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14th Jan '17 6:22:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in one episode ''Series/DoctorWho'' ("Midnight"). The Doctor goes on a shuttle, and socializes with everyone in the cabin except the hostess. It gets lampshaded at the end when he realizes no one knew her name [[spoiler:after she [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices herself to protect everyone]] from the MonsterOfTheWeek]].
** A later episode of Series/DoctorWho, "Listen", gives this to the MonsterOfTheWeek, an entity that the Doctor theorizes is the perfect hider, so much so that nothing at all is known about it. By the end of the episode [[spoiler: it is unclear if the creature even exists, or if it exists it had appeared in the episode]].

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Played with in one episode ''Series/DoctorWho'' ("Midnight"). The Doctor goes on a shuttle, and socializes with everyone in the cabin except the hostess. It gets lampshaded at the end when he realizes no one knew her name [[spoiler:after she [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices herself to protect everyone]] from the MonsterOfTheWeek]].
** A later episode of Series/DoctorWho, episode, "Listen", gives this to the MonsterOfTheWeek, an entity that the Doctor theorizes is the perfect hider, so much so that nothing at all is known about it. By the end of the episode [[spoiler: it is unclear if the creature even exists, or if it exists it had appeared in the episode]].
14th Jan '17 6:21:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Whenever the GreenLanternCorps appears in force, the background will be littered with unnamed Lanterns who exist simply to fill out the Corps' numbers and give the artist an opportunity to draw weird aliens (and give the bad guys Lanterns to kill other than the ones with names and speaking parts). Sometimes one will strike a chord with an artist or the readers and appear enough times to get a name, but many will only ever appear in one issue, or even one panel.

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* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'': Whenever the GreenLanternCorps Green Lantern Corps appears in force, the background will be littered with unnamed Lanterns who exist simply to fill out the Corps' numbers and give the artist an opportunity to draw weird aliens (and give the bad guys Lanterns to kill other than the ones with names and speaking parts). Sometimes one will strike a chord with an artist or the readers and appear enough times to get a name, but many will only ever appear in one issue, or even one panel.
14th Jan '17 6:20:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheMalloreon'', there is an unnamed character who stole the Sardion (MacGuffin of the series) and deposited it at its final resting place to be found by the heroes 300 years later, along with his remains.
* In ''{{Rebecca}}'', the main character is the second wife of the eponymous Rebecca's husband. She's compared unfavorably to Rebecca without ever being told anything about her by his staff. Nothing is revealed abut her as they figure she doesn't need to know, except that she died. In the end the protagonist learns more about Rebecca and [[spoiler:gains the respect of the inhabitants by saving them from a fire]].

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* In ''TheMalloreon'', ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', there is an unnamed character who stole the Sardion (MacGuffin of the series) and deposited it at its final resting place to be found by the heroes 300 years later, along with his remains.
* In ''{{Rebecca}}'', ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'', the main character is the second wife of the eponymous Rebecca's husband. She's compared unfavorably to Rebecca without ever being told anything about her by his staff. Nothing is revealed abut her as they figure she doesn't need to know, except that she died. In the end the protagonist learns more about Rebecca and [[spoiler:gains the respect of the inhabitants by saving them from a fire]].



* Vivienne in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', who is also a PosthumousCharacter. She is the mother of Morgana and Morgause, was married to Gorlois, and had an affair with Uther. That's literally all we know about her.
* One episode of ''{{MASH}}'' features a helicopter pilot who risks his own life to fly patients to the unit with a broken fan belt in his chopper's engine. He gets a replacement and leaves again, and no one ever even has a chance to learn his name, much less thank him for his bravery. When the medical staff assemble a time capsule at the end of the episode, Hawkeye suggests including the broken fan belt to commemorate the man's courage.

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* Vivienne in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', who is also a PosthumousCharacter. She is the mother of Morgana and Morgause, was married to Gorlois, and had an affair with Uther. That's literally all we know about her.
* One episode of ''{{MASH}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' features a helicopter pilot who risks his own life to fly patients to the unit with a broken fan belt in his chopper's engine. He gets a replacement and leaves again, and no one ever even has a chance to learn his name, much less thank him for his bravery. When the medical staff assemble a time capsule at the end of the episode, Hawkeye suggests including the broken fan belt to commemorate the man's courage.



