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23rd Apr '16 10:27:33 PM dynaboyj
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* Eric Bruntlett hit a World Series-clinching win for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, and performed only the 15th unassisted triple play in history in 2009 at 31 years old. A year later, he was out of baseball entirely.
22nd Apr '16 4:01:48 PM looneynightmare
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** Jay Goede the voice of Mewtwo and his creator Dr. Fuji who went under the pseudonym Phillip Bartlett has has no other voice acting roles to date, he is mostly a stage actor and has had some on camera roles in films and television shows.
22nd Apr '16 3:54:12 PM looneynightmare
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* Aside from a few audio book David Kolin's only voice acting role or any other acting role for that matter was the voice of Felix the Cat in ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie''.
22nd Apr '16 4:15:28 AM OlfinBedwere
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* New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is only known for her role in ''Film/WhaleRider'', which made her the youngest actress at the time to be nominated for a Lead Actress Oscar. She had a a minor role in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' and her career took a nosedive after ''The Nativity Story'' proved to be a critical and commercial disaster. She tried to make a comeback with ''Series/GameOfThrones'', but her performance was considered underwhelming, especially by the show's standards, and is today one of the very few ''Game of Thrones'' actors' whose part on the show has not become their most famous role.

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* New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is only known for her role in ''Film/WhaleRider'', which made her the youngest actress at the time to be nominated for a Lead Actress Oscar. She had a a minor role in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' and her career took a nosedive after ''The Nativity Story'' proved to be a critical and commercial disaster. Around the same time she also got pregnant at the age of just 16; something not really ''that'' big of a deal in her native New Zealand, but in the U.S. it produced such a backlash from MoralGuardians that it ensured no studio would go near her for any mainstream family-friendly projects. She tried to make a comeback with ''Series/GameOfThrones'', but her performance was considered underwhelming, especially by the show's standards, and is today one of the very few ''Game of Thrones'' actors' whose part on the show has not become their most famous role.
20th Apr '16 12:37:53 PM erforce
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* Because ''Party'' is largely forgotten today, Neve Campbell, who played middle child Julia, is nowadays remembered almost solely as Sidney Prescott from the ''Film/{{Scream}}'' series.

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* Because ''Party'' is largely forgotten today, Neve Campbell, who played middle child Julia, is nowadays remembered almost solely as Sidney Prescott from the ''Film/{{Scream}}'' ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' series.
19th Apr '16 10:36:15 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* Argentinean fusion rock group '''La Mosca Tsé-Tsé''' exists since 1995, but the only song of theirs that was a success outside their country borders was "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj4zbiMEK9A Para no verte mas]]", which gained good airplay in 2000.
9th Apr '16 10:27:14 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* When Holly Holm knocked out then-undefeated phenom Creator/RondaRousey with a head kick, the upset was called by many the biggest since Douglas knocked out Tyson. Holm then drew further comparisons to Buster Douglas when she dropped the UFC Women's Bantamweight title to Miesha Tate in her first defense. The fact that Rousey had defeated Tate three times didn't make it look any better.
* Another MMA example: Matt Serra had a decent MMA career, even winning ''Series/TheUltimateFighter'' but he is only known for knocking out Georges St Pierre.
** Drew Fickett has over 60 pro fights, but he's best known for choking out Josh Koschek.

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* When Holly Holm knocked out then-undefeated phenom Creator/RondaRousey with a head kick, the upset was called by many the biggest since Douglas knocked out Tyson. Holm then drew further comparisons to Buster Douglas when she dropped the UFC Women's Bantamweight title to Miesha Tate in her first defense. The fact that Rousey had defeated Tate three times didn't make it look any better.
* Another MMA example:
MixedMartialArts fighter Matt Serra had a decent MMA career, even winning ''Series/TheUltimateFighter'' ''Series/TheUltimateFighter'', but he is only known for knocking out Georges St Pierre.
** Drew Fickett has over 60 pro fights, but he's best known for choking out Josh Koschek.
Pierre, considered by many to be the greatest upset in the sport's history. He lost his first title defense never got another significant win.
7th Apr '16 12:34:16 PM BigBertha
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There are countless examples, so this article will only list a handful of representative samples. Compare NoHitWonder, wherein an artist manages long-term success without even so much as ''one'' big hit, and TwoHitWonder, where an artist is lucky enough to score a second hit. Also see HitlessHitAlbum, where an artist has a hit album with no hit songs. Contrast BreakthroughHit, where one hit leads to a string of later hits. Also compare SignatureSong which is the biggest hit. May overlap with SmallReferencePools, especially non-music examples. Many of the artists listed here are mislabeled because they have a signature song but still had lesser hits. There have been rare instances where the band had a Top 40 hit, but it is not their most popular song and the signature song the band is known for didn't chart well or at all.

