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18th Jan '16 12:26:16 AM merotoker
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' makes sneaky use of this character type's ability to be ignored by the audience by having one of these, [[spoiler:a girl secretary [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent we're actually shown skittishly edging towards]] [[GeneralRipper General Regius]] near the end of the season,]] turn out to be [[spoiler:the [[MasterOfDisguise disguised]] {{cyborg}} [[PsychoForHire assassin]].]] * ''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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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' makes sneaky use of this character type's ability to be ignored by the audience by having one of these, [[spoiler:a girl secretary [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent we're actually shown skittishly edging towards]] [[GeneralRipper General Regius]] near the end of the season,]] turn out to be [[spoiler:the [[MasterOfDisguise disguised]] {{cyborg}} [[PsychoForHire assassin]].]] assassin]]]]. * ''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.]]with]].

* Stephanie, Phil's wife in ''Film/TheHangover'' and its sequel, has one line in each film & is never named on screen. This applies even more so in the sequel where she spends her brief screentime hovering silently at Phil's shoulder, and her one line comes amid several characters speaking at the same time [[spoiler: when Alan runs a speedboat aground & everyone is checking to make sure the guys are okay.]]
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* Stephanie, Phil's wife in ''Film/TheHangover'' and its sequel, has one line in each film & is never named on screen. This applies even more so in the sequel where she spends her brief screentime hovering silently at Phil's shoulder, and her one line comes amid several characters speaking at the same time [[spoiler: when Alan runs a speedboat aground & everyone is checking to make sure the guys are okay.]]okay]].

* ''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 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.

* The abbreviated six-episode first season of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' featured several background characters in addition to the speaking cast. By Season 2 the extras were gone.
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* The abbreviated six-episode first season of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' featured several background characters in addition to the speaking cast. By Season 2 the extras were gone.

* Most of the fraternity and sorority members in ''{{Greek}}'' were this. Very few were given lines, and most of these were in the three main houses of the series; [[HufflepuffHouse the rest]] were lucky to get one member with lines.
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* Most of the fraternity and sorority members in ''{{Greek}}'' ''Series/{{Greek}}'' were this. Very few were given lines, and most of these were in the three main houses of the series; [[HufflepuffHouse the rest]] were lucky to get one member with lines.

* Many main cast's classmates in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Some characters, like Butters, used to be Living Props before becoming major players. ** And 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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* Many main cast's classmates in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Some characters, like Butters, used to be Living Props before becoming major players. ** And 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.

* Cow in ''WordWorld''.
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* Cow in ''WordWorld''.''WesternAnimation/WordWorld''.

