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28th Nov '16 7:10:20 AM comicwriter
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*** The last time ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was on TV in Aus, it advertised as starring Hugh Jackman, who has 1 line and about 10 seconds of screentime.

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*** The last time During an airing of ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' on Australian TV, it was on TV in Aus, it advertised as starring Hugh Jackman, Creator/HughJackman, who has 1 line and about 10 seconds of screentime.screentime.
* The DVD cover for the crappy 90's thriller ''The Alternate'' has Music/IceT as one of the top billed actors and the ''only'' one featured on the DVD menu. This is despite his character disappearing from the plot fairly early on after getting knocked unconscious by Creator/EricRoberts. Like many of the cases on this page, it was likely due to Ice-T becoming a big star in the years after the movie was made.
16th Nov '16 5:41:17 PM nombretomado
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* Many Tweenie-Bopper Jonas Brothers Fans were thoroughly disappointed to find that the Jonas Brothers didn't star in CampRock, only Joe Jonas did. Disney Channel had announced many times in the trailers for Camp Rock that it starred the Jonas Brothers, failing to mention the fact that two of them were only minor characters and appeared very briefly.

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* Many Tweenie-Bopper Jonas Brothers Fans were thoroughly disappointed to find that the Jonas Brothers didn't star in CampRock, ''Film/CampRock'', only Joe Jonas did. Disney Channel had announced many times in the trailers for Camp Rock that it starred the Jonas Brothers, failing to mention the fact that two of them were only minor characters and appeared very briefly.
12th Nov '16 3:42:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' pushes Creator/AntonioBanderas and Creator/SalmaHayek as the "leads," which is understandable since they were the leads in the previous film. In this one, JohnnyDepp has far more screen-time, and Hayek is only present in flashbacks.

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* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' pushes Creator/AntonioBanderas and Creator/SalmaHayek as the "leads," which is understandable since they were the leads in the previous film. In this one, JohnnyDepp Creator/JohnnyDepp has far more screen-time, and Hayek is only present in flashbacks.
8th Nov '16 12:10:19 PM kazokuhouou
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* A bit of an odd example in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': the episode "The Dabba Don", a parody that imagines ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' as ''Series/TheSopranos'', had an opening credits sequence that parodied the Sopranos opening. Barney Rubble gets second placement in the credits, despite only appearing in one cameo scene and the TwistEnding. [[spoiler: Given said Twist Ending reveals he's the ''real'' mafia boss and not Fred, it makes a little more sense.]] Conversely, Harvey Birdman, despite being the title character of the series, only gets ''fifth'' billing. His ''assistant'' gets higher billing than him.

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* A bit of an odd example in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': the episode "The Dabba Don", a parody that imagines ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' as ''Series/TheSopranos'', had an opening credits sequence that parodied the Sopranos opening. Barney Rubble gets second placement in the credits, despite only appearing in one cameo scene and the TwistEnding. [[spoiler: Given said Twist Ending reveals he's the ''real'' mafia boss and not Fred, it makes a little more sense.]] Conversely, Harvey Birdman, despite being the title character of the series, and being co-protagonist alongside Fred Flintstone, only gets ''fifth'' billing. His ''assistant'' gets Phil Ken Sebben (who only appears in one scene), and Peanut (who's Harvey's ''assistant'') get higher billing than him.
8th Nov '16 12:07:39 PM kazokuhouou
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* A bit of an odd example in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': the episode "The Dabba Don", a parody that imagines ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' as ''Series/TheSopranos'', had an opening credits sequence that parodied the Sopranos opening, Barney Rubble gets second placement in the credits, despite only appearing in one cameo scene and the TwistEnding. [[spoiler: Given said Twist Ending reveals he's the ''real'' mafia boss and not Fred, it makes a little more sense.]] Conversely, Harvey Birdman, despite being the title character of the series, only gets ''fifth'' billing. His ''assistant'' gets higher billing than him.

