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->''"This film shouldn't be called ''American Pie: The Wedding''\\
About Jim and Michelle, it's rarely treading\\
A better title -- I'll have a go:''\\
The Motherfucking Stifler Show''"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/MikeJ''' on ''Film/AmericanWedding''

Most works have a main character or a set of main characters who are supposed to be the main focus of the story. But sometimes this doesn't work. An actor might give such a set of performances that he or she will dominate whatever scene they're in; [[CreatorsPet the creator might have such a connection, conscious or unconscious, with a character or group]] that that he or she forgets that they have [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters an incredibly diverse and powerful cast]]; or the characters that supposedly should have the focus might just be uninteresting.

If left unchecked, this may lead fans to complain about how TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot, let [[OvershadowedByAwesome the less fantastic characters]] [[CantCatchUp fall behind]], never did anything with HufflepuffHouse, {{a|rsonMurderAndJaywalking}}nd {{Jossed}} everyone's {{ship|ping}}s.

Most commonly happens to the EnsembleDarkHorse if lucky and the CreatorsPet if not.

This trope can, in fact, overlap with the CreatorsPet or ReplacementScrappy. The main difference is that the SSS is not necessarily hated (at least, not at first), in fact, they may be or become one of the most popular characters. Compare WolverinePublicity, and contrast OutOfFocus. If the fanbase agrees (or the marketing team does, at any rate), may lead to a SpotlightStealingTitle. May become a BreakoutCharacter if they are adored by the audience. See also AdoredByTheNetwork, for spotlight-stealing ''shows'', or PoorlyDisguisedPilot if the squad consists of new characters that are never seen again.

In FanFiction circles, {{Mary Sue}}s are usually deliberately created as this.

