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29th Sep '17 7:21:22 PM AndreaTx
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* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Aaron Hotchner goes into witness protection after a murderous unsub starts popping up at Hotch's son's school. It is presented as though, Hotch will be back as soon as they are able to catch Mr. Scractch, but anyone paying attention to the behind the scenes goings on knew this wasn't going to happen since Hotchner's actor, Thomas Gibson, had been fired after an on-set physical altercation with a writer. When Scratch is eventually dealt with, Hotchner is said to have decided to resign in order to be a full time dad.
28th Sep '17 8:57:34 PM rwe1138
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* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}''L Marlene Kratz went on a three month cruise in 1997. She's due back any day now.

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* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}''L ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'': Marlene Kratz went on a three month cruise in 1997. She's due back any day now.
2nd Aug '17 4:25:34 AM grammy
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Allison Taylor first appeared in "Lisa's Rival" in Season 6. While she was seen in the background in a few episodes (at least a girl was seen in a few that looked like her) she didn't have a speaking role again until "Lard of the Dance" in Season 10.
14th Jun '17 10:30:46 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'': Adrian Shepard hasn't made an appearance in quite some time.

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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'': Adrian Shepard hasn't made an appearance in quite some time. Nor have the enemies that originated from his game, which were completely different that the ones Freeman faced.
4th Jun '17 4:34:53 PM LordInsane
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* The Nerevarine from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' seems to have disappeared on a trip to Akavir sometime before ''Oblivion'' and is never mentioned again, despite his seeming importance as leader of most of Morrowind and an immortal godlike being.

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* The Nerevarine from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' seems to have disappeared on a trip to Akavir sometime before ''Oblivion'' and is never only ever mentioned again, again in the context of having a biography written about them (which doesn't appear in-game to be read), despite his their seeming importance as leader of most of Morrowind and an immortal godlike being.
27th May '17 5:31:09 PM wuggles
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** Alli's older brother Sav graduates from Degrassi and is never seen again, not for any holidays, or Alli's birthdays, or even when she is a victim of DomesticAbuse. Although most of the Degrassi cast members GraduateFromTheStory at some point, Sav's absence is notable because he is the brother of a current cast member.

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** Alli's older brother Sav graduates from Degrassi and is never seen again, not for any holidays, or Alli's birthdays, or even when she is a victim of DomesticAbuse. Although most of the Degrassi cast members GraduateFromTheStory at some point, Sav's absence is was notable because he is his sister remained on the brother of a current cast member. show for some time after he left.
10th Apr '17 10:11:23 AM SpinAttaxx
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** The classic Cybermen were absent from the revived series for over twenty-five years until making a grand reappearance in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]" (while Cybermen did appear before then, those were a different breed from a parallel Earth, and supposed appearances of the Mondasian Cybermen [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens in other episodes]] looked identical to their Cybus counterparts). The ''classic'' classic Cybermen from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet The Tenth Planet]]" wouldn't come back until Series 11: over ''fifty'' years later!



* Before ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Bank'', Brigette's last appearance was in ''Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire'' three generations ago.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Before ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} ''Pokémon Bank'', Brigette's last appearance was in ''Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire'' three generations ago.ago.
** It took [[spoiler:Salon Maiden Anabel]] from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Emerald]]'' over four generations before she made a reappearance in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
11th Mar '17 5:23:37 AM narm00
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* On the series ''Series/{{Becker}},'' the character "Reggie" (Terry Farrell) was put on a LongBusTrip when Farrell was booted from the series under suspicious circumstances (she has told interviewers that it came as a complete shock to her and that she is unsure of exactly why it happened, although she reportedly led a strike among the show's cast). Farrell was even fired before the episode was filmed, and thus never even ''appeared'' on the episode where she was placed on the long bus trip, but was dismissed in a rather unflattering way where Farrell herself vanished but Reggie's continued presence was inferred (i.e. it was simply ''related'' that she slept with Becker, and it made her realize that she needed a change ''immediately''). This was all done in a ''very'' implausibly slipshod way, obviously trumped up at the last minute: i.e. it was inferred that Reggie was popping in and out without Farrel ever being on-camera during the entire epsisode, and finally Reggie said good-bye to the cast in a phone-call that was ''dictated'' to them all by a complete stranger (don't ask-- I ''said'' it was implausibly slipshod).

