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22nd Apr '16 12:36:26 AM aye_amber
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* ''{{The Indian in the Cupboard}}'' is about the kid whose cupboard the Indian is in.

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* ''{{The Indian in the Cupboard}}'' ''Literature/TheIndianInTheCupboard'' is about the kid whose cupboard the Indian is in.
15th Apr '16 1:31:43 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/{{Dororo}}'': Hyakkimaru is really the main protagonist.

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* ''Manga/{{Dororo}}'': Hyakkimaru is really the main protagonist. Indeed the original title is ''Dororo to Hyakkimaru''.
15th Apr '16 1:28:55 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. Even though the series is only Tsubasa-centric, in many European adaptations the anime is known with a NameAndName title that makes it look like that Tsubasa and Genzo Wakabayashi are both equally important protagonists (evidenced also by the theme songs). While still a major character, Wakabayashi is often kept OutOfFocus (or even PutOnABus) due to injuries or other reasons.
** Similar example (and played ridiculously straight) in the Italian dub of ''Anime/AttackerYou''. In Italy the anime is known as ''Mila and Shiro'', the [[DubNameChange "Italian" names]] of ''You and Sho''. Even though he is You's LoveInterest, Sho is a minor character ''at best'' and his name certainly doesn't deserve to be in the title along with the protagonist.
3rd Apr '16 7:40:43 AM MajinAkuma
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* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' and ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', the two fourth season manga of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise, still keeps Nanoha's name in the title even though her main character status has been taken by [[SpinOffspring Vivio]] and Tohma respecively. This is especially noticable in ''[=ViVid=]'', where multiple volumes could pass with Nanoha barely appearing on page.

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* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' and ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', the two fourth season manga of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise, still keeps Nanoha's name in the title even though her main character status has been taken by [[SpinOffspring Vivio]] and Tohma Thoma respecively. This is especially noticable in ''[=ViVid=]'', where multiple volumes could pass with Nanoha barely appearing on page.
18th Mar '16 9:53:17 PM DesertDragon
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* While several Film/JamesBond movies have a title [[AntagonistTitle in connection to the main villain]], ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' has the distinction of being the only one named after the BondGirl.
18th Mar '16 3:20:52 PM eroock
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* ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'' is about a girl named Anna who befriends the titular Marnie.



* ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'' is about a girl named Anna who befriends the titular Marnie.
16th Mar '16 2:43:57 AM annette12
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* ''Anime/{{Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Rebellion}}'' has the titular character fall to a supporting role with the story being told from Homura's perspective.

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* ''Anime/{{Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Rebellion}}'' ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' has the titular character fall to a supporting role with the story being told from Homura's perspective.



* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the main character is Marlin, Nemo's father, with Dory as the {{Deuteragonist}}. The titular Nemo is actually the tritagonist.
* The main character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gisaku}}'' is actually Yohei. Gisaku is little more than a pet for most of the film.
* None of the Robinsons in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' is the main character. But they do welcome the actual orphaned protagonist - Lewis - into their family. [[spoiler:This is technically a subversion, since a future version of Lewis is the Robinson patriarch.]]
* The titular character in ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' refers to the creature the main characters, Satsuki and Mei, meet after moving to their new home.
* Not only is the main protagonist of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' not the character referred to by the title (it's Ashitaka), the name "Princess Mononoke" itself is only used once in the film to refer to San, as it's a nickname given to her by the residents of Irontown.
* President Bashir in ''Animation/WaltzWithBashir'' is referred to but doesn't actually appear in the movie.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': The main character is Marlin, Nemo's father, with Dory as the {{Deuteragonist}}. The titular Nemo is actually the tritagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gisaku}}'': The main character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gisaku}}'' character is actually Yohei. Gisaku is little more than a pet for most of the film.
* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': None of the Robinsons in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' is the main character. But they do welcome the actual orphaned protagonist - Lewis - into their family. [[spoiler:This is technically a subversion, since a future version of Lewis is the Robinson patriarch.]]
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': The titular character in ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' refers to the creature the main characters, Satsuki and Mei, meet after moving to their new home.
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'': Not only is the main protagonist of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' not the character referred to by the title (it's Ashitaka), the name "Princess Mononoke" itself is only used once in the film to refer to San, as it's a nickname given to her by the residents of Irontown.
* ''Animation/WaltzWithBashir'': President Bashir in ''Animation/WaltzWithBashir'' is referred to but doesn't actually appear in the movie.
16th Mar '16 2:34:10 AM annette12
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* The title character of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is only the second most important character in the series; the main character is Touma. Though the first story arc revolved around her, Index rarely even makes an appearance in a lot of later story arcs.
* The first ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' [[TheMovie movie]], ''Memories of Nobody'', refers to Senna, a girl who has [[MultipleChoicePast multiple memories]] [[spoiler: that weren't really hers to begin with due to being an amalgam of different souls]].
* ''Manga/{{Dororo}}'', as Hyakkimaru is really the main protagonist.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': The title character of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is only the second most important character in the series; the main character is Touma. Though the first story arc revolved around her, Index rarely even makes an appearance in a lot of later story arcs.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The first ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' [[TheMovie movie]], ''Memories of Nobody'', refers to Senna, a girl who has [[MultipleChoicePast multiple memories]] [[spoiler: that weren't really hers to begin with due to being an amalgam of different souls]].
* ''Manga/{{Dororo}}'', as ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'': Nobita is the main protagonist in virtually most stories/episodes of the series. Actually, most of the movies have CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase titles like "Nobita and..." or "Nobita's..."
* ''Manga/{{Dororo}}'':
Hyakkimaru is really the main protagonist.



* After being the main character of ''Anime/MaiHime'', Mai Tokiha barely appears in the {{Elseworld}} spin-off ''Anime/MaiOtome'', relegated to a supporting role near the end. Also an example of ArtifactTitle.
* In ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'', the title "Guardian of the Spirit" actually refers to the young [[ShelteredAristocrat Prince Chagum]], not the main protagonist [[ActionGirl Balsa.]] This is easy to mistake, as Balsa is [[MamaBear Chagum's bodyguard]], making her the Guardian of the Guardian of the Spirit.
* ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]''. Ash, first and foremost, is the main character of the series rather than the titular creatures, with Pikachu as his sidekick. In fact, as with the ''Transformers'' example below, the {{Mons}} in general take a backseat to the humans. This is somewhat true of the game series as well, but to a lesser extent due to how much the gameplay itself revolves around the titular {{Mons}}.

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* ''Anime/MaiHime'': After being the main character of ''Anime/MaiHime'', character, Mai Tokiha barely appears in the {{Elseworld}} spin-off ''Anime/MaiOtome'', relegated to a supporting role near the end. Also an example of ArtifactTitle.
* In ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'', the ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'': The title "Guardian of the Spirit" actually refers to the young [[ShelteredAristocrat Prince Chagum]], not the main protagonist [[ActionGirl Balsa.]] This is easy to mistake, as Balsa is [[MamaBear Chagum's bodyguard]], making her the Guardian of the Guardian of the Spirit.
* ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]''. ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Ash, first and foremost, is the main character of the series rather than the titular creatures, with Pikachu as his sidekick. In fact, as with the ''Transformers'' example below, the {{Mons}} in general take a backseat to the humans. This is somewhat true of the game series as well, but to a lesser extent due to how much the gameplay itself revolves around the titular {{Mons}}.


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* ''Tensai Bakabon'' is initially a gag manga about a little boy named Bakabon and his adventures with his pals, focusing so strongly on his point of view that his parents don't even get names, referred to only as "Papa" and "Mama." Over time, however, Bakabon's troublemaking father becomes the BreakoutCharacter, to the point that the series soon revolves around him and his various schemes. Bakabon himself is demoted to his occasional sidekick. Despite this, the dad is still never given a name, and is called "Bakabon's Father" on merchandise.
10th Mar '16 11:02:11 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/ChildrenOfTheNight'' refers to [[spoiler:the kids the villain used to feed while he was imprisoned.]]
10th Feb '16 9:10:42 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/{{Trancers}}'': The protagonist is Jack Deth. The Trancers are the {{Big Bad}}'s mind slaves.
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