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15th May '16 9:36:34 PM nombretomado
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** In the comics, the Iron Legion were an extremely minor group that only appeared in two issues back in the 90's. In the [[MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]], they have pivotal roles in both ''Film/IronMan3'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.

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** In the comics, the Iron Legion were an extremely minor group that only appeared in two issues back in the 90's. In the [[MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]], they have pivotal roles in both ''Film/IronMan3'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
15th May '16 1:50:09 AM Doug86
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* From the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' franchise we have Puss in Boots. First appearing in 2004 in Shrek2, he got his own movie in 2011.

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* From the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' franchise we have Puss in Boots. First appearing in 2004 in Shrek2, ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', he got his own movie in 2011.
11th May '16 3:41:57 PM Anddrix
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* Assistant Director Janson a.k.a. "The Rat Man" only appeared in one chapter near the start of ''Literature/TheScorchTrials'' and didn't appear again until the next book -- ''The Death Cure'', where he became the BigBad. But in the film adaptation -- ''Film/MazeRunnerTheScorchTrials'' heís promoted to main antagonist status and spends most of the film pursuing the protagonists.
6th May '16 1:33:02 PM rafi
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!!Film Animated
* Every doll besides 9 and 5 in the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. In the original short film, the remaining seven dolls ''did'' appear, but only for a few seconds at the end of the film. The feature film takes all of them and gives them larger roles and actual personalities (as well as complete character make-overs).
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', the Furious Five were little more than window-dressing. In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', they have a much more active role, particularly Tigress.
* In the original ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' Ronno is an unnamed stag who fights over Faline with Bambi. In the midquel he's a fleshed out buck and the central antagonist of the movie.
* In the ComicBook/{{Tintin}} comic ''The Secret of the Unicorn'', the minor character Ivan Sakharine is a pushy but ultimately harmless model ship collector who is [[RedHerring briefly suspected]] of stealing Tintin's model of the ''Unicorn''. In the film adaptation of the same comic, however, he is the [[BigBad main villain]] [[spoiler: and the descendant of the pirate Red Rackham.]] Ironically, in the comic Sakharine is later attacked by the ''real'' thief, and if a brief cameo appearance in ''Red Rackham's Treasure'' is anything to go by he eventually made his peace with Tintin.
* Quite a few of the extras from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' went on to become recurring characters in ''[[RecycledTheSeries Fievel's American Tails]]''.
** Speaking of which, Tanya got quite a bigger role in ''Fievel Goes West'' when compared to the original movie, where she only has a couple of lines and could easily be cut from the story, practically only existing to give Fievel someone to sing his DistantDuet with.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', the Grand Duke of Owls is the main antagonist and the cause of all the trouble in the movie. In the play ''Chanticler'' by Edmond Rostand, the Grand Duke is only a minor villain - instead, the main villains are the Blackbird and the rival rooster who fights Chanticler. The former receives AdaptationalHeroism while the latter is DemotedToExtra.
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' film, Woody and Buzz were the real focus of the film and all the other toys were relatively minor characters. The second film gives much more screen time to Slinky, Rex, Hamm, and Mr. Potato Head. And likewise, Mrs. Potato Head only appeared in the beginning and end of the second film while Barbie was only in one scene roughly past the middle; they both had much bigger roles in the third movie. This also applies to the Little Green Men from the claw machine scene of the first movie. Apparently becoming an EnsembleDarkHorse, they went on to having a signifcantly larger role in the second movie, became recurring characters in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', and were major characters in the third film [[spoiler:even being the BigDamnHeroes]].
* [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] was originally a nameless cricket who, in the original book, got squashed by Pinocchio in one chapter ([[BrickJoke and came back as a ghost much later]]). In the film, he becomes Pinocchio's friend and adviser and has since appeared in countless other Disney projects.
* Ariel's sisters from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' get a major role in the third movie, the prequel ''The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Beginning''.

!!Film Live-Action



* Every doll besides 9 and 5 in the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. In the original short film, the remaining seven dolls ''did'' appear, but only for a few seconds at the end of the film. The feature film takes all of them and gives them larger roles and actual personalities (as well as complete character make-overs).



* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', the Furious Five were little more than window-dressing. In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', they have a much more active role, particularly Tigress.



* In the original ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' Ronno is an unnamed stag who fights over Faline with Bambi. In the midquel he's a fleshed out buck and the central antagonist of the movie.



* In the ComicBook/{{Tintin}} comic ''The Secret of the Unicorn'', the minor character Ivan Sakharine is a pushy but ultimately harmless model ship collector who is [[RedHerring briefly suspected]] of stealing Tintin's model of the ''Unicorn''. In the film adaptation of the same comic, however, he is the [[BigBad main villain]] [[spoiler: and the descendant of the pirate Red Rackham.]] Ironically, in the comic Sakharine is later attacked by the ''real'' thief, and if a brief cameo appearance in ''Red Rackham's Treasure'' is anything to go by he eventually made his peace with Tintin.



* In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' film, Woody and Buzz were the real focus of the film and all the other toys were relatively minor characters. The second film gives much more screen time to Slinky, Rex, Hamm, and Mr. Potato Head. And likewise, Mrs. Potato Head only appeared in the beginning and end of the second film while Barbie was only in one scene roughly past the middle; they both had much bigger roles in the third movie. This also applies to the Little Green Men from the claw machine scene of the first movie. Apparently becoming an EnsembleDarkHorse, they went on to having a signifcantly larger role in the second movie, became recurring characters in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', and were major characters in the third film [[spoiler:even being the BigDamnHeroes]].
* [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] was originally a nameless cricket who, in the original book, got squashed by Pinocchio in one chapter ([[BrickJoke and came back as a ghost much later]]). In the film, he becomes Pinocchio's friend and adviser and has since appeared in countless other Disney projects.



* In ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', the Grand Duke of Owls is the main antagonist and the cause of all the trouble in the movie. In the play ''Chanticler'' by Edmond Rostand, the Grand Duke is only a minor villain - instead, the main villains are the Blackbird and the rival rooster who fights Chanticler. The former receives AdaptationalHeroism while the latter is DemotedToExtra.



* Quite a few of the extras from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' went on to become recurring characters in ''[[RecycledTheSeries Fievel's American Tails]]''.
** Speaking of which, Tanya got quite a bigger role in ''Fievel Goes West'' when compared to the original movie, where she only has a couple of lines and could easily be cut from the story, practically only existing to give Fievel someone to sing his DistantDuet with.
22nd Mar '16 7:35:42 PM TVRulezAgain
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* So many characters in ''StarWars'' that it would be impossible to list them all. For example, watch the cantina scene from the original film; ''every last patron'' has at least a name and a bit of backstory. Some actually get their own story in the anthology book ''Literature/TalesFromTheMosEisleyCantina''; several who hadn't been named ended up on the Star Wars Databank, where fans were allowed to come up with their own backstories and names, then vote on which ones were the best. After that, though, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse they tend to never come up again]] - the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse is infamous for this and a few characters do recur, but honestly, most characters in the EU were either named and had a line or two or are entirely original creations who were never on screen. Even fan favorites like Boba Fett and Wedge Antilles, moving on to their own novels and appearing again and again, were minor non-mains who still had lines and plot significance.

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* So many characters in ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' that it would be impossible to list them all. For example, watch the cantina scene from the original film; ''every last patron'' has at least a name and a bit of backstory. Some actually get their own story in the anthology book ''Literature/TalesFromTheMosEisleyCantina''; several who hadn't been named ended up on the Star Wars Databank, where fans were allowed to come up with their own backstories and names, then vote on which ones were the best. After that, though, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse they tend to never come up again]] - the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse is infamous for this and a few characters do recur, but honestly, most characters in the EU were either named and had a line or two or are entirely original creations who were never on screen. Even fan favorites like Boba Fett and Wedge Antilles, moving on to their own novels and appearing again and again, were minor non-mains who still had lines and plot significance.



** Ask any hardcore ''StarWars'' fan about the silver protocol droid Threepio meets in Cloud City just before he gets blasted. Go ahead. We'll wait.

