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4th Dec '17 11:49:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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* [[http://www.alara.net/opeople/xbooks/virtuous.html This]] ComicBook/{{X-Men}} fic is one of the rare PossessionSue cases. It takes a very obscure character (Magneto's canonically-dead wife Magda) and turns her from a meek woman whose only real moment of characterization was fleeing her husband after he accidentally killed a bunch of people into a [[FountainOfYouth de-aged]] (since, as a Holocaust survivor, she should be fairly old, even with ComicBookTime) [[GadgeteerGenius genius roboticist]] mutant with a power that's supposedly completely unique and desirable enough that people would kidnap her for it (despite there already being a canon character with the same power whom no one makes much of a fuss over).

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* [[http://www.alara.net/opeople/xbooks/virtuous.html This]] ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen fic is one of the rare PossessionSue cases. It takes a very obscure character (Magneto's canonically-dead wife Magda) and turns her from a meek woman whose only real moment of characterization was fleeing her husband after he accidentally killed a bunch of people into a [[FountainOfYouth de-aged]] (since, as a Holocaust survivor, she should be fairly old, even with ComicBookTime) [[GadgeteerGenius genius roboticist]] mutant with a power that's supposedly completely unique and desirable enough that people would kidnap her for it (despite there already being a canon character with the same power whom no one makes much of a fuss over).
3rd Dec '17 5:45:26 AM FoxBluereaver
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** ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has become a particularly prominent example of this. With the author opening the doors for others to write [[ExpandedUniverse sidestories in the same continuity]], many canon characters have gone on to [[AscendedExtra have larger roles in them]]. Thing is, many of them were such blank slates in the first place that Cross and the other writers can choose how to develop them. Some of the characters they choose to flesh out ''didn't even get a single line of dialogue in canon.''
2nd Dec '17 5:00:33 AM ASBusinessMagnet
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** The Post-Scratch Ancestors were intentionally written like this so that fanfic writers could have access to a more 'serious' Alternian setting than the setting of the modern trolls. Other than their basic appearance, most important actions, some of their {{Shipping}} proclivities and a bit of the personality of one of them (Mindfang, a sexy pirate and [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue rather a bad writer]]), we know very little about what they are like. This is lampshaded in comic where Hussie refers to Doc Scratch's exposition on them as fanfiction (and, given that they are trolls, [[JustForPun troll]] [[TrollFic fanfiction]].)

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** The Post-Scratch Ancestors were intentionally written like this so that fanfic writers could have access to a more 'serious' Alternian setting than the setting of the modern trolls. Other than their basic appearance, most important actions, some of their {{Shipping}} proclivities and a bit of the personality of one of them (Mindfang, a sexy pirate and [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue rather a bad writer]]), we know very little about what they are like. This is lampshaded in comic where Hussie refers to Doc Scratch's exposition on them as fanfiction (and, given that they are trolls, [[JustForPun troll]] [[TrollFic fanfiction]].)fanfiction]]).
2nd Dec '17 4:58:08 AM ASBusinessMagnet
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* The [[FilmNoir Midnight Crew Intermission]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' brought us The Felt, a 16-man mafia group, only two of whom (Snowman and Doc Scratch) got substantial characterization to be clearly defined as characters. The remaining fourteen ALL get this treatment, as only their powers and maybe a single moment of funny is supposed to encompass their characterization. The only exception is Clover, whose appearances manage to characterize him as a fusion between [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Riddler]] and the ClockKing, which is still a fairly open characterization.
** Until Act 6 Intermission 5, two of the Felt only appeared [[PosthumousCharacter posthumously]], and all that was known about them previously were their names and faces (of course, they still got no characterization at all when they showed up). While their appearances in fanfiction increased once they made an appearance in the story, there still were examples of people using them for as {{OC Stand-in}}s before anything was known about them.
** The Post-Scratch Ancestors were intentionally written like this so that fanfic writers could have access to a more 'serious' Alternian setting than the setting of the modern trolls. Other than their basic appearance, most important actions, some of their {{Shipping}} proclivities and a bit of the personality of one of them (Mindfang, a sexy pirate and [[StylisticSuck rather a bad writer]]), we know very little about what they are like. This is lampshaded in comic where Hussie refers to Doc Scratch's exposition on them as fanfiction.

