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25th May '16 4:25:05 PM LentilSandEater
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* There are so many characters in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' that would make good protagonists, including Neville Longbottom, Severus Snape, and Albus Dumbledore.
** And Nymphadora Tonks. She's probably just slumming in this series; surely she is off having awesome Auror adventures at other times.
*** [[spoiler:Snape]] is of particular notability, in that he is so deeply involved with the story that WordOfGod confirms that the books are just as much his story as Harry's. Appropriately, [[spoiler: [[DeadGuyJunior Harry's younger son is named after him]].]]

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* There are so many characters in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' that would make good protagonists, including Neville Longbottom, Severus Snape, and Albus Dumbledore.
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** And Nymphadora Tonks. She's probably just slumming in this series; surely she is off having awesome Auror adventures at other times.
*** [[spoiler:Snape]] ** Snape is of particular notability, in that he is so deeply involved with the story that WordOfGod confirms that the books are just as much his story as Harry's. Appropriately, [[spoiler: [[DeadGuyJunior Harry's younger son is named after him]].]]
25th May '16 4:23:29 PM LentilSandEater
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** [[DarkActionGirl Molly Carpenter]], Harry's apprentice, whose ComingOfAge story is going on in the background.

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** [[DarkActionGirl Molly Carpenter]], Harry's apprentice, whose ComingOfAge story is going on in the background. After she takes on more responsibilities it's implied her adventures get even ''more'' stranger and dangerous.
25th May '16 4:20:17 PM LentilSandEater
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* Arguably ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', since The Dude's involvement in most of the ongoing plots is tangential, whether the struggle between Maude and the eponymous Big Lebowski over his embezzlement (and Maude's subsequent quest to find a "sperm donor" to get her pregnant), Jackie Treehorn's dispute with Bunny Lebowski (which kickstarts the plot due only to the incompetence of Treehorn's hired thugs), or the private detective's struggle to return "Bunny" to her family back east. Inverting this trope, The Dude '''is''' the hero of the story of the bowling league and his team's struggle against "Da Jesus", but we never get to see how that turned out.

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* Arguably ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', since The Dude's involvement in most of the ongoing plots is tangential, whether the struggle between Maude and the eponymous Big Lebowski over his embezzlement (and Maude's subsequent quest to find a "sperm donor" to get her pregnant), Jackie Treehorn's dispute with Bunny Lebowski (which kickstarts the plot due only to the incompetence of Treehorn's hired thugs), or the private detective's struggle to return "Bunny" to her family back east. Inverting this trope, The Dude '''is''' the hero of the story of the bowling league and his team's struggle against "Da Jesus", but we never get to see how that turned out.



* Roran Stronghammer of the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is an arguable example. He's technically a point of view character, but over the course of ''Brisingr'' he [[TheBerserker slaughters nearly one hundred men from atop an ever-growing mountain of their shattered corpses]], is summarily [[ATasteOfTheLash beaten to within an inch of his life]] for disobeying orders, immediately goes out and [[{{badass}} wrestles an Urgal chieftan into submission]], and leads his new troops to several important victories over TheEmpire. And everyone completely forgets about him once [[MarySue Eragon]] gets back from his vacation, to the point that he ''isn't even mentioned'' during the FinalBattle.

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* Roran Stronghammer of the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is an arguable example. He's technically a point of view character, but over the course of ''Brisingr'' he [[TheBerserker slaughters nearly one hundred men from atop an ever-growing mountain of their shattered corpses]], is summarily [[ATasteOfTheLash beaten to within an inch of his life]] for disobeying orders, immediately goes out and [[{{badass}} wrestles an Urgal chieftan into submission]], and leads his new troops to several important victories over TheEmpire. And everyone completely forgets about him once [[MarySue Eragon]] gets back from his vacation, to the point that he ''isn't even mentioned'' during the FinalBattle.



** [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]] could be argued as it itself being "Another Story", given that it takes place during the time of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]] and, when that ends, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]. It just focuses on a different cast of characters.

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** [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]] could be argued as it is itself being "Another Story", given that it takes place during the time of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]] and, when that ends, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]. It just focuses on a different cast of characters.
20th May '16 2:07:20 PM Doug86
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* In the Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse, each series could be considered this to the other ones. However, ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' '''really''' plays this role. Because Peter David has sole control over ''New Frontier'', any major events that the ''Excalibur'' cannot somehow be excused from, such as ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'', are told through BroadStrokes by the other authors. Whether we actually get to read those stories depends on whether Peter David wants to write them.

