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->''"Welcome to Hufflepuff! Long live the bumbling badger of mediocrity!"''
-->-- ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That Mitchell And Webb Sound]]''

Some settings are richly designed and have a wealth of WorldBuilding, with a complex social and political system where TheFederation and TheEmpire compete for power. To spice things up, various "third side" factions will be included to give the people in the wardrobe department something to do. You can't have them be too powerful, though, or too relevant, lest they [[SpotlightStealingSquad get in the heroes' or villains' limelight]].

This is Hufflepuff House, an organizational equivalent to the MauveShirt or RedshirtArmy. They help round out the setting without actually impacting much on it, filling out the empty seats in TheAlliance HQ and [[CosmopolitanCouncil making things look diverse]]. At best, they might perhaps be TheCavalry. Hufflepuff House is often part of the {{backstory}} of a new character for an episode, and if the character becomes popular enough their House will become [[PlanetOfCopyhats patterned after them.]]

[[TropeNamers Named]] for the group in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Subtrope of CrypticBackgroundReference. When a background character/group actually does have impact in the foreground, they are a HeroOfAnotherStory. If they get promoted to the main roster, then SailorEarth might be in effect.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Though the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' world consists of five major ninja villages (Leaf, Sand, Stone, Cloud, and Mist), one rogue "village" founded by Orochimaru (Sound) and a whole host of minor ones, every village that wasn't Leaf, Sand, or Sound were for the longest time nothing more than backstory elements at best. Rain becomes somewhat more important when we find out that it's [[spoiler:the homebase for the major mercenary/terrorist organization Akatsuki]], but it's not until after [[spoiler:Sasuke attempts to capture Cloud's jinchuuriki]] that the other three major villages begin to play a major role in the main plot.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** During the Water 7 arc, we had the Galley La Company which consists of 7 shipyards. Only the 1st one is ever shown on screen and do anything at all.
** In the same arc, we were introduced to the Cipher Pols, the intelligence arm of the world goverment. There are 8 official CP and the secret mythical [=CP9=]. Only the [=CP9=] really contribute to the plot, the others only really there to serve as warm-ups bosses and round out thr setting.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', for a series built on EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses, certainly doesn't care much about what the princesses are ruling. Most of the countries exist only as {{Doomed Hometown}}s, and, besides random extras in one or two chapters, only three servants and one civilian ever appear in the whole thing. Only one of those four is plot-relevant in the manga, and she was cut from the anime entirely.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion is one of the three superpowers (the other two being Britannia and China), but they don't really do anything other than get parts of it conquered by Britannia in series 2 - and the war mostly takes place off-screen. Perhaps to rectify this, Creator/{{Sunrise}} made a sidestory OVA set in the EU titled ''Anime/CodeGeassAkitoTheExiled''.
** Mao mentions he has a house in UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}, but that's all we ever find out about it. Later, Australia was the [[http://static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080728172659/codegeass/images/6/6e/New_CG_Map.JPG biggest uncolored land on the map]]. It's possible all that means Australia is a country all superpowers have agreed to keep neutral (so Mao has a house where Britannia will never attack), but if we stand to canon, actually no one cares about Australia.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has the AEU. While the two other world powers (the Union and HRL) have important characters who act as TheRival to the Gundam pilots and contribute to the plot, the AEU's only real contribution for the first part of the series is Patrick Colasour, a SmallNameBigEgo EnsembleDarkHorse. The only time the AEU's HumongousMecha come off as any kind of threat is when they're piloted by BloodKnight Ali Al-Saachez, which doesn't improve the AEU's standing beyond being good at buying mercenaries. Slightly mitigated later in the first season with the introduction of the competent, take-no-crap Katie Mannequin, but overall the AEU is still the weakest and least important of the show's factions. Oddly, many other major characters (originally) hailed from the AEU, such as [[spoiler:both]] Lockon Stratos, Sumeragi Lee Noriega, Louise Halevy, Klaus Grad, Ian Vashti and Descartes Shaman. The thing is, none of them are actually ''working for'' the AEU by the time they show up.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Many of the Shinigami divisions: 2 is the stealth and assassin squad, 4 is the medic and janitor squad, 9 is the primary security force, which traditionally looks after arts and culture, and heads the Seireitei News Magazine, 11 is [[BloodKnight physical combat specialists]] and 12 is scientific research, but the other eight divisions have no known specialties, and there are relatively few members that have been introduced. Based on Rukia's descriptions, the 13th squad seems to be the opposite of the 11th, focusing primarily on [[FunctionalMagic Kido]]-based combat. Though this is simultaneously a case of AllThereInTheManual, as most of the other squads have identities based on the personality of the members; for example Squad 7 is characterised as having members who fight out of a passionate love of life, while Squad 3 is made of those who fight hardest in order to get the whole unpleasant business over with.
** The "Kido Corps" {{mook}}s were used several times to control something big (like a trans-dimensional WaveMotionGun), but their only known members - their captain and lieutenant - were shown in a flashback over a hundred years ago. At the end of it, they both went out of service and no replacements were shown, unlike all the other squads that lost members at that time.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'':
** According to WordOfGod, [[TheKingdom Orb]] is ruled by a collective of five prominent families, who between themselves select a chief representative. Over the course of the two TV series and the spinoff manga ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' we meet three of the families, the Athha, Seiran, and Sahaku. The other two are non-entities, to the point of not even being ''[[NominalImportance named]]'', even in critical moments such as when their allies in [[TheFederation the Earth Alliance]] start bulldozing Europe with a walking WMD. The Sahaku are a partial example, as their actions have zero impact on the anime, mattering only within the context of ''Astray''.
** For the Earth Alliance itself, all of its members except the Atlantic Federation have pulled the short straw.
* The Ra Yellow house from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. We don't meet the Ra housemaster for one and a half seasons, and of the three recurring characters who are in Ra Yellow at some point, one gets PutOnABus, and another only stays in Ra for one year. This is lampshaded when the Ra Yellow housemaster shows up and challenges them to a duel to get them to come back to their own dorm, and not even his own students have any idea who he is until he introduces himself.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Ritual Summoning seems to be ignored for most of the time. This is not uncommon in the franchise, since only a few duelists actually use Ritual Cards, with ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' never showing a Ritual Summon at all. However, despite ''ARC-V'' focuses on all Special Summoning methods instead of only one unlike ''5D's'' or ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal ZEXAL]]'', and the characters from this series treat these Special Summonings as awesome, Ritual Summoning seems to be viewed as not as special as the other four methods. The fact that a Ritual Dimension hasn't been mentioned yet doesn't help either.
** The Standard Dimension is where the bulk of the main cast comes from, and is the setting of the first season. The Xyz Dimension's LaResistance play a big role in the plot, as does the Fusion Dimension. The Synchro Dimension is mentioned as an aside by Yuto to show that it exists, and we only meet one person from there: Yugo, who has no scenes in his world and only appears in Standard and Xyz. The Synchro Dimension is the setting of season 2 and gets fleshed out later on, but by then the Xyz Dimension is rarely mentioned, and the only mentions it gets are related to how the Fusion Dimension destroyed Heartland.
* The Cherry Blossom class in ''Anime/CrayonShinChan''. The Sunflower class has Shin-chan himself and the rest of the gang and the Rose class is basically TheRival. And then there's the Cherry Blossom class, which is there just to pad out the school and takes a long time to get a name. We don't even met their original teacher before miss Ageo replaces her and otherwise has no remarkable characters.
* Canada of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the country, this is played for laughs. Since Canada and America are twin brothers in this series, the only difference being Canada's IdiotHair, none of the other countries, except for possibly England and France, seem to realize that they're two different characters. When Canada is around, the other characters will usually either not remember that he's there (at one point, Russia sits in a chair without realizing that Canada was already sitting in it, then later complains about how uncomfortable the chair is), or mistake him for America.
* The Byakko no Miko's story is the least developed in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Granted, the Byakko Seishi got more screen time and involvement than the Genbu Seishi in the main story, but they don't have their own spin-off... yet.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' Japan is a superpower, America is suffering and China has survived. But Britain, France and Russia are also alluded to have survived Third Impact. They have places on SEELES committee. But do not seem to have any-more political influence despite being permanent members of the UN Security Council.
* The Garrison Corps in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is the largest of the three military branches, and the least strictly defined of them. The Military Police Brigade is a corrupt organization that only takes the [[TheAce 10 best]] graduates from every class, while the Survey Corps are made up of the most [[RagtagBunchofMisfits eccentric]] and [[BoldExplorer passionate]] soldiers willing to risk their lives on a regular basis. The Garrison consists of everyone else.
