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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.
20th Dec '16 12:14:33 PM schoolmann
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* In ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', a running story line is that Debra is overwhelmed by taking care of the three children, who are nonetheless offscreen most of the time. As Ray whispers to the camera in the early season title sequence, "It's not really about the kids."
20th Dec '16 6:31:50 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the ''WarriorCatsOmenOfTheStars'' series, other than a handful of scenes, SpiritAdvisor Spottedleaf mostly disappeared from the plot, with her role as an adviser being given to Yellowfang.

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** In the ''WarriorCatsOmenOfTheStars'' ''Literature/WarriorCatsOmenOfTheStars'' series, other than a handful of scenes, SpiritAdvisor Spottedleaf mostly disappeared from the plot, with her role as an adviser being given to Yellowfang.
18th Dec '16 4:44:20 PM InSetsofThree
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** Mary, in the reboot. Despite the fact that she's been around since the 1940s and used to be a superheroine in her own right, she's treated with no more importance than newcomers Darla, Eugene, and Pedro. This is stark contrast to Freddy, who quickly becomes Billy's best friend and MoralityPet, and is treated as a more significant character than the rest of the foster siblings.

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** Mary, in the reboot. Despite the fact that she's been around since the 1940s and used to be a superheroine in her own right, she's treated with given no more attention or importance than newcomers Darla, Eugene, and Pedro. This is in stark contrast to Freddy, who quickly becomes Billy's best friend and MoralityPet, and is treated as a more significant character than the rest of the foster siblings.
18th Dec '16 4:40:28 PM InSetsofThree
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** Mary, in the reboot. Despite the fact that she's been around since the 1940s and used to be a superheroine in her own right, she's treated with no more importance than newcomers Darla, Eugene, and Pedro. This is stark contrast to Freddy, who quickly becomes Billy's best friend and MoralityPet, and is treated as a more significant character than the rest of the foster siblings.
17th Dec '16 10:00:02 PM PhilsLover
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* A similar variant happens in Pen and Paper [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]]. While this can easily happen in when a player is absent for too long or doesn't speak up enough, it also happens when a group is well-established and a newcomer happens to join. The group starts to act like the other person is not there, and as a result their character acts out of focus. This sometimes drives away newcomers, and discourages other people who have an interest in the game but have nobody to play with because the local group(s) are iron-bound.
* Often happens in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'', the Dogs of War have been shelved for being game breakers. But Kislev and other human nations barely get mentioned anymore to the point GW acts as if they don't exist.


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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A similar variant happens in Pen and Paper [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]]. While this can easily happen in when a player is absent for too long or doesn't speak up enough, it also happens when a group is well-established and a newcomer happens to join. The group starts to act like the other person is not there, and as a result their character acts out of focus. This sometimes drives away newcomers, and discourages other people who have an interest in the game but have nobody to play with because the local group(s) are iron-bound.
* Often happens in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'', the Dogs of War have been shelved for being game breakers. But Kislev and other human nations barely get mentioned anymore to the point GW acts as if they don't exist.
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