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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.
31st Jan '17 1:26:36 PM kensu
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* Deconstructed in ''LifeOnMars2006'' where the workers at an office don't realize that the man who has taken them hostage is the office's handyman.
12th Dec '16 3:28:35 PM kablammin45
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* Most of Nemo's classmates in the class scenes in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. Only a select few of them have any individual speaking lines, if they even speak at all. In [[WesternAnimation/FindingDory the sequel]], Tad, Sheldon, and Pearl join them in a particularly big example of DemotedToExtra, remaining completely voiceless outside of speaking in unison with all the other kids.
30th Nov '16 12:23:54 PM akaun6899
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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 14 seasons, the male one has only talked twice, and the female one ''never!''). ''[=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 14 20 seasons, the male one has only talked twice, and but the female one ''never!'').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'').
14th Oct '16 3:19:44 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': Lampshaded in "Creepy Ponnie" when Ponnie claims to be one of the students who don't say anything and only shrug ("shruggers", as Tori calls them). When Tori asks them if they know Ponnie, [[ExactlyWhatIsSaysOnTheTin they only shrug.]]

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* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': Lampshaded in "Creepy Ponnie" when Ponnie claims to be one of the students who don't say anything and only shrug ("shruggers", as Tori calls them). When Tori asks them if they know Ponnie, [[ExactlyWhatIsSaysOnTheTin [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin they only shrug.]]
11th Oct '16 2:55:58 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': Lampshaded in "Creepy Ponnie" when Ponnie claims to be one of the students who don't say anything and only shrug ("shruggers", as Tori calls them). When Tori asks them if they know Ponnie, [[ExactlyWhatIsSaysOnTheTin they only shrug.]]
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*** The finale has one say "I know I don't talk that much, but..."
15th Sep '16 2:47:10 AM rafi
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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.]]
-->'''Gumball:''' I cannot believe you just did that!\\
'''Darwin:''' Did what?\\
'''Gumball:''' ...I forget.
** In the third season finale, Rob decides to get even for his mistreatment and vows to become Gumball and Darwin's nemesis. His next appearance shows that [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain he hasn't been particularly good at it.]]
* 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 14 seasons, the male one has only talked twice, and the female one ''never!''). ''[=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'').
** ''Arthur'' also deserves special mention for having promoted some of their former Living Props to actual named, voiced characters. Fern, George, and Jenna have all been present in Arthur's classroom since the beginning. This trope was retroactively justified by all three turning out to be shy, introverted, or both. In George's case, it's even lampshaded by the others having only ever known him as "that shy, goofy kid with the big horns."
* The other village leaders besides Raanu in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'' are just there to show that the other villages have leaders who attend arena matches too, but Raanu's the only one who does anything. In fact, Tajun's supposed leader doesn't even react at all to the news of his village's destruction.
* A Walrus and few of his friends from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' have also been in the background. There is an episode that lampshades this and gives the walrus a day in the limelight.
* Many of the kids in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', but Gilben, the square-headed kid with curly hair and a blank expression on his face, takes it to its logical extreme. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Except for a few of the early episodes]], he never moves onscreen, as if he were little more than a mannequin. This is highlighted in the few times he's been put front and center, where he retains his immobility while other characters still act as if he were moving, even reacting to what he's "saying" even though nothing is heard.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has several kids that are seen often in the series, but rarely they serve other purpose than to be victims of the episode's villain. There are exceptions, like Eggbert [[spoiler:who becomes class president]] and Leona who is [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld]]. A number of the show's supervillains also fill that role. Examples include the Iguana, Bright Idea, and Teen Tornado.
* Most of the students in Casper High in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' are usually the same students that randomly waltz around the school to keep its consistency. At times, a few will barge in and deliver one line before pushed to obscurity once more.
* Most of WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} and Jane's classmates.



* 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.
* 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 "Leslie Bean."
* Cow in ''WesternAnimation/WordWorld''.



* 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.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] as the main plot of two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', in an ironic effort to draw attention away from a small blunder he made, Harvey points out the fact that one of the jurors was in some of his previous trials. This not only forces a mistrial, but it soon leads to Judge Mentok noticing that the ENTIRE jury was in every single episode, so Harvey's entire legal career has to be done all over again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', most of the students are only there as living props seen walking around the main cast at school.
* 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 "Leslie Bean."
* When the Justice League expanded in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', many of the new additions were essentially living props. Characters like Sand, Obsidian, Hourman, and Nemesis did little but hang around in the background and participate in battle royales.
* Tim from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', even by TheGenericGuy standards. He usually just sits or stands around, occasionally drawing what he sees (which is even ''more'' superfluous than it sounds), making very few useful observations, and never "learning" anything from his experiences.



* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': When Orel is shown hanging with friends such as Doughy, Tommy or Joe, there's this one [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] kid who's essentially there to take up space. The fact that his name is unrevealed and he's not especially distinct is a RunningGag.
* 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.



* Not surprisingly, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a few. Wendell Borton--the pale and queasy kid in Bart's class--rarely has lines, much less an impact on the plot (though this may more be a case of DemotedToExtra, as they had a few lines early on). Policeman Eddie is mainly a prop too. Most of the police business is between Chief Wiggum and Lou.
** This was lampshaded in an episode where Chief Wiggum becomes commissioner:

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* Not surprisingly, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a few.
** Maggie Simpson has been this in most of her appearances in the series.
**
Wendell Borton--the pale and queasy kid in Bart's class--rarely has lines, much less an impact on the plot (though this may more be a case of DemotedToExtra, as they had a few lines early on). on).
*** The example is also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at one point when even he can't remember which kid is which.
**
Policeman Eddie is mainly a prop too. Most of the police business is between Chief Wiggum and Lou.
**
Lou. This was lampshaded in an episode where Chief Wiggum becomes commissioner:



** The example of Bart's classmates is also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at one point when even he can't remember which kid is which.



