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But then comes the sequel, or an adaptation, or TheMovie, and... hey, where'd they go? They weren't completely written out, but they just weren't good enough to keep what importance they had in the original. The character's fanbase will complain, while everyone else may just accept it as the new status quo. ²²Opposite of the AscendedExtra; instead of a background or one-off character becoming a key member of the supporting cast, a key member of the supporting cast becomes a background or one-off character. Also contrast SpotlightStealingSquad, which can also cause this to happen; that said, there may not be anyone in particular that takes these characters' screentime, and the presence of a Spotlight Stealing Squad doesn't mean no one else is plot-important anymore. In works where AnyoneCanDie, supporting characters fated to die may end up demoted to extra before their deaths.²²This trope is for characters who become unimportant to the story, but are still seen or mentioned occasionally; for characters who disappear ''completely'' from the story as if they had never existed, see ChuckCunninghamSyndrome for when they disappear from the original work and AdaptedOut for when they never appear in the adaptation.²²Compare ShooOutTheClowns, SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer, NotAsYouKnowThem, TheArtifact, OutOfFocus, WhatHappenedToTheMouse, ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, and CommutingOnABus. Contrast AscendedExtra, BreakoutCharacter, and EnsembleDarkHorse.²²----²!!Examples:²[[index]]²* DemotedToExtra/AnimeAndManga²* DemotedToExtra/ComicBooks²* DemotedToExtra/FanWorks²* [[DemotedToExtra/LiveActionFilms Film — Live-Action]]²* DemotedToExtra/{{Literature}}²* DemotedToExtra/LiveActionTV²** ''DemotedToExtra/GameOfThrones''²* DemotedToExtra/ProWrestling ²* DemotedToExtra/VideoGames²* DemotedToExtra/{{Webcomics}}²* DemotedToExtra/WesternAnimation²[[/index]]²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* A mid 2010s ''I Can't Believe It's Not Butter'' commercial has Fabio lampshade this by saying "I can't believe my role isn't bigger" when he cameos at the end. The commercial mostly focuses on two women eating. [[RuleOfFunny While on top of a whale.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Asian Animation]]²* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'': Wolnie still appears in ''Pleasant Goat Fun Class'', but she has less screen time than she does in the original show. Instead, Wolffy spends more time with the goats.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* This eventually happened to Cutter John in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''. Though he didn't disappear like the scores of other characters [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome who were dropped]] from the comic, his role was dramatically reduced by the strip's end (WordOfGod being that wheelchairs are difficult to draw within the confines of a comic strip panel).²* After the 9/11 attacks, ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' became less of a slice-of-life comedy strip and commented more on world news. It takes few to commentate, so the strip neglected everyone except Huey, Riley, Granddad, Caesar, and Tom. Eventually a few characters were brought back, though Jazmine was mad that Huey wasn't worried about her while she was gone.²-->'''Jazmine:''' I guess you were too busy sitting here and making mean-spirited comments about the world to realize we hadn't '''seen each other for two years!!'''\²'''Huey:''' By the way, did you hear that "Meth And Red" got canc-\²'''Jazmine:''' '''AARRRGH!!'''²* The London ''Evening Standard'' used to run a cartoon called ''Clive'' about a boy of 17-18 and his various escapades. However, the strip began focusing less on him and more on his ten-year-old sister Augusta, until he was such a minor character that the strip was renamed ''Augusta''. It was recognisably the same strip, especially since it still had all the {{Running Gag}}s of its previous incarnation.²* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' 's transition from slice of life absurdism to office satire meant the more fantastical characters were marginalized (Ratbert, Bob the Dinosaur, Phil the Prince of Insufficient Light) if not [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome eliminated altogether]] (Zimbu the Monkey, Dawn and Rex). There's also Mordac the Preventer of Information Services, who went from a regular recurring villain to appearing infrequently.²* ''ComicStrip/OnTheFastrack'' used to star Bob Shirt, but compared to the other characters, he was boring. For many years now, he has appeared almost exclusively in ensembles -- the only exception being him [[LampshadeHanging complaining about his reduced role at Fastrack]]. Another Bill Holbrook comic, ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'', used to star Matt Havens. He hasn't appeared ''at all'' in the last decade.²* ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' was initially a comic largely about the titular character and her classmates and family. Once [[SpotlightStealingSquad Brad]], her brother, started becoming more and more important to the strip, gaining his ''own'' storylines, most of the teenage cast was downgraded significantly. Even Luann's best friends Bernice and Delta rarely appeared, to say nothing of poor Knute and Crystal, themselves {{Satellite Character}}s of others.²** Things moved to a pattern: Brad and Luann would alternate focus each week. Luann's storylines tended to alternate between using her parents and using her friends. Every other month we usually get a week focusing on Gunther and Knute.²** The transition to college has oddly seen Brad and Toni move to the background (often barely appearing at all), with Luann, Gunther, Bernice, Quill and Tiffany being the major characters. Crystal and Knute now almost never appear, and Delta has moved away and disappeared. Then after breaking up with Luann, Quill disappeared altogether as well. The storylines now alternate between Luann (with Bernice), Gunther, and Tiffany.²* This happens all the time in NewspaperComics -- the long-running American strip ''ComicStrip/{{Nancy}}'' was initially based around the title character's aunt Fritzi (the original title was ''Fritzi Ritz'').²* Harry the Head was originally a major character in ''ComicBook/{{Oink}}'', with his strip occupying a full page each issue, and having a number of multi-part adventures. In later editions, his strip had been reduced to an occasional three-frame gag.²* This happened to a number of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' characters: Shermy, Patty, Violet, Freida, Pig-Pen. For example, in the 1980's and 1990's, Patty (not to be confused with the more prominent ''Peppermint'' Patty) appeared in a total of ''three'' comic strips. WordOfGod said Patty and Violet got the shaft because Lucy worked better as a female bully character, so it would be too redundant to have all three of them featured prominently.²** In the latter half of the 1990s this had happened to nearly the ''entire cast''. By the end of the strip's run, [[OutOfFocus the focus had boiled down to four major storylines]]: the misadventures of [[SpotlightStealingSquad Rerun]] (with Snoopy or Lucy acting as the StraightMan depending on the plot), the day-to-day life of Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother [[AscendedExtra Spike]], the travels of Snoopy's other brothers [[ThoseTwoGuys Andy and Olaf]], and Charlie Brown and Franklin (who had essentially replaced Linus) talking about life while leaning on a brick wall. Charlie Brown's sister Sally would [[ADayInTheLimelight occasionally get her own Sunday strip]], but the other characters (particularly Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and the already-mentioned Linus) rarely appeared.²* ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' had a shake up in 2012 where Stuart, the store manager, was promoted to district manager, with his assistant Marla taking over his old spot. While Stuart still shows up, he doesn't appear as frequently these days.²** Since 2015, however, Stuart began making more frequent appearances, either by talking to Marla by phone, or through his store visits.²* Once upon a time, back in 1919, there was a comic called "Take Barney Google f'rinstance". The titular character was a diminutive gambler with a gigantic angry wife. The wife was written out, and Barney got himself a horse named Spark plug, and the strip was renamed "Barney Google and Spark Plug". In 1934, Barney found himself deep in the Appalachians, where he met a hill-billy named "Snuffy Smith". And the strip was renamed, again, "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith". Here Barney would live for 20 years, until he left in 1954... But the comic stayed with Snuffy, and Barney became a rare guest in the comic carrying his name, usually several years going by without the originating character appearing in the strip.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films — Animation]]²* With Ivan Sakharine's [[AscendedExtra ascendancy to the role of]] BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Omar Ben Salaad — a drug-running strongman from ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'' — is reduced to a mere plot-advancer, as proprietor of the third ''Unicorn'' model.²* In ''WesternAnimation/BaltoIIWolfQuest'', Balto is the only character from [[WesternAnimation/{{Balto}} the first movie]] to get any significant screen time. All of the other characters from the first movie who appear at all only do so for a few scenes at the beginning, including Boris and Jenna.²* Faline's role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'' was decreased compared to in the [[Literature/{{Bambi}} original book]]. Faline is Bambi's cousin in the book and has a twin brother named Gobo who was AdaptedOut. In the books, Bambi and his cousins meet often as fawns and spend a lot of time together (especially after their mothers start distancing themselves from their children after being weaned). In the film, Faline and Bambi meet once and don't meet again until they're adults. Faline and Bambi's courtship is also given more depth in the books, as is the process of [[spoiler:Bambi distancing himself from Faline]] which was left out of the film.²* Combined with DecompositeCharacter, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamByGaslight'' sees [[spoiler:Jacob Packer, Bruce's HonoraryUncle in ''ComicBook/GothamByGaslight'', reduced to a mere cameo as Bruce's lawyer and Commissioner Gordon take his role as [[AdaptationalVillainy Jack the Ripper]]]].²* In the original comic version of ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'', a reformed [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent/Two-Face]] was a key player in the arc. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanHush The animated version]] sees Two-Face in a montage of Batman and Catwoman working together and that's it.²* ''WesternAnimation/Cars3'': Mater has only a few scenes after being the protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/Cars2''.