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22nd Apr '16 6:08:46 PM Homemaderat
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* In {{Literature/Wolfen}} the chapters alternate the pov from the human investigators and the predators hunting them.
17th Jan '16 11:00:10 PM rjung
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* ''Film/TheBigShort'' follows three groups of people: Michael Burry and Scion Capital; Vennett, Baum, and Baum's employees; Shipley, Geller, and Rickert All three storylines are completely self-contained; none of the three groups ever interact with each other, and seldom appear onscreen together.
15th Jan '16 11:38:53 AM Silverblade2
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* ''Anime/BoogiepopPhantom'' does this.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' does this for almost every episode.

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* Heroic Publishing's ''Champions'' series mostly uses this kind of format.

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* ''Series/AsIf'', the proto-''Skins'', does this too.

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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' also does this.

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* Season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.

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8th Dec '15 3:41:50 PM Llygodenfawr
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* In Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, each of the books focuses on one of the four main characters as they live together, learn magic, and become [[TrueCompanions a family]], though each book also features scenes from the perspectives of other characters and their own subplots. The second series, ''The Circle Opens'' follows the same format, except the characters are [[TimeSkip four years older]] and leave to go travel with their teachers. The latest book, ''The Will of the Empress'' is the only one save ''Sandry's Book'' which deals with each of the four characters relatively equally.

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* In Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, each of the books focuses on one of the four main characters as they live together, learn magic, and become [[TrueCompanions a family]], though each book also features scenes from the perspectives of other characters and their own subplots. The second series, ''The Circle Opens'' Opens'', follows the same format, except the characters are [[TimeSkip four years older]] and leave to go travel with their teachers. The latest book, ''The Will of the Empress'' is the only one save ''Sandry's Book'' which deals with each of the four characters relatively equally.
11th Nov '15 3:10:38 PM Adept
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* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, many of which are [[EnsembleCast plot significant in some way]]. The POV switches around constantly (a single anime episode could focus on two or three different plot lines at the same time, with one of those plot lines being revisited a couple of time in a different character's perspective), and rarely focuses on anyone in particular. WordOfGod says that Celty is the true protagonist, though.

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* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, many of which are [[EnsembleCast plot significant in some way]]. The POV switches around constantly (a single anime episode could focus on two or three different plot lines at the same time, with one of those plot lines being and a single ''scene'' can revisited a couple of time in a times to show the different character's perspective), characters' perspectives), and rarely focuses on anyone in particular. WordOfGod says that Celty is the true protagonist, though.
8th Nov '15 4:43:02 AM Q4
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* ''BoysFromTheBlackstuff'' focuses on a different character each episode, to the extent that other members of the ensemble cast are often reduced to extras or absent from a given episode altogether.
6th Nov '15 4:10:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and, particularly, ''Unlimited'' are the kings of this trope, focusing on new previously-obscure DCU characters (both villains and heroes) in every episode. Although TheQuestion does get a CharacterFocus, too, what with being the EnsembleDarkhorse.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and, particularly, ''Unlimited'' are the kings of this trope, focusing on new previously-obscure DCU characters (both villains and heroes) in every episode. Although TheQuestion ComicBook/TheQuestion does get a CharacterFocus, too, what with being the EnsembleDarkhorse.
21st Oct '15 4:54:35 AM Adept
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* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' does this throughout, though characters do repeat and some episodes aren't about any one in particular.

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* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' does this throughout, though characters do repeat and has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, many of which are [[EnsembleCast plot significant in some episodes aren't about any way]]. The POV switches around constantly (a single anime episode could focus on two or three different plot lines at the same time, with one of those plot lines being revisited a couple of time in particular.a different character's perspective), and rarely focuses on anyone in particular. WordOfGod says that Celty is the true protagonist, though.
22nd Sep '15 8:05:17 PM Pastykake
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Not to be confused with LimelightSeries (where the focus stays on an ensemble of previously minor characters). Compare PlotTailoredToTheParty, where the overarching story is designed to place each character into the spotlight sooner or later (RotatingProtagonist is more episodic), and SwitchingPOV, where we see different characters' ''perspectives'' rather than just them.

