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12th May '18 8:31:30 PM merotoker
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* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', Mai's class consists of a few named characters and a bunch of stable living props. Interestingly, the nameless girl with blue hair who sat in front of her for the whole series ended up being one of the main characters of the sequel/{{Elseworld}}, ''Anime/MaiOtome''. In a ''Anime/MaiOtome'' picture drama that takes place in the ''Anime/MaiHime'' universe, [[AscendedExtra she]] lets Arika and Erstin stay at her apartment after they find her cat, Nina.

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* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', ''Anime/MaiHiME'', Mai's class consists of a few named characters and a bunch of stable living props. Interestingly, the nameless girl with blue hair who sat in front of her for the whole series ended up being one of the main characters of the sequel/{{Elseworld}}, ''Anime/MaiOtome''. In a ''Anime/MaiOtome'' picture drama that takes place in the ''Anime/MaiHime'' ''Anime/MaiHiME'' universe, [[AscendedExtra she]] lets Arika and Erstin stay at her apartment after they find her cat, Nina.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a rotating selection of about a half-dozen jonin which have occasionally fought, but most spend their time doing incidental tasks like guard duty and mostly exists just to show that the jonin are in limited numbers.
** And Tenten, who WordOfGod says exists only to be the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Token Female]] for Team Guy.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a rotating selection of about a half-dozen jonin which have occasionally fought, but most spend their time doing incidental tasks like guard duty and mostly exists just to show that the jonin are in limited numbers.
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numbers. And Tenten, who WordOfGod says exists only to be the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Token Female]] for Team Guy.



* ''Manga/{{Working}}'' has Maya Matsumoto. She is seen doing her work and appears in the OP, but has no interaction with anybody from the main cast. She's suspiciously absent during staff meetings and doesn't even seem to talk to her direct superior. That's some job independence there for a waitress, but it seems like there had to be at least ''one'' person who actually focuses on the main business. Then in the final episode we learn she [[spoiler:is obsessed with being "normal", thus goes out of her way to avoid all the abnormal people she works with]].
** There is also some kitchen staff which never gets any mention.

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* ''Manga/{{Working}}'' has Maya Matsumoto. She is seen doing her work and appears in the OP, but has no interaction with anybody from the main cast. She's suspiciously absent during staff meetings and doesn't even seem to talk to her direct superior. That's some job independence there for a waitress, but it seems like there had to be at least ''one'' person who actually focuses on the main business. Then in the final episode we learn she [[spoiler:is obsessed with being "normal", thus goes out of her way to avoid all the abnormal people she works with]].
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with]]. There is also some kitchen staff which never gets any mention.



* Emiri Kimidori is a living prop in the anime of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy Of Suzumiya Haruhi]]''. The only thing she does in both seasons and the movie is ask for help from the SOS brigade once. She then promptly goes back to being scenery.

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* Emiri Kimidori is a living prop in the anime of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy Of of Suzumiya Haruhi]]''. The only thing she does in both seasons and the movie is ask for help from the SOS brigade once. She then promptly goes back to being scenery.



* Vitalstatistix's [[TooImportantToWalk shield bearers]] in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' ...except when they [[RunningGag drop him]]. And when they quit, and are replaced by [[spoiler: [[TheHero Asterix]] and [[TheLancer Obelix]]]], and then by [[spoiler: Obelix alone]], which better suited Vitalstatistix's inclination [[spoiler: or [[IncrediblyLamePun lack thereof]]]].

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* Vitalstatistix's [[TooImportantToWalk shield bearers]] in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' ...except when they [[RunningGag drop him]]. And when they quit, and are replaced by [[spoiler: [[TheHero Asterix]] and [[TheLancer Obelix]]]], and then by [[spoiler: Obelix alone]], which better suited Vitalstatistix's inclination [[spoiler: or [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} lack thereof]]]].



* ''Film/{{W}}'': In the biographical film of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, there is a scene where Bush is berating U.S Army commander Tommy Franks for not finding WMD's. Sitting next to Franks is a British officer (Presumably representing Air Marshal Brian Burridge, head of UK Forces) who shifts awkwardly in his chair and looks as if he is going to speak a few times. But he says nothing.

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* ''Film/{{W}}'': In the biographical film of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, there is a scene where Bush is berating U.S Army commander Tommy Franks for not finding WMD's. Sitting next to Franks is a British officer (Presumably (presumably representing Air Marshal Brian Burridge, head of UK Forces) who shifts awkwardly in his chair and looks as if he is going to speak a few times. But he says nothing.



*** It's Snoop Dogg Attending now. He got promoted.

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*** It's Snoop Dogg Attending attending now. He got promoted.



** The female rabbit kid would get her [[DayInTheLimelight very own episode]], which not only revealed that she really is named "Maria" but the reason why she didn't talk at all before: She has a [[SpeechImpediment chronic stutter]] and is working on improving that.

