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23rd Aug '16 12:09:21 PM pinkdalek
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Cloud's struggle as the game's focus, but the other non-optional characters got several mandatory sections that featured them heavily, and one of the optional ones had a [[WutaiTheft lengthy side-quest]] focusing on her. The only real exception would be Red XIII. He's introduced as a rare species that Hojo was enthralled with the idea of experimenting on him. after that he is completely dropped from all things plot important until Cosmo Canyon gives him his time in the sun. AFTER THAT he becomes all but relevant until the very ending cutscenes, as even scenes including his "grandfather" Bugenhagen don't need him to say anything unless he's in the party to say his unique line of dialogue for showing up.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Cloud's struggle as the game's focus, but the other non-optional characters got several mandatory sections that featured them heavily, and one of the optional ones had a [[WutaiTheft lengthy side-quest]] focusing on her. The only real exception would be Red XIII. He's introduced as a rare species that Hojo was enthralled with the idea of experimenting on him. after fascinated with. After that he is completely dropped from all things plot important until Cosmo Canyon gives him his time in the sun. AFTER THAT he becomes all but relevant irrelevant until the very ending cutscenes, as even scenes including his "grandfather" Bugenhagen don't need him to say anything unless he's in the party to say his unique line of dialogue for showing up.up. Apparently he'd had an extensive arc plotted out for him early in development, but all of it is dropped apart from a couple of {{Fauxshadowing}} lines that had been left over from an earlier draft of the script.
14th Aug '16 2:04:46 AM Boba_Fett88
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*** Fluttershy got hit with this in two seasons, according to the chart of everypony's screentime that can be downloaded [[http://halfbattle.com/mlpreviews.html here]]. Like Applejack, she only got two episodes in season 2 and she was even more involved in both of them than Applejack was in hers, but Applejack still beat her by 130 seconds in terms of total screentime for the season. Then season 5 gave her only one episode to herself and one episode shared with Twilight and she ended up lagging behind the remane-ing 5 again. Despite technically having more screentime than she did in season 2, the amount of scenes in which she was actually the focus or got any lines went way down, making her appearances much more forgettable.

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*** Fluttershy got hit with this in two seasons, according to the chart of everypony's screentime that can be downloaded [[http://halfbattle.com/mlpreviews.html here]]. Like Applejack, she only got two episodes in season 2 and she was even more involved in both of them than Applejack was in hers, but Applejack still beat her by 130 seconds in terms of total screentime for the season. Then season 5 gave her only one episode to herself and one episode shared with Twilight and she ended up lagging behind the remane-ing 5 again. Despite technically having again, although this season still gave her much more screentime than she did in season 2, the amount of scenes in which she was actually the focus or got any lines went way down, making her appearances much more forgettable.2 did.
13th Aug '16 12:42:59 PM rafi
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** Meg has been hit with this the most. It's to the point that, even in an episode where Meg is the driving force of the plot, she disappears entirely after the first five minutes, does not reappear until five minutes before the end and spends three of those being entirely silent.
11th Aug '16 5:39:03 AM lavendermintrose
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* The main trio of the first season of ''Anime/{{K}}'', now the [[spoiler: Silver]] Clan, are not the focus of season 2. In the first season, they were the main plot, while HOMRA and Scepter 4's stories together formed a B plot. The movie featured Kuroh's relationship with Yukari as a b-plot, with HOMRA's issues as the main story. The second season has more focus on Scepter 4 than previous seasons, and the new antagonists in the Green Clan, with the first season't trio behind that.



** Wolfram falls victim to this periodically. Although he's physically present in every episode, in some episodes his lines consist mainly of "Yuri!" yelled at regular intervals with different vocal inflections. At the start of the show, he was the loud, over-emotional but undeniably loyal accidental fiance; by the end of the first season, he narrowly avoids becoming TheArtifact when the plot hits CerebusSyndrome and turns into a drama after [[spoiler:Conrad's apparent betrayal]]. He usually loses out to big brother Conrad, who gets quite a bit of CharacterFocus. Wolfram regains some ground at the end of season two, although [[spoiler:he was ''unconscious'' for most of it]].

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** Wolfram falls victim to this periodically. Although he's physically present in every episode, in some episodes his lines consist mainly of "Yuri!" yelled at regular intervals with different vocal inflections. At the start of the show, he was the loud, over-emotional but undeniably loyal accidental fiance; fiancee; by the end of the first season, he narrowly avoids becoming TheArtifact when the plot hits CerebusSyndrome and turns into a drama after [[spoiler:Conrad's apparent betrayal]]. He usually loses out to big brother Conrad, who gets quite a bit of CharacterFocus. Wolfram regains some ground at the end of season two, although [[spoiler:he was ''unconscious'' for most of it]].
8th Aug '16 5:43:38 PM Doug86
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* ''{{Arrow}}'': After Season 1, the only way you'd know Laurel Lance is the alleged female lead of the show is her second billing in the credits. Season 2 pushes her into the background with a disconnected alcoholism arc that boils down to a weekly drunken scene or missing episodes completely, while the show focuses on the crime-fighting [[{{TrueCompanions}} Oliver/Diggle/Felicity]] trio and later Laurel's sister Sara. (Despite Sara being billed as a guest star.) In Season 3, although Laurel finally knows Oliver's secret identity, her "Black Canary arc" is relegated to a few episodes in the middle of the season and she's rarely present for any of the big team moments. By Season 4, she's basically background furniture and backup in fight scenes, so you see more of the stunt double than the actress.

