History AscendedExtra / Literature

26th Oct '17 3:51:30 AM darkemyst
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** Zigzagged with Ginny Weasley. In then first book she only had one brief appearance, but in the second book was essential to the plot. She then fell OutOfFocus until Book 5. And then in the final book, she had a minor (but important) role again, due to the GoldenTrio being busy on their mission.

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** Zigzagged with Ginny Weasley. In then the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book book]] she only had one brief appearance, but in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets second book book]] was essential to the plot. She then fell OutOfFocus until Book 5. the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]]. And then in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows final book, book]], she had a minor (but important) role again, due to the GoldenTrio being busy on their mission.
18th Oct '17 7:05:04 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'': most adaptations expand the character of Princess Irulan. In the original book, the joke is that she's the author of all the chapter-starting quotes about Muad'Dib, yet only appears right at the end as the Emperor's daughter who Paul marries out of political convenience (and another character remarks that, with such a loveless marriage, she'll have plenty of time for writing...). Which is obviously undermined when the character appears early on, especially in the [[Series/{{Dune}} 2000 miniseries]] where she meets Paul early in the story and they even seem to have feelings for each other.
** Duncan Idaho counts, was well. He has a minor (if significant) part in the first book. He returns in ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' [[spoiler:[[CloningBlues despite having died in the first book]]]] for a slightly more major part, and by the [[Literature/ChapterhouseDune end of the series]], he's practically the only true constant in the Universe. [[spoiler:He's been cloned and killed so often that the afterlife probably has a "Duncan Idaho" section.]] He is the only character to appear in every novel, excepting only the novels that take place before his birth.

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* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'': most adaptations expand the character of Princess Irulan. In the original book, the joke is that she's the author of all the chapter-starting quotes about Muad'Dib, yet only appears right at the end as the Emperor's daughter who Paul marries out of political convenience (and another character remarks that, with such a loveless marriage, she'll have plenty of time for writing...). Which is obviously undermined when the character appears early on, especially in the [[Series/{{Dune}} 2000 miniseries]] where she meets Paul early in the story and they even seem to have feelings for each other.
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Duncan Idaho counts, was well. He has a minor (if significant) part in the first book. He returns in ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' [[spoiler:[[CloningBlues despite having died in the first book]]]] for a slightly more major part, and by the [[Literature/ChapterhouseDune end of the series]], he's practically the only true constant in the Universe. [[spoiler:He's been cloned and killed so often that the afterlife probably has a "Duncan Idaho" section.]] He is the only character to appear in every novel, excepting only the novels that take place before his birth.



* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'':
** [[TheJeeves Jeeves himself]]. In "Extricating Young Gussie", the first story featuring Bertie, Jeeves was merely mentioned in passing a few times as Bertie's valet. According to WordOfGod, he'd never been intended for a larger role than that, and only became the character we know today in the second story, "Leave It to Jeeves" (later edited and republished as "The Artistic Career of Corky").
** Sir Roderick Glossop's wife, Lady Delia Glossop, in [[Series/JeevesAndWooster the TV series]] (played by Jane Downs). In [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster the original stories]] she is an extra, to the point where in ''Thank You, Jeeves'' she's said to have [[BusCrash died two years ago]], with little fuss made over the fact. In the series she never dies, and she's a much more active character who appears almost every time her husband does and has as many lines.

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* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'':
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''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'': [[TheJeeves Jeeves himself]]. In "Extricating Young Gussie", the first story featuring Bertie, Jeeves was merely mentioned in passing a few times as Bertie's valet. According to WordOfGod, he'd never been intended for a larger role than that, and only became the character we know today in the second story, "Leave It to Jeeves" (later edited and republished as "The Artistic Career of Corky").
** Sir Roderick Glossop's wife, Lady Delia Glossop, in [[Series/JeevesAndWooster the TV series]] (played by Jane Downs). In [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster the original stories]] she is an extra, to the point where in ''Thank You, Jeeves'' she's said to have [[BusCrash died two years ago]], with little fuss made over the fact. In the series she never dies, and she's a much more active character who appears almost every time her husband does and has as many lines.
Corky").
18th Oct '17 6:57:00 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series, the Hindmost is a very interesting variation on this trope. In the original ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' novel, he's mentioned in passing, but shows up in the next three sequels (''Ringworld Engineers'', ''Ringworld Throne'', and ''Ringworld's Children'') as a supporting character. He's a bit of a flat character, however, and we never learn his real name or much of his past history other than he used to rule the Puppeteers. The latter-written prequels ''Fleet of Worlds'', ''Juggler of Worlds'', ''Destroyer of Worlds'', and ''Fate of Worlds'', features as a primary character a Puppeteer scientist named "Baedeker" who later becomes Hindmost of the Puppeteers. The same Hindmost, in fact, who appears in the ''Ringworld'' novels.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series, the Hindmost is a very interesting variation on this trope. In the original ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' novel, he's mentioned in passing, but shows up in the next three sequels (''Ringworld Engineers'', ''Ringworld Throne'', (''Literature/TheRingworldEngineers'', ''Literature/TheRingworldThrone'', and ''Ringworld's Children'') ''Literature/RingworldsChildren'') as a supporting character. He's a bit of a flat character, however, and we never learn his real name or much of his past history other than he used to rule the Puppeteers. The latter-written prequels ''Fleet of Worlds'', ''Juggler of Worlds'', ''Destroyer of Worlds'', ''Literature/FleetOfWorlds'', ''Literature/JugglerOfWorlds'', ''Literature/DestroyerOfWorlds'', and ''Fate of Worlds'', features ''Literature/FateOfWorlds'', feature as a primary character a Puppeteer scientist named "Baedeker" who later becomes Hindmost of the Puppeteers. The same Hindmost, in fact, who appears in the ''Ringworld'' novels.
9th Sep '17 2:36:05 PM nombretomado
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* Emily Bennett in the ''{{American Girl|sCollection}}'' books originally appeared in ''one'' book, for two weeks of a story (the Molly franchise) that details almost a year and a half. Since she got her own doll, she's been retconned into more of the story. TheFilmOfTheBook does it even more.

