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->''"In a world full of cartoon characters and action figures you loved, spend more time with these human characters you don't, like Keno, an obnoxious little twerp, this boring science guy, and this completely random lady who calls herself April O'Neil."''
-->-- ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSvTkMPB9mI&list=PLFWHlH4koGZAeH9x2wWeTB32VCESjRI51 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze]]''

So a LiveActionAdaptation of your favorite childhood FunnyAnimal cartoon is coming out. You go to see it, and... what's this? Who's this guy? Where's the cartoon character? Why should we care about this guy? Can you move it along and get to the cartoon character now? Oh, there he is! And now they're back to that guy again. Looks like it's gonna be another [[TitleDrop Human Focused Adaptation]].

Family movies that are live action (and sometimes even animated) adaptations of cartoons that otherwise probably wouldn't work as a live action blockbuster, or actually ''would'', normally seem to focus more on a newer human character and his [[RomanticPlotTumor love life]], [[DemotedToExtra rather than the character from the series the movie is adapting]]. More often than not, the plot has an UnluckyEverydude with a crappy job and a crush on his hot co-worker, having a run-in with the cartoon character of the day, or having said cartoon character as a pet. HilarityEnsues, and the cartoon character's hijinks somehow bring Everydude and his love interest together, and they live HappilyEverAfter.

These subplots mostly, if not always seem to do with the unlucky new guy [[RomanticPlotTumor in love]]. This even applies to ''already existing'' human characters who never had a love interest, and are either given a completely new one, or they take an existing character and pair them up, accuracy be damned.

This is probably caused by a combination of the costs (both time and money) of CGI and the beliefs that a human character might be [[MostWritersAreHuman more relatable]] or that people want to see a love story--no matter how much it has to be shoehorned in. This trope, while common to live action, is not exclusively a live action trope. There are many examples within anime, comics, and Western animation itself. If any adaptation reduces the importance of major non-human characters to focus on more humanistic or traditional characters, it should count as being this trope, regardless of the medium. Note that this doesn't always mean "non-human characters are barely in it" but that the ratio is shifted considerably. The amount of human importance may shift from 10% original to 60% adaptation, it still leaves 40% of the movie to the non-human characters. It isn't always about "making it relatable" but being a PragmaticAdaptation if you are going to make something in a different medium.

Related to AdaptationDecay, MostWritersAreHuman, DevelopingDoomedCharacters, RomanticPlotTumour, JustHereForGodzilla, SpotlightStealingSquad, DemotedToExtra, AdaptedOut. Often results in a SecondaryCharacterTitle. Contrast NoFocusOnHumans.

!!Examples by Medium Adapted Into:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/SonicX'':
** The first two seasons have [[AudienceSurrogate Chris Thorndyke]] taking the spotlight and filling roles which, in the actual game versions of the stories ''Sonic X'' was adapted from, were filled by Tails and Amy. This turned off quite a few fans as a result. But Season 3 inverts this trope by having Chris in Sonic's world as a side character.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7AqlIp5evA pitch trailer]] shows that the series [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] took place completely on a WorldOfFunnyAnimals, which inverts this as the source games actually ''do'' take place on [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy Earth and feature humans]].
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' gave a lot of focus and screentime to humanoid looking Fumu and Bun (Tiff and Tuff in the dub), though since Kirby was basically a baby in this [[AlternateContinuity continuity]], pretty much ''everyone'' at some point got more focus over him. Kirby sometimes didn't even ''do anything'' until the climax of the episode.
* The mainline ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games had the problem of having the Pokemon themselves not getting more internal development than being {{Attack Animal}}s for the FeaturelessProtagonist and other humans, who may or may not get any characterization ''[[PreExistingEncounters themselves]]''. The adaptations, ''in general'', give characterizations to more humans than the games do, and thus more focus, but the way they treat ''the Pokemon'' varies:
** Several TruerToTheText adaptations, like ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' and ''Manga/PokemonZensho'', give focus to few if any Pokemon, focusing on the human-related plots.[[note]]Mega Charizard X vs Mewtwo in the former notwithstanding.[[/note]]
** Only a few Pokemon in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' are given much characterization.
** ''Manga/PokemonReburst'' almost outright ignores Pokemon all together, effectively reducing them to {{Transformation Trinket}}s.
** [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} The classic Anime]], however, [[DownplayedTrope is a bit better about this]], with several of the party's Pokemon, as well as a few non-Party [[RecurringCharacter Recurring Pokemon]], getting as much characterization as the party's humans; and with that, several focus episodes in their own right.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' focuses more on humans in [[Anime/{{Jewelpet 2009}} the first season]], ''[[Anime/JewelpetTwinkle Twinkle]]'' and ''{{Anime/Lady|Jewelpet}}''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Part of the reason plans for a film adaptation of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' fell through is because the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio execs]] kept insisting on this; they wanted Robo to have [[KidAppealCharacter a cute child sidekick for kids to relate to]] as a viewpoint character, reducing Robo to a SupportingProtagonist. The writers pointed two big flaws with this: first, it wouldn't make sense for a kid to work for [[HeroesRUs Tesladyne]] (not to mention it would make the protagonists [[DesignatedHero Designated Heroes]] who'd be breaking child endangerment/labor laws) and second, what kid would prefer to watch another normal kid over a badass robot superhero? This incident was later [[MythologyGag referenced in the comic]], with a story expressly mocking/deconstructing the idea of Robo having a kid sidekick and ending with him bluntly telling the sidekick that she can't possibly work with Tesladyne until she's an adult.