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** Ask any hardcore ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan about the silver protocol droid Threepio meets in Cloud City just before he gets blasted. Go ahead. We'll wait.



** Wulff Yularen, originally an unnamed background officer on the Death Star in ''Film/ANewHope'' was given one in the collectible card game and then generally forgotten. Come 2008 and he's probably the largest Republic non-Jedi, non-clone military figure in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' for the first two seasons.

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** Wulff Yularen, originally an unnamed background officer on the Death Star in ''Film/ANewHope'' was given one in the collectible card game and then generally forgotten. Come 2008 and he's probably the largest Republic non-Jedi, non-clone military figure in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' for the first two seasons.



** In the novels, Arwen appears only briefly in the main narrative with the majority of her and Aragorn's story relegated to a chapter in the appendix. In Peter Jackson's version, she is featured prominently in all three films and replaces several minor characters, like Glorfindel who aids Aragorn and the Hobbits as they flee the Ringwraiths. Not only does Arwen replace Glorfindel, she's given the additional task of personally carrying Frodo upon her horse, and her CrowningMomentOfAwesome -- "If you want him, come and claim him!" -- is a unique addition to the film. In the novel, Glorfindel places Frodo on his horse and then stays behind with Aragorn and the Hobbits to do what he can to slow the Ringwraiths' pursuit, at which point the narrative focus shifts entirely to Frodo.

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** In the novels, Arwen appears only briefly in the main narrative with the majority of her and Aragorn's story relegated to a chapter in the appendix. In Peter Jackson's version, she is featured prominently in all three films and replaces several minor characters, like Glorfindel who aids Aragorn and the Hobbits as they flee the Ringwraiths. Not only does Arwen replace Glorfindel, she's given the additional task of personally carrying Frodo upon her horse, and her CrowningMomentOfAwesome -- "If you want him, come and claim him!" -- is a unique addition to the film. In the novel, Glorfindel places Frodo on his horse and then stays behind with Aragorn and the Hobbits to do what he can to slow the Ringwraiths' pursuit, at which point the narrative focus shifts entirely to Frodo.



* In ''TheHangover'' trilogy, Leslie Chow goes from a minor role in the first, to a bigger supporting role in the second, and basically the main antagonist in the third.

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* In ''TheHangover'' ''Film/TheHangover'' trilogy, Leslie Chow goes from a minor role in the first, to a bigger supporting role in the second, and basically the main antagonist in the third.



* The ''Jason Bourne'' Series: Nicolette Parsons in ''Identity'' started out as a bit of an inexperienced analyst who had subtle ties to Bourne and was very much on the sidelines for the whole movie. ''Supremacy'' had Nicky be the one to attest to the fact that Bourne had amnesia and she allowed for herself to be sent out in the field to meet with him and learned his side of the story as to the deaths of their agents earlier (albeit while being held at gunpoint). ''Ultimatum'' had Nicky become the possible new love interest, had Bourne run into her again and team up with her to learn about Blackbriar and expose the conspiracy. Her role in the upcoming ''Jason Bourne'' seems to continue on as it is now or be growing. In the first movie, Julia Stiles received 10th billing for her role, in the second one, she received 4th billing for her role and in the third one, she was billed only 2nd to Matt Damon.

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* The ''Jason Bourne'' Series: Nicolette Parsons in ''Identity'' started out as a bit of an inexperienced analyst who had subtle ties to Bourne and was very much on the sidelines for the whole movie. ''Supremacy'' had Nicky be the one to attest to the fact that Bourne had amnesia and she allowed for herself to be sent out in the field to meet with him and learned his side of the story as to the deaths of their agents earlier (albeit while being held at gunpoint). ''Ultimatum'' had Nicky become the possible new love interest, had Bourne run into her again and team up with her to learn about Blackbriar and expose the conspiracy. Her role in the upcoming ''Jason Bourne'' seems to continue on as it is now or be growing. In the first movie, Julia Stiles received 10th billing for her role, in the second one, she received 4th billing for her role and in the third one, she was billed only 2nd to Matt Damon.
25th Feb '16 11:29:46 AM StFan
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** Agent PhilCoulson is one of the most triumphant examples ever. He started out as a minor comic relief character in the first ''Film/IronMan1'' movie. His popularity led to his role becoming recurring in ''Film/IronMan2'' and ''Film/{{Thor}}''. Then he became the main character of two of the Film/MarvelOneShots short films. Then he got a role in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' animated series and became a CanonImmigrant to the main 616 universe in the comics. Then he got a much bigger role in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', even appearing on some versions of the poster. And now [[spoiler: he's BackFromTheDead and is starring in [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD his own series]].]] All within five years since his first appearance.

