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** One of the most emotional scenes in the entire series shows Champa (Gugan Deep Singh), a strong enforcer type initially desperate to escape a dying space station along with a mob of other abandoned Belters[[note]]residents of the working class asteroid belt used to being exploited by Earth or Mars, instilling a cynical and often brutal outlook[[/note]], being convinced by main character Naomi to help her control the mob and limit the evacuation to the 52 people the ship can carry. He gives an impromptu speech to muster the pride and grit of all the Belters present and then guards the door while children and young men and women are allowed to board. At the end [[spoiler:he turns down the seat Naomi bribed him with, telling her "you're not done yet" as he pushes her into the ship. He watches stoically through the airlock window as Naomi tearfully salutes him and leaves with the rest of the survivors.]]

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** One of the most emotional scenes in the entire series shows Champa (Gugan Deep Singh), a strong enforcer type initially desperate to escape a dying space station along with a mob of other abandoned Belters[[note]]residents of the working class asteroid belt used to being exploited by Earth or Mars, instilling a cynical and often brutal outlook[[/note]], being convinced by main character Naomi to help her control the mob and limit the evacuation to the 52 people the ship can carry. He gives an impromptu speech to muster the pride and grit of all the Belters present and then guards the door while children and young men and women are allowed to board. At the end [[spoiler:he turns down the seat Naomi bribed him with, telling her "you're not done yet" as he pushes her into the ship. He watches stoically through the airlock window as Naomi tearfully salutes him nods and leaves with the rest of the survivors.]]

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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' has many memorable scenes, several featuring one-shot characters:
** Martian Lt. Lopez (Greg Bryk) appears in two episodes when the main crew is captured. Antagonistic in the first, by the second he exemplifies the ideal of a Martian military true believer. Sharp, professional, and perceptive as an officer, he also aggressively proclaims the Martian dedication to their all-consuming mission of making a livable planet, while keeping no secret of his disdain for aimless Earth living. When Martian goals end up coinciding with the main characters', he and his squad [[spoiler:give their lives to get them away safely. His last words:]] "It would've been nice to see an ocean on Mars."
** One of the most emotional scenes in the entire series shows Champa (Gugan Deep Singh), a strong enforcer type initially desperate to escape a dying space station along with a mob of other abandoned Belters[[note]]residents of the working class asteroid belt used to being exploited by Earth or Mars, instilling a cynical and often brutal outlook[[/note]], being convinced by main character Naomi to help her control the mob and limit the evacuation to the 52 people the ship can carry. He gives an impromptu speech to muster the pride and grit of all the Belters present and then guards the door while children and young men and women are allowed to board. At the end [[spoiler:he turns down the seat Naomi bribed him with, telling her "you're not done yet" as he pushes her into the ship. He watches stoically through the airlock window as Naomi tearfully salutes him and leaves with the rest of the survivors.]]


-->'''Stephen Colbert''': Dr. Kissinger, what time is it?
-->'''Henry Kissinger''': Stephen, [[RockMeAsmodeus it is time to rock]].

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-->'''Stephen Colbert''': Dr. Kissinger, what time is it?
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3SchoolReunion]]" has Creator/AnthonyStewartHead as the episode's one-shot villain, Mr Finch, delightfully switching between being a SoftSpokenSadist and ChewingTheScenery as the scene requires, and being an absolutely ''masterful'' ManipulativeBastard, who very nearly tempts the Doctor into joining him with what is either a brilliant sales-pitch born of genuine respect for the Doctor, or superbly playing on his ego. If it wasn't for Sarah-Jane Smith, he would have succeeded.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3SchoolReunion]]" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]] has Creator/AnthonyStewartHead as the episode's one-shot villain, Mr Finch, delightfully switching between being a SoftSpokenSadist and ChewingTheScenery as the scene requires, and being an absolutely ''masterful'' ManipulativeBastard, who very nearly tempts the Doctor into joining him with what is either a brilliant sales-pitch born of genuine respect for the Doctor, or superbly playing on his ego. If it wasn't for Sarah-Jane Smith, he would have succeeded.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3SchoolReunion]]" has Creator/AnthonyStewartHead as the episode's one-shot villain, Mr Finch, delightfully switching between being a SoftSpokenSadist and ChewingTheScenery as the scene requires, and being an absolutely ''masterful'' ManipulativeBastard, who very nearly tempts the Doctor into joining him with what is either a brilliant sales-pitch born of genuine respect for the Doctor, or superbly playing on his ego. If it wasn't for Sarah-Jane Smith, he would have succeeded.


