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** VillainPossessedBystander: The person suffering also becomes the antagonist for the episode.


* DroppedAfterThePilot: Characters introduced in a show's pilot are [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome forgotten about]], [[PutOnABus phased out]], or even killed off for the rest of the series]].

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* DroppedAfterThePilot: Characters introduced in a show's pilot are [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome forgotten about]], [[PutOnABus phased out]], or even killed off for the rest of the series]].series.


* DroppedAfterThePilot: Characters introduced in a show's pilot [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome are forgotten about for the rest of the series]].

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* DroppedAfterThePilot: Characters introduced in a show's pilot are [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome are forgotten about about]], [[PutOnABus phased out]], or even killed off for the rest of the series]].


* MonsterOfTheWeek: Works that use one-shot antagonists with little to no recurring adversaries.

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* MonsterOfTheWeek: Works that use one-shot The series frequently or exclusively uses antagonists with little to no recurring adversaries.who only appear in one episode.


* TheCameo
* DroppedAfterThePilot
* GirlOfTheWeek
* LongLostUncleAesop
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* OneSceneWonder
* SpearCarrier
* TragicOneShotCharacter
* VictimOfTheWeek
* WoobieOfTheWeek

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* TheCameo
TheCameo: A character's only role is making a brief appearance.
* DroppedAfterThePilot
DroppedAfterThePilot: Characters introduced in a show's pilot [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome are forgotten about for the rest of the series]].
* GirlOfTheWeek
GirlOfTheWeek: One of the main characters gets a one-shot love interest.
* LongLostUncleAesop
LongLostUncleAesop: A one-shot character appears solely to provide the episode's moral.
* MonsterOfTheWeek
MonsterOfTheWeek: Works that use one-shot antagonists with little to no recurring adversaries.
* OneSceneWonder
OneSceneWonder: The character only has one brief scene, but becomes one of the most memorable aspects of the work.
* SpearCarrier
SpearCarrier: A character shows up only to say a line and then disappear.
* TragicOneShotCharacter
TragicOneShotCharacter: The one-shot character gets killed off in their single appearance and their demise affects the protagonist.
* VictimOfTheWeek
VictimOfTheWeek: Every episode deals with a different person being killed or suffering a misfortune
* WoobieOfTheWeekWoobieOfTheWeek: Each episode has the main characters help a new person into turning their luck around.


The opposite would be RegularCharacter. See also RecurringCharacter.

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The opposite would be RegularCharacter. See also RecurringCharacter. The video game equivalent is the UniqueEnemy, which is an enemy that only appears once in a game.


Line numbers and importance to the story don't matter: A one-shot character can be the focus of an entire episode, or just be a BitCharacter. The defining trait is that he shows up once, and disappears afterward.

Sometimes a one-shot becomes [[EnsembleDarkhorse so popular]] he gets a {{cameo}} later in the series, or he becomes a [[AscendedExtra recurring extra]], or even a [[BreakoutCharacter full-blown cast member]]. Infrequently, what seems like a one-shot may actually be a [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]].

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Line numbers and importance to the story don't matter: A one-shot character can be the focus of an entire episode, or just be a BitCharacter. The defining trait is that he shows they show up once, once and disappears disappear afterward.

Sometimes a one-shot becomes [[EnsembleDarkhorse so popular]] he gets they get a {{cameo}} later in the series, or he becomes they become a [[AscendedExtra recurring extra]], or even a [[BreakoutCharacter full-blown cast member]]. Infrequently, what seems like a one-shot may actually be a [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]].

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* TragicOneShotCharacter


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* {{Cameo}}TheCameo

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* DroppedAfterThePilot


* VillainOfTheWeek

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* VillainOfTheWeek


A one-shot or one-off character is a character who appears in only one episode of a series, after which they are never seen again. Very common in WalkingTheEarth and various [[MysteryOfTheWeek Of The]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Week]] shows. LongLostUncleAesop from a VerySpecialEpisode is one example, as is the GirlOfTheWeek for any hero who suffers the CartwrightCurse. In a movie, the one-shot can be anything from a SpearCarrier to a OneSceneWonder.

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A one-shot or one-off character is a character who appears in only one episode of a series, after which they are never seen again. Very common in WalkingTheEarth and various [[MysteryOfTheWeek [[IndexOfTheWeek Of The]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek The Week]] shows. LongLostUncleAesop from a VerySpecialEpisode is one example, as is the GirlOfTheWeek for any hero who suffers the CartwrightCurse. In a movie, the one-shot can be anything from a SpearCarrier to a OneSceneWonder.



Sometimes a one-shot becomes [[EnsembleDarkhorse so popular]] he gets a {{cameo}} later in the series, or he becomes a [[AscendedExtra recurring extra]], or sometimes a [[BreakoutCharacter full-blown cast member]]. Infrequently, what seems like a one-shot may actually be a [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]].

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Sometimes a one-shot becomes [[EnsembleDarkhorse so popular]] he gets a {{cameo}} later in the series, or he becomes a [[AscendedExtra recurring extra]], or sometimes even a [[BreakoutCharacter full-blown cast member]]. Infrequently, what seems like a one-shot may actually be a [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]].

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