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[-[[caption-width-right:350:Bye, bye! See you again someday...[[LongBusTrip maybe]]. [[BusCrash We hope]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:Bye, bye! [-[[caption-width-right:350:[[VisualPun Bye-bye!]] See you again someday...[[LongBusTrip maybe]]. [[BusCrash We hope]].]]-]
26th Feb '17 1:58:57 PM AthenaBlue
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines"]], Dodo is sent off to the country to recuperate after being brainwashed in London, and is never seen again.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The "The War Machines"]], Dodo is sent off to the country to recuperate after being brainwashed in London, and is never seen again.



** Then there's Sarah Jane herself, who left ''Series/DoctorWho'' for a total of 30 years ([[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] doesn't ''quite'' count, as the Doctor she principally interacted with was still travelling with her, even though she left. Time travel's confusing that way.) [[LongBusRide Longest. Bus. Ride. Ever.]]

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** Then there's Sarah Jane herself, who left ''Series/DoctorWho'' for a total of 30 years ([[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] doesn't ''quite'' count, as the Doctor she principally interacted with was still travelling with her, even though she left. Time travel's confusing that way.) [[LongBusRide [[LongBusTrip Longest. Bus. Ride. Ever.]]
26th Feb '17 1:57:57 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'':
** Rosen, the Sons' original lawyer. In one episode a colleague of his, Ally Lowen, shows up with the explanation that Rosen couldn't come because he was "in court." From that point on he is not mentioned again and Lowen serves as the Sons' legal counsel.
** Vic Trammel, the sheriff's deputy on the Sons' payroll. He is shot while performing a traffic stop on behalf of the Sons, and never appears again (without even an explanation of whether he died from his injuries, retired from the force, etc).


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* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'':
** Rosen, the Sons' original lawyer. In one episode a colleague of his, Ally Lowen, shows up with the explanation that Rosen couldn't come because he was "in court." From that point on he is not mentioned again and Lowen serves as the Sons' legal counsel.
** Vic Trammel, the sheriff's deputy on the Sons' payroll. He is shot while performing a traffic stop on behalf of the Sons, and never appears again (without even an explanation of whether he died from his injuries, retired from the force, etc).
26th Feb '17 1:56:58 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheHero Kouji Kabuto himself and his BattleCouple, Sayaka, at the end of the series (to be exact, they were put on a plane and sent to America), and they were replaced by TheHero and the ActionGirl from the next series, ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' (Tetsuya and Jun). In fact, all ''Anime/MazingerZ'' characters but Shiro, Boss and his gang when ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' started, although a few of them returned in the last season for the GrandFinale (Kouji, Sayaka, Prof. Yumi and [[spoiler:Dr. Hell]]). In ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', Kouji was the only character from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was not (although Boss made a cameo appearance). Creator/GoNagai intended Sayaka to return, too, but ExecutiveMeddling prevented this from happening. In the manga versions, though, more characters and settings from the original series show up.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Hiei mysteriously disappears after the first few episodes in the Sensui arc, using the excuse that he doesn't care whether or not the human world is destroyed. He turns up several episodes to test Yusuke's strength. He goes on a temporary bus again when the team enters Sensui's hideout and battle Gamemaster. Hiei notes, "I know as much of games as I do hugs or puppies and care for them even less" and falls asleep. He remains like this for several episodes.
** A much more straight example would be Kuwabara in the final arc. While the other main characters travel to the demon realm he stays behind to focus on his studies and is only seen at the beginning and the end of the arc.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Misty left the show five years in and has been stuck preventing her sisters from messing up the Cerulean Gym ever since. She was followed by May ([[TagalongKid and her brother Max]]), who in turn was followed by Dawn, with both getting four years before joining Misty on the bus. If an interview with the anime director is anything to go by, this will be the fate for every female main character who travels with Ash in the series every time a new generation of Pokémon comes out. Misty's departure has not been welcomed by fans, who claim that ''Pokémon'' has been [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks ruined forever]].
** Brock was also briefly put on a bus earlier in the show's run. Unfortunately, [[ReplacementScrappy Tracey was generally poorly received]] so he was quickly put on a bus himself (though remaining a minor character in Ash's hometown) and Brock remained as a main character in the show for 11 years before he was put back on the bus, and replaced by Cilan. When X and Y rolled around, Cilan himself was replaced by Clemont ([[TagalongKid and his sister Bonnie]]). Should this pattern continue, the male companion slot now holds the same disposability that the female companion slot does.
** Brock was temporarily put on a bus so many times that his abrupt return was a running gag at every opportunity. His reappearances even go from awesome to laughable: During Hoenn he makes a BigDamnHeroes moment when the cast is attacked by wild Pokémon (which would be completely unexpected if not for [[SpoilerOpening his presence in the opening]]). The next time, when Ash and his group leave for the Battle Frontier, the narrator is about to close up the episode, but is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny promptly interrupted by Brock showing up to tag along.]]. Then in Diamond & Pearl, Brock just gets off a truck on the side of the road where Ash happens to be.
** This trope also applies to most of Ash's Pokémon. Some, like Squirtle and Charizard, are left with other trainers but will occasionally reappear, while others, like Pidgeot, Butterfree, Lapras, Goodra, and Greninja are released and disappear entirely, although Lapras made one reappearance in late Johto. Sometimes Ash will promise to come back for the Pokemon he releases, as shown by his usage of Goodra in the Kalos League (who he released again after it was done). An especially notable example is Ash's Primeape, who he left with another Trainer similarly to Squirtle and Charizard but hasn't been seen again since the first season. In fact, Ash has made it a habit to leave behind all of his Pokémon except Pikachu in Professor Oak's lab when he travels to each new region.
** One of the most egregious examples of this was with Heracross; in order to participate in a tournament, he sends Heracross back to get his Tauros. At the end of the episode, he sends Tauros back... ''but does not get Heracross.'' Heracross eventually returns for the Johto league.
** Also applies to many of Team Rocket's Pokémon, such as Weezing, Arbok, and Dustox.
** Notable is James's Victreebel, who was put on a bus, and replaced with a new one in the same episode....who was ''also'' put on a bus by the end of the episode.
** Though given [[WalkingTheEarth the nature of the series]], it's less being put ''on'' the bus as much as being let ''off''.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' did this to Chibiusa whenever they sent her back to the future, though after the first time the reasoning was dubious. Mamoru was put on a plane for the ''Stars'' season of the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]], and his fate remained unknown until the final showdown with the BigBad. The [[SixthRanger Outer Senshi]] themselves have a habit of showing up for arbitrarily specific dangers, mostly so the writers can prune down the cast manageably. Sailor Senshi Placeholder Naru was continuously put on a bus after the introduction of all the actual senshi, being brought back several times until she was just written out completely in the last season.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheHero Kouji Kabuto himself In ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'', Ai and his BattleCouple, Sayaka, at her twin brother Makoto are suspiciously absent during the end "visitors from Tokyo" arc.
* Yasuko from ''Manga/AoiHana'' conveniently starts studying in England, after she fulfilled her role of causing Fumi lots of heartbreak and teenage angst.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' does this with [[spoiler: the four Titan Shifters]].
** [[spoiler: Annie ''seems'' to be suffering from this when she joins the Military Police Brigade, but she spends the next storyline as the primary antagonist in her Titan form. Once revealed and cornered, though, she puts herself in a CrystalPrison and has been in custody offscreen since]].
** [[spoiler: Reiner, Bertolt, and Ymir all flee human territory in the aftermath
of the series (to climatic battle with the multi-branch force, leaving when or if they'll reappear again anyone's guess.]]
%%* A lot of characters in ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' have been loaded onto buses.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' [[spoiler:Nakai]], after [[spoiler:in the course of a few days, alienating Aoki by asking her to
be exact, his girlfriend in order for him to draw for her, losing his job as assistant when the manga he's working on gets canceled, alienating his fellow assistant when his proposal for Aoki comes to light, and upsetting quite a few of his friends as a result]], decides that he used his art skills for the wrong reasons, and leaves for home. Takagi considers having him come back and work for them as an assistant, but Mashiro suggests that if he comes back, it should be as a {{mangaka}}, before the scene cuts to [[spoiler:Nakai]] discontent with his life and looking a some manga volumes. It's also worth noting that [[spoiler:Fukuda]] asked him if he was willing to let things end the way they did as he left, which is some indication that he may not.
** [[spoiler:The bus came back, and he's just as bad as when he left.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', all teams who weren't the Bladebreakers in season 1
were put on a plane and sent to America), and they were replaced by TheHero and the ActionGirl from the next series, ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' (Tetsuya and Jun). In fact, all ''Anime/MazingerZ'' characters but Shiro, Boss and his gang when ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' started, although a few bus in season 2. [[TheBusCameBack most of them returned come back]] in the last season for the GrandFinale (Kouji, Sayaka, Prof. Yumi 3, but mostly imcomplete and [[spoiler:Dr. Hell]]). In ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', Kouji was the only character from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was not (although Boss made a cameo appearance). Creator/GoNagai intended Sayaka to return, too, but ExecutiveMeddling prevented this from happening. In the manga versions, though, more characters and settings from the original series show up.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Hiei mysteriously disappears after the first few episodes
DemotedToExtra. The teams introduced in the Sensui arc, using the excuse that he doesn't care whether or not the human world is destroyed. He turns up several episodes to test Yusuke's strength. He goes on a temporary bus again when the team enters Sensui's hideout and battle Gamemaster. Hiei notes, "I know as much of games as I do hugs or puppies and care for them even less" and falls asleep. He remains like this for several episodes.
** A much more straight example would be Kuwabara in the final arc. While the other main characters travel to the demon realm he stays behind to focus on his studies and is only seen at the beginning and the end of the arc.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Misty left the show five years in and has been stuck preventing her sisters from messing up the Cerulean Gym ever since. She was followed by May ([[TagalongKid and her brother Max]]), who in turn was followed by Dawn, with both getting four years
season 2 disappeared before joining Misty on the bus. If an interview with the anime director is anything to go by, this will be the fate for every female main character who travels with Ash in the series every time a new generation of Pokémon comes out. Misty's departure has not been welcomed by fans, who claim that ''Pokémon'' has been [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks ruined forever]].
season 3.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Brock was also briefly put on a bus earlier in the show's run. Unfortunately, [[ReplacementScrappy Tracey was generally poorly received]] so he was quickly put on a bus himself (though remaining a minor character in Ash's hometown) and Brock remained as a main character in the show for 11 years before he was put back on the bus, and replaced by Cilan. When X and Y rolled around, Cilan himself was replaced by Clemont ([[TagalongKid and his sister Bonnie]]). Should this pattern continue, the male companion slot now holds the same disposability that the female companion slot does.
** Brock was temporarily put on a bus so many times that his abrupt return was a running gag at every opportunity. His reappearances even go from awesome to laughable: During Hoenn he makes a BigDamnHeroes moment when the cast is attacked by wild Pokémon (which would be completely unexpected if not for [[SpoilerOpening his presence in the opening]]). The next time, when Ash and his group leave for the Battle Frontier, the narrator is about to close up the episode, but is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny promptly interrupted by Brock showing up to tag along.]]. Then in Diamond & Pearl, Brock just gets off a truck on the side of the road where Ash happens to be.
** This trope also applies to most of Ash's Pokémon. Some, like Squirtle and Charizard, are left with other trainers but will occasionally reappear, while others, like Pidgeot, Butterfree, Lapras, Goodra, and Greninja are released and disappear entirely, although Lapras made one reappearance in late Johto. Sometimes Ash will promise to come back for the Pokemon he releases, as shown by his usage of Goodra in the Kalos League (who he released again after it was done). An especially notable example is Ash's Primeape, who he left with another Trainer similarly to Squirtle and Charizard but hasn't been seen again since the first season. In fact, Ash has made it a habit to leave behind all of his Pokémon except Pikachu in Professor Oak's lab when he travels to each new region.
** One of the most egregious examples of this was with Heracross; in order to participate in a tournament, he sends Heracross back to get his Tauros.
At the end of the episode, he sends Tauros back... ''but Lost Agent Arc, the Fullbringers are written out of the story. Riruka departs alone after a plea for people to forget her. Shishigawara, Jackie and Yukio go their own separates, although Yukio does comment that in three years time, he'll reform the group. [[spoiler: Ginjou, Tsukishima and Giriko die, but since the dead go to the afterlife where most of the story takes place, they aren't written out so much as gain a change of address.]]
** Tensa Zangetsu's sword form was shattered and Mayuri says there's no coming back from that for a zanpakutou's bankai, so Ichigo had to get his zanpakutou completely remade. What his new bankai will be, and the consequences for Tensa Zangetsu, have
not get Heracross.'' Heracross eventually returns for been revealed.
** Being exclusive to
the Johto league.
** Also applies to many of Team Rocket's Pokémon, such
Anime, the Bounts (Also known as Weezing, Arbok, and Dustox.
** Notable is James's Victreebel, who was
Vampires) as a whole were put on a bus, and replaced despite one surviving.
** This happens quite a lot,
with a new one in many characters (Ganju, Kukaku, Hanataro, Nel, etc.) being all but dropped after the same episode....who was ''also'' put on end of a bus by story arc.
* In the ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' anime, Meiling returns to Hong Kong just before the climax of the first arc. She makes guest appearances near
the end of the episode.
** Though given [[WalkingTheEarth
second arc and in the nature of the series]], it's less being put ''on'' the bus as much as being let ''off''.
[[TheMovie movie epilogue]].
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' did this to Chibiusa whenever they sent her back to the future, though after the first time the reasoning was dubious. Mamoru was put on a plane for the ''Stars'' season of the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]], and his fate remained unknown until the final showdown with the BigBad. The [[SixthRanger Outer Senshi]] themselves have a habit of showing up for arbitrarily specific dangers, mostly so the writers can prune down the cast manageably. Sailor Senshi Placeholder Naru was continuously put on a bus after the introduction of all the actual senshi, being brought back several times until she was just ''Manga/ChocottoSister'' has [[spoiler:Ayano]] written out so seamlessly that Haruma's heartbreak over her [[ShaggyDogStory seems rather pointless]] in the end.
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' has a curious variety, in that [[spoiler: Fuko]] gets written out of the story by [[spoiler: having people
completely forget about her.]]
** Additionally, due to the Visual Novel Origin of the series, characters will often be put on short bus trips for the story arcs that don't concern them. Examples include Sunohara's whereabouts
in the last season.Kotomi arc, Nagisa at several points in the story (which actually was displayed and had a visible impact on Tomoya, as he was hounded by the rest of the harem in that timeframe), Kotomi, Ryou, and Kyou in the Miyazawa arc, and Miyazawa in almost every arc besides her own and the "Absent Nagisa" storylines.



* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Zelgadis]] was put on a bus after the first arc wrapped up. He reappeared 8 episodes later, and stayed a main character for the rest of the franchise. [[TheMedic Sylphiel]] was also put on a bus in ''Slayers TRY'' (season 3), being replaced by the Golden Dragon [[{{Tsundere}} Filia]], and doesn't return until the end of season 4 (''Slayers Revolution''). Filia herself was also bussed off immediately after ''TRY'' ended, along with all of the other characters exclusive to that season.
** [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Amelia]] is randomly put on a bus at various points in the first arc of the novels (seasons 1 and 2 of the anime are based off of them), and she, Zelgadis, and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Xellos]] are put on a bus after the first arc ended. They are replaced with [[TheRival Luke]] and [[MoralityChain Milina]]; unfortunately, the latter two weren't popular enough to appear in other media (other than the ''Hourglass of Falces'' manga).
** Finally, Zelgadis was absent without explanation in the ''Knight of the Aqualord'' manga; Lina, Gourry, and Amelia all have major roles in that story.
* Tenma went overseas and essentially out of the mainstream storyline of ''Manga/SchoolRumble''.
* ''Franchise/MaiHime'':
** In ''Anime/MaiHime'', this happens to [[spoiler:Akane Higurashi]] after her boyfriend and [[spoiler:MIP Kazuya is killed as a side-effect of Miyu destroying Akane's CHILD]]. She's shown twice afterwards in a particularly heartbreaking HeroicBSOD state, which she doesn't recover from until the end of the series... when [[spoiler:Mashiro revives Kazuya and restores her powers just in time for her and the defeated [=HiME=]s to join Mai and Mikoto in the last battle.]]
** It happened to [[spoiler:her ''Anime/MaiOtome'' counterpart]], as well. She disappears after the midway point of the series to run off with her [[spoiler:newfound lover]], only to return for the final showdown.
** Mai's friends Chie and Aoi leave the school after it shuts down, and are thus absent for the climax.
* The military structure of the [[HeroesRUs Space-Time Administration Bureau]] in ''Francise/LyricalNanoha'' makes this easy. Don't need someone for now? Just ship them off to a post that the current arc isn't focusing on. Need them back? Either reassign them to the main characters' branch or have their department help out on the current crisis.
** ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' does this to all but one character introduced before ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'' (Mariel), and ''Anime/VividStrike'' does the same thing to all but four characters of the pre-''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'' cast (Vivio, Nove, Sein, and Ixpellia).
** In fact, ''Nanoha'' does this so much that there are only ''three'' characters who have appeared in every season since their introduction (and even then, only if you include cameos): Nove, Vivio, and Einhart.
* Happens quite a few times in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
** The most blatant example would be Fugo leaving Giorno's group in the middle of Part 5 (because he thought their mission was suicide) and never gets mentioned again. (The real life reason being that Araki made his Stand [[SuperpowerLottery too cheap to write good fights for]].)
** Joseph after leaving Morioh at the end of Part 4 is never so much as mentioned again. Now, seeing as he was about 80, it's safe to assume he's dead, but it's still pretty odd that it's never been brought up for a main character.
** Giorno is last shown at the end of Part 5 and was later stated by WordOfGod to be in Florida during Part 6 after Pucci gained the Joestar birthmark. There's a chance he should have been drawn to Pucci by the bloodline connection, but still doesn't appear. [[spoiler: If he did, his NoSell ability would've been very useful against the GravitySucks and later RetGone abilities of Pucci's Stand, and despite not being there for the battle, he is one of 3 people unaffected by the change to a new universe (the others being Emporio and Rohan)]]

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Zelgadis]] was put on a bus after the first arc wrapped up. He reappeared 8 episodes later, ''Manga/FairyTail'': Jellal and stayed a main character Laxus. TheBusCameBack for the rest both of the franchise. [[TheMedic Sylphiel]] was them, though Jellal comes back twice.
** It
also put on a bus in ''Slayers TRY'' (season 3), being replaced by the Golden Dragon [[{{Tsundere}} Filia]], and doesn't return until the end of season 4 (''Slayers Revolution''). Filia herself was also bussed off immediately after ''TRY'' ended, along with all of the other characters exclusive to that season.
** [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Amelia]] is randomly put on a bus at various points in the first arc of the novels (seasons 1 and 2 of the anime are based off of them), and she, Zelgadis, and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Xellos]] are put on a bus after the first arc ended. They are replaced with [[TheRival Luke]] and [[MoralityChain Milina]]; unfortunately, the latter two weren't popular enough to appear in other media (other than the ''Hourglass of Falces'' manga).
** Finally, Zelgadis was absent without explanation in the ''Knight of the Aqualord'' manga; Lina, Gourry, and Amelia all have major roles in that story.
* Tenma went overseas and essentially out of the mainstream storyline of ''Manga/SchoolRumble''.
* ''Franchise/MaiHime'':
** In ''Anime/MaiHime'', this
happens to [[spoiler:Akane Higurashi]] after her boyfriend and [[spoiler:MIP Kazuya is killed as a side-effect of Miyu destroying Akane's CHILD]]. She's shown twice afterwards in a particularly heartbreaking HeroicBSOD state, which she doesn't recover from until the end of the series... when [[spoiler:Mashiro revives Kazuya and restores her powers just in time for her and the defeated [=HiME=]s to join Mai and Mikoto in the last battle.]]
** It happened to [[spoiler:her ''Anime/MaiOtome'' counterpart]], as well. She disappears after the midway point of the series to run off with her [[spoiler:newfound lover]], only to return for the final showdown.
** Mai's friends Chie and Aoi leave the school after it shuts down, and are thus absent for the climax.
* The military structure of the [[HeroesRUs Space-Time Administration Bureau]] in ''Francise/LyricalNanoha'' makes this easy. Don't need someone for now? Just ship them off to a post that the current arc isn't focusing on. Need them back? Either reassign them to the main characters' branch or have their department help out on the current crisis.
** ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' does this to all but one character introduced before ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'' (Mariel), and ''Anime/VividStrike'' does the same thing to all but four characters of the pre-''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'' cast (Vivio, Nove, Sein, and Ixpellia).
** In fact, ''Nanoha'' does this so much that there are only ''three'' characters who have appeared in every season since their introduction (and even then, only if you include cameos): Nove, Vivio, and Einhart.
* Happens quite a few times in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
** The most blatant example would be Fugo leaving Giorno's group in the middle of Part 5 (because
Gildarts twice, though he thought their mission was suicide) and never gets mentioned again. (The real life reason being that Araki made his Stand [[SuperpowerLottery too cheap to write good fights for]].)
** Joseph after leaving Morioh at the end of Part 4 is never so much as mentioned again. Now, seeing as
has gotten two [[NoDialogueEpisode NoDialogueEpisodes]] showing what he was about 80, it's safe to assume he's dead, but it's still pretty odd that it's never has been brought up for a main character.
** Giorno is last shown at the end of Part 5 and was later stated by WordOfGod to be in Florida during Part 6 after Pucci gained the Joestar birthmark. There's a chance he should have been drawn to Pucci by the bloodline connection, but still doesn't appear. [[spoiler: If he did, his NoSell ability would've been very useful against the GravitySucks and later RetGone abilities of Pucci's Stand, and despite not being there for the battle, he is one of 3 people unaffected by the change to a new universe (the others being Emporio and Rohan)]]
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* In the ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' anime, Meiling returns to Hong Kong just before the climax of the first arc. She makes guest appearances near the end of the second arc and in the [[TheMovie movie epilogue]].
* A great deal of minor characters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' are frequently brought back after being sent off, including Duke Devlin, Mai Valentine, Serenity Wheeler, and countless others. But then, almost every season a new duel tournament begins, so they have a semi-genuine reason to bring back the old characters all at once. In Season 3, the Ishtars board a plane home to Egypt and return in the final season.
* Daichi/Bastion Misawa of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' got put on a bus partway through season 2, after freeing himself from the recruiting cult's [[MoreThanMindControl brainwashing]], done through a ShoutOut to the original EurekaMoment. [[BrainBleach At least the dub edited in a pair of underwear...]] He returned next season to give some ExpoSpeak and a little TechnoBabble... and got put on a bus all over again. And he started out as a major character, too, before being DemotedToExtra. Poor guy practically had a bus pass.
* ''Manga/ChocottoSister'' has [[spoiler:Ayano]] written out so seamlessly that Haruma's heartbreak over her [[ShaggyDogStory seems rather pointless]] in the end.
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Snow is absent for 26 episodes straight in the anime after being captured. She was also captured in the manga but it was much shorter (only about 20 or so chapters, equivalent to maybe 8-10 episodes normally), the main reason is because various filler episodes delayed her rescue for some time. She only shows up in flashbacks/stock footage when Ginta occasionally angsts about how he wants to save her.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', when [[spoiler:Pen-Pen]] gets put on a bus, you know that the show [[ShooOutTheClowns won't have any more comic relief]].
* Yasuko from ''Manga/AoiHana'' conveniently starts studying in England, after she fulfilled her role of causing Fumi lots of heartbreak and teenage angst.
* Koromo from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' simply doesn't attend the individual tournament, limiting her displays of TabletopGame/{{Mahjong}} prowess to a few scenes in the team tournament arc.
* Noel and Chisato in the manga and anime versions of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' suffered this fate, as both the manga and the anime got interrupted before the Energy Nede arc. And as a result, the manga adaptation of ''Star Ocean: Blue Sphere'', the direct sequel of ''Second Story'' does as if they never existed.
** And speaking of the ''Blue Sphere'' manga, Bowman was hit with this trope too, as by the beginning of it he's a father, and the team wanted him to stay with his family. After the first few chapters, he's never brought up again in the storyline. Oh, did we mention that Bowman joins the team no matter what in the original game?

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* In the ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' anime, Meiling returns to Hong Kong just before the climax ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
** Leorio and Kurapika, two
of the first arc. She makes guest appearances near main characters were put in a bus for years! Fortunately, they both have been seen in later chapters.
** Ironically, it looks like Killua has been put on a bus since he's off to travel with his sister Alluka for a bit.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - The Producer on the ''Live For You'' OVA
* Happens quite a few times in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
** The most blatant example would be Fugo leaving Giorno's group in the middle of Part 5 (because he thought their mission was suicide) and never gets mentioned again. (The real life reason being that Araki made his Stand [[SuperpowerLottery too cheap to write good fights for]].)
** Joseph after leaving Morioh at
the end of Part 4 is never so much as mentioned again. Now, seeing as he was about 80, it's safe to assume he's dead, but it's still pretty odd that it's never been brought up for a main character.
** Giorno is last shown at
the second end of Part 5 and was later stated by WordOfGod to be in Florida during Part 6 after Pucci gained the Joestar birthmark. There's a chance he should have been drawn to Pucci by the bloodline connection, but still doesn't appear. [[spoiler: If he did, his NoSell ability would've been very useful against the GravitySucks and later RetGone abilities of Pucci's Stand, and despite not being there for the battle, he is one of 3 people unaffected by the change to a new universe (the others being Emporio and Rohan)]]
* The military structure of the [[HeroesRUs Space-Time Administration Bureau]] in ''Francise/LyricalNanoha'' makes this easy. Don't need someone for now? Just ship them off to a post that the current
arc isn't focusing on. Need them back? Either reassign them to the main characters' branch or have their department help out on the current crisis.
** ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' does this to all but one character introduced before ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'' (Mariel),
and in ''Anime/VividStrike'' does the [[TheMovie movie epilogue]].
* A great deal of minor
same thing to all but four characters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' of the pre-''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'' cast (Vivio, Nove, Sein, and Ixpellia).
** In fact, ''Nanoha'' does this so much that there
are frequently brought back after being sent off, including Duke Devlin, Mai Valentine, Serenity Wheeler, and countless others. But then, almost only ''three'' characters who have appeared in every season a new duel tournament begins, so they have a semi-genuine reason to bring back the old characters all at once. In Season 3, the Ishtars board a plane home to Egypt and return in the final season.
* Daichi/Bastion Misawa of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' got put on a bus partway through season 2, after freeing himself from the recruiting cult's [[MoreThanMindControl brainwashing]], done through a ShoutOut to the original EurekaMoment. [[BrainBleach At least the dub edited in a pair of underwear...]] He returned next season to give some ExpoSpeak and a little TechnoBabble... and got put on a bus all over again. And he started out as a major character, too, before being DemotedToExtra. Poor guy practically had a bus pass.
* ''Manga/ChocottoSister'' has [[spoiler:Ayano]] written out so seamlessly that Haruma's heartbreak over her [[ShaggyDogStory seems rather pointless]] in the end.
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Snow is absent for 26 episodes straight in the anime after being captured. She was also captured in the manga but it was much shorter (only about 20 or so chapters, equivalent to maybe 8-10 episodes normally), the main reason is because various filler episodes delayed her rescue for some time. She
since their introduction (and even then, only shows up in flashbacks/stock footage when Ginta occasionally angsts about how he wants to save her.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', when [[spoiler:Pen-Pen]] gets put on a bus,
if you know that the show [[ShooOutTheClowns won't have any more comic relief]].
* Yasuko from ''Manga/AoiHana'' conveniently starts studying in England, after she fulfilled her role of causing Fumi lots of heartbreak
include cameos): Nove, Vivio, and teenage angst.
* Koromo from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' simply doesn't attend the individual tournament, limiting her displays of TabletopGame/{{Mahjong}} prowess to a few scenes in the team tournament arc.
* Noel and Chisato in the manga and anime versions of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' suffered this fate, as both the manga and the anime got interrupted before the Energy Nede arc. And as a result, the manga adaptation of ''Star Ocean: Blue Sphere'', the direct sequel of ''Second Story'' does as if they never existed.
** And speaking of the ''Blue Sphere'' manga, Bowman was hit with this trope too, as by the beginning of it he's a father, and the team wanted him to stay with his family. After the first few chapters, he's never brought up again in the storyline. Oh, did we mention that Bowman joins the team no matter what in the original game?
Einhart.



* ''Franchise/MaiHime'':
** In ''Anime/MaiHime'', this happens to [[spoiler:Akane Higurashi]] after her boyfriend and [[spoiler:MIP Kazuya is killed as a side-effect of Miyu destroying Akane's CHILD]]. She's shown twice afterwards in a particularly heartbreaking HeroicBSOD state, which she doesn't recover from until the end of the series... when [[spoiler:Mashiro revives Kazuya and restores her powers just in time for her and the defeated [=HiME=]s to join Mai and Mikoto in the last battle.]]
** It happened to [[spoiler:her ''Anime/MaiOtome'' counterpart]], as well. She disappears after the midway point of the series to run off with her [[spoiler:newfound lover]], only to return for the final showdown.
** Mai's friends Chie and Aoi leave the school after it shuts down, and are thus absent for the climax.
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Snow is absent for 26 episodes straight in the anime after being captured. She was also captured in the manga but it was much shorter (only about 20 or so chapters, equivalent to maybe 8-10 episodes normally), the main reason is because various filler episodes delayed her rescue for some time. She only shows up in flashbacks/stock footage when Ginta occasionally angsts about how he wants to save her.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheHero Kouji Kabuto himself and his BattleCouple, Sayaka, at the end of the series (to be exact, they were put on a plane and sent to America), and they were replaced by TheHero and the ActionGirl from the next series, ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' (Tetsuya and Jun). In fact, all ''Anime/MazingerZ'' characters but Shiro, Boss and his gang when ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' started, although a few of them returned in the last season for the GrandFinale (Kouji, Sayaka, Prof. Yumi and [[spoiler:Dr. Hell]]). In ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', Kouji was the only character from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was not (although Boss made a cameo appearance). Creator/GoNagai intended Sayaka to return, too, but ExecutiveMeddling prevented this from happening. In the manga versions, though, more characters and settings from the original series show up.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': The epilogue shows [[spoiler:Judau Ashta leaving the AEUG, and going on a trip to Jupiter with Roux Louka aboard a Jupitris-class cruiser - where he is reunited with his sister Leina.]]
** [[spoiler: It could be argued that this was Yoshiyuki Tomino's way of wrapping up the plot threads of ZZ while paving the way for Char Aznable's return in ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam Chars Counterattack}}'']].
** [[spoiler: Judau does show up again 35 years later, incognito, in the later manga ''Manga/{{Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam}}: Skull Heart.'' [[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/v-sidestory/gump.htm He even pilots a...err, "modified" version of the ZZ Gundam.]]]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The most prominent example is Yamato, who is put on a bus since the beginning of the [[spoiler:Fourth Shinobi World War]]. He doesn't show up again until Chapter 677.
** During the Sasuke's Rescure arc, most jonin and chunin and some genin (Shino) were send to other missions, so Tsunade was forced to send a team of a fresh chunin (Shikamaru) and four genins (Naruto, Neji, Choji and Kiba). Shino lampshaded that he's still ashamed from being put on a pus at that time and he wanted to part of the rescue team. And Sakura was put on a bus because she was too bad for the team.
** Sasuke disappeared for three years in the story and wasn't there during the Gaara's Rescue arc.
** Kakashi was put on a bus for one arc after Gaara was rescued, due to exhaustion of his last battle.
*** Kakashi was put on a bus again [[spoiler:after his fight against Obito, when he was sitting in the world of Kamui where he sews his cut wounds]]. However, [[spoiler:he can apparently see what Obito can see]].
** During the Pain arc, Team Guy and Hiashi Hyuga were send to other missions. The Team Guy showed up later, but they couldn't do anything.
** In the manga, Anko appeared only in the Chunin Exam arc, [[spoiler:Fourth Shinobi World War and the final chapter]].
** Iruka, the first teacher and an important character for Naruto, is so barely seen that you can count all of his appearances by hand.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', when [[spoiler:Pen-Pen]] gets put on a bus, you know that the show [[ShooOutTheClowns won't have any more comic relief]].



* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' [[spoiler:Nakai]], after [[spoiler:in the course of a few days, alienating Aoki by asking her to be his girlfriend in order for him to draw for her, losing his job as assistant when the manga he's working on gets canceled, alienating his fellow assistant when his proposal for Aoki comes to light, and upsetting quite a few of his friends as a result]], decides that he used his art skills for the wrong reasons, and leaves for home. Takagi considers having him come back and work for them as an assistant, but Mashiro suggests that if he comes back, it should be as a {{mangaka}}, before the scene cuts to [[spoiler:Nakai]] discontent with his life and looking a some manga volumes. It's also worth noting that [[spoiler:Fukuda]] asked him if he was willing to let things end the way they did as he left, which is some indication that he may not.
** [[spoiler:The bus came back, and he's just as bad as when he left.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' [[spoiler:Nakai]], after [[spoiler:in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Misty left
the course of a few days, alienating Aoki by asking show five years in and has been stuck preventing her sisters from messing up the Cerulean Gym ever since. She was followed by May ([[TagalongKid and her brother Max]]), who in turn was followed by Dawn, with both getting four years before joining Misty on the bus. If an interview with the anime director is anything to go by, this will be the fate for every female main character who travels with Ash in the series every time a new generation of Pokémon comes out. Misty's departure has not been welcomed by fans, who claim that ''Pokémon'' has been [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks ruined forever]].
** Brock was also briefly put on a bus earlier in the show's run. Unfortunately, [[ReplacementScrappy Tracey was generally poorly received]] so he was quickly put on a bus himself (though remaining a minor character in Ash's hometown) and Brock remained as a main character in the show for 11 years before he was put back on the bus, and replaced by Cilan. When X and Y rolled around, Cilan himself was replaced by Clemont ([[TagalongKid and
his girlfriend in order for him to draw for her, losing sister Bonnie]]). Should this pattern continue, the male companion slot now holds the same disposability that the female companion slot does.
** Brock was temporarily put on a bus so many times that
his job as assistant abrupt return was a running gag at every opportunity. His reappearances even go from awesome to laughable: During Hoenn he makes a BigDamnHeroes moment when the manga he's working on gets canceled, alienating cast is attacked by wild Pokémon (which would be completely unexpected if not for [[SpoilerOpening his fellow assistant presence in the opening]]). The next time, when Ash and his proposal for Aoki comes to light, and upsetting quite a few of his friends as a result]], decides that he used his art skills group leave for the wrong reasons, Battle Frontier, the narrator is about to close up the episode, but is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny promptly interrupted by Brock showing up to tag along.]]. Then in Diamond & Pearl, Brock just gets off a truck on the side of the road where Ash happens to be.
** This trope also applies to most of Ash's Pokémon. Some, like Squirtle
and leaves for home. Takagi considers having him Charizard, are left with other trainers but will occasionally reappear, while others, like Pidgeot, Butterfree, Lapras, Goodra, and Greninja are released and disappear entirely, although Lapras made one reappearance in late Johto. Sometimes Ash will promise to come back and work for them as an assistant, but Mashiro suggests that if he comes back, it should be as a {{mangaka}}, before the scene cuts to [[spoiler:Nakai]] discontent Pokemon he releases, as shown by his usage of Goodra in the Kalos League (who he released again after it was done). An especially notable example is Ash's Primeape, who he left with another Trainer similarly to Squirtle and Charizard but hasn't been seen again since the first season. In fact, Ash has made it a habit to leave behind all of his life and looking a some manga volumes. It's also worth noting that [[spoiler:Fukuda]] asked him if he was willing to let things end the way they did as he left, which is some indication that he may not.
** [[spoiler:The bus came back, and he's just as bad as
Pokémon except Pikachu in Professor Oak's lab when he left.]]travels to each new region.
** One of the most egregious examples of this was with Heracross; in order to participate in a tournament, he sends Heracross back to get his Tauros. At the end of the episode, he sends Tauros back... ''but does not get Heracross.'' Heracross eventually returns for the Johto league.
** Also applies to many of Team Rocket's Pokémon, such as Weezing, Arbok, and Dustox.
** Notable is James's Victreebel, who was put on a bus, and replaced with a new one in the same episode....who was ''also'' put on a bus by the end of the episode.
** Though given [[WalkingTheEarth the nature of the series]], it's less being put ''on'' the bus as much as being let ''off''.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** At the end of the Lost Agent Arc, the Fullbringers are written out of the story. Riruka departs alone after a plea for people to forget her. Shishigawara, Jackie and Yukio go their own separates, although Yukio does comment that in three years time, he'll reform the group. [[spoiler: Ginjou, Tsukishima and Giriko die, but since the dead go to the afterlife where most of the story takes place, they aren't written out so much as gain a change of address.]]
** Tensa Zangetsu's sword form was shattered and Mayuri says there's no coming back from that for a zanpakutou's bankai, so Ichigo had to get his zanpakutou completely remade. What his new bankai will be, and the consequences for Tensa Zangetsu, have not been revealed.
** Being exclusive to the Anime, the Bounts (Also known as Vampires) as a whole were put on a bus, despite one surviving.
** This happens quite a lot, with many characters (Ganju, Kukaku, Hanataro, Nel, etc.) being all but dropped after the end of a story arc.
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' has a curious variety, in that [[spoiler: Fuko]] gets written out of the story by [[spoiler: having people completely forget about her.]]
** Additionally, due to the Visual Novel Origin of the series, characters will often be put on short bus trips for the story arcs that don't concern them. Examples include Sunohara's whereabouts in the Kotomi arc, Nagisa at several points in the story (which actually was displayed and had a visible impact on Tomoya, as he was hounded by the rest of the harem in that timeframe), Kotomi, Ryou, and Kyou in the Miyazawa arc, and Miyazawa in almost every arc besides her own and the "Absent Nagisa" storylines.
* A lot of characters in ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' have been loaded onto buses.
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' has done this twice so far, both with characters that happen to be Maidens. After the seals of both Sakana and [[spoiler:Mizuno]] are broken and their respective arcs end, they leave Southern Cross Isle and go to the mainland.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - The Producer on the ''Live For You'' OVA



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': The epilogue shows [[spoiler:Judau Ashta leaving the AEUG, and going on a trip to Jupiter with Roux Louka aboard a Jupitris-class cruiser - where he is reunited with his sister Leina.]]
** [[spoiler: It could be argued that this was Yoshiyuki Tomino's way of wrapping up the plot threads of ZZ while paving the way for Char Aznable's return in ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam Chars Counterattack}}'']].
** [[spoiler: Judau does show up again 35 years later, incognito, in the later manga ''Manga/{{Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam}}: Skull Heart.'' [[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/v-sidestory/gump.htm He even pilots a...err, "modified" version of the ZZ Gundam.]]]]
* In ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'', Ai and her twin brother Makoto are suspiciously absent during the "visitors from Tokyo" arc.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
** Leorio and Kurapika, two of the main characters were put in a bus for years! Fortunately, they both have been seen in later chapters.
** Ironically, it looks like Killua has been put on a bus since he's off to travel with his sister Alluka for a bit.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The most prominent example is Yamato, who is put on a bus since the beginning of the [[spoiler:Fourth Shinobi World War]]. He doesn't show up again until Chapter 677.
** During the Sasuke's Rescure arc, most jonin and chunin and some genin (Shino) were send to other missions, so Tsunade was forced to send a team of a fresh chunin (Shikamaru) and four genins (Naruto, Neji, Choji and Kiba). Shino lampshaded that he's still ashamed from being put on a pus at that time and he wanted to part of the rescue team. And Sakura was put on a bus because she was too bad for the team.
** Sasuke disappeared for three years in the story and wasn't there during the Gaara's Rescue arc.
** Kakashi was put on a bus for one arc after Gaara was rescued, due to exhaustion of his last battle.
*** Kakashi was put on a bus again [[spoiler:after his fight against Obito, when he was sitting in the world of Kamui where he sews his cut wounds]]. However, [[spoiler:he can apparently see what Obito can see]].
** During the Pain arc, Team Guy and Hiashi Hyuga were send to other missions. The Team Guy showed up later, but they couldn't do anything.
** In the manga, Anko appeared only in the Chunin Exam arc, [[spoiler:Fourth Shinobi World War and the final chapter]].
** Iruka, the first teacher and an important character for Naruto, is so barely seen that you can count all of his appearances by hand.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' does this with [[spoiler: the four Titan Shifters]].
** [[spoiler: Annie ''seems'' to be suffering from this when she joins the Military Police Brigade, but she spends the next storyline as the primary antagonist in her Titan form. Once revealed and cornered, though, she puts herself in a CrystalPrison and has been in custody offscreen since]].
** [[spoiler: Reiner, Bertolt, and Ymir all flee human territory in the aftermath of the climatic battle with the multi-branch force, leaving when or if they'll reappear again anyone's guess.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', all teams who weren't the Bladebreakers in season 1 were put on a bus in season 2. [[TheBusCameBack most of them come back]] in season 3, but mostly imcomplete and DemotedToExtra. The teams introduced in season 2 disappeared before season 3.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Jellal and Laxus. TheBusCameBack for both of them, though Jellal comes back twice.
** It also happens to Gildarts twice, though he has gotten two [[NoDialogueEpisode NoDialogueEpisodes]] showing what he has been up to.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': The epilogue shows [[spoiler:Judau Ashta leaving ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' did this to Chibiusa whenever they sent her back to the AEUG, and going future, though after the first time the reasoning was dubious. Mamoru was put on a trip to Jupiter with Roux Louka aboard a Jupitris-class cruiser - where he is reunited with his sister Leina.]]
** [[spoiler: It could be argued that this was Yoshiyuki Tomino's way of wrapping up
plane for the plot threads of ZZ while paving the way for Char Aznable's return in ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam Chars Counterattack}}'']].
** [[spoiler: Judau does show up again 35 years later, incognito, in the later manga ''Manga/{{Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam}}: Skull Heart.'' [[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/v-sidestory/gump.htm He even pilots a...err, "modified" version
''Stars'' season of the ZZ Gundam.]]]]
* In ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'', Ai
[[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]], and her twin brother Makoto are suspiciously absent during his fate remained unknown until the "visitors from Tokyo" arc.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
** Leorio and Kurapika, two of
final showdown with the main characters were put in a bus for years! Fortunately, they both BigBad. The [[SixthRanger Outer Senshi]] themselves have been seen in later chapters.
** Ironically, it looks like Killua has been
a habit of showing up for arbitrarily specific dangers, mostly so the writers can prune down the cast manageably. Sailor Senshi Placeholder Naru was continuously put on a bus since he's off after the introduction of all the actual senshi, being brought back several times until she was just written out completely in the last season.
* Koromo from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' simply doesn't attend the individual tournament, limiting her displays of TabletopGame/{{Mahjong}} prowess
to travel with his sister Alluka for a bit.
few scenes in the team tournament arc.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The most prominent example is Yamato, who is
Tenma went overseas and essentially out of the mainstream storyline of ''Manga/SchoolRumble''.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Zelgadis]] was
put on a bus since after the first arc wrapped up. He reappeared 8 episodes later, and stayed a main character for the rest of the franchise. [[TheMedic Sylphiel]] was also put on a bus in ''Slayers TRY'' (season 3), being replaced by the Golden Dragon [[{{Tsundere}} Filia]], and doesn't return until the end of season 4 (''Slayers Revolution''). Filia herself was also bussed off immediately after ''TRY'' ended, along with all of the other characters exclusive to that season.
** [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Amelia]] is randomly put on a bus at various points in the first arc of the novels (seasons 1 and 2 of the anime are based off of them), and she, Zelgadis, and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Xellos]] are put on a bus after the first arc ended. They are replaced with [[TheRival Luke]] and [[MoralityChain Milina]]; unfortunately, the latter two weren't popular enough to appear in other media (other than the ''Hourglass of Falces'' manga).
** Finally, Zelgadis was absent without explanation in the ''Knight of the Aqualord'' manga; Lina, Gourry, and Amelia all have major roles in that story.
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' has done this twice so far, both with characters that happen to be Maidens. After the seals of both Sakana and [[spoiler:Mizuno]] are broken and their respective arcs end, they leave Southern Cross Isle and go to the mainland.
* Noel and Chisato in the manga and anime versions of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' suffered this fate, as both the manga and the anime got interrupted before the Energy Nede arc. And as a result, the manga adaptation of ''Star Ocean: Blue Sphere'', the direct sequel of ''Second Story'' does as if they never existed.
** And speaking of the ''Blue Sphere'' manga, Bowman was hit with this trope too, as by
the beginning of the [[spoiler:Fourth Shinobi World War]]. He doesn't show up again until Chapter 677.
** During the Sasuke's Rescure arc, most jonin and chunin and some genin (Shino) were send to other missions, so Tsunade was forced to send a team of a fresh chunin (Shikamaru) and four genins (Naruto, Neji, Choji and Kiba). Shino lampshaded that
it he's still ashamed from being put on a pus at that time and he wanted to part of the rescue team. And Sakura was put on a bus because she was too bad for the team.
** Sasuke disappeared for three years in the story and wasn't there during the Gaara's Rescue arc.
** Kakashi was put on a bus for one arc after Gaara was rescued, due to exhaustion of his last battle.
*** Kakashi was put on a bus again [[spoiler:after his fight against Obito, when he was sitting in the world of Kamui where he sews his cut wounds]]. However, [[spoiler:he can apparently see what Obito can see]].
** During the Pain arc, Team Guy and Hiashi Hyuga were send to other missions. The Team Guy showed up later, but they couldn't do anything.
** In the manga, Anko appeared only in the Chunin Exam arc, [[spoiler:Fourth Shinobi World War
father, and the final chapter]].
** Iruka,
team wanted him to stay with his family. After the first teacher and an important character for Naruto, is so barely seen few chapters, he's never brought up again in the storyline. Oh, did we mention that you can count all of his appearances by hand.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' does this with [[spoiler: the four Titan Shifters]].
** [[spoiler: Annie ''seems'' to be suffering from this when she
Bowman joins the Military Police Brigade, but she spends the next storyline as the primary antagonist in her Titan form. Once revealed and cornered, though, she puts herself in a CrystalPrison and has been in custody offscreen since]].
** [[spoiler: Reiner, Bertolt, and Ymir all flee human territory
team no matter what in the aftermath of the climatic battle with the multi-branch force, leaving when or if they'll reappear again anyone's guess.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', all teams who weren't the Bladebreakers in season 1 were put on a bus in season 2. [[TheBusCameBack most of them come back]] in season 3, but mostly imcomplete and DemotedToExtra. The teams introduced in season 2 disappeared before season 3.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Jellal and Laxus. TheBusCameBack for both of them, though Jellal comes back twice.
** It also happens to Gildarts twice, though he has gotten two [[NoDialogueEpisode NoDialogueEpisodes]] showing what he has been up to.
original game?



* A great deal of minor characters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' are frequently brought back after being sent off, including Duke Devlin, Mai Valentine, Serenity Wheeler, and countless others. But then, almost every season a new duel tournament begins, so they have a semi-genuine reason to bring back the old characters all at once. In Season 3, the Ishtars board a plane home to Egypt and return in the final season.
* Daichi/Bastion Misawa of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' got put on a bus partway through season 2, after freeing himself from the recruiting cult's [[MoreThanMindControl brainwashing]], done through a ShoutOut to the original EurekaMoment. [[BrainBleach At least the dub edited in a pair of underwear...]] He returned next season to give some ExpoSpeak and a little TechnoBabble... and got put on a bus all over again. And he started out as a major character, too, before being DemotedToExtra. Poor guy practically had a bus pass.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Hiei mysteriously disappears after the first few episodes in the Sensui arc, using the excuse that he doesn't care whether or not the human world is destroyed. He turns up several episodes to test Yusuke's strength. He goes on a temporary bus again when the team enters Sensui's hideout and battle Gamemaster. Hiei notes, "I know as much of games as I do hugs or puppies and care for them even less" and falls asleep. He remains like this for several episodes.
** A much more straight example would be Kuwabara in the final arc. While the other main characters travel to the demon realm he stays behind to focus on his studies and is only seen at the beginning and the end of the arc.



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* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', the hyenas suffered this, although they did appear from time to time in the TV series.



* This happens in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' to Hector with Duncan and Isadora Quagmire; Fernald and Fiona were Put on a Bus ''offscreen'', no less.
* This happens to many different characters in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', as [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters there are so many of them]], but the one who stands out most is Dolokhov, who is put on one after crushing Nikolai Rostov and stripping him of nearly forty thousand roubles, only to return later after having [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in Badass]].

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* This happens Before the end of the first book, the Starling triplets in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' to Hector ''Literature/The39Clues'' are caught in an explosion rigged by the Holts and end up in the hospital with Duncan and Isadora Quagmire; Fernald and Fiona were Put on serious injuries. They barely garner a Bus ''offscreen'', no less.
* This happens to many different characters
mention in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', as [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters there are so many any of them]], the next nine books, [[spoiler: but the one who stands out most is Dolokhov, who is put on one after crushing Nikolai Rostov and stripping him of nearly forty thousand roubles, only to return later after having [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in Badass]].the tenth book in time for the series' conclusion.]]



* Father Callahan from the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/SalemsLot'' went off on a literal bus near the end of the book, and rather unexpectedly reappeared years later in the loosely related ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series as a church pastor in another dimension. It is explained he spent a lot of the intervening time killing vampires.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the character Rickon [[spoiler:gets put on a bus -- or sent off with a wildling woman of dubious allegiance -- at the end of Book 2 and hasn't been heard from since, mainly because the author found writing for a four-year-old difficult. It is anticipated he will return, possibly badassed up, with his psychotic direwolf, in later installments.]]
** Benjen Stark [[spoiler:has been MIA since early in the first book after going on a scouting mission north of the Wall.]]
* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series does this with alarming regularity, with Chase, Rachel, Scarlet, Chandalen, Gratch, Jennsen, and several others abruptly vanishing for several books at a time. [[BackForTheFinale The final book, however, brought back or mentioned all of them]].



* The cast from the series ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' got put on a bus in the sequel, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. Thalia Grace is AWOL from the fourth book, after joining the goddess Artemis's hunt.

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* The cast from the series ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' got put on In Creator/MichaelGrant's Literature/{{GONE}} series, Justin has his own story arc in LIES and is set up to be a bus prominent character. Then he randomly disappears in the sequel, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. Thalia Grace is AWOL from the fourth book, after joining the goddess Artemis's hunt.adjacent book PLAGUE, only to suddenly resurface as a side-character in FEAR.



* In Literature/StarTrekTheBattleOfBetazed, Lwaxana Troi features heavily. However, Mr. Homn (her valet), is strangely absent, and indeed isn't even mentioned. This despite usually appearing whenever and wherever she does (or being specifically mentioned as travelling elsewhere if not). A later novel went and transformed this into a BusCrash; ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo ''revealed that he died during the initial invasion, so explaining his absence. The death is eventually shown in a short story, part of the ''Tales of the Dominion War'' anthology.

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* In Literature/StarTrekTheBattleOfBetazed, Lwaxana Troi features heavily. However, Mr. Homn (her valet), ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'':
** Thalia Grace gets put on a bus for book four after joining the Hunters of Artemis.
** Percy himself
is strangely absent, AWOL for the first book of SequelSeries ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', and indeed isn't even mentioned. This despite usually appearing whenever in the second book all of the previously established characters ''except'' Percy are on the bus.
** Leo Valdez [[spoiler:is put on a bus at the end of ''The Blood of Olympus'', or rather a flying dragon, with Calypso.]] They return at the end of ''The Hidden Oracle''.
** Annabeth is on a bus for the first book of ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'' because she's off participating in the first book of ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard''.
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' character Owyn Beleforte was key to the plot of ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor''
and wherever she does (or being specifically mentioned as travelling elsewhere if not). A later novel went its novelization, ''Krondor: The Betrayal''. Then he was put on a bus and transformed this into never heard from again (Save for a BusCrash; ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo ''revealed that he died during one page reference in the initial invasion, so explaining next book stating where the bus is going). Strangely, the bus heads in different directions in each media: In the game, he gets a crown-paid scholarship to Stardock and potentially becomes a great wizard. In the books, he goes home and spends the rest of his absence. The death is eventually shown life in a short story, part of the ''Tales Kingdom that is generally irrelevant to the plot of the Dominion War'' anthology.series.
* Father Callahan from the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/SalemsLot'' went off on a literal bus near the end of the book, and rather unexpectedly reappeared years later in the loosely related ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series as a church pastor in another dimension. It is explained he spent a lot of the intervening time killing vampires.



* This happens in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' to Hector with Duncan and Isadora Quagmire; Fernald and Fiona were Put on a Bus ''offscreen'', no less.



* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' character Owyn Beleforte was key to the plot of ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' and its novelization, ''Krondor: The Betrayal''. Then he was put on a bus and never heard from again (Save for a one page reference in the next book stating where the bus is going). Strangely, the bus heads in different directions in each media: In the game, he gets a crown-paid scholarship to Stardock and potentially becomes a great wizard. In the books, he goes home and spends the rest of his life in a part of the Kingdom that is generally irrelevant to the plot of the series.
* Before the end of the first book, the Starling triplets in ''Literature/The39Clues'' are caught in an explosion rigged by the Holts and end up in the hospital with serious injuries. They barely garner a mention in any of the next nine books, [[spoiler: but return in the tenth book in time for the series' conclusion.]]
* In the first six books of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Hoole is distant and irritable and doesn't relate too well to his adoptive niece and nephew, so has his droid assistant DV-9 give them lessons and do most of the interaction with them. After ''Army of Terror'' the droid finally objects to how much danger he's been taken into, so Hoole sets him free and the droid starts working somewhere safe. By that time Hoole's relationship with Tash and Zak has warmed considerably, so the droid isn't needed anymore. He does [[TheBusCameBack briefly appear]] at the end of the series, but likes the safety too much to go with them again.
* In Creator/MichaelGrant's Literature/{{GONE}} series, Justin has his own story arc in LIES and is set up to be a prominent character. Then he randomly disappears in the adjacent book PLAGUE, only to suddenly resurface as a side-character in FEAR.

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* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the character Owyn Beleforte was key to the plot of ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' and its novelization, ''Krondor: The Betrayal''. Then he was Rickon [[spoiler:gets put on a bus -- or sent off with a wildling woman of dubious allegiance -- at the end of Book 2 and never hasn't been heard from again (Save since, mainly because the author found writing for a one page reference in the next book stating where the bus four-year-old difficult. It is going). Strangely, the bus heads in different directions in each media: In the game, anticipated he gets a crown-paid scholarship to Stardock and potentially becomes a great wizard. In the books, he goes home and spends the rest of his life in a part of the Kingdom that is generally irrelevant to the plot of the series.
* Before the end of the first book, the Starling triplets in ''Literature/The39Clues'' are caught in an explosion rigged by the Holts and end up in the hospital
will return, possibly badassed up, with serious injuries. They barely garner a mention his psychotic direwolf, in any of the next nine books, [[spoiler: but return in the tenth book in time for the series' conclusion.later installments.]]
** Benjen Stark [[spoiler:has been MIA since early in the first book after going on a scouting mission north of the Wall.]]
* In Literature/StarTrekTheBattleOfBetazed, Lwaxana Troi features heavily. However, Mr. Homn (her valet), is strangely absent, and indeed isn't even mentioned. This despite usually appearing whenever and wherever she does (or being specifically mentioned as travelling elsewhere if not). A later novel went and transformed this into a BusCrash; ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo ''revealed that he died during the initial invasion, so explaining his absence. The death is eventually shown in a short story, part of the ''Tales of the Dominion War'' anthology.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
**
In the first six books of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Hoole is distant and irritable and doesn't relate too well to his adoptive niece and nephew, so has his droid assistant DV-9 give them lessons and do most of the interaction with them. After ''Army of Terror'' the droid finally objects to how much danger he's been taken into, so Hoole sets him free and the droid starts working somewhere safe. By that time Hoole's relationship with Tash and Zak has warmed considerably, so the droid isn't needed anymore. He does [[TheBusCameBack briefly appear]] at the end of the series, but likes the safety too much to go with them again.
* In Creator/MichaelGrant's Literature/{{GONE}} series, Justin has his own story arc in LIES The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series does this with alarming regularity, with Chase, Rachel, Scarlet, Chandalen, Gratch, Jennsen, and is set up several others abruptly vanishing for several books at a time. [[BackForTheFinale The final book, however, brought back or mentioned all of them]].
* This happens
to be a prominent character. Then he randomly disappears many different characters in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', as [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters there are so many of them]], but the adjacent book PLAGUE, one who stands out most is Dolokhov, who is put on one after crushing Nikolai Rostov and stripping him of nearly forty thousand roubles, only to suddenly resurface as return later after having [[TookALevelInBadass taken a side-character level in FEAR. Badass]].



* Because of the lengthy time gaps between "days" and the high turnover at CTU and other government agencies, characters' disappearances on ''Series/TwentyFour'' are usually {{justified|Trope}}. However, one notable exception is Milo Pressman, who vanished without any explanation -- though he was referred to at least once later on -- in the middle of Day 1 when actor Eric Balfour unexpectedly left the show. He would then reappear as a full-time CTU employee in Season 6 [[spoiler:only to be killed in the day's final hours]]. Tony Almeida was effectively "put on a bus" in the middle of Season 5 for his return into Season 7, while Charles Logan was "put on a bus" during the middle of Season 6 for his return to Season 8.
** Kim Bauer leaves after season 3. She only makes guest appearances in 9 episodes for the rest of the series. Not that most people really cared though.
** Very often, characters are put on a bus for a good handful of episodes roughly sometime during the first quarter or in the middle of the season so they can return much later on that same season, with the most common excuse being that a character will be fired and then later returns when someone personally needs their help. The most noteworthy example of this is Chloe during season 4.
** Series protagonist Jack Bauer won't be returning for ''Legacy'', though this may be justified considering [[spoiler: he turned himself in for the Russians at the end of ''Live Another Day''.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' when Kenneth broke his promise to his mother that New York would not change him and decided to move back home to Georgia, but returned a few minutes later because he missed the train.
** Also subverted with the writing out of Josh's character: he claims to have gotten on a bus.
** Jack's wife Avery gets taken hostage by Kim Jong-Il (and later Kim Jong-Un) in North Korea, which excused Elizabeth Banks for other projects. For a while, she's not even mentioned, but then Jack spends a lot of time the next season trying to get her back. She returns in the final episodes of the season, only for them to divorce in the finale.
* The entire Tanner family (i.e. every regular human cast member) was painfully put on the bus for the TV movie ''[[Series/{{ALF}} Project ALF]]'', dismissed by a line of dialogue as having been [[ReassignedToAntarctica relocated to Iceland]]. Since the movie was made in order to wrap up the series storyline, the bus never came back.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': Henry Jefferson was devised as a sort of "placeholder" character to stand in for George Jefferson until actor Sherman Helmsley (who had been offered the role of George but [[AbsenteeActor wasn't available]] due to his commitment to the Broadway show ''Purlie'') finally became available in season 4. Once that happened, Henry "moved upstate" and was never heard from again, either on ''All in the Family'' or the spinoff ''Series/TheJeffersons''.
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' did this quite regularly, usually lampshaded through the ridiculous way the character left.
** After her actress' departure from the show at the end of the third series, they opted to explain why Maria had suddenly vanished when she was trapped in the prison camp for British soldiers with the majority of rest of the primary cast by explaining that she had attempted to escape by disguising herself as a package and getting mailed out. Unfortunately, she didn't have enough stamps and was as such "returned to Switzerland."
** The original Le Clerc visited his brother in prison, and switched places with him because he preferred it to the café.
** Hans Geering was spirited away by the Communist resistance and sent to England because he was disguised as a British officer - he then defected, even reprising his role as a British intelligence worker a few seasons later.
** The two British airmen were eventually explained to have escaped back to England on a submarine, 'disguised as a couple of squids'. They came BackForTheFinale.
** Only the Italian Captain Bertorelli is given a serious explaination - the series skips forward to a time after Italy have surrendered.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Rev Bem was a main character until the 12th episode of the second season, which opens with Rev's recorded message that he isn't coming back from the long spiritual journey that hadn't even started yet in the previous episode. TheBusCameBack in the third season only to give him a {{Metamorphosis}} before putting him back on the bus.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'''s Young Mr. Grace was said to have gone on a sabbatical to write a book when actor Harold Bennett became too infirm to continue in the role. However, he appeared once to say good-bye and made one cameo before Bennett died.
* Annyong from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' left the scene early in season 2 when Lucille ships him off to the Milford Academy, [[spoiler:only to reappear late in season 3 to plot his revenge against the Bluths. It even turned out that he never even arrived at the academy but instead was living inside the walls of their model home gathering intel on them, as well as vandalizing the Banana Stand offscreen.]]



* ''Series/DennisTheMenace: When Joseph Kearns, who played the cantankerous George Wilson, died suddenly in February 1962 (a time when filming of the current season was still ongoing), the producers had to make some hasty changes that eventually put Mr. Wilson (and wife, Martha) on a bus. Those changes, which extended into the fall of 1962, were as thus:
** '''Initially''': Two scripts where Mr. Wilson was either non-essential to the story or did not appear were shot first, with his lines either being removed or rewritten for other characters.
** '''The last six (6) episodes of Season 3''': With George "out east on business," George's brother, John (Gale Gordon) stays at the Wilsons. John will remain with the show for the remainder of the run.
** '''Starting with Season 4''': Sylvia Field, who played Martha, is let go, and she and George have moved away, presumably "out east." After a few scattered mentions of the original Wilsons in several early fall 1962 episodes, the two are never seen or referred to again.
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Tony puts Janice on a literal bus after she shoots her fiancé. Yep, she comes back.

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* ''Series/DennisTheMenace: When Joseph Kearns, who played In the cantankerous George Wilson, died suddenly last season of ''Series/TheAvengers'', writers dealt with [[MostCommonSuperpower Tara King's]] uselessness by putting her in February 1962 (a time drugged sleep for an episode and sending her on vacation for another (in which she was replaced by another character).
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', commander Ivanova was put on a bus (given her own ship to command)
when filming the actress left the show. She appeared a year later in the last episode, which was however filmed as the last episode of the current season when the actress was still ongoing), part of the producers had cast.
** Well before this, the station's original commander, Jeffrey Sinclair, is put on a bus at the beginning of the second season by being reassigned to a diplomatic post on the Minbari homeworld, and is replaced by Captain Sheridan. Sinclair reappears
to make some hasty changes guest appearances in seasons two and three.
** Given the complex nature of trying to deal with potential actor change-ups
that eventually put Mr. Wilson (and wife, Martha) might interfere with a tightly-plotted 5 year arc it turns out that every character had a bus ticket waiting at the will-call desk (referred to as "trapdoors") in case they needed to be changed out. With the number of major and minor characters that ended up getting on that bus it seems like Babylon was as much a bus. Those changes, bus station as a space station. Though, given the number of {{bus crash}}es they encountered it might be best just to stay.
*** An exception to this is the aforementioned Sinclair bus trip,
which extended was not planned but rather precipitated by actor Michael O'Hare's mental health issues (he had schizophrenia). JMichaelStraczynski ''did'' have a trapdoor for Sinclair, but didn't expect it to be triggered until at least after Season 2, which led to him scrambling to find a way to work it into the fall of 1962, were as thus:
** '''Initially''': Two scripts where Mr. Wilson
series believably a whole season or more earlier. Since O'Hare understandably wanted his struggles kept private, JMS didn't say the actual reason, instead saying that Sinclair's arc had run too quickly; after O'Hare's death, JMS actually said why.
* Chano Amenguale
was either non-essential put on a bus on ''Series/BarneyMiller'', but viewers weren't told for several seasons. Following his disappearance, no one mentioned him until a few years later when a new detective was transferred to the story or did not appear were shot first, with his lines either being removed or rewritten for other characters.
** '''The last six (6) episodes of Season 3''': With George "out east on business," George's brother, John (Gale Gordon) stays
precinct to replace him, causing Barney to marvel at how long it took the Wilsons. John will remain with department to send anyone.
** Also Barney's wife Liz, who had been [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen unseen]] on
the show for several seasons after being played by Barbara Barrie in Seasons 1-2. (The producers actually came up with the remainder separation storyline as a way of bringing Barrie, whose character had been deemed as not "working" in the context of the run.
** '''Starting with Season 4''': Sylvia Field, who played Martha,
show, back before the viewers.)
* This
is let go, and she and George have moved away, presumably "out east." the fate of the Number Three Cylons in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. After a few scattered mentions Number Three Cylon disobeys the consensus of the other Cylon models, it's decided that the Number Three models are inherently flawed. The Number Threes are then "boxed up" and their memories and consciousnesses downloaded into cold storage indefinitely. [[spoiler:At least one number three is "unboxed" later on in season 4.]]
* One of the most notorious and self-influential incidents in ''Series/BeverlyHills90210's'' narrative history was putting Brenda Walsh, the show's powerhouse, on a plane to London after actress Shannen Doherty was fired for repeated unprofessional behaviour. Brenda was only supposed to stay in London for a year, but never reappeared in
the original Wilsons in several early fall 1962 episodes, show. ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the two are next Aaron Spelling product that Doherty starred in, went one further when the actress was dismissed (again) and [[McLeaned killed off her character]].
** Leo from ''Charmed'' was put on a bus in season 8 temporarily (the network slashed the budget in half and the actor had to be written out of the show for about ten episodes) when he had to be frozen in time to prevent him being killed in the crossfire of the battle between the Charmed Ones and the Ultimate Power.
* Priya on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' was put on a bus (or rather, a plane) back to India. After a few episodes of CommutingOnABus via web cam, she cheats on Leonard off screen, the next episode confirms he single off handly, she's
never seen or referred mentioned again, and Leonard ultimately gets back together with Penny, highlighting the fact Priya only existed as a RomanticFalseLead.
* Eugene, the forgotten Barkley brother, in ''Series/TheBigValley'' ... he was never a huge part of the show, but he would pop up periodically while visiting from college. Then actor Charles Briles got drafted, and Eugene was never mentioned again. Though considering the show was set in the 1870's, he was more likely Put On a Train.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' first season character Stacy Hansen is a prime example of this trope. It's revealed at the start of the Second Season that she had left for college. Though, she never did return and was never mentioned again. This is somewhat [[TruthInTelevision based on real life]] in that the actress who played Stacy really DID go
to again.
college.
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Tony puts Janice on a literal bus ''Series/BlakesSeven'' [[spoiler:the entire cast is scattered after having to bail out of their ship in the opening episode of Season 3 after a massive space battle involving thousands of ships. Most of the regular cast reunite, apart from Blake and Jenna. The characters spend much of the next two years trying to find Blake, but Jenna gets forgotten about. When Blake does return in the series finale, he says Jenna is dead. However, in the closing moments of the show he reveals that all of his actions in the finale were a morass of deception and lies to see if his old crewmembers were still loyal to his ideals and test their reactions, so the fate of Jenna is very much left up in the air. If she shoots was still alive, that makes her fiancé. Yep, she comes back.the sole regular castmember of the show not to be killed off (with the possible exception of ORAC, who vanishes before the final scene).]]
** There was some ambiguity about all the deaths except that of Blake himself (the actor requested that it be clear that Blake be decisively killed), making it something of a BolivianArmyEnding. Specifically, fanon has it that [[spoiler:Vila]] avoided getting killed by faking it, as his actor falls the wrong way.



* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Victoria was put on a bus at the end of The Ducky Tie. She had been ''figuratively'' put on a bus in season 1 when she went off to Germany and became [[WhosOnFirst close to Klaus]] [[RunningGag in her class]].
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] in ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' episode #38. [[spoiler:Date looked as if he was dying, but in reality he faked his death to give Gotou the drive to become the new Kamen Rider Birth so that he can replace him. He receives 50 million yen from Kougami for his services and leaves Japan to undergo his operation, leaving Gotou as the new Birth -- only to come back in #46 to aid him as Birth Prototype.]]
** In the original ''Series/KamenRider'', the '''title character''' Takeshi Hongo had to be bussed early on because actor Creator/HiroshiFujioka shattered his legs in a stunt gone wrong[[note]]which is a major reason why {{Toku}} actors don't [[NoStuntDouble do their own stunts]] so much anymore[[/note]]. They wrote around Fujioka's injury for as long as they could, but when the StockFootage ran dry, they introduced the second Kamen Rider (Hayato Ichimonji) and had Hongo go to fight Shocker's overseas operations. After Fujioka healed up, [[TheBusCameBack Hongo returned]] and he and Ichimonji became a DynamicDuo.
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Randy Taylor goes to Costa Rica for a school trip. He only makes one appearance later on in the show, a Christmas Special, where he notes how no one even missed him (except the viewers).
* In ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Monk's first assistant Sharona Fleming, left Monk to re-marry her husband Trevor. This happened as a result of her Bitty Schram having a contract dispute with the producers. Subsequently, Traylor Howard was cast as replacement assistant Natalie Teeger. Even then, Sharona does come back for the season 8 episode "Mr. Monk and Sharona".
* This is the standard way for ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchises to write out characters, especially over the last several years. Dick Wolf is said to regret that Jill Hennessy's Claire Kincaid was KilledOffForReal, and thus could not be brought back.
** More examples from the ''Law & Order'' realm: Jamie goes back to criminal defense, Alex goes into Witness Protection, Abbie goes to work for the feds, Serena is fired, etc.
*** Alex was then brought back in season ten of ''SVU'', and after a short stint in the Court of Appeals, Stephanie March had her name added to the opening credits once again in episode five of the eleventh season.
*** Before returning to SVU, Alex had her own show, Conviction, where she was a Bureau Chief in charge of several other [=ADAs=]. It only lasted 13 episodes.
*** In a double whammy of [=SVU=]'s season 9 finale, both Chester Lake and Casey Novak were put on a bus. Chester for shooting a cop accused of raping two women. Casey Novak was suspended for her actions during Chester's trial. Immediately in the next season we learn Novak was fully disbarred for every rule she broke that season. This was later retconned into her merely be censured, and she has since then come back and worked with the unit again.
*** Beginning Season 13, SVU's FBI psychiatrist George Huang was absent for more than a year with no mention at all until his [[TheBusCameBack guest appearance]] 20 episodes later with the simple explanation of having been reassigned to Oklahoma.
*** Dan Florek's character, Captain Donald Cragen, was written off of the show because his character reached the NYPD's mandatory retirement age, which was as much a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot as being PutOnABus. He made a guest appearance in the Season 16 episode ''Perverted Justice'' to provide some insight and assistance regarding an old case.
** In the same vein as above, Max Cavanaugh, the father of Jill Hennesey's Jordan Cavanaugh in ''Series/CrossingJordan'', "went underground" after being suspected of killing a police officer. That he was quickly cleared didn't apparently give him enough reason to return, giving the show an opportunity to cut a large set out of the expected places to put scenes.
* ''Series/ThreesCompany'' had this happen with a bunch of characters. The Ropers were screwed when they were written out of the show and their spinoff was canceled. They only returned once as guest stars for an episode a couple years later. Suzanne Somers's character, Chrissy Snow was also sent away when her contract wasn't renewed because of her protesting for a pay raise. Her character was sent off to tend to her sick aunt. She spent the rest of her run on the show in brief on-the-phone segments until her contract ran out.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Ms. Briggs, SadistTeacher, after playing a prominent role for the first half-season, disappeared until mid-season two. It would've been more of a case of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome if Sam's CharacterBlog hadn't mentioned that she accessed the school computers and manually removed any trace of Ms. Briggs from the schools' files. [[StatusQuoIsGod Apparently, it's been cleared up.]] Ms. Briggs actress showed up on Creator/DisneyChannel's ''Series/ANTFarm'' as the principal of that high school, pretty much guaranteeing she won't be back on Nick.
** Also, Chuck, Spenser's nemesis, was sent off to military school since the actor is now appearing on ''Series/PairOfKings'' on Disney.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The show puts Gendry on a boat in season 3. We're still waiting.
** Bran and his ''entire supporting cast'' are not slated to appear anywhere in the fifth season. WordOfGod explains that this is not only because it's a natural pause for that arc, but also because they've run out of book material for him. TheBusCameBack in Season 6.
* Boner on ''Series/GrowingPains'' went off and joined the Marines. He never did return, and was never even mentioned again.

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* On ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', Adam Cartwright moved to Australia when Pernell Roberts left the show.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Goodman goes on sabbatical at the beginning of season 2 so Brennan won't be mad at him for hiring Cam over her head, and never gets mentioned again.
** Zack was also Put on a Bus twice in Season Three- briefly (for half an episode) at the very beginning, and then again at the end, permanently.
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' Harley is sent away to military school near the end of season two (but returns for one more episode in season three).
** Mr. Turner, having gotten into a motorcycle accident in season 4, wasn't heard from after his accident. Minkus was similarly not shown on the show for a long time, but reappears at graduation, mentioning Mr. Turner being there. Both get more detailed fates in ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld''.
* On ''Series/BreakingBad'', Mike was left injured in Mexico towards the end of season 4, most likely so that his character wouldn't be around during Gus's final face-off with Walt. He did get better, and plays a larger role in S5.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Oz put himself on a bus... twice in one season.
** Faith [[spoiler:gets put in a coma,]] then later rides the back of a truck (which is almost a bus). She then gets put in jail for a while.
** Cordy and Series/{{Angel}} shared a bus to L.A. Cordelia then gets put on a bus several times over the course of ''Angel''.
** Riley is put on a helicopter in "Into the woods", when he decides to re-join the military and go demon-hunting somewhere that's not Sunnydale.
** After Tony Head expressed a desire to spend more time with his family in England, Giles was put on a plane in Season 6. The character's flimsy reasoning for this departure was Buffy's need to grow into a stronger, more stable person and Slayer, and he cited his presence, the fact that she often relied on him, as a hindrance to her self-reliance. Given it was his job as her Watcher to let her rely on him and the mountain of trauma she had recently suffered, many fans let out a collective "Huh?!" at his decision to abandon her "for her own good". This departure did allow him to be a {{Big Damn Hero|es}} at the end of the season, but Buffy and the team would suffer for his absence for the rest of the series. The character played a somewhat larger part in Season 7, but he was still constantly [[CommutingOnABus on and off the bus]] in the form of searching the world for Potential Slayers, leaving the rest of the team to try (and fail) to carry on effectively in his absence.
** Amy. We know where she went (got turned into a rat) and she eventually returns for a few episodes after she was de-ratted.
** Everyone who survived in the final episode actually escaped town in a school bus.
** Harmony in Season 5.
** The First Evil wasn't destroyed or trapped or anything like that, and is presumably still around, doing...whatever it does when it's not tormenting the good guys. Justified as it only had a very small window of becoming corporeal due to Buffy's resurrection and other events. It's alive but not as much of a (direct) threat.
** Ethan being arrested.
** This happens to Wood in S8 in an identical way to how many Fanfics do it.
** Happened to Kate after Elisabeth Röhm left the show to join ''Series/LawAndOrder''. She quit fighting supernatural crime in the West Coast to fight normal crime in the East Coast.
** Lindsey was put on a bus and then came back.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Victoria ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' the absence of several characters was explain this way:
** After Maria Antonieta de las Nieves left the show to work as a dramatic actress in another network, her character La Chilindrina was send to live with some aunts in Guanajuato. Thankfully, TheBusCameBack when her career didn’t advance.
** Quico was send to live with some far relatives away from ''la chuzma'', after Carlos Villagrán left the show due to differences with Roberto Gomez.
** Also Don Ramón’s absence after Ramón Valdez’s departure due to both disagreements with Gomez and health issues was resolve explaining that he was looking for a job around the world and wouldn't return until he became a millionaire (thus never).
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Anna Wu moves to Hawaii with her family. Morgan goes with her and becomes a chef at a Benihanna restaurant, but can't hack it. He came back after a show or two as planned, but Anna stays behind having found a new boyfriend. She has since made one cameo comeback trying to get Morgan back, but he got to gain closure by telling her he wasn't interested in her anymore.
** Although a recurring guest star rather than a regular character, Chuck's Fulcrum agent ex Jill
was put on a bus at the end of The Ducky Tie. She the second season when Chuck let her escape rather than return her to government custody. With quite a pricey engagement ring to let her "start over." Jill's ultimate fate after Fulcrum was defeated was never revealed.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** At the end of the first season Vaughn, a one time love interest of both Britta and Annie, transfers to a Delaware school.
** Midway through Season 5, Troy leaves after being informed that he will receive $14.3 million dollars from Pierce (who
had been ''figuratively'' put on a bus {{McLeaned}}) if he can honor his friend's last request by sailing around the world. A FreezeFrameBonus in a later episode implies that Troy and Creator/LeVarBurton (ItMakesSenseInContext) were captured by pirates, providing an explanation as to why he hasn't returned yet.
** Shirley leaves the show between Seasons 5 and 6, with the Season 6 premier mentioning that she had to leave the school in order to take care of her ailing father. Britta does state that she will likely return at some point.
* On the first
season 1 of ''Series/CougarTown'', Jules had a young lover named Josh. After six episodes she broke up with him after [[TheILoveYouStigma he confessed that he loved her when she went off to Germany only wanted a fling]]. It was about this time that the show was GrowingTheBeard and became [[WhosOnFirst shifted focus from Jules' love life to her close to Klaus]] [[RunningGag circle of friends and family.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** [[spoiler: Jason Gideon leaves
in her class]].
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] in ''Series/KamenRiderOOO''
the episode #38. [[spoiler:Date looked as if he was dying, but in reality he faked his death to give Gotou the drive to become the new Kamen Rider Birth so that he can replace him. He receives 50 million yen from Kougami for his services and leaves Japan to undergo his operation, "In Name And Blood" (season 3), after leaving Gotou as a note for Spencer Reid at his cabin. While he doesn't leave on a ''bus'' (he left in his car), it's basically the new Birth -- only to come back in #46 to aid him as Birth Prototype.same.]]
** In [[spoiler: AJ Cook was fired, so JJ was forced to leave the original ''Series/KamenRider'', team to work at the '''title character''' Takeshi Hongo Pentagon. The episode, appropriately titled "JJ," was a solid hour of the writers of the show bitterly saying "eff you" to the people who fired Cook.]] [[spoiler: She comes back.]]
** Later in that same season, [[spoiler: Emily Prentiss is killed. Later JJ is seen handing travel documents to a brunette woman with chewed fingernails. Earlier, Spencer
had commented on Emily's chewing habit. Paget Brewster had been fired, but protests from fans brought both her and Cook back.]]
** Ashley Seaver was transferred
to be bussed early on because actor Creator/HiroshiFujioka shattered his legs in a stunt gone wrong[[note]]which is a major reason why {{Toku}} actors don't [[NoStuntDouble do another unit at the beginning of season 7, and written off the show.
* Sara Sidle of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', leaving with the possibility that she'll return if actress Jorja Fox and CBS change
their own stunts]] so much anymore[[/note]]. They wrote around Fujioka's injury minds.
** Jorja Fox and show execs virtually guaranteed in interviews that she would be popping in
for as long as they could, but when a guest spot sometime in the StockFootage ran dry, they introduced near future - and did just that in season 9.
*** And Grissom followed her off of CSI, too. Since both roles have been replaced by new rookie [=CSIs=] it's probably safe to assume that
the second Kamen Rider (Hayato Ichimonji) and had Hongo go to fight Shocker's overseas operations. After Fujioka healed up, bus will not be returning anytime soon.
*** Wanna bet?
[[TheBusCameBack Hongo returned]] Jorja's back on the show!!]] Although it's kinda like CommutingOnABus, as she isn't in every ep these days.
** And now, Catherine.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' did it three times. First, Aiden left, quitting before Mac could fire her for considering planting evidence, but then her storyline ended in a combo of BusCrash
and he and Ichimonji became a DynamicDuo.
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Randy Taylor goes to Costa Rica for a school trip. He
StuffedInTheFridge. Mac's ex girlfriend Peyton left suddenly with only makes a note to Mac, then TheBusCameBack for one appearance later on in episode. Stella left for the show, a Christmas Special, New Orleans crime lab.
* Toby in ''Series/DanisHouse'' left after the first season,
where he notes how no one even missed him (except the viewers).
* In ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Monk's first assistant Sharona Fleming, left Monk to re-marry her husband Trevor. This happened as a result of her Bitty Schram having a contract dispute with the producers. Subsequently, Traylor Howard was cast as replacement assistant Natalie Teeger. Even then, Sharona does come back for
in the season 8 episode "Mr. Monk and Sharona".
* This
2 opener it is stated he has left for medical school (after he managed to pass the standard way for ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchises to write out characters, especially over the last several years. Dick Wolf is said to regret that Jill Hennessy's Claire Kincaid was KilledOffForReal, and thus could not be brought back.
** More examples from the ''Law & Order'' realm: Jamie goes back to criminal defense, Alex goes into Witness Protection, Abbie goes to work for the feds, Serena is fired, etc.
*** Alex was then brought back in season ten of ''SVU'', and
test after a short stint in answering every question with the Court of Appeals, Stephanie March had her name added to the opening credits once word "bum"). He does show up again in episode five of the eleventh season.
*** Before returning to SVU, Alex had her own show, Conviction, where she was a Bureau Chief in charge
Christmas Episode, though.
* Andie
of several other [=ADAs=]. It only lasted 13 episodes.
*** In a double whammy of [=SVU=]'s season 9 finale, both Chester Lake and Casey Novak were put on a bus. Chester for shooting a cop accused of raping two women. Casey Novak was suspended for her actions during Chester's trial. Immediately in the next season we learn Novak was fully disbarred for every rule she broke that season. This was later retconned into her merely be censured, and she has since then come back and worked with the unit again.
*** Beginning Season 13, SVU's FBI psychiatrist George Huang was absent for more than a year with no mention at all until his [[TheBusCameBack guest appearance]] 20 episodes later with the simple explanation of having been reassigned to Oklahoma.
*** Dan Florek's character, Captain Donald Cragen,
''Series/DawsonsCreek'' was written off of the show by sending her to Italy. She returned only once, for the gang's high school graduation. [[spoiler: She also came back to say goodbye to Jen in the uncut DVD version of the series finale]]
** Similarly, Janice on ''Head of the Class'', who between seasons 3 and 4 got a scholarship to MIT, but showed up in the series finale
because his character reached the NYPD's mandatory retirement age, she forgot to pick up her high school diploma.
* American soap ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'',
which has a habit of making departing characters get KilledOffForReal (or do they?), allowed fan favorite Calliope Jones Bradford to move to New York City (and come back to visit occasionally).
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''. Alberta seems to be the favored destination for the in-series bus.
** Darcy supposedly goes to Africa as some sort of missionary, when in reality Shenae Grimes
was really working on ''90210''.
** Craig and Ashley were put on buses
as much well; in fact Ashley was put on a case bus ''twice''.
** Happened to Mia as well when she went off to Paris to model. In reality she ran off to ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
** Also happened in season 10 with Alli while Melinda Shankar was filming ''How to Be Indie'' and again in season 11 with Connor.
* ''Series/DennisTheMenace'': When Joseph Kearns, who played the cantankerous George Wilson, died suddenly in February 1962 (a time when filming
of RealLifeWritesThePlot the current season was still ongoing), the producers had to make some hasty changes that eventually put Mr. Wilson (and wife, Martha) on a bus. Those changes, which extended into the fall of 1962, were as thus:
** '''Initially''': Two scripts where Mr. Wilson was either non-essential to the story or did not appear were shot first, with his lines either
being PutOnABus. He made a guest appearance in the removed or rewritten for other characters.
** '''The last six (6) episodes of
Season 16 episode ''Perverted Justice'' to provide some insight and assistance regarding an old case.
** In
3''': With George "out east on business," George's brother, John (Gale Gordon) stays at the same vein as above, Max Cavanaugh, the father of Jill Hennesey's Jordan Cavanaugh in ''Series/CrossingJordan'', "went underground" after being suspected of killing a police officer. That he was quickly cleared didn't apparently give him enough reason to return, giving Wilsons. John will remain with the show an opportunity to cut a large set out for the remainder of the expected places to put scenes.
* ''Series/ThreesCompany'' had this happen
run.
** '''Starting
with Season 4''': Sylvia Field, who played Martha, is let go, and she and George have moved away, presumably "out east." After a bunch few scattered mentions of characters. The Ropers the original Wilsons in several early fall 1962 episodes, the two are never seen or referred to again.
* As many actors came and went from ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequel series, some of them
were screwed put on a bus to allow for the possibility of their eventual return, but some never did return:
** Simon Cuff as Dave Briddock only appeared as a regular in ''Doctor in the House'', passing his final exams at the end of the series with the other main characters; Briddock's name was mentioned a few times in the next series, ''Doctor at Large'', but otherwise was largely forgotten.
** Barry Evans as Michael Upton, the original central character, was obliged to leave the franchise after ''Doctor at Large'' due to personal problems affecting his reliability; Upton was said to have proposed to a notoriously loose-moralled nurse in a drunken haze, and run off to join the Merchant Navy
when they were he realised what he had done. He continued to be mentioned through the other series in the franchise.
** Richard O'Sullivan left after ''Doctor in Charge'' to play Robin Tripp in ''Series/ManAboutTheHouse''; his ''Doctor'' character, Lawrence Bingham, was
written out of as having become father to triplets before moving from St. Swithin's to rival hospital High Cross.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'':
** Rosen,
the show and their spinoff was canceled. They only returned once as guest stars for an Sons' original lawyer. In one episode a couple years later. Suzanne Somers's character, Chrissy Snow was also sent away when her contract wasn't renewed colleague of his, Ally Lowen, shows up with the explanation that Rosen couldn't come because of her protesting for a pay raise. Her character he was sent off to tend to her sick aunt. She spent the rest of her run "in court." From that point on the show in brief on-the-phone segments until her contract ran out.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Ms. Briggs, SadistTeacher, after playing a prominent role for the first half-season, disappeared until mid-season two. It would've been more of a case of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome if Sam's CharacterBlog hadn't
he is not mentioned that she accessed again and Lowen serves as the school computers Sons' legal counsel.
** Vic Trammel, the sheriff's deputy on the Sons' payroll. He is shot while performing a traffic stop on behalf of the Sons,
and manually removed any trace never appears again (without even an explanation of Ms. Briggs whether he died from his injuries, retired from the schools' files. [[StatusQuoIsGod Apparently, it's been cleared up.]] Ms. Briggs actress showed up on Creator/DisneyChannel's ''Series/ANTFarm'' as the principal of that high school, pretty much guaranteeing she won't be back on Nick.
** Also, Chuck, Spenser's nemesis, was sent off to military school since the actor is now appearing on ''Series/PairOfKings'' on Disney.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The show puts Gendry on a boat in season 3. We're still waiting.
** Bran and his ''entire supporting cast'' are not slated to appear anywhere in the fifth season. WordOfGod explains that this is not only because it's a natural pause for that arc, but also because they've run out of book material for him. TheBusCameBack in Season 6.
* Boner on ''Series/GrowingPains'' went off and joined the Marines. He never did return, and was never even mentioned again.
force, etc).



** In ''The War Machines'' Dodo is sent off to the country to recuperate after being brainwashed in London, and is never seen again.
** After being trapped on a parallel Earth with no chance of return twice, Mickey returns to the Doctor's universe in "Journey's End" for more (so far unseen) adventures.
*** [[spoiler: The final 10th Doctor episode "The End Of Time" shows that he and Martha got married and became independent alien hunters together]]

to:

** In ''The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines'' Machines"]], Dodo is sent off to the country to recuperate after being brainwashed in London, and is never seen again.
** After being trapped on a parallel Earth with no chance of return twice, Mickey returns to the Doctor's universe in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End" End"]] for more (so far unseen) adventures.
*** [[spoiler: The final 10th Doctor episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End Of Time" of Time"]] shows that he and Martha got married and became independent alien hunters together]]



** Having reintroduced K-9 in Sarah Jane's guest reappearance of ''Doctor Who'', the ''entire first series'' of Sarah Jane's subsequent spinoff ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' was then obliged to trap him in a black hole, since the RobotBuddy's creator had sold a ''K-9'' series elsewhere. He gives a token appearance in the season one finale and Comic Relief special, returning as a regular in ''The Mad Woman In the Attic'', only to be put on a bus again from ''The Nightmare Man''.

to:

** Having reintroduced K-9 in Sarah Jane's guest reappearance of ''Doctor Who'', the ''entire first series'' of Sarah Jane's subsequent spinoff ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' was then obliged to trap him in a black hole, since the RobotBuddy's creator had sold a ''K-9'' series elsewhere. He gives a token appearance in the season one finale and Comic Relief special, returning as a regular in ''The "The Mad Woman In in the Attic'', Attic", only to be put on a bus again from ''The "The Nightmare Man''.Man".



*** Had the programme not been cancelled, Clyde and Rani would either have left at the end of season 5 or midway through season 6, as their actors felt it was time for them to move on. Sky would also have left at the end of season 5 as she was only intended to be in the show for one year. She would have exited the programme by [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascending To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] where she would protect the Earth from the Trickster for the rest of time.
** Then there's Sarah Jane herself, who left ''Series/DoctorWho'' for a total of 30 years (''The Five Doctors'' doesn't ''quite'' count, as the Doctor she principally interacted with was still travelling with her, even though she left. Time travel's confusing that way.) Longest. Bus. Ride. Ever.

to:

*** Had the programme show not been cancelled, Clyde and Rani would either have left at the end of season 5 or midway through season 6, as their actors felt it was time for them to move on. Sky would also have left at the end of season 5 as she was only intended to be in the show for one year. She would have exited the programme program by [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascending To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] where she would protect the Earth from the Trickster for the rest of time.
** Then there's Sarah Jane herself, who left ''Series/DoctorWho'' for a total of 30 years (''The ([[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors'' Doctors"]] doesn't ''quite'' count, as the Doctor she principally interacted with was still travelling with her, even though she left. Time travel's confusing that way.) [[LongBusRide Longest. Bus. Ride. Ever.]]
* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'': Dr. Jack [=McGuire=], [[HospitalHottie the hunky (yet not too suave) doc]] played by Mitchell Anderson. Although an integral part of the show, Anderson quit the series at the end of season 2, and was subsequently written off. [=McGuire=], after returning from a life-changing mission trip to UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}, decided to move across the border to continue pursuing his medical aspirations.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': When stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat held out in a salary dispute prior to season 5, their characters of Bo and Luke were sent off to "join the NASCAR circuit" and given a pair of {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s in cousins Coy and Vance. Once Schneider and Wopat resolved their contracts, Bo and Luke were brought back to the show while Bryon Cherry and Christopher Mayer (who played Coy and Vance) were quickly and unceremoniously shown the door.
** Sheriff Roscoe was also (back to the Police Academy) for a few episodes in season 2 due to James Best having his own dispute with producers. Ironically, one of the two men who replaced him at the time was the actual [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrin]], Dick Sargeant.
* In ''Series/EastEnders'' characters are regularly ''Put On A Train'' and go to live in Manchester or Spain so that the writers can bring them back. That's not to say that dead characters can't be brought back anyway, such as Den, who was shot and drowned 14 years previously. Sometimes they're Put On A London Black Cab, or (in the case of OfficialCouple Kat and Alfie in 2005) Put On A Ford Capri.
* In ''Series/TheElectricCompany2009'' this happened to [[spoiler: Lisa]] who was shown in the first episode of season 3 on a flying TV as being on "a scientific expedition." Since [[spoiler: she]]'s already been replaced in the titular Company by newcomer Marcus, it's unlikely they'll be back anytime soon.
* In ''Series/{{ER}}'', Sherry Stringfield's character is put on a train to take care of her sister and her newborn daughter, due to the actress wanting to take a temporary vacation from showbiz and spend more time with her family.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl was uncomfortable with the routine of doing a weekly sitcom), and Julia Wilcox (the writers were not happy with the Season 10 romantic triangle between Frasier, Julia, and Roz.)
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when Chandler went on a plane to Yemen to escape his girlfriend Janice, and ''she'' was the one that disappeared from the show.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The show put Gendry on a boat in season 3. We're still waiting.
** Bran and his ''entire supporting cast'' are not slated to appear anywhere in the fifth season. WordOfGod explains that this is not only because it's a natural pause for that arc, but also because they've run out of book material for him. TheBusCameBack in Season 6.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Jess leaves on a bus, has a couple character centric episodes, and is for the most part written out of the show from that point on, with a few exceptions such as [[spoiler: his mother's wedding]].
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': [[spoiler: Matt and Ken, with one line of explanation. Matt transferred and Ken had a nervous breakdown.]]
** [[spoiler: Dave Karofsky was put on a bus immediately after Prom Queen. He waved to us in The First Time, and made few appearances in Heart and On My Way. He promptly boarded the bus again. And then he came back for season 6.]]
* At the end of the fourth season of ''Series/GoodTimes'', Florida Evans was shipped out to Arizona to be with her new second husband, Carl Dixon. This was due to a dispute between Esther Rolle and the show's producers over the show's direction (particularly, the ramping up of JJ's UncleTomFoolery in the wake of [[BusCrash James Evans' death]]). She spent the entire fifth season "in Arizona," before returning for the final season. A condition of Rolle's return was that [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome no mention could be made of Carl,]] (A HollywoodAtheist Rolle thought Florida - a devout Christian - would've never married.)
* ''Literature/GossipGirl'' has done this a few times. Background character Kati Farkas was said to have moved to Israel halfway through the first season. This was also used twice to explain Georgina Spark's absence; when she first appears on the show, she is said to have been in boarding school in Switzerland all this time. Then, in the season one finale, she is hauled off to reform school in some undisclosed location, where she remains until the last half of season two. Used again earlier in season two when Marcus and Lady Catherine returned to England and haven't been seen since.
** Jenny Humphrey was sent to a boarding school in Hudson in the last episode of season 3.
* Among other events, the first season of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' sees crime lord Carmine Falcone departing the city, and his ambitious lieutenant Fish Mooney shot and knocked into the harbor, roughly coinciding with news of Jada Pinkett Smith's departure from the show. (That said, [[spoiler:Sal Maroni]] is dead-dead.)
* In season 2 of the lush, 1906-set Spanish drama ''Gran Hotel'', the new maître d'hotel, Ernesto, had only appeared in five episodes when, even as his character was making headway wooing the stiff head of housekeeping Angela, the actor, Juan Luis Galiardo, died unexpectedly. Remaining footage allowed him to appear briefly in two more episodes, both [[InMemoriam dedicated in his memory]]--unusually, in place of the series title at the end of the opening credits. Shortly thereafter Angela found his uniform and a note, saying he was leaving and apologizing for attempting to gain her affections. Her reading of the note was accompanied by footage of Ernesto, played by a stand-in, leaving as he had arrived--aboard a very early Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
* On ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Addison Montgomery was put in a convertible to LA so that she could rediscover herself in her spin-off, ''PrivatePractice''. Theoretically she was going to involve herself in more mature things than hospital {{Love Dodecahedron}}s, but whether that actually happened is doubtful.
** Though since then Isaiah Washington ran off rather than marry Cristina Yang, Brooke Smith's newly lesbian character vanished the day after getting her first girl/girl orgasm from Callie O'Malley, then at the end of season five [[spoiler:TR Knight is hit by a bus because he complained too much about not getting enough screen time]].
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' season 2: literally, in the case of Rosalee (most likely due to Bree Turner's poorly-hidden pregnancy.)
* Boner on ''Series/GrowingPains'' went off and joined the Marines. He never did return, and was never even mentioned again.
* ''Series/GuidingLight'' did this with Samantha Marler in the early 1990's. She had been living with her uncle Ross for a few years. One day, she "went upstairs," and was never seen again. Various explanations were later given for where she went.
** A literal example is Rita Stapleton, after numerous romantic entanglements with the men in town, Rita is put on a bus, just shortly before it was implied she was pregnant. However, Rita boards the bus and is never heard from again.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this ''a lot''. Season 2 did it to the spouses and children of every married character, plus Matt's FBI partner. DL had a bridge dropped on him instead. Season 3 alone has:
** Sent [[spoiler:Molly]] off to India with a passing throwaway line
** Removed [[spoiler:Maya's power]] and had her depart for... somewhere, although she is later shown to be living in an apartment (likely in America, given how Mohinder tried to visit her).
** [[spoiler:Micah]] was after one episode, apparently not in the least curious after a woman [[spoiler:identical to his dead mother]] appears and asks for his help. [[spoiler:He returns in Volume 4, though....]]
** Caitlin, Peter's Irish girlfriend from Volume 2 is left [[spoiler:stranded in an alternate future that the season finale prevents from coming to pass]], and never mentioned again. Good luck getting back from that one.
** The one with the best execution was Claude's departure in Season 1: it's built into his character since he's {{invisib|ility}}le. After HRG and the Haitian attack him and Peter, he turns invisible and runs out of Peter's apartment and he hasn't been seen on screen since. But he did play a major role in one of the online graphic novels and they've subtly alluded to him a few times onscreen, so his fans are pretty sure that the writers are bringing him back.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' did it with Charlie Desalvo. TheBusCameBack, but he was KilledOffForReal in the ep.
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Randy Taylor goes to Costa Rica for a school trip. He only makes one appearance later on in the show, a Christmas Special, where he notes how no one even missed him (except the viewers).
* This happens to Foreman, Cameron and Chase in the 3rd season finale of ''Series/{{House}}''. Foreman later returns in season 4, while Cameron and Chase [[CommutingOnABus make cameo appearances.]] Interestingly enough, Amber ''is'' put on a bus in the 4th season finale, although this probably doesn't qualify for tolerably obvious reasons...
** Season 6 has a lot of bus jumps. Cameron moves from the commute to a more permanent bus, Chase jumps off the commuting bus and into the cast, while Taub was temporarily bussed until House got his licence back. (Probably to give his actor a break). 13 appeared to be on the bus, but it was too temporary to count.
** And in Season 7, 13 vanishes for the majority of the season.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Victoria was put on a bus at the end of The Ducky Tie. She had been ''figuratively'' put on a bus in season 1 when she went off to Germany and became [[WhosOnFirst close to Klaus]] [[RunningGag in her class]].
* In ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' season 5, [[spoiler:Danny and Stacie are]] revealed to have gone to America after season 4, hence their absence from the gang. Though, given that the gang was in the US at the end of season 4 (more or less) this might be more a matter of "didn't catch the bus home".
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Ms. Briggs, SadistTeacher, after playing a prominent role for the first half-season, disappeared until mid-season two. It would've been more of a case of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome if Sam's CharacterBlog hadn't mentioned that she accessed the school computers and manually removed any trace of Ms. Briggs from the schools' files. [[StatusQuoIsGod Apparently, it's been cleared up.]] Ms. Briggs actress showed up on Creator/DisneyChannel's ''Series/ANTFarm'' as the principal of that high school, pretty much guaranteeing she won't be back on Nick.
** Also, Chuck, Spenser's nemesis, was sent off to military school since the actor is now appearing on ''Series/PairOfKings'' on Disney.
* When Caroline Quentin elected not to return for series four of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', the writers sent her character to America, where she maintains contact with Jonathan via e-mail and postcards.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] in ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' episode #38. [[spoiler:Date looked as if he was dying, but in reality he faked his death to give Gotou the drive to become the new Kamen Rider Birth so that he can replace him. He receives 50 million yen from Kougami for his services and leaves Japan to undergo his operation, leaving Gotou as the new Birth -- only to come back in #46 to aid him as Birth Prototype.]]
** In the original ''Series/KamenRider'', the '''title character''' Takeshi Hongo had to be bussed early on because actor Creator/HiroshiFujioka shattered his legs in a stunt gone wrong[[note]]which is a major reason why {{Toku}} actors don't [[NoStuntDouble do their own stunts]] so much anymore[[/note]]. They wrote around Fujioka's injury for as long as they could, but when the StockFootage ran dry, they introduced the second Kamen Rider (Hayato Ichimonji) and had Hongo go to fight Shocker's overseas operations. After Fujioka healed up, [[TheBusCameBack Hongo returned]] and he and Ichimonji became a DynamicDuo.
* Speaking of Season Two Replacements, in ''Series/KnightRider'', Bonnie was replaced by April. Bonnie came back in Season 3.
* In ''KnotsLanding'' Val's second (third if you count marrying the same guy twice as two marriages) husband Ben follows a woman named Jean Hackney to Central America to make her pay for threatening his family... or something... and is never heard from again. (In the next season Jill Bennett cruelly pretends to be Ben and tells Val that he's coming home.)
** Also, Karen and Mack become foster parents to a teenager named Jason in season 12. He leaves for a year studying abroad in Sweden the following season and is never seen (or even mentioned) again.
* Subverted both literally and figuratively in ''Series/DieKuhflüsterin'' (The Cow Whisperer). In one episode, a big deal is made about Jill having to return to Australia, and at the end of the episode, she gets on a bus while sad music plays. Then the bus crashes immediately afterwards and she ends up staying after all.
* In ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' Seymour Utterthwaite is literally put on a bus in the series 12 episode "Return of the Warrior," as he leaves town to take a teaching position. He's never seen again. Most other characters simply disappear without mention when their actors die or leave the show, with the exception of Compo, who gets three episodes devoted to his death and funeral.
* This is the standard way for ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchises to write out characters, especially over the last several years. Dick Wolf is said to regret that Jill Hennessy's Claire Kincaid was KilledOffForReal, and thus could not be brought back.
** More examples from the ''Law & Order'' realm: Jamie goes back to criminal defense, Alex goes into Witness Protection, Abbie goes to work for the feds, Serena is fired, etc.
*** Alex was then brought back in season ten of ''SVU'', and after a short stint in the Court of Appeals, Stephanie March had her name added to the opening credits once again in episode five of the eleventh season.
*** Before returning to SVU, Alex had her own show, Conviction, where she was a Bureau Chief in charge of several other [=ADAs=]. It only lasted 13 episodes.
*** In a double whammy of [=SVU=]'s season 9 finale, both Chester Lake and Casey Novak were put on a bus. Chester for shooting a cop accused of raping two women. Casey Novak was suspended for her actions during Chester's trial. Immediately in the next season we learn Novak was fully disbarred for every rule she broke that season. This was later retconned into her merely be censured, and she has since then come back and worked with the unit again.
*** Beginning Season 13, SVU's FBI psychiatrist George Huang was absent for more than a year with no mention at all until his [[TheBusCameBack guest appearance]] 20 episodes later with the simple explanation of having been reassigned to Oklahoma.
*** Dan Florek's character, Captain Donald Cragen, was written off of the show because his character reached the NYPD's mandatory retirement age, which was as much a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot as being PutOnABus. He made a guest appearance in the Season 16 episode ''Perverted Justice'' to provide some insight and assistance regarding an old case.
** In the same vein as above, Max Cavanaugh, the father of Jill Hennesey's Jordan Cavanaugh in ''Series/CrossingJordan'', "went underground" after being suspected of killing a police officer. That he was quickly cleared didn't apparently give him enough reason to return, giving the show an opportunity to cut a large set out of the expected places to put scenes.
* Several episodes in the final season of ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' had Miranda "visiting family in Mexico". The same excuse was used to justify her absence in TheMovie.



