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[[caption-width-right:300:"What are [[Series/SesameStreet you]] doing here?" [[LampshadeHanging "A very brief cameo."]] "... Me too."]]

->''"Thank you for the obligatory cameo."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/BoardJames''', ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''

A brief appearance by a well-known star or other famous person in a role that would otherwise be an extra or [[SpearCarrier walk-on]]. Most often used today as a surprise or punchline of sorts. It can be accented with a character's {{leitmotif}}.

Can also indicate a similar surprise appearance by an animated character--often as a ContinuityNod--in a production in which they play no real part.

The term originated with producer Mike Todd, when he was describing the literally hundreds of Hollywood and foreign movie stars who made brief appearances in the original 1956 film version of ''Around The World In 80 Days.''

Subtropes:

[[index]]
* CreatorCameo
* DeathByCameo
* EarlyBirdCameo
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
* MuppetCameo
* NewscasterCameo
* RealPersonCameo
* RemakeCameo
[[/index]]

May be a OneSceneWonder. See also SpecialGuest, StuntCasting. When a movie or show only ''appears'' to have a cameo after some years have passed, that's RetroactiveRecognition.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''MahouSenseiNegima'' manga has dozens of cameos, mostly of fighting game characters, especially during the first TournamentArc.
* In the second episode of ''GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' anime, characters from [[ShoulderACoffinKuro Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro]], the mangaka's other work, can be seen in the background.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a few cameo especially from the creator's previous manga ''Manga/RaveMaster''.
* ''Manga/LoveLucky'': In chapter 56, Yura and Makoto (from mangaka Katsu Aki's more famous work, ''FutariEcchi'') have a walk on cameo as they pass by Kirari, who jealously contemplates how much she wants to be a "normal happy couple" like they are.
* ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' has Charlotte, a [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular]] witch from [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica the parent series]], make a brief appearance in chapter 3. Doubles as a MythologyGag, considering the circumstances.
** [[spoiler: Kyubey]] makes a cameo in Chapter 4 of ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica''. [[spoiler: Subverted in Chapter 5 [[ChekhovsGunman where he plays a larger role in the plot.]]]] Mami and Kyoko make brief appearances in later chapters.
** The third volume of ''Anime/PuelaMagiMadokaMagica: The Different Story'' has a brief appearance of Michuru Kazusa from ''Kazumi Magica''.
* Isaac and Miria from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' make appearances in a few episodes of ''{{Durarara}}'', establishing the series' shared universe.
* ''Manga/HelenESP'' has a a cameo by Katsuhisa's other work ''FrankenFran'''s main character, Fran, in an extra chapter. She gives Helen a wish for saving one of her creations. [[spoiler: She asks to read Braille faster.]]
* Despite being made by different people, Katz from ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' made a brief cameo on Panty's shirt in the diet episode of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEQzVr-Sx6E&feature=related it was even on an infamous scene/internet fad]].
* ''UruseiYatsura'' has a few OneSceneWonder examples. [[HokutoNoKen Kenshiro]] isn't a OneSceneWonder in virtue of him appearing in two scenes, enough to establish him as a delinquent and pick a fight against Kotatsu Neko (he lost).
* Watch any of the ''PrettyCureAllStars'' movies. Count how many past characters show up in one movie.
** Played straight with ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', where each one of the past 33 Cures appear in a semi-random order, starting with [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Cure Black]]... so much that they gained [[TheCameo/HappinessChargePrettyCure its own page]].
* "Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure" has Kiyone Makibi, Ramia, and Misao Amano from "Tenchi Muyo" appear as background characters in the final ova episode. other tenchi charaters show in the laser disk sleeve artwork while elements of Dual! pop up in "Tenchi Muyo GXP" both shows are fro the same team at AIC and are considered as part of one multiverse.
* In the American dub of ''Anime/DuelMasters'', after Shobu defeats Kokujo, he is finally given his opportunity to duel Hakuoh and ascend to the rank of Kaijudo master, along such famous names as his father Shori and seven-time grand champion ''GregTheBunny''.
* [[Manga/SailorMoon Usagi and Naru]] appeared at the end of a ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' manga chapter.
* ''ZettaiKarenChildren The Unlimited'' anime, in the 5th episode, features a cameo of two biggest internet web video personas: both WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} Bites! 2: Pants Macabre'' includes [[CatsAreMean The Evil]] from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' and Roger the were-coyote from ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell!!!''.
* While the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime and [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] aren't as bad, [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh the card game]] itself often features cameo appearances from various {{Konami}} game characters ([[GanbareGoemon Goegoe the Gallant Ninja, Lady Ninja Yae, Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke]], [[VideoGame/GetsuFumaDen Getsu Fuhma, Ryu Kokki]]) and weapons ([[{{Gradius}} Gradius, Victory Viper XX03, anything with B.E.S. in its name]]) as cards in the game to fill out sets and make new decktypes. Granted, while Konami rarely makes them too useful, it does make them.
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Tactical Espionage Expert]], anyone?
** There are also [[GaoGaiGar Super Vehicroid Stealth Union]] and [[GetterRobo XYZ Dragon Cannon]]. Both are a bit impractical to use, though, so don't really see competitive play.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* DavidTennant and Billie Piper appeared in the Season 9 ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comic "In Perfect Harmony." Also a CelebrityParadox since the 10th doctor appeared with Rose and the TARDIS in the future in Season 8.
* The carnival sequence in ''{{Tintin}} and the Picaros'' features a large number of cameos, including MickeyMouse, DonaldDuck, {{Asterix}} and [[{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]].
* [[ComicBook/TheSandman Death of the Endless]] makes a cameo near the end of the ''{{Nodwick}}'' comic. She's also mentioned in passing in ''PS238'' as the sister of one of the students: [[CaptainErsatz "Murphy, the prince of daydreams"]].
* In one panel of the Hector Plasm comic "Wilfred Hall," [[CloneHigh Joan and Cleo]] make an appearance.
* In Nightcat. Stan Lee makes an appearance... asking Nightcat if he can make a comic about her.
-->'''Linkara''': Stan Lee: Co-creator of Spiderman, and full creator of Stan Lee.
* ''FoxTrot'' did a storyline that ran from December 16-21, 1996, in which Paige dreams of visiting the Land of Animated Christmas TV Specials, where [[WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman Frosty]], [[WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas Snoopy, Linus]], [[WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown S.D. Kluger]], [[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Sam the Snowman, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey]], [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the Grinch]], and [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleDrummerBoy Aaron]] all make cameos.
** Charlie Brown and Linus made a cameo in the ''FoxTrot'' Sunday strip published on December 17, 2006.
--->'''Roger''': Aarg! I just knew I should have [bought a Christmas tree] last weekend! Oh, wait! That little tree over there isn't sold yet... [[BigNo Noooooooooo!]]...\\
'''Linus''': Sorry, mister.\\
'''Charlie Brown''': ''[walking away with the tree from ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'']'' You snooze, you lose!
* The title character of Tramp's ''Wormy'' had a credited cameo in PhilFoglio's ''What's New? With Phil And Dixie'', back when both gaming-comics were running side-by-side in ''Dragon''.
* Tim Leherner, a.k.a. [=TelstarMan=], is a newsanchor near the end of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''. He attracted the attention of WarrenEllis for having a truly ridiculous number of covers of the song "Telstar" (over 130 at last count).
* The [[Series/{{Fringe}} Observer]] Pony can be seen in issues 1-4 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #3.
* Several major or minor characters make brief apperances in ''Comicbook/ThePulse'', among them Nick Fury, Wolverine, and Spider-Man.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/TheDarkerKnight'' is made of this trope, cameo characters often appearing out of nowhere and doing absolutely nothing to advance the plot.
* ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'': [[spoiler: A [[LoadsAndLoadsofCharacters TON]] of characters from the entire SuperMarioBros universe make brief, one line cameos in Chapter 50, speaking of their desires so the Star Spirits will have enough energy in the Star Rod to heal Alex. [[{{Schmuckbait}} Seriously, just try and identify everyone who speaks.]]]]
** In Movie 1, [[MarioandLuigiSuperstarSaga Queen Bean and Lady Lima]] make brief appearances at the beginning, while [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros R.O.B.]]]] appears in the ending.
* One of the characters from the second story, and by the far the most popular, of Crossoverpairinglover (Of Fanfiction.Net) Naruto Mysterious Power, Taisune [[spoiler: AKA, a version of Naruto Uzumaki who got thrown across the multiverse by a version of Sasuke Uchiha]], frequently pops up in the other stories in roles varying from an observer to a way to deal with minor problems. He's appeared in major stories such as Naruto and the Last Vampires, Moon Heir and the Lost Ones Part 1, Percy Jackson and the Olympians; Olympus Divided, Harry Potter and the Restored Legacy and Harry Potter and the Altered World, occasionally with Fluffy, [[spoiler: His version of a female Kurama who got merged with Sakura and Hinata]]. Recently, various versions of the Percy Jackson titan Prometheus have begun to appear as well, popping up in the Moon Heir, Brother's bet, Divided Olympus, Last Vampiress and Altered World universes as part of a current cross story event. Other characters, who do not have any known ability to cross time and space have also appeared in other worlds, such as Avatar the Last Airbender's Cabbager Merchant in Mysterious Power, Last Vampiress, Altered World, Restored Legacy, Moon Heir and Next Gen verses in gags very similar to what happens in his homeverse. Alternate versions of Dolores Umbridge, Grover Underwood, Ichigo Kurosaki, Spongebob, Alex Russo, Justin Russo, Naruto Uzumaki, Hinata Hyuga and others have also found their way of appearing in the various stories via cameos and Omakes
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: Though mentioned only in name, it seems [[GIJoe Thomas Arashikage]], [[FlameOfRecca Recca Hanabishi, Yanagi Sakoshita]], and [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Cameron Watanabe]] are all Leaf ninjas.
