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* Spirit Riding Free has 3 students in the schoolhouse and only Frank is named. He's an introvert but the other boy and girl has not said anything to any of the other students. Plus they are constantly reused for background scenes just appearing without context and even disappearing for! the scene, plus having 2 different looks wearing white shirts.

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* Spirit Riding Free has 3 students in the schoolhouse and only Frank is named. He's an introvert but the other boy and girl has not said anything to any of the other students. Plus they are constantly reused for background scenes just appearing without context and even disappearing for! from the scene, plus having 2 different looks interchangeably wearing white shirts.

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* Spirit Riding Free has 3 students in the schoolhouse and only Frank is named. He's an introvert but the other boy and girl has not said anything to any of the other students. Plus they are constantly reused for background scenes just appearing without context and even disappearing for! the scene, plus having 2 different looks wearing white shirts.

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* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': The Rexxar campaign has two (then three) heroes and an optional one, but the only one who gets any interaction is Rexxar: Chen has a few lines before he's recruited and from then on contributes nothing to the plot, Rokhan gets a grand total of four lines in the entire campaign, two of them in the first act (when he joins you and when he warns Thrall about his village), all of them generic SpearCarrier lines. Which isn't to say the heroes are useless, [[BadassCrew quite the contrary]], but for all the interaction they have with the plot you could be forgiven for thinking Rexxar was hallucinating them the entire time.


Sometimes a Ghost Extra will get promoted and become a proper character. This is a nice trick for the writers, because they don't have to explain where the new character came from; they can just say she was "there all along" but nobody previously talked to her on camera.

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Sometimes a Ghost Extra will get promoted and become a proper character. This is a nice trick for the writers, because they don't have to explain where the new character came from; [[RememberTheNewGuy they can just say she was "there all along" but nobody previously talked to her on camera.
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* ''Film/Emma2020'' spends a noticeable amount of time showing servants working in the background and waiting on the main characters, sometimes even reacting to their eccentricities. Despite this no servant has a speaking role, interacts with any named characters or is even mentioned by name.

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** This further continues in "Girl Meets Rileytown", where Corey verbally names and acknowledges every single extra in his class. After this, several of the class gained one-liners, brief comedy routines or the occasional character growth in the second and third seasons. We learn one of the students has a grandmother who escaped the war crimes of Cambodia.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Possibly the worst ever about this. The characters ''never'' interact with the extras in the background (unless they're bringing a body in). The main cast seems to do every job in the lab, so just what is it that all these people do? At least in NCIS, they are presumed to be other teams working on other cases.


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* In ''ComicBook/NewXMen Vol. 2'', ''Academy X'' and ''New X-Men'', there are a number of 'extra' students seen walking in the halls that never speak with the cast or take any notice of any of the things going on in the school. They don't even appear on the squads every student was theoretically part of.

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* In ''ComicBook/NewXMen Vol. 2'', ''Academy X'' and ''New X-Men'', there are a number of 'extra' "extra" students seen walking in the halls that never speak with the cast or take any notice of any of the things going on in the school. They don't even appear on the squads every student was theoretically part of.
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* This happens throughout the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, mainly in regards to how many students there are in Hogwarts. While there are plenty of them who are secondary characters, there are still plenty of mentions of random students milling around in the dormitories or Great Hall, who never interact with Harry.
** This would be TruthInTelevision for a typical GoodOldBritishComp of the sort that JK Rowling attended, where a student body of fifteen hundred isn't unusual and class sizes tend to be in the region of twenty-five to thirty; you couldn't possibly interact with more than a fraction of your own yeargroup, much less the whole school. It makes rather less sense when you consider that the population of the Wizarding World is supposed to be quite small; estimates vary, but most people estimate the Hogwarts student body at a couple of hundred at most. The fandom has wept blood trying to make sense of it all, and it's probably best to apply the MST3KMantra.

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* This happens throughout the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, mainly in regards to how many students there are in Hogwarts. While there are plenty of them who are secondary characters, there are still plenty of mentions of random students milling around in the dormitories or Great Hall, who never interact with Harry.
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Harry. This would be TruthInTelevision for a typical GoodOldBritishComp of the sort that JK J.K. Rowling attended, where a student body of fifteen hundred isn't unusual and class sizes tend to be in the region of twenty-five to thirty; you couldn't possibly interact with more than a fraction of your own yeargroup, much less the whole school. It makes rather less sense when you consider that the population of the Wizarding World is supposed to be quite small; estimates vary, but most people estimate the Hogwarts student body at a couple of hundred at most. The fandom has wept blood trying to make sense of it all, and it's probably best to apply the MST3KMantra.
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has an episode where Sheppard is told, loudly and over the radio so that everyone can hear it, that something important and dramatic has happened in the control room. He immediately jumps up and runs out of the room while all the extras just stand there.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' features a large police station, but every case ends up being investigated by members of the regular cast - Doakes gets magically paired off with Batista when La Guerta isn't there to be his partner, even though there are presumably many more police officers available.