* In ''Series/MacGyver'', Pete Thornton casually comments at the start of one episode that [[ShooOutTheNewGuy Nikki Carpenter]] is on assignment in South America. She is never heard from or mentioned again in the show.
* The first time Katey Sagal (the actress who played Peggy Bundy) became pregnant during her time on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the producers worked it into the storyline, only to have to backtrack when Segal tragically suffered a miscarriage by [[spoiler:making the entire season six storyline of Peg and Marcy being pregnant a dream. And on a dream episode, no less, where Al is a private eye out to clear his name when he's accused of murder]]. When Segal became pregnant again later in the show's run, the writers didn't go back to the "Peg is pregnant" well again, and, instead, wrote off Segal's frequent absences from the show as a storyline where Peg is traveling the world to get her parents back together after her father walks out on her.
** David Garrison, who played Marcy's first husband, Steve, left the show in the fourth season to return to stage acting. On the show, Steve was written off as having left Marcy so he could work as a forest ranger in Yosemite National Park (though, as a favor to the writers, Steve has returned on a few occasions: on the season six episode where Steve is on the run from the FBI for stealing a rare bird's egg, on a later episode where Al can't find his car after it's been through the car wash, and a PoorlyDisguisedPilot where Steve is the dean of Trumaine University [the college Bud was enrolled in from seasons seven to ten] and Marcy protests against two {{Dumbass DJ}}s)
** When Peggy read a pirate story, she incorporated several characters from the series into the tale. David Garrison played Rubio the Cruel and was credited as Steve Rhodes.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Henry, Trapper, Frank, and Radar were all discharged and Put On A Plane back to the states. In Henry's case, [[BusCrash the plane crashed]].
* Played straight in ''Series/McLeodsDaughters'', many times. Becky's one true love, Brett, is sent off an a bus to go find a job—then [[spoiler: comes back to propose to her, but [[DroppedABridgeOnHim falls off a bridge and dies]] before ever seeing her.]] Becky later gets on a bus to go to college, and never comes back. Meg gets on a bus and goes off to the woods to write a book. Jodi's first love, Roberto, gets on a bus to get his visa straightened out in his home country, then comes back on the same bus [[spoiler: to marry her, until she gets cold feet]]. You'd think this was the only way to get out of Nowhereville, Australia. That or getting killed in a freak accident, which a lot of characters have also opted for.
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'', Detective Cho put his ex-hooker informant/girlfriend on a literal bus. Ostensibly because she was still too much of a bad girl and could pull him to the dark side, but more likely because as a character she served little purpose other than creating an excuse to show Cho [[{{Fanservice}} in bed without a shirt]].
* In season 3 of ''Series/TheMiddle'', Sue Heck's boyfriend Matt moves to another town in "The Paper Route".
* When actress Lynda Day George was pregnant during Season 7 of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', her character was said to be working "deep cover" in Europe. A character played by Barbara Anderson filled in for several episodes.
* In ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Monk's first assistant Sharona Fleming, left Monk to re-marry her husband Trevor. This happened as a result of her actress Bitty Schram having a contract dispute with the producers. Subsequently, Traylor Howard was cast as replacement assistant Natalie Teeger. Even then, Sharona does come back for the season 8 episode "Mr. Monk and Sharona".
* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', by the end of the series the entire original cast had been replaced (Except for Mary Jo Pehl as Pearl who debuted in Season 7).
* An ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' example is Gerald, Ducky's first assistant who is shot in the shoulder, requiring several months of rehab. And just as he is about to come back, [[spoiler: he is kidnapped by the same man who shot him. He never returns and we don't find out what happened to him.]]
** [[spoiler: The kidnapping is resolved by Ducky trading himself in for Gerard.]] It is later mentioned that Gerald left NCIS due to his shoulder injury and he is replaced by Jimmy Palmer.
** The writers unfortunately did this with the very annoying [[spoiler: Agent Barrett.]]
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' this happens all the time... characters leave very suddenly on a long holiday (e.g. Rosie and Frazer), to visit family (Sienna), to take a job elsewhere (Riley) or to have long-term medical care (Nicola, Kirsten). The worst example of this has got to be Lou Carpenter's mother-in-law Marlene, who 'went on a cruise' in 1997 and hasn't been seen since.
** In the early years of ''Neighbours'' they used a very particular sequence where the departing actor would announce they were going somewhere (often, supposedly, temporarily) in one episode. During the next episode said actor would appear once, sitting on a hotel bed, making a telephone call to another cast member and would perform some exposition. The actor would never be seen (and rarely, if ever, spoken of), again.
* Happened to Danny, the sixth member of the ''Series/NewKids'' cast in its early incarnation.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' sent Catherine on a plane to London in Season 4. She returned for the tribute episode following Creator/PhilHartman's death.
* Surprisingly for a soap, almost totally averted in ''Series/NightAndDay'' (probably because it was so short-lived). All of the main characters introduced in the first episode remained right to the end, in one form or another.
* Junito from ''Series/NoahsArc'', who was put on a bus at the end of season 1, but returned later.
* When Peter [=MacNicol=] did a stint on ''Series/TwentyFour'', his ''Series/NUMB3RS'' character was Put On A Space Station.



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** Pete Ross was sent off this way. Interesting because he was the show's sole prominent [[TokenMinority black]] character, and because, despite being a main character, he hasn't been missed by the viewers. This may be because Website/TelevisionWithoutPity calls him "ProductPlacement Pete" for his annoying tendency to shill stuff. The episode in which he visits is an hour-long commercial for Stride gum. While still noticeable, not nearly as glaring on the [=DVDs=] when you don't have real commercials highlighting the in show placement.
** Whitney Fordman at the end of Season 1. They then [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]] in Season Two...
** Perry White made his exit on an actual bus at the end of the one episode in which he appeared.
** [[CreatorsPet Lana Lang]] at the end of season seven.
*** This however was long overdue since Lana being [[CreatorsPet Lana]] was loved by the creator's and hated by the fans. The creators kept making every excuse to bring her back until '''finally'' giving her the boot, by [[spoiler: giving her superpowers and absorbing a massive amount of Kryptonite radiation, making her permanently deadly to Clark.]].....Thank God....

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** Pete Ross
Oscar Martinez from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' was sent off this way. Interesting because he was put on a bus for half of season 3, given a free vacation due to Michael's handling of Oscar's homosexuality. In his reappearance later in the show's sole prominent [[TokenMinority black]] character, and because, despite season, he shows up to a Christmas party, but leaves before being a main character, he hasn't been missed noticed, claiming its "too soon". He returns for good three episodes later.
** Roy and Karen also receive this treatment eventually. Roy is fired near the end of Season 3 after reaching his emotional climax, while Karen is gone
by the viewers. This may be because Website/TelevisionWithoutPity calls him "ProductPlacement Pete" beginning of Season 4 (both due to Jim and Pam's increased closeness). Since then Karen has made a few guest appearances while Roy was only seen again once in Season 5.
** And, of course, season 7 sees Michael and Holly moving to Boulder, Colorado to get married and care
for his annoying tendency to shill stuff. The episode in which he visits is an hour-long commercial for Stride gum. While still noticeable, not nearly as glaring on her aging parents.
** As of
the [=DVDs=] when you don't have real commercials highlighting the in show placement.
Season 8 premiere, Jo Bennett.
** Whitney Fordman Robert California finds a new job at the end of Season 1. They then [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]] 8, so we won't be seeing him next season.
** Kelly and Ryan
in Season Two...
** Perry White made his exit
season 9.
* Stan in ''Series/OnTheBuses'' departs the series to drive buses OopNorth. So he ''was'' put
on an actual bus a bus.
* On ''Series/OneTreeHill'', main characters Peyton and Lucas drive off in a car
at the end of one season, never to be seen again. This was both unsatisfying and confusing, as they gave no indication that they would be leaving Tree Hill.
* ''Series/TheOriginals'': Rebekah [[spoiler:is exiled in
the middle of season 1 by Klaus to give her the freedom she wants and to stop the toxic family dynamic that the two developed with one episode in which he appeared.
** [[CreatorsPet Lana Lang]]
another. She comes back at the end of season seven.
*** This however was long overdue since Lana
1 and Klaus gives Baby Hope to her to take care of and she leaves town again. She is briefly seen at the beginning of season 2 before disappearing for awhile. She returns to New Orleans in the middle of season 2 after her mother begins tracking her to get Baby Hope. She is soon put into a different body and spends the rest of the season in that. At the end of season 2, Rebekah in this new body leaves New Orleans to find a way to resurrect Kol. In the sixth episode of season 3, she is seen again in the new body looking for a spell to resurrect Kol before being [[CreatorsPet Lana]] daggered. She returns to her original body in 9th episode of season 3 where she's daggered in that by Elijah to protect her]]. She hasn't been seen since.
** Tristan de Martel is [[spoiler:trapped in a shipping container and dropped to the bottom of the ocean to drown over and over again in episode 13 of season 3. He is revealed to have escaped this fate by being transported to a an astral plane in episode 14 but is returned to the shipping container by the]] end of the episode.
** Aurora de Martel is [[spoiler:sealed behind a wall which she can't cross due to a spell]] in the same episode.
* Happens thrice (with a fourth time narrowly averted) on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''.
** Mark (Paul Schneider) leaves to take a private sector job at the end of Season 2. Rumor has it that Paul Schneider
was loved unhappy with the way the show went and decided to leave after two seasons.
** Halfway through season 6 Ann (Creator/RashidaJones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) move to Michigan to start a family.
** At the beginning of season 6 Andy (Creator/ChrisPratt) is taking a job in London for a time as Pratt was busy filming ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. TheBusCameBack though.
** It was considered writing out April (Aubrey Plaza) at the beginning of season 6, with her planning to become a veterinarian. The writers did have her change her mind in the last moment though, as losing both April and Andy as well as the upcoming departure of Ann and Chris would have been too much for the show to handle.
* When Creator/SarahShahi got pregnant with twins, her character on ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' was apparently killed off. However, her "death" scene was ambiguous enough that the rest of the heroes could reasonably believe she had survived and they looked for her without success over the next two episodes. After they stopped the search, a scene confirmed for the audience that she had indeed survived and was captured
by the creator's bad guys.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''
*** Tommy was depowered
and hated sent off, as per the arc of his Japanese counterpart, Dragon Ranger, who actually died in the storyline of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and thus Saban exhausted their supply of Dragon Ranger footage to use for the Green Ranger. When FOX ordered an extra half-season of footage, Tommy came back, a change probably also required by the fans. ratings - hence why he was suddenly a completely different ranger (they pulled the White Ranger footage from ''[[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]''.)
*** Similarly the original Red, Yellow, and Black Rangers, Jason, Trini, and Zack, were sent to a peace conference and never appeared in the show again.
The creators kept joke among the cast and crew of the show was that if you ever saw in a script that your character was going to a peace conference, you were never coming back. Jason did, however, becoming the SixthRanger of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' and making every excuse a couple more guest appearances.
*** Kimberly, the original Pink Ranger, left
to bring her pursue a career as a gymnast. In ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', she sent Tommy a DearJohnLetter that [[FanonDiscontinuity some fans would rather believe to be a hoax]]. She and Jason appeared in ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie]]'', when Divatox would sacrifice the both of them to Maligore. (They got better, and Jason would return once more for the tenth anniversary ReunionShow.)
*** Rita Repulsa was imprisoned by Lord Zedd
back until '''finally'' giving into the space dumpster at his debut episode. She crashlanded on Earth in the two-part episode "The White Light" but got sent back into space by the Rangers in the end. The three-part episode "The Wedding" marked her definitive return for the boot, remainder of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
*** Rita's father, Master Vile, appeared in the series and stayed for a handful of episodes and, after getting tired of being defeated, returned to the Galaxy MI-5, where "evil always wins".
** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''
*** Rita, Zedd, Baboo, Squat, Finster, and the Tenga Warriors sought refuge at Master Vile's place to escape Mondo's forces. They, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse except for Baboo and Squat]], eventually came back to rescue Rito and Goldar and fight back.
*** The Rangers seemingly destroyed Mondo in "Mondo's Last Stand", but Queen Machina told her son Sprocket that Mondo had survived a similar defeat before, thus {{foreshadowing}} his return. Near the end of the Zeo series, he ''did'' return. Fearing Mondo's wrath, Prince Gasket and Princess Archerina fled and were never seen again. It's unknown if Zordon's sacrifice at the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' destroyed or purified them and, ever since an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' established the Machine Empire left survivors, if it even affected them at all.
*** In the last episode, the Royal House of Gadgetry was tricked into accepting an exploding gift from Lord Zedd and ended up as (barely alive) pieces. They returned in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
*** Also in that episode, Bulk and Skull left the country to work in a mystery but they were back as cops in the Turbo movie without any explanation to what became of the case.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''
*** Rocky made his last appearance in the first episode for the graduation ceremony.
*** Zordon and Alpha 5 returned to Eltar and were replaced
by Dimitria and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Alpha 6]].
*** Ernie was given a write-off in the episode "Shadow Rangers".
*** Tommy, Kat, Tanya, and Adam left the team to live their adult lives.
*** When Cassie, Ashley, T.J., and Carlos went into space, Justin stayed behind. He returned for one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
** At the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', the purified Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema/Karone left. Karone became the second Pink Ranger of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and Rita became the Mystic Mother of ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' but the others never returned.
* On ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', Caleb is on the bus with the main character of a spinoff Ravenswood. He stays in Ravenswood for the spinoff. He does return to Pretty Little Liars back to Hannah.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': Jenny Lewis resigns from service partway through series three (being so far the only A.R.C. member not to leave the team [[AnyoneCanDie in a body bag]]). Emily Merchant returns to the 1800s at the end of series four,
[[spoiler: giving her superpowers and absorbing a massive amount of Kryptonite radiation, making her but returns permanently deadly only two episodes later, in 5x03]].
* Charlie in ''Series/{{Privileged}}'' who left in the penultimate episode of Season 1. There was talk of him returning in Season 2, but since the show was cancelled that never got
to Clark.]].....Thank God.... happen.
* Shawn's girlfriend Abigail in ''Series/{{Psych}}'' abruptly informed him she was taking a teaching job in Uganda.



* Andie of ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' was written off the show by sending her to Italy. She returned only once, for the gang's high school graduation. [[spoiler: She also came back to say goodbye to Jen in the uncut DVD version of the series finale]]
** Similarly, Janice on ''Head of the Class'', who between seasons 3 and 4 got a scholarship to MIT, but showed up in the series finale because she forgot to pick up her high school diploma.

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* Andie of ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' On ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'':
** Patrick [=McKenna=] had to briefly leave the show due to personal problems. His character, Harold, was thus written as getting a job in the city. Once [=McKenna=] was able to return to the show, he
was written off back in as being his company's liaison to the community in which the show by sending her to Italy. She returned only once, for the gang's high school graduation. [[spoiler: She also came back to say goodbye to Jen in the uncut DVD version is set.
** Rick Green (Bill
of the series finale]]
** Similarly, Janice on ''Head of
eponymous "Adventures with Bill" segments) also bowed out for a few seasons to do ''History Bites''. As a result, the Class'', who other characters began appearing in that segment in his absence.
* ''{{Series/Rentaghost}}'': Davenport and Mumford were written out by having them acquiring permanent jobs haunting a stately home. Davenport was never going to come back because his actor (Michael Darbyshire) had died. Mumford left the show because Anthony Jackson did not want to continue without his co-star.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' did it with Alex Whitman. At least until it was revealed that he'd been used and abused by Tess, then killed.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Henry Ian Cusick (Stephen) for season two.
* ''Series/SeaPatrol'' has a couple examples due to RealLifeWritesThePlot including Chefo
between seasons 1 and 2, and Nav, Spider and Buffer between season 3 and 4, and Bomber between seasons 4 got a scholarship to MIT, but showed up and 5, tough at least Bomber going away was referenced in the series finale because she forgot season 4 finale.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** When Will Lee, the actor who played Mr. Hooper, died in late 1982, and after his last completed episodes aired in early 1983, there were still several weeks left in the 1982-1983 season; little reference was made
to pick up his being away. When planning for the 1983-1984 season began and ideas were being considered to address why Mr. Hooper was no longer around, this was indeed one of the suggestions, perhaps stating that he had retired to some other location, that he had stated his farewells during the off-season and was not coming back. Ultimately, this and a few other ideas – notably, [[TheOtherDarrin hiring another actor to play Hooper]] – were discarded and they chose [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim to also kill off Hooper as well]].
** David, with the Season 21 opening episode when he moved to Florida to care for his grandmother and manage
her high school diploma.farm. This came after Northern Calloway was fired (or resigned, depending on whose story you believe) from the show due to personal issues he was having at the time. His fate remains ambiguous, since that episode is the last time David is referred to; Calloway died in January 1990.



* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Sherlock is sent on a suicide mission by his brother after a case went south in a way that ended in high treason and murder. [[TheBusCameBack He gets called back]] when [[spoiler:Moriarty is apparently resurrected. This happens before the plane even leaves the tarmac]].
-->'''Mycroft''': How are you enjoying exile?\\
'''Sherlock''': [[spoiler:I've only been gone four minutes]]!\\
'''Mycroft''': Well, I certainly hope you've learned your lesson.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': Malone spent the beginning of Season 3 in the Spirit World (a holdover from the end of Season 2), and the later part of the season on his own. Veronica also spends some time offscreen when she rides in Challenger's hot air balloon and gets blown far away.



* Shawn's girlfriend Abigail in ''Series/{{Psych}}'' abruptly informed him she was taking a teaching job in Uganda.

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* Shawn's ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** Pete Ross was sent off this way. Interesting because he was the show's sole prominent [[TokenMinority black]] character, and because, despite being a main character, he hasn't been missed by the viewers. This may be because Website/TelevisionWithoutPity calls him "ProductPlacement Pete" for his annoying tendency to shill stuff. The episode in which he visits is an hour-long commercial for Stride gum. While still noticeable, not nearly as glaring on the [=DVDs=] when you don't have real commercials highlighting the in show placement.
** Whitney Fordman at the end of Season 1. They then [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]] in Season Two...
** Perry White made his exit on an actual bus at the end of the one episode in which he appeared.
** [[CreatorsPet Lana Lang]] at the end of season seven.
*** This however was long overdue since Lana being [[CreatorsPet Lana]] was loved by the creators and hated by the fans. The creators kept making every excuse to bring her back until '''finally'' giving her the boot, by [[spoiler: giving her superpowers and absorbing a massive amount of Kryptonite radiation, making her permanently deadly to Clark.]].....Thank God....
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Tony puts Janice on a literal bus after she shoots her fiancé. Yep, she comes back.
* Catalina in ''Series/SpaceCases'' is put on a space ship, where she avoids certain doom by being put in a parallel dimension. This was so the actress that played her could work on another show. However, it was implied that she might come back, if the show hadn't been [[TheFireflyEffect cancelled soon thereafter]].
* ''Series/SpinCity'' had this happen to both Creator/MichaelJFox (when his Parkinson's Disease grew unmanageable in light of filming a weekly sitcom) and his
girlfriend Abigail for the first season.
* On ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', Zoe Reynolds is exiled to Chile. At the beginning of the next serious, a brief mention is made of Sam Buxton "being sedated" after the death of her love interest, [[spoiler: Danny]], and never reappears
in ''Series/{{Psych}}'' abruptly informed him she was taking a teaching job the series. In the fifth season, Ruth is Put On A Boat when she's implicated in Uganda.a murder.



* When Peter [=MacNicol=] did a stint on ''Series/TwentyFour'', his ''Series/NUMB3RS'' character was Put On A Space Station.
* Sara Sidle of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', leaving with the possibility that she'll return if actress Jorja Fox and CBS change their minds.
** Jorja Fox and show execs virtually guaranteed in interviews that she would be popping in for a guest spot sometime in the near future - and did just that in season 9.
*** And Grissom followed her off of CSI, too. Since both roles have been replaced by new rookie [=CSIs=] it's probably safe to assume that the bus will not be returning anytime soon.
*** Wanna bet? [[TheBusCameBack Jorja's back on the show!!]] Although it's kinda like CommutingOnABus, as she isn't in every ep these days.
** And now, Catherine.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' did it three times. First, Aiden left, quitting before Mac could fire her for considering planting evidence, but then her storyline ended in a combo of BusCrash and StuffedInTheFridge. Mac's ex girlfriend Peyton left suddenly with only a note to Mac, then TheBusCameBack for one episode. Stella left for the New Orleans crime lab.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' did it with Alex Whitman. At least until it was revealed that he'd been used and abused by Tess, then killed.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' did it with Charlie Desalvo. TheBusCameBack, but he was KilledOffForReal in the ep.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''
** Tommy was depowered and sent off, as per the arc of his Japanese counterpart, Dragon Ranger, who actually died in the storyline of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and thus Saban exhausted their supply of Dragon Ranger footage to use for the Green Ranger. When FOX ordered an extra half-season of footage, Tommy came back, a change probably also required by the ratings - hence why he was suddenly a completely different ranger (they pulled the White Ranger footage from ''[[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]''.)
** Similarly the original Red, Yellow, and Black Rangers, Jason, Trini, and Zack, were sent to a peace conference and never appeared in the show again. The joke among the cast and crew of the show was that if you ever saw in a script that your character was going to a peace conference, you were never coming back. Jason did, however, becoming the SixthRanger of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' and making a couple more guest appearances.
** Kimberly, the original Pink Ranger, left to pursue a career as a gymnast. In ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', she sent Tommy a DearJohnLetter that [[FanonDiscontinuity some fans would rather believe to be a hoax]]. She and Jason appeared in ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie]]'', when Divatox would sacrifice the both of them to Maligore. (They got better, and Jason would return once more for the tenth anniversary ReunionShow.)
** Rita Repulsa was imprisoned by Lord Zedd back into the space dumpster at his debut episode. She crashlanded on Earth in the two-part episode "The White Light" but got sent back into space by the Rangers in the end. The three-part episode "The Wedding" marked her definitive return for the remainder of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** Rita's father, Master Vile, appeared in the series and stayed for a handful of episodes and, after getting tired of being defeated, returned to the Galaxy MI-5, where "evil always wins".
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''
** Rita, Zedd, Baboo, Squat, Finster, and the Tenga Warriors sought refuge at Master Vile's place to escape Mondo's forces. They, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse except for Baboo and Squat]], eventually came back to rescue Rito and Goldar and fight back.
** The Rangers seemingly destroyed Mondo in "Mondo's Last Stand", but Queen Machina told her son Sprocket that Mondo had survived a similar defeat before, thus {{foreshadowing}} his return. Near the end of the Zeo series, he ''did'' return. Fearing Mondo's wrath, Prince Gasket and Princess Archerina fled and were never seen again. It's unknown if Zordon's sacrifice at the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' destroyed or purified them and, ever since an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' established the Machine Empire left survivors, if it even affected them at all.
** In the last episode, the Royal House of Gadgetry was tricked into accepting an exploding gift from Lord Zedd and ended up as (barely alive) pieces. They returned in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
** Also in that episode, Bulk and Skull left the country to work in a mystery but they were back as cops in the Turbo movie without any explanation to what became of the case.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''
** Rocky made his last appearance in the first episode for the graduation ceremony.
** Zordon and Alpha 5 returned to Eltar and were replaced by Dimitria and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Alpha 6]].
** Ernie was given a write-off in the episode "Shadow Rangers".
** Tommy, Kat, Tanya, and Adam left the team to live their adult lives.
** When Cassie, Ashley, T.J., and Carlos went into space, Justin stayed behind. He returned for one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
* At the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', the purified Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema/Karone left. Karone became the second Pink Ranger of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and Rita became the Mystic Mother of ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' but the others never returned.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Oz put himself on a bus... twice in one season.
** Faith [[spoiler:gets put in a coma,]] then later rides the back of a truck (which is almost a bus). She then gets put in jail for a while.
** Cordy and Series/{{Angel}} shared a bus to L.A. Cordelia then gets put on a bus several times over the course of ''Angel''.
** Riley is put on a helicopter in "Into the woods", when he decides to re-join the military and go demon-hunting somewhere that's not Sunnydale.
** After Tony Head expressed a desire to spend more time with his family in England, Giles was put on a plane in Season 6. The character's flimsy reasoning for this departure was Buffy's need to grow into a stronger, more stable person and Slayer, and he cited his presence, the fact that she often relied on him, as a hindrance to her self-reliance. Given it was his job as her Watcher to let her rely on him and the mountain of trauma she had recently suffered, many fans let out a collective "Huh?!" at his decision to abandon her "for her own good". This departure did allow him to be a {{Big Damn Hero|es}} at the end of the season, but Buffy and the team would suffer for his absence for the rest of the series. The character played a somewhat larger part in Season 7, but he was still constantly [[CommutingOnABus on and off the bus]] in the form of searching the world for Potential Slayers, leaving the rest of the team to try (and fail) to carry on effectively in his absence.
** Amy. We know where she went (got turned into a rat) and she eventually returns for a few episodes after she was de-ratted.
** Everyone who survived in the final episode actually escaped town in a school bus.
** Harmony in Season 5.
** The First Evil wasn't destroyed or trapped or anything like that, and is presumably still around, doing...whatever it does when it's not tormenting the good guys. Justified as it only had a very small window of becoming corporeal due to Buffy's resurrection and other events. It's alive but not as much of a (direct) threat.
** Ethan being arrested.
** This happens to Wood in S8 in an identical way to how many Fanfics do it.
** Happened to Kate after Elisabeth Röhm left the show to join ''Series/LawAndOrder''. She quit fighting supernatural crime in the West Coast to fight normal crime in the East Coast.
** Lindsey was put on a bus and then came back.
* This is the fate of the Number Three Cylons in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. After a Number Three Cylon disobeys the consensus of the other Cylon models, it's decided that the Number Three models are inherently flawed. The Number Threes are then "boxed up" and their memories and consciousnesses downloaded into cold storage indefinitely. [[spoiler:At least one number three is "unboxed" later on in season 4.]]
* In ''Series/EastEnders'' characters are regularly ''Put On A Train'' and go to live in Manchester or Spain so that the writers can bring them back. That's not to say that dead characters can't be brought back anyway, such as Den, who was shot and drowned 14 years previously. Sometimes they're Put On A London Black Cab, or (in the case of OfficialCouple Kat and Alfie in 2005) Put On A Ford Capri.
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' this happens all the time... characters leave very suddenly on a long holiday (e.g. Rosie and Frazer), to visit family (Sienna), to take a job elsewhere (Riley) or to have long-term medical care (Nicola, Kirsten). The worst example of this has got to be Lou Carpenter's mother-in-law Marlene, who 'went on a cruise' in 1997 and hasn't been seen since.
** In the early years of ''Neighbours'' they used a very particular sequence where the departing actor would announce they were going somewhere (often, supposedly, temporarily) in one episode. During the next episode said actor would appear once, sitting on a hotel bed, making a telephone call to another cast member and would perform some exposition. The actor would never be seen (and rarely, if ever, spoken of), again.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', commander Ivanova was put on a bus (given her own ship to command) when the actress left the show. She appeared a year later in the last episode, which was however filmed as the last episode of the season when the actress was still part of the cast.
** Well before this, the station's original commander, Jeffrey Sinclair, is put on a bus at the beginning of the second season by being reassigned to a diplomatic post on the Minbari homeworld, and is replaced by Captain Sheridan. Sinclair reappears to make guest appearances in seasons two and three.
** Given the complex nature of trying to deal with potential actor change-ups that might interfere with a tightly-plotted 5 year arc it turns out that every character had a bus ticket waiting at the will-call desk (referred to as "trapdoors") in case they needed to be changed out. With the number of major and minor characters that ended up getting on that bus it seems like Babylon was as much a bus station as a space station. Though, given the number of {{bus crash}}es they encountered it might be best just to stay.
*** An exception to this is the aforementioned Sinclair bus trip, which was not planned but rather precipitated by actor Michael O'Hare's mental health issues (he had schizophrenia). JMichaelStraczynski ''did'' have a trapdoor for Sinclair, but didn't expect it to be triggered until at least after Season 2, which led to him scrambling to find a way to work it into the series believably a whole season or more earlier. Since O'Hare understandably wanted his struggles kept private, JMS didn't say the actual reason, instead saying that Sinclair's arc had run too quickly; after O'Hare's death, JMS actually said why.
* Chano Amenguale was put on a bus on ''Series/BarneyMiller'', but viewers weren't told for several seasons. Following his disappearance, no one mentioned him until a few years later when a new detective was transferred to the precinct to replace him, causing Barney to marvel at how long it took the department to send anyone.
** Also Barney's wife Liz, who had been [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen unseen]] on the show for several seasons after being played by Barbara Barrie in Seasons 1-2. (The producers actually came up with the separation storyline as a way of bringing Barrie, whose character had been deemed as not "working" in the context of the show, back before the viewers.)
* On ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Addison Montgomery was put in a convertible to LA so that she could rediscover herself in her spin-off, ''PrivatePractice''. Theoretically she was going to involve herself in more mature things than hospital {{Love Dodecahedron}}s, but whether that actually happened is doubtful.
** Though since then Isaiah Washington ran off rather than marry Cristina Yang, Brooke Smith's newly lesbian character vanished the day after getting her first girl/girl orgasm from Callie O'Malley, then at the end of season five [[spoiler:TR Knight is hit by a bus because he complained too much about not getting enough screen time]].
* On ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', Caleb is on the bus with the main character of a spinoff Ravenswood. He stays in Ravenswood for the spinoff. He does return to Pretty Little Liars back to Hannah.
* The first time Katey Sagal (the actress who played Peggy Bundy) became pregnant during her time on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the producers worked it into the storyline, only to have to backtrack when Segal tragically suffered a miscarriage by [[spoiler:making the entire season six storyline of Peg and Marcy being pregnant a dream. And on a dream episode, no less, where Al is a private eye out to clear his name when he's accused of murder]]. When Segal became pregnant again later in the show's run, the writers didn't go back to the "Peg is pregnant" well again, and, instead, wrote off Segal's frequent absences from the show as a storyline where Peg is traveling the world to get her parents back together after her father walks out on her.
** David Garrison, who played Marcy's first husband, Steve, left the show in the fourth season to return to stage acting. On the show, Steve was written off as having left Marcy so he could work as a forest ranger in Yosemite National Park (though, as a favor to the writers, Steve has returned on a few occasions: on the season six episode where Steve is on the run from the FBI for stealing a rare bird's egg, on a later episode where Al can't find his car after it's been through the car wash, and a PoorlyDisguisedPilot where Steve is the dean of Trumaine University [the college Bud was enrolled in from seasons seven to ten] and Marcy protests against two {{Dumbass DJ}}s)
** When Peggy read a pirate story, she incorporated several characters from the series into the tale. David Garrison played Rubio the Cruel and was credited as Steve Rhodes.
* This happens to Foreman, Cameron and Chase in the 3rd season finale of ''Series/{{House}}''. Foreman later returns in season 4, while Cameron and Chase [[CommutingOnABus make cameo appearances.]] Interestingly enough, Amber ''is'' put on a bus in the 4th season finale, although this probably doesn't qualify for tolerably obvious reasons...
** Season 6 has a lot of bus jumps. Cameron moves from the commute to a more permanent bus, Chase jumps off the commuting bus and into the cast, while Taub was temporarily bussed until House got his licence back. (Probably to give his actor a break). 13 appeared to be on the bus, but it was too temporary to count.
** And in Season 7, 13 vanishes for the majority of the season.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', to help its impressionable young viewers cope more easily with the resignation of host Steve Burns, he supposedly leaves ''to go to college'' and is quickly replaced by a brother, Joe.
* In the last season of ''Series/TheAvengers'', writers dealt with [[MostCommonSuperpower Tara King's]] uselessness by putting her in drugged sleep for an episode and sending her on vacation for another (in which she was replaced by another character).
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' did this quite regularly, usually lampshaded through the ridiculous way the character left.
** After her actress' departure from the show at the end of the third series, they opted to explain why Maria had suddenly vanished when she was trapped in the prison camp for British soldiers with the majority of rest of the primary cast by explaining that she had attempted to escape by disguising herself as a package and getting mailed out. Unfortunately, she didn't have enough stamps and was as such "returned to Switzerland."
** The original Le Clerc visited his brother in prison, and switched places with him because he preferred it to the cafe.
** Hans Geering was spirited away by the Communist resistance and sent to England because he was disguised as a British officer - he then defected, even reprising his role as a British intelligence worker a few seasons later.
** The two British airmen were eventually explained to have escaped back to England on a submarine, 'disguised as a couple of squids'. They came BackForTheFinale.
** Only the Italian Captain Bertorelli is given a serious explaination - the series skips forward to a time after Italy have surrendered.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' first season character Stacy Hansen is a prime example of this trope. It's revealed at the start of the Second Season that she had left for college. Though, she never did return and was never mentioned again. This is somewhat [[TruthInTelevision based on real life]] in that the actress who played Stacy really DID go to college.
* Stan in ''Series/OnTheBuses'' departs the series to drive buses OopNorth. So he ''was'' put on a bus.

