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10th Dec '17 6:57:56 PM DustSnitch
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A subtrope of FaceOnTheCover. Compare SpotlightStealingTitle, BillingDisplacement, CoversAlwaysLie, OverusedCopycatCharacter, RedSkiesCrossover, LadyNotAppearingInThisGame. When an iconic ''villain'' shows up in an installment supposedly featuring someone else as the BigBad, this becomes HijackedByGanon. If an actor or character engages in ''self''-promotion (whether in-universe or out), this could shade into ItsAllAboutMe. In music this can be one of the factors that leads to one or two members being TheFaceOfTheBand.

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A subtrope of FaceOnTheCover. Compare SpotlightStealingTitle, BillingDisplacement, ClickbaitGag, CoversAlwaysLie, LadyNotAppearingInThisGame, OverusedCopycatCharacter, RedSkiesCrossover, LadyNotAppearingInThisGame.and RedSkiesCrossover. When an iconic ''villain'' shows up in an installment supposedly featuring someone else as the BigBad, this becomes HijackedByGanon. If an actor or character engages in ''self''-promotion (whether in-universe or out), this could shade into ItsAllAboutMe. In music this can be one of the factors that leads to one or two members being TheFaceOfTheBand.
9th Dec '17 12:54:30 PM WolfNanaki
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** For the [[VideoGame/PokemonGo]] 2017 Halloween update, a new hat item resembling Mimikyu was added. Mimikyu is from generation VII and not available to capture, while the game was only on generation II.

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** For the [[VideoGame/PokemonGo]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGo Pokemon GO]] 2017 Halloween update, a new hat item resembling Mimikyu was added. Mimikyu is from generation VII and not available to capture, while the game was only on generation II.
9th Dec '17 12:53:55 PM WolfNanaki
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** For the [[VideoGame/PokemonGo]] 2017 Halloween update, a new hat item resembling Mimikyu was added. Mimikyu is from generation VII and not available to capture, while the game was only on generation II.
9th Dec '17 9:53:57 AM mimitchi33
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* Beast Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' has been treated this way. Because of him being the most popular character among the target audience, more episodes have been centered on him than any other character. They also gave him three birthday episodes and Cartoon Network has had an annual birthday marathon for him each year since 2015.
7th Dec '17 7:49:51 PM merotoker
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Not to be [[IThoughtItMeant confused with]] the idea that ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is [[SpotlightStealingSquad becoming the focus of the Marvel Universe]] [[ByNoIMeanYes (although that certainly has spawned many examples of this trope)]]. Whenever Marvel wants to do without him for a while, they usually have {{ComicBook/Magneto}} rip the metal off his bones...

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Not to be [[IThoughtItMeant confused with]] the idea that ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Franchise/{{Wolverine}} is [[SpotlightStealingSquad becoming the focus of the Marvel Universe]] [[ByNoIMeanYes (although that certainly has spawned many examples of this trope)]]. Whenever Marvel wants to do without him for a while, they usually have {{ComicBook/Magneto}} rip the metal off his bones...



The Creator/MarvelComics character ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} (who is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}) is the worst offender, hands down. So he gets his own section, which may be in itself an example of this trope. He's been so overused that his later appearances are prone to parody and LampshadeHanging. By the end of the 1990s, Wolverine had been paired up with practically every other Marvel hero in existence, all the way down to five-year-old Katie Power of ''ComicBook/PowerPack''. Twice. Why? Well, beyond his general popularity, he has a number of traits that make him the perfect storm for this:

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The Creator/MarvelComics character ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Franchise/{{Wolverine}} (who is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}) is the worst offender, hands down. So he gets his own section, which may be in itself an example of this trope. He's been so overused that his later appearances are prone to parody and LampshadeHanging. By the end of the 1990s, Wolverine had been paired up with practically every other Marvel hero in existence, all the way down to five-year-old Katie Power of ''ComicBook/PowerPack''. Twice. Why? Well, beyond his general popularity, he has a number of traits that make him the perfect storm for this:



* The image at the top of this page is from a month when Marvel published every single one of their comics with a Wolverine variant cover (it was the 30th anniversary of his first appearance so they did something special for him), even if they didn't actually take place in the MarvelUniverse. This includes their adaptation of the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' UrbanFantasy books.

