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* As with ComicBookLimbo, both players and entire campaigns came and went over the course of the ten-year history of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. As they did, most of the characters involved would fade from being important main characters to being supporting [=NPCs=] to eventually being background color.


* Zazu in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. He is also has two brief speaking cameo appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' and has a brief non-speaking background character at the end.

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* Zazu becomes a minor character in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' and has a few cameo appearances in the film. He is also has two brief speaking cameo appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' and has a brief non-speaking background character appearance at the end.


* Zazu in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. Also Nala, although she didn't have a ton to do in the first movie.

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* Zazu in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. He is also has two brief speaking cameo appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. Also Nala, although she didn't have has a ton to do in brief non-speaking background character at the first movie.end.


[-[[caption-width-right:330:Over the course of three films, Cyclops moves to the back ([[WolverinePublicity while Wolverine moves to the front]]).]]-]

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* Similarly, Kano and Minagi in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. Everything from merchandise to posters to, well, the backstory of the game makes it clear that this is Misuzu's story. Therefore, their routes are just there so the game can't be accused of having no variety -- and [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]], if either of them wins, then the incarnations of Kanna will live and die in loneliness and pain for all eternity (especially with Kano's "good" ending). They were completely removed from the movie adaptation, and their arcs were shrunk to three episodes each in the Creator/KyotoAnimation version. They do each have one good figure, though. One.

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* Similarly, Kano and Minagi in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. Everything from merchandise to posters to, well, the backstory of the game makes it clear that this is Misuzu's story. Therefore, their routes are just there so the game can't be accused of having no variety -- and [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]], if either of them wins, then the incarnations of Kanna will live and die in loneliness and pain for all eternity (especially with Kano's "good" ending). They were completely removed from the movie adaptation, and their arcs were shrunk to three episodes each in the Creator/KyotoAnimation version. They do each have one good figure, though. One.


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** The transition to college has oddly seen Brad and Toni move to the background (often barely appearing at all), with Luann, Gunther, Bernice, Quill and Tiffany being the major characters. Crystal and Knute now almost never appear, and Delta has moved away and disappeared.

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** The transition to college has oddly seen Brad and Toni move to the background (often barely appearing at all), with Luann, Gunther, Bernice, Quill and Tiffany being the major characters. Crystal and Knute now almost never appear, and Delta has moved away and disappeared. Then after breaking up with Luann, Quill disappeared altogether as well. The storylines now alternate between Luann (with Bernice), Gunther, and Tiffany.


* After the untimely deaths of Creator/JimHenson and Richard Hunt, most of Franchise/TheMuppets they once played were handed down to new performers, starting with ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol''. However, Henson's Rowlf and Dr. Teeth and Hunt's Janice and Scooter, all formerly major characters with sizable roles in previous Muppet productions, would be reduced to non-speaking background appearances or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome not appear at all]]. ''Film/TheMuppets'' reversed this, as all four characters were as prominent as ever in the various trailers and the film itself.

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* After the untimely deaths of Creator/JimHenson and Richard Hunt, most of Franchise/TheMuppets they once played were handed down to new performers, starting with ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol''. However, Henson's Rowlf and Dr. Teeth and Hunt's Janice and Scooter, all formerly major characters with sizable roles in previous Muppet productions, would be reduced to non-speaking background appearances or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome not appear at all]]. ''Film/TheMuppets'' reversed this, as all four characters were as prominent as ever in the various trailers and the film itself. Since the departure of Mupppet perfomer Steve Whitmire in 2016, Rizzo the Rat has suffered a similar fate to what Henson's and Hunt's character previously went through.



** Rizzo the Rat doesn't interact with Gonzo in this film and is only seen in crowd shots, probably due to Steve Whitmire being really busy as Kermit. Kermit's nephew Robin suffered a similar fate.

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** Rizzo the Rat doesn't interact with Gonzo in this film and is only seen in crowd shots, probably due to Steve Whitmire being really busy as Kermit. Kermit's nephew Robin suffered a similar fate.only appear in crowd shots. Their reduced roles were [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] in ''Muppets Most Wanted.''


** In recent years, a decision to downsize the number of principal characters has led to other Muppets taking a significant backseat, including Baby Bear, Bert and Ernie, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Snuffy, and Telly Monster.

