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* In general, a ''lot'' of superhero shows will inflict at least a mild form of this on the RoguesGallery, as villains who carried whole episodes by themselves in early appearances are reduced to VillainTeamUp or LegionOfDoom stories in later ones, and non-speaking cameos in later ones still (usually with a hefty does of VillainDecay in the process). See below for specific instances.
* Cousin Itt only showed up in three episodes of the 1973 ''WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily'' cartoon albeit appearing in the opening.
* Nick was a somewhat relevant character in [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron the movie]], even with just an InformedAbility. In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', he hardly gets any screen time.
* Tony Toponi and Bridget get demoted to background characters with a couple of blink-and-you-miss-it cameos in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' after having played a pretty large role in the first film.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] went from one of the core team members in the first season to a minor character that only appeared in about three or four episodes of the second (to be fair, Hank had to deal with personal problems).
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/IronMan and ComicBook/{{Thor}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** The Riddler rarely appeared much, but what episodes he did get were quite excellent and put a refreshing spin on the character. When the sequel series ''The New Batman Adventures'' rolled over, however, ol' Eddie got the shaft, despite getting an entirely new character design more faithful to Frank Gorshin's take on the character. You know that things are bad when the new Riddler's biggest role was in a ''Superman'' episode. Creator/PaulDini admitted in the "Art of..." book that they didn't use the Riddler often because his gimmick of using riddles was pretty hard to pull off in an action cartoon such as theirs. On the other hand, he had some truly spectacular moments in ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'', set in the same universe.
** Summer Gleeson (who was basically Vicki Vale in everything but name) appeared in a pretty large number of episodes in the first two seasons, as well as the ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm Mask of the Phantasm]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero SubZero]]'' movies. When the show was {{Retool}}ed as ''The New Batman Adventures'' for its final season, she made only two appearances, one of which was a non-speaking cameo.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'':
** Dana Tan in the second and third seasons, with the introduction of [[SpotlightStealingSquad Max]]. Went from being Terry's main "normal person" confidante and having a scene in almost every episode to mostly being a background presence who got tossed a few lines every now and then, except for the one episode where she got to be a DamselInDistress. Notably, she was (and remained) the {{Official|Couple}} ''{{Love Interest|s}}.''
** Terry's little brother and mother, Matt and Mary [=McGinnis=], while not as prominent as Dana, also had less and less screentime as the series continued.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''
** Virtually every villain (except for Joker, Penguin, and arguably [[spoiler:Hugo Strange]]) got hit with this in later seasons - some (like Killer Croc) being reduced to bit players right after their ''debut'' episodes. Arguably reached its nadir in "Rumors", where the new VillainOfTheWeek captures ''the entire rogues gallery'' without much trouble, and when they later escape and attack Batman and Robin ''en masse'', all of them get taken out in a matter of minutes.
* The 2006 revival of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' did this to the original series' main villains Lawrence Limburger, Dr. Karbunkle, and Greasepit, since the main antagonists were now a race of Cat-like aliens called Catatonians as well as a CorruptCorporateExecutive named Ronaldo Rump. While Limburger, Karbunkle, and Greasepit do appear in some episodes, their attempts at upstaging the Catatonians and re-establishing themselves as the greatest threat to the Biker Mice always fail miserably in the end.
* Vlada Veramirovich in the webisodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', Medusa is the leader of Comicbook/TheInhumans instead of Black Bolt. Black Bolt only gets a brief cameo where he's seen flying over Attilan, and doesn't have any real role in the episode.
* In the original series of ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam'', Trevor Evans the bus driver was a regular, prolific character who sometimes helped Sam by acting as a part time firefighter. In the newer series he's lucky if he gets a short appearance with a single line of dialogue.
