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3rd Jun '17 1:36:35 PM Vir
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* ''Anime/SonicX'' doesn't really have a protagonist. Depending on the episode, the focus may be on Sonic, Chris, Shadow, Tails and/or Cosmo, or Amy, give or take a character or two. [[TropesAreNotGood This has not been received unanimously warmly]]; some fans felt this cheapened Sonic's characterization as a dynamic protagonist, especially since he was sleeping and running around without a goal most of the time.

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* ''Anime/SonicX'' doesn't really have a protagonist. Depending on the episode, the focus may be on Sonic, Chris, Shadow, Tails and/or Cosmo, or Amy, give or take a character or two. [[TropesAreNotGood [[TropesAreTools This has not been received unanimously warmly]]; some fans felt this cheapened Sonic's characterization as a dynamic protagonist, especially since he was sleeping and running around without a goal most of the time.
8th Apr '17 11:26:48 AM StFan
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* Each chapter in KristineKathrynRusch's ''Fay'' novels concentrates on a different character.

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* Each chapter in KristineKathrynRusch's Creator/KristineKathrynRusch's ''Fay'' novels concentrates on a different character.
8th Apr '17 11:26:19 AM StFan
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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, and a single ''scene'' can revisited a couple of times to show the different characters' perspectives), and rarely focuses on anyone in particular. WordOfGod says that Celty is the true protagonist, though.

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* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' ''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, and a single ''scene'' can revisited a couple of times to show the different characters' perspectives), and rarely focuses on anyone in particular. WordOfGod says that Celty is the true protagonist, though.



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* 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]].
* The ''FanFic/ElementalChessTrilogy'' never puts any single character in the driver's seat for more than one chapter at a time.
* In the ''FanFic/MassFoundations'' series, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Ethan Sunderland, aka the Courier]], [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Jocelyn Song, aka the Lone Wanderer]], and Eric Grimes are the protagonists of the first, second, and third entries, respectively.
* FanFic/Gensokyo20XX is a variant of this, with a different character narrating the events of certain chapters from their POVS.

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* In the ''Vocaloid'' FanFic [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6854461/1/Good_Night Good Night]], 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]].
* The ''FanFic/ElementalChessTrilogy'' ''Fanfic/ElementalChessTrilogy'' never puts any single character in the driver's seat for more than one chapter at a time.
* In the ''FanFic/MassFoundations'' ''Fanfic/MassFoundations'' series, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Ethan Sunderland, aka the Courier]], [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Jocelyn Song, aka the Lone Wanderer]], and Eric Grimes are the protagonists of the first, second, and third entries, respectively.
* FanFic/Gensokyo20XX Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX is a variant of this, with a different character narrating the events of certain chapters from their POVS.



* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': A dramatic retelling/AlternateUniverse of VideoGame/FireEmblemFates. The story covers the events of the war from the perspective of multiple characters on both sides, usually covering about three perspectives per chapter, with their name and location signaling the beginning of their section, adding depth to both sides of the conflict and making the fact that AnyoneCanDie all the more heartbreaking.

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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': ''Fanfic/ABrighterDark'': A dramatic retelling/AlternateUniverse of VideoGame/FireEmblemFates. The story covers the events of the war from the perspective of multiple characters on both sides, usually covering about three perspectives per chapter, with their name and location signaling the beginning of their section, adding depth to both sides of the conflict and making the fact that AnyoneCanDie all the more heartbreaking.



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* In {{Literature/Wolfen}} the chapters alternate the pov from the human investigators and the predators hunting them.

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* In {{Literature/Wolfen}} ''Literature/{{Wolfen}}'' the chapters alternate the pov from the human investigators and the predators hunting them.



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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.

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* ''BoysFromTheBlackstuff'' ''Series/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.



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* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG does this regularly, seeing as it is written by multiple people on a forum that does not allow one user to make two posts in a row. Basically, this means that one player writes a post depicting a certain series of events from the point of view of a character. The next post, written by another player, is written from the point of view of a different character, which depending on the circumstances can range from further explaining the events written by the last person to being entirely unrelated.
** Considering this is an RPG in which every player has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, a single post can include segments focusing on several different people in different places, doing things that may or may not be related.
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* After the first few [[WelcomeEpisode Welcome Episodes]], BattyBattalion develops into this.

