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*** Season 19 could be considered a whole season of these very few episodes focused solely on the boys and if anyone could be considered the main character of the series it would be [[BigBad PC Principal]]. Of course PC Principal was initially the villian of the season so every episode revolved around different characters being effected by the changes he brought, this allows a different character to serve as the protagonist every episode:

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*** Season 19 could be considered a whole season of these very few episodes focused solely on the boys and if anyone could be considered the main character of the series it would be [[BigBad PC Principal]]. Of course PC Principal was initially the villian villain of the season so every episode revolved around different characters being effected by the changes he brought, this allows a different character to serve as the protagonist every episode:


** Bowser's son, Bowser Jr. takes the role of central BigBad for most of ''VideoGame/MarioPlusRabbidsKingdomBattle'' for the first time since ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''. And unlike that game, Bowser [[PutOnABus is on vacation and has nothing to do with the events of the game]] [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession until the end.]]]]

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** Bowser's son, [[BigBad Bowser Jr.Jr]]. takes the role of central BigBad for most of ''VideoGame/MarioPlusRabbidsKingdomBattle'' for the first time since ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''. And unlike that game, Bowser [[PutOnABus is on vacation and has nothing to do with the events of the game]] [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession until the end.]]]]



** Princess Luna, after being absent from the first season following its two-part pilot, made her grand return with Season 2's "Luna Eclipsed", which deals with her facing the fallout of her actions as the BigBad of said pilot. She had another starring role in Season 5's "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"

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** Princess Luna, after being absent from the first season following its two-part pilot, made her grand return with Season 2's "Luna Eclipsed", which deals with her facing the fallout of her actions as [[BigBad Nightmare moon]] in the BigBad of said pilot. She had another starring role in Season 5's "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"



*** Season 19 could be considered a whole season of these very few episodes focused solely on the boys and if anyone could be considered the main character of the series it would be PC Principal. Of course PC Principal was initially the BigBad of the season so every episode revolved around different characters being effected by the changes he brought, this allows a different character to serve as the protagonist every episode:

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*** Season 19 could be considered a whole season of these very few episodes focused solely on the boys and if anyone could be considered the main character of the series it would be [[BigBad PC Principal. Principal]]. Of course PC Principal was initially the BigBad villian of the season so every episode revolved around different characters being effected by the changes he brought, this allows a different character to serve as the protagonist every episode:

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* ''Literature/CaptivePrince'': Jord the Prince's Guard, Charls the cloth merchant, and Ancel the Pet each have a short story written from their perspective, providing extra detail to their backstories and to their encounters with the main characters.


** In turn ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' stars his sidekick, Diddy Kong ([[EvenBetterSequel often considered the most popular game in the series]]). And Diddy Kong got another DayInTheLimelight with ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing''.

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** In turn ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' stars his sidekick, Diddy Kong ([[EvenBetterSequel often considered the most popular game in the series]]). And Diddy Kong got another DayInTheLimelight Day In The Limelight with ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing''.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A flashback to the events that forced Lalli and his older cousins to leave their hometown as children also gave a lot of development to their shared grandmother, who had already garned some attention due to being TheConstant between the DistantPrologue and the comic's main timeframe.

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* ''VideoGame/RiverCityGirls'' centers around Misako and Kyoko, Kunio and Riki's on-again, off-again girlfriends in the ''VideoGame/KunioKun'' series.

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* A central premise of ''VideoGame/KaiserreichLegacyOfTheWeltkrieg'' is to give more obscure figures in history like John Reed and Boris Savinkov the chance to shape the world as opposed to leaders of World War II in our timeline.[[note]]To wit, Stalin, Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, are DemotedToExtra and Mao doesn't even get a cameo. Hitler, Chiang Kai Shek and FDR suffer DeathByAdaptation before the games' events. Mussolini meanwhile has to fight 4/5 Italian rival states under his National Syndicalist Regime to regain his prominence, thus leaving Hirohito the only one from our timeline to mirror his prominence.[[/note]] This even extends to nations in the game, that can capture the world's attention even though it was unremarkable during World War II in our timeline.


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* The ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' television series has several of these. The one for SantaClaus is probably the most notable, solely for establishing the... unique character history that he was a former ninja thief that, after realizing it was wrong to steal things out of people's houses, decided to use his skill in stealth and infiltration for bringing presents ''into'' people's houses instead.
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* The WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat episode [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x103VavoomLearnsHowToFish "Vavoom Learns How To Fish"]] is largely centered on recurring bit-player Vavoom (a little impish kid with a very loud voice), as Felix spends the bulk of the episode stuck trying to keep the dam leak from getting worse while Vavoom tries (and fails) to seek help.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** "Paper Route Bout" stars Dee Dee, and Dexter doesn't appear.
** Their parents would also get episodes like this entitled, appropriately enough ''A Dad Cartoon'' and ''A Mom Cartoon''. They also get similar treatment in episodes like "Dad is Disturbed" and "World's Greatest Mom".
** In a real-life example, a kid named Tyler Samuel Lee won a contest that aired an episode he wrote, entitled "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark".
** Mandark gets an episode like this in "Sun, Surf, and Science", in which he competes in a surfing contest to impress Dee Dee, using science to create his own surfboard and to sabotage the contest with mines and robotic sharks. Dexter, incidentally, does not appear in this episode at all.
*** Mandark would later get a whole set of episodes focusing on him, like "A Mandark Cartoon" or "A Boy Named Sue".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E2122ShortFilmsAboutSpringfield 22 Short Films About Springfield]]" gave a ton of minor characters vignettes of their own. Professor Frink is late, and can only manage to belt out his planned theme song ("Professor Frink, Professor Frink, he makes you laugh, he makes you think...").
*** Moe is a particularly strong example of this, featured in episodes such as "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E10FlamingMoes Flaming Moe's]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E3TheHomerTheyFall The Homer They Fall]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E16Pygmoelian Pygmoelian]]", "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsS14E22MoeBabyBlues Moe Baby Blues]]", and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E7MommieBeerest Mommie Beerest]]". And that's just a sampling.
%%*** As are Apu and Ned Flanders.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** "Mall Girl Pearl" centers exclusively on Pearl the whale, with [=SpongeBob=] appearing only in three small cameos that have no effect on the main plot of the episode.
** "My Leg!" revolves around Fred, a fan-favorite RecurringExtra whose RunningGag is getting his legs injured. [=SpongeBob=] decides to protect Fred's legs from all sorts of harm and misfortune, even if it means [[DivingSave throwing himself into the line of fire]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** "Zuko Alone" showed what the main antagonist (well, by that point, he [[AntiHero wasn't quite that anymore]]) did and thought about when he wasn't, well, antagonizing.
** "Appa's Lost Days" explained where the main character's pet had been and who he met along the way since his four-week disappearance following his kidnapping.
** "Sokka's Master" depicted PluckyComicRelief character Sokka [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] through sword training.
** "The Beach" explored the dynamics between Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee and what makes them tick cleverly disguised as a BeachEpisode.
** "The Boiling Rock" sets up the friendship of Sokka and Zuko and has them breaking in and out of the Fire Nation's most secure prison. It's all kinds of badass.
** The third quarter of season 3 had one episode for each character sharing this trope with Zuko. Toph even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the finale, noting that she hasn't had her own "life-changing field trip" with him.
** "The Tales of Ba Sing Se" consists of six short tales focusing on one character (or two, in one tale) each, including the tales of [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Toph and Katara]], [[TheMentor Iroh]] and of [[TeamPet Momo]].
** Mai gets her own short comic in the limelight called ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound Rebound]]''.
* This continues in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Sting", which is all about Mako investigating bombings at the Southern Water Tribe cultural center. Korra, last seen being eaten by a dark spirit, shows up for a few seconds at the very end.

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!!!'''In General:'''
* The WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat episode [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x103VavoomLearnsHowToFish "Vavoom Learns How To Fish"]] is largely centered on recurring bit-player Vavoom (a little impish kid with a very loud voice), as Felix spends 80's cartoons that [[MerchandiseDriven had heavy merchandise and toy lines behind them]] (''Franchise/GIJoe'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'') did this all the bulk of the episode stuck trying to keep the dam leak from getting worse while Vavoom tries (and fails) to seek help.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** "Paper Route Bout" stars Dee Dee, and Dexter doesn't appear.
** Their parents would also get
time, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman devoting episodes like this entitled, appropriately enough ''A Dad Cartoon'' here and ''A Mom Cartoon''. They also get similar treatment in episodes like "Dad is Disturbed" and "World's Greatest Mom".
** In a real-life example, a kid named Tyler Samuel Lee won a contest that aired an episode he wrote, entitled "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark".
** Mandark gets an episode like this in "Sun, Surf, and Science", in which he competes in a surfing contest
there to impress Dee Dee, using science to create his own surfboard and to sabotage the contest with mines and robotic sharks. Dexter, incidentally, does not appear in this episode at all.
*** Mandark would later get a whole set of episodes focusing on him, like "A Mandark Cartoon" or "A Boy Named Sue".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E2122ShortFilmsAboutSpringfield 22 Short Films About Springfield]]" gave a ton of
otherwise minor characters vignettes of their own. Professor Frink is late, and can only manage to belt out his planned theme song ("Professor Frink, Professor Frink, he makes you laugh, he makes you think...").
*** Moe is
or gimmicky characters.]] Obviously, kids won't buy an action figure for a particularly strong example of this, featured in episodes such as "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E10FlamingMoes Flaming Moe's]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E3TheHomerTheyFall The Homer They Fall]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E16Pygmoelian Pygmoelian]]", "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsS14E22MoeBabyBlues Moe Baby Blues]]", and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E7MommieBeerest Mommie Beerest]]". And that's just a sampling.
%%*** As are Apu and Ned Flanders.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** "Mall Girl Pearl" centers exclusively on Pearl the whale, with [=SpongeBob=] appearing only in three small cameos that have no effect on the main plot of the episode.
** "My Leg!" revolves around Fred, a fan-favorite RecurringExtra whose RunningGag is getting his legs injured. [=SpongeBob=] decides to protect Fred's legs from all sorts of harm and misfortune, even if it means [[DivingSave throwing himself into the line of fire]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** "Zuko Alone" showed what the main antagonist (well, by that point, he [[AntiHero wasn't quite that anymore]]) did and thought about when he wasn't, well, antagonizing.
** "Appa's Lost Days" explained where the main character's pet had been and who he met along the way since his four-week disappearance following his kidnapping.
** "Sokka's Master" depicted PluckyComicRelief
character Sokka [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] through sword training.
** "The Beach" explored
who never does anything on the dynamics between Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee and what makes them tick cleverly disguised as a BeachEpisode.
** "The Boiling Rock" sets up
show except stand in the friendship of Sokka and Zuko and has them breaking in and out of the Fire Nation's most secure prison. It's all kinds of badass.
background.
** The third quarter of season 3 had one G.I. Joe example is parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' episode for each character sharing this trope with Zuko. Toph even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this - angry that he's left out of all of the missions because his white costume is too noticeable in a jungle environment, Snowjob is called up by the "President of Switzerland" to help flush out some yeti in the finale, noting that she hasn't had Swiss Alps. After a transport montage include ski-sleds, dog sleds, and tobogganing, it turns out the yeti claim was a hoax for the normal G.I. Joes to throw snowballs at and mock Snowjob (they apologise to him and give him a job after all- shoveling snow from around the base afterwards).
!!!'''By Series:'''
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'': Two-Tone got
her own "life-changing field trip" with him.
** "The Tales
share of Ba Sing Se" consists of six short tales focusing on one character (or two, in one tale) each, including the tales of [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Toph and Katara]], [[TheMentor Iroh]] and of [[TeamPet Momo]].
** Mai gets her own short comic in
the limelight called ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound Rebound]]''.
* This continues
in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Sting", which is all about Mako investigating bombings at the Southern Water Tribe cultural center. Korra, last seen being eaten by a dark spirit, shows up for a few seconds at the very end."Love `em and Flea `em". In most episodes, she has one or two lines.



* All three of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'' cartoons had an episode starring Luigi. One of them ("Life's Ruff") didn't even have Mario or any other main characters besides Hip and Hop Koopa appear.

