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27th Mar '17 8:09:27 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has several characters--Stannis Baratheon in Season 1, and Mance Rayder and Roose Bolton's bastard in Season 2.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has several ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Several
characters--Stannis Baratheon in Season 1, and Mance Rayder and Roose Bolton's bastard in Season 2.2.
** Brandon Stark is only mentioned in the show and only seen in the Blu-Ray lore.
5th Mar '17 12:31:14 PM jharrison3051
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Contrast with UnrevealAngle where a character's face is never visible. For a character who is frequently mentioned but never seen because they died before the story began, see PosthumousCharacter and DeathByOriginStory. For a character whose existence can only be inferred see UnknownCharacter.

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Contrast with UnrevealAngle TheFaceless where a character's face is never visible. For a character who is frequently mentioned but never seen because they died before the story began, see PosthumousCharacter and DeathByOriginStory. For a character whose existence can only be inferred see UnknownCharacter.
5th Mar '17 12:07:01 PM jharrison3051
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For a character who is frequently mentioned but never seen because they died before the story began, see PosthumousCharacter and DeathByOriginStory. For a character whose existence can only be inferred see UnknownCharacter.

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Contrast with UnrevealAngle where a character's face is never visible. For a character who is frequently mentioned but never seen because they died before the story began, see PosthumousCharacter and DeathByOriginStory. For a character whose existence can only be inferred see UnknownCharacter.
4th Mar '17 5:50:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is the main joke of Tom Jacobsen's ''Bunbury: [[Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest A Serious Play for Trivial People]]''. It features-- you guessed it!-- Wilde's Bunbury and Shakespeare's Rosaline teaming up and roaming through the Western canon meeting or becoming other Ghosts or imagined characters and changing ends as they go. Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet gets a happy ending; we meet [[Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire Blanche DuBois's]] dead husband, [[WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf Martha's]] blond-eyed blue-haired son, and a whole slew of unseen characters from ''Theatre/ThreeSisters''; and Bunbury himself becomes or is mistaken for [[Theatre/WaitingForGodot Godot]].

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* This is the main joke of Tom Jacobsen's ''Bunbury: [[Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest A Serious Play for Trivial People]]''. It features-- you guessed it!-- Wilde's Bunbury and Shakespeare's Rosaline teaming up and roaming through the Western canon meeting or becoming other Ghosts or imagined characters and changing ends as they go. Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet gets a happy ending; we meet [[Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire Blanche DuBois's]] dead husband, [[WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf [[Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf Martha's]] blond-eyed blue-haired son, and a whole slew of unseen characters from ''Theatre/ThreeSisters''; and Bunbury himself becomes or is mistaken for [[Theatre/WaitingForGodot Godot]].
28th Feb '17 12:12:53 PM LadyNorbert
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* In ''The Ambassadors'' by Creator/HenryJames, the mother of Chad Newsome, who guides much of the novel's action by sending her fiance Strether to Europe, never appears in the book.

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* In ''The Ambassadors'' by Creator/HenryJames, the mother of Chad Newsome, who guides much of the novel's action by sending her fiance fianc&eacute Strether to Europe, never appears in the book.



* Arianllyn, Adaon's betrothed in ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain The Black Cauldron]]''. He references her repeatedly, but [[spoiler: since he dies two-thirds of the way through the book,]] the reader never gets to meet her.

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* Arianllyn, Adaon's betrothed in ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain The Black Cauldron]]''. He references her repeatedly, and it's heavily implied that he loves her very much; but [[spoiler: since he dies two-thirds of the way through the book,]] the reader never gets to meet her.her.
** Math son of Mathonwy, the High King of Prydain, is this until the absolute last book in the series.



* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'': Snake, Natalie's boyfriend in the later seasons. He does show up in the latter half of the final season, just in time for a VerySpecialEpisode about Natalie being the first of the girls to "get her V-Card punched".

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* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'': Snake, Natalie's boyfriend in the later seasons. He does show up in the latter half of the final season, just in time for a VerySpecialEpisode about Natalie being the first of the girls to "get "[[UnusualEuphemism get her V-Card punched".punched]]."



* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': Mrs. Columbo is a prime example of the phenomenon. Though she never appeared in the series, a {{spinoff}} which ran under several titles featured as its lead a character purported to be the detective's wife, in which Columbo himself was likewise a Ghost. "Kate Columbo" is generally considered by the makers of the ''Columbo'' series to not, in fact, be the same person, but either the wife of an entirely different detective of the same name, or (in a line cut from an actual ''Columbo'' episode) an imposter.

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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': Mrs. Columbo is a prime example of the phenomenon. Though she never appeared in the series, a {{spinoff}} which ran under several titles featured as its lead a character purported to be the detective's wife, in which Columbo himself was likewise a Ghost. "Kate Columbo" is generally considered by the makers of the ''Columbo'' series to not, in fact, be the same person, but either the wife of an entirely different detective of the same name, or (in a line cut from an actual ''Columbo'' episode) an imposter.impostor.



** Enid, Dr. Kelso's wife. Also, his son Harrison.
** Enid is seen at least once from behind (without her face showing) in a flashback. Harrison is also (just) seen in a photo that Kelso is holding.

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** Enid, Dr. Kelso's wife. Also, wife, and his son Harrison.
** *** Enid is seen at least once from behind (without her face showing) in a flashback. Harrison is also (just) seen in a photo that Kelso is holding.



** ''Series/FullerHouse'': Michelle, due to the Olsen Twins declining to return.

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** ''Series/FullerHouse'': Michelle, due to the Olsen Twins twins declining to return.



*** Bashir's friend Felix is mentioned a few times but never seen. Felix designs holodeck programs which occasionally fuel the plotlines of some ''Deep Space Nine'' episodes; notably a TuxedoAndMartini spy caper in "Our Man Bashir" and a '50s era Vegas nightclub, hosted by Vic Fontaine, a [[ArtificialIntelligence self-aware holographic crooner]].

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*** Bashir's friend Felix is mentioned a few times but never seen. Felix designs holodeck programs which occasionally fuel the plotlines of some ''Deep Space Nine'' episodes; episodes, most notably a TuxedoAndMartini spy caper in "Our Man Bashir" and a '50s era Vegas nightclub, hosted by Vic Fontaine, a [[ArtificialIntelligence self-aware holographic crooner]].



* ''Series/{{Blossom}}'': Six's parents. Six's mother was seen in one episode.

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* ''Series/{{Blossom}}'': Six's parents. parents, although Six's mother was seen in one episode.



** Dorothy's brother Phil, a cross-dresser who is married to Angela, a welder.

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** Dorothy's brother Phil, a cross-dresser who is married to Angela, a welder. Angela does appear in the episode where [[spoiler:Phil dies]].



** Allegedly, Lane Kim's dad is this. It is a rather strange case because not only is he never seen onscreen, he also is never really referred to, except in cases when Lane would say "my parent'''s'''" instead of "my mum". WordOfGod has it he not only exists but also lives together with his wife, Mrs. Kim, who appears quite frequently. (Seventeen years later, he finally made an on-screen appearance... for all of one second.)

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** Allegedly, Lane Kim's dad is this. It is a rather strange case because not only is he never seen onscreen, he also is never really referred to, mentioned, except in cases when Lane would say "my parent'''s'''" instead of "my mum". WordOfGod has it he not only exists but also lives together with his wife, Mrs. Kim, who appears quite frequently. (Seventeen years later, he finally made an on-screen appearance... for all of one second.)



* ''Series/TheFastShow'': Mareen, the barman's wife in one [[BlackComedy darkly comedic]] sketch. The barman would chat to his regulars about her, call up the stairs to her--usually "Mareen? It's getting busy down here!"--and when she didn't respond, he did whatever he'd asked her for himself. No one reminds him that she died several years ago and he's in denial.

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* ''Series/TheFastShow'': Mareen, Maureen, the barman's wife in one [[BlackComedy darkly comedic]] sketch. The barman would chat to his regulars about her, call up the stairs to her--usually "Mareen? "Maureen? It's getting busy down here!"--and when she didn't respond, he did whatever he'd asked her for himself. No one reminds him that she died several years ago and he's in denial.



* ''Series/TheGoodLife'': A number of Margo's acquaintances including Miss Mountshaft of the music society are talked about regularly but are never seen.

