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1st Jul '16 11:14:10 PM nombretomado
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* The same applies to ''{{Bionicle}}'' and its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, some of whom only appeared in a [[OneSceneWonder scene or two]] and barely get to be described (the author claims he is very bad at coming up with visual traits, for example). The developers of the beloved ''Mata Nui On-Line Game'' said that {{LEGO}} barely gave them the most minor of side-characters to work with, and they had to develop their personalities and culture themselves. What resulted was a game teeming with characters more memorable and charming than many of the ones that the "official guys" made up. They easily became fan favorites.

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* The same applies to ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' and its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, some of whom only appeared in a [[OneSceneWonder scene or two]] and barely get to be described (the author claims he is very bad at coming up with visual traits, for example). The developers of the beloved ''Mata Nui On-Line Game'' said that {{LEGO}} barely gave them the most minor of side-characters to work with, and they had to develop their personalities and culture themselves. What resulted was a game teeming with characters more memorable and charming than many of the ones that the "official guys" made up. They easily became fan favorites.
24th Jun '16 3:39:42 PM WhatTheSpoot
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* In the (admittedly small) fandom for the ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' comics and related spin-offs, OneSceneWonder [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Edgar Vargas]] was commonly used this way during the mid/late 2000s. Mostly that's because Vargas was popularized as a potential shipping partner for Johnny, since GuyOnGuyIsHot and the only other "main" characters in the actual comic are women, children, or imaginary disembodied voices. Funnily enough, the original fanfic to use the character, while it did establish the ship, focused mostly on CharacterDevelopment and his characterization stayed fairly consistent afterward, with the original fanfic being used as the {{Fanon}} basis for everything that followed. Vargas was eventually popular enough to merit his own character filter on fanfiction.net.

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* In the (admittedly small) fandom for the ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' comics and related spin-offs, OneSceneWonder [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Edgar Vargas]] was commonly used this way during the mid/late 2000s. Mostly that's because Vargas was popularized as a potential shipping partner for Johnny, since GuyOnGuyIsHot and the only other "main" characters in the actual comic are women, children, or imaginary disembodied voices.voices (probably for [[TrollingCreator exactly this reason]]). Funnily enough, the original fanfic to use the character, while it did establish the ship, focused mostly on CharacterDevelopment and his characterization stayed fairly consistent afterward, with the original fanfic being used as the {{Fanon}} basis for everything that followed. Vargas was eventually popular enough to merit his own character filter on fanfiction.net.
24th Jun '16 3:36:56 PM WhatTheSpoot
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* In the (admittedly small) fandom for the ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' comics and related spin-offs, OneSceneWonder [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Edgar Vargas]] was commonly used this way during the mid/late 2000s. Mostly that's because Vargas was popularized as a potential shipping partner for Johnny, since GuyOnGuyIsHot and the only other "main" characters in the actual comic are women, children, or imaginary disembodied voices. Funnily enough, the original fanfic to use the character, while it did establish the ship, focused mostly on CharacterDevelopment and his characterization stayed fairly consistent afterward, with the original fanfic being used as the {{Fanon}} basis for everything that followed. Vargas was eventually popular enough to merit his own character filter on fanfiction.net.
22nd Jun '16 8:14:01 PM Pichu-kun
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** Thailand as a NiceGuy who also happens to be a BareFistedMonk that sometimes uses a CoolSword as a weapon. He cooks well and loves [[FireBreathingDiner spicy food]], and lastly, no matter how nice a guy he is, he is ALWAYS portrayed as CuteAndPsycho.
*** A few times, he's a WholesomeCrossdresser (thanks to RL Thailand's ''kathoey'', or ladyboys).
** Romania was almost always depicted by fans as a female (probably because of the potential LesYay between her and [[TheRival Hungary]]), only to have canon [[{{Jossed}} Joss]] that with the fourth manga volume establishing him as male.
*** And with the canon Romania appearing to have red eyes and CuteLittleFangs, it's becoming common to depict him as either a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] or an ordinary human who pretends to be a vampire for the lulz. It also helps that most of Transylvania has mostly has been part of Rumania since they conquered it from Communist Hungary in 1919.

