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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** Despite being fairly important in the lore of the Blood Angels and appearing in several major events, the daemon Ka'bandha had no official model until 2022 and only has rules for the ''Horus Heresy'' sub-game.
** [[{{Precursors}} The Old Ones]] are mentioned often, and their effects on the galaxy -- ranging from their surviving created races to remnant artifacts and super weapons -- turn up with some regularity, but the Old Ones themselves have never been seen or described in any detail.
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'':
** The daemon N'kari is a very important character in the background lore for Ulthuan, the Elves and the coming of Chaos, but never received a model or tabletop rules.
** The corrupted treeman Coeddil is a very important character in Wood Elf lore, but never received a model, stats or official artwork.
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* In the current version of ''Ride/TheIncredibleHulkCoaster'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], Thunderbolt Ross makes no actual appearance in the ride, only being alluded to. This is an especially bizarre instance of this trope, as Ross is the character that the storyline centers around.

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* In the current version of ''Ride/TheIncredibleHulkCoaster'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], Adventure]]: Thunderbolt Ross makes no actual appearance in the ride, only being alluded to. This is an especially bizarre instance of this trope, as Ross is the character that the storyline centers around.


%%* Akira's unnamed boyfriend in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.

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%%* * Akira's unnamed boyfriend in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is occasionally mentioned but never actually shown. [[spoiler:She's forced to break up with him when her parents insist that she and her sister Lily come to Scotland, but Akira mentions that she's back together with her boyfriend in the post-credits scene.]]


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* In ''VisualNovel/ShinraiBrokenBeyondDespair'', Kenji and Misaki are two schoolmates of the main characters who are never seen in the game, since Misaki held a party of her own on the same night as Rie's party. As a result of Kenji and several others attending Misaki's party, fewer people came to Rie's party than she anticipated.


* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's grandmother and grandfather are mentioned on several occasions, but are never seen.

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* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's grandmother and grandfather are mentioned on several occasions, but are never seen. Rosalyn's boyfriend Charlie is also unseen and only indicated to exist by Rosalyn (and, in one strip, Calvin) talking to him on the phone.

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** And let's not forget Sven, Samantha's male counterpart. Somehow, they never appear in the same episode...

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* Frequently mentioned on ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' was Creator/KarlPilkington's longtime partner Suzanne and [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder her reactions]] to Karl's [[CloudCuckoolander eccentricities]]. When the audio was adapted for the animated version, Suzanne would appear in cutaways as TheFaceless (in keeping with the real Suzanne's desire for privacy).


* In the fan comic ''Webcomic/DokiDokiLiteratureGirls'', the player is absent, having previously deleted Monika after her HostileShowTakeover. As such, teh player is mentioned in passing, but plays no important role in the comic.

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* In the fan comic ''Webcomic/DokiDokiLiteratureGirls'', the player is absent, having previously deleted Monika after her HostileShowTakeover. As such, teh the player is mentioned in passing, but plays no important role in the comic.


Compare and contrast with TheFaceless where a character's face is never visible. For a character who is frequently mentioned but never seen because they died before the story began, see PosthumousCharacter and DeathByOriginStory. If the character eventually appears, see UnseenNoMore. For a character whose existence can only be inferred see UnknownCharacter.

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Compare and contrast with TheFaceless where a character's face is never visible. For a character who is frequently mentioned but never seen because they died before the story began, see PosthumousCharacter and DeathByOriginStory. If the character eventually appears, see UnseenNoMore. For a character whose existence can only be inferred see UnknownCharacter.
UnknownCharacter. For a character who isn't seen because he's been created out of whole cloth by the other characters, see InventedIndividual and TheRealRemingtonSteele.

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* Dante, a guy whom Sophia from ''VisualNovel/{{Melody}}'' dates briefly, is mentioned but never seen on-screen.