* Arlene, despite being present in the intro sequence of ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'', shows up only in a handful of first-season episodes and is thus far absent in the second season. She has made some more appearances since then, having larger roles in some of the specials but it still doesn't help that other recurring characters have made more appearances than her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'''s [[TheMovie movie]], Phoebe Hyerdahl only gets one line, and the only memorable thing she does in it is run into some newsguy's camera. For that matter, none of the minor recurring characters, except [[StalkerWithACrush Brainy]], get any credit. Fortunately, ''The Jungle Movie'' seeks to address this and give the other characters an ample amount of screen-time along with the main characters. According to [[http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/The_Jungle_Movie this Wikia article]] made before the movie was UnCancelled, the [[OutOfFocus much-ignored]] Nadine will finally receive significant screentime in it.
* Betty Ross, who had major focus in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk'', only appeared in certain episodes in season 2. Also, Doc Samson and Rick Jones were demoted even ''more'' after season 2's premiere.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''
** ComicBook/TheFlash had no lines in the first season because of voice actor Michael Rosenbaum's commitments on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (though you may not notice simply on the basis that the cast is ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters frickin' huge]])''. He came roaring back for the second and third seasons though (in particular the SeasonFinale of the second season), and even [[LampshadeHanging complained to a fellow Leaguer about not getting any respect despite being one of the original seven]].
** The Big 7 in some extent suffers of this in the last season. Despite being the main characters, they only appear in less than half of the final thirteen episodes, with some episodes ("Patriot Act," "Grudge Match" and "Alive!") focusing on recurring characters instead.
** Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} himself counts. Despite being one of the founding members of the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica League]] in the comics, he was replaced by Hawkgirl in the show. He appeared only sporadically, but this gave writers a way to logically work him into plots without running into the ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman [[NeverLiveItDown stigma]]. Then he outright vanished during the last season of ''Unlimited'', thanks to [[ExiledFromContinuity his rights being tied up in a potential live-action series]].
* Spryte. In later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', she is sometimes completely absent, with no explanation at all. One of the episodes that don't feature her explains her absence by saying that she's on vacation.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** The short-lived character Beans the Cat was demoted when the spotlight shifted to his stuttering sidekick WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, and Beans and the rest of his co-stars soon [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome faded into oblivion]].
** Before WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck became his sidekick Porky's best friend was a goat named Gabby who appeared in four cartoons, and he also had a girlfriend Petunia who also vanished after a couple of years (although she remained prominent in the comic books).
** Porky Pig himself started to slowly drift from the spotlight. By the fifties his solo series was ended, with him working near solely as a sidekick for more abrasive characters such as Daffy, and by the sixties he disappeared with the exception of a couple of shorts. He appears more frequently in modern projects, if still mostly as a supporting character only.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'':
** Elmer Fudd was one of the first Looney Tunes characters ever created and established as the original ArchEnemy of Bugs Bunny. In this show, you could count the episodes he is in on one hand.
** Sylvester and Tweety.
** If we speak of in-series, Marvin the Martian. In the first season he's one of Daffy's friends and provides to the plot in a few episodes. In season 2 he doesn't speak at all and is lucky if he even makes an appearance.
* GIL-9000 and robot players in general in the ''WesternAnimation/MutantLeague'' cartoon. Despite robots being one of the three races in both ''Mutant League Football'' and ''Mutant League Hockey'', they appear about once, as training dummies at that. GIL-9000 in particular gets the worst of this; he's the only "star player" (with a portrait and unique quotes) from ''Mutant League Hockey'' to not appear on the show.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther The New Pink Panther Show]]'', after the episode ''A Nut at the Opera'', the panther did not appear for a full four episodes, excluding ''Driving Mr. Pink''.
* When the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/PopPixie'' was announced, one of the major concerns about the series was the apparent disappearance of Digit (Tecna's pixie). She didn't appear in any official art at all, and the first that anyone saw of her... was when she appeared in the opening titles. (The other bonded pixies? All present and accounted for.) When Digit did show up, she was [[GenderFlip revealed to be male]] in this continuity.
