A minor character in a musical or opera, who only gets one song, but that one song is really, really memorable. When the musical is discussed, he's the one who makes people say, "And what about that one guy who sang..." Sometimes this is a result of AdaptationDistillation that removes the character's part from other songs (or removes the other songs entirely).

Compare OneSceneWonder.
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* Ron Holgate as Richard Henry Lee in ''SeventeenSeventySix'', who carries some great big wonderful slabs of [[LargeHam roast pork]] while he's singing "The Lees of Old Virginia."
** Also the Courier, who exists mainly to walk in with a dispatch from Washington and leave. Near the middle of the play he sings "Momma, Look Sharp," an absolutely gutwrenching song about the death of his friend at Lexington and Concord.
* Eddie the (Ex-)Delivery Boy from ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. He shows up, sings one of the most memorable songs in the movie, and is promptly murdered with a pickaxe. He has one later song (titled "Eddie", in fact), but this verse is a voiceover intended to represent other characters reading a letter he wrote.
* Amos Hart, singing "Mr. Cellophane" from ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. John C. Reilly's performance of ''this one song'' earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
** Likewise, Queen Latifah's one song ("When You're Good to Mama") in the same film. Her character was bigger than Reilly's, however.
* EltonJohn's "Pinball Wizard" and Tina Turner's "Acid Queen" from ''{{Tommy}}''.
* The Don in the "Il Muto" scene in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* Julie Brown in ''EarthGirlsAreEasy'' with "Cause I'm a Blonde".
* The dentist in ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors''. One of those resultant from AdaptationDistillation, as in [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors the stage musical]] he sang in two other songs (the same ACTOR also sang in a multitude of other songs, AndYouWereThere-style).
* ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners'' has two cases of this, owing to the stature of the performers playing the roles. Vendice is just one of several antagonists in on an evil scheme, but since he's played by DavidBowie he gets the Bowie-penned song "That's Motivation" ''and'' a DisneyAcidSequence to go with it. Between that, writing/singing the TitleThemeTune for the film's credits, and simply being the biggest name in the cast, Bowie was billed ''third''! (As a bonus, while his character only sings a snatch of the old standard "Volare" in one scene, the soundtrack album includes a full performance of it.) Another minor character, Arthur (the hero's dad), gets the big number "Quiet Life" -- he's played by Ray Davies of The Kinks.
* King Gator, who does the [[TropeNamer so-called]] BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''.
* In ''The Rundown'' Ewen Bremen got his own major song that began the film's CrowningMomentofAwesome when he was playing his bagpipes towards the end.
* Afterglow from ''Theatre/BranNueDae'', sung by the resident hippy of the film, Annie.
* PhantomOfTheParadise: The Juicy Fruits/ Beach Bums/ Undeads are rarely on screen, and only one of them has a speaking part, but they sing three of the major songs, "Goodbye, Eddie. Goodbye", "Upholstery" and "Somebody Super Like You", which was released as a single.
* The guy in ''SinginInTheRain'' who sings "Beautiful Girls" isn't even credited. (His name is Jimmy Thompson.)
** In the same movie, Cyd Charise is a minor character with a major dance number.

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* David Fury as "The Mustard Man" in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' MusicalEpisode, "Once More With Feeling".
-->''"They got... the mustard... out!"''
** Another "Once More, With Feeling" example would be Sweet, the demon summoned that causes everyone to burst into song and then occasionally into flame. He only has one song ("What You Feel") and a tiny reprise, but he drives the action, and it is - [[LampshadeHanging "a showstopping number"]]. But then, he's played by Broadway legend [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinton_Battle Hinton Battle]].