[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* Take any franchise focusing mainly on {{mons}}, whether it be ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' or ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' or whichever else. Chances are, at least half of its fics are human romances in which no Pokémon or Digimon are even mentioned ''whatsoever''. Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics also invert this and focus on wild Pokémon, with none of the franchise’s canonical human characters showing up.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the "human in Equestria" stories, made notable by that fact that it’s a fairly major point of worldbuilding that there are no humans whatsoever in the show’s canon setting. These generally come in three kinds:
** First off, there are the "basic" human fics that are the ones most often referred to by the term "human in Equestria". These typically consist of a human character from modern or near-modern Earth finding their way into the show’s setting and interacting with the cast. [[TropesAreNotBad While some have been genuinely very well-written and well-received stories]], enough have been badly enough written and filled with problems such as blatant {{Self Insert}}s, lore issues and overdramatization of the HumansAreTheRealMonsters and HumansAreSpecial tropes that the concept as a whole has become a subject of derision in some circles of the fandom, although among other fans it's still well-received. It is not uncommon for such fics to focus on the human character, with the ponies being reduced to foils.
** The second type, technically a subset of the first, has "Anon" (short for Anonymous), a generalized human character often portrayed as a green-skinned faceless person in a nice suit, taking the role of the titular human. Some such fics are cringeworthy, while some like [[https://derpibooru.org/tags/comic-colon-anon%27s+pie+adventure Anon's Pie Adventure]] are much more well-received. It helps with Anon that the self-insert aspect is often mocked and he is frequently portrayed as a [[https://derpibooru.org/1229185 total ass]] or a [[https://derpibooru.org/1380140 complete doofus]].
** The third type are straight {{crossover}} stories, which, by virtue of most works of fiction focusing on humans instead of ponies, often invoke this trope by default. These tend to be much better received than the previous two kinds, as in this case the human characters come with both preexisting stories and characterizations and with emotional investment for fans of their works of origin.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* A fully animated example is the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', whose title characters take a backseat to a little orphan girl, in a plot that seems like they were trying to remake ''Disney/TheRescuers'' as a musical with Tom and Jerry thrown in as an afterthought. Subverted with the DirectToVideo ''Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz'', where they and other MGM animated characters are OffToSeeTheWizard, and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryWillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', which is similar but set in Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory.
* While the original ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'' stories were about a mischievous monkey getting into stuff, the [[WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge2006 2006 movie]] was more about Ted Shackleford's life, love, dreams, and career. Case in point, up until this adaptation George's human friend didn't even have a name, and was only known as "the man in the yellow hat". The television series based on the movie shifts the focus back to George for the most part.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Underdog}}'': The main characters in the original cartoon, with the exception of some villains, were FunnyAnimal characters. The movie turns Underdog into a non-anthropomorphic beagle and gives him a human owner.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'' gave less screen time to the cartoon moose and squirrel than new human characters. Rocky and Bullwinkle are on a very small part of the DVD cover (pictured above) while live action actors are front and center.
* ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'': Though the Chipmunks get a fair enough amount of screentime and focus, it still follows the "unlucky guy in love has cartoon characters as pets" formula. At least the human in question, Dave, was a part of the franchise to begin with. The "Squeakquel" introduced some reason why he couldn't be there and then replaced him with some completely random loser.
* Two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' live action movies.
** ''Film/SpaceJam'' puts its focus on bringing Michael Jordan into the Looney Tunes' world to save them from aliens by playing basketball. The first part of the movie plays like a {{Biopic}} of Jordan before the Looney Tunes show up.
** ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' introduces two human characters to team up with Bugs and Daffy and even gives them a romantic subplot.
** Additionally, a cancelled ''Marvin the Martian'' film would have followed this, teaming Marvin up with a young boy.
* ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'': In the film this trope is done with HumanAliens taking a backseat to Earthlings. The first act of the movie focuses on the eponymous heroes, but once they journey to Earth, the story becomes more about the mundane Earthlings Julie and Kevin up until the final climatic battle, and then afterward returns to them for the conclusion.
* Two Creator/DrSeuss live action adaptations plus one animated one:
** ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', while still mainly focused on The Grinch, has more focus put on the Whos (who are more or less RubberForeheadAliens) than in the original, especially Cindy Lou, who gets half the movie to herself and has far less makeup than the other Whos, making her look even more human than the rest of them. Partly explainable as an attempt to stretch a short children's book into a feature length movie.
** ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' in its film adaptation, again, due to the source being a short children's book.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' focuses its "past" timeline on the interactions between the titular nonhuman and the Once-ler, but the former barely appears at all in the "present" timeline, which constitutes the first third and last third of the movie. Also, the Once-ler is now clearly human rather than AmbiguouslyHuman. However, this trope can be justified in light of the Lorax [[VillainsActHeroesReact doing effectively nothing in the original story but reacting to what the Once-ler does]].
* ''Film/TheSmurfs'' LiveActionAdaptation has the Smurfs taking refuge with a husband and wife in [[BigApplesauce New York]] after being teleported there. Pretty much follows this trope to the letter.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' takes a backseat to Ranger Smith, of all people. Yogi and Boo-Boo are all but reduced to walking, talking plot devices, while most of the story focuses on Smith's efforts to save Jellystone Park from being demolished and turned into farmland. At least here the human was actually ''in'' the original series.
* The 1932 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'' focuses on the character of Jack Thornton, played by Clark Gable, over Buck the dog. In the book, he only factors into perhaps a third of the plot.