A friendly reminder that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]] - there are times where the viewers actually ''like'' the spotlight hog. Finally, remember, neither the protagonist nor the {{deuteragonist}} can be part of the spotlight stealing squad. The story is about them, after all. See also DecoyProtagonist, which occurs when someone ''replaces'' an apparent protagonist in the role.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' despite having an EnsembleCast, though the problem lessened somewhat as the Teams began to mingle together.
** Prior to the mingling, any of the Teams could be called this. Particular mention goes to any Team that is not Summer B. Team Summer B was the one that started the series off, with some time spent on them to begin slowly developing the characters, before dedicating several chapters to introducing a new Team.
** Hana Sugurono is a single character example. Part of Team Spring, she was already introduced as being [[ActionGirl the most active]] out of the group and the series eventually broke off into a mini-arc revolving around a disease that Hana catches and needed to be cured. A lot of emphasis was eventually put on her again when [[spoiler: it was not only revealed to some of the Teams that she got into the Project through nepotism, but also when she was thought to be dead]]. And again, a later arc follows Hana, on her own for several chapters, before she finally encounters other characters.
* In the ''Manga/AoiHana'' manga, Kyouko's troubles with her fiancé Kou suddenly get full attention, right in the middle of a very important relationship story arc concerning the main characters, Akira and Fumi.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Levi from has become this, especially within the anime. Merchandise would suggest he's the {{deuteragonist}} and one third of the PowerTrio -- he's actually a supporting character, though an insanely popular one. His role in the anime was expanded, with bonus seasons ''and'' replacing other characters in some scenes. He's also gotten his own SpinOff and been featured prominently in the latest story arc while the main cast have gotten considerably less screen time.
** After TheReveal that [[spoiler:she's royalty, and even several chapters before that, Historia/]]Christa from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has robbed focus from practically every story point in the manga.
* Sakaki gets a disproportionate amount of focus in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' compared to the other characters, but that's probably because her ShrinkingViolet-ness means she's either the focus or gets ignored.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', BigBad {{Bishonen}} Griffith and co. have taken up about two volumes worth of material. About two volumes come out yearly.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The films are an example of this as they focus excessively on the Gotei 13 characters to the exclusion of other characters, even the rest of the human TrueCompanions. In the manga, Creator/TiteKubo has so many characters to rotate through that it can sometimes seem like this trope is in effect when it's debatably a case of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters needing to go through periods of being OutOfFocus so that everything and everyone can be covered. The ones hit the worst by this are the characters who started out as being the main cast, and more often than not spend time idling in the background while the Shinigami are the ones who drive the plot.
* The anime ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' parodies this, with the character Don Patch trying to constantly steal the spotlight from the others. [[{{Flanderization}} Less often in the manga]].
* Shaoran Li of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', his [[DoggedNiceGuy infatuation with Sakura]] and [[TheLancer slightly more prominent development as her teammate]] took a fair amount of the final arc, since the conclusion of the series mostly revolves around Sakura resolving her romantic feelings for him. [[AdaptationExpansion The anime upgraded his role even earlier]] by granting him his own mini-cast, including his cousin (and fangirl) Meiling, as well as a few episodes more devoted to himself than the title character.
** It is worth noting that the Nelvana ''Cardcaptors'' dub had ironically attempted to edit Syaoran as a more prominent character from the beginning to attract male audiences (Kids WB even omitting episodes where he was absent), however due to [[{{Macekre}} cutting the large majority of romantic elements from the anime]], Syaoran ironically ended up [[DemotedToExtra having a lot of his role deleted]] in the dub.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'': Touma takes this role in the Sisters arc, being the one who defeats the BigBad instead of Mikoto. This was unavoidable since the series is a spinoff of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', where Touma is the main character, and this was how the arc originally happened there.
* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'': Originally, fans believed that the story would focus on the survivors of the first game in ''Side:Future'', and in the 77th Class in ''Side:Despair''. In ''Side:Future'', all survivors fell in and OutOfFocus constantly while the 77th Class was mostly DemotedToExtra[=/=]AdvertisedExtra. The ones to keep constant focus on them through out the entire show ended up being the former 74th Class Trio, Munakata, Sakakura, Yukizome, and Mitarai. Yukizome was a protagonist on ''Side:Despair''' while Munakata played as the BigGood and Sakakura was helping them, in ''Side:Future'', Munakata becomes TheHeavy and Sakakura TheDragon. The trio ends up having as much importance if not even more importance to the plot than the survivors and most of the 77th Class. Mitarai, for his part, is Enoshima's UnwittingPawn and the force behind a major plot point during ''Side:Despair'' and [[spoiler:the AntiVillain antagonist of ''Side:Hope'']].
** The trio gets hit right back with this in ''Side: Hope'', where [[spoiler: Class 77 is revealed to have woken up from the Neo World program and takes up the bulk of the episode, with the Foundation playing second fiddle. Continues well into ''Super Dangan Ronpa 2.5'', where the cast, even parts of the 77th cast ''again'', get cameos at best]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise:
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''. The last quarter of that show could have every title replaced with "[=KaiserGreymon=] and [=MagnaGarurumon=] [[InvincibleVillain get the pulp beat out of them]] by [[spoiler: [=LordKnightmon=] and Dynasmon]], Koichi gets a little bit of plot, and Junpei, Tomoki and Izumi get to stand around and do nothing."
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'': Tagiru and Gumdramon.
* The Japanese All-Star Team in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' includes other players besides Gaou and Agon, but they get less focus in some later chapters.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': after his introduction, Jellal was in pretty much every major arc in the series, which is something not even some members of the FiveManBand can claim. As his backstory is heavily tied to Erza's, he seems to always appear when she's in distress.
** In the Grand Magic Games arc, as Jellal (disguised as Mystogan) participates in the games in the Fairy Tail B team, though this doesn't last long before he's back to largely doing his own thing again.
** Lisanna in the first anime adaptation, by way of AdaptationExpansion. The first season or so, any scene she has even a passing mention in will move into a long flashback about her. It's worth noting that, outside of a side story chapter, she had all of maybe three panels in the actual manga. Eventually, this stopped at around the Edolas arc, probably because [[spoiler: after this she turns out to not be dead after all and joins the main cast]].
** Side-character Cana becomes this during the ''Tenrou Island'' arc where she is literally promoted to main-character status alongside anyone who people consider to be part of Team Natsu. The monster CharacterDevelopment she receives in this arc after being in the guild as nothing but side fodder for so long took A LOT of people by surprise.
* Nagisa Misumi from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. The series is supposed to be about [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl both her and Honoka]], but most episodes focus strongly on her.
** And the same goes for Saki from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'', being an {{expy}} of Nagisa even on ''this''.
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' has the same TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic between its leads, and again, the tomboy steals the spotlight.
** As a break from tradition, this is {{averted|Trope}} in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''. This may be related to a different dynamic between the leads.
** Mana from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' gets a disproportionate amount of focus within the story compared to other ''Anime/PrettyCure'' leaders. Apparently, the staff had more of an emotional attachment to her than any of the other characters, which does a fair bit to explain this.
*** Then, there is the ChristmasEpisode where Mana loses some of her spotlight, yet the whole episode is heavily focused on her, even if she doesn't appear on-screen.
** Let's not forget that whenever new Precures come out, the original Precures go more further and further back. As one person on Anime News Network says, "someday we might not be able to see them anymore".
* The ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' manga based on the [[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel video game series]] spends a disproportionate amount of time and focus on Milfeulle and Chitose. Ranpha got a bit of spotlight early on, but otherwise...
* At certain points, ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' becomes "Aptom featuring those Guyver people". In particular, ''he'' is the one [[spoiler:that takes out the Hyper-Zoanoid Five (except for Zxtole), considering that they were amongst the few enemies that could actually give Sho a good fight]].
* Nagato in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' gets a lot of attention, even though Haruhi and Kyon are supposedly the main characters. Haruhi tends to stay in the background due to being LockedOutOfTheLoop, and Kyon is often only relevant because he's the {{narrator}}. Nagato, on the other hand, was the center of the anime-infamous Endless Eight arc and the regular-famous Disappearance movie/book that followed it. She's also the focus of the lengthy two-part tenth novel, and a lot of earlier stories. She even has an entire SpinOff series, ''Manga/TheDisappearanceOfNagatoYukiChan''.
** Ironically, in the aforementioned SpinOff, Haruhi seems to be stealing the spotlight ''back'', starting with a ChekhovsGunman cameo in the first episode, moving to a flashback that makes her important to Nagato's recent past in the second, until finally stealing the show starting with her third episode debut. As of the fourth episode, this spotlight hogging has yet to show any signs of abating.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Band of Seven]] take up an entire arc as villains for the heroes while [[BigBad Naraku]] is gaining power in Mt. Hakurei. They are so all encompassing for this arc in the anime that the fourth opening "Grip!" features them more prominently than Naraku. If you started watching the show with this arc you might think they were the main villains.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** A slight case happens in part five, Vento Aureo. Despite being this part's Jojo (well, Giogio), Giorno seems to be less primary protagonist than deuteragonist in the story in general, compared to the intended deuteragonist, Bruno Buccellatti.
** In part three, Stardust Crusaders, Jean Pierre Polnareff tends to have more screentime than other characters, almost more than the protagonist Jotaro Kujo. His personality [[LargeHam is very distinctive]], he's outspoken about [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge getting revenge for his sister]], he's a [[ButtMonkey prime]] [[DoomMagnet target]] of the MonsterOfTheWeek, and many episodes focus on his CharacterDevelopment. He and TeamPet Iggy also develop [[FireForgedFriend a special bond]] that can be very emotional at times, [[spoiler: especially when Iggy sacrifices himself to save Polnareff]].
* ''LightNovel/KagerouDaze'': Shintaro is intended to be the [[LoserProtagonist (Loser)]] Protagonist [[ABoyAndHisX with a digitized-troll side-kick]], and indeed, [[spoiler:whether or not he is a {{Hikikomori}} is implied to be the pivotal point of the time-loops, if ''Lost Time Memory'' is to be believed]], but his little sister Momo very frequently steals the focus away from him, Ene, and the rest of the Mekakushi Dan, despite having relatively little story relevance (especially compared to Shintaro, Ayano, Konoha and Marry). It's gotten to the point that she gets almost sole focus for two episodes of the TwelveEpisodeAnime. The fact that [[CreatorsPet she's Jin's favorite character doesn't help matters]]. Then again, FridgeBrilliance strikes when you realize that her [[MagicalEye Eye Power]] is ''literally'' to draw attention to herself. [[PowerIncontinence And she hasn't yet got it under control]].
* ''Manga/MaiHime'': In comparison to the [[Anime/MaiHime original anime]], the manga focuses more on Yuuichi Tate and his misadventures at school than those of the girls fighting to save it.
* [[DiscussedTrope According to Kanako]], Mariya and Matsurika are this on the second season of ''Manga/MariaHolic''. Not really true though, in fact, Kanako herself is a bit of this, at least compared to the first season, and same for the Dorm Leader (while Mariya and Matsurika got comparatively LESS screentime.)
* Subaru in ''LightNovel/MayoChiki''. Sure, she's the winning girl on a SupportingHarem, so her having more screentime than the other girls is more or less expected and understandable. Having her get more screentime than all the other girls put together, said other girls all [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer loving her]] and making most of their screentime and motivations revolve about Subaru is not.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Kumagawa Misogi has been consistently tied to the plot since his debut, and at some points even overshadows Medaka and Zenkichi.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' spent most of its time with Quess Paraiya in a movie which is supposed to be about the final battle between Amuro and Char. It doesn’t help that Quess thought that Amuro and Char cared about her despite that the former doesn’t give a crap about her and the latter is only interested in her Newtype abilities. Her presence was detrimental to the plot and by the time she’s finally out of the picture for good, the last part can finally focus on Amuro and Char.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'': Those on one side of the BrokenBase call Kira Yamato (protagonist of the previous series, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'') this after his return two thirds of the way through the show, and the subsequent evolution of [[DecoyProtagonist Shinn Asuka]] into an AntiVillain.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Shikamaru]] has this treatment for the Hidan arc, which he is basically the main character of for a significant portion. Of all Naruto's other classmates, he is the only one that has received honest, in-depth character development and frequent appearances after the timeskip, to the point that he is practically a main character now. It has also been also lampshaded at one omake of the anime, with some characters mentioning that the series should have been renamed "Shikamaru" during said arc.
** Team 10 gets more spotlight in the manga then any of the Konoha side-characters in ''Naruto: Shippuden''. Including being given the spotlight in the ''Hidan and Kakuzu'' arc, the ''4th Shinobi War'' also shows this with the Team 10 reunion which even gave Choji of all people some rarely seen CharacterDevelopment. No other of the Konoha 11, so far has gotten this kind of treatment in the war.
** The Uchiha clan were supposed to all be dead except for two members, Sasuke and Itachi. Then we find out there's another, then we find out that he was claiming to be ''another'', and then we find that that another-another Uchiha [[spoiler:was actually dead, but gets resurrected]], and then we find out that almost every arc villain, and the [[VillainsActHeroesReact vast majority of the plot]], were because of the machinations of certain Uchiha who just couldn't handle things not going their way. This trope used to be ''named'' after the Uchiha clan. Then it gets worse. [[spoiler:Black Zetsu]], the villain responsible '''for everything''' that happened in the series, [[spoiler:chose the Uchiha to be the "main cast" for his "Story of Shinobi"]]. In short, the Uchiha became the center of everything.
* ''Manga/{{One Punch Man}}'':
** [[spoiler:[[ArrogantKungFuGuy Garou]]]] has been featured in more of the current chapters than Saitama has. This tends to be the case with One Punch Man, as it focuses on the [[ADayintheLimelight side characters]] quite prominently. But he's the standout despite being the villain. He's had more arcs focusing on him than almost any other character.
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* This seems to be a major problem in many of Fujio Akatsuka's works:
** In his most well known work, ''Manga/TensaiBakabon'', Bakabon himself gets shafted in favor of ''his own father'', who resonated with audiences more and took larger roles in crazy schemes. Akatsuka himself liked to dress as him and used his catchphrase until the day he died. This was mitigated a bit in ''Shonen Bakabon'' since it put the focus back on him, but he got a new [[CoordinatedClothes matching outfit]] that goes with his father's to compensate.
** In ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'', Iyami and Chibita became this over time, to the point where it was fondly remembered for their crazy antics and actions (especially Iyami's infamous "SHEEEEH!" line and pose). Osomatsu and his brothers were still relevant, but relegated to bit characters for whatever Iyami and Chibita were up to this week. The one time that they ''did'' get to shine as a focal point was in their sort-of sequel ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', but they had to have a major personality overhaul before anything like that could happen.
** ''Moretsu Ataro'' had this in Nyarome and Boss Kokoro.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Oshawott is played with: It ''tries'' to be this trope, but several times he is shunted by Pikachu to the point of being a RunningGag.
** Several other Pokémon such as Misty's Psyduck and Jessie's Wobbuffet would also try this by somehow forcibly coming out of their Poké Balls, without their trainers' calling them out, also to the point of it being a RunningGag. In some cases, such as the ones previously mentioned, it's not that clear how intentional this is.
** In another RunningGag, the wild Jigglypuff that appeared in the Kanto and Johto regions also constantly tried to steal the spotlight to get everyone to hear it sing, and would often succeed in doing so at some point in the episodes where it appeared.
** The Kalos season gives us an entire arc with Korrina and her ace utterly robbing the main group from any plot importance with repercussions. Situations that could have been easily avoided happen just to reinforce her focus, Ash is reduced to her personal punching bag (Serena tried to be one but [[RunningGag not even back then she was allowed that much focus]]), the others barely take on the action if it means Korrina will get to participate, and they are all reduced to her personal cheerleading squad. Worse yet, she was just a temporary extra all due to the usual anime Lucario hype rule in play.
** The [[GoldfishPoopGang Team Rocket trio]] get a disproportionate amount of screentime compared to each region's own evil team, largely due to being in every single episode from their first appearance up until the ''Black and White'' series. It's more evident than ever in ''Sun and Moon'' -- because they're the long-established {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s, the ''other'' group of comic relief loser villains, Team Skull, rarely make appearances, with Guzma being a no-show for a very long time. The trio also happen to be [[CreatorsFavorite immensely popular with the creative staff]].
** Certain Ash mons, like Infernape and Greninja, will generally dominate over the rest of their teams as the Pokemon that ''decide'' battles with other mons and even Pikachu being prone to experiencing the Worf Effect for it. This is more evident with Infernape than Greninja: Infernape won three of the last four gym battles and in every battle took out two of the opponents Pokemon (leaving Pikachu, Buizel, Gliscor, and Torterra worfed) and in the final battle with Paul took out half of his team. Greninja meanwhile, while primarily used to battle the strongest Pokemon, was none the less only saved for the final battles allowing for the rest of the Kalos Team to have awesome moments to themselves, while still overshadowing them in general.
* ''LightNovel/ReZero'': Emilia is ostensibly the main LoveInterest, but about halfway through the first season she gets sidelined and Rem, [[ThoseTwoGuys one of two twin demon-maids]], spends most of the remaining episodes adventuring with the protagonist (something Emilia never really does) and [[spoiler:[[GroundhogDayLoop experiencing several tragic deaths]]]]. She's still intended, canonically, as a [[FirstGirlWins doomed competitor]] to Emilia, but the way it's written seems indecisive; an entire episode is devoted to Rem's LoveConfession, instigated by Subaru essentially asking her to elope with him, but for convoluted reasons they both decide that he should pursue Emilia instead. The audience [[EnsembleDarkHorse took the hint and ran away with it]]--Rem is vastly more popular than any of the other female characters, and [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-01-27/lawson-re-zero-campaign-snubs-emilia/.126869#gallery_top the merchandise manufacturers have noticed.]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** The anime succumbs to this in the 4th season, often having episodes where the Inner Senshi never even showed up, and the season focuses a lot on Chibi Usa.
** The Starlights in Season 5 sometimes get more attention than the Inner Senshi themselves. Creator/NaokoTakeuchi, creator of the original ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga, was even notably baffled that the Starlights, who were minor characters in the manga, were being made such a focus in the anime.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiyaSaintiaSho'', the Gold Saints do most of the fighting, and several of them only seem to appear because the author wanted to show them before [[DoomedByCanon their deaths ih the original story]].
* In ''Anime/SherlockHound'', Professor Moriarty gets a hell of a lot more screen time than the title character. His inclusion in every episode except the first means that other villains from classic SherlockHolmes stories (such as the villain of ''The Speckled Band''), [[DemotedToExtra never see the light of day in the episode based on their story]]. Possibly, Kyosuke Mikuriya took a lot of influence from his predecessor Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's work on ''Franchise/LupinIII'' (especially the Zenigata-esque [[InspectorLestrade Lestrade]]) and so tried to make Moriarty the VillainProtagonist.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Normally, when the plot thickens, Lina gets the most focus, shifting away from Gourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia. However, when the third anime season rolled around (''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Try''), [[HolierThanThou Filia]] becomes the GuestStarPartyMember, and because the plot revolves around the dragon race (which she and the BigBad of the season are a part of), the four main characters are not given as much focus. The fifth episode is about Filia ranting and being subjugated to a trial, along with antics from [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Xellos]] -- given that she serves the gods and he serves the demons of that world, the sexual tension between them is the main RunningGag.
* ''Anime/SonicX'':
** Chris Thorndyke, the human TagalongKid, is generally accused of this, as he got [[HumanFocusedAdaptation the most screen time]], even more so than the ''title character'', Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog. The reason for this was that he was meant to be [[AudienceSurrogate the character the audience would identify with]]. Averted in the second series, which [[DemotedToExtra demoted Chris to a secondary character]], allowing more focus to be put on Sonic.
** Dr Eggman and his goons, who already had a lot of comic relief spotlight in the anime, were practically upgraded to a borderline VillainProtagonist role in the [[ComicBook/SonicX comic book adaptation]]. Inverted in other cases, since Cosmo was absent and Chris' role was downplayed, with Sonic allowed more focus.
* The AlternateUniverse series, ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Tenchi Universe]]'', is known for its emphasis on Ryoko, as evidenced in the opening credits, which starts with a silhouette of her and ends with a zoom-in on her face. This is emphasized even further in the 1999 ''Tenchi Muyo!'' movie, ''Tenchi Forever!'', whose ending implies that [[spoiler:Tenchi is attracted to Ryoko, and the Tenchi/Ryoko pairing is in the cards]], which amazingly makes this a Tenchi timeline that doesn't utilize the [[MarryThemAll Tenchi Solution]].
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' was something of a spoof of this -- from the start he was given a lion's share of the attention, culminating in a scene [[MoodWhiplash designed to punch you in the gut…]]. Lampshaded in an {{omake}} in the manga.
* In ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', Lala is the most prominent character next to the main character, Rito, because the story is about her self-insertion into his life, both socially and romantically. In the follow-up, ''To Love-Ru Darkness'', she is effectively replaced by her younger sister Momo due to the shift in focus to her harem plan and ''her'' invasion into his life. It takes until the final third of the story for Lala to be a significant role that sticks, such that [[LampshadeHanging the author announced it as her grand return on the title page]].
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Berri takes over the spotlight in ''a La Mode'' as Ichigo joins the other Mew Mews in being background characters.
* As a result of being MerchandiseDriven, ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' suffers from this quite a bit. Whenever new toys are released, their characters are going to push older characters into the background. In particular, the end of series 2 of TheOriginalSeries featured very few characters who weren't Combiners, and after TheMovie, the Combiners themselves were relegated to playing second fiddle to Rodimus' FiveManBand and the reformatted Decepticons. Later on, they themselves were driven out to allow the Headmasters to take center stage; unfortunately, all the other characters became mush less competent soon after the Headmasters were introduced. ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' took a step away from this, introducing the Pretenders, but even that wasn't safe as for part-way through the focus shifted from the Pretenders to the Godmasters, Ginrai, pilot of Optimus Prime's would-be new body taking the spotlight for obvious reasons, developing into Gary Stu status, saving the day at the last minute.
* At the time Sasaki Kojiro's first story arc was finished it comprised more than 1/3rd of the entirety of ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' releases.
* After Sizer's early HeelFaceTurn in the ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' manga, Michiaki Watanabe spends an increasingly inordinate amount of time reminding us of her tragic backstory, her bloody past and her goal of eventually atoning for her sins. Soon, there is at least one chapter per volume containing yet ''another'' flashback to Sizer's past, and she ends up at the center of the entire story arc of volumes 19-28. Who was that "violinist" guy we were supposed to be paying attention to, again?
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
** After Season 1, almost every duel Judai wins is due to Neos, the Neo-Spacians, or some fusion of them, and his standard Elemental HERO cards end up mostly cannon fodder until he draws Neos.
** Season 3 of GX also introduces a bunch of new characters of which one, namely Johan, instantly turns into Judai's [[HoYay best friend]]. The whole season is basically about them [[spoiler:first having to save Duel Academia (along with the other exchange students), then one pulls a HeroicSacrifice, the other has to save him, goes bonkers and so on]]. And that all happens with Judai's original friends being treated as background characters or ending up as {{Sacrificial Lamb}}s.
** Although, Johan isn't guilty alone. The other exchange students are also this and basically become the relevant characters of season 3.
* The original ''[[Anime/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters]]'' anime gave TheRival Seto Kaiba even more prominence than he had in the manga, in which he was already an EnsembleDarkHorse. He got a filler arc dedicated to him and his family history, a major role in the DOMA filler arc plus another smaller filler arc where the villain had beef with him, ''and'' got to take part in the anime's version of the Memory World arc and play a key role in saving the day by attacking Zorc when he is about to kill Yugi and the others.
* The first ''[[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'' anime did the same. Kaiba originally appeared in two manga plotlines during the period the anime covers, but his massive role in later chapters led to them throwing him into a ton of filler episodes, including the "Game Master" story arc, which has more episodes devoted to it than any other arc. Oddly enough, they also mostly wrote Mokuba out of the series.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has Crow, who has had multiple duels contrived to showcase his Blackwing deck. One of these duels had him pull off a First Turn Kill in his very first episode.
** Bruno, who, after an appearance of only ten minutes, draws the main characters attention from all his other friends to himself.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' at times didn't quite seem to know who or what they wanted to focus on character-wise. But in the last two arcs, the Archlight brothers, a QuirkyMinibossSquad of one of the second arc's villains, manages to make a comeback as allies, squeezing out five Duels between the three of them (most of them are Tag Duels), which is a lot considering it happens right when the show was nearing its end. Meanwhile, Yuma's other friends and allies accumulated throughout the series, other than Shark and Kaito, are either treated as barely focused cannon fodder or made to OptOut when the going got real tough[[note]]aside from Kotori who was the only one who managed to stick with Yuma to the very end[[/note]]. A far cry from the earlier series where the TrueCompanions would stick with TheHero to the very end.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' is a classic example, even described in terms of this trope by her co-creator Creator/StanLee:
-->"We just tossed M.J. into the series to liven things up, as competition for Gwen. However, Gorgeous Gwen was the star, the one we structured our stories around so that Peter could end up marrying her.
-->But we couldn't make it work! [...]
-->It was like something out of "The Twilight Zone". These were fictional characters, or so we had always thought. I had created them. I could mold them in any manner I desired. I could make them do whatever I wanted. Or could I?
-->M.J. seized the dominant female role in our strip, just as powerfully as if she were human. Having once established her character, we couldn't violate what we had already set up. She was colorful and appealing from the start. No matter how I later tried to play her down, make her subordinate to Gwen Stacy, I couldn't do it. M.J. always outshone Gwen. If it were a Broadway show, M.J. would have been the one who always grabbed center stage, and held it."
* Former ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' head writer Ken Penders has a tendency to shift the focus of the comic from the main Freedom Fighters to Knuckles and the other echidnas on the [[FloatingContinent Floating Island]]. And on a more consistent basis, there is usually Princess Sally Acorn, leader of the Freedom Fighter and Sonic's best friend and on-off love interest.
* Jericho of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''. Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}'s introduction is overshadowed by Jericho being introduced at the exact same moment.
* In the old ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic, a core set of Joes eventually emerged from the literal dozens of team members. While this is to be expected, Snake Eyes takes the cake here -- the series was even renamed "GI Joe, STARRING SNAKE EYES" (with that subtitle in ''much'' larger font on the cover) for over an entire year. Also receiving greater attention at the time was Snake Eyes's archrival Storm Shadow, who had recently defected to GI Joe.
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* ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost has stolen much attention away from women who have been in the book much longer because they've been removed in different ways. ComicBook/JeanGrey and Comicbook/{{Storm}} (whose shoes she both now fills) had a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on her]] and got married off respectively. ComicBook/KittyPryde was PutOnABus (or trapped in a missile). ComicBook/{{Rogue}} was put in a coma. ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} was outside the reality with the Comicbook/{{Exiles}}. Regardless of the changing status of those characters, Emma is still the most prominent.
** Franchise/{{Wolverine}} falls into this to large degrees. This is part of the reason the trope WolverinePublicity is named after him, since he's given a spotlight even when he's barely there.
** Various writers developed a new found interest in ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} being the leading man of the X-Men in the mid-2000's, with this pretty culminating in him being the primary focus of 2009's big X-Men event, MessiahComplex. Since then, a lot of comics have focused heavily on Cyclops.
** And then in the post-ComicBook/InhumansVsXMen era it's ComicBook/KittyPryde's turn. She's promoted to supreme leader of the X-Men, despite other, more experienced leaders (most notably Storm) still being on the team; every story in ''ComicBook/XMenGold'' seems to revolve around her; and she even becomes a major player in ''ComicBook/PhoenixResurrection'' despite barely even knowing Jean Grey.
* In 1994, Creator/MarvelComics, as part of their short-lived Creator/{{Disney}} line, published a comic book based on WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon. Its content proved to be more like ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck and a Few Other Disney Afternoon Shows''; in the entire ten-issue run of the comic, it only ran three ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' stories, two ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' stories, two ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' stories, and barely anything for ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}''.
* Tyler Marlowe has become the BreakoutCharacter of ''ComicBook/PS238''. Initially introduced in issue 3 as a sort of ThisLoserIsYou character - the only unpowered kid in a school for superhuman "metaprodigies" - he has come to dominate the series to the extent that there are more issues with him as the main character than those in which he isn't. Meanwhile, many of the original major characters are hardly even mentioned, and at least one has been shipped off to another school; he hasn't been PutOnABus, because he still appears occasionally, but he's pretty much deteriorated into a non-stop {{Wangst}} source.
** To fans who started with the "Student Handbook," ''the entire student population''. The first volume seemed like the comic would the story of a group of former super-heroes with shadowed pasts trying to maintain and administrate a school where all the students have superpowers. Then, it turned out to be a series about child superheroes running amok, with occasional lip service to the idea the faculty actually did anything.
* The title character of Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Me3zgb2xFVQ/UTEnGL4kwDI/AAAAAAAAA0A/a2jB-G_8cxo/s640/21T9a_8038c0f480f1b692db2270677a73da20.jpg was introduced]] with what would become a RunningGag ([[HairTriggerTemper an irritable girl]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} who hit the protagonist]]), in short time became the protagonist, and now has her NominalImportance of being in the title leading to appearing too much, even when it's not required and with some InvincibleHero traits - almost all villains are defeated [[ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer by Monica pummeling them with]] [[PintsizedPowerhouse superstrength]] [[ImprobableWeaponUser combined with a plush bunny]]. Good example: in a comic parodying ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Monica was Tia Dalma, and lampshaded her appearances to beat up people with "I know my character is not in this movie".
* ComicBook/{{Suzie}}, a DumbBlonde Franchise/ArchieComics heroine of the 1940s and 50s slowly found herself demoted to supporting character in her own book as focus switched to her gangly, clueless boyfriend Ferdie. What made it particularly noticeable was that Suzie, formerly defined very much as TheDitz and a CuteClumsyGirl largely transitioned into a StraightMan for ''Ferdie's'' stupidity and clumsiness, except for the odd CharacterCheck.
* Averted with extreme prejudice in ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' with a few simple expedients:
** A minimalistic main cast consisting only of the title character, his lover Eva Kant, and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Ginko, with Eva and Ginko kept in constant check to prevent them from overshadowing the main character;
** The vast majority of the recurring characters [[BackForTheDead return only to die]]. Particularly notable is "The Revenge Has Good Memory", where fan-favorites Valentino Adler and Matteo are finally given a second appearance and get killed in the very panel they show up;
** Aside for Gustavo Garian and Altea, who were introduced ''very'' early (Gustavo even appeared ''before Diabolik''), other ''surviving'' recurring characters have very sparse appearances, even years apart from each other. Most notable is general Von Waller, whose first appearance had him steal the show and is now kept in rare bit roles;
** In this series, AnyoneCanDie. Don't believe us? Well, they killed off [[spoiler:Gustavo Garian]]. So if a recurring character has a particular focus in a story he may well get killed.
* While ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' gave every major character focus, the comic interquels have not been so kind. There are 8 comic book series based on the original show and half of them are focused near exclusively on the Fire Nation royal family ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Mai]]). Of the remaining four, two are mini stories that were given away as part of an exclusive event (and one of them's mostly about Ty Lee). It gets incredibly blatant in the last books where Sokka and Katara are PutOnABus.
* In the third ''Titans'' series, Wally West gets the most focus by a ''huge'' margin, gets the most focus on covers, and the ''variant covers'' put even ''more'' focus on him. In fact, the opening arc is called "The Return of Wally West", and even that title is a reference to one of ''his'' solo stories from ''The Flash''. The other characters each get a moment every few issues, but so far the series largely serves as the series where Wally's new status quo can be established. However, you'll find ''very'' few fans who have a problem with this, as Wally is a ''huge'' EnsembleDarkHorse and was missing for the entirety of the New 52, unlike the rest of the team. At the same time, his status in-canon is shaky and has to be addressed, as do his memories of the pre-Flashpoint universe. Not only that, but it's agreed that the series wouldn't be selling anywhere near as well without him in a starring role, and that the series would probably be cancelled not long after he left.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': When the comics debuted in the Franco-Belgian magazine ''Record'' in 1962, they were titled ''The Adventures of Caliph Haroun el Poussah''. It was quickly realised that Iznogoud was a much more interesting central character, and the comic's focus, and title, were transferred to him.
* Of all the Rogues, a group of ''[[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]]'' enemies, Captain Cold is the most focused. Funnily enough, during Waid's run, it was ''Abra Kadabra'' who received the most focus, who Waid pushed as Wally's arch-nemesis. Geoff Johns, however, considered Cold to be his favourite villain, to the point that many adventures had Wally ultimately need saving from other villains ''by'' Captain Cold (albeit, in cases where [[WorfHadtheFlu Wally had the flu]], though).
* Towards the end of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, ComicBook/GreenLantern lost the spotlight in his own book to his dog Streak, who ended up becoming the central character.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Liz and Anthony in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': Look upon their blandly wholesome love and despair. This was only the case since mid-to-late 2005, mind you.
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', the character of Opus is not present when the strip started. Later he is introduced as Binkley's pet. He takes over the strip to such an extent that important original characters like Cutter John and the eponymous Milo Bloom disappeared before the end. Although its Sunday-only sequel, ''Outland'', wasn't originally conceived to include the ''Bloom County'' regulars, Opus showed up in the third week, and although others came back as well, Opus had again become the primary focus. Years later, when Berke Breathed decided to resume the series again, he simply named it ''Opus'' and the rest of the original cast were DemotedToExtra.
** New character Abby Fillerup has become this in ''Bloom County 2015''. Since her introduction, she's been in nearly every comic, and most of the new storylines have her as the primary focus (leading to diminished roles for the rest of the cast). The only thing that stops her from becoming a full-on CreatorsPet is the fact that the fandom won't stop raving about her.
* In the later years of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Jason Fox often got a disproportionate amount of screen time compared to the rest of his family, sometimes being in at least ''every'' arc. This can be annoying to readers that don't get nerdy jokes. Or even people who ''do'' get them, but don't think they're very funny.
* E.C. Sieger's ''Thimble Theatre'' was a well-regarded strip recounting the adventures of one Castor Oyl, his family, and his best friend Ham Gravy, until one day they needed to hire a sailor to captain a ship for them. The sailor, like most of TT's cast, was intended to be a throw-away character, never to return after the story arc ended, but fan response was so overwhelmingly positive that he joined the main cast, and eventually the strip was re-named after him. You might have read it; it's called ''Comicstrip/{{Popeye}}''.
* When Bo and Lanolin were first introduced in ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', it resulted in weeks worth of nothing but strips heavily featuring [[TheDitz Bo]] and [[JerkAss Lanolin]]. Eventually, focus balance went back to normal.
* After 2001, the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' became "Brad". However, [[CharacterDevelopment in the process, Brad became responsible and grew up. In the early strips, he was a Jerk Ass Big Brother.]] Lampshaded in a forum where an arc about Luann's prom and subsequent college was met with a comment of "... Who's this 'Luann' girl? When did the strip shift from Brad to her?"
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'': Chester Gould always wanted to do a 'big-foot style' humour strip. As a result, he would sometimes bring the action in ''Dick Tracy'' to a screeching halt to focus on the antics of hillbilly couple B.O. Plenty and Gravel Gertie.
* Rerun Van Pelt became this towards the end of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', with many of the strips now focusing around his perspective. Creator Charles M. Schulz admitted in an interview that Rerun had almost taken over the comic.
* Comic strip ''Drabble'' was originally focused on Norman, a college student, just like the strip's creator when it began. However, as he got older, he began to identify with Norman's father, Ralph, more, so the strip began to focus on his more and more. Norman still appears as a regular, however.
* Comic strip ''Overboard'' shifted to a heavy focus on the mice aboard the ship during the 2000's. Practically to the point where the strip became about the mice, and the pirate characters became accessories to the mice.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' occasionally suffers from this, perhaps intentionally since Dilbert is TheEveryman contrasted with a more colorful supporting cast. In particular, the office strips tend to focus on Wally, Alice or the PointyHairedBoss, with Dilbert often just along for the ride. Even outside the office, Dogbert frequently dominates the storylines.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The easiest way to spot a MarySue. Heck, it's practically the definition of Mary Sues.
** On [[http://www.springhole.net/writing/marysue.htm The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test]], several of the questions ask whether the character for whom you're taking the test plays a central role in the story arc; answering yes adds to the number of points they have to determine how much of a MarySue they are.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Defied. The Avalon characters are {{Original Character}}s of an original universe created by Strypgia. When he decided crossing it over with the Evangelion universe, Strypgia realized that they might steal the spotlight, so that he restricted the point of view to Shinji and Asuka and other Evangelion characters, and he kept the story firmly focused on Shinji and Asuka learning to overcome their traumas, repairing their relationship and saving their world.
-->'''[[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/posts/2289560/ Strypgia]]''': ''"The introduction of Avalon is a product of how this story began as a 'I'm just writing to kill time for my own amusement' project. So it was an opportunity to take out an OU I'd been knocking around in my head and play with the bits. But to keep it from overwhelming things, I restricted it to only using Asuka or Shinji as POV characters except for very rare, brief spots, I think just 5 others in the whole thing, for only a page or two each. And two of those are other NERV survivors. Come to think of it, we only have an Avaloni character as POV once, and that's back on Eva-Earth."''
* The Supetastic 6 in [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/33810717 Super Milestone Wars]], so much that they became the main protagonists in the sequel, [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864527 Super Milestone Wars 2]].
* Tends to happen in any fanfic, as the author will often put their favorite character(s) to the forefront, at times leaving the main character in the background or not even in the story at all.
* In ''WebAnimation/BartTheGeneral'', which, despite the title, appears to be mainly about how Omarn deals with Marge having an affair, Barton dominates the second part of the last episode and the third episode, which is longer than episodes 1, 2 and 4 combined.
* In ''Fuck the Jesus Beam'', O.B.A.M.A. takes over the plot from his debut in the third chapter as the BigBad, despite Lordguckles having been set up as the main antagonist in the second chapter, and proceeds to have two chapters devoted almost exclusively to him (Including the now-deleted "CHAPTER RAGE"). Kaminic [[spoiler:gets {{Brainwashed}}]] and hardly does anything until [[spoiler:releasing himself from O.B.A.M.A.'s control]] in "CHAPTER NEO JESUS".
* ''Fanfic/{{Total Drama Comeback|Series}}'' mocks the tendency of Duncan and Owen to approach this in canon, while simultaneously making [[AuthorAvatar Ezekiel,]] [[AuthorAppeal Bridgette, and Izzy]] this within the actual fic.
* Aziraphale and Crowley are this for the ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fandom. While they ''are'' in a substantial portion of the book, they are there mostly to initiate the birth mixup and then provide commentary on whatever the humans are actually out there doing. There are many more characters with more relevancy to the plot (after the birth setup), and there are also many memorable teams of characters -- Madame Tracy and Shadwell, Newt and Anathema, the Them, and the Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. Despite this, roughly 95% of ''Good Omens'' fanfic will feature Crowley and Aziraphale prominently, with between 80 and 85% of the fics placing them in a romantic relationship. The reasons for this should be [[FoeYay fairly]] [[HoYay obvious]].
* ''Fanfic/AHero'' is supposed to be a ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''/''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover. Reading it, however, one can't help but notice how prominent the ''Series/DoctorWho'' side of the story has become in comparison to the PMMM side. ''Especially'' in the case of Dalek Sec, who the author has admitted steals every scene he's in.
* In ''FanFic/DecksFallEveryoneDies'', Tristan is overshadowed by Bakura, Duke, and all three Kaiba brothers, even though he was supposed to be the main character.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' fandom will often do this to Ianto Jones. For example, in stories that take place in the Year That Never Was, Ianto will suddenly show up and [[PossessionSue defeat the Master often by himself.]] In canon, Ianto was a [[BattleButler genuinely badass character]], but so were [[TheCaptain Jack]], [[BewareTheNiceOnes Martha]] and [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]].
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' references the accusations of spotlight stealing in ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'': the episode that introduces the Cutie Mark Crusaders is titled "Out with the Old Characters".
* In ''Fanfic/AWandForSteven'', Steven has a tendency to dominate the plots and overshadow all the other characters. Even Harry becomes a secondary character, with Steven being treated as much more important.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Three Fairies in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and Maleficent (who is also a fairy) are really the main characters. Not only do they get the most (if not all) screentime, but every action that Philip makes is initiated or aided by the fairies. This isn't as much of a bad thing as it's actually a bit different for [[Literature/SleepingBeauty the fairy tale]] to be told from the perspective of the fairies. Also, it probably wouldn't have been a good idea to tell the story from the perspective of a character who spends most of it asleep.
* The Disney adaption of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' places heavy spotlight on Tigger, and later Roo (both only minor characters in the original novels) with [[OutOfFocus Pooh occasionally acting as a mere side character]]; both characters have even gained their own starring full length features. Granted since both characters were {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s initially, [[TropesAreNotBad this decision hasn't fared quite as badly as other examples]].
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has the tendency to do this in the WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies in which he is a supporting character. The worst offenders would probably be ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths''. He's also in all the Justice League movies, while having the most solo movies.
* Creator/GoldenFilms tends to do this with their {{Mockbuster}}s. This causes little development for the main characters, who are overshadowed by the supporting cast. This sometimes [[StrangledByTheRedString forces the romance]] between the main couple (if one is provided).
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' movies have Timon & Pumbaa add the comic relief to them and are considered the most popular characters in the series, which of course led to [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa the weekly animated series]] and [[Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf third movie]] focusing solely on them. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'':
-->'''Simba:''' Those guys always get all the attention.
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' seems to focus more on Max than it did on Goofy. It shows Max's premonition of taking after his father, trying to become popular, attempting to get the girl of his dreams to notice him, and struggling to cover up his lie to both Roxanne and Goofy. The one time we actually get to see a scene that focuses on Goofy's perspective alone is when [[spoiler: he discovers that Max changed his directions on the map]].
* Despite being the title character of the movie, Disney/{{Aladdin}} is usually overlooked when it comes to merchandise, which tends to focus on [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Jasmine]] & Rajah, Genie, or Iago instead.
* The Minions were the breakout characters in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', appearing in a few scenes and being the icing on top of an already good movie. In the sequel, they have their own subplot and almost all of the movie's advertising revolved around them. They also had shorts with them as protagonists included in the home releases of both films. And then they had their [[{{WesternAnimation/Minions}} very own prequel movie]]. It has gotten to the point where they have practically overshadowed all of the other characters including the protagonist, Gru, and many people know ''Despicable Me'' solely because of the Minions.
* [[CuteKitten Marie]], one of Duchess's kittens from ''Disney/TheAristocats''. While she, along with her mother and siblings are the main characters of the film, Marie's gets the majority of merchandise from Disney. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselHoff Especially in Asia and Japan.]] In fact, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Marie was going to be the main character for a cancelled sequel to the film.]]
* Vanellope von Schweetz, the adorable, sharp tongued sidekick of ''Disney/WreckItRalph''; only thing is there was so much focus on her, and her development of character, the movie should have been named after ''her'' (and in Japan, it basically ''was'' - [[MarketBasedTitle there the movie is called]] ''Sugar Rush'' after her game instead of anything having to do with Ralph).
* Despite the trailers for ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' the film putting emphasis on all five emotions at once, and sometimes even giving Fear, Anger and Disgust the spotlight, the movie's true focus is on Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong, the latter of whom isn't even an emotion, but an ImaginaryFriend, and was [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer hidden from marketing]]. These characters are also the most popular, having two-hour waits to meet them at Disney World and having their merchandise sell out during the 2015 holiday season.
* Despite Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarves}} being the first Franchise/DisneyPrincess ever made, most of the marketing for the franchise uses Disney/{{Cinderella}} as its' main character, despite her being the second princess made by Disney, and she gets more attention than Snow White does. For example, when Snow White was re-released on home video in 2016, Disney Stores did not make any new merchandise to celebrate as it did with the other films in the Princess franchise, and she was the sixth Disney Princess to have a cameo on ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''. ''Series/OnceUponATime'' averts this by having a several characters from the Snow White story as part of the main cast.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Colonel Landa in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' steals every scene he is present in, leading to what basically amounts to an AwardsShow sweep for portrayer Christoph Waltz in the year after the movie's release.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' was more of a Franchise/{{Wolverine}} movie guest-starring the X-Men -- a heck of a sucker punch, since the comic story being adapted called for Cyclops [[DroppedABridgeOnHim (apparently killed very early on)]] and Jean Grey (silently standing next to ComicBook/{{Magneto}} for the bulk of the film) to take the spotlight, and the promotional material [[AdvertisedExtra heavily featured Angel]] (in only three scenes). (The quick removal of Cyclops is usually attributed to Creator/JamesMarsden starring in ''Film/SupermanReturns'', but see the discussion page if you like conspiracy theories.) The first two movies also focused primarily on Wolverine, and then he got his own [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine prequel]] and [[Film/TheWolverine sequel]].
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Magneto in the second movie:
--->'''"Once again, you think it's all about you."'''
** In fact, Wolverine stole the spotlight in pretty much every movie in the trilogy. And to a lesser extent, so did [[TokenMinority Storm]].
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was an attempt to reboot the franchise after ''Last Stand'''s poor reception. The film was successful enough to prove that the franchise can survive without Wolverine.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' came under criticism for having Wolverine be the one sent back in time to stop the BadFuture, rather than Kitty Pryde as it was in [[ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast the source material]]. However, the actual plot of the film averted it, with the main conflict revolving around Charles Xavier and Mystique, relegating Wolverine to SupportingProtagonist at best.
* In the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' franchise, the premise is "[[FurAgainstFang Vampires vs. Werewolves"]]. The first has Lucian, perhaps the most interesting, charismatic, and likable character, while the second ''Underworld'' movie had about three scenes with werewolves, none of whom speak. Vampires and [[HybridMonster super-vampires]] take up most of the screen time, as does the fourth movie (with the vampire/werewolf hybrid dueteragonist being absent due to the actor not coming back, making the film even less about werewolves). Ironically enough, the one film that 'does'' focus on the werewolves, the Lucien-focused prequel third film, is the best received film in the franchise, likely because it focused on who the audience actually wanted to see.
* The final film in the Film/BladeTrilogy, ''Film/BladeTrinity'', is a victim of this. Instead of the film focusing on Blade, a group of hunters get the most attention with Blade showing up, every-now-and-again. The film suffered a huge backlash by the fans because of this and Creator/WesleySnipes even sued, claiming they were whitewashing him for his own film franchise. However, given the myriad of rumours that Wesley Snipes ''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement allegedly]]'' couldn't be bothered to show up on set most of the time, leaving his stunt double having to perform most of the filming in his place; if true, then it's not entirely surprising that Blade ultimately doesn't appear much?
* Creator/JohnnyDepp:
** {{Discussed|Trope}} by the filmmakers of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''; Depp took what was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen intended to be a secondary character]], went wild in the wardrobe department (without [[ExecutiveMeddling Disney's permission]]) and pulled focus on every opportunity. Elizabeth was the main protagonist, Will was originally supposed to be an Creator/ErrolFlynn-esque romantic hero with Jack Sparrow as the LovableRogue, {{big brother|Mentor}} {{sidekick}} instead of the StraightMan to Depp's EnsembleDarkHorse AntiHero. In hindsight, of course, Depp was marketed as the star of the film.
** On that note, ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' might as well have been called ''The Mad Hatter of Wonderland'' with all the advertising it had.
** One of the biggest problems many critics have had with ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' is how it puts very little focus on the title character, instead being centered almost entirely around Tonto.
* Alice in the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies -- nobody else, including the characters imported from the game series, can do anything even remotely important or even act like a competent person in comparison to her.
* In the Creator/MichaelBay ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' , most people agree that it's more like ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' with Guest Stars the Transformers. It wasn't just the primary human characters who stole the main roles, but nearly all humans had more prominent roles than the robots.
* ''Film/TheGhostAndTheDarkness'' features the (fictitious) American GreatWhiteHunter Remington as a co-star equal to John Henry Patterson. Screenwriter William Goldman claims Remington was a minor character in the script, but that producer-actor Michael Douglas significantly inflated the role during production.
* Steve Stifler, the BreakoutCharacter of the ''Film/AmericanPie'' series. He started out as a supporting character, then got a more prominent role in the second film, on hand to provide much of the comic relief. By ''Film/AmericanWedding'', he took center stage as the protagonist, and was the deuteragonist of ''American Reunion'' nine years later. The Stifler relatives were also the main focus of the direct-to-video spin-offs, making the name of Stifler practically synonymous with the franchise.
* There have been complaints of Loki becoming this in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', with him upstaging Malekith -- who is the actual main villain -- and the filmmakers removing some of Malekith's scenes to make room for more Loki. That said, it seems Marvel realized this and put him on the sidelines for the time being so other villains can get the spotlight and keep Creator/TomHiddleston from being typecasted. He was even supposed to appear in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', but his scenes were cut and the only mention of Loki at all in the film is during Thor's dream sequence but otherwise he never shows up in person and doesn't appear again till the third Thor movie, ''Film/ThorRagnarok''.
* The movies based of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' give a lot of screen time to Data. In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', which is TNG's grand finale, Data is in the spotlight so much that half of Brent Spiner's costars are practically extras.
* ''Film/ToWalkInvisible'' has been criticized for focusing more on Branwell Brontë than [[Creator/CharlotteBronte Charlotte]], [[Creator/EmilyBronte Emily]], and [[Creator/AnneBronte Anne]], in spite of the film's subtitle being "The Lives of the Brontë Sisters".

* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden in R.A. Salvatore's later books stops giving the other cast members breathing room. Even before that, he was originally intended as a mentor figure for Wulfgar, to be phased out and only show up occasionally. Instead he stole the entire series for himself.
* Tasslehoff becomes rather close to becoming one in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' Trilogies of the War of the Lance and The Twins.
* In some books of Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', unimportant characters like Galina can get more page time than the [[TheChosenOne hero]], Rand; due to the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large cast]] and the [[LongRunningBookSeries length of the series]], every main character has books in which they barely appear.
* Creator/TerryPratchett has stated this as an explicit problem of writing the Literature/{{Discworld}} at times -- it's difficult to write a story set in Ankh-Morpork without the Watch getting involved, at which point it is inevitably a Watch story, regardless of the former plot outline. In fact, this trope was the primary reason for the creation of the protagonist character Moist von Lipwig (of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' and ''Discworld/MakingMoney''); as a con artist and known criminal, Moist would naturally wish to avoid interaction with the Watch whenever possible. Even this ultimately failed, and his third book ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'' ended up being a crossover featuring a team-up.
** Which is, it has to be said, a tradition going back to the very start of the Watch books, which were originally meant to star ''Carrot'' and not Sam Vimes.
** ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' was originally set in Lancre; one of the reasons for the change was that it would be too darn hard to keep the Ramtops witches from taking over. The two series ended up merging anyway, but at least by then Tiffany had developed somewhat on her own.
* Take a look at the ''Literature/HonorHarrington''s Crowning Moment Of Awesome listing, and you'd be forgiven for thinking the series was entirely about Victor Cachat rather than, you know, Honor Harrington.
* The Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: As the series goes on, more attention becomes devoted to Jack Emery, Harry Wong, Bert Navarro, Ted Robinson, and Joe Espinosa (not to mention a few other characters). Some reviewers noticed this and complained that this series is about the Sisterhood, not the Brotherhood!
* Believe it or not, the central character of ''Literature/{{The Railway Series}}'' was originally Edward. Thomas the Tank Engine didn't even appear until the second book.

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* An interesting example - "Moody's Point" on ''Series/TheAmandaShow''. While it was certainly well-written and funny, it would take up most of the show.
* Perhaps a lesser example would be ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''. If one of the three finalist videos has a child in it, odds are it's going to win, regardless of whether it was funny, [[TastesLikeDiabetes "heartwarming"]], or just a brat acting bratty.
* In the ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' sequel, the focus of the show shifted from the Wilson family to Naomi somewhere between seasons 2 and 3.
* Before Jeff and Jordan became the ratings machine, ''Series/BigBrother 11'' had the cameras tilted towards Jessie a lot. Partly because he showed off a lot; but once Jeff and Jordan became the houseguests everyone was rooting for, the cameras (As well as the game) slanted towards Jeff and Jordan.
** They weren't as emphasized as much as on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', surprisingly. Partly because they made it about early-mid way, and were emphasized for the usual reasons one would be on that show.
** The thirteenth season of American ''Series/BigBrother'', has eight new players and six returning players, called the "newbies" and the "Veterans" respectively. You'd be surprised to find out that there were actually ''eight'' newbies instead of only Adam and Dominic. Porsche, Kalia, Lawon, Shelly, Cassi, Keith. Don't know who they are? Well you're not alone - the editors have completely forgotten about Porsche, Kalia, Lawon, and Shelly while Keith and Cassi only got screentime when they were evicted. To sum up the editors' preference:
--> "[[FanNickname JeJo and Brenchel]] can sit in the backyard combing their hair or chewing on their lips while the new players put on a hilarious puppet show or put together an epic plan and STILL have more screentime than all of them combined."
** In the eighteenth season Nicole Franzel and Corey Brooks who are the most disliked houseguests of the season are given a lot of screentime compared to the more liked houseguests such as Natalie Negrotti, Da'Vonne Rogers, Bridgette Dunning, Paul Abrahamian and Victor Arroyo to name a few.
*** James Huling has done this especially on the live feeds to make sure he wins America's Favorite Houseguest for a second time. This tactic rubbed fans the wrong way and Victor Arroyo ended up winning America's Favorite Houseguest beating out James and his showmance partner Natalie for the title.
* A lot of episodes of ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' focused mainly on [[PerkyGoth Merton Dingle]] despite the fact that the show is told from the POV of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent heroic werewolf, Tommy Dawkins]].
* Lindsey Corkhill in ''Series/{{Brookside}}'' became one of these due to her actress's popularity and high profile at the time. It was decided to give her much more focus and bigger, more dramatic storylines; leading to the character's almost overnight transformation from ordinary mother to a gun-toting, [[SuddenlySexuality suddenly bisexual]] gangster with a sexy makeover. She dominated the show's main storylines for well over a year, only being scaled back when a plot involving her affair with her own mother-in-law was poorly received by viewers.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Spike, most obviously in the seventh season, although it started out gradually and became more obvious once Marti Noxon took the helm of the show. He continues in this role when he becomes a regular on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', and in the several canon comics thereafter.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': During the first three seasons, every episode was centered around "Superwitch" Prue. She fought and vanquished all of the demons, brewed a lot of the potions, and was involved in every plot, with Phoebe providing the romantic subplot and Piper throwing out the occasional funny one-liner. This was especially glaring in one season 3 episode that featured Piper's wedding... and that quickly got demoted to a subplot when Prue's astral body went crazy.
** After Prue's death and the introduction of Paige, the fourth and fifth seasons were relatively well-balanced. From season six onwards, though, the show started focusing more and more on Piper, her husband and her children, with Paige mostly relegated to self-contained, often inconsequential subplots and Phoebe being pushed into an almost separated subplot about her love life and maternity wish. Even the series finale devotes most of its screentime to Piper alone while Phoebe and Paige are dead for a good part.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Surprisingly, The Doctor himself became this. The plot was originally that two school teachers, representing science and history, joined the TARDIS team and stories would alternate between sci-fi and historical. Once they left, the focus fell on The Doctor, who went from an antisocial member of the group to the group leader, and [[TheConstant the constant]] of the series.
** Most companions in the new series have been accused of this at one point or another. Especially since any companion's first season finale typically makes her, rather than the Doctor, the MVP. (The sole exception is Bill Potts in Series 10; as the Twelfth Doctor's last season he had to be the focus of the SeasonFinale two-parter and subsequent ChristmasEpisode GrandFinale. Instead Bill saves Earth at the end of the ''mid''-season "Monks Trilogy", though the first half of that SeasonFinale ''does'' spend most of its time with her due to a TimeDilation plot giving her most of the action.) Although companions are really {{Deuteragonist}} / {{Tritagonist}} characters, with both producers of the revival stating outright that in their view the companion is the "co-lead" with the series technically always being told from their point of view, several new series companions have since been ''accused'' of hogging screen time and heroics from the Doctor.
*** Clara Oswald is the most infamous example of this. Her personal/love life got much more focus than usual for a companion over Series 8 and 9, perhaps to compensate for her not getting much personality development in Series 7B (her existence initially being a huge mystery and a bunch of other story arcs being wrapped up at the same time), ''on top of'' her having to get to know the Doctor all over again post-regeneration. The occasional plot ''completely'' revolved around her becoming like the Twelfth Doctor (for better and for worse) and her relationship with Danny Pink was crucial to the StoryArc. People complaining about this were mocked in its finale -- after a cold open in which Clara claims to be the Doctor to fool some Cybermen, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lrGwnz3aX4 actress Jenna Coleman gets top billing]] in the opening credits, and her eyes are seen instead of Creator/PeterCapaldi's [[BigOlEyebrows Attack Eyebrows]]! This was less of an issue in Series 9 owing to [[spoiler: Danny's death at the end of 8]], a focus on two-part stories with grandiose settings and situations, her relationship with the Doctor firmly becoming MerlinAndNimue-esque -- ''and'' Creator/JennaColeman only deciding to participate at the eleventh hour, which meant that the first 2/3rds of the season had to work her into Doctor-centric storylines (often sidelining her for long stretches). But the ''final'' third...the three-part finale angered some die-hard fans who became upset that [[spoiler: the show's nine-year-long story arc regarding the Doctor's return to Gallifrey boiled down to him finally doing so simply as a way to save Clara's life. The fact this was in fact consistent with the character as established in the modern era meant no never mind]].
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' started as an ensemble piece, but due to a combination of factors [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment which will not be speculated on here]], very quickly became The Lady Mary Show, with everyone else's storylines getting shafted. Lady Mary only avoids CreatorsPet because a sizable portion of the fanbase still adores her.
* ''Series/{{EastEnders}}'' tends to have one family dominating most of the show's storylines at any given time; usually, the family of whoever currently owns the Queen Vic. Fans typically accept this if it's one of the core established families of the show (the Mitchells, Beales, Slaters etc.) but dislike it when this is done with new characters: particularly the Carters from 2013 onwards (all introduced by, and viewed as {{Creators Pet}}s of, the show's producer) or the Ferreiras in the early 2000s (extremely unpopular and eventually had to be written out).
* On ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', the earlier seasons were very much centered around Ray's neuroses and how his dysfunctional family played into those neuroses, causing [[HilarityEnsues hilarity to ensue.]] The other characters obviously did get episodes centered around them, but the focus was usually still on Ray, or at least Ray and his parents. Then ''three'' characters ended up getting a boost in screentime and stories: Marie, Debra, and Robert. The showrunners noticed that the Debra/Marie conflict was polling well with certain key demographics and decided to play it up more, until by the middle seasons it seemed like the majority of plots on the show were driven by Debra and Marie having petty feuds in which the audience was encouraged to root for Debra (some fans got annoyed with this, though, and viewed Marie and Debra as being NotSoDifferent). Robert, meanwhile, was an EnsembleDarkHorse right from the start, and the show actually went to great lengths to give Robbie CharacterDevelopment; many of the more interesting long-term storylines centered around Robbie's attempts to get his life back on track. Also, Amy's family arguably became this trope in some of the later episodes.
* When Steve Urkel appeared in the first season of ''Series/FamilyMatters'', he was an [[BreakoutCharacter instant favorite]]. The problems began when the focus slowly but surely shifted from the Winslow family and Steve to just Steve, his annoying habits, and his bizarre inventions. The actress playing Harriet left the show for this exact reason, and it was ''her show in the first place,'' since it was a SpinOff from ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' about supporting character Harriet and her family.
* Narrowly subverted InUniverse on ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson''. A new, blonde, [[ActionGirl female agent]] is introduced on the ShowWithinAShow, and Jett soon learns that the producers intend to have her replace him as the main character altogether. By the end of the episode, however, he's managed to both save his job and befriend the new girl, leading to her character becoming an equal partner to his and her actress joining the supporting cast.
* A mild example: The last season or two of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' seemed to struggle with the idea that the show was about ''all'' the friends, and focused more on Rachel. Other characters did get their own (more popular) story arcs but were more self-contained, but [[ItsAllAboutMe Rachel]] took most of the attention. Rachel was actually an odd case as almost all the season finales/openings were about her, but her plots had very little staying power. Most seasons would open with her dramatic twist, only for the story to die out within a few episodes, have her quiet mid-season and pop up for the finale. Examples: The first three seasons pushed the Ross/Rachel romance but were pretty even. S4 began with her and Ross getting back together but was actually about the big apartment swop and Phoebe's pregnancy. S5, S6 and S7 opened with Ross/Rachel drama but was dominated by [[FanPreferredCouple the Chandler/Monica relationship]]. S9 opened with her new baby, but Emma was barely seen and the Chandler/Tulsa story and Phoebe's love triangle were more important. S10 had a Rachel/Joey cliffhanger but they broke up almost instantly and switched focus to Phoebe and Mike getting married and Chandler and Monica having children.
* Michelle on ''Series/FullHouse'', to the point where it became better known as "The Michelle Show" towards the end of its run.
* Tyrion Lannister has become this on ''Series/GameOfThrones'', with considerably expanded screentime compared to his role in the books, and [[AdaptationalHeroism less moral ambiguity]] than his book character has. He's had more screentime than any other character in the show by a good margin. Jaime Lannister has also being doing some spotlight-stealing in the fourth and fifth season, including being written into a major storyline that didn't include him in the books (and which has become one of the shows' most hated plots, partially for this reason). In Season 4, Cersei, along with Jaime and Tyrion receives the most screentime. Notably, in the first three seasons, the top billings were generally mixed between the Starks, Lannisters and Daenerys. With the Starks essentially wiped out, in Season 4, the top three billings are all Lannisters, with Daenerys coming in fourth. "The Laws of Gods and Men", the sixth episode of Season 4, marks the first episode in the show's history that none of the Starks, not even Jon Snow, have appeared, while prior to this season, they were the BigBad, but they've increasingly received POV scenes. In general, this has ended up being a FranchiseOriginalSin for the series. Their attempts at expanding characters such as Margaery Tyrell have led to the storylines of other characters such as Stannis Baratheon being pushed out to make room for them, which has been linked to the heavy SeasonalRot that occurred in Season 5. In another example, Drogon hogs the spotlight from Rhaegal and Viserion.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** So prevalent it's actually becoming a recurring plot point (along with repeated lampshadings). Series 1 had the focus remain almost solely on [[OfficialCouple Rachel and Finn]]. They were designated female and male lead both in the Glee club (despite the fact that Cory Monteith was arguably one of the weakest singers and dancers in the cast) and on the show itself, with almost every important plotline revolving around them in some way and even getting major subplots in the rest of the cast's ADayInTheLimelight episodes. Season 2 reduced Rachel and Finn's screentime and spread more focus to other characters, like Brittany and Santana (who got promoted to regulars) and Mike (who had more lines in six episodes of S2 than in the whole S1), but then turned the spotlight on [[EnsembleDarkHorse Kurt]] and his much-discussed homophobic bullying storyline, and, later, Blaine. In fact, it's Kurt lampshading this in Original Song which leads to the couple's RelationshipUpgrade.
** Blaine, with the Dalton Warblers, is another example, he sang more songs in a few episodes than some regulars did all show. Even ''within'' the Warblers, Blaine is the only one who ever sings lead, to the point that ''Glee Presents: The Warblers'' is basically a Creator/DarrenCriss concept album.
** In Season 3, the show has become less about the group (and [[OutOfFocus Will]]) and more about [[OfficialCouple Finn/Rachel]] and [[BetaCouple Kurt/Blaine.]]
* ''Series/HappyDays'': The Fonz, who went from supporting character, to supporting character living in the garage of the main characters, to the spotlight character, to the point where the show ''named'' the JumpingTheShark trope by having the Fonz literally '''jump a shark'''. Creator/HenryWinkler is on record as not supporting the excessive focus. At one point they wanted to call the show "Fonzie's Happy Days," but Winkler vetoed the change. He even turned down a spin-off, while encouraging his castmates to do their own. Although Winkler might not have supported the excessive focus, it was probably the only thing that kept the show from being cancelled. Star Creator/RonHoward lost interest early in the series and wanted to turn his attention to directing. The Fonzie character kept everyone employed.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' Sylar was supposed to die after the first season, and was brought back due to being [[EnsembleDarkHorse massively]] [[DracoInLeatherPants popular]]. Ever since then, the plot has bent over backwards to accommodate him. This was especially prevalent during the third season.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' spent an awful lot of time on [[RomanticPlotTumor Taub's relationship problems]] in the later seasons, to the point where the "soap opera" part of the plot in several episodes was entirely about Taub, or Taub and Rachel, or Taub and his baby mama, or Taub and his daughters.
** Thirteen and Foreman in Season 5, with their RomanticPlotTumor of a relationship and the Huntington's drug trial before that.
** Masters in Season 7: During her stint on the show, she appeared in most episodes' main and B-plots, and the rest of the plot frequently came to a halt around her so she could have her needlessly drawn-out ethical dilemma of the week.
* Considering what the show's basic premise is, Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' spends a lot of time telling his kids what their Uncle Barney was up to... to the point that Ted, the narrator, is barely in some of the episodes anymore.
** At least in this case ItMakesSenseInContext once we finally realize just how big a role Barney, and his [[FanPreferredCouple love story]] with [[spoiler: Robin]] plays in how Ted meets the mother. In "Platonish", it's revealed that [[spoiler:the mother talked Barney into deciding to go after Robin for good in the first place]].
* Sam manages to do this in a show with a PowerTrio and only two other major characters. ''Series/ICarly'' has been accused of going from a show about 3 young teens, making a webshow and having fun, to a show about how much of a JerkAss Sam can be and get away with it this week.
* Bam Margera on ''Series/{{Jackass}}'', due to his popularity with women and his AttentionWhore tendencies. Much of the time, one didn't even realize that there was anyone in the cast besides Johnny, Steve-O and him.
* Big One from ''Series/JAKQDengekitai''. He comes right the heck out of nowhere, becomes the leader of the team, shoves them all (leader included) to the side, and is the focus of everything and absolutely perfect... and then becomes one of the series' mascot once JAKQ is included in the Franchise/SuperSentai. [[TropesAreTools This was, however, intentional and welcomed by the fans]] since before Big One appeared, the series was suffering in ratings, and his arrival did let the show run for some more episodes.
** Rio and Mele from ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''. They initially shared fairly equal plot and screen time with the heroes, then gained more and more prominence as they slipped into morally gray AntiHero territory after [[BigBad Long]] was introduced. Although they are extremely popular with the western fandom, Japanese fans had a less positive reaction and complained that the show was supposed to have been about the Gekirangers.
** Similar to the ''Gekiranger'' example above, a complaint of Japanese fans about ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' was that it gave too much prominence to [[spoiler:Bladerun/Brajira]], who appears in all three villain groups the heroes face before being revealed as the BigBad.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' itself is a Spotlight-Stealing Squad in relation to its fellow ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series. While most ''Kamen Rider'' shows of the time simply got one season and one movie (and more recent series have grown to a season and three movies), ''Den-O'' has a grand total of ''seven'' movies. Furthermore, three of those movies have been crossovers with other ''Kamen Rider'' shows, but the other shows' characters get token cameos at best. On top of that, Den-O also gets a starring role in the [[MilestoneCelebration franchise 40th anniversary movie]], over everyone else except the [[Series/KamenRider original]] and [[Series/KamenRiderOOO then-current]] Riders.
** ''Den-O'' contains an example of this trope itself with the Taros, especially Momotaros. As time goes on, original protagonist Ryotaro gets shoved further and further into the background while the zany antics of the Taros get more and more focus. To some extent, this might be because Takeru Satoh (Ryotaro) left the franchise after the supposed GrandFinale, so the character was turned into a child and [[TheOtherDarrin replaced]] by a child actor who simply couldn't replicate Satoh's skill in the role.
** It helps that Momotaros is a "good monster" character played by a suit actor and [[Creator/ToshihikoSeki a professional voice actor]] rather than a live actor, meaning it's far easier to bring him (as well as the other Taros) back for cameos since Toei never has to worry about the actor "moving on" as happened with Takeru Satoh and other ''Rider'' stars.
* WordOfGod says that Ben became this in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** ''Series/TheATeam'', a common term in ''Lost'' terminology to refer to Jack Sheppard, Kate Austin, James 'Sawyer' Ford, Sayid Jarrah and John Locke. If something is happening, if something needs to be done, or if someone is planning something, at least some of these five characters will usually be a part of it. It was lampshaded in one episode in which Charlie mentions that there seems to be one group of people on the island who go on all the quests and do anything important, who he calls the A Team. This of course has led to many of the other characters being OutOfFocus, though some do get their spots in the limelight.
** ''Lost'' also clearly played favorites with its distribution of spotlight episodes. For example, in the first season of 25 episodes (and 14 main characters), Jack and Kate each got three spotlight episodes to themselves, while Shannon got...none. Basically, if your name was Jack, Kate, Locke, Sayid, Hurley, Sun or Jin, you were guaranteed lots of centric episodes. Everyone else was lucky to get one a season, if that.
* Reese on ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. After the first few seasons, the show became less about Malcolm and became more about Reese and whatever screwups the family would make that week. It soon got to the point where Malcolm barely appeared in some episodes.
* Seven on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' (CousinOliver characters are prone to this in general.) Luckily, after one series he was written out and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never heard from again]], later {{lampshade|Hanging}}d [[FaceOnAMilkCarton by showing his face on the side of a milk carton.]]
* Kung Lao from ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' is guilty too. Almost every major fight must be a duel that only he can face; it's only when he's off somewhere else that Siro and Taja get to fight evil minions.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' became a little too enamored with its villains overtime, with Regina the Evil Queen, Rumpelstiltskin, Captain Hook, Zelena the Wicked Witch, and the various [[ArcVillain arc villains]] usually receiving the lion's share of screentime and development.
* In general, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' tends to have [[TheHero Red Rangers]] and {{Sixth Ranger}}s get more attention than the other four guys on the team.
** ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' is referred to as 'Power Rangers Mys-Nick Force,' or simply The Nick Show. He's TheHero BecauseDestinySaysSo, and the others are just along for the ride. By the final arc, the scenes at the beginning of some episodes with one of the mentor types training the team were now scenes of Nick alone being taught something as he's reminded how uber-important he is so he's gotta stay sharp, and the others not even being around to watch. The mentors apparently don't bother with the others anymore. You knew you hit rock bottom when the last episode has Nick handily beating up a bad guy general while the others watch, and finally saying "Do you guys want in on this?" Yes, it's made ''explicit'' that he can do it all on his own but graciously lets the others pretend to matter out of charity.
*** Several other comic relief characters, namely Clare, Phineas, Leelee and Jenji (who ordinarily would have been minor characters) were also given way more story focus and significance than the other four rangers ever got, especially Madison. It's not that their characters or storylines are particularly disliked (at least not to the extent that Nick is), but rather that the remaining four rangers - the characters in ''the title of the show'' - sorely could have used this screen time and character development. It's also glaring given that ''Mystic Force'' was the first series to be cut down to 32 episodes instead of 40, so the fact that they chose to devote time to extraneous characters and not the rangers stands out all the more.
** Tommy Oliver, known to many as the Green Ranger, deserves special mention. This guy practically defines spotlight stealing. Originally, ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was about five teens "with attitudes" who were thrust into a battle against an evil witch that they weren't prepared for. Later on, cue the appearance of the evil Green Ranger and his badass Dragonzord. Tommy became so popular that even when they ran out of Sentai footage for the Green Ranger, the producers simply had to bring him back later on because of how so many kids wanted it. After a long run as the Green Ranger, Tommy came back as the White Ranger, with Zordon ''immediately'' declaring him the new leader of the team (with Jason just smiling away in the background)[[note]]Although this was more likely the result of RealLifeWritesThePlot - Jason, Trini, and Zack's actors were leaving, and we'd see less and less of them in days to come.[[/note]] and Tommy subsequently going into full-blown Jeebus mode. For all intents and purposes, the show turned into "Tommy Oliver and his Amazing Friends" from ''Mighty Morphin''' to ''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'' and some of ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]]''. Kimberly managed to mooch off of Tommy's limelight to an extent also, given that they were the OfficialCouple, though, this turned out to be a double-edged sword in that she arguably suffered from some moderate {{Chickification}} too. Humorously, Tommy's Spotlight Stealing ultimately manages to backfire on him in the S3 premiere[[note]]Actually it was episode 4, but the first 3 are a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for another series.[[/note]] (particularly with reference to usurping Jason) when [[spoiler: he disregards Zordon's warning about overworking the Zords with extreme cockiness. Result? The Megazord falls apart, the Power Coins are obliterated, TeamRocketWins. Smooth-move, Jeebus]].
** In a humorous example of LeaningOnTheFourthWall, ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' and its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' actually had an ''entire episode'' dedicated to {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing and {{subvert|edTrope}}ing this trope: right after Doggie is revealed to be the uber-badass [[SixthRanger Shadow Ranger/Deka Master]], he starts [[HoldingOutForAHero getting called on by the rest of the team to bail them out of every skirmish they get into]], essentially having the core focus group ''begging'' for their spotlight to be stolen. The subversion comes when [[HelpingWouldBeKillstealing Doggie blows them off in order to teach them to fight their own battles and not rely on him]], and from then on, he only appears as the Shadow Ranger/Deka Master when the other Rangers honestly and truly need his help. Unfortunately, this falls back into DoubleSubversion territory when the [[MisaimedFandom fans didn't get this lesson]] and stole the other Rangers' popularity spotlight for him.
* For reasons that lie beyond mortal understanding, the writers of ''Series/RobinHood'' thought that the audience would be more interested in the completely original character of shrewish, whiny [[CreatorsPet Kate]], rather than characters such as Much, Allan-a-Dale, Will Scarlett, and Little John; characters who are not only ''actual'' components of the Myth/RobinHood legends that the show was based on, but who had been on the show since its beginning and not shoehorned in at the beginning of the third season. After her introduction, most of the gang dynamic revolved around the male outlaws [[CharacterShilling shilling]] and [[SatelliteLoveInterest falling in love]] with this completely random blonde, despite her JerkassSue tendencies and inability to do anything useful, interesting, or nice.
%%* Shane Vendrell on ''Series/TheShield''.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Col. Sheppard and [=Rodney McKay=] usually filled the roles of ActionHero and TheSmartGuy [[TheLancer Lancer]], just like O'neil and Daniel Jackson on ''Series/StargateSG1'', but Atlantis seemed to spend much less time on the other members of the team. Granted that Sheppard is the lead, but take for example, the episode "The Seed," where he robs Ronon of a chance in the spotlight ''twice''. First Ronon volunteers to test a risky antidote, but Sheppard cuts in to take it himself. Then when Ronon goes to save Keller, he messes up ''just'' as Sheppard wakes up so he can go and save the day.\\
Throughout the entire series, the audience discovers more about [=McKay=]'s entire backstory and even ''his own sister gets'' some backstory in several episodes over Sheppard, Ronon, Teyla and Weir in the entire series. Rodney's character development over the course of the show made everyone else in Atlantis look static in comparison. This is especially bad with Zelenka, who appears to be just as brilliant as [=McKay=] but gets maybe 1% of the limelight.
** Keller also falls into this, as part of the CharacterShilling she gets. Both Ronan and [=McKay=] are romantically interested in Keller (a lesbian female character was also supposed to pursue Keller but those scenes were cut) which results in her getting more screen time than fans who consider her TheScrappy would like.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' falls into this a lot, most frequently with the "Nonhuman who gradually learns to be human" type of character. Specifics:
** There is Data from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]], who has much more of his backstory explored than the others, including an EvilTwin and encounters with his creator. One look at the [[Heartwarming/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Heartwarming]] page shows how many episodes focus on Data.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is split between The Doctor and Seven, especially as a pair. They approach the same "Learn to be human" angle from different sides, and their interactions together inevitably stole the episode because of it. The entire fourth season was ''The Seven of Nine Show''. In theory, she had just been introduced and needed her character established in a hurry. Others suspect [[FanService something]] [[GagBoobs else]] was behind all her screen time. As Revealed by Jeri Ryan in later interviews, this got her immense hate from the rest of the show's actors, despite it not being her fault the writers fell into a rut with one of the few things in the show who seemed to be working.
** And the first half of the seventh season of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was pretty much ''Ezri Dax and Friends'' particularly with {{Wo|lverinePublicity}}rf in season 4. Though this one didn't take effect immediately. Most of the first eight or so episodes of season 4 had been written before it was decided to bring Worf over, so he's sort of peripheral to the action during that period. And [[EnsembleDarkHorse Garak.]] For somebody not even listed as part of the main cast, he was one of the most major characters of the series.
* ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'' focuses constantly on Cody, while his twin Zack is the comic relief. And it also focuses a lot on Bailey, Sometimes even more than Cody.
* Castiel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', according to some fans. He's not human or a Winchester, he didn't even appear in the show until Season 4, and he's in barely one-third of the 23 episodes per season, but he's just as visible as the two main leads, despite that his focus episodes on average have lower ratings. Ever since the heavily promoted "Castiel Returns" for episode 17, season 7, it was lowest rated episode of the season and Castiel was not heavily featured in upcoming episode trailers until season 12, episode 19 (also promoted as Cas heavy)and again turned the lowest ratings of the season.
* In ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', one or two guys get the bulk of the screentime each season. Usually the main one's a Machiavelli wannabe that CBS thinks we'll "LoveToHate" (yes, Colton Cumbie, we're talking to you) -- but we just hate him, making him the CreatorsPet.
** ''Samoa'' might as well have been called "The Russell Hantz Show" given how much they worked his ramblings into ''every single episode'' and the viewers can probably think "... who're these guys in the purple? And who's that 'Mick' person they keep dragging along...?". This isn't just a complaint about somebody who doesn't like him complaining that he's being shown so much - they literally showed almost ''nothing'' of Galu pre-merge, and post-merge, kept all of them except whoever was going to be eliminated next and Shambo almost perpetually OutOfFocus. Brett and Kelly got this the worst; there were several people wondering why Russell wanted Kelly gone so bad because she was [[InformedAbility supposedly a big threat]] despite having less time than ''Brett'' did. (And Brett admittedly had gotten so far by keeping his mouth shut.) His reign of terror continued into ''Heroes vs. Villains'', where people jokingly said "Whoa, they actually had ''AMANDA'' on the show?" or "I didn't know Jerri was back, too!". However they at ''least'' let us get to ''see'' the other tribe in ''Heroes Vs. Villains''.
** Russell was easily the worst, but other spotlight stealers were Richard of ''Borneo'', Rupert of ''Pearl Islands'', Stephenie of ''Palau'' and ''Guatemala'', Boston Rob in ''Marquesas'', ''All Stars'', ''Heroes vs. Villains'', and ''Redemption Island'' and Coach of ''Tocantins'', but he was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in ''Heroes vs. Villains''.
** Two of Survivor's most famous Weslies returned in ''Redemption Island'', beginning to resume their reign of terror over the other poor 16 other contestants... however thankfully we didn't get Russell Hantz shoved down our throats ''for the third time'' since he was eliminated second overall -- meaning that production was actually ''forced'' to show the other people on Zapatera! However, Ometepe wasn't so lucky as they didn't turn on Rob at all -- the result? You'll probably be wondering who this "Grant" person who single-handedly won several challenges is and who these "Natalie", "Ashley", and "Andrea" girls are unless Phillip (The other producer's pet of the tribe) is talking to them. Rob is even finding himself nominated for just about ''every single'' "Player of the Week" award, even when it was clear he's just kicked back and is relaxing until the merge. As much of a relief as it is to actually get to know these other players voted out pre-merge thanks to seeing them compete in a Redemption Island Duel, do you think we'll get to see the rest of Ometepe at all? As long as Rob's around... probably not.\\
As it turns out, Rob managed to win because the other cast members were TooDumbToLive. And were essentially just extras on the Rob show - however, Rob didn't get all the screentime. Approximately 98% of the screentime this season was given to either Rob, Matt, or Phillip. About 80% of that screentime was divided between Rob and Phillip, with most of it going to Rob. The fandom wasn't rejoicing because he finally won - the fandom was rejoicing because maybe he'll '''finally go away'''.
** Brandon and Cochran in ''South Pacific'', both who by themselves managed to get more screentime ''than the season's winner'', Sophie Clarke. To say nothing of twice returning players Ozzy and Coach, who already wore out their welcome during their sophomore outings.
** Things obviously got pretty bad during 2009-2011 in the show, however ''One World'' got much better with the spotlight stealing squad. While Colton pretty much was the sole focus for the first half of the show, he [[JustifiedTrope actually was setting most of the events in motion]], and after he was gone, most of the other contestants got a good enough edit you wouldn't have been surprised to find that a LivingProp managed to win the season.
* The first two seasons of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' are an ensemble comedy, with Malcolm Tucker merely one of several central characters; hapless minister Hugh Abbott and bumbling assistant Ollie Reeder receive roughly equal screen time. By season three though, Malcolm's undoubtedly the protagonist. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
* The latter seasons of ''Series/ThirdWatch'' focused almost exclusively on the NYPD characters, with the FDNY characters practically reduced to bit parts. The [[TheMedic paramedic]] characters did get more attention than the firefighters, but only because their stories were usually tied into the cop stories.
* On later seasons of ''Series/TheWestWing'', C.J. Cregg started to get a lot more focus and episodes like [[DocumentaryEpisode "Access"]] and "The Long Goodbye", an [[OscarBait Emmy Bait]] episode which focused entirely on C.J. dealing with her father's Alzheimer's. In season 6, it stretched WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief when she [[spoiler:became Chief of Staff, a job for which she was unqualified and which should have gone to Josh or Toby]]. It should be noted that she wasn't a bad character or actress; Creator/AllisonJanney won several Emmys for the role and deserved them.
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Pretty much everyone who isn't Andy or Bailey. If you didn't pick up the series from the beginning, you might honestly not know that Andy is the main character.

* ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'':
** As a literal squad, all six of the Crypton Vocaloids qualify for this trope over the 70-something others (And sometimes Gumi, IA, and Yukari, but that's usually it). [[note]]Gakupo used to be prominent in the late 2000's-early 2010's era, but fell to the wayside in favor of IA and Yukari.[[/note]] This has a lot to do with Crypton/Piapro's huge marketing campaigns for its Vocaloids, compared to the more subdued efforts of other companies.
** Meiko and Kaito serve as this for the V1 line, The Character Vocal series (Miku, Len, Rin, and Luka) and Gumi for the V2 line, IA and Yukari for the V3 line, and Otomachi Una for V4.
*** Most people prefer Hatsune Miku over all the other ''seventy-three'' Vocaloids (and over 100+ if you count the fan made ones), with the other Cryptons being her backup or side acts during concerts or supporting characters in other material. The fans themselves even put a {{lampshade|Hanging}} on it by creating her [[TheWoobie Woobie]] counterpart, Haku Yowane, who's [[DrowningMySorrows always drinking]] because she knows she'll never be as good or popular as Miku.
*** ''Haku Yowane'' has fallen into this trope! She's actually one of the "Voyakiloids", "failure" variants which are supposed to represent songs made with the program that sound terrible. Initially, she was like that. However, as the backlash against Miku's popularity grew, Haku, as the anti-Miku (think Wario/Mario), became more popular as well. (That she looked like a goddess in most of her renderings certainly didn't hurt.) And then some composers decided that if she was really going to steal Miku's thunder, she needed better-sounding songs. It all snowballed from there and Haku has done everything from ride a motorcycle through a tricky course backwards to play a keyboard flawlessly one-fingered to shoot down a plane with a single bullet.
** In terms of other languages, Oliver effectively serves as the face of not only the [=PowerFX=] line, but all of the English-speaking Vocaloids in general.
* Music/{{Beyonce}} from Music/DestinysChild is sometimes criticized for this, especially after her solo career took off. Parodied by ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aASCZgbJxC8 here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SgZE1-BAh4&feature=related here]] Perhaps not coincidentally, her character in ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'' is a fictional spotlight stealer based on Diana Ross.
* Music/TheDoors and Music/NoDoubt are just two examples of bands of very talented musicians [[FaceOfTheBand frequently overshadowed by their flamboyant lead singers.]] The fact that No Doubt is fronted by a woman whereas the rest of the band were all male just makes their situation worse. Neither Jim Morrison or Gwen Stefani were particularly happy about this. No Doubt's music video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3Vdo5etCQ "Don't Speak"]] is about this very trope.
* Yes, Virginia, there really were Jacksons not named Music/{{Michael|Jackson}} and Music/{{Janet|Jackson}}. And it probably says something about them that Michael had to die before they got their own reality TV show.
* This is the main reason the rap group Leaders of the New School broke up after the release of their second studio album since Music/BustaRhymes was getting most of the spotlight on him while the rest of the members were pretty much forgotten. This also prompted Busta to pursue his solo career, which turns out successful for him.
* Music/TheBangles started off having three lead singers (Susanna Hoffs and the Petterson sisters) and the first albums are relatively balanced in that department. However, as Hoffs started to gain media coverage, most of the singles (i.e. videos, i.e. hits, i.e. opening/closing live numbers and encores) had her on lead. For their reunion album, she sings more than the others.
* Music/{{Eagles}} began as a quartet where lead vocals were relatively split (although Glenn Frey had a bit more input). Slowly, as Don Henley became the main lyricist and a fan favourite, he became, statistically, the band's most frequent lead singer.
* During TheEighties, Music/{{Genesis}} morphed into [[FaceOfTheBand The Phil Collins Trio]], to the point where radio [=DJs=] would introduce Genesis songs as "another one from Music/PhilCollins". A one-man Spotlight Stealing Squad for sure. Contrast this with the earlier, progressive rock era, where Music/PeterGabriel and his [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes flamboyant costumes, masks and makeup]] were the focal point of their image and marketing, to the point where his leaving the band led to early death knells in the press. It didn't help that the other members were media-shy and that Gabriel was ''the'' mouthpiece for the band until 1975. Gabriel's legend loomed large until Collins became an unexpected solo success in 1981.
* Did you know that Music/MarilynManson is the name of an entire band? Their name was originally Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, but over time the lead singer stole more and more of the spotlight and became the only face of the band, to the point that they shortened the band's name to just his stage name.
* Music/PinkFloyd post-Barrett started with songs from just about everyone in the band, including collaborations from the whole band. By ''Music/TheWall'', only four songs weren't fully written by Roger Waters. Then there was ''The Final Cut''. It also affected the vocals. Waters, David Gilmour and Richard Wright (at first, Barrett/Waters/Wright) usually shared the singing duties. By the time Waters [[ControlFreak took over the band]] in ''Animals'', only one song wasn't fully done by him.
* Perhaps this belongs in the Film folder, but Music/HansZimmer gets a lot more recognition than Music/JamesNewtonHoward for composing for ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. And Howard didn't even do the third movie due to Zimmer forcing Howard out, in favor of his (multiple) proteges.
* Brian Cox combined this with BreakupBreakout to become DReam's Spotlight Stealing Squad several years ''after'' the group split up. While they were together, he attracted no attention whatsoever, and had next to no input into the group's records (almost all the keyboard parts on the records are played by Peter Cunnah). Fast forward a few years, and he's vastly more famous than anyone else associated with the group.
* One example of spotlight stealing [[SubvertedTrope backfiring]] was with the well-known electric guitarist Dave Navarro of Music/JanesAddiction. When the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers were close to breaking up because of John Frusciante's drug problems and infighting amongst the members, Dave Navarro -- who's friends with the band members -- stepped in to keep the band from ending. His presence and guitar playing style overshadowed the Peppers funky sound, making the band sound more like Jane's Addiction. This was made clearer on their album together ''One Hot Minute'' which was filled with Dave Navarro's guitar licks and was promoted by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmyuJZH3RAc exotic music videos]] straight out of the Jane's Addiction playbook. The result was a [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished huge backlash]] by fans whom still hold a grudge against Dave Navarro to this day. And the Peppers have officially declared that ''One Hot Minute'' was their worst album and hardly play tracks from it while on tour.
* Rev. from DVL was an indie JapanesePopMusic idol group from Fukuoka, Japan, who enjoyed minor success... until 2014, when fan-taken photos of Kanna Hashimoto went viral and took the entire nation by a storm. Fortunately, for Rev. from DVL, this meant mainstream media attention, but unfortunately, the public cared about Hashimoto only. Hashimoto began getting acting and commercial roles and was also pushed to the center focus of their music videos. Rev. from DVL disbanded in 2017, and to this day, the only member most people remember is Hashimoto.

* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan is prominently featured over all of the other characters in ''Pinball/SpaceJam,'' to the point of relegating WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to the background.

