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* ''Franchise/TheLionKing'' comics and books are bad at this. Many characters, such as Tama, Tojo, and Malka, appear but are never referenced in other material ever again. Very often they're not given any reason for popping up and are just always presumed to be there. A particularly noticeable example is Mtoto, who is Simba's cousin according to a magazine. Sarabi had sisters once, but they were scrapped very early in development. In the final product Nala and Simba are the only two cubs in the Pride. Other examples include the cubs introduced in ''[[Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures Nala's Dare]]'', which apparently were Nala's friends during Scar's reign but are never even implied to exist in the film. In ''The Lion King'' Nala was the only cub in the pride after Simba left.

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* ''Franchise/TheLionKing'' comics [[ComicBook/TheLionKing comics]] and books are bad at this. Many characters, such as Tama, Tojo, and Malka, appear but are never referenced in other material ever again. Very often they're not given any reason for popping up and are just always presumed to be there. A particularly noticeable example is Mtoto, who is Simba's cousin according to a magazine. Sarabi had sisters once, but they were scrapped very early in development. In the final product Nala and Simba are the only two cubs in the Pride. Other examples include the cubs introduced in ''[[Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures Nala's Dare]]'', which apparently were Nala's friends during Scar's reign but are never even implied to exist in the film. In ''The Lion King'' Nala was the only cub in the pride after Simba left.

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** Justified as there was a 20 year TimeSkip between the end of Season 2 of the cartoon and the movie.


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A subversion of this trope can come into play when a newly-introduced character actually ''wasn't'' there before, but the characters believe they were due to FakeMemories or a CosmicRetcon.

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A subversion The subverted, Watsonian version of this trope can come into play is BackstoryInvader, when a newly-introduced character actually ''wasn't'' there before, but the characters are made to believe they were due to FakeMemories FakeMemories, RealityWarping, or a CosmicRetcon.



