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[[caption-width-right:310:Man, you should see all the stuff [[TheGhost Godot]] does in this thing.]]

It's common for a series to be named after one or more of its main characters. Either [[ProtagonistTitle the series title and the star's name are one and the same]] (as in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'') or [[NameAndName the names of more than one protagonist will appear in the title]] (as in ''RomeoAndJuliet'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''). Occasionally, though, the title comes from the name of a character who is ''not'' the main protagonist, which may cause some [[ProtagonistTitleFallacy confusion about who's who]]. Usually this character is pivotal to the plot or sets the story in motion. It still can cause confusion, especially when the actor playing the protagonist is billed directly above the title.

This trope sometimes leads to IAmNotShazam, when people think the title is the protagonist's name. When the eponymous secondary character is mistaken for the protagonist, someone has committed the ProtagonistTitleFallacy.

Compare VillainBasedFranchise, AntagonistTitle, SupportingProtagonist, and {{Deuteragonist}}. May overlap with TrivialTitle if the secondary character is especially unimportant to the story.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}''
* The title character of ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'' is only the second most important character in the series; the main character is Touma.
** Though the first story arc revolved around her, Index rarely even makes an appearance in a lot of later story arcs.
* Not only is the main protagonist of ''PrincessMononoke'' not the character referred to by the title (it's Ashitaka), the name "Princess Mononoke" itself is only used once in the film to refer to San, as it's a nickname given to her by the residents of Irontown.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' and ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', the two fourth season manga of the ''LyricalNanoha'' franchise, still keeps Nanoha's name in the title even though her main character status has been taken by [[SpinOffspring Vivio]] and Tohma respecively. This is especially noticable in ''NanohaVivid'', where multiple volumes could pass with Nanoha barely appearing on page.
* ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokťmon]]''. Ash, first and foremost, is the main character of the series rather than the titular creatures, with Pikachu as his sidekick. In fact, as with the ''Transformers'' example below, the {{Mons}} in general take a backseat to the humans. This is somewhat true of the game series as well, but to a lesser extent due to how much the gameplay itself revolves around the titular {{Mons}}.
* ''Anime/{{Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Rebellion}}'' has the titular character fall to a supporting role with the story being told from Homura's perspective.
* ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'': The plot mainly follows Chihiro Furuya, although Rea Sanka is pretty much the central character to the plot.
* ''{{Dororo}}'', as Hyakkimaru is really the main protagonist.
* In ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'', the protagonist is usually Nobita.
* ''DrSlump'' was originally supposed to be the story of the wacky inventor Senbei Norimaki (AKA. The eponymous Dr. Slump), however RobotGirl Arale ended up taking center stage, to the point that the AnimatedAdaptation was actually called "''Dr. Slump: Arale-chan''".
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has Reborn, the hitman who is the tutor to the main character Tsunayoshi Sawada. Reborn does nothing except making Tsuna stronger and stronger, so the latter can beat the crap out of the enemies.
* ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'' largely focuses on Kim White, an AcePilot who meets the titular Michel and ends up traveling with him when her old enemies kidnap the rest of the fairies. Although Michel can do a FusionDance to merge with any rescued fairies and gain their powers, it's Kim who does the final blow to most monsters they fight.
* In ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'', the title "Guardian of the Spirit" actually refers to the young [[ShelteredAristocrat Prince Chagum]], not the main protagonist [[ActionGirl Balsa.]] This is easy to mistake, as Balsa is [[MamaBear Chagum's bodyguard]], making her the Guardian of the Guardian of the Spirit.
* The first ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' [[TheMovie movie]], ''Memories of Nobody'', refers to Senna, a girl who has [[MultipleChoicePast multiple memories]] [[spoiler: that weren't really hers to begin with due to being a MacGuffinGirl of different souls]].
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Most comic book series starring DC's Captain Marvel are named ''{{Shazam}}'', after Captain Marvel's wizard mentor, or, more specifically, the [[IAmNotShazam often conflated word Billy Batson says to transform]]. This is actually due to an agreement with MarvelComics over the use of the name "Captain Marvel" - it can't be used in the title of a DC book.
** At least it ''was'' the case, since Captain Marvel was officially [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} renamed]] Shazam.
* ComicBook/{{Gear}}. The title character doesn't show up until the second-to-last issue. The word "gear" isn't even mentioned by name until then. The main characters are actually Waffle, Gordon, and Mr. Black.