²* The girls in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2''. After being the main characters along with Gru in [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the first film]], they essentially serve as living props in favor of giving the Minions more sequences. The Minions even get a role in the villain plot while Margo, Edith and Agnes sit on the sidelines.²* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'': ²** Crush and Squirt have even less screentime than in the first movie, and the Tank Gang only appear [[spoiler: in a scene after the credits]].²** Any of Mr. Ray's students who had speaking roles in the first film are silent, aside from Kathy the Chicken Fish[[note]] you know, the "[[OneSceneWonder OH MY GOSH! NEMO'S SWIMMING OUT TO SEA!!]]" fish from the first film[[/note]].²* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Gerald, the pelican who [[spoiler:swallows Marlin and Dory]], is onscreen for less than a minute, but was originally scripted with a notable role.²* Todd in ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheHound2'', where he ends up doing chores, neglected by Copper, and becomes TheWoobie just because he wanted to play with his friend. Justified, since he was the protagonist of [[WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheHound the first film]], where it focused on his life before and after [[spoiler: his abandonment]].²* Fun fact for ''WesternAnimation/Frozen2013'' fans. The lead characters from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' were named Gerda and Kai. So where are they in the movie? Why, they're servants to Anna and Elsa, of course! Though they don't really resemble the original characters [[InNameOnly in any way except for their names]]. Their actual roles in the story were given to Elsa and Anna ([[CompositeCharacter who also double as the Snow Queen and - to a lesser extent - the Princess respectively]]).²* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic In Search of The Titanic]]'':²** Both Maltravers and the Duke of Camden; the former only appears in three scenes, never interacts with the main characters, and has little purpose in the movie; while the latter only gets to appear in ''one'' scene and doesn't even get any dialogue. ²** Elizabeth herself counts too. She mainly just appears in the background, has maybe 5 lines, and is only really featured in the beginning and at the end. And she was practically the main character in the first movie!²* ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967'':²** The wolves, despite their prominent role raising Mowgli in the [[Literature/TheJungleBook original book]], only appear at the beginning of the original film and do not appear at all in the [[WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook2 sequel]] or spin offs. Akela in particular: easily one of the most important characters in the book, here he appears for only a single scene and winds up being incredibly forgettable (he also gets a key appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'' however).²** Bagheera in the sequel. Though he's one of the most important characters in both [[Literature/TheJungleBook Kipling's book]] and in the original movie, in the sequel he's barely involved in the plot and [[TheChewToy only shows up to get beat up a lot.]]²** Hathi has one scene in the sequel.²* Kuzco in ''WesternAnimation/KronksNewGroove'', when Kronk takes the lead.²* Master Shifu in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''. He gets a couple of brief scenes at the start, then sends Po and the Five on their way while he remains in the Valley of Peace [[spoiler:until the very end when he does a BigDamnHeroes bit]]. Justified in that his character arc was mostly done with by the end of the [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda first movie]] and ''someone'' had to watch the Jade Palace. Thankfully averted with the Furious Five, who appear much more this time around, and all of them actively help Po out throughout the film.²* Several characters in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart''. Unikitty, Benny and Metalbeard are now tertiary characters at best, President Business appears just at the beginning and end (though it's kind of justified by him [[spoiler:being based on Finn's father, who doesn't appear at all this time]]), but Vitruvius and Bad Cop have it even worse: both have been reduced to silent cameos that last a couple of seconds.²* Zazu becomes a minor character in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' and has a few cameo appearances in the film. He is also has two brief speaking cameo appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' and has a brief non-speaking background appearance at the end.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'':²** Prince Eric has a recurring role in the TV series, is a supporting character in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the second film]], and makes no appearance in [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIII the prequel]].²** King Triton in the sequel.²** Max the Sheepdog has minor roles in the sequel and TV series. He makes no appearance in the prequel.²** The little mermaid's sisters in original ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' story appear several times and even help her. In the Disney film, they only briefly appear (though they're given more screentime in the prequel film, cartoon series, books, and comics).²* Funnily enough, the Lorax in ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. This is mostly due to the expansion of the present-day story about the AscendedExtra boy Ted, who is listening to the Once-ler's tale.²* Bamm-Bamm has no dialogue in ''WesternAnimation/TheManCalledFlintstone''. Pebbles is largely unimportant, but gets two musical numbers (one of them helping to motivate Fred to continue his espionage job). Dino and Hoppy meanwhile only appear in an early scene, [[SmallRoleBigImpact though it is fairly important as it helps kick off the plot]].²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'':²** The ''original'' Twilight Sparkle -- [[AlternateSelf her native human world version]] (who was alluded to in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls the original movie]] and made a cameo in TheStinger of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks the first sequel]]) gets a major role in the film, and causes the portal between both worlds to be sealed. After the entire plot plays out and things go back to normal, the original Twilight only crosses over to the human world in the film's last moments. ²** Flash Sentry has been pushed further into the background as the movies have progressed, most likely due to the backlash he garnered as a SatelliteLoveInterest.²** Snips and Snails, who had a major role in the first film and a comedy role in the second, and Trixie, who had a notable cameo in the first film and a major role in the second, have no lines in Friendship Games and only briefly appear in the background.²* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', The Cutie Mark Crusaders who had speaking roles in the ''[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic TV Series]]'' were silent. Although, Apple Bloom was credited as she could briefly be heard in the pony choir during the song "We Got This Together". Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo were not credited at all. They all three had minor roles in this movie.²* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie,'' Linus' role as Charlie Brown's best friend and confidant is largely taken over by Snoopy, who's [[TookALevelInKindness more supportive]] than in most adaptations.²* The Blue Fairy, while still an important character, has a smaller role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}'' than she does in the original book. Many of her actions and dialogue are given to Jiminy Cricket instead.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pocahontas}}'':²** In [[WesternAnimation/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld the sequel]], John Smith of all people suffers from this. He appears in the first scene of the movie, then doesn't get any more real screen time until very late. Justified in that he was presumed dead for most of the movie as a plot point, is revealed to be a cloaked figure in the middle of the film, and resumed an important role towards the end.²** A few other characters suffered this worse, namely Chief Powhattan, Nakoma, and Grandmother Willow, as they only appeared in the beginning before Pocahontas left for England. In fact, Grandmother Willow only appears in one scene in the entire movie for about a minute.²* Aaron, Moses's compatriot and aide in the Exodus, becomes less relevant to the story in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and does not personally support Moses until after the plagues have been unleashed; conversely, Tzipporah becomes an AscendedExtra. She instead of Aaron is with Moses in the staffs-to-snakes scene.²* In the Rankin/Bass animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'', Legolas and Gimli are reduced to background characters who have a few non speaking cameos, while Saruman doesn't appear at all. Faramir also crops up at the end. In a non-speaking moment with no explanation as to who he is. In order to give Éowyn a happy ending. The perils of AdaptationDistillation.²* One notorious example is Ms. Brisby in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue''. While Brisby was the main protagonist of [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH the first film]], not only does the sequel avoid giving any mention of what she accomplished, let any role in the plot, she is on-screen for a grand total of 25 seconds, and only has two or three lines of dialogue.²* Talia al Ghul is the BigBad of ''Batman and Son'' in the comics, but her movie role in ''WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman'' is quite smaller. Much of her original role is given to Deathstroke in the film.²* Any character from the show who isn't [=SpongeBob=], Patrick and Plankton in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''. Squidward and Sandy only show up a few times, and Mr. Krabs spends the movie frozen. Fortunately, the characters' appearances in [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater the second movie]] are much more prominent.²%%* Carl Jenkins and Johnny Rico in ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'', effectively.²* While not big players in the opening arc of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'', "Public Enemies", Lois Lane, Starfire, and Katana did have lines. In [[WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies its animated adaptation]], they do appear, but don't speak, with Lois Lane only appearing in the end. It's especially notable in Katana's case since in the comic, she was allied with Superman, Batman, and Power Girl.²* While not exactly "extras," you can argue that Mikey and Don are supporting characters while Leo and Raph are the main characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}''.