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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.
18th Feb '17 3:22:27 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', Mni-inh, Wanahomen, and Hendet -- minor side characters in ''The Killing Moon'' -- become point of view characters in ''The Shadowed Sun''.
20th Dec '16 6:27:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Nightcloud was a minor character in [[WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy The New prophecy]], the second ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[MythArc arc]]. In the [[WarriorCatsPowerOfThree third arc]], she becomes Crowfeather's mate and is one of the most important [=WindClan=] characters.

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* Nightcloud was a minor character in [[WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy [[Literature/WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy The New prophecy]], the second ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[MythArc arc]]. In the [[WarriorCatsPowerOfThree [[Literature/WarriorCatsPowerOfThree third arc]], she becomes Crowfeather's mate and is one of the most important [=WindClan=] characters.



* ''JeevesAndWooster'':

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* ''JeevesAndWooster'':''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'':
14th Dec '16 11:08:17 PM PaulA
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* Zalasta of ''Literature/TheElenium'' is introduced in a quick scene where he is established as an old friend of Sephrenia's. In ''The Tamuli'' he plays a much larger role as an advisor to the protaganists and in the end [[spoiler:he is revealed to be the BigBad behind everything that has happened in Eosia for the last 500 years.]]

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* Zalasta of ''Literature/TheElenium'' is introduced in a quick scene where he is established as an old friend of Sephrenia's. In ''The Tamuli'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' he plays a much larger role as an advisor to the protaganists and in the end [[spoiler:he is revealed to be the BigBad behind everything that has happened in Eosia for the last 500 years.]]
13th Oct '16 7:52:07 PM sgamer82
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* In ''Literature/{{NPCs}}'', four {{Non Player Character}} from a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' {{Expy}} tabletop game suddenly find themselves at the center of an incredible adventure, when four [[PlayerCharacter adventurers]] get themselves killed in a stupid manner in a local tavern (the players didn't bother reading the rules or listen to the GM). The [=NPCs=] (a town guard, the daughter of the town mayor, a gnome with a shady past, and a half-orc bartender) find a scroll that appears to be the summons from the kingdom's [[TheCaligula mad ruler]], who is known to raze entire towns to the ground for any real or perceived slight. They're faced with a choice: if they do nothing, the king is likely to wonder why the adventurers never showed up at his castle and send out a search party, which would, eventually result in the death of everyone they know and love; alternatively, they can hide the bodies and assume the identities of the four adventurers and hope to die far away from their home town to spare their loved ones. In a strange twist of fate, [[spoiler:this ends up helping them, when all "real" adventurers find themselves constantly rolling {{Critical Failure}}s in the dungeon thanks to a RealityWarper artifact that affects not only the "game" world but also RealLife. Additionally, the group also meets three other would-be adventurers who may have found themselves in the same predicament]].

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* In ''Literature/{{NPCs}}'', ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'', four {{Non Player Character}} Character}}s from a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' {{Expy}} tabletop game suddenly find themselves at the center of an incredible adventure, adventure when four [[PlayerCharacter adventurers]] get themselves killed in a stupid manner in a local tavern (the because the players didn't bother reading the rules or listen to the GM). GM. The [=NPCs=] (a [=NPCs=], a town guard, the daughter of the town mayor, a gnome with a shady past, and a half-orc bartender) bartender, find a scroll that appears to be the summons from the kingdom's [[TheCaligula mad ruler]], who is known to raze entire towns to the ground for any real or perceived slight. They're faced with a choice: if they do nothing, the king is likely to wonder why the adventurers never showed up at his castle and send out a search party, party which would, eventually eventually, result in the death deaths of everyone they know and love; alternatively, love. Alternatively, they can hide the bodies and assume the identities of the four adventurers and hope to die far away from their home town to spare their loved ones. In a strange twist of fate, [[spoiler:this ends up helping them, when all "real" adventurers find themselves constantly rolling {{Critical Failure}}s in the dungeon thanks to a RealityWarper artifact that affects not only the "game" world but also RealLife. Additionally, the group also meets three other would-be adventurers who may have found themselves in the same predicament]].
31st Aug '16 4:42:44 PM nombretomado
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* Zalasta of ''TheElenium'' is introduced in a quick scene where he is established as an old friend of Sephrenia's. In ''The Tamuli'' he plays a much larger role as an advisor to the protaganists and in the end [[spoiler:he is revealed to be the BigBad behind everything that has happened in Eosia for the last 500 years.]]