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** In recent years, a decision to downsize the number of principal characters has led to other Muppets taking a significant backseat, Muppets, including Baby Bear, Bert and Ernie, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Snuffy, and Telly Monster.Monster, taking a noticable backseat.

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** In recent years, a decision to downsize the number of principal characters has led to other Muppets taking a significant backseat, including Baby Bear, Bert and Ernie, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Snuffy, and Telly Monster.


* In the original comic version of ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'', a reformed Harvey Dent/Two-Face was a key player in the arc. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanHush The animated version]] sees Two-Face in a montage of Batman and Catwoman working together and that's it.

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* In the original comic version of ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'', a reformed [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent/Two-Face Dent/Two-Face]] was a key player in the arc. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanHush The animated version]] sees Two-Face in a montage of Batman and Catwoman working together and that's it.



* Several characters in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie2TheSecondPart''. Unikitty, Benny and Metalbeard are now tertiary characters at best, President Business appears just at the beginning and end (though it's kind of justified by him [[spoiler:being based on Finn's father, who doesn't appear at all this time]]), but Vitruvius and Bad Cop have it even worse: both have been reduced to silent cameos that last a couple of seconds.

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* Several characters in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie2TheSecondPart''.''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart''. Unikitty, Benny and Metalbeard are now tertiary characters at best, President Business appears just at the beginning and end (though it's kind of justified by him [[spoiler:being based on Finn's father, who doesn't appear at all this time]]), but Vitruvius and Bad Cop have it even worse: both have been reduced to silent cameos that last a couple of seconds.



* In the Rankin/Bass animated version of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', Legolas and Gimli are reduced to background characters who have a few non speaking cameos, while Saruman doesn't appear at all. Faramir also crops up at the end. In a non-speaking moment with no explanation as to who he is. In order to give Éowyn a happy ending. The perils of AdaptationDistillation.

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* In the Rankin/Bass animated version of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'', Legolas and Gimli are reduced to background characters who have a few non speaking cameos, while Saruman doesn't appear at all. Faramir also crops up at the end. In a non-speaking moment with no explanation as to who he is. In order to give Éowyn a happy ending. The perils of AdaptationDistillation.



* While not big players in the opening arc of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'', "Public Enemies", Lois Lane, Starfire, and Katana did have lines. In [[WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies its animated adaptation]], they do appear, but don't speak, with Lois Lane only appearing in the end. It's especially notable in Katana's case since in the comic, she was allied with Superman, Batman, and Power Girl.



* While not big players in the opening arc of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'', "Public Enemies", Lois Lane, Starfire, and Katana did have lines. In [[WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies its animated adaptation]], they do appear, but don't speak, with Lois Lane only appearing in the end. It's especially notable in Katana's case since in the comic, she was allied with Superman, Batman, and Power Girl.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'', many of the Core Races from ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''(and Fantasy [=RPGs=] in general) are no longer Core, although they did get into the main rulebook(just pushed to the back). Except for [[HumansAreSpecial Humans, of course]].

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'', many of the Core Races from ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''(and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' (and Fantasy [=RPGs=] in general) are no longer Core, although they did get into the main rulebook(just pushed to the back). Except for [[HumansAreSpecial Humans, of course]].



** InUniverse example: Bowser was demoted to co-villain in "Two Evil Friends" because his evil plans constantly failed, [[spoiler:and [=SMG3=] was made the main villain.]]

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** InUniverse example: Bowser was demoted to co-villain in "Two Evil Friends" because his evil plans constantly failed, [[spoiler:and [=SMG3=] was made the main villain.]]villain]].



** Breeze Rider [[spoiler:saves the day by grabbing the sceptre.]]

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** Breeze Rider [[spoiler:saves the day by grabbing the sceptre.]]sceptre]].



* Grue gradually fades in importance in the later arcs of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:and leaves the story entirely by the Cockroaches arc, due to his death in the first battle with Scion.]]

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* Grue gradually fades in importance in the later arcs of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:and leaves the story entirely by the Cockroaches arc, due to his death in the first battle with Scion.]]Scion]].



* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''

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* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'':



** Princess Peach was Mario's original girlfriend, but broke up with him because she found out he was bald. Things went FromBadToWorse for Mario as time went on, as Peach saw him as an annoying StalkerWithACrush and sent him a [[HollywoodRestrainingOrder five-mile restraining order]]. Since Mario started dating Princess Rosalina, Peach's appearances became fewer and fewer, one of them being "[[ValentinesDayEpisode Mario's Valentine's Day Problem!]]", wherein Mario has to choose between dating [[BettyAndVeronica her or Rosalina]].