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* When Peter [=MacNicol=] did a Dr. Crusher from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pulls an offscreen stint on ''Series/TwentyFour'', his ''Series/NUMB3RS'' character was Put On A Space Station.
* Sara Sidle of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', leaving with the possibility
at Starfleet Academy for Season 2, [[ReplacementScrappy Dr. Pullaski]] filled her position during that she'll return if actress Jorja Fox and CBS change their minds.
time.
** Jorja Fox and show execs virtually guaranteed in interviews that she would be popping in for a guest spot sometime in the near future - and did just that in season 9.
*** And Grissom followed her off of CSI, too. Since both roles have been replaced by new rookie [=CSIs=] it's probably safe to assume that the bus will not be returning anytime soon.
*** Wanna bet? [[TheBusCameBack Jorja's back on the show!!]] Although it's kinda like CommutingOnABus, as she isn't in every ep these days.
** And now, Catherine.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' did it three times. First, Aiden left, quitting before Mac could fire her for considering planting evidence, but then her storyline ended in a combo of BusCrash and StuffedInTheFridge. Mac's ex girlfriend Peyton left suddenly with only a note to Mac, then TheBusCameBack for one episode. Stella left for the New Orleans crime lab.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' did it with Alex Whitman. At least until it was revealed that he'd been used and abused by Tess, then killed.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' did it with Charlie Desalvo. TheBusCameBack, but he was KilledOffForReal in the ep.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''
** Tommy was depowered and sent off, as per the arc of his Japanese counterpart, Dragon Ranger, who actually died in the storyline of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and thus Saban exhausted their supply of Dragon Ranger footage to use for the Green Ranger. When FOX ordered an extra half-season of footage, Tommy came back, a change probably also required by the ratings - hence why he was suddenly a completely different ranger (they pulled the White Ranger footage
Riker's headstrong double Thomas from ''[[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]''.)
** Similarly the original Red, Yellow, and Black Rangers, Jason, Trini, and Zack, were sent to a peace conference and never appeared in the show again. The joke among the cast and crew of the show
"Second Chances" was that if you ever saw put on a bus, later to emerge in a script that your character was going to a peace conference, you were never coming back. Jason did, however, becoming the SixthRanger of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' and making a couple more guest appearances.
** Kimberly, the original Pink Ranger, left to pursue a career as a gymnast. In ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', she sent Tommy a DearJohnLetter that [[FanonDiscontinuity some fans would rather believe to be a hoax]]. She and Jason appeared in ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie]]'', when Divatox would sacrifice the both of them to Maligore. (They got better, and Jason would return once more for the tenth anniversary ReunionShow.)
** Rita Repulsa was imprisoned by Lord Zedd back into the space dumpster at his debut episode. She crashlanded on Earth in the two-part episode "The White Light" but got sent back into space by the Rangers in the end. The three-part episode "The Wedding" marked her definitive return for the remainder of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** Rita's father, Master Vile, appeared in the series and stayed for a handful of episodes and, after getting tired of being defeated, returned to the Galaxy MI-5, where "evil always wins".
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''
** Rita, Zedd, Baboo, Squat, Finster, and the Tenga Warriors sought refuge at Master Vile's place to escape Mondo's forces. They, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse except for Baboo and Squat]], eventually came back to rescue Rito and Goldar and fight back.
** The Rangers seemingly destroyed Mondo in "Mondo's Last Stand", but Queen Machina told her son Sprocket that Mondo had survived a similar defeat before, thus {{foreshadowing}} his return. Near the end of the Zeo series, he ''did'' return. Fearing Mondo's wrath, Prince Gasket and Princess Archerina fled and were never seen again. It's unknown if Zordon's sacrifice at the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' destroyed or purified them and, ever since
an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' established the Machine Empire left survivors, if it even affected them at all.
** In the last episode, the Royal House of Gadgetry was tricked into accepting an exploding gift from Lord Zedd and ended up
Deep Space Nine as (barely alive) pieces. They returned in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
** Also in that episode, Bulk and Skull left the country
a rebel, only to work in a mystery but they were back as cops in the Turbo movie without any explanation to what became of the case.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''
** Rocky made his last appearance in the first episode for the graduation ceremony.
** Zordon and Alpha 5 returned to Eltar and were replaced by Dimitria and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Alpha 6]].
** Ernie was given a write-off in the episode "Shadow Rangers".
** Tommy, Kat, Tanya, and Adam left the team to live their adult lives.
** When Cassie, Ashley, T.J., and Carlos went into space, Justin stayed behind. He returned for one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
* At the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', the purified Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema/Karone left. Karone became the second Pink Ranger of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and Rita became the Mystic Mother of ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' but the others never returned.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Oz put himself
be once again placed on a bus... twice in one season.
** Faith [[spoiler:gets put in a coma,]] then later rides the back of a truck (which is almost a bus). She then gets put in jail for a while.
** Cordy and Series/{{Angel}} shared a bus to L.A. Cordelia then gets put on a bus several times over the course of ''Angel''.
** Riley is put on a helicopter in "Into the woods", when he
bus. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' decides to re-join the military be evil and go demon-hunting somewhere that's not Sunnydale.
** After Tony Head expressed a desire to spend more time with his family in England, Giles was
put on a plane in Season 6. The character's flimsy reasoning for this departure was Buffy's need to grow into a stronger, more stable person and Slayer, and he cited his presence, the fact that she often relied on him, as a hindrance to her self-reliance. Given it was his job as her Watcher to let her rely on him and the mountain of trauma she had recently suffered, many fans let out a collective "Huh?!" at his decision to abandon her "for her own good". This departure did allow him to be a {{Big Damn Hero|es}} at the end of the season, but Buffy and the team would suffer for his absence for the rest of the series. The character played a somewhat larger part in Season 7, but he was still constantly [[CommutingOnABus on and off the bus]] in the form of searching the world for Potential Slayers, leaving the rest of the team to try (and fail) to carry on effectively in his absence.
** Amy. We know where she went (got turned into a rat) and she eventually returns for a few episodes after she was de-ratted.
** Everyone who survived in the final episode actually escaped town
Thomas in a school bus.
** Harmony in Season 5.
** The First Evil wasn't destroyed or trapped or anything like that, and is presumably still around, doing...whatever it does when it's not tormenting the good guys. Justified as it only had a very small window of becoming corporeal due to Buffy's resurrection and other events. It's alive but not as much of a (direct) threat.
** Ethan being arrested.
** This happens to Wood in S8 in an identical way to how many Fanfics do it.
** Happened to Kate after Elisabeth Röhm left the show to join ''Series/LawAndOrder''. She quit fighting supernatural crime in the West Coast to fight normal crime in the East Coast.
** Lindsey was put on a bus and then came back.
* This is the fate of the Number Three Cylons in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. After a Number Three Cylon disobeys the consensus of the other Cylon models, it's decided that the Number Three models are inherently flawed. The Number Threes are then "boxed up" and their memories and consciousnesses downloaded into cold storage indefinitely. [[spoiler:At least one number three is "unboxed" later on in season 4.
BusCrash.]]
* In ''Series/EastEnders'' characters are regularly ''Put On A Train'' and go to live in Manchester or Spain so that the writers can bring them back. That's not to say that dead characters can't be brought back anyway, such as Den, who was shot and drowned 14 years previously. Sometimes they're Put On A London Black Cab, or (in the case of OfficialCouple Kat and Alfie in 2005) Put On A Ford Capri.
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' this happens all the time... characters leave very suddenly on a long holiday (e.g. Rosie and Frazer), to visit family (Sienna), to take a job elsewhere (Riley) or to have long-term medical care (Nicola, Kirsten). The worst example of this has got to be Lou Carpenter's mother-in-law Marlene, who 'went on a cruise' in 1997 and hasn't been seen since.
** In the early years of ''Neighbours'' they used a very particular sequence where the departing actor would announce they were going somewhere (often, supposedly, temporarily) in one episode. During the next episode said actor would appear once, sitting on a hotel bed, making a telephone call to another cast member and would perform some exposition. The actor would never be seen (and rarely, if ever, spoken of), again.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', commander Ivanova was put on a bus (given her own ship to command) when the actress
[[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] left the show. She appeared a year later programme in the last episode, which was however filmed as the last episode of the season when the actress was 4 to enter Starfleet Academy, [[CommutingOnABus but still part of the cast.
** Well before this, the station's original commander, Jeffrey Sinclair, is put on a bus at the beginning of the second season by being reassigned to a diplomatic post on the Minbari homeworld, and is replaced by Captain Sheridan. Sinclair reappears to make guest
made appearances in seasons two from time to time]].
* In a way, the transition between ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''
and three.
** Given
the complex nature of trying to deal Spin Off series ''The Suite Life On Deck'' is an inverted example with potential actor change-ups that might interfere with a tightly-plotted 5 year arc it turns out that every character had a bus ticket waiting at Zack, Cody, London, and Mr. Moseby. They are the will-call desk (referred to as "trapdoors") in case they needed to be changed out. With the number of major and minor only characters that ended up getting on that bus it seems like Babylon was as much a bus station as a space station. Though, given the number of {{bus crash}}es they encountered it might be best just to stay.
*** An exception to this is the aforementioned Sinclair bus trip, which was not planned but rather precipitated by actor Michael O'Hare's mental health issues (he had schizophrenia). JMichaelStraczynski ''did'' have a trapdoor for Sinclair, but didn't expect it to be triggered until at least after Season 2, which led to him scrambling to find a way to work it into the series believably a whole season or more earlier. Since O'Hare understandably wanted his struggles kept private, JMS didn't say the actual reason, instead saying that Sinclair's arc had run too quickly; after O'Hare's death, JMS actually said why.
* Chano Amenguale was put on a bus on ''Series/BarneyMiller'', but viewers weren't told for several seasons. Following his disappearance, no one mentioned him until a few years later when a new detective was transferred to the precinct to replace him, causing Barney to marvel at how long it took the department to send anyone.
** Also Barney's wife Liz, who had been [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen unseen]] on the show for several seasons after being played by Barbara Barrie
are main characters in Seasons 1-2. (The producers actually came up both shows, with the separation storyline as a way of bringing Barrie, whose character had been deemed as not "working" in the context most of the show, back before the viewers.)
* On ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Addison Montgomery was put in a convertible to LA so that she could rediscover herself in her spin-off, ''PrivatePractice''. Theoretically she was going to involve herself in more mature things than hospital {{Love Dodecahedron}}s, but whether that actually happened is doubtful.
** Though since then Isaiah Washington ran off rather than marry Cristina Yang, Brooke Smith's newly lesbian character vanished the day after getting her first girl/girl orgasm from Callie O'Malley, then at the end of season five [[spoiler:TR Knight is hit by a bus because he complained too much about not getting enough screen time]].
* On ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', Caleb is on the bus with the main character of a spinoff Ravenswood. He stays in Ravenswood for the spinoff. He does return to Pretty Little Liars back to Hannah.
* The first time Katey Sagal (the actress who played Peggy Bundy) became pregnant during her time on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the producers worked it into the storyline, only to have to backtrack when Segal tragically suffered a miscarriage by [[spoiler:making the entire season six storyline of Peg and Marcy being pregnant a dream. And on a dream episode, no less, where Al is a private eye out to clear his name when he's accused of murder]]. When Segal became pregnant again later in the show's run, the writers didn't go back to the "Peg is pregnant" well again, and, instead, wrote off Segal's frequent absences from the show as a storyline where Peg is traveling the world to get her parents back together after her father walks out on her.
** David Garrison, who played Marcy's first husband, Steve, left the show in the fourth season to return to stage acting. On the show, Steve was written off as having left Marcy so he could work as a forest ranger in Yosemite National Park (though, as a favor to the writers, Steve has returned on a few occasions: on the season six episode where Steve is on the run from the FBI for stealing a rare bird's egg, on a later episode where Al can't find his car after it's been through the car wash, and a PoorlyDisguisedPilot where Steve is the dean of Trumaine University [the college Bud was enrolled in from seasons seven to ten] and Marcy protests against two {{Dumbass DJ}}s)
** When Peggy read a pirate story, she incorporated several
characters from the original series into completely disappearing. Only 6 of the tale. David Garrison played Rubio the Cruel and was credited as Steve Rhodes.
* This happens to Foreman, Cameron and Chase in the 3rd season finale of ''Series/{{House}}''. Foreman later returns in season 4, while Cameron and Chase [[CommutingOnABus make cameo appearances.]] Interestingly enough, Amber ''is'' put on a bus in the 4th season finale, although this probably doesn't qualify for tolerably obvious reasons...
** Season 6 has a lot of bus jumps. Cameron moves
characters from the commute to a more permanent bus, Chase jumps off the commuting bus and into the cast, while Taub was temporarily bussed until House got his licence back. (Probably to give his actor a break). 13 appeared to be on the bus, but it was too temporary to count.
** And in Season 7, 13 vanishes for the majority
original series reprise their roles, half of the season.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', to help its impressionable young viewers cope more easily with the resignation of host Steve Burns, he supposedly leaves ''to go to college'' and is quickly replaced by a brother, Joe.
* In the last season of ''Series/TheAvengers'', writers dealt with [[MostCommonSuperpower Tara King's]] uselessness by putting her in drugged sleep for an episode and sending her on vacation for another (in
which she was replaced by another character).
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' did this quite regularly, usually lampshaded through
only make one time appearances, and that's them coming to visit, rather than the ridiculous way the character left.characters returning home.
** After her actress' departure from the show at the end Maddie Fitzpatrick is put on a bus temporarily in Season 3 of the third series, they opted to explain why Maria had suddenly vanished when she was trapped in the prison camp for British soldiers with the majority of rest of the primary cast by explaining that she had attempted to escape by disguising herself as a package and getting mailed out. Unfortunately, she didn't have enough stamps and was as such "returned to Switzerland."
** The
original Le Clerc visited his brother series. She comes to visit once in prison, and switched places with ''On Deck''.
** Marcus Little, who entered the series midway through second season of the spin off, is put on a bus about a third of the way through third season. It would have been nice to see
him because he preferred it to appear again in the cafe.series finale, since they were in New York at that time, where he had moved to.
** Hans Geering was spirited away by * Many in "Series/TeenWolf", including Jackson, Isaac, Derek, Aiden, Ethan, Deaton's sister, Danny, Gerard...
* In ''Series/That70sShow'', main characters Eric Forman and Kelso are both written out due to their respective actors working on other projects. Eric leaves in
the Communist resistance and sent seventh season finale to England because he was disguised as a British officer - he then defected, even reprising teach in Africa; Kelso remains among the cast for the first few episodes of Season 8 before leaving for Chicago. Both make guest appearances in the finale episode.
** Due to [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]]'s prison sentence,
his role as character spends a British intelligence worker a few seasons later.
** The two British airmen were eventually explained to have escaped back to England on a submarine, 'disguised as a couple
portion of squids'. They came BackForTheFinale.
** Only the Italian Captain Bertorelli is given a serious explaination -
the series skips forward to a time on vacation, returning just after Italy have surrendered.
Chong's release.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' first season ''Series/ThreesCompany'' had this happen with a bunch of characters. The Ropers were screwed when they were written out of the show and their spinoff was canceled. They only returned once as guest stars for an episode a couple years later. Suzanne Somers's character, Chrissy Snow was also sent away when her contract wasn't renewed because of her protesting for a pay raise. Her character Stacy Hansen is a prime example of this trope. It's revealed at was sent off to tend to her sick aunt. She spent the start rest of her run on the Second Season that she had left for college. Though, she never did return and was never mentioned again. This is somewhat [[TruthInTelevision based on real life]] show in that the actress who played Stacy really DID go brief on-the-phone segments until her contract ran out.
* Happens
to college.
* Stan
[[spoiler:Hoyt Fortenberry]] in ''Series/OnTheBuses'' departs the series to drive buses OopNorth. So he ''was'' put on a bus.season five of ''Series/TrueBlood''.



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this ''a lot''. Season 2 did it to the spouses and children of every married character, plus Matt's FBI partner. DL had a bridge dropped on him instead. Season 3 alone has:
** Sent [[spoiler:Molly]] off to India with a passing throwaway line
** Removed [[spoiler:Maya's power]] and had her depart for... somewhere, although she is later shown to be living in an apartment (likely in America, given how Mohinder tried to visit her).
** [[spoiler:Micah]] was after one episode, apparently not in the least curious after a woman [[spoiler:identical to his dead mother]] appears and asks for his help. [[spoiler:He returns in Volume 4, though....]]
** Caitlin, Peter's Irish girlfriend from Volume 2 is left [[spoiler:stranded in an alternate future that the season finale prevents from coming to pass]], and never mentioned again. Good luck getting back from that one.
** The one with the best execution was Claude's departure in Season 1: it's built into his character since he's {{invisib|ility}}le. After HRG and the Haitian attack him and Peter, he turns invisible and runs out of Peter's apartment and he hasn't been seen on screen since. But he did play a major role in one of the online graphic novels and they've subtly alluded to him a few times onscreen, so his fans are pretty sure that the writers are bringing him back.
* One of the most notorious and self-influential incidents in ''Series/BeverlyHills90210's'' narrative history was putting Brenda Walsh, the show's powerhouse, on a plane to London after actress Shannen Doherty was fired for repeated unprofessional behaviour. Brenda was only supposed to stay in London for a year, but never reappeared in the original show. ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the next Aaron Spelling product that Doherty starred in, went one further when the actress was dismissed (again) and [[McLeaned killed off her character]].
** Leo from ''Charmed'' was put on a bus in season 8 temporarily (the network slashed the budget in half and the actor had to be written out of the show for about ten episodes) when he had to be frozen in time to prevent him being killed in the crossfire of the battle between the Charmed Ones and the Ultimate Power.
* In ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' season 5, [[spoiler:Danny and Stacie are]] revealed to have gone to America after season 4, hence their absence from the gang. Though, given that the gang was in the US at the end of season 4 (more or less) this might be more a matter of "didn't catch the bus home".
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' sent Catherine on a plane to London in Season 4. She returned for the tribute episode following Creator/PhilHartman's death.
* In ''Series/MacGyver'', Pete Thornton casually comments at the start of one episode that [[ShooOutTheNewGuy Nikki Carpenter]] is on assignment in South America. She is never heard from or mentioned again in the show.
* An ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' example is Gerald, Ducky's first assistant who is shot in the shoulder, requiring several months of rehab. And just as he is about to come back, [[spoiler: he is kidnapped by the same man who shot him. He never returns and we don't find out what happened to him.]]
** [[spoiler: The kidnapping is resolved by Ducky trading himself in for Gerard.]] It is later mentioned that Gerald left NCIS due to his shoulder injury and he is replaced by Jimmy Palmer.
** The writers unfortunately did this with the very annoying [[spoiler: Agent Barrett.]]

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this ''a lot''. In ''Series/UltramanGaia'', Hiroya vanishes for about 10 episodes or so from episode 26 onward, where he is [[spoiler:presumed dead after passing his Agulator to Gamu.]] He returns later, though.
* In ''Series/UltramanLeo'', '''the entire cast that isn't Black End, Gen or Tooru suffers from this.''' The biggest example is Dan Moroboshi, who returns to the Land of Light to recuperate his injuries, leaving Gen alone on Earth to deal with the kaiju.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Apparently happened to [[spoiler: Tyler Lockwood]] mid-season 2. He comes back at the end of the season and stays until mid-season 3, where he once again leaves town for a few episodes. He comes back, and yet again leaves town in
Season 2 did it to 4. But he always comes back, so this is really more of a "once a season" commute.
** The [[spoiler:heroine of
the spouses show Elena Gilbert]] is put in a coffin after a spell renders her unconcious till whenever Bonnie dies.
** Jacob Gilbert is put on a bus to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the middle of season 6
and children doesn't appear on the show again.
* On ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Logan's girlfriend Hannah is sent to a Vermont boarding school when caught canoodling with him. This served to hit the reset button on his romance with Veronica.
* On the NBC version
of every married character, plus Matt's FBI partner. DL had a bridge dropped on him instead. ''Series/TheVoice'', this happens to Music/ChristinaAguilera and Music/CeeLoGreen temporarily after Season 3 alone has:
** Sent [[spoiler:Molly]] off to India with a passing throwaway line
** Removed [[spoiler:Maya's power]]
so that they can tour and had her depart for... somewhere, although she is later shown record new music, while Music/{{Shakira}} and Music/{{Usher}} fill in. Shakira and Usher became so popular that they ultimately returned to be living in an apartment (likely in America, given how Mohinder tried to visit her).
** [[spoiler:Micah]] was after one episode, apparently not in
the least curious after a woman [[spoiler:identical to his dead mother]] coaches' chairs for the spring 2014 season.
** It now
appears and asks that [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/02/19/ceelo-green-says-he-wont-be-back-on-the-voice/5601147/ CeeLo isn't getting off the bus]].
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has, surprisingly, a lot of bus rides
for a series where ''AnyoneCanDie''.
** Morgan is put on a bus after
his help. [[spoiler:He initial appearance in the series premiere, where he chooses to stay on his home town instead of heading to Atlanta with Rick. [[spoiler:Morgan is brought back into the show in season 3, when Rick travels back to the town looking for him, but once again decides to stay behind. He is left on the bus for two more seasons until he [[TheBusCameBack finally returns in Volume 4, though....season 5]].]]
** Caitlin, Peter's Irish girlfriend from Volume 2 Merle Dixon is left [[spoiler:stranded in an alternate future that on a bus for two seasons after [[spoiler:T-Dog drops the season finale prevents from coming keys to pass]], and never mentioned again. Good luck getting back from that one.
** The one
the handcuffs restraining him to a roof with oncoming walkers]] in the best execution was Claude's departure in Season 1: it's built into first season. While there is an attempt to bring him back, they fail, leaving his character since he's {{invisib|ility}}le. After HRG and the Haitian attack him and Peter, on an ''WhatHappenedToTheMouse'' situation. An hallucination of Merle appears briefly in season 2 before he turns invisible and runs out of Peter's apartment and he hasn't been seen on screen since. But he did play a major role himself eventually comes back in one season 3 as [[spoiler:one of the online graphic novels [[BigBad Governor's]] right-handed men]].
** Even the series main villain by the time of seasons 3
and they've subtly alluded to him a few times onscreen, so his fans are pretty sure that 4, the writers are bringing him back.
* One of the most notorious and self-influential incidents in ''Series/BeverlyHills90210's'' narrative history was putting Brenda Walsh, the show's powerhouse,
Governor, gets put on a plane bus between the seasons and during the majority of season 4's first half.
** Carol is put on a bus at least twice during the series. The first time being in season 3 when [[spoiler:she is believed
to London be dead by the group, but actually isn't]], the second time in season 4 after actress Shannen Doherty was fired [[spoiler:Rick exiles her for repeated unprofessional behaviour. Brenda was only supposed killing Karen and David]].
*** She appears
to stay in London for have taken a year, but never reappeared in liking to the original show. ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the next Aaron Spelling product that Doherty starred in, went one further when the actress was dismissed (again) and [[McLeaned killed off her character]].
** Leo
bus, as in season 6 she [[spoiler:vanishes from ''Charmed'' was Alexandria, apparently having left it on free will]], though whether or not she will actually be put on a bus thanks to it remains to be seen.
** [[spoiler:Glenn]] is
put on a bus in season 8 temporarily (the network slashed 6 after [[spoiler:he is believed to be dead by the budget in half characters and the actor had audience]].
* In ''Series/WaterRats'' Several Characters are put on the bus. Tommy (Jay Laga'aia) and Terry (Aaron Jeffery) disappear. Tayler Johnson (Raelee Hill), transfers
to be written out another division. Frank Holloway (Colin Friels) goes off to follow a forgotten dream, in real life the Colin Friels was fighting cancer.
* On ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' Celia Hodes' older daughter Quinn was Put On A Bus to Mexico for most
of the show for about ten episodes) when he had to be frozen in time to prevent him being killed in first four seasons.
* Sam Seaborn from ''Series/TheWestWing'' disappears entirely after losing his election and doesn't get brought back until
the crossfire last few episodes of the battle between the Charmed Ones and the Ultimate Power.
*
final season. In ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' season 5, [[spoiler:Danny and Stacie are]] revealed to have gone to America after season 4, hence their absence from the gang. Though, given that the gang case, it's because Rob Lowe was leaving to star in the US at the end of season 4 (more or less) this might be more a matter of "didn't catch the bus home".
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' sent Catherine on a plane to London in Season 4. She returned for the tribute episode following Creator/PhilHartman's death.
* In ''Series/MacGyver'', Pete Thornton casually comments at the start of one episode that [[ShooOutTheNewGuy Nikki Carpenter]] is on assignment in South America. She is never heard from or mentioned again in the show.
* An ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' example is Gerald, Ducky's first assistant who is shot in the shoulder, requiring several months of rehab. And just as he is about to come back, [[spoiler: he is kidnapped by the same man who shot him. He never returns and we don't find out what happened to him.]]
** [[spoiler: The kidnapping is resolved by Ducky trading himself in for Gerard.]] It is later mentioned that Gerald left NCIS due to
his shoulder injury and he is replaced by Jimmy Palmer.
** The writers unfortunately did this with the very annoying [[spoiler: Agent Barrett.]]
own show.



* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' [[spoiler:the entire cast is scattered after having to bail out of their ship in the opening episode of Season 3 after a massive space battle involving thousands of ships. Most of the regular cast reunite, apart from Blake and Jenna. The characters spend much of the next two years trying to find Blake, but Jenna gets forgotten about. When Blake does return in the series finale, he says Jenna is dead. However, in the closing moments of the show he reveals that all of his actions in the finale were a morass of deception and lies to see if his old crewmembers were still loyal to his ideals and test their reactions, so the fate of Jenna is very much left up in the air. If she was still alive, that makes her the sole regular castmember of the show not to be killed off (with the possible exception of ORAC, who vanishes before the final scene).]]
** There was some ambiguity about all the deaths except that of Blake himself (the actor requested that it be clear that Blake be decisively killed), making it something of a BolivianArmyEnding. Specifically, fanon has it that [[spoiler:Vila]] avoided getting killed by faking it, as his actor falls the wrong way.
* Annyong from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' left the scene early in season 2 when Lucille ships him off to the Milford Academy, [[spoiler:only to reappear late in season 3 to plot his revenge against the Bluths. It even turned out that he never even arrived at the academy but instead was living inside the walls of their model home gathering intel on them, as well as vandalizing the Banana Stand offscreen]]
* On ''Series/BreakingBad'', Mike was left injured in Mexico towards the end of season 4, most likely so that his character wouldn't be around during Gus's final face-off with Walt. He did get better, and plays a larger role in S5.

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* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' [[spoiler:the entire cast is scattered after having to bail out of their ship Justin from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' in the opening episode of Season 3 after a massive space battle involving thousands of ships. Most of ''Alex vs. Alex'' special is mentioned heavily but not actually seen. At the regular cast reunite, apart from Blake and Jenna. The characters spend much of time, David Henrie was working on another movie, but the next two years trying to find Blake, but Jenna gets forgotten about. When Blake does return in the series finale, he says Jenna is dead. However, in the closing moments of the show he reveals that all of his actions in the finale scheduling conflicts were a morass of deception and lies impossible to see if his old crewmembers were still loyal to his ideals and test their reactions, rework, so the fate of Jenna is very much left up in the air. If she was still alive, that makes her the sole regular castmember of the show he chose not to be killed off (with the possible exception of ORAC, who vanishes before the final scene).]]
** There was some ambiguity about all the deaths except that of Blake himself (the actor requested that it be clear that Blake be decisively killed), making it something of a BolivianArmyEnding. Specifically, fanon has it that [[spoiler:Vila]] avoided getting killed by faking it, as his actor falls the wrong way.
* Annyong from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' left the scene early in season 2 when Lucille ships him off to the Milford Academy, [[spoiler:only to reappear late in season 3 to plot his revenge against the Bluths. It even turned out that he never even arrived at the academy but instead was living inside the walls of their model home gathering intel on them, as well as vandalizing the Banana Stand offscreen]]
* On ''Series/BreakingBad'', Mike was left injured in Mexico towards the end of season 4, most likely so that his character wouldn't be around during Gus's final face-off with Walt. He did get better, and plays a larger role in S5.
return.