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There are countless examples, so this article will only list a handful of representative samples. Compare NoHitWonder, wherein an artist manages long-term success without even so much as ''one'' big hit, and TwoHitWonder, where an artist is lucky enough to score a second hit. Also see HitlessHitAlbum, where an artist has a hit album with no hit songs. Contrast BreakthroughHit, where one hit leads to a string of later hits. Also compare SignatureSong which is the biggest hit. May overlap with SmallReferencePools, especially non-music examples. Many of the artists listed here are mislabeled because they have a signature song but still had lesser hits. There have been rare instances where the band had a Top 40 hit, [[ChartDisplacement but it is not their most popular song and the signature song the band is known for didn't chart well or at all.
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6th Apr '16 12:57:34 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* James Gandolfini's legacy begins and ends with [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]]. His only other memorable role was in ''Film/EnoughSaid'', and that was only after he died.
28th Mar '16 3:25:28 AM KYCubbie
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* Borderline: Ray Liotta was fairly successful back in the '90s, but modern-day audiences know him for playing Henry HIll in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' and not much else.

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* Borderline: Ray Liotta was fairly successful back in the '90s, but modern-day audiences know him for playing Henry HIll Hill in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' and not much else.



* [[{{Wrestling/Edge}} Adam Copeland]] may have a long wrestlign career, but he's basically known for one acting role: ''{{Series/Haven}}''. Ditto {{Wrestling/Batista}} in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.''

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* [[{{Wrestling/Edge}} Adam Copeland]] may have had a long wrestlign wrestling career, but he's basically known for one acting role: ''{{Series/Haven}}''. Ditto For a while, {{Wrestling/Batista}} was in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.''the same situation with ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', but he's now also known for his role in ''Film/{{Spectre}}''.



** Similarly, David Tyree of the New York Giants. A bottom of the depth chart receiver who managed to catch a ball from Eli Manning by pinning it to helmet and never did anything else of note.

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** Similarly, David Tyree of the New York Giants. A bottom of the depth chart receiver who managed to catch a ball from Eli Manning by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmet_Catch pinning it to helmet his helmet]] and never did anything else of note.



** Mike Jones of the St. Louis Rams is basically defined for a tackle he made of Titans receiver Kevin Dyson stopping him from scoring the game-tying touchdown at the one yard line.

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** Mike Jones of the St. Louis Rams is basically defined for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_play_of_Super_Bowl_XXXIV a tackle tackle]] he made of Titans receiver Kevin Dyson stopping him from scoring the game-tying touchdown at the one yard line.



** To young non-Yankee/Red Sox fans he may best known for being in a [[{{Seinfeld}} Steinbrenner rant]].
** Likewise, Carlton Fisk may be a Hall of Fame Red Sox player, but his entire career has been defined by his home run off the foul pole in the 1975 World Series.

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** To young non-Yankee/Red Sox fans he may best known for being in a [[{{Seinfeld}} [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Steinbrenner rant]].
** Likewise, Carlton Fisk may be a Hall of Fame player with the Red Sox player, Sox, but his entire career has been defined by his home run off the foul pole in the 1975 World Series.Series.
*** Enough so that most casual baseball fans (at least outside Chicago's South Side) forget that Fisk spent the majority of his career with the White Sox.



*** Also Jason Donald is known for that one "hit"

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*** Also Jason Donald is known for that one "hit" "hit".



** Kirk Gibson was a two-time MVP and World Series Champion, but he is best known for hitting a pinch-hit walk-off homer off Dennis Eckersly in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The main reason he's known is because he had been vomiting all day and could barely walk and didn't appear again in the series.