* ''[[Comicbook/XMen X-Men: Noir]]'', an {{Elseworld}} ''X-Men'' miniseries set in a version of 1930s New York without any superpowered heroes, is an example of this, oddly enough. Its protagonist is actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_(Thomas_Halloway) The Angel]], [[note]] Completely unrelated to Warren Worthington III of the original X-Men, who's a PosthumousCharacter in this story.[[/note]] a mostly-forgotten Timely Comics character who spends the story investigating the murder that kicks off the plot. "The X Men" are a fugitive gang of teenage criminals who are suspected of said murder, and end up helping The Angel take down the real criminals by the end.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* "Literature/ThePrincessOnTheGlassHill" is the LoveInterest
* "Literature/TheGratefulBeasts" are the hero's allies and helpers after he cured them.
* "Literature/IronHans", who tricks the prince, the main character, into freeing him, abducts him to protect him from punishment, and aids him thereafter.
* "Literature/TheKingWhoWouldBeStrongerThanFate": The hero is the boy he tries to murder to avoid his daughter's fate.
* "Literature/{{Schippeitaro}}" is the dog the hero needs to help him.
* "Literature/TheSevenRavens" are the heroine's brothers
* "Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed" is the LoveInterest
* "Literature/TheWhiteDove" is the LoveInterest
* "Literature/TheFeatherOfFinistTheFalcon": Finist is the LoveInterest.
* "Literature/TheThreeAunts" help the heroine.
* "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses": the hero has to figure out how they are dancing the night away.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the main character is Marlin, Nemo's father, with Dory as the {{Deuteragonist}}. The titular Nemo is actually the tritagonist.
* None of the Robinsons in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' is the main character. But they do welcome the actual orphaned protagonist - Lewis - into their family, though. [[spoiler:Technically a subversion, since a future version of Lewis is the Robinson patriarch.]]
* The titular character in ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' refers to the creature the main characters, Satsuki and Mei, meet after moving to their new home.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Roger Rabbit is not actually the main character of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. He's just the one who solicits the services of the story's actual protagonist, human [[PrivateDetective detective]] Eddie Valiant. Roger steals every scene he's in and is pivotal to the case, though.
* Film/{{Beetlejuice}} has less screentime in his own movie than any of the other characters. This is not the case in the [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} animated series]] that followed, though, where he is undoubtedly the star.
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Extra points for sounding like a WordSaladTitle, rather than anything to do with the characters at all, to people who aren't very familiar with the plot.
* The title character from 1991 film ''Film/{{Oscar}}'' doesn't actually show up until the last minute or two of the movie. While some of the earlier events of the film do revolve around him in some way, the real point of the title is as a nod to OscarWilde, whose style of humour the film (and the play it's based on) pays homage to.
* The protagonist of ''Film/{{The Boy in the Striped Pajamas}}'' is the young son of a Nazi officer who becomes acquainted with the boy of the title, who's a prisoner in a concentration camp. Some people were annoyed about this.
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' refers to Jeffrey Lebowski, a millionaire with whom the protagonist ([[NamesTheSame also christened Jeffrey Lebowski]], but goes by "The Dude") is mistaken. Walter refers to the former as "the other Lebowski, the Big Lebowski" in one line.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'' are about Kevin Flynn and his son. Tron is a minor character in both of them.
* In all three ''Film/ReAnimator'' movies, the main character is Herbert West's protege, not Dr. West himself.
* The live action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies. The fact that the Transformers are secondary characters in the movies named after them is a frequent subject of mockery, due to the fact that they were the main characters in other incarnations of the franchise.
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' does not, [[InternetBackdraft as many people seemed to think]], refer to the main character Nathan Algren, but to the rebelling group of samurai lead by Katsumoto.
* John Tucker is not the main character in ''Film/JohnTuckerMustDie''. Kate is.
* Amy is only mentioned off-screen in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' as the ex-girlfriend of another secondary character.
* The protagonist of ''RachelGettingMarried'' is Rachel's younger sister.
* ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn'' is told from Colin Clark's perspective.
* The protagonists of ''Film/HorribleBosses'' are their respective employees.
* ''Film/{{Paul}}'' is a CGI alien. The protagonist are the Graeme/Clive duo.
* The Focker juniors in ''[[Film/MeetTheParents Little Fockers]]'' have neither much lines nor screentime.
* The protagonist of ''Film/ILoveYouPhillipMorris'' is Steven Russell, who loves Phillip Morris.
* Though the plot of ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'' has very much to do with her, Rebecca was already dead before the movie even began and is only talked about.
* The 4th entry in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' - ''The Bourne Legacy''. Bourne will only be mentioned off-screen as the movie leaves the main character's seat to (who else?) his legacy.
* Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme's character is not the eponymous ''Film/{{Cyborg}}'', it's the woman who was taken captive by the bad guys.
* ''Film/TheThinMan'': The man of the title is the victim, not one of the protagonists or the villain. This didn't prevent the sequels from using him as an ArtifactTitle, even though his deceased character has nothing to do with their plots.
* ''Film/{{Harvey}}'' does not even conclusively establish Harvey's actual existence until well into the film, though he does drive a lot of the plot.
* In ''Film/{{Laura}}'', Laura is the name of the woman whose murder the detective is investigating.
* ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'': The titular character is the ex-girlfriend of the protagonist whom spends about a quarter of the film trying to get over.
* In ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow'' Johnny Hollow is unseen, as the photographer who took the photo that's the subject of the film. His only "appearance" is via the text of a letter, warning the recipient, an OccultDetective viewpoint character, to "look closely."
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'': Although not the case in the original book or the second adaptation of it, in the 1971 film the titular Wonka, though an important character, is the owner of the titular factory that the main protagonist Charlie wins a trip to.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': while [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]] plays a major part, he's mostly TheDragon to the villains.
* ''Film/SearchingForSonny'' is about Sonny's estranged high school friend Elliot and their classmates. Sonny himself doesn't really show up until the end of the film.
* ''Film/KenPark'' kills himself at the start of the movie. The rest of the movie is about his classmates.
* ''Film/RubySparks'' is the girlfriend of the main character Calvin [[PygmalionPlot who made her from his imagination]].
* ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' follows Tom, the main character, as he tries to get over the fact that he and the titular character is/was never meant to be.
* In ''Film/{{Fido}}'', the titular character is the zombie butler of the main character and his family.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': Buttercup, the titular bride, is the LoveInterest of both TheHero Wesley and the BigBad Prince Humperdick.
* In ''Film/{{Mud}}'', the titular character is only the {{Deuteragonist}} who is hiding from mercenaries/bounty hunters and is found and befriended by the KidHero protagonist and his [[TheLancer Lancer]].
* ''Film/TheKidsAreAllRight'': The Kids refers to Joni and Laser, but the story focuses on their [[HasTwoMommies mothers]] and their GlorifiedSpermDonor.
* ''Film/{{Junebug}}'' is the name the SupportingProtagonist's sister-in-law wants for her child once she (the sis-in-law) gives birth. [[spoiler: [[ArtifactTitle She suffers]] [[TearJerker a miscarriage]].]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/MobyDick'' is really about Ishmael and Captain Ahab.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' is about D'Artagnan, the fourth musketeer.
* Alexander Pushkin's ''Captain's Daughter'' is named after the main character's love interest.
* ''TheGiver'' is about the boy who's been selected to replace the Giver.
* ''{{The Indian in the Cupboard}}'' is about the kid whose cupboard the Indian is in.
* ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' refers to the protagonist's fellow test subject - a white rat. Perhaps to avert the trope, the film adaptation was renamed ''Charly''.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/DaisyMiller'' is Frederick Winterbourne, who falls in love with Daisy.
* ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'': The protagonist is the man attempting to rescue the prisoner, who barely features.
* ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'': The protagonist is the eponymous hero's wife Marguerite.
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' pulls a trifecta by being titled after a secondary character, the villain, ''and'' a gateway to another dimension.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' is the second Mrs. de Winter (whose first name is never given). Rebecca herself is a PosthumousCharacter.
* The protagonist (and narrator) of ''Literature/LornaDoone'' is her love interest John Ridd.
* ''TheLordOfTheRings'': The Lord of the Rings is the villain. The volume ''Return of the King'' refers to the SupportingLeader.
* The protagonist of ''{{Aimee}}'' is not Aimee but her best friend who is accused of killing her. In fact, the protagonist isn't named until the end of the book. [[spoiler: Her name is Zoe.]]
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' was never the protagonist, but he is an important character who helps actual protagonist Dorothy get home (just not in the way Dorothy expected). He becomes a very minor character in later books in the series.
* ''LookingForAlaska''. Whilst Alaska is a main character, the focus is more on Pudge.
* In ''Literature/SavingZoe'', ZoŽ is the main character Echo's late sister, who was murdered. The book revolves around Echo finding ZoŽ's diary and reading it.
* ''Literature/TheThinMan'' is not detective Nick Charles, but Clyde Wynant, the man he is looking for. The confusion was not helped by the fact that [[Film/TheThinMan the movie version]] spawned a series of sequels, all of which included "the Thin Man" in their title.
