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2nd Mar '17 9:25:18 PM Galacton
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A type of [[UnlockableContent unlockable content]]. This is a character that casual players may never see. Not due to some strange invisibility, but because finding them requires some sort of specific action on their part. Like any other form of [[UnlockableContent unlockable content]], getting the SecretCharacter is not required to finish the game.

If the game's a RolePlayingGame, this character can be recruited to your RagtagBunchOfMisfits, sometimes through [[GuideDangIt extremely convoluted]] means, sometimes as NewGamePlus reward. In this case, the fact that they can join you can make them a WalkingSpoiler.

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A type of [[UnlockableContent unlockable content]]. This is a playable character that casual players may never see. Not due is unavailable to some strange invisibility, but because finding the player at the start of the game and getting to play as them requires some sort of specific action on their part. Like any other form of [[UnlockableContent unlockable content]], getting the SecretCharacter is not required to finish the game.

If the game's a RolePlayingGame, this character can be recruited to your RagtagBunchOfMisfits, PlayerParty, sometimes through [[GuideDangIt extremely convoluted]] means, sometimes as NewGamePlus reward. In this case, the fact that they can join you can make them a WalkingSpoiler.
28th Feb '17 4:59:03 PM kazokuhouou
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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' certain characters can only be recruited if certain buildings or structures are upgraded all the way. And all of those characters are only available in certain paths. [[spoiler: Izana can only be recruited if the Hot Spring is upgraded in ''Birthright'' and ''Conquest'', and in ''Revelation'' he's replaced by Fuga. Yukimura is only available if a puppet is upgraded and only in ''Birthright''. Flora is available if a turret is upgraded and only in ''Conquest'' and ''Revelation''.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' certain ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':
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characters can only be recruited if certain buildings or structures are upgraded all the way. And all of those characters are only available in certain paths. [[spoiler: Izana can only be recruited if the Hot Spring is upgraded in ''Birthright'' and ''Conquest'', and in ''Revelation'' he's replaced by Fuga. Yukimura is only available if a puppet is upgraded and only in ''Birthright''. Flora is available if a turret is upgraded and only in ''Conquest'' and ''Revelation''.]]
*** Midori is a rather special case, as she's a secret character ''only'' in ''Birthright'': in ''Conquest'' and ''Revelations'' she can be gotten the same way as any other child character, but in ''Birthright'' [[spoiler: Kaze not only has to be married, but have an A-Support with the Avatar by chapter 15 before Midori can be unlocked. If that second objective isn't fulfilled by chapter 15, Kaze dies and Midori is LostForever.
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28th Feb '17 12:02:40 PM kazokuhouou
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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' certain characters can only be recruited if certain buildings or structures are upgraded all the way. And all of those characters are only available in certain paths. [[spoiler: Izana can only be recruited if the Hot Spring is upgraded in ''Birthright'' and ''Conquest'', and in ''Revelation'' he's replaced by Fuga. Yukimura is only available if a puppet is upgraded and only in ''Birthright''. Flora is available if a turret is upgraded and only in ''Conquest'' and ''Revelation''.]]
20th Feb '17 1:33:52 PM Gosicrystal
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Some secret characters can be LostForever depending on the means used to unlock or acquire them.

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Some secret characters can be LostForever are {{Permanently Missable|Content}} depending on the means used to unlock or acquire them.



* ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'': Sei required you to finish a sidequest in an optional dungeon; Time Lord and Kylin required you to get two gifts of magic first to even access the quest to recruit them (or buy their magic); Suzaku required you [[Main/GuideDangIt to defeat an obscure miniboss who randomly appeared if you fight a certain monster in the previous screen]]; and Rei was another GuideDangIt character available only in Asellus' quest and was LostForever if you forgot to do something or did something you shouldn't have done at the start of said quest.

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* ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'': Sei required you to finish a sidequest in an optional dungeon; Time Lord and Kylin required you to get two gifts of magic first to even access the quest to recruit them (or buy their magic); Suzaku required you [[Main/GuideDangIt to defeat an obscure miniboss who randomly appeared if you fight a certain monster in the previous screen]]; and Rei was another GuideDangIt character available only in Asellus' Asellus's quest and was LostForever [[PermanentlyMissableContent unobtainable]] if you forgot to do something or did something you shouldn't have done at the start of said quest.



* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', near the end of the game, you are presented a choice. Take one path and you can recruit [[spoiler:Magus]]. Take the other and the mystery character is LostForever.

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* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', near the end of the game, you are presented a choice. Take one path and you can recruit [[spoiler:Magus]]. Take the other and the mystery character is LostForever.[[PermanentlyMissableContent unobtainable for the rest of the game]].



