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Absentee Actor

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Absentee Actor may refer to the following:

  • Adapted Out: A character with some significance to the original story is written out of an adaptation.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Green Rooming: Introducing a new character who is then inexplicably ignored for a few episodes.
  • "Not Important to This Episode" Camp: The plot of the episode does not include kid characters who are important to the plot, so their absence is quickly explained.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: When a minor plot element or character is dropped from the story with no explanation.
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  • 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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