* The unfinished epic ''Titurel'' by medieval poet Wolfram von Eschenbach was named by scholars after the first name mentioned in the surviving text. Titurel does not actually appear in the story, he is merely one of the protagonist's ancestors.
* Constance Greene's young adult novels in the "Alexandra" series (such as ''Al(exandra) the Great'') are all named after the narrator's best friend. The narrating character is never even given a name.
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's ''Literature/McAuslan'' series has Lt. [=MacNeill=] as the protagonist, and there are stories where [=McAuslan=] plays only a minor role at best.
* The ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' books are mostly told from the point of view of his protegee, Valkyrie Cain.
* Common in crime fiction where the detective is the protagonist. Where there is a title character, they may well be DeadToBeginWith.
* The young adult novel ''Amandine'' by Adele Griffon is named after the protagonist's eccentric (and later somewhat antagonistic) friend.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': Regardless of the title of each installments, the protagonist of the series has always been Mikael Blomkvist.
* Hawthorne Abendsen, ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'', is a minor character.
* ''Literature/GivesLight'' is the surname of the main character's best friend [[StraightGay and love interest]], a Plains Shoshone boy. It's also the surname of his father, a serial killer who murdered the main character's mother years ago.
* The bride in ''Literature/BrideOfTheRatGod'' refers to the actress Christine, but her cousin Norah is the central character.
* ''Literature/TheButterflyKid'' is named for a very minor secondary character--albeit one who gets the plot rolling. Its sequel, ''Literature/TheUnicornGirl'', is also named for a secondary character, though a much more important one: the hero's potential love interest.
* Several of HRiderHaggard's novels are named after the the hero's love interest, even if she is not the main focus. For example, ''Nada the Lily'' is about the hero Umslopogaas, the illegitimate son of the great Zulu king and general Chaka.
* ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'': The series as a whole and half the individual titles refer to the Red Vixen, a character with very little actual screen time [[spoiler: and most of it as her SecretIdentity Lady Melanie]] and the story is never told from her perspective.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''DontTrustTheBInApartment23'' is named after Chloe, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The bitch in apartment 23]], but the series' main protagonist is Chloe's new roommate June, though Chloe is still the second most prominent character in the series and several episodes do revolve mainly around her.
* ''GossipGirl'' is a minor character on the show. [[spoiler: Subverted, as [[{{GIRL}} "she"]] is actually one of the main characters,]]
* ''GoodLuckCharlie'' is named for the nickname (real name is Charlotte) of the baby sister of the main character [[GenderBlenderName Teddy]], who [[FramingDevice is making a series of video diaries for Charlie to watch in the future]], [[EveryEpisodeEnding all of which end]] with Teddy telling her, "[[TitleDrop Good luck, Charlie]]".
* ''Series/TinMan'': The protagonist is DG, not the Tin Man, Cain.
* This is parodied in ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' with a sketch about TheFilmOfTheBook of the abovementioned ''{{Rebecca}}'', where [[ExecutiveMeddling the studio insists]] that if the film is going to be called ''Rebecca'', it has to be ''about'' Rebecca. As a result, she spends the whole movie listening to people talk about what it'll be like when she's dead and her husband's second wife moves in.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is after TheHero's OneTrueLove [[EleventhHourRanger who isn't even properly introduced to him until the last five minutes of the series finale]].
* ''Series/LifeWithDerek'': The protagonist is Casey, and the title refers to her new life with her step-brother.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" by Music/KirstyMaccoll. The protagonist is the narrator's probably unfaithful lover; the guy down the chip shop ("he's a liar") is just someone the real protagonist gets compared to.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Polly and Her Pals'' ultimately became this. Initially, Polly ''was'' the main character, until Cliff Sterrett (the artist) decided that her father, Paw Perkins had more comedic potential and made ''him'' the star of the strip.
* In a similar vein, ''FunkyWinkerbean'' really did once star the title character, but as time went on, he was DemotedToExtra.
* ''{{Blondie}}'' is the wife of the main character, Dagwood, though (similarly to the above example) she was the lead during the strip's start.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''WaitingForGodot''
* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'': The title refers to rock star [[CaptainErsatz Conrad]] [[ElvisPresley Birdie]], who plays a major role, but Conrad's manager, Albert, and his secretary are the main characters.
* ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'' refers to Gypsy Rose Lee, the stage name Louise acquires halfway through the second act. Her mother is the principal character.
* Several Shakespearean examples.
