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20th Feb '17 3:38:04 PM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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** Amy & Samey in ''Pahkitew Island'' have no purpose other than their conflict with each other and every individual aspect about them as separate characters (such as Samey's friendship with Jasmine) still has something to do with their conflict with the other.



*** Fashion Bloggers (Tom & Jen) are very similar to Topher in which they had no purpose and were rarely acknowledged by any of the other characters.
*** Mother & Daughter (Kelly & Taylor) had very little purpose other than their unhealthy relationship with each other. The only conversations they ever had with others is Taylor being mean to the Adversity Twins, and in "Hello and Dubai" when Kelly has a conversation with Dwayne over her parenting, [[spoiler:which also happened to be the episode where she's eliminated]].
*** Stepbrothers (Chet & Lorenzo) had virtually no purpose other than to bicker and fight with each other, aside from the occasional one-time conversation with another character, or hanging with the Rockers in their elimination episode.

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*** Fashion Bloggers (Tom & Jen) are very similar to Topher in which they had no purpose and were rarely acknowledged by interacted with any of the other characters.
characters or were even acknowledged.
*** Mother & Daughter (Kelly & Taylor) were pretty much this show's answer to Amy & Samey (to the point where Taylor's voiced by the same person who also did Amy & Samey) in which they had very little purpose other than their unhealthy relationship with each other. The only conversations they ever had with others is Taylor being mean to the Adversity Twins, and in "Hello and Dubai" when Kelly has a conversation with Dwayne over her parenting, [[spoiler:which also happened to be the episode where she's eliminated]].
*** Stepbrothers (Chet & Lorenzo) were also kinda like Amy & Samey where they had virtually no purpose other than to bicker and fight with each other, aside from the occasional one-time conversation with another character, or hanging with the Rockers in their elimination episode.
19th Feb '17 2:18:40 PM JohnnyHuang
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** [[ADogNamedDog Turtle]], a TalkingAnimal, exists mainly to be a ServileSnarker to Roshi's DirtyOldMan attitude and high jinks and has few interactions to anyone else. Once Roshi becomes DemotedToExtra, so does he.
9th Feb '17 4:23:11 PM ILikeRobots
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* Geoffrey of ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' and its sequel ''Radiant Dawn'' is ''heavily'' defined by his UndyingLoyalty to his ChildhoodFriend Elincia, Princess (and later Queen) of Crimea. Other than his painfully obvious BodyguardCrush on her and his being a bog-standard straightlaced and morally upright knight, there's not much more development from him.

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Geoffrey of ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' and its sequel ''Radiant Dawn'' is ''heavily'' defined by his UndyingLoyalty to his ChildhoodFriend Elincia, Princess (and later Queen) of Crimea. Other than his painfully obvious BodyguardCrush on her and his being a bog-standard straightlaced and morally upright knight, there's not much more development from him.
9th Feb '17 9:47:58 AM ILikeRobots
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** The purple tiger laguz Kyza of ''Radiant Dawn'' serves as the subordinate to the lion laguz [[LeeroyJenkins Skrimir's]] aid [[OnlySaneMan Ranulf]], and in-game all of his development revolves around him vying for Ranulf's attention and approval alongside his subordinate Lyre. Other than him being uptight and bureaucratic, there's not much else that's developed about him.
8th Feb '17 4:13:55 PM ILikeRobots
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** Giffca, the [[{{Animorphism}} black lion laguz]], in ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' serves as the [[UndyingLoyalty extremely loyal vassal]] to the king of the cat, tiger and lion laguz, Caineghis, even though in the laguz tribes AsskickingEqualsAuthority and his strength is said to be comparable to his king's. What does he do other than being "The Lion King's Shadow"? Nothing.
8th Feb '17 2:50:27 PM ILikeRobots
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* Geoffrey of ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' and its sequel ''Radiant Dawn'' is ''heavily'' defined by his UndyingLoyalty to his ChildhoodFriend Elincia, Princess (and later Queen) of Crimea. Other than his painfully obvious BodyguardCrush on her and his being a bog-standard straightlaced and morally upright knight, there's not much more development from him.
24th Jan '17 6:43:43 PM LaptopGuy
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* In the ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' books, Paul's entire character revolves around his obsession with pulling his classmate Leslie's pigtails. Leslie has slightly more development than Paul, though not by much.
16th Dec '16 4:22:22 PM intastiel
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* Justified in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' with Heather: she seeks the player character out if they use their ''highly addictive'' blood to save her from a deadly injury, and, if allowed, comes to devote her entire life to them without question. For players who save her out of kindness, watching her slow LossOfIdentity as the blood addiction makes her more fanatically dependent and eventually [[spoiler:gets her [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killed by the character's enemies]]]] is quite a PlayerPunch.

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* Justified in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' with Heather: she seeks the player character out if they use their ''highly addictive'' blood to save her from a deadly injury, and, if allowed, comes to devote her entire life to them without question. For players who save her out of kindness, watching her slow LossOfIdentity as the blood addiction makes her more fanatically dependent and eventually [[spoiler:gets her [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killed by the character's enemies]]]] is quite a PlayerPunch. For those who enjoy ordering her around and exploiting her dependency, it can be [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential hilarious]].
16th Dec '16 4:19:44 PM intastiel
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* Justified in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' with Heather: she seeks the player character out if they use their ''highly addictive'' blood to save her from a deadly injury, and, if allowed, comes to devote her entire life to them without question. For players who save her out of kindness, watching her slow LossOfIdentity as the blood addiction makes her more fanatically dependent and eventually [[spoiler:gets her [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killed by the character's enemies]]]] is quite a PlayerPunch.
5th Dec '16 1:36:04 PM wootzits
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* Rin from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is largely defined by her interactions with Sesshomaru.
* Sakuya in ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Shin Tenchi Muyo / Tenchi In Tokyo]]'', who was also a MagicalGirlfriend. This was, however, deliberately built up for TheReveal.
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', the [[WordOfGod original author admitted]] Michiru was so unlike her she was difficult to write for, a trait carried over to the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]]. While her musical career is well-documented and she does occasionally interact with other people from time to time, the otherwise cryptic girl is largely defined by her interactions with Haruka, whom she usually appears alongside. Even an episode that shows how the two met is told from Haruka's perspective and doesn't explain that much of her life before Haruka meets her. In contrast, the fans liked [[{{bifauxnen}} Haruka's personality]] enough she got her own mini-arc and BackStory episode. Even so, Haruka only rarely appears in the series without Michiru (despite being better defined as a character) and most fans of one character are by default fans of the other.
** Mamoru was always like this in the anime. The writers ran out of anything to do with him once he hit the RelationshipCeiling, and he promptly became TheArtifact.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' lampshades this with "You", the toady of the requisite snobby rich guy. Not even his boss knows his name, and the character has made numerous attempts to say it. Of course, all of them are interrupted by myriad events, from spilling juice to ''a meteor hitting the school.''
* Asuka in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' grew to serve less and less purpose over the course of the series outside her interest in the protagonist and TheRival's interest in her.
** Not to mention Yubel, one of the aforementioned rare villainous examples. She was the BigBad of the third season whose only defining trait is her obsessive love with Judai and the depraved lengths she is willing to go for the sake of that love. Take away Judai, and you have nothing left.
** The standout example from this series would have to be Echo; she has literally ''no'' characterization outside her devotion to Amon, to the point that [[spoiler:when Amon decides to sacrifice her to release Exodia, she obliges without hesitation]].
* Aki Izayoi from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', post-HeelFaceTurn, becomes totally devoted to Yusei to the point that the devotion eclipses all of ther other traits.
* Michal, Lucia's love rival from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', revolves almost completely around Kaito until she [[spoiler:becomes Michel's mana battery.]] In fact, she does this ''intentionally'', thinking that being completely devoted to Kaito in every way will help her steal him from Lucia before he gets his memory back, while her brother Rihito worries about her well-being for it.
* Gopher from ''Manga/SoulEater'' lives to please his master, Noah. He is, however, not very competent and very jealous.
** There's also Jacqueline, the weapon partner of the Kim, whose entire character is defined solely by her relationship with her meister and is rarely, if ever, in a scene without her. In the spin off, ''Soul Eater Not'', she's allowed to flesh out a little bit more outside of being Kim's partner but overall her motivations and interests seem to always revolve around Kim.
** Also in ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', there is Clay Sizemore who is the weapon partner to Akane. Out of all his appearances in the series, he's not with Akane in only one of them, and even then what little is known about him is based entirely on his interactions with his partner.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Shizune is this to Tsunade, downplayed in that it's more of an OvershadowedByAwesome thing; while she barely has a back story or much development, at the very least she's enjoyable to watch on her own.
** Konan is one as well, as we don't know anything about her other than she uses paper as a weapon, likes to do origami, and that she followed Yahiko and Nagato around, fighting for the same goal as them. It pretty much becomes confirmed around chapter 449 when she calmly tells Naruto [[spoiler: that since Nagato believed in him, she'll also believe in him. '''Without showing any emotion whatsoever towards the person who made her friend kill himself.''']] She's more like a lost puppy trying to find a master than an actual person.
*** Nagato himself was one to Yahiko in the backstory. For all that he's supposedly prohpecied to change the world, he spends all his time orbiting Yahiko, and tells Jiraiya that all he really wants to do is protect Yahiko and Konan. After they form the Akatsuki, Nagato becomes Yahiko's [[TheLancer Lancer]] and/or [[TheDragon Dragon]], dedicating himself to ensuring his friend's dream comes true. When Yahiko dies, and Nagato loses a planet around he snaps and becomes Pain...and is still trying to fulfill Yahiko's dream of a peaceful world, not so much because he cares, as because it was Yahiko's. Even after all this time, he's still chasing his friend's ghost.
** Yamato was introduced into the series as being the substitute leader after Kakashi went out of commission. He was in the Anbu, was kidnapped and experimented on as an infant by Orochimaru, and is essentially the genetic clone of the most powerful shinobi who ever existed. On paper that sounds like one of the most interesting characters of the series. In actual practice? All Yamato has done in the series is help Kakashi train Naruto and play the straight man to Naruto and Killer B's antics.
** Despite being a main character, Sakura qualifies. She starts the series as Sasuke's Fangirl and Naruto's object of desire and the most meaningful moments in her CharacterDevelopment (her friendship with Ino, asking Tsunade to train her...) are related to the boys.
** Out of all the Konoha 12, Tenten has gotten the least amount of development. She has no last name and practically all of the development she ever gets is usually in filler episodes in the anime. It seems as if she is just there to fill in the usual "two boys, one girl" most ninja squads tend to have and also display a cool fighting style.