* Although the original is also about a human, the first ''Series/MrBean'' movie, ''Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie'' did something like this. The original series is simply about a near-mute, accident prone-fellow causing chaos and havoc wherever he goes, which tends to lend itself best to brief vignettes. The movie, of course, had to flesh this out, so it centred mainly on some American art expert who Bean stays with and his troubled relationship with his family.
* Some of the Muppet productions fall under this trope:
** Played with in ''Film/TheMuppets'' where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CloKbXtD28 the trailer]] makes it look like a human-focused romantic comedy, only for Kermit the Frog to show up and reveal the real nature of the film. It still technically qualifies for this trope, though; most of the screentime is given to Creator/JasonSegel, Creator/AmyAdams and new character Walter (who is a {{Muppet}} but not in-universe[[note]]In the movie's universe, "Muppet" only refers to members of Kermit's troupe[[/note]] [[spoiler:until the final act of the movie]]), although the humans' subplot takes a backseat to the main plot for most of the movie. That said, a concerted effort was made to give the Muppets enough screen time and have them qualify as main characters.
** Referenced when Jason Segel hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', and The Muppets were upset that they weren't asked to host.
--->'''Kermit''': [[SarcasmMode It makes perfect sense that they would pick Jason! I mean when people go to a MUPPET movie, they say, "Gee, I can't wait to see the human!"]]
** The literature adaptations are bad for this. ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' is all about Michael Caine's Scrooge, although Kermit and Gonzo get major roles as Bob Cratchit and Charles Dickens respectively. In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the main focus is on Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, played by Creator/TimCurry. Originally [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the "Jim Hawkins" part was going to be played by Rizzo and Gonzo]] (being named Jim and Hawkins as two characters), before it was decided to make it into a ComingOfAgeStory with an actual human kid as Jim. And in ''Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz'' Ashanti's amount of focus makes The Muppets themselves feel like an afterthought. In this case all three are based on stories where the main characters were humans, and the trope is just a side-effect of staying faithful to the story.
** The original Muppet outings tend to avert the trope by including major human characters but keeping the focus on Kermit and the gang. In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' and ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', said humans are antagonists or connected to them in some way, and ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' doesn't even have a major antagonist, with Kermit getting amnesia the problem that the climax hinges upon. Other human characters are there for the Muppets to play off of and/or to provide cameos for name performers. ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'' takes a similar tack, but takes it even further: not only is the primary human character (Dominic Badguy) a villain, he's not even the ''main'' villain.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' film, ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'', contains a large amount of focus on a human man played by Peter Fonda and his granddaughter played by Mara Wilson, as well as the Conductor played by Alec Baldwin. While Thomas and the other engines are in the film, this can largely be blamed on it also being an adaptation of ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'', which was a framing device for the series.
* In ''Film/GrumpyCatsWorstChristmasEver'', the plot is about a girl trying to stop a couple of burglars from stealing an expensive dog from a pet shop, which was going to be used to keep the store from closing down. Grumpy spends most of the time being towed around and making wisecracks. Lampshaded though, as Grumpy keeps trying to remind the audience that this is her movie.
* Among other things, this trope is the primary reason why most Alien and Predator fans hate ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'' and its sequel ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem''. Both films try to seem like more than just sci-fi flicks about monsters battling each other by throwing in human characters trying to survive so as to break up the action and add some meaning or emotional significance to the plot and events. Ironically, this does even more damage to the films than it likely would otherwise, as nearly all the characters are boring and uninteresting, not to mention the weak storylines. Both films ultimately have much less "Alien vs Predator" action than the fans would like, and do not really explore or utilize the Alien and Predator lore at all (not in a satisfying way, at least).
* The same is said about ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', where said "vs" action only takes place during one brief dream sequence and then the finale. The rest of the movie is either Freddy killing people or Jason killing people in the same town, which ''was'' satisfying to fans of both but a letdown all the same to fans who went in [[JustHereForGodzilla hoping it focused on the two beating the crap out of each other]].
* Similarly, ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' puts nearly all its focus on the human cast and their battle with the [=MUTOs=], leaving the titular King of the Monsters with roughly 8 minutes of screentime. Those 8 minutes will [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome blow you clear across the room]] and the rest of the movie itself ''is'' very well done and entertaining, but was a major letdown to a large portion of fans who [[JustHereForGodzilla were really hoping for it to be about Godzilla]]. That said the ratio of Godzilla to not-Godzilla run-time is more or less equal with the [[Film/{{Gojira}} original film]], so this is OlderThanTheyThink.
* ''Film/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014}}'' still centers around the turtles but there's a heavy emphasis on April. ''Out of the Shadows'' is better about this.
* The ''VideoGame/NekoAtsume'' game focus entirely on the cats, with the only human being the implied human player. The live-action film based on the game is about a down-on-his-luck salaryman who is hired as caretaker for a local residence often visited by stray cats, through which he finds peace and romance.
* For the live-action ''[[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' movies, this is the main complaint most fans of the cartoons have, as they focused heavily on the relationships with the robot characters, rather than the predicaments of the human ones in the films.
* ''Film/ADogsPurpose'' is a family film about a [[ABoyAndHisX a boy and his dog]] from the dog's POV. Ethan is given more focus than Bailey and many shots focus on him rather than the dog. The [[Literature/ADogsPurpose book]] is a {{xenofiction}} book. Bailey is given much more emphasis and the book is clearly from his POV. The film also suffers from being a CompressedAdaptation, with a lot of the story being shortened or deleted.