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* ''{{Arrow}}'': ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': After Season 1, the only way you'd know Laurel Lance is the alleged female lead of the show is her second billing in the credits. Season 2 pushes her into the background with a disconnected alcoholism arc that boils down to a weekly drunken scene or missing episodes completely, while the show focuses on the crime-fighting [[{{TrueCompanions}} Oliver/Diggle/Felicity]] trio and later Laurel's sister Sara. (Despite Sara being billed as a guest star.) In Season 3, although Laurel finally knows Oliver's secret identity, her "Black Canary arc" is relegated to a few episodes in the middle of the season and she's rarely present for any of the big team moments. By Season 4, she's basically background furniture and backup in fight scenes, so you see more of the stunt double than the actress.
4th Aug '16 2:41:13 PM TheHolotome
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** A common fate of ''many'' [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] in general. Anyone seen Rage lately? Black Knight? Silverclaw? Lionheart? Stingray? [[CListFodder Does anyone know who half those characters are]]?

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** A common fate of ''many'' [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] in general. Anyone seen Rage lately? lately (outside his recent, 2016, appearances in "[[NickSpencersCaptainAmerica Captain America: Sam Wilson]]")? Black Knight? Knight (who had an AllNewAllDifferentMarvel series that has since been cancelled)? Silverclaw? Lionheart? Stingray? Stingray (who is a supporting character in " Deadpool & the Mercs for Money")? [[CListFodder Does anyone know who half those characters are]]?
29th Jul '16 12:59:11 PM DustSnitch
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29th Jul '16 12:55:48 PM DustSnitch
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** The author is taking his sweet candy coated time to properly flesh out a character through a series of one on one conversations between two characters
** The Author is taking his sweet candy coated time to properly explain a plot point through a series of one on one conversations between two characters
** The Author is trolling the readers
** And then there was the megapause, in which that rapid update rate dropped to zero for months.
** And then there was the ''giga'''pause, which commenced in October 2013. A blog post on September 27th 2014 suggested that it may be ending "soon". Sure enough, it finally concluded in October of that year, roughly a year after it had started.

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** The author is taking his sweet candy coated time to properly flesh out a character through a series of one on one conversations between two characters
characters.
** The Author author is taking his sweet candy coated time to properly explain a plot point through a series of one on one conversations between two characters
characters.
** The Author character is not in the universe or timeline the comic is currently focusing on.
** The author
is trolling the readers
** And then there was the megapause, in which that rapid update rate dropped to zero for months.
** And then there was the ''giga'''pause, which commenced in October 2013. A blog post on September 27th 2014 suggested that it may be ending "soon". Sure enough, it finally concluded in October of that year, roughly a year after it had started.
readers.
28th Jul '16 3:35:22 AM Sabrewing
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** Interestingly enough, the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC does this to [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], as the DLC quickly becomes all about Liara and ignores everyone else, to the point where [[spoiler:your other teammate is taken out by a thrown table at the beginning of the final boss fight, and is unconscious for the entire battle]].

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** Interestingly enough, the Lair ''Lair of the Shadow Broker Broker'' DLC does this to [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], as the DLC quickly becomes all about Liara and ignores everyone else, to the point where [[spoiler:your other teammate is taken out by a thrown table at the beginning of the final boss fight, and is unconscious for the entire battle]].battle]].
** Unfortunately, even the {{fanservice}}-heavy ''Citadel'' DLC got hit with this. Assuming you have saved every single possible character across all three games, there are three people who cannot make an appearance due to plot developments in ''3'': [[spoiler:Thane, Legion, and Mordin, who won't even show up if he survives the genophage arc due to needing to keep his survival a secret]]. As far as other characters go, possible love interests Kelly Chambers and Diana Allers sit the events of the DLC out entirely, while Dr. Chakwas, Engineer Adams, and engineers Ken and Gabby are similarly nowhere to be found.[[note]]Dr. Chakwas, at least, gets a mention from Samantha Traynor saying she had important business elsewhere[[/note]]
23rd Jul '16 7:32:25 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'' was meant to become the new protagonist of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series when his game was released back in 2007. Jump forward five years, and fan-favorite Miles Edgeworth has gotten [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations two games of his own]], while original protagonist Phoenix Wright has appeared in [[VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3 one crossover]], and has [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVSAceAttorney another starring him]] coming up. Apollo has appeared in none of these, and marketing for the series has largely returned to putting Phoenix and Edgeworth front and center. It remains to be seen if the upcoming ''Ace Attorney 5'' will return to Apollo.
** Apollo appears in ''Ace Attorney 5'' with a design that makes it look like he TookALevelInBadass. His role is still a mystery. But Phoenix is returned to being the main character that the player will control.
** Apollo does get quite a lot of focus in the game(shared with the newcomer Athena Cykes). This time around, it's Phoenix that's kind of phased out (he's still there, and playable for a good chunk of the game, but the plots are much more personal to the other two attorneys, with Phoenix serving more as a mentor).

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'' was meant to become the new protagonist of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series when his game was released back in 2007. Jump forward five years, and fan-favorite Miles Edgeworth has gotten [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations two games of his own]], while original protagonist Phoenix Wright has appeared in [[VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3 one crossover]], and has [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVSAceAttorney another starring him]] coming up. Apollo has appeared in none of these, and marketing for the series has largely returned to putting Phoenix and Edgeworth front and center. It remains to be seen if the upcoming ''Ace Attorney 5'' will return to Apollo.
**
However, in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', Apollo appears in ''Ace Attorney 5'' with a design that makes it look like he TookALevelInBadass. His role is still a mystery. But Phoenix is returned to being the main character that the player will control.
** Apollo does get
gets quite a lot of focus in the game(shared game (shared with the newcomer Athena Cykes).Cykes) and, for half of it, he [[TookALevelInCynic takes a level in cynism]]. This time around, it's Phoenix that's kind of phased out (he's still there, and playable for a good chunk of the game, but the plots are much more personal to the other two attorneys, with Phoenix serving more as a mentor).
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