History AscendedExtra / Literature

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!
11th Dec '15 7:30:12 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Gale Hawthorne. He doesn't see much action until Mockingjay with smaller roles in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
7th Dec '15 5:39:52 AM ChronoLegion
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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.

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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]].
7th Dec '15 5:28:13 AM ChronoLegion
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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.
7th Nov '15 8:06:04 PM Mullon
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* In ''Literature/WelcomeToNightVale'', protagonist duties are shared by Diane Crayton, whose biggest role in the ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' podcast was a speaking role in "The Debate" episode, and Jackie Fiero, who had one line in one segment of episode 55.
23rd Sep '15 5:27:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''HowFewRemain'', Prussian diplomatic attache Schifflen nearly runs down a careless little girl who charges into the street in front of his horse. In the later Great War and American Empire series, that little girl is one of the primary viewpoint characters.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''HowFewRemain'', ''Literature/HowFewRemain'', Prussian diplomatic attache Schifflen nearly runs down a careless little girl who charges into the street in front of his horse. In the later Great War and American Empire series, that little girl is one of the primary viewpoint characters.
2nd Sep '15 4:36:28 PM Anddrix
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* Not just one but TWO (Havelock and Basia) of the POV characters in the fourth book of ''Literature/TheExpanse'' were originally minor characters in previous books (Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, respectively).

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* Not just one but TWO (Havelock and Basia) of the POV characters in the fourth book of ''Literature/TheExpanse'' were originally minor characters in previous books (Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, respectively).respectively).
* In the ''Literature/WolvesOfMercyFallsSeries'', Isabel and Cole went from being supporting protagonists to getting an entire book focusing on them.
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17th May '15 10:58:01 AM nombretomado
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* In HarryTurtledove's ''HowFewRemain'', Prussian diplomatic attache Schifflen nearly runs down a careless little girl who charges into the street in front of his horse. In the later Great War and American Empire series, that little girl is one of the primary viewpoint characters.

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* In HarryTurtledove's Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''HowFewRemain'', Prussian diplomatic attache Schifflen nearly runs down a careless little girl who charges into the street in front of his horse. In the later Great War and American Empire series, that little girl is one of the primary viewpoint characters.
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