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** Princess Peach was Mario's original girlfriend, but broke up with him because she found out he was bald. Things went FromBadToWorse for Mario as time went on, as Peach saw him as an annoying StalkerWithACrush and sent him a [[HollywoodRestrainingOrder five-mile restraining order]]. Since Mario started dating Princess Rosalina, Peach's appearances became fewer and fewer, one of them being "[[ValentinesDayEpisode "[[ValentinesDayEpisodes Mario's Valentine's Day Problem!]]", wherein Mario has to choose between dating [[BettyAndVeronica her or Rosalina]].



* After a company merger with AOL, Ted Turner was [[KickedUpstairs given a figurehead desk job]] with no real power in the company's decision making.

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* After a company merger with AOL, Ted Turner UsefulNotes/TedTurner was [[KickedUpstairs given a figurehead desk job]] with no real power in the company's decision making.



** Italy was a global hegemon back when [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Rome had an empire]]. After the end of the Empire, the Peninsula became isolated city states that never had any real political unity until the 19th Century. Local FeudingFamilies as well as UsefulNotes/ThePope had major Continental and global influence but the center of power shifted away from Italy, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Post-Empire, [[MasterOfAll it's had a far bigger role in art, philosophy, music, culture, science, cuisine, fashion and business]] than in military and political affairs, and the notable exceptions of its exterior military and political influence, Mussolini, Fascism and TheMafia, is not something Italians look upon with pride. For this reason, Italy's sublte and overt soft power has it dubbed "the least of the great powers".

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** Italy was a global hegemon back when [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Rome had an empire]]. After the end of the Empire, the Peninsula became isolated city states that never had any real political unity until the 19th Century. Local FeudingFamilies as well as UsefulNotes/ThePope had major Continental and global influence but the center of power shifted away from Italy, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Post-Empire, [[MasterOfAll it's had a far bigger role in art, philosophy, music, culture, science, cuisine, fashion and business]] than in military and political affairs, and the notable exceptions of its exterior military and political influence, Mussolini, Fascism and TheMafia, is not something Italians look upon with pride. For this reason, Italy's sublte subtle and overt soft power has it dubbed "the least of the great powers".



* When a character-named trope has its name changed here on [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]], it can end up demoting that character from star to being just another example. For instance, Spike is now just one more instance of BadassDecay instead of being the defining instance of "Spikeification". Also Wesley Crusher, former tropenamer for CreatorsPet.

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* When a character-named trope has its name changed here on [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]], it can end up demoting that character from star to being just another example. For instance, Spike is now just one more instance of BadassDecay instead of being the defining instance of "Spikeification". Also Wesley Crusher, former tropenamer Trope Namer for CreatorsPet.


* Benvolio doesn't appear in the last two acts of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', despite having been quite important in the first three. He doesn't even show up to cry over his dead cousin.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook'':
** The wolves, despite their prominent role raising Mowgli in the original book, only appear at the beginning of the original film and do not appear at all in the [[WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook2 sequel]] or spin offs. Akela in particular: easily one of the most important characters in the book, here he appears for only a single scene and winds up being incredibly forgettable (he also gets a key appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'' however).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook'':
''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967'':
** The wolves, despite their prominent role raising Mowgli in the [[Literature/TheJungleBook original book, book]], only appear at the beginning of the original film and do not appear at all in the [[WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook2 sequel]] or spin offs. Akela in particular: easily one of the most important characters in the book, here he appears for only a single scene and winds up being incredibly forgettable (he also gets a key appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'' however).


** Actually, most of Andy’s and Bonnie’s toys majorly suffer this in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory4'', except Woody, Buzz, and possibly Jessie, and yet even the latter two already have shades of this. All this is due to the film focusing largely on Woody and Bo's adventures outside of Bonnie's RV and room. As with Slinky, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head's reduced roles are at least {{justified|Trope}} due to the death of Don Rickles and the reliance on preexisting audio to get lines from him, negating any chance for a prominent role. Nonetheless, the characters who are brought on the road trip still make every effort to help Woody and Buzz from afar.

