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12th Feb '16 11:17:51 AM igordebraga
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** Wolverine, as portrayed by actor Creator/HughJackman, is one of only two characters (the other being Professor X, who has been portrayed by both Creator/PatrickStewart and Creator/JamesMcAvoy at different points in his life) to be in all the seven X-Men live action movies, and if the rumors about him getting a third movie and an appearance in the upcoming ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' get confirmed, that will make '''nine''' movies where Jackman has portrayed Wolverine, more than any other actor in a superhero role. ** Wolverine is the only X-Man to receive an entire movie about his character (not even ''a'' movie, but two: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' and ''Film/TheWolverine''. There are also plans for a third one). Also, four of the five other X-Men movies had him in a role of importance, even though in the comic book storylines the movies are based on, Wolvie does not play a central role in any of them. Magneto was also under consideration to receive an ''X-Men Origins'' movie but this idea was scrapped and much of his history ended up being integrated into ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
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** Wolverine, as portrayed by actor Creator/HughJackman, is one of only two characters (the other being Professor X, who has been portrayed by both Creator/PatrickStewart and Creator/JamesMcAvoy at different points in his life) to be in all the seven X-Men live action movies, movies (the eighth, ''[[Film/{{Deadpool2016}} Deadpool]]'', only mentions both characters - and have the title character wearing a Hugh Jackman mask...) and if the rumors about him getting a third movie and an appearance in the upcoming ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' get confirmed, that will make '''nine''' movies where Jackman has portrayed Wolverine, more than any other actor in a superhero role. ** Wolverine is was the only first X-Man to receive an entire movie about his character (not even ''a'' movie, but two: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' and ''Film/TheWolverine''. There are also plans for a third one). Also, four of the five other X-Men movies had him in a role of importance, even though in the comic book storylines the movies are based on, Wolvie does not play a central role in any of them. Magneto was also under consideration to receive an ''X-Men Origins'' movie but this idea was scrapped and much of his history ended up being integrated into ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Then {{Deadpool}} managed to get his movie done, while Gambit is planned to get his own.
10th Feb '16 6:53:14 AM Anddrix
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* Comicbook/HarleyQuinn could be considered Deadpool's AlternateCompanyEquivalent in this regard. She's been a popular character for years, but this trope was taken UpToEleven after the launch of her ComicBook/{{New 52}} series and her role in the ''Film/SuicideSquad'' movie. She appears in nearly all of the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries publicity despite her fairly minor role, is likely to turn up in almost any Batman-themed merchandise, and ended up as one of the most prominent characters in the ''WebSeries/DCSuperHeroGirls'' line ''despite not actually being a hero''. That's not even getting into her many comic book appearances, including two separate months where many books had Harley Quinn-themed variant covers (much like the Deadpool variants mentioned above).
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* Comicbook/HarleyQuinn Harley Quinn could be considered Deadpool's AlternateCompanyEquivalent in this regard. She's been a popular character for years, but this trope was taken UpToEleven after the launch of her ComicBook/{{New 52}} series [[ComicBook/HarleyQuinn series]] and her role in the ''Film/SuicideSquad'' movie. She appears in nearly all of the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries publicity despite her fairly minor role, is likely to turn up in almost any Batman-themed merchandise, and ended up as one of the most prominent characters in the ''WebSeries/DCSuperHeroGirls'' line ''despite not actually being a hero''. That's not even getting into her many comic book appearances, including two separate months where many books had Harley Quinn-themed variant covers (much like the Deadpool variants mentioned above).
5th Feb '16 1:34:54 PM advent_child
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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': ** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu]] of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. Either him or his Alt Eisen {{mecha}} ([[{{Expy}} or any variation of the machine]]) will undoubtedly be displayed on the game covers of the ''Original Generation'' series, including the ''[[EndlessFrontier Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier]]'' GaidenGame. ** In the regular crossover titles, sometimes a series will be added to the game without its plot. The biggest example of this is ''Anime/MazingerZ'', who lately is just kind of around. Even without that, it's on every game, as well as a ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series (often two or three, ''minimum''), which count as regular examples. This is given a DoubleSubversion in VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX. Kouji and Mazinger don't appear in it, but the lineup does include Anime/MazinkaiserSKL. In fact, if Universal Century ''{{Gundam}}'' is included in the game, then you can be sure that [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]] will get his Nu Gundam, no matter if he's the incarnation from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' or ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' or even the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. The poor [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam RX-78-2 Gundam]] hasn't been in a fully animated VideoGame/SuperRobotWars game since ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Super Robot Wars Advanced Portable]]'', and the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Dijeh]] has only ever appeared [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ once]]. ** Played straight with Kouji after getting shafted in ''UX'' by ''Mazinkaiser SKL'', but averted a second time in franchise history with Amuro and Universal Century ''Gundam'' in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX'', though justified given the events of ''Gundam Unicorn'' occur after [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Amuro's final involvement in Universal Century]]. Additionally, ''Anime/DancougarNova'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' aren't being featured either; a first since their constant appearances since SRW Z for Destiny and SRW L for Dancougar Nova.
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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' ** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu]] of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. Either ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'': either him or his Alt Eisen {{mecha}} HumongousMecha ([[{{Expy}} or any variation of the machine]]) will undoubtedly be displayed on the game covers of the ''Original Generation'' series, including the ''[[EndlessFrontier Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier]]'' GaidenGame. ** In the regular crossover MassiveMultiplayerCrossover titles, sometimes [[{{Filler}} a series will be added to the game without its plot. The plot]], with the biggest example of this is ''Anime/MazingerZ'', who lately is just kind of around. Even one being ''Anime/MazingerZ''; even without that, it being a {{Filler}}, it's on every game, as well as game. However, a DoubleSubversion occurs in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'': ''Mazinger Z'' doesn't appear, but rather its SpinOff ''Anime/MazinkaiserSKL''. ** Likewise, expect at least one ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series (often two or three, ''minimum''), three ''minimum'') per installment, which count counts as regular examples. This is given a DoubleSubversion in VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX. Kouji and Mazinger don't appear in it, but the lineup does include Anime/MazinkaiserSKL. In fact, if Universal Century ''{{Gundam}}'' is included in the a game, then you players can be sure that anticipate [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]] will get his and the Nu Gundam, no matter if he's the incarnation from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' or ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' or even the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. The poor [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam RX-78-2 Gundam]] hasn't been in a fully animated VideoGame/SuperRobotWars ''Super Robot Wars'' game since ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Super Robot Wars Advanced Portable]]'', and while the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Dijeh]] has only ever appeared [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ once]]. ** Played straight with Kouji ''Mazinger Z'' after getting shafted in ''UX'' by ''Mazinkaiser SKL'', but averted a second time in franchise history with Amuro and Universal Century ''Gundam'' in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX'', though yet justified given the events of ''Gundam Unicorn'' occur ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' occurs after [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Amuro's final involvement in Universal Century]]. Additionally, ''Anime/DancougarNova'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' aren't being featured either; in ''BX'', a first since their [[SpotlightStealingSquad constant appearances since SRW Z appearances]] starting from ''Video/SuperRobotWarsL'' for Destiny ''Dancougar Nova'' and SRW L ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' for Dancougar Nova.''SEED Destiny''.
4th Feb '16 8:13:42 AM Omeganian
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* {{Medusa}}. Despite the fact that her only solid presence in the original myths is against Perseus, her [[TheWoobie woobieness]] in retrospect and being a stock ShoutOut means that if someone's doing '''anything''' remotely related to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], she's pretty much an obligatory presence even if claiming to be mythologically accurate yet making the setting during the time of The Argonauts as a reviewer noted in ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheArgonauts'' that she's just there to be there. Granted she's not the only Gorgon in the myths, but she's a perennial favorite to use.
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* {{Medusa}}. Despite the fact that her only solid presence in the original myths is against Perseus, her [[TheWoobie woobieness]] in retrospect and being a stock ShoutOut means that if someone's doing '''anything''' remotely related to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], she's pretty much an obligatory presence even if claiming to be mythologically accurate yet making the setting during the time of The Argonauts (the Argonauts had Heracles, Medusa was slain by Perseus, Perseus was Heracles' great-grandfather, you do the math) as a reviewer noted in ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheArgonauts'' that she's just there to be there. Granted she's not the only Gorgon in the myths, but she's a perennial favorite to use.
1st Feb '16 4:49:07 PM Chepicus
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* During the credits at the beginning of ''Film/LifeOfPi'', they give a special emphasis in GerardDepardieu having a role in it, but his total screen time, as the ship's cook, is no more than four minutes.
31st Jan '16 8:50:57 AM nombretomado
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* The second trade paperback of DC's ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'' miniseries has the LegionOfDoom on the cover, with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker front and center. Except that the Joker was never ''in'' the Legion of Doom, wasn't broken out of prison when Legion member Scarecrow escaped from Arkham Asylum, and only makes cameo appearances in the rest of the series, in a PaperThinDisguise as an Amish man most of the time, and he blows up a building. None of those things have any bearing on the actual plot. The ''actual'' main villains of the series, Lex Luthor and Brainiac, are shoved off to the side behind Joker, as if to insinuate that they're supporting characters instead of the main antagonists. This may be a MythologyGag in reference to the various ''SuperFriends'' series, which ''Justice'' is heavily inspired by; Joker was originally slated to be a member of the Legion of Doom, but due to a {{Creator/Filmation}} cartoon being produced at the same time getting the rights to him first, the Ace of Knaves was [[ExiledFromContinuity largely left out of]] ''Super Friends''.
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* The second trade paperback of DC's ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'' miniseries has the LegionOfDoom on the cover, with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker front and center. Except that the Joker was never ''in'' the Legion of Doom, wasn't broken out of prison when Legion member Scarecrow escaped from Arkham Asylum, and only makes cameo appearances in the rest of the series, in a PaperThinDisguise as an Amish man most of the time, and he blows up a building. None of those things have any bearing on the actual plot. The ''actual'' main villains of the series, Lex Luthor and Brainiac, are shoved off to the side behind Joker, as if to insinuate that they're supporting characters instead of the main antagonists. This may be a MythologyGag in reference to the various ''SuperFriends'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' series, which ''Justice'' is heavily inspired by; Joker was originally slated to be a member of the Legion of Doom, but due to a {{Creator/Filmation}} cartoon being produced at the same time getting the rights to him first, the Ace of Knaves was [[ExiledFromContinuity largely left out of]] ''Super Friends''.
30th Jan '16 4:19:47 PM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' might have retconned Wolverine into a member of the HowlingCommandos. He fought alongside them in the episode "Meet CaptainAmerica", and later appeared with them before Cap during his stay in Niflheim. However, no one refers to Wolverine by his codename in either of those episodes, instead using his original surname, Howlett.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' might have retconned Wolverine into a member of the HowlingCommandos. He fought alongside them in the episode "Meet CaptainAmerica", and later appeared with them before Cap during his stay in Niflheim. However, no one refers to Wolverine by his codename in either of those episodes, instead using his original surname, Howlett.