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* This tends to happen in ProfessionalWrestling pretty much any time a wrestler gains any degree of power over booking events. For example, in Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1998 to 1999, the show centered so heavily on Wrestling/KevinNash that he gained the FanNickname "[[ShooOutTheNewGuy Big Poochie]]" after the character from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show]]", (specifically from a bit where Homer suggests that, when Poochie's not around, all of the other characters should say things like, "Where's Poochie?"). See also Wrestling/TripleH on Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Raw'' brand from 2002 to 2005, Wrestling/JeffJarrett in Wrestling/{{TNA}} from its founding in 2002 to the end of 2006, and Wrestling/KurtAngle and his then-wife, Karen, also in TNA since 2006. If the latter three are any indication, they eventually do get it out of their system. As a group, the Main Event Mafia in particular, Wrestling/KurtAngle specifically. Worst of all, it's basically a rehash of the [=nWo=] storyline from WCW, complete with [[ShooOutTheNewGuy Big Poochie]].
* In British wrestling's Joint Promotions, Big Daddy became this from the late '70s onwards. Whilst a firm favourite with fans and pretty much saving the franchise, some people considered his popularity to be a case of jumping the shark.
* In the really old school, see: Wrestling/HulkHogan in the WWF and WCW, and Wrestling/DustyRhodes in Jim Crockett Promotions/Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA. Ironically, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH could use more of this instead of the booker-wrestler ''de''valuing himself to get over a young guy... who then fails to get over due to weak early title defenses, drops the belt to an "old guard" guy and promptly drops back to midcard hell. And Hogan did it again to Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Luckily, as time went on it got significantly better.
* The Wrestling/NewWorldOrder; they became so overpushed in 1996-1999 (thanks to the creative control wielded by Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/KevinNash and Wrestling/ScottHall, as well as the overindulgence of Wrestling/EricBischoff) that it drove the entire storyline into the ground. The main problem was that, despite being the bad guys, they ''never, ever lost''.
* DefiedTrope: Wrestling/VinceMcMahon came out to take credit for the actions of Wrestling/WadeBarrett and Wrestling/TheNexus, much like how his daughter Wrestling/{{Stephanie|McMahon}} had arisen as the mastermind behind the Wrestling/{{ECW}} revival in 2001. Barrett and his men proceeded to ''beat Vince senseless'' in response. (We guess that'll teach him not to ride other heels' coattails, especially since he's retired from wrestling now.)
* For a long stretch between 2007 and 2009, almost every main event at every PPV was some combination of Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/TripleH, and Wrestling/JohnCena. Since Triple H was injured, and Cena was busy with the Nexus, it became Orton and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} more often than not. Since 2006, Wrestling/JohnCena has been stealing the main event spot at Wrestling/WrestleMania from that year's Wrestling/RoyalRumble winner (with the exception [[Wrestling/RandyOrton of the 2009 winner]]). Ironically, when Cena himself won the 2008 Rumble, Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/TheUndertaker headlined Mania that year. Hell, Cena's been stealing the spotlight from the WWE Championship for a while now. The first few months of 2012 it was understandable - he was headlining Wrestling/WrestleMania with ''Wrestling/TheRock'' in the latter's first 'Mania match in ''years''. After that, however, it was unjustifiable. He stole the spotlight from Wrestling/CMPunk, who is the ''WWE Champion'', at Extreme Rules, which took place in Punk's ''hometown of Chicago'', while Punk was in a nicely dubbed ''Chicago'' Street Fight with ArchEnemy Wrestling/ChrisJericho, all because he was in a match with ''Wrestling/BrockLesnar'', who doesn't have nearly as much star power as [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] does. Then his match with ''Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis'' headlined Over The Limit over '''CM Punk vs [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] for the WWE Championship'''. That last one is why Punk's fan base didn't diminish at all when he turned heel - when a match like ''that'' goes after you, even though you're the WWE Champion, you have a legitimate reason to be angry.
* In 2009, the group calling themselves Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople basically overtook TNA's Knockout Division, which had previously centered around some combination of Wrestling/GailKim, ODB, Wrestling/AwesomeKong, Wrestling/TaylorWilde or someone involved with one of the four. As none of the previous spotlight holders had any direct affiliation it allowed some other names to slip in while the group shift made "Knockout" segments a lot more homogenous.
* After Wrestling/MichaelCole's FaceHeelTurn. He's been on every show since as a commentator: ''Wrestling/WWERaw'', ''NXT'', ''WWE Superstars'', and after ''Wrestling/WWESmackdown'' moved to Creator/{{Syfy}} he became a ''third'' color commentator. Eventually Cole stopped announcing on ''NXT'' and ''WWE Superstars''. His positions on those shows was taken over by fellow commentators Todd Grisham, Jack Korpela, and Scott Stanford. With his face turn in 2012 he only announced on ''Raw'' and ''Main Event''; Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield initially took over his ''Smackdown'' spot alongside Josh Mathews but he was later put back in the commentating booth for that show.
* Wrestling/TripleH in 2011 since he became [=COO=], which could be summed up as this: We went from the "Summer of [[Wrestling/CMPunk Punk]]" to the "Autumn of HHH." Though the focus on The Game eventually died down after October, when he was ousted as the Raw General Manager and replaced with Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis. Trips would then be injured by Wrestling/KevinNash and actually didn't show up until December to exact his revenge.
* Wrestling/{{Team Hell NO}} ([[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] and {{Wrestling/Kane}}) often had segments that were nearly 30-40 minutes in length, usually consisting of one having a singles match with the other on commentary, then a long promo segment, and then the other partner having a match while the first member went on commentary; not to mention any pre-taped segments...
* Listening to the ring announcers lately have shown this has gotten out of hand. In the past, the announcers were fairly good at staying on point and trying to talk about the current match and storyline, whether it was a main event, midcard, or women's match. Nowadays, the current match is usually treated as an annoying distraction from whoever the Spotlight Stealer is at the time.
* After Daniel Bryan became WWE Champion, Triple H and [[Wrestling/TheAuthority The Authority]] quickly rolled in to take the belt away from him and absorb the spotlight.
* WW[[Wrestling/{{ECW}} ECW]]:
** After Wrestling/BobbyLashley started feuding with Vince and lost the ECW Title, eventually moving to RAW, Wrestling/CMPunk practically dominated the show.
** After Punk left, a more varied roster became the focus of the show for a while. But then said roster started to get depleted and the place essentially became Wrestling/{{Christian}}'s playground when he returned in 2009.
** Note that this wasn't a bad thing. It'd be a gross overstatement of WWECW's importance to call it a ''BShow''. It was mainly used as a launching pad for younger stars to establish themselves on TV. The two aforementioned superstars were by far and away '''the''' most popular wrestlers on that show's roster -- if it hadn't been for them, no one would be watching the show at all. WWECW was considered to be a bastardization of the original ECW by much of the latter's fan base -- coincidentally, Punk and Christian wouldn't have been out of place in the original, which probably played a part into their popularity.
* Late 2015, WWE's main event scene got depleted. Cena was taking time off, Orton got injured again, and Wrestling/SethRollins was forced to vacate the world title due to injury. You'd think WWE would use this time to elevate some younger talent in preparation for when Cena and Orton hung up the boots for good, right? [[GoneHorriblyRight Well, they did]]. They made Wrestling/RomanReigns the main focus of the show a la Wrestling/JohnCena, and ''Monday Night RAW'' became ''[[CreatorsPet Monday Night Roman]]''. Fans did not react well to this, and the quality of the programming having tanked around this time did not help matters.
* Wrestling/DeanAmbrose got the spotlight for the majority of the build between ''Fastlane'' and ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 32'' after Reigns had to get facial reconstruction surgery for a deviated septum. This happened for two reasons:
## Ambrose had been on fire ever since he won the Intercontinental Title back in December 2015 at ''TLC'', having a stellar program with Wrestling/KevinOwens, becoming the MVP of the ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' PPV that year by beating Owens in a brutal Last Man Standing match and then entering the titular match and lasting to the final two (outlasting several other prominent stars such as Wrestling/BrockLesnar, Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, and even his best friend Roman Reigns), and then carrying the build to ''Fastlane'' with his interactions with Brock Lesnar, resulting in him getting the plans for ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' changed and landing the Lesnar match that was originally slated for Wrestling/BrayWyatt.
## By that point, Ambrose was the only full-time main event talent that was active. He and Wrestling/TripleH were left having to carrying RAW by themselves because Hunter, despite being a part-timer, was the only other main event talent still on the show that even showed up regularly. For that matter, this was the same reason why Hunter won the world title for the fourteenth time -- there was no other credible heel left on the roster for Reigns to face at ''Mania'' that Reigns could conceivably be cheered against. [[note]]It didn't work; not only did pretty much everyone hate his guts, the event itself was a depressing slog that was full of [[TheBadGuyWins heels going over cleanly]] and [[SpotlightStealingSquad retired wrestlers]] showing up to beat up and/or interfere with the current field that was also running long (of a show that already had a 6 hour runtime) before the match even started.[[/note]]
* Among the Four Horsewomen of [=NXT=], Wrestling/CharlotteFlair and Wrestling/SashaBanks are the most focus, with the former having won all titles available to the women' division with the sole exception of the original Women's Champion, each reigns lasted for months, rarely getting pinned or submitted even in tag team matches and even being the one who ended [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka's]] undefeated streak. Sasha on the other hand also has multiple title runs (although all of her reigns are rather short) and had participated in the multiple match types that is a first to the women division, and was among the final participants in the 2018 Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber match, and [=WrestleMania XXXIV=] Women's Battle Royal. The other two Horsewomen, Wrestling/BeckyLynch and [[Wrestling/DavinaRose Bayley]] on the other hand have less title reigns and are rarely focus after losing the titles, especially Becky who is the only one who did not win the [=NXT=] Women's Champion.

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* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** For Atton Rand during the Adventurers' Island StoryArc, his NPC characters, especially Pierce, Kate, and Rotor, stole the spotlight from his primary character Zenna, to the point where she was eventually DemotedToExtra.
** The squad of ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' {{Captain Ersatz}}es, who were introduced late in the FinalBattle and were expected to take the spotlight from Atton Rand's more important characters like Rotor and Cabin. When other players didn't like that they had stolen the spotlight, [[ShooOutTheNewGuy they were promptly shoved out of the spotlight]].

* 49.5% of all baseball-related news will be about the New York Yankees. 49.5% will be about the Boston Red Sox. The other teams are evenly divided among the remaining 1%.
** In Chicago, there's the Cubs and that Black Sox Scandal team on the South Side.
* In Ireland, GAA news is divided 60% Dublin Gaelic football, 30% Cork hurling, 10% the rest. Neither is the best team, but they have the highest populations and can thus boost newspaper sales more.
* Notre Dame's [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball football]] team last won a national championship when UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was president, yet they have enough clout that they're the only ''school'' (as opposed to conference) to have an exclusive deal with a major television network.
** Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has had a solid career, though plagued with EveryYearTheyFizzleOut syndrome, but his brash style, NFL experience and [[AttentionWhore love of the spotlight]] make him easily the most-covered coach in college football.
* ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'', due to various licensing agreements with teams and broadcast agreements, was widely seen as "The Toronto Maple Leafs Show" with the occasional spinoff "The Montreal Canadiens and Someone Else". This problem eased significantly when the show went to a two-game format, the later game finally allowing the western Canadian teams to get regular national airtime.
** It's STILL the "Toronto Maple Leafs Show", not just on Hockey Night but on every Canadian-produced sports show/channel, because essentially all of Canada's media is located in Toronto and they [[CreatorsPet hammer that fact in every single moment they can.]]
*** A fun game is to take a shot for every time the Toronto Maple Leafs are mentioned during a game ''they are not even in!'' Even more irritating is during the playoffs, where they haven't qualified for in seven years. That certainly does not stop [=HNiC=] from bringing them up.
* In the Philippines, most news about the NCAA/UAAP will involve men's basketball. I heard there were other sports, but...
* Coverage of football dominates sports news in the UK both in newspapers and on TV, even during the off season when no games are actually being played (transfer news makes up the difference). Only the Olympics and the Ashes stand a reasonable chance of displacing football off the back pages, and then only during the summer and if England/GBR are doing well.
* Brett Favre. He's undoubtedly one of the best quarterbacks to play the game, but the amount of media attention he received in what is ostensibly a team sport bordered on the insane. In 2009, he returned to Green Bay (his old team) to play as the QB of the Minnesota Vikings (their hated rival). Fox dedicated a camera to watch him for the entire game and fans could watch a webcast of that view exclusively. Even though he wasn't on the field for half the game! During one of Favre's retirements, ESPN interrupted ''Series/SportsCenter'' for ''live coverage'' of him getting off a plane en route to a press conference.
* After Favre's (final) retirement, the media fixated on Tim Tebow in the same way. Before his first snap with the Denver Broncos, he was dominating gobs of coverage on ''[=SportsCenter=]'' and other programs pretty much entirely because of his outspoken personal views... but networks took it to the point where every move Tebow made was being obsessively followed by cameramen, even when he wasn't saying a word to them. It got to the point where, during the 2011 season, pre-season starting QB Kyle Orton was eventually released by the Denver Broncos to allow Tebow to take over at quarterback -- not necessarily because Tebow was better, but ''because the fans stole Orton's spotlight for Tebow''.
** Tebow's situation was actually pretty similar to Anna Kournikova's, of all people. A solid competitor but hampered by serious flaws (weak arm, can't handle speed of NFL/bad control, injury-prone), came along at exactly the right time (fans looking for a role model in troubled league/Internet just starting to really take off) became insanely popular among a certain section of the fanbase (evangelicals/horndogs), genuinely tried to improve, couldn't, finally hit rock bottom (0-7, 1 interception, 0.0 passer rating/clobbered in first round of US Open), and quickly faded into obscurity with little fanfare. There were other openly devoutly Christian [=QBs=] before (Kurt Warner and Jon Kitna), during (Philip Rivers) and since (Russell Wilson) Tebow's tenure. but none captured the imagination of the faithful on the basis of his faith like Tebow.
** And just as Tebow's career flamed out, Johnny Manziel came onto the scene--essentially Tebow 2.0, as both [=QBs=] are known more for their ability to scramble than for their passing ability, played in the SEC in college, won a Heisman Trophy earlier in their college careers than anyone before [[labelnote:*]]Tebow was the first to win the Heisman as a sophomore; Manziel was the first to do it as a freshman[[/labelnote]], and are white. While there are some differences (Tebow wasn't quite as undersized as Manziel, but had less arm strength), the similarities have been repeatedly lampshaded.
* Mention to someone not from the UK that you're from anywhere in the vicinity of Manchester and you'll get something along the lines of 'Oh, so you're a Manchester United fan?'. Tell them you're a Manchester City fan, who play in the same league and locally have almost the same level of support (different areas of the city), and they used look at you blankly. That's changed a bit in the 2010s, after the Abu Dhabi oil barons replaced the sacked former Thai prime minister as owner at Man City.
* [[{{Bishonen}} Sidney Crosby]] and [[VodkaDrunkenski Alex Ovechkin]] interchangeably serve as the NHL's Brett Favre.
** Most egregious example coming from Crosby's long injury status. He was out for over a full season, yet all news coverage about hockey ''still'' revolved around him. Jeremy Roenick even lampshades this by saying they ought to stop talking about Crosby until there are actual updates on his health. ''He gets blasted for it by his colleagues!''
* In India, cricket manages to be an SSS to not only any and every other sport, but even billion-dollar corruption issues and state elections!
* Spain suffers from pretty much the same football obsession the UK does, except Real Madrid and Barcelona seem to be the only teams existing in the whole country.
** Tell anybody that you live in Madrid. Despite the fact that there are ''five'' First and Second Division teams based in that Community and three in the city itself, you'll rarely find anybody who doesn't assume you support Real.
* Brazil has a football obsession in [[SeriousBusiness religious levels]] - though the Olympics and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff volleyball]] also get some love. And nationwide press basically just pays attention to the big 4 of both Rio and São Paulo (being the biggest two cities/states ''and'' the headquarters of the big media companies helps the other states being treated as a FlyoverCountry), getting even worse if one of those 8 hires a big name player or wins a major championship.
** Things are a bit worse than that. There are 2 teams from that group that gets even more attention. Flamengo and Corinthians are really popular and won some titles but that turns every single national sports news into 45% to each of those teams and 10% to the other "Big Ones".
** You're talking about Stealing Spotlight in Brazilian soccer without talking about Neymar?
* In the 2010-2011 NBA season, the Miami Heat got to near CreatorsPet levels of coverage after UsefulNotes/LeBronJames and Chris Bosh joined the team. Fortunately, the hoopla over the Heat was greatly reduced the following season, mainly because there were more intriguing stories to talk about (i.e., the lockout, the Knicks' extremely erratic season with coach shakeups and Jeremy Lin, injuries galore, Dwight Howard's will-he-or-won't-he stay in Orlando).
** The Lakers, early favorites to three-peat, were a SSS in that same season, to the point that Fox Sports had a section on their website devoted to both the Lakers and the Heat called "Heat or 3Peat", essentially scheduling the NBA Finals ''before the season even started''! Funnily enough, the NBA champions that year were not either of these teams, but the Dallas Mavericks, who beat ''both'' teams en route to the title.
* National soccer news in the Netherlands has a tendency to become "AFC Ajax and some other teams". Granted, AFC Ajax is the most successful team in the league, but it irks people when "their" team wins the league and then it's still about how Ajax didn't win it.
* With the return of the Winnipeg Jets to the NHL, the focus from all Canadian sports outlets seems to have shifted to the team formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers.
* The quarterback position in American football and the pitcher position in baseball are ''especially'' prone to this and will always get a greater share of the credit or blame than they deserve. The goalkeeper position in hockey and soccer/football are often this trope as well.
* In the tennis world, try watching an ATP match between two other players than Roger Federer in a tournament he's in and take a shot every time the commentators mention him. Or a tournament he's been knocked out of. Hell, even a tournament he never entered in the first place. Or women's tournaments. Or wheelchair tennis. Or any article on men's tennis written in the ''past nine years''. You will die.
* [[UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan Michael "Air" Jordan]] stole the spotlight from Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry "Legend" Bird during the late 80s and into the 90s. Came back big time when he came back from baseball and the Bulls dominated, to the point ''commentary on other sports events were ignored to focus on Jordan,'' he was a bigger merchandise seller than all the other big names combined, and even UsefulNotes/BillClinton said he would kick start the economy and employment, his spotlight and popularity was that big.
* Creator/{{ESPN}}, especially its flagship program ''Series/SportsCenter'', usually gets accused of basically just being "NFL Live", with the NBA (especially [=LeBron=] James) getting the majority of the rest of the attention and everyone else being DemotedToExtra.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''is'' this trope, with the {{Space Marine}}s being its most pure example... if you ask many TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} players, anyway. The latest Marine release saw a White Dwarf giving them coverage equivalent to a Catholic newspaper during a papal visit. It's not that ''Warhammer'' and ''TheLordOfTheRings'' players mind Games Workshop focusing on 40K because [[MoneyDearBoy that's where the money is]], but being treated as ablative shielding?
** White Dwarf does that with ''every'' new release. The Stompa, a single ''model'', got 1 1/2 issues devoted to it.
*** White Dwarf has an annoying tendency to overhype every single new release, but nowadays it seems like the entire magazine is either about Dark Eldar, Blood Angels, or Skaven.
** TSOALR reports this has been [[http://tsoalr.com/?p=1120 reversed.]]
** The Games Workshop website prefaces going on it with a selection of countries to be redirected to a corresponding variant of their website. Underneath this selection is a large image of the double-headed Imperial Eagle icon from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and not really anything else.
** Several ''armies'' have some sub-factions that qualify for this trope. Especially the Ultramarines for the Space Marines. Just look at the latest Space Marine codex, in which the majority of chapters get one named special unit each, specifically in the HQ slot. The Ultramarines get about six. And that's only scratching the surface of the codex, since it has several sections devoted to ''only'' the Ultramarines, 90% of the artwork in the codex is of the ultramarines, and as if that is not enough, there are just as many Ultramarines miniatures on displayed in the codex as all the other chapters ''combined'', if not more. Indeed, many fans did not like this at all due to the fact that their favorite chapters being pushed aside in favor of a chapter only some people are fans of. Matt Ward, the writer of the codex, [[RunningTheAsylum even admitted himself that he was a die-hard fan for the Ultramarines]], and sincerely apologized for this. At least one should be thankful that several other chapters have their own separate codices, so they don't get pushed aside in favor of another chapter, but ''geez''! Similarly, 90% of the artwork is ''always'' about the Ultramarines, because GW doesn't want to mix up the box art and confuse customers.
** Those of us who remember 2nd edition find the idea that the Ultramarines have steadily got more prominent somewhat amusing. In 2nd edition there wasn't actually a Codex: Space Marines for the standard chapters, there was just Codex: Ultramarines, which could be used to make armies from other chapters if you wanted to paint them in some other way. The background was entirely focused on Ultramar and the Ultramarines, ALL the special characters were Ultramarines, and funnily enough nobody complained about it. Indeed, long-term Ultramarines players who date from this era often consider the other Codex chapters as something of a spotlight-stealing squad, forcing their Ultramarines out of their own codex and trying to make it more of an ensemble piece. The other three major chapters - Dark Angels, Blood Angels and Space Wolves - have not had their books usurped in this manner!
*** [[FromBadToWorse It Got Worse]]. He has taken to writing every Space Marine codex since then and small notes have been taken. Such as the Grey Knights being cut down from 3,000 to 1,000 marines making up their chapter and suddenly becoming codex adherent. Making this statement in an interview didn't help cheer up many Blood Angels players either: "Indeed, it was Guilliman who would have the greatest lasting effect upon the now leaderless Blood Angels. Through the Codex Astartes - that great treatise on the restructuring and ordering of the Space Marines - Guilliman's legacy would reshape the Blood Angels Legion into the Chapters that defend the Imperium to this day."
** The real issue is that Space Marines in general get too much support (model-wise and rules-wise) and are generally treated as the protagonists of ''Warhammer 40,000'' to an excessive degree. Who else gets modular plastic HQ characters (Chaos doesn't count, they're still Space Marines)? Who else can build a competitive army entirely from the plastics? Who else can build an army that does anything and does it nearly as well as the specialized armies? Who else has bleeding special characters who make all your guys Fearless, except when you want them not to be? ''Warhammer'' doesn't have a single army that is the focus of everything like that. Every army is competitive, has a decent selection of plastic models, and has a significant presence in the population of players, but when you go to a 40k tournament it is a safe bet that three in four armies you face will be some variant of Space Marines.
*** This tendency to face Space Marine armies in competitive tournament play has also caused ComplacentGamingSyndrome among those competing. An army's success depends on that army's commander's knowledge of the units and rules of Space Marines and their own army's ability to effectively counter and kill those Space Marines.
** This is fully noticeable in the lineup of codex releases. Prior to 5th edition, Space Marines would be released at the start of the edition, with maybe their Chaos Counterparts getting a later release. After that all of the other codex releases would be of the other races and factions. After 5th Edition, there appears to be an unspoken rule that there must be at least one space marine codex release between each other "non space marine" codex. When they actually ran out of codexes to update, the Daemonhunters got demoted into the aforementioned "Grey Knights" and was now deemed a "space marine" codex.
** Due to the aforementioned Space Marines all getting Standalone Codexes from each other (where before they relied on a supplementary codex that required the basic Space Marine Codex to use), sometimes one Space Marine army did this ''to another''. The most notable of this happened with the 4th Edition Dark Angels, who had the newest book with cheap dedicated transports. Come 5th Edition, these ended up becoming standard to all Space Marine Armies. As if to collect on the "interest", the OTHER space marine armies started getting ways to field all-biker armies and all-terminator armies, which were historically something unique to the Dark Angels. To kick the dog even further, right after the Dark Angels finally caught up to all of these shenanigans in 6th edition, the vanilla space marines then got re-released afterwards with a new Centurion unit, new Tanks, and a new weapon type, effectively rendering the Dark Angels a niche army for the duration of 6th edition. This juggling act continued into the 7th edition, where the Space Marine Codex and Dark Angels codex were released back to back, with them mutually stealing stuff from each other's previous dexes (taking the Librarius Conclave from the Dark Angels while the Angels took the Grav Weapons).
** Did you know there are four Chaos Gods, each with their own followers and themes? If so, congratulations on knowing more about 40k than some people at Games Workshop. Khorne seems to get more attention from the higher ups than Tzeentch, Nurgle & Slaanesh ever will. The video games are even worse, ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' being especially guilty of this. A lot of this is the simple fact that you can build a decent Khornate character by having them yell "Blood for the Blood God!" and charge, while the others tend to have much more complex plots and deeper goals.
** Between ''Warhammer 40,000'''s 4th and early 6th editions, Slaanesh was arguably as much of a spotlight-stealer as Khorne, especially when it came to releases for the Chaos Daemons faction. Slaanesh's fall OutOfFocus in more recent years (which may have to do with [[AmbiguousGender his/her/its]] very [[ExtremeOmnisexual un]]-[[TheHedonist family]]-[[TooKinkyToTorture friendly]] [[{{Multiboobage}} image]], and Creator/GamesWorkshop trying to appeal to a younger audience) has led Nurgle to take up dual spotlight-stealing duties with Khorne, as evidenced by his increased focus in ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes'' and 8th edition 40k.
* The {{Munchkin}} would love to be this in any tabletop RPG game.
* A bad or inexperienced GM can bring this trope to any RPG. Either by bringing out the dreaded GM PC, overemphasizing an NPC (either canon or homemade) to the exclusion of the players, or even playing favorites within the players.
** This is one of the worst features of the otherwise pretty good TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms setting: the canon [=NPCs=] are ''so'' prominent and ''so'' godlike that [=PCs=] faced with a tough (for them) problem are likely to find themselves thinking "You know, we could just go home and have a beer, and let Elminster snap his fingers and fix this." Greyhawk had some insanely powerful mages also, but they're treated mostly as being ancient history rather than still active in the world (some of them are still alive, but retired/gone mad/so focused on their own esoteric concerns that just ''getting their attention'' can be an adventure in itself).
* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had similar problems to the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', in that far too many modules came down to watching the uberpowerful canon [=NPCs=] doing things. Even more so, though, were the Tremere, Salubri, and Tzimisce clans in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade,'' who received far more emphasis than any other. The nadir of the line was the final supplement, ''Gehenna'', which presented a "grand finale" option for the entire TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness that amounted to [[spoiler: the player characters surviving to be the last survivors of the Kindred so they can witness the Salubri kill the Tremere and then fight the Tzimisce]].

