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16th Feb '17 3:02:22 PM DynamiteXI
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* Dr. Verbena Beeks in ''Series/QuantumLeap'' gets talked about a whole lot, and her role at Project Quantum Leap is to work directly with the time-displaced "leapees," but she doesn't actually appear on screen after Season 3. It's jarring in Season 5, where there are a bunch of scenes set in PQL's waiting room, but Beeks isn't in any one of them. This is subtly lampshaded (but ultimately played straight) in Season 5's "Return of the Evil Leaper," where she is talked about, and leapee Arnold Watkins mistakes Al's handlink for her -- but it's ''Al'' who does some armchair psychology with Arnold, not Beeks.
12th Feb '17 7:31:39 PM BatmanKalEl
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** Poof. Despite being PromotionToOpeningTitles in Season 9, he's started to appear less and less, while Sparky has been appearing more and more. Even after Sparky disappear from the show, Poof is again completely absent from season 10 so far, although screenshots of upcoming episodes show possible future appearances of him.

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** Poof. Despite being PromotionToOpeningTitles in Season 9, he's started to appear less and less, while Sparky has been appearing more and more. Even after Sparky disappear from the show, Poof is again he was completely absent from season 10 so far, although screenshots of upcoming episodes show possible future appearances of him.Season 10, until he eventually [[TheBusCameBack reappears]] in the episode "Certifiable Super Sitter", his only appearance in this season.
9th Feb '17 6:19:03 PM MummyGaGa
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** From ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', Tsumigi was written this way [[spoiler: until TheReveal]]. She ended up having a lack of relationships and ShipTease between other characters in comparison to a majority of the cast. She also does very little to participate in the class trials.

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** * From ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', Tsumigi was written this way [[spoiler: until TheReveal]]. She ended up having a lack of relationships and ShipTease between other characters in comparison to a majority of the cast. She also does very little to participate in the class trials.
9th Feb '17 6:18:40 PM MummyGaGa
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** From ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', Tsumigi was written this way [[spoiler: until TheReveal]]. She ended up having a lack of relationships and ShipTease between other characters in comparison to a majority of the cast. She also does very little to participate in the class trials.
26th Jan '17 9:15:16 AM Arcana4th
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** Averted in season 2, in which Keith, [[spoiler:his Galra heritage]] and his relationship with Allura after she finding out about it become major plot points. Shiro and Pidge both receive a good amount of screen time, however, Hunk and Lance both get a bit of {{Flanderization}}, being mostly used to ComicRelief, with Hunk largely forgetting the CharacterDevelopment he went through in the previous season.
14th Jan '17 8:28:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' Midna steals a lot of Princess Zelda's spotlight, who is pretty much demoted to an Exposition-giving PrincessClassic... however, she returns to the focus in the end of the game, where she turns into a LadyOfWar (and to her credit, most of the time she's out of focus is because of something she did that ''saved Midna's life'').
** The Zelda team have actually been gradually [[AvertedTrope averting this trope]] in regards to Zelda; with her being a cross-dressing StealthMentor in ''Ocarina of Time'', then an ActionGirl / PirateGirl in ''Wind Waker'' and recently the always-present ExpositionFairy in ''Spirit Tracks.'' The only other situation like the Midna one above was in ''Phantom Hourglass'', where her spotlight is stolen again, this time by Linebeck.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has actually often [[AvertedTrope averted this trope]] in regards to post-SNES incarnations of Zelda[[note]]Examples including being a cross-dressing StealthMentor in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and an always-present ExpositionFairy / GirlyBruiser in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''[[/note]], but there are still a few legitimate examples:
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In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Midna steals a lot of Princess Zelda's spotlight, who is pretty much demoted to an Exposition-giving PrincessClassic... however, she the latter returns to the focus in the end of the game, where she turns into a LadyOfWar (and to her credit, most of the time she's out of focus is because of something she did that ''saved Midna's life'').
** The While the Zelda team have actually been gradually [[AvertedTrope averting this trope]] introduced in regards to Zelda; with her being a cross-dressing StealthMentor in ''Ocarina of Time'', then ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' is an ActionGirl / PirateGirl with a fairly active role in ''Wind Waker'' and recently the always-present ExpositionFairy in ''Spirit Tracks.'' The only other situation like the Midna one above was in ''Phantom Hourglass'', where that game's plot, she ends up spending most of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' as [[spoiler:a frozen statue]], with her spotlight is being stolen again, this time by Linebeck.
9th Jan '17 1:17:18 PM Xtifr
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** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' marked SonicTeam's attempt to streamline the franchise, which meant all the supporting cast had to go, leaving just Sonic, Tails and Eggman (and Orbot and Cubot as comic relief.) ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' brought many of the supporting cast back for minor roles, though they went away again for ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', with Amy and Knuckles appearing in 2 cutscenes, but not contributing to the main plot. ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' seems to be bringing them back to playable character status.

