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19th Apr '18 9:37:33 PM infernape612
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** Monokuma comes back a third time. This was a surprise for fans, due to the previous Voice actor for him was diagnosed with dementia before the start of the production of the game.
** The new main character, Kaede Akamatsu, was revealed on the second teaser of the game. It was a surprise not only due to her being the first female protagonist on the main Dangan Ronpa series, but also due to the first teaser not even hinting at her existence, and strongly implying that the robotic Naegi {{Expy}} would be the player character. [[spoiler:For added bonus, Kaede turns out to be a DecoyProtagonist and dies at the end of the first chapter, leaving the protagonist spot to be filled by Shuichi Saihara, who was the {{Deuteragonist}} up to that point.]]

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** Monokuma comes back a third time. This was a surprise for fans, due to since the previous Voice voice actor for him was diagnosed with dementia before the start of the production of the game.
** The new main character, Kaede Akamatsu, was revealed on in the second teaser of the game. It was a surprise not only due to her being the first female protagonist on in the main Dangan Ronpa ''Dangan Ronpa'' series, but also due to the first teaser not even hinting at her existence, and strongly implying that the robotic Naegi {{Expy}} would be the player character. [[spoiler:For added bonus, bonus points, Kaede turns out to be a DecoyProtagonist and dies at the end of the first chapter, leaving the protagonist spot to be filled by Shuichi Saihara, who was the {{Deuteragonist}} up to that point.]]



*** Marx, the Final boss of the same game, is one of the playable character as a dream friend.

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*** Marx, the Final final boss of the same game, is one of the playable character as a dream friend.
18th Apr '18 7:44:56 AM Grandbolt
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**** Marx, the Final boss of the same game, is one of the playable character as a dream friend.
15th Apr '18 9:03:52 AM mario0987
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*** [[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Plugg]], a minor enemy that only had one appearance beforehand, inexplicably replaces Plasma Wisp as the helper for the Plasma ability.

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*** [[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Plugg]], a minor enemy that only had one appearance beforehand, inexplicably replaces Plasma Wisp as the helper for the Plasma ability. Plasma itself was unexpected given it was combined with Spark starting from ''Return to Dream Land''.



** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'': The cast of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', who practically got their own world in the form of OriginalGeneration HubWorld Traverse Town. Also, 3D's BonusBoss is [[spoiler:Julius, the villain of the obscure seven-minute short film ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain'']]. And the final boss of the game? [[spoiler: Sora wearing [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Ventus]]'s armor]].

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** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'': The cast of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', who practically got their own world in the form of OriginalGeneration HubWorld Traverse Town. Also, 3D's BonusBoss is [[spoiler:Julius, the villain of the obscure seven-minute short film ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain'']]. And the final boss of the game? [[spoiler: Sora wearing [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Ventus]]'s armor]].armour]].
** After been AdaptedOut for so long, the appearance of Gaston from ''Beauty and the Beast'' in ''Kingdom Hearts X[chi]'' threw some people. The medals used as this game's ability mechanic also features characters from Disney and Final Fantasy who have never appeared in the series before like the protagonists of ''Zootopia'' and characters from ''World of Final Fantasy''.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' features the first time Pixar Disney films have been included in the roster like Toy Story and Monster Inc. It also features the return of [[spoiler: Marluxia, the BigBad of ''Chain of Memories'' and Vanitas who was a major antagonist in ''Birth By Sleep'' but was still thought to be a one shot character.]]
4th Apr '18 4:51:34 PM WillyFourEyes
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** The situation that named MarthDebutedInSmashBros; Marth might have seemed more reasonable to Japanese gamers, but [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia the series he hailed from]] had [[NoExportForYou never been released outside of Japan]] prior to ''Super Smash Bros. Melee''.
** Roy made his ''[[EarlyBirdCameo character debut]]'' in ''Melee''. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Sealed Sword]]'' came out a few months later. Even the Japanese were surprised. People were also shocked when in ''[=Smash for 3DS/WiiU=]'' he [[TheBusCameBack returned]] as a DLC character.

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** The situation that named MarthDebutedInSmashBros; Marth might have seemed more reasonable to Japanese gamers, but [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia [[VideoGame/FireEmblem the series he hailed from]] had [[NoExportForYou never been released outside of Japan]] prior to ''Super Smash Bros. Melee''.
** Roy made his ''[[EarlyBirdCameo character debut]]'' in ''Melee''. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Sealed Sword]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' came out a few months later. Even the Japanese were surprised. People were also shocked when in ''[=Smash for 3DS/WiiU=]'' he [[TheBusCameBack returned]] as a DLC character.