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* In the Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse, Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, each series could be considered this to the other ones. However, ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' '''really''' plays this role. Because Peter David has sole control over ''New Frontier'', any major events that the ''Excalibur'' cannot somehow be excused from, such as ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'', are told through BroadStrokes by the other authors. Whether we actually get to read those stories depends on whether Peter David wants to write them.
18th May '16 9:03:02 AM GreenLady
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** After Jenna is PutOnABus, it's implied that she had some serious adventures of her own before [[spoiler:suffering a BusCrash]]. Her individual heroics were finally expanded on in some of the Big Finish audio productions.


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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' gives this treatment to Phil Coulson, a character who previously appeared in a secondary role in ''Film/IronMan'', ''Film/IronMan2'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]''.
** ''Agents of SHIELD'' has now generated a few Heroes of Another Story of its own. Any SHIELD agent who survived the events of the first two seasons but didn't join either HYDRA, Team Coulson, or a neutral third party like Stark Industries or the CIA counts (named examples include Agent Weaver and the other surviving members of "The Real SHIELD", who are presumably still off doing SHIELD-y stuff somewhere). The biggest examples, though, are Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, new leads introduced in Season 2 who eventually depart for their own spinoff, ''Marvel's Most Wanted'' - though it's been cancelled and re-ordered so many times now it's hard to say whether we'll ever see these adventures on-screen or not.
16th May '16 10:24:06 PM anatanokukki
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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': [[spoiler:Shirou Emiya]], Miyu's older brother and the person who kick-started the plot by [[spoiler:sending her to Illya's world]]. His significance is revealed late in ''3rei'', where he's given the spotlight and a chance to explain his past. In contrast with the Illya's more idealistic story about her struggles as a MagicalGirl, his is a darker one focusing on [[spoiler:his time as a participant of the Holy Grail War and his life-and-death battle against the Ainsworths to save his sister]].

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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': [[spoiler:Shirou Emiya]], Miyu's older brother and the person who kick-started the plot by [[spoiler:sending her to Illya's world]]. His significance is revealed late in ''3rei'', where he's given the spotlight and a chance to explain his past.past is explored through a flashback. In contrast with the Illya's more idealistic story about her struggles as a MagicalGirl, his is a darker one focusing on [[spoiler:his time as a participant of the Holy Grail War and his life-and-death battle against the Ainsworths to save his sister]].
16th May '16 10:22:11 PM anatanokukki
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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': [[spoiler:Shirou Emiya]], Miyu's older brother and the person who kick-started the plot by [[spoiler:sending her to Illya's world]]. His significance is revealed late in ''3rei'', where he's given the spotlight and a chance to explain his past. In contrast with the Illya's more idealistic story about her struggles as a MagicalGirl, his is a darker one focusing on [[spoiler:his time as the Archer Card's wielder in the Holy Grail War and his life-and-death battle against the Ainsworths to rescue his little sister]].

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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': [[spoiler:Shirou Emiya]], Miyu's older brother and the person who kick-started the plot by [[spoiler:sending her to Illya's world]]. His significance is revealed late in ''3rei'', where he's given the spotlight and a chance to explain his past. In contrast with the Illya's more idealistic story about her struggles as a MagicalGirl, his is a darker one focusing on [[spoiler:his time as the Archer Card's wielder in a participant of the Holy Grail War and his life-and-death battle against the Ainsworths to rescue save his little sister]].
16th May '16 10:16:05 PM anatanokukki
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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': [[spoiler:Shirou Emiya]], Miyu's older brother and the person who kick-started the plot by [[spoiler:sending her to Illya's world]]. His significance is revealed late in ''3rei'', where he's given the spotlight and a chance to explain his past. In contrast with the Illya's more idealistic story about her struggles as a MagicalGirl, his is a darker one focusing on [[spoiler:his time as the Archer Card's wielder in the Holy Grail War and his life-and-death battle against the Ainsworths to rescue his little sister]].
14th May '16 3:10:38 PM fobarimperius
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* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' gives us Vulpes Incluta, a spy who manages {{Franchise/Fallout}} is home to beat a huge cast of characters. Some you interact with alive, others you find dead on arrival, and others you run into just as their own personal story ends. It's not uncommon to come across the Courier to Nipton, corpse of a person and wonder if they were just unlucky and got killed, or were in the process of their own journey.
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The Strip, and The Fort, no matter how fast mysterious stranger leaves his footprints all over the Courier travels. He is involved in many covert operations, and it's implied that when irradiated future of America, but you don't see never learn a concrete detail about him, although there are details scattered about such as a man who may be his son in New Vegas, or Nick Valentine from 4 commenting on seeing him "again", implying 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]]
been trying to figure out who turns out to be one. Imagine how many are out there.
*** Also, the Legion doesn't really
he is for some time. Additionally, you never know if he's helping you help out or if the NCR in the beginning, so long as two of 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.coming in contact like this is a repetitive coincidence.



