When a new work is released and people announce they will check it out purely because of one element of the work, such as the presence of a specific character, we have Just Here for Godzilla
. This would be what happens when people announce that they're staying away from a work because a particular element is absent, regardless of whatever else is present in the work. Some examples I came up with would be:
- Mega Man's absence from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 did not go down well with the fandom. He was also absent from the Updated Re-release, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3. The Mega Man franchise was going through a rough patch at the time, with the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, and Bad Box Art Mega Man being portrayed as a fat, delusional alcoholic in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- The absence of Martian Manhunter from Injustice: Gods Among Us. He was the only member of the Justice League not to appear as a playable character, which rubbed people up the wrong way when a quarter of the roster was made up of Batman characters and Mortal Kombat's Scorpion was added via dlc.
- Playstation All Stars Battle Royale was hit extremely hard by this trope. Most people were waiting on Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon Solid Snake, Cloud and Lara Croft. Things got ugly when none of those characters were included (though Metal Gear was represented via Raiden, who became a Replacement Scrappy, [[Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty again.) In this case, the absences reflected badly on the game - the roster was defined not by the fairly solid showing of Sony-owned characters, but by the big names who weren't in the game.