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* On the series ''Series/{{Becker}},'' the character "Reggie" (Terry Farrell) was put on a LongBusTrip when Farrell was booted from the series under suspicious circumstances (she has told interviewers that it came as a complete shock to her and that she is unsure of exactly why it happened, although she reportedly led a strike among the show's cast). Farrell was even fired before the episode was filmed, and thus never even ''appeared'' on the episode where she was placed on the long bus trip, but was dismissed in a rather unflattering way where Farrell herself vanished but Reggie's continued presence was inferred (i.e. it was simply ''related'' that she slept with Becker, and it made her realize that she needed a change ''immediately''). This was all done in a ''very'' implausibly slipshod way, obviously trumped up at the last minute: i.e. it was inferred that Reggie was popping in and out without Farrel Farrell ever being on-camera during the entire epsisode, and finally Reggie said good-bye to the cast in a phone-call that was ''dictated'' to them all by a complete stranger (don't ask-- ask -- I ''said'' it was implausibly slipshod).



* The departure of David Caruso from ''{{NYPD Blue}}'' was an example of this trope. Detective John Kelly doesn't even resign from the force. He simply moves to another precinct, leaving the option open for potential guest appearances in the future. There were even some hints later in the same season of his character coming back to be the best man at Detective Sipowicz's wedding, but a handwave was used to explain why it doesn't actually happen (in real life the actor simply would not have agreed to return, even as a one-shot guest appearance, nor would producer David Milch have wanted him back).
** Implausibly; Kelly doesn't even ''visit'' his best friend Andy Sipowicz even when Andy gets married, no matter how badly Sipowicz obviously misses him. (WordOfGod says that the NYPD Blue producer kept a ''picture' of Caruso on his desk whenever any actor came to discuss a raise.)

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* The departure of David Caruso from ''{{NYPD Blue}}'' ''Series/NYPDBlue'' was an example of this trope. Detective John Kelly doesn't even resign from the force. He simply moves to another precinct, leaving the option open for potential guest appearances in the future. There were even some hints later in the same season of his character coming back to be the best man at Detective Sipowicz's wedding, but a handwave was used to explain why it doesn't actually happen (in real life the actor simply would not have agreed to return, even as a one-shot guest appearance, nor would producer David Milch have wanted him back).
** Implausibly; Implausibly, Kelly doesn't even ''visit'' his best friend Andy Sipowicz even when Andy gets married, no matter how badly Sipowicz obviously misses him. (WordOfGod says that the NYPD Blue producer kept a ''picture' ''picture'' of Caruso on his desk whenever any actor came to discuss a raise.)



* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' (the original British version) Jeff disappears between series 3 and 4 as a result of his actor not wanting to return. His absence is explained by a hilarious one sided phone conversation with Steve "No, Jeff, the name of the island is pronounced Les-BOSS..... well that was fairly over-optimistic of you really wasn't it?". By the end of the show, Jeff is still "trapped" on Lesbos as a result of not being able get a passport... or something; WordOfGod has it that he ultimately decided to live there.

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* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' (the original British version) Jeff disappears between series 3 and 4 as a result of his actor not wanting to return. His absence is explained by a hilarious one sided phone conversation with Steve Steve: "No, Jeff, the name of the island is pronounced Les-BOSS..... well that was fairly over-optimistic of you really wasn't it?". By the end of the show, Jeff is still "trapped" on Lesbos as a result of not being able get a passport... or something; WordOfGod has it that he ultimately decided to live there.



* Alice from ''Series/{{Soap}}''. [[spoiler:She moves out of Jodie's apartment when Carol's mother said she isn't happy with her granddaughter (Jodie's child) growing up with a lesbian - the show was made in the 70s. She chose to move out so Jodie didn't have to make that choice but she never turns up even as a friend again]].

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* Alice from ''Series/{{Soap}}''. [[spoiler:She moves out of Jodie's apartment when Carol's mother said she isn't wasn't happy with her granddaughter (Jodie's child) growing up with a lesbian - the show was made in the 70s. She chose to move out so Jodie didn't have to make that choice but she never turns up even as a friend again]].



** [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] notwithstanding, Sarah Jane was left on Earth for 30([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNIT_dating_controversy ish]]) years before [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E3SchoolReunion resurfacing in 2006]] and getting her own [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures spinoff show]]. The reason that it was a bus trip rather than simply been written out was that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear Sarah Jane was forced to leave]] because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin the Doctor was summoned to Gallifrey]].