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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Tsukishima has this as a power. [[spoiler: He did a Remember The New Guy on near everyone Ichigo knows, as part of a gambit to confuse Ichigo into handing over his life. By adding details, he can do things such as change the environment, learn about others, or make them collapse from the stress of conflicting info.]]
* Rolo Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' manages to insert himself into the main cast between seasons 1 and 2. In fact, he is supposedly the main character Lelouch's little brother (replacing the sister he had previously, Nunnally). He's really [[spoiler:an assassin who has been appointed with the mission of keeping watch over Lelouch, after the Ashford students are given FakeMemories and an amnesiac Lelouch is sent there as well, to keep him out of the way of TheEmperor's plans. [[BodyguardCrush It]] [[{{Yandere}} doesn't]] [[BecomingTheMask work]]]].
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', when Master Makarov selects the candidates for the S-Class exams, one of them is Mest, a character we have never seen before, yet everybody claims he is a valued Fairy Tail member. [[spoiler:He is a spy who inflicted FakeMemories on everybody. And then, hundreds of chapters later, he is revealed to be a Fairy Tail member from the beginning who even erased his own memories to spy on the Magic Council.]]
* [[spoiler: Yashiro Isana]] in ''Anime/{{K}}'' is an interesting example in that even ''he'' remembers having been there all along. By the time of TheReveal half way through the first season, everyone who was made to Remember The New Guy has forgotten him, which is what leads him to realize his memories had been tampered with. [[spoiler: Everyone in the school not only remembered him, they loved him enough to eagerly share their food with him every day.]]
* In ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan'', Meg is a young witch who has been sent to Earth where is adopted by former witch Mami Kanzaki. In the first episode, Mami bewitches her husband and their two children, Rabi and Apo, into believing that Megu has always been the eldest child of the family.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' does this with Bebe [[spoiler:a.k.a. Charlotte/Nagisa]], Mami's pet witch. Mami claims to have adopted her long before meeting Madoka and Sayaka, and that they were inseparable ever since; but Bebe appeared only briefly in the original series, when she [[spoiler:literally ''bit Mami's head off'', and then got blown up by Homura]]. She was never Mami's pet before the movie, but none of the characters can remember her being anything else. [[spoiler:It turns out that Homura has manipulated the memories of most of the cast, including herself, and "Bebe" is only the tip of the iceberg.]]
* ''Anime/SCryEd'' pulls an interesting version of this in regards to Ryuhou in the second half, after he's lost his memories and his former organization tracks him down. While he was implicitly already familiar with Kigetsuki's Alters, a trio of [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots almost-entirely-human beings]] called the Tokonatsu sisters, Unkei forces this trope on him by using ''his'' Alter, Mad Sprict, to implant false memories within Ryuhou and make him believe the Tokonatsu sisters were all his fiancées since childhood - complete with revisiting earlier flashbacks to Ryuhou's childhood when he first met Mimori, but with one of the three Tokonatsu sisters taking Mimori's place in the different flashbacks. Ryuhou is definitely ''not'' pleased when his memories actually return.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Season 4, where the characters are shown instantly treating the previously unknown Yusuke Fujiwara like he's one of the TrueCompanions all along -- because he's hypnotized them into thinking so. Too bad his magic doesn't work on Judai. It doesn't work on Fubuki either because Fubuki actually knew Fujiwara beforehand (see above).
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* In ''ComicBook/AdventureTime'', Finn and Jake destroy a magical statue and then discover that they now have an adopted sister, Gata, who is intimately familiar with everyone they know and has apparently lived with them for years. Gata was once actually their sister, but their father magically banished her to another universe and removed all memories of her existence after discovering she was an ApocalypseMaiden that created a portal to a dimension filled with powerful demons when she slept. The statue was the seal to that universe, and destroying it restored her to theirs. [[spoiler: At the end, Gata decides to perform a HeroicSacrifice and re-banish herself and the demons (who are led by her birth mother). Finn and Jake instantly forget about her when she does so. This gets a BelatedHappyEnding at the end of the "Dungeon Master" arc, where the defeat of the villains of that storyline somehow strips her birth mother of her powers and allows Gata to safely exist again.]]
* ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Following the CosmicRetcon (and real-life lawsuit) induced ContinuityReboot, numerous characters have shown up who have histories with the preexisting characters that are completely new to the audience. Possibly lampshaded in the case of Breezie the Hedgehog, whom Amy points out Sonic and Tails have never mentioned to the rest of the team before.
* This seemed to happen with Moonraker's sudden appearance in ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Force Works]]''. Everybody knew him and he even was in an ongoing relationship with ComicBook/SpiderWoman. However, Rachel (Spider-Woman's daughter) notices she had never seen him before. Some issues later, Moonraker reveals he was really implanted into the team's history via time travel to warn them and the Avengers about an upcoming attack by Kang.
* In the ''Transformers'' IDW comics crossover, Infestation, Galvatron has his loyal crew of Cyclonus, Scourge and... Bayonet, a female helicopter transformer we've never seen before and is part of the crew. [[spoiler: She is the BigBad Britt, disguised as a transformer who used her powers to mess with everyone's memories to make them all believe that she was there all along. Kup, who's going crazy by this point, is the first to notice, and when trying to write it off as paranoia fails, she [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales him]].]]
* In ''ComicBook/XMen: Legacy'', [[http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/ForgetMeNot_(Earth-616) ForgetMeNot]]'s mutant power made people forget his existence the moment they stop actively thinking about him. He's apparently been an X-Men for six, in-story years.
* In the short-lived ''Comicbook/{{Rogue}}'' solo series, Blindspot was retconned into being a friend of Rogue and a member of the Brotherhood, but since she has the power to manipulate memories, she was able to erase all knowledge of her existence after going into hiding.
* One of the ''Comicbook/FearItself'' tie-ins to ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' introduced Leonard Gary, a friend of Beast's with Omega-level RealityWarper abilities. Leonard is shown to be so powerful that he [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome literally brings Washington D.C. to life to repel Red Skull's Neo-Nazi invasion]], and yet we've never heard of him before. It is however justified since Beast implies that Leonard deliberately used his powers to hide himself from people like the Comicbook/XMen.