** [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]], because at the time he belonged to a obscure and then-dead franchise.

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** [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]], because at the time he belonged to a an obscure and then-dead franchise.
30th Mar '18 11:07:43 PM josh6243
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** Since ''New Story of Aura Battler Dunbine: The Tale of Neo Byston Well'' is featured in the series roster, naturally both Shou and Cham later upgrade to the Sirbine. However, [[spoiler:in doing so they are both joined by Silky Mau, the FairyCompanion of ''Tale of Neo Byston Well''.]]
** [[spoiler:[[Anime/CodeGeass Lady Marianne in the Mordred]] getting to be a boss.]]
** Of all the possible recruitable characters, the game gave one almost nobody thought possible: [[spoiler:[[Anime/BuddyComplex Bizon in the Nergal]].]]
30th Mar '18 9:26:40 AM Dood95
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* '''Fan Games'''
** The full roster for ''Super Smash Battle'' has eight characters: four of them are Smash Bros characters who have appeared in the game since the first[[note]]Mario, Link, Pikachu, and Samus[[/note]], and two are third-party characters that weren't in the games yet, but were still gaming icons[[note]]Sonic and Mega Man[[/note]]. The last two? ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', who aren't even video game characters! Its sequel fared slightly better, with choices like [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay Conker]], Franchise/{{Rayman}}, VideoGame/{{Ristar}}, Franchise/CrashBandicoot, and VideoGame/BanjoKazooie.
** ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash'' has a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. There are more 3rd party characters than actual Nintendo characters in the game! This includes [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lloyd Irving]], Manga/{{Naruto}}, [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Chrono]], [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Cloud]], and [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]]. Possibly the most unexpected characters are two ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' [=OCs=]: Blade and Blue. Its sequel also showed signs of this, with newcomers such as [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Renji]], [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke, Rock Lee]], [[Franchise/DragonBall Vegeta]], [[VideoGame/TalesSeries Kratos]], [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Riku]] and three more OCs. Lee and one of the OCs got axed almost immediately, but the roster was eventually cut down to no [=OCs=] and only four anime characters (Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and late-addition Luffy).



* With a fandom as big as Smash Bros., it isn't a big surprise that some fangames have playable characters that are out of left-field. Some of them, however are just plain ''weird''. Take ''Super Smash Battle'' for instance. The full roster has eight characters: four of them are Smash Bros characters who have appeared in the game since the first[[note]]Mario, Link, Pikachu, and Samus[[/note]], and two are third-party characters that weren't in the games yet, but were still gaming icons[[note]]Sonic and Mega Man[[/note]]. The last two? ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', who aren't even video game characters! Its sequel fared slightly better, with choices like [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay Conker]], Franchise/{{Rayman}}, VideoGame/{{Ristar}}, Franchise/CrashBandicoot, and VideoGame/BanjoKazooie.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash'' has a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. There are more 3rd party characters than actual Nintendo characters in the game! This includes [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lloyd Irving]], Manga/{{Naruto}}, [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Chrono]], [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Cloud]], and [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]]. Possibly the most unexpected characters are two ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' [=OCs=]: Blade and Blue. Its sequel also showed signs of this, with newcomers such as [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Renji]], [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke, Rock Lee]], [[Franchise/DragonBall Vegeta]], [[VideoGame/TalesSeries Kratos]], [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Riku]] and three more OCs. Lee and one of the OCs got axed almost immediately, but the roster was eventually cut down to no [=OCs=] and only four anime characters (Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and late-addition Luffy).