* The ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' got no end of complaints that the humans took up more of the story than the title robots, but the truth is the [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} franchise in general]] has a long history of it. The movies were just highly visible and not a lesser known show airing on a major cable channel. For more specific examples:
** TV Shows:
*** The original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' set a precedence by quickly [[FranchiseOriginalSin establishing a group of important human characters]] and having the entire conflict set on modern day Earth, the Autobots were learning Earth culture through their human friends and exploration. Also, very few plots were because the Autobots stumbled upon a Decepticon plot, and Teletraan-1 intercepted human communications for possible Decepticon involvement. So the perceived {{Xenofiction}} was not nearly as dominant as often claimed.
*** The first half of ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' was almost more about the humans than about the robots, and ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' takes it UpToEleven, gradually morphing into a HenshinHero series as the actual Autobots are displaced by an increasing number of humans in PoweredArmor.
*** Mostly averted with American made shows like ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', in fact they actually set a precedence for having human characters fans actually liked. On the other hand, Animated had various human villains fans greatly disliked and Prime had (admittedly minor) complaints that the one human villain, Silas, was almost a VillainSue [[note]]He and his organization MECH was a genuine threat, but almost too much to the point the Decepticons could take some pointers from them[[/note]]. ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' is the only show in the franchise to ''lack'' human characters or Earth (barring a brief flashback).
** Movies:
*** The very concept of a LiveActionAdaptation means making the robots the only important characters a self-defeating endeavor, you might as well go all CG. Plus costs of the expensive CGI meant at some point you need to have more practical characters on screen (the movie set records to rendering time, every frame with a Cybertronian in it took about twenty-four hours to render and [[NeverLiveItDown Devastator melted a computer]]), so it would be pretty much impossible to be more robocentric without setting parts of Hollywood on fire. This is in addition to just not being sure if audiences would accept them as characters and not fancy CGI a la [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]].
*** Some issues were improved in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', with a better grasp of how to film the (non-existent) robots on set, there are longer scenes of dialogue and more complex action set pieces. But a lot of the movie still focused on the human love lives and goofy antics.
*** It improved again in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', where (apart from Sam's role in the first act) the Transformers are treated as actual characters rather than plot devices to help Sam get the girl and satisfy his sex drive. Although human characters still get a lot of screentime (mostly in subplots that surround the main story), the main plot definitely focuses on the Transformers and their history, rivalry and emotions.
*** It's improved upon almost to the point of being averted with ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', since the human story intersects with the Transformers story, and they stick together because their fates intertwine. The Autobots, Optimus Prime especially, get ''almost as much'' screentime as the human leads, and much of the story involves long bits of interaction between Autobots and humans.
** This trope was lampshaded in the first panel of [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=239 this]] ''Webcomic/VGCats'' comic.
--->Starring a cast of two-dimensional characters no one cares about! With special guest stars the Transformers.
** The perception of {{Xenofiction}} being the norm for ''Transformers'' may have been caused by the comics, which strongly avert this trope. The franchise's comics have a trend where human [[AudienceSurrogate Audience Surrogates]] will feature in the first spate of issues, only to get drastically DemotedToExtra or written out entirely. The IDW comics are widely seen as having [[GrowingTheBeard grown the beard]] when they mostly abandoned Earth to focus solely on the robots themselves, which provides a telling insight on the fandom's feelings towards this trope.
* By default, every ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' adaptation with the sole exception of ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution'' - though the existence of human Tamers for the {{mons}} was part of the original fluff for the virtual pets, said fluff didn't mention any specific human characters, and the majority of adaptations - most prominently the various anime - tend to focus much more on the interactions and struggles of the humans, relegating their Digimon partners to more of a support role. This is also averted by ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' where Digimons actually managed to end up being more developed than some of the human cast. A rare TropesAreNotBad example.
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''. [[WordOfGod Greg Farshtey]] has stated this as the main reason why {{LEGO}} never allowed a theatrical movie to be made. They received several pitches for it, and all of them involved human kids somehow ending up in the ''BIONICLE'' universe - which is supposed to be a ConstructedWorld ''in which humans do not and never will exist''.
* Inverted with most ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' adaptations. The games take place in a world where [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy anthropomorphic animals coexist with humans]], however most adaptations remove all humans [[TokenHuman except for Eggman]] and put them in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. The most notable exception, ''Anime/SonicX'', is detailed above (and even then Sonic comes from a planet without humans and has to be transported to Earth). The anime narrowly avoided inverting it as the initial pilot showed FunnyAnimal character instead of humans.
* Bruce Banner usually gets the majority of the screentime in all the live-action adaptations of ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'', including the classic [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk 70's TV show]] and his feature film appearances[[note]]''Film/{{Hulk}}'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''[[/note]]. Beyond narrative reasons like trying to give the audience a character to get invested in, the practical reasons are very similar to the ones mentioned in the ''Transformers'' films. It'd be expensive to have a CGI monster onscreen for the entire movie, so having Banner breaks things up and prevents the budget from skyrocketing.