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** [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] notwithstanding, Sarah Jane was left on Earth for 30([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNIT_dating_controversy ish]]) years before [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E3SchoolReunion [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion resurfacing in 2006]] and getting her own [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures spinoff show]]. The reason that it was a bus trip rather than simply been being written out was that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear Sarah Jane was forced to leave]] because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin the Doctor was summoned to Gallifrey]].



** The Pandorica Opens had a bus with a lot of passengers coming back for the LegionOfDoom from the Classic Series, including the Zygons and Drahvins. However we only see the creatures that have been in New Who, meaning a lot of fans felt this was a missed opportunity.

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** The Pandorica Opens had a bus with a lot of passengers coming back for the LegionOfDoom from the Classic Series, including the Zygons and Drahvins. However we only see saw the creatures that have had been in New Who, Who up till that point, meaning a lot of fans felt this was a missed opportunity.



* ''Series/TheATeam'': Col. Lynch (Bill Lucking) is put on a long bus trip, after appearing in the first season. He's replaced by Col. Decker (Lance LeGault), who in turn was PutOnABus and replaced by General "Bull" Fullbright (Jack Ging). Decker returned for the A-Team's court martial in Season 5.

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* ''Series/TheATeam'': Col. Lynch (Bill Lucking) is put on a long bus trip, trip after appearing in the first season. He's replaced by Col. Decker (Lance LeGault), [=LeGault=]), who in turn was PutOnABus and replaced by General "Bull" Fullbright (Jack Ging). Decker returned for the A-Team's court martial in Season 5.



* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' Marlene Kratz went on a three month cruise in 1997. She's due back any day now.

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* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' ''Series/{{Neighbours}}''L Marlene Kratz went on a three month cruise in 1997. She's due back any day now.



* ''Series/SpinCity'' has a knack for dumping characters [[BrotherChuck without acknowledging this]]. So when, towards the end of season three, Mike gets a temp secretary assisted to him because Stacy Paterno was sick, you'd expect the character to return. Cue episode two of season four, in which James becomes Mike's new assistant because he still hadn't got a new one and James would be out of a job otherwise. In between, no statement whatsoever is made about Stacey.

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* ''Series/SpinCity'' has had a knack for dumping characters [[BrotherChuck without acknowledging this]]. So when, towards the end of season three, Mike gets a temp secretary assisted to him because Stacy Stacey Paterno was sick, you'd expect the character to return. Cue episode two of season four, in which James becomes Mike's new assistant because he still hadn't got a new one and James would be out of a job otherwise. In between, no statement whatsoever is made about Stacey.



* Many, Many characters on ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' were put on some long bus rides...and then never mentioned again. The most notable include [[EnsembleDarkHorse Jason Winkler]], [[ManipulativeBastard Vera Devinish]], and [[LovableJock Mick Campbell.]] [[TheBusCameBack At least Mick got a cameo a the end of season 3...]]

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* Many, Many many characters on ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' were put on some long bus rides...and then never mentioned again. The most notable include [[EnsembleDarkHorse Jason Winkler]], [[ManipulativeBastard Vera Devinish]], and [[LovableJock Mick Campbell.]] [[TheBusCameBack At least Mick got a cameo a the end of season 3...]]



** Out of all the characters who appeared in the other notorious ObviousBeta game ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic '06,]]'' only one major character, Silver The Hedgehog, has made further appearances due to the game becoming an instant OldShame and near-FranchiseKiller and retconing itself and the other characters [[{{Retgone}} in it out of existence]] due to the backlash against it; Silver's backstory was changed significantly for his other appearances. Several Iblis fire enemies did return for ''Sonic Generations''.

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** Out of all the characters who appeared in the other notorious ObviousBeta game ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic '06,]]'' only one major character, Silver The Hedgehog, has made further appearances due to the game becoming an instant OldShame and near-FranchiseKiller and retconing retconning itself and the other characters [[{{Retgone}} in it out of existence]] due to the backlash against it; Silver's backstory was changed significantly for his other appearances. Several Iblis fire enemies did return for ''Sonic Generations''.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{GIJoe}}'' had a third-party villain called the Gamemaster kidnap Flint, Lady Jae, the Baroness, and Cobra Commander, and put the four of them through a DeadlyGame set in his AmusementParkOfDoom on an island. The episode ended with the villain fleeing while the [[EnemyMine combined forces of both Joe and Cobra]] attacked the island, but while he swore revenge as he escaped, he never reappeared.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{GIJoe}}'' ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' had a third-party villain called the Gamemaster kidnap Flint, Lady Jae, the Baroness, and Cobra Commander, and put the four of them through a DeadlyGame set in his AmusementParkOfDoom on an island. The episode ended with the villain fleeing while the [[EnemyMine combined forces of both Joe and Cobra]] attacked the island, but while he swore revenge as he escaped, he never reappeared.