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* With a fandom as big as Smash Bros., it isn't a big surprise that some fangames have playable characters that are out of left-field. Some of them, however are just plain ''weird''. Take ''Super Smash Battle'' for instance. The full roster has eight characters: four of them are Smash Bros characters who have appeared in the game since the first[[note]]Mario, Link, Pikachu, and Samus[[/note]], and two are third-party characters that weren't in the games yet, but were still gaming icons[[note]]Sonic and Mega Man[[/note]]. The last two? ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', who aren't even video game characters! Its sequel fared slightly better, with choices like [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay Conker]], Franchise/{{Rayman}}, VideoGame/{{Ristar}}, Franchise/CrashBandicoot, and VideoGame/BanjoKazooie.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash'' has a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. There are more 3rd party characters than actual Nintendo characters in the game! This includes [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lloyd Irving]], Manga/{{Naruto}}, [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Chrono]], [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Cloud]], and [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]]. Possibly the most unexpected characters are two ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' [=OCs=]: Blade and Blue. Its sequel also showed signs of this, with newcomers such as [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Renji]], [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke, Rock Lee]], [[Franchise/DragonBall Vegeta]], [[VideoGame/TalesSeries Kratos]], [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Riku]] and three more OCs. Lee and one of the OCs got axed almost immediately, but the roster was eventually cut down to no [=OCs=] and only four anime characters (Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and late-addition Luffy).
27th Mar '18 6:05:17 PM Pichu-kun
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** Mario. No, not just normal Mario, but [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/b/b7/Mario_%28Super_Mario-Kun%29_-_SMM.png Mario as he appears in the]] ''Super [=Mario-Kun=]'' manga series as part of a MilestoneCelebration.

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** Mario. No, not just normal Mario, but [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/b/b7/Mario_%28Super_Mario-Kun%29_-_SMM.png Mario as he appears in the]] ''Super [=Mario-Kun=]'' ''Manga/SuperMarioKun'' manga series as part of a MilestoneCelebration.
24th Mar '18 11:00:53 PM nombretomado
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** ''Soul Calibur II'' kicked off the tradition with a unique and wildly out-of-left-field guest fighter for all three major console versions. The [=PS2=] got [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Heihachi Mishima]], the X-Box got {{Spawn}}, and the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube got [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]].

