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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Creator/EvangelineLilly and Creator/IanSomerhalder kept the highest profile after the show ended. Creator/MaggieGrace and Creator/DanielDaeKim too, to a lesser extent.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Creator/EvangelineLilly and Creator/EvangelineLilly, Creator/IanSomerhalder kept the highest profile after the show ended.ended, followed by Creator/MichaelEmerson. Creator/MaggieGrace and Creator/DanielDaeKim too, to a lesser extent.


* Could go here, in Music or in Films, but ''Creator/DeanMartin'' was widely seen as just the straight man to ''Creator/JerryLewis'', and was expected to disappear after their break-up.[[/folder]]

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* Could go here, in Music or in Films, but ''Creator/DeanMartin'' was widely seen as just the straight man to ''Creator/JerryLewis'', and was expected to disappear after their break-up.break-up.
* After Spanish comedy duo Cruz y Raya split up in 2007, Juan Muñoz all but disappeared from the spotlight while his partner Creator/JoseMota embarked in a far more succesful solo career, directing and starring in multiple hit {{Sketch Comedy}} shows.
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* The 1928 film ''Film/OurDancingDaughters'' (and its two successive entries, ''Our Modern Maidens'' and ''Our Blushing Brides'', which formed a loose trilogy) paired Anita Page, an actress with an impressive pedigree and a burgeoning career, with an up-and-coming actress who Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM had taken a liking to. The end result was that Page got upstaged by her co-star (who used the role as a launching pad to greater fame), MGM canned her three years later (despite starring in the first film with sound to win an Academy Award for Best Picture), and she more or less disappeared from acting altogether until the early 90s, whereas her co-star, Creator/JoanCrawford, went on to become a superstar.

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* The 1928 film ''Film/OurDancingDaughters'' (and its two successive entries, ''Our Modern Maidens'' ''Film/OurModernMaidens'' and ''Our Blushing Brides'', ''Film/OurBlushingBrides'', which formed a loose trilogy) paired Anita Page, an actress with an impressive pedigree and a burgeoning career, with an up-and-coming actress who Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM had taken a liking to. The end result was that Page got upstaged by her co-star (who used the role as a launching pad to greater fame), MGM canned her three years later (despite starring in [[Film/TheBroadwayMelody the first film with sound to win an Academy Award for Best Picture), Picture]]), and she more or less disappeared from acting altogether until the early 90s, whereas her co-star, Creator/JoanCrawford, went on to become a superstar.


* Many view Creator/AdamCarolla's comedic partner (and radio buddy from KROQ in LA) Creator/JimmyKimmel as this, as he's gone on to much bigger things than Adam. However, Adam is quite proud of his best friend's success, often remarking he got there with talent and hard work, and he's quite content doing his own thing.

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* Many view Creator/AdamCarolla's comedic partner (and radio buddy from KROQ in LA) Creator/JimmyKimmel as this, as he's gone on to much bigger things than Adam. However, Adam is quite proud of his best friend's success, often remarking he got there with talent and hard work, and he's quite content doing his own thing.thing (which has also been quite a success, [[{{Podcast}} just in a less visual medium]]).

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* Canadian group ''Music/ThePoppyFamily'' had a #1 Billboard hit with "Which Way You going, Billy?", then the lead singer and the guitar player got divorced. Susan Jacks had a career as a singer and producer in Nashville; ''Music/TerryJacks'' became much more successful.


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* Could go here, in Music or in Films, but ''Creator/DeanMartin'' was widely seen as just the straight man to ''Creator/JerryLewis'', and was expected to disappear after their break-up.[[/folder]]


* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterDearlyStars'' starred a trio of idols starting up work at 876 Productions. They formally became their own unit (also titled "Dearly Stars") in ''ONE FOR ALL''. When Ryo Akizuki left the group for 315 Productions in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM'', his influence magnified: He's the reason [[WholesomeCrossdresser Saki Mizushima]] decided to perform as a crossdressng idol, and his unit-mates in F-LAGS were inspired to get into the busness through his actions. As a solo idol and a member of F-LAGS, he's become widely successful. His old groupmates Ai Hidaka and Eri Mizutani, on the other hand, haven't gotten much work other than a crossover event with ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' and the occasional cameo in Ryo's cards. This might even be an exaggerated version of the trope, studio-wise; after Ryo left, 876 Productions and the talent under it has largely been ignored.