* After being a regular character in the first series of ''Animation/TheRabbitWithTheCheckeredEars'', Menyus appears in just one episode of the second series.
* In the little seen ''WesternAnimation/RaymanTheAnimatedSeries'' Razorbeard, the BigBad of ''[[VideoGame/{{Rayman2}} Rayman 2: The Great Escape]]'', appears in a single episode as a lackey of that series' BigBad, Rigatoni.
* Many major characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' appear in [[WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut the movie]]...but most of them appear very briefly, with absolutely no lines. Notably, TJ's arch-rival Lawson shows up for two seconds and gives a mere thumbs up with no dialogue, but he's listed as a speaking role in the credits. Erik Von Detten's ''other'' character, Captain Brad (who appeared in one episode of the show), has numerous lines. Some major recurring characters, like Cornchip Girl, don't show up at all.
** In ''Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade'', Miss Grotke only has two lines in the entire movie. Justified, as the main kids were in the fifth grade and weren't in her class anymore.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'':
** While Tails was pretty prominent in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', he was reduced to minor status here. However, he did gradually get some more screen-time and the odd episode that gave him focus (particularly towards the end), but for the most part, several of the invented characters for the show were more in the "supporting cast" category than Tails was. WordOfGod is that, had the series gotten a third season, Tails would've gotten more focus and his role would've gotten closer to that of the games.
** Bunnie and Rotor are also fairly minor characters in the second season, with [[SpotlightStealingSquad Sally and Antoine]] played as Sonic's more prominent allies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
** Happens to Tombstone after the Green Goblin arc of season 1 and up until the episode "Gangland". In the first episode of the series he sends Enforcers to destroy Spider-Man and is set up as New York's most powerful crime lord. He becomes the BigBad during episodes 4-6, ordering Norman Osborn to create supervillains to distract Spider-Man and is set up as one of Spidey's arch-enemies. He also plays a big role in the Green Goblin arc (7-9), fighting against Green Goblin and [[EnemyMine teaming up with Spider-Man]] to stop him. However after that, he becomes a secondary character and in the Symbiote arc he only appears briefly in beginning of episodes 12 and 13 and only accepting job offers and nothing more. Thus, Symbiote/Venom replaces him as BigBad of Season 1. In the first half of season 2 (Master Planner and Venom arcs) he doesn't even appear and is only mentioned in "First Steps". In the Gang War arc, while he is set up as one of the crime lords fighting for control over New York, he doesn't appear in Accomplices and appears in the beginning of "Probable Cause". However in "Gangland" he returns as one of the big bads and fights against Doc Ock, Silvermane, and Spidey. In the final episodes he doesn't get mentioned at all.
** Same thing happens to Norman Osborn ([[spoiler:Green Goblin]]) in episodes with Venom.
* Spencer Smythe plays a far more prominent role in [[ComicBook/SpiderMan the comics]] than in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.
* Many main or reccuring characters of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' only receive cameos or minimum dialogue in TheMovie, with the rest of the focus being on [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick and Plankton. Midway through, Mr. Krabs spends the entire movie frozen, Squidward's dialogue is rather limited in constrat with his speaking roles on the show, and Sandy, Mrs. Puff, Pearl, and Gary (not that he has much to say anyway) only appear in cameos.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Admiral Wulff Yularen was a major speaking character throughout Seasons 1 & 2. Then, he only had only two appearances in Season 3, one in Season 4 and none in Season 5. Ironic, since he is ''also'' the AscendedExtra: literally, he started as unnamed extra in ''Film/ANewHope'' and wasn't even given a proper name until the TabletopGame/StarWarsCustomizableCardGame in 1995.
* Frieda in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', especially in comparison to her role in the comic series. She starts the show as Virgil's primary love interest, and is actually the first "civilian" to speak to Static, but after Daisy is introduced, she quickly becomes superfluous to both the plot of the show and the relationships between the characters.
