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23rd May '18 2:54:59 AM AmuckCricetine
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->''"When released, Warwick Davis (of Willow and 'third Ewok from the left' fame) was the closest thing Leprechaun had to an actual celebrity... Less than a year later, their token eye candy actress Jennifer Aniston made good and landed a network sitcom. The show was kind of a hit, and by the final season of Friends, Aniston was earning the entire budget of Leprechaun per episode. On the new DVD cover, she finally got co-billing with the midget in scare makeup and tights."''

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->''"When released, Warwick Davis Creator/WarwickDavis (of Willow Film/{{Willow}} and 'third Ewok from the left' fame) was the closest thing Leprechaun Film/{{Leprechaun}} had to an actual celebrity... Less than a year later, their token eye candy actress Jennifer Aniston Creator/JenniferAniston made good and landed a network sitcom. The show was kind of a hit, and by the final season of Friends, Series/{{Friends}}, Aniston was earning the entire budget of Leprechaun per episode. On the new DVD cover, she finally got co-billing with the midget in scare makeup and tights."''



* ''Film/FightClub'' is about 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]].

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* ''Film/FightClub'' is about 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.Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter. 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 is Creator/EdwardNorton'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 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. Creator/BurtLancaster is billed second for the film but spends most of it sitting in a defendant's box and saying nothing. Creator/MarleneDietrich, 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 Creator/SpencerTracy's conflicted main judge and the two lawyers, including Richard Widmark's Creator/RichardWidmark'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. Creator/BurtLancaster is billed second for the film but spends most of it sitting in a defendant's box and saying nothing. Creator/MarleneDietrich, whose character has little to nothing to do with the trial at hand, also gets higher billing than Schell.



* ''Film/TheHole'' stars Creator/ThoraBirch, and has Creator/KeiraKnightley (in one of her first roles) as a minor character who is billed 4th or 5th. Birch is the protagonist, and is in almost every scene. But the [[http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000ARD7T DVD cover]] makes it look like Knightley is the star. When the film was shown on british TV channel E4 the trailer's narrator said it starred "Keira Knightley and whatsherface from American Beauty".

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* ''Film/TheHole'' stars Creator/ThoraBirch, and has Creator/KeiraKnightley (in one of her first roles) as a minor character who is billed 4th or 5th. Birch is the protagonist, and is in almost every scene. But the [[http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000ARD7T DVD cover]] makes it look like Knightley is the star. When the film was shown on british British TV channel E4 the trailer's narrator said it starred "Keira Knightley and whatsherface from American Beauty".



* One of the most striking examples: the actual main character in ''Film/TrainingDay'' is Ethan Hawke's rookie rather than Creator/DenzelWashington's crooked cop, but Hawke is hardly remembered while Washington won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Despite playing the main character, Hawke was nominated for a Supporting Role.
* A similar example to ''Film/TrainingDay'' is ''Film/{{Collateral}}''. Jamie Foxx is on the screen for almost the entire movie, but Creator/TomCruise was billed as the lead. Foxx, like Hawke, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, though this was arguably to avoid vote interference with his performance in the biopic ''Ray'', for which he won the Best Actor Oscar that year.

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* One of the most striking examples: the actual main character in ''Film/TrainingDay'' is Ethan Hawke's Creator/EthanHawke's rookie rather than Creator/DenzelWashington's crooked cop, but Hawke is hardly remembered while Washington won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Despite playing the main character, Hawke was nominated for a Supporting Role.
* A similar example to ''Film/TrainingDay'' is ''Film/{{Collateral}}''. Jamie Foxx Creator/JamieFoxx is on the screen for almost the entire movie, but Creator/TomCruise was billed as the lead. Foxx, like Hawke, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, though this was arguably to avoid vote interference with his performance in the biopic ''Ray'', ''Film/{{Ray}}'', for which he won the Best Actor Oscar that year.



* Jennifer Hudson was nominated (and the winner) in the supporting category for ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'' despite being the main character, since she did not get top billing, although she did get a huge "And Introducing" credit at the end. In a case of LifeImitatesArt, Music/{{Beyonce}} Knowles, whose character steals top billing from Hudson's character, was the movie's top-billed actress (alongside Jamie Foxx and Creator/EddieMurphy).