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** Agent PhilCoulson Phil Coulson is one of the most triumphant examples ever. He started out as a minor comic relief character in the first ''Film/IronMan1'' movie. His popularity led to his role becoming recurring in ''Film/IronMan2'' and ''Film/{{Thor}}''. Then he became the main character of two of the Film/MarvelOneShots short films. Then he got a role in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' animated series and became a CanonImmigrant to the main 616 universe in the comics. Then he got a much bigger role in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', even appearing on some versions of the poster. And now [[spoiler: he's BackFromTheDead and is starring in [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD his own series]].]] All within five years since his first appearance.
10th Feb '16 11:50:58 AM futuremoviewriter
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* The ''Jason Bourne'' Series: Nicolette Parsons in ''Identity'' started out as a bit of an inexperienced analyst who had subtle ties to Bourne and was very much on the sidelines for the whole movie. ''Supremacy'' had Nicky be the one to attest to the fact that Bourne had amnesia and she allowed for herself to be sent out in the field to meet with him and learned his side of the story as to the deaths of their agents earlier (albeit while being held at gunpoint). ''Ultimatum'' had Nicky become the possible new love interest, had Bourne run into her again and team up with her to learn about Blackbriar and expose the conspiracy. Her role in the upcoming ''Jason Bourne'' seems to continue on as it is now or be growing. In the first movie, Julia Stiles received 10th billing for her role, in the second one, she received 4th billing for her role and in the third one, she was billed only 2nd to Matt Damon.



* In the original ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', King Stefan was just a BumblingDad of a king who had about one scene. In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', he's a guileful, skilled warrior who was the titular character's childhood friend, and whose actions are what started the plot of the movie in the first place.

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* In the original ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', King Stefan was just a BumblingDad of a king who had about one only a couple scene. In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', he's a guileful, skilled warrior who was the titular character's childhood friend, and whose actions are what started the plot of the movie in the first place.


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** Effie's role in ''Mockingjay'' was a bit part, but with ''Mockingjay Part 1'', her role expanded due to the popularity of Elizabeth Banks' performance.
31st Dec '15 1:13:15 PM Allronix
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* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': Alan's co-worker had one line and was credited as "popcorn guy" because that sole line was asking to eat some of Alan's popcorn. However, since he was played by the same fellow (Dan Shor) as EnsembleDarkhorse Ram, which implied he was Ram's User, he was given a ''substantial'' role in the ''Film/TronLegacy'' ''Flynn Lives!'' AlternateRealityGame and publicity materials as Roy Kleinburg, an idealistic and stubborn man who refused to waver in his support of his former bosses, even after the new Encom management fired him.
4th Dec '15 1:24:02 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Seneca Crane, Caesar Flickerman and Claudius Templesmith have a lot more to do, with the movie showing scenes that Katniss is not present for. President Snow also has much more to do than he did in the novel but as the BigBad of the series, this was necessary.
27th Nov '15 5:53:59 PM nombretomado
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** "Happy" Hogan, Tony Stark's bodyguard in ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'' played by director JonFavreau, has considerably more lines in the second movie; in addition, he gets to beat down a guard, ram [[BigBad Ivan]] with his car, and has Comicbook/BlackWidow (aka ScarlettJohansson) put him in a headlock with her legs.

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** "Happy" Hogan, Tony Stark's bodyguard in ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'' played by director JonFavreau, has considerably more lines in the second movie; in addition, he gets to beat down a guard, ram [[BigBad Ivan]] with his car, and has Comicbook/BlackWidow (aka ScarlettJohansson) Creator/ScarlettJohansson) put him in a headlock with her legs.
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