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  • Tim, Ralphie, D.A., Keesha and Wanda in The Best Chrismukkah Ever.
  • In The Chosen One's Journey, the Rocket Trio, who appeared in almost every episode of the anime, rarely make an appearance - and even when they do, it doesn't last long.
  • The Mane Six disappeared from The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum for quite a while as Marcus was making his way to Canterlot Castle. They reappear in the "Sons of Legacies'' arc to begin their training.
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  • For most of Diaries of a Madman, the Mane Six only appear somewhat sporadically, particularly so with AJ, who barely appears at all within the story. They do become more involved later on, around Chapter 100, however.
  • Alas, poor Ratchet and Clank. They are only mentioned in four chapters of The Ed, Edd n Eddy Project : Act I, Chapters 04 and 07; Act II, Ch. 08; and Act V, Ch. 31.
  • Jiazin, The Hero in the first story of The Fall of the Fire Empire, will be reduced to supporting character in the sequel, according to Word of God. Given that he wants the other major characters to shine this time, the decision is not necessarily a bad one.
  • Most of Cloud's comrades in the original game (except ironically the optional characters Yuffie and Vincent) get at most cameos in The Fifth Act. Justified in that it's years before FFVII; most of the characters are too young or have (so far) no beef with ShinRa.
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  • Kit-chan's Fullmetal Alchemist abridged series parodies this with Alphonse's lines being cut mid-sentence in order to support Ed's status as the main character.
  • In between FMTDI and FMTDA, quite a few characters in Fuzzy Memories get cut from the main roster, including the likes of Alfred, Alia, Brooke, Kaden, and Quincy.
  • In The Hill of Swords, apart from several chapters after her introduction, Tiffania has no appearances until the epilogue.
  • Tim in The Life and Times of the Fantasmic Four.
  • In The Lion King Adventures, former Big Bad Tama and her Adorkable boyfriend Tojo only made fleeting appearances after Series Two.
  • The Lion Of Ivalice:
    • Rafa and Malak get relatively minor roles compared to the others, and Mustadio almost fell in with them. Beowulf and Reis also suffer, but they're secret characters anyway. Heresy Examiner Zalmour Rusnada (whom Ramza fought twice in the game) got mentioned in one sentence, and never appeared proper in the story. The non-FFT cameos, Cloud, Balthier and Luso, are COMPLETELY absent.
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    • The monster guests-turned-party-members are also MIA: Boco the Chocobo was replaced by an original Black Chocobo named Atro. The Reaver Byblos doesn't show up either, but considering the fact that only TWO Tactics fanfics have ever remembered Byblos exists (which were back in 2002 and 2005), the odds of it appearing were never good in the first place.
    • On the villains' side, aside from Larg and Goltanna appearing less than in canon and both being killed in Part One, Cardinal Draclau & Dycedarg Beoulve are even less important here. Both face Ramza's group in a Dual Boss fight — as Lucavi — and die without much fanfare (heck, Dycedarg/Adramelk is singlehandedly defeated by Ramza).
      • In-universe when Vormav/Hashmal pretty much gets kicked to the curb by Shemhazai. In more ways than one.
    • Somewhat averted with Mustadio, however - he was intended to be this, but makes a few key appearances starting Chapter 19 which give him a significant role. So although he's... well, still Demoted to Extra compared to the original game, for the author he's... an Ascended Extra.
  • Famously done in the Daria fanfic series by Canadibrit known as The Look-Alike Series, where the God-Mode Sue OC of Lynn Cullen (an Author Avatar who is blatantly Wish Fulfillment taken Up to Eleven) effectively takes over the entire series, relegating Daria and Jane to sidekick status.
  • Nina lampshades this in Part 8 of The Misfits, noting that, because they're female, they might end at a disadvantage compared to the other characters over time, or at least be perceived to be at such a disadvantage. They're of course trying their hardest to not allow this to happen, though.
  • Countless characters in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic.