* A rather bizarre example appears in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures''. In ''Darkness Falls'', Death searches through a dimensional portal for a villain from various realms of animation to help him. He pulls out [[Disney/TheJungleBook Kaa]], [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]], [[Disney/AliceInWonderland the Queen of Hearts]], [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella de Vil]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]], [[Franchise/{{Scoobydoo}} Creeper]], [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Dr. Claw]], [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mr. Burns]] and [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]]. After being dissatisfied with them all, he decides to create his own villain instead.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'', Jewel Man makes a cameo appearance in "The Mega Man in the Moon", being blackmailed by Ring Man and Magnet Man.
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has many cameos at the Vick-Tek ball, including Keiji Inafune.
* ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'' briefly mentions Taran, Eilonwy, and Gurgi as 1985 is restored.
* Stan Lee appears as Peter's landlord in ''FanFic/BecauseImNotPopularIllTryToGoOutWithAHero.'' Just as he always appears in the Marvel movies.
* ''[[{{Disney/Frozen}} Frozen]]'' fanfic ''FanFic/ASnowflakeInSpring'' has chacters from a large variety of Disney and Pixar films make their appearances.
** The institution where Hans is treated has several. Anna spots one of the patients, a black-haired woman, [[{{Disney/Mulan}} muttering to her reflection]]. Another patient, Adam, has "[[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast monstrous anger issues]]". [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Flora, Fauna and Merryweather]] are three elderly orderlies.
** [[WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph Ralph and Vannellope]] have an ice cream shop, Ralph's. [[{{WesternAnimation/Up}} Carl and Russell]] appear as customers.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', several characters who debuted in the canon Season 4 (''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Revenge of the Island'') make brief appearances as [[RedShirt interns]]. WordOfGod also has it that Season 3 (''Total Drama World Tour'') debuter Sierra will have an important cameo near the end.
* ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'' has an appearance by the still-{{ascend|ToAHigherPlaneOfExistence}}ed [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Benjamin Sisko]], in his capacity as Emissary of the Prophets. ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection'', set a couple weeks afterward, has [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration William Riker]] appear over a VideoPhone call as the Commander-in-Chief of Starfleet (previously established by the author in ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'', but he was a viewpoint character then).
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* All Creator/{{Pixar}} movies have cameos of characters and items from other Pixar movies, including ones [[EarlyBirdCameo whose movies have yet to be released]].
** All Pixar films also have a role with John Ratzenberger. While usually a credited supporting character, he has occasionally performed as an extra that is essentially just a cameo, notably as the Underminer in ''TheIncredibles'' and as a construction worker in ''Up''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', one of Bonnie's toys is a plush [[MyNeighborTotoro Totoro]]. Also, one of the students in the Butterfly Room at Sunnyside Daycare is a little girl resembling Boo from ''Monsters Inc.'' who for some reason likes to play with [[StealthPun a blue stuffed kitten]] in which she tells, "Boo!"
** A particularly awesome one in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' for anyone who is into animation history. Those two old men who praise the heroes after the climax ("That's the way to do it" - "No school like the old school") are ''Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston''...Not ringing a bell? They were the last surviving two of Disney's "Nine Old Men", legendary animators who had been in the business practically since the beginning. For example, they were both animators on ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', and were involved in practically every animated Disney project up to ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''. (Sadly, Thomas didn't live to see ''The Incredibles'' finished, and Johnston died in 2008.)
* Also in some of the DisneyAnimatedCanon films. Remember that lion skin Disney/{{Hercules}} was wearing? That was actually [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar!]]
** Also, the many appearances of Disney/{{Bambi}}'s mother.
** In ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'', while the Genie is looking through a book of recipes he finds one for "Alaskan King Crab". He sticks in his finger and gets it pinched by Sebastian, the crab from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** Although not a Disney character, ''TheIncredibleMrLimpet'' can be seen in the background during the "Under The Sea" number in Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** Belle can be seen walking the streets of Paris in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Mrs. Potts and Chip]] (their teapot/teacup forms) are part of the Porters' china set in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''.
** Chip's human design at the end ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is also obviously taken from Cody, the protagonist of the previous year's ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder''.
** [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel and Flynn]] are seen walking into the Arendelle castle in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SoulsForSale'', a 1923 silent film about an actress trying to make her way in Hollywood, has a bunch of cameos from actors and the directors of the day, including some directors on the sets of real movies. The heroine acts for Creator/CharlieChaplin on the set of ''A Woman of Paris'' but can't get a part in Erich von Stroheim's ''Film/{{Greed}}''.
* Eighties rock singer Huey Lewis, who sung the theme song "The Power of Love", shows up in the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' movie as a prom band audition judge... to denounce his own song as being "just too darn loud".
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock movies are famous for [[CreatorCameo this]].
* Several in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'':
** RyanReynolds shows up as a nurse with a fetish for capable surgeons.
** Christopher Meloni as tow-truck driver Freakshow.
** Malin Ackerman as Freakshow's beautiful wife.
** Creator/AnthonyAnderson as the Burger Shack employee who... makes the special sauce extra special.
** And of course, NeilPatrickHarris.
* JudiDench in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: On Stranger Tides''.
* One of the first films to make use of The Cameo was the late silent era comedy ''ShowPeople'', a satire of Hollywood moviemaking, which featured cameos from film stars of the day, including huge stars such as Douglas Fairbanks and Creator/CharlieChaplin.
* All of TheMuppets movies were chock full of cameos. Listing them all would take the whole page, but a pair are in the picture above.
* A few cameos popped up in the original ''PinkPanther'' film series, but the biggest one turns up at the end of ''Curse of the Pink Panther'' to write out Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau: Clouseau had MagicPlasticSurgery, and though he's as big a fool as ever, he now looks like/is played by ''[[spoiler:Roger Moore!]]''
* The ThunderingHerd sequence at the start of the ''RanmaOneHalf'' film ''Big Trouble In Nekonron, China'' and the crowd of guests for the Tendos' Christmas party in one of the {{OVA}}s are both liberally strewn with characters from throughout both the TV series and the manga.
* [[StanLee Stan "The Man" Lee]] has had -- and probably will continue to have -- a CreatorCameo in almost every LiveActionAdaptation of a [[MarvelUniverse Marvel comic]] he created. As a nod to the genre, he also has a cameo in the 16th episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', as a passenger bus driver.
** In the first ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie, he plays the FF's mailman Willie Lumpkin. In the sequel, he appears as himself, trying to get into Reed and Sue's wedding.
** In "Film/Daredevil" he appears and is saved by a young, blind Matt Murdoch from walking into incoming traffic.
** In "Film/IronMan" he also appears, this time mistaken for Hugh Hefner by Tony Stark. He also appears in the sequel as a man confused for Larry King, again by Tony Stark.
** He also shows up in PromotedFanboy director KevinSmith's ''Mallrats''.
** He has a classic cameo on a ''{{Simpsons}}'' where Homer [[HulkingOut Hulks out]].
** Don't forget ''{{Heroman}}''!
* Action and horror filmmaker Takashi Miike had a cameo in Eli Roth's action/horror film ''{{Hostel}}''.
* ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' has cameos from most of the comic actors of the time.
** Film/TheThreeStooges appear for seconds as firefighters. And are hilarious. Without even doing anything.
* Creator/PeterJackson can be seen in in the opening scenes of ''HotFuzz'' as a knife wielding Father Christmas.
** Also, fellow ''Rings'' alumnus Creator/CateBlanchett appears as Creator/SimonPegg's ex-girlfriend...who is only seen with a mask covering her face.
** Jackson also inserted himself into his [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings LOTR films]]: in the first as a carrot munching drunk, in the second as a human at the Battle of Helm's Deep (above the entrance gate), and in the third as a pirate sailor. His kids also appear in three films.
** Likewise, he inserts himself into ''Film/TheHobbit'' films. In ''An Unexpected Journey'', he's a dwarf fleeing Smaug in the prologue. In ''The Desolation of Smaug'', he's a guy eating a carrot in Bree.
** He also has a brief (but fairly noticeable) appearance in the film version of ''Film/TheLovelyBones''. He's making a home movie in the store that Jack goes to to get Susie's camera film developed.
** Peter Jackson apparently loves to insert himself into his own movies for stretches of time lasting a few seconds: this habit of his goes back to ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures''! (He's the homeless guy Juliet Hulme hugs as she and Pauline exit a movie theater towards the beginning of the film.)
** He was the mortician's assistant in ''DeadAlive''.
** And in one of the ''many'' homages in his remake of ''Film/KingKong'', he's the pilot of the first biplane to be downed by Kong, just as the original's director piloted the only plane Kong destroyed in the original.
** Also in ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', StephenColbert gets a cameo as one of the Master of Lake-Town's minions.
* The children of the various directors of the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films inevitably find themselves in Hogwarts crowd scenes.
* GeorgeLucas' children also get a couple of cameos in the new ''StarWars'' trilogy. And, in the third episode, so does GeorgeLucas.
** To pay Steven Spielberg back for the StarWars references in ''ET'', Lucas decided to include him in his next Star Wars movie. [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Children_of_the_Green_Planet In Phantom Menace, he included a delegation from ET's home planet in the Galactic Senate.]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Brodo_Asogi The EU expanded upon this]][[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Grebleips until now, it's canon.]]Think about that for a second.
** In the UpdatedRerelease of ''A New Hope'', Dash Rendar's ship from ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' can be seen during the Mos Eisley arrival sequence, and Boba Fett has a cameo in the previously-cut Jabba the Hutt scene.
* One crowd scene in the 2006 ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' movie features the original Marvin robot (from an earlier adaptation of the same series) as an extra. Another scene features Simon Jones, the actor who played Arthur Dent in the original radio drama and TV versions of the series, as a prerecorded Magrathean hologram. And the last image of the entire movie [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming is Douglas Adams]].
