Law of Economy of Characters
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In film criticism, Roger Ebert's Law of Economy of Characters says that a character who is introduced with no clear role will turn out to be important to the plot. The rationale for the law is that shooting budgets for film and television do not allow for "unnecessary characters".
- Ebert, Roger (February 5, 2013). Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary: A Greatly Expanded and Much Improved Compendium of Movie ClichTs, Stereotypes, Obligatory Scenes, Hackneyed Formulas, Shopworn Conventions, and Outdated Archetypes. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 9780740792465. http://books.google.com/books?id=Q-U8ZWC-Ip0C&pg=PA108.