In my opinion, the chief difference between Commuting on a Bus
and Demoted to Extra
is that the former has some sort of in-story
explanation, whereas the latter does not. And I agree that Demoted to Extra
is also misdefined; a separate Trope for "Commuting" without the in-story explanation
should be created and relevant examples placed there.
Actually, the way I see it is that Commuting on a Bus
is redundant to The Bus Came Back
, the difference being in the number of appearances. By definition, Misty
qualifies for "Commuting" (1 2-parter ending Togepi's character arc
, 1 inter-arc of 3 episodes, and a Made-for-TV Movie
), but is a better in-spirit fit for "Back" (especially in light of her lack of appearances since.) Gary Oak's Sinnoh appearances are similarly borderline (except that he spent the whole of the Hoenn/BF arc absent, as well as
the Orange arc prior to).
EDIT: Regularly Recurring Cast Member would, in theory, be indistinguishable from Recurring Character
. Perhaps Part Time Regular
for the "Former Regular who got his 'hours' cut" case. This has the advantage of not requiring a "reason" for the "hour-cut", making it a Super Trope
And Demoted to Extra does
have an inverse Trope in Ascended Extra
EDIT 2: The original Trope, "Isn't It Sad," which is about the removal
of characters in later seasons/adaptations would still not be addressed by my proposals... What we may have overall is trying to gauge motion along a previously undefined Sliding Scale
. Perhaps we should first define a "Sliding Scale of Cast Membership", grouping the types of character appearances, and then
try to cover the different types of motions.
EDIT 3: Here we go for DoE:
- Out of Focus: A Regular or Recurring Character still pops in and says his/her Mandatory Line, but otherwise has no significance to the plot or individual episodes. (Recurring as defined as in roughly half the episodes or more)
- Demoted to Extra: A character, who was formerly a Main or a significant Recurring, has fewer appearances (no more than about 1/2 of the episodes in an arc/season and no more than 1 focus episode per 13 for a small cast, 26 otherwise).
- "Isn't It Sad"/Demoted To Memorium: A character, who was formerly a Main or a significant Recurring, who doesn't appear in future seasons/adaptations.
Again, "Commuting" is (the above) Demoted to Extra with
explanation along the lines of "Character now works in the branch office".
edited 26th Jun '12 7:20:29 AM by DonaldthePotholer