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* Jennifer Hudson was nominated (and the winner) in the supporting category for ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'' despite being the main character, since she did not get top billing, although she did get a huge "And Introducing" credit at the end. In a case of LifeImitatesArt, Music/{{Beyonce}} Knowles, whose character steals top billing from Hudson's character, was the movie's top-billed actress (alongside Jamie Foxx Creator/JamieFoxx and Creator/EddieMurphy).



* The video edition of ''Film/TheThirdMan'' has Orson Welles alone on the cover, even though Welles only features in the last 20 minutes or so, and his appearance is supposed to be a reveal. Joseph Cotten is the actual star, although he does get top billing.

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* The video edition of ''Film/TheThirdMan'' has Orson Welles Creator/OrsonWelles alone on the cover, even though Welles only features in the last 20 minutes or so, and his appearance is supposed to be a reveal. Joseph Cotten Creator/JosephCotten is the actual star, although he does get top billing.



* ''Blunt: The Third Man'', a British TV movie from the '80s. The video had a big photo of Anthony Hopkins on the cover, so the viewer might presume Hopkins was playing Blunt. Turns out Ian Richardson played Blunt (a real-life Soviet spy), and Hopkins was a supporting character, but Richardson never played Hannibal Lecter, and Hopkins did, so they put Hopkins on the cover.

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* ''Blunt: The Third Man'', a British TV movie from the '80s. The video had a big photo of Anthony Hopkins Creator/AnthonyHopkins on the cover, so the viewer might presume Hopkins was playing Blunt. Turns out Ian Richardson played Blunt (a real-life Soviet spy), and Hopkins was a supporting character, but Richardson never played Hannibal Lecter, and Hopkins did, so they put Hopkins on the cover.



* The ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' remake counts, as it was advertised starring Creator/JohnTravolta (in drag!). Nikki Blonsky gets an "[[AndStarring And Introducing]]" after the long list of all the other celebrities "starring" in the movie. The visual extension of this trope is on the soundtrack cover, which uses pictures of the characters. An odd side effect of this is that the only teenage character above the title is Amanda Bynes, with Brittany Snow, Elijah Kelly, Zac Efron, and Nikki Blonksy underneath it (and Bynes and Snow [[DawsonCasting were 20]] when they shot the movie).

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* The ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' remake counts, as it was advertised starring Creator/JohnTravolta (in drag!). Nikki Blonsky gets an "[[AndStarring And Introducing]]" after the long list of all the other celebrities "starring" in the movie. The visual extension of this trope is on the soundtrack cover, which uses pictures of the characters. An odd side effect of this is that the only teenage character above the title is Amanda Bynes, Creator/AmandaBynes, with Brittany Snow, Elijah Kelly, Zac Efron, Creator/BrittanySnow, Creator/ElijahKelly, Creator/ZacEfron, and Nikki Blonksy Creator/NikkiBlonksy underneath it (and Bynes and Snow [[DawsonCasting were 20]] when they shot the movie).



** In some countries, ''The Last Boy Scout'' left Bruce Willis's co-star Damon Wayans off the posters.

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** In some countries, ''The Last Boy Scout'' ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'' left Bruce Willis's co-star Damon Wayans off the posters.



* ''Film/LAConfidential'' focuses on three cops played by Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kevin Spacey. Spacey had just won an Oscar a couple of years prior, but Pearce and Crowe were more or less unknowns at the time. Spacey's character arguably has the least screen time of the three while Pearce is as close to a lead character as the film has. Spacey was billed first, Crowe second and Pearce third.
* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' has Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman billed above the title, while Christopher Reeve, who plays Superman, is first billed ''below'' the title. Creator/MargotKidder is also billed very late in the credits, despite having the pivotal Lois Lane role, as a result of everyone after Reeve being in alphabetical order. Of course, while Brando [[MoneyDearBoy received notoriously outsize compensation]] for his small part and Hackman has a huge part as the villain, Reeve charmed the world as the Metropolis Marvel and the sequels gave him the proper top billing as a result, although in the first sequel, Hackman was still billed before Reeve. Reeve however was now billed before the title, unlike in the first movie.