* Brian's cousin, Jasper, and Jasper's boyfriend, Ricardo, has been subjected to this trope in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Jasper appeared twice in a CutawayGag and then twice more in two episodes; the first one made Jasper and Ricardo a OneSceneWonder and their next appearance several seasons later sets up the plot over gay marriage in Quahog. Jasper is seen talking to Brian on Skype in "Brian's Play" but otherwise hasn't appeared since.

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* Brian's cousin, Jasper, and Jasper's boyfriend, Ricardo, has have been subjected to this trope in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Jasper appeared twice in a CutawayGag and then twice more in two episodes; the first one made Jasper and Ricardo a OneSceneWonder and their next appearance several seasons later sets up the plot over gay marriage in Quahog. Jasper is seen talking to Brian on Skype in "Brian's Play" but otherwise hasn't appeared since.
31st Jan '17 8:00:55 PM thatother1dude
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* The character Gin from the East Blue Saga of ''Manga/OnePiece'' stated that he wanted to see the Straw Hat Pirates again on the Grand Line. Over 800 chapters, half of the Grand Line, and a two year time skip later, Gin still has yet to be so much as mentioned again. And this is in a series where the author seemingly [[ChekhovsGunman never forgets about characters]]. Then again, Gin was suffering from Don Krieg's [=MH5=] poison at the time, and coughed up blood before he left, meaning [[BusCrash he could have died off-screen]].

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* The character Gin from the East Blue Saga of ''Manga/OnePiece'' stated that he wanted to see the Straw Hat Pirates again on the Grand Line. Over 800 chapters, half of the Grand Line, and a two year time skip later, Gin still has yet to be so much as mentioned again.again--not even in the various covers that show characters worlds away from the main cast. And this is in a series where the author seemingly [[ChekhovsGunman never forgets about characters]]. Then again, Gin was suffering from Don Krieg's [=MH5=] poison at the time, and coughed up blood before he left, meaning [[BusCrash he could have died off-screen]].
31st Jan '17 8:00:06 PM thatother1dude
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* The character Gin from one of the earliest arcs in ''Manga/OnePiece'' stated that he wanted to see the Straw Hat Pirates again on the Grand Line. Over 500 chapters, half of the Grand Line, and a two year time skip later, Gin still has yet to be so much as mentioned again. And this is in a series where the author seemingly [[ChekhovsGunman never forgets about characters]]. Of course, the series is not over yet, but each passing arc (and [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil dramatic increase in the power of the villains]]) makes it more and more difficult to imagine Gin ever coming back. Though ''One Piece'' is definitively not a series where a person CantCatchUp, since there have been examples of characters who were weak or even outright noncombatants [[TookALevelInBadass reappearing after long absences as legitimate badasses]], no one has ever done so after ''that'' long. Then again, Gin was suffering from Don Krieg's [=MH5=] poison at the time, and coughed up blood before he left, meaning [[BusCrash he could have died off-screen]].

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* The character Gin from one of the earliest arcs in East Blue Saga of ''Manga/OnePiece'' stated that he wanted to see the Straw Hat Pirates again on the Grand Line. Over 500 800 chapters, half of the Grand Line, and a two year time skip later, Gin still has yet to be so much as mentioned again. And this is in a series where the author seemingly [[ChekhovsGunman never forgets about characters]]. Of course, the series is not over yet, but each passing arc (and [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil dramatic increase in the power of the villains]]) makes it more and more difficult to imagine Gin ever coming back. Though ''One Piece'' is definitively not a series where a person CantCatchUp, since there have been examples of characters who were weak or even outright noncombatants [[TookALevelInBadass reappearing after long absences as legitimate badasses]], no one has ever done so after ''that'' long. Then again, Gin was suffering from Don Krieg's [=MH5=] poison at the time, and coughed up blood before he left, meaning [[BusCrash he could have died off-screen]].
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