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* ''Series/TheGoodLife'': A number of Margo's acquaintances acquaintances, including Miss Mountshaft of the music society society, are talked about regularly but are never seen.



** All adults, the cat next door who hates Snoopy...and that little red-haired girl. The TV specials adapt the fact that adult dialogue is never presented as speech bubbles in the comic by making the adults TheUnintelligible (Waa Waa wa Wa wa wa Waa).

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** All adults, the cat next door who hates Snoopy... and that little red-haired girl. The TV specials adapt the fact that adult dialogue is never presented as speech bubbles in the comic by making the adults TheUnintelligible (Waa Waa wa Wa wa wa Waa).



** Also, the "Girl in the Red Truck", who Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother Spike had a crush on. She was eventually fleshed out for a special ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' that combined animation and live action, where she was named Jenny and portrayed by Charles Schulz's daughter Jill. (Again, the special, which wasn't as well-received as most ''Peanuts'' specials, is considered non-canonical.)
** Though the not showing adults in any form, is averted in the fourth movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)]]'' in which it shows a female voice speaking through the airport intercom, Charlie Brown's grandfather in a war photo (Looks exactly like Charlie Brown except taller), and a girl's uncle (The main antagonist) who is fully voiced (But granted you only see him as a silhouette), among others.

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** Also, the "Girl in the Red Truck", who a human on whom Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother Spike had a crush on.crush. She was eventually fleshed out for a special ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' that combined animation and live action, where she was named Jenny and portrayed by Charles Schulz's daughter Jill. (Again, the special, which wasn't as well-received as most ''Peanuts'' specials, is considered non-canonical.)
** Though The trend of the not showing adults in any form, form is averted in the fourth movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)]]'' in which it shows a female voice speaking through the airport intercom, Back!!)]].'' Charlie Brown's grandfather is seen in a war photo (Looks photo; he looks exactly like Charlie Brown except taller), taller. The Baron, Violette's and a girl's uncle (The the main antagonist) who antagonist, is a fully voiced (But granted you character but only see him appears as a silhouette), among others.silhouette.



** The first exchange of words in the play imply that Gogo has slept in a ditch during the night, and Didi asks if "they" beat him. "Of course they did", is the answer. Who or what "they" are, is never explained or elaborated further. They also never show up.

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** The first exchange of words in the play imply that Gogo has slept in a ditch during the night, and Didi asks if "they" beat him. "Of course they did", did" is the answer. Who or what "they" are, are is never explained or elaborated further. They also never show up.



** In ''Theatre/TheTempest'', the witch Sycorax is the island's original owner. She is referred to many times throughout the play, but has died before the play begins.

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** In ''Theatre/TheTempest'', the witch Sycorax is the island's original owner. She is referred to mentioned many times throughout the play, but has died before the play begins.



** The infant [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Princess Elizabeth]] in ''Theatre/HenryVIII''.



** An unusual example in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'': Innogen, Hero's mother, is mentioned twice in the stage directions when listing the characters who enter a scene, but never speaks and is never spoken of in the play itself.

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** An unusual example in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'': Innogen, Hero's mother, is mentioned twice in the stage directions when listing the characters who enter a scene, but never speaks and is never spoken of in the play itself. The film adaptation removed her entirely.



* The unseen Mrs. Grundy, in Thomas Morton's ''Speed the Plough'' (1798), in which Dame Ashfield continually worries, "What ''will'' Mrs. Grundy say?" of each development. Since then the term "Mrs. Grundy" has passed into everyday speech as the embodiment of [[MoralGuardians prudery and censorship]].

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* The unseen Mrs. Grundy, in Thomas Morton's ''Speed the Plough'' (1798), in which Dame Ashfield continually worries, "What ''will'' Mrs. Grundy say?" of each development. Since then then, the term "Mrs. Grundy" has passed into everyday speech as the embodiment of [[MoralGuardians prudery and censorship]].



* God in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'', although he is addressed - indeed, harangued - by Jesus in the scene at Gethsemane.

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* God {{God}} in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'', although he He is addressed - indeed, harangued - by Jesus in the scene at Gethsemane.