** 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''.

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** In {{Videogame/Fallout3}}, you can find an emergency broadcast in a nearby area stating that a child is sick, and the family is holed up waiting for supplies, having escaped some kind of disaster. When you find this little bunker, you realize it's a radio that has had an emergency message play on loop for an unknown amount of time, however judging by the skeletons in the room it has been at least a century if not two. You never really learn who the family was or how they got there either, and you never learn if they got the help they needed (although it's likely they didn't given they stayed in the bunker).
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Vulpes Inculta, 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.
*** 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.
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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''.Road''.
** {{VideoGame/Fallout4}} has you run into a group of five people: Preston Garvey, Sturges, Mama Murphy, Jun Long, and Marcy Long. The four appear to have been running for a long time, and had a much larger group than the ragtag group of five left at the end. After helping them escape Concord, Preston can tell you about the minutemen, a huge plot regarding betrayal, the collapse of the minutemen, and so forth. Should you check the southern end of Quincy, you can also come across three gunners known as Tessa, Clint, and Baker. Killing them and reading the various terminals explains even more of the tragic events that led up to the five holing up in the museum you saved them from.
*** Kellogg's entire backstory shows him as having one heck of a bad train ride called life that ended with you and him confronting one-another. The segment of the game where you find out all of this roughly takes up over ten minutes of time just to watch.
*** Paladin Brandis and his team had a huge streak of bad luck that resulted in him being stranded in the commonwealth for a long time. You only arrive in the commonwealth after he's become paranoid and nearly given up, and never learn the entirety of his story.
*** You meet Brian Vergil [[spoiler:after his escape from the Insitute]], and he never really tells you how that went or any of the details between then and when you meet with him, although there are some clues in his old lab.
9th May '16 1:20:49 PM rafi
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* This occurs frequently in the works of Leiji Matsumoto: Anime/CaptainHarlock and Anime/QueenEmeraldas occasionally have made either been referenced or made cameo appearances in ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' and ''Galaxy Railways''. The Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato had a very brief cameo in ''Harlock Saga'' as well as in the ''Galaxy Express 999'' manga. In all such cases however, the crew of the Yamato is never seen.
* With its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive cast]] and complex backstory, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has some subplots that could easily become entire manga series of their own:
** Uryu Ishida is the protagonist of the story of the Quincy Clan's rise and fall and his quest to reclaim his family's heritage. He serves as an important {{Foil}} for Ichigo so his story runs parallel to, rather than within, the main plotline. [[spoiler: In the Thousand Year Blood War arc, he even becomes the UnexpectedSuccessor to the Quincy [[TheEmperor Emperor Yhwach]].]]
** Toushirou Hitsugaya is a prodigy who rose to captain in record time. He gets an unusually well-developed personality and backstory separate from Ichigo's plotline. He also shares time with a gaggle of less powerful characters during the Soul Society arc, including childhood friend Momo and subordinate Rangiku. This group of characters has a ''far'' more personal connection to the bad guys than Ichigo does, and some of their stories play out while Ichigo is otherwise occupied before focus switches back to Ichigo for the final battle. Hitsugaya's history of unusual power at a young age and having to cope with the alienation it causes is even parallel to that of Aizen's: the difference between them being that Hitsugaya came through the other side having found a place, friends and allies, whereas Aizen felt so alienated, he turned his back on everyone and the world instead.
** Kisuke Urahara , as Ichigo's MysteriousBacker, alludes to an extensive offscreen history of rivalry with Aizen, with Ichigo's involvement beginning only later. He's also got a decades-long history with Isshin and Ryuuken that is only explored in the Final Arc.
** Yamamoto was already a warrior of great renown '''2000''' years before the main story, and built much of the present Soul Society around himself. In particular he established the Shinigami Academy, which has trained the vast majority of Shinigami for the last 2000 years. His body is covered in a road map of old scars, each one of which presumably has a story behind it (we know the scars on his forehead do). Yamamoto's millennium-long struggle with Yhwach, the Quincy Emperor, gives the Thousand Year Blood War arc its name but is [[GreatOffscreenWar still mostly unexplained]].