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* All three Most of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'' cartoons had an episodes in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' gave more focus on the many background characters rather than Gumball's family.
** The episodes "The World" and "The Extras" were literally this trope, as both episodes gave screentime to the people and living objects of Elmore while Gumball and Darwin have mere speaking cameos.
** In "The Singing", they both don't appear at all, instead focusing on many citizens of Elmore.
* Most ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episodes either focus on Stan or at the very least feature him prominently. Two major exceptions are "The One That Got Away", whose plot focuses exclusively on Roger, with the rest of the family getting only a token B story. They don't even get ''that'' in "Escape from Pearl Bailey"; the plot is driven entirely by Steve, while the rest of the family has a grand total of [[MandatoryLine two lines]] in the entire episode.
** [[LampshadeHanging "It sure was nice that Steve acknowledged us at all this week, even though it was just once."]]
** "Lost in Space" goes even farther: the whole
episode starring Luigi. One of them ("Life's Ruff") didn't even have Mario or any is focused on [[TheStoner Jeff]]'s experiences after he's [[spoiler:abducted by Roger's species]]. No other main characters besides Hip actually appear, though someone imitates Hayley (with her actress' voice) and Hop Koopa appear.she and Roger appear in flashbacks.
* Character focus on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is divided between pretty much everybody, but special efforts have been made to give attention to more obscure characters in later seasons. Examples include D.W.'s best friend Emily, [[GangOfBullies Tough Customers]] Rattles and Molly, and Maria, a girl in Mr. Ratburn's class who was a relatively well-known LivingProp among longtime fans of the show, but hadn't spoken before season nineteen.
* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
*** "Zuko Alone" showed what the main antagonist (well, by that point, he [[AntiHero wasn't quite that anymore]]) did and thought about when he wasn't, well, antagonizing.
*** "Appa's Lost Days" explained where the main character's pet had been and who he met along the way since his four-week disappearance following his kidnapping.
*** "Sokka's Master" depicted PluckyComicRelief character Sokka [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] through sword training.
*** "The Beach" explored the dynamics between Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee and what makes them tick cleverly disguised as a BeachEpisode.
*** "The Boiling Rock" sets up the friendship of Sokka and Zuko and has them breaking in and out of the Fire Nation's most secure prison. It's all kinds of badass.
*** The third quarter of season 3 had one episode for each character sharing this trope with Zuko. Toph even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the finale, noting that she hasn't had her own "life-changing field trip" with him.
*** "The Tales of Ba Sing Se" consists of six short tales focusing on one character (or two, in one tale) each, including the tales of [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Toph and Katara]], [[TheMentor Iroh]] and of [[TeamPet Momo]].
*** Mai gets her own short comic in the limelight called ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound Rebound]]''.
** This continues in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Sting", which is all about Mako investigating bombings at the Southern Water Tribe cultural center. Korra, last seen being eaten by a dark spirit, shows up for a few seconds at the very end.
* Though ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is a LimelightSeries in general, teaming Franchise/{{Batman}} up with various other heroes, the episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" stands out for focusing almost entirely on ComicBook/{{AQUAMAN}} as ''he'' works with various other heroes (and goes sightseeing with his family). There's also a VillainEpisode starring ComicBook/TheJoker.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'': John is the only Beatle appearing in the episode "If I Fell". George and Ringo only appear in "Devil In Her Heart" and figure prominently in "Hold Me Tight".
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'': The episode "Choices" follows Barbara Gordon as she juggles with her double life as Oracle, switching between saving Batman and Katana from Killer Croc, while attending a date with a popular boy from her school.
* The 1980s cartoon ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s Care Bears]]'' has so many bears, they often get left out of episodes, but sometimes one gets a special episode.
** Bedtime Bear is often just a RunningGag who's always asleep. In "Bedtime for Care-a-lot", the villains dump [[InstantSedation sleeping dust]] on all the bears, except Bedtime Bear, who was already taking a nap. So it's up to Bedtime Bear to save everyone.
** Birthday Bear tends to be a forgotten background character, because no one is having a birthday. In "Birthday Bear's Blues", someone does have a birthday, so Birthday Bear takes the limelight.
** Wish Bear was almost completely a minor character in the show, but managed to get a starring role in "The Cloud of Uncaring" which saw her attempting to rescue a young boy from No-Heart.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', Gazpacho was given his own episode toward the end of the series' run. Chowder and Mung only appear briefly in the beginning.



** "I.T" mostly fousced on Numbuh 362 with Numbuh 1 being the only member of Sector V that plays a huge role in the episode
* 80's cartoons that [[MerchandiseDriven had heavy merchandise and toy lines behind them]] (''Franchise/GIJoe'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'') did this all the time, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman devoting episodes here and there to otherwise minor or gimmicky characters.]] Obviously, kids won't buy an action figure for a character who never does anything on the show except stand in the background.
** The G.I. Joe example is parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' episode - angry that he's left out of all of the missions because his white costume is too noticeable in a jungle environment, Snowjob is called up by the "President of Switzerland" to help flush out some yeti in the Swiss Alps. After a transport montage include ski-sleds, dog sleds, and tobogganing, it turns out the yeti claim was a hoax for the normal G.I. Joes to throw snowballs at and mock Snowjob (they apologise to him and give him a job after all- shoveling snow from around the base afterwards).
* Several ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episodes, most notably ComicBook/BoosterGold's "TheGreatestStoryNeverTold". It was frequent for one of the background characters (like Stargirl or Scott Free) to be given one focus episode.
* ''What Its Like Being Alone'' often got up to this sort of thing over its mercifully short run, and, if "Sammy's Episode" was anything to go by, was well aware of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'': The 2003 series had an episode entitled "Hun on the Run", centering around Shredder's minion [[TheDragon Hun]]. Although the Turtles also appear, Hun is the main focus of the episode, giving hints as to his background.
** Season 5's ''Legend of the Five Dragons'' for the Ninja Tribunal and Tengu Shredder. The turtles noticeably have only a couple of minutes worth of screen time.
** In Back to the Sewers, The Incredible Shrinking Sterling, focuses on the character named Sterling, along with the toddler turtles.
** Season 3's secret origin part 2 focused on April, Casey, and Splinter trying to rescue the turtles who are being held captive by Bishop.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has the Season 3 episode "Casey Jones vs. The Underworld", which focuses more on Casey's rivalry with Hun than any of the turtles, as if to make up for Casey always being left out of important missions.

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** "I.T" mostly fousced on Numbuh 362 with Numbuh 1 being the only member of Sector V that plays a huge role in the episode
episode.
* 80's cartoons ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'':
** "Factory Follies", which featured the Red Guy as a cruel factory owner who holds a birthday party for himself - and no one shows up. (The end reveals
that [[MerchandiseDriven had heavy merchandise he tied up Cow and toy lines behind them]] (''Franchise/GIJoe'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'') did this all the time, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman devoting episodes here Chicken so he could have his own short.)
** Flem
and there to otherwise minor or gimmicky characters.]] Obviously, kids won't buy an action figure for a character who never does anything on the show except stand Earl got their own episode, entitled "Lost at Sea", featuring them reminiscing while seemingly in the background.
** The G.I. Joe example is parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' episode - angry that he's left out of all
middle of the missions because his white costume is too noticeable in a jungle environment, Snowjob is called up by the "President of Switzerland" to help flush out some yeti in the Swiss Alps. After a transport montage include ski-sleds, dog sleds, and tobogganing, ocean, though it turns out the yeti claim was a hoax for the normal G.I. Joes to throw snowballs at that they were in their bathtub and mock Snowjob (they apologise to him and give him a job after all- shoveling snow were suffering from around [[ItMakesSenseInContext "steam-induced amnesia"]].
** Even Cow's toys Manure
the base afterwards).
* Several ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episodes, most notably ComicBook/BoosterGold's "TheGreatestStoryNeverTold". It was frequent for one of
Bear, Piles the background characters (like Stargirl or Scott Free) to be given one focus episode.
* ''What Its Like Being Alone'' often
Beaver and Crabs the Warthog got up to this sort of thing over its mercifully short run, and, if "Sammy's Episode" was anything to go by, was well aware of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'': The 2003 series had
an episode entitled "Hun on the Run", centering around Shredder's minion [[TheDragon Hun]]. Although the Turtles also appear, Hun is the main focus of the episode, giving hints as to his background.
** Season 5's ''Legend of the Five Dragons''
for the Ninja Tribunal themselves, entitled, well, "Cow's Toys". The story featured them escaping Cow and Tengu Shredder. The turtles noticeably have only a couple Chicken's home in search of minutes worth of screen time.
** In Back to the Sewers, The Incredible Shrinking Sterling, focuses on the character named Sterling, along with the toddler turtles.
** Season 3's secret origin part 2 focused on April, Casey, and Splinter trying to rescue the turtles who are being held captive by Bishop.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has the Season 3 episode "Casey Jones vs. The Underworld", which focuses more on Casey's rivalry with Hun than any of the turtles, as if to make up for Casey always being left out of important missions.
their original owner, [[IncrediblyLamePun Maiden Hong Kong]].



** The Box Ghost also gets receives one when he takes control of ''[[OhCrap Pandora's Box]]'' in one episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE29EternalYouth Eternal Youth]]" is based around Alfred prominently and we even get to meet Alfred's girlfriend. He is also the VictimOfTheWeek.
** "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE2ABulletForBullock A Bullet for Bullock]]" as the name implies is based around Bullock, told as a [[NoirEpisode Noir detective story]] but with Batman on it.
* Batgirl (from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'') and Supergirl (from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'') appeared in an episode also titled [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE20GirlsNightOut "Girls' Night Out"]]. It was one of the many {{Crossover}}s that led to the foundation of the Franchise/{{DCAU}}. This is actually [[GirlsNightOutEpisode its own subtrope]] now.
* The ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' television series has several of these. The one for SantaClaus is probably the most notable, solely for establishing the... unique character history that he was a former ninja thief that, after realizing it was wrong to steal things out of people's houses, decided to use his skill in stealth and infiltration for bringing presents ''into'' people's houses instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** The first one was "[[Recap/SouthParkS2E1TerranceAndPhilipInNotWithoutMyAnus Terrance and Phillip in: 'Not Without My Anus]]'" set up as a special episode of recurring ShowWithinAShow Terrance and Phillip.
** After this is "[[Recap/SouthParkS2E3Chickenlover Chickenlover]]" (the episode that introduces [[CatchPhrase "Respect ma Authorota")]] which focuses on [[PoliceAreUseless Officer Barbrady.]]
** "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E14ButtersVeryOwnEpisode Butters' Very Own Episode]]" is kind of an odd example, because while Butters had been a minor character until then, this episode seems to have been intended to set him up as [[AscendedExtra the official fourth friend]] in the sixth season, and he's remained one of the most important characters since.
** Pip gets "[[Recap/SouthParkS4E14Pip Pip]]" (also called "Great Expectations"), which is [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent basically an adaptation of]] ''Literature/GreatExpectations,'' played surprisingly straight until just before the third act.
** [[{{Goth}} The Goth Kids]] get half of "[[Recap/SouthParkS13E14TheUngroundable The Ungroundable]]" (the other subplot belonging to Butters), and then all of "[[Recap/SouthParkS17E4GothKids3DawnOfThePosers Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers]]", which focuses entirely on them and their [[FandomRivalry sworn enemies]], the Vampire Kids. This episode is notable for giving them their own version of the theme song and [[GivenNameReveal finally revealing all of their names]].
** "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E3LiceCapades Lice Capades]]" is about [[TheGenericGuy Clyde]] and the lice who live in his hair. In a way making him the protagonist kind of serves as a RedHerring to the ending, since [[spoiler:all the other kids have lice too]].
** [[TheRival Craig]] is a major character in the two-part "Pandemic" story, especially in the second episode. His [[DependingOnTheWriter new personality]] as a DeadpanSnarker was immediately popular with fans.
** There's also "[[Recap/SouthParkS10E5AMillionLittleFibers A Million Little Fibers]]", which focuses on [[TheStoner Towelie]] promoting his memoirs on ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow.'' No other regular characters appear. Towelie also gets a major subplot in "Crippled Summer."
** Bradley Biggle isn't the protagonist of the "[[Recap/SouthParkS14E11Coon2Hindsight Coon and]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E11Coon2Hindsight Friends]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E13CoonVsCoonAndFriends Trilogy]]," but it's the first time that he's ever been even slightly important, and he has a major role to play in the end [[spoiler:when he turns out to be an actual superhero]].
** There are many episodes staring Jimmy and Timmy (usually with the word cripple in the title) lately they normally feature their [[UnknownRival unknown rivals]] Nathan and Mimzy.
** Season 19 in particular gave a lot of minor characters focus as it went on. "[[Recap/SouthParkS19E7NaughtyNinjas Naughty Ninjas]]" gives the B-plot to Officer Barbrady (turning him into TheWoobie in the process), and in the last three episodes he, Jimmy, Mr. Garrison and Principal Victoria are all major players, while Nathan is a significant villain.
*** There's also "[[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig Tweek x Craig]]" which also serves SequelEpisode to the earlier "[[Recap/SouthParkS3E5TweekVsCraig Tweek vs. Craig]]" which was also one to Mr Adler.
*** Season 19 could be considered a whole season of these very few episodes focused solely on the boys and if anyone could be considered the main character of the series it would be PC Principal. Of course PC Principal was initially the BigBad of the season so every episode revolved around different characters being effected by the changes he brought, this allows a different character to serve as the protagonist every episode:
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E1StunningAndBrave Stunning and Brave]]: Kyle, Cartman and Randy
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E2WhereMyCountryGone Where My Country Gone]]: [[VillainProtagonist Mr Garrison]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E3TheCityPartOfTown The City Part of the Town]]: Kenny and Twong Lu Kim
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E4YoureNotYelping You're Not Yelping]]: [[NewTransferStudent Davíd]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E5SafeSpace Safe Space]]: Butters
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig Tweek X Craig]]: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tweek and Craig]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E7NaughtyNinjas Naughty Ninjas]]: Barbrady
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E8SponsoredContent Sponsored Content]]: Jimmy
*** ...following this was [[Recap/SouthParkS19E9TruthAndAdvertising Truth and Advertising]] which gave a major role to most these characters as well as properly introducing [[GreaterScopeVillain Leslie]] and revealing PC Principal to be an UnwittingPawn allowing him to serve as the protagonist to the season finale.
* Character focus on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is divided between pretty much everybody, but special efforts have been made to give attention to more obscure characters in later seasons. Examples include D.W.'s best friend Emily, [[GangOfBullies Tough Customers]] Rattles and Molly, and Maria, a girl in Mr. Ratburn's class who was a relatively well-known LivingProp among longtime fans of the show, but hadn't spoken before season nineteen.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Sidekick Ron Stoppable gets many episodes focusing on him while leaving Kim as a background character. One of the worst examples of this is the episode where Ron goes to a Japanese Ninjutsu school where he meets a cute girl, learns Kung Fu, learns Mystical Monkey Kung Fu, and battles with the villain of the episode, being heroic and stuff. Kim on the other hand spends the entire episode at home doing nothing more than crushing on some random Japanese PuritySue. Doy...
** The villains often get a few episodes to shine in as well. In fact Drakken and Shego, the two most well known villains on the show arguably end up the real heroes of the series finale as they're the ones who supply the means to thwart the alien invasion.
** Besides the one mostly featuring Rufus with Camille Leon's dog, "Mother's Day" is closest to this trope, as Ron stays at home while Kim's mother goes on a mission with her.
** Another episode that sidelines Kim and gives Wade and Ron a chance to show how effective they are without her is the half-episode "Overdue." While Kim is stuck in library detention due to an overdue library book, Ron runs from villain hideout to villain hideout while accompanied by Wade using a remote operated robot to find the overdue book since Ron doesn't remember where he lost it. In the process, they stop several villain plots before they can get started.
%%** The episode where Mrs. Dr. Possible joins Kim on a mission against Drakken and Shego, the one where the Tweebs save the day after Kim gets mind controlled, and an episode involving Ron's father. Wade comes out of MissionControl a few times as well.
* Most ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episodes either focus on Stan or at the very least feature him prominently. Two major exceptions are "The One That Got Away", whose plot focuses exclusively on Roger, with the rest of the family getting only a token B story. They don't even get ''that'' in "Escape from Pearl Bailey"; the plot is driven entirely by Steve, while the rest of the family has a grand total of [[MandatoryLine two lines]] in the entire episode.
** [[LampshadeHanging "It sure was nice that Steve acknowledged us at all this week, even though it was just once."]]
** "Lost in Space" goes even farther: the whole episode is focused on [[TheStoner Jeff]]'s experiences after he's [[spoiler:abducted by Roger's species]]. No other main characters actually appear, though someone imitates Hayley (with her actress' voice) and she and Roger appear in flashbacks.