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* A bit of an odd example in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': the episode "The Dabba Don", a parody that imagines ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' as ''Series/TheSopranos'', had an opening credits sequence that parodied the Sopranos opening, opening. Barney Rubble gets second placement in the credits, despite only appearing in one cameo scene and the TwistEnding. [[spoiler: Given said Twist Ending reveals he's the ''real'' mafia boss and not Fred, it makes a little more sense.]] Conversely, Harvey Birdman, despite being the title character of the series, only gets ''fifth'' billing. His ''assistant'' gets higher billing than him.
8th Nov '16 12:06:56 PM kazokuhouou
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* A bit of an odd example in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': the episode "The Dabba Don", a parody that imagines ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' as ''Series/TheSopranos'', had an opening credits sequence that parodied the Sopranos opening, Barney Rubble gets second placement in the credits, despite only appearing in one cameo scene and the TwistEnding. [[spoiler: Given said Twist Ending reveals he's the ''real'' mafia boss and not Fred, it makes a little more sense.]] Conversely, Harvey Birdman, despite being the title character of the series, only gets ''fifth'' billing. His ''assistant'' gets higher billing than him.
30th Oct '16 9:26:51 AM flowerwall
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives top billing to the original trilogy's leads, Creator/HarrisonFord (Han Solo), Creator/MarkHamill (Luke Skywalker), and Creator/CarrieFisher (Leia Organa). While Ford does have a significant role, the latter two both having supporting roles ([[spoiler:and in Hamill's case, a glorified cameo]]). Hamill [[spoiler:has no dialogue and less than a minute's worth of screentime]] and Fisher [[spoiler:does not appear until the movie's final act]]. Creator/DaisyRidley (Rey) and Creator/JohnBoyega (Finn), who portray the protagonists of the film, are also placed below Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), who plays the antagonist. Whether or not the subsequent films in the sequel trilogy will continue to put Ridley and Boyega beneath the original stars and the antagonist is to be determined.
* In what might have been a Canadian Pride moment, a Canadian television reporter made a reference to the then-new-release ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', starring ''Willem Dafoe''. Harrison Ford is the star of this movie, and its predecessor, ''Film/PatriotGames''. Dafoe's character was prominent, but not the lead by any stretch.
* ''Film/FightClub'' is about Brad Pitt starting up a club where men beat each other up, and also sharing a few scenes of disfunctional romance with Helena Bonham Carter. At least, that's what the ads and DVD cover make it look like, both of them billing Pitt first. Actually, the film is about Edward Norton's (unnamed) character. Pitt doesn't even show up until about 45 minutes in, and near the end, we learn he's really [[spoiler: just a visual manifestation of Norton's fractured psyche, not even a real person]].

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives top billing to the original trilogy's leads, Creator/HarrisonFord (Han Solo), Creator/MarkHamill (Luke Skywalker), and Creator/CarrieFisher (Leia Organa). While Ford does have a significant role, the latter two both having supporting roles ([[spoiler:and in Hamill's case, a glorified cameo]]). Hamill [[spoiler:has no dialogue and less than a minute's worth of screentime]] and Fisher [[spoiler:does not appear until the movie's final act]]. Creator/DaisyRidley (Rey) and Creator/JohnBoyega (Finn), who portray the protagonists of the film, are also placed below Adam Driver Creator/AdamDriver (Kylo Ren), who plays the antagonist. Whether or not the subsequent films in the sequel trilogy will continue to put Ridley and Boyega beneath the original stars and the antagonist is to be determined.
* In what might have been a Canadian Pride moment, a Canadian television reporter made a reference to the then-new-release ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', starring ''Willem Dafoe''.Creator/WillemDafoe. Harrison Ford is the star of this movie, and its predecessor, ''Film/PatriotGames''. Dafoe's character was prominent, but not the lead by any stretch.
* ''Film/FightClub'' is about Brad Pitt Creator/BradPitt starting up a club where men beat each other up, and also sharing a few scenes of disfunctional romance with Helena Bonham Carter. At least, that's what the ads and DVD cover make it look like, both of them billing Pitt first. Actually, the film is about Edward Norton's (unnamed) character. Pitt doesn't even show up until about 45 minutes in, and near the end, we learn he's really [[spoiler: just a visual manifestation of Norton's fractured psyche, not even a real person]].



* Maximillian Schell is billed ''sixth'' in ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'' yet he is arguably one of three lead characters. The film's focus is clearly on Spencer Tracy's conflicted main judge and the two lawyers, including Richard Widmark's stolid prosecutor and Schell's fiery, passionate defense attorney. Schell was even nominated for an Oscar for the performance as Best ''Actor'' and won. Burt Lancaster is billed second for the film but spends most of it sitting in a defendant's box and saying nothing. Marlene Dietrich, whose character has little to nothing to do with the trial at hand, also gets higher billing than Schell.