* Sam Seaborn from ''Series/TheWestWing'' disappears entirely after losing his election and doesn't get brought back until the last few episodes of the final season. In that case, it's because Rob Lowe was leaving to star in his own show.
* In ''Series/That70sShow'', main characters Eric Forman and Kelso are both written out due to their respective actors working on other projects. Eric leaves in the seventh season finale to teach in Africa; Kelso remains among the cast for the first few episodes of Season 8 before leaving for Chicago. Both make guest appearances in the finale episode.
** Due to [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]]'s prison sentence, his character spends a portion of the series on vacation, returning just after Chong's release.
* Played straight in ''Series/McLeodsDaughters'', many times. Becky's one true love, Brett, is sent off an a bus to go find a job—then [[spoiler: comes back to propose to her, but [[DroppedABridgeOnHim falls off a bridge and dies]] before ever seeing her.]] Becky later gets on a bus to go to college, and never comes back. Meg gets on a bus and goes off to the woods to write a book. Jodi's first love, Roberto, gets on a bus to get his visa straightened out in his home country, then comes back on the same bus [[spoiler: to marry her, until she gets cold feet]]. You'd think this was the only way to get out of Nowhereville, Australia. That or getting killed in a freak accident, which a lot of characters have also opted for.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': When stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat held out in a salary dispute prior to season 5, their characters of Bo and Luke were sent off to "join the NASCAR circuit" and given a pair of {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s in cousins Coy and Vance. Once Schneider and Wopat resolved their contracts, Bo and Luke were brought back to the show while Bryon Cherry and Christopher Mayer (who played Coy and Vance) were quickly and unceremoniously shown the door.
** Sheriff Roscoe was also (back to the Police Academy) for a few episodes in season 2 due to James Best having his own dispute with producers. Ironically, one of the two men who replaced him at the time was the actual [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrin]], Dick Sargeant.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': Henry Jefferson was devised as a sort of "placeholder" character to stand in for George Jefferson until actor Sherman Helmsley (who had been offered the role of George but [[AbsenteeActor wasn't available]] due to his commitment to the Broadway show ''Purlie'') finally became available in season 4. Once that happened, Henry "moved upstate" and was never heard from again, either on ''All in the Family'' or the spinoff ''Series/TheJeffersons''.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has, surprisingly, a lot of bus rides for a series where ''AnyoneCanDie''.
** Morgan is put on a bus after his initial appearance in the series premiere, where he chooses to stay on his home town instead of heading to Atlanta with Rick. [[spoiler:Morgan is brought back into the show in season 3, when Rick travels back to the town looking for him, but once again decides to stay behind. He is left on the bus for two more seasons until he [[TheBusCameBack finally returns in season 5]].]]
** Merle Dixon is left on a bus for two seasons after [[spoiler:T-Dog drops the keys to the handcuffs restraining him to a roof with oncoming walkers]] in the first season. While there is an attempt to bring him back, they fail, leaving his character on an ''WhatHappenedToTheMouse'' situation. An hallucination of Merle appears briefly in season 2 before he himself eventually comes back in season 3 as [[spoiler:one of the [[BigBad Governor's]] right-handed men]].
** Even the series main villain by the time of seasons 3 and 4, the Governor, gets put on a bus between the seasons and during the majority of season 4's first half.
** Carol is put on a bus at least twice during the series. The first time being in season 3 when [[spoiler:she is believed to be dead by the group, but actually isn't]], the second time in season 4 after [[spoiler:Rick exiles her for killing Karen and David]].
*** She appears to have taken a liking to the bus, as in season 6 she [[spoiler:vanishes from Alexandria, apparently having left it on free will]], though whether or not she will actually be put on a bus thanks to it remains to be seen.
** [[spoiler:Glenn]] is put on a bus in season 6 after [[spoiler:he is believed to be dead by the characters and the audience]].
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Henry, Trapper, Frank, and Radar were all discharged and Put On A Plane back to the states. In Henry's case, [[BusCrash the plane crashed]].
* Junito from ''Series/NoahsArc'', who was put on a bus at the end of season 1, but returned later.
* On ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', Zoe Reynolds is exiled to Chile. At the beginning of the next serious, a brief mention is made of Sam Buxton "being sedated" after the death of her love interest, [[spoiler: Danny]], and never reappears in the series. In the fifth season, Ruth is Put On A Boat when she's implicated in a murder.
* When actress Lynda Day George was pregnant during Season 7 of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', her character was said to be working "deep cover" in Europe. A character played by Barbara Anderson filled in for several episodes.
* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'': Dr. Jack [=McGuire=], [[HospitalHottie the hunky (yet not too suave) doc]] played by Mitchell Anderson. Although an integral part of the show, Anderson quit the series at the end of season 2, and was subsequently written off. [=McGuire=], after returning from a life-changing mission trip to UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}, decided to move across the border to continue pursuing his medical aspirations.
* Oscar Martinez from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' was put on a bus for half of season 3, given a free vacation due to Michael's handling of Oscar's homosexuality. In his reappearance later in the season, he shows up to a Christmas party, but leaves before being noticed, claiming its "too soon". He returns for good three episodes later.
** Roy and Karen also receive this treatment eventually. Roy is fired near the end of Season 3 after reaching his emotional climax, while Karen is gone by the beginning of Season 4 (both due to Jim and Pam's increased closeness). Since then Karen has made a few guest appearances while Roy was only seen again once in Season 5.
** And, of course, season 7 sees Michael and Holly moving to Boulder, Colorado to get married and care for her aging parents.
** As of the Season 8 premiere, Jo Bennett.
** Robert California finds a new job at the end of Season 8, so we won't be seeing him next season.
** Kelly and Ryan in season 9.
* American soap ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', which has a habit of making departing characters get KilledOffForReal (or do they?), allowed fan favorite Calliope Jones Bradford to move to New York City (and come back to visit occasionally).
* ''Series/GuidingLight'' did this with Samantha Marler in the early 1990's. She had been living with her uncle Ross for a few years. One day, she "went upstairs," and was never seen again. Various explanations were later given for where she went.
** A literal example is Rita Stapleton, after numerous romantic entanglements with the men in town, Rita is put on a bus, just shortly before it was implied she was pregnant. However, Rita boards the bus and is never heard from again.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''. Alberta seems to be the favored destination for the in-series bus.
** Darcy supposedly goes to Africa as some sort of missionary, when in reality Shenae Grimes was really working on ''90210''.
** Craig and Ashley were put on buses as well; in fact Ashley was put on a bus ''twice''.
** Happened to Mia as well when she went off to Paris to model. In reality she ran off to ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
** Also happened in season 10 with Alli while Melinda Shankar was filming ''How to Be Indie'' and again in season 11 with Connor.
* ''Series/SpinCity'' had this happen to both Creator/MichaelJFox (when his Parkinson's Disease grew unmanageable in light of filming a weekly sitcom) and his girlfriend for the first season.
* ''Literature/GossipGirl'' has done this a few times. Background character Kati Farkas was said to have moved to Israel halfway through the first season. This was also used twice to explain Georgina Spark's absence; when she first appears on the show, she is said to have been in boarding school in Switzerland all this time. Then, in the season one finale, she is hauled off to reform school in some undisclosed location, where she remains until the last half of season two. Used again earlier in season two when Marcus and Lady Catherine returned to England and haven't been seen since.
** Jenny Humphrey was sent to a boarding school in Hudson in the last episode of season 3.
* Dr. Crusher from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pulls an offscreen stint at Starfleet Academy for Season 2, [[ReplacementScrappy Dr. Pullaski]] filled her position during that time.
** Riker's headstrong double Thomas from "Second Chances" was put on a bus, later to emerge in an episode of Deep Space Nine as a rebel, only to be once again placed on a bus. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' decides to be evil and put Thomas in a BusCrash.]]
** [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] left the programme in season 4 to enter Starfleet Academy, [[CommutingOnABus but still made appearances from time to time]].
* Speaking of Season Two Replacements, in ''Series/KnightRider'', Bonnie was replaced by April. Bonnie came back in Season 3.
* Several episodes in the final season of ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' had Miranda "visiting family in Mexico". The same excuse was used to justify her absence in TheMovie.
* On ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' Celia Hodes' older daughter Quinn was Put On A Bus to Mexico for most of the first four seasons.
* The entire Tanner family (i.e. every regular human cast member) was painfully put on the bus for the TV movie ''[[Series/{{ALF}} Project ALF]]'', dismissed by a line of dialogue as having been [[ReassignedToAntarctica relocated to Iceland]]. Since the movie was made in order to wrap up the series storyline, the bus never came back.
* Charlie in ''Series/{{Privileged}}'' who left in the penultimate episode of Season 1. There was talk of him returning in Season 2, but since the show was cancelled that never got to happen.
* Catalina in ''Series/SpaceCases'' is put on a space ship, where she avoids certain doom by being put in a parallel dimension. This was so the actress that played her could work on another show. However, it was implied that she might come back, if the show hadn't been [[TheFireflyEffect cancelled soon thereafter]].
* Subverted in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' when Kenneth broke his promise to his mother that New York would not change him and decided to move back home to Georgia, but returned a few minutes later because he missed the train.
** Also subverted with the writing out of Josh's character: he claims to have gotten on a bus.
** Jack's wife Avery gets taken hostage by Kim Jong-Il (and later Kim Jong-Un) in North Korea, which excused Elizabeth Banks for other projects. For a while, she's not even mentioned, but then Jack spends a lot of time the next season trying to get her back. She returns in the final episodes of the season, only for them to divorce in the finale.
* On ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', Adam Cartwright moved to Australia when Pernell Roberts left the show.
* On ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Logan's girlfriend Hannah is sent to a Vermont boarding school when caught canoodling with him. This served to hit the reset button on his romance with Veronica.
* Toby in ''Series/DanisHouse'' left after the first season, where in the season 2 opener it is stated he has left for medical school (after he managed to pass the test after answering every question with the word "bum"). He does show up again in the Christmas Episode, though.
* In ''KnotsLanding'' Val's second (third if you count marrying the same guy twice as two marriages) husband Ben follows a woman named Jean Hackney to Central America to make her pay for threatening his family... or something... and is never heard from again. (In the next season Jill Bennett cruelly pretends to be Ben and tells Val that he's coming home.)
** Also, Karen and Mack become foster parents to a teenager named Jason in season 12. He leaves for a year studying abroad in Sweden the following season and is never seen (or even mentioned) again.
* Because of the lengthy time gaps between "days" and the high turnover at CTU and other government agencies, characters' disappearances on ''Series/TwentyFour'' are usually {{justified|Trope}}. However, one notable exception is Milo Pressman, who vanished without any explanation -- though he was referred to at least once later on -- in the middle of Day 1 when actor Eric Balfour unexpectedly left the show. He would then reappear as a full-time CTU employee in Season 6 [[spoiler:only to be killed in the day's final hours]]. Tony Almeida was effectively "put on a bus" in the middle of Season 5 for his return into Season 7, while Charles Logan was "put on a bus" during the middle of Season 6 for his return to Season 8.
** Kim Bauer leaves after season 3. She only makes guest appearances in 9 episodes for the rest of the series. Not that most people really cared though.
** Very often, characters are put on a bus for a good handful of episodes roughly sometime during the first quarter or in the middle of the season so they can return much later on that same season, with the most common excuse being that a character will be fired and then later returns when someone personally needs their help. The most noteworthy example of this is Chloe during season 4.
** Series protagonist Jack Bauer won't be returning for ''Legacy'', though this may be justified considering [[spoiler: he turned himself in for the Russians at the end of ''Live Another Day''.]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Anna Wu moves to Hawaii with her family. Morgan goes with her and becomes a chef at a Benihanna restaurant, but can't hack it. He came back after a show or two as planned, but Anna stays behind having found a new boyfriend. She has since made one cameo comeback trying to get Morgan back, but he got to gain closure by telling her he wasn't interested in her anymore.
** Although a recurring guest star rather than a regular character, Chuck's Fulcrum agent ex Jill was put on a bus at the end of the second season when Chuck let her escape rather than return her to government custody. With quite a pricey engagement ring to let her "start over." Jill's ultimate fate after Fulcrum was defeated was never revealed.



* In ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' Seymour Utterthwaite is literally put on a bus in the series 12 episode "Return of the Warrior," as he leaves town to take a teaching position. He's never seen again. Most other characters simply disappear without mention when their actors die or leave the show, with the exception of Compo, who gets three episodes devoted to his death and funeral.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Goodman goes on sabbatical at the beginning of season 2 so Brennan won't be mad at him for hiring Cam over her head, and never gets mentioned again.
** Zack was also Put on a Bus twice in Season Three- briefly (for half an episode) at the very beginning, and then again at the end, permanently.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Jess leaves on a bus, has a couple character centric episodes, and is for the most part written out of the show from that point on, with a few exceptions such as [[spoiler: his mother's wedding]].
* On ''Series/OneTreeHill'', main characters Peyton and Lucas drive off in a car at the end of one season, never to be seen again. This was both unsatisfying and confusing, as they gave no indication that they would be leaving Tree Hill.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** [[spoiler: Jason Gideon leaves in the episode "In Name And Blood" (season 3), after leaving a note for Spencer Reid at his cabin. While he doesn't leave on a ''bus'' (he left in his car), it's basically the same.]]
** [[spoiler: AJ Cook was fired, so JJ was forced to leave the team to work at the Pentagon. The episode, appropriately titled "JJ," was a solid hour of the writers of the show bitterly saying "eff you" to the people who fired Cook.]] [[spoiler: She comes back.]]
** Later in that same season, [[spoiler: Emily Prentiss is killed. Later JJ is seen handing travel documents to a brunette woman with chewed fingernails. Earlier, Spencer had commented on Emily's chewing habit. Paget Brewster had been fired, but protests from fans brought both her and Cook back.]]
** Ashley Seaver was transferred to another unit at the beginning of season 7, and written off the show.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': [[spoiler: Matt and Ken, with one line of explanation. Matt transferred and Ken had a nervous breakdown.]]
** [[spoiler: Dave Karofsky was put on a bus immediately after Prom Queen. He waved to us in The First Time, and made few appearances in Heart and On My Way. He promptly boarded the bus again. And then he came back for season 6.]]
* ''Series/SeaPatrol'' has a couple examples due to RealLifeWritesThePlot including Chefo between seasons 1 and 2, and Nav, Spider and Buffer between season 3 and 4, and Bomber between seasons 4 and 5, tough at least Bomber going away was referenced in the season 4 finale.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Rev Bem was a main character until the 12th episode of the second season, which opens with Rev's recorded message that he isn't coming back from the long spiritual journey that hadn't even started yet in the previous episode. TheBusCameBack in the third season only to give him a {{Metamorphosis}} before putting him back on the bus.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'''s Young Mr. Grace was said to have gone on a sabbatical to write a book when actor Harold Bennett became too infirm to continue in the role. However, he appeared once to say good-bye and made one cameo before Bennett died.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Apparently happened to [[spoiler: Tyler Lockwood]] mid-season 2. He comes back at the end of the season and stays until mid-season 3, where he once again leaves town for a few episodes. He comes back, and yet again leaves town in Season 4. But he always comes back, so this is really more of a "once a season" commute.
** The [[spoiler:heroine of the show Elena Gilbert]] is put in a coffin after a spell renders her unconcious till whenever Bonnie dies.
** Jacob Gilbert is put on a bus to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the middle of season 6 and doesn't appear on the show again.
* ''Series/TheOriginals'': Rebekah [[spoiler:is exiled in the middle of season 1 by Klaus to give her the freedom she wants and to stop the toxic family dynamic that the two developed with one another. She comes back at the end of season 1 and Klaus gives Baby Hope to her to take care of and she leaves town again. She is briefly seen at the beginning of season 2 before disappearing for awhile. She returns to New Orleans in the middle of season 2 after her mother begins tracking her to get Baby Hope. She is soon put into a different body and spends the rest of the season in that. At the end of season 2, Rebekah in this new body leaves New Orleans to find a way to resurrect Kol. In the sixth episode of season 3, she is seen again in the new body looking for a spell to resurrect Kol before being daggered. She returns to her original body in 9th episode of season 3 where she's daggered in that by Elijah to protect her]]. She hasn't been seen since.
** Tristan de Martel is [[spoiler:trapped in a shipping container and dropped to the bottom of the ocean to drown over and over again in episode 13 of season 3. He is revealed to have escaped this fate by being transported to a an astral plane in episode 14 but is returned to the shipping container by the]] end of the episode.
** Aurora de Martel is [[spoiler:sealed behind a wall which she can't cross due to a spell]] in the same episode.
* In ''Series/TheElectricCompany2009'' this happened to [[spoiler: Lisa]] who was shown in the first episode of season 3 on a flying TV as being on "a scientific expedition." Since [[spoiler: she]]'s already been replaced in the titular Company by newcomer Marcus, it's unlikely they'll be back anytime soon.
* Eugene, the forgotten Barkley brother, in ''Series/TheBigValley'' ... he was never a huge part of the show, but he would pop up periodically while visiting from college. Then actor Charles Briles got drafted, and Eugene was never mentioned again. Though considering the show was set in the 1870's, he was more likely Put On a Train.
* At the end of the fourth season of ''Series/GoodTimes'', Florida Evans was shipped out to Arizona to be with her new second husband, Carl Dixon. This was due to a dispute between Esther Rolle and the show's producers over the show's direction (particularly, the ramping up of JJ's UncleTomFoolery in the wake of [[BusCrash James Evans' death]]). She spent the entire fifth season "in Arizona," before returning for the final season. A condition of Rolle's return was that [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome no mention could be made of Carl,]] (A HollywoodAtheist Rolle thought Florida - a devout Christian - would've never married.)
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': Jenny Lewis resigns from service partway through series three (being so far the only A.R.C. member not to leave the team [[AnyoneCanDie in a body bag]]). Emily Merchant returns to the 1800s at the end of series four, [[spoiler: but returns permanently only two episodes later, in 5x03]].
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** At the end of the first season Vaughn, a one time love interest of both Britta and Annie, transfers to a Delaware school.
** Midway through Season 5, Troy leaves after being informed that he will receive $14.3 million dollars from Pierce (who had been {{McLeaned}}) if he can honor his friend's last request by sailing around the world. A FreezeFrameBonus in a later episode implies that Troy and Creator/LeVarBurton (ItMakesSenseInContext) were captured by pirates, providing an explanation as to why he hasn't returned yet.
** Shirley leaves the show between Seasons 5 and 6, with the Season 6 premier mentioning that she had to leave the school in order to take care of her ailing father. Britta does state that she will likely return at some point.
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' Harley is sent away to military school near the end of season two (but returns for one more episode in season three).
** Mr. Turner, having gotten into a motorcycle accident in season 4, wasn't heard from after his accident. Minkus was similarly not shown on the show for a long time, but reappears at graduation, mentioning Mr. Turner being there. Both get more detailed fates in ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld''.
* In ''Series/{{ER}}'', Sherry Stringfield's character is put on a train to take care of her sister and her newborn daughter, due to the actress wanting to take a temporary vacation from showbiz and spend more time with her family.
* ''{{Series/Rentaghost}}'': Davenport and Mumford were written out by having them acquiring permanent jobs haunting a stately home. Davenport was never going to come back because his actor (Michael Darbyshire) had died. Mumford left the show because Anthony Jackson did not want to continue without his co-star.
* When Caroline Quentin elected not to return for series four of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', the writers sent her character to America, where she maintains contact with Jonathan via e-mail and postcards.
* In season 3 of ''Series/TheMiddle'', Sue Heck's boyfriend Matt moves to another town in "The Paper Route."
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'', Detective Cho put his ex-hooker informant/girlfriend on a literal bus. Ostensibly because she was still too much of a bad girl and could pull him to the dark side, but more likely because as a character she served little purpose other than creating an excuse to show Cho [[{{Fanservice}} in bed without a shirt]].
* Priya on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' was put on a bus (or rather, a plane) back to India. After a few episodes of CommutingOnABus via web cam, she cheats on Leonard off screen, the next episode confirms he single off handly, she's never mentioned again, and Leonard ultimately gets back together with Penny, highlighting the fact Priya only existed as a RomanticFalseLead.
* Happens to [[spoiler:Hoyt Fortenberry]] in season five of ''Series/TrueBlood''.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' season 2: literally, in the case of Rosalee (most likely due to Bree Turner's poorly-hidden pregnancy.)
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Henry Ian Cusick (Stephen) for season two.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when Chandler went on a plane to Yemen to escape his girlfriend Janice, and ''she'' was the one that disappeared from the show.
* In a way, the transition between ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and the Spin Off series ''The Suite Life On Deck'' is an inverted example with Zack, Cody, London, and Mr. Moseby. They are the only characters that are main characters in both shows, with most of the characters from the original series completely disappearing. Only 6 of the characters from the original series reprise their roles, half of which only make one time appearances, and that's them coming to visit, rather than the characters returning home.
** Maddie Fitzpatrick is put on a bus temporarily in Season 3 of the original series. She comes to visit once in ''On Deck''.
** Marcus Little, who entered the series midway through second season of the spin off, is put on a bus about a third of the way through third season. It would have been nice to see him appear again in the series finale, since they were in New York at that time, where he had moved to.
* On the first season of ''Series/CougarTown'', Jules had a young lover named Josh. After six episodes she broke up with him after [[TheILoveYouStigma he confessed that he loved her when she only wanted a fling]]. It was about this time that the show was GrowingTheBeard and shifted focus from Jules' love life to her close circle of friends and family.
* Justin from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' in the ''Alex vs. Alex'' special is mentioned heavily but not actually seen. At the time, David Henrie was working on another movie, but the scheduling conflicts were impossible to rework, so he chose not to return.
* On the NBC version of Series/TheVoice, this happens to Music/ChristinaAguilera and Music/CeeLoGreen temporarily after Season 3 so that they can tour and record new music, while Music/{{Shakira}} and Music/{{Usher}} fill in. Shakira and Usher became so popular that they ultimately returned to the coaches' chairs for the spring 2014 season.
** It now appears that [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/02/19/ceelo-green-says-he-wont-be-back-on-the-voice/5601147/ CeeLo isn't getting off the bus]].
* On ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'':
** Patrick [=McKenna=] had to briefly leave the show due to personal problems. His character, Harold, was thus written as getting a job in the city. Once [=McKenna=] was able to return to the show, he was written back in as being his company's liaison to the community in which the show is set.
** Rick Green (Bill of the eponymous "Adventures with Bill" segments) also bowed out for a few seasons to do ''History Bites''. As a result, the other characters began appearing in that segment in his absence.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl was uncomfortable with the routine of doing a weekly sitcom), and Julia Wilcox (the writers were not happy with the Season 10 romantic triangle between Frasier, Julia, and Roz.)
* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** When Will Lee, the actor who played Mr. Hooper, died in late 1982, and after his last completed episodes aired in early 1983, there were still several weeks left in the 1982-1983 season; little reference was made to his being away. When planning for the 1983-1984 season began and ideas were being considered to address why Mr. Hooper was no longer around, this was indeed one of the suggestions, perhaps stating that he had retired to some other location, that he had stated his farewells during the off-season and was not coming back. Ultimately, this and a few other ideas – notably, [[TheOtherDarrin hiring another actor to play Hooper]] – were discarded and they chose [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim to also kill off Hooper as well]].
** David, with the Season 21 opening episode when he moved to Florida to care for his grandmother and manage her farm. This came after Northern Calloway was fired (or resigned, depending on whose story you believe) from the show due to personal issues he was having at the time. His fate remains ambiguous, since that episode is the last time David is referred to; Calloway died in January 1990.
* Happens thrice (with a fourth time narrowly averted) on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''.
** Mark (Paul Schneider) leaves to take a private sector job at the end of Season 2. Rumor has it that Paul Schneider was unhappy with the way the show went and decided to leave after two seasons.
** Halfway through season 6 Ann (Creator/RashidaJones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) move to Michigan to start a family.
** At the beginning of season 6 Andy (Creator/ChrisPratt) is taking a job in London for a time as Pratt was busy filming ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. TheBusCameBack though.
** It was considered writing out April (Aubrey Plaza) at the beginning of season 6, with her planning to become a veterinarian. The writers did have her change her mind in the last moment though, as losing both April and Andy as well as the upcoming departure of Ann and Chris would have been too much for the show to handle.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': Malone spent the beginning of Season 3 in the Spirit World (a holdover from the end of Season 2), and the later part of the season on his own. Veronica also spends some time offscreen when she rides in Challenger's hot air balloon and gets blown far away.
* As many actors came and went from ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequel series, some of them were put on a bus to allow for the possibility of their eventual return, but some never did return:
** Simon Cuff as Dave Briddock only appeared as a regular in ''Doctor in the House'', passing his final exams at the end of the series with the other main characters; Briddock's name was mentioned a few times in the next series, ''Doctor at Large'', but otherwise was largely forgotten.
** Barry Evans as Michael Upton, the original central character, was obliged to leave the franchise after ''Doctor at Large'' due to personal problems affecting his reliability; Upton was said to have proposed to a notoriously loose-moralled nurse in a drunken haze, and run off to join the Merchant Navy when he realised what he had done. He continued to be mentioned through the other series in the franchise.
** Richard O'Sullivan left after ''Doctor in Charge'' to play Robin Tripp in ''Series/ManAboutTheHouse''; his ''Doctor'' character, Lawrence Bingham, was written out as having become father to triplets before moving from St. Swithin's to rival hospital High Cross.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'':
** Rosen, the Sons' original lawyer. In one episode a colleague of his, Ally Lowen, shows up with the explanation that Rosen couldn't come because he was "in court." From that point on he is not mentioned again and Lowen serves as the Sons' legal counsel.
** Vic Trammel, the sheriff's deputy on the Sons' payroll. He is shot while performing a traffic stop on behalf of the Sons, and never appears again (without even an explanation of whether he died from his injuries, retired from the force, etc).
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Sherlock is sent on a suicide mission by his brother after a case went south in a way that ended in high treason and murder. [[TheBusCameBack He gets called back]] when [[spoiler:Moriarty is apparently resurrected. This happens before the plane even leaves the tarmac]].
-->'''Mycroft''': How are you enjoying exile?\\
'''Sherlock''': [[spoiler:I've only been gone four minutes]]!\\
'''Mycroft''': Well, I certainly hope you've learned your lesson.
* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', by the end of the series the entire original cast had been replaced (Except for Mary Jo Pehl as Pearl who debuted in Season 7).
* In season 2 of the lush, 1906-set Spanish drama ''Gran Hotel'', the new maître d'hotel, Ernesto, had only appeared in five episodes when, even as his character was making headway wooing the stiff head of housekeeping Angela, the actor, Juan Luis Galiardo, died unexpectedly. Remaining footage allowed him to appear briefly in two more episodes, both [[InMemoriam dedicated in his memory]]--unusually, in place of the series title at the end of the opening credits. Shortly thereafter Angela found his uniform and a note, saying he was leaving and apologizing for attempting to gain her affections. Her reading of the note was accompanied by footage of Ernesto, played by a stand-in, leaving as he had arrived--aboard a very early Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
* Happened to Danny, the sixth member of the ''Series/New Kids'' cast in it's early incarnation.
* In ''Series/UltramanGaia'', Hiroya vanishes for about 10 episodes or so from episode 26 onward, where he is [[spoiler:presumed dead after passing his Agulator to Gamu.]] He returns later, though.
* In ''Series/UltramanLeo'', '''the entire cast that isn't Black End, Gen or Tooru suffers from this.''' The biggest example is Dan Moroboshi, who returns to the Land of Light to recuperate his injuries, leaving Gen alone on Earth to deal with the kaiju.
* In ''Series/WaterRats'' Several Characters are put on the bus. Tommy (Jay Laga'aia) and Terry (Aaron Jeffery) disappear. Tayler Johnson (Raelee Hill), transfers to another division. Frank Holloway (Colin Friels) goes off to follow a forgotten dream, in real life the Colin Friels was fighting cancer.
* Among other events, the first season of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' sees crime lord Carmine Falcone departing the city, and his ambitious lieutenant Fish Mooney shot and knocked into the harbor, roughly coinciding with news of Jada Pinkett Smith's departure from the show. (That said, [[spoiler:Sal Maroni]] is dead-dead.)
* Subverted both literally and figuratively in ''Series/DieKuhflüsterin'' (The Cow Whisperer). In one episode, a big deal is made about Jill having to return to Australia, and at the end of the episode, she gets on a bus while sad music plays. Then the bus crashes immediately afterwards and she ends up staying after all.
* When Creator/SarahShahi got pregnant with twins, her character on ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' was apparently killed off. However, her "death" scene was ambiguous enough that the rest of the heroes could reasonably believe she had survived and they looked for her without success over the next two episodes. After they stopped the search, a scene confirmed for the audience that she had indeed survived and was captured by the bad guys.
* Surprisingly for a soap, almost totally averted in ''Series/NightAndDay'' (probably because it was so short-lived). All of the main characters introduced in the first episode remained right to the end, in one form or another.



* Many in "Series/TeenWolf", including Jackson, Isaac, Derek, Aiden, Ethan, Deaton's sister, Danny, Gerard...
* In ElChavoDelOcho the absence of several characters was explain this way:
** After Maria Antonieta de las Nieves left the show to work as a dramatic actress in another network, her character La Chilindrina was send to live with some aunts in Guanajuato. Thankfully, TheBusCameBack when her career didn’t advance.
** Quico was send to live with some far relatives away from ''la chuzma'', after Carlos Villagrán left the show due to differences with Roberto Gomez.
** Also Don Ramón’s absence after Ramón Valdez’s departure due to both disagreements with Gomez and health issues was resolve explaining that he was looking for a job around the world and wouldn't return until he became a millionaire (thus never).


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* In ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', to help its impressionable young viewers cope more easily with the resignation of host Steve Burns, he supposedly leaves ''to go to college'' and is quickly replaced by a brother, Joe.
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* ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'': At this point, the only major characters who ''haven't'' been put on a bus are Connie (who first arrived in town early in the show's run and has stayed there ever since) and Wooten Basset (who likewise hasn't left town since his debut). The series' major example of this, however, would be in the central character John Avery Whittaker. When his voice actor, Hal Smith, passed away, Whit went away on a long missions trip for an extended period of time. He eventually returned (now being voiced by Paul Herlinger until he passed away, whereupon he was replaced by Andre Stojka [[AvertedTrope without Whit leaving again]]) and hasn't left town for an extensive period of time since.



* ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'': At this point, the only major characters who ''haven't'' been put on a bus are Connie (who first arrived in town early in the show's run and has stayed there ever since) and Wooten Basset (who likewise hasn't left town since his debut). The series' major example of this, however, would be in the central character John Avery Whittaker. When his voice actor, Hal Smith, passed away, Whit went away on a long missions trip for an extended period of time. He eventually returned (now being voiced by Paul Herlinger until he passed away, whereupon he was replaced by Andre Stojka [[AvertedTrope without Whit leaving again]]) and hasn't left town for an extensive period of time since.



* In the end of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1: Opposing Force'', G-Man stores the main character, Adrian Shephard away for an undisclosed period of time. This allows for reinstating the character in any future story, even if it is in a completely different era.
** Similarly, Gordon Freeman, the hero of the original ''Half-Life'', is put away in the end of ''Half-Life'', and in the end of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** At the end of ''Half-Life 2: Episode 1'', Gordon's security guard-buddy Barney Calhoun is put on a train at the end of the game. He does not appear in Episode 2, nor is he mentioned.

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* In ''VideoGame/AngryBirds2'' has done this with Hal, Bubbles, and Stella. The special ability of the end of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1: Opposing Force'', G-Man stores new bird Silver incorporates the main character, Adrian Shephard away backwards turning aspect of Hal's ability, and the Pig Inflater spell takes Bubbles' ballooning and uses it on the pigs as a weapon. Nothing so far replicates Stella's bubbling ability.
* Since Wild World was
for a system that was much less powerful than the system the last game was on, only 132 out of the 318 villagers from the original ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' had to be cut. Even some special characters didn't make a return to Wild World.
** Wisp actually had this trope happen to him twice. After he didn't return in Wild World, he returned in City Folk, only to not return again in New Leaf. (However, there will be
an undisclosed period of time. This allows update for reinstating New Leaf this fall that will return him)
** Even characters introduced after
the character original game aren't safe from this trope.
*** Kaitlin doesn't appear
in any future story, even if it New Leaf since her daughter, Katie, is now old enough to travel on her own.
*** Since the Acorn Festival was a one-off holiday like many holidays introduced in Wild World, Cornimer has only ever appeared in Wild World. (Though it's possible that he's just Tortimer wearing an acorn mask. Plus, there is a machine modeled after him
in a minigame in New Leaf)
*** Champ is the only villager not from the original game or its updates to ever be cut, being absent from New Leaf. Coincidentally, the identical-looking Porter returns in New Leaf, leading to theories that Champ and Porter are the same person. (This, however, has been debunked since the Wii U app Animal Crossing Plaza shows that Porter's birthday is
completely different era.
** Similarly, Gordon Freeman,
from Champ's, so maybe Champ is that very minor monkey conducting the hero train?)
*** Frillard, Dr. Shrunk's mentor, has only ever appeared in City Folk. Dr. Shrunk sometimes says in New Leaf that he misses him, implying that he may have passed away after City Folk. (I mean, Frillard once implied he was 110 years old)
** Fortunately, 42 villagers would later return for City Folk and all (but 2) absent special characters return. 24 villagers would also return in New Leaf. 4 villagers would also return in the spin-off game, Happy Home Designer, 3
of which were DLC exclusives.
*** More villagers exclusive to
the original ''Half-Life'', is put away game and e+ were found in the end data of ''Half-Life'', Happy Home Designer, but they have not returned yet.
* Tennenbaum in ''VideoGame/BioShock2''
** However in the DLC "Minerva's Den, she makes a return, explaining her absence in the second game as her working to get the Thinker out of Rapture.
* Grant [=DaNasty=] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'' and the [=DaNasty=] family line beside brief mentions and a doppelganger boss of him through out the series no one ever talks of him or his family before or after Dracula's Curse. No character has tried to take his place
and in the end of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** At the end of ''Half-Life 2: Episode 1'', Gordon's security guard-buddy Barney Calhoun is put on a train at the end
other games where Alucard and family members of the game. He does not appear other two meet. One of the saddest video game examples as this is now over 20 years since the release of Dracula's Curse.
** There's a fan divide, as while some would say [[TheBusCameBack he's a playable character
in Episode 2, nor Castlevania Judgement for the Wii]]. Others would point out the game has a notable change in his design to the point he's unrecognizable and is he mentioned.treated as it's own isolated story from the main game, meaning at most its lip service to his existence.