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** Actually, most of Andy’s and Bonnie’s toys majorly suffer this in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory4'', except Woody, Buzz, and possibly Jessie, and yet even the latter two already now have shades of this. All this is due to the film focusing largely on Woody and Bo's adventures outside of Bonnie's RV and room. As with Slinky, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head's reduced roles are at least {{justified|Trope}} due to the death of Don Rickles and the reliance on preexisting audio to get lines from him, negating any chance for a prominent role. Nonetheless, the characters who are brought on the road trip still make every effort to help Woody and Buzz from afar.


--> -- '''Bulma,'''[[note]]Who, ironically, joins in on the main plot in the next arc.[[/note]] ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''

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--> -- '''Bulma,'''[[note]]Who, '''Bulma'''[[note]]Who, ironically, joins in on the main plot in the next arc.[[/note]] [[/note]], ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''



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* With Ivan Sakharine's [[AscendedExtra ascendancy to the role of]] BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Omar Ben Salaad -- a drug-running strongman from ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'' -- is reduced to a mere plot-advancer, as proprietor of the third ''Unicorn'' model.

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* With Ivan Sakharine's [[AscendedExtra ascendancy to the role of]] BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Omar Ben Salaad -- a drug-running strongman from ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'' -- is reduced to a mere plot-advancer, as proprietor of the third ''Unicorn'' model.



* Faline's role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'' was decreased compared to in the [[Literature/{{Bambi}} original book]]. Faline is Bambi's cousin in the book and has a twin brother named Gobo who was AdaptedOut. In the books, Bambi and his cousins meet often as fawns and spend a lot of time together (especially after their mothers start distancing themselves from their children after being weaned). In the film, Faline and Bambi meet once and don't meet again until they're adults. Faline and Bambi's courtship is also given more depth in the books, as is the process of [[spoiler:Bambi distancing himself from Faline]] which was left out of the film.
* Combined with DecompositeCharacter, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamByGaslight'' sees [[spoiler:Jacob Packer, Bruce's HonoraryUncle in ''ComicBook/GothamByGaslight'', reduced to a mere cameo as Bruce's lawyer and Commissioner Gordon take his role as [[AdaptationalVillainy Jack the Ripper]]]].
* In the original comic version of ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'', a reformed Harvey Dent/Two-Face was a key player in the arc. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanHush The animated version]] sees Two-Face in a montage of Batman and Catwoman working together and that's it.



* Kuzco in ''WesternAnimation/KronksNewGroove'', when Kronk takes the lead.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Gerald, the pelican who [[spoiler:swallows Marlin and Dory]], is onscreen for less than a minute, but was originally scripted with a notable role.

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* Kuzco The girls in ''WesternAnimation/KronksNewGroove'', when Kronk takes ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2''. After being the lead.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Gerald, the pelican who [[spoiler:swallows Marlin and Dory]], is onscreen for less than a minute, but was originally scripted
main characters along with Gru in [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the first film]], they essentially serve as living props in favor of giving the Minions more sequences. The Minions even get a notable role.role in the villain plot while Margo, Edith and Agnes sit on the sidelines.



* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Gerald, the pelican who [[spoiler:swallows Marlin and Dory]], is onscreen for less than a minute, but was originally scripted with a notable role.



* Fun fact for ''WesternAnimation/Frozen2013'' fans. The lead characters from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' were named Gerda and Kai. So where are they in the movie? Why, they're servants to Anna and Elsa, of course! Though they don't really resemble the original characters [[InNameOnly in any way except for their names.]] Their actual roles in the story were given to Elsa and Anna ([[CompositeCharacter who also doubled as the Snow Queen and - to a lesser extent - the Princess respectively.]])

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* Fun fact for ''WesternAnimation/Frozen2013'' fans. The lead characters from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' were named Gerda and Kai. So where are they in the movie? Why, they're servants to Anna and Elsa, of course! Though they don't really resemble the original characters [[InNameOnly in any way except for their names.]] names]]. Their actual roles in the story were given to Elsa and Anna ([[CompositeCharacter who also doubled double as the Snow Queen and - to a lesser extent - the Princess respectively.]])respectively]]).
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic In Search of The Titanic]]'':
** Both Maltravers and the Duke of Camden; the former only appears in three scenes, never interacts with the main characters, and has little purpose in the movie; while the latter only gets to appear in ''one'' scene and doesn't even get any dialogue.
** Elizabeth herself counts too. She mainly just appears in the background, has maybe 5 lines, and is only really featured in the beginning and at the end. And she was practically the main character in the first movie!



