her she looks more rough than before, as she is also enduring the same sort of nightmares and monsters, and she even has a final boss she has to face: [[spoiler:Murphy himself.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'', the {{player character}}s are this in relation to the Knight-Captain, the [[PlayerCharacter PC]] from the first two campaigns. (''[=SoZ=]'' takes place during or after ''Mask of the Betrayer'', on the opposite side of the continent.)
** The original ''NW2'' also applies, from the party members (such as Shandra, who even has a similar background to the Knight-Captain's) to [[spoiler: all of the major antagonists]].
** The hero of the original ''Neverwinter Nights'' and the hero of ''Shadow of Undrentide'' and ''Hordes of the Underdark'' are this to one another -- ''Shadow of Undrentide'' takes place roughly around the same time as ''Neverwinter Nights'' (''Hordes of the Underdark'' takes place a while after, but canonically has the same hero as ''Shadow of Undrentide'').
* A lot of the {{NPC}}s from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' are this trope. You'll often find them in extremely dangerous areas like Anor Londo and Lost Izalith, meaning they must be pretty BadAss to fight their way there. Moreover, several of them are direct analogues to the player:
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Solaire of Astora]] is undertaking a parallel journey to your own in his world, having conquered all of the challenges you face before you do, engraved his summon sign near a number of bosses, and even, judging by some of his DummiedOut dialogue, escaped the Undead Asylum just as you did. WordOfGod confirms that [[spoiler:if you save him in Lost Izalith and summon him for the final boss battle, he then goes on to defeat Gwyn and link the Fire in his own world, thus finding his own sun at long last]].
** Oscar of Astora, the Elite Knight who frees you from your cell and gives you the tools you need to take on your quest, journeyed to the Undead Asylum in hopes of somehow taking part in the supposed prophecy of the Chosen Undead. As it stands in-game, his failure enables the player's victory; [[WhatCouldHaveBeen in an entire subplot cut from the game, however, his role would have gone much farther]]. In this scenario, Oscar would have escaped the Asylum along with the player, met up with them multiple times after the latter rings the Bells of Awakening (including an instance where he partners up with you to fight through the Forest Hunters and reach Artorias's grave), and had his own dealings with the two Primordial Serpents and perhaps even Solaire. But as it becomes clear that your accomplishments better fit the prophecy, Oscar's need to take his place in destiny would have consumed him, and at the end of the game, [[TheRival he would have aligned himself against whichever Serpent you sided with and fought you to the death for the title of Chosen Undead]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'': [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Welkin (militia)]], [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Leon (military), Baldren (military), Juliana (military), Avan (civil defense)]].
** The first ''Valkyria Chronicles'' game had {{Optional Party Member}}s Vyse and Aika. They apparently travel the world having adventures, and in their ending, [[spoiler:they both leave Gallia on a boat one misty morning and are never seen or heard from again]]. Given [[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia who they're based on]]...
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Isaac Kleiner, Eli Vance and Barney Calhoun have obviously had quite a number of adventures and have set up the infrastructure for a rebellion, with Barney even infiltrating the Combine. But those adventures are really never talked about much.
** In ''Half Life: Opposing Force'', the player character is one of the soldiers sent to Black Mesa. Gordon Freeman makes a cameo.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', Gangrel scholar Beckett is only in LA to investigate the rumors of the Ankaran Sarcophagus, and bumps into you on occasion to offer advice. He's up to a ''lot'' in the bigger scheme of the Old [[TheWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]], though, and indeed he's one of the main heroes of the ''Vampire'' setting.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' Connor Kenway ends up meeting up with Aveline de Grandpré, protagonist of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation''. In this case, it also applies to Aveline as well in her game.
* [[spoiler:The Stranger]] from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. [[spoiler:Like Lee, he was just trying to survive, and keep his family safe in the ZombieApocalypse. Then Lee and the group steal the supplies from his car. He loses what's left of his family, what's left of his sanity, and turns from hero to vengeance seeker]].
* Taken literally in the first mission of HAWX, which has you running air support for a mission from one of the GhostRecon games.
* In ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'', Kisuke and Momohime can occasionally meet during the hot springs segments of the game, but aside from certain endings don't directly interact with each other.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' [=DLCs=] ''The Knife of Dunwall'' and ''The Brigmore Witches'' focus on the exploits of Daud, the Empress' assassin prior to his fate in the main game.
* Bloodedge from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. An unsung hero who fought [[EldritchAbomination the Black Beast]] for an entire year, giving humanity time to learn Ars Magus and prepare to kill it, [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of his own life]]. [[spoiler:Although {{Subverted}} in that Bloodedge is actually a time-displaced de-powered version of Ragna with amnesia. So, really, he's the ''same'' hero. In fact, because of the StableTimeLoop the game is set in, it's technically the ''same story'' as well]].
** The exploits of Bloodedge, and his battle against the Black Beast, are covered in ''[[http://blazblue.wikia.com/wiki/BlazBlue:_Phase_0 BlazBlue: Phase 0]]''.
* The '''Portal''' series: In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' there are only two characters: Chell and GLaDOS. In VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} we are introduced to Wheatley, and we get to know more about Cave Johnson, founder of Aperture Science, and his assistant, Caroline. But there is another character that is not only common to both games, but is also ''crucial'' to the story, as in without his actions, there would be no story at all; and yet we never get to see him - but we find references to him and his work everywhere: [[MysteriousProtector "The Ratman"]]. Doug Rattman was a scientist working in the GLaDOS project, and became the only survivor after GLaDOS gassed everyone with Neurotoxins. He then managed to stay alive for several years, living in hiding, moving through the facilities using secret passages; and eventually succeeded in starting the events that lead to Chell facing GLaDOS, and all that happens afterwards. In fact, he is so much a HeroOfAnotherStory that he actually ''does'' have [[http://www.thinkwithportals.com/comic/#26 his own story]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit'' the BigBad [[spoiler:Great Zaroff]] and his mentor [[spoiler:Marquis de Hoto]] were this until their FaceHeelTurn.
* [[TheGhost Ish]] from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''. In the notes you find from him, you get to read about him [[CharacterDevelopment developing]] from a lone survivor hiding out on his boat, to [[spoiler:founding and protecting a doomed encampment in the sewers. What happened to him after he and a small pocket escapes the sewer, is a mystery.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/StarfleetAdventures'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity EV Nova]]'' the player character's career runs parallel to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and the first six movies, and events in the live-action canon occasionally reshape the game universe.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBabylonProject's'' campaign "The Raider Wars" the PlayerCharacter is one to the main cast of ''Series/BabylonFive''. You start out leading part of B5's fighter wing during the series pilot "Midnight on the Firing Line". After the first mission you're transferred to the destroyer EAS ''Hood''.
* Iroquois Pliskin [[spoiler:Solid Snake]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty.'' While you're playing as Raiden, Iroquois is having an adventure of his own on Arsenal Gear.
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', Samus is just one of four bounty hunters summoned for the mission, and it's clear that they all knew of each other and had possibly worked together before. [[spoiler: Sadly, all of the others' stories end with them becoming villains of this one.]]
* The basic premise of [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/812850535/you-are-not-the-hero?ref=card You Are Not The Hero]] is that you are one, being an NPC that's chasing after the actual heroes because they stole your pendant (an essential {{Deconstruction}} of the KleptomaniacHero, as well as general RPG heroism).
* In the ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', in a twist, in every game there's the ''MacGuffin'' of another story, the Fireseal/crest. While technically it is the most powerful accessory one can wear, its FlavorText indicates that it's either equally powerful or more than that particular game's doohicky; but nobody knows what it is for.
* The main cast of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' are this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance''.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has a lot of these, since it's a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover of [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] and Creator/SquareEnix characters.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate2'': near the end of the game, you can encounter a group of much lower level adventurers who ask you for a quest. If you give them one, they return soon after and decide they're strong enough to [[TooDumbToLive defeat you and loot your magic items]]. One cutscene [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp battle]] later, they "reload" and hand in the quest normally.