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** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' marked SonicTeam's Creator/SonicTeam's attempt to streamline the franchise, which meant all the supporting cast had to go, leaving just Sonic, Tails and Eggman (and Orbot and Cubot as comic relief.) ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' brought many of the supporting cast back for minor roles, though they went away again for ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', with Amy and Knuckles appearing in 2 cutscenes, but not contributing to the main plot. ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' seems to be bringing them back to playable character status.
8th Jan '17 5:25:25 PM nombretomado
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** It feels arguable whether or not this happened to TheVision. He did play a major role in three of the final episodes preceding the retool, but that doesn't sound like much compared to the five Avengers listed above. He also played vital roles in some of the show's very last episodes.

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** It feels arguable whether or not this happened to TheVision.ComicBook/TheVision. He did play a major role in three of the final episodes preceding the retool, but that doesn't sound like much compared to the five Avengers listed above. He also played vital roles in some of the show's very last episodes.
3rd Jan '17 5:22:44 PM Wkenneth334
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** This is particularly ironic because the reason that Donald Duck was created was that ''Mickey'' was originally quite a {{Jerkass}}, and when he started to become a really popular character, they decided that he needed to be nicer. All of Mickey's more negative qualities were passed on to Donald Duck so that he could be a foil to the now nicer Mickey. This was done specifically so that Mickey would remain their most popular character.

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** *** This is particularly ironic because the reason that Donald Duck was created was that ''Mickey'' was originally quite a {{Jerkass}}, and when he started to become a really popular character, they decided that he needed to be nicer. All of Mickey's more negative qualities were passed on to Donald Duck so that he could be a foil to the now nicer Mickey. This was done specifically so that Mickey would remain their most popular character.



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** Towards the end of the series, the main character himself got this. Many stories in the last couple seasons had some random character face a problem, and at some point, Arnold casually walked up to them, gave them a piece of advice, and disappeared for the rest of the episode.
** A common complaint with ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'' was the fact that, while the series gave many background characters their [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] (one of its notable strengths), only Arnold, Gerald and Helga get much screentime in the movie. None of the background students get any lines, and Phoebe (a regular student) gets only one line. Heck, the movie is pretty much only the three main characters and the adults against the villain. Arnold's grandparents, Helga's dad, and the Sunset Arms boarders get more time than all of the kids combined.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
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''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Towards the end of the series, the main character himself got this. Many stories in the last couple seasons had some random character face a problem, and at some point, Arnold casually walked up to them, gave them a piece of advice, and disappeared for the rest of the episode.
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episode. Ironic, as a common complaint with ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'' was the fact that, while the series gave many background characters their [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] (one of its notable strengths), only Arnold, Gerald and Helga get much screentime in the movie. None of the background students get any lines, and Phoebe (a regular student) gets only one line. Heck, the movie is pretty much only the three main characters and the adults against the villain. Arnold's grandparents, Helga's dad, and the Sunset Arms boarders get more time than all of the kids combined.
2nd Jan '17 12:04:16 PM Arcana4th
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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': This happened to Keith. Out of the 5 Paladins(plus Allura), he is the sole character to not get CharacterFocus in no point of the show during season 1. Early on, Shiro was the focus, then Pidge and [[spoiler:her backstory of doing a SweetPollyOliver to try to find his missing family members]], Lance got some HiddenDepths and Hunk got focus during their mission to help Shay and save the Balmera, with Allura becoming the focus after that. Keith in comparison, has gotten nothing but some moments that imply HiddenDepths, but are subject to AlternateCharacterInterpretation.
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