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* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterDearlyStars'' starred a trio of idols starting up work at 876 Productions. They formally became their own unit (also titled "Dearly Stars") in ''ONE FOR ALL''. When Ryo Akizuki left the group for 315 Productions in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM'', his influence magnified: He's the reason [[WholesomeCrossdresser Saki Mizushima]] decided to perform as a crossdressng crossdressing idol, and his unit-mates in F-LAGS were inspired to get into the busness business through his actions. As a solo idol and a member of F-LAGS, he's become widely successful. His old groupmates Ai Hidaka and Eri Mizutani, on the other hand, haven't gotten much work other than a crossover event with ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' and the occasional cameo in Ryo's cards. This might even be an exaggerated version of the trope, studio-wise; after Ryo left, 876 Productions and the talent under it has largely been ignored.



* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' started out as a collaboration between Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston for the first two volumes. Rodney Caston left before the most successful years of the comic (though there is some controversy as to how amicable the split ended up being). As with Carmack/Romero situation, it can also be considered a subversion - Fred Gallagher's take on MegaTokyo eventually became highly infamous in the medium, while Rodney Caston found a modest-yet-respected position in video game development, getting to work on VideoGame/SecondLife and VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends.

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* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' started out as a collaboration between Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston for the first two volumes. Rodney Caston left before the most successful years of the comic (though there is some controversy as to how amicable the split ended up being). As with Carmack/Romero situation, it can also be considered a subversion - Fred Gallagher's take on MegaTokyo ''[=MegaTokyo=]'' eventually became highly infamous in the medium, while Rodney Caston found a modest-yet-respected position in video game development, getting to work on VideoGame/SecondLife ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' and VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends.''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.


* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s 2012 sitcom ''Series/MarvinMarvin'' was a massive failure, getting trashed by critics and fans alike and ending the career of Lucas Cruikshank, and was run off the air in only half a year. The only actor from the show whose career survived was Jacob Bertrand, who played Marvin's younger brother Henry. A year after ''Marvin'' ended, Bertrand landed the title role on a single-camera Disney XD show called ''Series/KirbyBuckets'', about a young cartoonist who is able to see his characters come to life. Although it received not-so-great reviews, it was much better received than ''Marvin'' and got two more seasons. Following this, Bertrand's career reached new heights when he was cast as Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz in the smash hit ''Film/TheKarateKid'' SequelSeries ''Film/CobraKai''. The only other notable actor from the show is Casey Sander, who plays Bernadette's father on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', but he already had that role prior to ''Marvin''.

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* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s 2012 sitcom ''Series/MarvinMarvin'' was a massive failure, getting trashed by critics and fans alike and ending the career of Lucas Cruikshank, and was run off the air in only half a year. The only actor from the show whose career survived was Jacob Bertrand, who played Marvin's younger brother Henry. A year after ''Marvin'' ended, Bertrand landed the title role on a single-camera Disney XD show called ''Series/KirbyBuckets'', about a young cartoonist who is able to see his characters come to life. Although it received not-so-great reviews, it was much better received than ''Marvin'' and got two more seasons. Following this, Bertrand's career reached new heights when he was cast as Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz in the smash hit ''Film/TheKarateKid'' SequelSeries ''Film/CobraKai''.''Series/CobraKai''. The only other notable actor from the show is Casey Sander, who plays Bernadette's father on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', but he already had that role prior to ''Marvin''.


* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s 2012 sitcom ''Series/MarvinMarvin'' was a massive failure, getting trashed by critics and fans alike and ending the career of Lucas Cruikshank, and was run off the air in only half a year. The only actor from the show whose career survived was Jacob Bertrand, who played Marvin's younger brother Henry. A year after ''Marvin'' ended, Bertrand landed the title role on a single-camera Disney XD show called ''Series/KirbyBuckets'', about a young cartoonist who is able to see his characters come to life. Although it received not-so-great reviews, it was much better received than ''Marvin'' and got two more seasons. The only other notable actor from the show is Casey Sander, who plays Bernadette's father on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', but he already had that role prior to ''Marvin''.

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* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s 2012 sitcom ''Series/MarvinMarvin'' was a massive failure, getting trashed by critics and fans alike and ending the career of Lucas Cruikshank, and was run off the air in only half a year. The only actor from the show whose career survived was Jacob Bertrand, who played Marvin's younger brother Henry. A year after ''Marvin'' ended, Bertrand landed the title role on a single-camera Disney XD show called ''Series/KirbyBuckets'', about a young cartoonist who is able to see his characters come to life. Although it received not-so-great reviews, it was much better received than ''Marvin'' and got two more seasons. Following this, Bertrand's career reached new heights when he was cast as Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz in the smash hit ''Film/TheKarateKid'' SequelSeries ''Film/CobraKai''. The only other notable actor from the show is Casey Sander, who plays Bernadette's father on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', but he already had that role prior to ''Marvin''.


