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* ''Literature/{{Mog}}'': "Goodbye, Mog" introduces Rumpus, a CuteKitten who is very skittish. He becomes the Thomases' pet but is never seen again. At first, it seemed like it was justified by saying that there can be no more ''Mog'' books because Mog is dead--- but then, along came "Mog's Christmas Calamity", where it turned out that, [[UnexplainedRecovery nope]]. Mog and Rumpus would make a cute duo of cats; they could have character conflicts and/or work together, and there is plenty of potential with Mog having a right-hand kitten.

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* ''Literature/{{Mog}}'': "Goodbye, Mog" introduces Rumpus, a CuteKitten who is very skittish. He becomes the Thomases' pet but is never seen again. At first, it seemed like it was justified by saying that there can be no more ''Mog'' books because Mog is dead--- dead-- but then, along came "Mog's Christmas Calamity", where it turned out that, [[UnexplainedRecovery nope]]. Mog and Rumpus would make a cute duo of cats; they could have character conflicts and/or work together, and there is plenty of potential with Mog having a right-hand kitten.

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* ''Literature/{{Woodwalkers}}'':
** Arula. She was build up to be one of the most important enemies of [[spoiler: Andrew Milling]] but her actual appearance in the last book didn't influence much of the story.
** A similar thing happened to Joe Bridger. It was implied that he hates himself because he's a shapeshifter but the book he appears in ignores his self-hatred to show [[spoiler: the fight against the followers of Milling.]]


* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':


** Did anyone else plod through ''Brisingr'' just hoping that [[GodModeSue Eragon]] and [[SupportingLeader Roran]] will go away so we can have more [[BadassNormal Nas]][[LadyOfWar ua]][[RebelLeader da]] chapters? It's amazing how awesome and realistic she becomes, probably because Paolini makes her problems ''practical'' concerns rather than the philosophical, "deep" issues he tries to have the others grapple with.

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** Did anyone else plod through ''Brisingr'' just hoping that [[GodModeSue Eragon]] Eragon and [[SupportingLeader Roran]] will go away so we can have more [[BadassNormal Nas]][[LadyOfWar ua]][[RebelLeader da]] chapters? It's amazing how awesome and realistic she becomes, probably because Paolini makes her problems ''practical'' concerns rather than the philosophical, "deep" issues he tries to have the others grapple with.


* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' does such a good job of creating fascinating characters, even ones that play very small roles, [[AnyoneCanDie that it's inevitable to be upset at the horrible fates of at least one.]]
** Among the characters that haven't died (yet), we have Robb Stark's wife Jeyne Westerling. The story of how they met is very fascinating on both her and Robb's part: she slept with Robb after he got wounded in a siege when he heard that Winterfell was sacked by his foster brother Theon Greyjoy. Robb, having inherited the Starks' tendency towards HonorBeforeReason, broke off his engagement to his current allies, the power-hungry Freys, in order to marry her, and from what we know, the couple loved each other very much. Despite this, we get zero insight into her character beyond this and no details about her relationship with Robb.


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* The kids' book ''It Hurts When I Poop'' is about a little boy, and the whole book focuses on the importance of not holding your poop in excessively. However, Ryan, the little boy, had more potential as a character. He was seen imaginatively playing with dinosaurs at the beginning, which could easily lead to a series of books about an [[MrImagination imaginative]], dinosaur-loving boy.


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* ''Literature/{{Mog}}'': "Goodbye, Mog" introduces Rumpus, a CuteKitten who is very skittish. He becomes the Thomases' pet but is never seen again. At first, it seemed like it was justified by saying that there can be no more ''Mog'' books because Mog is dead--- but then, along came "Mog's Christmas Calamity", where it turned out that, [[UnexplainedRecovery nope]]. Mog and Rumpus would make a cute duo of cats; they could have character conflicts and/or work together, and there is plenty of potential with Mog having a right-hand kitten.


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* The children's book ''Sneezy Louise'' features a [[TheKlutz clumsy]] girl named Louise who was a bit [[ButtMonkey unfortunate]] but always came round, lived with parents, a grandma, a dog, and a little brother, and had a best friend named Mary. That could be the setup for a whole series of books, but no.


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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' does such a good job of creating fascinating characters, even ones that play very small roles, [[AnyoneCanDie that it's inevitable to be upset at the horrible fates of at least one.]]
** Among the characters that haven't died (yet), we have Robb Stark's wife Jeyne Westerling. The story of how they met is very fascinating on both her and Robb's part: she slept with Robb after he got wounded in a siege when he heard that Winterfell was sacked by his foster brother Theon Greyjoy. Robb, having inherited the Starks' tendency towards HonorBeforeReason, broke off his engagement to his current allies, the power-hungry Freys, in order to marry her, and from what we know, the couple loved each other very much. Despite this, we get zero insight into her character beyond this and no details about her relationship with Robb.