to:

** The Box Ghost also gets receives one when he takes control of ''[[OhCrap Pandora's Box]]'' in one episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': "Zilly's a Dilly" had the squadron scaredy cat Zilly hypnotized into being brave. He's too brave, and his devil-may-care approach proves more hazardous to the squadron than when he's chicken.
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
**
''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** *** "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE29EternalYouth Eternal Youth]]" is based around Alfred prominently and we even get to meet Alfred's girlfriend. He is also the VictimOfTheWeek.
** *** "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE2ABulletForBullock A Bullet for Bullock]]" as the name implies is based around Bullock, told as a [[NoirEpisode Noir detective story]] but with Batman on it.
* ** Batgirl (from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'') and Supergirl (from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'') appeared in an episode also titled [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE20GirlsNightOut "Girls' Night Out"]]. It was one of the many {{Crossover}}s that led to the foundation of the Franchise/{{DCAU}}. This is actually [[GirlsNightOutEpisode its own subtrope]] now.
* The ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' television series has several of these. The one for SantaClaus is probably the ** Several ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episodes, most notable, solely notably ComicBook/BoosterGold's "TheGreatestStoryNeverTold". It was frequent for establishing the... unique character history that he was a former ninja thief that, after realizing it was wrong one of the background characters (like Stargirl or Scott Free) to steal things out of people's houses, decided to use his skill in stealth be given one focus episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** "Paper Route Bout" stars Dee Dee,
and infiltration for bringing presents ''into'' people's houses instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
Dexter doesn't appear.
** The first one was "[[Recap/SouthParkS2E1TerranceAndPhilipInNotWithoutMyAnus Terrance and Phillip in: 'Not Without My Anus]]'" set up as a special episode of recurring ShowWithinAShow Terrance and Phillip.
** After
Their parents would also get episodes like this entitled, appropriately enough ''A Dad Cartoon'' and ''A Mom Cartoon''. They also get similar treatment in episodes like "Dad is "[[Recap/SouthParkS2E3Chickenlover Chickenlover]]" (the episode that introduces [[CatchPhrase "Respect ma Authorota")]] which focuses on [[PoliceAreUseless Officer Barbrady.]]
Disturbed" and "World's Greatest Mom".
** "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E14ButtersVeryOwnEpisode Butters' Very Own Episode]]" is kind of an odd In a real-life example, because while Butters had been a minor character until then, kid named Tyler Samuel Lee won a contest that aired an episode he wrote, entitled "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark".
** Mandark gets an episode like this in "Sun, Surf, and Science", in which he competes in a surfing contest to impress Dee Dee, using science to create his own surfboard and to sabotage the contest with mines and robotic sharks. Dexter, incidentally, does not appear in
this episode seems to have been intended to set him up as [[AscendedExtra the official fourth friend]] in the sixth season, and he's remained one of the most important characters since.
** Pip gets "[[Recap/SouthParkS4E14Pip Pip]]" (also called "Great Expectations"), which is [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent basically an adaptation of]] ''Literature/GreatExpectations,'' played surprisingly straight until just before the third act.
** [[{{Goth}} The Goth Kids]]
at all.
*** Mandark would later
get half of "[[Recap/SouthParkS13E14TheUngroundable The Ungroundable]]" (the other subplot belonging to Butters), and then all of "[[Recap/SouthParkS17E4GothKids3DawnOfThePosers Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers]]", which focuses entirely on them and their [[FandomRivalry sworn enemies]], the Vampire Kids. This episode is notable for giving them their own version of the theme song and [[GivenNameReveal finally revealing all of their names]].
** "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E3LiceCapades Lice Capades]]" is about [[TheGenericGuy Clyde]] and the lice who live in his hair. In a way making him the protagonist kind of serves as a RedHerring to the ending, since [[spoiler:all the other kids have lice too]].
** [[TheRival Craig]] is a major character in the two-part "Pandemic" story, especially in the second episode. His [[DependingOnTheWriter new personality]] as a DeadpanSnarker was immediately popular with fans.
** There's also "[[Recap/SouthParkS10E5AMillionLittleFibers A Million Little Fibers]]", which focuses on [[TheStoner Towelie]] promoting his memoirs on ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow.'' No other regular characters appear. Towelie also gets a major subplot in "Crippled Summer."
** Bradley Biggle isn't the protagonist of the "[[Recap/SouthParkS14E11Coon2Hindsight Coon and]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E11Coon2Hindsight Friends]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E13CoonVsCoonAndFriends Trilogy]]," but it's the first time that he's ever been even slightly important, and he has a major role to play in the end [[spoiler:when he turns out to be an actual superhero]].
** There are many episodes staring Jimmy and Timmy (usually with the word cripple in the title) lately they normally feature their [[UnknownRival unknown rivals]] Nathan and Mimzy.
** Season 19 in particular gave a lot of minor characters focus as it went on. "[[Recap/SouthParkS19E7NaughtyNinjas Naughty Ninjas]]" gives the B-plot to Officer Barbrady (turning him into TheWoobie in the process), and in the last three episodes he, Jimmy, Mr. Garrison and Principal Victoria are all major players, while Nathan is a significant villain.
*** There's also "[[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig Tweek x Craig]]" which also serves SequelEpisode to the earlier "[[Recap/SouthParkS3E5TweekVsCraig Tweek vs. Craig]]" which was also one to Mr Adler.
*** Season 19 could be considered
a whole season set of these very few episodes focused solely on the boys and if anyone could be considered the main character of the series it would be PC Principal. Of course PC Principal was initially the BigBad of the season so every episode revolved around different characters being effected by the changes he brought, this allows a different character to serve as the protagonist every episode:
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E1StunningAndBrave Stunning and Brave]]: Kyle, Cartman and Randy
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E2WhereMyCountryGone Where My Country Gone]]: [[VillainProtagonist Mr Garrison]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E3TheCityPartOfTown The City Part of the Town]]: Kenny and Twong Lu Kim
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E4YoureNotYelping You're Not Yelping]]: [[NewTransferStudent Davíd]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E5SafeSpace Safe Space]]: Butters
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig Tweek X Craig]]: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tweek and Craig]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E7NaughtyNinjas Naughty Ninjas]]: Barbrady
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E8SponsoredContent Sponsored Content]]: Jimmy
*** ...following this was [[Recap/SouthParkS19E9TruthAndAdvertising Truth and Advertising]] which gave a major role to most these characters as well as properly introducing [[GreaterScopeVillain Leslie]] and revealing PC Principal to be an UnwittingPawn allowing him to serve as the protagonist to the season finale.
* Character focus on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is divided between pretty much everybody, but special efforts have been made to give attention to more obscure characters in later seasons. Examples include D.W.'s best friend Emily, [[GangOfBullies Tough Customers]] Rattles and Molly, and Maria, a girl in Mr. Ratburn's class who was a relatively well-known LivingProp among longtime fans of the show, but hadn't spoken before season nineteen.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Sidekick Ron Stoppable gets many
episodes focusing on him while leaving Kim as a background character. One of him, like "A Mandark Cartoon" or "A Boy Named Sue".
* Though
the worst examples center of this is the episode where Ron goes to a Japanese Ninjutsu school where he meets a cute girl, learns Kung Fu, learns Mystical Monkey Kung Fu, and battles with the villain of the episode, being heroic and stuff. Kim on the other hand spends the entire episode at home doing nothing more than crushing on some random Japanese PuritySue. Doy...
** The villains often get a few episodes to shine in as well. In fact Drakken and Shego, the two most well known villains on
the show arguably end up the real heroes of the series finale as they're the ones who supply the means to thwart the alien invasion.
** Besides the one mostly featuring Rufus with Camille Leon's dog, "Mother's Day" is closest to this trope, as Ron stays at home while Kim's mother goes on a mission with her.
** Another episode that sidelines Kim
and gives Wade and Ron a chance to show how effective they are without her is the half-episode "Overdue." While Kim is stuck in library detention due to an overdue library book, Ron runs from villain hideout to villain hideout while accompanied by Wade using a remote operated robot to find the overdue book since Ron doesn't remember where he lost it. In the process, they stop several villain plots before they can get started.
%%** The episode where Mrs. Dr. Possible joins Kim on a mission against Drakken and Shego, the one where the Tweebs save the day after Kim gets mind controlled, and an episode involving Ron's father. Wade comes out of MissionControl a few times as well.
* Most ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episodes either focus on Stan or at the very least feature him prominently. Two major exceptions are "The One That Got Away", whose plot focuses exclusively on Roger, with the rest of the family getting only a token B story. They don't even get ''that'' in "Escape from Pearl Bailey";
the plot itself is driven entirely by Steve, while the rest of the family has a grand total of [[MandatoryLine two lines]] in the entire episode.
** [[LampshadeHanging "It sure was nice that Steve acknowledged us at
supposed to be all this week, even though it was just once."]]
** "Lost
about Kuzco in Space" goes even farther: the whole episode is ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', season 2 focused on [[TheStoner Jeff]]'s experiences after he's [[spoiler:abducted by Roger's species]]. No other main several secondary characters actually appear, though someone imitates Hayley (with her actress' voice) and she and Roger appear in flashbacks. like Guaca, Yatta, Bucky the Squirrel... even Kronk's shoulder angels gets one.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' gives it to a lot of characters:
** Zoidberg gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?]]", "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E5ATasteOfFreedom A Taste of Freedom]]", "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E12VivaMarsVegas Viva Mars Vegas]]".
** Hermes gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E11HowHermesRequisitionedHisGrooveBack How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E7TheSixMillionDollarMon The Six Million Dollar Mon]]".
** Amy gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E7PutYourHeadOnMyShoulder Put Your Head on My Shoulder]]", and to a lesser extent, "Viva Mars Vegas" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E4PropositionInfinity Proposition Infinity]]".
** Leela's parents, particularly her mom, get one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E5ZappDingbat Zapp Dingbat]]".
** Kif gets a few, such as "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E10WhereTheBuggaloRoam Where the Buggalo Roam]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E1KifGetsKnockedUpANotch Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch]].
** Flexo has "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E6TheLesserOfTwoEvils The Lesser of Two Evils]]".
** "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E14MothersDay Mother's Day]]" for Mom.
** The Planet Express Ship, of all things, gets one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E3LoveAndRocket Love and Rocket]]".
** Clamps has "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E14TheSilenceOfTheClamps The Silence of the Clamps]]".
** Lrrr gets one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E11LrrreconcilableNdndifferences Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences]]".
** Nibbler has "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E7TheDayTheEarthStoodStupid The Day The Earth Stood Stupid]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E10TheWhyOfFry The Why of Fry]]".
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' with the character of Floyd the mouse; every appearance had him ask why he didn't appear on the show more often.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** One episode focused on [[AscendedExtra Vinnie Grigori]], a very minor character who had appeared in several episodes as a generic security guard. The titular Gargoyles unintentionally disrupted his life and lost him several jobs, and the Limelight episode was about his quest for vengeance. He ultimately [[spoiler: succeeds, and actually ''creams'' Goliath with a specially designed, shoulder-mounted ''pie'' cannon.]]
** Each member of the clan gets to star in at least one episode (the "trio" each make a mortal enemy during their episodes; Hudson and Bronx make new friends during theirs).
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', aside from [[RotatingProtagonist giving Goofy, Max, Pete, and PJ almost equal attention]] has the supporting characters Peg and Pistol as the center of attention in a small selection of episodes each.
** "Window Pains" is about Peg moonlighting as a window washer.
** "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder" is about Peg trying to get into high society.
** "Peg o' the Jungle", while also focusing on Pete, is about Peg becoming a jungle queen after Pete forgets their anniversary.
** "Hot Air" is about Pistol wanting to fly planes.
** "Three Ring Bind" is about Pistol freeing and housing animals from a circus.
** "Pistolgeist", while also focusing on PJ, is about Pistol making a NotSoImaginaryFriend when the other kids refuse to play with her.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E10NorthwestMansionMystery Northwest Mansion Mystery]]" focuses on Pacifica Northwest's HiddenDepths and CharacterDevelopment from AlphaBitch to LovableAlphaBitch, ActionSurvivor and WhiteSheep for a family. She's the {{Deuteragonist}} for the most part of the episode and steps into TheProtagonist's shoes at then end, [[spoiler:when Dipper is incapacitated by the ghost]].
* Both Creator/{{Filmation}} versions of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' were fond for doing these for both heroes and villains alike. It probably helped with the fact that they knew they couldn't rely on too much continuity when the episodes were aired out of order for syndication.
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'': The Talent Suckers; Harmony; and Ami's and Yumi's cats each got these.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat'' episode [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x103VavoomLearnsHowToFish "Vavoom Learns How To Fish"]] is largely centered on recurring bit-player Vavoom (a little impish kid with a very loud voice), as Felix spends the bulk of the episode stuck trying to keep the dam leak from getting worse while Vavoom tries (and fails) to seek help.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': Little Suzy got her own episode, "The Great Bunny Book Ban", in which a MoralGuardian bans a book she likes from the library and she tries to change his mind. Johnny isn't a main character in the episode, only appearing for a few seconds at most.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBunch'', Al and Bob had a couple of episodes to themselves.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Sidekick Ron Stoppable gets many episodes focusing on him while leaving Kim as a background character. One of the worst examples of this is the episode where Ron goes to a Japanese Ninjutsu school where he meets a cute girl, learns Kung Fu, learns Mystical Monkey Kung Fu, and battles with the villain of the episode, being heroic and stuff. Kim on the other hand spends the entire episode at home doing nothing more than crushing on some random Japanese PuritySue. Doy...
** The villains often get a few episodes to shine in as well. In fact Drakken and Shego, the two most well known villains on the show arguably end up the real heroes of the series finale as they're the ones who supply the means to thwart the alien invasion.
** Besides the one mostly featuring Rufus with Camille Leon's dog, "Mother's Day" is closest to this trope, as Ron stays at home while Kim's mother goes on a mission with her.
** Another episode that sidelines Kim and gives Wade and Ron a chance to show how effective they are without her is the half-episode "Overdue." While Kim is stuck in library detention due to an overdue library book, Ron runs from villain hideout to villain hideout while accompanied by Wade using a remote operated robot to find the overdue book since Ron doesn't remember where he lost it. In the process, they stop several villain plots before they can get started.
%%** The episode where Mrs. Dr. Possible joins Kim on a mission against Drakken and Shego, the one where the Tweebs save the day after Kim gets mind controlled, and an episode involving Ron's father. Wade comes out of MissionControl a few times as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues". Peggy begins substitute teaching at high school and ends up failing the star football player, who under the "No Pass No Play" rule gets suspended from the team. Everyone else (even regular StraightMan Hank) throws a fit and does their best to go around Peggy just so the team can get to state. In this episode she's completely in the right and sticks to her morals in the face of overwhelming peer pressure.
** Like ''The Simpsons'', ''King of the Hill'' 's status as a long runner enabled it to spotlight most of its supporting cast. Kahn, Buck, Nancy and Cotton got fairly regular focus episodes, and even minor characters like John Redcorn and Enrique occasionally featured in their own shows.



* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'', Chloe gets one in "Madeline and the Old Violin". It turns out that she has talent when it comes to the violin.
* The 2013 ''WesternAnimation/{{Mickey Mouse|2013}}'' shorts have so far given Minnie Mouse two shorts where she is the main protagonist: "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E3EauDeMinnie Eau de Minnie]]", where she uses too much perfume while getting ready for a date with Mickey (who only makes a brief cameo near the end of the short), and "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E12Clogged Clogged]]", where she tries everything she can to save a dying flower (Mickey is nowhere to be seen in this one).
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
** Adrien, aka Cat Noir, is supposedly the {{Deuteragonist}} to Marinette's/Ladybug's protagonist, but he have at least two episodes per season where he's the main focus ("Simon Says" and "Santa Claws" in season 1, "Gorizilla" and "Frozer" in season 2, "Weredad" and "Oni-Chan" in season 3).
** Both Alya and Nino get their moments, [[spoiler:when they receive their miraculous and become Rena Rouge and Carapace, respectively]].
** Chloé, surprisingly. She have a three episodes arc where she have to deal with her own faults, her abusive mom and goes from ZeroToHero when she [[spoiler:becomes Queen Bee, the fifth miraculous hero]]. It's basically her transition from AlphaBitch to LovableAlphaBitch.
** Season 3 has one dedicated to Marinette's male classmates, and pretty much to ''almost every male character of the show'', at Adrien's surprise party.
* While the first season mostly focused on the title character, ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' does this for most episodes in the second season, and a little bit in the third. Notable examples are "Satan" for Coach Stopframe, "Courtship" for Doughy, "Offensiveness" for Ms. Censordoll, "Be Fruitful and Multiply" for Reverend Putty, etc. A notable third season would be the episode "Alone", one of the darkest which focuses a bit more on Ms Sculptham, Nurse Bendy and Censordoll; the former two were considered more one-dimensional before this episode. Creator Dino Stamatopoulos at one point wanted the show to be called "Moralton".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' does this pretty much every other episode.
** Chuck has "Blond Thunder", "Fearless" and "Rise of the Fantasy Vans".
** Julie has "Off the Rack", "Like Father, Like Daughter" and "Julie and the Amazons".
** Dutch has "Going Dutch" and "Reunion".
** Texas has "Texas-ify It" and "Threat Level: Texas!"
** Although the main character, "Vendetta" still focuses on Mike Chilton's backstory.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' tends to put a lot of focus on its ever expanding cast of secondary and tertiary characters, helped a great deal by [[EnsembleDarkhorse their popularity with the]] PeripheryDemographic:
** Spike has one or two episodes per season where he plays a central role as opposed to the Mane Six's primary male foil.
** Princess Luna, after being absent from the first season following its two-part pilot, made her grand return with Season 2's "Luna Eclipsed", which deals with her facing the fallout of her actions as the BigBad of said pilot. She had another starring role in Season 5's "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders, who their own share of spotlight episodes as a group, started getting more chances to shine individually in Season 2, with episodes such as "The Cutie Pox" and "Family Appreciation Day" for Apple Bloom, and "Sisterhooves Social" for Sweetie Belle. Scootaloo, meanwhile, wouldn't get her own episode until Season 3's "Sleepless in Ponyville".
** Big Macintosh, who is used sparingly due to his [[TheSilentBob penchant for terse dialogue]], gets a few episodes of his own with "Hearts and Hooves Day" (shared with fellow secondary character Cheerilee), "Brotherhooves Social", and "Where the Apple Lies". Notably, he tends to have much more dialogue and CharacterDevelopment here than in most of his appearances.
** "Family Appreciation Day" helped significantly flesh out Granny Smith, a character used in mostly comedic scenes during certain episodes, cementing her status as a major supporting character.
** "Just for Sidekicks" is a LowerDeckEpisode where Spike has to look after all of the Mane Six's pets.
** Following his HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, Discord starts making semi-regular appearances in the show, even being the main protagonist in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord" and "Dungeons & Discords".
** Season 5's "Tanks for the Memories" revisits Rainbow Dash's relationship with her pet tortoise, Tank, who hadn't received focus since his debut in Season 2's "May the Best Pet Win".
** The [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] "Slice of Life" hinges around the wedding of Cranky and Matilda, two one-shot characters from "A Friend in Deed", but its true focus is virtually every single prominent background character that has appeared in the show, [[AscendedFanon fully canonizing several names and personalities that were established by the fanbase]], which range from: the klutzy, wall-eyed pegasus Derpy Hooves;[[note]]officially named "Muffins" due to a certain controversy surrounding her appearance in "The Last Roundup"[[/note]] Dr. Hooves, a walking ShoutOut to ''Series/DoctorWho''; [[ThoseTwoGuys the recurring duo]] of Lyra and Bon Bon; musicians DJ Pon-3 (a.k.a. Vinyl Scratch) and Octavia, receiving an OddCouple scenario despite only receiving a few seconds of screentime from two completely different episodes; and Steven Magnet, the sea serpent from the pilot, whose name notably comes from a faulty Website/YouTube caption.
** Three of the show's less prominent background characters--Minuette, Twinkleshine and Lemon Hearts--show up in a very brief role in one of the pilot's earliest scenes as Twilight's old pals from Canterlot before they're promptly forgotten about...at least until Season 5's "Amending Fences", which not only revisits the trio's role from the pilot, but also revolves around another character who only received a fleeting mention in that very same scene.
** [[SixthRanger Starlight Glimmer]] gets her fair share of episodes in Season 6 after her HeelFaceTurn, being the main protagonist of both the two-part season premiere and finale.
** The Season 6 finale "To Where and Back Again" [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope when [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Starlight, Trixie, Thorax and Discord]] (notably three [[HeelFaceTurn reformed villains]] plus one DefectorFromDecadence) assemble to save the Mane Cast, with Discord commenting, "Well, isn't this quite the combination of secondary characters?"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatANightmareCharlieBrown'' centers around an AcidRefluxNightmare that Snoopy has, and is almost entirely about him. Charlie Brown only appears at the very beginning and end of the special, and none of the other regular characters are seen.
** The feature film ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'' is also one of these, to an extent.
** ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' stars Snoopy's brother, Spike. [[WolverinePublicity Despite the title]], Charlie Brown (and Snoopy) only appear in a very brief intro.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' could be considered a ''show'' in the limelight, since its primary characters are the title penguins (Kowalski, Private, Rico, Skipper) and the lemurs (King Julien, Maurice, and Mort), all of whom were only secondary characters in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode "Girl Power" mostly focuses on Pepper Ann's sister Moose, with Pepper Ann only getting a few lines.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E8Lightspeed Lightspeed]]" combines this with a VillainEpisode, focusing on Kid Flash (hero) and the Hive Five (villains). Also "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E4ForReal For Real]]," which concerns Titans East.
** One could also count "Titans East," which focuses on that team and Cyborg while the other main Titans barely appear.
* Speaking of the H.I.V.E. Five, one ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode, appropriately titled "The H.I.V.E. Five", has the titular villain group having a day off trying to forget our five heroes, to no luck.
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'': Two-Tone got her share of the limelight in "Love `em and Flea `em". In most episodes, she has one or two lines.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', Gazpacho was given his own episode toward the end of the series' run. Chowder and Mung only appear briefly in the beginning.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' could be considered a ''show'' in the limelight, since its primary characters are the title penguins (Kowalski, Private, Rico, Skipper) and the lemurs (King Julien, Maurice, and Mort), all of whom were only secondary characters in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** There's an episode where Stella participates in a beauty pageant, and another where Tecna is strongly suspicious of Professor Avalon.
** The most notable non-Bloom-centric episode was "The Show Must Go On", which focuses on [[TheWoobie Musa]] putting on a concert at Red Fountain against her father's wishes. It's especially notable since Bloom and Flora (and in the original, Tecna) were all {{Demoted To Extra}}s. (It could also be considered A Day In The Limelight for Stormy, as the rest of the time, the Trix's plans revolve around Icy and Darcy, but here she gets to fight Musa by herself.)
** Season 3 episode 20 focuses on the pixies, especially Digit, fighting the Trix.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatANightmareCharlieBrown'' centers around an AcidRefluxNightmare that Snoopy has, and is almost entirely about him. Charlie Brown only appears at the very beginning and end of the special, and none of the other regular characters are seen.
** The feature film ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'' is also one of these, to an extent.
** ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' stars Snoopy's brother, Spike. [[WolverinePublicity Despite the title]], Charlie Brown (and Snoopy) only appear in a very brief intro.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had "Sepulveda Boulevard", a full episode detective noir-esque story centering around Montana Max, Plucky Duck, and Elmyra Duff. It was the only episode of the show that did not have Buster Bunny or Babs Bunny in any capacity (there's a picture of Babs on a billboard, but that's it).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' tends to put a lot of focus on its ever expanding cast of secondary and tertiary characters, helped a great deal by [[EnsembleDarkhorse their popularity with the]] PeripheryDemographic:
** Spike has one or two episodes per season where he plays a central role as opposed to the Mane Six's primary male foil.
** Princess Luna, after being absent from the first season following its two-part pilot, made her grand return with Season 2's "Luna Eclipsed", which deals with her facing the fallout of her actions as the BigBad of said pilot. She had another starring role in Season 5's "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders, who their own share of spotlight episodes as a group, started getting more chances to shine individually in Season 2, with episodes such as "The Cutie Pox" and "Family Appreciation Day" for Apple Bloom, and "Sisterhooves Social" for Sweetie Belle. Scootaloo, meanwhile, wouldn't get her own episode until Season 3's "Sleepless in Ponyville".
** Big Macintosh, who is used sparingly due to his [[TheSilentBob penchant for terse dialogue]], gets a few episodes of his own with "Hearts and Hooves Day" (shared with fellow secondary character Cheerilee), "Brotherhooves Social", and "Where the Apple Lies". Notably, he tends to have much more dialogue and CharacterDevelopment here than in most of his appearances.
** "Family Appreciation Day" helped significantly flesh out Granny Smith, a character used in mostly comedic scenes during certain episodes, cementing her status as a major supporting character.
** "Just for Sidekicks" is a LowerDeckEpisode where Spike has to look after all of the Mane Six's pets.
** Following his HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, Discord starts making semi-regular appearances in the show, even being the main protagonist in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord" and "Dungeons & Discords".
** Season 5's "Tanks for the Memories" revisits Rainbow Dash's relationship with her pet tortoise, Tank, who hadn't received focus since his debut in Season 2's "May the Best Pet Win".
** The [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] "Slice of Life" hinges around the wedding of Cranky and Matilda, two one-shot characters from "A Friend in Deed", but its true focus is virtually every single prominent background character that has appeared in the show, [[AscendedFanon fully canonizing several names and personalities that were established by the fanbase]], which range from: the klutzy, wall-eyed pegasus Derpy Hooves;[[note]]officially named "Muffins" due to a certain controversy surrounding her appearance in "The Last Roundup"[[/note]] Dr. Hooves, a walking ShoutOut to ''Series/DoctorWho''; [[ThoseTwoGuys the recurring duo]] of Lyra and Bon Bon; musicians DJ Pon-3 (a.k.a. Vinyl Scratch) and Octavia, receiving an OddCouple scenario despite only receiving a few seconds of screentime from two completely different episodes; and Steven Magnet, the sea serpent from the pilot, whose name notably comes from a faulty Website/YouTube caption.
** Three of the show's less prominent background characters--Minuette, Twinkleshine and Lemon Hearts--show up in a very brief role in one of the pilot's earliest scenes as Twilight's old pals from Canterlot before they're promptly forgotten about...at least until Season 5's "Amending Fences", which not only revisits the trio's role from the pilot, but also revolves around another character who only received a fleeting mention in that very same scene.
** [[SixthRanger Starlight Glimmer]] gets her fair share of episodes in Season 6 after her HeelFaceTurn, being the main protagonist of both the two-part season premiere and finale.
** The Season 6 finale "To Where and Back Again" [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope when [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Starlight, Trixie, Thorax and Discord]] (notably three [[HeelFaceTurn reformed villains]] plus one DefectorFromDecadence) assemble to save the Mane Cast, with Discord commenting, "Well, isn't this quite the combination of secondary characters?"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** One episode focused on [[AscendedExtra Vinnie Grigori]], a very minor character who had appeared in several episodes as a generic security guard. The titular Gargoyles unintentionally disrupted his life and lost him several jobs, and the Limelight episode was about his quest for vengeance. He ultimately [[spoiler: succeeds, and actually ''creams'' Goliath with a specially designed, shoulder-mounted ''pie'' cannon.]]
** Each member of the clan gets to star in at least one episode (the "trio" each make a mortal enemy during their episodes; Hudson and Bronx make new friends during theirs).