* The official novelisation of ''Series/DoctorWho'''s DevelopmentHell episode, "Shada", gives the two helpful human characters, who fulfilled their plot function and were then put OutOfFocus in the original, roles about as prominent as that of the Doctor and Romana. Their relationship with each other goes from being ImpliedLoveInterest to explicitly romantic, with Chris's conflict being how he CanNotSpitItOut and admit he loves Clare - Chris even [[GrandTheftMe literally hijacks the Doctor]] during his climactic defeat of the villain to say "I love you" to her. Most of the middle of the book is also rejigged to be from Chris's point of view. TropesAreNotBad, of course, as it serves the purpose of allowing outsider perspectives on [[LargeHam the Doctor's antics]] - the Fourth Doctor's character is very much defined by the eccentric ways he moves and goes about doing things, which is easy to represent on television, but in a book his actions have to be relayed through a witness who understands him as little as we do.
* ''Literature/FiveNightsAtFreddysTheSilverEyes'' largely dismisses the animatronics, focusing more on the human characters, their backstory (and that of the titular pizzaria) and their relationships, and while they do appear, it's not until the last quarter of the book (and an InMediasRes opening) that they act like they do in [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys the games]] and become true threats to the heroes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** A rare ''video game'' example in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. The Creator/{{Disney}} and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters seem secondary to the original cast. Part of this is that Disney laid down so much ExecutiveMeddling [[TeethClenchedTeamwork behind the scenes in the first game]] that the production team decided that in general, original characters were the only ones they could tell new or interesting stories with, and not have to worry about Disney pitching a fit at characterization or portrayals of their properties.
** Inverted with the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' portions of the series. They focus exclusively on the aliens despite the film being about Stitch living in Hawaii with Lilo and Nani.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} with several ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' spinoffs. While the main games and most adaptations place a healthy amount of focus on the eponymous pocket monsters, their stories generally center on the adventures of the human trainers. In some spinoff titles such as ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' and ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii'', humans receive a passing mention at best.