* A more classical example is ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold'', which is packed with them, the nadir being John Wayne playing a Roman centurion: "Truly, this man wuz the son of gawd!"
* Lou Ferrigno, who played TheIncredibleHulk in the TV series, had cameo appearances in Ang Lee's ''Hulk'' and Louis Leterrier's ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. In both films, he played a security guard, while in the latter he also voiced the Hulk.
* The ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** In the first movie by Sam Raimi, several actors from the TV series he's produced get bit parts, including Lucy Lawless from ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and Bruce Campbell from the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series. He plays the ring announcer who introduces Peter as Spider-Man instead of "The Human Spider" as Peter originally wanted. Oh, and let's not forget the car that Uncle Ben was driving, also from ''Evil Dead''.
*** Bruce Campbell returned in cameo roles for the next two films as well. In #2, he plays an usher at the theater who refuses to let Peter in because the doors have already been closed. Finally in #3, he is a french Maître d' at a restaurant who gladly helps Peter with his plans to propose to Mary Jane (though it doesn't exactly work out).
*** In the licensed games based on the films, Bruce also serves as the LemonyNarrator who walks you through tutorials. Though he doesn't seem very interested in it; at one point, he leaves to grab a sandwich.
** Raimi himself did a couple of cameos; as the outtakes from the second film point out, he plays the student whose backpack smacks Peter in the head during a {{Montage}}.
** Macy Gray showed up as herself singing at the festival the Goblin attacked in the first movie, too.
** StanLee. StanLee protects a little girl in the havoc created by the Green Goblin in the first film. In the second, he pulls a woman out of the way of falling debris while Spider-Man fights Doc Ock; "Look out!" is his only line. In the third, he has a much more substantial cameo as a man who talks to Peter on the street. "Y'know, I guess it's true what they say: one person really can make a difference. 'Nuff said."
** [[Series/{{Community}} Joel]] [[TheSoup McHale]] showed up as the Bank Manager in ''Film/SpiderMan2'', and made a whole sketch on his show about how the next movie was going to be about him.
* The Andy Kaufman biopic ''Man on the Moon'' went crazy with cameos, with the twist than some of them aren't by famous people but instead by those who had some connection to Andy's life. Some are actually depicted in the film by other actors.
** Andy's granddaughter Brittany Colonna as Young Andy's little sister.
** George Shapiro, Andy's agent, as the comedy club owner who fires Andy for having too odd an act. (Shapiro is played onscreen by Danny [=DeVito=].)
** Richard Belzer as an emcee for the first episode of ''SaturdayNightLive''. Belzer was a colleague of Kaufman's on the comedy club circuit, and partial inspiration for the latter's Tony Clifton persona.
** Bob Zmuda, Andy's frequent co-conspirator, as Jack Burns, the producer of ''Fridays''. (Paul Giamatti plays Zmuda.)
** In that same sequence, Norm [=MacDonald=] and Caroline Rhea play Andy's co-stars in the sketch (substituting for Michael Richards and Melanie Chartoff, incidentally).
** Lynne Marguiles, Andy's final girlfriend, appears as a mourner at the funeral. (Courtney Love plays her.)
** Andy's father and siblings appear as extras.
** Most of the cast of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' (aside from Tony Danza and Danny [=DeVito=], the latter due to CelebrityParadox), Andy's friend/collaborator Wendy Polland, Jerry Lawler, Lance Russell, [[Main/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]], David Letterman, and Paul Shaffer appear as themselves.
*** Also, recognize the voice of that commentator during the scene where he first meets Jerry Lawler? It's Lawler's WWE commentary partner, Jim Ross.
* "[[TheViewAskewniverse Hey Kids, it's Mark Hamill! [Applaud].]]"
** Although the credits list it as just "[=???=]", Hamill has a sorta-cameo in the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie, as the voice of Merlin, the computer in human fighters.
** An early episode of the show ''SpaceCases'' had Bill Mumy and Mark Hamill in bad make-up using Liverpool accents.
* Anthony Head makes a cameo in ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* Creator/BruceWillis loves his cameos - ''Film/FourRooms'', ''NationalLampoonsLoadedWeapon1'', ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'', ''NancyDrew'' (one of two Creator/EmmaRoberts movies in which he turns up uncredited), ''Grand Champion'' (the other one), ''Film/TheExpendables'' and ''The Astronaut Farmer''.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'': "Oh, do ya? Well, that's funny, because I happen to have Marshall [=McLuhan=] right here." Cue the actual Marshall [=McLuhan=] appearing from behind a pot plant to give the pretentious windbag a well-deserved dressing down.
** "Oh, there's the winner of the Truman Capote Look-Alike Contest!"
* TheMovie of ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' has cameos by several actors from its predecessor, ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', most prominently the voice actors of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the Taros]]. The film draws attention to said cameos by having three of the four utter their character's CatchPhrase; the fourth, who plays a teacher, finds his character's phrase written on the blackboard at the start of class.
* In ''The Life and Death of PeterSellers'', Heidi Klum appears as Ursula Andress in the scene regarding ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967''.
* The end of ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'' has TheVoice of VincentPrice as Film/TheInvisibleMan.
* Fabio has a cameo in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar''. Kristy Swanson also has a role that, while not technically a cameo (she's fifth-billed in a cast of 56 actors credited), is little more than a [[StealthPun fleshed-out]] FanserviceExtra.
** Fabio was also in ''{{Zoolander}}'' receiving a slashie.
*** ''Zoolander'' was also filled with cameos (being about fashion/celebrity life). The best of which has to be DavidBowie, who shows up to judge the "walk-off".
** He appears in a dream in ''Film/TheExorcistIII''.
* [[CreatorCameo Stephenie Meyer]], the author of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, can be seen in the diner during the [[TheFilmOfTheBook Twilight movie.]] She also appears in ''The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'' as one of the guests at Edward and Bella's wedding.
* At the end of the TV-movie adaption of ''Colour of Magic'', Terry Pratchett appears as a Krullian.
-->'''Krullian''': So...does that mean the star turtle's female, then?
-->'''Terry''': Well, in my opinion...it's all a question of perspective.
** And at the end of the ''other'' TV-movie adaption (''Hogfather''), as the owner of the toyshop that Death visits.
** And at the end of the TV-movie adaptation of "Going Postal" he has a brief appearance as a postman.
* John Landis likes putting other movie directors in various cameo roles in his movies. He did it to Steven Spielberg (uncredited as a tax clerk in ''BluesBrothers'') and Frank Oz (in several movies, usually as an authority figure), while ''SpiesLikeUs'' is ''full'' of such cameo roles (Sam Raimi, Costa-Gavras, the Coen brothers, Terry Gilliam, ...).
** ''SpiesLikeUs'' also features a cameo from Creator/BobHope, similar to the next example, as a ShoutOut to the "[[Film/RoadTo Road]]" pictures he made.
* ''The Greatest Show on Earth'', a {{melodrama}} bordering on the WorldOfHam, features an uncharacteristically funny pair of cameos. Dorothy Lamour is cast as a circus performer who sings about the South Seas in her act, during which Creator/BobHope and Music/BingCrosby are shown in the audience, presumably as a ShoutOut to all of the "[[Film/RoadTo Road]]" pictures the three of them starred in.
** Crosby put cameos in [[ThoseTwoActors several]] of Hope's starring vehicles; one of the more memorable is ''MyFavoriteBrunette'', where he's a prison guard who is disgusted that Hope's execution via electric chair has been called off.
** There's a "gotcha!" moment early in ''MyFavoriteBrunette'', where you're carefully set up to expect Crosby as the "cool private eye" whose office is across the hall from Hope's photography studio. But when he turns around, [[spoiler: it isn't Crosby, it's Alan Ladd]].
* Louis Armstrong in ''HelloDolly!'' Also in ''Film/{{High Society}}''.
* The ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' movies had quite a few.
** ''Film/{{Airplane}}'': The directors (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker) all have minor roles; the "Jive Lady" is Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver of ''LeaveItToBeaver''); Ethel Merman plays a hospitalized war veteran who [[NapoleonDelusion thinks he is Ethel Merman]]; the guy stuck waiting in the cab is Howard Jarvis (creator of California's Proposition 13).
** ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'': Both Bob Costas and Pat Sajak have brief appearances.
* In ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' the B-movie director Roger Corman has a brief cameo as an [[RealitySubtext budget-minded]] American senator being shown round the Apollo assembly building.
** Ron Howard who directed ''Apollo 13'' got his start working for Corman. This is not the only time "students" of Corman has had their mentor appear in cameos: He shows up as a senator in ''[[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part II]]'' and as an FBI director in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' (where he's even listed in the opening credits!). He also appears in ''TheHowling'' (along with Forrest J. Ackerman)-- as a phone booth user who just ''has'' to check the coin return when he's done.
* Tom Petty appears in the 1997 film The Postman, as the mayor of Bridge City.
* The ''WaynesWorld'' movies are pretty thick with cameos. The second movie even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the Charlton Heston cameo, having him [[NoFourthWall replace another actor at Wayne's request]].
* The end of ''Film/MalcolmX'' features a cameo by Nelson Mandela as a teacher. There are several smaller cameos: Bobby Seale (one of the founders of the Black Panthers) and Al Sharpton play street preachers, Chicago Seven lawyer William Kunstler appears as a judge, and Ossie Davis narrating a eulogy for Malcolm X over one scene (the same one he gave at the real MalcolmX's funeral, in fact)...
* [[spoiler:Jon Hamm]] at the end of ''Film/TheATeam''. It came completely out of left field.
* Political figures [=John McCain=] and James Carville have cameos in ''Film/WeddingCrashers''.
* ''SupermanReturns'', in addition to featuring several {{Remake Cameo}}s from cast members of previous Superman films and TV shows, has Richard Branson cameo as a space shuttle pilot.
