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* The 2016 ''Comicbook/{{Venom}}'' series opens with a former soldier named Lee Price becoming the new Venom after encountering the symbiote. Lee serves as the protagonist for the first arc, after which he is arrested and stripped of the symbiote, who remerges with Eddie Brock.

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* The 2016 ''Comicbook/{{Venom}}'' series opens with a former soldier named Lee Price becoming the new Venom after encountering the symbiote. Lee serves as the protagonist for the first arc, after which [[LegacyImplosion he is arrested and stripped of the symbiote, who remerges with Eddie Brock.Brock]].



* A ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode began with Meg getting Brian to take the UsefulNotes/SATs for her only for him to fail. The shift of focus to him is lampshaded by an extra.

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* A The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS13E8OurIdiotBrian Our Idiot Brian]]" began with Meg getting Brian to take the UsefulNotes/SATs for her only for him to fail.fail, and the rest of the episode revolves around his lost intelligence. The shift of focus to him is lampshaded by an extra.


* ''[[FanFic/HeiroftheNightmare Heir of the Nightmare]]'': In the first part of the story follows Twilight learning about being the daughter of Nightmare Moon, and her attempts to stop her mother's wrath. [[spoiler: Horrified by her mother's brutality, Twilight tries to summon the Elements of Harmony, only to lose and end up brainwashed. From them on, the story follows [[VillainProtagonist Luna]] attempts to cure Twilight of being brainwashed after being horrified by what she turned Twilight into]].

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* ''[[FanFic/HeiroftheNightmare Heir of the Nightmare]]'': ''FanFic/HeirOfTheNightmare'': In the first part of the story follows Twilight learning about being the daughter of Nightmare Moon, and her attempts to stop her mother's wrath. [[spoiler: Horrified by her mother's brutality, Twilight tries to summon the Elements of Harmony, only to lose and end up brainwashed. From them on, the story follows [[VillainProtagonist Luna]] attempts to cure Twilight of being brainwashed after being horrified by what she turned Twilight into]].

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* ''[[FanFic/HeiroftheNightmare Heir of the Nightmare]]'': In the first part of the story follows Twilight learning about being the daughter of Nightmare Moon, and her attempts to stop her mother's wrath. [[spoiler: Horrified by her mother's brutality, Twilight tries to summon the Elements of Harmony, only to lose and end up brainwashed. From them on, the story follows [[VillainProtagonist Luna]] attempts to cure Twilight of being brainwashed after being horrified by what she turned Twilight into]].


* ''Switch'', Stjepan Sejic's teenage take on ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}, introduces its heroine in this manner:

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* ''Switch'', ''ComicBook/Switch2015'', Stjepan Sejic's teenage take on ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}, ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'', introduces its heroine in this manner:


* Amatsuyu from 'Oresuki' believes he is the shy, pure everyman protagonist of a harem story. He 'is' in a harem story, and we do follow it from his point of view, however as he soon finds out to his horror that he's just a side character and his best friend is the real protagonist.

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* Amatsuyu from 'Oresuki' ''LightNovel/{{Oresuki}}'' believes he is the shy, pure everyman protagonist of a harem story. He 'is' ''is'' in a harem story, and we do follow it from his point of view, however as he soon finds out to his horror that he's just a side character and his best friend is the real protagonist.protagonist. [[spoiler:At least for a while. [[SatireAndSwitch Then some of the harem starts warming up to Amatsuyu instead...]]]]

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* ''Series/Babylon5'' had a few cases that could be mistaken for this, but most were really RealLifeWritesThePlot. However, the case with season 2 character Warren Keffer fits it. He's introduced as a hotshot pilot and quickly gets promoted to squadron leader. He's the first series regular to see a Shadow vessel and becomes intent on finding and identifying it. This gets him killed by the end of the season and he's mentioned again only once in reference to the video he took before being killed.

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** Also, the first episode starts off focusing on what seems to be a FiveManBand, who will take over as the new protagonists. Instead, all of them wind up dead.


** The series starts following Taiju Ooki, a hot-blooded yet dimwitted high school student who wakes up thousands of years in the future after every human was turned to stone, only finding his friend the hyper-intelligent Senku, who plans to rebuild society with his immense knowledge of science. After two volumes and freeing Taiju's love interest and the main villain, Taiju goes undercover in the latter's group and the manga now focuses on Senku as he shows a village of cave-people various forms of science.

