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6th Sep '17 3:23:31 PM NESBoy
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->"[[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]] was not inexperienced in acting before this. His Website/IMDb page lists all of his numerous previous roles, such as "Prospective Guest", "Skinny Player on Road", and--coming off of his most recent success--"Man Eating Bird Leg!" (No hyphen, so I assume he is a man eating a bird leg, but I cannot rule out that he was a bird leg that STALKED AND KILLED HUMANS.)"

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->"[[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]] was not inexperienced in acting before this. His Website/IMDb page lists all of his numerous previous roles, such as "Prospective Guest", "Skinny "[[Film/SidAndNancy Prospective Guest]]", "[[Film/TheColorOfMoney Skinny Player on Road", Road]]", and--coming off of his most recent success--"Man success--"[[Film/TheBrave Man Eating Bird Leg!" Leg]]!" (No hyphen, so [[AmbiguousSyntax I assume he is a man eating a bird leg, but I cannot rule out that he was a bird leg that STALKED AND KILLED HUMANS.HUMANS]].)"
30th Mar '17 6:03:40 PM Golondrina
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': While the other BridgeBunnies get a bit of focus, Shigeru Aoba barely gets anything, technically not counting as a background character because he's named. He mainly serves as a glorified extra for the most part.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': Yuuko and Aiko, members of Nanami's GirlPosse exist for little other than to pine after Touga and kiss up Nanami.
** Mari, Tsuwabuki's childhood friend exists just to argue with him and doesn't have much depth.


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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': [[IronicName Tad Strange]] is a character with just a couple of lines and a small appearence, but he earned a surprising popularity because of his voice actor.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Sherri and Terri have been around since the beginnings of the show, but they have never gotten a single ADayInTheLimelight episode nor any characterization.
29th Mar '17 3:03:54 AM Golondrina
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5th Apr '16 10:34:32 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Some actors make a decent living playing bit characters throughout their careers, never moving up the hierarchy to "star". Such actors are called "bit players", and can lead to a case of HeyItsThatGuy as you wonder why he appears in the background of every movie made in that country. Before she played the lead in the 1957 TV series ''The Adventures of Tugboat Annie'', Minerva Urecal was a bit player in the movies.

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Some actors make a decent living playing bit characters throughout their careers, never moving up the hierarchy to "star". Such actors are called "bit players", and can lead to a case of HeyItsThatGuy as make you wonder why he appears in the background of every movie made in that country. Before she played the lead in the 1957 TV series ''The Adventures of Tugboat Annie'', Minerva Urecal was a bit player in the movies.



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21st Oct '15 12:06:55 PM pinkdalek
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Sgt Benton has an interesting relationship to this trope - his actor John Levene started out playing a UNIT member {{extra}} in "The Invasion" ([[TheOtherMarty still visible crammed right at the back at certain early scenes]]), and got bumped up to being a bit character when the director sacked the actor originally cast as Benton. A drastic {{retool}} to focus the show around UNIT meant they decided to make Benton a companion, which he was for seven years. Apparently the stress of accidentally landing a large part despite having no acting training beyond some bit-part experience resulted in Levene experiencing severe stress and Impostor Syndrome.
** Occasionally the Classic series will contrive to give the Doctor a 'bit companion' for him to talk to while separated from his main one, if he's trying to rescue her. A good example is Bettan in "Genesis of the Daleks", who shows up to take the companion role after the Doctor believes Sarah Jane is dead, and leaves as soon as he finds her - she has a little to do later in the story, but the fact that she's the only female Thal makes her role as a companion substitute more obvious.
5th Apr '15 2:00:13 PM bwburke94
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** Deputy Mayor Finch's death marks the third murder investigation involving Buffy in less than two years: she is previously suspected in the deaths of fellow Slayer Kendra and her would-be stepfather, Ted. Each investigation is headed by the same Detective (played by James MacDonald).

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** Deputy Mayor Finch's death marks the third murder investigation involving Buffy in less than two years: she is previously suspected in the deaths of fellow Slayer Kendra and her would-be stepfather, Ted. Each investigation is headed by the same Detective detective (played by James MacDonald).[=James MacDonald=]).



--> "Heh heh. They always go for the 'E.'"

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--> "Heh heh. They always go for the 'E.'"E."
5th Apr '15 6:26:27 AM StephAD
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* Cloak from the ''Literature/BraveNewWorldUniverse'' is barely introduced in the first arc of the story, has less than ten lines, and is never seen again until he tries to double-cross The Benefactor. He is quickly killed in the ensuing CurbStompBattle.

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* Cloak from ''Literature/BraveNewWorldUniverse'': Cloak, the ''Literature/BraveNewWorldUniverse'' first bad guy, is barely introduced in the first arc of the story, only showing up to remove the brain of an FBI agent and sic some killer robots on our intrepid heroes. After that small appearance as a bad guy, he has less fewer than ten lines, and is never rarely seen again until he tries to double-cross [[BigBad The Benefactor.Benefactor]]. He is quickly killed in the ensuing CurbStompBattle.



16th Feb '15 2:01:29 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', several of the teachers and students of St. Vladimir's Academy are no more than this. Appearing for one or two scenes and then vanishing into obscurity. A few are more recurring than others. Dr. Olendzki turns up whenever a protagonist is injured or shows signs of mental instability, Deirdre is the therapist appointed to Rose and Lissa, Camille Conta acts as one of the Academy's most popular girls and a power-player in the social scene, Xander Badica is a student who wants to taste what Rose's blood tastes like and figures in social gathering scenes, etc.
1st Feb '15 11:33:21 AM TheUnsquished
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-->-- '''Website/{{SF Debris}}''' on Iggy's ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E10TheMagnificentFerengi turn]].

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-->-- '''Website/{{SF Debris}}''' on Iggy's ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E10TheMagnificentFerengi turn]].
28th Jan '15 8:58:44 PM TheDiego908
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SuperTrope of BitPartBadguys, VeryPunchableMan. When the apparent BitCharacter returns with importance, it's ChekhovsGunman.

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SuperTrope of BitPartBadguys, VeryPunchableMan. When the apparent BitCharacter returns with importance, it's ChekhovsGunman. If he suddenly becomes hugely popular in the fandom, then it's an EnsembleDarkHorse.
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