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** Thailand as a NiceGuy who also happens to be a BareFistedMonk that sometimes uses a CoolSword as a weapon. He cooks well and loves [[FireBreathingDiner spicy food]], and lastly, no matter how nice a guy he is, he is ALWAYS portrayed as CuteAndPsycho.
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CuteAndPsycho. A few times, he's a WholesomeCrossdresser (thanks to RL Thailand's ''kathoey'', or ladyboys).
** Romania was almost always depicted by fans as a female (probably because of the potential LesYay between her and [[TheRival Hungary]]), only to have canon [[{{Jossed}} Joss]] that with the fourth manga volume establishing him as male.
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male. With the canon Romania appearing to have red eyes and CuteLittleFangs, it's becoming common to depict him as either a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] or an ordinary human who pretends to be a vampire for the lulz. It also helps that most of Transylvania has mostly has been part of Rumania since they conquered it from Communist Hungary in 1919.



* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a good example of this. He gets little time on the page in the manga, and even less time in the anime, but he has a large fan base, and thus many people end up writing about him, usually just writing him as whatever they need, within limits, for the story.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
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Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a good example of this. He gets little time on the page in the manga, and even less time in the anime, but he has a large fan base, and thus many people end up writing about him, usually just writing him as whatever they need, within limits, for the story.



* From ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' we have Kyoko Soryu (we have no idea what she was like before [[GoneHorriblyWrong the]] [[EmptyShell incident]], or even what the woman looks like) and (to a lesser extent, due to having somewhat of a discernible canon characterization) Yui Ikari.

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* From ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' we ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
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have Kyoko Soryu (we Soryu. We have no idea what she was like before [[GoneHorriblyWrong the]] [[EmptyShell incident]], or even what the woman looks like) and (to like
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a lesser extent, due to having somewhat of a discernible canon characterization) characterization, Yui Ikari.



* In ''Franchise/YuGiOh ''fandom, there was a brief period of time during which people knew about the [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Toei series]], but had no fansub available. Cue Miho, who was a one-shot character in [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]] and had a prominent role in the anime, becoming an OC Stand-in, though her personality did often overlap with [[ShyBlueHairedGirl the one she had in the manga.]]

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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
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In ''Franchise/YuGiOh ''fandom, the fandom, there was a brief period of time during which people knew about the [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Toei series]], but had no fansub available. Cue Miho, who was a one-shot character in [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]] and had a prominent role in the anime, becoming an OC Stand-in, though her personality did often overlap with [[ShyBlueHairedGirl the one she had in the manga.]]



* A lot of the {{Posthumous Character}}s in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' get this treatment in fanfiction, most commonly [[ActionGirl Silica]]'s mother Garlude and [[RevengeBeforeReason Knuckle Joe]]'s father "Jecra". Note that most of them are [[FanNickname only named in fanon]], Jecra included.

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* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'':
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A lot of the {{Posthumous Character}}s in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' get this treatment in fanfiction, most commonly [[ActionGirl Silica]]'s mother Garlude and [[RevengeBeforeReason Knuckle Joe]]'s father "Jecra". Note that most of them are [[FanNickname only named in fanon]], Jecra included.



* There are a few other Cyborg in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' besides the main girls however they're not given significant screentime.

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* There are a few other Cyborg cyborgs in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' besides the main girls however they're not given significant screentime.



* Ariel's many older sisters in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' are this with fans. They don't have much to go by besides comics and the third movie (with the occasional picture book), which have little consistency even with the details of their designs. Attina is especially popular thanks to the prequel movie making her the oldest and [[spoiler:having her indirectly causing her mothers death]]. Aquata is also fairly popular as well as she was the oldest in older material, and comics go more in-depth into her grooming to be queen.

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* Ariel's many older sisters in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' are this with fans. They don't have much to go by besides comics and the third movie (with (along with the occasional picture book), which have little consistency even with the details of their designs. Attina is especially popular thanks to the prequel movie making her the oldest and [[spoiler:having her indirectly causing her mothers death]]. Aquata is also fairly popular as well as she was the oldest in older material, and comics go more in-depth into her grooming to be queen.