** Creator/AnthonyHead also didn't do too bad for himself, playing the lead in Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera and gaining recognition due to numerous appearances on British television and radio. He had been a musical actor before this, but was generally overshadowed by his brother Murray, who appeared on the original concept albums for Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar and Theatre/Chess respectively.
* The stars of ''Series/BosomBuddies'' were Creator/TomHanks and PeterScolari. In the first episode, Peter's character talks about how Tom's character is the driving force of the team, and that he'd be nothing without him. Decades later, Tom Hanks is Tom Hanks, and Peter Scolari does bit parts and voice work, occasionally.

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** Creator/AnthonyHead also didn't do too bad for himself, playing the lead in Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera and gaining recognition due to numerous appearances on British television and radio. He had been a musical actor before this, but was generally overshadowed by his brother Murray, who appeared on the original concept albums for Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' and Theatre/Chess ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' respectively.
* The stars of ''Series/BosomBuddies'' were Creator/TomHanks and PeterScolari.Creator/PeterScolari. In the first episode, Peter's character talks about how Tom's character is the driving force of the team, and that he'd be nothing without him. Decades later, Tom Hanks is Tom Hanks, and Peter Scolari does bit parts and voice work, occasionally.



* ''Series/TheFlash1990'' saw two officers as recurring characters, Murphy and Bellows. [[Series/TheFlash2014 The 2014 series]] sees Vito D'Ambrosio [[RoleReprise return as Bellow]], albeit as a [[AdaptationalVillainy corrupt mayor]] with Murphy not appearing because of Bliff Manard's passing some months before.

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* ''Series/TheFlash1990'' saw two officers as recurring characters, Murphy and Bellows. [[Series/TheFlash2014 The 2014 series]] sees Vito D'Ambrosio [[RoleReprise return as Bellow]], Bellows]], albeit as a [[AdaptationalVillainy corrupt mayor]] with Murphy not appearing because of Bliff Manard's passing some months before.


* Averted by Crosby Stills & Nash after Music/NeilYoung left. All four of them did this with their previous groups to varying extents (Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby with The Byrds, Nash with The Hollies). Played straight as a quartet, though. Young had a highly influential solo career, whereas Stills is known mostly for one song ("Love the One You're With"), while Crosby and Nash's solo work is all but forgotten.

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* Averted by Crosby Stills & Nash Music/CrosbyStillsAndNash after Music/NeilYoung left. All four of them did this with their previous groups to varying extents (Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, Music/BuffaloSpringfield, Crosby with The Byrds, Music/TheByrds, Nash with The Hollies).Music/TheHollies). Played straight as a quartet, though. Young had a highly influential solo career, whereas Stills is known mostly for one song ("Love the One You're With"), while Crosby and Nash's solo work is all but forgotten.



* Music/GeorgeMichael and Wham!, to the point that Andrew Ridgeley is to music what Wrestling/MartyJannetty is to wrestling. In Andrew's defense, he was tired of the industry and preferred a quiet and comfortable life in Cornwall. He and George Michael remained friends until Michael's death in 2016.

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* Music/GeorgeMichael and Wham!, Music/{{Wham}}, to the point that Andrew Ridgeley is to music what Wrestling/MartyJannetty is to wrestling. In Andrew's defense, he was tired of the industry and preferred a quiet and comfortable life in Cornwall. He and George Michael remained friends until Michael's death in 2016.



* Music/MichaelJackson. He started as a member of The Jackson 5 and later became the King of Pop. Jermaine also had some success in the '70s and '80s, but obviously nowhere near that of his brother.

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* Music/MichaelJackson. He started as a member of The Jackson 5 Music/TheJacksons and later became the King of Pop. Jermaine also had some success in the '70s and '80s, but obviously nowhere near that of his brother.



* After White Zombie broke up, Music/RobZombie replaced all the band members except the drummer and renamed the band after himself. None of the other members of the band ever did anything else of note. He then did it ''again'' when the Rob Zombie (band) guitarist and drummer, Riggs and Tempesta, split to form Scum of the Earth, which did not reach nearly the commercial success that Rob Zombie, either the man or the band, did. On the other hand, Tempesta ''did'' go on to join Music/TheCult, so he's doing pretty damn well himself. Riggs, however, has not been as lucky.

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* After White Zombie Music/WhiteZombie broke up, Music/RobZombie replaced all the band members except the drummer and renamed the band after himself. None of the other members of the band ever did anything else of note. He then did it ''again'' when the Rob Zombie (band) guitarist and drummer, Riggs and Tempesta, split to form Scum of the Earth, which did not reach nearly the commercial success that Rob Zombie, either the man or the band, did. On the other hand, Tempesta ''did'' go on to join Music/TheCult, so he's doing pretty damn well himself. Riggs, however, has not been as lucky.



