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12th Sep '17 8:44:00 PM TroperDoper
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** Following an unremarkable guest appearance in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", Matt Lucas returned in the [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio very next episode]] as the companion with his name in the titles. The titles featured a noticeable gap between the names of Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, only to be filled by Pearl Mackie who joins the cast in series 10.
14th Aug '17 9:04:18 PM haloinsider
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* Jamie Farr and William Christopher on ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Notably, they were the only two main cast members aside from Alan Alda and Loretta Swit to have been involved in every season of the show, but Jamie Farr was not added to the opening titles until Season 4 (after McLean Stevenson and Wayne Rogers had left) and William Christopher took until Season 5 to be added.

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* Jamie Farr and William Christopher on ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Notably, they were the only two main cast members aside from Alan Alda and Loretta Swit to have been involved in every season of the show, but Jamie Farr was not added to the opening titles until Season 4 (after McLean [=McLean=] Stevenson and Wayne Rogers had left) and William Christopher took until Season 5 to be added.
14th Aug '17 9:02:58 PM haloinsider
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* Jamie Farr and William Christopher on ''Series/{{MASH}}''.

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* Jamie Farr and William Christopher on ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Notably, they were the only two main cast members aside from Alan Alda and Loretta Swit to have been involved in every season of the show, but Jamie Farr was not added to the opening titles until Season 4 (after McLean Stevenson and Wayne Rogers had left) and William Christopher took until Season 5 to be added.
14th Aug '17 8:55:43 PM haloinsider
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** David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield and Seth Green in ''Buffy''. And, because it appears that Creator/MutantEnemy has a rule that if you're going to do something, make it angsty, Creator/AmberBenson was also promoted in her third season - for one episode, then she was killed off (in a deliberate subversion of this trope).

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** In ''Buffy'', David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield and Seth Green were all made main cast members in ''Buffy''.either their second or third seasons on the show. And, because it appears that Creator/MutantEnemy has a rule that if you're going to do something, make it angsty, Creator/AmberBenson was also promoted in her third season - for one episode, then she was killed off (in a deliberate subversion of this trope).



** Across the Buffyverse in ''Angel'', Andy Hallett took two and a half seasons to get promoted (it finally happening partway into Season Four), and Mercedes [=McNab=] was promoted for the final six episodes only and she rarely ventured out of LesserStar territory. (Though it was intentional, as well as lampshaded). This was a common theme in ''Angel'', with the second, third, and fourth seasons all adding regulars to the cast who had been introduced at the end of the previous season.

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** Across the Buffyverse This was a common theme in ''Angel'', where a new character would be introduced in the last few episodes of a season and then get bumped up to regular status the following year. It happens with Gunn (promoted at the start of Season 2), Fred (Season 3), and Connor (Season 4).
** For a more gradual case,
Andy Hallett took two and a half seasons to get promoted in ''Angel'' (it finally happening partway into Season Four), 4), and Mercedes [=McNab=] was promoted for the final six episodes only and she rarely ventured out of LesserStar territory. (Though it was intentional, as well as lampshaded). This was a common theme in ''Angel'', with the second, third, and fourth seasons all adding regulars to the cast who had been introduced at the end of the previous season.



