Spin-off characters can come from anywhere - from the sidekick of a figurehead character to the “friend of a friend” who shows up in a one-off episode - and are the last people audiences would expect to get a series or movie. That being said, expected spin-offs (e.g., the Friends spin-off, Joey) often fail miserably. Minor side characters get spin-offs for a multitude of creative/commercial reasons.
Yes, many exist simply because Hollywood ran out of ideas, and the powers that be want more of the cow’s milk. Others satisfy a thirst for more from an adolescent franchise, leading fans off the beaten trail with stories that enrich and improve upon what came before in exciting ways. This list will be a roundup of TV shows and movies that spin off from existing franchises but focus on a strange or unlikely background character.
- 1249 VOTESPhoto: Better Call Saul / AMC
- 2172 VOTESPhoto: Mork & Mindy / ABC
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Peacemaker From 'The Suicide Squad'Photo: Peacemaker / HBO Max
- 4157 VOTESPhoto: Frasier / NBC
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Machete From 'Grindhouse' And ‘Spy Kids’Photo: Machete / 20th Century Fox
- Photo: Get Him to the Greek / Universal Pictures