* There's a little-known AffectionateParody of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' out there that spoofs this trope. The character Eponine, typically somewhere between TheWoobie and the ClingyJealousGirl, here never outgrew her spoiled brat tendencies from when she was younger, and tries to get the audience's attention in every scene she's in. This may be an attempt to take a popular interpretation of her, that she's [[ThisLoserIsYou a proxy for the reader/audience]], to its logical extreme.
* Despite being in the title, Theatre/{{Othello}} gets less focus then Iago does.
* For another Shakespeare example, ''Theatre/HenryIV'' is less about the titular king than his son, the future ''Theatre/HenryV''.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/NouvelleExperience'' has TheEveryman as its protagonist and primary clown and the AdiposeRex Madame Corporation as the ruler of the MagicalLand he's swept into... but it's her right-hand man The Great Chamberlain who logs the most stage time of the individual characters. He appears in many of the transitional scenes, tries to keep the Korean plank act running smoothly, and is prominently in the background of two other acts (aerial straps and foot juggling). Finally, even though performer Brian Dewhurst was hired for the show just to do character work, his previously-established comedy wirewalking act was incorporated into the show during rehearsals, pretty much cementing the Chamberlain's status as a show-stealer. Dewhurst has performed a variety of onstage roles and behind the scenes duties in subsequent Cirque productions, and five years after ''Nouvelle Experience'' closed, The Great Chamberlain was even brought back to serve as the {{Mascot}} of Cirque's website for several years.
* ''The King and I'' was originally a starring vehicle for Gertrude Lawrence. However, Yul Brynner's performance as the King was such that Anna is now the secondary focus of the show, despite the fact that the King sings exactly once and has much less stage time.

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* The ''Franchise/DotHack'' games are notorious about this. The first four games had about two dozen of characters, but only about 6 were any important. And of those 6, most lost importance as soon as their roles in the main plot were done - most notably, Balmung. As soon as he joins the main party, he becomes nothing but a tool.
** And ''G.U.'' isn't all that better. While most of the characters do contribute for the plot somewhat, by the end of ''Redemption'' most of them are, again, mere tools. This applies even for Atoli, who was a major character in the previous two games (heck, ''Reminisce'' is pretty much all about her) only to get a single plot-relevant moment... at the ending.
* From ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Phoenix Wright in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', despite what the title would have you believe. He completely takes over the first case solving almost everything for you, while in the last case, he makes things a lot easier than they should be for Apollo. Also, much of the game revolves around his case 7 years ago.
** While most examples of this trope strictly fall under either [[TropesAreTools tropes are not bad and tropes are not good]], Phoenix manages to be an example of both. Fans were originally upset over the main cast of the series being completely replaced, so Phoenix's involvement was something of a HopeSpot for enraged fans. After the game's release, many fans felt that Apollo was a lackluster main character and grew to dislike him, but this may be due to the fact that he never really had a chance to develop due to Phoenix's heavy involvement in the plot.
** And ironically, despite the next game, ''Dual Destinies'', putting Phoenix back in the spotlight with Apollo seemingly DemotedToExtra, it managed to develop Apollo much more than Apollo's own game did, to the point where fans now finally think of him as a character who can stand up on his own right. Of course, Athena Cykes managed to play one to both of them, but this is understandable seeing as she's a new character.
** Even more so in ''Spirit of Justice'', where despite having Phoenix Wright in the title, Apollo is the central character of the story. The plot starts with Phoenix, but eventually reveals Apollo's backstory. In the end, it's Apollo who topples a tyrannical regime.
* The Colonial Marines in ''VideoGame/AliensVsPredator2010''. Despite not being the title characters and having the least interesting gameplay mechanics (bog-standard FPS gameplay versus completely unique alien warriors), they have the longest story campaign by a wide margin, and prominent roles in the other two campaigns and the multiplayer. The title characters themselves get shafted in their own ways - the Aliens have a miniscule solo campaign of only a handful of very simple missions with little story, while the Predator is only fought once in either campaign and has almost no role in the plot.
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome'' makes it appear like Shin is the 'True Route' of the game (actually, that would be [[SecretCharacter Ukyo]]) and entire series because he gets featured [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61huj4IrMCL._SY445_.jpg prominently]] or even [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4e/Amnesia_visual_novel_cover.jpg solely]] on the series' covers. Part of this might have to do with his being the [[PlayingCardMotifs Heart motif]], and part of Ukyo having been a secret character. However, the latter only applies to the first game, as Ukyo is a well-known character in the other games.
* The pros in ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. The advertising REVOLVES around them rather than the neighborhood kids. From their first appearance onward, they are easily the best players in the game, leaving the kids, who have much worse stats, unnecessary to beat the game. Well, except MemeticBadass Pablo, but that's a tradition.
** In fact, ''Backyard Skateboarding'' is written from the perspective of Andy [=McDonald=] (the only pro player in the game), despite the fact that there are ''eleven'' other playable characters, six of whom are available from the start just like [=McDonald=].
* In the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', the Joker has always been a villainous example of a spotlight stealer, though he is recognized as Batman's archnemesis. In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', it was justified, as he was the main villain who instigated the breakout. However, further games always incorporate his involvement in some ways, making it seem like Rocksteady cannot make an Arkham game without the Joker. His involvement in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' was substantial enough to rival Hugo Strange, the game's real big bad. [[spoiler:Black Mask, who was believed to be the BigBad in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', reveals that the Joker was impersonating him, and he essentially dominated the plot as the game's true main villain who hired the assassins.]] Even in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', [[spoiler:his absence constituted a massive drop in crime until the Scarecrow shows up. And he ''still'' manages to steal the screen time from every villain, in the form of a fear induced hallucination. As a result, he has more scenes than all of the villains '''combined'''. Further reinforcing this, one of Batman's fear hallucinations involve the rogues gallery forming a more effective teamup than scarecrow's army, just to put down the aforementioned villain. And ''he kills them all in that hallucination''. Oh, and he was essentially responsible for the Arkham Knight's existence as the final nail in the coffin]].
* Kagura Mutsuki and Celica A. Mercury of ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}: Chronophantasma''. A large chunk of the three stories of ''Chronophantasma'' deal with Kagura's [[spoiler:his attempted coup against the Imperator]] and Celica's [[spoiler:relationship with Ragna and life in the modern world]], despite being relative newcomers to the story. The creators seem to be aware of this; in the PS Vita port, there is a scenario where Kagura and Celica are paired up against Ragna and Noel [[BreakingTheFourthWall in a series of games to decide who should have the title of the game's main protagonists]]. [[AmericansHateTingle In the West]], they (''especially'' Celica) are blamed for leaving the other newcomers (Bullet, Azrael, Amane) and some veterans (Litchi, Arakune, Taokaka) underdeveloped. [[note]]''Chronophantasma Extend'' adds stories that develop Kagura some more, and gave Bullet, Litchi and Arakune their own limelight (with Azrael getting leftovers), but Amane and Tao are still left in the dust, to their fans' consternation.[[/note]]
* Fritz from ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''. Definitely Fritz. He even has a spot in the box art which says "[[AndStarring Starring Fritz]]". Not bad for a {{Determinator}} maniac who is so hell-bent on using so many ways to kill Lance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. Was at first about Demitri Maximoff; after the first game, Morrigan Aensland clearly becomes the focus even when you add in an anti-Christ in the last game. It's so bad that most fans know who Morrigan is, but have no clue on what game she's really from. This is even [[LampshadeHanging mocked]] ([[MediumAwareness to nearly fourth wall-breaking proportions]]) in ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' (where Morrigan, Felicia, Demitri, Lilith, and Jedah make an appearance). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJN8q6ydIuQ In one particular part of the postgame segments]], after defeating [[spoiler:a revived Jedah and teaming up with him]], the Darkstalkers engage in a lengthy discussion of how Demitri originally ''was'' the main character, until [[BreakoutCharacter Morrigan's popularity usurped his title of protagonist]]. Lilith expresses surprise at this, believing that Morrigan was ''always'' the heroine of the story, but in the end, she doesn't quite care, as she--[[SplitAtBirth being a part of Morrigan herself]]--is almost always guaranteed at least a cameo whenever Morrigan shows up.
* In ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive: Dimensions'', [[TheRival Ayane]] gets a disproportionate amount of screen time during the last half of the story mode, while the protagonist [[TheHero Kasumi]] is left in the dust.
* Etna, TheLancer from ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', has gotten more and more focus over the years, playing a large role in ''Disgaea 2'', featured predominantly in spinoff titles such as ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero'' and it's sequel, and VideoGame/TrinityUniverse, and Etna Mode (which is essentially a "What if [[DemotedToExtra Laharl had never reawakened]]") in the [[UpdatedRerelease PSP version]] of the first ''Disgaea''. However, with ''Disgaea 3'''s Raspberyl Mode and ''Disgaea 4'', it appears that Etna has been ditched in favor of Flonne, [[spoiler: especially considering that's she's an Archangel now]]. And as for Laharl?. The only subsequent game to give him an important role is ''VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite''. And then ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'' happened, and Laharl was put back in the spotlight (although one of the major subplot still involves Etna).
** Some of the games {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this by having Laharl complain about it, with frequent references to things like [[MediumAwareness "main character"]].
* In the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series, Zhao Yun has been the cover boy for nearly every (at least [[ExpansionPack non-expansion]] or SpinOff) game. But in [=DW7=], where individual Musou modes were scrapped for Kingdom-based stories, nearly each kingdom has one with the most notable ones being Xiahou Dun, Sun Quan, and Sima Zhao from the kingdoms of Wei, Wu, and Jin respectively who have the most stages than any characters. While it may be justified for Sun Quan (who was often [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed by his father and older brother]]) and to a lesser degree Sima Zhao, the fact that Xiahou Dun is playable in battles that not only he did not really take part in historically[[note]]WordOfGod's reason why many characters were unplayable or even not mentioned in the story modes was to keep things as historically accurate as possible.[[/note]] but battles that could've gone to characters who were without stages yet being involved in them historically raised a few eyebrows.
* Vaas from ''VideoGame/FarCry3'': he takes over the cover of the game, is featured in most advertisements and gets more screen time than the real BigBad of the game. [[EnsembleDarkHorse With few complaints.]]
** Not to mention many fans were upset [[spoiler: when after all that build up, he becomes a basic boss fight and is killed off early. Many fans felt the storyline went downhill afterwards]].
** Show of hands; how many of you looked at the cover of ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' and even ''noticed'' there was somebody there other than the guy in the pink suit? That's the AffablyEvil antagonist Pagan Min, voiced to great acclaim by Troy Baker, whose character and dictatorship the entire game revolves around. [[spoiler: That you can get a secret ending where protagonist Ajay resolves his business in Kyrat in a matter of minutes and goes on to party with him really says something.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' switches between three armies. One of these armies is lead by the hero of the previous game, Ike. About halfway through the game this pretty much becomes Ike's game. [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent Micaiah's]] left in the dust. Heck, the trailer makes it seem like Micaiah is going to be ''highly'' important in part 3. While she is, there are ''far'' more opportunities to use Ike's new party than the Dawn Brigadiers.
*** However, nobody really suffers this as much as the heroes of Part 2 - a LetsPlay of ''Radiant Dawn'' mentions that the characters in Part 2 are generally flawed because they have such limited availability throughout the game - Elincia manages to still remain important, but she's pretty much DemotedToExtra during part 3. However, in part 4, Elincia and the Dawn Brigade manage to join everyone.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has been doing this for the ''entire series'' following its massive success. It's been featured in not only ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS]]'' (with Robin and Lucina as playable characters), but in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone2'' as well (as Chrom and Lucina as playable characters, being the only Nintendo characters in the game besides [[VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles Fiora]]). This doesn't just extend to guest appearances, however. It still managed to insert itself into ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' by [[spoiler:having a subset of character be reincarnations of ''Awakening'' characters plus three of the children units [[PaperThinDisguise as themselves]] being recruitable characters]]. Another thing to note is that ''Awakening'' is the only ''other'' game in the series in ''VideoGame/TokyoMirageSessionsFE'' to get representation besides the very first ''Fire Emblem''.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' seems to be riding on ''Awakening'''s coattails, if ''VideoGame/FireEmblemHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemWarriors'' has anything to say about it. Although ''Heroes'' covers most of the series, and each game gets decent representation, ''Awakening'' and ''Fates'' seems to get the most publicity in the form of limited seasonal units, units based on a holiday, or other fun gimmick. With the exception of Lyn and Caeda in the bridal themed banner, every seasonal unit has been drawn from ''Fates'' and ''Awakening''. ''Warriors'' is worse in this in that the entire playable cast solely consists of characters from those two games, with only 5 from other previous games and two OriginalGeneration characters being the exceptions.
** The page image refers to ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', specifically the last chapter. The second generation of Genealogy sees Seliph lead a liberation army against [[spoiler:Emperor Arvis, who [[YouKilledMyFather is responsible for the death of his father]], as well as most of the first generation]]. With [[spoiler:Arvis]] gone, the final chapter is mostly about [[MysteriousWaif Julia]] and her ties to [[TheAntichrist Julius]]. Seliph isn't exactly DemotedToExtra, but he has much less to do than he did in previous chapters, with most castle dialogues having him act as TheWatson to [[spoiler:[[MrExposition Lewyn]]]]. The final boss also reflects this, with Seliph being nearly worthless against him despite getting his InfinityPlusOneSword near the end of the previous chapter, while Julia can take him down effortlessly with her LastDiscMagic.
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'', the Toy animatronics are hyped up as a big new threat. Past Night 3, they're phased out in favor of the old animatronics. ([[BodyHorror Mangle]] sticks around.)
** This is played with with Bonnie the rabbit throughout the entire series. On one hand, Bonnie doesn't really get any more spotlight than the other animatrons for the most part in gameplay terms, being just a single enemy in a game full of them. The biggest exception in gameplay would be ''FiveNightsAtFreddys3'', where the only true enemy in the game is heavily implied to be an old prototype model of him, but even then the actual Bonnie doesn't show up at all. He does, however, get the most prominent spots in all of the game's trailers, with most of the lingering shots falling on one model of his or another, and being the one to perform the jump scare at the end all four of them, assuming one includes Springtrap from ''3'' as one of his models.
** In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'', Nightmare Fredbear is the sole enemy on Night 5 and takes over midway through Night 6, causing the other four animatronics to stop attacking. Nightmare takes over the role on Nights 7 and 8.
* The unit High x Joker in ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster iDOLM@STER SideM]]'' have more events than even the main units Dramatic Stars and Jupiter. A lot of less popular units are completely ignored when it comes to cards.
* Dan Smith, one of the ''seven'' multiple personalities of the ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' gets an entire chapter devoted to his character's backstory and is more often than not the selected persona during the animated {{cutscene}}s. Mask de Smith also gets a disproportional amount of screentime compared to the others, as does Garcian Smith (justifiably so in Garcian's case). It should be noted that Creator/Suda51 admitted that he didn't have time to do everything he wanted in this game, which may explain why we never find out much about Kaede, Coyote, Con, or Kevin.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' does this, a lot. However, they change up the characters, and the old focuses become peripheral. Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami's intense rivalry was the main focus of '''KOF '95''-''[='97=]'', but with that matter settled, Kyo became a secondary character. In some games, he was put in only to appease fans. For the record: ''[='95=]''-''[='97=]'' was Kyo and Iori, ''[='99=]''-''2001'' was K' and Kula, ''2003'' to ''XIII'' were Ash Crimson, and ''XIV'' is Shun'ei.
** ''[='94.=]'' The ''big'' story for that one was the dream matchup between the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' Team (Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi) and ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' Team (Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Takuma Sakazaki), made very clear by title sequence and every victory comment each member delivers to the other team. Today, not only do most ''KOF'' players probably not even know what games they're from, Takuma has been thrust into the sidelines occasionally (with Yuri taking his spot in the AOF Team), Andy has been reduced to an occasional bit player, and Joe and Robert are tenuously clinging to trusty sidekick status.
** In fact ''[='99=]'' wasn't even supposed to have Kyo and Iori, but fan demand caused the first chapter of the NESTS Saga to hinge on [[CloningBlues Kyo clones being mass-produced]] and the two of them becoming secret characters (with the in-story justification being that Kyo mysteriously vanished after defeating Orochi, and Iori followed suit just to track him down[[note]]One of the Japan Team endings in [='97=] had Iori suddenly show up to challenge Kyo, which likely happened regardless of the fact that they both beat Orochi with Chizuru's help, and without Benimaru or Daimon's involvement[[/note]]). When ''that'' wasn't enough for test audiences, the producers went and added two of the aforementioned Kyo clones in the game, both still wearing Kyo's school uniform and with his old movesets.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series:
** Most noteworthy is EnsembleDarkHorse Axel, whose popularity among both fans and the production crew led to [[BreakoutCharacter his role increasing]], his [[SavedByTheFans death postponed]] till toward the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' instead of in the prologue as originally planned, and even coming BackFromTheDead as Lea in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** Roxas is a big one too, first appearing in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' as the star of the ProlongedPrologue, then becoming the star of his own GaidenGame ''358/2 Days'', the FinalBoss of ''Coded'', and {{Expy}} in one of the three main characters of ''Birth By Sleep'', Ventus, though only in appearance.
** Xion as well since, in a game that's supposed to be about them, Organization XIII are {{demoted to extra}}s to focus on her, even being supposedly [[spoiler:[[RetGone retconned out of existence]] after her death]] hasn't stopped her from popping up in following games.
** Most of the OriginalGeneration characters in general are becoming this (particularly the keyblade wielding ones), with the main story focusing more and more on them while the Creator/{{Disney}} and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters (sans Mickey, Donald, and Goofy) being DemotedToExtra and the Disney worlds themselves being little more than {{Filler}}.
** Xehanort is easily this for the villains. His debut (as [[spoiler:"Ansem"]]) involved him invoking YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness on a preexisting BigBad (Maleficent), and the subsequent games only gave him more and more HijackedByGanon moments -- culminating in ''Dream Drop Distance'' even {{Retcon}}ning '''''everything''''' into a multi-game [[spoiler:StableTimeLoop]] just for him. Oh, and WordOfGod even declared him the CreatorsFavorite.
* Dekar from the ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' games tends to steal the show whenever he's in the party, by virtue of doing or saying something CrazyAwesome, [[IdiotHero Crazy Stupid]], or some combination of the two. In the remake of ''Lufia II'', he even gets to do one of the game's most famous scenes, originally done by Guy...which ends up even more hilarious coming from Dekar.
* Liara T'Soni gets a much more noticeable amount of screen time in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' than any other character in the game by being mandatory in three missions, having more cutscenes than any other character, being directly involved in ''From Ashes'' DLC and potentially [[spoiler:the person with the last line in the entire game if the "Refusal" ending is chosen]].
* Zero of ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' started stealing the spotlight in ''X4'' then completely took over the plot in ''X5'' and ''X6''. Keiji Inafune, the creator of the series, actually wanted to end the main series at X5 primarily so he could get to work on the new ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series. (ExecutiveMeddling prevailed, with [[FranchiseZombie questionable results.]]) Once Inafune moved on, [[TheScrappy Axl]] actually stole the spotlight from the other two characters in X7, and to a lesser degree in X8.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' spends a great deal of the storyline focus on rivals Scorpion and Sub-Zero. But, as they're the headliners for the games, they're the ones who got the most attention; many of the characters seemed to be designed solely as one-off characters (like Stryker), or that the others underwent ridiculous plot changes to try and make them viable again (Raiden becoming evil, Liu Kang dying, etc.).
** Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei in general are a Spotlight-Stealing Squad all their own, what with the Lin Kuei trying to kill Sub-Zero in ''[=MK3=]'' with three killer cyborg ninjas (one of whom was once his old friend Smoke), Noob Saibot turning out to be the elder (evil) Sub-Zero BackFromTheDead, Frost taking him on as a mentor in the later games, and Scorpion relentlessly pursuing him (at least until one of the later games' {{Big Bad}}s was revealed to be the one who murdered Scorpion's family).
** Sub-Zero got a platformer named ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'', in which Scorpion appears as an antagonist and most of the other characters were those that debuted in [=MK4=].
* ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' was originally conceived with just [[Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment Namco]] characters; Creator/{{Capcom}} was brought into the picture later, and it shows. They did a good job integrating the Capcom characters into the plot, but most of the important plot points are still from the Namco side of things; the Capcom characters are just sort of... there.
* The Kanto starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle) in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' ultimately end up taking the spotlight away from the Kalos starters (Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie). They are added to your party with much fanfare shortly after earning your first badge and come with Mega Stones with which to Mega Evolve, which none of the Kalos starters can claim.
* The VideoGame/RavingRabbids of the ''Franchise/{{Rayman}}'' series have commandeered the franchise to the point it's branched off into two series; actual Rayman platforming games and a series of minigame collections starring them. They were also {{guest fighter}}s in ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesSmashUp''. Prior to the branching of the series, they had been increasingly stealing the spotlight from Rayman, with the second Rabbids game featuring him wearing a Rabbid outfit for the whole game, and finally with the third one removing him altogether. Even worse, the focus on them caused ''Rayman 4'' to get cancelled and resulted in Rayman fans having to wait almost a decade for the next main game to come out. All of that, coupled with the fact that they caused the series to go through a dramatic GenreShift (in fact, the Rabbids games are pretty much Rayman InNameOnly), get casualized and lose quality (if critics and long time fans are to be believed), made them {{Scrappy}}s among Rayman fans.
* Much of the [[TheScrappy flak]] directed towards the Soda Poppers in Telltale's ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games was because they were overly focused upon throughout the first season, at the expense of other side characters. As a result, the second season was filled with anti-Poppers {{Fanservice}}, leading them to get KilledOffForReal.
* ''VideoGame/SilhouetteMirage'' revolves around a war between the [[RedOniBlueOni strength-based Silhouettes and the intelligence-based Mirages]]. In practice, though, the Silhouettes are pretty much background flavor in the plot. There are {{mooks}} of both attributes, along with neutral-attribute HumongousMecha... piloted by Mirages. There are Mirage bosses, and there are Silhouette bosses... who mostly work ''for'' the Mirages, if they aren't just [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere random]]. And the dual-attribute Guardian Angel bosses who menace you throughout the game? Yep, they're Mirage creations.
* Shadow from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, who has had the most plot focus of any character for a while. He even managed to star in [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog his own game]]. Then, he and Silver took over ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', to the extent that you only play as the title character for about a third of the game, and he has far less plot connection to the BigBad of the game than Shadow and Silver do. The series starting with ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' have stopped focusing on him so much.
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]'':
** Even though its name is in the title from the second game on, the [[ArtifactTitle Soulcalibur itself]] barely matters. The sole element of the series that has any impact at all is Soul Edge. Of course, ''Soul Edge'' is the title of the ''first'' game, and would have been the series title if not for trademark issues.
** The ad campaign(s) for ''Soulcalibur 2'' led many people who believed them to be surprised when they found out that [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]], [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Heihachi]], and Comicbook/{{Spawn}} were actually ''not'' the only playable characters. Hard to say which ad campaigns were the worst at only showing Link, Spawn, or Heihachi.
*** Each of them also appears quite prominently on the cover of their respective version's box, despite having no role in the canon story.
*** In hindsight, ''Soulcalibur 2'' pretty much created a trend still present in the series now, where majority of the marketing campaign for each subsequent game has focused more on the guest characters (''Star Wars'' characters in SCIV, [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Ezio]] in SCV, [[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries Kratos]] in ''Broken Destiny''), while the Soul Edge saga and the continuing stories of the recurring characters have seemingly fallen on the wayside
** [[http://cdn2.spong.com/pack/s/o/soulblade7457/_-Soul-Blade-PlayStation-_.jpg From the look of the box art of Soul Blade]], you wouldn't really think much of the blond haired guy right? Well, that guy is Siegfried Schtauffen, who has effectively become the main character since ''[=SoulCalibur=] 1'' despite not owning the titular sword until ''IV''. He's the only character to own both Soul Edge and Soul Calibur at different points in the series becoming BOTH the BigBad and TheHero. You can even see how important he became over time by comparing his [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091210083736/soulcalibur/images/0/0a/Soul_Edge_-_Siegfried.jpg original concept art]] and his [[http://images.wikia.com/soulcalibur/images/e/ed/Siegfried-schtauffen-in-soul-calibur-4.jpg artwork in IV]]. Of course, this ended up making him a [[TropesAreTools likable character]].
** To be more specific: the original ''Soul Edge'' had no central protagonist, but Sophitia and Siegfried are arguably the most prominent because the former destroys one half of Soul Edge, while the latter becomes the BigBad under its power. ''Soul Calibur'' had Xianghua as its protagonist, as per WordOfGod (she originally wielded the holy sword before Siegfried did). ''II'' once again had no protagonist, though it did promote several new characters as being of great importance, but Siegfried, as Nightmare, is starting to steal the spotlight. By ''III'', he's the full-blown protagonist.
* In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' sub-series of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu]], and to a lesser extent, his girlfriend Excellen Browning. The first Original Generation game's almost considered ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'', with extra originals and no other series characters, but other than those who appeared in Alpha ([[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 Masaki Andoh]] included), Kyosuke's included and he becomes one of the main protagonists. He certainly isn't meant to be the main character of the first game (since the second half of his story enters CanonDiscontinuity), but the sequel promotes him to full-blown protagonist in a more ridiculous manner, by having his and Excellen's ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2''[=/=]''[[VideoGameRemake Impact]]'' story taking center stage, while conceiving EvilTwin [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Beowulf]], with links him to the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' plot ''indirectly'', as it makes Kyo TheRival to [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Axel Almer]], even though Axel's appropriate rival is supposedly [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lamia Loveless]] (did we mention Compact 2/Impact plot's the only plot thus far that makes his relationship with Excellen very vital to the story?) Not spotlight stealing enough?
** Additionally, Kyosuke owes much of the spotlight to WolverinePublicity: excluding ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden Masou Kishin]]''-centric titles, any Original Generation-based game (including its {{Gaiden Game}}s) will have either Kyosuke, his {{Expy}} or any variant of his HumongousMecha Alt Eisen displayed on the game cover.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' ''Gaiden'' can be easily called ''Super Robot Wars [[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya ]]'' ''Gaiden'', thanks to more than half of the stages revolves around Tetsuya, his insanely high availability, and [[spoiler:according to side materials, unknowingly plays a huge role inside the BigBad's plan]]. Even worse since while Kyosuke is an original character, he's not.
** For a more meta example, ever since ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'', expect ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', ''Anime/DancougarNova'', and ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' to appear in almost all of the recent ''Super Robot Wars'' games. The first game, barring the ''Classic timeline'' and the ''Super Robot Wars Alpha series'', where all three series were absent was ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'' in 2018.
** One common complaint about the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'' story is that [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Yamato 2199]] takes up way, ''way'' too much of the plot. Not only are almost ''all'' early and late stages entirely based on Yamato episodes, it also has nearly an entire universe to itself (the only other copyright series in the NCC world is [[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone]], and even that is pretty much folded into the Yamato plot). This has the unfortunate side effect of completely overshadowing other interesting plots, such as the wildly different from canon storyline of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]].
* Some say there's the ''{{Franchise/Kirby}}'' series in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', to a degree. Interestingly, this is an attempt to make up for the lack of attention Sakurai gave to his own franchise in ''Melee'' (only Kirby made it in, compared to five ''Mario'' characters and four ''Pokemon'' ones, and Dedede was the first out of the roster when it exceeded the maximum number of characters).
* This is a big complaint leveled at Reala in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', especially endgame. Though to be fair to her, it's not so much her that dominates the plot as her relationship with Kyle that does. The problem is that other beloved characters get decreased screen time and plot relevance because of it, and many plot threads are rushed over in the process of avoiding [[StrangledByTheRedString red string strangling]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'', Rassius appears to be important [[spoiler: and important enough for everyone to mourn his death and treat it as a major plot point.]] despite that the story put so much emphasis on him and Farah when he was in the party.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Twinbee}}'', the spotlight spends more time on Pastel.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', this is a complaint about Thrall and his [[SatelliteCharacter satellite love interest Aggra]], stemming mostly from their completely unnecessary inclusion in Patch 4.2 (which was otherwise about Malfurion's Druids and the Firelands), and the Dragon Aspects and Twilight's Hammer insistence that without Thrall the world is doomed. It doesn't help that, as Thrall was previously the Orc faction leader, many Alliance players are sick of him getting the spotlight, while Horde players are upset he is now neutral. In 4.3, the entire Hour of Twilight dungeon is an EscortMission for Thrall (and also includes the horrendously unimpressive "reveal" of essentially the Alliance's pope as a traitor, to further Alliance players' annoyance) and he plays a large part in the Dragon Soul raid, getting to wield the titular object, being presented as the BigGood, [[spoiler: and ultimately getting to strike the killing blow]]; even though out of all the characters present he has the ''smallest'' connection to [[BigBad Deathwing]] and the Dragon Soul itself. The raid also concludes with him getting a BabiesEverAfter ending. By the time ''Cataclysm'' was over, even his fans were starting to get a little sick of him. In ''Warlords of Draenor'', [[spoiler: Thrall is the one to finally kill Garrosh, even though there's probably a dozen other major characters with good reason to want him dead. This also makes the ending of the Siege of Orgrimmar raid pointless, as Garrosh was only spared to begin with because "his punishment is not for [Thrall] alone to decide"]]. So much for that.
** Aggra herself, whose entire purpose was to basically [[StrangledByTheRedString be forced on Thrall as his love interest]] in order to sink the popular Thrall/Jaina ship, more or less stealing the interest of Thrall from Jaina.
** Sylvanas Windrunner and Garrosh Hellscream also get a fair bit more screentime and CharacterDevelopment than the other faction leaders do, though in their case it's not so much that players want to see less of them, they just want to see more of the others.
** On the Alliance side, most of the story revolves around Varian Wrynn, his son Anduin, and Jaina Proudmoore, the three human faction leaders. While the other racial leaders do make the occasional cameo, those three are the only ones to get any significant CharacterDevelopment. This has led to a complaint that humanity as a whole is an example in ''World of Warcraft''.
*** Players have made fun of this - such as "I like this new Prophet Velen character they added in Warlords of Draenor". For reference, Velen is the racial leader of the Draenei, ''and'' the brother to Kil'jaeden. But if you forgot about the scene he played a role in Burning Crusade (at the end of a raid dungeon that most of the playerbase didn't get the chance to see until it became soloable) or joined later, you would be forgiven for taking that joke seriously, given how little screentime the Draenei really got until Warlords.
** Likewise, after ''Cataclysm'', ''Mists of Pandaria'', and ''Warlords of Draenor'' all featured them in central roles, many fans are starting to get tired of Orcs and wish Blizzard would focus on one of the other twelve playable races. Especially annoying after Vol'jin, a troll, was named new Warchief of the Horde, seemingly pushing the Orcs OutOfFocus for once... Only for them to be shoved right back into the spotlight when the premise of ''Warlords of Draenor'' was revealed to be using TimeTravel to revive a bunch of old Orc characters. Vol'jin himself is mostly absent for the expansion, with Thrall once again taking center stage as the BigGood. ''Legion'' doesn't make it any better since Vol'jin gets offed.
* Ashley from ''VideoGame/WarioWare'', hands down. Her popularity (particularly in Japan) has reached the point where she's overshadowing the other characters, ''including Wario himself''.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by ''[[VideoGame/WWEVideoGames WWE 12]]'' where Wrestling/MichaelCole was DLC. Fair enough as he was a big name at the time, except wave bye bye to Universe Mode unless you enjoy changing his several main event title matches on every card.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer (Dark Elves)]] became this as a race following ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', which is set in their homeland. There are a number of factors at play, including their badass [[HadesShaded ashen skin]][=/=][[RedEyesTakeWarning blood red eyes]] appearance, their JackOfAllStats aptitude making them a versatile race to play as, their relatively [[BlueAndOrangeMorality unique and alien culture]] (compared to most of the other races which are largely either HighFantasy stereotypes [High Elves, Wood Elves, Orcs] or are clearly drawn almost directly from real life cultures [Imperials as Romans, Nords as Vikings, Redguards as [[CultureChopSuey Moorish Samurai]], etc.]), the plentiful and extremely deep lore about them coming from fan favorite writer [[MyRealDaddy Michael Kirkbride]], and numerous other factors. Regardless of the cause, the Dunmer became one of the most popular races in the ''ES'' community in subsequent games, and every later installment has included at least one (usually several) Dunmer-related plotlines. (In fact, while the main quest is primarily stand-alone, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''[='s=] ''Dragonborn'' DLC otherwise serves as ADayInTheLimelight episode for the state of the Dunmer people in the 4th Era.)
* Ryuji from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' was an InUniverse example as well as a deconstruction before the events of the game, when he was TheAce of the school's track team. His success annoyed [[SadistTeacher Kamoshida]], who didn't like that the volleyball team he coached was losing attention because of the track team. Kamoshida then decided to spread rumors about Ryuji's [[DomesticAbuse home life]], which pissed off Ryuji enough that he decided to punch Kamoshida. Kamoshida then broke Ryuji's leg, claiming it was self-defense, got the track team disbanded, and didn't face any consequences at the time.
* A major complaint about ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'''s story mode is that it focuses so much on Marie that Callie is practically treated as an afterthought in comparison. Even many Marie fans weren't happy.