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* Rin from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is largely defined by her interactions with Sesshomaru.
* Sakuya
Mikasa Ackerman in ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Shin Tenchi Muyo / Tenchi In Tokyo]]'', who was also a MagicalGirlfriend. This was, however, deliberately built up for TheReveal.
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', the [[WordOfGod original author admitted]] Michiru was so unlike her she was difficult to write for, a trait carried over to the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]]. While her musical career is well-documented and she does occasionally interact with other people from time to time, the otherwise cryptic girl is largely defined by her interactions with Haruka, whom she usually appears alongside. Even an episode that shows how the two met is told from Haruka's perspective and doesn't explain that much of her life before Haruka meets her. In contrast, the fans liked [[{{bifauxnen}} Haruka's personality]] enough she got her own mini-arc and BackStory episode. Even so, Haruka only rarely appears in the series without Michiru (despite being better defined as a character) and most fans of one character are by default fans of the other.
** Mamoru was always like this in the anime. The writers ran out of anything to do with him once he hit the RelationshipCeiling, and he promptly became TheArtifact.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' lampshades this with "You", the toady of the requisite snobby rich guy. Not even his boss knows his name, and the character has made numerous attempts to say it. Of course, all of them are interrupted by myriad events, from spilling juice to ''a meteor hitting the school.''
* Asuka in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' grew to serve less and less purpose over the course of the series outside her interest in the protagonist and TheRival's interest in her.
** Not to mention Yubel, one of the aforementioned rare villainous examples. She was the BigBad of the third season whose only defining trait is her obsessive love with Judai and the depraved lengths she is willing to go for the sake of that love. Take away Judai, and you have nothing left.
** The standout example from this series would have to be Echo; she has literally ''no'' characterization outside her devotion to Amon, to the point that [[spoiler:when Amon decides to sacrifice her to release Exodia, she obliges without hesitation]].
* Aki Izayoi from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', post-HeelFaceTurn, becomes totally devoted to Yusei to the point that the devotion eclipses all of ther other traits.
* Michal, Lucia's love rival from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', revolves almost completely around Kaito until she [[spoiler:becomes Michel's mana battery.]] In fact, she does this ''intentionally'', thinking that being completely devoted to Kaito in every way will help her steal him from Lucia before he gets his memory back, while her brother Rihito worries about her well-being for it.
* Gopher from ''Manga/SoulEater'' lives to please his master, Noah. He is, however, not very competent and very jealous.
** There's also Jacqueline, the weapon partner of the Kim, whose entire character is defined solely by her relationship with her meister and is rarely, if ever, in a scene without her. In the spin off, ''Soul Eater Not'', she's allowed to flesh out a little bit more outside of being Kim's partner but overall her motivations and interests seem to always revolve around Kim.
** Also in ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', there is Clay Sizemore who is the weapon partner to Akane. Out of all his appearances in the series, he's not with Akane in only one of them, and even then what little is known about him is based entirely on his interactions with his partner.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Shizune is this to Tsunade, downplayed in that it's more of an OvershadowedByAwesome thing; while she barely has a back story or much development, at the very least she's enjoyable to watch on her own.
** Konan is one as well, as we don't know anything about her other than she uses paper as a weapon, likes to do origami, and
''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. It's noted in-series that she followed Yahiko and Nagato around, fighting for the same goal as them. It pretty much becomes confirmed around chapter 449 when she calmly tells Naruto [[spoiler: that since Nagato believed in him, she'll also believe in him. '''Without showing any emotion whatsoever towards the person who made her friend kill himself.''']] She's more like a lost puppy trying to find a master than an actual person.
*** Nagato himself was one to Yahiko in the backstory. For all that he's supposedly prohpecied to change the world, he spends all his time orbiting Yahiko, and tells Jiraiya that all he really wants to do is protect Yahiko and Konan. After they form the Akatsuki, Nagato becomes Yahiko's [[TheLancer Lancer]] and/or [[TheDragon Dragon]], dedicating himself to ensuring his friend's dream comes true. When Yahiko dies, and Nagato loses a planet around he snaps and becomes Pain...and is still trying to fulfill Yahiko's dream of a peaceful world, not so much because he cares, as because it was Yahiko's. Even after all this time, he's still chasing his friend's ghost.
** Yamato was introduced into the series as being the substitute leader after Kakashi went out of commission. He was in the Anbu, was kidnapped and experimented on as an infant by Orochimaru, and is essentially the genetic clone of the most powerful shinobi who ever existed. On paper that sounds like one of the most interesting characters of the series. In actual practice? All Yamato has done in the series is help Kakashi train Naruto and play the straight man to Naruto and Killer B's antics.
** Despite being a main character, Sakura qualifies. She starts the series as Sasuke's Fangirl and Naruto's object of desire and the most meaningful moments in her CharacterDevelopment (her friendship with Ino, asking Tsunade to train her...) are related to the boys.
** Out of all the Konoha 12, Tenten has gotten the least amount of development. She has no last name and practically all of the development she ever gets is usually in filler episodes in the anime. It seems as if she is just there to fill in the usual "two boys, one girl" most ninja squads tend to have and also display a cool fighting style.
''really'' can't function very well without Eren.



* Sakura Kakei, the TeamMom of ''Manga/GetBackers,'' is largely defined by her relationship with [[TheCracker Makubex]], and rarely appears without him. And he's a minor supporting character himself (a NonActionGuy [[spoiler:unable to exist outside of Mugenjou]]).
* No one knows what's up with Emiri Kimidori from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. The only things she ever does is have "silent conversations" with Yuki and play the nice girl for other people.
** Also Kyon's Other Friend (Kunikida, according to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]), at least in the anime series, who is mostly characterized as "That guy who hangs out with [[DeadpanSnarker Kyon]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Taniguchi]]" (to the point that in the novels he says he mostly hangs out with Taniguchi so he will ''have'' some in-universe characterization). Taniguchi is a lesser example, being [[OnlySaneMan Kyon's]] Only Sane Friend.

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* Sakura Kakei, the TeamMom of ''Manga/GetBackers,'' is largely ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Tatsuki, Keigo and Mizuiro are defined by her relationship their role in the story as the classmates and friends of the story's main TrueCompanions (Ichigo, Sado and Orihime and, later, Ishida). Tatsuki is additionally the friend of Orihime and Keigo's role expands a little to encompass Ikkaku and Yumichika. However, the interactions are still based on, and therefore revolve around, what is happening in Ichigo's life at that time.
** Choujirou Sasakibe, lieutenant of the 1st division (the division of the captain-commander himself). He stays in the background of the story, barely receiving any prominence or dialogue and only ever heading into battle twice, being defeated both times. Justified in universe as it's revealed he made a vow to never become a captain, [[spoiler: (he possesses bankai),]] never fight and to only serve Yamamoto rather than serving the Gotei 13 as a whole. [[spoiler: In the end, the most important role he has in the story is to become the first protagonist to die in the Final Arc, thereby cementing both the power and attitude of the villains as well as putting the captain-commander on the backfoot immediately via the emotional fallout of Choujirou's death.]]
** Head Captain Genryusai Yamamoto is also somewhat of a version of this. While it's clear he certainly cares for the Gotei 13 and will defend it dearly, there's not really much backstory or tension for him. Even during Rukia's would be execution , he showed little emotion beyond adherence to the rules.
* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' has a RotatingArcs [=/=] ADayInTheLimelight. As a result, many characters are only associated
with [[TheCracker Makubex]], one of the 9 Sakurada siblings:
** Aoi has her ChildhoodFriends Uzuki, Nanao
and rarely appears without him. And he's Shizuru. The latter three are often seen as [[LampshadeHanging Aoi-sama's attendents]], which annoys Aoi to no end.
** Shuu has his LoveInterest, Hana. Although in Hana's case it is eventually averted as she effectively became part of the Sakurada family [[spoiler:as Shuu's fiancee]].
** Akane has her Childhood Friend [[SchoolgirlLesbian Karen]] and the vice-class rep Fukushina, which is also secretly the president of her InstantFanClub.
** Hikari has Matsuoka, her manager and producer, and Sacchan,
a minor supporting fellow IdolSinger.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Mary Magdalene's
character himself (a NonActionGuy [[spoiler:unable to exist outside of Mugenjou]]).
* No one knows
mostly revolves around her interactions with [[spoiler:Chrono]]. However, she's a creepier version than what's up with Emiri Kimidori from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. The only things she ever does is have "silent conversations" with Yuki and play the nice girl for other people.
** Also Kyon's Other Friend (Kunikida, according to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]), at least
typical, particularly in the anime series, who is mostly characterized as "That guy who hangs out with [[DeadpanSnarker Kyon]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Taniguchi]]" (to the point manga version (and in fact seems to have been meant to be slightly disturbing)--She's a seer that in is so overwhelmed by the novels he says he mostly hangs out with Taniguchi so he will ''have'' some in-universe characterization). Taniguchi is visions she has that she can't remember her own childhood or even ''her real name''. There's only one piece of herself she clings onto--[[spoiler:a dream she's had since she was a lesser example, child of Chrono being [[OnlySaneMan Kyon's]] Only Sane Friend.the one to take her life. When she meets him, she willingly allows him to take her away from the safety of the religious order that guarded her because she wanted to get to know him before he killed her.]]



* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Mary Magdalene's character mostly revolves around her interactions with [[spoiler:Chrono]]. However, she's a creepier version than what's typical, particularly in the manga version (and in fact seems to have been meant to be slightly disturbing)--She's a seer that is so overwhelmed by the visions she has that she can't remember her own childhood or even ''her real name''. There's only one piece of herself she clings onto--[[spoiler:a dream she's had since she was a child of Chrono being the one to take her life. When she meets him, she willingly allows him to take her away from the safety of the religious order that guarded her because she wanted to get to know him before he killed her.]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those two boys]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' who fawn over Rika and Satoko, Okamura and Tomita, respectively.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a few. Understandable in a series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters that some may be less noticeable than others, such as Yue's [[WizardingSchool magic school]] class-mates or some of the mage teachers to the headmaster or each other.
* [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Sette]] of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', whose entire personality revolved around her loyalty to her older sister [[SuperSpeed Tre]]. This led to her becoming the only one of the younger [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] to be imprisoned along with [[BigBad Jail]] and the older Numbers.
** Partially {{justified|Trope}}, since it's stated that she turned out [[EmotionlessGirl almost completely emotionless]], even compared to Otto and Deed.
* Similar to the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' example, Ayano from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' is pretty much characterized as "That one girl who hangs out with [[{{Tsundere}} Kagami]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Misao]]". In fact, she's so non-present, she's the only one of the ten main girls to have a boyfriend!

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* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Mary Magdalene's The fact that Riff from ''Manga/CountCain'' exists totally to serve his master becomes a ''plot point'' eventually. Especially when [[spoiler:he turns out to be a brainwashed zombie planted by the lead's evil father to set up trauma when Alexis pushes the switch and Cain is betrayed by the person he trusts most.]] Of course, their relationship is explored fairly extensively, making Riff a possible subversion.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' lampshades this with "You", the toady of the requisite snobby rich guy. Not even his boss knows his name, and the
character mostly revolves around her interactions with [[spoiler:Chrono]]. However, she's a creepier version than what's typical, particularly in the manga version (and in fact seems to have been meant to be slightly disturbing)--She's a seer that is so overwhelmed by the visions she has that she can't remember her own childhood or even ''her real name''. There's only one piece made numerous attempts to say it. Of course, all of herself she clings onto--[[spoiler:a dream she's had since she was a child of Chrono being the one to take her life. When she meets him, she willingly allows him to take her away them are interrupted by myriad events, from spilling juice to ''a meteor hitting the safety of the religious order that guarded her because she wanted to get to know him before he killed her.]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those two boys]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' who fawn over Rika and Satoko, Okamura and Tomita, respectively.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a few. Understandable in a series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters that some may be less noticeable than others, such as Yue's [[WizardingSchool magic school]] class-mates or some of the mage teachers to the headmaster or each other.
* [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Sette]] of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', whose entire personality revolved around her loyalty to her older sister [[SuperSpeed Tre]]. This led to her becoming the only one of the younger [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] to be imprisoned along with [[BigBad Jail]] and the older Numbers.
** Partially {{justified|Trope}}, since it's stated that she turned out [[EmotionlessGirl almost completely emotionless]], even compared to Otto and Deed.
* Similar to the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' example, Ayano from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' is pretty much characterized as "That one girl who hangs out with [[{{Tsundere}} Kagami]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Misao]]". In fact, she's so non-present, she's the only one of the ten main girls to have a boyfriend!
school.''



* Lt. Zakki Bronco in ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'' has little else in the way of characterization than being [[BigBad Asuham Boone's]] sidekick.
* The [[MemeticMutation non-existent]] VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} anime did this to Akiha. She's Shiki's concerned sister, and... uh... Though this is somewhat remedied in the last few episodes, where she's still a borderline non-character, but is at least a borderline non-character with a backstory, an opinion on a couple of the other characters, and the illusion of being relevant to the plot.

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* Lt. Zakki Bronco in ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'' has little else in The various ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series occasionally fall into this with the way of partner Digimon - sometimes (''Anime/DigimonTamers'') they're well-developed and have actual independent characterization than being [[BigBad Asuham Boone's]] sidekick.
* The [[MemeticMutation non-existent]] VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} anime did this to Akiha. She's Shiki's concerned sister, and... uh... Though this
and importance, whereas other times (''Anime/DigimonSavers'') they simply don't. Probably the most extreme example is somewhat remedied [=MailBirdramon=] of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' - he has practically zero characterization and a handful of lines early in the last few episodes, where she's still series, and seems to exist solely to be a borderline non-character, but MechaExpansionPack for the much more fleshed-out Greymon, to the point that when they're merged into [=MetalGreymon=]/[=ZekeGreymon=], said merger is at least a borderline non-character almost always treated as just Greymon.
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' also brings this in
with Kouichi, [[spoiler:Kouji's twin brother]], who becomes largely defined after his introduction to the series by his relationship with Kouji. Interestingly, the introduction of Kouichi also turns Kouji himself into this, as a backstory, an opinion large majority of Kouji's character-based scenes for the rest of the series likewise involve his interactions with Kouichi (although this can be overlooked somwehat because it was late in the series and Kouji had already gone through most of his CharacterDevelopment).
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' has that one guy who is apparently a friend of Daisuke and Saehara, meaning Daisuke will sometimes ignore Saehara's fits to ask him what's happened, instead. A ''lot'' of googling will finally reveal his name as Sekimoto Masahiro; finding it mentioned in the manga itself is extremely hard. But he is fairly omnipresent, despite only speaking now and then to bemoan Saehara's antics. There are also the two class representatives; the only thing known about them is their names and relationship - the guy has a crush
on the girl, who is oblivious and thus unintentionally cruel to him.
* Villain example: Nappa from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' exists mainly as TheBrute to his boss [[WarriorPrince Vegeta]], having no real personality or characterization beyond being
a couple mean bastard who likes smashing the Z-warriors into the ground.
** Puar is mainly defined by being Yamcha's best friend and having the ability to shape shift. He ([[ShesAManInJapan or she if you watch the English dub]]) barely talks to anyone individually outside
of Yamcha and, to a lesser extent, Oolong, resulting in having little to no chemistry with the other characters, characters. Due to his [[DemotedToExtra decreased screen time and relevance]] and his shape shifting powers becoming an InformedAbility during the illusion of shift from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'', Puar's only defining characteristic left was being relevant to the plot.Yamcha's friend.



* The fact that Riff from the CainSaga (sort of a BattleButler apart from rarely fighting) exists totally to serve his master becomes a ''plot point'' eventually. Especially when [[spoiler: he turns out to be a brainwashed zombie planted by the lead's evil father to set up trauma when Alexis pushes the switch and Cain is betrayed by the person he trusts most.]] Of course, their relationship is explored fairly extensively, making Riff a possible subversion.
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' has that one guy who is apparently a friend of Daisuke and Saehara, meaning Daisuke will sometimes ignore Saehara's fits to ask him what's happened, instead. A ''lot'' of googling will finally reveal his name as Sekimoto Masahiro; finding it mentioned in the manga itself is extremely hard. But he is fairly omnipresent, despite only speaking now and then to bemoan Saehara's antics. There are also the two class representatives; the only thing known about them is their names and relationship - the guy has a crush on the girl, who is oblivious and thus unintentionally cruel to him.
* Villain example: Nappa from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' exists mainly as TheBrute to his boss [[WarriorPrince Vegeta]], having no real personality or characterization beyond being a mean bastard who likes smashing the Z-warriors into the ground.
** Puar is mainly defined by being Yamcha's best friend and having the ability to shape shift. He ([[ShesAManInJapan or she if you watch the English dub]]) barely talks to anyone individually outside of Yamcha and, to a lesser extent, Oolong, resulting in having little to no chemistry with the other characters. Due to his [[DemotedToExtra decreased screen time and relevance]] and his shape shifting powers becoming an InformedAbility during the shift from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'', Puar's only defining characteristic left was being Yamcha's friend.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Tatsuki, Keigo and Mizuiro are defined by their role in the story as the classmates and friends of the story's main TrueCompanions (Ichigo, Sado and Orihime and, later, Ishida). Tatsuki is additionally the friend of Orihime and Keigo's role expands a little to encompass Ikkaku and Yumichika. However, the interactions are still based on, and therefore revolve around, what is happening in Ichigo's life at that time.
** Choujirou Sasakibe, lieutenant of the 1st division (the division of the captain-commander himself). He stays in the background of the story, barely receiving any prominence or dialogue and only ever heading into battle twice, being defeated both times. Justified in universe as it's revealed he made a vow to never become a captain, [[spoiler: (he possesses bankai),]] never fight and to only serve Yamamoto rather than serving the Gotei 13 as a whole. [[spoiler: In the end, the most important role he has in the story is to become the first protagonist to die in the Final Arc, thereby cementing both the power and attitude of the villains as well as putting the captain-commander on the backfoot immediately via the emotional fallout of Choujirou's death.]]
* Head Captain Genryusai Yamamoto is also somewhat of a version of this. While it's clear he certainly cares for the Gotei 13 and will defend it dearly, there's not really much backstory or tension for him. Even during Rukia's would be execution , he showed little emotion beyond adherence to the rules.