** When the Guardians were first set to appear in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', almost all of the commercials and previews focused on Rocket, despite his relatively small role in the episode compared to the rest of the team.
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** When the Guardians were first set to appear in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', almost all of the commercials and previews focused on Rocket, despite his relatively small role in the episode compared to the rest of the team.

* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} has been living out this trope in the wake of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' live-action movie. He is currently in ''Secret Avengers'', ''Avengers'', ''Avengers Assemble'' and his own solo title, and was previously added to the cast of ''Avengers Academy'' in order to help boost sales. Beyond that, he was one of the most heavily promoted new additions to ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3'' and will be one of the leads in the upcoming ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' animated series. That's in addition to appearing in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''. He's also appeared in the Comicbook/IronMan [[Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore Anime film]].
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* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} has been living out this trope in the wake of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' live-action movie. He is currently in ''Secret Avengers'', ''Avengers'', ''Avengers Assemble'' and his own solo title, and was previously added to the cast of ''Avengers Academy'' in order to help boost sales. Beyond that, he was one of the most heavily promoted new additions to ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3'' and will be one of the leads in the upcoming ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' animated series. That's in addition to appearing in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''. He's also appeared in the Comicbook/IronMan [[Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore Anime film]].

* Creator/DisneyXD's updated opening of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' showcases Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/TheMightyThor, Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, but not the superheroes who ''didn't'' have movies released before the premiere of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Also, ComicBook/NickFury narrates, even though he sometimes goes several episodes without appearing.
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* Creator/DisneyXD's updated opening of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' showcases Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/TheMightyThor, Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, but not the superheroes who ''didn't'' have movies released before the premiere of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Also, ComicBook/NickFury narrates, even though he sometimes goes several episodes without appearing.

* ''Comicbook/IronMan,'' for a while, was a lead in no less than four series at once: ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures, WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow, WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes,'' and ''Anime/MarvelAnime: Anime/IronMan.'' Ol' shellhead gets around these days.
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* ''Comicbook/IronMan,'' for a while, was a lead in no less than four series at once: ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures, WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow, WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes,'' WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes,'' and ''Anime/MarvelAnime: Anime/IronMan.'' Ol' shellhead gets around these days.

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29th Jan '16 4:38:46 PM nombretomado
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** [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Lucario]] was the first widely-noted example of this after Pikachu. One got to star in its own movie, and also appeared prominently in every single aspect of the franchise (including a playable appearance in ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl''). It ended up getting even more attention after receiving a Mega Evolution in X/Y.
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** [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Lucario]] was the first widely-noted example of this after Pikachu. One got to star in its own movie, and also appeared prominently in every single aspect of the franchise (including a playable appearance in ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'').''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''). It ended up getting even more attention after receiving a Mega Evolution in X/Y.
27th Jan '16 8:18:40 PM merotoker
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Not to be [[IThoughtItMeant confused with]] the idea that {{Wolverine}} is [[SpotlightStealingSquad becoming the focus of the Marvel Universe]] [[NoExceptYes (although that certainly has spawned many examples of this trope)]]. Whenever Marvel wants to do without him for a while, they usually have {{SelfDemonstrating/Magneto}} rip the metal off his bones...
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Not to be [[IThoughtItMeant confused with]] the idea that {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is [[SpotlightStealingSquad becoming the focus of the Marvel Universe]] [[NoExceptYes (although that certainly has spawned many examples of this trope)]]. Whenever Marvel wants to do without him for a while, they usually have {{SelfDemonstrating/Magneto}} rip the metal off his bones...

The Creator/MarvelComics character {{Wolverine}} (who is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}) is the worst offender, hands down. So he gets his own section. 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 {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} (who is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}) is the worst offender, hands down. So he gets his own section. 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 ''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. This includes their adaptation of the ''AnitaBlake'' ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' UrbanFantasy books.

* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''New Avengers''. After discovering that [[spoiler:Elektra]] had at some point been replaced by a Skrull, they discuss who else might have been substituted. Wolverine himself pointed out that his ability to be on so many teams at once seemed ridiculous... unless he was trying to infiltrate as many as possible.
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''New Avengers''.''ComicBook/NewAvengers''. After discovering that [[spoiler:Elektra]] had at some point been replaced by a Skrull, they discuss who else might have been substituted. Wolverine himself pointed out that his ability to be on so many teams at once seemed ridiculous... unless he was trying to infiltrate as many as possible.

-->IronMan: "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall A Wolverine appearance?]] [[SarcasmMode How novel.]] Seriously, this is the third time I've run into you this week..." * In ''{{Deadpool}}'', Wolverine's appearance in issue #27 was declared "his most gratuitous guest appearance ever!" right on the cover.
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-->IronMan: -->ComicBook/IronMan: "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall A Wolverine appearance?]] [[SarcasmMode How novel.]] Seriously, this is the third time I've run into you this week..." * In ''{{Deadpool}}'', ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'', Wolverine's appearance in issue #27 was declared "his most gratuitous guest appearance ever!" right on the cover.

* Lampshaded in an issue of ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', when Mockingbird ask him how he can be on the X-Men and two Avengers (regular Avengers and New Avengers) teams at the same time. He jokes that multitasking is his mutant power.
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* Lampshaded in an issue of ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', when Mockingbird ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} ask him how he can be on the X-Men and two Avengers (regular Avengers and New Avengers) teams at the same time. He jokes that multitasking is his mutant power.

* This was eventually {{Lampshaded}} and dealt with in issue ''Avengers'' (vol. 6) #24, where CaptainAmerica fired Wolverine from the team because he felt he was spreading himself too thin. * {{Lampshaded}} in ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers Annual'' #1. Mojo pitches a new show called "Avengers of the Supernatural", which stars characters such as Comicbook/{{Blade}}, ComicBook/DoctorStrange, and Comicbook/GhostRider. Upon seeing the pitch, the network execs immediately ask if he can add Wolverine to the team as well.
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* This was eventually {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and dealt with in issue ''Avengers'' (vol. 6) #24, where CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica fired Wolverine from the team because he felt he was spreading himself too thin. * {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers Annual'' #1. Mojo pitches a new show called "Avengers of the Supernatural", which stars characters such as Comicbook/{{Blade}}, ComicBook/DoctorStrange, and Comicbook/GhostRider. Upon seeing the pitch, the network execs immediately ask if he can add Wolverine to the team as well.

* 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 WolverinePublicity 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, in which he describes the article itself as a product of WolverinePublicity Wolverine Publicity and makes several other references to the trope.

* HonestTrailers in their review of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' lampshades the Wolverine publicity in the X-Men movie franchise.
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* HonestTrailers WebVideo/HonestTrailers in their review of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' lampshades the Wolverine publicity in the X-Men movie franchise.

* One of the earliest examples of WolverinePublicity is ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' #13, released in 1984. On the cover of this issue we see a badass-looking Wolverine pointing his claws at some unseen menace, defending Heather Hudson from it, and saying: "Okay, sucker, the only way to get to the lady is through '''me!'''". Something like this does happen in the comic, but then we learn it was all just a nightmare by Heather (and even in the nightmare Wolverine only appears in a handful of panels), and the real Wolverine is not in this issue at all. * The ''Wolverine: First Class'' title is this taken to its logical extreme: The book is really about Kitty Pryde as a young X-Man, but because Logan is her mentor, he gets the title. ** Had the ''Kitty Pryde and Wolverine'' title come out about three years later, the names would have definitely been reversed, although the book is 60% Kitty and 40% Wolverine.
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* One of the earliest examples of WolverinePublicity is ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' #13, released in 1984. On the cover of this issue we see a badass-looking Wolverine pointing his claws at some unseen menace, defending Heather Hudson from it, and saying: "Okay, sucker, the only way to get to the lady is through '''me!'''". Something like this does happen in the comic, but then we learn it was all just a nightmare by Heather (and even in the nightmare Wolverine only appears in a handful of panels), and the real Wolverine is not in this issue at all. * The ''Wolverine: First Class'' title is this taken to its logical extreme: The book is really about Kitty Pryde ComicBook/KittyPryde as a young X-Man, but because Logan is her mentor, he gets the title. ** title. Had the ''Kitty Pryde and Wolverine'' title come out about three years later, the names would have definitely been reversed, although the book is 60% Kitty and 40% Wolverine.

* ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' is a comic where the members are drawn from different alternate universes. For one arc, the main characters are suddenly fired and a new team created, made up of Wolverine alone. Why? Because an evil alternate Wolverine is causing trouble and everyone knows the only way to beat Wolverine is with two or more Wolverines. What's more, we discover there have been several teams of Wolverines before that, and the main villain is a Wolverine. You end up with two entire issues with every version of Wolverine imaginable; the main team is the Days of Future Past Wolverine, young James Howlett, ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' Wolvie, Albert (a robot made in Wolvie's image) and Elsie Dee, and a fresh from Department H Wolvie.
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* ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' is a comic where the members are drawn from different alternate universes. For one arc, the main characters are suddenly fired and a new team created, made up of Wolverine alone. Why? Because an evil alternate Wolverine is causing trouble and everyone knows the only way to beat Wolverine is with two or more Wolverines. What's more, we discover there have been several teams of Wolverines before that, and the main villain is a Wolverine. You end up with two entire issues with every version of Wolverine imaginable; the main team is the Days of Future Past ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast'' Wolverine, young James Howlett, ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' Wolvie, Albert (a robot made in Wolvie's image) and Elsie Dee, and a fresh from Department H Wolvie.

* For 2015 Marvel's relaunch called ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel, Wolverine will remain dead...Which means someone will have to take over his identity. Enter Logan's OppositeSexClone and adopted daughter, Laura Kinney aka Comicbook/{{X 23}}. The All-New Wolverine. She will be featured in two books (solo and team book All New X-Men). But that's not all, because the popular alternate version of Logan, Old Man Logan, will find his way into the 616 Universe as well. Like Laura, in two books (solo and Extraordinary X-Men). That's four books featuring Wolverine in some capacity ([[UpToEleven all the X-line sans Deadpool actually]]). ** Amusingly enough, ''All-New Wolverine'' actually ''inverts'' the trope: Comicbook/{{Taskmaster}}, Comicbook/DoctorStrange and Comicbook/TheWasp all make guest appearances in the first arc to help establish Laura in the role of Wolverine.
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* For 2015 Marvel's relaunch called ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel, Wolverine will remain remains dead...Which means someone will have to take over his identity. Enter Logan's OppositeSexClone and adopted daughter, Laura Kinney aka Comicbook/{{X 23}}. The All-New Wolverine. She will be is featured in two books (solo and team book All New X-Men). But that's not all, because the popular alternate version of Logan, Old Man Logan, will find finds his way into the 616 Universe as well. Like Laura, in two books (solo and Extraordinary X-Men). That's four books featuring Wolverine in some capacity ([[UpToEleven all the X-line sans Deadpool actually]]). \n** Amusingly enough, ''All-New Wolverine'' actually ''inverts'' the trope: Comicbook/{{Taskmaster}}, Comicbook/DoctorStrange and Comicbook/TheWasp all make guest appearances in the first arc to help establish Laura in the role of Wolverine. Wolverine.