* Adam Arkin as Theo Tonin, TheDon of the Detroit Mob in ''Series/{{Justified}}''. [[OffscreenVillainy Reputed]] to talk to a severed human ear when he's angry.

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* Adam Arkin as Theo Tonin, TheDon of the Detroit Mob in ''Series/{{Justified}}''. [[OffscreenVillainy [[OffstageVillainy Reputed]] to talk to a severed human ear when he's angry.

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* Two of the most acclaimed moments in S2 of ''Series/{{Fleabag}}'' revolved around these: Fiona Shaw as a counsellor and Kristin Scott Thomas as the recipient of a Women In Business award with whom the title character forms a strong though transient connection.

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** The everybro waiter who just wants everyone to enjoy the table guacamole and has no idea what's going on accentuates how there's is still an ordinary world that is now outside the Whites' frame-of-reference.


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' had the FisherKing, an ageless old king who has waited years for Merlin to arrive and release him from his eternal life. The actor (Creator/DonaldSumpter from ''Series/GameOfThrones'') infuses the character with so much gravitas and poignancy that he turns a single scene into a bona-fide tear-jerker. The lighting and music only adds to the epic nature of the scene.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' had the FisherKing, an ageless old king who has waited years for Merlin to arrive and release him from his eternal life. The actor (Creator/DonaldSumpter from ''Series/GameOfThrones'') infuses the character with so much gravitas and poignancy that he turns a single scene into a bona-fide tear-jerker. The lighting and music only adds to the epic nature of the scene.


* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has none other than a nearly-unrecognizable '''Creator/GuillermoDelToro''' buried under heavy makeup, [[ChewingTheScenery screaming at the top of his lungs]] about [[EatsBabies eating his own children]] and having a complete mental breakdown in court. It truly must be seen to be believed.

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has none other than a nearly-unrecognizable '''Creator/GuillermoDelToro''' buried under heavy makeup, makeup as the ranting, deranged Pappy [=McPoyle=], [[ChewingTheScenery screaming at the top of his lungs]] about [[EatsBabies eating his own children]] and having a complete mental breakdown in court. It truly must be seen to be believed.


** Also [[GenreSavvy Christina of Milan]] and [[TheHeretic Anne Askew]].

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** Also [[GenreSavvy Christina of Milan]] Milan and [[TheHeretic Anne Askew]].


** ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome involving [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-19-2009/gaywatch---peter-vadala---william-phillips Mick Foley]] defending a kid who supports gay rights.

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** ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome involving [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-19-2009/gaywatch---peter-vadala---william-phillips Mick Foley]] defending a kid who supports gay rights.



** Dame Creator/DianaRigg who is in two scenes. In the first she gets a condom flicked onto her head while she's eating soup, and instructs the perpetrator (Creator/DanielRadcliffe!) on how to politely ask for it back again. In the second she wearily tells him to go away because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he's been trying to hit on her all day]]).

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** Dame Creator/DianaRigg who is in two scenes. In the first she gets a condom flicked onto her head while she's eating soup, and instructs the perpetrator (Creator/DanielRadcliffe!) on how to politely ask for it back again. In the second she wearily tells him to go away because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he's been trying to hit on her all day]]).



* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had Creator/JohnGlover make a guest appearance as a high-powered executive at the radio station. And [[LargeHam It]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Is]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjWipjKclBY Glorious]]. The scene managed to earn Glover an Emmy nomination.

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had Creator/JohnGlover make a guest appearance as a high-powered executive at the radio station. And [[LargeHam It]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Is]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjWipjKclBY Glorious]]. The scene managed to earn Glover an Emmy nomination.



*** [[IWillWaitForYou Her Christmas Eve phone conversation with Desmond]] at the end of ''The Constant'' is one of '''the''' [[TearJerker most]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming popular scenes]] in ''the entire series!''
*** Her reunion with Des in the fourth season finale (her only scene in that two hour episode making it a literal example) is a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming is a ray of hope and happiness]] in an otherwise [[CrapsackWorld grim episode.]]

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*** [[IWillWaitForYou Her Christmas Eve phone conversation with Desmond]] at the end of ''The Constant'' is one of '''the''' [[TearJerker most]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments popular scenes]] in ''the entire series!''
*** Her reunion with Des in the fourth season finale (her only scene in that two hour episode making it a literal example) is a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments is a ray of hope and happiness]] in an otherwise [[CrapsackWorld grim episode.]]