*** Stefan returns as even more of a GuideDangIt, especially as you only get your vague hint ''after'' he's LostForever. But even worse is the other SecretCharacter, [[spoiler:Sephiran a.k.a. Lehran]]. You have to go through several convoluted steps (hinted at nowhere in the game), one of which can be completely impossible if you were unaware of it several chapters beforehand (or even just had bad luck with the RandomNumberGod). And if you finally do unlock him, guess what? You get him for one chapter. Namely the final boss battle. In which he comes with ''no weapon'', meaning you just went through all those steps for practically nothing. Admittedly he does make a good white mage, but you should already have two of those (and possibly more).

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*** Stefan returns as even more of a GuideDangIt, especially as you only get your vague hint ''after'' he's LostForever.[[PermanentlyMissableContent unobtainable]]. But even worse is the other SecretCharacter, [[spoiler:Sephiran a.k.a. Lehran]]. You have to go through several convoluted steps (hinted at nowhere in the game), one of which can be completely impossible if you were unaware of it several chapters beforehand (or even just had bad luck with the RandomNumberGod). And if you finally do unlock him, guess what? You get him for one chapter. Namely the final boss battle. In which he comes with ''no weapon'', meaning you just went through all those steps for practically nothing. Admittedly he does make a good white mage, but you should already have two of those (and possibly more).
19th Feb '17 6:05:58 AM Anura
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** Generation VII includes [[ArtificialHuman Magearna]], obtained via a special QR code.

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** Generation VII includes [[ArtificialHuman Magearna]], obtained via a special QR code.code, and Marshadow, which has yet to be officially revealed or released.
29th Jan '17 1:06:35 AM erforce
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* In ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition]]'', Vergil is playable after beating the game once.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition]]'', Vergil is playable after beating the game once.



* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ: The Legacy of Goku 2'', there are 5 podiums by the fountain in Capsule Corp. Upon completing the Cell Games, you get one statue, which appears on the middle podium. As for the other 4 statues, they are hidden behind 4 barriers, one for each playable character except Goku, that require the character to be [[{{Cap}} level 50]] before they can access the area behind them. A statue is placed behind each of these barriers, and upon collecting all 5, you unlock [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule]] as a playable character.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ: The Legacy of Goku ''VideoGame/DragonBallZTheLegacyOfGoku 2'', there are 5 podiums by the fountain in Capsule Corp. Upon completing the Cell Games, you get one statue, which appears on the middle podium. As for the other 4 statues, they are hidden behind 4 barriers, one for each playable character except Goku, that require the character to be [[{{Cap}} level 50]] before they can access the area behind them. A statue is placed behind each of these barriers, and upon collecting all 5, you unlock [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule]] as a playable character.



* Beating SpectacleFighter ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' on any difficulty unlocks [[TheRival Jeanne]]. There's also [[spoiler:[[GrimReaper Little King Zero]]]], who can be unlocked by beating the BrutalBonusLevel, Angel Slayer.
* Jeanne makes a return as an unlockable character in ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', again unlocked by just beating the game on any difficulty. [[spoiler:Bayonetta's mother, [[GlassCannon Rosa]]]], can also be unlocked by beating the game on 3rd Climax, the second hardest difficulty in the game. Two more characters can be unlocked in the online co-op mode, Tag Climax, through randomly being challenged by them during play, [[spoiler:[[LightEmUp Lumen Sage, Balder]]]], and [[FallenAngel Rodin]], although these two can only be used on the co-op mode and not during normal gameplay.

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* ''Bayonetta''
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Beating SpectacleFighter ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' on any difficulty unlocks [[TheRival Jeanne]]. There's also [[spoiler:[[GrimReaper Little King Zero]]]], who can be unlocked by beating the BrutalBonusLevel, Angel Slayer.
* ** Jeanne makes a return as an unlockable character in ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', again unlocked by just beating the game on any difficulty. [[spoiler:Bayonetta's mother, [[GlassCannon Rosa]]]], can also be unlocked by beating the game on 3rd Climax, the second hardest difficulty in the game. Two more characters can be unlocked in the online co-op mode, Tag Climax, through randomly being challenged by them during play, [[spoiler:[[LightEmUp Lumen Sage, Balder]]]], and [[FallenAngel Rodin]], although these two can only be used on the co-op mode and not during normal gameplay.



* Toraichi and Toraji in ''[[KunioKun Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu]]''.

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* %%* Toraichi and Toraji in ''[[KunioKun ''[[VideoGame/KunioKun Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu]]''.



* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' is the trailblazer for secret characters in fighting games. For the first two games, they were simply unplayable, but far stronger and faster palette swaps of the ninja characters. Starting with ''MK3'', they could be unlocked.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' is the trailblazer for secret characters in fighting games. For the first two games, they were simply unplayable, but far stronger and faster palette swaps of the ninja characters. Starting with ''MK3'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', they could be unlocked.