* The Blue Fairy, while still an important character, has a smaller role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}'' than she does in the original book. Many of her actions and dialogue are given to Jiminy Cricket instead.

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* The Blue Fairy, while still an important character, has a smaller role Kuzco in ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}'' than she does in ''WesternAnimation/KronksNewGroove'', when Kronk takes the original book. Many of her actions and dialogue are given to Jiminy Cricket instead. lead.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic In Search of The Titanic]]'':
** Both Maltravers and the Duke of Camden; the former only appears in three scenes, never interacts with the main characters, and has little purpose in the movie; while the latter only gets to appear in ''one'' scene and doesn't even get any dialogue.
** Elizabeth herself counts too. She mainly just appears in the background, has maybe 5 lines, and is only really featured in the beginning and at the end. And she was practically the main character in the first movie!



** Prince Eric has a recurring role in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid the TV series]], is a supporting character in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the second film]], and makes no appearance in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIII the prequel]].

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** Prince Eric has a recurring role in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid the TV series]], series, is a supporting character in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the second film]], and makes no appearance in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIII the prequel]].



* In the Rankin/Bass animated version of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', Legolas and Gimli are reduced to background characters who have a few non speaking cameos, while Saruman doesn't appear at all. Faramir also crops up at the end. In a non-speaking moment with no explanation as to who he is. In order to give Éowyn a happy ending. The perils of AdaptationDistillation.



* Aaron, Moses's compatriot and aide in the Exodus, becomes less relevant to the story in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and does not personally support Moses until after the plagues have been unleashed; conversely, Tzipporah becomes an AscendedExtra. She instead of Aaron is with Moses in the staffs-to-snakes scene.
* One notorious example is Ms. Brisby in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue''. While Brisby was the main protagonist of [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH the first film]], not only does the sequel avoid giving any mention of what she accomplished, let any role in the plot, she is on-screen for a grand total of 25 seconds, and only has two or three lines of dialogue.

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* Aaron, Moses's compatriot ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'':
** The ''original'' Twilight Sparkle -- [[AlternateSelf her native human world version]] (who was alluded to in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls the original movie]]
and aide made a cameo in the Exodus, becomes less relevant to the story in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and does not personally support Moses until after the plagues have been unleashed; conversely, Tzipporah becomes an AscendedExtra. She instead TheStinger of Aaron is with Moses in the staffs-to-snakes scene.
* One notorious example is Ms. Brisby in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue''. While Brisby was the main protagonist of [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH
[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks the first film]], not only does the sequel avoid giving any mention of what she accomplished, let any sequel]]) gets a major role in the plot, she is on-screen for film, and causes the portal between both worlds to be sealed. After the entire plot plays out and things go back to normal, the original Twilight only crosses over to the human world in the film's last moments.
** Flash Sentry has been pushed further into the background as the movies have progressed, most likely due to the backlash he garnered as
a grand total of 25 seconds, SatelliteLoveInterest.
** Snips and Snails, who had a major role in the first film and a comedy role in the second, and Trixie, who had a notable cameo in the first film and a major role in the second, have no lines in Friendship Games
and only has two or briefly appear in the background.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', The Cutie Mark Crusaders who had speaking roles in the ''[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic TV Series]]'' were silent. Although, Apple Bloom was credited as she could briefly be heard in the pony choir during the song "We Got This Together". Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo were not credited at all. They all
three lines had minor roles in this movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie,'' Linus' role as Charlie Brown's best friend and confidant is largely taken over by Snoopy, who's [[TookALevelInKindness more supportive]] than in most adaptations.
* The Blue Fairy, while still an important character, has a smaller role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}'' than she does in the original book. Many
of dialogue.her actions and dialogue are given to Jiminy Cricket instead.