* The various ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series occasionally fall into this with the partner Digimon - sometimes (''Anime/DigimonTamers'') they're well-developed and have actual independent characterization and importance, whereas other times (''Anime/DigimonSavers'') they simply don't. Probably the most extreme example is [=MailBirdramon=] of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' - he has practically zero characterization and a handful of lines early in the series, and seems to exist solely to be a MechaExpansionPack for the much more fleshed-out Greymon, to the point that when they're merged into [=MetalGreymon=]/[=ZekeGreymon=], said merger is almost always treated as just Greymon.
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' also brings this in with Kouichi, [[spoiler:Kouji's twin brother]], who becomes largely defined after his introduction to the series by his relationship with Kouji. Interestingly, the introduction of Kouichi also turns Kouji himself into this, as a large majority of Kouji's character-based scenes for the rest of the series likewise involve his interactions with Kouichi (although this can be overlooked somwehat because it was late in the series and Kouji had already gone through most of his CharacterDevelopment).
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Luca is [[TheQuietOne quiet]] and frequently overlooked by other characters, and even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by saying he is [[TheLancer the shadow]] to [[TheHero Judas]]' light. However, he is the [[TheNotLoveInterest most important person]] to [[HeterosexualLifePartners Judas]] and [[LoveInterests Rey]], both of whom have more dominant personalities, and this is mainly how he gets developed.

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* The various ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series occasionally fall into this with Sakura Kakei, the partner Digimon - sometimes (''Anime/DigimonTamers'') they're well-developed and have actual independent characterization and importance, whereas other times (''Anime/DigimonSavers'') they simply don't. Probably the most extreme example TeamMom of ''Manga/GetBackers,'' is [=MailBirdramon=] of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' - he has practically zero characterization and a handful of lines early in the series, and seems to exist solely to be a MechaExpansionPack for the much more fleshed-out Greymon, to the point that when they're merged into [=MetalGreymon=]/[=ZekeGreymon=], said merger is almost always treated as just Greymon.
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' also brings this in with Kouichi, [[spoiler:Kouji's twin brother]], who becomes
largely defined after his introduction to the series by his her relationship with Kouji. Interestingly, the introduction of Kouichi also turns Kouji [[TheCracker Makubex]], and rarely appears without him. And he's a minor supporting character himself into this, as a large majority (a NonActionGuy [[spoiler:unable to exist outside of Kouji's character-based scenes Mugenjou]]).
* No one knows what's up with Emiri Kimidori from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. The only things she ever does is have "silent conversations" with Yuki and play the nice girl
for other people.
** Also Kyon's Other Friend (Kunikida, according to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]), at least in
the rest of anime series, who is mostly characterized as "That guy who hangs out with [[DeadpanSnarker Kyon]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Taniguchi]]" (to the series likewise involve his point that in the novels he says he mostly hangs out with Taniguchi so he will ''have'' some in-universe characterization). Taniguchi is a lesser example, being [[OnlySaneMan Kyon's]] Only Sane Friend.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those two boys]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' who fawn over Rika and Satoko, Okamura and Tomita, respectively.
* Rin from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is largely defined by her
interactions with Kouichi (although this can be overlooked somwehat because it was late in Sesshomaru.
* Nodoka Manabe of ''Manga/KOn''. Despite being a major supporting character who is given almost as much screentime as
the series and Kouji had already gone through five main girls, most of his CharacterDevelopment).
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Luca is [[TheQuietOne quiet]] and frequently overlooked by other characters, and even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by saying he is [[TheLancer the shadow]]
her character can be condensed down to being [[TheHero Judas]]' light. However, he Yui's]] childhood friend and nothing else.
* Ayano from ''Anime/LuckyStar''
is characterized as "That one girl who hangs out with [[{{Tsundere}} Kagami]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Misao]]". In fact, she's so non-present, she's the [[TheNotLoveInterest most important person]] only one of the ten main girls to [[HeterosexualLifePartners Judas]] and [[LoveInterests Rey]], both of whom have more dominant personalities, a boyfriend!
* [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Sette]] of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', whose entire personality revolved around her loyalty to her older sister [[SuperSpeed Tre]]. This led to her becoming the only one of the younger [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] to be imprisoned along with [[BigBad Jail]]
and this is mainly how he gets developed.the older Numbers.
** Partially {{justified|Trope}}, since it's stated that she turned out [[EmotionlessGirl almost completely emotionless]], even compared to Otto and Deed.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a few. Understandable in a series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters that some may be less noticeable than others, such as Yue's [[WizardingSchool magic school]] class-mates or some of the mage teachers to the headmaster or each other.



* Michal, Lucia's love rival from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', revolves almost completely around Kaito until she [[spoiler:becomes Michel's mana battery.]] In fact, she does this ''intentionally'', thinking that being completely devoted to Kaito in every way will help her steal him from Lucia before he gets his memory back, while her brother Rihito worries about her well-being for it.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Shizune is this to Tsunade, downplayed in that it's more of an OvershadowedByAwesome thing; while she barely has a back story or much development, at the very least she's enjoyable to watch on her own.
** Konan is one as well, as we don't know anything about her other than she uses paper as a weapon, likes to do origami, and that she followed Yahiko and Nagato around, fighting for the same goal as them. It pretty much becomes confirmed around chapter 449 when she calmly tells Naruto [[spoiler:that since Nagato believed in him, she'll also believe in him. '''Without showing any emotion whatsoever towards the person who made her friend kill himself.''']] She's more like a lost puppy trying to find a master than an actual person.
*** Nagato himself was one to Yahiko in the backstory. For all that he's supposedly prohpecied to change the world, he spends all his time orbiting Yahiko, and tells Jiraiya that all he really wants to do is protect Yahiko and Konan. After they form the Akatsuki, Nagato becomes Yahiko's [[TheLancer Lancer]] and/or [[TheDragon Dragon]], dedicating himself to ensuring his friend's dream comes true. When Yahiko dies, and Nagato loses a planet around he snaps and becomes Pain...and is still trying to fulfill Yahiko's dream of a peaceful world, not so much because he cares, as because it was Yahiko's. Even after all this time, he's still chasing his friend's ghost.
** Yamato was introduced into the series as being the substitute leader after Kakashi went out of commission. He was in the Anbu, was kidnapped and experimented on as an infant by Orochimaru, and is essentially the genetic clone of the most powerful shinobi who ever existed. On paper that sounds like one of the most interesting characters of the series. In actual practice? All Yamato has done in the series is help Kakashi train Naruto and play the straight man to Naruto and Killer B's antics.
** Despite being a main character, Sakura qualifies. She starts the series as Sasuke's Fangirl and Naruto's object of desire and the most meaningful moments in her CharacterDevelopment (her friendship with Ino, asking Tsunade to train her...) are related to the boys.
** Out of all the Konoha 12, Tenten has gotten the least amount of development. She has no last name and practically all of the development she ever gets is usually in filler episodes in the anime. It seems as if she is just there to fill in the usual "two boys, one girl" most ninja squads tend to have and also display a cool fighting style.
* Lt. Zakki Bronco in ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'' has little else in the way of characterization than being [[BigBad Asuham Boone's]] sidekick.



* Mikasa Ackerman in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. It's noted in-series that she ''really'' can't function very well without Eren.

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* Mikasa Ackerman in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. It's noted in-series In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', the [[WordOfGod original author admitted]] Michiru was so unlike her she was difficult to write for, a trait carried over to the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]]. While her musical career is well-documented and she does occasionally interact with other people from time to time, the otherwise cryptic girl is largely defined by her interactions with Haruka, whom she usually appears alongside. Even an episode that shows how the two met is told from Haruka's perspective and doesn't explain that much of her life before Haruka meets her. In contrast, the fans liked [[{{bifauxnen}} Haruka's personality]] enough she ''really'' can't function very well got her own mini-arc and BackStory episode. Even so, Haruka only rarely appears in the series without Eren.Michiru (despite being better defined as a character) and most fans of one character are by default fans of the other.
** Mamoru was always like this in the anime. The writers ran out of anything to do with him once he hit the RelationshipCeiling, and he promptly became TheArtifact.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Luca is [[TheQuietOne quiet]] and frequently overlooked by other characters, and even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by saying he is [[TheLancer the shadow]] to [[TheHero Judas]]' light. However, he is the [[TheNotLoveInterest most important person]] to [[HeterosexualLifePartners Judas]] and [[LoveInterests Rey]], both of whom have more dominant personalities, and this is mainly how he gets developed.
* Gopher from ''Manga/SoulEater'' lives to please his master, Noah. He is, however, not very competent and very jealous.
** There's also Jacqueline, the weapon partner of the Kim, whose entire character is defined solely by her relationship with her meister and is rarely, if ever, in a scene without her. In the spin off, ''Soul Eater Not'', she's allowed to flesh out a little bit more outside of being Kim's partner but overall her motivations and interests seem to always revolve around Kim.
** Also in ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', there is Clay Sizemore who is the weapon partner to Akane. Out of all his appearances in the series, he's not with Akane in only one of them, and even then what little is known about him is based entirely on his interactions with his partner.
* Sakuya in ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Tenchi In Tokyo]]'', who was also a MagicalGirlfriend. This was, however, deliberately built up for TheReveal.
* The [[MemeticMutation non-existent]] ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' anime did this to Akiha. She's Shiki's concerned sister, and... uh... Though this is somewhat remedied in the last few episodes, where she's still a borderline non-character, but is at least a borderline non-character with a backstory, an opinion on a couple of the other characters, and the illusion of being relevant to the plot.



* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' has a RotatingArcs [=/=] ADayInTheLimelight. As a result, many characters are only associated with one of the 9 Sakurada siblings:
** Aoi has her ChildhoodFriends Uzuki, Nanao and Shizuru. The latter three are often seen as [[LampshadeHanging Aoi-sama's attendents]], which annoys Aoi to no end.
** Shuu has his LoveInterest, Hana. Although in Hana's case it is eventually averted as she effectively became part of the Sakurada family [[spoiler:as Shuu's fiancee]].
** Akane has her Childhood Friend [[SchoolgirlLesbian Karen]] and the vice-class rep Fukushina, which is also secretly the president of her InstantFanClub.
** Hikari has Matsuoka, her manager and producer, and Sacchan, a fellow IdolSinger.
* Nodoka Manabe of ''Manga/KOn''. Despite being a major supporting character who is given almost as much screentime as the five main girls, most of her character can be condensed down to being [[TheHero Yui's]] childhood friend and nothing else.

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* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' has a RotatingArcs [=/=] ADayInTheLimelight. As a result, many characters are only associated with Asuka in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' grew to serve less and less purpose over the course of the series outside her interest in the protagonist and TheRival's interest in her.
** Not to mention Yubel,
one of the 9 Sakurada siblings:
** Aoi has her ChildhoodFriends Uzuki, Nanao and Shizuru. The latter three are often seen as [[LampshadeHanging Aoi-sama's attendents]], which annoys Aoi to no end.
** Shuu has his LoveInterest, Hana. Although in Hana's case it is eventually averted as she effectively became part
aforementioned rare villainous examples. She was the BigBad of the Sakurada family [[spoiler:as Shuu's fiancee]].
** Akane has
third season whose only defining trait is her Childhood Friend [[SchoolgirlLesbian Karen]] obsessive love with Judai and the vice-class rep Fukushina, which depraved lengths she is also secretly willing to go for the president sake of her InstantFanClub.
** Hikari has Matsuoka, her manager
that love. Take away Judai, and producer, and Sacchan, a fellow IdolSinger.
* Nodoka Manabe of ''Manga/KOn''. Despite being a major supporting character who is given almost as much screentime as the five main girls, most of her character can be condensed down to being [[TheHero Yui's]] childhood friend and
you have nothing else.left.
** The standout example from this series would have to be Echo; she has literally ''no'' characterization outside her devotion to Amon, to the point that [[spoiler:when Amon decides to sacrifice her to release Exodia, she obliges without hesitation]].
* Aki Izayoi from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', post-HeelFaceTurn, becomes totally devoted to Yusei to the point that the devotion eclipses all of ther other traits.



* Gretchen from ''Film/MeanGirls'', toady in chief to [[AlphaBitch Regina]], who is possibly a {{Deconstruction}} in that she may actually be a more developed character than Regina herself; despite being beautiful and rich she is such an insecure mess that she is willing to put up with any amount of crap just to follow Regina (seething bitterly all the while). At the end of the film it is revealed that [[spoiler:she actually learns Korean just so she can join the new top clique.]]



* Do-won "The Good" of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'' has little characterisation outside of his interactions with Tae-goo.
* Gretchen from ''Film/MeanGirls'', toady in chief to [[AlphaBitch Regina]], who is possibly a {{Deconstruction}} in that she may actually be a more developed character than Regina herself; despite being beautiful and rich she is such an insecure mess that she is willing to put up with any amount of crap just to follow Regina (seething bitterly all the while). At the end of the film it is revealed that [[spoiler:she actually learns Korean just so she can join the new top clique.]]
* Out of all the ''Film/SevenSamurai'', Shichiroji gets the least to do.



* Do-won "The Good" of ''TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'' has little characterisation outside of his interactions with Tae-goo.
* Out of all the ''Film/SevenSamurai'', Shichiroji gets the least to do.



* In ''Literature/BubbleWorld'', for people who have trouble making friends, an Insta-Friend can be programmed in to give them someone to connect to.
* The narrator of ''Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher'' doesn't have much of a personality, just an OnlySaneMan reacting to Roderick's actions.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, for the first six books, are Draco Malfoy's two dumb cronies. And...that's it. Despite their frequent mentions throughout the series, neither one of them even gets a single line of dialogue until ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', when Crabbe finally gets some characterization -- he's not very nice, and [[spoiler:he dies within pages of his first line]]. This all makes sense, though; for the first six books, Crabbe and Goyle were intimidated by Draco (and his father) and were perfectly willing to be little more than Draco's cronies, but when the Malfoy family falls out of favor with the Ministry of Magic, the Death Eaters, and Voldemort himself, Crabbe and Goyle abandon their leader. Under the Carrows, Crabbe and Goyle unleash their sadistic natures. (Yeah, Goyle's still pretty much just Crabbe's sidekick, but at least one of them took the initiative.)
** Also, Wormtail. He basically finds the most influential person he has access to and sucks up like nobody's business. He lived as someone's pet for years--literally--just so he could avoid braving the world on his own under the SLIGHT chance that someone might have discovered his incredibly well-concealed Death Eater crimes. One wonders how he got into Gryffindor in the first place.



* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' brings us Bella, who despite being the protagonist, barely manages to stand on her own as character. Then when Edward shows up ... well, you know.

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* Nora Grey from ''Literature/HushHush''. The only reason at all she's involved in the plot of the first book is because of her interactions with Patch. [[spoiler:Because Patch loves her, Jules and Dabria want to kill her. If he wasn't interested in her, they wouldn't look twice at her.]] Not even being in a relationship with Patch is her own doing, because they officially hook up after ''he'' declares that they should do so, giving her pretty much no say in the matter.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' brings us Bella, who despite being the protagonist, barely manages to stand on her own as character. Then when Edward shows up ...up... well, you know.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, for the first six books, are Draco Malfoy's two dumb cronies. And...that's it. Despite their frequent mentions throughout the series, neither one of them even gets a single line of dialogue until ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', when Crabbe finally gets some characterization -- he's not very nice, and [[spoiler:he dies within pages of his first line]]. This all makes sense, though; for the first six books, Crabbe and Goyle were intimidated by Draco (and his father) and were perfectly willing to be little more than Draco's cronies, but when the Malfoy family falls out of favor with the Ministry of Magic, the Death Eaters, and Voldemort himself, Crabbe and Goyle abandon their leader. Under the Carrows, Crabbe and Goyle unleash their sadistic natures. (Yeah, Goyle's still pretty much just Crabbe's sidekick, but at least one of them took the initiative.)
** Also, Wormtail. He basically finds the most influential person he has access to and sucks up like nobody's business. He lived as someone's pet for years--literally--just so he could avoid braving the world on his own under the SLIGHT chance that someone might have discovered his incredibly well-concealed Death Eater crimes. One wonders how he got into Gryffindor in the first place.
* Nora Grey from ''Literature/HushHush''. The only reason at all she's involved in the plot of the first book is because of her interactions with Patch. [[spoiler:Because Patch loves her, Jules and Dabria want to kill her. If he wasn't interested in her, they wouldn't look twice at her.]] Not even being in a relationship with Patch is her own doing, because they officially hook up after ''he'' declares that they should do so, giving her pretty much no say in the matter.
* The narrator of ''Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher'' doesn't have much of a personality, just an OnlySaneMan reacting to Roderick's actions.
* In ''Literature/BubbleWorld'', for people who have trouble making friends, an Insta-Friend can be programmed in to give them someone to connect to.



* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Nicole and Steve pretty much existed only to be the respective friends of Paige and Peter. Morton Goldthwait and Eileen Jacobson also spent most of their time in the strip as little more than antagonists for Paige and Jason, respectively, with little to no interaction with any other character. Morton is also Peter's classmate and, at one time, Jason's camp counselor, but neither of those roles is quite as prominent as his relationship with Paige.



* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Nicole and Steve pretty much existed only to be the respective friends of Paige and Peter. Morton Goldthwait and Eileen Jacobson also spent most of their time in the strip as little more than antagonists for Paige and Jason, respectively, with little to no interaction with any other character. Morton is also Peter's classmate and, at one time, Jason's camp counselor, but neither of those roles is quite as prominent as his relationship with Paige.



* Angry variant: While [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Wario's]] main characteristic is his greed, Waluigi used to be defined primarily by his hatred of Luigi. Later games have given him an trickster and bitter cheater personality, but only once has he featured without Wario (''VideoGame/MarioTennis: Power Tour'') and is never not seen competing with Luigi. He has never appeared in his own (official) game. He was created for ''Mario Tennis'' and has since only appeared in the [[GoKartingWithBowser multi-player party and sports games]]. He's had a cameo in the Paper Mario and a loose reference in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', but that's about it.
** After a while, Waluigi became defined by his crazy and jerkish behaviour and self-pity.
** [[TomboyPrincess Princess Daisy]] is mostly defined by being Peach's gal pal and a [[ImpliedLoveInterest possible love interest]] to Luigi. After a while she did get a more energetic personality, her own flower motif, and a louder voice to go with during the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube games, which is an improvement from her first few playable appearances, where was there was little to differentiate her from Peach. In later games such as ''VideoGame/Mario Tennis Ultra Smash'' and ''VideoGame/Mario Strikers Charged'' she doesn't even share the same gameplay type and statistics as Peach, and is fully playable without Peach's involvement, and the two don't even show up in the same events in the 3DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
** Luigi himself began as this, serving as Player 2 to Mario's Player 1 with no distinguishing characteristics. He was then given a higher, floatier jump but wasn't shown in the video games to be anything more than Mario's most frequent sidekick and his abilities defined as variants of Mario's until ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', where he got to be in his own game and was portrayed as cowardly and in need of confidence. Since then, Mario and Luigi have diverged in personalities and abilities. Luigi's behavior was even [[FreudianExcuse given a reason]] in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' as a direct cause of Mario always overshadowing him, making Luigi a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope.
* Jude Mathis from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has gotten this as the main complaint of his being one of the two protagonists. He has no real motivation of his own and merely follows Milla, about whom the game more revolves around, because he can't think of anything better to do once he's labelled a fugitive criminal. Even later on in the game, [[spoiler: after Milla's death]], Jude cannot hold his own in his route and suffers a HeroicBSOD that takes some time to shake him out of. He improves a little more, but is ultimately not very important to the plot. The [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 sequel]] has improved Jude as a character a lot, by giving him his own motivation and arc that revolves around his attempt at spyrite technology, including making him more determined to be present during important plot scenes, despite still being more a helpful sidekick to [[TheHero Ludger]].