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E8Lightspeed Lightspeed]]" combines this with
The ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' AnimatedAdaptation allows a VillainEpisode, focusing on Kid Flash (hero) couple of her co-stars to bask in the limelight. "Any Wish Way You Can" has Margaux misusing the three wishes she accidentally got from Glomer, and "Allen Who?" has Allen and the Hive Five (villains). Also "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E4ForReal For Real]]," which concerns Titans East.
ItsAWonderfulPlot narrative.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'':
** One could also count "Titans East," which focuses on that team and Cyborg while the other main Titans barely appear.
* Speaking of the H.I.V.E. Five, one ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode, appropriately titled "The H.I.V.E. Five", has the titular villain group having a day off trying to forget our five heroes, to no luck.
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'': Two-Tone got her share of the limelight in "Love `em and Flea `em". In most episodes, she has one or two lines.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', Gazpacho was given his own episode toward the end of the series' run. Chowder and Mung only appear briefly in the beginning.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' could be considered a ''show'' in the limelight, since its primary characters are the title penguins (Kowalski, Private, Rico, Skipper) and the lemurs (King Julien, Maurice, and Mort), all of whom were only secondary characters in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** There's an episode where Stella participates in a beauty pageant, and another where Tecna is strongly suspicious of Professor Avalon.
** The most notable non-Bloom-centric episode was "The Show Must Go On", which focuses on [[TheWoobie Musa]] putting on a concert at Red Fountain against her father's wishes. It's especially notable since Bloom and Flora (and in the original, Tecna) were all {{Demoted To Extra}}s. (It could also be considered A Day In The Limelight for Stormy, as the rest of the time, the Trix's plans revolve around Icy and Darcy, but here she gets to fight Musa by herself.)
** Season 3 episode 20 focuses on the pixies, especially Digit, fighting the Trix.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatANightmareCharlieBrown'' centers around an AcidRefluxNightmare that Snoopy has, and is almost entirely about him. Charlie Brown only appears at the very beginning and end of the special, and none of the other regular characters are seen.
** The feature film ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'' is also one of these, to an extent.
** ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' stars Snoopy's brother, Spike. [[WolverinePublicity Despite the title]], Charlie Brown (and Snoopy) only appear in a very brief intro.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had "Sepulveda Boulevard", a full episode detective noir-esque story centering around Montana Max, Plucky Duck, and Elmyra Duff. It was the only episode of the show that did not have Buster Bunny or Babs Bunny in any capacity (there's a picture of Babs on a billboard, but that's it).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' tends to put a lot of focus on its ever expanding cast of secondary and tertiary characters, helped a great deal by [[EnsembleDarkhorse their popularity with the]] PeripheryDemographic:
** Spike has one or two episodes per season where he plays a central role as opposed to the Mane Six's primary male foil.
** Princess Luna, after being absent from the first season following its two-part pilot, made her grand return with Season 2's "Luna Eclipsed", which deals with her facing the fallout of her actions as the BigBad of said pilot. She had another starring role in Season 5's "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders, who their own share of spotlight episodes as a group, started getting more chances to shine individually in Season 2, with episodes such as "The Cutie Pox" and "Family Appreciation Day" for Apple Bloom, and "Sisterhooves Social" for Sweetie Belle. Scootaloo, meanwhile, wouldn't get her own episode until Season 3's "Sleepless in Ponyville".
** Big Macintosh, who is used sparingly due to his [[TheSilentBob penchant for terse dialogue]], gets a few episodes of his own with "Hearts and Hooves Day" (shared with fellow secondary character Cheerilee), "Brotherhooves Social", and "Where the Apple Lies". Notably, he tends to have much more dialogue and CharacterDevelopment here than in most of his appearances.
** "Family Appreciation Day" helped significantly flesh out Granny Smith, a character used in
"Commander Cressida Begins" mostly comedic scenes during certain episodes, cementing her status as a major supporting character.
** "Just for Sidekicks" is a LowerDeckEpisode where Spike has to look after all of the Mane Six's pets.
** Following his HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, Discord starts making semi-regular appearances in the show, even being the main protagonist in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord" and "Dungeons & Discords".
** Season 5's "Tanks for the Memories" revisits Rainbow Dash's relationship with her pet tortoise, Tank, who hadn't received focus since his debut in Season 2's "May the Best Pet Win".
** The [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] "Slice of Life" hinges around the wedding of Cranky and Matilda, two one-shot characters from "A Friend in Deed", but its true focus is virtually every single prominent background character that has appeared in the show, [[AscendedFanon fully canonizing several names and personalities that were established by the fanbase]], which range from: the klutzy, wall-eyed pegasus Derpy Hooves;[[note]]officially named "Muffins" due to a certain controversy surrounding her appearance in "The Last Roundup"[[/note]] Dr. Hooves, a walking ShoutOut to ''Series/DoctorWho''; [[ThoseTwoGuys the recurring duo]] of Lyra and Bon Bon; musicians DJ Pon-3 (a.k.a. Vinyl Scratch) and Octavia, receiving an OddCouple scenario despite only receiving a few seconds of screentime from two completely different episodes; and Steven Magnet, the sea serpent from the pilot, whose name notably comes from a faulty Website/YouTube caption.
** Three of the show's less prominent background characters--Minuette, Twinkleshine and Lemon Hearts--show up in a very brief role in one of the pilot's earliest scenes as Twilight's old pals from Canterlot before they're promptly forgotten about...at least until Season 5's "Amending Fences", which not only revisits the trio's role from the pilot, but also
revolves around another character who only received a fleeting mention in that very same scene.
Sydney and Mindy. Jet and Sean do appear, but they have non-speaking cameos.
** [[SixthRanger Starlight Glimmer]] gets her fair share of episodes in Season 6 after her HeelFaceTurn, being "[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E12WhoMessedUpTheTreehouseFactOrFiction Fact Or Fiction?]]" gives Lillian the main protagonist of both most focus thus far.
** Sunspot is
the two-part season premiere and finale.
** The Season 6 finale "To Where and Back Again" [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope when [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Starlight, Trixie, Thorax and Discord]] (notably three [[HeelFaceTurn reformed villains]] plus one DefectorFromDecadence) assemble to save the Mane Cast, with Discord commenting, "Well, isn't this quite the combination
focus of secondary characters?"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** One episode focused on [[AscendedExtra Vinnie Grigori]], a very minor character who had appeared in several episodes as a generic security guard. The titular Gargoyles unintentionally disrupted his life and lost him several jobs, and the Limelight episode was about his quest for vengeance. He ultimately [[spoiler: succeeds, and actually ''creams'' Goliath with a specially designed, shoulder-mounted ''pie'' cannon.]]
** Each member of the clan gets to star in at least one episode (the "trio" each make a mortal enemy during their episodes; Hudson and Bronx make new friends during theirs).
ď[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E16SunspotsSunspotOurSunIsAStar Sunspotís Sunspot]]".