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* Emily Bennett in the ''{{American ''Literature/{{American Girl|sCollection}}'' books originally appeared in ''one'' book, for two weeks of a story (the Molly franchise) that details almost a year and a half. Since she got her own doll, she's been retconned into more of the story. TheFilmOfTheBook does it even more.
8th Aug '17 10:33:30 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Every character'' in the film ''{{Shrek}}'' that wasn't made up for that adaptation is an Ascended Extra, given that it was originally a picture book. This includes Shrek himself, the dragon, Donkey, Lord Farquaad (from the Knight -- their specific roles are different, but the parallels are obvious), and Fiona (from the Ugly Princess).

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* ''Every character'' in the film ''{{Shrek}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' that wasn't made up for that adaptation is an Ascended Extra, given that it was originally a picture book. This includes Shrek himself, the dragon, Donkey, Lord Farquaad (from the Knight -- their specific roles are different, but the parallels are obvious), and Fiona (from the Ugly Princess).
7th Jul '17 8:42:04 PM moloch
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* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' Gollum is originally a minor character who has a courteous parting with Bilbo leaving the cave even taking the One Ring with him. However his role was greatly expanded the sequel ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', so much so that Tolkien had to go back and rewrite the chapter so Gollum and Bilbo part on far more hostile terms.

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* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' Gollum is originally a minor character who has a courteous parting with Bilbo leaving the cave even taking the One Ring with him. However his role was greatly expanded the sequel in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', so much so that Tolkien had to go back and rewrite the chapter so Gollum and Bilbo part on far more hostile terms.
7th Jul '17 8:41:33 PM moloch
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* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' Gollum is originally a minor character who has a courteous parting with Bilbo leaving the cave even taking the One Ring with him. However his role is greatly expanded the sequel ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', paradoxically so that Tolkein had to go back and rewrite the chapter where Gollum and Bilbo leave on far more hostile terms.

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* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' Gollum is originally a minor character who has a courteous parting with Bilbo leaving the cave even taking the One Ring with him. However his role is was greatly expanded the sequel ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', paradoxically so much so that Tolkein Tolkien had to go back and rewrite the chapter where so Gollum and Bilbo leave part on far more hostile terms.
31st May '17 7:03:19 PM Dawnwing
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* Nightcloud was a minor character in [[Literature/WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy The New prophecy]], the second ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[MythArc arc]]. In the [[Literature/WarriorCatsPowerOfThree third arc]], she becomes Crowfeather's mate and is one of the most important [=WindClan=] characters.

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats:''
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Nightcloud was a minor character in [[Literature/WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy The New prophecy]], Prophecy]], the second ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[MythArc arc]]. In the [[Literature/WarriorCatsPowerOfThree third arc]], she becomes Crowfeather's mate and is one of the most important more prominent [=WindClan=] characters.characters.
** Rosetail was an elder in the first book, ''Into the Wild'', with such a minor appearance that she didn't even appear in the character list in the book. Fans picked up on that and so in ''Bluestar's Prophecy'' the authors made her one of Bluestar's closest friends growing up.
** Rowanclaw was another minor character, barely mentioned outside the character list - so minor that he changed from a she-cat to a tom by accident. The authors decided to acknowledge this by making him Tawnypelt's mate, and he eventually went on to become [=ShadowClan=]'s leader.
16th May '17 11:20:11 AM rossbparks
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* Arwen barely appears in the story proper to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', but she has a major role in the {{Backstory}}. [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The films]] used material from the appendices, which explained her role, to make her a prominent player in the three films.

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* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' Gollum is originally a minor character who has a courteous parting with Bilbo leaving the cave even taking the One Ring with him. However his role is greatly expanded the sequel ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', paradoxically so that Tolkein had to go back and rewrite the chapter where Gollum and Bilbo leave on far more hostile terms.
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Arwen barely appears in the story proper to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', but she has a major role in the {{Backstory}}. [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The films]] used material from the appendices, which explained her role, to make her a prominent player in the three films.
5th Mar '17 12:51:43 AM AquaMusic
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* Neville Longbottom in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books was a fairly minor character not being that much more prominent than Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnegan (who themselves become a little more prominent in Book 5 and 6, and 7 with Dean; though not as much as Neville) until book 5 when he TookALevelInBadass and became much more prominent.
** Zigzagged with Ginny Weasley. In then first book she was a ChekhovsGunman having only one brief appearance then in book 2 becoming essential to the plot. DemotedToExtra in Book 3 and a lesser extent in book 4 then becoming far more prominent in Book 5 onward.

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* Neville Longbottom in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books was a fairly minor character not being that much more prominent than Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnegan (who themselves become a little more prominent in Book 5 and 6, and 7 with Dean; though not as much as Neville) until book 5 when he TookALevelInBadass and became much more prominent.
** Zigzagged with Ginny Weasley. In then first book she was a ChekhovsGunman having only had one brief appearance then appearance, but in the second book 2 becoming was essential to the plot. DemotedToExtra in She then fell OutOfFocus until Book 3 and a lesser extent in book 4 5. And then becoming far more prominent in Book 5 onward.the final book, she had a minor (but important) role again, due to the GoldenTrio being busy on their mission.
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