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Not to be confused with LimelightSeries (where the focus stays on an ensemble of previously minor characters). Compare PlotTailoredToTheParty, where the overarching story is designed to place each character into the spotlight sooner or later (RotatingProtagonist (Rotating Protagonist is more episodic), and SwitchingPOV, where we see different characters' ''perspectives'' rather than just them.



* ''MAnga/{{Bokurano}}'' does this. Character arcs may last two or three episodes instead of just one, but the principle is the same.

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* ''MAnga/{{Bokurano}}'' ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' does this. Character arcs may last two or three episodes instead of just one, but the principle is the same.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Chronicles'', a short lived Spin-off of the Pokemon Anime, focuses on everyone except Ash while Ash was in the Hoenn region. And it rotates per episode. One episode would focus on Misty, another on Gary, another on Professor Oak, Casey, Ritchie, Tracey, and a few stories solely focusing on Team Rocket. This show might as well be called "Rotating Protagonist the series".

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Chronicles'', a short lived Spin-off of the Pokemon Anime, Pokémon anime, focuses on everyone except Ash while Ash was in the Hoenn region. And it It rotates per episode. One episode; one episode would will focus on Misty, another on Gary, another on Professor Oak, Casey, Ritchie, Tracey, and a few stories solely focusing on Team Rocket. This show might as well be called "Rotating Protagonist Protagonist: the series".Series".



* Marvel had a counterpart to the above in the original ''Marvel Team-Up'', where heroes would join forces with Spider-Man, and ''Marvel Two-in-One'', where the Thing would have a new partner every issue. As with ''The Brave and the Bold'', a modern ''MTU'' series dropped the superstar regular angle and featured new team-ups every time. However, the latest incarnation of the series is ''{{Deadpool}} Team Up'', which naturally features the eponymous anti-hero alongside the issue's guest star. ''Deadpool Team-Up'' is notable for primarily featuring more obscure characters such as U.S. Archer and It, the Living Colossus. There was also the MarvelAge ''Supervillain Team-Up'', which featured Dr. Doom teaming up with a different supervillain and/or team each issue. The Sinister Six, the Circus of Crime, the (original) Masters of Evil, Magneto...

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* Marvel had a counterpart to the above in the original ''Marvel Team-Up'', where heroes would join forces with Spider-Man, and ''Marvel Two-in-One'', where the Thing would have a new partner every issue. As with ''The Brave and the Bold'', a modern ''MTU'' series dropped the superstar regular angle and featured new team-ups every time. However, the latest incarnation of the series is ''{{Deadpool}} ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} Team Up'', which naturally features the eponymous anti-hero alongside the issue's guest star. ''Deadpool Team-Up'' is notable for primarily featuring more obscure characters such as U.S. Archer and It, the Living Colossus. There was is also the MarvelAge Marvel Age ''Supervillain Team-Up'', which featured features Dr. Doom teaming up with a different supervillain and/or team each issue. The Sinister Six, the Circus of Crime, the (original) Masters of Evil, Magneto...



* MarvelComics' ''Solo [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' and DCComics' ''Comicbook/TeenTitans Spotlight'' showcased various members who didn't already have their own series. However, during the former's first year or so, the rotating protagonist in question would star the issue's back-up feature, as {{Hawkeye}} was the star of the lead feature.
* The first six issues of MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' each focus on a different member of the team.

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* MarvelComics' Creator/MarvelComics' ''Solo [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' and DCComics' ''Comicbook/TeenTitans Spotlight'' showcased various members who didn't already have their own series. However, during the former's first year or so, the rotating protagonist in question would star the issue's back-up feature, as {{Hawkeye}} ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} was the star of the lead feature.
* The first six issues of MarvelComics' Marvel Comics' ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' each focus on a different member of the team.



* In the Vocaloid FanFic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6854461/1/Good_Night Good Night]], nearly the entire cast trade off the narration role. In the order of doing so for the first part, [[spoiler:Tei, Len, Haku, Kiru, Rin, Luka, Gakupo, Neru, Hankyou, Gumi, Miki, Gakupo(?), and Meiko]].

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* In the Vocaloid ''Vocaloid'' FanFic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6854461/1/Good_Night Good Night]], nearly the entire cast trade off the narration role. In the order of doing so for the first part, [[spoiler:Tei, Len, Haku, Kiru, Rin, Luka, Gakupo, Neru, Hankyou, Gumi, Miki, Gakupo(?), and Meiko]].