** In episode 2x12, despite featuring major advancement on most of the season's main storylines and one character's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, most of the online chatter about the episode centered around former ''Series/TheShield'' star Kenny Johnson's surprise cameo as an out-of-town member of the Sons of Anarchy biker gang summoned to help participate in a planned rumble with a rival Aryan gang.

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** In episode 2x12, despite featuring major advancement on most of the season's main storylines and one character's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, most of the online chatter about the episode centered around former ''Series/TheShield'' star Kenny Johnson's surprise cameo as an out-of-town member of the Sons of Anarchy biker gang summoned to help participate in a planned rumble with a rival Aryan gang.



** Creator/StephenHawking's appearance as his holographic self in the pre-credits scene of "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E24S7E1Descent}} Descent]]". Not only was Stephen the first, and, thus far, the only person to appear AsHimself in a Trek production, but [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome wins]] his game of poker against Data and fellow holograms UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and Sir Isaac Newton.

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** Creator/StephenHawking's appearance as his holographic self in the pre-credits scene of "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E24S7E1Descent}} Descent]]". Not only was Stephen the first, and, thus far, the only person to appear AsHimself in a Trek production, but [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome wins]] his game of poker against Data and fellow holograms UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and Sir Isaac Newton.


* [[TheAce Lord Flashheart]] in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', especially in the second series where he appears out of nowhere, goes through his monologue, and disappears again in less than two minutes of screen time, and totally runs away with the episode.[[spoiler:And the girl]]. [[spoiler:"Woof!"]]
** [[WordOfGod In an interview]] Creator/RikMayall said he only agreed to play Flashheart if he got more laughs than the main character in that episode.
*** Peter Cook as Richard III in the first ever episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''.
*** Creator/StephenFry too, in ''Blackadder the Third'' as Wellington, to the point that his mannerisms were carried over to General Melchet's character in ''Blackadder Goes Forth''.

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''
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[[TheAce Lord Flashheart]] in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Flashheart]], especially in the second series "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E1Bells Bells]]", where he appears out of nowhere, goes through his monologue, and disappears again in less than two minutes of screen time, and totally runs away with the episode.[[spoiler:And the girl]]. [[spoiler:"Woof!"]]
** *** [[WordOfGod In an interview]] Creator/RikMayall said he only agreed to play Flashheart if he got more laughs than the main character in that episode.
*** Peter Cook ** Creator/PeterCook as Richard III in the first ever episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''.
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episode, "[[Recap/BlackadderS1E1TheForetelling The Foretelling]]".
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Creator/StephenFry too, in ''Blackadder the Third'' "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E6DuelAndDuality Duel and Duality]]" as Wellington, to the point that his mannerisms were carried over to General Melchet's character in ''Blackadder Goes Forth''.



*** Creator/TomBaker as Captain Rum. "Arr..." (Although in the last two cases it's more of a One Episode Wonder.)
*** Denis Lill as Sir Talbot Buxomley in ''Blackadder III'' episode "Dish and Dishonesty". He appears for about two minutes and dies at the end of his scene. But he is absolutely unforgettable.
* Danny Trejo on ''Series/BreakingBad'' as Tortuga, the cartel snitch. Technically in for two scenes, the second one being somewhat more memorable.

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*** ** Creator/TomBaker as Captain Rum.Rum in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E3Potato Potato]]". "Arr..." (Although in the last two cases it's more of a One Episode Wonder.)
*** ** Denis Lill as Sir Talbot Buxomley in ''Blackadder III'' episode "Dish "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E1DishAndDishonesty Dish and Dishonesty".Dishonesty]]". He appears for about two minutes and dies at the end of his scene. But he is absolutely unforgettable.
* Danny Trejo Creator/DannyTrejo on ''Series/BreakingBad'' as Tortuga, the cartel snitch. Technically in for two scenes, the second one being somewhat more memorable.



** Mike was originally intended as a one scene wonder, but Jonathan Banks pulled it off well enough that he became an AscendedExtra, and eventually the {{Deuteragonist}} of the sequel, ''Series/BetterCallSaul''.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Conversations With Dead People" features a very entertaining WarriorTherapist vampire who died at the very end of the episode. According to the DVDCommentary for the episode, Jonathan M. Woodward's performance as said vampire was such a scene stealer that he subsequently landed larger roles on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
** Then there's producer David Fury's 15-second appearance in the musical episode "Once More With Feeling", singing about the dry cleaner.