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* ''Literature/TheTenPMQuestion'': Frankie's mother (Francie) and Sydney's mother. Both have intriguing aspects of them (Francie doesn't leave the house and Sydney's mother is one step away from being a nomad and is a flighty parent), which could have all kinds of meanings (for example, they're in hiding because both used to work for a secret organization), but it turns out that...[[spoiler: Francie has psychological problems and Sydney's mother, we still don't know, but evidence points to her being a prostitute.]]


** [[SpoiledSweet Cinna]]. One of the first things established about him is that he volunteered to be the stylist for the District 12 tributes despite it being a traditionally unwanted job, but we never find out why. Or why he doesn't have a Capitol accent, or why his fashion sense is so understated as compared to the rest of the Capitol, or... anything about him really.

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** [[SpoiledSweet Cinna]].Cinna. One of the first things established about him is that he volunteered to be the stylist for the District 12 tributes despite it being a traditionally unwanted job, but we never find out why. Or why he doesn't have a Capitol accent, or why his fashion sense is so understated as compared to the rest of the Capitol, or... anything about him really.

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** The Auxiliary Animorphs. They presented an opportunity to give disabled people a bigger presence in mainstream fiction and let them be the hero without [[ThrowingOffTheDisability needing to be cured]] (morphing can heal acquired disabilities but not lifelong ones). Instead, [[spoiler:they ended up being a RedshirtArmy who [[BuryYourDisabled only lived for a few books]], and even their brief tenure still focused on the six main characters.]] Maybe if they hadn't been introduced so close to the series' end.


** Jacob (generally before ''Eclipse'' and/or ''Breaking Dawn'').

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** Jacob (generally before ''Eclipse'' and/or ''Breaking Dawn'').in the first half of ''New Moon''. He's a lot nicer than Edward, upbeat, and likes fixing cars for fun. He even teaches Bella to ride a motorcycle. But once he becomes a werewolf, all that is thrown aside for chasing vampires and the LoveTriangle with Edward and Bella.


* Leila from ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. She is an ex-sub of Grey's who has been institutionalized twice against her will, attempted suicide and is portrayed as mentally unstable and out to get revenge on Christian or intent on harming Ana. She is the first one to point out to Ana that the two of them look very similar, the first sign that Grey specifically looks for women who have the same type of appearance that reminds him of his biological mother. Leila is treated as a big threat to the both of them, but sadly suffers from severe {{offstage villainy}}, which lessens her impact. When she actually ''does'' finally appear, threatening Ana with a gun, she is easily disarmed and carted off to another institute. Her entire arc took up 11 chapters with her actively only appearing in two of them, when she could have been expanded on into being a proper villain or even come across as a warning to Ana about what has happened to Christian's ex-subs and what ''could'' happen to her.
* The English writer and literature historian George Saintsbury wrote of Éponine Thénardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'', claiming if "Hugo had chosen to take more trouble with her, might have been a great, and is actually the most interesting, character." Some adaptations (such as [[Film/LesMiserables2012 the Film of the Musical]]) cast an actress good enough for Éponine to become an EnsembleDarkhorse.
* In ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' the author devotes a book to novelizing the plot of the insanely successful RPG ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' written by Neal Hallford and set in his world. One of the characters, Owyn Beleforte, ends up as a very powerful 19-year-old magician who has become [[FireForgedFriends friends]] with one of the allegedly AlwaysChaoticEvil dark elves and the first character to actually sympathize with the enemy. Additionally, he can understand their language due to a spell cast on him by one of their witches. He's also one of the handful in the world to be aware of the nature and location of the ArtifactOfDoom after helping save the world from it, as well as the super secret details of the last major war between humans and dark elves - to wit, the dark elves were manipulated by a third party into a near-suicidal invasion that killed many of them off like flies. Oh, and his dark elf friend dies through a HeroicSacrifice. The story that practically begs to be told is that of Owyn taking up his fallen friend's cause and working further toward the peace which neither of the nations really want at the moment - he is unique in having both the backstory and motivation as well as the power to make feasible progress in it. The author, however, holds no interest at all in a character he didn't come up with, so after that book Owyn allegedly gave up the life of adventure and went home to live a normal life - according to WordOfGod - his fate didn't even get an in-story explanation, much less an appearance on-screen.
* ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' has around 300 characters, and about 60 are named, so it's natural that there are a few examples of this, including Sinderm, a PerkyGoth teenager with a green thumb and a blog, and Sanjit's siblings.
* ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'':
** Jean Mark, a ComicallySerious, wangsty OneSceneWonder vampire who LooksLikeOrlok on purpose is given exactly one scene, never to be mentioned again.
** Nikita, DarkActionGirl with DarkAndTroubledPast who works as an assassin for international organization reminescent of [[ComicBook/RasAlGhul League of Shadows]], disappears after a single book, along with her kill cult.
** Henry, a vampire suffering from CreativeSterility, is given a name, a fascinating backstory and an interesting psychic power... and no speaking lines or any presence in the book.
** Witkacy, Dora's partner in the police, a misplaced shaman who experiments with drugs, fights depression and sees ghosts - who come to him with their trouble - is unceremoniously shoved to the sidelines. At least he's getting his own book series.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Fans will never agree on it, but it seems that the decision to kill Anakin Solo just as they'd launched three major plot arcs around him (romance, check; special abilities, check; unique connection with enemy culture, check) was a bit of a dead end. Not to mention multiple Force prophecies about Anakin's future importance (some dating to well before the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' era) that never played out. Oddly, the writers of the post-''NJO'' era seem to agree, as they keep making everyone relive his death. Oddly, Anakin bordered on CreatorsPet in the Corellian Trilogy. According to the writers, they were going to make Anakin the hero of the ''NJO'' books, but Creator/GeorgeLucas vetoed it because he was afraid people would mix up Anakin Skywalker and Anakin Solo.
** Jaina Solo as well, since the writers turned her into a FlatCharacter.
** Also, Anakin's girlfriend, Tahiri Veila, gets this; while she was important for much of the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', she got DemotedToExtra in the last book and then hovered around in the background for a while, as if the writers were unsure what to do with her - and then brought her back into the spotlight only to have a lot of her CharacterDevelopment undone so she could be derailed into a villain. However, she later gets brought back for her own story arc in the Legacy of the Force.