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* Zalasta of ''TheElenium'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' is introduced in a quick scene where he is established as an old friend of Sephrenia's. In ''The Tamuli'' he plays a much larger role as an advisor to the protaganists and in the end [[spoiler:he is revealed to be the BigBad behind everything that has happened in Eosia for the last 500 years.]]
24th Aug '16 9:38:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheBlackCompany,'' first book of the series of the same name, includes The Ten Who Were Taken, ten ancient wizards of great power. By the end of the book, it appears that all ten have been killed, but some survive in secret to reappear later in the plot. Two of these survivors had no speaking lines in the original book, and one of them was never even seen by the narrator, requiring one of the Company Brothers to shout out her name upon discovering her so the reader can realize what's happening.

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* ''TheBlackCompany,'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', first book of the series of the same name, includes The Ten Who Were Taken, ten ancient wizards of great power. By the end of the book, it appears that all ten have been killed, but some survive in secret to reappear later in the plot. Two of these survivors had no speaking lines in the original book, and one of them was never even seen by the narrator, requiring one of the Company Brothers to shout out her name upon discovering her so the reader can realize what's happening.
22nd May '16 9:02:15 PM PaulA
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* [[Literature/HerculePoirot Captain Hastings]] is promoted to full-fledged {{sidekick}} in the ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' series. Though he was originally thought up as a Watson figure, he doesn't even appear in most of the novels.
** However, the novels he ''does'' appear in make it clear that he's meant to be a Watson type character, and he appears in enough to make his mark, so this progression is at least {{justified|Trope}}.
*** Hastings was introduced in ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles''' (1920) to be a Watson-like figure and played that part in several Poirot short stories of the 1920s. Christie later wrote further "early cases" of Poirot set in this period and featuring Hastings. In ''The Murder on the Links'' (1923), Hastings gains a love interest in the person of Dulcie Duveen, a music-hall actress, singer, and acrobat. (Which he nicknames "Cinderella" or "Cinders".) By the end of the novel they marry and move together to Argentina. Christie later used the excuse of Hastings visiting Poirot in Great Britain to involve him in further cases. The only novels actually using said device were ''The Big Four'' (1927), ''Peril at End House'' (1932), ''Lord Edgware Dies'' (1933), ''Literature/TheABCMurders'' (1936) and ''Dumb Witness'' (1937). Poirot stories or novels set in the 1940s or later, generally do not feature nor mention Hastings. The one exception is ''Curtain: Poirot's Last Case'' (1975), which was actually written in World War II. There Hastings is featured as an elderly widower, bitter that his children have aged to adulthood and are living their lives far away from their father. He survives Poirot's suicide and [[spoiler: gains a second wife in the person of Elizabeth Cole]].

** Not an ascended extra at all. He is the narrator and a major character in the very first appearance in literature of Poirot. In all the examples listed above he appears in, he plays similar roles. Years later Christie got tired of him and stopped using him, but that doesn't make him an ascended extra. In the TV series - but not directly relevant for this trope - if there is an ascended extra it's Miss Lemon, who is very minor indeed in the books but significant in the series.
22nd May '16 9:00:27 PM PaulA
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* Katie Reed in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series. Creator/KimNewman makes a major player out of a character Creator/BramStoker created as a plot device in an early draft of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' (she was simply someone the main characters of the EpistolaryNovel could write letters to), and who never actually appeared in the finished book at all!
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