* {{Parodied|Trope}} in Creator/RoosterTeeth's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2matH4B9bTo trailer]] [[RealTrailerFakeMovie for the]] ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' movie, in which the human characters have more screen time and focus than the birds and pigs. Note that both the actual movie and the source material have no humans in them.

* The ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has an interesting history with this trope, especially considering [[MerchandiseDriven its nature]]:
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The orig]][[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends inal show]] had a human girl named Megan who, along with her siblings in the shows, helped the ponies in their fight against whatever apocalypse was threatening them at the moment. Granted, she was very seldom the main character of an episode, but she was still around for most. The unrelated books and [[ComicBook/MyLittlePony comics]] for the series also frequently included humans, typically either normal people or magical beings like witches, but were mainly based around the ponies with humans as extras or villains. %%Question: How often did she or her siblings act as Deus Ex Machina?
** Most of the sequel series (''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'', and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'') [[AvertedTrope avert this]], being SliceOfLife series that focus solely on the ponies.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', the first appearance of this Trope since G1, is about an alternate universe where human versions of G4 ponies [[HighSchoolAU attend high school]]. It can be considered {{Downplayed|Trope}}, however, since the characters have either been [[HumanityEnsues transformed]] or [[AlternateSelf re-imagined]] as human beings rather than introduced to brand new human characters.
** This was one of the earlier ideas bussed around for the 2017 feature film. Take the ''Smurfs'' movie, do a find-and-replace on all names and key terms from that franchise, and you have basically what Creator/{{Sony}} wanted to make. [[https://derpibooru.org/1394132 No, really]]. Fortunately, it appears someone either realized this idea would not go over well at all with the show's notoriously vocal fanbase, or they themselves had the misfortune of having to sit through the ''Smurfs'' movie, and this concept was nipped in the bud. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' is focused on the ponies.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Pound Puppies]]'' has another similar inversion. The show originally focused on an orphan girl named Holly who helped the eponymous talking dogs, while her WickedStepmother served as the main villain. [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 The remake]] now focuses mostly on the dogs.
* While ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' does have the human main character of Blythe, the trope is {{downplayed|trope}} as she is merely ''a'' main character and the pets receive a good amount of focus.
* The animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}'' has Harry Grimore as the main protagonist, next to Felicia.