²* Slinky's role in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is much smaller compared to his part in the first two films; he is a background character for most of the movie and his only real standout scenes are helping Woody defeat the CymbalBangingMonkey, as well as briefly jumping across the trash chute to the dumpster before [[spoiler:being thwarted by Lotso]]. This is possibly due to him being TheOtherDarrin after his original voice actor Jim Varney's death.²** Actually, most of Andy’s and Bonnie’s toys majorly suffer this in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory4'', except Woody, Buzz, and possibly Jessie, and even the latter two now have shades of this. All this is due to the film focusing largely on Woody and Bo's adventures outside of Bonnie's RV and room. As with Slinky, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head's reduced roles are at least {{justified|Trope}} due to the death of Don Rickles and the reliance on preexisting audio to get lines from him, negating any chance for a prominent role. Nonetheless, the characters who are brought on the road trip still make every effort to help Woody and Buzz from afar.²* Several characters have this happen to them in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''. Bluestreak, Sunstreaker, Huffer, Thundercracker, Skywarp, and Bombshell appear in cameos with no lines, Shockwave appears in two scenes and is implied to die, Shrapnel and Kickback are reduced to {{Butt Monkey}}s and then rebuilt, Mixmaster, Scavenger and Long Haul do not speak, Blitzwing gets one scene for himself, Ironhide, Wheeljack, Brawn, Prowl, Ratchet and Windcharger are killed off and Sludge, despite being a major character, has no lines. Spike and the three major Autobots who survive the movie (Bumblebee, Jazz, and Cliffjumper) have more minor roles. Perceptor and the four other Dinobots (Snarl mysteriously receiving this treatment) are the only pre-movie characters to do much of anything in the post-Autobot City scenes. Even Optimus Prime is only around for the first half of the movie. Plus, some characters don't appear in the movie at all, leaving their fates uncertain.²* Dogmatix (Idefix), while one of the main characters in the books, only makes a few brief appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix''.²* Given the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge cast]] of ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish'', it's not unreasonable. A notable example is Minerva Mink; other than some solo lines at the beginning, she isn't exactly a featured member of the cast, even though she pops up here and there during the musical numbers. (Then again, it's not as if she was a big part of the original show to begin with due to ExecutiveMeddling, but still.)²* Christopher Robin was originally the star of the ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' books; in the poetry books he appears often and has several poems dedicated to him (as opposed to Pooh, who only appears in one poem in ''When We Were Very Young'' and only appears occasionally in ''Now We Are Six''), and while he was moved OutOfFocus for the Pooh stories he remained a central character. In the first Disney featurettes he was also a major character, but in later productions he got smaller and smaller roles, quite often being left out entirely.²** This ''is'' sort of explained in ''WesternAnimation/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' (and elaborated upon in ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure''): He's started school. While the Disney version doesn't seem to be attending boarding school the way his book counterpart is implied to be, it's still reasonable to presume that he isn't around as much because he's busy with schoolwork.²** The out of universe reason is that Christopher Robin was a real person, and he had never been fond of the way he was portrayed in his father's books, even when he was a child. Up until his death, the real Christopher Robin was very picky about his portrayal in Disney's animated works.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Malin Berggren used to be the lead vocalist of Music/AceOfBase for the first two studio albums, then got more and more into the background [[note]]This is to be understood quite literally in this case regarding the covers of the studio albums ''Flowers'' and ''Da Capo'' and the respective singles thereof.[[/note]] and her sister Jenny had to fill the void, and eventually quit the band (and her sister a few years later as well).²* After the ''Smile'' sessions ground to a halt, Brian Wilson's role in ''Music/TheBeachBoys'' diminished significantly, though he did manage to pitch in a few great songs on each album (many of them leftover ''Smile'' songs, in fact). His mental illness certainly didn't help.²* Alan Myers was the drummer for Music/{{Devo}} up until the mid-eighties, after they recorded ''Shout''. By that point Devo had made him somewhat obsolete on record, relying increasingly on drum machines rather than acoustic drums, so Myers left essentially out of creative boredom.²* On Music/TheMegas album ''Megatainment'', Cut Man and Guts Man, despite being two of the more well known Robot Masters, don't show up at all. There's been talk of making a ''Megatainment Pt. 2'', but The Megas have expressed a desire to finish the ''Mega Man 3'' album before they get to work on that, and there's the issue of how they're going to fill it with more than just the songs for those two.[[note]]Time Man and Oil Man were considered, but Entertainment System wasn't all that fond of their songs.[[/note]]²* Music/MercuryRev flautist Suzanne Thorpe was credited as part of the guest orchestra from ''All Is Dream'' onwards. It was generous to credit her as a band member to begin with considering that she didn't play on every song and didn't appear with the band in interviews and photo shoots.²** David Fridmann gradually phased himself out of the band, first declining to tour with them from 1995 onwards and then quitting as bass player before 2005's ''The Secret Migration'' while continuing to produce the band's albums. This was the result of his growing profile as a RecordProducer, particularly for fellow studio perfectionists Music/TheFlamingLips, which as a result forced him to put his participation in Mercury Rev on the backburner. However, he remained credited as the band's bass player while still a studio player, making this case an aversion. ²* [[IAmTheBand Roger Waters]]-I mean Music/PinkFloyd did this to Richard Wright, as he was no longer a member of the band during Music/TheWall but still played on that album. Their next album, ''The Final Cut'', lacked him altogether. David Gilmour brought him back, but still as an extra on the first Waters-less album ''A Momentary Lapse of Reason''. Then ''The Division Bell'' (the final album of the band) credited Wright as a band member again.²** Before that, the band did this to Music/SydBarrett, due to his drug use causing increasingly erratic behavior. He only appears on a few tracks on their second album.²* Music/ThePixies bassist Kim Deal was highly prominent on the debut album as a vocalist. On the following ones, not so much, as Black Francis started to develop an IAmTheBand attitude. When Francis broke the band up in 1993, he didn't even bother telling Deal personally, instead breaking the news to her through a fax. ²* Music/TheRollingStones:²** Keyboardist Ian Stewart was an original member, but when they began recording in 1963 their manager, Andrew "Loog" Oldham, had him officially demoted to road manager, mainly because his straitlaced, short-haired look didn't fit the image Oldham was trying to cultivate for the band. Because the band still liked him, Stewart did continue to appear on the Stones' recordings, though, and occasionally performed with them on stage until his death and was inducted with the rest of the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He - by any meaningful measure - was still a full member of the band, so his demotion really only was relevant in promotional material.²** Less dramatically, this is more or less what happened to Brian Jones as the '60s progressed. Originally the Stones' leader, Jones was relegated to an [[OutOfFocus increasingly secondary role]] in the group, due to the emergence of the Jagger-Richards partnership (Jones didn't write any songs and wasn't a big creative force in the band) and his own personal problems. His last album, ''Let It Bleed'', features him on just two tracks (congas on Midnight Rambler and autoharp on You Got the Silver).²* This happened more and more to Alex Lifeson of {{Music/Rush}} as the 80s progressed, his guitars taking a back seat to Geddy Lee's synths. Starting around Roll The Bones, he's come back to the forefront.²* ''Music/{{SKE48}}'':²** Sato Sumire used to be a solid member of the Undergirls in the elections, but her rank has dropped each year, and now she ranks in Future Girls.²** Watanabe Miyuki ended up dropping out of the senbatsu in the 2014 elections, ranking in the Under Girls.²* ''Music/KimonoMyHouse''-era Music/{{Sparks}} bassist Martin Gordon was annoyed when he saw the final album pressing, as on the back the planned band photo had been replaced with a large colour photo of the Mael brothers, with him, guitarist Adrian Fisher and drummer Norman "Dinky" Diamond being relegated to smaller, black-and-white portraits.²* David Palmer, Music/SteelyDan's "original" lead singer (he only sang on three tracks on the first album, as well as in concerts) was bumped down to one of several backing vocalists for ''Countdown to Ecstasy''. No surprise that he's gone by ''Pretzel Logic'', since the band had abandoned touring and particularly because band leader Donald Fagen had grown dissatisfied with the way Palmer sang his songs.²* Ron Asheton of Music/TheStooges' was bumped to bass on ''Raw Power''.²* In spite of their popularity and influence, Music/UriahHeep is less well remembered than other early metal groups, though they probably have more recognition in prog rock circles.²* Zero-G was one of the first ever Music/{{VOCALOID}}'s, and yet he gets the ''least'' amount of recognition (and fanart).²* A factor in guitarist/keyboadist David Gregory's departure from Music/{{XTC}}. Andy Partridge bought a synthesizer that allowed him to create string arrangements, something Gregory had done in the past.²* This happened to Dusty and Frank of Music/ZZTop on ''Eliminator'': despite them being credited on the album sleeve, Dusty's bass being replaced by keyboards[[note]]"Thug" and its keyboard slap bass that sounds like it escaped from the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' theme being the more obvious one[[/note]] and Frank by drum machines. For all intents and purposes, ''Eliminator'' is a Billy solo album (excepting Dusty's lead vocals on "I Got The Six" and "Bad Girl") with contributions by pre-production engineer Linden Hudson, who contributed drum machine programming and keyboard sequencing, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliminator_(album) and was alleged to have co-written most of the material, to the point that the band got into a legal conflict that was settled with him being granted the copyright to "Thug"]]. Hudson had also showed Billy some research he'd done previously that most popular rock songs used the tempo of 120 beats per minute, which influenced Billy to write most of the album's songs at that tempo. And when the combination of blues guitar and incongruously synthesised backing tracks sent the album to diamond status, the formula was repeated on ''Afterburner'' and ''Recycler'', and even led to the infamous [[TheNotRemix rereleases of the band's past albums that replaced Frank's drums with drum machines]]. While the band continued using electronic loops and synth elements, Dusty's bass and Frank's actual drums returned to prominence starting with ''Antenna'' and ''Rhythmeen''.