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* After the first few [[WelcomeEpisode Welcome Episodes]], BattyBattalion {{Welcome Episode}}s, ''Machinima/CombatDevolved'' develops into this.this.
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' does this regularly, seeing as it is written by multiple people on a forum that does not allow one user to make two posts in a row. Basically, this means that one player writes a post depicting a certain series of events from the point of view of a character. The next post, written by another player, is written from the point of view of a different character, which depending on the circumstances can range from further explaining the events written by the last person to being entirely unrelated. Considering this is an RPG in which every player has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, a single post can include segments focusing on several different people in different places, doing things that may or may not be related.



* ''WesternAnimation/G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero'' is well-known for this trope. Throughout most of the series, each episode featured a different Joe, sometimes in a personalized storyline.

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* ''WesternAnimation/G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero'' ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' is well-known for this trope. Throughout most of the series, each episode featured a different Joe, sometimes in a personalized storyline.
21st Mar '17 10:42:28 PM LB7979
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* ''Literature/TheFamiliar'': This book series has nine [[ColorCodedCharacters color coded]] (and differently text-formatted - it's a Creator/MarkZDanielewski book, who's known for his UnconventionalFormatting) narrators, and each tells two to five chapters per book. Of the nine, only three know each other / share storylines (as they are a girl, her father and her mother) and in their cases sometimes one begins to tell of an event and another finishes it.
19th Mar '17 9:30:34 AM Lyendith
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* ''Manga/AnoKoNiKissToShirayuriWo'' operates like this. While Ayaka and Yurine are the only pairing whose arc spreads over several volumes, the brief focuses on them come between longer arcs where they stay in the background. In volume 1, 3 and 5 they still have a fair amount of screentime, but in volume 2, 4 and 6 they barely appear. Each volume focuses on the couple featured on the cover, who might be new characters or already known but not yet developped ones. Another particularity is that the focus tends to "hop" from a group of character to another after they interact − for example, Ayaka being interviewed by Sawa and Itsuki in volume 5 or Izumi meeting Amane in volume 6. This allows for smooth transitions between the arcs despite the constant shifts.
21st Feb '17 5:22:48 AM NordRonnoc
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* 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'' series, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Courier, Ethan Sunderland]] Sunderland, aka the Courier]], [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Jocelyn Song, aka the Lone Wanderer]], and Eric Grimes are the protagonists of the first first, second, and second third entries, respectively.
5th Feb '17 3:42:58 PM MajinAkuma
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4th Jan '17 9:53:25 AM IndustriousArc
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': A dramatic retelling/AlternateUniverse of VideoGame/FireEmblemFates. The story covers the events of the war from the perspective of multiple characters on both sides, usually covering about three perspectives per chapter, with their name and location signaling the beginning of their section, adding depth to both sides of the conflict and making the fact that AnyoneCanDie all the more heartbreaking.
2nd Jan '17 9:06:09 AM Apocrypha
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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'': Between the two different sides of the anime, there's about 8 protagonists falling in and out of focus; in Side:Future, there's Kyouko, Makoto and Munakata, in Side:Despair, there's Hinata, Chiaki, Yukizome, Mitarai and later, Junko. Besides that, some characters also get ADayInTheLimelight, such as Komaru, Touko, The Imposter, Seiko and Kizakura.

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'': Between the two different sides of the anime, there's about 8 protagonists falling in and out of focus; in Side:Future, focus. In ''Side:Future'', there's Kyouko, Kyoko, Makoto and Munakata, Kyosuke, and in Side:Despair, ''Side:Despair'', there's Hinata, Hajime/Izuru, Chiaki, Yukizome, Mitarai Chisa, Ryota and later, Junko. Besides that, some characters also get ADayInTheLimelight, such as Komaru, Touko, Toko, The Imposter, Seiko and Kizakura.Koichi.
5th Nov '16 2:12:07 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' by Creator/BrandonSanderson does this - each chapter is from the point of view of Raoden, Sarene, or Hrathen, rotating between them until the end, where the breakdown of this rotating scheme is one more clue that things are (as usual for a Sanderson novel) going totally haywire around 5 chapters before the end.

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* ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' by Creator/BrandonSanderson does this - each Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': Each
chapter is from the point of view of Raoden, Sarene, or Hrathen, rotating between them until the end, where the breakdown of this rotating scheme is one more clue that things are (as usual for a Sanderson novel) going totally haywire around 5 chapters before the end.



** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has a number of protagonists, but each book puts one character's backstory center stage (The Way of Kings focused on [[BrokenAce Kaladin]], Words of Radiance on [[GuileHero Shallan]]).

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** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has a number of protagonists, but each book puts one character's backstory center stage (The Way of Kings focused (''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' focuses on [[BrokenAce Kaladin]], Words of Radiance ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' on [[GuileHero Shallan]]).
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