** The player can encounter Drizzt Do'Urden (a huge figure in the Forgotten Realms setting) in the both games in the series. They can even recruit him and his party to help take on Bodhi and her vampire army in the second game. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Or they can just try and kill him for his sweet loot.]] They also encounter the equally influential Elminster at several points, though unlike Drizzt he has slightly more of a stake in the story as it's implied that he's keeping tabs on the Bhaalspawn as a favor to their late foster father.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' SpinOff ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', the Chaotix are seen working toward figuring out something pivotal to the games plot, which involves collecting bits of data that prove pivotal to the Final Story of the game.
* Ada Wong tends to be this in pretty much every ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' title she appears in, along with typically being one of the few characters who actually knows what's really going on. Sometimes, like in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', you get to actually play her version of the story and see just how much she actually contributes to the main character's storyline [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold without them even knowing about it]].
* New Canton Runner 5, first seen in the Canton-perspective Race missions from ''VideoGame/ZombiesRun'', got PutOnABus to London at the start of Season 2 to avoid confusion with the game's protagonist, the Runner 5 of Able Township. Canton 5 would go on to feature in two side missions, eventually [[spoiler: becoming "the greatest hero in London" by doing a lot more behind the scenes than anyone knows. The player only gets to hear the full extent of Canton 5's adventures after their BusCrash on the way home.]]
* [[RockMonster Aganos]] from the 2013 ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' game is completely disconnected from both Ultratech, Gargos and the entire Killer Instinct tournament. It just pops up suddenly as part of its millenia-long journey to bring [[EvilSorceror Kan-Ra]] (himself [[VillainOfAnotherStory largely unconnected to the main plot]]) to justice, while beating the crap out of anyone who gets in its way, [[spoiler: though it does eventually join the fight against UltraTech during Story mode when they try to mind control it.]]
* Percel, a Frieza Clansman NPC Time Patroller, is this in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse''. He tells you of his mission, where he's in the era of the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' where Demon King Piccolo has fused with Kami and he and his demons wage war on Earth against the Red Ribbon Army and he must put things back together. Even worse, Babidi shows up later on as a third party to complicate things. [[spoiler:When you beat the game, Percel proudly proclaims victory!]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'', true to form, deconstructs this through [[spoiler:Undyne, who becomes the [[HeroAntagonist hero of YOUR story]] if you have opted to become the villain of it and pursue the Genocide route. All the characters met until her are certain she'll defeat the player if they make it that far, and her boss encounter begins with the flavor text "The heroine appears." with decidedly more uplifting music than her battle has in other routes. The fates of minor and background characters on this path play out like an extended "dark ending" for the rest of the game following her defeat.]]
** Also, played straight with Gerson (the turtle shopkeeper) who was a hero on the monster side in the war between monsters and humans long ago. While it's stated that not a single human died during the war, so he can't have killed anybody, one is left only to imagine what he might have done to help his kind escape.
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has the kid's Guardians, who, though often ignored or avoided by the main characters, show up all over the place, occasionally helping the kids from the background while engaging in their own adventures.
** Not to mention fedorafreak, who only ever appears on a {{Twitter}} {{expy}} for three frames, and provides regular updates about, respectively, his choice of hats, his house burning down, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, his own journey through another session of Sburb and, finally, his death, possibly on a Quest Bed (which would allow his [[CameBackStrong ascension to God Tier]]). The forums make him a MemeticBadass.
** [[spoiler:The trolls' ancestors played an unsuccessful session that resulting in the Scratch, resetting their universe so our trolls could have another chance]].
* On the cast page of ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'', Kaitlyn is described as "the central character in another strip". She literally became the HeroOfAnotherStory later, with the introduction of the Precocious spinoff strip, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/index.html Copper Road]].
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Othar Trygvassen (GentlemanAdventurer!) is this for much of the comic (as chronicled on his Twitter feed) until his story crosses with the main plot. And in his mind, he's still TheHero even when it does.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** It is heavily implied that adventuring parties and Player Characters in the world are this, although the heroes have yet to directly interact with another good-aligned [=PCs=] or Adventuring parties. Nale and his adventuring party (the Linear Guild) tried to pretend they were this, claiming they were in the same dungeon on a completely different quest (although later turned out to be a lie). Inverted at one point when the Order ran into a pair of ''villains'' from another story, a dwarf and a Ninja who were trying to murder The King of Nowhere ([[MakesSenseinContext don't ask]]).
** Parodied with the gag character Frudu Biggens, who is on a completely unrelated quest to destroy a Ming vase with his friend Samwose.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two groups of main characters]] in a [[RolePlayingGame RPG]] setting, one [[InUniverse as if it were a real world]] (the titular Goblins) and another who act like a group of RPG players, [[NoFourthWall making meta comments all the time]]. Then there's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters another RPG player group]] that fares poorly and seems only to show up to complain about their previous characters dying before dying again, yet reference adventures that aren't shown.
* The {{Walkyverse}}, spanning as it does [[Webcomic/DieselSweeties at least]] [[Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots half]] [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent a dozen]] [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive different]] [[Webcomic/PennyAndAggie authors]], is a tangled, continuity-challenged rat's nest of this trope.
* Likewise, Gisele Lagacé's two current main comics, ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', have their own spinoffs that take place in the same continuities with characters who've faded into the background in the original comics.
** Melissa Hellrune inverts the trope in ''WebComic/MagickChicks''. She was originally from ''Eerie Cuties'', where she was [[BlondesAreEvil an antagonist]] to [[AloofDarkhairedGirl Layla]] [[LovableAlphaBitch Delacroix.]] But her popularity with the readers lead to her being given her own SpinOff comic, where she became the protagonist, who's gradually being reforemed into a heroine - though [[BeingGoodSucks she's reluctant to change her ways.]]
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' occasionally features Inquisitor Damien's hyper-competent B-Team and Inquisitor Deket's hyper-destructive C-Team. Inquisitor Brisbane also appears in numerous background and flashback shots and Schaefer was shown having his own adventures once.
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* During the CrossOver between DarkHarvest and TribeTwelve, Alex and Chris (the former) are this to Noah Maxwell (the latter), and vice versa.
* Similarly, EverymanHybrid meets [[DarkHarvest Jeff, Alex and Chris]], as well as [[TribeTwelve Noah Maxwell]], in their CrossOver episodes.
* Not an example in and of itself, but ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' lists [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19323_6-movie-tv-universes-that-overlap-in-mind-blowing-ways.html Six Movie/Tv Universes That Overlap]].
* WebSite/SFDebris gives us "Lieutenant ''Nobody''" from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''; his take on [[TheUnseen the unseen original chief of security of the Enterprise-E]] before Worf, who repeatedly demonstrates he's the HyperCompetentSidekick developing new tactics to fight the Borg on the fly, keeps his team fighting against impossible odds, and who of course, [[ButtMonkey is completely ignored by the Enterprise crew.]]
* In ''Literature/PayMeBug'', there's some kind of coup in progress against Baron Minerva Tyrelos. [[TheCaptain Grif]] stumbles into the middle of it, and nearly gets himself killed. We never find out who's behind it, what their ultimate plan is, or whether the Baron's plan to [[spoiler:have her brother publicly take the blame]] ever worked.
* In the WhateleyUniverse, there are several. Lady Astarte, the greatest superheroine of the era, is hovering around in the background, because she's the headmistress of the SuperheroSchool the main characters go to. At Halloween, when Deathlist attacks, she takes him on single-handed and wins. There are lots of references to former battles she has fought and former superheroes she has known, because she has been superheroing since World War II. Skyhawk, one of the main superheroes of Boston, probably counts as well.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** While the adventures of the [[VillainProtagonist Undersiders]] are the main focus, Faultine's crew, a group of superpowered mercenaries, crops up from time to time pursuing their own goals, and interludes focusing on them tell of their investigation into [[NebulousEvilOrganization Cauldron]] independent of the main plotline.
** Likewise, the Travelers. To the point of getting an entire arc devoted to them.
** WordOfGod has stated that the Las Vegas Protectorate and the Thanda regularly battle S-Class threats whose abilities are either too subtle or potentially panic-inducing to be publicised.
* The various main characters in each of the 33 different campaign blocks in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were this to each other. Each campaign was a separate story that usually had nothing to do with each other except every once in a while they'd overlap somehow.