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** The series starts following Taiju Ooki, a hot-blooded yet dimwitted high school student who wakes up thousands of years in the future after every human was turned to stone, only finding his friend the hyper-intelligent Senku, who plans to rebuild society with his immense knowledge of science. After two volumes and freeing Taiju's love interest and the main villain, Taiju goes undercover in the latter's group and the manga now focuses on Senku as he shows a village of cave-people various forms of science. So not only is Taiju not the protagonist, he's not even the {{deuteragonist}}.

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* The first (feature-length) episode of ''Series/Rush1974'' builds up Richard Lucas as the miners' representative, standing up to Gold Commissioner Fitzalan's unfair administration of the goldfield. But after his breakdown following his brother's death, he is forced to go on the run for assaulting Corporal Colvin and only appears once later. The rest of the series has his partner George Williams in this role.

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* We would like to present America's newly-elected president, [[UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison William Henry Harriso]]-- what do you mean he died a month into his 4-year term and [[UsefulNotes/JohnTyler John Tyler]] will replace him for the remaining three years and eleven months?
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* In ''Manga/DrStone'', the series starts following Taiju Ooki, a hot-blooded yet dimwitted high school student who wakes up thousands of years in the future after every human was turned to stone, only finding his friend the hyper-intelligent Senku, who plans to rebuild society with his immense knowledge of science. After two volumes and freeing Taiju's love interest and the main villain, Taiju goes undercover in the latter's group and the manga now focuses on Senku as he shows a village of cave-people various forms of science.

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* In ''Manga/DrStone'', the ''Manga/DrStone'':
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series starts following Taiju Ooki, a hot-blooded yet dimwitted high school student who wakes up thousands of years in the future after every human was turned to stone, only finding his friend the hyper-intelligent Senku, who plans to rebuild society with his immense knowledge of science. After two volumes and freeing Taiju's love interest and the main villain, Taiju goes undercover in the latter's group and the manga now focuses on Senku as he shows a village of cave-people various forms of science.science.
** The first four chapters of ''Manga/DrStoneRebootByakuya'' are about Byakuya and the astronauts' return to earth. The rest of the story focuses on [[RobotBuddy Rei]] and its efforts to keep the ISS in orbit until Byakuya fulfills [[EmptyPromise his promise of coming back]].


--''"A new bearer was ready. The time was right. Witchblade knew that the this bearer was to be an exceptional woman. ''(Close-up shot of a beautiful red-headed woman)'' A paragon of courage, exceptional willpower and most likely great beauty. ''(Frame pulls away from the redhead to focus on a goth-looking girl behind her)'' So why did it choose me?"''

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--''"A -->''"A new bearer was ready. The time was right. Witchblade knew that the this bearer was to be an exceptional woman. ''(Close-up shot of a beautiful red-headed woman)'' A paragon of courage, exceptional willpower and most likely great beauty. ''(Frame pulls away from the redhead to focus on a goth-looking girl behind her)'' So why did it choose me?"''


* ''[[Webcomic/Aurora2019 Aurora]]'' begins by presenting Vash, the god of the city bearing his name, presented as the hero of the story. This is quickly subverted when his soul is [[YourSoulIsMine sucked out of his body.]] The ''real'' protagonist turns out to be the guy inhabiting his body after this, a consciousness who spontaneously comes into existence in the absence of Vash's soul.

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* ''[[Webcomic/Aurora2019 Aurora]]'' begins by presenting Vash, the god of the city bearing his name, presented as the hero of the story. This is quickly subverted when his soul is [[YourSoulIsMine sucked out of his body.]] The ''real'' protagonist turns out to be the guy inhabiting his body after this, a consciousness who spontaneously comes into existence in the absence of Vash's soul.


* ''[[Webcomic/Aurora2019 Aurora]]'' begins by presenting Vash, the god of the city bearing his name, presented as the hero of the story. This is quickly subverted when his soul is [[YourSoulIsMine sucked out of his body.]] The ''real'' protagonist turns out to be the guy inhabiting his body after this, a consciousness who spontaneously comes into existence in the absence of Vash's soul.





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