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15th Jul '17 2:49:15 PM SilentStranger
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** Nite Owl, Hollis Mason, is surrounded by his memorabilia and tells his only friend and successor Dan Dreiberg the same old heroic stories.

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** Nite Owl, Hollis Mason, is surrounded by his memorabilia and tells his only friend and successor Dan Dreiberg the same old heroic stories. In Mason's case though, he retired voluntarily after the debut of Dr Manhattan, figuring that with a literal superman, the world didnt need him anymore.



* Looney Leo from ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is a [[RefugeeFromTVLand living cartoon character]] who used to be a major movie and television star, but now spends his day as a restauranteur and living novelty.

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* Looney Leo from ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is a [[RefugeeFromTVLand living cartoon character]] who used to be a major movie and television star, but now spends his day as a restauranteur and living novelty. While he's somewhat used to his life now, he used to be ''much'' worse off, having spent time as a homeless drifter after his career faded, made worse by a romantic liason where the girl turned out to be underage. On top of that, he was haunted by memories of his lover and his three nephews back in the cartoons he came from, people who never actually existed.
30th May '17 4:56:09 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''Literature/SansFamille'' has a Male example. After his death, it is revealed that Vitalis was once a famous singer named Carlo Balzani, but old age caused him to lose his voice. And since he was too proud to sing in lesser venues, he decided to adopt a new name and disappear.
25th May '17 4:05:55 AM SilentStranger
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* The title character of ''BojackHorseman'' is a rare male example. Bojack was the star of a surprise hit sitcom called "Horsing Around" back in the 80's and early 90's, but quickly fizzled out after the show ended, and has spent the past 20 years pining for the glory days and sabotaging any chances at a comeback because of his massive ego and emotional problems. He spends most of his time, especially in season 1, watching old episodes of the show, to the point where he carries around DVD's of it!
** Sarah Lynn, who played the youngest child on the show, is just on the cusp of becoming one of these. She was by far the most successfull of the cast (aside from Bojack, one of the other child actors went into theater and the other quit acting), and had a massive success as a teen pop star and actress. However, by the time the show starts, her career is winding down as she's replaced by younger icons, and she's even dumped by her publicity boyfriend RobertPattinson. Ironically, she doesnt even like acting all that much, having been pushed into it by her StageMom, but eventually became addicted to the attention and fame (making her a distaff counterpart to Bojack who had the same happen to him). Season 3 ends with her winning an Oscar and seemingly set up a comeback, but she says herself that the win isnt making her feel any happier [[spoiler: and she dies of a drug overdose, making the whole thing moot]]
23rd Apr '17 2:09:57 PM WillBGood
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* Seedra from ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'''s episode "Inject-icide". She's an elderly former beauty queen who injected her face with corn oil as a cheap substitute for Botox (as she couldn't afford the actual treatments). Some of that got into her bloodstream, and then it started leaking out of her face...

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* Seedra Sidra from ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'''s episode "Inject-icide". She's an elderly former beauty queen who injected her face with corn oil as a cheap substitute for Botox (as she couldn't afford the actual treatments). Some of that got into her bloodstream, and then it started leaking out of her face...
23rd Apr '17 2:00:49 PM WillBGood
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* This is the entire premise of ''Film/WhateverHappenedToBabyJane?''. Jane Hudson shares a home with her crippled sister Blanche, who she constantly torments and starves. All the while Jane speaks of being a FormerChildStar and goes just about anywhere to see if anyone remembers her. She says something to the effect of "Someday I'm going to get up and dance, then everyone will gather around me." The audience sympathizes with Blanche, whom Jane allegedly crippled by running her over with a car. [[ItMakesSenseInContext When Jane decides that she must move away]] and finally takes Blanche out of the house she reveals that [[spoiler:Jane never hit her with the car. She'd gotten in an accident and blamed Jane when the cops arrived.]]. She's dying when she confesses this and Jane, [[TheOphelia has slipped into insanity.]] The film ends with [[spoiler: the authorities approaching the dead body. Jane (who had gone to get an ice cream cone) , starts dancing slowly as awe-struck people gather to see what has happened. In her mind, her dream has come true. They've all remembered Little Baby Jane Hudson.]].