* In the Zork games, whenever the lights go out you are warned that you might be eaten by a grue. Although you never see what a grue actually looks like (and in fact no one alive has ''ever'' seen one) if you stay in the dark for too long (2-3 turns) you will, invariably, be eaten by one.
** Not only that, but eating careless wanderers is literally the ONLY thing anyone knows about them. Where did they come from? Why are they afraid of light? Are they natural creatures? How do they enter spaces like attics which are completely surrounded by lit areas? How do they reproduce? How do they get adequate ''water''? How did they avoid falling into those bottomless pits that were all over the place until very recently? If Infocom has the answers, they're not interested in sharing them.
** In ZorkZero, it's slightly averted as you have to play a card game against the Jester, one of the cards is a the "Grue" card, and shows nothing but ominous glowing eyes.
** In VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor, you actually hear it. At the start of the game, if you go down the well without the Lantern, you do not get a warning of the Grue. But wait long enough, you hear a slobbering, chewing, gnawing and then belch. The death text playfully criticizes you for not expecting it. "Going into a dark area in a Zork game? What were you thinking?!"

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* In the Zork ''Zork'' games, whenever the lights go out you are warned that you might be eaten by a grue. Although you never see what a grue actually looks like (and in fact no one alive has ''ever'' seen one) one), if you stay in the dark for too long (2-3 turns) you will, invariably, be eaten by one.
** Not only that, but eating the fact that they eat careless wanderers is literally the ONLY ''only'' thing anyone knows about them. Where did they come from? Why are they afraid of light? Are they natural creatures? How do they enter spaces like attics which are completely surrounded by lit areas? How do they reproduce? How do they get adequate ''water''? How did they avoid falling into those bottomless pits that were all over the place until very recently? If Infocom has the answers, they're not interested in sharing them.
** In ZorkZero, ''VideoGame/ZorkZero'', it's slightly averted as you have to play a card game against the Jester, one of the cards is a the "Grue" card, and shows nothing but ominous glowing eyes.
** In VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor, ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor'', you actually hear it. At the start of the game, if you go down the well without the Lantern, you do not get a warning of the Grue. But wait long enough, you hear a slobbering, chewing, gnawing and then belch. The death text playfully criticizes you for not expecting it. "Going into a dark area in a Zork game? What were you thinking?!"



** Many of the characters and races from the Cerberus Daily News "reports" are considered to be ghosts. The only one who ever showed up on screen was Tela Vasir, while two turians from a long-running storyline were briefly mentioned -but not seen- in the aforementioned DLC.

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** Many of the characters and races from the Cerberus Daily News "reports" are considered to be ghosts. The only one who ever showed up on screen was Tela Vasir, while two turians from a long-running storyline were briefly mentioned -but - but not seen- seen - in the aforementioned DLC.