²* {{Blues}} helped to create RockAndRoll and yet never sees much in the way of thanks or tribute from any of the sub-genres that sprouted from its existence. Blues, [[HumbleHero being characteristically not particularly glory-seeking]] is probably okay with this.²** A lot of early RockAndRoll and classic rock hits, especially from the British Invasion, were covers of old Blues songs. The similarities are so close, Sam Phillips famously said "RockAndRoll is just the Blues sped up."²* Hip-Hop [=DJs=]; while still prominent on tours and the mix-tape circuit they have all but disappeared from mainstream media. In fact a cynic could say the same thing about all of the other "pillars of hip-hop".²* A common occurrence when a music group has a breakout star who leaves the group for a solo career. The other members of the group usually fade into the background, until the star decides to feature them during a special segment on tour, or record a song with them, just to remind the fans of the star's origins. For example: Music/{{Beyonce}} of Music/DestinysChild fame, sometimes reunites with some of her old group members to do songs while on tour. Music/MichaelJackson was also known for reuniting with his brothers to reform the Jackson 5 at times. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pinball]]²* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Rocky}}'' pinball, based on ''Film/RockyIII'', reduces [[Creator/MrT Clubber Lang]] to a small figure on the backglass with his face covered.²* During development of ''Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', pre-release secrecy and fears the pinball could be released before the film resulted in the near-total removal of Robert Patrick and the T-1000 from the playfield or the backglass[[note]]except for a small picture on a light shield[[/note]]. When the dot-matrix display programming was nearly completed, the "liquid metal" T-1000 was public knowledge, which allowed him to be included in the display animations.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Puppet Shows]]²* After the untimely deaths of Creator/JimHenson and Richard Hunt, most of Franchise/TheMuppets they once played were handed down to new performers, starting with ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol''. However, Henson's Rowlf and Dr. Teeth and Hunt's Janice and Scooter, all formerly major characters with sizable roles in previous Muppet productions, would be reduced to non-speaking background appearances or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome not appear at all]]. ''Film/TheMuppets'' reversed this, as all four characters were as prominent as ever in the various trailers and the film itself. Since the departure of Mupppet perfomer Steve Whitmire in 2016, Rizzo the Rat has suffered a similar fate to what Henson's and Hunt's character previously went through. ²* ''Film/TheMuppets'':²** Rizzo the Rat and Kermit's nephew Robin only appear in crowd shots. Their reduced roles were [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] in ''Muppets Most Wanted.''²** Dave Goelz's characters (Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Beauregard) get very little to do here. At first this seems a bit bizarre, since Dave is one of the only puppeteers from ''The Muppet Show'' era still performing his characters consistently but when one realizes Goelz had shoulder surgery just before filming began, his characters' reduced roles makes sense.²** Pepe. [[WolverinePublicity He was featured pretty prominently in some of the trailers]], but it turns out most of that footage came from the one scene he was in that remained in the final cut.²* ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'',²** 80's Robot, who doesn't have any lines at all.²* ''Series/SesameStreet'':²** Susan (Loretta Long) was part of the series' original human cast and remained a major character for almost 30 years, until around the late 90s when she was gradually phased out. By the 2010s, she only appeared in one episode per season; she made no new appearances in season 43, and in the 44th and 45th seasons she was reduced to just a background extra.²** Many of the other human cast members have suffered similar fates in recent years including Bob, Luis, Maria, Gordon and Gina.²** This also often happens to human characters to gradually phase them out of the show so that viewers don't notice their absence too much when the actors eventually leave. Other times characters are demoted because the actors may only be available to film a few episodes in each season.²** For those of you who haven't noticed, the only puppet characters remaining from as early as the first season are Grover, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Oscar and Kermit. In fact, even Kermit's role have been reduced incredibly compared to the early days, almost to where they don't appear much at all. (This is at least partly now because [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope Disney Owns This Frog]]; they can use old Kermit scenes but new ones are more complicated.) Interestingly, back in the second season, there were plans to phase Kermit out, as a commercial character, in favour of Sesame-exclusive characters like Herbert Birdsfoot. (Who? Exactly.)²** In recent years, a decision to downsize the number of principal characters has led to other Muppets, including Baby Bear, Bert and Ernie, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Snuffy, and Telly Monster, taking a noticable backseat. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Radio]]²* Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty tend to get this for any episode of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' where there's a guest star playing a unique villain instead.²* Due Ana taking the co-host spot from him, Ben's gradually lost a lot of his old prominence on ''Radio/TheYoungTurks''. He's been regulated to guest host and Power Panel member, with Rick quickly taking over as host of TYT Sports.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Roleplay]]²* ''ARG/{{Trick}}'': [[spoiler: Chutlo. He was originally going to be the hero and would defeat Jackoren, but he was later replaced by Daniel Duck and made a cameo appearance in Act 3. {{Subverted|Trope}}, though, now that he stars in the sequel]].²* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':²** Atton Rand introduced a number of [=NPCs=] during the Adventurers' Island story arc, resulting in his own primary character being taken out of focus in favor of stories focusing on the various medics and Kate's efforts to fit in with the team.²** While technically they do have a significant part in the story, the four official members of the Dino Attack Team have barely appeared in the RPG.²** Libo, who once appeared frequently in the ''Dino Attack RPG'', has barely been seen or mentioned, especially following the idealist-realist debate. He was finally revealed to have had a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Dropped on Him]] (literally).²* Thunderhawk in ''Roleplay/TheLegendOfHeroesTalesOfTheWorld''.²* Ithilrandir fell prey to this for a while in ''Roleplay/TheMassiveMultiFandomRPG'' --only appearing once in a blue moon, apparently eternally lagging kilometers behind the group and only popping up to remind that he exists, then going OutOfFocus again (his player was having problems finding time to RP). He since recovered.²* In ''Roleplay/TheSkyTides'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]], after being dropped, became a mod-controlled NPC due to his importance to the plot. [[spoiler:Ocelot, too, near the end.]] Other dropped characters, like [[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn Chrome]], have had [[TheBusCameBack cameos after leaving]], though they are turned into {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s with their names no longer mentioned in case somebody else wishes to app the character.²* In ''Roleplay/SmileForTheCameraMonsterMashers'', after Frankie was put into the hospital after the Lady War incident, we haven't seen much of him.²* Inverted in ''Roleplay/SuperRobotWarsUnlimitedGeneration'' with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Auel]] in contrast to his treatment in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'' and then taken a little bit further. Whereas in those games, he's only around for cutscenes (if even that!), he's managed to survive for quite a while, even outliving Stella.²* Suzaku suffered from this in ''Roleplay/{{TURNINGCOLORS}}'', he didn't even appear in the Narita 'turn'. He got promoted to supporting character to Euphemia after the events at Shikinei Island.²* Happens in ''Roleplay/TheVelvetKey'' to anyone apped from the actual Persona series. Poor [[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} Minato]].²* Anno R, by himself in ''Roleplay/WeAreAtATeenSleepover''.²* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'':²** Dee. Shortly after 3Dee's introduction, she would usually only say anything whenever Cupid was involved or during introductions and would tend to sleep the rest of the time. And then [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Rachel Elizabeth Dare]] appeared, which pushed Dee's speaking appearances back down into "pretty much nil" territory. You just can't win, can you?²*** Dee got better, leaving Osaka's Other to fall into this territory; she was a pretty major character in her first appearance ''very'' early on, but lost most of her screentime to Dee and 3Dee in her subsequent appearances, due to her writer's preference for the desdroids.\²Dee eventually left due to relations in and out of character spiraling out of control, causing Dee to leave.²** Protoman appears a lot less, but Etheru is trying to give him more appearances.²** Gandalf is usually this. Justified in that he's an old man(despite being undead) that uses powerful magic.²** Deviot. Ever since his first appearance, anyway. He has a few moments, but rarely interacts with The Group.²** Princess Zelda. She's still in the party, but she doesn't do much these days and usually only gets a couple lines here and there to remind the players that she still exists.²* As of early 2013, Catherine made sporadic appearances in ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAdventuringAvatars'', [[RealLifeWritesThePlot since her roleplayer wasn't appearing as often in the game due to her schedule, and she wanted to try someone new.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* Whenever Creator/GamesWorkshop, creators of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', stop producing rules, models, armies or settings for one of their games they will often continue to reference them in the background material and other media such as the novels produced by Black Library. Of particular note are the Squats who were once a mildly popular army for the ''Warhammer 40,000'' but are now reduced to being briefly mentioned in the background section of the rulebook.²* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':²** Of the six Signer Dragons, Red Dragon Archfiend and "Life Stream Dragon" are the only ones not to be featured as a Cover Card nor a Ghost Rare. Instead, this card's "Assault Mode", "Red Dragon Archfiend/Assault Mode" is featured on the cover of Crimson Crisis and is the Ghost Rare of the set, while "Majestic Red Dragon" is the Cover Card of Absolute Powerforce and is the Ghost Rare of that set and "Life Stream Dragon's" Machine counterpart, "Power Tool Dragon" is the Ghost Rare and cover card of Raging Battle.²** Brohunder hasn't been released in the OCG, yet.²* In ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'', many of the Core Races from ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' (and Fantasy [=RPGs=] in general) are no longer Core, although they did get into the main rulebook(just pushed to the back). Except for [[HumansAreSpecial Humans, of course]]. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theater]]²* In the original film ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', the first customer is a recurring character who appears throughout. In the stage musical ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', however, he only appears in two scenes, one of which is a background cameo.²* The priest who plays a minor part in ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'' played a considerably larger role in ''Theatre/TheyKnewWhatTheyWanted''. Whereas in ''The Most Happy Fella'' he silently approves of Tony's resolution to have "plenty bambini" by his wife-to-be, in ''They Knew What They Wanted'' he objects strenuously to Tony taking a non-Catholic wife, in return to which Tony accuses the Church of coveting his inheritance.²* In ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American musical of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', Toto doesn't accompany Dorothy to Oz, instead only appearing during scenes set in Kansas. This was likely due to difficulties with training a dog. This doesn't apply to the 1978 movie loosely adapted from the musical: Dorothy gets whisked to Oz after completing her search for a runaway Toto, resulting in both of them going to the place together.²* In ''Theatre/SixCharactersInSearchOfAnAuthor'', all the lead actors and actresses that should be the focus of the play get pushed aside for the characters.²* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', Belvedere was the only knight to make it to the end with King Arthur and led the witch trial. In ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', he doesn't even get his own recruitment scene, and his iconic helmet is missing until Act II.²* Rebecca (Sarah's mother and Chagal's wife) disappears from ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'' three-quarters of the way through the first act.²* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory: The Musical'', R.C. Car, who played an important role, even later in the film, only makes an appearance in one scene, unlike the film. Of course, before Woody can use R.C., Buzz notices the remote control to R.C. that Woody has, and then, Woody accidentally makes the lamp fall, which causes Buzz to fall out of the window. After this scene, R.C. is not seen again, thus causing a plot change later on, where [[spoiler: instead of Woody going back to get R.C. and Woody failing to use the match, but directs the sun's light to the fuse of the rocket that Buzz is attached to, Buzz tells Woody to grab onto him and prepare for liftoff, while one of the mutant toys uses the match to light the fuse, and both Woody and Buzz sing "To infinity and beyond!" and then fly off into the sky]].²* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'' (the book), Combferre and Courfeyrac are the Enjolras's second and third in command of Les Amis de'l ABC. In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' (the show), they're shunted off to the side in favor of Marius and Grantaire, who receive much more attention.²** In the book, the Bishop of Digne is given at least a dozen chapters to explain his life in Digne and establish what kind of person he is, and presumably keeps in contact with Valjean, as the latter receives a letter when he dies. In the show, he is introduced in "Prologue/The Bishop", not even given a name beyond "The Bishop", and never seen again. Justified, in that spending that much time on a character whose effect on the work can be summed up in under ten minutes would completely wreck narrative flow (not that that ever stopped Victor Hugo).²* ''Theatre/WesterosAnAmericanMusical'': This happens to some of the Wildlings from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. "Sword in the Darkness" is the only song featuring Wildlings at all, and Mance is the only one named on-stage. However, three of the actors are credited as playing Wun-Wun, Tormund and Val, all three of whom can be picked out among the handful of actors standing in for Mance's army.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theme Parks]]²* At the Ride/UniversalStudios parks:²** Mary Jane and Aunt May's only appearance in ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'' is over a voice mail message that can be heard in Peter's office, which you can only walk through if you're going through the Universal Express queue line.²** Dr. Nefario is limited to just a couple of non-speaking cameos in ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem''.²** Virtually everyone in ''Ride/HarryPotterAndTheForbiddenJourney'' besides the main trio and Dumbledore. But since it's a five-or-so minute ride it's justified.²** After the ''Theatre/GhostbustersSpooktacular'' show closed down, the presence of ''Ghostbusters'' in the park was limited to just a simple street show, and nowadays it's merely limited to some third-party merchandise.²* In Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, Barbossa - the main villain of the first movie and a recurring character through the following four - is given a single appearance, where he leads the ''Wicked Wench'' on an attack against Puerto Dorado. Likewise, Davy Jones, villain of the second and third movies, is given a single mist screen that he eventually has to share with Blackbeard, villain of the fourth movie. Somewhat justified in that it's focusing on a new adventure and not one of Jack Sparrow's previous ones.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has many examples, even after its MerchandiseDriven nature has faded. ²** The Turaga: major side characters initially with a great story-importance, then got two full years devoted to their early lives, but from '06 onwards, they barely appeared in any scenes, and now... Where are they?²** Most of the early Matoran completely vanished after the original Mata Nui arc, with the exception of the six who would go on to become the Inika. Onepu was probably the worst sufferer, because it's pretty clear looking at early intent that he was supposed to be the "main" Onu-Matoran--he shares his Toa's mask, he's one of the original "McToran", and he is the most highly-ranked. Unfortunately for him, Nuparu ended up being the actual BreakoutCharacter of the Onu's. ²* In the ''[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Transformers Generations]]'' "Combiner Wars" line, Groove, who previously formed one of [[CombiningMecha Defensor's]] limbs is now an accessory to him as a Legends-class figure. About a year later, Hasbro released a Deluxe Class Groove figure for people who wanted to have their Defensor figure be more G1 accurate.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novels]]²* Kano and Minagi in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. Everything from merchandise to posters to, well, the backstory of the game makes it clear that this is Misuzu's story. Therefore, their routes are just there so the game can't be accused of having no variety -- and [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]], if either of them wins, then the incarnations of Kanna will live and die in loneliness and pain for all eternity (especially with Kano's "good" ending). They were completely removed from the movie adaptation, and their arcs were shrunk to three episodes each in the Creator/KyotoAnimation version. They do each have one good figure, though. One.²* From the original VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} game we have Yukine, who, much like poor Sacchin, was originally planned to be one of the main heroines.²** And in After Story, anyone whose last name isn't Okazaki or Furukawa gets shafted in terms of the spotlight halfway.²** Also Kappei. He was a pretty important character in the original visual novel, but never appears in the anime, EVER.²* Assassin, Shinji and Zouken in ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' get much smaller roles than they did in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.'' Well, Assassin had a small role anyway. The latter two probably get smaller roles because the game as a whole is lighter in tone and they were two of the darkest characters.²* Good luck finding a decent Shiori figure from ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}''. At least Creator/KyotoAnimation did her arc justice, and her falling out of the public eye might be because she doesn't have a "seven years ago" connection and is just a normal IllGirl. In the 2002 anime, she, Makoto and Mai all fell victim to this, having their arcs squished into one episode each [[AllThereInTheManual with key portions removed]].²* In ''VisualNovel/ToHeart2'' with the exception of Konomi and Tamaki in their special route, the ''Another Days'' game sequel swaps the roles of the winnable characters and the supporting cast.²* While in the first game Reiichi Himuro and Ikkaku Amanohashi were capturable, in ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide3'' they're only supporting characters.²* Satsuki Yumizuka a.k.a. "Sacchin" from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. She quickly disappears on each route of the game despite being set up as another possible heroine, and in some branches [[spoiler:she is quickly and cruelly dispatched by Shiki Tohno after becoming a vampire and declaring her admiration for him in a truly TearJerker moment]]. The anime lets her [[spoiler:survive unvampirized]], but other than that it didn't treat her much better; the manga, more of the same.\²\²In ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' she re-appears, but [[spoiler:as an enemy, in her vampire form. She is quite real (and dangerous) in the game, but in its manga adaptation she is the form that Tatari took after discovering Shiki's guilt for having had to kill her, and then he has to dispatch her ''again'']].\²\²She is more famous for how she ''doesn't'' appear that much on the other semi-official games, and the unreleased "Satsuki route" (which was supposedly planned and written but cut out, and is allegedly the one where the events of ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' happen) is one of the running jokes of the franchise and the fandom. Within some fandoms (including this very wiki; see Meta below) she became ''the'' poster girl of the phenomenon (and former {{Trope Namer|s}} for this very trope) due to a {{meme|ticMutation}} based on the phrase "Isn't it sad, Satsuki."