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* "Miss Marmelstein" from ''I Can Get It For You Wholesale''. This minor piece helped kickstart the career of Barbra Streisand.
* King Herod ("King Herod's Song") and Simon ("Simon Zealotes") from ''JesusChristSuperstar''.
* The Foreign Woman, from Gian-Carlo Menotti's ''The Consul''. To be fair, she is onstage for more than the one aria she sings, but that aria is her only real point of significance.
* The Steersman from Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" might qualify.
* Nimue, from ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'', who sings "Follow Me."
* Steve, from ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon'', who sings "They Call The Wind Maria."
* The Young Confederate Soldier from ''Parade''.
* The girl who sings "Somewhere" in ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** Depending on the staging, this is usually sung by someone offstage or by Tony and Maria as a duet. The "someone offstage" makes it not just a minor character but a ''non''-character, and the Tony and Maria version ... well, they're the ''leads''.
* Gigi from ''MissSaigon''.
** In the recent revival and national tour, the song was sung by the actress who plays Anybodys, in costume as Anybodys, but presumably not in character as Anybodys because it isn't in character. It would still qualify, as Anybodys is a minor character.
* The Street Singer from ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'', who sings "Mack the Knife."
* The Proprietor from ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''. He sings "Everybody's Got the Right" at the beginning of the show. Though he does show up at various points, as a background character, an announcer, or even the President of the United States. And in some productions, he does sing part of "Another National Anthem."
* Parpignol from ''LaBoheme'', who sings about two lines.
* The lover from ''{{Evita}}'', who sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and is quickly dismissed. In the film version, Evita herself sings it because, y'know... {{Madonna}}.
* Pirelli in ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* ''Theatre/KissMeKate'': ThoseTwoBadGuys who sing "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'': "Fly, Fly Away", sung by Brenda Strong, Frank Abagnale Jr's love interest. The fact that this is just a major song [[UpToEleven is the understatement of the year]], because this song is [[EpicRocking pretty much the hit of the show.]]
* [[SmallRoleBigImpact Joe]] in ''Theatre/ShowBoat''. It helps that he has one of the best Broadway songs ''ever written'', "Ol' Man River."
* The Piragua guy in ''Theatre/InTheHeights''.
* Petra of ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'' with "The Miller's Son." She does have a relatively small part in the "A Weekend In The Country" musical sequence, but she is the only non-central character to get a song all to herself which ends up having little to no bearing on the plot.
* Nicely-Nicely Johnson in ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', who gets one of the greatest [[TheElevenOClockNumber Eleven O'Clock Numbers]] in theatre - "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat".
* Martha from ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' is a minor character whose only major song is "The Dark I Know Well," a duet with Ilse about their physically [[spoiler: and sexually]] {{Abusive Parent}}s. The actresses frequently [[TearJerker get thanked by fans who were also abuse victims]].
* Pan in ''Theatre/BatBoyTheMusical'' qualifies with "Children Children". He shows up randomly and sings a song that is memorable for not fitting in with any of the rest of the show; particularly due to a bunch of animals that proceed to have an 'interspecies orgy' during said song. He is also never named.
* Vanderdendur in the Final Revised Version of ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'' is only in one scene (and is mentioned as having been killed, off-stage, in another), and yet he gets the show's big spectacular VillainSong. Averted in earlier versions of the show, where the Governor gets to sing it.
* Helen Chao from ''Theatre/FlowerDrumSong'' has "Love, Look Away."
* Theatre/{{Pippin}}'s grandmother Berthe is in only one scene, but in that scene she sings "No Time At All", an extremely catchy tune she turns into an AudienceParticipationSong.
* ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' uses Mafala Hatimbi to introduce the missionaries (and the audience) to Uganda and their philosophy of life through the song "Hasa Diga Eebowai" [[spoiler: which ends up meaning "Fuck you, God".]] The rest of the show then shifts its focus to Mafala's daughter, Nabulungi, and he becomes a background character.
* ''Theatre/{{Company}}'' has Marta and ''Another Hundred People''. She and Joanne are the only characters aside from Bobby that get songs entirely to themselves, and she is significantly less important to the plot (such as it is) than Joanne. The song was included to showcase Pamela Myers in the original production.
* ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'' has one of its most beautiful songs, "To Each His Dulcinea", sung by a priest who has no other lines; he's presented as a mute inmate of an insane asylum during the ShowWithinAShow portions.
* In ''Girl Crazy'', Kate Fothergill, aside from three songs tailored for Creator/EthelMerman's prodigious voice, adds little more to the show than comic banter. One of those three songs is "I Got Rhythm."
* In ''Theatre/{{Allegro}}'', Beulah, Joe's friend's girlfriend's friend who has a tryst with him in one scene and never appears again, gets to sing one of the score's most appealing tunes, "So Far."
* In ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', Nettie Fowler, a secondary character with no real involvement in the plot, takes the lead in singing "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
* ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'' has many old-fashioned showtunes sung by minor characters who do very little else outside their one number. "Beautiful Girls" (Roscoe) and "Who's That Woman?" (Stella) are ostentatious production numbers, but "I'm Still Here" (Carlotta) may be more of a fan favorite.
* ''Theatre/LilAbner'' assigns Marryin' Sam singing duties out of proportion to his part in the plot, including the incredibly catchy "Jubilation T. Cornpone."
* ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess'' all but begins with Clara singing "Summertime" to her baby. Despite being the first character to appear, even her dramatic exit at the end of the second act (and the chorus mourning her at the start of the third) doesn't elevate her role to much importance.

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* ''Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds'' gives the epic duet "The Spirit Of Man" to the minor but [[LargeHam hammy]] Parson Nathaniel and his even more minor wife Beth.

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* Chef Luis's "Les Poissons" from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* Jethro in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' gets the show-stopper [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG0a9WFkgzU Through Heaven's Eyes]].
** Also [[ThoseTwoBadGuys the priests]] get the amazing [[IAmGreatSong villain-ish song]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxyOTFQFWQ0 Playing with the Big Boys]]. Seeing how actors Steve Martin and Martin Short were short on lines, it kind of makes sense.
** Moses' mother only appears in the beginning, where she [[MosesInTheBullrushes puts him in the river]] while singing a lullaby (as part of the longer song "Deliver Us"). Despite the small part, they hired famed Israeli singer Ofra Haza to make sure it came out just right.
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