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* This is the entire premise of ''Film/WhateverHappenedToBabyJane?''. Jane Hudson shares a home with her crippled sister Blanche, who she constantly torments and starves. All the while Jane speaks of being a FormerChildStar and goes just about anywhere to see if anyone remembers her. She says something to the effect of "Someday I'm going to get up and dance, then everyone will gather around me." The audience sympathizes with Blanche, whom Jane allegedly crippled by running her over with a car. [[ItMakesSenseInContext When Jane decides that she must move away]] and finally takes Blanche out of the house she reveals that [[spoiler:Jane never hit her with the car. She'd gotten in an accident and blamed Jane when the cops arrived.]]. She's dying when she confesses this and Jane, Jane [[TheOphelia has slipped into insanity.]] The film ends with [[spoiler: the authorities approaching the dead body. Jane (who had gone to get an ice cream cone) , starts dancing slowly as awe-struck people gather to see what has happened. In her mind, her dream has come true. They've all remembered Little Baby Jane Hudson.]].
16th Apr '17 5:28:02 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/PrivateActress'' is a manga about the acting and idol industries, so there are some of these:
* [[spoiler: Shiho's mother]] Sayuri Nagasawa ''almost'' became this in [[spoiler: While she IS both beautiful and a very talented actress, getting a huge scar on her face almost ruined her career. Ultimately, she's hinted to have averted the trope by returning to stage acting.]]

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* ''Manga/PrivateActress'' is a manga about the acting and idol industries, industry in the Japan of TheNineties, so there are some of these:
* ** [[spoiler: Shiho's mother]] Sayuri Nagasawa ''almost'' became this in [[spoiler: While she IS both beautiful and a very talented actress, getting a huge scar on her face almost ruined her career. Ultimately, she's hinted to have averted the trope by returning to stage acting.]]
16th Apr '17 5:27:21 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* [[spoiler: Shiho's mother Sayuri Nagasawa ''almost'' became this]] in ''Manga/PrivateActress''. [[spoiler: While she IS both beautiful and a very talented actress, getting a huge scar on her face almost ruined her career. Ultimately, she's hinted to have averted the trope by returning to stage acting.]] At the same time, [[spoiler: Sayuri]]'s old rival Ruriko Daichi deeply fears to become this.
** Beautifully lampshaded by Shiho:

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* ''Manga/PrivateActress'' is a manga about the acting and idol industries, so there are some of these:
* [[spoiler: Shiho's mother mother]] Sayuri Nagasawa ''almost'' became this]] this in ''Manga/PrivateActress''. [[spoiler: While she IS both beautiful and a very talented actress, getting a huge scar on her face almost ruined her career. Ultimately, she's hinted to have averted the trope by returning to stage acting.]] At the same time, ]]
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[[spoiler: Sayuri]]'s old rival Ruriko Daichi deeply fears to become this.
** Beautifully lampshaded by Shiho:
this, and Shiho spends some time posing as her assistant and helping her to deal with the prospect and her own inner demons. Shiho even gets to beautifully lampshade the trope:
25th Mar '17 9:42:04 AM rafi
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Recurring villain Mary "Baby" Dahl, a White Dwarf Starlet, [[NotAllowedToGrowUp with emphasis on "Dwarf"]], who abducted her long-separated sitcom co-stars. Dahl had a peculiar form of dwarfism that made her look permanently like an 8-year old, making her attempts at legitimate acting after quitting her sitcom doomed from the start. Decades later, Dahl has become delusional and desperate to recapture the happiness she had felt in the glory days of her show, leading to her kidnapping her former co-stars to forcibly reunite the cast (and to get revenge on the annoying CousinOliver character that drove her out of the show).
** "The New Batman Adventures" episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE13MeanSeasons Mean Seasons]]" has a former model intent on killing the people who had led to her downfall, wearing full-body covering and a featureless mask to hide what she's become since her fame ran out. TheReveal shows that she looks to be in her 30s and is still beautiful, but she "can only see the flaws". Wanna know the kicker, though? Her voice actress was former model Sela Ward, which sort of makes the episode TruthInTelevision, although Ward obviously didn't go stark raving nuts in RealLife.
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop's ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' [[{{Expy}} analog]], Toot Braunstein, is the burnt-out husk left after the collapse of a white dwarf starlet. She's a Planetary Nebula Starlet (not as hot but larger). Unlike most versions of this trope, she still looks exactly the same as she did in her prime since toons dont age, but what was considered an ideal body in the 1920's is seen as chubby and unappealing today (by mainstream entertainment standards).
* Slappy Squirrel from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' is an inversion of this. The gag behind Slappy isn't really that she's a fallen starlet seeking to regain her fame it's that she's a retired slapstick comedy star whose old antagonists don't seem to have let go as well as she has, only now, she's not only smarter than her opponents, she's old, grumpy, sarcastic and arthritic (think of an aged, vindictive WesternAnimation/BugsBunny), so not only is great harm befalling her geriatric rivals, it's gotten easier with practice and she enjoys it more.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
** Slappy Squirrel is an inversion of this. The gag behind Slappy isn't really that she's a fallen starlet seeking to regain her fame it's that she's a retired slapstick comedy star whose old antagonists don't seem to have let go as well as she has, only now, she's not only smarter than her opponents, she's old, grumpy, sarcastic and arthritic (think of an aged, vindictive WesternAnimation/BugsBunny), so not only is great harm befalling her geriatric rivals, it's gotten easier with practice and she enjoys it more.
** The episode "The Warners 65th Anniversary Special" (a parody of MilestoneCelebration specials) reveals that this is (supposedly) what happened with the Warners' original co-star Buddy (an actual WB cartoon character from the 1930's, infamous for his boring [to some] cartoons). Buddy was fired from the studio after Plotz decided that the Warners didn't need him anymore, though Buddy is seemingly okay with mundane life (he's a nut farmer in Ohio at this point). However, it's then revealed that the episode's mystery villain is in fact Buddy, bitter that the Warners cost him his career.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Recurring villain Mary "Baby" Dahl, a White Dwarf Starlet, [[NotAllowedToGrowUp with emphasis on "Dwarf"]], who abducted her long-separated sitcom co-stars. Dahl had a peculiar form of dwarfism that made her look permanently like an 8-year old, making her attempts at legitimate acting after quitting her sitcom doomed from the start. Decades later, Dahl has become delusional and desperate to recapture the happiness she had felt in the glory days of her show, leading to her kidnapping her former co-stars to forcibly reunite the cast (and to get revenge on the annoying CousinOliver character that drove her out of the show).
** "The New Batman Adventures" episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE13MeanSeasons Mean Seasons]]" has a former model intent on killing the people who had led to her downfall, wearing full-body covering and a featureless mask to hide what she's become since her fame ran out. TheReveal shows that she looks to be in her 30s and is still beautiful, but she "can only see the flaws". Wanna know the kicker, though? Her voice actress was former model Sela Ward, which sort of makes the episode TruthInTelevision, although Ward obviously didn't go stark raving nuts in RealLife.
* Big Food from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' is a perfect example of this trope, even using the line "I am a big star, it's the roles that got small!" with her name and fridge replacing "a big star" and "roles" respectively.
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop's ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' [[{{Expy}} analog]], Toot Braunstein, is the burnt-out husk left after the collapse of a white dwarf starlet. She's a Planetary Nebula Starlet (not as hot but larger). Unlike most versions of this trope, she still looks exactly the same as she did in her prime since toons dont age, but what was considered an ideal body in the 1920's is seen as chubby and unappealing today (by mainstream entertainment standards).



* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' features Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Bikini Bottom analogues of Batman and Robin (and actual superheroes within the [=SpongeBob=] universe, [[OldSuperhero albeit far past their prime]]) who (via the intervention of [=SpongeBob=]) frequently end up attempting to relive their past days of glory.
* Big Food from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' is a perfect example of this trope, even using the line "I am a big star, it's the roles that got small!" with her name and fridge replacing "a big star" and "roles" respectively.



* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' once had I Am Weasel and I.R. Baboon as ghosts who are tasked with scaring a retired starlet (played, [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands as usual]], by The Red Guy), who spends all her time reminiscing about her glory days. However, we're shown that she only ever played bit parts (and she sucked at those too), and is completely delusional. By the end, [[spoiler: their failure to scare her has their boss return Weasel and Baboon to life, only to find out The Red Guy recently died and was assigned to be their ghost]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' features Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Bikini Bottom analogues of Batman and Robin (and actual superheroes within the [=SpongeBob=] universe, [[OldSuperhero albeit far past their prime]]) who (via the intervention of [=SpongeBob=]) frequently end up attempting to relive their past days of glory.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** The episode "Sepulveda Boulevard" is a parody of both ''Sunset Boulevard'' and the trope itself with Elmyra playing the Norma role, a former cartoon star whose career tanked because audiences no longer wanted cute (in her own mind, anyway).
** The episode "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?" has Sappy Stanley, an embittered elephant who moved to France after losing the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward to WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
** Both cartoons even paraphrase the "pictures that got small" speech from ''Sunset Boulevard''.



* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Sepulveda Boulevard" is a parody of both ''Sunset Boulevard'' and the trope itself with Elmyra playing the Norma role, a former cartoon star whose career tanked because audiences no longer wanted cute (in her own mind, anyway).
** The episode "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?" has Sappy Stanley, an embittered elephant who moved to France after losing the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward to WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
** Both cartoons even paraphrase the "pictures that got small" speech from ''Sunset Boulevard''.
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' once had I Am Weasel and I.R. Baboon as ghosts who are tasked with scaring a retired starlet (played, [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands as usual]], by The Red Guy), who spends all her time reminiscing about her glory days. However, we're shown that she only ever played bit parts (and she sucked at those too), and is completely delusional. By the end, [[spoiler: their failure to scare her has their boss return Weasel and Baboon to life, only to find out The Red Guy recently died and was assigned to be their ghost]].
* ''Animaniacs'' reveals in the episode "The Warners 65th Anniversary Special" (a parody of MilestoneCelebration specials) that this is (supposedly) what happened with the Warners' original co-star Buddy (an actual WB cartoon character from the 1930's, infamous for his boring [to some] cartoons). Buddy was fired from the studio after Plotz decided that the Warners didn't need him anymore, though Buddy is seemingly okay with mundane life (he's a nut farmer in Ohio at this point). However, it's then revealed that the episode's mystery villain is in fact Buddy, bitter that the Warners cost him his career.
14th Mar '17 5:59:13 AM tropower
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* ''Animaniacs'' reveals in the episode "The Warners 75th Anniversery Special" that this is what happened with the Warners original co-star Buddy (an actual WB cartoon character from the 1930's, infamous for his boring cartoons). Buddy was fired from the studio after Plotz decided that the Warners didnt need him anymore, though Buddy is seemingly okay with mundane life (he's a nut farmer in Ohio now). However, it's then revealed that the episodes mystery villain is in fact Buddy, bitter that the Warners cost him his career.

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* ''Animaniacs'' reveals in the episode "The Warners 75th Anniversery 65th Anniversary Special" (a parody of MilestoneCelebration specials) that this is (supposedly) what happened with the Warners Warners' original co-star Buddy (an actual WB cartoon character from the 1930's, infamous for his boring [to some] cartoons). Buddy was fired from the studio after Plotz decided that the Warners didnt didn't need him anymore, though Buddy is seemingly okay with mundane life (he's a nut farmer in Ohio now). at this point). However, it's then revealed that the episodes episode's mystery villain is in fact Buddy, bitter that the Warners cost him his career.
14th Mar '17 5:46:24 AM tropower
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* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' finds WesternAnimation/BettyBoop working as a nightclub cigarette girl, having been put out of business by cartoons going to color.[[note]]There actually is one color Betty cartoon, ''Poor Cinderella'' (1934). And Betty's a SignificantGreeneyedRedhead in it![[/note]] She's fairly philosophical about it, though. Counts for a bit of a TearJerker, especially Eddie's sad, "Sure, Betty" after she assures him she's "Still got it." You can thank this movie for helping to [[CareerResurrection revive Betty Boop's career]], if not as an animated film star then as a merchandising icon.

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* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' finds WesternAnimation/BettyBoop working as a nightclub cigarette girl, having been put out of business by cartoons going to color.[[note]]There actually is one color Betty cartoon, ''Poor Cinderella'' (1934). And Betty's a SignificantGreeneyedRedhead in it![[/note]] She's fairly philosophical about it, though. Counts for a bit of a TearJerker, especially Eddie's sad, "Sure, Betty" sad after she assures him she's "Still got it." "[[note]]Eddie: "Yeah, you still got it."[[/note]] You can thank this movie for helping to [[CareerResurrection revive Betty Boop's career]], if not as an animated film star then as a merchandising icon.[[note]]It should be noted however, that she technically never "lost" it in the first place, making it a slight subversion of this trope.[[/note]]
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