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4th Nov '16 4:06:16 PM fearlessnikki
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* The annoying reporter Debbie Salt in ''{{Film/Scream2}}'' is actually none other than [[spoiler: the mother of the first movie's killer looking to take revenge]].

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* The annoying reporter Debbie Salt in ''{{Film/Scream2}}'' ''{{Film/Scream 2}}'' is actually none other than [[spoiler: the mother of the first movie's killer looking to take revenge]].
* Disney's ''{{Film/Cinderella 2015}}'' would lead you to believe that Helena Bonham Carter is just there to provide a narration as a CelebrityVoiceActor. Then it turns out she's the FairyGodmother.
* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' - you know the secretary at Lacuna Inc is going to have something to do with the plot given that she's played by Creator/KirstenDunst. [[spoiler: She's revealed to have had an affair with Howard, had her own memories erased and then mails everyone their tapes to give them their memories back]].
30th Sep '16 10:32:21 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/HailCaesar'' has Channing Tatum popping up an hour in to perform a ''Theatre/SouthPacific'' style musical number - as Burt Gurney, a character who has no connection with the rest of the cast. Of course he's [[spoiler: TheMole for the Russians, and it's his house Baird Whitlock is being held captive in]]. Played with when it comes to Jonah Hill's role as Joseph Silverman as it really is just a cameo - but he still [[spoiler: marries [=DeeAnna=] Moran, meaning that she doesn't have to resort to black market adoption to hide her pregnancy from the public]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' features a supporting character called Miranda Tate who has no connection to the comics and whose only function seems to be to provide Bruce with a rich ally. But since she's played by Oscar winner Creator/MarionCotillard she's actually [[spoiler: the daughter of the first film's villain and the true mastermind behind the evil plan]].
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' casts Miranda Richardson in the seemingly insignificant background role of Lady Van Tassel. [[spoiler: She's the one who's been summoning the Headless Horseman]].
* The annoying reporter Debbie Salt in ''{{Film/Scream2}}'' is actually none other than [[spoiler: the mother of the first movie's killer looking to take revenge]].




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* ''{{Series/Charmed}}''
** The third season had a featured extra called Abby who worked behind the bar in P3. Then comes the episode "Sight Unseen" where Abby turns out to be Prue's stalker.
** The Season 3 finale also had a minor character called Alice, who seemed to be a token background believer in the sisters' powers. She ends up shooting Piper fatally because she believes the sisters are evil.
26th May '16 8:45:09 AM Willbyr
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* ''TruCalling'': Jack Harper (played by Jason Priestly) started off a paramedic who would come in, drop off a dead body, and provided the series with what seemed to be some minor flirtation. Then by the beginning of season 2, he's the anti-Tru villain who is the antagonist of nearly every episode.
* ''ThePretender'': The two-parter "Bloodlines" stars Haley Joel Osment. Jarod must identify which one of three children is a genius. Since two of the children are unknown child actors and the last one was the lead in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' the year after appearing on this show, it's not hard for a post-1999 audience to guess which one it is.

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* ''TruCalling'': Jack Harper (played by Jason Priestly) started off a paramedic who would come in, drop off a dead body,
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and provided the series with what seemed to be some minor flirtation. Then by the beginning of season 2, he's the anti-Tru villain who is the antagonist of nearly every episode.
* ''ThePretender'': The two-parter "Bloodlines" stars Haley Joel Osment. Jarod must identify which one of three children is a genius. Since two of the children are unknown child actors and the last one was the lead in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' the year after appearing on this show, it's not hard for a post-1999 audience to guess which one it is.
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* ''{{Tommy}}'': In the film, Tommy is played by Roger Daltrey, a not-so-subtle clue that he might not be mute for the entire movie.



* Frequently subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', who often have famous guest stars voice acting bit parts; in one case, a turkey. Which gets no lines except to make gobbling noises.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': For their first appearance, Creator/MarkPellegrino and Creator/TitusWelliver were credited as playing "Man #1" and "Man #2". Turned out, they were in fact cast as Jacob and his nemesis, aka "The Smoke Monster" - two cornerstone mythology figures in the show.
* David Morse makes two fleeting appearances in some early scenes in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'', where he plays a creepily cheery scientist who attends a book signing put on by one of the main characters. In the final scene [[spoiler: he turns out to be the terrorist who was actually responsible for starting the plague that put the movie's time-travelling plot in motion]].
* In the movie ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', Creator/WilliamFichtner's distinctive features are visible in a crowd shot. It's some time before he makes a speaking appearance.
* In ''TheHurtLocker'', this is surprisingly {{subverted|Trope}} with major actors [[spoiler:three times; Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce all have less than 10 minutes screen time, and Fiennes' and Pearce's characters are so minor they both die mid-scene.]]

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* Frequently subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', who often have famous guest stars voice acting bit parts; in one case, a turkey. Which gets no lines except to make gobbling noises.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': For their first appearance, Creator/MarkPellegrino and Creator/TitusWelliver were credited as playing "Man #1" and "Man #2". Turned out, they were in fact cast as Jacob and his nemesis, aka "The Smoke Monster" - two cornerstone mythology figures in the show.
* David Morse makes two fleeting appearances in some early scenes in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'', where he plays a creepily cheery scientist who attends a book signing put on by one of the main characters. In the final scene [[spoiler: he turns out to be the terrorist who was actually responsible for starting the plague that put the movie's time-travelling plot in motion]].