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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** All adults, the cat next door who hates Snoopy... and that little red-haired girl. The TV specials adapt the fact that adult dialogue is never presented as speech bubbles in the comic by making the adults TheUnintelligible (Waa Waa wa Wa wa wa Waa).
** The Little Red-Haired Girl was seen in full in both ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' and ''WesternAnimation/HappyNewYearCharlieBrown'' (which also claimed her name was Heather). However, despite the fact that [[WordOfGod Charles Schulz]] wrote the scripts for both specials, he claimed both were non-canonical. She appears again in ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'', although her face is never seen in detail or close-up until [[spoiler:Charlie Brown gets a chance to talk to her]].
** There's also the Head Beagle, the dog who rules over all dogs in the world and has the respect of humans. Other than Snoopy's brief reign, no dog who ever held the title has ever been seen.
** Also, the "Girl in the Red Truck", a human on whom Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother Spike had a crush. She was eventually fleshed out for a special ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' that combined animation and live action, where she was named Jenny and portrayed by Charles Schulz's daughter Jill. (Again, the special, which wasn't as well-received as most ''Peanuts'' specials, is considered non-canonical.)
** The trend of the not showing adults in any form is averted in the fourth movie, ''WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown''. Charlie Brown's grandfather is seen in a war photo; he looks exactly like Charlie Brown except taller. The Baron, Violette's and the main antagonist, is a fully voiced character but only appears as a silhouette.
* Roger, Juliette's [[InformedAbility loud, boorish]] brother in ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane''. Mentioned infrequently at best. And it had been so long since anyone had mentioned him in the comic, that when Edna mentioned him at the end of the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback WWII flashback]], many thought Brooke [=McEldowney=] had made him up on the spot. When he eventually appears in the flesh, he's mild-mannered and soft-spoken; pretty much the opposite of his passionate, outspoken sister and niece.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** All adults, the cat next door who hates Snoopy...
In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's grandmother and that little red-haired girl. The TV specials adapt the fact that adult dialogue is never presented as speech bubbles in the comic by making the adults TheUnintelligible (Waa Waa wa Wa wa wa Waa).
** The Little Red-Haired Girl was seen in full in both ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' and ''WesternAnimation/HappyNewYearCharlieBrown'' (which also claimed her name was Heather). However, despite the fact that [[WordOfGod Charles Schulz]] wrote the scripts for both specials, he claimed both were non-canonical. She appears again in ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'', although her face is never seen in detail or close-up until [[spoiler:Charlie Brown gets a chance to talk to her]].
** There's also the Head Beagle, the dog who rules over all dogs in the world and has the respect of humans. Other than Snoopy's brief reign, no dog who ever held the title has ever been seen.
** Also, the "Girl in the Red Truck", a human on whom Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother Spike had a crush. She was eventually fleshed out for a special ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' that combined animation and live action, where she was named Jenny and portrayed by Charles Schulz's daughter Jill. (Again, the special, which wasn't as well-received as most ''Peanuts'' specials, is considered non-canonical.)
** The trend of the not showing adults in any form is averted in the fourth movie, ''WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown''. Charlie Brown's
grandfather is seen in a war photo; he looks exactly like Charlie Brown except taller. The Baron, Violette's and the main antagonist, is a fully voiced character but only appears as a silhouette.
* Roger, Juliette's [[InformedAbility loud, boorish]] brother in ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane''. Mentioned infrequently at best. And it had been so long since anyone had
are mentioned him in the comic, that when Edna mentioned him at the end of the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback WWII flashback]], many thought Brooke [=McEldowney=] had made him up on the spot. When he eventually appears in the flesh, he's mild-mannered and soft-spoken; pretty much the opposite of his passionate, outspoken sister and niece.several occasions, but are never seen.



* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's grandmother and grandfather are mentioned on several occasions, but are never seen.
* The ''ComicStrip/MrPotatoHead'' comic strip had several strips where Mr. Potato Head's son Chip talked to his friend Mikey over the phone, asking him if he'd like to come over and do whatever. Mikey is never seen, nor is he heard speaking.