* Team Black Egg from ''Anime/{{IGPX|ImmortalGrandPrix}}''. Mostly serving as early series opponents for Satomi, their only notable characteristic is their StoneWall form of piloting. After this, they fade into the background. Barely getting mentioned, and eventually falling to the [=IG2=], so season 2 BigBad's White Snow can show up.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'':
** In ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'', there are several schools devoted to teaching magic. There's the one where the main cast is concentrated, and one composed of snobbish, larger-than-life students who serve as the rivals for the [[UnknownRival rather indifferent]] main cast. Several more schools are alluded to during the TournamentArc, but since no school beyond the above two sends whole groups of students, it's impossible to characterize them.
** In ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'', most of the important characters are part of the Plum class, a class infamous for taking in many problem students. Then there is the Rose class, opposite in every way to the Plum class, making them rivals of sorts. In the sports festival episode, two other classes are named: the Wisteria and the Chrysanthemum classes, promptly forgotten after said episode. The Wisteria class gets some modicum of characterization by being considered the 'sportsiest' class, but neither class seems to have Jewelpets among their ranks.
* In ''Anime/BeastSaga'' The three main factions are the Land Tribe (various mammals and reptiles), Sea Tribe (aquatic animals and reptiles, even aquatic mammals), and the Sky Tribe (mostly cute or non-threatening birds like ducks, parrots, and pigeons). Season 1 is focused on the battle between the Land Tribe and the Deathheart Gang of the Sea Tribe, while the Sky Tribe is reduced to comic relief.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', the U.A. school has 4 courses: Heroic Course (trains students into heroes), Support (gadget developments), Management, and General Education. The Heroic course is where a majority of the characters come from. Meanwhile, Support and General Education have one notable student each and Management students have only been seen as background characters.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is pretty much how the Indigo Lanterns operate in the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' cosmology. They're the lanterns of Compassion but little detail is gone into them and they rarely involve themselves with the other six Lantern Corps.
* The Initiative teams in Creator/MarvelComics, especially those from "less important" states, who have a tendency to die in crossovers.. If you're in the New York state Initiative team (a.k.a. Comicbook/TheAvengers) you're fairly safe. If you're from any other state - Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, New Jersey, even California - you're CListFodder in waiting.
* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' the First Families of Gotham, the rich elite who have had great influence since the Revolutionary War, are the Waynes, the Kanes, the Cobblepots, the Elliots, and the Crownes. The first two have produced prominent superheroes. The next two, prominent supervillains. The last one? No one knows, no one cares.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Hufflepuff is not mentioned in ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' except for a throwaway line which casually states that "Vampire" is "sucking some blood from a Hufflepuff."
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' turns Gryffindor, of all things, into one of these. Ravenclaw gets a greater emphasis as the intellectual house, plus two members of the leading PowerTrio. Slytherin gets a lot more characterization as the ambitious house and gets the third leading character. Hufflepuff's loyalty and hard work leads to a mix of {{Determinator}} and ThePowerOfFriendship. They also gain Neville Longbottom, who gets to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] far earlier. Harry is actually offered this house by the Sorting Hat, he turns it down because he doesn't think he's ''worthy'' of it. Gryffindor, by contrast, is dismissed as a bunch of mindless bullies and thoughtless would-be heroes. It has very few important characters, mostly the Weasly twins.

* The other Greek soldiers in ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' who weren't from Sparta. They do basically zip and leave frightened so the Spartans can die in a HeroicSacrifice. In the real life Battle of Thermopylae, on the other hand, there were also 700 Thespians and 400 Thebans who refused to flee and instead died alongside the 300 Spartans.
* The other pirate lords from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''. Smoke-trails in the background imply a huge battle, but we never get to see any ships but the main characters'.
* In ''Film/TheWizard'', the final competition has Jimmy Woods, TheHero; Lucas Barton, TheRival; and Moira Grissum, who is this. She naturally comes in third.
* The film version of ''Literature/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie'' knocks the Brodie Set down to four girls. Jenny is the beauty who is to be painted by Teddy Lloyd, Sandy is Miss Brodie's confidant [[spoiler: and eventual betrayer]], Mary is TheWoobie [[spoiler: who dies tragically]] and Monica does nothing - apart from crying at Miss Brodie's story about her lover. It's perhaps for this reason that she's the first girl Miss Brodie suspects [[spoiler: when she's dismissed]].

* In the Literature/{{Nintendo Adventure Book|s}} ''Leaping Lizards'', Mario and his friends compete against the Koopalings in the International Mushroom Games, along with two less important teams, one consisting of nothing but Sledge Bros. ("The Hammers") and another that's just random monsters ("[[CardCarryingVillain The Sneaks]]"). Of the two, the Hammers are less prominent, despite one of their members actually getting a name.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Hufflepuff, the {{Trope Namer|s}}, who are in one instance basically called all-the-rest, at their grandest are praised for dedication and dependability (distinct from the more heroic-oriented Gryfindor flavour of loyalty), and the Sorting Hat's song at one point has the other three house founders selecting students for specific strengths and Helga Hufflepuff saying she'll take the leftovers. WordOfGod says that they are good at stuff, they're just humble and don't boast like the other Houses. The foremost member of distinction they have is Cedric Diggory, who is a sympathetic character and Hogwarts champion. They're also mentioned to have the second-most students stay to battle Voldemort.
** Ravenclaw students aside from Luna and Cho do even less than the Hufflepuff students throughout the series, mainly due to the fact that the reader almost never sees members of that house from Harry's year present throughout the series. However, they are a lesser example than Hufflepuff since they have the eccentric fan-favorite Luna Lovegood as its representative and its Common Room has actually been seen. The Hufflepuff Common Room? Literally all the information we get from canon is it's "near the kitchens". That's it.
** It extends to the respective Hogwarts ghosts. The Hufflepuff ghost the Fat Friar only appears in the first book and never has any effect on the plot. Gryffindor's ghost Nearly Headless Nick is good friends with the protagonists and plays a sizable supporting role in the second book. Slytherin's the Bloody Baron is exploited as the only one the castle poltergeist Peeves is afraid of. Ravenclaw's the Grey Lady provided [[spoiler: Lord Voldemort with one of his Horcruxes]] and as a bonus got murdered by the Bloody Baron. The Fat Friar does nothing.
* The (live) Southerlings in Garth Nix's ''Literature/{{Abhorsen}}'', who border on being a MauveShirt Army. They are refugees from the far southern countries who are seeking asylum in the Old Kingdom, even though they don't know about the magic that inhabits it. Their main features are their blue caps and scarves and their desperate need for protection, since [[spoiler:the bad guy's plan is to kill and resurrect a lot of them at once. Instant ZergRush. Avoiding this takes up a lot of the heroes' time.]] The reason they're even in the Old Kingdom is to give certain Ancelstierre officials political brownie points.
* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' has an odd example of this in the second book. The heroes deliberately set up the city they're protecting as a Hufflepuff House, so they'll have that third party power of choosing which invading army to ally with. As the description may indicate . . . they're kinda desperate.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', being a story about one front in an inter-planetary war, has several. The Leeran war was originally this, but the Animorphs were transported to their world and helped end that affair in short order. But there's also the Yeerk Peace Movement, a contingent of Yeerks who believe that infesting and controlling humans (or at least humans against their will) is wrong; the Anati system of planets, where the Andalites are planning to attack the Yeerks because they feel things are more urgent there and that Earth is likely lost; and the Rakkam Garroo conflict, another something-or-other that is distracting the Andalite fleet for three years so that the Animorphs are basically left to do everything themselves. Also, the free Hork-Bajir.
** Most of those conflicts get at least a book or two heavily devoted to them, but as the books are first-person with the Animorphs, matters far from their hometown are on the back burner, but get their mentions and have their impact. Individual Yeerk defectors and free Hork-Bajir are recurring allies throughout the series. The ''main'' HufflepuffHouse situation is the Rakkam Garroo conflict; that name is ''all you're getting, ever.'' It exists to make sure the Andalites are tied up with it so they can't ride to the rescue. Period.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The entire world map has been laid out, and is full of places that either a) have only been mentioned occasionally or b) were never mentioned at all. Borogravia eventually gets mentioned, as do Xxxx and the Counterweight Continent. The rest will most likely never be expanded upon due to AuthorExistenceFailure.
** The Rimside kingdom of Krull is visited and given a reasonably thorough description in ''The Colour of Magic'', then it vanishes from the face of the Disc. Krull was briefly mentioned in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' as being different after The Luggage wiped out most of the ruling class, specifically that they just charged huge salvage rates for ships stopped from going over the edge instead of enslaving the survivors.
** Chirm, a city sufficently close to Ankh-Morpork that it is the first destination Rincewind and Twoflower set out for after leaving the city is also never mentioned again after ''The Colour of Magic''. The obvious solution is that it is the same place as similar sounding Quirm, a near Ankh-Morpork town that is frequently mentioned in later books... except that the ''Discworld'' map lists both.
