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* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, perhaps the biggest casualty of this was Éomer, who was built up to be almost a SixthRanger to the trio of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli in the book of ''The Two Towers''. He was offscreen for much of ''The Two Towers'' movie as his role was merged with a minor commander who leads TheCavalry rescue at the fortress of Helm's Deep. Conversely, his sister Éowyn takes the almost-Sixth Ranger role since she also goes to Helm's Deep instead of leading civilians to another fortress. Their uncle King Théoden also takes his memorable lines and moments in ''The Two Towers'' and ''The Return of the King''.

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* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, perhaps the biggest trilogy:
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casualty of this was Éomer, who was built up to be almost a SixthRanger to the trio of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli in the book of ''The Two Towers''. He was offscreen for much of ''The ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers The Two Towers'' Towers]]'' movie as his role was merged with a minor commander who leads TheCavalry rescue at the fortress of Helm's Deep. Conversely, his sister Éowyn takes the almost-Sixth Ranger role since she also goes to Helm's Deep instead of leading civilians to another fortress. Their uncle King Théoden also takes his memorable lines and moments in ''The ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers The Two Towers'' Towers]]'' and ''The ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing The Return of the King''.King]]''.



*** Gwyneth Paltrow reprises her role from ''Iron Man'', but in a minor capacity. Robert Downey Jr. asked for her to be included as a way of exploring the Potts/Stark relationship that was established at the end of ''Iron Man 2''. Whedon agreed, because "you should always, given the opportunity, put a Gwyneth on-screen."
*** Dr. Selvig also returns from ''Thor'', in a role that's more plot-important but doesn't necessarily get any more screentime.

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*** Gwyneth Paltrow reprises her role from ''Iron Man'', ''Film/IronMan'', but in a minor capacity. Robert Downey Jr. asked for her to be included as a way of exploring the Potts/Stark relationship that was established at the end of ''Iron Man 2''.''Film/IronMan2''. Whedon agreed, because "you should always, given the opportunity, put a Gwyneth on-screen."
*** Dr. Selvig also returns from ''Thor'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', in a role that's more plot-important but doesn't necessarily get any more screentime.

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** Rose Tico, introduced in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' as a fairly prominent character and even LoveInterest of Finn, is reduced to a background character at best in ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'' and gets maybe three lines at most, zero relevance in the plot, one brief scene during the final firefight, and absolutely no mention whatsoever of her and Finn's romantic interest in one another. [[AuthorsSavingThrow This was in response]] to her [[BaseBreakingCharacter divisive at best character]] as well as the entire [[WackyWaysideTribe casino subplot]] being heavily lambasted for basically adding 30 pointless minutes of "prequel-like" terrible CGI to the movie.


** Gwen Stacy, from ''Film/SpiderMan3'', is nowhere near as prominent as her comic counterpart.

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** Gwen Stacy, from ''Film/SpiderMan3'', is nowhere near as prominent as her comic counterpart. Her role was originally written to just be a random woman before [[ExecutiveMeddling Meddling Executives]] demanded Gwen be included in the movie.

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* The Chipettes only had a small role in ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip''.

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* Baby Bop and BJ played minor roles in ''Film/BarneysGreatAdventure''.


* Most of the animal characters in ''Film/TheJungleBook'', while the movie focus more on Mowgli's interaction with other humans.

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* Most of the animal characters in ''Film/TheJungleBook'', ''Film/{{The Jungle Book|1994}}'', while the movie focus more on Mowgli's interaction with other humans.


** [[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen The original film]] had fairly equal representation, giving prominent roles to heroes from both franchises and having '''''all of them''''' appear for the FinalBattle in a sequence so big it actually won a [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness World Record]]. ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ Super Hero Taisen Z]]'' was still fairly balanced even with the addition of the [[Franchise/MetalHeroes Space Sheriffs]], but the downhill slide started after this. Ironically, ''Z'' could be seen the other way around, since Series/KamenRiderWizard sits out for most of the movie after declaring it "Not my problem", only to come roaring back in for the final battle.

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** [[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen The original film]] had fairly equal representation, giving prominent roles to heroes from both franchises and having '''''all of them''''' appear for the FinalBattle in a sequence so big it actually won a [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness World Record]]. ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ Super Hero Taisen Z]]'' was still fairly balanced even with the addition of the [[Franchise/MetalHeroes [[Series/MetalHeroes Space Sheriffs]], but the downhill slide started after this. Ironically, ''Z'' could be seen the other way around, since Series/KamenRiderWizard sits out for most of the movie after declaring it "Not my problem", only to come roaring back in for the final battle.