* DC's Moon Maiden and Triumph, and Marvel's Comicbook/TheSentry. All three are modern characters retconned as heroes from UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} who happened to save the world in a way that [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erases everyone's memories of them]]. Leading up to the series that introduced the Sentry, Marvel got comic news sources in on the joke; they ran stories about how he really '''was''' a Silver Age hero who was created back then but never used and promptly forgotten. Nor was this the first time Marvel had tried this tactic. 3D-Man was made in the Seventies but his story had him as active since the Fifties. There was even a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story where he was present as a founding member of a 50's version of ComicBook/TheAvengers[[note]]this story would later inspire ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas'', which consisted of the same team minus 3D-Man[[/note]].
* A major plot point in the ''Comicbook/AvengersNoSurrender'' crossover involves the return of Voyager, a former Silver Age Avenger who was supposedly lost in time after a battle with Squadron Sinister. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Voyager is really the Grandmaster's daughter, and that she used her powers to infiltrate the team by worming her way into everyone's memories, thus making them all believe she was a founding Avenger.]]
* In addition to all the straight ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' examples above, ''Comicbook/Batgirl2011'' introduced Babs's old schoolfriend Greg, [[spoiler: who turns out to be a memory-warping villain called Fugue, who Babs had never met before]].
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* Late in ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', Bachiko is introduced as a supposed childhood friend of Anime/{{Mai|Hime}}, and it's claimed that Mai has also known Bachiko's best friend Meiko when she first arrived at Fuuka, in a manner similar to the MarySue examples listed above. Natsuki is confused when Mai and the others assume she knows the two when she knows she doesn't. [[spoiler:It turns out that Meiko, using her powers, altered everyone's memories so that they would remember herself and Bachiko as their friends, as part of an EvilPlan to manipulate everyone's relationships as they see fit with Bachiko's personality altering abilities, and they posed as Mai's friends in order to monitor their progress. Natsuki happened to be outside of Fuuka's campus at the time, and so was not affected by Meiko's power.]]
* Done InUniverse in ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'' story "Return to Mystic Falls" by [[spoiler: Elena]] who is really [[spoiler: Katherine]]. She had a witch make people think she had been there all along to fool people, [[EspeciallyZoidberg especially Stefan.]]
* Appears sometimes in MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction, including to lampshade or explain instances of it in the show.
** In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
*** It is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Shining Armor literally didn't exist before he was introduced, and once he appeared, the timeline adjusted itself both past and future to accommodate him. When he finds out, it's a TomatoInTheMirror moment for him]].
*** During the Finale Arc, [[spoiler:Button acts like he's always been Sweetie Belle's coltfriend and the Crusaders' SixthRanger. However, this is because from his perspective, it really ''had'' always been that way]].
*** Also during the Finale Arc, [[spoiler:Maud Pie is really the [[AmnesiacGod amnesiac]] avatar of Entropy, the Goddess of Nothingness and Endings. Upon her arrival, characters briefly question who she is before their memories are rewritten so that they believe she is Pinkie Pie's older sister. As Maud doesn't remember being Entropy and only remembers being Maud, she genuinely believes she is Pinkie Pie's older sister]].
** [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/344092/bbbcf BBBCF]] explains why Cadance and Shining Armor suddenly appeared at the end of season 2 [[spoiler: by making Shining Armor a newly spawned changeling drone, with the whole wedding a contrived excuse to distract Chrysalis from Cadance's importance]].
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheNatural20'', Milo is a {{Munchkin}} with the standard ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' PlayerCharacter ability to add details to his backstory at will. So naturally, he exploits this trope for all its worth.
-->"What did you do?" Relkin asked in a hushed voice.\\
"I remembered each and every one of them as a treasured friend or relative from my backstory," Milo said quietly. "One who would never, ever raise a hand against me or impede the cause of Justice or the furthering of Good. And who gets +2 and a reroll against magical orders against their nature."
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* In addition to the straight example above, ''Film/MenInBlack3'' also has it happen InUniverse after Boris alters the timeline [[spoiler:by going back to 1969 to kill K]]. J gets on the elevator to go to work and he is joined by another agent, AA, who addresses J as if J is his partner. Neither J nor the audience has ever met this guy before, much less been partnered up with him. J naturally knows something's wrong.
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* In ''Grinny'' by Creator/NicholasFisk, the title character has this as an explicit power: by saying "You remember me", she can make adults (but not children) think they've known her all their lives.
* In the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series, the [[WeirdnessCensor Mist]] can be manipulated to create FakeMemories of a person. For example, after Mrs. Dodds (Percy's teacher and a servant of Hades) attacks Percy and is killed, a new teacher named Mrs. Kerr mysteriously appears to take her place, and nobody but Percy remembers that Mrs. Kerr hadn't always been their teacher.
** [[spoiler:This is also used in the SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', to get Jason's classmates to think that he had always been in their class. Leo Valdez believes that Jason was his best friend, and Piper [=McLean=] even has memories of dating Jason.]]
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' novel ''Border Princes'' by Creator/DanAbnett (published between series 1 and 2) has pretty much exactly the same plot as the episode "Adam" (below), except [[spoiler: it's a RealityWarper, rather than a memory-alterer, and he isn't doing it intentionally]].
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* In ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', the guest strips by Rob Petrone (starting [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=492 here]]) feature Rob insidiously inserting himself into the title characters' lives (and the title). [[spoiler: [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=501 It doesn't end well for him.]]]]
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* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' parodied this trope in his review of ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', in reaction to the film playing this straight with Hackus and Vecky. Just after the Critic comments on Hackus and Vecky, we cut to an outlandish pink-top-hat-wearing character, called Bill, with whom the Critic keeps interacting throughout the episode as though he was part of the regular cast.
** This review was part of his 'Sequel Month' series. In his conclusion for Sequel Month, the Critic mentioned that, in the end, this sequel month, just like the bad sequels themselves, had brought the viewers nothing new. Cue viewers complaining that it has. The Critic answers: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "What, Bill? He's always been here!"]]
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** Done with Thoma, the main character of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''. Something of an odd case, since he seems to have met everyone in the TimeSkip between ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' and ''Force''.

