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Basic Trope: Content that was removed from the game by preventing legitimate means of accessing it.

  • Straight: Ace Superior originally was going to be able to reforge the Sword of Light into a gun, but it was removed due to it being an incredibly sacrilegious act on Ace's part. Instead, the gun was replaced with an Infinity +1 Sword
  • Exaggerated: Twice the amount of the content of the actual game is hidden away.
  • Downplayed:
    • There are extra skins for weapons found in the game files, there is a story justifiable way to implement the changes in game but they are never used. The skins are still there, just not legitimate way to use them.
    • A few spells are rendered Unusable Enemy Equipment. They were clearly intended to be learnable earlier. Ichigo has textbooks for spells she later learns in her room. Only dark bolt is included but not learned.
  • Justified:
    • Originally it was intended to let the player be able to choose a gender for the protagonist. However there was a shift to voice acting that made it too memory expensive to have two sets of voices for the protagonist so the female version got dummied out.
    • There was originally going to be another character that joined your party permanently. However, this character ends up being a guest star in the final release. This left most of his equipment and skills still in the game despite not being accessible.
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  • Inverted: A level was hastily added to the game right before release and never had time to be fully debugged.
  • Subverted: The dummied out data is put into the game in the next patch.
  • Double Subverted: Most of it, anyway.
  • Parodied: The menus are made to suggest a huge amount of content was originally in the game, including Bill Cosby mode and a Darker and Edgier series of levels.
  • Zig Zagged: The dummied out data is added back in in a patch. Most of it, anyway. However, they later release an expansion pack that adds back in that last bit of data. The expansion pack, however, also has dummied out code. A patch for it is later released... to add some of it back in.
  • Averted: All content that was removed isn't included in the game.
  • Enforced: The content removed was totally inappropriate for the desired rating.
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  • Lampshaded: "Hey, wasn't I supposed to learn a new spell right about now?"
  • Invoked: An in game character decides the hero is too powerful, and uses dimensional magic to remove one of his abilities, which results in a dummied out item or skill.
  • Exploited: A villain configures his magical shields to make sure that his only weaknesses are to spells that were dummied out in the game.
  • Defied: The developers decide to release the game a few months late so they can finish all of their planned features.
  • Discussed: Within the Developer's Room: "Just so you know, I'm really sorry that we weren't able to add in that cool gun. We had to ship the game a few weeks before release, and weren't able to finish it up."
  • Conversed: "Oh, don't buy that game. It's got a ton of content that wasn't used in the final, and it just feels unfinished."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The developers can never seem to stay on task long enough to actually finish any of their planned features, leading to the game being released late and over budget, and not being all that great.
    • A Dummied Out character in a game's files is FULLY AWARE that they don't exist, and they'll do anything to live again.
  • Reconstructed: ... until the mod community gets their hands on it and finishes the dummied out stuff.
  • Implied: The blacksmith has weapons on stands that brings up a buy prompt when interacted with. The penultimate one has the only non-interactive one with a bladed gauntlet that looks like a silver and gold version of the one used by Draco.