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* Unless one [[spoiler:follows the Dark Brotherhood questline to its conclusion]], Emperor Titus Mede II is mentioned but never seen in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.
* The Hero of Ferelden has become this in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. They get mentioned by several characters, most particularly Leliana; statues erected in their honor are found in Redcliffe Village and Halamshiral Palace; and one late-game war room mission enables the Inquisitor to receive a letter from them. But at no time do they actually appear.
26th Feb '17 12:45:26 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Ensi Hotakainen, the grandmother to main characters Onni, Tuuri and Lalli. She's mentioned to have been the magic teacher to Onni and Lalli in their younger years and heavily implied to have raised all three children during some time (she gets mentioned when Lalli gets scolded by Tuuri, his parents do not). She's also mentioned to have made a mistake that apparently had dire consequences, that included Onni getting a APromotionToParent at sixteen, and all three of them leaving their hometown to go live in a military when Tuuri was ten and Lalli eight. Ensi also stands out as being TheConstant, as the only character to make an appearance of sorts in both the DistantPrologue (as a pronounced baby bump) and the main story (via being mentioned by her grandchildren). The comment on a blog post illustration of her mentions that she was drawn in her forties rather than as a ninety year old, which implies that she is still alive.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Ensi Hotakainen, the grandmother to main characters Onni, Tuuri and Lalli. She's mentioned to have been the magic teacher to Onni and Lalli in their younger years and heavily implied to have raised all three children during some time (she gets mentioned when Lalli gets scolded by Tuuri, his Lalli's parents do not). She's also mentioned to have made a mistake that apparently had dire consequences, that included Onni getting a APromotionToParent PromotionToParent at sixteen, and all three of them leaving their hometown to go live in a military base when Tuuri was ten and Lalli eight. Ensi also stands out as being TheConstant, as the only character to make an appearance of sorts in both the DistantPrologue (as a pronounced baby bump) and the main story (via being mentioned by her grandchildren). The comment on a blog post illustration of her mentions that she was drawn in her forties rather than as a ninety year old, which implies that she is still alive.
26th Feb '17 12:41:34 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Ensi Hotakainen, the grandmother to main characters Onni, Tuuri and Lalli. She's mentioned to have been the magic teacher to Onni and Lalli in their younger years and heavily implied to have raised all three children during some time (she gets mentioned when Lalli gets scolded by Tuuri, his parents do not). She's also mentioned to have made a mistake that apparently had dire consequences, that included Onni getting a APromotionToParent at sixteen, and all three of them leaving their hometown to go live in a military when Tuuri was ten and Lalli eight. Ensi also stands out as being TheConstant, as the only character to make an appearance of sorts in both the DistantPrologue (as a pronounced baby bump) and the main story (via being mentioned by her grandchildren). The comment on a blog post illustration of her mentions that she was drawn in her forties rather than as a ninety year old, which implies that she is still alive.
12th Feb '17 6:36:45 PM MasterFuzzy
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* In ''[[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl]]'', Franchise/{{Superman}} himself is this, only ever referenced as Kara's cousin, with "Kal-El" being the only name spoken. Most characters actively avoid using the superhero name or even his secret identity (those who know it). Just "him" or "my cousin". When he appears in a flashback to give young Kara to her Earth foster parents, his face is obscured by the sun right behind him, and the picture Kara finds in James Olsen's stuff is extremely blurry.

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* In ''[[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl]]'', Franchise/{{Superman}} himself is this, only ever referenced as Kara's cousin, with "Kal-El" being the only name spoken. Most characters actively avoid using the superhero name or even his secret identity (those who know it). Just "him" or "my cousin". When he appears in a flashback to give young Kara to her Earth foster parents, his face is obscured by the sun right behind him, and the picture Kara finds in James Olsen's stuff is extremely blurry. Later in the series, he continues to appear as a blur or have his face be obscured by the sun-in the finale, we see him lying down at the DEO, but only his boots are visible. Averted in Series 2, however.
12th Feb '17 1:19:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* Sabrina Thwaite (and husband Richard) in ''TheArchers'' are often "just missed" on-air, pulling out of Christmas pantos at the last moment and so forth, usually explained by tutting disapproval from the regular characters.
** A long-standing trope in ''TheArchers''. Mr Pullen, whose troublesome prostate has been a RunningGag for many years, is never heard. Freda the Middle White sow used to be heard sometime but not Freda Fry, cook at The Bull and long-suffering wife of Bert Fry. Most notoriously, the late Pru Forrest went unheard for years only to be {{lampshaded}} in a special anniversary episode by being voiced by Creator/JudiDench.

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* Sabrina Thwaite (and husband Richard) in ''TheArchers'' ''Radio/TheArchers'' are often "just missed" on-air, pulling out of Christmas pantos at the last moment and so forth, usually explained by tutting disapproval from the regular characters.
** A long-standing trope in ''TheArchers''.''The Archers''. Mr Pullen, whose troublesome prostate has been a RunningGag for many years, is never heard. Freda the Middle White sow used to be heard sometime but not Freda Fry, cook at The Bull and long-suffering wife of Bert Fry. Most notoriously, the late Pru Forrest went unheard for years only to be {{lampshaded}} in a special anniversary episode by being voiced by Creator/JudiDench.
12th Feb '17 3:09:22 AM Kakai
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* Ragnor the Raider King from ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' is the BigBad of the series, and his lackeys often discuss him and busy themselves making life harder for the heroes in his name, but the man himself is yet to appear, speak or even send a letter to anyone on-page.
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