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* The image at the top of this page is from a month when Marvel published every single one of their comics with a Wolverine variant cover (it was the 30th anniversary of his first appearance so they did something special for him), even if they didn't actually take place in the MarvelUniverse.Franchise/MarvelUniverse. This includes their adaptation of the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' UrbanFantasy books.



** And Wolverine was appalled when he discovered how the editors were going to squeeze even ''more'' out of him when he's introduced to [[DistaffCounterpart Wolverina]]. Then came ComicBook/{{X 23}}... Who would become a LegacyCharacter ''herself'' over a decade after her introduction.

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** And Wolverine was appalled when he discovered how the editors were going to squeeze even ''more'' out of him when he's introduced to [[DistaffCounterpart Wolverina]]. Then came ComicBook/{{X 23}}... Who who would become a LegacyCharacter ''herself'' over a decade after her introduction.



* Wolverine has [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Wolverine}} his own self-demonstrating article]] right here on TV Tropes, in which he describes the article itself as a product of Wolverine Publicity and makes several other references to the trope.

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* Wolverine has [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Wolverine}} his own self-demonstrating article]] right here on TV Tropes, Wiki/TVTropes, in which he describes the article itself as a product of Wolverine Publicity and makes several other references to the trope.



---> Obviously the real reason for the lead character change-up is that Fox knew a ripped-to-shreds Creator/HughJackman would sell more tickets than an intangible Creator/EllenPage. It was both the wrong decision for the story, and one that instantly made them $500 million. The term "Wolverine Publicity" [[JustForFun/NotableReferencesToTVTropes is codified on TV tropes for a reason.]]

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---> Obviously the real reason for the lead character change-up is that Fox knew a ripped-to-shreds Creator/HughJackman would sell more tickets than an intangible Creator/EllenPage. It was both the wrong decision for the story, and one that instantly made them $500 million. The term "Wolverine Publicity" [[JustForFun/NotableReferencesToTVTropes [[ReferencedBy/TVTropes is codified on TV tropes for a reason.]]



* [[Characters/MCUSHIELDLeadership Phil Coulson]] is a weird example of a CanonForeigner-turned-CanonImmigrant who benefits from this. Not only did he get [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD his own TV show]], but he appeared as a major character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' (until he was PutOnABus in Season 3), was a main character in ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' and ''[[Comicbook/UltimateFantasticFour Ultimate FF]]'', and has become the go-to guy to use whenever ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} makes a guest appearance in any other series.

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* [[Characters/MCUSHIELDLeadership [[Characters/MCUPhilCoulson Phil Coulson]] is a weird example of a CanonForeigner-turned-CanonImmigrant who benefits from this. Not only did he get [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD his own TV show]], but he appeared as a major character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' (until he was PutOnABus in Season 3), was a main character in ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' and ''[[Comicbook/UltimateFantasticFour Ultimate FF]]'', and has become the go-to guy to use whenever ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} makes a guest appearance in any other series.



* Despite having jack-all to do with the comics' version of ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark, Bruce is a main character in [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDark the animated movie]].

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* Despite having jack-all to do with the comics' version of ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark, ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'', Bruce is a main character in [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDark the animated movie]].



** As DC's most popular character in the 1950s and 60s, Superman had the most books out of anyone at DC: ''Superman'', ''Action Comics'', one-half of ''World's Finest Comics'', ''Adventure Comics'' (as ComicBook/{{Superboy}}), ''Superboy'', prominent appearances in ''Superman's Pal, ComicBook/{{Jimmy Olsen}}'' and ''Superman's Girl Friend {{ComicBook/Lois Lane}}'', and regularly seen in ''Justice League of America.''

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** As DC's most popular character in the 1950s and 60s, Superman had the most books out of anyone at DC: ''Superman'', ''Action Comics'', one-half of ''World's Finest Comics'', ''Adventure Comics'' (as ComicBook/{{Superboy}}), ''Superboy'', prominent appearances in ''Superman's Pal, ComicBook/{{Jimmy Olsen}}'' ComicBook/JimmyOlsen'' and ''Superman's Girl Friend {{ComicBook/Lois Lane}}'', ComicBook/LoisLane'', and regularly seen in ''Justice League of America.''



