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almightyblue
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11:17:40 PM Jun 26th 2014
As regards to Pac-Man in Smash Bros, the trope is Unexpected Character, not Unlikely Character. As soon as Namco Bandai was revealed to be involved in the production of the game, Pac-Man's name started popping up in character lists. That alone makes him not unexpected. Even saying SOME people were surprised at his reveal (just because they created some arbitrary rule about only two third-party characters being included) does not automatically mean his inclusion becomes unexpected.
Larkmarn
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12:39:28 PM May 14th 2013
Just whipped up a rewrite of the description to avoid Example As Thesis. Thoughts?

''Normally when time comes for a sequel or adaptation of a franchise, you can have a pretty good idea of who to expect in the returning cast. The Hero, The Lancer, the Ensemble Darkhorse... no one is surprised by their return. However, creators may want to shake things up and include less obvious characters. They could be a One-Scene Wonder, someone who had succombed to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, or simply a Living Prop, or even someone from outside the franchise.

Sometimes these character choices are praised, bringing in a previously unknown character to recent audiences, but other times the choice can be seen as a gimmick to increase sales.

Due to the ease of slipping in outside characters in a Fighting Game (both in terms of mechanics and plot), Guest Fighter can be considered a particularly common subtrope.''

larkmarn
06:16:00 AM Jun 12th 2013
Imma go ahead and swap the descriptions out then.
Sorastitch
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06:29:29 AM Apr 28th 2013
Can somebody explain to me on how the picture for this trope has ANYTHING to do with this trope? The caption isn't helping either.
Thecommander236
06:50:45 PM Apr 28th 2013
Because no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Really though, that should be the caption.
Sorastitch
02:43:36 PM Apr 30th 2013
But it has nothing to do with the trope...
Larkmarn
04:17:52 PM Apr 30th 2013
... exactly.
Kalle
03:49:50 PM Jun 11th 2013
I like how the new image caption has a nod to it, though! :)
Grobi
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10:22:33 AM Jul 22nd 2011
Why isn't this YMMV? Unexpected = fan-reaction = Audience Reactions = YMMV ^^
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