* Ryoji Kaji from Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion qualifies. His investigation of the Instrumentality Council happens almost entirely offscreen but is implied to have been a long and convoluted project of his, complete with at least two "supporting" characters.

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* Ryoji Kaji Sogiita Gunha from Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion qualifies. His investigation ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Every time he is shown, he's fighting criminals, helping people, etc. Amusingly, [[WrongGenreSavvy he thinks he's the main character]] and TheHero, and is completely unaware of the Instrumentality Council happens almost entirely offscreen but main plot.
** Mikoto Misaka, who
is implied to have been only around for a long and convoluted project of his, complete few episodes, gets her own show in the SpinOff ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had Ryo, a character
with at least two "supporting" characters.a fairly small role in the grand scheme of the Tamers story, but who was literally the hero of another story (a set of video games that were [[NoExportForYou never released in the west]])



* Vyura and Chor Rubor on ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' and Chor Caput, and the ''Arcus Niger''. Vyura is later promoted to the main cast.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Major Genya Nakajima of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', commander of [[OneHundredAndEight Ground Forces Unit 108]]. There to lend additional assistance when the heroes need help on an investigation, or to provide a RedShirtArmy to protect against TheSiege while the heroes go off to handle the named villains.
** Chrono Harlaown starts out as one of the main characters but becomes a stronger and stronger version of this trope as the series goes on, culminating in his apparent leadership of a large portion of the TSAB's Navy but barely being a part of the story in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]].
** Inspector Acous, also of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]], likewise gives the impression of staring in his own story; which only briefly intersects with the main characters despite having the same bad guys. Ditto for Sister Schach, who apparently teams up with Acous about half way through the series.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' example: Kittan is this when first introduced but becomes a member of the main cast in the beginning of part two. While Simon, Kamina and Yoko were having their adventures he was stealing gunmen and gathering a crew. There's enough material there for GAINAX to write a midquel with Kittan as TheProtagonist.



* ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' has the rest of the JSDF, Itami wasn't the only one making friendly contacts 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 Akusho.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise has quite a few, thanks in part to the substantial lore, ExpandedUniverse material and number of characters that have popped up over the decades. Among the most notable is Kai Shiden, a supporting character from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' who, in addition to returning as a veritable badass in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' as part IntrepidReporter, part James Bond, has a number of sidestories and manga following his off-screen exploits such as the ''Manga/MobileSuitZetaGundamDayAfterTomorrow'' manga.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'': Many of Kamogawa Gym's opponents get a fair amount of focus during each arc, and the series usually gives an in-depth look at their gym, their aspirations, their friends and family, and the people coaching them.
* TheOjou Tsuruya of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is implied to be this. In addition to flat-out calling UnreliableNarrator Kyon on being bad at upholding TheMasquerade (but says that she's content to sit back and watch the antics), she is in possession of at least one potential plot coupon and it is known that her (apparently stupidly rich) family are one of the financial supporters of Koizumi's Organization.
* In the ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' manga, it seems like Hayate's older brother is shaping up to this. We haven't actually seen him yet, but we've met a few people he helped, years ago.



* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Major Genya Nakajima of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', commander of [[OneHundredAndEight Ground Forces Unit 108]]. There to lend additional assistance when the heroes need help on an investigation, or to provide a RedShirtArmy to protect against TheSiege while the heroes go off to handle the named villains.
** Chrono Harlaown starts out as one of the main characters but becomes a stronger and stronger version of this trope as the series goes on, culminating in his apparent leadership of a large portion of the TSAB's Navy but barely being a part of the story in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]].
** Inspector Acous, also of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]], likewise gives the impression of staring in his own story; which only briefly intersects with the main characters despite having the same bad guys. Ditto for Sister Schach, who apparently teams up with Acous about half way through the series.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Practically every other member of class 3-A counts. There's a [[MonsterProgenitor vampire]] that [[BrokenAngel has lost her powers]] and been [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in the school]], a RobotGirl who works for said vampire, a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]] [[ActionGirl swordswoman]] [[MysteriousProtector hired to protect the heir to a magic association]], said heir to the magic association who [[LockedOutOfTheLoop has been kept in the dark about her powers]], an ex-priestess turned sniper for hire, a mysterious acrobat who isn't completely human and [[TheVoiceless rarely speaks]], a MadScientist who developed and maintains the aforementioned robot, a [[GratuitousNinja ninja]], a CuteGhostGirl, a martial artist who won the school's annual martial arts tournament the year before, a pair of bookworms who regularly explore a giant library filled with traps, a rumormonger who explores said giant library with the aforementioned bookworms, a net idol who keeps her pastimes secret from her classmates, and a [[TimeTravel time-traveling]] [[HumanAliens martian]] from the future who is [[KidFromTheFuture descended from the main character]]. And that's not even acknowledging the more normal characters like the cheerleaders, the gymnast, or the basketball player. There's even a few chapters that focus on delivering the message that everyone is the hero of their own story.
** When Rakan shows the class [[spoiler: Negi's Dad's story]] in the [[CoolAirShip Paru-sama]]'s theatre, one gets the impression that this is the abridged version of a potentially epic shounen story in its own right.
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful scene]] with Ako.
---> '''Negi''': We are all the main characters of our own story.
* The big sister of the main character of ''LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun'' tends to go missing for several days and return with heroic tales to tell.
* The main characters of ''Manga/MeiCompany'' are a CleanupCrew. {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s battle monsters in the background and Mei Company often watches and comments on them before moving in to clean up the battlefield after they leave.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Gaara was introduced during the Chunin Exams. One can only imagine the story to how he went from the repentant [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Guy]] to the most loved man in his home village.
** There are also at least 3 other teams that we rarely see in the show, and they're all implied to be out fighting their own battles offscreen.
** Also Killer Bee, who was hated/feared as a child (due to having the 8-tails inside him) and is now a considered a hero in his village.
** Or even Kakashi during the 12 years in between Naruto's birth and the start of the story. We know that he went from being an undoubtedly heartbroken, traumatized teenager to a relatively well adjusted adult who is highly respected within the village. How did he become this man after losing everyone he loved? Why did he quit ANBU?
** Hanabi, Hinata's younger sister, actually got a two episode anime-exclusive arc dealing with how she came to be the heiress to the Hyuga Clan. Parts of the story are actually flashbacks to earlier episodes (such as the Chūnin Exam arc) retold from Hanabi's perspective.
* Ryoji Kaji from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' qualifies. His investigation of the Instrumentality Council happens almost entirely offscreen but is implied to have been a long and convoluted project of his, complete with at least two "supporting" characters.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Gaara was introduced during the Chunin Exams. One can only imagine the story to how he went from the repentant [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Guy]] to the most loved man in his home village.
** There are also at least 3 other teams that we rarely see in the show, and they're all implied to be out fighting their own battles offscreen.
** Also Killer Bee, who was hated/feared as a child (due to having the 8-tails inside him) and is now a considered a hero in his village.
** Or even Kakashi during the 12 years in between Naruto's birth and the start of the story. We know that he went from being an undoubtedly heartbroken, traumatized teenager to a relatively well adjusted adult who is highly respected within the village. How did he become this man after losing everyone he loved? Why did he quit ANBU?
** Hanabi, Hinata's younger sister, actually got a two episode anime-exclusive arc dealing with how she came to be the heiress to the Hyuga Clan. Parts of the story are actually flashbacks to earlier episodes (such as the Chūnin Exam arc) retold from Hanabi's perspective.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had Ryo, a character with a fairly small role in the grand scheme of the Tamers story, but who was literally the hero of another story (a set of video games that were [[NoExportForYou never released in the west]])
* In the ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' manga, it seems like Hayate's older brother is shaping up to this. We haven't actually seen him yet, but we've met a few people he helped, years ago.
* TheOjou Tsuruya of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is implied to be this. In addition to flat-out calling UnreliableNarrator Kyon on being bad at upholding TheMasquerade (but says that she's content to sit back and watch the antics), she is in possession of at least one potential plot coupon and it is known that her (apparently stupidly rich) family are one of the financial supporters of Koizumi's Organization.
* The big sister of the main character of ''LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun'' tends to go missing for several days and return with heroic tales to tell.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Practically every other member of class 3-A counts. There's a [[MonsterProgenitor vampire]] that [[BrokenAngel has lost her powers]] and been [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in the school]], a RobotGirl who works for said vampire, a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]] [[ActionGirl swordswoman]] [[MysteriousProtector hired to protect the heir to a magic association]], said heir to the magic association who [[LockedOutOfTheLoop has been kept in the dark about her powers]], an ex-priestess turned sniper for hire, a mysterious acrobat who isn't completely human and [[TheVoiceless rarely speaks]], a MadScientist who developed and maintains the aforementioned robot, a [[GratuitousNinja ninja]], a CuteGhostGirl, a martial artist who won the school's annual martial arts tournament the year before, a pair of bookworms who regularly explore a giant library filled with traps, a rumormonger who explores said giant library with the aforementioned bookworms, a net idol who keeps her pastimes secret from her classmates, and a [[TimeTravel time-traveling]] [[HumanAliens martian]] from the future who is [[KidFromTheFuture descended from the main character]]. And that's not even acknowledging the more normal characters like the cheerleaders, the gymnast, or the basketball player. There's even a few chapters that focus on delivering the message that everyone is the hero of their own story.