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** Done with Thoma, the main character of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''. Something of an odd case, since he seems to have met everyone in the TimeSkip between ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' and ''Force''.



* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Although a flashback shows that Shoto has three siblings, only one of them is shown living with him, his sister Fuyumi. Almost 200 chapters in it's shown that another of his siblings is also living with him, Natsuo, and apparent has been living with them all along. His lack of appearance is handwaved by Fuyumi saying that since he started college he has spend very little time at home and maybe also due to a secret girlfriend.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Although a flashback shows that Shoto has three siblings, only one of them is shown living with him, his sister Fuyumi. Almost 200 chapters in it's shown that another of his siblings is also living with him, Natsuo, and apparent apparently has been living with them all along. His lack of appearance is handwaved by Fuyumi saying that since he started college he has spend spent very little time at home and maybe also due to a secret girlfriend.



* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': When Ferdinand showed up he was purported to be one of Diana's oldest friends despite never having a mention in the prior decades worth of Wondy stories. This was universally forgiven though since the sweetheart vegetarian master chef minotaur was a beloved addition to her supporting cast.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': When Ferdinand showed up he was purported to be one of Diana's oldest friends despite never having a mention in the prior decades worth of Wondy stories. This was universally forgiven though since the sweetheart vegetarian master chef minotaur was a beloved addition to her supporting cast.



