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* In-universe example in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', noticing the same extras popping up again and again is one of Truman's important clues in figuring out he's actually living in a TV studio.


* [[TheGenericGuy Ted]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. WordOfGod says he basically appears whenever an extra character is needed.

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* [[TheGenericGuy Ted]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. WordOfGod says he basically appears whenever an extra character is needed.needed and it's simply easier to re-use character designs.

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* 'Gray Shirt Liran' is an Israeli man who made it his lifelong work to appear in the background of the frame for news programming as often as possible, first gaining notoriety by showing up in countless sporting events and standing behind whoever is being interviewed or photographed (always wearing the same shirt) and then expanded his scope to any occurrence for which news coverage is anticipated. He's been at it long enough (and persistently enough) to become a local semi-celebtity.


** Many of them were given names [[https://spongebob.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Background_characters as shown here]] though most were only said once. Sometimes their colors aren't even consistent.

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** Many of them were given names [[https://spongebob.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Background_characters as shown here]] though most were only said once. Sometimes their colors aren't even consistent. There's at least ''three'' different characters that have been called Old Man Jenkins.

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** Many of them were given names [[https://spongebob.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Background_characters as shown here]] though most were only said once. Sometimes their colors aren't even consistent.

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** There's many others, including a duck with a paper hat, the parachute lady, and a weird purple alien.


* Policeman A in ''Anime/ZombielandSaga'', who has an unfortunate (for him and for them) tendency to run into zombies. Luckily for him, they're FriendlyZombies. Unluckily for them, he doesn't know that.

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* Policeman A in ''Anime/ZombielandSaga'', who has an unfortunate (for him and for them) tendency to run into zombies. Luckily for him, they're FriendlyZombies.[[FriendlyZombie Friendly Zombies]]. Unluckily for them, he doesn't know that.

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* Policeman A in ''Anime/ZombielandSaga'', who has an unfortunate (for him and for them) tendency to run into zombies. Luckily for him, they're FriendlyZombies. Unluckily for them, he doesn't know that.

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* Some people have actually made ''entire careers'' out of being extras, making them some of the most ''prolific actors and actresses in history''. They include [[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0163417/ Tom London]], [[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0267916/ Franklyn Farnum]], and [[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0283170/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Bess Flowers]], who was the most prolific actress ''ever''.


* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has numerous examples. This can largely be attributed to the CastOfSnowflakes designs being constantly reused. Some named ones include Ms. Cheesebreath; an old lady with a MeaningfulName (she used to teach Lucius' third grade class), Luigi-Paulo; a two-headed Italian, Chuck; an overly-friendly bus driver, Apple; a winged CuteMonsterGirl newswoman, [[LethalChef Chef Garbage]], [[CherubicChoir the Awe Guy]], [[HerrDoktor Dr. Scientist]], [[TheJeeves Butley]], and [[HonestJohnsDealership Rudolpho]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has numerous examples. This can largely be attributed numerous, thanks to the CastOfSnowflakes designs of the backgrounders being constantly reused. Some named Named ones include Ms. Cheesebreath; an old lady with a MeaningfulName (she used to teach Lucius' third grade class), Luigi-Paulo; a two-headed Italian, Chuck; an overly-friendly bus driver, Apple; a winged CuteMonsterGirl newswoman, [[LethalChef Chef Garbage]], [[CherubicChoir the Awe Guy]], [[HerrDoktor Dr. Scientist]], [[TheJeeves Butley]], Guy]]; Chef Garbage; Butley the butler; Chuck the bus driver; [[MultipleHeadCase Luigi-Paulo]]; Ms. Cheesebreath; and [[HonestJohnsDealership Rudolpho]].Apple.


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* ''Series/APBio'': All of the nonspeaking students in Jack's class are portrayed by the same kids, always sitting in the same desks. In the first season, only one extra, the chubby girl in the front-right desk, is actually given a line when she accompanies the all of the named students to a party.


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* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'': The same extras are used throughout each season for the exterior shots of Deadwood. According to WordOfGod, the extras established their own jobs and personas throughout the town, so you'll see the same people manning the same shop stalls and going about the same types of tasks from episode to episode.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' feaingtures a recurring extra distinguished by an impressive beard, which is saying something. Among his appearances; he's a soldier fighting for Stannis in season 5, a soldier fighting in the Stark army in season 6, and one of the guards at Winterfell in season 7. Plenty of fans consider him playing the same person throughout.


* ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' has a lot of kid characters that show up every now and then in background roles and crowd scenes. Notable ones include a goofy boy named Jeff, a red-headed girl in a pink dress and purple boots, Chido, a tough girl with in a blue puffy jacket, a ginger-haired boy with a green shirt, and Sam, who happens to be a [[EnsembleDarkhorse very popular character among the show's small fandom.]] A few of these characters actually get [[ADayInTheLimelight at least one or two episodes centered on them.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' has a lot of kid characters that show up every now and then in background roles and crowd scenes. Notable ones include a goofy boy in a propellor hat named Jeff, a red-headed girl in a pink dress and purple boots, Chido, a tough girl with in a blue puffy jacket, a ginger-haired boy with a green shirt, and Sam, Sam Lastnamè, who happens to be a [[EnsembleDarkhorse very popular character among the show's small fandom.]] A few of these characters actually get [[ADayInTheLimelight at least one or two episodes centered on them.]]


* Used to unsettling effect in the first episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner'': a mechanic appears and repairs [=McGoohan=]'s radio; while he does that, [=McGoohan=] leaves, and moments later runs into the same, instantly-recognizable guy coming from the opposite direction, except that guy is apparently now a gardener. Although he is an extra only twice, he is very memorable for having a distinct bald, lumpy appearance and visibly unnerving [=McGoohan=].

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* Used to unsettling effect in the first episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner'': ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'': a mechanic appears and repairs [=McGoohan=]'s radio; while he does that, [=McGoohan=] leaves, and moments later runs into the same, instantly-recognizable guy coming from the opposite direction, except that guy is apparently now a gardener. Although he is an extra only twice, he is very memorable for having a distinct bald, lumpy appearance and visibly unnerving [=McGoohan=].

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