This trope is named for when a character reaches a point where there is nothing left the series can do with them. This could be for a couple of reasons. Maybe their plot lines and personal issues have all been resolved but they continue to hang around. Perhaps they’ve become a Flat Character from a lack of development. Either way, what was once an interesting and compelling character becomes dull. Every nuance has been probed until there is nothing left to explore. The writers, having boxed themselves into a corner, find themselves with no choice but to have the character Put on the Bus or killed off. This trope comes in three types:
- Type A: The character suffers from a lack of long-term Character Development and becomes a Flat Character. This type often comes hand-in-hand with Status Quo is God. They still remain in the series, leading to Flanderization or Character Fatigue.
- Type B: All of their issues have been fully resolved. The writers struggle to give them anything to do.
- Type C: Rarely, a Type A or Type B can be rescued by an Author's Saving Throw, resulting in a rejuvenated character.
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