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** Several ''[[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]]'' spin-offs have Simba suffering from this, in favour of Timon and Pumbaa, such as in [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa the animated series]], in which Simba only appeared a couple of times, and [[Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf the third Lion King movie]] which is all about Timon and Pumbaa stealing scenes from the first movie. This was eventually lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', when Timon and Pumbaa are introduced by Mickey Mouse, Simba moans "[[SpotlightStealingSquad Those guys always get all the attention!]]"
** The entire cast of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', including the titular character, suffered this fate as the later merchandise based on the film now focus on [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Jasmine.]] Considering that The Disney Princess line of merchandising is quite profitable and has become in an odd way, it's OWN spinoff from the various Disney films that each princess comes from, this may not be the case with Jasmine--or perhaps, the fate of any character associated with a Disney Princess.
** Flounder from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', where he is also now portrayed as a father to several baby fish.

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** Several ''[[Disney/TheLionKing ''[[Franchise/TheLionKing Lion King]]'' spin-offs have Simba suffering from this, in favour of Timon and Pumbaa, such as in [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa the animated series]], in which Simba only appeared a couple of times, and [[Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf [[WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf the third Lion King movie]] which is all about Timon and Pumbaa stealing scenes from the first movie. This was eventually lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', when Timon and Pumbaa are introduced by Mickey Mouse, Simba moans "[[SpotlightStealingSquad Those guys always get all the attention!]]"
** The entire cast of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'', including the titular character, suffered this fate as the later merchandise based on the film now focus on [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Jasmine.]] Considering that The Disney Princess line of merchandising is quite profitable and has become in an odd way, it's OWN spinoff from the various Disney films that each princess comes from, this may not be the case with Jasmine--or perhaps, the fate of any character associated with a Disney Princess.
** Flounder from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', where he is also now portrayed as a father to several baby fish.



** [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Lilo Pelekai]] in any material outside the ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' movies and ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. Stitch is the regular moneymaker, while Lilo hardly, barely or never gets a mention. Even ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' omitted her from their movie-themed level (though to be fair, that was a prequel), she only gets a cameo in the ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' anime showing that she now has a similar-looking daughter of her own, and is only shown in flashbacks in the Chinese animated series ''Animation/StitchAndAi''. Even worse, the men behind ''Lilo & Stitch: The Series'' do not wish for the franchise to continue with Lilo because "[her] story is done",[[note]]They did give her [[WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch a finale]], and they want to keep it that way.[[/note]] that they do not want to "ruin" fans' memories of the now-adult Creator/DaveighChase as the voice of Lilo, and that they find the idea of a series set in the older life of a once-young character (akin to shows like ''Series/FullerHouse'', ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', and ''Series/RavensHome'') to be "cliché".
** Esmeralda in ''[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Hunchback of Notre Dame II]]''.

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** [[Disney/LiloAndStitch [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch Lilo Pelekai]] in any material outside the ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' movies and ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. Stitch is the regular moneymaker, while Lilo hardly, barely or never gets a mention. Even ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' omitted her from their movie-themed level (though to be fair, that was a prequel), she only gets a cameo in the ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' anime showing that she now has a similar-looking daughter of her own, and is only shown in flashbacks in the Chinese animated series ''Animation/StitchAndAi''. Even worse, the men behind ''Lilo & Stitch: The Series'' do not wish for the franchise to continue with Lilo because "[her] story is done",[[note]]They did give her [[WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch a finale]], and they want to keep it that way.[[/note]] that they do not want to "ruin" fans' memories of the now-adult Creator/DaveighChase as the voice of Lilo, and that they find the idea of a series set in the older life of a once-young character (akin to shows like ''Series/FullerHouse'', ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', and ''Series/RavensHome'') to be "cliché".
** Esmeralda in ''[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Hunchback of Notre Dame II]]''.''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameII''.



** Pongo and Perdita, the main characters of the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' movie, are secondary characters in ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries''. The episode "The Making Of..." {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by having them remark that they were told that Disney "decided to go for a younger look". "But we're not bitter," Perdita remarks, [[HypocriticalHumor immediately before tearing a rip on a promotional poster]].