* At the beginning of ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', pretty much anyplace outside of the Kingdom is treated in this manner, mentioned periodically to add a little color to the tale but not having any significant impact. This series is very long, however, and by now almost every HufflepuffHouse kingdom and empire on (and several beyond) Midkemia has been featured in at least one full book in which it is showcased as the center of events.
** One notable exception to this is the Free Cities of Natal, despite being one of the earliest foreign nations mentioned and visited in the books. Every major conflict of the series places the Free Cities on the side of the Kingdom, but the small size of their territory and lack of any true army ensure that they remain strictly a sidekick in these wars. Natalese Rangers do pop up with some frequency in the series, but almost entirely in minor roles in aide to the Kingdom armies.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' broadens its view with each book, putting characters and factions under the microscope that might have first been mentioned in passing several books ago. By the fifth book, just about every major area and faction in Westeros has played some part. ''Literature/AFeastForCrows'' in particular devotes [[DoorStopper huge parts]] of the book to rescuing various factions from this trope, including House Tyrell, Dorne, the Ironmen, the [[ChurchMilitant Faith of the Seven]], the Vale of Arryn, and Braavos. Outside of Westeros, there are still a number of countries, such as Yi Ti and Asshai, which are mentioned occasionally, but nothing of significance has happened there.
** As of the new book "The World of Ice and Fire", even Yi Ti and Asshai have broadened histories and cultures...really, to the point that one wonders if future books are going there. Now, the out-of-focus places are all East of Asshai (such as the City of the Winged Men) or in Sothoryos. Possibly a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] or [[AvertedTrope aversion]], as as such places aren't really seen as important within the world either.
* Similarly, in the first two books of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the reader is led to assume this of all Ajahs but the Blue, Red and Brown : no mention of them in the glossaries, no relevant characters (Alanna and Alviarin are featured but have done nothing yet)... This isn't helped by the fact that at this point the reader has seen only (apparently) good Blues and bad Reds. The later books help rectify this.
* [=WindClan=] serves as this for ''Literature/WarriorCats'' as they are neither the designated villains like [=ShadowClan=], the protagonists like [=ThunderClan=], or the neutral softy like [=RiverClan=]. In fact they weren't even in the first book, made almost no appearance in the third and fourth books, and a minor one in the fifth book. Only in the second and sixth books are they important, otherwise before ''Starlight'' they were simply "[=ThunderClan=]'s allies", then [[spoiler: Tallstar died]], making them the focus one last time, but once Onestar took over [=WindClan=] just became [=RiverClan=].
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' has this with pretty much any house that isn't Atreides or Harkonnen -- House Richese in particular, which is essentially "[[GadgeteerGenius like Ix]], but not quite as much".
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' takes place in Oceania, one of three empires that each rule a third of the world. The other two empires are Eurasia and Eastasia. Eurasia and Eastasia are there only to have wars with each other and with Oceania, while [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder repeatedly changing alliances.]] They are all even described as using political systems functionally identical to each other.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** There are three main villains who want to usurp the First Lord's throne. Two are major characters, but the third, High Lord Rhodes, is not. While [[InformedAbility we're told]] he's both very smart and incredibly ruthless, he lacks both [[MagnificentBastard High Lord Aquitaine's]] personal flair and High Lord Kalarus's spectacular sadism, meaning he tends to get shoved into the background and namedropped every so often so we know he's still there.
** There are three non-human species surrounding Alera. [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Icemen]], while they've been at war with Alera more continually than any of the other nonhuman factions (about 300 years ''solid''), their attacks are confined to a particular region in the far north where the POV characters almost never go, meaning they get comparatively little pagetime and development.
** [[WolfMan The Canim]] [[FantasticCasteSystem have three castes: Warrior, Ritualist and Workers]]. According to Nausug, the workers are actually the 'ruling' caste in that the other two do what they do for the workers' benefit... Which is somewhat undermined by having several named Canim warriors and ritualists appear during the books, and not a single named worker.
* ''The Literature/TalesOfTheOtori'':
** There are five "Great Clans": The Otori, the Tohan, the Seishuu, the Maruyama, and the Shirakawa. However, the only clans featured with any great frequency are the Otori, Tohan, and Maruyama, and even then the Tohan drop off the radar after the first book [[spoiler:when their ruling warlord is assassinated]]. Two principle characters hail from Seishuu and Shirakawa, but the clans themselves are not looked into.
** The Tribe, an organization of ninja assassins comprised of four families: Kikuta, Muto, Kuroda, and Imai. Only the Kikuta and Muto families matter as most of the villains and heroes of the series hail from those two families, respectively.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'':
** The starmap includes such entities as Matapan, Midgard and Asgard, of which virtually nothing is known. In early books of the cycle, polities like Solarian League or Andermani Empire also counted, but since then they've got more screen-time.
** The Manticorian Alliance might as well consist of Manticore and Grayson. We learn little of the other members other than that they demand more Manticorian protection after every Havenite attack. The Andermani Empire was built up as TheRival just inches behind Manticore in the LensmanArmsrace in ''War Of Honor''. When they ended up on Manticore's side, their ships spend pretty much the entire war being upgraded, because they weren't up to Manticorian standards after all.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** The two 'other' wizards. Gandalf and Saruman are obviously well known to us and Radagast is mentioned. What little we know of the rest of the wizards' council comes from sundry notes published in ''Literature/{{Unfinished Tales|Of Numenor And MiddleEarth}}''. Tolkien's eventual answer to the question (in his letters) was [[ShrugOfGod basically]], "I don't know; they probably went East and founded some religions."
** There are quite a few nations in the south and at least one in the east that exist almost entirely as names on maps and the occasional reference to "Men under the sway of Mordor" or the like.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' has Belkira and Beltira. Beldin has a bit more of a personality, but Beltira and Belkira appear to exist mainly for the purpose of not having ''all'' Aldur's disciples fall into the JerkWithAHeartOfGold camp (or just Jerk, in the case of former disciple (Bel)Zedar).
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'':
** From all of the factions, Amity gets the least mentioned in ''Divergent''. None of the transfer to Dauntless are from it (one tried, but chickened out of the initiation almost immediately), and only one named character is a member of it. They have a slightly more important role in ''Insurgent''.
** Candor also has a minor role in ''Divergent'', although they also get elevated in ''Insurgent''.
* Actual werewolves (not shapeshifters like Jacob and co.) are occasionally mentioned in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' there are 12 districts that make up Panem (plus the Capitol). Most of the districts are glossed over as only a few of them are plot relevant. Occasionally an important character or detail might come from one of them but for the most part they are pretty irrelevant.
** Special mention goes out to District 9 however, which is mentioned the least, does not appear in the text and has no known characters from it, other than implied characters in both Games that take place in the series. May have to do with [[Film/DistrictNine the unfortunate name]].
* "Rabbit's friends-and-relations", a broad term applied to everyone in ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' who isn't Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, or Christopher Robin.
* Literature/LandOfOz
** Oz is divided into four nations: Munchkin Land, Winkie Land, Quadling Land and Gillikin Land. For anyone who hasn't read the books, ''all'' the last three would be Hufflepuff House, but even the most avid readers would be hard-pressed to remember anything about the Gillikins.
** The Good Witch of the North is the most overlooked of the four witches. The Wicked Witches of East and West are antagonists whose defeats are plot-relevant. Glinda of the South is the good witch that is able to send Dorothy home. The Witch of the North only appears to welcome Dorothy to Oz, give her directions and a kiss of protection and then disappear from the story. It's telling that most of the adaptations and revisionings leave her out and combine her with Glinda.
* In ''Literature/VenusPrime'', there is mention of a "Latin-African" bloc with its own space stations and a colony on one of Jupiter's moons, but it doesn't play much of a role in the series.
* This was the fate of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] worker caste in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder''. The overwhelming majority of Vong characters in the series are from the warrior caste (understandable, as the series deals with the Yuuzhan Vong while they're at war, so the warriors have become disproportionately influential in-universe). The intendants get Nom Anor, the most heavily featured Vong character in the series, and are important more generally at key junctures (and [[AllThereInTheManual some material]] indicates that the current [[GodEmperor Supreme Overlord]] was an intendant as well before taking the throne). Priests and shapers each get a significant recurring member (Harrar and Nen Yim, respectively), as well as each producing a couple of [[VillainOfTheWeek Villains of the Book]]. The Shamed Ones, the absolute lowest rung of Vong society, eventually get a significant subplot as a revolution against the Vong leadership gets underway and they form the bulk of it. The workers, even though they're supposed to form the highest percentage of Vong civilization, are just sort of there, get namedropped as a caste every so often, but an individual named worker ''never appears across all nineteen books''.
* Some of the [[TheMagocracy Orders of the Rainbow]] in Creator/NickPerumov's ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword'' are given characterization, like Arc, Kutul and Nerg. Some are given only iconic characters to extrapolate what they are about from, like Liv and Garam, or given a brief mention of what they practice, like Ugus. And then there are the Orders of Flaviz and Soley, which do no one knows what.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Among the numerous cabins in Camp Half-Blood, The Demeter and Dionysus cabins receive a lot less focus compared to the others. It's even worse for the demigods of minor gods that are all thrown into Hermes cabin or are not even acknowledged by their parent.