* Kris "The Girl Who Never Was" of LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal. We'll likely never know what her journey would've been like.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' has various examples, the most memorable being Dana, who gets lost in the [[EldritchLocation Dog Park]], and Tamika Flynn, child leader of the revolution against Strexcorp.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' makes it clear that our protagonists are one of many Hunter teams fighting to protect Remnant. Naturally, this led to the proliferation of OCs.
** Team [=JNPR=] is actually a canon inversion of this trope. They were originally meant to be the 'B-team', but ended up becoming 'a second A-team', with about a quarter of every volume devoted to their exploits.
* In ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' there are several TRD agents who are briefly shown or mentioned, who are often dealing with other issues than the main cast. Special mention goes to Elliot Bishop who joins up with the main characters at one point, and then later goes back to his previous mission. In addition there are the characters in the various time periods who have their own things going on, such as the crew of the Space Station Oracle in 2347, or the Neanderthal tribe in the stone age.
* Former WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall character Iron Liz was shown to be this when Linkara's MirrorUniverse double came looking for her.
--> '''Linkara:''' She's around, just doing her own thing.
* Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister has two examples:
** [[ThePaladin Aylwyn]] is always off on Paladin business doing important things for the kingdom; her path just tends to cross with Paul's from time to time.
** In [[Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister the second book,]] towards the end of the story Sarah leaves the narrative to lead a party of her own, to [[spoiler: rescue the captive princess from a dragon's agents.]] In the third book, we find out she was successful, but no details. In his narration, [[InvokedTrope Paul says that it's not his story to tell and he'll leave it to Sarah to maybe explain what happened some day.]]
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* The Cabbage Merchant from WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender. Somehow, despite the Gaang travelling on an air bison and him being presumably on foot, he managed to arrive at places at the exact time that they did, only for them to destroy his produce.
* TheDCAU was fond of this, especially when it entered the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' era.
** The pilot for JLU, ''Initiation'', sets the stage as GreenLantern, ComicBook/GreenArrow, Supergirl and Captain Atom go on a mission to a fictional North Korean {{Expy}} country. Green Arrow just wanted to go home but got dragged into the story because all the other heroes were off doing other missions.
** Subsequent episodes would often include J'onn J'onzz or Mister Terrific at the monitor watching and directing various heroes around the globe doing all sorts of heroic stuff that had nothing to do with that episode's plot, especially if said plot was set primarily on the Watchtower itself.
** ''The Greatest Story Never Told'' focuses on the glory hog Booster Gold who is busted down to directing pedestrians to safety while the rest of the League fight the DarkLord Mordru, who is strong enough to take them all and an obviously awesomely powerful villain, and the first "Omega-Level" threat the League comes up against. We hardly get to see any of it. Booster's own story however ends up seeing him saving the world from a black hole and getting the girl while the other heroes are too busy fighting. He gets berated by an injured Batman at the end for abandoning his post.
** ''Patriot Act'' involves a crazed general giving himself super-powers to battle the League because he sees this group of superhumans, lording over them in a space station, as a potential threat to national security. He calls out {{Superman}} for a fight, but Shining Knight tells him that Superman is fighting to save a planet from an unspecified crisis, and that all the other genuine superhumans are all out doing other stuff. He ends up having to face ComicBook/GreenArrow and an assortment of lesser known "normal" heroes, eventually including reserve members the Crimson Avenger (who, basically, just has a gun) and Arrow's ex-sidekick Speedy (who, naturally, is just an {{expy}} of GA himself), the only back-up available. This is the closest either two get to spending a day in the limelight, and Avenger doesn't even get dialogue while Speedy is never seen again, and that was his ''debut''.
* In the pilot to ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Martha Kent mentions [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "that nut in Gotham City"]]. The two heroes met later, setting the stage for the {{DCAU}}.
** The multiple guest appearances of several DC heroes in both [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]] and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]] (the former more than the latter).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Speedy might've gotten the shaft (no pun intended) on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' but he was set up as a recurring hero on ''Teen Titans'' as a rival for Robin, eventually forming Titans East along with other heroes who had previous appearances.
* The future Justice League in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''' Gizmo Duck made many appearances as a hero who had much better adventures and publicity. There were other heroes introduced in the show, including his mystical girlfriend Morgana and the aquatic Neptuna. Eventually, they formed the Justice Ducks.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has had a couple appearances by John Mind, a quadruple amputee whose limbs weren't blown off, but "blown ''in'', into his mind," giving him [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]]. He never has more than the most minimal effect on an episode's plot, but he apparently [[WalkingTheEarth walks the Earth]], having adventures as "[[DisabilitySuperpower Mind Quad]]."
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' had Commander Dogstar, commander of the sister ship of the ''Righteous Indignation'', the ''Indefatigable'', and his crew.
* The Justice League in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.'' At one point, Professor Ivo escapes from the team, but appears in prison for most of the rest of the series. We're expected to assume that the Justice League caught him.
* ConversedTrope on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; when Bart loses his girlfriend to a rich [[TheAce Ace]], he fails to win her back at the end of the episode. When Bart protests that the protagonist of the story is supposed to get the girl, her new boyfriend counters that in this case, ''he'' is the protagonist.
* Elise in ''DanVs.'' She's a highly skilled spy who is almost always caught up in her own assignments, and it just so happens that those often cross paths with Dan when he's on whatever his newest tirade is.
* Subverted with Zapp Brannigan on ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', who has many off-screen adventures that are referred to briefly and treated as heroic by characters in-universe, but is actually a VillainWithGoodPublicity who mostly just leads hilariously one-sided battles against peaceful "foes".
* WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex: [[MauveShirt Captain Calan]] normally leads the troops, but is implied to do all sorts of off-screen adventures, like leading a mission to steal a data cartridge from a foreign country, [[spoiler: and feeding information to the protagonists when they defect]]. [[BigGood White Knight]] seems to trust him with higher up missions.
** The Jungle Cat EVO also defects with the protagonists, and is reported to have been investigating the Consortium on WK's orders, and abducting a former member.
* The Scotsman of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. When he meets Jack(And is unaware of his fame) he regales how he's the most wanted man on the planet.
* [[spoiler: Simon Petrikov]] on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was a BadassBookworm and a massive {{Woobie}}, who survived a nuclear apocalypse, became a ParentalSubstitute to a little girl in the aftermath of said apocalypse, and successfully fought for years to resist the [[WIthGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity corrupting influence]] of the [[ArtifactOfDoom enchanted crown]] that [[PowerAtAPrice allowed him to survive.]] Unfortunately, the show takes place centuries after [[DownerEnding he eventually lost that fight]], so most of the current protagonists only know him as the rather crazy and pathetic Ice King.
* [[spoiler: Daring Do]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is this when she's discovered to be real.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', Twilight goes through a lot of offscreen trouble to clean up Rarity's mess. She eventually had to call in backup from Luna and Cadance, and it's made clear that the whole ordeal caused a great amount of stress.
** The entire [[FanNickname Mane Six]] gets to enjoy being this in ''Slice Of Life''. They're busy duking it out with a Bugbear (a literal half-bug half-bear), but the episode focuses entirely on Cranky and Matilda's wedding and the background ponies who are making it happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has two sets: Steven's dad, Greg, who fell for Rose and has a few flashback episodes around their love story, and Garnet, the focus of a similar love story, only hers happens during the [[GreatOffscreenWar Rebellion for Earth]] and eventually is explored in [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]].
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* [[ExtendedUniverse Extended Universes]] is this by default. Usually containing other bad ass heroes (and villains) that the main series might only mention, or show as a background/side character or not show at all. In the EU they get their own adventures, missions and supporting characters and villains. Might even eventually become EnsembleDarkhorse(s) if well written.
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* Strictly speaking, anybody you run into is likely the Hero Of Another Story. Assuming that they (or you) aren't in fact the ''[[VillainProtagonist villain]]'', or even worse, a RedShirt. Then again, it's very possible that many folks you run into will just be the ButtMonkey.
** Well, most people you meet are a Hero Of Another Story: their own. They'd have to have pretty low opinions of themselves to be the the villains or red shirts of their own stories, and we all are probably the butt monkeys at some point or another.