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** Pongo and Perdita, the main characters of the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' movie, are secondary characters in ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries''. The episode "The Making Of..." {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by having them remark that they were told that Disney "decided to go for a younger look". "But we're not bitter," Perdita remarks, [[HypocriticalHumor immediately before tearing a rip on a promotional poster]].



** In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' series and holiday specials throughout the 80s and 90s, Kanga and Roo made only sporadic appearances, with Owl and Gopher more liable to play supporting characters. The Disneytoon Studios ''Pooh'' films and featurettes of the 2000s reversed this, with Owl and Gopher sparsely appearing and Kanga and Roo promoted to main characters. Both of them completely disappeared in ''My Friends Tigger and Pooh'', however [[Disney/WinnieThePooh the 2011 movie]] found a balance for the most of them, though Gopher is still absent. However, he does appear in the video game ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3'' in 2019.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' series and holiday specials throughout the 80s and 90s, Kanga and Roo made only sporadic appearances, with Owl and Gopher more liable to play supporting characters. The Disneytoon Studios ''Pooh'' films and featurettes of the 2000s reversed this, with Owl and Gopher sparsely appearing and Kanga and Roo promoted to main characters. Both of them completely disappeared in ''My Friends Tigger and Pooh'', however [[Disney/WinnieThePooh [[WesternAnimation/WinnieThePooh2011 the 2011 movie]] found a balance for the most of them, though Gopher is still absent. However, he does appear in the video game ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3'' in 2019.


** Tubbimura was dealt with a similar fate like Katnappe in the second series. He speaks once and then remains a voiceless goon to be fought. Interestingly enough, his dog [[SuddenlyVoiced Muffin Face]] ends up having more lines than him, [[ItMakesSenseInContext being Jack and Wuya's therapist in several episodes]].

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** Tubbimura was dealt with a similar fate like Katnappe in the second series. He speaks once and then remains a voiceless goon to be fought. Interestingly enough, his dog [[SuddenlyVoiced Muffin Face]] Face ends up having more lines than him, [[ItMakesSenseInContext being Jack and Wuya's therapist in several episodes]].


* In the early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', [[PoliceAreUseless Officer Barbrady]], [[SadistTeacher Mr. Garrison]], [[ButtMonkey Pip]], and [[ThoseTwoGuys Jimbo and Ned]] were major recurring characters. As the series went on they were gradually phased out. Barbrady and Pip were replaced by Harrison Yates and Butters respectively, while Garrison, Jimbo and Ned became background characters. Subverted, as Barbrady and Garrison became prominent once again in Season 19.

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* In the early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', [[PoliceAreUseless Officer Barbrady]], [[SadistTeacher Mr. Garrison]], [[ButtMonkey Pip]], and [[ThoseTwoGuys Jimbo and Ned]] were major recurring characters. As the series went on they were gradually phased out. Barbrady and Pip were all but replaced by Harrison Yates and Butters Butters, respectively, while Garrison, Garrison became more of an "occasional DayInTheLimelight" player and Jimbo and Ned became background characters. practically vanished. Subverted, as Barbrady and Garrison became prominent once again in Season 19.19.
** Chef appeared in every episode of season one, occasionally in season two but had all but vanished by the time he was McLeaned. Wendy also had a prominent role in almost every episode before getting demoted.



** [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] were the classmates of Star and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In the second season, they only appear in the background and never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging Star commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year]], with [[AllInTheManual the comics having her explain]] that she stopped interacting with them because of their immaturity and tendency to break her privacy. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra essentially took over their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star, while Janna similarly gained an increased role as the only {{Muggle|s}} other than Marco to play an active part Star's adventures. Tellingly, they were both [[EvolvingCredits taken out of the opening credits in Season 2]].
** [[AlphaBitch Brittney]] was another classmate of Star's that appeared regularly at the show's beginning and nearly disappeared in the second season--she only had two, brief appearances in the foreground, one of them non-speaking. She was likewise removed from the last shot of the opening.