* ''Literature/{{Brotherband}}'' has the Wolves of the brotherband training competition. The main character is Hal, and the Sharks are led by [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Tursgud]]. [[spoiler: Due to the fact that the Wolves are unable to compete in all assessments, they are disqualified from the overall competition.]]
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' has its [[TheFairFolk Fairies]] divided in seven ([[SixthRanger later revealed to be eight]]) families: [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]], [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]], [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Centaurs]], Sprites, [[CuteIsEvil Pixies]], [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]]. Elves, Dwarves and Centaurs all have members of their species as main characters, all get more or less fleshed out as a result; the most recurring villain is a Pixie, and Demons get an entire book dedicated to them. Sprites and Gnomes, on the other hands, only get very vague characteristics (Sprites have wings and Gnomes tend to be fat; that's it) and are overall irrelevant to the plot.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The PowersThatBe. They have a few noteworthy contributions: sending painful visions to Doyle and later Cordelia, pulling Angel out of a hell dimension and not much else. There's a reason they were called The Powers That Sit On Their Behinds once. Oh, and they basically fire [=PTBs=] that actually do shit. Otherwise, they just sit out the multi-dimensional war between good and evil, preferring to act through their Champion, Angel.0
** The Watcher's Council, other than being the background for two major characters (Giles and Wesley), is a non-entity for most of the episodes of the series. So much so that when they finally decide to get off their collective asses and do something useful, [[spoiler:they get blown up literally moments later.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** For most of the series, the Minbari are dominated by the competing Warrior Caste and Religious Caste. The Worker Caste is almost entirely ignored. Even when Delenn rebuilds her people's ruling council and gives the Worker Caste the majority, no members of the caste in question are given speaking parts, and while Delenn gives a stirring speech about how generically great their genericness is, the spotlight stays literally and figuratively on her throughout.
** The various members of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, excepting the Drazi and (later) the Brakiri. Except for the occasional focus episode (like ''Secrets of the Soul'' for the Hyach) and their ambassadors occasionally saying something in council, they're pretty much relegated to the background. Some League members get it worse than others. As mentioned, Drazi and later Brakiri are the only members to transcend this trope, while the Gaim, Hyach and pak'ma'ra form the "likely to actually say something" subset. Meanwhile, the Vree, Abbai, Yolu and Grome are reduced to background characters after the first season. They're mentioned in dialogue every now and then or are seen sitting in council sessions (and in the case of the Vree their ships show up as part of the allied fleet) but other than that they're unimportant. The most extreme example is the Llort, who ''never'' get a speaking part or ''any'' focus at all. Their name is never said aloud, and their sole notable presence which wasn't just an extra walking around in the background was one scene where a Llort is receiving medical treatment and Stephen can't understand it.
** Regarding Earthforce, Mars is the only human colony world discussed in any detail; Sinclair was from there, Garibaldi was stationed there and met Lise there, and it featured in the plot a few times, especially later on. Other colonies get mentioned maybe once, if there's a battle taking place there usually. The colony that Marcus was from never even got a name. This makes some sense given that Earthforce, as the name would suggest, is very Earth-centric.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Every colony except Caprica, Gemenon, Tauron, and Sagittaron; the colony corresponding to Libra was never even given a ''name'' on-screen until The Plan (Libran). Picon is given some background importance, as it was the Headquarters of the Colonial Navy. ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' sheds more light on the Colonies, and there's a full array of background material the writers have access to. [[http://syfy.com/caprican The Caprican]] newsletter and [[http://twitter.com/SergeGraystone Serge's Twitter]] are great sources of information and flavor.
** The Quorum of Twelve, which is pretty powerless and ineffectual compared to President Roslin and Admiral Adama. Lampshaded in season four where the Quorum's feelings of impotence and irrelevance are explored.
** On the Cylon side, there are models Four and Five, the Simons and the Dorals, who have no "unique" members or much established personality/screen time, although 'The Plan' gave some more importance to Simon.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': There are six Chapter-Houses of Time Lords. Each has unique specialties and colors. However, most Time Lord characters important enough to be named are from House Prydon. The new series takes this [[UpToEleven Up To Eleven]], with literally every single on-screen Time Lord wearing Prydonian scarlet and orange.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** "There were once an alliance of four great races, the Asgard, the Nox, the Furlings, and the Ancients." The Asgard and the Ancients are important races in ''Stargate'' mythology who turn up often. The Nox made a couple of appearances in the early series but the Furlings never turned up apart from a short gag in episode 200. [[WordOfGod According to the writers]] the Furlings only ever existed because they wanted four races, and will remain a CrypticBackgroundReference (or even a RunningGag).
** The Tollan, a planet of humans who had technology beyond that of the Goa'uld but neither the intent nor the brains to use them. While they did help out in small ways on occasion, the Tollan were eventually [[MauveShirt wiped out]] to make things harder for SG-1. Their isolationism also makes them something of a HiddenElfVillage.
* On ''Series/{{Greek}}'', the focus is on Zeta Beta, Omega Chi, and Kappa Tau, as well as Iota Kappa Iota during season two...and every other of the approximately 30 houses gets shunted to the side unless they're needed for a plot.
* In ''Series/DadsArmy'', anyone not in the 'first section', i.e. anyone who's not a main character, is generally part of 'Private Sponge and the others'.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The galaxy is divided into four quadrants. The Alpha Quadrant is where it's at: Earth, its major allies and enemies, and [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries every]] [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration ship]] [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise named]] ''Enterprise'' do all their boldly going here. The Gamma Quadrant is on the other side of the wormhole in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'', home to a lot of new races and the Dominion who'd become the biggest threat to the Federation ''ever.'' The Delta Quadrant is the setting of ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', and ''home'' to the Borg. The Beta Quadrant tends to never be mentioned. The big problem is that pretty much every writer ignores attempts to make a canon definition of the Quadrants (if there aren't contradicting ones). Sometimes Earth is in the middle of Alpha Quadrant, at others the 0-degree half-plane (and thus the border between Alpha and Beta Quadrant) by definition goes through the Solar System. When the Romulan and Klingon Empires were the enemy, they were in Beta Quadrant, in the Dominion War they are suddenly "Alpha Quadrant powers".
** There is a logical in-story for this in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', as the eponymous ship is literally The Only Ship In The Sector. But, still, you have [[MissionControl Project Pathfinder]] which does little to nothing to bring the ship home, although they do provide occasional moral support.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', each role within the [[BigBad Checkmate Four]] has a different job. King makes sure humans don't become too powerful as well as being the BigBad, Queen makes sure Fangires don't fall in love with humans, and Bishops offer advice to the two roles (saying his role is to enforce the laws of the Fangires, but mostly bugging King and Queen about how they do things, it would ''seem'' that his job is to watch the watchers.) Rook, on the other hand? He's mainly TheBrute. That's it. It's implied that his job is "genocide duty", but since he completed that job long ago, he's stuck to killing random people as part of a "game" until he got bored of this and tries to get himself killed after doing a bunch of good deeds.
* Of the founding families in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', the Fells are the only ones not to have a main character or a major teenage character. The only prominent members are Logan who was around for a few episodes before being killed twice, and Meredith. Aside from that, all we know about them is that they're very wealthy.
** InUniverse, the Salvatores were this for a while until Damon came back. They didn't get formally invited to The Founder Parties and were the only family without an exhibit.
* The East Baltimore drug dealers in ''Series/TheWire''. Story-wise, the ongoing rivalry between the East Side and West Side gangs is an important part of Season 1's background, and the alliance between the East Side and West Side (leading to the foundation of the New Day Co-Op) is a major plot point from Season 2 onward. Individually, though, none of the East Side dealers apart from [[TheDon "Proposition Joe" Stewart]] and his nephew/lieutenant Calvin "Cheese" Wagstaff are even mentioned by name, with almost all of the show's drama centered around the machinations of the Barksdale and Stanfield organizations on the West Side.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was constantly referencing the term "the Five Kingdoms". Camelot was clearly one of them, as were the kingdoms of King Olaf and Alined. The other two are never identified.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': Of the many gangs on the show you could be forgiven for forgetting that the Grim Bastards even exist. The Chinese fit this trope until season 6.
* In DarkAngel, the first season focuses on the X5 series of transgenic soldiers. Season 2 incorporates X6 and X7 transgenics, plus some of the more [[LizardFolk unusual]] [[CatPeople soldiers]]. However, series X1 to X4 are never seen and barely mentioned. It's hinted that because they were made first, there were more screw-ups in creating them, meaning that some of them may make up the [[GoneHorriblyWrong 'Nomaly]] population. However those that were healthy and used as soldiers never play any visible part in the show.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Belle's kingdom is seen the least and never has any effect on the overarching story with Regina. Any time it appears in flashbacks is tied to the ogre attack that causes her to become Rumpelstiltskin's servant.