** ''{{Cymbeline}}'': The main character is Imogen
** ''HenryIV'' parts 1 and 2: The main characters are Prince Hal and Falstaff),
** ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'': Caesar dies less than halfway through; the main character is Brutus
** ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': Most people assume that the title refers to the villain, Shylock, but it actually refers to Antonio. The actual protagonist of the play is up for debate.)
** ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': Iago is arguably the VillainProtagonist, since he gets twice as many lines as Othello, though Othello usually gets top billing.
** It is actually important to note that in Shakespeare's time, the character of the highest rank got the title, not the main character. This includes King Henry IV, Caesar, etc.
* ''Marvin's Room''. Marvin has absolutely no lines (he's senile and bedridden, you see), and the story is about his two daughters and one of his grandsons.
* The title character of ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' never speaks, and only appears a few times in the show. Tevye is the main character.
* ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'' also applies. Figaro is a relatively major character, but Almaviva is the protagonist.
* The principal characters of the ballet ''Don Quixote'' are the young lovers, Basilio and Kitri. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are secondary mime parts. Not surprising, as the adaptation is InNameOnly, anyway.
* The opera ''Paul Bunyan'' introduces Paul Bunyan as the hero of its story, but he remains ShroudedInMyth and [[TheVoice never appears onstage]]. The real protagonist is Hel Helson.
* ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'' gives the title character less to act and sing about than other major characters, despite her importance in the plot.
* In ''Theatre/TheMikado'', the title character doesn't make his entrance until well into the second act.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': the protagonist is Link.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' don't even feature her (besides a flashback in the latter).
** Subverted with ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Not quite obvious in the beginning, but as the plot starts to unravel, this becomes increasingly clear. [[spoiler:The game's main character's sidekick, Midna, is the Twilight Princess, not Zelda (who barely appears). Though Midna still isn't the protagonist, she's the most important character who isn't a HeroicMime and gets quite a lot of development.]].
* ''VideoGame/TheImmortal'' (obvious, since there's EverythingTryingToKillYou)
* ''{{Lufia}}''. Even worse in the sequels, where Lufia isn't even ''in'' the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' is named after [[PersonalSpaceInvader the species]] the villains are using as biological weapons.
** Potentially [[SubvertedTrope subverted,]] though - later games reveal "Metroid" to be a Chozo word roughly meaning "ultimate warrior", which Samus [[{{Badass}} quite definitely is.]] Meaning that everyone who [[IAmNotShazam mistakenly referred to Samus as Metroid]] are technically correct.
* As mentioned under Film, this is something in the Tron series.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'', it's Jet Bradley as the main character.
** ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' only has Tron in the opening. He's shuffled out of the plot after the first chapter, due to the film, Film/TronLegacy, mentioned above.
* A common gripe about the "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion for ''WorldOfWarcraft'' was that the [[AntagonistTitle titular villain]] got very little screen time and spends pretty much the whole expansion as OrcusOnHisThrone.
** Another common opinion is that he got too much screen time and popped up everywhere, so that when you faced him in the final battle, he had lost much of his effect as a godlike entity who would be impossible to defeat, you had simply gotten too familiar with him letting you run off after killing a boss.
* You'd be surprised how little ''{{Anna}}'' actually features in her own game. In fact, it's debatable if she appears ''at all'' (because TrueArtIsIncomprehensible).
* ''VisualNovel/DateALiveRinneUtopia'' has the eponymous Rinne Sonogami, the final heroine that the protagonist, Shido Itsuka, can date.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Regardless of what the creators might say, Strong Bad has pretty much taken over as the main character.
* The titular Girl-chan in ''GirlChanInParadise'' appears only a handful of times (it's implied she and Swirly Glasses are traveling with the group, but even in group shots they rarely appear) and contributes absolutely nothing but [[MsFanservice blatant fanservice]] (or [[FanDisservice the exact opposite]] thanks to [[DerangedAnimation the art style]].)
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': The main character is arguably Tagon, or possibly Kevyn for a few arcs. Schlock is disproportionately important for his lower rank, but he still has little influence on the plot or the decision-making of the company.
* ''RustyAndCo'': A party member, but the lead character is clearly Mimic.
* ''{{Zelfia}}'': The ''character'' Zelfia has appeared exactly three times. The title refers more to the series' ArcWords
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' is about [[TheCowl Beck]] acting as Tron under his order, not about Tron himself.
* FamilyGuy is well on it's way to becoming this. The majority of episodes focus on Brian and Stewie, with Peter, the titular "family guy", generally [[OutOfFocus taking a backseat]] most of the time.
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