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** Mike was originally intended as a one scene wonder, but Jonathan Banks Creator/JonathanBanks pulled it off well enough that he became an AscendedExtra, and eventually the {{Deuteragonist}} of the sequel, ''Series/BetterCallSaul''.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Conversations "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E7ConversationsWithDeadPeople}} Conversations With Dead People" People]]" features a very entertaining WarriorTherapist vampire who died at the very end of the episode. According to the DVDCommentary for the episode, Jonathan M. Woodward's performance as said vampire was such a scene stealer that he subsequently landed larger roles on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
** Then there's producer David Fury's 15-second appearance in the musical episode "Once More "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling", Feeling]]", singing about the dry cleaner.



** And then there was the Cheese Man from ''Restless''.

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** And then there was the Cheese Man from ''Restless''."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless}} Restless]]".



** Cyril Luckham (the White Guardian) of the "Key to Time" storyline. He does nothing but sit in a chair and set up the plot for the season in the first five minutes of the first episode, but eerily sticks in your mind.

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** Cyril Luckham (the White Guardian) of the "Key to Time" storyline. He does nothing but sit in a chair and set up the plot for the season in the first five minutes of the first episode, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E1TheRibosOperation The Ribos Operation]]", but eerily sticks in your mind.



** Peter Capaldi (or more accurately, his [[DeathGlare eyes]]) as the Twelfth Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]".

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** Peter Capaldi Creator/PeterCapaldi (or more accurately, his [[DeathGlare eyes]]) as the Twelfth Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]".



** The Robert de Niro episode qualifies as this, since the sheer amazingness of having de Niro as one of the celebrity characters is lampshaded with a lot of gushing about how amazing it is that Andy is going to meet Robert de Niro, and then subverted when he decides not to. In the end he's only in the show for a minute, and spends that minute being inordinately amused by a novelty pornographic pen. Needless to say, it's one of the most memorable guest spots of the series.
** The George Michael scene from the Christmas special probably also qualifies. Although Michael is probably the biggest name in that show, he just wanders unexpectedly into the scene without any fanfare and not in his capacity as a celebrity, to deliver a hilarious performance centering on his own reputation for getting arrested for having sex in public places, which is simultaneously played straight (he drops by the "queer bench" in the park to ask if there's "any action") and subverted (he does this during his lunch break while on community service, which he's been sentenced to for... helping a fellow celebrity illegally dispose of a fridge-freezer).

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** The Robert de Niro Creator/RobertDeNiro episode qualifies as this, since the sheer amazingness of having de Niro [=De Niro=] as one of the celebrity characters is lampshaded with a lot of gushing about how amazing it is that Andy is going to meet Robert de Niro, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and then subverted when he decides not to. In the end he's only in the show for a minute, and spends that minute being inordinately amused by a novelty pornographic pen. Needless to say, it's one of the most memorable guest spots of the series.
** The George Michael Music/GeorgeMichael scene from the Christmas special probably also qualifies. Although Michael is probably the biggest name in that show, he just wanders unexpectedly into the scene without any fanfare and not in his capacity as a celebrity, to deliver a hilarious performance centering on his own reputation for getting arrested for having sex in public places, which is simultaneously played straight (he drops by the "queer bench" in the park to ask if there's "any action") and subverted (he does this during his lunch break while on community service, which he's been sentenced to for... helping a fellow celebrity illegally dispose of a fridge-freezer).



** Dame Diana Rigg who is in two scenes. In the first she gets a condom flicked onto her head while she's eating soup, and instructs the perpetrator ([[Film/HarryPotter Daniel Radcliffe]]!) on how to politely ask for it back again. In the second she wearily tells him to go away because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he's been trying to hit on her all day]]).
* [[CrazyAwesome Jubal Early]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', who only appeared in the last episode yet was perhaps the greatest part of an already great series.

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** Dame Diana Rigg Creator/DianaRigg who is in two scenes. In the first she gets a condom flicked onto her head while she's eating soup, and instructs the perpetrator ([[Film/HarryPotter Daniel Radcliffe]]!) (Creator/DanielRadcliffe!) on how to politely ask for it back again. In the second she wearily tells him to go away because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he's been trying to hit on her all day]]).
* [[CrazyAwesome Jubal Early]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', who only appeared in [[Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace the last episode episode]] yet was perhaps the greatest part of an already great series.



* Both ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and, more recently, ''Series/{{Skins}}'' make a habit of doing this for the main characters' parents. Chandler's dad steals most of his scenes, Joey's mum likewise for her single appearance, and perhaps the most memorable scene that had Creator/HughLaurie lecturing Rachel on the plane to Britain; meanwhile ''Skins'' had cameos from Harry Enfield, Bill Bailey, Peter Capaldi, Arabella Weir, Josie Lawrence...