* On "WesternAnimation/MakingFiends", Charlotte and Vendetta's classmates include Marvin, [[TheWoobie Marion]], [[EmoTeen Maggie]], [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Malachi]], and three other kids that they don't interact with. The first one is Mort, a dark blue boy with glasses, who is seen very often, but doesn't do anything. According to his Nick bio, he's extremely friendly and gives out nonsensical advice. He also has an irrational fear of soda, but a strange and tragic love of soda cans. The second kid is a pink unnamed girl with clips in her hair that is often seen screaming and waving her arms, and the last one is a blue boy with a baseball cap. * In ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', as a similar vein to Making Fiends, the duo's closest friends include [[PluckyComicRelief Hector]], [[PrecociousCrush Belle]], [[NiceGirl Megan]], and three additional kids that they barley interact with. The first one is Sam, a shy raven-haired girl, who happens to own a pet bird. She made her debut in the Season 2 episode "Butts Up", where [[ADayInTheLimelight she was the main focus of.]] The other two kids include a redheaded girl in a light pink dress and purple boots, and a ginger-haired boy who wears a green shirt. Both the latter two kids are unnamed, and notably make an appearance in the episode "Muscle C.O.P.S.", at the beginning of the episode. All three kids are rarely acknowledged by Sanjay and Craig, and are often used as background characters.
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* On "WesternAnimation/MakingFiends", ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'', Charlotte and Vendetta's classmates include Marvin, [[TheWoobie Marion]], [[EmoTeen Maggie]], [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Malachi]], and three other kids that they don't interact with. The first one is Mort, a dark blue boy with glasses, who is seen very often, but doesn't do anything. According to his Nick bio, he's extremely friendly and gives out nonsensical advice. He also has an irrational fear of soda, but a strange and tragic love of soda cans. The second kid is a pink unnamed girl with clips in her hair that is often seen screaming and waving her arms, and the last one is a blue boy with a baseball cap. * In ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', as a similar vein to Making Fiends, ''Making Fiends'', the duo's closest friends include [[PluckyComicRelief Hector]], [[PrecociousCrush Belle]], [[NiceGirl Megan]], and three additional kids that they barley interact with. The first one is Sam, a shy raven-haired girl, who happens to own a pet bird. She made her debut in the Season 2 episode "Butts Up", where [[ADayInTheLimelight she was the main focus of.]] The other two kids include a redheaded girl in a light pink dress and purple boots, and a ginger-haired boy who wears a green shirt. Both the latter two kids are unnamed, and notably make an appearance in the episode "Muscle C.O.P.S.", at the beginning of the episode. All three kids are rarely acknowledged by Sanjay and Craig, and are often used as background characters.
3rd Jan '16 12:19:54 PM Doug86
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* The Cro-Marmot from ''HappyTreeFriends'' who shows up occasionally.
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* The Cro-Marmot from ''HappyTreeFriends'' ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' who shows up occasionally.
18th Nov '15 5:41:11 PM Ultimatum
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i don't think plants even count
[[folder:Real Life]] * Plants. [[/folder]]
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[[folder:Real Life]] * Plants. [[/folder]]
17th Nov '15 6:50:24 AM DeisTheAlcano
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', as a similar vein to Making Fiends, the duo's closest friends include [[PluckyComicRelief Hector]], [[LittleBoySeeksBigGirl Belle]], [[NiceGirl Megan]], and three additional kids that they barley interact with. The first one is Sam, a shy raven-haired girl, who happens to own a pet bird. She made her debut in the Season 2 episode "Butts Up", where [[ADayInTheLimelight she was the main focus of.]] The other two kids include a redheaded girl in a light pink dress and purple boots, and a ginger-haired boy who wears a green shirt. Both the latter two kids are unnamed, and notably make an appearance in the episode "Muscle C.O.P.S.", at the beginning of the episode. All three kids are rarely acknowledged by Sanjay and Craig, and are often used as background characters.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', as a similar vein to Making Fiends, the duo's closest friends include [[PluckyComicRelief Hector]], [[LittleBoySeeksBigGirl [[PrecociousCrush Belle]], [[NiceGirl Megan]], and three additional kids that they barley interact with. The first one is Sam, a shy raven-haired girl, who happens to own a pet bird. She made her debut in the Season 2 episode "Butts Up", where [[ADayInTheLimelight she was the main focus of.]] The other two kids include a redheaded girl in a light pink dress and purple boots, and a ginger-haired boy who wears a green shirt. Both the latter two kids are unnamed, and notably make an appearance in the episode "Muscle C.O.P.S.", at the beginning of the episode. All three kids are rarely acknowledged by Sanjay and Craig, and are often used as background characters.

--> Chief Wiggum: "Lou, you're the new Chief. Eddie, you're the new Lou." --> Eddie: "Who's the new Eddie?" --> Chief Wiggum: We don't need an Eddie."
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--> Chief Wiggum: "Lou, --->'''Chief Wiggum:''' Lou, you're the new Chief. Eddie, you're the new Lou." --> Eddie: "Who's \\ '''Eddie:''' Who's the new Eddie?" --> Chief Wiggum: Eddie?\\ '''Chief Wiggum:''' We don't need an Eddie."

* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' uses many of the same background characters, but except for a few, like the surfer fish, they have a different voice every time. * 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, sometime in very different context. Lampshaded in the DVD extras.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' uses many of the same background characters, but except for a few, like the surfer fish, they have a different voice every time. * 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, sometime sometimes in very different context. Lampshaded in the DVD extras.

* In the "'WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' episode "Cruisin' for a Bruisin", there was an additional henchman of Snaptrap, who happens to be a skunk. He is rarely acknowledged, never talks, and only does what Snaptrap tells his henchmen to do. He only appeared in that episode, and is never seen or mentioned again.
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* In the "'WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' episode "Cruisin' for a Bruisin", there was an additional henchman of Snaptrap, who happens to be a skunk. He is rarely acknowledged, never talks, and only does what Snaptrap tells his henchmen to do. He only appeared in that episode, and is never seen or mentioned again.