    • Cookie Dough, who was a core member of the team in the initial series, was removed for several stories and when reintroduced in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, was a minor character. The Deviant ART remake brings him back, not as a member, but as a recurring background character.
    • Krysta is acknowledged maybe once or twice in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III despite being the main character's best friend.
  • Of a sort in The New Adventures Of Darkwing Duck - the members of the Fearsome Five are a lot less prominent in the series, being more or less henchmen to Negaduck's growing empire rather than a team of mostly equally prominent supervillains with a particularly Bad Boss - they explicitly work for him, rather than with him. With the exception of the rare focus episodes that don't feature them doing Negaduck's bidding, most of them get much less prominence than they had in the show. Quackerjack barely features at all.
  • In The Not So Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Bella and Edward's roles have been reduced to welcoming Bree into the family and Edward talking to Bree about the wedding. Justified as there are small hints that the events of Breaking Dawn are still taking place while Bree is off doing her own thing.
  • The Kira investigation team in The Prince Of Death.
  • The entire Organization XIII except Xemnas, Xigbar, and Axel in The Return Of The Book Of Legends.
  • Mois in Sgt. Frog Abridged, due to her voice actor often being busy, and the writers getting anything they could have really gotten out of the character in her first episode. She still has the occasional line, and the season finale features her more prominently, but overall the writers just never have a use for her.
  • Kirby gets a passing mention in Season 5 of Sonic for Hire, and one line in season 6.
  • Mistle, who was a fairly prominent recurring character in the original fic only appears in a single chapter of Shadowchasers: Power Primordial with a relatively minor role.
  • Shadowchasers: Tournament of Shadows:
    • Shichiro, Jinx, Gears, Dugan, and Rebecca Schafer only make cameo appearances during the start of the fic. Other characters such Karl, Hyde, Faye, Barron and Tsubasa are only mentioned briefly.
    • Played around with Kyon. At first it appears that his only role in the fic is to help Ace train for the tournament, but later on it turns out that he is also participating - as a Blue Knight.
    • Also the case with Leroy after his Game-Breaking Injury in Chapter 9 leaves him unable to compete in the tournament, but to what extent remains unknown.
  • Tarakudo and the Oni Generals in Shadows Awakening. While they were an integral part of the plot of Season 4, here they only have very small appearances, with only Tarakudo and the Ninja General having significant (but still small) parts in the story.
  • Flash Sentry only appears as a cameo in Shadows of Giants seeing as it ignores Equestria Girls.
  • Compared to the other Shadows in Shadows Of The Azure, it seems that Shadow Makoto has not a lot of development and details. Future rectifying reconsidered.
  • Zack is very prominent in Shinra High, but gets very little screentime in Shinra SOLDIER
  • Minka Mark gets only a few lines in Skeletons in the Closet.
  • A few of the members of the inner circle from Dragon Age: Inquisition get this treatment in the Skyhold Academy Yearbook series. While most of the nine companions and all three advisors are made staff members at the eponymous school, Vivienne is given an excuse to leave early in the story and doesn't return except for a visit. Sera and Cole, meanwhile, are demoted to students; Sera mostly appears by mention, but Cole gets his own subplot as he eventually gets adopted by two of the teachers.
  • Lex Luthor only makes one appearance in SmallvilleX: Evolution, and that's just to explain why Chloe and Pete are in New York right before Christmas. He's out of the country for most of the series. He has made more appearances since then, and has had a bigger part in things so far, though he still isn't appearing nearly as much as he does in Smallville.
  • The Somewhat Cracked Mind Of Uchiha Itachi:
    • Kakashi, since he's not Team 7's sensei. At least not until after the Kage summit.
    • The Kyuubi. Even after Naruto becomes a ninja it's only slightly involved in Wave and only starts chatting during the chunin exams when it senses Shukaku.