** Cinderella's kingdom fares little better. It never appears past her debut episode, despite Ella and Thomas apparently being good friends of Snow and Charming. Ella never takes part in the war against Regina or gets mentioned as a potential ally.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** There are seven ruling clans in Benalia. The only notable one is Capashen, which is the clan Gerrard belongs to. The other six are never mentioned on any cards and most players have never heard of them.
** Orvada, supposedly a powerful merchant empire that rivals Benalia, but never mentioned on any cards or in any post-revision novels.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}'':
** The Free Worlds League in essence did nothing for some thirty years of in-world time apart from a leadership change and slowly building up the universe's biggest economy and arms industry. [[spoiler:It turned out that during that time they were being subverted by an army of evil toaster-worshiping fanatics with an apocalyptic agenda, and nobody noticed.]]
** Of the 20 [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Clans]], only the four invading Clans have significant spotlights - an entire novel series was dedicated to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge curb-stomping]] Clan Smoke Jaguar after they murdered [[KickTheDog several hundred thousand civilians]] from via OrbitalBombardment. Clan Jade Falcon had a novel trilogy and has significant impact on the storyline. Clan Wolf likewise had a novel trilogy written about it. Of the rest of the Clans, they are briefly mentioned every once in a while, then promptly ignored. The Wars of Reaving fixed this by having some of those Clans either annihilated or absorbed by the rest.
** The Periphery states, backwater nations on the far flung edge of explored space, rarely appear and are even more rare outside of the source books. The biggest contribution to society by the Periphery was from the Rim Worlds Republic, whose EvilChancellor usurped power from the [[TheAlliance Star League]] and ended up destroying it. Oops. After he was killed and the Republic annihilated, [[ForeverWar three hundred years of total war]] and [[LostTechnology technological destruction]] followed as the various Great Houses vied to set themselves up as the ruler of a reborn Star League.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Any Skaven clan that isn't Eshin, Pestilens, Skryre, or Moulder doesn't really matter in the greater scheme of things. Hell, when was the last time Moulder really did anything? This is improved in one skaven book, where smaller clans get special characters. And clan mors have done things for quite some time now.
** The only things Cathay seems to exist for is to expand the Ogre kingdoms background and give them giant katanas (cathayan longswords).
** Other human nations that aren't the Empire or Bretonnia get this. Nations like Tilea and Araby get barely mentioned anymore, and the once focused Kislev gets pushed back in the background.
** In The End Times GrandFinale for the setting all of the human nations but Bretonnia and the Empire were overrun by either Skaven, Chaos Warriors, or Orks in the prologue and then forgotten. Even Brettonia was completely ignored except for what a few forces operating in the Empire were doing after the first part of book 1.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Dark Eldar, whose Codex spent several editions without being updated, described as a race of evil torture-obsessed sociopaths who torture people, and that was about it. Their background was so shallow that many players thought they were some faction of Generically Evil Chaos Space Elves, and even many Dark Eldar players admit that they kind of suck. It took until November 2010 (''eleven years'' after their previous codex) for the Dark Eldar to get a new codex, models that actually look cool, and a complex and interesting back story.
** For the Tau Empire, the Vespid don't appear as prevalent or numerous as the Kroot, in that we don't know much of their culture or what other military units they might have. The Gue'vesa, Demiurg and Nicassar get an even worse treatment.
** Of the thousand-odd Space Marine Chapters, about a hundred receive anything more than a name and a colour scheme, and only a handful of ''those'' receive any significant spotlight time. If you aren't the Ultramarines, the Blood Angels, the Space Wolves, the Black Templars, or the Dark Angels - ''especially'' [[CreatorsPet the Ultramarines]] - then you're screwed. (Not so coincidentally, each of these Chapters have their own exclusive Codex.) Even fellow first founding Chapters like the Raven Guard and the White Scars are rarely mentioned.
** Much of the Chaos Legions have become this in recent editions. In the 3.5 Codex each Legion not only got a whole page dedicated to themselves but also special rules (or in the case of the 4 God-specific legions, an entire "book of chaos"), with the sole exception being the Black Legion, as it's noted that the entire book was the template of the Black Legion's tactics. In 4th and 6th edition much of this was lost in favour of streamlining their army list, resulting in players having a harder time fielding more legion-specific armies. The newer focus on Post-Heresy Traitor Chapters rather than the original 9 legions also led to renegade Chapters such as the Red Corsairs and Crimson Slaughter taking center stage, further driving back some of the focus for the original 9.
** Nearly any Imperial Guard regiments other than Cadians or Catachans get no prominence in the wider scheme of things, and even the Catachans lost some favour after 2nd edition. Armageddon Steel Legion, Valhallan Ice Warriors and Vostroya get more attention than most, and Death Korps of Krieg are widely available at Forge World, but for the rest of the largest military in galactic history they're lucky if they get a footnote. Recent codexes have justified this by claiming that the Cadian Film/StarshipTroopers style gear is a widespread standard for non-specialist units, so unless they are actually specified as Cadians the soldiers in any given picture probably aren't.
** Eldar have a few dozen known Craftworlds, and about six that frequently involve themselves in events, but most of the time Ulthwe or Biel-tan are the ones with the attention. Granted, they are the largest and most active of the Craftworlds, so it makes sense they would have more exposure.
** The fluff mentions various alien races that are becoming a threat to humanity, however, they are not considered important enough to warrant more than one sentence mentioning them.
** Both Militant Arms of the other two Ordos of the Inquisition have slowly become this due to being out of Focus. Deathwatch Marines, while frequently mentioned in the fluff, haven't seen tabletop rules for 3 editions now (although technically you can field them as a normal Space Marine Force taking a lot of Sternguard Veterans) while the Sisters of Battle have been given lip service at best in terms of updates and being mentioned in the fluff, usually being the unlucky sods at the receiving end of whatever daemonic or heretical thing that the actual protagonists have to defeat. Sisters of Battle miniatures are actually so out of date that they're the only army who can still (and must) field an army of metal miniatures (every other army at least had their minis updated to finecast).
** Generally each faction would have several different subfactions within it, such as the the Ordos of the Inquisition, the various splinter fleets of the Tyranids, the Septs of the Tau and so on. Unsurprisingly, unless they're the major focus of the story, you will probably not be seeing them much in the fluff, much less on the tabletop (when was the last time you saw anyone play with a Doom Eagles Chapter of Space Marines?). However, this was intentional as the innumerable amounts of various hufflepuff houses also makes it canonically legal for players to create and integrate their own armies into the story.
* The ''[[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game]]'' has Sea Serpent-type monsters, who theoretically function as stronger version of Fish-types, but end up being this most of the time. Fish-types have found their own ground, which has resulted in Sea Serpents being easily the most undermanned type in the game, aside from Divine-Beasts, of which [[OlympusMons the God Cards]] are the only three in existence. Sea Serpents are even the only type that doesn't have at least one archtype to call its own. This has become {{subverted}} thanks to the Atlanteans.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has three main types of fiends, each operating out of a different plane and each representing a different CharacterAlignment. There's the LawfulEvil Devils, who live in hell, bargain for souls, and are the classic "tempter and corrupter" archetype of evil. There are the ChaoticEvil Demons, who live in the Abyss and are more the raw force of destruction and desecration type. And then there are...the Yugoloths (sometimes called Daemons). They are NeutralEvil, live in Hades and that's kind of it. In 3.5 edition the Demons and Devils both got entire books devoted to them, but never the Yugoloths, so they missed out on a lot of development. There are much fewer different types known, much less explained about their setting and goals, and they are used far less frequently.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** While there's quite a few Dragonblooded houses Peleps and Tepet are disproportionally represented in mentions. Mnemnon tends to only get attention in relationship to it's house founder and namesake and Cynis wouldn't be mentioned much at all if not for the Slug. The rest barely show up beyond occasionally having a side character surnamed in. House Nellens, being the house least likely to produce Exalts and founded on very thin pretenses, is pretty much engineered to be a Hufflepuff House.
** For the Sidereal Exalted castes, Secrets and Endings are insanely overrepresented in mentions, flavour texts, background, etc. Chosen of Secrets is the caste of Chejop Kejak and several other high-profile Exalts such as Lupo and the Green Lady, and Nara-O himself is a rather interesting god and has been represented much more often than any other head of houses. Endings has some long-standing characters such as Ahn-Aru or Black ice Shadow and are inherently cool, being assassins and the chosen of Death. Apart from that... Journeys has Ayesha Ura, and probably raises enough interest that we can at least understand how the caste is supposed to work. But Serenity and Battles are really Hufflepuff House.