* In ''SunsetBlvd.'', the other silent film stars Norma Desmond plays bridge with Anna Q. Nilsson, Creator/BusterKeaton and H. B. Warner. The big party scene shows Paramount songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans at the piano playing their hit "Buttons and Bows." Creator/CecilBDeMille appears AsHimself directing the film Norma ''thinks'' is going to star her. At the end, gossip columnist Hedda Hopper briefly appears as herself.
* ''Tapeheads'' was rife with musician cameos, the biggest names being Music/WeirdAlYankovic as himself, Music/TedNugent as an unnamed rock star, and [[DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]] as an FBI agent (who of course has the line [[CelebrityParadox "Remember what we did to Jello Biafra?"]])
* Popular Mexican-American singer {{Selena}} did a background cameo in 1994's ''DonJuanDemarco'', performing in a hotel lounge. Tragically, this was her first and last movie cameo; she was murdered by a deranged fan in 1995 (which could qualify as HarsherInHindsight, since the movie deals with mental illness.)
* Though he technically didn't appear in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' JossWhedon did cameo in the R.Tam Sessions, a short film that served as promotional material that depicted River Tam at the Academy undergoing interviews by a faceless "counselor" played by Whedon. She eventually stabs him in the throat, leading to some jokes that River finally got revenge for all the other characters Joss has killed or tortured over the years.
* In one scene of ''The King Of Comedy'', a group of punk rockers (credited as "street scum") start mocking Masha: among them are Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon of TheClash, as well as Ellen Foley.
* Joan Rivers shows up at Odile's promotional party in ''Film/TheSmurfs''.
* Harvey Keitel and Penny Marshall take part in the film being made at the end of ''GetShorty''.
* The original script for ''{{Gettysburg}}'' did not include the bit where General Hancock's aide tries to get Hancock to take cover. Historical advisor Ken Burns ''insisted'' that the exchange (seen on the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page) had to be included. The director told Ken to get over to wardrobe, and the part of "Hancock's Aide" was played by Ken Burns.
** Ted Turner, who backed said film, has a cameo as Col. Walter Patton, and gets shot and killed within minutes.
* [[LinkinPark Chester Bennington]] has small roles in the movies ''Film/{{Crank}}'', ''CrankHighVoltage'', and [[{{Saw}} Saw 3-D]].
* Robert Shaye, founder and CEO of New Line Cinema, which distributed the original ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' films, has made cameos in five of said eight films (one AsHimself). He even made a brief appearance in an episode of ''Series/FreddysNightmares''.
* AudreyHepburn has an extended cameo in Creator/StevenSpielberg's film ''Always''. She is credited as "special appearance by..." and it would become her last film role.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Mr. Kyle, the Transporter Chief from ''TOS'', is the Communications Officer on the ''Reliant'' - making him the only RedShirt known to have survived the five-year mission. (He even got tossed aside by Khan in the transporter room in the [[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed original episode]].)
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': Brendan Fraser (of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'') plays Sgt. Stone in a brief scene involving a spar between Duke and Snake-Eyes.
* In the first ''Film/TheTerminator'', the infiltrator terminator in Kyle's flashback of the future is played by Franco Columbu, Schwarzenegger's bodybuilding partner and longtime friend.
* ''Film/IronMan1'':
** In TheStinger Samuel L. Jackson makes his debut as NickFury.
** Tom Morello of RageAgainstTheMachine and Music/{{Audioslave}} is the very first person to be assaulted by Iron Man.
** StanLee gets mistaken for [[{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]] at the charity ball.
* ''Film/IronMan2'':
** StanLee gets confused for Larry King.
** Bill O'Reilly
** DJ AM
** Larry Ellison
** Creator/SethGreen also has a blink and you'll miss it cameo.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk Elon Musk]], pitching Tony on an idea for electric jets.
--->'''Stark''': ''Elon, how's it going? Those [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin_%28rocket_engine%29 Merlin]] engines are '''fantastic.''' ''\\
'''Elon''': ''Thank you. I've got an idea for an electric jet.''\\
'''Stark''': ''You do?''\\
'''Elon''': ''Yeah.''\\
'''Stark''': ''Then we'll make it work.''
*** This is '''''exponentially''''' more important than it appears at first. Back when ''Iron Man 1'' was being filmed, Favreau "[[http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1984685_1984745_1985495,00.html had no idea how to make (Stark) seem real.]]" Creator/RobertDowneyJr's ''ExactWords'' were, "We need to sit down with Elon Musk."
* [[spoiler: Creator/LeonardNimoy as Spock Prime]] in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
* ''Film/MenInBlack2'': MichaelJackson makes a brief cameo telling the agency, "I could be 'Agent M.'"
* ''Always Sunset on Third Street 2'' is a movie involving politics, the economy of Japan, and a normal japanese family. With that in mind, would you really expect the movie to open up with, of all the possible ways it could, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGOX_FdEccc cameo]] performance by ''{{Franchise/Godzilla}}''?
* ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' has singer Rebekah del Rio appear as herself, performing at a mysterious nightclub.
* ''Film/{{Dave}}'' features brief appearances by numerous politicians, [[NewscasterCameo newscasters]], and other public figures playing themselves.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'':\\\
A younger version of Cyclops, as one of the mutants targeted by Stryker. His power is copied and put into Weapon X. Ironically it also ends up destroying most of Three Mile Island as well.\\\
[[spoiler: An uncredited and digitally rejuvenated PatrickStewart as Professor X]]\\\
Several characters from the comic book can also be seen in the Weapon X scenes: Quicksilver, Banshee, and Toad, specifically. Others are harder to distinguish on sight.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':\\\
[[spoiler:Wolverine, and given that PG-13 movies have [[PrecisionFStrike only one "fuck" to use]], the writers definitely chose the perfect scene to take advantage of it.]]\\\
Also Rebecca Romijn, the original Mystique, [[spoiler:who briefly appears when Raven takes on a more mature appearance in order to try and seduce Magento]].\\\
A blink-and-you'll-miss-it case: One of the mutants shown during the first test run of Cerebro appears to be a very young {{Storm}}, and another looks like Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':\\\
The film ends with appearances from [[spoiler:Anna Paquin as Rogue, Creator/JamesMarsden as ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, Creator/FamkeJanssen as Jean Grey, and Creator/KelseyGrammer as the older version of Beast, all of whom were restored to life after the heroes stopped Mystique from killing Trask]].\\\
[[spoiler:A young version of En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse, appears in TheStinger]].\\\
Alex Summers from ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' can be seen as one of the mutants Mystique rescues from Saigon. A younger Toad is also featured there, even appearing in a later scene watching Magneto on TV to allude how he will join the Brotherhood.\\\
Ink gets three: one in the BadFuture as a concentration camp inmate, one in Vietnam as a soldier, and one near the end, watching Magneto's NewEraSpeech.\\\
While ComicBook/ScarletWitch as a Mutant is absent in the film in spite of her relationship with Quicksilver, a girl with red hair is later seen with him. Interestingly, she is only credited as "Peter's Little Sister," making her identity ambiguous (some think she's Peter's ''half''-sister Polaris), though it definitely counts as a MythologyGag. [[WordOfGod Bryan Singer]] says there was a cut-out scene where the little girl was told to "go bug your sister."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': One of The Swell makes a small appearance in a HackSlash story written by season 8 writer and editor Scott Allie.
* ''{{Newhart}}'' currently holds the title of Best Celebrity Cameo Ever. Larry (of Larry, Darryl, and Darryl) mentions off hand that [[TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]] pays their gas bill. Dick is skeptical of the weird trio's claim until the last minute of the episode. Johnny visits the Inn and tells Dick off because he ''does'' pay their gas bill. How dare Dick not believe the words of those fine upstanding lads.
** [[TheBobNewhartShow Suzanne Pleshette]] shows up for the series finale's MythologyGag.
* Well-known Senator and former presidential contender John [=McCain=] (R-AZ) once made a cameo appearance in ''Series/TwentyFour'' and appears onscreen for a few seconds in ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' as well.
* Another politician cameo: King Abdullah of Jordan made a cameo appearance on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', back when he was merely the Crown Prince.
** Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, who happens to be a big Trek fan, also had a cameo appearance on ''Voyager''.
* ''Series/CornerGas'' has a lot of cameos.. various Canadian TV personalities, sports stars, and as noted above, ''two sitting Prime Ministers'' (Paul Martin and Stephen Harper). {{Lampshaded}} and parodied more than once, such as the time when the characters talk about how Colin Mochrie cameos on ''every'' Canadian TV show just before a minor character played by Colin Mochrie makes an appearance.
* This happens ''a lot'' in Canada. ''Air Farce'', ''This Hour Has 22 Minutes'', ''Corner Gas'', and almost every other comedic (and sometimes not-comedic) show produced by [=CBC=] and often [=CTV=] too, often has cameos of one sort or another. You haven't lived until you've seen Peter Mansbridge (a well-known Canadian news anchor) affect a Newfoundland accent and sing a shanty.
** Or former Prime Minister Kim Campbell singing "Raise a Little Hell".
* Series/ICarly: [[{{Victorious}} Daniella Monet]] was at Nora's party in iPsycho.
** [[LesYay Who Nora promptly kissed]].
* {{Victorious}}: [[Series/ICarly Jerry Trainor]] showed up at a stage play performed by Trina. However, this may be foreshadowing a planned crossover event between the 2 shows.
* Billy Dee Williams appeared as himself, acting on a "show within a show" on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Rob [=McElhenney=] from ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has a one scene cameo as a Other who gets outsmarted by Sawyer and Kate in "Not in Portland" because Damon Lindelof (''Lost'''s co-creator and showrunner) is a fan of ''Sunny''. The character later returned in season 6 and [[spoiler:got shot by Claire]].
* The 1960's live action ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show was notorious for random celebrity appearances as Batman climbed up buildings. Including [[HogansHeroes Colonel Klink]]. Holy time-space distortion!
** Most memorable was, as Batman & Robin were scaling a building... Franchise/TheGreenHornet and [[BruceLee Kato]] were climbing up from the opposite side!