* The siblings parents aren't given much spotlight in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', and in fact Elsa's mother has exactly one line before her death. Due to the fact they're such extraordinarily important characters fanfic writers have many interpretations of them, from well-meaning parents to secretly afraid of Elsa.

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* The siblings parents aren't given much spotlight in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (and in fact Elsa's mother has exactly one line before her death. death). Due to the fact they're such extraordinarily important characters characters, fanfic writers have many interpretations of them, them from well-meaning parents to secretly afraid of Elsa.



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfiction has Oriana ([[spoiler:Miranda's genetic twin sister]]) and Kolyat (Thane's son) as a relatively popular pairing, despite ''never'' meeting, or even coming ''close'' to meeting and having no connection to each other in the game besides a certain Commander intersecting with their lives. Kolyat is developed a bit better than Oriana, who never actually speaks or is interacted with until the third game.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfiction ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Fanfiction
has Oriana ([[spoiler:Miranda's genetic twin sister]]) and Kolyat (Thane's son) as a relatively popular pairing, despite ''never'' meeting, or even coming ''close'' to meeting and having no connection to each other in the game besides a certain Commander intersecting with their lives. Kolyat is developed a bit better than Oriana, who never actually speaks or is interacted with until the third game.



* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has the [[PlayerCharacter tactician]] from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe seventh game]]. His default name is Mark, but you can change that and his gender. He never says anything (that we hear) and is only spoken to. There are a small wealth of fanfics about him/her, and almost each one gives him a separate personality and back story.[[note]]Most popularly coming from Bern.[[/note]]

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** The
[[PlayerCharacter tactician]] from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe seventh game]]. His default name is Mark, but you can change that and his gender. He never says anything (that we hear) and is only spoken to. There are a small wealth of fanfics about him/her, and almost each one gives him a separate personality and back story.[[note]]Most popularly coming from Bern.[[/note]]



* Introducing characters from the "classic" ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' titles into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' reboot is a popular thing. Fans figure if Spyro and Hunter exist what's stopping characters like Bianca, Elora, or Ember from too?

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* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'':
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Introducing characters from the "classic" ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' titles into the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' reboot is a popular thing. Fans figure if Spyro and Hunter exist what's stopping characters like Bianca, Elora, or Ember from too?



* This is common in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' community, due to the prevalence of [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkponies]]. Many of the most popular characters in the fandom have no official names or speaking roles, let alone a canon characterization.
** Special mention goes to Princess Luna. When she first appeared, she had somewhat of a vague characterization, but she had barely any screen time or lines (excluding her SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon). She then proceeded to vanish from the show for the rest of the first season. This prompted not only heavy speculation about her character (typically interpreted as a ShrinkingViolet desperately trying to adapt to a world that's changed in the 1000 years she was gone) but also about what she was doing now (an oddly popular hypothesis had it that she was being politically repressed by [[RonTheDeathEater her evil power-hungry sister, Princess Celestia]]). When she finally appeared in Season 2, she left this trope behind by simultaneously [[DesperatelyCravesAffection confir]][[FishOutOfTemporalWater ming]] AND [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant contradicting]] nearly every fan depiction of her.
*** Because of the ''huge'' PeripheryDemographic that follows this show, many of the background characters have [[WordOfDante Word Of Dante Style]] personalities that are almost universally followed. Even ''before'' the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic series]] more or less made many of these personalities canon, it was strange to see Octavia as anything ''other'' than a cultured, sophisticated character with a British accent or Vinyl Scratch as being a wild unpredictable party animal, and the duo would always be depicted as at least friendly rivals and at most lovers. Keep in mind these two characters had ''no lines and no interactions'' whatsoever on the show and never even appeared in the same episodes. They're only two examples: almost every background character ever has been given a back story and a characterization by the fans, and some are popular enough that it is considered ''FandomHeresy'' to go against them.
*** The most prominent are Lyra, Bon Bon, Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, and Derpy Hooves, with Button Mash (a character who literally showed up for one second in one episode) getting a spin-off online animation which inspired a large number of fanfics about him as well. Soarin also frequently appears in this role, doubly so because he is a rare male character on the show.
** It's common with the [[Franchise/MyLittlePony other series]] too. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of toy characters that either didn't pop up in the cartoon adaptations or didn't get much screen-time at all (many didn't even speak). Thus people make up whatever personality they want, especially in later gens where few characters actually have real backstories anymore.

