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23rd Jul '16 1:00:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''BigBrother 13'' had cast eight completely new people. You would not know this by watching the series.

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* ''BigBrother ''Series/BigBrother 13'' had cast eight completely new people. You would not know this by watching the series.
11th Jul '16 9:19:03 PM Luc
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There's the RecurringCharacter, appearing more or less often beside the main cast. There's the poor RedShirt, who is usually introduced only to get killed off in the very same episode, and the MauveShirt, who survives longer or at least gets a token amount of characterization before dying. There are the HeroOfAnotherStory and the BridgeBunnies, who get to actually run the place from time to time while our heroes boldly go where no man has gone before.

Then there are those kinds of recurring characters who don't actually have any involvement with the plot except as {{Padding}}, and whose only purpose is to create a certain sense of stability (after all, you wouldn't expect the bartender to be a different person every single time you visit the same bar, unless they all happen to have GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity) or to fill seats that would reasonably always be occupied by the same people (your classmates will remain the same throughout the school year.)

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There's the RecurringCharacter, appearing more or less often beside the main cast. There's the poor RedShirt, who is usually introduced only to get killed off in the very same episode, and the MauveShirt, who survives longer or at least gets a token amount of characterization before dying. There are the HeroOfAnotherStory and the BridgeBunnies, who get to actually run the place from time to time while our heroes boldly go where no man has gone before.

Then there
before. There's even {{Spear Carrier}}s, who have a line or two of actual dialogue.

These guys
are below all of those on the plot importance hierarchy.

These
kinds of recurring characters who don't actually have any involvement with the plot except as {{Padding}}, and whose only purpose is to create a certain sense of stability (after all, you wouldn't expect the bartender to be a different person every single time you visit the same bar, unless they all happen to have GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity) or to fill seats that would reasonably always be occupied by the same people (your classmates will remain the same throughout the school year.)
4th Jul '16 11:28:31 AM nombretomado
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* The other village leaders besides Raanu in ''Franchise/{{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.

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* The other village leaders besides Raanu in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: ''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.
24th Jun '16 5:46:16 PM evilscrappy
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', there are several reconizible kid charaters that show up in background roles and crowd scenes every now nd then. The most common ones include a redheaded girl in a light pink dress and purple boots, and a ginger-haired boy who wears a green shirt. Both the two kids are unnamed, and notably make an appearance in the episode "Muscle C.O.P.S.", at the beginning of the episode.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', there are several reconizible recognizable kid charaters characters that show up in background roles and crowd scenes every now nd then. The most common ones include a redheaded girl in a light pink dress and purple boots, and a ginger-haired boy who wears a green shirt. Both the two kids are unnamed, and notably make an appearance in the episode "Muscle C.O.P.S.", at the beginning of the episode.
24th Jun '16 5:43:51 PM evilscrappy
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* 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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* 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 there are several reconizible kid charaters that they barley interact with. show up in background roles and crowd scenes every now nd then. 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 most common ones 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.
9th Apr '16 10:20:39 PM Vir
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* The silver-haired detective in ''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).

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* The silver-haired detective in ''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).1).



* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Every resident who isn't in the main cast is a living prop, yet the creators of the show take the time to name them all, even going so far as to write a small paragraph about a dozen or so of them in the Season One DVD.

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* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Every resident who isn't in the main cast is a living prop, yet the creators of the show take the time to name them all, even going so far as to write a small paragraph about a dozen or so of them in the Season One season 1 DVD.



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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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* Plants.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Plants.
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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.
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