** When Rakan shows the class [[spoiler: Negi's Dad's story]] in the [[CoolAirShip Paru-sama]]'s theatre, one gets the impression that this is the abridged version of a potentially epic shounen story in its own right.
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful scene]] with Ako.
---> '''Negi''': We are all the main characters of our own story.
* This occurs frequently in the works of Leiji Matsumoto: Anime/CaptainHarlock and Anime/QueenEmeraldas occasionally have made either been referenced or made cameo appearances in ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' and ''Galaxy Railways''. The Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato had a very brief cameo in ''Harlock Saga'' as well as in the ''Galaxy Express 999'' manga. In all such cases however, the crew of the Yamato is never seen.
* ''Habit By Teacher/It Ejaculates In The Teacher'' does it with the [[HotForStudent eponymous cast]] as Teacher A will have sex with one or more students then runs into Teacher B before or after said encounter and so on in essentially ''one day.''
* Luna Inverse, Lina's older sister in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. One reason she's never shown in anything but flashbacks or cameos is she would easily solve all the problems the heroes face alone.
* Pansuto Taro in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The only character he has any connection to (or wants any connection with) in the cast is Happosai. As such whenever he appears his plot is at a right-angle to the rest of the series, and the appearance of any of the regulars seems like it's contractually mandated.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
** Gaara was introduced during the Chunin Exams. One can only imagine the story to how he went from the repentant [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Guy]] to the most loved man in his home village.
** There are also at least 3 other teams that we rarely see in the show, and they're all implied to be out fighting their own battles offscreen.
** Also Killer Bee, who was hated/feared as a child (due to having the 8-tails inside him) and is now a considered a hero in his village.
** Or even Kakashi during the 12 years in between Naruto's birth and the start of the story. We know that he went from being an undoubtedly heartbroken, traumatized teenager to a relatively well adjusted adult who is highly respected within the village. How did he become this man after losing everyone he loved? Why did he quit ANBU?
** Hanabi, Hinata's younger sister, actually got a two episode anime-exclusive arc dealing with how she came to be the heiress to the Hyuga Clan. Parts of the story are actually flashbacks to earlier episodes (such as the Chūnin Exam arc) retold from Hanabi's perspective.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had Ryo, a character with a fairly small role in the grand scheme of the Tamers story, but who was literally the hero of another story (a set of video games that were [[NoExportForYou never released in the west]])
* In the ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' manga, it seems like Hayate's older brother is shaping up to this. We haven't actually seen him yet, but we've met a few people he helped, years ago.
* TheOjou Tsuruya of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is implied to be this. In addition to flat-out calling UnreliableNarrator Kyon on being bad at upholding TheMasquerade (but says that she's content to sit back and watch the antics), she is in possession of at least one potential plot coupon and it is known that her (apparently stupidly rich) family are one of the financial supporters of Koizumi's Organization.
* The big sister of the main character of ''LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun'' tends to go missing for several days and return with heroic tales to tell.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Practically every other member of class 3-A counts. There's a [[MonsterProgenitor vampire]] that [[BrokenAngel has lost her powers]] and been [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in the school]], a RobotGirl who works for said vampire, a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]] [[ActionGirl swordswoman]] [[MysteriousProtector hired to protect the heir to a magic association]], said heir to the magic association who [[LockedOutOfTheLoop has been kept in the dark about her powers]], an ex-priestess turned sniper for hire, a mysterious acrobat who isn't completely human and [[TheVoiceless rarely speaks]], a MadScientist who developed and maintains the aforementioned robot, a [[GratuitousNinja ninja]], a CuteGhostGirl, a martial artist who won the school's annual martial arts tournament the year before, a pair of bookworms who regularly explore a giant library filled with traps, a rumormonger who explores said giant library with the aforementioned bookworms, a net idol who keeps her pastimes secret from her classmates, and a [[TimeTravel time-traveling]] [[HumanAliens martian]] from the future who is [[KidFromTheFuture descended from the main character]]. And that's not even acknowledging the more normal characters like the cheerleaders, the gymnast, or the basketball player. There's even a few chapters that focus on delivering the message that everyone is the hero of their own story.
** When Rakan shows the class [[spoiler: Negi's Dad's story]] in the [[CoolAirShip Paru-sama]]'s theatre, one gets the impression that this is the abridged version of a potentially epic shounen story in its own right.
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful scene]] with Ako.
---> '''Negi''': We are all the main characters of our own story.
* This occurs frequently in the works of Leiji Matsumoto: Anime/CaptainHarlock and Anime/QueenEmeraldas occasionally have made either been referenced or made cameo appearances in ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' and ''Galaxy Railways''. The Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato had a very brief cameo in ''Harlock Saga'' as well as in the ''Galaxy Express 999'' manga. In all such cases however, the crew of the Yamato is never seen.
* ''Habit By Teacher/It Ejaculates In The Teacher'' does it with the [[HotForStudent eponymous cast]] as Teacher A will have sex with one or more students then runs into Teacher B before or after said encounter and so on in essentially ''one day.''
* Luna Inverse, Lina's older sister in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. One reason she's never shown in anything but flashbacks or cameos is she would easily solve all the problems the heroes face alone.
*
Pansuto Taro in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.Taro. The only character he has any connection to (or wants any connection with) in the cast is Happosai. As such whenever he appears his plot is at a right-angle to the rest of the series, and the appearance of any of the regulars seems like it's contractually mandated.



* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Minako has quite the story on her own in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', and only enters the main one after its end. And the manga implies she still has some adventures off-screen in which ''Sailor Moon'' is her sidekick.
** Haruka and Michiru are usually living their own adventure while the protagonists are in Tokyo. In the anime they even leave after the third season specifically to do this.
* The Gold Saint Leo Aiolia from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is this in the manga ''Manga/SaintSeiyaEpisodeG'' and in the anime ''Anime/SaintSeiyaSoulOfGold'' (in the latter this apply to all the Gold Saints).



* Sogiita Gunha from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Every time he is shown, he's fighting criminals, helping people, etc. Amusingly, [[WrongGenreSavvy he thinks he's the main character]] and TheHero, and is completely unaware of the main plot.
** Mikoto Misaka, who is only around for a few episodes, gets her own show in the SpinOff ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''.
* With its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive cast]] and complex backstory, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has some subplots that could easily become entire manga series of their own:
** Uryu Ishida is the protagonist of the story of the Quincy Clan's rise and fall and his quest to reclaim his family's heritage. He serves as an important {{Foil}} for Ichigo so his story runs parallel to, rather than within, the main plotline. [[spoiler: In the Thousand Year Blood War arc, he even becomes the UnexpectedSuccessor to the Quincy [[TheEmperor Emperor Yhwach]].]]
** Toushirou Hitsugaya is a prodigy who rose to captain in record time. He gets an unusually well-developed personality and backstory separate from Ichigo's plotline. He also shares time with a gaggle of less powerful characters during the Soul Society arc, including childhood friend Momo and subordinate Rangiku. This group of characters has a ''far'' more personal connection to the bad guys than Ichigo does, and some of their stories play out while Ichigo is otherwise occupied before focus switches back to Ichigo for the final battle. Hitsugaya's history of unusual power at a young age and having to cope with the alienation it causes is even parallel to that of Aizen's: the difference between them being that Hitsugaya came through the other side having found a place, friends and allies, whereas Aizen felt so alienated, he turned his back on everyone and the world instead.
** Kisuke Urahara , as Ichigo's MysteriousBacker, alludes to an extensive offscreen history of rivalry with Aizen, with Ichigo's involvement beginning only later. He's also got a decades-long history with Isshin and Ryuuken that is only explored in the Final Arc.
** Yamamoto was already a warrior of great renown '''2000''' years before the main story, and built much of the present Soul Society around himself. In particular he established the Shinigami Academy, which has trained the vast majority of Shinigami for the last 2000 years. His body is covered in a road map of old scars, each one of which presumably has a story behind it (we know the scars on his forehead do). Yamamoto's millennium-long struggle with Yhwach, the Quincy Emperor, gives the Thousand Year Blood War arc its name but is [[GreatOffscreenWar still mostly unexplained]].
* ''SailorMoon'':
** Minako has quite the story on her own, and only enters the main one after its end. And the manga implies she still has some adventures off-screen in which ''Sailor Moon'' is her sidekick.
** Haruka and Michiru are usually living their own adventure while the protagonists are in Tokyo. In the anime they even leave after the third season specifically to do this.
* Manga/HajimeNoIppo: Many of Kamogawa Gym's opponents get a fair amount of focus during each arc, and the series usually gives an in-depth look at their gym, their aspirations, their friends and family, and the people coaching them.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise has quite a few, thanks in part to the substantial lore, ExpandedUniverse material and number of characters that have popped up over the decades. Among the most notable is Kai Shiden, a supporting character from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' who, in addition to returning as a veritable badass in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' as part IntrepidReporter, part James Bond, has a number of sidestories and manga following his off-screen exploits such as the ''Manga/MobileSuitZetaGundamDayAfterTomorrow'' manga.
* The main characters of ''Manga/MeiCompany'' are a CleanupCrew. {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s battle monsters in the background and Mei Company often watches and comments on them before moving in to clean up the battlefield after they leave.
* ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' has the rest of the JSDF, Itami wasn't the only one making friendly contacts 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 Akusho.