* Sort of {{Parodied}} in ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' when the students start forming their own super-teams--most kids wind up in three or four different groups, mostly as "beta teammates." This is mostly presented as a cliquey popularity thing.

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* Sort of {{Parodied}} {{parodied|Trope}} in ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' when the students start forming their own super-teams--most kids wind up in three or four different groups, mostly as "beta teammates." This is mostly presented as a cliquey popularity thing.



* The sequel to Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' had megastar actor John Goodman providing the voice of Baloo the Bear, and ads for the movie loudly proclaimed "Baloo is back!", even though this story was supposed to be about Mowgli.

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* The sequel to Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' ''Disney/TheJungleBook2'' had megastar actor John Goodman Creator/JohnGoodman providing the voice of Baloo the Bear, and ads for the movie loudly proclaimed "Baloo is back!", even though this story was supposed to be about Mowgli.



** The original ''Star Wars'' movies were the rise, fall and redemption of Darth Vader - the last part meaning [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he dies in the last one]]. Well, once Disney decided to make more movies, ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' just had to include Vader's destroyed helmet as early as the trailer and a DarthVaderClone as the villain (in-universe, a deliberate case of copycat, as it's his grandson who also fell for the Dark Side).

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** The original ''Star Wars'' movies were the rise, fall and redemption of Darth Vader - the last part meaning [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he dies in the last one]]. Well, once Disney decided to make more movies, ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' just had to include Vader's destroyed helmet as early as the trailer and a DarthVaderClone as the villain (in-universe, a deliberate case of copycat, as it's [[spoiler: his grandson grandson]] who also fell for the Dark Side).



%% * In addition to the {{Trope Namer|s}} [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} himself]], ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' also features fan-favorites Wade Wilson and Gambit.

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%% * In addition to the {{Trope Namer|s}} [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} [[Franchise/{{Wolverine}} himself]], ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' also features fan-favorites Wade Wilson and Gambit.



* ''Series/SesameStreet''

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* When the ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' was imported to the UK as ''Noddy In Toyland'', the BBC had a particular fondness for Johnny Crawfish out of all the puppet characters created for the show. The first two episodes they aired of the show they aired were focused on him in some matter [[note]] The first was "The Fish Story", which had a subplot about Johnny Crawfish getting a new tankmate, and the second was "The Tooth Fairy", in which he has a solo song about his first childhood experience with the Tooth Fairy.[[/note]] and the Noddy annual for the year the UK got the show had him on the back cover.

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* When the ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' was imported to the UK as ''Noddy In Toyland'', the BBC had a particular fondness for Johnny Crawfish out of all the puppet characters created for the show. The first two episodes they aired of the show they aired were focused on him in some matter [[note]] The first was "The Fish Story", which had a subplot about Johnny Crawfish getting a new tankmate, and the second was "The Tooth Fairy", in which he has a solo song about his first childhood experience with the Tooth Fairy.[[/note]] and the Noddy annual for the year the UK got the show had him on the back cover.



* Is it safe to say UsefulNotes/BarackObama is an example of this trope yet? Even before he was President, it seemed like he was EVERYWHERE.
* Ron Paul. He hasn't won a thing yet in the 2012 Presidential race (and he didn't fare well in the 2008 Presidential race either) but he seems to be often praised as the future of American politics...despite being nearly eighty years old.



* [[Music/FooFighters Dave]] [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Grohl]]

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* [[Music/FooFighters Dave]] [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Grohl]]Music/DaveGrohl



* Wrestling/JohnMorrison and Wrestling/TheMiz most definitely. Not just because they appeared on all three Wrestling/{{WWE}} brands regularly, featured on most pay per views if only for a short segment and had their own Internet talk show but also because the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html World Tag Team Championships]] they wore were supposed to be exclusive to one show, ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]''. As ECW superstars they never should have gotten a title shot in the first place. Even worse, ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown [=SmackDown!=]]]'''s equivalent [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champions]], Wrestling/{{Carlito|Colon}} and Primo, weren't even guaranteed to appear on their own show, then Miz and Morrison stole their [[Wrestling/BellaTwins girlfriends]]. It was justified by ECW having kayfabe "talent sharing agreements" with both Smackdown and Raw, but it seemed that they were the only two wrestlers smart enough to take advantage of the agreement. (Interestingly, therefore, Morrison and Miz [[SmallRoleBigImpact may have been the ones responsible]] for ECW being discontinued two years later and ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]'' being reintegrated a year after that!) And fans really wanted to see them take a beating.

