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Absentee Actor may refer to the following:

  • Actor Existence Limbo: When a voice actor worked on a series, but an incident caused the voice actor to be missing in action. Rather than replacing the VA, they make the character role unvoiced.
  • Actor Leaves, Character Dies: An actor doesn't come back for the next episode or sequel, and the character portrayed by the actor is explained as having died.
  • Adapted Out: A character with some significance to the original story is written out of an adaptation.
  • The Character Died with Him: An actor dies in real life, and a work they were in has their absence explained by saying their character died as well.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A character disappears suddenly from a work with no in-universe explanation and subsequent installments act as though they never existed in the first place.
  • A Day in the Limelight: A secondary character gets featured in an episode where they are the main focus.
  • Demoted to Extra: When a character gets a less important role in a sequel or in an adaptation of the original work.
  • Deus Exit Machina: When the most powerful character is written out for a portion of the story as to prolong it.
  • Fake Shemp: Using a stand-in for a character when their normal actor isn't available.
  • Green Rooming: Introducing a new character who is then inexplicably ignored for a few episodes.
  • Out of Focus: When certain characters are given significantly less spotlight than others.
  • Put on a Bus: A character is written out of a work in a way that makes it easy for them to return later on.
  • Ret-Gone: When all signs of a character's existence have been wiped out in-universe.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: A character from the previous movie doesn't return for the sequel for whatever reason.
  • Temporary Substitute: A character is unable to be used (often because the actor for the character is unavailable) so another character is used to fill their place in the plot.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: When a minor plot element or character is dropped from the story with no explanation.
  • Written-In Absence: When a character should be in the events of the story, but a few lines give a quick explanation of their absence.

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