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** ''Soul Calibur II'' kicked off the tradition with a unique and wildly out-of-left-field guest fighter for all three major console versions. The [=PS2=] got [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Heihachi Mishima]], the X-Box got {{Spawn}}, ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, and the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube got [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]].
22nd Mar '18 1:49:14 PM WolfThunder
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[[folder:Super Smash Bros]]
Creator/MasahiroSakurai has [[TeasingCreator gone out of his way]] to include at least a few in every ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
* '''Smash 64'''
** In the first game, Ness from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', which was a tremendous commercial failure in the West just four years prior despite its cult following.
** Captain Falcon seemed a strange choice at the time of the first game, as he is from racing series ''VideoGame/FZero'', instead of a platformer. At least ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' has a secret on-foot mode that let Fox [=McCloud=] out of the cockpit.
* '''Melee'''
** The VideoGame/{{Ice Climber}}s appearing in ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', who had previously only ever existed in a single arcade/NES title and were only added to the roster for their gameplay potential.
** [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch Mr. Game & Watch]] wasn't even ''a distinct character'' before ''Melee'', and while his home series was significant to Nintendo's history, it is relatively unknown to those growing up after the 80's.
** The situation that named MarthDebutedInSmashBros; Marth might have seemed more reasonable to Japanese gamers, but [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia the series he hailed from]] had [[NoExportForYou never been released outside of Japan]] prior to ''Super Smash Bros. Melee''.
** Roy made his ''[[EarlyBirdCameo character debut]]'' in ''Melee''. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Sealed Sword]]'' came out a few months later. Even the Japanese were surprised. People were also shocked when in ''[=Smash for 3DS/WiiU=]'' he [[TheBusCameBack returned]] as a DLC character.
** In Adventure Mode in ''Melee'', Metal Mario's not much of a surprise, as he's also in the original. But after you've unlocked Luigi, you find yourself fighting Metal Mario ''and'' Metal Luigi.
* '''Brawl'''
** While the idea of having a playable Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Trainer was a somewhat popular choice, many wrote it off as very unlikely to happen. And even within the Trainer's moveset, while Squirtle and Charizard were popular choices (especially the latter), nobody expected Ivysaur, even if it was the most logical counterpart to the other two. Two reasons to make Ivysaur unexpected: 1) It's the middle evolution of a Pokemon. You could see Bulbasaur perhaps or Venusaur at a stretch, but Ivysaur? and 2) It's the first fully quadruped fighter in the series, and the only one in ''Brawl''.
** [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]] was confirmed as the series' first third-party character for ''Brawl''. Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog ''would'' have been a major example if Snake hadn't been revealed first, since, really, Sonic was the first third-party character anyone would expect to show up.
** [[VideoGame/RoboticOperatingBuddy R.O.B.]] wasn't even an actual character from a game. He was a gaming peripheral from the NES days that had lackluster success. Though the fact that he had previously been in ''VideoGame/MarioKart DS'' made it somewhat less surprising.
** [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]], because at the time he belonged to a obscure and then-dead franchise.
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker Toon Link]] was also unexpected due to him being much less realistically proportioned than the other Zelda characters.
* '''Smash 4 3DS/Wii U'''
** With the reveal of the fourth game for both the [=WiiU=] and the 3DS, it was not very surprising when the Villager from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' and VideoGame/MegaManClassic were the first new characters to be revealed. However, later on in the same day, the female trainer from ''VideoGame/WiiFit'' was revealed to much more surprise. WordOfGod was that she was chosen [[InvokedTrope because]] ''no-one'' had suggested her.
** EnsembleDarkhorse Rosalina was announced for ''Wii U/3DS''. The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series already had 4 characters announced (not counting those considered to be from their own universes), another one was unexpected, and if one did happen it wasn't expected to be her due to her relative recency compared to other possible characters.
** Many expected Charizard to return, but not as a standalone character without the Pokémon Trainer.
** Many didn't see Greninja coming despite being a very popular [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY 6th generation Pokémon]] since, unlike Lucario, Greninja didn't have a marketing push and hadn't made a proper appearance in the anime by the time of its reveal.
** Rather than have Chrom as the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' representative (who as the lead lord seemed like the most logical choice), everyone was shocked to see the game would be represented by Robin and Lucina. Chrom spends the trailer face-down defeated and Lucina's intro splash reads "Lucina Wakes Her Blade?!"
** While everyone knew that other Nintendo games with no fighter/stage reps would be acknowledged via trophies, no one expected that 3rd party games could get trophy only representation. Then a Miiverse update revealed that VideoGame/{{Rayman}} would appear in trophy form. It's also the first acknowledgement of a game series developed by a non-Japanese 3rd party developer.
** No one predicted that damn ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' Dog (paired up with one of the ducks) scrapping with Mario and friends. This one was so unexpected that it was taken as proof that the leak it was revealed in was fake.
** Dr. Mario returning for the fourth game, after not appearing in ''Brawl''.
** In the inverse of the Marth situation above, western fans were excited but not surprised to see Little Mac from the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series show up as a playable character. Japanese players, however, were largely baffled, since the ''Punch-Out'' series is very obscure there due to the NES and SNES games getting extremely limited releases.
** At the end of the "50 Facts" Nintendo Direct about Smash for the [=WiiU=], Mewtwo was announced as a returning character, as DLC for spring 2015. While DLC characters had been a highly plausible theory since Nintendo was entering that field, many had written Mewtwo off since he had a trophy in the 3DS version of the game, on top of his absence from ''Brawl''.
** Lucas and Roy made a return to the roster thanks to DLC too. Like Dr. Mario and Mewtwo they were unexpected thanks to having been removed from the main roster.
** Virtually no one expected [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]] to be in the game after Capcom already had a representative in Mega Man, even when he was leaked before his official reveal.
** ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]]'' was announced in November 2015, taking ''many players'' by surprise (including those who were wishing to see him included somehow) due to Cloud's game of origin essentially being one big middle finger to Nintendo.
** Corrin from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', which [[EarlyBirdCameo wasn't even released yet outside Japan when s/he was announced]] (plus the series had five Fire Emblem representatives). It's MarthDebutedInSmashBros all over again.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' entered the game by winning the Fighter Ballot. Virtually no-one expected she had a chance for being too dark and suggestive a character, but it turned out she was the most popular voted character in Europe, and apparently one of the top five in the US.[[note]]At least, of the characters that they could get the rights to. [[/note]]
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[[folder:LEGO Adaptation Games]]