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* Angry variant: While [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Wario's]] ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'': Amir Khan, for Achmed.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', Chuck Greene's
main characteristic is motivation aside from clearing his greed, Waluigi used name is to be defined primarily by make sure his hatred of Luigi. Later games have given him an trickster and bitter cheater personality, but only once has he featured without Wario (''VideoGame/MarioTennis: Power Tour'') and is never not seen competing with Luigi. He has never appeared in his own (official) game. He was created for ''Mario Tennis'' and has since only appeared in daughter, Katey, stays safe. [[spoiler:In the [[GoKartingWithBowser multi-player party and sports games]]. He's had a cameo in WhatIf game ''Off the Paper Mario and a loose reference in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', but that's about it.
** After a while, Waluigi became defined by his crazy and jerkish behaviour and self-pity.
** [[TomboyPrincess Princess Daisy]] is mostly defined by being Peach's gal pal and a [[ImpliedLoveInterest possible love interest]] to Luigi. After a while she did get a more energetic personality, her own flower motif, and a louder voice to go with
Record'', Katey dies during the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube games, which is Fortune City outbreak, turning Chuck into an improvement from her first few playable appearances, where was there was little to differentiate her from Peach. In later games such as ''VideoGame/Mario Tennis Ultra Smash'' and ''VideoGame/Mario Strikers Charged'' she doesn't even share the same gameplay type and statistics as Peach, and is fully playable without Peach's involvement, and the two don't even show up in the same events in the 3DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
** Luigi himself began as this, serving as Player 2 to Mario's Player 1 with no distinguishing characteristics. He was then given a higher, floatier jump but wasn't shown in the video games to be anything more than Mario's most frequent sidekick and his abilities defined as variants of Mario's until ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', where he got to be in his own game and was portrayed as cowardly and in need of confidence. Since then, Mario and Luigi have diverged in personalities and abilities. Luigi's behavior was even [[FreudianExcuse given a reason]] in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' as a direct cause of Mario always overshadowing him, making Luigi a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope.
* Jude Mathis from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has gotten this as the main complaint of his being one of the two protagonists. He has no real motivation of his own and merely follows Milla, about whom the game more revolves around, because he can't think of anything better to do once he's labelled a fugitive criminal. Even later on in the game, [[spoiler: after Milla's death]], Jude cannot hold his own in his route and suffers a HeroicBSOD that takes some time to shake him out of. He improves a little more, but is ultimately not very important to the plot. The [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 sequel]] has improved Jude as a character a lot, by giving him his own motivation and arc that revolves around his attempt at spyrite technology, including making him more determined to be present during important plot scenes, despite still being more a helpful sidekick to [[TheHero Ludger]].
alcoholic psychopath.]]



* Babus is mainly defined by his loyalty to Mewt in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.



** The only purpose of [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] most of the time is to fill in the journal with story summaries and descriptions of enemies and characters. You could be forgiven for forgetting that he tags along with Sora, Donald, and Goofy, because he almost never speaks up. ''Chain of Memories'' and ''coded'' do [[CharacterFocus give him a more expanded role]], however.
** Much of Aqua's role in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is to be associated with her fellow males and support Ven (Making friends and warn Terra of Vanitas) and Terra's own motives (Investigate on the matters regarding Xehanort and the Unversed) while lacking a motive herself besides to look after them.
* [[VideoGame/BackyardSports Amir Khan]], for Achmed.
* Babus is mainly defined by his loyalty to Mewt in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', Chuck Greene's main motivation aside from clearing his name is to make sure his daughter, Katey, stays safe. [[spoiler:In the WhatIf game ''Off the Record'', Katey dies during the Fortune City outbreak, turning Chuck into an alcoholic psychopath.]]
* Thanks to having OneHundredAndEight characters, ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' can be pretty bad about this. ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' in particular has satellites to satellites (for instance, Megion's male follower, or the two kids who argue about whether Fredegund should be forgiven).
* Several characters in the VideoGame/SoulSeries are this, especially as the series becomes more evidently about only a select few characters. These include Setsuka, the UnknownRival to Mitsurugi, who already ''has'' a rival; Amy, the foster Daughter to Raphael who himself has already served his importance to the main plot; and several other characters who were either never important or have concluded their importance.

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** The only purpose of [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] most of the time is to fill in the journal with story summaries and descriptions of enemies and characters. You could be forgiven for forgetting that he tags along with Sora, Donald, and Goofy, because he almost never speaks (or shows) up. ''Chain of Memories'' and ''coded'' do [[CharacterFocus give him a more expanded role]], however.
** Much of Aqua's role in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is to be associated with her fellow males and support Ven (Making (making friends and warn Terra of Vanitas) and Terra's own motives (Investigate (investigate on the matters regarding Xehanort and the Unversed) while lacking a motive herself besides to look after them.
* [[VideoGame/BackyardSports Amir Khan]], for Achmed.
* Babus is mainly defined by his loyalty to Mewt in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', Chuck Greene's main motivation aside from clearing his name is to make sure his daughter, Katey, stays safe. [[spoiler:In the WhatIf game ''Off the Record'', Katey dies during the Fortune City outbreak, turning Chuck into an alcoholic psychopath.]]
* Thanks to having OneHundredAndEight characters, ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' can be pretty bad about this. ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' in particular has satellites to satellites (for instance, Megion's male follower, or the two kids who argue about whether Fredegund should be forgiven).
* Several characters in the VideoGame/SoulSeries are this, especially as the series becomes more evidently about only a select few characters. These include Setsuka, the UnknownRival to Mitsurugi, who already ''has'' a rival; Amy, the foster Daughter to Raphael who himself has already served his importance to the main plot; and several other characters who were either never important or have concluded their importance.
them.



* Several characters in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' are this, especially as the series becomes more evidently about only a select few characters. These include Setsuka, the UnknownRival to Mitsurugi, who already ''has'' a rival; Amy, the foster Daughter to Raphael who himself has already served his importance to the main plot; and several other characters who were either never important or have concluded their importance.
* Thanks to having OneHundredAndEight characters, ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' can be pretty bad about this. ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' in particular has satellites to satellites (for instance, Megion's male follower, or the two kids who argue about whether Fredegund should be forgiven).
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** Angry variant: While Wario's main characteristic is his greed, Waluigi used to be defined primarily by his hatred of Luigi. Later games have given him an trickster and bitter cheater personality, but only once has he featured without Wario (''VideoGame/MarioTennis: Power Tour'') and is never not seen competing with Luigi. He has never appeared in his own (official) game. He was created for ''Mario Tennis'' and has since only appeared in the [[GoKartingWithBowser multi-player party and sports games]]. He's had a cameo in the Paper Mario and a loose reference in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', but that's about it.
** After a while, Waluigi became defined by his crazy and jerkish behaviour and self-pity.
** [[TomboyPrincess Princess Daisy]] is mostly defined by being Peach's gal pal and a [[ImpliedLoveInterest possible love interest]] to Luigi. After a while she did get a more energetic personality, her own flower motif, and a louder voice to go with during the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube games, which is an improvement from her first few playable appearances, where was there was little to differentiate her from Peach. In later games such as ''VideoGame/Mario Tennis Ultra Smash'' and ''VideoGame/Mario Strikers Charged'' she doesn't even share the same gameplay type and statistics as Peach, and is fully playable without Peach's involvement, and the two don't even show up in the same events in the 3DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
** Luigi himself began as this, serving as Player 2 to Mario's Player 1 with no distinguishing characteristics. He was then given a higher, floatier jump but wasn't shown in the video games to be anything more than Mario's most frequent sidekick and his abilities defined as variants of Mario's until ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', where he got to be in his own game and was portrayed as cowardly and in need of confidence. Since then, Mario and Luigi have diverged in personalities and abilities. Luigi's behavior was even [[FreudianExcuse given a reason]] in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' as a direct cause of Mario always overshadowing him, making Luigi a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope.
* Jude Mathis from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has gotten this as the main complaint of his being one of the two protagonists. He has no real motivation of his own and merely follows Milla, about whom the game more revolves around, because he can't think of anything better to do once he's labelled a fugitive criminal. Even later on in the game, [[spoiler: after Milla's death]], Jude cannot hold his own in his route and suffers a HeroicBSOD that takes some time to shake him out of. He improves a little more, but is ultimately not very important to the plot. The [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 sequel]] has improved Jude as a character a lot, by giving him his own motivation and arc that revolves around his attempt at spyrite technology, including making him more determined to be present during important plot scenes, despite still being more a helpful sidekick to [[TheHero Ludger]].



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, parodied, and [[spoiler: eventually subverted]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' with Blackwing, V's crow {{Familiar}}, who like most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' familiars, only appears when V needs him. It turns out that Blackwing isn't happy about the arrangement, and [[spoiler: [[WhatTheHellHero ends up calling out V for this treatment]], after V [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope went a bit too far]]. Now Blackwing is V's MoralityPet.]]

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* Tavros's role in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is largely limited to his interactions with [[JerkAss Vriska]]. He only appears in the story when Vriska needs a [[KickTheDog dog to kick]], and he rarely interacts with any characters except Vriska, unless it is to talk about her, or to set up another interaction with her.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, parodied, and [[spoiler: eventually [[spoiler:eventually subverted]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' with Blackwing, V's crow {{Familiar}}, who like most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' familiars, only appears when V needs him. It turns out that Blackwing isn't happy about the arrangement, and [[spoiler: [[WhatTheHellHero ends up calling out V for this treatment]], after V [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope went a bit too far]]. Now Blackwing is V's MoralityPet.]]