* ''Webcomic/CosmicDash'': Chapter 4 marks the first appearance of a crew of SpacePirates with a long-standing grudge on the Lucky Strike Transport Company. Played with in that the main characters [[UnknownRival practically forget they exist when not confronted to them]].

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* ''Webcomic/CosmicDash'': Chapter 4 marks the first appearance of a crew of SpacePirates with a long-standing grudge on the Lucky Strike Transport Company. Played with in that the main characters [[UnknownRival practically forget they exist when not confronted to by them]].



* Late in ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', Bachiko is introduced as a supposed childhood friend of [[Anime/MaiHime Mai]], and it's claimed that Mai has also known Bachiko's best friend Meiko when she first arrived at Fuuka, in a manner similar to the MarySue examples listed above. Natsuki is confused when Mai and the others assume she knows the two when she knows she doesn't. [[spoiler:It turns out that Meiko, using her powers, altered everyone's memories so that they would remember herself and Bachiko as their friends, as part of an EvilPlan to manipulate everyone's relationships as they see fit with Bachiko's personality altering abilities, and they posed as Mai's friends in order to monitor their progress. Natsuki happened to be outside of Fuuka's campus at the time, and so was not affected by Meiko's power.]]

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* Late in ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', Bachiko is introduced as a supposed childhood friend of [[Anime/MaiHime Mai]], Anime/{{Mai|Hime}}, and it's claimed that Mai has also known Bachiko's best friend Meiko when she first arrived at Fuuka, in a manner similar to the MarySue examples listed above. Natsuki is confused when Mai and the others assume she knows the two when she knows she doesn't. [[spoiler:It turns out that Meiko, using her powers, altered everyone's memories so that they would remember herself and Bachiko as their friends, as part of an EvilPlan to manipulate everyone's relationships as they see fit with Bachiko's personality altering abilities, and they posed as Mai's friends in order to monitor their progress. Natsuki happened to be outside of Fuuka's campus at the time, and so was not affected by Meiko's power.]]


* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Although a flashback shows that Shouto has three siblings, only one of them is shown living with him, his sister Fuyumi. Almost 200 chapters in it's shown that another of his siblings is also living with him, Natsuo, and apparent has been living with them all along. His lack of appearance is handwaved by Fuyumi saying that since he started college he has spend very little time at home and maybe also due to a secret girlfriend.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Although a flashback shows that Shouto Shoto has three siblings, only one of them is shown living with him, his sister Fuyumi. Almost 200 chapters in it's shown that another of his siblings is also living with him, Natsuo, and apparent has been living with them all along. His lack of appearance is handwaved by Fuyumi saying that since he started college he has spend very little time at home and maybe also due to a secret girlfriend.

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* ''Webcomic/CosmicDash'': Chapter 4 marks the first appearance of a crew of SpacePirates with a long-standing grudge on the Lucky Strike Transport Company. Played with in that the main characters [[UnknownRival practically forget they exist when not confronted to them]].


* ComicBook/TheSentry was a character Marvel introduced in the 2000s, yet he was supposed to be a famous hero who had been around since the 60s or earlier. They explained this by saying that a massive mind wipe had [[CosmicRetcon erased everyone's memories of him]].


** The ''Shuri'' solo series introduces a kid named Augustine Torres, a ChildProdigy who attended the same school as Comicbook/MilesMorales and is supposedly one of his close friends.



** Princess Shuri, T'Challa's little sister, was introduced as a young woman in a 2005 issue of the series, with everyone acting like she's always been there. The same writer also gave T'Challa an unnamed younger brother who was killed by Klaw, though unlike Shuri, he's almost never remembered or mentioned.

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** Princess Shuri, Comicbook/{{Shuri|Marvel Comics}}, T'Challa's little sister, was introduced as a young woman in a 2005 issue of the series, with everyone acting like she's always been there. The same writer also gave T'Challa an unnamed younger brother who was killed by Klaw, though unlike Shuri, he's almost never remembered or mentioned.