* On the subject of Batman, sitting US Senator Patrick Leahy has cameoed three times in Batman stories: once in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', once in ''[[Film/{{Batman}} Batman and Robin]]'', and once in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. In the last one, he stood up to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* Then-NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani made an appearance on the premier of ''LawAndOrder'''s eleventh season, to introduce the new D.A (Nora Lewin, played by Diane Wiest).
** And let's not forget that [[SoBadItsGood hilariously awful]] cameo by Giuliani in ''AngerManagement''. "YOU CAN DO IT!!!"
* Series/MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman can be seen watching Nick through a window in a ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode ("The Theory of Everything") involving a man being set on fire via a taser [[spoiler: He'd been sprayed with butane pepper spray]], green blood, ground squirrels and cyanide.
** The October 27, 2011 episode of ''{{Jeopardy}}'' had [="MythBusters"=] as a category. Adam and Jamie appeared in pre-recorded clips to give each answer.
* The last episode of ''Series/SueThomasFBEye'' had the real Sue Thomas (who was portraying an actress, no less).
* Dennis Rodman appeared briefly as himself on ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'' as an old friend of the aliens from their home planet. They all mention how surprising it is that no one has figured out he's not from Earth, and he then reveals some shocking facts, such as that Michael Jordan is a robot and Madonna... is actually human. When he heads home, he takes with him a gift for the Big Giant Head: a big, giant nosering.
** While he didn't appear in the movie, his alien status was mentioned in ''Film/MenInBlack.'' Elle didn't think he had a very good disguise.
* John Hodgman in the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' episode "No Exit." And Ron Moore in the final scene of the series.
* Douglas Coupland wrote an exaggerated version of himself into ''jPod'' referred to as the "Anti-Doug". Anti-Doug does not appear in the JPod TV series, though Coupland himself does make a cameo.
* While the marvels of modern effects and stock footage allowed for cameos by real-world politicians in ''Series/{{JAG}}'' and its spinoff ''{{NCIS}}'', one famous real-world figure, Oliver North, appeared on the former series as himself.
** JAG also had a few other real-world figures making cameos like Jay Leno, BillOReilly and Johnnie Cochran.
** And in a strange inversion, an actor playing a Donald Rumsfeld stand-in features in one episode of NCIS, but the scene is shot to make it look like crappy stock footage of the real Rumsfeld.
*** Even more weird, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in late 2009 made an apperance on NCIS while not playing himself.
* Brad Garrett, better known as [[EverybodyLovesRaymond Robert Barone]] carried a series called '''Til Death'', in which in one episode he's trying to apologize to his wife in an Italian restaurant, causing Ray Romano to turn around from his table and go "C'Mon lady, what more do you want!?". His wife asks "Who was that?" "[[LampshadeHanging Looks like someone I used to work with.]]"
* In an episode of ''TheBigBangTheory'', Raj is excited about appearing on People Magazine and brags about it to a random guy sited on his back to him at a bar. But the random guy turns out to be Creator/CharlieSheen. He says: "Call me when you get the cover."
** In "The Toast Derivation", Sheldon boasts that [=LeVar=] Burton will be at a party he's throwing because he sent him a tweet asking him to come. In the episode's [[TheStinger stinger]], he actually shows up, but is freaked out by the other guests (one of whom is wearing only a towel) Karaoke-ing "I'm Walking On Sunshine" and leaves before anyone notices him.
** In "The Excelsior Acquisition", the gang (minus Sheldon) go to a comics book signing by Stan Lee. He appears at the very end with a different attitude than normal.
* StanLee shows up in the 2010 Series/{{Nikita}} as a bystander named Hank [[CatchPhrase Excelsior]].
* In ''Series/GoodEats'', Alton Brown has ensured that all of his crew make at least one-time appearances as characters on the show.
* The ''MissionImpossible'' episode "The Catafalque" has Hall of Fame baseball player Johnny Bench in a cameo as a guard.
* Dick Clark on ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''. Once, Greg hangs out with Jane's weird friends and when they ask him if he'd like to play a game he says that he'll just watch. They all gasp in shock as no one has ever ''volunteered'' to be The Watcher before. As they all line up to lick The Watcher, Greg tries to escape through the nearest door only to find Dick Clark behind it who instantly knows that Greg is The Watcher and also wants to lick him. He appears another time in Edward's flashback but Kitty corrects him that it wasn't Dick Clark he was thinking of but Rick York. Another time he shows up only only for us to discover it's actually just someone [[LatexPerfection disguised as Dick.]]
** Dick Clark also made a cameo on ''{{Mad About You}}'', in an episode where Paul Buchman is trying to shoot a documentary about the dropping of the famous lighted crystal ball in Times Square during New York City's New Years' celebrations. Toward the very end of the episode, it shows Clark, who decided to take that year off from covering the festivities for ABC (something that was odd to the point of being bizarre back then) and was thus watching the countdown at home, nearly freaking out over the ball's refusing to drop (due to a series of mishaps that happened while Paul and his small crew were trying to film the crystal ball on its perch).
* In the ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "The Switch" Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger (who also [[DirectedByCastMember directed the episode]]) appears in a few cameos first as the Cryptkeeper's personal trainer who introduces the story and as a body builder in the beach scene.
* Liberace on ''TheMonkees'' in one episode, smashing a piano to pieces with a sledgehammer as a performance piece.
** The "Series/HowIMetYourMother" episode "Subway Wars" parodies this by having Robin mention seeing Maury Povich, only for him to appear as a background character in almost every other scene.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E13InvestigativeJournalism Investigative Journalism]] Owen Wilson shows up in the last scene.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' loved its cameos, ranging from BillyDeeWilliams as the godfather of JD's GirlOfTheWeek to Creator/GaryBusey as a doctor who looks like Gary Busey.
* ''NoahsArc'': Raz B from B 2 K as a patient in one episode.
* ''Series/PawnStars'' had George Stephanopoulos buy a first-edition of "For Whom The Bell Tolls" from Rick--who slips in a new offer ($675) while he had George shaking on the last one ($625).
* Tom Bergeron of ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' made an appearance on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' as the BodyOfTheWeek, a late-night TV show host [[spoiler:poisoned for having to fire his best friend due to ExecutiveMeddling]].
* An entire episode of the ''Series/ColgateComedyHour'' was spent building up to a 30-second bit by [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", where Creator/JohnCleese and Eleanor Bron appear in its final episode as art gallery visitors [[AccidentalArt who mistake the TARDIS for a work of art]]. They were filming separate projects in the same studio on the same day, and when writer Creator/DouglasAdams found out about this, he convinced them to do a quick cameo appearance. They agreed on the condition that their presence would not be publicized in any way prior to broadcast (in fact, they wanted to be credited with the pseudonyms "Kim Bread" and "Helen Swanetsky", but the BBC declined in favour of crediting them under their real names).
** In "The Day of the Doctor", [[spoiler: Tom Baker]] appears as a museum curator, and [[spoiler: Peter Capaldi makes his very first appearance as the Twelfth Doctor]] in the climactic scene.
* When it was announced that Nurse Carol Hathaway was leaving ''{{ER}}'' at the end of the show's sixth season, George Clooney insisted that he would not reprise his role as Dr. Doug Ross (Carol's on-again off-again love interest) as a caneo in the season finale. [[ExactWords And he didn't.]] He appeared in the episode ''before'' the season finale, which was Carol's final regular episode on the show, and the episode ended with Doug and Carol together again(in a guest appearance in the final season they were HappilyMarried). George Clooney accepted standard union scale pay for his cameo, which he did mainly as a favor to actress Julianna Margulies.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/TronLegacy'' features a cameo by Music/DaftPunk on the right triangle bumper.
* Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekDataEast Star Trek]]'' pinball features numerous cameos of characters from the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original television show.]]
* The backglass for Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''[[Pinball/PlayboyBally Playboy]]'' pinball shows Granny and Little Annie Fanny[[note]]two regular characters from the magazine's cartoons[[/note]] in the swimming pool.
** Annie returns for Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/Playboy35thAnniversary Playboy 35th Anniversary]]'' pinball, [[RogerRabbitEffect interacting with the real-life playmates.]]
* ''Pinball/WorldCupSoccer'' has [[Franchise/MortalKombat Raiden]] showing up during one mode, as well as the "Stay cool, daddy-o" guy from ''Pinball/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'', Admiral Biagie from ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and Rudy from ''Pinball/FunHouse''.
* During the Super SkillShot in ''Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', one of the objects that the T-Rex has to squish may be [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ET]].
* In ''Pinball/{{Comet}},'' veteran pinball designer Steve Kordek voices the "One Million!" announcer.
** For the sequel, ''Pinball/{{Cyclone}},'' Creator/MarkRitchie voices the carnival barker.
* [[Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]], Elvis, and WonderWoman can be seen on the backglass of ''Pinball/MonsterBash''.
* In ''Pinball/{{Transformers}}'', hitting the Energon targets shows the Allspark converting everyday appliances into flash symbols. The middle appliance is a cassette tape player that bears a striking resemblance to the TransformersGeneration1 version of Soundwave.
* Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'' have cameos by Nick Fury and Natasha Romanoff, though they have no real presence in the game.
* The backglass for ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' includes cameos of The Vault Keeper and The Old Witch, two of the cohorts of the Crypt Keeper from the original ECComics series.
* ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' includes cameos from GeorgeWashington, TheGrimReaper, a T-rex (with party hat), and the Moon.
* In the Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog table of ''VideoGame/SonicPinballParty'', Tikal from ''Sonic Adventure 2'' appears on the Angel Island Zone.