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* ''Film/LAConfidential'' focuses on three cops played by Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce Creator/RussellCrowe, Creator/GuyPearce and Kevin Spacey.Creator/KevinSpacey. Spacey had just won an Oscar a couple of years prior, but Pearce and Crowe were more or less unknowns at the time. Spacey's character arguably has the least screen time of the three while Pearce is as close to a lead character as the film has. Spacey was billed first, Crowe second and Pearce third.
* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' has Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman billed above the title, while Christopher Reeve, Creator/ChristopherReeve, who plays Superman, is first billed ''below'' the title. Creator/MargotKidder is also billed very late in the credits, despite having the pivotal Lois Lane role, as a result of everyone after Reeve being in alphabetical order. Of course, while Brando [[MoneyDearBoy received notoriously outsize compensation]] for his small part and Hackman has a huge part as the villain, Reeve charmed the world as the Metropolis Marvel and the sequels gave him the proper top billing as a result, although in the first sequel, Hackman was still billed before Reeve. Reeve however was now billed before the title, unlike in the first movie.



* Creator/RobertEnglund in 1975's "Slashed Dreams", despite no dreaming, no slashing and Robert doesn’t actually show up until the last ten minutes or so - and then only as a good guy.

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* Creator/RobertEnglund in 1975's "Slashed Dreams", ''Slashed Dreams'', despite no dreaming, no slashing and Robert doesn’t actually show up until the last ten minutes or so - and then only as a good guy.



** Creator/BillyCrystal plays the first grave-digger; one scene, lasting about five minutes. Creator/GerardDepardieu is even worse. He plays Reynaldo, a character usually ''left out'' since he only has one very short scene, and it has little if anything to do with the main plot. Both men get their names on the poster. Richard Briers, Creator/BrianBlessed, Nicholas Farrell and Michael Maloney, who play the large and/or pivotal roles of Polonius, the Ghost of Hamlet's father, Horatio and Laertes, do not.

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** Creator/BillyCrystal plays the first grave-digger; one scene, lasting about five minutes. Creator/GerardDepardieu is even worse. He plays Reynaldo, a character usually ''left out'' since he only has one very short scene, and it has little if anything to do with the main plot. Both men get their names on the poster. Richard Briers, Creator/RichardBriers, Creator/BrianBlessed, Nicholas Farrell and Michael Maloney, who play the large and/or pivotal roles of Polonius, the Ghost of Hamlet's father, Horatio and Laertes, do not.



* The RetroactiveRecognition version of this has occurred with some older movies where Jackie Chan appeared in minor roles. For example, ''女警察'' (''The Policewoman''), a crime / action film from 1973 starring Yuen Qiu and Charlie Chin, was later reissued on VHS / DVD under several different titles (one of which was ''Rumble in Hong Kong'', an obvious case of TranslationMatchmaking), with Chan's name on the front cover. Similarly, in ''The 36 Crazy Fists'' (1977), he was credited as "stunt coordinator" and appeared on-screen only as an extra, but the front cover of some DVD reissues are misleadingly designed to present him as the leading actor and/or the director.

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* The RetroactiveRecognition version of this has occurred with some older movies where Jackie Chan Creator/JackieChan appeared in minor roles. For example, ''女警察'' (''The Policewoman''), a crime / action film from 1973 starring Yuen Qiu and Charlie Chin, was later reissued on VHS / DVD under several different titles (one of which was ''Rumble in Hong Kong'', an obvious case of TranslationMatchmaking), with Chan's name on the front cover. Similarly, in ''The 36 Crazy Fists'' (1977), he was credited as "stunt coordinator" and appeared on-screen only as an extra, but the front cover of some DVD reissues are misleadingly designed to present him as the leading actor and/or the director.



* Home video releases of ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' have Creator/JohnTravolta given top billing alongside Sissy Spacek, even though his character was a fairly minor one.

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* Home video releases of ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' have Creator/JohnTravolta given top billing alongside Sissy Spacek, Creator/SissySpacek, even though his character was a fairly minor one.



* There was a lot of hype about Creator/DrewBarrymore starring in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', with equal billing to Neve Campbell. Barrymore [[DeadStarWalking dies in the first 10 minutes]]. This was intentional to establish that AnyoneCanDie.

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* There was a lot of hype about Creator/DrewBarrymore starring in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', with equal billing to Neve Campbell.Creator/NeveCampbell. Barrymore [[DeadStarWalking dies in the first 10 minutes]]. This was intentional to establish that AnyoneCanDie.



* In ''Film/{{Juno}}'', the trailers and posters for that film heavily promoted Michael Cera's involvement, giving him and Page co-star billing, when in fact his role was relatively minor, and fairly passive, in the movie. At the time, Cera was famous for his role in cult TV comedy ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', while Page was arguably less well-known.