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* This is common in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' community, due to the prevalence of [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkponies]]. Many of the most popular characters in the fandom have no official names or speaking roles, let alone a canon characterization.
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** Special mention goes to Princess Luna. When she first appeared, she had somewhat of a vague characterization, but she had barely any screen time or lines (excluding her SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon). She then proceeded to vanish from the show for the rest of the first season. This prompted not only heavy speculation about her character (typically interpreted as a ShrinkingViolet desperately trying to adapt to a world that's changed in the 1000 years she was gone) but also about what she was doing now (an oddly popular hypothesis had it that she was being politically repressed by [[RonTheDeathEater her evil power-hungry sister, Princess Celestia]]). When she finally appeared in Season 2, she left this trope behind by simultaneously [[DesperatelyCravesAffection confir]][[FishOutOfTemporalWater ming]] AND [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant contradicting]] contra]][[LargeHam dicting]] nearly every fan depiction of her.
*** ** Because of the ''huge'' PeripheryDemographic that follows this show, many of the background characters have [[WordOfDante Word Of Dante Style]] personalities that are almost universally followed. Even ''before'' the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic series]] more or less made many of these personalities canon, it was strange to see Octavia as anything ''other'' than a cultured, sophisticated character with a British accent or Vinyl Scratch as being a wild unpredictable party animal, and the duo would always be depicted as at least friendly rivals and at most lovers. Keep in mind these two characters had ''no lines and no interactions'' whatsoever on the show and never even appeared in the same episodes. They're only two examples: almost every background character ever has been given a back story and a characterization by the fans, and some are popular enough that it is considered ''FandomHeresy'' to go against them.
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them. The most prominent are Lyra, Bon Bon, Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, and Derpy Hooves, Golden Harvest, Time Turner, Colgate, Berry Punch, and Caramel with Button Mash (a character who literally showed up for one second in one episode) getting a spin-off online animation which inspired a large number of fanfics about him as well. Soarin also frequently appears in this role, doubly so because he is a rare male character on the show.
** It's * This is common with the [[Franchise/MyLittlePony other [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyNAndFriends other]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 series]] in the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise too. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of toy characters that either didn't pop up in the cartoon adaptations or didn't get much screen-time at all (many didn't even speak). Thus people make up whatever personality they want, especially in later gens where few characters actually have real backstories anymore.



* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is an unusual case, as it's not so much characters from the show who're stand ins, but the characters ''not'' featured. Due to the series tweaking some personalities to make them teenagers ([[InNameOnly some who all they share with their original versions being their names]] [[UpToEleven and some don't even get their real names, just their old codenames]]), a lot of characters from the comics that the show was based on work as these. Want a female British X-Man? Covered, Betsy Braddock/Psylocke will work. Want a male British one? Pete Wisdom. Want a team genius? Cypher. Want a character with a dark and edgy past? Its ''X-Men'', anyone would fit that.

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'':
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''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is an unusual case, as it's not so much characters from the show who're stand ins, but the characters ''not'' featured. Due to the series tweaking some personalities to make them teenagers ([[InNameOnly some who all they share with their original versions being their names]] [[UpToEleven and some don't even get their real names, just their old codenames]]), a lot of characters from the comics that the show was based on work as these. Want a female British X-Man? Covered, Betsy Braddock/Psylocke will work. Want a male British one? Pete Wisdom. Want a team genius? Cypher. Want a character with a dark and edgy past? Its ''X-Men'', anyone would fit that.



* Charlene from ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' is presumed to be a prototypical version of Britanny who only officially appeared in one song. Nothing is known about her in canon besides she liked Alvin (and Alvin liked her back). She frequently appears in fanworks nevertheless.

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* Charlene from ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' is presumed to be a prototypical version of Britanny who Brittany. She only only officially appeared in one song.song (though an unnamed chipmunk in several later music videos looks like her). Nothing is known about her in canon besides she liked Alvin (and Alvin liked her back). She frequently appears in fanworks fan-works nevertheless.
22nd Jun '16 7:56:02 PM Pichu-kun
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** In the earlier days of the fandom Mondo was a popular character in Team Rocket themed fics. He only appeared in one radio drama though so we only know so much about him.

