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 and SmallRoleBigImpact.


[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* Chef Louis'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 [[MosesInTheBulrushes 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.
* Tamatoa the crab sings "Shiny" in ''{{Disney/Moana}}''.
* King Gator, who does the [[TropeNamer so-called]] BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''.

[[folder: Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'': See the theatre section.
* Eddie the (Ex-)Delivery Boy from ''Film/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.
* Music/EltonJohn's ''Pinball Wizard'', Music/EricClapton's ''Eyesight To The Blind'', and Tina Turner's ''Acid Queen'' from ''Film/{{Tommy}}''.
* The Don in the "Il Muto" scene in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* Julie Brown in ''Film/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 Music/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.
* 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.
* ''Film/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 ''Film/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.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' gives these to two characters who disappear in the film's second half.
** The opening number "The Candy Man" may be about Willy Wonka but is sung by Bill, the candy shop owner who later sells the Wonka Bar with the last Golden Ticket to Charlie. Director Mel Stuart had to convince songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse '''not''' to use StuntCasting for the minor role by way of showing off the song because he knew it would be too distracting for audiences.
** Mrs. Bucket, who mostly serves as [[RedOniBlueOni the blue oni to Grandpa Joe's red oni]], has the touching ParentalLoveSong "Cheer Up, Charlie", which Stuart regarded as unnecessary and tried to have cut from the film altogether. He got his wish in early EditedForSyndication TV cuts of the film. (The Bucket parents seem blessed by this trope; see Theatre below for another adaptation.)

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* 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]].