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** The female rabbit kid would get her [[DayInTheLimelight [[ADayInTheLimelight very own episode]], which not only revealed that she really is named "Maria" but the reason why she didn't talk at all before: She has a [[SpeechImpediment chronic stutter]] and is working on improving that.



* Several people from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', like the blond guy with spiky hair and Ned from Buenos Nachos. Or the girl with a blue shirt that appears like everywhere anytime. In the ''GrandFinale'' she even appeared twice in the same screen, thus making Fanon speculate that she has a twin sister.
** One background character who fit the stereotype of a butch lesbian earned the FanNickname "Alex Sapphic." Eventually she was seen standing with another random extra, deemed her girlfriend "[[WebComic/{{Shortpacked}} Leslie Bean]]."

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* Several people from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', like the blond guy with spiky hair and Ned from Buenos Nachos. Or the girl with a blue shirt that appears like everywhere anytime. In the ''GrandFinale'' she even appeared twice in the same screen, thus making Fanon speculate that she has a twin sister.
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sister. One background character who fit the stereotype of a butch lesbian earned the FanNickname "Alex Sapphic." Eventually she was seen standing with another random extra, deemed her girlfriend "[[WebComic/{{Shortpacked}} Leslie Bean]]."



* The usual ensemble of background ponies in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Of course, the fandom gives them all names and backstories.
** The tendency for familiar faces to show up in new settings has not gone unnoticed by the fans. When the main cast visit the frontier town Appeloosa, half of the locals are regular Ponyvillians in big hats. After Trixie had her reputation destroyed by the Ursa Minor incidents, the images she shows of her later attempts to reestablish herself imply that Bon Bon (a fan favorite background pony) followed her all over Equestria to make fun of her at every opportunity.

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* The usual ensemble of background ponies in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Of course, the fandom gives them all names and backstories.
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backstories. The tendency for familiar faces to show up in new settings has not gone unnoticed by the fans. When the main cast visit the frontier town Appeloosa, half of the locals are regular Ponyvillians in big hats. After Trixie had her reputation destroyed by the Ursa Minor incidents, the images she shows of her later attempts to reestablish herself imply that Bon Bon (a fan favorite background pony) followed her all over Equestria to make fun of her at every opportunity.



** Kumiko, the japanese Comic Book Guy's wife.
* Many main cast's classmates in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Some characters, like Butters, used to be Living Props before becoming major players. Butters was promoted to a major character to replace Kenny, whom the creators recognized as a Living Prop whose interaction with the other characters was limited at best.

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** Kumiko, the japanese Japanese Comic Book Guy's wife.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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Many of the main cast's classmates in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.classmates. Some characters, like Butters, used to be Living Props before becoming major players. Butters was promoted to a major character to replace Kenny, whom the creators recognized as a Living Prop whose interaction with the other characters was limited at best.
23rd Apr '18 9:45:17 AM PDL
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* There are a number of such characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', mostly recurring townspeople and the students in D.W.'s class. Like a pair of rabbit kids who've been in Arthur's class since season 1, but are not as developed as their classmates (in 20 seasons, the male one has only talked twice, but the female one got ADayInTheLimelight recently). ''[=MacFrensky=]'' had a class list with the names [[spoiler: Alex & Maria]] on it, but some fans refuse to believe those are their names, since Arthur has had several other one-shot classmates over the years (never mind that the two rabbits were ''the only other two kids besides the already named regulars shown in class in that episode'').

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* There are a number of such characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', mostly recurring townspeople and the students in D.W.'s class. Like a pair of rabbit kids who've been in Arthur's class since season 1, but are not as developed as their classmates (in 20 seasons, the male one has only talked twice, but the female one got ADayInTheLimelight recently). hadn't talked ''at all'' until season 20). ''[=MacFrensky=]'' had a class list with the names [[spoiler: Alex (Alex & Maria]] Maria) on it, but some fans refuse to believe those are their names, since Arthur has had several other one-shot classmates over the years (never mind that the two rabbits were ''the only other two kids besides the already named regulars shown in class in that episode'').


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** The female rabbit kid would get her [[DayInTheLimelight very own episode]], which not only revealed that she really is named "Maria" but the reason why she didn't talk at all before: She has a [[SpeechImpediment chronic stutter]] and is working on improving that.
21st Apr '18 10:50:32 AM rjd1922
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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, there are many [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/features/recycling.html minor background characters]] who go on to make appearances throughout the years, or seemingly minor one shot guests that can be seen in the background of later episodes. This happens even across entire regions. There's a long haired male trainer with a hoodie and a baseball cap who appeared in episodes from the original ''Pokémon'' anime up to ''Black & White'', and he was even in the first movie and the later Mewtwo tv special. All that without ever receiving a name or interacting with the show's main cast.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, there are many [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/features/recycling.html minor background characters]] who go on to make appearances throughout the years, or seemingly minor one shot one-shot guests that can be seen in the background of later episodes. This happens even across entire regions. There's a long haired long-haired male trainer with a hoodie and a baseball cap who appeared in episodes from the original ''Pokémon'' anime up to ''Black & White'', and he was even in [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first movie movie]] and the later ''[[Anime/PokemonMewtwoReturns Mewtwo tv Returns]]'' TV special. All that without ever receiving a name or interacting with the show's main cast.
30th Dec '17 7:56:33 PM danlansdowne
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* In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' there are a couple of other female employees sometimes seen in the background of the ladies' department, but they never talk and never join the others in any departmental meetings.