* In the 2003/2007 version of ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'', Honey Pie Pony's final appearance was among the audience in ''It Takes Talent / Playing To Beat The Band'', with no lines and no plot. She was then shoved onto the bus.
* Escher in Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'':
** Lena Mack rarely shows up in Season 3, and even then only as a non-speaking background character.
** Slash and Slobster also rarely appear in Season 3.
* In the comics of the same name that ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' is based on, ComicBook/LoisLane, ComicBook/{{Katana}}, and Starfire spoke, whereas their counterparts in its AnimatedAdaptation didn't.
* Clawgrip got this bad in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''. A boss in the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 second game]], he was not only reduced to a mook, but a generic mook.
-->"Look out! A clawgrip!"
* King Koopa, of all characters, got this treatment in the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' cartoon. After appearing in nearly every episode of the [[WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow first two]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 animated adaptations]], he had main roles in virtually half, and four episodes ''did not feature him at all!''
** The Koopa Kids suffered even worse from this fate after being the prominent minions in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3''. Their appearances in ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' became limited to the point where Kootie Pie, Kooky, Hip and Hop each had speaking roles in only ''one'' episode.
* Tweety became less active in later ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird'' shorts, the main bulk of which revolved more around a bodyguard or alternate adversary guarding him from Sylvester (usually Granny or Hector).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'':
** In the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original Mirage Ninja Turtles]] comics, vigilante Casey Jones is a good friend of the turtles and one of the most prominent members of their supporting cast. In this cartoon, well, if you remember him at all it's as that loon who showed up in a few episodes wanting to break things.
** The Triceratons, one of the most iconic recurring Turtles villains who appeared in numerous media including the original comic, the games, the toyline, and the 2003 cartoon, only appeared in one of the later episodes of the 1987 show.
** After Carter showed up, April was relegated to sitting in her apartment and researching stuff on the Internet for all of Season 9 and the first few episodes of Season 10. Fortunately, she started taking a more active role in the final few episodes once Carter was [[PutOnABus written out]].
* In Season 5 of the second ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' cartoon, Casey and April really fell into this, largely a result of the season's sharply reduced episode count; it did not help that half those episodes were spent outside New York. They grew even less prominent in the ''Fast Forward'' {{Retool}}, since they did not accompany the turtles into the year 2105, and could only appear as cameos or in flashbacks. ''Back to the Sewer'' reversed the trend, however, giving them a season-long arc in which they prepared to get married.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas and Friends]]'':
** The show does this regularly, as a result of having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and the tendency to introduce several new characters every season. As a general rule, the new characters get a couple of seasons in the spotlight at most before demotion.
** Edward in seasons 4-6. Given a bit more screentime later on, at the cost of his classic personality.
** Toby's been getting the worst it lately. In Hero Of The Rails, not only does he get only one line, not only one word, but one '''Syllable'''. He was completely absent in Tale Of The Brave.
** Captain has done ''nothing'' of value since his introduction in ''Misty Island Rescue''.
** While he still gets the odd spotlight episode, Hiroís appearances are more sparse.
** Duck. Before he disappeared altogether, from when the show started deviating from the books. His last starring role prior to "The Thomas Way" was Season 4's "Fish". Subverted following his return in Season Seventeen, where he has been getting regular key appearances.
** Scruff was relegated to the background for two seasons following his debut, but got some spotlight once season 17 aired.
** Rosie made regular appearances in the model seasons. Come the CGI transition, she has had only one spotlight episode, being reduced to quick cameos otherwise.
** In season 4, Duke was a major focus of the first four episodes. For the rest of the season, he was relegated to the background. In addition, he didn't have a single role at all from that season onwards. Even now, he still hasn't made an appearance.
** After their episode, Mighty Mac were quickly relegated to the background with only a few minor speaking roles.
** In recent years Bertie the Busís appearances have become scarce, when he does show up, he's usually either avoiding an accident, or in need of rescue after getting stuck or breaking down.