* Among the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge roster of characters]] in ''[[VideoGame/LEGOStarWars LEGO Star Wars]] 3'' is Galen Marek, also known as [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Starkiller]]. While there ''was'' a set made to promote ''The Force Unleashed'' (the Rogue Shadow set), few could've guessed that Vader's Apprentice would actually be in a ''LEGO game''.
** ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars: The Complete Saga'' has [[spoiler:Indiana Jones]] as an unlockable character, even though his game ([[spoiler:''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones: The Original Adventures'']]) hadn't even been ''announced'' yet. He's the only non-Star Wars character to appear in the game, period.
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes Lego Marvel: Super Heroes]]'', ComicBook/HowardTheDuck of all characters shows up in a side mission alongside [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Vulture]]. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with their BossSubtitles: "Vulture and... Howard the Duck?"
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOBatman Lego Batman 3]]'', your guide through the various Lantern Corps home worlds is The Green Loontern from the episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' where Daffy Duck got Hal Jordan's outfit after a mix up at the cleaners.
* Most of the franchises represented in ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' already had Lego tie-in sets released or announced, but it's safe to assume that very few people expected ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' to be represented in the game alongside them.
** Even tough he's not playable, [[Movie/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL 900]] makes a small cameo in [[VideoGame/LegoDimensions Lego Dimensions.]]
** The newest wave of characters includes the likes of [[Film/TheGoonies Sloth]], [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]], WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls, [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]], [[Film/{{Gremlins}} Gizmo]], Series/TheATeam, and even ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', many of whom come from media that have never even had LEGO sets before.
** Speaking of Sonic, the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' level pack features multiple surprises of its own:
*** The most significant is Big the Cat appearing as a major NPC, considering he had been all but abandoned by Sega due to his [[TheScrappy reputation]].
*** The Mecha Sonics from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3'' return as mini-bosses, both of them having only appeared in one game each beforehand.
*** Two nonspecific E-100 Series robots with the same body shape and design as [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Gamma]] appear as part of a puzzle in the Metropolis Zone area, the first appearance of this robot design since ''VideoGame/SonicBattle''.
* In ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes2'', the first boss fight is against [[ComicBook/TheEternals the Celestial Eson the Searcher]]. He only appeared outside of the comics in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', and even then that was only a [[TheCameo cameo]].
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[[folder:LEGO Adaptation Games]]
* Among the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge roster of characters]] in ''[[VideoGame/LEGOStarWars LEGO Star Wars]] 3'' is Galen Marek, also known as [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Starkiller]]. While there ''was'' a set made to promote ''The Force Unleashed'' (the Rogue Shadow set), few could've guessed that Vader's Apprentice would actually be in a ''LEGO game''.
** ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars: The Complete Saga'' has [[spoiler:Indiana Jones]] as an unlockable character, even though his game ([[spoiler:''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones: The Original Adventures'']]) hadn't even been ''announced'' yet. He's the only non-Star Wars character to appear in the game, period.
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes Lego Marvel: Super Heroes]]'', ComicBook/HowardTheDuck of all characters shows up in a side mission alongside [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Vulture]]. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with their BossSubtitles: "Vulture and... Howard the Duck?"
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOBatman Lego Batman 3]]'', your guide through the various Lantern Corps home worlds is The Green Loontern from the episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' where Daffy Duck got Hal Jordan's outfit after a mix up at the cleaners.
* Most of the franchises represented in ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' already had Lego tie-in sets released or announced, but it's safe to assume that very few people expected ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' to be represented in the game alongside them.
** Even tough he's not playable, [[Movie/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL 900]] makes a small cameo in [[VideoGame/LegoDimensions Lego Dimensions.]]
** The newest wave of characters includes the likes of [[Film/TheGoonies Sloth]], [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]], WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls, [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]], [[Film/{{Gremlins}} Gizmo]], Series/TheATeam, and even ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', many of whom come from media that have never even had LEGO sets before.
** Speaking of Sonic, the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' level pack features multiple surprises of its own:
*** The most significant is Big the Cat appearing as a major NPC, considering he had been all but abandoned by Sega due to his [[TheScrappy reputation]].
*** The Mecha Sonics from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3'' return as mini-bosses, both of them having only appeared in one game each beforehand.
*** Two nonspecific E-100 Series robots with the same body shape and design as [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Gamma]] appear as part of a puzzle in the Metropolis Zone area, the first appearance of this robot design since ''VideoGame/SonicBattle''.
* In ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes2'', the first boss fight is against [[ComicBook/TheEternals the Celestial Eson the Searcher]]. He only appeared outside of the comics in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', and even then that was only a [[TheCameo cameo]].