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* In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' there are a couple of other female employees sometimes seen in the background of the ladies' department, but they never talk and never join the others in any departmental meetings. The lift girls and the employees shown at the other tables of the canteen would also qualify.
23rd Dec '17 11:02:41 PM JoeMerl
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* Most of WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} and Jane's classmates.

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* Most of WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} and Jane's classmates. A lot of them have interesting designs, however, and thus get a lot of {{Fanon}} or OCStandIn roles.



* The Number Nine Guy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a number of background appearances in the series until he finally has an actual role in the fourth DVD movie.

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* The Number Nine Guy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a number of background appearances in the series until he finally has an actual role in the fourth DVD movie. WordOfGod says that he was originally supposed to become important when the show was going to be more dystopian (the "9" being his rank in a FantasticCasteSystem), but he remained in the background when their plans changed.



** One background character who fit the stereotype of a butch lesbian earned the FanNickname "Alex Sapphic." Eventually she was seen standing with another random extra, deemed her girlfriend "Leslie Bean."

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** One background character who fit the stereotype of a butch lesbian earned the FanNickname "Alex Sapphic." Eventually she was seen standing with another random extra, deemed her girlfriend "Leslie Bean."[[WebComic/{{Shortpacked}} Leslie Bean]]."


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** Unlike [[BrainyBaby Ike]] or [[BigSisterBully Shelly]], [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny]]'s brother Kevin never really got much characterization, mostly just staying silent in the rare [=McCormick=] family scene that includes him. Kind of highlighted by the fact that in later episodes the two [[RememberTheNewGuy randomly have a younger sister]] who avoids this trope.
2nd Nov '17 4:18:01 PM Ender37
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* ''Film/StarWars'': Queen, later Senator, Amidala's assorted handmaidens qualify as living props as their main story function is to follow Amidala around and provide a stylish backdrop for her more flamboyant fashions.

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* ''Film/StarWars'': ''Film/StarWars'':
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Queen, later Senator, Amidala's assorted handmaidens qualify as living props as their main story function is to follow Amidala around and provide a stylish backdrop for her more flamboyant fashions. fashions.
** Many Jedi in the Prequels, such as those on the council [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2emv5A7OlVM whose name isn't Yoda or Windu]].
1st Nov '17 5:46:18 AM Schnutzel
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* The cashier in the coffee shop in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.

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* The cashier in the coffee shop in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. She was eventually given a name (Ruthie Cohen) and a few lines.
22nd Jun '17 3:09:57 PM KagSwirby
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' generally defies this trope, as there have been episodes focusing not only on almost all of the recurring characters, but also on the unnamed extras and even the ''inanimate objects'', with the exception of Rob the Cyclops. He's been in Gumball's class since the early reel, yet he has no personality, has never played an important role in any of the plots, and has only spoken once over the entire run of the show so far. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Party", in which he gets offended when Gumball and Darwin get his name wrong, so [[ComedicSociopathy Darwin pushes him into a sewer.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' generally defies this trope, as there have been episodes focusing not only on almost all of the recurring characters, but also on the unnamed extras and even the ''inanimate objects'', with the exception of Rob the Cyclops. He's been in Gumball's class since the early reel, yet he has no personality, has never played an important role in any of the plots, and has only spoken once over the entire run of the show so far. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Party", Pony", in which he gets offended when Gumball and Darwin get his name wrong, so [[ComedicSociopathy Darwin pushes him into a sewer.]]
14th Jun '17 7:07:57 AM SunriseWarrior
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** Until they all got killed by random flaming arrows in a season 5 time-jump...
*** The writers referred to these remaining un-ascended characters as "socks," and were happy to be rid of them, freeing them up to focus the remainder of the series on the main cast and their nonsensical endgame.
21st May '17 4:55:33 PM nombretomado
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* All of the other members of the Sweathogs' class in ''WelcomeBackKotter.'' They were there simply because a high school class of only five students, especially in Brooklyn, would be unbelievable.

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* All of the other members of the Sweathogs' class in ''WelcomeBackKotter.''Series/WelcomeBackKotter.'' They were there simply because a high school class of only five students, especially in Brooklyn, would be unbelievable.
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