-> '''Janice:''' What a small world!\\
'''Chandler:''' And yet I never run into Music/{{Beyonce}}.
-->-- ''Series/{{Friends}}''

A character that does not appear in every episode, but is in enough of them to affect the storyline on a regular basis.

A LivingProp or SpearCarrier who appears repeatedly may become a RecurringCharacter. If there are so many of these characters any normal episode starts to look like an army, you might have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.

If they are popular enough to become a regular, they get a PromotionToOpeningTitles. For a character who starts out as a regular but becomes recurring over time, see CommutingOnABus. For the opposite, a character that starts out as a recurring character but eventually [[EnsembleDarkhorse due to becoming popular with the audience]] gets added into the main cast, you have BreakoutCharacter. If they appear in most (or all, in some cases) episodes and get more appearances than even some of the show's regular characters yet continue to be recurring, then they'll wind up being a FakeGuestStar.

Compare InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals, RegularCharacter, OneShotCharacter, RecurringExtra.


No examples - every show is going to feature recurring characters in one way or another.

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