** You most likely see your best friend or anyone else close to you as this.
** Illustrated in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkoML0_FiV4 Sonder video]].
** It can be quite disconcerting to look around yourself in a public place and think how everyone else is also seeing themselves as "the person looking around themselves at a bunch of strangers"
*** Which is perfectly demonstrated by [[http://xkcd.com/610/ this xkcd comic]].
*** And [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2254#comic this SMBC one]].
*** And a bit more concretely in [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page471.html this Subnormality one]]
*** This really depends on your point of view. Someone who may be the Hero Of Another Story to one person may be the villain in yours or their own. Likewise, you may consider yourself the villain, and thus the Hero Of Another Story the only hero there is, and only the one story - theirs.
* The scientists working on Ultra (the Enigma code breakers during WorldWarII) were this for a long time to the scientists working on the Manhattan project (development of the atomic bomb). While the latter were widely recognized for their work, Ultra was kept officially secret until 1974.
* This trope was invoked by practically everyone, on all sides of the fight during WorldWarTwo (and any other war if you think about it). [[FromACertainPointOfView In their own version of this trope]], both sides (Axis/Allies) were doing what they felt was right, while twisting the other side's words/actions against them as much as possible to justify their actions.
* Happens to actors themselves. The supporting actors in the massive blockbuster movies are often the headliners in smaller budget movies and television, leading to many HeyItsThatGuy moments.
* "{{Supergroup}}s" in music. By definition the members all have successful solo careers and other bands, so anyone listening to, for example, Music/{{Cream}} records, can then dig into all the Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker records.
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** In the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', Ryo was jointly responsible for taking down Mr. Big's [[TheSyndicate Syndicate]], in order to rescue his sister, Yuri. While in the following game, he went on to become the first chronological champion of the ''King of Fighters'' tournament, by defeating Geese over a decade prior to Terry.
** And Robert was responsible for defeating Mr. Big (''[=AoF1=]'') and was the hero of ''[=AoF3=]'', during which, he journeyed to the fictional city of Glasshill Valley, Mexico, to protect his childhood friend, Freia Lawrence. At the game's conclusion, he saved her by defeating both Sinclair and Wyler.
** The same is true for Ralf Jones and his partner, Clark Steel, who originally were the heroes of the ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' series (as P1 and P2 respectively).
* Dr. Marie Delacroix of ''[[VideoGame/SystemShock System Shock 2]]'' is another [[spoiler:[=SHODAN=]]]-assisted agent aboard the Von Braun, always just one step ahead of the player. While the player doesn't interact with or even see her [[spoiler:until you find her corpse]], the player finds her audio logs throughout the game. Late in the game [[spoiler:[=SHODAN=] abandons her and leaves her to die.]]
** ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' has Mark Meltzer, the hero of the viral marketing storyline released before the game. The player can track Meltzer's progress through Rapture through audio diaries he leaves and [[spoiler: eventually kills him without even thinking about it.]]
** ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'': The voxophones replace the audio logs for all intents and purposes. Aside from an alternate universe Booker and Elizabeth, Preston E. Downs leaves behind audio logs to document his bounty hunting of Vox Populi leader Daisy Fitzroy... and then shifts gears when he accidentally cripples a little kid. It's not known if he was backstabbed by the Vox or said kid after switching sides or became one of the major leaders of the Vox.
** Bianca Schuler was this in the first VideoGame/SystemShock game. SHODAN hated her so much that she imprisoned her in a cage next to her main memory bank so she could watch her die.
* A humorous example. As of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion TES: Oblivion]]'', Jiub of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has become known as "Saint Jiub" for clearing the [[GoddamnBats cliff racers]] out of Vvardenfall. And there was much rejoicing!
** Juib makes a third appearance in the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] [[DownloadableContent DLC Dawnguard]], where he reveals to everyone that he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome did beat the cliff racers]].
* Crowe in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' is a perfect example, traveling the universe and having adventures with his own ship and later serving as TheCavalry several times for the main party.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'', you can talk to a man at Club Escapade in the endgame, who talks about his problems but states that they've got nothing to do with you. The man (named Vincent) is an EarlyBirdCameo from a game called ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', where he is a main character.
* Both, Felix and Isaac's group in both ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games. In the first game, Felix is on a quest with the antagonists to unleash Alchemy on the world and you hear a few people mention about him and his group as you travel. In the sequel, you take over Felix's role while occasionally hearing tales about Isaac's group as you travel. [[spoiler: Isaac and Felix's parties finally meet at one point and they team up to finish Felix's quest.]]
** There's also Sean and Ouranos, who you ride with on the boat across the Karagol Sea. They have unique sprites and icons, personality quirks (such as Ouranos' fear of water), and have obviously been traveling around for a while to be as strong as they are. Although they get their asses handed to them by the Kraken (Which happens to be ThatOneBoss), they are more than capable of fighting off the other monsters that attack the ship.
* Many of the characters you encounter in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' are this.
** An interesting twist occurs in some of the cutscenes, in which [[spoiler: YOU are the aforementioned hero, thanks to a StableTimeLoop.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. The protaganist, C.J. sees his insane girlfriend run off with a quiet racing competitor. Said quiet man is the main character, Claude, in the (chronologically later, though earlier release) ''Grand Theft Auto 3''.
* The main story of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' centers around Niko Bellic. The two following DLC releases, collectively titled "Episodes from Liberty City", focus on biker [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned Johnny Klebitz]] and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony Luis Fernando Lopez]], bodyguard and hitman for club owner Tony Prince. The three occasionally run across one another, but their stories are largely independent. All three are together in a single location only once, during a diamond deal they've all been brought into by various circumstances (which was foreshadowed by the achievement for completing the diamond mission in Niko's story, called "Impossible Trinity").
* Can happen in normal gameplay in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. The three protagonists (Michael, Trevor, and Franklin) usually only work together when hanging out as friends or during missions, but there are chances--however slim--that a protagonist might actually cross paths with one or both of the other protagonists doing something else, independent of the player's control. However, there's a lot of land, sea, and air to travel on, so the chances of the protagonists meeting each other by accident are usually ''very'' slim.
* Acting Chief Engineer Jacob Temple would have made a good protagonist for a ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' DLC. The only real difference between him and Silent Protagonist Isaac Clarke is that Isaac's girlfriend was in Medical - Jacob's was in hydroponics. Through the game, you find logs on the same path as Isaac's, with Temple literally doing all the things that Isaac does, only failing. But, hey, [[spoiler: at least he found his girlfriend alive]].
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' with the BonusBoss Culex, who ''claims'' to belong in a different game, but doesn't say which one. (He seems to be a ShoutOut to various villains from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.)
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' gives us Vulpes Incluta, a spy who manages to beat the Courier to Nipton, The Strip, and The Fort, no matter how fast the Courier travels. He is involved in many covert operations, and it's implied that when you don't see him, he's wreaking havoc in NCR territory somewhere.
** Also, any of the NCR Rangers. They have spies everywhere, even at all the Legion bases. You even meet a [[spoiler: drug dealer]] who turns out to be one. Imagine how many are out there.
*** Also, the Legion doesn't really know if you help the NCR in the beginning, so long as you don't go against the Legion, until you get very overt about your NCR aid, they have no idea. But if you help the Legion, Rangers WILL know, and they will find you.
** Marcus really gives this impression, [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} being among those responsible for taking down the Enclave]].
** And finally there's Ulysses, who is gradually revealed to have visited every location explored in the DLC packs and had his own adventures there before his final confrontation with the Courier in ''Lonesome Road''.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has this in the form of other pilots. Especially in ''Prophecy'' Maniac and some other pilots start as aces while the player is a green-horn. In missions they often lead different squads and are only heard over radio fulfilling their part of the plan. The player joins them towards the end of the game.
* In ''{{Starlancer}}'' the player actually plays this role. Especially in the beginning, the player's team of misfits is largely unknown while established aces like Klaus Steiner are often mentioned on TV. It is not until much later in the game that the player is treated as an equal.
** The news reports certainly help to make the player feel like there's a devastating war on, instead of a series of small engagements. A war that would [[ForegoneConclusion last another 100 years]].
* In the first of the two video game prequels to the ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' anime series, Holland (SupportingLeader} in the main series) initiates his anti-government movement while main character Sumner Sturgeon is busy dealing with his own issues.