* In the FanFic/MassFoundations series, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Courier, Ethan Sunderland]] and Eric Grimes are the protagonists of the first and second entries respectively.

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* In the FanFic/MassFoundations ''FanFic/MassFoundations'' series, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Courier, Ethan Sunderland]] and Eric Grimes are the protagonists of the first and second entries entries, respectively.



* Seemed to be a common feature in films written by Doug Kinney, as both ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' jump between numerous main characters throughout their runtime.

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* Seemed This seems to be a common feature in films written by Doug Kinney, as both ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' jump between numerous main characters throughout their runtime.



* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' practically has this as its ''hat''. Every chapter is from a character's perspective (or sometimes a few characters - the intros especially). While there's a single in-universe messiah character - the Dragon Reborn - he has two buddies [[note]]all of them are "Ta'veren", which loosely translates to bending reality around them and even more loosely means "Protagonist"[[/note]] who have nearly as much influence on the world as he does, and then nearly every other character with authority gets at least a scene or two, but often many recurring ones. It got to the point that the minor characters' rotation sometimes overshadowed the main plot!
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has each chapter from a different point of view character, with that character's name or description as the title of the chapter. The first book starts with a small number of recurring POV characters, and each subsequent book adds or subtracts a few.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' practically has this as its ''hat''. Every chapter is from a character's perspective (or sometimes a few characters - the characters--the intros especially). While Although there's a single in-universe messiah character - the (the Dragon Reborn - Reborn), he has two buddies [[note]]all of them are "Ta'veren", which loosely translates to bending reality around them and even more loosely means "Protagonist"[[/note]] who have nearly as much influence on the world as he does, and then nearly every other character with authority gets at least a scene or two, but often many recurring ones. It got gets to the point that the minor characters' rotation sometimes overshadowed overshadows the main plot!
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has each chapter from a different character's point of view character, view, with that character's name or description as the title of the chapter. The first book starts with a small number of recurring POV characters, and each subsequent book adds or subtracts a few.



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* ''Series/AsIf'', the proto-''Series/{{Skins}}'', did this too.

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* ''Series/AsIf'', the proto-''Series/{{Skins}}'', did proto-''Skins'', does this too.



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' switched focus fairly regularly.
* ''Series/TheWire'' rotated between having protagonists at the Homicide Unit, The Major Crimes Unit, The Pit, the docks, the corners and Hamsterdam, the elections, the schools and the newspaper.
* ''6 Degrees'' did this for its first season, with each of its six episodes focusing more heavily on one of the main students. This was dropped for the second season.

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' switched switches focus fairly regularly.
* ''Series/TheWire'' rotated rotates between having protagonists at the Homicide Unit, The Major Crimes Unit, The Pit, the docks, the corners and Hamsterdam, the elections, the schools schools, and the newspaper.
* ''6 Degrees'' did does this for its first season, with each of its six episodes focusing more heavily on one of the main students. This was is dropped for the second season.



* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' became this in its last two seasons. All the regulars would get their days in the limelight, and in the end, Bill Cosby himself was the only one, who appeared in every single episode.

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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' became becomes this in its last two seasons. All the regulars would get their days in the limelight, and in the end, end Bill Cosby himself was Cosby, himself, is the only one, one who appeared in every single episode.



* ''FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears''

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* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series
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** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXII'' Each of the six main characters more or less have a period where the story focuses on them although Vaan, Ashe and Balthier do have more focus then Basch, Fran and Penelo.
** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'' switches between at least three groups of main characters all the time, mixing them up every now and then to let each one to interact with every other. It also loves to shift the leader role (the only character you control in combat) about, making sure you don't get too comfortable with any given combination of skills and classes. [[spoiler: Once you leave Cocoon and reach Pulse, the full party is assembled, and all six characters start getting relatively equal time, though Lightning eventually establishes the protagonist role once again.]]

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** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXII'' Each of the six main characters more or less have a period where the story focuses on them them, although Vaan, Ashe Ashe, and Balthier do have more focus then Basch, Fran Fran, and Penelo.
** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'' switches between at least three groups of main characters all the time, mixing them up every now and then to let each one to interact with every other. It also loves likes to shift about the leader role (the only character you control in combat) about, combat), making sure you don't get too comfortable with any given combination of skills and classes. [[spoiler: Once [[spoiler:Once you leave Cocoon and reach Pulse, the full party is assembled, and all six characters start getting relatively equal time, though Lightning eventually establishes the protagonist role once again.]]