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** In the earlier days of the fandom Mondo was a popular character in Team Rocket themed fics. He only appeared in one radio drama though so we only know so much about him.



* The Little Red-Haired Girl from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is an unseen character, (though she made a few tantalizing non-canon appearances in television specials), and we know nothing about her personality since Charlie Brown doesn't have the guts to talk to her (and, hence, really knows nothing about her himself. Any time she appears in a fanfic, she is this trope by necessity.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
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The Little Red-Haired Girl from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is an unseen character, (though she made a few tantalizing non-canon appearances in television specials), and we know nothing about her personality since Charlie Brown doesn't have the guts to talk to her (and, hence, really knows nothing about her himself. Any time she appears in a fanfic, she is this trope by necessity.



* Pretty much the point of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''. Most ponies don't appear in adaptations and even many who do ate lucky to get a single line. G1 ponies had a brief (and often bizarre) story on their backcard, whereas more modern ponies just have a sentence about them (such as "likes to write stories.") This leaves almost everyone up to interpretation.

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* Pretty This is pretty much the point of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''. Most ponies don't appear in adaptations and even many who do ate are lucky to get a single line. G1 ponies had a brief (and often bizarre) story on their backcard, whereas more modern ponies just have a sentence about them (such as "likes to write stories.") This leaves almost everyone up to interpretation.



** Likewise with game fanfics themselves. No one takes account to Dawn or May's in-game personalities. Most {{NPC}}s get this treatment to various effects. Rivals and protagonists are given whatever personality, being that you really have to look into the text of the games to see any bit of personality beyond "HotBlooded, determined ChildProdigy".

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** Likewise with game fanfics themselves. No Almost no one takes into account to Dawn or May's the NPC in-game personalities.personalities of the opposite gender protagonists. Most {{NPC}}s get this treatment to various effects. Rivals and protagonists are given whatever personality, being that you really have to look into the text of the games to see any bit of personality beyond "HotBlooded, determined ChildProdigy".



** Link himself, whose dialogue [[HeroicMime is limited to the player picking 'yes' or 'no' when asked a question]] ([[ButThouMust and "no" usually gets you a re-statement of said question]]) lends himself to this. The main character of a video game is often a [[FeaturelessProtagonist blank slate for the player to write him/herself onto]], after all. Later versions of Link manage to have ''some'' personality (most notably ''Wind Waker'' has a few SilentSnarker moments, while ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' has his relationship with Zelda and a BerserkButton or two) which makes them easier to write while still being vague enough to write your own way.

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** Link himself, whose dialogue [[HeroicMime is limited to the player picking 'yes' or 'no' when asked a question]] ([[ButThouMust and "no" usually gets you a re-statement of said question]]) lends himself to this. The main character of a video game is often a [[FeaturelessProtagonist blank slate for the player to write him/herself onto]], after all. Later versions of Link manage to have ''some'' personality (most notably ''Wind Waker'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' has a few SilentSnarker moments, while ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' has his relationship with Zelda and a BerserkButton or two) which makes them easier to write while still being vague enough to write your own way.



* In ''KatawaShoujo'', the students in Hisao's class besides him, Shizune, Misha and Hanako get this treatment, as a piece of official art shows their names, club affiliations and disabilities, but nothing about their personalities or backstories.
* Sasasha, a Chocobo raiser from FinalFantasyTacticsA2 had very few info on them. We never met them, just heard of them. This allowed some fanfic authors like the one for FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire to shape the character as they pleased.

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* In ''KatawaShoujo'', ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', the students in Hisao's class besides him, Shizune, Misha and Hanako get this treatment, as a piece of official art shows their names, club affiliations and disabilities, but nothing about their personalities or backstories.
* Sasasha, a Chocobo raiser from FinalFantasyTacticsA2 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', had very few info on them. We never met them, just heard of them. This allowed some fanfic authors like the one for FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire to shape the character as they pleased.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Until episodes such as "Isabella and the Temple of Sap", the [[ScoutOut Fireside Girls]] had close to no lines and no characterization, other than Gretchen, who even then only spoke once or twice.
** ''Especially'' Gretchen, who in {{fanon}} is often paired with Ferb, apparently just because she's the first girl his age (other than Isabella) to get a name.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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Until episodes such as "Isabella and the Temple of Sap", the [[ScoutOut Fireside Girls]] had close to no lines and no characterization, other than Gretchen, who even then only spoke once or twice.
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twice. ''Especially'' Gretchen, who in {{fanon}} is often paired with Ferb, apparently just because she's the first girl his age (other than Isabella) to get a name.