** There are 13 Deathlords, of whom 9 get detailed descriptions including their holdings, schemes, armies, story seeds, and Abyssal henchmen. The other 4 are left as nameless silhouettes.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has its major sect politics split mostly between the larger (and [[BlackAndGrayMorality marginally more moral]]) Camarilla and the monstrous, Antediluvian-hating Sabbat. Further, a sizable majority of the different vampire clans belong to either sect. And then you have clans like the [[TheMafia Giovanni]], [[ImmortalAssassin Assamites]], and [[ReligionOfEvil the Followers of Set]] who don't belong in large numbers to either, and don't involve themselves much in the night-to-night turns of the Jyhad. These groups are still not to be underestimated.
** There were also the [[MasterOfIllusion Ravnos]], but for the longest time they were practically a bloodline in terms of importance. And by the time they were modified and their clan shown to have greater significance (mostly in southeast Asia), it was also the time when White Wolf killed off most of their number. All to [[TheWorfEffect show how serious]] the [[MonsterProgenitor Antediluvian]] threat was.
** Two more sects exist: The Iconnu, whose primary preoccupations were "research vampire enlightenment" and "observe the other sects"; and the True Black Hand, whose activities and goals were even more mysterious. Neither factor into vampire politics to any real degree.

* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'': There's actually ''three'' clans involved in the fight- in addition to the title characters' families, the Capulets and Montagues, there's the Prince's family (historically, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaliger Scaligers]], as evidenced by the Prince's Latinized name Escalus), represented in the plot by the Prince himself, Mercutio, and Count Paris. And just like the other two families, the Prince loses his younger relatives in the course of the plot.

* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Matoran/Toa come in all sorts of colors and elements, though the primary focus is spent on the main six (Fire, Water, Ice, Air, Earth and Stone) and Light. This results in a whole group of Hufflepuffs including Sonics, Electricity, [[GreenThumb The Green]], Iron, Plasma, Magnetism and Gravity.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Trabia Garden in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is given off-hand references in Disc 1, but never seen until [[spoiler:after its destruction]]. Though one of the party (Selphie) is a transfer student from Trabia.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' there are four major political powers on the Mist continent--Alexandria, Lindblum, Burmecia and Cleyra. The first two factions are the most prominent, with Alexandria as TheEmpire for the first half of the game or so and Lindblum as a safe haven ruled by ReasonableAuthorityFigure Regent Cid. The other two, you arrive at Burmecia to find it already invaded and destroyed by Alexandria, and once you arrive at Cleyra you get to look around the town for about half an hour or so before it too is invaded and wiped off the map. Though Freya is a Burmecian, the kingdoms themselves may as well vanish once you leave them because they're scarcely mentioned again except for the reparation efforts.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Akavir until ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and even then the Akaviri are only involved in one quest.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' the character can only interact with Houses Telvanni, Redoran and Hlaalu. There are mention of the other houses, Dres and Indoril, but apparently they have no holdings or representatives on Vvardenfell Island (the Dres do have an excuse for that: their centre of power is in southern Morrowind, as far away from Vvardenfell as one can get while still being in Morrowind). In the ''Tribunal'' expansion, Indoril gets a bit more exposure, and already in the vanilla game they had indirect representation (via the Temple. The Ordinators' armor is called ''Indoril'' armor for a reason). More background details on the Dres are revealed, and a bit more in ''Oblivion'', but no Dres personalities are present.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', WordOfGod says there's a fifth, yellow ancient. There is in-game evidence for the yellow ancient's existence, namely the undispellable damaging floor sections, the rune-sealed doorways that require the possession of that rune to remove, the spell-effect coloring shown each time Anthony undergoes physical corruption from having read the cursed scroll, and the same coloring on "neutral" runes that are unaligned with the red, green or blue Ancient. This implies that while the unnamed yellow ancient is a neutral entity who is not directly involved in the conflict between the other four, power can still be drawn from it for spells and traps if the caster has possession of the correct Alignment Rune (such as the initial placement of the damaging floors and rune barriers).
* In the ''Franchise/{{Suikoden}}'' series, there are quite a few countries that seem to be Hufflepuff House, generally the homeland of foreign characters. Subverted in that they tend to become the primary setting of later games while what used to be TheFederation and TheEmpire become Hufflepuff Houses.
* Ustio and Sapin are treated like this in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' to Osea and Yuktobania. Especially strange in Ustio's case, as the player character is at the very least a mercenary hired by their government, and the first third or so of the war takes place there.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The Orlesian Empire and the foreign Grey Wardens get this treatment in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', though there are two Orlesian [=NPCs=] in Denerim, Leilana was raised in Orlais, [[spoiler:and you later meet Riordan, a Grey Warden from Orlais]]. Justified; the foreign Wardens are too far away to help with the Blight and Loghain's paranoia about another Orlesian invasion prevents the Orlesians from coming to Ferelden's aid. You can learn a little bit more about Orlesian society from codices and a few [=NPCs=] but you never actually see it for yourself. In the "Mark of the Assassin" DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', we finally get to see some of Orlais, as well as their often-mentioned but rarely seen Chevaliers.
** There are tons of {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s that remain underdeveloped in ''Origins'', like the Avvar, a viking-like culture that had an Origin story associated with it, but was cut for time. The Avvar however are be the focus of one of the zones in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', and one of their number is an agent of the inquisition.
** Despite sending troops to Ostagar and a few in Lothering, the Chassind wilders are ignored entirely in Origins and, aside from a character in "Mark of the Assassin," completely absent from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. It's justified, though, as they're also stated to live in Ferelden's Kocari Wilds, where the Blight breaks out in Origins, while II takes place in another country, so their absence makes sense.
* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'': On maps shown in the mission briefings for the first game, there are several so called "neutral" planets, different groups of them even. This apparent neutrality is the ''only'' thing that anyone knows about any of these planets...
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The Nerubians are an ancient insectoid race known for their philosophy, art, and violent xenophobia. They had an underground empire that stretched through the entire continent of Northrend, before it was destroyed by the [[TheUndead Scourge]]. Now they're a remnant desperately trying to strike back at the undead, as well as contending with the stirring of an [[EldritchAbomination Old God]], the same type of being that created them before they abandoned its worship. Meanwhile, a subspecies within their ranks rises to power serving an unseen emperor they claim will lead them to victory over the Scourge. This is all [[AllThereInTheManual from outside material]]; their entire presence in the game consists of a lot of dead Nerubians raised as Scourge, and ''three'' living Nerubians, ''one'' of which has a name. He asks you to clear out a couple of their cities, with no hint that he has a problem working with humanoids.
** Out of the playable races, plot-wise, the ''Burning Crusade'' races, the Draenei and Blood Elves, tend to be this. In the entirety of the plot afterward, they've contributed approximately nothing, although they're still somewhat popular (especially the Blood Elves, who sometimes top the list of most-selected race and are usually in the top three).
** Worgen and Goblins are treated similarly, with worgen becoming Night Elves in all but look outside of Gilneas, and goblins essentially just giving the Horde an excuse to look more industrial.
** As far as player-selected races, the trolls and dwarves tend to be this, being the least-selected races. The trolls became more popular in ''Cataclysm'' where their racial leader, Vol'jin actually gets to do stuff and they take back their islands from a [[FakeUltimateMook level 10 traitor who kept replacing his severed head with a disguised coconut or something.]]
* The Umojan Protectorate and the Kel-Morian Combine from ''Franchise/StarCraft'' receive little to no attention at all in the game, despite being some of the more important Terran factions. The Kel-Morian Combine gets nothing more than a minor resource grab mission and a few passing references by various characters, but that's nowhere near the same level as the Umojan Protectorate, which would probably go virtually unknown if not for its inclusion in various Starcraft novels. There's also the Koprulu Liberation Front, remnants of the [=UED=] and Confederacy, and the Kimeran Pirates; the [=KLF=] was supposed to be featured prominently in ''Stacraft: Ghost'' but that became {{Vaporware}}. The Umojans get their chance to shine in the backstory, where they're the secret allies of the Mengsk family and help Angus and Arcturus with their anti-Confederate war. In ''[[VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm Heart of the Swarm]]'' they finally get their day to appear in the game -- the first few missions focus on Kerrigan in the care of Valerian and the Umojans.
* The Kushan of ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' are made up of at least six major Kiith (clans), with plenty of [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]]. The only one to receive any mention in the first game is Kiith S'jet, from which the Mothership's operator Karen S'jet comes from. ''Cataclysm'' namedrops the other Kiith a couple of times, and introduces Kiith Somtaaw. Kiith Soban gets a fairly major representative in [[SupportingLeader Captain Soban]] in ''Homeworld 2'', who spends much of the game fighting Makaan's forces using guerilla tactics, while the player is off searching the galaxy for ancient artifacts.