* Brian Jacques is guilty of this quite often in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, introducing a charismatic, kickass new character and then killing them off within two chapters. Has overlapped with TooCoolToLive.



* Did anyone else plod through ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Brisingr]]'' just hoping that [[GodModeSue Eragon]] and [[SupportingLeader Roran]] will go away so we can have more [[BadassNormal Nas]][[LadyOfWar ua]][[RebelLeader da]] chapters? It's amazing how awesome and realistic she becomes, probably because Paolini makes her problems ''practical'' concerns rather than the philosophical, "deep" issues he tries to have the others grapple with.
* The sardonic, tragic, cheerful Lenox from Creator/AgathaChristie's ''[[Literature/HerculePoirot Mystery of the Blue Train]]''. Admittedly, it wasn't her best novel anyway, but Lenox was infinitely preferable to the rather prissy Katherine.
* There were a few of these types in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', most notably [[ManOfWealthAndTaste Joe Bob Fenestre]] from ''The Warning'' and [[KnightTemplar Arbat-Elivat-Estoni]] from ''The Arrival''. [[spoiler:David]] might count as well, given his much-anticipated return to the series was much less climatic than the fans were hoping for.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Luna Lovegood, Mad-Eye Moody, Peter Pettigrew, the Hogwarts professors besides Dumbledore & Snape (not to mention the trope namer for HufflepuffHouse, and Ravenclaw doesn't get much more exposure)... if we all thought up a character whose development we might consider to be short-changed and compiled them in one place, we'd probably have enough guests to hire out an entire restaurant for.
** Despite being a pretty major character, Professor [=McGonagall=] has also been seen as this after Rowling revealed her terribly depressing backstory on Pottermore.
** Theodore Nott, despite only being mentioned a few times a lot was revealed by Rowling about him. Apparently he's the son of one of Voldemort's early Death Eaters and is just as pure-blooded as Malfoy. He is very similar to Malfoy only Nott is not part of a Slytherin gang and may be even cleverer than him. He could've served as a foil to Malfoy but unfortunately he was almost completely cut.
* With the exception of Spink, all of Nevare's academy classmates completely disappear from the story after the first book of ''Literature/TheSoldierSon''. Especially Gord and his troubled relation to Trist seemed to have loads of potential, but they are never seen again.