-->'''Gumbal''': I cannot believe you just did that!\\ '''Darwin''': Did what?\\ '''Gumball''': ...I forget.
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-->'''Gumbal''': -->'''Gumball:''' I cannot believe you just did that!\\ '''Darwin''': '''Darwin:''' Did what?\\ '''Gumball''': ...'''Gumball:''' ...I forget.
26th Oct '15 11:20:42 AM kablammin45
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Following the conclusion of the Little Red Riding Hood arc, Granny is usually only seen among crowds of characters telling Emma, Mary Margret, or some other major character about something going on around town.
22nd Oct '15 1:35:02 PM livestockgeorge
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made a sentence scan better and changed who to whom.
** And Butters was promoted to a major character to replace Kenny, who the creators recognized was just a Living Prop whose interaction with the other characters was limited at best.
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** And Butters was promoted to a major character to replace Kenny, who whom the creators recognized was just as a Living Prop whose interaction with the other characters was limited at best.
22nd Oct '15 5:13:26 AM AgProv
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French example
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* French sitcom ''Series/Les Filles d'à côté'' was at least partially set in a gymnasium/health club. Throughout all 180 recorded episodes, it became obvious that the same dozen or so extras (mainly young women in gym kit or swimming costumes) were being cycled through the background in the gym, coffeebar and shop to populate the scene.
16th Aug '15 6:52:52 AM TonyG
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** 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.
11th Aug '15 4:10:37 AM merotoker
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->'''Dog Poo:''' I think I deserve to [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute take Kenny's place]] the most, because, I've been hanging around these guys for like five years and I never get to say or do anything.\\
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->'''Dog Poo:''' I think I deserve to [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute take Kenny's place]] place the most, because, I've been hanging around these guys for like five years and I never get to say or do anything.\\

* In ''KeroroGunso'', starting with episode 63, the 24 nameless students of Fuyuki's classroom receive unique designs which are carried over in any classroom scene after that episode. They even appear sometimes outside of classes too. A new extra was added in the 3rd season without any formal introduction. They're never credited or named, even when one of them actually gets a small active role, and, although Fuyuki has mentioned his school friends a few times, he's never shown actually hanging out with any of his classmates. * In ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', 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/{{Mai-Otome}}. In a Anime/{{Mai-Otome}} picture drama that takes place in the MaiHime universe, [[AscendedExtra she]] lets Arika and Erstin stay at her apartment after they find her cat, Nina.
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* In ''KeroroGunso'', ''Manga/SgtFrog'', starting with episode 63, the 24 nameless students of Fuyuki's classroom receive unique designs which are carried over in any classroom scene after that episode. They even appear sometimes outside of classes too. A new extra was added in the 3rd season without any formal introduction. They're never credited or named, even when one of them actually gets a small active role, and, although Fuyuki has mentioned his school friends a few times, he's never shown actually hanging out with any of his classmates. * In ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', ''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/{{Mai-Otome}}. ''Anime/MaiOtome''. In a Anime/{{Mai-Otome}} ''Anime/MaiOtome'' picture drama that takes place in the MaiHime ''Anime/MaiHime'' universe, [[AscendedExtra she]] lets Arika and Erstin stay at her apartment after they find her cat, Nina.

* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'' makes sneaky use of this character type's ability to be ignored by the audience by having one of these, [[spoiler:a girl secretary [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent we're actually shown skittishly edging towards]] [[GeneralRipper General Regius]] near the end of the season,]] turn out to be [[spoiler:the [[MasterOfDisguise disguised]] [[HollywoodCyborg cyborg]] [[PsychoForHire assassin]].]] * ''{{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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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' makes sneaky use of this character type's ability to be ignored by the audience by having one of these, [[spoiler:a girl secretary [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent we're actually shown skittishly edging towards]] [[GeneralRipper General Regius]] near the end of the season,]] turn out to be [[spoiler:the [[MasterOfDisguise disguised]] [[HollywoodCyborg cyborg]] {{cyborg}} [[PsychoForHire assassin]].]] * ''{{Working}}'' ''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.]]