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** Kirk Gibson was a two-time MVP and World Series Champion, but he is best known for hitting a pinch-hit walk-off homer off Dennis Eckersly Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The main reason he's known is because he had been vomiting all day and could barely walk due to both his illness and lingering leg injuries, and didn't appear again in the series.



* Salvatore "Totò" Schillaci was the star of the 1990 WorldCup, scoring six goals (the top scorer) and bringing Italy to third place amazingly, he only ever scored one other goal for Italy, and apart from Italia 90 the rest of his career was unremarkable.

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* Salvatore "Totò" Schillaci was the star of the 1990 WorldCup, [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]], scoring six goals (the top scorer) and bringing Italy to third place amazingly, he only ever scored one other goal for Italy, and apart from Italia 90 the rest of his career was unremarkable.



* Oleg Salenko, who played for the Russian national team in the 1994 WorldCup. During the 1994 World Cup, he scored 5 goals in a game against Cameroon (the most goals anyone has scored in a single World Cup match) and 6 goals overall, the joint top scorer of the tournament (and the only time where a top scorer played for a team that was knocked out in the group stages). The 6 goals turned out to be the only goals of his national team career.

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* Oleg Salenko, who played for the Russian national team in the 1994 WorldCup.World Cup. During the 1994 World Cup, he scored 5 goals in a game against Cameroon (the most goals anyone has scored in a single World Cup match) and 6 goals overall, the joint top scorer of the tournament (and the only time where a top scorer played for a team that was knocked out in the group stages). The 6 goals turned out to be the only goals of his national team career.



* MMA Example. Matt Serra had a decent MMA career, even winning Series/TheUltimateFighter but he is only known for knocking out Georges St Pierre
** Drew Fickett has over 60 pro fights, but he's best known for choking out Josh Koschek

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* Another MMA Example. example: Matt Serra had a decent MMA career, even winning Series/TheUltimateFighter ''Series/TheUltimateFighter'' but he is only known for knocking out Georges St Pierre
Pierre.
** Drew Fickett has over 60 pro fights, but he's best known for choking out Josh KoschekKoschek.



* In [[UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} tennis]], players who win just one Grand Slam title in their careers are labeled (fairly or unfairly) as "one-Slam wonders". The biggest one of them is probably Gaston Gaudio, who won the 2004 French Open [[MiracleRally recovering from a 2-set deficit]], no less but failed to reach the quarterfinals of any other Slam he entered.

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* In [[UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} tennis]], players who win just one Grand Slam title in their careers are labeled (fairly or unfairly) as "one-Slam wonders". The biggest one of them is probably Gaston Gastón Gaudio, who won the 2004 French Open [[MiracleRally recovering from a 2-set deficit]], no less but failed to reach the quarterfinals of any other Slam he entered.



* Dallas Braden, pitcher for the Oakland A's is only known for two things: yelling at Alex Rodriguez during a game, and getting a perfect game two weeks later.
* Jonathan Cheechoo may have been a solid NHL player, but his 56 goal Richard Trophy winning season couldn't be matched, and he's bounced around from the NHL and minors
* Runningback Jonas Grey will probably never have another performance like he did in a game with the Patriots where he ran for 201 and 4 touchdowns. To put things into perspective, he didn't play the next game at all for breaking team rules.

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* Dallas Braden, pitcher for the Oakland A's A's, is only known for two things: yelling at Alex Rodriguez during a game, and getting a perfect game two weeks later.
* Jonathan Cheechoo may have been a solid NHL player, but his 56 goal 56-goal Richard Trophy winning season couldn't be matched, and he's bounced around from the NHL and minors
minors.
* Runningback Running back Jonas Grey will probably never have another performance like he did in a game with the Patriots where he ran for 201 and 4 touchdowns. To put things into perspective, he didn't play the next game at all for breaking team rules.



* Chris Johnson is best known for his 2009 with the Tennesee Titans where he rushed for 2000 yards.

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* Chris Johnson is best known for his 2009 with the Tennesee Tennessee Titans where he rushed for 2000 yards.
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