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[[folder:LEGO Adaptation Games]]
[[folder:Super Smash Bros]]
Creator/MasahiroSakurai has [[TeasingCreator gone out of his way]] to include at least a few in every ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
* Among '''Smash 64'''
** In
the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge first game, Ness from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', which was a tremendous commercial failure in the West just four years prior despite its cult following.
** Captain Falcon seemed a strange choice at the time of the first game, as he is from racing series ''VideoGame/FZero'', instead of a platformer. At least ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' has a secret on-foot mode that let Fox [=McCloud=] out of the cockpit.
* '''Melee'''
** The VideoGame/{{Ice Climber}}s appearing in ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', who had previously only ever existed in a single arcade/NES title and were only added to the
roster for their gameplay potential.
** [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch Mr. Game & Watch]] wasn't even ''a distinct character'' before ''Melee'', and while his home series was significant to Nintendo's history, it is relatively unknown to those growing up after the 80's.
** The situation that named MarthDebutedInSmashBros; Marth might have seemed more reasonable to Japanese gamers, but [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia the series he hailed from]] had [[NoExportForYou never been released outside
of characters]] Japan]] prior to ''Super Smash Bros. Melee''.
** Roy made his ''[[EarlyBirdCameo character debut]]''
in ''[[VideoGame/LEGOStarWars LEGO Star Wars]] 3'' is Galen Marek, ''Melee''. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Sealed Sword]]'' came out a few months later. Even the Japanese were surprised. People were also known shocked when in ''[=Smash for 3DS/WiiU=]'' he [[TheBusCameBack returned]] as [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Starkiller]]. a DLC character.
** In Adventure Mode in ''Melee'', Metal Mario's not much of a surprise, as he's also in the original. But after you've unlocked Luigi, you find yourself fighting Metal Mario ''and'' Metal Luigi.
* '''Brawl'''
**
While there ''was'' the idea of having a set made playable Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Trainer was a somewhat popular choice, many wrote it off as very unlikely to promote ''The Force Unleashed'' (the Rogue Shadow set), few could've guessed that Vader's Apprentice would actually be in a ''LEGO game''.
** ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars: The Complete Saga'' has [[spoiler:Indiana Jones]] as an unlockable character,
happen. And even though his game ([[spoiler:''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones: The Original Adventures'']]) within the Trainer's moveset, while Squirtle and Charizard were popular choices (especially the latter), nobody expected Ivysaur, even if it was the most logical counterpart to the other two. Two reasons to make Ivysaur unexpected: 1) It's the middle evolution of a Pokemon. You could see Bulbasaur perhaps or Venusaur at a stretch, but Ivysaur? and 2) It's the first fully quadruped fighter in the series, and the only one in ''Brawl''.
** [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]] was confirmed as the series' first third-party character for ''Brawl''. Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog ''would'' have been a major example if Snake
hadn't even been ''announced'' yet. He's revealed first, since, really, Sonic was the only non-Star Wars first third-party character anyone would expect to appear in show up.
** [[VideoGame/RoboticOperatingBuddy R.O.B.]] wasn't even an actual character from a game. He was a gaming peripheral from
the game, period.
NES days that had lackluster success. Though the fact that he had previously been in ''VideoGame/MarioKart DS'' made it somewhat less surprising.
** [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]], because at the time he belonged to a obscure and then-dead franchise.
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker Toon Link]] was also unexpected due to him being much less realistically proportioned than the other Zelda characters.
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes Lego Marvel: Super Heroes]]'', ComicBook/HowardTheDuck '''Smash 4 3DS/Wii U'''
** With the reveal
of all the fourth game for both the [=WiiU=] and the 3DS, it was not very surprising when the Villager from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' and VideoGame/MegaManClassic were the first new characters shows up to be revealed. However, later on in a side mission alongside [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Vulture]]. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with their BossSubtitles: "Vulture and... Howard the Duck?"
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOBatman Lego Batman 3]]'', your guide through
same day, the various Lantern Corps home worlds is The Green Loontern female trainer from the episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' where Daffy Duck got Hal Jordan's outfit after a mix up at the cleaners.
* Most of the franchises represented in ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions''
''VideoGame/WiiFit'' was revealed to much more surprise. WordOfGod was that she was chosen [[InvokedTrope because]] ''no-one'' had suggested her.
** EnsembleDarkhorse Rosalina was announced for ''Wii U/3DS''. The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series
already had Lego tie-in sets released or announced, but it's safe 4 characters announced (not counting those considered to assume that very few people be from their own universes), another one was unexpected, and if one did happen it wasn't expected ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', to be her due to her relative recency compared to other possible characters.