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

* The audio book adaptation of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' has Wolverine front and center on the cover, displayed prominently next to CaptainAmerica and Comicbook/IronMan. Wolverine ''literally'' shows up in one chapter and then completely disappears from the plot.
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* The audio book adaptation of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' has Wolverine front and center on the cover, displayed prominently next to CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and Comicbook/IronMan. Wolverine ''literally'' shows up in one chapter and then completely disappears from the plot.

* He's on the cover of ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'' (except for the NintendoDS version; Nightcrawler is the only mutant to be found there). You fight him, he gives you all of two missions, he (involuntarily) becomes Venom-Wolverine much later so you fight him again and then he disappears from the game. Luke Cage does more in the game than he does. And the game cover was voted by fans out of a choice of two. The other cover didn't feature Wolverine. * The ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series, where Wolverine is the only character to be in every single one of Capcom's games. He's even in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' ''twice'' (one with the adamantium claws and one with bone, since the metal had been removed from his skeleton at that time), with each version having different movesets (the admantium version is based on his previous ''Marvel vs. Capcom'' appearance while the bone claw version takes after his style in ''X-Men vs. Street Fighter''). * He also appears in the ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'' game. He does very little of note other than [[WorfEffect lying unconscious whilst Deadpool repeatedly slaps him in the face]].
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* He's on the cover of ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'' (except for the NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS version; Nightcrawler is the only mutant to be found there). You fight him, he gives you all of two missions, he (involuntarily) becomes Venom-Wolverine much later so you fight him again and then he disappears from the game. Luke Cage does more in the game than he does. And the game cover was voted by fans out of a choice of two. The other cover didn't feature Wolverine. * The ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series, where Wolverine is the only character to be in every single one of Capcom's games. He's even in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' ''twice'' (one with the adamantium claws and one with bone, since the metal had been removed from his skeleton at that time), with each version having different movesets (the admantium adamantium version is based on his previous ''Marvel vs. Capcom'' appearance while the bone claw version takes after his style in ''X-Men vs. Street Fighter''). * He also appears in the ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'' game. He does very little of note other than [[WorfEffect [[TheWorfEffect lying unconscious whilst Deadpool repeatedly slaps him in the face]].

** In the second season, Wolverine becomes TheLancer of the New Avengers. Interestingly, Iron Man explains that he picked each of the New Avengers based on past performance; each of the other five heroes did guest spots prior to this episode, but Wolvie just had the fleeting cameos mentioned above, and only gets accepted into the team after saving Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}.
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** In the second season, Wolverine becomes TheLancer of the New Avengers. Interestingly, Iron Man explains that he picked each of the New Avengers based on past performance; each of the other five heroes did guest spots prior to this episode, but Wolvie just had the fleeting cameos mentioned above, and only gets accepted into the team after saving Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}.Franchise/SpiderMan.

** That's a staple of any manga HaremSeries (such as ''ToLoveRu'', which does the same). Probably because readers [[SexSells are more interested on the girls]] and the male leads are often [[UnluckyEverydude kinda bland]] and intended as audience-surrogate characters. On that topic, if a girl is a bit [[EnsembleDarkhorse more popular]] or [[SupportingHarem more main]], expect to see her about as much as all the other girls combined when it comes to official art, advertisements, and the like.
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** That's a staple of any manga HaremSeries (such as ''ToLoveRu'', ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', which does the same). Probably because readers [[SexSells are more interested on the girls]] and the male leads are often [[UnluckyEverydude kinda bland]] and intended as audience-surrogate characters. On that topic, if a girl is a bit [[EnsembleDarkhorse more popular]] or [[SupportingHarem more main]], expect to see her about as much as all the other girls combined when it comes to official art, advertisements, and the like.

* This happens in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, with none other than Char Aznable. The first opening credits sequence for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]] features Char opposite the main character, and yet he never appears in the series. ** Char's sister Sayla appears on the cover of the Laserdisc boxset for the second half of [[Anime/MobileSuiteZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]], but she only appears in one episode, with no speaking parts at that.
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* This happens in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, with none other than Char Aznable. The first opening credits sequence for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]] ZZ]]'' features Char opposite the main character, and yet he never appears in the series. ** Char's sister Sayla appears on the cover of the Laserdisc boxset for the second half of [[Anime/MobileSuiteZetaGundam ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]], Gundam]]'', but she only appears in one episode, with no speaking parts at that.

* In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} of the MarvelUniverse, virtually any character who was supposed to get their own title would either appear in Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} first, or have Spider-Man appear in their title's first issue -- in fact, there's a phrase to refer to most of Marvel's Silver Age that basically amounted to "Spider-Man is in the third issue". Trades soliciting comics to shop owners would often carry a picture of the title's third issue's cover. Thus, Spider-Man wound up on a huge number of these, encouraging owners to feel that at least up to that issue the title would be a sure seller. In the nineties, replace Spidey with Wolvie, and it still works.
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* In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} of the MarvelUniverse, Franchise/MarvelUniverse, virtually any character who was supposed to get their own title would either appear in Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} Comicbook/SpiderMan first, or have Spider-Man appear in their title's first issue -- in fact, there's a phrase to refer to most of Marvel's Silver Age that basically amounted to "Spider-Man is in the third issue". Trades soliciting comics to shop owners would often carry a picture of the title's third issue's cover. Thus, Spider-Man wound up on a huge number of these, encouraging owners to feel that at least up to that issue the title would be a sure seller. In the nineties, replace Spidey with Wolvie, and it still works.

** {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://marvel.wikia.com/File:Excalibur_Vol_1_53.jpg this cover]] of {{ComicBook/Excalibur}} ** ** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] reviewed ''NFL Super-Pro #1'', guest-starring Spider-Man. He didn't wait a second after seeing the cover to point out he was there simply to boost sales. Things got worse as the story progresses, as Spider-Man and Super-Pro had little to no interaction, and had a solo scene where he broke into a mob boss's house and gave up searching for evidence after scanning ''only one room''. Simply put, Spider-Man didn't add anything to the plot whatsoever, which is ''worse'' than not appearing at all.
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** {{Lampshaded}} in {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on [[http://marvel.wikia.com/File:Excalibur_Vol_1_53.jpg this cover]] of {{ComicBook/Excalibur}} ** ** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] reviewed ''NFL Super-Pro #1'', guest-starring Spider-Man. He didn't wait a second after seeing the cover to point out he was there simply to boost sales. Things got worse as the story progresses, as Spider-Man and Super-Pro had little to no interaction, and had a solo scene where he broke into a mob boss's house and gave up searching for evidence after scanning ''only one room''. Simply put, Spider-Man didn't add anything to the plot whatsoever, which is ''worse'' than not appearing at all.

*** This was {{Lampshaded}} in the first issue of ''Avenging Spider-Man''. While talking about how he has very little free time, Peter mentions that he's on ''two'' different teams of Avengers with an emphasis on the "two", as if to highlight how ridiculous that is. *** Lampshaded as well in the first appearence of Yellowjacket in ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' (who, [[LateArrivalSpoiler as you should know by now]], was actually Henry Pym with a double-personality crisis). After introducing the characters, we have two pages with J.J.Jameson praising the new hero and Spider-Man making fun remarks from the window. Then, the caption text reminds us that it was an Avengers comic book, and continued with them. Spider-Man's influence in the actual plot? [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Zero]].
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*** This was {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the first issue of ''Avenging Spider-Man''. While talking about how he has very little free time, Peter mentions that he's on ''two'' different teams of Avengers with an emphasis on the "two", as if to highlight how ridiculous that is. *** Lampshaded as well in the first appearence appearance of Yellowjacket in ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' (who, [[LateArrivalSpoiler as you should know by now]], was actually Henry Pym with a double-personality crisis). After introducing the characters, we have two pages with J.J.Jameson praising the new hero and Spider-Man making fun remarks from the window. Then, the caption text reminds us that it was an Avengers comic book, and continued with them. Spider-Man's influence in the actual plot? [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Zero]].

* The villain ComicBook/{{Venom}} from the Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} comic was so popular that he was turned into a NinetiesAntiHero, then given endless cameos and mini-series. When he began to feel over-exposed, the writers created the new character Carnage (a DarkerAndEdgier version of Venom-- think about it, darker and edgier than a ''brain-eating fanged BodyHorror'', they had to make Carnage totally AxeCrazy and covered in blood) and repeated the process all over again.
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* The villain ComicBook/{{Venom}} from the Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} Comicbook/SpiderMan comic was so popular that he was turned into a NinetiesAntiHero, then given endless cameos and mini-series. When he began to feel over-exposed, the writers created the new character Carnage (a DarkerAndEdgier version of Venom-- think about it, darker and edgier than a ''brain-eating fanged BodyHorror'', they had to make Carnage totally AxeCrazy AxCrazy and covered in blood) and repeated the process all over again.

** There is a trade paperback featuring 3 issues that detail the first meeting of ComicBook/GreenArrow and GreenLantern and 5 issues about the first meeting between Green Arrow and Batman. What this Green Arrow team up book called? ''Batman: The Ring, The Arrow and the Bat'', of course!
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** There is a trade paperback featuring 3 issues that detail the first meeting of ComicBook/GreenArrow and GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern and 5 issues about the first meeting between Green Arrow and Batman. What this Green Arrow team up book called? ''Batman: The Ring, The Arrow and the Bat'', of course!