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* Did anyone else plod through ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Brisingr]]'' just hoping that [[GodModeSue Eragon]] Due to its monthly release structure and [[SupportingLeader Roran]] will go away so we can have more [[BadassNormal Nas]][[LadyOfWar ua]][[RebelLeader da]] chapters? It's amazing how awesome and realistic she becomes, probably because Paolini makes her problems ''practical'' concerns rather than the philosophical, "deep" issues he tries to have the others grapple with.
* The sardonic, tragic, cheerful Lenox from Creator/AgathaChristie's ''[[Literature/HerculePoirot Mystery
strict narration format, ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' had its fair share of the Blue Train]]''. Admittedly, it wasn't her best novel anyway, but Lenox was infinitely preferable to the rather prissy Katherine.
* There were a few of these types in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', most notably [[ManOfWealthAndTaste Joe Bob Fenestre]] from
these.
** From #16
''The Warning'' is Joe Bob Fenestre, who is best described as what would happen if Bill Gates and [[KnightTemplar Arbat-Elivat-Estoni]] from Franchise/HannibalLecter had a son. He's a SelfMadeMan who founded his world's equivalent of America Online (which due to being set in the 90s is much more relevant and powerful than AOL is today) and is notable for being one of the earliest antagonists to present the Animorphs with a case of the GreyAndGrayMorality that would ultimately become a running theme in the series. Despite having a very ambiguous ending which fully allowed the possibility of a return, he never appeared again.
** From #38
''The Arrival''. Arrival'' is Arbat-Elivat-Estoni, the Andalite brother of Alloran-Semitur-Corass (the host body for series BigBad Visser Three). Much like his brother he's a WellIntentionedExtremist, and his story presents some very interesting parallels with those of his brother. Much like Fenestre above, he gets an ambiguous ending which, while much more grim than the above (he's last seen alone, wounded and facing down a horde of Taxxons) technically made his return a possibility. Of course, he never did.
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[[spoiler:David]] might count as well, given his much-anticipated that while unlike the above characters he ''does'' make a return to (in the series was appropriately-titled ''The Return'' no less) it's a much less climatic story than the fans were hoping for.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Luna Lovegood, Mad-Eye Moody, Peter Pettigrew, the Hogwarts professors besides Dumbledore & Snape (not to mention the trope namer for HufflepuffHouse,
for, and Ravenclaw doesn't get much more exposure)... if we all thought up is generally regarded as a character whose development we might consider to be short-changed and compiled them in one place, we'd probably have enough guests to hire out an entire restaurant for.
** Despite
missed opportunity despite being a pretty major character, Professor [=McGonagall=] ''very'' well-written MindScrew book.
** [[spoiler:Visser One]] is an interesting case in that while she
has also been seen a very solidly written story, she is still regarded as this after Rowling revealed because of her terribly depressing backstory on Pottermore.
** Theodore Nott, despite only
very truncated fall and demise. [[spoiler:[[VillainEpisode VISSER]] ends with her being mentioned assigned to command a few times a lot was revealed by Rowling about him. Apparently he's new invasion in the son of one of Voldemort's early Death Eaters and is just as pure-blooded as Malfoy. He is very similar to Malfoy only Nott is not part of Anati star system, being promised a Slytherin gang and may be even cleverer than him. He could've served as a foil to Malfoy but unfortunately he was almost completely cut.
* With the exception of Spink, all of Nevare's academy classmates completely disappear
full pardon from the story after the first book of ''Literature/TheSoldierSon''. Especially Gord her crimes if she succeeds and his troubled relation death if she fails. Ten books later we are told that she has returned to Trist seemed Earth, having failed and being sentenced to have loads of potential, but they death. We are never seen again.told what happened in Anati or why she was brought all the way back to Earth just to be executed, which many fans consider a horribly missed opportunity. Several fanfics titled some variant of "The Anati Chronicles" have even been written just to explain this oversight]].



* Mary Watson, ''née'' Morstan, in ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. Despite playing a major role in ''The Sign of Four'', having quite a bit of genuine detective skill herself, and ending up married to Dr. Watson, she's never used again except in cameos, and during the TimeSkip between "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House", [[spoiler:[[BusCrash she's killed off]]]].