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** [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter]]'s late Uncle Ben is never shown or even mentioned by name in the movies, with his role as Peter's father figure usurped by Tony Stark. The only evidence of his existence in the MCU is his initials on Peter's suitcase in ''Film/SpiderManFarFromHome''.


* Commissioner Gordon (played by Pat Hingle) in the original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film series. He's the most competent non-costumed character in the first film, is barely in the second film, shows up in his pajamas in the third, and then is [[ButtMonkey completely humiliated]] in the fourth (and yes, it was part of a major plot thread, but that's still no excuse).

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* Commissioner Gordon (played by Pat Hingle) in the original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' film series. He's the most competent non-costumed character in the [[Film/Batman1989 first film, film]], is barely in the [[Film/BatmanReturns second film, film]], shows up in his pajamas in the third, [[Film/BatmanForever third]], and then is [[ButtMonkey completely humiliated]] in the fourth [[Film/BatmanAndRobin fourth]] (and yes, it was part of a major plot thread, but that's still no excuse).



* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':

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* Ann Lewis from ''Film/RoboCop3''. Her actress, Nancy Allen, was reportedly GenreSavvy enough to notice how ''Robocop'' was becoming a CashCowFranchise, and thus wouldn't sign on until they promised to [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome kill her character off.]]

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* Ann Lewis from ''Film/RoboCop3''. Her actress, Nancy Allen, was reportedly GenreSavvy enough to notice noticed how ''Robocop'' was becoming a CashCowFranchise, and thus wouldn't sign on until they promised to [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome kill her character off.]]


** Hogun and the rest of the Warriors Three (Fandral and Volstagg) fare ''[[FromBadToWorse even worse]]'' in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', [[spoiler: getting killed in the first act, with only Hogun getting any lines]].

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** Hogun and the rest of the Warriors Three (Fandral and Volstagg) fare ''[[FromBadToWorse even worse]]'' in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', [[spoiler: getting killed in the first act, and with only Hogun getting Fandral not even having any lines]].


* Lois Lane in ''Film/SupermanIII'' shows up in the beginning, says she's going to Bermuda and disappears for most of the movie. Then she comes back before the movie's over as if nothing happened! This was largely done in retaliation after Margot Kidder criticized the producers for their decision to dismiss director Richard Donner from the franchise. It's a testament to how iconic the Superman mythos is in general, and Lois Lane in particular, that it [[McLeaned wasn't worse]].

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* Lois Lane in ''Film/SupermanIII'' shows up in the beginning, says she's going to Bermuda and disappears for most of the movie. Then she comes back before the movie's over as if nothing happened! This was largely done in retaliation after Margot Kidder Creator/MargotKidder criticized the producers for their decision to dismiss director Richard Donner from the franchise. It's a testament to how iconic the Superman mythos is in general, and Lois Lane in particular, that it [[McLeaned wasn't worse]].

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** Happens to a lot of characters in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''. Both [[spoiler: Heimdall and Loki only show up for a single scene before being killed off]], while [[spoiler: Nick Fury and Maria Hill only appear in TheStinger]].


* While Amy was one of the main characters in ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', in the sequel ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid'' she only appears at the very beginning before taking off for college. The reason was the film wasn't originally supposed to be a sequel to HISTK. When the movie became a success, it was quickly reworked into one, but the original treatment didn't have roles for either Nick or Amy to fit into. Although Nick ultimately managed to still get a decent part, there really wasn't any room for her.

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* While Amy was one of the main characters in ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', in the sequel ''Honey, I Blew Up The Kid'' ''Film/HoneyIBlewUpTheKid'' she only appears at the very beginning before taking off for college. The reason was the film wasn't originally supposed to be a sequel to HISTK. When the movie became a success, it was quickly reworked into one, but the original treatment didn't have roles for either Nick or Amy to fit into. Although Nick ultimately managed to still get a decent part, there really wasn't any room for her.


* Tron, despite being the title character, is under the control of the villain CLU for almost the entirety of ''Film/TRONLegacy'', and only appears a few times with very little dialogue.

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* Tron, despite being the title character, is under the control of the villain CLU Clu for almost the entirety of ''Film/TRONLegacy'', and only appears a few times with very little dialogue.

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