* In the 90's, after his creation and ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'', GreenLantern Kyle Rayner was somewhat guilty of this, too. He had his own title, adventures with the Nightwing-less Titans incarnation, joined the JLA, had cross-overs with Superboy, TheFlash, Connor!Green Arrow, ''still'' had his own monthly, made an appearance or two in ''WonderWoman'' during the period Donna Troy had just lost her ex-husband and son, and basically showed up in a lot of titles. More of an inversion, though, since he was also establishing himself as a hero in his own right and had to run across these other heroes at ''some'' point; his guest appearances weren't about using him to hype other characters, they were using the other characters to hype ''him''.
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* In the 90's, after his creation and ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'', GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner was somewhat guilty of this, too. He had his own title, adventures with the Nightwing-less Titans incarnation, joined the JLA, had cross-overs with Superboy, TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, Connor!Green Arrow, ''still'' had his own monthly, made an appearance or two in ''WonderWoman'' ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' during the period Donna Troy had just lost her ex-husband and son, and basically showed up in a lot of titles. More of an inversion, though, since he was also establishing himself as a hero in his own right and had to run across these other heroes at ''some'' point; his guest appearances weren't about using him to hype other characters, they were using the other characters to hype ''him''.

* {{Deadpool}} has been appearing everywhere lately. Within one year (Fall '08–Fall '09) he has been granted three of his own ongoing titles (more than IronMan and CaptainAmerica ''combined'') and a confirmed place as a regular character in X-Force, given his first animated speaking role (''Hulk vs. Wolverine''), confirmed as making his first speaking television debut (Season 2 of ''The Super Hero Squad Show''), made one of the most prominent characters of Ultimate Alliance 2, ... errr... "featured" in a live action film ([[FanNickname Barakapool]]), and offered his own reboot movie. Not bad for a character who was canceled less than a decade ago. ** There was a Marvel Team-Up between Deadpool and It the Living Colossus. For all that Deadpool actually did to help, it was basically an It one-shot. It seems Deadpool's role in this team-up was just to get people to buy the book. Sorry, did we say Marvel Team-Up? Our mistake -- the book's called ''Deadpool Team-Up''. Deadpool is the star of Marvel's team-up book -- meaning Marvel editorial considers Deadpool their flagship character. Oh, and ''Deadpool Team-Up'' started with issue ''900'' and counts down from there. Granted, this was a joke about the then-current release of ''[[{{Superman}} Action Comics]]'' 900 -- the series got canned after a little over a year.
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* {{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} has been appearing everywhere lately. Within one year (Fall '08–Fall '09) he has been granted three of his own ongoing titles (more than IronMan ComicBook/IronMan and CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica ''combined'') and a confirmed place as a regular character in X-Force, given his first animated speaking role (''Hulk vs. Wolverine''), confirmed as making his first speaking television debut (Season 2 of ''The Super Hero Squad Show''), made one of the most prominent characters of Ultimate Alliance 2, ... errr... "featured" in a live action film ([[FanNickname Barakapool]]), and offered his own reboot movie. Not bad for a character who was canceled less than a decade ago. ** There was a Marvel Team-Up between Deadpool and It the Living Colossus. For all that Deadpool actually did to help, it was basically an It one-shot. It seems Deadpool's role in this team-up was just to get people to buy the book. Sorry, did we say Marvel Team-Up? Our mistake -- the book's called ''Deadpool Team-Up''. Deadpool is the star of Marvel's team-up book -- meaning Marvel editorial considers Deadpool their flagship character. Oh, and ''Deadpool Team-Up'' started with issue ''900'' and counts down from there. Granted, this was a joke about the then-current release of ''[[{{Superman}} ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Action Comics]]'' 900 -- the series got canned after a little over a year.

** Deadpool is now getting [[http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/07/14/comic-con-deadpool-video-game-announced-trailer his own video game]]. The last line of the teaser trailer? "[[LampshadeHanging Suck it, Wolverine!]]"
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** In 2013, Deadpool is now getting [[VideoGame/{{Deadpool}} got]] [[http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/07/14/comic-con-deadpool-video-game-announced-trailer his own video game]]. The last line of the teaser trailer? "[[LampshadeHanging Suck it, Wolverine!]]"

* Villains have started getting in the act too. ComicBook/TheHood and ComicBook/NormanOsborn especially. Doctor Doom did it before them though; He was even the first villain defeated by ComicBook/SquirrelGirl. ** Doctor Doom was involved in Marvel {{Lampshading}} of this in ''Strange Tales 122'', at the time a Human Torch series. Doom's face (or rather, mask) appears in the bottom-left corner of the cover, above the caption "Doctor Doom does ''not'' appear in this story! We just felt like drawing his face!"
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* Villains have started getting in the act too. ComicBook/TheHood and ComicBook/NormanOsborn especially. Doctor Doom did it before them though; He he was even the first villain defeated by ComicBook/SquirrelGirl. ** Doctor Doom was involved in Marvel {{Lampshading}} {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing of this in ''Strange Tales 122'', at the time a Human Torch series. Doom's face (or rather, mask) appears in the bottom-left corner of the cover, above the caption "Doctor Doom does ''not'' appear in this story! We just felt like drawing his face!"

* The ComicBook/FantasticFour were pretty much this for most of TheSixties and TheSeventies; Strange Adventures and Marvel Two-In-One were just two ways MarvelComics tried to turn the Fantastic Four into a CashCowFranchise. The Fantastic Four even show up in The Amazing Spider-Man #1, back before the Web-head could start making his rounds.
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* The ComicBook/FantasticFour were pretty much this for most of TheSixties and TheSeventies; Strange Adventures and Marvel Two-In-One were just two ways MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics tried to turn the Fantastic Four into a CashCowFranchise. The Fantastic Four even show up in The Amazing Spider-Man #1, back before the Web-head could start making his rounds.

* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} has been living out this trope in the wake of ''Film/TheAvengers'' live-action movie. He is currently in ''Secret Avengers'', ''Avengers'', ''Avengers Assemble'' and his own solo title, and was previously added to the cast of ''Avengers Academy'' in order to help boost sales. Beyond that, he was one of the most heavily promoted new additions to ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3'' and will be one of the leads in the upcoming ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' animated series. That's in addition to appearing in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' and ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''. He's also appeared in the Comicbook/IronMan [[Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore Anime film]].
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* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} has been living out this trope in the wake of ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' live-action movie. He is currently in ''Secret Avengers'', ''Avengers'', ''Avengers Assemble'' and his own solo title, and was previously added to the cast of ''Avengers Academy'' in order to help boost sales. Beyond that, he was one of the most heavily promoted new additions to ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3'' and will be one of the leads in the upcoming ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' animated series. That's in addition to appearing in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' and ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''.''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''. He's also appeared in the Comicbook/IronMan [[Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore Anime film]].

* Around the time [[Film/TheAvengers their film came out]], Marvel seems to have decided to pimp out the six characters featured in the film above all others, along with Coulson, Hill, and Nick Fury as the go-to SHIELD team. As well as each one now having their own book [[note]]though, Hawkeye's ongoing is ending soon[[/note]] and the above listed points of publicity-giving-ness, they now regularly appear as the ''default'' Avengers line up in any book besides the main Avenger book, with ''Secret Avengers'' being relaunched to be a SHIELD-focused team book that had the characters from the film featured heavily in promotional material but notably left out characters yet to be featured [[note]]notably, Mockingbird, Taskmaster, and Daisy Johnson, who were not only the most plot-relevant characters in the book, but were then ''written out'' to give the others more room[[/note]]. As well as that, these six, plus Falcon, now also have their [[WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble own animated show]], appear regularly in [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan Spidey's animated series]], and alongside Wolverine and Spider-Man (both of whom, as noted, are VERY guilty of this trope) were the main characters of ''Lego Marvel Superheroes''.
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* Around the time [[Film/TheAvengers [[Film/TheAvengers2012 their film came out]], Marvel seems to have decided to pimp out the six characters featured in the film above all others, along with Coulson, Hill, and Nick Fury as the go-to SHIELD team. As well as each one now having their own book [[note]]though, Hawkeye's ongoing is ending soon[[/note]] and the above listed points of publicity-giving-ness, they now regularly appear as the ''default'' Avengers line up in any book besides the main Avenger book, with ''Secret Avengers'' being relaunched to be a SHIELD-focused team book that had the characters from the film featured heavily in promotional material but notably left out characters yet to be featured [[note]]notably, Mockingbird, Taskmaster, and Daisy Johnson, who were not only the most plot-relevant characters in the book, but were then ''written out'' to give the others more room[[/note]]. As well as that, these six, plus Falcon, now also have their [[WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble own animated show]], appear regularly in [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan [[WesternAnimation/{{UltimateSpider-Man}} Spidey's animated series]], and alongside Wolverine and Spider-Man (both of whom, as noted, are VERY guilty of this trope) were the main characters of ''Lego Marvel Superheroes''.

* Phil Coulson is a weird example of a CanonForeigner-turned-CanonImmigrant who benefits from WolverinePublicity. Not only did he get [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD his own TV show]], but he appeared as a major character in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' (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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* Phil Coulson is a weird example of a CanonForeigner-turned-CanonImmigrant who benefits from WolverinePublicity. this. Not only did he get [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD his own TV show]], but he appeared as a major character in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' ''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.

* A bizarre example was ''Models, Inc.'' The mini-series starred Mary Jane Watson and several old [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] girls' comics characters like Comicbook/MillieTheModel and Comicbook/PatsyWalker, but the cover of the collected edition omitted all of them in favor of an image of Iron Man and Tim Gunn, one of the judges from ''Series/ProjectRunway.'' While Gunn does appear in the series, it's only in one issue in a comedic backup story. Likewise, Iron Man doesn't appear ''at all,'' even though his armor does show up in the aforementioned short story. The actual main characters were regulated to the back cover. * Comicbook/HarleyQuinn could be considered Deadpool's AlternateCompanyEquivalent in this regard. She's been a popular character for years, but this trope was taken UpToEleven after the launch of her {{New 52}} series and her role in the ''Film/SuicideSquad'' movie. She appears in nearly all of the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries publicity despite her fairly minor role, is likely to turn up in almost any Batman-themed merchandise, and ended up as one of the most prominent characters in the ''WebSeries/DCSuperHeroGirls'' line ''despite not actually being a hero''. That's not even getting into her many comic book appearances, including two separate months where many books had Harley Quinn-themed variant covers (much like the Deadpool variants mentioned above).
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* A bizarre example was ''Models, Inc.'' The mini-series starred Mary Jane Watson and several old [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] girls' comics characters like Comicbook/MillieTheModel and Comicbook/PatsyWalker, but the cover of the collected edition omitted all of them in favor of an image of Iron Man and Tim Gunn, one of the judges from ''Series/ProjectRunway.'' While Gunn does appear in the series, it's only in one issue in a comedic backup story. Likewise, Iron Man doesn't appear ''at all,'' even though his armor does show up in the aforementioned short story. The actual main characters were regulated to the back cover. * Comicbook/HarleyQuinn could be considered Deadpool's AlternateCompanyEquivalent in this regard. She's been a popular character for years, but this trope was taken UpToEleven after the launch of her {{New ComicBook/{{New 52}} series and her role in the ''Film/SuicideSquad'' movie. She appears in nearly all of the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries publicity despite her fairly minor role, is likely to turn up in almost any Batman-themed merchandise, and ended up as one of the most prominent characters in the ''WebSeries/DCSuperHeroGirls'' line ''despite not actually being a hero''. That's not even getting into her many comic book appearances, including two separate months where many books had Harley Quinn-themed variant covers (much like the Deadpool variants mentioned above).