* Snarf plays a ''much'' smaller role in ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats 2011}}''. Sometimes halfway through the episode you find yourself remembering he's still in this version and wondering where he is.
* It seems like Gogo Dodo was originally intended to be a principal character in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''; he gets a fair bit of attention in the SeriesBible, he's one of the characters to be mentioned in the theme song, and he plays fairly large roles in the OriginsEpisode and several episodes early in Season One ("Her Wacky Highness", "Sawdust and Toonsil", etc.). In later episodes he's a very minor character.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is somewhat the reverse of many other examples on this page, in that a number of characters appear ''only'' in the toyline. That said, there's plenty of straight examples,
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' isn't innocent on this by a long shot. It introduced LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, one set after another, [[MerchandiseDriven to sell toys]], and some had more staying power than others. Many characters' roles went by this formula: 1: [[RememberTheNewGuy Show up one day without comment]]. 2: Have [[ADayInTheLimelight one really good episode of focus]] later. 3: Be occasionally seen in the background or fights. 4: [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Disappear mysteriously]].
*** As an example, Jazz, who was a major character in the first two seasons of G1, had a supporting role in [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie the movie]], but when Scatman Crothers died shortly afterwards, Jazz's later appearances were non-speaking cameos.
*** Many G1 characters survived the events of The Movie but were gently pushed to the background for marketing purposes. Hasbro wanted the series to showcase their 1986 additions to the toyline. Most of the car-based autobots (such as Cliffjumper, Prowl, and Bluestreak) were rarely seen in the 1986-87 season.
** From the latter half of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' Season 2 onward, Raf suffered a rather diminished role compared to that of Jack, Miko, and Fowler. This is also seen in him getting the least amount of CharacterDevelopment throughout the series. A pity considering he made a great partner for Ratchet and had a strong showing in the first season.
* The Worms in the cartoon of ''WesternAnimation/USAcres''.
* Scooby-Doo himself, in most cases, and sometimes Shaggy in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo''. Typically the show would shift focus onto Fred, Daphne and Velma, but one major exception was the episode '"Camp Comeoniniwannascareya", which did ''not'' feature Fred, Velma or Daphne at all; it just featured Shaggy and Scooby-Doo as the main characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** Roxy is set to appear in only seven of the twenty six episodes of season 5. It's been finally confirmed that she's NOT a Winx (she's completely absent from the season 5 opening).
** The pixies are often subject to this. In season 2, they served as fairly important characters to the plot. In season 3, barring their ADayInTheLimeLight episode, they serve mainly as comic relief alongside Kiko. In season 4, the are reduced to one episode, and are completely absent in season 5. They return in season 6, but as comic relief again, and two of their members are replaced with CanonImmigrant from [[SpinOff Pop Pixie]].
** Mirta. Some of the events from season 1 revolving around her character, culminating in leaving Cloudtower for Alfea, suggested that she was going to be the sixth Winx girl. For some unexplained reason and despite having a good friendship with all of them (especially Flora), she never became part of the group. She does manage to get a cameo multiple times, establishing she's still around.
** Griffin in ''[[TheMovie The Secret of the Lost Kingdom]]'' and beyond, though she makes a return in season 6. .
* In the animated series of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', The Oracle has a much smaller role and doesn't even meet the Guardians face-to-face until the second season, probably because Yan Lin is at hand to explain things.
* Happens to ComicBook/{{Storm}}, of all people, in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''. While a major character in the comics, one of the most recognizable members of the X-Men, and being in the main cast of nearly all the previous animated adaptations, here shoved in the background to give Wolvie a bigger role. In fact, there's no real reason for her presence at all: she doesn't factor into any of the storylines, and the episode where she rejoins the team has nothing to do with the overall plot. In the episodes in which he takes part in battles, she appears, makes a major power play, and is knocked out almost immediately. The writers even acknowledge that she's too powerful to work into their universe properly. It's possible that the writers only threw her in because viewers are used to seeing her. To say nothing of Jean, who was reduced to nothing more than a plot device.