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* Wrestling/JohnMorrison and Wrestling/TheMiz most definitely. Not just because they appeared on all three Wrestling/{{WWE}} brands regularly, featured on most pay per views if only for a short segment and had their own Internet talk show but also because the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html World Tag Team Championships]] they wore were supposed to be exclusive to one show, ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]''. As ECW superstars they never should have gotten a title shot in the first place. Even worse, ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown [=SmackDown!=]]]'''s equivalent [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champions]], Wrestling/{{Carlito|Colon}} and Primo, weren't even guaranteed to appear on their own show, then Miz and Morrison stole their [[Wrestling/BellaTwins girlfriends]]. It was justified by ECW having kayfabe "talent sharing agreements" with both Smackdown and Raw, but it seemed that they were the only two wrestlers smart enough to take advantage of the agreement. (Interestingly, therefore, Morrison and Miz [[SmallRoleBigImpact may have been the ones responsible]] for ECW being discontinued two years later and ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]'' being reintegrated a year after that!) And fans really wanted to see them take a beating.



* [=LeBron=] James from 2010 to June 2012. The media paid attention to EVERYTHING he did, to the point of stalking.

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* [=LeBron=] James UsefulNotes/LeBronJames from 2010 to June 2012. The media paid attention to EVERYTHING he did, to the point of stalking.



* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''

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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'''s American and Japanese versions subvert this. The European cover, however, is very happy to zoom out of the main character just so they can stick in a poorly Photoshopped version of Dante in and adding a "[[MemeticMutation Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry Series]]" right there in the front.

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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'''s American and Japanese versions subvert this. The European cover, however, is very happy to zoom out of the main character just so they can stick in a poorly Photoshopped photoshopped version of Dante in and adding a "[[MemeticMutation Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry Series]]" right there in the front.



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''

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* For a time, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk was a main character in both ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', while also making guest appearances on ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''.

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* For a time, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk was a main character in both ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'' ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', while also making guest appearances on ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyHeuRQfKU4 THIS VIDEO]]. During 2005, Creator/CartoonNetwork made a summertime song as a promotion that around the time, the Cartoon Network original shows that were running consistently around that time included ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Well Cartoon Network tended to give a lot of emphasis to the older characters like [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]], WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo, and WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls that didn't have their shows running as consistently. And that was also the same summer that introduced ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyHeuRQfKU4 THIS VIDEO]]. During 2005, Creator/CartoonNetwork made a summertime song as a promotion that around the time, the Cartoon Network original shows that were running consistently around that time included ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Well Cartoon Network tended to give a lot of emphasis to the older characters like [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]], WesternAnimation/{{Dexter|sLaboratory}}, WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo, and WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls that didn't have their shows running as consistently. And that was also the same summer that introduced ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''.



* ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'''s opening titles featured Webby from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', but she never actually appeared in any of the show's cartoons or host segments. At the time ''Raw Toonage'' was on the air, WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon was still going strong, and ''[=DuckTales=]'' was its flagship show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'''s opening titles featured Webby from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales|1987}}'', but she never actually appeared in any of the show's cartoons or host segments. At the time ''Raw Toonage'' was on the air, WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon was still going strong, and ''[=DuckTales=]'' was its flagship show.