* Several groups in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', including the Kappa, Higan, and the Human Village, possessing one or two representatives and not elaborated upon further, and the Former District of Hell is centered on the residents of the Palace of Earth Spirits more than anywhere else down there. This isn't the case in the manga and {{Universe Compendium}}s; for example the tengu are mostly just kind of there in the main games, but are among the most fleshed out societies and characters. As of ''Symposium of Post-mysticism'', the main examples of this trope are Heaven (one character, marginal information) and Makai (all we know is that it exists).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012), other syndicates like the [[CallForward Castrilos, IIA and Tao]] are mentioned, but never seen onscreen.
* In ''VideoGame/DuneII'' and its remake ''VideoGame/{{Dune 2000}}'', a third party called House Ordos was introduced just to be a third choice between House Atreides and House Harkonnen. House Ordos never occured nor was mentioned in any of the Dune books or any expanded universe source material.
* The Varrio Los Aztecas from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' receive next to no attention. The only notable thing about them is their leader, Caesar, who functions as a supporting character.
* The UNSC Army from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has only appeared in ''[[VideoGame/HaloReach one]]'' game so far, and their sole major character is Colonel James Ackerson, who only appears in the expanded universe (and even then, [[spoiler:his death takes place in a comic series that was went mostly unread even by story fans]]). They're mentioned to be around during ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', but we never actually see them. But at least they're better off than the UNSC Air Force, which has even less screen time, to the point where they only have one character who has a name.
** While two important supporting characters in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' and ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', Gabriel Thorne and Holly Tanaka, ''are'' former Army personnel, they've both already become [[SuperSoldier Spartan-IVs]] by the time they appear in the games.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' each faction has three major gods they can worship, and in the campaign one god of each faction assists the heroes, one assists the villains, and one just sits out the whole thing entirely. Hades for the Greeks (whose sole contribution is helping the heroes out of the underworld), Ra for the Egyptians, Odin for the Norse (both of whom do nothing), and Oranos for the Atlanteans (they use his Sky Passages, and that's it).
* The loot manufacturers in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series all get varying degrees of focus. We meet members, agents and/or soldiers of the Atlas, Hyperion, Dahl and Torgue corporations throughout the series, and although we know less about Tediore, Vladof, Jakobs and Maliwan each has a radio presence, a set of character skins and a diverse arsenal to their name. Anshin, Pangolin and S&S Munitions all get Hufflepuffed, S&S isn't present at all after the first game, and as the other two don't make weaponry they seem to have largely been sidelined.
* In the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'', the Yaki SpacePirates are described as being a [[NGOSuperPower major threat to other races]], but have very impact on the games' plot bar attacking the player early in the ''X3: Reunion'' plot. The Yaki only control four sectors in the middle of nowhere, making interaction rare. Despite their lack of presence in the greater X-Universe, they received an almost complete ship set in ''X3: Terran Conflict'', putting their lineup on equal numerical terms with the Earth State's [[EliteArmy AGI Task Force]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/HarryPotterComics'':
** Rosie Weasley's neurotic indecision lands her in Hufflepuff House, mostly to Ron's chagrin. Besides hard work, the Hufflepuff's are largely into singing about how adequate they are and putting on Christmas Pageants during Quidditch games.
** Ravenclaw gets most of this treatment by the narrative itself, since the [[PowerTrio three main student characters]] are in the other houses (Albus in Gryffindor, Rosie in Hufflepuff, and Scorpius in Slytherin.) The most major Ravenclaw in the story so far is Mac Irdee, an Australian exchange student who's mostly just there to give James someone his own age to talk to.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'':
** Of the nine major clans, the Nal'Sarkoth, Illhar'dro and Jaal'Darya clans mostly fall into this, though there are indications that the Jaal'Darya may play a bigger role later on. The Nal'Sarkoth are only a partial example, since they play a large role in the ''Path to Power'' game on the site, and the Illhar'dro became much more important in chapters 33 and 34 when their home city of Nuqrah'shareh and the civil war there was focused on.
** Among the other underworld cities, most of the cities that haven't been seen on-screen or covered in sidestories or in subscriber comics are like this. Of the underworld cities listed on [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7936 this map]], Gularg'dasa and Mirat haven't had any information on them revealed, and Shifaye'sindil, the homeland of the clan in ''Path To Power'', fell before the start of the game to a civil war.
* This is the ''in-universe'' standing of the Goblin kingdom in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}''. The comic has a lot to tell about it and its king, but it's a pretty small scale story so [[AllTheOtherReindeer anybody who looks on the big picture overlooks it]]... which resulted in an epic CallingTheOldManOut by aforementioned king once. But they still failed to do anything world changing (not that [[IJustWantToBeNormal they tried]]).
* The page image is a Superfluous Elf from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''. They started off as a single-panel throwaway gag, but [[ChekovsGunman two books later]] they've organized a group of elves that no longer fit into any other tribe into the [[InsaneClownPosse Juggle Elves.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' Dumbledore remarks that the Sorting Hat isn't there, so he's just been putting anyone who looks like a good guy into Gryffindor, anyone who looks like a bad guy into Slytherin, and the other two can go wherever they hell they want. A distinction was made that since Ravenclaws are smart, they are also good-looking (see: statistically improbable number of temporary love interests are Ravenclaws), so Ravenclaw is the Love Interest House. Hufflepuffs, being generally shown as good-natured and friendly, are the Cannon Fodder House.
* The ''Second City Network'' parodies this in their Website/YouTube video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0Z5_wipT2o HOGWARTS: Which House Are You?]].
-->'''Gryffindor girl:''' I'm really [[TheHero brave]]; I'm a Gryffindor!\\
'''Slytherin boy:''' I'm [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]]; I'm a Slytherin!\\
'''Ravenclaw girl:''' I'm really [[InsufferableGenius smart]]; I'm a Ravenclaw!\\
'''Hufflepuff girl:''' I'm a Hufflepuff!
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the country with the second highest number of active superheroes (after the United States, and not counting the People's Republic of China, whose "superheroes" are more akin to soldiers than to crimefighters) was Brazil. This was a well-established part of the background world, and yet no Brazilian heroes (or villains, for that matter) were ever presented with any detail past their names and what city in Brazil they protected.
* Lots of groups at ''[[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]]'' in the WhateleyUniverse. The Underdogs, the Whitman Literary Girls, the Intelligence Cadet Corps, the Robo Jox... Well, there are tons of them. Some of them get a DayInTheLimelight sooner or later.
* ''TrintonChronicles'' has several factions listed but only two of the groups are ever even seen - [[NebulousEvilOrganisation The Silence Cult]] & [[TheIlluminati The Relic Link]]. Other groups who get a wave are [[NatureHero Keeps of the Grove]], mostly full of druids, shamans, and gardeners, and to a MUCH lesser extent (like only once) the [[WeirdTradeUnion Night Walkers]] who are mostly a guild of assassins, thieves, and murderers.
* Of the four kingdoms of Remnant in ''WebOriginal/{{RWBY}}'', most of the kingdoms other than Vale are rarely seen, but much information about Atlas and Mistral Kingdoms are known, but the Kingdom of Vacuo and it's Huntsman Academy Shade Academy are barely mentioned other than as background information. With the other three Kingdoms, Vale Kingdom is the main setting of the series and where Ruby and Yang are from, Atlas Kingdom is where Weiss hails from as well as the home of the Schnee Dust Company, and Mistral Kingdom is where Haven Academy's Team SSSN hails from, where the terrorist organization the White Fang is based, and where [[BigBad Cinder Fall]] and her associates claimed to be from when they disguised themselves as Haven Academy students to infiltrate Beacon Academy. Unless you count Sun Wukong, who attends Haven Academy in Mistral, Vacuo Kingdom has so-far only had minor characters with minimal to no speaking roles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Beta Academy is introduced as where Chimera is studying to be a fairy, but it is never seen or referenced again.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has over a dozen alien species, planets and organisations floating around, but only humans and Irkens ever have significant time devoted to them. [[LaResistance The Resisty]] got an episode though, and they and the [[EnergyBeing Meekrob]] would have been more important if the series had gone on.
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Whatever mythical state]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' takes place in has four towns/cities of note. There's Springfield, of course. Then there's Shelbyville, their rival town. Next we have Capital City, a large, modern metropolis which appears to be some hours drive from Springfield and is better than it in nearly every way. And finally, there's Ogdenville, which gets mentioned fairly often but which we know next to nothing about. Our only information about the place is that Springfielders neither hate it like they do Shelbyville, nor envy it as they do Capital City. A later episode reveals they're apparently barley-farming Norwegians. Or ''were'' until a rat scandal ended their business and several people left Ogdenville to find jobs elsewhere. It's not known what became of Ogdenville or those who stayed.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The griffon delegation seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls Rainbow Falls]]" is shown again in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', but they aren't mentioned in dialog and have no impact on the episode plot, despite placing third in the medal count and winning bronze in the aerial relay.