** Whedon finally got his unfulfilled first-season wish in the sixth season when [[spoiler:Amber Benson as Tara finally got an opening title appearance... for the episode in which her character was shockingly killed off. This didn't go down too well with the fanbase.]]
17th Jul '17 6:01:58 AM JimLaFleur
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Happens every season. John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Creator/JamesCosmo (Jeor Mormont), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Creator/ConlethHill (Varys), Creator/SibelKekilli (Shae), and Creator/CharlesDance (Tywin Lannister) were promoted for season 2. Creator/OonaChaplin (Talisa Stark), Creator/RoseLeslie (Ygritte), and Joe Dempsie (Gendry) are promoted in season 3. Creator/KristoferHivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Creator/GwendolineChristie (Brienne of Tarth), Creator/IwanRheon (Ramsay Snow), and Hannah Murray (Gilly) are promoted in Season 4. Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Creator/NathalieEmmanuel (Missandei), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon), Creator/IndiraVarma (Ellaria Sand), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar), and [[Creator/MichaelMcElhatton Michael[= McElhatton=]]] (Roose Bolton) are promoted in Season 5. Creator/JonathanPryce (High Sparrow) is promoted in Season 6.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Happens From season 2 and onwards, every season.actor added to the credits has previously been a recurring guest star in at least one season, with the exception of Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Carice Van Houten (Melisandre), and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell). John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Creator/JamesCosmo (Jeor Mormont), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Creator/ConlethHill (Varys), Creator/SibelKekilli (Shae), and Creator/CharlesDance (Tywin Lannister) were promoted for season 2. Creator/OonaChaplin (Talisa Stark), Creator/RoseLeslie (Ygritte), and Joe Dempsie (Gendry) are promoted in season 3. Creator/KristoferHivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Creator/GwendolineChristie (Brienne of Tarth), Creator/IwanRheon (Ramsay Snow), and Hannah Murray (Gilly) are promoted in Season 4. Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Creator/NathalieEmmanuel (Missandei), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon), Creator/IndiraVarma (Ellaria Sand), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar), and [[Creator/MichaelMcElhatton Michael[= McElhatton=]]] (Roose Bolton) are promoted in Season 5. Creator/JonathanPryce (High Sparrow) is promoted in Season 6.
14th Jul '17 8:30:42 PM nombretomado
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* Due to the ever changing nature of pro wrestling, you could see people who are featured in one week's opening of shows like WWE Raw and SmackDown not be featured in the next. Usually the changes are not as frequent as that, but because of things like contracts expiring and fallouts, they can happen suddenly. However, being on the intro to these shows for an extended period of time is a major feather in the cap of some wrestlers.

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* Due to the ever changing nature of pro wrestling, you could see people who are featured in one week's opening of shows like WWE Raw ''WWE Raw'' and SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' not be featured in the next. Usually the changes are not as frequent as that, but because of things like contracts expiring and fallouts, they can happen suddenly. However, being on the intro to these shows for an extended period of time is a major feather in the cap of some wrestlers.
17th Jun '17 9:48:12 AM nombretomado
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* Richard Genelle as Ernie, who had been a recurring character since ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' season 1, and Gregg Bullock as Lt Stone, who first appeared in season 3, both got added to the titles for the fourth season, ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. And in season 2, Steve Cardenas as Rocky, JohnnyYongBosch as Adam, and Karan Ashley as Aisha, were added to the titles only after becoming rangers, even though they debuted 7 episodes earlier.

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* Richard Genelle as Ernie, who had been a recurring character since ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' season 1, and Gregg Bullock as Lt Stone, who first appeared in season 3, both got added to the titles for the fourth season, ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. And in season 2, Steve Cardenas as Rocky, JohnnyYongBosch Creator/JohnnyYongBosch as Adam, and Karan Ashley as Aisha, were added to the titles only after becoming rangers, even though they debuted 7 episodes earlier.
31st May '17 4:55:17 PM alixtolvaj
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* ''Series/WynonnaEarp'': [[EnsembleDarkhorse Katherine Barrell]] is promoted to regular status in season two.
23rd May '17 4:42:40 PM jormis29
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* Before getting their own show, TheSimpsons were promoted to the opening titles of ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' in the third season. They were promtly demoted when their show premiered and their segments were dropped.

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* Before getting their own show, TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' were promoted to the opening titles of ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' in the third season. They were promtly demoted when their show premiered and their segments were dropped.
18th May '17 7:38:56 AM Anddrix
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* It's not an exaggeration to say that half of the main characters for the upcoming ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the third SpinOff of the ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'', are this since they were all major recurring characters on Series/{{Arrow}} and Series/TheFlash2014. The characters in question are Creator/BrandonRouth as [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]], Creator/CaityLotz as Sara Lance, Victor Garber as Martin Stein, Creator/WentworthMiller as Leonard Snart and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory.

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* It's not an exaggeration to say that half of the main characters for the upcoming ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the third SpinOff of the ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'', ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'', are this since they were all major recurring characters on Series/{{Arrow}} and Series/TheFlash2014. The characters in question are Creator/BrandonRouth as [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]], Creator/CaityLotz as Sara Lance, Victor Garber as Martin Stein, Creator/WentworthMiller as Leonard Snart and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory.
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