  • Perfect Chaos is the boss of the Dreamcast era in the original game. In Sonic Generations: Friendship Is Timeless , Chaos does shows up, but in his Chaos 0 form, to help the heroes in the Changeling battle in chapter 10.
  • The Metarex are just one of the many different factions fighting over the galaxy in Sonic X: Dark Chaos. The Chaotix, Dr. Eggman, and even Sonic himself are hit badly with this, although the rewrite is adding many more scenes with them and developing them a bit more.
  • Most of the main cast only appear intermittently in Sophistication and Betrayal, save for Rarity and Fluttershy.
  • Soul Chess:
    • Unfortunately happens to most of the good guys; if your name isn't Lelouch, Ichigo, Unohana or Rita, then expect this to happen to you. A pity...
    • Rukia is pretty much Ichigo’s sidekick in the main series. Here we certainly don’t see her as often. Though for her it’s not as bad as say Renji.
    • Renji. You would be forgiven for thinking that he had died at some point early in the plot. He is in the group of reinforcements sent to Karakura, but hasn't done anything significant yet.
      • Subverted. He was able to successfully defend himself during the Battle of Karakura Town and is one of the three Lieutenants (Kaien and Yuna are the other two) going into the Final Battle of Karakura. He's also starting to get a larger role lately so the author hasn't completely forgotten about him it seems.
  • Stallions Of Harmony Verse does this to entire canon Mane 6, being an AU story where Elements of Harmony are stallions from the show. To be precise, Prince Blueblood as Magic, Shining Armor as Loyalty, Big Macintosh as kindness, Soarin as Laughter, Thunderlane as Honesty and Doctor as Generosity.
  • Lionblaze in StarKitsProphcy.
  • The canon characters are pretty much on the sidelines (or name-dropped) in Star Wars Paranormalities Trilogy, although Luke Skywalker gets the most screentime out of all the canon characters thanks to his Mission Control status. Justified in that this story is mostly OC driven.
  • Francis, who seems like a really important character early on in Stitching Hearts, suddenly drops out of the story and makes only sporadic appearances after that.
  • The master of the Court in The Story Of A Lonely Sorceress And A Cursed Gardener. Then again, that's probably a good thing.
  • Suite Pretty Cure Variations:
    • The Pastry club and Soccer team in Pretty Konjiki's Suite Pretty Cure.
    • Also, Waon, who in Waltz of a Suite Life isn't even named until episode 28, and prior to it even Hibiki only refers to her as "Blue Sports Chick". So far the only time she was named when she was onscreen was in episode 30, but just because she was crucial to the plot of the episode.
  • So many to list in Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers...
  • In Team 8, Asuma and Shikamaru become more important as the Exams wear on and even Choji has his moment in the sun. Ino, however, hasn't yet escaped this treatment.
  • L and the Taskforce in That Epic Plan.
  • In Thawing Permafrost, Kurumu and Yukari have been given only small roles thus far, Koko has had only a cameo, Tsukune a mere mention, and Moka has only had a passing reference as part of "My friends, from Yokai."
  • Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future:
    • SpongeBob SquarePants doesn’t appear as often as the rest of the adult Nicktoons.
    • Tak appears even less than SpongeBob.
    • The Syndicate become this in Season 2 after DarkEvil becomes the main antagonist.
  • Mrs. Twombly appears very briefly in The Times They Are A-Changin', while Roger is only mentioned.
  • Some characters who get a lot of focus in canon receive very little in Total Drama Comeback Series:
    • While Owen gets a lot of screentime in every season he's been in and always ranked among the first seven, in both TDC and TDBG gets eliminated very early. In fact, other characters comment how odd is for somebody who did so well the first season to be eliminated so soon. It's worth mention that the author does like Owen, but eliminates him early because he doesn't like the Toilet Humor that comes with him (that and probably to make room for other characters)
    • Duncan, another character accused of being a spotlight stealer, gets a much reduced role in TDC than in canon (he's basically Courtney's Dark Mistress), and is eliminated right after Courtney's revenge plot ends. In TDBG, he's eliminated even earlier.