²** Satsuki may finally catch a break in the [[VideoGameRemake updated remake]], which is all but confirmed to feature her long lost route, and with it, a chance at not being fatally stabbed by her love interest.²* Surprise, ''Haruki'', in [[spoiler:Setsuna's True End]] of ''VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum2''. He does this on purpose, as he realizes (rightly for a change!) that intervening directly would just make the situation more difficult than it already is.²* The two main heroines of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' are fairly minor supporting characters in ''VisualNovel/ShinyDays''. While Kotonoha remains a fairly important and sympathetic supporting character Sekai's role is both minimized and more villainous in order to give Setsuna more freedom of action.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* In ''WebAnimation/TheBalladOfMikeHaggar'', [[TheHero Cody]] and [[TheLancer Guy]] (key players in the actual game, Cody being the one who ''punches'' [[BigBad Belger]] out of the window of his complex in the finale) get a small, demeaning mention toward the tale's end. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools In this case, not a sour note for this ballad.]] [[JustifiedTrope This IS Haggar's story, after all.]]²--> "This is not the ballad of [[{{Ninja}} Guy]] or [[JackOfAllStats Cody]], / Saviours weak and frail and bony, / If you'll think back, and not too far, / Recall that I speak of Mike Haggar!"²* Thanks to having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, this happens frequently in the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' world. Inexplicably, Pom Pom (one of the original main characters) did not appear in the season finale of Strong Bad's game, despite Pom Pom being in every other episode up to that point. In fact, Pom Pom used to be one of the three main characters along with Homestar and Strong Bad, although now, his appearances are rare, and the annual Christmas/Halloween cartoons are the only times he'll be seen consistently.²** The Poopsmith's demotion is, if possible, even more evident than Pom Pom's, as the Halloween cartoons just might be the only time he's seen ''at all'' anymore (evidently a result of the two characters being [[TheVoiceless silent]] and [[TheUnintelligible bubbly-voiced]]). Still, he didn't do too bad considering he was an AscendedExtra to begin with.²** Like Pom Pom, Homsar also didn't appear in the finale for Strong Bad's game--but he, like the Poopsmith, started out as an AscendedExtra (from a Strong Bad E-mail, no less!) and even then he was often relegated to clickable {{Easter Egg}}s.²* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'':²** The Van Buren sisters are pretty much put aside for most of the second season to focus on the feud between the cheer squads.²** Invoked in-universe when Ashley Katchadourian asks to be left out of the current conflict after all she's gone through. However, she has a pretty prominent role in episode 58.²* Sister from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. She brought the ship to Blood Gulch, and her arrival leads to the Reds discovering the underground caves. After that, she gets shuffled around from the Red team to the Blue team and finally to just bumming around with Doc, by which time she's barely seen. She appeared once or twice in season 6 and disappeared until the last two episodes of Season 13, playing a minor role in Seasons 14 and 15 until she joined the main cast again in Season 16.²** Sister suffered from all her personality traits being stuff that could not be done though machinma by Roosterteeth at the time. Anytime she is doing something, she ends up being off screen while the other characters comment on it, and that only goes so far.²** Wyoming also suffered this. In the Blood Gulch episodes, he was one of the primary villains, alongside O'Malley; oftentimes accomplishing his objectives. But despite his role in those episodes, he is rather unimportant in the prequel portions of Seasons 9 and 10. WordOfGod is that this is due to his goofier personality clashing with the more serious tone the Freelancer bits have.²* ''WebAnimation/{{Spill}}'':²** Carlyle has stopped appearing in reviews, the last one with him being ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', only showing up to do ACOCO until eventually leaving that as well. This is actually because he has two other jobs reviewing movies and was burning out, so it was his own choice.²** A good chunk of the LEOG went from regulars to Support League status on their own volition.²* Deanna Troi in ''WebAnimation/StarTrekSpecter'', oddly enough, given that she was a cameo guest star.²* Howard Parks from the first film; in ''WebAnimation/StarTrekRedemption'' he's seen exactly twice when we're in 2378, and unlike the scenes in ''Specter'' isn't present during the briefing scene in the observation lounge.²* ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'':²** After the text font changed (starting with "The Warrior and the Hobo"), X started only making a few appearances in later bloopers, with Starman3 taking his original place.²** Mejiacantillogustavo had a fairly major role early on, but in later episodes he only appears as a background character.²** InUniverse example: Bowser was demoted to co-villain in "Two Evil Friends" because his evil plans constantly failed, [[spoiler:and [=SMG3=] was made the main villain]].²* Godzilla in ''WebAnimation/TohoKingdomToons'' from the actual Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series, however later toons give him more screen time.²* Iridescence and Doodlecute don't do much but stand around in ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'', despite being in an ensemble cast. Meanwhile:²** Mister Brave saves Star Whistle from the magic ring.²** Donut finds the antagonist and performs a HeroicSacrifice.²** Star Whistle fights against the antagonist using her telekinesis.²** Breeze Rider [[spoiler:saves the day by grabbing the sceptre]].²* Due to the large cast of ''Machinima/VideoGameChampionshipWrestling'', there are some characters that basically only show up in Royal Rumbles or Tag Team matches. A good example is Bowser, who went from being the one who finally overthrew Ganondorf's "1000 Years of Darkness" reign as champion to being an afterthought for a while. Other aren't even that lucky and get PutOnABus.²* ''Creator/ZapDramatic'':²** Ted is the main character in the first few episodes. Later, he gradually becomes less important as focus shifts to [[spoiler: the mystery of Angie's murder]].²** Jim is a main character in Episode 1, and then all but disappears (save for a few cameos) until Episode 10. Even then, he is still only a supporting character.²** Frank doesn't really show up much after Episode 6, save for game over scenarios and cameos. Even what dialogue he does get in Episode 8 seems to have all been recycled from Episode 6 to save the bother of bringing back the voice actor.²** Dave the Brave's a pretty major character in the boy's plot on Monday, but after that he becomes a background character. The one other time he speaks, it's via recycled audio.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* On ''Blog/TheBraveAndTheBoldTheLostIssues'', both times Ross did team-ups between Batman and Henry Pym, Wasp was only "Guest Starring".²* ''Script/TheCreepyTeenYears'':²** Randomideaguy. Former writer, main character, and editor in season 1, quite a bit less important in season 2. Isnt it sad RIG? ;_; ²*** Randomideaguy even disappeared for the first half of season three, before showing up out of nowhere with out an explanation, both instory and [=IRL=]. [=NothingNow=] even had trouble remembering when he had last appeared. So, is accidental ChuckCunninghamSyndrome a thing?²** Blackwave, and several Others also fall in this Category. Whether or not this is for the better is up to the readers.²** Evilprodigy, Catboy, and Lord_Roem have less focus on them in seasons 3 and 4.²* Several series that used to get a lot of attention in ''Website/TheOutskirtsBattledome'' have had this happen over the years. One example being LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya.²* On ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'', if there's a meta post with most of the characters, Christine and Olivia ''will'' be left off of the first version.²* Feral in ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Made a few appearances before her author vanished, leaving the Canon Cabal uncertain what to do with her. She has only appeared in one liners since.²* Grue gradually fades in importance in the later arcs of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:and leaves the story entirely by the Cockroaches arc, due to his death in the first battle with Scion]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Videos]]²%%* Mr. Luciano in ''WebVideo/TheClassroom''.²* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'':²** [=LordKat=], one of the more well known and prolific contributors to Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses fell into this in the second anniversary special ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', due to RealitySubtext: he sprained both ankles during filming.²** Handsome Tom also had this happen to him, relegated mostly to posing as Kickassia's flagpole. This was lampshaded in one of the "making of" videos, where Doug passes out the script and apologizes to Tom for having him be "an object". Tom takes it pretty well, pointing out that objects are useful. The other contributors have also said that Tom's okay being in the background because he doesn't think he's an especially good actor and is there mostly to have fun.²* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'':²** Handsome Tom had three lines, one spoken three times, in six episodes. In the commentary, other cast members said he was to have gotten a slightly bigger role, but he begged off, saying "I'm just here to have fun" and doesn't think he's an especially good actor.²** Benzaie and Suede are also reduced to off-site cameos, probably because they live outside the US and couldn't make the shoot that year. ²** [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], compared to his roles in ''Kickassia'' and ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', had this happen to him, serving a much more passive role as a semi-comatose DistressedDude instead. Justified in this instance as his actor, Creator/NoahAntwiler, put most of his acting chops into TheDragon [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl.]]²** Similarly, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] is MIA for most of the story, but the actor is prominent as Linkara's villainous robot double.²* In ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', Kitty Bennet, who was the fourth Bennet sister, has been adapted into an actual cat named Kitty, while Mary has been turned into a cousin seen mainly in Lydia's spin-off videos (although she has appeared in Lizzie's videos).²* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':²** Relic Hunter guild is quite essential to the franchise-wide WhamEpisode, but their purpose of being the Noob guild's {{Griefer}} is the only reason they are ever seen after that.²** Arthéon gets a gradually diminishing role, first by being kidnapped in Season 2 of the webseries, then due to RealLifeWritesThePlot. This has resulted in his character being treated as a secondary role in the upcoming movie material.²* InUniverse. ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS4E3 complains about Mrs. Brisby getting this treatment in]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue'', including a caption at the end that asks where is a statue of her.²-->'''Narrator:''' But Jonathan Brisby's widow and her family stayed behind.\²'''Critic:''' Oh, nice. Mrs. Brisby, after all the shit she’s been through, gets the incredible honor of widow credit. Oh, she also did a few other things, but fuck it, they weren't important!²* Andy had this happen to him in Season 2 of ''Omega Guardians'' having gone from a character with a huge role in Season 1's plot to sitting on the sidelines with random appearances here and there.²* Butter Golem in ''LetsPlay/SkyDoesMinecraft'', who appears to have been replaced by the squid.²* In ''{{LetsPlay/Spearbreakers}}'', the Spawn were originally intended to be the main threat to the fortress, but were soon superseded by the fort's own [[WorstAid hospital]] and [[{{Necromancer}} necromancers]].²* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'':²** Tony the Tiger was originally a major character, but his appearances got fewer and fewer as time went on.²** Princess Peach was Mario's original girlfriend, but broke up with him because she found out he was bald. Things went FromBadToWorse for Mario as time went on, as Peach saw him as an annoying StalkerWithACrush and sent him a [[HollywoodRestrainingOrder five-mile restraining order]]. Since Mario started dating Princess Rosalina, Peach's appearances became fewer and fewer, one of them being "[[ValentinesDayEpisodes Mario's Valentine's Day Problem!]]", wherein Mario has to choose between dating [[BettyAndVeronica her or Rosalina]].²** Before Brooklyn T. Guy [[TheBusCameBack got back from the bus]] and [[AscendedExtra became a recurring character]], Officer Goodman was the guy who would often be seen [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands working different jobs]]. Since Brooklyn started making more appearances as of "Bowser Junior's Summer School Part 5", Goodman doesn't appear as often nowadays, demoted to only being a news anchor.²** Franchise/{{Shrek}} and Black Yoshi were also originally main characters, but their appearances became fewer and further between since Jeffy, a handicapped child, was dropped off at Mario's apartment.²** Even Mario himself isn't immune to being this, as he was originally the main star of the show before Bowser Junior became an AscendedExtra. As of "Mario the Babysitter!", most episodes involving him are about Jeffy.²* Blast the Hedgehog, who's rarely seen, much less talks, since the 4th episode of ''LetsPlay/TacoMan'' The Game Master.²* Alex has largely stayed off the grid since the breakup of ''LetsPlay/TippingForties'', only appearing on Ryan's stream once in a while.²* In ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonPlatinum'', Togepi, the hatchling given by Cynthia, was sent to the daycare to learn some attacking moves, but she was sent to the [=PC=] and forgotten. Subverted due to fan-art portraying this as [[TwoLinesNoWaiting her life going through school while Napoleon is in his adventure]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* Apple has done this to its [[UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh Mac]] products with the success of the iPhone and iPad.²** And the [[UsefulNotes/AppleII Apple II]], too, with the release of the Apple III... except that machine was a CriticalFailure due to quality control issues. For the next decade or so, the Apple ][ was effectively a RecurringExtra in the Apple product line, until Mac sales took off.²* After the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy flopped, Gunpei Yokoi was given what amounted to a desk job and had no real power. Unusually for this trope, he actually meant to leave with the Virtual Boy being his swan's song for Nintendo. He stuck around so that it wouldn't look like he was ''fired'' over the device, though it led to some oft-repeated theories about him being KickedUpstairs.²* {{Pluto|IsExpendable}}. It got its own spin off, ''Solar System: The Dwarf Planets Saga''. Much earlier, Ceres became the newest member of ''the Solar System'', but, an influx of other similar characters (Pallas, Juno, Vesta) led for them all to be dropped. Ceres, luckily, got a role in ''the Dwarf Planets Saga'' alongside Pluto.²* After a company merger with AOL, UsefulNotes/TedTurner was [[KickedUpstairs given a figurehead desk job]] with no real power in the company's decision making.²* ''Almost'' every US President ever after their term. In office, they're the most well known person in America but once their term is up, they sink to the background except for a few public appearances here and there. The one exception was UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft, who after leaving office was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, an extremely powerful position in its own right.²** The same could be said for any nation's leaders. They're the most important person while they're in power, but then disappear into the background after they lose power. It's pretty rare for a former leader to zig-zag between this and AscendedExtra, though for nations that lack strict term limits the possibility always exists. (Australia is probably one of the few countries where examples of this exist, with three Prime Ministers having done this during their lives in parliament.)²** Cabinet-level positions occasionally avert this. Usually a party will be in power for a given period, be replaced by their rivals, then come back to power a decade or so later. When that happens, ministers / secretaries who served in government the first time sometimes come back when their party returns to office.²* Kaiser Wilhelm II was the most important political leader in the Continent between the 1890s to 1918. He loomed large as a villainous figure in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI propaganda. Then 1917-1918 comes around, UsefulNotes/RedOctober unleashes a revolution in Germany, the Kaiser abdicates and almost overnight, the Kaiser goes from center stage to minor footnote, passing the rest of his life in anonymity with hints of his later life known only to specialists interested in tying up loose ends. ²* Happened to dinosaurs: for a hundred millions years, they were the dominant animals on land. Now that mammals and humans in particular have taken over, what remains of them? Birds... Although it hasn't been too bad for them since there are about 10,000 bird species compared to only about 4,000 species of mammals.²** Reptiles, as a whole, exemplify this trope even if they still play a big role in our ecosystem. Long ago, they ruled the Earth for more than 185 million years during the Mesozoic Era (compare the Cenozoic Era, which is barely a third in length) and were ''very'' diverse in their respective area. Some scientists believe that if the K-T extinction event never happened, the smaller theropods might have achieved an intelligence similar to ''humans''.²** The same might be said about synapsids (or "mammal like" reptiles that preceded dinosaurs as dominant terrestrial vertebrates. After Permian-Triassic mass extinctions, the only traces left of their descendants were tiny rat-like creatures that slithered in the shadows, while the ancestral archosaurs (ancestors of dinosaurs, among other things) became dominant.²* In a manner of speaking, when a company, government entity or school district purchases new vehicles, the new vehicles are the ones used on the primary routes and/or long trips. The older vehicles are demoted to shorter routes, while the oldest vehicles in the fleet are parked in the yard and used as spare vehicles (such as when one of the newer vehicles is unavailable or in the shop for repairs). Eventually, it is the oldest vehicles that are sold off and replaced by the new vehicles, and the cycle continues.²** An illustration: A school district in a rural school district covering 200 square miles purchases five new buses. The new buses are placed on the high-mileage routes and used for athletic trips. The buses they replace are then put on shorter routes, perhaps in-town. The oldest buses still on regular routes are then parked at the bus garage, used only when one of the newer buses is being repaired or otherwise unavailable. To mean – as a bus gets older, they begin fitting the trope more and more as the newer buses fit the spotlight.²** The same thing happens on the railways, especially with passenger engines. The railway gets a new passenger engine, the fastest thing on the rails, and it pulls the big expresses for about ten or fifteen years. Then it gets an even newer engine, and the original one gets put on the second-string trains. Finally, after thirty or forty years in service, the former "star" engine is clanking around on branch lines or commuter routes before it gets scrapped or donated to a museum. Ditto for airlines.²** And also for cruise ships -- the newest ships get the most prominent (often longer) routes, while the older ones run less popular or shorter routes, and the oldest ships doing 3-day runs to the Bahamas[[note]](from UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} or other US East Coast ports)[[/note]] until they are sold off or scrapped.²* In the West, advances in agriculture that made meat more widely available did this to vegetables. In Western cuisine, meat is considered the "main dish" with vegetables as "sides". Due to the health problems excessive meat consumption can cause, many experts are recommending that meat should be Demoted To Extra.²* Mergers in general. As the big boys get bigger and bigger, even the moderately-sized regional companies in the same market are either shunted aside or gobbled up by the bigs. Wal-Mart and Target v. K-Mart is a good example.²* Most of the world's remaining monarchies are now constitutional monarchies within a parliamentary system. In such cases, the real power resides in the Parliament (and in the person of the Prime Minister.) The monarch's position becomes largely ceremonial. Even in cases where the constitutional monarch has considerable residual or theoretical power (e.g., [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Great Britain]]), the power is seldom ''exercised''.²** Speaking of Parliament, the institution itself was originally a threefold system with the 'King-in-Parliament', the House of Lords to represent the aristocracy, and the House of Commons to represent the wealthy middle classes (the idea that poor people might actually have a right to representation didn't have any traction at this point). From the Civil War onwards, the monarch was gradually removed from this arrangement, leaving the Lords as the main centre of power. However, from the early 19th century onwards they too began to lose power, and its aristocratic nature was also reduced. Now the Commons holds supreme power and the House of Lords is just a technocratic advisory body.