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  • Upgrade, the female robot of Steam Powered Giraffe, was retconned out of the band's backstory when performer Erin Burke left the band in 2011.
  • Slymenstra Hymen's disappearance from the GWAR stage shows and band storyline was never explained. Then again, the Danielle Stamp (who plays her) makes occasional appearance in character at shows, also without explanation. Same goes for Sleazy P. Martini, their manager, who is similarly gone from the regular show and storyline, but will occasionally don the pompadour for a show or two.
    • Techno Destructo at least gets a little story of his drop in/drop out nature; Flattus officially "went back to his home world" when guitarist Corey Smoot who played him at the time died (instead of the new band member playing the character as they had in the past).
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    • Barely a year after adding the character Vulvatron, in the wake of Dave Brockie's death, the singer who played her (Kim Dylla) was fired, apparently for drinking too much, and the character unceremoniously disappeared.
  • "Kill the President" from the 1989 debut album of The Offspring provides a rare song example, having all but vanished from their discography due to their record label not liking the content of the song. It is conspicuously absent from the track listing on all streaming services, not present on recent physical re-releases of the album, and has not been performed live since 1991.
  • Duran Duran's original lead singer Stephen Duffy has gotten all kinds of acknowledgement both inside and outside the fan base for being a founding member of the band. The band's second lead singer Andy Wickett is an inversion in that he mainly only gets acknowledged by the fan base and is forgotten by the outside world and almost never mentioned by the band members themselves (even though Wickett was the first of their lead singers to have recorded anything with them, a four-song demo they shopped around in 1979). Other pre-"Fab Five" band members such as Stephen Colley and Jeff Curtis play this trope straight.
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