Created By: miruFebruary 6, 2010
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A Character from a ( Often Merchandise Driven) show who does not get a toy.

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  • November 15, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    There's a line from this video that would make a great page quote.
  • November 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Most of the OOMN from Bionicle
  • November 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The villans from the Barbie movies
  • November 15, 2009
    Unknown%2520Troper
    ^Hell, they didn't even make a doll of Barbie herself when she played the villain (Eden Starling, equally Grinch-y Distaff Counterpart to Ebenezer Scrooge) in Barbie in A Christmas Carol!
  • November 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    They made only one.
  • November 15, 2009
    Ub3rD4n
    Okay, I guess I'll say it: character is spelt with one e.
  • November 15, 2009
    Evalana
    It looked like movie!verse Vidia was going to be this way, until a doll came out recently.
  • November 15, 2009
    Kayube
    Semi-example: The girl Power Rangers never get as many figures as the guys- they do make the basic forms but the male rangers always get all kinds of crazy powerups that never show up in the show. Most likely this is because they have to make completely separate molds for the females. (In the early days they did have a few girl-targeted toys featuring the heroines...)
  • November 16, 2009
    random surfer
    Semi-example: Flintstones Vitamins didn't include Betty until 1995, when she replaced Fred's car.
  • November 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The toa Hagah from bionicle
  • November 16, 2009
    LickyLindsay
    We either already have a trope for this, or it was already a YKTTW that just never launched. Darned if I can remember what it was called, though.
  • November 16, 2009
    Henker
    None of the female Avatar characters got an action figure.
  • November 16, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    What!? Not even Toph? That is mystifying.
  • November 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Some of the males never got action figures either.
  • November 16, 2009
    Ronka87
    RE: Transformers, you don't need to list aversions, surely?
  • November 16, 2009
    foxley
    None of the female characters (Mainframe, Nightshade, Ms Demeanor, Mirage) from COPS got action figures.
  • November 17, 2009
    Wristmilk
    back up a little... how is this a trope? Granted, it makes for an interesting discussion, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the presentation of the characters "in story." Unless you have a clever Lampshade Hanging such as "Dude, go away, you don't even exist in the toy line" it's doubtful this is a tool of entertainment media... just very vaguely related. It would be like listing all of the characters in Gone With The Wind that were never depicted on a Franklin Mint Commemorative Plate... it has no bearing on the story.
  • November 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    This isn't a trope of film, television or any other entertainment medium, it's a trope of marketing.

    Star Wars was weird. Just 12 action figures at first, one of them the blink-and-you'll-miss-him "Death Squad/Star Commander". Meanwhile, Peter Cushing as Darth Vader's BOSS, and the man who orders the destruction of Alderaan, doesn't get an action figure til about 1995.

  • November 17, 2009
    TB Tabby
    Several characters from the GI Joe comic., most notably Kwinn the Eskimo.
  • November 17, 2009
    Deboss
    From what I heard, only Yoko got action figures in Gurren Lagann.
  • November 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Kamina got one much later on
  • November 17, 2009
    KJMackley
    There are some major robot characters in Transformers that were never designed with a toy in mind or the actual toy sits in its own version of Development Hell. In some cases it inspires fans to do a kitbash to make their own. Among them are the original G1 Unicron and Arcee (never produced, both got toys in other incarnations).

    Also in the Beast Wars era there is Transmutate (got a toy when you combine bonus parts packaged with other toys in the 10th Anniversary line) and Botanica (who has never had a toy).
  • November 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    there is also megatron's form at the end of Beast Machines and the Vok
  • November 17, 2009
    Glowsquid
    Most of the GI Joe Extreme characters never got a toy.
  • November 18, 2009
    Wristmilk
    a trope of... marketing? I definitely don't understand.
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Every female character in a show marketed to boys.

    Every male character in a show marketed to girls or fanboys.
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Evrey bad guy in a show marked to girsls.
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    there are exetions.
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Another Bionicle one: Grallok. most other Lego toylines have some charecters who do not get toys.
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    All the humans in Trans Formers
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    This is Just For Fun and a Toy Trope
  • November 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Kyry
  • November 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Transformers, totally. Seeing how most of the time the toys are either (a) designed first and the show/comic makers make a story around the characters, or (b) toy makers and show makers work together, it's more noticeable there than in any other show when someone doesn't get a toy. A non-toy character that's not a human sidekick being allowed to be prominent is next to unheard of; Tigerhawk was forced to be Killed Off For Real after two episodes because they weren't sure they were making the toy (as in, weren't sure they weren't, either... and eventually did.)

    The Affirmative Action Girl is the most likely to get this treatment: G1 Arcee has never had a toy, and Beast Wars Blackarachnia's toy was basically Tarantulas's painted purple... BA is yellow and black. However, the Animated version of Omega Supreme - very male, very Badass, very important - doesn't have one.

    Of course, the reason - in TF, Power Rangers, and anything else - is probably less sexism than the fact that the primary consumers of action figures for fighting series are 8-year-old boys. Every guy in here, tell me what you think would've happened to you if you'd brought the Pink Ranger or Princess Leia in cute pink mecha form with you to show your friends when you were that age.
  • November 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Other Transformers examples include Unicron, The Vok, Sari, and all the non sentient robots from animated.
  • November 20, 2009
    rjung
    If we're talking about Transformers characters who never got toys, the original G1 cartoon had a bunch of one-shot characters who'd fit the bill (the Big Bad in "Sea Change", off the top of my head). The comic books had a few more, such as Straxus and Spanner.
  • November 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Another transformers one: the ark.
  • November 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Most of the Toa Magnai.
  • November 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Peculiar Pieman Of Porcupine Peak from Strawberry Shortcake.
  • November 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Some Ben Ten charecters.
  • November 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Straight examples from Disney Fairies include The Season Ministers, Terrence, Bobble, Clank, and the bird of prey.
  • November 23, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    the newer comics have Drift.
  • November 25, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Takua in his Mctoran form.
  • November 26, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Tamaru
  • January 16, 2010
    BizarroHulk
    The 80s Masters Of The Universe cartoon had a few characters who were introduced apparently to promote new action fictures, but said figures never materialised - Strongarm and Lizardman both spring to mind. There's a partial aversion with The Sorceress and King Randor, who didn't receive action figures until the final wave despite being major characters in the cartoon.
  • January 16, 2010
    macroscopic
    A couple more Transformers. They're not recurring characters for the most part but they got more development and attention than alot of characters that actually had toys (I'm looking at you, Flywheels).

    • There's always fan favorite Nightbird, a female ninja robot introduced in "Enter the Nightbird." Though she's never seen again after this episode she's not likely to be forgotten any time soon.
    • Defcon 1 from "The Gambler" is also pretty popular even though he only showed up twice.
    • Ravage from Beast Wars existed only as a Shout Out to Transformers Generation One, but was still given a totally new design and even an episode or two focused on him.

    edit: I wouldn't call this a marketing trope. If you take in enough Merchandise Driven media it does seem bizzare and even out-of-place (which is not to say unwelcome) when a non-toyline based character gets any attention at all.

    It's a type of aversion perhaps?
  • February 6, 2010
    miru
    i might make an opposite trope too.
  • February 6, 2010
    miru
    Artermis and Navi from Beast Wars 2. The protohumans from Beast Wars. Padlock from Energon.
  • February 6, 2010
    miru
    the unlucky guy who got fed to the sharkticons.
  • February 6, 2010
    macroscopic
    ^ His name was Kranix.

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