* Marron and Bra in ''Manga/DragonBall Z''. They serve no other purpose than to show the audience that their parents were HappilyMarried after long time skips. Marron isn't even credited under her own name in the Japanese version, she's listed as "Kuririn's Daughter." Bra progresses to an extremely minor SatelliteCharacter in ''Anime/DragonBallGT,'' but it's pretty clear that the only reason they're around is because the writers couldn't very well get rid of them.
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* Marron and Bra in ''Manga/DragonBall Z''.''Anime/DragonBallZ''. They serve no other purpose than to show the audience that their parents were HappilyMarried after long time skips. Marron isn't even credited under her own name in the Japanese version, she's listed as "Kuririn's Daughter." Bra progresses to an extremely minor SatelliteCharacter in ''Anime/DragonBallGT,'' but it's pretty clear that the only reason they're around is because the writers couldn't very well get rid of them.

* In ''WeissKreuz'', Momoe, the little old lady who supposedly owns the shop the four protagonists work at. In most episodes, if she even appears, she sits quietly in the background, never moving from her rocking chair, petting a cat that's curled up on her lap. She's apparently an agent for Kritiker, as she plays the "deaf old lady" role to the hilt and never responds to questions about where her employees are, ''even at gunpoint'', except to discuss her store's stock.
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* In ''WeissKreuz'', ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', Momoe, the little old lady who supposedly owns the shop the four protagonists work at. In most episodes, if she even appears, she sits quietly in the background, never moving from her rocking chair, petting a cat that's curled up on her lap. She's apparently an agent for Kritiker, as she plays the "deaf old lady" role to the hilt and never responds to questions about where her employees are, ''even at gunpoint'', except to discuss her store's stock.

* Stephanie, Phil's wife in ''Film/TheHangover'' and its sequel, has one line in each film & is never named on screen. This applies even more so in the sequel where she spends her brief screentime hovering silently at Phil's shoulder, and her one line comes amids several characters speaking at the same time [[spoiler: when Alan runs a speedboat aground & everyone is checking to make sure the guys are okay.]]
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* Stephanie, Phil's wife in ''Film/TheHangover'' and its sequel, has one line in each film & is never named on screen. This applies even more so in the sequel where she spends her brief screentime hovering silently at Phil's shoulder, and her one line comes amids amid several characters speaking at the same time [[spoiler: when Alan runs a speedboat aground & everyone is checking to make sure the guys are okay.]]

* ''AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'': Wes Mantooth's Channel 9 Evening News Team cohorts. They stand around behind Wes, but contribute nothing to the verbal argument in the park. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at the end.
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* ''AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'': ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'': Wes Mantooth's Channel 9 Evening News Team cohorts. They stand around behind Wes, but contribute nothing to the verbal argument in the park. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}} at the end.

* ''SleeplessInSeattle'' has a particularly notable one, where the living prop is on two different planes from Seattle to New York in the same day.
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* ''SleeplessInSeattle'' ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' has a particularly notable one, where the living prop is on two different planes from Seattle to New York in the same day.

* The cashier in the coffee shop in ''{{Seinfeld}}''.
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* The cashier in the coffee shop in ''{{Seinfeld}}''.''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.

* For ''ILoveLucy'' Ricky's band members shown during night club scenes.
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* For ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' Ricky's band members shown during night club scenes.

* The silver-haired detective in ''TheShield''. Never got a line, but he was acknowledged when he got a round of applause for being the first person to use the newly-fixed men's toilets in season four (they broke just before the first ever episode of season one).
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* The silver-haired detective in ''TheShield''.''Series/TheShield''. Never got a line, but he was acknowledged when he got a round of applause for being the first person to use the newly-fixed men's toilets in season four (they broke just before the first ever episode of season one).

* In ''{{Friends}}'', Gunther the barista started as one of these, but was elevated to a side character due to jokes based on his crush on Rachel.
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* In ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Gunther the barista started as one of these, but was elevated to a side character due to jokes based on his crush on Rachel.