* Though the center of the shower and the plot itself is supposed to be all about Kuzco in ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', season 2 focused on several secondary character's like Guaca, Yatta, Bucky the Squirrel... even Kronk's shoulder angels gets one.
* Though ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is a LimelightSeries in general, teaming Franchise/{{Batman}} up with various other heroes, the episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" stands out for focusing almost entirely on ComicBook/{{AQUAMAN}} as ''he'' works with various other heroes (and goes sightseeing with his family). There's also a VillainEpisode starring ComicBook/TheJoker.
* Disney's ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' series does this a lot with some of the cast. ''The Tigger Movie'' and ''Piglet's Big Movie'' are ''full length theatrical features'' focused mainly around one particular character or the cast's relationship with them. Short films ''A Day For Eeyore'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/WinnieThePoohSpringtimeForRoo Springtime For Roo]]'' also revolve around originally minor characters while ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' gives nearly every supporting character at least two or three episodes to themselves.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "Flight School Confidential" is revolved largely around Kit venturing to Thembria, with Baloo only getting a brief role in the opening and closing scenes. A couple of episodes also focus dominantly on Rebecca and Molly's relationship.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues". Peggy begins substitute teaching at high school and ends up failing the star football player, who under the "No Pass No Play" rule gets suspended from the team. Everyone else (even regular StraightMan Hank) throws a fit and does their best to go around Peggy just so the team can get to state. In this episode she's completely in the right and sticks to her morals in the face of overwhelming peer pressure.
** Like ''The Simpsons'', ''King of the Hill'' 's status as a long runner enabled it to spotlight most of its supporting cast. Kahn, Buck, Nancy and Cotton got fairly regular focus episodes, and even minor characters like John Redcorn and Enrique occasionally featured in their own shows.
* Although most of the episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' focus on one of the five main girls, at least one episode per season revolves around [[UnderstandingBoyfriend Matt]], [[BadassNormal Caleb]], and [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Blunk]] as well.
* On ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo,'' Velma gets to shine in four instances: in the ''[[WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo Pup]]'' episode "The Computer Walks Among Us" (Velma is suspended from school when her computer is up on theft charges--the gang tries to clear her), the animated movie "[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInWheresMyMummy Where's My Mummy?]]" (in Egypt helping to restore the Sphinx and incurs Cleopatra's curse), the live-action film "Curse of the Lake Monster" (Velma's body is taken over by the spirit of a witch), and the animated feature ''ScoobyDooFrankencreepy'' (she inherits her uncle's laboratory and continues her uncle's experiment of creating a monster).
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': "Zilly's a Dilly" had the squadron scaredy cat Zilly hypnotized into being brave. He's too brave, and his devil-may-care approach proves more hazardous to the squadron than when he's chicken.
* The ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' AnimatedAdaptation allows a couple of her co-stars to bask in the limelight. "Any Wish Way You Can" has Margaux misusing the three wishes she accidentally got from Glomer, and "Allen Who?" has Allen and the ItsAWonderfulPlot narrative.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' does this pretty much every other episode.
** Chuck has "Blond Thunder," "Fearless" and "Rise of the Fantasy Vans."
** Julie has "Off the Rack," "Like Father, Like Daughter" and "Julie and the Amazons."
** Dutch has "Going Dutch" and "Reunion."
** Texas has "Texas-ify It" and "Threat Level: Texas!"
** Although the main character, "Vendetta" still focuses on Mike Chilton's backstory.

to:

* Though the center of the shower and the plot itself is supposed to be all about Kuzco in ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', season 2 focused on several secondary character's like Guaca, Yatta, Bucky the Squirrel... even Kronk's shoulder angels gets one.
* Though ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is a LimelightSeries in general, teaming Franchise/{{Batman}} up with various other heroes, the
''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' had "Powdered Toastman", an episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" stands out for focusing almost entirely on ComicBook/{{AQUAMAN}} as ''he'' works with various other heroes (and goes sightseeing with his family). There's also a VillainEpisode starring ComicBook/TheJoker.
* Disney's ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' series
the titular superhero, where he saves [[Music/FrankZappa the Pope]] from Muddy Mudskipper, gives Ren and Stimpy free Powdered Toast, and takes over for the President when he gets injured. A sequel episode was later made, "Powdered Toastman vs. Waffle Woman".
** "A Hard Day's Luck"
does this a lot with some of the cast. ''The Tigger Movie'' not feature Ren and ''Piglet's Big Movie'' are ''full length theatrical features'' focused mainly around one particular Stimpy at all, instead focusing on Haggis [=McHaggis=].
** "Feud for Sale" focuses on a salesman
character or the cast's relationship with them. Short films ''A Day For Eeyore'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/WinnieThePoohSpringtimeForRoo Springtime For Roo]]'' also revolve around originally minor who had previously appeared in several episodes trying to dupe semi-recurring characters while ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' gives nearly every supporting character at least two or three episodes to themselves.
Abner and Ewalt.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' The ''Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood'' episode "Flight School Confidential" is revolved largely around Kit venturing to Thembria, with Baloo only getting a brief role in the opening and closing scenes. A couple of episodes also focus dominantly on Rebecca and Molly's relationship.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues". Peggy begins substitute teaching at high school and ends up failing the star football player, who under the "No Pass No Play" rule gets suspended from the team. Everyone else (even regular StraightMan Hank) throws a fit and does their best to go around Peggy just so the team can get to state. In this episode she's completely in the right and sticks to her morals in the face of overwhelming peer pressure.
** Like ''The Simpsons'', ''King of the Hill'' 's status as a long runner enabled it to spotlight most of its supporting cast. Kahn, Buck, Nancy and Cotton got fairly regular focus episodes, and even minor characters like John Redcorn and Enrique occasionally featured in their own shows.
* Although most of the episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' focus on one of the five main girls, at least one episode per season revolves around [[UnderstandingBoyfriend Matt]], [[BadassNormal Caleb]], and [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Blunk]] as well.
* On ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo,'' Velma gets to shine in four instances: in the ''[[WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo Pup]]'' episode "The Computer Walks Among Us" (Velma is suspended from school when her computer is up on theft charges--the gang tries to clear her), the animated movie "[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInWheresMyMummy Where's My Mummy?]]" (in Egypt helping to restore the Sphinx and incurs Cleopatra's curse), the live-action film "Curse of the Lake Monster" (Velma's body is taken over by the spirit of a witch), and the animated feature ''ScoobyDooFrankencreepy'' (she inherits her uncle's laboratory and continues her uncle's experiment of creating a monster).
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': "Zilly's a Dilly" had the squadron scaredy cat Zilly hypnotized into being brave. He's too brave, and his devil-may-care approach proves more hazardous to the squadron than when he's chicken.
* The ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' AnimatedAdaptation allows a couple of her co-stars to bask in the limelight. "Any Wish Way You Can" has Margaux misusing the three wishes she accidentally got from Glomer, and "Allen Who?" has Allen and the ItsAWonderfulPlot narrative.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' does this pretty much every other episode.
** Chuck has "Blond Thunder," "Fearless" and "Rise of the Fantasy Vans."
** Julie has "Off the Rack," "Like Father, Like Daughter" and "Julie and the Amazons."
** Dutch has "Going Dutch" and "Reunion."
** Texas has "Texas-ify It" and "Threat Level: Texas!"
** Although the main character, "Vendetta" still
"Invisible Gold" mostly focuses on Mike Chilton's backstory.Marian and Scarlett while what Robin, John and Tuck are doing is relegated to a subplot.



* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', aside from [[RotatingProtagonist giving Goofy, Max, Pete, and PJ almost equal attention]] has the supporting characters Peg and Pistol as the center of attention in a small selection of episodes each.
** "Window Pains" is about Peg moonlighting as a window washer.
** "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder" is about Peg trying to get into high society.
** "Peg o' the Jungle", while also focusing on Pete, is about Peg becoming a jungle queen after Pete forgets their anniversary.
** "Hot Air" is about Pistol wanting to fly planes.
** "Three Ring Bind" is about Pistol freeing and housing animals from a circus.
** "Pistolgeist", while also focusing on PJ, is about Pistol making a NotSoImaginaryFriend when the other kids refuse to play with her.
* While the first season mostly focused on the title character, ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' does this for most episodes in the second season, and a little bit in the third. Notable examples are "Satan" for Coach Stopframe, "Courtship" for Doughy, "Offensiveness" for Ms. Censordoll, "Be Fruitful and Multiply" for Reverend Putty, etc. A notable third season would be the episode "Alone", one of the darkest which focuses a bit more on Ms Sculptham, Nurse Bendy and Censordoll; the former two were considered more one-dimensional before this episode. Creator Dino Stamatopoulos at one point wanted the show to be called "Moralton."
* The 1980s cartoon ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s Care Bears]]'' has so many bears, they often get left out of episodes, but sometimes one gets a special episode.
** Bedtime Bear is often just a RunningGag who's always asleep. In "Bedtime for Care-a-lot", the villains dump [[InstantSedation sleeping dust]] on all the bears, except Bedtime Bear, who was already taking a nap. So it's up to Bedtime Bear to save everyone.
** Birthday Bear tends to be a forgotten background character, because no one is having a birthday. In "Birthday Bear's Blues", someone does have a birthday, so Birthday Bear takes the limelight.
** Wish Bear was almost completely a minor character in the show, but managed to get a starring role in "The Cloud of Uncaring" which saw her attempting to rescue a young boy from No-Heart.
* WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} gives it to a lot of characters:
** Zoidberg gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?]]", "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E5ATasteOfFreedom A Taste of Freedom]]", "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E12VivaMarsVegas Viva Mars Vegas]]".
** Hermes gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E11HowHermesRequisitionedHisGrooveBack How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E7TheSixMillionDollarMon The Six Million Dollar Mon]]".
** Amy gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E7PutYourHeadOnMyShoulder Put Your Head on My Shoulder]]", and to a lesser extent, "Viva Mars Vegas" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E4PropositionInfinity Proposition Infinity]]".
** Leela's parents, particularly her mom, get one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E5ZappDingbat Zapp Dingbat]]".
** Kif gets a few, such as "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E10WhereTheBuggaloRoam Where the Buggalo Roam]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E1KifGetsKnockedUpANotch Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch]].
** Flexo has "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E6TheLesserOfTwoEvils The Lesser of Two Evils]]".
** "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E14MothersDay Mother's Day]]" for Mom.
** The Planet Express Ship, of all things, gets one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E3LoveAndRocket Love and Rocket]]".
** Clamps has "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E14TheSilenceOfTheClamps The Silence of the Clamps]]".
** Lrrr gets one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E11LrrreconcilableNdndifferences Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences]]".
** Nibbler has "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E7TheDayTheEarthStoodStupid The Day The Earth Stood Stupid]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E10TheWhyOfFry The Why of Fry]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': Little Suzy got her own episode, "The Great Bunny Book Ban," in which a MoralGuardian bans a book she likes from the library and she tries to change his mind. Johnny isn't a main character in the episode, only appearing for a few seconds at most.
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'': The Talent Suckers; Harmony; and Ami's and Yumi's cats each got these.
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'': The episode "Choices" follows Barbara Gordon as she juggles with her double life as Oracle, switching between saving Batman and Katana from Killer Croc, while attending a date with a popular boy from her school.
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' had "Factory Follies," which featured the Red Guy as a cruel factory owner who holds a birthday party for himself - and no one shows up. (The end reveals that he tied up Cow and Chicken so he could have his own short.)
** Flem and Earl got their own episode, entitled "Lost at Sea," featuring them reminiscing while seemingly in the middle of the ocean, though it turns out that they were in their bathtub and were suffering from [[ItMakesSenseInContext "steam-induced amnesia"]].
** Even Cow's toys, Manure the Bear, Piles the Beaver and Crabs the Warthog got an episode for themselves, entitled, well, "Cow's Toys." The story featured them escaping Cow and Chicken's home in search of their original owner, [[IncrediblyLamePun Maiden Hong Kong]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' had "Powdered Toastman," an episode focusing on the titular superhero, where he saves [[Music/FrankZappa the Pope]] from Muddy Mudskipper, gives Ren and Stimpy free Powdered Toast, and takes over for the President when he gets injured. A sequel episode was later made, "Powdered Toastman vs. Waffle Woman."
** "A Hard Day's Luck" does not feature Ren and Stimpy at all, instead focusing on Haggis [=McHaggis=].
** "Feud for Sale" focuses on a salesman character who had previously appeared in several episodes trying to dupe semi-recurring characters Abner and Ewalt.
* The 2013 ''WesternAnimation/{{Mickey Mouse|2013}}'' shorts have so far given Minnie Mouse two shorts where she is the main protagonist: "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E3EauDeMinnie Eau de Minnie]]", where she uses too much perfume while getting ready for a date with Mickey (who only makes a brief cameo near the end of the short), and "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E12Clogged Clogged]]", where she tries everything she can to save a dying flower (Mickey is nowhere to be seen in this one).
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
** Adrien, aka Cat Noir, is supposedly the {{Deuteragonist}} to Marinette's/Ladybug's protagonist, but he have at least two episodes per season where he's the main focus ('Simon Says' and 'Santa Claws" on season 1, 'Gorizilla' and 'Frozer' on season 2, 'Weredad' and 'Oni-Chan' on season 3).
** Both Alya and Nino get their moments, [[spoiler:when they receive their miraculous and become Rena Rouge and Carapace, respectively]].
** Chloé, surprisingly. She have a three episodes arc where she have to deal with her own faults, her abusive mom and goes from ZeroToHero when she [[spoiler:becomes Queen Bee, the fifth miraculous hero]]. It's basically her transition from AlphaBitch to LovableAlphaBitch.
** Season 3 have one dedicated to Marinette's male classmates, and pretty much to ''almost every male character of the show'', on Adrien's surprise party.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'': John is the only Beatle appearing in the episode "If I Fell." George and Ringo only appear in "Devil In Her Heart" and figure prominently in "Hold Me Tight."
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'', Chloe gets one in "Madeline and the Old Violin." It turns out that she has talent when it comes to the violin.
* The ''Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood'' episode "Invisible Gold" mostly focuses on Marian and Scarlett while what Robin, John and Tuck are doing is relegated to a subplot.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': "Log Date 7 15 2" focuses entirely on Peridot, showing her misadventures while [[spoiler: working with the Gems]].
** "The New Crystal Gems" focuses on what Connie, [[spoiler:Peridot, and Lapis Lazuri]] were doing during the events of the previous story arc, in which [[spoiler:Steven and the Gems had to travel into space to rescue Greg from Blue Diamond]].
** Just about each of the {{Muggle}} characters has had a spotlight episode where Steven helps them with some problem; "Crashing Skies/Rising Tides" is particularly notable, since it's framed as [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]]'s documentary of the weird things that happen in Beach City.
** There are also three flashback episodes focusing on Steven's parents, Greg and Rose, plus a fourth where Steven's a baby and we see the Gems trying to deal with him (which is really them trying to deal with [[PosthumousCharacter Rose being gone now]]).
* Most of the episodes in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' gave more focus on the many background characters rather than Gumball's family.
** The episodes "The World" and "The Extras" were literally this trope, as both episodes gave screentime to the people and living objects of Elmore while Gumball and Darwin have mere speaking cameos.
** In "The Singing", they both don't appear at all, instead focusing on many citizens of Elmore.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode "Girl Power" mostly focuses on Pepper Ann's sister Moose, with Pepper Ann only getting a few lines.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E10NorthwestMansionMystery Northwest Mansion Mystery]]" focuses on Pacifica Northwest's HiddenDepths and CharacterDevelopment from AlphaBitch to LovableAlphaBitch, ActionSurvivor and WhiteSheep for a family. She's the {{Deuteragonist}} for the most part of the episode and steps into TheProtagonist's shoes at then end, [[spoiler:when Dipper is incapacitated by the ghost]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', aside On ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', Velma gets to shine in four instances: in the ''[[WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo Pup]]'' episode "The Computer Walks Among Us" (Velma is suspended from [[RotatingProtagonist giving Goofy, Max, Pete, school when her computer is up on theft charges--the gang tries to clear her), the animated movie "[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInWheresMyMummy Where's My Mummy?]]" (in Egypt helping to restore the Sphinx and PJ incurs Cleopatra's curse), the live-action film "Curse of the Lake Monster" (Velma's body is taken over by the spirit of a witch), and the animated feature ''ScoobyDooFrankencreepy'' (she inherits her uncle's laboratory and continues her uncle's experiment of creating a monster).
* This has actually been a goal for the writers of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower''. The first season tended to put any new character in the spotlight for their premiere episode, but "Promise" is notable for sharply examining Catra as a person and revealing some of how her mind works. New episodes "Light Spinner"
almost equal attention]] has exclusively focuses on the supporting origins of Shadow Weaver and her connection to [[spoiler:Micah, Glimmer's father]], while "Reunion" centered on Bow's home life and family. Similarly "Signals" actually puts a lot of focus on Hordak himself as he interacts with [[spoiler:Entrapta, his new assistant]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E2122ShortFilmsAboutSpringfield 22 Short Films About Springfield]]" gave a ton of minor
characters Peg vignettes of their own. Professor Frink is late, and Pistol as the center can only manage to belt out his planned theme song ("Professor Frink, Professor Frink, he makes you laugh, he makes you think...").
*** Moe is a particularly strong example
of attention this, featured in a small selection of episodes each.
such as "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E10FlamingMoes Flaming Moe's]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E3TheHomerTheyFall The Homer They Fall]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E16Pygmoelian Pygmoelian]]", "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsS14E22MoeBabyBlues Moe Baby Blues]]", and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E7MommieBeerest Mommie Beerest]]". And that's just a sampling.
%%*** As are Apu and Ned Flanders.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** "Window Pains" The first one was "[[Recap/SouthParkS2E1TerranceAndPhilipInNotWithoutMyAnus Terrance and Phillip in: 'Not Without My Anus]]'" set up as a special episode of recurring ShowWithinAShow Terrance and Phillip.
** After this is "[[Recap/SouthParkS2E3Chickenlover Chickenlover]]" (the episode that introduces [[CatchPhrase "Respect ma Authorota")]] which focuses on [[PoliceAreUseless Officer Barbrady.]]
** "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E14ButtersVeryOwnEpisode Butters' Very Own Episode]]" is kind of an odd example, because while Butters had been a minor character until then, this episode seems to have been intended to set him up as [[AscendedExtra the official fourth friend]] in the sixth season, and he's remained one of the most important characters since.
** Pip gets "[[Recap/SouthParkS4E14Pip Pip]]" (also called "Great Expectations"), which is [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent basically an adaptation of]] ''Literature/GreatExpectations,'' played surprisingly straight until just before the third act.
** [[{{Goth}} The Goth Kids]] get half of "[[Recap/SouthParkS13E14TheUngroundable The Ungroundable]]" (the other subplot belonging to Butters), and then all of "[[Recap/SouthParkS17E4GothKids3DawnOfThePosers Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers]]", which focuses entirely on them and their [[FandomRivalry sworn enemies]], the Vampire Kids. This episode is notable for giving them their own version of the theme song and [[GivenNameReveal finally revealing all of their names]].
** "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E3LiceCapades Lice Capades]]"
is about Peg moonlighting as a window washer.
** "Goofin' Up
[[TheGenericGuy Clyde]] and the Social Ladder" is about Peg trying to get into high society.
** "Peg o' the Jungle", while also focusing on Pete, is about Peg becoming
lice who live in his hair. In a jungle queen after Pete forgets their anniversary.
** "Hot Air" is about Pistol wanting to fly planes.
** "Three Ring Bind" is about Pistol freeing and housing animals from a circus.
** "Pistolgeist", while also focusing on PJ, is about Pistol
way making him the protagonist kind of serves as a NotSoImaginaryFriend when RedHerring to the ending, since [[spoiler:all the other kids refuse to play with her.
* While
have lice too]].
** [[TheRival Craig]] is a major character in
the first season mostly focused on the title character, ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' does this for most episodes two-part "Pandemic" story, especially in the second season, and episode. His [[DependingOnTheWriter new personality]] as a little bit in the third. Notable examples are "Satan" for Coach Stopframe, "Courtship" for Doughy, "Offensiveness" for Ms. Censordoll, "Be Fruitful and Multiply" for Reverend Putty, etc. DeadpanSnarker was immediately popular with fans.
** There's also "[[Recap/SouthParkS10E5AMillionLittleFibers
A notable third season would be the episode "Alone", one of the darkest Million Little Fibers]]", which focuses a bit more on Ms Sculptham, Nurse Bendy and Censordoll; the former two were considered more one-dimensional before this episode. Creator Dino Stamatopoulos at one point wanted the show to be called "Moralton.[[TheStoner Towelie]] promoting his memoirs on ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow.'' No other regular characters appear. Towelie also gets a major subplot in "Crippled Summer."
* The 1980s cartoon ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s Care Bears]]'' has so many bears, they often get left out ** Bradley Biggle isn't the protagonist of episodes, the "[[Recap/SouthParkS14E11Coon2Hindsight Coon and]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E11Coon2Hindsight Friends]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E13CoonVsCoonAndFriends Trilogy]]," but sometimes one gets a special episode.
** Bedtime Bear is often just a RunningGag who's always asleep. In "Bedtime for Care-a-lot", the villains dump [[InstantSedation sleeping dust]] on all the bears, except Bedtime Bear, who was already taking a nap. So
it's up to Bedtime Bear to save everyone.
** Birthday Bear tends to be a forgotten background character, because no one is having a birthday. In "Birthday Bear's Blues", someone does have a birthday, so Birthday Bear takes
the limelight.
** Wish Bear was almost completely
first time that he's ever been even slightly important, and he has a minor character major role to play in the show, but managed end [[spoiler:when he turns out to get a starring role in "The Cloud of Uncaring" which saw her attempting to rescue a young boy from No-Heart.
* WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} gives it to a lot of characters:
** Zoidberg gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?]]", "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E5ATasteOfFreedom A Taste of Freedom]]", "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E12VivaMarsVegas Viva Mars Vegas]]".
be an actual superhero]].
** Hermes gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E11HowHermesRequisitionedHisGrooveBack How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E7TheSixMillionDollarMon The Six Million Dollar Mon]]".
** Amy gets "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E7PutYourHeadOnMyShoulder Put Your Head on My Shoulder]]", and to a lesser extent, "Viva Mars Vegas" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E4PropositionInfinity Proposition Infinity]]".
** Leela's parents, particularly her mom, get one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E5ZappDingbat Zapp Dingbat]]".
** Kif gets a few, such as "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E10WhereTheBuggaloRoam Where the Buggalo Roam]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E1KifGetsKnockedUpANotch Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch]].
** Flexo has "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E6TheLesserOfTwoEvils The Lesser of Two Evils]]".
** "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E14MothersDay Mother's Day]]" for Mom.
** The Planet Express Ship, of all things, gets one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E3LoveAndRocket Love and Rocket]]".
** Clamps has "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E14TheSilenceOfTheClamps The Silence of the Clamps]]".
** Lrrr gets one in "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E11LrrreconcilableNdndifferences Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences]]".
** Nibbler has "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E7TheDayTheEarthStoodStupid The Day The Earth Stood Stupid]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E10TheWhyOfFry The Why of Fry]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': Little Suzy got her own episode, "The Great Bunny Book Ban," in which a MoralGuardian bans a book she likes from the library and she tries to change his mind. Johnny isn't a main character in the episode, only appearing for a few seconds at most.
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'': The Talent Suckers; Harmony; and Ami's and Yumi's cats each got these.
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'': The episode "Choices" follows Barbara Gordon as she juggles with her double life as Oracle, switching between saving Batman and Katana from Killer Croc, while attending a date with a popular boy from her school.
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' had "Factory Follies," which featured the Red Guy as a cruel factory owner who holds a birthday party for himself - and no one shows up. (The end reveals that he tied up Cow and Chicken so he could have his own short.)
** Flem and Earl got their own episode, entitled "Lost at Sea," featuring them reminiscing while seemingly in the middle of the ocean, though it turns out that they were in their bathtub and were suffering from [[ItMakesSenseInContext "steam-induced amnesia"]].
** Even Cow's toys, Manure the Bear, Piles the Beaver and Crabs the Warthog got an episode for themselves, entitled, well, "Cow's Toys." The story featured them escaping Cow and Chicken's home in search of their original owner, [[IncrediblyLamePun Maiden Hong Kong]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' had "Powdered Toastman," an episode focusing on the titular superhero, where he saves [[Music/FrankZappa the Pope]] from Muddy Mudskipper, gives Ren and Stimpy free Powdered Toast, and takes over for the President when he gets injured. A sequel episode was later made, "Powdered Toastman vs. Waffle Woman."
** "A Hard Day's Luck" does not feature Ren and Stimpy at all, instead focusing on Haggis [=McHaggis=].
** "Feud for Sale" focuses on a salesman character who had previously appeared in several
There are many episodes trying to dupe semi-recurring staring Jimmy and Timmy (usually with the word cripple in the title) lately they normally feature their [[UnknownRival unknown rivals]] Nathan and Mimzy.
** Season 19 in particular gave a lot of minor
characters Abner and Ewalt.
* The 2013 ''WesternAnimation/{{Mickey Mouse|2013}}'' shorts have so far given Minnie Mouse two shorts where she is the main protagonist: "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E3EauDeMinnie Eau de Minnie]]", where she uses too much perfume while getting ready for a date with Mickey (who only makes a brief cameo near the end of the short), and "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E12Clogged Clogged]]", where she tries everything she can to save a dying flower (Mickey is nowhere to be seen in this one).
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
** Adrien, aka Cat Noir, is supposedly the {{Deuteragonist}} to Marinette's/Ladybug's protagonist, but he have at least two episodes per season where he's the main
focus ('Simon Says' as it went on. "[[Recap/SouthParkS19E7NaughtyNinjas Naughty Ninjas]]" gives the B-plot to Officer Barbrady (turning him into TheWoobie in the process), and 'Santa Claws" on season 1, 'Gorizilla' and 'Frozer' on season 2, 'Weredad' and 'Oni-Chan' on season 3).
** Both Alya and Nino get their moments, [[spoiler:when they receive their miraculous and become Rena Rouge and Carapace, respectively]].
** Chloé, surprisingly. She have a
in the last three episodes arc where she have to deal with her own faults, her abusive mom he, Jimmy, Mr. Garrison and goes from ZeroToHero when she [[spoiler:becomes Queen Bee, the fifth miraculous hero]]. It's basically her transition from AlphaBitch to LovableAlphaBitch.
** Season 3 have one dedicated to Marinette's male classmates, and pretty much to ''almost every male character of the show'', on Adrien's surprise party.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'': John is the only Beatle appearing in the episode "If I Fell." George and Ringo only appear in "Devil In Her Heart" and figure prominently in "Hold Me Tight."
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'', Chloe gets one in "Madeline and the Old Violin." It turns out that she has talent when it comes to the violin.
* The ''Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood'' episode "Invisible Gold" mostly focuses on Marian and Scarlett
Principal Victoria are all major players, while what Robin, John and Tuck are doing Nathan is relegated to a subplot.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': "Log Date 7 15 2" focuses entirely on Peridot, showing her misadventures while [[spoiler: working with the Gems]].
** "The New Crystal Gems" focuses on what Connie, [[spoiler:Peridot, and Lapis Lazuri]] were doing during the events of the previous story arc, in which [[spoiler:Steven and the Gems had to travel into space to rescue Greg from Blue Diamond]].
** Just about each of the {{Muggle}} characters has had a spotlight episode where Steven helps them with some problem; "Crashing Skies/Rising Tides" is particularly notable, since it's framed as [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]]'s documentary of the weird things that happen in Beach City.
significant villain.
*** There's also "[[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig Tweek x Craig]]" which also serves SequelEpisode to the earlier "[[Recap/SouthParkS3E5TweekVsCraig Tweek vs. Craig]]" which was also one to Mr Adler.
*** Season 19 could be considered a whole season of these very few episodes focused solely on the boys and if anyone could be considered the main character of the series it would be PC Principal. Of course PC Principal was initially the BigBad of the season so every episode revolved around different characters being effected by the changes he brought, this allows a different character to serve as the protagonist every episode:
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E1StunningAndBrave Stunning and Brave]]: Kyle, Cartman and Randy
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E2WhereMyCountryGone Where My Country Gone]]: [[VillainProtagonist Mr Garrison]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E3TheCityPartOfTown The City Part of the Town]]: Kenny and Twong Lu Kim
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E4YoureNotYelping You're Not Yelping]]: [[NewTransferStudent Davíd]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E5SafeSpace Safe Space]]: Butters
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig Tweek X Craig]]: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tweek and Craig]]
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E7NaughtyNinjas Naughty Ninjas]]: Barbrady
*** [[Recap/SouthParkS19E8SponsoredContent Sponsored Content]]: Jimmy
*** ...following this was [[Recap/SouthParkS19E9TruthAndAdvertising Truth and Advertising]] which gave a major role to most these characters as well as properly introducing [[GreaterScopeVillain Leslie]] and revealing PC Principal to be an UnwittingPawn allowing him to serve as the protagonist to the season finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** "Mall Girl Pearl" centers exclusively on Pearl the whale, with [=SpongeBob=] appearing only in three small cameos that have no effect on the main plot of the episode.
** "My Leg!" revolves around Fred, a fan-favorite RecurringExtra whose RunningGag is getting his legs injured. [=SpongeBob=] decides to protect Fred's legs from all sorts of harm and misfortune, even if it means [[DivingSave throwing himself into the line of fire]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Just about each of the {{Muggle}} characters has had a spotlight episode where Steven helps them with some problem; [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E10RisingTidesCrashingSkies "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies"]] is particularly notable, since it's framed as [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]]'s documentary of the weird things that happen in Beach City.
** There are also three flashback episodes [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E5StoryForSteven three]] [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E12WeNeedToTalk flashback]] [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E16GregTheBabysitter episodes]] focusing on Steven's parents, Greg and Rose, plus a fourth [[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E9ThreeGemsAndABaby fourth]] where Steven's a baby and we see the Gems trying to deal with him (which is really them trying to deal with [[PosthumousCharacter Rose being gone now]]).
* Most of ** [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E29LogDate7152 "Log Date 7 15 2"]] focuses entirely on Peridot, showing her misadventures while [[spoiler:working with the episodes in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' gave more focus on the many background characters rather than Gumball's family.
Gems]].
** The episodes [[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E15TheNewCrystalGems "The World" and "The Extras" were literally this trope, as both episodes gave screentime to the people and living objects of Elmore while Gumball and Darwin have mere speaking cameos.
** In "The Singing", they both don't appear at all, instead focusing on many citizens of Elmore.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode "Girl Power" mostly
New Crystal Gems"]] focuses on Pepper Ann's sister Moose, with Pepper Ann only getting a few lines.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E10NorthwestMansionMystery Northwest Mansion Mystery]]" focuses on Pacifica Northwest's HiddenDepths
what Connie, [[spoiler:Peridot, and CharacterDevelopment from AlphaBitch to LovableAlphaBitch, ActionSurvivor and WhiteSheep for a family. She's Lapis Lazuli]] were doing during the {{Deuteragonist}} for the most part events of the episode previous story arc, in which [[spoiler:Steven and steps the Gems had to travel into TheProtagonist's shoes at then end, [[spoiler:when Dipper is incapacitated by the ghost]].space to rescue Greg from Blue Diamond]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBunch'', Al and Bob had a couple of episodes to themselves.
* This has actually been a goal for the writers of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower''. The first season tended to put any new character in the spotlight for their premier episode, but "Promise" is notable for sharply examining Catra as a person and revealing some of how her mind works. New episodes "Light Spinner" almost exclusively focuses on the origins of Shadow Weaver and her connection to [[spoiler: Micah, Glimmer's father]], while "Reunion" centered on Bow's home life and family. Similarly "Signals" actually puts a lot of focus on Hordak himself as he interacts with [[spoiler: Entrapta, his new assistant]].
* Both ''Creator/{{Filmation}}'' versions of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' were fond for doing these for both heroes and villains alike. It probably helped with the fact that they knew they couldn't rely on too much continuity when the episodes were aired out of order for syndication.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'':
** "Commander Cressida Begins" mostly revolves around Sydney and Mindy. Jet and Sean do appear, but they have non-speaking cameos.
** "[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E12WhoMessedUpTheTreehouseFactOrFiction Fact Or Fiction?]]" gives Lillian the most focus thus far.
** Sunspot is the focus of ď[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E16SunspotsSunspotOurSunIsAStar Sunspotís Sunspot]]".
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' with the character of Floyd the mouse; every appearance had him ask why he didn't appear on the show more often.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBunch'', Al All three of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'' cartoons had an episode starring Luigi. One of them ("Life's Ruff") didn't even have Mario or any other main characters besides Hip and Bob Hop Koopa appear.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "Flight School Confidential" is revolved largely around Kit venturing to Thembria, with Baloo only getting a brief role in the opening and closing scenes. A couple of episodes also focus dominantly on Rebecca and Molly's relationship.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'': The 2003 series
had an episode entitled "Hun on the Run", centering around Shredder's minion [[TheDragon Hun]]. Although the Turtles also appear, Hun is the main focus of the episode, giving hints as to his background.
** Season 5's ''Legend of the Five Dragons'' for the Ninja Tribunal and Tengu Shredder. The turtles noticeably have only
a couple of minutes worth of screen time.
** In Back to the Sewers, The Incredible Shrinking Sterling, focuses on the character named Sterling, along with the toddler turtles.
** Season 3's secret origin part 2 focused on April, Casey, and Splinter trying to rescue the turtles who are being held captive by Bishop.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has the Season 3 episode "Casey Jones vs. The Underworld", which focuses more on Casey's rivalry with Hun than any of the turtles, as if to make up for Casey always being left out of important missions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E8Lightspeed Lightspeed]]" combines this with a VillainEpisode, focusing on Kid Flash (hero) and the Hive Five (villains). Also "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E4ForReal For Real]]," which concerns Titans East.
** One could also count "Titans East," which focuses on that team and Cyborg while the other main Titans barely appear.
* Speaking of the H.I.V.E. Five, one ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode, appropriately titled "The H.I.V.E. Five", has the titular villain group having a day off trying to forget our five heroes, to no luck.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had "Sepulveda Boulevard", a full episode detective noir-esque story centering around Montana Max, Plucky Duck, and Elmyra Duff. It was the only episode of the show that did not have Buster Bunny or Babs Bunny in any capacity (there's a picture of Babs on a billboard, but that's it).
* ''What Its Like Being Alone'' often got up to this sort of thing over its mercifully short run, and, if "Sammy's Episode" was anything to go by, was well aware of it.
* Disney's ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' series does this a lot with some of the cast. ''The Tigger Movie'' and ''Piglet's Big Movie'' are ''full length theatrical features'' focused mainly around one particular character or the cast's relationship with them. Short films ''A Day For Eeyore'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/WinnieThePoohSpringtimeForRoo Springtime For Roo]]'' also revolve around originally minor characters while ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' gives nearly every supporting character at least two or three
episodes to themselves.
* This has actually been ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** There's an episode where Stella participates in
a goal for the writers beauty pageant, and another where Tecna is strongly suspicious of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower''. Professor Avalon.
**
The first season tended to put any new character in the spotlight for their premier episode, but "Promise" is most notable non-Bloom-centric episode was "The Show Must Go On", which focuses on [[TheWoobie Musa]] putting on a concert at Red Fountain against her father's wishes. It's especially notable since Bloom and Flora (and in the original, Tecna) were all {{Demoted To Extra}}s. (It could also be considered A Day In The Limelight for sharply examining Catra Stormy, as a person the rest of the time, the Trix's plans revolve around Icy and revealing some of how her mind works. New episodes "Light Spinner" almost exclusively Darcy, but here she gets to fight Musa by herself.)
** Season 3 episode 20
focuses on the origins of Shadow Weaver and her connection to [[spoiler: Micah, Glimmer's father]], while "Reunion" centered on Bow's home life and family. Similarly "Signals" actually puts a lot of focus on Hordak himself as he interacts with [[spoiler: Entrapta, his new assistant]].
* Both ''Creator/{{Filmation}}'' versions of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' were fond for doing these for both heroes and villains alike. It probably helped with
pixies, especially Digit, fighting the fact that they knew they couldn't rely on too much continuity when Trix.
* Although most of
the episodes were aired out of order for syndication.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'':
** "Commander Cressida Begins" mostly
''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' focus on one of the five main girls, at least one episode per season revolves around Sydney [[UnderstandingBoyfriend Matt]], [[BadassNormal Caleb]], and Mindy. Jet and Sean do appear, but they have non-speaking cameos.
** "[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E12WhoMessedUpTheTreehouseFactOrFiction Fact Or Fiction?]]" gives Lillian the most focus thus far.
** Sunspot is the focus of ď[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E16SunspotsSunspotOurSunIsAStar Sunspotís Sunspot]]".
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' with the character of Floyd the mouse; every appearance had him ask why he didn't appear on the show more often.
[[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Blunk]] as well.