* In Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/TimeMachineDataEast Time Machine]]'', VideoGame/PacMan can be seen on the playfield, representing TheEighties.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The RoyalRumble tends to have former WWE legends and other superstars
** At one time DREW CAREY entered the rumble (after being egged on by Edge & Christian).
* He wasn't big at the time, but during [[JohnCena John Cena's]] gangster entrance at [[WrestleMania Wrestlemania 22]], one of the gangsters there would, years later, become [[spoiler: ''The Biggest Douche In The World'', CMPunk .]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* RidersRadioTheater - the week's musical guest usually gets a small speaking part in the episode as well.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment right at the end of ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'', Carl is using a magic wand to poof in a bunch of llamas, which results in Dalai Llama getting poofed in as well.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* {{LEGO}} has an incredibly large fondness for littering their licensed franchises with cameos in their on-line animations and in video games, usually ''StarWars'' and ''IndianaJones'' (mostly because they both have characters played by Creator/HarrisonFord, see). It's basically a RunningGag now.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Used quite frequently in video games; the longer the series, the more likely you are to have cameos in later games from older characters. Mario, in particular, has had so many cameos (even in games that aren't made by Nintendo) that they outstrip his appearances in games where he's playable.
** Remember the castle window in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''?
** Speaking of ''Zelda'', many enemies from the Mario series have crossed over into ''Zelda'' to bother Link instead. Bob-Ombs, Goombas, Lakitus, Piranha Plants, Thwomps, Cheep-Cheeps, Bloopers and Boos amongst several others have appeared in ''Zelda'' games.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', if you hack into the game's files you can find an [[StarFox Arwing]] enemy. Apparently it was coded in to test a flight pattern for one of the game's bosses. (Volvagia, for those who are curious but too lazy to check)
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Balthier (who else?) in the rerelease of ''FinalFantasyTactics''. Ramza tells him that the path they're on is dangerous, and Balthier responds that a leading man doesn't balk in the face of danger...but this ''does'' feel more like a cameo role.
* This actually happened with ''[[TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames classic video games]]''. The {{Galaxian}} flagship has had cameo appearances in ''{{Pac-Man}}'', ''RallyX'', and ''DigDug'' among others, and even the newer ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''.
** The Special Flag from ''RallyX'' is also a recurring item in Namco games.
* The [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Hito-Shura]] makes an appearance in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' as [[strike: a BonusBoss]] [[ThatOneBoss the]] AnthropomorphicPersonification [[ThatOneBoss of Dr. Kevorkian's wet dreams.]]
** And the UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' features [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] as an early boss fight (including a ShoutOut to the his appearance at the start of DMC 2) and later as a crucial participant in a lengthy sidequest.
* ''VideoGame/SaturnBomberman'' eschews having just multi-colored Bombermen for battle mode: instead, you get the White and Black Bombers, then [[VideoGame/AdventureIsland Master Higgins]], [[VideoGame/MilonsSecretCastle Milon]], VideoGame/{{Bonk}}, and several ''VideoGame/TengaiMakyou'' characters to choose from.
* Music/MichaelJackson cameo'd in ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' as well as [[VideoGame/Ready2RumbleBoxing Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2]], in which he voiced himself and was motion-captured.
* Oliver and Hardy as French Foreign Legionnaires cameo'd in ''QuestForGloryIII''.
* [[ValkyrieProfile Lenneth Valkyrie]] makes cameo appearances as a BonusBoss in various Tri-Ace games.
* The later MegaManBattleNetwork games feature a number of cameos from Konami's Boktai series, including series creator Hideo Kojima (due to the latter three Battle Network games each having link functionality with one of the Boktai games...at least in [[NoExportForYou Japan]].
* The {{Sierra}} adventure games ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' and ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' were known for including famous figures from fairy tales/mythology and science fiction, respectively.
* At least one cameo has been the inspiration for an ''entire series'': Ryo Sakazaki's playable cameo in ''FatalFury Special'' inspired the creation of ''TheKingOfFighters'' series, while Akuma's cameo in ''VideoGame/XMenChildrenOfTheAtom'' lead to the creation of the ''Marvel vs. Capcom'' series.
* Samus Aran has made cameo appearances in ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' for the NES and ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s Dream Land 3''.
* Dr. Robert Hoffman of ''Trauma Center'' fame makes an appearance in ''Etrian Odyssey'' as the main town's apothecary.
* Vyse, Aika, and Fina of CultClassic ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' fame make cameo appearances eight years later in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''; Vyse and Aika as playable soldiers and Fina (who's apparently one of a set of identical triplets) as the medic that rescues downed soldiers.
** A Vyse lookalike also showed up in the Anime/ValkyriaChronicles anime. [[DeathByCameo He died.]]
* In a secret room in ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' there's a [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} certain iconic marine in green armor]] impaled on a pyre. Duke even comments "[[IncrediblyLamePun Hmm, that's one Doomed space marine!]]"
** Similarly, in the first level of the first episode there's an arcade cabinet of VideoGame/DukeNukem 2. Pressing use on it earns the one-liner "Hmm, don't have time to play with myself." Attentive players would notice that doing this also [[spoiler: opens a door next to the machine containing a holo-duke]], bringing the joke full circle.
** ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' hit back by including a partially dismembered Duke Nukem hanging from a chain. On finding him, Caleb quips "I've got time to play with ''you''"; pressing use on it makes it swing in place, to which Caleb says "Ooh, shake it baby." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P47lVeGncY Check it out]].
** ''Shadow Warrior'', the Duke's [[RecycledInSPACE Recycled In JAPAN]] version, has Lara Croft appear in a secret room, BoundAndGagged.
* VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena has the PlayerCharacters from Doom and Quake 1, and a number of playable characters from Quake 2 were brushed up for the new engine and included. Doom's death animation is even a faithful fully 3D reproduction of his iconic throat-grab from the original game. [=TankJr=] is [[AllThereInTheManual explicitly stated]] to be a Strogg, although nothing exactly like him appears in Quake 2. And that's just the characters included on the disc.... Bullfrog made an official add-on model for Quake 3 of ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper 2'''s Great Horny.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 2'', if you turn on the clipping cheat and go inside the Icon of Sin's head, you discover that TheManBehindTheCurtain is John Romero's head on a stake. Also, the "satanic" speech that is heard before its attack commences is actually the following, played backwards through a modulator: "To win the game you must kill me, John Romero."
** ''Doom 2'' has two entire ''levels'' taken from ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'', complete with the iconic blue-suited gestapos. The second level finishes up with VideoGame/CommanderKeen of all people making an appearance.
* Claude of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' has a pretty prominent cameo in ''San Andreas''.
* All over the place in HideoKojima's games.
** Snake makes a cameo in ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'', although he's dressed in a different outfit and calling himself "a man with no name" (since the game is [[Film/DollarsTrilogy spaghetti Western-themed]]). When you save him, he'll start an Item shop and sell you Boxes.
* In ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'', Cloud Strife makes a cameo. As a piece of anti-virus software. Attached to a computer magazine called 'Aeris'.
* Two bosses from ''GunstarHeroes'' appear in ''AlienSoldier''.
* SpyroTheDragon made a brief appearance in ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity''.
* Yoda and Darth Vader get cameos in SoulCalibur IV, depending on the console you play on.
** Soul Calibur II also had console-specific cameo characters: Xbox got Comicbook/{{Spawn}}, PS2 got [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Heihachi]], and Gamecube got [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]].
* After the series mostly died out after the 16-bit era, Sparkster of the ''RocketKnightAdventures'' series became {{Konami}} 's cameo specialist, appearing in numerous games of this publisher:
** ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' (as a customer in the [[Franchise/MetalGear Outer Heaven]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACtYtf3e2II#t=1m18s bar]]),
** ''[[{{Contra}} Contra : Shattered Soldier]]'' (as a shadowy figure in the game's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrJ7zWGI9MI special ending]]),
** ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'' (as a hidden one-on-one duel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJC4BlM36ow#t=1m00s opponent]], and after defeating him, as the [[NewGamePlus Secret Shop]] 's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_mPMynGSSM#t=0m17s owner]]),
** ''[[GanbareGoemon Ganbare Goemon 2]]'' (appears in one of the [[http://www.gamingsanctuary.com/SparksterSNES.html Amusement Park's rooms]]),
** ''[[VideoGame/TrackAndField New International Track & Field]]'' (as a Konami [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/sparkster/sparkster.htm playable character]]),
** ''Jikkyou Powerful Pro Wrestling '96 : MAX VOLTAGE'' (as [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/jpprowrestling/jpprowrestling.htm a Konami character]], in a mix design with HulkHogan).
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] appear in the Rose Town inn after the [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker Bowyer]] incident ends. Examining him with "A" triggers the Zelda "secret discovered" sound effect. Also, at one point, Samus appears in the guest room of [[ChaosArchitecture Peach's Castle.]] Talk to her and she'll tell you she's resting up for Mother Brain. Why she chose to go all the way to the Mushroom Kingdom [[FridgeLogic instead of just resting in her ship or something and saving time]] is beyond me. There's also a Samus doll in Booster's Tower. Finally, although he doesn't make an appearance, Bruce Lee is referenced by Mallow when Mario is about to rush in and engage Bowyer.
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog appears in the Sega game ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'', twice. The first is a bonus level where Bug was able to race him (Sonic's route was a lot longer and uneven, so it balanced out), and the second one was a secret area where Sonic would appear and leave a bunch of powerups on a platform.
** If you turned the "flying Bug" cheat on which allows Bug to freely move anywhere, you could actually run up to Sonic and kill him in one sting. [[HilarityEnsues He disappears into a poof and 50 points]].
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'' has a really, really obscure one. The professor from the bonus rooms is actually Dr. Arewo Stein from the Japanese game ''VideoGame/ForTheFrogTheBellTolls''. On that note, Mr Game and Watch (from both VideoGame/SuperSmashBros and the GameAndWatch handheld games) appears, although he turns out to be a magically disguised ghost princess/cat being.
** In [[VideoGame/WarioLandSuperMarioLand3 the first game]], [[spoiler:[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]]] makes a cameo in one ending to [[spoiler:steal your riches away.]]