* Wally Walrus from ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' was brought onto the "underdog" cast section when other characters, which can be obviously referred to as bad guys, like Buzz, Dooley and Dirty [=McNasty=] came up. At least not until the ''New Woody Woodpecker Show''.
* Katnappe, the Cyclops, and Tubbimura appear in episode 3 of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'', but gets one chorus line of dialogue and are taken out rather easily.
** Also, Raimundo. In [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown the original series]] he was one of the characters with the most focus due to his CharacterDevelopment and eventually [[spoiler:became the leader]]. In the new series he has a significantly less important role and is pretty much used just for comic relief. He gets only ''one'' spotlight episode and he's the only monk who was ''never'' challenged to an individual showdown. The fact that the writers [[spoiler:completely forgot the fact that he became the leader]] doesn't help, either.
** Clay suffered from this pretty bad on [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown the original show]] - out of the four Dragons, he always had the fewest spotlight episodes, and got absolutely ''none'' in the third and last season. One poster from the (now-defunct) old Tv.com forums quipped, "Oh, Clay was in this season?".
* Every character in the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series had this happen to them. [[SpotlightStealingSquad With the obvious]] [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} exception...]] Two notable X-Men, Colossus and Nightcrawler, were relegated to cameos and guest appearances. This was because they were a part of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' in the comics at the time, as well as Marvel's desire to focus on the more current 1990s members of the team. Poor Kitty Pryde ''[[AdaptedOut didn't appear at all]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has Spyke, a major character in seasons one and two; in season three, he up and joins the Morlocks. Gets an episode here or there, but he's mostly gone. [[TropesAreTools This wasn't necessarily a bad thing]], because he was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap when [[TheBusCameBack he returned.]] Storm, who happens to be his aunt, also gets this very badly. Despite always having been a major player in the X-Men franchise, she receives very little focus in this series and only has one episode centered around her during the entire run of the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
** The entire Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}, since the series focuses on the sidekicks of the team. Creator/CartoonNetwork even touted the show this way in early promos, counting on the audiences familiar with the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoon to cause shock when the protagonists were revealed to be the children.
** Red Tornado's conspicuously absent in the second season (likely because Nightwing and the others have replaced him in the mentor role), and has only had one non-speaking appearance in "War".
** ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and [[{{ComicBook/Icon}} Rocket]] in season 2, both of whom graduated to the Justice League. Ironically, both of them were the last to join the team in the first season.
** Secret, when compared to [[{{ComicBook/YoungJustice}} the comic]]. In that, she's a member of the team. In the show, she is present in only one episode and is limited to PokemonSpeak.
* Creator/{{Disney}} related material
** Several [[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]] spin-offs have Simba suffering from this, in favour of Timon and Pumbaa, such as in [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa the animated series]], in which Simba only appeared a couple of times, and [[Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf the third Lion King movie]] which is all about Timon and Pumbaa stealing scenes from the first movie. This was eventually lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', when Timon and Pumbaa are introduced by Mickey Mouse, Simba moans "[[SpotlightStealingSquad Those guys always get all the attention!]]"
** The entire cast of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', including the titular character, suffered this fate as the later merchandise based on the film now focus on [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Jasmine.]] Considering that The Disney Princess line of merchandising is quite profitable and has become in an odd way, it's OWN spinoff from the various Disney films that each princess comes from, this may not be the case with Jasmine--or perhaps, the fate of any character associated with a Disney Princess.
** Flounder from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', where he is also now portrayed as a father to several baby fish.
** Almost the whole cast, including Lightning [=McQueen=], gets this treatment in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}]'' while Tow Mater takes over as the main character.