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** [[ThoseTwoGuys Alfonso and Ferguson]] were the classmates of Star added by ExecutiveMeddling, and Marco that you generally saw the most of in season one, and had major roles in a few episodes. In WordOfGod admits to [[CreatorsPest not liking them very much]]. By the second season, season they only appear in the background and never speak. Near the end of the season, [[LampshadeHanging speak, which Star commented that she hadn't talked to the two all year]], with {{Lampshades}} at one point. [[AllInTheManual the The comics having her explain]] that she stopped interacting with them because of their immaturity and tendency to break her privacy. Marco's karate teacher [[AscendedExtra Their roles were essentially took over split between [[ManChild Sensei Brantley]] (Marco's other best friend) and [[HighSchoolHustler Janna]] (the other {{Muggle}} involved in their role]] as Marco's [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend]] who wasn't Star, while Janna similarly gained an increased role as the only {{Muggle|s}} other than Marco to play an active part Star's adventures.adventure). Tellingly, they were both [[EvolvingCredits taken out of the opening credits in Season 2]].
** [[AlphaBitch Brittney]] was another classmate of Star's that appeared regularly at the show's beginning and nearly disappeared in the second season--she season, including from the credits; -she only had two, two brief appearances in the foreground, one of them non-speaking. She was likewise removed from the last shot of the opening.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
** This happens to Tombstone after the Green Goblin arc of the first season and up until the episode "Gangland". In the first episode of the series, he sends Enforcers to destroy Spider-Man and is set up as New York's most powerful crime lord. He becomes the BigBad during episodes 4-6, ordering Norman Osborn to create supervillains to distract Spider-Man and is set up as one of Spidey's arch-enemies. He also plays a big role in the Green Goblin arc (7-9), fighting against Green Goblin and [[EnemyMine teaming up with Spider-Man]] to stop him. However after that, he becomes a secondary character and in the Symbiote arc and only appears briefly in beginning of episodes "Intervention" and "Nature vs. Nurture" and only accepting job offers and doing nothing more. Thus, Symbiote/Venom replaces him as BigBad of Season 1. In the first half of season 2 (the Master Planner and Venom arcs), he doesn't even appear and is only mentioned in "First Steps". In the Gang War arc, while he is set up as one of the crime lords fighting for control over New York, he doesn't appear in "Accomplices" and appears in the beginning of "Probable Cause". However in "Gangland", he returns as one of the big bads and fights against Doc Ock, Silvermane, and Spidey. In the final episodes, he doesn't get mentioned at all.
** The same thing happens to Norman Osborn ([[spoiler:Green Goblin]]) in episodes with Venom.

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* This happened to a lot of the supporting characters in season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra ''. The season shifted away from her friends and family as she worked on her own personal journey to get better after she got mercury poisoned. BigBad Kuvira (who hadnít been a major character before) became the seasonís {{Deuteragonist}} which was Tenzinís role beforehand. They also got an episode cut out of the budget at the last minute, causing the creative team to scrape together a clip show to not have to lay off people early which is a lot of time in a show with 13, 22 minute episodes per season.


** TheMovie gives all of the main characters at least one line of dialogue each, but the focus is on [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, and Plankton. Midway through, Mr. Krabs spends the entire movie frozen, and Squidward's dialogue is rather limited in contrast with his speaking roles on the show. Mrs. Puff, Sandy, Pearl, and Gary (not that he has much to say anyway) show up at pivotal points to remind [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick that their closest friends are in danger, but their roles are much smaller than expected.

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** TheMovie gives all of the main characters at least one line of dialogue each, but the focus is on [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, [=SpongeBob=] and Plankton. Patrick. (Plankton and Karen, as the villains of the film, get a lot of dialogue too.) Midway through, Mr. Krabs spends the entire movie frozen, and Squidward's dialogue is rather limited in contrast with his speaking roles on the show. Mrs. Puff, Sandy, Pearl, and Gary (not that he has much to say anyway) show up at pivotal points to remind [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick that their closest friends are in danger, but their roles are much smaller than expected.