* ''FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' has the player character(s) encounter many other myrrh-gathering groups, including the real main characters. You're just there to watch.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', [[AmnesiacHero Cloud]] discovers that his choppy memories [[spoiler: are actually those of]] [[TheAce Zack]], who gets his story told in ''CrisisCore''.
* [[BadassNormal The Spartan Captain]] of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 2'' manages to get to the island of the Fates and get to the [[ThatOneLevel phoenix puzzle]]. He does this [[TookAShortcut without any sort of godly powers or assistance from them]], and would have gotten further if he didn't [[CurbStompBattle encounter Kratos]] in a dark room. There's also the people who were once all those corpses you see lying around deep inside each of the major locations, and the Argonauts, Perseus, and Icarus are also on their own adventures on the island.
* Captain Marcus Walker in ''{{Freelancer}}'' is the commander of the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Liberty]] cruiser LNS ''Utah''. Unlike the AntiHero [[PlayerCharacter Trent]], Walker is a straight shooter who takes pride in his service. He even offers to help Trent join the Liberty Navy. After helping to defend the Willard Research Station and a Liberty battleship, Walker disappears for a while, before reappearing to help Trent and the others escape from a Liberty ambush in Zone-21. It's not clear what he did while Trent was out doing his thing, but given his impressive record and his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]], it was probably something awesome. Then there's Casper Orillion, the man in charge of TheOrder. Actually, there are plenty of characters, including Ozu, Michael King, [[GeorgeTakei Lord Hakkera]], and [[TheAce Diedrich Von Claussen]], who are impressive in their own right.
** Even cooler, Walker actually mentions that while they were gone, he and his crew launched guerilla attacks against [[TheEmpire Rheinland]] supply depots in the Border Worlds. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Pity you don't get to see it.]]
* The Signature Heroes of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', while still a relatively new concept as of the time of this statement, appear to be this to the player.
* Everyone else at Wigglytuff's Guilde in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers''. They're on their own adventures daily, and you even hear bits and pieces about them. In ''Explorers Of The Sky'', you get to actually step into their shoes and see some of their adventures first hands.
* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games often invoke this trope, particularly the ones focused on WorldWarTwo. The different characters you play as, while they never meet each other in-game, help to contribute in their own way in order to defeat the Germans on vastly separated fronts.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Captain Kirrahe, a Salarian Spectial Task Group commando, who gives a rousing PatrickStewartSpeech to his squad telling them to HoldTheLine and act as the distraction while Shepard and his team infiltrate the base and plant a nuke on Virmire. Throughout the mission we hear both the gunfire of their unseen battle ''and'' their radio chatter, reminding Shepard that in comparison, Shepard's mission is the ''easy'' one.
** Even though [[TheLancer Garrus]] rejoins the squad early on in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the fact that his activities in between 1 and 2 caused all three major mercenary bands in [[WretchedHive Omega]] to join forces to take him down makes it clear that he's been busy, even before this is confirmed during dialogue. His dossier in the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact that he's practically Shepard's equal, [[OvershadowedByAwesome but is unlikely to fully come into his own as long as he's working with Shepard.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', this extends to every surviving member of the Suicide Mission in the last game, with the exception of Garrus and Tali, who join your squad for the third time. To whit:
*** Miranda continues to fight her father.
*** Jacob is protecting defecting Cerberus scientists at a safe house.
*** Jack is mentoring biotic students at the Ascension Project.
*** Grunt is leading a crack team of krogan commandos.
*** Mordin plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: in curing the genophage.]]
*** Kasumi is being tracked by a Salarian Spectre (who fits this trope himself), whom she helps on a different investigation.
*** Zaeed is messing with Cerberus.
*** Thane [[spoiler: dies of a combination of a stab wound by Kai Leng (incurred while protecting the Salarian Councillor) and Kepral's.]]
*** Samara is investigating an Ardat-Yakshi monastery that went dark.
*** Legion plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: in dealing with the geth.]]
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' also has Admiral David Anderson and his second in command, Major Coates, both of whom stayed behind on Earth to set up a resistance fight against the Reaper invaders prior to Commander Shepard arriving with the Sword Fleet to liberate Earth. There are many fans out there who are rather vocal about their desire to see a new ''Franchise/MassEffect'' title based on ''that'' story.
** Anderson is also the hero of the tie-in novels -- ''Revelation'', ''Ascension'', ''Retribution'', and the [[FanonDiscontinuity much-maligned]] ''Deception''.
** Also from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' comes Jondom Bau, Council Spectre and all around Salarian {{Badass}}. Your single mission with him gives you the feeling that this guy's been around and that following him around for a couple of games would make for some incredible stories.
* ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' has the protagonist Anon, a newly rezzed Security Monitor who starts his function just as CLU triggers ThePurge in the backstory of ''Film/TronLegacy''. Anon goes through all kinds of troubles to keep CLU from finishing off the last ISO, [[spoiler: Quorra]]. And by the end of the game, [[spoiler: he dies saving her]].
* When the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' group meets the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead group'' in ''The Passing'', each group is this to the other group.
* In ''VideoGame/TheTrailOfAnguish'', Chris is just a cute boy to you, but he claims to be on some unrevealed adventure of his own.
* [[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo]]'s was this in his [[EarlyBirdCameo appearance]] in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'', according to the game's instruction manual.
* ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem Thracia 776]]'' is essentially this for Leif, a supporting character from ''Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War''[='=]s second half. The game takes place a year before the second half of ''Genealogy'' and follows Leif in the Thracian Peninsula and his desperate struggle to reclaim his kingdom while fighting a division of the Grannvale Empire and the Loptr Cult. Seliph, the actual hero of ''Genealogy'' shows up briefly and his role is essentially to show how badass his army is which initially increases Leif's self doubt.
* This happens roughly [[OnceAnEpisode once per game]] in the ''SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'' series. Particulary obvious in the second, where a PowerTrio seeking out a MacGuffin of some sort briefly cross paths with you and team up to the fight the local baddie, then continue their quest. That would make you this in relation to them, for that matter.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'', the Full Circle ending implies that [[spoiler:[[MagicalNegro Howard Blackwood]], [[TheseHandsHaveKilled JP Sater]], and [[JiveTurkey DJ Bobby Ricks]]]] were all Heroes of their own stories, but failed and [[GroundhogDayLoop became stuck in Silent Hill limbo]] as a result. Anne Cunningham plays this trope the most straight: every time Murphy encounters her she looks more rough than before, as she is also enduring the same sort of nightmares and monsters, and she even has a final boss she has to face: [[spoiler:Murphy himself.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'', the {{player character}}s are this in relation to the Knight-Captain, the [[PlayerCharacter PC]] from the first two campaigns. (''[=SoZ=]'' takes place during or after ''Mask of the Betrayer'', on the opposite side of the continent.)
** The original ''NW2'' also applies, from the party members (such as Shandra, who even has a similar background to the Knight-Captain's) to [[spoiler: all of the major antagonists]].
** The hero of the original ''Neverwinter Nights'' and the hero of ''Shadow of Undrentide'' and ''Hordes of the Underdark'' are this to one another -- ''Shadow of Undrentide'' takes place roughly around the same time as ''Neverwinter Nights'' (''Hordes of the Underdark'' takes place a while after, but canonically has the same hero as ''Shadow of Undrentide'').
* A lot of the {{NPC}}s from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' are this trope. You'll often find them in extremely dangerous areas like Anor Londo and Lost Izalith, meaning they must be pretty BadAss to fight their way there. Moreover, several of them are direct analogues to the player:
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Solaire of Astora]] is undertaking a parallel journey to your own in his world, having conquered all of the challenges you face before you do, engraved his summon sign near a number of bosses, and even, judging by some of his DummiedOut dialogue, escaped the Undead Asylum just as you did. WordOfGod confirms that [[spoiler:if you save him in Lost Izalith and summon him for the final boss battle, he then goes on to defeat Gwyn and link the Fire in his own world, thus finding his own sun at long last]].