* The regular customers at ''{{Cheers}}'' whose names are not Norm, Frasier or Cliff. Some of them (such as Paul) were eventually promoted to {{Recurring Character}}s. In fact, Cliff was one of these for the first few episodes.
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* The regular customers at ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' whose names are not Norm, Frasier or Cliff. Some of them (such as Paul) were eventually promoted to {{Recurring Character}}s. In fact, Cliff was one of these for the first few episodes.

* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a collection of doctors that regularly appear on screen but (mostly) do not talk. For example, Colonel Doctor (called that because he looks like the Colonel Sanders), Dr. Beardface ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY It's Be-ARD-fa-SAY!]]), Dr. Mickhead, and Snoop Dogg Intern.
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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a collection of doctors that regularly appear on screen but (mostly) do not talk. For example, Colonel Doctor (called that because he looks like the Colonel Sanders), Dr. Beardface ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPay It's Be-ARD-fa-SAY!]]), Dr. Mickhead, and Snoop Dogg Intern.

* The staff (and several customers) of Cafe Nervosa in ''{{Frasier}}''. While no waiter lasted the full 11 years of the series, they did tend to stick around for a few of them. Similarly many of the extras portraying customers stayed there for many years.
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* The staff (and several customers) of Cafe Nervosa in ''{{Frasier}}''.''Series/{{Frasier}}''. While no waiter lasted the full 11 years of the series, they did tend to stick around for a few of them. Similarly many of the extras portraying customers stayed there for many years.

* When ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' was about to be canceled, the staff writers completed a script that was intended to be the very last episode of the series, but which was ultimately not used. In this script, a mad bomber leaves a series of bombs in Minneapolis, and various clues indicate that the bomber is someone in the WJM-TV newsroom. The regular characters all start suspecting each other. The bomber turns out to be one of the dozens of faceless Human Props who were seen along the back wall of the newsroom throughout this series.
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* When ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' was about to be canceled, the staff writers completed a script that was intended to be the very last episode of the series, but which was ultimately not used. In this script, a mad bomber leaves a series of bombs in Minneapolis, and various clues indicate that the bomber is someone in the WJM-TV newsroom. The regular characters all start suspecting each other. The bomber turns out to be one of the dozens of faceless Human Props who were seen along the back wall of the newsroom throughout this series.

* Sienna Cammeniti (played by model and ''2006 Miss Australia'' ''[=Erin McNaught=]'') was added to ''{{Neighbours}}'' for the sole purpose of [[BestKnownForTheFanservice sexing-up the cast]] and helping boost ratings. It didn't work.
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* Sienna Cammeniti (played by model and ''2006 Miss Australia'' ''[=Erin McNaught=]'') was added to ''{{Neighbours}}'' ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' for the sole purpose of [[BestKnownForTheFanservice sexing-up the cast]] and helping boost ratings. It didn't work.

* 90% of the students in ''SavedByTheBell''. * Same with ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.
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* 90% of the students in ''SavedByTheBell''. * ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. Same with ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.

* The students in Justin's delinquent class on ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' that aren't Alex, Felix, or Nelvis. They never speak and are not credited for their appearances. * Bobby Draper in ''MadMen''. On his [[TheOtherDarrin fourth actor]], with only a handful of lines per season in increasing contrast [[PromotionToOpeningTitles to his big sister]]. * ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series: In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, LargeHam King Tut madly screams his dialogue to the ear of one of the beautiful mute LivingProp slave girls of his harem. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTQ0RHE8ZhA She tries her best to do not change her indifferent expression]].
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* The students in Justin's delinquent class on ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' that aren't Alex, Felix, or Nelvis. They never speak and are not credited for their appearances. * Bobby Draper in ''MadMen''.''Series/MadMen''. On his [[TheOtherDarrin fourth actor]], with only a handful of lines per season in increasing contrast [[PromotionToOpeningTitles to his big sister]]. * ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series: In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, LargeHam King Tut madly screams his dialogue to the ear of one of the beautiful mute LivingProp slave girls of his harem. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTQ0RHE8ZhA She tries her best to do not to change her indifferent expression]].