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* Luna Inverse, Lina's older sister in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. One reason she's never shown in anything but flashbacks or cameos
is completely unaware she would easily solve all the problems the heroes face alone.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' example: Kittan is this when first introduced but becomes a member
of the main plot.
** Mikoto Misaka, who is only around for a few episodes, gets her own show
cast in the SpinOff ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''.
* With its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive cast]] and complex backstory, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has some subplots that could easily become entire manga series of their own:
** Uryu Ishida is the protagonist of the story of the Quincy Clan's rise and fall and his quest to reclaim his family's heritage. He serves as an important {{Foil}} for Ichigo so his story runs parallel to, rather than within, the main plotline. [[spoiler: In the Thousand Year Blood War arc, he even becomes the UnexpectedSuccessor to the Quincy [[TheEmperor Emperor Yhwach]].]]
** Toushirou Hitsugaya is a prodigy who rose to captain in record time. He gets an unusually well-developed personality and backstory separate from Ichigo's plotline. He also shares time with a gaggle of less powerful characters during the Soul Society arc, including childhood friend Momo and subordinate Rangiku. This group of characters has a ''far'' more personal connection to the bad guys than Ichigo does, and some of their stories play out while Ichigo is otherwise occupied before focus switches back to Ichigo for the final battle. Hitsugaya's history of unusual power at a young age and having to cope with the alienation it causes is even parallel to that of Aizen's: the difference between them being that Hitsugaya came through the other side having found a place, friends and allies, whereas Aizen felt so alienated, he turned his back on everyone and the world instead.
** Kisuke Urahara , as Ichigo's MysteriousBacker, alludes to an extensive offscreen history of rivalry with Aizen, with Ichigo's involvement
beginning only later. He's also got a decades-long history with Isshin of part two. While Simon, Kamina and Ryuuken that is only explored in the Final Arc.
** Yamamoto was already a warrior of great renown '''2000''' years before the main story, and built much of the present Soul Society around himself. In particular he established the Shinigami Academy, which has trained the vast majority of Shinigami for the last 2000 years. His body is covered in a road map of old scars, each one of which presumably has a story behind it (we know the scars on his forehead do). Yamamoto's millennium-long struggle with Yhwach, the Quincy Emperor, gives the Thousand Year Blood War arc its name but is [[GreatOffscreenWar still mostly unexplained]].
* ''SailorMoon'':
** Minako has quite the story on her own, and only enters the main one after its end. And the manga implies she still has some
Yoko were having their adventures off-screen in which ''Sailor Moon'' is her sidekick.
** Haruka
he was stealing gunmen and Michiru are usually living their own adventure while the protagonists are in Tokyo. In the anime they even leave after the third season specifically to do this.
* Manga/HajimeNoIppo: Many of Kamogawa Gym's opponents get
gathering a fair amount of focus during each arc, and the series usually gives an in-depth look at their gym, their aspirations, their friends and family, and the people coaching them.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise has quite a few, thanks in part to the substantial lore, ExpandedUniverse
crew. There's enough material and number of characters that have popped up over the decades. Among the most notable is Kai Shiden, a supporting character from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' who, in addition there for GAINAX to returning write a midquel with Kittan as a veritable badass in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' as part IntrepidReporter, part James Bond, has a number of sidestories and manga following his off-screen exploits such as the ''Manga/MobileSuitZetaGundamDayAfterTomorrow'' manga.
* The main characters of ''Manga/MeiCompany'' are a CleanupCrew. {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s battle monsters in the background and Mei Company often watches and comments on them before moving in to clean up the battlefield after they leave.
* ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' has the rest of the JSDF, Itami wasn't the only one making friendly contacts 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 Akusho.
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