* WesternAnimation/TheTransformers does this in similar vein to Star Trek and Stargate, Optimus Prime plays the role of Captain but each episode may focus the Autobots as a team or a specific (group of) Autobots rather than Optimus Prime as a protagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has an interesting variation on this trope, where Batman remains the protagonist nearly all of the time, each episode focuses on him teaming up with a different obscure character from the {{DCU}}. Though in some episodes (like "Aquaman's Outrageous Vacation!") even Batman himself gets pushed into the background.

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* WesternAnimation/TheTransformers ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' does this in similar vein to Star Trek ''Star Trek'' and Stargate, ''Stargate''. Optimus Prime plays the role of Captain but each episode may focus on the Autobots as a team or a specific (group of) Autobots rather than Optimus Prime as a protagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has an interesting variation on this trope, where Batman remains the protagonist nearly all of the time, but each episode focuses on him teaming up with a different obscure character from the {{DCU}}. Though Franchise/TheDCU. Though, in some episodes (like "Aquaman's Outrageous Vacation!") even Batman himself gets pushed into the background.



* Episodes in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' focuses on one of the Mane Six or two, or the Cutie Mark Crusaders, either as a group or on one of their members.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has this format, and the show's tone changes significantly depending on who's in focus. Max's episodes are more exciting and [[CompetenceZone have more wit-based humor]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Goofy's]] tend to be the most light-hearted and silly, Pete's are often just plain [[TheChewToy sadistic]], [[LaserGuidedKarma though he does usually deserve it]], [[AbusiveParents if not for his episodes then for PJ's]] which [[PlayedForDrama spend much time not being funny at all]]. It's not uncommon for the episode forms to overlap, and everyone is capable of starring in heartwarming episodes (though Pete does it significantly less often than the other three). It also gives ADayInTheLimelight to its secondary characters.

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* Episodes in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' focuses focus on one or two of the Mane Six or two, Six, or the Cutie Mark Crusaders, either as a group or on one of their members.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has this format, and the show's tone changes significantly depending on who's in focus. Max's episodes are more exciting and [[CompetenceZone have more wit-based humor]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Goofy's]] tend to be the most light-hearted and silly, Pete's are often just plain [[TheChewToy sadistic]], [[LaserGuidedKarma though he does usually deserve it]], [[AbusiveParents if not for his episodes then for PJ's]] which [[PlayedForDrama spend much time not being funny at all]]. It's not uncommon for the episode forms to overlap, and everyone is capable of starring in heartwarming episodes (though Pete does it significantly less often than the other three). It also gives ADayInTheLimelight to its secondary characters.



* ''TeenTitans'': While Robin was the clear BadassNormal leader of the group, as far the series as a whole was concerned, no one titan really took on the role as the "main character". Rather, most episodes generally focused on the issues and progression [[DayInTheLimelight of a particular titan.]] This even applied to the those shows seasons with Robin having the focus in Season 1, Cyborg taking center stage in season 3, Raven having the focus in Season 4, and Beast Boy getting the focus in Seasons 2 and 5.
* This is common in the AnimatedAdaptation of RosemaryWells's WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool. Each episode would focus on a different student of Hilltop School. Most of the episodes would usually focus on Yoko,Lilly, or Nora.

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* ''TeenTitans'': ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': While Robin was the clear BadassNormal leader of the group, as far the series as a whole was concerned, no one titan really took on the role as the "main character". Rather, most episodes generally focused on the issues and progression [[DayInTheLimelight of a particular titan.]] This even applied to the those shows seasons with Robin having the focus in Season 1, Cyborg taking center stage in season 3, Raven having the focus in Season 4, and Beast Boy getting the focus in Seasons 2 and 5.
* This is common in the AnimatedAdaptation of RosemaryWells's WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool.Creator/RosemaryWells's ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''. Each episode would focus on a different student of Hilltop School. Most of the episodes would usually focus on Yoko,Lilly, Yoko, Lilly, or Nora.
19th Sep '15 11:54:20 PM brb1006
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