* In ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' (aka ''Dark Cloud 2''), Flotsam serves as an early villain, although he's quickly put on a bus early on, not to return until the post-game dungeon.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' EVERYONE who isn't Franchise/DonkeyKong, Diddy, Cranky, Funky or Dixie (And almost all the animal friends). Candy, Swanky, Kiddy, Chunky, Lanky, Tiny, and Wrinkly [[note]] though likely justified that she's a ghost now [[/note]], even King K. Rool is long replaced. All just vanished. Contrary to popular belief, Nintendo still owns the characters; they just stopped appearing outside of collectible trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' does this with most of the prominent figures from Morrowind, despite only taking place 6 years later. Although you couldn't possibly expect to see so many major characters when they were in a whole different province, you only hear of vague rumors that Vivec "disappeared" and the Nerevarine left on an expedition to Akavir. A former living god and a previous hero sound like exactly the kind of people you'd want to have around to help repel a demonic invasion.
** Furthermore, halfway through Morrowind, your first quest giver Caius Cosades gets reassigned... to Cyrodiil (for those who haven't played an Elder Scrolls game, the latter is where Oblivion takes place). You would ''think'' he would be in the game, considering he was a Blade that was known to be around the Emperor. Even a cameo as the RedShirt Blade that gets cut down in your first battle would have been nice.
** Jiub was originally going to appear, as a priest in Kvatch before it was destroyed, though that canon is still present, WordOfGod states that he died in the Kvatch attack right before you arrived. Though you do meet his ghost in Skyrim.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' has [[spoiler:Tyler leaving to Florida with his fiancee, Sam]]. Even if you [[spoiler:choose to let him stay in New York]], he wouldn't appear in the next chapter.
* Dr. Madison Li in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' gets this treatment in the ''Broken Steel'' expansion. Once you turn on the purifier, Dr. Li leaves the Capital Wasteland for the Commonwealth, even though she just witnessed a major breakthrough in her work. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' sees her resurfacing as one of the head scientists of the Institute, with an option to have her defect back to the Brotherhood of Steel]].
* Yugiri in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' was introduced as a new character in the main story in patch 2.3 and was supposed to be a bigger support character in the ''Heavensward'' scenario. However, Yugiri's voice actress was murdered and the developers put the character on hold out of respect for the voice actress' family. By patch 3.5, the murder case was resolved and a new voice actress was hired, which brought back Yugiri in the story.
* During the TimeSkip between the first two ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games and the third, six of the original eight heroes mysteriously vanish from the plot. Ivan, Mia and Jenna are seemingly just offscreen, given that their children are the new protagonists, but Piers and Felix have gone travelling and Sheba's whereabouts are not even mentioned. Since the game ends with yet another SequelHook, we hopefully haven't heard the last of them.
* In the first [[Franchise/DotHack .Hack://]] games for UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2, in volume 2 Mistral admits she is nearing the end of her pregnancy and can't do anything stressful so she has to log off for a while. She is not seen or heard from again until she magically reappears in the 4th volume. Aura pulls this as well, appearing frequently in volumes 1 and several times in 2, but seems to have forgotten to aid you in your quest in 3 and only appears a couple times in 4.
** .Hack://GU does this with the majority of the characters in the game who are not Morganna factors or turned into Lost Ones. Although all of the characters are still selectable and can be adventured with at any time, none of the majority of them, for example Matsu, will ever have importance in the story again until the end of the 3rd game, and then it's optional.
* In the end of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1: Opposing Force'', G-Man stores the main character, Adrian Shephard away for an undisclosed period of time. This allows for reinstating the character in any future story, even if it is in a completely different era.
** Similarly, Gordon Freeman, the hero of the original ''Half-Life'', is put away in the end of ''Half-Life'', and in the end of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** At the end of ''Half-Life 2: Episode 1'', Gordon's security guard-buddy Barney Calhoun is put on a train at the end of the game. He does not appear in Episode 2, nor is he mentioned.



* Tennenbaum in ''VideoGame/BioShock2''
** However in the DLC "Minerva's Den, she makes a return, explaining her absence in the second game as her working to get the Thinker out of Rapture.

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* Tennenbaum Later ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games have left Clan mechs out; the creators probably don't want them to be gamebreakers to Inner Sphere mechs.
* [[BigBad Morden]], [[TheDragon Allen]], and the Rebel Army are nowhere to be found
in ''VideoGame/BioShock2''
** However
''[[VideoGame/MetalSlug Metal Slug 5]]'', instead being replaced by a much different terrorist organization called the Ptolemaic Army. Also, Nadia and Trevor, who appeared in the DLC "Minerva's Den, she makes a return, explaining her absence in the second game as her working to get the Thinker fourth game, are left out of Rapture.the series following the fifth game.



* Due to the number of contractors available in ''{{VideoGame/PAYDAY2}}'' and the unbalanced distribution of new heists, several of them could be considered 'on the bus', though two have reappeared after long hiatuses already, [[spoiler: and one came BackForTheDead.]]
* Many characters including [[Franchise/DotHack Blackrose]], [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Lady]], [[VideoGame/FightingVipers Bahn]], [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne]], [[VideoGame/ShiningForceEXA Toma and Cyrille]], [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Batsu]], [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII Imca]] and even [[OriginalGeneration Kogoro and Mii]] did not return for ''[[VideoGame/ProjectXZone Project X Zone 2]]''.
** In the case of Kogoro and Mii, however, the two are briefly mentioned at the end of Chapter 37 when the group stumbles upon the Koryuji Estate from the first game. It's revealed that Mii is now an intern at Shinra and Kogoro is working as an intelligence agent for Shinra.



* Dr. Madison Li in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' gets this treatment in the ''Broken Steel'' expansion. Once you turn on the purifier, Dr. Li leaves the Capital Wasteland for the Commonwealth, even though she just witnessed a major breakthrough in her work. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' sees her resurfacing as one of the head scientists of the Institute, with an option to have her defect back to the Brotherhood of Steel]].
* During the TimeSkip between the first two ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games and the third, six of the original eight heroes mysteriously vanish from the plot. Ivan, Mia and Jenna are seemingly just offscreen, given that their children are the new protagonists, but Piers and Felix have gone travelling and Sheba's whereabouts are not even mentioned. Since the game ends with yet another SequelHook, we hopefully haven't heard the last of them.

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* Dr. Madison Li As [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Bright Noa]] deliberates during Scenario 20 of the Space Route in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', Bright gets this treatment in an unexpected transmission from someone he's never met before: [[Anime/VoltesV Chief Oka]] of the ''Broken Steel'' expansion. Once you turn on Federation Far East Base. He asks if Bright is planning to heed the purifier, Dr. Li leaves the Capital Wasteland order he just got to return, and Bright says that he doesn't see any alternative. Oka is adamant that Bright do no such thing, saying that as Bright is well aware, Staff HQ is anything but sane these days. There's no call for Bright to be punished for the Commonwealth, even though she just witnessed whims of a major breakthrough in her work. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' sees her resurfacing as [[CorruptPolitician few lunatics]], especially since [[ItsUpToYou he and his men]] are one of the head scientists few glimmers of hope mankind has left. Bright briefly protests that disobeying would get all his men branded as traitors, but Oka firmly points out that fighting the aliens comes first. He tells Bright to leave things to him and his friends at Staff HQ, though the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Reinforce Jr.]] itself will have to be relinquished.\\
\\
Amuro is impressed with Oka, and after all the transfer is complete, Londo Bell decides to go to the Moon. This will fulfill the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam League Militare]]'s needs and let Amuro pick up the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Nu Gundam]] from its commissioned builders at Anaheim Electronics. [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Usso Evin]] is a little sad to see Gomez go, but most
of the Institute, rest of the crew are still with an option to the Londo Bell.
* A good majority of the characters who had appeared since before ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur IV]]''
have her defect suddenly either vanished without a trace or have successors put in their stead come ''Soulcalibur V''. What drives the knife even further here is that most of the characters that even did make it back to get shafted in the Brotherhood of Steel]].
* During
story department, and play little to no role in the TimeSkip between Story Mode. [[BrokenBase As one can see]], ''SCV'' has become something of a ContestedSequel because of this.
* Elora was an important character in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage''. She's missing for most of [[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon
the first two ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' third game]], despite other characters from her game getting larger roles then before, and only appears in an ending cutscene. She hasn't appeared in any other games and the third, six of since the original eight heroes mysteriously vanish from the plot. Ivan, Mia and Jenna are seemingly just offscreen, given that their children are trilogy, especially odd since she was Spyro's love interest. Though, it's probably a good thing since the new protagonists, but Piers and Felix have gone travelling and Sheba's whereabouts are not even mentioned. Since guys aren't so swell when it comes to keeping the game ends with yet another SequelHook, we hopefully haven't heard the last of them.original personalities.



* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' has [[spoiler:Tyler leaving to Florida with his fiancee, Sam]]. Even if you [[spoiler:choose to let him stay in New York]], he wouldn't appear in the next chapter.
* Elora was an important character in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage''. She's missing for most of [[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon the third game]], despite other characters from her game getting larger roles then before, and only appears in an ending cutscene. She hasn't appeared in any other games since the original trilogy, especially odd since she was Spyro's love interest. Though, it's probably a good thing since the new guys aren't so swell when it comes to keeping the original personalities.
* Since Wild World was for a system that was much less powerful than the system the last game was on, only 132 out of the 318 villagers from the original ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' had to be cut. Even some special characters didn't make a return to Wild World.
** Wisp actually had this trope happen to him twice. After he didn't return in Wild World, he returned in City Folk, only to not return again in New Leaf. (However, there will be an update for New Leaf this fall that will return him)
** Even characters introduced after the original game aren't safe from this trope.
*** Kaitlin doesn't appear in New Leaf since her daughter, Katie, is now old enough to travel on her own.
*** Since the Acorn Festival was a one-off holiday like many holidays introduced in Wild World, Cornimer has only ever appeared in Wild World. (Though it's possible that he's just Tortimer wearing an acorn mask. Plus, there is a machine modeled after him in a minigame in New Leaf)
*** Champ is the only villager not from the original game or its updates to ever be cut, being absent from New Leaf. Coincidentally, the identical-looking Porter returns in New Leaf, leading to theories that Champ and Porter are the same person. (This, however, has been debunked since the Wii U app Animal Crossing Plaza shows that Porter's birthday is completely different from Champ's, so maybe Champ is that very minor monkey conducting the train?)
*** Frillard, Dr. Shrunk's mentor, has only ever appeared in City Folk. Dr. Shrunk sometimes says in New Leaf that he misses him, implying that he may have passed away after City Folk. (I mean, Frillard once implied he was 110 years old)
** Fortunately, 42 villagers would later return for City Folk and all (but 2) absent special characters return. 24 villagers would also return in New Leaf. 4 villagers would also return in the spin-off game, Happy Home Designer, 3 of which were DLC exclusives.
*** More villagers exclusive to the original game and e+ were found in the data of Happy Home Designer, but they have not returned yet.
* In the first [[Franchise/DotHack .Hack://]] games for UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2, in volume 2 Mistral admits she is nearing the end of her pregnancy and can't do anything stressful so she has to log off for a while. She is not seen or heard from again until she magically reappears in the 4th volume. Aura pulls this as well, appearing frequently in volumes 1 and several times in 2, but seems to have forgotten to aid you in your quest in 3 and only appears a couple times in 4.
** .Hack://GU does this with the majority of the characters in the game who are not Morganna factors or turned into Lost Ones. Although all of the characters are still selectable and can be adventured with at any time, none of the majority of them, for example Matsu, will ever have importance in the story again until the end of the 3rd game, and then it's optional.
* Grant [=DaNasty=] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'' and the [=DaNasty=] family line beside brief mentions and a doppelganger boss of him through out the series no one ever talks of him or his family before or after Dracula's Curse. No character has tried to take his place and in other games where Alucard and family members of the other two meet. One of the saddest video game examples as this is now over 20 years since the release of Dracula's Curse.
** There's a fan divide, as while some would say [[TheBusCameBack he's a playable character in Castlevania Judgement for the Wii]]. Others would point out the game has a notable change in his design to the point he's unrecognizable and is treated as it's own isolated story from the main game, meaning at most its lip service to his existence.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' does this with most of the prominent figures from Morrowind, despite only taking place 6 years later. Although you couldn't possibly expect to see so many major characters when they were in a whole different province, you only hear of vague rumors that Vivec "disappeared" and the Nerevarine left on an expedition to Akavir. A former living god and a previous hero sound like exactly the kind of people you'd want to have around to help repel a demonic invasion.
** Furthermore, halfway through Morrowind, your first quest giver Caius Cosades gets reassigned... to Cyrodiil (for those who haven't played an Elder Scrolls game, the latter is where Oblivion takes place). You would ''think'' he would be in the game, considering he was a Blade that was known to be around the Emperor. Even a cameo as the RedShirt Blade that gets cut down in your first battle would have been nice.
** Jiub was originally going to appear, as a priest in Kvatch before it was destroyed, though that canon is still present, WordOfGod states that he died in the Kvatch attack right before you arrived. Though you do meet his ghost in Skyrim.
* A good majority of the characters who had appeared since before ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur IV]]'' have suddenly either vanished without a trace or have successors put in their stead come ''Soulcalibur V''. What drives the knife even further here is that most of the characters that even did make it back get shafted in the story department, and play little to no role in the Story Mode. [[BrokenBase As one can see]], ''SCV'' has become something of a ContestedSequel because of this.
* A rare literal example occurs in ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception''. Charlie Cutter, established as a ass-kicking Brit, has his last scene on a tour guide bus. Chloe Frasier gets put on the same bus. Neither of them appear again in the game. Chloe ends up replaced with Elena Fischer (just like in the second game). Sure, Charlie's leg was broken, but they could have at least shown him in an epilogue, or something.
** This is also an example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as Cutter's actor, Graham [=McTavish=], was to be cast in ''Film/TheHobbit'', meaning that he couldn't be around to voice Cutter for the last third of the game, since he was intended to be a part of the whole game.



* In ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' (aka ''Dark Cloud 2''), Flotsam serves as an early villain, although he's quickly put on a bus early on, not to return until the post-game dungeon.
* Later ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games have left Clan mechs out; the creators probably don't want them to be gamebreakers to Inner Sphere mechs.
* As [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Bright Noa]] deliberates during Scenario 20 of the Space Route in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', Bright gets an unexpected transmission from someone he's never met before: [[Anime/VoltesV Chief Oka]] of the Federation Far East Base. He asks if Bright is planning to heed the order he just got to return, and Bright says that he doesn't see any alternative. Oka is adamant that Bright do no such thing, saying that as Bright is well aware, Staff HQ is anything but sane these days. There's no call for Bright to be punished for the whims of a [[CorruptPolitician few lunatics]], especially since [[ItsUpToYou he and his men]] are one of the few glimmers of hope mankind has left. Bright briefly protests that disobeying would get all his men branded as traitors, but Oka firmly points out that fighting the aliens comes first. He tells Bright to leave things to him and his friends at Staff HQ, though the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Reinforce Jr.]] itself will have to be relinquished.\\
\\
Amuro is impressed with Oka, and after all the transfer is complete, Londo Bell decides to go to the Moon. This will fulfill the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam League Militare]]'s needs and let Amuro pick up the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Nu Gundam]] from its commissioned builders at Anaheim Electronics. [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Usso Evin]] is a little sad to see Gomez go, but most of the rest of the crew are still with the Londo Bell.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' EVERYONE who isn't Franchise/DonkeyKong, Diddy, Cranky, Funky or Dixie (And almost all the animal friends). Candy, Swanky, Kiddy, Chunky, Lanky, Tiny, and Wrinkly [[note]] though likely justified that she's a ghost now [[/note]], even King K. Rool is long replaced. All just vanished. Contrary to popular belief, Nintendo still owns the characters; they just stopped appearing outside of collectible trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
* ''VideoGame/AngryBirds2'' has done this with Hal, Bubbles, and Stella. The special ability of the new bird Silver incorporates the backwards turning aspect of Hal's ability, and the Pig Inflater spell takes Bubbles' ballooning and uses it on the pigs as a weapon. Nothing so far replicates Stella's bubbling ability.
* Many characters including [[Franchise/DotHack Blackrose]], [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Lady]], [[VideoGame/FightingVipers Bahn]], [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne]], [[VideoGame/ShiningForceEXA Toma and Cyrille]], [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Batsu]], [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII Imca]] and even [[OriginalGeneration Kogoro and Mii]] did not return for ''[[VideoGame/ProjectXZone Project X Zone 2]]''.
** In the case of Kogoro and Mii, however, the two are briefly mentioned at the end of Chapter 37 when the group stumbles upon the Koryuji Estate from the first game. It's revealed that Mii is now an intern at Shinra and Kogoro is working as an intelligence agent for Shinra.
* [[BigBad Morden]], [[TheDragon Allen]], and the Rebel Army are nowhere to be found in ''[[VideoGame/MetalSlug Metal Slug 5]]'', instead being replaced by a much different terrorist organization called the Ptolemaic Army. Also, Nadia and Trevor, who appeared in the fourth game, are left out of the series following the fifth game.
* Due to the number of contractors available in ''{{VideoGame/PAYDAY2}}'' and the unbalanced distribution of new heists, several of them could be considered 'on the bus', though two have reappeared after long hiatuses already, [[spoiler: and one came BackForTheDead.]]
* Yugiri in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' was introduced as a new character in the main story in patch 2.3 and was supposed to be a bigger support character in the ''Heavensward'' scenario. However, Yugiri's voice actress was murdered and the developers put the character on hold out of respect for the voice actress' family. By patch 3.5, the murder case was resolved and a new voice actress was hired, which brought back Yugiri in the story.

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' (aka ''Dark Cloud 2''), Flotsam serves A rare literal example occurs in ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception''. Charlie Cutter, established as an early villain, although he's quickly a ass-kicking Brit, has his last scene on a tour guide bus. Chloe Frasier gets put on a bus early on, not to return until the post-game dungeon.
* Later ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games have left Clan mechs out; the creators probably don't want
same bus. Neither of them to be gamebreakers to Inner Sphere mechs.
* As [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Bright Noa]] deliberates during Scenario 20 of
appear again in the Space Route in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', Bright gets an unexpected transmission from someone he's never met before: [[Anime/VoltesV Chief Oka]] of the Federation Far East Base. He asks if Bright is planning to heed the order he just got to return, and Bright says that he doesn't see any alternative. Oka is adamant that Bright do no such thing, saying that as Bright is well aware, Staff HQ is anything but sane these days. There's no call for Bright to be punished for the whims of a [[CorruptPolitician few lunatics]], especially since [[ItsUpToYou he and his men]] are one of the few glimmers of hope mankind has left. Bright briefly protests that disobeying would get all his men branded as traitors, but Oka firmly points out that fighting the aliens comes first. He tells Bright to leave things to him and his friends at Staff HQ, though the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Reinforce Jr.]] itself will have to be relinquished.\\
\\
Amuro is impressed with Oka, and after all the transfer is complete, Londo Bell decides to go to the Moon. This will fulfill the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam League Militare]]'s needs and let Amuro pick up the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Nu Gundam]] from its commissioned builders at Anaheim Electronics. [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Usso Evin]] is a little sad to see Gomez go, but most of the rest of the crew are still with the Londo Bell.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' EVERYONE who isn't Franchise/DonkeyKong, Diddy, Cranky, Funky or Dixie (And almost all the animal friends). Candy, Swanky, Kiddy, Chunky, Lanky, Tiny, and Wrinkly [[note]] though likely justified that she's a ghost now [[/note]], even King K. Rool is long replaced. All just vanished. Contrary to popular belief, Nintendo still owns the characters; they just stopped appearing outside of collectible trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
* ''VideoGame/AngryBirds2'' has done this with Hal, Bubbles, and Stella. The special ability of the new bird Silver incorporates the backwards turning aspect of Hal's ability, and the Pig Inflater spell takes Bubbles' ballooning and uses it on the pigs as a weapon. Nothing so far replicates Stella's bubbling ability.
* Many characters including [[Franchise/DotHack Blackrose]], [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Lady]], [[VideoGame/FightingVipers Bahn]], [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne]], [[VideoGame/ShiningForceEXA Toma and Cyrille]], [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Batsu]], [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII Imca]] and even [[OriginalGeneration Kogoro and Mii]] did not return for ''[[VideoGame/ProjectXZone Project X Zone 2]]''.
** In the case of Kogoro and Mii, however, the two are briefly mentioned at the end of Chapter 37 when the group stumbles upon the Koryuji Estate from the first
game. It's revealed that Mii is now an intern at Shinra and Kogoro is working as an intelligence agent for Shinra.
* [[BigBad Morden]], [[TheDragon Allen]], and the Rebel Army are nowhere to be found in ''[[VideoGame/MetalSlug Metal Slug 5]]'', instead being
Chloe ends up replaced by a much different terrorist organization called the Ptolemaic Army. Also, Nadia and Trevor, who appeared with Elena Fischer (just like in the fourth game, are left out second game). Sure, Charlie's leg was broken, but they could have at least shown him in an epilogue, or something.
** This is also an example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as Cutter's actor, Graham [=McTavish=], was to be cast in ''Film/TheHobbit'', meaning that he couldn't be around to voice Cutter for the last third
of the series following the fifth game.
* Due to the number of contractors available in ''{{VideoGame/PAYDAY2}}'' and the unbalanced distribution of new heists, several of them could be considered 'on the bus', though two have reappeared after long hiatuses already, [[spoiler: and one came BackForTheDead.]]
* Yugiri in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''
game, since he was introduced as a new character in the main story in patch 2.3 and was supposed intended to be a bigger support character in part of the ''Heavensward'' scenario. However, Yugiri's voice actress was murdered and the developers put the character on hold out of respect for the voice actress' family. By patch 3.5, the murder case was resolved and a new voice actress was hired, which brought back Yugiri in the story.whole game.



* In ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', Dragoon was teleported to the Moon and has not been seen since.
** He comes back in The Epilogue.
** Which is hilarious if you think about a 'Dragoon coming back from the Moon' in terms of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the game the character's appearance came from.



* Nearly happens to the main character of ''Webcomic/{{Furmentation}}''. More accurately, everybody else took a bus to Disneyland and left him all alone... in the enemy camp. Poor guy. Yes, that IS the main character.
* Happens a lot in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' due to the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer number of characters]] it's introduced over its {{long run|ners}}. Characters very rarely ''stay'' on the bus, however. Even if it takes over a decade, it seems like every character who isn't explicitly killed off is bound to make a second appearance. [[spoiler:Sasha, who had moved away]] seven years ago, made a return to the comic.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' has done this with several of its supporting characters over time. Candice and her family were once nearly as important to the strip as Kevin and Kell themselves, but eventually she was outsourced to New Zealand and hasn't been heard from since. The Ursuls, of whom Marjorie was Kell's best friend for the early years of the strip, moved to Florida and new best friend Aby moved into their house -- they've also not been seen since. Lindesfarne's best friend Tammy Tussock and her husband Ray moved to a lighthouse, and while they were important to one more storyline after the move, they have been MIA since. Then again, longtime readers of Bill Holbrook's two syndicated strips should be well aware of his tendency to rotate the cast - both of those strips have managed almost a complete cast turnover, including their main characters.

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* Nearly happens to {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://booksdontworkhere.thecomicseries.com/comics/56/ here]] in ''Webcomic/BooksDontWorkHere'' when the main Main character of ''Webcomic/{{Furmentation}}''. More accurately, everybody else took a bus to Disneyland and left him all alone... in the enemy camp. Poor guy. Yes, that IS the main character.
* Happens a lot in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' due to the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer number of characters]] it's introduced over its {{long run|ners}}. Characters very rarely ''stay'' on the bus, however. Even if it takes over a decade, it seems like every character who isn't explicitly killed off is bound to make a second appearance. [[spoiler:Sasha, who had moved away]] seven years ago, made a return to the comic.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' has done this with several of its supporting characters over time. Candice
and her family were once nearly as important room mate head to the strip mall at the same time as Kevin the author has to move and Kell themselves, but eventually she was outsourced to New Zealand and hasn't been heard from since. get a new job. The Ursuls, of whom Marjorie was Kell's best friend for the early years of the strip, moved to Florida and new best friend Aby moved into their house -- they've author's avatar also not been seen since. Lindesfarne's best friend Tammy Tussock and her husband Ray moved to a lighthouse, and while makes an appearance getting on the bus as they were important get off. Which gives Robin an opportunity to one more storyline after [[spoiler:punch him in the move, they have been MIA since. Then again, longtime readers of Bill Holbrook's two syndicated strips should be well aware of his tendency to rotate the cast - both of those strips have managed almost a complete cast turnover, including their main characters.face]].



* In ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', Dragoon was teleported to the Moon and has not been seen since.
** He comes back in The Epilogue.
** Which is hilarious if you think about a 'Dragoon coming back from the Moon' in terms of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the game the character's appearance came from.
* In ''WebComic/QuestionableContent'', it looked like this was going to happen to Steve. Turns out, he's back. However, the side characters Dave and Meena caught that bus. Also, Sarah, Ellen, Amir, and Natasha. Looks like Raven is on that bus too.
** Actually, it seems like the bus dropped Raven off just in time for her college physics class. Amir got off the bus for a cameo as well, but has probably caught another one at this point. Also, since Sarah was apparently "eaten by an Allosaurus," this may be more of a BusCrash scenario.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://booksdontworkhere.thecomicseries.com/comics/56/ here]] in ''Webcomic/BooksDontWorkHere'' when the Main character and her room mate head to the mall at the same time as the author has to move and get a new job. The author's avatar also makes an appearance getting on the bus as they get off. Which gives Robin an opportunity to [[spoiler:punch him in the face]].

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* In ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', Dragoon was teleported to ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' puts Waluigi on an Assist Trophy? in an Assist Trophy? whatever, the Moon and has not been seen since.
** He comes back in
point is that he ends up one at the end of the 2014 AprilFoolsDay event.
*
The Epilogue.
** Which is hilarious if you think about a 'Dragoon coming back from
now decidedly unnecessary "human characters" in ''Webcomic/ComicShorts'': Spriteoverse are removed in episode 26 possibly the Moon' in terms of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', least subtle way imaginable: by interrupting the game the character's appearance came from.
* In ''WebComic/QuestionableContent'', it looked like this was
comic's dialog to announce that they're going to happen to Steve. Turns out, he's back. However, the side characters Dave and Meena caught that bus. Also, Sarah, Ellen, Amir, and Natasha. Looks like Raven is on that bus too.
** Actually, it seems like the bus dropped Raven off just in time for her college physics class. Amir got off the bus for a cameo as well, but has probably caught another one at this point. Also, since Sarah was apparently "eaten by an Allosaurus," this
blink out of existence. They may be more of a BusCrash scenario.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://booksdontworkhere.thecomicseries.com/comics/56/ here]] in ''Webcomic/BooksDontWorkHere'' when the Main character and her room mate head
or may not come back if it's convenient enough to the mall at plot.
* Half
the same time as the author has to move cast of ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' is on a bus and get a new job. The author's avatar also makes an appearance getting on the bus as they get off. Which gives Robin an opportunity to [[spoiler:punch him in the face]].will potentially return some day. But they're OutOfFocus.



* Nearly happens to the main character of ''Webcomic/{{Furmentation}}''. More accurately, everybody else took a bus to Disneyland and left him all alone... in the enemy camp. Poor guy. Yes, that IS the main character.
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Trish goes into a coma after being attacked by her impostor, who proceeds to impersonate her until she is unmasked.
* Happens sometimes in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''; Master Payne's traveling show decamps to England to escape the wrath of the Wulfenbach empire, while Baron Wulfenbach's second-in-command Boris disappears [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome without explanation]] during protagonist Agatha's two-and-a-half year TimeSkip.



* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Trish goes into a coma after being attacked by her impostor, who proceeds to impersonate her until she is unmasked.
* Half the cast of ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' is on a bus and will potentially return some day. But they're OutOfFocus.
* Happened to a lot of the cast in ''NFansTheSeries''. At some point, characters were either put in confinement, captured, in a coma (in the case of Ran Cossack), or simply OutOfFocus. Van for example was put in jail for a majority of the comic's arc, only appearing to mention his beloved "Goth girl", while the rest of the mettaurs and a giant robot went through a portal. Christopher Blair was also fighting Ganondorf for a very long while. Team Lalala was once stranded on the exact same screen for about a year of real-time. Eventually though, some characters were written out of the comic. (Van went home, Piney had simply chosen to return home due to having a fallout with the author at the time)



* In ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' the titular character Sam vanishes for like 10 months. Even though he is in plain sight.
** Done again later when almost the entire cast of Noosehead has not been mentioned that much. But it is very likely that they will come back.

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* In ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' has done this with several of its supporting characters over time. Candice and her family were once nearly as important to the titular character Sam vanishes strip as Kevin and Kell themselves, but eventually she was outsourced to New Zealand and hasn't been heard from since. The Ursuls, of whom Marjorie was Kell's best friend for like 10 months. Even though he is in plain sight.
** Done again later when almost
the entire cast early years of Noosehead has the strip, moved to Florida and new best friend Aby moved into their house -- they've also not been mentioned that much. But it is very likely that seen since. Lindesfarne's best friend Tammy Tussock and her husband Ray moved to a lighthouse, and while they will come back.were important to one more storyline after the move, they have been MIA since. Then again, longtime readers of Bill Holbrook's two syndicated strips should be well aware of his tendency to rotate the cast - both of those strips have managed almost a complete cast turnover, including their main characters.



* Happened to a lot of the cast in ''NFansTheSeries''. At some point, characters were either put in confinement, captured, in a coma (in the case of Ran Cossack), or simply OutOfFocus. Van for example was put in jail for a majority of the comic's arc, only appearing to mention his beloved "Goth girl", while the rest of the mettaurs and a giant robot went through a portal. Christopher Blair was also fighting Ganondorf for a very long while. Team Lalala was once stranded on the exact same screen for about a year of real-time. Eventually though, some characters were written out of the comic. (Van went home, Piney had simply chosen to return home due to having a fallout with the author at the time)
* In ''WebComic/QuestionableContent'', it looked like this was going to happen to Steve. Turns out, he's back. However, the side characters Dave and Meena caught that bus. Also, Sarah, Ellen, Amir, and Natasha. Looks like Raven is on that bus too.
** Actually, it seems like the bus dropped Raven off just in time for her college physics class. Amir got off the bus for a cameo as well, but has probably caught another one at this point. Also, since Sarah was apparently "eaten by an Allosaurus," this may be more of a BusCrash scenario.
* In ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' the titular character Sam vanishes for like 10 months. Even though he is in plain sight.
** Done again later when almost the entire cast of Noosehead has not been mentioned that much. But it is very likely that they will come back.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', this happens most notably to [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2006-01-01/ Der Thris]], who resigns to help out the police on Mahuitalotu.
** The author calls this practice "retiring characters", and it typically happens when people leave the Toughs or when the Toughs leave them. They usually come back with at least a follow-up arc a few years later or a bonus story.



* Happens a lot in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' due to the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer number of characters]] it's introduced over its {{long run|ners}}. Characters very rarely ''stay'' on the bus, however. Even if it takes over a decade, it seems like every character who isn't explicitly killed off is bound to make a second appearance. [[spoiler:Sasha, who had moved away]] seven years ago, made a return to the comic.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' has a number of characters be tossed on the bus, due to the author's ever-shifting focus. Saramah Rosechu, who was supposed to be part of a big prophecy, is married off not even two issues after her appearance and the prophecy ignored; Meg-chan (aka Sailor Megtune) disappeared without a trace another two issues later; Metal Sonichu makes an appearance and is launched to the Moon, never to be seen again (he was supposed to return, but so far, no show).
* ''Webcomic/StarMares'' takes advantage of the party split of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' to temporarily sideline Gracenote and Maple Leaf, in order to give the other characters more screen time (and to avoid trying to find something for them to do).



* The now decidedly unnecessary "human characters" in ''Webcomic/ComicShorts'': Spriteoverse are removed in episode 26 possibly the least subtle way imaginable: by interrupting the comic's dialog to announce that they're going to blink out of existence. They may or may not come back if it's convenient enough to the plot.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', this happens most notably to [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2006-01-01/ Der Thris]], who resigns to help out the police on Mahuitalotu.
** The author calls this practice "retiring characters", and it typically happens when people leave the Toughs or when the Toughs leave them. They usually come back with at least a follow-up arc a few years later or a bonus story.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' has a number of characters be tossed on the bus, due to the author's ever-shifting focus. Saramah Rosechu, who was supposed to be part of a big prophecy, is married off not even two issues after her appearance and the prophecy ignored; Meg-chan (aka Sailor Megtune) disappeared without a trace another two issues later; Metal Sonichu makes an appearance and is launched to the Moon, never to be seen again (he was supposed to return, but so far, no show).
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' puts Waluigi on an Assist Trophy? in an Assist Trophy? whatever, the point is that he ends up one at the end of the 2014 AprilFoolsDay event.
* Happens sometimes in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''; Master Payne's traveling show decamps to England to escape the wrath of the Wulfenbach empire, while Baron Wulfenbach's second-in-command Boris disappears [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome without explanation]] during protagonist Agatha's two-and-a-half year TimeSkip.
* ''Webcomic/StarMares'' takes advantage of the party split of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' to temporarily sideline Gracenote and Maple Leaf, in order to give the other characters more screen time (and to avoid trying to find something for them to do).
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* The Vehicle ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' and everything to do with it seems to have been put on a bus. The only reason seems to be that it just wasn't as popular as the one with the lions. However, references to the Drule empire still pop up from time to time.



* Jeff in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was accidentally kidnapped by aliens when he got shoved into their ship's tractor beam that was meant for Roger. He disappeared for the next several episodes until he was rescued from Roger's home planet in the 150th episode, "Lost in Space."
* Happened to Rose in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' as a result of ExecutiveMeddling after she [[spoiler: lost her memory as a result of being rescued from an attempted HeroicSacrifice]]. [[BackForTheFinale She was brought back in the series finale]].
* The villain of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', Cat R. Waul, is defeated by being put on a train. He comes back for the [[RecycledTheSeries television series]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** Buster Baxte went on a year long trip around the world with his dad whom he doesn't spend much time with since he and his mom are divorced; he returns in the season opener.
** In a VerySpecialEpisode dealing with a fire in the school, Mr. Morris left for New Mexico after recovering from injuries sustained in said fire. He has since appeared in ''Postcards From Buster''. Strangely, he---[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute or someone who looks like him]]---has made background appearences from time to time at Lakewood Elementary. However, the real Mr. Morris seems to be about to [[LongBusTrip finally make a return]].



