Created By: DannyVElAcme on January 6, 2011 Last Edited By: DannyVElAcme on April 27, 2011

Mister Everywhere

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Seen It a Million Times, please post examples! :)

Quite simply, a character who's everywhere. This is a recurrent(though usually minor) character who, for some reason, keeps showing up wherever the heroes go. This isn't the same as a Goldfish Poop Gang, since those are characters that actively follow the heroes. Mister Everywhere may or may not interact with the heroes, but for some reason, he's pretty much everywhere the heroes go.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Antonio, Carlos and Jobim, the Three Old Men from Cowboy Bebop. A striking example, since they tend to appear in different planets each time they show up.
  • Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny from Pokémon. It's lampshaded in the show that they are multiple of them, one in each town, but the trope still applies.

Video Games
  • Marcus Kincaid from Borderlands. Not only does he personally run all his shops, he also personally drives the main characters to the start of the game.
  • Portal 2: The bird shows up here and there throughout the game until you save GLaDOS from being eaten by it.
  • Stiltzkin, the traveling moogle from Final Fantasy IX, who always seems to be close by when Zidane and his crew need to buy some supplies.
  • Final Fantasy X: Oaka the traveling merchant. He has a brother who's actually following Yuna around, too.
Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • January 6, 2011
    troacctid
  • January 6, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    @troacctid: Related to Recurring Extra, but Mister Everywhere is a character who's a recurring extra who is pretty much everywhere the main character goes, no matter how remote the place or unlikely for the character to be there.

    To better illustrate: loads of characters in The Simpsons are recurring extras, but they're not Mister Everywheres, since Springfield, being a small town, makes it believable that they'd be seen around town on a multitude of occasions. The Three Old Men from Cowboy Bebop, who have been shown on different planets, would be a group of Mister Everywheres, because they keep showing up in the background no matter how ludicrous it'd be for them to be there.

    But, reading on Recurring Traveler and Recurring Extra, I guess this type of character is covered, so never mind.
  • January 7, 2011
    JoeG
    Mr. Barkin in Kim Possible. No matter what plot-relevant class we see Kim and Ron in, Mr. Barkin is always substituting for the usual teacher.
  • January 7, 2011
    peccantis
    --bad example--
  • January 7, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    The merchant in Resident Evil 4.
  • January 7, 2011
    AFP
    Fallout New Vegas has Victor, a Securitron robot with a cowboy persona who has the unnerving tendency to appear in various places you go to early in the game as you make your way to New Vegas. Deconstructed, he is actually several different networked robots that the persona is jumping between based on where you are.
  • January 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In one Tiny Toon Adventures short Babs & Plucky get in a contest to see who can get in the yearbook the most times, by joining clubs just so they can be in the club picture. They end up tied...for second, while some kid nobody's ever heard of before gets first because he was in every photo that either Babs or Plucky was in, plus more. Turns out it was Buster in a Latex Perfection mask.
  • January 7, 2011
    X2X
    Final Fantasy X has an elderly Recurring Traveler named Maechen, whose main purpose is to explain the history and nature of the world of Spira to Tidus. A lot. He pops up almost everywhere ahead of the party, with no signs of fatigue. Him being an Unsent may have something to do with this. There's also the merchant O'aka, who shows at multiple spots, usually before a boss fight.
  • January 7, 2011
    Irrisia
    Any of the shop guys in the Shadow Hearts series; no matter where you go, they will be there first.

    And, upon reading the Shadow Hearts page... Recurring Traveller is already this trope, pretty much.
  • January 7, 2011
    CinnaThePoet
    Avatar The Last Airbender has the Cabbage Merchant.
  • January 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Those Two Guys Edgar & Chauncey from Rocky And Bullwinkle. They're everywhere, even as island cannibals, always with the same dalogue:
    Chauncey: Now that's something you don't see every day Edgar.
    Edgar: What's that Chauncey?
    Chauncey: [what they just saw]
    Edgar: [punchline]
  • January 7, 2011
    foxley
  • January 8, 2011
    peccantis
    ^At least the Cabbage Merchant example is a single character, Nurse Jenny is about how multiple characters look the exact same.
  • January 8, 2011
    Varthonai
    Bruce Willis' character in North.

    Beedle in Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

    The Cat in Coraline.
  • January 9, 2011
    MorganWick
    Where's the difference with The Cat Came Back?
  • April 25, 2011
    dalek955
  • April 25, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    @jaytee: Hmmm, I think this is more an example of Implacable Man(or woman, as the case may be).
  • April 25, 2011
    jaytee
    That may be, I mention it because the book is written specifically so it appears as though she is in all these impossible places.

    FWIW though, it's bad form to edit away the posts of other members without good reason, it prevents others from commenting on them.
  • April 26, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    Wait, what? Did I do that? :/ I actually like to comment on other people's posts to incite discussion on the trope, but I've never edited one.
  • April 26, 2011
    jaytee
    Well, it disappeared to somewhere! It's no big deal either way, I knew it was a borderline example when I posted it. :)

    For reference, the example was Nately's whore in Catch-22, and it seems to fall somewhere in between this trope and Implacable Man. She shows up pretty much everywhere Yossarian is, even when it seems impossible. However, Joseph Heller plays around with time and space a lot and it was written intentionally ambiguously so that it isn't impossible for her to be where she is, just improbable.

    Another possible example is Enoch Root in Cryptonomicon, which crosses this trope with some sort of ageless/immortality trope.
  • April 26, 2011
    Fanra
    In Basic Instructions, Omnipresent Man is a superhero who's power is to be everywhere at once.
  • April 26, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Can sometimes have to do with Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?

    • In Trigun, Kuroneko-sama ends up being pretty much everywhere the heroes end up on Gunsmoke for no apparent reason.
  • April 27, 2011
    randomsurfer
    On The Simpsons there are a few characters who show up whenever the plot takes them to a fast food restaurant (Squeaky-Voiced Teen), a store (Sarcastic Man), or other sales (Ol' Gil). At least Ol' Gil seems to be confined to Springfield and it's surrounding area; SVT and SM appear internationally.
  • April 27, 2011
    Topazan
    There's a character in Mother3 that stores your items and always happens to be in the same town as the pc.

    It's been awhile since I played that game and never finished it, so hopefully someone else can fill in the details.
  • April 27, 2011
    Koveras
    • Ford Cruller from Psychonauts seems to be present in many places at once. Possibly explained In Universe by the fact that he is quite literally (and physically) mad.
    • Dwarven Merchants Bodahn and Sandal seem to follow wherever the Warden goes in Dragon Age: Origins (even inside a Darkspawn-overrun fortress). In Dragon Age II, they follow Hawke instead.
  • April 27, 2011
    jaytee
    I'm feeling like the bird from Portal 2 is Recurring Extra. It's not really implausible to run into it more than once considering you're in a self-contained, underground facility. It is a huge facility, but it still seems more similar to the Simpsons example you gave above.

    If you don't agree, I can accept that. I might be a little biased - I'm just sick of seeing Portal 2 shoehorned into every single YKTTW. It's a great game but it is not every trope ever.
  • April 27, 2011
    DannebrogSpy
    • Lucky Luke meets quite a few undertakers during the albums, but over the time Mathias Bones have become the default in whatever city Lucky Luke happens to visit.
    • Usagi Yojimbo features a pair of woodcutters who seems to pop up anywhere in Japan the title character come around.
  • April 27, 2011
    Cidolfas
    Sounds like this would fall under Recurring Traveler.

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