    • Heather is a notable aversion: despite TKN has mentioned that the screentime she has in the show is excesive, on TDC she gots lots of Character Focus, Character Development, ranked quite high despite this time everybody knew about her true nature from the very beginning (granted, eliminating her this time around was harder due to having multiple teams instead of just two, plus the follow-up mini challenges where she gained immunity many times), and even became Ezekiel's love interest.
  • Total Drama Equestria:
    • This happened in the case of Anne Maria throughout the show. Which is a shame, as one of the authors originally wanted to show off more of her character.
    • Once DJ's redemption arc with his animal issues got resolved, he was just mainly there. The only times episodes focused on him was his date with Heather, and the episode where he got eliminated.
  • In the Total Zeksmit series of Total Drama fanworks:
    • Any male competitor from canon who isn't Ezekiel, Justin, or Geoff has been completely absent for the entire first half of the first season. Everyone who was competing in any of the three seasons has been hinted at being Courtney's boyfriend, and he has now been confirmed to be Harold. Alejandro at least has some mysterious role in the story built up as Justin's rival. As for everyone else, their whereabouts are unknown.
    • Chris and Chef are also demoted. Chef hasn't debuted yet, but he's confirmed to be in a spinoff by Word of God. Chris has gotten a quick appearance at the beginning but never showed up since, although he's the host of the same spinoff.
    • Out of the contestants, all of the girls who made it to the final five of the original first season are eliminated fairly early. As for the guys, they're part of the "any male competitor from canon who isn't Ezekiel, Justin, or Geoff" group.
  • Touhou Doujin: Dawitsu's Folly:
    • Alice Margatroid was a crucial part of the plot in Recompense, and then was barely seen outside of a fluffy beta plot in Jean's Magical Education, and is barely seen at all in Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding.
    • Hong Meiling.
  • Poor Necrons, right after their awakening in Toy Hammer, they're greeted with equivalent of 1.7 kiloton raw C4 explosion inside a giant mining cave the size of starship hangar. Nothing out of the ordinary considering how resilient they are compared to the rest, but still...
  • Transformers Alter Verse:
    • Averted for the main characters, but Maggie and Glen has been pretty much shunted to one side and only referenced when necessary, otherwise they don't even exist. Simmons, Banachek and the Sector 7 agents too.
      • Glen got killed off rather horribly.
    • Too many official characters got shunted aside to make way for the Original Character(s) in this Fan Fiction, truth be told.
  • Billy and Fred in Transformers Armada Revisited.
  • While True Potential is well known for its use of the opposite trope to this one, sadly that came at the expense of this trope happening to other characters. The biggest examples are the original Team 7 (Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi), since they are not Naruto's teammates anymore, they get much less attention for the sake of his new team. In a sense, Orochimaru as well, who gets killed before the time skip, and his role is taken by Kabuto, like in canon, only much earlier.
  • Out of the formerly prominent Original Characters, only Dawitsu and Jean seem to play a prominent part in Twenty Years Later: Reimu's Successor, Yutaka only appears briefly as an obstacle to Patricia, while Tokage and Hebiko get what Hebiko calls 'a contrived cameo' in chapter nine. Dawitsu is actually an inversion, and is extremely influential in this story.
  • Zecora in The Twilight Child, by Word of God because the author wasn't willing or able to write in rhyme. She only appears twice in the whole story.
  • Two Worlds:
    • Chris in being of show played big role, but after Josh become werewolf his role became more minor.
    • Carla for few episodes too.
    • John in second season.
  • Several characters who once were protagonists of their own series are now, naturally, reduced to cameos or secondary roles in Unequally Rational and Emotional.
  • In the RWBY fanfic Weiss Reacts, Pyrrha, Sun and Neptune barely make appearances apart from token group shots. Pyrrha seems to be averting this, though, due to becoming a major player in the Antic War and becoming her own unique flavour of Stalker with a Crush.