* Aaron, Moses's compatriot and aide in the Exodus, becomes less relevant to the story in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and does not personally support Moses until after the plagues have been unleashed; conversely, Tzipporah becomes an AscendedExtra. She instead of Aaron is with Moses in the staffs-to-snakes scene.
* In the Rankin/Bass animated version of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', Legolas and Gimli are reduced to background characters who have a few non speaking cameos, while Saruman doesn't appear at all. Faramir also crops up at the end. In a non-speaking moment with no explanation as to who he is. In order to give Éowyn a happy ending. The perils of AdaptationDistillation.
* One notorious example is Ms. Brisby in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue''. While Brisby was the main protagonist of [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH the first film]], not only does the sequel avoid giving any mention of what she accomplished, let any role in the plot, she is on-screen for a grand total of 25 seconds, and only has two or three lines of dialogue.



* Carl Jenkins and Johnny Rico in ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'', effectively.

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* %%* Carl Jenkins and Johnny Rico in ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'', effectively.



* The girls in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2''. After being the main characters along with Gru in [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the first film]], they essentially serve as living props in favor of giving the Minions more sequences. The Minions even get a role in the villain plot while Margo, Edith and Agnes sit on the sidelines.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'':
** The ''original'' Twilight Sparkle -- [[AlternateSelf her native human world version]] (who was alluded to in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls the original movie]] and made a cameo in TheStinger of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks the first sequel]]) gets a major role in the film, and causes the portal between both worlds to be sealed. After the entire plot plays out and things go back to normal, the original Twilight only crosses over to the human world in the film's last moments.
** Flash Sentry has been pushed further into the background as the movies have progressed, most likely due to the backlash he garnered as a SatelliteLoveInterest.
** Snips and Snails, who had a major role in the first film and a comedy role in the second, and Trixie, who had a notable cameo in the first film and a major role in the second, have no lines in Friendship Games and only briefly appear in the background.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', The Cutie Mark Crusaders who had speaking roles in the ''[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic TV Series]]'' were silent. Although, Apple Bloom was credited as she could briefly be heard in the pony choir during the song "We Got This Together". Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo were not credited at all. They all three had minor roles in this movie.



* Faline's role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'' was decreased compared to in the [[Literature/{{Bambi}} original book]]. Faline is Bambi's cousin in the book and has a twin brother named Gobo who was AdaptedOut. In the books, Bambi and his cousins meet often as fawns and spend a lot of time together (especially after their mothers start distancing themselves from their children after being weaned). In the film, Faline and Bambi meet once and don't meet again until they're adults. Faline and Bambi's courtship is also given more depth in the books, as is the process of [[spoiler:Bambi distancing himself from Faline]] which was left out of the film.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie,'' Linus' role as Charlie Brown's best friend and confidant is largely taken over by Snoopy, who's [[TookALevelInKindness more supportive]] than in most adaptations.
* Combined with DecompositeCharacter, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamByGaslight'' sees [[spoiler:Jacob Packer, Bruce's HonoraryUncle in ''ComicBook/GothamByGaslight'', reduced to a mere cameo as Bruce's lawyer and Commissioner Gordon take his role as [[AdaptationalVillainy Jack the Ripper]]]].
* In the original comic version of ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'', a reformed Harvey Dent/Two-Face was a key player in the arc. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanHush The animated version]] sees Two-Face in a montage of Batman and Catwoman working together and that's it.



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* Mr. Luciano in ''WebVideo/TheClassroom''.

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* %%* Mr. Luciano in ''WebVideo/TheClassroom''.


* Kuzco in ''[[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kronk's New Groove]]'', when Kronk takes the lead.

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* Kuzco in ''[[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kronk's New Groove]]'', ''WesternAnimation/KronksNewGroove'', when Kronk takes the lead.



* Todd in ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheHound2'', where he ends up doing chores, neglected by Copper, and becomes TheWoobie just because he wanted to play with his friend. Justified, since he was the protagonist of [[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound the first film]], where it focused on his life before and after [[spoiler: his abandonment]].
* Fun fact for ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' fans. The lead characters from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' were named Gerda and Kai. So where are they in the movie? Why, they're servants to Anna and Elsa, of course! Though they don't really resemble the original characters [[InNameOnly in any way except for their names.]] Their actual roles in the story were given to Elsa and Anna ([[CompositeCharacter who also doubled as the Snow Queen and - to a lesser extent - the Princess respectively.]])
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'':
** The wolves, despite their prominent role raising Mowgli in the original book, only appear at the beginning of the original film and do not appear at all in the [[Disney/TheJungleBook2 sequel]] or spin offs. Akela in particular: easily one of the most important characters in the book, here he appears for only a single scene and winds up being incredibly forgettable (he also gets a key appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'' however).