* Ezekiel from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' gets this fairly often; he got very little development because he was the first character to get voted off, an event that some viewers thought was unfair since he had completed the episode's challenge while other characters didn't. To a lesser extent Katie and Sadie also get this, since in canon aside from their co-dependency they have very little that separates them from the more developed and funnier Lindsay.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'':
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Ezekiel from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' gets this fairly often; he got very little development because he was the first character to get voted off, an event that some viewers thought was unfair since he had completed the episode's challenge while other characters didn't. To a lesser extent Katie and Sadie also get this, since in canon aside from their co-dependency they have very little that separates them from the more developed and funnier Lindsay.



* Gretchen on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim.'' In canon, she was strongly hinted to have a crush on [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] in one episode. The pairing is not widely popular (despite being the ''only'' romance in an otherwise NoHuggingNoKissing series), but even those who don't use her as a main character often elevate her to "[[MauveShirt Most Important Random Skoolkid]]" or mention her and Dib's "romance" in passing.

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* Gretchen on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim.'' ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
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In canon, she Gretchen was strongly hinted to have a crush on [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] in one episode. The pairing is not widely popular (despite being the ''only'' romance in an otherwise NoHuggingNoKissing series), but even those who don't use her as a main character often elevate her to "[[MauveShirt Most Important Random Skoolkid]]" or mention her and Dib's "romance" in passing.



** It's common with the [[MyLittlePony other series]] too. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of toy characters that either didn't pop up in the cartoon adaptations or didn't get much screen-time at all (many didn't even speak). Thus people make up whatever personality they want, especially in later gens where few characters actually have real backstories anymore.
* Ursa, Zuko and Azula's MissingMom, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's of no small importance to the plot, given that she [[spoiler: killed Azulon to save Zuko's life]], but her only scenes are in Zuko's flashbacks and [[spoiler: Azula's hallucinations]]. Fans have a field day discussing how accurate either of those are and what she was actually like. It doesn't help that the lack of a family reunion is the series' biggest unresolved plot thread.

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** It's common with the [[MyLittlePony [[Franchise/MyLittlePony other series]] too. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of toy characters that either didn't pop up in the cartoon adaptations or didn't get much screen-time at all (many didn't even speak). Thus people make up whatever personality they want, especially in later gens where few characters actually have real backstories anymore.
* Ursa, Zuko and Azula's MissingMom, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's of no small importance to the plot, given that she [[spoiler: killed Azulon to save Zuko's life]], but her only scenes are in Zuko's flashbacks and [[spoiler: Azula's hallucinations]]. Fans have a field day discussing how accurate either of those are and what she was actually like. It doesn't help that the lack of a family reunion is the series' biggest unresolved plot thread. She was eventually expanded upon in the comics released post-series.



* Part of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fandom will utilize this trope on minor classmates in the 4th grade class. Red was a popular choice in early years, as she was the only one of the girls to have had no lines or discernable personality up until season 6 and on. Kevin Stoley is the usual favorite these days, with fans attempting to give him an entire backstory beyond being the Star Trek/Star Wars geek and theorizing at length about his relationships and family.
* In the later seasons of ''TheRaccoons'', an unnamed little raccoon girl made several silent cameos, and got one speaking role in 'Endless Summer', where we briefly see her talking with Bentley. She has seen use by many fan-fiction writers, usually giving her the name ''Annie Ringtail'' (with some writers naming her ''Penny''). A great deal of these fan-fictions depict her as a love interest for Bentley, though how he returns the affection (if at all) varies by writer.