** Bo Peep in the ''Franchise/ToyStory'' series, while never a big character, has suffered this. In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', she at least gets several scenes that develop her relationship with Woody and is present throughout the story, along with scenes where she is the main focus as she wonders why he and Buzz have gone. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', she is still present, but only for the first 20 minutes, but still takes up the (offscreen) job of managing the other toys until Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew return at the end of the film. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', however, she is only present (sans voice) in Andy's home movie, and soon afterward is said to have been sold at a garage sale. However, she will reappear in ''Toy Story 4''.

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** Bo Peep in the ''Franchise/ToyStory'' ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' series, while never a big character, has suffered this. In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory1'', she at least gets several scenes that develop her relationship with Woody and is present throughout the story, along with scenes where she is the main focus as she wonders why he and Buzz have gone. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', she is still present, but only for the first 20 minutes, but still takes up the (offscreen) job of managing the other toys until Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew return at the end of the film. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', however, she is only present (sans voice) in Andy's home movie, and soon afterward is said to have been sold at a garage sale. However, she will reappear in ''Toy Story 4''.


* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has Spyke, a major character in seasons one and two; in season three, he up and joins the Morlocks. Gets an episode here or there, but he's mostly gone. [[TropesAreTools This wasn't necessarily a bad thing]], because he was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap when [[TheBusCameBack he returned.]] Storm, who happens to be his aunt, also gets this very badly. Despite always having been a major player in the X-Men franchise, she receives very little focus in this series and only has one episode centered around her during the entire run of the show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has Spyke, a major character in seasons one and two; in season three, he up and joins the Morlocks. Gets an episode here or there, but he's mostly gone. [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools This wasn't necessarily a bad thing]], because he was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap when [[TheBusCameBack he returned.]] Storm, who happens to be his aunt, also gets this very badly. Despite always having been a major player in the X-Men franchise, she receives very little focus in this series and only has one episode centered around her during the entire run of the show.


** In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' series and holiday specials throughout the 80s and 90s, Kanga and Roo made only sporadic appearances, with Owl and Gopher more liable to play supporting characters. The Disneytoon Studios ''Pooh'' films and featurettes of the 2000s reversed this, with Owl and Gopher sparsely appearing and Kanga and Roo promoted to main characters. Both of them completely disappeared in ''My Friends Tigger and Pooh'', however [[Disney/WinnieThePooh the 2011 movie]] found a balance for the most of them, though Gopher is still absent.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' series and holiday specials throughout the 80s and 90s, Kanga and Roo made only sporadic appearances, with Owl and Gopher more liable to play supporting characters. The Disneytoon Studios ''Pooh'' films and featurettes of the 2000s reversed this, with Owl and Gopher sparsely appearing and Kanga and Roo promoted to main characters. Both of them completely disappeared in ''My Friends Tigger and Pooh'', however [[Disney/WinnieThePooh the 2011 movie]] found a balance for the most of them, though Gopher is still absent. However, he does appear in the video game ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3'' in 2019.


* Applejack suffers from this in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic''. Originally an important member of the Mane Six, she has slowly been getting shoved to the sides by the other ponies, even [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight Glimmer]]. This hijacking has gotten to the point where there are later episodes starring everypony except her. Applejack herself is nowhere to be found, not even in the official merchandise.

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* Applejack suffers from this in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic''.''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Originally an important member of the Mane Six, she has slowly been getting shoved to the sides by the other ponies, even [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight Glimmer]]. This hijacking has gotten to the point where there are later episodes starring everypony except her. Applejack herself is nowhere to be found, not even in the official merchandise.

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* Applejack suffers from this in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic''. Originally an important member of the Mane Six, she has slowly been getting shoved to the sides by the other ponies, even [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight Glimmer]]. This hijacking has gotten to the point where there are later episodes starring everypony except her. Applejack herself is nowhere to be found, not even in the official merchandise.


* Nick was a somewhat relevant character in [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron the movie]], even with just an InformedAbility. In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', he hardly gets any screen time and wasn't featured in any of the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTimmyPowerHour'' crossovers aside from a brief cameo in the third.

