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13th Feb '16 12:44:47 PM quackytrope
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** Hayley. Her and Stan were the first two characters created for the show, when said show was envisioned as a modern ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' and would involve the characters bickering over politics. As the show got off the ground, more character-driven plots arose and politics became much less of a focus, thereby giving Hayley less purpose since unlike most of the other characters, even Stan, she didn't really have much to her character aside from Strawman Liberal. As a result, her airtime compared with Stan, Francine, Steve and Roger is increasingly minuscule; sometimes she doesn't appear for whole episodes, and other times she's lucky if she has similar screen time to Klaus (see below). This is noted in one episode, where in the final five seconds, both Klaus and then Hayley appear for the first time specifically to note that they now have an appearance in that episode [[BreakingTheFourthWall and have therefore earned their paycheck]]. Interestingly, the change in focus from politics to more character-driven humor has resulted in the show playing up Hayley's [[TheSlacker slacker]]/[[TheStoner/stoner]] tendencies while downplaying her activism.
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** Hayley. Her and Stan were the first two characters created for the show, when said show was envisioned as a modern ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' and would involve the characters bickering over politics. As the show got off the ground, more character-driven plots arose and politics became much less of a focus, thereby giving Hayley less purpose since unlike most of the other characters, even Stan, she didn't really have much to her character aside from Strawman Liberal. As a result, her airtime compared with Stan, Francine, Steve and Roger is increasingly minuscule; sometimes she doesn't appear for whole episodes, and other times she's lucky if she has similar screen time to Klaus (see below). This is noted in one episode, where in the final five seconds, both Klaus and then Hayley appear for the first time specifically to note that they now have an appearance in that episode [[BreakingTheFourthWall and have therefore earned their paycheck]]. Interestingly, the change in focus from politics to more character-driven humor has resulted in the show playing up Hayley's [[TheSlacker slacker]]/[[TheStoner/stoner]] slacker]]/[[TheStoner stoner]] tendencies while downplaying her activism.
13th Feb '16 12:44:08 PM quackytrope
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** Hayley. Her and Stan were the first two characters created for the show, when said show was envisioned as a modern ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' and would involve the characters bickering over politics. As the show got off the ground, more character-driven plots arose and politics became much less of a focus, thereby giving Hayley less purpose since unlike most of the other characters, even Stan, she didn't really have much to her character aside from Strawman Liberal. As a result, her airtime compared with Stan, Francine, Steve and Roger is increasingly minuscule; sometimes she doesn't appear for whole episodes, and other times she's lucky if she has similar screen time to Klaus (see below). This is noted in one episode, where in the final five seconds, both Klaus and then Hayley appear for the first time specifically to note that they now have an appearance in that episode [[BreakingTheFourthWall and have therefore earned their paycheck]].
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** Hayley. Her and Stan were the first two characters created for the show, when said show was envisioned as a modern ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' and would involve the characters bickering over politics. As the show got off the ground, more character-driven plots arose and politics became much less of a focus, thereby giving Hayley less purpose since unlike most of the other characters, even Stan, she didn't really have much to her character aside from Strawman Liberal. As a result, her airtime compared with Stan, Francine, Steve and Roger is increasingly minuscule; sometimes she doesn't appear for whole episodes, and other times she's lucky if she has similar screen time to Klaus (see below). This is noted in one episode, where in the final five seconds, both Klaus and then Hayley appear for the first time specifically to note that they now have an appearance in that episode [[BreakingTheFourthWall and have therefore earned their paycheck]]. Interestingly, the change in focus from politics to more character-driven humor has resulted in the show playing up Hayley's [[TheSlacker slacker]]/[[TheStoner/stoner]] tendencies while downplaying her activism.
6th Feb '16 5:15:34 PM Austin
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Tatsuki and the others are a good example of characters in the series going Out Of Focus, and there's no good reason they should be removed from the example.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Creator/TiteKubo paces the story slowly and cycles through such a huge cast that even the most important characters are ignored for long periods. For example, despite being in the middle of battle, Ichigo was barely referenced for a year and a half between 2008-2009 due to how many characters were fighting. In the Quincy-centric final arc, so many characters are again fighting that Uryuu wasn't seen for about as long, despite his vitally important role. Lampshaded by the anime team who have the characters occasionally joke about the length of time they're left out of the storyline.
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Creator/TiteKubo paces the story slowly and cycles through such a huge cast that even the most important characters are ignored for long periods. For example, despite being in the middle of battle, Ichigo was barely referenced for a year and a half between 2008-2009 due to how many characters were fighting. Tatsuki and most of the other posse associated with the high school setting were a very important part of the first arc, but were [[ShooOutTheClowns dropped like the first stage of a rocket]] once the story [[CerebusSyndrome shifted settings]]. In the Quincy-centric final arc, so many characters are again fighting that Uryuu wasn't seen for about as long, despite his vitally important role. Lampshaded by the anime team who have the characters occasionally joke about the length of time they're left out of the storyline.
3rd Feb '16 11:43:47 PM Isaac_Heller
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** This arguably started happening as early as ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories''. They were very major characters in the first game, as their search for King Mickey is one of the driving forces of the plot, but as more original characters, such as Roxas, Naminé, and Organization XIII, were introduced and [[CharacterFocus focused on]], Donald and Goofy ended up losing quite a bit of limelight. Come ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', their only role is to pretty much just be... there; the two are no longer essential to the story, and they aren't even present during the final battle.