* Tina and Ike Turner. At the time of the latter's death he was performing at small casinos. Of course, Ike brought a lot of that on himself, having gone from a rock legend responsible for one of the earliest rock & roll songs ever recorded ("Rocket 88") to becoming synonymous with spousal abuse.

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* Tina Music/TinaTurner and Ike Turner. At the time of the latter's death he was performing at small casinos. Of course, Ike brought a lot of that on himself, having gone from a rock legend responsible for one of the earliest rock & roll songs ever recorded ("Rocket 88") to becoming synonymous with spousal abuse.



* The Yardbirds, which helped launch the careers of Music/EricClapton, Music/JeffBeck and Jimmy Page, the latter of which formed Music/LedZeppelin from the ashes from the group. Lead singer Keith Relf is mostly famous for his electrocution death in 1976.

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* The Yardbirds, Music/TheYardbirds, which helped launch the careers of Music/EricClapton, Music/JeffBeck and Jimmy Page, the latter of which formed Music/LedZeppelin from the ashes from the group. Lead singer Keith Relf is mostly famous for his electrocution death in 1976.



* Music/TenaciousD's track 'The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage' parodies this, with the Rage Kage languishing in obscurity while Hollywood Jack gets famous and stars in movies not entirely unlike the dynamic that was in place while the band themselves were on hiatus between albums). It culminates in the Rage Kage losing his mind in a jealous fury.

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* Music/TenaciousD's track 'The "The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage' Kage" parodies this, with the Rage Kage languishing in obscurity while Hollywood Jack gets famous and stars in movies not entirely unlike the dynamic that was in place while the band themselves were on hiatus between albums). It culminates in the Rage Kage losing his mind in a jealous fury.

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* When alternative country pioneers Uncle Tupelo broke out, lead guitarist and singer Jay Farrar achieved moderate success with his band Music/SonVolt, while bassist-turned-guitarist and singer Jeff Tweedy and the rest of the band became Music/{{Wilco}}, which, after a few major lineup changes, became way more successful than Uncle Tupelo or Son Volt.

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* The novel ''Liverpool Fantasy'' by Larry Kirwan explores an AlternateHistory where Music/TheBeatles broke up almost immediately after being signed, with John storming out and taking George and Ringo with him. Paul remained with the label and became highly successful as a solo artist, while his former bandmates went on to lead unremarkable lives in Liverpool.


* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterDearlyStars'' starred a trio of idols starting up work at 876 Productions. They formally became their own unit (also titled "Dearly Stars") in ''ONE FOR ALL''. When Ryo Akizuki left the group for 315 Productions in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM'', his influence magnified: He's the reason [[WholesomeCrossdresser Saki Mizushima]] decided to perform as a crossdressng idol, and his unit-mates in F-LAGS were inspired to get into the busness through his actions. As a solo idol and a member of F-LAGS, he's become widely successful. His old groupmates Ai Hidaka and Eri Mizutani, on the other hand, haven't gotten much work other than a crossover event with ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' and the occasional cameo in Ryo's cards.

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* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterDearlyStars'' starred a trio of idols starting up work at 876 Productions. They formally became their own unit (also titled "Dearly Stars") in ''ONE FOR ALL''. When Ryo Akizuki left the group for 315 Productions in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM'', his influence magnified: He's the reason [[WholesomeCrossdresser Saki Mizushima]] decided to perform as a crossdressng idol, and his unit-mates in F-LAGS were inspired to get into the busness through his actions. As a solo idol and a member of F-LAGS, he's become widely successful. His old groupmates Ai Hidaka and Eri Mizutani, on the other hand, haven't gotten much work other than a crossover event with ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' and the occasional cameo in Ryo's cards. This might even be an exaggerated version of the trope, studio-wise; after Ryo left, 876 Productions and the talent under it has largely been ignored.

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* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterDearlyStars'' starred a trio of idols starting up work at 876 Productions. They formally became their own unit (also titled "Dearly Stars") in ''ONE FOR ALL''. When Ryo Akizuki left the group for 315 Productions in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM'', his influence magnified: He's the reason [[WholesomeCrossdresser Saki Mizushima]] decided to perform as a crossdressng idol, and his unit-mates in F-LAGS were inspired to get into the busness through his actions. As a solo idol and a member of F-LAGS, he's become widely successful. His old groupmates Ai Hidaka and Eri Mizutani, on the other hand, haven't gotten much work other than a crossover event with ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' and the occasional cameo in Ryo's cards.

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