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* Thanks to WebAnimation/{{Strong Bad Email}}s being the most popular segment on the site, Strong Bad tends to appear in more ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' toons than the title character. This is even lampshaded when Strongbad tells Homestar that no one comes to HR.com site to see Homestar.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'':
** The comic used to focus on Teodor, Philipp, Cornelius and Lyle living in the Onstad house, with a fairly large and diverse supporting cast. Now the strip focuses mostly on Roast Beef and to a lesser extent Ray.
** It used to be the other way around, with Ray getting most of the spotlight and Roast Beef as first runner-up. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=02182008 here]], where an "Achewood generator" lists five or six different possibilities for a strip's subject matter, supporting cast, plot elements, etc, but the only option for "Primary Character" is Ray.
* ''Webcomic/{{Cheer}}'' may have a four-girl main cast, but Alex and Lita have been focused on so much that the other two (Jo and Sam) [[OutOfFocus fall by the wayside]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' has managed to shift the focus more towards characters who had little to do with the movie theatre and more with about Joel's ambitions and college life rather than stupid customers and the stuff at the concession stand... admittedly Immelmann knew of this, and has actually put an arc that takes place at the concession stand back in, while still putting emphasis on Joel's revenge scheme as well. He also admits that most characters won't get arcs, and even made fun of it a few time. (It even says so in the "About" section to show you how aware of the spotlight stealing PlotTumor)
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Vriska Serket is an intentional example (her character class title is literally the Thief of Light). She's not one of the initial trolls introduced, but she quickly gains more panel time and becomes very important to the plot. It's actually part of her personality to force herself into the story; she even thinks she's the one who is going to kill the DiscOneFinalBoss, and later the BigBad.
** The trolls in general. The series is about four kids playing a game. Then a few trolls pop up and start having conversations with the kids in Act 3. Then they have more conversations in Act 4. The first subact of Act 5 is solely about the troll's group and the narrative keeps going back to them even after that.
* ''N Fans The Series'', a comic that actually played the {{Self Insert|Fic}} cast rather well was rather ''notorious'' for this, consisting mostly of Webster Swenson and Pchan (Both the main author and the best friend OF said main author respectively). This wasn't as apparent in the comic's early days (Even when the cast consisted only of about 6 people), but when the cast expanded to have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, it became highly evident that at least half of the cast was going to be just shown as being in a crowd or fall almost completely to the wayside in favour of Webster Swenson and Pchan.
** Team Lalala was literally standing ''in the exact same place'' for about a ''year'', while the plot fixated on Webster Swenson and Pchan, with occasional sidestories about tech support or the other teams. At least half the cast was PutOnABus.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Ellen and Nanase can veer here pretty often. They get most of the more eventful plots, and while other characters [[DemotedToExtra tend to slide to the background]] during given storylines the two of them have played a major role in every multi-chapter story to date, arguably the central role in everything but the original Sister. Even then, its climax and falling act revolved around the two of them. The most JustForFun/{{egregious}} case is Painted Black, which centered around Elliot being kidnapped and Grace's backstory coming out and they ''still'' likely got over half the screen time. The two are also used front and center in a disproportionately large amount of fillers in relation to the rest of the cast.
** The storylines have exploded in length. According to the once-kept stats page, Elliot and Grace are still far and above in the most strips and central characters in the most storylines, but you'd never know because you've spent the last four or so years in Tedd's living room and the girl's bathroom at school. And of course, out of those last four years, we've gotten [[ScheduleSlip eighteen month's worth of actual comic]].
** After the Ellen/Nanase arc ended, Dan took his fandom's advice and is keeping them very much in the background, focusing on the characters he's been neglecting. It helps that one of the most interesting parts of Nanase's character, her magic, [[spoiler:has been lost for a few months AND Elliot has enough to keep the fans happy]].
* While the author of ''WebComic/SkinDeep'' has stated that it was about ''everyone'' and not ''just'' Michelle, the comic arcs since 2009 have pretty much seemingly aborted the arc that was being built up in the comic's early days, since now it's pretty much randomness and transformation in England. However; as of late 2011, the focus has gone back to Michelle.
* Checking the Bios page of ''WebComic/TheFoxfireChronicles'' would make one ''quite'' confused as to the current story arc. Not only does the current arc take place in an ''entirely different setting'' with only ''one'' of the cast members shown on the page (With maybe another who shows up for a little while) having any role, but back when the other cast members ''did'' show up, the focus was almost entirely on Luke with Liegh and Mary maybe getting a few lines or focus every now and then. And General William Orville, the supposed antagonist, seems to have been PutOnABus in the meantime... along with the other four supposed main characters. And once more, it doesn't help that [[ScheduleSlip we're lucky to get even two comics a month nowadays]].
* In ''Webcomic/TriangleAndRobert'', not only are the Sentries spotlight-stealers, and not only do the title characters start pointing it out around year 4, but due to [[NoFourthWall the nature of the strip]], they can make ''actual efforts'' to distract the cartoonist and keep the Sentries off-panel. This sometimes works, though never for too long. (It can also backfire: at one point the Sentries are gone for quite a while, and when they return, each one has to take a couple of weeks explaining the plot-important stuff he's been up to.)
* Jordan and Bush from ''WebComic/ExploitationNow''. The author even lampshades it in the comic with the former two characters who started the series.
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. Richard tends to steal the show whenever he is on panel, even if it's just one small line. The authors have claimed they could rename the comic "Richard Kills Stuff" and double the readerbase.
* Intentionally averted with Hannelore and Marigold in ''WebComic/QuestionableContent''. Jeph once noted that he has to work very hard to not turn the comic into "Bad Things Happen to Hanners and Marigold Daily".
* Xanthe/"Trike Girl" from ''WebComic/{{Sinfest}},'' starting around September of 2011, has quickly taken over the strip - either she herself or the effects of her actions.
* [[AuthorAvatar Chris]] from ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' started as a background character playing the role of (somehow) both Sonichu's biological father and his creator. He quickly became the hero of the story, shoving Sonichu into the background. However, in response to feedback from his "[[{{Troll}} fans]]", he wrote himself out of the story to focus on Sonichu again, but then brought himself back. The final issue of the comic doesn't feature Chris at all, but the trope goes to Sonichu's [[TastesLikeDiabetes children]] instead.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': As the different universes were progressively being revealed, there was surprise, but not an agreement about the unofficial name for U3 (such as U13 being "the Super Saiyans universe"). That is, until Bardock appeared. U3 is now essentially "Bardock's universe with those two guys from the [=OVAs=]".
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' was apparently created as a spinoff from ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' because the creators liked the character of [[CampGay Dillon O'Brien]] and didn't feel able to do enough with him in a comic where he was a somewhat fan-disliked supporting character to the titular trio. So they made him the title character and turned the spotlight on the apartment which he shared with ex-porn star Amber Larose, giving him a chance to shine. But then Amber's potentially AnnoyingYoungerSibling, the [[HairTriggerTemper short-tempered]] {{Ingenue}}[=/=]{{Nerd}} Ruby Larose, came through the door in a DangerouslyShortSkirt, and single-handedly stole the spotlight for many, many subsequent strips.
* ''Webcomic/SisterClaire'' got hit bad with this. The main culprit being author favorite, Oscar. Who has all but taken the title of the webcomic from Claire herself, so the authors can use her as their delivery method for LGBT stories.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In an odd way, the ''Creator/AchievementHunter'' portion of ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'' has become this for the company. Some people will easily recognize the likes of Geoff, Jack, [[Creator/GavinFree Gavin]] and the like, but will be hard pressed to recognize someone like Burnie or Gus, unless they recognize their voices from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'':
** Ever since his introduction, Bowser Junior has been taking over other characters in first place, ''including Mario himself''. Come 2014, Joseph and Cody are introduced and become main characters as well.
** Meanwhile, Mario's friends are recently becoming dropped in favor of [[EnsembleDarkhorse Jef]][[CreatorsPet fy]]. In fact, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Shrek has not appeared since "Mario's Hobo Problem!"]] and Black Yoshi did not appear since [[spoiler:"The Purge!"]] yet came back in "Black Yoshi's Blank Check!", a span of ''two months and nine days'' total.
* ''WebVideo/TheMarkRemark'': Refers to shows as "The John Cena Show." The lesser stars are even called "Not-John Cena."
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash and Tara have joked that they could easily stop reading weird news stories and just spend a half-hour talking about their cats: Nash's Grady and Tara's Bridget (technically her brother's cat) and Miracle.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'':
** Simon was overshadowed in The Alvin Show and a number of early episodes of the '80s cartoon (as reflected in fan mail), which devastated franchise co-owner Janice Karman (feeling like a mother neglecting the middle child), so she set out to remedy that, and soon, Simon became "Mr. Popular" among fans.
** [[DistaffCounterpart The Chipettes]] have gotten more and more screentime overtime, to the point where the last episode Ruby-Spears (the first showrunning company, followed by [=DiC=]) had produced for the series doesn't have Dave or the Chipmunks themselves in it.
* Starting as walk-ons in an episode of ''Space Ghost'', the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' stole the spotlight so thoroughly the episode wasn't aired until well after they gained their own show, purely based off the initial appearance.
* ''WesternAnimated/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Varrick gets an incredibly large number of screen-time come book 4. With a handful of small cameos in book 3, for the final season he took center-stage and it is noticeable. Many fans agree that as entertaining and funny as a character he is, the fact he got more focus, development and screen-time compared to characters such as Mako or Asami (who are two of the main characters) is a bit overbearing considering that it is the final season of the show.
** Korra has a recurring problem with this trope due to having a huge ensemble cast with plenty of darkhorses. Season 1 Lin Beifong become a fan favorite and was heavily focused on, getting a huge amount of the A Plot. The beginning of Season 2 focused on Tonraq and the second part developed Jinora. Season 4 might as well be called the Suyin and Beifongs show due to their heavy focus.
* Max Gibson in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. As Terry's SecretKeeper, she is involved in both his civilian and superhero lives; as a consequence, she takes the screentime of both of Terry's supporting casts. It's most noticeable with the decreasing prominence of Terry's family and Dana, his girlfriend, in the later seasons, and the number of episodes that barely feature Bruce Wayne or leave him out completely.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'', General Skarr is a very popular character because of his many traits such as his EvilerThanThou to Hector and that he is pretty much TheStarscream of the show. It also helped that he became a CanonImmigrant to ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
* According to WordOfGod, this was the reason ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' had Ben's alien form Jetray and his teammates Gwen and Kevin DemotedToExtra: the former, due to being the most regularly used alien form, was considered as stealing screentime to other alien forms, and the others were considered as taking too much focus of the show when the writers wanted to focus on Ben himself. A lot of fans have been quick to point out the fact that in the end, Ben's new partner in Omniverse, [[HypercompetentSidekick Rook]], ended up actually stealing ''even more'' Ben's screentime than Gwen and Kevin ever did.
* A lot of episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'' are focused on Bianca (the resident AlphaBitch), to the point that some sources list her as the main character.
* Because of the ''Franchise/CareBears'' being the result of a greeting card and MerchandiseDriven, you can count on one hand the number of episodes that haven't been centered on either the bears who actually wore clothes or Brave Heart Lion. And you can count on one hand how many times Loyal Heart Dog even ''spoke,'' let alone had his own episode.
* Elise in ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' could be considered this by many fans of the show since by the second season, most of the episodes focused more on her, which is why the fans considered it a SeasonalRot. This seemed to die down a bit by the third season though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' was initially designed with Rufus as the main protagonist, with early concept work using the Urpneys as more minor comic relief. In the pilot episode, the Urpneys are upgraded greatly and given individual personalities and spotlight, however Rufus is still played as the main hero and gets the majority of genuine CharacterDevelopment. Following this he is diluted into a HeroAntagonist and the Urpneys act as the {{Villain Protagonist}}s for most of the series. Even their boss [[BigBad Zordrak]] usually only appears in "bookend" appearances for each episode.
** Seasons Three and Four downplayed the VillainProtagonist dynamic slightly, and started to even out the focus between Blob's squad and Rufus and Amberley. Zordrak and most other regulars such as the Wuts remained as OutOfFocus as ever though.
* ''Franchise/DuckTales''
** The second season of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' introduced Fenton Crackshell/Gizmoduck, a clear {{Expy}} for the absent WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, who would go on to either star or co-star in almost every episode of the second season, causing many other previously prominent characters such as Launchpad [=McQuack=] and even to some extent Huey, Dewey and Louie to be moved OutOfFocus. Only Scrooge himself remained as prominent as ever. Unlike many examples of this trope, though, Fenton is fairly popular with the fanbase, possibly thanks to his dual status as ButtMonkey and {{Superhero}}.
* GIR in his puppy suit from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has dominated the most attention, even more so than the title character himself, appearing in Hot Topics nationwide. The puppy suit in particular has almost completely eclipsed GIR's true robot form, even though the robot form had more actual screentime in the show.
* Since Season 7 onward, Denzel Crocker, Timmy's dad, Cosmo, and Foop from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' have more and more amount of screen-time in the series, ''ESPECIALLY'' the two former, in detriment of main characters of earlier seasons, like Chester, A.J., Tootie, Trixie Tang and Vicky, the latter of which was the main antagonist of the series for most of the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' may as well just be "The [[FunnyAnimal Brian]] and [[EnfantTerrible Stewie]] Show" in later seasons. Peter hasn't really suffered from it, but Chris and Lois have (whereas Meg's been OutOfFocus for most of the show). More and more episodes are about Brian dating someone and the 150th episode special is completely about Brian and Stewie being trapped in a bank vault. In fact, said 150th episode was simply called "Brian and Stewie". They are the main characters of the 200th episode. Let's face it, it's ''all'' about them now. Not to mention the "Road To..." episodes, which focus on Brian and Stewie entirely. Another example of this would be the episode "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven", where Peter flat-out states that this was a "Meg episode" and that he wouldn't blame the audience for changing the channel... the episode was actually more about Brian.
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had dozens of episodes focusing on him, whereas characters like Leela and Zoidberg only had a handful.
** In addition to that, almost every episode that didn't have him as the main character had him in a subplot, two of the movies had his name in the title (''Bender's Big Score'' had more to do with Fry and Leela), and the two that didn't had very long subplots involving him.
** Amy and Hermes are easily the most underused characters in the series. Season 6 tries to correct this by having one Hermes episode and two (!) Amy episodes. The catch? Both the Hermes and one of Amy's eps are centered on Bender.
** Even happens in-universe. He gets a minor spot on "[[ShowWithinAShow All My Circuits]]" and quickly steals the show.
* Helga from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' appeared more and more as the show went on, and by the end she had more episodes dedicated to her than any character but the title character himself. (Even more so than Gerald, Arnold's best friend.) She also gets the lion's share of CharacterDevelopment along with fellow JerkWithAHeartOfGold Harold, while Arnold himself became pretty [[FlatCharacter flat]] and OutOfFocus. Hell, her list of tropes on the character page was so long it had to be split off into [[Characters/HeyArnoldHelgaGPataki a page of its own]]. Arnold [[Characters/HeyArnoldArnoldShortman eventually got one too]], but Helga's is still longer.
%%* June would do this in ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' might as well be called "The Mr. Cat Show". Pretty much everything revolves around what he's doing, and he is focused on even more than the show's protagonist, Kaeloo.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' TV series reintroduces Chomper as a main character, who proceeds to hog the spotlight for most of the show. Most of the episodes center around him, and even in episodes that feature the return of other popular characters (such as Ali and Mo), Chomper still seems to get a B plot to focus on him.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' had a moderate case of this, with the second season especially focusing on Brainiac 5 and the Superman duo.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts after [[UsefulNotes/LooneyTunesInTheSixties 1964]] (and until 1968) had WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales stealing the spotlight, with some appearances of WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner on the side. The only other classic characters to appear during this era were WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, WesternAnimation/{{Sylvester|TheCatAndTweetyBird}}, Granny, and oddly enough, Witch Hazel and the Goofy Gophers (Mac and Tosh), most of which only made one or two appearances. Yes, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny shockingly made no appearances during this era.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' episodes switched protagonists every few episodes, but it still had a few members who appeared often. Among them were Fizzy, Lickety Split, Surprise, Gusty, and Wind Whistler. In a MerchandiseDriven series with 100+ characters this is reasonably apparent.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Starlight Glimmer been accused of this since her inclusion to the cast. During season 6, most episodes where she showed up ended revolving around her and has featured her prominently in all the season premieres/finales since her introduction, even supplanting the Mane Six entirely during the Season Six finale. [[note]]A grand total of 12 appearances as of Season 7, and the animatics for the Season 8 premiere seem to indicate this trend will continue[[/note]] She even manages to play a critical role in the third animated special of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsMagicalMovieNight'', "''Mirror Magic''", where she controversially steps over resident series focal point Sunset Shimmer.
* From ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Perry has been getting this treatment lately, with a majority of episodes and merchandise revolving around him.
** Despite being the SeriesFinale, the last episode is more focused on Candace and Doofenshmirtz than the two titular characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': The main six all get equal attention in the show, having the same amount of "T.J. episodes" as "Gretchen episodes", "Vince episodes", "Mikey episodes", and so on. Though in TheMovie, while the main six are all in the lead, of course, T.J. gets the most spotlight, to the point where many fans think that ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' should've been re-named ''The T.J. Detweiler Movie''. But then again, he ''is'' the protagonist.
* Muscle Man from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is slowly becoming this. Almost every episode now days features him in a major way. He also appears in almost every preview for an episode, even if it did not feature him majorly. What's worse, his partner High Five Ghost, had received no Day in the Limelight episode after Season 4 began.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The show has been notorious for this much of the time, with the first season being almost entirely Bart-centric, then for a while it was even and then became Homer-centric seeing as Homer was a BreakoutCharacter; nowadays the plots are almost entirely Lisa-centric, with Homer taking up the center of the subplots. This really all [[DependingOnTheWriter Depends On The Showrunner]].
*** Fansite ''Dead Homer Society'' actually wrote [[http://deadhomersociety.com/2009/06/03/simpsons-history-the-bart-years-never-actually-happened/ two]] [[https://deadhomersociety.com/2010/12/11/simpsons-history-there-never-was-a-shift-to-homer/ counterpoints]] to this. Long story short: Bart is the main character in about five or six episodes of the original season's thirteen, and his usage only declines from then on. Homer, on the other hand, gets slightly more usage over the next three seasons, but not by much. Though both characters suffered from WolverinePublicity, they weren't that much more important than the rest of the family, all of whom get at least a few episodes prominently featuring them at the start.
** Music/LadyGaga in the Season 23 finale. Not only did she appear on screen before any Springfieldian, she ''actually got more screentime than the Simpson family''. Naturally, this didn't endear her to any Simpsons fans who aren't Gaga fans.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', Princess Sally leaned more and more into center stage to the point only she and Sonic seemed to have involvement in the majority of missions. Antoine was also prominent comic relief, even gaining four half-sized episodes devoted to his slapstick role.
* Randy Marsh and Butters Stotch of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' became this as time went on. Cartman is as well, although that has been the case since day one (the first episode was entitled "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe".)
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' might as well be called the Mr. Krabs vs. Plankton series featuring [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, and Squidward due to the unhealthy amount of focus with them; most notably Mr. Krabs. It doesn't help that most of the recurring characters get less focus in favor of those two as the seasons pass by.
%%* Lance from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Acme Looniversity actually has a Spotlight Stealing class (taught by notorious AttentionWhore WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck). Plucky, Hamton, and Elmyra must have done especially well, considering how much focus they got. Elmyra would later be shoehorned into ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' as well as ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''; in the latter, she's called into a group counseling session with the Warner siblings. They con her into following Mindy. Yes, ''that'' Mindy. Buttons gets a day off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Duncan, Heather, and Owen have the highest episode counts out of all of the contestants in the series. [[spoiler:All three of them have made it to the final five of the first season without returning, Duncan and Owen have also been some of the few contestants to return in the game. All three of them were also finalists, which means that in certain countries they were picked as the season's winner.]]
** Gwen and Courtney also received a lot of focus throughout the series, especially when the LoveTriangle between them and Duncan took center-stage in ''World Tour''.
** Cody, who had not one but ''two'' subplots during ''World Tour'', doubling his screentime.
** In ''World Tour'', newcomers Alejandro and Sierra receive a lot of focus, especially when they interact with any of the aforementioned Spotlight Stealers. It did not help when it became gradually obvious that Alejandro was Heather's long awaited canonical love interest, while also serving as the BigBad of ''World Tour''.
** Zoey has had the most screentime of any second generation cast member, receiving ample focus in both ''Revenge of the Island'' and ''All-Stars''. Her being in the spotlight is particularly strange in that she spends most of ''Revenge'' as a SatelliteLoveInterest and does not contribute anything to the plot of ''All-Stars'' until the very end of the season.
** Cameron was also hit by this to a lesser extent, having been one of the main protagonists and ultimately a finalist in ''Revenge of the Island'' and later returning in ''All-Stars''. Always a Love or Hate Character, there were just as many who enjoyed his focus in ''Revenge'' as there were those who hated it; it took a turn for the worst though in ''All-Stars'' as he becomes the new subject of Sierra's obsessions and dodges multiple eliminations, only to end up as dead weight for much of the season.
** As of ''All-Stars'' Mike has also been hit with this status, with his multiple personalities receiving more spotlight than Mike himself (particularly villainous alter-ego Mal).
** Shawn and Jasmine in ''Pahkitew'' have substantial focus throughout the season due to their ShipTease with, the respective friendship with Dave and Samey. About Shawn, considering he's also a finalist, this makes him the overall the most focused on contestant in ''Pahkitew Island''.
** Sugar in ''Pahkitew''. She has made more enemies than any other contestant in the season, and is the most focused on antagonist this time round. As well as frequently stealing the show with gross-out gags in a manner similar to Owen.
** The Ice Dancers and Police Cadets in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace''. The first are the most focused on pairing, placing no worse than third in the first eight episodes, and they're the Big Bads of the first season.
** Emma and Kitty also. They have had quite a lot of focus so far, especially on Emma's attitude towards Kitty, and that's before Emma's romantic plot with Noah.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has had two episodes devoted entirely to Arcee and Jack, with the other Autobots and kids not showing up for longer than a quick silent scene at the end. Much better than the other partners as Raf and Bumblebee only had focus in one episode so far, and they had to compete with a B plot with the other bots stopping Starscream. Miko and Bulkhead did a little better mostly due to Bulkheads rivalry with Breakdown but they still needed to compete for screentime with other characters. Ratchet meanwhile barely leaves the base, while Optimus Prime himself usually just shows up at the end to kick ass. If they aren't absent entirely. Meanwhile Arcee is the only character to be in every single episode so far. This is refreshing however, since generally female Transformers are minor characters that don't do much.
* For a show called ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} gets way more focus than anyone else (other than Wolverine, of course).
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Fans generally love Comicbook/BlueBeetle and [[FragileSpeedster Impulse]] ([[HoYay/YoungJustice particularly as a couple]]), but it's hard to deny that they got a lot more attention than the other season two newbies, let alone the main six from season one. {{Justified|Trope}} by their comparative importance to the plot in a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters rather extensive cast]], but still, couldn't they sacrifice one or two of their episodes to give Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} something to do?