** In the update following that, ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' adds three new unlockables each with their own UKKs which includes "Classic Sub-Zero", Mileena and Ermac. Smoke is relegated to a normal playable character, but by inputting a code before any round, he will change into his much faster human form, which is basically a faster silver colored swap of Scorpion.
** The original arcade version of ''Mortal Kombat 4'' has a rare player-exclusive version in Meat who uses the skinned corpse model utilized in a couple of Fatalities but uses other characters' moves instead and can be unlocked. The console versions add Goro and Noob Saibot, both of whom were playable by selecting Shinnok or Reiko respectively while using the Hidden option. For some reason, Reptile became this in the Game Boy Color version. ''MK Gold'' added Sektor to the mix by doing the same with Cyrax.
** Many of the characters in ''Deadly Alliance'' can be unlocked by purchasing their Koffins, which have both a specific koin count and type of koin but two in particular are only available after clearing everyone's Konquests; Blaze and Mokap. However, neither have a weapon style or Fatality.
** ''Deception'' continues this but the characters and costumes now require a key to open. There's an especially infamous example in the case of a [[spoiler:zombified Liu Kang]] whose key can only be found a very specific date and time and in an obscure location. The payoff is worth it since he actually deals twice the damage against Onaga. You also technically play as one through the entirety of the game's adventure mode until you cleared the main story where he will be available in all modes but the size of his moveset, which is taken from most, if not the entire cast, is dependent on how many keys you can unlock, including his Fatalities.

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** In the update following that, ''Ultimate ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' 3]]'' adds three new unlockables each with their own UKKs [=UKKs=] which includes "Classic Sub-Zero", Mileena and Ermac. Smoke is relegated to a normal playable character, but by inputting a code before any round, he will change into his much faster human form, which is basically a faster silver colored swap of Scorpion.
** The original arcade version of ''Mortal Kombat 4'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' has a rare player-exclusive version in Meat who uses the skinned corpse model utilized in a couple of Fatalities but uses other characters' moves instead and can be unlocked. The console versions add Goro and Noob Saibot, both of whom were playable by selecting Shinnok or Reiko respectively while using the Hidden option. For some reason, Reptile became this in the Game Boy Color version. ''MK Gold'' added Sektor to the mix by doing the same with Cyrax.
** Many of the characters in ''Deadly Alliance'' ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'' can be unlocked by purchasing their Koffins, which have both a specific koin count and type of koin but two in particular are only available after clearing everyone's Konquests; Blaze and Mokap. However, neither have a weapon style or Fatality.
** ''Deception'' ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' continues this but the characters and costumes now require a key to open. There's an especially infamous example in the case of a [[spoiler:zombified Liu Kang]] whose key can only be found a very specific date and time and in an obscure location. The payoff is worth it since he actually deals twice the damage against Onaga. You also technically play as one through the entirety of the game's adventure mode until you cleared the main story where he will be available in all modes but the size of his moveset, which is taken from most, if not the entire cast, is dependent on how many keys you can unlock, including his Fatalities.
29th Jan '17 12:31:00 AM Raven_257
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* The Most famous fighting game example: Akuma/Gouki in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Super Street Fighter II Turbo]]'', who surprises the player by killing the standard final boss, M. Bison. Now subject to WolverinePublicity, as he shows up in games which aren't associated with ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', like ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'', where he appears as a giant mecha.

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* The Most most famous fighting game example: example is Akuma/Gouki in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Super Street Fighter II Turbo]]'', who surprises Turbo]]''. If the player by killing plays well enough, Akuma will appear at the end of the game and kill the standard final boss, M. Bison. Now Akuma became so popular that he is now subject to WolverinePublicity, as he shows up in games which aren't associated with ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', like ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'', where he appears as a giant mecha.
29th Jan '17 12:29:03 AM Raven_257
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* Most famous fighting game example: Akuma/Gouki in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Super Street Fighter II Turbo]]'', who began life as an April Fool's Day joke by ''EGM.'' Now subject to WolverinePublicity, as he shows up in games which aren't associated with ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', like ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'', where he appears as a giant robot version of himself.

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* The Most famous fighting game example: Akuma/Gouki in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Super Street Fighter II Turbo]]'', who began life as an April Fool's Day joke surprises the player by ''EGM.'' killing the standard final boss, M. Bison. Now subject to WolverinePublicity, as he shows up in games which aren't associated with ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', like ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'', where he appears as a giant robot version of himself.mecha.
24th Jan '17 3:46:51 PM AgentSalt
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* Beating ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'' in one go, or earning $12,000,00 across multiple playthroughs, unlocks Calcia, the lobster running the counter, as a playable waitress. She'll slow down for every plate carried, but can spin past customers as long as the button is held, unlock Carrie, who can only spin in short bursts.

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* Beating ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'' in one go, or earning $12,000,00 across multiple playthroughs, unlocks Calcia, the lobster running the counter, as a playable waitress. She'll slow down for every plate carried, but can spin past customers as long as the button is held, unlock unlike Carrie, who can only spin in short bursts.
19th Jan '17 2:07:38 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* An OpenSecret, but in ''VideoGame/FateExtellaTheUmbralStar'' [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Artoria Pendragon]] is the final unlockable character possible. And her unlock requirements are a ''doozy'' to say the least. Check the MoonLogicPuzzle entry on the main page for Fate/EXTELLA to see why.
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