** Oscar of Astora, the Elite Knight who frees you from your cell and gives you the tools you need to take on your quest, journeyed to the Undead Asylum in hopes of somehow taking part in the supposed prophecy of the Chosen Undead. As it stands in-game, his failure enables the player's victory; [[WhatCouldHaveBeen in an entire subplot cut from the game, however, his role would have gone much farther]]. In this scenario, Oscar would have escaped the Asylum along with the player, met up with them multiple times after the latter rings the Bells of Awakening (including an instance where he partners up with you to fight through the Forest Hunters and reach Artorias's grave), and had his own dealings with the two Primordial Serpents and perhaps even Solaire. But as it becomes clear that your accomplishments better fit the prophecy, Oscar's need to take his place in destiny would have consumed him, and at the end of the game, [[TheRival he would have aligned himself against whichever Serpent you sided with and fought you to the death for the title of Chosen Undead]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'': [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Welkin (militia)]], [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Leon (military), Baldren (military), Juliana (military), Avan (civil defense)]].
** The first ''Valkyria Chronicles'' game had {{Optional Party Member}}s Vyse and Aika. They apparently travel the world having adventures, and in their ending, [[spoiler:they both leave Gallia on a boat one misty morning and are never seen or heard from again]]. Given [[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia who they're based on]]...
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Isaac Kleiner, Eli Vance and Barney Calhoun have obviously had quite a number of adventures and have set up the infrastructure for a rebellion, with Barney even infiltrating the Combine. But those adventures are really never talked about much.
** In ''Half Life: Opposing Force'', the player character is one of the soldiers sent to Black Mesa. Gordon Freeman makes a cameo.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', Gangrel scholar Beckett is only in LA to investigate the rumors of the Ankaran Sarcophagus, and bumps into you on occasion to offer advice. He's up to a ''lot'' in the bigger scheme of the Old [[TheWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]], though, and indeed he's one of the main heroes of the ''Vampire'' setting.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' Connor Kenway ends up meeting up with Aveline de Grandpré, protagonist of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation''. In this case, it also applies to Aveline as well in her game.
* [[spoiler:The Stranger]] from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. [[spoiler:Like Lee, he was just trying to survive, and keep his family safe in the ZombieApocalypse. Then Lee and the group steal the supplies from his car. He loses what's left of his family, what's left of his sanity, and turns from hero to vengeance seeker]].
* Taken literally in the first mission of HAWX, which has you running air support for a mission from one of the GhostRecon games.
* In ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'', Kisuke and Momohime can occasionally meet during the hot springs segments of the game, but aside from certain endings don't directly interact with each other.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' [=DLCs=] ''The Knife of Dunwall'' and ''The Brigmore Witches'' focus on the exploits of Daud, the Empress' assassin prior to his fate in the main game.
* Bloodedge from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. An unsung hero who fought [[EldritchAbomination the Black Beast]] for an entire year, giving humanity time to learn Ars Magus and prepare to kill it, [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of his own life]]. [[spoiler:Although {{Subverted}} in that Bloodedge is actually a time-displaced de-powered version of Ragna with amnesia. So, really, he's the ''same'' hero. In fact, because of the StableTimeLoop the game is set in, it's technically the ''same story'' as well]].
** The exploits of Bloodedge, and his battle against the Black Beast, are covered in ''[[http://blazblue.wikia.com/wiki/BlazBlue:_Phase_0 BlazBlue: Phase 0]]''.
* The '''Portal''' series: In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' there are only two characters: Chell and GLaDOS. In VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} we are introduced to Wheatley, and we get to know more about Cave Johnson, founder of Aperture Science, and his assistant, Caroline. But there is another character that is not only common to both games, but is also ''crucial'' to the story, as in without his actions, there would be no story at all; and yet we never get to see him - but we find references to him and his work everywhere: [[MysteriousProtector "The Ratman"]]. Doug Rattman was a scientist working in the GLaDOS project, and became the only survivor after GLaDOS gassed everyone with Neurotoxins. He then managed to stay alive for several years, living in hiding, moving through the facilities using secret passages; and eventually succeeded in starting the events that lead to Chell facing GLaDOS, and all that happens afterwards. In fact, he is so much a HeroOfAnotherStory that he actually ''does'' have [[http://www.thinkwithportals.com/comic/#26 his own story]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit'' the BigBad [[spoiler:Great Zaroff]] and his mentor [[spoiler:Marquis de Hoto]] were this until their FaceHeelTurn.
* [[TheGhost Ish]] from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''. In the notes you find from him, you get to read about him [[CharacterDevelopment developing]] from a lone survivor hiding out on his boat, to [[spoiler:founding and protecting a doomed encampment in the sewers. What happened to him after he and a small pocket escapes the sewer, is a mystery.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/StarfleetAdventures'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity EV Nova]]'' the player character's career runs parallel to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and the first six movies, and events in the live-action canon occasionally reshape the game universe.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBabylonProject's'' campaign "The Raider Wars" the PlayerCharacter is one to the main cast of ''Series/BabylonFive''. You start out leading part of B5's fighter wing during the series pilot "Midnight on the Firing Line". After the first mission you're transferred to the destroyer EAS ''Hood''.
* Iroquois Pliskin [[spoiler:Solid Snake]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty.'' While you're playing as Raiden, Iroquois is having an adventure of his own on Arsenal Gear.
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', Samus is just one of four bounty hunters summoned for the mission, and it's clear that they all knew of each other and had possibly worked together before. [[spoiler: Sadly, all of the others' stories end with them becoming villains of this one.]]
* The basic premise of [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/812850535/you-are-not-the-hero?ref=card You Are Not The Hero]] is that you are one, being an NPC that's chasing after the actual heroes because they stole your pendant (an essential {{Deconstruction}} of the KleptomaniacHero, as well as general RPG heroism).
* In the ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', in a twist, in every game there's the ''MacGuffin'' of another story, the Fireseal/crest. While technically it is the most powerful accessory one can wear, its FlavorText indicates that it's either equally powerful or more than that particular game's doohicky; but nobody knows what it is for.
* The main cast of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' are this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance''.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has a lot of these, since it's a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover of [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] and Creator/SquareEnix characters.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate2'': near the end of the game, you can encounter a group of much lower level adventurers who ask you for a quest. If you give them one, they return soon after and decide they're strong enough to [[TooDumbToLive defeat you and loot your magic items]]. One cutscene [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp battle]] later, they "reload" and hand in the quest normally.
** The player can encounter Drizzt Do'Urden (a huge figure in the Forgotten Realms setting) in the both games in the series. They can even recruit him and his party to help take on Bodhi and her vampire army in the second game. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Or they can just try and kill him for his sweet loot.]] They also encounter the equally influential Elminster at several points, though unlike Drizzt he has slightly more of a stake in the story as it's implied that he's keeping tabs on the Bhaalspawn as a favor to their late foster father.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' SpinOff ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', the Chaotix are seen working toward figuring out something pivotal to the games plot, which involves collecting bits of data that prove pivotal to the Final Story of the game.
* Ada Wong tends to be this in pretty much every ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' title she appears in, along with typically being one of the few characters who actually knows what's really going on. Sometimes, like in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', you get to actually play her version of the story and see just how much she actually contributes to the main character's storyline [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold without them even knowing about it]].
* New Canton Runner 5, first seen in the Canton-perspective Race missions from ''VideoGame/ZombiesRun'', got PutOnABus to London at the start of Season 2 to avoid confusion with the game's protagonist, the Runner 5 of Able Township. Canton 5 would go on to feature in two side missions, eventually [[spoiler: becoming "the greatest hero in London" by doing a lot more behind the scenes than anyone knows. The player only gets to hear the full extent of Canton 5's adventures after their BusCrash on the way home.]]
* [[RockMonster Aganos]] from the 2013 ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' game is completely disconnected from both Ultratech, Gargos and the entire Killer Instinct tournament. It just pops up suddenly as part of its millenia-long journey to bring [[EvilSorceror Kan-Ra]] (himself [[VillainOfAnotherStory largely unconnected to the main plot]]) to justice, while beating the crap out of anyone who gets in its way, [[spoiler: though it does eventually join the fight against UltraTech during Story mode when they try to mind control it.]]