* The Little Red-Haired Girl in ''{{Peanuts}}'', Charlie Brown's always offscreen, always silent, always unrequited crush. She was briefly shown and named Heather in one of the animated specials, but this is not canon. A 1990s strip showed her in silhouette, dancing with Snoopy.

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* The Little Red-Haired Girl in ''{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Charlie Brown's always offscreen, always silent, always unrequited crush. She was briefly shown and named Heather in one of the animated specials, but this is not canon. A 1990s strip showed her in silhouette, dancing with Snoopy.
2nd Dec '16 8:51:41 PM Sammettik
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** Likewise, Bowser's wife; Junior had to come from ''somewhere'', and no, it wasn't [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Peach]].
26th Sep '16 6:00:21 AM Bisected8
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* Lapis Lazuli of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has ''three'' in her backstory once it's revealed; [[spoiler: whoever attacked her when she was caught up in the rebellion while visiting Earth, whoever mistook her for a crystal gem and placed her in a mirror to be interrogated and the random homeworld gem that trampled (and cracked) her as they were all fleeing.]]
** We later find out that one of them was [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar Bismuth]], which was [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] when she had a [[EarlyBirdCameo silhouetted appearance]] in Lapis's flashback.]]

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* Lapis Lazuli of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has ''three'' in her backstory once it's revealed; [[spoiler: whoever attacked her when she was caught up in the rebellion while visiting Earth, whoever mistook her for a crystal gem and placed her in a mirror to be interrogated and the random homeworld gem that trampled (and cracked) her as they were all fleeing.]]
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]] We later find out that one of them was the first might have been [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar Bismuth]], which was [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] when she had a [[EarlyBirdCameo silhouetted appearance]] in Lapis's flashback.]]
25th Sep '16 9:54:33 PM CommanderVisor
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** We later find out that one of them was [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar Bismuth]], which was [[Foreshadowing foreshadowed]] when she had a [[EarlyBirdCameo silhouetted appearance]] in Lapis's flashback.]]

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** We later find out that one of them was [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar Bismuth]], which was [[Foreshadowing [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] when she had a [[EarlyBirdCameo silhouetted appearance]] in Lapis's flashback.]]
25th Sep '16 9:53:58 PM CommanderVisor
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* Lapis of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has ''three'' in her backstory once it's revealed; [[spoiler: whoever attacked her when she was caught up in the rebellion while visiting Earth, whoever mistook her for a crystal gem and placed her in a mirror to be interrogated and the random homeworld gem that trampled (and cracked) her as they were all fleeing.]]

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* Lapis Lazuli of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has ''three'' in her backstory once it's revealed; [[spoiler: whoever attacked her when she was caught up in the rebellion while visiting Earth, whoever mistook her for a crystal gem and placed her in a mirror to be interrogated and the random homeworld gem that trampled (and cracked) her as they were all fleeing.]]
** We later find out that one of them was [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar Bismuth]], which was [[Foreshadowing foreshadowed]] when she had a [[EarlyBirdCameo silhouetted appearance]] in Lapis's flashback.
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23rd Sep '16 11:44:54 AM Drope
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* The Sludge Villain from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is such a StarterVillain that he doesn't even get a proper name in the story, yet his role is crucial, allowing the protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, to meet his idol as well as inherit his superpowers.
23rd Sep '16 11:44:25 AM Drope
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* The Sludge Villain from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is such a StarterVillain that he doesn't even get a proper name in the story, yet his role is crucial, allowing the protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, to meet his idol as well as inherit his superpowers.
10th Jul '16 10:25:52 PM HamburgerTime
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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' has King Toadstool, Princess Peach's father. He's never been seen in the games, but he must exist given that the Mushroom Kingdom is a ''kingdom'' rather than a ''principality''. What appearances he's had are limited to some very early ExpandedUniverse comics, which portrayed him as a blithering idiot whose [[HypercompetentSidekick much smarter daughter]] made all the actual decisions.
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