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* In ''Film/{{Juno}}'', the trailers and posters for that film heavily promoted Michael Cera's Creator/MichaelCera's involvement, giving him and Page co-star billing, when in fact his role was relatively minor, and fairly passive, in the movie. At the time, Cera was famous for his role in cult TV comedy ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', while Page was arguably less well-known.



* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' follows the adventures of the character of the same name, played by [[Film/{{Leprechaun}} Warwick Davis]], and only leaves his perspective to show what the villains are plotting. However, Davis gets third billing to Creator/ValKilmer and Joanne Whalley, both playing supporting characters.

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* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' follows the adventures of the character of the same name, played by [[Film/{{Leprechaun}} Warwick Davis]], Creator/WarwickDavis, and only leaves his perspective to show what the villains are plotting. However, Davis gets third billing to Creator/ValKilmer and Joanne Whalley, both playing supporting characters.



* The Independent Film Channel advertised ''Before Night Falls'' as "starring Johnny Depp," when in fact he only appears in three scenes.

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* The Independent Film Channel advertised ''Before Night Falls'' as "starring Johnny Depp," Creator/JohnnyDepp," when in fact he only appears in three scenes.



* Martin Freeman, who played Arthur Dent (the main character) in ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', was listed fourth in the opening credits.

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* Martin Freeman, Creator/MartinFreeman, who played Arthur Dent (the main character) in ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', was listed fourth in the opening credits.



* In the animated movie ''Heidi's Song'' Sammy Davis Jr. receives second billing even though his role is very minor only appearing as a singing rat who appears near the end.

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* In the animated movie ''Heidi's Song'' Sammy Davis Jr. Creator/SammyDavisJr receives second billing even though his role is very minor only appearing as a singing rat who appears near the end.
21st May '18 11:33:57 AM makarovak47
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* Some promos for reruns of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' say things like "Melissa [=McCarthy=] is cooking up some comedy on ''Gilmore Girls''," when she had been a supporting cast member and over a third of the episodes don't even include her character (additionally, ''Gilmore Girls'' is a {{Dramedy}} rather than pure comedy). While the actual stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel have had decent careers since the show, [=McCarthy=] is now better known than either of them for her lead role in the sitcom ''Series/MikeAndMolly'' and lead roles in a couple of hit comedy movies.

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* Some promos for reruns of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' say things like "Melissa [=McCarthy=] "Creator/MelissaMcCarthy is cooking up some comedy on ''Gilmore Girls''," when she had been a supporting cast member and over a third of the episodes don't even include her character (additionally, ''Gilmore Girls'' is a {{Dramedy}} rather than pure comedy). While the actual stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel Creator/AlexisBledel have had decent careers since the show, [=McCarthy=] is now better known than either of them for her lead role in the sitcom ''Series/MikeAndMolly'' and lead roles in a couple of hit comedy movies.



* Many Tweenie-Bopper Jonas Brothers Fans were thoroughly disappointed to find that the Jonas Brothers didn't star in ''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.

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* Many Tweenie-Bopper Jonas Brothers Fans were thoroughly disappointed to find that the Jonas Brothers didn't star in ''Film/CampRock'', only Joe Jonas Music/JoeJonas 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.



* ''The Queen'', a 2009 series of British docudramas detailing pivotal events from the life of [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Queen Elizabeth II]] prominently featured the "five leading British actresses" playing the monarch, to the point that no other cast members were even mentioned on the website. It was strange then that Emila Fox, the actress playing the queen in the first episode, actually appeared ''less'' than the second billed (in the credits)/mostly ignored (in the promotional material) Creator/KatieMcGrath, who played Princess Margaret.
* The [[strike: Sci-Fi]] Creator/{{Syfy}} miniseries ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'' was hyped with commercials advertising Creator/TimCurry and [[Film/{{Misery}} Kathy Bates]]. Bates plays the villainous Queen of Hearts, so that could be considered acceptable. But Curry has a grand-total of three minutes of screen-time in the first act. The main characters ([[ActionGirl Alice]] and [[LoveableRogue Hatter]]) are played by relative unknowns.