* While playing through a level in ''VideoGame/JediKnight'', there's one small home with a finnicky automatic door; it'll only open when Katarn is a certain distance away. Move quickly enough, and you can get inside to find [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Max]], holding a blaster very much like the one you start out with. Lead him out and he'll start blasting your enemies for you. Happen to attack him, and he'll come after '''you'''!
* [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/{{Okami}} Amaterasu]]]] makes an appearance in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' in one of the episode recaps. Considering both games are published by Capcom, and are based on Asian Mythology, it makes a lot of sense.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland'' includes some from stone statues of Rick, Coo and Kine from Deamland 2 and 3 and Marx from [[KirbySuperStar Super Star]]. Mass Attack has Max Flexer and Chef Shataki from [[KirbyOfTheStars the anime]]. And finally, Super Star has [[SuperMario Mario]] while Ultra has him with Peach, Luigi and Wario.
* ''[[Videogame/TheIdolmaster2 The iDOLM@STER 2]]'' - So far [[{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] and 876's idols Ai Hidaka and Eri Mizutani are available in DLC as in story rivals for the 765 Pro idols.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2'', Ken's home stage features cameos by Morrigan, Felicia, Hsien-Ko, Mei-Ling and Lord Raptor from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', Biff Slamkovich and Jumbo Flapjack from ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters'', Captain Commando and Ginzu the Ninja from ''VideoGame/CaptainCommando'', the two Unknown Soldiers from ''VideoGame/ForgottenWorlds'', Pure the Magician from ''Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2'', Michelle Heart from ''VideoGame/LegendaryWings'', Strider Hiryu from ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'', Linn Kurosawa from ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'' and Capcom's CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto as a butler, all as guests attending Eliza's birthday party.
* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' makes plenty of [[{{ShoutOut/Neptunia}} shout-outs]] and references to other video games, often by using [[LawyerFriendlyCameo silhouettes of the characters and avoiding using their actual names]]. One {{side quest}}, however, basically has you chasing after (and then fighting) Macaroon, the [[ShopKeeper merchant girl]] from ''VideoGame/TrinityUniverse'', another of Idea Factory's dungeon exploring [=RPGs=].
* ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' features The Flying Welshman who looks almost identical to Bobbin Threadbare from ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}''. The only difference is he's wearing a lifejacket and has a different voice (''Loom'' had a talkie version, rare at the time)). As ''Loom'' had no sequels, LucasArts clearly put this in for people wondering what Bobbin was up to.
** In reference to the ''Loom'' advertisement in the first game, ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' advertises ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' in a similar way, with Guybrush encountering the advertiser in a restaurant. The only difference is that the character who does so is the lead character from that game, Manny Cavalera...who doesn't speak to Guybrush on account of being dead.
* At the beginning of Alleyway, an old Breakout clone for the Game Boy, [[SuperMarioBros Mario]] runs across the screen and hops into the pilot seat of the paddle.
* In the bonus modes of ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' a couple of characters from early games the company made are playable characters.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Absolution'', VideoGame/KaneAndLynch have cameos in the first stages of Act II. Kane is seen in a bar while Lynch is at a shooting range in a gun store.
* ''BreathOfFire'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', an easter egg shows [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Chun-Li]] practicing her Lightning Kick.
** In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', Nina must fight a boss who turns out to be the Nina from I, the sorceress Bleu/Deis is a hidden OptionalPartyMember, and Bo and Karn appear on the optional Giant's Island.
** In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', Bleu/Deis appears again, this time playing a small role in the plot and acting as a Master. Several generic characters also look like Ox and Mogu from I, and Sten from II.
** In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', Momo from III is a Master, and in the EndGamePlus, Rei and Teepo appear to sell you a unique item.
* Seeing as how the ''VideoGame/SegaSuperstars'' series involves crossovers, other characters cameoing in the courts and tracks is inevitable. (Chao as spectators on [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] tracks, Yoyo, Rhyth, Professor K, and others on
** In All Stars Racing, Ristar makes his first appearance in 16 years hidden on the Death Egg Zone track.
''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' tracks, the VideoGame/BurningRangers flying around the track based on the game named after them, and so on)
* ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''. A crossover fighting game, so it's a no-brainer. Each stage involves elements from some other game interfering with that one, you can get chibi versions of certain characters to cheer you on in fights, story modes involve characters from the same franchise as that character, etc. Also, some finishing moves include cameos from other characters of that franchise too. ([[Franchise/SlyCooper Sly's]] Lvl. 1 finishing move has Murray come out and attack, [[VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper PaRappa's]] Lvl. 3 finishing move has him put on a concert with characters such as Lammy and Katy Kat watching, etc.)
* ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' is filled to the brim with cameos. Most notable is [=NiGHTS=] in the 3DS version making him/her/it the only non-Sonic character to appear in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/AtlantisNoNazo'', the old master whom you rescue at the end is the hero from Creator/{{Sunsoft}}'s earlier game ''Ikki''.
* The first batch of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'s'' DLC had stages for Website/YouTube {{Lets Play}}ers who supported the game, such as JesseCox & LetsPlay/PewDiePie.
* In ''Atomic Robo-Kid Special'', the OneUp dolls are Ninja-kun from the game of the same name and Mutron-kun from ''Mutant Night''.
* Tons of them in ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle''. Comes with being a game based on a LongRunner franchise:
** The menus have, among others, Robert E.O. Speedwagon, Wang Chan, [[spoiler:Cyborg]] Rudolf von Stroheim, Oingo and Boingo, Ringo Roadagain...
** Nukesaku as a stage hazard of the Dio's Mansion stage.
** Wilson Phillips as part of the stage hazard in the Cairo Streets stage.
** Yoshihiro Kira as a stage hazard of the Kira Estate stage.
** Reimi Sugimoto as part of the Morioh stage's Situation Finish.
** Pesci and Prosciutto, as both the stage hazard and Situation Finish of the Naples' Train Station stage.
** Secco as the stage hazard of the Rome Streets stage.
** Green Baby is part of Pucci's stand Whitesnake's evolution to C-Moon.
** Weather Report as the stage hazard of the Green Dolphin Street Prison stage.
** Emporio Alnino as part of the stage hazard of the Kennedy Space Station stage.
** Lucy Steel and Stephen Steel as the stage "hazard" of the Atlantic Coast stage.
** Yasuho Hirose and Joushuu Higashikata as both the stage hazard and Situation Finish of the Wall Eyes stage.
* Every stage in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'' has a certain Internet personality hanging out in a hidden area, usually filled with lots of power-ups. They include Music/{{Brentalfloss}}, Creator/{{Egoraptor}}, and the dev team.
* Played for laughs in [[LEGOAdaptationGame Lego Marvel Super Heroes]], where instead of saving a generic face during the levels like previous Lego games, the player (if the person chooses to) can save StanLee during the story missions, different locations on the world map, and even the special Deadpool comic missions. Lampshaded by Stan Lee, himself, who constantly gives statements about making cameo appearances throughout the game after you rescued him. The whole point is to poke fun at how Stan Lee often makes cameo appearances in both his live action movies and animated projects.
* Characters from the ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' series (such as the masked wrestler, the Wandering Samurai, and the Chorus Kids) make guest appearances in ''[[VideoGame/WarioWare Game & Wario]]''.
* While the series' recurring Kremling antagonists have yet to appear in person in Retro Studios' run on the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series, K. Rool, the BigBad of the first three games, appears in rock formation form in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' (complete with a bunch of 10 bananas where his crown would be).
* The Hint Guy in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is replaced by [[spoiler:Lauren Faust as an alicorn]] in the {{romhack}} ''[=EquestriaBound=]''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' radio show, ''BuruRaji'', features none other than [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear SOL BADGUY]]!!
* Miles Edgeworth makes a cameo at the end of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'', after the first credits sequence.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Celestia, Nightmare Moon, Discord, and the Mane Six are shown on a door containing the Elements of Harmony in ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn''.
* Used by the parody series ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' in the ''Film/{{Inception}}'' spoof.
* One episode of ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity'' had [[WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange Orange]] annoying Apple before the intro. True to form, Apple gets knifed.
** Several characters from ''WebAnimation/BattleForDreamIsland'' have also made cameos.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* StanLee's many cameos in his webseries ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwM6oCR8DMo Bad Days]]''.
* To the shock and awe of everyone, sketch-comedy group LoadingReadyRun snagged some major cameos in its video [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/240/lock_out Lock Out]]! The gang was lucky enough to grab [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Wil Wheaton]] and [[PennyArcade Tycho]] while at a charity convention.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ-xsBZ_Nqo This]] ''{{Mega64}}'' skit.
** Proceeded by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2ZFA4me4iw this]].
*** Also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Cliffy B.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyJ48-BYb7s The joke continues.]]
* In Atom.com's webseries Video Game Reunion episode 1-10, Link goes into the elevator and guess who else is there. The actor who played Link in The Legend of Niel, another of Atom's webseries.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses basically made "Cameo!" into a RunningGag.
* MrCoatAndFriends has several.
* [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods Drew]] [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Goddard]] at the end of DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog as Bad Horse member "Fake Thomas Jefferson". He's part of JossWhedon's ProductionPosse. Marti Noxon and David Fury also appear as newscasters.
** Joss himself appears as a newscaster on Jane Espenson's internet series ''Husbands''.
* At the end of the WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier's review of ''Platoon'' and ''Metal Gear'' on the NES, [[spoiler:Creator/DougWalker]] makes a most unexpected cameo appearance.
* Parodied in LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV: Mr. Doom's character of choice is Boo whenever the ghost is available. On boards where Doom isn't even playing, this has led to jokes about him appearing as the thieving Boo the players can hire.
* ''WebVideo/AndreTheBlackNerd'' makes a guest appearance in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures''.