  • Everyone who isn't Cody, the OC Joshua, or Chris in William Country. Katie and Sadie don't even talk until near the final challenges, Owen only has a few lines, Gwen even fewer, Heather also does not have that many lines and only tries to be the villian once, Duncan and Trent are mute and do not do anything plot related, LeShawna is also mute and only won a challenge, and the other campers either don't show up at all or are just reduced to cameos/small appearances.
  • Elsa and Sven barely appear in What About Witch Queen? and Olaf is not even mentioned. In-story, the court of the Isles disappears for eleven chapters before becoming Third Line, Some Waiting, and Kai and Kristoff are moved to the background following their trip to Weselton. Subverted, though, with Anna, who's Demoted to Extra for first dozen or so chapters before becoming one of main characters.
  • Akune and Kikaijima are mentioned in World As Myth, but do not make an appearance. Hansode Shiranui and her grandfather don't even get that much.
  • Russia, who was one of the world powers to survive the events of the original series has only made a few appearances in Worldwar: War of Equals.
  • Heinkell is hardly even talked about after chapter seventeen of the first story of Worse Than Death Series, just being something of placeholder in the crew.
  • Young Justice: Darkness Falls:
    • Aside from a few mentions from Artemis on how she's settled down with Liam, Cheshire gets a lot less to do after she found out Artemis was alive.
    • Much of The Light doesn't get as much time due to being captured or just not showing up. Examples include Queen Bee, Icicle Jr. and Psimon (though that could be excused by him still being in a coma).
  • Ryo Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Even more so than in the original series (to the point where it's a running gag). Yami Bakura, on the other hand...
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Thousand Year Door:
    • The Unfriendly Amazon in Redux. In the original version, she was a part of a Terrible Trio alongside Peten the Dark Clown and End of Anubis and was the Duel Spirit who had a personal vendetta with Francesca (due to her using Amazoness monsters). In Redux however, she only appears during her initial duel and is never seen again afterwards with her role later on being taken by Ruklamba the Spirit King.
    • Merlow may also qualify to some extent. In the original version, he provided assistance to the protagonists inside the Palace of Shadow. In Redux however, his role is taken by Count Bleck instead. Although he is given a new role as a leader of a resistance force that fights the Shadow Queen's forces outside the Palace of Shadow.
    • Possibly Infernalqueen Archfiend. She still appears in Redux, just in a different role. In the original version, she was one of the Duel Spirits ordered to test the other finalists while in Redux she is a member of the Court of Pandemonium. Whether or not it fits this Trope remains to be seen.
  • Dark Oak and the Metarex were the main villains in the third season of Sonic X. Sonic X: Dark Chaos turns them into alternate antagonists and well-intentioned Anti Villains. This is somewhat justified though; after Episode 64, their military is all but completely destroyed and their leaders go into hiding.
  • Zuka 'Zamamee and Yayap get hit with this trope in the Halo/Mass Effect crossover Guilty Sparks. The author already had Loads and Loads of Characters to deal with, both canon and OC and two of his own characters, Zek and Varvok played similar roles anyway. General Rage also mentioned that the presence of the Mass Effect characters wouldn't have affected their part in the story anyway, though he at least gave Zuka a bigger Dying Moment of Awesome than he did in the novelization, lampshading this trope to boot.
  • Hope for the Heartless is set almost immediately after the events of The Black Cauldron. It focuses on the resurrected Horned King (the movie's Big Bad) trying to complete a seemingly impossible Redemption Quest - earning a human's love despite his sins - in order to remain free from the Black Cauldron and his growing affection towards a girl named Avalina. The protagonists - Taran, Princess Eilonwy, Dallben, Gurgi and Hen Wen among others - get mentions here and there, but only some of them have appeared in several chapters.