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** ''Series/StargateSG1'' has an awful lot of soldiers wandering around Stargate Command but never really interacting with the cast. Interestingly, most of these extras were in fact ''actual soldiers'': the US Air Force [[BackedByThePentagon approved quite strongly]] of the ''Stargate'' series and would frequently lend personnel to the show.
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''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has an episode where Sheppard is told, loudly and over the radio so that everyone can hear it, that something important and dramatic has happened in the control room. He immediately jumps up and runs out of the room while all the extras just stand there.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' features a large police station, but every case ends up being investigated by members of the regular cast - -- Doakes gets magically paired off with Batista when La Guerta isn't there to be his partner, even though there are presumably many more police officers available.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' definitely has a good few of these. However, they also subvert/avert it, by making sure to give the extras more to do, and having at least one extra OptOut at the LineInTheSand. Generally, the extras also do at least react to stuff, including the rather nice scene where Lyta demonstrates her psychic powers.
** Joshua Cox, as Lt. Corwin, started as an extra, then got lines, then became a character. His Slavic C and C colleague was not so lucky.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' definitely has a good few of these. However, they also subvert/avert it, by making sure to give the extras more to do, and having at least one extra OptOut at the LineInTheSand. Generally, the extras also do at least react to stuff, including the rather nice scene where Lyta demonstrates her psychic powers.
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powers. Joshua Cox, as Lt. Corwin, started as an extra, then got lines, then became a character. His Slavic C and C colleague was not so lucky.



-->'''Mr. Feeny:''' I regard all my students equally.
-->'''Shawn:''' You know we're your favorites.
-->'''Cory:''' Come on Feeny, you haven't even talked to another student for seven years.
** SequelSeries ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' continues this tradition in its first season (where it's much more noticeable because the four main students ''constantly'' speak up in class, often derailing Cory's lectures in the process), but surprisingly averts it in the second - in "Girl Meets the Secret of Life", a minor character named Yogi (an extra who appeared throughout the first season, but didn't have a single line) speaks up to make a point that [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality even though he isn't Cory's daughter, the events in his life have significance to him and aren't meaningless]]. Surprisingly, this isn't just a one-off gag - Yogi has had lines in subsequent episodes.

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-->'''Mr. Feeny:''' I regard all my students equally.
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'''Shawn:'''
You know we're your favorites.
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favorites.\\
'''Cory:'''
Come on Feeny, you haven't even talked to another student for seven years.
** * SequelSeries ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' continues this tradition in its first season (where it's much more noticeable because the four main students ''constantly'' speak up in class, often derailing Cory's lectures in the process), but surprisingly averts it in the second - -- in "Girl Meets the Secret of Life", a minor character named Yogi (an extra who appeared throughout the first season, but didn't have a single line) speaks up to make a point that [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality even though he isn't Cory's daughter, the events in his life have significance to him and aren't meaningless]]. Surprisingly, this isn't just a one-off gag - -- Yogi has had lines in subsequent episodes.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has an awful lot of soldiers wandering around Stargate Command but never really interacting with the cast. Interestingly, most of these extras were in fact ''actual soldiers'': the US Air Force [[BackedByThePentagon approved quite strongly]] of the ''Stargate'' series and would frequently lend personnel to the show.






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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' is a RotatingProtagonist series focusing on just over 40 characters at a specific high school. Each belongs to at least one idol unit, one club, and one class, and all function perfectly with just its members, even if the clubs and especially classes are smaller than is typical. It would be entirely reasonable to assume therefore that they are the only students at this school, as many readers do. However, that is not the case - several times the story refers to other students and units which are also attending, indicating that many more do exist. (As stories are given in VisualNovel format, they're never visually seen.) Naturally, their units never achieve anything more than to make up numbers that a main character unit has to defeat in a tournament or the like, and there's zero indication of what clubs they all belong to (as joining one is mandatory). Their main purpose seems to be doing the kind of mean or stupid things that none of the actual main characters would ever engage in, such as when Anzu becomes subject to bullying due to the help she gives to Trickstar.



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* Most scenes at The Hub in ''Series/That70sShow'' are guilty of this, as are school scenes.


* In ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes'' both homicide rooms were populated by ghost extras (quite ironic in retrospect), as well as the main cast. At one point, Sam Tyler, who believes he's dreaming, suggests he's going to keep on walking until he runs out of faces.

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* In ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' both homicide rooms were populated by ghost extras (quite ironic in retrospect), as well as the main cast. At one point, Sam Tyler, who believes he's dreaming, suggests he's going to keep on walking until he runs out of faces.


* This happens throughout the ''HarryPotter'' series, mainly in regards to how many students there are in Hogwarts. While there are plenty of them who are secondary characters, there are still plenty of mentions of random students milling around in the dormitories or Great Hall, who never interact with Harry.

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* This happens throughout the ''HarryPotter'' ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, mainly in regards to how many students there are in Hogwarts. While there are plenty of them who are secondary characters, there are still plenty of mentions of random students milling around in the dormitories or Great Hall, who never interact with Harry.


* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': This is common in the series, as ''Enterprise'' crewmembers are routinely mute while doing their duty. Just think of every time a scene begins with a main character giving a {{redshirt}} an order, and said redshirt just slinking away silently, or whenever a main character comes to replace a redshirt who was filling in for him or her on the bridge.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': This is common in the series, as ''Enterprise'' crewmembers are routinely mute while doing their duty. Just think of every time a scene begins with a main character giving a {{redshirt}} an order, and said redshirt just slinking away silently, or whenever a main character comes to replace a redshirt who was filling in for him or her on the bridge. And speaking of the bridge, the camera rarely focuses on the aft stations or the extras manning them (who may as well just be playing Pac-Man).



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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has an awful lot of soldiers wandering around Stargate Command but never really interacting with the cast. Interestingly, most of these extras were in fact ''actual soldiers'': the US Air Force [[BackedByThePentagon approved quite strongly]] of the ''Stargate'' series and would frequently lend personnel to the show.


* A show where this makes sense due to FridgeBrilliance is ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. It's just the typical WeirdnessCensor every resident of Sunnydale has.

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* %%* A show where this makes sense due to FridgeBrilliance is ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. It's just the typical WeirdnessCensor every resident of Sunnydale has.

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