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* The [[FilmNoir Midnight Crew Intermission]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' brought us The Felt, a 16-man 17-man mafia group, only two three of whom (Snowman (Snowman, Doc Scratch and Doc Scratch) Lord English) got substantial characterization to be clearly defined as characters. The remaining fourteen fourteen, all from a species known as leprechauns, ALL get this treatment, as only their powers and maybe a single moment of funny is supposed to encompass their characterization. The only exception is exceptions are Clover, whose appearances manage to characterize him as a fusion between [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Riddler]] and the ClockKing, which is still a fairly open characterization.
characterization, and Crowbar, TheSmartGuy among the leprechauns who somehow makes the entire team competent and who has a ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' comic of his own.
** Until Act 6 Intermission 5, two of the Felt only appeared [[PosthumousCharacter posthumously]], and all that was known about them previously were their names and faces (of course, they still got no characterization at all when they showed up). While their appearances in fanfiction increased once they made an appearance in the story, there still were examples of people using them for as {{OC Stand-in}}s OC Stand-ins before anything was known about them.
** The Post-Scratch Ancestors were intentionally written like this so that fanfic writers could have access to a more 'serious' Alternian setting than the setting of the modern trolls. Other than their basic appearance, most important actions, some of their {{Shipping}} proclivities and a bit of the personality of one of them (Mindfang, a sexy pirate and [[StylisticSuck [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue rather a bad writer]]), we know very little about what they are like. This is lampshaded in comic where Hussie refers to Doc Scratch's exposition on them as fanfiction.fanfiction (and, given that they are trolls, [[JustForPun troll]] [[TrollFic fanfiction]].)
21st Nov '17 2:38:07 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The original "pilot" short for the series had a character named Félix (or Felix) as Chat Noir; though he superficially resembles Adrien, including having a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two Person Love Square]] with Marinette, he was very aloof and unfriendly. WordOfGod says he wasn't working, so they scrapped him and made Adrien instead. In fanfic, however, don't be surprised if Félix shows up as Adrien's AloofBigBrother or twin, who may have been the previous Chat Noir or currently be splitting duties with him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNWncZpeNkI original "pilot" short short]] for the series had a character named Félix (or Felix) as Chat Noir; though he superficially resembles Adrien, including having a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two Person Love Square]] with Marinette, he was very aloof and unfriendly. [[{{Tsundere}} much less friendly]] toward her. WordOfGod says he wasn't working, so they scrapped him and made Adrien [[NiceGuy Adrien]] instead. In fanfic, however, don't be surprised if Félix shows up as Adrien's AloofBigBrother or twin, PolarOppositeTwin, who may have been the previous Chat Noir or currently be splitting duties with him.



** Tad Strange, once theorized, based solely on name and voice actor, to be a demon in the vein of BigBad Bill Cipher, in fact [[PunnyName the subject of a brief gag]] in "The Stanchurian Candidate." The fanon and canon versions of the character are frequently [[CompositeCharacter combined]] in fanfiction.

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** Tad Strange, once theorized, based solely on name and Strange: before he actually appeared, his PunnyName, [[Creator/CecilBaldwin voice actor, actor]] and comments about him being "a real square" led to the fan theory that he would be a second dream demon in similar to the vein of BigBad triangular [[BigBad Bill Cipher, Cipher]]. Instead, he's pretty much meant as a one-off joke about a RidiculouslyAverageGuy with an IronicName. Demon!Tad still shows up in fact [[PunnyName the subject of a brief gag]] in "The Stanchurian Candidate." The fanon fanfic sometimes, and canon versions of the character are frequently may be [[CompositeCharacter combined]] in fanfiction.with the canon version.
21st Nov '17 1:31:33 PM JoeMerl
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** At the time of this writing, Marlene [=McKinnon=] has [[http://www.fanfiction.net/book/Harry-Potter/3/0/0/1/0/2228/0/0/0/1/0/ 1,400+ stories]] on Fanfiction.net. Who is Marlene [=McKinnon=]? An Order member who [[PosthumousCharacter died in the First War]], along with her family; [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest Lily]] mentions having cried all night when she heard about her death. That's basically all we know about her, but fans have (somewhat reasonably) extrapolated that Marlene and Lily may have been friends, and (less reasonably) concluded that Marlene was [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sirius]]' girlfriend/wife/etc., which is where most of her popularity comes from.

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** At the time of this writing, Marlene [=McKinnon=] has [[http://www.[[https://www.fanfiction.net/book/Harry-Potter/3/0/0/1/0/2228/0/0/0/1/0/ 1,400+ net/book/Harry-Potter/?&srt=1&r=103&c1=2228 1,500+ stories]] on Fanfiction.net. Who is Marlene [=McKinnon=]? An Order member who [[PosthumousCharacter died in the First War]], along with her family; [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest Lily]] mentions having cried all night when she heard about her death. That's basically all we know about her, but fans have (somewhat reasonably) extrapolated that Marlene and Lily may have been friends, and (less reasonably) concluded that Marlene was [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sirius]]' [[PairTheSpares girlfriend/wife/etc., ]], which is where most of her popularity comes from.