* The ''ComicStrip/MrPotatoHead'' comic strip had several strips where Mr. Potato Head's son Chip talked to his friend Mikey over the phone, asking him if he'd like to come over and do whatever. Mikey is never seen, nor is he heard speaking.
* Roger, Juliette's [[InformedAbility loud, boorish]] brother in ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane''. Mentioned infrequently at best. And it had been so long since anyone had mentioned him in the comic, that when Edna mentioned him at the end of the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback WWII flashback]], many thought Brooke [=McEldowney=] had made him up on the spot. When he eventually appears in the flesh, he's mild-mannered and soft-spoken; pretty much the opposite of his passionate, outspoken sister and niece.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** All adults, the cat next door who hates Snoopy... and that little red-haired girl. The TV specials adapt the fact that adult dialogue is never presented as speech bubbles in the comic by making the adults TheUnintelligible (Waa Waa wa Wa wa wa Waa).
** The Little Red-Haired Girl was seen in full in both ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' and ''WesternAnimation/HappyNewYearCharlieBrown'' (which also claimed her name was Heather). However, despite the fact that [[WordOfGod Charles Schulz]] wrote the scripts for both specials, he claimed both were non-canonical. She appears again in ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'', although her face is never seen in detail or close-up until [[spoiler:Charlie Brown gets a chance to talk to her]].
** There's also the Head Beagle, the dog who rules over all dogs in the world and has the respect of humans. Other than Snoopy's brief reign, no dog who ever held the title has ever been seen.
** Also, the "Girl in the Red Truck", a human on whom Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother Spike had a crush. She was eventually fleshed out for a special ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'' that combined animation and live action, where she was named Jenny and portrayed by Charles Schulz's daughter Jill. (Again, the special, which wasn't as well-received as most ''Peanuts'' specials, is considered non-canonical.)
** The trend of the not showing adults in any form is averted in the fourth movie, ''WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown''. Charlie Brown's grandfather is seen in a war photo; he looks exactly like Charlie Brown except taller. The Baron, Violette's and the main antagonist, is a fully voiced character but only appears as a silhouette.



%%* Akira's unnamed boyfriend in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.



%%* Akira's unnamed boyfriend in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.



* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Only a portion of Slima, as Jell-O of all things, has been shown in the series proper.



* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Only a portion of Slima, as Jell-O of all things, has been shown in the series proper.



* Invoked by WordOfGod in ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' when it comes to President Spade.
-->''President Spade is usually cooped up in his office and only makes brief appearances as formalities, but otherwise he's a rarely-seen dude.''
* ''Webcomic/AnecdoteOfError'': Luntsha’s boyfriend Ikal has been mentioned a couple times, but has not appeared in person yet.



* All of the characters from ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' that aren't the main characters, bar maybe the flea that lives on the end of T-Rex's nose, but he's so small you can't see him.



%%* Blossom's friends Bert and Hilda in ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}''
* All of the characters from ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' that aren't the main characters, bar maybe the flea that lives on the end of T-Rex's nose, but he's so small you can't see him.
%%* Frank's sister in ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity''.
%%* Old Cobbley from ''[[http://www.agameoffools.com A Game of Fools]]''.
%%* Skibble in ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE''.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has Bob's neighbors [[Radio/BobAndRay Ray]] and Mr. Fluffinougat; the Spitoonellis, named Film/HaroldAndMaude; and Voluptua's dad the Nemesite Emperor.



* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has Bob's neighbors [[Radio/BobAndRay Ray]] and Mr. Fluffinougat; the Spitoonellis, named Film/HaroldAndMaude; and Voluptua's dad the Nemesite Emperor.
* ''Webcomic/MrBoop'': Alec's first wife [[spoiler: [[{{Franchise/Metroid}} Samus Aran]]]] is mentioned but not depicted.
* Webcomic/{{Precocious}} has Ursula's parents. We know more about what their car looks like and that hasn't been shown either.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Ensi Hotakainen, the grandmother to main characters Onni, Tuuri and Lalli. She's mentioned to have been the magic teacher to Lalli in his younger years. She's also mentioned to have made a mistake that apparently had dire consequences, that included Onni getting a PromotionToParent at sixteen, and all three of them leaving their hometown to go live in a military base when Tuuri was ten and Lalli eight. Ensi also stands out as being TheConstant, as the only character to make an appearance of sorts in both the DistantPrologue (as a pronounced baby bump) and the main story (via being mentioned by her grandchildren). The comment on a blog post illustration of her mentions that she was drawn in her forties rather than as a ninety year old (which is the exact number of years separating the main story form the DistantPrologue), which implies that she is still alive. She's finally shown via flash-back in Chapter 15.