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* Mary Watson, ''née'' Morstan, ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Shamgar from the ''Literature/BookOfJudges''. God-blessed farmboy [[OneManArmy who killed 600 Philistines]] with ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser an ox goad]]'' (a type of cattle prod). He gets one verse
in ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. the whole book and is completely overshadowed by Samson, a similar Philistine-slayer from the very same book.
* Jane Gallagher from ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''. She's built up by Holden to be a unique, intelligent, and genuinely non-phony girl, she might have had sex with his friend/rival Stradlater, and then...[[TheUnreveal she never appears]].
* ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'':
** Jean Mark, a ComicallySerious, wangsty OneSceneWonder vampire who LooksLikeOrlok on purpose is given exactly one scene, never to be mentioned again.
** Nikita, DarkActionGirl with DarkAndTroubledPast who works as an assassin for international organization reminescent of [[ComicBook/RasAlGhul League of Shadows]], disappears after a single book, along with her kill cult.
** Henry, a vampire suffering from CreativeSterility, is given a name, a fascinating backstory and an interesting psychic power... and no speaking lines or any presence in the book.
** Witkacy, Dora's partner in the police, a misplaced shaman who experiments with drugs, fights depression and sees ghosts - who come to him with their trouble - is unceremoniously shoved to the sidelines. At least he's getting his own book series.
* Leila from ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. She is an ex-sub of Grey's who has been institutionalized twice against her will, attempted suicide and is portrayed as mentally unstable and out to get revenge on Christian or intent on harming Ana. She is the first one to point out to Ana that the two of them look very similar, the first sign that Grey specifically looks for women who have the same type of appearance that reminds him of his biological mother. Leila is treated as a big threat to the both of them, but sadly suffers from severe {{offstage villainy}}, which lessens her impact. When she actually ''does'' finally appear, threatening Ana with a gun, she is easily disarmed and carted off to another institute. Her entire arc took up 11 chapters with her actively only appearing in two of them, when she could have been expanded on into being a proper villain or even come across as a warning to Ana about what has happened to Christian's ex-subs and what ''could'' happen to her.
* ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', true to its AnyoneCanDie nature, is filled with people with interesting personalities or histories, or could otherwise have had a huge impact on the story, killed off unceremoniously without warning. Perhaps the most galling though is Colonel Wilder, ReasonableAuthorityFigure who managed to keep the Ghosts together and become their new commanding officer after many of the main characters are presumed dead, who [[spoiler:is killed off in the very book he's introduced in.]]
* ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' has around 300 characters, and about 60 are named, so it's natural that there are a few examples of this, including Sinderm, a PerkyGoth teenager with a green thumb and a blog, and Sanjit's siblings. Being written by one half of the writing duo who wrote ''Animorphs'' above, this was perhaps to be expected.
* The father in ''Literature/GoneGirl''. He's set up as menacing and confused in turns, with a definite hate-on for women...until he's killed off by old age in the last act. He would have been the perfect killer, but Gillian Flynn went in another direction.
* ''Literature/GoodnightMisterTom'' [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a bridge on Zach]], killing off the one interesting character in an otherwise dull book.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Luna Lovegood, Mad-Eye Moody, Peter Pettigrew, the Hogwarts professors besides Dumbledore & Snape (not to mention the trope namer for HufflepuffHouse, and Ravenclaw doesn't get much more exposure)... if we all thought up a character whose development we might consider to be short-changed and compiled them in one place, we'd probably have enough guests to hire out an entire restaurant for.
**
Despite playing being a pretty major role in ''The Sign character, Professor [=McGonagall=] has also been seen as this after Rowling revealed her terribly depressing backstory on Pottermore.
** Theodore Nott, despite only being mentioned a few times a lot was revealed by Rowling about him. Apparently he's the son
of Four'', having quite a bit one of genuine detective skill herself, Voldemort's early Death Eaters and ending is just as pure-blooded as Malfoy. He is very similar to Malfoy only Nott is not part of a Slytherin gang and may be even cleverer than him. He could've served as a foil to Malfoy but unfortunately he was almost completely cut.
* In Perry Moore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}'', the protagonist Thom gets picked
up married at a gay bar by a slightly older young man and has his first kiss with him. Later, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Thom's would-be beau is the supervillain Ssnake, who stands accused of murdering a beloved superhero at the time this was happening]]. When Thom reveals this to Dr. Watson, she's the public, it sets in motion a series of events that lead to the real villain's downfall and saves the planet from destruction. But sadly, we never used again except in cameos, see [[spoiler:Ssnake]] again, even though he could have been a much more interesting love interest than Goran.
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'':
** Side character Aphrodite, a snarky yet sympathetic LonelyRichKid who begins as an AlphaBitch but [[CharacterDevelopment genuinely matures]] over the story's course, overcoming parental neglect ([[spoiler:and the stress of her precognitive abilities]]) to become a good person
and during the TimeSkip between "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House", [[spoiler:[[BusCrash she's Zoey's TokenEvilTeammate.
** Stevie Rae, a compassionate WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:who is
killed off]]]].early into the story, resurrected through dark magic, and becomes the disillusioned leader of the red fledgings]]. The glimpses we get of her descent of insanity (and eventual climb out of it) are quite interesting.
** Speaking of Stevie Rae, a whole ''novel'' could be written about [[spoiler:the red fledgings (outcast from everything they've ever known, seemingly abandoned by God, yet staying sane and retaining their personalities...)]].