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** ''Justice League'' features a perfect example of this trope in its second season finale when Hawkgirl resigns from the Justice League and flies off to go soul searching. Sure enough, she returns at the end of season three when she discovers Solomon Grundy may have come back from the dead.
** More permanently done with A.M.A.Z.O, who's still out on the edge of the universe trying to figure out how to beat Solomon Grundy. WordOfGod was he would return in the last episode as a BrickJoke, but they forgot about him.
* Brick Flagg from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.



* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' takes this to the extreme by having the character, Phil Sebben, not only be put on a bus, but be hit by one as well, only to return driving the bus himself BACKWARDS, across North America and under water no less, then runs over Harvey with it thus putting the entire show on the bus. "HA HA HAAAA! Final episode stunt casting!"

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' takes The ''Franchise/CareBears'' cousins suffered this to fate in the extreme by having early 90s due to Kenner revamping the character, Phil Sebben, not only be line. Those that weren't put on a bus, but be hit by one as well, the bus were ''transformed into bears''. The bus briefly came back in 2003, only to return driving leave again in 2005, owing to a failed attempt by Play Along Toys to reintroduce the bus himself BACKWARDS, across North America and under water no less, then runs over Harvey with it thus putting cousins, but at least four of the entire show on cousins are now [[TheBusCameBack permanently back off the bus. "HA HA HAAAA! Final episode stunt casting!"bus]] as of November 2015.



* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has a rather weird use of the bus. At the end of the third season opener "Transwarped" Sari [[spoiler: is shut down by Ratchet in a desperate attempt to keep her over-upgraded body from destroying both herself and the city.]] Not only did she not appear for the next four episodes, no one even seemed to think about her -- including her own father.
** As of "Human Error" she's back off the bus, [[spoiler: now taller, more mature, and able to make blue balls of floating electric... stuff. The coma hasn't been mentioned again.]]
** [[spoiler: Ultra Magnus]] was also put on the bus in season 3. [[spoiler: If by 'bus' we mean the ICU.]]
*** WordOfGod says [[spoiler: he [[PutOnABusToHell died from his injuries]]. There was supposed to be a scene depicting this but it had to be cut for time.]]
** And in perhaps the most terrifying way to be sent packing on the bus, [[spoiler: Shockwave stuffs Blurr into a bus by force. More specifically, Blurr is ''crushed into a cube'' and shipped to oblivion. And it is [[http://derrickjwyatt.blogspot.com/2009/03/turn-back-now-spoilers-ahead.html implied]] that ''[[AndIMustScream Blurr survived]]''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Airachnid, who after one of many rivalry battles with Arcee is accidentally trapped in a stasis pod. Team Prime decide it's a good idea to bring her back to base, but now 6 episodes later is never mentioned again. Considering the fandom's huge hatred of her it's clear to see why.
** She eventually reappeared in season three, still trapped in her stasis field on the Decepticon warship. A [[PsychoSerum Dark Energon]] fueled [[spoiler: Sylus]] broke her out of containment, but Soundwave immediately Space Bridged her and the remaining Insecticons to a desolate moon of Cybertrons, [[PutOnABusToHell where she presumably died of starvation]].
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', dozens of characters were put on the bus, a result of the writers and animators not having knowledge of the 1986 Movie (which hadn't yet aired in Japan).
** Jazz was technically put on a bus, because although the character survives the movie and makes 2 cameos, his voice actor, Scatman Crothers fell ill and later died.
** Many of Creator/CaseyKasem's characters were put on buses. (the supercomputer Teletran-I was PutOnABusToHell.) Autobot headquarters (the Autobots' stranded-on-Earth spacecraft and Teletran-I inside of it) were buried when Trypticon smashed the mountain it was lodged in. Cliffjumper, like Jazz, survived Unicron, but fell off the vocal map after 1 cameo by the character. Bluestreak was never seen after the 1986 movie's Battle of Autobot City. All of this stems from Kasem's displeasure with stories featuring a stereotypical Middle Eastern dictator and his country, "Carbombya".
** Many of the Season 1 and 2 characters were either killed off in storyboards (but not in the finished product) or never mentioned again, only to turn up as cameos late in Season 3, or in Japanese audience only spin-offs. Hound turns up in ''Transformers: Headmasters''
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a long and proud history of this, usually coupled with TheBusCameBack. [[spoiler:Jasper and Lapis were trapped under the ocean as Malachite for an entire season, Peridot was left flying around the Earth for about half a season, Jasper (after returning from being fused) was turned into a mindless corrupted Gem monster and put into a bubble, and after being sent on a wild-goose chase, the Rubies were left floating in the void of space.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Their original ''other'' neighbours, The Winfields, relocated themselves to Florida in Season Four, to be replaced by the seldom-seen Powers (though Mrs. Winfield does show up again in a crowd scene in "Lisa the Iconoclast").
** Homer's half-brother Herb hasn't been seen since season three, after he regained his fortune with a baby translator. Homer even lampshades to Herb as "his seldomly seen half brother". Believe it or not but Herb has a line in a season 24 episode. Homer, suddenly concerned about the kids' requirement for a legal guardian in the event of his and Marge's untimely demise, calls up his brother, only for Herb to say, "I'm poor again." ''D'oh!''
** Homer's rarely seen third friend, after Lenny and Carl, at the nuclear power plant, Charlie, disappeared in Season 5's "The Last Temptation of Homer". He was sucked up a giant tube, similar to Matt Groening's later WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}, after complaining to Mr Burns.
* Tigatron and Airazor went off to scout the extent of the Vok's damage to the planet at the start of the second series of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' to make room for the Fuzors. When they returned, they ended up being abducted by the Vok, and would not return until partway through series 3.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** Buster Baxte went on a year long trip around the world with his dad whom he doesn't spend much time with since he and his mom are divorced; he returns in the season opener.
** In a VerySpecialEpisode dealing with a fire in the school, Mr. Morris left for New Mexico after recovering from injuries sustained in said fire. He has since appeared in ''Postcards From Buster''. Strangely, he---[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute or someone who looks like him]]---has made background appearences from time to time at Lakewood Elementary. However, the real Mr. Morris seems to be about to [[LongBusTrip finally make a return]].
* The villain of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', Cat R. Waul, is defeated by being put on a train. He comes back for the [[RecycledTheSeries television series]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Chef had a bridge dropped on him after his voice actor left, but the ending allowed for the possibility of a return by making him "Darth Chef" (although Isaac Haye's death would obviously require TheOtherDarrin).
*** He did returns briefly in ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' as a nazi zombie. Just as the others are starting to knock some sense back into him. [[spoiler: Clyde sets his corpse on fire.]]
** Officer Barbrady was put on a bus at the end of "Toilet Paper", announcing that after the ordeal of solving the [[FelonyMisdemeanor toilet-papering of a teacher's house]] he needs to take a long vacation. By the next episode to involve police, "Li'l Crimestoppers", Barbrady has been replaced by an actual police department, though he has still shown up from time to time.
* Triana Orpheus from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' left the Venture Compound in order to study magic with her mother.
** Triana has been seen again - she was Dean's date to their home-school prom.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' does this about every new season, leaving old characters behind and bringing back more popular ones or ones that were eliminated early on to give them a fresh start. [[spoiler: But when Chris says that once a contestant is gone from a season, and they "can't come back, ev-er," he doesn't always mean it.]]
** With the exception of Izzy, Ezekiel, and Owen, ''All-Stars'' was the first season in which non-competing characters didn't appear at all even in cameos.
** Mike of the 2nd Generation cast suffered from this after ''All-Stars''. According to WordOfGod the controversy around how his MPD was portrayed in that season has lead to him not appearing in any future seasons.
* Happened to Rose in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' as a result of ExecutiveMeddling after she [[spoiler: lost her memory as a result of being rescued from an attempted HeroicSacrifice]]. [[BackForTheFinale She was brought back in the series finale]].
* Little Miss Calamity disappeared offscreen in Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''. The official explanation was that Chorion, the production company behind the show, didn't like her. She did manage a cameo as a statue in the second season.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': [[ImaginaryFriend Jib]] was ''literally'' put on a rather weird use of the bus. At bus by the end of the third season opener "Transwarped" Sari [[spoiler: is shut down by Ratchet in a desperate attempt to keep her over-upgraded body from destroying both herself and the city.]] Not only did she not appear for the next four episodes, no one even seemed to think about her -- including her own father.
** As of "Human Error" she's back off the bus, [[spoiler: now taller, more mature, and able to make blue balls of floating electric... stuff. The coma hasn't been mentioned again.]]
** [[spoiler: Ultra Magnus]] was also put on the bus in season 3. [[spoiler: If by 'bus' we mean the ICU.]]
*** WordOfGod says [[spoiler: he [[PutOnABusToHell died from his injuries]]. There was supposed to be a scene depicting
episode he's "appeared" in.
* Timmy Turner's fairy dog Sparky has suffered
this but it had to be cut for time.]]
** And
fate in perhaps the most terrifying way to be sent packing on the bus, [[spoiler: Shockwave stuffs Blurr into a bus by force. More specifically, Blurr is ''crushed into a cube'' and shipped to oblivion. And it is [[http://derrickjwyatt.blogspot.com/2009/03/turn-back-now-spoilers-ahead.html implied]] that ''[[AndIMustScream Blurr survived]]''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Airachnid, who after one of many rivalry battles with Arcee is accidentally trapped in a stasis pod. Team Prime decide it's a good idea to bring her back to base, but now 6 episodes later is never mentioned again. Considering the fandom's huge hatred of her it's clear to see why.
** She eventually reappeared in season three, still trapped in her stasis field on the Decepticon warship. A [[PsychoSerum Dark Energon]] fueled [[spoiler: Sylus]] broke her out of containment, but Soundwave immediately Space Bridged her and the remaining Insecticons to a desolate moon of Cybertrons, [[PutOnABusToHell where she presumably died of starvation]].
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', dozens of characters were put on the bus, a result of the writers and animators not
''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. After having knowledge of the 1986 Movie (which hadn't yet aired in Japan).
** Jazz was technically put on a bus, because although the character survives the movie and makes 2 cameos, his voice actor, Scatman Crothers fell ill and later died.
** Many of Creator/CaseyKasem's characters were put on buses. (the supercomputer Teletran-I was PutOnABusToHell.) Autobot headquarters (the Autobots' stranded-on-Earth spacecraft and Teletran-I inside of it) were buried when Trypticon smashed the mountain it was lodged in. Cliffjumper, like Jazz, survived Unicron, but fell off the vocal map after 1 cameo by the character. Bluestreak was never seen after the 1986 movie's Battle of Autobot City. All of this stems from Kasem's displeasure
proven largely unpopular with stories featuring a stereotypical Middle Eastern dictator and his country, "Carbombya".
** Many of the Season 1 and 2 characters were either killed off in storyboards (but not in the finished product) or never mentioned again, only to turn up as cameos late in Season 3, or in Japanese audience only spin-offs. Hound turns up in ''Transformers: Headmasters''
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a long and proud history of this, usually coupled with TheBusCameBack. [[spoiler:Jasper and Lapis were trapped under the ocean as Malachite for an entire season, Peridot was left flying around the Earth for about half a season, Jasper (after returning from being fused) was turned into a mindless corrupted Gem monster and put into a bubble, and after being sent on a wild-goose chase, the Rubies were left floating in the void of space.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Their original ''other'' neighbours, The Winfields, relocated themselves to Florida in Season Four, to be replaced by the seldom-seen Powers (though Mrs. Winfield does show up again in a crowd scene in "Lisa the Iconoclast").
** Homer's half-brother Herb hasn't been seen
fans since season three, after he regained his fortune with a baby translator. Homer even lampshades to Herb as "his seldomly seen half brother". Believe it or not but Herb has a line in a season 24 episode. Homer, suddenly concerned about the kids' requirement for a legal guardian in the event of his and Marge's untimely demise, calls up his brother, only for Herb to say, "I'm poor again." ''D'oh!''
** Homer's rarely seen third friend, after Lenny and Carl, at the nuclear power plant, Charlie, disappeared in Season 5's "The Last Temptation of Homer". He was sucked up a giant tube, similar to Matt Groening's later WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}, after complaining to Mr Burns.
* Tigatron and Airazor went off to scout the extent of the Vok's damage to the planet
introduction at the start of Season 9 owing to his obnoxious personality, Sparky has thus far been entirely absent in Season 10 without any given explanation onscreen. WordOfGod confirms that Nickelodeon elected to drop Sparky from the second series of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' main cast after he failed to make room for win over audiences, meaning that the Fuzors. When they returned, they ended up being abducted by the Vok, and would bus is not likely to return until partway through series 3.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** Buster Baxte went on a year long trip around the world
to Dimmsdale with his dad whom he doesn't spend much time with since he and his mom are divorced; he returns in the season opener.
** In a VerySpecialEpisode dealing with a fire in the school, Mr. Morris left for New Mexico after recovering from injuries sustained in said fire. He has since appeared in ''Postcards From Buster''. Strangely, he---[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute or someone who looks like him]]---has made background appearences from time to time at Lakewood Elementary. However, the real Mr. Morris seems to be about to [[LongBusTrip finally make a return]].
its four-legged passenger anytime soon.
* The villain of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', Cat R. Waul, is defeated by being put on a train. He comes back for the [[RecycledTheSeries television series]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Chef
''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has had a bridge dropped on him after his voice actor left, but the ending allowed for the possibility of a return by making him "Darth Chef" (although Isaac Haye's death would obviously require TheOtherDarrin).
*** He did returns briefly in ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' as a nazi zombie. Just as the others are starting to knock some sense back into him. [[spoiler: Clyde sets his corpse on fire.]]
** Officer Barbrady was put on a bus at the end of "Toilet Paper", announcing that after the ordeal of solving the [[FelonyMisdemeanor toilet-papering of a teacher's house]] he needs to take a long vacation. By the next episode to involve police, "Li'l Crimestoppers", Barbrady has been replaced by an actual police department, though he has still shown up from time to time.
* Triana Orpheus from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' left the Venture Compound in order to study magic with her mother.
** Triana has
some. Connie D'Mico and Ollie Williams haven't been seen again - she was Dean's date to their home-school prom.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' does this about every new season, leaving old characters behind and bringing back more popular ones or ones that were eliminated early on to give them a fresh start. [[spoiler: But when Chris says that once a contestant is gone from a season, and they "can't come back, ev-er," he doesn't always mean it.]]
** With the exception of Izzy, Ezekiel, and Owen, ''All-Stars'' was the first
since season in which non-competing characters didn't appear at all even in cameos.
** Mike of the 2nd Generation cast suffered from
10.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' takes
this after ''All-Stars''. According to WordOfGod the controversy around how his MPD was portrayed in that season has lead to him extreme by having the character, Phil Sebben, not appearing in any future seasons.
* Happened
only be put on a bus, but be hit by one as well, only to Rose in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' as a result of ExecutiveMeddling after she [[spoiler: lost her memory as a result of being rescued from an attempted HeroicSacrifice]]. [[BackForTheFinale She was brought back in return driving the series finale]].
* Little Miss Calamity disappeared offscreen in Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''. The official explanation was that Chorion,
bus himself BACKWARDS, across North America and under water no less, then runs over Harvey with it thus putting the production company behind entire show on the show, didn't like her. She did manage a cameo as a statue in the second season.bus. "HA HA HAAAA! Final episode stunt casting!"



* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' Spyke went to live with the Morlocks and was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap when he came back.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' did this with Harry for eight episodes. However, it wasn't so much a convenient way to get him out of the way as part of his personal StoryArc, as his father took him to Europe to [[spoiler:[[FantasticDrug get over his addiction to]] [[PsychoSerum Globulin Green]]]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'' antagonist: Moe the daisy-cutting pixie.
* When ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs'' returned for a second season, Stereo was absent, apart from a couple guest appearances. He's not even in the intro where they're shown crashing into Earth. This also contradicts the theme song, which states, "''Five'' little monsters were riding through space..." as there are now four.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': [[ImaginaryFriend Jib]] was ''literally'' put on a bus by the end of the only episode he's "appeared" in.
* Jeff in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was accidentally kidnapped by aliens when he got shoved into their ship's tractor beam that was meant for Roger. He disappeared for the next several episodes until he was rescued from Roger's home planet in the 150th episode, "Lost in Space."
* The WebAnimation/HomestarRunner-[[CaptainErsatz spoofed]] ostrich in the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode, "Grilled Cheese Deluxe''.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'' antagonist: Moe the daisy-cutting pixie.
* When ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs'' returned for
''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** ''Justice League'' features
a perfect example of this trope in its second season, Stereo was absent, apart season finale when Hawkgirl resigns from a couple guest appearances. He's not even in the intro where they're shown crashing into Earth. This also contradicts the theme song, which states, "''Five'' little monsters were riding through space..." as there are now four.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': [[ImaginaryFriend Jib]] was ''literally'' put on a bus by
Justice League and flies off to go soul searching. Sure enough, she returns at the end of season three when she discovers Solomon Grundy may have come back from the only dead.
** More permanently done with A.M.A.Z.O, who's still out on the edge of the universe trying to figure out how to beat Solomon Grundy. WordOfGod was he would return in the last
episode he's "appeared" in.
as a BrickJoke, but they forgot about him.
%%* Brick Flagg from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Jeff in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was accidentally kidnapped by aliens when he got shoved into their ship's tractor beam that was meant for Roger. He Little Miss Calamity disappeared for offscreen in Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''. The official explanation was that Chorion, the next several episodes until he was rescued from Roger's home planet production company behind the show, didn't like her. She did manage a cameo as a statue in the 150th episode, "Lost in Space."
* The WebAnimation/HomestarRunner-[[CaptainErsatz spoofed]] ostrich in the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode, "Grilled Cheese Deluxe''.
second season.



* Most of the characters on ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' who had reappeared over the course of the first two seasons (Speedy, the Vulture Police, and Timon's meerkat friend Fred) failed to appear in the 1999 season, on which the series is generally regarded to have [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]].
* Characters have a nasty habit of this happening to them in ''ThomasAndFriends'', especially in the HIT Entertainment era (2002-present). Among the classic characters who have been gone for many seasons (not counting one-off characters like Billy and Bertram who were only created for marketing purposes, and Bulstrode, who was only intended to appear for one episode) include Duke, Boco, Daisy, Caroline, Terrence, Old Slow Coach, Duncan, Neville, Dennis, Molly, Hector, Bulgy, Arthur, Murdoch, Mighty Mac, "Fearless" Freddie, and The Pack (minus Jack).
** Fortunately, in Season 17 and the special ''King of The Railway'', TheBusCameBack for several characters thanks to the new writing team, who have set out to save the show from the SeasonalRot it has endured since 2004. ''King of the Railway'' saw the return of Jack the Front Loader (from the cancelled spin-off ''Jack and the Pack''), while Season 17 brought back fan-favorites Duck and Bill & Ben, as well as Harvey. Season 18 will bring back Oliver and his brakevan Toad, as well as Duncan and the Scottish Twins Donald and Douglas. More characters that have been put on a bus are likely to come back.
* The Vehicle ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' and everything to do with it seems to have been put on a bus. The only reason seems to be that it just wasn't as popular as the one with the lions. However, references to the Drule empire still pop up from time to time.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has had some. Connie D'Mico and Ollie Williams haven't been seen since season 10.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' two part episode involving Thomas in "The Real Thomas".
* When Creator/{{Toonami}} came back, TOM 4 was subjected to this as a new version of TOM 3, TOM 3.5, was the host. However, TOM 4 did make a cameo talking to TOM 3/5. [[spoiler: Then was subjected to a BusCrash as WesternAnimation/TheIntruder [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII returns]] and proceeds to gloat about adding TOM 4 to his body count.]]
* The ''Franchise/CareBears'' cousins suffered this fate in the early 90s due to Kenner revamping the line. Those that weren't put on the bus were ''transformed into bears''. The bus briefly came back in 2003, only to leave again in 2005, owing to a failed attempt by Play Along Toys to reintroduce the cousins, but at least four of the cousins are now [[TheBusCameBack permanently back off the bus]] as of November 2015.

to:

* Most of %%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'' antagonist: Moe the characters on ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' who had reappeared over the course of the first two seasons (Speedy, the Vulture Police, and Timon's meerkat friend Fred) failed to appear in the 1999 season, on which the series is generally regarded to have [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]].
* Characters have a nasty habit of this happening to them in ''ThomasAndFriends'', especially in the HIT Entertainment era (2002-present). Among the classic characters who have been gone for many seasons (not counting one-off characters like Billy and Bertram who were only created for marketing purposes, and Bulstrode, who was only intended to appear for one episode) include Duke, Boco, Daisy, Caroline, Terrence, Old Slow Coach, Duncan, Neville, Dennis, Molly, Hector, Bulgy, Arthur, Murdoch, Mighty Mac, "Fearless" Freddie, and The Pack (minus Jack).
** Fortunately, in Season 17 and the special ''King of The Railway'', TheBusCameBack for several characters thanks to the new writing team, who have set out to save the show from the SeasonalRot it has endured since 2004. ''King of the Railway'' saw the return of Jack the Front Loader (from the cancelled spin-off ''Jack and the Pack''), while Season 17 brought back fan-favorites Duck and Bill & Ben, as well as Harvey. Season 18 will bring back Oliver and his brakevan Toad, as well as Duncan and the Scottish Twins Donald and Douglas. More characters that have been put on a bus are likely to come back.
* The Vehicle ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' and everything to do with it seems to have been put on a bus. The only reason seems to be that it just wasn't as popular as the one with the lions. However, references to the Drule empire still pop up from time to time.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has had some. Connie D'Mico and Ollie Williams haven't been seen since season 10.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' two part episode involving Thomas in "The Real Thomas".
* When Creator/{{Toonami}} came back, TOM 4 was subjected to this as a new version of TOM 3, TOM 3.5, was the host. However, TOM 4 did make a cameo talking to TOM 3/5. [[spoiler: Then was subjected to a BusCrash as WesternAnimation/TheIntruder [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII returns]] and proceeds to gloat about adding TOM 4 to his body count.]]
* The ''Franchise/CareBears'' cousins suffered this fate in the early 90s due to Kenner revamping the line. Those that weren't put on the bus were ''transformed into bears''. The bus briefly came back in 2003, only to leave again in 2005, owing to a failed attempt by Play Along Toys to reintroduce the cousins, but at least four of the cousins are now [[TheBusCameBack permanently back off the bus]] as of November 2015.
daisy-cutting pixie.



* Timmy Turner's fairy dog Sparky has suffered this fate in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. After having proven largely unpopular with fans since his introduction at the start of Season 9 owing to his obnoxious personality, Sparky has thus far been entirely absent in Season 10 without any given explanation onscreen. WordOfGod confirms that Nickelodeon elected to drop Sparky from the main cast after he failed to win over audiences, meaning that the bus is not likely to return to Dimmsdale with its four-legged passenger anytime soon.

to:

* Timmy Turner's fairy dog Sparky The WebAnimation/HomestarRunner-[[CaptainErsatz spoofed]] ostrich in the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode, "Grilled Cheese Deluxe''.
%%** ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' two part episode involving Thomas in "The Real Thomas".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Their original ''other'' neighbours, The Winfields, relocated themselves to Florida in Season Four, to be replaced by the seldom-seen Powers (though Mrs. Winfield does show up again in a crowd scene in "Lisa the Iconoclast").
** Homer's half-brother Herb hasn't been seen since season three, after he regained his fortune with a baby translator. Homer even lampshades to Herb as "his seldomly seen half brother". Believe it or not but Herb
has a line in a season 24 episode. Homer, suddenly concerned about the kids' requirement for a legal guardian in the event of his and Marge's untimely demise, calls up his brother, only for Herb to say, "I'm poor again." ''D'oh!''
** Homer's rarely seen third friend, after Lenny and Carl, at the nuclear power plant, Charlie, disappeared in Season 5's "The Last Temptation of Homer". He was sucked up a giant tube, similar to Matt Groening's later WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}, after complaining to Mr Burns.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Chef had a bridge dropped on him after his voice actor left, but the ending allowed for the possibility of a return by making him "Darth Chef" (although Isaac Haye's death would obviously require TheOtherDarrin).
*** He did returns briefly in ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' as a nazi zombie. Just as the others are starting to knock some sense back into him. [[spoiler: Clyde sets his corpse on fire.]]
** Officer Barbrady was put on a bus at the end of "Toilet Paper", announcing that after the ordeal of solving the [[FelonyMisdemeanor toilet-papering of a teacher's house]] he needs to take a long vacation. By the next episode to involve police, "Li'l Crimestoppers", Barbrady has been replaced by an actual police department, though he has still shown up from time to time.
* When ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs'' returned for a second season, Stereo was absent, apart from a couple guest appearances. He's not even in the intro where they're shown crashing into Earth. This also contradicts the theme song, which states, "''Five'' little monsters were riding through space..." as there are now four.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' did this with Harry for eight episodes. However, it wasn't so much a convenient way to get him out of the way as part of his personal StoryArc, as his father took him to Europe to [[spoiler:[[FantasticDrug get over his addiction to]] [[PsychoSerum Globulin Green]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': At the end of [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]], [[spoiler:Sabine chooses to stay with her family and build the Mandalorian Resistance. But she'll be back.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a long and proud history of this, usually coupled with TheBusCameBack. [[spoiler:Jasper and Lapis were trapped under the ocean as Malachite for an entire season, Peridot was left flying around the Earth for about half a season, Jasper (after returning from being fused) was turned into a mindless corrupted Gem monster and put into a bubble, and after being sent on a wild-goose chase, the Rubies were left floating in the void of space.]]
* Characters have a nasty habit of this happening to them in ''ThomasAndFriends'', especially in the HIT Entertainment era (2002-present). Among the classic characters who have been gone for many seasons (not counting one-off characters like Billy and Bertram who were only created for marketing purposes, and Bulstrode, who was only intended to appear for one episode) include Duke, Boco, Daisy, Caroline, Terrence, Old Slow Coach, Duncan, Neville, Dennis, Molly, Hector, Bulgy, Arthur, Murdoch, Mighty Mac, "Fearless" Freddie, and The Pack (minus Jack).
** Fortunately, in Season 17 and the special ''King of The Railway'', TheBusCameBack for several characters thanks to the new writing team, who have set out to save the show from the SeasonalRot it has endured since 2004. ''King of the Railway'' saw the return of Jack the Front Loader (from the cancelled spin-off ''Jack and the Pack''), while Season 17 brought back fan-favorites Duck and Bill & Ben, as well as Harvey. Season 18 will bring back Oliver and his brakevan Toad, as well as Duncan and the Scottish Twins Donald and Douglas. More characters that have been put on a bus are likely to come back.
* Most of the characters on ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' who had reappeared over the course of the first two seasons (Speedy, the Vulture Police, and Timon's meerkat friend Fred) failed to appear in the 1999 season, on which the series is generally regarded to have [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]].
* When Creator/{{Toonami}} came back, TOM 4 was subjected to this as a new version of TOM 3, TOM 3.5, was the host. However, TOM 4 did make a cameo talking to TOM 3/5. [[spoiler: Then was subjected to a BusCrash as WesternAnimation/TheIntruder [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII returns]] and proceeds to gloat about adding TOM 4 to his body count.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' does this about every new season, leaving old characters behind and bringing back more popular ones or ones that were eliminated early on to give them a fresh start. [[spoiler: But when Chris says that once a contestant is gone from a season, and they "can't come back, ev-er," he doesn't always mean it.]]
** With the exception of Izzy, Ezekiel, and Owen, ''All-Stars'' was the first season in which non-competing characters didn't appear at all even in cameos.
** Mike of the 2nd Generation cast
suffered from this fate after ''All-Stars''. According to WordOfGod the controversy around how his MPD was portrayed in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. After that season has lead to him not appearing in any future seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has a rather weird use of the bus. At the end of the third season opener "Transwarped" Sari [[spoiler: is shut down by Ratchet in a desperate attempt to keep her over-upgraded body from destroying both herself and the city.]] Not only did she not appear for the next four episodes, no one even seemed to think about her -- including her own father.
** As of "Human Error" she's back off the bus, [[spoiler: now taller, more mature, and able to make blue balls of floating electric... stuff. The coma hasn't been mentioned again.]]
** [[spoiler: Ultra Magnus]] was also put on the bus in season 3. [[spoiler: If by 'bus' we mean the ICU.]]
*** WordOfGod says [[spoiler: he [[PutOnABusToHell died from his injuries]]. There was supposed to be a scene depicting this but it had to be cut for time.]]
** And in perhaps the most terrifying way to be sent packing on the bus, [[spoiler: Shockwave stuffs Blurr into a bus by force. More specifically, Blurr is ''crushed into a cube'' and shipped to oblivion. And it is [[http://derrickjwyatt.blogspot.com/2009/03/turn-back-now-spoilers-ahead.html implied]] that ''[[AndIMustScream Blurr survived]]''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Airachnid, who after one of many rivalry battles with Arcee is accidentally trapped in a stasis pod. Team Prime decide it's a good idea to bring her back to base, but now 6 episodes later is never mentioned again. Considering the fandom's huge hatred of her it's clear to see why.
** She eventually reappeared in season three, still trapped in her stasis field on the Decepticon warship. A [[PsychoSerum Dark Energon]] fueled [[spoiler: Sylus]] broke her out of containment, but Soundwave immediately Space Bridged her and the remaining Insecticons to a desolate moon of Cybertrons, [[PutOnABusToHell where she presumably died of starvation]].
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', dozens of characters were put on the bus, a result of the writers and animators not
having proven largely unpopular knowledge of the 1986 Movie (which hadn't yet aired in Japan).
** Jazz was technically put on a bus, because although the character survives the movie and makes 2 cameos, his voice actor, Scatman Crothers fell ill and later died.
** Many of Creator/CaseyKasem's characters were put on buses. (the supercomputer Teletran-I was PutOnABusToHell.) Autobot headquarters (the Autobots' stranded-on-Earth spacecraft and Teletran-I inside of it) were buried when Trypticon smashed the mountain it was lodged in. Cliffjumper, like Jazz, survived Unicron, but fell off the vocal map after 1 cameo by the character. Bluestreak was never seen after the 1986 movie's Battle of Autobot City. All of this stems from Kasem's displeasure
with fans since stories featuring a stereotypical Middle Eastern dictator and his introduction country, "Carbombya".
** Many of the Season 1 and 2 characters were either killed off in storyboards (but not in the finished product) or never mentioned again, only to turn up as cameos late in Season 3, or in Japanese audience only spin-offs. Hound turns up in ''Transformers: Headmasters''
* Tigatron and Airazor went off to scout the extent of the Vok's damage to the planet
at the start of Season 9 owing to his obnoxious personality, Sparky has thus far been entirely absent in Season 10 without any given explanation onscreen. WordOfGod confirms that Nickelodeon elected to drop Sparky from the main cast after he failed second series of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' to win over audiences, meaning that make room for the bus is Fuzors. When they returned, they ended up being abducted by the Vok, and would not likely to return until partway through series 3.
* Triana Orpheus from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' left the Venture Compound in order
to Dimmsdale study magic with its four-legged passenger anytime soon. her mother.
** Triana has been seen again - she was Dean's date to their home-school prom.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' Spyke went to live with the Morlocks and was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap when he came back.
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'':
** Ryber disappears by the end of ''Truthwitch'', with only a note explaining that she has to be gone left behind. In her case, TheBusCameBack by the end of the second book.
** After Merik and the plot move to the north of Nubrevna, it's mentioned that Evraine stayed behind in Noden's Gift.
** Gretchya tells Iseult that she's escaping to Saldonica with her student and disappears, never to be seen again, even when the plot visits the aforementioned city.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' puts Gendry on a boat in season 3. We're still waiting.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The show
puts Gendry on a boat in season 3. We're still waiting.waiting.
** Bran and his ''entire supporting cast'' are not slated to appear anywhere in the fifth season. WordOfGod explains that this is not only because it's a natural pause for that arc, but also because they've run out of book material for him. TheBusCameBack in Season 6.
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** Android 17 was put on a bus after being absorbed by Cell. The bus came back in GT when he merged with a clone and became the main villain. Afterwards, he was never seen again.

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** Android 17 was put on a bus after being absorbed by Cell. The bus came back in GT when he merged with a clone and became the main villain. Afterwards, he was never seen again. [[spoiler:The most recent introduction for Dragon Ball Super hints that 17's bus may be coming back.]]
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* Nick and Cassie on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' were put on a limo.



* M. Bellum isn't in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016''. The in-series reason is that she's taking a ''long'' vacation. WordOfGod is that "Ms. Bellum wasn't quite indicative of the kind of message we wanted to be giving out", which is vague but probably has to do with her being MsFanservice. The Mayor is still a character but he lacks a StraightMan.

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* M.Ms. Bellum isn't in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016''. The in-series reason is that she's taking a ''long'' vacation. WordOfGod is that "Ms. Bellum wasn't quite indicative of the kind of message we wanted to be giving out", which is vague but probably has to do with her being MsFanservice. The Mayor is still a character but he lacks a StraightMan.
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