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* In the movie ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', Creator/WilliamFichtner's distinctive features are visible in a crowd shot. It's some time before he makes a speaking appearance.
* In ''TheHurtLocker'', this is surprisingly {{subverted|Trope}} with major actors [[spoiler:three times; Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce all have less than 10 minutes screen time, and Fiennes' and Pearce's characters are so minor they both die mid-scene.]]
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* In ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', this is surprisingly {{subverted|Trope}} with major actors [[spoiler:three times; Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce all have less than 10 minutes screen time, and Fiennes' and Pearce's characters are so minor they both die mid-scene.]]

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* ''Series/TruCalling'': Jack Harper (played by Jason Priestly) started off a paramedic who would come in, drop off a dead body, and provided the series with what seemed to be some minor flirtation. Then by the beginning of season 2, he's the anti-Tru villain who is the antagonist of nearly every episode.
* ''Series/ThePretender'': The two-parter "Bloodlines" stars Haley Joel Osment. Jarod must identify which one of three children is a genius. Since two of the children are unknown child actors and the last one was the lead in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' the year after appearing on this show, it's not hard for a post-1999 audience to guess which one it is.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': For their first appearance, Creator/MarkPellegrino and Creator/TitusWelliver were credited as playing "Man #1" and "Man #2". Turned out, they were in fact cast as Jacob and his nemesis, aka "The Smoke Monster" - two cornerstone mythology figures in the show.
* David Morse makes two fleeting appearances in some early scenes in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'', where he plays a creepily cheery scientist who attends a book signing put on by one of the main characters. In the final scene [[spoiler: he turns out to be the terrorist who was actually responsible for starting the plague that put the movie's time-travelling plot in motion]].
* [[spoiler:DJ Sagara]] in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''.



* [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''.

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* [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] ''Music/{{Tommy}}'': In the film, Tommy is played by [[Music/TheWho Roger Daltrey]], a not-so-subtle clue that he might not be mute for the entire movie.

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* Frequently subverted
in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''.''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', who often have famous guest stars voice acting bit parts; in one case, a turkey. Which gets no lines except to make gobbling noises.

22nd Apr '16 2:27:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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This is especially prevalent in dubbed anime series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Often when you have a ''[[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy!]]'' moment, a seemingly insignificant character will later end up having a large role. Even if AnyoneCanDie, a character voiced by SteveBlum will rarely be KilledOffForReal (until the finale).

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This is especially prevalent in dubbed anime series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Often when you have a ''[[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy!]]'' moment, a A seemingly insignificant character will later end up having a large role. Even if AnyoneCanDie, a character voiced by SteveBlum will rarely be KilledOffForReal (until the finale).
16th Jul '15 1:55:03 AM Malachi108
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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': For their first appearance, Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver were credited as playing "Man #1" and "Man #2". Turned out, they were in fact cast as Jacob and his nemesis, aka "The Smoke Monster" - two cornerstone mythology figures in the show.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': For their first appearance, Mark Pellegrino Creator/MarkPellegrino and Titus Welliver Creator/TitusWelliver were credited as playing "Man #1" and "Man #2". Turned out, they were in fact cast as Jacob and his nemesis, aka "The Smoke Monster" - two cornerstone mythology figures in the show.
24th Jun '15 9:06:30 PM FordPrefect
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* ''ThePretender'': The two-parter "Bloodlines" stars Haley Joel Osment. Jarod must identify which one of three children is a genius. Since two of the children are unknown child actors and the last one was the lead in The Sixth Sense the year after appearing on this show, it's not hard for a post-1999 audience to guess which one it is.

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* ''ThePretender'': The two-parter "Bloodlines" stars Haley Joel Osment. Jarod must identify which one of three children is a genius. Since two of the children are unknown child actors and the last one was the lead in The Sixth Sense ''Film/TheSixthSense'' the year after appearing on this show, it's not hard for a post-1999 audience to guess which one it is.
24th Jun '15 9:06:05 PM FordPrefect
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* ''TruCalling'': Jack Harper (played by Jason Priestly) started off a paramedic who would come in, drop off a dead body, and provided the series with what seemed to be some minor flirtation. Then be the beginning of season 2, he's the anti-Tru villain who is the antagonist of nearly every episode.

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* ''TruCalling'': Jack Harper (played by Jason Priestly) started off a paramedic who would come in, drop off a dead body, and provided the series with what seemed to be some minor flirtation. Then be by the beginning of season 2, he's the anti-Tru villain who is the antagonist of nearly every episode.
1st Apr '15 7:28:19 AM unclejack
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* In the movie ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', William Fichtner's distinctive features are visible in a crowd shot. It's some time before he makes a speaking appearance.

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* In the movie ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', William Fichtner's Creator/WilliamFichtner's distinctive features are visible in a crowd shot. It's some time before he makes a speaking appearance.
19th Nov '14 8:35:56 AM HowlingSnail
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* [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''.
8th Aug '14 9:19:46 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Utopia", Sir Creator/DerekJacobi appears in a one-off guest role as the kindly scientist Professor Yana...who's revealed to be [[spoiler: the Doctor's nemesis the Master, one of the most iconic villains in the show's history]].
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