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** The Super Saiyan 2 transformation has fallen into this in most modern versions of the franchise, especially by the time of ''Super''. Aside from the SoLastSeason problems that afflict a lot of older transformations, it provides no utility over standard Super Saiyan aside from an ambiguously high increase in power, meaning characters with the form active don't fight any differently, and even ''looks'' almost identical on most characters (particularly Goku and Vegeta), turning it into little more than a placeholder to fill out the RuleOfThree. There's really only one fight in ''Super'' where it actually has a significant effect on the fight's outcome--that being, Caulifla's fight with Goku. Tellingly, Toriyama claimed in an interview that he ''forgot the form existed'' until he was reminded during his work on ''Battle of Gods.'' But the mere fact that Gohan's initial transformation and subsequent battle remain an iconic moment in the series has guaranteed that the form will continue to crop up.

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** The Super Saiyan 2 transformation has fallen into this in most modern versions of the franchise, especially by the time of ''Super''. Aside from the SoLastSeason problems that afflict a lot of older transformations, it provides no utility over standard Super Saiyan aside from an ambiguously high increase in power, power (which is far outclassed by the various higher Super Saiyan forms), meaning characters with the form active don't fight any differently, and even ''looks'' almost identical on most characters (particularly Goku and Vegeta), turning it into little more than a placeholder to fill out the RuleOfThree. There's really only one fight in ''Super'' where it actually has a significant effect on the fight's outcome--that being, Caulifla's fight with Goku. Tellingly, Toriyama claimed in an interview that he ''forgot the form existed'' until he was reminded during his work on ''Battle of Gods.'' But the mere fact that Gohan's initial transformation and subsequent battle remain an iconic moment in the series has guaranteed that the form will continue to crop up.

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** The Super Saiyan 2 transformation has fallen into this in most modern versions of the franchise, especially by the time of ''Super''. Aside from the SoLastSeason problems that afflict a lot of older transformations, it provides no utility over standard Super Saiyan aside from an ambiguously high increase in power, meaning characters with the form active don't fight any differently, and even ''looks'' almost identical on most characters (particularly Goku and Vegeta), turning it into little more than a placeholder to fill out the RuleOfThree. There's really only one fight in ''Super'' where it actually has a significant effect on the fight's outcome--that being, Caulifla's fight with Goku. Tellingly, Toriyama claimed in an interview that he ''forgot the form existed'' until he was reminded during his work on ''Battle of Gods.'' But the mere fact that Gohan's initial transformation and subsequent battle remain an iconic moment in the series has guaranteed that the form will continue to crop up.


* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had Hiroto Honda/Tristan Taylor. In the early [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], he was a mainstay of the cast, helping out a lot in Death-T and Monster World and often acting as TheBigGuy. By the time of ''Duelist'' and the second series anime, the series became more cardgame-focused, and Honda spends most of his time just kinda standing on the sidelines cheering on his friends because he isnít much of a duelist. That being said, he does on occasion take action outside of duels, particularly near the end of Duelist Kingdom and before the Battle City Finals. The anime ended up doing its best to add stuff for him to do, but [[TrappedByMountainLions very little of it was consequential.]]

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had Hiroto Honda/Tristan Taylor. In the early [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], he was a mainstay of the cast, helping out a lot in Death-T and Monster World and often acting as TheBigGuy. By the time of ''Duelist'' and the second series anime, the series became more cardgame-focused, and Honda spends most of his time just kinda standing on the sidelines cheering on his friends because he isnít much of a duelist. That being said, he does on occasion take action outside of duels, particularly near the end of Duelist Kingdom and before the Battle City Finals. The anime ended up doing its best to add stuff for him to do, but [[TrappedByMountainLions very little of it was consequential.]]


* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had Hiroto Honda/Tristan Taylor. In the early [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], he was a mainstay of the cast, helping out a lot in Death-T and Monster World and often acting as TheBigGuy. By the time of ''Duelist'' and the second series anime, the series became more cardgame-focused, and Honda spends most of his time just kinda standing on the sidelines because he can't just punch most of the gang's opponents and he sucks at the card game. The anime ended up doing its best to add stuff for him to do, but [[TrappedByMountainLions very little of it was consequential.]]

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had Hiroto Honda/Tristan Taylor. In the early [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], he was a mainstay of the cast, helping out a lot in Death-T and Monster World and often acting as TheBigGuy. By the time of ''Duelist'' and the second series anime, the series became more cardgame-focused, and Honda spends most of his time just kinda standing on the sidelines cheering on his friends because he can't just punch most isnít much of a duelist. That being said, he does on occasion take action outside of duels, particularly near the gang's opponents end of Duelist Kingdom and he sucks at before the card game.Battle City Finals. The anime ended up doing its best to add stuff for him to do, but [[TrappedByMountainLions very little of it was consequential.]]



* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' seemed to struggle with handling certain characters as the series drifted away from its episodic school-slice-of-life origin, generally having them serve as {{Combat Commentator}}s at best. Asuka's main hook (finding the fate of her brother) got resolved about two-thirds of the way into the first season, and consequently left her with very little to do in the rest of the series aside from chasing off suitors, getting brainwashed, and briefly dying. Kenzan no longer had much purpose once the Society of Light arc ended, as his deal of being ImmuneToMindControl came up only once afterward. Misawa was meant as a rival but quickly got displaced by better ones, and his later character arc was basically one long LampshadeHanging on how he had no real purpose anymore and had fallen OutOfFocus, before he was written out completely.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' seemed to struggle with handling certain characters as the series drifted away from its episodic school-slice-of-life origin, generally having them serve as {{Combat Commentator}}s at best. Asuka's main hook (finding the fate of her brother) got resolved about two-thirds of the way into the first season, and consequently left her with very little to do in the rest of the series aside from chasing off suitors, and getting brainwashed, and briefly dying.brainwashed into a cult. Kenzan no longer had much purpose once the Society of Light arc ended, as his deal of being ImmuneToMindControl came up only once afterward. Misawa was meant as a rival but quickly got displaced by better ones, and his later character arc was basically one long LampshadeHanging on how he had no real purpose anymore and had fallen OutOfFocus, before he was written out completely.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS'' underwent a heavy retool before the series was even made, which significantly altered its premise and main character, seemingly with the intent of distancing itself from the prior ''ARC-V'' after that show suffered [[SeasonalRot a major backlash]]. However, two major characters remain that seem to be orphaned from this concept: Go Onizuka and Aoi Zaizen, who are both entertainers with prideful, glitzy public personas and feel like they'd be right at home in ''ARC-V''. ''VRAINS'' in its final form lacks any other signs of those themes, and consequently, both Go and Aoi, despite being prominent early on, are fairly infamous for the show not knowing how to handle them once it got into its actual narrative.


** Though the series was never [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything all that wholehearted]] about the idea of being about pirates, most characters early on were still identifiably working as such (mostly villains). Later arcs feature no piracy whatsoever; even the villains often aren't "pirates" to any degree other than that they sometimes go by that name.


** Beerus in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' served to introduce the concepts of Gods and the multiverse, as well as providing an AlwaysSomeoneBetter role for Goku. By the midpoint of the series, though, it was kind of evident that he didn't have much purpose anymore, which was especially pronounced because, unlike most Artifact characters in the franchise, Beerus is extremely strong to StoryBreakerPower levels, and should be able to crush just about any threat to the protagonists with ease. It was especially pronounced because, unlike most rivals in the franchise, his whole narrative function is that Goku can never really surpass him, so having the cast and their threats catch up to him couldn't be done. At the same time, he couldn't be written out of the series, because he was a package deal with his attendant Whis, who slotted into the role of being Goku and Vegeta's mentor and MrExposition. Consequently, in the majority of story arcs, Beerus [[AllPowerfulBystander does nothing of importance]]--probably best punctuated by his appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', where his only appearance is a minor subplot about him taking care of baby Pan.

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** Beerus in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' served to introduce the concepts of Gods and the multiverse, as well as providing an AlwaysSomeoneBetter role for Goku. By the midpoint of the series, though, it was kind of evident that he didn't have much purpose anymore, which was especially pronounced because, unlike most Artifact characters in the franchise, Beerus is extremely strong to StoryBreakerPower levels, and should be able to crush just about any threat to the protagonists with ease. It was especially pronounced because, unlike most rivals in the franchise, his whole narrative function is that Goku can never really surpass him, so having the cast and their threats catch up to him couldn't be done. At the same time, he couldn't be written out of the series, because he was a package deal with his attendant Whis, who slotted into the role of being Goku and Vegeta's mentor and MrExposition. Consequently, in the majority of story arcs, Beerus [[AllPowerfulBystander does nothing of importance]]--probably importance]], and when he does try to do something, [[YouCantThwartStageOne it usually fails]]--probably best punctuated by his appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', where his only appearance is a minor subplot about him taking care of baby Pan.


* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has Puck, Guts's original companion. Very early on, his purpose was to be a MoralityPet for Guts, act as the WhiteMage, and [[PluckyComicRelief liven up the incredibly miserable atmosphere]], and he managed to play a major part in the Lost Children arc. However, as Guts's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits cast of hanger-ons]] grew, Puck's role mostly started to slip into irrelevance. A particularly big case is CuteWitch Schierke, who does essentially everything Puck did and does it better, down to being able to act as Guts's conscience by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind literally going inside his head]]. It's often remarked by fans that Puck's SuperDeformed state used to be brought out only in particularly wacky moments, but now essentially makes up ''all'' his appearances because [[{{Flanderization}} those wacky moments are really the only thing he provides anymore]]--and it's not like he's the only character in the series capable of providing comic relief or lightening the tone.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has Puck, Guts's original companion. Very early on, his purpose was to be a MoralityPet for Guts, [[MoralityPet act as the WhiteMage, Guts's conscience]], heal him between battles, and [[PluckyComicRelief liven up the incredibly miserable atmosphere]], and he managed to play a major part in the Lost Children arc. However, as Guts's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits cast of hanger-ons]] grew, Puck's role mostly started to slip into irrelevance. A particularly big case is CuteWitch Schierke, who does essentially everything Puck did and does it better, down to being able to act as Guts's conscience by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind literally going inside his head]]. It's often remarked by fans that Puck's SuperDeformed state used to be brought out only in particularly wacky moments, but now essentially makes up ''all'' his appearances because [[{{Flanderization}} those wacky moments are really the only thing he provides anymore]]--and it's not like he's the only character in the series capable of providing comic relief or lightening the tone.


* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has Puck, Guts's original companion. Very early on, his purpose was to be a MoralityPet for Guts, act as the WhiteMage, and [[PluckyComicRelief liven up the incredibly miserable atmosphere]], and he managed to play a major part in the Lost Children arc. However, as Guts's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits cast of hanger-ons]] grew, Puck's role mostly started to slip into irrelevance. A particularly big case is CuteWitch Schierke, who does essentially everything Puck did and does it better, down to being able to act as Guts's conscience by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind literally going inside his head]]. It's often remarked by fans that Puck's SuperDeformed state used to be brought out only in particularly wacky moments, but now essentially makes up ''all'' his appearances because [[{{Flanderization}} those wacky moments are really the only thing he provides anymore]]--and it's not like he's the only character in the series capable of providing comic relief or lightening the tone anymore.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has Puck, Guts's original companion. Very early on, his purpose was to be a MoralityPet for Guts, act as the WhiteMage, and [[PluckyComicRelief liven up the incredibly miserable atmosphere]], and he managed to play a major part in the Lost Children arc. However, as Guts's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits cast of hanger-ons]] grew, Puck's role mostly started to slip into irrelevance. A particularly big case is CuteWitch Schierke, who does essentially everything Puck did and does it better, down to being able to act as Guts's conscience by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind literally going inside his head]]. It's often remarked by fans that Puck's SuperDeformed state used to be brought out only in particularly wacky moments, but now essentially makes up ''all'' his appearances because [[{{Flanderization}} those wacky moments are really the only thing he provides anymore]]--and it's not like he's the only character in the series capable of providing comic relief or lightening the tone anymore.tone.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has Puck, Guts's original companion. Very early on, his purpose was to be a MoralityPet for Guts, act as the WhiteMage, and [[PluckyComicRelief liven up the incredibly miserable atmosphere]], and he managed to play a major part in the Lost Children arc. However, as Guts's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits cast of hanger-ons]] grew, Puck's role mostly started to slip into irrelevance. A particularly big case is CuteWitch Schierke, who does essentially everything Puck did and does it better, down to being able to act as Guts's conscience by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind literally going inside his head]]. It's often remarked by fans that Puck's SuperDeformed state used to be brought out only in particularly wacky moments, but now essentially makes up ''all'' his appearances because [[{{Flanderization}} those wacky moments are really the only thing he provides anymore]]--and it's not like he's the only character in the series capable of providing comic relief or lightening the tone anymore.