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* ''The Queen'', a 2009 series of British docudramas detailing pivotal events from the life of [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Queen Elizabeth II]] prominently featured the "five leading British actresses" playing the monarch, to the point that no other cast members were even mentioned on the website. It was strange then that Emila Fox, Creator/EmiliaFox, the actress playing the queen in the first episode, actually appeared ''less'' than the second billed (in the credits)/mostly ignored (in the promotional material) Creator/KatieMcGrath, who played Princess Margaret.
** Similarly, the first two seasons of ''Series/TheCrown2016'' controversially had Creator/MattSmith (who plays {{deuteragonist}} Prince Phillip) get top billing over protagonist Creator/ClaireFoy.
* The [[strike: Sci-Fi]] Creator/{{Syfy}} miniseries ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'' was hyped with commercials advertising Creator/TimCurry and [[Film/{{Misery}} Kathy Bates]].Creator/KathyBates. Bates plays the villainous Queen of Hearts, so that could be considered acceptable. But Curry has a grand-total of three minutes of screen-time in the first act. The main characters ([[ActionGirl Alice]] and [[LoveableRogue Hatter]]) are played by relative unknowns.



** Season 4 was easily the biggest example of this. Of the credited cast members, only Creator/KieferSutherland, Kim Raver and ([[PromotionToOpeningTitles later on]]) Roger Cross appeared through the majority of the season, while all the other credited leads ended up getting written out early on. Meanwhile, supporting cast members Louis Lombardi, Carlos Bernard, and Creator/MaryLynnRajskub appear prominently throughout the season but were only credited as guest stars. The way things ended up, most of the guest stars in that season ended up being more fitting as main characters than most of the season's actual credited main characters.

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** Season 4 was easily the biggest example of this. Of the credited cast members, only Creator/KieferSutherland, Kim Raver Creator/KimRaver and ([[PromotionToOpeningTitles later on]]) Roger Cross appeared through the majority of the season, while all the other credited leads ended up getting written out early on. Meanwhile, supporting cast members Louis Lombardi, Carlos Bernard, and Creator/MaryLynnRajskub appear prominently throughout the season but were only credited as guest stars. The way things ended up, most of the guest stars in that season ended up being more fitting as main characters than most of the season's actual credited main characters.



* Ditto with ''Series/BarneyAndFriends.'' Aside from being massively popular in the '90s and having a huge PeripheryHatedom, the only thing most people remember about the show is that Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato appeared on a number of episodes from 2002 to 2004. Never mind the fact that there were a few other members of the cast who would find future success, like Trevor Morgan, Madison Pettis, and Kyla Pratt, but good luck finding people who know who they are, let alone that they were on ''Barney;" because when people bring up the show's alumni, it will be Gomez, Lovato, and no one else.

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* Ditto with ''Series/BarneyAndFriends.'' Aside from being massively popular in the '90s and having a huge PeripheryHatedom, the only thing most people remember about the show is that Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato appeared on a number of episodes from 2002 to 2004. Never mind the fact that there were a few other members of the cast who would find future success, like Trevor Morgan, Madison Pettis, and Kyla Pratt, Creator/KylaPratt, but good luck finding people who know who they are, let alone that they were on ''Barney;" because when people bring up the show's alumni, it will be Gomez, Lovato, and no one else.



* In the opening credits for ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', the only people ever listed were Steve Carell (Michael), John Krasinski (Jim), Rainn Wilson (Dwight), Jenna Fischer (Pam) and B.J. Novak (Ryan) until season 6, when Ed Helms (Andy) was PromotedToOpeningCredits and in season 7, James Spader (Robert California) was also promoted (then left the show after that season). While that may seem like a lot of characters, ''The Office'' had a relatively large ensemble cast. B.J. Novak was an especially blatant example, because as the seasons went on, he had less screentime than some of the actors who weren't in the opening credits.

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* In the opening credits for ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', the only people ever listed were Steve Carell Creator/SteveCarell (Michael), John Krasinski Creator/JohnKrasinski (Jim), Rainn Wilson Creator/RainnWilson (Dwight), Jenna Fischer (Pam) and B.J. Novak (Ryan) until season 6, when Ed Helms Creator/EdHelms (Andy) was PromotedToOpeningCredits and in season 7, James Spader 7, Creator/JamesSpader (Robert California) was also promoted (then left the show after that season). While that may seem like a lot of characters, ''The Office'' had a relatively large ensemble cast. B.J. Novak was an especially blatant example, because as the seasons went on, he had less screentime than some of the actors who weren't in the opening credits.