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* Both ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and, more recently, ''Series/{{Skins}}'' make a habit of doing this for the main characters' parents. Chandler's dad steals most of his scenes, Joey's mum likewise for her single appearance, and perhaps the most memorable scene that had Creator/HughLaurie lecturing Rachel on the plane to Britain; meanwhile ''Skins'' had cameos from Harry Enfield, Bill Bailey, Peter Capaldi, Arabella Weir, Josie Lawrence...Creator/BillBailey, Creator/PeterCapaldi, Creator/ArabellaWeir, Creator/JosieLawrence...



* Pretty much any show where Creator/SummerGlau ends up being cast as a bit character ends up with her stealing the spotlight in her scenes. A good example is the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Waiting in the Wings".

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* Pretty much any show where Creator/SummerGlau ends up being cast as a bit character ends up with her stealing the spotlight in her scenes. A good example is the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Waiting "[[{{Recap/AngelS03E13WaitingInTheWings}} Waiting in the Wings".Wings]]".



** ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' also has John Glover as [[spoiler:Samson Gray, Sylar's real father]].

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** ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' also has John Glover Creator/JohnGlover as [[spoiler:Samson Gray, Sylar's real father]].



* Not exactly a One ''Scene'' Wonder, but in the fourth series of ''Series/JonathanCreek'' Adrian Edmondson turns up about once an episode and manages to steal every scene he's in as Carla's clueless, pretentious but strangely lovable producer/husband Brendan.

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* Not exactly a One ''Scene'' Wonder, but in the fourth series of ''Series/JonathanCreek'' Adrian Edmondson Creator/AdrianEdmondson turns up about once an episode and manages to steal every scene he's in as Carla's clueless, pretentious but strangely lovable producer/husband Brendan.



* Brian Cox as Vesper Abaddon in ''Series/{{Kings}}''. A deposed tyrant, he has two scenes where he tries to make his captor, Silas, as vile as he is, and another where he speaks to TheHero, David, before he is to be executed. Scary as hell, incredibly complex, and has only a few minutes screentime.
* A 1994 episode of ''The Late Show With Creator/DavidLetterman'' had Dave ask "Johnny Carson" to deliver the Top Ten list. Larry "Bud" Melman delivered it posing as him. Then Dave said there was something wrong and this wasn't the list and called for "Johnny" again ... and out steps the ''real'' Johnny Carson, to nearly three minutes of continuous standing ovation. He sat in Dave's chair, and left without saying a word. This turned out to be Johnny's last television appearance.

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* Brian Cox Creator/BrianCox as Vesper Abaddon in ''Series/{{Kings}}''. A deposed tyrant, he has two scenes where he tries to make his captor, Silas, as vile as he is, and another where he speaks to TheHero, David, before he is to be executed. Scary as hell, incredibly complex, and has only a few minutes screentime.
* A 1994 episode of ''The Late Show With Creator/DavidLetterman'' had Dave ask "Johnny Carson" to deliver the Top Ten list. Larry "Bud" Melman delivered it posing as him. Then Dave said there was something wrong and this wasn't the list and called for "Johnny" again ... and out steps the ''real'' Johnny Carson, Creator/JohnnyCarson, to nearly three minutes of continuous standing ovation. He sat in Dave's chair, and left without saying a word. This turned out to be Johnny's last television appearance.



** Mr. Flibble, a ''penguin hand-puppet'', visibly played and voiced by one of the regular cast during the last scenes of a single episode, never to be seen or even mentioned in the show again... but he's one of the most popular supporting characters, almost to the point that you could consider him the show's mascot, and he's got [[http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/features/interviews/mr-flibble/ his own section]] on the show's official website, where he acts as an interview host.
** Lister's friend Petersen, who has appeared in only two episodes ("The End" and "Stasis Leak") plus a few flashbacks in the first two series is nevertheless one of the most liked characters in the series. The fact he wasn't able to be brought back for Series 8 is a serious WhatCouldHaveBeen for most fans.

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** Mr. Flibble, a ''penguin hand-puppet'', visibly played and voiced by one of the regular cast Chris Barrie during the last scenes of a single episode, "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVQuarantine Quarantine]]", never to be seen or even mentioned in the show again... but he's one of the most popular supporting characters, almost to the point that you could consider him the show's mascot, and he's got [[http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/features/interviews/mr-flibble/ his own section]] on the show's official website, where he acts as an interview host.
** Lister's friend Petersen, who has appeared in only two episodes ("The End" ("[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonITheEnd The End]]" and "Stasis Leak") "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIStasisLeak Stasis Leak]]") plus a few flashbacks in the first two series is nevertheless one of the most liked characters in the series. The fact he wasn't able to be brought back for Series 8 VIII is a serious WhatCouldHaveBeen for most fans.