* Most of the other Greenshirts and Nerd Herd staff at the Buy More on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' are effectively Living Props. Although a few get lines and names, (Skip, Fernando and Bunny) they rarely get significant characterization or screen time. There are nonetheless several who appear throughout the series. This is {{Lampshade}}d in season 4, when the CIA gets the idea of [[InvokedTrope Invoking]] this trope by buying, rebuilding and fully staffing the Buy More with CIA agents to take advantage of the anonymity of big box chain store employees. Unfortunately, the CIA agents end up ''standing out'' instead, but that's what you get for expecting people to believe Creator/OliviaMunn, Creator/SummerGlau, and Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike would actually work at the Buy More...
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* Most of the other Greenshirts and Nerd Herd staff at the Buy More on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' are effectively Living Props. Although a few get lines and names, (Skip, Fernando and Bunny) they rarely get significant characterization or screen time. There are nonetheless several who appear throughout the series. This is {{Lampshade}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in season 4, when the CIA gets the idea of [[InvokedTrope Invoking]] {{invok|edTrope}}ing this trope by buying, rebuilding and fully staffing the Buy More with CIA agents to take advantage of the anonymity of big box chain store employees. Unfortunately, the CIA agents end up ''standing out'' instead, but that's what you get for expecting people to believe Creator/OliviaMunn, Creator/SummerGlau, and Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike would actually work at the Buy More...

* TheYoungOnes had a "fifth roommate", a long-haired hippie-like figure who is seen sitting on the floor in some scenes. [[http://www.eeggs.com/items/4674.html Seen here.]]
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* TheYoungOnes ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' had a "fifth roommate", a long-haired hippie-like figure who is seen sitting on the floor in some scenes. [[http://www.eeggs.com/items/4674.html Seen here.]]

* ''SweetBroAndHellaJeff'': Geromy. While he's ostensibly the BlackBestFriend, he's a Living Prop in that he never even ''moves''... * Several of the background members of [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Tagon's Toughs]] spend most of their time as this. In the background but rarely having a major impact on the story but many of the non-humans are instantly recognisable due to their distinct profiles. Some of them (Andy, Legs, Elizabeth) are more [[RecurringCharacter Recurring Characters]] but default back to this between their times in the lime light.
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* ''SweetBroAndHellaJeff'': ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'': Geromy. While he's ostensibly the BlackBestFriend, he's a Living Prop in that he never even ''moves''... * Several of the background members of [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Tagon's Toughs]] spend most of their time as this. In the background but rarely having a major impact on the story but many of the non-humans are instantly recognisable due to their distinct profiles. Some of them (Andy, Legs, Elizabeth) are more [[RecurringCharacter Recurring Characters]] {{Recurring Character}}s but default back to this between their times in the lime light.

* ''{{Freakazoid}}'' has Emmitt Nervend, a strange guy who shows up in odd places and just stands there. Most likely the ultimate living prop. Except for that one time where he's a salty dance hall chanteuse.
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* ''{{Freakazoid}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' has Emmitt Nervend, a strange guy who shows up in odd places and just stands there. Most likely the ultimate living prop. Except for that one time where he's a salty dance hall chanteuse.

** The example of Bart's classmates is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at one point when even he can't remember which kid is which.
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** The example of Bart's classmates is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{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 appeareances in the series.
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** Maggie Simpson has been this in most of her appeareances appearances in the series.

* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] as the main plot of two episodes of ''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. * ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' uses many of the same background characters, but except for a few, like the surfer fish, they have a different voice every time.
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] as the main plot of two episodes of ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', ''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. * ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' uses many of the same background characters, but except for a few, like the surfer fish, they have a different voice every time.

* Tim from ''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 ''CampLazlo'' have also been in the background. There is an episode that lampshades this and gives the walrus a day in the limelight.
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* Tim from ''TheMagicSchoolBus'', ''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 ''CampLazlo'' ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' have also been in the background. There is an episode that lampshades this and gives the walrus a day in the limelight.

* ''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.
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* ''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]]. ** [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld]]. A number of the show's supervillains also fill that role. Examples include the Iguana, Bright Idea, and Teen Tornado.

* In ''IronManArmoredAdventures'', most of the students are only there as living props seen walking around the main cast at school.
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* In ''IronManArmoredAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', most of the students are only there as living props seen walking around the main cast at school.

* ''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.
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* ''MoralOrel'': * ''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.

* ''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. {{Lampshaded}} 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. {{Lampshaded}} {{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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** Maggie Simpson has been this in most of her appeareances in the series.
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