History AscendedExtra / LiveActionTV

7th Nov '17 5:58:19 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Zack Allen of ''Series/BabylonFive'' didn't even rate a name in his first several appearances, being just another faceless security guard. By Season 4, he had been promoted to the opening credits.
18th Oct '17 7:05:09 PM PaulA
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* The 2000 miniseries of ''Series/{{Dune}}'' expands 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 in the miniseries, where she meets Paul early in the story and they even seem to have feelings for each other.
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'': Sir Roderick Glossop's wife, Lady Delia Glossop, 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.
18th Oct '17 6:59:23 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/The X-Files'':
** The Smoking Man began as an extra in the pilot episode. However he was brought back for cameos through the first season followed by increasingly regular appearances in following seasons which developed him into the show's most infamous antagonist.

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* ''Series/The X-Files'':
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''Series/TheXFiles'': The Smoking Man began as an extra in the pilot episode. However he was brought back for cameos through the first season followed by increasingly regular appearances in following seasons which developed him into the show's most infamous antagonist.
18th Oct '17 1:25:02 AM DrPsyche
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* ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017'': The Hook-Handed Man was one of Olaf's more notable Henchmen, ultimately being the one who stayed on for the longest but until book 11 he's never treated as anything other than a standard henchman. The series upgrades him to TheDragon and gives him a much larger role as Olaf's primary enforcer and right hand. He's even written in to the Miserable Mill as the Foreman taking the role that the Bald Man with the Long Nose played in the books.
15th Sep '17 9:11:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Doremy Vernon first appeared as the surly canteen manageress in the first three Christmas episodes of ''AreYouBeingServed'' By 1979, she had ascended to a semi-regular character on the show.

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* Doremy Vernon first appeared as the surly canteen manageress in the first three Christmas episodes of ''AreYouBeingServed'' ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' By 1979, she had ascended to a semi-regular character on the show.
14th Sep '17 9:18:53 AM DoKnowButchie
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* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' built up most of its core cast from characters who in [[{{Film/Nikita}} the original film]] were nameless extras with no character beyond their role within the organization that kidnaps and trains Nikita. The computer expert becomes Seymour Birkoff, the quartermaster becomes Walter, and the director becomes Operations.

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* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' built up most of its core supporting cast from characters who in [[{{Film/Nikita}} the original film]] were nameless extras with no character beyond their role within the organization that kidnaps and trains Nikita. The computer expert becomes Seymour Birkoff, the quartermaster becomes Walter, and the director becomes Operations.
14th Sep '17 9:17:48 AM DoKnowButchie
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* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' built up most of its core cast from characters who in [[{{Film/Nikita}} the original film]] were nameless extras with no character beyond their role within the organization that kidnaps and trains Nikita. The computer expert becomes Seymour Birkoff, the quartermaster becomes Walter, and the director becomes Operations.
12th Aug '17 11:31:58 AM nombretomado
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* The Zyu2 monsters for the first and second seasons of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' are kind of this trope. The ''SuperSentai'' footage was exhausted by "[[SeasonFinale Doomsday]]," so {{Saban|Entertainment}} contacted Toei to produce more action footage to keep the season/series going, and the [[FanNickname Zyu2]] episodes were shot with monsters and battle footage [[AdaptationExpansion exclusively for the US series]]. Starting with Goo Fish and finishing with Turban Shell, each of them started as a MonsterOfTheWeek like any other. Since they were US-only monsters, Saban owned the costumes exclusively without having to rent them. As Saban had to fill out the 50-episode second season, bringing back hordes of old monsters became a fairly regular occurrence as the season wore on, and most (if not all) of those monsters would be from the Zyu2 crowd. Some even showed up for the grand season 6 finale at the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', and even the monster hell scenes from the final arc of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue,'' (season ''eight.'') Of course, these scenes contained many monsters from across franchise history, American-original ''and'' Japanese-original.

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* The Zyu2 monsters for the first and second seasons of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' are kind of this trope. The ''SuperSentai'' footage was exhausted by "[[SeasonFinale Doomsday]]," so {{Saban|Entertainment}} Creator/{{Saban|Entertainment}} contacted Toei to produce more action footage to keep the season/series going, and the [[FanNickname Zyu2]] episodes were shot with monsters and battle footage [[AdaptationExpansion exclusively for the US series]]. Starting with Goo Fish and finishing with Turban Shell, each of them started as a MonsterOfTheWeek like any other. Since they were US-only monsters, Saban owned the costumes exclusively without having to rent them. As Saban had to fill out the 50-episode second season, bringing back hordes of old monsters became a fairly regular occurrence as the season wore on, and most (if not all) of those monsters would be from the Zyu2 crowd. Some even showed up for the grand season 6 finale at the end of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', and even the monster hell scenes from the final arc of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue,'' (season ''eight.'') Of course, these scenes contained many monsters from across franchise history, American-original ''and'' Japanese-original.
10th Jul '17 7:16:12 PM Amahn
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*** The character of Walter wasn't even Walter in the beginning, rather a "nameless" extra that rose in prominence largely thanks to ThrowItIn. Even his name changed thanks to the cast. He wasn't originally named Walter, but picked up that name after Creator/RichardDeanAnderson called him that in a shot, and after being told by someone on the set that wasn't his name [=RDA=] declared "it is now". His last name officially became Harriman after Creator/DonSDavis referred to him as "airman", but thanks to how he said it fans misheard it as Harriman and believed it to be his last name. The writers ran with it.


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** Similar to the Gorn, the Tholians also appeared only briefly on screen but show up more regularly in games and novels.


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** In a similar vein, Grant Immahara helped out behind the scenes and was seen on screen a couple times before he replaced Scottie in the 3rd season.
26th May '17 9:40:48 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'':
**Lucas Goodwin is more of a supporting character in the first season, but plays a bigger role later on, especially when [[spoiler:he tries to assassinate Frank Underwood in an attempt to avenge Zoe Barnes]].
**In season 1, Tom Hammerschmidt is just a secondary character in Zoe Barnes' storyline. He operates as her antagonist and a cynical lesson about where moral integrity gets you in today's climate. He falls off the show entirely for a long time, with only sporadic appearances after the fourth episode. Then in Season 4, Hammerschmidt returns in a major way after Lucas Goodwin dies during his attempt to assassinate Frank. With experience and determination, Hammerschmidt begins to tie together the truth behind Frank's rise to power and eventually establishes at least part of the Underwoods' amoral activities in the public eye. He's come closer than anyone to bringing Frank Underwood down, and Frank is very clearly terrified that Hammerschmidt's activities will see an end to the Underwood legacy.
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