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3rd Sep '16 9:26:04 PM trulymadmoves
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* The Furious Five from the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' franchise often get this treatment. It doesn't help that, with the narrative function they serve, there could easily be less than five of them, and yet the five of them are almost always together and need to have lines in every movie. Tigress is the most vocal of them, generally being the spokesperson for the Five, while Mantis and Crane cover the comic relief role, but Monkey and Viper... let's just say that viewers often complain that they can't recall either of them having ''any'' lines.



* The Furious Five from the ''Franchise/KungFuPanda'' franchise often get this treatment. It doesn't help that, with the narrative function they serve, there could easily be less than five of them, and yet the five of them are almost always together and need to have lines in every movie. Tigress is the most vocal of them, generally being the spokesperson for the Five, while Mantis and Crane cover the comic relief role, but Monkey and Viper... let's just say that viewers often complain that they can't recall either of them having ''any'' lines.
3rd Sep '16 9:24:22 PM trulymadmoves
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* The Furious Five from the ''Franchise/KungFuPanda'' franchise often get this treatment. It doesn't help that, with the narrative function they serve, there could easily be less than five of them, and yet the five of them are almost always together and need to have lines in every movie. Tigress is the most vocal of them, generally being the spokesperson for the Five, while Mantis and Crane cover the comic relief role, but Monkey and Viper... let's just say that viewers often complain that they can't recall either of them having ''any'' lines.
21st Aug '16 11:41:18 AM nombretomado
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* {{Lampshaded}} in ''{{Duckman}}'' episode "Sperms of Endearment". After it was discovered that Bernice may be pregnant with Duckman's baby (due to getting a donation of his sperm), Cornfed suddenly appears at the door. Duckman says it's a bad time, but Cornfed states that his contract requires him to appear for at least 10 seconds in every episode.

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* {{Lampshaded}} in ''{{Duckman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' episode "Sperms of Endearment". After it was discovered that Bernice may be pregnant with Duckman's baby (due to getting a donation of his sperm), Cornfed suddenly appears at the door. Duckman says it's a bad time, but Cornfed states that his contract requires him to appear for at least 10 seconds in every episode.
9th Jul '16 10:51:55 PM JoeMerl
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** It's pretty common for them to get this in school-centric plots, while Jane gets this in a lot of episodes that focus on the Morgendorffer family. Also, "Art Burn" is notable for Jake's only "line" being to snore loudly.

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** It's pretty common for them to get this in school-centric plots, while Jane gets this in a lot of episodes that focus on the Morgendorffer family.family (particularly in the first two seasons; after that she would usually get a subplot). Also, "Art Burn" is notable for Jake's only "line" being to snore loudly.



* ''{{WesternAnimation/InvaderZim}}'' actually does have some episodes without [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] or [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]], but in "Gaz, Taster of Pork," there is one fairly-pointless scene where they speak (plus a silent appearance by GIR earlier). In the commentary, GIR's actor expresses joy that he got paid a whole episode's salary just to say "[[CloudCuckoolander I got monkeys in me!]]"

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/InvaderZim}}'' actually does have some episodes without [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] or [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]], but in "Gaz, Taster of Pork," there is one fairly-pointless scene where they speak show up just to get a few lines in (plus a silent appearance by GIR earlier). In the commentary, GIR's actor expresses joy that he got paid a whole episode's salary just to say "[[CloudCuckoolander I got monkeys in me!]]"
26th May '16 9:57:43 PM Miumia
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** Vash: "That makes us even for helping me on the sandsteamer. Huh? Wait, is that all the time I get?"

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** Vash: "That makes us even for helping me on the sandsteamer. Huh? [[LampshadeHanging Wait, is that all the time I get?"get?]]"
4th May '16 4:51:03 PM nombretomado
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* In ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', [=LeVar=] Burton's character, Kwame, delivers only one line in most later episodes. The same exact line. Actually a voice-only Stock Footage.

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* In ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', [=LeVar=] Burton's character, Kwame, delivers only one line in most later episodes. The same exact line. Actually a voice-only Stock Footage.
8th Apr '16 10:41:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* Occasionally done with the FDNY characters in the later seasons of ''ThirdWatch'', which by this time was mainly focused on the NYPD characters.

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* Occasionally done with the FDNY characters in the later seasons of ''ThirdWatch'', ''Series/ThirdWatch'', which by this time was mainly focused on the NYPD characters.



* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' the writers suddenly seemed allergic to the possibility of Morgana and Gwen (who were best friends in season 1) sharing any sort of dialogue with each other. With one notable exception ("Lancelot and Guinevere") the episodes will either focus on one female character or the other, requiring the superfluous one to voice her MandatoryLine before fading into the background.

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* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' the writers suddenly seemed allergic to the possibility of Morgana and Gwen (who were best friends in season 1) sharing any sort of dialogue with each other. With one notable exception ("Lancelot and Guinevere") the episodes will either focus on one female character or the other, requiring the superfluous one to voice her MandatoryLine before fading into the background.



* Chrissy Snow in ''TVSeries/ThreesCompany'' at the very end of Suzanne Somers' contract. After Somers was fired following her infamous backstage contract dispute, she was still obliged to appear on the show for the remaining episodes under her contract, so she was brought in to tape 60 second scenes with her character on the phone for the end of each episode.

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* Chrissy Snow in ''TVSeries/ThreesCompany'' ''Series/ThreesCompany'' at the very end of Suzanne Somers' contract. After Somers was fired following her infamous backstage contract dispute, she was still obliged to appear on the show for the remaining episodes under her contract, so she was brought in to tape 60 second scenes with her character on the phone for the end of each episode.
6th Feb '16 11:07:34 PM nombretomado
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* Some episodes of ''{{Frasier}}'' struggle to include series regular Roz, whose only connection to the other characters is that she works for Frasier. In the later seasons she becomes close to the family and more involved in the A-plots.

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* Some episodes of ''{{Frasier}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' struggle to include series regular Roz, whose only connection to the other characters is that she works for Frasier. In the later seasons she becomes close to the family and more involved in the A-plots.
5th Feb '16 7:18:57 AM JoeMerl
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** It's pretty common for them to get this in school-centric plots, while Jane gets this in a lot of episodes that focus on the Morgendorffer family.

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** It's pretty common for them to get this in school-centric plots, while Jane gets this in a lot of episodes that focus on the Morgendorffer family. Also, "Art Burn" is notable for Jake's only "line" being to snore loudly.



* ''{{WesternAnimation/InvaderZim}}'' actually does have some episodes without [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] or [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]], but in "Gaz, Taster of Pork," each gets one scene where they actually talk. In the commentary, GIR's actor expresses joy that he got paid a whole episode's money just to say "[[CloudCuckoolander I got monkeys in me!]]"

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/InvaderZim}}'' actually does have some episodes without [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] or [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]], but in "Gaz, Taster of Pork," each gets there is one fairly-pointless scene where they actually talk. speak (plus a silent appearance by GIR earlier). In the commentary, GIR's actor expresses joy that he got paid a whole episode's money salary just to say "[[CloudCuckoolander I got monkeys in me!]]"
2nd Feb '16 12:18:02 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Discussed}} in TheNostalgiaChick's "Least Awful Disney Sequels" list--one flaw with these movies is that they bring back all the main characters from the first movie, but don't have much for them to do. The worst case, in her estimation, was the Genie in the ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' sequels.
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