* Tavros's role in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is largely limited to his interactions with [[JerkAss Vriska]]. He only appears in the story when Vriska needs a [[KickTheDog dog to kick]], and he rarely interacts with any characters except Vriska, unless it is to talk about her, or to set up another interaction with her.



* Another angry variant: in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Tempest is pretty much defined by her massive hatred of Chaka (and by extension, all of Chaka's friends).
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has Elizabeth Priestly, who plays the satellite to her twin brother, Lenny. Most of what she does consists of following Lenny around and angsting about his psychotic behavior.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Decklan and Battos seem to exist only to fill in the FragileSpeedster and TheMedic spots in the Roxxor guild main roster. The novels state that they are both the leader of another guild as well as part of the top players, which is a status identical to Roxana who has been seen interacting with enough different people to stand on her own. They are seen pulling out weapons and using healing spells in the fights involving the team they form with Amaras and Roxana, but otherwise get little development other than always acting in accord with them.



* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Decklan and Battos seem to exist only to fill in the FragileSpeedster and TheMedic spots in the Roxxor guild main roster. The novels state that they are both the leader of another guild as well as part of the top players, which is a status identical to Roxana who has been seen interacting with enough different people to stand on her own. They are seen pulling out weapons and using healing spells in the fights involving the team they form with Amaras and Roxana, but otherwise get little development other than always acting in accord with them.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has Elizabeth Priestly, who plays the satellite to her twin brother, Lenny. Most of what she does consists of following Lenny around and angsting about his psychotic behavior.
* Another angry variant: in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Tempest is pretty much defined by her massive hatred of Chaka (and by extension, all of Chaka's friends).



* Angry variant: Depth Charge, from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Ahab-esque]] satellite character defined by his all-consuming '''hatred''' for the monstrous Rampage. It's heavily implied that Rampage caused this intentionally, making a point of destroying everything else Depth Charge ever cared about. [[spoiler:In the end, [[TakingYouWithMe Depth Charge gives his life to end Rampage's]].]]
** In-universe, Inferno defines himself by his loyalty to Megatron, who he considers "The Royalty". However, this is more of a subversion in that this is because Inferno was somewhat uniquely damaged as a protoform, causing his personality to be heavily influenced by his ant beast mode. In practice, he ends up with a fair amount of personality, being an AxCrazy (even by Predacon standards) PyroManiac, whose loyalty to Megatron was hilariously over-the-top in contrast to, say, Scorpinok, who was implied to be loyal because he was just too dim to have his own agenda.
* Jealous variant: Veronica from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', is Trixie Tang's satellite. She is in love with Timmy, and wishes that she could be Trixie, because Timmy likes Trixie.
* Creator/{{Disney}} sidekicks by their very nature, whether good or bad characters. Possibly the most glaring (and inexplicable) example is Lefou, Gaston's little stooge in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Lefou spends most of his time running errands for his 'friend', only to be constantly abused and beaten up for his pains. And yet still he insists he thinks Gaston's wonderful. If Lefou was a girl the implications would be very disturbing. The implications are [[HoYay already there.]]
* Stacy and Tiffany from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' were this in the first season; they essentially filled up the fashion club and served to either converse with Quinn or Sandi, the characters of real importance about matters related to their feelings or the plot. However, season two onwards saw more characterization with respects to Stacy, actually making her highly sympathetic.

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* Angry variant: Depth Charge, from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Ahab-esque]] satellite character defined by his all-consuming '''hatred''' for the monstrous Rampage. It's heavily implied that Rampage caused this intentionally, making a point of destroying everything else Depth Charge ever cared about. [[spoiler:In the end, [[TakingYouWithMe Depth Charge gives his life to end Rampage's]].]]
** In-universe, Inferno defines himself by his loyalty to Megatron, who he considers "The Royalty". However, this is more of a subversion in that this is because Inferno was somewhat uniquely damaged as a protoform, causing his personality to be heavily influenced by his ant beast mode. In practice, he ends up with a fair amount of personality, being an AxCrazy (even by Predacon standards) PyroManiac, whose loyalty to Megatron was hilariously over-the-top in contrast to, say, Scorpinok, who was implied to be loyal because he was just too dim to have his own agenda.
* Jealous variant: Veronica from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', is Trixie Tang's satellite. She is in love with Timmy, and wishes that she could be Trixie, because Timmy likes Trixie.
* Creator/{{Disney}} sidekicks by their very nature, whether good or bad characters. Possibly the most glaring (and inexplicable) example is Lefou, Gaston's little stooge in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Lefou spends most of his time running errands for his 'friend', only to be constantly abused and beaten up for his pains. And yet still he insists he thinks Gaston's wonderful. If Lefou was a girl the implications would be very disturbing. The implications are [[HoYay already there.]]
* Stacy and Tiffany from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' were this in the first season; they essentially filled up the fashion club and served to either converse with Quinn or Sandi, the characters of real importance about matters related to their feelings or the plot. However, season two onwards saw more characterization with respects to Stacy, actually making her highly sympathetic.



* Creator/{{Disney}}:
** Sidekicks by their very nature, whether good or bad characters. Possibly the most glaring (and inexplicable) example is Lefou, Gaston's little stooge in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Lefou spends most of his time running errands for his 'friend', only to be constantly abused and beaten up for his pains. And yet still he insists he thinks Gaston's wonderful. If Lefou was a girl the implications would be very disturbing. The implications are [[HoYay already there.]]
** Almost every mom character that is not dead before the plot starts. It's a disturbing trend that the father's role in Disney (and, by extent, [[AllAnimationIsDisney Disney wannabe]]) animated movies is to be the mentor and rolemodel for [[TheHero the hero(ine)]], while mother serves as a satellite who supports the family. Even in the scenarios where father dies early, it's made sure that he passes his ideals onto their offspring well in advance, while his widow never grows beyond the role of passive family provider.
* Zordrak of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. Despite being the BigBad, [[OrcusOnHisThrone his involvement is pretty limited]], rarely leaving his lair outside a handful of episodes. As such he only directly challenges the heroes a small number of times, otherwise restricted to his BadBoss banter with Urpgor and Sgt. Blob.
** Urpgor similarly rarely leaves Viltheed and thus usually only interacts with the other villains. He branched out a little in later episodes however.
* Jealous variant: Veronica from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', is Trixie Tang's satellite. She is in love with Timmy, and wishes that she could be Trixie, because Timmy likes Trixie.
* Depending on the episode in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', occasionally PJ and Pistol will be little more than extra mouths to agree with Peg or Pete and will be treated as a single entity of "the kids". In most of these episodes, both the SiblingYinYang relationship and Pete's ParentalFavoritism apparent in the rest of the series are removed, though there are a few that still hint at them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Tyler the "Cute Biker" is hardly ever seen in any context besides cheering on Manly Dan. Later on, however, he gains his own storyline by [[spoiler:becoming mayor of Gravity Falls.]]
** The same goes with Manly Dan's three sons; all they ever do when seen is cheer on their dad when he does something manly and join in on their dad's activities... we don't even know their names! The limited role of Dan and his boys seems rather strange when we start to realize that they're ''Wendy's family.''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Subverted with Helga and Brainy, almost to the point to Plotted A Good Waste: Brainy almost only interacted with Helga, who seems much more smart and sophisticated that him. (He cannot talk because his asthma). After seeing various episodes, it becomes clear that Brainy is trying to propose to Helga, (confirmed by [[AllThereInTheManual book six of the series Hey Arnold!]] [[http://www.amazon.com/Arnold-Arnolds-Files-Groening-Bartlett/dp/0439381495/ref=pd_sim_b_3 Arnold's E-Files]]). That book also confirms that Brainy has HiddenDepths. So, [[RunningGag the continuous]] {{Offhand Backhand}}s to Brainy are Helga’s way to [[InterruptedDeclarationOfLove interrupt him]]. The point is Brainy, [[BeYourself with all his defects, is completely convinced he deserves to be loved and never gives up trying to propose]], while [[{{Hypocrite}} Helga will deny her true feelings time and again]]. Brainy is showed only interacting with Helga ''because Helga is Brainy’s'' ShadowArchetype.
* Dukey from ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Although he's ostensibly the {{Deuteragonist}} of the show, he is rarely important to the plot and is mostly defined by his status as the OnlySaneMan to the Test children, but even that almost never actually effects anything.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}}'' gives us King Julien's personal attendant Maurice. A voice of reason in the first film, that comes along with Julien when he joins the zoo animals in the sequels, where he becomes nothing but a guy who follows Julien around, only speaking up in agreement with whatever Julien says. By the third movie he is completely OutOfFocus as Julien is by himself for most of his plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Scootaloo started off this way. Due to the being the only Cutie Mark Crusader not related to one of the main characters, her appearances were limited mostly to those with Applebloom and Sweetie Belle. Later episodes subvert this by developing her HeroWorshipper status towards Rainbow Dash and with an [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville episode]] [[ADayInTheLimelight centered around her]].
** Silver Spoon is mainly one for Diamond Tiara. Diamond Tiara is in turn an angry variant for the [=CMCs=], though she eventually gets some character development.
** Most of Shining Armor's personality is centered around his relationships with his sister Twilight Sparkle and his wife Cadance, and in the six episodes he's appeared in, he hasn't had a whole lot of development or displayed any particularly notable character flaws. He gets a good bit in his focus comic book, however.
* High Five Ghost and Margaret of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' seem only to exist to stand mostly silently next to Muscle Man and be the object of Mordecai's affections, respectively.
** Interestingly enough, characters introduced as satellite characters to Margaret, such her dad Mr. Smith and Eileen, continued to appear after she left and had more character development.