** Maggie Simpson has been this in most of her appearances in the series.
* Most of the students in Casper High in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' are usually the same students that randomly waltz around the school to keep its consistency. At times, a few will barge in and deliver one line before pushed to obscurity once more.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] as the main plot of two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', in an ironic effort to draw attention away from a small blunder he made, Harvey points out the fact that one of the jurors was in some of his previous trials. This not only forces a mistrial, but it soon leads to Judge Mentok noticing that the ENTIRE jury was in every single episode, so Harvey's entire legal career has to be done all over again.

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** Maggie Simpson has been this Some one-shot characters like Allison Taylor and Jessica Lovejoy that, after their introduction, can be later seen as a background character in most of her appearances in the series.
* Most of the students in Casper High in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' are usually the same students that randomly waltz
many episodes revolving around the school Springfield children. Jessica also appears in the new opening sequence, playing the flute in the school's music class.
** Kumiko, the japanese Comic Book Guy's wife.
* Many main cast's classmates in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Some characters, like Butters, used
to keep its consistency. At times, a few will barge in and deliver one line be Living Props before pushed becoming major players. Butters was promoted to obscurity once more.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] as
a major character to replace Kenny, whom the main plot of two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', in an ironic effort to draw attention away from creators recognized as a small blunder he made, Harvey points out Living Prop whose interaction with the fact that one of other characters was limited at best.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' (the short-lived CGI MTV series),
the jurors was in some of his previous trials. This not only forces a mistrial, but it soon leads to Judge Mentok noticing that budgetary limitations forced the ENTIRE jury was in every single episode, so Harvey's entire legal career has animators to be done all reuse certain character models as extras over again.and over again, sometimes in very different context. Lampshaded in the DVD extras.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' (the short-lived CGI MTV series), the budgetary limitations forced the animators to reuse certain character models as extras over and over again, sometimes in very different context. Lampshaded in the DVD extras.
* Tim from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', even by TheGenericGuy standards. He usually just sits or stands around, occasionally drawing what he sees (which is even ''more'' superfluous than it sounds), making very few useful observations, and never "learning" anything from his experiences.
* A Walrus and few of his friends from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' have also been in the background. There is an episode that lampshades this and gives the walrus a day in the limelight.



* 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 14 seasons, the male one has only talked twice, and the female one ''never!''). ''[=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'').
** ''Arthur'' also deserves special mention for having promoted some of their former Living Props to actual named, voiced characters. Fern, George, and Jenna have all been present in Arthur's classroom since the beginning. This trope was retroactively justified by all three turning out to be shy, introverted, or both. In George's case, it's even lampshaded by the others having only ever known him as "that shy, goofy kid with the big horns."
* When the Justice League expanded in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', many of the new additions were essentially living props. Characters like Sand, Obsidian, Hourman, and Nemesis did little but hang around in the background and participate in battle royales.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has several kids that are seen often in the series, but rarely they serve other purpose than to be victims of the episode's villain. There are exceptions, like Eggbert [[spoiler:who becomes class president]] and Leona who is [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld]]. A number of the show's supervillains also fill that role. Examples include the Iguana, Bright Idea, and Teen Tornado.
* 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', most of the students are only there as living props seen walking around the main cast at school.
* 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.
* Most of WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} and Jane's classmates.



* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': When Orel is shown hanging with friends such as Doughy, Tommy or Joe, there's this one [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] kid who's essentially there to take up space. The fact that his name is unrevealed and he's not especially distinct is a RunningGag.
* The other village leaders besides Raanu in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'' are just there to show that the other villages have leaders who attend arena matches too, but Raanu's the only one who does anything. In fact, Tajun's supposed leader doesn't even react at all to the news of his village's destruction.
* ''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.]]
-->'''Gumball:''' I cannot believe you just did that!\\
'''Darwin:''' Did what?\\
'''Gumball:''' ...I forget.
** In the third season finale, Rob decides to get even for his mistreatment and vows to become Gumball and Darwin's nemesis. His next appearance shows that [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain he hasn't been particularly good at it.]]
* Many of the kids in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', but Gilben, the square-headed kid with curly hair and a blank expression on his face, takes it to its logical extreme. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Except for a few of the early episodes]], he never moves onscreen, as if he were little more than a mannequin. This is highlighted in the few times he's been put front and center, where he retains his immobility while other characters still act as if he were moving, even reacting to what he's "saying" even though nothing is heard.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': When Orel is shown hanging with friends such as Doughy, Tommy or Joe, there's this one [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] kid who's essentially there to take up space. The fact that his name is unrevealed and he's not especially distinct is a RunningGag.
* The other village leaders besides Raanu
%%* Cow in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'' are just there to show that the other villages have leaders who attend arena matches too, but Raanu's the only one who does anything. In fact, Tajun's supposed leader doesn't even react at all to the news of his village's destruction.
* ''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.]]
-->'''Gumball:''' I cannot believe you just did that!\\
'''Darwin:''' Did what?\\
'''Gumball:''' ...I forget.
** In the third season finale, Rob decides to get even for his mistreatment and vows to become Gumball and Darwin's nemesis. His next appearance shows that [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain he hasn't been particularly good at it.]]
* Many of the kids in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', but Gilben, the square-headed kid with curly hair and a blank expression on his face, takes it to its logical extreme. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Except for a few of the early episodes]], he never moves onscreen, as if he were little more than a mannequin. This is highlighted in the few times he's been put front and center, where he retains his immobility while other characters still act as if he were moving, even reacting to what he's "saying" even though nothing is heard.
''WesternAnimation/WordWorld''.
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