** Many expected Charizard to return, but not as a standalone character without the Pokémon Trainer.
** Many didn't see Greninja coming despite being a very popular [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY 6th generation Pokémon]] since, unlike Lucario, Greninja didn't have a marketing push
and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' hadn't made a proper appearance in the anime by the time of its reveal.
** Rather than have Chrom as the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' representative (who as the lead lord seemed like the most logical choice), everyone was shocked
to see the game would be represented by Robin and Lucina. Chrom spends the trailer face-down defeated and Lucina's intro splash reads "Lucina Wakes Her Blade?!"
** While everyone knew that other Nintendo games with no fighter/stage reps would be acknowledged via trophies, no one expected that 3rd party games could get trophy only representation. Then a Miiverse update revealed that VideoGame/{{Rayman}} would appear in trophy form. It's also the first acknowledgement of a game series developed by a non-Japanese 3rd party developer.
** No one predicted that damn ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' Dog (paired up with one of the ducks) scrapping with Mario and friends. This one was so unexpected that it was taken as proof that the leak it was revealed in was fake.
** Dr. Mario returning for the fourth game, after not appearing in ''Brawl''.
** In the inverse of the Marth situation above, western fans were excited but not surprised to see Little Mac from the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series show up as a playable character. Japanese players, however, were largely baffled, since the ''Punch-Out'' series is very obscure there due to the NES and SNES games getting extremely limited releases.
** At the end of the "50 Facts" Nintendo Direct about Smash for the [=WiiU=], Mewtwo was announced as a returning character, as DLC for spring 2015. While DLC characters had been a highly plausible theory since Nintendo was entering that field, many had written Mewtwo off since he had a trophy in the 3DS version of the game, on top of his absence from ''Brawl''.
** Lucas and Roy made a return to the roster thanks to DLC too. Like Dr. Mario and Mewtwo they were unexpected thanks to having been removed from the main roster.
** Virtually no one expected [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]] to be
in the game alongside them.
after Capcom already had a representative in Mega Man, even when he was leaked before his official reveal.
** Even tough he's not playable, [[Movie/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL 900]] makes a small cameo ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]]'' was announced in [[VideoGame/LegoDimensions Lego Dimensions.]]
November 2015, taking ''many players'' by surprise (including those who were wishing to see him included somehow) due to Cloud's game of origin essentially being one big middle finger to Nintendo.
** The newest wave Corrin from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', which [[EarlyBirdCameo wasn't even released yet outside Japan when s/he was announced]] (plus the series had five Fire Emblem representatives). It's MarthDebutedInSmashBros all over again.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' entered the game by winning the Fighter Ballot. Virtually no-one expected she had a chance for being too dark and suggestive a character, but it turned out she was the most popular voted character in Europe, and apparently one
of the top five in the US.[[note]]At least, of the characters includes the likes of [[Film/TheGoonies Sloth]], [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]], WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls, [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]], [[Film/{{Gremlins}} Gizmo]], Series/TheATeam, and even ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', many of whom come from media that have never even had LEGO sets before.
** Speaking of Sonic,
they could get the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' level pack features multiple surprises of its own:
*** The most significant is Big the Cat appearing as a major NPC, considering he had been all but abandoned by Sega due to his [[TheScrappy reputation]].
*** The Mecha Sonics from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3'' return as mini-bosses, both of them having only appeared in one game each beforehand.
*** Two nonspecific E-100 Series robots with the same body shape and design as [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Gamma]] appear as part of a puzzle in the Metropolis Zone area, the first appearance of this robot design since ''VideoGame/SonicBattle''.
* In ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes2'', the first boss fight is against [[ComicBook/TheEternals the Celestial Eson the Searcher]]. He only appeared outside of the comics in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', and even then that was only a [[TheCameo cameo]].
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** ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'' has quite a few surprises:
*** [[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Plugg]], a minor enemy that only had one appearance beforehand, inexplicably replaces Plasma Wisp as the helper for the Plasma ability.
*** [[VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Chef Kawasaki]] making his first miniboss appearance since ''Super Star'' is already surprising, but nobody was expecting him to actually be a helper this time, especially since he yields a one-use ability when inhaled.
*** [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 Pon and Con]] make a surprise return as midgame bosses, their first appearance since their debut.
*** While it's only a small cameo, Gryll and Brobo (from ''Kirby's Super Star Stacker'' and ''Kirby's Block Ball'', respectively) getting a Stone form dedicated to them definitely deserves mention.
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