Not all characters are meant for stardom - that is just a fact of life and storytelling. But sometimes, whether it's because they lit up the screen with their performance, or because fans couldn't get enough of them, some roles do make the jump to relevancy as a movie series goes on. While not an extremely common occurrence, there are more examples of this phenomenon than one might think, and they come in a variety of genres and types of films ranging from action to comedy to horror and pretty much everything in between. While sometimes their roles change vastly, other times they simply receive more screentime and are inserted as a primary character after previously residing in a background.
One way that has found many characters take the next step up is actually thanks to the initial series ending and then years later being rebooted. This is the case with many characters below, who are being reinserted in a reboot of a franchise so that their familiar face provides a link between the first film/s, and fans can more directly see a connection between the old stories and new. Other times, the elevation to becoming primary characters may come more from a place of need from the writers, as series like Mission: Impossible and other action franchises frequently kill off recognizable faces with each film.
So while the characters below may not have started off their franchises as stars, they ended up playing pivotal roles, or at the very least had their fame rise enough to become known names synonymous with their respective series.
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Marie In 'Rocky Balboa'Photo: MGM Distribution Co.
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Penny Benjamin In 'Top Gun: Maverick'Photo: Paramount Pictures