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix:''
** Richard Henry Lee, who carries some great big wonderful slabs of [[LargeHam roast pork]] while he's singing "The Lees of Old Virginia." As the next song occurs ''thirty minutes'' later, the writers made this number as big and bombastic as possible to carry the audience through. Ron Holgate, the original Lee, even got a Tony despite the fact that his character appears in all of two scenes and disappears before the second act.
** Also the Courier, who exists mainly to tromp 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.
* Fleet, the ship's lookout at the time of the iceberg striking the Titanic gets "No Moon" in ''Theatre/{{Titanic}}''.
* "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 ''Theatre/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."
* Bizet's Theatre/{{Carmen}} has two of these. Escamillo's ostentatious Toreador Song is one of the most memorable pieces in the opera and Micaela's Aria in Act III regularly earns her almost as much applause as the leading lady despite the fact that both of the characters are very secondary.
* Steve, from ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon'', who sings "They Call The Wind Maria."
* The Young Confederate Soldier from ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''.
* In ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', King George III has nothing to ''do'' plot-wise [[note]]aside from mysteriously showing up in "The Reynolds Pamphlet"[[/note]], but he does get to sing three major songs (all to the same tune).
** Maria Reynolds has "Say No to This" which is a big number, also crosses over with SmallRoleBigImpact as it's a huge turning point in the story.
* 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''.
** 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.
* Gigi from ''Theatre/MissSaigon''.
* 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."
* The lover from ''Theatre/{{Evita}}'', who sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and is quickly dismissed. In the film version, Evita herself sings it because, y'know... {{Music/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."
* 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.
* 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 ''Literature/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.
* 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".
* ''Theatre/LilAbner'' assigns Marryin' Sam singing duties out of proportion to his part in the plot, including the incredibly catchy "Jubilation T. Cornpone". (With both this and the previous example, when the play was adapted into a film, Stubby Kaye got this as his moment to shine, and seized it with both hands.)
* ''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.
* The Wolf in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' sings [[LetsDuet most of]] "Hello, Little Girl", a song about how he [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything hungers]] for Little Red Riding Hood.
* "Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed" from ''Theatre/StreetScene'', a highly catchy song-and-jitterbug number, is sung by a drunken young couple who make only one other very brief appearance.
* In the 2016 stage production of ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', Count Ipolitov, a royal count who recognizes Anya as Anastasia at the train station, leads the departing passengers in singing "Stay, I Pray You," a farewell to Russia. He doesn't appear again [[spoiler:as he is dragged off the train and shot for having the wrong papers]].
* Mr. and Mrs. Bucket in ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have "If Your Mother Were Here", a quiet ParentalLoveSong that bridges the four brats finding their Golden Tickets and Charlie (who is in the midst of a HeroicBSOD) finding his. Elsewhere they have minor singing parts in two huge production numbers, being stuck in the shadow of Charlie's wacky grandparents in Act One and absent for most of Act Two. Nevertheless, "If Your Mother Were Here" is a fan favorite that's received praise even from people who don't like the show.
** The 2017 Broadway production made this song fit this trope even better by turning it into a solo sung by Mrs. Bucket, "If Your Father Were Here", with the premise that [[spoiler: Charlie's father is dead]].
* In ''Theatre/{{Finale}}'', the character of Lucy Everett (whose name is AllThereInTheManual) sings the song "Congratulations!", one of the biggest production numbers in the show. However, the character only makes two more minor appearances, and other than that never appears again.
* Most of the students/revolutionaries in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' besides Marius and Enjolras are given little in terms of characterization, or even ''names'', as they're either named exactly once in a quick line (and that includes Enjolras), or [[AllThereInTheManual named in the script alone]]. Nonetheless, they get a rousing FriendshipSong in "Drink With Me", which also contains Grantaire's EstablishingCharacterMoment, when he questions if the revolution is worth dying for.
* In ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', Piragua Guy is present throughout the show but doesn't really interact with any of the other characters in any significant way: he tries to sell Usnavi piragua in "In the Heights", he is present in "Breathe", "96,000", "The Club"/"Blackout", and "Finale", and he's the first person to support Daniella's titular "Carnival Del Barrio" - and that's about all he does for the show. That all being said, he gets ''two'' solo songs: "Piragua" and "Piragua - Reprise".
* Martha from ''Theatre/{{Heathers}}'' gets to sing "Kindergarten Boyfriend", a solo song where she [[spoiler: mourns the death of her long-time crush and then attempts suicide.]] It's the only song she gets all to herself and, despite what the song title might make you think, [[TearJerker is extremely heartbreaking to listen to.]]
* {{Downplayed}} in ''Theatre/BeMoreChill'': plenty of people who have never listened to the show have at the very least heard of "Michael in the Bathroom". While Michael gets a decent amount of stage time, his big solo song is one of the reasons many people were introduced to the show in the first place.
* Saint Aphrodisias- who is barely mentioned throughout the musical at all up until this number- gets 'Flight into Egypt' in the stage version of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', though Quasimodo does end up taking over the end part of the song [[spoiler: once he's realised that Esmeralda's talisman is a map leading to the Court of Miracles]].
* Hugo in the musical adaptation of ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' gets 'Hugo's First Case Pt. 1' and 'Hugo's First Case Pt. 2' to himself, but arguably the song that embodies this trope most is 'You Can't Trust a Man', a duet between him and his father (who's even more of a minor character than he is).
* Perch Perkins, the newsreader in ''Theatre/TheSpongebobMusical'' gets 'No Control', an adaptation of David Bowie's pessimistic hit. Due to its intense harmonies and generally depressing mood, it's one of the most memorable songs of the show.
* As for ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'':
** Dinah gets 'U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D', one of the most well-known songs of the show, despite her relatively small role as Greaseball's love interest (or, rather, LoveMartyr).
** In productions where C.B's role is shortened or simplified, 'Wide Smile, High Style' definitely applies here.
** Poppa, despite being TheMentor, is relatively minor; he serves mainly as a plot device, as [[spoiler: Rusty would not have been able to take part in the race if Poppa had not broken down after the third heat]]. Still, he leads one of the most well-known songs of the entire thing- 'Light at the End of the Tunnel'- as well as the less recognised 'Poppa's Blues'.
* The HIV/AIDS support group in Theatre/{{Rent}} only features in a few scenes, but they get the chilling 'Will I?', a song where they attempt to come to terms with their inevitable death and what they will leave behind.
* Although ''Glory Days'' only has four characters total, Skip gets the least focus- and to make up for this he gets 'Generation Apathy', a cynical solo number about how oblivious and self-centered today's society is.


[[folder: Web Original]]
* Aragog in [[Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical A Very Potter Senior Year]], to the point that they seem to be deliberately invoking BigLippedAlligatorMoment.

[[folder: Music]]
* ''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.
* Soldier 7285 in ''AudioPlay/TheDollsOfNewAlbion'' is only around for the fourth and final act of the opera, where he only has two distinct songs: "The Day We Come" and "I Will Bring You Down", the latter being one of the most popular songs of the entire album, yet he's so irrelevant that he's not even given a proper name.