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Basic Trope: A minor character gets an important role in adaptations, expansion or sequel, or gets hired on as a full member after serving as a fill-in.

  • Straight: In the original Alice and Bob, Charlie was a casual friend of the title characters. In an adaptation, he becomes their best friend.
  • Exaggerated: In the original version, Charlie was only a casual acquaintance who received occasional mentions but was never seen. In the adaptation, he becomes one of the most important characters, possibly more important than Alice and Bob themselves.
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  • Downplayed: Charlie's scenes have somewhat more importance in the adaptation than the original.
  • Justified:
    • The adaptation is set three years after the original show. In that time, Alice and Bob have become closer to Charlie.
    • Charlie's actor pulled a One-Scene Wonder, which stuck in the audience's head enough that the writers realized they had a great Ensemble Dark Horse on their hands.
    • The band that Charlie joined has an official policy of never hiring anyone sight-unseen and taking them out on tour first to make sure that they can deliver every night, get along with everyone, and are musically compatible.
  • Inverted: Diane is a major character in the original, but only a minor one in the adaptation.
  • Subverted: Charlie looks like he'll have a bigger role in the adaptation, then he gets pushed back to his original role.
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  • Double Subverted: But he quickly gets it back.
  • Parodied: In the adaptation of Alice and Bob, a random rock on the ground takes over as the protagonist.
  • Zig Zagged: There are several adaptations, in which the sizes of the characters' roles vary. Only Alice and Bob are major characters in all adaptations.
  • Averted: All characters are just as important in the adaptation as in the original.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "The new Alice and Bob. Now with 30% more Charlie scenes!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob decide to spend more time with Charlie.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Charlie is your best friend? I really didn't know he was that close."
  • Conversed:
    "Who is this Charlie guy? Was he in the book?"
    "Yeah, but he was not that big of a character?"
  • Played For Laughs: Charlie was somewhat of a Cloud Cuckoolander in the original show. In the adaptation, he is even more of one due to Flanderization. This, combined with his increased screen time, makes for a much more humorous adaptation.
  • Played For Drama: Charlie dies in the final episode of the adaptation. Because he's a major character, his death is more dramatic than it would have been in the original.

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