* The second season of WebVideo/WhereTheBearsAre features MargaretCho as a clerk at a fetish store. [[spoiler: She turns out to be [[{{Dominatrix}} a lot more than she seems...]]]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Quite common in webcomics, especially in the case where the artists are personal friends. [[http://crossovers.dragoneers.com/ The Webcomic Crossover & Cameo Archive]] is a comprehensive and ''very'' extensive index of webcomic cameos.
* The characters of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' show up as miscellaneous extras all over the Internet.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', there's a one-panel, no-line cameo of the Franchise/{{Digimon}} Season 3 (''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]'') main characters.
* An earlier ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' comic gave [[TheViewAskewniverse Silent Bob]] a quick cameo.
* ''TheKAMics'' has lots of cameos of other webcomic characters. Then again the author is a self-confessed Cameowhore.
* [[http://dtoons.com/conroy/ The Cartoon Chronicles of Conroy Cat]] takes place in a world where all cartoon characters live, and cameos occur often.
* ''TheCyantianChronicles'': Various fan made characters have gotten cameos as part of a donation drive.
* ''Webcomic/TheCrossoverlord'', being a webcomic superhero crossover series set in a multiverse, tends to cameo various heroic characters rather frequently. However, it really went over the top with [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Crossoverlord/?p=598517 this page]].
* {{Sprite comic}}s have a large tendency to rely upon cameos due to the easy nature in which an author can use another person's 'sprite sheets' in order to quickly and easily represent different characters.
* ''RPGWorld'''s Hero and Dianne make an appearance in ''TwoKinds''.
* Fancharacters made for ''BittersweetCandyBowl'' occasionally appear in the background during the story.
* Although ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' is a comic about Nintendo characters, [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Teddie]] makes a brief appearance in one of the strips.
* ''QuestionableContent'' has referenced XKCD a few times (once on a characters' shirt), and in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1527 this strip]] portrayed an webcomic artist wearing an "I<3MATH" shirt, with a sketch of a stick figure wearing a black hat in front of him. He wasn't explicitly named, but the allusion was obvious.
* ''BittersweetCandyBowl'', Many fancharacters given to the author have either become regular cast or served as background filler.
** Liam, a fan-made character, even had an entire intermission chapter dedicated to his relationship with Lucy.
* One strip of ''{{Fite}}'' contains Tamino the Cat, the main character of another comic by the same author, as a passerby.
* In ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' Doc tends to invite a couple dozen characters from other webcomics to his [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween Parties]].
* In the ''InternationalComicContinuity'', you'll often see characters from one member's series appearing in another member's.
* Ozy and his father, Llewellyn, from the furry webcomic Webcomic/OzyAndMillie make an appearance in a couple of strips of Webcomic/StubbleTrouble.
* The time travel StoryArc of ''WebComic/ThePackrat'' features cameos of real-life persons from the history of synthesizers as Lovelace-style animals, including Bob Moog, Don Buchla, Howard Jones, StevieWonder, Thomas Dolby and HerbieHancock. He also meets [[Film/BackToTheFuture Dr. Emmett L. Brown]].
* [[{{Manga/Naruto}} Itachi]] made a cameo in [[http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=31747660 comic #48]] of Webcomic/YuGiOhCardGameGustoFancomic. Probably because he shares a similar pupil shape with the Gusto Archetype.
* ''SisterClaire'' has loads of these in the background ranging from ''PowerpuffGirls'' to ''PantyAndStocking''.
* ''{{Webcomic/Matchu}}'' has dozens of cameos, with [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]] showing up the most, either as a background character, a piece of merchandise, or something more well hidden, ala Hidden Mickeys.
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has had guest appearances (with their respective creators' permission) by the casts of ''{{Melonpool}}, {{Zortic}},'' and ''Zeera The Space Pirate.''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens at least twice to Marceline the Vampire Queen from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Fifi La Fume from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' appears as the owner of a perfume shop in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
** Also Baby Plucky made cameos as well. The fact that he shares the same voice actor as Skippy Squirrel helps.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' features multiple clear shots of Wolverine as one of the soldiers helping Comicbook/CaptainAmerica infiltrate the Red Skull's castle.
* At the end of the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', one of the "elves" they rescue from the time-warped Santa's Village theme park shows up as an old man with his grandchildren, who look suspiciously like [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Konohamaru and his ninja squad]]. Now that [[@/{{Crisis}} I]] think about it, the old man did look a lot like the Hokage at the time...
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' frequently has cameos from cartoons and other media, with the PowerpuffGirls having three so far. The first was Mrs. Bellum apparently being The Sarge's blind date in ''The Hot Date'', the second being Bubbles' head in ''The Heist'', and the third being Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup in the form of a bird, a cat, and a pig respectively in ''Wayne Tootin''.
* [[{{Flintstones}} The Flintstones]] take a trip to Jellyrock Park in the episode ''Swedish Visitors''. They get a surprise visit from WesternAnimation/YogiBear and Boo Boo, who in typical fashion steal the Flintstones' picnic basket.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has had many over the years, but one [[DoingItForTheArt impressive]] one is Creator/JonathanFrakes doing a ''one-line'' cameo in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before."
-->"Yes! Front row!"
** In the episode ''Leela and the Genestalk'' the crew find [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Jake and Finn]] trapped in [[spoiler: Mom's floating Genetics lab.]]
-->'''Jake''': What time is it?\\
'''Bender''': Time for you to shut up!
* ''TurtlesForever'', as a special commemorating the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''' [[MilestoneCelebration 25th birthday]], has a ''lot'' of oneshot appearances from characters throughout the franchise's history. ''One scene'' alone has [[TMNT1987 Irma, the human forms of Bebop and Rocksteady]], and a memorable battle briefly shows [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Tokka and Rahzar]]; that's just a ''few'' of them. The end of the film even manages to have [[spoiler:a CreatorCameo in the form of a "{{flashback}}", showing Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird just as they are finishing the ''very first issue'' of the TMNT hoping it would sell, literally bringing the series full-circle.]]
* {{WesternAnimation/Dexter|sLaboratory}} made near constant cameos in ThePowerpuffGirls to the point where it was practically a RunningGag. The fact that the (earlier) art of both shows was done by CraigMcCracken, and the two shows are part of a SharedUniverse helps.
** He also made a cameo in the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' 'Orphan Substitute'.
* Augie Doggie, Doggie Daddy and SpeedBuggy have all had cameos on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Professor Utonium]] appeared at the end of the [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy & Mandy]] episode "My Fair Mandy" as part of the temporal disruption caused after Mandy smiles (she, Billy and Grim became the Powerpuffs).
* YogiBear, [[TheFlintstones Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm]] and [[TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan Suzie Chan]] show up in ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated.
** In episode 14, [[{{Jabberjaw}} The Neptunes]], [[CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels The Teen Angels]], SpeedBuggy's friends and the teenage pals of TheFunkyPhantom make appeareances.
* Baseball slugger Mike Piazza and the NHL's Brett Hull have appeared [[InkSuitActor in cartoon form]] as cameos on ''What's New, Scooby Doo?''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': [[SarcasmMode You hardly EVER see any cameo appearances in this series.]] Characters from other SethMacFarlane animations do pop up here, including [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Steve Smith's fat friend, Barry]] in fat camp from the episode "Killer Queen".
* Both PlutoThePup and [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Owl]] have made cameo appearances on ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', though Pluto only appeared in a dream sequence.
* {{Popeye}} co-star Swee' Pea appears in ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' episode "Tell Me What You See."
** Popeye himself is seen on a wall frame in a Greenwich Village coffee house in "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party."
** Private Gripweed, John Lennon's character in the 1967 movie ''How I Won The War,'' appears very briefly in "Strawberry Fields."
* BugsBunny, a Warner Bros. character, cameos in the George Pal Puppetoon ''Jasper Goes Hunting'' (released by Paramount). In his own Warners universe, Bugs cameos in at least three cartoons with other animated stars.
** Daffy Duck cameos in two Bugs cartoons, "Sahara Hare" and "Apes Of Wrath." Foghorn Leghorn cameos at the end of "False Hare."
* LittleAudrey cameos on the Popeye cartoon "Olive Oyl For President."
** BettyBoop character Whiffle Piffle appears in the street brawl from "Brotherly Love".
* StaticShock had a quite few of them:
** Both DCAU Batmen (Bruce Wayne and Terry [=McGinnis=]) appeared in "Future Shock" (while Batman had a few episodes as well).
** Superman appeared in "Toyz In the Hood".
** The rest of the Justice League appeared with Batman and Braniac in thw two-part "A League of Their Own".
** The Joker was in "The Big Leagues," while Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy were in "Hard as Nails."
** Lil Romeo, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone each was an InkSuitActor in their episodes ("Romeo In The Mix", "Static Shaq" and "Hoop Squad").
*** The other "Hoop Squad" members (Yao Ming, Tracy [=McGrady=], and Steve Nash) are voiced by others though.
* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' had Static in the two-part "The Once and Future Thing" alongside Terry, an older Bruce Wayne, and Static, as well as Hal Jordan (as the show used John Stewart as GreenLantern).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** During the prologue of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', various pony families are seen together setting up the fair, including [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Thunderlane and Rumble]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Diamond Tiara and Filthy Rich]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sweetie and her (and Rarity's) parents (without their vacation clothes), and Dinky and Amethyst Star]].\\\
Vinyl Scratch and Bulk Biceps are also at the fair.\\\
Rarity's upgrade to the mariachi band for the filly's party includes two orchestra members who played at the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver Grand Galloping Gala]].
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', the Saddle Arabians (from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]") are part of the royal delegates, as well as Prince Blueblood (last seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]") and Fancy Pants seated in the box below.
** Flash Sentry makes his second appearance on the series in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]'', and this time he gets a line.
** The rainbow that flies through Equestria in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'' is seen by everyone who gave the Mane Six their keys - Coco Pommel, Spitfire and the Wonderbolts, Cheese Sandwich, Seabreeze, Silver Shill, and Discord last of all.
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