** When ATimeToKill was shown on network television, a promo only showed KevinSpacey and AshleyJudd as the leads.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'':
** Creator/MehcadBrooks gets second billing over Creator/ChylerLeigh despite the latter playing the {{deuteragonist}} since Day 1 while Brooks' character gradually getting DemotedToExtra over he course of the series.
** Starting Season 2, Chris Wood gets AndStarring credits along with Creator/DavidHarewood over the likes of the aforementioned Leigh and Brooks, as well as Jeremy Jordan, despite the latter three having more recognition and seniority as actors.
** Despite playing [[Series/{{Smallville}} the previous live-action]] ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, Creator/LauraVandervoort never got the "[[AndStarring Special Guest Star]]" citation in her guest appearances unlike guest stars who are previous prominent DC actors.
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When ATimeToKill ''Film/ATimeToKill'' was shown on network television, a promo only showed KevinSpacey Creator/KevinSpacey and AshleyJudd Creator/AshleyJudd as the leads.
18th May '18 4:58:05 AM jormis29
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* A more retroactive example, [[Series/ICarly Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor]] are billed as the topped stars of the ''Series/DrakeAndJosh Christmas Special'' even though Creator/DrakeBell and Josh Peck are the title characters.

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* A more retroactive example, [[Series/ICarly Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor]] are billed as the topped stars of the ''Series/DrakeAndJosh Christmas Special'' even though Creator/DrakeBell and Josh Peck Creator/JoshPeck are the title characters.
15th May '18 4:46:13 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' has Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman billed above the title, while Christopher Reeve, who plays Superman, is first billed ''below'' the title. Margot Kidder is also billed very late in the credits, despite having the pivotal Lois Lane role, as a result of everyone after Reeve being in alphabetical order. Of course, while Brando [[MoneyDearBoy received notoriously outsize compensation]] for his small part and Hackman has a huge part as the villain, Reeve charmed the world as the Metropolis Marvel and the sequels gave him the proper top billing as a result, although in the first sequel, Hackman was still billed before Reeve. Reeve however was now billed before the title, unlike in the first movie.

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* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' has Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman billed above the title, while Christopher Reeve, who plays Superman, is first billed ''below'' the title. Margot Kidder Creator/MargotKidder is also billed very late in the credits, despite having the pivotal Lois Lane role, as a result of everyone after Reeve being in alphabetical order. Of course, while Brando [[MoneyDearBoy received notoriously outsize compensation]] for his small part and Hackman has a huge part as the villain, Reeve charmed the world as the Metropolis Marvel and the sequels gave him the proper top billing as a result, although in the first sequel, Hackman was still billed before Reeve. Reeve however was now billed before the title, unlike in the first movie.



** ''[[VideoGame/TexMurphy Under a Killing Moon]]'' prominently displays the three best-known professional actors involved on the back of the box, though they all have little screentime. These are all relatively minor celebrities, such as Margot Kidder, who is best known for playing Lois Lane in the four consecutive [[Film/{{Superman}} Superman movies]].

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** ''[[VideoGame/TexMurphy Under a Killing Moon]]'' prominently displays the three best-known professional actors involved on the back of the box, though they all have little screentime. These are all relatively minor celebrities, such as Margot Kidder, Creator/MargotKidder, who is best known for playing Lois Lane in the four consecutive [[Film/{{Superman}} Superman movies]].
6th May '18 2:22:10 AM TangyMango
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[[caption-width-right:264:That guy in the back? Yeah, that's the lead.]]

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[[caption-width-right:264:That [[caption-width-right:264:[[CoversAlwaysLie That guy in the back? Yeah, that's the lead.]]
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27th Apr '18 1:57:10 PM bitemytail
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->''"When released, Warwick Davis (of ''Willow'' and 'third Ewok from the left' fame) was the closest thing ''Leprechaun'' had to an actual celebrity... Less than a year later, their token eye candy actress Jennifer Aniston made good and landed a network sitcom. The show was kind of a hit, and by the final season of ''Friends'', Aniston was earning the entire budget of Leprechaun per episode. On the new DVD cover, she finally got co-billing with the midget in scare makeup and tights."''