* In Perry Moore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}'', the protagonist Thom gets picked up at a gay bar by a slightly older young man and has his first kiss with him. Later, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Thom's would-be beau is the supervillain Ssnake, who stands accused of murdering a beloved superhero at the time this was happening]]. When Thom reveals this to the public, it sets in motion a series of events that lead to the real villain's downfall and saves the planet from destruction. But sadly, we never see [[spoiler:Ssnake]] again, even though he could have been a much more interesting love interest than Goran.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Clawface is one of the earliest in the series. He was formerly one of [[TheLancer Graystripe]]'s idols, but turned out to be an unrepentant villain. He also murdered [[TheHero Firestar]]'s love interest Spottedleaf in cold blood, and he was the only character in the series capable of making Firestar completely lose it and try to kill him (which happened whenever Firestar so much as ''saw'' him). As well, {{prequel}} novel ''Yellowfang's Secret'' revealed that he was Yellowfang's sister's mate, and brother to Nightstar, the leader of [=ShadowClan=] after [[StarterVillain Brokenstar]]. Despite this, his personal connections to the characters are never explored, and after he's killed in ''Fire and Ice'' he's never mentioned again. Even when the entire fourth arc revolved around the past villains making a comeback after their deaths and he was confirmed to be among them, he never actually appeared in the series.
** Brokenstar is possibly an even bigger wasted character than Clawface. He's supposed to be the villain of the first book, and has one of the darkest plots in the series: use ChildSoldiers to make his Clan larger and stronger than the others, then sweep through them and destroy them so that he can be in charge. Also, he managed to drive out an entire Clan, a feat which no one has ever been able to replicate, and he has another Clan completely subservient to him. Despite this, he's never written as a real threat, and gets overshadowed by the much more generic Tigerstar. Even his eventual comeback didn't help him.
** Jingo and her crew. A Clan-like group facing their own struggles in a city and harbouring a grudge against Sol? Would be cool if they'd so much as been mentioned since their introduction in ''Sunrise''.
* ''Literature/GoodnightMisterTom'' [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a bridge on Zach]], killing off the one interesting character in an otherwise dull book.
* ''Literature/BookOfJudges'': Shamgar. God-blessed farmboy [[OneManArmy who killed 600 Philistines]] with ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser an ox goad]]'' (a type of cattle prod). He gets one verse in the whole book.
* ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', true to its AnyoneCanDie nature, is filled with people with interesting personalities or histories, or could otherwise have had a huge impact on the story, killed off unceremoniously without warning. Perhaps the most galling though is Colonel Wilder, ReasonableAuthorityFigure who managed to keep the Ghosts together and become their new commanding officer after many of the main characters are presumed dead, who [[spoiler:is killed off in the very book he's introduced in.]]
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'':
** Side character Aphrodite, a snarky yet sympathetic LonelyRichKid who begins as an AlphaBitch but [[CharacterDevelopment genuinely matures]] over the story's course, overcoming parental neglect ([[spoiler:and the stress of her precognitive abilities]]) to become a good person and Zoey's TokenEvilTeammate.
** Stevie Rae, a compassionate WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:who is killed early into the story, resurrected through dark magic, and becomes the disillusioned leader of the red fledgings]]. The glimpses we get of her descent of insanity (and eventual climb out of it) are quite interesting.
** Speaking of Stevie Rae, a whole ''novel'' could be written about [[spoiler:the red fledgings (outcast from everything they've ever known, seemingly abandoned by God, yet staying sane and retaining their personalities...)]].
* The father in ''Literature/GoneGirl''. He's set up as menacing and confused in turns, with a definite hate-on for women...until he's killed off by old age in the last act. He would have been the perfect killer, but Gillian Flynn went in another direction.
* Jane Gallagher from ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''. She's built up by Holden to be a unique, intelligent, and genuinely non-phony girl, she might have had sex with his friend/rival Stradlater, and then...[[TheUnreveal she never appears]].
* Prince Garrid from the ''Literature/TalesOfTheFrogPrincess'' series. He's a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire that is apparently the oldest in his family of vampires and clearly has a lot of authority in the family, alludes to a vampire/werewolf war that apparently killed his parents, and despite his abilities and initial creepiness, is a loyal friend and ally to Emma. He's even married to her best friend! You'd think he'd get something to ''do'' for the plot, but... nope!

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* In Perry Moore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}'', the protagonist Thom gets picked up at a gay bar by a slightly older young man and has his first kiss with him. Later, [[spoiler:it's revealed ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''
