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Basic Trope: A character from game X makes a special guest appearance in game Y.
- Straight: Darrin and Stella from the Fighting Game Generic Fighter III appear in Destiny Duel II as guest characters.
- Exaggerated: The roster of Destiny Duel II consist on 30 characters, out of which only 5 characters are original, the rest are guest characters from Generic Fighter III, Wikis Of Legend, and even non-fighting games such as Tales Of Troperia, an RPG, and Editing Of Magical Self-Redaction, a Touhou-Styled Shoot'Em Up game, among others.
- Downplayed: The Destiny Duel series (From I to V) never have had guest characters, and Darrin from Generic Fighter III ocassionaly appears as an NPC, but finally, in Destiny Duel VI, Darrin appears as the only guest character among a cast of 40 characters.
- Justified: Both Generic Fighter III and Destiny Duel II take place in the same universe, or at least, developed by the same company, so both games donating guest characters to each other comes as no surprise.
- Inverted: Original Generation.
- Fred from Destiny Duel I appears in Destiny Duel II as a DLC character by popular demand. He doesn't have a prominent role, or even a chapter in the story mode of the game; he just doesn't appear anywhere within the plot of the story; but he's not exactly a guest character because he's part of the world of the franchise after all.
- Charlie, The Hero of Destiny Duel II discovers that Darrin is actually Rick in a Paper-Thin Disguise, thus exposing his cover-up.
- Double-Subverted: ... But then it is revelaed that this Rick was only an illusion, and the real Darrin comes out of nowhere to challenge Charlie.
- Parodied: Darrin is a Creator Cameo who paid a lot of money so the developers could make him a Badass, and he got what he asked for: They made him bad, and a joke.
- Zig Zagged: Even numbered games of the Destiny Duel series (II, IV and VI) have guest characters from the Generic Fighter series, while odd numbered ones (I, III and V) don't.
- Averted: No guest characters at all. The roster of Destiny Duel II is 100% original.
- Enforced: Darrin in an Ensemble Darkhorse, and the developers of Destiny Duel want to keep appealing to the fans of the Generic Fighter series, even after its Grand Finale; Their solution: Make Darrin a Guest Character in Destiny Duel II.
- Lampshaded: "Who is this Darrin Guy? Looks like he comes from another world or something."
- Exploited: Knowing (Read: Blindly judging) that Darrin is a Naive Newcomer, Sergey picks a fight with him, in hopes of an easy victory in his first turn.
- Invoked: The sponsors of the Destiny Duel tournament took a glimpse on Darrin's performance, and decide to send him an invitation to the Destiny Duel II tournament. Darrin accepts.
- Darrin rejects the invitation.
- Alternatively, fans of the Destiny Duel series have got enough of Darrin, so the developers take note of this, and for Destiny Duel III, Darrin is Put on a Bus.
- The idea of having Darrin as a guest character is on paper, but is discarded at the last mnute.
- Discussed: "Darrin, you are invited to compete in the next Destiny Duel tournament. Do you have what it takes?"
- Conversed: "Did you know that Darrin will compete in the Destiny Duel tournament as a special guest?"
- Implied: Thanks to Laura, the other competitors of Generic Fighter III learn about Darrin being invited to Destiny Duel II.
- It's made clear from the beginning that the rules and gameplay of Destiny Duel II are completely different from those of Generic Fighter III; because of this, when Darrin makes his guest appearance, he's at a very low level compared to the other characters, so he gets demoted to Joke Character status, keeping fans from choosing him in Tournament Play.
- Alternatively, when Darrin makes his guest appearance, he's at a very high level compared to the other characters, so he becomes a Game Breaker, gets banned from Tournament Play, gaining the hatred of his fans.
- Darrin returns as a guest character in Destiny Duel IV, where it is revealed that he was training and taking several levels in badass, appearing this time as a decent fighter, or at least, a Difficult but Awesome Lethal Joke Character, Regaining the love of his fans.
- Alternatively, Darrin returns as a guest character in Destiny Duel IV, where it is revealed that he was slacking off and did nothing to improve between games, while the other characters have been training and caught on with him, so this time he appears as a Mid-Tier, regaining the love (Or hatred depending on your interpretation) of his fans.
- Played For Laughs: Destiny Duel II is Lighter and Softer compared to Generic Fighter III, so, when an ultra Badass stoic Darrin makes his guest appearance, he finds it hard to adapt to the campiness and silliness of this new setting, with hilarious results.
- Played For Drama:
- Destiny Duel II is Darker and Edgier and/or Bloodier and Gorier compared to Generic Fighter III, so, when a Badass Adorable Cute Bruiser Stella makes her guest appearance, she suffers a Heroic BSOD on seeing herself exposed to all that amount of violence and tragedy, making her lose almost all her optimism.
- Alternatively, Darrin is killed in Destiny Duel II, so, in Destiny Duel IV his son Darrin Jr. makes a guest appearance to find the one who killed his father, and enact his revenge.
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