  • The Differentverse: Five of the original show's Mane Six get this due to not being the Bearers this time around, and Rainbow Dash and Rarity don't even get any on-screen lines in the first story. Pinkie still gets a little focus due to being one of the author's favorite characters, and because Marble moved in with her after deciding to stay in Ponyville.
  • In Dreaming of Sunshine, Sakura gets this treatment due to Shikako taking her place on Team Seven (which she feels guilty about). After her team fails to pass their test, she eventually decides to turn towards the Medic Corps, with a little prompting from Shikako and Ino.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Kakashi, due to not being Naruto's jonin sensei this time around, gets a lot less focus. To an extent also Sasuke and Sakura for the same reason.
    • Iruka, while he was never a major character to begin with, his role as Naruto's Parental Substitute was very important. Here, he doesn't interact with Naruto beyond the standard student/teacher relationship.
  • While Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has its fair share of Ascended Extras, several major characters have their roles greatly disminished:
    • Brock doesn't travel with Ash, partly because he needs to stay for his siblings due to his parents being dead, and partly because he's engaged.
    • The Team Rocket trio doesn't appear as often as they do in canon, because they're not after him to steal Pikachu, just to keep an eye on him per Giovanni's orders.
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse):
    • John Diggle and Felicity Smoak, largely because their roles on Arrow have been subsumed by a number of characters (particularly Barry and Kara). Diggle isn't even mentioned, while the only reference to Felicity is from Thawne about how, in the previous timeline, she was a Green Arrow stalker who revealed Oliver's secret identity to the world after he rejected her. According to Word of God, Diggle and Lyla never divorced and are currently living in another city with their son and daughter, while Felicity is in jail for creating her hacktivist supervirus.
    • Thea's role is also reduced significantly, mainly since she isn't a Bratty Teenage Daughter and doesn't need a lot of Character Development.
    • Caitlin and Cisco are demoted to supporting characters, as Barry has mastered his powers by the time he meets them and is not as nearly dependent on them as he is in canon.
  • In Thieves Can Be Heroes!, the entirety of the My Hero Academia cast aside form Izuku gets shunted to the background because he's not attending U.A. nor is he even staying in Musutafu as a result of his parole. Some characters, like Izuku's mom, get parts of chapters devoted to them, but none of them get more than that.
  • Crimson And Emerald: Downplayed. Izuku is still important to the story but he is demoted to Deuteragonist while Hawks, a minor characater in canon, is promoted to primary protagonist.
  • In Danny Phantom fanfic ResurrectedMemories: Tucker Foley, Hand Waved is that he is now the Mayor of Amity Park and has a lot of new duties that keep him busy.
  • In Darwin, Suzaku Kururugi is a minor antagonist for the first arc, rather than the Deuteragonist.
    • Because Lelouch never attends Ashford Academy, the students there, barring Milly, are only ever referenced in Nunnally's stories about school life.
  • Rather than showing up Once an Episode, Jessie and James in Challenger first appear at the Viridian City Pokemon Center like canon, then fall off the map for several months. When Ash next sees them, they've gone legit and confessed that their attack on the Pokemon Center was their first assignment as members of Team Rocket and the pair left the organization after serving their jail sentences.
  • A Song of Metal and Marvels:
    • Daenerys barely appears in A Man of Iron, getting merely three chapters out of the fic's 33. This is justified, since her story was mostly the same as in canon. Starting in A Crack of Thunder, she gets more focus and divergence.
    • The entire Night's Watch gets hit with this, since its two most prominent characters, Jon Snow and Sam Tarly, never join, with Jon being adopted by Tony as his heir and Sam becoming Tyrion's squire.
  • Since Leave For Mendeleiev explores the idea of 'What If? Marinette was transferred to Ms. Mendeleiev's class at the start of the school year?', most of her original classmates naturally have less focus. Ms. Bustier's class also cultivates a poor reputation due to how many akumas come out of it, courtesy of Chloe's bullying going unchecked — all the more reason for Marinette to try and avoid them.

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