** The God of Destruction Beerus from the movie ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'' is a semi-example. One of the strongest beings in the entire universe (in fact, the only one stronger is his attendant Whis), no one ever mentioned him until the movie, even though Kaio, the Kaioshins, Freeza, and Vegeta all knew about him, yet in the series they named many weaker people as "the strongest in the universe". Although this could also be explained by the fact that they were referring to the strongest "people". Beerus is a God and, just like all the Kais, is not factored into mortal power rankings.

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** The [[DestroyerDeity God of Destruction Destruction]] Beerus from the movie ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'' is a semi-example. One of the strongest beings in the entire universe (in fact, the only one stronger is his attendant Whis), no one ever mentioned him until the movie, even though Kaio, the Kaioshins, Freeza, and Vegeta all knew about him, yet in the series they named many weaker people as "the strongest in the universe". Although this could also be explained by the fact that they were referring to the strongest "people". Beerus is a God and, just like all the Kais, is not factored into mortal power rankings.


* ''Film/GoldenEye'' sets up Alec Trevelyan as "006" and one of Film/JamesBond's oldest friends, in spite of never being mentioned by name, and once by number, in the entire series. Then again, ''[=GoldenEye=]'' was supposed to be a soft reboot of a franchise which was never big on continuity in the first place (Trevelyan is only slightly more conspicuous in his sudden appearance as [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Countess "Tracy" Bond]] is in [[ForgottenFallenFriend her lack of direct mention]]), so it might be justified.

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* ''Film/GoldenEye'' sets up Alec Trevelyan as "006" and one of Film/JamesBond's oldest friends, in spite of never being mentioned by name, and once by number, in the entire series. Then again, ''[=GoldenEye=]'' was supposed to be a soft reboot of a franchise which was never big on continuity in the first place (Trevelyan is only slightly more conspicuous in his sudden appearance as [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Countess "Tracy" Bond]] is in [[ForgottenFallenFriend her lack of direct mention]]), so it might be justified.and [[HeroOfAnotherStory Bond's fellow 00-agents never were in focus throughout the films]].


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Compare CainAndAbelAndSeth, CousinOliver and NewNeighboursAsThePlotDemands. Can often occur in combination with SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, when an actor is no longer available and a new character is quickly brought in with minimal introduction to fill the role. Contrast ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, in which a character ''disappears'' with no explanation. When an adaptation takes steps to avert this, it's an EarlyBirdCameo. Also compare UnknownRival, which can sometimes result in the opposite situation where the the audience is familiar with a character, but the ''other characters'' aren't, even in situations where they really should be.

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Compare CainAndAbelAndSeth, CousinOliver and NewNeighboursAsThePlotDemands. Can often occur in combination with SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, when an actor is no longer available and a new character is quickly brought in with minimal introduction to fill the role. Contrast ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, in which a character ''disappears'' with no explanation. When an adaptation takes steps to avert this, it's an EarlyBirdCameo. Also compare UnknownRival, which can sometimes result in the opposite situation where the the audience is familiar with a character, but the ''other characters'' aren't, even in situations where they really should be.
be. Sometimes results from a character being given an AdaptationalLateAppearance, when they were AdaptedOut of their debut but show up later and are still treated like they've always been there.

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* Joan from ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter'' was introduced as already being friends with main character Tipper and her best friend Gabby. Within ten strips, she was Gabby's [[IfItsYouItsOkay live-in lover]] and the newest cast regular.


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* More than one MarySue is introduced this way.
* Many crossovers written so that the two stories are set in the same universe frequently contain this as a method of bringing the cast of the two series together.

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In FanFiction, more than one MarySue is introduced this way.
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way. Likewise, many crossovers written so that the two stories are set in the same universe frequently contain this as a method of bringing the cast of the two series together.

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