* Anyone who comes without previous warning in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. In an episode hosted by Roseanne Barr, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqPiJ0L7YmY Coffee Talk with Linda Richman]]", there was a sketch which frequently discussed Barbra Streisand, and already had a guest appearance by {{Music/Madonna}}... then Babs herself appeared!
** One skit had an interview with Wilson the volleyball from ''Film/CastAway'' When the skit ended, Wilson said his ride was here and Tom Hanks casually walked onto the set. He didn't say anything, he just walked onset, stood there for two minutes waiting for the cheering to die down, picked up Wilson, and left. ''That'' is a One Scene Wonder.
** Another Tom Hanks example was his surprise appearance (AsHimself) on ''Celebrity Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. He wasn't hosting that night (Will Ferrell was), but he came on to be one of the contestants. To say he blew the scene out of the water might have been an understatement. From getting his hand stuck in a pickle jar to suffocating in a plastic bag to banging his head off of the podium and ''breaking it'', let's just say SNL might need a new ''Jeopardy'' set; Tom Hanks is all done chewing it to bits.
** Steve Martin has made it a habit of just dropping in with no warning, often sending himself up as a major egotistical star and the crowd goes nuts every time. Once, Martin just showed up in the middle of "Weekend Update," saying he wasn't there to plug a movie or anything. "I just felt like a cameo."
** It is also a virtual certainty that if the show has any recurring feature that pokes fun at a specific actor or political figure the person being mocked will eventually show up in the middle of the feature and completely steal the scene. For example, one open had Creator/TinaFey as UsefulNotes/SarahPalin doing a press conference. In the middle of it, cut to back stage, where Lorne Michaels is talking to the ''real'' Sarah Palin about the skit...and then Alec Baldwin comes up and mistakes Palin for Fey.

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* Anyone who comes without previous warning in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. In an episode hosted by Roseanne Barr, Creator/RoseanneBarr, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqPiJ0L7YmY Coffee Talk with Linda Richman]]", there was a sketch which frequently discussed Barbra Streisand, Creator/BarbraStreisand, and already had a guest appearance by {{Music/Madonna}}... then Babs herself appeared!
** One skit had an interview with Wilson the volleyball from ''Film/CastAway'' When the skit ended, Wilson said his ride was here and Tom Hanks Creator/TomHanks casually walked onto the set. He didn't say anything, he just walked onset, stood there for two minutes waiting for the cheering to die down, picked up Wilson, and left. ''That'' is a One Scene Wonder.
** Another Tom Hanks example was his surprise appearance (AsHimself) on ''Celebrity Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. He wasn't hosting that night (Will Ferrell (Creator/WillFerrell was), but he came on to be one of the contestants. To say he blew the scene out of the water might have been an understatement. From getting his hand stuck in a pickle jar to suffocating in a plastic bag to banging his head off of the podium and ''breaking it'', let's just say SNL might need a new ''Jeopardy'' set; Tom Hanks is all done chewing it to bits.
** Steve Martin Creator/SteveMartin has made it a habit of just dropping in with no warning, often sending himself up as a major egotistical star and the crowd goes nuts every time. Once, Martin just showed up in the middle of "Weekend Update," saying he wasn't there to plug a movie or anything. "I just felt like a cameo."
** It is also a virtual certainty that if the show has any recurring feature that pokes fun at a specific actor or political figure the person being mocked will eventually show up in the middle of the feature and completely steal the scene. For example, one open had Creator/TinaFey as UsefulNotes/SarahPalin doing a press conference. In the middle of it, cut to back stage, where Lorne Michaels is talking to the ''real'' Sarah Palin about the skit...and then Alec Baldwin Creator/AlecBaldwin comes up and mistakes Palin for Fey.



** For most of 1995-96, a recurring sketch would be "The Joe Pesci Show" with Jim Breuer as a Pesci who would talk like his movie characters, get nuts and hit guys with a bat. Colin Quinn played Robert [=DeNiro=] as if it was still the 1970's and talk in "one word sentences." It all ended with the real Pesci and [=DeNiro=] coming on to beat the two up.
** Jimmy Fallon would host the show in 2014, with musical guest Justin Timberlake; the two naturally would participate in a ''[[Music/TheBeeGees Barry Gibb]] Talk Show'' sketch. At the ending theme of the sketch, the real Barry Gibb would sing the falsetto parts on the "Nights On Broadway"-soundalike theme song alongside Fallon and Timberlake.