** Did anyone else plod through ''Brisingr'' just hoping
that Thom's would-be beau is the supervillain Ssnake, who stands accused of murdering a beloved superhero at the time this was happening]]. When Thom reveals this to the public, it sets in motion a series of events that lead to the real villain's downfall [[GodModeSue Eragon]] and saves the planet from destruction. But sadly, [[SupportingLeader Roran]] will go away so we never see [[spoiler:Ssnake]] again, even though he could can have been a much more interesting love interest than Goran.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Clawface is one of the earliest in the series. He was formerly one of [[TheLancer Graystripe]]'s idols, but turned out to be an unrepentant villain. He also murdered [[TheHero Firestar]]'s love interest Spottedleaf in cold blood,
[[BadassNormal Nas]][[LadyOfWar ua]][[RebelLeader da]] chapters? It's amazing how awesome and he was the only character in the series capable of making Firestar completely lose it and try to kill him (which happened whenever Firestar so much as ''saw'' him). As well, {{prequel}} novel ''Yellowfang's Secret'' revealed that he was Yellowfang's sister's mate, and brother to Nightstar, the leader of [=ShadowClan=] after [[StarterVillain Brokenstar]]. Despite this, his personal connections to the characters are never explored, and after he's killed in ''Fire and Ice'' he's never mentioned again. Even when the entire fourth arc revolved around the past villains making a comeback after their deaths and he was confirmed to be among them, he never actually appeared in the series.
** Brokenstar is possibly an even bigger wasted character than Clawface. He's supposed to be the villain of the first book, and has one of the darkest plots in the series: use ChildSoldiers to make his Clan larger and stronger
realistic she becomes, probably because Paolini makes her problems ''practical'' concerns rather than the others, then sweep through them and destroy them so that philosophical, "deep" issues he can be in charge. Also, he managed tries to drive out an entire Clan, a feat which no one has ever been able to replicate, and he has another Clan completely subservient to him. Despite this, he's never written as a real threat, and gets overshadowed have the others grapple with.
** Murtagh is also considered this
by the much few people who still remember this trilogy, as he is generally considered a more generic Tigerstar. Even his eventual comeback didn't help him.
** Jingo and her crew. A Clan-like group facing their own struggles in a city and harbouring a grudge against Sol? Would be cool if they'd so much as been mentioned since their introduction in ''Sunrise''.
* ''Literature/GoodnightMisterTom'' [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a bridge on Zach]], killing off the one
interesting character in an otherwise dull book.
* ''Literature/BookOfJudges'': Shamgar. God-blessed farmboy [[OneManArmy who killed 600 Philistines]] with ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser an ox goad]]'' (a type of cattle prod). He gets one verse in the whole book.
* ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', true to its AnyoneCanDie nature, is filled with people with interesting personalities or histories, or could otherwise have had a huge impact on the story, killed off unceremoniously without warning. Perhaps the most galling though is Colonel Wilder, ReasonableAuthorityFigure who managed to keep the Ghosts together and become their new commanding officer after many of the main characters are presumed dead, who [[spoiler:is killed off in the very book he's introduced in.]]
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'':
** Side character Aphrodite, a snarky yet sympathetic LonelyRichKid who begins as an AlphaBitch but [[CharacterDevelopment genuinely matures]] over the story's course, overcoming parental neglect ([[spoiler:and the stress of her precognitive abilities]]) to become a good person and Zoey's TokenEvilTeammate.
** Stevie Rae, a compassionate WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:who is killed early into the story, resurrected through dark magic, and becomes the disillusioned leader of the red fledgings]]. The glimpses we get of her descent of insanity (and eventual climb out of it) are quite interesting.
** Speaking of Stevie Rae, a whole ''novel'' could be written about [[spoiler:the red fledgings (outcast from everything they've ever known,
than [[TheHero Eragon]] despite seemingly abandoned being created by God, yet staying sane and retaining their personalities...)]].
* The father in ''Literature/GoneGirl''. He's set up as menacing and confused in turns, with a definite hate-on for women...until he's killed off by old age in the last act. He would have been the perfect killer, but Gillian Flynn went in another direction.
* Jane Gallagher from ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''. She's built up by Holden
Paolini only to be fulfill a unique, intelligent, and genuinely non-phony girl, she might have had sex with his friend/rival Stradlater, and then...[[TheUnreveal she never appears]].
* Prince Garrid from the ''Literature/TalesOfTheFrogPrincess'' series. He's a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire that is apparently the oldest in his family of vampires and clearly has a lot of authority in the family, alludes to a vampire/werewolf war that apparently killed his parents, and despite his abilities and initial creepiness, is a loyal friend and ally to Emma. He's even married to her best friend! You'd think he'd get something to ''do'' for the plot, but... nope!
stock CainAndAbel scenario.