** Beerus in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' served to introduce the concepts of Gods and the multiverse, as well as providing an AlwaysSomeoneBetter role for Goku. By the midpoint of the series, though, it was kind of evident that he didn't have much purpose anymore, which was especially pronounced because, unlike most Artifact characters in the franchise, Beerus is extremely powerful to StoryBreaker levels, and should be able to crush just about any threat to the protagonists with ease. It was especially pronounced because, unlike most rivals in the franchise, his whole narrative function is that Goku can never really surpass him, so having the cast and their threats catch up to him couldn't be done. At the same time, he couldn't be written out of the series, because he was a package deal with his attendant Whis, who slotted into the role of being Goku and Vegeta's mentor and MrExposition. Consequently, in the majority of story arcs, Beerus [[AllPowerfulBystander does nothing of importance]]--probably best punctuated by his appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', where his only appearance is a minor subplot about him taking care of baby Pan.

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** Beerus in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' served to introduce the concepts of Gods and the multiverse, as well as providing an AlwaysSomeoneBetter role for Goku. By the midpoint of the series, though, it was kind of evident that he didn't have much purpose anymore, which was especially pronounced because, unlike most Artifact characters in the franchise, Beerus is extremely powerful strong to StoryBreaker StoryBreakerPower levels, and should be able to crush just about any threat to the protagonists with ease. It was especially pronounced because, unlike most rivals in the franchise, his whole narrative function is that Goku can never really surpass him, so having the cast and their threats catch up to him couldn't be done. At the same time, he couldn't be written out of the series, because he was a package deal with his attendant Whis, who slotted into the role of being Goku and Vegeta's mentor and MrExposition. Consequently, in the majority of story arcs, Beerus [[AllPowerfulBystander does nothing of importance]]--probably best punctuated by his appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', where his only appearance is a minor subplot about him taking care of baby Pan.


** Beerus in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' served to introduce the concepts of Gods and the multiverse, as well as providing an AlwaysSomeoneBetter role for Goku. By the midpoint of the series, though, it was kind of evident that he didn't have much purpose anymore, which was especially pronounced because, unlike most Artifact characters in the franchise, Beerus is extremely powerful to StoryBreaker levels, and should be able to crush just about any threat to the protagonists with ease. It was especially pronounced because, unlike most rivals in the franchise, his whole narrative function is that Goku can never really surpass him, so having the cast and their threats catch up to him couldn't be done. At the same time, he couldn't be written out of the series, because he was a package deal with his attendant Whis, who slotted into the role of being Goku and Vegeta's mentor and MrExposition. Consequently, in the majority of story arcs, Beerus [[AllPowerfulBystander does nothing of importance]]--probably best punctuated by his appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', where his only appearance is a minor subplot about him taking care of baby Pan.



** Slayers Revolution-R dealt with this a little better than the 90s series (where she was easily a B-Cup going towards C), as her character design in the 2000s series is noticeably pretty flat - not a complete UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}}, but definitely an A-Cup.

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** Slayers Revolution-R ''Slayers Revolution-R'' dealt with this a little better than the 90s series (where she was easily a B-Cup going towards C), as her character design in the 2000s series is noticeably pretty flat - not a complete UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}}, but definitely an A-Cup.


** Vegito's design in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is the same as his design in the Buu Saga, which includes the singlet Vegeta was wearing at the time, despite Vegeta not wearing it in ''Super.'' This was due to the fact that redesigning him to include Vegeta's actual ''Super'' outfit would make his design less recognizable (and, it's often theorized, would mean [[MerchandiseDriven already-existing Vegito toys]] [[PaletteSwap couldn't be recolored]]).

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** Vegito's design is meant to be a [[FusionDance fusion]] of Vegeta and Goku's. However, when he reappeared in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', his design there was the same as his design in the Buu Saga, which includes the singlet Vegeta was wearing at the time, then, despite Vegeta not wearing it grey spandex armor in ''Super.'' ''Super''. This was due to the fact that redesigning him to include Vegeta's actual ''Super'' outfit would make his design less recognizable (and, it's often theorized, would mean [[MerchandiseDriven already-existing Vegito toys]] [[PaletteSwap couldn't be recolored]]).

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** Vegito's design in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is the same as his design in the Buu Saga, which includes the singlet Vegeta was wearing at the time, despite Vegeta not wearing it in ''Super.'' This was due to the fact that redesigning him to include Vegeta's actual ''Super'' outfit would make his design less recognizable (and, it's often theorized, would mean [[MerchandiseDriven already-existing Vegito toys]] [[PaletteSwap couldn't be recolored]]).

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** The Kintoun/Flying Nimbus was rendered completely irrelevant by the start of ''Z'', since pretty much every character of importance could fly under their own power. Despite this, it has a habit of being used in later parts of the franchise more or less just to remind the audience that it exists. (''Super'' actually did [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman manage to make it useful once]], by having a scene where Goku couldn't use his own energy to fly without alerting his enemies.)

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