* Percel, a Frieza Clansman NPC Time Patroller, is this in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse''. He tells you of his mission, where he's in the era of the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' where Demon King Piccolo has fused with Kami and he and his demons wage war on Earth against the Red Ribbon Army and he must put things back together. Even worse, Babidi shows up later on as a third party to complicate things. [[spoiler:When you beat the game, Percel proudly proclaims victory!]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'', true to form, deconstructs this through [[spoiler:Undyne, who becomes the [[HeroAntagonist hero of YOUR story]] if you have opted to become the villain of it and pursue the Genocide route. All the characters met until her are certain she'll defeat the player if they make it that far, and her boss encounter begins with the flavor text "The heroine appears." with decidedly more uplifting music than her battle has in other routes. The fates of minor and background characters on this path play out like an extended "dark ending" for the rest of the game following her defeat.]]
** Also, played straight with Gerson (the turtle shopkeeper) who was a hero on the monster side in the war between monsters and humans long ago. While it's stated that not a single human died during the war, so he can't have killed anybody, one is left only to imagine what he might have done to help his kind escape.
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has the kid's Guardians, who, though often ignored or avoided by the main characters, show up all over the place, occasionally helping the kids from the background while engaging in their own adventures.
** Not to mention fedorafreak, who only ever appears on a {{Twitter}} {{expy}} for three frames, and provides regular updates about, respectively, his choice of hats, his house burning down, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, his own journey through another session of Sburb and, finally, his death, possibly on a Quest Bed (which would allow his [[CameBackStrong ascension to God Tier]]). The forums make him a MemeticBadass.
** [[spoiler:The trolls' ancestors played an unsuccessful session that resulting in the Scratch, resetting their universe so our trolls could have another chance]].
* On the cast page of ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'', Kaitlyn is described as "the central character in another strip". She literally became the HeroOfAnotherStory later, with the introduction of the Precocious spinoff strip, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/index.html Copper Road]].
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Othar Trygvassen (GentlemanAdventurer!) is this for much of the comic (as chronicled on his Twitter feed) until his story crosses with the main plot. And in his mind, he's still TheHero even when it does.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** It is heavily implied that adventuring parties and Player Characters in the world are this, although the heroes have yet to directly interact with another good-aligned [=PCs=] or Adventuring parties. Nale and his adventuring party (the Linear Guild) tried to pretend they were this, claiming they were in the same dungeon on a completely different quest (although later turned out to be a lie). Inverted at one point when the Order ran into a pair of ''villains'' from another story, a dwarf and a Ninja who were trying to murder The King of Nowhere ([[MakesSenseinContext don't ask]]).
** Parodied with the gag character Frudu Biggens, who is on a completely unrelated quest to destroy a Ming vase with his friend Samwose.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two groups of main characters]] in a [[RolePlayingGame RPG]] setting, one [[InUniverse as if it were a real world]] (the titular Goblins) and another who act like a group of RPG players, [[NoFourthWall making meta comments all the time]]. Then there's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters another RPG player group]] that fares poorly and seems only to show up to complain about their previous characters dying before dying again, yet reference adventures that aren't shown.
* The {{Walkyverse}}, spanning as it does [[Webcomic/DieselSweeties at least]] [[Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots half]] [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent a dozen]] [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive different]] [[Webcomic/PennyAndAggie authors]], is a tangled, continuity-challenged rat's nest of this trope.
* Likewise, Gisele Lagacé's two current main comics, ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', have their own spinoffs that take place in the same continuities with characters who've faded into the background in the original comics.
** Melissa Hellrune inverts the trope in ''WebComic/MagickChicks''. She was originally from ''Eerie Cuties'', where she was [[BlondesAreEvil an antagonist]] to [[AloofDarkhairedGirl Layla]] [[LovableAlphaBitch Delacroix.]] But her popularity with the readers lead to her being given her own SpinOff comic, where she became the protagonist, who's gradually being reforemed into a heroine - though [[BeingGoodSucks she's reluctant to change her ways.]]
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' occasionally features Inquisitor Damien's hyper-competent B-Team and Inquisitor Deket's hyper-destructive C-Team. Inquisitor Brisbane also appears in numerous background and flashback shots and Schaefer was shown having his own adventures once.
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* During the CrossOver between DarkHarvest and TribeTwelve, Alex and Chris (the former) are this to Noah Maxwell (the latter), and vice versa.
* Similarly, EverymanHybrid meets [[DarkHarvest Jeff, Alex and Chris]], as well as [[TribeTwelve Noah Maxwell]], in their CrossOver episodes.
* Not an example in and of itself, but ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' lists [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19323_6-movie-tv-universes-that-overlap-in-mind-blowing-ways.html Six Movie/Tv Universes That Overlap]].
* WebSite/SFDebris gives us "Lieutenant ''Nobody''" from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''; his take on [[TheUnseen the unseen original chief of security of the Enterprise-E]] before Worf, who repeatedly demonstrates he's the HyperCompetentSidekick developing new tactics to fight the Borg on the fly, keeps his team fighting against impossible odds, and who of course, [[ButtMonkey is completely ignored by the Enterprise crew.]]
* In ''Literature/PayMeBug'', there's some kind of coup in progress against Baron Minerva Tyrelos. [[TheCaptain Grif]] stumbles into the middle of it, and nearly gets himself killed. We never find out who's behind it, what their ultimate plan is, or whether the Baron's plan to [[spoiler:have her brother publicly take the blame]] ever worked.
* In the WhateleyUniverse, there are several. Lady Astarte, the greatest superheroine of the era, is hovering around in the background, because she's the headmistress of the SuperheroSchool the main characters go to. At Halloween, when Deathlist attacks, she takes him on single-handed and wins. There are lots of references to former battles she has fought and former superheroes she has known, because she has been superheroing since World War II. Skyhawk, one of the main superheroes of Boston, probably counts as well.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** While the adventures of the [[VillainProtagonist Undersiders]] are the main focus, Faultine's crew, a group of superpowered mercenaries, crops up from time to time pursuing their own goals, and interludes focusing on them tell of their investigation into [[NebulousEvilOrganization Cauldron]] independent of the main plotline.
** Likewise, the Travelers. To the point of getting an entire arc devoted to them.
** WordOfGod has stated that the Las Vegas Protectorate and the Thanda regularly battle S-Class threats whose abilities are either too subtle or potentially panic-inducing to be publicised.
* The various main characters in each of the 33 different campaign blocks in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were this to each other. Each campaign was a separate story that usually had nothing to do with each other except every once in a while they'd overlap somehow.
* Kris "The Girl Who Never Was" of LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal. We'll likely never know what her journey would've been like.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' has various examples, the most memorable being Dana, who gets lost in the [[EldritchLocation Dog Park]], and Tamika Flynn, child leader of the revolution against Strexcorp.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' makes it clear that our protagonists are one of many Hunter teams fighting to protect Remnant. Naturally, this led to the proliferation of OCs.
** Team [=JNPR=] is actually a canon inversion of this trope. They were originally meant to be the 'B-team', but ended up becoming 'a second A-team', with about a quarter of every volume devoted to their exploits.
* In ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' there are several TRD agents who are briefly shown or mentioned, who are often dealing with other issues than the main cast. Special mention goes to Elliot Bishop who joins up with the main characters at one point, and then later goes back to his previous mission. In addition there are the characters in the various time periods who have their own things going on, such as the crew of the Space Station Oracle in 2347, or the Neanderthal tribe in the stone age.
* Former WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall character Iron Liz was shown to be this when Linkara's MirrorUniverse double came looking for her.
--> '''Linkara:''' She's around, just doing her own thing.
* Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister has two examples:
** [[ThePaladin Aylwyn]] is always off on Paladin business doing important things for the kingdom; her path just tends to cross with Paul's from time to time.
** In [[Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister the second book,]] towards the end of the story Sarah leaves the narrative to lead a party of her own, to [[spoiler: rescue the captive princess from a dragon's agents.]] In the third book, we find out she was successful, but no details. In his narration, [[InvokedTrope Paul says that it's not his story to tell and he'll leave it to Sarah to maybe explain what happened some day.]]
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* The Cabbage Merchant from WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender. Somehow, despite the Gaang travelling on an air bison and him being presumably on foot, he managed to arrive at places at the exact time that they did, only for them to destroy his produce.