* Manga/{{Naruto}} is the second most popular fiction to be used in [[IntercontinuityCrossOver crossover fanfics]]. They pretty much have RuleFifty on every single Fanfic you can imagine. Thanks to WolverinePublicity, readers will often only read and and give a ton of reviews to Naruto crossovers even if the story makes no sense and/or very poorly written while overlooking the other non-Naruto ones.
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* Manga/{{Naruto}} is the second most popular fiction to be used in [[IntercontinuityCrossOver crossover fanfics]]. They pretty much have RuleFifty on every single Fanfic you can imagine. Thanks to WolverinePublicity, this trope, readers will often only read and and give a ton of reviews to Naruto crossovers even if the story makes no sense and/or very poorly written while overlooking the other non-Naruto ones.

* For ''Disney/MelodyTime'', DonaldDuck, who appears in the "Blame It On the Samba" sequence, receives some fanfare in the VHS trailer and is the only character on the DVD case. On the other hand, most theatrical posters, both domestic and international, prominently featured another character from a different segment, Pecos Bill.
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* For ''Disney/MelodyTime'', DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, who appears in the "Blame It On the Samba" sequence, receives some fanfare in the VHS trailer and is the only character on the DVD case. On the other hand, most theatrical posters, both domestic and international, prominently featured another character from a different segment, Pecos Bill.

* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Olaf, who first appears (alive) halfway into the movie, is easily the most visible character on the poster, while the leads are buried in snow. The DVD switches the Wolverine Publicity to Elsa, who gets half the cover despite her being an offscreen prescence for most of the second act. In both cases, the film's lead, Anna, is the least noticeable character.
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': EnsembleDarkhorse Olaf, who first appears (alive) halfway into the movie, is easily the most visible character on the poster, while the leads are buried in snow. The DVD switches the Wolverine Publicity to Elsa, who gets half the cover despite her being an offscreen prescence presence for most of the second act. In both cases, the film's lead, Anna, is the least noticeable character.

* JackNicholson became (at the time) the highest-salaried actor in film history for his performance as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989), even getting a share of the film's enormous box-office take. The Warner Brothers studio promoted him as the movie's main star on posters, on videotape boxes, and in the credits of the movie itself. This extended even to DC Comics' official adaptation, which, despite being clearly titled ''Batman'', showed the Joker's face [[EvilOverlooker looming like a godlike apparition over Gotham City]], while a smaller image of Batman himself appears below.
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* JackNicholson Creator/JackNicholson became (at the time) the highest-salaried actor in film history for his performance as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989), even getting a share of the film's enormous box-office take. The Warner Brothers studio promoted him as the movie's main star on posters, on videotape boxes, and in the credits of the movie itself. This extended even to DC Comics' official adaptation, which, despite being clearly titled ''Batman'', showed the Joker's face [[EvilOverlooker looming like a godlike apparition over Gotham City]], while a smaller image of Batman himself appears below.

* "[[BruceLeeClone Bruceploitation]]" refers to the wave of BruceLee imitators, and Lee-style martial arts movies, that followed the superstar's death. Actors adopted stage names like Bruce Li, Bruce Lei, and Dragon Lee in an attempt to cash in on Lee Mania. Jackie Chan recalled how his early movie posters would say "the next BRUCE LEE, [--Jackie Chan--]," with Lee's name much larger than his own.
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* "[[BruceLeeClone Bruceploitation]]" refers to the wave of BruceLee Creator/BruceLee imitators, and Lee-style martial arts movies, that followed the superstar's death. Actors adopted stage names like Bruce Li, Bruce Lei, and Dragon Lee in an attempt to cash in on Lee Mania. Jackie Chan recalled how his early movie posters would say "the next BRUCE LEE, [--Jackie Chan--]," with Lee's name much larger than his own.

* Advertising for ''Film/TheAvengers'' puts the spotlight on Film/IronMan, whose movies became the highest grossing in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, at the time.
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* Advertising for ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' puts the spotlight on Film/IronMan, whose movies became the highest grossing in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, at the time.

* Based on marketing, you would think DrewBarrymore was the main character of ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'', when in reality her character dies several minutes into the movie. Despite this, she even received top billing on some promotional material (she was credited toward the end as "And Drew Barrymore" in the actual film).[[note]]She ''was'' originally cast as the lead Sidney, but due to scheduling issues she had to take the smaller role of Casey instead[[/note]] This might have been a marketing gimic since they were paying homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' by killing off the supposed main character early on, shocking audiences.
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* Based on marketing, you would think DrewBarrymore Creator/DrewBarrymore was the main character of ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'', when in reality her character dies several minutes into the movie. Despite this, she even received top billing on some promotional material (she was credited toward the end as "And Drew Barrymore" in the actual film).[[note]]She ''was'' originally cast as the lead Sidney, but due to scheduling issues she had to take the smaller role of Casey instead[[/note]] This might have been a marketing gimic since they were paying homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' by killing off the supposed main character early on, shocking audiences.

* ''Film/VictorFrankenstein'': The story is told from Igor's perspective, yet Creator/JamesMcAvoy has slightly more prominence than Creator/DanielRadcliffe in the trailers, the [[http://cdn2-www.shocktillyoudrop.com/assets/uploads/gallery/victor-frankenstein/victorpostersmall.jpg theatrical]] [[http://1.fwcdn.pl/an/49468/72114.12.jpg posters]] and the [[http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/08/18/exclusive-interview-with-victor-frankenstein-poster-designer-ciara-mcavoy-3480148 old-fashioned alternate poster]] created by professional artist Ciara [=McAvoy=]. Moreover, the film was known as ''Igor'' for a time, but the title was later switched to ''Victor Frankenstein''. Radcliffe is more famous than [=McAvoy=] (e.g. the former's Website/IMDb [=STARmeter=] is almost always consistenly higher than the latter's), so it's strange that the marketing department chose to give more focus on the less well-known actor.
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* ''Film/VictorFrankenstein'': The story is told from Igor's perspective, yet Creator/JamesMcAvoy has slightly more prominence than Creator/DanielRadcliffe in the trailers, the [[http://cdn2-www.shocktillyoudrop.com/assets/uploads/gallery/victor-frankenstein/victorpostersmall.jpg theatrical]] [[http://1.fwcdn.pl/an/49468/72114.12.jpg posters]] and the [[http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/08/18/exclusive-interview-with-victor-frankenstein-poster-designer-ciara-mcavoy-3480148 old-fashioned alternate poster]] created by professional artist Ciara [=McAvoy=]. Moreover, the film was known as ''Igor'' for a time, but the title was later switched to ''Victor Frankenstein''. Radcliffe is more famous than [=McAvoy=] (e.g. the former's Website/IMDb [=STARmeter=] is almost always consistenly consistently higher than the latter's), so it's strange that the marketing department chose to give more focus on the less well-known actor.

* ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]]'', of all things. In the original works of Lovecraft, he appeared only once, in ''The Call of Cthulhu'' (not to be confused with the [[TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu RPG based on his works]]), but has since come to be adopted as the symbol of Lovecraft, no doubt due to the work of Lovecraft's "protege", August Derleth, who did more than anyone else to help keep Lovecraft's writings in print after his death and also basically created the CthulhuMythos. Most of the core ideas that people today would describe as being part of the "CthulhuMythos" come not from Lovecraft at all, but Derleth's later imitative stories.
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* ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]]'', of all things. In the original works of Lovecraft, he appeared only once, in ''The Call of Cthulhu'' (not to be confused with the [[TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu RPG based on his works]]), but has since come to be adopted as the symbol of Lovecraft, no doubt due to the work of Lovecraft's "protege", August Derleth, who did more than anyone else to help keep Lovecraft's writings in print after his death and also basically created the CthulhuMythos. Franchise/CthulhuMythos. Most of the core ideas that people today would describe as being part of the "CthulhuMythos" "Franchise/CthulhuMythos" come not from Lovecraft at all, but Derleth's later imitative stories.

* Cross-promotion. Aside from the common example of "''[---story in book---]'' [---by the author of---] ''[++ popular book ++]''", there's when older books get hijacked by adaptations into other media. One example: All of ArthurCClarke's books getting reissues whose covers depicted spaceships from the then-recent film ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''... Including ''Tales From The White Hart'', [[CoversAlwaysLie which didn't even HAVE spaceships]].
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* Cross-promotion. Aside from the common example of "''[---story in book---]'' [---by the author of---] ''[++ popular book ++]''", there's when older books get hijacked by adaptations into other media. One example: All of ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's books getting reissues whose covers depicted spaceships from the then-recent film ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''... Including ''Tales From The White Hart'', [[CoversAlwaysLie which didn't even HAVE spaceships]].

** This is especially true for those suffering from AuthorExistenceFailure; usually, whomever is finishing their work, or writing in the style of that person, gets their own name printed on the cover in a much smaller, less noticable typeface.
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** This is especially true for those suffering from AuthorExistenceFailure; usually, whomever is finishing their work, or writing in the style of that person, gets their own name printed on the cover in a much smaller, less noticable noticeable typeface.

* In the wake of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', we're being inundated with reissued classic romances such as ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', ''Literature/JaneEyre'', and ''RomeoAndJuliet'' -- all featuring black covers with close-up pictures of something red (usually a rose) and a very familiar typeface. In the case of the relatively short ''Romeo and Juliet'', the typeface has been blown up to a ridiculous point size to inflate the page count to more closely match the ''Twilight'' readin' experience. (Nothing wrong with the last one, though; no matter your reading level, it's always nice not to have to squint.) Then there's the ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' editions with not only the aforementioned cover art but also plastered with a huge sticker that says '''"EDWARD AND BELLA'S FAVORITE BOOK!"'''
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* In the wake of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', we're being inundated with reissued classic romances such as ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', ''Literature/JaneEyre'', and ''RomeoAndJuliet'' ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' -- all featuring black covers with close-up pictures of something red (usually a rose) and a very familiar typeface. In the case of the relatively short ''Romeo and Juliet'', the typeface has been blown up to a ridiculous point size to inflate the page count to more closely match the ''Twilight'' readin' experience. (Nothing wrong with the last one, though; no matter your reading level, it's always nice not to have to squint.) Then there's the ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' editions with not only the aforementioned cover art but also plastered with a huge sticker that says '''"EDWARD AND BELLA'S FAVORITE BOOK!"'''