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* Is it safe to say UsefulNotes/BarackObama is an example of this trope yet? Even before he was President, it seemed like he was EVERYWHERE.
* Ron Paul. He didn't fare well in the 2008 or 2012 Presidential race, but he seems to be often praised as the future of American politics...despite being nearly eighty years old.
3rd Dec '17 7:26:58 AM erforce
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* In 1991 Marvel parodied their own tendency to do this with a three part ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' story headlined "The World's Most Commercial Comics Magazine'' which starred Wolverine and Spider-Man, as well as the then-hot Comicbook/GhostRider and Gray [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], as a RagtagBunchOfMisfits brought together as [[strike:[[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]]]] "[[TakeUpMySword The New Fantastic Four]]". And also had another unnecessary cameo by ComicBook/ThePunisher at the end of the story. Lampshaded on the cover blurb-- "World's Most Exploitative Cameo". Frank Castle doesn't actually show up until the last panel of the last page, flying past aboard a commercial jet.
** He's actually in an attack chopper pursuing a [[{{kaiju}} giant flying monster]] returning to Monster Island (where the last part of the story takes place). When he sees the FF and the aforementioned "new FF" coming out of the island together, he went ''ah forget it'' and breaks off his pursuit.
** In a similar vein, a few years later, an issue of ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' was [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070412224748/marveldatabase/images/a/a4/Sensational_She-Hulk_Vol_1_37.jpg "starring on this issue"]] Wolverine, the Punisher and Spider-Man. She-Hulk helpfully informs us they are not starring (nor even technically ''appearing'') ''in'' this issue, however.

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* In 1991 Marvel parodied their own tendency to do this with a three part ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' story headlined "The World's Most Commercial Comics Magazine'' Magazine" which starred Wolverine and Spider-Man, as well as the then-hot Comicbook/GhostRider and Gray [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], as a RagtagBunchOfMisfits brought together as [[strike:[[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]]]] "[[TakeUpMySword The New Fantastic Four]]". And The issue also had another unnecessary cameo by ComicBook/ThePunisher at in the end of the story. Lampshaded last page (lampshaded on the cover blurb-- "World's Most Exploitative Cameo". Frank Castle doesn't actually show up until the last panel of the last page, flying past aboard a commercial jet.
** He's actually in an attack chopper
Cameo"), coming over pursuing a [[{{kaiju}} giant flying monster]] returning to Monster Island (where where the last part of the story takes place).place. When he sees the FF and the aforementioned "new FF" coming out of the island together, he went ''ah forget it'' and breaks off his pursuit.
** * In a similar vein, a few years later, an issue of ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' was [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070412224748/marveldatabase/images/a/a4/Sensational_She-Hulk_Vol_1_37.jpg "starring on this issue"]] Wolverine, the Punisher and Spider-Man. She-Hulk helpfully informs us they are not starring (nor even technically ''appearing'') ''in'' this issue, however.
22nd Nov '17 7:40:25 PM dmcreif
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* ''Comicbook/PatsyWalkerAKAHellcat'' #5 [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/marveldatabase/images/6/6d/Patsy_Walker%2C_A.K.A._Hellcat!_Vol_1_5.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160422095024 parodies it]] with "Plus! You Won't Believe Who Shows Up [[AdvertisedExtra On The Last Page]]! (Psst! It's Comicbook/JessicaJones!)" (after all, Jones gave [[Comicbook/PatsyWalker Walker]] [[Series/JessicaJones2015 her live-action debut]])

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* ''Comicbook/PatsyWalkerAKAHellcat'' #5 [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/marveldatabase/images/6/6d/Patsy_Walker%2C_A.K.A._Hellcat!_Vol_1_5.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160422095024 parodies it]] with "Plus! You Won't Believe Who Shows Up [[AdvertisedExtra On The Last Page]]! (Psst! It's Comicbook/JessicaJones!)" (after all, Jessica Jones gave [[Comicbook/PatsyWalker Walker]] [[Series/JessicaJones2015 her live-action debut]])debut]])
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' heavily hyped up its use of Karen Page during the marketing campaign, presumably to draw in viewers from ''Series/Daredevil2015'', even though she's only in four episodes and her contribution to the overall plot is minimal.
19th Nov '17 6:15:33 PM HarpieSiren
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** While Lucina may be the worst offender, she's not the only one. Marth, Robin, Corrin, Ike and Roy, aka the ''Fire Emblem'' representatives in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', are the characters most likely to get publicity, in rough descending order.

