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10 Characters Who Were Massively Improved In Sequels

The second time's the charm for these guys.

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It's rare that a sequel improves upon the original formula of a movie. Too often, film franchises are stretched out into a one-note story, with characters and plotlines suffering from being rolled thin and crispy so that studios can line their pockets with a popular name. In fact, so often are they unnecessary and unpleasant that they're defined by the horrible sounding disease sequelitis - an industry plague that that has franchises uncontrollably leaking out all sorts of crap just because... they can, really.

However, when sequels get it right, they're some of the best films out there. Bringing old stories back to life and imbuing them with a new direction can be one of the most rewarding aspects of cinema, and revitalising characters that we can then see grow and develop is a uniquely great thing to witness.

Returning characters for sequels allows more time to deepen and expand upon their established stories to excellent effect - as some of the best arcs come when the films already have a persona's foundation to build on top of. Whether its fixing old problems or doubling down on the awesome, these are some of the best characters that really do prove the classic saying: the second time's the charm...

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