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** For most of 1995-96, a recurring sketch would be "The Joe Pesci Creator/JoePesci Show" with Jim Breuer as a Pesci who would talk like his movie characters, get nuts and hit guys with a bat. Colin Quinn played Robert [=DeNiro=] Creator/RobertDeNiro as if it was still the 1970's and talk in "one word sentences." It all ended with the real Pesci and [=DeNiro=] coming on to beat the two up.
** Jimmy Fallon would host the show in 2014, with musical guest Justin Timberlake; Music/JustinTimberlake; the two naturally would participate in a ''[[Music/TheBeeGees Barry Gibb]] Talk Show'' sketch. At the ending theme of the sketch, the real Barry Gibb would sing the falsetto parts on the "Nights On Broadway"-soundalike theme song alongside Fallon and Timberlake.



** Another ''Series/TheShield'' cast member Walton Goggins comes in later and steals the show as a transgender prostitute.

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** Another ''Series/TheShield'' cast member Walton Goggins Creator/WaltonGoggins comes in later and steals the show as a transgender prostitute.



* Several examples in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Lt. Riley, who appeared in only two episodes; [[GrandeDame T'Pau]] and [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise T'Pring]] from "Amok Time"; [[FollowInMyFootsteps Sarek]] and [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amanda]] in ''Journey to Babel''; the Romulan Commanders in "[[WorthyOpponent Balance of Terror]]" and "The Enterprise Incident"; Baalok from "The Corbomite Maneuver"; the [[PsychopathicManchild Squire of Gothos]]; the [[SiliconBasedLife Horta]].
* A few examples in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Sonya Gomez, the famously bumbling junior engineer; Nick Locarno in "The First Duty" (so much so that they wanted to use that character in ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', but had to settle for just the actor); Robin Lefler (due to the fact that she was played by ''Ashley fricking' Judd''); Commander Shelby in "The Best of Both Worlds"; Captain Jellico and Gul Madred (played by Ronny Cox and David Warner, respectively); etc.
** Creator/StephenHawking's appearance as his holographic self in the pre-credits scene of "Descent: Part I". Not only was Stephen the first, and, thus far, the only person to appear AsHimself in a Trek production, but [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome wins]] his game of poker against Data and fellow holograms Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', there was the Klingon chef who owned a restaurant on [=DS=]9, and also played Klingon folks songs to customers on the accordion. (Actually appeared in two episodes, "Melora" and "Playing God"; novels claim his name is Kaga, possibly meant as {{Homage}} to Chairman Kaga from ''Series/IronChef'', which debuted the same month as "Melora".)

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* Several examples in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Lt. Riley, who appeared in only two episodes; [[GrandeDame T'Pau]] and [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise T'Pring]] from "Amok Time"; "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime}} Amok Time]]"; [[FollowInMyFootsteps Sarek]] and [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amanda]] in ''Journey "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E10JourneyToBabel}} Journey to Babel''; Babel]]"; the Romulan Commanders in "[[WorthyOpponent "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror Balance of Terror]]" and "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E2TheEnterpriseIncident}} The Enterprise Incident"; Incident]]"; Baalok from "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E10TheCorbomiteManeuver}} The Corbomite Maneuver"; Maneuver]]"; the [[PsychopathicManchild [[Recap/StarTrekS1E17TheSquireOfGothos Squire of Gothos]]; the [[SiliconBasedLife Horta]].
* A few examples in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Sonya Gomez, the famously bumbling junior engineer; Nick Locarno in "The "The[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E19TheFirstDuty}} The First Duty" Duty]]" (so much so that they wanted to use that character in ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', but had to settle for just the actor); Robin Lefler (due to the fact that she was played by ''Ashley ''[[Creator/AshleyJudd Ashley fricking' Judd''); Judd]]''); Commander Shelby in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E26S4E1TheBestOfBothWorlds}} The Best of Both Worlds"; Worlds]]"; [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand Captain Jellico and Gul Madred Madred]] (played by Ronny Cox Crator/RonnyCox and David Warner, Creator/DavidWarner, respectively); etc.
** Creator/StephenHawking's appearance as his holographic self in the pre-credits scene of "Descent: Part I". "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E24S7E1Descent}} Descent]]". Not only was Stephen the first, and, thus far, the only person to appear AsHimself in a Trek production, but [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome wins]] his game of poker against Data and fellow holograms Albert Einstein UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and Sir Isaac Newton.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', there was the Klingon chef who owned a restaurant on [=DS=]9, and also played Klingon folks songs to customers on the accordion. (Actually appeared in two episodes, "Melora" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS02E06Melora}} Melora]]" and "Playing God"; "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS02E17PlayingGod}} Playing God]]"; novels claim his name is Kaga, possibly meant as {{Homage}} to Chairman Kaga from ''Series/IronChef'', which debuted the same month as "Melora".)



