15 Major Characters Who Barely Exist In The Source Material

“I love Lady Taenya Scolex in the Pangolin Man show!” you go. And no wonder she’s your favorite character -- she kicks ass, has an amazing wardrobe, and flaunts a set of flesh-rending chitinous hooks to die for. But then you read the Pangolin Man books and, upon realizing that Taenya Scolex is a cosmetics peddler with one line (that line being, “Sorry, the restroom is out of service”) you understandably go, “Dude, WTF?”

This is more common than you think. Just look at all these (not made-up) examples, and marvel at how big a minor character can grow when transitioning to different media.


Pinocchio JIMINY CRICKET Pinocchio's stalwart companion doesn't even have a name in Carlo Collodi's book- and isn't much of a companion, either, as Pinocchio squashes him early in the story.

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The Hunger Games SENECA CRANE The Head Gamemaker is barely mentioned in Suzanne Collins's books, While the movie adaptation turns him into a secondary villain, and constantly shows him manipulating the games behind the scenes.

Source: HuffPost


Deadpool NEGASONIC TEENAGE WARHEAD The original Negasonic never gets to meet Deadpool - she dies almost immediately (along with millions other mutants) after her first appearance in X-Men comics.

Source: CBR


MR. The Lion, the Witch FOX and the Wardrobe The fox bravely helps Aslan's revolution- in the movie. He does nothing in C.S. Lewis' book, except getting presents from Santa Claus- -which is why the White Witch turns him into stone.

Source: WikiNarnia


Starship Troopers DIZZY FLORES In Robert Heinlein's novel, Dizzy Flores is a random Marine who dies in the first chapter. Paul Verhoeven's movie makes Dizzy a woman- and one of the main characters.

Sources: Screen Rant, BookRags.com


The Witcher STREGOBOR In the Netflix series, the slimy Stregobor is a high-ranking wizard, present in several key moments - but in Andrzej Sapkowski's books, he only ever appears in the short story The Lesser Evil.

Sources: Witcher Wiki, Andrzej Sapkowski


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles SHREDDER The metal ninja was actually killed off in the comic's very first issue. It was the animated series that made him the green foursome's most iconic foe.

Source: Screen Rant


Game of Thrones MARGAERY TYRELL Unlike the show's scheming vamp and Cersei's rival, Margaery is a very minor character in George R. R. Martin's books, and we have yet to learn anything about what she thinks or wants.

Source: Screen Rant


The Mask STANLEY IPKISS The movie and the subsequent cartoon are all about Stanley- but in the Dark Horse comics, he's only the first of many wearers of the mask, and dies pretty soon.

Sources: International Superheroes, The Mask Wiki


The Hobbit BARD THE BOWMAN Bard doesn't do an awful lot in J.R.R. Tolkien's book, and has barely any character traits beyond tough dude who kills the dragon. He gets a larger role (and a family) in Peter Jackson's movies.

Sources: Shmoop, The Guardian


Hellraiser PINHEAD The movies' leading Cenobite is just another hellish spawn in Clive Barker's The Hellbound Heart- SO unremarkable that he only gets mentioned in passing.

Source: Screen Rant


The Boys STAN EDGAR In Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic, Vought's CEO dies before he is ever seen. In Amazon's show, he's played by Giancarlo Esposito, as only Giancarlo Esposito can play a villain.

Sources: Screen Rant, Den of Geek


The Lord of the Rings ARWEN All Arwen Evenstar does in J. R. R. Tolkien's trilogy is sew a flag and marry Aragorn. As a matter of fact, she wasn't even there at all until late in the writing.

Source: Tor.com


Sherlock Holmes IRENE ADLER While modern adaptations make her one of Holmes' main foes (and his love interest), Adler only ever appears in exactly one story by Arthur Conan Doyle (and no sparks fly there).

Source: Gizmodo


CRACKEDcO Marvel Cinematic Universe PEGGY CARTER Agent Carter even got her own TV show- quite an accomplishment for a character that had only appeared a couple times in Marvel's comics, back in the '60s and '70s.

Source: Den of Geek