* Aeneas has a very minor role in ''Literature/TheIliad'', but Virgil made him the protagonist of ''Literature/TheAeneid'', partly because he was such a blank slate and partly because he was one of the few Trojans to survive the sack of Troy. This makes this trope, [[OlderThanFeudalism you guessed it]]...

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* Aeneas has a very minor role in ''Literature/TheIliad'', but Virgil made him the protagonist of ''Literature/TheAeneid'', partly because he was such a blank slate and partly because he was one of the few Trojans to survive the sack of Troy.Troy (and since the Trojans were supposed to be the ancestors of the Romans, they were obviously the goods guys). This makes this trope, [[OlderThanFeudalism you guessed it]]...
20th Nov '17 4:32:14 AM TroperNo9001
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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 (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.

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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 (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 mother's 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.
25th Oct '17 8:05:17 PM FollowerofMercy
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** Several fan fictions expand on Grillby’s backstory, frequently making him a soldier in the war between humans and monsters. His personality varies from DeadpanSnarker to a high-strung ball of anxiety. Sometimes he’s the father or uncle of Fuku fire. In-game, he runs a bar and has a single line of dialogue.
15th Oct '17 9:02:13 PM MBG
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** The protagonist of the ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTagForceSeries'' (referred to as "Hat Guy", "Konami-kun", or "Red Hat", depending on your take) is a weird case of this, in that he was a FeaturelessProtagonist and HeroicMime who functioned as an avatar for the player. There are countless fanfics dealing with him getting involved in canon, usually interacting with the characters in the same fashion he did in his home games. As Red Hat was also very much an EscapistCharacter, [[PossessionSue the likely result of this]] is sadly common.
15th Oct '17 12:17:11 PM Axeo
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** Tenten is an archetypical example. Her brief appearances in canon [[OnlySaneMan provide]] [[HiddenWeapons enough]] [[DeadpanSnarker character]] [[FlechetteStorm elements]] for fanfic writers to build upon, and yet she never even got a formal introduction. [[{{Jobber}} Being beaten by Temari]]--''off-panel'' in the manga--is her most memorable scene. ''Naruto'' author Kishimoto [[WordOfGod admitted]] that she was created simply to be fill the spot of [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] [[GeodesicCast on Team Guy]].

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** Tenten is an archetypical example. Her brief appearances in canon [[OnlySaneMan provide]] [[HiddenWeapons enough]] [[DeadpanSnarker character]] [[FlechetteStorm elements]] for fanfic writers to build upon, and yet she never even got a formal introduction. [[{{Jobber}} Being beaten by Temari]]--''off-panel'' in the manga--is her most memorable scene. ''Naruto'' author Kishimoto [[WordOfGod admitted]] that she was created simply to be fill in the spot of [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] [[GeodesicCast on Team Guy]].



*** This becomes even more embarrassing when you see the number of fanfics. She has much more fics than any other secondary characters with little to none screen time, like [[BigEater Choji]], Shizune and [[FriendToBugs Shino]] togheter, and more than other characters with full fleshed personalities, like [[HotBlooded Rock Lee]] or [[BeastMan Kiba]], and even [[{{Necromancer}} Kabuto]] who is a major character. Her personality varies with the author, but you got to admit, it's quite impressive [[OnlyOneName for a character who doesn't even have a full name]].

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*** This becomes even more embarrassing when you see the number of fanfics. She has much more fics than any other secondary characters with little to none screen time, like [[BigEater Choji]], Shizune and [[FriendToBugs Shino]] togheter, together, and more than other characters with full fleshed full-fleshed personalities, like [[HotBlooded Rock Lee]] or [[BeastMan Kiba]], and even [[{{Necromancer}} Kabuto]] who is a major character. Her personality varies with the author, but you got to admit, it's quite impressive [[OnlyOneName for a character who doesn't even have a full name]].



** The spin-off novel ''Another Note'' (which was not written by Ohba, but was approved by them) gives readers the character of "A", the first Wammy's House child who committed suicide out of pressure of being L. Unlike B/Beyond Birthday, we get nothing in the way of A's personality or backstory, leaving fans to have to fill in a lot of blanks when they utilize him in ther fanfic.

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** The spin-off novel ''Another Note'' (which was not written by Ohba, but was approved by them) gives readers the character of "A", the first Wammy's House child who committed suicide out of pressure of being L. Unlike B/Beyond Birthday, we get nothing in the way of A's personality or backstory, leaving fans to have to fill in a lot of blanks when they utilize him in ther their fanfic.



** 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[[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), [[PosthumousCharacter has been dead for years before the series even begins]] 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[[note]]albeit with slightly more presence in the radio drama version[[/note]](in a an 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]] 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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