* There's a kids' book called ''It Hurts when I Poop'' that's meant to help little kids who are afraid of going to the bathroom and the main character is a boy called Ryan. Ryan has a vivid imagination and is timid, two traits that could have led to a whole series of books about Ryan imagining things and being shy for different reasons, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs even being scared because of something he imagined.]] It didn't, though.

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* There's a kids' book called ''It Hurts when I Poop'' that's meant The English writer and literature historian George Saintsbury wrote of Éponine Thénardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'', claiming if "Hugo had chosen to help little kids who are afraid take more trouble with her, might have been a great, and is actually the most interesting, character." Some adaptations (such as [[Film/LesMiserables2012 the Film of going the Musical]]) cast an actress good enough for Éponine to become an EnsembleDarkhorse.
* The sardonic, tragic, cheerful Lenox from Creator/AgathaChristie's ''[[Literature/HerculePoirot Mystery of the Blue Train]]''. Admittedly, it wasn't her best novel anyway, but Lenox was infinitely preferable
to the bathroom and rather prissy Katherine.
* Brian Jacques is guilty of this quite often in
the main ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, introducing a charismatic, kickass new character is and then killing them off within two chapters. Has overlapped with TooCoolToLive.
* In ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' the author devotes
a boy called Ryan. Ryan book to novelizing the plot of the insanely successful RPG ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' written by Neal Hallford and set in his world. One of the characters, Owyn Beleforte, ends up as a very powerful 19-year-old magician who has a vivid imagination become [[FireForgedFriends friends]] with one of the allegedly AlwaysChaoticEvil dark elves and is timid, two traits the first character to actually sympathize with the enemy. Additionally, he can understand their language due to a spell cast on him by one of their witches. He's also one of the handful in the world to be aware of the nature and location of the ArtifactOfDoom after helping save the world from it, as well as the super secret details of the last major war between humans and dark elves - to wit, the dark elves were manipulated by a third party into a near-suicidal invasion that could killed many of them off like flies. Oh, and his dark elf friend dies through a HeroicSacrifice. The story that practically begs to be told is that of Owyn taking up his fallen friend's cause and working further toward the peace which neither of the nations really want at the moment - he is unique in having both the backstory and motivation as well as the power to make feasible progress in it. The author, however, holds no interest at all in a character he didn't come up with, so after that book Owyn allegedly gave up the life of adventure and went home to live a normal life - according to WordOfGod - his fate didn't even get an in-story explanation, much less an appearance on-screen.
* Mary Watson, ''née'' Morstan, in ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. Despite playing a major role in ''The Sign of Four'', having quite a bit of genuine detective skill herself, and ending up married to Dr. Watson, she's never used again except in cameos, and during the TimeSkip between "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House", [[spoiler:[[BusCrash she's killed off]]]].
* With the exception of Spink, all of Nevare's academy classmates completely disappear from the story after the first book of ''Literature/TheSoldierSon''. Especially Gord and his troubled relation to Trist seemed to
have led loads of potential, but they are never seen again.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** Fans will never agree on it, but it seems that the decision
to kill Anakin Solo just as they'd launched three major plot arcs around him (romance, check; special abilities, check; unique connection with enemy culture, check) was a whole series bit of books a dead end. Not to mention multiple Force prophecies about Ryan imagining things and being shy for different reasons, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs even being scared Anakin's future importance (some dating to well before the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' era) that never played out. Oddly, the writers of the post-''NJO'' era seem to agree, as they keep making everyone relive his death. Oddly, Anakin bordered on CreatorsPet in the Corellian Trilogy. According to the writers, they were going to make Anakin the hero of the ''NJO'' books, but Creator/GeorgeLucas vetoed it because he was afraid people would mix up Anakin Skywalker and Anakin Solo.
** Jaina Solo as well, since the writers turned her into a FlatCharacter.
** Also, Anakin's girlfriend, Tahiri Veila, gets this; while she was important for much
of the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', she got DemotedToExtra in the last book and then hovered around in the background for a while, as if the writers were unsure what to do with her - and then brought her back into the spotlight only to have a lot of her CharacterDevelopment undone so she could be derailed into a villain. However, she later gets brought back for her own story arc in the Legacy of the Force.
* Prince Garrid from the ''Literature/TalesOfTheFrogPrincess'' series. He's a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire that is apparently the oldest in his family of vampires and clearly has a lot of authority in the family, alludes to a vampire/werewolf war that apparently killed his parents, and despite his abilities and initial creepiness, is a loyal friend and ally to Emma. He's even married to her best friend! You'd think he'd get
something to ''do'' for the plot, but... nope!
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Clawface is one of the earliest in the series. He was formerly one of [[TheLancer Graystripe]]'s idols, but turned out to be an unrepentant villain. He also murdered [[TheHero Firestar]]'s love interest Spottedleaf in cold blood, and
he imagined.]] It didn't, though.was the only character in the series capable of making Firestar completely lose it and try to kill him (which happened whenever Firestar so much as ''saw'' him). As well, {{prequel}} novel ''Yellowfang's Secret'' revealed that he was Yellowfang's sister's mate, and brother to Nightstar, the leader of [=ShadowClan=] after [[StarterVillain Brokenstar]]. Despite this, his personal connections to the characters are never explored, and after he's killed in ''Fire and Ice'' he's never mentioned again. Even when the entire fourth arc revolved around the past villains making a comeback after their deaths and he was confirmed to be among them, he never actually appeared in the series.
** Brokenstar is possibly an even bigger wasted character than Clawface. He's supposed to be the villain of the first book, and has one of the darkest plots in the series: use ChildSoldiers to make his Clan larger and stronger than the others, then sweep through them and destroy them so that he can be in charge. Also, he managed to drive out an entire Clan, a feat which no one has ever been able to replicate, and he has another Clan completely subservient to him. Despite this, he's never written as a real threat, and gets overshadowed by the much more generic Tigerstar. Even his eventual comeback didn't help him.
** Jingo and her crew. A Clan-like group facing their own struggles in a city and harbouring a grudge against Sol? Would be cool if they'd so much as been mentioned since their introduction in ''Sunrise''.

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* The English writer and literature historian George Saintsbury wrote of Éponine Thénardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'', claiming if "Hugo had chosen to take more trouble with her, might have been a great, and is actually the most interesting, character." Some adaptations (such as [[Film/LesMiserables2012 the Film of the Musical]]) cast an actress good enough for Éponine to become an EnsembleDarkhorse.


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* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** ''Literature/ForSpecialServices'' features [[spoiler:the daughter of Ernst Stavro Blofeld as the primary antagonist]], who ends up being killed in the very first book introducing the character.
** Kauffburger from ''Literature/{{Cold}}'' is an example of an archetypical right-hand henchman, but he isn't featured in any important scenes after his debut, not even in the climax.
** The short story "Blast from the Past" by Raymond Benson has Bond finally meeting his son James Suzuki, whom he fathered in ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. After he has been killed.


** Also, Anakin's girlfriend, Tahiri Veila, gets this; while she was important for much of the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', she got DemotedToExtra in the last book and then hovered around in the background for a while, as if the writers were unsure what to do with her - and then brought her back into the spotlight only to have a lot of her CharacterDevelopment undone so she could be derailed into a villain.

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** Also, Anakin's girlfriend, Tahiri Veila, gets this; while she was important for much of the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', she got DemotedToExtra in the last book and then hovered around in the background for a while, as if the writers were unsure what to do with her - and then brought her back into the spotlight only to have a lot of her CharacterDevelopment undone so she could be derailed into a villain. However, she later gets brought back for her own story arc in the Legacy of the Force.

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