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* Part of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fandom will utilize this trope on minor classmates in the 4th grade class. Red was a popular choice in early years, as she was the only one of the girls to have had no lines or discernable personality up until season 6 and on. Kevin Stoley is the usual favorite these days, with fans attempting to give him an entire backstory beyond being the Star Trek/Star Wars ''Star Trek''/''Star Wars'' geek and theorizing at length about his relationships and family.
* In the later seasons of ''TheRaccoons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'', an unnamed little raccoon girl made several silent cameos, and got one speaking role in 'Endless Summer', where we briefly see her talking with Bentley. She has seen use by many fan-fiction writers, usually giving her the name ''Annie Ringtail'' (with some writers naming her ''Penny''). A great deal of these fan-fictions depict her as a love interest for Bentley, though how he returns the affection (if at all) varies by writer.


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* Charlene from ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' is presumed to be a prototypical version of Britanny who only officially appeared in one song. Nothing is known about her in canon besides she liked Alvin (and Alvin liked her back). She frequently appears in fanworks nevertheless.
10th Jun '16 2:58:04 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* When ''[[{{Anime/Macross}} Macross]]'' became the first segment of ''[[{{Anime/Robotech}} Robotech]]'', a nameless scientist character with only two brief appearances in the series became Emil Lang, Earth's greatest expert on alien technology. The ExpandedUniverse of the novels and comics just ''ran'' with him, and he became one of the most important characters in the franchise.

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* When ''[[{{Anime/Macross}} Macross]]'' ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' became the first segment of ''[[{{Anime/Robotech}} Robotech]]'', ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', a nameless scientist character with only two brief appearances in the series became Emil Lang, Earth's greatest expert on alien technology. The ExpandedUniverse of the ''Robotech'' novels and comics just ''ran'' with him, and he became one of the most important characters in the franchise.
14th May '16 9:43:16 AM nombretomado
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* In ''JackieChanAdventures'' fanfiction, especially the group of fics known as ''ProjectDarkJade'' (''QueenOfAllOni'' and ''QueenOfShadows'' are prominent), this is common for the Oni Generals minus Ikazuki. They aren't even ''named'' in canon! [[EnsembleDarkhorse The Queen of the Shadowkhan]], Jade's SuperpoweredEvilSide that appeared in one episode also sometimes gets this as well, albeit to a lesser extent unless the story is ''very'' AU.

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* In ''JackieChanAdventures'' ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fanfiction, especially the group of fics known as ''ProjectDarkJade'' (''QueenOfAllOni'' and ''QueenOfShadows'' are prominent), this is common for the Oni Generals minus Ikazuki. They aren't even ''named'' in canon! [[EnsembleDarkhorse The Queen of the Shadowkhan]], Jade's SuperpoweredEvilSide that appeared in one episode also sometimes gets this as well, albeit to a lesser extent unless the story is ''very'' AU.
10th Apr '16 11:55:50 AM Prime32
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** Rin Satsuki is also prone to this treatment, being a DummiedOut character from Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. There is literally no characterization of her at all. In fact, there isn't even any artwork of her except for a few unused sprites in the game's code. However, most agree that [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/images/9/9b/Th06Rin.jpg this image]] is probably supposed to be her.

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** Rin Satsuki is also prone to this treatment, being a DummiedOut character from Embodiment ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. There Devil''. The only remaining piece of data is literally no characterization of her at all. In fact, there isn't even any artwork of name, though fans sometimes associate her except for a few unused sprites in the game's code. However, most agree that with [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/images/9/9b/Th06Rin.jpg this image]] is probably supposed image drawn by ZUN]] (later confirmed to be her.a random sketch which doesn't represent anyone) and a throwaway line of dialogue where Marisa refers to a nurse.
5th Apr '16 12:51:03 PM BrendanRizzo
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* The unnamed girl from ''The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya'' was often used as this in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fanfiction until the release of ''The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya'', where she was given a name (Watahashi Yasumi) and a backstory which {{Jossed}} pretty much all interpretations of the character overnight. Less commonly, the unnamed boy with glasses whose life Kyon saves in ''The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya'' is used for authors who want to write about Kyon's sister's age group.