* Parodied on ''ThirtyRock'' with "Series/{{Seinfeld}}-Vision", in which Jerry Seinfeld is digitally inserted into every single NBC show, whether he's appropriate or not.
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* Parodied on ''ThirtyRock'' ''Series/ThirtyRock'' with "Series/{{Seinfeld}}-Vision", in which Jerry Seinfeld is digitally inserted into every single NBC show, whether he's appropriate or not.

* If you look online, you'd be excused for thinking ''Series/ICarly'' was actually ''i[[{{Jerkass}} Sam]]'' or even ''i[[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Seddie]]'' and that the star is JennetteMcCurdy and not MirandaCosgrove. * Nick-At-Nite did this with ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', during its syndication on the channel. At first, they would look for any excuse they could find to air a ''George Lopez'' marathon. ("Hey, it's St. Patrick's Day! How can we celebrate Irish culture? George Lopez is Mexican -- close enough!") Then they dropped the pretenses altogether and aired ''George Lopez'' marathons without even giving an excuse. * Advertisements for [[DrakeandJosh Merry Christmas Drake and Josh]] on Nick, wich focus much more on iCarly stars Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor, despite their characters relatively minor roles in this show. Heck it won't even say the stars' names until the end, and that's because they're the title characters(and they have to say what show they're advertising).
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* If you look online, you'd be excused for thinking ''Series/ICarly'' was actually ''i[[{{Jerkass}} Sam]]'' or even ''i[[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Seddie]]'' and that the star is JennetteMcCurdy Creator/JennetteMcCurdy and not MirandaCosgrove. Creator/MirandaCosgrove. * Nick-At-Nite did this with ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', during its syndication on the channel. At first, they would look for any excuse they could find to air a ''George Lopez'' marathon. ("Hey, it's St. Patrick's Day! How can we celebrate Irish culture? George Lopez is Mexican -- close enough!") Then they dropped the pretenses altogether and aired ''George Lopez'' marathons without even giving an excuse. * Advertisements for [[DrakeandJosh Merry Christmas Drake and Josh]] on Nick, wich which focus much more on iCarly stars Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor, despite their characters relatively minor roles in this show. Heck it won't even say the stars' names until the end, and that's because they're the title characters(and characters (and they have to say what show they're advertising).

* This is extremely common with [[AWildRapperAppears hiphop artists]], such as Music/BoneThugsNHarmony, SnoopDogg, Music/KanyeWest, FiftyCent, Akon, LilJon, and Music/LilWayne, etc. It's even worse with producer-types like P. Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Timbaland, whose collaborations are better-known than their own songs. Likely because popular artists are used as crutches for newer artists, or older artists to help them sell to a very fickle hip-hop crowed with [[FleetingDemographicRule short attention spans]]. Interestingly enough this was somewhat rarer in TheNineties (Except maybe [[TupacShakur 2Pac]]), and TheEighties. This type of publicity causes ''A LOT'' of HypeBacklash and {{Internet Backdraft}}s. Case in point: in late 2007 Music/TPain was in ''four'' top 10 singles at the same time.
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* This is extremely common with [[AWildRapperAppears hiphop artists]], such as Music/BoneThugsNHarmony, SnoopDogg, Music/SnoopDogg, Music/KanyeWest, FiftyCent, Akon, LilJon, and Music/LilWayne, etc. It's even worse with producer-types like P. Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Timbaland, whose collaborations are better-known than their own songs. Likely because popular artists are used as crutches for newer artists, or older artists to help them sell to a very fickle hip-hop crowed with [[FleetingDemographicRule short attention spans]]. Interestingly enough this was somewhat rarer in TheNineties (Except maybe [[TupacShakur 2Pac]]), and TheEighties. This type of publicity causes ''A LOT'' of HypeBacklash and {{Internet Backdraft}}s. Case in point: in late 2007 Music/TPain was in ''four'' top 10 singles at the same time.

* [[http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=10414 This review]] of a mediocre German recording of LeonardBernstein's ''{{Candide}}'', narrated by Creator/{{Loriot}}, notes that Loriot's name is "twice the size of Bernstein's name" on the cover and that he "is the only person whose picture is printed in this package. The same picture, six times."
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* [[http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=10414 This review]] of a mediocre German recording of LeonardBernstein's Music/LeonardBernstein's ''{{Candide}}'', narrated by Creator/{{Loriot}}, notes that Loriot's name is "twice the size of Bernstein's name" on the cover and that he "is the only person whose picture is printed in this package. The same picture, six times."

* Music/EltonJohn, particularly in TheSeventies, was a very successful and high-profile entertainer with multiple demographics and a larger-than-life image. His albums sold astronomically and/or had rave reviews, his tendency for flamboyance was at an all-time high, and he always seemed to be in the news or creating controversy with his outspokenness or humor. High-profile friendships with Music/JohnLennon, [[{{Tennis}} Billie Jean King]] and Music/RodStewart also gave him notoriety, along with his ownership/management of [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball British soccer club Watford F.C.]] His [[OneSceneWonder appearance]] in [[TheWho The Who's]] 1975 [[TheMusical rock musical]] adaption of ''Film/{{Tommy}}'' as the "Local Lad" in "Pinball Wizard" was considered ''the'' highlight of the movie, and Elton's [[CoveredUp cover of the song]] outsold the original. Similarly to Collins, this may have led to much of the CriticalBacklash and HypeBacklash against him by the end of that decade (middling albums and his [[SuddenlySexuality outing in 1976]] didn't help. Although he had major [[CareerResurrection comebacks]] in TheEighties and TheNineties, often they were led by equal levels of backlash as his profile increased.
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* Music/EltonJohn, particularly in TheSeventies, was a very successful and high-profile entertainer with multiple demographics and a larger-than-life image. His albums sold astronomically and/or had rave reviews, his tendency for flamboyance was at an all-time high, and he always seemed to be in the news or creating controversy with his outspokenness or humor. High-profile friendships with Music/JohnLennon, [[{{Tennis}} Billie Jean King]] and Music/RodStewart also gave him notoriety, along with his ownership/management of [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball British soccer club Watford F.C.]] His [[OneSceneWonder appearance]] in [[TheWho [[Music/TheWho The Who's]] 1975 [[TheMusical rock musical]] adaption of ''Film/{{Tommy}}'' as the "Local Lad" in "Pinball Wizard" was considered ''the'' highlight of the movie, and Elton's [[CoveredUp cover of the song]] outsold the original. Similarly to Collins, this may have led to much of the CriticalBacklash and HypeBacklash against him by the end of that decade (middling albums and his [[SuddenlySexuality outing in 1976]] didn't help. Although he had major [[CareerResurrection comebacks]] in TheEighties and TheNineties, often they were led by equal levels of backlash as his profile increased.


* For Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/XMenStern X-Men]],'' ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} was teased in the initial game menus, but did not appear until an early 2014 software update. If the player can make a certain number of {{Combos}}, Deadpool appears during various Villain Modes and increases the amount of damage the player inflicts.
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* For Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/XMenStern X-Men]],'' ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} was teased in the initial game menus, but did not appear until an early 2014 software update. If the player can make a certain number of {{Combos}}, Deadpool appears during various Villain Modes and increases the amount of damage the player inflicts.

* During the entire "Rock n' Wrestling era" of the WWF and well into the '90s, they promoted Wrestling/HulkHogan endlessly. This {{jumped the shark}} at Wrestlemania IX, where after Wrestling/MrFuji's interference caused Wrestling/BretHart to lose the heavyweight title to Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, the Hulkster himself came out and demanded an immediate match with the big sumo, which was granted...and [[SquashMatch ended 20 seconds later]] with Hogan as the new champion. Hogan later refused to put over Bret and was shamed out of WWF, so he could repeated the process in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. * A common complaint about the WWE's AttitudeEra was that too much focus was put on Vince [=McMahon's=] own family. He even went so far as to have daughter Stephanie and wife Linda become part time wrestlers, even though neither had any significant experience with the "sport." Luckily, the [=McMahon=] family's Wolverine Publicity slowly declined once The Rock won King Of The Ring 2000, and daughter Stephanie was later given the much more appropriate role of general manager.
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* During the entire "Rock n' Wrestling era" of the WWF and well into the '90s, they promoted Wrestling/HulkHogan endlessly. This {{jumped [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark}} shark]] at Wrestlemania IX, where after Wrestling/MrFuji's interference caused Wrestling/BretHart to lose the heavyweight title to Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, the Hulkster himself came out and demanded an immediate match with the big sumo, which was granted...and [[SquashMatch ended 20 seconds later]] with Hogan as the new champion. Hogan later refused to put over Bret and was shamed out of WWF, so he could repeated the process in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. * A common complaint about the WWE's AttitudeEra Wrestling/AttitudeEra was that too much focus was put on Vince [=McMahon's=] own family. He even went so far as to have daughter Stephanie and wife Linda become part time wrestlers, even though neither had any significant experience with the "sport." Luckily, the [=McMahon=] family's Wolverine Publicity slowly declined once The Rock won King Of The Ring 2000, and daughter Stephanie was later given the much more appropriate role of general manager.

* Wrestling/KellyKelly is one of the most overexposed Divas [[StealthPun (and no, not because she used to be an exhibitionist)]]. Except for [[Characters/WWEDivas The Fabulous Moolah]], she is the only Diva currently (2011) featured in the opening montage for all WWE programming. And over the past few years, WWE's writers have dredged up one excuse after another to have her appear in segments, most infamously her fake pregnancy prank when Jerry Springer was the special guest host. (And this was before she was booked to win the Divas' Championship!) Not-so-subtly {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in a TV commercial for 7-Eleven, one of the sponsors of the 2009 ''[=SummerSlam=]'' show (in which Kelly barely even appeared), in which [[ItsAllAboutMe she knocks away a row of commemorative]] Wrestling/{{Edge}}, John Cena, Triple H, [[ItsAllAboutMe and]] Wrestling/TheUndertaker [[ItsAllAboutMe drinking cups with a Kelly Kelly cup]].
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* Wrestling/KellyKelly is one of the most overexposed Divas [[StealthPun (and no, not because she used to be an exhibitionist)]]. Except for [[Characters/WWEDivas The Fabulous Moolah]], she is the only Diva currently (2011) featured in the opening montage for all WWE programming. And over the past few years, WWE's writers have dredged up one excuse after another to have her appear in segments, most infamously her fake pregnancy prank when Jerry Springer was the special guest host. (And this was before she was booked to win the Divas' Championship!) Not-so-subtly {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a TV commercial for 7-Eleven, one of the sponsors of the 2009 ''[=SummerSlam=]'' show (in which Kelly barely even appeared), in which [[ItsAllAboutMe she knocks away a row of commemorative]] Wrestling/{{Edge}}, John Cena, Triple H, [[ItsAllAboutMe and]] Wrestling/TheUndertaker [[ItsAllAboutMe drinking cups with a Kelly Kelly cup]].