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->''"When released, Warwick Davis (of ''Willow'' Willow and 'third Ewok from the left' fame) was the closest thing ''Leprechaun'' Leprechaun had to an actual celebrity... Less than a year later, their token eye candy actress Jennifer Aniston made good and landed a network sitcom. The show was kind of a hit, and by the final season of ''Friends'', Friends, Aniston was earning the entire budget of Leprechaun per episode. On the new DVD cover, she finally got co-billing with the midget in scare makeup and tights."''
27th Apr '18 1:56:32 PM bitemytail
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->''"When released, Creator/WarwickDavis (of ''Film/{{Willow}}'' and '[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi third Ewok from the left]]' fame) was the closest thing ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' had to an actual celebrity... Less than a year later, their token eye candy actress Creator/JenniferAniston made good and landed a network sitcom. The show was kind of a hit, and by the final season of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Aniston was earning the entire budget of Leprechaun per episode. On the new DVD cover, she finally got co-billing with the midget in scare makeup and tights."''

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->''"When released, Creator/WarwickDavis Warwick Davis (of ''Film/{{Willow}}'' ''Willow'' and '[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi third 'third Ewok from the left]]' left' fame) was the closest thing ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' ''Leprechaun'' had to an actual celebrity... Less than a year later, their token eye candy actress Creator/JenniferAniston Jennifer Aniston made good and landed a network sitcom. The show was kind of a hit, and by the final season of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''Friends'', Aniston was earning the entire budget of Leprechaun per episode. On the new DVD cover, she finally got co-billing with the midget in scare makeup and tights."''
12th Apr '18 12:58:42 AM PaulA
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* Richard Boone is listed as a main actor on the DVD cover of John Wayne's ''Film/TheAlamo'', although he is listed as a "guest star" in the opening credits of the actual movie. Boone, starring as Sam Houston, has less than ten minutes of screentime: a monologue at the beginning where he entrusts Colonel William Travis to lead the defenders of the Alamo, and a brief bit near the end where he is informed by Smitty, one of the Alamo's messengers, that no help is coming.

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* Richard Boone is listed as a main actor on the DVD cover of John Wayne's ''Film/TheAlamo'', ''Film/{{The Alamo|1960}}'', although he is listed as a "guest star" in the opening credits of the actual movie. Boone, starring as Sam Houston, has less than ten minutes of screentime: a monologue at the beginning where he entrusts Colonel William Travis to lead the defenders of the Alamo, and a brief bit near the end where he is informed by Smitty, one of the Alamo's messengers, that no help is coming.
3rd Apr '18 6:23:43 PM Twentington
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** This seems to be happening now with Mars' latest hit, "Uptown Funk!" It's actually by Mark Ronson featuring Mars, but most Americans have never heard of Ronson before and think of it as a Mars song.

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** This seems to be happening now with Mars' latest hit, "Uptown Funk!" It's actually by Mark Ronson featuring Mars, but most Americans have never heard of Ronson before and think of it as a Mars song.



* "Meant to Be" by Music/BebeRexha topped the country music charts in December 2017 simply because Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine is featured on it. The song had negligible country radio airplay at the time, but strong all-genre downloads and the presence of a country music act on guest vocals allowed ''Billboard'' to qualify it for the country charts.
* Originally, Tracy Lawrence's 2007 hit "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" was a solo song, and it performed slowly on the charts due to it being released independently. But after he remixed the song to feature both Music/TimMcGraw and Music/KennyChesney on guest vocals, it started taking off and became his first #1 hit in eleven years. In addition, virtually all recurrent play for the song is the version with [=McGraw=] and Chesney on it.

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* "Meant to Be" by Music/BebeRexha topped the country music charts in December 2017 simply because Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine is featured on it. The song had negligible country radio airplay at the time, but strong all-genre downloads and the presence of a country music act on guest vocals allowed ''Billboard'' to qualify it for the country charts.
charts. Subverted in 2018 when the song was actually released to country radio, causing it to enter Top 10 on Country Airplay as well.
* Originally, Tracy Lawrence's 2007 hit "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" was a solo song, and it performed slowly on the charts due to it being released independently.an independent release by a former 90s act who was already well past his prime. But after he remixed the song to feature both Music/TimMcGraw and Music/KennyChesney on guest vocals, it started taking off and became his first #1 hit in eleven years. In addition, virtually all recurrent play for the song is the version with [=McGraw=] and Chesney on it.
3rd Apr '18 4:01:16 AM jormis29
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* Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), due to being the icon of the franchise, gets top billing in ''Film/Saw3D'' despite having a grand total of '''two minutes''' screentime.

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* Tobin Bell Creator/TobinBell (Jigsaw), due to being the icon of the franchise, gets top billing in ''Film/Saw3D'' despite having a grand total of '''two minutes''' screentime.
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