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* Maximillian Schell is billed ''sixth'' in ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'' yet he is arguably one of three lead characters. The film's focus is clearly on Spencer Tracy's Creator/SpencerTracy's conflicted main judge and the two lawyers, including Richard Widmark's stolid prosecutor and Schell's fiery, passionate defense attorney. Schell was even nominated for an Oscar for the performance as Best ''Actor'' and won. Burt Lancaster Creator/BurtLancaster is billed second for the film but spends most of it sitting in a defendant's box and saying nothing. Marlene Dietrich, Creator/MarleneDietrich, whose character has little to nothing to do with the trial at hand, also gets higher billing than Schell.



* In ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', Diedrich Bader gets major billing in the opening credits despite him being in only two scenes. This ignores those who actually have larger roles than Bader such as Hayley Duff. Somewhat justified in that Bader's appearance is a OneSceneWonder appearance and probably one of the most memorable performances in the movie.
* In ''Film/{{Holes}},'' Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Jon Voight get top billing above Creator/ShiaLaBeouf who is the lead.

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* In ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', Diedrich Bader Creator/DiedrichBader gets major billing in the opening credits despite him being in only two scenes. This ignores those who actually have larger roles than Bader such as Hayley Duff. Somewhat justified in that Bader's appearance is a OneSceneWonder appearance and probably one of the most memorable performances in the movie.
* In ''Film/{{Holes}},'' Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Jon Voight Creator/JonVoight get top billing above Creator/ShiaLaBeouf who is the lead.
30th Oct '16 9:17:04 AM flowerwall
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives top billing to the original trilogy's leads, Creator/HarrisonFord (Han Solo), Creator/MarkHamill (Luke Skywalker), and Creator/CarrieFisher (Leia Organa). While Ford does have a significant role, the latter two both having supporting roles ([[spoiler:and in Hamill's case, a glorified cameo]]). Hamill [[spoiler:has no dialogue and less than a minute's worth of screentime]] and Fisher [[spoiler:does not appear until the movie's final act]]. Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn), who portray the protagonists of the film, are also placed below Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), who plays the antagonist. Whether or not the subsequent films in the sequel trilogy will continue to put Ridley and Boyega beneath the original stars and the antagonist is to be determined.

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives top billing to the original trilogy's leads, Creator/HarrisonFord (Han Solo), Creator/MarkHamill (Luke Skywalker), and Creator/CarrieFisher (Leia Organa). While Ford does have a significant role, the latter two both having supporting roles ([[spoiler:and in Hamill's case, a glorified cameo]]). Hamill [[spoiler:has no dialogue and less than a minute's worth of screentime]] and Fisher [[spoiler:does not appear until the movie's final act]]. Daisy Ridley Creator/DaisyRidley (Rey) and John Boyega Creator/JohnBoyega (Finn), who portray the protagonists of the film, are also placed below Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), who plays the antagonist. Whether or not the subsequent films in the sequel trilogy will continue to put Ridley and Boyega beneath the original stars and the antagonist is to be determined.
12th Oct '16 7:48:10 PM erforce
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* The first ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' was written with it in mind that Will Turner was the male lead and Jack Sparrow was a supporting character who was only there for the purpose of teaching Will how to be a pirate. Then Johnny Depp got cast in the role and gradually the script was rewritten until he was at least the second lead, and he received top billing. This is a sort of inversion/subversion/playing straight of this trope all at the same time. The sequels were unabashedly about Jack Sparrow and the fourth film doesn't even feature Will.

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* The first ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' was written with it in mind that Will Turner was the male lead and Jack Sparrow was a supporting character who was only there for the purpose of teaching Will how to be a pirate. Then Johnny Depp got cast in the role and gradually the script was rewritten until he was at least the second lead, and he received top billing. This is a sort of inversion/subversion/playing straight of this trope all at the same time. The sequels were unabashedly about Jack Sparrow and the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth film film]] doesn't even feature Will.
9th Oct '16 7:57:15 PM MisterCPC
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** Reiko Aylesworth appeared as Michelle Dessler in every episode of Season 2 and had a pivotal role in the season, but was only credited as a guest star through all of it. Meanwhile, Penny Johnson Jerald was credited as a main cast member, but only appeared in a quarter of the season before taking off and not returning until the final few episodes. Aylesworth was credited as part of the cast in early releases of the Season 2 DVD set... but it also credited Sarah Clarke as Nina Meyers as part of the cast, even though she only appeared in a handful of episodes during the first half of the season.
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