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* Nick was a somewhat relevant character in [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron the movie]], even with just an InformedAbility. In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', he hardly gets any screen time and wasn't featured in any of the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTimmyPowerHour'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJimmyTimmyPowerHour'' crossovers aside from a brief cameo in the third.

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* In the early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', [[PoliceAreUseless Officer Barbrady]], [[SadistTeacher Mr. Garrison]], [[ButtMonkey Pip]], and [[ThoseTwoGuys Jimbo and Ned]] were major recurring characters. As the series went on they were gradually phased out. Barbrady and Pip were replaced by Harrison Yates and Butters respectively, while Garrison, Jimbo and Ned became background characters. Subverted, as Barbrady and Garrison became prominent once again in Season 19.


** After ''Big World! Big Adventures!'', Edward and Henry get demoted from the main cast entirely and get relegated to the background due to the introduction of Nia and Rebecca, [[AffirmativeActionGirl two new female engines]] who will join the main cast in response to the show being criticised as sexist due to a lack of prominent female characters.
*** While Edward has still had occasional speaking roles since his demotion, Henry has copped it much worse (most likely due to being [[CreatorsPest despised by the writing team]]), by getting shafted in favour of Nia, Rebecca and other international characters. In Season 22, Henry is limited to only two lines of dialogue, marking his least amount of lines to date in any season. It's a massive fall from grace for a once-loved original Awdry character.
** Toby's been getting the worst it lately. In Hero Of The Rails, not only does he get only one line, not only one word, but one '''Syllable'''. He was completely absent in Tale Of The Brave. Also gets demoted from the main cast in ''Big World! Big Adventures!'', due to the introduction of the aforementioned Nia and Rebecca.
** Captain has done ''nothing'' of value since his introduction in ''Misty Island Rescue''.

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** After ''Big World! Big Adventures!'', ''WesternAnimation/BigWorldBigAdventures'', Edward and Henry get got demoted from the main cast entirely and get got relegated to the background due to the introduction of Nia and Rebecca, [[AffirmativeActionGirl two new female engines]] who will join joined the main cast in response to the show being criticised as sexist due to a lack of prominent female characters.
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characters. While Edward has still had occasional speaking roles since his demotion, Henry has copped it much worse (most likely due to being [[CreatorsPest despised by the writing team]]), by getting shafted in favour of Nia, Rebecca and other international characters. In Season 22, Henry is limited to only two lines of dialogue, marking his least amount of lines to date in any season. It's a massive fall from grace for a once-loved original Awdry character.
** Toby's been getting suffered similar problems after the worst it lately. transition to [=CGi=]. In Hero Of The Rails, ''WesternAnimation/HeroOfTheRails'', not only does he get only one line, not only one word, but one '''Syllable'''. He was completely absent in Tale Of The Brave.''WesternAnimation/TaleOfTheBrave''. Also gets demoted from the main cast in ''Big World! Big Adventures!'', due to the introduction of the aforementioned Nia and Rebecca.
** Captain has done ''nothing'' of value since his introduction in ''Misty Island Rescue''.''WesternAnimation/MistyIslandRescue''.



** After their episode, Mighty Mac were quickly relegated to the background with only a few minor speaking roles.
** In recent years Bertie the Busís appearances have become scarce, when he does show up, he's usually either avoiding an accident, or in need of rescue after getting stuck or breaking down. Season 22 even marks the first time in the series where he is completely absent.

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** After their debut episode, Mighty Mac were quickly relegated to the background with only a few minor speaking roles.
** In recent years Since the transition to [=CGi=], Bertie the Busís appearances have become scarce, when scarce. When he does show up, he's usually either avoiding an accident, or in need of rescue after getting stuck or breaking down. Season 22 even marks the first time in the series where he is completely absent.

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** In an example of a character from [=SatAM=] appearing in a special pertaining to a [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog different series]], Princess Sally makes an appearance in the ChristmasSpecial ''Sonic Christmas Blast''. However, she gets absolutely no speaking lines, and plays very little role in the plot. Also, her "voice" (read: gasps and groans) [[TheOtherDarrin is provided by]] Creator/TabithaStGermain instead of Creator/KathSoucie (she was busy with ''Film/SpaceJam'' at the time).

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