Is This Tropable?? Really Needs More Examples. There are a number of reasons why a character might be The Ghost. It allows the creator free reign in creating outlandish descriptions of them, it lets the audience create an image in their mind, or maybe they were just a random background reference that somehow turned into a Running Gag. But sometimes The Ghost can become a limiting factor, and it would be much easier to write stories if the character could actually be present. So you find an actor who fits the description thus far, and the never-seen character suddenly makes an appearance! They may become a regular or Recurring Character, or that may be the only time we see them. Examples: Live-Action TV
- In Only Fools and Horses, Boycie's wife Marlene was an unseen Running Gag for the first three seasons, before making her debut in the Season 4 story "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie". From then on she was in every episode Boycie was, and went on to be the female lead of The Green Green Grass.
- The Delaney twins were a Running Gag in Star Trek: Voyager, before finally appearing in the Season 5 episode "Thirty Days". They were then never seen again.
- Averted in Frasier: the writers intended to eventually bring Maris on screen, but the character became so exaggerated and outlandish that no actress could possibly have played her.
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