** Iridessa of the ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' franchise gets very little merchandise at all, and barely appears in group promo shots. It might be because she's a stuck-up RulesLawyer, but it's probably because she's a TokenMinority. Hey, at least she's better off than Vidia and Rani. Although Vidia's [[AscendedExtra certainly better off than she used to be]], as more and more of the doll lines include her.
** If your only exposure to the franchise is the coloring books, you probably don't know that there's a male fairy. According to the web game, he's a "sparrow man" despite obviously being a fairy and grouped as such before. He still gets no attention.
** ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' (and other modern Goofy productions):
*** Goofy's son, Max appears to be focused more on than Goofy in most of Goofy's latest appearances, particularly in the 90s. While Goofy and Max get equal attention in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', both [[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie "Goofy" movies]] and both Christmas movies, ''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas'' and ''WesternAnimation/MickeysTwiceUponAChristmas'', appear to be all about Max.
*** Pete was one of the main characters on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', then was demoted to running a major subplot that took up about a third or fourth of ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', only to get ''two'' scenes and one brief flashback to an earlier scene of screentime in the sequel and be rendered irrelevant by the end.
** Lilo in any material outside the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' movies and ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. Stitch is the regular moneymaker, while Lilo hardly, barely or never gets a mention. Even ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' omitted her from their movie-themed level (though to be fair, that was a prequel), she only gets a cameo in the ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' anime showing that she now has a similar-looking daughter of her own, and is only shown in flashbacks in the Chinese animated series ''Animation/StitchAndAi''.
** Esmeralda in ''[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Hunchback of Notre Dame II]]''.
** WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse started out as [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse Mickey's]] co-star for most of the black and white shorts, but she started to appear less and less once WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} began appearing in Mickey shorts and he, WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, and WesternAnimation/{{Pluto|ThePup}} got more screentime. Once Donald, Goofy, and Pluto each got their own series of shorts, even Mickey himself became the victim of this.
** Bo Peep in the ''Franchise/ToyStory'' series, while never a big character, has suffered this. In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', she at least gets several scenes that develop her relationship with Woody and is present throughout the story, along with scenes where she is the main focus as she wonders why he and Buzz have gone. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', she is still present, but only for the first 20 minutes, but still takes up the (offscreen) job of managing the other toys until Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew return at the end of the film. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', however, she is only present (sans voice) in Andy's home movie, and soon afterward is said to have been sold at a garage sale.
** Pongo and Perdita, the main characters of the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' movie, are secondary characters in ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries''. The episode "The Making Of..." {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by having them remark that they were told that Disney "decided to go for a younger look". "But we're not bitter," Perdita remarks, [[HypocriticalHumor immediately before tearing a rip on a promotional poster]].
* ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' features Gurth in one episode and he is a victim of DeathByAdaptation since he is dead at the beginning.
* When ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' wound up launched into outer space, Sebastian the cat became this after the band adopted Bleep, a little fuzzy alien creature.
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' promptly stripped Tenderheart Bear off his status as the leader of the Franchise/CareBears and gave it to Cheer Bear. Tenderheart even received the least toys during that era of the franchise. Understandably this was one of the contributing factors to the broken base of the show. Another character that was demoted to extra was Good Luck Bear, who appeared only in background in the show, which somehow led some fans to hate Oopsy Bear because they somehow believed that Oopsy replaced Good Luck.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] were the classmates of Star and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In the second season, they only appear in the background and never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging Star commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year]]. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra essentially took over their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star, while Janna was usually the {{Muggle}} who wasn't Star that sometimes joined Star's adventures. Tellingly, they were both [[EvolvingCredits taken out of the last shot of the opening credits]].
** [[AlphaBitch Brittney]] was another classmate of Star's that appeared regularly at the show's beginning and nearly disappeared in the second season--she only had two, brief appearances in the foreground, one of them non-speaking. She was likewise removed from the last shot of the opening.
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