* ''Series/TheTudors'': Peter O'Toole as Pope Paul III only appears in some episodes, never interacts directly with the main cast (being as he is in ''Rome'' all the time), and completely steals the show. Peter O'Toole should play the Pope in anything that has a Pope.

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* ''Series/TheTudors'': Peter O'Toole Creator/PeterOToole as Pope Paul III only appears in some episodes, never interacts directly with the main cast (being as he is in ''Rome'' all the time), and completely steals the show. Peter O'Toole should play the Pope in anything that has a Pope.



* Creator/AlysonHannigan as Trina Echolls on ''Series/VeronicaMars'' might qualify. She shows up completely unexpectedly and completely dominates the intro scene with herself, Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring.
** And in a later episode she reunites with her ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' co-star Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) playing Kendall Casablancas. Trina runs into Kendall after she just spent a night with Trina's brother Logan and they have a fun, catty conversation.

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* Creator/AlysonHannigan as Trina Echolls on ''Series/VeronicaMars'' might qualify. She shows up completely unexpectedly and completely dominates the intro scene with herself, Kristen Bell Creator/KristenBell and Jason Dohring.
** And in a later episode she reunites with her ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' co-star Charisma Carpenter Creator/CharismaCarpenter (Cordelia) playing Kendall Casablancas. Trina runs into Kendall after she just spent a night with Trina's brother Logan and they have a fun, catty conversation.



* President Bartlett was originally supposed to be a OneSceneWonder on ''Series/TheWestWing''; the show was meant to focus on the senior staff, with the President appearing maybe once a month or so to emphasize the distance between the man at the top and the people working for him out of the spotlight. But Martin Sheen's performance was made of too much awesome, and on top of this it was decided that it would be silly to have a series set among the senior staff of the White House where the audience never saw the President, and so he got promoted to a member of the main cast.

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* President Bartlett was originally supposed to be a OneSceneWonder on ''Series/TheWestWing''; the show was meant to focus on the senior staff, with the President appearing maybe once a month or so to emphasize the distance between the man at the top and the people working for him out of the spotlight. But Martin Sheen's Creator/MartinSheen's performance was made of too much awesome, and on top of this it was decided that it would be silly to have a series set among the senior staff of the White House where the audience never saw the President, and so he got promoted to a member of the main cast.



** Peter Boyle as the one-off character Clyde Bruckman, in the episode ''Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose". One episode. Not an important episode. Not a character important to the myth arc. But he's one of the most memorable characters in the whole show, partly because it was one of the most highly-acclaimed episodes ever, and because...well... it's Peter Boyle.

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** Peter Boyle Creator/PeterBoyle as the one-off character Clyde Bruckman, in the episode ''Clyde "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E04ClydeBruckmansFinalRepose Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose".Repose]]". One episode. Not an important episode. Not a character important to the myth arc. But he's one of the most memorable characters in the whole show, partly because it was one of the most highly-acclaimed episodes ever, and because...well... it's Peter Boyle.
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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has none other than a nearly-unrecognizable '''Creator/GuillermoDelToro''' [[ChewingTheScenery screaming at the top of his lungs]] about [[EatsBabies eating his own children]] and having a complete mental breakdown in court. It truly must be seen to be believed.

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has none other than a nearly-unrecognizable '''Creator/GuillermoDelToro''' buried under heavy makeup, [[ChewingTheScenery screaming at the top of his lungs]] about [[EatsBabies eating his own children]] and having a complete mental breakdown in court. It truly must be seen to be believed.

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* For about five minutes, ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' stopped being an Franchise/ArchieComics show and suddenly became a [[AmbiguouslyEvil Farmer]] [[ScaryBlackMan McGinty]] show. That's what happens when you give Creator/TonyTodd a sinister walk-on role, let him creep everyone out with chilling calm, and then leave.

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has none other than a nearly-unrecognizable '''Creator/GuillermoDelToro''' [[ChewingTheScenery screaming at the top of his lungs]] about [[EatsBabies eating his own children]] and having a complete mental breakdown in court. It truly must be seen to be believed.

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