1st Feb '16 5:46:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''Knight of Lodis'' has a smaller cast in general than ''TacticsOgre'', so it's a lot easier to keep the special characters like Ivanna, Orson, Shiven, etc in focus after they joined your party. Like with ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', you get variations on the ending depending on who survives. And to a greater extent, you see more characters talking against an enemy who [[ItsPersonal they have something personal against]]. (Nichart and Ivanna will talk with each other) However, the optional characters like Elrik and Eupharie don't speak much after their small story arc... Elrik ''does'' talk with Rimmon if he's still there.
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* ''Knight ''[[VideoGame/TacticsOgreTheKnightOfLodis Knight of Lodis'' Lodis]]'' has a smaller cast in general than ''TacticsOgre'', ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', so it's a lot easier to keep the special characters like Ivanna, Orson, Shiven, etc in focus after they joined your party. Like with ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', you get variations on the ending depending on who survives. And to a greater extent, you see more characters talking against an enemy who [[ItsPersonal they have something personal against]]. (Nichart and Ivanna will talk with each other) However, the optional characters like Elrik and Eupharie don't speak much after their small story arc... Elrik ''does'' talk with Rimmon if he's still there.
29th Jan '16 5:24:40 PM jmac9345
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Just adding an example.
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** Probably to bring focus to [[CousinOliver the new character, Chloe]], even the two main post [[UnCancelled un-cancellation]] characters, Poof and Sparky, have been absent since the beginning of season 10 [[FridgeLogic (Yet Foop appeared in the season premiere)]]. [[TheScrappy Not that fans seem to mind...]]
22nd Jan '16 4:34:42 AM rafi
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Barney used to be Homer's best friend in early seasons; later, he drifted away and Lenny and Carl became Homer's main friends.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': ** Barney used to be Homer's best friend in early seasons; later, he drifted away and Lenny and Carl became Homer's main friends.friends. ** The twin Sherri and Terri. In +20 seasons, they have never received a single ADayInTheLimelight episode where they are the protagonists.
19th Jan '16 7:13:36 PM Terran117
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* This is inevitable for ''Webcomic/Polandball'' where every country and even city or province can be a character. What makes this trope interesting in this universe is the fact that what makes a character appear often is their quirks rather than how relevant they are in RealLife. That being said, the Polandball comics seem to favor settings in the Balkans and in the Middle East and yet this trope applies to at least one in country in both those regions. ** For the Middle East, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain are pretty out of focus. They have no civil unrest to make for a good comic setting like Syria and Iraq do nor do they have enough human rights violations to appear as a RichBitch alongside Qatar, Saudi Arabia or the UAE. ** For the Balkans, Slovenia appears the least. The Balkan comics are famous in the fandom for their colorful cast of AxeCrazy ethno nationalist countryballs all trying to remove each other. Slovenia is the WhiteSheep of the Balkans, and thus wouldn't be involved in their antics but wouldn't fit in other comics set in Europe as well. ** For the Scandinavian countries, Iceland is featured the least. His 4 brothers all have pretty distinct traits (Sweden is a politically correct gamer rivaled with Lego lover Denmark while Norway is the most "viking" of the bunch while Finland is always depressed and alcoholic) while Iceland has nothing really standing out. ** As for the rest of Europe, Luxembourg and Portugal aren't in much despite being very close to attention grabbing neighbors. ** Among Central Asia, only Kazakhstan appears a lot.
19th Jan '16 3:12:50 PM margdean56
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* Of the original cast of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', only Charlie Brown (first strip) and Snoopy (third strip) lasted until the end. Schroeder almost qualifies in both directions (he first appeared about seven months in, and last appeared about five months before the end). There are even some indications in very early strips that Shermy (first strip) may have been intended as the main character. Remember Shermy? Exactly. The other character in the first strip, Patty ('''not'' Peppermint Patty, who is a different character), hung on much longer than Shermy, but her last appearance was a couple of years before the strip ended.
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* Of the original cast of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', only Charlie Brown (first strip) and Snoopy (third strip) lasted until the end. Schroeder almost qualifies in both directions (he first appeared about seven months in, and last appeared about five months before the end). There are even some indications in very early strips that Shermy (first strip) may have been intended as the main character. Remember Shermy? Exactly. The other character in the first strip, Patty ('''not'' (''not'' Peppermint Patty, who is a different character), hung on much longer than Shermy, but her last appearance was a couple of years before the strip ended.
19th Jan '16 3:10:48 PM margdean56
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** Ever since the end of 'the ''[[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]]'' and ''Young X-Men'' series, most of the 21st Century X-Kids have fallen victim to this. With the exception of a few characters like ComicBook/{{X 23}} (now part of the ComicBook/AllNewXMen) and Prodigy (now part of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers), most of the young mutants faded into the background in favor of the ''newer'' young mutants who were introduced after ''Second Coming'' and ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.
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** Ever since the end of 'the the ''[[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]]'' and ''Young X-Men'' series, most of the 21st Century X-Kids have fallen victim to this. With the exception of a few characters like ComicBook/{{X 23}} (now part of the ComicBook/AllNewXMen) and Prodigy (now part of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers), most of the young mutants faded into the background in favor of the ''newer'' young mutants who were introduced after ''Second Coming'' and ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.

* Ever since Barry Allen returned during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Wally West, his successor, has fell increasingly out of focus to the point that, after ''The Flash: Rebirth'', he barely appeared at all. He is the only Flash to be hit with this (as fans feared), as Jay Garrick has the ''Justice Society'' ongoing, and Bart returned to hsi role of Kid Flash.
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* Ever since Barry Allen returned during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Wally West, his successor, has fell fallen increasingly out of focus to the point that, after ''The Flash: Rebirth'', he barely appeared at all. He is the only Flash to be hit with this (as fans feared), as Jay Garrick has the ''Justice Society'' ongoing, and Bart returned to hsi his role of Kid Flash.
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