* TheDCAU was fond of this, especially when it entered the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' era.
** The pilot for JLU, ''Initiation'', sets the stage as GreenLantern, ComicBook/GreenArrow, Supergirl and Captain Atom go on a mission to a fictional North Korean {{Expy}} country. Green Arrow just wanted to go home but got dragged into the story because all the other heroes were off doing other missions.
** Subsequent episodes would often include J'onn J'onzz or Mister Terrific at the monitor watching and directing various heroes around the globe doing all sorts of heroic stuff that had nothing to do with that episode's plot, especially if said plot was set primarily on the Watchtower itself.
** ''The Greatest Story Never Told'' focuses on the glory hog Booster Gold who is busted down to directing pedestrians to safety while the rest of the League fight the DarkLord Mordru, who is strong enough to take them all and an obviously awesomely powerful villain, and the first "Omega-Level" threat the League comes up against. We hardly get to see any of it. Booster's own story however ends up seeing him saving the world from a black hole and getting the girl while the other heroes are too busy fighting. He gets berated by an injured Batman at the end for abandoning his post.
** ''Patriot Act'' involves a crazed general giving himself super-powers to battle the League because he sees this group of superhumans, lording over them in a space station, as a potential threat to national security. He calls out {{Superman}} for a fight, but Shining Knight tells him that Superman is fighting to save a planet from an unspecified crisis, and that all the other genuine superhumans are all out doing other stuff. He ends up having to face ComicBook/GreenArrow and an assortment of lesser known "normal" heroes, eventually including reserve members the Crimson Avenger (who, basically, just has a gun) and Arrow's ex-sidekick Speedy (who, naturally, is just an {{expy}} of GA himself), the only back-up available. This is the closest either two get to spending a day in the limelight, and Avenger doesn't even get dialogue while Speedy is never seen again, and that was his ''debut''.
* In the pilot to ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Martha Kent mentions [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "that nut in Gotham City"]]. The two heroes met later, setting the stage for the {{DCAU}}.
** The multiple guest appearances of several DC heroes in both [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]] and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]] (the former more than the latter).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Speedy might've gotten the shaft (no pun intended) on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' but he was set up as a recurring hero on ''Teen Titans'' as a rival for Robin, eventually forming Titans East along with other heroes who had previous appearances.
* The future Justice League in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''' Gizmo Duck made many appearances as a hero who had much better adventures and publicity. There were other heroes introduced in the show, including his mystical girlfriend Morgana and the aquatic Neptuna. Eventually, they formed the Justice Ducks.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has had a couple appearances by John Mind, a quadruple amputee whose limbs weren't blown off, but "blown ''in'', into his mind," giving him [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]]. He never has more than the most minimal effect on an episode's plot, but he apparently [[WalkingTheEarth walks the Earth]], having adventures as "[[DisabilitySuperpower Mind Quad]]."
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' had Commander Dogstar, commander of the sister ship of the ''Righteous Indignation'', the ''Indefatigable'', and his crew.
* The Justice League in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.'' At one point, Professor Ivo escapes from the team, but appears in prison for most of the rest of the series. We're expected to assume that the Justice League caught him.
* ConversedTrope on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; when Bart loses his girlfriend to a rich [[TheAce Ace]], he fails to win her back at the end of the episode. When Bart protests that the protagonist of the story is supposed to get the girl, her new boyfriend counters that in this case, ''he'' is the protagonist.
* Elise in ''DanVs.'' She's a highly skilled spy who is almost always caught up in her own assignments, and it just so happens that those often cross paths with Dan when he's on whatever his newest tirade is.
* Subverted with Zapp Brannigan on ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', who has many off-screen adventures that are referred to briefly and treated as heroic by characters in-universe, but is actually a VillainWithGoodPublicity who mostly just leads hilariously one-sided battles against peaceful "foes".
* WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex: [[MauveShirt Captain Calan]] normally leads the troops, but is implied to do all sorts of off-screen adventures, like leading a mission to steal a data cartridge from a foreign country, [[spoiler: and feeding information to the protagonists when they defect]]. [[BigGood White Knight]] seems to trust him with higher up missions.
** The Jungle Cat EVO also defects with the protagonists, and is reported to have been investigating the Consortium on WK's orders, and abducting a former member.
* The Scotsman of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. When he meets Jack(And is unaware of his fame) he regales how he's the most wanted man on the planet.
* [[spoiler: Simon Petrikov]] on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was a BadassBookworm and a massive {{Woobie}}, who survived a nuclear apocalypse, became a ParentalSubstitute to a little girl in the aftermath of said apocalypse, and successfully fought for years to resist the [[WIthGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity corrupting influence]] of the [[ArtifactOfDoom enchanted crown]] that [[PowerAtAPrice allowed him to survive.]] Unfortunately, the show takes place centuries after [[DownerEnding he eventually lost that fight]], so most of the current protagonists only know him as the rather crazy and pathetic Ice King.
* [[spoiler: Daring Do]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is this when she's discovered to be real.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', Twilight goes through a lot of offscreen trouble to clean up Rarity's mess. She eventually had to call in backup from Luna and Cadance, and it's made clear that the whole ordeal caused a great amount of stress.
** The entire [[FanNickname Mane Six]] gets to enjoy being this in ''Slice Of Life''. They're busy duking it out with a Bugbear (a literal half-bug half-bear), but the episode focuses entirely on Cranky and Matilda's wedding and the background ponies who are making it happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has two sets: Steven's dad, Greg, who fell for Rose and has a few flashback episodes around their love story, and Garnet, the focus of a similar love story, only hers happens during the [[GreatOffscreenWar Rebellion for Earth]] and eventually is explored in [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]].
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* [[ExtendedUniverse Extended Universes]] is this by default. Usually containing other bad ass heroes (and villains) that the main series might only mention, or show as a background/side character or not show at all. In the EU they get their own adventures, missions and supporting characters and villains. Might even eventually become EnsembleDarkhorse(s) if well written.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Strictly speaking, anybody you run into is likely the Hero Of Another Story. Assuming that they (or you) aren't in fact the ''[[VillainProtagonist villain]]'', or even worse, a RedShirt. Then again, it's very possible that many folks you run into will just be the ButtMonkey.
** Well, most people you meet are a Hero Of Another Story: their own. They'd have to have pretty low opinions of themselves to be the the villains or red shirts of their own stories, and we all are probably the butt monkeys at some point or another.
** You most likely see your best friend or anyone else close to you as this.
** Illustrated in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkoML0_FiV4 Sonder video]].
** It can be quite disconcerting to look around yourself in a public place and think how everyone else is also seeing themselves as "the person looking around themselves at a bunch of strangers"
*** Which is perfectly demonstrated by [[http://xkcd.com/610/ this xkcd comic]].
*** And [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2254#comic this SMBC one]].
*** And a bit more concretely in [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page471.html this Subnormality one]]
*** This really depends on your point of view. Someone who may be the Hero Of Another Story to one person may be the villain in yours or their own. Likewise, you may consider yourself the villain, and thus the Hero Of Another Story the only hero there is, and only the one story - theirs.
* The scientists working on Ultra (the Enigma code breakers during WorldWarII) were this for a long time to the scientists working on the Manhattan project (development of the atomic bomb). While the latter were widely recognized for their work, Ultra was kept officially secret until 1974.
* This trope was invoked by practically everyone, on all sides of the fight during WorldWarTwo (and any other war if you think about it). [[FromACertainPointOfView In their own version of this trope]], both sides (Axis/Allies) were doing what they felt was right, while twisting the other side's words/actions against them as much as possible to justify their actions.
* Happens to actors themselves. The supporting actors in the massive blockbuster movies are often the headliners in smaller budget movies and television, leading to many HeyItsThatGuy moments.
* "{{Supergroup}}s" in music. By definition the members all have successful solo careers and other bands, so anyone listening to, for example, Music/{{Cream}} records, can then dig into all the Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker records.
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* ''LightNovel/GateThusTheJSDFFoughtThere'' how's the rest of the JSDF, Itami wasn't the only one making friendly contact in the special region. The third recon team also serves as this when Itami is relieved of his command and the team is sent to the Capital's red light district.

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