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You know that character who's such a staple of a show that you can't imagine the series without them? As it turns out, somebody behind the scenes might have had to go completely to the mat to make sure they weren't cut. Same goes for the music, or the setting, or even major plot points.

We asked readers to come up with major parts of movies and shows that would have been axed, if somebody hadn't stood their ground. The winner is below, but first, the runners-up:

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