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* The unnamed girl from ''The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya'' was often used as this in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fanfiction until the release of ''The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya'', where she was given a name (Watahashi Yasumi) and a backstory which {{Jossed}} pretty much all interpretations of the character overnight. Less commonly, the unnamed boy with glasses whose life Kyon saves in ''The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya'' is Suzumiya'', as well as Kyon's sister's friend Yoshimura Miyoko[[note]]who only appears in an autobiographical story told by Kyon, though she does make an appearance in the manga adaptation[[/note]] are used for authors who want to write about Kyon's sister's age group.



* Writers of ''Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fan fiction who want to focus on [[EnsembleDarkhorse Kyoko]] will frequently depict her dead family members from her life before she became a magical girl, if they don't bring them BackFromTheDead altogether. Of the three, we know only that her sister was named Momo and that her father was a priest who (according to [[UnreliableExpositor his daughter]]) was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth until he WentMadFromTheRevelation and [[spoiler:killed himself, his wife, and Momo because of Kyoko's wish inadvertently giving him a CompellingVoice]]. Despite only existing to facilitate a {{Dark Magical Girl}}'s DarkAndTroubledPast and FreudianExcuse, Kyoko's father is even listed on Website/{{Fan Fiction Dot Net}}'s character filter!

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* Writers of ''Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fan fiction who want to focus on [[EnsembleDarkhorse Kyoko]] will frequently depict her dead family members from her life before she became a magical girl, if they don't bring them BackFromTheDead altogether. Of the three, we know only that her sister was named Momo and that her father was a priest who (according to [[UnreliableExpositor his daughter]]) was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth until he WentMadFromTheRevelation [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Went Mad From the Revelation]] and [[spoiler:killed himself, his wife, and Momo because of Kyoko's wish inadvertently giving him a CompellingVoice]]. Despite only existing to facilitate a {{Dark Magical Girl}}'s DarkAndTroubledPast and FreudianExcuse, Kyoko's father is even listed on Website/{{Fan Fiction Dot Net}}'s character filter!filter! In contrast, [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan Mami's]] dead parents almost never appear in fanfic, not even in flashbacks.
5th Apr '16 12:46:48 PM BrendanRizzo
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** Amber Fuji is the protagonist of quite a lot of fanfics for a character who appears for less than ten minutes in a single movie (in a anime whose movies are [[LooseCanon only tenuously tied to the series to begin with]] at that) [[PosthumousCharacter has been dead for years before the series even begins]] - though she has slightly more of a presence in the radio drama version - and whose existence is known to precisely none of the main characters at any point. Yet when she appears, it's inevitably an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which she either is successfully resurrected or never died to begin with, goes on her own journey, and is [[SturgeonsLaw inevitably]] made into a MarySue for the pairing of the author's choice. [[FirstInstallmentWins Strange how this never happens with most other movie-only characters...]]

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** Amber Fuji is the protagonist of quite a lot of fanfics for a character who appears for less than ten minutes in a single movie (in movie[[note]]albeit with slightly more presence in the radio drama version[[/note]](in a anime whose movies are [[LooseCanon only tenuously tied to the series to begin with]] at that) that), [[PosthumousCharacter has been dead for years before the series even begins]] - though she has slightly more of a presence in the radio drama version - and whose existence is known to precisely none of the main characters at any point. Yet when she appears, it's inevitably an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which she either is successfully resurrected or never died to begin with, goes on her own journey, and is [[SturgeonsLaw inevitably]] made into a MarySue for the pairing of the author's choice. [[FirstInstallmentWins Strange how this never happens with most other movie-only characters...]]


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* Writers of ''Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fan fiction who want to focus on [[EnsembleDarkhorse Kyoko]] will frequently depict her dead family members from her life before she became a magical girl, if they don't bring them BackFromTheDead altogether. Of the three, we know only that her sister was named Momo and that her father was a priest who (according to [[UnreliableExpositor his daughter]]) was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth until he WentMadFromTheRevelation and [[spoiler:killed himself, his wife, and Momo because of Kyoko's wish inadvertently giving him a CompellingVoice]]. Despite only existing to facilitate a {{Dark Magical Girl}}'s DarkAndTroubledPast and FreudianExcuse, Kyoko's father is even listed on Website/{{Fan Fiction Dot Net}}'s character filter!
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