** The horses (as opposed to ponies) from Saddle Arabia are similarly seen very rarely, and leaders from a few other unnamed places are seen at the Games.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Canada tends to get this treatment in the media, since most media in the Western World is American. For example: How many World War II movies even ''mention'' Canada[[note]]Especially notable since Juno Beach was the second most heavily fortrified of all beaches, and the Canadian forces (who were almost the only ones present there) [[BadassArmy pushed further than anyone else anyway]].[[/note]], and when is the last time you got your hands on a C7 assault rifle in a first-person shooter? The CRTC has to enforce the aversion of this trope with [=CanCon=] laws which require a certain percentage of all radio and television broadcasts must include Canadian content. Many other countries have similar laws, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the EU, Mexico, Israel, South Africa, China, Venezuela and The Philippines. [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld America understandably has no such laws]].
* The nations involved in the 2003 invasion of Iraq who aren't the USA or Britain. This eventually led to the famous MemeticMutation of the phrase "He forgot Poland".
* The origin of the term Third World is this trope, the first two "worlds" being the contenders of the Cold War; the Americans and their allies against the Soviets and their allies. The idea was that any nation ''not'' participating in [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp such a monumental conflict]] was "obviously" not important in global politics.
* The 2010 British General Election is an illustration of this, since the Liberal Democrats are not perceived as overly political (and seem to be lacking in most defining characteristics, good or bad). During an unusually unpredictable run-up to the election, the Liberal Democrats briefly led in the polls, but polling day, their popularity had returned to the same level as 2005. The daft thing being that of the two parties that formed the Lib Dems, the Liberal Party had been around hundreds of years longer than the Labour Party.
** Before the Liberals effectively disintegrated after World War I, the Labour filled the role Lib-Dems occupy today: the third party that did not matter. The big upheaval in UK electoral politics in the 1920s changed that.
* All of the political parties in the US besides Republican and Democratic. Local and state third-party candidates generally have a decent chance of getting elected, even as high up as Governor. At the Federal level, though, this trope is played completely straight - there are only two third-party candidates in the 112th Senate, and both caucus with the Democrats. A commonly-held belief in American politics is that voting a third-party candidate for President is equivalent to throwing your vote away, and they get considerably less coverage than Dems or the GOP. The Libertarian candidates for the 2012 Election were pretty much ignored by the mainstream press; in many cases this required giving poll results with the front-runner cut off.
** Part of this is due to the fact that both the Republican and Democratic Parties are much more broadly based and varied in their members' individual stances on issues than in other countries. While Democrats are generally to the left and Republicans to the right, there is considerable overlap in the middle - a Democrat from the South might well be more conservative than, say, a Republican from the Northeast. Historically, third-parties that garnered significant national support in a given election would often see its supporters picked up by one or both of the major parties by adopting said third-party's platform into their own before the next election (most successful third parties usually revolved around a single issue). In other democracies, such deviation from the official party line is often grounds for expulsion - they might end up [[StartMyOwn forming their own party]], but if they end up winning seats and getting involved in forming coalition governments they're no longer Hufflepuff.
** During the 2016 Presidential election season, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley was the third contender for the Democratic Party's nomination. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ended up receiving far more attention, to the point that O'Malley barely registered in the polls. He ultimately suspended his campaign after a disappointing performance in the Iowa primaries in February 2016.
** Ohio governor John Kasich was this for the Republican Party's 2016 presidential primaries. Despite starting off in a group of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters seventeen nominees]] and only winning his home state, he stuck with his campaign, becoming the third remaining contender alongside Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, both of whom won more states and outperformed him in almost all cases. His only chance to win the nomination was through a contested convention, and would have been a long shot even if it had gotten to that point. In May 2016, Kasich and Cruz both dropped out after losing to Trump in Indiana, since at that point his nomination was all but certain (compare Trump's 1000+ delegates to Cruz's 800+ and Kasich's 150+), with Kasich ending up taking 4th place overall, behind Marco Rubio (170+), who had suspended his campaign back in March.
* The Canadian Green Party, despite being one of the 4 major parties, is rarely mentioned, given their lack of seats and low influence. In some cases, they're even replaced with the Bloc Québécois, which also gets treated as Hufflepuff House, although some would argue it's actually more of [[FrenchJerk Slytherin]] than Hufflepuff.
* UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} is this to the rest of Great Britain. A case could be made for Northern Ireland as well; at least Wales has the Royal Family.
* The Midwest states that make up FlyoverCountry are considered this to the rest of the US, as are the states of Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. The ultimate example of American geography would probably be Delaware (described as "possibly the most obscure American state" in ''The Lost Continent'' by Creator/BillBryson). Aside from housing Dover Air Force Base, being home to the most favorable corporate laws and most well-developed corporate common law, Delaware is a non-entity for most of the population, with, again, the notable exception of everyone whose corporation is headquartered in Delaware for tax reasons (63% of the Fortune 500 are incorporated in Delaware).
* In UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}, South Australia might as well not exist for the rest of the states, being far from the majority of the population on the east coast, and lacking the massive mining industry of Western Australia. Tasmania isn't much better, but it at least gets some fame for its unique wildlife, particularly the Tasmanian Devil.
* The University of Pennsylvania once held a campaign where each one of their four schools was assigned a corresponding Hogwarts House. Penn's Nursing School, with the smallest student body and least amount of advertising, corresponded to Hufflepuff.
* In France, everything that isn't Paris or the Côte d'Azur is this. Just for fun, and don't cheat, can anyone tell where operation Neptune took place?
* In the Middle East, where every nation seems to be embroiled in conflict or rolling in cash, Oman rarely gets a mention for anything. Jordan is almost as forgettable, except for the fact that it happens to be positioned right in the middle of all the messy countries whereas Oman is on the periphery. Both are reasonably stable but not oil-rich monarchies run by reformist dynasties.
* Brown was this to the rest of the Ivy League. Then Emma Watson enrolled. University of Pennsylvania often tends to be this too.
* The Coast Guard is this to the rest of the United States military, probably because in peactime it isn't a military branch (Department of Transportation until 2002, Homeland Security after). Meanwhile, the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps are the two oft-forgotten of the seven uniformed services of the US.
* The rest of New York State is this to New York City. In New York City itself, Staten Island is definitely the low borough on the totem pole.
* Manchester is regarded as a thriving go-ahead city which is making a spirited bid to overtake Birmingham as Britain's second city. Its "twin city" Salford, regarded as Pest to its Buda on the other bank of the Irwell... despite attracting the BBC's northern HQ there, generally isn't. Salford still has a rep for being the [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Town]] embodying everything negative about [[OopNorth the North of England]].
* Most of the ''entire African continent'' is relegated to this for the rest of the world, despite containing more than 50 nations with more than a billion people. Aside from "starving children in Africa" or civil wars they rarely get a focus in global media, and most people struggle to name any African nation that isn't Egypt or South Africa, although sometimes you might get Nigeria (although that might partly because of [[FourOneNineScam certain Nigerian criminals]]), Kenya (because lions and also [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama a certain son of a Kenyan]]), or Morocco (because of exotic food). Ethiopia, Rwanda and Somalia might get a mention, but only in reference to the "starving children in Africa" or civil war things, or in Somalia's case, [[RuthlessModernPirates Pirates]].
* When it comes to East Asian countries, South Korea barely gets any mention compared to North Korea, possibly as a result of [[MemeticMutation numerous internet memes]] revolving around North Korea, among other things such as the country's infamous nuclear program. This is interesting given that South Korea has the 15th largest economy in the world and is the home of many famous corporations such as Samsung and Hyundai among others. Within North Korea itself, barely anything outside Pyongyang is even considered to exist other than the country's infamous gulag system, possibly due to how poor the citizens are compared to the capital and the central government.
* Of the two Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of China, Macau is almost never brought up at all compared to Hong Kong.
* In countries with multiple official languages, languages other than the language spoken by the largest proportion of people might get this treatment. In Belgium, this is German, as it is only spoken by 0.70% of the population in a few municipalities near the German border (and most of the attention is given to the political tension between French and Dutch speakers). In Switzerland, this is Romansh, which is largely restricted to the canton Graubünden. In Singapore, where there are four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil), this is Tamil, and to a lesser extent, Malay. One might say that languages other than English fall into this trope, as the Singapore government promotes English as the main language and the common language between the different ethnic groups.
* Any South American nation that isn't Brazil. Something Brazil themselves need to be reminded of occasionally, much to the other nations' chagrin.
* Pretty much any [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microstate microstate]] (with a few exceptions like UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and Singapore, which became economic powerhouses for their size), especially island nations. Good luck finding anyone who's even ''heard'' of UsefulNotes/{{Andorra}}, UsefulNotes/{{Brunei}}, the UsefulNotes/{{Maldives}}, or UsefulNotes/{{Nauru}}.
* In any county, there will be that one city that is known as this. For example, in Williamson County, Tennessee, there is Fairview, which is located on the edge of the county, at least a half hour from all the other cities in the county.