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* Todd in ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheHound2'', where he ends up doing chores, neglected by Copper, and becomes TheWoobie just because he wanted to play with his friend. Justified, since he was the protagonist of [[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound [[WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheHound the first film]], where it focused on his life before and after [[spoiler: his abandonment]].
* Fun fact for ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Frozen2013'' fans. The lead characters from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' were named Gerda and Kai. So where are they in the movie? Why, they're servants to Anna and Elsa, of course! Though they don't really resemble the original characters [[InNameOnly in any way except for their names.]] Their actual roles in the story were given to Elsa and Anna ([[CompositeCharacter who also doubled as the Snow Queen and - to a lesser extent - the Princess respectively.]])
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'':
''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook'':
** The wolves, despite their prominent role raising Mowgli in the original book, only appear at the beginning of the original film and do not appear at all in the [[Disney/TheJungleBook2 [[WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook2 sequel]] or spin offs. Akela in particular: easily one of the most important characters in the book, here he appears for only a single scene and winds up being incredibly forgettable (he also gets a key appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'' however).



* The Blue Fairy, while still an important character, has a smaller role in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' than she does in the original book. Many of her actions and dialogue are given to Jiminy Cricket instead.

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* The Blue Fairy, while still an important character, has a smaller role in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}'' than she does in the original book. Many of her actions and dialogue are given to Jiminy Cricket instead.



* Zazu in ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' and ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. Also Nala, although she didn't have a ton to do in the first movie.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'':
** Prince Eric has a recurring role in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid the TV series]], is a supporting character in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the second film]], and makes no appearance in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII the prequel]].

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* Zazu in ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' and ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''.''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. Also Nala, although she didn't have a ton to do in the first movie.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'':
''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'':
** Prince Eric has a recurring role in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid the TV series]], is a supporting character in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the second film]], and makes no appearance in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIII the prequel]].



* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'':
** In [[Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld the sequel]], John Smith of all people suffers from this. He appears in the first scene of the movie, then doesn't get any more real screen time until very late. Justified in that he was presumed dead for most of the movie as a plot point, is revealed to be a cloaked figure in the middle of the film, and resumed an important role towards the end.

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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'':
''WesternAnimation/{{Pocahontas}}'':
** In [[Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld [[WesternAnimation/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld the sequel]], John Smith of all people suffers from this. He appears in the first scene of the movie, then doesn't get any more real screen time until very late. Justified in that he was presumed dead for most of the movie as a plot point, is revealed to be a cloaked figure in the middle of the film, and resumed an important role towards the end.



** This ''is'' sort of explained in ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' (and elaborated upon in ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure''): He's started school. While the Disney version doesn't seem to be attending boarding school the way his book counterpart is implied to be, it's still reasonable to presume that he isn't around as much because he's busy with schoolwork.

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** This ''is'' sort of explained in ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' ''WesternAnimation/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' (and elaborated upon in ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure''): He's started school. While the Disney version doesn't seem to be attending boarding school the way his book counterpart is implied to be, it's still reasonable to presume that he isn't around as much because he's busy with schoolwork.



* Faline's role in ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' was decreased compared to in the [[Literature/{{Bambi}} original book]]. Faline is Bambi's cousin in the book and has a twin brother named Gobo who was AdaptedOut. In the books, Bambi and his cousins meet often as fawns and spend a lot of time together (especially after their mothers start distancing themselves from their children after being weaned). In the film, Faline and Bambi meet once and don't meet again until they're adults. Faline and Bambi's courtship is also given more depth in the books, as is the process of [[spoiler:Bambi distancing himself from Faline]] which was left out of the film.

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* Faline's role in ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'' was decreased compared to in the [[Literature/{{Bambi}} original book]]. Faline is Bambi's cousin in the book and has a twin brother named Gobo who was AdaptedOut. In the books, Bambi and his cousins meet often as fawns and spend a lot of time together (especially after their mothers start distancing themselves from their children after being weaned). In the film, Faline and Bambi meet once and don't meet again until they're adults. Faline and Bambi's courtship is also given more depth in the books, as is the process of [[spoiler:Bambi distancing himself from Faline]] which was left out of the film.

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