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/SarahPalin: She started out as just a potential vice-president and now a lot of people seem obsessed with her for some reason. A surprising number of people even have trouble remembering whose running mate she originally was. At times it felt like the GOP ticket was Palin/[=McCain=].
** Because they made memorable quips during their respective Vice-Presidential debates, Lloyd "You're no Jack Kennedy" Bentsen in 1988 and James "Who am I? Why am I here?" Stockdale in 1992 are better-remembered now than their respective top-of-the-ticket running mates, Michael Dukakis and Ross Perot.
* Comedian Creator/JeffDunham allows Achmed the Dead Terrorist to be the focus of almost all of his shows. The Christmas Special may as well have been called the "Achmed the Dead Terrorist show, guest starring Jeff Dunham & Other personalities".
** One special expands Achmed's role [[UpToEleven even further]] (both solo and with his half-dead long-lost son.) He takes up roughly 60% of the show, forcing Peanut and Jose Jalapeno-on-a-stick to be introduced ''at the same time'' to make room. If anything, the puppets like Melvin and Sweet Daddy D managed to suffer this the most; even Bubba because in a 2010 performance, the ''audience'' knew his routine better than ''Jeff'' did. Bubba didn't let Jeff get away with it, though....
* Even in death, Music/MichaelJackson managed to be a one-man Spotlight Stealing Squad. If you saw the news ''at all'' during the summer months of 2009, chances are, it was about Michael Jackson. In comparison, very little attention was given to other celebrity deaths during the same month such as Ed [=McMahon=], Farrah Fawcett (who passed just before Michael), Creator/BillyMays, and David Carradine.
** Bonus points for being the top story overshadowing the military coup in Honduras.
** Hell, he was an SSS to the ''Iranian election protests''.
** OJ Simpson and Music/BritneySpears managed to hijack the media for awhile. A ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip actually shows the OJ Simpson trial on ''every'' channel as a TakeThat to the news.
* Any celebrity, whether they've died, punched a paparazzo, driven drunk, or just gone to the park with their kids, will dominate the news for no less than 48 hours on average.
** Unless, as shown above, a 'bigger' celebrity dies, then those 'lesser' celebrities will get an occasional mention during the non-stop coverage of the 'bigger' celebrity's death. Some might not even realize that those 'lesser' celebrities are dead for at least a month or two.
* Princess Di managed to do this as well. The great humanitarian who died in Summer 1997? Most people wouldn't think of Mother Teresa... This was mocked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', when Milo's lecture about how "you don't need to be pretty to be loved", citing Teresa as an example, was undermined because of this trope.
* Some shows turn themselves into a SSS. One example is Nancy Grace. She tends to make multiple shows on one single topic. When Natalee Holloway was kidnapped, time seemed to stand still.
* The main point of MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome, which is when news stations will only cover stories about missing/killed white women as opposed to other people who may be missing at the same time. Even if the person they are covering isn't white, usually it's a very beautiful young woman. The most known example is Jon Benét Ramsey, who was killed about 2 decades ago and still shows up in the news sometimes.
** This was made fun of in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with one of their {{cutaway gag}}s.
--> '''Peter:''' It'll be even sadder than the media gets when a cute white girl dies.
--> (begin cutaway of an over turned school bus, a policeman addresses news reporters)
--> '''Policeman:''' I'm afraid not everyone survived the crash, 9 year old Becky Gunderson--
--> '''News Reporters:''' (sad) Awwww.
--> '''Policeman:''' Oh wait, I'm sorry, that's Becky Gutierez.
--> '''News Reporters:''' (disappointed) Awww, that's not news!
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII has long since taken the spotlight of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in world history. The most notable reasons for this include its larger scale and consequences (more countries were involved meaning a greater scale of death and destruction and the resulting UsefulNotes/ColdWar had a much larger effect on the global balance of power than World War I did), film evolving more during that era meaning more civilians were exposed to what was going on, and that more veterans of World War II are alive today than from World War I (In fact, there are none left; The last veteran left - Florence Green, who served as a waitress for Women's Royal Air Force - died February 4, 2012).
** The two wars also have '''very''' different narratives attached to them in modern times. World War II is largely remembered as a war of GoodVersusEvil, with the heroic defenders of democracy battling the evil fascists of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, UsefulNotes/FascistItaly and UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan. World War I, however, tends to be viewed much more as a GreyAndGrayMorality poing match between glory-seeking empires. There's a lot more historical nuance, of course, but this is how the wars tend to be remembered in popular culture.
** Very much in play for Czarist Russia: the revolution basically erased Russia's [=WWI=] battles from history, even in Russia itself (there doesn't seem to be so much as a single museum). Most people, hell, most history buffs can't even name (or even describe!) a single battle Russia fought with Germany; they can almost always describe the Battle of the Somme, Jutland, and/or the Battle of Verdun. Thus, all the attention is on the Western Front, despite the fact that Russia (along with Austria) was the initial Great Power belligerent.[[note]]Since the war started when Austria (Great Power) attacked Serbia (Minor Power), which was an ally of Russia (Great Power) obliged to defend it.[[/note]]
*** It didn't help that Russia essentially lost an ''entire generation'' from the bloodshed of WWI, thanks to their incompetent generals and underequipped army.
** Consider that WWI had a bigger impact on the global map (ended five major empires), higher casualty rates per mobilized troops (10% to WWII's 4%), and was renown for the horrific battlefield combat, even considering that '''all war''' is devastating and gruesome. But WWI's chemical weapons use, heavy artillery bombings (Verdun's landscape is ''still'' significantly altered from that 9-month battle, and the term "shell-shock" entered the lexicon due to the belief at the time that blast waves from artillery impacts had caused it) and futile battlefield tactics that had not caught up to the modernized weapons for the time. WWI has been considered arguably the worst war in world history in terms of how atrocious the combat was.
** Similarly, the Civil War has taken such a large place in US history that many people tend to ignore that the 150th Anniversary of many Civil War events overlap the 200th Anniversary of events in the War of 1812.
* Ask the average non-German to name someone famous from German history. Chances are they won't be able to list anyone but [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], who wasn't even German by birth!
** Or UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein.
** Frederick the Great, Bismarck, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, and Kaiser Wilhelm II are named quite often, although Wilhelm tends to be remembered most for his NiceHat.
* An actor who wins an award for Best Supporting Actor/Actress, especially if the leads were not awarded. An example could be JenniferHudson in regards to ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'' one could joke "Hey did you know Beyonce was in ''Dreamgirls''?"
** Music/{{Beyonce}} herself, especially when she was in Music/DestinysChild but no one paid attention to the other girls. See music above.
* The Pestigo Fire of October 8th, 1871 is -to this date- the largest and deadliest forest fire in American history. A Firestorm that engulfed more than a combined total of 5,000 square miles of the eastern part of Wisconsin and upper Michigan, including most of the peninsula near where Green Bay is now located[[note]]the fire actually jumped hundreds of miles across the Green Bay of Lake Michigan to start burning the peninsula on the other side[[/note]]. Somewhere around 2,500 people died in the firestorm[[note]]The exact numbers are unknown. The fire took place over such a large area that it was impossible to get an accurate count. There are mass graves where bodies are buried just because there wasn't anyone left who could identify who these people were. More than 2,000 were confirmed though.[[/note]]. Yet this fire, and the Port Huron Fire that simultaneously happened in Michigan due to the same weather conditions on the same day, have been largely forgotten and overlooked by history.
** Why? Because the [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Great Chicago Fire]] also happened on that same day, and ''because'' it is Chicago, a man-made fire that destroyed a sizable portion of the city and took 300 lives is much more interesting and important than the largest forest fire to ever happen in North America...
* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte managed to eclipse every other military and political figure involved in the Revolutionary and, well, UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars (save perhaps for the Duke of Wellington), to the point that it's very easy to forget he owed his first major command to luck and connections, and he was practically unknown before 1796. He also takes up so much of the space dedicated to the first half of the 19th century in French school programmes that most students have trouble telling who and what came after him.
* In the build up to the 2016 President election, popular business mogul Donald Trump became an example after he decided to run for top office for the Republican Party. He quickly overshadowed Jeb Bush, whom many assumed would become the front runner against Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, who also got the stoplight stolen from her by Bernie Sanders, that was until the first Democratic debate where Hillary Clinton reminded people that she is still the person to beat, while Jeb Bush has lagged behind after each Republican debate until he suspended his campaign after the South Carolina Republican primary (only the third in the nation). A notable point of contention after he won the presidency was on how much the media focused on him rather than Hilary (who, besides her controversy surrounding her emails, recieved less air time and reporting). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Whether this played a part in his victory is a question not to be asked or answered here]].
* Jokingly, humans are this in most fantasy works - it has been joked that if you read a science fiction or a fantasy work that features multiple races, big chance that the plot will revolve around human politics, the human characters, or their relations with other races - namely the humans' relations with them. See also HumanFocusedAdaptation.
* Several times during political conventions; someone speaking at the convention can end up overshadowing the party nominee if the party's nomination had not been determined; or alternately allowing a little-known politician to enter the national spotlight for the first time.
** The first example of this was in the 1896 Democratic Convention; when little-known former Nebraska Congressman William Jennings Bryan's "[[http://www.historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5354/ Cross of Gold]]" speech opposing the gold standard elevated him to the nomination (though he was eventually defeated by UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley).
** Other instances included the 1956 Democratic convention when Senator UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy made a gracious concession speech after being passed over for the Vice-Presidential spot on the ticket; former California Governor UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan delivering his impromptu speech after losing his primary challenge to President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord at the Republican convention in 1976[[note]]one report stated that if a motion to reconsider the nomination - which Reagan lost to Ford by just over 100 votes on the convention floor - had been introduced, it might have passed[[/note]]; Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy's "The Dream Shall Never Die" speech after losing his primary challenge to President UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter in 1980; New York Governor Mario Cuomo's keynote speech in 1984; Texas State Treasurer[[note]]and future Governor[[/note]] Ann Richard's [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humorous]] 1988 keynote speech with the famous "Poor [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George]]. He can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth" line; conservative commentator Pat Buchanan's[[note]]who had challenged President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 Republican primaries[[/note]] [[GoKartingWithBowser oft-criticized]] "Culture War" speech; the 2004 address by Illinois State Senator[[note]]and 2004 U.S. Senate candidate and future President[[/note]] UsefulNotes/BarackObama and the 2012 "empty chair" speech by Creator/ClintEastwood.