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** While Lucina may be the worst offender, she's not the only one. Marth, Robin, Corrin, Ike and Ike, Roy, aka and Lyn are the ''Fire Emblem'' representatives characters most likely to get publicity. With the exception of Lyn, they're all playable characters in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', are the characters most likely to get publicity, in rough descending order.and Lyn's an [[AssistCharacter Assist Trophy]].
14th Nov '17 5:07:21 PM comicwriter
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* Zero, EnsembleDarkHorse was a supporting character in the first ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'' who got promoted to co-protagonist in the sequels, had a [[EarlyBirdCameo retroactive cameo]] in the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic original series]], gained his own series in the form of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', and [[spoiler:returns from the dead]] as a [[TransformationTrinket Biometal]] in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX]]''. Aside from that, he was also mentioned in two more (''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Legends]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]''), with the latter even including an {{expy}} in one of its {{Gaiden Game}}s as well as the [[Anime/MegaManNTWarrior anime]]. ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Legends 3]]'' was set to introduce a character who would fill that series Proto Man/Zero niche before it was [[InternetBackdraft unwisely canceled by Capcom]]. Last but not the least, he appears as a playable character in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'', ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom: [[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate All-Stars]]'', ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' '''and''' ''Videogame/ProjectXZone''. The only series he hasn't appeared in, ''yet'', is ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Star Force]]''.

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* Zero, EnsembleDarkHorse was a supporting character in the first ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'' who got promoted to co-protagonist in the sequels, had a [[EarlyBirdCameo retroactive cameo]] in the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic original series]], gained his own series in the form of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', and [[spoiler:returns from the dead]] as a [[TransformationTrinket Biometal]] in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX]]''. Aside from that, he was also mentioned in two more (''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Legends]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]''), with the latter even including an {{expy}} in one of its {{Gaiden Game}}s as well as the [[Anime/MegaManNTWarrior anime]]. ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Legends 3]]'' was set to introduce a character who would fill that series Proto Man/Zero niche before it was [[InternetBackdraft unwisely canceled by Capcom]]. Last but not the least, he appears as a playable character in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'', ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom: [[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate All-Stars]]'', ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', ''Videogame/ProjectXZone'' '''and''' ''Videogame/ProjectXZone''.''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite''. The only series he hasn't appeared in, ''yet'', is ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Star Force]]''.



** Zangief is also present in nearly all of the crossover fighting games; his absentee counts are ''SVC Chaos'' (where he's replaced by Hugo from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: 2nd Impact''), ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' (where he's replaced by Alex from ''Street Fighter III''), and ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3'' (where he's replaced by Haggar from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'') as the Capcom side's grappler.

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** Zangief is also present in nearly all of the crossover fighting games; his absentee counts are ''SVC Chaos'' (where he's replaced by Hugo from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: 2nd Impact''), ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' (where he's replaced by Alex from ''Street Fighter III''), and ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3'' (where he's replaced by and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'' (both of which replace him with Haggar from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'') ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' as the Capcom side's grappler) as the Capcom side's grappler.
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** From ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud Strife. In addition to the media directly related to his universe -- ''VII'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' -- he's popping up in other universes with frightening regularity. He gets a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', he's an unlockable GuestFighter in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', a recurring character in ''Kingdom Hearts'', in ''VideoGame/ItadakiStreet'', and he's in ''VideoGame/{{Ehrgeiz}}'' and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' ([[{{Crossover}} Which he would have been in either way, being the hero of a main numbered entry]]). The character designer of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Creator/TetsuyaNomura, was specifically told they wanted a [[DistaffCounterpart female]] Cloud Strife for a main character, which is how he came up with Lightning.

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** From ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud Strife. In addition to the media directly related to his universe -- ''VII'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' -- he's popping up in other universes with frightening regularity. He gets a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', he's an unlockable GuestFighter in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', a recurring character in ''Kingdom Hearts'', in ''VideoGame/ItadakiStreet'', and he's in ''VideoGame/{{Ehrgeiz}}'' and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' ([[{{Crossover}} Which he would have been in either way, being the hero of a main numbered entry]]). He also joined ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'' as a playable character, cementing his status as the [[FaceOfTheBand Face of the Brand]]. The character designer of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Creator/TetsuyaNomura, was specifically told they wanted a [[DistaffCounterpart female]] Cloud Strife for a main character, which is how he came up with Lightning.
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