** Although the main character from ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is the Warrior of Light, Lightning appears always in the middle of all Dissidia 012 images. It doesn't help the fact other character from the game such as Laguna and Kain Highwind contribute more to the story.
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** Although the main character from ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is the Warrior of Light, Lightning appears always in the middle of all Dissidia 012 images. It doesn't help the fact other character from the game such as Laguna and Kain Highwind contribute more to the story.

* MickeyMouse is featured on the cover of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' alongside the main characters, but he only actually shows up for one scene and as a SecretCharacter in multiplayer mode. Presumably he was on the cover to remind folks that ''Kingdom Hearts'' is still a Disney property, as series mainstays Donald and Goofy are entirely absent.
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* MickeyMouse WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse is featured on the cover of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' alongside the main characters, but he only actually shows up for one scene and as a SecretCharacter in multiplayer mode. Presumably he was on the cover to remind folks that ''Kingdom Hearts'' is still a Disney property, as series mainstays Donald and Goofy are entirely absent.

* ChristopherWalken appears on the box cover and on the serigraphy of every single CD of ''VideoGame/BlackDahlia''. He has a three minute bit part in the game. * Mario, his supporting cast, and to a lesser extent Link has a habit of making cameos in games on Nintendo systems. The Mario gang has made appearances in even third party games for Nintendo systems, sometimes even as playable characters. The Gamecube release of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur II]]'' was the best selling version of that game almost entirely because Link was a character in it. This has even been {{lampshaded}} in some of the Mario [=RPGs=].
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* ChristopherWalken Creator/ChristopherWalken appears on the box cover and on the serigraphy of every single CD of ''VideoGame/BlackDahlia''. He has a three minute bit part in the game. * Mario, his supporting cast, and to a lesser extent Link has a habit of making cameos in games on Nintendo systems. The Mario gang has made appearances in even third party games for Nintendo systems, sometimes even as playable characters. The Gamecube release of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur II]]'' was the best selling version of that game almost entirely because Link was a character in it. This has even been {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in some of the Mario [=RPGs=].

* Always expect [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu and Chun-Li]] to pop up in [[CapcomVsWhatever Capcom's crossover games]]. Excluding the ''Street Fighter''-less ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', they're the only characters with a perfect attendance record, and Ken would had got it too if it wasn't for him being one of Ryu's transformations in ''Marvel vs. Capcom'', [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman an entirely different character with the same name]] in ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' and the developers deciding Akuma was enough in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3''. And predictably, the trope namer has appeared in all of Capcom's Marvel-licensed fighting games. He even has two versions of himself in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 2''.
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* Always expect [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu and Chun-Li]] to pop up in [[CapcomVsWhatever [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Capcom's crossover games]]. Excluding the ''Street Fighter''-less ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', they're the only characters with a perfect attendance record, and Ken would had got it too if it wasn't for him being one of Ryu's transformations in ''Marvel vs. Capcom'', [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman an entirely different character with the same name]] in ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' and the developers deciding Akuma was enough in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3''. And predictably, the trope namer has appeared in all of Capcom's Marvel-licensed fighting games. He even has two versions of himself in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 2''.

** Despite the multitude of characters showing up in the games, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]], [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby]] and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] always feature front and center.
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** Despite the multitude of characters showing up in the games, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]], [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby]] Franchise/{{Kirby}} and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] always feature front and center.

** For a while, even he was upstaged by Goro, who created an amazing amount of buzz for a game ''he wasn't even in''. No, he was not in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''. Any version. At all. No, that didn't prevent a kajillion hours of speculation about whether he was alive, where he could be, what exactly happened to him after ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombat 1]]'', whether Shao Kahn knew about him, etc. When he did finally return, in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'', he was given a superstar's welcome-back and placed front and center on the cover art, despite the fact that he had virtually no story to speak of and no connection to Shinnok's scheme whatsoever.
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** For a while, even he was upstaged by Goro, who created an amazing amount of buzz for a game ''he wasn't even in''. No, he was not in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''. Any version. At all. No, that didn't prevent a kajillion hours of speculation about whether he was alive, where he could be, what exactly happened to him after ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombat 1]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Mortal Kombat|1}}'', whether Shao Kahn knew about him, etc. When he did finally return, in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'', he was given a superstar's welcome-back and placed front and center on the cover art, despite the fact that he had virtually no story to speak of and no connection to Shinnok's scheme whatsoever.

** Charizard's case probably most closely resembles that of the TropeNamer. In many circles, it ended up becoming one of the (if not ''the'') most popular Pokémon and overshadowing SeriesMascot Pikachu for being the series' definitive RatedMForManly character, just as Wolvie himself ended up overshadowing Marvel's mascot Spider-Man in similar circles. As a result, from 2013 onwards, it started getting a ton of gratuitous anime (including [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ash's]] being shoehorned into the second half of ''Best Wishes!'' in an attempt to soften the DorkAge), manga and merchandise appearances (many of them in starring roles), acting as the franchise's backup SpotlightStealingSquad not named "Pikachu", and getting ''two'' [[SuperMode Mega Evolutions]] while other Pokémon (except Mewtwo, who is also an example of this trope) only get one. In fact, a strong case can be made for Charizard being ''more'' aggressively marketed than Pikachu during this period, largely due to Game Freak's efforts to appeal to older ''Pokémon'' fans. *** In the case of the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, Charizard started out as a Pokémon that can be summoned through the Poké Ball item. In ''Brawl'', it becomes a playable character through the Pokémon Trainer, alongside Squirtle and Ivysaur. Finally, in the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U installments, Charizard returns as an independant character.
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** Charizard's case probably most closely resembles that of the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}. In many circles, it ended up becoming one of the (if not ''the'') most popular Pokémon and overshadowing SeriesMascot Pikachu for being the series' definitive RatedMForManly character, just as Wolvie himself ended up overshadowing Marvel's mascot Spider-Man in similar circles. As a result, from 2013 onwards, it started getting a ton of gratuitous anime (including [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ash's]] being shoehorned into the second half of ''Best Wishes!'' in an attempt to soften the DorkAge), manga and merchandise appearances (many of them in starring roles), acting as the franchise's backup SpotlightStealingSquad not named "Pikachu", and getting ''two'' [[SuperMode Mega Evolutions]] while other Pokémon (except Mewtwo, who is also an example of this trope) only get one. In fact, a strong case can be made for Charizard being ''more'' aggressively marketed than Pikachu during this period, largely due to Game Freak's efforts to appeal to older ''Pokémon'' fans. *** In the case of the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, Charizard started out as a Pokémon that can be summoned through the Poké Ball item. In ''Brawl'', it becomes a playable character through the Pokémon Trainer, alongside Squirtle and Ivysaur. Finally, in the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U installments, Charizard returns as an independant independent character.

* Samus's Varia Suit from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''. It was optional in the first game, surpassed by the gravity suit in ''Super'', and outranked by several other suits in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series, yet the suit gets used in all of the promotional art. The [[LatexSpaceSuit Zero]] [[{{Fanservice}} Suit]] to a lesser extent, particularly thanks to ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', even though you hardly see Samus in it in her own games. * Heihachi Mishima is the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series' designated cameo character, appearing in ''Xevious 3D/G'', ''SmashCourtTennis'', ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur II]]'', ''PacManFever'', ''NamcoXCapcom'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', ''ProjectXZone'', ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' and ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS''.
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* Samus's Varia Suit from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''.''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''. It was optional in the first game, surpassed by the gravity suit in ''Super'', and outranked by several other suits in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series, yet the suit gets used in all of the promotional art. The [[LatexSpaceSuit Zero]] [[{{Fanservice}} Suit]] to a lesser extent, particularly thanks to ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', even though you hardly see Samus in it in her own games. * Heihachi Mishima is the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series' designated cameo character, appearing in ''Xevious 3D/G'', ''SmashCourtTennis'', ''VideoGame/SmashCourtTennis'', ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur II]]'', ''PacManFever'', ''NamcoXCapcom'', ''Pac-Man Fever'', ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', ''ProjectXZone'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' and ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS''.

* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''[='=]s Kratos has become Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment's Wolverine, seeing as how he appeared in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny'' as per fan-request as well as the PS3 version of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. He's also stated to be the "beginner's character" in ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'', similar to Mario in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''[='=]s ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}''[='=]s Kratos has become Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment's Wolverine, seeing as how he appeared in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny'' as per fan-request as well as the PS3 UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation3}}S3 version of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. He's also stated to be the "beginner's character" in ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'', similar to Mario in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''

** Wolverine, the TropeNamer, only appears in a few missions where his presence is more or less justified, thereby kinda averting the trope for him.
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** Wolverine, the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, only appears in a few missions where his presence is more or less justified, thereby kinda averting the trope for him.

* Wolverine's super teaming-up abilities were lampshaded in an episode of TheSuperHeroSquadShow.
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* Wolverine's super teaming-up abilities were lampshaded in an episode of TheSuperHeroSquadShow.''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow.

* During the early seasons of ''TheSimpsons'', Bart Simpson constantly took front and center in publicity materials, even if the upcoming episode focused on someone else. Some of the more gratuitous examples include ''TVGuide'''s advertisements for [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons18.html "Old Money"]] and [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons19.html "Lisa's Substitute"]]. (In later years, Homer has often replaced Bart.)
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* During the early seasons of ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart Simpson constantly took front and center in publicity materials, even if the upcoming episode focused on someone else. Some of the more gratuitous examples include ''TVGuide'''s ''Magazine/TVGuide'''s advertisements for [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons18.html "Old Money"]] and [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons19.html "Lisa's Substitute"]]. (In later years, Homer has often replaced Bart.)

* Creator/DisneyXD's updated opening of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' showcases Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/TheMightyThor, Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, but not the superheroes who ''didn't'' have movies released before the premiere of ''Film/TheAvengers''. Also, ComicBook/NickFury narrates, even though he sometimes goes several episodes without appearing. ** Another {{egregious}} example involves a DVD titled, "Iron Man Unleashed". In actuality, three of the included episodes showcase other Avengers' CharacterDevelopment, and the other three feature the heroes ''working together''[[note]]except for ComicBook/BlackPanther, who had to aid his subjects in Wakanda[[/note]] to save the world from Kang the Conqueror. (Iron Man seems to have become TheSmartGuy for most of that arc, except for a few times when he blasts Kang with his repulsors.)
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* Creator/DisneyXD's updated opening of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' showcases Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/TheMightyThor, Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, but not the superheroes who ''didn't'' have movies released before the premiere of ''Film/TheAvengers''.''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Also, ComicBook/NickFury narrates, even though he sometimes goes several episodes without appearing. ** Another {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example involves a DVD titled, "Iron Man Unleashed". In actuality, three of the included episodes showcase other Avengers' CharacterDevelopment, and the other three feature the heroes ''working together''[[note]]except for ComicBook/BlackPanther, who had to aid his subjects in Wakanda[[/note]] to save the world from Kang the Conqueror. (Iron Man seems to have become TheSmartGuy for most of that arc, except for a few times when he blasts Kang with his repulsors.)