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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' with the character of Floyd the mouse; every appearance had him ask why he didn't appear on the show more often.


* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':

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* ''WebComic/MierukoChan'': Chapter 10 focuses on Miko's friend Hana as she goes looking for a boy's lost dog in an abandoned storefront that, unbeknownst to her, is infested with ghosts.


* In ''ComicBook/SonicX'', most of the later issues star Dr. Eggman.

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In ''ComicBook/SonicX'', most of the later issues star Dr. Eggman.



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** Season 3 have one dedicated to Marinette's male classmates, and pretty much to ''almost every male character of the show'', on Adrien's surprise party.


** Adrien, aka Cat Noir, is supposedly the {{Deuteragonist}} to Marinette's/Ladybug's protagonist, but he have at least two episodes per season where he's the main focus ('Simon Says' and 'Santa Claws" on season 1, 'Gorizilla' and 'Glaciator' on season 2, 'Weredad' and 'Oni-Chan' on season 3).

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** Adrien, aka Cat Noir, is supposedly the {{Deuteragonist}} to Marinette's/Ladybug's protagonist, but he have at least two episodes per season where he's the main focus ('Simon Says' and 'Santa Claws" on season 1, 'Gorizilla' and 'Glaciator' 'Frozer' on season 2, 'Weredad' and 'Oni-Chan' on season 3).


** [[VideoGame/PortalCustomMaps The Designed for Danger maps]] has you go through a series of tests that the Danger Core made.

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