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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.
9th Jan '15 12:37:42 PM windchimes098
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* ''Film/MarsAttacks'': Danny [=Devito's=] character that only gets about five minutes of screentime. Within those five minutes, he reveals he is [[AcceptableTargets a lawyer]] and offers his services to a Martian who quickly zaps him. They really wanted to make sure the audience didn't [[AssholeVictim sympathize too much]] just before bumping him off.


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* ''Film/MarsAttacks'': Danny [=Devito's=] character that only gets about five minutes of screentime. Within those five minutes, he reveals he is [[AcceptableTargets a lawyer]] and offers his services to a Martian who quickly zaps him. They really wanted to make sure the audience didn't [[AssholeVictim sympathize too much]] just before bumping him off.
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9th Jan '15 12:37:14 PM windchimes098
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*''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': With [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the huge expanse of characters]] found in the series, there are a number of people that show up for bit parts. Some entire Houses might even be called Bit Characters, usually with a defining characteristic that makes them at least ''slightly'' memorable. Ex. House Smallwood/Lady Smallwood.
13th Dec '14 9:55:29 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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