** The cover for the sixth American DVD shunts Captain America for an alien disguised as [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Captain America]], whose costume inspired that worn by Cap in the live-action ''Avengers'' movie. It also features Black Widow, despite her not having any lines in the included episodes. ** When Marvel finally released a DVD collection of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' to coincide with the popularity of the [[MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]], Captain America and Iron Man were given the most prominent placement on the box, despite the fact that they ''only appeared in one episode each''. The actual Avengers highlighted in the show like ComicBook/TheWasp, ComicBook/TheFalcon, and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} were all shunted off to the side, including ComicBook/AntMan, who was actually ''the leader and the main character''. * ''Comicbook/IronMan,'' for a while, was a lead in no less than four series at once: ''IronManArmoredAdventures, TheSuperHeroSquadShow, WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes,'' and ''Anime/MarvelAnime: Anime/IronMan.'' Ol' shellhead gets around these days. ** Creator/CartoonNetwork uses different symbols to represent its shows. For ''Pokemon'', it uses a Pokeball. For ''Hot Wheels'', it uses the Hot Wheels logo. For ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow''? '''A profile of Iron Man's face.''' * The Hulk seems to be taking his role now: these days, Iron Man's a lead in only one show, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble,'' and a {{Recurrer}} in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' that we see about twice per season. However, Hulk is a main character in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' and ''the'' main character in ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH.'' He pops up in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' now and again too.
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** The cover for the sixth American DVD shunts Captain America for an alien disguised as [[UltimateMarvel [[Franchise/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Captain America]], whose costume inspired that worn by Cap in the live-action ''Avengers'' movie. It also features Black Widow, despite her not having any lines in the included episodes. ** When Marvel finally released a DVD collection of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' to coincide with the popularity of the [[MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]], Captain America and Iron Man were given the most prominent placement on the box, despite the fact that they ''only appeared in one episode each''. The actual Avengers highlighted in the show like ComicBook/TheWasp, ComicBook/TheFalcon, and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} were all shunted off to the side, including ComicBook/AntMan, who was actually ''the leader and the main character''. * ''Comicbook/IronMan,'' for a while, was a lead in no less than four series at once: ''IronManArmoredAdventures, TheSuperHeroSquadShow, ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures, WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow, WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes,'' and ''Anime/MarvelAnime: Anime/IronMan.'' Ol' shellhead gets around these days. ** Creator/CartoonNetwork uses different symbols to represent its shows. For ''Pokemon'', it uses a Pokeball. For ''Hot Wheels'', it uses the Hot Wheels logo. For ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow''? ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''? '''A profile of Iron Man's face.''' * The Hulk seems to be taking his role now: these days, Iron Man's a lead in only one show, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble,'' and a {{Recurrer}} in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' that we see about twice per season. However, Hulk is a main character in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' and ''the'' main character in ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH.'' He pops up in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' now and again too.

** Bizarrely, Fluttershy seems to be receiving this favorable treatment too. The Topps trading card and sticker packs and related merchandise (such as tins and lunch boxes) all feature either Fluttershy only or Fluttershy (sometimes accompanied by Angel) with everyne else to the side. If you didn't know any better and you were just in a department store's trading cards and tins shelf, you might think Fluttershy was the main character--and not shy at all, considering the way she hogs the spotlight for these materials. (The lunch box even has the other five main characters visibly annoyed at her smiling front and center!)
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** Bizarrely, Fluttershy seems to be receiving this favorable treatment too. The Topps trading card and sticker packs and related merchandise (such as tins and lunch boxes) all feature either Fluttershy only or Fluttershy (sometimes accompanied by Angel) with everyne everyone else to the side. If you didn't know any better and you were just in a department store's trading cards and tins shelf, you might think Fluttershy was the main character--and not shy at all, considering the way she hogs the spotlight for these materials. (The lunch box even has the other five main characters visibly annoyed at her smiling front and center!)

* Brian and Stewie are starting to become this for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': if a story has a B plot with these two and the main plot with somebody else, the promos will focus on the Brian and Stewie (sometimes only Stewie) plot. "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" and "Stew-roids" were the most {{egregious}} examples. * Despite only being a secondary character in the animated version of ''PeterPan'', Tinker Bell has been used to introduce just about every Disney TV special of the past several decades. Younger generations of kids might not even know why she's important! * Despite only appearing in ''two'' of his shorts, the [[MsFanservice bombshell character]] of RedHotRidingHood is prominently displayed in packaging and artwork of the {{Droopy}} DVD collection.
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* Brian and Stewie are starting to become this for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': if a story has a B plot with these two and the main plot with somebody else, the promos will focus on the Brian and Stewie (sometimes only Stewie) plot. "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" and "Stew-roids" were the most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples. * Despite only being a secondary character in the animated version of ''PeterPan'', ''Disney/PeterPan'', Tinker Bell has been used to introduce just about every Disney TV special of the past several decades. Younger generations of kids might not even know why she's important! * Despite only appearing in ''two'' of his shorts, the [[MsFanservice bombshell character]] of RedHotRidingHood is prominently displayed in packaging and artwork of the {{Droopy}} WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} DVD collection.

** Before Ben, ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' seemed to fit this trope. They were the only CN original to have their own comic series (before it merged with ''Cartoon Network Block Party''), an [[Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ anime remake]], and that time they saved WonderWoman and Aquaman from the LegionOfDoom. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac9ZxPHjBdU You think we're kidding.]]) They were even mentioned briefly in the [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor KND]]/[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy]] crossover, and at the end of the ''Billy & Mandy'' episode ''My Fair Mandy'', the [=B&M=] universe becomes the PPG universe.
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** Before Ben, ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' seemed to fit this trope. They were the only CN original to have their own comic series (before it merged with ''Cartoon Network Block Party''), an [[Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ anime remake]], and that time they saved WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman and Aquaman from the LegionOfDoom. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac9ZxPHjBdU You think we're kidding.]]) They were even mentioned briefly in the [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor KND]]/[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy]] crossover, and at the end of the ''Billy & Mandy'' episode ''My Fair Mandy'', the [=B&M=] universe becomes the PPG universe.

* Four characters are primarily used to advertise most incarnations of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' -- Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Starscream. Even in ''BeastWars'', a series which takes place both millions of years in the future ''and'' in the past, the original Starscream still managed to get an episode starring himself.
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* Four characters are primarily used to advertise most incarnations of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' -- Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Starscream. Even in ''BeastWars'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', a series which takes place both millions of years in the future ''and'' in the past, the original Starscream still managed to get an episode starring himself.

** Number of {{Superman}} animated series in the past ten years: 0. Number of Superman animated movies: 6. Not including the various movies and episodes where Supes teams up with Batman and various other heroes. ** Number of WonderWoman animated series ever: 0. Number of Wonder Woman animated movies: 1
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** Number of {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} animated series in the past ten years: 0. Number of Superman animated movies: 6. Not including the various movies and episodes where Supes teams up with Batman and various other heroes. ** Number of WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman animated series ever: 0. Number of Wonder Woman animated movies: 1

* There's been much discussion of this over whether SarahPalin fell into this during John [=McCain=]'s 2008 Presidential Campaign. Despite being the Vice President candidate on the ticket, Palin, in both the news and popular culture, ended up overshadowing [=McCain=]. This ended up being the source for HBO's ''Film/GameChange'' movie. * Other legendary figures who've been pressed into mascot duty (often for products or services they have absolutely nothing to do with) include AbrahamLincoln, JohnWayne, MarilynMonroe and CharlieChaplin. At its worst, this phenomenon will result in UnintentionalPeriodPiece if the celebrity featured is clearly a product of his/her time and will be forgotten by everyone in about a decade or so. * This can happen with Website/YouTube's "related videos" service. Most times the "recommended for you" video will be something you watched ages ago and don't care to revisit. This can be rather annoying if you watched one WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic video out of curiosity and the site keeps trying to get you to watch it again even though you don't have any interest in his videos whatsoever. It can also base recommendations off of a video that you clicked ''by accident'' a while ago, or repeatedly recommend the same {{shipping}} video for months at a time because you watched a few non-shipping videos related to the fandom.
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* There's been much discussion of this over whether SarahPalin UsefulNotes/SarahPalin fell into this during John [=McCain=]'s 2008 Presidential Campaign. Despite being the Vice President candidate on the ticket, Palin, in both the news and popular culture, ended up overshadowing [=McCain=]. This ended up being the source for HBO's ''Film/GameChange'' movie. * [[TheDeadRiseToAdvertise Other legendary figures who've been pressed into mascot duty duty]] (often for products or services they have absolutely nothing to do with) include AbrahamLincoln, JohnWayne, MarilynMonroe UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, Creator/JohnWayne, Creator/MarilynMonroe and CharlieChaplin.Creator/CharlieChaplin. At its worst, this phenomenon will result in UnintentionalPeriodPiece if the celebrity featured is clearly a product of his/her time and will be forgotten by everyone in about a decade or so. * This can happen with Website/YouTube's "related videos" service. Most times the "recommended for you" video will be something you watched ages ago and don't care to revisit. This can be rather annoying if you watched one WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] video out of curiosity and the site keeps trying to get you to watch it again even though you don't have any interest in his videos whatsoever. It can also base recommendations off of a video that you clicked ''by accident'' a while ago, or repeatedly recommend the same {{shipping}} video for months at a time because you watched a few non-shipping videos related to the fandom.

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*** After Bruce was removed from the Batman role and Jim Gordon became the new Batman, this trope applied... to Dick Grayson, probably because Jimbats was a massive BaseBreaker while Dick continued to be a BreakoutCharacter with a beloved new series, ''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}''. Dick began appearing in other titles a lot, from ''Batgirl'' to ''Starfire'', while at the same time being the main character in ''Batman and Robin Eternal'' and ''Titans Hunt''. And out of the Robins, Dick plays the most prominent role in the ''Robin War'' crossover, which basically exists to lay the foundation for a new ongoing for Dick when ''Grayson'' eventually wraps up.
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