²* This even happens to some countries in the course of history. ²** Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent, once known as the "Cradle of Civilization" for being home to some of the world's oldest cities. Its early inhabitants were on the cutting edge of technology in their day, being among the first to adopt such significant milestones in human development as irrigation, writing, and mathematics. Even after losing its political preeminence, the region remained a premier center for culture, science, and religion for centuries. The region is now largely divided up among the modern states of UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}}, UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which in the modern era have been secondary players on the global stage at best and utterly marginal clusterfucks at worst.²** Italy was a global hegemon back when [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Rome had an empire]]. After the end of the Empire, the Peninsula became isolated city states that never had any real political unity until the 19th Century. Local FeudingFamilies as well as UsefulNotes/ThePope had major Continental and global influence but the center of power shifted away from Italy, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Post-Empire, [[MasterOfAll it's had a far bigger role in art, philosophy, music, culture, science, cuisine, fashion and business]] than in military and political affairs, and the notable exceptions of its exterior military and political influence, Mussolini, Fascism and TheMafia, is not something Italians look upon with pride. For this reason, Italy's subtle and overt soft power has it dubbed "the least of the great powers".²** Iran (known in the West as Persia) was regarded as the first global empire (under the Achaemenid Dynasty), when it conquered most of what was then called the "civilized world". It remained a major power even after the Arab conquest until declining as a regional hegemon in favor of the Ottomans, and a puppet monarch. Today it's a theocratic regime that survives by playing off rival geopolitical enemies to its advantage rather than set any agenda.²** UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} was the cradle of democracy, science, drama, poetry, philosophy and architecture and under UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, it expanded its domain eastward forming one of the greatest empires. Upon Alexander's defeat, it fell to a SuccessionCrisis that eventually led it to becoming subsumed in UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire and then as the Eastern Roman UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire, which was a major player in global politics in the Middle Ages. Then a few sacks of Constantinople (first by the Crusaders, then by the Turks who kept the city), a bloody war of independence in the 19th Century and hard struggle in the 20th Century against various dictatorships and ThoseWackyNazis, Greece is a small nation with unstable economy and political struggles, bullied by the more powerful European Union. Even Orthodox Christianity which was native to the Byzantine Empire has more practitioners and influence in Russia and other nations than in the land of its origin.²** America's status as the world's hyperpower has the inclination that post-Soviet Russia became this trope, but developments in the 2010s ensure that Russia and its neighbor China will make their interests known to America 24/7.²** The Age of Discovery and Exploration began in Portugal, and then Spain. The former were the first European powers to participate in the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the latter were the first European colonizers and settlers of the New World and with far greater territorial expansion than the English, French and the Dutch. Their naval prowess were surpassed by the English and the French, Spain went from being the richest and most influential continental monarchy to becoming second fiddle to France, and the late 18th and early 19th Century saw their Empires fade as ex-colonies liberated themselves. Today there are more Spanish and Portuguese speakers outside Spain and Portugal in their former colonies than there are in the metropoles. ²** The Dutch used to be a world power, an early investor in the financial and banking revolutions and the cradle of the European Middle Class and a major player in the Atlantic Slave Trade until surpassed by England. Then a tulip crisis, military setbacks, and the rise of England as a commercial and naval power, as well as the more numerous foreign powers surrounded Holland, led to its power and influence fading in the 18th Century. Even in the arts, Holland was once the center of painting in the Dutch Golden Age, but modern art has seen the center move to France and America. The most famous Dutch painter of modern times is Creator/VincentVanGogh who painted most of his works, and lived most of his life in France. ²** Ottoman Empire; it seized half of the middle east and some eastern European countries but after WWI, Ottoman Empire fell and modern Turkey was born. With Turkey's desperate attempts in becoming an EU member, it's obviously lost its relevancy.²** Germany and Japan used to be major world military powers in the first half of the 20th century. America used to think that they would conquer the world [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld by buying it.]] Later they just follow their [[OvershadowedByAwesome much more powerful allies]]. This has also happened to Japan culturally and economically during the "Lost Decade" since its neighbors, China and South Korea, took over in electronics production. K-Pop has also garnered a worldwide following while J-pop languishes, though Anime still has a cult following. On the other hand Germany remains the most powerful economy of Europe, with the biggest population of any Western European nation and these days a model for a liberal constitutional Europe. ²*** In general, the division of Germany and new constitution of Japan that denounced militarism after World War II was an attempt by the allies to invoke this trope on purpose as the USSR and USA became the undisputed hegemons. A reunified Germany was met with some resistance from French and British leaders who feared becoming this trope in Europe after decades of trying to overshadow Germany.²** In the 19th Century, the sun never set on the British Empire. From UsefulNotes/WorldWarI to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the U.K. lost nearly all of its colonies. It became second fiddle to the United States of America as a naval and economic power (formerly their backyard). Even the English Language is no longer their sole property since some of the best poets, novelists and dramatists of the 20th Century Anglophone were American and Irish (Creator/TSEliot, W. B. Yeats, Hart Crane, Creator/JamesJoyce, Creator/SamuelBeckett, G. B. Shaw), and one of England's biggest cultural contributions came from [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion British musicians]] influenced by ''American rock and roll''. England also became more and more marginal in the Continent and with Brexit, it looks like the U.K. will be demoted even further on the world stage.²** Next to the British Empire, the largest empire ever was the Mongol Empire. UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan conquered more land than anyone in history. The last of it dissolved in 1687. Nowadays, Mongolia is nowhere near a world power, and even set a record for the least densely populated country on Earth.²* Your colleagues from school/high school/college or university/work/volunteering. While it's likely a few of them will remain lifelong friends, the others will, at best, be reduced to an occasional chat when you meet them by accident on the street. Even with the advent of social networking sites it's unlikely you'll spend any significant amount of time talking to most of them. ²** Your parents. When you're a kid, they are the most important people in your life. However, as you get older and have a spouse, children, friends, co-workers, employers, and the like, your parents eventually become secondary or even tertiary people in your life. This varies by culture; there are some where even after the child grows up and gets married, his or her parents remain very much a big part of their lives (and are culturally expected to remain so), ''especially'' when they live close by.²** Also your ex-girlfriends/boyfriends/husbands/wives/friends. Even if you remain on friendly terms, chances are you won't see them nearly as often after the break-up. There are a few cases where former lovers become best friends, but they are rare.²** With the advent of Social Media, unfriending, unfollowing and, the biggest demotion, blocking. Definitely counts as a "demotion". ²*** You also "grow out of" forums/other social media services and go from spending an entire weekend on somewhere to forgetting it exists or simply, only posting rarely...Both going from extremes of frequency to infrequent or nothing. ²*** Back in the days when Website/MySpace was the dominant social media site, the choices for your Top 8 Friends (prior to the expansion into however many you wished to list) showed just who had been demoted (in their own minds, at least).²** Also happens when you have a fight/fall out with a friend or just stop getting messages/calls from someone. Moving away is another example...²* Many works that either discuss or depict UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar largely ignore the South Vietnamese forces commonly referred to as the ARVN in favor of the American and Australian historical accounts of the war. The ARVN are considered to be the war's forgotten army. The films ''Film/TheGreenBerets'' and ''Film/HeavenAndEarth'' are the two exceptions.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Meta]]²* Wiki/TVTropes started out as a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fan forum.²* Satsuki from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' is the center of [[MemeticMutation the meme]] "Isn't it Sad, Sacchin". What makes Satsuki's lucklessness worth a section here, is that it even extends ''here,'' on TV Tropes. This trope was originally named "Isn't It Sad", after the meme in question. With the wiki's shift to less esoteric titles, Sacchin was--you guessed it--demoted in importance once again. She has since been demoted ''again''; for a while, she was still the page's image, but she's since been replaced. Really, the only reason this page isn't a SelfDemonstratingArticle is because [[{{Irony}} putting it on the appropriate index]] [[MortonsFork would be a Promotion FROM Extra]].²* When a character-named trope has its name changed here on [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]], it can end up demoting that character from star to being just another example. For instance, Spike is now just one more instance of BadassDecay instead of being the defining instance of "Spikeification". Also Wesley Crusher, former Trope Namer for CreatorsPet.²[[/folder]]²----

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