* Invoked by WordOfGod in ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' when it comes to President Spade.
-->''President Spade is usually cooped up in his office and only makes brief appearances as formalities, but otherwise he's a rarely-seen dude.''
* Webcomic/{{Precocious}} has Ursula's parents. We know more about what their car looks like and that hasn't been shown either.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Ensi Hotakainen, the grandmother to main characters Onni, Tuuri and Lalli. She's mentioned to have been the magic teacher to Lalli in his younger years. She's also mentioned to have made a mistake that apparently had dire consequences, that included Onni getting a PromotionToParent at sixteen, and all three of them leaving their hometown to go live in a military base when Tuuri was ten and Lalli eight. Ensi also stands out as being TheConstant, as the only character to make an appearance of sorts in both the DistantPrologue (as a pronounced baby bump) and the main story (via being mentioned by her grandchildren). The comment on a blog post illustration of her mentions that she was drawn in her forties rather than as a ninety year old (which is the exact number of years separating the main story form the DistantPrologue), which implies that she is still alive. She's finally shown via flash-back in Chapter 15.
* ''Webcomic/AnecdoteOfError'': Luntsha’s boyfriend Ikal has been mentioned a couple times, but has not appeared in person yet.
* ''Webcomic/MrBoop'': Alec's first wife [[spoiler: [[{{Franchise/Metroid}} Samus Aran]]]] is mentioned but not depicted.


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If a disembodied voice--"Yes Ma, I'm coming!"--they're TheVoice.

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If a disembodied voice--"Yes voice says--"Yes Ma, I'm coming!"--they're TheVoice.


For actual ghosts and spirits, see OurGhostsAreDifferent. Not to be confused with the 1990 film ''Film/{{Ghost}}''.

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For actual ghosts and spirits, see OurGhostsAreDifferent. Not to be confused with TheSpook, or with the 1990 film ''Film/{{Ghost}}''.


Not the GreatGazoo, but occurs in similar range of plot devices. Will also be an ImpersonationExclusiveCharacter if someone else uses the character's form. See also HeWhoMustNotBeSeen and NothingIsScarier (for when a character remains unseen for the RuleOfScary). For a concept, item, or location, rather than a person, see CrypticBackgroundReference. If it's an event, you can check out NoodleIncident. Often overlaps with NoOneSeesTheBoss.

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Not the GreatGazoo, but occurs in similar range of plot devices. Will also be an ImpersonationExclusiveCharacter if someone else uses the character's form. See also HeWhoMustNotBeSeen and NothingIsScarier (for when a character remains unseen for the RuleOfScary). For a concept, item, item or location, rather than a person, see CrypticBackgroundReference. If it's an event, you can check out NoodleIncident. Often overlaps with NoOneSeesTheBoss.


** The trend of the not showing adults in any form is averted in the fourth movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)]].'' Charlie Brown's grandfather is seen in a war photo; he looks exactly like Charlie Brown except taller. The Baron, Violette's and the main antagonist, is a fully voiced character but only appears as a silhouette.

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** The trend of the not showing adults in any form is averted in the fourth movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)]].'' ''WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown''. Charlie Brown's grandfather is seen in a war photo; he looks exactly like Charlie Brown except taller. The Baron, Violette's and the main antagonist, is a fully voiced character but only appears as a silhouette.



* In ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'', Ellen was a woman Jon regularly phoned to get a date, and always failed. We never heard her actual answers, only his reactions to them. She eventually appeared in a storyline where she has amnesia, and therefore agreed to a date with Jon. Also, Jon's neighbor Mrs. Feeny, often the target of Garfield's pranks, was never seen in the comic.

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* In ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
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Ellen was a woman Jon regularly phoned to get a date, and always failed. We never heard her actual answers, only his reactions to them. She eventually appeared in a storyline where she has amnesia, and therefore agreed to a date with Jon. Also, Jon's neighbor Mrs. Feeny, often the target of Garfield's pranks, was never seen in the comic.


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* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' has several:
** Bob's sister (who is the mother of Croix and Hunter)
** B.A.'s mother (although she does become TheVoice occasionally)
** Crutch's 'old lady', Casey Mae
** Crowbar, Switch's partner-in-crime was this for years until he finally appeared on-panel in Hawg Waller's.
** Brian's uncle (and former guardian)
** Dave's father and brother.

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* ''Webcomic/CrimsonKnights'': King Friduheim, ruler of Crales, never physically appears despite his actions affecting the story quite heavily.

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** By the end of Part II, [[spoiler: you can remove [[{{BigDamnHeroes}} Evankhell]] and [[{{MassOhCrap}} Jahad]] from that list.]]

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