* Karen is usually this to Plankton in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', despite being a fully mobile computer device, usually working behind the curtains in one of his schemes. Only a few episodes have her come in contact with other main characters, and even then in a very limited manner.



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Subverted with Helga and Brainy, almost to the point to Plotted A Good Waste: Brainy almost only interacted with Helga, who seems much more smart and sophisticated that him. (He cannot talk because his asthma). After seeing various episodes, it becomes clear that Brainy is trying to propose to Helga, (confirmed by [[AllThereInTheManual book six of the series Hey Arnold!]] [[http://www.amazon.com/Arnold-Arnolds-Files-Groening-Bartlett/dp/0439381495/ref=pd_sim_b_3 Arnold's E-Files]]). That book also confirms that Brainy has HiddenDepths. So, [[RunningGag the continuous]] {{Offhand Backhand}}s to Brainy are Helga’s way to [[InterruptedDeclarationOfLove interrupt him]]. The point is Brainy, [[BeYourself with all his defects, is completely convinced he deserves to be loved and never gives up trying to propose]], while [[{{Hypocrite}} Helga will deny her true feelings time and again]]. Brainy is showed only interacting with Helga ''because Helga is Brainy’s'' ShadowArchetype.
* High Five Ghost and Margaret of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' seem only to exist to stand mostly silently next to Muscle Man and be the object of Mordecai's affections, respectively.
** Interestingly enough, characters introduced as satellite characters to Margaret, such her dad Mr. Smith and Eileen, continued to appear after she left and had more character development.
* Depending on the episode in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', occasionally PJ and Pistol will be little more than extra mouths to agree with Peg or Pete and will be treated as a single entity of "the kids". In most of these episodes, both the SiblingYinYang relationship and Pete's ParentalFavoritism apparent in the rest of the series are removed, though there are a few that still hint at them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Tyler the "Cute Biker" is hardly ever seen in any context besides cheering on Manly Dan. Later on, however, he gains his own storyline by [[spoiler:becoming mayor of Gravity Falls.]]
** The same goes with Manly Dan's three sons; all they ever do when seen is cheer on their dad when he does something manly and join in on their dad's activities... we don't even know their names! The limited role of Dan and his boys seems rather strange when we start to realize that they're ''Wendy's family.''
* Karen is usually this to Plankton in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', despite being a fully mobile computer device, usually working behind the curtains in one of his schemes. Only a few episodes have her come in contact with other main characters, and even then in a very limited manner.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Scootaloo started off this way. Due to the being the only Cutie Mark Crusader not related to one of the main characters, her appearances were limited mostly to those with Applebloom and Sweetie Belle. Later episodes subvert this by developing her HeroWorshipper status towards Rainbow Dash and with an [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville episode]] [[ADayInTheLimelight centered around her]].
** Silver Spoon is mainly one for Diamond Tiara. Diamond Tiara is in turn an angry variant for the [=CMCs=], though she eventually gets some character development.
** Most of Shining Armor's personality is centered around his relationships with his sister Twilight Sparkle and his wife Cadance, and in the six episodes he's appeared in, he hasn't had a whole lot of development or displayed any particularly notable character flaws. He gets a good bit in his focus comic book, however.
* Almost every Creator/{{Disney}} mom character that is not dead before the plot starts. It's a disturbing trend that the father's role in Disney (and, by extent, [[AllAnimationIsDisney Disney wannabe]]) animated movies is to be the mentor and rolemodel for [[TheHero the hero(ine)]], while mother serves as a satellite who supports the family. Even in the scenarios where father dies early, it's made sure that he passes his ideals onto their offspring well in advance, while his widow never grows beyond the role of passive family provider.
* Zordrak of ''TheDreamstone''. Despite being the BigBad, [[OrcusOnHisThrone his involvement is pretty limited]], rarely leaving his lair outside a handful of episodes. As such he only directly challenges the heroes a small number of times, otherwise restricted to his BadBoss banter with Urpgor and Sgt. Blob.
** Urpgor similarly rarely leaves Viltheed and thus usually only interacts with the other villains. He branched out a little in later episodes however.
* Dukey from ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Although he's ostensibly the {{Deuteragonist}} of the show, he is rarely important to the plot and is mostly defined by his status as the OnlySaneMan to the Test children, but even that almost never actually effects anything.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}}'' gives us King Julien's personal attendant Maurice. A voice of reason in the first film, that comes along with Julien when he joins the zoo animals in the sequels, where he becomes nothing but a guy who follows Julien around, only speaking up in agreement with whatever Julien says. By the third movie he is completely OutOfFocus as Julien is by himself for most of his plot.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Subverted with Helga and Brainy, almost to the point to Plotted A Good Waste: Brainy almost only interacted with Helga, who seems much more smart and sophisticated that him. (He cannot talk because his asthma). After seeing various episodes, it becomes clear that Brainy Angry variant: Depth Charge, from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', is trying to propose to Helga, (confirmed by [[AllThereInTheManual book six of the series Hey Arnold!]] [[http://www.amazon.com/Arnold-Arnolds-Files-Groening-Bartlett/dp/0439381495/ref=pd_sim_b_3 Arnold's E-Files]]). That book also confirms that Brainy has HiddenDepths. So, [[RunningGag the continuous]] {{Offhand Backhand}}s to Brainy are Helga’s way to [[InterruptedDeclarationOfLove interrupt him]]. The point is Brainy, [[BeYourself with all his defects, is completely convinced he deserves to be loved and never gives up trying to propose]], while [[{{Hypocrite}} Helga will deny her true feelings time and again]]. Brainy is showed only interacting with Helga ''because Helga is Brainy’s'' ShadowArchetype.
* High Five Ghost and Margaret of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' seem only to exist to stand mostly silently next to Muscle Man and be the object of Mordecai's affections, respectively.
** Interestingly enough, characters introduced as
an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Ahab-esque]] satellite characters to Margaret, such her dad Mr. Smith and Eileen, continued to appear after she left and had more character development.
* Depending on the episode in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', occasionally PJ and Pistol will be little more than extra mouths to agree with Peg or Pete and will be treated as a single entity of "the kids". In most of these episodes, both the SiblingYinYang relationship and Pete's ParentalFavoritism apparent in the rest of the series are removed, though there are a few that still hint at them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Tyler the "Cute Biker" is hardly ever seen in any context besides cheering on Manly Dan. Later on, however, he gains his own storyline by [[spoiler:becoming mayor of Gravity Falls.]]
** The same goes with Manly Dan's three sons; all they ever do when seen is cheer on their dad when he does something manly and join in on their dad's activities... we don't even know their names! The limited role of Dan and his boys seems rather strange when we start to realize that they're ''Wendy's family.''
* Karen is usually this to Plankton in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', despite being a fully mobile computer device, usually working behind the curtains in one of his schemes. Only a few episodes have her come in contact with other main characters, and even then in a very limited manner.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Scootaloo started off this way. Due to the being the only Cutie Mark Crusader not related to one of the main characters, her appearances were limited mostly to those with Applebloom and Sweetie Belle. Later episodes subvert this by developing her HeroWorshipper status towards Rainbow Dash and with an [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville episode]] [[ADayInTheLimelight centered around her]].
** Silver Spoon is mainly one for Diamond Tiara. Diamond Tiara is in turn an angry variant for the [=CMCs=], though she eventually gets some character development.
** Most of Shining Armor's personality is centered around his relationships with his sister Twilight Sparkle and his wife Cadance, and in the six episodes he's appeared in, he hasn't had a whole lot of development or displayed any particularly notable character flaws. He gets a good bit in his focus comic book, however.
* Almost every Creator/{{Disney}} mom character that is not dead before the plot starts. It's a disturbing trend that the father's role in Disney (and, by extent, [[AllAnimationIsDisney Disney wannabe]]) animated movies is to be the mentor and rolemodel for [[TheHero the hero(ine)]], while mother serves as a satellite who supports the family. Even in the scenarios where father dies early, it's made sure that he passes his ideals onto their offspring well in advance, while his widow never grows beyond the role of passive family provider.
* Zordrak of ''TheDreamstone''. Despite being the BigBad, [[OrcusOnHisThrone his involvement is pretty limited]], rarely leaving his lair outside a handful of episodes. As such he only directly challenges the heroes a small number of times, otherwise restricted to his BadBoss banter with Urpgor and Sgt. Blob.
** Urpgor similarly rarely leaves Viltheed and thus usually only interacts with the other villains. He branched out a little in later episodes however.
* Dukey from ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Although he's ostensibly the {{Deuteragonist}} of the show, he is rarely important to the plot and is mostly
defined by his status as all-consuming '''hatred''' for the OnlySaneMan to the Test children, but even monstrous Rampage. It's heavily implied that almost never actually effects anything.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}}''
Rampage caused this intentionally, making a point of destroying everything else Depth Charge ever cared about. [[spoiler:In the end, [[TakingYouWithMe Depth Charge gives us King Julien's personal attendant Maurice. A voice of reason in the first film, that comes along with Julien when he joins the zoo animals in the sequels, where he becomes nothing but a guy who follows Julien around, only speaking up in agreement with whatever Julien says. By the third movie he is completely OutOfFocus as Julien is by his life to end Rampage's]].]]
** In-universe, Inferno defines
himself for most of by his plot.loyalty to Megatron, who he considers "The Royalty". However, this is more of a subversion in that this is because Inferno was somewhat uniquely damaged as a protoform, causing his personality to be heavily influenced by his ant beast mode. In practice, he ends up with a fair amount of personality, being an AxCrazy (even by Predacon standards) PyroManiac, whose loyalty to Megatron was hilariously over-the-top in contrast to, say, Scorpinok, who was implied to be loyal because he was just too dim to have his own agenda.
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